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New Radar Sees Through Walls

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:45 am by HL

New Radar Sees Through Walls
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory is developing new radar technology that would allow humans to see through a solid wall. The device emits frequency waves at a low-power microwave signal and detects moving objects such as humans. “It can be powerful during military operations especially in urban combat situations,” said lead researcher Gregory Charvat.



Champagne Wishes and Cavier Dreams…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Champagne Wishes and Cavier Dreams…
Well, what do you know, our credit agencies insist your sucky life must get suckier.

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Well, what do you know, our credit agencies insist your sucky life must get suckier.

The United States will likely suffer the loss of its triple-A credit rating from another major rating agency by the end of this year due to concerns over the deficit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasts.

The trigger would be a likely failure by Congress to agree on a credible long-term plan to cut the U.S. deficit, the bank said in a research note published on Friday.

This is clearly the fault of the poor and the middle classes, better make sure they are more severely punished.

But it isn’t bad for everyone (just almost everyone):

Fifty percent of U.S. workers earned less than $26,364 last year, and those earning less than $200,000 per year – roughly 99 percent of Americans – saw their earnings fall a collective $4.5 billion. There were fewer jobs, and overall pay was trending down — except for the nation’s wealthiest, who saw a boost. While the incomes of the top 1percent of the country rose slightly in 2010 (from $1,909,874 in 2009 to $2,196,124 last year), their collective wage earnings rose dramatically, by about $120 billion.

But by all means they shouldn’t have to sacrifice a damn thing.

Late, Late Night FDL: Saturday in The Park
Chicago- Saturday in the Park

Chicago- Saturday in the Park (Lyrics)

Much Mahalo to all the participants in yesterday’s Occupy Chicago in Grant Park and Jefferson Plaza…!

Can ya dig it…?

What’s on your mind tonite…?


Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent
The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.

By Chris Hedges

The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.


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Perry, Cain and Flat Earth Government
It’s one of the strangest things in our politics: The only “big” ideas Republicans and conservatives seem to offer these days revolve around novel and sometimes bizarre ways of cutting taxes on rich people.

By E.J. Dionne, Jr.

It’s one of the strangest things in our politics: The only “big” ideas Republicans and conservatives seem to offer these days revolve around novel and sometimes bizarre ways of cutting taxes on rich people.


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HuffPost Radio: Both Sides Now: War On Fraud Or Voters? GOP ‘Fight Club’?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

HuffPost Radio: Both Sides Now: War On Fraud Or Voters? GOP ‘Fight Club’?
Matalin and Reagan differ on Voter ID laws that could undermine the right to vote. And will Obama win future GOP debates if Romney and Perry continue to audition for Fight Club?

Michael Carmichael: Battleground North Carolina: Democratic Women Fired Up!
Recognizing that women’s rights will take a devastating hit if Republicans return to power in 2012, Democratic women are rising to face the challenge.

Wajid Ali Syed: Islamabad, Afghanistan
Referring to “Islamabad, Afghanistan” is more than an error.  Considering the geopolitical realities and complexities of the frontier, it is a symbol of the objections to the connotations of the term “AfPak.”

WATCH: Ron Paul Wants To Kill Costly ‘Failed Program’
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential contender Ron Paul said Sunday he wants to end federal student loans, calling it a “failed program” that has put students…

Vito de la Cruz: Immigration Truths
Legalizing immigrants is the painfully honest solution to America’s addiction to illegal immigrant labor. Rationally addressing the details alleviates the pain. That’s the truth.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

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Michigan Dem Pleads No Contest In Fake Tea Party Scheme
The former chair of the Oakland County Democratic Party pleaded no contest last week to charges that he committed voter fraud last November when attempting to get fake Tea Party candidates on the ballot in order to split the Republican vote.


Fight Back with Bank Transfer Day, Nov. 5, 2011

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Fight Back with Bank Transfer Day, Nov. 5, 2011


Romney’s Perfect Storm?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Romney’s Perfect Storm?
Mitt Romney has spent the past few weeks beating back attacks by his fellow Republican presidential contenders on the issues of his Massachusetts healthcare law and immigration. Now the Los Angeles Times brings the two issues together, reporting that the “Massachusetts healthcare law that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed in 2006 includes a program known as the Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented immigrants to get needed medical care along with others who lack insurance.”

“The Massachusetts program, which cost more than $400 million last year, paid for 1.1 million hospital and clinic visits. It’s unclear how many undocumented patients benefited because the state does not record that data… Massachusetts officials involved in crafting the healthcare law said there was broad understanding when Romney signed it that at least some people who would benefit would be in the country illegally. That’s supported by language in the law. Although it explicitly bars undocumented immigrants from getting certain health benefits, it does not prohibit them from receiving aid through the Health Safety Net.”

The Complexities of Challenging Healthcare Reform
As the legal challenge to President Obama’s signature healthcare reform law winds its way to the Supreme Court, The Hill points out that “a thorny procedural issue could still complicate the push for a quick and decisive ruling.”

“Part of the administration’s defense of the mandate rests on the idea that the penalty for not buying insurance is a tax, rather than a regulatory fine. But a federal law known as the Anti-Injunction Act prevents courts from blocking taxes before they take effect… there are ways for the Supreme Court to get around the Anti-Injunction Act and avoid pushing the case back to 2014. But they can’t avoid it altogether, even though neither side wants a ruling on those grounds.”

Obama “Can’t Wait” for Congress
The New York Times reports that President Obama will “begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months, heralded by a new mantra: ‘We can’t wait’ for lawmakers to act,” as his efforts to pass a jobs bill — either as a comprehensive package or piecemeal — has stalled in Congress.

“Mr. Obama will kick off his new offensive in Las Vegas, ground zero of the housing bust, by promoting new rules for federally guaranteed mortgages so that more homeowners, those with little or no equity in their homes, can refinance and avert foreclosure. And Wednesday in Denver…Mr. Obama will announce policy changes to ease college graduates’ repayment of federal loans, seeking to alleviate the financial concerns of students considering college at a time when states are raising tuition.”


The Shocking, Graphic Data That Shows Exactly What Motivates the Occupy Movement

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

The Shocking, Graphic Data That Shows Exactly What Motivates the Occupy Movement
The corporate media may obsess about what Occupy Wall Street is all about, but these images should make it clear.

Cornel West, Others Arrested as ‘Stop Stop-and-Frisk’ Movement Against Police Abuse Kicks Off with Occupy Wall Street Support
Civil rights leaders brought energy and activists from Liberty Plaza to Harlem in an attempt to fight NYPD’s racial profiling and brutality.

Has the Dying Bank of America Managed to Ensure Its Next Taxpayer Bailout?
Has the struggling financial giant found a way to commit financial suicide and leave taxpayers picking up the bill?

How Homelessness Became an Occupy Wall Street Issue
The Occupy Wall Streeters are beginning to discover what homeless people have known all along–that most ordinary activities are illegal when performed in American streets.

Rape as a “Weapon of War†Against Men
Sexual violence against men, including rape, is under-reported, poorly addressed and has a severe impact on both men and their families, according to a new study.


Illusionary peace negotiations can only lead to a hallucinated peace

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

Illusionary peace negotiations can only lead to a hallucinated peace
The world seems to be in deep, collective amnesia. We have been here before–at a point where half-baked initiatives and distorted negotiations based on the power imbalance on the ground and non-compliant with international law were touted as “the right…






A ?Homeland? Programming Note

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 24th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

A ?Homeland? Programming Note
Showtime didn’t get out Homeland screeners to critics this week, and I’m trying to find a way to watch the episode, because I thought I had Showtime, and it turns out I don’t and the show isn’t offered through iTunes. Cable packages: they’re complicated! (And we all know what assuming dones.) In any case, use […]

Showtime didn’t get out Homeland screeners to critics this week, and I’m trying to find a way to watch the episode, because I thought I had Showtime, and it turns out I don’t and the show isn’t offered through iTunes. Cable packages: they’re complicated! (And we all know what assuming dones.) In any case, use this as an open thread for the show if you watched it, and I’ll try to get back with some analysis as soon as I can get my hands on it.