counting from infinity to zero, backwards,
you don’t know where to begin.
counting from infinity to zero, backwards,
you don’t know where to begin.
I don’t know what’s meant by ‘Know Thyself’, which seems to ask a window to look at a window. – James Richardson
“Do you think the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information can often be justified, sometimes be justified, rarely be justified, or never be justified?”
White evangelical Protestants were the religious group most likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified — more than six in 10 supported it.
People unaffiliated with any religious organization were least likely to back it. Only four in 10 of them did.
25% said torture is never justified.
Morality becomes a license.
H1N1 has been around a long time.
1918 flu resulted in current lineage of H1N1 swine influenza viruses
Maersk Captain Richard Phillips testifying to Congress:
… the four most senior officers should be armed, or,
… military detachments should be aboard U.S. vessels, or,
… the U.S. Navy must escort U.S. merchant vessels.
“First, I believe it is the responsibility of our government to protect the United States, including U.S.-flag vessels that are by definition an extension of the United States, their U.S. citizen crews, and our nation’s worldwide commercial assets.
“So, it follows then that the most desirable and appropriate solution to piracy is for the United States government to provide protection, through military escorts and/or military detachments aboard U.S. vessels. That said, I am well aware that some will argue that there is a limit to any government’s resources – even America’s.”
Rant at the Economic Populist:
We need a new economic system because the old has failed. American Capitalism has failed so many people in so many ways.
We need to transform our economy to one that works for the most people possible.
We need a new form of capitalism.
What is the state of American capitalism today? As Professor James Galbraith has stated American capitalism is not what we are told by politicians, media or textbooks: benign competition leads to a greater good for most people. We are far from that.
The defining feature of American capitalism today is predation – where a class of people – the oligarchs – feed off the demise of people not within this class. This oligarchy, or as Professor Galbraith calls them the predatory class, has control over the government and the capital in our economic system.
Did we fall asleep? Just for a little while.
We only have a little while to live. Such a precious time to be here. Wherever here is. To see each other and this awesome, incredible world. So let us not talk falsely now. Let us be what we truly are, which is human, and try to get our heads and hearts around what that might conceivably mean.
UK’s Telegraph caught art and defiance in Mexico City.
The list of difficult issues on our human agenda seems to increase, wot?
Q&A on swine flu with virus hunter Nathan Wolfe:
“For most of our history, we lived in geographically disparate populations. So viruses could enter from animals into humans, spread locally and go extinct. But the human population has gone through a connectivity explosion.
“Humans — as well as our domestic animals and wild animals we trade — move around the planet at biological warp speed.
“This provides new opportunities for viruses that would have gone extinct locally to have the population density fuel they need to establish themselves and spread globally. … we’ll continue to see … a whole range of new animal diseases as outbreaks in human populations. …
“Right now, global public health is like cardiology in the ’50s — just waiting for the heart attack, without understanding why they occur or the many ways to monitor for them, detect them early and ultimately prevent them.”
How did swine flu enter into the human population?
Swine flu has been known since at least the early part of the 20th century, since the 1930s. It was originally a virus of bird origin — all influenza viruses were originally bird viruses — and it probably spread to humans before it was in pigs.
Charlie Rose asks Bill Gates, “Do you have a role model?”
He answers, “I’d have to say Warren Buffet.” Charlie asks, “Why?”
Bill answers, “Because of his thoughtfulness, integrity, and joy.”
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release April 28, 2009
NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY, 2009
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2009, as National Equal Pay Day.
I call upon American men and women, and all employers, to acknowledge the injustice of wage discrimination and to commit themselves to equal pay for equal work.
There’s a lot of noise, many charts, too many bullies, and Mike Stathis continues to separate his points:
Throughout this debacle, I have made accusations against the executives of the major financial institutions, claiming they intentionally made bad loans and sold them off to naive investors.
They did this of course to boost earnings, which automatically boosted their bonuses.
Let me reiterate. The executives of every single large financial institution (as well as some medium-sized ones) engaged in shareholder and securities fraud. And due to the response from Washington, one could argue that our political leaders are guilty of taxpayer fraud.
President Barack Obama pledged Monday to return the United States to a “high water mark” of scientific achievement, announcing a goal to commit three percent of GDP to research and development. [physorg]
“At such a difficult moment, there are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science, that support for research is somehow a luxury at moments defined by necessities.
“I fundamentally disagree. Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment and our quality of life than it has ever been.
Citing a plunge in federal funding of physical sciences over the past 25 years, Obama warned that US achievement, particularly science and math study, dramatically lagged in the late 20th century — and threatened to fall even further behind other rapidly advancing nations.
“I believe it is not in our American character to follow, but to lead. And it is time for us to lead once again.”
Obama also declared a need to end the politicization of scientific research, a charge he has leveled at the Bush administration.
“We are restoring science to its rightful place.
“Under my administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.”
The term swine flu is wrong.
The World Organization for Animal Health said the virus is of swine, avian and human components… in fact, a cocktail of four different strains.
“The virus has not been isolated in animals to date. Therefore, it is not justified to name this disease swine flu.
“The avian strain is of American origin, and of the two swine strains, one is American origin and the other appears to be Asian. The human strain is American.
“There is no proof that this virus, currently circulating among humans, really is of animal origin. There is no element to support this.”
The strain may further mutate as it is transmitted among humans, and, in addition, humans may infect pigs rather than the other way round.