October 11, 2008 archive

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

66 stories.  Politics, Business, and Science to come.

89 stories.  Science to come.

96 story final.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Marriage ruling not the end of debate in Conn.

By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press Writer

1 hour, 35 minutes ago

HARTFORD, Conn. – Now that the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled same-sex couples have the right to wed, opponents of gay marriage are pinning their hopes on an infrequent ballot question in a longshot bid to block the unions.

Every 20 years, voters can force a convention during which delegates can rewrite the entire constitution. It’s a long, painstaking process that could cost millions and, by coincidence, it’s on the ballot this November.

“This is our one opportunity for the people to have a voice, for the people to be heard, for them to decide whether marriage will be protected as between a man and a woman,” said Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut.

Outing

Today is national coming out day.

I’m hetero.  But I’m highly supportive of GLBT rights.  I’ve never been able to figure out why I should care what two consenting adults do with each other, or how they get their jollies.  I’ve never been able to figure out why some people want to limit other people’s joy, when that joy does no one any harm.  In general, I’d say I am about as pro-GLBT rights as anyone.

There’s one topic, though, that I do disagree with some of my GLBT friends on, and that’s outing.

Obviously, I support the idea of people being free to out themselves.  I would wish for a day when being ‘out’ is no big deal.  But that day, obviously, is not here.

I oppose outing of other people.  ANY other people.  Now, most of us will have no problem with this idea for most people … most of us would not out a friend.  Where it gets controversial, among pro-GLBT people, is when we talk of outing of anti-GLBT people, especially when those people have some power (politicians and clergy, in particular).

Some will argue that, since those people have the power to hurt GLBT folk, and use that power in that way, then outing them is only exposing their hypocrisy, and outing them is therefore justified.

But just as I support the right of a friend to be private about his/her sexual life, so I must support the right of my enemy to be so private.  Noam Chomsky said “If we don’t believe in the right of free speech for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all”.

I feel that one could substitute ‘privacy’ for ‘free speech’ in the above.  In America, we have a system for depriving people of their rights.  It’s called the criminal justice system.  It is, I know, a system that is far from perfect, but it is the system we have, and it is one area where the USA is better than a lot of other places (not the best place, for sure, but not nearly the worst).  People are deprived of their rights when they are convicted of committing a crime.  Being a jerk is not a crime.  Being a hate-mongering jackass is not a crime.  Crimes are defined in the penal codes of the country and the various states.  Until someone is convicted, he or she should have the right to privacy, no matter how hypocritical they are; just as they should have the right to speak, no matter how obnoxious they are.

Bush’s Legacy: The End of War?

Yeah yeah, I know, and I will even laugh along with you. Humans not warring against each other? Hahahaha! As long as there are tree branches and rocks to hit each other over the head with….or we evolve….there will never be an end to war.

Howz dis, The End Of Imperialism? Naw, Empire will happen again, sometime, somewhere down the road. Ok, one more shot… The End Of Foreign Adventurism, temporarily. Maybe. Until, as history will remember it, if there is still someone writing history, the Great Resource Wars of the 21st Century?

The point being, that after the Soviet Empire went broke in Afghanistan and collapsed, and the Bush Empire went broke in Iraq and Afghanistan and collapsed(?), Superpowers (what is left of them) MAY (if we are incredibly lucky) learn their lesson. Lest we forget(and it is OUR job to make sure no one forgets) the current worldwide financial crisis IS a direct result of Bush’s and the Neo-cons brief  American Empire. If we were not (by some estimates) spending up to 3 trillion dollars on Iraq and Afghanistan, our economy would not be in shambles. If ‘we’ didn’t have a Ponzi scheme economy going to give the illusion of prosperity for the last 6-8 years, support for the war would have evaporated much sooner. Neither the American people or Congress would have allowed those trillions to be spent. If not for the housing bubble propping up the house of cards, we would not have had the ability to borrow trillions of dollars. And while we are not forgetting things, let us not forget that we have not yet paid for these wars, the bills will come due.

China (and everybody else that has financed our Imperialism) has stopped loaning us money. They have taken away the war heroin that America has been shooting up by taking away the ability to pay for it. And….they own us now. The Chinese Godless Commies only have to call in all the money that America has borrowed from them to end/destroy the American economy, the world economy. George Bush and the Republican Rubber Stampers has handed world economy to the Chinese on a platter. The Chinese, if they need or even want it, have an end game. We don’t. The Republicans have mortgaged the future of America to the Chinese…to the Godless Communists! And destroyed Americas moral authority in the bargain.

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Pony Party: Morning

I am not too creative today so I am going to leave you with a couple of cartoon clips…

Oh Happy National Coming Out Day! Do they have cards for that? If they did I would have sent some out.

I like getting cards so that requires sending them out.

A special hello to Edger who is still in quarantine to the best of my knowledge. We can have a coming out party for him when he gets released.

Please don’t recommend pony party. Hang out, chit chat and then go read some of the excellent diaries on our recent and rec’d list.

Miscegenation.

Miscegenation:

The term “miscegenation” has been used since the nineteenth century to refer to interracial marriage and interracial sex, and more generally to the global process of racial admixture that has taken place since the Age of Discoveries, particularly through the European colonization of the Americas and the Atlantic slave trade.

Historically the term has been used in the context of laws banning interracial marriage and sex, so-called anti-miscegenation laws.

It is therefore a loaded word and is considered offensive by many.

America’s West Bank: McCain’s Forced Navajo Relocation

For more clarification,see here.


Source

Not that long ago, the United Nations performed a Human Rights Investigation of the forced Navajo resettlement from Arizona to Nevada, under Special Rapporteur A. Amor. A law revised and submitted to Congress by Senator John McCain and others before him was determined to be the root cause of violations, which after ratification by President Clinton in 1999 during a globally publicized sit in by Songstress Julia Butterfly Hill at Big Mountain, Arizona.

Kill Them All!!! Camus on Administrative murder

Originally published in Free Inquiry

Every society has the criminals it deserves.

-Albert Camus, “Reflections on the Guillotine”

My sister must have been terrified the night that her junkie boyfriend beat her to death in that filthy motel room. Terrified and disoriented, she would have been struggling to understand what was happening to her. Beating a human being to death is apparently not an easy thing to do. According to the coroner’s testimony, it took about five minutes for her to die. What was she thinking, in those five minutes? At what point in that five-minute period did she suspect she might die in that squalid room? At what point did she know she would die there and then?

I would lay awake at night, for months after her death, unable to turn off the endless broken loop playing in my brain that kept repeating these questions. More than answers, I wanted revenge: hard, bloody-fisted revenge, bitter and uncompromising Old Testament revenge. More, I wanted to stand before those in power, point my finger at all the world’s death rows, and scream at the top of my lungs, “Kill them all, and let God sort them out!” I was slowly going mad with my ache for revenge.

But-but-revenge is not justice.

Docudharma Times Saturday 11



When Accusing Someone Of Being A Terrorist

And You Say It Enough People Begin

To Believe Them Which Then Leads To

The Incitement Of Violence Through Words And Actions




Saturday’s Headlines:

Leading in polls, Obama plays it safe

North Korea film festival: Hollywood need not apply

Suicide bomber kills dozens at Pakistani peace meeting

Freedom fighters welcome honour, 70 years on

Last treasures of the French royal family go under the hammer in Paris

Chickpea wars: Israelis up in arms at bid to stop them selling hummus

Israel hires PR firm on 60th birthday for a political facelift

Congo blames Rwanda for fresh fighting

In Somalia, a ‘forgotten crisis’

For Ousted Candidate, Fight Goes On

Rich Nations Pushing for Coordination in Rescue  

 

 By MARK LANDLER

Published: October 10, 2008  


WASHINGTON – The United States and six other nations that are among the world’s richest agreed on Friday to a coordinated plan to rescue the financial industry, but fell short of offering concrete steps to backstop bank lending on a day when fear tightened its grip on investors from Wall Street to Hong Kong.

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said the United States would move aggressively on one part of the plan by infusing American banks directly with cash and taking ownership stakes in return.

Western Journalists in Iraq Stage Pullback of Their Own

 

By Ernesto Londoño and Amit R. Paley

Washington Post Foreign Service

Saturday, October 11, 2008; Page A01  

BAGHDAD — The number of foreign journalists in Baghdad is declining sharply, a media withdrawal that reflects Iraq’s growing stability and the financial strains faced by some news organizations.

In a stark indication of the changing media focus here, the number of journalists traveling with American forces in Iraq has plummeted in the past year. U.S. military officials say they “embedded” journalists 219 times in September 2007. Last month, the number shrank to 39. Of the dozen U.S. newspapers and newspaper chains that maintained full-time bureaus in Baghdad in the early years of the war, only four are still permanently staffed by foreign correspondents. CBS and NBC no longer keep a correspondent in Baghdad year-round.

 

USA

U.S. to buy shares in banks

Treasury secretary says the move, previously rejected, is now needed to inject cash into the financial system.

 By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer  

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson said today that the Bush administration would buy stakes in banks and other financial institutions to help ease the economic crisis.

Paulson said the Treasury Department was working on a plan to use some of the $700 billion in the financial rescue package to purchase equity in “a broad array of financial institutions.” The equity would be in the form of nonvoting shares, with the goal of the plan being to help those institutions raise new private capital.

As Congress worked on the bailout legislation last month, Paulson had dismissed the idea of equity purchases. Today, he said the administration had decided that such a move was needed now, in concert with the purchase of mortgage-backed securities, to help inject cash into the banking system.

Random Japan

Ya don’t say?

NTT’s Communication Science Laboratories compiled a list of the 50 most common first words in Japanese spoken by babies. Not surprisingly, results showed that manma (food) was first, with mama at No. 4 and papa eighth.

For the first time ever, the Fisheries Agency successfully caught wild parent eels in the spawning season off the Mariana Islands. Researchers hope the discovery will lead to a stable supply of larvae. We just hope those newly orphaned eel kids make out all right.

“Sento-kun,” the official mascot of a 2010 festival celebrating the transfer of Japan’s national capital to Nara 1,300 years ago, made his debut. Sento-kun looks like a young Buddha with antlers sprouting from his bald head.

Researchers at Fujita Health University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology announced they had succeeded in almost destroying a cancerous tumor in a mouse after injecting the animal with a medicine-filled carbon “nanohorn.”

Two medical workers affiliated with the aid organization Medecins du Monde, including a Japanese woman, were kidnapped in eastern Ethiopia.

Fifteen short-tailed albatross chicks were moved from their breeding grounds on Torishima, one of the Izu Islands, due to fears of a volcanic eruption.

Speaking of natural disasters, earthquakes and global warming are the problems Japanese people most often fret over, according to a survey by Tezukayama University and the National Research Institute of Police Science. Illnesses and accidents were also prominent, as were abnormal weather and wars.

Random Japan

Ya don’t say?

NTT’s Communication Science Laboratories compiled a list of the 50 most common first words in Japanese spoken by babies. Not surprisingly, results showed that manma (food) was first, with mama at No. 4 and papa eighth.

For the first time ever, the Fisheries Agency successfully caught wild parent eels in the spawning season off the Mariana Islands. Researchers hope the discovery will lead to a stable supply of larvae. We just hope those newly orphaned eel kids make out all right.

“Sento-kun,” the official mascot of a 2010 festival celebrating the transfer of Japan’s national capital to Nara 1,300 years ago, made his debut. Sento-kun looks like a young Buddha with antlers sprouting from his bald head.

Researchers at Fujita Health University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology announced they had succeeded in almost destroying a cancerous tumor in a mouse after injecting the animal with a medicine-filled carbon “nanohorn.”

Two medical workers affiliated with the aid organization Medecins du Monde, including a Japanese woman, were kidnapped in eastern Ethiopia.

Fifteen short-tailed albatross chicks were moved from their breeding grounds on Torishima, one of the Izu Islands, due to fears of a volcanic eruption.

Speaking of natural disasters, earthquakes and global warming are the problems Japanese people most often fret over, according to a survey by Tezukayama University and the National Research Institute of Police Science. Illnesses and accidents were also prominent, as were abnormal weather and wars.

Overnight Caption Contest (Friday Night Roll Your Own)

McCain “The Sentinel of Truth” * Karma Comes Home Edition *

John McCain is pushing the meme Obama isn’t being open or honest about his association with Bill Ayres. Well John, openness and honesty, truthfulness should start with YOU. Every time you get in front of a camera with that self serving smirk and exhort Barack Obama to tell the truth, to be straight with Americans, remember you are the fraud here, you are the liar.

John McCain exists simply for John McCain, for him there is no higher purpose than nurturing and protecting his myth. McCain is a survivor, like a cockroach. Follow me below the fold for the truth about the little man who would be president, the truth too many have forgotten. A look at the real John McCain stripped of the patriotic myth and maverick hype.  

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