July 2010 archive

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

Good Reason to Try Again

While the Netroots Nation 2010 conference was happening in Las Vegas last weekend, another conference, even more important IMHO, was occurring in Albany, New York.  The United National Anti-War Conference brought together a broad coalition of peace, anti-war, social justice, labor, ethnic, and other activists for the purpose of finding a new mode and presentation for our many, many righteous grievances.

From Glenn Ford to David Swanson to Noam Chomsky to Medea Benjamin, the hard core community of dissent and change gathered to explore why we have not been able to attain our goals and look for more productive roads to success.

Glenn Ford, one of my favorites, Editor of the “Black Agenda Report”, and an attendee at the conference reported on July 28th:

A renewed anti-war movement is under construction, one that breaks decisively from the Cult of Obama, demands an end to all U.S. aid to the Israeli “apartheid regime,” and calls for “immediate, total and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops, mercenaries and contractors from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, and the immediate closing of all U.S. bases in those countries.”


The mission [of the nearly 600 delegates] is to rescue the anti-war movement from the rubble of its collapse with the ascent of Black Democrat Barack Obama to the presidency.

Ford goes on to name the anti-war defectors:

Leap with me beneath the fold…

How to Kill More Troops and Civies for Fun & Profit, End the 2nd Depression, & Spoof the Nobel

Remember this guy ?    

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent, …..  captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

Fresh off of letting the former Minerals Management Services oil bomb a third of our nation’s seafood supply from the Gulf of Mexico into oblivion through regulatory neglect, and letting the EPA perform the world’s largest biology experiment with Corexit spraying,

He’s come up with a great new manufacturing stimulus program to end our nation’s economic malaise of millions of unemployed.

And Dept of Defense Secretary Gates is enthusiastic, saying it will “build high walls around a smaller yard” by narrowing in on the nation’s “crown jewels.”

What could this be ?   Is it a bird, is it a plane, no, it’s more than that,  it’s

  Enlarging the United State’s market share of the international weapons exporting business !  He’s going to double it by 2015.  That would take us from 30% of the market to 60% of the world market.    

What could possibly go wrong ?

India, which currently is seeking 126 fighter-jets worth over $10 billion, 10 large transport aircraft worth $6 billion, and other multi-billion dollar defense sales, could be among the possible beneficiaries. Allies seeking advanced U.S. weaponry and equipment, who now often buy elsewhere due to the cumbersome U.S. approval process, would draw immediate benefit from the reforms, U.S. officials said.

Isn’t this the world’s largest multicultural Asian democracy which currently is embroiled with a little misunderstanding with its Muslim neighbor, Pakistan, which we just happen to be giving money to with one hand, and droning with the other ?  

Although a “Democrat” in the House,  Berman,  is writing a version of the bill, others are also expressing enthusiasm for their kind of stimulating one stop shopping Mall of the Americas experience.   And there will be seasonal sales, and back to school specials, as the boring old technology is rotated to the clearance racks and the new, stylish and advanced technology is put on the front of the aisles.

Rep. Donald Manzullo, R-Ill., represents a district with aerospace and other manufacturers, and said reform is needed for the survival of U.S. manufacturing.

“We can begin to manufacture our way out of this recession by reforming our export controls,” Manzullo said in a speech at the American Enterprises Institute, a conservative think tank.

Okay, they’re a little bit worried about who might get the clearance rack weapontry items, but not too much.

Ah, streamlining ! Transparency !  Hope and Change !

Your kid didn’t need that publik skoolun fer kollage anyway. Call your local recruitment office now and reserve him or her a space for 2015.  They’ll leave the lights on for ya.  

Where do Jobs Go, When they don’t come back?


Is it just me, or is the face of American Employment Opportunities, subtly changing?

Has the Dignity of an Honest Day’s Work — suddenly become a “Luxury”, that as a country, we can no longer afford?

Or is it simply that the Toothpaste of “Cheap Labor”, has been squeezed out of the Tube — and it’s such a mess now, there is no easy way to put it back to where it used to be.

Is the Job Market going through a permanent “structural change” — one where the employment landscape will look totally different, after the all the Great Recession dust has cleared?

Future? There’s a Future?

It’s a hour and 15 minutes. Which is not too far into the future, you say?

But you don’t have to watch it all. Just watch the first 8 or 10 minutes.

You may or may not decide to watch the rest of it, but I’ll bet you will, and you’ll be shortchanging yourself if you don’t.

If you watch the first half hour I’ll buy the drinks. You’ll want one.

Hat tip to Sagebrush Bob

Military Stress: Army Releases Report on Suicide Prevention

I just can’t think of anything more to add, as not only myself but many others have stated over and over thousands of times in these years, to the three reports and link to the study then are stated within them!

This is a 10MB, 370page pdf download, you can visit the Army site by click the graphic or the link.

Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report

July 29, 2010 With suicides at an all-time high, the U.S. Army released a report today blaming “a permissive unit environment” for high risk behavior.

“For some, the rigors of service, repeated deployment, injuries and separations from family resulted in a sense of isolation, hopelessness and life fatigue,” Army Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli says in a letter accompanying the report.

Open Roof


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