July 30, 2010 archive

Wild Wild Left Radio #74 World Colonization by Force

Tonight, July 30th at 6PM Eastern Time, WWL Radio!!!!!

Gottlieb and Diane G. are live and in color (or is that off color?) on WWL radio Friday night at 6pm Eastern Time to guide you through Current Events taken from a Wildly Left Prospective.

Hear the Unreported & Under Reported Headlines stories you should be paying attention to, from US Politics, to the farthest reaches of the Earth by the WWL coalition of subversion: undermining the PTB by speaking Truth to Power!!!!

Tonight we will continue our discussion from last week on the tool of Racism, a very real and rising tool. We will also speak to the ridiculous counter-racism claims, and paranoid accusations that always seem to stop truth being told.

They say all war is Class War, and the numbers certainly belie that domestically… but tonight we will also be forging ahead to the larger Foreign Policy – and clarify just how our enemies are created: Fear and “isms” to one end: Make colonies of those who do not serve Western Interests.

Of course, its not all gloom and doom, there are plenty of idiots to satire in this weeks headlines… and you know us. So we shall!


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FinReg: Even More Opaque

Remember how we were all told that by installing new regulation oversight on the banks would fix what is wrong with the economy?

Remember how the same guys who broke the financial economy and stole trillions stood before the world and declared that they now know how to fix it?

Well … one thing is for sure … The Fix Is In!

Friday Philosophy: Trans Kids

The biggest problem a lot of people have with transfolk is that we know who we are because of what goes on in our minds…and nobody but us can truly see what that is.  There is often nothing measurable from outside other than a million tiny clues.

So too many people fear the worst and classify us as sexually perverse…as some sort of bizarre fetishists who would go to extraordinary lengths to pray on women and children in public restrooms (Nobody every worries about transmen sexually abusing men and boys in men’s restrooms).

What puts the lie to a lot of such crap are the trans kids.   In  Development, Risk & Resilience of Transgender Youth (2010), (pdf) Kimberly A. Stieglitz, doctor of nursing and certified pediatric nurse practitioner, has produced a gem.  I read the pdf’s so that you don’t have to.  

News at Noon

From Reuters

Chevron earnings triple

By Matt Daily and Braden Reddall

July 30, 2010

(Reuters) – Chevron Corp (CVX.N), the second-largest U.S. oil company, reported a three-fold jump in quarterly profit on rising oil output, higher energy prices and buoyant margins at its refineries, topping Wall Street forecasts.

The results follow the strong earnings reports from the world’s largest oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) on Thursday.

Chevron’s second-quarter net income jumped to $5.4. billion, or $2.70 per share, from $1.75 billion, or 87 cents per share, a year before. Revenue rose to $53 billion.

Lost and Alone in Logar Province

An orchard in Logar Province, Afghanistan

Three U.S. troops died in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 63 and surpassing the previous month’s record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war.

The American deaths this month include Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley from Kingman, Arizona, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, 25, from the Seattle area. They went missing last week in Logar Province south of Kabul, and the Taliban announced they were holding one of the sailors.

Shop in Logar Province
A shop in Logar

McNeley’s body was recovered there Sunday, and Newlove’s body was pulled from a river Wednesday evening, Afghan officials said. Taliban. The discovery of Newlove’s body only deepened the mystery of the men’s disappearance nearly 60 miles (100 kilometers) from their base in Kabul.

An investigation is under way, but with both sailors dead, U.S. authorities remain at a loss to explain what two junior enlisted men in noncombat jobs were doing driving alone in Logar – much of which is not under government control.

Logar Province
Charkh, Logar, Afghanistan

A champion appears.


Sanders/Weiner 2012, for the sake of the Republic.

Contractual Finactuals

Urban Myth or Truth in Finance?

In the ever increasing Orwellianisms of financial “reform” my daughter has pointed out that credit card “subscriptions” now morph and FIND another credit line owned by YOU to attach these monthly FEES to.  So, getting rid of the credit card account does not mean getting rid of the FEE for services, products, software which you no longer want, need, can afford, especially at 23.99 APR.

Point two.  Can one ask the bank for your own real and personal resonable credit limit?

How does one caution the Facebook generation on the evils of connecting the entire world to your own empty pocketbook?

Today from Lamesteam all the focus is on informercials for Idol.

I have yet to watch even a single episode, and plan to keep it that way!

Docudharma Times Friday July 30

Friday’s Headlines:

Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been a Sink of Pollution

Fears for unique wildlife of Galapagos as UN drops islands’ protected status


U.S. takes a tougher tone with China

Supreme Court leery of broad challenges to yet-to-take-effect state laws


Russia to introduce ‘draconian’ Minority Report-style law

Silvio Berlusconi faces parliamentary crisis as speaker refuses to resign

Middle East

Mahmoud Abbas preparing to hold direct talks with Israel, say diplomats

Niqab ban unveils Syria’s secular past


Patrick Coburn: ‘We need to talk to the Taliban’

Australia’s Aboriginals won land, now defend right to use it


Robert Mugabe loses political ally as younger sister Sabina dies

Uganda bombings bring Africa together. Except Eritrea.

Latin America

Mexican drug lord Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Coronel killed by army

Effing scary! Effing complex! Effing easy! … Climate Change

Lafeminista’s Global Warming: Are you f***ing scared yet? highlights yet another reason for grave concern about the impacts of our using the atmosphere as a trash pit: we are killing life in the ocean as

Scientists have discovered that the phytoplankton of the oceans has declined by about 40 per cent over the past century, with much of the loss occurring since the 1950s. They believe the change is linked with rising sea temperatures and global warming.

Should we mention acidification of the oceans? Accelerating extinction rates? Ever-more disrupted weather patterns globally that, among other things, are hurting agricultural production? Stronger storms? Rising seas? ….

At a core level, if you are a parent and unconcerned about what this means for your child’s life (your own as well), well, you are living with blinders on.

Global Warming should effing scare us …

Yet, it doesn’t because it also so complex …

And, sigh, it shouldn’t have to because the solution paths are so clear …

Mue in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

For as long as space endures,

for as long as living beings remain,

until then may I too remain,

to dispel the misery of the world.

–Shantideva, The Bodhicaryavatara

(The Way of the Bodhisattva)

Phenomena XXVII: living


Short Circuit

Sapient spark

arc of life

light and heat

radiant energy

signifying something

So much potential

so often diminished

grounded through

selfishness and greed

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–February 4, 2008

Late Night Karaoke

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