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The reason why I hardly read the news…

Posted by dorian on March 24, 2012

...OR NOT.

Example: Here is the headlining news for today, (a straight cut-and-paste) from one of the top internet search engine news sites:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

  • Slain teen’s friends say he never picked a fight
  • Tsunami-tossed boat spotted off western Canada
  • Bales charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder
  • Woman to wed slain French soldier posthumously
  • 6 kids, 2 adults killed in West Virginia house fire
  • Deadly clashes in Egypt after soccer club banned
  • ‘Borat’ anthem at sports event angers Kazakhstan
  • Roadside bombing kills 5 in Afghanistan
  • Space junk forces astronauts to take shelter

Do you see anything positive up there? Something that will start your day off with a smile? Okay, maybe the Borat article made me snicker somewhat. but I can say that all of the above news were all on the negative side and called forth the stress hormones to come to the harm of the body, the spirit, and the mind. Stress= dis-ease.

There are other sources where you can educate yourself on current events (important for social interaction, real and/or virtual, and if you like to play Jeopardy!). Slim pickins, however. Most news sources cater to what will sell off the counter — Sensationalized crime stories, sports, and celebrity gossip.Violence and how the super rich live dictate what news publishers put out for us to read. So this morning, I will share some good news with you. Here are some, have a good day!

http://www.only-positive-news.com/

http://www.dailygood.org/

 http://www.happynews.com/

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It is Tuesday..and already a big horrible political climate.

Posted by Enkill_Eridos on January 11, 2011

]The more I watch the news the more I think our government and society are going down the toliet.

First notable news of the week.

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is convicted of money laundering, and conspiracy of illegally influencing Texas elections. That is the basic summary of the story. Mr. DeLay has of course said these allegations are false and he is being targeted by his political opponents. Which is plausible, but there is some preferential treatment here too I think. He gets sentenced, yet he has a $10,000 bail, which was paid. Now in 6 months, if his appeal doesn’t go through, he goes to prison. Of course, I think that if he never held the second highest position in the US government, he would probably have had to wait that 6 months in a prison like everyone else would have to. Three years is a slap on the wrist, particularly for an allegation this serious. All together he was facing a life sentence but that was reduced to three years and ten years probation. This effectively destroys his political career whether he is found not guilty during his appeal or not. The story was that he was convicted “in the most Democratic county in the most Republican state.” I feel that that sentence damages the word “democratic” because the word democratic is also used to describe the type of government we have and they are using it as if it’s a negative.

The second piece of news…A mentally unstable guy named Jared in Arizona killed some students, a teacher, a 9-year old girl, a judge, then a Congresswoman. You know what is blamed for this? Not the fact he is a very disturbed individual, but instead it’s the propaganda that the Tea Party ideals are involved because of who he shot. Looking at this guy’s YouTube page, I don’t see the connection with the Tea Party propaganda. Just looking at this guys YouTube page kinda made me question my own sanity for a minute. Not everything is a conspiracy. The Oklahoma City bombing wasn’t some CIA Black Op mission. It was a disturbed man who murdered innocent people including children. It was a tragedy. Much like this story, there isn’t much to it. Probably a voice in this guy’s head told him to do it. He just does not seem to be mentally stable and fully functioning.  His YouTube videos, including the one that burns an American flag, are filled with fragmented sentences that contradict each other regularly. As much as I would like for the Tea Party propaganda to have influenced his actions, that is simply not the case. This blog isn’t part of the media, so we like to tell the truth whenever possible. The truth is most likely that this guy is a schizophrenic, with multiple mental health issues. I am waiting to hear the propaganda, much like with the last school shooting, that blames the fact that he smoked pot and listened to rock and roll music.  The fact is anyone that would shoot 18 people, killing 6 of them, is mentally disturbed. He deserves to spend life in a state mental institution, which is nothing more than a prison with doctors, fancy drugs, and padded cells. We can start analyzing his life but I don’t understand where someone can get Tea Party propaganda being a cause, especially when he had no conservative leanings according to people that knew him.  Ultimately, I feel sorry for the family because they are going to be dragged into a media circus who will be looking for some angle to get readers and viewers.  The truth will never sell nearly as much as the propaganda will.  The truth is this guy was mentally unstable, and has probably been mentally unstable for a good portion of his life. So the case is solved here.  Whack-job has trouble dealing with life, has more problems than he can handle, gets a gun, and goes off the deep end, taking as many poor souls with him as he can. This guy is proud of what he did, the story on his mug shot says it all. Could there have been something someone could have done? Yes, the Baker Act laws allow anyone to have someone sent in for psychological evaluation if they feel the person is a danger to themselves or other people. Listening to his college classmates, if the school wasn’t going to do anything, one or more of them could have went to their local sheriff’s office and filed a report if they were sincerely afraid for their safety or even for his. If so many people truly were afraid of him, why didn’t anyone speak up? This tragedy could have been avoided, but it wasn’t. I suggest everyone listen to the interviews regarding this incident. Make up your own minds. Think about what you would do if you came in contact with someone for MONTHS ON END and continuously feared for your safety when in contact with him. Would you tell someone?

The only story out of these two that I will be watching closely is the one about the crazy guy that shot 18 people. Six people died with one of them being a 9-year old girl. I personally think he should get the death penalty for killing six people, especially due to the pride written all over his face in his mug shot. I’d like for him to get the death penalty, but I’d settle for him being in gen pop to be passed around for the rest of his life…

Obama made a touching speech today January 13th, 2011…I’m sorry but Obama is a good leader, especially since he urges us not to blame politics for this.

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let them marry and eat wedding cake! says arnold…

Posted by dorian on August 9, 2010

Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger was joined in the move by the attorney general and San Francisco city

Schwarzenegger calls for same-sex weddings to resume

 California’s governor and attorney general have asked a US federal judge to allow same-sex couples to wed pending an appeal against his rejection of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Backers of the ban had asked for a delay while the appeal was considered.

The judge ruled that the ban, known as Proposition 8, was unconstitutional.

“The public interest is best served by… restoring the right of same-sex couples to marry in California,” wrote a lawyer for Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Doing so is consistent with California’s long history of treating all people and their relationships with equal dignity and respect,” the lawyer wrote in a court filing on Friday.

Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is running for governor, filed a separate motion.

A lawyer for the city of San Francisco, which also joined the legal effort, said those supporting the ban had failed to show they would “suffer irreparable injury – or any injury at all” if gays were allowed to marry right away.

US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled on Wednesday that California’s marriage ban violated equal protection guarantees of the US Constitution.

The ban was passed in a ballot referendum by a vote of 52% to 48% in 2008.

But the ruling did not immediately take effect because backers of the ban requested a stay of the judgement pending their appeal against it.

In their request for a stay, ban proponents argued that legal chaos would ensue if same-sex couples were allowed to marry but the ban were eventually upheld by a higher court.

BBC News August 6, 2010

 

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I’ll take Easter in the U.S anytime. pass the peeps, please!

Posted by dorian on April 4, 2010

Filipino Catholics crucify themselves to mark Good Friday

Devout Catholics in the Philippines had themselves nailed to crosses while others whipped themselves until the blood flowed in a gruesome ritual to mark Good Friday.

By Ian MacKinnon in Hua Hin, Thailand
Published: 6:18PM BST 02 Apr 2010

Photo: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images

“this will hurt me more than it will hurt you”. i think not.

Devout catholics take part in a crucifixtion to mark Good Friday.

Devout catholics take part in a crucifixtion to mark Good Friday. Photo: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images

At least 23 people were crucified – one for the 24th time – in three villages north of Manila as the media recorded every moment from gantries erected around the crosses.

The Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines disapproves of the bloody spectacle that is a mark of the worshippers’ faith, but is powerless to stop the annual ritual. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let them eat Cake

Posted by dorian on April 4, 2010

April 4, 2010 SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

David Biello reports

How Will Climate Change Impact Bread?

Warming temperatures have already impacted wheat yields–in the U.S.

60-Second EarthListen to  podcast:


Climate change may already be hitting you—in the stomach. A new analysis reveals that higher average temperatures in Montana over the last six decades equal less wheat.

Plant scientist Luther Talbert of Montana State University and his colleagues looked at weather records for the Mountain State from 1950 to 2007. The month of March has had the most warming overall, increasing by nearly 0.1 degrees Celsius per year on average. As a result, farmers now plant wheat 10 days earlier.

In addition, higher temperatures in July linked up to less wheat to harvest and lighter grains.

In 2007, the U.S. grew 12.8 million metric tons of hard red spring wheat, which is primarily used to make bread. Yields of this staple grain have increased exponentially since the 1950s because better farming practices and new wheat breeds have more than made up for those hot Julys.

Such innovations will have to continue since the future is likely to be even hotter, according to the scientists. Breeding wheat to deal with high heat is compulsory if we want our daily bread.—David Biello

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The Rage Is Not About Health Care

Posted by dorian on March 29, 2010

Frank Rich photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

The Rage Is Not About Health Care

The New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Published: March 27, 2010

THERE were times when last Sunday’s great G.O.P. health care implosion threatened to bring the thrill back to reality television. On ABC’s “This Week,” a frothing and filibustering Karl Rove all but lost it in a debate with the Obama strategist David Plouffe. A few hours later, the perennially copper-faced Republican leader John Boehner revved up his “Hell no, you can’t!” incantation in the House chamber — instant fodder for a new viral video remixing his rap with will.i.am’s “Yes, we can!” classic from the campaign. Boehner, having previously likened the health care bill to Armageddon, was now so apoplectic you had to wonder if he had just discovered one of its more obscure revenue-generating provisions, a tax on indoor tanning salons.

But the laughs evaporated soon enough. There’s nothing entertaining about watching goons hurl venomous slurs at congressmen like the civil rights hero John Lewis and the openly gay Barney Frank. And as the week dragged on, and reports of death threats and vandalism stretched from Arizona to Kansas to upstate New York, the F.B.I. and the local police had to get into the act to protect members of Congress and their families.

How curious that a mob fond of likening President Obama to Hitler knows so little about history that it doesn’t recognize its own small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht. The weapon of choice for vigilante violence at Congressional offices has been a brick hurled through a window. So far.

No less curious is how disproportionate this red-hot anger is to its proximate cause. The historic Obama-Pelosi health care victory is a big deal, all right, so much so it doesn’t need Joe Biden’s adjective to hype it. But the bill does not erect a huge New Deal-Great Society-style government program. In lieu of a public option, it delivers 32 million newly insured Americans to private insurers. As no less a conservative authority than The Wall Street Journal editorial page observed last week, the bill’s prototype is the health care legislation Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts. It contains what used to be considered Republican ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in News, Opinion, Politics, Religion, Sex | 19 Comments »

The Pope and those pesky sex scandals of the priestly kind

Posted by dorian on March 29, 2010

Pope will ‘not be intimidated by petty gossip’ over sex abuse scandals

Pope Benedict XVI began Holy Week on Sunday by suggesting in his Palm Sunday address that the Catholic Church would “not be intimidated” by the sex abuse scandals sweeping it.

By Nick Pisa in Rome
Published: 3:30PM BST 28 Mar 2010

Pope Benedict XVI Leads Palm Sunday At St. Peter's Square

Pope Benedict XVI Leads Palm Sunday At St. Peter’s Square Photo: GETTY

In a clear indication that the Vatican continues to insist the stream of abuse revelations are part of a conspiracy the Pope said: “From God comes the courage not to be intimidated by petty gossip.”

Although he did not directly mention the crisis that has seen claims of abuse from Ireland, Germany, Austria, Holland and Brazil the 82 year old Pontiff’s message was evidently clear.

As he spoke, thousands of pilgrims who had gathered in a sunlit St Peter’s Square clapped and shouted “Viva il Papa” (Long Live The Pope). The scandals seemingly not to have had an impact on their faith.

Last week the Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said the abuse allegations were part of an “ignoble attempt to strike at Pope Benedict XVI and his closest collaborators at any cost”. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in conspiracy theories, News, notorious, Religion, Sex | 1 Comment »

President Obama signs historic health care bill

Posted by dorian on March 23, 2010

Richard Adams Tuesday 23 March 2010 16.21 GMT guardian.co.uk

The final, formal act that ends the long journey of US healthcare reform into concrete legislation happened just before noon this morning, when President Obama signed into law an $938bn overhaul extending coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans.

“Mr President, you’re the guy that made it happen… You’ve done what generations of great men and women have attempted to do, Republicans and Democrats,” said Joe Biden, introducing Obama at the signing ceremony. (Embracing Obama after his remarks, Biden appears to have been picked up on an open mic saying to the president: “This is a big f*****g deal”.)

The signing ceremony took place in a packed East Room of the White House before a crowd of congressional leaders, guests and members of the Kennedy family, including Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Senator Edward Kennedy, who had fought for years to reform America’s healthcare system and remove many of the system’s worst abuses. Representative Bart Stupak, who helped broker the anti-abortion compromise that brought his voting bloc on board and provided the crucial margin of victory, was also in the audience.

Before signing, Obama ticked off a list of the benefits that the new law would bring immediately. “This year, insurance companies will no longer be able to drop people’s coverage when they get sick,” he said, to loud applause.
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