Friday, July 31, 2009

War, Peace, Robbery

Sure Glad Someone Is Doing Well:
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday Bonuses paid to executives at nine banks that received U.S. government bailout money in 2008 were greater than net income at some of the banks.

News You Can Use:
GROUP psychology involving Buddhist meditation can be as effective at combating depression as medication, a study published today in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology has found.

Bring the Sane Troops Home:
Good Luck America ­ because we're going to need it!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You Are Not Alone

When the "Leaders" have Stockholm Syndrome: TRT 1.50
When will Andy Stern stop?

Source: Stress, Coping and Development - An Integral Perspective. 2nd ed.
By Carolyn M. Aldwin
Guilford Press, 2007

... "falling out", a quasi-epileptoid state found among American, Haitian, Cuban blacks, occurs in situations in which an individual feels extreme fear or rage, under stressful conditions at school or in sports competitions, or in highly crowded situations. Falling out serves to remove individuals temporarily from these stressful conditions, thus functioning to regulate emotions.

... "ataque" among Puerto Ricans in New York is used to describe a particular syndrome characterized by extreme emotional expression, fainting spells, and fuguelike behavior, often self-destructive, which the person may or may not remember later.

..."zar" possession states among Egyptian women primarily as an indirect means of influencing husbands in a culture in which direct influence is prohibited. Thus, a woman may only be able to escape from intolerable demand by becoming seriously ill or may impose demands upon her family by using the zar spirit that possesses her to insist upon certain goods or services...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Smart/Dumb Dilemma

Too Educated To Live:
Millions of students will graduate in China this year, but with up to a third unable to get a job the number of suicides is soaring.

Military Is A Bad "Career" Choice:
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will go to the Court of Appeal on Tuesday to try to slash the compensation awarded to two injured soldiers by up to 70%. If the government wins, it will fuel the mounting disquiet over the relatively paltry payments some soldiers are receiving for lifelong injuries.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

One Good Man

Stop the Madness:
Read about John Judge's Counter-Recruiting Efforts in the Washington City Paper's lead story: "Uncle Scram"

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Mind Is A Terrible Thing

Have a Nice Day:
Some 52 percent of soldiers severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan who have come to the U.S. Army's largest hospital for treatment have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), an internal study has found.

This Is A Test:,023739,22556678-23272,00.html

Friday, July 24, 2009

Food Art

Just Plain Interesting:
Stunning crop art has sprung up across rice fields in Japan . But this is no alien creation - the designs have been cleverly planted.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Let's Start To Think

Yes, Indeedy:
There are now many studies supporting brain changes with various sorts of meditation, including mindfulness meditation.

Finally, some sensible thought:

Shocked, I Tell You. Gambling in Casablanca?:
THE EMPLOYEE Free Choice Act (EFCA) is dead--killed off by Corporate America while the unions stood by passively.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Green Occupation

Is This What Is Meant By "Green Revolution"?:
Workers staged an occupation of a wind turbine factory last night to protest against the imminent closure of the plant and the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Promises, Change, Hope, SSSDB (same shit sandwich, different bite):
"Much has changed over the last two years, causing us to reassess whether we are properly sized to support current operational needs," Mr Gates said, adding the Army would swell to 569,000 soldiers, up from the current 547,000.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Flowers Grow From Distress

Great Mysteries of Modern Times: on one of the first studies to reveal the workings of the teen brain in a simulated real-world social interaction...

I've been studying and reading books, articles and scientific studies for the past year or more on the effects of stress on the mind and body. Basically trying to develop a force shield to surround my sensitive nature. If I walk through this world without a developed defense against rudeness, meanness, and cruel, mocking nature of popular culture, I will collapse in a puddle of tears, unable to hold anything but an angry conversation.

The area where I will be moving my interests and will be expanding is to how to talk to myself, how the consciousness interacts with society. Immediately upon clearing my thoughts of Fword adjectives, I became more focused and relaxed. Attaching pleasant memories to recurring nightmare scenarios diminishes the negative tape loops fueling cascades of mental anguish. It takes time and awareness to put one's mind into a bit and reins for control and I have a long time to go, but it seems running wild with only senses and primitive reaction is a pathway to pain and unease. I have to think and flavor it with love, concern, and attachment and my time on this rock will be worthwhile.

Words hurt. As I stroll through summer festival crowds I keep my ears open and listen to those in attendance. So many strong, unpleasant and pointed phrases sent out to mock, diminish and bully the target, especially directed at children by parental figures. It's not a wonder why families split up or the children want to get out of the house ASAP. Parents are under considerable stress and passing it on to the nearest person seems to be a survival mechanism, only the children are closest and don't deserve the treatment they get. Be kind to them, don't teach them how not to think, how not to act, and how to be a bully.

There is always time for development, no matter what age one has become or what situation one might find themselves in. I find the more I talk about my sensitivities and vulnerabilities, it makes me stronger because I find that we are all under pressure and, especially in the male world, a faux toughness persona must be maintained. Underneath this front is a hurt little boy who sees life as short, brutish and mean. Changing attitude for the better is a process and takes time. Swimming against the currents of competition, capitalism and popular culture reinforcing cutting, diminishing beliefs with speech of the insecure, one can lose faith in oneself and slip back into the daily grind with the miserable, thinking that is all there is - a shorted paycheck.

There is a better world to be found and it exists in your mind. Reintroduce yourself to your brain and make it your friend, not your enemy.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Briefs Not Bullets

It's Going To Take A Little More Than This, But It's A Start:
Two Oklahoma veterans of the war in Iraq have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Halliburton Co. and KBR Inc. have “callously exposed and continue to expose soldiers and others to toxic smoke, ash and fumes” in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Good Try:
A federal judge tossed out a controversial lawsuit Thursday brought here by a U.S. Army reservist seeking to avoid deployment to Afghanistan because he questions Barack Obama’s eligibility as president.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mystery Solved

It's the AFL-CIO! They thought they could get away:
Something big and strange is floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oui, Oui Detroit!!!

A Belated Happy Bastille Day from the Friends of Leon Berger!:
Staff at bankrupt car parts maker New Fabris are threatening to blow up the plant if they do not receive compensation from the companies that provided most of the firm's business.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

...and not just 911..

Refer To When Confused: TRT 6:50

The Awful Truth

Give Me Some Truth!
I'm sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth

I've had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth...

All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth now
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth

John Lennon

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday Morning Blues

Eat Crap, Be Crap...
American IQ has dropped 20 points in the past 20 years. (... and it's EI, emotional intelligence, is falling also, it seems -EWS)

It's summer with the result of seeing more human skin. The fact that Americans are incredibly obese makes the amount even more impressive. The epidermis is one's outer signal to health. When a person is met whose skin shines naturally, without creams or chemicals, it registers in our minds. This is a first impression and it does last.

What lurks deep inside us - the emotional world existing in our physical form - and drives our attitudes and convictions, emits energy and with each meeting of people, joins together with one another. A room full of people is not necessarily greater because they are intellectually brilliant, it may be better as the use of emotional skill is used to get to the agreed purpose. How the decision is made, how each person internalizes the process, and how the decision sits later is not an intellectual right or wrong necessarily, more than likely something doesn't "feel" right about it. To be in awareness of human emotional power should be a skill developed over a lifetime. To many grown adults act like children, and are accepted as such, in this society. The writer is not immune from such criticism, but brings it up to spur internal discussion.

The people in this country are sick intellectually, physically and, especially, emotionally. Two generations of instant gratification, controlled media and demoralizing education processes has left a population alienated and alone, unable to relate to it's own better human nature, never mind joining in a whole for discussion and decision making.

It seems whatever we seem to want, as in a public demonstration, we want it NOW... with implication that the entire group will collectively hold their breath until they all turn blue

The kowtowed working person will come home after a day of stress and watch on their BoobTube as entertainment other browbeaten people working on their stage, Idol, Survivor, Top Chef as a few examples.. They watch, secretly siding with Simon and all the mean people behind the desk giving judgement. They mimic a mean, cutting and cruel culture to each other on the job site the next day. Their spirits are broken and Stockholm Syndrome is too well ingrained in the working class, I'm afraid.

Who controls the schools is a powerful question never asked. In this town, the only school district in the state where the mayor appoints his Board, they are following a plan written by the business elite and now are arguing over profit to be made in a non-profit sector. Not surprising, really. Blatantly, they arguing that money is more important than intellectual, emotional and physical development and the plan is sailing through. Keep printing the money. It's appears it is what people want.

... and the crap we eat and drink and smear on our bodies and fill our lungs with and fill our cavities with and places we poke holes in and the ink we fill our epidermis with... sick and dehumanizing all.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Int. Work News 2

They Need A New Approach?:
One teacher is hospitalised in England almost every day after being attacked at school, according to new figures.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A More Peaceful World Is Proclaimed

Bring A Hatpin to the Wake. Make sure he is dead:
He contributed more than most to the slaughter of 3.4 million Vietnamese (his own estimate). He went on to run the World Bank, where he presided over the impoverishment, eviction from their lands and death of many millions more round the world.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

International Work News

They Can Simulate a Moon Landing, You Can Simulate a Smile:
500 staff at Keihin Electric Express Railway are expected to be subjected to daily face scans by "smile police".

Israeli Lobby, p'shaw!:
Authority bosses deemed the 'highly inappropriate' content to be a sacking offence after a three-month investigation, which saw a total of 14 staff suspended

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Urban Farming

Time To Get Your Fingernails Dirty, Comrades:
Today Allen is the go-to expert on urban farming, and there is a hunger for his knowledge. When I visited Growing Power, Allen was conducting a two-day workshop for 40 people: each paid $325 to learn worm composting, aquaponics construction and other farm skills. “We need 50 million more people growing food,” Allen told them, “on porches, in pofarmlandts, in side yards.” The reasons are simple: as oil prices rise, cities expand and housing developments replace , the ability to grow more food in less space becomes ever more important. As Allen can’t help reminding us, with a mischievous smile, “Chicago has 77,000 vacant lots.”

Monday, July 6, 2009

Military Intelligence

House an Escaped War Slave:
In November 2007, the Pentagon revealed that between 2003 and 2007 there had been an 80% increase in overall desertion rates in the Army (desertion refers to soldiers who go AWOL and never intend to return to service), and Army AWOL rates from 2003 to 2006 were the highest since 1980. Between 2000 and 2006, more than 40,000 troops from all branches of the military deserted, more than half from the Army. Army desertion rates jumped by 42% from 2006 to 2007 alone.

...the Further On, the Further Behind...
The school would open with 150 cadets, growing eventually to about 650 drawn from a pool of low-performing students who have high test scores and want to attend...(Did I read that right??? -EWS)

Friday, July 3, 2009

News I Can't Tolerate

This guy is causing me a lot of problems:
One of America's most influential conservative judges, Richard Posner, has proposed a ban on linking to online content without permission.

Why Didn't I Vote For This Woman? TRT 2.46
Cynthia McKinney calls WBAIX from Israeli prison. She and 20 others where detained after being seized by Israeli Navy while in international waters.

I got a little over 2 min, then had to stop: TRT 5.26
William Shatner does both Taupin and Elton John.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

This Ain't Kansas

Discuss Amongst Yourselves:

“If there is a ‘moral’ to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this is it: we must rely on ourselves, for we alone have the power to save ourselves.”