Friday, May 20, 2011

Via DG: Such a shame he quit before he could use his poster!

Quote of the Day - Via Truthout


“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

-Warren Buffett

Via JMG: What The British Really Mean


On the left, what they say. In the center, what they really mean. On the right, what Europeans hear.

(Via - Andrew Sullivan)


reposted from Joe

Via JMG: Taxpayers Subsidize Big Oil, World's Most Profitable Industry





Taxpayers Subsidize Big Oil, World's Most Profitable Industry
Rinaldo Brutoco and Madeleine Austin, World Business Academy: "US oil companies earn about $3 billion in profits every week, yet get $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies every year. In the first quarter of 2011, Big Oil's profits were up 38 percent from the first quarter of 2010.... The industry's outsize profits didn't stop it from squealing like a stuck pig over proposals to trim $2 billion from its annual subsidies and use the revenue to reduce the deficit by about $21 billion over ten years. The oil companies tried to characterize the end of their subsidies as a 'tax hike,' despite growing and widespread recognition across the political spectrum that tax breaks are just another form of government spending."
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Via Kate Clinton: EOTW

Jeanne Moos - Waiting For The World To End?

chel Maddow: Cheney Book Cover 'Pictorially Makes Him The Guy Who Killed Bin Laden'

May 21 rapture: Apocolypse WOW!

Via JMG: WND To Sue Esquire


World Net Daily founder Joseph Farah says that he will be suing Esquire Magazine for posting a satirical claim that he had decided to pull the publication of Jerome Corsi's birther book, Where's The Birth Certificate?

On Wednesday, Esquire wrote:
In an exclusive interview, a reflective Farah, who wrote the book's foreword and also published Corsi's earlier best-selling work, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak out Against John Kerry and Capricorn One: NASA, JFK, and the Great "Moon Landing" Cover-Up, said that after much serious reflection, he could not go forward with the project. "I believe with all my heart that Barack Obama is destroying this country, and I will continue to stand against his administration at every turn, but in light of recent events, this book has become problematic, and contains what I now believe to be factual inaccuracies," he said this morning. "I cannot in good conscience publish it and expect anyone to believe it."
The Esquire piece, which was not marked as satire until an update was posted several hours later, was picked up by numerous blogs. Farah rails: "I have concluded with attorneys who say we have an excellent chance of winning a lawsuit or lawsuits for the reckless disregard for the truth demonstrated by Mark Warren, Esquire and the Hearst Corporation in this matter. Personally, I think we should set our sights on taking ownership of Esquire. I think that would be a fair settlement. Obviously the magazine is in dire need of professional management."

NOTE: I came very close to posting about the Esquire piece, but luckily decided to check WND to see if they still had dozens of birther stories on the front page.


reposted from Joe

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Via JMG: CDC Warns Of Zombie Apocalypse

The official CDC site and blog is today overwhelmed by folks trying to find out more about their elaborate hoax and warning of a zombie apocalypse, which was made tongue-in-cheek because the same emergency preparedness routine is required for hurricanes, apparently.




reposted from Joe

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rick Santorum: "McCain Doesn't Understand How Enhanced Interrogation Works"

Via AmericaBlog: Santorum doesn't think John McCain understands how torture works

From Political Wire:
Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

"He doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works."

-- Rick Santorum, in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) arguing that there's no evidence "enhanced interrogation" led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

McCain, of course, was tortured while held prisoner during the Vietnam war.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Via Jornal Estado de Minas, Opinião


Jornal Estado de Minas, Opinião – pg 9, domingo, 15 de maio de 2011
Impunidade e Educação

A chacina de Realengo, no Rio de Janeiro, deixou a sociedade brasileira chocada no mês passado. Em meio a tantas opiniões de especialistas e anônimos, chamou atenção a ausência de uma discussão mais profunda sobre o que se pode fazer para evitar acontecimentos do gênero. A resposta está na *EDUCAÇÃO. Como estamos educando nossos jovens? Quais os conteúdos que estão sendo incutidos na sociedade?

Vivemos um século de avanços nos conceitos universais dos direitos humanos. Não há dúvidas de que toda a humanidade pugna pela paz, pelo amor fraterno e pelo bem, que pode, objetiva e simplesmente, ser considerado como não fazer ao outro o que não desejamos que façam conosco. É imprescindível que o ensino intelectual seja profundamente modificado para se tornar mais valoroso, não apenas do ponto de vista econômico, mas também no aspecto social.

Para tanto, necessitamos urgentemente que a reforma educacional passe a impor a criação de matérias próprias voltadas para o aperfeiçoamento da inteligência emocional e dos valores espirituais universais como caridade, ética, amor, paz, harmonia e sustentabilidade. Para que se possa considerar um ser de fato inteligente, a pessoa deve exercitar suas competências intelectuais, emocionais e práticas. Entretanto, apenas a competência intelectual vem sendo exercitada e cobrada nas escolas e concursos públicos. O resultado é um pernicioso desequilíbrio.

É curioso como passamos anos ensinando aos jovens a estrutura química da bolha de sabão, fórmulas complicadas da física, equações complexas da matemática mas, não gastamos um centavo público ou privado para ensinar nossos jovens a serem amorosos, pacíficos e a respeitarem o direito alheio. Não se ensina a dominar as próprias emoções nem quais delas precisam ser cultivadas e quais outras precisam ser transformadas. Em suma, estamos nos transformando numa sociedade partida em seres incompletos, não integrais.

Uma interessante proposta de mudança educacional foi lançada pela UNESCO através do relatório *Jacques Delor. Trata-se da educação integral baseada no aprender a aprender, aprender a fazer, aprender a conviver e aprender a ser. Denizard de Souza ressalta que “a educação do ser integral contempla a aprendizagem para a convivência. Dessa forma, educa-se para o equilíbrio das relações humanas, macrossociais e ambientais”.

Será que se o assassino do Realengo tivesse cursado uma educação integral teria feito o que fez? O que nos trará mais resultados, enrijecer nossas leis penais para reduzir a impunidade ou ensinar melhor nossos jovens para que não precisem ser punidos? No caso, não perdoar o assassino é cultivar coesões destrutivas para si e para os outros. Transformemos então nossas revoltas em ação produtiva. Vamos mudar nossa educação. Como disse o Papa João Paulo II “Não há paz sem justiça, não há justiça sem perdão”. Eu acrescentaria que não há perdão sem amor. Mas quem vai nos ensiná-lo?

Cristiano de Freitas Fernandes
Advogado, especialista em direito empresarial, sócio da Advocacia Fernandes Melo

Two from Truthout:





Tuesday 17 May 2011

William Rivers Pitt | The Kooky Konservative Klown Kar
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Say it ain't so, Donald. This is so depressing. I was actively looking forward to following the Trump For President crazy train for at least a few weeks longer, if not more. You couldn't stay in long enough to participate in one debate, Donald? It would have been the show of the year. 'Birth certificates the blacks love me derp derp derp ...' All lost forever now. The hairpiece has moved on. I know, I know, it was a joke campaign, a ploy to get people to watch some stupid reality show I am proud to say I've never even peeked at once. But you have to understand my perspective here: the quintessential excellence of Trump's absurd pre-candidacy was the fact that it dragged the fundamental derangement of the GOP base into the light for all to see."
Read the Article

Robert Reich | The Battle Is Squared, and Why We Need Budget Jujitsu
Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog: "Technically, the federal government has now reached the limit of its capacity to borrow money. Raising the debt ceiling used to be a technical adjustment, made almost automatically. Now it's a political football. Democrats should never have agreed to linking it to an agreement on the long-term budget deficit. But now that the debt ceiling is in play, there's no end to what the radical right will demand. John Boehner is already using the classic 'they're making me' move, seemingly helpless in the face of Tea Party storm troopers who refuse to raise the ceiling unless they get their way."
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thar be whales! - Olema to Ft. Ross and back

morning view from room



morning room's view
















raindrops on lupins



Xodo @ Portuguese Beach




















thru the closed door of the Fort

















My son is outstanding in his field as well...






















when the budget  goes south, parks are closed...






mouth of the Russian River









orcas  hunting seals!




restaurant view from Guerneville dinner stop
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