Maiello's Book-Almost Hits the Metaphorical Stands
Miami Fans Mistakenly Chant "Let's Go Eat" During Playoff Game
I have seen the better angel of Obama's nature, and her name is Medea Benjamin.
The odd applause line from yesterday's seminal speech which may ( we humbly pray) in future times be cited as the start of sanity's triumph over societal paranoia. By the time Prez elicited audience approval for his concession, the redoubtable Code Pink founder had been forcibly ejected (not for the first time), [Read more]
Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree [Read more]
For your penance say three Our Fathers and drink three Bloody Marys!(Conspiracy of Silence)
You start out with the truth as reported by the intelligence community, and then you turn it into a total distortion once the political types in the White House and some senior folks at the State Department get their hands on it
I ran across this lecture by Jennifer Francis at the Climate Change Summit from last fall. She is a professor at Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Rutgers University. She presents a very easy to understand talk and well worth the 40 minutes it takes to watch. I am posting this because of the current extreme weather we are seeing in the Midwest. The media is going to bring up climate change and the politicains are going to cling to their misinformation that it is not caused by humans. Prof. [Read more]
While this country professes to honor the ideals of freedom, independence, liberty, and justice, that's just lip service. We have a long history of stifling each and every one of those ideals, and anyone who doesn't believe that should simply try suing a major corporation for an injustice, or try embracing the "freedom" to live an unconventional lifestyle. This country frowns upon those things just like any other country. Gays and women are learning that lesson as we speak.
All of the institutions that are supposedly designed to protect our freedom and justice are nothing more than facades that are actually designed to give us the ILLUSION of freedom and justice. While I don't want to throw a monkey-wrench in anyone's comfort zone, it's very important for us to wake up and be realistic about what we DON'T have, in order to work towards actually achieving what I choose to call "The American Wish List."
According to "TakePart.com, "In 2008, eight states had no laws requiring students recite the Pledge of Allegiance at school. That number has recently dwindled to five, with Nebraska being the latest state to adopt a statewide mandate." [Read more]
From about 2000 Dean Baker reported that we were in a real estate bubble which would end with a collapse. In Jan 2004 he even offered a $1000 prize for the economist who could make the best attempt at disproving him (and paid it to Hilary Croke a researcher for the Fed. )
Here was Baker last week, commenting on the Washington Post's view of the economy.
However the real gem is this line: [Read more]
Frank Costanza: Serenity now! Serenity now!
George Costanza: What is that?
Frank: The doctor gave me a relaxation cassette. When my blood pressure gets too high, the man on the tape tells me to say 'serenity now!'
George: Are you supposed to yell it?
Frank: The man on the tape wasn't specific.
The "Serenity Now!" episode remains one of my all time favorite Seinfeld episodes. When I was fiddling with my previous blog, I had at one moment tried to expand my thoughts on the joy and happiness using Frank's approach to achieve peace of mind. But in reading the wikipedia entry on the episode, I discovered another thread in the episode was inspired by the same David Mamet play with which I was also trying to assimilate into the previous blog: Glengarry Glen Ross.
Frank Costanza: Starting tonight we're having a little sales contest. The loser gets fired. The winner gets a Water Pik. [Read more]
Hopefully this video will attach--I came up with a visual to support freedom to marry in all 50 states and am looking for feedback. Also maybe shares...I haven't done anything to get it out there yet.
I also couldn't figure out how to attach the jpg file I made. Technology is hard.
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
Going back over some bookmarked articles, given my latest focus, a couple of articles caught my attention. First there was the following passage from The Guardian article on Czech photographer Josef Koudelka::
After the Prague pictures established his reputation - or at least that of an "anonymous Czech photographer" - Koudelka left the country on a three-month exit visa to photograph Gypsies, a project he'd begun in 1966. Failing to return home at the end of that period, he became stateless, a status he craved the way others yearn for money or fame. He felt at home in exile. All he needed, he insisted, was a good night's sleep, plenty of film, and time. Everything else was a seductive distraction: the less he had, the less there was to miss. "I needed to know that nothing was waiting for me anywhere," he has said. "That the place I was supposed to be was the place where I was at that moment, and that when there was nothing more to photograph there, then it was time to leave for another place." [Read more]
o In New York city “Between 2006 and 2010, the amount spent (by the school system) on arts and music equipment and supplies was cut by 79 percent
o nearly one fourth of all public schools have not a single art, music, theater or dance teacher on staff
o at Brooklyn Tech (where Flavius' grandson goes) 24 percent of the students were black in 1999-2000, compared with 10 percent during the 2011-2012 school year
o At Bronx Science, the share of black students dropped from 9 to 3.5 percent over the same period.
o….only nine have been accepted into (Stuyvesant) for next year.
o In 2006, 53 percent of students in (the gifted and talented programs) were black or Hispanic; now less than one-third are [Read more]
Although my sister lives in New Jersey, I have been blissfully unaware of the post Sandy travails besetting New Jersey Transit due to some demonstrably poor pre-storm planning (must visit more)
Leaving aside the substance of the matter, we learn this amusing if alarming detail:
When asked by the Bergen Record for a copy of their prestorm planning documents (New York City's Transit Authority has a 5 volume treatise) the responsive document, entitled "New Jersey Rail Operations Hurricane Plan” required only 3-1/2 pages.
Beyond astonishing brevity, not much can be said about the document - it was blacked out except for the title.
WTF!!?? [Read more]
Yesterday, May 8, 2013, Sen. Warren-D introduced her first bill in the Senate for students loans at the same rate at the Fed Window that banks get. 0.75%. I will let her explain the bill in her own words.
I scanned a nice article at NYT forecasting how our energy needs will change over the next decade.
But it really is the progress our nation has made over the last five years that astounds me.
We are really close to seeing America as a net oil exporter!
Alternative sources of energy are cutting our dependency on coal.
Alternative sources of energy are creating jobs!
New sources of traditional fuel are creating jobs; real jobs paying good money. [Read more]
Tamerlan Tzarnaev, ten years and trillions of anti terror dollars later, attracts FBI attention, then maintains a floridly pro jihad ( public) YouTube channel , yet eludes further investigation.
Obviously, our security apparatus is overworked in the war on terror.
(I suggest triage: withdraw funds from the war on drug users.)
Put another way, if they weren't watching 750,000 people ( Tamerlan's watch list compatriots ) maybe they could have picked up his channel.
If they weren't watching him, who the fuck were they watching?
Last Friday the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute published their final working paper by Micheal Greenstone and Adam Looney. The research shows through charts and grafts, that we would have 2.2 more million jobs in the economy if we followed the same policies that we had during the last 5 recessions. The authors compare this recovery rate to past down turns and recoveries. They place the blame squarely on the reduction of public employees in order to reduce debt. Also the authors point out that we fall short of 10 million jobs right now in this economy. [Read more]
Sometimes one tries to move further along the tracks on a particular train of thought and then just like that one is right back at the old station. While I think humiliation and its role in the facilitation of what some authorities refer to as radicalization is an intriguing topic, I wanted to delve more into the collective perception of the radicalization process.
Critical to understanding the (shifting) core of this perception, I believe, is people's relationship with and understanding of tension and conflict. In particular, tension and conflict as it relates to not only as an expression of human nature, but also in the formation of that same human nature. These perceptions inform our politics, our understanding of our place in the world, and the place of others. As with one of the facets of this tension, humiliation, this topic quickly pushes one to the notion that the personal is political (and the political personal).  [Read more]
Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Florida Senator(18 years) and Governor(8 years) Bob Graham, announced last month she will run for Congress in FL House District 2 against incumbent Steve Southerland-R(Panama City.) She graduated from Leon High School while living with her father in the Governor's mansion in 1980. She attended University of North Carolina and got her law degree from American University. Returned to Tallahassee to raise 3 children and practice law. She also worked for the Leon School District. She is new to politics but is well known in Leon County.(Even I know who she is because of her work [Read more]
The NRA is having another convention and crazy crazy people will show up and give grand speeches about liberty and the Constitution and the commie liberals.
Mediamatters does a splendid job demonstrating how the voices of the right including Hannity and Nugent and beckerhead and so many other nutjobs have been calling for out-right revolution over the last few years.
Talk about yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater? [Read more]
Speaking of revolutions:
Ted Cruz has been accused of setting himself up for a 2016 run for the Presidency!
Ted Cruz has denied these charges.
Like Joan Walsh postulates:
IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN!
And yes, I would welcome a Cruz candidacy.
What a wonderful opportunity to run against Joe McCarthy! [Read more]
I assume that Assad has constructed a golden parachute. He could bail out and land in a well feathered nest in any one of several countries. But, if he did so, his minority tribe would almost certainly lose and suffer terrible retribution. So far Assad is hanging tough and so are his followers. We often bandy the term, "existential threat" lightly, but there are many people fighting for the very life of their families, themselves, and their country as they know it. [Read more]
I had a wonderful day.
Spring was more than a month late but damn I had a wonderful day.
It was 67 F for chrissakes!
Seany notified me by email that he would arrive with the troop on the weekend, like two days before the event.
I did not expect the troop until sometime in May.
We had just experienced a blizzard six days beforehand.
The roads and paths were impassable. [Read more]
BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE
Do not drink too much. Do you hear me? I don't want you passing out or going to the dark side. No going to the dark side!
-- Jack Cole, Sideways (2004)
In the film Sideways, Paul Giamatti plays Miles Raymond, a forty-something unsuccessful writer, wine-aficionado, and depressed middle school English teacher living in San Diego, who takes his soon-to-be-married actor friend and college roommate, Jack Cole (Thomas Haden Church), on a road trip through Santa Ynez Valley wine country. Miles wants to relax and live well. However, Jack wants one last sexual fling; at least that is their expressed agendas for the trip. [Read more]