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Chris Hedges interviewed by Bill Moyers - good easy summary of his latest book, and call for revolution

"In one of the most pointed, sweeping and personal public conversations about Chris Hedges' life and work yet, Bill Moyers speaks with the journalist after the release of "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt," the book Hedges co-authored with fellow reporter and artist Joe Sacco. The 50-minute conversation is followed by a segment on Sacco, who talks about the thinking and experiences that moved him to become a "comics journalist."


Some of this I did not care about - because I already know how the lower class lives, having spent my share of time there, as a self-employed creativity biz guy.

I did it willingly, accepting poverty as a cost of freedom. But, thats the ecxeption, most of the poor are poor unwillinmgly.

And, as everybody sits around hoping they will be spared, our corporate-owned government and economy is slowly and deliberately pushing more and more formerly "safe" middle classers into the lower classes. Are you safe?



CHRIS HEDGES: So the, you know, the very forces that we document in this book are the same forces that are responsible for destroying the ecosystem itself. We are watching these corporate forces, which are supranational. They have no loyalty to the nation state at all, reconfigure the global economy into a form of neo-feudalism. We are rapidly becoming an oligarchic state with an incredibly wealthy class of overlords. Read more »


Tom Smith, R candidate for Pa Senate Seat against Bob Casey, compares out-of-wedlock pregnancy to rape

Well, I hope his daughter is doing okay. But Smith is either a toadie so afraid of the tea and the religious right that he dare not say anything to offend them, or he is a religious fanatic himself, intolerant and desperate to impose his religion on others.

There's a name for that. Taliban.

"Smith said abortion should be banned without any exceptions"

"Reporters asked Smith after he spoke to the Pennsylvania Press Club whether he believed women should be allowed to terminate their pregnancy in cases of rape or incest. Smith said abortion should be banned without any exceptions.

In a follow-up question, Smith was then asked what he would tell his daughter if she became pregnant as the result of a rape.

“I lived something similar to that with my own family,” Smith responded. “She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to — she chose the way I thought. No, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.”

“Similar how?” Mark Scolforo of the Associated Press asked.

“Uh, having a baby out of wedlock,” Smith replied.

The Republican candidate denied that he was comparing out-of-wedlock pregnancy to rape. Smith insisted he used the example of his daughter because both rape and out-of-wedlock pregnancies were difficult situations.

The gaffe is potentially disastrous for Smith in the light of Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) controversial comments. Akin created a national uproar after he claimed women could not become pregnant as the result of a “legitimate rape.” Akin has since lost the support of the Republican Party. Read more »


Hey, give me those pig parasites, baby! Where do I sign up?

I have RA, Rheumatoid Arthritis. My case is manageable - but if I did not get my medicine, I would be a cripple, in constant and debilitating pain.

Well, at least I am one of the percentage that responds to the least expensive types of medications, yay!

Anyway, some years ago I started reading about a new idea for treating autoimmune disorders. (RA is an autoimmune disorder, your immune system starts to attack your joints and connective tissue.) Parasites, specifically certain types of worms, which send a biosignal that suppresses the autoimmune response with minimal side effects and excellent results.

Supposedly a company will soon be offering this parasite treatment. Available here in about 4 years? Man, sign me up!

If you had a chronic and potentially debilitating condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's disease, and swallowing the eggs of a pig parasite could help, would you do it?

The team at Coronado Biosciences Inc is betting you would.

The Burlington, Massachusetts, company is developing what it hopes will be the first in a new class of treatments for autoimmune conditions. Each dose of the drug consists of thousands of microscopic parasite eggs, culled from pig feces, suspended in a tablespoon of saline solution to be swallowed.

In a pig, the eggs would grow into mature whipworms and reproduce, without harming their host. In humans, the same eggs barely survive two weeks. Yet in that short period they appear to modulate a patient's immune system and prevent it from attacking the body's own tissues and organs. Read more »


It's nice to see Pennsylvanians aren't as fickle and feckless as, say, Wisconsinites

New poll shows Obama with a significant lead over Romney in Pennsylvania

Ten weeks before the election, a voter poll commissioned by The Inquirer finds President Obama leading Republican rival Mitt Romney by a significant margin in Pennsylvania, raising the question of whether the Keystone State is up for grabs on Nov. 6.

The Inquirer Pennsylvania Poll, led by a bipartisan team of top political analysts, concluded that if the election were held now, Obama would win the state by nine percentage points - 51-42 - with 7 percent of voters undecided.



BBC documentary about fasting - cool stuff - I need to fast, lol


"Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting, and he thinks he's found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself - with life-changing results."


I used to fast, when I was younger, as part of meditation exercises - it does have quite an effect, mentally. Still have a few books on it in my library.Neat video, and an even neater concept. 


Romney way down in three polls, including FOX noise poll

Aw, poor widdums romney! 

Three polls show Obama widening lead over Romney

A Fox News poll found the largest deficit, with Romney trailing by nine points (49 percent to 40 percent) That’s the widest gap Fox has reported all year. Its July survey had Obama up by four points (45 percent to 41 percent). Fox found that Obama’s increasing advantage comes mainly on the strength of a big bump from independents, who now support the president by 11 points, up from four points in July.

Twenty-six percent of voters described themselves “extremely” or “very” comfortable with the prospect of a Romney presidency, while 71 percent said they were either “somewhat” or “not at all” comfortable. Forty-one percent were extremely or very comfortable with a second Obama term, while 59 percent fell into the somewhat or not-at -all categories.


Lawrence Lessig "The Economy of Influence" - “A Republic, if You Can Keep It”

Here's a bit of curating and snippeting of Lessig's latest article - click the link and read the rest.

Summary - a call for a constitutional convention to get the corrupting influence of election financing under control. A call for public funding of elections, because "“The public ... had no lobbyists. The ideas of the public domain weren’t even on the table because there was no infrastructure for putting them there.”"


"Lessig cites the example of Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, whose position gave him a critical role in the debate over President Obama’s healthcare proposal. Between 2003 and 2008, Baucus received $5 million in campaign contributions from the financial, insurance, and health industries. But Lessig also cites similar examples from both sides of the aisle, blaming neither political party in particular. The corruption, he says, is systemic and systematic: in 2009 alone, lobbyists spent $3.5 billion, or about $6.5 million per each elected member in Congress." Read more »


Barry Ritholtz Big Picture "Corrupt Government Officials Should Be In Jail … Alongside Corrupt Banksters"

As always Barry Ritholtz is one of the few econ experts willing to state the obvious. This recent post is totally worth a click and a read, and some exploration of his support links. Corrupt Government Officials Should Be In Jail … Alongside Corrupt BankstersThose who Benefited from Wall Street Fraud Must be Prosecuted … Including Rogue Government Officials who Aided and Abetted the Crimes

Wall Street fraud caused the Great Depression and the current financial crisis. Top economists and financial experts agree that our economy will never recover unless Wall Street fraud is prosecuted. Read more »


Curious - was the rightwing campaign against Mike Mann behind the recent attempt to force out the University of Virginia pres?

Was climate science the real reason the strategic dynamos on the UVA board wanted president Teresa Sullivan gone? The fund manager behind the coup is "very, very angry" that I would even ask… In a three-part series (1, 2, 3) of muckraking blog posts, journalist Moe Tkacik investigates the possibility that the failed ouster of President Teresa Sullivan from the University of Virginia (previously) might have been motivated not by vague conflicts over Internet-based distance learning, as had been speculated — but instead by global-warming-denial politics, with the coup plotters on the Board opposing Sullivan over the hire of climate scientist Michael Mann (previously).


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And for your froth files - referring to the link in the paragraph snippet below. Wow those republicans sure hate science - or maybe they just love the 5 trillion a year made by the fossil carbon corps. Read more »