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1. Go to the album or photostream that you’d like to see.
2. Click the Slideshow icon .
3. Click the X or press the Esc key to exit.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/140448859@N02/albums

Add or remove photos from an album
1. Mouse over You | select Albums.
2. Click any album to open it.
3. At the top, click Edit in Organizr.
o Add content – Drag items from bottom into the album.
o Remove content – Drag items from album to the bottom.
4. On the left, click Save.

OK Wendy, here’s how you use Easy Copy.

1- Install it to Firefox.

2- Copy any of your articles from your site, youtubes, images, everything in the article. Left click and highlight the whole article from beginning to end, then right click and select “Copy HTML Source”. This is important: copy everything from the page of your site, not the code.

3- Go to c99p and open a New Essay editor. Paste into the editor and you’ll see the lifted code. Then click “Preview” and you should see your article in full. It’s that easy. Easy Copy picks up the HTML code for youtubes, images, twitter, instagram, all of it.

4-You may have to do a little editing like removing the article name from the editor body and typing it into the Title Box. Give it a try and publish it, if I see anything that needs changed, I’ll do it for you and explain what I did.

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Will Shakespeare:
“We are oft to blame in this, — Tis too much proved – that with devotion’s visage and pious action, we do sugar o’er the devil himself.”
That Justice is a blind goddess
Is a thing to which we black are wise:
Her bandage hides two festering sores
That once perhaps were eyes.
~ Langston Hughes

‘Holding a vision of a world that works for all….. “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”
~ Rumi
‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.’

~ Milan Kundera
“In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.” — Milan Kundera

http://theoccupiedtimes.org/?p=224
To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.
~ Arundhati Roy
Chief Crazy Horse
“Upon suffering beyond suffering, the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world of broken promises, selfishness and separations, a world longing for light again.
I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colours of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole earth will become one circle again….
I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that centre within you, and I am at that place within me, we shall be one.”
~ Chief Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux, 1877

“A system cannot fail those who it was never built to protect.“
~ W.E.B. DuBois
‘My dear, and recently departed, Washington friend, John Judge, liked to say that if you want to call him a “conspiracy theorist” you have to call others “coincidence theorists”.
~ Wm. Blum
The poor like taxing the rich less than you think:
http://www.economist.com/node/21525851
‘We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.’
~ Martin Luther King
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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
~ Rumi
O, yet we trust that somehow good
Will be the final goal of ill,
To pangs of nature, sins of will,
Defects of doubt, and taints of blood;
That nothing walks with aimless feet;
That not one life shall be destroyed,
Or cast as rubbish to the void
~ Tennyson

Kabir
‘Aoua, aoua!! Mefiez-vous des blancs!” (Aoua, aoua!! Beware of the white men)
~ Ravel
The flute of interior time is played whether we hear it or not.
What we mean by “love” is its sound coming in.
When love hits the farthest edge of excess, it reaches wisdom.
And the fragrance of the knowledge!
It penetrates our thick bodies,
it goes through walls.
Its network of notes has a structure as if a million suns were arranged inside.
The tune has truth in it.
Where else have you heard a sound like this?
~ Kabir
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Asking for nothing, receiving everything

“No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.”
~ Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
“no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion”
~ Murakami
‘To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.’
~ Arundhati Roy
CIA whistleblower, Philip Agee:
Reforms of the FBI and the CIA, even removal of the President from office, cannot remove the problem. American capitalism, based as it is on exploitation of the poor, with its fundamental motivation in personal greed, simply cannot survive without force – without a secret police force. The argument is with capitalism and it is capitalism that must be opposed, with its CIA, FBI and other security agencies understood as logical, necessary manifestations of a ruling class’s determination to retain power and privilege. (source)
Alexander Cockburn: ” A just war is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.”
When I met Alexander Cockburn, one of his first questions to me was: “Is your hate pure?” It was the question he asked most of the young writers he mentored …
“Awake we share the world; sleeping each turns to his private world.”
~ Heraclitus
‘It isn’t the rebels
who cause the troubles of the world,
it’s the troubles
that cause the rebels.’

~ Carl Oglesby, SDS
“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
~ George Bernard Shaw
Gold standard blog moderation: ritholz
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• Knowingly posting false or malicious material;
• multiple postings under different names;
• generally engaging in troll-like behavior;
• misquoting your host/overlord;
• being impolite in the extreme;
• using fake/mislabelled URLs;
• ad hominem attacks;
• being an asshole.
“Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.”
~ George Orwell
The Story in Your Eyes by the Moody Blues
Listen to the tide slowly turning
Wash all our heartaches away
We’re part of the fire that is burning
From the ashes we can build another day
But I’m frightened for your children
That the life that we are living is in vain
And the sunshine we’ve been waiting for
Will turn to rain
“Fire Alarm: Feeding the Flames at Traitor’s Gate’’
“But there’s nothing else for it. We must keep sounding the alarm, even in the face of almost certain defeat. What else is our humanity worth if we don’t do that? And if, in the end, all that we’ve accomplished is to keep the smallest spark of light alive, to help smuggle it through an age of darkness to some better, brighter time ahead, is that not worth the full measure of struggle? ”
~Chris Floyd

“Onkwehonwe” means ‘human beings forever’.
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I felt a funeral in my brain ~Emily Dickinson
http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/funeral.html
“Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men – above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”
~ Albert Einstein

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In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

~ Buddha

“When the earth is dying there shall arise a new tribe of all colours and all creeds. This tribe shall be called The Warriors of the Rainbow and it will put its faith in actions not words.”

~ Hopi prophecy
Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have become, refuse to bear them.
~ William Faulkner
Once to every man and nation
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth and falsehood,
For the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God’s new Messiah,
Off’ring each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever
Twixt that darkness and that light.
Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet ’tis truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold,
And upon the throne be wrong:
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above his own.
~ James Russel Lowell
“The Lilliputians look upon fraud as a greater crime than theft. For, they allege, care and vigilance, with a very common understanding, can protect a man’s goods from thieves, but honesty hath no fence against superior cunning. . . where fraud is permitted or connived at, or hath no law to punish it, the honest dealer is always undone, and the knave gets the advantage.”
~ Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels.
‘For those of you who have been asking about me and wondering how I have been doing, I thank you. “Lo khuliyet, qulibet…” Which means “If the world were empty of good people, it would end.” I only need to check my emails to know it won’t be ending any time soon.
~ Riverbend http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

Yet, you cannot force truth upon the deceived. If a deluded soul is fortunate enough to stumble upon it, he will have found it beneath the rubble of his collapsed convictions. His most treasured, now shattered, verities will glint like shards in moonlight, as irascible circumstance has forced him to question all he insisted was true.
~ Phil Rockstroh (column here)
“The human being and the citizen perish forever in the tyrant, and a return to human dignity, to repentance, to regeneration becomes practically impossible for him. What is more, the example, the possibility of such intransigence have a contagious effect upon the whole of society: such power is a temptation. A society which can look upon such a phenomenon with indifference is already contaminated to its foundations. Put briefly, the right given to one man to administer corporal punishment to another is one of society’s running sores, one of the most effective means of destroying in it every attempt at, every embryo of civic consciousness, and a basic factor in its certain and inexorable dissolution.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s ‘The House of the Dead’
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‘Don’s ask yourself what the world needs…’ Howard Thurman
The Cato Institute wrote years ago: “Social Security is the soft underbelly of the welfare state. If you can jab your spear through that, you can undermine the whole welfare state.”

http://www.paulchefurka.ca/LadderOfAwareness.html
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“Flag conservatives truly believe America is not only fit to run the world but it must,” Mailer wrote in 2003. “Without a commitment to Empire, the country will go down the drain.”
“Patriotism in a country that’s failing has a logical tendency to turn fascist.”
~ Norman Mailer
Emma Goldman had it right when she stated, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”¬
~Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Writer
“Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die,
Life’s a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
~ Langston Hughes

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
~ Albert Camus
Constitutional governments and aristocracies are commonly overthrown owing to some deviation from justice…the rich, if the Constitution gives them power, are apt to be insolent and avaricious… In all well-attempered governments there is nothing which should be more jealously maintained than the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up a fortune.”
~ Aristotle
Sir Rodric Braithwaite wrote in the Financial Times, “Fishmongers sell fish; warmongers sell war.”
The problem of violence, then, is not the problem of a few rioters and rebels, but the problem of a whole social structure which is outwardly ordered and respectable, and inwardly ridden by psychopathic obsessions and delusions.
— Thomas Merton
“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty…We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”
~ Albert Einstein
“One thing I am ready to fight for as long as I can, in word and act – that is that we shall be better, braver, and more active men if we believe it right to look for what we don’t know than if we believe there is no point in looking because what we don’t know we can never discover.”
~ Socrates to Meno in the dialogue of the same name
“The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.”
~ H. L. Mencken
Turning and turning in the widening gyre;
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
~ Wm. B. Yeats
A dully titled 1953 Esquire essay “Novelists and Critics of the 1940s” shows the hopeful Vidal at his finest, musing on the net pessimism of the universe and the courage and beauty of humans forging meaning in the face of such emptiness.
‘In each of these three writers man acts, through love, through hate, through despair. Though the act in each is different, the common emotion is sufficiently intense to dispel, for a time at least, the knowledge of that cold drowning which awaits us all.

The malady of civilized man is his knowledge of death. The good artist, like the wise man, addresses himself to life and invests with his private vision the deeds and thoughts of men. The creation of a work of art, like an act of love, is our one small ‘yes’ at the center of a vast ‘no.’

~ Gore Vidal

On the day following Vidal’s death, what better way to recall a man so conscious of mortality than featuring a small sample of his “yes”? It takes a soulful 23-year-old to provide such a closing to a glorified book review:

“The thought of heaven, a perennial state of mind, a cheerful conception of what might be in life, in art (if not death), may yet save our suicidally inclined race — if only because heaven is as various as there are men in the world who dream of it, and writers to evoke that dream. One recalls Constantine (to refer again to the image of the early church) when he teased a dissenting bishop at one of the synods: ‘Ascesius, take a ladder and get up to heaven by yourself.’ We are fortunate in our time to have so many ladders going up. Each ladder is raised in hope, which is heaven enough.”

~ Gore Vidal
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around. The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed. That’s about it. Right now I’m living in that hope, running down its hallway and touching the walls on both sides.
― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”
~ James Baldwin
“I know the American People are much attached to their Government;–I know they would suffer much for its sake;–I know they would endure evils long and patiently, before they would ever think of exchanging it for another. Yet, notwithstanding all this, if the laws be continually despised and disregarded, if their rights to be secure in their persons and property, are held by no better tenure than the caprice of a mob, the alienation of their affections from the Government is the natural consequence; and to that, sooner or later, it must come.”
– Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum Address, 1838.
“Bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant… bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.”
~ Harry G. Frankfurt
“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.”
~ Vaclav Havel
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.”
~ Gen. Omar Bradley

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To unpublish a diary, change the status to Draft — look in the right hand of the editing page, above the Update button in the Publish box. You’ll see | Status: Published | and a link to Edit just to the right of that.

Click on Edit, click on the drop down arrow, select Draft, click OK.

You’ll see the blue Update button changes to Update Post — just click on it.

Your post will then move to your drafts and no longer be visible to the public.
“After I go out this door, I may only exist in the minds of all my acquaintances…I may be an orange peel.”
― J.D. Salinger
“I think that if the beast who sleeps in man could be held down by threats – any kind of threat, whether of jail or of retribution after death – then the highest emblem of humanity would be the lion tamer in the circus with his whip, not the prophet who sacrificed himself. But don’t you see, this is just the point – what has for centuries raised man above the beast is not the cudgel but an inward music: the irresistible power of unarmed truth, the powerful attraction of its example…”
~ Young Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
US hegemony v. ?
“My own concern is primarily the terror and violence carried out by my own state, for two reasons. For one thing, because it happens to be the larger component of international violence. But also for a much more important reason than that; namely, I can do something about it. So even if the U.S. was responsible for 2 percent of the violence in the world instead of the majority of it, it would be that 2 percent I would be primarily responsible for. And that is a simple ethical judgment. That is, the ethical value of one’s actions depends on their anticipated and predictable consequences. It is very easy to denounce the atrocities of someone else. That has about as much ethical value as denouncing atrocities that took place in the 18th century.”
~ Noam Chomsky
“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”
~ Frank Zappa
“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.”
~ François de La Rochefoucauld
“So little pains do the shallow take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand.”
~ Thucydides
“America, conceived in the sin of imperialism, born into the iniquity of slaveholding, rapacious of a contintent, covetous of world power…it’s very easy fall into that liberal guilt, flogging oneself like penitentes into inactivity. It’s too much to ever be able to change. My own moral sense is trapped inside a profoundly immoral society that perversely taught me my moral values as a kid, drummed them into me, and betrayed me as an adult. Yep, that’s the American experience.”
~ TarheelDem
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
~ Michel de Montaigne
“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.”
~ William Shakespeare
“Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”
~ Franklin P. Jones
Every apathetic citizen is a silent enlistee in the cause of inverted totalitarianism.—
~ Sheldon Wolin
“Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.”
~ Sigmund Freud
In reviewing the history of the English Government, its wars and its taxes, a bystander, not blinded by prejudice, nor warped by interest, would declare, that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.
~ Thomas Paine
“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number ~
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you ~
Ye are many ~ they are few.”

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

“You ought to love all mankind; nay, every individual of mankind. You ought not to love the individuals of your domestic circles less, but to love those who exist beyond it more. Once make the feelings of confidence and of affection universal, and the distinctions of property and power will vanish; nor are they to be abolished without substituting something equivalent in mischief to them, until all mankind shall acknowledge an entire community of rights. –

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Starfish Flinger
As the old man walked down the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally catching up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.
“But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the other. “How can your effort make any difference?” The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves.
“It makes a difference to that one,” he said.

“Nowhere is the tragic tendency to conform more evident than in the church.”
Aquinas discusses rebellion against unjust governance and says, “A tyrannical government is not just, because it is directed not to the common good, but to the private good of the ruler… It is the tyrant rather that is guilty of sedition, since he encourages discord and sedition among his subjects that he may lord over them more securely; for this is tyranny, being conducive to the private good of the ruler and to the injury of the multitude.”

~ Thomas Aquinas

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.
~Herman Melville
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
~ Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

“…it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.”
— John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath)

RUMI http://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/Rumipoetry1.html
“And I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I’d probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up.”
— J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)

“You don’t communicate with anyone purely on the rational facts or ethics of an issue… It is only when the other party is concerned or feels threatened that he will listen — in the arena of action, a threat or a crisis becomes almost a precondition to communication… No one can negotiate without the power to compel negotiation… To attempt to operate on a good-will basis rather than on a power basis would be to attempt something that the world has not yet experienced.”

—Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied : and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established.
~ (James Madison, emphasis added).
The visionary who made that statement was the 4th President of the United States, Bill of Rights author, Congressman, Cabinet Member, who was also called the “Father of the U.S. Constitution”.

The above quote is from his “Political Observations,” April 20, 1795, in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, Volume IV, page 491-492.
“Give us grace and strength to forebear and persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends and soften to us our enemies. Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune, and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson~

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
~ Havelock Ellis quotes (British psychologist and author 1859-1939)
“To go into the dark with a light is to know the light. /To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,/ and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,/ and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.”

~ Wendell Berry, To Know The Dark
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Speech in the Roman Senate 58 BC

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Liberty Underground: Jack Balkwill
The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed….. (and more)

A Mother’s Day Proclamation, by Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870, according to Suzanne Taylor

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts…
We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience…
Let [women] then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God…
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions.
The great and general interests of peace.

The good want power, but to weep barren tears.
The powerful goodness want: worse need for them.
The wise want love; and those who love want wisdom;
And all best things are thus confused to ill.
Many are strong and rich, and would be just,
But live among their suffering fellow-men
As if none felt: they know not what they do.

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Mary Oliver can make you feel good with a poem about death
Coming down out of the freezing sky
with its depths of light,
like an angel, or a Buddha with wings,
it was beautiful, and accurate,
striking the snow and whatever was there
with a force that left the imprint
of the tips of its wings — five feet apart —
and the grabbing thrust of its feet,
and the indentation of what had been running
through the white valleys of the snow —
and then it rose, gracefully,
and flew back to the frozen marshes
to lurk there, like a little lighthouse,
in the blue shadows —
so I thought:
maybe death isn’t darkness, after all,
but so much light wrapping itself around us —
as soft as feathers —
that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking,
and shut our eyes, not without amazement,
and let ourselves be carried,
as through the translucence of mica,
to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow,
that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light —
in which we are washed and washed
out of our bones.
— Mary Oliver
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Ian Welsh wrote:
“The old left exists to bring in money and keep paying themselves. This is as true of union leadership as it is of the majority of environmental organizations. The leadership of almost all of these organizations is deeply corrupt. All they care about is whether they can fundraise off of something. If they can’t, they despise it. They will, and do, regularly sell out of the interests of their own supposed constituents, in order to make their personal lives easier, to get richer, and to keep hobnobbing with important people.”
“Movements which bypass the old left, like Occupy Wall Wall Street or Wikileaks, or Anonymous, are MORE of a threat to the old left leadership than the right wing, the Tea Party or the Republicans.”
http://www.ianwelsh.net/the-reason-many-liberal-and-progressive-elites/

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A stone garden
Fat stalks endure
under each
a baby made and carried
a birthing
hellos
joy
childhood
brothers, sisters, friends, parents
work
possessions
love and suffering
life
good-bye
wind
~ hotdog

Oh, converse is the opposite or reversed, position, order, or action, opposite in opinion and obverse is reverse side as in coin or more interesting the counterpart of a proposition obtained by exchanging the affirmative for the negative quantity of the whole proposition and then negating the predicate., e.g. the obverse of every ‘act is predictable’ is ‘no act is unpredictable’. Interesting don’t you think.
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Provincial
Dead to myself, and all I hold most dear,
I move beyond the reach of wind and fire.
Deep in the greens of summer sing the lives
I’ve come to love. A vireo whets its bill.
The great day balances upon the leaves;
My ears still hear the bird when all is still;
My soul is still my soul, and still the Son,
And knowing this, I am not yet undone.
Things without hands take hands: there is no choice
Eternity’s not easily come by.
When opposites come suddenly in place,
I teach my eyes to hear, my ears to see
How body from spirit slowly does unwind
Until we are pure spirit at the end.
~ Theodore Roethke
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.”
– Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited

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• ChePasa June 21st, 2014 at 12:29 pm 3
My leg’s too lame to go to the march today, but to honor the dead, I’ve been planting some flowers in remembrance of those killed by APD in the last four years. Their names are:
1. Aron Renfro was shot to death by Officer Andrew Cooke on January 9, 2010.
2. Kenneth Ellis III by Detective Brett Lampiris-Tremba on January 13, 2010.
3. Mickey Owings was shot to death Officer Kevin Sanchez on March 29, 2010.
4. Chris Hinz was shot to death by Officers Anthony Brown & Eric Sedler on June 10, 2010.
5. Julian Calbert was shot to death by Officer by Ron Zwicky on June 14, 2010.
6. Len Fuentes was shot to death by Officer Jeremy Hollier on July 27, 2010.
7. Enrique Carrasco was shot to death by Officer Josh Brown on August 17, 2010.
8. Daniel Gonzales was shot to death by Officers Drew Bader & Ramon Ornelas on Oct. 19, 2010.
9. Alexei Sinkevitch was shot to death by Officer David Sprague on October 31, 2010.
10. Jacob Mitschelen was shot to death by Detective Byron “Trey” Economidy on February 9, 2011.
11. Christopher Torres was shot to death by Officer Christopher J. Brown on April 12, 2011.
12. Alan Gomez was shot to death by Officer Sean Wallace on May 10, 2011.
13. Raymond Garcia was shot to death by Officer Matthew Oates on June 4, 2011.
14. Michael Marquez was shot to death by Officer Jim Perdue on August 30, 2011.
15. Mark Macoldowna was shot to death by Officer Mario Perez on January 4, 2012.
16. Daniel Tillison was shot to death by Officer Martin Smith on March 19, 2012.
17. Gary Atencio was shot to death by Officer Russ Carter on March 21, 20112.
18. Parrish Dennison was shot to death by Officers Perdue, Sedler & Aragon on March 5, 2013.
19. Kendall Carroll was shot at by APD, but was killed by State Police SWAT sniper Shane Todd on March 19, 2013.
20. Vincent Wood was shot to death by Officers Jeff Bludworth & Katherine Wright on July 5, 2013.
21. Christopher Chase was shot to death by Officer Luke McPeek and others on October 26, 2013.
22. Andy Snider was shot to death by Officer Hector Marquez on December 8, 2013.
23. James Boyd was shot to death by Detective Keith Sandy & Officer Dominique Perez on March 16, 2014.
24. Alfred Redwine was shot to death by Officer James Eichel on March 25, 2014.
25. Mary Hawkes was shot to death by Officer Jeremy Dear on April 21, 2014.
26. Armand Martin was shot to death by SWAT officer Daniel Hughes on May 3, 2014.
27. Ralph Chavez was shot to death by Officers Ryan Graves and Brian Fuchs on May 22, 2014.
We remember you…
Sun Journey, Robert Roybal… healing.
Another of his comments:
“ChePasa June 22nd, 2014 at 7:26 am 37
In response to Jack Heape @ 31
It’s not just the poor and homeless being killed and injured by APD, though they are by far the greatest number.
Christopher Torres was the son of the Bernalillo County Deputy Manager, for example. Mary Hawkes was the (adopted) daughter of a Valencia County Magistrate Judge. And so on.
I’m not sure that anything much would change with a new city council. There are three members now who are pretty good on the issue of police abuse, but even they say they don’t have direct authority over the police. All they control is the budget and overall policies. The council is split between those who want to do the right thing and those who say their constituents don’t see a problem…
The mayor is largely absent.
The City’s Chief Administrative Officer is actually in charge of the police, and he’s a former State Corrections Director. Under his watch (Gary Johnson administration) the use of extended solitary confinement and physical coercion (ie: beatings, pepper spray, restraint chairs) on mentally ill prisoners as well as privatizing prisons were expanded so much that class action suits were lodged against him. He has no sympathy, no capability of empathy with the victims of police misconduct, as his contempt for Nora Anaya among others has amply demonstrated.
There are plenty of laws and procedures on the books governing police conduct. The problem is not their absence. The problem is that they are not observed, or they are perverted when they are “observed” — and there are no consequences for police officers.
FBI is investigating the Boyd execution, and they say they are looking into a number of other criminal issues with regard to APD. The Torres case is going to Federal Court, and others no doubt will as well.
Whether a majority of Buqueños are OK with police misconduct is difficult to gauge. Some certainly are, but many more are cautious, it seems to me, about expressing an opinion one way or the other. To do so publicly can be dangerous. People who speak out claim they have been harassed and threatened by APD, and in some cases, it’s possible that things have gone farther than threats and intimidation.”
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• wendydavis January 22nd, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Hannah Arendt explains in On Revolution:
The extent to which the ambiguous character of the revolutions derived from an equivocality in the minds of the men who made them is perhaps best illustrated by the oddly self-contradicting formulations which Robespierre enunciated as the ‘Principles of Revolutionary Government’. He started by defining the aim of constitutional government as the preservation of the republic which revolutionary government had founded for the purpose of establishing public freedom. Yet, no sooner had he defined the chief aim of constitutional government as the ‘preservation of public freedom’ than he turned about, as it were and corrected himself: ‘Under constitutional rule it is almost enough to protect the individuals against the abuses of public power.’ With this second sentence, power is still public and in the hands of government, but the individual has become powerless and must be protected against it. Freedom, on the other hand, has shifted places; it resides no longer in the public realm but in the private life of the citizens and so must be defended against the public and its power. Freedom and power have parted company, and the fateful equating of power with violence, of the political with government, and of government with necessary evil has begun.
[….]
On a more sophisticated level, we may consider this disappearance of the ‘taste for political freedom’ as the withdrawal of the individual into an ‘inward domain of consciousness’ where it finds the only ‘appropriate region of human liberty’; from this region, as though from a crumbling fortress, the individual, having got the better of the citizen, will then defend himself against a society which in its turn gets ‘the better of individuality’. This process, more than the revolutions, determined the physiognomy of the nineteenth century as it partly does even that of the twentieth century.
Where Robespierre really shone like a modern-day libertarian, however, was in the extreme measures he took, despite all his high-sounding rhetoric, to eradicate popular democracy. Arendt goes on to explain:
What for the American people had been a pre-revolutionary experience and hence seemed not to stand in need of formal recognition and foundations [which never occurred] was in France the unexpected and largely spontaneous outcome of the Revolution itself. The famous forty-eight sections of the Parisian Commune had their origin in the lack of duly constituted popular bodies to elect representatives and to send delegates to the National Assembly. These sections, however, constituted themselves immediately as self-governing bodies, and they elected from their midst no delegates to the National Assembly, but formed the revolutionary municipal council, the Commune of Paris, which was to play such a decisive role in the course of the Revolution. Moreover, side by side with these municipal bodies, and without being influenced by them, we find a great number of spontaneously formed clubs and societies—-the sociétés populaires—-whose origin cannot be traced at all to the task of representation, of sending duly accredited delegates to the National Assembly, but whose sole aims were, in the words of Robespierre, ‘to instruct, to enlighten their fellow citizens on the true principles of the constitution, and to spread a light without which the constitution will not be able to survive’; for the survival of the constitution depended upon ‘the public spirit’, which, in its turn, existed only in ‘assemblies where the citizens [could] occupy themselves in common with these [public] matters, with the dearest interests of their fatherland’. To Robespierre, speaking in September 1791 before the National Assembly, to prevent the delegates from curtailing the political power of clubs and societies, this public spirit was identical with the revolutionary spirit. For the assumption of the Assembly then was that the Revolution had come to its end, that the societies which the Revolution had brought forward were no longer needed, that ‘it was time to break the instrument which had served so well’. Not that Robespierre denied this assumption, although he added he did not quite understand what the Assembly wanted to affirm with it; for if they assumed, as he himself did, that the end of the revolution was ‘the conquest and the conservation of freedom’, then, he insisted, the clubs and societies were the only places in the country where this freedom could actually show itself and be exercised by the citizens. Hence, they were the true ‘pillars of the constitution’, not merely because from their midst had come ‘a very great number of men who once will replace us’, but also because they constituted the very ‘foundations of freedom’; whoever interfered with their meeting was guilty of ‘attacking freedom’, and among the crimes against the Revolution, ‘the greatest was the persecution of the societies’. However, no sooner had Robespierre risen to power and become the political head of the new revolutionary government—-which happened in the summer of 1793, a matter of weeks, not even months, after he had uttered some of the comments which I have just quoted—-than he reversed his position completely. Now it was he who fought relentlessly against what he chose to name ‘the so-called popular societies’ and invoked against them ‘the great popular Society of the whole French people’, one and indivisible… The only exception he now was ready to make was in favour of the Jacobins, and this not merely because their club belonged to his own party but, even more importantly, because it never had been a ‘popular’ club or society; it had developed in 1789 out of the original meeting of the States-General, and it had been a club for deputies ever since.
So there you have the libertarian political philosophy in a nutshell. Robespierre, Saint-Just, Hayek, Friedman or jake chase, that gives some history and insight as to how, and why, they arrived at their anti-democratic ideology.
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I guess you mean you are PEP–”Progressive except Palestine” the sad position of many in the Jewish community in my town who are trying not to realize that their feeling of “safety” depends on the ethnic cleansing and victimization of the Palestinians.
It has to be very difficult to realize that as a “progressive,” your commitment to human rights goes only so far. This sets up a terrible cognitive dissonance.
You are a good person, a progressive, who values human rights. You give generously to charity. Your neighbors love you, you are kind and caring. Everyone knows you have a big heart.
But you are a person who supports the destruction of the human rights of the Palestinians. A person who stands with Israel as they bomb the defenseless families trapped in the concentration camp called Gaza. A person who is silent when Israeli “settlers” flood the fields of Palestinian farmers with raw sewage, or destroy Palestinian orchards, or terrify Palestinian children who are trying to walk to school.
You marched with Martin Luther King, or would have, and admire Gandhi, but are silent about Israel’s apartheid and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, and Israel’s harsh treatment of nonviolent Palestinian protestors.
You might find it helpful to check out http://mondoweiss.net/ , where many Jews have written about the same kind of dilemma that you seem to be experiencing.
From Jim Quinn, who writes at The Burning Platform
Every single empire, in its official discourse, has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort. – Edward Said
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2010/11/jim-quinn-lies-across-america.html
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— Cornel West

Sam Adams said it succinctly:
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”
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I think of myself as a socialist. No one on this thread has captured my twisted little view of what that means. That’s just how it should be if we are to be independent thinkers.
In my little world (h/t Bob Ross), socialism must be first and foremost a political, not an economic, system. When we dive headlong into talking about labor and means of production and all the “textbook” stuff, I think we’ve buried the horse under the cart. We’ve probably buried the cart as well.
The basis of socialism, as I define it, has to be “equally shared power” (i.e. political power). Absent that, all the rest is mere theory (meorey?) Socialism, as in social, means “of the people”; Capitalism, as in money, means putting money ahead of people. Make this a battle over the welfare state or over government control and we’ve already lost.
In addressing those mired in capitalist delusion, I do not engage them in dead-end discussions about “sharing shoes” or government-run corporations or the welfare state. Rather, I focus on something that very few, in my experience, are willing to argue against. I ask them whether those who are wealthy or who have been economically successful should have a greater voice in determining national, state or local policies. Even the die-hard,market-driven types are not comfortable extolling capitalism’s virtues to this extent.
When I talk about socialism, I talk about human empowerment. I talk not about economic equality but about political equality. The trap, here, is that ultimately, capitalists cannot successfully defend the undemocratic, perversion of the democratic ideal that capitalism’s inevitable extreme concentration of wealth produces. The tiny crack in the dam occurs when capitalists acknowledge that capitalism always has and always will produce a class-driven system not just in the economic sphere but in the political sphere as well. And, once the dam leaks, it’s not long before the whole thing collapses.
Socialism’s cry, if it is to advance, must be a call for political equality before any theoretical vision for economic restructuring should be promoted. To fail to see this will have the masses running away from you and hiding their shoes.

“the things you do for yourself die with you, the things you do for others last an eternity”
As to what I know about TPM contributors in general:
There are some people with whom I email, and we have begun to have real relationships: you, C’Ville, Strato/Rowan, Miguel and, occasionally, Aunt Sam, Stilli, Barefoot and DD.
But you’ll see — I’m sure you do already — that, even without direct contact, we get to “know” people insofar as they reveal something about themselves and their life experience. So that, over a year’s time, I’ve gotten a pretty good sense of Orlando, Gasket, Saladin and some others:
Saladin, btw, lives in Oregon, used to live in China and has an undergraduate degree in Economics; I like him because I think he’s really smart, although he’s really young.
Obey is apparently of Chinese/American extraction, I’m guessing 3-40 something; he is Ivy-educated, divorced and currently living in Switzerland.
Maggie is the mother of both LisB and GregorZap. Interesting that, eh? I know that from the few times I tried to participate on the chat site, Mibbet (at which I was a total failure, as I cannot get the hang of the shorthand.)
Seashell fascinates me, as she is not only really well-informed and a wizard at research links, but also has a background in both journalism and undertaking (!).
AMike is gay, I’m guessing, and teaches at Brown or RISD (I’m guessing) because he lives in Providence, RI.
Etc., etc..
Which leaves the ironic contrast between the two TPMers who refuse to reveal their true selves at all: ClearThinker, and…Quinn. Ha!
CT is anybody’s guess, as what he says and what is real may be two different things altogether. Do we really want to know, is the question I have.
Quinn, on the other hand, is really interesting. But he doesn’t tell us much, either, except here and there, over time.
He’s not a magazine editor, at least not in America (sorry for the confusion I created in what I said about British editors in America.) I think, for the past few years, Quinn has been some sort of political or government consultant in Winnipeg; he says he lives there, and often refers to “green” projects, test sites, etc.. He has referred to being a former economist/political consultant in England; he wrote about what it was like going to Oxford as a Canadian, and he alluded to working, at some point, for or with a British politician (unnamed, but suggestive of Tony Blair or cabinet member).
Despite the coyness — ok, that’s mean, I should say despite his insistence on anonymity — he is intriguing. First, because he’s so obviously a really talented writer. But also simply because he resolutely refuses to reveal who he is, in real life. (Which is why he got so pissy when he imagined that I knew who he was, and imagined that I knew who and where his family is in Nova Scotia, just because I go to Nova Scotia).
I think it’s ironic that all of us are so curious about him, and I wonder if part of that is that, despite his tough guy stance and the sactological language, he actually plays an old-fashioned kinda girly game — in terms of being elusive, “hard to get” (in terms of ID) but regularly dropping clues like bread crumbs.
It might be interesting for you to look up Lux Umbra Dei’s profile and read his blogs, every one of which was a jewel. He was a TPM contributor who was dearly loved and highly respected (since deceased) and he may have come closest to figuring out the Quinn puzzle. He wrote one day, chortling, that he thought he had identified Quinn, and said something about Quinn being too modest, citing an alleged knighthood and a former appointment as a Chair at London School of Economics. This, as you may imagine, provoked a veritable storm of protest about invasion of privacy, and Quinn never answered, one way or the other.
Isn’t it interesting, though, that he is such a subject of curiosity? Why do you think that is?
I need to go pack, but before I go, I wanted you to know that I’m sorry Steve is going through saying goodbye to his mother, which is never easy. But I admire the hell out of the two of you, in that your own relationship is strong enough for him to go, and you to stay, because that is the honest thing, given the relationship with her you have each had. GOODonYOU, both.
Keep the TPM fires burning, and at home, stay safe, warm and cosy,
Wendy

How to Write
1. Begin with whatever you begin with.
If you are writing about your recent trip to Hawaii, for example, do not begin with “We decided to go to Hawaii,” because you obviously decided to go to Hawaii or you wouldn’t have gone there! Letty uses the Christmas letter as an example of where one might see unnecessary overstatements of the obvious: “This year has gone by so fast. Here it is Christmas and I don’t have anything ready.” The year obviously went by, or else it wouldn’t be Christmas!
2. Be careful with adverbs.
The adverb “very” is terrible, according to Letty. For effective embellishment, replace the adverb “very” with an adjective. For example, rather than say “very hot,” say “scorching” and leave it at that. Do not be tempted to turn scorching into an adverb by saying “scorching hot,” because the adverb diminishes. Also, anything that ends in an -ly is an adverb that can diminish through unnecessary overstatement and redundancy. For example, a “brutally horrific murder” is a murder, and what murder is nice and polite? Are not all murders horrific? A better way to embellish would be to say, “She was tortured and bludgeoned.”
3.The Dreaded “It”
The dummy subject ‘it,’ followed by the ‘be’ word ‘very’ can kill, especially at a post beginning. While sometimes the only or best word at the time, rather than say: “it was a very horrific scene with marbles in the aisle,” try, “When I ran to an exit, I slipped in marbles and fell on my back.”
4. Omit Omit Omit
As Strunk and White insist in their classic Elements of style, OMIT needless words, making cuts and edits, thus allowing meaning, rather than overwriting. Growing up with my mother, she red-penned my writing and deleted my thesaurus enhanced writing. Oh the shouting, crying, vows never to write again, but rather leave home and submit my sophomoric screeds to caring folks who were, for the most part, more interested in weed that in essays.

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