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Video: Rand Paul Impressive on Syria, ISIS

By: jbade Sunday September 21, 2014 9:58 am

Not a Rand Paul supporter but his citation of the facts demonstrating why it is insane to send more arms to the Syrian moderates/ISIS. The Senate chamber is empty, they are only debating war-making.


Livestream and Live Tweeting From the Peoples Climate March

By: BrandonJ Sunday September 21, 2014 7:59 am

Live tweeting from the People’s Climate March.

Turn Left for Earth

By: David Swanson Sunday September 21, 2014 4:56 am

I appreciate that there’s more happening than just a march for the climate today on the International Day of Peace, and I get the idea that keeping the safe and obedient march-to-nowhere separate from protests actually at the United Nations where our corporate overlords are determining the rate of the earth’s demise is intended to please all of the people some of the time, but I can’t help wishing that the march would just turn left instead of right when it reaches 42nd Street, in order to march to the United Nations rather than to nowhere.

This is not a radical idea. A nonviolent protest march expressing popular opinion should be allowed to march to the place it is protesting. The idea that insisting on that constitutes something radical or extremist bewilders me. The New York Times refers to “protest or terror groups” as a category of people, but has a protest group ever engaged in terrorizing and has a terrorist ever joined a protest? Would protesting the United Nations at the United Nations somehow be an act of violence, perhaps purely because it would be an act of disobedience? You’ve got to be kidding me.

I’m in favor of mixed-use protests, not just urban developments. Don’t just let the conservative marchers know about opportunities for more direct protest, but get them involved. Take a safe march to a resistance action, where its size will keep it safe and its members will be energized. Let the crowd demonstrate within sight and sound of the people it is petitioning for a redress of grievances, and let those who are ready join in disruptive protest actions.

Of course turning left in order to go where needed makes a nice metaphor for what our whole culture must do if it is to cease destroying the earth’s climate. Paul Krugman figured out this week that green energy pays for itself, but he seems to imagine that therefore it will be created, as if the corrupting influence of the fossil fuel profiteers just doesn’t exist. We need to turn so far left that we abandon such naiveté, stop yammering about transition fuels, abandon all talk of “peak oil” as if existing oil isn’t sufficient to kill us all, and forswear all pointless pursuit of the political “center.”

Naomi Klein’s new book does a much better job of identifying the corrupting influence of profiteers.

Sunday Food: Pickles

By: Ruth Calvo Sunday September 21, 2014 2:51 am


Basic pickles in jars.

(Picture courtesy of christine at

Since we’ve talked about the various relishes for sandwich making, it seems only natural that we conclude with a mention of the many added tangy pickles that make a sandwich more interesting yet.   There are so many varieties, I doubt any of us like them all, particularly all at once, but without the pickles many of us would find our munchies a bit dull.

I was happy to find a review of every kind I know of, all in one publication here, and encourage you to add your own if you think of any others.   For my taste, sweet dill is the perfection of a ham sandwich, and sour goes best with burgers.   Pickle relish makes a hot dog more bearable, and no, I’m not a fan of hotdogs:

Sunday Talking Heads: September 21, 2014

By: Elliott Sunday September 21, 2014 12:05 am

A Survey of Open Space, Movie Night Monday

Brisk is upon us, good morning.

Today it’s ISIS, with a dash of Ebola. Bob Schieffer’s broadcasting live from under the covers with Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman, Robert Kagan, and Mike Morell, so now I’m under the bed.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Arab States Coalition Against ISIS. Middle East Institute Adjunct Scholar Thomas Lippman discusses the Obama administration’s efforts to build an international coalition to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq. They also talk about what the coalition’s role would be in the region. 8:30am – CDC Report on Affordable Care Act. Bloomberg News Health Policy Reporter Alex Wayne discusses a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, which finds that the Affordable Care Act cut the share of people without health insurance by two percent in 2014. 9:15am – Arkansas Governor’s and Senate Races. 9:30am – Pennsylvania Governor’s Race. 9:45am – Kentucky Senate Race.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: ISIS. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Then, Iraq war veterans Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) Roundtable: James Carville, Ana Navarro, Bret Stephens, Katrina vanden Heuvel. Also, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on dying and getting out of the way. Plus, Rory Kennedy on her documentary “Last Days in Vietnam.”

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: ISIS. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Ebola. CBS News’ Dr. Jonathan LaPook, and Dr. William Schaffner, chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. War Party Roundtable: Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman, Robert Kagan, Mike Morell.


CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: ISIS. Tony Blair. Then, the NFL with Shannon Sharpe, Izell Reese and Christine Brennan. Roundtable: Newt Gingrich, Donna Brazile, Marc Lamont Hill, Tara Wall.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: ISIS. Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Midterm elections with Karl Rove and Joe Trippi. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, George Will, Juan Williams. Plus, Daniel Silva on his latest book, “The Heist.”



MOYERS & COMPANY: Climate Change: The Next Generation. Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: ISIS. Mike Breen, Truman National Security Project) and Steven Bucci, Allison Center for Foreign & National Security Policy. Roundtable: Village People.

Thrawn Janet

By: Elliott Saturday September 20, 2014 8:03 pm

Exorcising Thrawn Janet

Dakine featured Robert Louis Stevenson today and in comments Jon73 told us he thought Stevenson’s “Thrawn Janet” was one of the best horror stories ever written. Unfamiliar with it (and with Hallowe’en drifting closer), I went in search of “Thrawn Janet.” I was thinking Janet gets thrawn off a cliff or something, but “thrawn” is (chiefly) Scottish for twisted or crooked (also perverse or ill-tempered).

To set it up:

“Thrawn Janet” is actually Janet M’Clour, an “auld limmer” (“A light woman; a strumpet; in weaker sense: A jade, hussy, minx.”) who marries the Reverend Murdoch Soulis. The locals distrust Janet, however, thinking that she’s a witch, and they finally throw her in “the water o’Dule, to see if she were a witch or no, soum or droun.”

I easily found the text online and surprisingly came upon this narration by Scottish playwright Alan Bissett. Listen carefully, it is very Scotsy which takes some getting used to unless your a verry auld Scot.

One of these days Alice…One of these days …

By: cmaukonen Saturday September 20, 2014 4:43 pm

The Honeymooners

No…not a diary about Jacky Gleason or the Honeymooners. It’s about Scotland and the secession vote. Or as some have suggested, non-vote. That despite all the heavily attended rallies and publicity and polling, Scotland voted 55 to 45 to stay with Jolly old England. As Gomer Pyle would say, Surprise Surprise.

As I see it, a classic codependent relationship. A geopolitical  codependent relationship. Like Ralph Kramden threatening to send Alice to the moon or the spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend  insisting they are going to leave as we have seen in so many TV shows, but never does. Or the kid saying he/she is going to run away from home – to the secret clubhouse up the street, only to return when it gets dark and they get hungry. Scotland had no real intention of actually going it alone, I do not believe. But the vote was close enough to scare the willies out of some folks, which was the whole point I think.

There are just too many people whose livelihood depends on Downing Street and what they do there, either directly or indirectly. Like Ralph not doing anything to actually endanger his relationship with Alice with all his bluster  and arrogance, he needs her far too much.

But you can only engage in such threats for a very short time, then they rapidly lose their effectiveness.

No….those who are going to leave or some such, just do it. With out all the drama. For they are truly self sufficient and/or the status quo has become intolerable to the point it has become a negative sum situation.

Then they just up and leave.

Video:Effective Issue Advocacy- Occupy the Podium

By: jbade Saturday September 20, 2014 12:31 pm

I am going to my congressional representatives town-hall meeting. My intent is to obtain video of questions I ask and the subsequent responses forwarded. I have little interest in the response, I know it will be the same generic, fact-free regurgitation of the establishment’s talking points. I am looking to make a statement of fact for the record that puts the response in direct opposition to the cited facts.

CODEPINK, Medea Benjiman have demonstrated how effective occupying the podium can be. In Medea’s case she knows she is not getting a response but by forwarding the facts, in a public way, like she does, seems so much more effective than petitions to the White House or a political figure.  I believe this because of it’s informative value that strengthens alternative media. The more good stuff, the more people will become interested. This site’s continuing success is a testament to that fact.

There are so many big, broad, inclusive, compelling issues one can make a passionate statement of facts in advocacy of. The less inclusive your statement of fact the easier it is to oppose on collateral issues. My main issue is-We house our mentally ill in prisons because it is substantially cheaper to do than offer real help and that that is where the conversation ends every time, my definition of moral bankruptcy. These people, unable to defend themselves, have few advocates and we allow them to, effectively, be thrown to the wolves. This issue does not resonate with the American Voter, just like euthanasia of 6 million dogs and cats a year when it would only take the slightest bit of effort and decency to resolve does not resonate. Understand that concept, that there are those who would buy that purebred dog,  unwittingly supporting the euthanasia while actually caring about the plight of so many dogs/cats that are  in the kill shelters, then there are those who only care for their purebred and are not concerned about the  6 million, at all. Your issue will likely breakdown into groups, consider making a statement so inclusive it includes the purebred owner who wittingly disregards the plight of the six million.  Use this as an example, of how to be inclusive- by advocating on behalf of ALL dogs and not specifically shelter dogs you include and gain the advocacy of every purebred owner no matter how offensive and shallow their conduct. If it saves some dogs, if dogs aren’t being murdered because of it, I’ll be inclusive- no problem.

There are so many great issues forwarded at this site. The insightful, well informed arguments, forwarded on this site are the arguments missing from the political discourse. The establishment even accepts Libertarian-ism now, because they have weened all the anti-war good out of it.

The statement of facts I will forward: