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Seeds 27 May 2011

Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011.

Tunisia murals by Zoo Project – in pictures
‘Zoo Project’, a Franco-Algerian graffiti artist based in Paris, visited Tunis in March and April and created images of political struggle. The popular uprising that unseated the dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January grew out of chronic youth unemployment; social and economic disparities between the affluent coastal regions and the impoverished interior; and a lack of political freedom….
[Elissa Jobson]



1. marisacat - 27 May 2011

Strange little Zuckerberg. A man (is he one? looks like a child to me) who frankly is more likely to be some gruel sipper than a Great White Hunter.

But then we are so debased.

–“Mark Zuckerberg’s new challenge:

Eating only what he kills,” by FORTUNE’s Patricia Sellers: “Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new ‘personal challenge,’ as he calls it. ‘The only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself’ … On May 4, Zuckerberg posted a note to the 847 friends on his private page: ‘I just killed a pig and a goat.’ … He recently ate a chicken, including the heart and liver, and used the feet to make stock. He posted a photo of the bird on his Facebook page, along with a list of the dishes he made from it.”

“Now in Europe for Facebook meetings, he sent FORTUNE an email detailing his thoughts:

‘I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals. I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. … I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat.’ … His first kill was a lobster, which he boiled alive. … He’s told people that he’s interested in going hunting.” http://bit.ly/maTSFy

Can’t we arrange to introduce him to some hungry cannibal? Maybe eHarmony has this category at the site?

A Very special Facebook friending?

You know, a nice ethical cannibal, who hunts only sustainably. Prays before eating, washes his hands… is properly grateful for his food… and so on.

Oh! a cannibal who composts.

brinn - 27 May 2011

I see Marky Z. as the next Howard Hughes, only without the class…

just a stupid, uninteresting, perpetually annoying eccentric billionaire.

catnip - 27 May 2011

I kill what I eat too. In fact, I ruthlessly shot a banana just before lunch today.

marisacat - 27 May 2011

I ruthlessly shot a banana….

Oh excellent!

I cruelly shot the Meunster for my sandwich. Strangled the avocado. And! I knifed the tomato. In fact, I knifed the tomato several times.

catnip - 27 May 2011

We are savages. There will be tomato blood!

diane - 27 May 2011

thanks you two, I needed that smile. ;0) I killed a 24 ouncer of cheap beer, can I join the partay?

(I can’t stomach that fuckin creep)

marisacat - 27 May 2011


I am thinking of killing some salad….


(I was hungry for salad when I put in the Safeway order… and tearing and washing lettuce myself is just too hard now… so I gingerly ordered a clam shell of prepared red leaf, spinach and butter lettuce … It is much better than I expected it would be.)

diane - 27 May 2011

well, I’m kind of redundant and boring, so I’m killing another 24 ouncer!

(that salad sounds tasty. any tomatoes? yummmm, I killed some cabbage earlier with a bow and arrow, and cooked it up with some paprika, pepper, butter and a tad of salt.)

marisacat - 27 May 2011

oh the salad was great…. with tomatoes, avocado and those tiny spring peas.

Kind of a break thru for me…. some prepped lettuce in the past, at least, was put in a chlorine wash… stuff that sat t salad bars and so on.

This seemed fine. So I am looking around for more selections…

diane - 28 May 2011

sounds yummy, now I’m wishing I had some lettuce and avocados on hand, guess I’ll go with a tomato and salt for now.

2. catnip - 27 May 2011

What a great pic!

3. marisacat - 27 May 2011


“I will always be there for Israel,” Obama replied.

more by Barack Obama – 40 minutes ago – MyFox Chicago

BooHooHooMan - 27 May 2011

, he said , screwing up the lines,
waiting to hear a “We Love You Back!”.

What a peddler.

Methinks his sissy slap thing with Bibi recently was connived with some intent to keep Michigan in play. How the fucker is ever going to win there, or Florida, or Ohio, or PA, I have no idea.

52 bucks for a tank of gas.
As The Wars, wars fought, uh,
for Oil by the way…. drag on.
So Heckuva Job, Brownie, all around.

But, hey, he DID bag Osama Bin Laden.
Oh, 😆 , and John Edwards.

marisacat - 27 May 2011

The FBI swept down on an Amish farmer the other day, for selling raw milk. All sorts of ludricrous little, cmpletely unimportant ”sin” and what have you violations.

Tom Dispatch reported a secret (I guess not so very) agreement from 2010 betwen Scy of State and Bibi that specifically names the ’67 borders.

Not that it matters. Uri Avnery said, Obbie let Bibi spit on him and will be calling it rainwater…..

We are so blessed.

BooHooHooMan - 27 May 2011

Oh yes, we’re just wading thru hammered horseshit about now.
e.g. –> ’67 Borders!™
My Administration Calls For™…Negotiations™!
The Parties must work it out™!

And heavy on the Hammered Horseshit Helper at that. As if anything with the weaselly addendum as a basis for negotiation means anything.

The guy really should try the hot watch hustle on the street.
$10,000! ~As basis for Negotiation™!
$100 Dollars! Name your Price!

marisacat - 27 May 2011

You wonder how long the charade can go on…esp as we are so unmasked thru the Arab uprisings… covering for Bahrain and Saudi A, attacking ohters… god knows how long in Libya… too many in Europe fully engaged ugh…. and so on.

BooHooHooMan - 27 May 2011

(To crude in my thinking, as the wars are wholly diversified commercial enterprises…)

4. marisacat - 27 May 2011

Don’tmake me laugh TOO hard.

The legal opinion the White House is relying upon to justify using an autopen to affix President Barack Obama’s signature to legislation was written by an attorney who played a front-line role in the legal fight against same-sex marriage in California.

The 2005 opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel was authored by Howard C. Nielson Jr., a Utah native who was part of the courtroom team that defended Proposition 8, the initiative California voters passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage in that state.

Nielson, a partner at the Washington law firm of Cooper & Kirk, is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

At least one lawmaker has already questioned the legality of the robosignature aides applied to a Patriot Act extension bill Thursday night at Obama’s instruction.

Nielson conceded Friday that the very fact that the Bush White House asked the Justice Department for an opinion on the robosigning issue meant that there was some uncertainty about whether the Constitution permitted such a procedure.
. . . . . . . .



diane - 27 May 2011

the “autopen” will likely become the norm, despite the legality. Wonder how many times it’s already been used unbeknownst to the public.

The new nickname fits: Robama

so very screwed we are ….

marisacat - 27 May 2011

oh the jokes have been great………..

between teleprompter and robot-rama

5. ts - 28 May 2011

Long, but good, article by Michael Hudson:


Spain’s unemployment rate of 20 per cent, just a bit more than in the Baltics, with nearly twice as high an unemployment rate among recent school graduates. But as William Nassau Senior is reported to have said when told that a million Irishmen had died in the potato famine: “It is not enough!”

Can anything be enough – anything that works for more than the short run? What “helping Greece remain solvent” means in practice is to help it avoid taxing wealth (the rich aren’t paying) and help it roll back wages while obliging labor to pay more in taxes while the government (i.e. “taxpayers,” a.k.a. workers) sells off public land and enterprises to bail out foreign banks and bondholders while slashing its social spending, industrial subsidies and public infrastructure investment.

One Greek friend in my age bracket has said that his private pension (from a computing company) was slashed by the government. When his son went to collect his unemployment check, it was cut in half, on the ground that his parents allegedly had the money to support them. The price of the house they bought a few years ago has plunged. They tell me that they are no more eager to remain part of the Eurozone than the Icelandic voters showed themselves last month.

The strikes continue. Anger is rising. When incoming IMF head Christine Lagarde was French trade minister, she suggested that: “France had to revamp its labor code. Labor unions and fellow ministers balked, and Ms. Lagarde backtracked, saying she had expressed a personal opinion.” This opinion is about to become official policy – from the IMF that was acting as “good cop” to the ECB’s “bad cop.”

I suppose that all that really is needed is for people to understand just what dynamics are at work that make these attempts to pay in vain. The creditors know that the game is up. All they can do is take as much as they can, as long as they can, pay themselves bonuses that are “free” from recapture by public prosecutors, and run to their offshore banking centers.

marisacat - 28 May 2011

Really good piece, thanks…

The textbook financial response of turning the economy into a set of tollbooths to sell off is predatory. Third World countries demonstrated its destructive consequences from the 1970s onward under IMF austerity planning. Europe is now repeating the same shrinkage.

ts - 28 May 2011

This is what gives economists a bad name. The IMF was vilified for forcing these kinds of self-destructive austerity policies on countries (see Argentina as recently as 2001), now they get to play “good cop”, but like that game, its a psychological tactic. The conditions for the person being interrogated aren’t going to change.

marisacat - 28 May 2011

Oh yeah I remember Argentina very well.

In fact my running joke for some time is that we are becoming a mix of Argentina and Chile, in decades past.

We are so very fucking screwed.

And I will be delighted to make it far enough to see the unravelling of the Euro Zone. The best thing about it was open borders (the opposite of our frantic shut down, precursor to full-on, no holds barred, police lock down) and that is going away.

6. marisacat - 28 May 2011

FWIW… which is not much.


President Bush’s Justice Department determined that a bill may be signed by autopen. But President Obama, in France for the Group of 8 summit, was the first to use the authority — directing a mechanical signature late Thursday ET (Friday for him) on an extension of the Patriot Act, which otherwise would have expired at midnight.

The autopen, typically used for letters and photos, was a last resort: The White House had calculated exactly how much time it would take to rush the bill to Andrews and get the paper in the president’s hand by midnight ET. But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delayed passage on the Hill, and time ran out for a dramatic “minutes-to-midnight” signature. Office of Legal Counsel “Memorandum Opinion” (29-page PDF)


So it is all Rand’s fault. Mean Rand. Mean mean.

Jesus had the manna already to drop from his hands, secure the holy nation against all infidels… and Rand cut his holy fingers off. He did.

Christ are we in a mess.

diane - 28 May 2011

I see Babs didn’t even bother to play good Pwogwessive Cop on that one.

And yeah, that roll call is the correct link: the bill is titled with no reference to it’s main puropose in the long title, because that’s the way they roll:

S.990 — PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011 (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] – ENR)



One Hundred Twelfth Congress

of the

United States of America


Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,

the fifth day of January, two thousand and eleven

An Act [Long Title – diane]

To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. [shorter title: “and for other purposes” – diane]

This Act may be cited as the `PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011′.

(some of the bolding mine. In order to link to the above, on the address bar, add two colons (::) at the end of this address: [http] ://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c112:5:./temp/~c112smlfol or access it via this page, under version 5.)

marisacat - 28 May 2011

it’s very depressing, frankly.

Oh Babs and those like her know they are home free… they don’t have to bother to “oppose” anything much anymore. L’Obster is cover.

Just like they all lined up to kiss Bibi’s ass… in such a show of collaboration and collusion.

I DID note what the media is calling a “war weary vote in the House this week. Not that it mattered, while it came close, it still managed to get the 218 needed to pass.

diane - 28 May 2011

yup, morbidly fucking depressing, I always knew there were more than enough assholes involved with running things, but I never knew there were that many, who were so unbelievably venal, for lack of a more suitable adjective.

And I’m sure that many war weary congress critters are equally, if not, in fact, more, worried for their own safety from the PUBLIC they’ve never served, … as they test, to the last pulsing artery, the human capacity for forgiveness.

marisacat - 28 May 2011

as they test, to the last pulsing artery, the human capacity for forgiveness.

Well I think most of these votes are so when they go home and people complain they can say, but I did this or that. of course full knowing that the wars go on.

As we are auto penned to death.

I always knew there were more than enough assholes involved with running things, but I never knew there were that many

yeah it is ALL of them. Every last one The only exception I might make is the odd local person… or tiny small number in some state leg body. But never enough to really matter.

We have a pretty remarkable Publc Defender here, Jeff Adachi… who has broken open quite a lot of police corruption in the last few months. It cheers me up no end. But also hard to say whre it is headed, if he will somehow be stopped. He is elected, so he does nto serve at the pleasure of the mayor nor the nearly competely corrupt board of supes… etc.

diane - 28 May 2011

I think I might know who you’re talking about from the recent years I had a SF Kronky subscription (not to say I wouldn’t still buy the in concrete, paper hardcopy, if there were a rag worth doing so. (Fuck Kindle, …and inexplicably denied access; easily, readily chameleoned text, ultimately only one cloud sourced nooz/knowledge databank, etc.. ….WAPO, being a prime nooz example among a multitude of them ….))

I’m betting Jeff is getting the fucking blues for his humanity.

marisacat - 28 May 2011

Yeah he is also going after pension reform, at least in SF…

I caught him for the 5th or so time last night on KGO, the local talk radio… and he happened to mention that one of the dirty cops, whose name he used, makes $ 228,900 a year. A police detective, plain clothes. Who steals from the poor…

Absofuckinglutely ridiculous.

diane - 28 May 2011

I will have to keep my eyes open for any future radio interviews, I generally can’t stomach most of those lizards on talk radio (along with the unrelenting, every two minute commercials), unless someone decent is at least getting a few words in edgewise.

marisacat - 28 May 2011

well Adachi hs made big waves, on both fronts… He is some kind of mini miracle.

I also hold out a bit of hope for Jean Quan, the mayor over in Oakland.

marisacat - 28 May 2011

hmm You might enjoy The Only Liberal (that is just what I call her, as a joke) at KGO… she is on Friday and Saturday nights, from 1 – 5 am. It was she who had Adachi on last night. Then she spent the next hours on cops, prisons and things inbetween… I just looked her up at the site, and see she is filling in Monday in the 9 am – 12 Noon slot.

Even the slippy sliddey propaganda shits at KGO have to admit, he/Adachi is right about stuff.

diane - 28 May 2011

so good to know that hope hasn’t been totally destroyed, despite the horrifying effort going on, will have to read up on Jean Quan.

diane - 28 May 2011

oooh, thanks for that hon, I’m going to try to give a listen asap, so nice to witness sanity across the frequencies.

diane - 28 May 2011

Ohh but wait!Nan isn’t war weary just yet.,…….I wonder, do they get to pick straws, as to good Cop, Bad Cop, in The House? ……or, does it somewhat depend on whether they would be satisfied living long term at that 2nd, primary residence?. ….(backdrop, …heh we, didn’t know it, but bipartisanship was perfected quite a while ago.)

diane - 28 May 2011

(shit, sorry, ..the fuck up is a “bold face,” instead of an “end boldface,” at the end of just yet…)

7. marisacat - 28 May 2011

The Holy Waxworks. Just call it Madame Tussaud’s.


–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); roundtable with former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus and New York Times columnist David Brooks

–ABC’s “This Week“: 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN); Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN); Publisher of U.S. News and World Report and the New York Daily News Mort Zuckerman and Qwiki.com Founder and CEO Doug Imbruce; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and Republican strategist Ed Gillespie

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL): Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO)

–“Fox News Sunday“: Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, Fortune’s Nina Easton, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York and Fox News’ Juan Williams; “Power Player of the Week”: Bugles Across America Founder and President Tom Day

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli; panel on Veterans’ treatment with American Legion Legislative Director Tim Tetz and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff; Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA); Purple Heart Homes co-founder Dale Beatty

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live“: New York Times columnist Tom Friedman; Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah nephew Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal; Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Chief Executive Thomas Hoenig

ts - 28 May 2011

You’d think Friedman and Zakaria in the same room would be like brainmatter and antibrainmatter annihilating itself. We could always hope.

8. diane - 28 May 2011

Ooh, anybody hungry? This almost qualifies as a full snicker meal,…with beverage:

Felix Salmon
A slice of lime in the soda

Nastygram of the day, NYSE edition
May 27, 2011 15:48 EDT

This is a photo [referenced piccy – diane] of the NYSE trading floor. It was taken on March 3 by Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson, and Reuters holds the copyright. The only permission I need to run this photo is that of Reuters. The NYSE, however, thinks otherwise:

NYSE has common law and Federal trademark rights in and to NYSE’s name and images of the Trading Floor… Moreover, NYSE owns Federal Trademark rights in one depiction of the Trading Floor and common law rights in the Trading Floor viewed from virtually any angle (collectively, “Trademarks”). Accordingly, NYSE has the right to prevent unauthorized use of its Trademarks and reference to NYSE by others.

That’s from one of the most ridiculous nastygrams I’ve seen in a long time, sent by NYSE chief counsel Kendra Goldenberg to Talking Points Memo. If Goldenberg really believes what she’s saying here, none of us is even allowed to mention the name NYSE if we’re not authorized to do so by the NYSE itself — let alone show a photograph of it.

(hat tip to lambert)

marisacat - 28 May 2011

Here is my thought

The NYSE is a criminal org and wants to limit photographic evidence.

Works as well as anything else!!

diane - 28 May 2011

yup, works for me.

9. diane - 28 May 2011

Rest In Peace Gil Scott-Heron

marisacat - 28 May 2011

I think his death almost got more attention in some corners of Europe, than here.


10. marisacat - 28 May 2011


Parting words in Poland (where we are negotiating an air base, I read)

[O]bama said veterans of the country’s revolt against communism and those scarred by the North Ireland peace process had made it clear American leadership was vital.

“It solidifies, it fortifies peoples’ impulses that change is possible,” Obama remarked in Poland in comments clearly aimed at a US audience and to boost his foreign policy goals at a time of sapping domestic crises.

“Even at a time when we have fiscal constraints, even at a time when I spend most of my day thinking about the economy and how to put folks back to work, not to mention reducing gas prices …. ”

“I want the American people to understand we have got to leave room for us to continue our tradition of providing leadership when it comes to freedom, democracy and human rights,” Obama said. . . . .

Bombs away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

diane - 29 May 2011

“It solidifies, it fortifies peoples’ impulses that change is possible,”

impulses ? unsettling choice of words if you ask me. And I can’t help but suspect the duping of his supporters with Hope and Change was the disingenuous impetus for that proclamation.

diane - 29 May 2011

yup, Bombs Away

Civilian deaths

Afghan authorities said on Sunday NATO had killed 52 people, mostly civilians, in air strikes against fighters, as violence picked up in recent weeks with the start of the fighting season.

Separately, the governor of Nuristan on Sunday said that 18 civilians and 20 police were killed by “friendly fire” during recent US-led air strikes against al-Qaeda-linked fighters in his troubled northeastern province.

Owen Leitch reports on the blast that killed northern Afghanistan’s top security chief on Saturday.

Nuristan was the scene of heavy battles last week between the Taliban and Afghan security forces.

The police and civilians were targeted on Wednesday after they were mistaken for al-Qaeda-linked fighters, Jamaluddin Badr said.

“The policemen were killed due to friendly fire,” Badr said, adding the air strike in the troubled district of Do Ab targeted a location that the officers had just taken from the fighters during clashes.

“Civilians were killed because the Taliban … [who] ran out of ammunition fled into the civilians’ houses and then the civilians were mistaken with the Taliban and fired upon,” the governor said.

I don’t believe the civilians were mistaken for Taliban, I’m sure it didn’t matter, and I’m sure things will ‘progress’ to that point in the “civilized” countries such as the US, starting with the largest urban, and poor rural communities, at the rate the Elite’s desires, and disregard for human life, is infesting the landscape.

11. diane - 29 May 2011

We can’t arrest criminal bankers for destroying thousands of lives (and who knows how many of their victims committed suicide), but you can be shackled for dancing in public, and for performing music for free in public places which you have ownership in.

Your freedom of expression, is only allowed at “virtual” places such as Facebook, with your fwends, until of course, it’s not.

diane - 29 May 2011

(not “destroying thousands of lives,” more likely: “destroying billions of lives.” ….One of these days I’ll follow my own advice about: haste makes waste …but it’s so very hard to meditate given the mess we’re in…)

diane - 29 May 2011

(oh speaking of Facebook, .I thought this was fucking hilarious, ….in a rather bleak, mostly disgusted, hopeless and weeping, sort of way:


08:14 29 MAG 2011

(AGI) New York – Mark Zuckerberg revealed his hobby this year: he killed a pig and a goat to eat them. The Facebook founder takes up each year a new challenge, something that offers him an opportunity to escape his creature. In 2009 he wore every day a different tie. In 2010 he spent one hour each day studying Chinese. . .

(bolding mine))

marisacat - 29 May 2011

well that is the whole ”I kill my own food” thing.

As catnip ruthlessly shot her banana…

I think he just looks silly. Take him on a tour of a big slaughter house, see how he fares.

diane - 29 May 2011

of course he’s silly,….fully senseless actually, the worrying thing is the prior lack of voice, as to how silly he was, when Facebook became the required, end all, be all, [virtual bot] place to be. ….;0(

marisacat - 29 May 2011

But he is just one of many. These business government partnerships.

diane - 29 May 2011

well, my thought is that Facebook, in terms of its industrial classification, ….is actually one of a very, very small few, especially given the world’s population, …and that’s one of the things I find worrying.

marisacat - 29 May 2011

I think the techno guys we never hear about thru mass media are likely as dangerous. Ocaisionally I read the numbers of unused Facebook accounts, accounts with low to no usage (that would be me), numbers who have fallen off, etc. So much more hype than reality, on some days.

I guess I find zero-ing in on one or the other of them to be calculated diversion.

The problem is the deep alliance of business and government. Not that it is anything new, either.

diane - 29 May 2011

Fully agree:

1. the techno guys we never hear about thru mass media are likely as dangerous.

2. The problem is the deep alliance of business and government. Not that it is anything new, either.

And yeah , zeroing in, to the exclusion of all else, can certainly be a diversion. A happy medium might have worked though, and there wasn’t even that., when it could’ve prevented the current, ghastly, status quo.

marisacat - 29 May 2011

I don’t think such a thing as a “happy medium” exists for America. Never did. Never will.

I am currently hunting for a too cute little segment i caught on local ABC news tonight… It was at the periphery of what I was doing, so I want to find it on the local news site to get it all.

A too cute human interest piece on Bob Baer, the ex CiA guy who lives around here now. How he and his wif met while both were CIA.

We are fucking INUNDATED. This one or that one is pointed diversion. It really is.

diane - 30 May 2011

Your freedom of expression, is only allowed at “virtual” places such as Facebook, with your fwends, until of course, it’s not.

this, ‘sole author’-less (outside of Mr./Mrs./Ms. CBS NOOZ ?), Orwellian shit, is exactly what I was trying to portray (bolding mine):

May 30, 2011 2:00 PM

G8 hails power of the Internet as an instrument for emancipationWorld leaders come together and agree on one thing: The Internet is a tool for freedom

By: CBSNews.com Category: Politics , On the Rise

CBS/ What’s Trending) – In 2011, the Internet has become more than a platform for collective response. Social media is an integral tool for crisis managers and citizens to help one another during disasters, hailed by the administrator of FEMA as an innovation equal in importance to the radio in the 20th century. Whether social media is used for digital diplomacy or citizensourcing smarter government or to discuss the future of the Middle East, the Internet matters more than ever.

This past week, the official communiqué released by the summit of the Gang of Eight [the word “GANG,” in a sane society would have most: circumspect as to that “GANG’s” harmless intent, ….. let alon e eight persons calling the shots, on a planet inhabited by billions – diane] industrial nations, or G8, hailed the importance of the Internet to the world’s citizens in the 21st century ahead:

“The Internet has become the public arena for our time, a lever of economic development and an instrument for political liberty and emancipation. Freedom of opinion, expression, information, assembly and association must be safeguarded on the Internet as elsewhere. Arbitrary or indiscriminate censorship or restrictions on access to the Internet are inconsistent with States’ international obligations and are clearly unacceptable. Furthermore, they impede economic and social growth.”

Yup, with the advent of Hyper Technology, we’ve never felt more Free ™,…nor been more prosperous, and safe, per capita, worlwide. :0)

(bolding mine)

marisacat - 30 May 2011

Frances Fox Piven made the point years ago, that the left, such as it is, is allowed their magazines, books, web sites, etc… because IT DOES NOT MATTER.

The reach is so small… overall.

Truly does not matter. And she is right. It cannot cut thru the dense verbiage, the control, the strangle.

years ago too, Maher, in a very true comment, said, the internet can never match 3 top notch researchers at your disposal. Well bingo on that. But it goes over most peoples’ heads. They think EVERYTHING is online. When it is drip drip drip dribbles of various “types” of information. Nothing more.

diane - 30 May 2011

I can’t begin to tell you Marisa, how much what I consider to be your sanity, has helped me hang on to my own sanity, amongst the madness.

Thank you,…..so very much, honey.

12. marisacat - 29 May 2011



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