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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, October 12, 2012

12 October - Reflections

English: Platform supply vessels battle the bl...
English: Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person crew. Fran├žais : Les restes en feu de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 10:  Actress Olga Kury...
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 10: Actress Olga Kurylenko, a 'Bond Girl' from the James Bond movie, 'Quantum of Solace,' appears at the Panasonic booth as MGM Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment unveil 'Bond 50,' a box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc in celebration of the James Bond franchise's 50th anniversary at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 13 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 140,000 attendees. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
English: Pond in Holly Hill Woodland Park One ...
English: Pond in Holly Hill Woodland Park One of several in this woodland park. Water is looking a bit scummy because the maintenance man has just been round with a strimmer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Aldeia de Monsanto, casario
Aldeia de Monsanto, casario (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
New Orleans: "1st Procession of the Krewe...
New Orleans: "1st Procession of the Krewe of Dead Pelicans". Satirical second line parade in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Effigy corpse carried in the parade representing the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Night time astronaut image of the nor...
English: Night time astronaut image of the northern Gulf coast. Mobile Bay and the city of Mobile (top left, beneath one of the solar panels of a docked Russian Soyuz spacecraft), New Orleans and Houston are visible as the view moves south-eastward. The Interstate Highway 20 cities of Jackson, Shreveport, Dallas and Fort Worth are also visible further inland. The view extends northward (left) to Little Rock and Oklahoma City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Map of the northern Gulf of Mexico showing the...
Map of the northern Gulf of Mexico showing the nearly 4,000 active oil and gas platforms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Animated sucrose molecule model
Animated sucrose molecule model (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sucrose: a disaccharide of glucose (left) and ...
Sucrose: a disaccharide of glucose (left) and fructose (right), important molecules in the body. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Right on!
Many scientists believe that both sucrose and HFCS are handled by the body identically, but there is also evidence that HFCS is much more likely to cause weight gain and all of its complications.
Real Coastal Warriors shared Nurse Rise ~ Nurses for Safe Water's photo.
Scummy corporate welfare for scummy corporations.
From BP or not BP?,

"We know we cannot trust BP to do the right thing by the people of the Gulf Coast. BP is the Merchant of Darkness!"
The Merchant of Darkness - The story of BP & the Reclaim Shakespeare Company
A play of three acts telling the story of BP, 'a merchant of most monstrous greed', the RSC 'a  
(  That 2006 initiative giving tax relief on  resource depletion using deepwater extraction is still in play. If anybody was serious about discouraging drilling past the limits of technology...it wouldn't be. )

‎"The federal government is failing to learn from one of the most environmentally and economically destructive incidents in US history," said David Pettit, a senior attorney for the NRDC. "Fresh oil from the Macondo well continues to wash ashore ... and the government is being negligent by issuing leases to drill now and drill deeper without ensuring all necessary precautions." Pettit told Truthout that, despite reforms to deep-water drilling regulation made since the BP spill, regulators continue to issue drilling permits without the detailed analysis necessary to understand the potential environmental impacts on already damaged ecosystems. On his blog, Pettit explains that the design flaw in Cameron-style blowout preventers like those that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster "still exists today."
Top Breakfast Cereals that Contain Monsanto’s GMO Corn
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In the UK they are now charging and convicting people for offensive, but relatively innocuous 'hate speech'. The principle of Free Speech that has been the centre point of of Western Democracy is now dead on the basis that it is now illegal to merely offend someone. The loathsome idiots in question need to be shunned and ridiculed, not jailed. Ask yourself where it will stop?
This is getting ridiculous. Following the man jailed for tweeting something disgusting about Fabrice Muamba, then the boy jailed for putting something disgusting on Facebook about April Jones (and the man almost jailed for joking about blowing up Robin Hood Airport), now a man has been jailed for wearing a T-shirt with a disgusting joke [...]
pretty damn stupid.
New Law Bars Employers From Asking For Facebook Logins
CHICAGO -- Seeking to guard the privacy rights of the social networking generation, Illinois is making it illegal for
Smirking Chimp added a new photo.

MIDWAY is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy.

"Near the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Midway Island is one of the most remote places on Earth, and the iconic site of a world-changing naval battle. Today Midway is inhabited by a million Laysan albatrosses-- magnificent and beautiful seabirds who range over the entire Pacific from their home base on the island. Midway is a multi-layered kaleidoscope of natural wonder and human history, and it also serves as a powerful lens into a shocking environmental tragedy: tens of thousands of albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.

"Returning to the island over several years, our team has witnessed and filmed cycles of birth, life, and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our time. With internationally acclaimed artist Chris Jordan as our guide, our film will walk directly int
o the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we discover a unexpected doorway to a deeply felt experience of hope, beauty and reverence for the mystery and miracle of our world. Stepping far outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, MIDWAY will take viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of renewal and love that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the globe."

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Holy conflict of interest, Batman!
Real Coastal Warriors shared Trisha James's photo.
Anyone catching fish such as this triple tail, Scott Porter has been so kind to offer his services to do a DNA analysis. He is in the Houma area and will travel to pick up the fish. Please contact me or Scott asap. The fish must be kept cold, not frozen.
Good idea.
LGBT Equality World-Wide's photo.
i live on earth at present, and i don’t know what I am. i know that i am not a category. i am not a thing — a noun. i seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process — an integral function of the
universe. ~ buckminster fuller
Battle of Britain - Saving the Nation's photo.

So if you beat your citizens for a year, you get a Nobel Peace prize?

F*ck This Sh*t !
 ( Meh. Isn't it on a par with Obama's award...before he invaded Afghanistan ? LOL  That one involved illegality for a sitting President to accept such from a foreign state. 

20 Oct - Oldephartte on Iraq

I guess I should be grateful Obama isn't plugging spurious concerns about Iran ( while Israel's atrocities in Palestine show no sign of drying up U.S. gifts of military materiel ), an act sure to further agitate Russia, which has actual ( {unlike say, Iran } not theoretically possible in 10 years if they're lying about their interest; despite the NIE saying they have no nuclear weapons program ) ICBMs with MIRVs. 
Fixed that )
I want this guy as a friend.
It is not worth the risk.
Welcome to Chernobyl, 26 years after the nuclear disaster. Nuclear power is so "safe" that the soil is STILL highly contaminated 26 years later. Do you want to...

Stuart Smith, Attorney At Law: Let’s cut through the bureaucrat-ese and ponder the major significance of this news. It means that after two-and-a-half years, after spending some $14 billion on cleaning up the Gulf shoreline and with billions more due in compensation, after all those ads that you’ve seen on TV telling you that everything along the coast is better than ever….BP is continuing to foul the natural splendor of the Gulf with its dirty crude oil.

Why is this happening? The Coast Guard release is merely speculating when it says this “could be residual oil associated with wreckage and/or debris left on the seabed from the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010.” That is the most benign scenario. The NOLA.com website also offers a new report on the leak this morning that looks at the possible causes in greater detail, including speculation that oil that was dispersed by toxic chemicals in 2010 is reappearing on the surface.

But the more troubling and arguably more likely possibility — which we’ve been reporting on this blog dating back to August 2011 – is that efforts to cap the BP well in 2010 could have created cracks, or fissures, in the floor of the Gulf. That raises the specter of an ongoing spill that is more serious in nature, and more difficult to contain and clean-up. The initial response from BP and from the feds in 2011 was to try to first ognore and then deny our reporting — until our colleague Bonny Schumaker flew over the site and confirmed the leak. This time, the feds did not seem in a hurry to confirm our publicize the BP connection. There needs to be a serious and thorough investigation into how much oil is still leaking, and why.
also, be sure to check out/follow/read/absorb/comment on the brilliant reflections and insights on Gulf Coast struggles for justice, from the women of the Oyster Knife: http://www.theoysterknife.com/
The Oyster Knife | women working for social justice on the gulf coast
Not usually mentioned is the source of the phrase “the price of defiance”, nor the three important players from

We filmed this massive oil sheen on 10/10/2012 while fishing 68 miles south west off the cost of mobile. The cost guard confirms it was oil from Deep-water horizon. The sheen went on for miles and appeared very thick in some areas.
BP gulf oil remains 10/10/2012
We filmed this massive oil sheen on 10/10/2012 while fishing 68 miles south west off the cost of mobile. The cost guard confirms it was oil from

Mark Hafle, BP’s senior drilling engineer; Brian Morel, a drilling engineer; and Robert Kaluza, the well-site leader, were the London-based company’s direct chain of command over the well that blew out off the Louisiana coast in April 2010. All three have invoked their constitutional right not to testify on the grounds that it might incriminate them.

Federal prosecutors today asked a federal judge in New Orleans to rule that BP can be penalized at trial for the workers’ silence, citing the three employees’ refusal to answer specific questions about why they allegedly ignored warning signs and continued to drill and complete the well in violation of industry safety standards and government regulations.
BP Workers’ Refusal to Talk Warrants Penalty, U.S. Says
The refusal of three BP Plc executives’ to testify about the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster should be held against the
( BP workers are smart. Investigative journalists - several - have suffered mysterious disappearance or death. Would you trust the corrupt society to do the right thing ? I like that 'allegedly' business. Word is things were sideways for a good week before pressure explosion blew things to bits.  This on a job running 6 miles down involving insane potential pressure differentials : roughly a column of seawater equaling the  5 miles down into seabed and into the mantle right through a salt dome even without hitting high pressure pockets or methane release...which was present in large quantities.  )

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Good question.

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How a Terrible Debate Question Helped Paul Ryan Mislead About Social Security
'During last night's debate, Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan told 24 lies during his 40 minutes of speaking time.'

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Richard Bartholomew, a longtime friend of Dispatches and a guy I respect a lot, has his blog taken down by his blog hosting service because of an absolutely ridiculous DMCA claim from Charlie Flowers, a British activist he had criticized. He tells the story at an alternative site: Yesterday, my...

Knowledge of Today
“The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about and refuse to investigate.” -Dr. Wayne Dyer
You are made up of billions and billions of "programmed" beliefs about what is real and what’s not real, what you should or shouldn’t be or wear or say or do. You have downloaded beliefs about how attractive you are, about your body, your intelligence, about God, sin, life after death, morality and class.

You have been inundated with disaster scenarios about the future of humanity - a global depression, an apocalypse, Armageddon, end times, depopulation, nuclear war, an Antichrist ruler and other dis-empowering, fear mongering, toxic propaganda.

Very few people understand the programming of fear, and why it distorts our perceptions. While fear is a program used for our survival, fear also creates irrational beliefs that cause larger systems of fear like politics, religion and the media.

The collective thought waves of the 7 billion people on Planet Earth also create an atmosphere and it affects everyone either consciously or unconsciously. Like the Borg in Star Trek, you can tune into this “collective consciousness” and broadcast ideas to others who will receive and act on them. You are a drop in the ocean of thought and the ocean of thought is in every drop.

Any thought you have, when combined with emotion, vibrates out from you to the universe. Like a boomerang, it returns whatever you focus on. All you have to do is allow yourself to expect what you want. Sounds easy, right?

The hard part is becoming 'doubt-free'. You must expect what you want without doubt, act like you already have it and be grateful for it. Like drops in the ocean, each and every person is individually responsible for their contribution to mass consciousness.

❝Our world is a reflection of our subconscious beliefs. Our subconscious mind can process 40 million neural impulses a second while our conscious mind can only process 40 neural impulses per second. We all know that if we focus on something long enough we can do it without thinking, it becomes part of our subconscious routine. Lets make compassion and understanding a part of our subconscious routine by consciously focusing on these higher aspects of the self in our everyday lives.❞ -Vito Santana

Let the Smile be on your face's photo.
RESULTS's photo.
food for thought
In this example you see a repeating occurence. Host and entity break down.
Our leaders are nothing more than robots.
A by-the-numbers look at why voting-rights advocates are challenging North Carolina's new Republican-drawn legislative and congressional districts as racially discriminatory.

Yes! Go Texas!
This banner says it all.

A photojournalist managed to snap this photo despite TransCanada's paid police force turning the tree blockade into an occupied polic...

This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Here's a whole album of the arrest of Daryl and Eleanor. Eleanor was arrested for trespassing on her own land that has been in her family for generations.

How can you be arrested for “trespassing” on your own land? Well, anything can happen when a multinational corporation comes in and expropriates your farm for their profit.
One of the people who was tortured and is now being persecuted by local authorities working with TransCanada and China to aid the invasion of Texas. I hope they can raise the funds to get her out. Brave girl.
Shannon is still in jail after being held 48 hours when she was re-arrested on trumped up felony charges. These charges are an insult to injury.

A little over...

Joining the ranks Wednesday were two reporters covering the protests for The New York Times. Reporter Dan Frosch and an unnamed photographer accompanying him were covering a protest on private land yesterday when they were handcuffed and detained by a security guard for TransCanada (the Canadian company behind the pipeline) and local police.

The reporters were on the private land at the invitation of the landowner, but were detained for trespassing, according to a spokesperson for the newspaper. After identifying themselves as members of the media, they were released, but told they had to leave the property immediately or they’d be arrested for trespassing.
New York Times Reporters Detained Covering Keystone XL Protests in East Texas
http://youtu.be/WKqs7Fc45XM The massive (and controversial) Keystone XL pipeline, which will take heavy
Disney drops paper suppliers linked to deforestation


Disney this week announced sweeping changes to its paper-sourcing policy that will exclude fiber produced via the destruction of tropical rainforests.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like via Willy Vlyminck
Information and things you can do. I find the fact that this received such strong bipartisan support horrifying. While they keep us distracted with threats to women and social security, they do such evil with the other hand......

Feel free to use the above photo to spread awareness Journalists rarely take a vocal stand against legislation in order to remain objective, but sometimes new laws are such

Simply removing the stressful situation or circumstances, leaving them behind, or just doing something to correct the condition allows one to return to a more relaxed sense of being. Learn more for your good health.

Information and things you can do. I find the fact that this received such strong bipartisan support horrifying. While they keep us distracted with threats to women and social security, they do such evil with the other hand......
How the NDAA is a Direct Threat to Average Americans, Protesters, Journalists
Feel free to use the above photo to spread awareness Journalists rarely take a vocal stand against legislation in order to remain objective, but sometimes new laws are such

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Sit back and take a moment to enjoy this beautifully put together video...Shot over seven weeks earlier this year by New England-based production company GOTM Films, the video was created from over 80,000 photos taken in and around the canyon.

Every thought you have is reality. We are horses bridaled with dental floss. When you discover your immense power use it to help people.

Es-tee R. Miller shared a link.
Stonehenge up close: digital laser scan reveals secrets of the past
Most detailed analysis yet of prehistoric stone circle shows how masons spent more time making key areas look the
Get ready and get your community mobilized for the November Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia (November 16-18, 2012)! The weekend will include a rally with thousands at the gates, a major conference with speakers and workshop presenters from across the Americas, concerts, film screenings, caucuses, and much more.
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‎"Agricultural and forested areas are being converted to natural gas extraction disturbance" and the effect is "substantial." ..
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