March 13, 2011 archive

from firefly-dreaming 13.3.11

Regular Daily Features:

Late Night Karaoke has The Knack, mishima DJs


Six Brilliant Articles! from Six Different Places!! on Six Different Topics!!!

                Six Days a Week!!!    at Six in the Morning!!!!

Essays Featured Sunday, March 13th:

Sunday Open Thoughts from Alma are all about the baby

patric juillet graces us with two wonderful pieces:

The Garlic Wars and Dead Water News

In Sunday Bread Bill Egnor tells how to make Tiramisu

Our thoughts for Diane & Jake are expressed in for Mike  

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A Massacre in Farah Province, Afghanistan

Photocredit: Guy Smallman

Except for the graves, this photo from the village of Granai looks like most of the rest of Farah Province, where the only river dried up four years ago, and extreme drought prevails everywhere.

About 140 civilians were killed here by a US airstrike on May 4, 2009. The United States lied about it at the time, and they never stopped lying.

Today on The Stars Hollow Gazette

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As well as Translator’s weekly feature Pique the Geek.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

Anonymous: Operation Empire State Rebellion

* We are a decentralized non-violent resistance movement, which seeks to restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class.

* One-tenth of one percent of the population has consolidated wealth in unprecedented fashion and launched an all-out economic war against 99.9% of the population.

* We are not affiliated with either wing of the two-party oligarchy. We seek an end to the corrupted two-party system by ending the campaign finance and lobbying racket.

* Above all, we aim to break up the global banking cartel centered at the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, Bank of International Settlement and World Bank.

* We demand that the primary dealers within the Federal Reserve banking system be broken up and held accountable for rigging markets and destroying the global economy, effective immediately.

* As a first sign of good faith we demand Ben Bernanke step down as Federal Reserve chairman.

* Until our demands are met and a rule of law is restored, we will engage in a relentless campaign of non-violent, peaceful, civil disobedience.

* In our next communication we will announce Operation Empire State Rebellion.

“heh, to the indeedy.”

Wis. News: Wis. governor a Fiscal Conservative??

Gov walker Cutting State Expenses???:

embattled Gov. Scott Walker spoke at an invitation-only event

And how does he arrive at this ‘invitation only’ tepublican fund raising event:

Walker arrived in a convoy of six unmarked police cars that pulled up at 5:45 p.m. to the Steak Pit for a Republican Lincoln Day fundraiser.

This turkey is taking the bush ‘it would be easier if a dictator’ to heart and he thinks he’s the Pres. apparently!!

Six In The Morning

Japanese nuclear plants’ operator scrambles to avert meltdowns

By Steven Mufson

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, March 13, 2011; 12:29 AM

Japanese authorities said Sunday that efforts to restart the cooling system at one of the reactors damaged by Friday’s earthquake had failed, a major setback in the struggle to contain what has become the most serious nuclear power crisis in a quarter century.

Officials said utility workers released “air containing radioactive materials” in an effort to relieve pressure inside the reactor, even as they raced to bring several other imperiled reactors under control.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said officials were acting on the assumption that a meltdown could be underway at that reactor, Fukushima Daiichi’s unit 3, and that it was “highly possible” that a meltdown was underway at Fukushima Daiichi’s unit 1 reactor, where an explosion destroyed a building a day earlier.

Late Night Karaoke

Let It Be

My fellow Americans…

 Our nation is at a crossroad. African and middle eastern countries are in a state of revolt. Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are but the tip of the iceberg. It’s a crisis of humanity.

We can sit and watch. Or we can act. My team of experts have recommended several courses of action. I have decided they’re right.

The United States of America has always been about freedom and democracy. I have therefore offered every dictatorial regime in the world, the funds to hold free and fair elections, forthwith. Under the auspices of the United Nations.

Barack Obama: Torture is OK Up Date: Crowley Resigns

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

Up Date below.

Barack says it’s OK to torture an American soldier who is being held in isolation on an American military base on American soil just miles from the White House. Why? Because the Pentagon said it is. Sound familiar? It should because, just a very short 26 months ago, the other guy who said torture was OK left the White House. It appears he was replaced with his ideological clone, and now, fellow war criminal, Barack who has taken torture, detention and rendition even further than Dick even could have imagined.

State Department spokesperson, P. J. Crowley, who was speaking to a small group at MIT discussing “the new media and the foreign policy”, he let was queried by a young man about Wikileaks:

Charlie deTar: There’s an elephant in the room during this discussion: Wikileaks. The US government is torturing a whistleblower in prison right now. How do we resolve a conversation about the future of new media in diplomacy with the government’s actions regarding Wikileaks?

PJC: “I spent 26 years in the air force. What is happening to Manning is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid, and I don’t know why the DoD is doing it.

Then today at a press conference on the disaster in Japan, ABC News White House correspondent pulled his cajones out of the lock box in his boss’s office, asking Barack about P.J.’s condemnation of Bradley’s treatment. Barack’s response:

With respect to Private Manning, I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards. They assure me that they are. I can’t go into details about some of their concerns, but some of this has to do with Private Manning’s safety as well. [my emphasis]

So, let me get this straight, the basic standard of treatment of an innocent man who has yet to be formerly charges for eight months is to apply the standards that were condemned at Abu Grab and Guantanamo in 2002?  

Out of the Cave and into the Light

Out of the Cave and into the Light

Some people say they were brother and sister, Susano-O and Amaterasu. Other people say they were meant to be husband and wife. One thing, however, was clear. They rarely agreed on even the smallest thing, and so could never tolerate the presence of the other for very long.

    And yet, despite their many differences, there was a very close bond between them, which brought them together again and again. Here is the story of one such meeting.

   The shining sun Goddess Amaterasu had a brother, Susanoo, lord of storms and of the sea.

   Susanoo was an uncontrollable man, often given to violence. When he quarreled with his sister, Susanoo lifted up Amaterasu’s beloved pony and threw it at Amaterasu and her priestesses.

   Amaterasu was so angry that she hid in the cave called Iwayado, and there was no warmth or light upon the Earth.

   The other Kami, or Goddesses and Gods, tried to lure Amaterasu out of her cave, but her anger still burned, and she refused to come out. Ame-no-Uzume, the Kami of joy, knew what to do. She placed a mirror near the entrance of the cave. Then, she did a bawdy dance, which made all of the other Kami roar with laughter. Amaterasu was still angry at her brother, the Kami of the stormy sea, but she wanted to know what made everyone laugh. She crept to the edge of the cave and peeked out at Ame-no-Uzume and, angry as she was, Amaterasu had to laugh. In that moment, a ray of her sunlight escaped from the dark cave and reflected in the mirror. Amaterasu saw her own lovely face and could no longer remain angry. She returned to the world, bringing sunlight and warmth.

May the Japanese people be soon back under Amaterasu’s warm glowing light.

h/t Hecate

from firefly-dreaming 12.3.11

Regular Daily Features:

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Six Brilliant Articles! from Six Different Places!! on Six Different Topics!!!

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Essays Featured Saturday, March 12th:

Popular Culture from Translator: The Zombies

Saturday Open Thoughts is a piggie update from Alma (welcome back Alma!)

Saturday Art! is a re-promotion of a little insight into the work from mishima‘s talented hands:

About The Pictures I Draw

Youffraita has a little something Just For Fun: Wanda Sykes

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor Meltdown and

seriously stolen from RiaD

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