Native Culture

The Kalispel Tribe is holding its annual Powwow meeting. This is the first time I’ve been able to go.

Native dancers from as far as Arizona and even Kansas I think attended.  Colorful dancing costumes were in abundance, as was Native American music and food.

Annual powwow meetings are held throughout the country to reaffirm Native American heritage and culture.

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US stalls on Sept. 11 trial

This is interesting:

As the U.S. military prepares for the first war crimes trial under President Barack Obama, its most high-profile case against the planners of the Sept. 11 attacks is stuck in political and legal limbo.

Canadian prisoner Omar Khadr, accused of killing an American soldier during a raid on an al-Qaida compound, is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 9 at the U.S. base in Cuba.

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Warmer, Warmer, Warmest

NOAA: Past Decade Warmest on Record According to Scientists in 48 Countries

Ten Indicators of a Warming World.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

The 2009 State of the Climate report released today draws on data for 10 key climate indicators that all point to the same finding: the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable. More than 300 scientists from 160 research groups in 48 countries contributed to the report, which confirms that the past decade was the warmest on record and that the Earth has been growing warmer over the last 50 years.

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Universal National Service Act

Yet another attempt to enslave Americans is being tried.

The Universal National Service Act:

To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

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WikiLeaks Releases 91,000 Documents on Afghanistan War

In a blow to U.S. hegemony and belligerence, WikiLeaks has released 91,000 documents on the Afghanistan conflict.

The Afghan War Diary is massive, containing detailed day-to-day events.  The White House is livid of course, calling this exposure “irresponsible” and is in full-retreat, coverup and scramble mode.

The reason is obvious — we’ve been repeatedly lied to, again and again and again.  Support for our intervention is lagging and this exposure reveal the duplicious nature of US Government “policy”, and that of Pakistan.

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Five Years of Blogging

Oh wow, it’s been five years of blogging already. I just realized that this blog was begun in July 2005.

On the up side to this effort: I’m still here and so are most of you.  My fingernails are getting worn and so is my patience. A lot has happened in the world and we’re still headed down the same self-destructive path as ever.  Not much is being done to change this fact, unfortunately.  I stand by my conclusions reported years ago on what we should expect, what we should do and where this is all still headed.

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Poor Babies….

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.  These poor babies are crying in their milk that life is such a fucking disaster…

I’ll cry, because these thieves are part of the problem.  They sold every “investor” the lie that they can have the good life in perpetuity, never admitting that the entire thing is just one giant Ponzi scheme, always robbing from Peter to pay Paul ad infinitum.  And now it’s all going up in smoke….

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Monday Melt

Hi everybody.  It’s been a deliberate while since I posted something here. This was no accident despite my busy schedule, the world news developments have ground on inexorably towards the same conclusions I’ve long since laid down.  The leaking sea bed in the Gulf is a worry (if you’re paying attention) or not (if you’re not) and the economic doom is still poised like a falling guillotine over everybody’s head.

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Crimes That Pay

Oakland is in melt-down mode.  The police department now claims that it won’t respond to any of these crimes:

  • burglary
  • theft
  • auto accidents
  • embezzlement
  • grand theft
  • grand theft:dog
  • identity theft
  • false information to peace officer
  • required to register as sex or arson offender
  • dump waste or offensive matter
  • discard appliance with lock
  • loud music
  • possess forged notes
  • pass fictitious check
  • obtain money by false voucher
  • fraudulent use of access cards
  • stolen license plate
  • embezzlement by an employee (over $ 400)
  • extortion
  • attempted extortion
  • false personification of other
  • injure telephone/ power line
  • interfere with power line
  • unauthorized cable tv connection
  • vandalism
  • administer/expose poison to another’s

And that’s just a partial list, there are supposedly 44 total crimes that will simply be ignored.

Unable to meet it’s budgetary demands, 80 officers are being laid off.

Interesting that they can be so “specific” on what they will and will not respond to.  Using the published list, it appears if these crimes are not revenue generating sources for the city — then they get ignored.

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Freedom Under Assault

Fingerprint scanners, photos, security cameras now required – to skate.

This sets a very bad precedence. If the people accept this, then they will start doing this in other locations. This needs to be categorically rejected.

Bureaucrats are pretty stupid and so are most cops. These kinds of things do not stop crime, and are very easy to circumvent. A number of studies have been done proving that surveillance cameras don’t work at preventing crime.

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Dead Bodies Washing Up On The Gulf Coast

There have been some new developments in the Gulf oil disaster.  But they’re probably not what you think.

Speculation is running rampant.  Conspiracy theories are making the rounds.  But what is truth in all of this?

Are there dead bodies washing up on the Gulf coast?  Is there a nuclear weapon being lowered down the relief well?  Will massive evacuations take place through the Gulf states?  Will martial law be declared?  Will BP deputize American law enforcement?  Will there be roundups and internment camps?

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The Death of Irony

I thought that this must be a joke:

Hundreds Drown In Russian Heatwave (found on Desdemona Despair).

But it’s not.  It’s real.

It’s so hot there that people’s shoes are getting stuck in the tarmac.  They’re sending water trucks to pry them out.

The eastern U.S. is now experiencing it’s own heatwave (of many, many more to come).  Washington D.C. is 104, and in that humidity, it might as well be 130 in Arizona.

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Pawns & Pieces

I’ve been working on another long article, but don’t think it’s ready, and I’m half-convinced that I should not publish it at all.

Basically, as I’ve said too many times before, it’s probably futile to point to our human condition.  The faults that we have that drive us to engage in activities like war, violence, corruption, destruction, planetary annihilation, those kind of things.

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A Plea For Independence

The 4th of July is not what most people think it is.  Now, a few hundred years later, it’s something else entirely.

This is a plea for true independence – from war, from genocide, from senseless slaughter, and from mass brainwashing in support of these things:

Humans are not supposed to eat their own young, but it is exactly what we are doing.  While we mortgage the economic future of our children through worldwide empires built on corruption and debt, building a series of oligarchical societies quickly returning the world to feudalism, we similarly are raising a generation of our children to fight wars, narco-wars, oil wars, wars meant to exploit resources and maximize poverty, despair and breed another generation of extremism and fear.  Genocidal Empire – PRIMORDIALISM€ AND THE DECLINE OF HUMAN CULTURE

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Random Thoughts

Just some rambling, random thoughts:

Among those not entitled to compensation from the $20 billion fund, according to Feinberg, are fishermen who operated on a cash basis and tourism and home owners “not directly affected” by the oil spill. These sweeping exclusions will likely bar the majority of the spill’s victims from any compensation.

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