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Sure let's all grow shells and live forever

Turtles could hold the secret to human immortality: "All animals eventually grow old and die. It's an inevitable fact of life - except when it isn't. Some animals, like tortoises and lobsters, never grow old, and learning their secrets could let humans live as long as they want." I love the pictures with this. I doubt we can learn that much from a reptile. But who am I to discourage an alternative to cryonics which to me is simply macabre.
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Something to Play While You Schmooze (Video)

Alexander Hamilton Quill Says Boehner is GUI

When asked what GUI means, Quill expressed surprise. "Isn't it obvious," he said. "The man is governing under the influence and if I were him I would be too."
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Mildred Purse's Favorite Song (From "Rosemarie", 1936) Video

Mildred Purse Volunteers To Replace Banished Halperin for Nothing

Mildred Purse doyenne of Beacon Street welcomes Short Form Content as an added venue. She says she will never call the President anything but our dear President and that she will protect him from mean Republicans and turncoat Democrats.
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Any hand that deals death is a wrong hand?

Will Foreign Drones One Day Attack the U.S.? - Newsweek: "The unmanned spy plane that Lebanon's Hizbullah sent buzzing over Israeli towns in 2005 was loud and weaponless, and carried only a rudimentary camera. But the surprise flight by a regional terror group still worried U.S. analysts, who saw it as a sign that the unmanned vehicles were falling into the wrong hands." Yeah, well. We are clearly the right hands. Is this American exceptionalism or American hubris. I vote for the latter. This is the thinnest ice I've ever seen.

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Yes there is a voice against drones (Video)

Droning our way into what pray tell? Global robo cop?

U.S. drone targets two leaders of Somali group allied with al-Qaeda - The Washington Post: "The airstrike makes Somalia at least the sixth country where the United States is using drone aircraft to conduct lethal attacks, joining Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. And it comes as the CIA is expected to begin flying armed drones over Yemen in its hunt for al-Qaeda operatives."


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Are we revving up for a third world war (axis of terror)

If I were on the terror side I would tell myself. This drone business is the last straw. It's time for us to get a nation of our own. Pakistan! Doable. Then I would escalate things with the goal of fomenting a World War Three with China and Iran if not as allies not as enemies. End of fantasy. The moral of this is that as the US uses drones all over the map, the backlash may exceed any advantage we may surmise. Is anybody thinking about this?  
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When the poison you have lying around zaps your pet

Animals Poisoned Too Close To Home | Animal Tales: "Vermin poison: you might be trying to get rid of unwanted rodents or slugs, but these chemicals can cause excessive internal bruising or bleeding in your pet if ingested. The effects might not be immediately obvious, but the results are very serious." Toxicity is so endemic these days that one rarely considers one's pets. But if you value them, read this salient warning. Instructive. Heck, generally instructive karma food.

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Isolationism Is Not A Worry A Just World Is

The G.O.P. Turns Inward - NYTimes.com: "Following the path of isolationism today won’t serve America well. Nor will it help the Republicans." The GOP does not exist except as a nightmare to scare children with. The world goes on despite them. The problem is that the world does onot accept a full democratic revolution of the nonviolent sort. And we do not speak up for it enough in our culture or academies. We should be afraid of a world that cannot achieve the inmost impulses of all the people who live here. That would be for freedom, a chance to earn a living and minimal interference in choices and movements.


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Malia and Sasha are More Mature Than Boehner and Cantor

In Deficit Plan, Taxes Must Rise, President Warns - NYTimes.com: “Malia and Sasha generally finish their homework a day ahead of time,” the president said, in a tone of rising exasperation. “They don’t wait until the night before. They’re not pulling all-nighters.” Such inside sources in Manhattan tell me that anyone with any sense knows this deal will get done. But to watch the GOP you would not know it. These are the Wall Street toadies. Why should we suffer a possible default because of their childish antics?


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The Deity is penalizing the rich on the Jersey shore with a slime invasion (Video)

Slimy invasion plagues Jersey Shore | News - Local Philadelphia - Yahoo! News: "Walt Hunter reports from Ocean City, NJ where small jellyfish-like creatures are washing up on the beach in large numbers." If the well-to-do want to keep the hoi polloi from their pristine beaches the Deity may just make their playground a bit less pristine. Be careful what you wish for, you rich.


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The Dismal Dance of Oil Dominance Was Played Out in the BP Spill

Thad Allen Says the Oil Will Keep on Leaking into Fall - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "This leak was / A love letter from God / Saying stop / Stop plundering my / Planet / But no / The only reason we want this to stop / Is so we can drill /All the more" We need to give support to people who will move in the right direction. 2012 is about ending the stranglehold of big oil and the war on drugs and modifying the hatred in our midst.


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Oil Befouling The Ocean Onward To Hell (1967 - 2004)

The Mariner Group -- Oil Spill History No I am not adding the barrels. I am saying that the mentality that continues to see oil as our salvation will continue to be our nemesis. This is just a reminder that that BP was part of a half century of desecration to prop up a misbegotten economy based on oil and cars and the sprawl consumption pattern it engendered. Hell is not supernatural. It is what we create by our own individual decisions.

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Full Employment Should Be A Human Right (Video)

Free movement and full employment are human rights

Human rights evolve with human awareness. Today it is time to underline two human rights that could, if accepted universally, alter the balance of history in the direction of peace and prosperity and enhance the well  being of individuals everywhere. Free movement globally is the alternative to the wretched system of refugees and a job for all is the alternative to the hypocrisy of building employment into a system or privilege. We need an attitude adjustment in the direction of these two human rights.
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