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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.