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Sat Nov 12, 2011 at 04:42 AM PST

Tax Dodgers Incorporated

by ilyana

There's a newsletter from a website called Global Guerrillas which engages in

Peace: Resilient communities and networked economies. Conflict: Open source insurgency and systems disruption.
The site is the brain child of John Robb  who wrote Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization. The most recent news update I received, has a link to a new report of the most profitable companies and the taxes they dodged.  The report came from Citizens for Tax Justice,  a non-profit organization with a long standing (since 1979) commitment to provide a voice for the millions of middle class taxpapers in our country.  The report says the the greatest tax subsidies  went to the financial industries in 2008 through 2010.  Not unexpected for anyone who has been following the corporate welfare that has been granted the 1%, through the influence of lobbiest in Washington DC. Beyond the squiggle are some highlights from the report:
 
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Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 06:35 PM PDT

Scary Story 99

by ilyana

  It is Halloween. The one day per year, our culture permits ourselves to scare each other. A day we greet our neighbors. We go door to door.  We pretend with our children. Imagination trumps our defenses, and we become someone else. Someone who asks for good stuff. Someone who is brave. Someone who will share. In some ways, when we put on masks for fun, we remove our hidden masks. Those ones we wear daily. I become more truly me. You become more you. The Occupy movement has been like our Halloween festivities.  Now what is the scary part?

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Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:18 AM PDT

The Hippy Diaries:  Read it and Keep

by ilyana

There is no going back.  However, revisiting the past is not only possible, it allows tools to be carried forward.  Tools of perspective which when applied, build on experience that transform the present. Isn't that what change is? Isn't that what we signed on for when we voted for Obama in 2008?
From OPOL's book, Wear Your Love Like Heaven, the Hippy Diaries, regarding change in the 1960’s :

“we were tied together by an earnest desire to make sense of an insane world.”
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“we were bound and determined to change the world and shared a powerful sense that we had a unique opportunity to do so. “

(all blockquotes in this diary are OPOL’s own words.)

Does that strike a cord that resonates with the recent past?  It does in me.  

Flip with me to read a bit about OPOL’s book.

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Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 12:04 PM PDT

Beautiful moments with McCain/ Palin

by ilyana

It is with tongue in cheek that I offer for you listening and viewing please the FAUX campaign of John McCain and Sarah Pain (oops! just call me an L dropper)  
First of all the new scarf accessory that is part of Palin's $150,000.00 wardrobe.  There's a copyright issue what follows next the link to Newsweek Magazine, that shows just how much Palin loves asses. This is very incongruent with her stance on Democrats in general.  Or maybe it is a trophy symbol, like the head hunter habit of wearing their victims... Kudos to Mudflats, my source for this moment.  

For more precious moments go beyond the fold.
Update at the end...  

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I thought you all might want to be aware of an asteroid that has a 99.8% to 100% chance of hitting earth, sometime early the morning of the 7th of October.

An asteroid measuring several feet in diameter is expected to enter the atmosphere over northern Sudan before dawn Tuesday, setting off a potentially brilliant natural fireworks display.
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The event is expected to occur at 5:46 a.m. local time (10:46 p.m. EDT Monday).

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Tue Apr 08, 2008 at 02:03 PM PDT

Al Gore's rhythm..

by ilyana

Al Gore's rhythm continues to sway people towards solving two major crisises facing us, in our world today.  This was presented as an inspiring talk by Al Gore at TED conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design).

Al Gore speaking:

"In order to solve  the climate crisis, we have to solve the democracy crisis."

Here is the link to the video of Al Gore's Speech.

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Saturday Morning Political Cartoon will resume next week..
This past week was a wash.. with tears.  My nephew, Shaun Michael, was in a car accident last Sunday night.  He suffered massive head injuries. He called himself a peace maker.
 
Please flip with me.

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Come and join the comic Kos bunch  for Saturday Morning Political Cartoon!
This morning are remnants of Halloween.  One of the images that are around us this time of year are spider webs.
   
This was a digital doodle of a web, representing the web of life.

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The idea here this morning, folks is to be a place holder for all those comic kossacks who would like to post their political cartoons in the comment section.  This was my first week of returning to college for serious academic study since 1978.  I've been too tired to cartoon.. but as somebody said somewhere,  "the show must go on."

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September 9 was the one year anniversary of Saturday Morning Political Cartoon.. Where did the year go?  Today's Cartoon presentation is a partial retrospective representation of the first four months..plus "got GMO?" by my Friend MAX.. Plus of course offering by Comic KosArtists in the comment section. (This diary sure has a lot of Pluses!) :-)Please share your original cartoonability .

We'll start with "Got GMO?" by my friend MAX :
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Greg Palast has written an article describing how many of the poorer districts of New Orleans are even now not repaired. Worse, housing projects that were either not damaged at all, or minimally damaged, have been locked against previous tenants.  Black water soldiers are guarding the projects.

Ms. Patricia Thomas was kept from her home .. And sometime between Greg Palast's interview with her and the writing of his article, Ms. Thomas died..  She survived Katrina, but not the neglect she suffered afterwards.

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Sun Aug 19, 2007 at 01:05 PM PDT

Never Sixteen, and so Sorely Missed

by ilyana

When our daughters turn sixteen, it is a threshold to woman hood.  There's a saying that reflects the innocence of children up to that age. It goes:
"Sixteen and never been kissed"  

For Abeer Qassim Hamza the reality is, Never sixteen and so sorely missed.   This is the day Abeer would have been sixteen-years-old.  But we've  forgotten already.
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