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The Dude breaks it on down

We've had liberal Democratic presidents prosecuting American wars since the early 20th century

Now this isn't a solitary indictment on the Democrats, because the Republican presidents we've had have been very trigger happy too.

Not just major wars, but all kinds of military engagements, both direct and by proxy, throughout much of what we call "The Third World."

Your military (If you pay taxes, you own it) is a tool of the elites who run this country, in spite of what party inhabits the White House.

It's always been that way and will always continue to be that way until either America ceases being a global, hegemonic power, or all Americans demand that our War Machine is dismantled.

This is an American problem and no party has a monopoly on it.

Do you know how to stop this Drone problem?

Stop war.

If it wasn't drones killing the innocent, it was EVERY SINGLE WEAPON EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF WARFARE before them.

It's an empty argument to single one weapon system out for the way it's being used, it's the warfare that's the reason why it's happening.

Stop the war machine and START PEACE!

Sometimes I feel as if we're all living in a precursor-Soylent Green world

Either you haven't yet seen the movie and seeing it will register an instant recognition onto the path of our current direction as a society, or you've seen it before and you'll experience a heavy dose of deja-vu.

However, in spite of the fact that I thought the entire movie's premise was far fetched the very first the I saw it, I've come to realize in my later years how prescient that movie can be.

From the rampant global warming, to the pervasive homelessness and overpopulation and fascistic police state tactics, to the wildly disproportionate upward distribution of wealth, the way that wealth and power undemocratically influences the political system, the restriction of vital information, the loss of habitat, diminishing natural food supply and its replacement with factory produced artificial food substitutes, the general violence, exploitation and cheapness of human life, Soylent Green is a movie that predicts an all too possible future for our descendants.

If you're into dystopic movies from the 1970's, movies that rely more on plot, character development and deep questions about the state of humanity, I can't recommend a movie much better than Soylent Green.

It just so happens that you can watch it for free online, enjoy.


All states except Oregon now limit abortion access

Roe v. Wade guaranteed abortion as a legal right across the country. A separate decision two decades later, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, guaranteed states’ rights to limit access to abortion, so long as it did not pose an “undue burden” on the woman.
States have, over the past four decades, made no short use of that latter right. Only one state, Oregon, has not layered additional restrictions on top of the Roe decision. At the other end of the spectrum is Oklahoma: With 22 abortion restrictions, it has more than any other state. The chart below, courtesy of Remapping the Debate, has the full list. You can also gohere for an interactive version of the graphic, which will let you look at what type of restrictions each state has set.


Just WTF are we buying in our supermarkets?

Who Wants a Nice Tall Glass of Coca-Cola's Algorithmic Orange Juice?

Coca-Cola won't say how it makes its best-selling Simply Orange orange juice, but one thing is for sure: It's not so simple. A new investigation by Bloomberg Businessweek shows that the Coke-owned orange juice brand that's billed as less processed version of Tropicana is in fact a hyper-engineered and dauntingly industrial product. The factory in Florida where the bulk of Coke's orange juice products are made sounds less like a bucolic grove where natural things grow than an oil refinery where natural things go to die. And yes, that includes the "Grove Made" variety.

The explanation behind Coke's complicated new orange juice scheme is nothing short of ironic. Basically, all of their customers are realizing the soda is really bad for you, so demand is shifting to healthy -- or at least healthy-seeming -- alternatives like juice. Coke also figured out that people are willing to pay 25 percent more for juice that's not processed, that is, not made from concentrate. Enter Simply Orange. It is indeed just oranges, but boy have those oranges been through hell and back. Coke calls the process Black Book, because it won't tell anyone how it works. The consultant that designed the Black Book formula will, however.

Bob Cross of Revenue Analytics explained to Bloomberg Businessweek that Coke relies on a deeply complex algorithm for every step of the juice-making process. The algorithm is designed to accept any contingency that might affect manufacturing, from weather patterns to shifts in the global economy, and make adjustments to the manufacturing process accordingly. Built into the model is a breakdown of the 600-plus flavors that are in orange juice that are tweaked throughout the year to keep flavor consistent and in line with consumer tastes. Coke even sucks the oxygen out of the juice when they send it to be mixed so that they can keep it around for a year or more to balance out other batches. Doug Bippert, Coke's vice president of business acceleration, calls it "a flight simulator for juice business." (Funnily enough Delta uses the same algorithm to balance its books.) "If we have a hurricane or a freeze," Bippert added, "we can quickly replan the business in 5 or 10 minutes just because we've mathematically modeled it." We call it deceitfully industrial, especially for a product called Simply Orange.


A Romance for the Centuries

Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Performance Inspires Conservative Freakout

Beyoncé Knowles rocked the Super Bowl halftime show last night, and, pearls clenched firmly in fist, Kathryn Jean Lopez is on it, and the national cultural decline Ms. Knowles apparently represents:

I don’t want to linger on this, but last night’s Super Bowl half-time show was ridiculous — and gratuitously so. Watching Twitter, it was really no surprise that men made comments about stripper poles and putting dollar bills through their TV sets, was it? Why can’t we have a national entertainment moment that does not include a mother gyrating in a black teddy? The priceless moment was Destiny’s Child reuniting to ask that someone “put a ring on it.” As I mentioned on Twitter last night, perhaps that case might be best made in another outfit, perhaps without the crotch grabbing. It seems quite disappointing that Michelle Obama would feel the need to tweet about how “proud” she is of Beyoncé. The woman is talented, has a beautiful voice, and could be a role model. And she is on some levels — on others she is an example of cultural surrender, rather than leadership.

I’d venture that there’s more dignity in Beyoncé’s marvelously controlled, rigorously choreographed performance than in Bruce Springsteen’s sloppy slide and camera crotch-bump of a few years back. And as much as her very much post-baby body was on display, Beyoncé’s performance was less allusively sexual than Prince’s silhouetted guitar. In fact, almost everything about Beyoncé’s off-stage life pretty much seems to meet Lopez’s criteria, from her long courtship with Jay-Z, to the child the two of them had once they were firmly ensconced in wedlock. If I were Lopez, I might actually think about striking the Knowles-Carters a medal for defying the Hollywood trend of shotgun or infinitely-delayed post-baby weddings.


Frida on "Single Ladies"…

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