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Christie Asks for an Apology -- Then he Asks us to Imagine ... What If?
I think I'll skip the Apology part of his Reputation-makeover tour right now, and instead take a few moments to imagine Chris Christie with his thumb on the Delete button. Hey he asked us to ... "...
jamess 05/22/2015 8
President Obama has lost Paul Krugman on TPP
There's been some notable discontent among progressives who look to Paul Krugman for his refreshing honesty on a number of topics and his willingness to state plainly when emperors are ...
xaxnar 05/22/2015 153
It's gotten this bad:Water Wars in California as agriculture prepares to face strict mandatory cuts
On April 1, when California Governor Brown issued mandatory water restrictions for urban users he warned that he might have to consider cuts to agriculture in the future as well. Well, that ...
VL Baker 05/22/2015 25
Eyewitness footage of Santa Barbara Oil Spill
Madeline Stano of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment went by the scene of the oil spill in Santa Barbara. The oil spill happened Tuesday May 19th when a pipe owned by Plains All ...
VL Baker 05/21/2015 5
Write On! Pacing
Hello, writers. Last week we talked about making time pass in a narrative. Now I’d like to talk about a related area, pacing. Pacing a story well means spending as little time as possible over ...
SensibleShoes 05/21/2015 95
Oil, Water, and Sand
When will we ever learn, these three basic ingredients -- Don't really Mix. Oil Spill Worse Than First Thought (Video) NBC News Channel -- May 21, ...
jamess 05/21/2015 7
The Run-up to Iraq War: Mother Jones Timeline
Since so many are in the " Iraq Revisionist " mode lately, I thought I'd post this VERY informative Timeline. Hopefully, it might put some helpful "side-bars" around all the "what we knew then" ...
jamess 05/21/2015 10
Tech Companies Step-up to Oppose the TPP
This is good to see -- and they make a few ' Patriotic ' arguments too ... Hundreds of tech companies line up to oppose TPP trade agreement by Sam Thielman in New York, theGuardian.com -- May 20, ...
jamess 05/20/2015 8
Bookflurries-Bookchat: Driver, Follow That…Book!
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. It is necessary in ...
cfk 05/20/2015 142
WSJ: Clinton's DoS blocked the release of politically sensitive records about Keystone XL Pipeline
photo credit: Backbone campaign, flr The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. Department of State, ...
VL Baker 05/20/2015 194
Wonder What Bin Ladin Read in Bed?
Need to know what volumes were on Bin Ladin's bookshelf? Curious if his reading tastes were close to yours? Ever consider if what you read makes you who you are, or is who you are dictated by what ...
Limelite 05/20/2015 62
NARP Unloads on Conservative Idiocy re Amtrak
The National Association of Railroad Passengers has a blog post that gets right to the point. It is a perpetual wonder for many passenger advocates that Amtrak—which, it’s worth noting ...
xaxnar 05/20/2015 44
What will the TPP do about this atrocity?
Live export cattle on a truck outside Darwin. Footage obtained by animal activists allegedly shows cattle in Vietnam being hit repeatedly to the head to stun them before slaughter. Photograph: Dave ...
VL Baker 05/20/2015 13
Elizabeth Warren fires up Democrats in California
In case you missed this, it was a pretty stirring speech: Elizabeth Warren at CA Democratic Convention 2015 link to video Published on May 16, 2015 -- cademorg Senator Elizabeth Warren ...
jamess 05/19/2015 32
Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left: May's 3rd Tuesday & Salute to a Friend
So, here I am, racing another deadline, though I've had a pretty good idea of what I was going to write about for at least a few days. As long as I've admired the work of poets I have the privilege ...
Kit RMP 05/19/2015 10
Knowing what we've known all along...
Would you lie the country into war? Order people tortured to death? Start wars while cutting taxes to the shamefully rich? Continue to trash the planet and fuck over its people? Push policies based ...
One Pissed Off Liberal 05/19/2015 112
Hillary Clinton changes her mind about melting Arctic over lunch
Guardian columnist George Monbiot and Climate change activist George Marshall took part in the discussion at a Guardian Live event in King's Place in central London on 13 May. The discussion was ...
VL Baker 05/19/2015 11
Jane Goodall: We're destroying the planet; but there are solutions
Jane Goodall, the legendary researcher, is known for her ability to communicate with chimpanzees. She develops an emotional and verbal closeness which allows her to gain their trust and acceptance.
VL Baker 05/18/2015 13
Monday Murder Mystery: Debtors' prisons and 'The Devil in the Marshalsea'
Marshalsea Prison, 1773 Click to enlarge On June 1, 1729, William Acton, one-time butcher and deputy ...
Susan Grigsby 05/18/2015 8
Beauteous Maidens
The mainstay of fairy tales and most romances, feminine beauty in this sort of literature is usually raised to incredible (and incredulous) heights as synonymous with virtue, goodness and truth. In,
Karen Hedwig Backman 05/18/2015 3
Western US drought advances; Washington State declares state of emergency
Not good, but nowhere near the catastrophic California drought. Yet. With only 16% of normal snowpack this year, half of Washington State is in drought condition; putting 1.2 bn of crops in ...
VL Baker 05/18/2015 26
If Black People lived as long as White People; Elections results would be very different
The morality rate for black Americans is about 18% higher ...
VL Baker 05/18/2015 11
Must read economics books: On value and values
For a recent project, I’ve been researching organizations and values within organizations. I happened to come across On Value and Values by Douglas K. Smith because of the following quote: For ...
akadjian 05/18/2015 56
Tesla Powerwall, Take Two: The Pricepoint, The Competition, The Vision
After recapping the Tesla Powerwall last week-end, I commented that I would dig into the tech and the price points, a bit more critically this week-end. SOOOOO, here are a few note-worthy articles ...
jamess 05/17/2015 58
Reps DeLauro, Slaughter and Pingree demand Obama administration release food safety language in TPP
Chicken market in Xining, Qinghai province, China Kudos to Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-...
VL Baker 05/17/2015 25
Empowering Corporations One Lawsuit at a time
That is what the Trans-Pacific Partnership will do if it passes into "law" -- as if Corporations needed any more help 'determining our collective destinies'. Corporate Profits will become the end-...
jamess 05/16/2015 56
Medieval Studies Rewind: I'm Still A Gal in Kalamazoo
Tonight, I come to you from the past. Partially this is due to where I am: the Kalamazoo Medieval Studies Congress at Western Michigan University. This annual conference, which brings together ...
Ellid 05/16/2015 17
How will the GOP respond IF the Amtrak Crash is "Terrorism"? And who are the REAL terrorists?
No evidence so far yet, but... Amtrak Train Possibly Hit Before Wreck Mr. Sumwalt said that investigators had found a fist-size circular area of impact on the left side of the Amtrak train’
xaxnar 05/16/2015 64
An Approached to E. M. Forster
Or How Classical Liberals Became Socialists Disclaimer: I am one of those people who knows a little bit about a lot of stuff, but who is not an expert at anything. I hope you forgive me if I and ...
se portland 05/16/2015 3
Republican Austerity Kills. Literally
When I heard about the Amtrak train wreck outside of Philadelphia on Tuesday night my heart stopped for a few seconds. My son lives in Washington D.C. His girlfriend's family lives in NYC. I have ...
Libby Shaw 05/16/2015 20
Bernie's platform is a Progressive Platform
[...] Here it is, in his own words, from the first email of his campaign to supporters last week: Income and wealth inequality : In the U.S. today we have the most unequal wealth distribution of ...
jamess 05/16/2015 151
The Great Symmetry
My science fiction novel The Great Symmetry is now out in the world. The intro has a brief description of the book, while the main diary has some philosophy and personal observations. In the ...
James Wells 05/15/2015 45
Tribes
Jeb Bush continues to stumble along, unable to repudiate his brother's legacy - if not actually embracing it. He is surrounding himself with members of the same cabal that led the country ...
xaxnar 05/15/2015 6
Hillary & Establishment Groupthink Are Consistently WRONG
Mainstream thinking, not just Republican thinking, is consistently wrong. Justification and support for the Iraq War? WRONG. Catastrophically wrong. Multi-generational even. Centennial even. An ...
Words In Action 05/15/2015 146
Books in My Life--The Printed Word as Anodyne
Good morning, readers and book lovers! Guess what, we were going to have a good old American breakfast at the Country Kitchen down the road from where I live, but the line of people waiting to get ...
Diana in NoVa 05/15/2015 43
Inside the Cockpit
...Is a fascinating article in the NY Times today .Mark Vanhoenacker is a senior first officer for British Airways on the Boeing 747-400 fleet and the author of “Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot.
xaxnar 05/14/2015 7
Write On! How to make time pass.
Hello, writers. One of the little tricks a writer has to learn is how to make time pass. In a story, that is. An author at a retreat I attended last year made a throwaway comment in conversation: “
SensibleShoes 05/14/2015 42
Self-publishing 101: The Kübler-Ross Stages of Editing
There are no gatekeepers any more. Your opus can be free in the world, its fate determined by merit and your skill and level of effort getting the word out. You can do this. Just be prepared to ...
James Wells 05/14/2015 33
Stunning NASA video shows humanity's impact on Earth
Feeling paranoid? You should. NASA and The U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat satellite program have been watching us from space for over forty years. The satellite orbits the Earth 14 times a day ...
VL Baker 05/14/2015 20
Bernie Sanders Wants to Make the Economy Work For the American People
American democracy is no longer just under attack, our democracy and the institutions that support it are being decimated right now. The Koch Brothers are giving Scott Walker of Wisconsin $400 ...
StewartAcuff 05/14/2015 80
USDA proposing voluntary restrictions to Big Agriculture to reduce carbon emissions. Yeah. Right.
Like voluntary restrictions have worked so well with Big Agriculture in the past. For instance, how long has Obama's USDA been proposing voluntary restrictions for reduction of ...
VL Baker 05/14/2015 7
Fast Tracking the TPP -- Pay No Attention to the Fine Print ... (on Child Labor)
Dems are fighting to see the Fine Print. Dems are fighting to add some Fine Print of their own -- specifically concerning the banning of "child labor" and the banning of "forced labor." And then ...
jamess 05/13/2015 25
Bookflurries-Bookchat: The Great Reading Quest
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. "Out of the night, ...
cfk 05/13/2015 104
Epistles from Dumbf*ckistan
I wrote a diary the other day that apparently struck a nerve. It got passed around some on Twitter and FaceBook and you wouldn't believe the swarm of haters and trolls that swept into the diary to ...
One Pissed Off Liberal 05/13/2015 284
This is what 'Cheap Labor' looks like in Malaysia, and elsewhere
FORCED LABOR IN THE PRODUCTION OF ELECTRONIC GOODS IN MALAYSIA A Comprehensive Study of Scope and Characteristics by Verité EXECUTIVE SUMMARY [Pg 9] The conditions faced by foreign ...
jamess 05/12/2015 10
Spot In My Eye (Indigo Kalliope: Poems From the Left)
Spot in my eye, rolling in black water, fumbling for an object in a dark house. What I've seen past the spot might be better. Worrisome blind blur allows no ease. Pry-bar touches ribs, dig your ...
ruleoflaw 05/12/2015 5
Merkley and Sanders Floor Speeches Against Fast Track today
The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement suffered its first defeat today, as the Senate voted to block the Fast-Track authority sections of this ill-conceived proposal, in no small part due to some ...
jamess 05/12/2015 5
Why Fly?
Why do people fly? Is it simply about getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible? For many, that is all flying comes down to: the destination is the reward, not the journey. (And ...
xaxnar 05/11/2015 33
Research Rewind: How Not To Draw Comics The R____ L____ Way
One more week. That's all that's left of this spring's Research Rewind slate, good gentles all. I'm in the home stretch on my paper, which I'll be delivering next Saturday afternoon to the great ...
Ellid 05/09/2015 17

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