Thomas Paine

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

Sunday, December 16, 2012

16 December - The View

Blaas Eugen Von An Interesting StoryBlaas Eugen Von An Interesting Story (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Art of StorytellingThe Art of Storytelling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Graphic Storytelling and Visual NarrativeGraphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The Boyhood of Raleigh, 1871English: The Boyhood of Raleigh, 1871 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bill Clinton talking at TED conference 2007. H...Bill Clinton talking at TED conference 2007. He won TED Prize 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Storytelling (film)Storytelling (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


New playlist: How to tell a story. They say humans are wired for storytelling. But what makes a good story? 6 masters of storytelling explore new answers to age-old questions of the craft.
Johnny Cash - The Man in Black

wisdom, wine and wild daffodils's photo.
‎~ Unknown.

Words and language can harm or heal, and can thus be equally powerful in both how they are used and how they are interpreted. Regardless of how the
y are intended in tone or other energy when directed towards us by another, no word (which in neutrality is simply a series of letters strung together) intrinsically holds the power to hurt or diminish us unless we give it the power to do so by identifying with the cultural or personal spell cast by the use of, or meaning, behind a certain word. None of us need be defined by any word unless we choose to be so. ♥ Charlotte.

(Image via Anonymous ART of Revolution.)

Truth News Radio Australia shared a link.

  • Reader Supported News shared a link.
    I'll have what he's having. - Adam Mordecai
    To whom may care,

    Though not gods, we have harnessed immense power as humans. We quite literally hold the Earth in our fingertips. With our interactions and choices we seal the fate of humanity each day. Though this is something we don’t like to look at. We are a tired and over worked populous. Barely making ends meet, at the end of a hard day we desire to sit with our family or friends, maybe drink or smoke to forget troubles - distract ourselves. I know I am just as guilty, and I am not proud.

    Nonetheless, no matter how we wish to ignore important issues however, when you and your family step outside your front door, as do me and mine, we are essentially one large family. It is difficult, exhausting, and can break our souls if we let it. When so many of us are caught running from our own personal problems, the idea of tackling national ones is beyond daunting. So they remain ignored and pushed aside. Nonetheless, we must openly discuss important issues continuously. Not only shake our heads and condemn an individual when tragedy strikes.

    When I heard about the latest shooting at an American elementary school, I felt deeply for the families affected. I read people calling the shooter many things, and the issue of gun control once again popped into discussion. What I did not hear or read though, was the personal responsibility that each and every one of us must face. I went in to look at my reflection in the mirror, and I asked myself, “What do I do to make things better? Do I just go about my business, and occasionally bitch, but really not doing anything? Yes. This is my fault. I desire to have children and raise a family, but can’t even stand up to make this a world fit for the children already here?” We must face problems within to come together and face problems outside.

    The power of corporations and entertainment is indeed immense. We are programmed to judge and point fingers, while going out to buy the newest toys or stronger intoxicant. It’s all the same shit. With excess, personal issues, and carnival distractions at every corner it is easy to pretend we are blind. We have not just the power of destruction, but also creation.

    We are an intelligent and determined kind, us humans. History has shown us that – it has shown us both the good and bad in humanity – the rise and fall. Currently, we live Roman times. History has shown us where such paths lead. We may dance around the fork in the road. We may decide to remain ignorant and self-righteous. We may allow the negative power our species has manifested continue to control our own. We will fall if we choose to remain silent.

    Now, if those who feel we are capable of more could actually share their thoughts before being labeled crazy or rude… If it was no longer the idea that rocking the boat was bad, but rather steering the course… If more of us woke up, and began to help break the chains that bind us all… What an inspiring time in history this could be.

    From one mind to yours,

    Ashley Davis

Opponents of the post-9/11 use of indefinite military detention have filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to block a law they say allows innocent American citizens to be locked away without trial.

The motion, submitted on Wednesday, asks the Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction against a key portion of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Unless the court does so, the motion argues, Americans are "in actual and imminent danger of losing their core First Amendment rights and fundamental Equal Protection liberties."

Since January, former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and other activists have been waging a legal battle against the U.S. government, arguing that the NDAA gives the military far too much leeway to imprison journalists or activists on vague accusations of supporting terrorism.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/12/ndaa-indefinite-detention_n_2288657.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#comment_213209909

DANGER ALERT - PLEASE READ AND SHARE!

US wants suit over US-born cleric's killing tossed:

The Obama administration urged a federal court Friday to dismiss a damage lawsuit over the drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen last year, including an al-Qaida cleric.

In a court filing, the Justice Department said the issue is best handled by the government's political branches, not the judiciary.

U.S.-born al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, an al-Qaida propagandist, were killed in a drone strike in September 2011. Al-Awlaki's son, Abdulrahman, was killed the following month.

The lawsuit filed by relatives of the three charged that senior CIA and military officials violated the Constitution and international law when they authorized strikes by the unmanned drones. It named as defendants Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, then-CIA Director David Petraeus and two commanders in the military's Special Operations forces.

The suit seeks unspecified compensatory damages.

"This suit should be allowed to stand and move forward, as a litmus to whether the Constitution and Bill of Rights still protect US citizens from the clutches of over-reaching Federal government.

Because if this suit is not allowed to proceed, the reality is that the Federal Government will then have the presumed right to extrajudiciously assassinate ANY American here in the United States without due process, and that is an horrendously dangerous precedent." ~Michael Rivero

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121214/us-yemen-drone-strikes/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage
DANGER ALERT - PLEASE READ AND SHARE!

US wants suit over US-born cleric's killing tossed:

The Obama administration urged a federal court Friday to dismiss a damage lawsuit over the drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen last year, including an al-Qaida cleric.

In a court filing, the Justice Department said the issue is best handled by the government's political branches, not the judiciary.

U.S.-born al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, an al-Qaida propagandist, were killed in a drone strike in September 2011. Al-Awlaki's son, Abdulrahman, was killed the following month.

The lawsuit filed by relatives of the three charged that senior CIA and military officials violated the Constitution and international law when they authorized strikes by the unmanned drones. It named as defendants Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, then-CIA Director David Petraeus and two commanders in the military's Special Operations forces.

The suit seeks unspecified compensatory damages.

"This suit should be allowed to stand and move forward, as a litmus to whether the Constitution and Bill of Rights still protect US citizens from the clutches of over-reaching Federal government.

Because if this suit is not allowed to proceed, the reality is that the Federal Government will then have the presumed right to extrajudiciously assassinate ANY American here in the United States without due process, and that is an horrendously dangerous precedent." ~Michael Rivero

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121214/us-yemen-drone-strikes/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage
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Thus the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA could be critical to the Obama administration for justifying not only its detention policy, but also its use of drones for extrajudicial killings.

As NDAA plaintiff Tangerine Bolen told BI, the government may have argued that a block of the NDAA would cause "irreparable harm" to the U.S. because it would possibly be "exposing illegal activities for the last decade. It could have a set of ripple consequences: we could see people in the Bush administration, Obama administration and security agencies be investigated for how they have applied the AUMF."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ndaa-justifies-drone-use-2012-12#ixzz2F0b4O7Ng
.Irish Craic

Sandra Gale
A man walked into the ladies department of Macy’s and shyly walked up to the woman behind the counter and said, ‘I’d like to buy a bra for my wife. ‘
‘ Which type of bra?’ asked the clerk.
‘Type?’ inquires the man, ‘There’s more than one type?’
‘ Look around,’ said the saleslady, as she showed a sea of bras
 in every shape, size, colour and material imaginable. ‘Actually, even with all of this variety, there are really only four types of bras to choose from’
Relieved, the man asked about the types.
The saleslady replied: ‘There are the Catholic, the Salvation Army, the Presbyterian, and the Baptist types. Which one would you prefer?’
Now totally befuddled, the man asked about the differences between them.
The Saleslady responded, ‘It is all really quite simple.
The Catholic type supports the masses;
The Salvation Army type lifts the fallen;
The Presbyterian type keeps them staunch and upright;
The Baptist type makes mountains out of molehills.’



BP could be in more hot water in the coming weeks now that former BP engineer Kurt Mix may be implicating the company's senior management and their role in underreporting oil spillage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Attorneys for Mix, who has been brought up on criminal charges by the U.S. Department of Justice, say they will release internal emails during the criminal hearings that show how Mix notified his superiors of the underreporting and attempted to address the problem.

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In Michigan, free-rider fetuses get all the benefits of being in a body without paying dues: http://bit.ly/Y1ItIJ
A couple of points here. First of all, while it’s a travesty that new oil is still polluting the Gulf after all this time, it’s fantastic to see Bonny Schumaker and On Wings of Care receive national credit for the amazing work that they do. In fact, the CBS piece was illustrated with some of Bonny’s photos that revealed BP’s new pollution. They were pictures that neither BP or the authorities wanted people to see, and Bonny Schumaker showed great courage in obtaining these images and releasing them to the public. The hidden story of Deepwater Horizon is the effort that many private citizens have undertaken to reveal the truth of the spill and its severe impacts on the ecology of the Gulf Coast and on human health. Second, Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts — who has been steadfast on the issue of holding BP accountable — told CBS that BP is still not being honest or transparent in this new leak, and that he is worried that “substantial” amounts of oil are leaking from the site. Said Markey: “This is the same crime scene, and the American public today is entitled to the same information that BP was lying about in 2010 so that we can understand the full dimension of the additional environmental damage.”

From Red Pill Broadcast: "BEST FILM OF THE YEAR! "It won't take long to burn this mother down." An investigation into BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. “The film’s scope is staggering, including its detailed outlining of BP’s origins and fingerprints across decades of unrest in Iran. By doing smart, covert reporting that shames our news media, by interviewing uncensored journalists, by speaking with locals whose health has been destroyed, and by interviewing scientists who haven’t been bought by BP (many have, as the film illustrates), Fix stretches into a mandatory-viewing critique of widespread government corruption, with one of the film’s talking heads remarking, “I don’t have any long-term hope for us [as a country] unless we find a way to control campaign financing.” And yes, the Koch brothers are major players in the fuckery.” - The Village Voice
Films for Action are awsome. Watch it for free!
Despite BP's "demands" (like a felon is in a position to make demands over the crime scene) CBS has corrected their story to reflect the originally quote "7 million gallons of oil" quote to the following: "Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated the amount of oil spilled in the Gulf. According to U.S. government estimates, 206 million gallons of oil leaked from the uncapped well." Thank you CBS News!
Real Coastal Warriors shared a photo.
"Back in 2010, I said BP was either lying or incompetent. Well, it turns out they were both," says Markey. "This is the same crime scene, and the American public today is entitled to the same information that BP was lying about in 2010 so that we can understand the full dimension of the additional environmental damage."  Read More Here:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57558916/oil-may-be-seeping-from-deepwater-horizon-site/
‎"Back in 2010, I said BP was either lying or incompetent. Well, it turns out they were both," says Markey. "This is the same crime scene, and the American publ
ic today is entitled to the same information that BP was lying about in 2010 so that we can understand the full dimension of the additional environmental damage." Read More Here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57558916/oil-may-be-seeping-from-deepwater-horizon-site/
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‎"Valero Refining - Texas Lp Houston Refinery located in Houston, TX is an EPA regulated site with a current compliance status of Serious Violation(s). The facility has a population of 2,109 within a 3 mile radius, of which 91% are minorities.

(from http://epa-sites.findthedata.org/l/516868/Valero-Refining-Texas-Lp-Houston-Refinery)
Yudith moved to Manchester from Mexico when she was 7 years old.  Manchester has a nearly 98% Latino population.  For the last 12 quarters the Valero refinery that looms over this neighborhood is listed as being in “significant non-compliance” with the Clean Air and Clean Water Act.  Let us make Yudith's struggle our struggle as well.  ¡Compañer@s en la rebeldía!

Valero has pledged to process the majority of all tar sands being shipped in to Houston by TransCanada’s KXL Pipeline.  Valero, does't care about the people of Manchester, do you?  

Click LIKE & SHARE to help spread awareness.  Follow this link to see a list of the Manchester Valero’s non-compliance status with EPA regulations: http://bit.ly/VECjrh
Yudith moved to Manchester from Mexico when she was 7 years old. Manchester has a nearly 98% Latino population. For the last 12 quarters the Valero refinery t
hat looms over this neighborhood is listed as being in “significant non-compliance” with the Clean Air and Clean Water Act. Let us make Yudith's struggle our struggle as well. ¡Compañer@s en la rebeldía!

Valero has pledged to process the majority of all tar sands being shipped in to Houston by TransCanada’s KXL Pipeline. Valero, does't care about the people of Manchester, do you?

Click LIKE & SHARE to help spread awareness. Follow this link to see a list of the Manchester Valero’s non-compliance status with EPA regulations: http://bit.ly/VECjrh



CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT WATER?
ASK the Folks in Bradford Co. PA >
They Held a Fundraiser this month to pay to have clean safe water shipped & stored for their families in The Woodlands
(More appropriately called the Fracklands now)
CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT WATER?
 ASK the Folks in Bradford Co. PA >
 They Held a Fundraiser this month to pay to have clean safe water shipped & stored for their families in The Woodlands 
(More appropriately called the Fracklands now)









NYS Elected Assemblymen~
Stepping Up to Protect the Public & the Environment
THANK YOU ASSEMBLYMEN

http://statepolitics.lohudblogs.com/2012/12/14/frustrated-with-dec-assembly-to-host-fracking-hearing/

Knowledge of Today
► www.knowledgeoftoday.org/2011/12/food-matters.html — Every 35 days, your skin replaces itself. Your liver, about a month. Your body makes these new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. You have a choice in what you’re made of. You are what you eat!
► www.knowledgeoftoday.org/2011/12/food-matters.html — Every 35 days, your skin replaces itself. Your liver, about a month. Your body makes these new cells from the food you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. You have a choice in what you’re made of. You are what you eat!
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(W) I always wonder... what if fruits and natural foods were as heavily advertised as junk food?

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‎(W) I always wonder... what if fruits and natural foods were as heavily advertised as junk food?

.Real Coastal Warriors
BP brings spotlight

Before the recent investigation, Walker was front and center throughout much of the 2010 BP oil disaster. He famously remarked in a meeting with the Sun Herald that year he didn't see as much danger in the petroleum that washing ashore as was being portrayed in news reports. He joked the substances might even be edible.

"I haven't tasted it, but I might one day," he said.

DMR was given control over $25 million from BP money to fund grants to local governments to help with their efforts to prepare for the oil spill. The municipalities quickly gobbled up the money.

City and county officials bought boats, pickup trucks, backhoes, ATVs, protective suits, and boom material, submerged fencing and other items to try to stave off the oil. The agency worked closely with BP and the Coast Guard on the response to the disaster.

Fishermen and environmentalists sharply criticized Walker in weeks and months after the disaster because they felt he and other state leaders were too cozy with BP, and weren't representing their interests. Walker, then-Gov. Haley Barbour and others took the stance that the disaster was bad, but its long-term effects on the environment were being blown out of proportion.

Gollott said overall, though, he's impressed with the job Walker has done to this point.

"Each director has done a little bit better than the one before," Gollott said. "I think Walker, with all his knowledge, has done a pretty good job. Up until now, with what I have been reading the paper, I wasn't aware of any of that was going on. But it'll all come out."
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