December 6, 2010 archive

Elizabeth Edwards ends her cancer treatment

Elizabeth Edwards stops cancer treatment

Photobucket“You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.

The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human.

“But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. It isn’t possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know.”

Global banks beginning to fear unruly peasants

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

 The global mega-banks may control our politicians, but they don’t control the public.

All around the world the recently subservient serfs are causing all sorts of trouble for the ruling oligarchy.

 That trouble could start as early as tomorrow.

 Bank managers across France were waiting a little nervously for the start of business on Tuesday after the former football star Eric Cantona urged his compatriots to stage a bank run and trigger a revolution.

 Around 40,000 people in France have pledged to withdraw their money from the banks tomorrow. Another 9,000 in UK have pledged to do the same.

  You can find the organization’s web site at

 Of course this is just one of the many grassroots revolts underway in the world.

Gov’t can’t even print money correctly

What is the Essence of Docudharma?

In discussions on continuing “Docudharma” as a community blog, (Assange will be leaking the e-mails soon!) we have reached the point of asking how much DD can change and still be DD.

Which brings up the title question….and the additional question of what YOU like about it and why you post here. Iow what should be preserved and what can change, while still keeping it as “Docudharma.”

On one hand, the new owners should obviously be able to make changes.  On the other, if too much changes, it will no longer be the Docudharma that we love.

If it doesn’t change it may stagnate and wither, if it changes too much it may lose the elusive essence.

It is a tough question! It is tough to even know how to think about it.

But when it comes down to it, DD is not much more than the folks who post here….so PLEASE weigh in!

Open Sean


Ann Wright: WikiLeaks and Accountability

Mary Ann Wright is a former United States Army colonel and retired official of the U.S. State Department, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She is most noted for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. (wikipedia)

“We were told as diplomats, ‘Don’t ever put anything in a cable you wouldn’t want on the front page of a newspaper.’ It shows that they’re a lot of arrogant people, that the system itself wasn’t checking itself,” says Wright of the latest documents released from WikiLeaks.  Meanwhile, several of the diplomatic cables released depict possibly illegal actions by the U.S. government, and Wright notes that the chances of anyone being held accountable are slim.

Ann Wright joined Laura Flanders of GritTV to discuss the latest releases from WikiLeaks, what they tell us about the U.S. Government and Defense and State departments, and what should happen, but probably won’t, to the people implicated therein.

Although WikiLeaks has had problems since the latest release with hacking, denial of service attacks, web hosts closing their sites down, and domain name registrars pulling their domain name, you can always get to their site by navigating to any of the WikiLeaks mirror sites listed at  

Docudharma Times Monday December 6

Monday’s Headlines:

Climate change threat to tropical forests ‘greater than suspected’


Bush Tax-Cut Deal With Jobless Aid Said to Be Near


French court to rule on Concorde crash

Greek police arrest six for suspected terrorist links

Middle East

Saudi Arabia is ‘biggest funder of terrorists’

Iran talks set to open in Geneva


How a kind offer led to death sentence for blasphemy

Lashkar planned to kill Narendra Modi: Wikileaks


Mbeki in Côte d’Ivoire as tensions rise

Latin America

Dozens feared buried in Colombia landslide

E-mails from the front lines of the Iraq war

E-mails from sources in Iraq describe the daily carnage; these terse missives are an almost poetic chronicle of the war. No commas. No names. Is punctuation necessary when meaning is so clear?

By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times

December 6, 2010

Reporting from Cairo – They arrive nearly every day, these sad, strange e-mails from Iraq.

They are unsentimental and hard, gathered by stringers scattered across a country at war. They’re often tough to follow, terse poems with broken rhythms and words landing in wrong places. But there’s an unadorned power that speaks to things beyond style and grammar.

“An IP source said that some gunmen assassinated yesterday evening staff brigadier general in the Iraqi army and his wife in Tobchi (west Baghdad) while he was driving his car… both were killed instantly.”

Muse in the Morning

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

I’m coming close to having my fill.

Whiners?  Really?

What makes you think that human beings are sentient and aware?  There’s no evidence for it.  Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable.  For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told – and become upset if they are exposed to any different view.  The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare.  Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their “beliefs.”  The reason is that beliefs guide behavior, which has evolutionary importance among human beings.  But at a time when our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all.  We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists.  Any other view of our species is a self-congratulatory delusion.

–Michael Crichton

Ornamental 11

Babur the Beaver Captures Kabul


In AD 1504 Babur the Beaver crossed the Hindu Kush and captured Kabul!

Late Night Karaoke

How To Spot Warriors

As part of the University of Virginia’s online exhibit, “The Psychedelic ’60s: Literary Traditions and Social Change”, April 26, 1998, Ken Kesey of Merry Pranksters fame and author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, spoke at the university for about half an hour.

This is Kesey about 3/12 years before he passed away in November 2001, and is one of the most delightful and intelligent little videos I’ve ever posted here.

Enjoy! There are warriors, and then there are warriors. Remember Ken, and keep fighting the good fight…

NOTE: It’s tricky embedding these things here and I hope it works for you – and if you aren’t using a Windows machine with Windows Media Player you may see a blank white area above – I hope not – but if so there is nothing I can do about it

On Jan 1, 2011, Let’s Water-Balloon Obama in Effigy, Nation-wide!

People need to get busy organizing productively for their future, but quite frankly, a lot of us need to have a good laugh, maybe moreso. So, why not attempt to

1) provide that laugh

2) put Primary Obama / Dump Obama on the national radar

3) start the evangelizing process for Primary Obama / Dump Obama

4) provide networking opportunities

5) let people work out some of their frustrations, at least temporarily

My plan is simple – Water Balloon Obama in Effigy! Nation-wide!

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