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Reduce GOP in Senate to Less Than 30

The GOP in the Senate should be reduced to  less than 30There are 33 contested seats in 2012To achieve this goal most of these contests should result in a GOP defeatThis can be done if Occupy everywhere understandsThat one of the greatest barriers to fairness is the Senate GOPAnd if the people also know That the Koches and other enemies of democracyAre investing heavily to see that we do not get to voteTo achieve this aim Occupy everywhereMust mass to defeat GOP incumbents and new candidatesAnd ensure that they overcome all efforts to Prevent them from the exercise of their right to vote Let less than 30 be a mantraLet less than 30 be the punishmentA criminal group of legislators richly deservesFor it is criminal to flaunt the most precious valuesAmong them tolerance and helpfulnessDemocracy and non-idolatryCriminal because the result of such flauntingIs the inflicting of pain and death
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Best Comment on "Netflix is 'broken"

Netflix is 'broken' with no fix in sight, analyst says - Digg: "Nice. CNet (owned by CBS incidentally) thinks Netflix is broken. Well why would that be exactly? It's surely not because big media is making increasingly higher and more unreasonable demands of Netflix for allowing their shows to be seen, or outright refusing to give Netflix the rights at any price, forcing Netflix to make creative and/or risky changes to stay ahead of the curve?

Easy to get mad at Netflix because of the removal of the dual-subscription, or Quickster, or whatever, but all they're trying to do is stay ahead of the game. Netflix knows that it is slowly being squeezed dry by Hollywood, one deal at a time. You can bitch now about having to pay an extra $8 a month to keep physical DVD's or streaming, but have fun in 5 years when Netflix is gone and every damn studio/TV station wants you to pay $15/month for just their content, each with their own player/account."

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Banks are criminal when they foreclose soldiers on duty

Dylan Ratigan: To Eric Holder – A Simple Way To Prosecute Bank Crimes « naked capitalism: "Shahien Nasiripour has a great scoop in the FT – bank regulators have uncovered up to 5000 military families who were foreclosed on illegally by mortgage servicers. Foreclosures on active duty troops is usually a big no-no, for a lot of reasons – for instance, when your credit rating is damaged by a foreclosure, it can impact your national security clearance. In addition, there’s enormous stress that the soldier goes through when his or her family is facing a threat of eviction, and it’s the kind of stress that makes him or her less equipped to be ready in a warzone. Congressman Bob Filner has even accused banks of “homicide” against American troops, blaming the banks for suicides resulting from the increased stress brought on by aggressive debt collection techniques."

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How Could The US Create 1.6 million jobs now?

Monica Wilson: More Jobs, Less Pollution « The Story of Stuff Project: "The U.S. could create 1.5 million jobs through recycling. Right now, public funds for expensive, dirty “waste-to-energy” incinerators hold back job growth – and Congress is about to make it worse.
The U.S. could add nearly 1.5 million jobs if it adopted a 75% national recycling rate. Wow, that’s a lot of jobs! Instead of propping up the dinosaur economy highlighted in The Story of Broke, we can be investing in more jobs and a healthier future by keeping the stuff we use in our economy, instead of dumping or burning it."

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Where is a List of Occupy Locations?

Daily Kos: Crowdsource action: List all Facebook pages for Occupy solidarity events: "Occupy Wall Street is growing rapidly across the country and the world. However, because Occupy Together is struggling as a website, there currently is no single place where people can find and join solidarity Occupy events near them.

Let's fix that together. Right now.

In the comments, please post links to the Facebook pages for all Occupy solidarity events. I will compile all of the links, sorted by state. We can help grow the movement by creating this resource.

I'll be working on this the next few hours, using Occupythe US on Twitter as a resource. Please, join me by posting links in the comments."

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Interesting Colloquy on Space Communication

illinest
We've only been making radio broadcasts for about 100 years so the part of the milky way that we could be said to have 'communicated' with is very tiny. There could be interstellar wars going on on the opposite side of the Milky Way and we'd never know it.

I've been wondering about radio-wave attenuation. Do they get weaker in space? Do they become more directional? I'd appreciate it if anyone knows the answers.

udee79
The radio waves decrease in energy by the square of the distance. That is the real killer. I don't think we have anything on earth that could be picked up more than a few light years away. And the most powerful transmitters are usually attached to antennas that are very directional so the hypothetical alien would have to have our antenna pointing at it.."

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There was no Jesus says Earl Doherty

Earl Doherty: Jesus the Myth, Heavenly Christ: "Doherty sees the author of the Gospel of Mark as one who had been brought up in the 'Galilean Tradition' and devised a brilliant bit of religious syncretism in identifying the fictional Q founder with the exalted Pauline Christ in fashioning the passion story whole cloth. Mark's narrative (c. 85-90 CE) was the sole basis upon which the later evangelists retold the story." 
If Earl is correct,  Jesus is like Hamlet. 

We avoid the simplest stores of energy

New Tao Posts: Look to the Tao if you seek energy:

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We are the fountain of all energy
Each step we take could generate real power
We do not build as if this truth were so
We build like faithless souls and so it goes


Look to the Tao if you seek energy

Look to the Tao if you seek energy Find in all motion that which rises free Move with its rising force consistently And all will come about most easily

"Faith," the woman said. "I don't understand."

One Minute Christian: 2. A Goal-Setting Approach:

""We have a basic understanding." She pointed to a small button on her dress. The button read:

Well-fed Christians Produce Miracles!

The couple pondered these words and the pastor spoke again. "Consider this. When have you felt most close to being a Christian? Isn't it when you've been spiritually fed? You couldn't achieve any of your goals if you weren't cared for at the deepest and most fundamental level. Faith requires a great deal of care."

"Faith," the woman said. "I don't understand.""

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"What do you call your approach?" the woman asked.

One Minute Christian: 2. A Goal-Setting Approach:

""What do you call your approach?" the woman asked.

"Nothing really. Sometimes we say we're one minute Christians -- after those manager books. If Methodist weren't already taken, that would be a good name."

"That's crazy," the man exclaimed. "One minute Christians. Are you serious?"

"Sure. The one minute Christian knows that there's no difference between being happy on earth and happy in whatever comes after. And that most of the things that make for happiness are one minute things."
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The neo-cons were and remain formidable gods in our world

Herodotus meets Ellroy: An Interval for Gods and Consultants:

"The neo-cons were and remain formidable gods in our world. Instead of inhabiting shrines they are found in so-called think tanks. Their consultations have proved no less flawed than those of the Pythoness and their justifications of lives lost and billions down the drain are no less inventive than those of the ancient deity.  Or deitess, as it were."

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The Pythoness of Delphi was no different than the portly Mark Penn

Herodotus meets Ellroy: An Interval for Gods and Consultants:

"The Pythoness of Delphi was no different than the portly Mark Penn who offered advice to Hillary Clinton in 2008.  Both were paid handsomely by Croesus and Hillary respectively. The only difference is that Croesus had the moxie to ask the Pythoness if she had not committed an error urging him to fight the Persians. As far as I know, in the wake of her defeat after following Mark Penn's advice, Hillary paid  Mark the millions due for his good offices."

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He loved the soft depths of Radio City Music Hall

Manhattan Bully Wars:

"He loved the soft depths of Radio City Music Hall, the Roxy, the Capitol, and the Palace. They were all different. The Music Hall was the most opulent. It seemed almost holy.  The Roxy and Paramount had their points. All these theaters had band pits where the likes of Louis Prima, Tommy Dorsey and Art Mooney would hold forth. All of them had huge curtains that would open when the movie was to be shown. Some had live stage shows, vaudeville, comedy or, in the case of Radio City, the Rockettes. Such precision. Such class. Such a world."

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Taking his hat off to the great City of New York

Manhattan Bully Wars:

"As a youngster, Adam had gnawed the corner of the wooden door of the living room radio to shreds, sitting on the gold carpet, listening to Superman, The Lone Ranger and Tom Mix, toggling between WOR and WJZ.  Now he preferred watching radio live. The shows one could attend were limited only by one's free time. The tickets cost nothing.  Adam=Fox. Manhattan=Chicken Coop.

Inside the studio, Adam took a comfortable seat. There before him was Red Barber. His guest this morning, Phil Rizzuto, the New York Yankee shortstop. Rizzuto had played for the Yankees for five years. He was a big star. Sitting there sitting opposite Red on a simple stage. Talking about other stars: Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio. Taking his hat off to the great City of New York."

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All soldiers cede their freedom in advance

Abba's Way:

"All soldiers cede their freedom in advance,
Then become victims of both friend and foe;
Their choice is chimera. They have to go.
Those wars which have no weapons, none left dead,
Can be as virulent as killing wars.
Words are a sword as sharp as fine-filed steel,
And pierce as deep as daggers into flesh.
I look for warriors whose courage is
Too high to be dragged onto killing fields;
Who can endure the rage of patriot gore
And speak the reason of the world to be."

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Mitt goes low

"At a debate last week Mitt Romney placed himself further to the right on immigration than any presidential candidate in recent history.



"He said he would deport all undocumented immigrants -- including grandparents and families who have been in the United States for over 25 years, belong to local churches, pay their taxes, and in some cases have even defended our country in the military."

Cap tip Juan.

Grasping at straws along the road to perdition.