December 2, 2010 archive

Stanford Prison Experiment, contd.

This video is so humiliating to everyone concerned, me, you, TSA, and the poor woman left, apparently unattended to, stripped to her undies in full goddamned view of what can only be described as her fellow abased and utterly subordinated inmates, that I hesitate to even re-post from HuffPo, according to whom, this is no “gag.”

And this is but a vague snapshot of what we have turned into. At least a couple of people seem even slightly confused, suggesting a tincture of cognitive jarring, by what they are seeing, but maybe I’m wrong about that.

What in the world would John Ashcroft say?

Update, via wilberforce in comments:

Apparently, this woman has some potential issues, e.g., coming to the airport already dressed only overcoats and lingerie on more than one occasion.

Maybe she’s an exhibitionist. Still, even if she turns out to be nuttier than a fruitcake, wouldn’t one expect some discretion on TSA’s part?

Maybe it’s her way of protesting TSA, although she did not indicate or voice signs of protest. She certainly has a Stepford-wife calmness about her in the video, but it’s hard to second-guess someone’s personal reaction to what should be viewed as rather radical public humiliation.

In any case, so much for jumping to conclusions in this stranger-than-fiction world. It’s hard to say what is going here.


Please note: patience is not one of my virtues…heh.

SPECIAL NOTE: a small announcement: I will be hosting another Party here Friday night… same bat time same bat channel.

I. Animal / Spirit Totems

So, in my last Friday Night Party essay (the DD Rummage Sale) I popped a Poll in there. It was almost an afterthought, certainly spur of the moment… but I felt inspired to add it there, not really knowing what kind of response it would get. What the heck, I thought.

The concept of Animal/Spirit totems is one of those trendy things that I happen to like a lot. Even though I usually hate trendy things. So… I figured I’d embellish & explore a bit more here, after the jump.

So what do you imagine is your totem?



White Crane, Heron, Egret  

Open Bette


Humans; Heartbreak, Heartache, and Heart Felt Feelings

copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert.  Empathy And Education; BeThink or

Originally published, Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 13:24:53 PM

Currently, I am writing for an educational organization.  In penning my pain for what occurs in our schools today, it occurred to me the same impersonal approach, awareness, or lack thereof, is evident in offices, neighborhoods, and in our broader community. People pretend to or believe they ” know” their fellow workers, their family members, and their friends.  Yet, more often than not, I observe that this is not necessarily true.  I, we, she, or he only comprehends what is visible on the surface.

Few choose to ask of, address, or answer the deeper concerns that life delivers daily; I offer this narrative and request your reflections. We all have our own tale to tell. I invite you to share yours.  Please trust that I care; your secrets are safe with me.  I suspect that others will honor you as I choose to do.  I believe we all relate to sorrow.

Today the distress I wish to discuss is heartbreak, heartache, and heart felt feelings. In my own life, I am witnessing that many close to me are battling life-threatening illnesses. Their terminal diagnoses affect me deeply. They weigh heavy on those closer to the ” patient” than I. I cannot begin to imagine the pain long-suffering persons feel. Yet, through the quiet trials and tribulations of a teen, who supposedly studied under my tutelage, I learned. What we hide hurts us most.

LONGEST WALK 3 (Reversing Diabetes): Fundraiser!

Dennis Banks spoke on the Tuscarora Reservation about the war on diabetes and what inspired him to fight diabetes. It was when he spoke to the Hopi, who were at least 90% in wheelchairs, that he realized diabetes must be defeated for the survival of the 7th Generation.

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WikiLeaks and What It Says About Us

It is easy to be cynical in light of the Wikileaks revelations.  The automatic believers in the worst case and the perfidious have had confirmation followed by confirmation in the past few days.  An intelligence community and a President promising greater transparency has not followed through on its lofty promises.  Do as I say, not as I do, would seem to be its modus opperandi.  While I recognize that having the strongest hand at the bargaining table is considered the key to diplomacy, the behind-the-scenes sausage factory present here only confirms the fears of many Americans.  The timing could not be worse, especially when a strong anti-government sentiment swept the GOP to power in the House.          

Davos Globalist Scumbag Meeting

Go head, Google It!

Click on the Globalist Crime Syndicate link.…

File not found!  Hey Julian Assange, what a frigging surprize.

Thumbprints to cash a check!…

OK, my “temp agency” checks come from another company DBA/doing business as, that encourages “trust” don’t it, a company alias, well anyway, the company wants the bank to “call this number” to “verify” the frigging check.  Electronic implantable virtual microchips of Satan aside, WTF?!

Sharia law in Ohio!…

Whole sections of Rense on S510, the frankenfoods Bill!

Also a graphic from the exhiled David Dees.  I wonder how he is making out.

Docudharma Times Thursday December 2

Thursday’s Headlines:

Manga, hip hop and high fashion: The world of Takashi Murakami


Chicago takes wrecking ball to its final tower of violence

Accused whistleblower ‘just wanted to live a normal life’


Wikileaks: Russia branded ‘mafia state’ in recent cable

Ségolène Royal’s presidential announcement throws French Socialists into disarray

Middle East

US papers twist Iranian missile tale

Mubarak party’s landslide election win leaves a bitter taste


Karzai brothers risk wrath of US over release of Taliban fighters

Pakistan stares into a valley of death


Farms destined for poor went to Mugabe loyalists

Nigerian troops attack camps, rebels say scores killed

Latin America

Cartel arrests fail to curb drug trade

Fed aid in financial crisis went beyond U.S. banks to industry, foreign firms

By Jia Lynn Yang, Neil Irwin and David S. Hilzenrath

Washington Post Staff Writers

Thursday, December 2, 2010; 12:15 AM

The financial crisis stretched even farther across the economy than many had realized, as new disclosures show the Federal Reserve rushed trillions of dollars in emergency aid not just to Wall Street but also to motorcycle makers, telecom firms and foreign-owned banks in 2008 and 2009. The Fed’s efforts to prop up the financial sector reached across a broad spectrum of the economy, benefiting stalwarts of American industry including General Electric and Caterpillar and household-name companies such as Verizon, Harley-Davidson and Toyota. The central bank’s aid programs also supported U.S. subsidiaries of banks based in East Asia, Europe and Canada while rescuing money-market mutual funds held by millions of Americans.

Someone please diary this

Someone please diary this info. I do not have time and this is really huge


Banking giants leaned heavily on Fed in crisis

* Fed releases details of loans made during crisis

* Barclays took largest loan from broker-dealer window

* Citigroup, BofA sought support well into spring 2009

* Korea, Harley Davidson borrowed commercial paper (Recasts, adds details, analyst reaction)

By Pedro da Costa and Rachelle Younglai

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) Citigroup (C.N) and other big U.S. banks repeatedly sought help from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis, according to data on Wednesday that showed just how precarious their situation was at the time.

Many of the firms now boasting solid profits had to rely on funding from the U.S. central bank, which essentially acted as the glue holding the financial system together in the tumultuous months that followed the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.

Citi tapped Fed window 278 times during crisis

Goldman tapped Fed window 84 times during crisis

Muse in the Morning

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

I may not be different, but I’m definitely not the same.

–William J. Dybus

Ornamental 9

Late Night Karaoke

On Asking And Telling, Or, 115,000 LBGT Troops? How Many Is That, Exactly?

I took a couple of weeks off, as Thanksgiving and snow came around (a subject we’ll address in a day or so), but we are all again occupied as lots of things we’ve been talking about  either will or won’t come to pass, and it seems like all that’s happening all at once.

Today we’ll take on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT); this because the Pentagon’s top leadership just came out and reported that revocation of the policy, following a period of preparation, would be their preferred way to go.

There will be lots of others who will take on the question of what’s right and wrong here, and exactly how implementation might occur; my interest is, instead, to focus on one little fact that makes all teh rest of the conversation a lot more relevant.

That is the fact that about 70,000 LBGT troops serve in the military today, DADT notwithstanding, and, that if it wasn’t for DADT, almost 45,000 more troops would be serving that aren’t today.

And that one little fact leads to today’s Great Big Question: exactly how much military would 115,000 troops be, exactly?

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