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Last Supper Has Grown Over 1,000 Years

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Last Supper Has Grown Over 1,000 Years
“We took the 52 most famous paintings of the Last Supper (from the book Last Supper) and analyzed the size of the entrees, bread and plates, relative to the average size of the average head in the painting,” said food researcher Brian Wansink of Cornell. The size of the entrees in paintings of the Last Supper, which according to the New Testament occurred during a Passover evening, has progressively grown 69 percent; plate size has increased 66 percent and bread size by about 23 percent, over the past 1,000 years.


Occasionally it does work

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Occasionally it does work
How look, a Democrat is doing something worth praising!

I know that the health care fight has and will continue to be difficult for Democrats — after all we’re the only ones even trying (sometimes half-assed, but half-hearted still beats no-heart at all).

But there are more than a few moments when having the Democrats in control does more than disappoint:

Jamie Leigh Jones claims she was raped by fellow Halliburton employees when she was working in Iraq in 2005…

Jones employment contract with Halliburton (now known as KBR) contained an arbitration clause that required “any and all personal injury claims’ to be heard by an arbitrator. Jones eventually refused to arbitrate, wanting her lawsuit to be heard in court.

The Fifth Circuit eventually held that some of Jones’ claims did indeed belong in court because the assault was not related to her employment. KBR had appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but after initial briefing, KBR withdrew its appeal on March 11.

Why? Sen. Al Franken! Franken successfully advocated a prohibition that keeps contractors receiving federal defense funds from forcing employees to arbitration to resolve certain claims, including civil rights and harassment disputes.

And Franken has done more than just this, he taught Joe Biden how to use profanity effectively.

Thank you Al Franken.

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Noam Chomsky Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Noam Chomsky Edition
The water disaster that could destroy California, how much NATO pays for dead Afghan children and answers to frequently asked questions about health care reform. On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies. The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top. Militarizing Latin America The United States was founded as an “infant empire,” in George Washington’s words. Health Care Reform FAQ Can Republicans really repeal it? Does it violate the 10th Amendment? How, exactly, does it reduce the deficit? NATO’s Fire Sale – One Dead Afghan Child, $2,000 The family were offered “American compensation” – $2,000 for each of the victims. “There’s no value on human life,” said Bibi Sabsparie, mother of two of the dead. “They killed our family, then they came and brought us money. Money won’t bring our family back.” SALVADORE ALLENDE’S INTERNET Cybersyn(or Synco, in Spanish) was computer network constructed in 1970 by an English/Chilean team headed by cyberneticist Stafford Beer (his papers). The Museum of Bad Art The pieces in the MOBA collection range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush. What they all have in common is a special quality that sets them apart in one way or another from the merely incompetent. The GOP’s newfound love of public opinion One Republican leader after the next stood up yesterday to depict the health care bill as a grave threat to democracy because it was enacted in the face of disapproval from a majority of Americans. The creepy tyranny of Canada’s hate speech laws The far-right hatemonger Ann Coulter was invited by a campus conservative group to speak at the University of Ottawa, and the Vice Provost of that college sent Coulter a letter warning her that she may be subject to criminal prosecution if the views she expresses fall into the realm of prohibited viewpoints. … Old-school architect creates an iOpener A taxi pulled up to Apple’s Fifth Avenue store one recent morning, and while the meter was running a pair of tourists dashed out to have their photos taken near the entrance, a glass cube of such incorporeal lightness that it seems in danger of floating away. Uri Avnery: The Doomsday Weapon IT IS already a commonplace to say that people who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat their mistakes. The Looming Water Disaster That Could Destroy California, and Enrich Its Billionaire Farmers There’s a disaster waiting to happen in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and a handful of wealthy farmers seem to like it that way.

The water disaster that could destroy California, how much NATO pays for dead Afghan children and answers to frequently asked questions about health care reform.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

The links below open in a new window. Newer ones are on top.


Militarizing Latin America
The United States was founded as an “infant empire,” in George Washington’s words.

Health Care Reform FAQ
Can Republicans really repeal it? Does it violate the 10th Amendment? How, exactly, does it reduce the deficit?

NATO’s Fire Sale – One Dead Afghan Child, $2,000
The family were offered “American compensation” – $2,000 for each of the victims. “There’s no value on human life,” said Bibi Sabsparie, mother of two of the dead. “They killed our family, then they came and brought us money. Money won’t bring our family back.”

SALVADORE ALLENDE’S INTERNET
Cybersyn(or Synco, in Spanish) was computer network constructed in 1970 by an English/Chilean team headed by cyberneticist Stafford Beer (his papers).

The Museum of Bad Art
The pieces in the MOBA collection range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush. What they all have in common is a special quality that sets them apart in one way or another from the merely incompetent.

The GOP’s newfound love of public opinion
One Republican leader after the next stood up yesterday to depict the health care bill as a grave threat to democracy because it was enacted in the face of disapproval from a majority of Americans.

The creepy tyranny of Canada’s hate speech laws
The far-right hatemonger Ann Coulter was invited by a campus conservative group to speak at the University of Ottawa, and the Vice Provost of that college sent Coulter a letter warning her that she may be subject to criminal prosecution if the views she expresses fall into the realm of prohibited viewpoints. …

Old-school architect creates an iOpener
A taxi pulled up to Apple’s Fifth Avenue store one recent morning, and while the meter was running a pair of tourists dashed out to have their photos taken near the entrance, a glass cube of such incorporeal lightness that it seems in danger of floating away.

Uri Avnery: The Doomsday Weapon
IT IS already a commonplace to say that people who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat their mistakes.

The Looming Water Disaster That Could Destroy California, and Enrich Its Billionaire Farmers
There’s a disaster waiting to happen in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and a handful of wealthy farmers seem to like it that way.

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Obama’s Bad Prescription for Indonesia
The White House is engaged in fierce behind-the-scenes negotiations with Congress on whether to restore aid to the Indonesian military, which has a habit of committing atrocities. By Amy Goodman

The White House is engaged in fierce behind-the-scenes negotiations with Congress on whether to restore aid to the Indonesian military, which has a habit of committing atrocities.


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Cenk Uygur: Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:49 am by HL

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Beck distorts Wallis’ remarks on “redistribution of wealth” to attack him as a “Marxist”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:48 am by HL

Beck distorts Wallis’ remarks on “redistribution of wealth” to attack him as a “Marxist”

Glenn Beck distorted comments made by Rev. Jim Wallis to claim they were proof he is a “Marxist” who “claims the gospel of Jesus Christ is about a central government taking money from individuals and then distributing it.” However, in the interview Beck selectively clipped, Wallis actually discussed individuals who “transformed” their lives to focus on charity, highlighting how Bill and Melinda Gates have been “doing a redistribution of wealth” through their philanthropy.

Beck claims clip of 2006 interview proves Wallis is a “Marxist”

Beck says Wallis “claims the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about a central government taking money from individuals and then distributing it.” On his Fox News show, Beck stated that Wallis, a spiritual adviser to President Obama, “is a blatant redistribution-of-wealth advocate, a Marxist.” After stating, “Let’s take his words for it,” Beck played an audio clip of comments Wallis made on the January 13, 2006, radio show Interfaith Voices. After host Maureen Fiedler asked Wallis, “Are you then calling for the redistribution of wealth in society?” Wallis replied, “Absolutely. Without any hesitation. That’s what the Gospel is all about.” Beck then stated:

BECK: The redistribution of wealth is what the Gospel’s all about. He claims that the gospel of Jesus Christ is about a central government taking money from individuals and then distributing it the way they see fit. Christians, you know better than that. You know better than that. Reverend Wallis, we know who’s distorting the Gospel here. We know that Jesus’ message was about choice. And if you’re going to a church that has social justice, which means “I choose, with my church, to go out and make a difference,” that’s a different thing than what you’re preaching. You have a responsibility — if you have extra, the Lord does say you have a responsibility to choose to help the poor. You remember what he said about the rich people? They’ll have a harder time getting into heaven than a camel going through the needle of — or the eye of a needle. You see, he is the arbiter of justice. [Fox News’ Glenn Beck, 3/23/10]

Wallis actually discussed how individuals have “transformed” their lives to focus on charity

Wallis highlights people “changing their lifestyle and their priorities” and a “redistribution of wealth” through Bill and Melinda Gates’ philanthropy. In the portion of the interview selectively clipped by Beck, Wallis did not say that “the gospel of Jesus Christ is about central government taking money from individuals and then distributing it.” Responding to Fielder’s question, “Are you then calling for the redistribution of wealth?” Wallis stated, “Absolutely. Without any hesitation. That’s what the Gospel is all about,” and explained, “It’s about the rich moving into solidarity and a relationship with people who have been left out and left behind.” Wallis added, “I see it all the time where people from middle-class backgrounds are having their lives transformed by their encounter with the poor in their neighborhoods or across the world and changing their lifestyle and their priorities because of that.”

From Wallis’ interview on Interfaith Voices with Fiedler (around the 6:10 mark):

WALLIS: I think an affluent church in a world where half of God’s children live on less than $2 a day is an affront to the Gospel. The Bible doesn’t mind prosperity as long as it is shared. But what the Bible doesn’t like is these tremendous gaps and chasms between the top and the bottom.

FIEDLER: Are you then calling for the redistribution of wealth in society?

WALLIS: Absolutely. Without any hesitation. That’s what the Gospel is all about. It’s about the rich moving into solidarity and a relationship with people who have been left out and left behind. The whole early church was those who were wealthy and those who were poor finding a new community. So, I see it all the time where people from middle-class backgrounds are having their lives transformed by their encounter with the poor in their neighborhoods or across the world and changing their lifestyle and their priorities because of that.

Wallis later used the philanthropy of Bill and Melinda Gates as an example of “a redistribution of wealth”:

WALLIS: I have a family, I have kids. I want them to be secure. I want them to have enough. And I want them to have all the good things of life. One of the things is a generous spirit. One of the things is to be in a relationship to people who have been left out. It changes us in all kinds of ways. On that cover of Time magazine also were Bill and Melinda Gates, who have made all this money and now are giving it away in very smart, strategic ways about world health and global poverty. So, Bill Gates has decided that he doesn’t just want to give all his money to his children. For him, the good life now, for he and his wife, means being a part of a process of changing things in the world. So they’re doing a redistribution of wealth.


Credit Card Firm: We Were Subpoenaed By Feds In Ensign Case

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Credit Card Firm: We Were Subpoenaed By Feds In Ensign Case
eCommLink, the Nevada credit card company that reportedly contributed to the NRSC in exchange for help from Sen. John Ensign, has acknowledged that it was subpoenaed in the federal investigation.


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ACLU Denies Lawbreaking In Case Of Photographed CIA Officers
In a case that has all the ingredients to explode into a national controversy, Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed star prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate whether laws were broken after “paparazzi style” photographs of CIA officers were found in the cell of a Guantanamo inmate accused of financing the 9/11 attacks.



The real vulture that is Eric Massa

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:42 am by HL

The real vulture that is Eric Massa
Excerpt: Rep. Eric Massa’s resignation created a week-long media buzz earlier this month amid allegations of a homosexual harassment scandal. ABC news asked on their web site, “should we be digging deeper?” Yes, you should, U.S. corporate media. Instead of covering tabloid-like sex scandals 24/7, or trying to frame Massa’s resignation in the context of the health […]


Tea Party Could Hurt Republicans

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:41 am by HL

Tea Party Could Hurt Republicans
A new Quinnipiac poll finds Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot, 44% to 39%, but if there is a Tea Party candidate on the ballot, the Democrat would get 36% to the Republican’s 25%, with 15% for the Tea Party candidate.

Overall, the survey found that 13% of American voters consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “The Tea Party could be a Republican dream — or a GOP nightmare. Members could be a boon to the GOP if they are energized to support Republican candidates. But if the Tea Party were to run its own candidates for office, any votes its candidate received would to a very great extent be coming from the GOP column.”

The complete poll will be released at a 10 a.m. press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C .


Is Toyota’s Brakes Disaster Tied to How It Treats Workers Like Profit-Oriented Robots?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Is Toyota’s Brakes Disaster Tied to How It Treats Workers Like Profit-Oriented Robots?
Toyota’s boasts about having a workplace democracy, but its production model seems more interested in worker control.

Toyota's boasts about having a workplace democracy, but its production model seems more interested in worker control.

Why Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh Should Stop Exploiting Their Addictions for Petty Theatrics
Right-wingers craft the angry, white, male addict in remission as the embodiment of a new American conservative ideal. They’re way off base.

Right-wingers craft the angry, white, male addict in remission as the embodiment of a new American conservative ideal. They're way off base.

Not Feeling Well? Perhaps You’re ‘Marijuana Deficient’
Scientists have begun speculating that the root cause of disease conditions such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome may be endocannabinoid deficiency.

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Giving up certain foods helps you realize how much you can go without — and how much you miss.

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What’s in the Bill?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

What’s in the Bill?
The envelopes have been opened but the winners’ names have yet to be read. The big political stories are evident: Barack Obama corrected course. (Ceci Connolly in the WP today has interesting details.) Nancy Pelosi pulled out the stops. The…



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