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Hometown: Honolulu and Los Angeles
Home country: United States of America
Current location: Los Angeles
Member since: Tue Oct 4, 2005, 03:58 AM
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About Me

I am a host of the Politics 2012 and Welcome & Help forums. My post count and sign up date are deceiving. I am formerly "cynicalSOB1"and "hellhathnofury" Joined up in May 2003 approx. 2000 posts by those names. Hey Deaniacs! I am the lead host of these forums: Democracy for America: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1105 Hawaii: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1047 - I also co-host Buddhism, Judaism, Democrats, American History and World History.

Journal Archives

Ancient Popcorn Found—Made 2,000 Years Earlier Than Thought in Peru


The puffed grain was likely an occasional snack, archaeologist says.

Christine Dell'Amore
for National Geographic News
Published January 19, 2012

Just in time for National Popcorn Day, a new study says that people in what's now Peru were eating the snack 2,000 years earlier than thought.

Coastal peoples were preparing corn-based foods up to 6,700 years ago, according to analysis of ancient corncobs, husks, tassels, and stalks recently unearthed at the Paredones and Huaca Prieta archaeological sites on Peru's northern coast.

Previously, evidence of corn as a food before about 5,000 years ago had mostly come from what are called microfossils—microscopic remains that do not offer information on the cobs' sizes and shapes.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/01/120119-national-popcorn-day-corn-peru-archaeology-food-science/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ng%2FNews%2FNews_Main+%28National+Geographic+News+-+Main%29

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We don't bite, our dentures aren't sharp enough, and our eyesight is too poor.

Toons: A Three-Way, It's Not Envy, Re-Brand Myself and More. - 1/20/12


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/20/2012


By J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register - 1/20/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/20/2012


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/20/2012


By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 1/20/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/20/2012


By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/20/2012


By Tim Eagan, Deep Cover - 1/20/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/20/2012


By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 1/20/2012


By Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons - 1/20/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/20/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/20/2012


By Brian Fairrington, Cagle Cartoons - 1/20/2012


By Tony Auth, January 20, 2012


By Clay Bennett, January 20, 2012


By Steve Benson, January 20, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 20, 2012


By Matt Davies, January 20, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, January 20, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 20, 2012


By Steve Sack, January 20, 2012


By Ben Sargent, January 20, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 20, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 20, 2012

Note: Previous editions can be found in my journal. Have a good weekend!

You can download the DFA Training Manual by Chapter in PDF! = Awesome

I just noticed this: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/trainingmanual2009dfa

Pretty useful if you ask me - "These materials are free to share with progressive campaigns everywhere as long as DFA is cited as the source."

Now you don't even have to go to Training Academy or Night School to get some of the skills DFA has to offer.

= Awesome

Please someone else tell me I'm not the only one stoked. I had a manual from 2005 and can't find it. Now I'm set for 2012!!!

Ambassador Locke: China Is A Country Of Great Contrasts

January 18, 2012

Gary Locke is Washington's ambassador to Beijing. He took over the post after Jon Huntsman left to run for president. Locke is the first U.S. ambassador to China to have ancestral roots in that country. Ambassador Locke talks to Steve Inskeep about his impressions of China and its government.

Interview with NPR:

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

You can't pay attention to the presidential campaign without hearing references to China. Republican candidates have complained about Chinese trade practices. Criticizing China in campaign season is getting to be a political tradition – followed by presidential candidates from both parties.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

At the same time, President Obama's administration has been quietly reorienting U.S. foreign policy, seeking to focus more on Asia's Pacific Rim nations. The point man for the administration is U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke. He's a former governor of Washington State and his ancestors came from a village in southern China. Now Ambassador Locke is based in a rising nation that many Americans see as a threat.

Ambassador Locke stopped by our studios on a brief visit to Washington. What does China want?

More: http://www.npr.org/2012/01/18/145384412/ambassador-locke-shares-his-impressions-of-china?ft=1&f=1004


Ambassador Locke recently described the human rights situation in the PRC as "getting worse:" http://sg.news.yahoo.com/chinese-ministry-defends-progress-human-rights-084002534.html

Toons: Open Marriage, Mickey Mouse, Mitt Romney's World and More. - 1/19/12


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/19/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/19/2012


By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 1/19/2012


By Rob Tornoe, PoliticalCartoons.com - 1/19/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/19/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/19/2012 - "Hookah Smoking Boehner"


By Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons - 1/19/2012


By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 1/19/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/19/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/19/2012


By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 1/19/2012


By Steve Greenberg, Freelance, Los Angeles - 1/18/2012


By Tony Auth, January 19, 2012


By Clay Bennett, January 19, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 19, 2012


By Jeff Danziger, January 19, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, January 19, 2012


By Chan Lowe, January 18, 2012


By Ben Sargent, January 19, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 19, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, January 19, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, January 19, 2012

Toons: Sinking Ships, Internet Piracy, the Inevitable Nominee and More. - 1/18/12


By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 1/18/2012


By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 1/18/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/18/2012


By Larry Wright, The Detroit News - 1/18/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/18/2012


By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 1/18/2012


By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 1/18/2012


By Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions - 1/18/2012


By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 1/18/2012


By Jeremy Nell, The New Age, South Africa - 1/17/2012


By Steve Benson, January 18, 2012


By Matt Davies, January 18, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 18, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 18, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 18, 2012


By Dan Wasserman, January 18, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, January 18, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 19, 2012

Note: Thanks to the Admins for shutting down DU in opposition to the anti-piracy bills. Har...

Toons: Vulture Mitt, Pitcher Santorum, Fellow Republicans and More. 1/17/2012


By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 1/17/2012


By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 1/17/2012


By Parker, Florida Today - 1/17/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/17/2012


By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 1/17/2012


By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 1/17/2012


By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 1/17/2012


By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 1/17/2012


By Tony Auth, January 17, 2012


By Clay Bennett, January 17, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 17, 2012


By Mike Luckovich, January 17, 2012


By Ben Sargent, January 17, 2012


By Drew Sheneman, January 17, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 17, 2012


By Signe Wilkinson & Signe Wilkinson, January 17, 2012


By Pat Oliphant, January 17, 2012


By Jim Morin, January 18, 2012

Toons: The Mittle Class, Remembering MLK Jr., We're #196, and More. 1/16/2012


By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 1/16/2012


By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 1/16/2012


By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/16/2012


By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 1/15/2012


By Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons - 1/15/2012 -
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/mike-oneal-obama-death-prayer-psalm-109_n_1205059.html


By Steve Greenberg, Freelance, Los Angeles - 1/15/2012


By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 1/14/2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 15, 2012


By Stuart Carlson, January 14, 2012


By Walt Handelsman, January 13, 2012


By Ted Rall, January 16, 2012


By Steve Sack, January 16, 2012


By Tom Toles, January 16, 2012




By Jeff Danziger, January 16, 2012

Note: If these at some point disappear, I've exceeded my photobucket bandwidth on this account too

Michael H. Hunt: How Beijing Sees Us

How Beijing Sees Us
By Michael H. Hunt
1-16-12

What is China going to do? Now that our Middle East wars are winding down, this question has fixated the U.S. policy community and policy commentators. Even aspirants for high political office feel compelled to have an answer. Will a rising China accommodate to international norms and institutions or try to reshape or undermine them? Is Beijing predisposed to cooperate with countries along its long land and maritime border, or will it seek domination? Are the Chinese bent on displacing the United States as number one internationally, or will they limit their aspirations the better to focus on domestic affairs?

While everybody has an opinion, no one has a compelling answer. And with good reason. China’s Communist leaders make their decisions behind closed doors so outsiders are necessarily left in the dark. In any case, leaders at the top may not have a shared, coherent notion of the path ahead. And even if they do, their plans—like all plans—are hostage to contingent events.

If the future is fuzzy, the past is not. A substantial historical literature offers solidly grounded insight on how Chinese officials and commentators have viewed the United States from the nineteenth century to the 1970s. (The single most helpful work is David Arkush and Leo Lee’s Land without Ghosts; for other relevant works see the bibliographical essay in the forthcoming Arc of Empire: American Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam.) Let me suggest three conclusions drawn from my reading of that literature. Each is pertinent to any attempt to interpret recent developments and predict the future.

More: http://hnn.us/articles/how-beijing-sees-us


An interesting, if not a bit muddled look at American imperialism in Asia and how we've fallen into a sort of trap of miscommunication.

The final insight is that, at every turn, Chinese observers and leaders have failed to penetrate the cultural and ideological sources of American action in Asia. The chances are good that our motives will continue to puzzle them.


The reverse is true also; I think that Chinese motives continue to puzzle us too. The only correct possible conclusion is that nationalism is overblown and that we are more alike than we would care to admit. China is not strange, it was never a dream, it is exactly as it appears; the counterpart to the United States, a conglomerate behemoth that rose up and threw off the ropes of oppression of a colonial master and is seeking a new path. Like the PRC, we too tell ourselves that our revolution is the truest of revolutions. I am optimistic about the future; every time I read a prognostication of a future war with the PRC or impending doom, I just chuckle. I think it is only a matter of time before we see relatively bloodless change in the PRC as new blood replaces the old in the ranks of leadership. Who twenty years ago would have told you that a man named Barack Hussein Obama II would be President of the United States of America? The world is growing closer together every day, and as Ban Ki-Moon remarked today on Syria and the Arab Spring, without perhaps fully considering the full breadth of his statement: "The old way, the old order, is crumbling. One-man rule and the perpetuation of family dynasties, monopolies of wealth and power, the silencing of the media, the deprivation of fundamental freedoms .... To all of this, the people say: Enough." We will figure one another out.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101426414

TOON: The Color of Welfare



This about sums up my feelings on this issue.
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