Monday, September 30, 2013

Right On Pope

Whether or not they know it, conservatives in the USA have lost their moral compass. They are more and more isolated from the real world yet acting as if they are kings of the hill.

CNN: Conservatives 'disturbed' by pope's remarks

Good Night

'For The Love Of Mountains'

For the Love of Mountains from Al Boardman on Vimeo.

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,129.67 down 128.57 points.

CNN: Not all Obamacare exchanges will open Oct. 1

Yet Another Reason To Reject The GOTea

I was wondering if these cry babies would still collect after they shut it down, and they do. There really isn't much more room to ratchet up our contempt for these people, it's already at full ratchet, but be my guest ratchet it up.

HuffPo: In Government Shutdown, Congress Members Still Get Paid While Federal Workers Wait In Limbo

NSA

Guardian UK: NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show - Vast amounts of data kept in repository codenamed Marina - Data retained regardless of whether person is NSA target - Material used to build 'pattern-of-life' profiles of individuals

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,137.95 down 120.29 points.

CNN: Is Wall Street betting against Washington?

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - New Poll Finds Americans View Death Of Close Relative More Favorably Than Congress

The Onion: New Poll Finds Americans View Death Of Close Relative More Favorably Than Congress

TRNN - TPP Protestors Scale Trade Building To Bring Attention To Secretive Deal

Global Warming - The IPCC Report In Detail

AlterNet: 15 Things You Should Know About the Major New Report on Climate Science - The world's top experts have spent years weighing all the evidence -- here's what you need to know about their findings.

Retirement Money Predators

AlterNet: Wall Street Predators Wage Secret War on American Retirements -Financiers are lying their way to another giant theft of public money.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 47 degrees and sorta clearing from fogginess here in Upstate NY. And no I am not talking about myself, talking about the weather. It's the last day of September and now the real burr months start coming - Octo-burr etc. I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was exceptionally good. Nice performance on Saturday, I really enjoyed playing the guitar and enjoyed seeing some old friends and comrades. I gotta do that more often.

  At 8:15 a.m. futures are significantly down and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to flat out tank at the opening bell.

  I really just can't contain myself right here. Blame all of this market mess today squarely on the pointy little half-wit thick as a brick headed extremist cult now know at the G.O.Tea. Congress is in the hands of lunatics, actually that's being to kind. They are way beyond lunatics, these people rival any cult mess religious or otherwise that the world has ever produced. They are in that league. Please G.O.Tea leave the US, form a separate Red US in the red states and leave the rest of us alone and out of reach of your misery. I'll help pay for it too.

CNN: Stocks weak as U.S. shutdown looms
"If nothing is agreed by tonight, which seems likely, there will be an economic hit as some [government] employees are put on unpaid leave and non-essential government services close..."

'My Foolish Heart'

Bill Evans

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Good Night

I agree with Begala, the shutdown is a complete and utter loser for the GOTea.

CNN: Three ways to score the shutdown battle

Krugman Vs Kristol

SNL - Tina Fey

GOTea Forcing Shutdown

The GOTea is doing an amazing job of alienating the entire country. Can any of us recall such willful block headed obtuseness coming from the GOTea? Probably not in their present incarnation, but back in the 90s it was Newt who proudly held the block head mantle. Obviously the GOTea Congress is going to utilize this government shutdown card at every debt ceiling increase junction. It would nice to see these people out of work come November 2014.

MSNBC: House delays Obamacare, pushes US toward shutdown Suzy Khimm and Benjy Sarlin

Have A Good Morning

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The Borowitz Report - Fox News: Obama In Plot To Force Americans To Live Longer

The Borowitz Report: Fox News: Obama in Plot to Force Americans to Live Longer

TRNN - Outrage Over Province's Proposal To Arm Toronto Cops With Tasers

Global Warming - Count ON FOX To Get It Wrong

As we predicted, FOX News is the only major news outfit to report disdain on the damning U.N. report that we all need to take rather seriously. There is no global warming says FOX, the world is getting cooler in fact. And the wishful sentiment as always is echoed by it's loyal hierarchically minded, democracy disdaining, group-think devotees.

FOX News: UN climate change report dismisses slowdown in global warming

Off The Hook Watch

AlterNet: From the Mean-Spirited to the Asinine: 7 Prime Examples of Right-Wing Lunacy This Week - It wasn’t just Ted Cruz -- conservative Christians, Fox Newsians and Tea Partiers were off the hook this week.

Sunday

Good morning. It is 43 degrees and foggy here in Upstate NY. The weather logo is promising rain. Up early here on the weekend, the new dog wakes me up every day in the wee of the morning, she politely nudges her snout into my face while I'm sleeping. It's a little startling. I do indeed understand because when you gotta go, you gotta go. The Fall changes are taking place. The vibrant green-ness is draining away from all vegetation and the rusty colors of Fall are becoming more evident. Later this month we start with the raking. The garden is still active with a second planting of lettuce, still got some cukes, herbs, squash, and a few straggler tomatoes. Onto the news.

'Limehouse Blues'

Stochelo Rosenberg

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fixed Rate Reverse REPO

Bloomberg: NY Fed Completes Test of Fixed-Rate Reverse Repo Facility

Good Night

Maddow - On House GOPers

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Rat A Tat Tat

Guardian UK: Tattoos are booming – and this year's look is naval retro - As thousands flock to the London International Tattoo Convention, the surprise trends are for the old favourites – ships and anchors – and for women tattooists

FOX News Nothing Accurate

Hayes - Obamacare For FOX And Friends

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Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Bullied Eighth-Grader Incorrectly Thought Classmates Would Leave Him Alone During Field Trip To 9/11 Memorial

The Onion: Bullied Eighth-Grader Incorrectly Thought Classmates Would Leave Him Alone During Field Trip To 9/11 Memorial

TRNN - UN: Greenland Ice Melting Six Times Faster Than Previous Decades

Good clip, he goes over a few of the denier cult arguments and how these arguments are incorrect.

Global Warming - CBS News

One would suspect that all but one major TV news outlet will openly report on this major U.N. study in a fair and unbiased way.

CBS News: U.N. panel says it's "extremely likely" global warming is predominantly man-made

Chomsky On Liberty

AlterNet: Noam Chomsky: 'The Foundations of Liberty Are Ripped to Shreds' - The U.S. openly brags about boom times for its drone wars, while casually abandoning our 800 year-old system of due process.

'Post Party Stress Disorder'

Burning House

Burning House "PPSD", by Arno Salters & Joseph Pierce from Arno Salters on Vimeo.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Good Night

'Instants'

Instants from Mustafa Boga on Vimeo.

Hersh On The Media

Guardian UK: Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media - Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should 'fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can't control'

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,258.24 dropping 70.06 points.

CNN: Government rolls out shutdown plans

The Daily Show - Iran Man 2

Maddow - GOP Reckless With US Credit

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,256.34 down 71.96 points.

Incorrect title to the following linked article, it should read - 'Thanks A Lot GOP'.

CNN: Thanks a lot, Washington! Stocks fall again

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Man Who Understands 8% Of Obamacare Vigorously Defends It From Man Who Understands 5%

The Onion: Man Who Understands 8% Of Obamacare Vigorously Defends It From Man Who Understands 5%

TRNN - Canada's Neo-Con Government Silences Scientists, Sides With Corporations - Think Tar Sands

Global Warming - For the Millionth Time - Caused By Humans

Front and center on CNN this morning, of all places. The denier cult, and it is a cult, will continue to be in full blossom just as they've been all month in anticipation of this grave report.

CNN: U.N. climate change report points blame at humans

Boorish

AlterNet: Why Are So Many Christians So Un-Christian? - Many right-wing Christians vilify the poor, in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus. Why the hypocrisy?

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. It is 43 degrees and mostly sunny here in Upstate NY. I must say this last week has been spectacular weather-wise, each day has been pretty much my idea of ideal. I'm looking forward to the weekend as my ensemble will be performing. I'll be out there working on a new guitar and that's always a fun thing to do.

  At 8:30 a.m ET futures are moderately lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

  Investors are basically fretting about the turmoil in DC as the GOP led Congress does what it knows best. That would be acting like a bunch a winy bratty babies. If you watched Maddow yesterday you would quickly learn that a GOP led Congress works on shutting down the government as a winy baby tactic starting with the biggest winy baby of them all, Newtster. So the government shuts down and millions of dollars of salaries are kept out of the struggling economy. Oh yes, that's really going to help.

CNN: Stocks set to end week in the red
...how Washington will deal with a possible government shutdown and a debt ceiling that could keep the government from paying its bills.

...monthly report on personal income and spending at 8:30 a.m. ET.

'So What'

Wayne Shorter

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Good Night

NBC News: Barilla pasta baron's anti-gay comment prompts boycott call

Firm Stand-Off

Guardian UK: Obama stands firm on healthcare in face of escalating Republican stand-off - GOP outlines demands for host of political concessions amid twin threats over US debt ceiling and Affordable Care Act

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 15,328.30 gaining 55.04 points.

CNN: Stocks break five-day losing streak

The Daily Show - Healthcare Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure - The Bore-Ax

2.5%

Guardian UK: US economic growth slows as GDP estimate disappoints economists - Latest GDP figures of just 2.5% growth come as weekly jobless claims fell to lows unseen since 2007

Maddow - GOP's Government Shutdown Agenda

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,308.29 up 35.03 points.

Reuters: Dollar, stocks advance on U.S. jobless data

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - President Cruz Fondly Recalls 21-Hour Speech That Started It All

The Onion: President Cruz Fondly Recalls 21-Hour Speech That Started It All

TRNN - Federal Contractor Executives Get $24B Year, While Low Wage Workers Fight More Than $8.25/Hour

Global Warming - Not Over

NY Times: A Pause, Not an End, to Warming

Sick Parents

AlterNet: Breaking Their Will: The Sick Biblical Literalism That Leads to Child Abuse and Even Death - Authoritarian parenting and abusive practices are all too common in some Evangelical households.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 50 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. We are in for yet another gorgeous day, it's been several in a row. I have new advice for the morning. It's very simple too. Periodically disconnect yourself from the web, turn the computer off and let it go. Explore all of the other things that are available to you literally at any point during the day. I like the web as much as anyone but I'm learning to leave it alone regularly.

  At 8:25 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher except...

  At 8:30 a.m. ET the government releases data on the GDP and data on first time weekly layoffs. This is just moments away from when I am typing and these numbers will definitely influence how the market will open Thursday morning.

CNN: Stocks: About to snap the losing streak?
Investors are now waiting for the U.S. government to provide its final estimate of second-quarter GDP at 8:30 a.m. ET...

'Tutu'

Miles Davis

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Good Night

'Hypocentre'

hypocentre -short film- from Claire&Max on Vimeo.

Iran US

Guardian UK: Rouhani and Obama manoeuvres leave Iranians cautiously optimistic - Observers in Tehran express confidence in possibility of future dialogue but conservatives remain sceptical of US intentions

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,273.26 dropping 61.33 points.

CNN: Stocks fall for fifth straight day

Pema's Advice

  There’s no way to make a dreadful situation pretty. But we can use the pain of it to recognize our sameness with other people. Shantideva said that since all sentient beings suffer from strong, conflicting emotions, and all sentient beings get what they don’t want and can’t hold on to what they do want, and all sentient beings have physical distress, why am I making such a big deal about just me? Since we’re all in this together, why am I making such a big deal about myself? Whatever usually drags us down and causes us to withdraw into ourselves is actually the stepping-stone for awakening our compassion and for contacting the vast, unbiased mind of the warrior.

Maddow - The Faux Filibuster

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,342.56 up 7.97 points.

CNN: Postal Service seeks to hike stamp prices by 3 cents

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - New Netflix Gas Lets Users Inhale Multiple Seasons Of TV Shows

The Onion: New Netflix Gas Lets Users Inhale Multiple Seasons Of TV Shows

TRNN - Columbia Professor Latest Sikh Hate Crime Victim

Global Warming - Ocean Heat Content

Real Climate: What ocean heating reveals about global warming

Another View

Alternet: DC Republicans in Full Panic Mode: Obamacare Will Be Hugely Popular and There's Little the GOP Can Do to Stop It - The money is already moving down the pipeline, and Americans are about to get much cheaper healthcare.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is 42 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The forecast logo is showing sunshine through the day and that is great news for people who might be working on renovating their garages. It has occurred to me that one area of human thought that is not useful is in the area of the damning thought. That would be the decision that we all make that either damns a human being to hell as it were or damns ourselves into the ultimate belief that we can't do something be it a challenge or what have you. The damning thought is a dark space that blots out light and lordy lordy knows if there was ever a time for light now is the time. So take a look at those damning thoughts and let them go.

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is slightly higher. The market is poised to open in the flat to ever so slightly higher area.

  We have our conservative Republican brethren to thank for the decline in the market the last few days. Yes the economy is and will continue to take a giant hit as the agreement on the debt ceiling goes nowhere under the tutelage of the Tea Party. So when the government shuts down on October 1st, so will your 401K, your retirement account, your equitities account, and all things with your name and the word account attached.

CNN: Stocks: Weighed down by Washington woes
There are concerns that Congress will be unable to adequately deal with the country's debt ceiling woes, which means the government risks defaulting on its debt next month.

'You Don't Know What Love Is'

Sonny Rollins

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

'Hating Breitbart'

trailer - curious movie on the work of Andrew Breitbart. It is a pro-Breitbart movie and like many things that come from the right it shows nothing but fight and confrontation and virtually nothing about conservative policy. One would think that a movie on Brietbart the conservative would actually explore his ideology to some extent, the movie does not do this. Instead you will see lots of gotcha moments chalked up to Breitbart's corner of the ring. Is there hypocrisy on the left - yes..and...and. You leave the movie thinking of a guy who had a full steam head of anger surrounding "liberal media" but not much to say about policy. Ultimately it's more about his personality as a public figure and not much else - lots of angry persona and not any depth. The movie does him a disservice because unless he was nothing but a veneer and I doubt he was, that's what the movie gives you.

Good Night

'Percussive Maintenance'

Percussive Maintenance from Duncan Robson on Vimeo.

Compassionate Conservatives

USA Today: States move ahead with food stamp cuts

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,334.59 dropping 66.79 points.

CNN: Stock market losing streak hits four days

Just Bee

Guardian UK: Why they're vanishing, a $10m bee defense fund, and a new 'solitary' bee - This week: the web of pollinators' decline, finding a chemical 'trigger' for hostility to mites, and Neil Gaiman on beekeeping

Maddow - Cruz

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,429.32 up 27.94 points.

CNN: Obamacare: Your 12 biggest questions answered

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Absolutely Disgusting Shower Curtain Liner Has Another 3 Years Left In It

The Onion: Absolutely Disgusting Shower Curtain Liner Has Another 3 Years Left In It

TRNN - Pt. 1 BRICS Countries Beset By Economic Problems

Global Warming - Tiny Steps

NYT: An Important Step on Global Warming

Fix It Already

AlterNet: Robert Reich: We Can Save the Economy If We Get Serious About Taxing the Rich - New documentary "Inequality for All," starring Reich explains how to fix America's income inequality.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 43 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. Looking like another gorgeous Fall day and we can use it. I hope the weather can hold out for a few more weeks because I've got some house painting that needs get done before the snow flies.

  At 8:20 a.m. ET futures are significantly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

  Investors have a double misery presentation to fret over this morning, the abatement of QE3 and the GOP led lunacy to shut down the government. Leave it to Republicans and it's extra-misery terrible infant the Tea Knuckle Head Party to take delight in wrecking the economy for the ordinary American. If it's GOP, it's misery. Seriously, people make money on the markets going up and going down so there has to be huge gobs of money in there for somebody for the the GOP to go out of it's knuckle head way to shut down the government. After all, as we know, the GOP is there for one reason only and that's to assist the billionaires of the world.

CNN: U.S. policy clouds weigh on stocks
Investors are again worried about the possibility of a U.S. government shutdown and its impact on the economy. They're also wary about the Federal Reserve's next monetary policy move...

'Medley'

Wayne Shorter

Monday, September 23, 2013

Good Night

'Dear Reader - Took Them Away'

Dear Reader - Took Them Away (Official Video) from Rob Savage on Vimeo.

Smartest Watch

Guardian UK: Apple co-founder on smart watches: 'I want the entire internet on my wrist' - Steve Wozniak tells Wired that designers are limiting devices by sticking to the form factors of the past

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,401.38 dropping 49.71 points.

CNN: How a shutdown could affect the economy

Cruz Watch

The new Joe McCarthy - the resemblance is striking -  jaw, chin , ear shape, nose, twinkly eyes, lips, dark greasy hair. Cruz knows it, and has taken on McCarthy's crap mantle.

Politico: Ted Cruz scrambles to salvage strategy





















Rhino Poaching Up

Guardian UK: Record number of rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013 - Total of 688 rhino deaths passes last year's record, with three months of the year still to go

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,402.67 down 48.42 points.

CNN: Fed's Dudley: Economy still too weak to taper

Have A Good Morning

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The Borowitz Report - House Republicans Line Up For Free Annual Physicals Before Defunding Obamacare

The Borowitz Report: House Republicans Line Up for Free Annual Physicals Before Defunding Obamacare

TRNN - Thanks To Gov. Corbett, Philly Schools Open Overcrowded And Understaffed

Global Warming - Children

Guardian UK: Children will bear brunt of climate change impact, new study says - Most comprehensive climate change review to date warns of risks to children, with Unicef arguing that children have been largely left out of the debate so far

Putrid

AlterNet: 9 Nastiest Things In the Meat You Eat - Meat contaminants are not likely to go away because they stem from Big Meat's desire to maximize profits by growing animals faster.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 45 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. It is the first complete day of Fall although Fall officially began on Sunday at 4:44 p.m. It's crisp out there, but the light and clarity during Fall is beautiful. What a weekend, my personal website was hacked by I suspect some Russian porn hackers. Every page on my site would redirect to a stripper and porn site ad. They had embedded code on every single page including pages with Buddhist prayers of all things. Such is our modern world. I have deleted all of it and now will start over with a much more modest goal in mind so that I can monitor the code every day. The web is crawling with these types of hackers, this site and all blogs get many hits all day long from hackers many if not most from Russia and former USSR places all trying to scam people onto their pornography. Where the hell are the internet police?

  At 8:30 a.m. ET futures are slightly higher and the price of oil per barrel is slightly up. The market is poised to open in the flat to slightly higher area.

  After Friday's meltdown the day is beginning on a fair note. It is still Fed monetary policy that is the main concern. QE3 can't go on forever yet the economy continues to limp along with stagnant job growth, crumby poor jobs too, and a GOP bent on eviscerating all social programs thus damning huge segments of the population to endless poverty.

CNN: Stocks: Steady start on tap
...new data from HSBC showing China's manufacturing sector expanded at the fastest pace in six months.

...Hong Kong was closed in the morning because of Typhoon Usagi.

'Zero Gravity'

Wayne Shorter

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Good Night

'Celebration And Chorale'

celebration and chorale from nakauchiyukie on Vimeo.

Take The Good Guy Test

Guardian UK: NRA chief repeats call for 'good guys with guns' after navy yard shooting - Wayne LaPierre appears on NBC's Meet the Press to discuss rampage which killed 12 people at Washington naval base

Cruz

The man is working with an extra-worldly mindset.

Raw Story: Cruz announces plan B for defunding Obamacare: ‘Shut down the military’

Hacked

Anyone who visits my personal website jimsande.org will see that it is now down. The website got hacked, and when I say hacked, man they did a number on it. Every page would redirect you to a porn site. Now that's the modern world. I will be slowly rebuilding the site and hope to see it up and running within a month.

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Lonely Nation Gathers Outside Window Of Happy Family Eating Dinner Together

The Onion: Lonely Nation Gathers Outside Window Of Happy Family Eating Dinner Together

TRNN - Food Stamps Among The Most Effective Economic Stimulus

Global Warming - Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change Warning

Guardian UK: Climate change: IPCC issues stark warning over global warming - Call to 'stop dithering about fossil fuel cuts' as expert panel warns entire globe is affected

We Miss You

AlterNet: RIP, the Middle Class: 1946-2013 - The 1 percent hollowed out the middle class and our industrial base. And Washington just let it happen

Sunday

Good morning. It is 55 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY, a great day for working on one's garage. At 4:44 p.m. ET Fall officially begins. We will miss this Summer, what an excellent friend it's been - the garden was fantastic, the fresh vegetables were delicious and nutritious, and the living was indeed easy. We learn things all the time and this Summer was no exception. We all grew a little bit, changed a little bit, got wiser and dumber at the same time. The Fall is no slouch either, it means the beginning of the Knicks, excellent apples and squash, pumpkin pies, cooler nights and wool sweaters, and the remembrance of tantalizing lovers fresh in our schools when we were too young to know better or worry about it.

'Footprints'

Wayne Shorter

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Good Night

'Trip'

Trip from vjsuave on Vimeo.

Bombing

Something bad is in the air these last few days. What gives?

Reuters: More than 50 killed in attack in Baghdad Shi'ite stronghold

Another Mass Shooting - Kenya

NYT: Upscale Mall Becomes War Zone in Kenya Terror Attack

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Area Man’s Intelligence Probably Just Too Intimidating For Most Women

The Onion: Area Man’s Intelligence Probably Just Too Intimidating For Most Women

TRNN - Pt. 1 US And Iran Move Closer To Negotiations But Neo-Con Objectives Attempt To Pull Them Apart

Laugh

This is a repost and it's still great -

Don't Say It

AlterNet: 10 Things Not to Say to a Lesbian - Queer women are tired of answering stupid questions.

Saturday

   Good morning. It is 58 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. It's a little raw out there with windiness and the potential of rain in the air. The birds outside my window are chirping and sound pretty content, I'm happy to report. I was thinking about this game we all used to play when we were children. It's called 'Operation', remember that one. You would use tweezers to carefully remove internal "body parts" from the illustrated hapless figure. If your tweezers hit the edge of the body part cavity the light bulb would go off and you'd lose your turn, or something like that. Nice, you know, works on meticulous hand to eye coordination and would be a real challenge for some.
   Which leads me to Ted Cruz for no particular reason. What is the deal with this guy? Is he the creepiest thing to slither out of Texas yet? I'm thinking yea. I just don't get it, he has a remarkable education and he's very articulate, but how can one add all that up and arrive at Ted Cruz? What screw in that guy's mind provokes such misery, boorishness, arrogance, greed, and contempt for humanity. Has he figured out how to make the big paycheck by putting on the robe of Tea Party king. It could be that really. Sometimes when an individual gets outstanding praise from a group of people then the praise goes directly to one's head so to speak. He is high on his popularity within his own little Tea Party micro world. The end result unfortunately is garbage which Ted is oblivious to.

'Reflektor'

Arcade Fire

Friday, September 20, 2013

Good Night

'The Kinda Sutra' - 4 stars **** - Sande, watch this film.

The Kinda Sutra from Nonfiction Unlimited on Vimeo.

Idiots

House Republicans, please, design a bill that divides America into two countries and please, please, go away forever to your newly formed conservative utopia. In utopia you can all point rifles at each other, de-fund everything, and re-establish the plantation systems of old.

Guardian UK: House Republicans set course for shutdown with anti-Obamacare bill - speaker John Boehner heralds measure to continue funding government certain to be rejected by Democratic Senate

NY Times: House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,451.09 down 185.46 points.

Reuters: Wall Street ends down but posts gains for week

Omega-3

from a deep operative

Timely research: Higher Omega-3 levels linked to lower risk of depressive states

The Daily Show - Care Fears

Maddow - GOP Imploding Over Obamacare

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the non hour the DOW is at 15,554.80 down 81.75 points.

CNN: Shutdown and default: What are the odds?

Have A Good Morning

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The Onion - Hell Now A Thriving Epicenter Of Gay Culture

The Onion: Hell Now A Thriving Epicenter Of Gay Culture

TRNN - Colorado's Biblical Floods Linked To Climate Change

Global Warming - Get Real

WaPo: The real effects of global warming

Modern Tragedy

AlterNet: A Toddler on 3 Different Psychiatric Meds? How Drugging Kids Became Big Business - Big pharma has discovered a lucrative new market in kids.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning and welcome to the weekend. It is 48 degrees and hazy with expected sunshine here in Upstate NY. This weekend it becomes official, Fall will be arriving on Sunday. I applaud the new Pope's call for mercy and understanding towards gays, abortion, and all of the hated issues that America's right wing is blathering and obsessed about. One wonders when the hatred for the new Pope will start coming out of our right-wing-nuts. The Pope is doing the correct thing, he is changing the culture by making a keystone shift in how people might think and feel about other human beings. I think this is the best news I've read all week because the coat-tails from this action are long and effect millions and millions of people's attitudes. The Pope is creating a good space.

  At 8:20 a.m. ET futures are modestly lower and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open lower.

Investors are wondering what's next after the impromptu rise in equities when Bernanke told the world that quantitative easing will stay unchanged. What is next? Well with the government about to be shut down by the lunatics on the right, expect markets to be rattled.

CNN: Stocks: Treading water after record run
There is little in the way of economic or corporate news expected, though investors will be watching developments at Apple...

'William Tell Overture'

The music of Rossini

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Destroying Evidence

Guardian UK: Former Halliburton employee faces charges for destroying oil spill evidence - Company's 2010 cementing technology director charged for deleting data related to the deadly BP oil spill

Anti

This is from February.

ThinkProgress: The Meat Industry Consumes Four Times The Amount Of Antibiotics As Sick Americans Do

Merciful

BBC: Pope Francis: Church too focused on gays and abortion - Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception and needs to become more merciful.

Good Night

'I thought of Frida Kahlo'

I thought of Frida Kahlo from Katie Armstrong on Vimeo.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains How Gravity Affects Time

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 15,636.55 dropping 40.39 points.

CNN: Stocks pause after Fed-fueled record run

The Daily Show - Depressingly Familiar Post-Tragedy Analysis

Maddow - Conservative War On Obamacare

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,645.23 down 31.71 point.

CNN: Income, poverty and uninsured in your state

Have A Good Morning

Jackson Pollock

The Onion - New Study Finds Americans Scoot Over At Least 10 Miles Per Year

The Onion: New Study Finds Americans Scoot Over At Least 10 Miles Per Year

TRNN - Rania Masri On Reality Asserts Itself

Global Warming - FOX

  Is it any wonder why people are so confused in this country when you have an outfit like FOX pumping this type of nonsense into people's heads. You would have to be hiding under a rock to not in the least little bit notice the changes that are obviously under way throughout the world. Yet we still see this type of article.

FOX News: New study says threat of man-made global warming greatly exaggerated

Janet Yellen

AlterNet: 6 Things You Need to Know About the Woman Who May Soon Be the Most Powerful Economist on Earth - Janet Yellen may turn attention to unemployment if she becomes Federal Reserve chair.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. It is 45 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. It looks like a gorgeous day is shaping up. This is good for me as I am rebuilding my garage and I lost some time with a few recent rainy days.

  At 8:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are higher and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open higher.

  The investment world was surprised on Wednesday to learn that quantitative easing will continue as is. As a result the market is on a roll which is spilling over into today's opening. At its present rate the DOW is actually within distance of 16,000 - remarkable.

CNN: Stocks: Powering ahead, inspired by Fed
...investors welcoming the Federal Reserve's decision to make no change to the rate at which it is pumping money into markets.

At 10 a.m., the National Association of Realtors will release its monthly report on existing home sales.

'Esther - Excerpts'

Handel

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

'Magpie'

Magpie from Russell O. Bush on Vimeo.

Good Night

Guardian UK: Aaron Alexis's mother 'heartbroken' over Washington DC shooting deaths - Cathleen Alexis makes emotional statement and says she is glad her son is 'now in a place where he can longer harm anyone'

No Taper, More Slug

Reuters: Fed surprises, sticks to stimulus as it cuts growth outlook

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 15,676.94 gaining 147.21 points.

CNN: Dow, S&P hit record after Fed holds off on taper

The Daily Show - Wrongnado

Maddow - Common Sense Gun Laws

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,487.26 down 42.47 points.

CNN: Investors wait for taper news from Fed

Pema's Weekly Advice

THE TRUTH ABOUT AGGRESSION

If you’re aggressive in your dealings, that’s how you’ll be regarded in the world. You might smile and give generously, but if you frequently explode in anger, people never feel comfortable in your presence and you’ll never have peace of mind.

Have A Good Morning

work by René Magritte

The Onion - Company More Like Family Whose Members Are Desperate To Join Better Family

The Onion: Company More Like Family Whose Members Are Desperate To Join Better Family

TRNN - Why Didn't OWS Transform Into A Political Movement?

Global Warming - Man Made

Amazing to see that the denier cult is pushing the crazed notion that the earth is cooling, right now, just as this major U.N. report is out. Coincidence?

Irish Times: Blame for global warming placed firmly on mankind - UN climate report sets out extent of mankind’s greatest threat

Enemies

AlterNet: Americans Are 110 Times More Likely to Die from Contaminated Food Than Terrorism - Cantaloupe vs. al-Qaeda: What's more dangerous?

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. It is a foggy 41 degrees here in Upstate NY. In case you are wondering Fall officially begins this year on Sunday. Ah oh Summer, my friend, how I will miss you and how I will welcome your steamy hot return. I have 'The Power Of Habit' on my night table -



  At 8:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

  Investors will be all ears later this afternoon as Bernanke will announce the probable beginning of quantitative easing tapering. The taper is in, it's like a tape worm, sort of. Anyhow, how will this effect us? I suspect but am not certain, that IRA's, investment accounts, 401k's and such will probably but not definitely slim down.

CNN: Stocks: It's taper time!
The central bank is scheduled to release a statement at 2 p.m. ET following the conclusion of its latest policy-making meeting. Fed chair Ben Bernanke will then hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the Fed's latest assessment of the economy and its plans for the future.

'Violin Concerto No 1'

Saxophonist Amy Dickson performs the music of Phil Glass

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Good Night

'Carn'

Carn - Jeff Le Bars from Jeff Le Bars on Vimeo.

Philosophical Extremism

Reuters: Man shot in Russia in argument over Kant

Elephants In Your Garden

Guardian UK: Indian farmers fight elephant menace with chilli - Plan to plant chilli peppers along migration routes in bid to deter animals from eating crops and damaging farmland

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 15,529.73 gaining 34.95 points.

CNN: 5 years after the crisis: Main St. vs. Wall St.

'Inequality For All'

trailer

The Daily Show - Robert Reich Extended Interview Pt. 1

Maddow - The Gunman's Background

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DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,535.18 up 40.40 points.

CNN: 15% of Americans living in poverty

Have A Good Morning

work by René Magritte

The Onion - 250-Pound Man Sadly In Best Shape Of His Life

The Onion: 250-Pound Man Sadly In Best Shape Of His Life

TRNN - UN Syria Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Used, Culprit Still Not Known

Global Warming - The Fingerprints

Guardian UK: What's causing global warming? Look for the fingerprints - A new paper by Santer et al. (2013) finds patterns in the climate that indicate human-caused global warming

Floods

AlterNet: 5 Things You Should Know About Colorado's '1,000 Year Flood' (with Jaw-Dropping Photos) - Boulder may record more rainfall this past week than it usually gets in a year.

The Market On Tuesday

  Good morning. It is 38 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. Yes, read those low numbers and weep, and also remember that it is still officially Summer. We've had another mass shooting, it's beyond tragic and it's hard to understand. I think that the basic problem lies in the overlay of violence that permeates America on so many levels. We live in a violent country where frustration, tension, anxiety, disappointment, struggle and all of that are very pronounced, very much felt. It's hard to find a degree of contentment, and happiness is found in tiny temporary amounts if at all. So the mass killings are just the top of that great unrest, anger, and disturbance. The mass killings are the cream of the heap of violence and why would it be any other way given the base of the heap. It's easy to point this out as you know, the hard part is disassembling it, and putting it back together with a greater degree of compassion and awareness. Easier said than done.

  At 8:20 a.m. ET futures are flat and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open in the flat to lower area.

  Investors are back to pondering life without quantitative easing. A Fed meeting is on the burner and the results of the meeting are highly anticipated. Also today investors get a key metric on inflation and we know how terribly important this is. It's expensive out there and one wonders how an ordinary family can get by, food is too expensive, gas is too expensive, everything is too expensive. We are pricing ourselves into poverty and wages are pathetic.

CNN: Stocks: Focusing on the Fed
An announcement (from the Fed) on so-called tapering could be made Wednesday.

...Bureau of Labor Statistics, which will release the August edition of its Consumer Price Index at 8:30 a.m. ET.

'Summer'

Vivaldi

Monday, September 16, 2013

Good Night

'Seed Story'

Seed Story from William D. Caballero on Vimeo.

Nearly Nuked

Mother Jones: A Sneak Peek at Eric Schlosser's Terrifying New Book on Nuclear Weapons - His six-year investigation of America's mishaps and near-misses will scare the daylights out of you.
Here's the truth: Just days after JFK was sworn in as president, one of the most terrifying weapons in our arsenal was a hair's breadth from detonating on American soil. It would have pulverized a portion of North Carolina and, given strong northerly winds, could have blanketed East Coast cities (including New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC) in lethal fallout.

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 15,494.78 gaining 118.72 points.

CNN: 13 killed in Navy Yard shooting rampage; dead suspect identified

Chomsky On Syria

This is from Thursday Sept. 12th.

Shooting

Guardian UK: Navy yard shooting: 'several' dead as DC police seek gunman

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 15,529.86 up 153.80 points.

CNN: The taper is coming. Get over it

Have A Good Morning


The Onion - Department Of Agriculture Locates Perfect Goat

The Onion: Department Of Agriculture Locates Perfect Goat

TRNN - Mexico City Police Violently Crackdown On Occupying Teachers

Global Warming - IPCC Report

The Economic Times: Scientists more certain of human activities behind global warming, says IPCC Report

Yellen

AlterNet: Resistance Led by Eliz Warren Knocks Summers Out—Now It's Yellen's Turn - Obama can now make history by nominating the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. It is 54 degrees and ever so lightly raining here in Upstate NY. Waking up at 6:30 a.m. to take the dog out, as she sticks her face in my face while I'm sleeping and demands to be taken out, it's pretty dark out. Yes, Winter here we come, ready or not, and it's mostly not. I hope you had a good weekend, mine was very productive. I'll write more about it in the future, but this course from Coursera that I'm taking on monetary policy is fascinating. Seriously this is stuff that anyone who is concerned about politics and the economy of the country needs to know at least some of. This professor knows his stuff and then some.

  At 8:20 a.m. ET futures are significantly higher and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open higher but one might suspect certain energy stocks may retreat.

  Wall Street is bubbling with joy over Larry Summers withdrawing from consideration for the Fed job and the prospect of Janet Yellen taking the job. Yellen would probably want to continue with some QE activity which will keep interest rates super low. That's some cheap fun money.

CNN: Stocks gain, S&P nears new record
Investors are excited at the prospect of Yellen taking over from current Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, since she is widely expected to pursue a similar policy of stimulating the economy to bring the unemployment rate down.

The threat of imminent U.S.-led military strikes against Syria has now faded to the background...

'Radio Free Europe'

REM

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Good Night

Guardian UK: Google's Eric Schmidt says government spying is 'the nature of our society' - Tech giant's executive chairman calls for greater transparency but declines to 'pass judgment' on spying operations

India And Oppressing Women

Guardian UK: The World Before Her: women learning to kill or wear a bikini in India - video extracts

Upping The Conversation

Read this -

Guardian UK: 'Threatening climate change messages are not effective' - In this interview with Yale 360, prof Dan Kahan explains why scientists and the media need to frame the science in ways that will resonate better with the public

Obama, Syria, The Deal, Threats

Guardian UK: Kerry insists Syria strikes still an option as Obama defends deal with Russia - Secretary of state speaks in Jerusalem and president appears on ABC to defend White House handling of chemical weapons talks

Have A Good Morning

work by Jay-Hyo Lee - a bench made from recycled nails - link


The Borowitz Report - McCain Accuses Obama Of Thinking Before Using Force

The New Yorker: McCain Accuses Obama of Thinking Before Using Force

The Onion - Couple Thoughtfully Puts Up Wedding Website For Friends To Mock

The Onion: Couple Thoughtfully Puts Up Wedding Website For Friends To Mock

The Syria Deal And Israel

Guardian UK: Israel gives cautious welcome to Syria chemical weapons deal - Binyamin Netanyahu says deal brokered by US and Russia must be judged on whether it eliminates Syria's arsenal in its entirety

TRNN - Wall Street Banks Obtain Market Data Ten Minutes Before Everyone

Global Warming - Boulder Creek, Artists, What To Learn

AlterNet: What We Can Learn from the Deadly Boulder Floods - We can keep arguing whether the devastating still–unfolding flood in Colorado was caused (or amplified) by climate change (or not) or we could get serious about addressing the climate crisis.

Weekly Nut

AlterNet: 7 Totally Crazy Statements by Right-Wing Lunatics From This Week - What a week: Ted Cruz wishes America had 100 more senators like Jesse Helms.

'All the Small Things'

Blink 182 - possibly my favorite pop song, right up there with 'Can't Get You Outta My Head'.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Good Night

'Vasily'

Vasily from STEREOTACTIC on Vimeo.

Maher - GOP Switching Positions - 'Blacktrack'

Maddow - GOP's Man Crush On Putin

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Lenny Schultz

This is from 2007

Record online: Lenny's crazy Catskill antics

Have A Good Morning

work by Joan Miró

The Onion - Mother Feels Violent Desire To Make Front Doorway Reflect Current Season

The Onion: Mother Feels Violent Desire To Make Front Doorway Reflect Current Season

TRNN - Seed Control Columbia

Monsanto will eventually control the entire food supply and a genetically modified diet will be consistent and everywhere. This is happening right under our noses with virtually no objection.

Global Warming - 'Climate Change Highway'

Check out the slide show -

AlterNet: Take a Frightening Tour Down America's 'Climate Change Highway' [with Slideshow] - A stretch of a Wyoming road offers a good glimpse of our future.

Suckered

AlterNet: How the 1 Percent Suckered the Tea Party Crowd into Doing Their Bidding - When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grassroots uprising on their behalf. Here's why it always works.

'Minor Swing'

Stochelo Rosenberg and Richard Galliano