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An adult sea otter mother swims with her pup on her chest in the Inian Pass, in the Pacific Ocean, off Southeastern Alaska.  Photographer Michael Nolan captured the attentive mother caressing her pup while effortlessly backstroking through serene water.

An adult sea otter mother swims with her pup on her chest in the Inian Pass, in the Pacific Ocean, off Southeastern Alaska. Photographer Michael Nolan captured the attentive mother caressing her pup while effortlessly backstroking through serene water.     [MICHAEL NOLAN / SPECIALIST STOCK / BARCROFT MEDIA]

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1. brinn - 3 January 2011

Gak. 96 hours nicotine free….hadn’t planned for this, just got a wild hair (well, and a hard look at my damned bank account) and a day off watching football to lay around and attempt the first day of detox, so I went for it…this completely and totally sucks. Though the house is looking very nice! heh.

I’ve got 30 years in thrall to the smokes…have every single reason in the world to quit, plus some….and yet, ye old addict’s voice is strong…and sneaky. But, I’ve been here before and am wise to most of the tricks!

Wish me luck, I am gonna need it!

Oh, and hope the New Year is off to a good start for you all! May we all survive, and find time to laugh!

marisacat - 3 January 2011

oh good luck brinn! I hope you make it… 😉

Oddly I actually watched the 49er game with whomever (they had a bird mascot on their helmuts)… must be my third football game in 35+ years…

brinn - 3 January 2011

Me too, Marisa, thanks!!
This is the first time I have involved my kids. They’ve been really supportive so far (when I am having a really bad crave, I can turn to them and say: “I really want a cigarette, tell me again all of the reason why I should have one.” Then I get a nice little chorus of “You’ll get sick and die” “They stink” “You can buy me four bags of hot Cheetoes for one pack of cigs” etc….

Son the younger has taken the Soup Nazi approach (and he does sound just like him): “NO cigs for you!” he says! LOL!

I am worried about tomorrow when they go back to school….

I was having some particularly awful headaches yesterday and the day before (Mostly due to my cold turkey of caffeine at the same time — I have had a couple of cups today and have no headaches, but also sinus crap from the freaking Juniper….), and I asked them what do I say to you that works/helps when you are trying to do something that is really really hard and you think you can’t do it?

Elder: “You can do it. I know you can do it.”
Younger: “Take a deep breath and relax.”

Gads. I want a cig. Guess I’ll go clean the kitchen floor!

Thanks again, Marisa — I’ll try not to post too much about my struggles…I think in order spare everyone, I am going to start a quit journal called “Nicotine is a Harsh Mistress” though that’s not really fair, as I no longer have any nicotine in my body…”My Brain is a Harsh Mistress”? heh.

marisacat - 3 January 2011

I’ll try not to post too much about my struggles…I think in order spare everyone, I am going to start a quit journal called “Nicotine is a Harsh Mistress”

oh please brinn, post whatever you like!

No reason not to….

dropout - 3 January 2011

Take deep breaths…

diane - 3 January 2011

the good thing is that it seems after a certain amount of hours,…it becomes far easier, …JUST WATCH OUT FOR THAT ‘LAST STRAW’ OF, AFTER THE QUIT, STRESS (I did very well for just short of five months, ….. before that straw.)

all good wishes to you brinn, for that quit,….especially since the Investor class, and the Federal and State Governments which serve it, are quite deliberately, malevolently, sucking off of that deformed ‘tit’ of revenue, while pretending to be concerned.

(a Judy Collins fan (harsh mistress prompted that) ? if so, loved Sons of …))

brinn - 5 January 2011

Thanks, diane! I’ll try to! Tell me more about what this “straw” looks/feels/smells/sounds like so I can watch out for it more carefully! 😉

brinn - 5 January 2011

Oh, and no, not Judy Collins, Robert Heinlein, “The Moon is…..”

diane - 5 January 2011

The last straw looked innocuous enough, barely visible,
smelled like something mildewed, dank and nasty,
sounded like chaos (think of Yeats)
felt like a succubus had latched onto my core
and landed on me like a two ton press …

Someone(s) safe, calm and loving may be an absolute necessity, and the deep breathes should help …..

When I quite, I went cold turkey, my normally low blood pressure absolutely tanked to very dangerously low and my legs swoll up to elephantine proportions with edema. Eventually those symptoms went away with no medical treatment. I not only couldn’t afford at the time, but also didn’t trust, the cease smoking meds on the market (some put out, by the same culprits who infuse the tobacco with such ultimately lethal toxins) certainly glad I didn’t use the one (starts with a “C” ?) that’s made recent headlines as being deadly. I kind of doubt the powers that be have allowed the cigar and pipe tobacco to be “improved” for the “bottom line” in such a inhumane and malicious manner.

Oh, and same song that popped in my mind (written by Jimmy webb), I’ll have to check out the Robert Heinlein version hon.

See her how she flies
Golden sails across the skies
Close enough to touch
But careful if you try
Though she looks as warm as gold
The moon’s a harsh mistress
The moon can be so cold

/b>….

All the best of luck sweetie, sounds like you’ll do fine hon.

;0)

marisacat - 5 January 2011

Has anyone ever tried switching to Sherman’s tobacco and rolling your own? Just to evade the pre packed, toxin loaded cigarettes…. ???

I long ago had a friend who smoked those, even rolled the cigarette single handed.

I have long maintained the problem is with the additives (not that I have ever smoked) etc…

diane - 5 January 2011

I tried the Shermans and the Dunhills in the last year hon, then I could feel my lungs hurting …switched back to the manufactured …

(Please don’t do what I did brinn, in that regard, ,, I don’t have kids as you do, and that’s very important in that equation)

diane - 5 January 2011

and, I should’ve added, it most likely is the additives; ….so fucking stunning that it was announced about four or five years ago the nicotine levels had been deliberately almost doubled ….not a fucking peep though, from any of the do gooders;…ditto, when Obama jacked the price up by over a dollar, last year (plus minus a tad), I could have sworn they pumped up the nicotine levels to “dovetail” the ‘new’ revenues…

marisacat - 5 January 2011

I used to check the price online of cigarettes from time to time, and when lucid mentioned the per pack price in Manhattan recently, I went to check. On Sobranie, Dunhill, English Ovals and others… and found out… as of March last year (2010) it is not just (Indian) reservation cigarettes under assault, but selling cigarettes online, for shipment is illegal.

No running, jumping, laughing!

diane - 5 January 2011

and, ….most important, ….no emotion, unless it’s hateful and punitive…..

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 January 2011

“You can buy me four bags of hot Cheetoes for one pack of cigs”

Oh, that is DEFINITELY the owner of a Y chromosome!

Hang in there Brinn!

lucid - 3 January 2011

G’luck Brinn. Be strong. I won’t be too far behind…

brinn - 3 January 2011

Oh, thanks, lucid — do let me know how you do — maybe we can communicate about our hair yanking experiences?! You too be strong — we can do this!!

2. dropout - 3 January 2011

Bank of America braces for WikiLeaks

In October 2009, Assange told Computer World: “At the moment, for example, we are sitting on 5GB from Bank of America, one of the executive’s hard drives,” he said. “Now how do we present that? It’s a difficult problem.”

Last month, Assange told a reporter with CNBC that his group was planning a leak about banks sometime soon. A few days later, in an interview with The Times of London, the Wikileaks director said he “had enough material to make the bosses of a major bank resign.”

WaPo

marisacat - 3 January 2011

i hope they all bite each othr to death… in prime time.

The only thing better is if he had some goods on Wells Fargo and a few others, as well.

3. dropout - 3 January 2011

Bank on bullion

By The Mogambo Guru

Adrian Ash of BullionVault.com writes that “the International Monetary Fund said it has completed the gold bullion sales program begun in October 2009”, and now 403 tonnes of gold have been sold.

I bring this up all the time because the whole thing pisses me off because we gave those IMF bastards the gold to provide gold-standard legitimacy for their stupid fiat currency, the Special Drawing Right (SDR). And yet here they are selling the gold we loaned them! Gaaahhh!

Asia Times

Really…what’s to say?

marisacat - 3 January 2011

Just rescued from the SpamFile…. sorry it took a while dropout!

dropout - 3 January 2011

Lots of news today….hard to look away.

4. dropout - 3 January 2011

Could be interesting:

Paul versus Bernanke

This dream prize fight should take place because the Republicans have “mischievously” nominated Ron Paul as the chair of an important sub-committee of the House Financial Services Committee, namely the sub-committee on domestic monetary policy and technology, which scrutinizes US monetary policy.

Asia Times

5. dropout - 3 January 2011

George Soros: The United States Must Stop Resisting The Orderly Decline Of The Dollar, The Coming Global Currency And The New World Order

Read more: Benzinga.com

Should have held out for the leaks:

Bank of America in $3 billion mortgage settlement

“Our goals remain the same: put these issues behind us; focus on serving customers and clients; and continue to help distressed homeowners facing difficult times,” said Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/03/news/companies/bofa_fannie_mae_freddie_mac

/index.htm?section=money_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_topstories+%28Top+Stories%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo

And Goldman buys large stake in Facebook?

6. dropout - 3 January 2011

Not sure if this was missed, worth reading. I’ve always been a fan of Huxley’s work:

2011: A Brave New Dystopia
By Chris Hedges

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.

Chris Hedges at Truth Dig

dropout - 3 January 2011

Please, just don’t take my TV/internet…or there will be blood in the streets.

Huxley warned of a state where a population, preoccupied by trivia and gossip, no longer cared about truth or information. Orwell saw us frightened into submission. Huxley saw us seduced into submission. But Huxley, we are discovering, was merely the prelude to Orwell. Huxley understood the process by which we would be complicit in our own enslavement. Orwell understood the enslavement. Now that the corporate coup is over, we stand naked and defenseless. We are beginning to understand, as Karl Marx knew, that unfettered and unregulated capitalism is a brutal and revolutionary force that exploits human beings and the natural world until exhaustion or collapse.

snip

Orwell wrote in “1984.” “We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.

Chris Hedges wrote a spot-on article.

7. marisacat - 3 January 2011

obviously I am very slow to catch up to movies… and mostly now I just watch things to take my mind off as much as possible.. BUT

I did catch up to La Vie en Rose the Marion Cotillard rendition of Edith Piaf… stunning.

Dexter Season 4 just opened up at Netflix so I am hurrying discs back to try to catch it.

😆 flying movies!

dropout - 3 January 2011

Roku is worth the money. You have to have wifi, or have your computer close to the TV.

All Dexter can be viewed on demand and in 720p HD.

marisacat - 3 January 2011

I’ve heard Roku is great… but I am anti deluvian here, pretty much. Still on dial-up!

So netflix and I communicate via USPS!

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 January 2011

I heard that was good … waiting for it to come on cable.

I finally saw “The American” this weekend … really good, reminded me a lot of “Le Samurai” with Alan Delon.

marisacat - 3 January 2011

oh la Vie en Rose is incredibly wonderful…. it blew me away….

8. marisacat - 3 January 2011

Wish me luck, I am off to the hosptial for an echocardiogram… and if I feel up to will try ot make an excursion of my slow walk home (all of three very pretty blocks), going via a market!

😆 wow what a big day! If I can manage it…

dropout - 3 January 2011

Take care Missy. Come back soon.

marisacat - 3 January 2011

I’m back… it was pretty clear it was hosptial and home… all I could manage. My mission, LOL, had been to get some rare Roast Beef at the market deli for sandwiches… I have zero appetite… and thought it might be nice.

Off to defrost chick breasts…

Madman in the Marketplace - 3 January 2011

hope the results come back good.

Hang in there, my friend.

marisacat - 3 January 2011

well… here’s hoping.

9. diane - 3 January 2011

That pic, reminds me of my mom, ‘awake,’ even when she appears to be ‘fast asleep’ ….

thanks honey, and so glad your visit to the hospital was a short one.

;0)

marisacat - 3 January 2011

yes… backstroking and petting the babe…. who appears blissfully asleep…

pretty sweeet… 😉

diane - 3 January 2011

ooohhhh, ….. Iiiiiiiiii luuuuvvvv (LOVE,…in the ‘English’ language) you……

;0)

10. marisacat - 4 January 2011

ooopsie… gee something Wikileaks had nothing to do with… just the little Virginia-Pilot paper:

9:39 AM (3 minutes ago)

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

Capt. Owen Honors Loses Command of USS Enterprise Permanently Over Lewd Videos [12:30 p.m. ET]

11. marisacat - 4 January 2011

Go already!

I cannot believe the boot licking… referring to Lipless as “fiery” and a “pitbull”.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011
marisacat - 4 January 2011

it’s a very appalling finding…

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011

they have a new law here that outlaws texting while driving, and part of it allows a cop who pulls someone over when they think they’ve observed them texting to look at the history of the phone to confirm it.

marisacat - 4 January 2011

We just outlaw everything.

One thing that will be happening is that in instances like the shooting of Oscar Grant, they will simply arrest everyone in view and confiscate all phones. They did try to take them that night, but they got very few of them, and people kept filming.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011
marisacat - 4 January 2011

Yes no one has ever said “nigger”. Riiight… and that has a bigger chance of happening if it is struck from an artistic work.

I heard the other day that we, So Liberal, So Blue Cali (another: so right!) had a lynching, over in the East Bay on December 18, 2010. Officially ruled a suicide, but one that makes no sense.

Yes let’s get all whupset over a word.

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011

and it’s not even something that can be discussed honestly and openly … it’s got to be baby talked. “N”-word and such.

An entire nation full of pants-wetting crybabies.

marisacat - 4 January 2011

oh and ever since that tired peacock, Rev Wright (who was just out here doing a tour of Oakland and E Bay black churches but refused all press inquiries) a lot of media prints “G-d”. they will put in the full “damn” but somehow dropping the “o” from god makes it … i don’t know.

I also hear “the b word”.

Little scaredy cats.

BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2011

I’m so fuckin confused.
Is that the work by Mark Twain containing the bit about the log rolled Floating House & Huck as a Girl?

Or is it the old story where we as a nation hand off , yet ANOTHER, ya know, jabillion dollar,
explosive laden aircraft carrier to a log rolling
Cock-a-Doodle-Loon?
No Wait. That’s the one with video.

Hmm. So confused. Am I mixing it up with the Massa and Rahmbo Shower Story?

marisacat - 4 January 2011

Am I mixing it up with the Massa and Rahmbo Shower Story?

Oh if only there were a vid of that!

BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2011

I’ll check with the Bishop!
Prolly somethin in the collection! 😆

14. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011

There’s One Huge State Budget Crisis That Everyone Is Refusing To Talk About

You know the story and you know the names: states like Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and California are supposed to be in huge financial trouble thanks to bloated governments, business-unfriendly regulations, and strong public sector unions.

After a crisis-free 2010, investors are expected to punish these hotbeds of bad governance in a muni bond market rout, at least if pundits like Meredith Whitney are correct.

But there’s one state, which is fairly high up on the list of troubled states that nobody is talking about, and there’s a reason for it.

The state is Texas.

This month the state’s part-time legislature goes back into session, and the state is starting at potentially a $25 billion deficit on a two-year budget of around $95 billion. That’s enormous. And there’s not much fat to cut. The whole budget is basically education and healthcare spending. Cutting everything else wouldn’t do the trick. And though raising this kind of money would be easy on an economy of $1.2 trillion, the new GOP mega-majority in Congress is firmly against raising any revenue.

So the bi-ennial legislature, which convenes this month, faces some hard cuts. Some in the Texas GDP have advocated dropping Medicaid altogether to save money.

So why haven’t we heard more about Texas, one of the most important economy’s in America? Well, it’s because it doesn’t fit the script. It’s a pro-business, lean-spending, no-union state. You can’t fit it into a nice storyline, so it’s ignored.

marisacat - 4 January 2011

The “story” line here, one that is designed to brow beat us into line, is that Tejas is the Great Red Model. That people and businesses are leaving here to go there.

It was a pillar of Meg’s campaign for governor.

And of course it is all bullshite.

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011

Thought I’d share this link w/ everybody: To Beat Back Poverty, Pay the Poor

16. BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2011

Pahlahvi’s son committed suicide in Boston.

So much for the Restoration!
(Not to mention the Celtics playing in Tehran anytime soon.)

marisacat - 4 January 2011

omigod! I am shocked. Will look for a report.

marisacat - 4 January 2011

Ap full text from the Independent….

Shah’s son found dead in Boston

AP

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The youngest son of the late shah of Iran has apparently committed suicide at his home in the United States.

Police in Boston found a man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the city’s South End area. While there has been no official confirmation of his identity, an official said the man was Alireza Pahlavi, 44.

His elder brother, Reza Pahlavi, later wrote on his website: “It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi.”

He said his brother was “deeply disturbed by all the ills fallen upon his beloved homeland, as well as carrying the burden of losing a father and a sister in his young life.”

Former Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic revolution. He died in Egypt in 1980. In June 2001, Alireza’s sister Leila was found dead in a London hotel room from an overdose of barbiturates.

Reza added that his brother had “struggled for years to overcome his sorrow”.

BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2011

Hmm, I see now that it was AliReza, not Reza the first born.
Soooo …. 🙄

marisacat - 4 January 2011

Restoration restored! (it’s magick!)

BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2011

Al Arabiya…carrying AFP.

Good Grief….
the no small propoganda by the Fam, that is –

The youngest son of the late shah of Iran has committed suicide in his home in the United States, his family said Tuesday.

“It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi,” Reza Pahlavi, the shah’s oldest son, said on his website.

He said that his brother, 44, who was studying at Havard University, had struggled to come to terms with the political troubles in his native country of Iran.

“Like millions of young Iranians, he too was deeply disturbed by all the ills fallen upon his beloved homeland,

And that would beeeee…..Cambridge?

as well as carrying the burden of losing a father and a sister in his young life,” Reza Pahlavi wrote.

Welp.
Get the hip boots on as they shovel it on. 🙄
Oh older bro Reza is SO aggrieved. So aggrieved.
Hardly himself, see –

Former crown prince Reza Pahlavi, who has lived in the United States since 1984, has traveled around the world to raise awareness of what he calls the plight of Iranians living under the Islamic regime in Iran.

In 2009, he warned of dire consequences if the international community allowed the Iranian regime to defeat the protest movement which was rocking the country over disputed presidential elections.

“At worst, fanatical tyrants who know that the future is against them may end their present course on their terms: a nuclear holocaust,” Pahlavi told journalists.

GMAFB.

marisacat - 4 January 2011

my old nickname for his father, way way way back, was Gas Jockey.

I am waiting for HOW. Details, etc.

BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2011

Gunshot wound to the head.

According to the press advisory 😉
prepared a day before by his Brother and Mum,
The dissappointed office seekers.™

{Okay, so I’m kidding about the last few ditties.}

BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2011

How Gawd awful.
It’s the same damn obit for the younger son that they trotted out for the sister

“For the past few years, Leila was very depressed. Time had not healed her wounds,” the princess’s mother, Farah Pahlavi, wrote on a remembrance website in 2001.

“Exiled at the age of 9, she never surmounted the death of her father, His Majesty Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, to whom she was particularly close.

The Mother and Reza… Holy fuck.
Who could live with THEM?

17. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011

This is so true, not just of entertainment and other “art”, but Bore Me, Michael Cera
I Regret That PR Departments Murdered the Interview as an Art Form

The interview is a lost art form. A few lonely journalists are keeping it alive, but PR departments have choked all the fun, all the spontaneity and playfulness, from them. There’s no hope for their salvation as long as this system is in place. I will very, very rarely agree to do interviews, and only if I think the person is interesting enough to somehow transcend this machine that has been built to keep content as drab as possible in exchange for free advertising. This year, I published long interviews with Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson and essayist Mary Roach; both were delights because they were so unguarded and intelligent. But I swear that I will never do another interview that could possibly rival that awful summer morning I spent with Michael Cera, chitchatting about absolutely nothing.

marisacat - 4 January 2011

We were spinning, as we died.

I mean, what else can be said.

BooHooHooMan - 4 January 2011

I wouldn’t be so pessimistic, Marisa. 😉
Because…you know..
Alec Baldwin is thinking of running for office now

It’s in People Magazine, even.
We are so Blessed!

marisacat - 4 January 2011

LOL So he won’t be joining Alan Alda and Peter Coyote in years long intro and voice over work at PBS?

I guesssss not!

18. Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011

new Bageant: Escape from the Zombie Food Court

Yet, even if we think in that sort of outdated terminology, first, second and Third World, and most Americans do, then America is a second world nation. We have no universal free health care (don’t kid yourself about the plan underway), no guarantee of anything really, except competitive struggle with one another for work and money and career status, if you are one of those conditioned to think of your job and feudal debt enslavement as a “career.” High infant mortality rates, abysmal educational scores, poor diet, no national public transportation system, crumbling infrastructure, a collapsed economy, even by our own definition we are a second world nation.

Learning to love shiny objects

But there is a shiny commercial skin that covers everything American, a thin layer of glossy throwaway technology, that leads the citizenry to believe otherwise. That slick commercial skin, the bright colored signs for Circuit City and The Gap (rest in peace), the clear plastic that covers every product from CDs to pre-cut vegetables, the friendly yellow and red wrapper on the burger inside its bright red paper box, the glossy branding of every item and experience. These things are the supposed tangible evidence that the slick conditioned illusion, the one I call The American Hologram, is indeed real. If it’s bright and shiny and new, it must be better. Right? It’s the complete opposite of tropical grunge.

Last week when I got back to the States I took a shower in an American friend’s new $30,000 gleaming remodeled bathroom. It felt like a surgical operating room experience, compared to wading into the Caribbean surf in the tropical dusk with a bar of soap. Like a parallel universe straight out of The Matrix.

marisacat - 4 January 2011

Last week when I got back to the States I took a shower in an American friend’s new $30,000 gleaming remodeled bathroom. It felt like a surgical operating room experience, compared to wading into the Caribbean surf in the tropical dusk with a bar of soap. Like a parallel universe straight out of The Matrix.

Quite the image….

Madman in the Marketplace - 4 January 2011

there are lots of good images like that sprinkled through

dropout - 4 January 2011

Wow. Thanks for that.

marisacat - 5 January 2011

Speaking of Joe Bageant… corrente links to the same report from him you do and has this riding at the top:

[UPDATE And Joe Bageant is in a bad way in a VA hospital. Send good thoughts his way. — lambert]

marisacat - 5 January 2011

… and a bit more from Bageant:

They seem to already know what it took me a lifetime to learn: that each of us is but one strand in the vast organic web of flesh and blood chlorophyll. All things and all beings are inextricably connected at the most profound level. Any physicist will confirm this. We are bound by its every wave and particle, all of us — the lonely night clerk at Motel 6 and the leviathans of the deep, the sleeping grandmother in New Haven, Connecticut and the maimed Iraqi child in Kirkuk. It can be understood by anyone though, simply by owning one’s own consciousness. And in doing so we find that ownership and domination are both temporary and meaningless. And that the animating spirit of the earth is real and within us and claimable.

The purpose of life is to know this.

19. marisacat - 5 January 2011

JAY LENO:

“How about THIS? For the first time since June, President Obama’s [Gallup] approval rating is back over 50 percent. How frustrating is that for him? For 23 months, the guy is busting his butt, trying to keep campaign promises, and his approval rating goes through the floor. Then he says, ‘Screw it,’ goes to Hawaii for 10 days, plays golf – he’s popular again! What happened?”

I think it says we can outsource the pretzel job.

20. marisacat - 5 January 2011

😆 So pre-announced it dies of boredom on arrival.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

ABC News Confirms Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Will Leave the White House [10:12 a.m. ET]

ts - 5 January 2011

I’m sure we will all miss how his lips moved…without actually having any.

marisacat - 5 January 2011

I think the job should be outsourced. Stock answers delivered by who ever bids as cheapest buy that day.

21. marisacat - 5 January 2011

new………… … well..a thread anyway 😉

link

……………. 🙄


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