Oct 20 2011
The Ohio Sheriff’s Department had the chance to go big game hunting without even having to buy airline tickets to Africa:
Ohio farm owner killed himself after letting animals loose, police say
Police say the owner of a wild animal preserve set wolves, bears, and lions free before dying from a self-inflicted wound.
This story is in The Guardian.
In all, so far, the authorities have killed :
18 Bengal Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 1 Wolf.
Oct 14 2011
The Evolution (sic) will not be sanitized.
At any rate, not now, not today!
Maybe the Bloomer just had one too many Napolean brandies after his dinner at Cipriani’s and couldn’t be bothered until tomorrow or some other day in future…
I really don’t know, but the news just came through…
We #OWS stayed the course for today!
What more can we ask?
Plenty. But now to the soft Zephyrs, and see you manana!
Mar 27 2011
Two articles tonight point to the exponentially growing catastrophe in Japan. The first is an NHK report of radiation levels 10 million times greater than normal. In the second, Michio Kaku discusses the increasing evidence for a possible [probable?-dsyd] breach of containment. Even if it is still only “possible,” it seems to be becoming more and more “probable.” This is a tragic catastrophe.
The only possible positive result would be for the people of the world to now rise up and say “NO” to all things nuclear — at least until such time, perhaps 1K years from now, when humans might have learned how to handle it in a respectful, humble manner.
UPDATE, 11:30 AM PST, 3/27/11: I found the correction upon arising this morning. TMC and Mishima both pointed out that Tepco officials had retracted the 10 million report, calling it a math error. Instead of 10 million, the specified radioctivity was 100,000 times normal. See the discussion and link to AP article in the comments below.
The article“Extreme radiation detected at No.2 reactor” is below the fold:
The link vid & print here
Mar 24 2011
I beg you to watch this video. Embed has been disabled as “inappropriate” material on You Tube. It is theoretical physicist Michio Kaku discussing the nuclear disaster for Japan and the world. I think the embed was prohibited by the nuclear power industry out of fear for what he says.
What he says is inspiring. Interviewed by Eliot Spitzer, Kaku ends with an incredible statement of where humanity will be by 2100 when/if we get by the Faustian bargain within which we all currently live.
I couldn’t agree with Michio more, he clearly elucidates where we can and must go to accomplish the evolutionary imperative of the nuclear age.
With the splitting of the atom, everything has changed save man’s way of thinking. And thus we drift toward unimaginable peril.
Since the embed has been disallowed, I can only cite the link. Please go. Do yourselves a favor:
Feb 04 2011
A new action was just announced a few hours ago on Twitter, “The World Wide Tahrir;” and it’s coming to a street near you.
WORLD WIDE TAHRIR
Every city in the world will have its Tahrir Square!
We won’t free the embassies till Mubarak leaves!
Join us in a world wide sit-in on your nearest
egyptian embassy and show Egyptians
that the whole world is supporting them.
From Friday 4th Feb at 20:00 local time in your city(!!!),
till Mubarak leaves
You can find information and Egyptian embassy locations here
Jan 19 2011
Journalists retire award named for Helen Thomas
January 16, 2011
(JTA) — The Society of Professional Journalists retired a lifetime achievement award named for Helen Thomas.
The society’s board on Jan. 14 accepted the recommendation issued by its executive committee on Jan. 8 based on anti-Zionist remarks made by the longtime journalist.
“While we support Helen Thomas’ right to speak her opinion, we condemn her statements in December as offensive and inappropriate,” the executive committee said at the time.
On Dec. 2, in a speech to an Arab-American group in Dearborn, Mich., Thomas, 90, said that Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street “are owned by the Zionists.”
The remarks raised fresh concerns about the sincerity of an apology for her remarks last summer to a video blogger that Jews “should get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Poland, Germany and the United States.
The award itself would be retired, officials of the Society of Professional Journalists said.
“The controversy surrounding this award has overshadowed the reason it exists,” the Indianapolis-based national group said in a statement. “To continue offering the award would reignite the controversy each year and take away from its purpose: honoring a lifetime of work in journalism. No individual worthy of such honor should have to face this controversy. No honoree should have to decide if the possible backlash is worth being recognized for his or her contribution to journalism.”
The Society for Professional Journalists, established in 1909, granted Thomas its first lifetime achievement honor in 2000, and pledged to name subsequent awards for her. It has been awarded nine times since its debut. The award has no cash value.
Officials emphasized that Thomas’ 2000 award was not rescinded.
Thomas, born to Lebanese immigrants, for decades was the White House correspondent for the United Press International wire service. She subsequently was a columnist for Hearst Corp., but resigned that post after her comments last summer. She recently began writing a column for a free Virginia weekly newspaper, the Falls Church News-Press.
Wayne State University, Thomas’ alma mater, immediately withdrew its Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media Award following her resignation from Hearst.
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Jan 18 2011
Russia Today TV had some interesting takes on MLK day, saying that to a large extent Dr. King’s message had been hijacked and distorted for other purposes. One citation mentioned a Pentagon official, Dr. Jeh Johnson, who wrote that because of the complexity and changed times today, Martin would support our wars in Af-Pak, etc.
Sorry, I can’t get the video to embed, but the link is below.
Hijacking Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy…
… … American hero is invoked for various reasons. But once in a while, that legacy gets hijacked. First there was Glenn Beck in a rally … , but that is wrong, argued Rudd. Like the movements lead by MLK, change can take place today by learning from the movements …
Also, the Pentagon wrongly uses King to justify today’s wars.
Find it at…
Hijacking Dr. Martin Luther KIng’s Jr’s Legacy
Last week I heard Cornell West say in a speech that MLK was the greatest human being produced in the United States, on U.S. soil. I agree with Cornell West. Take the poll.
Jan 16 2011
Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld accused of torture
from Global Research, January 14, 2011 Press TV
A US rights group has filed a lawsuit charging former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with involvement in torturing former prisoners in American prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) catapulted the torture case into prominence on Thursday after it lodged an appeal to a court in the District of Columbia, alleging that Rumsfeld and some senior US military officials were quite aware of a torture case involving nine detainees between 2002 and 2004 in American prisons in the two countries, AFP reported.
The case initially was brought forth in December 2006, but later on was withdrawn by a federal court in March 2007 on the grounds that the ex-defense secretary and other top American military officials were immune from prosecution.
The US-based human rights group stated that under the Constitution and international law, torture is strictly prohibited and commanders are obliged to act when they know or should have known of such abuses.
The ACLU argued that the 78-year-old Rumsfeld and other military officials were repeatedly notified of abuse and torture at detention facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan by the International Red Cross and other reports as well as complaints by human rights organizations, thus they are directly responsible for the abuses.
The group further touched upon a case involving a prisoner identified as Ali.V, adding that prisoners, who were later released without charge, “were beaten, tortured, and sexually abused.”
Meanwhile, three judges at an appeals court in the District of Columbia said the case has a little chance to succeed.
The remarks came as a group of activists, each wearing black hoods and orange jumpsuits representing the prisoners at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay staged a rally in front of the court room on Thursday to protest against negligence over the torture case.
Rumsfeld is currently putting finishing touches on the release of his memoire book titled “Known and unknown”, which is due to hit bookshelves in the US on 8 February.
Dec 29 2010
I received a letter from Dennis Kucinich today. Dennis reported that the recent census resulted in the need for Ohio to eliminate 2 Congressional districts. Guess which ones?
The New York Times, Newsweek, and Fox News have all recently headlined stories that I may lose my Congressional seat, not through an election, but through redistricting!
Because of this attack on his district, Kucinich has sent out this letter to ask for the suggestions of “We the People” about what he/we should do about this. I wrote a letter to him suggesting that we form a new, progressive party of the well known politicians who have either been driven out of office or who are feeling incredibly frustrated with the impossibility of accomplishing anything meaningful.
This new third party might be called the “People’s Progressive Party.”
Both Kucinich’s letter and mine are below:
Dec 15 2010
I need to do something about these late breaking bombshells. they’re not good for my health. I should be going to bed, but instead I’m here at my keyboard. This was just too, too precious to resist:
In a brain-melting move, the cyber-guardians of the 24th Air Force have blocked user access to nytimes.com, the Wall Street Journal reports, to prevent airmen from reading the WikiLeaks cable descriptions that the Times is publishing. It’s not just the Times, either: other news organizations with early access to the purloined WikiLeaks diplomatic trove are banned. That’ll teach you to read the Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais or Der Spiegel at work.
It’s too late to say more, and all you really need is the original article, “Air Force Blocks WikiLeaks-Publishing Times Website”. There’s a great photo of about 15 uniformed air force nerds sitting in their numbered computer cubicles working to protect the troops from the
treasonous propaganda truth. “ by Spencer Ackerman .
How dumb can they be? Don’t they realize the kids can figure out how to get other access?
Dec 12 2010
I hope many of you are around to view this vid documentary on Sunday, 12/13, because supposedly it’s only up for one day. I am going out of town for the day and won’t be around to do anything on this, so I hope someone else can/will. And if anyone has time to burn and save it, please do, and let me know. Thanks.
This is a Swedish made film with much behind the scenes stuff on Wiki and Julian and more:
“What we have here is a new breed of rebels, IT guerrillas without a national base.”
Finally, in response to globalized eco-destruction, globalized wars, and globalized banking that robs national and personal wealth, we now have globalized resistance so profound, so effective, that global elites are waging a massive censorship campaign to silence the group, WikiLeaks, and smear its figurehead, Julian Assange.
Read it and view it at global research
Enjoy, learn, and act…
And remember I/We are all Julian Assange.
Nov 30 2010
In their interview a few days ago on Keith Olberman’s show, Michael Moore called Wendell Potter the Daniel Ellsberg of the Health Care Insurance Industry and lauded him for his courage in standing up for the truth as a whistleblower and sacrificing his high paid job as a senior executive of Cigna Health Insurance. There are several key moments in the interview:
I agree with Michael. Wendell Potter is truly an American hero.