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9.19.2015

Climate change is so scary it's making these women reconsider having children.

http://www.upworthy.com/climate-change-is-so-scary-its-making-these-women-reconsider-having-children-cs2-1a?c=tkp1

9.18.2015

***** Einstein: our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

***** Einstein: our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

Einstein: My religion consists of a humble admiration for the illimitable superior spirit that reveals itself in the slight details that we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds .

Einstein:  My religion consists of a humble admiration for the illimitable superior spirit that reveals itself in the slight details that we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds .

***** Responsible people need to stop figuring out what others need to do and look in the mirror and figure out how to redouble what they do. Life is not a spectator sport. Life is not playing imaginary chess with the lives of world leaders. Life is the messy, impossible, hopeless pursuit of what one can do individually as pitiful as that may be.

Responsible people need to stop figuring out what others need to do and look in the mirror and figure out how to redouble what they do. Life is not a spectator sport. Life is not playing imaginary chess with the lives of world leaders. Life is the messy, impossible, hopeless pursuit of what one can do individually as  pitiful as that may be.

***** must read article. Tens of millions of people died in Hitler’s war not so that Germans could live, but so that Germans could pursue the American dream

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/16/hitlers-world-may-not-be-so-far-away?CMP=soc_567

Israel approves use of police sniper fire against Palestinian rock-throwers - reports

http://www.rt.com/news/315801-jerusalem-approves-sniper-fire/

Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”

https://theintercept.com/2015/07/30/jimmy-carter-u-s-oligarchy-unlimited-political-bribery/

9.17.2015

***** Pic. Einstein: it has become appallingly obvious that our technology has eclipsed our humanity.

***** major update. How are things going here in DC? My medical Outlook?.....

***** major update. How are things going here in DC? My medical Outlook?..... If you saw the video log (http://jesusgodgoodetcnjay.blogspot.com/2015/09/day-35-reverence-for-life-is.html) speaking of Schweitzer's concept 'reverence for life' then I have little to add regarding how things are going here in DC. ( if not, I suggest you take a moment and view it now.)If he was correct that reverence for life is the essential ingredient in sanity, Humanity, decency, being of hope for the future rather than its destruction... then my return to dc has only confirmed that... There is no Life here. There is frenzy. There is a feeding frenzy. There is a frenzy for stuff, status, position, stimulation, sensation, safety, superiority ..... But there is no life. There is no reverence for life. Exactly as one who is color blind does not have the receptors to see certain colors, exactly in that way the over privileged that populate DC have had those receptors for reverence for life burned away, systematically atrophied, by their upbringing In this sickest, Most suicidal, of all cultures. I am speaking most particularly of the left, the Liberals, but also of the right. The great intellectual Ashley Montagu said without trace of cynicism, we die by degrees in this society, high school degree, bachelors degree, masters degree, PhD degree.... Teresa of Calcutta observed, the greatest poverty I have seen is the poverty of spirit in the West. I do not suspect she was speaking of the poor and disadvantaged. There is no future other than hell on earth unless by some miracle that reverence for life is rekindled Among large masses of people. And to that end of my life is devoted.

As to the outlook for me personally: The major CAT scan including radioactive(?) dye occurred this past Monday and the review of results with my oncologist is scheduled for this coming Monday. My sense is that I will be back on the road spreading the gospel of citizen uprising for many many many many many months. Hence I am working to get all medical issues resolved including dental and other, and logistics such as redirected mail. I have had one dental appointment and another scheduled for several weeks out that could lead to another yet. Also, with up to 10 hours per day of traveling that I do I am scheduled to have an old orthopedic issue addressed the end of October. Whether I will delay my departure that long is not clear.

  oh, and an odd, possibly serious, concern has arisen regarding my left eye. Only 2 months ago two different ophthalmologists evaluated my eyes and prescribed my first set of glasses. In just that short time my left eye has deteriorated to the point that one of the opthamologists says that it is no longer possible to give me clear far site. He is somewhat concerned that something may be going on neurologically or behind the eye. In several weeks there is an appointment scheduled to evaluate that situation.

Mercifully and miraculously the very tough staff of the shelter I have been staying in broke all rules several times and fully allowed me back after being away for 35 days. Also, the parking arrangements in front of a massive DC Municipal Building at night is also working out allowing me to sleep away from the vehicle.

 While confined here in DC for reasons mentioned above I am situating the vehicle and myself in high traffic areas spreading the gospel among the zombies; yesterday and the day before at a park three blocks from the White House on K Street, the heart of lobbyists and nonprofit land. Today on Capitol Hill. Next week with Pope Francis drawing huge crowds to DC I will hope to situate in the midst of those crowds outside of Union Station. I will not know till then if security arrangements will make that impossible.

 Strategically my sense is that I have been blind for years but now can see dimly. That is, now that I see what the problem is the absence of reverence for life, ( http://jesusgodgoodetcnjay.blogspot.com/2015/09/day-35-reverence-for-life-is.html ) which may be essentially what is correctly meant by the Holy Spirit, I am equipped with a workable problem definition. Equipped with this problem definition it is possible I may learn to better fashion myself into some minuscule remedy which is all that I wish to be, which is the only interest I have in remaining in this prison we call 2015 life. One of the impacts of this vastly improved problem definition that I now have is the notion it has given me that when I am in the presence of another I am in the presence of one of two things that are almost always possible from that individual: I am in the presence of their zombie, evil, spirit... Or, highly unlikely, the presence of the Holy Spirit, their reverence for life with which I believe we are all born. My a tendency has been to confront the evil spirit, the spirit of death and destruction, and the evil and idiocy, and or the excuses, cowardice and diversions... that it invariably spews. But the new insight with which I am now equipped at times, and I think possibly will become a primary response from me, causes me to simply wait, yes, maybe for eternity, but to wait for the Holy Spirit return within the individual who is in front of me. Yes, I do think there is some minuscule hopefulness to doing so, an infinitely greater hopefulness than any other response I can think of. What hopefullnrss? The hopefulness encapsulated in this: nature abhors a vacuum. If I am now, after a lifetime, finally seeing the problem clearly, I think the hopefulness would be in then, with my current clarity which may well increase substantially with practice, to be a presence in someone else's life, even for a few seconds, someone who is in the spirit of evil, self-centeredness, selfishness, lust... that is inhabiting them, a presents that sees clearly and with conviction that this evil spirit is not their natural, true, only spirit.... That putting them in contact with, in the presence of, someone who sees this truth might well be the, the only, way that one person can provide another the chance of salvation, escape, from that evil spirit. -- Sent from Fast notepad

Global Warming Could Lead to Worldwide Wars

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/global-warming-could-lead-to-worldwide-wars-and-annihilation-of-peoples

This kid came up to ask how much the food cost. I told him it was free

http://www.upworthy.com/this-kid-came-up-to-ask-how-much-the-food-cost-i-told-him-it-was-free?c=tkp1

Israel denies water, fresh air to hunger strikers

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-deas/israel-denies-water-fresh-air-hunger-strikers

Arab bid to monitor Israel's nuclear sites rejected at UN atomic agency

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.676467

Outrage over Gaza drove Iceland’s capital to back Israel boycott

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/outrage-over-gaza-drove-icelands-capital-back-israel-boycott

Bernie Sanders' Stand for Racial Justice Requires That He Stand for Palestine

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8142236

It's time to recognize the State of Palestine, Mr. President

http://972mag.com/its-time-to-recognize-the-state-of-palestine-mr-president/111781/

audi king seeks 'urgent' action on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-king-seeks-urgent-action-jerusalems-al-aqsa-mosque-2055543609

Western Nations: Beacons of Hope or Source of Destruction?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/09/16/western-nations-beacons-hope-or-source-destruction

9.16.2015

Soccket Ball: Electricity Through Soccer Four women from Harvard created a technology that is changing the game for energy.

http://www.takepart.com/video/2015/08/28/soccket-ball-electricity-through-soccer?cmpid=ait-fb

Wrong Turn Leads Teen To A Dying Horse That Changes Her Life

http://kelsey.littlethings.com/horse-sunny-kelsey-rescue/?utm_source=LTas&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=rescue

Bravo school!!! After Coming Out In Her Junior Year, This Transgender Teen Was Voted Homecoming Queen

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lanesainty/this-transgender-teen-was-voted-homecoming-queen#.whn86lEME2

How Obama Can Save The Two-State Solution Before He Leaves Office

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/obama-must-recognize-palestine-independent-state

Environmental activists go on hunger strike in McPherson Square ahead of pope’s visit

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/09/15/environmental-activists-go-on-hunger-strike-in-mcpherson-square-ahead-of-popes-visit/

T hey created solidariTEA, an iced tea company that donates 10 cents to community groups for every bottle of tea sold.

http://www.upworthy.com/a-young-couple-started-a-unique-small-business-one-that-gives-back?c=ufb1

How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking To The World

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5796786

800 miles in 35 days. What I have learned from ELF .

800 miles in 35 days. What I have learned from ELF .

* my opportunity is to add power, not to speed the ELF with my legs
* I carry my own weight and let ELF carry his. that is, under most circumstances I can deliver about 1.5 amps per hour and I use about 2 amps per hour from the battery on long distances
* ELF will easily flip if I am not careful
* if you are insured against theft (Veloinsurance) and you are not locked you are not insured
* using my legs like pistons seems to work best for me
* the faster I go on battery the less energy I can contribute per mile lowering the battery range
* I can get seven or even 10 miles per amp except where there are many hills and there I can drop to as low as 2 miles per amp or less.
* at 63 with stage 4 cancer I can contribute 1.5 amps, 75 watts, per hour
* regarding reliability and maintenance the vehicle is a sophisticated three wheeled bike, not a car. align your expectations accordingly.
* 'Solar fusion bike car' is my best phraseology so far for grasping this vehicle
* very few bicycle repair operations will touch the elf because it takes up too much of their floor space, or is too large to get through their door. but some can. Find out.
* this is an extremely sane way to commute around Washington DC proper
* shallow pumping of the brake flashes oncoming traffic from the rear greatly increasing safety in highway situations. Pumping so shallow of course that you don't actually activate the brake itself
* I often feel much more comfortable with additional flashing lights on the rear of the vehicle in highway situations to alert fast oncoming traffic from the rear to a slow moving vehicle
* pulling a second solar panel on a trailer for my cross country trip is wonderful more than doubling my energy generation
* after caulking around the solar panel ELF no longer leaks in the rain
* despite numerous rain storms rarely have I wanted doors. Sometimes I use my rain suit
* due to the necessary vehicle weight the nuVinci gearing gives me an additional 5 or 10% range over traditional gears I am sure
* a no slip  shelf liner helps keep my butt in place
* a full graphics wrap of the elf cost around 1000 bucks applied
* chaining the handlebar in a sharp left or a sharp right turn with a lock is almost always sufficient security even in the city for me, and it is quick and easy to put in place or for me to remove
* the folks in Durham are very nice, very competent, and like a very large informal bicycle shop. Set your expectations  accordingly and you will be happy, as am I.
* I have found some pockets where the culture is extremely hostile to bicycles like Fredericksburg Virginia.
* I've been very glad to have a can of tire repair slime
* as an extensive rider I'm glad to now have cycle analyst
* even without cycle analyst I can judge the battery charge with a multimeter measuring the voltage, 54 volts roughly full, 45 volts empty, rather linear in between
* for security reasons in a city I am glad to have a large trunk that can be closed
* favoring long range without wall-recharging, as I do, the vehicle is an seven to nine miles per hour vehicle except on extreme flat where it may be 10 to 11 miles per hour at my level of strength and technique.
* running errands all around Washington DC the elf is plenty fast enough, has plenty of range, speed being limited by the horrible potholes
* elf is often too wide for bike lanes. one needs to be willing to ride in a main lane often. it is not for the faint of heart.
* Google Maps: on cross country trips I generally lie and say I am a car selecting the option for no tolls, no highway. often I do not want to be away from where I can plug in, where otherwise the selection for bicycling would place me
* if I plug in for an hour, then unplug from the battery to check the charge level with a volt meter, unless I unplugged from the wall for several minutes, the charging does not resume. no problem, now that I know
* for me the elf is like the early Wright brothers planes. In some respects a joke. The beginning of a new future which sadly is coming too slowly to save creation.
* I have profound respect and affection for this vehicle. I think it is an important invention
* the vehicle is quite stable at 35 or 40 miles per hour, speeding down hill, watch for crosswinds. However, very unstable if not toed-in 3 degrees (?) in the front.
* the front is very light and can easily be flipped by even a low speed bump under one wheel or the other or a fast turn. Just keep that in mind and you will be fine
* I find the front cargo tray extremely useful
* you need a bike shop that will happily work on your vehicle or you need to learn to do it yourself. It is not a car. It is a high-tech tricycle
* I wish Organic transit would put up a very serious support site up with well done, way longer than 1 minute, videos on how to maintain and repair the vehicle.
* Organic transit should publish a list of required tools and possibly assemble into a kit and sell the same, as they once did.
* I have found ELF very sturdy and reliable
* I have learned that my technique makes an enormous difference to how much power, and range, I can inject. where I place my feet on the pedals, where I adjust my seat. I wish I had studied articles on cycling technique earlier. I'm glad I finally did, and do.
* I am happiest with very very fast cadence until I achieve speed of 6 or 8 or 10 or 12 miles per hour... and then slower cadence to maintain that speed.
* on steep hills or any breaking from higher speed I think that pumping my brakes may produce less wear on the system.
* Runtastic Pro is the best Android app I have found. Many useful features. For most or all of the cycling apps I have found that they understate distance traveled by about 13%, oddly.  Google Maps seems correct as does the cycle analyst.

note: all serious questions and comments and or suggestions on the above would be welcome.  http:Start-Loving.blogspot.com

9.15.2015

Israel’s Agent of Influence: Senator Ben Cardin shows how it’s done

http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/new/israels-agent-of-influence-senator-ben-cardin-shows-how-its-done/#.Vfihd_wpA0P

Pope Francis Calls for Ending Tax-Exempt Status of Churches That Don’t Help the Needy

http://usuncut.com/world/pope-francis-calls-for-ending-tax-exempt-status-of-churches-that-dont-help-the-needy/

***** must read article.... Niebuhr also knew that traditional liberalism was a useless force in moments of extremity. Liberalism, Niebuhr said, “lacks the spirit of enthusiasm, not to say fanaticism, which is so necessary to move the world out of its beaten tracks....

http://m.truthdig.com/report/item/a_time_for_sublime_madness_20130120

Reinhold Niebuhr, as Cone points out in his book, labeled this capacity to defy the forces of repression “a sublime madness in the soul.” Niebuhr wrote that “nothing but madness will do battle with malignant power and ‘spiritual wickedness in high places.’ ” This sublime madness, as Niebuhr understood, is dangerous, but it is vital. Without it, “truth is obscured.” And Niebuhr also knew that traditional liberalism was a useless force in moments of extremity. Liberalism, Niebuhr said, “lacks the spirit of enthusiasm, not to say fanaticism, which is so necessary to move the world out of its beaten tracks. It is too intellectual and too little emotional to be an efficient force in history.”......

Vatican 'Welcomes' Obama's Iran Deal

http://www.newsweek.com/vaticanbacksirandeal-372383

How Religious 'Liberty' Has Been Used to Justify Racism, Sexism and Slavery Throughout History

http://www.alternet.org/belief/how-religious-liberty-has-been-used-justify-racism-sexism-and-slavery-throughout-history

Oregon was billed by its founders as a “White Utopia.” Today the state of Oregon has one of the lowest minority populations in the country.

http://www.liberalamerica.org/2015/09/07/wont-believe-state-founded-white-utopia/

Arab MK: Israel wants to drag the region into a religious war

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/21043-arab-mk-israel-wants-to-drag-the-region-into-a-religious-war

California drought: Sierra Nevada snowpack falls to 500-year low

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/14/california-drought-sierra-nevada-snowpack-500-year-record-low

Israeli Escalation in Jerusalem Declaration of War, Says Hamas

http://m.ndtv.com/world-news/israeli-escalation-in-jerusalem-declaration-of-war-says-hamas-1217874

***** vlog. go hear Francis? Why would anyone waste one second?


Abominable Bible Verses

http://m.news24.com/news24/MyNews24/The-14-Most-Abominable-Bible-Verses-20121224

The Great Arctic Thaw Could Unleash Giant Viruses Scientists have found pathogens in permafrost that remain infectious after 30,000 years

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/09/11/climate-change-melting-permafrost-revive-ancient-giant-virus?cmpid=ait-fb

Roger Waters On His Support Of BDS: 'I Don't Have An Anti-Semitic Bone In My Body'

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55f7114ce4b042295e371ed0

No room for dissent in Israel's schools Right-wing ideas permeate Israeli schools, and an educator who disagrees risks a witch-hunt.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.676003

Jordan king warns Israel against Jerusalem ‘provocation’

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/09/14/Jordan-king-warns-Israel-against-Jerusalem-provocation-.html

Your friendly Gaza neighbourhood Spider-Man: 11-year-old shows off his impressive gymnastic skills

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3234030/Your-friendly-Gaza-neighbourhood-Spider-Man-11-year-old-shows-impressive-gymnastic-skills-dressed-superhero-middle-Palestinian-rubble.html

9.14.2015

VIDEO: Chris Hedges on the Big Lie of Neoliberalism and the Very Real Threat of a President Trump

http://m.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/video_chris_hedges_on_the_big_lie_of_neoliberalism_and_20150913

N umber of U.S. homeless students has doubled since before the recession

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/number-of-us-homeless-students-has-doubled-since-before-the-recession/2015/09/14/0c1fadb6-58c2-11e5-8bb1-b488d231bba2_story.html

***** must read article. Pope Francis. “You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,” Pope Francis said.......

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/12/03/the-pope-has-a-message-for-christian-fundamentalists-youre-no-better-than-isis/

***** vlog Day 35 and holding. My message as I travel through the country....


nd. Day 35 and holding. Three days of little more than sleep. Apparently......

nd. Day 35 and holding. Three days of little more than sleep. Apparently 35 days of all day cycling and resting in Walmart parking lots all night was much more exhausting than I realized. Subject to my cancer exam next Monday I hope to be resuming the journey for many months after that. -- Sent from Fast notepad

***** The Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza have warned that they will not remain patient forever on Israel's crimes and violations at the Aqsa Mosque, holding it fully responsible for the consequences of its reckless actions.

http://english.palinfo.com/site/pages/details.aspx?itemid=73576

Howard Zinn: We try to pretend in this country that we’re all one happy family. We’re not.......

http://howardzinn.org/untold-truths-about-the-american-revolution/

at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, in contrast to 10% of families in the general population.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/09/11/you-think-football-players-have-a-domestic-violence-problem-cops-are-three-times-worse/