September 2010

Freedoms We Take for Granted and 15 Minutes of Flame

Andy Warhol was right when he said "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." How cool is that? Are you ready? I am always wearing clean shorts just in case. This week a "pastor" from Florida usurped yet again my desire to be famous. Damn him. I am worthier than he is. I know people, well maybe not the right people, but people none the less. Terry Jones (no not THAT Terry Jones, the other one with the civil war mustache) likes to burn things, like books, like holy books. Of course it isn't his holy books, it's their holy books.

A League of Native Nations

A Capital Idea Part 30: A League of Native Nations

Is peace boring? To the media, yes.

I've been starting to wonder whether the current narrative that the Republicans will take over the House and the Senate is a deliberate attempt to perpetuate conflict. What could start out as a self-fulfilling prophecy, because enough people believe it, could turn into the kind of perpetual conflict machine that the media loves. In other words, a Democratic President with majority of real (meaning progressive) Democrats in Congress could translate into a very boring news cycle because everyone gets along. Conflict produces ratings.

Neutralizing the Islamaphobes

Instead of trying to convince the world's Muslims we do not support the Islamaphobes' position by simply condemning it, we should take positive action to counteract it. The best form of such action is to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by supporting my proposal to double the area of the Gaza Strip by building a landfill extending into the Mediterranean Sea and connecting the resulting area to the West Bank via an elevated roadway. We should support the building of a second landfill on the west coast of Israel to accomodate the relocation of Jewish settlers from the

The real cost of offshoring

Why the Education Gap?
by James Kwak
Probably the most important and intractable economic problem we face is not restarting the economy after the financial crisis, but the decades-old problem of stagnant wages for the lower and middle classes and the consequent massive increase in income inequality. This is something that Raghuram Rajan brings up in the first chapter of Fault Lines, and, like many people, he points the finger at education. Citing (like everyone else) Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz, he writes (pp. 22-23),

Koran burning ?

Why wouldn't the burning of the Koran be treated similar to burning of a cross, which is considered a HATE crime? I know they have a "Claim of free speech", But you don't have the right to yell FIRE in a theater, as that would incite a riot. Just because he is publisising the event in advance does not make it any less distastful?

Report faux news to the FCC

Send a complaint to FCC - go to web page - select Broadcast option

Tell the FCC you think _________ is acting in a manner to endanger the US by giving the Koran burner press coverage or words to that effect.

Why Robert Mitchum Considered Ronald Reagan A Fool And A Whiner

Actor Robert Mitchum visited London in 1984 to speak to his English fans about his life in film. True to his working man's heritage, Mr. Mitchum spoke at Millbank Hall, South London. I was in attendance. I hadn't been home to the States for several years, and was eager to hear a fellow countyman speak. At the time, I was a reporter working for the British press. After Mr. Mitchum spoke, I ventured to shake hands and we began to talk. After a few minutes, he invited me backstage for a drink.

Jade Buddha World Peace Tour

Hi Thom and community,

Here is a great alternative to Koran burning for the world. Check the tour dates for this beautiful gem quality jade Buddha. For 9/11-12 it happens to be in Thom's town, Portland Oregon, at the new Ngoc Son Vietnamese Buddhist temple off 82nd and SE Harney. I included a picture of the statue in the rain, very Portland, and a short video describing the importance and mission of this Jade Buddha.

9-09-2010 Der Spiegel link - Islamophobe Terry Jones

I sent the link to the Der Spiegel article exposing Terry Jones as the psychopathic false teacher that he is, with a brief explanation of what to expect at the Der Spiegel article to:

Rachel Maddow
Keith Olbermann
Chris Matthews

I sent the link yesterday morning to the contact addresses at each of the respective web sites for the hosts above. Still not a word in the mainstream media about the "back story" of this lunatic.

Here is a copy of the message I sent to Keith Olbermann:

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"The Saddest Thing Is This Won't Be Breaking News"

Thom plus logo As the world burns, and more and more fossil fuels are being used every day planet-wide, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed 416 ppm this week at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. In the 300,000 years since the emergence of modern humans, carbon dioxide levels have never been this high.