Bradley Manning Support Network » About: The Bradley Manning Support Network is an ad hoc, international grassroots effort to help accused whistle blower Pfc. Bradley Manning. President Obama should release Manning immediately and apologize.
If I was the GOP An impossibility now because of their acceptance of hate and racism at their edge seeping toward their centerI would first make nice with the President and pass things that are essentially conservative at their coreAfter doing that and ushering in one of the great progressive eras of our history I would run in order to share the spoilsThey could have done thsThat they did not was and is one of the major political tragedies of our time Global Online Privacy
GOP Elite: 2012 Field is Hopeless - The Daily Beast: Conservative intellectuals don't have a candidate in the 2012 GOP primary, and they're making their worry more and more public. "To many conservative elites, Rick Perry is a dope, Michele Bachmann is a joke, and Mitt Romney is a fraud," Politico reports, citing a series of Wall Street Journal editorials that wrote Romney out of the race and dismissed Bachmann and Perry as unelectable.
Finding Resilience in Detroit | The White House: On August 18th, 2011, I was honored to be a recipient of Champion of Change, “Winning the Future” award and to be invited White House to discuss the role of small businesses in changing America’s future.
Is the FBI Catching Terrorists, or Coaching Them? - Truthdig: A new investigation by Mother Jones reveals that the FBI has cultivated a huge network of informants and spies, many of whom are directed to seek out disgruntled Muslims. “And then, in case after case, the government provides the plot, the means, and the opportunity” to commit terrorist attacks, Trevor Aaronson writes. I know jobs are hard to find but this is absurd. More than absurd. A travesty.
New Home Sales Fall; 2011 May Be Record Low - TIME: Housing remains the weakest part of the economy. Last year was the worst for new-home sales on records that go back nearly 50 years. There is no less economical way to live than in a detached home that requires one or more of everything that can be shared in a cluster of dwellings. We need to create new cyber cities beyond sprawl and the need to own automobiles. And until we do housing will remain moribund.
Perry Backs Radical National Sales Tax Plan To Starve Federal Government | TPMDC: There's a practical problem with a national sales tax of 30% or so: when you have a tax that high, there is an enormous incentive to cheat. Federal income taxes only work because for most people, the money is withheld by their employer automatically. When you put such a high tariff on goods, you'll create an enormous black market, with the attendant organized crime problem. You've just created a viable business model for a whole new kind of mafia. Cap tip ElRonbo
Obama’s Wesleyan Commencement Address Text | Stephen C. Rose: And so, should you take the path of service, should you choose to take up one of these causes as your own, know that you’ll experience frustrations and failures. Even your successes will be marked by imperfections and unintended consequences. I guarantee you, there will certainly be times when friends or family urge you to pursue more sensible endeavors with more tangible rewards. And there will be times when you are tempted to take their advice.
The End of Groupthink | Psychology Today: (And this was a shocker) Better ideas come out of a brainstorming group when its members are told explicitly to be more imaginative, unique, and valuable. In other words, when brainstorming, don't turn off your critical faculties entirely, but don't focus on what you think will work, about what has worked before, or about what is familiar.
Per Caritatem: As to reducing crime, the prison system has failed; neither has it meet its goal of rehabilitating and reforming inmates. Yet, failures to meet its tactical aims have morphed into numerous “successful” strategies which now seem ineradicable from modern society.
Behind King Memorial, One Fraternity's Long Battle : NPR: The thousands of visitors at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington this week will reflect on the controversial likeness of the man, his legacy and the significance of the first nonpresident — and first African-American — immortalized on the National Mall. I was actually interviewed for this. I doubt that any of it will survive. But what King stood for will indeed survive and flourish because it is stronger than Exxon and Ford and the devious servants of evil in the world.
Rewrite, Sugarcoat, Ignore: 8 Ways Conservatives Misremember American History—for Partisan Gain | The Nation: The mortgage crisis began in 2006 and it’s all President Obama’s fault—at least according to Fox News host Sean Hannity. Hannity recently blamed Obama—“his policies, his economic plan, his fault”—for the mortgage crisis, ignoring who was actually president (that would be George W. Bush) as the housing market slipped. Let me be clear. Evil is facilitating death and underlying the conservative push is servanthood of big oil which I identify as a cause of death. Mentally deficient are all those who live without some sense of internal values that are what Abba intends everyone to have. These include non-idolatry, helpfulness, tolerance and democracy. These are not the principal values of Mr. Ailes. Oh, Roger is the head of FOX news. He pulls the strings on the likes of Sean Hannity.
Must I repeat that housing is in limbo because the arrangement is all wrong. We need cohesive communities and mass-produced spaces that fit together like lego blocks. Today's construction is obsolete and too expensive to sustain. The same can be said of transportation. It is a mess. Our society is not thinking seriously about creating a new ... society.
Metaponderance: A Fascinating Feature of Peirce's "Neglected Argument": I just came across an article by the founder of pragmatism, C.S. Peirce, titled "A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God." Its content is tremendously relevant to this conversation. Peirce thought that "many of the [scientists] of [his] generation" believed in the reality of God, without knowing it. Why? Because "the discoveries of science, [with] their enabling us to predict what will be the course of nature, is proof conclusive that . . . we can catch a fragment of [God's] thought."
Paul Kahn’s mis-prognosis of America’s social imaginary « The Immanent Frame: In the twentieth century, this belief in the nation’s messianic mission has coupled itself with secular liberalism’s project of universalizing human rights, by force if necessary. The rhetoric leading up to and justifying the Second Gulf War is one recent example, but the admixture of the two logics of redemption, millennial eschatology and secular teleology, has elicited valid suspicions of expansionism (markets, client states, geo-political influence) and accusations of ethically disproportional (mass destructive) means whenever the U.S. has embarked on a mission to make part of the world “safe for democracy.”
“You Don’t Know Who to Blame” | Human Rights Watch: This report documents numerous abuses during renewed fighting in the past year by parties to the 20-year-long conflict in Somalia. These include the Islamist armed group al-Shabaab, the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), the African Union peacekeeping forces (AMISOM), and Kenya- and Ethiopia-backed Somali militias. The report also examines abuses by the Kenyan police and crimes committed by bandits in neighboring Kenya against Somali refugees.
Bahrain Government Makes U—Turn on Military Courts | Human Rights First: “The world needs to take notice that the government of Bahrain has brought back its discredited military courts, which is further evidence that meaningful reform in that country is an illusion,” said Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley. “I met with many people in Bahrain last month who had been told their cases would now be heard in civilian instead of military courts. They were lied to.”
Hullabaloo: Western nations — especially the NATO countries that provided crucial air support to the rebels — want to make sure their companies are in prime position to pump the Libyan crude. And maybe build a little more sprawl. Bad business as usual.
Welfare Reform Leaving More In Poverty Yes and Glass-Steagall repeal was the coup de grace. Sic transit Rhodes scholars. We are in a deeper place than politics alone can resolve. So why blame Bill. Just don't lionize the incapable.
Had the church said Christianity is a way and not a creed, the church would have been less an institution and more a movement and there would have been no divisive proselytizing. Probably too much to expect. Now we are left with a zillion efforts to move beyond the obvious conundrum. Global Online Privacy
Fighting Erupts in Tripoli - WSJ.com: TRIPOLI, Libya—Fresh fighting has broken out in Tripoli hours after Col. Moammar Gadhafi's son resurfaced to thwart rebel claims he had been captured and rally supporters.
Pakistan: Islamic Televangelist Caught Out by Behind-the-Scenes Video · Global Voices: Dr. Amir Liaquat Hussain, a Pakistani Islamic televangelist and host of numerous religious shows, has become the epicenter of bloggers’ criticism lately after a behind-the-scenes video was released. The video depicted Dr. Amir, a notable religious scholar who otherwise poses as a humble, moral man, uttering abuse and profanities as well as religious blasphemy.
What Happens When Robots Replace Cheap Labor? - Forbes: I’d argue that this loss of opportunity would extend to urban areas in China, as well. Not only are opportunities for rural workers going to go missing, but urban workers are going to lose jobs and opportunities as well. This will be especially true if, as I’ve suggested, cheap robot labor makes Western countries more attractive to locate factories to, because there are more educated workers and a better infrastructure for high tech. If that turns out to be the case, then that would impact higher skilled jobs, as well.
162 Arrested at White House Sit-ins Against Tar Sands Pipeline: WASHINGTON, DC, August 22, 2011 (ENS) -' "Yes we can," about 65 protesters chanted this morning as they began a third day of sit-ins in front of the White House, calling for President Barack Obama to reject a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Canada.' I've been looking at the Web this morning and this is the first inkling I've found. Good coverage guys. There is nothing more pertinent that to protest anything related to achieving recovery via big oil and gas. They are the problem not the solution.
Steven Brill's Class Warfare: Are teachers unions the enemy? - Yahoo! News: "In his buzzy new book Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools, Steven Brill — founder of Court TV and The American Lawyer — argues that teachers unions are the main cause of our failing public schools because they value teachers more than students." I stick to my argument. The missing ingredient is putting the student (not the teacher) first. No curiosity no learning.
Dim Bulbs in Congress | Common Dreams: Any doubt about this was erased in July when House tea partiers joined old-school right-wing ranters to pass a light bulb bill. This was the culmination of a loopy crusade by the billionaire Koch brothers to stop the spread of energy-efficient light bulbs.
Irene's winds whip the Dominican Republic, U.S. may see storm - CNN.com: "The storm was already stronger than we were forecasting. We noted an upward trend in our intensity forecast. Bringing it up to a Category 3 in 24 hours when it's over the southeast Bahamas and then showing the system approaching Category 4 strength thereafter as it starts to move northwestward," John Cangialosi, a specialist with the Miami-based Hurricane Center, said.
Greg Jones' BLACKS 4 BARACK ! Official Site: Welcome to the OFFICIAL SITE for Blacks4Barack !...a multi-racial, net/grassroots organization est. in Feb. 2007 to increase support for Barack Obama for President. Recognized nationwide as America's PRO-OBAMA Site/Org., Greg Jones (Cleveland, Ohio) is National Director.
Kempt - The 12 Original Playboys of the Jetset Sixties: Of course, JFK, Sachs and the rest of The Original Playboys benefited from the absence of an insatiable 24/7 media sloth. That said, the Playboys of the jet-set 60’s were, above all else, well-mannered men of class and dignity. Camera crews from TMZ, The Insider, and whatever ridiculous program Mario Lopez is currently hosting could have followed Jack Kennedy day and night for twenty years and not once would they have caught him snapping and sending a photo of his testicles to a middle-aged Los Vegas blackjack dealer. (That’s not to say Kennedy wouldn’t have romanced and actually slept with such a woman — precisely the contrary.)
Make It In America: How We Can Bring Manufacturing Back (No, Really) | Economy | AlterNet: What we need in this country is something that has helped other countries grow but is anathema to our “free market” discourse: a comprehensive industrial policy that brings the private sector and government together to encourage us to "make it in America" once again. Making places car free Making alternative forms of transportstion Making schools that are less like factories Re-zoning
Making lego-spaces as a step to new cyber-cities Making public squares Re-densifying areas Global Online Privacy