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  • Top Ten Green Energy Good News Stories, 6/1/13
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      yes, up here, in vermont
      we have some discussion going on

      about wind turbines,
      and hydro-electric

      [small scale, canada [ian interests] bought all
      the big dams/gas co./elect. co. etc...]

      about vt yankee [entergy]
      down at the corner of vt/nh/mass

      i see a lot of small/medium scale solar,locally
      and also a natural gas pipeline ? [under the lake]

      as always a balance ? between local and corporate
      i would much rather see where my power comes from

  • President Obama and Counter-Terrorism: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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      ok bill
      if the stat i heard, is correct
      for every 'target' 'attained'
      there are 49 innocents killed

      it's lazy and cowardly
      and it is not 'war'
      although it is a 'war crime'

    • -

      when you say
      i hear murder

      as for the rest
      you don't mince words
      thank you, for that

  • Hawking joins Academic Boycott of Israel
    • -
      well, look at that
      an educated man with a little sway
      speaks for everyone, bothered by this

      forget about apartheid
      they are, as we speak, courting
      their own destruction

  • How the US Decides Drone-kill People when it Doesn't Know Who they Are (Currier)
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      this is murder,
      plain and simple

      what is
      happening to us ?

      are we are becoming
      the 'enemy',

      through ignorance
      and fear ?

  • When we Kill without Caring: Bill Moyers on the Downside of Drones (Video)
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      we need to call it what it is

      it is murder - it is not war

      another example of technology

      getting ahead of morality

      why the hell are we so good

      at killing people and causing misery

      and so lousy at sorting things out,

      without resorting to this brutality

      the memo i got, said > 'thou shall not kill'

      did you all get a different one ?

  • Omar Khayyam (162) "Be happy, since once you're upset it goes on forever"
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      reincarnation, sure

      but it'll take a
      billion ages or more

      don't count on it.
      better to grasp

      this life, fully.
      when you consider

      all that it took,
      to get here

  • Omar Khayyam (458) "Be happy in this fleeting moment"
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      i never went anywhere
      people think they

      come and go
      it's understandable

      but when you discover
      what you really are

      you will understand
      we've never been apart

  • Wagging the Dog in Gaza: Netanyahu's Skirmish of Fear (Sternfeld)
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      you'd think israel was the center of the universe
      i can assure you it is not and never will be

      that certain people called 'dibs' on this place and
      changed the name and occupied the original inhabitants

      and continues to do injury to them and all of us
      while we sit back and wait for what ? to happen

      there needs to be a reverse emancipation
      every single palestinian should leave that place

      the whole world will receive you with open arms
      and then we will see what those 'settlers' got [get]

  • Gaza Aid Ship Estelle Commandeered by Israeli Navy; Israel kidnaps European Members of Parliament
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      if you have not read ken o'keefe's account
      of the assault on the mavi marmara,
      here it is,
      in his own words :

      "I said this straight to Israeli agents, probably of Mossad or Shin Bet, and I say it again now, on the morning of the attack I was directly involved in the disarming of two Israeli Commandos. This was a forcible, non-negotiable, separation of weapons from commandos who had already murdered two brothers that I had seen that day. One brother with a bullet entering dead center in his forehead, in what appeared to be an execution. I knew the commandos were murdering when I removed a 9mm pistol from one of them. I had that gun in my hands and as an ex-US Marine with training in the use of guns it was completely within my power to use that gun on the commando who may have been the murderer of one of my brothers. But that is not what I, nor any other defender of the ship did. I took that weapon away, removed the bullets, proper lead bullets, separated them from the weapon and hid the gun. I did this in the hopes that we would repel the attack and submit this weapon as evidence in a criminal trial against Israeli authorities for mass murder.
      I also helped to physically separate one commando from his assault rifle, which another brother apparently threw into the sea. I and hundreds of others know the truth that makes a mockery of the brave and moral Israeli military. We had in our full possession, three completely disarmed and helpless commandos. These boys were at our mercy, they were out of reach of their fellow murderers, inside the ship and surrounded by 100 or more men. I looked into the eyes of all three of these boys and I can tell you they had the fear of God in them. They looked at us as if we were them, and I have no doubt they did not believe there was any way they would survive that day. They looked like frightened children in the face of an abusive father.
      But they did not face an enemy as ruthless as they. Instead the woman provided basic first aid, and ultimately they were released, battered and bruised for sure, but alive. Able to live another day. Able to feel the sun over head and the embrace of loved ones. Unlike those they murdered. Despite mourning the loss of our brothers, feeling rage towards these boys, we let them go. The Israeli prostitutes of propaganda can spew all of their disgusting bile all they wish, the commandos are the murders, we are the defenders, and yet we fought. We fought not just for our lives, not just for our cargo, not just for the people of Palestine, we fought in the name of justice and humanity. We were right to do so, in every way."

  • US Drone Strikes on Pakistan: Counting the Bodies (Ross)
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      thanks bill
      i enjoyed that

      you're the first one [on the net] to use my manner
      of expression in an attempt to impugn my argument

      i'm sure you're familiar with the term 'apologist'
      your kind of thinking has led to this present situation

      if 'our ally' and even the usa, thinks it can continue
      to 'strong-arm' the rest of the world towards it's will,

      we have forgotten our recent history circa the 20th century.
      when one nation [or an alliance] tries to exceed their reach

      the other nation states [and alliances] gather to set them straight
      this is where we are now and as the aggressors we will fall [fail]

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      no discussion necessary
      indiscriminate murder

      a war crime and a crime
      against humanity

      this infernal machine we've
      built will surely destroy us

      in our lifetimes
      and on our watch

  • Omar Khayyam (2) "Who brought you here?"
  • Top Myths about Iran's Nuclear Enrichment Program
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      well juan
      at least we have you

      if only there were more
      who would listen,

      perhaps the new world
      would stop ruining the old

      we have much more to learn
      than we have to teach

  • Omar Khayyam (442) "I wish there were a place to rest..."
    • -
      oh, the earth will be here
      we're the ones that won't

      if we continue
      with this nonsense

  • Omar Khayyam (412) "Don't waste a minute of your life"
    • -
      wine is the juice
      that unties tongues

      it let's the mind dance
      in worlds far flung

  • Omar Khayyam (170) "For a hand ... which always grips a wine glass"
    • along these lines i'll throw this one, out there :
      the void is not empty
      it's filled with light
      of this i am sure of
      with all of my might

      the world is troubled
      as i rest tonight
      half in darkness
      something’s not right

      the day will break
      the sun will rise
      and i'll see things
      through different eyes

      i hope that my visions
      not clouded by doubt
      peace among all of us
      is the only way out
      now i write these off the cuff
      usually in five minutes or less

      but i did notice a symmetry here
      sometimes i count the syllables,
      for balance

      and thank you juan
      for the translations

  • "Bully Worship has become a Universal Religion" (George Orwell Poster)
    • george orwell - meets plato
      big brother
      doesn’t watch you
      you watch it

      how would you know
      if you’ve seen the truth
      if you never got dragged up
      from that cave

      images cast on the far wall
      sounds in time with the play
      in front of our eyes

      didn’t notice being
      tied down - fettered
      in this state - we stay

  • Omar Khayyam (51)
    • -
      back in the prison
      of the pen and page

      these thoughts have arisen

      i filed relentlessly and
      died of old age

  • Omar Khayyam (19)
    • robert@1:38

      could you please define [for me]
      what a poet is ?

      people keep calling me one
      and i don't know how to react

      please put it in
      eight lines or less

      your opinion is yours [but]
      that don't make it a fact

  • Egypt Scientific Institute up in Flames
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      you could destroy every word
      that has ever been written

      and still those yet to be born
      would surely write many more

      what have we really lost ?
      nothing - except the future

  • News that Makes you Go 'Hunh'?
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      yes but

      charlie parker
      had it going on

      i defy any one
      to do what he did

      maybe we should
      have listened harder

      when you hear the truth
      you can't close your ears

      when the universe sings
      you know we got to dance

  • Steve Jobs: Arab-American, Buddhist, Psychedelic Drug User, and Capitalist World-Changer
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      there are two things going on here
      one is insight - the other is vision

      really though - they are each - and both -
      the same thing - one looks in - the other out

      once in awhile a man comes along
      that combines these in such a way

      that the whole world takes notice
      generations heap praise upon him


      we came from the stars
      we're headed to space

      here but a moment
      this empirical place

      our life's but a tangent
      that touches this earth

      if we play our cards right
      this'll be our last birth

  • Fukushima Core Failure a Level 7 (the Worst)
    • yes
      we have one here in vermont
      after forty years
      they want to re-license
      it for twenty more years

      vermont is unique in that
      it is the only state that can
      nix their plans through
      the legislature [and they have]

      it is of the same design
      and manufacturer as Fukushima

      'nuff said
      don't ya think ?

      and of course
      they will skirt
      full [and prompt]


  • Answer to Glenn Greenwald
    • war is always a failure of diplomacy
      nothing to be proud of

      on the contrary

      it only brings shame to the participants
      and needless suffering to the aggressed

      do we really want force
      to be the answer, again ?


      'an eye for an eye...'
      [makes all of us blind]

      so easy to fight the battles
      over there

      if you don't think there coming here
      study a little history

  • What if? and the Meltdown Threat
  • Iraq Roiled by Protests, 2 Killed in Sulaimaniya
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      this is a bell that can't be unrung
      nor can it's sound be tempered

      it rings in the heart of every man

      tell me you felt nothing when the
      oppressor was finally relieved

      when the roar went up in the streets

  • Mubarak Defies a Humiliated America, Emulating Netanyahu
    • yes juan

      here you have spoken many truths
      you have the words and perception
      of a warrior but you fight with words
      and we all know about the pen and sword
      lot's of things
      started in egypt

      'bout time something
      ended there too

  • Saad's Revolution: Cole at Truthdig
  • Glaspie Memo Vindicates Her, Shows Saddam's Thinking
    • the french have a word -arnaque-
      roughly translated it means a trick,
      a swindle, a con a trap even

      that's what we have here
      [prelude to iraqi invasion]

      and if you think back
      this is when things
      took a wrong turn
      in so many ways

      as such
      april glaspie
      plays a role

      well acted
      i might add

      none the less

  • Map: Modern Iran
    • thank you
      for the map[s]

      i can recommend the
      nat/geo article on iran

      and pbs rick steve's
      when they have surrounded us
      by taking mexico
      then canada

      i'll start worrying

  • Political Cartoon: Obama's Stitches
  • O'Donnell SNL Spoof
    • ok

      if a house falls on you
      you are obviously a witch

      'and the little dog too'

      only a witch would
      say that

  • Abedin: The Illusion of a ‘limited war’ against Iran
    • W.B Yeats

      Turning and turning in the widening gyre
      The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity.
      Surely some revelation is at hand;
      Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
      The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
      When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
      Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert.

      A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
      A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
      Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
      Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
      The darkness drops again; but now I know
      That twenty centuries of stony sleep
      were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
      And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
      Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  • Dispute over Civilian Casualties Roils US-Afghan Relations
    • 'we all
      died a little
      in that war'

      [outlaw -
      josey wales]


      let's not
      die a lot

      in this
      next one

  • The Israel Lobbies and Breitbartism: Dirty Tricks, Taboos and the threat to American Democracy
    • yes juan
      well said

      there is something about the truth
      it has a certain ring to it
      sort of like crystal

      it is easily heard
      impossible to deny
      once it makes that sound

      so much better
      than speaking a lie
      and knowing it

      for the teller
      for the recipients

      'always tell the truth
      it's so much easier
      than remembering
      a lie"


      never go to war
      on a pack of lies

  • Palin on the Ground Zero Mosque vs. the Founding Fathers
    • there is a huge difference
      my friend

      from those that can't choose
      to those that can
      and don't

      willful ignorance

      not one of dantes'

      but hell it is
      no less

  • Fundamentalist bombings of Lahore mystical Shrine leave 42 Dead, 175 Wounded
    • from the nicholson translation:

      "he who
      says that he finds no pleasure in sounds and melodies and
      music is either a liar and a hypocrite or he is not in his right
      senses, and is outside of the category of men and beasts. Those
      who prohibit music do so in order that they may keep the
      Divine commandment, but theologians are agreed that it is
      permissible to hear musical instruments if they are not used for
      diversion, and if the mind is not led to wickedness through
      hearing them. Many traditions are cited in support of this
      view. Thus, it is related that A isha said : " A slave-girl was
      singing in my house when Umar asked leave to enter. As
      soon as she heard his step she ran away. He came in and the
      Apostle smiled. O Apostle of God, cried Umar, what hath
      made thee smile ? The Apostle answered, A slave-girl was
      singing here, but she ran away as soon as she heard thy step.
      I will not depart, said Umar, until I hear what the Apostle
      heard. So the Apostle called the girl back and she began to
      sing, the Apostle listening to her." Many of the Companions
      have related similar traditions, which Abu ( Abd al- Rahman
      al-Sulami has collected in his Kitdb al-Samd 2 ; and he has
      pronounced such audition to be permissible. In practising
      audition, however, the Sufi Shaykhs desire, not permissibility as
      the vulgar do, but spiritual advantages. Licence is proper for
      beasts, but men who are subject to the obligations of religion
      ought to seek spiritual benefit from their actions. Once, when
      I was at Merv, one of the leaders of the Ahl-i hadith* and the
      most celebrated of them all said to me : "I have composed
      a work on the permissibility of audition." I replied : " It is
      a great calamity to religion that the Imam should have made
      lawful an amusement which is the root of all immorality." " If
      you do not hold it to be lawful," said he, " why do you practise
      it ? " I answered : " Its lawfulness depends on circumstances
      and cannot be asserted absolutely : if audition produces a lawful
      effect on the mind, then it is lawful ; it is unlawful if the effect
      is unlawful, and permissible if the effect is permissible."

      Chapter on the Principles of Audition.

      You must know that the principles of audition vary with the
      variety of temperaments, just as there are different desires in
      various hearts, and it is tyranny to lay down one law for all.
      Auditors (mustami anjmay be divided into two classes: (i) those
      who hear the spiritual meaning, (2) those who hear the material
      sound. There are good and evil results in each case. Listening
      to sweet sounds produces an effervescence (jrhalaydri) of the
      substance moulded in Man : true (Jwqq) if the substance be
      true, false (bdtil) if the substance be false. When the stuff of
      a man s temperament is evil, that which he hears will be evil
      too. The whole of this topic is illustrated by the story of
      David, whom God made His vicegerent and gave him a sweet
      voice and caused his throat to be a melodious pipe, so that
      wild beasts and birds came from mountain and plain to hear
      him, and the water ceased to flow and the birds fell from the
      air. It is related that during a month s space the people who
      were gathered round him in the desert ate no food, and the
      children neither wept nor asked for milk ; and whenever the
      folk departed it was found that many had died of the rapture
      that seized them as they listened to his voice : one time, it is
      said, the tale of the dead amounted to seven hundred maidens
      and twelve thousand old men. Then God, wishing to separate
      those who listened to the voice and followed their temperament
      from the followers of the truth (ahl-i haqq) who listened to the
      spiritual reality, permitted Iblis to work his will and display
      his wiles. Iblis fashioned a mandoline and a flute and took
      up a station opposite to the place where David was singing.

      AUDITION. 403

      David s audience became divided into two parties : the blest and
      the damned. Those who were destined to damnation lent ear
      to the music of Iblis, while those who were destined to felicity
      remained listening to the voice of David. The spiritualists
      (ahl-i mctnf) were conscious of nothing except David s voice,
      for they saw God alone ; if they heard the Devil s music, they
      regarded it as a temptation proceeding from God, and if they
      heard David s voice, they recognized it as being a direction from
      God ; wherefore they abandoned all things that are merely
      subsidiary and saw both right and wrong as they really are.
      When a man has audition of this kind, whatever he hears is
      lawful to him. Some impostors, however, say that their audition
      is contrary to the reality. This is absurd, for the perfection of
      saintship consists in seeing everything as it really is, that the
      vision may be right ; if you see otherwise, the vision is wrong.
      The Apostle said : " O God, let us see things as they are."
      Similarly, right audition consists in hearing everything as it is
      in quality and predicament. The reason why men are seduced
      and their passions excited by musical instruments is that they
      hear unreally : if their audition corresponded with the reality,
      they would escape from all evil consequences. The people of
      error heard the word of God, and their error waxed greater
      than before. Some of them quoted " The eyes attain not unto
      Him" (Kor. vi, 103) as a demonstration that there shall be no
      vision of God ; some cited " Then He settled Himself on the
      throne" (Kor. vii, 52) to prove that position and direction may
      be affirmed of Him ; and some argued that God actually
      "comes", since He has said, "And thy Lord shall come and
      the angels rank by rank" (Kor. Ixxxix, 23). Inasmuch as error
      was implanted in their minds, it profited them nothing to hear
      the Word of God. The Unitarian, on the other hand, when
      he peruses a poem, regards the Creator of the poet s nature
      and the Disposer of his thoughts, and drawing an admonition
      therefrom, sees in the act an evidence of the Agent. Thus he
      finds the right way even in falsehood, while those whom we have
      mentioned above lose the way in the midst of truth."

  • Israelis Could Expel Thousands of Palestinians from Palestine
    • well
      the solution
      [hesitate to use the word]
      seems simple to me
      every single last one
      should get as far away
      as fast as they can

      let them have
      what they covet most
      left to there own devices
      they will soon be toast

      the whole world
      should help them leave
      and let's see what happens
      when the ones who practice
      to deceive finally get their wish

      i say let that piece of stone behind
      truly inherit the earth
      and all mankind
      can breathe a sigh of relief

      that's how to solve this puzzle
      break the siege not for trade
      but to help them to leave

      let the bastards have their
      ill gotten gain and stop hiding
      behind the real settlers

      that's right the ones
      that have been there
      the whole time

      feel free to substitute
      us for them
      and they or their

      at any time

  • Blog Migration
    • yes juan
      a vast improvement
      much easier to read
      one request though:
      please do not change the format
      so that it is so wide that we have
      to shuttle back and forth to read it
      paul at 'war in context' and phillip
      at 'mondoweiss' have done this
      and it is very frustrating trying to
      read them in said fashion
      thank you for your efforts
      very much appreciated

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