October 30, 2007 archive

dKos, BillO, and Conspiracy Theories

So BillO has run off the rails again tonight.  Accusing dK of being “Nazis of the Left” and of supporting 9/11 Conspiracy Theories.

More evidence he doesn’t bother to read.

Now if I had a good way to provide you with the Media Matters link I would, but I leave it as an exercise.

On the other hand here on this site we can be as tinfoil as we want because we’re proud to be called “far left loonies” by the likes of BillO and Faux Noise.

Bring it falafel boy.


I am the stone that the builder refused.
I am the visual, the inspiration, that made lady sing the blues.
I’m the spark that makes your idea bright.
The same spark, that lights the dark,
So that you can know, your left from your right.

I am the ballot in your box, the bullet in the gun,
That inner glow, that lets you know, to call your brother son.

The story that’s just begun, the promise of what’s to come,
And I will remain a soldier, until the war is won.

Check, check, check it, yeah.

Tonight we talked about N***** moments again.  Berserkers like me know them.

Aaron says some things that not all agree with.  He’s given up his strip in favor of his animation projects.

How do you feel about that?


An interesting discussion was started yesterday with Breathing Still’s My Personal Take On Why The Netroots Are Becoming Irrelevant.  Management techniques were discussed among other things and I mentioned that Goal-oriented management is a good way to go.  So let me expand on that idea a bit and perhaps we, as a group, can outline our goals. 

I had three simple goals this year.  I have accomplished two and the third should be wrapped up around the first of January.  It does not matter what they were it does matter that I thought about these goals every day this year, not out of fear, panic or anxiety, but with a positive can-do attitude.

Anarchism and the Fire Department

In my last post in my “Quotes for Discussion” series, I posted quotes from both 19th Century and current anarchists.  In response, both andgarden and Meteor Blades brought up the issues of private firefighters and private police forces.

While I didn’t mention it at the time, of course there are many private police forces.  And not simply mercenaries like Blackwater; anyone visiting a bank, a shopping mall, or a gated community is familiar with private security guards.  But I didn’t think there were private firefighters out there.  Naturally, I was wrong

“What we’re trying to do here is provide our policyholders an additional level of protection,” said Stan Rivera, director of wildfire protection for AIG Private Client Group. The average home insured by the unit is valued at $1.7 million.

AIG this year expanded its Wildfire Protection Unit to 150 ZIP codes in California and Colorado, up from 14 when it was formed in 2005. The unit has had the busiest week since its inception as fires burned at least 719 square miles (1,861 square kilometers) from Santa Barbara to San Diego, destroying 1,342 homes and 34 businesses and causing at least seven deaths.

Even when it rains

I forgot my camera (sorry no pictures this time) but I wanted to write about my experience at the protest in NY this past weekend.  Despite the rain, there were about 50,000 people who showed up and marched down Broadway.  I felt like the protest had a very different feel from the one in DC last month.  It was somber and felt more like an obligation than an exercise in democracy.

I had friends telling me throughout the week that it was going to rain.  My response?  If I’m marching to end the death and destruction this war has caused, on principle alone I can’t back out because I don’t want to stand in the rain for a few hours. 

At least I wasn’t the only one who felt that way…..

The Stars Hollow Gazette

In Stars Hollow it’s finally Fall and there are wet leaves on the streets which reminds me of my dog Dally the Dalmatian.

Dalmatians are prone to kidney problems and Dally peed everywhere including my leg at obedience class, had to run home and change my pants.

Part of the training was to walk him, so I did.  It was dark and wet and I’m not sure what Dally saw when he took off because I was totally taken by surprise.

He weighed about half me, but my feet were on wet leaves so part way across the street was kind of like water skiing (and you thought Ralph was a bad Uncle).

The leaves burned out and I was dragged for a while before I could get the leash off.  I suppose you could call it payback.

Well it ruined my good knee and I had to crawl back to my house and bang on the door and scream until someone rescued me, but it evened out in the end.  I’m still here.

Asia Sez to Americans: “All Your Money Are Belong to Us”

What follows is a collection of quotes from reports and investment signals I receive every day. Most of these are not free. In fact, I pay as much as $3,000 per year for some of my subscriptions. I’ve made selections from the past four days — to give you a peek behind the curtain.

My focus is on global markets and currencies (with side orders of petroleum and commodities). Meanwhile, the world’s focus is on deliberately kicking America’s ass (even if it hurts them in the short term). Many nations are willing to take a hard economic hit to rid the world of a dangerous invading nation with an insane leader threatening to “throw atomic bombs” at his make-believe enemies. As a result, experienced U.S. investors have been dumping their US dollars (frantically over the past ten days) — except for:

1. Investment professionals who watch CNBC — the corporate-profit-driven business cable channel with a propaganda mission to drive up the Dow.

2. Investment professionals with a case of cognitive dissonance, indecisive paralysis, senile dementia, or right-wing brain rot.

Your hand-picked selection of financial quotes appears below the fold.

The Corporatocracy (just videos)


From the “If you haven’t seen this, watch!” file…

(Again and always, posting these videos does not mean I believe or endorse every statement in the video)

Two interviews with the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – John Perkins

10 minutes

via videosift.com

spooky? read this because you won’t believe it

Here’s some stuff to start your Halloween off just right.

except what if some (or all) of this stuff is real.

if anybody has a thread to reality, please leave me the link.

not for the faint-hearted, i can tell you.

h/t to Tigana.

Burning The Stupidity At Both Ends

A ‘sort of response’ to breathingstill’s excellent essay

I hate inertia.

If anyone ever seriously asks me “why do you hate America?” I must remember to say….It’s the inertia, stupid.

Right now…everything doesn’t work. Nothing in America is working and I am tired of writing lists of all the things that aren’t working. So even my list making ability is not working. And. When somebody in America says everything is not working, somebody will say …well what is your solution? If they receive an answer, they will immediately say….well that won’t work. And they are probably right.

Because for something to work, people have to agree that it might work and  put some effort and brains into it to MAKE it work. And we can’t do that because of the inertia we are stuck being stuck in. The inertia, of course comes from stupidity.

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