November 18, 2010 archive

Why

First and foremost among the why’s is this. Docudharma was essentially conceived as an experimental piece of social and political art. (Although I never told anyone that, lol) When a piece of art is done, it is done. If the artist tries to keep it alive, it becomes a perverted form of itself that just withers on the vine and becomes ugly.

Mostly because there is no longer vibrancy, energy…..juice, running through it.

I would love someone or a group of someones to step up and put their energy into it, and continue to run the experiment and see what it turns into, and there is a month or so before we just pull the plug to do that.

If not, I will mourn the form, but celebrate the unique energy that very much rippled out from this place. And hope to refine and build upon it in a new form.

Second….

Some Other Time

and no, it’s not what you might think. lol.

It’s this… ta dah!

SOT

The CD is available to pre-order now … this is my alternative life when I unglue myself from the blawgs… Musician’s Wife.

[UPDATE x2] Lame Duck Round Up – 90 Second Summaries

With 90 Second Summaries, we aim to cover policy items due to receive close attention in the coming weeks and months that are not being properly explained by most of the press corps. As a result, ¬†over one third of our episodes cover pieces of legislation that are receiving action or are expected to receive action during this lame duck session of Congress. We did not hit every hot topic on the board, but we got to a good number of them. Without further ado, here’s a roundup of the bills we covered that you should know about as the lame duck session unfolds:

U.S. Pirate Party Builds A New Crew

(Cross-posted from The Free Speech Zone)

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At my University I learned that there were problems with students from “flagged” countries getting to the U.S. to flee the oppressive regimes they live under.  They wished to come to the U.S. through student visas yet those are being held up by the government and the university is not making an effort to get the paperwork and bureaucracy corrected.

So how do these students get to our schools in the U.S. in order to have free thought without fear of being killed for it?

Well….there’s a party for that.

Open Donald

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Extreme Blogging

China Can Hijack ALL US Internet Traffic

 From Computer World…

A report submitted to Congress on Wednesday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission expressed concerns over what the commission claims is China’s growing ability to control and manipulate Internet traffic.

The report points to two specific incidents earlier this year where actions taken inside China had a direct impact on Internet traffic in the U.S. and other regions of the world.

The traffic hijacking affected U.S. government and military networks, including those belonging to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Commerce, NASA and the U.S. Senate.

Commercial sites including those belonging to Microsoft, Dell and Yahoo were also affected.

It’s unclear if Chinese telecommunications firms did anything with the hijacked data, the commission said in its report. But the kind of access that Chinese authorities had to the data could enable surveillance of specific users or sites, disrupt transactions, prevent a user from establishing connections to specific sites or divert them to other spoofed sites, the report noted.

“Incidents of this nature could have a number of serious implications,” the report said.

“Incidents of this nature could have a number of serious implications.”

That’s sort of an understatement, isn’t it?

Q.E.D.

(1)

The finances of the Social Security program are separated by law from the rest of the federal government.

(2)

The Social Security program levies its own taxes.

(3)

{FICA} Tax income is deposited on a daily basis and is invested in “special-issue” securities. The cash exchanged for the securities goes into the General Fund of the Treasury and is indistinguishable from other cash in the General Fund.

(4)

The government pays interest to the Trust Funds. The government owes the money which the {Social Security} Trust Funds have loaned to it and will have to repay it as the securities come due.

(5)

Special {Security} issues can be redeemed at any time at face value {from the General Fund}.

(6)

The GDP increase per dollar of budgetary cost is in the range of 1.6, 1.7 for things like food stamps and unemployment benefits, and in the range of .35 for extending the Bush tax cuts.

IOW:

  Expect a $1.70 return for every Bottom Up $1.00 invested,

  and ONLY a $0.35 return for every Top Down $1.00 invested.

War Court vs. Civilian Trial

Well what do ya know, Justice {Civilian Courts} still works in the U.S.! Another of the Gitmo detainee’s, only this one went to trial, was found that the U.S. Government didn’t have much evidence of his guilt. Same for the hundreds let go after years being held and most likely tortured after the bush admin picked them off the streets or wherever and whisked them away to other countries prisons, so the U.S. could denie the torture, and to Guantanamo and held incommunicado from the outside world, human rights, defense of charges and any evidence of what they were charged with!

Docudharma Times Thursday November 18




Thursday’s Headlines:

WW2 file: The Guernsey resistance

USA

Terror Verdict Tests Obama’s Strategy on Detainees

General Motors’ public offering may net $20 billion

Europe

Economic crash to drive 100,000 out of Ireland

Champagne bubbles up from the sea bed after 200 years

Middle East

Israel finally leaves tiny village straddling Middle East’s political fault line

President to protect Saddam deputy

Asia

Kabul gets its own stimulus package

A whole new world for US and Asia: Can America adapt to the power shift?

Africa

Military officers in Madagascar claim coup takeover

Nigerian military rescue 19 hostages in Niger Delta

Latin America

Cholera, fear spread beyond the border

Senate to vote again on military gay ban  

Reid plans vote after Thanksgiving; White House urges passage before year’s end  

msnbc.com news services

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will call for a vote after Thanksgiving on legislation that would allow gays to serve openly in the military.

His announcement makes good on his pre-election promise to resurrect during the lame-duck session legislation that would repeal the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

NBC/WSJ poll: Record support for gays serving openly in the military.But it remains far from certain whether the legislation would have enough votes to pass. Several leading Republicans, including Sen. John McCain, have said they oppose lifting the ban.

Muse in the Morning

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Time for a break from poetry…in order to create some art.

Before you can break out of prison, you must first realize you’re locked up.

–Anonymous



Color Rhombus

meep, meep!

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