January 23, 2010 archive

Time Magazine on Haiti

A Weekend News Digest Supplement

I apologize for not maxing out on my news pieces recently, but I’ve been busy with Administrative issues and creating other content.

Not to mention real life.

I’ve looked at Time Magazine for the first time in a while and I discovered a backlog of pieces on Haiti that I thought I’d present as a supplement for you.

As always, this is not all the pieces, just the ones I think long enough to quote and of interest to my readers.

From Yahoo News World

1 Could the Haiti Earthquake Have Been Predicted?

By JEFFREY KLUGER, Time Magazine

Wed Jan 13, 4:10 pm ET

The tragedy of the earthquake that struck Haiti Tuesday, Jan. 12, is easy to measure in the lives lost, homes destroyed and infrastructure wrecked. The paradox of the quake is equally evident: when a natural disaster so devastating hits, oughtn’t we have some way of predicting it? Hurricanes, blizzards, even volcanoes can be forecast well before their arrival, after all, allowing governments and people to make lifesaving preparations. Earthquakes, however, are stealth disasters, geological phenomena largely undetectable until just seconds before they occur. What scientists have long wanted to know is why quakes are so sneaky and what, if anything, can be done to read their warning signs better.

The Weakly Whatever: Reaching Out & Bridging the Gap

Weekly Address – January 23, 2010

Transcript here, and on the flip.

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Haiti calls off search for trapped quake victims

by Clarens Renois, AFP

2 hrs 21 mins ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Haiti officially abandoned earthquake search and rescue efforts on Saturday as survivors gathered in a ruined cathedral to mourn the country’s archbishop and 110,000 other victims of the disaster.

The government’s decision came despite the rescue on Friday of two people who spent 10 days buried in the rubble, but officials said it was aimed at letting aid workers focus on getting supplies to hundreds of thousands of people.

The United Nations warned meanwhile that Haiti’s upcoming rainy season — a source of other disasters that have plagued the country in recent years — could pose a new threat to beleaguered survivors of the 7.0-magnitude quake.

Biden: U.S. to Appeal Blackwater Case Dismissal

I just caught this and there doesn’t seem to be much on it yet

U.S. to Appeal Blackwater Case Dismissal, Biden Says

There isn’t a time mark on the NYT piece but the few others I found had it as about an hour ago.

This is a cut from the Times piece.

Dear Mr. President…

The Battle of America’s Deep

An allegory in four parts

Part I: The Warning of the Dirty Fucking Hippies

The power of the Enemy is growing.  The corporations will use their puppets, the Republicans, the media, and the Blue Dog corporatists and centrists, to enslave the people of America.  Fascism has been unleashed.  The eye of the corporations now turn to the last free people of America.  Their war on this country will come swiftly.  They sense the ring is close.  The strength of the Democrats is failing.  In their hearts, progressives being to understand, the quest will claim their freedom — all their freedom.  It was the risk we all took.

In the gathering dark the will of the Ring grows strong.  It works hard now to find its way back into the hands of Congressmen.  Congressmen who are so easily seduced by its power.  The young Captain of America has now but to extend his hand, take the Ring for his own, and the world will fall.

It is close, now, so close to achieving its goal.  For the corporations will have dominion over all life in America, even unto the ending of the world.

Do we leave America to its fate?  Do we let them stand alone?

Open Panic


Quit hitting us up for money!

WASHINGTON (AP) – About 40 current and former corporate executives have a message for Congress: Quit hitting us up for campaign cash.  NYT


Docudharma Times Saturday January 23

Saturday’s Headlines:

Populist backlash puts Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke under siege

What happens in a disaster zone after the news crews go home?

With Kindle, the Best Sellers Don’t Need to Sell

GOP candidates latch on to Scott Brown

Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds

Iranian elephant in the Iraqi room

Sri Lanka locked in dirtiest election for years as poll violence rises

Looking ahead to North Korea’s demise

Romanian prostitutes flee to Western EU to escape tough laws

Antwerp plant closure puts Opel workers on war footing

Study Points to Disease as Main Killer in Darfur

Haiti’s elite offers an unlikely source of hope

teacherken: Welcome, Shoggoth!

teacherken, Ogre Battle lives forever more!

place on the hill

I’m really sorry if I forgot to post this here before.

I could use some text with this.

I had this dream a thousand times before. But this time I got with my old friend, up into a place on the hill.

It was amazing; we found all these amazing kind people and they had this media library. And meanwhile we hung out with them and swapped bread, up in gardens up in high hills of Los Angeles (not real).

Update: late post. Just something I want to post here, with all its raggedy pieces, after all this hell I got into with some of you.

and thanks for not fucking banning me.  

Late Night Karaoke

Open Thread

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