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  • Israel chaos   19 hours 4 min ago

    End all religious nationalism, starting with our own.

  • Israel chaos   19 hours 6 min ago

    There'll be peace talks when Israel stops it's Zionist expansion. There'll be peace talks when Israel moves back within the carved out territory given to them (unfairly in my view) by the U.N. There'll be peace talks when Israel gets the hell out of Jerusalem.

    Shimon Peres, tear down this wall!

  • Correct my right wing friend on his huge misconceptions please   19 hours 7 min ago

    Actually, they both have political responses.

    In nations where global warming is accepted, political responses have been legislation to encourage and develop alternative energies such as 1/3 of German homes having solar panels. In nations like the U.S. with entrenched fossil fuel industries denying the science, the political response is different.

    In school districts where creationists hold sway, the political response is in the selection of texts...that effectively shuts down further inquiry into the sciences of anthropology, paleontololgy, sociology, archeology,and even world history, etc. Such sciences hold the view that the earth is more than 6,000 years old.

    A dumbed down population has pretty stupid political responses.

    Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"



  • Israel chaos   19 hours 8 min ago

    Here's a mercifully brief (for Noam, anyway) commentary from Noam Chomsky:

    Gaza's Torment, Israel's Crimes, Our Responsibilities

    Noam Chomsky wrote:

    At 3am Gaza time, July 9, in the midst of Israel’s latest exercise in savagery, I received a phone call from a young Palestinian journalist in Gaza. In the background, I could hear his infant child wailing, amidst the sounds of explosions and jet planes, targeting any civilian who moves, and homes as well.  He just saw a friend of his in a car clearly marked “press” blown away.  And he heard shrieks next door after an explosion but can’t go outside or he’ll be a likely target.  This is a quiet neighborhood, no military targets – except Palestinians who are fair game for Israel’s high tech US-supplied military machine.  He said that 70% of the ambulances have been destroyed, and that by then over 70 had been killed, and of the 300 or so wounded, about 2/3 women and children.  Few Hamas activists have been hit – or rocket launching sites. Just the usual victims.

    It is important to understand what life is like in Gaza when Israel’s behavior is “restrained,” in between the regular manufactured crises like this one.  A good sense is given in a report to UNRWA by Mads Gilbert, the courageous and expert Norwegian physician who has worked extensively in Gaza, also throughout the vicious and murderous Cast Lead operation.  In every respect, the situation is disastrous.  Just keeping to children, Gilbert reports: “Palestinian children in Gaza are suffering immensely. A large proportion are affected by the man-made malnourishment regime caused by the Israeli imposed blockage. Prevalence of anaemia in children <2yrs in Gaza is at 72.8%, while prevalence of wasting, stunting, underweight have been documented at 34.3%, 31.4%, 31.45% respectively.” And it gets worse as the report proceeds.

    When Israel is on “good behavior,” more than two Palestinian children are killed every week, a pattern that goes back over 14 years.  The underlying cause is the criminal occupation and the programs to reduce Palestinian life to bare survival in Gaza, while Palestinians are restricted to unviable cantons in the West Bank and Israel takes over what it wants, all in gross violation of international law and explicit Security Council resolutions, not to speak of minimal decency.  And it will continue as long as it is supported by Washington and tolerated by Europe – to our everlasting shame.

  • Hydrocodone   19 hours 9 min ago

    I said my pain was 7.5 - 8.0 before the nurse injected me right under my collar bone with a flex needle/catheter that went to my C2, C3, C4 vertebrae with a shot of lidocaine. After 15 minutes I could turn my head 90 degrees right, 90 degrees left and a pain less than 2. I was paralyzed in a  'forward only' stance for ages, couldn't drive, and that was on Tramadol.  spine-surgery-facts-fiction was my choice and the ablation referenced there worked. The lidocaine was to test if the nerves to be deadened with the surgery would make any difference, and since when numbed it helped, killing them off permanently would obviously help. Radiofrequency ablation is another option. Heat destroys cells so lazers, radiation, or radiofrequencies all kill cells. The lesser the invation the better was my thought. One alternative was open surgery where they go through your neck from the front, push your esophagus aside to reach your cervical vertebrae on the back side or inside the body since that is where the nerves and stenosis are pinching your spinal chord. Then if you survive that, a couple weeks post op and months of recovery with physical therapy. My choice was the outpatient procedure mentioned while I was out with a drip of that Michael Jackson sleep stuff for about 45 minutes. Then afterwards in a half hour to the hotel, and post op vicodan for 2 weeks and physical therapy. So my C vertebrae were helped and my lumbar vertabrae on hold. Posture can ease the lumbar pain, but not the cervical pain. An electrical heating pad helps too. My cervical collar hasn't been used since. 

    btw, lidocaine is similar to novocaine, caines numb like John McCaine did with his Palin nominee.    

  • Israel chaos   19 hours 10 min ago

    Over decades, I have worked with peace activists from both Israel and the Palestinians as well as American Jews who oppose the policies practiced by Israel.  The constant message is that radicalism is not the way to solve anything, but it is the way to rally people out of anger, fear, revenge and passion.  Moderation never seems that exciting, and what peace requires is sobriety rather than hair on fire.

    I would be amused by Golda Meir's words were they not so cynically untrue.  How about the parents of Israeli soldiers who are hard to see as other than ghosts of the SS?  The very ugly racism that drips from Israeli lips about "Arabs" hardly shines with the moral glory of Zion, and it is hard to see peace as the motive driving Israeli policies or negotiations unless total victory and the annihilation of the Palestinian people as a political entity is "peace."

    The great tragedy takes on more serious tones when one goes back to the real history.  Sure, those Zionists truly believed in their religious nationalism as a home and hope for pogrom victims and the culturally despised.  They shared the same European superiority and belief in eugenics, etc., as the rest of the West, and in the spirit of colonialism, they saw Modern replacing Outmoded, Primitive, not so Rational, etc.  This is not a Jewish problem.  But, it is a problem in Israel where being Jewish fits into a European narrative of THE VICTIM, and where this VICTIM takes POWER.

    Americans have not exactly handled power with grace and diplomatic maturity.  We played out VICTIM in 9/11 with a pathological reaction instead of a wise response.  We still are.  We still do not count the deaths of non-Americans as serious moral issues, just collateral to our destiny.

    And that destiny has now become a burden we carry, but not yet guilt and shame for being full of ourselves.  Nitwityahoo poses as a burdened leader who just cannot find anyone on the other side to deal with while homes are bulldozed, bombed and families killed--not in Israel, but in the "occupied" territories Israel no longer "occupies," but does confine and control in Gaza.

    He tears up as he refuses to deal with "terrorists" like Hamas, but Israel caused the radicalism by not dealing with the moderates earlier in its constant surrender first and then we talk policies.

    The bottom line on this 'battle' which gets little play in our media is, "how many Israelis have been killed by Palestinians?"  When it reaches double figures, it might be in the 1/10th range, but now it is not near that.  Israel complains that Hamas is hiding among the civilians, which is like saying that guerilla fighters blend into the countryside.  THEY ARE NOT AN ARMY with those kinds of weapons, so the lack of equivalence does matter in the moral analysis.  This is not necessary violence to stop crimes.  This is the old punishment of a people for being anything other than servile and screwed.  The ghosts of concentration camps mouth "never again" but pious Jews build settlements and destroy the lands and homes of others because they have become ISRAELI and have forgotten anything about their origins other than the rites and rituals.  The prophets would have a lot to say about people who move boundaries and exploit the misfortune of others.

    How many Israelis have been killed by 'Arabs' compared to the toll Israel has rung up?  There is no comparison.  This is not about Hamas unless it is Israel defining Hamas as the political party they WILL deal with because it is the one they have given credibility to while undercutting the moderates.  Egad!

    You always deal with the terrorists on the other side because that is your term of insult and not their true identity.  "Terrorists" have no real political interests.  "Freedom fighters" often do what the powers that be call "terrorism" and the founders of Israel were also "terrorists" in their time.

    NPR is making a big issue out of whether the Palestinians get a phone call before their house is going to be destroyed.  Some did not get the call, and others find it very inconvenient to have their homes destroyed for things they cannot control in the first place.  Who cares when the point is that Israel should not be doing this, period.

    Were Israel willing to deal with the Palestinians and move toward a realistic solution, the rockets of desperation and hopelessness would cease.  When you are stuck in Gaza and just kept under the thumb and heel of Israel, and you see farms destroyed for the wall and it just keeps going on, why not fuck them up too?  Why do kids throw rocks at soldiers and cops with guns?  It is not just gang behavior or some idiocy.  The frustrations of structural violence do come to the surface.

    Anytime Israel wants to come to a workable solution, it can find people on the other side who will prefer politics to terrorism.  This should be a no brainer, but the real no-brain approach continues to be the emotional, narcissistic, victim exploiting "they made us do it" wail from those with all the weapons and none of the dead on their side.  OK, there are a few.  Compared to what?  That is the bottom line, once again, and Israel is drenched in this blood.

  • "polyversity"--against the hegemonic privatization of the University   19 hours 39 min ago

    Ah, the good ol' trickle down potato salad effect.  Good luck Jake.  Indeed a worthy endeavor if the good people of this nation are willing to invest $70,000 in someone's potato salad. The good old days of an idealistic philosophy degree have been ground up in the machinery of neoliberal economics, I fear.  I do hope the seemingly few of you still interested can revive those days along with the humanities, the arts and of course such thinking degrees as philosophy, which, sadly, have been overwhelmed by thinking degrees like law.  While you're waiting for those pennies to trickle down, you might enjoy tilting at a few windmills with our resident philosopher Antifascist.  This is a great place to practice writing. Here are a couple of Anti's thread's that might interest you:

    Republican Neoliberalism is Touching Us All

    Libertarian Individualism denies society exists; Personalism reaffirms the existence and need of the human community. 

    Here's a link to  your site that works for anyone interested: Not Potato Salad!  (Using the board's software to make working links takes a few minutes to figure out for some, for others a bit longer)

  • Terminology is important   19 hours 45 min ago

    I just get tired of these debates about statistics we deliberately cook, and which do not reflect the full picture of the debate--the economy--while hanging everything on something as bad as the DOW Jones.  The basic lesson is also that austerity does not work on either side of the Atlantic, unless you love plutocracy.

    Thanks for bringing actual information!

  • Israel chaos   19 hours 52 min ago

    Creating an Israeli state on what was previously Palestinian land may have sounded like a reasonable plan soon after the Holocaust, but as time goes on it appears to have created a time-bomb with few options to disarm. Building Israeli settlements in areas that would likely become Palestinian territiory in any future two state solution is not exactly negotiating in good faith. Segregating people into ghettos is never a good thing and no rational person believes kidnapping, torture, murder as well as launching missiles into civilian populations is acceptable behavior either. I'm irrationally optimistic on many things, but I have a very difficult time seeing a positive outcome in this debacle.

  • Hydrocodone   20 hours 7 min ago

    I went through a ruptured disk think about 15 years ago and was doing the cortizone, stretching, anti-inflammatories, swimming, various hydrocodone and stronger pills as well. They told me to wait it out and if it got to be manageable, then they would hold off on surgery. 6 weeks later and unable to stand up straight, it got so bad I checked into a hospital just for pain reasons. They asked me to rate my pain from 1 to 10 and I did not hesistate to call it a 10 based on any pain I have ever experienced in the past. Shortly thereafter, they gave me a big shot in the ass of either morphine or demerol and my 10 not only went away completely, but I'd say I went into the negative pain region (pleasuable euphoria). I understand why people have trouble stopping the use of that stuff.

  • The banned   22 hours 27 min ago

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    mischa clark

  • Apartheid Solution   1 day 1 hour ago

    The current rhetoric and ourage is similar to the Salem witch trials. Hell, the Taliban treated non-residents better and were better hosts than the US.

    Since these kids are looked upon as packages but not COD or collect on delivery, there is no choice for the ignorant. 

  • How the Republican Hold on the South Could Collapse   1 day 1 hour ago

    I agree!

    Just as the Southern Strategy employed by conservatives following the general backlash to the unsavory unrest of the Civil Rights era allowed the GOP to win power and then create conservative chaos with our economy, liberals now have the chance to right the ship by riding the very antithesis of the Southern Strategy back to electoral victory. In many ways, they already have (But, as you will see, I greatly qualify this observation at the end of this post.)

    The new culturally liberal majority positions on virtually every cultural issue that the Southern Strategy formerly exploited during its most successful years have now furnished the liberal strategy to electoral victory for years to come.  I call this: the "Northern Strategy". 

    It is a strategy that many have already referred to as: "the Obama Coalition". It leverages the acceptance of cultural change: Gay marriage, the defense of woman, minority, and immigrant rights, etc., as well as the general distaste for more war following Iraq, with the increasingly popular economic policies and rhetoric of Elizabeth Warren.

    This, of course, is directly parallel to how the Southern Strategy functioned in its heyday, which leveraged the general non-acceptance of cultural change, as well as the general distaste for national self-effacement following Vietnam, with the increasingly popular economic policies and rhetoric of Ronald Reagan.

    I realize this comparison, as set forth, is a bit simplistic.  But it is worthy of discussion among Democratic Strategists of the truly liberal persuasion. 

    And Hillary needs to think hard on this.  Specifically, she will need to comprehend the problem with neoliberal attempts to harness this cultural shift of attitudes, in that neoliberal economic policies enjoy very low levels of popular support.  This, in essence, explains virtually all of the failures of the Obama Presidency.

  • Hydrocodone   1 day 1 hour ago

    I take Tramadol and have for 7 years now. It works and without it I am bedridden with pain. It is safe and works synergistically with NSAIDs whether it is paracetamol, ibuprofen, or diclofenac.

     jerome-e-groopman writes  with authority on the medical field, and reviews other's works. He reviewed f+gonzalez+crussi work very positively. Crussi writes of cultural medical history and it's focus on various organs and regions of the human body in Carrying The Heart. The Chinese focus on bowels and bowel movement is called the Zi-gu or 'the violent lady'. A concubine was killed by a jealous wife while on the toilet and her ghost has haunted latrines ever since. High fiber diets might contraindicate their desire for sweedy defecation, Victorian's desire to remediate the same unseemly act (as well as sex) solved it with  large colon removal and even complete colon removal. They did fart less.  

  • Does the Economy Serve Us or Them?   1 day 1 hour ago

    Just for the record, folks, I'd like to back off a little on one of the points made in my post #32.  Where I said that 75% of medical-related bankruptcies involved folks who were "insured", I was repeating what I'd understood the stats to be, before the Affordable Care Act kicked in.  This statistic may be less accurate now than prior to "Obamacare".  However last I heard, since "Obamacare" got started, one thing hasn't changed: 51% of total bankruptcies in the USA are from these outrageous medical bills.  God bless America.  - Aliceinwonderland

  • Terminology is important   1 day 2 hours ago

    I'd suggest that this link is probably as close an answer as you're going to find to your question.

     International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics, 1970-2012

    It includes stats on labor force participation rates.


  • Apartheid Solution   1 day 2 hours ago

    UN forces might offer a stability option. GOP wants to ankle monitor the kids. Why not just tag them in their ears with migration signal beepers? But include a pulse monitor link so when they are killed if they are returned to Honduras or relocated to Chicago, Detroit, or LA it stops and signifies deceased, offline. 

    I was part of refugee relocation procedures aka Vietnamese boat people by way of visiting staging countries and villages as well as seeing them in transport on airplanes [They wore licence plate style signs hanging from their necks]. The villages were really neat, to me anyhow. Built on bamboo poles out over the Pacific from the beaches in the Phillipines, with electification, a community parabola access tv, and running water, Christian, Budhist, Shintu, and Muslim chapels, kids kicking a beanbag style ball like it was handball, and having fun. I thought at the time that even though they poorer than dirt they were better off than some Americans in the supposedly richest country on earth in history. There could be similar multilateral refugee processes enacted. The US pays for more imprisonment of more people than any country on earth, for profit of course. Strong against crime is also a welfare program for business interests, especially when prison labor is added to the ledger. It could actually be a stage in a legitimate refugee policy and procedure, and could afford it. It would fit with Christian values that Americans supposedly profess to adhere to. Of course I expect they will be sent home to die like the refugees from nazi occupied countries were. Tradition is patriotic don't you know.     

  • Terminology is important   1 day 2 hours ago

    If I may raise a question without starting a fight, how do the discouraged workers who are not looking for employment get calculated in Europe.  Here, they are no longer unemployed if they are not looking for work.  The real stat is jobs and not unemployment.  What percentage of the population is working?  Not, what percentage of those who have not found work are still looking.

  • Apartheid Solution   1 day 3 hours ago

    Dexterous wrote:

    Perhaps Sweden may offer to take ten or fifteen thousand as a gesture of kindness and civility?  With Sweden's free healthcare they would not have to go through the stress of enrolling in obamacare.  Come college time, they would not have the student loan issues they will have here in the US.

    Come on, "it's for the children"

    Gee, I wasn't aware that crossing the Mexican American border without proper documentation makes children into property that the US can give away.  You learn something new every day.

  • Speculation Kills ..... Supply & Demand   1 day 3 hours ago

    Lots of drillers, maybe.  Some pipelines, some refineries, some ships and a fungible necessity.  It is not about how much is produced, it is about how much gets to market, when and where.  

    You have not addressed the point about legitimate derivatives where someone using a necessary resource like energy needs to have a price set to budget the business.  Unlike "speculation," the insurance derivative gives a top price that can still work for the business, and if the price of energy falls, it is a windfall profit year.  If the price goes above the derivative, it is insurance that keeps the business operating.

    When people who have no use for a commodity "corner the market," they are playing with supply and demand to extract profits the metrics themselves would not yield.  They create artificial scarcity, or, if they want to drive other businesses out of the game, they flood the market with cheap products until they are the only ones who matter in marketing.  Then, they extract what they can leverage.

    We might agree on the ethics and purposes of Commerce were we able to limit the role of Commerce to the margins of society rather than place it at the center.  Disposable income for luxuries and personal choice pleasures above the line of necessitousness can play by "let the buyer beware." When it is milk money for the baby or the rent/mortgage or that great investment from Jim Cramer, avoid the 'fast money hustle.'

  • Apartheid Solution   1 day 3 hours ago

    When you object to being called a disruptive idiot who cannot even make a decent post, ahole, btw, in the mix, remember that you are supposed to bring something when you visit.  You show up wanting a meal, a room and a bath, and then you insult the host.

  • Does the Economy Serve Us or Them?   1 day 3 hours ago

    So you've said many times, Fabian.  And I agree.

  • We are subsidizing our own destruction.   1 day 4 hours ago

    To be honest, this isn't the brightest generation. I saw an incident some time ago that "said it all." A man was sitting in his car, parked at the curb with the engine running. A woman walked by, smoking a cigaret, and the man in his pollution machine made some comment to the woman about polluting "his" air. Few smoke, most drive. The most carcinogenic type of smoke is the kind that contains oil particles, and the leading cause in the US today is our motor vehicles. These oil particles are what is killing off forests, which provide the oxygen we require. This is the cause of climate change. Need I mention that demand for oil keeps us engaged in wars? The middle class has consistently fought every effort to invest in building a modern, affordable mass transportation system, and continue to insist that they "have the right" to drive as much as they wish.

  • SUPER TYPHOON heading for an EARTHQUAKE & possible tsunami...what's happening at FUKUSHIMA??   1 day 4 hours ago
  • SUPER TYPHOON heading for an EARTHQUAKE & possible tsunami...what's happening at FUKUSHIMA??   1 day 4 hours ago

    Here is one link...

     If we're to believe CNN there is NOTHING at all to worry tsunami......