the war on terror . . . brilliantly illustrated

by: pfiore8

Sun May 19, 2013 at 11:26:55 AM EDT

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what happens tomorrow?

by: pfiore8

Thu May 16, 2013 at 17:19:49 PM EDT

I am so tired of all the posturing on either side of the political divide. I am so tired of those taking sides, vomiting up, along with their bile, the inevitable "lesser of two evils" mantra. Obama, Boehner... whoever... I'm sick of them all.

Whether Republican or Democrat, really, haven't we had enough of epically bad governance? No? No, apparently not... epically bad governance isn't compelling enough. We still have to try to lessen the stupidity of one side by magnifying the screwball antics of the other.

keyrist. i am so tired of it.

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by: Compound F

Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 08:38:04 AM EST

Sloggering through the shame and bullshit,
The left and right are buried along with
The aboriginals in the mother
of all mudslides, their fossils pristine.
Interpreting their internment is left
For the next proliferation of life, if any
In the void remain 65.5 million yonks
From now; only the most anti-social
And gangly ginks and short people
Have any chance, because they thrived
Enough in toxic isolation, and they'll do so now.
You and I will die, in a mutual embrace of self-love.  
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Buenos dias, caballeros!

by: Compound F

Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 21:44:47 PM EST

Super Hehnth


About 5,000 police officers marched through the centre of Madrid on Saturday to protest salary cuts and the thinning of their ranks as Spain grapples with its sovereign debt crisis.

The officers, who had travelled from across Spain. rallied three days after the nation was gripped by a general strike over the austerity cuts. Health and education workers have already taken part in similar marches.

"Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians," read one banner held aloft by a line of officers as they marched to the interior ministry.

Let's face it: That's a big step from this:


These patterns will repeat across the US, as the crisis moves from periphery to core, so this is a good portent.  

Vayamos, dag-nabbit.

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why romney has not conceded... yet

by: pfiore8

Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 00:55:36 AM EST

US Elections Live: Hour after networks call, Romney yet to concede
Typically the defeated concedes before the winner speaks. One theory is that he (Romney) isn't willing to concede, the other is that he doesn't have a concession speech.
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This Vigil Needs Your Support

by: davidseth

Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 16:59:18 PM EDT


Martin Baumgold

In the wake of 9/11, on Saturday, September 22, 2001, eleven years ago today, my friend Martin Baumgold decided to stand at the Seventh Street Park in Hudson, New York to demonstrate for peace.  The world needed to find peace, and he saw that. He's been at it since. Every week. Every Saturday. People have come to stand with him, and they have gone away. New ones have come and they too have gone away.  Usually, there are 3 or 4 or even 5 people standing at the South side of the Seventh Park on Warren Street. Martin is undeterred, he stands anyway.  He's not the leader of a movement; he just hopes that others will stand with him. But even if they don't, obviously he's in it for the long haul.

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We All Shine On

by: Rusty1776

Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 19:22:16 PM EDT

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John Lennon . . .

I'm sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites. All I want is the truth.  Just gimme some truth.

Politicians don't tell us the truth, the conventions are meaningless, the political system is rigged, the government, the economy, and the media are controlled by uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites.  They have immense power and material wealth, they all have a very high opinion of themselves, but one artist with a conscience and the truth is worth more to humanity than every politician, banker, and businessman who ever lived.

John Lennon had a conscience, he told the truth, about himself, about society, about politics, about what matters and what doesn't.

Why in the world are we here?
Surely not to live in pain and fear.

We have to shine on, no matter what. We have to shine on because the night has come and the land is dark.  We have to stand by each other, we have to pick each other up when we fall.  That's not socialism, it's not Marxism, it's not entitlement fever, it's why we're here.  Making money isn't what life's about, seeking power over others isn't what life's about, helping each other is what life's about.    

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the end of sanity: African miners charged with murder

by: pfiore8

Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 21:26:28 PM EDT

Just when you think the world can't possibly get worse, it does.

270 miners charged in co-workers' deaths
South African authorities have charged 270 miners with murder in the killings of 34 fellow workers, even though police are believed to have fired the fatal shots.

Whaaaaaat? Well, in fact, the South African authorities are using a sort of they made us do it defense. In an ugly throw-back to the Apartheid-era, the miners are being charged under the common purpose law:

"It's the police who were shooting but they were under attack by the protesters, who were armed, so today the 270 accused are charged with the murders," Frank Lesenyego, a spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, told the Associated Press.

Daily News / 30 Aug 2012

Because of course, it's always a good idea to blame the victim. This is unbelievably frightening... to now put this massacre at the feet of the miners is breathtaking. Really jaw-dropping insanity.

I mean WTF???????????

Watch out, because this is our world now and those in power (all of them) make it harder and harder for us to act on the truth as we are being buried in bullshit... being forced to accept lie after lie, no matter what we see, no matter what the facts may indicate. One can only wonder how long before police in Oakland or New York City adopt a similar strategy...

This video is amazing... look at it and bear witness; one never knows if it will disappear.

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Nine Peace Laureates Continue Advocating Peace

by: Marie2

Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 15:54:11 PM EDT

A very sad world we live in when it takes a minority of living Nobel Peace Laureates to point out that:


How could tens of millions of Americans have sat through all the adverts during the Olympics for NBC's new "reality" show "Stars Earn Stripes" and not been repulsed?  The concept alone without video imagery was repulsive.

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Everything You Know About the Internet Is Wrong

by: palantir

Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 21:28:57 PM EDT

Being dyed in the wool libruls we all know that Al Gore invented the internet, or at least that was what passed for hilarious conservative humor way back in the day before GW Bush picked up 271 on a popular vote of 5 to 4. Alas, however, ol' Al didn't invent the internet. Someone else did so, you know, where there be no gummint, et al.

Beam me down, Scotty.  

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Swift boating OWS: Aurora gunman is Black Bloc member

by: pfiore8

Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 14:42:25 PM EDT

What a terrible sad desperate day. And I am so sorry for all of those caught up in the madness of James E. Holmes, the young man in custody for the rampage in Aurora, Colorado.

As though these murders in the Century 16 movie theater isn't enough, the vampires are already looking for soft spots to exploit.

It appears that the unholy have assigned Sarasota PI Bill Warner the task of swift-boating the OWS movement, asserting (without any facts) that the Aurora shooter is an Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Black Bloc member.

As far as I know and from everything I've read, OWS completely disavows the Black Bloc, its tactics and methods. And, at this point, there is absolutely nothing that connects the shooter to either OWS or those who engage in Black Bloc tactics. But lack of evidence or facts isn't stopping the rush to post Warner's allegations as facts.

This makes my skin crawl. We need to be cool, respond correctly. We can't allow this kind of posturing to divide us any more than we already are.

This just makes my skin crawl.  

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Remembering Nora Ephron

by: Marie2

Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 22:46:02 PM EDT

Nora Ephron dies at 71; writer of sharp-edged romances.

More privileged and more talented than most women, she nonetheless often spoke to women in general.  Heartburn arrived in the bookstores at a particularly difficult time for me.  Helped me to laugh again.  For that book alone I've never criticized any of her work.

But what has me a bit spooked is that for the past week, I've been haunted by her phrase 'I Remember Nothing'.  The difference is that she was there and can't remember it and I can't remember all the time and reasons why I wasn't there.  Okay, too far away and/or too crowded were common reasons.  But what sort of idiot passes on a private, not far away, and not so large Grateful Dead party and can't even recall why?

Thank you Nora for giving voice and comfort to many women of a certain age and I wish there could have been more.


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An Important (and Ignored) Trial

by: Marie2

Sun Jun 24, 2012 at 22:54:44 PM EDT

It's the subject of Matt Taibbi's latest The Scam Wall Street Learned From The Mafia.  Although I think he tends to begin too optimistically:

Someday, it will go down in history as the first trial of the modern American mafia. Of course, you won't hear the recent financial corruption case, United States of America v. Carollo, Goldberg and Grimm, called anything like that. If you heard about it at all, you're probably either in the municipal bond business or married to an antitrust lawyer. Even then, all you probably heard was that a threesome of bit players on Wall Street got convicted of obscure antitrust violations in one of the most inscrutable, jargon-packed legal snoozefests since the government's massive case against Microsoft in the Nineties - not exactly the thrilling courtroom drama offered by the famed trials of old-school mobsters like Al Capone or Anthony "Tony Ducks" Corallo.
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Meme For Today

by: jessical

Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 22:18:02 PM EDT

If you watched this as a child.  I didn't expect to like it. Not enough to toss it up and look like an especially eager meme-hound.

But really.  

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go back . . .

by: pfiore8

Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 18:38:06 PM EDT

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