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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Scientific American: Unweaving the Heart

A damn fine commentary by Michael Shermer. --pseudolus

Scientific American: Unweaving the Heart
Science only adds to our appreciation for poetic beauty and experiences of emotional depth

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Evolutionblog: The Arrogance of Youth

Or, as I might sub-title it: "Why Knowledge is Important" (arrogant, aren't I?)--pseudolus
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By way of Pharyngula I came across this essay by University of Iowa junior Stacey Perk. It provides some insight into the breathtaking arrogance and short-sightedness teachers at all levels are forced to deal with. We consider it in full:

I loved high school. I loved the memories I have of parties, football games, and hanging out with my friends. These are the things I have taken with me, not the useless information acquired in the classroom.

I remember complaining about how I'd never use knowledge I gained in the classroom in real life. I regretted all the time I devoted to school because, in the end, I didn't remember the algebraic equations, historical dates, or the periodic table.

A problem exists within the high-school education system: It doesn't prepare students for their careers. When I decided in high school that my major was going to be journalism, I took the only class offered by my school in hopes of learning the journalistic writing style. I didn't learn anything from that class. My teacher was not a journalism teacher; she was an English teacher. We spent every class silent reading instead of learning about the inverted pyramid.


There's a reason high school doesn't prepare students for their future careers: High school isn't job training. First of all, nobody (Perk included) knows what career she will pursue as a high school freshman. Secondly, Perk seems to have the strange idea that knowledge is only useful if it in some way directly helps you get a job later on.
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Friday, October 21, 2005

The Report They Forgot

In February 2004, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee (SSCI) announced that it had unanimously agreed to expand its investigation of prewar Iraq intelligence from focus on intelligence community blunders and into the more controversial area of �whether intelligence was exaggerated or misused� by U.S. government officials. The committee�s ranking Democrat, Jay Rockefeller, struck the agreement with Chairman Pat Roberts -- provided, Roberts insisted, that the probe into policy-makers� activities wait until after the presidential election.

It�s now more than a year later, and Rockefeller is still waiting -- the Phase II report has yet to appear. What happened? And why isn�t Rockefeller making more of a fuss?
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THE BRAD BLOG: "EXCLUSIVE: CONSERVATIVE GROUP DENOUNCES ANN COULTER!"

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Yep, another Goddamned blog: An Open Letter To Our Democratic Leadership

Another slamdunk from Jurrassicpork. Not for the timid or mild mannered. Beware the 'pork'! You've been warned.

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Low wages, strong backs

Sunday, October 16, 2005
By TOM MEAGHER and SUZANNE TRAVERS
HERALD NEWS

For a month, reporter Tom Meagher lived and worked as a low-wage laborer to record life among the county's working poor. This is his story.

Today I face the clock. Standing on an assembly line in a warehouse in Mount Olive, I wear safety goggles and stack boxes full of Euphoria perfume on a wooden pallet as they come off the conveyor belt. Women in white lab coats scurry around downstairs, pulling bottles randomly off the line to test them in the quality assurance room.

Folding or stacking or filling these boxes, I am a cog in the production wheel, repeating motions that get my bit of the work done. Yesterday, it was open box, pull out bag, pull box from bag, pivot. Today it's fold, stack, slide. Everybody is interchangeable, especially temps like me.

My feet are tired from standing, but even worse is today's spot on the line: I'm directly in front of the clock. I don't think I can watch eight hours drag by, second by second. I keep my head down and force myself to fold 50 boxes before I look up again. When I do, it's only five minutes later. OK then, I'll do 100 boxes.

This job pays $8 an hour. That's nearly $3 more than I made last week stacking boxes of foam padding at a factory in Moonachie. This is temp work in the "light industrial" sector: warehouses and boxes and hours that stretch forever for dollars that don't.
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What America Needs Now: A Prophetic Social Movement that Speaks Moral Truth to Amoral Power

Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
by Andrew Bard Schmookler

There�s good reason why, a year after our presidential elections, millions of Americans still refuse to �get over it. �

It�s not because these ruling forces are so �conservative� in their values. Although these rulers persuaded half of America that they are righteous champions of such values, many of the rest of us can see through their pretense.

We can see that, beneath that sheep�s clothing of false righteousness, they are satisfying the wolf of their unbridled appetite for self-aggrandizement.

We can see it in their persistent effort to undermine any rules that, in the name of a greater good, would restrain their freedom of action�whether in their tearing down the rules of international order, or in their disrespect for constitutional limits on their power, or in their dismantling of environmental restraints on their pursuit of wealth.

We see it, too, in their use of bullying tactics and character assassination in dealing with political opponents. For all their pious talk, there is no sign whatever of the Golden Rule in how they conduct their politics.

We see it in the way they sow enmity�whether between Americans, whom pollsters have found more intensely polarized than ever, or between America and other nations, among whom trust in American power has reached an all-time low.

And we see it in their disdain for the truth�whether in how they �spin� virtually everything they say to us, or how they disregard or distort science, or in how they arrange to be told only what they want to hear.

America would be fine in the hands of people devoted to real conservative values. But this is something different, something dangerous. For America is now ruled by forces apparently not guided by any genuine values at all. One can look in vain for any juncture where they�ve made a decision that sacrificed any of their power or wealth in favor of some larger good.
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Dick Cheney's Covert Action

Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 by TomPaine.com
by Larry C. Johnson

Face it, America. You�ve been punk'd.

It is now quite clear that the outing of Valerie Plame was part of a broader White House effort to mislead and manipulate U.S. public opinion as part of an orchestrated effort to take us to war. The unraveling of the Valerie Plame affair has exposed their scam�and it extends well beyond compromising the identity of a CIA officer. In short, the Bush administration organized and executed a classic �covert action� program against the citizens of the United States.

Covert action refers to behind-the-scenes efforts by U.S. intelligence agencies to plant stories, manipulate information and shape public opinion. In other words, you write stories that reporters will publish as their own, you create media events that tout a particular theme, and you demonize your opponent. Traditionally, this activity was directed against foreign governments. For example, the U.S. used covert action extensively in Greece in the 1960s to help fend off communists. Covert action also played a major role in rallying world support for the Afghanistan mujahideen following the Soviet invasion in 1979.

Revelations during the past week about the Plame affair make it clear that the Bush administration used covert action against its own citizens. Consider, for example, the charge that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger. The key event in this disinformation campaign was the intelligence manufactured by the Italians. The Italian intelligence service, SISME, provided the CIA with three separate intelligence reports that Iraq had reached an agreement with Niger to buy 500 tons of yellowcake uranium (October 15, 2001; February 5, 2002; and March 25, 2002). The second report, from February, was the subsequent basis for a DIA analysis, which led Vice President Cheney to ask the CIA for more information on the matter. That request led to the CIA asking Ambassador Joe Wilson to go check out the story in Niger.
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What's the Difference Between a Liberal and a Progressive?

Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 by the Huffington Post
by David Sirota

I often get asked what the difference between a "liberal" and a "progressive" is. The questions from the media on this subject are always something like, "Isn't 'progressive' just another name for 'liberal' that people want to use because 'liberal' has become a bad word?"

The answer, in my opinion, is no - there is a fundamental difference when it comes to core economic issues.

It seems to me that traditional "liberals" in our current parlance are those who focus on using taxpayer money to help better society. A "progressive" are those who focus on using government power to make large institutions play by a set of rules.

To put it in more concrete terms - a liberal solution to some of our current problems with high energy costs would be to increase funding for programs like the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). A more "progressive" solution would be to increase LIHEAP but also crack down on price gouging and pass laws better-regulating the oil industry's profiteering and market manipulation tactics. A liberal policy towards prescription drugs is one that would throw a lot of taxpayer cash at the pharmaceutical industry to get them to provide medicine to the poor; A progressive prescription drug policy would be one that centered around price regulations and bulk purchasing in order to force down the actual cost of medicine in America (much of which was originally developed with taxpayer R&D money).

Let's be clear - most progressives are also liberals, and liberal goals in better funding America's social safety net are noble and critical. It's the other direction that's the problem. Many of today's liberals are not fully comfortable with progressivism as defined in these terms. Many of today's Democratic politicians, for instance, are simply not comfortable taking a more confrontational posture towards large economic institutions (many of whom fund their campaigns) - institutions that regularly take a confrontational posture towards America's middle-class.
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Corporate Piracy Runs Amok


Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 by the Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
Corporate Piracy Runs Amok
by Marie Cocco


Washington � Time was that when a big company demanded pay cuts of 60 percent from more than 30,000 workers in 13 states, announced numerous plant closings, and put employees on notice that pensions and health benefits were about to be slashed, some sort of political outcry would erupt.

That time has passed.

If there is official outrage over the bankruptcy strategy of Delphi Corp., the largest American auto-parts manufacturer, it is imperceptible. Yes, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, whose state would bear the heaviest burden, has said her piece. Yes, the business press has reported on the bankruptcy � laying out the usual story of an old-line manufacturer finding it so much cheaper to produce its wares overseas that it now has no choice but to force down wages here at home.

A few have seen fit to mention the exquisitely embroidered golden parachutes the company seeks to provide for 21 top executives who might, after all, downsize themselves out of their own jobs and so deserve a soft landing. Still, the commentary congeals predictably around the idea that this is all the fault of the United Auto Workers, a union that's been wildly successful at winning pay packages that allow its members to live a middle-class life.

"Unsustainable entitlement," one commentator called the UAW contracts. "Welfare," said another, as if heading for a factory before dawn to strap on safety goggles is the moral equivalent of a day spent dawdling in front of the TV.
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As Goes General Motors

by Derrick Z. Jackson


The sigh of relief for General Motors is a fresh reason for Americans to scream for a national solution on healthcare. Staggered by $3.8 billion in losses so far this year, but holding the leverage of cutting jobs, GM got the United Auto Workers to agree to a tentative contract that will probably triple or quadruple the contribution of workers to their healthcare.

Up to now, union members paid 7 percent of healthcare costs. Salaried GM employees are now paying 27 percent of their healthcare costs. GM hopes to save $1 billion from its annual $6 billion cash outlay for healthcare. CEO Rick Wagoner said: ''Health costs in this country are out of control. This will significantly improve our overall cost competitiveness, as is sorely needed and will be critical to getting GM North America back to profitability as soon as possible."

There is a reason unrelated to healthcare that GM will continue to have problems with competitiveness, namely, stupidity. As the world's largest automaker trumpeted this agreement, it also announced that it will offer $500 of free gasoline to purchasers of 2005 or 2006 sport utility vehicles. This incentive comes at time when $3-a-gallon gasoline has caused sales of small cars to shoot up 23 percent in September.

In the last year, small cars have gone from 13.6 percent of America's fleet to 18 percent. Sales of SUVs declined 33 percent in September. Vehicles such as Ford's Expedition and Explorer, GM's Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche, Yukon, and Envoy, and Toyota's Land Cruiser and Sequoia all suffered September sales drops ranging from 46 to 61 percent. Even GM's sales of its Hummer 2, seemingly hyped with ads on every sports broadcast, fell by 32 percent.

Rather than retool, GM, which in the recent past has bragged about owning 62 percent of the large SUV market, would prefer to find a way to foist their over-the-hill hulks on the consumer, enabling our national denial about fuel efficiency and environmental destruction.
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Fixing the U.S. by Making the Chinese Into Debtors

by Robert Freeman

Karl Marx once commented, "History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce." The Bush administration may bear the dubious distinction of being the first government in history to compact both stages into a single cycle.

John Snow, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, was in China last week lecturing the Chinese that they need to borrow more. Snow is pushing the expansion of American-style credit for China's budding consumer class, managed, of course, by American credit card companies. Noting the western-style hotels dotting China's cities, Snow commented, "They've imported their hotels. What we're saying is you can do the same thing in finance."

This is the same John Snow who presides over the largest budget deficits in U.S. history. It is the same Snow whose economy and government live so far beyond their means they must borrow over $2 billion a day just to keep the lights on.

This is the same John Snow who, earlier this year, had to all but beg the Chinese to revalue their currency so as to lessen China's competitive advantage over the U.S. And it is the same John Snow whose administration in only four years has added twice as much debt to the nation's books as were run up in its first two hundred years COMBINED.
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FRONTLINE: the torture question: join the discussion | PBS

Responses to last night's Frontline report on the use of torture in today's U.S. miltary. Damned chilling!! --pseudolus
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Yellow Dog Blog: No Propaganda: Some Real Soldiers' Stories

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CNN.com - Wal-Mart heiress in cheat probe returns diploma - Oct 19, 2005

Former roommate says she did homework for $20,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elizabeth Paige Laurie's name was on a sports arena when a former University of Southern California roommate alleged the Wal-Mart heiress paid her $20,000 to do her homework. Now it isn't even on a USC diploma.

Laurie, the granddaughter of Wal-Mart co-founder Bud Walton, has returned her degree, nearly a year after Elena Martinez told ABC's "20/20" that she had written term papers and done assignments for Laurie for three-and-a-half years.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Recipe for Destruction

by Ray Kurzweil and Bill Joy

After a decade of painstaking research, federal and university scientists have reconstructed the 1918 influenza virus that killed 50 million people worldwide. Like the flu viruses now raising alarm bells in Asia, the 1918 virus was a bird flu that jumped directly to humans, the scientists reported. To shed light on how the virus evolved, the United States Department of Health and Human Services published the full genome of the 1918 influenza virus on the Internet in the GenBank database.

This is extremely foolish. The genome is essentially the design of a weapon of mass destruction. No responsible scientist would advocate publishing precise designs for an atomic bomb, and in two ways revealing the sequence for the flu virus is even more dangerous.

First, it would be easier to create and release this highly destructive virus from the genetic data than it would be to build and detonate an atomic bomb given only its design, as you don't need rare raw materials like plutonium or enriched uranium. Synthesizing the virus from scratch would be difficult, but far from impossible. An easier approach would be to modify a conventional flu virus with the eight unique and now published genes of the 1918 killer virus.

Second, release of the virus would be far worse than an atomic bomb. Analyses have shown that the detonation of an atomic bomb in an American city could kill as many as one million people. Release of a highly communicable and deadly biological virus could kill tens of millions, with some estimates in the hundreds of millions.
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Crony in Charge of Protecting Us From Killer Flu

by Beth Quinn

Remember that time � when was it? � oh, a few weeks ago � that a hurricane wiped out New Orleans?
And remember how the feds � uhh � made a disaster out of the disaster?
And remember how the guy in charge of FEMA � Crony Brown � wasn't qualified? Remember how Bush gave him the job because he was a pal of a pal � or maybe they met at a church pot-luck supper one time? So Bush figured that a guy who used to run horse races would be real good at running disasters?
Well, I'm not going to walk you down Memory Lane here � Memory Lane is still under water, anyway � but I wanted to refresh your memory about that before I tell you about another crony.
Another one, that is, besides Harriet Miers.
I'm sure you know by now that health experts are predicting a worldwide killer flu outbreak. Could be next week. Could be next year.
This is the avian flu we're talking about. This flu is the stuff that Stephen King books are made of. It will make Katrina look like a day at the beach.
It's expected that millions worldwide will die, including a few million Americans. It's a small world, after all. Killer viruses get around.
So. You know this. I know this. There's even some evidence that President Bush knows this. After all, two weeks ago he said the military should be used to quarantine sick people when this flu hits. (Note to Bush: Two things. Quarantines are handled by state and local officials. Also, WHAT military? We have no soldiers to spare, remember?)
But here's the thing. Bush's point man in charge of making sure America is ready for the killer flu is � uhh � how do you say it? � oh, I know � a CRONY.
Yes! Crony Simonson is his name. Actually, it's Stewart Simonson. And he's the Michael Brown of the killer flu.
His actual title is Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the Department of Health and Human Services.
You, as an American, might ask this: Just how is Stewart Simonson qualified to protect us when the killer flu hits? Is he a doctor, perhaps? Or a public health expert?
Well, not exactly. Actually, he's a lawyer. Really! Before he was put in charge of the nation's medical emergencies, he was a lawyer for Amtrak. Where better to prepare oneself to manage a major disease pandemic than at a train company?
It was at Amtrak that Simonson became a crony. He was pals with Amtrack chief Tommy Thompson, who was pals with George Bush.
So naturally George Bush appointed a train exec to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. And naturally Thompson brought his pal Simonson along. And even though Thompson isn't at HHS any longer, Simonson still is � and he's in charge of the killer flu.
I don't know. Perhaps I'm being too harsh. Maybe being a choo choo train lawyer is all the experience needed to deal with the coming plague.
In fact, maybe the killer flu will be kind of like � uhh � I know! � like an express train! It will, after all, barrel through the country like a high-speed locomotive.
Who better than a lawyer to protect those in its path. Look! It's a bird, it's a train, it's Super Crony!
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POWERTHUD - WIDE

OK, as you may have figured out already, I am a big fan of the late great Beat Farmers. And I'm psyched that I have found several albums by various members of the band in assorted configurations. This one is from a couple of years back and it is a great reminder of the original band. See posts lower down concerning some other albums. All are must haves for lovers of American Roots Rock. Enjoy! --pseudolus
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"Jerry Raney has been a fixture on the San Diego music scene since time immemorial, and in 1983 he formed the roots-rock outfit the Beat Farmers with buddy Joey Harris and a beer swillin', hard-livin' madman, the late great Country Dick Montana. Now Raney and Harris have reunited to form Powerthud, and although the name may not knock you flat, the music will. Not too far from the Farmers' barrelhouse style, Wide adds touches of Anglophilia, with echoes of Stones bash and Kinks pop. Aided by the rock-steady rhythm section of brothers Joel and Jeff Kmak on drums and bass respectively, Powewrthud tears into a batch of rockers and ballads that overflow with soul and heart. The album jumps off the starting block with "Wrong Thing," which is anything but- the song steams down the track like a train with its engine stoked to the max. "Rockin' All Over" does just that, a kick-butt number that demonstrates keyboardist Mighty Joe Longa's dexterity at the 88's and Raney's wild and elastic fretwork. But for all the movin' and a groovin' on these cuts, it's the quieter moments that shine through: "Nights In A Dream" recalls the plantive tunesmithery of Ronnie Lane and "Hammer And Anvil" comes down like a blue Sunday morning. After decades livin' the down'n'dirty life of rock'n'roll, Raney and his cohorts have come up with an uncut gem."

Eliot Wilder Amplifier Magazine Issue #34 Jan-Feb.2003
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Patriots' Bruschi confirms return to field

Yeah, baby! Teddy is feeling well, and his wife is on board. He is looking good to go, and that can only be good news for the team. With the expected return of a few other players in 2 weeks, we should see a nice turnaround in the team's performance. Plus, they have already played the toughest stretch of games of the year. So, Lets go Patriots!!
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Treasongate (Part VI): Response to GOP/Neocon talking points on the Valerie Plame expose

When a bonus isn�t a bonus

More "support our troops" lies from this admin and its military toadies. Gawd! It just infuriates me that the Left is smeared as anti-miltary when the Right pulls this kind of crap. --pseudolus

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The Colbert Report - [Crooks and Liars]

The great new addition to the Comedy Channel line-up.
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The Colbert Report
Last night was the premiere of The Colbert Report. Bill has the transcripts: Stephen Colbert channels Bill O'Reilly...

Colbert: Consider Harriett Miers. If you think about Harriett Miers, of course her nomination's absurd! But the President didn't say he thought about this selection, he said this:

President Bush: "I know her heart."
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Cheney May Be Entangled in CIA Leak Investigation

Why Can't the Left Face the Stolen Elections of 2004

U.S. Labor Is in Retreat as Global Forces Squeeze Pay and Benefits

Miers Disavows Saying Constitution Protects Privacy

Are British Troops at Breaking Point in Iraq?

The Price of Cheap Beef: Disease, Deforestation, Slavery and Murder

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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

My Name Is Earl

Honestly, the funniest new show on TV I've seen this season.--pseudolus

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The Avalon Project : Indictment : Count One

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Science/Nature | Plesiosaur bottom-feeding shown

A sea creature killed just before it could defaecate has given new insight into the feeding habits of plesiosaurs.

The fossilised contents of its lower intestine show the long-necked marine reptile had a fondness for clams and snails - food items from the sea floor.

Plesiosaurs existed in dinosaur times and were thought to be hunters of fish, squid and other free-swimming prey.

But a research team tells Science magazine that the discovery suggests plesiosaur diets were far more varied.

"Traditionally, from the day these creatures were first found, it was quite reasonably assumed plesiosaurs were fish and squid eaters," said team member Dr Steve Wroe, from the University of Sydney, Australia.
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The latest investor in green energy - the CIA

This is a really interesting developement. I would like to see more on this.--pseudolus
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By John Dillin, Correspondent of The Christian Science MonitorTue Oct 18, 4:00 AM ET

What if you had a power unit that generated substantial electrical energy with no fuel? What if it were so rugged that you could parachute it out of an airplane? What if it were so easy to set up that two people could have it running in just a few hours?

Now there is such a device - built by a small Virginia start-up - and the federal government has taken notice.

SkyBuilt Power Inc. has begun building electricity-generating units fueled mostly by solar and wind energy. The units, which use a battery backup system when the sun is down and the wind is calm, are designed to run for years with little maintenance.

Depending upon its configuration, SkyBuilt's Mobile Power Station (MPS) can generate up to 150 kilowatts of electricity, says David Muchow, the firm's president and CEO. That's enough to power an emergency operations center, an Army field kitchen, or a small medical facility.
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Monday, October 17, 2005

Privatizing Social Security Would Drive Millions Below Poverty Line - Report

by Haider Rizvi


NEW YORK - While President George W. Bush continues to assert that Americans would be better off with Social Security in private hands, a new study shows that privatization of the country's 70-year-old benefit program would drive millions of people into poverty.

Privatization would have dangerous implications for African Americans, Latinos, women, children, people with disabilities, and low income workers, according to the Leadership Council for Civil Rights (LCCR), one of the nation's oldest rights advocacy groups, which carried out the study.

"By undermining the progressive structure of Social Security's benefits, privatization would jeopardize Social Security's ability to lessen the impact of a lifetime of unequal economic opportunity," say authors of the report entitled "Social Security: The Civil Rights Program for All Americans."

Based on statistical analysis, the report says without Social Security millions of people would become poor because private accounts could amplify the effects of discrimination in the job market and pay inequalities.
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Multichannel News: The Cable Industry Book-of-Record

By Ted Hearn 10/14/2005 5:58:00 PM

Millions of analog-TV sets could go dark April 7, 2009, under a Senate Commerce Committee leadership bill designed to complete broadcasters� transition to digital-TV transmission.

The draft -- sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and ranking member Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) -- did not include provisions on whether cable systems need to carry multiple digital-programming streams provided by local TV stations.

The April 2009 date would terminate analog-TV service in the United States. The National Association of Broadcasters estimated that 73 million analog-TV sets would no longer function if analog service were terminated today.
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Japan's MLIT Conducts Public Road Test of Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication Systems -- Tech-On!

Zod 2008 - General Zod - 2008 Presidential Candidate

Sunday, October 16, 2005

RickMoranis - The Agoraphobic Cowboy

Just for laughs, Rick has written and sung an album of country tunes. Very twangy and very funny. Follow the link to hear a couple of tunes and/or buy the album. Available as download or cd.

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d r i f t g l a s s: You mean they hate Jews too?

The tender moment when a not-so-young naive Jewish neocon awakens to REALITY.

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The Young Chickenhawks

Oct. 15, 2005
(The Nation) This column was written by Clarisse Profilet.

The cheeky website buzzflash.com recently posted a petition calling for Jenna and Barbara Bush to serve in Iraq. But the famously private Bush twins have never disclosed their views on the war; they may even be opposed. So calling for them to serve might not be fair. But there are young and prominent Bush-backers who deserve to be targets of such a petition: The assorted leaders of the College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) are cheerleaders for a war they are unwilling to fight.
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Paul Pena -- star of 1999 documentary 'Genghis Blues'

Paul Pena, a San Francisco blues artist who mastered the arcane art of Tuvan throat singing, died Saturday, October 1st, from complications of diabetes and pancreatitis. He was 55.

Many people are familiar with Mr. Pena because of the 1999 Academy Award-nominated documentary "Genghis Blues," which tells the story of how he took up throat singing, culminating with an eventful trip to the Central Asian country Tuva, where he won awards in a throat singing competition.

But millions more are acquainted with his work without even knowing it because he wrote the song "Jet Airliner," which was a Top 10 hit for the Steve Miller Band in 1977.

Mr. Pena, almost completely blind since birth and plagued by illnesses most of his life, lived off the royalties from that hit.
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He was a very interesting character. The movie is a 'must see' for blues music fans, or fans of 'world music', or anyone familiar with the great physicsist Dr. Richard Feynman and his obsession with Tuvan throat singing in his final years. Yeah, it's just that eclectic. --pseudolus

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Paul Pena -- star of 1999 documentary 'Genghis Blues'

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