February 9, 2010 archive

For Your Consideration: Up Dated

On Wednesday, February 10 will conduct a special teleconference that will be streamed live on line.

MSF Conferenece 2/10

Hear first-hand how our medical teams set up makeshift clinics to triage patients on the grounds of destroyed hospital structures; how we accomplished complicated surgical procedures in an inflatable hospital and tents; and the future of our work as we continue to address medical challenges the Haitian people are facing.

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   * Location: Online at Ustream – Haiti Earthquake Update

   * Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

   * Time: 12 noon EST / 11 am CST / 10 am MST / 9 am PST / 8 am AST / 7 am HST

Docudharma Times Tuesday February 9

Tuesday’s Headlines:

Toyota orders global Prius recall

India to rule on future of aubergine as country’s first genetically modified food

Top House Republicans throw cold water on health-care summit

Hoarse Who Dat Nation savors Saints’ victory

Yuliya Tymoshenko under pressure to concede defeat in Ukraine poll

Irish paramilitary disarmament lauded

12-year-old Saudi girl in divorce battle with 80-year-old husband

Iran ‘ups nuclear fuel enriching’

Sri Lankan general held in crackdown

China jails investigator into Sichuan earthquake schools

Rwanda’s Kagame warns critical presidential rival

In Haiti, a rum everyone can agree on

Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

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Then I thought that needed some oomph and achieved what is inside…

The Problem with Education 20100208

I guess that I am one of those “elite eggheads” that Rush Limbaugh (college flunkout and several times divorced, in addition to being a self proclaimed drug addict), Sean Hannity (college dropout), Glenn Beck (college dropout and divorced, and a self proclaimed alcoholic), Bill O’Reilly (who has a BA and and MA and a settled case of sexual harassment), Greta van Susteren (with a law degree from Gerogetown, and returned to teach law there), and the mighty eye candy Gretchen Carlson, the Miss America whose nanny was not any other than the bizarre Michele Bachmann, now in Congress from the diverse state of Minnesota. By the way, Carlson has a degree in the liberal (socialist) field of Sociology.

So the radical right goes from the ignorant to the well educated.  I guess that I do not fit in well.

Olbermann: Sen. Comm. Indian Affairs Worst Person (S. Dakota Winter Storms)

Thank you Mr. Olbermann, just thank you.

But our winner, the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Where are you guys? Three major Native American reservations in South Dakota, particularly the Cheyenne River Reservation, have been buried under snow and ice with major power failures, for two weeks.

Overnight Caption Contest

Obama moseys along to replace leaky washer.

Upon waking from his midday nap and taking a good long stretch, President Obama meandered into the kitchen. He stood there wondering to himself whether he was hungry, thirsty, or both, when his vegetative musings were side-tracked by the pronounced dripping of the faucet.  Goodness gracious!  Was that old thing still dripping?  He’d been meaning to get around to replacing that old washer for, oh, two, three year now, it must have been.  

Not a life-or-death situation, but all those little drops must add up over time, he thought.  It’s not the biggest job, either, but it’s not necessarily a simple job.  He’d have to crawl under the sink and shut off the water, find some wrenches, remove the stem valve…and frankly, he wasn’t sure if he had any spare washers he could scrounge around for that would fit.  He might have to take a trip down to the hardware store.  Even if he had some washers, there’s the problem of tightening them just so.  Too tight, and the handle won’t turn.  Too loose, it still drips.  But those were just technical issues.

The President drifted off into another room as these ideas were percolating through his thoughts, hemming and hawing over the Republican accusations of runaway government spending, and lingering mightily at the prospect of  what the water utility’s lobbyists might say.  He didn’t want to rush headlong into the job hastily getting everybody riled up, but neither did he want to fritter away another afternoon just lolling around or warming a chair.  That’s not what he came to Washington for.  The last thing he wanted was to be pulled up short in the middle of the job, ending up with a useless sink.  

He vacillated between considerations, ambled about, hesitated, then moved slowly on again, before finally deciding he wasn’t going to diddle daddle with this fiddle faddle any longer.  Not this time.  Fixing that faucet was the right thing to do.  Heck, he could probably stimulate the economy, save the taxpayer some money over the long haul, and claim environmental stewardship, while he’s at it.  He reckoned he should probably just mosey on down to the hardware store, and take a gander at their washers, first thing in the morning.  

NWO News Troll

Ok we are always on the brink of disaster but sometimes the suckometer reaches the terror trifecta stage maybe it’s best to bring it up.

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Rethinking the Greens

Green, green, it’s green they say

On the far side of the hill

Green, green, I’m goin’ away

To where the grass is greener still

  — New Christy Minstrels

As some of you may know, I have not considered the Green Party a viable vehicle for independent politics.  I have argued that they are organizationally calcified, obsessed with programmatics, and would lack the flexibility to adapt to a strong 3rd-party upsurge.

At the same time, I’ve noticed a lot of people touting the Greens as our best independent vehicle, citing their having thoroughly progressive politics, a nationally-recognized organization in place, and ballot status in many states and I am moved by this.  I have put in many years with independent left politics, including:

     California Peace & Freedom Party

     Barry Commoner’s Citizens Party (Northern California executive board)

     Lenora Fulani’s New Alliance Party (I was their main typesetter)

     Ross Perot’s Reform Party (active in New Jersey branch’s bloody factions)

But I have never seen as much broad 3rd-party sentiment as I am seeing now.  Not even close.  Politically chaotic, from teabaggers (whatever their leaders may tout), to commie radicals to pissed-off liberals to Golden-Mean moderates, but never as much part of the mainstream discourse.  Geez, I remember the days when 3rd party votes weren’t even counted.

So in these circumstances, I am reconsidering my position on the Greens.  It may be the case that the Greens or elements of the Greens will be more responsive to an independent upsurge than to maintaining their own organizational status quo.

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