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The Blair-Bush Letters

Posted on May 19th, 2014 at 20:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I have, unexpectedly, lost my faith in the ability of the currently constituted “democratic” system to provide a fair society. That seems to be because the extreme and escalating concentration and control of capital coincides with the extreme and escalating concentration and control of the media. That media control seems, despite the availability of alternative new media, to have sufficient power of influencing people to grant untrammeled hegemony over society to the wealthy.


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  1. Interesting. If Scotland becomes independent he’s going to press for Mr. Blair to be brought to the Hague.

  2. Riiiiiiiiiiight. He can press away, it’ll be a great workout.

I Went to the Nutritionists’ Annual Confab. It Was Catered by McDonald’s.

Posted on May 19th, 2014 at 18:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Andy Bellatti, a dietitian and member of AND, recalls his shock the first time he attended the organization’s national conference, in 2008. “I could get continuing education credits for literally sitting in a room and listening to Frito-Lay tell me that Sun Chips are a good way to meet my fiber needs,” he says. “I thought, ‘No wonder Americans are overweight and diabetic. The gatekeepers for our information about food are getting their information from junk-food companies.’”

Bellatti took photos of the displays in the exhibition hall and posted them on his blog. The post started a conversation among academy members, many of whom were outraged when they learned about the sponsorships. They worried that if word got out that dietitians’ professional organization had been bought out by food corporations, the profession would lose credibility. So Bellatti and several other members founded Dietitians for Professional Integrity, consisting of academy members who want to change the sponsorship policies. They lobbied the leadership, but nothing changed—except for the rules about photography at the annual conference. The following year, when Bellatti took out his camera in the exhibition hall, he was told that photographs were prohibited.


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The official US position on the NSA is still unlimited eavesdropping power

Posted on May 19th, 2014 at 17:43 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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In the government’s view, there is no need to ask whether the 2008 law violates Americans’ privacy rights, because in this context Americans have no rights to be violated.


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  1. The Constitution is just a piece of trash to these people. I’m sorry, I sounded like a Tea Bagger for a minute there.

  2. I’ve been thinking that there should be an asymmetry in the mechanism for amending the Constitution. It should be possible to enumerate new rights or confirm existing rights for citizens with a simple majority vote of some kind, and it should require some large supermajority to remove rights (so that the majority can’t easily repress minorities).

    Of course that would mean that we’ll never get rid of gun rights. But it would make it easier to clarify explicicly, without having to depend on the right Supreme Court make-up, that yes, women have the same rights as men, and gays have the same rights as everyone else, and so on. No risk of a majority for polygamy, either.

Statement Wubbo Ockels: Happy Energy. The movement for a sustainable Earth and Us; Humanity.

Posted on May 19th, 2014 at 16:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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It is enough, we have gone too far !!! The Industrial Revolution has brought us in an unwanted state, we bulldozed through nature, we ruin our life support. We need to stop, we need to change, we need to choose another path, we need to update our lives and our ways of doing business.
Let us welcome The Human Age. Let us stop the destruction of the Earth; the destruction of the humankind; in fact of us. Let it be clear to all Humanity; to every individual. We need to find a new attitude, a new culture, anew mindset, a new unification of Humanity, for our survival.
The problem is that Humanity needs to find a sustainable balance with its environment, with our home the planet Earth and its Nature. The answer is a new global awareness of Humanity, Nature and Earth as an inseparable entity. Humanity is the people, Humanity is carried by the people. Only if we believe in our individual role to make Humanity sustainable we will survive and we can survive.
We are not bees who unconsciously build a bee colony. Individual bees that are not aware of their holistic community and its behavior. We are not neurons that are not aware of that they altogether think. No, we are intelligent beings that indeed can see and observe the behavior of our community. We are well aware of where our Humanity is heading. We can lead Humanity into a better direction if we act together. With a new believe in Humanity we can create a new religion that brings us all together.
There are many Religions who get people together, but never all people. The different gods in whom people believe do separate Humanity into groups of people. This separation has led to many conflicts and even wars. These religions do not unify humanity with the earth. They were not sustainable. But if we believe in the holistic Humanity we will have no conflicts because we will be inseparable. We all belong to this one Humanity, we can all believe in Humanity, in this same “higher power”. The big difference with existing religions is that we can believe in the All of our selves. The God of humanity is in each of us. This God is not outside of us. We cannot hide behind this God because it is us. We cannot exclude ourselves from our responsibility for all of us.
Believing in Humanity itself is a different mindset. A mindset that has evolved from the enlarged perspective that we have reached in the last decades. An awareness of where we are and what the Earth means to us and what our beings bring to our environment. The close connection of humankind and Earth. Our dependence of nature, of the earth has become more and more clear. The necessity to preserve that earth and its nature has become more and more an urgency. Space flight has held a mirror in front of us of Humanity. We really see now where we are: On a beautiful planet, with unequaled life support. An Earth of which we cannot live without. An Earth which has no spare. We are all Astronauts of Space Ship Earth.
Partitioning Humanity in different groups with different and often conflicting interests has undermined sustainability. Small groups have taken the profits while large groups have suffered. The partitioning has led to unfairness, to unjustified selfishness. Our economic rules are in that perspective wrong. Enterprises can and have initiate activities with large scale implications in the future while not taking the corresponding responsibility.
Like the oil industry and the development of nuclear power. The cost of climatic change and weather related disasters and nuclear waste and nuclear disasters are carried by the society, by its tax payers… International companies have reaches such an enormous size that their power surpasses all national boundaries and thus also national governments. Our so treasured democratic systems have no role to play in their game. We, humanity are victim to the few who have the power, while they do not take the responsibility of the consequences of their actions. We lack global ethics.
Our financial system has developed into an uncontrolled power that supports only a few rich people. Decisions in trading are taking place on an unhuman scale of milliseconds. Moneys provided to enterprises via stock market have no face. Often it is intraceable where the funds come from and where the profits go to. No responsibility or ethics can be expected in such a system in contrast to old family business. The general person cannot trust anymore banking. One scandal after the other surfaces. It seems that we, the people, have no power and no authority to change the financial system. The solution is unification into the one entity that we are: Humanity of Earth.
Apart from the necessity to start acting as one Humanity with one goal to survive, we as individuals, will reach a better life in doing so. When acting in support of Humanity life itself, life of every one of us, becomes more meaningful. We will feel the comfort of this meaning, we have a better answer to the why we live.
The purpose of life is to sustain life. That is why we make offspring. We need to help Humanity in reaching the necessary balance with its environment. The production of offspring is led by our sex drive, a very powerful drive that is not only expressed by lust and pleasure but also by hope and future. Our believe in and support of Humanity gives the pleasure of existential meaning, a feeling of satisfaction that could be even more powerful than sex. This feeling is expressed in Happy Energy. Happy Energy is the human energy perceived when making the right choice.
The new Happy Energy religion and its believe in Humanity starts now. It is the answer to the unsustainable Industrial revolution. It is our individual responsibility to expedite the transition. We need to adapt the right mindset. It is urgent. Enough technology is already there allowing for a sustainable Humanity, Nature and Earth.
Our will is the key. The believe in Humanity will give this will. Our Happy Energy religion will make us express our will. This religion needs to get its form. We need to make and establish our symbols, rituals, art, gatherings to express our believe in Humanity. All our media and communication-tools need to be used. In particular the youth need to be addressed. They are the future; they want to enjoy Nature and Earth too. Their idols play an example role. Festivals can radiate the new massage. Songwriters can make the right words and sentences that touch their hearts. Let each of us help to shape our religion. Let each of us express their believe in a sustainable Humanity.
The commandments of the Happy Energy believe in Humanity:
1. Humanity is inseparable
2. Humanity’s goal is to survive
3. Humanity needs the Earth and Nature
4. Our goal is to support Humanity and thus the Earth and Nature
5. We need to respect anyone who exercises that goal
6. Everybody is connected with anybody via Humanity
7. Everyone is connected with Nature and the Earth
8. We are all Astronauts of Space Ship Earth
9. Those who disrespect others, will disrespect Humanity
10. Humanity, Nature and the Earth are inseparable

-Wubbo Ockels


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  1. Humanity’s goal is to procreate until we’re the only animal species on the planet, as least that’s what it appears to be. Too negative? I guess a war or plague might change my opinion.

Protesters Demand Answers After Rich Man Avoids Any Jail Time For 7th DUI Conviction

Posted on May 19th, 2014 at 11:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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At the very end of last year, Shaun Goodman left a bar in Olympia, Washington in his Ferrari and led police on a high speed chase that approached 100 mph at times before crashing into two cars, jumping the curb and eventually careening into the side of a house. An unsuspecting passenger who had accepted a ride from Goodman was forced to leap from the moving car as it slowed down approaching an intersection.

Police arrested Goodman, whose blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit in Washington. He pleaded guilty to felony charges of eluding a police officer and driving under the influence, his seventh DUI conviction. And last week, Judge James Dixon handed down his sentence: no jail time and one year in a work release program.

Members of the community are crying foul, and argue that criminals who have money play by a different set of rules than others who commit similar crimes, drawing comparisons to several other recent cases of wealthy defendants getting off with minimal punishment. On Friday, protesters gathered in front of the Thurston County courthouse to demand answers.

“The judge has said at some point that he’s an important businessman in the community, and it wouldn’t be fair for him (and) his employees would suffer if he went to real jail,” said Sam Miller in an interview with local station KOMO News. “And my question is, what about the people that might suffer if he kills somebody?”


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