• juliania commented on the diary post Laura Poitras and Tom Engelhardt: The Snowden Reboot by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-10-21 11:44:55View | Delete

    I disagree. We may have been vaguely aware of the ease with which our internet messages could be and probably were being spied upon, but we did not know the extent to which whole systems had been set up internationally to coordinate and exchange data among the Five Eyes countries, impacting trade decisions, as well [...]

  • juliania commented on the diary post When Solartopia Transcends King CONG (with new poster) by solartopia.

    2014-10-20 13:45:10View | Delete

    Thank you, Solartopia. All your points are sensible ones pointing to timehonored wisdoms. We are living in such artificial times that it is hard for young people born into them to realize how close a sustainable future is, and they above all do need that promise and that possibility which has so cruelly been denied [...]

  • Something I will just say now and then forever hold my peace:

    young people, if you want, truly want, to keep your wits about you, please, please, please do NOT take up a cannabis habit. Because that is what it will be, above all else. You will develop an inordinate passion for the drug, and this is clearly evident in these posts. Not because it is medicine, but because it will fog your brain into believing it is the best thing since way before sliced bread, and anything that does that to a normal functioning brain is to my non-marijuana brain something to be avoided at all cost. You won’t be able to help it; you will love it. Already folk are extremely angry at me for saying this, and there will be attacks upon me for daring to say these things. Nevertheless, somebody has to.

    As a substitute for other addictions, sure, this one is less debilitating. But something happens to a brain exposed to marijuana more than just thinking it is a sociable practise to smoke the weed, very in, very American. Harmless. There is or becomes an affinity, an affection towards the drug that is personal and impossible to eradicate.

    I do not at all quarrel with its use medicinally – leave that to the herbalists and it is just fine where it is medically needed, like any drug.

    America was a better place without it. I am old enough to remember those days, and I miss them very much.

    As I said, this is a one-time expression of my objection to this cult. I realize I am a lone and probably disappearing voice in the wilderness, and I wish all well in these campaigns. I just wish they had never started.

  • juliania commented on the blog post Not Even Thomas Duncan’s Fiancee Contracted Ebola

    2014-10-20 13:07:44View | Delete

    I don’t think you are taking into account the logistics of the disease, and the difficulties involved in tamping it down. Certainly the cases have been few, and that is a very good thing, but in ill prepared hospital settings only a few patients have loaded American capablities to properly handle those final stage patients you describe as having the most potential to broadcast the virus. Had we more such, and I hope that doesn’t happen, the kind of care such late stage patients require is at this point only available to a very few.

    To my mind, the more attention this disease gets, in light of the fact that so many dedicated hospital workers have died in areas where they are most needed, the better. I don’t feel personally threatened, but to see this as a political issue on which to make points is very sad when lives are involved, and I hope your conclusions in this diary don’t lead other persons exposed to the disease to feel they should not quarantine. That infections are haphazard is no reason for complacency.

    Was it okay,fine for the hospital to send Mr. Duncan home with symptoms and the connection to Liberia? Was it okay,fine for the protocols not to be superstandard when he was finally admitted, so that two nurses who treated him somehow got exposed? No, on both counts. I do not think that is hysterical overreaction; I think that is commonsense.

  • juliania commented on the blog post Sensible Leadership On Economics In Real Life

    2014-10-19 18:01:35View | Delete

    And this from Bill Black in an article posted at nakedcapitalism.com:

    “Obama had the power, in a field in which the Republicans had no ability to create “political barriers,” to hold the banksters accountable. He did not have to reinvent the wheel because we had proven what worked (none of it dependent on Obama’s “eloquence.” He chose not to take the proven steps, with the proven people, who would have held thousands of financial executives accountable for their crimes. Many of us explained publicly what needed to be done, raised the warning that the administration was not taking the necessary steps, and offered to help fix the problems. The Obama administration reacted with a combination of indifference and even scorn.”

    I really, really, really don’t call that leadership. (I may just vote for Bill Black for every office on the ticket this time around.)

  • juliania commented on the blog post Sensible Leadership On Economics In Real Life

    2014-10-19 16:18:27View | Delete

    I think you’ve summed up my reaction, onitgoes (with some valuable input as always from marym in IL). Here’s my take on the single worthwhile statement in the Esquire piece:

    I’m not whining about this,” says Sherrod Brown, Democratic senator from Ohio, “because nobody cares about the problems of people in our position. No whining on the yacht!”

    What difference does gerrymandering make when they are all feeding at the same trough? There’s one set of voting people and there’s one set of wouldbe politicos, and one set is getting shafted. I don’t need to point out which set that is.

    As for Obama’s speech on the ‘nonvalidity’ of trickledown,(given to the ‘right people’) he’s not only a broken clock, he’s a filthy rich broken clock, and his vessel’s not a yacht, it’s the Flying Dutchman.

  • juliania commented on the diary post A Different “War Is Good For Us” Argument by David Swanson.

    2014-10-17 09:08:33View | Delete

    Thank you for the Upton Sinclair quote, so very applicable. It comes to my mind that what we lost in the long and devastating conflict in Vietnam still haunts us today, in that so many potential leaders from the lower economic stratum were obliterated then. And in the succeeding wars as well, it is democracy [...]

  • I am not familiar with the series at all, so I won’t comment on the particulars. However, the phrase you revolve around, ‘love and war’, did take me back to The Iliad in a search for an ending to that particular conflict between Greeks and Trojans, and I think if there is an ending, or at [...]

  • juliania commented on the diary post Peter Van Buren: Seven Bad Endings to the New War in the Middle East by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-10-17 08:28:05View | Delete

    I doubt very much that there will be a statue of Barack Obama anywhere.

  • When Obama and the Democratic Party propped up the Republican Party after his election, I stopped believing either one had the interest of the American public at heart. This need to have a phony opponent in order to fleece wealth from the nation is to be compared to the need to have a pseudo international ‘cold war’ villain, and the positive to be gained from the latter scenario is that the Russians don’t want to play, nor it seems does anyone else. The rest of the world may be wising up to these tactics. I certainly found it hard to believe this country ‘needed’ an enemy (as was so often bruited about when the Russians became our friends), but the facts are hard to deny; our ‘leaders’ have gone out of their way to find one, at great loss of blood and treasure.

    All I can think is that anyone who purports to tell us the two US parties are in any way different is being coerced, is a fool, or stands to benefit. And I don’t like to accuse anyone of any of these things, so I won’t.

  • juliania commented on the blog post Americans Are Way Too Worried About Ebola

    2014-10-14 13:02:58View | Delete

    I disagree with your premise, Jon, and I give the American public more credit than you do. I think they are justifiably worried because they know full well the precarious state of the practise of medicine in this country. Now, when most symptomatic cases of anything serious are dealt with in the emergency room, and when Obamacare remains a mystery to many and a trap to most, when the paperwork burden of all hospital workers has increased monumentally with the intricate workings of privatization of care for profit, we don’t trust the healthcare system, simple as that. The country’s wealth has been appropriated; the wars continue unabated; the people come last.

    And what we have heard, with doctors and nurses and staff exposed to this virus in its later stages, is that they, those courageous frontline solders, more than we, are vulnerable. We fear for the few medical practitioners this country seems prepared to provide us. They already have a hard road to tread; this virus will make it harder, so we worry. Our children or husbands or wives are already working so hard in these hospitals. This is going to make it harder and more dangerous for them.

    The WHO has just projected 10,000 cases a day in Africa two months from now. It would seem we should have been more worried sooner, if worry leads to action, as it should. My worry began as precious health care providers fell victim, not so much about the man on the street, though I should have been more worried about the first case to arrive had he been a relative or friend. We weren’t prepared in Texas, and nurses have said they are not prepared.

    I worry for all the parameters of handling even one critical case as the cases extend and affect the fragile system we now have. And now, too, for all the desperate people without help in West Africa; I worry for them. In my particular case the action that worry inspires is prayer, as that is all I have to contribute – I hope others can convert their worry into the health infrastructural changes the world so badly needs to combat this illness.

    I really don’t think you can be ‘way too worried’ about any serious disease that has the proven potential to kill people in a matter of weeks. But that’s just me.

  • juliania commented on the diary post #FergusonOctober: Day 3 [Updated]: Woot! by wendydavis.

    2014-10-13 14:30:15View | Delete

    Happy IP Day, wendydavis and all good bloggers here! I’ve celebrated the day by going into anaphylactic shock (yes, really) – delayed reaction from three days earlier, and thank heaven those very old benedryl tablets still have some pizzaz left in ‘em – but super coverage here, so thanks mightily, all!


  • juliania commented on the diary post MENA Mashup: Kobane, ISIS, and our MIC by CTuttle.

    2014-10-12 17:36:51View | Delete

    Ah, but who needs Donald Rumsfeld when we have NZ Prime Minister John Key? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1410/S00131/not-joining-fight-against-islamic-state-would-be-odd-pm.htm In case that doesn’t link – the story can be found on the front page of http://www.scoop.co.nz, where the PM addresses “definite risks” thusly: “…So, the first thing is to identify whether those risks are worth us doing something about.” [...]

  • juliania commented on the diary post MENA Mashup: Bibi, ISIS, and our Coalition of the Willing by CTuttle.

    2014-10-09 22:21:59View | Delete

    Forgot to say, recommended of course!

  • juliania commented on the diary post MENA Mashup: Bibi, ISIS, and our Coalition of the Willing by CTuttle.

    2014-10-09 22:21:26View | Delete

    Haere mai, CTuttle, and thank you especially for that debate about ISIL. The good guys in kiwiland are still reeling from the shock of the last election, but even mainstream newswriters at the Herald are questioning what Emperor Key has in mind. This is a long essay, pretty much covers everything from Vietnam on, but [...]

  • juliania commented on the diary post Pepe Escobar: New Silk Roads and an Alternate Eurasian Century by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-10-06 15:59:36View | Delete

    I do think TPP realities are going to sever most relations between Pacific nations and the US, even as the jaundiced political powers try to sell it to their increasingly aware populations. Maybe it would be a great idea for the US to simply draw in its horns and patch up its Hatfield and McCoy [...]

  • juliania commented on the diary post Ships Passing in the Night by Deena Stryker.

    2014-10-06 15:32:40View | Delete

    Sorry, inadvertently linked to my comment. Best to start with the article:


  • juliania commented on the diary post Ships Passing in the Night by Deena Stryker.

    2014-10-06 15:24:02View | Delete

    To broaden the horizons of this important subject a bit, some international observers may remember that right before the recent New Zealand election, which the incumbent seems to have won overwhelmingly, Nicky Hager came out with a book on the level of the Woodward and Bernstein revelations, which immediately became a best seller in that [...]

  • juliania commented on the diary post Ebola, authorities who say don’t panic are actually sometimes helping the panic by RichardKanePA.

    2014-10-05 13:00:45View | Delete

    It may well be that the intent of some is to create panic, eCAHNomics, but I feel less panicked when I know more, so I’m grateful to Mr. Kane for his obvious concern. It also seems fairly obvious that there is an attempt to have us consider the unfortunate Mr. Duncan the antagonist in the [...]

  • juliania commented on the diary post Ebola, authorities who say don’t panic are actually sometimes helping the panic by RichardKanePA.

    2014-10-04 22:31:08View | Delete

    Sir, I appreciate the effort you have gone to here in addressing this subject. One thing that helps me as I go through the many comments on the internet is to recognize that those posting badly expressed or discourteous comments may often be struggling with some disorder, that the extremity of the situation only serves [...]

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