April 22, 2008 archive

Updated – Okay, China, So What Else Shouldn’t Be “Politicized”?

It’s not like there’s nothing happening on the Olympic torch front. There are already protests in Australia as the torch heads toward that country: http://www.news.com.au/heralds…

Lin Hatfield Dobbs, a social justice campaigner, has pulled out of the Olympic torch relay in Australia, saying of the torch, “For a lot of people it still carries the meaning of harmony but for an increasing number of the global community watching it’s carrying a lot of meaning around human rights.” link: http://afp.google.com/article/…

And the International Herald-Tribune reports that in Japan, instead of the torch relay starting at the enigmatic Zenkoji Temple, it will begin in a parking lot: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap…

But all of that really pales in comparison to an event happening right now, involving multiple countries, including the United States and China. It includes an act of non-cooperation by trade union workers. A political party has spoken out, expressing fears that its members would become the victims of violence.

And yet we are treated to the same response by the Chinese government, that this event shouldn’t be “politicized”.  

Pony Party, Looking Up

According to this Yahoo!News story

…for those living in the Northern Hemisphere, a great “window of opportunity” for viewing Mercury in the evening sky is about to open up.

Preemptive Sandbox Invasion.

(Since the progress-o-sphere is about to go primary-day-crazy, here’s something to possibly counter all the primary talk from the state of Maine! Ohio? Mississi– Um, which state is it again?)

Docudharma Times Tuesday April 22

So keep your auditions for somebody

Who hasn’t got so much to lose

`Cause you can tell by the lines I’m reciting

That I’ve seen that movie too

Tuesday’s Headlines: Detainees Allege Being Drugged, Questioned: What to look for in the Pennsylvania primary: Monsoon divorce: Samsung chairman to resign after indictment: Russia bans play about deadly siege at Moscow theatre: Key Sudan census gets under way: Shiite cleric’s followers ready to fight: Syria tunes in the West on Medina FM:    

A Developer, His Deals and His Ties to McCain

Donald R. Diamond, a wealthy Arizona real estate developer, was racing to snap up a stretch of virgin California coast freed by the closing of an Army base a decade ago when he turned to an old friend, Senator John McCain.

When Mr. Diamond wanted to buy land at the base, Fort Ord, Mr. McCain assigned an aide who set up a meeting at the Pentagon and later stepped in again to help speed up the sale, according to people involved and a deposition Mr. Diamond gave for a related lawsuit. When he appealed to a nearby city for the right to develop other property at the former base, Mr. Diamond submitted Mr. McCain’s endorsement as “a close personal friend.”

Matt Gonzalez Discusses the Nader/Gonzalez Platform

Ralph Nader’s VP choice, Matt Gonzalez, talks about being chosen to run for VP and the issues!

Crisis in Veterans’ Healthcare

DeJa-Vu Vietnam Era All Over Again!!

For an Arrogant, Apathedic, Wealthy country, that loves it’s Conflicts and Occupations, we truely show our colors with our short term memories.

This all went on before, We Didn’t Learn.

Muse in the Morning

For Earth Day:

Art Link

Blue Mother

Chapter 6

The Spirit of the Valley

never dies.
It is called

the Mystic Female.

The Door

of the Mystic Female

Is the root

of Heaven and Earth.

Continuously, continuously,

It seems to remain.
Draw upon it

And it serves you with ease.

–Tao te Ching (tr. Lin Yutan)

Blue Mother

Like you

I hang my head

You in sorrow

Me in shame

Blue Mother

I weep with you

for the damage done

to the spirit

of the valley

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–November 1, 2005

Please join us inside to celebrate our various muses…

Oil Predictions

This is a re-post from my word press blog and just wanted to see if anyone wanted to predict the future.

A Japanese oil tanker was damaged Monday when it was attacked by a small boat in Middle Eastern waters off the coast of Yemen, the tanker’s owner said. Word of the attack helped to drive world oil prices to a new record.

The attack rattled the nerves of global energy traders, sending the price of benchmark light, sweet crude to a record $117.40 per barrel. Oil prices had also briefly touched $117 per barrel last week, after rebels attacked a pipeline in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer.

Okay this is a daily occurrence, but now I want to start a prediction that oil will hit $125 a barrel by July 4th.  Anybody else want to join in?  Come on what you got to lose?

Tearing down the Republican-Neo-Conservative movement in America

In keeping with the need for a “true” change of course in our ridiculous candidate wars instead of focusing on defeating the Republicans in 2008, I wrote something that I posted at Orange just now, and I wanted to replicate it here, just for the sake of discussion.

Is this on the right track, and is the wording something we can use a primer to begin the end of the HATE HILLARY, HATE BARACK wars and begin the true battle against the Republicans and John McCain?

See below if you are interested.

Reading Between The Lines Of White House Lies

This should not come as a surprise:


Cheney Wants A War With Iran Before The National Election

How do I know this?

Because Cheney/Bush may fool some of the people all of the time – but not this fool anymore.

Did I hear you just say that you don’t want to be treated like a fool?  Then join me below the fold for a reality check on the latest installment of the on-going series:

                White House Lies About Iraq War…Again

The Stars Hollow Gazette

Too weird not to blog.

We interrupt your regular lefty and ultra lefty radical common sense for some topics that are just too weird not to blog.

Five Questions for Earth Day’s Denis Hayes

In a few paragraphs, I’ll get to the promised interview, but first a few words of my own. (If you’re short on time, scroll to the interview box).

Every year, I greet Earth Day with mixed feelings because the first one came at a time of tremendous upheaval in another realm.

Although that first Earth Day in 1970 – which Denis Hayes coordinated – focused needed attention on the world’s environmental troubles, it was also a diversion. Just a week after Earth Day, on April 29, the U.S. sent troops into Cambodia and, within three weeks, six students had been killed during protests at Kent State and Jackson State universities. Then, too, while millions joined in Earth Day activities, the event was peppered with corporate sponsors, many of whom were more interested in making a public relations coup than anything substantively ecological.

Indeed, some corporate participants took a downright hostile tone when it was pointed out that something engaged in by them might be environmentally destructive.

Nonetheless, for a time, in part because Richard Nixon needed something positive to balance his administration’s disastrous continuation of the war in Southeast Asia and because he was pressured by Democrats like Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson and members of his own party, quite a number of successful environmental initiatives were undertaken, including the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and legislation on clean water and clean air.  

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