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(Almost) One Year In: Barack Obama and Views from the Black Left

It's a podcast, with no transcript, but you should listen when you get an extra couple of hours. Jared Ball and Dedrick Muhammad and the audience cover a wide range of topics. Some random examples, remembering off the top of my head:

running for President as an obscure third party [Green] candidate,

Obama's beer with the white cop who arrested a black Ivy League professor and his complete silence on Oscar Grant,

Nobel peace prize winner Obama to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan?

McClatchy. Fortunately, we've got at least one Friedman Unit to play with:

"We have to start showing progress within six months on the political side or military side or that's it," the U.S. defense official said. ...

It splits the difference between two other McChrystal options: a "high-risk" approach that called for 20,000 additional troops and a "medium-risk" option that would add 40,000 to 45,000 troops.

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Don't You Just Love the Word "Maverick?" It's So...Serious.

If you'd like to, ahem, make room for all that Thanksgiving deliciousness that's just around the corner, just read this pap from The Wall Street Journal about "The Other Maverick," Joe (Droopy Dawg) Lieberman.

When John McCain ran for president, he positioned himself as "the original maverick." The dissenting votes that so annoyed his fellow Republicans—on tax cuts, campaign-finance reform, offshore drilling—were hailed as evidence of these maverick credentials.

Now that Bill Moyers is ending Bill Moyers Journal...

... (here) is there any reason to own a teebee?

I say No! One less addiction! And detox doesn't take all that long; only a year or so.... Read more about Now that Bill Moyers is ending Bill Moyers Journal...

An Animated Map of Declining Employment in the US

The Consumerist has a link to this sad post at Boing Boing, an America fading to unemployment. HERE ( The Decline: Geography of a Recession, by Latoya Egwuekwe ) Read more about An Animated Map of Declining Employment in the US

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Negative Future Projection Vs. Medicare Equality for All

How we look at things matters.

How we choose to look at things matters.

How we think about things matters.

If we assume, as our fearless unelected leaders in the occult cabal clique-who-must-be-obeyed have, that outcome A is hopeless, we will clearly be unable to take steps to achieve outcome A.

This is negative future projection, and it is a cognitive style with behavioral implications.

Weirdly enough, this aberrant cognitive style has gone viral, and has nearly wiped out Medicare Equality for All, as an outcome.

It's like one of those dog-torture scenarios: delivering electric shocks that are unavoidable, so the dog sinks deeper and deeper into hopelessness, then goes belly-up, and submits and dies. Read more about Negative Future Projection Vs. Medicare Equality for All

Other than that, Mr. Ackroyd, how was the farce?

And you thought pinning the bogometer on public option was no longer possible. Jay Ackroyd:

The only argument in opposition to a public option is that it will lower executive compensation and shareholder value in the health care industry.

"An active member of a small clique"


Maybe somebody could add this link to the "What Do You Want To See Fixed at Open Left" thread. Just a thought. And do feel free to propagate to the lists. Read more about "An active member of a small clique"

Enjoy fish while you can

Ian Welsh. The BC salmon fishery is collapsing, just like the Grand Banks cod fishery already has. Once again, Charles Eisenstein:

Essentially, for the economy to continue growing and for the (interest-based) money system to remain viable, more and more of nature and human relationship must be monetized. For example, thirty years ago most meals were prepared at home; today some two-thirds are prepared outside, in restaurants or supermarket delis. A once unpaid function, cooking, has become a "service". And we are the richer for it. Right? ...

Declare independence

Violet finds an amazing article in the Guardian; turns out men broke everything and now women are taking the lead in fixing it all (haw; and haw). I'm going to cut to the chase on values, and then give the background. On values, green venture capitalist Halla Tómasdóttir: Read more about Declare independence

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Holiday Driving? Some things NOT to Do


can be found in this excellent diary, currently reposted at Daily Kos, and in the comments thereunto.

Rule No. 1: Don't be an idiot on the road.
The laws of physics are on the side of the bigger vehicle in a collison, so, you know, don't be trying to beat the train, and don't cut in front of the 18-wheeler, and if you're going to be on the road remember a few survival tools -- keep a blanket in your trunk, and a shovel, and a 5-lb bag, or so, of kitty litter in case of ice. Read more about Holiday Driving? Some things NOT to Do


See Marcy on How Dick Cheney Cowed Obama.

She's got a timeline and everything! Read more about p0wned

I Was a Teenage Underground Abortion Provider

[cultural reference]

I was a not-quite-teenager, living in Texas, home of the big fight for a woman to make her own decisions about abortion, during the time leading up to Roe v Wade. My best friend's mom and older sister were members of an underground organization that operated illegally to provide both birth control pills and abortions for women who needed them. Read more about I Was a Teenage Underground Abortion Provider


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