Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Here's the description from Pundit Kitchen:
"This cross-stitch above was done in 1941 by Major Alexis Casdagli in a Nazi prisoner of war camp, just like it says. What it doesn’t say is that the dots and dashes inside the border around the swastikas and Soviet hammer and sickles are Morse code for “God save the King,” and “F**k Hitler.” I never thought I would say this about needlework, but, badass."
And you can read more about it in The Guardian right here.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Top 10 clean energy stories of 2011
I was particularly intrigued with this piece of information:
"Solar stunner: America is a $1.9 billion exporter of solar products."
That strikes me as very good news, indeed.
"We can't afford another lost generation of people that don't complete high school. We are really trying to figure what is the next strategy with various systems that interact with children."
- Leslie Strnisha, senior program director of a foundation run by the Sisters of Charity that started a Promise Neighborhood in Cleveland, one of more than twenty programs modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
"Sometimes we have no choice, we work till dawn. When you work all night you become dizzy and your eyes hurt because you can't take any breaks."
SANTA'S WORKSHOP takes you to the real world of China's toy factories. Workers tell us about long working hours, low wages, and dangerous work places. Those who protest or try to organize trade unions risk imprisonment. Low labor costs attract more and more companies to China. Today more than 75% of our toys are made in China. But this industry takes its toll on the workers and on the environment.
The European (and American) buyers blame bad conditions on the Chinese suppliers. But they say that increasingly hard competition gives them no option. Who should we believe? And what can you do to bring about a fairer and more humane toy trade?
A Christmas Letter to My Gay Son
Here is an excerpt:
There is only one gift I want to give you this year. I have wanted to give it to you for many years. I have tried in every way possible to find a way to give it to you. It would bring me the greatest joy of all. How do I give you equality? How do I give you back the years you have missed 'not being equal' in this world?"
The entire letter is short. Please do click through and read it.
Dear people, there is not much that moves me to tears these days. But this letter did it. Oh, yes. This letter reached me in a deep place.
May it do so for each of you.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
How Ayn Rand Seduced Generations of Young Men and Helped Make the U.S. Into a Selfish, Greedy Nation
And here's the sub-title:
"Thanks in part to Rand, the United States is one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world."
Gosh, isn't that the truth?
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Instead of offering an apology to the Iranian nation, they impudently ask for the return of the plane.
- Ahmad Vahidi, Iranian Defense Minister, dismissing a U.S. request for the return of an American spy drone captured by Iranian armed forces
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
That’s one of the things that I like about him — because he’s been consistent since he changed his mind.
You just can't make this stuff up.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Would the Democrats even give him a chance? Yet the so called party of morals and family values has this candidate as their front runner."
-- Karen Teegarden
Saturday, December 10, 2011
WHEN PRESIDENTS WERE ACTUALLY QUALIFIED!
What's really interesting about this article is that there are links at the end to YouTube postings of actual recordings of presidents' voices as far back as Benjamin Harrison.
Do click through and check it out!
Friday, December 09, 2011
It speaks to me:
You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .
You didn't get mad when US tax payers paid $1 million a week to protect and help Halliburton rip-off Iraqi oil fields.
You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got ousted.
You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.
You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.
You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .
You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.
You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.
You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed Hospital.
You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans , drown.
You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.
You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.
You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.
You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.
You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick... Oh, Hell No!!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Having said all of this, and being a person who has learned primarily to deal with cognitive dissonance by rethinking and changing my attitudes I must add the following caveat. I am not arguing that some cultural changes should not be resisted. The people of Germany, for example, should have resisted more forcefully the efforts of the Nazis to demonize people just because they were Jews. They should have blamed the Nazis for being the criminals they were and denied the validity of what the Nazis were teaching. For me the acceptance of torture and denial of access to legal representation for people accused of terrorism, by many in my country, is a source of cognitive dissonance, which I believe should be confronted. In my opinion the validity of this new direction for the United States should be vehemently denied and challenged. And, of course, therein lies the problem. Some Christians believe the same way about homosexuality. I see a difference. But making the case for that difference requires time and a willingness on the part of those who see it differently to be taught why they are wrong. I’m not willing to be taught why I am wrong on the issues of torture and the right to counsel and a fair trial. I would consider an effort to “educate” me to be brainwashing. How then can I make a case to someone who disagrees with me about full inclusion of the GLBT community that they should allow me to educate them about why they are wrong? Cognitive dissonance is a complex issue. But knowing the term and being aware of the concept may at least be a way of understanding why we find ourselves at loggerheads with others in our society and why thinking of them as bad people may just be too simplistic. Are there opportunists, politicians and religious leaders, who use the cognitive dissonances of society to their advantage? Definitely! And we see many of them on the stage of the Republican debates. I suspect Newt Gingrich is a prime example of that. But, as much as I hate to say it, Michele Bachmann may simpy believe much of what she says. I suspect she is a victim of cognitive dissonance. Newt Gingrich, on the other hand, understands the opportunities it provides all too well.
Monday, December 05, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
-- Esther Perry, an unemployed worker. The American unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in two and a half years in November, partly because more workers got jobs, but also because about 315,000 workers dropped out of the labor force.
They say businesses are refusing to look at resumes from the unemployed. What do you think my chances are?
Thursday, December 01, 2011
-- Zach Wahls, a student, who spoke before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in January about being raised by two lesbian women, to oppose a resolution to make marriage in Iowa only between a man and woman; the video of the testimony has been recirculating on the web
If I was your son, Mr. Chairman, I believe I'd make you very proud.
I'll look for the video and post it in an update when I find it.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Black Friday Worker Rescued From Canal After Losing Control Of Car Due To Exhaustion
When is our society going to stop this appalling absurdity? I want to assert that everyone who shops on Black Friday is complicit in this sort of thing.
A 36-year-old Target employee drove her car into a 20-foot deep canal after working the night shift on Black Friday.
Florida police said the woman lost control of her vehicle due to exhaustion, reports Miami New Times.
The woman is unable to swim, but managed to call police from her cell phone and explain the situation as she and the car began to sink, notes NBC Miami.
Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy Frank Mayo dove into the canal to save the unidentified woman, reports The Palm Beach Post.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
It's good, isn't it? :-)
In better times, I had a boss who was from Sweden. She told me that money is like manure. If it piles up in one place, it stinks and it doesn't do any good. If you spread it around instead, things grow and the stink goes away.
You can read the whole post right here.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 - 1963)
Monday, November 21, 2011
-- Patty Murray, Senator from Washington and co-chair of the supercommittee that has been tasked to develop a plan to reduce the U.S. deficit by at least $1.2 trillion
There is one sticking divide. And that's the issue of what I call shared sacrifice ... And that line in the sand, we haven't seen Republicans willing to cross yet.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
-- YDANIS RODRÍGUEZ, New York City Councilman, after his arrest during the NYPD's raid on Occupy Wall Street protestors camp in Zuccotti Park
I went down to the park to observe the situation... Unfortunately, I was assaulted by a police officer.
Is this going to get addressed or not?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
So, China is now the standard we're trying to live up to????
If you look at China, they don't have food stamps.
You can read more about it right here.
Oh, here's a little something extra for you. One reader made this snarky comment:
Chinese don't need food stamps, they are supporting themselves on all those jobs we offshore to them.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
- Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council, co-author of study estimating that deaths and health problems from floods, drought, and other U.S. disasters related to climate change cost an estimated $14 billion over the last decade
When extreme weather hits, we hear about the property damage and insurance costs. The healthcare costs never end up on the tab.
That's a huge amount.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
And here's a comment to the article that I really appreciate:
Unions are largely responsible for the middle class, even if you aren't in one. Unions historically represented workers who individually had no bargaining power, typically people who are easily replaced. Without the power of collective bargaining those workers would never have achieved reasonable wages and benefits.
Even nonunion workers benefit from unions in a couple of ways. First, in industries where workers are known to unionize, employers have an incentive to keep them happy so they won't unionize. Second, higher wages and benefits for one segment of the workforce bleed over into other segments. You and union workers are both part of a larger workforce and what affects one finds ways to affect the other.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
They just consider production, not safety. If someone dies, he can be replaced tomorrow.
-- A Zambian Copper Miner as quoted in a new Human Rights Watch report that says Chinese-run copper mines in Zambia are dangerously unsafe and owners routinely flout the rights of workers
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
– South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, on why he’s working to protect foreign aid from budget cuts.
I advocate military engagement when I think it’s necessary, but really you can get more bang for your buck from civilian programs than you can from military engagement most of the time. You’ve got to have more options than just dropping bombs on people.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
-- Samuel Wurzelbacher, known as Joe the Plumber, announcing in a video that he will run for Congress in Ohio; he became famous after asking Barack Obama several questions during the 2008 Presidential election
If I'm coming off as angry, it's because I am.
This is one of the Time Magazine "quotes of the day". There was no mention of what Mr. Wurzelbacher is actually angry about.
Monday, October 24, 2011
-- Dan Savage, columnist and co-founder of the It Gets Better campaign, propositioning Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain — who has said that being gay is a choice — in an explicit open letter
If being gay is a choice, show us the proof. Choose it. Choose to be gay yourself. Show America how that's done.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
One of the most striking images I witnessed at the demonstration was a young black man holding a sign that read "End NYPD Violence!" in front of a group of police officers.
The officers quickly challenged his accusation. But the young man didn't leave. Next, the police turned away and ignored him. But he still didn't leave. Then the officers chuckled and let out an unexpected laugh when they realized the man wasn't going away. The scene was confrontational, but definitely not violent.
Although I supported the concept of the Occupy Wall Street movement when I first heard of it, I admit I didn't think the group had much to offer me. From what I could see in the media, they were well-educated, well-intentioned young white people...
I was wrong.
What I found was a wide-ranging group of people from various backgrounds, young and old, male and female, black, white, Latin, Asian and mixed. It was the essence of New York, the reason why I moved to this city 10 years ago.
To watch some of the media coverage of the movement, you would think the protest was filled with long-haired hippies left over from the 1960s.... There were high school-aged kids with their parents, college students in their school sweatshirts, men in business suits, mothers with baby carriages, people with jobs, people who were unemployed, white-haired retirees...
Friday, October 21, 2011
Texas Prisons Have Stopped Serving Weekend Lunches
You will not be surprised to learn that there are comments from people who are just fine with it.
Since April, the New York Times reports, inmates have not been provided lunches on Saturdays and Sundays.
It's a cost-cutting measure: an effort to trim $2.8 million in food-related expenses from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's 2011 budget, which makes up just a small part of the state's multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall.