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  •  Agreed. Who in Washington... (7+ / 0-)

    ...wants to play the part of King Belshazzar of Babylon and read the words "MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN" written on the wall?

    "Iraq: the bravest 1% fighting for the richest 1%." ~ An Unknown Kossack.

    by Neon Vincent on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 10:59:02 AM PST

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    •  You need to include the interpretation (9+ / 0-)

      of the writing. Daniel (a captured Jew) is called in to interpret the writing:

      This is the interpretation of the matter:

      • MENE (literally a "monetary toll"), God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;
      • TEKEL (literally a "tokenary weight"), you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;
      • PARSIN (literally a "division" or "portion"), your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.

      Whether one believes in God or not, it is still a sobering message.

      "You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting."

      Bruce in Louisville
      And the blog is Eclectic Thinker

      by bmaples on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 12:14:47 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for including the interpretation. (7+ / 0-)

        It really did need to be said, but not by me.  I made a decision not to include it because 1) it would have diluted the punchiness of the original comment (style), 2) I thought the link to the Wikipedia article would have done the job (wonders of hypertext), and 3) I was hoping someone else would bring it up anyway (conversation starter). :->

        You're also right that it is a sobering message.  The handwriting has been on the wall about the coming end of our petroleum-fueled economy since 1973.  Unfortunately, the message has been allowed to fade over time.  Only now that the cold winds of Peak Oil and increased demand have blown through Belshazzar's feast hall has the dust of decades been blown off and the message made visible again.

        It's also a coincidence, but notice that the original "handwriting on the wall" was a prophesy about the Persians.  Somehow, I doubt the current Biblically inspired administration would even notice the similarity while they are ramping up for hostilities with Iran.

        "Iraq: the bravest 1% fighting for the richest 1%." ~ An Unknown Kossack.

        by Neon Vincent on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 12:32:01 PM PST

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        •  Communications (2+ / 0-)
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          If you really want to communicate with a broad English speaking audience, remember to include a translation of non-english language.

          Otherwise 99% of the people move onto the next message and you wasted your time and theirs.

          Sort of like using obscure abbreviations.  Only useful if you really don't want your audience to understand what you are talking about.  I see a lot of obscure abbreviations on KOS which I, at least,  don't waste time trying to decipher.

          If you really want to communicate, use readily understood language.

    •  The ONLY one I can think of (4+ / 0-)

      who has the understanding, the brains and the courage to do it is Al Gore... and he says he has no interest in running. What do we have to do to move that man to announce?  Seems like the noise has stopped. Why?  Did we all give up on the one man who can get this done as well as fix the after-Bush crime family fiasco?

      •  Sadly, we saw the days tick away... (1+ / 0-)
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        with no word...
        New Hampshire closed
        no word
        many felt that the end of October was the last call

        Personally, I don't understand his position, if he wants to keep his options open for some later date, then it would have been better to close the door.
        If he's running some alternative campaign, then he needed to keep hope alive® with a wink and a nod
        we're not getting a groundswell here in CA, not even close to getting him on the ballot... but work continues

        The National Guard: They're in firefights over there, so they can't fight fires over here

        by askyron on Sat Nov 10, 2007 at 05:59:08 PM PST

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      •  Interesting information out of Nashville (1+ / 0-)
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        Neon Vincent

        As an organizer at, I received a letter yesterday from Karen with the above title.  I've been waiting to see if someone did a diary about it, which I haven't seen yet.  I'll do one tomorrow morning.  

        BTW, the letter is very encouraging, so don't give up hope yet.

        Run, Al, Run

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