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July 12, 2009 archive
Jul 12 2009
Jul 12 2009
a sea of sunflowers
yawn into the light
of the great blue sky above
my eyes sweep across
bright yellow fields
black seed centers
i look upward
into wavering radiation
melting sky gas into
an azure ocean
of windy waves
in clouds of
Jul 12 2009
Probe of Alleged Torture Weighed
White House Has Resisted Inquiry
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is leaning toward appointing a criminal prosecutor to investigate whether CIA personnel tortured terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001, setting the stage for a conflict with administration officials who would prefer the issues remain in the past, according to three sources familiar with his thinking.
Naming a prosecutor to probe alleged abuses during the darkest period in the Bush era would run counter to President Obama’s oft-repeated desire to be “looking forward and not backwards.” Top political aides have expressed concern that such an investigation might spawn partisan debates that could overtake Obama’s ambitious legislative agenda.
The planet’s future: Climate change ‘will cause civilisation to collapse’
Authoritative new study sets out a grim vision of shortages and violence – but amid all the gloom, there is some hope too
By Jonathan Owen
Sunday, 12 July 2009
An effort on the scale of the Apollo mission that sent men to the Moon is needed if humanity is to have a fighting chance of surviving the ravages of climate change. The stakes are high, as, without sustainable growth, “billions of people will be condemned to poverty and much of civilisation will collapse”.
This is the stark warning from the biggest single report to look at the future of the planet – obtained by The Independent on Sunday ahead of its official publication next month. Backed by a diverse range of leading organisations such as Unesco, the World Bank, the US army and the Rockefeller Foundation, the 2009 State of the Future report runs to 6,700 pages and draws on contributions from 2,700 experts around the globe. Its findings are described by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, as providing “invaluable insights into the future for the United Nations, its member states, and civil society”.
Jul 12 2009
KATV just does not get it. Here is the link to the original story, and the actual text of a comment and a link. Since they might take down the comment, it is important to keep it here.
The story, and the link to it:
Man Indicted in Cross-Burning Case Pleads Guilty
Little Rock – A 21-year-old Donaldson man indicted on suspicion of burning a cross in a woman’s yard has pleaded guilty to two federal civil rights charges.
Dustin Nix faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for each federal charge. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
A federal grand jury indicted Nix and four others in the case, and the others have a Sept. 1 trial date. Prosecutors claim that the men erected the cross because they suspected the woman associated with black men.
The comment, and it does not seem possible to link to the specific one.
I see nothing wrong here. Who cares if you burn a cross, an x or trash.
After some followup, another comment:
How do you not see anything wrong here? The man obviously threatened her because she supposedly has black friends? That’s stupid.
Bubo wrote: How do you see this is a threat? I simply don’t understand it. What does it matter if he burned something in her yard. What if it had been a cig? Who knows what she has been up to. Maybe she is bring druggies into the neighborhood.
If anything maybe fine him for trespassing. Noone was hurt and noone was killed and noone was at danger.
Poor grammar is a hallmark of haters. What is “noone”? It that like a minute after noon? If one means “no one”, then one should use the appropriate spacing.
Channel 7 is back on the national spotlight for the racists posting there.
Jul 12 2009
These distractions are mainly subjects of rescues of animals I`ve undertaken, in the past years.
Some I still have at my house & some are occasional visitors, a result of an intimate relationship, regarding the difference between life & death.
At times I believe the life I saved was my own.
I do have many many more images of other animals involving this strange relationship, but I`m already late posting, what is usually titled as “Friday`s Distractions”.
I was personally distracted by incidents in my life, resulting in my tardy post.
I`ll strive to not let it happen again, but that`s the extent of my responsibility.
These are to provide you with a simple distraction from the strife of your everyday efforts to overcome the penalty of living in these trying times.
The white parrot nodding off to sleep in the images, I rescued about 10 years ago, & He just was put to bed a few minutes ago.
He`s one of my best friends, & I think this image is the mellowest, of the hundreds I have of him.
Sometimes, a smile to a stranger can be just as much of a “rescue”, so Please, be kind to strangers.
Jul 12 2009
We are told again and again that economic solutions dictated by simple common sense are politically impossible:
1. Shifting hundreds of billions of dollars of government expenditure from weapons procurement and warfare to civilian construction is impossible.
2. Creating an efficient single-payer national health care system is impossible.
3. Putting the unemployed to work rebuilding our infrastructure is impossible.
4. Reconstructing America’s intercity rail network is impossible.
5. Investigation and prosecution of rogue corporations is impossible.
Why are all of these things impossible? Because, ever since Ronald Reagan and his allied ideological vandals commenced an all-out assault on government, the American people have been barraged with plutocratic propaganda persuading them that the government that built the atomic bomb, landed men on the moon, established the Internet, and ended racial discrimination is worthless and incompetent.
The dominant political meme in Washington is still “everybody knows that the government can’t run anything properly.” This pernicious myth will drag us down into economic misery so deep that we will eventually be forced to discard it. No combination of individuals or corporations has the power and resources to get us out of the ditch we are in. Only the Federal government can pull us out. But as long as it remains reviled and discredited, we will lie in the ditch.
This is why things will get much worse in America before they get better. It took a huge amount of effort to poison the minds of the citizenry against their own government, and only a massive amount of suffering will bring the political realignment necessary to cleanse this poison. Until our people renew their trust in government, a widespread economic recovery will be an impossible mission.
Jul 12 2009
We offer a libation of water,
and say a simple prayer to him:
“Omi Tutu, Ana Tutu,
Elegua opens the doors to all endeavors.
He is the guardian of the Crossroads
and the messenger to God.
Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn’t burn up any fossil fuel, doesn’t pollute.
Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance.
~ Margaret Mead
As Buhdy said recently, we do seem to be at a crossroads.
Jul 12 2009
Big news form Newsweek on Attorney General Eric Holder
Holder, 58, may be on the verge of asserting his independence in a profound way. Four knowledgeable sources tell NEWSWEEK that he is now leaning toward appointing a prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration’s brutal interrogation practices, something the president has been reluctant to do. While no final decision has been made, an announcement could come in a matter of weeks, say these sources, who decline to be identified discussing a sensitive law-enforcement matter. Such a decision would roil the country, would likely plunge Washington into a new round of partisan warfare, and could even imperil Obama’s domestic priorities, including health care and energy reform. Holder knows all this, and he has been wrestling with the question for months. “I hope that whatever decision I make would not have a negative impact on the president’s agenda,” he says. “But that can’t be a part of my decision.”
In the telling and masterfully written article, much of the personality of AG Eric Holder is revealed. Apparently, if the Obama/Biden Administration was planning on whitewashing the crimes of the last Administration, they picked the wrong guy. Holder exhibits a strong character and a legal mind that is no enemy of the rule of law. Rather, he is a huge threat to the politicized executive branch, in particular the branches previously controlled by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Scooter Libby, among other war criminals. I strongly suggest that everyone who demands justice and equality as the main course of their Democracy (D) give this article a long hard read, better yet two.
Now is the time to demand change.
Now, more than ever, we have to YELL LOUDER!
The alternative is NOT AN OPTION.
The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information . . . . .on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney
Just let those words sink in for a minute, as if you hadn’t already guessed.
Well if you guessed, you were right.
On the heels of this news comes the story in today’s New York Times
The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.
Has your holy shit meter broken yet?