open menu: feel free to contribute links, music, thoughts, questions, peeves or dreams…

the most recent one (from Dec. 2013) is here

i haven’t watched this yet, but mean to soon as i can  (i’m behind on chores again.)  ;)

77 responses to “open menu: feel free to contribute links, music, thoughts, questions, peeves or dreams…

  1. UKRAINE- NEO-NAZI’S AND CORPORATE MEDIA LIES
    Before you discount this story I ask that you check it out for it’s veracity.
    I had planned to have this story published on a local community media outlet but they refused to allow it to be published.

    We are being lied to . It is on such a massive and total level that it causes the truth speakers and truth seekers amongst us to pause, feeling overwhelmed at times. Then we stand up straight, grab our tools and get right back to work.
    These very easily verifiable facts that are being given here are not to be found on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, Star Tribune, MPR, NPR, WCCO or any of the other corporate media in this country.
    Your government is supporting real, honest to God Neo-Nazi’s in the Ukraine. When I say Neo Nazi’s I am not speaking rhetorically like “Rush Limbagh is a Nazi.” No, I am saying as in Zeig Heil, “We need to kill all da Jews” type of Nazi’s. This is what these people in Ukraine are saying and in some cases already starting to do.
    Again those are very easily verifiable facts. If you do not believe me then simply check it out.
    Again, your government are supporting goose stepping Nazi’s in the Ukraine. Right wing nationalist armed thugs.
    CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, MPR all of the corporate media know this. The facts are out there yet they simply refuse to report them. For reasons that we can only surmise. I strongly suspect that the simple fact that five, yes five corporations own 95% of the media accessible to you is a contributing factor to the answer.
    Which made Anderson Cooper of CNN and the rest who blathered on about an obscure reporter leaving RT because of “control issues” by the management laughable if it were not so tragic. Not to ignore that that story itself was in fact more manufactured lies. Which is just as false and contrived as the “Sadaam Hussein is stealing baby incubators” story. Remember that? That was another manufactured lie. Just like Iraq and WMD’s or……………
    As the noted scholar and media critique Noam Chomsky pointed out in his book “Manufacturing Consent” the media in this country is strictly controlled. He pointed out the five filters of corporate media manipulation. With you being the final product. You are not the consumer, You are the product.
    Needless to say Noam Chomsky is never allowed on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News etc etc. Which means that those who are “allowed’ on are not to be trusted either.
    There is a war on for your mind. They are lying to you on such a massive level now that it is undeniable. Do not believe them, do not trust them and do not trust the institutions that they protect.
    The Founders of our nation enshrined the Press, the media into the First Amendment of the Constitution for one simple reason. A Free Press is in place to be a watch dog on those in power. Instead they have become lap dogs to the powerful. The same goes for those who are “allowed” onto their airwaves. Which by the way was our airwaves before they stole them.
    A media that flat out refuses to inform We The People of all relevant facts have proven themselves to be the enemy of an informed public. That makes them enemies of this democratic Republic of ours. Which is dying right in front of your very eyes.
    If you look past the Miley Cyrus stories.
    Wake Up. Get Organized. Before it is too late.

  2. I even passed this on the FDl and Op Ed news. On the tiny off chance that they may have changed. Because I firmly believe this story is so important. Nope. Oh well. Carry On.

  3. well, i know that ds wright (front page author at fdl) knows the us is funding nazis in ukraine by way of vickie nuland’s ‘$ 5 billion to yats’, as well as some of the deep state NGOs (arguments abound over parsing that subject and depending on which ‘contributor’ (say pierre omidyar or other media lynchpin), yada, yada… the fdl commentariat for the most part realizes it, as do most of the reader diaries authors who write on ukraine and crimea.

    amy goodman’s guests have said it’s so (the stephen cohen fellow, see how many sites carry his inerviews and writing), paul jay’s guests at trrn say it’s so. counterpunch authors agree.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=stephen+cohen+on+ukraine+democracy+now

    but i really haven’t looked into oped news lately, so i can’t say who they are in their current iteration, although i do recall a vague rumor or two…

    but yes, the msm is so full of propaganda and ginning up war that it’s jaw-dropping! most bets are on the generals keeping it from happening, but the caveat to that is always: “barring a catastrophic mistake”.

    but good piece; wish they’d published it on your local media site.

  4. Thanks Oh and thanks for allowing it to be published here. man this is unbelievable.

  5. bugger and bloody hell; lost fifteen minutes of a comment. for now, since i need a siesta:

    mi amigo jpsottile (likes to stir the pot)
    http://newsvandal.com/2014/03/on-the-corporate-foreign-policy-deep-state-at-work-in-ukraine/

    and i’ll try to recreate Us dictae on ‘bidness is america’s bidness’ and the best of ‘the enemies of our enemies are are friends (until later on)…if i can…

    ‘plenty good money to be made…’ is more key than ever…

  6. The US putsch for lebensraum is the same modus operandi utilized since the Smedley Butler-thwarted pre-WWII coup by the halfascist Bushists, beginning at least with Prescott! This is What FASCISM Looks like! This is What BARBARISM Looks like! AGAIN.

  7. ah; had to google ‘lebensraum’;, but Yes, annexing (shhhh…conquering, replacing gummints with multinational bidness-friendly peeps.

  8. Not really, the Big difference, the German Nazis plan was to exterminate the existing people, and replace them with German aryans.

    “The overwhelming majority of the Slavic population which in Nazi ideology was considered non-Aryan and “sub-human”, according to the Nazi secret plan Generalplan Ost were to be removed through expulsion, enslavement, starvation, and extermination from East-Central Europe. Nazis eventually decided to exterminate the Poles and most other Slavic people who, along with the Jews and Gypsies, were defined as untermenschen, and a danger to the “Aryan” or Germanic übermenschen master race”

    master race “”Herrenvolk”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_race

  9. Esperanza Spalding: ” Take a stand. Congress recently made it easier to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo.Call the White House (1-202-456-1111) and say:
    Indefinite detention and unfair trials are illegal, un-American and unnecessary.”

  10. i stand corrected, and offer my apologies. i should not have depended on a dictionary definition. i appreciate your education on the term as hitlerian policy, mark.

  11. But remember, these are the Yatsis the U.S. PNACis have putsched upon Ukraine:
    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_chocolate_king_and_the_gas_princess_20140415
    “This really crosses all the boundaries,” she is heard to say in the leaked phone call posted on YouTube and broadcast extensively Monday evening on Russian television.
    “One has to take up arms and go wipe out these damn ‘katsaps’ together with their leader,” the voice said in Russian, without mentioning President Putin by name.

    The word ‘katsap’ is a derogatory Ukrainian term for Russians.

    “I am sorry that I am not able to be there and am not in charge of these processes, they wouldn’t have had a f*cking chance of getting Crimea off me.”

    “I would have found a way to finish off these bastards.”

    “I am hoping that I will use all my connections and will get the whole world to rise up so that not even scorched earth would be left of Russia.”

    Zounds like Slavic extermination to me.

    Discussing the fate of Ukraine’s 8 million ethnic Russians, Tymoshenko was also heard saying that they should be “nuked.”

  12. oh, thank you for the clips; i backed out cuz i don’t have tie to read it all now. yes, her lips seem to have spoken of extermination.

    one other thing: with my crap memory retention, i can’t remember why there are so many swedes in ukraine, but someone’s twitter account i was following s few weeks ago showed loads of them with their tweaked swastikas. any enlightment?

    there is so much propaganda hailing down it’s hard for me to sort through it, plus so much hyperbole predicting that there will be war, or at least that’s what the neocons are sincerely after. i was sick to my stomach reading at different sites this morning.

    gonna try to go start some seeds in the greenhouse soon. life! seed hope! soil!

  13. Well, they’ve really been in Kiev since the 9th century ViKings the “slavs” ‘invited in’. But, today; I can only conjecture that they, who’ve bestowed a duplicitous, igNobel “peace prize” on NObama, want to be in on the action as ‘peace’ breaks out in the Ukraine! As an American of swedish-german descent, I take shame in the Adenauer words, “Wir haben schuld”, ALSO. (“Lebensraum” [‘living room’] Nuland’s words are no propaganda; and O’Fuckerry/Hagel actions are self-evidently war-mongering.)
    But, I AM sure that everyday Ukrainians share your nurturing sentiments for what ought instead be a verdant spring in the breadbasket of Eurasia!

  14. i was reading ds wright’s needle-threading at fdl (imo) on breaking news earlier, and the comments were quite varied, if not quite correct. mr. wd had been urging me to read this, and i did, and it sounds about right to me.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/04/15/is-putin-being-lured-into-a-trap/

    putin is a bastard, of course, but seems to be a *rational* bastard, not a hegemonic loose cannon like kerry, et.al. whitney didn’t mention the briics, nor russia today’s claim that putin wants to trade goods for goods with china, and start using rubles instead of petrodollars, which ian welsh and friend believe would be a major game-changer globally. but: i did google about it, and found that russia had announced similar strategies (tactics?) as far back as 2006, so…

    thanks for the brief history of vikings and crimea. i’ve read several different versions of how and when and who created crimea in the first place, both at ian’s house and via eCahnomics and a few others at fdl. i feel more ignorant than ever. :)

  15. Tymoshenko better watch what she says, or she’ll be following that other Nazi that was such an embarrassment. The big brutal thug that they gunned down a few days after he slapped around a few government employees and got youtubed around the world.

    Meanwhile, NSA, shit economy, climate change, drought, etc. are no longer in the news.

    Winning.

  16. I didn’t know there were Swedes in the Ukraine. It’s like the jihadists going to Syria, or Bosnia, or Afghanistan.

    They see a chance to do some killing. I’d be amazed if there weren’t some American white supremacists in the Ukraine right now.

    There are Nazis everywhere, including Scandanavia. Russia has plenty, they beat up blacks and muslims gays, regularly.

  17. ‘swedish neo-nazis’ brings a whole lotta hits. sweeden, you’ll remember, was an integral part of some of the nsa stories. neo-nazis are on the rise as: the golden dawn in greece. so many euro nations are going right, and the socialists, at least the elected ones, are going neoliberal. a socialist pairing with another (i forget, a VP?) will challenge dilma, as she too, has gone neoliberal and the poor and indigenous…don’t care for her.

    nsa is not in the news because the intercept hasn’t published anything for a couple weeks. hate to use the acronym, but ‘ymmv’ on that situation. (i may be sliding into the minority report on all that, especially re: pierre…)

  18. There are American right wing extremists in Ukraine. they are mercenaries and their buddy- the head CIA guy Brenner was there as well. Concidence of course.

  19. I get the neocon reframe for mightyrighty fundaments; but we simply must drop the neoliberal for BiPeterson $ELLOUT$ (Obum, Dilma, et al). They are quite simply Plutocrat traitors for the treasonous Oligarch corporate “citizens”, to their fellow human countrymen/women/children! (AND, it smears my Eternal Flamer, flaming liberalism!).

  20. ah, i guess i have some heart for dilma due to her past (from da wiki)

    “The daughter of a Bulgarian entrepreneur, Rousseff was raised in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte.[2] She became a socialist during her youth, and following the 1964 coup d’état joined various left-wing and Marxist urban guerrilla groups that fought against the military dictatorship. Rousseff was eventually captured and jailed between 1970 and 1972, where she was reportedly tortured…”

    So ‘neoliberal’ is as far as i wanted to call her out. same thing may be happening with evo morales, which breaks my heart.

    meanwhile, the occupy newsletter has been in solidarity with the coup in ukraine (is it the guy fawkes masks that have them fooled?), and you hear support for cliven bundy from some who should know better, and man…the world is upside down kooka-burra.

  21. “I have dedicated my professional life to restoring the Colorado River in its delta, quantifying its water needs, synthesizing information about the expected environmental benefits, working with water managers in the United States and Mexico to find a way to make it possible without harming other water users. I have written reports, attended countless meetings, given talks at an untold number of conferences, always working to persuade my audience that reviving the Colorado River in its delta was an achievable goal.

    And yet, nothing had prepared me for this moment.”

    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/09/a-community-gets-its-river-back/

  22. such a nice event, great project, and so very sad to see the article on the right sidebar that has disappeared now. it concerned the cuts to water that will be let out of lake mead and lake powell due to ongoing drought. and her stretch of the river is south of yuma. :(

    yep, mexico wants their water; dunno what will be next steps.

  23. obsessive is i; i was curious as to how the flow came about, and how the volunteers might have made the delta more river friendly (i don’t think tamarisk was mentioned, an exotic in the mountain west that is pernicious as hell). here’s some backstory, and it’s very good.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25278-colorado-river-delta-revived-by-historic-water-release.html

  24. thanks, interesting.

  25. it is. i thought i’d see if the link to the flow cuts article that had disappeared was up again, and it is. :)

  26. yeah,good article about doings in Seattle.

    Just one person can get something done.

  27. comment on the article

    ” Sawant also deserves to be credited with SUPERSMASHING the myth that Obama pr “voters must always make the politicians do it” bs. “

  28. righteous, uncle! what a dynamo she is! aren’t seattle teachers having successes in opting out of race-to-the-bottom testing, too? pesky citizens up there. i was reading some history on the battle in seattle recently; my goodness. lots of anarchists there, eh? early Occupy GAs were rather argumentative. :)

  29. > pesky citizens up there

    Ya sure, ya betcha. Oh, that little Battle of Seattle thingie? Now the story can be told — I started that. All I can say is, you look at one bicycle cop the wrong way and — BAMMO — all hell can break loose.

  30. well, i do believe i read that! mustta been a young anarchist, too. i betcha started this cool action, too:
    Seattle: ‘Native Americans stand in solidarity with migrant hunger strikers, protest Bill Gates profiteering from private prisons”

    http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2014/04/native-americans-protest-bill-gates-profiteering-private-prisons

    er…have i said ‘fuck bill gates, may his hair and teeth fall out soon’ lately?

  31. I’ve been searching out music for Holy Week online – ran across this little audio which is the music we had for our Sunday services, and as it has text along with, I thought the listening might make a bit more sense. The start to our own translation follows.)

    “Here we be…here we become in mystery
    Icons…icons of the Tri….nity….”

    I’ll keep looking for my faves in specific Holy Week hymns – they are as gorgeous as this is.

  32. woops, sorry, that should be

    “icons of the cherubim”

  33. it is really beautiful, juliania. did you sing it?

    i dunno if you ever went back to fairleft’s diary and saw this twitter pic link chePasa had added, but it is arguably the best social gospel i’ve ever seen. the link probably won’t embed it, but i hope clicking with get there.

  34. High Court Judge Pablo Ruz has decided to continue an investigation into alleged war crimes at the US military base in Guantánamo Bay, despite recent legal reforms in Spain that curtail the principle of universal justice.

    http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/04/15/inenglish/1397574903_293789.html

  35. spanish inquisition

    “Although the Inquisition was technically forbidden from permanently harming or drawing blood,[60] this still allowed for methods of torture. The methods most used, and common in other secular and ecclesiastical tribunals, were garrucha, toca and the potro.[60]

    The application of the garrucha, also known as the strappado, consisted of suspending the victim from the ceiling by the wrists, which are tied behind the back. Sometimes weights were tied to the ankles, with a series of lifts and drops, during which the arms and legs suffered violent pulls and were sometimes dislocated.[64]

    The toca, also called interrogatorio mejorado del ague, consisted of introducing a cloth into the mouth of the victim, and forcing them to ingest water spilled from a jar so that they had the impression of drowning (see: waterboarding)

    Bush. Cheney, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, et all, would approve.

  36. brave judge. hadn’t a few US war criminals already been indicted there, leading to supposition that they actually wouldn’t ever travel to spain, under their own names, anyway?

    sigh. in related news:
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/18/cia-torture-architect-enhanced-interrogation

    no, call it torture, guardian! it’s not a teevee show!

  37. Quibbling C.Y.A. DEPRAVITY and abject violation of their Hippocratic Oath (as ill as making them SOPS, EPITOMIZED).

  38. “Boy, the worms really are coming out of the mud now. This report must be good.”

    comment at the Guardian.

  39. yeppers, mitchell was just doing his patriotic duty. remember when a lot of the members of the american psychological assn. quit in protest? doesn’t seem to have done any good as far as them denouncing any of it.

    hypocritic oaths they must channel. ye gods and little fishes.

  40. cab calloway “kicking the gong around”

    in the movie “the big broadcast 1938”

    (which means…. doing opium)… you wonder about how much things have actually changed.

  41. watch his hands…

    guess it’s 1932, not 1938.

  42. i had no idea that’s what ‘kickin’ the gong around meant. yes, expressive hands all the way. remember this one? i wanted to kiss him right on the mouth for that performance!

    that falsetto, ahhhhh! more gong kickin’.

  43. expressive hands……he’s mimicking snorting cocaine.

  44. great performance of that tune thanks.

  45. oh, good grief; i missed it; off his hand. :) ‘ol cokie’.

  46. MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
    A New Crop of Farmers Take Root in Champlain Valley
    by Tracy Frisch2 Comments – See more at: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/new-crop-farmers-take-root-champlain-valley.html#more-43611

  47. that promises to be very cool…

    but what i really wanted to say is that i came back to jeffrey kaye’s torture post to add what i had on his previous post. from this post of mine on the same subject,

    “Now, how true that piece of publicly asserted conventional belief is may just depend on one’s credulity and narrow definitions. Remember, according the NYT’s May 29, 2012 original piece on Obama’s Terror Tuesdays and ‘baseball cards’, writing about Obma’s executive orders ending torture, closing Gitmo, etc:

    “What the new president did not say was that the orders contained a few subtle loopholes.’ Snip]

    ‘‘The day before the executive orders were issued, the C.I.A.’s top lawyer, John A. Rizzo, had called the White House in a panic. The order prohibited the agency from operating detention facilities, closing once and for all the secret overseas “black sites” where interrogators had brutalized terrorist suspects.

    “The way this is written, you are going to take us out of the rendition business,” Mr. Rizzo told Gregory B. Craig, Mr. Obama’s White House counsel, referring to the much-criticized practice of grabbing a terrorist suspect abroad and delivering him to another country for interrogation or trial. The problem, Mr. Rizzo explained, was that the C.I.A. sometimes held such suspects for a day or two while awaiting a flight. The order appeared to outlaw that.

    Mr. Craig assured him that the new president had no intention of ending rendition — only its abuse, which could lead to American complicity in torture abroad. So a new definition of “detention facility” was inserted, excluding places used to hold people “on a short-term, transitory basis.” Problem solved — and no messy public explanation damped Mr. Obama’s celebration.’

    “Pragmatism over ideology,” his campaign national security team had advised in a memo in March 2008. It was counsel that only reinforced the president’s instincts.”

    so…again, it depend on what their definition of ‘short term’ is. the depraved assholes.

  48. Jeff Kaye does good things.

    and, well done. It’ safe to say that whatever Obama says, he’s lying.

    I did/do not believe that Obama stopped torture. He may add lots of words, in his head, or sotto voce. like we do not torture “here on this stage”. He seems like a person who enjoys that sort of thing.

    did not know till today about this written by Emma Lazarus and is on the statue of liberty.

    “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  49. Sorry, wendye – I had a bug, coughing it outa my system (be very glad you are not here.) Yes, we did sing it, but with better lyrics – I just love ‘here we become icons’ and that photo certainly makes the point, doesn’t it? (I helped translate the original Greek and it actually does say that though most renditions dumb it down.)

    Very good reminder of what the Statue of Liberty is saying, mafr! I remember a vinyl record I had as a teen in California, newly arrived – I don’t remember who put it out but it was a compilation of all the wonderful things about America, musically rendered. I listened to it over and over as it felt SO WONDERFUL to actually be here – and that poem was on it.

    There was no doubt in my mind then what America stood for.

  50. in that article, it became an open secret that no one wanted to challenge, and of course the rendition verbiage didn’t mention the word ‘torture’, so one could choose to take note of the cutesy rizzo/greg craig word play (ha ha ha)

    i can’t even remember jeff kaye’s answer past: yes, it sure looks that way, or close.

    heady poem, and i am glad to see it again, and mourn how far we are from any icons and beacons of light,blindfolded justice, and liberty.i just checked wikipedia, and the french gave us the gift of lady liberty to commemorate their helping us during the revolutionary war.

    anthony freda uses her rather often as a bastardized symbol. i haven’t yet restored my sets on flickr,, but as for O’s many lies, i’ll go dig up one i guess i’ve never used.

    !cid_E6DBCA54-8FAE-46D9-B470-1439EFC2F6BE

    when flame wars over immigration policy come up, i always have to admit that my positions have always been rather irrationally underpinned by that statue, that message. as an aside, the long history of ellis island is fascinating and often very dark.

  51. O’flickr of MoonWar Barak’s PRI¢ELE$$! Longer than a cherry tree; wider than the Potomac and headed for Lunacy, EPITOMIZED.

  52. Very nice comment Juliania

  53. ooh, i trust you’re better then? yes, it was a stirring photo of faith in action.

    but…er…i’d say that it was we were led to believe this nation stood for. now that i’m learning more history…say, excerpts from zinn’s ‘a people’s history’, etc. hated hearing a lot of what jimm carter atually did, too. (sorr; keyboard still random, i give up for now).

  54. welcome, frank. come any time (look! i typed a Y!)

  55. ‘Turkish PM offers condolences over 1915 Armenian massacre
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan refers to ‘our shared pain’ in unexpected statement on eve of 99th anniversary of start of deportations’

    It’s a good start…

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/23/turkey-erdogan-condolences-armenian-massacre

  56. It has been one year since a commercial building collapsed killing more than 1,100 garment workers and others on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The Rana Plaza disaster was perhaps the worst in the garment industry’s history. More than 2,500 people were injured.

    Little has changed since then, partly because it is in Bangladesh’s interest to keep the sector competitive.

    http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/24/world-s-worst-garment-disaster-one-year-on-and-little-has-changed

  57. I was going to put this with one of your TPP subject matter discussions, wendye – a bit too far back tho, so here – you might have read but I found it a nice pickmeup on a somewhat seamy side of spring weather we’re having – sorry to be sending that nasty stuff east as I know it makes for death and destruction. This is a really enjoyable read:

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/04/did-japanis-prime-minister-abe-serve-obama-beefsteak-flavored-revenge-for-us-trade-representative-fromans-tpp-rudeness.html

    (Reminds me of when young Bush squashed the queen’s roses with his helicopter.)

  58. Well, the Obamanable son-of-a-Bush certainly likes to “Look BACK” when some uppity Shogun insults his ‘ighness!

  59. Travelling on to South Korea where the ferry disaster has reached political proportions, and then to the Phillipines where the prospect of beefing up the US presence must have local populations in a happy mood.

    It is hard work being a POTUS.

    I did enjoy that he was served leg of mutton, though. That’s what I had for Easter – not the actual ‘leg’ but just the shank – sheepshank! (Being a kiwi I know the difference – this couldn’t even be classed as hogget. But at least it was my choice to eat it. Being peasantry has its perks.)

  60. lol. so His Rudeness was fed osso motone instead; i love it! you shared the same meal!

  61. At least 16 dead as tornadoes and severe storms sweep central and south US (plus video)

    • More floods and high winds expected in Tupelo, Mississippi
    • Deaths reported in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/28/tornado-storm-us-dead-iowa-mississippi-arkansas

    oh, and juliania, there is a Categories list on the right sidebar where certain subjects are listed. i haven’t taken great care of it, but one is TPP/Tafta. i went with those designations rather than Tags, which buffalo me, and i often forget to include them at fdl. :)

  62. Ah, thanks wendye! I should have hunted more. Those winds didn’t let up for four days here but nothing like our neighboring states got. Those toothpicks used to be houses. That sardine can was a car.

    Meanwhile the local weatherman is blithely prognosticating El Nino and hoping for ski snows next winter – I say getta life. And on a competing channel the vision is of parachute-like enormous row covers to protect from last night’s freeze. Or, bring your plants inside. Tough beans, plants. I’ve done that so many times now, you are just going to have to tough it out (I think they did).

  63. Pffff on ‘should have hunted more’; nah. i just reckoned i’d show you one of the ropes around here (i sure don’t know them all, and hit the Help section repeatedly, still not having figured out a few things i’d like to add.)

    mr. wd grew up in nebraska, and was educated to fear tornadoes for sure. “auntie em! auntie em!”, indeed.

    you have annuals growing outside? ho, here, it’s been a concern that the just-up seedlings in the greenhouse might freeze. but we did put some small pieces of floating row covers over them. i use them a lot in the garden, even to shade the new transplants.

    heh; i just saw a picture of the danged magpies bouncing up and down on the row covers stretched over wire hoops. clever bastards bounce until the covers get holes, then they feast. a few new birrrrds from the south are here, trying to compete with an over-abundance of collared doves. hope they win. :)

  64. Here’s one fine person, Jeff Singer, I may just write in for president should I get the inclination to vote next time around:

    http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11793

    Just have my liddle baby tomatoes out under glass in their wee foam cups nestled in gravel – I put the canary cage covers on last night, my version of rowcovers. The gravel is offn the roof as we’re gradually removing it to lighten the load up there, so I’m devising new uses for it. But jiminy I’m cold – that wind!

    PS. Another thing we can ‘thank’ Clinton for – he signed off on no new federal housing. The guy is all heart.

  65. oh, that looks horridly interesting. i’d grabbed the link to glen ford and the fight for $15 earlier to post. clinton again; oh dear. i’d meant to say that it was also his team that perfected ‘the unitary executive’ as well. and as i saw that you must have watched the cohen/mearsheimer interview, he was deeply involved in the ukraine mess. (i’m going to post that with today’s strange ukraine interviews at democracy now soon.very odd guests, at least two of them.)

    awww, ya made wee greenhouses; how cool. the wind seems to have slowed down a bit here…for now.

  66. We’ve got wind and how (plus dust), but I comfort myself that it’s blowing the aphids out of the nectarine tree (hang in there, little ladybug alligators!)

    Here’s a cheery article from the nakedcapitalism links:

    http://www.activistpost.com/2014/05/the-beginning-of-end-for-leaders-of.html

    It’s a beautiful read.

  67. “As I drove to the top of the parking lot ramp, the car’s engine suddenly shut off, and I started to roll backward. I expected this to happen, but it still left me wide-eyed.

    I felt as though someone had just performed a magic trick on me. What ought to have triggered panic actually elicited a dumbfounded surprise in me. However, as the car slowly began to roll back down the ramp, surprise turned to alarm as the task of steering backwards without power brakes finally sank in.”

    http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/we-drove-a-car-while-it-was-being-hacked

  68. This is very creepy stuff.

  69. Just dropping by to give you access to an interview with journalist Nicky Hagar I found really worthwhile – the intro is pretty fast paced, but you can skip to about halfway for the interview, at around 10:15. TPP comes in at the very end, next interview but I haven’t watched that one yet.

    http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/media-take/S01E008/media-take-series-1-episode-8

    Very proud of my maori tv buddies.

  70. zounds; i actually got your comment by email. i doubt i’ll be able to read your link in the near future due to lack of time, but i will add this from wikileaks from few days ago.

  71. Yes, you got it, wendye! The interest I had in the interview was that it fleshed out Nicky Hager for me – he’s a lot like Homer in “The Cider House Rules”, a young journalist brave in the attempt to right wrongs, or at least to reveal them. This could well be New Zealand’s Watergate, but the going is harder with msm on the side of the oligarchs. Only a month to go till the elections there, and as you might remember, Cunliffe, the alternative, is a question mark. It’s all bound up in NASA surveillance and TPP, so not just ‘the mouse that roared’ any longer, though one wishes it was!

    Whenever you do have some time, maoritelevision.com looks like an interesting site. First time visit for me.

  72. i will watch, ww. silly me, i’d thought i’d clipped the wikileaks tweet, and prolly had, but i stick things like that on whatever word doc i’m working on at the time (even if several at a time). i did have to go back through the twitter feed to find it. no matter, i found it, and always like being on their account.

    later on the cider house and all; too many real life adventures still, plus an untintended diary or two. compulsive wench i do be. :)

  73. hager is a charming, unpretentious fellow, isn’t he? i loved his saying that being of service was what his family was about.

    great compilation of articles and responses to his book at the site wikileaks linked, and as nicky said, other journalists bringing their own stories. interesting that he defended journalists so keenly; things must be very different in NZ, eh? ;)

  74. Glad you enjoyed that, wendye. Some things are different, but the surveillance thing is mighty potent down there – I just got through watching a long video Christchurch appearance of activists (the sound wasn’t very good so you can skip it). One speaker or maybe audience member gave a clear indictment of the former Labour governments right back to Lange (of no-nuclear fame) as far as collusion in horrible dealings of the CIA and friends in the Pacific, so the NSA problems are simply the icing on the cake, and now – WhaleOilGate. Another speaker (from the Mana party I think) pointed out that voting for a lesser party does mean more down under than in the US, since parties get together to form coalitions after the election, so the lesser party vote would mean even if Labour wins, they’d have to deal with Mana or the Greens. Wish we’d been able to make that argument here.

    But here is something that won’t take much of your time and you might have fun with:

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/08/26/guest-blog-joe-trinder-dirty-politics-goes-viral/

    I liked Nicky’s building his own house – reminded me of you, and also his reason for being himself, too. Gotta love it.

  75. It’s CIA & Company; and here on US’ side of the TPP Grate ‘Peace’ Lake, it’s ALL Rigged, from Bush Company man, ZerObama, and DEMs Debaseo, NixOn and his Johnson. But it’s a hoot to see the the Big O cribbing for DP 201 at the end of an epic all-nighter (where’s “Checkers”, though?)

care to comment? (no registration required)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s