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Thu Mar 26, 2015 at 01:27 PM PDT

WATER and WAR

by Septima

While armaments are proliferating and conflicts are proliferating, I am wondering why we hear nothing of the water situation in any of these nations.  Or drought.  Desalination is vital, and poor countries certainly can't afford these expensive plants.  How might this be related to various concerns in the Middle East?

Our own nation is facing dire water shortages in California.

The people of Sao Paolo are in dire strates.

Do we expect peace or any sort of respect for human life when water is denied to whole populations?

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Kinder Morgan has been contacting property owners along the forested, rural areas of Northern Massachusetts with the intent of locating a high pressure, high volume gas pipeline from the New York border to Dracut, Massachusetts.

This proposed line will run close to nearly all of Massachusetts aquifers and reservoirs.  Parts of this proposed line will be located along existing rights of way for high voltage direct transmission cables, in some cases, placing gas and electricity in close proximity near homes, towns, and protected habitats.

This pipeline will extend through areas that are home to aquifers, and reservoirs that provide drinking water to the State of Massachusetts, and well water to rural households.

Kinder Morgan has an existing line along the southern border of Massachusetts which it is also seeking to extend through rural lands west to the New York border.  

Citizens are deeply concerned about the long-term environmental impact of this to Massachusetts, as well as the implications of this line to neighboring states.

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Thank you to everyone who gave so generously yesterday.

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This won't be much of a diary: news is recorded in previous diaries regarding the devastation in Haiti, the full extent of which is unknown. What we may safely surmise is that many citizens of Haiti will be suffering and in need of care.

Many Daily Kos readers will appreciate that Dr. Paul Farmer, who founded Partners in Health and has been a significant advocate for health care for poor people around the globe, has been a strong advocate for the health care needs of the citizens of Haiti, and has personally devoted his life, passion, and talent to the people of Haiti.

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I woke up and moused onto Daily Kos this a.m. and was greeted by this odd graphic surrounding the Daily Kos page.  To me, it's offensive.  It smells suspiciously like GOP media snark trying to infiltrate KOS.  How did it get here and why, why do I have to look at this?  Is this some kind of provocative peace/piece?  Not sure.  Is Kos so hurting for cash that this background is for sale to whomever?

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Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 05:39 AM PST

Taking it to the streets

by Septima

I am enraged. So are you.  Every time we listen to the corporate propaganda media, and learn more about the abject malfeasance of the Bush Administration and all of the enablers in our Senate the scale of the wholesale ruination of a great nation makes my blood boil . . . and yours.

I recall all the pictures of McCain, surrounded by the order of the platinum parachute during his long and hoaky campaign . . . a veritable parade of dirt bags . . . Phil "Enron Loophole" Gramm . . . Commode polishing Thain . .. and its really clear that the Republican Party stands for The party of corporate theft.  Privatize the gain, and socialize the cost.  Well they've socialized a lot of cost. Obscene cost, while sneering at the rest of the nation.

I'm sick of cursing at my television which is so divorced from reality, and my hands are tired from writing angry letters to deaf and self absorbed Senate representatives, in between the time spent at my several jobs.  I want to be with people and get outdoors . . . I don't have time to organize the house for a house party (Sorry Mr. President).  

I want to rail at the piggish representatives with signs that publicly display the ire I am feeling.  I want a bunch of us to capture media attention with our noise and volume.

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Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 08:48 PM PST

Statesmanship 101

by Septima

"Watch what I do"- President Barack Obama

I've been monitoring comments on Kos and there are many ranging from negative anticipation, to outright cries of "sellout" about the what some perceive as a lack of zeal on the part of our new President to jump into legal proceedings against the outgoing administration from hell.

If you think about it, and I am herein inviting you to do so, public outcry, increased whistleblowing and opportunities for evidence to come forth, as well as the careful assembly of facts, chains of evidence, growing freedom in some areas of the press, and a thorough search of legal precident and consensus around constitutionality with an empowered attorney general

rather than

an immediate, top-down, reactive directive from the Commander in Chief is a hell of a lot more compelling in building a case for the prosecution of the Bush War Crimes.

It has been so long since there has been truly refined statesmanship in the Office of the President that we may have forgotten what superior talent might look like.

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It's Veteran's Day, and we reserve this day as a nation to honor those who have served our country.  Today, I am writing about a Veteran who continues to serve his country and to serve his brothers in arms. . .

Our military are bound by oath and by law to give their service at our leaders' call, placing their lives, their futures, and their families' futures in profound committment, whatever consequences may come, whatever personal suffering may result.

We are in the midst of a war where four thousand soldiers have answered our leaders' call and given their lives, and tens of thousands of others bear the permanent consequences of mortal combat.  They and their families have given a priceless service for each of us, and for all of us, and especially for the principles that we as a nation profess.

Even in periods of relative peace, the tensions of international politics are most keenly felt by soldiers and their families.

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At about 1:15 today, there was a reporter talking about Senator Kennedy's condition.  While she was speaking, a photo shot was running of Senator Kennedy at the compound in Hyannis, sitting on the porch with a family member.  In order to get this shot, a helicopter was dispatched off the shoreline in Hyannis and was hovering over the porch at the private residence of the Senator.

Imagine having a helicopter hovering over your head; the noise; the way the propeller creates a sort of vacuum in your ears and stirs up sand and dirt.

Now imagine you've been through some hospital procedures, may have a headache from treatments; may be struggling with news no one wants to face and having this done to you.

To me this is cruel, and I don't, as a viewer, appreciate the "efforts" of the media to "bring" me this story.

In fact I am outraged that Senator Kennedy's space is being violated.  Somehow the media feel free to violate the Kennedy's boundaries, and over the years it has been extremely tasteless; this takes the cake.

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Yesterday we learned that mental health professionals in Veterans Adminstration offices were being told what diagnosis they could give to Veterans being assessed for psychiatric sequelae related to the war. Given the recent cover-up of incidence of suicide, this is further evidence of the dishonest, callous, unethical, and inhumane behavior of this administration.

Keith Olberman discussed this tonight on Countdown.

As a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Massachusetts, a former board member of the Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers, and an adjunct faculty member teaching at now two graduate schools of Social Work, I want to inform everyone, especially Vets, that while the Veteran’s Administration can attempt to dictate diagnosis, which is highly unethical, Social Workers are ethically bound to give the diagnosis that best fits the reported symptoms. The VA is evidently ordering professionally trained persons to violate their ethical responsibilities, and to give diagnosiis that do not fit the presenting symptoms, or fail to fully explore clinically significant symptoms

Vets can arm themselves in their battle for rightful benefits with knowledge:

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Tonight Senator Hillary Clinton went for the pathos moment with the story of a little boy from West Virginia, or was it Kentucky, who sold his bike and his toys to raise money for Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign.  Maybe he's a real kid.  Maybe his parents can afford to buy him new toys, or this was just his yard sale.  Maybe he figures his Mom will love him if he gives up everything for Hillary Clinton.  Wonder how much he gave, in sacrifice of a child's pleasure in a bike and activities. Dalton may walk on water, or he may be a child who is overly invested in his adult's adult concerns and passions. A touching story . . . maybe.

Or, maybe its another story, that initially sounds endearing and cute, until you consider that Senator Clinton has no fair chance of winning the nomination.  

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Tue Apr 01, 2008 at 07:55 PM PDT

A character disordered

by Septima

Senator Clinton's accounts of her time in Tuzla are now familiar to us all.
Several military folks have come forward to speak of valor theft.  Tammi Hetherington bravely came forward.  General Stewart has supported her assertions.   I live in a state that supported Senator Clinton overwhelmingly.  Since this issue has emerged several of my close friends have begun to feel uncomfortable about Senator Clinton's candidacy. Here's why:

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