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8.04.2012

Mitt Romney's Porn Star Endorsements Atlanta Black Star

Mitt Romney's Porn Star Endorsements

Atlanta Black Star -
These may fall under the category of endorsements that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would rather not have, but porn stars Jenna Jameson and Ron Jeremy have gone on record with their deep support for Romney.

Defense: Don't attack Iran now, warns ex-intel chief Jerusalem Post

Defense: Don't attack Iran now, warns ex-intel chief

Jerusalem Post -
As head of Military Intelligence from 2001 to 2006, Farkash is intimately familiar with Iran's nuclear program and oversaw a large part of the intelligence work done in 2002 that led to the concrete evidence Israel had been looking for to prove that

WOW. Must Read: NYT - Fading Democracy

Fading Democracy

New York Times -
Jerusalem WHEN an American presidential candidate visits Israel and his key message is to encourage us to pursue a misguided war with Iran, declaring it “a solemn duty and a moral imperative” for America to stand with our warmongering prime minister, ...

US, Female, 2012 Olympian Lives in Poverty

Female Olympian Lives in Poverty; Endorsements to Blame?

Care2.com (blog) -
... should review how athletes are compensated. If athletes are going to represent their home countries and potentially bring them prestige on a world stage, it seems they deserve a fair chance to live above the poverty line - regardless of their ...

nd 'Necessity is the mother of all Miracles,' Loving

'Necessity is the mother of all Miracles,' Loving

Sheer Madness: NYT - “The Land Grabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns the Earth” by Fred Pearce

“The Land Grabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns the Earth” by Fred Pearce

nd The US Right and Center would rise and fight alien invaders. The left would blog, write, speak, study, legislate, meet, blame, whine, oh, and when convenient, march....

The US Right and Center would rise and fight alien invaders.  The left would blog, write, speak, study, legislate, meet, blame, whine, oh, and when convenient, march....

Anti-coal protesters tongue-lash Montana Land Board over rescheduling The Missoulian

Anti-coal protesters tongue-lash Montana Land Board over rescheduling

The Missoulian

8.03.2012

WP - No Pres. Ever Re-elected with 8% Unemployment

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/why-president-obama-will-need-to-make-history-again/2012/08/03/e3cb608e-dd8c-11e1-af1d-753c613ff6d8_blog.html

nd 'Unviolence - 'Love: the violence we do to ourselves.'' Romero paraphrase

nd 'Unviolence - 'Love: the violence we do to ourselves.'' Romero paraphrase

Escalating the Resistance to Mountain-top Removal Coal Mining

Escalating the Resistance to Mountain-top Removal Coal Mining
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Escalating-the-Resistance-by-clare-hanrahan-120731-362.html

Poverty - the fruit of 'let them eat cake' empathy deficit - The Guardian

Poor people want to be poor, they say. Really?

The Guardian (blog) -
It is a group active in many countries, including supposedly "developed" countries, which believes that the only way to respond to poverty is to live in poverty beside poor people. ATD volunteers build long-term relationships with the poorest people in ...

nd 'Just 2 options / Masters: Work for Greed; Work for Love.' Loving

nd 'Just 2 options / Masters:  Work for Greed; Work for Love.' Loving

Capitalism, not population growth, is cause of world's crises The Militant

Capitalism, not population growth, is cause of world's crises

The Militant -
On the occasion of this year's World Population Day, July 11, the Italian-based nongovernmental organization Inter Press Service featured an article titled, “Women's Inequality Linked to Soaring Population.

8.02.2012

nd 'In industry there are 1000's, millions of doers for greed. Doers for Love? A handful, at best.' Loving

nd 'In industry there are 1000's, millions of doers for greed.  Doers for Love?  A handful, at best.'  Loving

Why conservatives will never end poverty in America allvoices

Why conservatives will never end poverty in America

allvoices -
“Just a few years ago, a powerful ideology - the belief in free and unfettered markets - brought the world to the brink of ruin,” said Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz.

Cover for the Personal Trainer Book attached

The final draft is complete.  PDF version should be up today or tomorrow
with audio version to follow.  Loving

8.01.2012

Tim DeChristopher - Environmental Hero

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=AcI&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&sa=X&ei=J10ZULGZEMWX6wGJmoCYCQ&ved=0CFEQBSgA&q=tim+dechristopher&spell=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=911&bih=457&ech=1&psi=J10ZULGZEMWX6wGJmoCYCQ.1343839523056.7&emsg=NCSR&noj=1&ei=J10ZULGZEMWX6wGJmoCYCQ

7.31.2012

China Says Romney's Comments on Jerusalem Wrong ABC News

China Says Romney's Comments on Jerusalem Wrong

ABC News -
(ABCNEWS.com) China criticized Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying the US presidential candidate's statement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel could worsen an already tense Mideast situation, or even re-ignite a war between Palestinians and Israelis.

nd 'Sustainability - Living out of need, not greed.' Loving

nd 'Sustainability - Living out of need, not greed.' Loving

The Conservative Case For Obama Daily Beast

The Conservative Case For Obama

Daily Beast

China Says Romney's Comments on Jerusalem Wrong ABC News

China Says Romney's Comments on Jerusalem Wrong

ABC News -
(ABCNEWS.com) China criticized Mitt Romney on Tuesday, saying the US presidential candidate's statement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel could worsen an already tense Mideast situation, or even re-ignite a war between Palestinians and Israelis.

7.30.2012

Hillary Clinton for Vice President

  1. Obama-Clinton Wins Big

    UK Progressive Magazine-19 hours ago
    ... A great nightmare for Republican strategists is that President Obama might pull a “JFK in 1960” and run with Hillary Clinton for vice president.
    Blog: Clinton nominates Obama, Cheney goes fishing Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
  2. Obama-Clinton Wins Big

    Huffington Post-Jul 26, 2012
    I propose that President Obama, Hillary Clinton and all Democrats .... obsessive thesis about Hillary as a VP choice fails to acknowledge that ...

  3. Hillary Clinton To Visit South Africa For Strategic Dialogue ..Nigeria ...

    Leadership Newspapers-10 hours ago
    United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit South Africa in ... "High-level visits by Vice President Joe Biden to South Africa in 2010 ...
  4. Barack Obama commands, Hillary Clinton soars, Mitt Romney insults

    OpEdNews-Jul 29, 2012
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has earned her iconic stature. She should be chosen to run as vice president by President Obama, and if he so ...
  5. Barack Obama commands, Hillary Clinton soars, Mitt Romney insults

    The Hill (blog)-Jul 27, 2012
    Hillary Rodham Clinton has earned her iconic stature. She should be chosen to run as vice president by President Obama, and if he so ...
  6. Bill Clinton to play prominent role at Democratic Convention

    CNN (blog)-21 hours ago
    Washington (CNN) -- Former President Bill Clinton will play a ... and vice president biden.and secutary state Madam Hillary Clinton.this is a time ...

  7. Let's Start The Speculation About Hillary Clinton And Andrew ...

    Business Insider-Jul 26, 2012
    In Iowa and New York, it's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ... Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden, two other candidates frequently ...
  8. Can a former Clinton spinmeister make Microsoft cool?

    CNET-Jul 21, 2012
    Political operative Mark Penn helped Bill and Hillary Clinton; Tony ... to hire former Clinton political operative Mark Penn as a vice president in ...
  9. Hillary Clinton Leads Iowa in Ridiculously Early 2016 Poll

    Battleground Blog (blog)-Jul 24, 2012
    Hillary Clinton is holding a dominant lead in Iowa Democrats' ... Clinton tops Vice President Joe Biden 60-18, with no one else even ...
    Highly Cited: PPP: Iowa is Hillary's to lose Politico (blog)
    Blog: Poll: Iowa Democrats want Hillary in 2016 Washington Times (blog)
  10. Clinton Arrives in Israel to Discuss Iran, Syria, Egypt

    Businessweek-Jul 16, 2012
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel for meetings on ... of President Mursi to power has aroused great concern,” Israel's Vice ...

President Obama signs bill to expedite development on tribal lands Washington Post

President Obama signs bill to expedite development on tribal lands

Washington Post -
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - President Barack Obama on Monday signed a bill designed to expedite home building and energy development on tribal lands.

Top CEOs donate to Romney over Obama by 4-to-1 margin msnbc.com

Top CEOs donate to Romney over Obama by 4-to-1 margin

msnbc.com (blog) -
The chief executives of America's top corporations have thrown their financial support to Mitt Romney over President Obama by more than a 4-1 margin, according to a review of federal records conducted by NBC News. The presumptive Republican ...

Expecting too much of the most promising among us. My Greatest Personal Failure. S. Loving


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-FWSym4O8g

My greatest personal failing is expecting too much of the few promising souls that I've encountered in my life.  Never for a nano second was this intentional, just like, who intentionally stomps on the foot of someone they’re attempting to dance with?  But it may inflict no less pain as a consequence of it being unintentional. 

Every promising soul I've yet encountered I've expected too much of. 

And when I say ‘expected of,’ I do not mean in terms of thinking they are accountable to me; thinking that they should consider what I think important.  That's not the mistake. 

But the mistake is mis-estimating by me, that causes destructive levels of tension within the individual and causes suboptimal use of time on my part.  If I understand how fast a row of corn should grow, that can be helpful because if I see it growing more slowly than it should I have a chance of taking effective remedy, actions.  But if my expectations are too high of that row of corn, beyond what is possible, than my actions may well be destructive of that row of corn; and result in the misuse of the time I've been given to serve.  That's the mistake that I’ve constantly made.

I must become much quicker at more frequently asking the questions of myself regarding the promising individuals, should I ever encounter another one - what is their core character?  A question I so rarely, so infrequently I’ve thought to ask myself of these others.  Using the Personal Trainer, how can they be evaluated.  And, the newest question for me and maybe the most promising is - to what degree are they ‘the rich young man’ that there is something, anything, and if so what thing, will they choose above the well-being of humanity, above their own soul, above their own joy, above the well-being of creation?

If I can find within myself enough love of others, of these promising others, to become better at this, I'll do less damage to them, waste less of their time, and waste less of the time that I've been given for the service of all humanity, and for the service of all creation.

nd 'For Millennia a Plague of Greed has Ravaged our Hearts, Vision, Wisdom... and now Mother Gaia.' Loving

nd 'For Millennia a Plague of Greed has Ravaged our Hearts, Vision, Wisdom... and now Mother Gaia.'  Loving

7.29.2012

My encounters with the 'rich young man'


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aEIqmbFffU

A series of wonderful revelations were sparked yesterday and the day before by two encounters I had with someone I've never met up until day before yesterday. 

I had heard from a few passersby over the last week that there was a march against fracking planned for yesterday here in DC.  The day before yesterday a mid-fortyish woman who was here for that march happened by the Canadian Embassy, saw the signs that I have, both of which say, ‘Till enough are seen dying for it, CO2 won’t stop.’  The signs stopped her and she chose to engage in a conversation with me that lasted probably 20 min. or so. 

She'd come down from Northeast Pennsylvania, as she described it.   She was struck to the heart it seem by what the signs said – ‘Till enough are seen dying for it, CO2 won’t stop.’ Two or three times during our conversation her own memories came into her mind of what's happening in Pennsylvania due to the fracking, and she cried.  Very strong emotions. 

It was with such gladness that she saw what my signs said, what I was doing, why I was doing what I do.  Deep gladness; joy; appreciation; gratitude; relief.  We spoke about the strategy of it, the psychology of it, the science of it.   Deep joy and gratitude on her part for what she was hearing and seeing. 

That is, until she steered the conversation toward, ‘well, Loving, what should I do?.   Very open, eager, sincere, receptive she was.  And within 5 min. the conversation pretty abruptly ended, from that question of hers.  Because what I was doing, the view of the world that I was following, was brought close to her in her life in those last 5 min. and she backed away from it as someone would back away from a blast furnace. 

It was painful for me. I was reminded of it when she passed by early yesterday morning; and I mistakenly guessed she was again going to stop to chat. [Laughter.]  She wasn’t rude.  She wasn't mean, but oh boy, she was not going to stop to chat.  ‘Oh no, I have to get, I have to move on and see what's happening,’ she motioned in the direction to suggest that that's where groups might be gathering.  Maybe they were, maybe they weren’t.

This was not a cowardly woman by societal standards.

But shortly thereafter the Scripture, the story of Jesus and ‘the rich young man,’ ‘the rich young ruler,’ came crowding into my mind.  I've had so many examples, so many encounters with the rich young man, but this one was just so graphic. Nice woman! But that final five minutes of our dialogue, of my sharing, brought close to her and her life a view of what stopping fracking would cost, and she undoubtedly thinks that intellectually she saw deep flaws in what I was saying, but clearly that's not the case - that wouldn’t evoke an emotional response; that wouldn’t evoke an avoidance response.  No.  What she felt was, ‘I don't want to go there!’  ‘No! No!  Pay everything?!?’ None of which I had outlined; I didn't talk, I was explicit, ‘Ma’am, I don't know what you should do.  But I can tell you what I've, what I've calculated it is going to take.’ 

And she saw, I guess, the implications for her life was, ‘you mean I don't get to pick and choose what days I come to demonstrate? I don't get to pick and choose how much of my life I dedicate against the most powerful army ever to be on the planet, going after $20 to $80 trillion in revenue? I thereby lose control, I lose my status quo?!?!?!’   

It was, it was a hand pulling away from a pot of boiling water. 

I’ve written of this parable, I spoken of it, I’ve thought of it.  It's come to my mind, but never so deeply as now.   

Jesus only had hope for the one in 1 million that valued nothing as much as all of creation; nothing as much as all of humanity; possibly as Abraham did in the story about how Abraham was even willing to sacrifice his son for the Creator.  I'd rather think it was - sacrifice his relationship with his son; for all of creation; for the creator, for all of humanity; for the future of his son; for his son’s Soul.

Jesus, Life, Love, is only available to those for whom nothing, no thing, is as valuable to them as all of creation, all of humanity, and possibly the Loving of all creation and all humanity.  By that I mean to focus on the 1 in a million – that Life is available only to those that Love that is in that one in 1 million person; that that person is in total solidarity with all of creation, and all of humanity – that person is unconditional love; is unconditional Life.  That’s what Life is about.  That’s what Love is about.  That’s what Jesus Is about. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

When I think of the promising souls that I've been privileged to encounter, sometimes it can occur so far into the relationship, but so far it's always, to everyone’s surprise, theirs and mine, the rich young man. ‘I can't disappoint my parents,’ ‘I spent so much on my education that has to be fulfilled;’ ‘can't be abnormal in society;’ ‘I'll alienate people on the left, can’t do that;’ ‘I can't leave my sons;’  ‘I need to do x, y or z kind of work;’ ‘I'm married, my spouse doesn't want to go that direction.’

And whether or not those are worthy considerations, they are not what Gandhi referred to – ‘I will admit just one tyrant in my life, the still small voice within.’  These ‘reasons’ are not the still small voice within.  They are not conscience; they are not the Father that Jesus spoke of; conscience, heart, soul.  They’re at best, one level removed.  Could they be the dictates of conscience?  Conceptually, yes.  But not in the promising souls that I've seen.  No; profoundly unlikely.  It was not conscience, it was that which keeps one from ultimate servitude to conscience, to heart and soul in solidarity, to creation, to all of humanity, to unconditional love; to servitude to Life.

Is there anyone that is not the rich young man?

I think not. 

I think they are no longer on earth, or we’d have seen them by now. 

I think my father’s generation was the last.

Tired of foresight? Vote GOP! Cheney: McCain Made 'Mistake' Picking Sarah Palin

McCain Made 'Mistake' Picking Sarah Palin: Cheney

Businessweek -
By Greg Giroux on July 29, 2012 Former Vice President Dick Cheney said it was “a mistake” for Arizona Senator John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008.
Cheney: Palin choice was mistake
Dick Cheney thinks Sarah Palin VP pick was a mistake (video)
Mitt Romney urged not to repeat McCain's Sarah Palin 'mistake'
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