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November 10th, 2008

Keith Olbermann Special Comment: The Passage of Prop 8

http://thenewshole.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/11/10/1667759.aspx

Special Comment: The Passage of Prop 8
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2008 9:01 PM by Countdown
Filed Under: Special Comment

Finally tonight as promised, a Special Comment on the passage, last week, of Proposition Eight in California, which rescinded the right of same-sex couples to marry, and tilted the balance on this issue, from coast to coast.

Some parameters, as preface. This isn’t about yelling, and this isn’t about politics, and this isn’t really just about Prop-8. And I don’t have a personal investment in this: I’m not gay, I had to strain to think of one member of even my very extended family who is, I have no personal stories of close friends or colleagues fighting the prejudice that still pervades their lives.

And yet to me this vote is horrible. Horrible. Because this isn’t about yelling, and this isn’t about politics.

This is about the… human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it.

If you voted for this Proposition or support those who did or the sentiment they expressed, I have some questions, because, truly, I do not… understand. Why does this matter to you? What is it to you? In a time of impermanence and fly-by-night relationships, these people over here want the same chance at permanence and happiness that is your option. They don’t want to deny you yours. They don’t want to take anything away from you. They want what you want — a chance to be a little less alone in the world.

Only now you are saying to them — no. You can’t have it on these terms. Maybe something similar. If they behave. If they don’t cause too much trouble. You’ll even give them all the same legal rights — even as you’re taking away the legal right, which they already had. A world around them, still anchored in love and marriage, and you are saying, no, you can’t marry. What if somebody passed a law that said you couldn’t marry?

I keep hearing this term “re-defining” marriage.

If this country hadn’t re-defined marriage, black people still couldn’t marry white people. Sixteen states had laws on the books which made that illegal… in 1967. 1967.

The parents of the President-Elect of the United States couldn’t have married in nearly one third of the states of the country their son grew up to lead. But it’s worse than that. If this country had not “re-defined” marriage, some black people still couldn’t marry…black people. It is one of the most overlooked and cruelest parts of our sad story of slavery. Marriages were not legally recognized, if the people were slaves. Since slaves were property, they could not legally be husband and wife, or mother and child. Their marriage vows were different: not “Until Death, Do You Part,” but “Until Death or Distance, Do You Part.” Marriages among slaves were not legally recognized.

You know, just like marriages today in California are not legally recognized, if the people are… gay.

And uncountable in our history are the number of men and women, forced by society into marrying the opposite sex, in sham marriages, or marriages of convenience, or just marriages of not knowing — centuries of men and women who have lived their lives in shame and unhappiness, and who have, through a lie to themselves or others, broken countless other lives, of spouses and children… All because we said a man couldn’t marry another man, or a woman couldn’t marry another woman. The sanctity of marriage. How many marriages like that have there been and how on earth do they increase the “sanctity” of marriage rather than render the term, meaningless?

What is this, to you? Nobody is asking you to embrace their expression of love. But don’t you, as human beings, have to embrace… that love? The world is barren enough.

It is stacked against love, and against hope, and against those very few and precious emotions that enable us to go forward. Your marriage only stands a 50-50 chance of lasting, no matter how much you feel and how hard you work.

And here are people overjoyed at the prospect of just that chance, and that work, just for the hope of having that feeling. With so much hate in the world, with so much meaningless division, and people pitted against people for no good reason, this is what your religion tells you to do? With your experience of life and this world and all its sadnesses, this is what your conscience tells you to do?

With your knowledge that life, with endless vigor, seems to tilt the playing field on which we all live, in favor of unhappiness and hate… this is what your heart tells you to do? You want to sanctify marriage? You want to honor your God and the universal love you believe he represents? Then Spread happiness — this tiny, symbolic, semantical grain of happiness — share it with all those who seek it. Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against this. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, another one which reads only “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

You are asked now, by your country, and perhaps by your creator, to stand on one side or another. You are asked now to stand, not on a question of politics, not on a question of religion, not on a question of gay or straight. You are asked now to stand, on a question of…love. All you need do is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate. You don’t have to help it, you don’t have it applaud it, you don’t have to fight for it. Just don’t put it out. Just don’t extinguish it. Because while it may at first look like that love is between two people you don’t know and you don’t understand and maybe you don’t even want to know…It is, in fact, the ember of your love, for your fellow **person…

Just because this is the only world we have. And the other guy counts, too.

This is the second time in ten days I find myself concluding by turning to, of all things, the closing plea for mercy by Clarence Darrow in a murder trial.

But what he said, fits what is really at the heart of this:

“I was reading last night of the aspiration of the old Persian poet, Omar-Khayyam,” he told the judge.

“It appealed to me as the highest that I can vision. I wish it was in my heart, and I wish it was in the hearts of all:

“So I be written in the Book of Love;

“I do not care about that Book above.

“Erase my name, or write it as you will,

“So I be written in the Book of Love.”

Good night, and good luck.

  
Tv : Countdown
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January 13th, 2008

Japanese Parliament is investigating the events that happened on 9/11!

Members of the Japanese Parliament is looking into investigating the events that happened on 9/11. He presented a couple of slides that showed evidence that certain events were staged like the damage that happened at the Pentagon and the towers falling.

This is very interesting news. Something that the US media has not picked up upon. Please read this website and pass the videos and the site on to every one you know. The world is watching and they are not going to blindly accept what Bush says as the truth anymore. I hope that they investigate and find out the real truth behind what happened that day.

Below is a good video as to what happened at the parliament. It is in Japanese. The rough translation as well as more information and videos can be found by clicking this link.

Another interesting related item of interest is Bill Maher’s Overtime on Jan 11 2008. He prods at Tony Snow what happened that morning when Bush was reading to children with his deer in the headlights look when he was told that his country was under attack. Very presidential indeed.

Impeach us!

  
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July 4th, 2007

A couple of videos:

Countdown: Special Comment 7-3-07 Bush Resign
Keith tells it like it is. Bush and Cheney should resign.

Countdown: Bush Removes Habeas Corpus From U.S. Constitution
Keith reviews Bush and the Republicans removel of Habeas Corpus from The USA Constitution. This can not be tolerated. Bush swore to uphold the Constitution not destroy it. Don’t Vote Republican for our own good.

  
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July 4th, 2007

Mitt Romney is a prick

News which is old news now but I will rant about it anyway…
There was an article in the Boston Globe about Mitt Romney. In the front page of the article the fucktard decided to put his “family dot” on top of the station wagon like a piece of luggage for the 12 hour each way drive from his home in Boston to Ontario. The fucker did decide to build a “windshield” type of device to help with the dog’s confort. Halfway through this drive the dog was so fucking scared or whatever about this that he had a dieria fit that ran down the car’s windows. So, what did this prick do? He calmly washed down the windows and the dog with a garden hose to remove of the diatrea. Supposevely this was supposed to be an example of how this prick handles “crisis situations” in a cool and collective manner. The dog I am sure stayed on top of the roof along with the rest of the luggage, and I am sure that Mitt also scoldeed the dog for shittting all over the place too.
The Veg blog has a good little write up about it tooo…

Mitt is just a fucking asshole Man over beast attitude prick. It comes from his religous upbringing. He is a Morman and me growing up in the church and going to church almost every fucking Sunday until I was 19 I do have room to talk. I do know what I am talking about and know the brainwashing and the “values” that fucked up church has.

  
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May 26th, 2007

Dennis Kucinich for president!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Today Dennis Kucinich was in town and one of the stops was at Courtside Grill right next to work. He was there a little after 4 pm and I stayed there until right before I had to go to work. I missed most of his q and a part, but it was really cool to be in the same room with him for a while. The place was pretty packed.

He talked about the lies that got us into Afghanistan and Iraq and the lies that Bush is going to use to get us into Iran. We are there for oil but yet oil prices are going up and there are 21 trillion dollars worth of oil in Iraq that the oil companies want to get their greedy hands on. He talked about impeaching Cheney and Bush jr. as well.

More pictures here:

  
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March 2nd, 2007

Investing

I have always had a hair up my ass about investing. With my recent tax return I decided to finally start doing it. I decided to invest $500 of it and I split it up between two different companies. I put $400 in Hain Celestial Group Inc and the remainder in Galaxy Nutritional Foods. I felt it important to invest in companies who were in the natural foods buissness. I realise that they are not 100% vegan, but since they have a product line that includes vegan items and are not huge food corperatoins who sell death first and have natural, organic, and veg*n items as an afterthought I would invest in these companies.

Hain owns the following brands:

Celestial Seasonings®, Terra Chips®, Garden of Eatin’®, Health Valley®, WestSoy®, Earth’s Best®, Arrowhead Mills®, DeBoles®, FreeBird™, Hain Pure Foods®, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic™, Imagine Foods®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, Rosetto®, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Lima®, Grains Noirs®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Queen Helene®, Batherapy® and Footherapy®.

And Galaxy makes vegetarian and vegan cheese alternitives including the vegan parmasian that is so tasty.

I use a lot of the brands that Hain owns, so I see it as an investment on products I want to keep around, and if I do well, and make money it is like I am making the money back I spent buying the products in the first place.

Do you invest in natural or veg*n companies? Have you thought about it? If so, then hit that comments link and let me know. I want to know who else to invest in.

  
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January 27th, 2007

Jesus Camp

Today I watched Jesus Camp and it completely disgusted me. The movie showed how the evangelical Christian community brainwash young kids to serve their agenda. There was this kid who was ten years old and he was “saved” at five because he felt like there was more for him in life – at five! There was this other girl who was shown going up to complete strangers and telling them about jesus and then praised by their family for doing so.

Becky Fischer: I can go into a playground of kids that don’t know anything about Christianity, lead them to the Lord in a matter of, just no time at all, and just moments later they can be seeing visions and hearing the voice of God, because they’re so open. They are so usable in Christianity.

This is a quote in one of the user comments on IMDB. It pretty sums up what is wrong with these people.

But the most touching scenes are the ones where the children are alone, and we see the ways that this indoctrination creeps into the most innocent elements of childhood. 11 year old Tori loves dancing to Christian rock, but frets that it’s not always easy to dance for God instead of “dancing for the flesh.” On an outing to the bowling alley, 9 year old Rachael feels compelled to walk up to strangers and awkwardly evangelize to them, without being prompted. A roomful of boys telling ghost stories after dark are interrupted by an adult who warns them about stories that don’t glorify God.

This movie is scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen.

Have you seen this movie? What did you think about it?

  
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January 21st, 2007

Five years

Tuesday Jan 22, 2002 I got myself on a plane and I moved to Florida. It was an exciting day for me. I was scared, and excited and wondered if I made the right decision, and wondering what lied in store for me. When I met up with Jessica I remember that when Jessica helped put my bags in the back of her truck she twisted her back wrong and it hurt her. This back pain would live with her for the majority of my stay. I don’t know if she ever got over it, but I remember her having a lot of pain for a long time. I felt really bad for her. I remember getting in to Tampa around the right time for rush hour and sitting in traffic forever. I think it took us an hour to drive a mile. It was crazy. When we finally arrived at her house we settled in for a bit and then went to The Ringside Cafe for food and some liquor. The relationship didn’t last very long and I found out in March that she was cheating on me with this guy in Boston, and had some kind of Internet sexual relationship since sometime in the middle of Feb. So really the relationship in a non cheating way lasted less than a month even though I stayed with her until May and moved out in June. She denied her relationship with that person up to the day I moved out even though I knew better, even though I had proof otherwise, even though she moved to Boston months after I moved out. Anyway, that shit is behind me now.

When I moved down here I knew Florida from when my dad lived in Florida City, and so I already knew it was hot and pretty and stuff. Tampa was a bit different than south Miami, or at least my impressions. I didn’t remember there being pine trees, and I thought and still think it is really cool to see a pine tree right next to a palm tree. I love the white sand that is here in the suncoast area. I love that it doesn’t get as hot here as it did in Miami. I love being so close to Busch Gardens. I remember when I was visiting my dad and we went to Orlando seeing signs to Busch Gardens and I remember wanting to go. We couldn’t make it because it was too far away and we didn’t have enough time or money or something so that was disappointing. I have gone a lot of times since living in St. Pete, and I like that park.

I still am in love with this city. I still feel the magic and newness of being here. It may not be perfect, I would love to see the mountains here. I remember when I was living in Denver that my plan was to live in a place for five years and then move on to a new place. It might happen, I might move to DC, but the cold keeps me away. I want to move DC and it’s history and museums and Ethiopian restaurants and subway system here. If DC was in a nice warn climate with beaches and palm trees and stuff, then I would be there in a heart beat. Another thing that keeps me here is the fact that I have a good job with good benefits and good pay. I didn’t see that future before, I was still cooking and working at dead end jobs so I had nothing else to lose.

This has been a pretty good five years for the most part. I am making a lot more money, in a steady job and stuff. There are other things in my life that I could be more successful in but that is just my personality and lack of social skills and stuff.

It is amazing how relatively quickly this last five years has gone by. There is still more about this city that I want to know more about, and I love driving just to explore.

I think I will go to the beach tomorrow.

  
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January 5th, 2007

Boss Hog

Yesterday night I was doing some maintenance on Carrot Juice and I was looking at my incoming links list and I saw a webpage I didn’t recognise so I went there and it was a pretty nifty site, and on the site was a link to a Rolling Stone article called Boss Hog about Smithfield Foods which is the largest pig killer in the world. The article talked about the massive amounts of shit the pigs produce and how much of a massive environmental impact this is causing killing huge amounts of fish and how there have been human deaths involved with this as well. It is a pretty good article.

The first page of the article:

Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year. That’s a number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin, Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Louisville, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Las Vegas, Portland, Oklahoma City and Tucson.

Smithfield Foods actually faces a more difficult task than transmogrifying the populations of America’s thirty-two largest cities into edible packages of meat. Hogs produce three times more excrement than human beings do. The 500,000 pigs at a single Smithfield subsidiary in Utah generate more fecal matter each year than the 1.5 million inhabitants of Manhattan. The best estimates put Smithfield’s total waste discharge at 26 million tons a year. That would fill four Yankee Stadiums. Even when divided among the many small pig production units that surround the company’s slaughterhouses, that is not a containable amount.

Smithfield estimates that its total sales will reach $11.4 billion this year. So prodigious is its fecal waste, however, that if the company treated its effluvia as big-city governments do — even if it came marginally close to that standard — it would lose money. So many of its contractors allow great volumes of waste to run out of their slope-floored barns and sit blithely in the open, untreated, where the elements break it down and gravity pulls it into groundwater and river systems. Although the company proclaims a culture of environmental responsibility, ostentatious pollution is a linchpin of Smithfield’s business model.

A lot of pig shit is one thing; a lot of highly toxic pig shit is another. The excrement of Smithfield hogs is hardly even pig shit: On a continuum of pollutants, it is probably closer to radioactive waste than to organic manure. The reason it is so toxic is Smithfield’s efficiency. The company produces 6 billion pounds of packaged pork each year. That’s a remarkable achievement, a prolificacy unimagined only two decades ago, and the only way to do it is to raise pigs in astonishing, unprecedented concentrations.

Smithfield’s pigs live by the hundreds or thousands in warehouse-like barns, in rows of wall-to-wall pens. Sows are artificially inseminated and fed and delivered of their piglets in cages so small they cannot turn around. Forty fully grown 250-pound male hogs often occupy a pen the size of a tiny apartment. They trample each other to death. There is no sunlight, straw, fresh air or earth. The floors are slatted to allow excrement to fall into a catchment pit under the pens, but many things besides excrement can wind up in the pits: afterbirths, piglets accidentally crushed by their mothers, old batteries, broken bottles of insecticide, antibiotic syringes, stillborn pigs — anything small enough to fit through the foot-wide pipes that drain the pits. The pipes remain closed until enough sewage accumulates in the pits to create good expulsion pressure; then the pipes are opened and everything bursts out into a large holding pond.

The temperature inside hog houses is often hotter than ninety degrees. The air, saturated almost to the point of precipitation with gases from shit and chemicals, can be lethal to the pigs. Enormous exhaust fans run twenty-four hours a day. The ventilation systems function like the ventilators of terminal patients: If they break down for any length of time, pigs start dying.

From Smithfield’s point of view, the problem with this lifestyle is immunological. Taken together, the immobility, poisonous air and terror of confinement badly damage the pigs’ immune systems. They become susceptible to infection, and in such dense quarters microbes or parasites or fungi, once established in one pig, will rush spritelike through the whole population. Accordingly, factory pigs are infused with a huge range of antibiotics and vaccines, and are doused with insecticides. Without these compounds — oxytetracycline, draxxin, ceftiofur, tiamulin — diseases would likely kill them. Thus factory-farm pigs remain in a state of dying until they’re slaughtered. When a pig nearly ready to be slaughtered grows ill, workers sometimes shoot it up with as many drugs as necessary to get it to the slaughterhouse under its own power. As long as the pig remains ambulatory, it can be legally killed and sold as meat.

The drugs Smithfield administers to its pigs, of course, exit its hog houses in pig shit. Industrial pig waste also contains a host of other toxic substances: ammonia, methane, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, cyanide, phosphorous, nitrates and heavy metals. In addition, the waste nurses more than 100 microbial pathogens that can cause illness in humans, including salmonella, cryptosporidium, streptocolli and girardia. Each gram of hog shit can contain as much as 100 million fecal coliform bacteria.

Smithfield’s holding ponds — the company calls them lagoons — cover as much as 120,000 square feet. The area around a single slaughterhouse can contain hundreds of lagoons, some of which run thirty feet deep. The liquid in them is not brown. The interactions between the bacteria and blood and afterbirths and stillborn piglets and urine and excrement and chemicals and drugs turn the lagoons pink.

Even light rains can cause lagoons to overflow; major floods have transformed entire counties into pig-shit bayous. To alleviate swelling lagoons, workers sometimes pump the shit out of them and spray the waste on surrounding fields, which results in what the industry daintily refers to as “overapplication.” This can turn hundreds of acres — thousands of football fields — into shallow mud puddles of pig shit. Tree branches drip with pig shit.

Some pig-farm lagoons have polyethylene liners, which can be punctured by rocks in the ground, allowing shit to seep beneath the liners and spread and ferment. Gases from the fermentation can inflate the liner like a hot-air balloon and rise in an expanding, accelerating bubble, forcing thousands of tons of feces out of the lagoon in all directions.

Article is continued here:

Anyway, I was really shocked to see this come from a mainstream magazine like Rolling Stone and at the same time I am happy that they published an article like this. Rolling Stone has millions of readers and I am sure that they open up a lot of eyes to the tortures and environmental impact that eating meat produces.

I personally am going to buy this issue and also write a letter to them thanking them for allowing such a piece to be published.

  
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January 2nd, 2007

13 month moon cycle based calendars

About a month or so ago I bought a Lakota calendar from Natures Food Patch and when I opened it up when I got home it was a bit different than a normal calendar you buy. It did have months and days on it, but not in the same format that one is used to. This calendar had Lakota months on it and then fit in the corresponding Gregorian date within the grid. I thought that this was pretty cool.

The other day I was looking for more information online about the Lakota calendar, and I couldn’t find much information on it, but while looking I found information on a 13 month 28 day calendar. It looked really interesting and I found several websites with good information on it, and I have been doing more and more research on this type of calendar.

I created a couple of Google calendars, one with this year’s Lakota calendar , and one on the 13 month 28 day calendar. Click on the buttons to add them to your calendar.

Yesterday I tried to do more research on the Lakota calendar and I found a website about the Lakota Winter Counts, and I am watching the commentaries from some people from the Lakota tribes. It is pretty interesting.

This is from Tortuga.com, you input your birthday and it will tell you your corresponding Aztec day of birth, it is pretty interesting:

Crystal Moon day 9
Year of the Blue Rhythmic Storm

kin 75: Blue Planetary Eagle

I Perfect in order to Create

Producing Mind

I seal the Output of Vision

With the Planetary tone of Manifestation

I am guided by the power of Abundance

I am a polar kin    I extend the Blue galactic spectrum.

  
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