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This top comment makes sense to the unjaded

Abba - I Have A Dream - YouTube: "That girl you just called fat? She's O/Ding on diet pills. That girl you just called ugly? She spends hours putting on makeup just so people may like her. That boy you just tripped? He gets abused enough at home. Remember the man with the ugly scars? He fought for our country. Remember that woman with the distorced face? She was in a gas explosion. People don't have to hurt. Like or post this to another video if you are against bullying. 99% percent of you won't. I did"

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Watch the video.
And remember bullying comes in one thousand flavors and garments.


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Nice segment of a pertinent viewpoint

Rick Bookstaber: Managing the 99 Percent: "Those in the upper-class in his era did not share Smith's interest in universal education. Rather, they saw the world as we do: education diminishes deference and fuels disobedience. And this same sentiment is echoed a century and a half later by no more ardent a defender of capitalism than Schumpeter, who argues that education in the face of manual labor and underemployment sows discontent, and “discontent breeds resentment”. The solution to this is to give the impression of education while in fact providing little more than the essentials of vocational training. Focus on accounting, computer science and the like while eschewing the impractical liberal arts. Have college be party time, the soma, sex and endless recreation that Huxley envisioned for the populace at large. If the majority of the ninety-nine percent can be herded down this path, then "sex, drugs and rock and roll" serves its purpose."

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This is not the kind of employment boost we need

White House Announces $29.4B Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia: "(NewsCore) - The White House on Thursday announced the sale of $29.4 billion in weapons equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a move the Obama administration said would support 50,000 US jobs in 44 states."

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Our biggest businesses are mostly toxic or harmful or otherwise destined to have negative consequences now and in the future. How about employing double the number of persons to educate others? I think this is supposed to be the most prosperity-intensive investment there could be. Otherwise we are in a spiral of bellicose old style binary nominalist boring and destructive politics.

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Pssst CBS, the Iowa Caucuses are on January 3. 2012

In Iowa, Mitt Romney peaking at just the right time - Political Hotsheet - CBS News: "In Iowa, Mitt Romney peaking at just the right time"

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You might note this date - January 3, 2012 - if your headline makes such a presumptuous claim. By January 3, which should lead your text, Sarah Palin could become the write-in sensation of the campaign. Romney could have said something that ranks up there with Rick Perry for alienation-potential. Or his PAC could have been thoroughly investigated to see if there was any illegal communication. The daily news cycle assumes who what where when and why as staples of competent reporting.

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Why much journalism including mine sucks

Iowa caucuses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The 2012 Iowa Caucuses are scheduled to take place on January 3, 2012"

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Remember who what when where and how. This is what any story worth its salt was supposed to answer. It took me five Internet minutes - an eternity - to find the fact above. The date of the Iowa Caucuses. My first stop was a long CBS story. No mention of the date. Pyramid style is apparently dead now. And the need to state the basics is at least halfway out the window. Before we wring our hands over things we cannot change, how about dealing with what we have forgotten to do but still remains within our power?


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Spectrum Notes on Richard Nixon

‘Nixon’s Darkest Secrets’: New biography digs up rumors of Richard Nixon’s gay affair with Mafia banker - NY Daily News: "In the shocking new biography "Nixon's Darkest Secrets: The Inside Story of America's Most Troubled President," former United Press International Washington bureau chief Don Fulsom writes that Tricky Dick had mob ties for more than 20 years before he was elected in 1968 and lusted after his best pal, dashing Cuban-American playboy Charles (Bebe) Rebozo."

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I am not the slowest study in the world. Since Nixon is one of the famed folk I have spent more time with than needed to form an impression, I would say that this book is, like many geared to sales, the exaggeration of a supposition. I have no more idea whether Nixon was violent at times than whether Peirce was. I mean actually violent. We are all verbally violent and violent in thought.

Was RN gay? The older I get, the more I believe we are all gay to some degree…

He was just saying some would see what he was up to

Mark 9
 1: And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
Let's say that Jesus said thisWhat did he meanOne thing onlyThat the kingdom of God cannot be forcedWithout the acquiescence of usThat Jesus thought Abba would be so received as toMake the kingdom comeThat the faith to heal would spreadThat the faith to move mountains would become manifestThat this would happen in a chronological frame
ButClosely read all he is talking about is something some eyes can/will seeHe does not say the kingdom will comeOnly that some here will seeWhat it would be like if Abba was setting the rulesAnd they were being freely followedWhich means that helpfulness would ruleThat tolerance would ruleThat democracy would be practicedThat there would be none and no thing veneratedSave Abba aloneHe was just saying some would see what he was up to
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Stars appeared all around the arena. Adam saw them.

Manhattan Bully Wars (1947):

"Stars appeared all around the arena. Adam saw them. He saw them become trees. He saw multicolored branches stretching upward like supplicating hands beckoning him into the penumbra of movement. Undulating streaks of color almost flamelike. Star-trees. Not moving. Buffeted. Waving. Anchored. Summoning. Moving yet not moving.

Adam watched. He continued to skate. No one else saw them. They were his. Sent to him. As real as breath. As real as the skaters moving to the music. They were a gift. A message. A solace. A hello."

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Pain is more often or not the origin of vision.


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Human pretension to knowledge is toast

New Tao Posts: The Tao Knows all Beginnings and All Ends:

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One then asks if there is a knower who created same. Which merely explains the ultimate futility of assumiung we can grasp cause. All we can do is create proximate and fallible suppositions, the most resonant of which become habits and laws subject to amendment. In this context, it is time we abolished the academy as a barrier ordinary people cannot scale. In this century we will see the collapse of education as we have known it, precisely because of its pretensions. The only tenure worth the name is that given to all by Abba and customarily denied by principalities and powers.



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Prospects of at least four "parties" on the 2012 ballot

AFP: Johnson launches third-party White House bid: "Johnson is seen as having no realistic chance of winning the presidency, but polls suggest a third-party candidate could siphon enough support from the eventual Republican challenger to help Obama score another term.

This is bad news for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich, the two men who lead the field going into the first Republican voting contest in Iowa on January 3"

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So let's see. The two currently corrupt parties, dependent lobby cash, occupied with fundraising not us. Then this modest effort that might help Obama win. And then there is a placeholder effort which might actually shake things up. It suggests a proliferation of parties.  But there is nothing in this that will lead to serious reform. Only the growth of OWS as a seismic movement can transcend this ineffective show. When anyone can run and not be defeated because of m…