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I joined DU following the election melt down that produced the second George the Lesser Term of Office. I am outraged by war, by out-sourcing of jobs, by Corporate control of both parties, and enheartened by my fellow citizens who are bravely part of "Occupy!"

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What bright object was I viewing at night Tuesday or Wednesday

Of this week?

The object looked to be Jupiter on steroids, and it was located a bit north of Due West in the 11Pm to midnight sky here in Northern California.

Was it Jupiter conjunct some other planet? Was it the international space station?

A friend said that possibly it was a tricked out drone, with extra lights, and that viewed from some distance, it then looked like a very large, very bright planet...

It remained stationary, or close to being stationary, for at least the 45 minutes I kept examining it.

Is there an ophthalmologist in the house?

I am posting this article with its link with some reservations.

the article deals with the topic of night vision and "night vision drops."

First of all, I totally agree with those on the site commenting at the end of the article that this is very poor science - to have only four people as participants inside a "scientific study."

But my main reason for posting this, despite this legitimate concern, is that the article mentions that there are eye drops that one can take that will rectify poor night vision...

Has anyone here heard of that? If so, I would be in the market, as my vision is always poor, except when I have had milk thistle aplenty in my system. (Carrots and vitamin A infused substances have not helped.)


Scientists develop night vision eye drops

Posted on Friday, 27 March, 2015 | Comment icon 18 comments

Can eye drops help you to see in the dark ?
A group of California researchers has found a way to enhance a person's ability to see in the dark.

Independent research group "Science for the Masses" decided to take a special chemical used to treat night blindness and adapt it to enhance the latent night vision of biochemist Gabriel Licina who had no inherent problems with his eyesight.

The treatment, which was made using light amplification molecule Ce6, was applied to each eye as a thin black liquid solution and then left for around an hour with both eyes covered with a black lens to protect them from the light until testing could begin.
More of the article at link above

I need to learn Linux, specifically ubuntu - what are some good sites to

visit where I can learn everything I need to know?

The fastest moving star - ever!?!

From the link in bold:

Fastest Star in the Galaxy Has a Strange Origin
by Calla Cofield, Space.com Staff Writer | March 05, 2015 02:01pm ET


The fastest-known star in the Milky Way is on a path out of the galaxy, and new research suggests it was a supernova that gave it the boot.

The runaway star, US 708, is traveling at 7,456 miles per second (12,000 km/s) — that's 26 million miles per hour (43 million km/h) —making it the fastest star in the Milky Way ever clocked by astronomers, according to the new research. Its speed will allow it to escape the gravitational pull of the galaxy, and eventually make its way into intergalactic space. A NASA animation shows the hypervelocity star's ejection after a star explosion, kicking off the rogue flight across the Milky Way.

Most other stars moving fast enough to get out of the galaxy are thought to be ejected by the monster black hole at the galactic center, the researchers say. US 708 is the first star with a different origin story, and the new research suggests its life has been strange and chaotic.

When it is stated that no one has been jailed for crimes of Iraq War era -

I just want to scream.

As one decent person was indeed jailed for illegal activities that came about during that war.

He is John Kiriakou, a man who exposed the ways that torture was being routinely conducted.

No other American has been brought to court and tried for actual crimes, only this one whistle blower.

But recently Democratic Congressman Moran, of Virginia, has asked for a pardon for Kirakou:

More on this story at this tiny url link:

Or else here if you are good a cutting and pasting long entries:

From the above article:
On the floor of House of Representatives on November 17, Virginia Democratic Representative Jim Moran put forward a stinging rebuke of the “selective prosecution” of former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou. He asked President Barack Obama to pardon Kiriakou and called the fifteen-year CIA veteran “an American hero.”

Kiriakou was the first member of the CIA to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under President George W. Bush’s administration. He was convicted in October 2012 after he pled guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA). He was sentenced to two and a half years in jail in January 2013, and reported to Federal Correctional Institution Loretto in Pennsylvania on February 28, 2013, where he has been serving his sentence. (Firedoglake has been publishing Kiriakou’s letters from prison written as “Letters from Loretto”.)

what this week's Mainstream Media failed to mention about ISIS -

While watching TV on Wednesday, to hear again and again the stories of Iraqi people's internal organs being sold by ISIL/ISIS for profit for their war efforts, I received the following information in my email account.

Apparently there has been a major push by the United Nations to have a truce come about inside Syria, but that truce would only benefit ISIL/ISIS?


THE UN looking for truce to help out ISIS?

From the above link:

THE UN looking for truce to help out ISIS?
Interesting account of what is really going on with Syria and ISIS. Even "as the Syrian military is poised to make such a monumental victory over the Western-backed jihadists, the United Nations has announced its plans for a ceasefire in and around Aleppo.

"The plan, spearheaded by UN envoy Steffan de Mistura has apparently been in the works for months – since about the time that the Syrian military began its encirclement operation around Aleppo.

"De Mistura’s plan would involve a six-week truce and the halting of aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of Aleppo in all quarters of the city. De Mistura claims that he received assurances from Syrian President Assad that the Syrian government is willing to participate in the truce.

"However, it is worth noting that the peace deal benefits only the death squad fighters funded by the West and operating on the ground inside the country, particularly those fighting inside Aleppo. For instance, the proposal seeks to end all aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of all quarters of the city – handcuffs that affect the Syrian military much more so than the death squads since the jihadists have no air force with which to bombard the city."

Big Organized Money Attempts take over of Cannabis leglization efforts:


Interesting report on what is going on as the Big Monied Interests attempt to
take over the marijuana legalization effort here in California

A friend just got approved to be on a radio talkshow and they need an email account

That can handle ten thousand emails or more. The day of the radio show, they could get as many as ten thousand emails requesting books and services.

They have corporate email, but that has difficulty handling anything more than 300 emails a day.

Any suggestions? Would gmail work for that high volume?

The Ukranian Economic (War) Ventures -

With VP Joe Biden's son sitting in a cozy position at an energy firm that will reap huge rewards should the USA keep the Ukrane "safe for democratic interests," it would behoove anyone interested in this part of the world a look-see at what is transpiring there.

So far, the best source I have is the folks over at Naked Capitalism:


From the article:
In December, William Murray, Lagarde’s spokesman, insisted that if Ukraine wanted extra money without conditions, it had to get it from “the donor community”. Lagarde and Poroshenko have now agreed to reopen “policy discussions” on who the donors might be.

Sources close to the IMF board in Washington reveal fresh dismay at the loss of Poroshenko’s power to meet the IMF’s loan conditions. The sources say this is indicated by Poroshenko’s appointment last week of Stepan Kubiv (right foreground). He is now in charge of promoting the IMF loan conditions through the Verkhovna Rada. Kubiv, whose controversial career as a banker in western Ukraine, was ended by
Polish banking authorities, headed the National Bank of Ukraine between the ouster of President Victor Yanukovich last February, and the election of Poroshenko at the end of May. Kubiv’s record can be read here. (Link at Naked Capitalism site.)

The reason that "the myth" gets attention here is because over the

Last thirty (if not forty) years, the public has witnessed the "Democratic Party" as it has has given us a group of Centrist politicians who are as much in thrall to Big Corporations as the RW is.

About the only dividing factor between the Two Corporate Owned parties is that the Democrats are more liberal on some social situations, like the rights of the LGBT crowd to marry, and the more liberal attitudes on the immigration situation. But the Obama Administation ahs failed miserably, until very recently, on the medical marijuana issue, and he let Holder destroy the state of California's medicinal marijuana clinics, and also he allowed Holder to throw many many people in jail whose only crime was helping others get med marijuana.

So over the last forty years, no matter which party is in charge, we have witnessed:

One) Out sourcing of jobs, not only manufacturing jobs, but even customer service jobs. One of the biggest travesties of the student loan situation is that the people now working to "resolve" a student's indebtedness are often sitting in an office in some third world country.

Two) Handing over the wealth of the Middle Class to the bigger Financial Forces. Why is it that under Ron Reagan, a mere eight cents out of every dollar of profit went to the Big Financial Firms? Fast forward to our time period, and 49 cents out of every dollar of profit generated in this nation goes to Big Banks.

In early October, 2008, the American public went ballistic, contacting Congress and letting its members know that they did not want to have the Big Banks and Big Finance to be bailed out.

But our Congressional Leaders, of Both Parties, are such Big Banking Puppets that they of course gave the Middle Class wealth away to Wall Street.

So 700 billions of TARP monies went to the biggest of the Big Financial people. And we are also told that some 14 to 17 trillions of dollars has also been loaned to these same firms, many of which are not even American companies. Experts tell us that some 4 trillion plus will not be paid back. (Which is why so many of our leaders, including Obama, are working so hard trying to convince us of the need to be in austerity mode - the "leaders" in this country are mere puppets who have promised to allow the Big Money People get their paws on Social Security.)

None of this gifting of our economy to Big Bankers could have occurred without Obama making the disastrous appointments that he made.

The result of all these giveaways to the likes of AIG and Go0ldman Sachs. Why, half the children in this nation are now living in poverty. The majority of people defending the Democratic Centrist leaders are those who have some ties to some industry that has been helped by this plunder!

Three) The Republicans have their crooks, while we have ours. How is Diane Feinstein considered a Democrat? She is far to the right of Ahnold Schwarzenegger. She re-wrote the laws of ethics for the US Senate, once she had a strong hold in the US Senate. She has stripped away any chance of having peace in our life time, as our perpetual war on terror has allowed herself and her hubby, Richard Blum, to garner close to if not over a billion dollars for war contracts for his company. She also had helped to destroy the Post Office, while her husband buys up the buildings and property whose actual owner was our government's Postal Service.
The historic murals alone held in those post offices will add millions to to the Feinstein/Blum fortune.

And she has never been impeached for her activities - but is held up as one of the nation's political leaders!?!

Four) The record of the Obama administration on our ecology is deplorable. Watch "Gaslands" and "Gaslands II" and then get back to me.

BTW, the nation's political structure was firmly in the hands o9f the Democrats from January 2009 to January 2011. Whether of not they could have handled the ACA in a better fashion is one thing, and we had raging controversies over whether it could have been a better dal for citizens than the friggin' mandate we have now. (I have three shitty choices on the "exchange" none of which offer me any relief health wise, here in California.

But regardless of that, when the Congress was in majority Dem mode, did they even attempt to overthrow the Dick Cheney plundering of our nation's ecological protective laws? (That Cheney had established d in 2005, with his Oil and Energy re-write of our laws.)? No sir or madam, they did not. In fact, many Democratic leaders were very happy to strip away our environment -witness Ed Rendell who while governor of his state not only tossed away the clean water in PA, but who now has a top position in one of the Biggest Energy firms in Texas, which continues to assault the air, land and water of our nation as county after county is fracked away.
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