• wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Rudyard Kipling by dakine01.

    2013-04-13 06:46:13View | Delete

    ‘What is woman that you forsake her,
    And the hearth and the home acre,
    To go with the old grey widow-maker?’

    Kipling – Spear song of the Danish women

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Aging Sperm? Not the End of the World by RH Reality Check.

    2012-12-22 11:17:43View | Delete

    Ageing sperm is not the end of the world; this is: Rarely available newsflash: Death sentence passed on human civilization by streams of methane bubbles rising copiously off Siberian peninsula and European Arctic. Small groups, perhaps living at edge of volcanic mountain lake and not yet discovered may survive, but you don’t build Chartres cathedral [...]

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Fearing God at the End of the World by RH Reality Check.

    2012-12-22 10:57:09View | Delete

    Rarely available newsflash: Death sentence passed on human civilization by streams of methane bubbles rising copiously off Siberian peninsula and European Arctic. Small groups, perhaps living at edge of volcanic mountain lake and not yet discovered may survive, but you don’t build Chartres cathedral out of those materials. Very few years to go before methane [...]

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post The Case for Irrational Voting by David Swanson.

    2012-10-20 18:07:11View | Delete

    Who cares? Not everyone requires a babysitter.

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post The Case for Irrational Voting by David Swanson.

    2012-10-20 18:04:02View | Delete

    That is not what Pascal said.

    To edit and alter quotations is not a good idea.

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Stuff you probably didn’t read or hear about by ubetchaiam.

    2012-06-01 02:27:55View | Delete

    Dear God! To put it for you in words of one syllable or less, Credit Default Swaps are a form of insurance against borrowers defaulting on their loans, any borrowers anywhere to any creditors anywhere. (This is particularly harrowing when various financial institutions have this insurance mutually against each other.) The total amount ‘insured’ is [...]

  • There are better and simpler, more effective solutions, for example:

    ‘We should impose a gradually rising carbon fee, collected from fossil fuel companies, then distribute 100 percent of the collections to all Americans on a per-capita basis every month. The government would not get a penny….the reduction in oil use resulting from the carbon price would be nearly six times as great as the oil supply from the proposed pipeline from Canada, rendering the pipeline superfluous. James Hanson, 2012
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/05/10-2

    Published on Thursday, May 10, 2012 by The New York Times

    Dr. James Hansen is director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and adjunct professor in the department of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University. He was the first scientist to warn the US Congress of the dangers of climate change and writes here as a private citizen. Hansen is the author of “Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity.”

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Robert Samuelson’s Lessons from Jamie Dimon’s Bad Bet by Dean Baker.

    2012-05-16 20:14:34View | Delete

    Credit Default Swaps are a form of junk insurance, where the insurer takes the cash to insure against borrower default, but since the total amount insured is approximately ten times all the money on earth, the insurer is quite certain of getting free cash. If the borrower does default, payment on the insurance is quite [...]

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Rumsfeld: Incompetent Or Evil Mastermind? by FeetToDaFire.

    2012-05-05 02:44:30View | Delete

    Forget Bin Laden. A neurotoxin called Aspartame was rightly banned by the FDA. Rumsfeld, owner of Searle, the company that makes it, ‘called in all his markers’ (i.e., favors owed)according to his own account, to get the banning reversed, and now anyone who buys ‘Sugar free’ products – using artificial sweeteners – is consuming enough [...]

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Watercooler: High Profile by Kit OConnell.

    2012-05-05 02:21:50View | Delete

    Well, if they can’t get reactor #4 at Fukushima, Japan, safe, and it looks impossible, all human life in the northern hemisphere is done anyway, according to a Japanese diplomat who’s requesting UN intervention. The diplomat in question, Mr. Akio Matsumura, previously Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, can be found at http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/04/682.html Good luck to all [...]

  • wahyusamputra commented on the blog post The Roundup for May 1, 2012

    2012-05-03 00:04:01View | Delete

    I note that comments that disagree with you just disappear, and so I’ll repeat it:

    No, ‘It began as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago’ is not a sensible statement, any more than the second World War began when the USA decided to join in. It’s a very ancient European festival, probably Asian too, tho’ I haven’t checked, easily found in mountains of references.

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post The Libyan Model and the Oxymoron by David Swanson.

    2012-05-02 23:45:42View | Delete

    You don’t fail to quote all the ludicrous crap from the corporatist media, but fail to mention that Qadhafi supplied his entire population with what western populations can only dream of: Free state of the art healthcare, free education, including study abroad with all expenses paid, subsidized meat, free modern housing for all the shanty [...]

  • It was 1896 when one Winston Churchill, then a war correspondent in Afghanistan, described as the real danger a group called the Taliban, (Arabic for student plus the -an ending indicating an adverb) who ‘lived on bread and onions supplied by the local population.’

    They’re tough people, and not there for strange political reasons; they live there. They’ve only been at it for at least a hundred and sixteen years – they’ll make it, masha’allah and nama amida butsu.

  • wahyusamputra commented on the blog post Lakeside Diner

    2012-05-02 07:21:19View | Delete

    Try cranberry for the bladder, juice or jelly; it’s excellent for regulating the waterworks.

  • wahyusamputra commented on the blog post Lakeside Diner

    2012-05-02 07:17:51View | Delete

    Don’t wanna rain on your parade, but: ‘the U.S., where it began’?

    Er, no, not quite. Any more than WW2 started when the US decided to join in. It’s a pretty ancient festival, certainly in Europe. You’ll find it in Shakespeare, and it’s a lot older than that. Not that the US didn’t pick it up because of the Haymarket thing of course, and it’s quite true that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, the east Greenlanders in East Greenland exceptionalism, and the Touaregs and Tobermorians in Touareg and Tobermorian exceptionalism. It’s pretty standard.

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Don’t Forget NOLA! by Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate.

    2012-05-01 01:58:10View | Delete

    ‘Soon the gulf tragedy will be eclipsed by the radiation making landfall on the west coast from Japan.’ It’s already started. The kelp jungles off Los Angeles are showing greatly increased radiation, and with Fukushima #4 reactor ready to go kablooie there’s an awful lot about to pour into the ocean, that ‘great eyeball of [...]

  • Beautiful, creates laughter, relief, hope, and makes one feel better, as all your stuff does. And it happens to be obviously true, which always helps. I don’t believe you drink too much. Just the right amount.

    Happy Mayday.

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post Between the Heavens and the Earth, We Stand on the Threshold of a Dream by wendydavis.

    2012-03-08 20:55:41View | Delete

    All good stuff, and well worth recalling. On a minor point, however, we’ve pretty much exhausted the possibilities of the Fishes and the bitter territorial warfare that took place then. We’re now in the 200 year cusp of the switch over to the next 2,000 year Great Year, that of Aquarius, a wind sign, ruler [...]

  • wahyusamputra commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Beware the Idiots of March

    2012-03-03 00:28:33View | Delete

    “Or have they all been immersed in their own BS for so long that by now, they’re simply out of their minds, completely untethered from reality? It’s getting harder and harder to avoid that conclusion.”

    When you have an extreme right wing government, such as that of Howdy Doody, the right wing opposition is pushed off the edge of a cliff, proposing policies that even to them sound more and more unlikely. That is the position of the current anti-woman campaign.

    World wide, women are half the population, put in two thirds of the working hours, receive ten per cent of the wages and salaries, and own less than one per cent of the property. There’s really nothing left to take away from them except ownership of their own bodies, which is what is being attempted. Back to the eighteenth century!

    Male dominated societies tend to be chaotic, psychotic, and destructive; the USA at present makes a fine illustration. Women dominated societies have an equally strong bias towards stability, peace, and prosperity. Women are stronger than men, and live longer; they tend to think ahead a bit, what kind of future might be worth preparing for.

    That’s very general, of course; we can all compile lists of lady politicians even nuttier than their male counterparts.

  • wahyusamputra commented on the diary post A few questions to consider by Ironcomments.

    2012-03-02 21:12:52View | Delete

    Women’s ownership of their own bodies. The bitter disputes between the occupants of what is charitably referred to as the clown cart, the Republican candidates for president of the USA, are the meat and potatoes of the infotainment industry, even in the Britain of ‘Walking eagle’. (Why an election almost a year away in another [...]

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