Saturday, September 3, 2011

Via Truthout: Beyond PTSD: Soldiers Have Injured Souls

These veterans and thousands like them grapple with what some call “the war after the war” — the psychological scars of conflict. Working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and private organizations, these men and women are employing treatments both radically new and centuries old. At the ...

Via Huffington: 'THEY HELP KEEP THINGS IN ORDER' Regulations And Taxes Aren't Killing Small Businesses, Owners Say

Regulations, taxes aren't killing small business, owners say

WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.

"Government regulations are not 'choking' our business, the hospitality business," Bernard Wolfson, the president of Hospitality Operations in Miami, told The Miami Herald. "In order to do business in today's environment, government regulations are necessary and we must deal with them. The health and safety of our guests depend on regulations. It is the government regulations that help keep things in order."

Via JMG: New & Improved

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Via JMG: Condi Rice Vs. Darth Cheney

"It certainly doesn't sound like me, now, does it? I would never – I don't remember coming to the vice president tearfully about anything in the entire eight years that I knew him." - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, denouncing one of several passages about her in Dick Cheney's just-released autobiography. Cheney says that Rice got all teary-eyed (just like a woman!) when she allegedly admitted an error. He also says that Rice's reports to the president on the status of nuclear talks with North Korea were "utterly misleading."

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Via JMG: September 17th: Day Of Rage

From their website:
On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met. Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Via casa de tolerancia: Lógica Estadosunidense (2006)

O Conversa Afiada está muito bom hoje.

Não está na capa de nenhum jornal brasileiro, mas a invasão do Iraque matou mais estadosunidenses do que o 11 de setembro. E se somarmos a este número os soldados de outros países que também morreram, os civis iraquianos e os civis de outros países. Tem também os mortos no Afeganistão. Deve dar fácil uns dez 11 de setembro.

Esta é a lógica de Bush e estadosunidenses. Para evitar novos atentados basta invadir e destruir dois países, matar uma infinidade de civis, gerar o caos e no fim perder mais pessoas do que foram mortas em todos (somente um) os atentados que já ocorreram em seu país. Isto é com certeza muito melhor do que tentar saidas diplomaticas, pacificadoras e não autoritárias para resolver problemas de maneira permanente. É a lógica da direita burra de que violência se combate com uma violência maior ainda.

Interessante também a entrevista do ex-presidente, recém falecido, Gerald Ford. Republicano, mas se diz contrário a invasão do Iraque.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) calls for letters on behalf of Mr. Ramin Zibaei of Iran

Action Aert


Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program

Scholars at Risk (SAR) calls for letters on behalf of
Mr. Ramin Zibaei of Iran
August 30, 2011
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is gravely concerned about Mr. Ramin Zibaei, a scholar of psychology and dean at the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education in Tehran, who has been arrested and detained for several months.  SAR asks for letters, faxes and emails urging the appropriate authorities intervene by reexamining his case and, pending his earliest release, by ensuring his well-being, including access to family, legal representation of his choosing and medical treatment.

Scholars at Risk is an international network of over 260 universities and colleges in 33 countries dedicated to protecting the human rights of scholars around the world and to raising awareness, understanding of, and respect for the principles of academic freedom and its constituent freedoms of expression, opinion, thought, association and travel. In cases like Mr. Zibaei's involving alleged infringement of these freedoms, SAR investigates hoping to clarify and resolve matters favorably.
Scholars at Risk has learned that Mr. Ramin Zibaei was one of over a dozen staff and faculty members of the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) arrested in late May. He has been held since. Mr. Zibaei completed a Master’s level program in psychology at BIHE and has taught extensively at the institute over the past 8 years, holding positions as member of the psychology department and dean of social science faculty. Scholars at Risk understands that since his arrest Mr. Zibaei has not been permitted to receive regular visits from his family and has not been granted access to legal counsel, in apparent disregard of international standards of due process, fair trial and detention as guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is signatory. 

The suddenness of Mr. Zibaei’s arrest and the lack of any clear basis for his detention raise grave concerns about the ability of intellectuals and scholars to safely work in Iran. Taking into account reported arrests of several additional Baha’i scholars in May—and the reported arrests of scholars following the June 2009 election—Mr. Zibaei’s detention suggest a wider attempt to exclude Baha’i individuals from the higher education community within Iran and more broadly to intimidate intellectuals and to limit academic freedom in Iran.  Scholars at Risk finds this suggestion particularly distressing and unfortunate, given Iran’s rich intellectual history and traditional support for the values of scholarship and free inquiry.

Scholars at Risk therefore joins with many national and international academic associations, human rights organizations and individual scholars in respectfully urging authorities to ensure that Iran’s obligations under international law are upheld with regard to Mr. Zibaei, his colleagues at the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) and other intellectuals in Iran. Scholars at Risk respectfully implores authorities to reexamine Mr. Zibaei's case and, pending his earliest release, to guarantee his well-being and to ensure that he is granted access to family, legal representation of his choosing, and medical treatment.
Take Action
Scholars at Risk invites letters, emails and faxes be sent:

-respectfully urging authorities to ensure that Iran’s obligations under international law are upheld with regard to Mr. Zibaei, his colleagues at the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) and other intellectuals in Iran; and

-respectfully urging authorities to reexamine Mr. Zibaei's case and, pending his earliest release, to guarantee his well-being and to ensure that he is granted access to family, legal representation of his choosing, and medical treatment.


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
c/o H.E. Mr. Mohammad Khazaee
Ambassador of Iran to the United States
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
662 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA
Email to:
Fax to: +1 (212) 867-7086


Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh
(Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave. (south of Serah-e Jomhouri)
Tehran 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: or

The Honorable Hillary Clinton
United States Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520 USA

Bahai International Community
United Nations Office
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120
New York, NY 10017 USA
Fax: +1 212-803-2566

The Honorable _________
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to [YOUR COUNTRY]
(See for a list of Iranian embassies worldwide.)

The Honorable _________
Ambassador of [YOUR COUNTRY] to the Islamic Republic of Iran

Scholars at Risk
New York University
194 Mercer St., 4th floor
New York, NY 10012  USA
Fax: +1 212 995-4402

To view a model letter of appeal, as well as a copy of SAR's letter, please visit:
This Action Alert was posted by the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program on behalf of Scholars at Risk. SRHRL has not independently verified its contents.
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Via Jerry P. Becker: SAYINGS XXXVIII

Note regarding the last SAYINGS (XXXVII):  T. Christine Stevens wrote:  The purported statement by Jefferson that "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not," by Mr. Carpenter, seems to be one of those bogus quotes that makes the rounds on the Internet.  It appears that it first appeared in print in 1986 (See mediawiki/index.php/The_democracy_will_cease_to_exist>).  Indeed, if you google "democracy will cease to exist," most of the hits will be conservative blogs or sites debunking this as an authentic quote from Jefferson. Also, regarding the same statement, Stephen Currie wrote: That "quote" has never been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson and was evidently not recorded anywhere until the 1980s. See, among others, and  Mr. Carpenter is of course entitled to his own opinions, but it would be best if he did not attribute them to people who probably did not actually say them. (Alternatively, if Mr. Carpenter has evidence that the quote really is Jefferson's, that would be useful to know!)
NOTE: The following quotations have been collected from a variety of sources ... from e-mail notes and signatures, bulletin boards, the ASCD SmartBrief and from other sources, as well, over some time. And a number come from Brainy Quotes at .

"A true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good."
 (Ann Landers)      [From the signature of Christian Brown]

"Dewey feared, however, that without an intelligent vigilance, the few would take over from the many, the rich would dominate the poor, and the common good would be replaced by plutocratic corporate private interest."
(Richard Gibboney, regarding John Dewey)  [Copied from a note from Michael Paul Goldenberg]

"Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur."
(Muriel Spark, Scottish novelist)

"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first"
(Sol Gordon)      [From the signature of Karen Stotlar]

"99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name."
(Steven Wright)

"Every time I say the word diet, I wash my mouth out with chocolate."
(Unknown)      [Seen on the wall of the chocolate shop in Ste. Genevieve, MO]

"Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go."
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]

"All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand."
(Steven Wright)

"Figuring out who you are is the whole point of the human experience."
(Anna Quindlen, American journalist and author)

"What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy."
(John Dewey - 1915)      [From the signature of David Stinson]

"Where anything is growing, one former is worth a thousand re-formers."
(Dewey, 1900/1956, p. 7/The School and Society)

"Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have."
(Harry Emerson Fosdick, American clergyman - quoted for U.S. Independence Day, July 4, 2011)

"A public education system is based on the principle that you care whether the kid down the street gets an education."
(Noam Chomsky)      [From the signature of Michael Goldernberg]

"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
(George Orwell)      [From the signature of Jonathan Bean]

"Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it."
(Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-born educator)

"Human history becomes, more and more, a race between education and catastrophe."
(H. G. Wells)      [From a note by Marion Brady, on the EDDRA2 listserve]

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
(Harry S Truman)

"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."
(Karen Kaiser Clark, American motivational speaker and consultant)

"One cannot understand the history of education in the United States during the twentieth century unless one realizes that Edward L. Thorndike won and John Dewey lost."
(Ellen Condliffe Lagemann [quoted by Gibboney (2006)]      [From Richard Hake's list]

"He who receives an idea from me receives instruction for himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me."
(Thomas Jefferson)      [From article by Rachel Toor]

"I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone."
(Bjarne Stronstrup - inventor of C++ (much-used computer language))

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought."
(Matsuo Basho, Japanese poet)

"I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast."
(Viktor E. Frankl)

"The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in Congress."
(Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-born American historian and journalist)

"You don't have to buy from anyone. You don't have to work at any particular job. You don't have to participate in any given relationship. You can choose."
(Harry Browne, American libertarian writer, politician and investment analyst)

"Know how and also know why."
(Traditional saying among Chinese teachers)

"Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false."
(Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss philosopher, poet and critic)

"Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved."
(Margaret Fuller, journalist and women's rights advocate)

"Our aspirations are our possibilities."
(Samuel Johnson)      [From the signature of Monica Neagoy]

"All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions."
(Adlai E. Stevenson, American politician)

Q: How does a mathematician induce good behavior in her children?
 A: 'I've told you n times, I've told you n+1 times ...'

"A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others."
(Jane Austen, British author)

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)      [From the signature of Mary Wonderlick]

"Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?"
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
 (Albert Einstein)

"Chocolate will make your clothes shrink."
(Unknown)      [Seen on the wall of the chocolate shop in Ste. Genevieve, MO]

"Patience is a companion of wisdom."
(Saint Augustin)

"My soul's had enough chicken soup, I want chocolate."
(Unknown)      [Seen on a wall of the chocolate shop in Ste. Genevieve, MO]

"On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers; everybody is a member of the crew. We have moved into an age in which everybody's activities affect everybody else."
(Marshall McLuhan, Canadian educator, philosopher and scholar)

"Mathematics is the Language of the Universe."
(Unknown)      [From the signature of Kathleen Smith]

"Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either - leave me the hell alone."

"The world is full of cactus, but you don't have to sit on it."
(Unknown - Proverb)      [From the signature of Karen Stotlar]

"To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self."
(Joan Didion, American journalist, essayist and novelist)

"I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates."
(Steven Wright)

"The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up."
(Steven Wright)

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."
(Donald Rumsfeld at a news briefing, February 12, 2002)

"I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that."
(Donald Rumsfeld in an interview with Steve Croft, Infinity CBS Radio Connect, November 14, 2002)

An investment firm is hiring mathematicians. After the first round of interviews, three hopeful recent graduates - a pure mathematician, an applied mathematician, and a graduate in mathematical finance - are asked what starting salary they are expecting.

The pure mathematician: "Would $30,000 be too much?"

The applied mathematician: "I think $60,000 would be OK."

The math finance person: "What about $300,000?"
The personnel officer is flabbergasted: "Do you know that we have a graduate in pure mathematics who is willing to do the same work for a tenth of what you are demanding!?"

"Well, I thought of $135,000 for me, $135,000 for you - and $30,000 for the pure mathematician who will do the work."


Via JMG: President God


Via JMG: Feds Block Merger Of Cell Phone Giants

The Department of Justice today filed suit to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, saying that if the companies were to join, millions of consumers would suffer with higher prices and fewer choices.
"AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would eliminate a company that has been a disruptive force through low pricing and innovation by competing aggressively in the mobile wireless telecommunications services marketplace. AT&T could obtain substantially the same network enhancements that it claims will come from the transaction if it simply invested in its own network without eliminating a close competitor."
Bam! The merger isn't officially dead until a federal judge rules. Which, of course, could take forever. But as the above-linked story notes, in the meantime thousands of workers at both companies will hang on to their jobs.

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Quote of the Day:

In daily practice, reflect on the benefits of love, compassion and kindness, then reflect on the disadvantages of anger. Such continuous contemplation, the growing appreciation of love, has the effect of reducing our inclination towards hatred and increasing our respect for love. By this means even anger can be diminished.

Via Utne: Why World Peace Has a Fighting Chance

A professor of international relations argues that humanity is closer than ever to "winning the war on war."

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em São João del-Rei, 2011

with Ubi


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The Rick Perry Venn diagram

Mother Jones put together an interesting visual aid disputing Rick Perry's latest claims on Social Security. The Venn diagram compares Social Security and Ponzi schemes, a favorite talking point of the Texas governor.

Over the weekend, the Republican presidential candidate told a group of voters Social Security is nothing but a "monstrous lie," a "Ponzi scheme" that young Americans buy into. He views it as unconstitutional and something that should be handed over to the states to sort out.

make the jump here to read the full article

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Image: Sao Joao del-Rei, Minas Gerais, Brasil - August 2011

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Morning Walk / Caminhada de hoje - São João del Rei , Minas Gerais, Brasil - August 2011

"bring out your dead!"

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