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September 2nd, 2008 (04:25 pm)
Current Music: Volbeat - Sad Man's Tongue

"Whether intended of not, God is clearly back in his old public, but non-religious, role, as a political sidekick, ready to justify whatever is required.
His fading participation - bored perhaps - in wars that drag on, sich as in Northern Ireland, has been succeeded by star appearance in massacres all over Africa. He has been wandering the Afghan mountains with Taliban and Al Qaeda guerillas. He has broken down temples and let riots in India. He has supported anti-immigrant campaigns in Europe. In his spare time, he inspires the rhetoric of those who want more of the death penalty, and more virgin prides, more flags of specific colors flown. He accompanies American presidents, and for that matter most American elected officials, on all public appearances. In the 2003 State of the Union speech, there were twenty-two religious references."

John Ralston Saul - The Collapse of Globalism

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Invincible

July 27th, 2008 (11:23 pm)

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Just in case anyone thought the drama was over

July 25th, 2008 (09:10 pm)

I can't live with you
But I can't live without you
I can't let you stay
Ooh but I can't live if you go away
I don't know just how it goes
All I know is I can't live with you

Yeah I'm having a hard time
I'm walking a fine line between hope and despair
You may think that I don't care
But I travelled a long road to get hold of my sorrow
I tried to catch a dream
But nothing's what it seems
Love is saying baby it's all right
When deep inside you're really petrified
Lover turns to hater
On this escalator

I can't live with you - yeah
But I can't live without you
I can't breathe if you stay
But I can't bear you to go away
I don't know what time it is
All I know is I can't live with you

We're stuck in a bad place
We're trapped in a rat race
And we can't escape
Maybe there's been some mistake
We're trying to make a high score
We're walking through a closed door
And nobody's winning
We're just sinning against ourselves

Hold on baby tell me it's all right
Anger's breaking from the hurt inside
Passions screaming hotter
Doin' what we gotta do - yeah

I can't live with you I can't live with you
I can't live I can't live
I can't I can't live with you
But baby I'll never ever leave you

I can't live with you
But I can't live without you
Cause I'm in love with you
Ooh and everything about you

I can't live with you
No I just can't live I just can't live
I can't live with you
Yeah and I can't live without you
Through the madness through the tears
We've still got each other
For a million years - yeah

Ooh yeah
Yeah - I can't live without you - yeah yeah
I can't live without you
Yeah yeah oh oh oh
I can't live without you
I can't live without you
I can't live without you
Oh oh I can't live without you baby baby baby
Without you
I can't live without you

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All hail John McCain :D

July 24th, 2008 (01:05 pm)
Current Music: Muse - Knights of Cydonia

Gsus - there has to be some prankster there who is trying to sabotage him:



The first God allusion:



The second one:



Note that this one seems to be a vengeful one ;)

And my favorite, can see it flying/hanging in cities all over the US already:




Ah yes - it is possible to vote for the campaign poster here. I don't actually expect them to honor the votes but maybe it's possible to fuck with their selection a bit :)

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WTF?!

July 3rd, 2008 (12:01 am)

So, her behavior changed in February, after her Portugal trip...

on which, as she confessed today, she cheated on me...

and didn't feel any guilt...

and doesn't feel any remorse...

and didn't tell me about, afraid I would leave her...

and let her feelings trickle away, all the time claiming everything was alright...

and cheated on me again...

and was the most callous bitch imaginable when I saw her with her affair...

and was angry at me I found me someone to play...

and tells me that I am the best thing that ever happened to her...

and wants to come back and start over...

...

...

...

...

and the only coherent response I can think of is the subject of this post...

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Pop...pop...pop...pop music

June 6th, 2008 (09:46 am)
Current Mood: circular
Current Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Wet Sand

Got an "I like it" for my mood message, which was

You know that I would luv to see you next year
I hope that I am still alive next year
You know that I would luv to see you in this dress
I hope that I will live to see you undress


and the question where it's from. It's the last four lines of

"Apply some pressure" in the version by Mark Ronson

which I replied and, after digging out the youtube-link, posted/recommended

when inquiring whether it was liked, got the reply "currently listening to 'stop me'"

whose last four lines are

Set me free why don't you, babe,
Get out my life why don't you, baby,
Coz you don't really love me, no no no,
You just keep me hanging on...


which is my new mood message :)

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Marine acquitted in Haditha killing cover-up case

June 5th, 2008 (02:22 pm)

"I think it sets the tone for the overall whirlwind Haditha has been. It's been a botched investigation from the get-go," he said. "I believe in the end all of the so-called Haditha Marines who still have to face trial will be exonerated."

Four enlisted Marines initially were charged with murder and four officers were charged with failing to investigate the deaths. Charges were dropped against five of the Marines.

So 6 out of 8 get to go free - on the one hand it is good to see that due process still exists, on the other it seems that that process is due only if it applies to US-American interests. Full story at Huffington Post

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Zombie Pin-Ups

June 4th, 2008 (12:39 pm)

http://www.zombiepinups.com/

The person behind this does other stuff as well:

http://www.zombiepinups.com/monique/

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Why Judy can't add: gender inequality and the math gap

June 3rd, 2008 (10:22 am)
sad

Current Mood: sad
Current Music: Battles - Atlas

Nothing terribly surprising in the article but nice to see it statistically quantified. And I do remember reading smth not too long ago where the all the classical biologisms were dragged out again...

My favorite paragraph is at the end:

The frightening thing, from a male perspective, is that a lack of gender equality also seems to be holding down girls' reading scores. Female superiority in reading tests is slightly lower than average in Turkey, but the gap is actually wider in countries with greater equality between the sexes. In Iceland, for example, girls outscore boys by well over 10 percent.

Seems I am a bit of a girlie-man, myself. :P

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China's All-seeing Eye: Naomi Klein

May 30th, 2008 (06:11 pm)
Current Music: Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple

American commentators like CNN's Jack Cafferty dismiss the Chinese as "the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years." But nobody told the people of Shenzhen, who are busily putting on a 24-hour-a-day show called "America" — a pirated version of the original, only with flashier design, higher profits and less complaining. This has not happened by accident. China today, epitomized by Shenzhen's transition from mud to megacity in 30 years, represents a new way to organize society. Sometimes called "market Stalinism," it is a potent hybrid of the most powerful political tools of authoritarian communism — central planning, merciless repression, constant surveillance — harnessed to advance the goals of global capitalism.

"I can guarantee you that there are people in the Bush administration who are studying the use of surveillance technologies being developed here and have at least skeletal plans to implement them at home," he says. "We can already see it in New York with CCTV cameras. Once you have the cameras in place, you have the infrastructure for a powerful tracking system. I'm worried about what this will mean if the U.S. government goes totalitarian and starts employing these technologies more than they are already. I'm worried about the threat this poses to American democracy."

Full text

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Selling God

May 28th, 2008 (04:46 pm)
Current Music: Shantel - Disco Boy

A Pharisee is anyone who gets his identity from doing things for God, and that's dang near everybody in organized religion today. How many children of hell have these guys created? I would suggest you study those strange-eyed neo-hippies who hang around the Davos meetings and other big public events, singing syrupy songs and spouting cliches and carrying self-righteous signs with lame cliches on them in a way that pretty much turns off anyone with half a brain. All they do, 24 hours a day, is talk about God, and they're damn proud of it. These, my dear friends, are proselytes.

From Joe Bob's guide to World Evangelism on The Wittenburg Door

Maybe there is still a modicum of hope...

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Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

May 28th, 2008 (02:03 pm)



Have!
To!
Download!

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The "Straight-Talk-Express" has derailed

May 28th, 2008 (01:08 pm)



Sometimes you gotta love the web...

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Klan Won't Endorse Obama

May 28th, 2008 (12:28 pm)
amused

Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Fanfare Ciocarlia - James Bond Theme

In a surprising move, which some are calling a deathblow to his candidacy, the Ku Klux Klan today decided to not endorse Senator Barack Obama in his bid for the Presidency of the United States. Seeming to validate Hillary Clinton's assertion that Obama cannot win the all-important poor white racist vote which had became the cornerstone of her support, many are now speculating that rejection by the influential domestic terrorist organization could spell the end for the Illinois Democrat's race for the White House.

From Huffington Post

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Student researching al-Qaida tactics held for six days

May 27th, 2008 (12:35 pm)

Despite his Nottingham University supervisors insisting the materials were directly relevant to his research, Rizwaan Sabir, 22, was held for nearly a week under the Terrorism Act, accused of downloading the materials for illegal use. The student had obtained a copy of the al-Qaida training manual from a US government website for his research into terrorist tactics.

From Guardian

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How fitting for today...

May 22nd, 2008 (11:57 pm)
Current Mood: furious

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Letterman's Top 10 George W. Bush moments

May 22nd, 2008 (02:51 pm)



Number 9 is such a nice display of honesty...

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Just brain-storming

May 21st, 2008 (01:48 pm)

What was coming to my mind while I was thinking bt Ralston Saul's analysis of the arms trade, which included a discussion of military aid, and how it is supposed to create jobs in the homeland since the aided will spend it on homeland arms:

US aid to Pakistan: 600 million per year
to Egypt: 1.3 billion
Saudi-Arabia: 1.1 billion
Israel: 2.4 billion
--------------------

Total: 5.4 billion dollar - per year

Now just imagine this kind of money would be invested in the US itself - maintaining and upgrading infrastructure, upgrading educational services, helping start-ups...wouldn't the growth in jobs be more significant while not arming everybody and their mama?

Just a thought...

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McCain adviser steps down to avoid working against Obama

May 21st, 2008 (12:22 pm)
surprised

Current Mood: surprised
Current Music: Suicide Silence - Hands of a Killer

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/05/20/mccain-adviser-steps-down-to-avoid-working-against-obama/

We're not used to this from people working in politics anymore...

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May 16th, 2008 (03:29 pm)

And finally this:

Our modern predicament is a case in point. By 2005 per capita household spending (in inflation-adjusted dollars) was twelve times what it had been in 1929, while per capita spending for durable goods—the big stuff such as cars and appliances—was thirty-two times higher. Meanwhile, by 2000 the average married couple with children was working almost five hundred hours a year more than in 1979. And according to reports by the Federal Reserve Bank in 2004 and 2005, over 40 percent of American families spend more than they earn. The average household carries $18,654 in debt, not including home-mortgage debt, and the ratio of household debt to income is at record levels, having roughly doubled over the last two decades. We are quite literally working ourselves into a frenzy just so we can consume all that our machines can produce.

Yet we could work and spend a lot less and still live quite comfortably. By 1991 the amount of goods and services produced for each hour of labor was double what it had been in 1948. By 2006 that figure had risen another 30 percent. In other words, if as a society we made a collective decision to get by on the amount we produced and consumed seventeen years ago, we could cut back from the standard forty-hour week to 5.3 hours per day—or 2.7 hours if we were willing to return to the 1948 level. We were already the richest country on the planet in 1948 and most of the world has not yet caught up to where we were then.


I would argue that this is in line with Ralston's common sense argument: If we would stop consuming at more than full speed and if a - not that difficult too achieve - consensus could be found that actually having more stuff cannot replace having more time, things would be better for everyone. But saying this and acting in this way makes one pretty much a traitor these days :P

This also ties deeply into the "Century of Self" series that has been linked too in LJ-space more than once.

Full article here

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