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The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.

It’s been an incredible last few weeks, got to visit in Big Bend, such a reward for the work I did back in the 60’s to fund this incredible park. If you never have been, you are that much poorer.

View Across Rio Grande

Sometimes we get to do the things our lives are better for, and even motivations that are a bit strained work then. I’m visiting now in TX at my own home, got to drive the route I spent so many years driving into Dallas yesterday, reminding me of what I put into buying the place, and it’s sad to know that the work I put in no longer rewards workers who do it.

Detained al Jazeera journalists continue to be imprisoned, and those of us who think we can never go there support them, without ever experiencing such horrors.

The leaked video shows the 26-year-old reporter in poor health prior to being abruptly moved from his prison cell last Monday to an undisclosed location. Elshamy has been on hunger strike for the last 114 days in protest against his imprisonment.

On their twitter account, Elshamy family said that he has been transferred to a solitary confinement in maximum security Scorpion unit in Tora prisons.

In the video which was filmed a week before he was moved, Elshamy reiterated that he was jailed for merely doing his job, saying: ‘I’m Al Jazeera Arabic’s news reporter. I have been detained since August 14 in Cairo while I was covering the dispersal of Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in. I was doing my job as a reporter and despite the authorities knowing this, I have been detained for 266 days without any charge and without committing any crime.’

Nigerian villagers have administered their own variations of justice by killing Boko Haram abusers who are related to the kidnappers of schoolgirls.

It is reported that over 100 Boko Haram men were killed by the villagers and an equal number was arrested as well. Both police personnel and villagers were involved in the coordinated attack, meant to repel the terror group.

The villagers claim that since the time, they took arms, the militants have been defeated several times.

While it’s hard to applaud such violence, those whose freedom is actually attacked understand the need to strike back.

In Turkey, the mine disaster has provoked strikes that seek to end working conditions that amount to abuse and eminent disaster for those trying to support families at the little bit of work that exists.

Trade unions in Turkey are holding a one-day strike in protest at the country’s worst ever mine disaster, which has claimed at least 282 lives.

Thousands have taken to the streets in cities across the country; clashes are reported to have broken out in Izmir.

I had the opportunity a few days ago to have a long talk with some one who is thoughtful, but thought the government supports those who don’t work. Fortunately, this one had the intelligence to see when it was pointed out that survival of the fittest should apply to corporate viability, and that use of the government to keep business interests from dying a natural death when they are not supporting themselves is wrong. That the public has taken a big hit from policies that give away money from taxpayers to the businesses that lobby should be made part of our conversation, and it will wake up even Fox viewers to the impoverishment of the U.S. economy that is being imposed on us.

Also, please be aware that drugs meant to keep you from living a healthy life depend on your ignorance, and that for profit health systems rob you of your independence as well as your money.


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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.