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Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM PDT

The 147 Companies That Run The World

by mrboma

A scientific analysis has revealed the 147 company "super-entity" that controls most of the world's economy. Here is an article about the study. And here is the study itself.

I already knew that a small number of corporations was running things, but now we have the scientific analysis to back up the suspicions. This is what deregulation has wrought. Sorry, I don't have any additional analysis or anything else to add. Maybe someone smarter than me can add more.

I've put the list of the top 50 of the 147 across the break. No surprise: they are mostly financial institutions/banks.

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Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 09:25 AM PDT

My Voice Over Website

by mrboma

I started working as a voice over talent a few years ago. I have recorded for video games, animation, TV, radio, and internet ads, corporate training videos, phone answering systems, and even narration for a biography of Michael Jackson. I recorded my first political ads back in 2008 for two web spots.

In the past, I was only online via a couple of voice over services' websites. But now I have finally gone online with my own website. It is brand new, so I would appreciate it if you could take a couple of minutes to check it out, listen to my demos, give me some feedback, and let me know if there are any problems.

And as always, I do offer a discount to progressive candidates and causes.

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Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 12:12 PM PDT

Progressive Voice for Hire

by mrboma

I started as a voice over a couple of years ago. I have recorded for video games, animation, TV, radio, and internet ads, corporate training videos, and narration for a biography of Michael Jackson. I recorded my first political ads back in 2008 for two web spots.

I am offering to donate my voice or give a discount to progressive candidates and causes.

My contact info is across the bump.

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Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 09:21 AM PDT

Donating My Voice

by mrboma

I am just getting started as a voice over and I'm offering to donate my voice to progressive commercials (now that Obama has ok'd ads by 527s). I recorded my first political spot two days ago (a community organizers TV ad), and I'm recording two others on Friday.

If you need a voice for a campaign ad (TV, radio, or internet) for either a progressive candidate or cause, please contact me:

VO Card Pictures, Images and Photos

My voiceover website only has my cartoon demo, but I am certainly capable of doing commercials, promos, trailers, and narration.


Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 12:55 PM PDT

McSame Morph

by mrboma


This is an animated Gif. If you want a link to this on YouTube, cross the jump.

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I posted a diary entitled "I Am The Boogeyman" a long time ago addressing the right-wing demonization of the secular humanist left. I am re-issuing it below the fold with minor edits because of Senator Obama's speech at the Call To Renewal Conference. Tragically, Senator Obama embraced and used elements of the false narrative that the right-wing has constructed about secular humanism in his speech. This use of the right-wing's frame is terribly dangerous to secularism and liberalism as a whole... which is to say that it is dangerous to the American way of life.

Senator Obama (and others), please read on to educate yourself about secular humanism so that we may indeed have that honest and open discussion of religion and politics in our pluralistic society that you called for in your speech.

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Wed Jun 21, 2006 at 12:50 PM PDT

Hartmann On Reframing Iraq

by mrboma

I really enjoy listening to Thom Hartmann when he guest hosts on Air America (I don't get him on any of my local stations and have trouble streaming him). He brings scholarship and a historical accuracy and perspective that is often lacking in talk radio.

Anyhow, Thom has been pushing the idea of reframing the Iraq quagmire. We won the war in short order, he says. We overthrew the government, killed or arrested the opposition government officials, disbanded the army, destroyed infrastructure, and seized resources. We are now engaged in what is rightfully called the OCCUPATION OF IRAQ. Hartmann has now written a post at Common Dreams detailing his reframe: Reclaim the Issues - "Occupation, Not War"

I wrote a diary on the pluses and minuses of this reframe here, but that was before Hartmann published. So, I'll repeat some of that diary as I look at Hartmann's article across the break. Now, before we jump, repeat after me: end the occupation, end the occupation, end the violent occupation of Iraq

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Thu Jun 15, 2006 at 07:28 AM PDT

The Iraq War is Over

by mrboma

How can I make such a statement when our soldiers are still in Iraq and being killed daily? It is a matter of framing that Thom Hartmann brought to my attention on Monday night when he guest-hosted the Majority Report. By most historians' definition, a war is over when one country overthrows the government of another country. We did that long ago in Iraq. What we have now is a violent occupation.

I have thought about it, and I have to agree with Hartmann that if I were writing a history book on the subject, the War in Iraq would have ended with the overthrow of Saddam, and the subsequent years would be called the Violent Occupation of Iraq. But the real world isn't a history book, nor does that make it good politics.

So, follow me across the fold as I take a look at how this simple reframing might change the whole argument. It could potentially help us get our soldiers out, but may also grant Bush a slight saving of face.

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Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 06:38 PM PDT

A Real Conspiracy: Tinfoil Hats?

by mrboma

According to researchers at MIT, the government could actually benefit from the use of tinfoil hats by conspiracy theorists. The research shows that tinfoil amplifies government frequencies, rather than blocking them. So this raises the question, did the government covertly start the tinfoil hat myth in order to trick anti-government types into helping the government track them?

"It has long been suspected that the government has been using satellites to read and control the minds of certain citizens. The use of aluminum helmets has been a common guerrilla tactic against the government's invasive tactics [1]. Surprisingly, these helmets can in fact help the government spy on citizens by amplifying certain key frequency ranges reserved for government use. In addition, none of the three helmets we analyzed provided significant attenuation to most frequency bands."
My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend. Not a huge deal, but still a great accomplishment in my opinion.

Now consider that my family is one of the largest in the U.S., and this becomes a story for the media. How big is my family? I am one of 16 children, ten boys, six girls - all the same mom and dad and all single births - ranging in age from 49 to 26. Now top it off with the fact that this will be the first time the whole family has gotten together since 1981 (photo from that occasion is in the extended text). Still need more? This day was almost prevented when my Dad was literally RUN OVER BY A CITY BUS in 1989 (see the press release in the extended text).

The coverage started on Thursday with this article in the local freebee, The Grunion Gazette. More coverage is coming over the weekend (see the extended text).

To read the press release and see the 1981 photo, please proceed across the bump.

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Tue May 02, 2006 at 10:48 AM PDT

The New Renewable: Oil

by mrboma

What if I told you there was a technology that could take all of our waste, agricultural, municipal, and industrial, and efficiently turn it into high-grade light oil? Sound like sci-fi? It's not. There is a small, operational, proof-of-concept plant in Pennsylvania and a full-sized working plant converting Butterball Turkey waste in Carthage, Missouri.

The thermal conversion process also destroys bacteria, viruses, and prions (the infectious proteins that cause mad cow and related diseases), eliminates toxins and carcinogens, and breaks down non-biodegradables. The useful byproducts include water and a potent, organic fertilizer. Plus, it would reduce the need for landfills. To top it off, it creates far more energy than it uses. This is the ultimate in recycling.

Read below the break for more about this amazing technology.

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Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law

Good news indeed. The Roberts Court's first major decision was a bitch-slap to the Bush administration and former Atty General John Ashcroft, who had sought to take legal action against doctors who aided patients commit suicide.

Beyond the implications for doctors in Oregon, this ruling is also a blow to the "unitary executive." In the majority opinion, the Court denies the executive the right to claim unenumerated authority.

It was a 6-3 decision with Roberts, Scalia, and Thomas dissenting (of course). But even if Alito had been on the court, the good guys still would have won in a 5-4 decision.

For more details and the White House response, join me across the break. (CP @ BT, SP, MLW)

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