Saturday, August 7, 2010

Todays Best Repost:

Charter for Compassion

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.


the squirrels are in revolt on the ponderosa!

At 645am (scheduled between 8 & 10am) the good men from De Los Santos tree service were here and ready to do our tri-annual palm trim... I was (M has a talent for sleeping thu all sorts of events...its a gift I have yet to learn) awoken by knocking on the door as the doorbell on the Ponderosa's massive front door has been broken for awhile, and for some odd reason people fail to use the door knocker... but  I digress.... so with in minutes the  guys were making noises, that fulfilled a secretly passive aggression towards my homophobic Slavic neighbors.

Unbeknown to us all, there was a squirrel family nest in the old leaves of the Mexican Fan palm... they are still in the oak tree scolding us all, very angry indeed!

Via Living in Urban Sac: Our City's Ugliest Building to get a Facelift... viva!

DMV Headquarters Renovation

After deciding to remove asbestos applied between every floor when DMV’s Sacramento Headquarters Building East opened in 1962, the department launched an ambitious, concurrent renovation plan to completely remodel all six floors of the facility to improve energy efficiency and reduce ongoing operations costs. The remodeled floors feature energy-efficient glass, sunscreens and insulation systems, energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems, and water-saving restroom fixtures. The project will also ultimately add a solar, electricity-generating photovoltaic (PV) system to the building’s roof. The project was started in 2004 and expected to be finished in 2011. Located at 2415 1st Avenue.

Current exterior renovation photos taken last week.

Via Belirico:

Rachel Maddow Responds To Bill O'Reilly's Attacks - 08/06/10

A great Bizzarro... check out his website!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hilarious interpretation of the classic song O Fortuna

Via JMG: Today In Crazy Teabaggers

The Washington Post reports that teabaggers are going to Colonial Williamsburg to ask the reenactment actors how to best overthrow our socialist Marxist Kenyan dictator.
"General, when is it appropriate to resort to arms to fight for our liberty?" asked a tourist on a recent weekday during "A Conversation with George Washington," a hugely popular dialogue between actor and audience in the shaded backyard of Charlton's Coffeehouse. Standing on a simple wooden stage before a crowd of about 100, the man portraying Washington replied: "Only when all peaceful remedies have been exhausted. Or if we are forced to do so in our own self-defense." The tourist, a self-described conservative activist named Ismael Nieves from Elmer, N.J., nodded thoughtfully.

Afterward, he said this was his fifth visit to Colonial Williamsburg. "We live in a very dangerous time," Nieves said. "People are looking for leadership, looking for what to do. They're looking to Washington, Jefferson, Madison." "I want to get to know our Founding Fathers," he added. "I think we've forgotten them. It's like we've almost erased them from history."It's a common point of view among tea party activists. They say their unhappiness with Washington reflects how far the federal government has strayed, through taxation and regulation, from the Founders'ntentions. "They all should come here and listen," said Bob Rohrbacher, a retired plumber from Floral Park, N.Y., who opposes President Obama and was inspired to visit Williamsburg while watching Glenn Beck on Fox News. "They've forgotten about America."
I'm going to Bellevue to ask how to overthrow Michele Bachmann. 
reposted from Joe

God is Punishing Elkgrove: 2 Small Earthquakes Hit Sac County

Two small earthquakes hit Sacramento County in the past 24 hours, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.The quakes' epicenter was just south of the community of Hood, just southwest of Elk Grove, in the waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.The first quake, measured at 2.5 magnitude, struck just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The other, smaller quake -- at 2.1 magnitude -- was reported at 6:43 a.m. Wednesday.So far, there are no reports of any damage or injuries.According to geologists, the two earthquakes were 16 miles below the surface and 12 million years in the making."Very rarely do we have any in the Central Valley because it's just not an area of a lot of faulting … very soft sediment that tends to compress without much violence to them," state geologist Dr. John Parrish said.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Via JMG: Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this afternoon in a largely partisan vote of 63-37. Kagan becomes the fourth woman to sit on the Supreme Court, despite the ranting protestations of virtually all anti-gay groups, especially the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, who testified against Kagan before Congress. Two solid wins for the good guys in two days! And anguished times for the enemies of equality.
reposted from Joe

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Via Truthout:

Via huffington: Birther Birthday Card to Obama

Its a great Day!

Go over to Revoked and enjoy the happiness... 

Milton & I are so happy and will be joining thousands downtown for the party tonite!

Yeah for justice! Hip! Hip Hooray for fairness! Hooray for equity!

From Huffington: GOP Candidate Warns Of Plot To Destroy America With Bike-Sharing Programs


A 50,000-pound mousetrap

The Lifesize Mousetrap makes it's way to Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York, & Austin!

The Lifesize Mousetrap makes it's way to Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York, & Austin!
by lifesize mousetrap

The Lifesize Mousetrap is a child's dream come to life—literally. The 50,000-pound contraption is a feat of engineering and artistic spectacle that recreates the classic board game at human size, complete with tap dancing mice, costumed clowns, and a bank safe dropped from a thirty-foot crane!
Explore this project

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

1 more from Huffington: The GOP Plot to Screw the Economy and the Middle Class

We're only three months away from the midterm election when a shockingly large number of American voters will inexplicably vote for Republican candidates. I have no idea if this will mean a Republican takeover of the House or Senate or both, but there will definitely be enough voter support for Republicans to significantly reduce the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

Why? Because too many voters tend to be low-information, knee-jerk Springfield-from-The-Simpsons types, and the Republicans have lashed their crazy trains to this new wave of inchoate roid-rage to help sweep them into more congressional seats.

Here are a few of the ongoing economic conditions facing a vast majority of Americans, many of whom are all revved up to vote Republican in November. According to Michael Snyder of the Business Insider:
• 61 percent of Americans "always or usually" live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.
• 66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1 percent of all Americans.
• Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008.
• The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation's wealth.
• In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
• More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.
• Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.

3 From Huffington:

Jared Bernstein: There They Go Again: Two Senators Continue False and Misleading Attacks on Recovery Act

Two Republican senators have released a third report critiquing 100 Recovery Act projects. And just like the last two, this one was an inaccurate and misleading attack on programs that are putting Americans to work.

Robert Reich: Why We Really Shouldn't Keep the Bush Tax Cut for the Wealthy

What we really should be debating is whether to raise the highest marginal tax rate higher than it was under Bill Clinton and use the proceeds to give the middle class a permanent tax cut.

Janet Tavakoli: Stranguflation: Deflation and Inflation Where it Hurts America Most

Our bloated financial sector has been sucking the life-blood out of the U.S. economy for years, and recent decisions insure it will continue to feed off taxpayers, while the host economy struggles for life. 

Via Bilerico: How To 'Think' Like Bill O'Reilly

Steven D, at Booman, notes that Bill O’Reilly is still attacking Shirley Sherrod.
Bill O’Reilly, the first entertainer propagandist news analyst on Fox News to run the edited, out of context Breitbart clip of Shirley Sherrod, walked back his intense criticism of her today. He framed it as an apology. You decide if that’s what it really was, because frankly I call B*llsh*t on you Mr. O’Reilly for daring to call what you said an apology. Because by God it was worse than if you had done nothing at all:
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly offered a rare mea culpa Wednesday, apologizing for airing a controversial tape of a speech given by a black U.S. Dept. of Agriculture official that was edited to make it appear she was racist. […}
"I owe Ms. Sherrod an apology for not doing my homework, for not putting her remarks into the proper context," he said on "The O’Reilly Factor," adding that his own words had been taken out of context by critics in the past. "I well understand the need for honest reporting."
Sounds good right? Well until you get to this part:
On Wednesday, the host said that he "did not analyze the entire transcript, and that was not fair." Still, O'Reilly called her a "longtime liberal activist" and said the language Sherrod used suggested that she "very well may see things through a racial prism." He said she belonged in the private sector, not working for the government.
It gets worse from there. Read the rest of Steven’s post for that.
Meanwhile, I was inspired.

Continue reading "How To 'Think' Like Bill O'Reilly" @ Bilerico »

Today in Science: Solar Storm

Boulder’s Space Weather Prediction Center monitoring solar flare headed for Earth 

Solar storm in the forecast; celestial light shows expected



The Changing Face of Beauty

Via JMG: Olbermann On Target Backlash

And since the GOP filibustered the Disclose Act last week, we may often never know which corporations are behind these kinds of campaigns.

(Tipped by JMG reader Alan)

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Via JMG: BEIJING: China Plans Huge Buses Which Passenger Cars Can Drive Under

As part of a plan to relieve street congestion, China is planning to build huge articulated buses which passengers cars can drive under. Via Engadget:
Despite the silly picture and the eccentric "3D Express Coach" branding, this cunning project by Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment actually makes sense. The idea is to make use of the space between regular-size cars and bridges, thus saving construction costs as well as minimizing congestion impact by allowing cars to drive underneath these jumbo buses. Fancy hitching a ride? You better start planning your move to Beijing's Mentougou district, which is where Huashi will commence building its first 186km of track at year's end.
Amazing, if it works.

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Quote of the Day (from a buddy Tim):

"What do we expect when we allow the Constitution to be interpreted to define “Legal Personhood” to corporations thus giving them all the protections we are entitled to, including free speech? This is just one in a series of attacks on our democratic process. Of all the things that need changing in this country, election laws are probably the first we should look at. Until we fix the process, we can not get the right people in office and fix the problems.

Because legal persons (read corporations as opposed to real human beings) have limited "free speech" rights, legislation meant to eliminate campaign contributions by legal persons (notably, corporations and labor unions) has been repeatedly struck down by various courts. On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States, deciding Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission by a 5-4 majority, removed restrictions on some types of corporate spending in support of (or in opposition to) specific candidates. This dramatically expanded the "free speech" rights of corporations.

Until we can convince the courts to stop granting these rights to corporations, we will not see an end of government that is bought and controlled. Unfortunately in this political climate of “NO” and “We will do it anyway without you”, it will be hard to come to a compromise that will once again allow the best qualified persons take office and guide our country out of this quagmire that causes us to be unable to move forward to a positive growth future."

Lewis Pugh's mind-shifting Everest swim

Monday, August 2, 2010

via jmg: Pink Cars Get Stolen The Least

According to a study of stolen cars, painting your ride pink is more effective than just about any theft-deterrent system.
"A study in the Netherlands illustrates car thieves' preferences. From 2004-2008, the most commonly colored vehicle stolen was black. This may be because black vehicles look more luxurious. Following close behind black were gray/silver automobiles. Of the 109 pink cars in the study, not one was stolen. A bright and uncommon color, like pink, may be as effective deterrent as an expensive security system. Ben Vollaard, who conducted the research, wrote, 'If the aversion to driving a car in an offbeat color is not too high – or if someone actually enjoys it – then buying deterrence through an uncommon car color may be at least as good a deal as buying deterrence through an expensive car security device.'"
"Honey, I just wonder what you doin' in the back of your pink Cadillac."

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Via JMG: Obama Announces End Of Combat Operations In Iraq As Of August 31st

Today President Obama announced that combat operations in Iraq will cease on August 31st, with a transitional occupation force to remain for another year.
“As a candidate for President, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. Shortly after taking office, I announced our new strategy for Iraq and for a transition to full Iraqi responsibility. And I made it clear that by August 31, 2010 America’s combat mission in Iraq would end. That is exactly what we are doing—as promised, and on schedule.” The president says that by the end of the month more than 90,000 troops will have come home from Iraq since he took office. “As agreed to with the Iraqi government, we will maintain a transitional force until we remove all our troops from Iraq by the end of next year,” Obama said of the 50,000 transitional force that will remain, “During this period, our forces will have a focused mission—supporting and training Iraqi forces, partnering with Iraqis in counterterrorism missions, and protecting our civilian and military efforts.”
Meanwhile the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan continues to increase.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bus and Walk to Dupont Circle to Kalorama, drinks, then a walk back by Howard University and a snack at Ben's Chili Bowl

Madam's Organ in in a neighborhood called Adams Morgan...

Both Bill Cosby and the Obama's are patrons here...

Pics before the rain started... Union station, Capitol, Eastern Market

I feel like this guy after walking so much... hehehe

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