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About 45 minutes ago there was a 5.5 mag earth quake 12-13 miles wsw of my house.
I thought the large live oak had leaned over and hit the back of my house at first.
Edit: upgraded to 5.6 mag
Posted by PufPuf23 | Mon Feb 13, 2012, 04:56 PM (5 replies)
Pro-DLC (however defunct) means supporting neo-liberal as opposed to traditional FDR "New Deal" fiscal policies.
Neoliberals also tend to be more pro-intervention in foreign policy than anti-war liberals.
Neoliberal vs FDR liberal is the divide within the Demoratic Party and at DU.
I cannot fathom how any regular at DU would not understand what this "means" by now.
Here are the first two websites (aside from wiki) I found on a DLC neoliberal search. I added the bold for emphasis.
You are welcome.
•Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)
The Democratic Party became a liberal party largely through the "New Deal" policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Before FDR, "laissez-faire" or "free-market" policies were the only policies acceptable to America's ruling elites. FDR's New Deal policies used government spending power to create jobs for the masses of unemployed, and used payroll taxes to provide retirement security through Social Security. FDR also created regulatory agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to avoid another financial crisis.
FDR's liberal policies were supported by Democratic and Republican administrations until Ronald Reagan began a conservative counterattack against FDR's policies in 1981. After 8 years of Reaganism, conservative Democrats began embracing the Reaganite assault on liberalism, and called themselves "New Democrats" to distinguish themselves from traditional FDR-inspired liberals. These "New Democrats" drew support from large corporations that wanted a return to "laissez-faire" policies to get out from under regulations.
Neo-Liberalism and the Democratic Party
Under the leadership of Bill Clinton, the Democrats created the Democratic Leadership Council to craft a clear neo-liberal doctrine for the Democratic Party that became enshrined as their main policy. Promising to adopt these policies, Bill Clinton won widespread corporate endorsement as the candidate for the Democratic Party in 1992.
The same policies of neo-liberalism are now at the heart of both political parties. Both are committed to profit maximization for the tiny elite that owns the major companies and the places we work. In the present crisis, this capitalist elite is not reinvesting to rebuild the U.S. economy. At present, big business is sitting on $1.5 trillion. It refuses to invest in productive jobs, yet it demands massive cutbacks in Medicaid and other social services.
This takes us to the main problem of our time. Capitalism can't continue to grow the economy. It has choked on the massive debt bubble it has created. It is now turning inward to take back the gains won in the past by workers. In order to become profitable, it is demanding we reduce the share of wealth we as workers get.
The Financial Times of London documented three main trends that are devastating the living standards of working people in the U.S. First is a longer-term decline of U.S. capitalism since 1973. In that time, the annual income growth of the bottom 90% has been flat while the income of the richest 1% has tripled. Second is the fact that this decline has sped up in the last decade. Even during the boom from January 2002 to December 2007, the median U.S. household income fell by $2,000.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:14 AM (0 replies)
Justice for the People is not even on the table but establishing limited liability and immunity for systematic fraud -- illegal in fact or not covered by law -- is the heart of the federal or state solutions regardless of Party.
The result of the savings and loans scandal, financial institutions were broken up, disbanded, and paid fines. Individuals paid fines, went to jail, and were barred for life from the financial industry. Resolution Trust Corporation sorted out the mess and sold viable business back to the private sector.
The People were systematically led like sheep into an economic bubble and fleeced as are the tax payer and other citizens.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:08 PM (1 replies)
Over the course of four years U.S. Embassy officials sent 15 diplomatic cables to Washington which expressed concern over the company's labor disputes, lax environmental practices and apparent links with paramilitary death squads.
A year ago, a Federal Court in Alabama, U.S., where the mining company is based, began a civil case against Drummond for its alleged paramilitary links. The case is still underway.
The Florida-based law firm of Conrad & Scherer LLP filed the lawsuit on behalf of 252 plaintiffs who are relatives of the 67 victims, including 63 men and four women. Their names are withheld from publication to prevent reprisals against them, said attorney Terry Collingsworth. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Western Division by Collingsworth, Conrad & Scherer founding partner William R. Scherer and Garve W. Ivey, Jr. of the Jasper, Alabama-based, Ivey Law Firm.
"The 60-page complaint outlines allegation after allegation of brutality, describing how hundreds of men, women and children were terrorized in their homes, on their way to and from work, and often murdered by AUC paramilitaries acting on behalf of Drummond," said attorney Collingsworth. "These are innocent people being killed in or near their homes or kidnapped to never to return home, their spouses and children being beaten and tied up, and people being pulled off buses and summarily executed on the spot."
In the comments there is a post and link to AG Holder as a private attorney negotiating a settlement for monies Chiquita paid AUC. Baker Botts was later to represent Chiquita in the case.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Wed Feb 8, 2012, 02:17 PM (0 replies)
Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation
May 8, 2008
"There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear"
Join me now, if you have the time, as we take a stroll down memory lane to a time nearly four-and-a-half decades ago – a time when America last had uniformed ground troops fighting a sustained and bloody battle to impose, uhmm, ‘democracy’ on a sovereign nation.
It is the first week of August, 1964, and U.S. warships under the command of U.S. Navy Admiral George Stephen Morrison have allegedly come under attack while patrolling Vietnam’s Tonkin Gulf. This event, subsequently dubbed the ‘Tonkin Gulf Incident,’ will result in the immediate passing by the U.S. Congress of the obviously pre-drafted Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which will, in turn, quickly lead to America’s deep immersion into the bloody Vietnam quagmire. Before it is over, well over fifty thousand American bodies – along with literally millions of Southeast Asian bodies – will litter the battlefields of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
For the record, the Tonkin Gulf Incident appears to differ somewhat from other alleged provocations that have driven this country to war. This was not, as we have seen so many times before, a ‘false flag’ operation (which is to say, an operation that involves Uncle Sam attacking himself and then pointing an accusatory finger at someone else). It was also not, as we have also seen on more than one occasion, an attack that was quite deliberately provoked. No, what the Tonkin Gulf incident actually was, as it turns out, is an ‘attack’ that never took place at all. The entire incident, as has been all but officially acknowledged, was spun from whole cloth. (It is quite possible, however, that the intent was to provoke a defensive response, which could then be cast as an unprovoked attack on U.S ships. The ships in question were on an intelligence mission and were operating in a decidedly provocative manner. It is quite possible that when Vietnamese forces failed to respond as anticipated, Uncle Sam decided to just pretend as though they had.)
Nevertheless, by early February 1965, the U.S. will – without a declaration of war and with no valid reason to wage one – begin indiscriminately bombing North Vietnam. By March of that same year, the infamous “Operation Rolling Thunder” will have commenced. Over the course of the next three-and-a-half years, millions of tons of bombs, missiles, rockets, incendiary devices and chemical warfare agents will be dumped on the people of Vietnam in what can only be described as one of the worst crimes against humanity ever perpetrated on this planet.
The Laurel Canyon rock music series is up to 19 installments and at least one more is planned. The thesis is that many of the musicians that came together in Laurel Canyon were children of the MIC and the music and drug culture was to derail the anti-war movement. Lookout Mountain at the top if Laurel Canyon was a military intelligence facility for years.
Jim Morrison is the son of Admiral Morrison of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. There is one picture of Jim with his father not that many years before his fame and the transition to rock star is striking.
I saw and heard the Doors at Winterland in 1968, Janis and Big Brother at Winterland and Fillmore West, and Hendrix at Berkeley Community Theatre (on a high school field trip no less).
I also quite favor(ed) Mr. Zappa.
I post the above link for entertainment and humor value only as an example what can happen by a busy exercise in connecting the dots.
Two interesting books to read:
1. Storming Heaven - LSD and the American Dream (1987); Jay Stevens
2. Acid Dreams - The CIA, LSD, and the 60s Rebellion (1985) Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain
Posted by PufPuf23 | Sat Jan 28, 2012, 04:01 PM (4 replies)
Wrong - The largest patch of old growth redwood forest remaining in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Ca
The Getty Photo is wrong in except for one tree that looks like 3rd growth and on corporate, most likely former Pacific Lumber lands by Scotia and not Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
That looks like one old growth (pre-European) coast redwood that was topped and limbed and used as a spar tree for railroad and steam donkey logging. Most of picture and the immediate trees are most 3rd and and some 4th growth coppice redwood forest.
The largest contiguous original growth, about 10,000 acres is the Rockefeller Forest that is part of Humboldt Redwoods State Park and located farther south.
There is close to 40,000 acres of pre-European old growth in Redwood National Park and co-managed older State Parks in northern Humboldt and southern Del Norte counties but more fragmented. My guess is that Prairie Creek Redwoods and adjacent Federal National Parks lands are the 2nd largest. Prairie Creek and Jeramiah Johnson State Park along the lower Smith River in Del Norte county are awesome as is the Redwood Creek trail to the Tall Tree Grove within Redwood National Park and the Redwood National Park expansion (about 42,000 acres post WWII clearcut or oak grassland and 6,000 acres uncut pre-european primeval forest) in the late 1970s.
There were about 2,000,000 acres of coast redwood forest. Not all was the lower elevation forests on alluvial flats that one typically sees in photos but mixed transitional zone forests on steeper slopes where redwood grew along Douglas-fir, grand fir, and other species. Lady Bird Johnson Grove in Redwood National Park provides a good example of the mixed redwood forest specifically if one gets off the nature trail and views the steeper slopes in the eastern portions of the "grove".
The Headwaters Forest was a portion of the Pacific Lumber / Maxxam ownership where old growth redwood and recently cutover lands were sold to the Feds circa 1999. Preservation of the Headwaters is the result of the demonstrations and tree sits referred to as "Redwood Summer". While focus was on the Headwaters, Maxxum concentrated on clearcutting never logged Mixed Evergreen (Doug fir-Tanoak-Madrone) on the fringes of their 230,000 acre ownership and removing residual old growth from stands that had been cutover in the booming post WWII days where California still had an ad valorum tax on timber (since 1976? yield tax on harvest) and cutting 70% of standing volume removed a parcel from taxation for 30 years prior to the 1976 changes in the CA Forest Practice Act. Simpson Timber, a private WA State corporation that is the largest owner of commercial redwood timberland and owns more of the Yurok Reservation than does the Yurok Tribe) cut most of the remainder of their own old growth and the old growth purchased from Arcata Redwood circa 1990, located in northern Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
Temperate zone rain forests are rare globally. The three largest are in order the Pacific Coast for Alaska to Northern California; southern Chile, and parts of southern Australia and Tasmania.
Australia is the home of the largest Eucalypts as noted above. The tallest and heaviest stand of hardwood (broad leaf dicots as compared to coniferous monocot species) in North America is the introduced species eucalyptus grove on the UC Berkeley campus.
In southern Chile the Alerce is another large and ancient tree of the rare temperate rainforest and largest native tree of South America.
One should also mention the Giant Sequoia of the southern Sierra Nevada of California. Individual Giant Sequoias are the largest trees in mass but cannot match the coast redwood (and some Eucalypts in height nor stand volume).
IMO the harvesting of pre-european examples and intact ecosystems of these unusual species, reminders of the last pre-ice age vegetation communities, is immoral, unenlightened, and impedes science. Science today is looking at last chance observations and preservation of DNA diversity of dominant pre-ice age mega-flora.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Thu Jan 26, 2012, 07:45 PM (0 replies)
Neoliberalism in a nutshell:
Anti-democratic in that politics are based on $ rather than votes
Maximized profits for the few over maximized utility for society
Labor arbitrage and loss of power by labor
Upward redistribution of wealth, income, and political power.
State and corporate violence to spread and maintain the status quo of neoliberal policy.
Unfortunately in the USA, the leadership of both Democratic Party and GOP are are dominated by neoliberals.
Klein's Shock Doctrine is a good primer.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Wed Dec 28, 2011, 09:13 PM (0 replies)
All 20 volumes of the Curtis Collection online
including photos and text and a search function
Posted by PufPuf23 | Sat Dec 24, 2011, 12:10 AM (0 replies)
Held my nose a few times and I have voted Green in county elections in several cases where I was aware of back stories and agendas, primarily financial and land use.
Loss of civil liberties and real democracy part of the neoliberal economic pattern that has been replayed again and again since WWII.
The neoconservatives and New Democrats share the ideology of neoliberalism (Milton Friedmanism or Chicago School or Austrian even).
Principals of neoliberals are "free" trade, deregulation, and (pathological) privatization of the public commons.
Results of neoliberalism are a redistribution of wealth upward, short term profit at long term cost, senseless environmental damage, war, and ruined lives of peaceful people.
Neoliberalism doesn't work except for those at the top of the pyramid, and for them only short term. Neoliberalism is not based upon sound economic theory in model or by empirical studies.
Keynesian economics, a mixed social democratic capitalist economy, is the basis of the New Deal and Great Society and for most of my life the line that should not be crossed by the Democratic Party - to build a secure social democracy with liberty and entrepreneurship and free education.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Mon Dec 19, 2011, 05:41 PM (0 replies)
The stated plans at DU3 are to be transparent about about alerts and successful alerts by poster in the future.
Jury calls at DU3 seem to be either obvious or mind pretzels, have no shame in dropping out of a jury. I don't.
I would like to see a comprehensive real-time site meter at DU3.
Posting rate and breadth seem to have diminished in the change-over.
I think I like the new format except miss the old greatest page with likes to other sources and so on.
The new portal pages need much work IMO.
Posted by PufPuf23 | Fri Feb 17, 2012, 02:02 AM (0 replies)