The industrialized nations made a terrible mistake

Carfree Cities: Introduction: "The industrialized nations made a terrible mistake when they turned to the automobile as an instrument of improved urban mobility. The car brought with it major unanticipated consequences for urban life and has become a serious cause of environmental, social, and aesthetic problems in cities. "

I would not say the car was the villain
There will always be roads and vehicles
But there need not always be sprawl
Dispersion of people beyond anything we have experienced
No we can come together and shelve the zoning
that would separate schools from houses and shops from homes
and workplaces from where we live
No we will gather closer and recover face to face
And learn the wonders of good public space
We will recreate the dreams of Jane Jacobs
In the reconstituted megasphere

Mildred Purse Says Most Multi-Millionaires Are Pathological

Pathological means off your rocker. Your rocker is that tiny thread that connects you to reality. Reality is what leads to you embracing the values of tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry. It is nearly impossible for multi-millionaires to do more than lip-service to these simple ontological values. When they do they are numbered among the saved and treated like ordinary people. Most choose intolerance, unhelpfulness, idolatries of all sorts and are woefully undemocratic. Observing this pathology, Jesus propounded his eye of a needle rap. Religion was invented to give an out to pathological  multi-millionaires.  

Blago more victim than perp

Blagojevich Gets 14 Years In Prison For Corruption - Albuquerque News Story - KOAT Albuquerque:

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No one agrees with me but I have no soft spot for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. I do not believe that Blago asked for a job in so many words or that he was doing more than observing the truth - that the power he had was worth something. I found the general attitude of Fitzgerald galling and self-righteous and I hope that Blago will have the shortest possible time served.

UPDATE: No one seems to agree with me still. Nothing turns up as I search for Patrick save some notes in his Wikipedia entry that remind us of his overbearing Blago press conference. The presumption of guilt was dripping. And of course it took two trials to get the job done.

Hard Redemptive Words

Winning The War Within Collected Sonnets: Thirty-Five Give us - Abba you give us everything:

"Give us - Abba you give us everything
In your abundance is no scarcity
The ill we do the ugly songs we sing
Merely reveal how little we can see"

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That "give us" is from the Lord's Prayer
The remarkable invitation to presume on grace
And thereby turn our world from notions of
To the experience of seeing everything
With a new eye
And finding gifts to which
All eyes may be blind
And ways you never knew 

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Our imagined reactions

Half our pleasure
Is in our imagined reactions
To the reactions of others

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Oil Contamination

Oil contamination has devastated the lives 
of the people in the Niger Delta 
destroyed their livelihoods
undermined their access to clean water and food
and put their health at serious risk.

Colonial ravages continue
The happy driver in CA
Is blind to the kid in the delta
A half a world away

We do not give a damn
We can't see the mess
We all have shares
In noxious oil

When it is gone
Will we find other means
Of distance desecration

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Would Newt Choose a "Quayle" Veep?

At 68 and overweight sans exercise
Newt is a candidate for grief
As I put things together
He might well settle for a "Quayle"
A nonentity veep
To suggest he will never need a sub
Electing Newt would be the crap game of all time
Adding on this veep matter might well be
The deal breaker
No Newt is good Newt

Occupy is Sort of Like The 1960s (List)

A diminished Occupy camp remains after deadline passes; 2 blocking Atlantic Ave. arrested - Metro Desk - Local news updates from The Boston Globe: "“It’s an experience. It was really nice, like a really tiny city. I never really looked into what the 1960s was like, but if it was like this, it was awesome,” he said."

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It gets people out of their shells

It is proactive and often spontaneous demonstration

There is a level of trust that evidences awareness of elements in personalities that are generally dormant or ignored

There is an awareness that "trouble is real"

There is a nurturing of internal values and in some cases an awakening

It instills a sense (and creates a reality) - we are actors in history

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Daily Bread

The Slow as Molasses Press