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Syria, Russia and China

Syria, Russia and ChinaSeem to share one single faultFlaunting a God-given valueDemocracy meant for us allThey will be judged for their disdainOf rights that the deity willsThey cannot keep us in chainsRegardless of how much blood they spill
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Most of what Dylan paints is straightforward.

Bob Dylan’s Fugitive Art by Richard Prince | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books: "Most of what Dylan paints is straightforward. There’s nothing really to be interpreted or guessed at, and the rendering seems to say, “I don’t want excitement, and I don’t want to be exciting.” If I were to describe the painting in musical terms, I would say they’re more acoustic than electric."

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Principal goes ballistic in Alabama

Student says he was assaulted for wearing a gay rights T-shirt: "MADISONVILLE (WATE) – A student says he was assaulted by his principal for wearing a T-shirt supporting a Gay Straight Alliance club at his school.

Students at Sequoyah High School in Madisonville began pushing for the club in August, but said they were facing obstacles from school administrators."

This state needs psychoanalysis. Last time I was there a minister got killed. That was a week after demonstrators were clubbed on a Selma bridge. You do not wish that a state undergo misfortune. But you could fault the current GOP-drenched political climate.

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Alabama cannot even accomplish its mean ends

Ala. loses workers as immigration law takes effect - US news - Life - msnbc.com: "The law is driving away many construction workers, roofers and field hands who do backbreaking jobs Americans generally won't. So far, few legal residents have stepped in to fill any of the vacancies, creating an absence that will surely deal a blow to the state's economy and could slow the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa and other tornado-damaged cities."

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Cool Facebook Translation Tool

Facebook Launches New In-Line Translation Tool: "For even better accuracy, the Translate feature lets bilingual users enter a human (and often more accurate) translation in that pop-out window. If enough other users vote positively on the accuracy of a human translation, it will replace the one from Bing each time the Translate button is clicked. The human translations can be managed by page administrators using a “manage translations” link underneath posts on pages they manage"

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History will judge our Afghanistan commitment a failure

Afghanistan 10 years on: Slow progress and failed promises | Amnesty International: "Ten years after a US-led military invasion removed the Taleban from Afghanistan, the Afghan government and its international supporters have failed to keep many of the promises they made to the Afghan people, Amnesty International said today."

I do not fault the President. But I do not believe he can do anything but end this ASAP.
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Your Daily Curmudgeon Read

Maurice Sendak: 'I refuse to lie to children' | Books | The Guardian: "Maurice Sendak looks like one of his own creations: beady eyes, pointy eyebrows, the odd monsterish tuft of hair and a reputation for fierceness that makes you tip-toe up the path of his beautiful house in Connecticut like a child in a fairytale. Sendak has lived here for 40 years – until recently with his partner Eugene, who died in 2007; and now alone with his dog, Herman (after Melville), a large alsatian who barges to the door to greet us. "He's German," says Sendak, getting up from the table where he is doing a jigsaw puzzle of a monster from his most famous book, Where the Wild Things Are. Sotto voce, he adds: "He doesn't know I'm Jewish.""

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No one including Jesus was not bothered by the certainty of death

Apple co-founder Wozniak on Jobs' final days - CBS News: ""It kind of surprised," said Wozniak. "He's got a logical mind that understands, you know, as he is quoted as saying, that death is really an affirmation of life as part of the circle, and, you know, once you have a healthy thinking like that, you aren't necessarily bothered by that. But he spoke like he was very bothered by it.""

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Democrats who say no to Obama bill should not be re-elected

Obama to Congress: Pass my jobs bill - or explain yourself - Political Hotsheet - CBS News: "The Senate is expected to vote on the plan next week. Mr. Obama focused his comments Thursday largely on the Republicans who appear likely to vote against the plan -- but as Republicans have been quick to point out, he does not appear to have the unified support of Senate Democrats for the proposal. On Wednesday, the Republican National Committee emailed reporters comments from 16 Senate Democrats expressing varying levels of skittishness about the bill"

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This conception of the present in general

Peirce's Arisbe: Peirce's ON A NEW LIST OF CATEGORIES (frame):

This conception of the present in general, or IT in general, is rendered in philosophical language by the word "substance" in one of its meanings. Before any comparison or discrimination can be made between what is present, what is present must have been recognized as such, as it, and subsequently the metaphysical parts which are recognized by abstraction are attributed to this it, but the it cannot itself be made a predicate. This it is thus neither predicated of a subject, nor in a subject, and accordingly is identical with the conception of substance.

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US Civil Rights Movement for Students Menu

Civil Rights Movement Veterans Website -- For Students: "This website is about the Civil Rights Movement of 1951-1968. Many of us who were active in the Civil Rights Movement prefer to call it the "Southern Freedom Movement." Whatever name you use, this was the period of protests and political struggles in the South to win freedom from race-based oppression and exploitation, end racial segregation, and win voting rights for all regardless of race. Almost everything on this site was written by a veteran of the Southern Freedom Movement. This is where we who were there tell it like it was in our own words."

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Obama:Run Them Out of Town

Obama: Voters will run a 'do nothing' Congress out of town - CSMonitor.com: "“If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them: I think the American people will run them out of town because they are frustrated, and they know we need to do something big and something bold,” Obama said."

That headline should be on every site and in every newspaper. This should be the rallying cry. Run them out.

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Remembering Fred Shuttlesworth

Close Read : The New Yorker: "The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, a leader of the civil-rights movement, died Wedneday, at the age of eighty-nine; one of the humbling aspects of his life is that he managed to live so long, given the risks he took. In 1956, on the Christmas Day when he was thirty-four, someone tossed six sticks of dynamite through his window. A few months later, he was one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, along with Martin Luther King, Jr. That same year, the Times’s obituary notes, “Klansmen attacked him with bicycle chains and brass knuckles.”"

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Nitty Gritty on Spreading Occupy Movement

‘Occupy’ Protests Pick Up Steam, Spread to Hundreds of Cities | Common Dreams: "Thanks in part to Occupy Together, a hub for the movements forming around the nation and in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, it's easy for citizens to find ways to join a movement that is sharply critical of corporate wealth, among other things, at a grassroots level.

On Thursday afternoon, Occupy Together "meetups" could be found in 575 cities that stretched across the world to places as diverse as Athens, Greece, and Wellington, New Zealand."

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Feds Are Making A Big Error in California

Feds Shut Down Marijuana Shops - The Daily Beast: "The federal government isn’t wasting any time in cracking down on the sale of medical marijuana in California. Despite the fact that the drug is still legal in the state, federal officials announced in July that pot would not be legalized in the U.S. for medical purposes. Now they’re shutting down California’s marijuana shops, giving them 45 days to close their doors before they are liable for criminal prosecution. "

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GOP Congress Commits Moral and Political Suicide

Daily Kos :: News Community Action: "On the off-chance that Scalise is too stupid to understand what's wrong with his idea, the whole point of the Buffett Rule is that super-wealthy people shouldn't have the option of paying a lower tax rate than average Americans. The whole point of taxes is that everybody has to pay them. They are compulsory, not voluntary. If people paid them voluntarily, then we wouldn't need the IRS or withholding."

Take every opportunity to make this simple and direct. We want fairness. No special privileges. By the end of this the people will look at these bozos and their rage will turn to pity. Such is the fate of adolescents who cannot grow up.

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Sharon Lovelace Blackburn The Alabama Immigration Judge

Sharon Lovelace Blackburn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "On April 11, 1991, Blackburn was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama created by 104 Stat. 5089. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 24, 1991, and received her commission on May 30, 1991. She has served as chief judge since 2006."

Like son, father.

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Nice going Judge Blackburn

Is Alabama immigration law creating a 'humanitarian crisis'? - Yahoo! News: ""This law revisits Alabama's painful racial past," Sam Brooke, a staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. "When a law that demonizes people to the point of pushing children out of schools is cheered, it's a dark day for the state and the country.""

Can we expect our Supremes to do any less harm? he Bush legacy is for real. It is called our legal system. That is an oxymoron.

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Noxious Oil Spill Near New Zealand

Oil Spills from Container Ship Grounded on New Zealand Reef: "TAURANGA, New Zealand, October 6, 2011 (ENS) - A slick of heavy fuel oil five kilometers (three miles) long extends northward from the damaged container ship Rena, which ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef about 2:20 am on Wednesday.

Fuel is leaking from the Liberian-flagged vessel, which is stranded on Astrolabe Reef about 11.5 nautical miles from the Tauranga coast at the north end of New Zealand's North Island."

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The Answer To Sales Decline is Recalibration of Our Sprawl Society

Americans' Spending Declines Again in September: "PRINCETON, NJ -- Overall self-reported daily U.S. consumer spending in stores, restaurants, gas stations, and online averaged $65 per day in September, down from $68 in August and from the 2011 high of $74 in July. After two months of declines, spending has now returned to March and April levels, which are some of the lowest of the year.
We need a rezoning of everything for more concentrated populations and a mix of shops and other public facilities within walking distance. That will juice things up. Driving everywhere is a drag and will continue to be a drag. Car free is the mantra of the future.

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China Back Yard Economic Problem

China: The Runaway Bosses of Wenzhou City · Global Voices: "However, as a result of the economic downturn, the companies have been unable to pay the debt. So far more than 26 Wenzhou entrepreneurs have fled [zh] the country and the local government is pleading with the central government for help. In the past few days, ‘runaway bosses' has become a trending term on various social media sites and many believe that Wenzhou bosses do not deserve any sympathy."

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Obama needs to get off the same old same old with the GOP

Obama vows to force votes on key parts of jobs plan – USATODAY.com:

This video was playing while I was doing my daily treadmill and I am glad to have heard it again. The President needs to lay down better markers for the GOP. Like the GOP has not offered a plan and it is too late to play make believe. Like I want the name of every legislator who votes against to be part of a roll of shame, shame on those who won't vote for what their party has always favored so they can blame me for their lack of guts. And so forth.

Otherwise, the President looks like a hopeless guy out there trying to sell something that is already doomed. He needs to surround himself with the people he cites as injured,. Laid off teachers. Laid off workers. Kids being short-changed. This is show time. The time for reasoning with the unreasonable was over long ago.


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Scott Brown is over-matched and will lose to Elizabeth Warren

Scott Brown: 'Thank God' Elizabeth Warren Didn't 'Take Her Clothes Off': "Warren did not go to Harvard either, as Brown seemed to imply. She graduated from the University of Houston, a public school, though she spent her first two years at the private George Washington University on a debate scholarship. She later attended law school at Rutgers, a public university in New Jersey. Brown graduated from Tufts University and Boston College Law School."

Massachusetts will choose gravitas and potential greatness in place of affability.

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Rising Grace - The Collapse of Religion in America

American Grace and public sociology « The Immanent Frame: "One main finding is that, as compared to thirty years ago (their baseline of comparison), religion and politics have tended to line up more consistently than they had previously, such that people who are more religious tend to be more conservative politically, whereas people who are less religious tend to be more liberal. One of the chief reasons is that younger people have been put off by the association of religion with conservative politics since the time of the Moral Majority. This was itself, according to Putnam and Campbell, a response to the upheavals of the 1960s, and especially to its challenges to gender and sexual norms. Religious-political polarization has been the consequence."

The headline is my take on this. The future is an enlightened once-born secularity that is spiritual according to its hewing to the values of democracy, tolerance, helpfulness and non-idolatry.

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Environmental obstructionists get the lion's share of lobbying money in Congress

Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 - House Vote: On Passage | Campaign Contributions By Vote | MAPLight.org - Money and Politics:

Yes you can buy pollution cheap in DC. Check out the list of the contributors. Corruption is not the word. Impunity is closer. Criminal is possible.


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Thoughtless if true

Family of al Qaida blogger Samir Khan 'appalled' by U.S. actions | McClatchy: "The Charlotte family of Samir Khan, the al-Qaida propagandist killed in a U.S. airstrike Friday, ended its silence Wednesday night.

In a statement, the family cast the 25-year-old Khan as a "law-abiding" U.S. citizen who was assassinated by an American government that has not "contacted us with any news about the recovery of our son's remains (or) offered us any condolences."

"As a result," the family added, "we feel appalled by the indifference shown to us by our government.""

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Obama won't look strong until he spanks with solid simplicity

Obama: If Lawmakers Oppose My Jobs Plan, 'I Want An Explanation' : The Two-Way : NPR: "President Obama pushed for his $447 billion jobs bill this morning during a White House news conference in which he again challenged Republicans to either enact his ideas or be prepared to explain to voters why they opposed what he says are ways to put Americans to work."

Solid simplicity is not being your usual rational explanatory self, Sir.

Solid simplicity is: These guys have been wanting to get rid of me for three years. So they can protect privilege from the White House.
Solid simplicity is: These guys are scared the people will see through their act. Well they already do but you are afraid to stand up and be counted.
Solid simplicity is not operating like you believe they will reason with you when you know they won't.
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Divine justice unlike human justice will not, in the end, be mocked

Per Caritatem: "For Douglass to gloss over this all-too-recent contemptible American history because he is no longer in chains would be to turn a deaf ear to the “mournful wail of millions” and to once again allow the white, hegemonic culture to write the black story. Moreover, Douglass reminds his audience—who, after all, function as analogues to the captors of God’s people of old—that God’s heart bleeds for the weak, the humble, the downtrodden. Though a merciful and forgiving God, divine justice unlike human justice will not, in the end, be mocked."

While the above has merit, I offer a correction.In the end, justice will not be mocked because human beings will finally have chosen the ontological values of tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry in sufficient numbers to create a world where justice is ever more common.

Updated 10 August 2012

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The Problem is Not How Many Jobs Obama Has Created

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I suppose the back and forth binary people want to argue about the exact number of jobs created or not created by who. That is silly. The real issue is that work in an automation culture needs redefinition, all the way from the overpaid CEO to the unemployed person who has skills nobody wants. Work should be seen as something useful regardless of anyone's willingness to pay for it. We pay out money in this economy in a most uneven manner and everything has a value that is determined by the knockoff scale, You can buy a T short for one or $1000 bucks. Values that we should pay for are non-idolatry, helpfulness, democracy and tolerance. Everyone should have shopping credits which can only be used to buy things. The only qualification is you do something useful that relates to the values I've mentioned. This can be volunteer or not. It can be content creation that is paid for or not. We need to see that in the future we will not have the same sort of work that we have…

Thirty-Five Dollar Tablet - in India

Business & Technology | India offers tablet computer to rural poor for only $35 | Seattle Times Newspaper: "NEW DELHI — Apple's iPad at $499, Amazon's Kindle Fire at $199 and the HP TouchPad at $99. How about a tablet for $35 with hopes of an eventual $10 price tag?

India on Wednesday unveiled the Aakash, meaning "sky" in Hindi, billed as the world's least-expensive tablet. The plan is to distribute thousands of sets in coming months to students at a $35 government-subsidized rate."

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New Occupy Wall Street Arrests

The Raw Story | Archive | Occupy: "Dozens of “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were arrested Wednesday night after they tried to push past a police barrier and officers moved in to contain them. The officers beat back the protesters with batons and sprayed them with mace. A local Fox reporter and photographer were caught in the melee.…"

This page offers a reasonably complete overview.

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Stem cells advance serves patients well

Patient-specific stem cells: Major step toward cell-based therapies for life-threatening diseases: "ScienceDaily (Oct. 6, 2011) — A team of scientists led by Dieter Egli and Scott Noggle at The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Laboratory in New York City has made an important advance in the development of patient-specific stem cells that could impact the study and treatment of diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's."

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Sarah will likely favor Perry, helping Romney in the bargain

GOP 2012: Sarah Palin Says She Won't Run For GOP Nomination:

Nothing Sarah says is final obviously, but this merely confirms what was always going to be the case since her Arizona Shooting meltdown. As my headline suggests, this will doubtless help create the further fracturing of the GOP while creating openings for her in the event she does favors for either candidate. Yes, it is down to two now.



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Lego building blocks are the wave of the future

The future is mass produced modular And Lego building blocks rescaled to human sizeAnd hollow withinWill become the successor to the automobile asAmerica's vast product of the futureFor we will construct our car-free cyber communityof these building blockswith their soundproof walls and custom featuresAnd they will be cheaper to create than today's sclerotic dwellings And safer to live in because fireproof  from the gitgoPeople have not even begun this projectIf I could draw I would show it it to youIf you can draw create a jpeg of a car-free communityAnd post it somewhereAnd it will appear here
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and Lego building blocks

The ePetri dish: Android and Lego improve century-old tool | SmartPlanet: "The platform prototype was built using a Google Nexus S smartphone, an image sensor chip found in cellphone cameras, and Lego building blocks.

The culture is placed on the image sensor chip (pictured).
The Android is placed over it on Lego scaffolding (pictured, left). The phone’s LED screen is used as a light source like in a scanner, Wired explains, brightening up the cell and allowing an image to be captured by the sensor.
The whole thing is placed in an incubator with a wire running from the chip to a laptop outside.

As the image sensor takes pictures of the culture, that info is sent to the laptop, giving the researchers images of the cells as they’re growing in real time.

You can watch a video here."

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Noxious Sprawl Delineated

Amazon.com: It's a Sprawl World After All: The Human Cost of Unplanned Growth -- and Visions of a Better Future eBook: Douglas E. Morris: Kindle Store: "Suburbia has twisted the American dream into a nightmare. The United States now has the most rapes, assaults, murders, and serial killings per capita, by a wide margin, than any other first-world nation. It’s a Sprawl World After All is the first book to link America’s increase in violence and the corresponding breakdown in society with the post-World War II development of suburban sprawl.

Without small towns to bring people together, the unplanned growth of sprawl has left Americans isolated, alienated, and afraid of the strangers that surround them. Suburbia has substituted cars for conversation, malls for main streets, and the artificial community of television for authentic social interaction"

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Secular Sermonics

Robert Scheer: What Do They Want? Justice - Truthdig: "How can anyone possessed of the faintest sense of social justice not thrill to the Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading throughout the country? One need not be religiously doctrinaire to recognize this as a “come to Jesus moment” when the money-changers stand exposed and the victims of their avarice are at long last offered succor."

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Get to Know Thorstein Veblen

Thorstein Veblen on the Web - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com: "Thorstein Veblen on The Web is a selection of sites that provide access to the thought of this most stringent analyst of American (Western) culture and economics. Veblen's thought, like Nietzsche's and Peirce's, remains relevant to the present and future. It calls out for attention."

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If you must use a debit card, at least get paid for doing so

Credit Union Paying Customers to Use Their Debit Card | Moneyland | TIME.com: "“In just the last weekend, between Friday and Saturday, we opened almost 600 new accounts,” Sonya McDonald, senior vice president of marketing, told KSAT 12 News in San Antonio.

Smaller banks and credit unions like Randolph Brooks probably couldn’t have asked for a better gift from the nation’s largest banks. The decision by Bank of America, Citibank and others to charge more and more fees for checking accounts and debit card use will certainly give a lift to more regional banks that decide against tacking on charges."

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He Said She Said

Napolitano defends Secure Communities immigration strategy | The Washington Independent: "Jonathan Fried of We Count!, a South Florida worker and immigrant advocacy organization, said during an event in August that in Miami-Dade County, as of May 2011, close to 60 percent of undocumented immigrants who have been detained under Secure Communities have not committed a crime.

Napolitano said Secure Communities “got off to a bad start.”"

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Wall Street is a job killer, not a job creator

David Korten: Why I'm in Solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet: "Contrary to the Wall Street propaganda, Wall Street is a job killer, not a job creator. Wall Street banks and corporations have no interest in creating jobs, educating American children, or assuring that Americans have health care and retirement security. They appeal for ever more tax breaks and regulatory relief only to have yet more money to use as they used their taxpayer provided bailout: to increase executive bonuses, pay dividends, buy other companies, buy back their own stock to increase the value of their stock options, buy political favor, create new financial bubbles, and outsource yet more jobs."

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