June 4, 2011 archive
Jun 04 2011
Jun 04 2011
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Jun 04 2011
Baby wild bunny eats a flower then washes its face. The baby ate a few flowers and the stems. It’s also eating hay, cilantro, spinach, parsley, grass and hay. It will be released back to the wild when it’s able. Sorry about the sound. I’m on macro video mode inside a tupperware container. I think it’s feedback.
If you think this wild baby bunny is cute, you should check out pet bunnies. They are even cuter, come in pretty colors and are super tame. This wild bunny is now so wild that I can’t touch it any more.
Baby bunny was released back to the wild by MaryEllen. Thank you!
Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates, wildlife rehabilitation,
Jun 04 2011
Since 1962 the debt ceiling has been raised 74 times. Under George W. Bush, it was raised ten times without amendment. The current fiscal problems were caused by the Bush tax cuts, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars and the economic downturn that both Republicans and Democrats refuse to realistically address by investing in this country, raising revenue, yes taxes, and closing the tax loop holes for corporations. The deficit will not be reduced by ending Medicare and decimating Medicaid and forcing seniors to pay 68% of the costs. That Medicare is even on the table without the tax increases for the top 1% should be a non-starter for negotiations on limiting the debt or raising the debt ceiling. The only reason that I can see this is even a discussion is that the President and the Democrats are beholding to the health care industry and pharmaceutical companies that would benefit in the trillions of dollars if Medicare and Medicaid are ended.
Every Democrat in the House who voted “nay” on the clean bill to raise the debt ceiling should be primaried with a real Democrat who will vote for the best interests of the middle class and the poor and not negotiate away their safety nets to make the rich wealthier.
Jun 04 2011
NATO helicopters join Libya attacks
First use targets military installations, radar site, armed checkpoint near Brega
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
British and French attack helicopters under NATO command struck Libyan military targets for the first time Saturday, increasing pressure on leader Moammar Gadhafi, commanders said.
British Apache helicopters destroyed two military installations, a radar site and an armed checkpoint near the coastal city of Brega, the captain of HMS Ocean told the BBC. The choppers were deployed from the ship.
French Gazelle helicopters also took part in simultaneous attacks on different targets, the BBC reported.
“This successful engagement demonstrates the unique capabilities brought to bear by attack helicopters,” Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, commander of Operation Unified Protector, said in a NATO statement. “We will continue to use these assets whenever and wherever needed, using the same precision as we do in all of our missions.”
Jun 04 2011
The justice ministry is considering a plan to keep tabs on furloughed prisoners using “GPS-equipped cellphones and […] small devices attached to the wrist or ankle.”
Good times for keitai companies: NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank all logged increases in their net profits and operating profits in fiscal 2010.
Meanwhile, NTT Docomo announced a tie-up with Twitter that will allow tweets to show up in iMode search results.
Japan and 20 other nations have adopted the Nagoya Protocol, which is “is aimed at setting rules for the use of genetic resources.”
Japan expressed its displeasure to Russia over a visit by Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov to the disputed northern islands last month.
Satoshi Furukawa, a 47-year-old former surgeon from Tokyo, will begin a five-and-a-half-month stint on the International Space Station this week.
Jun 04 2011
He actually admires this, but consider whom he wakes up next to.
Obama is looking like a 2008 Republican
By James Carville, CNN Contributor
May 24, 2011
In 1992, Bill Clinton famously proclaimed himself to be an Eisenhower Republican. By that measure, I’d say President Obama is a pre-2008 John McCain Republican.
But this much is sure: The policies of the eventual Republican nominee, that is, anybody left running for it by the time of the vote, will be right in line with those of Sarah Palin. It’s pretty remarkable that the next election is going to boil down to a competition between the 2008 Republican presidential candidate and his vice presidential nominee.
Remarkable is not the word I’d use.
Jun 04 2011
Your Bloguero is a digital protégé of Samo. Every night when this city loses its caffeine induced excitement and finally nods off in sweaty slumber, when entropy arrives and it finally collapses in torpor, your Bloguero takes out his metaphorical chalk, and his metaphorical spray paint, and he fills the city’s huge, unpainted walls with meaning. On these walls he publishes his message. He draws his allusions, his metaphors, his similes, his invective. These must always express the grinding dissonance between the “official story” and the gritty reality of the city’s people. These express the difference between the sanitized pablum in the Traditional Media and the aching, quivering, suffering flesh of real people. Your Bloguero is vigilant as he works. He watches for the thought police. For the art police. For the grammar police. For the fashion police. He watches for reactionaries. The elites who will call 911. The dupes who think that private property is not theft. He is persistent, and he is clear, and he continues to put out his message in places where it can be seen and where it remains until it is obliterated and expunged by ruling class flunkies. Too bad for them. Your Bloguero always comes back. He always returns to repeat himself. He will never stop. He can go on interminably. He will continue until he can no longer speak.
It doesn’t matter whether the walls are in Brooklyn or Manhattan or Paris or Buenos Aires or like this very wall, on the Internet. It doesn’t matter whether 3 people or 3 million see it. Your Bloguero knows that writing can be revolutionary. And that persistence is vital. And that, as the bard wrote, the readiness is all. Occasionally, your Bloguero goes in the wee hours of the morning to a wall only to find that someone else has already decorated it with a message. Your Bloguero loves that. Your Bloguero wishes that more people who see his work would reach for the metaphorical spray paint and chalk and stencils and stickers. Your Bloguero wishes that more people would write. Perhaps in time. As Basquiat, as Banksy, as a zillion other artists have inspired your Bloguero, so too, your Bloguero hopes you, amig@, will eventually be inspired not only by his work, but by his persistence. This, dear reader, is an endurance event. It is not for the easily distracted. Or the easily tired. No. It depends on following through and bringing your inspiration to visibility. To keeping on keeping on.
The week ended with Russian Writer, Straw Hat, Summer, a tale of your Bloguero’s purchase of a straw hat in New York’s East Village. What fun. And you can find a picture of your Bloguero in a hat Tolstoy would have loved.
The Land Of Haiku is a series of three haikus with a theme. Your Bloguero loves haiku and they are a feature of The Dream Antilles. Your Bloguero, however, is not comfortable with the appellation “poet”. He prefer to think of himself as a writer who can also make Haiku. If your Bloguero could turn out a decent Sonnet or Villanelle (he can’t), he might take on the “P” word as a description. Alas. Your Bloguero aspires, but no puedo hacerlo.
Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky has Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock on video and your Bloguero’s suggestion that we all go back to August, 1969, and find out where we got off the tracks. How else to unravel the current mess? How can we have gone from such a perfect moment to such a complete mess?
What A Surprise, Oh My Goodness is the satisfying story of your Bloguero’s addiction to the Argentine cookie “Frutigran” and the wonderful favor done for him by a blogger in sending this impossible treasure to your Bloguero. An inspiring story of community. And perhaps of your Bloguero’s gluttony.
Your Bloguero notes that this Digest is a weekly feature. Your Bloguero, though needs encouragement. From you. It’s easy to give him that. If you read this Digest, please click the “encouragement jar” in the comments. That’s the only way your Bloguero will know that you visited. Hasta pronto.
Jun 04 2011
In 1969, the seminal Tommy was released by The Who. Track Records, The Who’s own brand, in collaboration with Polydoor was the UK record company, and in the United States Decca was. I have a mint Decca one. It was billed as the first rock opera, but it actually was not. There had been at least a couple before Tommy came to us.
Not counting the composition effort (by far the bulk of it by Pete Townshend), it took the better part of year to record, edit, and redub the work. This was Kit Lambert, their producer, at his finest, and also extremely fine efforts by all of the band and the production and engineering staff. It is truly a masterpiece.
Jun 04 2011
The Third Annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit was scheduled to be held at Texas A&M in August, but a conservative group expressed its outrage over the idea…after there was a seminar on Safe and Fun Sex sponsored by the TAMU GLBT Resource Center.
[Sex therapist Cay] Crow taught students in graphic detail ways to enhance fellatio and cunnilingus (i.e. oral sex). She specifically discussed how to put a condom on someone with one’s mouth, deep-throating, G-spot stimulation, tongue piercings, condoms, genital shaving, and changing the temperature of one’s mouth.
Texas A&M should not be using taxpayers’, students’, and donors’ money to teach unchaste sexual behavior to young, unmarried men and women. What does the university administration have to say about this funding inequality and bias?
–Justin Pulliam, chairman of the Texas Aggie Conservatives