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Time for President to declare war on GOP

House GOP rejects Obama jobs proposals - CBS News: "(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders say they are rejecting President Barack Obama's jobs proposals to rebuild schools and blighted neighborhoods, and help keep state and local employees on the job."

The President has hit the same wall he knew was there all along. He needs to say pass this bill and mean it, the whole bill. Make them vote it up or down. If they will not introduce it, have the people force them to. This is the last straw. Even a centrist like myself will have no respect and will contribute not one red cent to a campaign that does not have a record of having engaged this fight without compromise unless it is these puling criminals begging for some face saver when they have agreed to an up or down vote. Make them vote it through or vote it down, Make the matter clear to all. Everything else is obfuscation smoke and mirrors.

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Big Oil and Gas Con The US and We Buy It

"Despite generating $546 billion in profits between 2005 and 2010, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and BP combined to reduce their U.S. workforce by 11,200 employees over that time. "Just in 2010 alone, the big 5 oil companies reduced their global workforce by a combined 4,400 employees, while making a combined $73 billion in profits."
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Let your jaw drop and say a prayer

Death toll in Reno air crash rises to 9 |
"RENO — The death toll in the terrifying crash of a World War II-era plane during a Reno air race has risen to at least nine people, including the pilot and eight spectators, authorities said Saturday."
And then think twice. These kinds of accidents are not common, but they are out there.

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If you have some talent and have used it, you can probably make money writing.

A Review of Many Ways in Which I Have Made Money Writing and an Emerging Point of View - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"Writing for money in itself is one thing. Writing for a mission is another. Writing creatively is another. Combining these three things is the supreme hat trick."

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The Untold WTC Story

Who Else Wanted to Do Away with the World Trade Center — BagNews:

"A 1962 protest against plans to construct the World Trade Center in Manhattan. A cardboard sign on an open casket reads: “Here lies Mr. Small Businessman – don’t let the Port Authority bury him.” In the end, the protests of these “Radio Row” businessmen helped little. Soon thereafter the wrecking ball arrived, and a total of 325 businesses were leveled to make room for what at the time was the biggest construction project in the history of the United States."

There's much more to this.
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What are ontological values

New Tao Posts: The Tao set forth the values of this world:

If one proceeds from experience, one can deduce that the values that underlie all other values are first non-idolatry which leaves the ultimate free to be what it is without presuming to know all the answers and without giving first place to lesser deities human and imagined. Then democracy in terms of universal rights and equality accorded to all persons. Then tolerance as the necessity of accepting and not judging the behavior of others. And finally helpfulness as the human element in the great commandment - not humiliating with charity but enabling with constructive assistance. These values are ontological precisely because on reflection they are seen to be the engine of continuity of our universe. They are both sign and fruit of the mind's meanderings.

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Ethiopia Stumbles on the Human Rights Front

Ethiopia must end crackdown on government critics | Amnesty International: "All five have been vocal in their criticism of the government, and had recently undertaken public or written activities calling for reform.

At least 100 opposition politicians and five journalists have been detained in Ethiopia since March. All have been accused of terrorism-related offences. "

This is retro stuff. Ethiopia should know and do better. All nations should.

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Just to be clear

ShortFormContent at Blogger: Why Beyond Pattern Language: "Quality of Life: The quality of life in our drug and consumer society is egregious. Parts of our society are dysfunctional. My proposal is for voluntary residence in cyber-communities where people assent to the same degree of rules that might be proposed by a co-op or even a landlord. The structure of a cyber-community and the actual structure of dwellings discourages all sorts of criminality."

In any community of 10,000 we now have policing and other security operations. A cyber community would have similar security. The only difference would be a safer environment and a healthier social structure with such features as being able to walk to work and school, to sit in one of many squares and park settings easily reached by foot, and to enjoy face to face contact with some confidence that you are on friendly turf. Car free cyber-communities are the wave of the future.

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Since I didn't explain

ShortFormContent at Blogger: Why Beyond Pattern Language: "Security Realism: Weather daunts. We are not immune from attacks anywhere. We fear crime in neighborhoods. The cyber-community proposed addresses each of these huge issues. "

1. Daunting weather - we can live anywhere in the USA and do whatever we need to do without being in a cyclone lane. Our cyber-communities will be compact and strong enough to withstand most nasty weather. We can stop building where we live where it is subject to predictable flooding.
2. Protection against both crime and terror attacks would facilitated by the levels of security needed to have access to a cyber community and by the the car-free nature of the community. Plus the ease of surveillance by eyes trusted to ferret out dangers.
The current interstate system can be the network next to which we build new cyber-communities in relatively weather-safe areas. Their stadium-like nature and advanced construction will be a double protection in add…

This is a mouthful I know

ShortFormContent at Blogger: Why Beyond Pattern Language: "Economic Realism: To supplant the car the living space must become the new car, a mass produced, modular unit of many varieties which can be put together in innumerable ways to make the dwellings of the future. This increases by at least five times the reach of the current auto industry. We will decline as an economy until this is realized."

I know it sounds crazy but think about it. We need a do over on space. Our notions of space are entirely dictated by options rather than necessities. There is nothing that says floors must be hard, that furniture cannot be part of basic construction, that rooms should not be transportable or replicable because a model not a stand alone. There is nothing that says today's construction workers and carpenters cannot be the people that mass produce the modular units that will be the easily replaceable spaces that we tie together onsite in tomorrow's cyber cities.

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He is a near-parody of 60's political types

Markman: A Film About Jesus:
"REX WILLIAMS (40's) arrives in an archetypal VW van. He is a near-parody of 60's political types: a blue denim vest covered with peace signs and buttons, jeans colorfully patched. Rex sees Kelly and the cameraman interviewing WATTERS:. He runs to his car and extracts a placard which says: "MAYOR BLAIR SINS!" He moves toward the interview.

ANGLE ON Tiger Ward arriving. He opens his glove compartment. We see a German army officer's hat with an iron cross. From beneath it, Tiger extracts a plastic envelop containing a small assortment of pills. Tiger gets out, pockets the bag, and spots REX. He wanders over casually and looks him up and down.

TIGER: Didn't you hear?

Rex looks back with a mixture of fear and contempt.

TIGER: (cont.) Abbie Hoffman is dead."

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The Not So Hidden Downside of Facebook

Facebook: Hot, Not, Or Lukewarm? [OPINION]:

"In my household, Facebook is still the dominant social platform: three out of four household members use it exclusively. I use Twitter and cross-post to Facebook (which may annoy anyone who subscribes to me on Facebook and follows me on Twitter). Yet each one of my family members spends part of his or her Facebook time grousing about the service. The constant changes, the ever-more-convoluted privacy settings and the surprise interface updates lead to endless frustrations. My wife, in particular, just wants to “post and go,” but recent update changes make that virtually impossible."

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Our President will win the Hispanic vote in a walk

Obama pushes jobs plan as help for Hispanics - Topix:

"Courting Hispanics while promoting his new jobs plan, President Barack Obama on Wednesday told a black-tie Latino audience that his $447 billion package of tax cuts and public works spending would put more money in the pockets of Latino workers and business owners and increase opportunities for Hispanics."

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8,000,000 ways to say the same thing (Short Story)

The Vampire Takeover that Failed - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"You need to hear this.

It concerns vampires. I suppose you think of these creatures as horror figures. Yes. And perhaps you have trembled in suspense as the story moves toward the moment of truth. All that blood being sucked away.

Well, this story has none of the usual features. It also happens to be true. No other vampire stories can make that claim."

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Expertise leads to sclerosis

Expertise leads to sclerosisLust for credit creates a narcissistic cultureThe only value of expertise is communalAs part of a wholeThe only value of credit is the Illusion of originalityIn a world whereDiscovery is never more thanRevealing what is true
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Capital Punishment is what tacky cultures do

Standing in Solidarity with Troy Davis » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union:
"But this execution date is different. This time, Troy has no pending appeals and nothing new to file; it's the end of the line. Only five people can stop the execution: the members of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. You can still urge them to act."
Cap tip Will Campbell

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Each day gives birth to possibility

Each day gives birth to possibility. The sum of poet’s prophecy and faith Is Abba’s inner all-sufficiency. So have an eye for progress on this earth, And breathe in Abba’s presence as you go. And you will walk the road of victory, And know more than the theologians know.
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Communities of the future will need to be car-free

Rebuilding Means Starting Over from Scratch - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"Communities of the future will need to be car-free, concentrated developments that combine most of the attributes we look for in a city.

These communities will need to contain up to 10,000 people in order to be economically viable. Most services and commercial establishments will be within walking distance. Many public spaces will have multiple uses.

Such communities will require the creative skills of architects, designers, planners and inventors working together to ensure that they are as ecologically self-sufficient as possible."

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When blood tells the people transgress

3quarksdaily: Tribal Rights vs. Racial Justice:

It's maybe pompous to write such a headlineBut I am sitting here listening to Foster The People
And going through my sources and reading all of this Blood related race stuff But from the time I gave up diapers I knew that reality wise we are one There is not a drop of blood that tells a damned thing Other than types that cross every boundary there is The value democracy defines the way we need to relate The idea that this needs debate is a sign That the media are not willing to move beyond vapid binary arguments That lead nowhere
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