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This pdf is a thoughtful look at how to confront corporate rule via democratic action

http://www.yesmagazine.org/pdf/liberateamericadownload.pdf

"Restructure global rules and institutions to limit the concentration of corporate power and secure the economic sovereignty of people by assuring that any corporation that operates across national borders is democratically accountable to the communities in which it operates."
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Come, come concentrate on building communities that can easily withstand most weather

Could You Disrupt a Hurricane With a Nuclear Weapon? | ThinkProgress: "NOAA says it wouldn’t work, but according to a 2007 Grame Wood article there may be a more promising approach:"

We are worse than cave people. I attribute it to the sort of individualism attributable to nominalism and Descartes. We need to think more of the community social evolution and planning weather-resistant forms of construction that cluster the folk currently in dispersed single dwellings into populations that can sustain economies, enjoy diversity and become largely car-free. But that would actually be thinking progress, right?


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Accepting yourself is a daily event

Accepting Ourselves is Abba's Way - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Accepting ourselves is Abba's Way. Abba accepted us at birth. Abba instituted forgiveness so that when your conscience told you you had crossed a line, you could ask Abba to forgive you. You then were taught to send your own forgiveness to all who had done wrong. Accepting yourself is a daily event."

This is continued at the link above.

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Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

3quarksdaily: Ugly? You May Have a Case: "A more radical solution may be needed: why not offer legal protections to the ugly, as we do with racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women and handicapped individuals?"
The logic in this post's conclusion is flawed. Ugliness is mainly the subjective result of relationship. I find things ugly and jarring that others are perfectly comfortable with. While any of the above might be happy to claim some protection, I find it hard to imagine how one might qualify as ugly and even less hard to see anyone voluntarily seeking such respite.



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Irene appears to have passed through Manhattan according to this NYT map

Hurricane Irene Tracking Map - NYTimes.com:

I think apart from heavy rain this has been largely a nonevent here at the Manhattan epicenter which I make to be Macy's and Herald Square - seen from my window. There are vehicles moving and people visible and there is no sign of wind. I have not turned on the TV but I expect it shows the face of our Mayor saying something like an ounce of caution and we were spared.
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NYC Weather Sunday 8:15 AM Herald Square Does This Feel Like a Hurricane To You

New York, New York (10001) Conditions & Forecast : Weather Underground: "Hunter College, Upper East Side, New York
Elevation
270 ft
Station Select
Now

Heavy Rain Mist
Temperature
70.3 °F
Feels Like 70.3 °F
Wind(mph)
1.0
Sunrise / Set
6:18 AM
7:35 PM
Moon
Waning Crescent
More Astronomy
Today
74 °F
T-storms
100% chance of precipitation
Tonight
58 °F
Partly Cloudy"

I think to I will rehearse my version of "Goodnight Irene"
Last Saturday night I was frightened I slept well and Sunday it rained Whatever Irene was on Thursday I wonder if she'll be again
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Trumping reality

Jersey Shore Cast Flown To El Lay In Private Jet To Avoid Hurricane Irene! | PerezHilton.com: "As Hurricane Irene rages up the east coast, a majority of flights out of the New York/New Jersey area have been grounded, but luckily, MTV had some foresight and made sure to fly Jersey Shore castmembers Snooki, Vinny, Deena, and Sammi into Los Angeles last night, via private jet, so they could make it to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday!"

All you need is a head and a private jet.

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No McCain Birthday Party Avoidance of Hurricanes for Obama

Obama warns of 'a long 72 hours' - Mackenzie Weinger - POLITICO.com: "Obama declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon for Maryland, joining the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico. Obama is expected to sign more emergency declarations as the storm moves up the coast."
The President is on the case.
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Dirty anonymous money and the GOP

Lines Blurring Between PACs and Candidates - NYTimes.com: "The event was not a fund-raiser for Mr. Romney’s campaign, however, but for Restore Our Future, a political action committee founded by his allies. And only when Mr. Romney left the room did one of the group’s officials stand up to brief the donors on their plans: to raise and spend millions of dollars in unrestricted campaign donations — something presidential candidates are forbidden to do themselves — to help elect Mr. Romney president."

The only way to get this fixed is a new Supreme Court. The only way to a new Supreme Court is a new Congress. The only way to a new Congress is a somersault election where we throw out all the people who love Super Pacs. The only way to get to the polls and throw the people out is to defeat GOP efforts to steal the election by obfuscatory tactics on the ground.


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GOP Betwixt Rock and Hard Place

87 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress' performance, poll finds | NJ.com: "The poll finds the tea party has lost support, Republican House Speaker John Boehner is increasingly unpopular and people are warming to the idea of not just cutting spending but also raising taxes — anathema to the GOP — just as both parties prepare for another struggle with deficit reduction."
Public stupidity will reap its own reward. Anyone believe it will hit single digits? Say 8% popularity?



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How about the number of jobs that will be created cleaning everything up?

Hurricane Irene to deliver blow to economy - Business - US business - msnbc.com: "Statistician Nate Silver, who crunched the data for his New York Times blog, puts the worst-case estimate at $35 billion -- half of New York City's annual budget -- if Irene were to pass directly over Manhattan with 100 mile-per-hour winds. While the odds of a direct hit on the city are slim, a Category 2 storm passing within 50 miles of downtown would cause $10 billion in damage, according to Silver's model."


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NYC Waits Patiently for A Seemingly Modified Irene

NHC Active Storms: "...IRENE MAKES LANDFALL ALONG THE COAST OF NEW JERSEY NEAR LITTLE EGG INLET..."
I am at the epicenter. Macy's lights are still on. It is not exactly Silent Night but close. The Irene that was supposed to be hitting now is on the coast of New Jersey. All I can find suggests it that whatever force Irene retrains will be felt toward midday Sunday.



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