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  • petal commented on the blog post Cuomo Administration Interfered With Ethics Investigation

    2014-07-24 16:17:03View | Delete

    Sadly, I think he will survive this. It just means he may have to be governor a little longer than he was planning on. He has that D next to his name, and a lot of people will pull the lever for him simply based on that.

  • petal commented on the diary post No Purpose Other Than to Humiliate and Degrade by Isaiah 88.

    2014-07-20 09:09:16View | Delete

    Wait-that’s Podhoretz’s talking point
    You really think commenters want *anyone* dead? Seriously? And I think it’s pretty obvious who has the armament advantage, so not buying the “war for survival by Israel” bit.

  • petal commented on the diary post No Purpose Other Than to Humiliate and Degrade by Isaiah 88.

    2014-07-20 07:49:51View | Delete

    I agree with you-I have been getting the feeling this has been like poking the bear, and then using the bear’s angry response to justify killing it. The Israelis seem to be poking the bear more and more, seeing how far they can push it to the edge each time, and then they will use [...]

  • petal commented on the blog post Demagoguing Feminism for Fun and Profit

    2014-07-15 17:13:20View | Delete

    I’ve come across some NH/VT ones, too. Frustrating and disappointing.

  • petal commented on the blog post Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Political Future Might be in Real Trouble

    2014-07-14 15:27:12View | Delete

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. So much damage done in a short time.

  • petal commented on the blog post Piketty’s Ugly Projection for US Inequality

    2014-07-13 15:18:15View | Delete

    I felt the people in that crowd are very hungry for another Roosevelt or Long to come along.

  • petal commented on the blog post Piketty’s Ugly Projection for US Inequality

    2014-07-13 15:13:58View | Delete

    I hope I’m right, too, but I’m very pessimistic, personally. The crowd last night was mostly(like 99%) over 65′s. During the Q&A, someone asked Burns about comparing Hillary Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt. He played it neutral, of course, but I got the drift that the crowd didn’t think much of HC. This rural area has a lot of money in a couple of towns but is surrounded by a lot of poverty, so it’s hard to tell overall what’s up, but we don’t usually get that many members of the public in one room up here. I’m concerned there will be some push-back initially by the middle class voters and it will be ignored and clamped down on by the establishment Dems(like, “we’ve already chosen this one candidate, tough crap”), and then they’ll ultimately, again, pull the lever for what they see as the LOTE like before. Things may have to get worse before they have a shot at getting better, but I think the seeds of awareness(not blindly buying the crap the ruling parties are selling) are definitely germinating.

  • petal commented on the blog post Piketty’s Ugly Projection for US Inequality

    2014-07-13 11:44:29View | Delete

    Sorry-there was supposed to be a paragraph break in there.

  • petal commented on the blog post Piketty’s Ugly Projection for US Inequality

    2014-07-13 11:38:09View | Delete

    Good question. Have been thinking a lot lately about this. Why try anymore? Why be a decent person? You go to work every day, don’t take vacation because you’re afraid of the consequences or it might make you look lazy, you try to be a decent person, create something that hopefully will benefit society-yet every day is a financial struggle and your life-long hopes and dreams go up in smoke. I boggle at how people can afford to have a child. A home and a family is completely out of reach due to having had to pay off $30k+(the amount when starting back in 2000) of college loans and being stuck in a low paying job (anyone that says we need more STEM workers needs to be punched in the head), and if I try to improve myself by going back to school, chances are it won’t change anything or it’ll put me in an even worse situation than I am now. At the end of each day I wonder “what’s the point?”. You see the people that act immorally get ahead and the decent, hard working types get screwed over. Hopelessness takes over, and society disintegrates.

    Last night, I was at a screening of Ken Burns’ new documentary film about the Roosevelts. The segment shown covered the time period where FDR gets elected for the first time and all about The New Deal. Glass-Steagall was mentioned and you could hear an audible reaction from the audience (~800 people in the crowd, looked to be mostly UMC and above). It also included his speech about bankers being reckless and the public having to pay for it-again, another audible reaction from the crowd, and you could hear people saying “Sounds familiar!”, etc. There was also a positive reaction to a short speech by Huey P. Long about wealth re-distribution. The film was interesting, but the crowd reaction was even more interesting. I get the feeling people are fed up, but don’t how how to change things, or if it’s even possible at this point. Thank you for posting, Masaccio.

  • petal commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Mayan Excavation by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-07-12 20:04:55View | Delete

    Ruth, this is so neat! Thank you for posting the update. I have always wanted to go on a dig, so am envious of this great opportunity you have. Enjoy!!

  • petal commented on the blog post NH Poll: Sen. Shaheen’s Lead Over Scott Brown Grows

    2014-07-10 17:51:08View | Delete

    Also, he likely has the % he has at this point partly due to name recognition. His commercials were on a lot of the stations southern NH gets from Boston so people are aware of him that way. I don’t think many people have heard of the other two guys.

  • petal commented on the blog post NH Poll: Sen. Shaheen’s Lead Over Scott Brown Grows

    2014-07-10 17:38:57View | Delete

    NH resident here. Scott Brown isn’t liked because he’s seen as a carpetbagger. He’s from MA(a flatlander), couldn’t keep his job there, and thinks he can pull a fast one on NH voters and get back into his cushy, high paying Congressional gig and continue cashing in. “I owned a vacation home there for years so I’m one of you!”, etc. A lot of GOP voters also see him as a RINO and say they want a true conservative instead. Unless Shaheen really screws up in the mean time, I can’t see him overcoming these problems.

  • petal commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: July 6, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-07-06 05:09:15View | Delete

    Good morning, everyone. Here’s and article about how NYS is balking at releasing information about the oil trains.

  • petal commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: June 29, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-06-29 09:13:24View | Delete

    Thank you, Ruth :) I thought so because it’s a Sunday, but wasn’t sure because it’s all about the (bad kind of) Talking Heads! Have a good day today.

  • petal commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: June 29, 2014 by Elliott.

    2014-06-29 09:04:53View | Delete

    Good morning, everyone. Not sure where to put this today, but it’s about the Northern Pass transmission line/energy projects in New England and how information is being kept from the public.

  • petal commented on the diary post Why Is the American Red Cross Acting Like Big Business and Not a Charity? by BrandonJ.

    2014-06-28 13:16:19View | Delete

    Found another one from 1999.

  • petal commented on the diary post Why Is the American Red Cross Acting Like Big Business and Not a Charity? by BrandonJ.

    2014-06-28 12:42:42View | Delete

    Sorry-meant to include this article.

  • petal commented on the diary post Why Is the American Red Cross Acting Like Big Business and Not a Charity? by BrandonJ.

    2014-06-28 12:42:11View | Delete

    I have avoided the Red Cross since Liddy Dole was in charge. Was so disgusted when she was chosen to lead it.

  • The Weapon of Mass Destruction jokes would be waaay too easy-am laughing about them already. I think you are right about the dudebro narcissist with a smartphone thing.

  • Was wondering about friends and family of those employees, too, like you mentioned, Kevin. I mean, everything is being collected now, but would anyone (friends and family) associated with an employee who holds that clearance be highlighted? It’s truly chilling to think about decisions that may have to be made.

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