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Women in Need

In Human Rights, People, Women on June 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I have recently viewed the photographs available on the website of Lynsey Addario, photojournalist for the New York Times, National Geographic, Time, etc.

I came away so grateful that I am a women living in the United States. Sure American women have their problems and I don’t mean to diminish the difficulties. The USA is a so-called evolved nation: women work in almost all fields of employment ( but we sill don’t make the bucks the guys do), we are pursuing our dreams; we are strong and independent. Our daughters are taught (or should be ) that they can pursue a career of their choosing.

Globally women are suffering unspeakable horrors and we should try to do something about it! Addario, through her photographs shows us the truth.  The truth is what matters.

Action is needed.

I Loved Anthony Weiner

In People, Politics on June 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm


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Now..not so much.

Yeah, I read the Facebook posts at Radar Online  and viewed the penis photo at Gawker  that Breitbart has on his phone.

And I was shaking my freaking head: I thought Rep. Weiner was fairly intelligent but truth is his obvious smarts are overwhelmed by a need to what? Display his penis, talk dirty on social media and participate in phone sex?

I wanted to believe that Rep. Weiner was telling it straight when he said his Twitter account had been hacked because I loved his passion for progressive politics and his sense of humour.  I still do: can his supporters separate the perv from the effective politician?

Maybe. Only the lies he told are hard to accept. Do the lies take away from his effectiveness as a politician? Are his online adventures best kept in the family: between Weiner and his wife?

I’m torn between losing Rep. Weiner’s voice and his obvious personal problems. Were Wiener a Republican would I be sitting on the fence? Would you?

Whatever: vastly disappointed.

Excellent Reading = Follow

In Economy, People, Politics on April 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science (Mother Jones)

Special Relationship (Foreign Policy)

Leaked Cables: US helped Israel contain UN Gaza war probe  (Dark Politricks)

Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps  (CNN, LZ Granderson)

Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire  (Rolling Stone)

Gulf Oil Spill: Fishermen Say They Are Sick From Cleanup  (ABC News Investigation)

WSJ’s  Rago Wins Pulitzer Prize (Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Money Machine (ProPublica, winner of Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting)

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Google to Invest $100 Million in World’s Largest Wind Farm  (Huffington Post)

Trading Down: Laid-Off  Americans Increasingly Taking Pay Cuts and Kissing Their Old Lives Goodbye  (Huffington Post)

Ecosystems granted Legal Right to Exist  (The Epoch Times)

Doug Smith: A Stiletto in the back of Sane Housing Markets  (Naked Capitalism)

Fails (Some Epic)

In Economy, Fails, Politics on April 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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One year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest oil spill ever, Americans still don’t get it.
 
11 Lives Lost (dare to read it)
 
 Return of the 19th century in Maine
 
 
Because sanitation workers, 911 operators, mechanics, animal welfare workers, secretaries and street and water department workers make too much cash.
 
 
More ignorance from the Right
 
 

And Republicans say we’re broke? What is this BS?

Majority supports marriage equality—Republicans hire $520 an hour lawyer to fight it

First collective bargaining, then “martial law”

Gov. Walker planning “financial martial law” in Wisconsin 

 S-s-w-e-e-t!

2011 PayWatch: Average CEO Salary–$11.4 Million

They’re back and Republicans’ wallets are open

BP Marks Gulf Oil Spill Anniversary with Campaign Contributions

Clueless  MichelleMalkin.com blogger Doug Powers attempts to dis UN debate re Mother Earth with mention of Charles Manson.

John King CNN Needs to be Fired

In Media, People, Politics on April 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm

John King of CNN recently hosted ‘”birther queen” Orly Taitz on his CNN program and appeared to take her parallel universe seriously. Here is the transcript.  If ya have half a brain and are half-way intelligent then you know Barack Obama was born in the USA.  But King who  I’ve always suspected as being Beckian wants to place doubt in the minds of  those voters who are too dumb to know  the difference. Meh, King should be fired and then hired at FOX.

Fails (Some Epic)

In Fails, People, Politics, Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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Too Big to Prosecute

How Wall Street Crooks Get Out of Jail Free

“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions,” the email said.”
Says it all.

Indiana Prosecutor Encourages”False Flag” Assault on Walker to Discredit Wisconsin Unions 

“In southeast Florida last week, first-term GOP Rep. Allen West, a tea party favorite, called for changes that some might consider radical: abolish the Internal Revenue Service and federal income tax; retain tax cuts for billionaires so they won’t shut down their charities; stop extending unemployment benefits that “reward bad behavior” by discouraging people from seeking new jobs.” Just stupid: and actual people voted for this guy.

GOP Seems Poised to Take on Entitlements

“For billionaires to see themselves as the True Victims, to complain that the President and the Government are waging some sort of war against them in the name of radical egalitarianism, is so removed from reality — universes away — that’s it’s hard to put into words.  ”

Billionaire Self Pity and the Koch Brothers

“Would you like some salmonella with those budget cuts?”

These GOP Budget Cuts Might Make You Puke (or Worse)

“This is what it has come to for the Republican Party: The lead-off contest for its next presidential nomination — an event that has played a vital role in winnowing GOP fields since 1980 — will be utterly dominated by voters with ravenous appetites for  attacks on gays, Muslims, President Obama’s “otherness” and godless liberalism in general.”

The GOP’s Iowa problem

Attack on the rights of women: just another day for the GOP

The GOP’s Plan to Fund Anti-Abortion Activists

Your GOP Big Brother

American Thought Police

Charities Don’t Need No Money

Tax break for charitable giving targeted 

Class War:  its what’s happening

Bipartisanship Gained: Tax Cuts for the Rich, Shared Sacrifice for Everyone Else;

Anchor Babies and Terror Babies

Campaign to Rewrite 14th Amendment is About Politics, Not Facts

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Fails (Some Epic)

In Fails, Media, People, Politics on March 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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Palin’s  bipolar stick-out-her-tongue finger wag at the media:

Palin’s Quick Turnaround” I’ll Hold Media Accountable ‘MORE THAN EVER’

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon!

Caught in Libya Flip Flop, Newt Gingrich Offers Incoherent and Contradictory Defense

Just have to say it: for a Princeton grad John Stossel exhibits incredible ignorance:

John Stossel: No Group’s Been Helped More By Gov’t Than American Indians

Satire? Early April Fool’s Day Prank…Please?

Bachmann hints she’ll make it official soon

Listen here, we don’t need no reminder of the people I’m trying to destroy!

Maine again in national spotlight after LePage’s order to remove labor mural

Sez South Dakota: Women don’t have the ability to make decisions without the input of biased strangers:

S.D. governor signs 3-day wait for abortion into law

DON’T move to Alaska:

Sex outside marriage should be illegal , says Parnell nominee

It’s Florida…again

Meet the Ex-KKK Grand Dragon running for mayor in Fla.

My kids don’t need to eat. Do yours?

The GOP declares hunger war

I’m speechless

GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits

Children: the captive workforce:

Proposed changes to child labor law spark concern

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Al Jazeera: Real News?

In Media, Politics, Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

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Hillary Clinton recently praised the Al Jazeera  news network for offering   “real news” to its viewers as opposed to the excess commercials,  arguments between talking heads and  lack of  content offered by US media outlets. At the time I couldn’t  have agreed with her more: the AJE live blogs regarding the disasters in Japan and the ongoing revolutions in the Middle East and Libya are timely and informative. The in-depth reports and analyses are mostly well written and provide a perspective one doesn’t get when exposed to Western media alone.

Recently however AJE has published and featured at the top of their home page opinion pieces that pander to anti-Western sentiment. These “analyses” aren’t informative or well-written; instead one pictures the authors sitting before their keyboards mulling possible topics that would appeal to the West bashing crowd. Since AJE viewership and web hits are most likely enjoying a surge due to world events a legitimate question would be: Did AJE procure these opinion pieces?

Of course Al Jazeera doesn’t want to offend Western viewers or readers too much since they are currently campaigning for and asking Westerners to appeal to their cable TV providers to carry AJE. 

While reading these “analyses” I imagine that the authors view the West as homogeneous; we are all overzealous, hypocrites, arrogant, imperialists and colonists.

And no the West doesn’t deserve to be stereotyped just as the Middle East, Muslims and Islam don’t deserve the assaults leveled almost daily from some Westerners. It is ironic that AJE publishes opinion pieces depicting the West as a homogeneous entity yet describes the revolutions in the Middle East and Libya as popular uprisings. Behind the governments of Tunisia, Egypt. Yemen, Bahrain and Libya are people tired of the status quo; they are individuals who don’t agree with their rulers. The same can be said for the West including the United States: we the people don’t always stand behind our government.

Links:

West overzealous on Libya

Published the day of the UN vote to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst discusses the pros and con of  “Western intervention”. Wow! The man can’t even wait to see what happens before questioning motives.

America’s Saudi air war

That the author chose the title of this article to inflame and pander is evident after reading. The title and the content have no relationship. The piece concerns the plan to train Saudi pilots in Idaho. In the author’s opinion,  congressmen from that state are hypocrites when they support the pilot training program yet were vocal opponents of building the so-called “ground zero mosque” in New York.   The perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were Saudi and the pilots – who will be trained on American soil – are Saudi as well. Huh? The premise of this piece is not logical: everyone should realize that not all Saudis are terrorists. And where is the “war” mentioned in the title?

The globalisation of revolution

This author is dripping and foaming with ani-western resentment.  The article’s borderline racist tone should be unacceptable to any reputable news service. The author believes that the West has taken credit for the revolution in Egypt due to our invention of the internet and social networking web sites.  Quote:

Most narratives of globalisation are fantastically Eurocentric, stories of Western white men burdened with responsibility for interconnecting the world, by colonising it, providing it with economic theories and finance, and inventing communications technologies.

(Westerners are homogenous: we are all “white men” with the same goals).  While there have been quite a few articles detailing the usefulness of Facebook and Twitter with the organization and communication of the Egypt revolution certainly any reasonably intelligent person realizes actual humans *make* a revolution.

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