30 Apr 2011

Water Cooler – You Can’t Have A Real Wake Without A Smile

Okay I know that I already posted one post today about Ben Masel and that fact he died of lung cancer yesterday. However the first one was about the need to remember him and keep his legacy alive by our works. That is important but anyone who knew Ben would also know that he liked a party as much as any, and more than most.

Since he is still on my mind to night and I come from a tradition that cries and laughs when one of our own dies, I decided that the least I could do was post a song that I think encapsulates the whole thing.

So for you Ben, and for the rest of us, we have the Kings – Switching To Glide. It is almost always called “This Beat Goes On” but the first one is the real name. Which is just perfect; as you switch glide Ben, the rest of us know the beat goes on.

Yeah, it is cheesy 1980’s rock, but admit it, it made you smile and bounce in your seat a little. After all if the choir eternal has to sing you to your rest, what would you want, Church music, or something that makes everyone around want to get up and dance?

What is on your minds tonight Firedogs? The floor (dance that is) is yours!

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30 Apr 2011

US Assassinates Saif Qaddafi and Three Qaddafi Grandsons

As Jeremy Scahill stated, “Killing a dictator’s innocent grandchildren really showcases our moral superiority.”

No kidding. But what the heck, maybe Obama can cut a few more drone killing jokes tonight at the White House Correspondents Dinner nerdprom. He seems to really like that kind of humor.

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30 Apr 2011

US Assassinates Saif Qaddafi and Three Qaddafi Grandsons

A Nato air strike in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has killed the son and three grandsons of the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, a government spokesman has said

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30 Apr 2011

Cognitive Dissonance Is Fueling Conservative Denial

On April 6, all but one of the Republican members of the US House of Representatives rejected a Democratic amendment that would have put the chamber on record backing the widely held scientific view that global warming is occurring and humans are a major cause. The following day the GOP-led House voted 255 to 172 to strip the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gases. It is remarkable that in 2011, a majority of Republicans in Congress reject the indisputable, scientific consensus that human activity is altering the climate.

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30 Apr 2011

Cleaning up from Tornadoes, Both Natural and Financial

The tornadoes that destroyed communities across the south last week prompted President Obama to declare “I’ve never seen devastation like this . . . It is heartbreaking.”

If only this kind of destruction were limited to natural tornadoes. Unfortunately, the financial meltdown, the mortgage mess, and the foreclosure crisis produced similar tornadoes that have produced exactly the same kind of destruction in parts of many urban areas.

They have block after block of blighted homes and empty lots. Plywood covers the doors and windows of some, while others simply fall to pieces. They didn’t get that way by an “act of God” but by virtue of deliberate acts of human greed and callousness on the part of unscrupulous lenders, mindless robosigners, and coldly calculating investment bankers.

The difference, of course, is that we know how to tame these financial whirlwinds. All it takes is making the effort to do so.

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30 Apr 2011

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicholas Shaxson, Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World

Treasure Islands tells us that tax havens are much larger and much more destructive than most might realize, yet at the same time enjoy much more unofficial and formal support from governments in advanced economies than many of us want to believe.

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30 Apr 2011

Virtually Speaking: Scott Tribe, digby, Joan McCarter, David Swanson, Olivier Knox

May 1-7: digby, mcjoan, David Swanson, Olivier Knox on Virtually Speaking

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30 Apr 2011

Epilogue;

Were those thousands of evolutionary eons productive if our society is no safer today than in the days of marauding Vikings or the Black Death? The germs and pillagers are this time from among our own. Where the doctors will only help you for a price? Where you are no safer inside the city walls than outside them, where you must watch your back as well as your front out of a fear of your own kinsman.

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30 Apr 2011

The High Cost of Fracking – And the Movement Against It

A relatively new natural gas drilling technique – hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” – is being rushed into wide scale use with the same heedless abandon as deep water oil drilling. Activists are trying to put the brakes on it before fracking has the chance to produce its own version of last year’s BP oil spill.

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30 Apr 2011

Anti-Bank Activism Grows with Series of Events in May

Next month, we will see a series of actions at bank shareholder meetings designed to hold the financial industry accountable for crashing the economy. The New Bottom Line coalition plans events at the shareholder meetings of three of the leading banks – Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase.

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