July 24, 2011 archive

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Le Grand Finale of coverage of the world’s most watched and controversial cycling event, Le Tour de France as the cyclists end the grueling race through France and Northern Italy over 2132 mi (3,430.5 km) and 21 days of riding with only two days of rest.

Today’s Formula 1 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in Germany

This is an Open Thread

She’s Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying for.

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

The GOP and some of the blue dog Democrats would like to decimate the EPA and the Interior Department. They believe that carbon emissions are harmless, that fracking is safe and want to reduce clean water standards. They want to allow mining next to our precious nature preserves and water supplies, as well as, continued mountain top mining. A bill currently under consideration in the House has that has been aptly called “Pro-Pollution Omnibus Bill,” that contains an industry wish list of riders:

  • allows uranium mining on federal lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon by lifting the moratorium on uranium mining along the Colorado River, potentially exposing 17 million people, dependent on the river for drinking water, to radioactive waste.
  • stop new protections for animals at risk of extinction and their habitat. Clark says this could be “disastrous” for species like walruses, which are struggling to survive.
  • prevent legal action to challenge Wyoming’s shoot-on-sight wolf plan.
  • prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from doing more to protect waters and the wildlife and communities that depend on them. Pesticides are already a major threat to salmon, frogs and other wildlife.
  • reduce grant programs that provide funding to states to protect declining and imperiled species and to other countries to protect migratory species that live in the United States during parts of the year.
  • slash funding for national wildlife refuges, habitat restoration and other key conservation spending. The committee approved billions in spending cuts, which would damage already underfunded refuges and undercut environmental protection.
  • paves the way for more mountain-top mining by blocking protections against toxic chemicals from mining waste running into our streams.
  • protects BP and makes schools less safe by rejecting additional funding for the air toxic monitoring at schools or for the Deepwater Horizon litigation.
  • allows thousands of pounds of pollutants into the air by exempting big oil companies like Shell, Exxon and BP from the Clean Air Act for any new drilling area outside the Gulf of Mexico
  • increases the odds of another oil spill by rejecting requested funds for additional staff and funding for increased facility inspections on offshore drilling rigs.
  • prohibits funding for the Wild Lands Secretarial Order, which Republicans say would negatively impact ranching, energy production, recreation, and other activities on public lands. A similar measure passed the House in the FY 2011 continuing budget resolution.
  • prohibits funding for the EPA to regulate levels of particulate matter in the air, including farm dust, under the Clean Air Act.
  • prohibits funding for the EPA to develop additional financial assurance requirements for hard rock mining operations.
  • prohibits states from receiving EPA Great Lakes funding if they have adopted ballast water requirements that are more stringent than federal requirements.
  • directs the EPA to do a cumulative assessment of the impacts of EPA regulations.
  • prohibits funding for the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, also called the “Transport” rule, which both require power plants to limit toxic air emissions. Both rules respond to court orders.

The GOP claims that they want to cut spending and end regulations to create jobs. There will be no jobs if they continue with policies that destroy the environment and kill our home, Earth.

h/t to Edger who asked that we use the video liberally.

The unforgiving certainty of math

  I was scanning the news today when I came across an article that caused me to say, “Damn! I’m going to be right again.”

 WASHINGTON — Debt ceiling negotiators think they’ve hit on a solution to address the debt ceiling impasse and the public’s unwillingness to let go of benefits such as Medicare and Social Security that have been earned over a lifetime of work: Create a new Congress…

  Legislation approved by the Super Congress — which some on Capitol Hill are calling the “super committee” — would then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it couldn’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers, who’d have the ability only to cast an up or down vote. With the weight of both leaderships behind it, a product originated by the Super Congress would have a strong chance of moving through the little Congress and quickly becoming law. A Super Congress would be less accountable than the system that exists today, and would find it easier to strip the public of popular benefits. Negotiators are currently considering cutting the mortgage deduction and tax credits for retirement savings, for instance, extremely popular policies that would be difficult to slice up using the traditional legislative process.

 I will let others address the Constitutionality of this new legislative body, and instead focus on a target of the budget cutting – retirement savings.

It Happened Last Night


copyright © 2011 Betsy L. Angert.  Empathy And Education; BeThink or  BeThink.org

It happened last night.  As I reflect, I realize it has happened all along.  Each day, in most every moment I have an opportunity to look at life and learn.  Yet I become consumed with more immediate concerns.  He said. She said.  The system, situation, or some other entity supplants a deeper assessment.  Years ago, I came to understand that I create my own chaos, calm, or shades of what will be.  As an Educator, I speak of this often.  My students often quote me on the subject of choices. Yet, until yesterday, I never fully grasped how true my words might be.  I am unsure why the events of the evening took me where they did. I share the story.  


Sylvester and Tweety MysteriesIt’s a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World, Episode 12, Part 2

United States Imperium

Crossposted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

Dictatorship.  Enabling Act.

These terms are not too strong to use in response to the latest obscenity being floated by the Billionaire Bootlicking Beltway Versailles Villager Idiot Evil Elite.

Evil ek?

The proposal “on the table” for a joint bi-partisan “Super Committee” is nothing less than taking away your right to vote.

It doesn’t get any more fundamentally evil than that.

Taking away our right to vote?

Elections have consequences, for now.  If your party loses you lose Committee Chairmanships, Members, and Votes.  You lose your ability to advance your agenda whether it be progressive or radically reactionary.  “More and Better”?  Under this proposal you could have a “Democratic” Super Majority of 80% and the Rump Republican Teabagger Twenty Percent would have equal representation, equal influence, and no majority however large elected by the people regardless of the margin of victory would be able to stop them.

Of course as we have seen no super majority is enough for the cowardly “Democratic” Party and their leader, Barack Obama.

Teddy Partridge is not wrong to compare it with the fall of the Roman Republic-

One phase critical to undermine democracy and set citizens’ constitutional protections aside is when The Owners replace the people’s elected representatives (proven dysfunctional through a series of invented ’emergencies’) with a super-governing body of Owners’ Overseers to decide what’s best for everyone.

Stripping the people’s elected representatives of their constitutional right to legislate is a crucial step in ensuring that messy democratic principles no longer interfere in the upward escalator of wealth.

This is nothing new, of course: when Caesar crossed the Rubicon he effectively implemented imperium within Rome, something previously prohibited for generals serving in the territories and provinces ruled by the imperium but outside Rome. A general ‘crossing the Rubicon’ was seen to be subverting the people’s elected representatives with military might under his command. It hadn’t happened until Caesar did it.

But things were going so badly in Rome on January 10th, 49BC! No one remembers exactly what was going quite so wrong, anymore; we only remember that representative Roman democracy ended that day.

Only one question remains for our current Old Congress: will they flee in fear and with their dignity intact as the people’s representatives, as did Pompey and the elected Roman pro-consuls and Senators? Because it seems, observers, that if Ryan Grim’s Super Congress reporting is true, alea iacta est : the die is cast.

This is why there is a United States.  Our Founders fought a war for freedom from exactly this kind of tyranny.  Our “Greatest Generation” died in droves on the Normandy beachheads and around the world to prevent exactly this kind of corporate fascism.

If you will stand by and let tyrants take your liberty you are a Quisling, a Benedict Arnold who had at least the excuse of poor treatment and did great things in service of country before turning traitor.

On My Last Weekend, Or, Wanna Save A Few Trillion On Health Care?

So I disappeared for a full week, right in the middle of what should have been a busy writing schedule, and I have to claim some “personal days” to cover the time we missed here at the blog – but it won’t be time entirely wasted.

Instead, I’m going to jump into my own personal life for today’s story, and I’m going to do it so that we can stimulate some thinking about where we really need to go to if we ever hope to make some sense out of the crazy way we deliver health care in this country.

Since this appears to be the weekend that a lot of decisions are either going to be made about the future of our “social safety net”…or they wont; we’re entirely unsure…let’s talk about how it actually works for a lot of us – and how it could work a lot better.

Late Night Karaoke

Censored / Censorship at DD

This essay has been censored on the order of the admins here.

What to do, what to do!

Amidst the problems of attempts by the Fiduciary (the government) to “STEAL” our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Trust Funds and our efforts to thwart theirs, there are so many behind the scene efforts, the same for which is owed $2.6 trillion by our Treasury.

I have been and am in a banking situation, which was a “carryover” from many years ago, from which I am gradually trying to extricate myself for reasons we should all know and, frankly, do! I had been wanting to do some changes for quite some time, but I needed to do some “shopping” around, not to say that there is a vast difference here or there, but, just, maybe, a little more concern.

In the meantime, this month has brought notifications (“warnings” concerning any brokerage accounts) that the “Bank” has chosen another clearing house, one which is within its own “family.”  And unless or until you remove such accounts (as you may wish), from their entity before July 29, 2011, thereafter, on August 5, 2011, you will be charged $75.00, for removal of any and each such account to any entity outside their brokerage.  What?  Do you get it?  In other words, the Bank will charge its customers, after August 5, 2011, for, first of all, a decision it made to transfer your “assets” over to their “decision” should you not withdraw your funds on or before July 29, 2011.

Now, that’s not enough?  No, today, I receive notification that I must accept/reject a new Banking Resolution by Sept. 15, 2011.  

Quote that information here!

First, now, I have to look up that banking resolution, but not only that, I now need to find out what are the current charges vis a vis the Bank’s ultimatim.

Strikes me a form of enforcement!

By now, I think the message is quite clear!  The least fortunate of us, despite our hard work, earnest beliefs, love of our fellow human beings, have become prey to our “elitist” predators, who would sooner be rid of us, unless they can use us, i.e., take note of our corporations in the Asian countries, China, for example, child labor, no OSHA laws, no benefits, $0.50 an hour?  All of this while, first of all, being an American corporation(s), and paying NO taxes to the country in which they were incorporated — and it goes on and on!

This needs much work!