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Boston. Fucking horrible.

Patton Oswalt wrote this:



Boston. Fucking horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."

But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

https://www.facebook.com/pattonoswalt/posts/10151440800582655



oh dear, Mr. Fish smacks CNN..."A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing"

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Posted on Apr 15, 2013
By Mr. Fish


http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/a_wolf_in_sheeps_clothing_20130415/

btw...and on the Boston Tragedy,
CNN should just quit; they can't decide whether it was the ghost of Timothy McVeigh or the ghost of Anwar al-Awlawki.
good day to stay away from tv,
kp

Nonpartisan Review Concludes-Bushco/Highest Officials Bore Ultimate Responsibility For Torture

U.S. Practiced Torture After 9/11, Nonpartisan Review Concludes
By SCOTT SHANE
Published: April 16, 2013 126 Comments


WASHINGTON — A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.

The sweeping, 577-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.” The study, by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group, is to be released on Tuesday morning.

Debate over the coercive interrogation methods used by the administration of President George W. Bush has often broken down on largely partisan lines. The Constitution Project’s task force on detainee treatment, led by two former members of Congress with experience in the executive branch — a Republican, Asa Hutchinson, and a Democrat, James R. Jones — seeks to produce a stronger national consensus on the torture question.

While the task force did not have access to classified records, it is the most ambitious independent attempt to date to assess the detention and interrogation programs. A separate 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s record by the Senate Intelligence Committee, based exclusively on agency records, rather than interviews, remains classified.




http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/world/us-practiced-torture-after-9-11-nonpartisan-review-concludes.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1&

"We have tolerated unreasoning hatred for far too long."

The Morning After
By Charles P. Pierce
at 9:00am

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All indications are that, one way or another, the bombing was a political act. It may have been the political act of madmen, but it was a political act, and it does us no good to pretend — as Chris Matthews attempted to do last night — that it was not. Somehow, somewhere, this act came from a dark vein of violence in somebody's politics. Those politics may be fashioned from mania, or even sociopathy, but they are fashioned out of politics nonetheless, and of the collapse of the faith that we can govern ourselves as we govern our passions, and that collapse is not the province of the mad or the angry. That collapse is caused by something deeply endemic in our systems and in ourselves. We have tolerated unreasoning hatred for far too long. We have abandoned the rational for the comfortable, and we have abandoned the empirical for the comfortably insane. We have given too much oxygen to the flame. We have given too much

Read more: Morning After Boston Bombings - The Morning After - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/morning-after-boston-bombings-041613#ixzz2QdJ7iBSE

a sick joke...



The Houston Press reported that the sign was quickly brought to the restaurant’s attention and taken down within “10 minutes,” according to its manager, who identified himself as Kenneth. “Everyone makes mistakes. We completely deserved the backlash, and I can’t be mad at anyone but myself,” Kenneth told the Press.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/04/15/1867671/texas-sign-domestic-abuse/

George W. Bush: 'People Are Surprised I Can Even Read'

George W. Bush: 'People Are Surprised I Can Even Read'
TALKS ABOUT HIS PAINTINGS IN NEW INTERVIEW

(NEWSER) – George W. Bush took up painting after leaving the presidency, and now he's offered the Dallas Morning News a look at some of his work—specifically, paintings of two of his dogs, plus two paintings of his ranch. "People are surprised" by the new hobby, he says, adding, "Of course, some people are surprised I can even read." But that's OK, because he takes "great delight in busting stereotypes," he says. Why painting? "It’s a way to create," Bush says. "I enjoy creating. … You can express yourself in a way that’s unique." The tidbit comes as part of a longer interview in advance of his presidential center opening. (In other W news, he's a new grandpa.)

http://www.newser.com/story/166248/george-w-bush-people-are-surprised-i-can-even-read.html

New Tom Tomorrow. Right. On. Target.


A Tax System Stacked Against the 99 Percent - By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ

A Tax System Stacked Against the 99 Percent
By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ
New York Times’ “Opinionator” blog
Sunday, April 14th, 2013 9:36pm

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...No one enjoys paying taxes, and yet all but the extreme libertarians agree, as Oliver Wendell Holmes said, that taxes are the price we pay for civilized society. But in recent decades, the burden for paying that price has been distributed in increasingly unfair ways.

About 6 in 10 of us believe that the tax system is unfair — and they’re right: put simply, the very rich don’t pay their fair share. The richest 400 individual taxpayers, with an average income of more than $200 million, pay less than 20 percent of their income in taxes — far lower than mere millionaires, who pay about 25 percent of their income in taxes, and about the same as those earning a mere $200,000 to $500,000. And in 2009, 116 of the top 400 earners — almost a third — paid less than 15 percent of their income in taxes…


… What should shock and outrage us is that as the top 1 percent has grown extremely rich, the effective tax rates they pay have markedly decreased. Our tax system is much less progressive than it was for much of the 20th century. The top marginal income tax rate peaked at 94 percent during World War II and remained at 70 percent through the 1960s and 1970s; it is now 39.6 percent. Tax fairness has gotten much worse in the 30 years since the Reagan “revolution” of the 1980s…


the rest:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/a-tax-system-stacked-against-the-99-percent/

Riverbend: Populations don’t make history. Historians don’t write history. News networks do.

a snippet:


❖ Riverbend began blogging from Iraq in 2003, eventually fled to Syria, and went silent in 2007, leaving readers fearful for her safety. She has suddenly reappeared, though she advises her latest entry may be the final one.

Baghdad Burning

... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Ten Years On...

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We’re learning that the leaders don’t make history. Populations don’t make history. Historians don’t write history. News networks do. The Foxes, and CNNs, and BBCs, and Jazeeras of the world make history. They twist and turn things to fit their own private agendas.

We’re learning that the masks are off. No one is ashamed of the hypocrisy anymore. You can be against one country (like Iran), but empowering them somewhere else (like in Iraq). You can claim to be against religious extremism (like in Afghanistan), but promoting religious extremism somewhere else (like in Iraq and Egypt and Syria).

Those who didn’t know it in 2003 are learning (much too late) that an occupation is not the portal to freedom and democracy. The occupiers do not have your best interests at heart.

We are learning that ignorance is the death of civilized societies and that everyone thinks their particular form of fanaticism is acceptable.


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very informative (of course) entry:
http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com.au/

Will GOP Bullies Have Their Way With Obama?

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