July 2009 Archives

I find you attractive ...

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Gee, if I *don't* I'm supposed to take the 'blue' pill, right?

How does this culture work (again)?

It's just weird here.

What If ...

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What if Americans were curious and industrious like they used to be?

What if they took informed action when being assaulted by other political entities trying to trample their rights?

What if Americans took a page from the Gaza playbook?

I'd be intrigued if any Americans took it upon themselves to deal with the Pharma/Medical/Insurance lobby that has so strangled the healthcare debate the way that the Palestinians (individuals, mind you, not the government) have been dealing with the 'settlers'.

Do you think there could be a group of Americans who got together to piss on charcoal enough to stuff a bit of pipe with the 'gunpowder' and shoot it at, for instance, Kaiser Permanente's home offices (or the lobbyist offices in DC).

But really, Americans are too ignorant of history, and too self-absorbed to 'get involved'.

It's sure nice to *imagine* a democracy, though (got some great copy to hand to prospective body-bag residents before we ship them out).

Unfortunately, in a 'democracy', the individuals operate in an 'informed consent' environment.

America, on the other hand, is a 'deceived consent' environment.

And yano, I'm fuckin' *clueless* as to how this environment is maintained, outside of the obvious: You have abandoned your civic duty as citizens.

You might not *think* of it this way, but it's *your* job to go out and investigate your Congressman/Senator/President.  It's your only job, and it's an important one.

Because whoever wants to put that person there (and had the power to effect it), is putting out the message that "X is a *great* guy" (right, I mean, this is *marketing*).

There's a better than fifty percent chance that your congresscritter just *didn't* vote to get YOU the best healthcare, but to get THEMSELVES decent campaign contributions.

So, *this* time, let's let them ALL lose, huh?

Beats the shit out of shooting piss-tubes at 'em (but not by much).

I'm starting to get this kind of bizarre admiration for Ted yano?  His manifesto is essentially accurate, and though his method was harsh, it's not quite as *harsh* as the method used on us.

Thom Hartmann had a GREAT turn of a phrase today: "Pay or Die Healthcare" (vs. Single Payer Healthcare).

Nobody really gets it.  While these monstrosities we've created have 'life' (legal personhood), we are fighting a really difficult battle.

All we have to do is pass a Constitutional Amendment that says that corps are 'pets' not people.

I'm closer to admitting a chicken is a person than TransAmerica or WalMart.

No question it's got a soul, but I don't know if it's got an intellect and 'knows' itself in that sense.

Blue Cross can't even catch a cold, let alone burn in Hell forever and ever and ever and ever.

Troll Sayz:

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1...  My husband and I divorced over religious differences.. He thought he was God and I didn't...
2...  I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3...  Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.
4...  I used to have a handle on life, but it broke. 
5...  Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive. 
6...  You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me 
7...  Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder. 
8...  Earth is the insane asylum for the universe. 
9...  I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are missing.
10... Out of my mind. Back in five minutes. 
11... NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
12... God must love stupid people; He made so many. 
13... The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
14... Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
15... Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
16... Being 'over the hill' is much better than being under it!
17... Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up. 
18... Procrastinate Now!
19... I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?
20... A hangover is the wrath of grapes. 
21... A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
22... Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere! 
23...They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
24... He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD.
25... A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.
26... Ham and eggs...A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
27... The trouble with life is there's no background music.
28... I smile because I don't know what the heck is going on.

 Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends! 

 Life is too short and friends are too few!
Make graph paper of your demand:

Freakin' *brilliant* (absolutely--you've no idea if you've no idea).
It was through reading a pun that I realized it.

While we might be slogging the 'American Empire' about to dominate the Earth, we aren't doing it for 'America' so much as our banker/investor class.

Now, they might be using the whole dollar/euro thing to whip things up, but when it comes down to it, they're *bankers* and their value isn't in paper, but in the stuff the paper is paying for.

So underneath it all, there's a much more pressing problem than dollar/euro.

It's 'Muslim/others'.

You see, all the 'others' have already given in to usury as a permitted behavior (and in some mildly humorous situations, like the Xians, which prohibit usury just as the Muslims do, but are quite satisfied with being hypocrites, since the bankers build them such nice churches).

The Muslims still cut people's heads off and such for transgressions.

Bankers take that kind of stuff seriously (outlawing usury).

Personally, I tend to side with the Muslims (and true Christians, whose real name I'll use when it's appropriate, there's just hardly any of them left anymore).
Ok, I know you all grew up with the 'Big Bang' and 'Quantum Physics' and all that rigamarole.

But, just for a moment, consider that Einstein and Fred Hoyle might have been right, and Jah doesn't really 'play dice'.

If you have an *infinite* universe, then (by definition) there will be a great deal of it 'blacked out' after you've properly mixed Einstein into the 'white background' problem (too much mass past a point to see, since all the light's curved back--with the 'point' of blackness seeming redder and redder as it approaches).  Of course, there would be the random gravity lens that would allow perhaps a bejillion extra galaxies to show up at one point or another, but generally, a black background.

If it's infinite, then (by definition) it must be 'continually created' (since it's changing).

My media for this mechanism has always been 'space-time' itself.

The logic for this has been *really* freakin' simple.

You are in an elevator that changes acceleration in an abrupt enough manner that you 'sense' it.

What are you 'sensing'?

And what 'flow' of that sensation is directed downward, and why?

And what's the relationship of a black hole to a hydrogen atom (it was one when it started, yano?).

I personally think it has to do with the question of 'time' and 'mass'.

I think time is the 'flow' of this stuff (which is why it *CAN'T* go backwards) and 'mass' is the little mini-blackholes that we are made of.

Now, Paris Clueless tells me that I've *got* to work on my wording to 'get my message out', but really folks, this is freakin' physics.  If I don't get it out, it's not like they'll eventually discover something else.

The real question is that of the 'standing wave' and whether one can create one of enough amplitude to 'clip' the wave (yah, I know the Europeans are hunting the Higgs, but they're Europeans, yano?). 

Jah knows what will happen if you hyper-extend existence itself.   I'd sure be up to it, if the job was offered.

All you have to do is have enough focused energy in one space at the same time.

It's like blowing Klipsch's.

Curious Poll Questions

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Watchmen Sountrack

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Just rocks.

I'd likely do it if I didn't own most of the originals.

Watchmen is out on DVD!

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I went to the store to buy stuff for dinner and got more than I'd expected at the store.

A public service announcement from Ramseys 

Jewish Voice for Peace has sent me *nothing* about this upcoming event.  I got this note from the other side:

S.F. festival under fire over plan to screen Rachel Corrie film

SAN FRANCISCO (J. Weekly) -- If the Academy handed out an Oscar for community turmoil, the Rachel Corrie flap at this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival would win handily.

Dissension in the local Jewish community continued unabated over the festival's upcoming screenings of "Rachel," a film that investigates the death of anti-Israel activist Rachel Corrie, and the festival's invitation to her mother, Cindy Corrie, to speak afterward.

On July 20, festival board president Shana Penn resigned from her post, citing "healthy differences on how to approach sensitive issues," with five months left on a two-year term.

This came as a pro-Israel speaker was hastily added to the July 25 screening in San Francisco and as some sponsors criticized the festival's program. Penn will continue to serve on the board. Vice president Dana Doron, a marketing and product development executive, has assumed the post of president.

"Rachel" is a sympathetic portrait of the American pro-Palestinian activist who was killed in 2003 in Gaza while protesting a home demolition in front of an Israeli bulldozer.

Booking the film and Cindy Corrie for the festival has struck a nerve with some in the Jewish community, who believe the festival crossed a line into overtly anti-Israel propaganda. Some have called for a boycott of the festival, saying Corrie, and now her parents, worked to ostracize and delegitimize Israel.

In a statement released July 21, festival executive director Peter Stein apologized "for not fully considering how upsetting this program might be," though he added that the festival stands by its decision to screen the film.

The apology was not good enough for many, who flooded local Jewish leaders and this newspaper with protest letters.

Sponsors of the festival also voiced their concerns. The Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, each headed by philanthropist Tad Taube and self-described as "sister philanthropies," issued a joint statement July 21. Koret and Taube, among dozens of sponsors of the S.F. Jewish Film Festival, criticized the festival for working with the American Friends Service Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace -- "two virulently anti-Israel, anti-Semitic groups" -- in co-presenting the film, for inviting Cindy Corrie to speak and for booking "Rachel" in the first place.

The statement read in part: "Those who cavalierly fling Israel's future into the grasp of those who would destroy it betray a mainstay of the mainstream Jewish community to support Israel and to counteract anti-Israel propaganda events, speakers and organizations. In this case, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has aligned itself with the wrong side."

Penn, the festival board member who resigned her presidency, is the executive director of Taube Philanthropies. But the foundation said she made the decision to step down as festival president on her own. (Click here to read both the Koret and film festival statements.)

Another festival funder raising objections is the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. CEO Daniel Sokatch disagreed with the decision to invite Corrie to speak but otherwise supported the festival and its showing of "Rachel."

Sokatch reported receiving numerous calls and e-mails criticizing his organization for supporting the film festival.

In a response to one donor who threatened to pull his federation support over the "Rachel" flap, Sokatch wrote that the festival "made a mistake in inviting Cindy Corrie to speak without offering a range of perspectives on the film's controversial subject."

Festival director Stein said no funder has withdrawn or threatened to drop their financial support. Walter and Elise Haas Fund executive director Pam David told j. her organization will "continue to support the S.F. Jewish Film Festival financially," though she would not comment on the "Rachel" controversy. Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies in their statement said, "We have made no decision regarding future funding."

One issue upsetting both funders and writers of protest letters is the involvement of Jewish Voice for Peace as one of the co-presenters of film's two screenings, July 25 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco and Aug. 4 at the Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theater.

Mainstream Jewish organizations consider JVP to be a left-leaning group that often is harshly critical of Israel over the country's dealings with the Palestinians. Rachel Pfeffer, a film festival board member, is also a member of JVP and until last year was its interim national director. In a letter published in j. last week, Pfeffer strongly supported the festival's decision to screen "Rachel." In that letter, she identified herself as a festival board member, though she did not mention her affiliation with JVP.

Meanwhile, festival organizers have taken steps to address accusations that the program was not fair and balanced. Stein invited pro-Israel activist Michael Harris to speak just before the Castro Theatre screening. No speakers are scheduled to appear before or after the Aug. 4 showing in Berkeley.

Harris, who spearheads the group S.F. Voice for Israel, was brought in as a counterweight to Cindy Corrie, who will address the audience after the screening.

Stein hopes Harris' appearance will help turn down the heat. "I wanted to be certain that our large and diverse community understands we are listening, we are responsive," Stein said.

Harris commended the festival for inviting him to offer an alternative view of events, saying organizers "indeed responded to the outcry."

"I'm going to set a context for what was going on in Israel around that time," Harris said of his intended remarks, "so people understand the events that led to Rachel Corrie being in Gaza did not happen in a vacuum. It's important that people understand that Israeli civilians were getting blown up on buses and in restaurants at the time [Corrie] was in Gaza."

The scheduling of "Rachel" prompted a flood of letters and online comments to j. from supporters and opponents of the film festival. Even the blogs got into the act, with a posting on the left-of-center DailyKos blasting the film's critics and j. for its editorial last week.

Though the film festival has faced controversy before, the "Rachel" debate might mark a new level of vitriol among opposing factions in the Bay Area Jewish community.

Why did this situation elicit more of an outcry than anything else at the festival in recent years? Stein said that is "the $64,000 question."

"This is far beyond the question of one film and one speaker at a festival," Stein added. "Many people feel Israel is under siege, and that's the elephant in the room. This is an indicator of the passion around this issue, and is reflective of a deep divide in our community that we want to be a part of addressing."

 Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience.  Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.

Ill Advised

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One can lead a whore to culture, but one cannot, in fact, make her think.

I'm on a project right now where, on every turn, my point that "the previous step" was not completed has been overlooked in place of the priority of 'putting the product out'.

One of the 'previous steps' was fixing the reporting system.  My preference would have been to fix it with a static monitoring system, but the system they had in place was 'email reports'.

I pointed out that these kinds of email report systems were prone to awful flurries of emails which tended to clot one's mailbox up, and it was always a better idea to have these emails delivered to a different mailbox so as to not make one's regular email account unusable.

But that suggestion was not only ignored, in fact, I was given a secondary email account with a *limit* on it (which would generate an error if the limit was exceeded).  Luckily, I was able to redirect that email to an account that didn't error on overage.

Unluckily, one of their staff doesn't have that option.

So when I awoke to find 1,087 unread messages this am, I can count on at least 15,000 more to come in in a week about how the one who couldn't have the option offered's mailbox is *full*.

From Boletin Latino

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An accompanying affidavit states the jury wanted CU to rehire the ex-professor.

By Felisa Cardona 
The Denver Post
Posted: 07/23/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT

Ward Churchill continues fighting to get his job back in a new legal motion that says a Denver District Court judge erred when he ruled against reinstating the fired University of Colorado professor. 

A juror who sat through Churchill's civil case against the university submitted an affidavit to Chief Judge Larry Naves on Tuesday that said the jury wanted him to reinstate Churchill. 

"A majority of the jurors thought that the academic misconduct charges were not valid," wrote juror Bethany Newill. "We felt that the procedures afforded to Churchill by the University of Colorado, before his termination, were biased." 

Churchill was fired from the university's ethnic studies department in 2007 for academic misconduct. His termination came two years after a speech he wrote came to light that likened some victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to World War II Nazi official Adolf Eichmann. 

The speech prompted political outrage across the country. CU investigated whether his speech was protected under the First Amendment and found that it was. 

But while the national spotlight was on Churchill, academics came forward and accused him of plagiarism and fraud in scholarly writings, which led to his termination. 

Churchill sued the university and was awarded $1 in damages in April by jurors who determined that he was fired in retaliation for his speech. 

Under the law, jurors could not decide the issue of reinstatement. That was left for Naves, who presided over the trial. 

On July 7, Naves decided not to give Churchill his job back and set aside the jury's verdict. He also wrote in his opinion that CU's Board of Regents acted as a "quasi- judicial" panel that has immunity from the lawsuit. 

Churchill's attorneys disagree with his reasoning. 

"Essentially, this court has ruled that regardless of how egregious any Constitutional violations are by the Regents of the University of Colorado, as long as they provide a sham, kangaroo court for individuals targeted for termination and/or prosecution because of their political beliefs, the courts of the state of Colorado will never interfere with any such wholesale violations of the Constitution," the motion says. 

Felisa Cardona: 303-954-1219 or fcardona@denverpost.com

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Not the Mayberry-trix

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Hooterville IV

Life in Mendojuana County

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Here's the ad from the grocery cart at Lucky:


Rumors that these are the end times might be true.  It's quite unlike him.  That shoe's usually on the other foot, as it were.  

Regardless of the portents, this is not rumor, it's true, and there have been rumors (for some years now) that iTunes deletes mp3s of imported songs (not purchased).

Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-FourHow Amazon's remote deletion of e-books from the Kindle paves the way for book-banning's digital future.

Jeff Bezos and a Kindle. Click image to expand.Let's give Amazon the benefit of the doubt--its explanation for why it deleted some books from customers' Kindles actually sounds halfway defensible. Last week a few Kindle owners awoke to discover that the company had reached into their devices and remotely removed copies of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. Amazon explained that the books had been mistakenly published, and it gave customers a full refund.

Just not here in The Mayberrytrix.

The problem is *not* that the 'press' (or anyone) is 'left'.   The problem is that the owners of the media are like, *freakin' insanely* far right.  And they have the gall to paint themselves (in their own texts) as 'left leaning'.

Yeah.  And I've got land in Florida that I can let you have for pennies per gallon.

Excerpts from: 

Analysis of Project Censored: Are We a Left-Leaning, Conspiracy-Oriented Organization?

June 17, 2009 by Adam Armstrong   
Filed under LifestylePolitics

By Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff

One continuing criticism of Project Censored is that we are a left leaning organization. Which is an interesting claim in that over 200 faculty and students from multiple disciplines and political orientations work with Project Censored each year.  Over 1,500 students have been trained in media research techniques since we began in 1976, and it would be hard to find a more mainstream, mostly Californian college student body.

Critical thinking and fact finding are not left leaning, they are the basis of democracy, and we proudly stand for the maximization of informed participatory democracy at the lowest possible level in society.  To this end, Project Censored supports social justice and media democracy in action.

The most common complaint about Project Censored is that we are more critical of powerful Republicans and conservatives than Democrats and liberals.  The second most often announced complaint that that we cover news stories that are really not "censored" or are part of some crazy conspiracy theory.

In regards to censorship our definition has been quite clear all along. Any interference with the free flow of information is censorship. Even if the interference is structural or not deliberate, it has the same impact by creating a lack of public awareness on critical issues. This means that when The New York Times chooses to cover the updates on celebrity deaths, marriages, or divorces, and ignores the ACLU's release of military autopsy reports proving that the US was torturing prisoners to death in Iraq and Afghanistan (Censored Story #7, 2007), that is censorship.  It is censorship even if most of The New York Times journalist didn't know about the ACLU report, they certainly should have--It was an AP release!  The ACLU report was only covered in a dozen or so newspapers (not the NYT) and went widely unnoticed.  For a story this important to go virtually unreported implies a degree of overt censorship.

Further, if journalists ignore topics related to 9/11, election fraud, electromagnetic weapons, contrail irregularities, because they might be labeled "conspiracy theorists," that is censorship as well. Any decision to cover up, ignore, avoid, steer away from, or simply fail to investigate--even if the investigation is not fruitful-- is censorship because it implies a willful choice to not cover a particular story.  Ignoring important news stories for whatever reasons is not commensurate with principles of a free press.

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracies tend to be actions by small groups of individuals instead of massive collective plots by governments and corporations. However, small groups can be dangerous, especially when the individuals have significant power in huge public and private bureaucracies. However it is very unlikely that conspiracies can be interlinked in a macro way bridging the gaps between dozens of corporations and government bureaucracies. There are just too many connections for possible leaks and exposures.

(blah, blah, blah, blah)

Absolutely Unique

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I saw it today.  I was amazed.  Silent color movies (the original, 1925 version of 'Ben Hur').

There's only one color scene so far (Jesus' birth).  I'm still watching it.

I had to take a break today and do something mindless.  I was between a bunch of things, and just decided to break out the box and watch it.

The differences between the versions aren't remarkable in most other ways. 

Astronaut Jesus

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Astronaut Jesus 

Country: Argentina


Astronaut Jesus

Original color scheme designed by DOMA. An amazing vinyl piece, articulated at shoulders and elbows with a removeable helmet.

Size: 8" tall

Limited to 500

My mom & dad just sent it.  This is really funny.

http://greensboring.com/ Just when you thought it was safe to get a job at a call center, this prank phone call proves that Karma exists, and Americans can fight back when it comes to unsolicited calls.
I saw this video listed on a profile at a dating site, and I was absolutely fascinated.  I got the iTunes version to examine it in more detail, and at the full frame rate, the bg images are changing on *every* frame (in those scenes).


How my tears made love to you
Watching dolphins in the sea
The Earth is a pretty place to be
How my tears made love to thee

Black bodies float in the sea
We can see
but we can't see me
a starlit shroud like the dark to you
Laughter echoes in my private room

Kissing fireflies on the beach
Something something we can be
Everyone has love to give
Hearts will teach us how to live

My body wept
My fear was so free
The water softly
tickles me
my heart is pounding waiting for 
the ocean deep with love to lift my veil

Crystal light shines through mine eyes
God has a voice, she speaks through me
Every creature loves to be 
in his arms please carry me

I'm happy in the light of day 
My skin glows bright in the sun breeze
My shadowed world seems so far away

My angel told me not to fear
Love is free from everywhere
Listen to that special part
It will save us, its the heart.

God has a voice he speaks through me
God has a voice she speaks through me

Crystal light in every creature
Crystal light, (in every creature)
Everyone has love to give 

Background Info ...

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Bible Stories with Eminem

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Ok, it's not *really* Eminem, but I bet he *wishes* it was.  It's good.  Really good (both as the bible story, and as an Eminem parody).

"This is John Galt speaking..." PART ONE
FIRST DRAFT SERIES Don't Miss the final versions here: http://www.youtube.com/vi...
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EVASION and CAUSALITY Eighth section of an ongoing project to explore Galt's Spee...
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FORCE (**RE-POST**) Eleventh section of an ongoing project to explore Galt's Spee...
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And, of course:  Jah's Commandments

Rand Was Wrong

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I'm looking over Objectivist theory (again) and I realized something she'd said was incorrect.

Her three 'axioms' (existence, identity, and consciousness) aren't all provable.

The only provable is consciousness (see Descartes if you don't think you are).

One only has to have seen The Matrix or Dark City to know that both identity and existence itself could be just 'a show'.

And you know, I've got plenty of reason to suspect it's just a show.  I've mentioned it before.

Pity This Doesn't Embed

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This is like the Woodland Critters from SouthPark, but somehow, a whole lot less inhibited.
(CBS)  Looking for some home remedies to stop a cut from bleeding or lower a fever? 

Matt Bean, senior editor at Men's Health magazine, has a few you might find strange - but they're true - and known to help. 

For instance, Bean said on "The Early Show" Friday, a great disinfectant can be found in the kitchen -- not the medicine cabinet. 

"Honey has been shown to beat every type of wound infection," he pointed out. "Pooh Bear had it right when he was digging for that stuff." 

Bean said if you put a little dab underneath the Band-aid, honey will have a similar effect as the popular wound disinfectant Neosporin. 

Another helpful ingredient in the kitchen is fresh-ground black pepper. 
Right after you rinse out a wound, Bean said, sprinkle a little pepper on the wound to stop the pain, and staunch the bleeding with pressure. 

"You think pepper might sting because pepper is hot. It's spicy. It doesn't," Bean said. "It actually has analgesics." 

Still another helpful item in your kitchen is green apples. They can actually help if you're feeling claustrophobic. Bean suggested that, if you're selling your home, you may want to add a basket of green apples to the room to make it look bigger. 

"It might just help!" he said. 

Another remedy for a fever, according to Bean, is to place an ice pack in your armpit or groin area. Bean said that will lower the fever faster because the body has temperature sensors in those areas. 

Bean said you should also drink a lot of fluid for fevers up to 102 degrees, but a fever over 102 degrees is cause to see a doctor. 

While he was at, Bean shared a bathroom secret that you may find handy: The first stall in the bathroom has the fewest germs, based on a study of 51 public restrooms. 

What about the dirtiest stall? 

Bean said the study found the middle stall to be the most germ-ridden. 


Bean said the study cited alone time in the bathroom as the biggest germ factor. 

"They think people want more privacy," he said, "so they go to the middle stall." 

Walter Leland Cronkite

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November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009

UN Peace Pledge & March

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I'm on the "Stop the War Machine" email discussion list (where I ran across Annie), and I've been paying more attention to it of late.  This is the kind of question I used to ask and used to get me in all kinds of trouble for asking:

From: CharlieABQ

I was reading through the Albuquerque Journal today back in Section C when I ran across an article headlined "Sandia Cutting Security Guards."  

By the third paragraph I discovered why.  "A small Sandia nuclear reactor was shipped to the National Nuclear Security Administration's Nevada Test Site, according to Sandia spokeswoman Stephanie Holinka, allowing reduced security at Sandia."  The article goes on for four more paragraphs about the jobs.

I started wondering how you would move a nuclear reactor.  I seem to remember our getting a reactor from Russia at one point by a cargo plane.  Was that how the Sandia reactor was taken out?  Or could it be taken out by truck?  How much weight are we talking about here?  I'm thinking that they would have to transfer to surface vehicles eventually even if they used a plane.  

They either flew it out over the City or hauled it to Nevada on the highway.  Or they've perfected teleportation.

Does anybody on this list have any ideas about how this might have been done?  It certainly would be a more interesting topic than the guard employment situation at Sandia.

Anyway, one less around here . . .

Brilliant stop-motion animation bit.

Troll Bits (and Bytes)

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I have been neglecting her.  She's had some terribly interesting items.

BTW, I pointed out to her that I'd be not only in favor of a non-smoking military, but if enacted, I'd be in favor of both wars of aggression, and a draft (kill them off).


This would put a whole new spin on military service... and combat zone conditions of deployment.  Mike / Kihe / Amra




Ban on tobacco urged in military

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON -- Pentagon health experts are urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ban the use of tobacco by troops and end its sale on military property, a change that could dramatically alter a culture intertwined with smoking.

Jack Smith, head of the Pentagon's office of clinical and program policy, says he will recommend that Gates adopt proposals by a federal study that cites rising tobacco use and higher costs for the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs as reasons for the ban.

The study by the Institute of Medicine, requested by the VA and Pentagon, calls for a phased-in ban over a period of years, perhaps up to 20. "We'll certainly be taking that recommendation forward," Smith says.

A tobacco ban would confront a military culture, the report says, in which "the image of the battle-weary soldier in fatigues and helmet, fighting for his country, has frequently included his lit cigarette."

Also, the report said, troops worn out by repeated deployments often rely on cigarettes as a "stress reliever." The study found that tobacco use in the military increased after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

FIND MORE STORIES IN: Barack Obama | Robert Gates | Institute of Medicine | Kenneth Kizer

Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said the department supports a smoke-free military "and believes it is achievable." She declined to elaborate on any possible ban.

One in three servicemembers use tobacco, the report says, compared with one in five adult Americans. The heaviest smokers are soldiers and Marines, who have done most of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the study says. About 37% of soldiers use tobacco and 36% of Marines. Combat veterans are 50% more likely to use tobacco than troops who haven't seen combat.

Tobacco use costs the Pentagon $846 million a year in medical care and lost productivity, says the report, which used older data. The Department of Veterans Affairs spends up to $6 billion in treatments for tobacco-related illnesses, says the study, which was released late last month.

Along with a phased-in ban, the report recommends requiring new officers and enlisted personnel to be tobacco-free, eliminating tobacco use on military installations, ships and aircraft, expanding treatment programs and eliminating the sale of tobacco on military property. "Any tobacco use while in uniform should be prohibited," the study says.

The military complicates attempts to curb tobacco use by subsidizing tobacco products for troops who buy them at base exchanges and commissaries, says Kenneth Kizer, a committee member and architect of California's anti-tobacco program.

Seventy percent of profits from tobacco sales -- $88 million in 2005 -- pays for recreation and family support programs, the study stays.

Strong leadership could make the military tobacco-free in five to 10 years, Kizer says. President Obama, he says, could set an example for the military by ending his own smoking habit once and for all. Last month, Obama said he is "95% cured" but "there are times when I mess up" and smoke.


Subj: Fantastic history site 
Date: 7/11/2009 8:06:36 PM Central Daylight Time 
From: Tenna

Have you heard of the "Great Escape" from WWII? Where the prisoners dug the tunnels Tom, Dick and Harry to get out of Stalag III? Take a look at this site. 


You don't have to click on anything but "next." Simply move your cursor over the numbers and it will take you thru the whole set up. This has got to be where the saying, "Necessity is the mother of invention" came from. 


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My First Real Production

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With the new team (Kylee included).

I think Kylee did quite well for the first time up at bat:

A flyby perspective
By Jonathan Mark

One of the stranger events that happened near the end of the 20th Century was when NASA conducted two "flybys" around Venus on a journey towards Saturn. A flyby is a maneuver in frictionless space using gravity from a planet for a slingshot-acceleration effect. The strange part regarding "Cassini" was that it had 72.3 pounds of radioactive plutonium on board, and was scheduled for an Earth-flyby on August 17/18, 1999, while traveling at around 10 miles per second. Fortunately there was no inadvertent collision with Earth's atmosphere, but why would NASA risk life on Earth while exploring the solar system?

Karl Grossman, author of "The Wrong Stuff: The US Space Program's Nuclear Threat To Our Planet," answered my question. He pointed to the U.S. Air Force report, "New World Vistas: Air and Space Power for The 2lst Century" where it stated "In the next two decades, new technologies will allow the fielding of space-based weapons of devastating effectiveness to be used to deliver energy and mass as force projection in tactical and strategic conflict. These advances will enable lasers with reasonable mass and cost to effect very many kills." However, the report notes, "power limitations impose restrictions" on such weapons systems, making them "relatively unfeasible. A natural technology to enable high power is nuclear power in space." 

In response to the insanity of a NASA-plutonium Earth-flyby, I asked Professor Grossman if he could help me find an activist-webmaster. Jo McIntire who had helped those protesting Cassini's launch at Cape Canaveral was the perfect partner. By December 1997 we launched the Action Site to Stop Cassini Earth Flyby (NoFlyby). We had more than a year and a half to accomplish our mission, to stop and/or expose the dangerous Earth-flyby. 

Following the flyby in 1999, Michael Muller graciously helped me set up FlybyNews.com where I could operate it independently for "news in the post Cassini flyby era." In the last ten years FN has covered US election fraud, global warming, uranium munitions, low frequency active sonar (harming whales and dolphins), new energy technologies in development (and being delayed), Middle East information and peace initiatives, human rights violations such as in the case of Leonard Peltier, Lori Berenson, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and others. However the initial crucial campaign was to maintain the authority of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to stop the arms race from entering outer space. 

September 11, 2001 suddenly put everything into jeopardy. The patriotic fervor, the fear, the anger, a neurosis fueled by media betrayal, enabled George W. Bush to override sensibilities in Congress. The Anthrax letters sent to Democrat Party leaders and to major media networks obviously contained a threatening message. Yet, when it became known that the Anthrax originated from a US military base, publicity died down. Within months after 9/11 crimes, with Congress in his palm, Bush terminated the ABM Treaty. 

The Neoconservative think-tank group, "The Project for a New American Century," planned for such an event like 9/11. In its document, "Rebuilding America's Defenses," it stated that "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event--like a new Pearl Harbor."

On November 11, 2001 at the United Nations, George Bush, Jr. said almost threateningly, "Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty." Could George Orwell have said it better, "War Is Peace?" One lie led to another, and WMDs became the big one to justify an attack on Iraq.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower might have warned us about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, but he could not have imagined the scope of betrayal and deceit following the crimes of September 11, 2001. In 1953 when being encouraged to engage in a preventive war against the Soviet Union, President Eisenhower flatly denounced it, saying, "All of us have heard this term `preventive war' since the earliest days of Hitler." He added, "I don't believe there is such a thing, and, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing." Yet 9/11 was used for two 'preemptive' undeclared wars while covering up the truth of what really happened. The dark forces seemed content in increasing global destabilization, crimes against humanity, environmental destruction, and financial fraudulent policies. The path for a Neocon global dominant military agenda, and loss of citizen civil rights proceeded on all fronts, including US terrorism-torture policies.

With so many dire issues, uniting a justice and peace movement is no easy task. The mind-control impact of 9/11 is more than many peace activists can handle. The consequences of such a cover-up is simply frightening for most anyone. Yet, integrity, freedom, truth, science, and civilization hang in the balance.

The most hopeful campaign for exposing truth to awaken the critical mass public is with the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYCCAN.org). Fifty-two thousand petitions have been delivered to the NY City Council to place a referendum question on the NYC ballot on November 3, 2009. A majority YES vote would authorize a subpoena-powered real investigation into the events of September 11, 2001.

Of course in an election as significant as this we expect foul play, but is resistance futile or fertile? I rather think the latter. NYC CAN proves the Emperor has no clothes on. No one stands above truth, and its relationship with science, and the responsibility to investigate unanswered questions. As Online Journal contributing writer, Kevin Quirk, entitled one of his articles, "More than a movement - the search for 9/11 truth is an awakening." 

Such an awakening can have dire consequences, which is why FN supports a truth and reconciliation pathway toward a nonviolent future. But the truth should disclose more than just about recent years. Citizens need to know about the truth of assassinations, the falsehood of corporate human rights, the dissolution of the US national banking system for an international crooked one, and other policies of betrayal to the US Constitution. Truth and Reconciliation was successful in South Africa for its political transformation. Of course there is potential for violence from the truth coming out, but also for reclaiming a lost USA Republic, and for a commitment to peace and honor that could lead our world to abolishing all weapons of mass destruction. Where others have failed to crack the nut, the citizens of NYC CAN - vote for peace!

The Israeli group Breaking the Silence has just released a collection of testimonies (1) by Israeli soldiers that took part in the Gaza attack last December and January. 

This is not the first report documenting the horrors inflicted on the civilian population in Gaza. Less than two weeks ago, for example, Amnesty International produced a report documenting Israel's use of battlefield weapons against the civilian population trapped in Gaza. (2) 

Today Israeli soldiers corroborate charges that the military repeatedly violated international law.

You know what? You feel like a child playing around with a magnifying glass, burning up ants. Really. A 20-year-old kid should not be doing such things to people. 

The soldiers testify about their use of human shields (3), their use of phosphorus over civilian populations, and about the sheer magnitude of the destruction.

Why fire phosphorus? Because it's fun. Cool.

It looked awful, like in those World War II films where nothing remained. A totally destroyed city. 

The soldiers also relate efforts of the military rabbinate unit to make the attack a holy war between "the sons of darkness" and "the sons of light."

[They told us] No pity, God protects you, everything you do is sanctified.

The list goes on.

Now we have heard from both Gazans and Israeli soldiers, all telling a similar story.

Generous US aid - American tax dollars -  made this possible. American-made weapons were used to attack Gazan civilians, productive factories, schools and administrative buildings. 

The British government has canceled a number of  weapons contracts with Israel

Isn't it time for members of the U.S. Congress to pay attention? Demand an investigation now into the use of US tax monies to fund war crimes in Gaza.

Sydney Levy
Jewish Voice for Peace

(1) Breaking the Silence Testimonies

(2) Amnesty International Gaza report

(3) Ha'aretz: Israeli soldier: "We used Gazans as human shields."  
Original article removed from Ha'aretz, but available in full here: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/07/14/18607903.php )

(4) BBC Breaking the Silence on Gaza Abuses

Glock Chimes In

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NH man charged 23 quadrillion dollars for smokes

MANCHESTER, N.H. - A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars.

Josh Muszynski (Moo-SIN'-ski) checked his account online a few hours later and saw the 17-digit number -- a stunning $23,148,855,308,184,500 (twenty-three quadrillion, one hundred forty-eight trillion, eight hundred fifty-five billion, three hundred eight million, one hundred eighty-four thousand, five hundred dollars).

Muszynski says he spent two hours on the phone with Bank of America trying to sort out the string of numbers and the $15 overdraft fee.

The bank corrected the error the next day.

Bank of America tells WMUR-TV only the card issuer, Visa, could answer questions. Visa, in turn, referred questions to the bank.


Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

War, Inc.

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Ok, it's smarmy in the same vein as any of them.

But it's funny.

Really funny, (if you've got my twisted sense of humor).

Well worth $0.99, or 99¢ if that works for you.

If I had the stomach to watch brains slide out of a skull, I'd be a willing jobber.

As it stands, though, that's always a clear sign that I'll see my latest meal post-haste.

I guess I won't be helping Annie on any of those 'location' shoots.  I'll have to be 'post-production' at best.
Sat, 04 Jul 2009 22:42:53 GMT

Cynthia McKinney file photo, July 18, 2008, New York. Getty Images
The following is the transcript of Press TV's phone interview with former US congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who is currently held in an Israeli jail for trying to take humanitarian aid to Gaza. 

Q - You are currently in Israeli custody, on what grounds have you been detained? 

A - Well that's a very interesting question, because we have violated no laws. And its interesting that the twenty-one of us, who were onboard the Spirit of Humanity had our boat commandeered, we were hijacked, we were then taken to Israel which was not our intended destination. And we became the Free Gaza 21. I became Ramleh prisoner number 88794 and I am in right now Ramleh Prison. 

Q - How is the situation over there? How do you feel? Is there any sort of pressure against you? Violence whatsoever, as you can see violations? 

A - Well it's clear that there is a unique justice system here in Israel. Starting with our abduction, and as some have said who were part our group 'our kidnapping', with respect to our intended destination we were taking -- I personally had collected -- crayons, coloring books, number 2 pencils, pencil shapers, water colors and paint brushes to take to the children of Gaza. And now I find my self being deported from a country I had no intention to visiting. 

We were given literature legal documents that were in Hebrew, and of course I speak no Hebrew. And this all started because I wanted to do something that neither President (Barack) Obama nor his special envoy has done and that is to visit Gaza in the aftermath of Israel's Operation Cast Lead. Unfortunately Operation Cast Lead was made possible by US taxpayers' gift to the Israeli war machine, in the form of F-16s, helicopter gunships, white phosphorus, depleted uranium, cluster bombs and anything that kills, the United States seems to be willing and able to hand over to the Israelis, who are more than happy -- it seems -- to use them against Palestinian people. 

Q - Are you in easy contact with your lawyer to speak to your lawyer? 

A - Well now that's very interesting question as well as to the extent of communication that we've had with our lawyers. In fact while we were being detained at Bignorian airport the lawyer was inside the building trying to find us but the Israeli authorities would not give any information as to where we were or, you know were just in the same building and we had a brief interview with someone representing the Ministry of Interior, and it was at that point that I told that gentleman that we knew that the lawyers were looking for us inside the building it was after that point that we were given a very short 10-minute opportunity to speak with our lawyers, which was absolutely insufficient and now I'm learning as I sit next to Mairead Maguire Nobel Laureate from Ireland, and I sit next to Teresa McDermott from Scotland, and not everyone even got their ten minutes. 

Q - What is the position of the US administration right now in regards to what is happening to you? 

A - It's interesting that we have had a call from the Foreign Ministry of Ireland for the release of their nationals. There are two people from Ireland who are among our 21. We also learned just today that the king of Bahrain sent a private jet to pick up five members of our group who were from Bahrain, and they have been received extremely warmly, as you can imagine, by the people of Bahrain and of course by the king himself. 

We, as of now, have not heard anything that our administration has said about our particular plight but that well said it might be is not surprising as you might recall president-elect Obama allowed the 22 or so days of Operation Cast Lead to go without even him mentioning a word. 

Q - What is your message to the international community? What do you want to say about what happened to you?

A - First of all we are very thankful for the outpouring of support that we have learned has taken place all over the world, from Atlanta to New York to Los Angeles, San Francisco. We just leaned today that there was a demonstration in support of us in Haiti. We've had demonstrations all throughout Europe in support of our position so we thank the people of the world who are paying attention to what we were trying to accomplish and who have responded so supportively. 

I have, on several occasions, called for the congress of the United Stated and our president to not sign into law any legislation that carries one dime or one weapon for the Israeli military. And I renew that call, in addition to the call for President Obama and his special envoy to visit Gaza. I have also called repeatedly that the president and the congress acknowledge the elected representatives of the people of Palestine, and that also carries with it the responsibility to engage Hamas. 

I remember that it was one Israeli leader who said, "You can't make peace with your friends you have to engage you enemies," and if there is going to be peace in the region everyone had to be engaged.
Chavez, Galloway to break Gaza siege: Report
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 21:06:10 GMT
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The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) and outspoken British politician George Galloway (R)
Outspoken British lawmaker George Galloway is planning a new aid convoy to the besieged Gaza Strip that would include Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. 

According to a report published by the Ma'an news agency, Galloway is currently in Egypt and is organizing a new solidarity convoy to Gaza - the Lifeline 2. 

The convoy is scheduled to enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing. Some 200 American solidarity activists will join the convoy. 

The anti-siege convoy is likely to arrive at the Egyptian side of the crossing on Tuesday evening, and will enter the blockaded Gaza Strip by Wednesday. 

The British House of Commons lawmaker also stressed that he will continue to organize solidarity convoys to the war-battered coastal sliver in a quest for lifting the Israeli siege which has plagued the terrain. 

According to a newly released report from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Palestinians living in Gaza are 'trapped in despair.' Israel's two-year blockade has resulted in a complete economic breakdown of Gaza and more than 70 percent of the population is wrestling with destitution. 

Galloway said that Israeli lobbyists had forwarded three requests to the US Attorney General Eric Holder, calling for measures to stop the convoy. However, the requests were rejected. 



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Ok, one has to look at the *underlying* things here.  This Honduran President was ridden out of town on a rail for a reason.

The reason?

He was going to hold a non-binding referendum (an opinion poll, as it were) to see if they should chuck this government and make a new one, like they've done in a number of Latin American countries lately.

Now, one wouldn't think that this act would be considered 'illegal'.

But that's his 'crime'.  The army took him away for it.

And yano, his Congress, his Vice President (now interim President) and his Supreme Court *all* back this action and say it's completely legal.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:50:51 GMT
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The tradition of throwing the wedding bouquet has led to a tragic plane crash in the port city of Livorno on Italy's western coast. 

The incident happened after the bouquet was sucked into the engine of a light plane that the married couple had hired to fly in after the wedding ceremony. 

The aircraft was flying over a group of single women when the engine caught fire and exploded, Italy's Corriere della Sera reported. 

The plane hit a hostel following a nosedive, but none of the 50 residents were hurt. Sidoro Pensieri, who threw the bouquet, suffered multiple fractures and head injury while the 61-year-old pilot remained unharmed. 

It is a tradition in Europe and North America that the bride throws her bouquet at the reception and single women compete to catch it. The winner is said to be the next who will marry. 

What Was The CIA Doing???

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I'm starting to see the burble in the press about the secret plans that our government has had about spying on it's citizens.

People are *outraged*.  This breach of the right to privacy really annoys them.

So they want to know, "When did this start?"

Well, *always* is a good answer for that.

This is why we have laws against it, as our founding fathers *knew* that this was not only likely, but nearly predictable.

Now, my own working theory is that we've *not* had a president who wasn't a CIA plant since Reagan, and he was better than a plant, he was a buffoon.

We know that Hoover was doing this as far back as he was in office, and Nixon took advantage of it.

We know that the Reagan/Bush White House had not only secret surveillance, but a whole secret army, and a secret drug sales ring that funded it.

Many don't know that Clinton was part of that ring, but that was documented in a number of books linking him to the CIA's drug-running both as Governor and as Attorney General.

I'd venture to guess that the *single* non-spook we've actually had since JFK was Carter.

And one can see the evidence for that quite clearly in the *one* thing that they do well (smears), which simply won't stick to such a good person.

I suspect that some day we will uncover not only the 'October Surprise' connection, but we'll find that the original 'coup' in Iran was also our handiwork (much like I suspect that the *current* minority 'revolution' in Iran is funded by us).

I've Got it.

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The fix.

The *actual* formula.

Merlin fucks Morganna, instead of Arthur, and their progeny kills off that whole 'Arthurian' crap right then and there.

No 'woe be the king' crap, at all.

The king is the land.  The queen is the land.  The land is the land.

The ruler?  He's there to be cut off when it's convenient to explain a 'change' in plan.

Funniest Thing

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I said last week I'd cut the umbilical on my TV.

Now, if I didn't know that I could see C-SPAN, LinkTV, and FSTV just fine on the internet, I'd never have taken the chance.

And I knew from before that House, MD was available in Hi-Def from FOX.

But I didn't realize so many of the bay area stations also stream their hi-def.


My EyeTV didn't do the hi-def on the computer screen, I always had to change over to let the satellite drive the video to get that.

I had to kill it to find I was better off w/o.

In the past, it has been determined that knowledge of oil off the coasts of Vietnam, East Timor, and Africa (various parts) preceded the 'wars' and/or invasions.

Similar to the concept of the various axes of 'evil' being the same as those who have decided to accept Euros for oil (Venezuela, Iran, and formerly, Iraq).

Cynthia McKinney, the Israeli Navy, and $4 billion worth of natural gas off Gaza

July 12, 4:02 PM

Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney on the Israeli Navy's circuitous route to shore, with the Spirit of Humanity in tow, after her arrest, wtih 21 other human rights activists, while trying to deliver medical supplies, building materials, and childrens' toys to Gaza: 

On June 30th 2009, Israeli Naval gunships surrounded the Spirit of Humanity, a boat used by the Free Gaza Movement, in international waters 60 miles off the coast of Israel, and arrested twenty-one activists, from 11 countries, including former Gerogia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who had boarded the Spirit of Humanity in Lamaco, Cyprus, with medical aid, toys, and building supplies, hoping to carry them to Gaza's besieged Palestinian population.

They had hoped not only to deliver aid, but also to challenge the illegal blockade imposed by the Israeli government on Gaza.

Coastal water off Gaza are rich in natural gas reserves.Upon her release and return, Cynthia McKinney spoke to WBAIX, from New York's JFK Airport, where she reported that the Israeli Navy had towed the "Spirit of Humanity," not directly to Port Ashdod, but, on a circuitous route, bypassing Gaza. This, she said, suggested that the Israeli Navy is engaged in activity that they do not want observed in the coastal waters off Gaza, known to be the site of billions of dollars worth of natural gas reserves.

Barack Obama, in hisspeech proposing U.S. reconciliation with the Moslem world, in Cairo, Egypt, on 06.03.2009, said nothing of the estimated $4 billion worth of natural gas off the Coast of Gaza, or the oil and natural gas in Iraq, Iran, or Sudan, or, thepipeline projects to move Central Asian oil and natural gas through through Afghanistan, and other parts of Central Asia.


Renaissance Woman

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She & Him is the name of the 'group' but it's mostly Zooey Deschanel (composer, lead singer).

I find her voice strangely alluring.

And of course, she's beautiful.

But it's the lyrics that caught me (er, "Got Me").

From my Brother

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One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.

After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I
cannot accept money from you , I'm doing community service this week.' The
florist was pleased and left the shop.

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a
'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his
bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you , I'm doing
community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop.

The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank
you' card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his
bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing
community service this week.' The Cong ressman was very happy and left
the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen
Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between
the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

Doubting Thomas

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Went east, when the other apostles went west.  Founded a bunch of what are considered by some 'heretical' sects over in the Arabian and Indian area.

Now, one of these caught my attention, when I realized that not only may Thomas have been there before, but might have brought back a 'friend'.

The place is called Magdala.

Ever wonder where all that curious Hindu/Buddhist thought got mixed into Judaism?

It makes me wonder.

Hatemonger Worries

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Yes, the folks at Human Events are worried again, and asking me to help 'protect' the right to "call on Jesus' name" (and I just put 2 & 2 together here).  Here's a blurb from their email:

BREAKING NEWS:  Pennsylvania House Speaker bans Jesus Christ from prayers.  Heroic Pastor Censored.  California City also debates vote to ban Jesus from prayers.  "California, Stand Up For Jesus!" State-wide Prayer Rally 5 Aug, 6pm in Lodi, CA.  

Dear Friends, 

The right to pray publicly "in Jesus name" is under new attack in Pennsylvania and again in California.  Please let me explain to you exactly what terrible events just transpired...

The Democrat Speaker of the Pennsylvania House Keith R. McCall has just issued (and enforced) a policy which bans the name of Jesus Christ as illegal speech that may not be uttered during voluntary prayers spoken before the Pennsylvania state legislature.  

blurbs aside, I really thought about what they are looking at here.

You see, it's a kind of 'magical' thinking.  You have the 'magic words' that make (in this instance, God) do what you tell Him to do (using "Jesus' name" as the magic controlling word).

The "2&2"?

It's why they are *also* so freaked about Harry Potter.  One wouldn't want to have that kind of association floating about to be made.

If there's only *one* kind of magical thinking in a society, it's 'normal'.

If there's more than one (and worse, competing versions), then (hopefully) one will come to the point of view that there's no 'controlling' going on here.

I mean, think of it.  What did the name do for the J-man himself?

Crucifixion isn't exactly what most people would go for, given the 'magic word'.

And what in God's name did he mean in John 19:11 when he says: 

 11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

Isn't the 'one who handed him over' God?

What's all that then?

Gee, this was surprising (not the story, the author).  The story is unfortunately just the 'next chapter' in the ongoing saga of the deception of the rubes by the carnies.

Author: Ann Garrison
Ann Garrison is an Examiner from San Francisco. You can see Ann's articles on Ann's Home Page.

July 10, 12:00 PM

The West African Gulf of Guinea is not only oil rich, but also the corridor for transporting West African oil to the rest of the world. Controlling the Gulf of Guinea is a principal goal of AFRICOM,  the U.S. Africa Command.

Barack Obama's visit to Ghana is, most fundamentally, about West African oil and natural gas, and control of the corridors for transporting it through the Gulf of Guinea, on the West African Coast.  Nigeria, the greatest source of African oil for export, is at the center of the African oil producing states bordering the Gulf, and the Niger River is the corridor for transporting Nigerian oil and gas, and now, oil and gas from landlocked Niger, as well.

Today, on 07/10/2007, at 10:18 A.M., PST, a  Web search for "Obama in Ghana," yielded 8,820,000 hits.

A Web search, one minute later, for "Obama in Ghana Oil," yielded1,100,000.

These numbers will no doubt continue to fluctuate today, and in coming days, but I expect the proportion of fluff reporting to honest reporting to remain roughly the same. 

Notable on the side of honesty are:

Obama's Ghana Trip Linked to New U.S. Oil Strategy, produced by Canada Newswire and posted to Fox Business News via Comtex.

Media Briefing Booklet on the Occasion of Obama's Visit to Ghana, 07.10.2009, produced by Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), with help from the Africa Faith and Social Justice Network, Friends of the Congo, transAfrica Forum,  Africa Action, the Integrated Social Development Centre.  The briefing booklet encourges press to pose this question to President Obama:

"Ninety percent of U.S. Africa trade is in oil, gas, and mining industries. Much of the trade in these extractive industries has been exploit ative, bringing little value to those on whose land the resources lie.   Ghana has discovered oil just in 2008. How will the Obama administration advance trade policy with Ghana and other African countries that are mutually beneficial?"

The other most important research documents for understanding Obama in Ghana, which is to say, Obama in Ghana, and African oil, are:

African Oil: a Priority for U.S. National Security and African Development, a "National Energy Policy Report" produced by the Office of Richard Cheney, and publised on May 16, 2001.  For whatever reason, its URL is: http://www.israeleconomy.org/strategic/africawhitepaper/pdf. 

AFRI(OIL)COM, by Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and, Resist Africom, the video, also produced by the Institute for Policy Studies:

My Friend Paris Clueless

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I don't use real names here (for the most part), and Paris' nom-de-plume is Paris, so he's Paris here, too.

Paris tried to convince me that I needed to concentrate more on getting out my 'message'.

I tried to explain to him that, even if I thought I might be able to pass along the experiences I've gathered, I'd never do that to anyone.

First (foremost), they were something that God gave to me, personally, and won't have much meaning to other people.

Second, they were something that was given intimately, and there's simply no way to convey that level of communication through any other means.

Third (significantly) my *personal* experiences are not only of no use to others, but they are counter-productive in many ways, as one could not have gotten to the level of understanding I'm at by skipping levels below, and each *painful* lesson has to be hand-gathered and christened with one's own blood.

You can't get it from a book, in other words.

Not only that, but if you could, you wouldn't want it, anyways.
I decided that although I did (in fact) have a 'love affair' with my TV set, that it wasn't healthy, and I'd have to cut it off.

Now, part of this was due to my having contracted eighteen months ago with Dish Network (a *fine* company to deal with, IMHO) to support my failing marriage (my MIL told me that one of the reasons my ex was 'depressed' was that I'd cut the cable, but I did that for IT reasons, and she said she didn't care).  

In any event, the eighteen months were up on the ninth.

I got inspired to call in just now and ask about it, and it turned out that if I cancelled it *now*, I'd be able to -exactly- tear up my bill and owe nada.  So I decided to cancel it (as what I do watch isn't good for me, anyway).

Now, given that this was 'Dish' (satellite driven), I figured they'd be pretty quick on the draw, and I wondered how long.  I had the 'Rachel Maddow' show playing on MSNBC (muted) in the bg while I was on the phone.  

When I hung up, this is what was on the screen:

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Now THAT'S instant service.

Dish also features Free Speech TV and Television Without Borders | Link TV, among other very interesting basic channels.

Branch on Power Off!

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Real opcodes

AAC	Alter All Commands
AAD	Alter All Data
AAO	Add And Overflow
AAR	Alter At Random
AB	Add Backwards
ABC	AlphaBetize Code
ABR	Add Beyond Range
ACC	Advance CPU Clock
ACDC	Allow Controller to Delete Contents
ACDP	Allow Controller to Die Peacefully
ACQT	Advance Clock to Quitting Time
ADB	Another Dumb Bug
AEE	Absolve Engineering Errors
AFF	Add Fudge Factor
AFHB	Align Fullword on Halfword Boundary
AFP	Abnormalize Floating Point
AFR	Abort Funny Routine
AFVC	Add Finagle's Variable Constant
AGB	Add GarBage
AGWA	Add and Get Wrong Answer
AI	Add Improper
AIB	Attack Innocent Bystander
AIB	Attack Innocent Bystanders
AISG	Access and Improve Student Grade
AMM	Add Mayo and Mustard
AMM	Answer My Mail
AMS	Add Memory to System
ANC	ANnoy Consultant
AOI	Annoy Operator Immediate
AR	Advance Rudely
AR	Alter Reality
ARN	Add and Reset to Non-zero
ARN	Add and Reset to Nonzero
ARZ	Add and Reset to Zero
AS	Add Sideways
ASQGSA	ASCII Stupid Question, Get a Stupid ANSI
AT	Accumulate Trivia
AWP	Argue With Programmer
AWTT	Assemble With Tinker Toys
BA	Branch Anywhere
BAC	Branch to Alpha Centauri
BAD	Branch And Die
BAD	Branch to Auto Destruct
BAF	Blow All Fuses
BAH	Branch And Hang
BALC	Branch And Link Cheeseburger
BAP	Branch And Punt
BAW	Bells And Whistles
BB	Branch on Bug
BBBB	Byte Baudy Bit and Branch
BBBF	Branch on Bit Bucket Full
BBD	Branch on Bastille Day
BBI	Branch on Burned-out Indicator
BBIL	Branch on Burned-out Indicator Light
BBLB	Branch on Blinking Light Bulb
BBT	Branch on Binary Tree
BBW	Branch Both Ways
BCB	Burp and Clear Bytes
BCF	Branch on Chip box Full
BCIL	Branch Creating Infinite Loop
BCR	Backspace Card Reader
BCS	Branch and Crash System
BCU	Be Cruel and Unusual
BD	Backspace Disk
BD	Branch to Data
BDC	Break Down and Cry
BDI	Branch to Data Indirect
BDM	Branch and Disconnect Memory
BDT	Burn Data Tree
BDU	Branch on Dense User
BE	Branch Everywhere
BEW	Branch Either Way
BF	Belch Fire
BF	Blow Fuse
BF	Branch Forever
BFD	Branch on Full Disk
BFF	Branch and Form Feed
BFM	Be Fruitful and Multiply
BH	Branch and Hang
BIR	Branch Inside Ranch
BIRM	Branch on Index Register Missing
BLC	Branch and Loop Continuous
BLI	Branch and Loop Infinite
BLM	Branch, Like, Maybe
BLMWM	Branch, Like, Maybe, Wow, Man
BLP	Boot from Line Printer
BLR	Branch and Lose Return
BLSH	Buy Low, Sell High
BLT	Break Little Thing
BM	Branch Maybe
BMI	Blow up Memory Immediate
BMI	Branch on Missing Index
BMI	Branch to Muncee Immediate
BMP	Branch and Make Popcorn
BMR	Branch Multiple Registers
BMUS	Beam Me Up, Scotty
BNA	Branch to Nonexistant Address
BNCB	Branch and Never Come Back
BNL	Become a Neo-Luddite
BNR	Branch for No Reason
BOB	Branch On Bug
BOD	Beat On Disk
BOD	Branch on Operator Desperate
BOH	Branch On Humidity
BOH	Branch on Operator High
BOHP	Bribe Operator for Higher Priority
BOI	Byte Operator Immediately
BOP	Boot OPerator
BOT	Branch On Tree
BPB	Branch on Program Bug
BPDI	Be Polite, Don't Interrupt
BPIM	Bury Programmer In Manuals
BPL	Branch PLease
BPM	Become a Psych Major
BPO	Branch on Power Off
BPO	Branch on Power On
BPP	Branch and Pull the Plug
BR	Byte and Run
BRA	Branch to Random Address
BRB	BRanch on Beaver
BRH	BRanch and Hang
BRI	BRanch Indefinitely
BRL	BRanch and Leak
BRO	BRanch and Overheat
BRO	BRanch to Oblivion
BS	Behave Strangely
BSC	Branch on Second Coming
BSC	Burst Selector Channel
BSD	BackSpace Disk
BSI	Back up Sewer Immediate
BSI	Backup Sewer Immediately
BSM	Branch and Scramble Memory
BSO	Branch on Sleepy Operator
BSP	BackSpace Punch
BSR	Branch and Stomp Registers
BSS	Branch on SunSpot
BSST	BackSpace and Stretch Tape
BTD	Branch on Time of Day
BTD	Byte The Dust
BTI	Blow Trumpet Immediately
BTJ	Branch and Turn Japanese
BTO	Branch To Oblivion
BTW	Branch on Third Wednesday
BU	Branch Unexpectedly
BUTI	Blow Up Terminal Immediately
BVS	Branch and Veer South
BW	Branch on Whim
BWC	Branch When Convenient
BWF	Busy, Wait Forever
BWOP	BeWilder OPerator
BYDS	Beware Your Dark Side
CAC	Calling All Cars
CAC	Cash And Carry
CAF	Convert ASCII to Farsii
CAI	Corrupt Accounting Information
CAIL	Crash After I Leave
CAR	Cancel Accounts Receivable
CAT	Confused And Tired
CB	Consult Bozo
CBA	Compare and Branch Anyway
CBBR	Crash and Blow Boot Read-only memory
CBNC	Close, But No Cigar
CBS	Clobber BootStrap
CC	Call Calvery
CC	Compliment Core
CCB	Chocolate Chip Byte-mode
CCB	Consult Crystal Ball
CCC	Crash if Carry Clear
CCCP	Conditionally Corrupt Current Process
CCD	Choke Cough and Die
CCD	Clear Core and Dump
CCR	Change Channels at Random
CCS	Chinese Character Set
CCWR	Change Color of Write Ring
CD	Complement Disk
CDC	Clear Disk and Crash
CDC	Close Disk Cover
CDIOOAZ	Calm Down, It's Only Ones And Zeroes
CDS	Change Disk Speed
CEMU	Close Eyes and Monkey with User space
CEX	Call EXterminator
CF	Come From [replaces goto]
CFE	Call Field Engineer
CFP	Change and Forget Password
CFS	Corrupt File Structure
CG	Convert to Garbage
CH	Create Havoc
CHCJ	Compare Haig to Christine Jorgensen
CHPAMR	CHase Pointers Around Machine Room
CHSE	Compare Half-words and Swap if Equal
CIB	Change Important Byte
CIC	Cash In Chips
CID	Compare and Ignore Data
CIMM	Create Imaginary Memory Map
CIZ	Clear If Zero
CLBR	CLoBber Register
CLBRI	CLoBber Register Immediate
CM	Circulate Memory
CMD	CPU Melt Down
CMD	Compare Meaningless Data
CMI	Clobber Monitor Immediate
CML	Compute Meaning of Life
CMP	Create Memory Prosthesis
CMS	Click MicroSwitch
CN	Compare Nonsensically
CNB	Cause Nervous Breakdown
CNS	Call Nonexistent Subroutine
COCS	Copy Object Code to Source
COD	Crash On Demand
COLB	Crash for Operator's Lunch Break
COM	Clear Operator's Mind
CON	Call Operator Now
COS	Copy Object code to Source file
COWYHU	Come Out With Your Hands Up
CP	Compliment Programmer
CP%FKM	CPU \(em FlaKeout Mode
CP%WM	CPU \(em Weird Mode
CPB	Create Program Bug
CPN	Call Programmer Names
CPPR	Crumple Printer Paper and Rip
CRASH	Continue Running After Stop or Halt
CRB	CRash and Burn
CRD	Confirm Rumor by Denial
CRM	CReate Memory
CRM	Clear Random Memory
CRN	Compare with Random Number
CRN	Convert to Roman Numerals
CRYPT	reCuRsive encrYPt Tape
CS	Crash System
CSL	Curse and Swear Loudly
CSN	Call Supervisor Names
CSNIO	Crash System on Next I/O
CSS	Crash Subsidiary Systems
CSU	Call Self Unconditional
CTDMR	Change Tape Density, Mid Record
CTT	Call Time and Temperature
CU	Convert to Unary
CUC	Cheat Until Caught
CVFL	ConVert Floating to Logical
CVFP	ConVert Fortran to Pascal
CVG	ConVert to Garbage
CVU	ConVert to Unary
CWAH	Create Woman And Hold
CWB	Carry With Borrow
CWDC	Cut Wires and Drop Core
CWG	Chase Wild Goose
CWGK	Compare Watt to Genghis Khan
CWIT	Compare Watt to Ivan the Terrible
CWM	Compare Watt to Mussolini
CWOM	Complement Write-Only Memory
CZZC	Convert Zone to Zip Code
DA	Develop Amnesia
DAB	Delete All Bugs
DAC	Divide And Conquer
DAD	Destroy A-Disk
DAO	Divide And Overflow
DAP	De-select Active Peripheral
DAUF	Delete All Useless Files
DB	Drop Bits
DBL	Desegregate Bus Lines
DBR	DeBase Register
DBTP	Drop Back Ten and Punt
DBZ	Divide By Zero
DC	Degauss Core
DC	Divide and Conquer
DCAD	Dump Core And Die
DCD	Drop Cards Double
DCGC	Dump Confusing Garbage to Console
DCI	Disk Crash Immediate
DCON	Disable CONsle
DCR	Double-precision CRash
DCT	Drop Cards Triple
DD	Destroy Disk
DD	Drop Disk
DDC	Dally During Calculations
DDOA	Drop Dead On Answer
DDS	Delaminate Disk Surface
DDT	Debug Program
DDWB	Deposit Directly in Waste Basket
DEB	Disk Eject Both
DEC	Decompile Executable Code
DEI	Disk Eject Immediate
DEM	Disk Eject Memory
DFA	Disable FAns
DGO	Decrement the Grades of Others
DGT	Dispense Gin and Tonic
DHTPL	Disk Head Three Point Landing
DIA	Develop Ineffective Address
DICE	Delete Invalid Customer Engineer
DIE	DIsable Everything
DIF	DIsable Fuses
DIG	DIsable Gravity
DIH	Disable Interrupts and Hang
DIRFO	Do It Right For Once
DK	Destroy Klingons
DKP	Disavow Knowledge of Programmer
DLN	Don't Look Now
DLP	Drain Literal Pool
DMNS	Do what i Mean, Not what i Say
DMP	Destroy Memory Protect key
DMPE	Decide to Major in Phys. Ed.
DMPK	Destroy Memory Protect Key
DMZ	Divide Memory by Zero
DND	Destroy Neighbor's Data
DNPG	Do Not Pass Go
DO	Divide and Overflow
DO	Divide and Overflow [IBM PC]
DOC	Drive Operator Crazy
DOV	Divide and OVerflow
DP	Destroy Peripherals
DPC	Decrement Program Counter
DPCS	Decrement Program Counter Secretly
DPK	Destroy storage Protect Key
DPMI	Declare Programmer Mentally Incompetent
DPN	Double Precision No-op
DPR	Destroy PRogram
DPS	Disable Power Supply
DR	Detach Root
DRAF	DRAw Flowchart
DRAM	Decrement RAM
DRBA	Deposit Round-off in my Bank Account
DRD	DRop Dead
DRI	Disable Random Interrupt
DROM	Destroy ROM
DRT	Disconnect Random Terminal
DS	Deadlock System
DSD	Dismount System Disk
DSI	Do Something Interesting
DSO	Disable System Operator
DSP	Degrade System Performance
DSR	Detonate Status Register
DSTD	Do Something Totally Different
DSUIT	Do Something Utterly, Indescribably Terrible
DT%FFP	DecTape \(em unload and Flappa FlaP
DT%SHO	DecTape \(em Spin Hubs Opposite
DTB	Destructively Test Bit
DTC	Destroy This Command
DTE	Decrement Telephone Extension
DTI	Do The Impossible
DTRT	Do The Right Thing
DTVFL	Destroy Third Variable From Left
DU	Dump User
DUD	Do Until Dead
DW	Destroy World
DWIM	Do What I Mean
DWIT	Do What I'm Thinking
DWIW	Do What I Want
EA	Enable Anything
EAC	Emulate Acoustic Coupler
EAL	Enable AC to Logic rack
EAO	Enable AC to Operator
EBB	Edit and Blank Buffer
EBB	Empty Bit Bucket
EBR	Erase Before Reading
EBRS	Emit Burnt Resistor Smell
EC	Eat Card
ECF	Explode and Catch Fire
ECL	Early Care Lace
ECO	Electrocute Computer Operator
ECP	Erase Card Punch
ED	Eject Disk
ED	Execute Data
EDD	Eat Disk and Die
EDIT	Erase Data and Increment Time
EDP	Emulate Debugged Program
EDR	Emit Deadly Radiation
EDR	Execute Destructive Read
EDS	Execute Data Segment
EEOIFNO	Execute Every Other Instruction From Now On
EEP	Erase Entire Program
EFB	Emulate Five-volt Battery
EFD	Eject Floppy Disk
EFD	Emulate Frisbee using Disk pack
EFE	Emulate Fatal Error
EHC	Emulate Headless Chicken
EIA	Elvis Is Alive
EIAO	Execute In Any Order
EIO	Erase I/O page
EIO	Execute Invalid Op-code
EIO	Execute Invalid Opcode
EIOC	Execute Invalid Op-Code
EJD	EJect Disk
EJD%V	EJect Disk \(em with initial velocity V
ELP	Enter Loop Permenantly
EM	EMulate 407
EM	Evacuate Memory
EMIF	Erase Most Important File
EMM	Emulate More Memory
EMPC	EMulate Pocket Calculator
EMSE	Edit and Mark Something Else
EMSL	Entire Memory Shift Left
EMT	Electrocute Maintenance Technician
EMW	Emulate Maytag Washer
ENA	ENable Anything
ENE	ENable Everything
END	Erase Neighbor's Data
ENF	Emit Noxious Fumes
ENG	ENable Gravity
ENO	Emulate No-Op
EO	Electrocute Operator
EOB	Execute Operator and Branch
EOI	Explode On Interrupt
EOS	Erase Operating System
EP	Execute Programmer
EPD	Explode Peripheral Device
EPI	Execute Programmer Immediate
EPITS	Execute Previous Instruction Then Skip
EPL	Emulate Phone Line
EPP	Eject Printer Paper
EPS	Electrostatic Print and Smear
EPS	Execute Program Sideways
EPSW	Execute Program Status Word
EPT	Erase Process Table
EPT	Erase Punched Tape
ERIC	Eject Random Integrated Circuit
ERM	Erase Reserved Memory
EROM	Erase Read-Only Memory
EROS	Erase Read-Only Storage
EROS	Erase Read-Only Storage [Everex int]
ERS	Erase Read-only Storage
ESB	Eject Selectric Ball
ESC	Emulate System Crash
ESD	Eject Spinning Dish
ESL	Exceed Speed of Light
ESP	Enable SPrinkler system
ETI	Execute This Instruction
ETM	Emulate Trinary Machine
ETPH	E. T. Phone Home
EVC	Execute Verbal Commands
EWD	Enter Warp Drive
EWM	Enter Whimsy Mode
EXB	EXcrement and Branch
EXE	EXecute Engineer
EXI	EXecute Invalid operation
EXO	EXecute Operator
EXOP	EXecute OPerator
EXP	EXecute Programmer
EXPP	EXecute Political Prisoner
FAY	Fetch Amulet of Yendor
FB	Find Bugs
FC	Fry Console
FCJ	Feed Card and Jam
FCJ	Feed Cards and Jam
FD	Forget Data
FDR	Feed Disk Randomly
FERA	Forms Eject and Run Away
FFF	Form Feed Forever
FLD	FLing Disk
FLI	Flash Lights Impressively
FM	Forget Memory
FMP	Finish My Program
FOPC	False Out-of-Paper Condition
FPC	Feed Paper Continuously
FPT	Fire Photon Torpedoes
FRG	Fill with Random Garbage
FRS	Fetch Ring of Sauron
FS	Feign Sleep
FSM	Fold, Spindle, and Mutilate
FSR	Form Skip and Runaway
FSRA	Forms Skip and Run Away
FYBR	Follow Yellow Brick Road
GAP	Grade All Projects
GBB	Go to Back of Bus
GCAR	Get Correct Answer Regardless
GCR	Generate Confusing Results
GDP	Grin Defiantly at Programmer
GDR	Grab Degree and Run
GENT	GENerate Thesis
GEW{JO}	Go to the End of the World {Jump Off}
GFD	Go Forth and Divide
GFM	Go Forth and Multiply
GIE	Generate Irreversible Error
GL	Get Lost
GLC	Generate Lewd Comment
GMC	Generate Machine Check
GMCC	Generate Machine Check and Cash
GND	Guess at Next Digit
GORS	GO Real Slow
GPCR	Generate Petty Cache Request
GR	Get Real
GREM	Generate Random Error Message
GREP	Global Ruin, Expiration, and Purgation
GRMC	Generate Rubber Machine Check
GS	Get Strange
GSB	Gulp and Store Bytes
GSI	Generate Spurious Interrupts
GSU	Geometric Shift Up
GTJ	Go To Jail
HAC	Hold All Calls
HACF	Halt And Catch Fire
HAH	Halt And Hang
HBW	Hang Bus and Wait
HCF	Halt and Catch Fire
HCP	Hide Central Processor
HCRS	Hang in CRitical Section
HDH	Hi Dee Ho
HDO	Halt and Disable Operator
HDRW	Halt and Display Random Word
HELP	Hinder Everyone with Little Productivity
HELP	Type 'No Help Available'
HEO	Halt and Execute Operator
HF	Hide File
HGD	Halt, Get Drunk
HHB	Halt and Hang Bus
HIS	Halt in Imposible State
HOO	Hide Operator's Output
HRPR	Hang up and Ruin Printer Ribbon
HSC	Halt on System Crash
HSJ	Halt, Skip and Jump
HTC	Halt and Toss Cookies
HTS	Halt and Throw Sparks
HUAL	Halt Until After Lunch
HUP	Hang Up Phone
HWP	Halt Without Provocation
IA	Illocical And
IAE	Ignore All Exceptions
IAI	Inquire And Ignore
IAND	Illogical AND
IAR	Ignore All Requests
IB	Insert Bug
IBM	Increment and Branch to Muncee
IBP	Insert Bug and Proceed
IBR	Insert Bugs at Random
ICB	Interrupt, Crash and Burn
ICM	Immerse Central Memory
ICMD	Initiate Core Melt Down
ICR	Incur Costly Repair [Sun Tempest]
ICSP	Invert Crt Screen Picture
IDC	Initiate Destruct Command
IDI	Invoke Divine Intervention
IDNOP	InDirect No-OP
IDPS	Ignore Disk Protect Switch
IEOF	Ignore End Of File
IF	Invoke Force
IGI	Increment Grade Immediate
IGIT	Increment Grade Immediate Twice
IGO	Increment Grade Overnight
IHC	Initiate Head Crash
IHTFP	Increment Hormones, Test For Puberty
II	Inquire and Ignore
IIB	Ignore Inquiry and Branch
IIC	Insert Invisible Characters
IIL	Irreversable Infinite Loop
IM	Imagine Memory
IMBP	Insert Mistake and Blame Programmer
IMP	Imitate Monty Python
IMPG	IMPress Girlfriend
IMV	IMpress Visitors
INCAM	INCrement Arbitrary Memory
ING	INquire and iGnore
INI	Ignore Next Instruction
INOP	Indirect No-OP
INR	INstigate Rumor
INW	INvalidate Warranty
IOI	Ignore Operator's Instruction
IOR	Illogical OR
IOS	Ignore Operating System
IP	Increment and Pray
IPI	Ignore Previous Instruction
IPM	Ignore Programmer's Mistakes
IPOP	Interrupt Processor, Order Pizza
IPS	Incinerate Power Supply
IPS	Increment Power Supply
IPT	Ignite Paper Tape
IRB	Invert Record and Branch
IRBI	Insert Random Bits Indexed
IRC	Insert Random Commands
IRE	Insert Random Errors
IRI	Ignore Rude Interrupts
IRPF	Infinite Recursive Page Fault
ISC	Ignore Supervisor Calls
ISC	Ignore System Crash
ISC	Insert Sarcastic Comments
ISI	Increment and Skip on Inifinity
ISP	Increment and Skip on Pi
ISTK	Invert STacK
ITML	Initiate Termites into Macro Library
IU	Ignore User[s]
IXOR	Illogical eXclusive OR
IZ	Ignore Zeroes
JAA	Jump Almost Always
JBS	Jump and Blow Stack
JCI	Jump to Current Instruction
JFM	Jump on Full Moon
JHRB	Jump to H&R Block
JLP	Jump and Lose Pointer
JLR	Jump and Lose Return
JMAT	JuMp on Alternate Thursdays
JN	Jump to Nowhere
JNL	Jump when programmer is Not Looking
JOB	Jump On Beaver
JOM	Jump Out of Memory
JOM	Jump Over Moon
JOP	Jump OPerator
JPA	Jump when Pizza Arrives
JRAN	Jump RANdom
JRCF	Jump Relative and Catch Fire
JRGA	Jump Relative and Get Arrested
JRL	Jump to Random Location
JRSR	Jump to Random SubRoutine
JSC	Jump on System Crash
JSOR	Jump Somewhere Over Rainbow
JSU	Jump Self Unconditional
JT	Jump if Tuesday
JTT	Jump and Tangle Tape
JTZ	Jump to Twilight Zone
JWN	Jump When Necessary
KCE	Kill Consultant on Error
KCE	Kill repairman [CE]
KDO	Knock Disk Over
KEPITU	Kill Every Process In The Universe
KOP	Kill OPerator
KP	Krunch Paper
KPR	Kill PRogrammer
KSR	Keyboard Shift Right
KUD	Kill User's Data
KWWE	Kill Wicked Witch of East
KWWW	Kill Wicked Witch of West
LAC	Lose All Communication
LAGW	Load And Go Wrong
LAP	Laugh At Program
LAP	Laugh At Programmer
LCC	Load and Clear Core
LCD	Launch Cartridge Disk
LCK	Lock Console Keyswitch
LEB	Link Edit Backwards
LIA	Load Ineffective Address
LMB	Lose Message and Branch
LMO	Load and Mug Operator
LMYB	Logical MaYBe
LN	Lose inode Number
LNP	Load N digits of Pi
LOSM	Log Off System Manager
LP%PAS	Line Printer \(em Print And Smear
LP%RDD	Line Printer \(em Reverse Drum Direction
LP%TCR	Line Printer \(em Tangle and Chew Ribbon
LPA	Lead Programmer Astray
LPRTC	Load Program counter from Real Time Clock
LR	Load Revolver
LRA	Load RetroActively
LRB	Lose Record and Branch
LRD	Load Random Data
LSPSW	Load and Scramble PSW
LTS	Link To Sputnik
LTS	Loop Till Smokes
LUM	LUbricate Memory
LWE	Load WhatEver
LWM	Load Write-only Memory
MAB	Melt Address Bus
MAN	Make Animal Noises
MAZ	Multiply Answer by Zero
MBC	Make Batch Confetti
MBF	Multiply and Be Fruitful
MBH	Memory Bank Hold-up
MBTD	Mount Beatles on Tape Drive
MBTOL	Move Bug To Operator's Lunch
MC	Move Continuous
MD	Move Devious
MDB	Move and Drop Bits
MDC	Make Disk Crash
MDDHAF	Make Disk Drive Hop Across Floor
MFO	Mount Female Operator
MILI	Move It or Lose It
MLB	Memory Left shift and Branch
MLP	Make Lousy Program
MLP	Multiply and Lose Precision
MLR	Move and Lose Record
MMF	Melt Main Frame
MMLG	Make Me Look Good
MNI	Misread Next Instruction
MOG	Make Operator Growl
MOP	Modify Operator's Personality
MPLP	Make Pretty Light Pattern
MRZ	Make Random Zap
MSGD	Make Screen Go Dim
MSP	Mistake Sign for Parity
MSPI	Make Sure Plugged In
MSR	Melt Special Register
MST	Mount Scotch Tape
MTE	Mangle Tape on Exit
MTI	Make Tape Invalid
MUG	Make Ugly Graphics
MUM	Multi-Use Mnemonics
MW	Malfunction Whenever
MW	Multiply Work
MWC	Move and Wrap Core
MWT	Malfunction Without Telling
NBC	Negate By Clearing
NCW	Notch Carriage and Way
NMI	Negate Most Integers
NOP	Needlessly Omit Pointer
NPC	Normalize Program Counter
NPN	No Program Necessary [VAX]
NTGH	Not Tonight, i've Got a Headache
OBB	Overflow Bit Bucket
OCF	Open Circular File
OMC	Obscene Message to Console
OMC	Overheat Memory Chip
OML	Obey Murphy's Laws
OPI	Order Pizza Immediately
OPP	Order Pizza for Programmer
OSI	Overflow Stack Immediate
OSI	Overflow Stack Indefinite
OSP	Open Six-Pack
OTL	Out To Lunch
OU	Offend User
P$*!	Punch Obscenity
PA	Punch in ASCII
PAL	Pack And Leave
PAS	Print And Smear
PAUD	PAUse Dramatically
PAZ	Pack Alpha Zone
PAZ	Pack Alpha and drop Zones
PBC	Print and Break Chain
PBD	Print and Break Drum
PBL	Pack Bags and Leave
PBM	Pop Bubble Memory
PBPBPBP	Place Backup in Plain Brown Paper Bag Please
PBST	Play Batch mode Star Trek
PCB	Pause for Coffee Break
PCD	PunCh Disk
PCI	Pleat Cards Immediate
PCR	Print and Cut Ribbon
PCS	Push to Centre of Stack
PD	Play Dead
PD	Punch Disk
PDLD	Power Down and Lock Door [to computer room]
PEHC	Punch Extra Holes in Cards
PEP	Print on Edge of Paper
PFD	Punt on Fourth Down
PFE	Print Floating Eye
PFML	Print Four Million Lines
PG	Print Garbage
PHO	Pull Hair Out
PI	Punch Invalid
PIBM	Pretend to be an IBM
PIC	Print Illegible Characters
PIC	Print Invalid Character
PIC	Punch Invalid Character
PLSC	Perform Light Show on Console
PNIH	Place Needle In Haystack
PNRP	Print Nasty Replies to Programmer
PO	Punch Operator
POCL	Punch Out Console Lights
POG	Print Only Greek
POP	Pop Or Push
POPI	Punch OPerator Immediate
POPN	Punch OPerator's Nose
PPA	Print Paper Airplanes
PPC	Purge Pascal Compiler [HP 3000]
PPL	Perform Perpetual Loop
PPP	Print Programmer's Picture
PPR	Play Punk Rock
PPSW	Pack Program Status Word
PPSW	Pack Progran Status Word
PRS	PRint and Smear
PSP	Print and Shred Paper
PSR	Print and Shred Ribbon
PTP	Produce Toilet Paper
PUO	Perform Unknown Operation
PVLC	Punch Variable Length Card
PWP	Print Without Paper
PWS	create PoWer Surge
PYS	Program YourSelf
QBDH	Quit and Become a DeadHead
QWYA	Quit While Your Ahead
RA	Randomize Answer
RAM	Randomly Access Memory
RAM	Read Ambiguous Memory
RAN	RANdom opcode [similar to 16-bit what gate]
RASC	Read And Shred Card
RAST	Read And Shred Tape
RAU	Ridicule All Users
RBAO	Ring Bell and Annoy Operator
RBLY	Restore Back-up from Last Year
RBT	Read Blank Tape
RBT	Rewind and Break Tape
RC	Rewind Core
RCAJ	Read Card And Jam
RCB	Read Command Backwards
RCB	Run Clock Backwards
RCC	Read Card and Chew
RCCP	Randomly Corrupt Current Process
RCF	Rewind Cabinet Fans
RCKG	Read Count Key and Garbage
RCL	Rotate Carry Left
RCP	Reschedule Car Payments
RCR	Rewind Card Reader
RCRV	Randomly Convert to Reverse Video
RCS	Read Card and Scramble data
RCSD	Read Card and Scramble Data
RD	Randomize Data
RD	Reverse Directions
RDA	Refuse to Disclose Answer
RDB	Replace Database with Blanks
RDB	Run Disk Backwards
RDD	Reverse Disk Drive
RDDBF	Rock Disk Drive Back and Forth
RDEB	Read and Drop Even number of Bits
RDF	Randomize Directory Filenames
RDI	Reverse Drum Immediate
RDI	Reverse Drun Immediate
RDI	Rewind Disk Immediate
RDR	Reverse Disk Rotation
RDS	ReaD Sideways
RENVR	REName Variables Randomly
RET	Read and Erase Tape
RF	Read Fingerprints
RG	Record Garbage
RHNEZ	Randomize and Halt if Not Equal to Zero
RHO	Randomize and Hold all Output
RIC	Rotate Illogical thru Carry
RID	Read Invalid Data
RIG	Read Inter-record Gap
RIOP	Rotate I/O Ports
RIR	Read Invalid Record
RIRG	Read Inter-Record Gap
RJE	Return Jump and Explode
RLC	Relocate and Lose Core
RLC	Reread Last Card
RLC	Rotate Left with Carolyn
RLI	Rotate Left Indefinitely
RLP	Refill Light Pen
RLP	Rewind Line Printer
RM	Ruin My files
RMI	Randomize Memory Immediate
RMM	Read Manager's Mind
RMT	ReMove Trap
RMV	Remove Memory Virtues
RN	Read Noise
RNBS	Reflect Next Bus Signal
RNR	Read Noise Record
ROC	Randomize Op Codes
ROC	Rotate Outward from Center
ROD	ROtate Diagonally
ROM	Read Operator's Mind
ROO	Rub Out Operator
ROOP	Run Out Of Paper
ROPF	Read Other People's Files
ROS	Reject Operating System
ROS	Return On Shield
RP	Read Printer
RPB	Raise Parity Bits
RPB	Read Print and Blush
RPB	Reverse Parity and Branch
RPBR	Reverse Parity and BRanch
RPC	Rotate Program Counter
RPM	Read Programmer's Mind
RPU	Read character and Print Upsidedown
RRC	Rotate Random thru Carry
RRR	Randomly Rotate Register
RRR	Read Record and Run away
RRR	Read Record and Run-away
RRRL	Random Rotate Register Left
RRRR	Random Rotate Register Right
RRSTC	Return on Ruby Slippers Triple-Click
RRT	Record and Rip Tape
RS	Random Slew
RSD	on Read error Self-Destruct
RST	Rewind and Stretch Tape
RSTOM	Read from STore-Only Memory
RT	Reduce Throughput
RTP	Reduce ThroughPut
RTS	Return To Sender
RVAC	Return from VACation
RWC	ReWind and Crash heads
RWCR	ReWind Card Reader
RWD	ReWind Disk
RWE	Run Without Error
RWF	Read Wrong File
RWT	Read/Write while stretching Tape
SA	Store Anywhere
SAD	Search And Destroy
SAI	Skip All Instructions
SAK	Snooze At Keyboard
SAS	Show Appendix Scar
SAS	Sit And Spin
SBE	Swap Bits Erratically
SBF	Skip on Bitbucket Full
SC	Scramble Channels
SC	Shred Cards
SCB	Spindle Card and Belch
SCCA	Short Circuit on Correct Answer
SCD	Shuffle and Cut Dec
SCH	Slit Cards Horizontal
SCI	Shred Cards Immediate
SCM	Set for Crash Mode
SCOM	Set Cobol-Only Mode
SCP	SCatter Printer
SCRRC	SCRamble Register Contents
SCST	Switch Channel to Star Trek
SCTR	Stick Card To Reader
SD	Scramble Directory
SD	Slip Disk
SDC	Spool Disk to Console
SDD	Seek and Destroy Data
SDD	Spin Disk Dry
SDDB	Snap Disk Drive Belt
SDE	Solve Differential Equations
SDI	Self Destruct Immediate
SDM	Search and Destroy Memory
SDR	Slam Down Rondo [worst soda ever made]
SEB	Stop Eating and Burp
SEOB	Set Every Other Bit
SESUR	Sing Elvis Songs Until he Returns
SEX	Set EXecution register
SEX	Sign EXtend
SFH	Set Flags to Half-mast
SFP	Send For Pizza
SFR	Send For Reinforcements
SFT	Stall For Time
SFTT	Strip Form Tractor Teeth
SHAB	SHift A Bit
SHABM	SHift A Bit More
SHB	Stop and Hang Bus
SHCD	SHuffle Card Deck
SHON	Simulate HONeywell CPU [permanent no-op]
SHR	SHift Random
SID	Switch to Infinite Density
SIP	Store Indefinite Precision
SJV	Scramble Jump Vectors
SLP	Sharpen Light Pen
SMC	Scramble Memory Contents
SMD	Spontaneous Memory Dump
SMR	Skip on Meaningless Result
SMS	Shred Mylar Surface
SNARF	System Normalize And Reset Flags
SNM	Show No Mercy
SNO	Send Nukes on Overflow
SOAWP	SOlve All the World'd Problems
SOB	Stew On Brew
SOD	Surrender Or Die
SOL	Shift On Low
SOP	Stop and Order Pizza
SOS	Sign Off, Stupid
SOT	Sit On a Tack
SP	Scatter Print
SPA	Sliding Point Arithmetic
SPB	Simulate Peanut Butter
SPD	SPin Disk
SPS	Set Panel Switches
SPSW	Scramble Program Status Word
SQPWYC	Sit Quietly and Play With Your Crayons
SRBO	Set Random Bits to Ones
SRBZ	Set Random Bits to Zeroes
SRC	Select Random Channel
SRC	Select Reader and Chew cards
SRCC	Select Reader and Chew Cards
SRD	Switch to Random Density
SRDR	Shift Right Double Ridiculous
SRO	Sort with Random Ordering
SROS	Store in Read-Only Storage
SRR	Shift Registers Random
SRSD	Seek Record and Scar Disk
SRSD	Seek Record and Scratch Disk
SRTC	Stop Real-Time Clock
SRU	Signoff Random User
SRZ	Subtract and Reset to Zero
SSB	Scramble Status Byte
SSD	Scratch System Disk
SSD	Stacker Select Disk
SSD	Stop and Scratch Disk [3815]
SSJ	Select Stacker and Jam
SSJP	Select Stacker and JumP
SSM	Solve by Supernatural Means
SSM	Stacker Select Memory
SSP	Seek SPindle
SSP	Smoke and SPark
SST	Seek and Stretch Tape
SSW	Scramble Status Word
ST	Set and Test
STA	STore Anywhere
STC	Slow To a Crawl
STD	Stop, Take Drugs
STM	STretch Magtape
STM	Skip on Third Monday
STO	Strangle Tape Operator
STRIKE	STRIKE for more pay, better hours, etc.
STROM	STore in Read-Only Memory
STTHB	Set Terminal to Three Hundred Baud
SUIQ	Subtract User's IQ
SUP	Shred User Printout
SUP	Solve Unsolvable Problem
SUS	Stop Until Spring
SUS	Subtract Until Senseless
SWAT	SWAp Terminals
SWN	SWap Nibbles
SWOS	Store in Write-Only Storage
SWS	Sort to Wrong Slots
SWT	Select Wrong Terminal
SWU	Select Wrong Unit
SWZN	Skip Whether Zero or Not
SZD	Switch to Zero Density
TAH	Take A Hike
TAI	Trap Absurd Inputs
TARC	Take Arithmetic Review Course
TBFTG	Two Burgers and Fries To Go
TC	Transmit Colors
TDB	Transfer and Drop Bits
TDRB	Test and Destroy Random Bits
TDS	Trash Data Segment
TET	Triple Execution Time [SUN]
TLNF	Teach me a Lesson i'll Never Forget
TLO	Turn indicator Lights Off
TLW	Transfer and Lose Way
TN	Take a Nap
TOAC	Turn Off Air Conditioner
TOG	Take Out Garbage
TOG	Time Out, Graduate
TOH	Take Operator Hostage
TOO	Turn On/off Operator
TOP	Trap OPerator
TOS	Trash Operating System
TOW	Take Over World
TPD	Terminal Printer Destruct
TPD	Total Program Diagnostic
TPD	Triple Pack Decimal
TPDH	Tell Programmer to Do it Himself
TPF	Turn Power oFf
TPN	Turn Power oN
TPO	Turn Power Off
TPR	Tear PapeR
TR	Turn into Rubbish
TRA	Te Rdls Arvs [type ridiculous abbreviations]
TRD	TRansfer and Drop bit
TSH	Trap Secretary and Halt
TSM	Trap Secretary and Mount
TST	Trash System Tracks
TT%CN	TeleType \(em Clunk Noise
TT%EKB	TeleType \(em Electrify KeyBoard
TTA	Try, Try Again
TTIHLIC	Try To Imagine How Little I Care
TTITT	Turn 2400 foot Tape Into Two 1200 foot Tapes
TTL	Tap Trunk Line
TTL	Time To Logoff
TYF	Trust Your Feelings
UA	Unload Accumulator
UAI	Use Alternate Instruction set
UAPA(AM)	Use All Power Available (And More)
UCB	Uncouple CPU and Branch
UCIP	Update Card In Place
UCK	Unlock Console Keyswitch
UCLB	Uncouple Comm Lines and Branch
UCM	Uncouple CoMm lines and branch
UCPUB	Uncouple CPUs and Branch
UDR	Update and Delete Record
UER	Update and Erase Record
UFO	Unidentified Flag Operation
ULDA	UnLoaD Accumulator
UMR	Unlock Machine Room
UNPD	UNPlug and Dump
UOP	Useless OPeration
UP	Understand Program[mer]
UPA	Use all Power Available
UPC	Understand Program[mer]'s Comments
UPI	Undo Previous Instruction
URB	Update, Resume and Branch
UTF	Unwind Tape onto Floor
UTF	Use The Force
UUBR	Use Undefined Base Register
VAX	Violate All eXecutions
VFE	Violate Field Engineer
VFO	Violate Female Operator
VMA	Violate Maintenance Agreement
VNO	Violate Noise Ordinance
VPA	Vanishing Point Arithmetic
VVM	Vaporize Virtual Memory
WAD	Walk Away in Disgust
WAT	WAste Time
WBB	Write to the Bit Bucket
WBT	Water Binary Tree
WC	Waste Core
WCR	Write to Card Reader
WDR	Warp disk DRive
WED	Write and Erase Data
WEMG	Write Eighteen Minute Gap
WF	Wait Forever
WGPB	Write Garbage in Process-control Block
WHFO	Wait until Hell Freezes Over
WHP	Wave Hands over Program
WI	Why Immediate
WI	Write Illegibly
WID	Write Invalid Data
WMC	Write Millions of Comments
WNAM	We Need A Miracle
WNHR	Write New Hit Record
WNR	Write Noise Record
WP	Write Poop
WPET	Write Past End of Tape
WPM	Write Programmer's Mind
WSE	Write Stack Everywhere
WSWW	Work in Strange and Wondrous Ways
WUPO	Wad Up Printer Output
WWLR	Write Wrong Length Record
WWR	Write Wrong Record
XXIO	eXecute Invalid Opcode
XXKF	eXecute Kermit the Frog
XXM	eXclusive Maybe
XXMB	eXclusive MayBe
XXOH	eXecute no-Op and Hang
XXOR	eXecute OpeRator
XXOS	eXchange Operator's Sex
XXPR	eXecute PRogrammer
XXPSW	eXecute Program Status Word
XXSP	eXecute Systems Programmer
XXVF	eXchange Virtue for Fun
YAB	Yet Another Bug
YASE	Yet Another Stupid Error
ZAP	Zero and Add Packed
ZAR	Zero Any Register
ZD	Zap Directory
ZEOW	Zero Every Other Word
ZPI	ZaP Immediate

Office Spacey

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He's Good Enough

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And strong enough.

And (Gosh Darn It!), Minnesotans *LIKE* him.

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Al Franken, the Junior Senator from the North Star State.
And to her we shall return.

This is true.

We also, come from the God (the father) and we are written individually into the Book of Life and shall thus, never 'die' (see "Time Bandits").

There are *two* aspects.

Pity we've got such a sucky language that makes the definition of 'it' male and 'it-female' as not significantly enough different from 'it'.

It would be much more clear if we dealt with he-it and she-it (and it-it, which we rarely address).

Has Canada Got the Cure?

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by Holly Dresse
Publicly funded health care has its problems, as any Canadian or Briton knows. But like democracy, it's the best answer we've come up with so far.

Should the United States implement a more inclusive, publicly funded health care system? That's a big debate throughout the country. But even as it rages, most Americans are unaware that the United States is the only country in the developed world that doesn't already have a fundamentally public--that is, tax-supported--health care system.

That means that the United States has been the unwitting control subject in a 30-year, worldwide experiment comparing the merits of private versus public health care funding. For the people living in the United States, the results of this experiment with privately funded health care have been grim. The United States now has the most expensive health care system on earth and, despite remarkable technology, the general health of the U.S. population is lower than in most industrialized countries. Worse, Americans' mortality rates--both general and infant--are shockingly high.

Different paths

Beginning in the 1930s, both the Americans and the Canadians tried to alleviate health care gaps by increasing use of employment-based insurance plans. Both countries encouraged nonprofit private insurance plans like Blue Cross, as well as for-profit insurance plans. The difference between the United States and Canada is that Americans are still doing this, ignoring decades of international statistics that show that this type of funding inevitably leads to poorer public health.

Meanwhile, according to author Terry Boychuk, the rest of the industrialized world, including many developing countries like Mexico, Korea, and India, viscerally understood that "private insurance would [never be able to] cover all necessary hospital procedures and services; and that even minimal protection [is] beyond the reach of the poor, the working poor, and those with the most serious health problems." 1 Today, over half the family bankruptcies filed every year in the United States are directly related to medical expenses, and a recent study shows that 75 percent of those are filed by people with health insurance.2

The United States spends far more per capita on health care than any comparable country. In fact, the gap is so enormous that a recent University of California, San Francisco, study estimates that the United States would save over $161 billion every year in paperwork alone if it switched to a singlepayer system like Canada's.3 These billions of dollars are not abstract amounts deducted from government budgets; they come directly out of the pockets of people who are sick.

The year 2000 marked the beginning of a crucial period, when international trade rules, economic theory, and political action had begun to fully reflect the belief in the superiority of private, as opposed to public, management, especially in the United States. By that year the U.S. health care system had undergone what has been called "the health management organization revolution." U.S. government figures show that medical care costs have spiked since 2000, with total spending on prescriptions nearly doubling. 4

Cutting costs, cutting care

There are two criteria used to judge a country's health care system: the overall success of creating and sustaining health in the population, and the ability to control costs while doing so. One recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal compares mortality rates in private forprofit and nonprofit hospitals in the United States. Research on 38 million adult patients in 26,000 U.S. hospitals revealed that death rates in for-profit hospitals are significantly higher than in nonprofit hospitals: for-profit patients have a 2 percent higher chance of dying in the hospital or within 30 days of discharge. The increased death rates were clearly linked to "the corners that for-profit hospitals must cut in order to achieve a profit margin for investors, as well as to pay high salaries for administrators."5

"To ease cost pressures, administrators tend to hire less highly skilled personnel, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists...," wrote P. J. Devereaux, a cardiologist at McMaster University and the lead researcher. "The U.S. statistics clearly show that when the need for profits drives hospital decisionmaking, more patients die."

The value of care for all

Historically, one of the cruelest aspects of unequal income distribution is that poor people not only experience material want all their lives, they also suffer more illness and die younger. But in Canada there is no association between income inequality and mortality rates--none whatsoever.

In a massive study undertaken by Statistics Canada in the early 1990s, income and mortality census data were analyzed from all Canadian provinces and all U.S. states, as well as 53 Canadian and 282 American metropolitan areas.6 The study concluded that "the relationship between income inequality and mortality is not universal, but instead depends on social and political characteristics specific to place." In other words, government health policies have an effect.

"Income inequality is strongly associated with mortality in the United States and in North America as a whole," the study found, "but there is no relation within Canada at either the province or metropolitan area level -- between income inequality and mortality."

The same study revealed that among the poorest people in the United States, even a one percent increase inincome resulted in a mortality decline of nearly 22 out of 100,000.

What makes this study so interesting is that Canada used to have statistics that mirrored those in the United States. In 1970, U.S. and Canadian mortality rates calculated along income lines were virtually identical. But 1970 also marked the introduction of Medicare in Canada -- universal, singlepayer coverage. The simple explanation for how Canadians have all become equally healthy, regardless of income, most likely lies in the fact that they have a publicly funded, single-payer health system and the control group, the United States, does not.

Infant mortality

Infant mortality rates, which refl ect the health of the mother and her access to prenatal and postnatal care, are considered one of the most reliable measures of the general health of a population. Today, U.S. government statistics rank Canada's infant mortality rate of 4.7 per thousand 23rd out of 225 countries, in the company of the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Australia, and Denmark. The U.S. is 43rd--in the company of Croatia and Lithuania, below Taiwan and Cuba.

All the countries surrounding Canada or above it in the rankings have tax-supported health care systems. The countries surrounding the United States and below have mixed systems or are, in general, extremely poor in comparison to the United States and the other G8 industrial powerhouses.

There are no major industrialized countries near the United States in the rankings. The closest is Italy, at 5.83 infants dying per thousand, but it is still ranked five places higher.7

In the United States, infant mortality rates are 7.1 per 1,000, the highest in the industrialized world -- much higher than some of the poorer states in India, for example, which have public health systems in place, at least for mothers and infants. Among the inner-city poor in the United States, more than 8 percent of mothers receive no prenatal care at all before giving birth.

Overall U.S. mortality

We would have expected to see steady decreases in deaths per thousand in the mid-twentieth century, because so many new drugs and procedures were becoming available. But neither the Canadian nor the American mortality rate declined much; in fact, Canada's leveled off for an entire decade, throughout the 1960s. This was a period in which private care was increasing in Canadian hospitals, and the steady mortality rates reflect the fact that most people simply couldn't afford the new therapies that were being offered. However, beginning in 1971, the same year that Canada's Medicare was fully applied, official statistics show that death rates suddenly plummeted, maintaining a steep decline to their present rate.

In the United States, during the same period, overall mortality rates also dropped, reflecting medical advances. But they did not drop nearly so precipitously as those in Canada after 1971. But given that the United States is the richest country on earth, today's overall mortality rates are shockingly high, at 8.4 per thousand, compared to Canada's 6.5.

Rich and poor

It has become increasingly apparent, as data accumulate, that the overall improvement in health in a society with tax-supported health care translates to better health even for the rich, the group assumed to be the main beneficiaries of the American-style private system. If we look just at the 5.7 deaths per thousand among presumably richer, white babies in the United States, Canada still does better at 4.7, even though the Canadian figure includes all ethnic groups and all income levels. Perhaps a one-per-thousand difference doesn't sound like much. But when measuring mortality, it's huge. If the U.S. infant mortality rate were the same as Canada's, almost 15,000 more babies would survive in the United States every year.

If we consider the statistics for the poor, which in the United States have been classified by race, we find that in 2001, infants born of black mothers were dying at a rate of 14.2 per thousand. That's a Third World figure, comparable to Russia's.8

But now that the United States has begun to do studies based on income levels instead of race, these "cultural" and genetic explanations are turning out to be baseless. Infant mortality is highest among the poor, regardless of race.

Vive la différence! Genetically, Canadians and Americans are quite similar. Our health habits, too, are very much alike -- people in both countries eat too much and exercise too little. And, like the United States, there is plenty of inequality in Canada, too. In terms of health care, that inequality falls primarily on Canadians in isolated communities, particularly Native groups, who have poorer access to medical care and are exposed to greater environmental contamination. The only major difference between the two countries that could account for the remarkable disparity in their infant and adult mortality rates, as well as the amount they spend on health care, is how they manage their health care systems.

The facts are clear: Before 1971, when both countries had similar, largely privately funded health care systems, overall survival and mortality rates were almost identical. The divergence appeared with the introduction of the single-payer health system in Canada.

The solid statistics amassed since the 1970s point to only one conclusion: like it or not, believe it makes sense or not, publicly funded, universally available health care is simply the most powerful contributing factor to the overall health of the people who live in any country. And in the United States, we have got the bodies to prove it.

Holly Dressel was born south of Chicago and lives in Montreal, Quebec. She is a writer/researcher and the best-selling co-author, with David Suzuki, of Good News for a Change and other works.

This article was adapted from Holly Dressel's book God Save the Queen--God Save Us All: An Examination of Canadian Hospital Care via the Life and Death of Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, to be published in 2007 by McGill/Queen's Press.

1Terry Boychuk. The Making and Meaning of Hospital Policy in the United States and Canada.University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor: 1999.
2David U. Himmelstein, et al. Health Affairs, Jan.-June 2005,http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/reprint/hlthaff.w5.63v1
3Professor James Kahn, UCSF, quoted in Harper's Magazine, "Harper's List," Feb. 2006.
4National Health Expenditure Data,www.cms.hhs.gov/NationalHealthExpendData/downloads/tables.pdf.
5Devereaux, Dr. P.J., et al. "A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Studies Comparing Mortality between Private For-Profit and Private Not-For-Profit Hospitals," Canadian Medical Association Journal, May, 2002.
6Nancy A. Ross et al. "Relation between income inequality and mortality in Canada and in the United States: cross sectional assessment using census data and vital statistics," Statistics Canada, reprinted in Health Geography, GEOG-303, ed. Nancy Ross, McGill University, 2005, pp. 109-117.
7CIA World Fact Book. www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html
8See, among many studies blaming race, Child Health USA 2003, Health Status - Infants; HRSA, with graphs such as "Breastfeeding Rates by Race/Ethnicity, 2001"; "Very Low Birth Weight Among Infants, by Race/Ethnicity 1985-2001";http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/chusa03.

As life calls me to travel far and wide,

thoughts of home go with me, as down the road I ride.

But, on the highest mountain, or out on the deep blue sea,

I can't forget my friends and family.

There's no place on the planet quite the same.

No matter how far out I go,

play this worldly game.

Breezes may smell sweeter, when far afield they blow,

but back to where I came from I must go.

To that godforsaken hellhole I call home.

It always draws me back again, wherever I may roam.

As squalid as Calcutta, as decadent as Rome,

that godforsaken hellhole I call home.

When I see that welcome sign, I shed a tear.

"Why have I come back again? 

What am I doing here?"

But like a life-long sentence,

without hope for parole,

I can't escape these shackles on my soul.

In that godforsaken hellhole I call home.

It always draws me back again, wherever I may roam.

Farther out than Fargo, lonelier than Nome,

that godforsaken hellhole I call home.

This stranger came to town and asked me "Why?"

Instead of pulling in again, I don't just pass it by.

But all my friends are buried here, 

and some of them are dead.

So home is where I'll always hang my head.

In that godforsaken hellhole I call home.

It always draws me back again, wherever I may roam.

As squalid as Calcutta, as decadent as Rome,

that godforsaken hellhole I call home.

Ukiah Rocks (heh)

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So, I was actually searching for Flash Video artists in the Ukiah area, but I've gotten off track, both in  downloading and listening to the Doobie Brothers' song, and in being distracted by this website:

I really can't fathom the 'mayberryness' of this place.  They not only look, sound and act like some kind of weird bumpkin sect, but their *dreams* of the future seek more of the same.

It really is freaky talking to them.  Utter disconnection for the most part.  I'm fascinated by their desires, but in the way that someone is fascinated with 'reality tv'.

The best part is the utter obliviousness that most of them have had to the disconnect.  When they wax poetic about the rural life and ask me to chime in the chorus and I offer a minored, diminished, or outright dissonant note, and they take it as if I'd agreed wholeheartedly.

This is by far the weirdest space I've been in yet.

Ukiah (Yokayo)

People rushin' everywhere
If they'd only slow down once they might find something there
Green trees and timber lands, people workin' with their hands
For sure a different way to live
Gonna keep my cabin at hand, retreat and live off the land
All around Ukiah, whoa

The mountain streams that rush on by
Show the fish are jumpin' and reflect the open sky
Fresh clean smell of the pines, symbol of unchanging times
All around this sacred land
Strangely, though, I've found my way, right here I'm gonna stay
In this land Ukiah, whoa

Fresh clean smell of the pines, symbol of unchanging times
All around this sacred land
Strangely, though I've found my way, right here I'm gonna stay
In this land Ukiah, whoa

Ooh, Ukiah
Ooh, Ukiah
Ooh, Ukiah
Ooh, Ukiah
Ooh, Ukiah

Yeah.  Twix.

The original (1995, Jill Sobule):

Jenny came over and told me about Brad

He's such a hairy behemoth she said

And dumb as a box of hammers

But he's such a handsome guy

And I opened up and I told her about Larry

And yesterday how he asked me to marry

I'm not giving him an answer yet

I think I can do better


So we laughed, compared notes

We had a drink, we had a smoke

She took off her overcoat

I kissed a girl

I kissed a girl

So she called home to say she'd be late

He said, he worried but now he'd feel safe

I'm glad you're with your girlfriend,

Tell her "Hi" for me

then I looked at you, you had guilt in your eyes

But it only lasted a little while

And then I felt your hand above my knee


And we laughed at the world

They can have their diamonds

And we'll have our pearls

I kissed a girl

I kissed a girl

I kissed a girl, her lips were sweet

She was just like kissing me

I kissed a girl, won't change the world

But I'm so glad

I kissed a girl

And we laughed at the world

They can have their diamonds

And we'll have our pearls

I kissed a girl (for the first time)

I kissed a girl (and I may do it again)

I kissed a girl

I kissed a girl

I kissed a girl, her lips were sweet

She was just like kissing me (but better)

I kissed a girl

I kissed a girl, won't change the world

But I'm so glad

I kissed a girl (for the first time)

I kissed a girl (won't be the last time)

I kissed a girl

I kissed a girl

The new (2008, Katy Perry):


This was never the way I planned

Not my intention

I got so brave, drink in hand

Lost my discretion

It's not what

I'm used to

Just wanna try u on

I'm curious for you

Caught my attention


I kissed a girl and I liked it

The taste of her cherry chapstick

I kissed a girl just to try it

I hope my boyfriend don't mind it

It felt so wrong

It felt so right

Don't mean I'm in love tonight

I kissed a girl and I liked it

I liked it


No I don't even know your name

It doesn't matter

You're my experimental game

Just human nature

It's not what

Good girls do

Not how they should behave

My head gets

So confused

Hard to obey


I kissed a girl and I liked it

The taste of her cherry chapstick

I kissed a girl just to try it

I hope my boyfriend don't mind it

It felt so wrong

It felt so right

Don't mean I'm in love tonight

I kissed a girl and I liked it

I liked it


Us girls we are so magical

Soft skin, red lips, so kissable

Hard to resist so touchable

Too good to deny it

Ain't no big deal, it's innocent


I kissed a girl and I liked it

The taste of her cherry chapstick

I kissed a girl just to try it

I hope my boyfriend don't mind it

It felt so wrong

It felt so right

Don't mean I'm in love tonight

I kissed a girl and I liked it

I liked it


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