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Why Bother?

Corporate, Cyberbully, Page Rank, Rape Survivor

by ~@~

One may have noticed some drastic changes located on these pages and here is why.

Google, without any real proof, alleged some pages "may be compromised," which is an outright lie.

There was/is nothing wrong with pages and there was NO compromise!

By doing this, Google has destroyed most everything being worked on here and has driven over fifty percent (50%) of visitors away!

I am not the first to complain about this because Google has attempted to destroy other web sites, and one can click here to view why Google is Evil.

For years I have served my community and friends, but, due to cancer side effects & Google's massive wealth, am no longer able to fight back, and have not received the necessary support to continue, which has given me a "Why Bother" (with Internet) attitude.

As far as everything else, REDPILLED on April 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm, in a comment to this article, said it best:

"We are NOT living in a real democracy, and have not been for more than 100 years, as expanding its Empire has become the way of every U.S. government since at least the genocide against indigenous people on this continent.

The members of the Bush administration are war criminals who should be tried, convicted, and imprisoned for life.

Obomber, for refusing to prosecute the Bush administration torturers, as required by the U.N. Convention Against Torture, and, therefore, part of his oath of office, should be impeached.

The fact that none of these legal actions will ever take place says all we need to know about the false “democracy” we pretend we live in."

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by Dahbud Mensch

Originally, was about Art, Music, and Science.

The first political page appeared here during 1999 and stated, "It's not about who becomes president, it's about who selects Supreme Court justices."

When Mr. Bush was appointed pResident by the Supreme Court, pages leading up to the election were deleted and ~@~ got his main page back.

;-) Currently, I am helping out (-;

Only after the last tree has been cut down,

Only after the last river has been poisoned,

Only after the last fish has been caught,

Only then will you find money cannot be eaten.

Cree Prophecy

Steve Bell on the George W Bush library in Dallas ~ cartoon
[War Criminal] George W. Bush Presidential Library Opens by Steve Bell ~ Cartoon Source

Celebrate the Opening: Ministers of Satan Library

The War Criminal George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is scheduled to open its doors to the public at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas on May 1, 2013.

Black Sabbath ~ War Pigs~
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George W. Bush raises more than $500 million for [his Baby Killer's] library

Satan's demons take on the image of God

Something Evil Appears...

Satan and his Ministers are transformed into angels of light

His evil ministers are transformed as ministers of righteousness.
II Corinthians, 11:14 ~ (How else do they gain control of earth?)

Opening party on April 25, 2013

Drink the blood of Iraqi babies ???

This is a child who was mutilated and maimed by a Bush Republican Administration with Democrat Support.

Above child was maimed by a Republican Bush Administration with Democrat support.

'It was widely known before the Iraq war over 50% of the Iraqi population were children under the age of 15, and the war began with this act of sheer cowardice.'

For the record Bush had conversations with God and said, 'Anyone who harms children is a terrorist.'

Says It All

The following comment was added to, What to Do with G.W. Bush? By Robert Parry, April 21, 2013, Article Source and says it all.

REDPILLED on April 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm said:

We are NOT living in a real democracy, and have not been for more than 100 years, as expanding its Empire has become the way of every U.S. government since at least the genocide against indigenous people on this continent.

The members of the Bush administration are war criminals who should be tried, convicted, and imprisoned for life. Obomber, for refusing to prosecute the Bush administration torturers, as required by the U.N. Convention Against Torture, and, therefore, part of his oath of office, should be impeached.

The fact that none of these legal actions will ever take place says all we need to know about the false “democracy” we pretend we live in.


How to Perform a Citizen's Arrest
of A Bush Administration Official

by Nathan Robinson, July 27, 2008 05:22 PM, Article Source

The news that 4 people had been arrested in Iowa while trying to perform a citizen's arrest on Karl Rove got me wondering: Can we arrest Bush administration officials ourselves? So I slogged through a slew of state statutes, and as it turns out, the answer is yes. But only if you live in certain particular states.

Citizen's arrests have a long, rich tradition dating back hundreds of years. Because the power of ordinary people to help law enforcement execute its duties is important, nearly every state has some sort of statute on the books permitting citizen detentions of suspected criminals.
However, while most states allow citizen's arrests, the majority require the presence of the citizen performing the arrest during the crime. A number of states have more flexible language in their laws, though. The California Penal Code, for example says the following:

837. A private person may arrest another:

1. For a public offense committed or attempted in his presence.

2. When the person arrested has committed a felony, although not in his presence.

3. When a felony has been in fact committed, and he has reasonable cause for believing the person arrested to have committed it.

Alabama and Kentucky have similar wordings. Montana phrases things thusly:

A private person may arrest another when there is probable cause to believe that the person is committing or has committed an offense and the existing circumstances require the person's immediate arrest.

The dispute here will likely arise over the definition of the words "require the person's immediate arrest." I'd argue that if anyone needed to be immediately arrested, it's Karl Rove, but a Montana judge might disagree. And one of the main downsides to citizen's arrests is that if you're in the wrong, you have almost no legal protection (and depending on state law, may have committed a crime tantamount to kidnapping).

Don't let that deter you, though! If there are reasonable grounds to suspect a felony has been committed by the person arrested, then a citizen's arrest is perfectly legally justified. Just don't go and arrest the man behind the counter at the sandwich shop who gave you the wrong change.

What the four Iowans did is courageous, and is exactly how we should use the citizen arrest power. A citizen's arrest is a peaceful, lawful, old-fashioned, and charmingly Midwestern way to hold government criminals accountable. I suggest that we start a nationwide movement. We will turn any suspected government criminals over to the police. Just wait until a Bush administration official shows up in your town.

Figure out whether they can reasonably be considered guilty of a felony. Check the US Code to see who's guilty of what, and then perform a citizen's arrest.

Rove, for example, could likely be detained on suspicion of obstruction of justice, having violated Title 1, Section 18, Chapter 73, S. 1505:

Whoever corruptly... obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence [or] obstruct...the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress...[s]hall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism...imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

I would think that one's fairly cut-and-dry. I'm not a lawyer, however, and I don't know whether this would interfere with, or be superseded by, the pending contempt of Congress citation. Still, I think it gives plenty of "reasonable suspicion," and if Rove is in California, that's all you need. You might pick up Miers or Bolton as well with that statute.

It doesn't take much perusing of the U.S. Code to find violations that administration officials are surely guilty of (the Elections and Political Activities section is one particular goldmine), and if you live in a state with lax state laws regarding citizen's arrests, detaining these people is perfectly within your right. It's just important to follow a few key steps.

1. Check your state laws first. This can be done by entering the name of your state and "statutes" into a search engine. An official online copy of existing state law will usually be the first result. The process for citizen's arrests will usually be located in the section under Crimes > Criminal Procedures > Arrests > Arrests by Private Persons, or something similar. Sometimes statutes are incredibly confusing to navigate through, but there will often be a search function somewhere on the page.

2. Check to make sure the particular person in question can be suspected of committing a felony (make sure it's a felony, though this depends on state law also).

3. Detain the person, without using physical force of any sort. Announce that you are performing a citizen's arrest, and cite the crime they are suspected of.

4. Call the police. Make sure you know the relevant citizen's arrest statute number and the U.S. Code number. You don't want to be the one being arrested.

5. This is risky, and all depends on your state. Make sure you're on solid legal ground first. It is best to consult a lawyer. WikiHow has an informative article on citizen's arrests in general.

We really ought to be inspired by the 4 courageous Iowans who dared to try to hold Rove accountable for his crimes. Government officials, no matter how high-ranking, should be prevented from even walking the street without fear of arrest, if they are guilty of a crime. Whether or not justice is done should not depend on how politically influential the accused is. If the Justice Department will not do its job, then let citizens uphold the law. Citizen's arrests are a powerful yet peaceful way to show the strength and defiance of the American people.

In case you haven't noticed,

War Criminals on a boat fishing the streets of New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina.  Junior smiles and displays a caught fish, while U.S. citizens walk in (sic) 'waste' deep water covering the streets


THEY Took Your Jobs

THEY Took Your Homes

THEY Took Your Money

THEY Started Illegal Wars

THEY Destroyed the Economy

THEY Murdered Women & Children

THEY Put Martha Stewart & Tommy Chong In Jail

and... THEY

Held the Teachers Accountable!

Wanted for Mass Murder = The Bush Regime
Wanted For Mass Murder ~ The Bush Regime

This Lying, Stealing, Murdering, Maiming, EVIL, Good Ol' Boy Network Brought Disgrace to the United States & Walk Free Today with Democrat & Republican Approval and Supreme Court help.

Image of United States as a sunken ship called the USS GEORGE W BUSH
1000 Words

Lies, Lies, Lies -

Steve Bell cartoon with George W. Bush sitting on GOD's lap saying = HI! I'M GEORGE! HEAR GOD TALK THROUGH ME!
Steve Bell

[Totally crazy person said what?]: God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them. ~ War Criminal George W. Bush, HAARETZ.COM

GOD said, "thou shall not kill" and JESUS extended this concept when he said:

Christians are to no longer execute sinners, so they should not wage carnal war, but spiritual warfare (John 18:36; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 6:11-14; 2 Timothy 2:3-5; 4:6-8)

Christians must be peacemakers forgiving those who do them harm treating their enemies with love and not seeking revenge (Matthew 5:9, Romans 14:19), (Ephesians 4:29-32; Colossians 3:12-14; Matthew 6:9-15; Mark 11:25-26), (Luke 6:27-36) (Romans 12:17-21; 1 Peter 3:8-12)

Hatred which is the same as murder is unforgiving, vengeful and hostile towards one's enemies (1 John 3:15)

Nobody Listens the First Time Around

None of the Above

Should Be On Voter Ballots

If adulterer Clinton Is Going to attend this Lie Bury opening,
How about Monica, will she be there?
Is Monica going to be at the Lie Bury opening?
Why would a Republican Congress spend 55 million tax payer dollars to discover if somebody
swallowed and only spend 3 million tax payer dollars investigating MASS MURDERS ON 9/11?

What to Do with G.W. Bush?

Exclusive: A major bipartisan study confirms that George W. Bush’s administration tortured detainees behind a facade of legal excuses. The report recommends truth-telling and reforms. But the failure to hold Bush and his advisers accountable invites a replay of their criminal acts, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry, April 21, 2013, Article Source

Now that a bipartisan blue-ribbon panel has reached the conclusion that President George W. Bush and his top advisers bear “ultimate responsibility” for authorizing torture in violation of domestic and international law, the question becomes what should the American people and their government do.

The logical answer would seem to be: prosecute Bush and his cronies (or turn them over to an international tribunal if the U.S. legal system can’t do the job). After all, everyone, including President Barack Obama and possibly even Bush himself, would agree with the principle that “no man is above the law.”

At least that is what they profess in public, but they then apply this principle selectively, proving that they don’t really mean it at all. The real-world standard seems to be: you are above the law if you have the political or economic clout to make prosecution difficult or painful. Then, more flexible rules apply.

For instance, we’re told that Pvt. Bradley Manning may have had good intentions in exposing U.S. government wrongdoing to WikiLeaks, but he still must be punished for taking the law into his own hands. The only question seems to be whether he should be imprisoned for 20 years or life.

Even the U.S. soldiers at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison who imitated the abusive techniques that Bush and his advisers authorized in more limited situations had to face justice. Eleven were convicted at court martial, and two enlisted personnel – Charles Graner and Lynndie England – were sentenced to ten and three years in prison, respectively. A few higher-level officers had their military careers derailed.

But the buck pretty much stopped there. It surely didn’t extend up to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, Vice President Dick Cheney and President Bush. They simply engaged in a game of circular excuse-making, claiming that they had relied on Justice Department legal guidance and thus their own criminal actions really weren’t criminal at all.

Yet, along with its judgments about torture, the 577-page report from the Constitution Project obliterated that line of defense by detailing how the Bush administration’s lawyers offered up “acrobatic” legal opinions to justify the brutal interrogations, which included waterboarding, sleep deprivation, stress position, forced nudity and other acts constituting torture.

Lawyers from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, particularly John Yoo and Jay Bybee, collaborated closely with senior administration officials in choreographing these legal gymnastics. Then, when other government lawyers later challenged the Yoo-Bybee rationalizations, those lawyers faced career reprisals from the White House. They were essentially forced out of government, the report found.

In other words, Bush’s team had arranged its own legal opinions that empowered the President do whatever he wanted. Indeed, the Yoo-Bybee legal opinions gave the President carte blanche by citing his supposed “plenary powers,” meaning that he could do literally anything he wished during “wartime,” even a war as nebulously defined as the “war on terror.”

Establishment Blessing

While the new torture report mostly covers old ground about how the Bush administration moved into the “dark side,” the report’s primary significance is that its 11-member panel represents a bipartisan mix of Establishment figures.

The task force was headed by two former members of Congress who have worked in the Executive Branch – James R. Jones, D-Oklahoma, an ex-ambassador to Mexico, and Asa Hutchinson, R-Arkansas, who served as an under-secretary of Homeland Security during the Bush administration. Other members were prominent Americans from the fields of military, academia, law, ethics and diplomacy – including former FBI Director William Sessions and longtime senior diplomat Thomas Pickering.

The report didn’t mince words in its principal conclusions: “Perhaps the most important or notable finding of this panel is that it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture. This finding, offered without reservation, is not based on any impressionistic approach to the issue. …

“Instead, this conclusion is grounded in a thorough and detailed examination of what constitutes torture in many contexts, notably historical and legal [including] instances in which the United States has leveled the charge of torture against other governments. The United States may not declare a nation guilty of engaging in torture and then exempt itself from being so labeled for similar if not identical conduct.”

The report also noted that the behavior of the Bush administration deviated from the most honorable traditions of U.S. history, dating back to the Revolutionary War and General George Washington’s instructions to his troops not to respond to British cruelty in kind but to treat prisoners of war humanely.

In contrast to those traditions, after the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administration approved specific techniques of torture while formulating legal rationalizations for these violations of law. Never before, the report found, had there been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.”

Beyond the illegality and immorality of torture, the report found “no firm or persuasive evidence” that the harsh interrogations extracted information that could not have been obtained by legal means. The report also challenged the legality of “enforced disappearances,” renditions and secret detentions.

No Accountability

Yet, the panel demanded no meaningful accountability from Bush and his top aides, as former Ambassador Pickering made clear in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday.

In underscoring the report’s findings, Pickering lamented how the Bush administration’s use of torture had imperiled efforts to persuade other countries not to resort to cruel and inhuman treatment of prisoners. “Democracy and torture cannot peacefully coexist in the same body politic,” Pickering wrote.

He proposed several steps “to mitigate the damage and set this country on a better course.” This list included finally confronting the harsh truth about torture; releasing relevant evidence that the Obama administration is still keeping secret; enacting new legislation to close “loopholes” that were exploited to justify torture; and insisting on verifiable protections of prisoners transferred to other countries (rather than relying on “diplomatic assurances”).

However, neither the report nor Pickering’s op-ed addressed the significant point that laws against torture and mistreatment of prisoners already existed and that Bush and his team simply had ignored or evaded them. If Bush and Yoo could concoct an excuse giving the President the “plenary” power to do whatever he wants in wartime, why couldn’t some future President and legal adviser do the same?

What good does it do to tighten “loopholes” if a President and his aides can flout the law and escape accountability? The only rational (and legal) response to Bush’s use of torture is to arrest him and his key advisers and put them on trial.

Yet, in this case, the rational and legal remedy is considered unthinkable. If President Obama’s Justice Department were to move against Bush and other ex-officials, the Washington Establishment – from the Republican Party to the mainstream news media to much of the Democratic Party – would react in apoplexy and outrage.

There would be fears about Washington’s intense partisanship growing even worse. There would be warnings about the terrible precedent being set that could mean that each time the White House changes hands the new administration would then “go after” the former occupants. There would howls about the United States taking on the appearance of a “banana republic.”

However, there also are profound dangers for a democratic Republic when it doesn’t hold public officials accountable for serious crimes, like torture and aggressive war. Indeed, one could argue that such a country is no longer a democratic Republic, if one person can operate with complete impunity amid declarations of “plenary powers” – which is what the Bush administration claimed in its memos justifying torture.

The report from the Constitution Project can declare that torture is incompatible with democracy, but it is equally true that if the President can torture anyone he chooses and then walk away – free to attend baseball games, celebrate his presidential library and pose for the cover of “Parade” magazine – then you are not living in a real democracy.

REDPILLED on April 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm said:

We are NOT living in a real democracy, and have not been for more than 100 years, as expanding its Empire has become the way of every U.S. government since at least the genocide against indigenous people on this continent.

The members of the Bush administration are war criminals who should be tried, convicted, and imprisoned for life. Obomber, for refusing to prosecute the Bush administration torturers, as required by the U.N. Convention Against Torture, and, therefore, part of his oath of office, should be impeached.

The fact that none of these legal actions will ever take place says all we need to know about the false “democracy” we pretend we live in.

Act of Terror

Act of Terror ~
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Facebook deserted by millions of users
in biggest markets

Facebook's dominance in the social media world has come under threat from newer services such as Instagram and Path

;-) You Must Have Missed the Memo (-;

The video and article were moved above. No more posting until ~@~ decides what is going to happen next.

In the meantime, here is what he wanted posted:

[Note: The following is directed at those who had a specific type of experience between 1955 and 1975.]

Trolling, identity, and anonymity

Early incidents of trolling were considered to be the same as flaming, but this has changed with modern usage by the news media to refer to the creation of any content that targets another person. The Internet dictionary NetLingo suggests there are four grades of trolling: playtime trolling, tactical trolling, strategic trolling, and domination trolling.[14] The relationship between trolling and flaming was observed in open-access forums in California, on a series of modem-linked computers in the 1970s, like CommuniTree which when accessed by high school teenagers became a ground for trashing and abuse.[15] Some psychologists have suggested that flaming would be caused by deindividuation or decreased self-evaluation: the anonymity of online postings would lead to disinhibition amongst individuals[16] Others have suggested that although flaming and trolling is often unpleasant, it may be a form of normative behavior that expresses the social identity of a certain user group [17][18] According to Tom Postmes, a professor of social and organisational psychology at the universities of Exeter, England, and Groningen, The Netherlands, and the author of Individuality and the Group, who has studied online behavior for 20 years, "Trolls aspire to violence, to the level of trouble they can cause in an environment. They want it to kick off. They want to promote antipathetic emotions of disgust and outrage, which morbidly gives them a sense of pleasure."[15]

In academic literature, the practice of trolling was first documented by Judith Donath (1999). Donath's paper outlines the ambiguity of identity in a disembodied "virtual community" such as Usenet:

In the physical world there is an inherent unity to the self, for the body provides a compelling and convenient definition of identity. The norm is: one body, one identity ... The virtual world is different. It is composed of information rather than matter.[19]

Donath provides a concise overview of identity deception games which trade on the confusion between physical and epistemic community:

Trolling is a game about identity deception, albeit one that is played without the consent of most of the players. The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the newsgroups members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings, and upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group. Their success at the former depends on how well they – and the troll – understand identity cues; their success at the latter depends on whether the troll's enjoyment is sufficiently diminished or outweighed by the costs imposed by the group. Trolls can be costly in several ways. A troll can disrupt the discussion on a newsgroup, disseminate bad advice, and damage the feeling of trust in the newsgroup community. Furthermore, in a group that has become sensitized to trolling – where the rate of deception is high – many honestly naïve questions may be quickly rejected as trollings. This can be quite off-putting to the new user who upon venturing a first posting is immediately bombarded with angry accusations. Even if the accusation is unfounded, being branded a troll is quite damaging to one's online reputation.[19]

Susan Herring and colleagues in "Searching for Safety Online: Managing 'Trolling' in a Feminist Forum" point out the difficulty inherent in monitoring trolling and maintaining freedom of speech in online communities: "harassment often arises in spaces known for their freedom, lack of censure, and experimental nature".[20] Free speech may lead to tolerance of trolling behavior, complicating the members' efforts to maintain an open, yet supportive discussion area, especially for sensitive topics such as race, gender, and sexuality.[20]

In an effort to reduce uncivil behavior by increasing accountability, many web sites (e.g. Reuters, Facebook, and Gizmodo) now require commenters to register their names and e-mail addresses.[21]


Once Upon A Time

Have you ever visited a tiny little cell, within the millions of cells we call body, that appears as the sole command center of central universe?

Have you ever been in the presence of casual hierarchies, experienced what John C. Lilly called "Guides," experienced an ability to dissolve electrons, or been experienced on levels familiar, but beyond comprehension? Then what follows is for you.

[To Be Continued ~ Check Back From Time to Time]

Mississippi man cleared of sending ricin letters,
claims he was framed

Charges dropped against Elvis impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis, who says he suspects he was framed by an enemy of his

Besides Spying on U.S. Citizens,
Lies Are Another Reason to Dump Internet

There is a Questionable headline circulating Internet News Media that, perhaps, ??? Lies by Omission:

Israel says Syria used chemical arms, probably nerve gas

Here is what has been omitted:

Israel Chemical

Analysts believe that Israel likely initiated a chemical warfare (CW) program at some point between the mid-1950s and the mid-1970s. Intelligence sources have also suggested that Israel has previously developed, tested, produced, and possibly even deployed CW munitions. Israel has traditionally taken a regional approach to WMD nonproliferation, based on bilateral inspection agreements, making Israel's signature of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on 13 January 1993 its first significant experience with an international nonproliferation regime. However, Israel's decision not to ratify the treaty unless and until it gains broader regional participation remains consistent with the country's regional outlook. Responding to growing chemical terrorism concerns, Israel strengthened its export control regulations on dual-use chemical technologies in 2004, bringing them in line with Australia Group standards. [Click for links and to continue reading]

If War Criminal Rumsfeld 'helped Iraq get chemical weapons' where are they now?

Zionist Biological and Chemical Weapons

Republican War Criminal Donald Rumsfeld supplied biological and chemical weapons

Google Don't be evil Be Mean ~ Steve Bell cartoon
Google Don't be evil Be Mean ~ Many of our employees pay tax ~ Our firm is key to UK growth
Steve Bell, The Guardian, on Eric Schmidt and Google ~ cartoon, Cartoon Source
Search engine chairman defended company's tax avoidance policies after paying just £6m in UK corporation tax

Kipper Williams on Apple profits
Kipper Williams on Apple profits,, Tuesday 23 April 2013, Cartoon Source

Every Representative Who Voted for CISPA,
and How to Contact Them

by Eric Limer, GIZMODO, Article Source

The United States legislative system won't always give you what you want. A lot of times, it'll give you the exact opposite. Like CISPA for instance. But the real beauty of it all is transparency; if you don't feel adequately represented it's a piece of cake to figure out exactly who to yell at.

And in the spirit of yelling, here's a comprehensive list of every Representative who just voted yea on CISPA, hot and fresh from the House.

Republicans in roman, Democrats in italics; this was a bipartisan affair. [ Click to Continue Reading ]

Somewhere Everywhere, Big Brother Is Smiling:
Congress Sells Your Privacy For A Cool $84 Million

from the $84M-isn't-money;-it's-a-motive-with-a-universal-adapter dept

In case you were wondering why so many Democrats switched sides during the most recent CISPA vote, the answer is exactly what you think it is: $$$. And lots of it. Last year's CISPA vote only managed to secure 40 Democrat supporters. This time around, the number leapt to 92.

[A] new coalition of special interests, which include America's two largest cellular service providers AT&T, Inc. and Verizon Wireless -- jointly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc. -- as well as two of the nation's largest software firms Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp., came together to create a similar data grab bill (Microsoft has since renounced its support). Security firms like Symantec Corp. also backed the bill.

Pushing the bill through was $84M USD in funding from special interest backers.

$84 million is change-of-heart money, although one imagines those contributing checked and double-checked their "sponsored" representatives to make sure they were all on the same page. As DailyTech points out, nearly $86 million went into the SOPA push and most of that turned out to be wasted money.

Last Monday, two hundred IBM executives visited the White House to make a last minute push for CISPA. Whatever they said or did must have been very persuasive. By the end of the day, 36 new sponsors had signed on to the bill, up from a very lonely two previous to IBM's visit. Unsurprisingly, financial motivation was involved, according to numbers gathered by Maplight.

New co-sponsors have received 38 times as much money ($7,626,081) from interests supporting CISPA than from interests opposing ($200,362).

Members of the House in total have received 16 times as much money ($67,665,694) from interests supporting CISPA than from interests opposing ($4,164,596).

Now, it's up to Senate to come up with some sort of cyber-security bill that has a chance to get passed and dodge a Presidential veto. Fortunately, there's no clear favorite at the moment (although Lieberman's bill seems to have the President's blessing) and with the limited number of voters, the Senate is much more prone to be gridlocked by partisan politics. Of course, a daylong visit by a few lobbyists could win over just enough hearts and minds to be dangerous. In the meantime, it would probably do these senators a world of good to hear from their constituents, if only to remind them that there are plenty of actual people out there who have to live with the consequences of bad legislation. [Click for Links and Article Source at Techdirt]


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Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn Become More Evil

Republicans Approve New Law Forcing Social Network Users
To Hand Over Login & Password to Employers

Paul Krassner ~ The Realist/Writer/Comic/Investigative Satirist

Why We Want to Keep Church and State
as Far Away from Each Other as Possible

Sixties icon and essayist Paul Krassner's definition of religion is "a cult that's exempt from paying taxes."

By Paul Krassner, AlterNet, Article Source

April 12, 2013 | Last month in London, an atheist church was launched with a reading from Alice in Wonderland, a Powerpoint presentation by a particle physicist explaining the origins of antimatter, and a congregational singalong with songs by Stevie Wonder and Queen. Indeed, we've come a long way, baby. Personally, I stopped believing in God when I was a kid and the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. How, I thought, could an omnipotent deity allow that to happen?

I was militant in my disbelief until the 1960s. After all, Martin Luther King Jr. was a Christian leader, but I was inspired by his actions, whereas George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party, labeled himself an agnostic, yet I abhorredhis actions. I could no longer judge people by what they believed, but rather by whether they were kind or cruel to others. As simple as that. However, I've remained adamant about the separation of church and state.

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My definition of a religion is a cult that's exempt from paying taxes. Scientology, for example. L. Ron Hubbard's book Dianetics became a bestseller with the aid of a Scientologist employed at the New York Times who leaked the names of those bookstores around the country that provide the basis for the Times' bestseller list. Hubbard's thesis was that traumatic shock occurs not only during early childhood, but also during the pre-natal stage.

In Neurotica magazine, G. Legman took off on that concept with his own cult, called Epizootics, “demonstrating the basic cause of all neurosis in father's tight-fitting jockstrap.” Not to be outdone by parody, Hubbard in 1952 turned Dianetics into Scientology, which traced trauma back to previous lives, not necessarily incarnations that were spent on this planet. In fact, Scientologists were forbidden to see the movie 2001 in order to avoid “heavy and unnecessary restimulation.” By what? When Hal the computer says “Unclear”?

In 1955, Hubbard incorporated Scientology as a religion. This would enable its ministers to gain entry into hospitals and prisons, not to mention getting tax exempt status. He issued the Professional Auditors Bulletin, a handbook for luring prospects into the Scientology fold. One example was the “illness research” method, taking out a newspaper ad such as: “Polio victims -- a charitable organization investigating polio desires to examine several victims of the after-effects of this illness. Phone so-and-so.”

In 1962, Hubbard wrote to John F. Kennedy, claiming his letter was as important as the one Albert Einstein had sent to Franklin D. Roosevelt about the atomic bomb. He insisted that “Scientology is very easy for the government to put into effect,” and that “Scientology could decide the space race or the next war in the hands of America.” He offered to “train astronauts” for a fee of $25 an hour. “Don't think me a crackpot,” he requested. Kennedy didn't respond, but the White House issued a memo to the Secret Service titled “Final Disposition,” identifying Hubbard as a potential serious threat to the president's life.

The E-Meter had been presented as a panacea that could cure such “psychosomatic” problems as arthritis, cancer, polio, ulcers, the common cold and atomic radiation burns. In October 1962, the FDA was investigating Scientology, so Hubbard wrote that the E-Meter is “a valid religious instrument, used in Confessionals, and is in no way diagnostic and does not treat.”

Nevertheless, in January 1963, Attorney General Robert Kennedy ordered the FDA to raid Scientology headquarters. More than three tons of equipment, papers and books were seized, including a hundred E-Meters.

Scientologists claimed that this violated their freedom of religion, and Hubbard wrote to President Kennedy again. He wanted to meet with him so they could “come to some amicable answer on religious matters.” Then he wrote to Robert Kennedy, “even though you are of a different faith,” asking for protection of the Scientology religion. Bobby didn't respond.

In Scientology, Kennedy could have been declared an "Enemy," subject to "Fair Game," a penalty described this way in a Hubbard Policy Letter: “May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist. May be tricked, sue or lied to or destroyed.” In October 1968, four months after Bobby Kennedy was killed, Fair Game was “repealed,” due to adverse publicity. “The practice of declaring people Fair Game will cease,” Hubbard stated in a Policy Letter. “Fair Game may not appear on any Ethics Order. It causes bad public relations.”

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April 17 will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's unfortunate decision that the government may restrict religiously motivated conduct, declaring in this case that members of the Native American Church do not have a constitutional right to use peyote during their religious ceremonies. Native Americans refer to peyote as the "sacred medicine” and use it to combat spiritual, physical and other social ills.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the 6-3 majority, “We have never held that an individual's religious beliefs excuse him from compliance with an otherwise valid law prohibiting conduct that the state is free to regulate.” Attorney Oliver Thomas stated in the Baptist Press, “With a stroke of his pen, Justice Scalia has overturned 27 years of legal precedent and made the ‘first liberty' a constitutional stepchild.”

One of the plaintiffs was quoted in Church and State: “The United States is saying the original people of this land can't worship. We were worshipping a long time before the white man ever set foot on this turtle island.” Attorney John Boyd, who represented the plaintiffs, had stated, “I think because of the difficult history that native people have had with our government over the past two centuries, their view is, somehow, some way, ‘We're going to get screwed in this.' You can't blame them.”

A few years after the Supreme Court ruling, he pointed out that, under the 1993 RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act), “the Catholic Church would be able to say, ‘We have to be able to conduct mass, and we need wine in order to do that.' The courts would say [that] unless the government can show that it had a genuine compelling interest of preventing the Catholic Church from using wine as its sacrament, then the Catholic Church would prevail under RFRA if it challenged [hypothetical reinstatement of] Prohibition.”

More recently, Boyd told me:

“There is something about the freedom of religion that happily seems to get past the courts' usual inclination to squash aberrant behavior and to disrespect and dilute other human freedoms. In the disfavored categories of freedom are ones we're all familiar with although we may not be too conscious of their fragility and the jeopardy they're in. Like being secure in your communications with others, or your freedom to speak about non-religious subjects, or engage in disfavored behavior that, while not harmful to anyone, is nevertheless subject to societal disapprobation.

“Religious freedom seems to be a freedom that courts still sort of respect, and religion is an area of human activity that allows people to express themselves in ways that the rest of society sometimes frowns on or otherwise doesn't quite accept, so protecting it as good. The same logic that protects fringe religions -- and protects, at least hypothetically, atheism and agnosticism -- makes it equally important to be free from government endorsement of religion and religious ideas and religious leanings, which is an area the courts have failed to honor as earnestly as they've honored the freedom of religious exercise. Government endorsement of religion is just as poisonous as suppression of religion. Maybe more so.”

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Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has been serving as an antidote to that poison. It was founded in 1947 as Protestants and Other Americans for the Separation of Church and State. The name-change took place in 1971. Rev. Barry Lynn has been the executive director since 1992. He recalls that “James Dobson, president of Focus On the Family, once came up to me in a Washington restaurant and said, ‘Barry, you destroyed every good thing we tried to do.' Rather than being ‘damned by faint praise,' I felt ‘elevated by high praise.'”

He tells me, “I've found that separation of church and state is the key component to the preservation of fundamental rights of all kinds. It was, and still is, the Religious Right and the Catholic hierarchy that try to impose their theological views on everyone and is the biggest foe of reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, secular public school -- which don't teach creationism -- and most other worthy ideas. I'm glad that I am seen by these folks as their greatest nemesis.

“The most disappointing single day on the church/state front in the past 20 years was the day of the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of a school voucher plan in Cleveland, Ohio. Most of the voucher dollars went to pervasively sectarian schools. Happily, the legal team, of which Americans United lawyers are a part, have pretty much prevented any other major voucher program from going into effect. Although new small programs pop up, many are declared unconstitutional under state -- not the federal constitutions.

“If all the church/state implicated issues went away, I'd want to work on what I see as two of the biggest evils in the modern world: the continued existence of the death penalty and sex trafficking. This isn't about censorship; it's about violation of basic human rights.”

Meanwhile, exempting religions from paying taxes continues to be actually a violation of the separation of church and state.

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So, now I just have to click Send and this goes off into cyberspace. I have become almost as much in awe of technology as I am of nature -- in keeping with the atheist church theme of “wonder,” a reaction to criticism that atheists lack a sense of it.

But I'm an absurdist as well as an atheist, and what could be more absurd than my practice of having continuous dialogues with the deity I don't believe exists? In my capacity as a stand-up satirist, before I go onstage, I always say, “Please, God, let me do a good show tonight.” And then I hear the voice of God boom out from the clouds above,“SHUT UP, YOU SUPERSTITIOUS FOOL."

Bush Administration: Monsters of Sadistic Torture

Democrats & Republicans Are Sadistic Perverts who murdered women and children during an Illegal Iraq War and should be in Prison; especially Stanford's ... Whore of Babylon, ... Condoleezza Rice, who was the first politician to authorize Torture!

Seymour Hersh says the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

"The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking," the reporter told an ACLU convention last week. Hersh says there was "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher."

Stanford's Perverted Dr. Rice Loves Torture?

Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib

By Geraldine Sealey, Salon, Article Source

After Donald Rumsfeld testified on the Hill about Abu Ghraib in May, there was talk of more photos and video in the Pentagon’s custody more horrific than anything made public so far. "If these are released to the public, obviously it’s going to make matters worse," Rumsfeld said. Since then, the Washington Post has disclosed some new details and images of abuse at the prison. But if Seymour Hersh is right, it all gets much worse.

Hersh gave a speech last week to the ACLU making the charge that children were sodomized in front of women in the prison, and the Pentagon has tape of it. The speech was first reported in a New York Sun story last week, which was in turn posted on Jim Romenesko’s media blog, and now and other blogs are linking to the video. We transcribed the critical section here (it starts at about 1:31:00 into the ACLU video.) At the start of the transcript here, you can see how Hersh was struggling over what he should say:

"Debating about it, ummm … Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib … The women were passing messages out saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out."

"It’s impossible to say to yourself how did we get there? Who are we? Who are these people that sent us there? When I did My Lai I was very troubled like anybody in his right mind would be about what happened. I ended up in something I wrote saying in the end I said that the people who did the killing were as much victims as the people they killed because of the scars they had, I can tell you some of the personal stories by some of the people who were in these units witnessed this. I can also tell you written complaints were made to the highest officers and so we’re dealing with a enormous massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there and higher, and we have to get to it and we will. We will. You know there’s enough out there, they can’t (Applause). …. So it’s going to be an interesting election year."

Notes from a similar speech Hersh gave in Chicago in June were posted on Brad DeLong’s blog. Rick Pearlstein, who watched the speech, wrote: "[Hersh] said that after he broke Abu Ghraib people are coming out of the woodwork to tell him this stuff. He said he had seen all the Abu Ghraib pictures. He said, ‘You haven’t begun to see evil…’ then trailed off. He said, ‘horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run.’ He looked frightened."

So, there are several questions here: Has Hersh actually seen the video he described to the ACLU, and why hasn’t he written about it yet? Will he be forced to elaborate in more public venues now that these two speeches are getting so much attention, at least in the blogosphere? And who else has seen the video, if it exists — will journalists see and report on it? did senators see these images when they had their closed-door sessions with the Abu Ghraib evidence? — and what is being done about it?

(Update: A reader brought to our attention that the rape of boys at Abu Ghraib has been mentioned in some news accounts of the prisoner abuse evidence. The Telegraph and other news organizations described "a videotape, apparently made by US personnel, is said to show Iraqi guards raping young boys." The Guardian reported "formal statements by inmates published yesterday describe horrific treatment at the hands of guards, including the rape of a teenage Iraqi boy by an army translator.")

US torture of prisoners is 'indisputable', independent report finds
Report on US rendition programme by non-partisan thinktank finds highest officials were responsible for torture

US torture 'indisputable', CNN's humiliation, and Iran sanctions
Two separate bipartisan reports with surprising pronouncements, and a cable news debacle, highlight similar themes

Bush Administration Torture Report ~ Yahoo

Bush Administration Torture Report ~ Bing

Sweet Condi & the Asspirate Neocon Band

Martin Rowson cartoon showing Condi saying, "as I was saying Isn't Democracy Wonderful with Iraq and Iran in the background
Martin Rowson

According to a Senate Intelligence Committee Memo, George Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, was the first person to verbally approve torture during July 2002 ... and then there was this:

BEN-VENISTE: Isn't it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the August 6 [2001] PDB warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that PDB?

RICE: I believe the title was, "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States [using planes]."

Manipulation Accomplished by War Criminals Cheney and Bush
Manipulation Accomplished, Suckers!

Nobody Is Innocent = Free Nobody from Custody

Nobody's Birthday Party campaign manager calls CNN story, "political foul" claiming Nobody brought peace to our times, and was in California visiting with him.

Nobody Is Innocent, Free Nobody
Lying corporate media giant nincompoop CNN has reported:
"Nobody in custody in Boston case."

When contemplating war,
beware of babies in incubators

The babies in the incubator story is a classic example of how easy it is for the public and legislators to be mislead during moments of high tension. It's also a vivid example of how the media can be manipulated if we do not keep our guards up.

Why did CNN Lie to United States people after the Oklahoma bombing?

Were They Trying to Start a War to Boost Ratings?

Even after McVeigh was arrested and the government identified two white males as perpetrators, CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer insisted that "there is still a possibility that there could have been some sort of connection to Middle East terrorism. One law enforcement source tells me that there's a possibility that they (the Caucasian suspects) may have been contracted out as freelancers to go out and rent this truck that was used in the bombing."

A lot of people seemed to agree with this media speculation. Within two days after the Oklahoma City bombing, there were hundreds of recorded instances of harassment and hate crimes against Muslims, Arabs, Iraqis, people who appeared to be Muslims, and Muslim organizations and buildings. Two days after the explosion, Timothy McVeigh was arrested. But the anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, and anti- Iraqi attacks continued for weeks. One Muslim woman miscarried after an attack.

Local Muslims later asked to participate in a mass memorial service led by the Governor. They were refused. However, Muslim delegations from other areas of the country were allowed to attend. The service was entirely Judeo-Christian in format. [Click to Continue reading].

The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State. ~ Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels

5 Terrorists, 4 Extremist Christians, 1 Muslim
When Profiling A Terrorist, Remember, the one on your left is Muslim & the four on the right are Extremist Christians

Remembering Republican U.S. Government Lies
with Democrat support

On Friday 14 December 2001 a videotape of Osama bin Laden "confessing" to the 9/11 attacks was released. The tape was supposedly found in a house in Qandahar, Afghanistan. The recording was of very poor audio and visual quality and the authenticity of the tape was questioned.

This annoyed War Criminal George W. Bush who said, [It is] preposterous to think this tape was doctored.

Okay, let's have a look.

Picture of 5 Osama's with one that does not look like the others
Here's 5 Osama's - which is the odd one out?

GOD said, "thou shall not kill" and JESUS extended this concept when he said:

Christians are to no longer execute sinners, so they should not wage carnal war, but spiritual warfare (John 18:36; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 6:11-14; 2 Timothy 2:3-5; 4:6-8)

Christians must be peacemakers forgiving those who do them harm treating their enemies with love and not seeking revenge (Matthew 5:9, Romans 14:19), (Ephesians 4:29-32; Colossians 3:12-14; Matthew 6:9-15; Mark 11:25-26), (Luke 6:27-36) (Romans 12:17-21; 1 Peter 3:8-12)

Hatred which is the same as murder is unforgiving, vengeful and hostile towards one's enemies (1 John 3:15)

Google Is Evil

By Rory O'Connor,, 06.12.12, 8:02 PM, Article Source

It’s bad enough when you run a search company in an increasingly social world. It’s worse when anti-trust regulators say you have unfairly and illegally used your dominance in search to promote your own products over those of competitors. Now Google executives, who like to boast of their company’s informal motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” also stand accused of being just that — and rightly so. What other interpretation is possible in light of persistent allegations that the internet titan deliberately engaged in “the single greatest breach in the history of privacy” and “one of the biggest violations of data protection laws that we had ever seen?”

Google’s history of anti-social social networks and anti-trust trust relations that deceptively breach online consumer privacy and trust has already begun to threaten its longstanding web hegemony and its vaunted brand. Now the company’s repeatedly defensive and dishonest responses to charges that its specially equipped Street View cars surreptitiously collected private internet communications — including emails, photographs, passwords, chat messages, and postings on websites and social networks — could signal a tipping point.

With the phenomenally successful and profitable internet giant being newly scrutinized by consumers, competitors, regulators and elected officials alike, all concerned about basic issues of privacy, trust and anti-trust, the question must be raised: Is Google facing an existential threat? With government regulators nipping at its heels on both sides of the Atlantic, Facebook leading in the race for attention and prestige, and “social” beginning to replace “search” as a focus of online activity, the company that revolutionized our means of finding information just a decade ago now finds itself increasingly under siege and in danger of fading from prominence to become, in essence, the “next Microsoft.”

Who gave these new media companies the right to invade our privacy without our permission or knowledge and then secretly store the data until they can figure out how to profit from it in the future? [Click to Continue Reading]

Radio Control Models ~ Aviation

Google head worried about privacy risk posed by civilian drones

Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones

The influential head of Google, Eric Schmidt, has called for civilian drone technology to be regulated, warning about privacy and security concerns.

[Ed. Note: Eric Schmidt appears as if he has become a paranoid ??? who doesn't want what he does to Google users (via Google Search, YouTube, Google+, gmail, etc.) to happen to him and attempts to hide his personal information and residence. (BTW) Since money is not allegedly God, who made Eric Schmidt and his Google partners CyberGods that control Internet ... and by whose authority? ~ Click to read: Google Is Evil.]

Google's Lies Destroy Cancer Patient's Source of Comfort

Cyberbully Destroys Another Web Site With False Allegations.

by Dahbud Mensch belongs to a Vietnam veteran and computer communications pioneer, who is currently in a struggle with oral cancer.

Unfortunately this cancer patient's web pages and his flying of remote control aircraft are his only source of fun and Google is trying to destroy both. [Note: Below key words "may be" only allege something is wrong. There is no proof the site was "compromised" ... and it turns out that it was NOT. (fwiw) If I saw that message, during a search, I would not click on the page. Below is also proof there is nothing wrong with the page; a test Google constantly fails.]

It Appears Google Wants to Shut Down and says THIS SITE = = MAY BE COMPROMISED

The above graphic says:

July 2012 Archive
This site may be compromised. <<-----------------------------
Jul 1, 2012 - Flying Snail - News & Views for Remnants of Paradise .... a strong feminist (and in Russia, utterly alien) message is at the heart of their work.

Who's Alien?  U.S. Out of North America, Nobody for President
(btw) Who's Alien?

W3C Validation for the page, lying POS, Google says was compromised: July 2012 W3C Validation, August 13, 2012 = PASSED, VALID W3C CSS July 2012 Validation, August 13, 2012 = PASSED, VALID

Radiation Treatment Mask
Click to Read: Google Is Evil

The above cancer patient and owner of this site was the computer systems pioneer who wrote the coding, communication, control and conversion / merger systems for the IBM 360/20, during the '60s.

During the '70s he was a 1st Class FCC engineer, an assembly language programmer, co-sysop at some of the first computer bulletin board systems, developed minor artificial intelligence robotics, editor of the first scientific computer user's publication, and participated in MIT's tourist program, where he learned the artificial intelligence language, LISP.

During the '80s he developed state of art communications hardware, was a C software developer and debugger, un*x administrator, and un*x postmaster. He helped co-found the Pacific Packet Radio Society, which introduced wireless data communication to the United States, and historically became the first person to transmit and receive wireless quadrature amplitude modulated data with the head of Computer Systems Laboratories at Stanford.

During the '90s he was one of Digital Equipment Corporation's main beta testers, provided legal conversion code that allowed the games Quake and X-Quake to run on Dec Alpha 16 bit computers. He built the first iron box and built one of the first voice interactive computers, similar to the one on the television series, "Star Trek," that served as a Guardian and was capable of voice surfing Internet. I could continue, but need to get to the point.

Several years ago he was diagnosed with oral cancer, had 3 major operations, 2 minor operations, had his face rebuilt using part of his leg, is quite limited in what he can do, spends most of his time in bed, and has two pleasures: tending his web pages and flying radio control model aircraft; both of which, it appears, Google wants to destroy.

Final Notice:

Eventually, by choice, all things Google will be gone from these pages and blocked from access. If you attempt to correspond with ~@~ using an email domain that was listed here previously, your email will be deposited in a spam bin, and will never be seen. At the moment real email and hotmail ( addresses are still being accepted, but that may change.

Since Internet is no longer trusted, ~@~ and associates are in the process of weaning themselves of access and will eventually discuss how a cure for Internet Psychosis will be provided within the next ten (10) years.


Closing Argument

Boston Legal Speech on America and more
Please Click to View Video ~

One Can Lead A Horse To Water, But...

Until there is a solution for this, where one solution has been provided, Nobody will bring Peace to Our Times, feed the hungry, care for the sick, and bake apple pie better than Mom. (otoh) If None of the Above was on voter ballots, it would be a huge step towards recovering U.S. political control, and Nobody gets it.

George Carlin, The American Dream
Please Click to View Video ~

Radio Control Models ~ Aviation

Google head worried about privacy risk posed by civilian drones

Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones

The influential head of Google, Eric Schmidt, has called for civilian drone technology to be regulated, warning about privacy and security concerns.

[Ed. Note: Eric Schmidt appears as if he has become a paranoid ??? who doesn't want what he does to Google users (via Google Search, YouTube, Google+, gmail, etc.) to happen to him and attempts to hide his personal information and residence. (BTW) Since money is not allegedly God, who made Eric Schmidt and his Google partners CyberGods that control Internet ... and by whose authority? ~ Click to read: Google Is Evil.]

Closing Argument

Boston Legal Speech on America and more
Please Click to View Video ~

One Can Lead A Horse To Water, But...

Until there is a solution for this, where one solution has been provided, Nobody will bring Peace to Our Times, feed the hungry, care for the sick, and bake apple pie better than Mom. (otoh) If None of the Above was on voter ballots, it would be a huge step towards recovering U.S. political control, and Nobody gets it.

George Carlin, The American Dream
Please Click to View Video ~

Amestizo ~ BLOG + NEW:

Message from the Hopi Elders

(Part 1) Indigenous Native American Prophecy (Elders Speak part 1)

(Part 2) Indigenous Native American Prophecy (Elders Speak part 2)

John Trudell and Elder Red Crow speak - Native Wisdom

Mitch McConnell campaign cries foul
over leak of Ashley Judd tape

[Ed. Note: War Criminal Mitch McConnell is a Baby Killer who supported an illegal Iraq war initiated by a Criminal Republican Bush Administration, with Democrat help, should be charged with maiming and murdering children, and ??? perhaps enjoys tapes of young boys being sodomized in Abu Ghraib, but he'd probably want that kept quiet too?]

Recording leaked of Kentucky senator staff meeting where Judd's mental health and 'suicidal tendencies' were discussed

Paul Harris in New York, The Guardian, Tuesday 9 April 2013, Article Source

The most senior Republican in the US Senate presided over a meeting of his top staff at which they discussed how to attack the actor Ashley Judd, a potential challenger to his seat, as suicidal and emotionally unbalanced, it was claimed on Tuesday.

Mother Jones magazine published a secret recording of an opposition research meeting between Mitch McConnell and his senior aides that took place on 2 February, at a time when Judd was thought to be preparing the groundwork for a run against the powerful Kentucky senator.

Judd decided not to run – citing the need to spend time with her family – but for much of the past six months there had been intense speculation that she would seek to enter politics.

Some conservative groups had already shot attack ads taking aim at her Hollywood career that painted her as an out-of-touch elitist liberal.

Mother Jones's tape reveals that McConnell was at a meeting where Judd was discussed in brutal terms. "I assume most of you have played the, the game Whac-A-Mole? This is the Whac-A-Mole period of the campaign … when anybody sticks their head up, do them out," McConnell says at the start of the 12-minute tape.

A male voice then acts as the presenter of a series of tactics and revelations to be used against Judd, saying that her background was a "haystack of needles" for anyone seeking to attack her. The group discussed Judd's history of interviews and statements in which she has praised gay marriage, criticised sexism within Christianity, and revealed her ties to areas outside Kentucky, such as her houses in Scotland and Tennessee.

The presenter then says: "This sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced. I mean it's been documented ... you know, she's suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the 90s."

In a statement, McConnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton attacked the recording of a confidential meeting. "We've always said the Left will stop at nothing to attack Sen. McConnell, but Nixonian tactics to bug campaign headquarters is above and beyond," he said.

Benton said that McConnell's office had notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ask for a probe to see if the recording had been a criminal act. "Obviously a recording device of some kind was placed in Senator McConnell's campaign office without consent. By whom and how that was accomplished will presumably be the subject of a criminal investigation," he said.

Judd has spoken previously about her traumatic childhood and suffering from depression. In 2006 she told a magazine that she had spent 47 days in a Texas facility being treated for "codependence in my relationships; depression; blaming, raging, numbing, denying and minimizing my feelings."

Last month Judd spoke in Washington DC and opened up about her own experiences as a "a three-time survivor of rape". She told a crowd at George Washington University: "I have no shame, because it was never my shame to begin with – it was the perpetrator's shame."

Judd had pulled out of contention for the Kentucky race at the end of March, following news that she was splitting from her husband, Scottish race car driver Dario Franchitti. "I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people and new leader," she said in a statement at the time.

"While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work as as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people their needs, dreams and great potential."

As well as the pre-emptive attack ads by Republicans, reports had also emerged that some senior Democrats were concerned that Judd's celebrity status would make it hard for her to beat the otherwise potentially vulnerable McConnell. In February Jimmy Cauley, a long-time Kentucky Democratic strategist, told Roll Call a Judd run would be "a catastrophe" for other Democrats in the state, who faced being dragged down with her if she lost.

Happy 81st Birthday Paul Krassner !!!
Love FlyingSnail and Friends ~ April 9, 2013

Paul Krassner's Contributions to the Counterculture

Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War

[Ed. Note: Just so we are clear about who is who and what is what. Dick Cheney is a war criminal and perverted baby killer. Halliburton is a criminal company that stole from U.S. troops and stole from tax paying American people with GOP (Republican) approval.]

By Angelo Young, Article Source

The accounting of the financial cost of the nearly decade-long Iraq War will go on for years, but a recent analysis has shed light on the companies that made money off the war by providing support services as the privatization of what were former U.S. military operations rose to unprecedented levels.

Private or publicly listed firms received at least $138 billion of U.S. taxpayer money for government contracts for services that included providing private security, building infrastructure and feeding the troops.

Ten contractors received 52 percent of the funds, according to an analysis by the Financial Times that was published Tuesday.

The No. 1 recipient?

Houston-based energy-focused engineering and construction firm KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), which was spun off from its parent, oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL), in 2007.

The company was given $39.5 billion in Iraq-related contracts over the past decade, with many of the deals given without any bidding from competing firms, such as a $568-million contract renewal in 2010 to provide housing, meals, water and bathroom services to soldiers, a deal that led to a Justice Department lawsuit over alleged kickbacks, as reported by Bloomberg.

Who were Nos. 2 and 3?

Agility Logistics (KSE:AGLTY) of Kuwait and the state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corp. Together, these firms garnered $13.5 billion of U.S. contracts.

As private enterprise entered the war zone at unprecedented levels, the amount of corruption ballooned, even if most contractors performed their duties as expected.

According to the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the level of corruption by defense contractors may be as high as $60 billion. Disciplined soldiers that would traditionally do many of the tasks are commissioned by private and publicly listed companies.

Even without the graft, the costs of paying for these services are higher than paying governement employees or soldiers to do them because of the profit motive involved. No-bid contracting - when companies get to name their price with no competing bid - didn't lower legitimate expenses. (Despite promises by President Barack Obama to reel in this habit, the trend toward granting favored companies federal contracts without considering competing bids continued to grow, by 9 percent last year, according to the Washington Post.)

Even though the military has largely pulled out of Iraq, private contractors remain on the ground and continue to reap U.S. government contracts. For example, the U.S. State Department estimates that taxpayers will dole out $3 billion to private guards for the government's sprawling embassy in Baghdad.

The costs of paying private and publicly listed war profiteers seem miniscule in light of the total bill for the war.

Last week, the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University said the war in Iraq cost $1.7 trillion dollars, not including the $490 billion in immediate benefits owed to veterans of the war and the lifetime benefits that will be owed to them or their next of kin.

[Ed. Note: A Republican Bush Administration, with Democrat help, are solely responsible for putting the United States people in debt.]

First magic mushroom depression trial hits stumbling block

By Kate Kelland, Article Source

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's first clinical trial designed to explore using a hallucinogen from magic mushrooms to treat people with depression has stalled because of British and European rules on the use of illegal drugs in research.

David Nutt, president of the British Neuroscience Association and professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, said he had been granted an ethical green light and funding for the trial, but regulations were blocking it.

"We live in a world of insanity in terms of regulating drugs," he told a neuroscience conference in London on Sunday.

He has previously conducted small experiments on healthy volunteers and found that psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms, has the potential to alleviate severe forms of depression in people who don't respond to other treatments.

Following these promising early results he was awarded a 550,000 pounds ($844,000) grant from the UK's Medical Research Council to conduct a full clinical trial in patients.

But psilocybin is illegal in Britain, and under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug - one that has a high potential for abuse and no recognized medical use.

This, Nutt explained, means scientists need a special license to use magic mushrooms for trials in Britain, and the manufacture of a synthetic form of psilocybin for use in patients is tightly controlled by European Union regulations.

Together, this has meant he has so far been unable to find a company able to make and supply the drug for his trial, he said.

"Finding companies who could manufacture the drug and who are prepared to go through the regulatory hoops to get the license, which can take up to a year and triple the price, is proving very difficult," he said.

Nutt said regulatory authorities have a "primitive, old-fashioned attitude that Schedule 1 drugs could never have therapeutic potential", despite the fact that his research and the work done by other teams suggests such drugs may help treat some patients with psychiatric disorders.

Psilocybin - or "magic" - mushrooms grow naturally around the world and have been widely used since ancient times for religious rites and also for recreation.

Researchers in the United States have seen positive results in trials using MDMA, a pure form of the party drug ecstasy, in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

"What we are trying to do is to tap into the reservoir of under-researched illegal drugs to see if we can find new and beneficial uses for them in people whose lives are often severely affected by illnesses such as depression," Nutt said.

The proposed trial would involve 60 patients with depression who have failed two previous treatments.

During two or three controlled sessions with a therapist, half would be given a synthetic form of psilocybin, and the other 30 a placebo. They would have guided talking therapy to explore negative thinking and issues troubling them, and doctors would follow them up for at least a year.

Nutt secured ethical approval for the trial in March.

In previous research, Nutt found that when healthy volunteers were injected with psilocybin, the drug switched off a part of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex, which is known to be overactive in people with depression.

"Even in normal people, the more that part of the brain was switched off under the influence of the drug, the better they felt two weeks later. So there was a relationship between that transient switching off of the brain circuit and their subsequent mood,", he said. "This is the basis on which we want to run the trial."

(Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Richard Meares)

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Gail Mitchell Poetry

"I see crystal spires rising between us feel/ something growing large within me// The heart no longer fits within my hand/ but moves beyond your shadow". ~ Gail Mitchell

Bone Songs by Gail Mitchell
Available at: Amazon

Gail Mitchell is an author born and raised in San Francisco and has been reading her poetry in SF coffeehouses for a couple of decades now. Her poetic roots go through Bob Kaufman, North Beach, Haight-Ashbery & the Fillmore.

"Compassion and generosity ... These are the qualities that come to mind when I think of Gail Mitchell and her wide - open poetry. Ranging over a personal history interwoven with the re-making of America into a more poetic country, this writer should be read, must be heard. Her voice is touched by the streets, fired by the imagination, anchored in the heart" -- Neeli Cherkovski

These are the songs of a many faceted woman of color who takes us into and through the multicultural and multiracial rhymes of her milieu. Not only does the structure of an individual poem - here and there - feel like a 'blues riff' but this entire collection of poems is a sustained 'riff' bound by a truly American lyric. This gifted poet sings passionate songs of her day to day life and we become connected through her vision to our daily world. -- Carol Lee Sanchez, author of From Spirit To Matter

Gail Mitchell Poetry -- Part 1 of 2

Gail Mitchell Poetry -- Part 2 of 2

Gail Mitchell on San Francisco Open Mic Poetry Podcast TV

Amestizo ~ BLOG + NEW:

Human Devolution

By Michael A. Cremo, Walking Times, April 2, 2013, Article Source

The question of human origins has always been a hot topic among philosophers and scientists. Today, most of them accept the Darwinian account that humans like us came into existence about 100,000 years ago, having evolved from more apelike ancestors. But the Vedic literature gives us another account of human origins. I call this account human devolution. To put it in its most simple terms, we do not evolve up from matter but devolve, or come down, from spirit. In this article, I want to show how this Vedic concept of human devolution can be presented to those who are not very familiar with the Vedic literature.

The human devolution process, the process by which conscious selves enter human bodies on earth, has been going on for a very long time. According to the Puranas, or histories, humans like us have existed on earth for vast periods of cyclical time. The basic unit of this cyclical time is the day of Brahma, which lasts for 4.32 billion years. The day of Brahma is followed by a night of Brahma, which also lasts for 4.32 billion years. The days follow the nights endlessly in succession. During the days of Brahma, life, including human life, is manifest, and during the nights it is not manifest. According to the Puranic cosmological calendar, the current day of Brahma began about 2 billion years ago. One of the forefathers of humankind, Svayambhuva Manu ruled during that time, and the Bhagavata Purana (Shrimad Bhagavatam 6.4.1) tells us: “The . . . human beings . . . were created during the reign of Svayambhuva Manu.” Therefore, a Vedic archeologist might expect to find evidence for a human presence going that far back in time. In our book Forbidden Archeology, my coauthor Richard L. Thompson (Sadaputa Dasa) and I documented extensive evidence, in the form of human skeletons, human footprints, and human artifacts, showing that humans like ourselves have inhabited the earth for hundreds of millions of years, just as the Puranas tell us. This evidence is not very well known because of a process of knowledge filtration that operates in the scientific world. Evidence that contradicts the Darwinian theory of human evolution is set aside, ignored, and eventually forgotten.

Although this evidence for extreme human antiquity contradicts the current Darwinian theory of human evolution, it does not tell us anything about the actual origin of human beings. These discoveries simply tell us that we need a new explanation for human origins. But that is also important. Why offer a new explanation, unless one is really required? In my new book Human Devolution, I set forth such a new explanation, an explanation based on information found in the Puranas.

Before we ask the question, “Where did human beings come from?” we should first of all ask the question, “What is a human being?” Today most scientists believe that a human being is simply a combination of matter, the ordinary chemical elements. This assumption limits the kinds of explanations that can be offered for human origins. I propose that it is more reasonable, based on available scientific evidence, to start with the assumption that a human being is composed of three separately existing substances: matter, mind, and consciousness (or spirit). This assumption widens the circle of possible explanations.

Any scientific chain of reasoning begins with some initial assumptions that are not rigorously proved. Otherwise, one would get caught in an endless regression of proofs of assumptions, and proofs of proofs of assumptions. Initial assumptions must simply be reasonable on the basis of available evidence. And it is reasonable, on the basis of available evidence, to posit the existence of mind and consciousness, in addition to ordinary matter, as separate elements composing the human being.

For the purpose of scientific discussion, I define mind as a subtle material substance associated with the human organism and capable of acting on ordinary matter in ways we cannot explain by our current laws of physics. Evidence for this mind element comes from scientific research into the phenomena called by some “paranormal” or “psychical.” Here we are led into the hidden history of physics (the knowledge filtering process also operates in this field of knowledge).

For example, every physics student learns about the work of Pierre and Marie Curie, the husband and wife team who both received Nobel Prizes for their work in discovering radium. The account is found in practically every introductory physics textbook. What we do not read in the textbooks is that the Curies were heavily involved in psychical research. They were part of a large group of prominent European scientists, including other Nobel Prize winners, who were jointly conducting research into the paranormal in Paris early in the twentieth century. For two years, the group studied the Italian medium Eusapia Palladino. Historian Anna Hurwic notes in her biography of Pierre Curie (1995, p. 247), “He saw the séances as scientific experiments, tried to monitor the different parameters, took detailed notes of every observation. He was really intrigued by Eusapia Palladino.” About some séances with Eusapia, Pierre Curie wrote to physicist Georges Gouy in a letter dated July 24, 1905: “We had at the Psychology Society a few séances with the medium Eusapia Palladino. It was very interesting, and truly those phenomena that we have witnessed seemed to us to not be some magical tricks—a table lifted four feet above the floor . . . All this in a room arranged by us, with a small number of spectators all well known and without the presence of a possible accomplice.” Pierre Curie reported that on such occasions, the medium was carefully physically controlled by the scientists present. On April 14, 1906, Pierre wrote to Gouy about some further investigations he and Marie had carried out: “We had a few new ‘séances' with Eusapia Paladina (We already had séances with her last summer). The result is that those phenomena exist for real, and I can't doubt it any more. It is unbelievable, but it is thus, and it is impossible to negate it after the séances that we had in conditions of perfect monitoring.” He concluded, “There is, according to me a completely new domain of facts and physical states of space of which we have no idea.”

Such results, and many more like them from the hidden history of physics, suggest there is associated with the human organism a mind element that can act on ordinary matter in ways we cannot easily explain by our current physical laws. Such research continues today, although most scientists doing it are concentrating on microeffects rather than the macroeffects reported by Pierre Curie. For example, Robert Jahn, head of the engineering department at Princeton University, started to research the effects of mental attention on random number generators. A random number generator will normally generate a sequence of ones and zeros, with equal numbers of each. But Jahn, and his associates who have continued the research, found that subjects can mentally influence the random number generators to produce a statistically significant greater number of ones than zeros (or vice versa).

Evidence for a conscious self that can existence apart from mind (subtle matter) and ordinary matter comes from medical reports of out of body experiences (OBEs). During traumatic events such as heart attacks, blood stops flowing to the brain, and the subjects become unconscious. But some subjects report separating from their bodies at such times. They report consciously observing their own bodies. The reality of such experiences has been confirmed by medical researchers. For example, in February 2001, a team from the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, published a favorable study on OBEs in cardiac arrest patients in the journal Resuscitation (v. 48, pp. 149–156). The team was headed by Dr. Sam Parnia, a senior research fellow at the university. On February 16, 2001, a report published on the university's web site said that the work of Dr. Parnia “suggests consciousness and the mind may continue to exist after the brain has ceased to function and the body is clinically dead.” This is exactly the Vedic conception. At death the conscious self leaves the body, accompanied by the subtle material covering of the mind, and then enters another body of gross matter. Memories from past lives are recorded in the mind, and may be accessed by the conscious self in its new body made of gross matter, as shown by psychiatrist Ian Stevenson's extensive studies verifying past life memories of children.

If the human organism is composed of gross matter, mind, and consciousness (or spirit), it is natural to suppose that these elements come from reservoirs of such elements. This suggests that the cosmos is divided into regions, or levels, of gross matter, mind, and consciousness, each inhabited by beings adapted to life there. First, there is a region of pure consciousness. Consciousness, as we experience it, is individual and personal. This suggests that the original source of conscious selves is also individual and personal. So in addition to the individual units of consciousness existing in the realm of pure consciousness, there is also an original conscious being who is their source. When the fractional conscious selves give up their connection with their source, they are placed in lower regions of the cosmos predominated by either subtle material substance (mind) or gross material substance. There is thus a cosmic hierarchy of conscious beings. Accounts of this cosmic hierarchy of beings can be found not only in the Puranas but in the cosmologies of many other cultures. The cosmologies share many features. They generally include an original God inhabiting a realm of pure consciousness, a subordinate creator god inhabiting a subtle material region of the cosmos along with many kinds of demigods and demigoddesses, an earthly realm, dominated by gross matter, inhabited by humans like us.

This suggests that the universe of our experience should show signs that it was designed by a higher intelligence for accommodating human life and other forms of life. Modern cosmology does provide evidence for this. Scientists have discovered that numbers representing fundamental physical constants and ratios of natural forces appear to be finely tuned for life to exist in our universe. Astronomer Sir Martin Rees considers six of these numbers to be especially significant. In his book Just Six Numbers (2000, pp. 3–4), he says, “These six numbers constitute a ‘recipe' for a universe. Moreover, the outcome is sensitive to their values: if any one of them were to be ‘untuned', there would be no stars and no life.” There are three main explanations for the apparent fine tuning of the physical constants and laws of nature: simple chance, many worlds, and some intelligent providential creator. Many cosmologists admit that the odds against the fine tuning are too extreme for a simple chance to be offered as a credible scientific explanation. To avoid the conclusion of a providential designer, they have posited the existence of a practically unlimited number of universes, each with the values of fundamental constants and laws of nature adjusted in a different way. And we just happen to live in the one universe with everything adjusted correctly for the existence of human life. But for modern science these other universes have only a theoretical existence, and even if their existence could be physically demonstrated, one would further have to show that in these other universes the values of the fundamental constants and laws of nature are in fact different than those in our universe.

The Vedic cosmology also speaks of many universes, but all of them are designed for life, and beyond all of these material universes, with their levels of gross and subtle matter, is the level of pure consciousness, or spirit. Originally, we exist there as units of pure consciousness in harmonious connection with the supreme conscious being, known by the Sanskrit name Krishna (and by other names in other religious traditions). When we give up our willing connection with that supreme conscious being, we descend to regions of the cosmos dominated by the subtle and gross material elements, mind and matter. Forgetful of our original position, we attempt to dominate and enjoy the subtle and gross material elements. For this purpose, we are provided with bodies made of the subtle and gross material elements. The subtle material body is made up not only of mind, but of the even finer material elements, intelligence and false ego (for the sake of simplicity, I have in this discussion collapsed them into mind). The gross material body is made of earth, water, fire, air, and ether. Bodies made of these gross and subtle material elements are vehicles for conscious selves. They are designed for existence within the realms of the subtle and gross material elements.

According to their degree of forgetfulness of their original nature, conscious selves receive appropriate bodily coverings. Those who are more forgetful receive bodies that cover their original consciousness to a greater degree. The original conscious being in the Vedic universe (aside from God) is Brahma, the first demigod. His body, manifested directly from Vishnu (the expansion of Krishna who controls the material universe), is made primarily of the subtle material elements. He is tasked with manifesting bodies for the other conscious selves existing at various levels of the cosmic hierarchy. From the body of Brahma come great sages, sometimes known as his mental sons, and also the first sexually reproducing pair, Svayambhuva Manu and his consort Shatarupa. The daughters of Manu become the wives of some of the sages, and they produce generations of demigods and demigoddesses, with bodies composed primarily of the subtle material energy. These demigods and demigoddesses, by their reproductive processes, produce the forms of living things, including humans, who reside on our earth planet.

In the devolution process, our original pure spiritual consciousness is covered by layers of subtle and gross material elements. But the process can be reversed. There is a kind of re-evolution by which we can free consciousness from its coverings, and restore it to its original pure state. Every great spiritual tradition has some means for accomplishing this—some form of prayer, or meditation, or yoga. In the course of chanting mantras, praying, or meditating, the covering elements are spiritualized and removed, so that one gradually comes back in touch with the original source of all conscious beings.

Please visit the Human Devolution website for more details:

United State Cafe ~ Historic Haight/Ashbury Coffee House, San Francisco, California

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Gallery Faire and the United State Cafe

1975 Music Sets Recorded at the United State Cafe

July 29, 1975 = Tuesday Night Class, featuring Keith Lampe A.K.A. Ponderosa Pine & more on this Tuesday recording:

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August 02, 1975 = Robin Kilgore:

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August 09, 1975 = Jumpin Jupiter:

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August 12, 1975 = Gabriel Gladstar:

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August 13, 1975 = Happy Valley String Band:

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August 26, 1975 = Honey Creek:

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These United State Cafe recordings are a reminder of bands and music I loved. Unfortunately, I was not able to record all the people who performed. ~ Curtis +++ Click to Visit FlyingSnail's Podcast page for more music.

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United State Cafe~DC ~ Photo Album by James Stark

United State Cafe~DC Photo Album by James Stark
United State Cafe~DC Photo Album by James Stark

United State Cafe~AC ~ Photo Album by James Stark

United State Cafe~AC Photo Album by James Stark
United State Cafe~AC Photo Album by James Stark

AC/DC - It's A Long Way To The Top

Nobody for President = NONE OF THE ABOVE should be on voter ballots

Sing Out and Celebrate!

Sing Out and Celebrate ~ Featuring Jackson Browne ~ Wavy Gravy, MC ~ Sunday May 12th, 2013 at 3pm
Benefit for Camp Winnarainbow
Jackson Browne with Wavy Gravy, MC
Sunday May 12th, 2013 at 3pm

Join us for an afternoon of music, food and celebration at the intimate Coventry Grove in Kensington as we honor
30 years of the Grace & Joy Scholarship Fund.

Reception, Buffet & Drinks ~ Performance by JACKSON BROWNE ~ Ongoing Silent Auction

$200 General Seating ~ $500 Circle of FUNds ~ Purchase tickets at

Circle of FUNds includes priority seating, limited edition signed event poster& access to an intimate post-concert reception with the artists.

Paul Krassner ~ The Realist/Writer/Comic/Investigative Satirist

Happy 81st Birthday Paul Krassner !!!
Love FlyingSnail and Friends ~ April 9, 2013

Counter-Culture's Paul Krassner Nears 81
Aging Yippie Founder Still Mixes the Political With the Absurd

Pig for Prez: Paul Krassner, right, who is now nearing his 80th birthday, helped found the Yippies with Abbie Hoffman,  second from right. The counter-culture icons famously nominated a pig for president in 1968. - GETTY IMAGES
Pig for Prez: Paul Krassner, right, who is now nearing his 81st birthday, helped found the Yippies with Abbie Hoffman,
second from right. The counter-culture icons famously nominated a pig for president in 1968. - GETTY IMAGES

By Rex Weiner, The Jewish Daily FORWARD, Published April 01, 2012, issue of April 06, 2012, Article Source

LOS ANGELES — Decades before Jon Stewart brought his popular admixture of satire and journalism to the mass media on Comedy Central, the unique hybrid of the two genres could be found regularly in only one very hip and often outrageous media outlet.

But Paul Krassner, the self-described “investigative satirist” who pretty much invented the form in his late 1950s magazine, The Realist, did not stop at being just an entertainer. Krassner, whose 81st birthday will arrive on April 9, was also a child prodigy classical violinist; a stand-up comic who learned his craft at the knee of Lenny Bruce; a fellow traveler with novelist Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters on their path-breaking, hallucinogenic cross-country tour in Kesey's psychedelic painted bus, and a cofounder, with Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, of the Youth International Party, which in 1968 nominated a pig for president in Chicago's Grant Park, amid clouds of tear gas and hails of nightsticks from Chicago's finest during the 1968 Democratic Party National Convention.

Krassner still does stand-up — though these days he stands up with a cane. And he still plays peek-a-boo with his Jewish identity, flashing a now-I-am-now-I-ain't iconoclasm that may belie a deeper ambivalence.

“Whenever somebody says ‘Oy,' I automatically say ‘Vey,' but I'm not Jewish,” he steadfastly maintained in a telephone interview from his home in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. There, in late April, friends and relatives will celebrate the official arrival of octogenarian status for the Yippie whose party's slogan was “Never Trust Anyone Over 30.”

Krassner, shown here in his apartment, founded The Realist, a satirical magazine. - GETTY IMAGES
Krassner, shown here in his apartment, founded The Realist, a satirical magazine. ~ GETTY IMAGES

From 1958, when Krassner launched The Realist from the offices of Mad magazine, through the early 1970s, the magazine mixed truth, fiction and outrage in a blender designed to fuse all three at a molecular level. For example, it published some of the earliest Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories. But some were more serious than others, and after a while it was hard to tell which was which. Which was kind of the point.

Krassner is credited with naming the political activist group known as the Yippies (aka Youth International Party), whose members once attempted to levitate the Pentagon. The party's other founders, Rubin and Hoffman, stood trial as two of the Chicago Seven for their roles in mass protests during the Democratic convention. All were ultimately acquitted, and a federal investigative commission later concluded that the turmoil and disorder that took place there were, in part, “a police riot.”

Designated a “raving, unconfined nut” in FBI surveillance files, Krassner's destiny was anything but foreordained for someone growing up during the postwar era in the Astoria section of Queens. He was, he noted, the product of a typically assimilated Jewish family that belonged to the Astoria Center of Israel (“Formerly known as the Astoria Center of Palestine,” Krassner cracked).

“My family had dinner at a Chinese restaurant every Friday. My parents went to synagogue, but only on the High Holy Days, and they would light the candles in memory of dead grandparents, but that was about it. On Sunday we had bacon and eggs for breakfast,” Krassner said.

Krassner went to Hebrew school, he said, “but only to please my parents.” Even there, he played the trickster, questioning the rabbi who instructed his class that circumcision was a covenant with God. “I challenged him, saying if circumcision wasn't voluntary, it wasn't a covenant,” Krassner recalled. “He agreed, and said: ‘Okay, it's not a covenant anymore. It's an obligation.'”

The Astoria rabbi had a stutter that became an issue during Krassner's bar mitzvah. “When the father of the bar mitzvah boy is supposed to repeat some stuff, the rabbi goes, ‘BB-bb-ruch Aaa-tah Aaa-aadonai….' So my father, who doesn't know Hebrew and thought that was the correct pronunciation, goes ‘BB-bb-ruch Aaa-tah Aaa-aadonai.'

The rabbi got mad and started chastising my father right there in front of the whole congregation because he thought my father was making fun of him. My father wasn't trying to get a laugh; he was trying to be accurate. My relatives started yelling at the rabbi for yelling at my father. ‘Stop, stop! He didn't know!' It was shocking and entertaining.”

Incidents in which reality collided with propriety nurtured Krassner's sense of the absurd from an early age. Krassner recalled how as a violin prodigy, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall. The young soloist in short pants felt an itch and, in midconcert, balanced on one leg to scratch with his other foot. The audience laughed. Enjoying this response, he repeated the gesture, earning the same response — and so the stand-up comedian was born.

“Laughter is your first language,” Krassner said. “It's a bunch of folks leaning over the crib, laughing at everything you do.”

The innocence at the heart of all humor is something he experienced during a tour in Ecuador with his daughter, Holly (now married with a child of her own), to visit tribal shamans. “We lived in a shack in the jungle with three generations of an indigenous tribe. I was wearing bug-eyed green sunglasses that I'd picked up quickly in a store — and they couldn't stop laughing at my shades. To them it was the funniest thing they'd ever seen,” he said.

Krassner has never visited Israel, but he came close in 1978, when he accompanied the Merry Pranksters to Egypt for a Grateful Dead concert in Giza, by the Pyramids. Despite his disavowals of religion, biblical references pop up in Krassner's dialogues as frequently as in a rabbi's sermon.

“I am an atheist, but I have a constant dialogue with the deity I don't believe in,” he said. That conversation, according to Krassner, goes something like this:

Krassner: “So you knew what would happen when you told the Jews that Palestine was the Promised Land, that the Arabs wouldn't just say: ‘Welcome. Please help yourself to some of our land.'”

God (in a booming voice): “I never promised anything. I just said I'll see what I can do.”

Sometimes, like Forrest Gump, Krassner seems to have rubbed shoulders with nearly everyone who contributed to the counterculture of the 1960s. Once, he related, he was a speaker on a panel that included Hoffman and Rabbi Meir Kahane, the radical right-wing founder of the Jewish Defense League. “Bob Dylan was there, too, hanging out backstage with his Hebrew teacher, a guy called One-Legged Terry,” Krassner recalled. “I asked Dylan how come he was learning Hebrew, and he said, ‘Because I couldn't speak it.' I asked him how he felt about the Holocaust. Dylan, a minimalist, said, ‘I resented it.'”

Krassner cited that moment as a “spiritual orgasm, when you're laughing and crying and can't tell the difference between the two, when satire and truth become the same thing.”

Krassner lives in a desert community not far from Palm Springs, Calif., with his wife of 24 years, video journalist Nancy Cain. He keeps busy. Two Krassner books will be published this year, including a rerelease of his 1999 complilation, “Pot Stories for the Soul: An Updated Edition for a Stoned America,” and his 1994 “Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture,” originally published by Simon & Schuster, with an expanded edition available on his website and as an e-book on Kindle.

“I still have my hooked nose, my best friends are Jewish, and occasionally I have dinner at a Jewish restaurant,” he said. “And I still hum ‘Adon olam, asher malach' during interviews,” as he proceeded to demonstrate. “But I don't believe that Jews were the chosen people. I don't even believe that people are the chosen species.”

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Remembering Marla Ruzicka, December 31, 1976 ~ April 16, 2005

Remembering Marla Ruzicka, December 31, 1976 - April 16, 2005

To have a job where you can make things better for people? That's a blessing. Why would I do anything else? - Marla Ruzicka

Marla Ruzicka (December 31, 1976 -- April 16, 2005) was an activist-turned-aid worker. She believed that combatant governments had a legal and moral responsibility to compensate the families of civilians killed or injured in military conflicts. She and her Iraqi translator, Faiz Ali Salim, were killed by a suicide car bombing on Airport Road in Baghdad on April 16, 2005.

In 2003, Ruzicka founded the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), an organization that counted civilian casualties and assisted Iraqi victims of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Born in Lakeport, California, Ruzicka attended Long Island University's Friends World Program, and spent four years traveling throughout Costa Rica, Kenya, Cuba, Israel/Palestine, and Zimbabwe. After graduating in 1999, Ruzicka volunteered for the San Francisco-based organizations Rainforest Action Network and Global Exchange. [Continue Reading]

Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello ~ The ghost of Tom Joad

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Devastating California 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake

Skate or Die

Skate life on an Indian Reservation ~
Wounded Knee (MP3) by Robbie Basho

Boptime with Even Steven + The Legends of Wilmington Jazz

BOPTIME: Saturday, 6 AM Eastern time, 3 AM Pacific time:
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April 6th, 2013 from 7 to 9am Eastern Time 4 to 6am Pacific Time

On April 6th from 7 to 9am Boptime will present a special program about the legendary British rock music producer Joe Meek. Meek was a sonic genius who led a troubled life and who died tragically and suddenly on February 3, 1967. During Meek's career, which began in the mid 1950s, he produced recordings by the Honeycombs, The Cryin' Shames, and many others including the Tornados who were the first British rock band to have a #1 hit in the United States with "Telstar" in 1962. Along with my co-host Christine Facciolo, our special guests for this Boptime special will be Howard S. Berger, who produced the film A Life in the Death of Joe Meek, Barry Cleveland, author of Joe Meek's Bold Techniques, and John Covach author of What's That Sound?: An Introduction to Rock and Its History.

Mike Wilhelm ~ Charlatans, Flamin' Groovies, Loose Gravel, and more

Got My Mojo Workin' ~ Mike Wilhelm & Hired Guns ~

Karl Cohen ~ Association International du Film d'Animation-SF Newsletter

ASIFA-SF Newsletter ~ April 2013

This issue includes 3 feature articles:




Our next ASIFA-SF EVENT WILL BE CAREERS IN ANIMATION with 5 guest experts on the panel.

Also included are a list of animation films that are going to be shown by the SF Film Festival, several news items, etc.

Keith Lampe ~ Co-Founder of YIPPIE and Progressive Activist Groups + YouTube Video Channel

Eastern and Western World Debut 3/17/13

Published on Mar 28, 2013: If you've enjoyed what you've heard so far, please help us spread the word about this new music. In most regions of our planet these days, there are quite a few folks adept at one or more mantras. We urgently hope they'll start getting-it-together with local musicians able to appreciate how much can be added to the presentation of Western tunes by Eastern background vocalists. Indeed, let ten thousand E&W bands bloom. Best wishes, Pondo ~ View related video on Pondo's Video Channel

If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution

Emma Goldman, If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution

Emma Goldman (June 27 [O.S. June 15] 1869 – May 14, 1940) has always been one of my heroes. ~@~

She has been described as -- among other things -- "the most dangerous woman in America" and was given credit for the phrase, "If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution."

She was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.

Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the U.S. in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement in 1889. Attracted to anarchism after the Haymarket affair, Goldman became a writer and a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women's rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands. She and anarchist writer Alexander Berkman, her lover and lifelong friend, planned to assassinate industrialist and financier Henry Clay Frick as an act of propaganda of the deed. Although Frick survived the attempt on his life, Berkman was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. Goldman was imprisoned several times in the years that followed, for "inciting to riot" and illegally distributing information about birth control. In 1906, Goldman founded the anarchist journal Mother Earth.

In 1917, Goldman and Berkman were sentenced to two years in jail for conspiring to "induce persons not to register" for the newly instated draft. After their release from prison, they were arrested -- along with hundreds of others -- and deported to Russia. Initially supportive of that country's Bolshevik revolution, Goldman quickly voiced her opposition to the Soviet use of violence and the repression of independent voices. In 1923, she wrote a book about her experiences, My Disillusionment in Russia. While living in England, Canada, and France, she wrote an autobiography called Living My Life. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, she traveled to Spain to support the anarchist revolution there. She died in Toronto on May 14, 1940, aged 70.

During her life, Goldman was lionized as a free-thinking "rebel woman" by admirers, and denounced by critics as an advocate of politically motivated murder and violent revolution. Her writing and lectures spanned a wide variety of issues, including prisons, atheism, freedom of speech, militarism, capitalism, marriage, free love, and homosexuality. Although she distanced herself from first-wave feminism and its efforts toward women's suffrage, she developed new ways of incorporating gender politics into anarchism. After decades of obscurity, Goldman's iconic status was revived in the 1970s, when feminist and anarchist scholars rekindled popular interest in her life. [Continue Reading]

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Radical Acoustic, Saturday, April 6, 2013, 4 to 6pm

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One More Time

Gil Scott Heron "B" Movie from Reflections (1981)

Beautiful World by Devo ~

2 Corinthians 11:15
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Out Demons, Out

Out Demons, Out

INVOCATION, as delivered by Ed Sanders

"In the name of the amulets of touching, seeing, groping, hearing and loving, we call upon the powers of the cosmos to protect our ceremonies in the name of Zeus, in the name of Anubis, god of the dead, in the name of all those killed because they do not comprehend, in the name of the lives of the soldiers in Vietnam who were killed because of a bad karma, in the name of sea-born Aphrodite, in the name of Magna Mater, in the name of Dionysus, Zagreus, Jesus, Yahweh, the unnamable, the quintessent finality of the Zoroastrian fire, in the name of Hermes, in the name of the Beak of Sok, in the name of scarab, in the name, in the name, in the name of the Tyrone Power Pound Cake Society in the Sky, in the name of Ra, Osiris, Horus, Nepta, Isis, in the name of the flowing living universe, in the name of the mouth of the river, we call upon the spirit…to raise the Pentagon from its destiny and preserve it."

"In the name, and all the names, it is you."

"Out, demons out--back to darkness, ye servants of Satan--out, demons, out! Out, demons, out!" ~ [Continue Reading]

Closing Argument

Drop Dead ~ Telecom Crimes ~ Patriot Act ~ Denialist ~ He Said It ~ Rethinking 9/11 ~ Are you better off?

Boston Legal Speech on America and more
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One Can Lead A Horse To Water, But...

Until there is a solution for this, where one solution has been provided, Nobody will bring Peace to Our Times, feed the hungry, care for the sick, and bake apple pie better than Mom. (otoh) If None of the Above was on voter ballots, it would be a huge step towards recovering U.S. political control, and Nobody gets it.

George Carlin, The American Dream
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Nobody for President 2016 = NONE OF THE ABOVE on Voter Ballots

Oh, I hope that I see you again I never even caught your name As you looked through my window pane ~~ So I'm writing this message today I'm thinking that you'll have a way Of hearing the notes in my tune ~~ Where are you going? Where have you been? I can imagine other worlds you have seen ~~ Beautiful faces and music so serene ~~ So I do hope I see you again My universal citizen You went as quickly as you came ~~ You know the power Your love is right You have good reason To stay out of sight ~~ But break our illusions and help us Be the light ~ Listen ~ Message by Michael Pinder

Without love in the dream, it will never come true. ~ Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter

Artist, John Flores

The man whispered, "God, speak to me" and a meadowlark sang. But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled "God, speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky. But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said, "God let me see you" and a star shined brightly. But the man did not notice.

And the man shouted, "God show me a miracle" and a life was born. But the man did not know.

So the man cried out in despair, "Touch me God, and let me know you are there"

Whereupon God reached down and touched the man. But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Somebody is looking at whatever you do, so always present your most charming you. ~ Artist: Curtis
Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way you expect.