Thursday, October 22, 2009

Morning view on the Ponderosa

The neighbor's house is look'n good

The trees in the park are turning color...

A message from President Gonzalez and University Police Chief Dan Davis

A message from President Gonzalez and University Police Chief Dan Davis
President Alexander Gonzalez
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:14 AM

To All Members of the Campus Community,

Yesterday afternoon, a terrible act of violence in one of our residence halls led to the death of a Sacramento State student. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

The investigation began immediately after the incident was contained, and it will continue until we have all of the facts necessary to prosecute the individual responsible for this horrific tragedy.

What we know now is that University police responded to a report of an altercation around 2:23 p.m. in a suite in the American River Courtyard. The officers attempted to subdue a suspect with a knife by firing pepper balls, which are filled with a substance designed to stop attacks.

Sadly, the suspect continued to come at the officers with a knife, and they were forced to fire their weapons. The suspect, who also was a student, is hospitalized in stable condition under police custody.

The victim of the attack was taken to a hospital after the incident and later passed away.

Although this was an isolated incident that was contained by University police, the tragic death of a student affects us all.

Crisis counselors were available in the residence hall throughout the night. Any students needing a counselor can call (916) 278-6416 or go to the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff can obtain counseling services by calling the Employee Assistance Program at (916) 278-5018.

The criminal investigation is being handled by the Sacramento Police Department, and we are cooperating fully and assisting in every way we can.

We have also created a web page to post the latest information as it becomes available at Additionally, a hotline at (916) 614-3277 will be updated with recorded information for parents and students.

Our thanks go out to everyone who has assisted us in the wake of this tragedy.


Alexander Gonzalez, President

Dan Davis, University Police Chief


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Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09

Censored 2010: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-09 (Paperback): Specially Autographed by Mark Karlin, Editor of, a 4--Time Project Censored Award Winner (Although Not This Year, Alas.) This is the 2009 Edition (Released in October of 2009)
Edited by Peter Phillips's Review (excerpt)
Each year, Project Censored produces a perennial BuzzFlash readers favorite of the top 25 censored stories of the prior year. This year's edition -- released in October of 2009 -- is no exception.

And once again, Mark Karlin -- the editor and publisher of -- will autograph each book, since BuzzFlash has won 4 times (although not this year, alas).

Top Censored Stories of 2009/2010

■1. US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street
■2. US Schools are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s
■3. Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates
■4. Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina
■5. Europe Blocks US Toxic Products
■6. Lobbyists Buy Congress
■7. Obama's Military Appointments Have Corrupt Past
■8. Bailed out Banks and America's Wealthiest Cheat IRS Out of Billions
■9. US Arms Used for War Crimes in Gaza
■10. Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate
■11. Private Corporations Profit from the Occupation of Palestine
■12. Mysterious Death of Mike Connell—Karl Rove's Election Thief
■13. Katrina's Hidden Race War
■14. Congress Invested in Defense Contracts
■15. World Bank's Carbon Trade Fiasco
■16. US Repression of Haiti Continues
■17. The ICC Facilitates US Covert War in Sudan
■18. Ecuador's Constitutional Rights of Nature
■19. Bank Bailout Recipients Spent to Defeat Labor
■20. Secret Control of the Presidential Debates
■21. Recession Causes States to Cut Welfare
■22. Obama's Trilateral Commission Team
■23. Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud
■24. Dollar Glut Finances US Military Expansion
■25. Fast Track Oil Exploitation in Western Amazon

Read them in "Censored 2010"!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Enough! Goldman Sachs is thriving while the combined rates of unemployment and underemployment are creeping toward a mind-boggling 20 percent. Two-thirds of all the income gains from the years 2002 to 2007 — two-thirds! — went to the top 1 percent of Americans.

Safety Nets for the Rich

by Bob Herbert Op-Ed Columnist
New York Times - October 20, 2009

The headlines that ran side by side on the front page
of Saturday's New York Times summed up, inadvertently,
the terrible fix that we've allowed our country to fall

The lead headline, in the upper right-hand corner,
said: "U.S. Deficit Rises to $1.4 Trillion; Biggest
Since '45."

The headline next to it said: "Bailout Helps Revive
Banks, And Bonuses."

We've spent the last few decades shoveling money at the
rich like there was no tomorrow. We abandoned the poor,
put an economic stranglehold on the middle class and
all but bankrupted the federal government - while
giving the banks and megacorporations and the rest of
the swells at the top of the economic pyramid just
about everything they've wanted.

Read the entire piece;

Symphony of Science - 'We Are All Connected' (ft. Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye)

Track Meet

We're Number 12! We're Number 12! We're Number 12!

America’s Most Stressed Out Cities

1. Chicago
2. Houston
3. Boston
4. Los Angeles
5. San Diego
6. Denver
7. San Francisco
8. Detroit
9. Tampa
9. Portland, Ore. (tie)
10. Seattle
11. Washington, D.C. (tie)
11. Baltimore (tie)
12. Sacramento
13. Pittsburgh
14. Philadelphia
15. New York
16. Phoenix
17. Atlanta
18. St. Louis
19. Minneapolis
20. Cincinnati
21. Las Vegas
22. Dallas/Fort Worth
23. Miami

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Millions of At-Risk Kids Not Trapped in a Balloon (or Hiding in the Attic)?


AP/Will Powers

Arianna Huffington: No matter what happens in the unfolding legal saga of the Heene family, the most appropriate response to the whole matter was that of Falcon Heene. He vomited. I find the media's obsession with non-stories like the Boy Not In The Balloon especially galling when it leads to endless agonizing over the welfare of a child -- agonizing that is sorely missing when there isn't a runaway hot air balloon involved. It doesn't have to be wall-to-wall coverage, but how about some coverage of the 1.5 million children that are homeless or the 13 million children living in poverty? Maybe if we put them all in a giant balloon and let it float away, the millions of children in desperate need of time in the media spotlight will finally get some. Click here to read more.

20% Of Polled Identify As Republicans

From a story about an ABC News/Washington Post poll about attitudes on health care reform comes this little nugget: "Only 20 percent of adults identify themselves as Republicans, little changed in recent months, but still the lowest single number in Post-ABC polls since 1983."

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posted by JMG

Subject: Stay off FOX

It's about time Democrats stood up to FOX! The White House communications director said FOX is a "wing of the Republican Party...let's not pretend they're a news network."

To draw attention to its biased coverage, President Obama will not appear on FOX for the rest of this year.

I signed a petition urging Democrats to support President Obama's stance by staying off FOX as long as he does. Can you join me at the link below?

Still a bit stiff and sore...

Got up and went to the gym before heading to campus. My legs are still a bit sore from the Saturday hike and bike... but in a strange way it feels good, it reminds me of the magical day, and weekend... unfolded my bike and rode it in the fog to the gym, and back in the sun... I listened to Baaba Maal on a KCRW podcast, great Senaglese music he had a song about a Dakar Moon... I remember looking at it wit Spencer when we were in Goree.

It seems all is well this morning.

Monday, October 19, 2009

aatombomb wrote: Pathetic. We have a Soviet-era oligarchy of a healthcare system, and the mouth-breathers want us to worry about socialism? Breaking news, teabaggers: we crossed that bridge a long time ago. They just re-branded. Big Government = Corporate America. The call is coming from inside the house, morons.

Lack of competition nationwide for insurance.

In Maine, 2 insurance companies control 88% of the market.

In Missouri, 2 insurance companies control 79% of the market.

In North Dakota, 1 insurance company controls 89% of the market.

Across America, 94% of markets are not competitive.

(Data: American Medical Association study, available at

My cool little folding bike

I looked at him as I got in my car to go to the campus... he looked so forlorn... but I promised to take him out for a ride Tuesday

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Today was about color....

Started out at 730am

My car at the base of El Capitan

Arrived in SMF @ 7pm... via Tioga Pass, side trip to Bodie, then up Hwy395 to Hwy 50
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