• What’s even more amazing: Filming was done before Snowden made his revelations.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the blog post Late Night: Mercury Blues, Two Ways

    2014-04-13 21:05:13View | Delete

    *mmmmwahhh!*

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the blog post Late Night: Mercury Blues, Two Ways

    2014-04-13 20:30:27View | Delete

    Hah! Never thought of it that way. But thanks for the plug!

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the blog post Late Night: Mercury Blues, Two Ways

    2014-04-13 20:05:28View | Delete

    And here’s David Lindley in 1988, melting the amplifiers and his listeners’ brains at the Metropol.

    Good stuff, Maynard!

  • Actually, you can have easily-memorized passcodes that are all but unbreakable by simply making your passcodes from multiple words connected with underscores or spaces:

    http://xkcd.com/936/

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the diary post Cliven Bundy is a craven thief and right wing terrorist by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-13 14:25:27View | Delete

    Yup.

    And the bitter joke is that grazing fees are already pitifully low.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the diary post Who Are the Trusted? by Elliott.

    2014-04-13 08:59:47View | Delete
  • Phoenix Woman commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: A Dangerous “Reform”

    2014-04-12 17:51:41View | Delete

    Exactly.

  • Exactly.

    Capitalism is not normal or natural, despite the protestations of its fans. It’s only existed in its fully-fledged state for a little over two centuries. It’s oncological in nature – it hates limits to allowing a few to screw over the many that prop them up, until eventually there is a crisis because the people being screwed can’t prop them up anymore.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: A Dangerous “Reform”

    2014-04-12 09:21:51View | Delete

    Kevin Drum on Heartbleed and the NSA:

    You know, I’m honestly not sure which would be worse. That the NSA knew about this massive bug that threatened havoc for millions of Americans and did nothing about it for two years. Or that the NSA’s vaunted—and lavishly funded—cybersecurity team was completely in the dark about a gaping and highly-exploitable hole in the operational security of the internet for two years.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: A Dangerous “Reform”

    2014-04-12 09:20:29View | Delete

    You can stop this particular atrocity in its tracks — especially if you live in even a medium-sized city.

    Call your congresscritter and remind him/her that not only do SSA offices provide services (which being done in person are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed OpenSSL exploit), but jobs — lots of jobs — in his/her area.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the diary post Documentary Video: WACO Rules of Engagement by jbade.

    2014-04-12 07:58:19View | Delete

    The Waco area (aka “Six-Shooter Junction”) has for nearly a century been a hotbed of violent cultisms and violence in general. Religious battles often were settled by gunfire well before Bush admin holdovers Potts and Sessions reacted to the killings of law enforcement agents sent to investigate Koresh’s child molestations. Furthermore, just as with the [...]

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the diary post Like the McCarthy era, except for everything by danps.

    2014-04-12 07:32:25View | Delete

    Thanks for this, danps.

    The whole line of attack that the right-wingers engage in is one we all know from junior high school. It’s called “I know you are, but what am I?”, and its use by the wingnuts is a tacit admission that they are all either racists or race-baiters.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Robert B. Parker by dakine01.

    2014-04-12 07:24:33View | Delete

    Spenser was a wonderful character. You could see the City of Boston through his and Hawk’s eyes.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the diary post VIDEO: Proof That Fox News Has Been Trolling Us All Along by Elliott.

    2014-04-12 07:22:52View | Delete

    Exactly.

    Thanks to Ellie for posting this and Ruth for understanding it.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: A Dangerous “Reform”

    2014-04-12 07:20:51View | Delete

    Good morning, everyone!

    SSA’s policy, up until now, has been to make it as easy and cost-free as possible for claimants to file claims or appeals. If you live more that seventy-five miles from a hearing office, SSA will reimburse you for traveling expenses.

    That’s all scheduled to be traded for transmitting claims over a lawyer’s internet line (which might be secured and might not be, depending upon the ritizness of the law firm) while being charged a few hundred an hour for it.

  • Here are a few reasons that rangers might want to be armed:

    Reason #1: Karen Gonzales:

    An arrest has been made in connection with the August 2013 assault on Willcox resident Karen Gonzales, the National Park Service (NPS) employee who was left for dead, in a restroom at Chiricahua’s Faraway Ranch, 38 miles south of Willcox.

    Gonzales, who is still recovering from the assault, told the Range News exclusively Friday, “I’m glad he is behind bars, because he can’t do that again.”

    Gil Gaxiola, 33, was arrested for attempted first-degree murder, and five other charges, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for Cochise County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).

    Reason #2: Park rangers have, for decades, been far more likely to suffer violent attack than have FBI agents, as a 2004 article shows:

    Attacks, threats, harassment against National Park Service rangers and U.S. Park Police officers reached a all-time high in 2003, according to agency records released Tuesday by an association of federal employees, keeper of the country’s only database documenting violence against federal resource protection employees. At the same time, “scores” of park law enforcement personnel have been reassigned to desks, rangers say.

    Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) reports that National Park Service commissioned law enforcement officers were victims of assaults 106 times in 2003. More than one-quarter of these encounters resulted in injury to the officers.

    This figure tops the 2002 total of 98 assaults but parallels the 2001 previous high of 104 violent incidents.

    “Law enforcement officers in the National Park Service are 12 times more likely to be killed or injured as a result of an assault than FBI agents � a rate triple that of the next worst federal agency,” said Randall Kendrick, executive director for the U.S. Park Rangers Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.

    A midnight shift with only one ranger, a nuclear power plant threatened by terrorists, rangers sent out on patrol without dispatch, without backup, without even pepper spray – these are real situations that place the defenders of America’s public lands in grave danger, the officers’ association warns.

    On their 2003 “Most Dangerous National Parks” list, released in June, the Fraternal Order of Police handed the Number One spot to Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument for the third year in a row.

    After the murder of 28 year old NPS Ranger Kris Eggle on August 9, 2002, the park service bolstered its force at the monument with tactical teams, since removed, and has failed to restore staff levels to previous levels, the officers’ association reports.

    And most of that was before this:

    Reason #3: In 2010, Jim Coburn rammed through a bill lifting the gun ban in America’s national parks. He later claimed that crime in the parks went down as a result. He was lying, of course.

    So, yeah, I can see why the NPS might want to try to move the odds a bit back in their rangers’ favor. The deck’s been stacked against them for ages.

  • Exactly.

    FOX News and the other right wing echo chambers have been encouraging this guy’s violent rhetoric:

    But if anyone is waging a campaign of intimidation, it’s Bundy and his family, who have repeatedly threatened violence, invoked revolutionary rhetoric, and issued public statements making known that they own firearms and appear willing to use them.
    The rancher told the Las Vegas Sun in 2013 that “he keeps firearms at his ranch” and promised to “do whatever it takes” to defend his cattle from being seized.

    “I’ve got to protect my property,” Bundy said as [his son] Arden steered several cattle inside an elongated pen. “If people come to monkey with what’s mine, I’ll call the county sheriff. If that don’t work, I’ll gather my friends and kids and we’ll try to stop it. I abide by all state laws. But I abide by almost zero federal laws.”

    Bundy’s wife Carol told the Sun that she owns a shotgun and is prepared to use it.

    Carol Bundy said her husband is not a violent man, just a person who will protect what he owns. For that matter, so is she.
    “I’ve got a shotgun,” she said. “It’s loaded and I know how to use it. We’re ready to do what we have to do, but we’d rather win this in the court of public opinion.”
    Grabbing another fistful of bacon, Arden said he wants to be part of any coming battle. His mother smiled.

    When conservative radio host Laura Ingraham asked if he would resort to violence to settle the dispute, Bundy said, “I didn’t say I wouldn’t carry a gun.”
    On Fox News’ Hannity, Bundy implied that the federal government’s seizure of his cattle amounted to an infringement on the rights of Nevada and said he’ll “do whatever it takes to gain our liberty and freedom back.”

    BUNDY: Well, you know, my cattle is only one issue that the United States courts has ordered that the government can seize my cattle. But what they have done is seized Nevada statehood, Nevada law, Clark County public land, access to the land, and have seized access to all of the other rights of Clark County people that like to go hunting and fishing. They’ve closed all those things down, and we’re here to protest that action. And we are after freedom. We’re after liberty.
    HANNITY: How far are you willing to go? How far are you willing to take this?
    BUNDY: My statement to the American people, I’ll do whatever it takes to gain our liberty and freedom back.

    Appearing on the radio show of conspiracy theorist Pete Santilli, a 9-11 Truther who previously threatened to shoot Hillary Clinton, Bundy repeatedly said the time has come to “make our stand.” Discussing his situation’s relationship to the deadly Waco and Ruby Ridge standoffs, Bundy said, “I haven’t called no militia or anything like that, but hey it looks like that’s where we’re at”:

    BUNDY: I told you that I did the legal thing and the political thing and the media thing and it seems like it’s down to we the people if we’re going to get it done. You know the things like militias. You know, I haven’t called no militia or anything like that, but hey it looks like that’s where we’re at.
    We got a strong army here, we have to fight, their [unintelligible] to back off. We don’t have our state officials not stepping up and saying no. So until the state people steps up and says no, the county sheriff says no, this thing is going to keep escalating until the point that we are going to have to take our land back and take our rights back and maybe that’s the time we are at in life, I don’t know, it just seemed like we worked our way all the way to this point, now are we going to back off? Or are we going to take it — somebody is going to have to back off. If they’re not, we the people are going to put our boots down and we are going to walk over these people.

  • Phoenix Woman commented on the blog post Late Night: Stay Awake

    2014-04-06 20:56:07View | Delete

    Good evening, everyone!

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