April 16th, 2014
It seems to me nobody here actually cared of what's going in Ukraine. Nobody posted about much of events. This isn't a board of newsline comments of course but it looks as the most interesting thing is how punish Russia with sunctions. Meanwhile Ukraine had stepped into civil war. East-South Russians of Ukraine do not believe to those people in Kiev who grabbed the state power in bloody coup. Self proclaimed central 'authorities' in Kiev declared about miltary operation start against the South-East. Interior safety forces refused in South-East refused to execute orders and go against people. Kiev pull the militaries from the western part of the country and hired private security company from the west and used their fighters against the people of South-East. CIA's chief Brennan secretly visited Ukraine...
Western media is engaged against Russia. Do you know what will happen after all? You loose the ability to see WHY something happen and always chew the cud of media false publications. I regret. This lead to feud.
April 15th, 2014
Federals doing their job?
Or abuse of government powers against a citizen standing for his rights?
Nevada Bundy Ranch Standoff: Feds Taser Family Members – Kill Cows (Video)
April 9th, 2014
Whether you agree with his position or not, I would think a man of his position would have more than enough money to be able to step down, and do what he thinks is right, especially if he is convinced as he said, that his mission is bigger.
I'm also seeing the irony, he made his money from the internet and it seems the internet took him down.
Mozilla CEO Eich resigns after gay-marriage controversy
Mozilla's new Chief Executive Officer Brendan Eich has resigned, after being dogged by calls for his ouster over his support for an anti-gay marriage bill in California.
Mozilla's board chairman Mitchell Baker announced Eich's resignation in a blog post on Thursday.
"Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community," Baker wrote.
Eich later confirmed the news in his own prepared statement.
"I have decided to resign as CEO effective today, and leave Mozilla. Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader. I will be taking time before I decide what to do next."
Eich had refused to give up the post, despite a growing chorus of voices demanding his resignation. He was named chief executive of the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation two weeks ago. Mozilla, which Eich co-founded, advocates for an open, inclusive Internet and builds the Firefox Web browser.
April 1st, 2014
A pal of mine posted this article on Facebook, which initiated a conversation among a group of women, all of whom had at some point in time asked their Gynos to perform a tubal ligation, and all were denied.
I experienced a bit of this when I was pregnant with my second child. I was 24 at the time. It was a horrible pregnancy, and it affected me so profoundly (hormonally) that my doctor actually scheduled the birth-day as soon as he knew my son was viable because he was afraid for my state of mind. I wanted a tubal, I did not want to go through another pregnancy. Despite my reasons, I did have to argue pretty strongly with my doctor. He finally gave in, and I had my tubes tied.
My girlfriend told the story of a woman she knew who had two kids, was single and on welfare, who wanted to have her tubes tied. She was 25. Doctors denied the request saying that she may still meet someone she wanted to have a family with. Seriously? What the heck?
I wore a maxi dress to work today. The frequency in which I wear dresses to work is about once per month. I am more of a jeans and blouse kind of girl. So on the spontaneous day that I wear a dress like I did today, people notice and sometimes talk about it in the same way they might if I showed up with a tattoo on my face. Most days I don’t mind this. Today was not one of those days.
It was mid-morning and I was chatting with a coworker about my decision to go to 7/11 last night for a glazed doughnut (or two) at 11:00 p.m. I ate the doughnuts right before bed (I had had a day, okay?) and this morning when I woke up the first thing I saw was my crumpled up 7/11 doughnut wrapper on my nightstand staring at me, shaming me, and reminding me of my choices from the night before. While I described this narrative to a coworker, we laughed and I put my hand over the middle of my belly and said “oh well, it was worth it.”
A few seconds later I felt a hand on my shoulder from behind. I turned around and there was a middle-aged woman from another department standing there with a big grin on her face.
“What are you hiding under that lovely dress?” she asked. She looked at my coworker and winked. I snickered and replied: ”Doughnuts.”
She didn’t think it was funny.
“Well, that’s not what I was hoping to hear,” she went on to say.
Not again, I thought. It was the hand over the belly. And the dress. Here it comes…
“I was hoping you were showing off a baby bump and you never wear dresses… I got excited,” she explained.
March 30th, 2014
Northeast Texas woman loses legal battle against TransCanada, not giving up hope
An East Texas woman says she is not giving up her battle against TransCanada, even though the Texas Supreme Court decided not to take up her case.
We introduced you to Julia Trigg Crawford last November. She was traveling around East Texas raising awareness about eminent domain and the product being pumped through the Keystone XL Pipeline.
"There are a lot of reasons to push back on this pipeline," Crawford says.
A 1,200 foot stretch of the Keystone XL Pipeline is buried under Crawford's farm. She did not willingly let them dig up her land. TransCanada was able to take over her property through eminent domain, one of the main reasons Crawford is petitioning against this pipeline.
"I have yet to see documentation that the products they are pumping through this thing are going to end up in your gas tank or mine. In the absence of that, I'm going to have to assume this is strictly a money making operation for TransCanada and I don't think that I have to give up my land for their money making operation," says Crawford.
Crawford says she took TransCanada to court and was defeated two times, "Our last step in the state courts was to file a petition of review to the Texas Supreme Court." She just found out the Texas Supreme Court will not hear her case.
"After I had a couple of hours of a little bit of a pity party, I realized that we've come too far to allow that ruling to stop a fight," Crawford says.
Thousands of people are following Crawford's story. Many are involved in their own legal battle with TransCanada.
March 24th, 2014
Emergence Christianity is a hot little area of Christian theology these days, at least in America. It seeks to understand new modes of worship and new understandings of the relationship between the individual Christian and the faith itself. One of its principal chroniclers is Prof. Phyllis Tickle, who believes Christianity is going through a metamorphic phase at the moment, comparable to other periodic moments in the past, such as the Reformation.
Some of what "Emergence Christianity" describes is fairly trivial, in my opinion, such as virtual worship (e.g. the Anglican Cathedral of Second Life) or various tattooed pastors who convene services in bars and homes.
More significant is the relationship I mentioned, and in particular the changing nature of authority as it relates to Christian dogma.
To put it very simply—perhaps offensively so to theologians—the change has been the following. After the codification of the biblical canon, the authority in all things Christian, from the point of view of the lay believer, was the priest. Laymen were uniformly illiterate, and the priest was not, and could read and interpret without fear of comeuppance.
When Gutenberg's press made Bibles and other material widely available, literacy began to spread, and slowly the authority of the spokesman, the priest, was replaced by the authority of scripture. The Reformation largely centered around this.
With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, among many other things, Christians came to see the holy books not as the immutable Word of God, but as works written, edited and copied by men, and thus as fallible in details as any other work so handled. Attention focused on linguistic variations and copyists' errors. They came to question scripture, which even to some older Christians alive today runs counter to everything they were taught.
So the "authority" becomes the individual, who evaluates scripture and commentary and makes his (or her) own judgment, forms a unique relationship with his faith. I certainly fall into that group.
This all has led to some provocative theological extrapolations. For example, if the authority is the individual, what do we need preachers and churches for? What do we need calendars and rituals for? Why attend church?
And what do we need Hell for?
Contemporary theologians have moved strongly to the position that God is about love, forgiveness and salvation (grace); and not at all about punishment and ostracization. Some, like Rob Bell, end up suggesting that hell is empty; everybody goes to heven, like All Dogs. And specifically that "all" includes non-Christians. All non-Christians, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
I have some reservations about such a faith, but it does indeed look like that is where Western Christianity is headed.
March 22nd, 2014
Excellent article on the importance of childhood risk-taking.
|A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.|
March 19th, 2014
Anyone who believes that Putin is 'done' is nuts. I think he's only just begun.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia's treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.
Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment.
Russia fully supported the protection of the rights of linguistic minorities, a Moscow diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, according to a summary of the session issued by the U.N.'s information department.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/rober...#ixzz2wSVm4Shs
March 19th, 2014
I have heard all the arguments that republicans have for cutting the budget by trimming food stamps. They refuse to close the loopholes that funnel money to their rich, corporate friends that would be the biggest boost to closing budget shortfalls. Instead, they go after the segment of the population that has no official voice in the way The Chamber Of Commerce is a voice for business. They go after the working poor and the benefits that help them survive being in poverty.
There is a solution to this problem that would allow republicans in government to cut the Food Stamp Program without nearly as much resistance as they are facing now. There is a solution that is challenging to the orthodoxy of the pro-business side that has always been an either/or as far as the working class goes. There is a solution that would change the current decline in support for the republican party if republicans only had the courage to embrace it.
That change would be to push for an increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour and then tie it to the cost of living index. With the recovery allowing many bigger businesses to have record profits an increase over the course of two years would boost the economy into a faster recovery than anyone could imagine. There would be a huge influx of cash into the economy that would boost even the smallest of businesses and jump start the economy even more. There would be far fewer working poor and, thus, lessen the need for food stamps. Two goals would be accomplished in one fell swoop.
Does the current Republican Party have the political courage to make the move that would change their dynamic for the future or does their refusal to pass substantial legislation mark their strategy come hell or high water?
March 16th, 2014
I remember the days of a one-bread winner and a middle class existence. I also remember how Reaganomics changed all that and messed up everyone that wasn't in the upper 25%. And some people wonder why we see the class warfare as coming from the top down and fighting against that class warfare is self-defense and NOT class warfare in return.
Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family?
I remember. My father (who just celebrated his 100th birthday) earned enough for the rest of us to live comfortably. We weren't rich but never felt poor, and our standard of living rose steadily through the 1950s and 1960s.
That used to be the norm. For three decades after World War II, America created the largest middle class the world had ever seen. During those years the earnings of the typical American worker doubled, just as the size of the American economy doubled. (Over the last thirty years, by contrast, the size of the economy doubled again but the earnings of the typical American went nowhere.)
In that earlier period, more than a third of all workers belonged to a trade union -- giving average workers the bargaining power necessary to get a large and growing share of the large and growing economic pie. (Now, fewer than 7 percent of private-sector workers are unionized.)
Then, CEO pay then averaged about 20 times the pay of their typical worker (now it's over 200 times).
In those years, the richest 1 percent took home 9 to 10 percent of total income (today the top 1 percent gets more than 20 percent).
Then, the tax rate on highest-income Americans never fell below 70 percent; under Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, it was 91 percent. (Today the top tax rate is 39.6 percent.)
In those decades, tax revenues from the wealthy and the growing middle class were used to build the largest infrastructure project in our history, the Interstate Highway system. And to build the world's largest and best system of free public education, and dramatically expand public higher education. (Since then, our infrastructure has been collapsing from deferred maintenance, our public schools have deteriorated, and higher education has become unaffordable to many.)
We didn't stop there. We enacted the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act to extend prosperity and participation to African-Americans; Medicare and Medicaid to provide health care to the poor and reduce poverty among America's seniors; and the Environmental Protection Act to help save our planet.
And we made sure banking was boring.
It was a virtuous cycle. As the economy grew, we prospered together. And that broad-based prosperity enabled us to invest in our future, creating more and better jobs and a higher standard of living.
Then came the great U-turn, and for the last thirty years we've been heading in the opposite direction.
Some blame globalization and the loss of America's manufacturing core. Others point to new technologies that replaced routine jobs with automated machinery, software, and robotics.
But if these were the culprits, they only raise a deeper question: Why didn't we share the gains from globalization and technological advances more broadly? Why didn't we invest them in superb schools, higher skills, a world-class infrastructure?
Others blame Ronald Reagan's worship of the so-called "free market," supply-side economics, and deregulation. But if these were responsible, why did we cling to these ideas for so long? Why are so many people still clinging to them?
Some others believe Americans became greedier and more selfish. But if that's the explanation, why did our national character change so dramatically?
Perhaps the real problem is we forgot what we once achieved together.
The collective erasure of the memory of that prior system of broad-based prosperity is due partly to the failure of my generation to retain and pass on the values on which that system was based. It can also be understood as the greatest propaganda victory radical conservatism ever won.
We must restore our recollection. In seeking to repair what is broken, we don't have to emulate another nation. We have only to emulate what we once had.
That we once achieved broad-based prosperity means we can achieve it again -- not exactly the same way, of course, but in a new way fit for the twenty-first century and for future generations of Americans.
America's great U-turn can be reversed. It is worth the fight.