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Three Simple Steps To A Job Recovery

Jobs Data Dim Recovery Hopes - WSJ.com: "The U.S. economy barely added jobs for the second month in a row in June and the unemployment rate rose to the highest level this year, dashing hopes the economic recovery is getting back on track and putting pressure on policymakers to react." 1. Initiate a CETA-like program which enables employers to easily add needed jobs at modest wages for specific periods of time. It worked in the early-1980s. 2. Create government-private sector teams to build models of alternative communities that will be car free and feature cheap but eco-competent development at densities sufficient to enable populations of five to ten thousand to exist in an area where everything can be reached on foot. 3. Create a national trainer corps where people with skills can mentor individuals in concert with potential employers. One to one training.


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Nothing can clear it up but a severe course of logic

The Fixation of Belief: "The truth is, that common-sense, or thought as it first emerges above the level of the narrowly practical, is deeply imbued with that bad logical quality to which the epithet metaphysical is commonly applied; and nothing can clear it up but a severe course of logic." Charles Sanders Peirce was not a knee-jerp metaphysician. He was thee forerunner of a mentality which is now becoming the default. One that understrands the vagueness that lies at the edges of our capacity to grasp and comprehend.

Obama is not embracing Hooverism.

Hullabaloo: "Mike Konczal has a good post in which he muses on the perennial question: why is the administration embracing Hooverism? I'm not sure he's come up with a better answer than anyone else, but it's a fun read." Obama is not embracing Hooverism. He is dealing with a genuine and reasonable fissure in understanding. People are ultimately responsible for their actions. States cannot substitute for individuals. But they can and should serve needs that are agreed to be beyond the ken of individual power to effect. Obama is embracing centrism and listening to both sides of a dialectic that will lead to a new synthesis that will be neither the New Deal or whatever vision digby associates with Hooverism.

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Alarmed Democrats are the flip side of wingnut Republicans

Obama's debt talks alarm Democrats about Social Security | McClatchy: "Obama is pressing for a 'big' deal that would total about $4 trillion in cuts to projected deficits over the next 10 years. He had proposed a $4 trillion plan in April that would be spread over 10 or 12 years, but recent talks had focused on a $2 trillion goal." Neither the alarmed Democrats or the wingnut Republicans give a damn about following the lead of a President who has had a reasonable answer to the deficit for months and months. Now we know why Teddy Roosevelt gave up on both houses. And why that won't work. And why it is sad to see Democrats behaving so predictably and commentators having their meltdowns. Good thing we can switch channels.

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People like this should start by shooting themselves

Gunman dead after killing kid, ex-girlfriend, 5 others - US news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com: "GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man suspected of killing seven people ended a hostage standoff late Thursday by shooting himself in the head, Michigan police said." I am serious. If someone is angry enough to off multiple victims and then himself, why not start with himself? He will have no chance to be guilty or happy at his slaughter once he has done himself in. It is a formidable lapse in logic. We should encourage all marauders to begin with themselves. We should post signs to this effect. START WITH YOURSELF!

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The people are ready for some entitlement change Washington not so much

The Politics Behind The Debt-Ceiling Drama : NPR: "A new Pew Research Center poll shows that there is broad public opposition to possible reductions in benefits provided by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, according to poll director Andrew Kohut." Since the GOP has Citizen's United working for them they probably think they can lie their way past any problem, even if they foment a global depression. We must prove them wrong starting now.

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I had a dream the ghouls of advertising mutely ceased

I had a dreamThe ghouls of advertising mutelyCeasedTheir murderous assaultUpon my bodyThe metrosprawl Suburban tractsWere allPloughed underTo make room forPlanting thingsGod gives for free
AgribusinessWas in the dustTheir chemical bombsNo longer detonating in our bodiesTo make usDiabeticAnd unable to set footBefore footWe are a walker nation again
No more baconater triplesSupersonic burgersBk quad stackersBread bowl pastasNo more archerNo more davisNo more midland
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No more double double toil and stomachs all a-bubble

No moreDouble double toil andStomachs allA-bubbleNo more infernal deep friesNo moreMonster mealsSodium 1700No more anything withCalories 900No moreEat up dearieWaddle to the car
We are our bodiesThe devil doesn't do itWe doThe devil is the part of us that wants to see us painedThe devil is our ingenious generation Of an excuse for lassitude and sloth
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In my dream the walk returns

In my dream the walk returnsThe city comes backThe all-reality neighborhood returnsJane Jacobs is reveredAnd Johnny Appleseed is known
No moreCalvacades in iron suitsCalled SUVsIngesting rights of waysOn the way toHells of their own makingNo more monster mealsNo viscous burpsNo plastic covered furniture
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Why being prepared for war is a very bad trip

Did you everRead about the ancient prophetNamed MicaiahMiciah told the kingGo up and conquerBut the king knew the prophet was consigning him to doomBut still he took the doom in strideJailing the prophet for his pains
The cause of statesBreed the causes of stateThe string that knots foreverSqueezes outA child's learningConsigns religion toThe role of compliantPriests and scribesTurns critics into dancing minionsOf the statesOr dancing minions who would rule the state
That first war we call worldDo you remember the name of the ArchdukeOr why he was shotOr what posturing precededThat brief death
Micaiah and Jesus knew a thing or twoDo you think you know it all
States are irredeemableThey can only be brought to heel by a determined peopleOnly in those with ears to hearIs spiritual progress made
Do you dream of peaceOr hear sad marching in your nightmaresHere at the epicenter I type awayLook down where Walt once walkedMethinks he would now shed a tearFor what we might becomeIf we have not …

In China it is 1927

In China it is 1927More oil pleaseIndia becomes an interstateHurry up dammitIt's timeThis leak wasA love letter from GodSaying stopStop plundering myPlanetBut noThe only reason we want this to stopIs so we can drillAll the moreSpiritual progress?Perhaps in 2082
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We are the one all tending to the One

God's spark is in everyone  This is a burden that would sap the life of most For we would then acknowledge That where life is God is The spark in all of life And we would then Look into the eyes of children Leeched of life And contemplate That something or someone Has extinguished a spark Linked to the flame within us
It is no wonder that religion makes it easy For us Segmenting our salvation Into chunks we can ingest With confidence
All the Good Doctor's Talk Of none being an island Is just the musing of a Dead Poet Nothing more
But no we are all part of the same continent Even when we are in rebellion And leading lives of bitterness And pinched anger And righteous certainty That is nothing but Fear writ large And faith destroyed
We are all one and tending to the one We are all grasped by the same hand We are all cared for by the same bright light We all have Abba living deep inside Ineffably giving us the endless leash  Of our own freedom to say no Until one day we say no to the lives we lead that  Exclude Abba And…

Jesus was the truest whistleblower of all

I once was asked to Offer reasons for the death Of many Due to poisoning of well water I found an Indian Doctor Who saw those deaths coming apace He shouted out a warning But he went unheard When I said he should now be recognized My suggestion Was shredded
Much whistle blowing has to do With keeping sparks alive True whistleblowers are Messengers of Abba Jesus was the truest Whistleblower Of All

I say God lives within us all a universal God

I say God lives within us all A universal God Beyond religions Beyond capacities to Fully grasp To claim we know it all 
Why else would we know conscience  As freedom to say no And to be heard
Refusal is the beginning of freedom And of proving Abba  Lives within us all


The universal spark is In the murderer

The universal spark is In the murderer And in the murdered In the father who mutilates And in the mutilated In Marine and Taliban In wingnut And reasonable soul When we see beauty It is the spark Overcoming All the evil we devise