July 24, 2010 archive

About that whole Netroots Nation thing

(That’s all)

-tiptoes meekly away.

Political Debate in the 21st Century

Science Says: Those 3-D Underwater Oil Plumes Belong to BP

Now for a little exercise in News Spin Cycles, vs the Scientific Process …

When the Facts, finally come in, IS Anyone even still Paying Attention?

“What we have learned completely changes the idea of what an oil spill is,” said chemical oceanographer David Hollander, one of three USF researchers credited with the matching samples of oil taken from the water with samples from the BP well. “It has gone from a two-dimensional disaster to a three-dimensional catastrophe.”


Together, the two studies confirm what in the early days of the spill was denied by BP and viewed skeptically by NOAA’s chief – that much of the crude that gushed from the Deepwater Horizon well stayed beneath the surface of the water.

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Open Solitude


ICE Checkpoint @ Netroots Nation…

Cross-posted from Sum of Change

So folks in Las Vegas for the 2010 Netroots Nation conference got a surprise when they showed up for the session on Civil Rights in the Modern Era to find a checkpoint of “ICE agents” looking for illegal European immigrants:

Docudharma Times Saturday July 24

Saturday’s Headlines:

Mosul struggles with ethnic divides, insurgency

Money for old bones: Dinosaur fossils become big business


Federal records show steady stream of oil spills in gulf since 1964

Did fear of racial backlash trigger administration blunder?


Catholic church embarrassed by gay priests revelations

Moth wipes out French Riviera’s palm trees

Middle East

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

Israel risks alienating Jewish diaspora over definition of a Jew


North Korea warns of nuclear ‘sacred war’

India’s strategy of suppression in Kashmir could backfire


AU nations to boost Somalia force

Latin America

Insecurity rises in makeshift camps for Haiti quake victims

Late Night Karaoke

NYS To Kill 115,000 Geese.

Holy Sh*t.  

Air travel must be the sacred  f’ing cow to rule them all.

What the hell is wrong with US persons, that they just don’t care about anything?

Or care to fight about anything?

Until daddy takes the TV away, I guess.


115,000 in NYS alone.

Random Japan


A 29-year-old Osaka man has admitted to damaging Christian churches 72 times over the years by throwing fire extinguishers and rocks at them, all part of a desperately misguided plan to get “the priests to listen to his prayers.”

A 71-year-old Tokyo man strangled his handicapped 69-year-old wife to death, later telling authorities he was “exhausted from caring for her.”

A 72-year-old Kyoto child safety volunteer admitted to molesting an elementary schoolgirl on his patrol, later telling the court, “I did it because the girl was adorable.”

It was reported that Jiro Saito, a former vice finance minister now president of Japan Post, will get a ¥90 million retirement bonus from his previous employer, Tokyo Financial Exchange. Saito was originally in line to receive ¥10 million more than that, but the board reduced the amount for fear that it “could incite a backlash.”

As the G8 and G20 summits wrapped up in Canada, Japan PM Naoto Kan promised US prez Barack Obama that he would have plenty of matcha ice cream on hand when Obama visits Japan in November. While the US leader is a big fan of matcha ice cream, the official White House log recorded the comment as “much ice cream.” Musta’ thought Clinton was still in office.

Popular Culture (Music) 20100723. Atomic Rooster

Atomic Rooster was in interesting band.  They were certainly British, and very eclectic.  There are also connexions with other bands (some of which I have covered here) and with other, less well known ones.

This band came to be in much part between the collaboration betwixt the folks producing The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and several other bands, including The Who.  Their connexions include King Crimson, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and a couple of other bands that I would rather folks mention in the comments.  Shall we see more about them?

Disposable People

Rachael Gieschen’s family founded Hanover Seaside Club in Wrightsville Beach, NC, in 1898.  When she lived as a man, she took her children there during those hot summer days.  But the 69-year-old Air Force veteran transitioned a few years ago and that made other club members uncomfortable, so the board of directors decided to cancel her membership.

Essentially, the club decided she was disposable.  One shouldn’t expect the club members, some of whom are her children, to be forced to consort with a tranny, after all, no matter how long they have known her.