April 1, 2008 archive

Anti-landmine Campaigners Target War Robots w/poll

Original article by Jason Mick via Dailytech.com:

Warbots. Not just human controlled, but autonomous Warbots. Think about that for a minute

Docudharma Times Tuesday April 1

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes – let them know

You realize that life goes fast

It’s hard to make the good things last

You realize the sun don’-go down

It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Tuesday’s Headlines: Insurers Faulted as Overloading Social Security: GAO Blasts Weapons Budget: Secret Mugabe meeting ponders military move or fixed result – but not an admission of defeat: Chad president pardons French charity workers: Turkey’s ruling party to stand trial for being ‘too religious’: Pro-Russia enemies of Nato give Bush a mixed reception in Ukraine: Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia refuses to carry Olympic torch: Opponents of Musharraf Assume Posts in Pakistan: Ballet amid the bullets in Iraq: The day the US declared war on Iran: FARC: Raid harms Betancourt release bid

USA 2008: The Great Depression

Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive – a sure sign the world’s richest country faces economic crisis

By David Usborne in New York

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

We knew things were bad on Wall Street, but on Main Street it may be worse. Startling official statistics show that as a new economic recession stalks the United States, a record number of Americans will shortly be depending on food stamps just to feed themselves and their families.

Dismal projections by the Congressional Budget Office in Washington suggest that in the fiscal year starting in October, 28 million people in the US will be using government food stamps to buy essential groceries, the highest level since the food assistance programme was introduced in the 1960s.

Muse in the Morning

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The muses are ancient.  The inspirations for our stories were said to be born from them.  Muses of song and dance, or poetry and prose, of comedy and tragedy, of the inward and the outward.  In one version they are Calliope, Euterpe and Terpsichore, Erato and Clio, Thalia and Melpomene, Polyhymnia and Urania.

It has also been traditional to name a tenth muse.  Plato declared Sappho to be the tenth muse, the muse of women poets.  Others have been suggested throughout the centuries.  I don’t have a name for one, but I do think there should be a muse for the graphical arts.  And maybe there should be many more.

Please join us inside to celebrate our various muses…

Ceasefire In Iraq

Bush and McCain have been telling the American people for weeks and even months just how well things are going in Iraq.  But then all hell blows up in their faces.  But the good news is that it is being handled by the Iraqis.  well not exactly, it is US air support and US Special Forces that are holding the whole thing together in Basra.  Shortly after McCain leaves Iraq it blows up into a massive situation killing 100s.  

But now the good news is that there will be a ceaefire called by al-Sadr.  Iraqi PM Maliki has praised the guy for his influence in stopping the violence.  Are we that stupid?  Who do you think called for the violence?  His a/hole is just flexing his muscle to show that he can do anything he wants and the the US and Maliki must deal with him and him alone.  He is a power broker and anything pertaining to Iraq will have to go through him.

There is little progress that would indicate that there is any way that we can be out of Iraq in 16 months.  Something a couple of candidates are saying.  The Iraqis have no Air Force and the US will be there to provide that for them for as long as I am alive.  I hate to admit it, but it looks like McCain is the only one of the candidates telling the truth–and his 100 year scenario looks like a done deal.  God, I really hate to admit to that!

Voters need to know this kind of stuff.  Will their candidate really produce what they promise as far as Iraq goes?

“We Are Your New Winter Soldiers” – IVAW Winter Soldiers 2008

Back on March 19th I placed a post, on my site, as well as a few others. I also sent that out to a small e-list I maintain to a few site boards, mostly Veteran, and individuals. I will give you the link and part of that post shortly, but first I would like you to view these closing remarks, from the Winter Soldiers 2008 Testimonies, by Camilo Mejia of Iraq Veterans Against The War.

From The Real News Network

Camilo Mejia, chair of Iraq Vets Against War on GI resistance, the Real News Network Video report.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

You realize of course, this means war.

What a bunch of whiny Ass Titty Babies our Beltway Bozos are.  Their egos too fragile to stand up to the rough and tumble of the internets.

You morans.  You bet we are laughing at your vapid Village Idiot insights, your breathless discovery of the obvious.  It has been a staple of deconstructed entertainment for years how hackneyed and formulaic our sitcoms and dramas are and your reductionist telepromptered “newscasts” are no different.

We’re not only on to you, we’re smarter than you are.

You’re a bunch of blow dried brainless buttkissers who’s only special talent is for being relentlessly wrong!

Oh, and mutual mental masturbation you feces flinging lice grooming primates.

Gore Will Launch a New $300M Climate Change Campaign

Al Gore is about to step forward, back into the news again.  The Washington Post reports

Former vice president Al Gore will launch a three-year, $300 million campaign Wednesday aimed at mobilizing Americans to push for aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, a move that ranks as one of the most ambitious and costly public advocacy campaigns in U.S. history.

Gore sees a need to educate the public about what is needed to address the climate crisis.  I am quite impressed at the plans for various ways of getting the information out to the public.  The key need is to have real policy changes be enacted.

The Alliance for Climate Protection’s “we” campaign will employ online organizing and television advertisements on shows ranging from “American Idol” to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” It highlights the extent to which Americans’ growing awareness of global warming has yet to translate into national policy changes, Gore said in an hour-long phone interview last week. He said the campaign, which Gore is helping to fund, was undertaken in large part because of his fear that U.S. lawmakers are unwilling to curb the human-generated emissions linked to climate change.

Stand Down Soldier. Helping our Homeless Vets.

Here is the first paragraph from the official  Overview of Homelessness  page from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

About one-third of the adult homeless population have served their country in the Armed Services. Current population estimates suggest that about 154,000 veterans (male and female) are homeless on any given night and perhaps twice as many experience homelessness at some point during the course of a year. Many other veterans are considered near homeless or at risk because of their poverty, lack of support from family and friends, and dismal living conditions in cheap hotels or in overcrowded or substandard housing.

Estimates from other sources vary but the general consensus is between 150,000 and  250,000.

I have noticed that in the last year under the Bush administration they have  steadily lowered the official number. Go figure.

EENR 4 Progress Endorses Jerry Northington for DE (aka our friend possum)

Here at the EENR team, we realize that the key to getting progressive reforms enacted is a progressive Congress. To that end, we continue to seek out and endorse the best progressive candidates. We’ve taken a look at each of our endorsees on the issues, and believe that their platforms are compatible with the comprehensive progressive platform proposed by John Edwards in the presidential primary. For that reason, we call them Edwards Democrats, no matter who they may support now.

Tonight, EENR 4 Progress is proud to endorse Jerry Northington (also known on the blogs as possum) for Delaware’s at-large district!  

This is a cross CROSS post about depleted uranium, Iraqi children, privileged homebirthers and war

Hi all,

This is my first official post at docudharma. Exciting. 🙂

I wrote this post which combined a quick note of thanks I wrote as a self introduction to OOIBC, images I posted for Wordless Wednesday and an older post I wrote about being a privileged north amerikkkan homebirther who can reasonably expect to birth children that are not irradiated and howling in pain, birthing in peace and quiet not amid the sounds of bombs and the screams of the traumatized, dominated and dying.

I just want to offer a quick thank you to Edger for turning me in the direction of this group blogsite. I appreciate the words of encouragement, Edger.



originally posted onWednesday, March 26, 2008

Greetings from darkdaughta…

I'm darkdaughta. My other blog is here.

I'm new here. I was invited over the weekend but I waited. I wanted to bring something useful to the conversation. I wanted to bring something that locates me not just as a war resister, but also as a mama, as a flesh being who is attempting to deal with her lived reality as someone who benefits from the war in Iraq.

So, I thought every day since the first invitation about what would do this space justice and about what I could come bearing that would help to expose what our warlords have brought to the people of Iraq.


The Aliens & the Feuding Clans


The Hatfields and McCoys were rival American clans who feuded in the latter part of the 1800s.  They lived on opposite riverbanks and dealt in moonshine.  

The Shiite clans of South Iraq are having family feuds and the new government and its occupiers have been unable to settle them down. It took negotiation from Iran, because clan ties predate national borders.  

Imagine if aliens from another planet had come to the US in the 1800s to intervene between the Hatfields and McCoys!  Ironically, in 2003 they united against their common enemy, “the perpetrators of 9/11.”  check out their next reunion plan here.

Real News Sources

Where does one get credible news these days.

Here is the list.  Partial of course.

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