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Chris Hayes has uncovered a memo laying out strategies to stop OWS. Why?

Republicans may turn on big banks, at least in public, altering the political ground for years to come. It is one of the first clear signs that the movement may be starting to trouble the moneyed elite.

The firm of Clark, Lytle, Geduldig, Cranford, is scheduled to send a four page long memo to one of its Wall Street clients on Thanksgiving. (I bet that memo just hit the shredder). Here's a link to their client list: http://www.clgcdc.com/.... Oddly, Koch Industries is on that list. Shocker!

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Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 03:03 PM PDT

Happy Palindrome Day - 11022011

by shantysue

Today is actually an extra special palindrome day.

First, there will only be 12 eight-digit palindromes this entire century.

Second, the number 11022011 equals 7 x 7 x 11 x 11 x 11 x 13 x 13.

Third, 7, 11 and 13 are three consecutive prime numbers.

Fourth, the three superscripts side-by-side constitute 232 which is also a palindrome.

Aziz Inan takes it a bit further, so for more, go here: http://www.upbeacon.net/...

But I leave you with this:


Bob Dylan spoofed by Weird Al — done entirely in palindrome.

My favorites from the video:

never odd or even
was it a car or a cat I saw
rise to vote sir

and in honor of Herb, since he seems to love palindromes:

not a banana baton

Do you have a favorite palindrome?

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Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 09:33 PM PDT

Obama Kicked Booty Tonight

by shantysue

While MSM covered Cain winning the Florida straw poll (spit take), a real speech took place tonight. In case you missed it, President Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Awards Dinner. Here's what he said at the end when he and the audience got more than a little fired up:

"The future rewards those who press on. With patient and firm determination we will press on. I don’t know about you CBC, but the future rewards those who press on. With patient and firm determination, I’m going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on. I expect all of you to march with me, and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes, shake it off, stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying, we are going to press on, we’ve got work to do. CBC. God Bless You and God Bless the United States of America."

I'm putting Part 2 first because he went all "Whoomp! There It Is" in this part. It's on people! h/t to Diogenes 2008 for the youtube videos.


Part 2


Part 1

Here's a link to the transcript (h/t Pam from Calif): http://govne.ws/...

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Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 07:12 PM PDT

I'm so stupid and yes to boycott

by shantysue

I thought the new rules were going to help with the cause. I was so excited to finally be able to speak my true voice about President Obama without fear of being hr'd out of here. Imagine my shock to find that I'm just an idiot. I had no idea, but I'm aware now. I will miss this site for the next week, but I'll happily take a break. I'm sorry, kos, but I don't shop at the grocery store when the workers are picketing, either. Wrong is just wrong. We all make mistakes. That's how we learn.

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This diary consists of three parts: (1) transnationals; (2) transnationals on steroids aka the Super Entity; and (3) solutions/questions/lessons to learn.

If you already know all about transnationals and how destructive they are, skip through until you get to the portion on the 147 transnationals ruling the world as the Super Entity aka the Toxic Zombie Vampiric Blob. Since I previously diaried about the Super Entity, feel free to skip that, too, if you've already read it and focus on the third part: solutions, questions and lessons we can learn from transnationals.

Part One:

T.E.A. is Thom Hartmann's acronym for Transnationals Exploiting Americans (to which I add, and every other person on earth).

In 1886, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that corporations are legal persons whose life, liberty and property are protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. It took railroad-company lawyers less than two decades to turn the amendment, which was ratified to protect freed slaves, into a loophole. By 1904, corporations controlled four-fifths of the nation's industrial production. Today transnational corporations (TNC's) control the world's governments, economies and media.

Investment abroad used to mean that a corporation sold its domestically produced goods to foreign markets. Today it means setting up business in other countries through complex global networks. The labor movement, which created the middle class, can no longer compete with these changes.

The U.S. shifted from the world's largest creditor nation to the world's largest debtor in less than 20 years, when the first trade deficit occurred in 1971. By 1991, foreign-owned firms controlled one-half of the United States consumer electronics industry, one-third of the American chemical industry, 20% of the U.S. automobile industry, 70% of the American tire industry, almost 50% of the U.S. film and recording industry, and vast segments of America’s banking, steel, machine tool, robotics and telecommunications industries. http://prospect.org/...

Governments are helpless. All they can do is watch world domination by the core group of TNC's and pray . . . to the mighty dollar, yen or whatever currency the Super Entity decides to go with.

Never before have corporations enjoyed such power. Many of the few hundred transnational giants are bigger than most nations. As the transnationals control more of the world, this guarantees a loss of rights and resources for its citizens. Democracies don't stand a chance against these giants. Transnational economic agreements, beginning with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank over half a century ago, have escalated in the last few decades with NAFTA, GATT, and the WTO, to name a few.

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Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 04:53 PM PDT

31 Days of Inspirational August

by shantysue

8/1 - Gabrielle Giffords Returns to Congress

8/2 – Principal Opens Food Pantry After Learning 10% of Her Students are Homeless and Hungry

"Milk!" the boy said. "Are you kidding? We're going to have milk!" Fresh vegetables, too, growing in the school garden.

Students in need stop by the Health Center after school, pick up one of the ordinary-looking waiting backpacks and fill it with food. The great thing about the bag is its ambiguity.

http://www.baystateparent.com/...

8/3 - Archaeologists Uncover Biblical Ruin Inside a Palestinian City in the West Bank

Ancient City of Shekhem

http://www.artdaily.com/...

8/4 – Most Original Boy Meets Girl Story – Message in a Bottle

A 10-year-old Oregon boy scribbled a note on binder paper, stuck it into a bottle and tossed it into the ocean. A year later and 2,000 miles away, a 9-year-old girl exploring a Hawaii shoreline found the bottle floating in a tide pool.

http://news.yahoo.com/...

8/5 - SJ Fire Chief Honors 8-Year-Old Pool Rescue Hero

He saved a 3 year old and her grandfather

8-yr-old-pool-rescue-hero

http://www.ktvu.com/...

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Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 09:56 AM PDT

The "Super Entity"

by shantysue

Who Runs the World? The "Super Entity."

The first analysis of the "Super Entity" has been conducted in very careful detail (links below the divide). The "Entity" consists of the "Global 147."

Super-Entity
This looks like space stuff, doesn't it?

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A Favorite "First" Book

Books were an escape for me and served me well. I would never be able to pick a favorite, so instead I chose to focus on the world's first novel. My stepmother, who is Japanese, began translating the tale to me when I would visit my father and her during summer vacations. We never got through it, but then again, the book does not end, instead trailing off in mid-sentence.

Tale of Genji, the world's first classic, and a masterpiece, was written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu and finished, so to speak, in or around 1021. The manuscript is a psychological thriller and its main theme is romantic love defined by the tyranny of time, culminating in the sorrow of human of existence.

The novel also includes a twelfth century scroll, the Genji Monogatari Emaki, containing illustrated scenes from the Genji, together with handwritten sōgana text. This scroll is the earliest extant example of a Japanese picture scroll: collected illustrations and calligraphy of a single work. For one week each spring, a few fragile fragments are displayed, honoring this remarkable woman's haunting tale from the Heian, or Taoist, period.

A Favorite Song that Invoked My Independent Spirit

In 1975, Olivia Records, the first label completely owned by women, released Cris Williamson's album, Changer and the Changed, an all-female production. It remains one of the best-selling independent records ever produced. My favorite songs from the album are "Sister" (below) and "Waterfall," but I love them all. If this album had a rating system of 1-5, I would give it 100 stars. It's truly epic.

It was also one of the first albums to be produced in the growing women's music genre. Stylistically, the album hewed closely to the sound that Carole King popularized with her chart-topping album Tapestry, but unlike King's songs, Williamson's were unfortunately not played on the radio — no doubt because Williamson was always, from the beginning of her career, openly gay, a feminist and an activist.

In addition to mainstreaming "indie" music, women's music as a genre has also evolved from a predominantly folk/acoustic sound to include more diverse sounds including the early 1990s Riot Grrl movement, which has clear roots in the feminist movement.

In our overproduced, over-hyped music scene today, The Changer and the Changed remains one of the purest testimonials to the feminist movement ever made.

A Comic Book Heroine Helped Me Heal

After a severe car accident, where I spent many months in agonizing pain in a hospital bed, I connected with the comic super heroine Oracle/Batgirl aka Barbara Gordon. The Joker shoots Batgirl aka Barbara Gordon in the spine, thus paralyzing her. At that point, Batgirl becomes Oracle, who provides computer programming/hacking services from her wheelchair.

I have a vast comic book collection, and Oracle is one of my favorite characters because, while I have regained my ability to walk, it took me many years and I looked to her for inspiration. She also stirred in me a desire to learn computer technology. Next month, Oracle will become a new and improved Batgirl with the ability to walk again for the first time in almost 25 years. That makes me very happy.

One of My Favorite Conservationists

Jane Goodall, conservationist extraordinaire, not to mention primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace is considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and continues her activism in conservation and animal/human rights.

What I'm inspired by most is her determination to combine ethical and spiritual values with science and conservation. She completely captivated me at a young age by challenging conventional perceptions and my respect for her tireless dedication to the principled treatment of earth and her creatures has grown ever stronger through time.


1 min. 11 sec. video on global efforts

If you'd like to see the complete 13 minute interview on 60 minutes last fall with Lara Logan, click here: http://www.cbsnews.com/...

A Multi-Faceted Woman

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) is a true heroine of mine. You may know her as a singer, dancer or actress, but she was much more than that. She was involved in the Civil Rights Movement and the French Resistance and was the first American born woman to receive the French military honor, Croix de guerre. During the McCarthy "Red Scare" era of the 1950s, she was falsely accused of being a Communist and informed that she was no longer welcome in the United States.

Josephine Baker
Later in life, Ms. Baker adopted 12 multi-ethnic children and called them her Rainbow Tribe. After Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Coretta Scott King asked Ms. Baker to take his place. After much reflection, Baker declined, saying her children were too young to lose their mother. Here's a link to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial website (including the aweseome virtual tour video): http://www.mlkmemorial.org/... Ms. Baker would like that.

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I'm not going to say much, except uh oh. This makes yesterday's news look so yesterday, a sunny walk in the park compared to this. Get ready for a bumpy ride people.

Operation Shady Rat (Remote Access Tool) struck at least six years ago and went unnoticed by the world.

Here's the headline:

Hackers breached the computer networks of 72 organizations around the world over a five-year period, in the biggest hacking campaign discovered to date, security firm McAfee said on Wednesday.

Here are some additional details:

The victims include:

- Governments of Canada, India, South Korea, Taiwan, United States and Vietnam.

- International bodies such as the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency.

- 12 U.S. defense contractors, 1 U.K. defense contractor.

- Companies in construction, steel, energy, solar power, technology, satellite communications, accounting and media.

Who did it?

McAfee's Alperovitch said he believes that a nation state was behind the attacks, but he declined to identify it. He said the attacker is the same country that was behind other security breaches that McAfee has previously investigated.

Jim Lewis, an expert in cyber attacks with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was briefed by McAfee. Lewis said the presence of Taiwan and the International Olympic Committee in the victims list suggest China is most likely the perpetrator of the attack.

How valuable is the data that was stolen?

"This is the biggest transfer of wealth in terms of intellectual property in history," Alperovitch said. "The scale at which this is occurring is really, really frightening."

"Companies and government agencies are getting raped and pillaged every day. They are losing economic advantage and national secrets to unscrupulous competitors," he said.

http://www.reuters.com/...

Here are more details from McAfee (get your magnifying glass out):

http://blogs.mcafee.com/...

Here's the pdf of the Mcafee piece (much easier to read) - h/t Just Bob

http://www.mcafee.com/...

Another good article:

http://www.vanityfair.com/...

There are gazillions more articles out there, but these were the ones most pertinent, to my mind. Just google Operation Shady Rat.

Do you like your toast with butter or jelly?

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Traditionally the women’s movement has called these moments “clicks” --when it clicks in our mind that we are being oppressed in our day to day lives. If through dialogue, we find ways to work together to move the lives of women forward, great. If not, we can at least listen to each other and become more sensitive to each others' goals.

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I was horrified by the Lara Logan rape when it first occurred, not just in its severity, but also because of suspicions on who might have authorized and/or funded it. It was drowned in a sea of change, leaving little room for speculation. It’s a huge click for me because of my own experiences which, some 50 years later, are still so very difficult for me to discuss. I keep my past in check most of the time because I worked so hard to do so, but I have tell-tale signs: a very young-sounding voice stuck in the silent screams of a wounded child, fidgeting with my hands to ground myself, pacing to calm haunted memories.

With time and healing, though, I've journeyed from victim to empassioned crusader. I hope after reading this diary, you will join me in signing the two petitions linked below to change the federal government's definition of rape. I know many of you already march for and demand change, and I personally thank you for that. I suspect people like Ms. Logan do, as well.

Lara Logan's initial response appears to have been silenced. I have my own theories about that, but I have no proof, so I'll let that be, but I was anxious to hear more. When she was ready to return to work as Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for CBS News, she gave her only interview to 60 Minutes. I’ve included that video (and an after-video) with a link to the full transcript below the fold. I encourage you to watch it either now or at your leisure. It’s a powerful video and needs to be seen and heard.

I was researching revictimization, healing and empowerment for a future diary on surviving abuse, when I stumbled upon an article by Sarakay Smullens, a Philadelphia therapist. She included a small portion on the Laura Logan rape:

Lara Logan’s ordeal

Recently the CBS reporter Lara Logan bravely defied a code of silence by describing her February ordeal in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, when she believed she would die as hundreds of frenzied Egyptian men raped and violated her with hands and fists.

She also wrote this:

The reasons for sexual violations are complex, but one surely is: Violent, sadistic men behave the way they do because they can.

I then read a deplorable article written by a misogynist in response to the Smullens article. The writer, if you can call him that, saw a photo of Ms. Logan dressed for a red carpet event and decided to go off on some unintelligible rant.

After practically salivating over Ms. Logan’s cleavage in his first paragraph, he states, “I can’t help thinking that women also need to take sensible precautions before they’re victimized.” I don’t know what that statement says to you, but it screams to me that he insists women are neither sensible nor empowered. It’s a simplistic and idiotic statement and especially offensive in its arrogant display of attempted condescension.

He goes on: “Don’t trust your male friends." This portion of his spewed bile was particularly reprehensible to me.

"Don’t go to a man’s home at night unless you’re prepared to have sex with him.” Is this code to his fellow rapist apologists, because I don’t know how else to interpret it?

He also equates massage to prostitution.

Here is where he goes after Lara Logan: “And if you want to be taken seriously as a journalist, don’t pose for pictures that emphasize your cleavage.” He says more about her, but it’s vile and repetitive, hardly worth repeating.

He equates “naïve faith in the power of the modern sexual revolution” to what was “forbidden” to our grandmothers, somehow inferring “that rape and the notion of sexual conquest” persists for the same reason that warfare persists: “because the male animal craves drama as much as food, shelter and clothing” and “an unwilling sex partner is about as much drama as a man can find without shooting a gun.” His equating rape with drama has spurred a plethora of performance art portraying him in all manner of ridiculous scenarios. Whether he gets that the joke is on him is not the point: humor does heal.

His attempt at an “earth to liberated women” paragraph is so nonsensical that I’ve chosen to leave it out, except to say that once again, the word "laid" appears to be his code word for rape.

He ends with some b.s. about two neighbors from the 1980’s, but I’m not going to dissect it here. He obviously left his head up his ass back then.

After the publisher and board of directors of the online arts magazine were petitioned to take his offensive piece off the site and remove him from his position as editor, he first attempted to defend himself and then he apologized, if you want to call it that.

Nice try. No thanks. Remove him. The link to the publication with the articles is appropriately placed at the bottom of this diary.

More importantly is this request for action from change.org to petition the FBI to redefine rape:

Each year, the FBI fails to count hundreds of thousands of rapes in its Uniform Crime Report (UCR)—even missing many rapes that are reported to police. That’s because for over 80 years, the FBI has been using the same fundamentally flawed definition of “forcible” rape: “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will” to track rape statistics in the UCR.

This excludes rapes involving forced anal sex and/or oral sex, vaginal or anal fisting, rape with an object (even if serious injuries result), rapes of men and transgender people and other injurious and degrading sexual assaults. Also, because the definition includes the word “forcibly,” police departments often interpret the rule (against UCR guidelines) as leaving out rapes of women with physical or mental disabilities and those who were unconscious or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

A recent Ms. investigation revealed that the archaic definition plays a key role in the vast underreporting of rape in the U.S.:

•      The FBI’s 2007 Uniform Crime Report listed 91,874 “forcible rapes”, but some estimates suggest the actual number may be 24 times higher.

•      Police departments go to great lengths to look good on the UCR, the FBI’s comprehensive national crime report by which all U.S. police departments are judged, and federal funding is determined. Often this means interpreting “forcible rape” even more narrowly than the FBI does when classifying sexual crimes.

•      Police departments across the country, notably Baltimore and Philadelphia, have been found to be juking the stats—coding legitimate rape cases as “unfounded” in order to make it appear that rape numbers have declined.

Without an accurate definition, we won't have accurate statistics about rape, and without accurate statistics, we will never have adequate funding for law enforcement to solve these crimes.  A change in the definition of rape would lead to better law enforcement response and could thus reduce dramatically the incidence of rape.

It’s high time for a change. For rape survivors, a modern definition of rape at the federal level would acknowledge, once and for all, that rape is rape—and that the stories and experiences of all rape survivors count.

Make sure that all rapes are counted. Sign this petition to tell FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General Eric Holder to update the overly narrow, outdated “forcible rape” definition.

Go here to sign the petition:

http://www.change.org/...

Follow this link to join the Ms. Magazine No More Excuses Campaign:

http://msmagazine.com/...

     In your comments, I hope you will feel free to speak of your own experiences,
     your particular strengths and your thoughts on solutions to this insidious war on women.

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John Boehner will give his speech in a few minutes I've heard. Maybe he will discuss why he walked out?

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


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Two sources linked below claim that Lulzec hacked The Sun and News of the World. I will update this diary momentarily, but wanted to give you the links first. Here you go:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

The above link takes you to The Guardian's Live Blog which updates every minute. What I saw was a heading that the media mogul's body had been discovered. It is a sick and twisted joke, but that's how lulz rolls.

Also, if you google The Sun and click, it takes you to the lulzsec twitter account. Looks like lulzsec sailed away to the U.K.

The following link to Techland gives a little more information.

http://techland.time.com/...

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