Goodbye to evil For it has served it's purpose In this powerplay Lessons have been learned Merit has been earned
And sunshine fills my heart divine
Goodbye to hunger, poverty and pain As I no longer need these things AS fester and plague drop down Like dead scales from snakes' skin Life and death are now one
And sunshine fills my heart divine
Goodbye to ignorance, fear and greed For these things I no longer need And decay now gives way To bliss and beauty so sublime For all has been transformed anew
And sunshine fills my heart divine
So open your eyes and see Things you've never seen before Spread your wings and fly To heights you've never known And be all that you've ever dreamed For a new world is now born _______________________________________ A New World Is Now Born A Poetic Declaration by Max Eternity 4 July 2006 All Rights Reserved
"In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill...we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one." -- Plato__________________________________
"It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that's no joke," Mancow said. "It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back... It was instantaneous... and I don't want to say this: absolutely torture." Read more and watch videos below.
Lavena Johnson died a horrific death at the hands of her fellow soldiers -- and then the Army called it a suicide.
AlterNet - The Jamie Leigh Jones-Halliburton rape case was horrific, but what happened to PFC Lavena Johnson in Iraq in 2005 was many orders of magnitudes worse.
The parents of the young Missouri woman were told that she died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, and her death was ruled a suicide. But her physician father became suspicious after looking at injuries to the body: Read more.
Grammy-Winning Musician John Legend at UPenn Commencement:
“A Commitment to Truth Requires a Commitment to Social Justice”
Democracy Now - John Legend: “From the war in Iraq to credit-default swaps to the internet bubble to the real estate bubble, too often we got caught up in the hype and fail to see the real truth…Too often, we become apathetic. We see the lies, we see the obfuscation, the deception. And we fail to point it out. We’re afraid to rain on the parade, afraid to rock the boat, afraid to pursue the truth.” Click image to watch video.
The embrace by any society of permanent war is a parasite that devours the heart and soul of a nation. Permanent war extinguishes liberal, democratic movements. It turns culture into nationalist cant. It degrades and corrupts education and the media, and wrecks the economy. The liberal, democratic forces, tasked with maintaining an open society, become impotent. Read more.
New York Times - I remember as a young deputy city editor at The Daily News attending my first “sked meeting,” a large gathering of editors held every afternoon to consider which stories would go into the next morning’s paper and how they would be played.
I was sitting at the far end of a conference table from the editor who was conducting the meeting. The News had very seldom had a black person at those gatherings. Mine was the only black face in the room.One of the stories being pitched was about a baby that had been killed on Long Island. The editor running the meeting was completely relaxed. He was sprawled in his chair and was holding a handful of papers. His legs were crossed.“What color is that baby?” he asked.A tremendous silence fell over the room. Everyone understood what he meant. If the baby was white, the chances were much better that the story was worth big play. It might be something to get ex…
* Posted by: Siobhan O'Connor * on May 11, 2009 at 8:00 am
Living Cities—a collaboration of 21 of the world’s biggest foundations and financial institutions—is leading the charge to ensure low-income workers aren’t counted out of the green job boom. It’s hero’s work, but it’s not going to be easy.
If President Obama’s projections are accurate, the classifieds could soon be flooded with a glut of green-job listings. “Solar panel engineer needed!” “Crumbling-building retrofitter wanted!” It’s the great green hope, backed by the stimulus plan: a promise that our conversion to energy efficiency will spark 2.5 million new jobs and lift the country out of a recession. With millions recently out of work, and entire industries expected to collapse within the coming years, there’s no shortage of workers to fill the spots. But throw in high school graduates, and those who didn’t have skilled-labor jobs to begin with, and the job-to-jobless ratio …
What "oversight" means in Washington by Glenn Greenwald @ Salon.com
Since last September, the Federal Reserve has increased its balance sheet by more than $1 trillion, and has engaged in even much larger amounts of off-balance-sheet transactions. In January of this year, freshman Rep. Alan Grayson repeatedly asked Federal Reserve Vice chairman Donald Kohn the identity of the companies which had received those loans, only to be told that the Fed had no obligation and no desire to disclose that information to Congress. That obviously leads to the question of who exerts oversight over the Fed and the vast amounts of money it transfers. Read more.
May 1, 2009 BILL MOYERS: As demand grows for the Obama administration and Congress to publish the real story behind the torture of detainees -- and to hold accountable the officials responsible -- so, too, has public pressure been building to hold the banks accountable for their role in the collapse of our financial system. That's proving difficult, and here's one reason why. Just this week, the number two democratic leader in the Senate made an extraordinary confession. Senator Durbin of Illinois has been battling for bankruptcy reform, but many banks don't want reform, and they're pushing back against meaningful change -- especially change that might help homeowners in danger of foreclosure. On Monday an exasperated Senator Durbin told an interviewer that although, quote, "We're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created, the banks are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill, and they frankly own the place."Let me repeat that: one of…
Published on Monday, May 4, 2009 by Daily Yonder Making a 'Sacred Zone' in Appalachia It's not enough to stop mountaintop removal coal mining. The goal is to build a new Appalachia.
by Bob Kincaid
"When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory"
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 3 April 1968
Common Dreams - It is April 4, 2009, as I write. A year ago, a handful of community residents gathered on a mountain here in Fayette County, West Virginia, to pray for a mountain that has stood sentinel over our homes for generations. We prayed because, like so many other mountains in Appalachia, it, and we, are under attack.
That attack is prosecuted is by a coal company willing to sacrifice us for a load of coal. A day more than forty-one years ago, Dr. King said, "It's all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God's preacher must talk about the new New York…
Mission to break up Pacific island of rubbish twice the size of Texas Frank Pope, Ocean Correspondent
Times UK - A high-seas mission departs from San Francisco next month to map and explore a sinister and shifting 21st-century continent: one twice the size of Texas and created from six million tonnes of discarded plastic.
Scientists and conservationists on the expedition will begin attempts to retrieve and recycle a monument to throwaway living in the middle of the North Pacific.
The toxic soup of refuse was discovered in 1997 when Charles Moore, an oceanographer, decided to travel through the centre of the North Pacific gyre (a vortex or circular ocean current). Navigators usually avoid oceanic gyres because persistent high-pressure systems — also known as the doldrums — lack the winds and currents to benefit sailors.
Mr Moore found bottle caps, plastic bags and polystyrene floating with tiny plastic chips. Worn down by sunlight and waves, discarded plastic disintegrates into smaller piec…
The Nation - In January, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Pete Seeger was the oldest person to perform as part of Barack Obama's inauguration festivities. Singing the "greatest song about America ever written" (Bruce Springsteen's words) before 500,000 people live and tens of millions more on television, the then-89-year old legend crooned two little-known verses of his friend Woody Guthrie's 1940 patriotic standard, "This Land is Your Land" -- both about Depression-era poverty -- restoring the song to its former glory over the sanitized version that ruled for too many years. Read more.
- Carol Ann Duffy - Common Dreams - Four hundred years of male domination came to an end today with the election of Carol Ann Duffy as Britain's Poet Laureate. Duffy, who is openly gay and the mother of a 13-year-old, is the first woman to be named.She accepted the offer "because they hadn't had a woman. I look on it as recognition of the great women poets we now have writing."Her new poem to the memory of poet UA Fanthorpe, who just died, is entitled Premonitions. Read more.
Published on Saturday, May 2, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
President Obama's been busy, but contrary to many of the pundits, he's no FDR. Our new president got his political education in the world of Chicago ward politics, and seems to have adopted a strategy from the machine of that city's longtime boss, the late Richard J. Daley, father of the current mayor there. "Don't make no waves," one of Daley's henchmen used to advise, "don't back no losers."
During "an era of unbridled and ultimately disastrous risk-taking by the financial industry," the Times reported, "... He forged unusually close relationships with executives of Wall Street's giant financial institutions.
With these two (Larry Summers and Timothy Geithner) as his financial gatekeepers, President Obama's now in the position of Louis XVI being advised by Marie Antoinette to have another piece of cake until that rumble in the stree…
Historian Alfred McCoy: Obama's Reluctance on Bush Prosecutions Affirms Culture of Impunity
Democracy Now - This week, President Obama said waterboarding is torture but gave no indication he is planning to hold anyone accountable for authorizing it. We speak with University of Wisconsin professor, Alfred McCoy, author of A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror.
Sixty-two people were arrested Thursday outside the White House protesting U.S. torture policies. Dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, the activists were calling for President Obama to close Guantanamo and end America’s policies of torture and indefinite detention. The activists criticized Obama for refusing to investigate or prosecute crimes committed by the Bush administration.On Wednesday night President Obama said waterboarding was torture but he gave no indication that he planned to hold anyone from the Bush administration accountable for authorizing torture.