I Was Wrong About The LA Car Fires

ShortFormContent at Blogger: The war on cars has begun:

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The plague of car fires in LA seemed to me to be an eco-war on the car. It appears I was quite wrong. It now seems that one person managed to set all the fires in a 72-hour period and that the alleged perpetrator is an unbalanced 24-year old from Canada with an animus against the US. VIDEO

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Why Iowa is a Loss for Romney

Had Romney not carried out the kill-Newt attack in Iowa
He might rationalize ending up even with
An unelectable Libertarian
And a dogged Evangelical

But he outspent everyone with
His PAC's Willie Horton reprise
Run by the guy who did the original Willie Horton for Bush 1 

And with millions spent all Romnney has done is show 
That quasi-centrist, relatively sane Republicans
Compose less than one-third of all Republicans in 2012

Mitt will spend the next four years
In his new California mansion
Contiuuing his effort to emulate the late Johnny Carson

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How to be a nobody in today's Web world

Do not seek to be liked 
Seek no followers
Spurn celebrity
Have no niche
Push no products
Be  neither coach nor a consultant
Be on no TV show
Have no academic credentials or affiliations
No specialty
Do not monetize yourself
Or practice SEO
Or pay someone else to do the same
Try to do everything for free
Refuse to proclaim anything 
Including atheism
Be inconsistent
Let moods guide you
Be old
Create in soliutude

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Newt Gingrich on A Single Page

Newt Gingrich Stumps in New Hampshire : The New Yorker:

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My guess is that whatever happens in Iowa that it's still a tossup between Mitt (Bush 2 reincarnated as a Johnny Carson wannabe) and Newt (the rabid conservative who at least understands politics).

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The universality of culpability

New Tao Posts: The Tao knows we're not righteous no not one:

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The culpability is shared by all
Murders slaughterings bullying slighting
If we have not committed these we have
sat by and accepted
All things that are done are intertwined
into a web of commonality
History is thus the product of the
values we each hold
And there is never perfection
though there is progress
When we imperfect souls grasp tolerance
And helpfulness
And democracy
And strive to live with no idols
And to worship no graven images
We are on Abba's Way

Jesus loved sinners because he loved everyone
And everyone is a sinner

The Tao knows we're not righteous no not one

The Tao knows we're not righteous no not one
Every lost life is the sin of all
When we pray that Abba's will be done
We are praying save us from our fall 

A wait and see attitude at scene of LA car arson events

All Quiet and Dark; No Fires For First Time in 5 Days - North Hollywood-Toluca Lake, CA Patch:

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After five days, calm. But a bit of trepidation as well.

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Some Steps toward Peace in Afghanistan

Taliban to Open Qatar Office in Step Toward Peace Talks - NYTimes.com: "In a statement, Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said that along with agreeing to set up the office in Qatar, the group was asking that Taliban detainees held at the American prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, be released. Mr. Mujahid did not say when the Qatar office would be opened, or give specifics about the prisoners the Taliban wanted freed."

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Lucid on debt if not on a vision for our future

Nobody Understands Debt - NYTimes.com:

"And that’s why nations with stable, responsible governments — that is, governments that are willing to impose modestly higher taxes when the situation warrants it — have historically been able to live with much higher levels of debt than today’s conventional wisdom would lead you to believe. Britain, in particular, has had debt exceeding 100 percent of G.D.P. for 81 of the last 170 years. When Keynes was writing about the need to spend your way out of a depression, Britain was deeper in debt than any advanced nation today, with the exception of Japan.

Of course, America, with its rabidly antitax conservative movement, may not have a government that is responsible in this sense. But in that case the fault lies not in our debt, but in ourselves.

So yes, debt matters. But right now, other things matter more. We need more, not less, government spending to get us out of our unemployment trap. And the wrongheaded, ill-informed obsession with debt is standing in the way."

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He's an economist not a visionary. Too bad. Being both would lead to a salient discussion of the economy and the environment and on moving beyond the compromising posture implied by the word green.

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The Right Wing Will Natter Away But This Makes Sense

Pentagon to Present Vision of Reduced Military - NYTimes.com: "In a shift of doctrine driven by fiscal reality and a deal last summer that kept the United States from defaulting on its debts, Mr. Panetta is expected to outline plans for carefully shrinking the military — and in so doing make it clear that the Pentagon will not maintain the ability to fight two sustained ground wars at once."

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We should signal to the world that ground wars are not our thing, period.

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Add this to your Romney Worse Than W File

If in the White House, Mitt Romney Says He Will Veto DREAM Act | Feet in 2 Worlds · Immigration news · Immigration reform · Immigrant communities:

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LA Arson Case Remains A Mystery (Video)

German man's arrest in arson brings L.A. relief - CBS News:

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Yes, there is a suspect who is said to be a German man disconsolate over his mom's immigration woes. But you would have to be rather nimble to set off such a plethora of blazes extending back to last Thursday.

Considerably more at the following address:

Harry Burkhart, L.A. Arson Fires Suspect From Germany, Says 'I Hate America' - Los Angeles News - The Informer

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I think I see both duck and rabbit at once

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And from Kirsti:

About fifteen years ago I started to see both the duck and the rabbit in the picture. Earlier it had been impossible, the figures I saw just changed from one to the other. The second step in experimenting consisted of changing the figure at will. Then I could choose to see the rabbit or the duck as I chose.

Every now and then I used to take up looking at the duck or the rabbit, as I chose, as a past time. - Not very often, though. - To my surprise, it once happened that I saw both, simultaneously.

Within Gestalt theory, it is supposed to be a human universal that these kinds of figures are seen in an either/or way. - Well, it only takes one case to to prove an assumption of universality wrong. - Just as it takes only one case to prove a possibility.

I do not know any drawing with three changing figures. - Well, now that that think again, I do. It is this very same duck/rabbit picture. Seeing both simultaneously IS the third figure.

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