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'Iron Lady' rode a lucky black bubble
By J. Howard Crews - editor -- Laudation and sycophantic praise gushed from pontificators upon the death of the "Iron Lady", Maggie Thatcher. But not from the people in the streets and cities across Britain who where cheering in spontaneous celebrations. One day after her death was announced, people were sporting T-shirts "The Witch is Dead", and had downloaded the song "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" from from the Wizard of Oz so many times that it broke into the UK Top 10.
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Event Reminders:

SD Dem Party gala May 4: 'Painting the town blue
Saturday, 05/04/2013
San Diego's Democratic event of the year has a new name, a new location, and a whole new feel. The County Party's annual awards dinner will be a gala to celebrate our many successes in 2012 and the people who worked so hard for our candidates and our causes. Please mark your calendar for 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, when we'll be

"Painting the Town Blue"

at the Hilton San Diego Resort in Mission Bay.

Snakes, Lizards and Frogs
Wednesday, 04/17/2013
Snakes, Lizards and Frogs in San Diego County: Jeff Lemm, herpetologist with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, will share his 20 years of field work and research on our local reptiles and amphibians. We will learn about some of the critters we have loved since childhood- and others – hmmm- maybe not so much.

Annual Wildflower hike at Lake Calavera
Saturday, 04/20/2013
Annual Wildflower hike at Calavera with James Dillane of CNPS. Mr. Dillane will lead this annual visit to the Lake Calavera Preserve. This rich area includes varied habitats with several rare species. Beginners welcome. First hour will be a slow teaching hike, 2nd hour (and beyond) will be a faster paced plant assessment. Space is limited- RSVP required.

Free Film: Imprisonment of Palestinians
Saturday, 04/20/2013
The film "Degrees of Incarceration" documents the effect political imprisonment has on a community of Palestinians in Aida Refugee Camp in the West Bank. Showing at Al-Awda Center in Carlsbad on Sat. April 20. Since 1967, more than 700,000 West Bank Palestinians have passed though the prisons of this Israeli occupation.

SD Earth Fair 2013 - Largest in the world
Sunday, 04/21/2013
Set in Balboa Park, the 24th annual EarthFair is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. With around 70,000 visitors and more than 400 volunteers, the event features exhibitors, a food pavilion, kids area, live entertainment, parade, art show and a "clean" car concourse. -- Activities: Entertainment: Two stages with contemporary and folk music. A third stage in the children's area features children's music and storytelling. -- •Exhibitors: More than 350 exhibitors from wildlife preservation groups and ecotourism opportunities to products made from natural and organically grown crops and alternative energy vehicles and more.

California Native Garden Walking Tour
Sunday, 04/21/2013
California Native Garden Walking Tour: Come see 15 native plant gardens in the historic Seaside neighborhood of Oceanside. Plant experts and neighborhood locals lead walking tour of these wonderful front yard gardens.

'Dining Out For Life' - AIDS benefit North County
Thursday, 04/25/2013
Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. In exchange for their financial support, restaurants are listed in a city wide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic.-- Dining Out for Life® benefits The San Diego LGBT Community Center's and the North County LGBTQ Resource Center HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. Thank you Hill Street Cafe for partcipating..

Arbor Day Volunteer Trail Event at Lake Calavera
Saturday, 04/27/2013
Arbor Day Volunteer Trail Event at Lake Calavera: This is one of the regular trail volunteer work sessions. Work activities will include trail erosion repairs, planting a restoration site, and litter pick-up along trails. City will provide tools, gloves, water, and snacks. Wear close-toed shoes with good tread, long pants, sunscreen and a hat.

Buena Creek Clean Up
Saturday, 04/27/2013
Volunteers are needed to help clean up trash and debris in and around Buena Creek. The Creek clean-up is part of I Love a Clean San Diego's annual Creek to Bay event. Last year's event collected over 100,000 pounds of trash from San Diego County's beaches and creeks! Volunteers should register for the 2013 Vista Buena Creek location at creektobay.org.

Oceanside Green Fair
Saturday, 04/27/2013
Oceanside Green Fair-largest Earth day event in North County! This will be the highlight of a week long Green Week in Oceanside. Come to the fair and see environmentally friendly businesses and local organizations.

Gardening for Life workshop - Harmony Grove
Saturday, 04/27/2013
A "life Workshop: GARDENING FOR LIFE" to be conducted in North County (Harmony Grove - Elfin Forest) on April 27. In this hands-on workshop you will learn proven applications to ensure the health, longevity and vitality of all life that grows. teaching people how to live sustainably in the nuclear age using unprocessed minerals and native plants for applications designed to purify and fortify ones’ body, animals, plants and environment..

NCFC Rolls: Moonrise Kingdom
Sunday, 04/28/2013
The North County Film Club Shows: Moonrise Kingdom, on Sunday, April 28, beginning at 3 pm. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together.

NCFC Shows: Hermano
Sunday, 05/19/2013
The North County Film Club Shows: Hermano, on Sunday, May 19, beginning at 3 pm. In the most dangerous place in the world, two brothers dream of salvation, by kicking goals to get out of there. On this pitch, life is on the line. Hermano has received 8 wins & 3 nominations at film festivals including a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Memorial Day: Remember who and why we killed
Monday, 05/27/2013
On Memorial Day we do well to remember American troops killed in battle, but also those we killed, who they were, and why we killed them. A profound message from Lea Bolger, leader in Veterans for Peace.

This 'N That

World peace is us....We are each walking agents of the vision of peace we carry inside us.
- Kathleen Vande Kieft

Let us plant dates even though those who plant them will never eat them. We must live by the love of what we will never see. This is the secret discipline. It is a refusal to let the creative act be dissolved away in immediate sense experience, and a stubborn commitment to the future of our grandchildren. Such disciplined love is what has given prophets, revolutionaries, and saints the courage to die for the future they envisaged. They make their own bodies the seed of their highest hope.
- Ruben Alves, Tomorrow’s Child

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
- Orson Welles

The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point is to change it.
- Karl Marx

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked [on the Jericho Road] was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'
- Martin Luther King

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
- Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Anglo-Irish essayist, journalist

Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
- Indira Gandhi, 1966

Nuclear war is inevitable, says the pessimists; Nuclear war is impossible, says the optimists; Nuclear war is inevitable unless we make it impossible, says the realists.
- Sydney J. Harris

If we emphasize the life and works of our greatest contributors . . . people will come to realize that moral courage is bravery of the highest type, and America will be called the "Champion of Peace."
- Senator Spark Matsunaga

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.
- William Ralph Inge

True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.
- Milan Kundera

If we could raise one generation with unconditional love, there would be no Hitlers. We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear..
- Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of humanity.
- Mohandas Gandhi

I'd like someone to mention the day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry . . . I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness . . . I want to leave a committed life behind.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.
- Pythagoras

. . . [T]o live not with hands clenched to grasp, to strike, to hold tight to a life that is always slipping away the more tightly we hold it, but . . . to live with the hands stretched out both to give and receive with gladness.
- (Carl) Frederick Buechner

Violence produces only something resembling justice, but it distances people from the possibility of living justly, without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The problems of this world are so gigantic that some are paralysed by their own uncertainty. Courage and wisdom are needed to reach out above this sense of helplessness. Desire for vengeance against deeds of hatred offers no solution. An eye for an eye makes the world blind. If we wish to choose the other path, we will have to search for ways to break the spiral of animosity. To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans.
- - From the Christmas Message 2001 of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In April, we cannot see sunflowers in France, so we might say the sunflowers do not exist. But the local farmers have already planted thousands of seeds, and when they look at the bare hills, they may be able to see the sunflowers already. The sunflowers are there. They lack only the conditions of sun, heat, rain and July. Just because we cannot see them does not mean that they do not exist.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mahatma Gandhi

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
- Norman Cousins

Dust turned to hope.
- Elie Weisel

When asked what he would do if he knew the world would end tomorrow, Martin Luther said, "I would plant a tree."
- Martin Luther

The real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The idea of absolute freedom is fiction. It's based on the idea of an independent self. But, in fact, there's no such thing. There's no self without other people. There's no self without sunlight. There's no self without dew. And water. And bees to pollinate the food we eat....So the idea of behaving in a way that doesn't acknowledge those reciprocal relationships is not really freedom, it's indulgence.
- Peter Coyote

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
- Malcolm X

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
- Moshe Dayan

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look.
- From a letter written by Fra Giovanni, 1513

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what the do not want to do.
- Leo Tolstoy

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
- H.L. Mencken

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
- e.e.cummings

When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at a rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundredth blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it but all that had gone before.
- Jacob Riis

The pens which write against disarmament are made with the same steel from which guns are made.
- Aristide Briand, French statesman, Nobel Peace Prize, 1926

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
- Pablo Casals

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God's eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time, there would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed . . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.
- Thomas Merton

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty - it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.
- Mother Teresa

Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask: "Mother, what was war?"
- Eve Merriam

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
- Confucius

I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
- Abbie Hoffman

Such as it is, the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary. One would like to ask; by whom has it been elected and to whom is it responsible?
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Those things of real worth in life are worth going to any length in love and respect to safeguard.
- Julia Butterfly Hill

Abba Poeman said about Abba Prior that every single day he made a fresh beginning.
- Desert Fathers and Mothers

The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
- Douglas MacArthur

Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.
- Madge Michaels-Cyrus

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
- Peace Pilgrim

Aye, fight! But not your neighbor. Fight rather all the things that cause you and your neighbor to fight.
- Mikhail Naim

I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.
- Benjamin Franklin

What all men fear, I too must fear - how barren and pointless a thought!
- Tao Te Ching

Do it big or stay in bed.
- Larry Kelly

Murder and capital punishment are not opposites that cancel one another, but similars that breed their kind. It is the deed that teaches not the name we give it.
- George Bernard Shaw

Instead of tug o' war, let's play hug o' war.
- Shel Silverstein

God looks unjust but is not. God asks more from those who more is given. They are not greater or better; they have greater responsibility. They must give more service. Live to serve.
- Dom Helder Camara

Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
- Oscar Arias

Nobody realizes that some people expend a tremendous amount of energy merely to be normal.
- Albert Camus

Justice is truth in action.
- Benjamin Disraeli

We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it. The Attainment of freedom, whether for a person, a nation or a world, must be in exact proportion to the attainment of nonviolence for each.
- Mohandas Gandhi

A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is -- a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.
- E. Stanley Jones

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love the fellow of the resurrection, scooping up the dust and chanting "Live!"
- Emily Dickinson

There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
- Havelock Ellis

The Bible has a very meaningful expression: The Spirit makes all things new. We are those who grow old, and we want everything done to our aged standards. The Spirit is never old; the Spirit is always young.
- Oscar Romero

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
- Matthew 5:3

Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
- Stanislaw Lem

What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God. God is always needing to be born.
- Meister Eckhart

Everything, everything in war is barbaric . . . But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.
- Ellen Key, 1916

The question is not, do we go to church; the question is, have we been converted. The crux of Christianity is not whether or not we give donations to popular charities but whether or not we are really committed to the poor.
- Joan Chittester, OSB

Articles & News:

Jaczko says US nuke plants should be phased out
Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko says that the current fleet of operating plants in the US should be phased out because regulators can't guarantee against an accident causing widespread land contamination. In two key decisions last week Jaczko said the agency "damaged significantly" its international reputation for upholding safety and he accused the five commissioners of "just rolling the dice" in dealing with severe accidents.

AMERICANS: Get out your pitchforks and torches
SOCIAL SECURITY CUTS - "If the president and Congress succeed in this malicious scheme, they will come back again and again to cut more and more. If the politicians join this sordid conspiracy, voters should come after them with pitchforks and torches" (By William Greider - "THE NATION")

Tesoro freeway destructive to SOCAL environment
"Calling the Tesoro Extension "a model for environmental sensitivity" ("Toll Road good for traffic, environment" March 12) is like saying lead poisoning is good for children. The project is a last-ditch attempt by the Transportation Corridor Agency to resuscitate its proposed Foothill Toll Road, which was rejected in 2008 by both the California Coastal Commission and the Bush Administration’s Commerce Department because of a long list of adverse environmental impacts." By Joel Reynolds - Western Director Natural Defense Council.

Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Will Cost U.S. 4-6 Trillion
WASHINGTON, Mar 30 2013 (IPS) - Costs to U.S. taxpayers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will run between four and six trillion dollars, making them the most expensive conflicts in U.S. history, according to a new report by a prominent Harvard University researcher. -- While Washington has already spent close to two trillion dollars in direct costs related to its military campaigns in the two countries, that total "represents only a fraction of the total war costs", according to the report by former Bill Clinton administration official Linda Bilmes.

CA Court Ruling Gives Hope to Foes of Fracking
A court ruling that the U.S. government must consider the environmental impact of "fracking" on federal lands leased to oil companies offers opponents of the technique a useful weapon in the fierce public debate in California and other parts of the country. -- In a regulatory setback for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, a federal magistrate judge in San Jose, California, on Monday ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to analyze its impact on 2,500 acres in Monterey County. -- While energy lawyers were skeptical about the ruling's long-term impact, it was hailed as a victory for environmentalists trying to stop fracking in the state due to concerns about its groundwater impact and the potential for increased fossil fuels output contributing to climate change.

Millions bombarding Congress over Soc. Security
Millions of Americans are phoning and writing members of Congress in a vast outpouring of opposition to the propossal to cut Social Security. President Obama has officially endorsed cuts to Social Security benefits in his most recent budget proposal. This cruel and senseless recommendation should not even be considered by congress. This is a good time to call your representatives and remind them that you will not support anyone who votes to cut Social Security benefits. Here's how you can, too, and what to say: ...

San Onofre to the Public: Drop Dead!
The bitter battle over two stricken southern California reactors has taken a shocking seismic hit. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ignored critical questions from two powerful members of Congress just as the Government Accountability Office has cast serious doubt on the emergency planning at the San Onofre nuclear plant. -- At a cost of some $770 million, Southern California Edison and its partners installed faulty steam generators at San Onofre Units 2 and 3 that have failed and leaked. Those reactors have been shut since January 2012 (similar defects doomed Unit 1 in 1992). They've generated zero electricity, but SCE and its partners have billed ratepayers over a billion dollars for them.

Archie Bunker's Editorial on Gun Control

From the "All in the Family" Season 3 premiere, entitled (appropriately) "Archie and the Editorial." It aired over 40 years ago.

Anti-Drone Protest, General Atomics Poway

San Diego Veterans for Peace lead the anti-Drone protest at General Atomics in Poway. San Diego is the largest drone manufacturing center in the Nation. Deadly drones are used by the U.S. to assassinate without due process anyone designated by the president as "an enemy of the state". The U.S. has killed hundreds of innocent children and women as "collateral damage" in these strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Elizabeth Warren rips Federal BankRegulators
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embarrassed government regulators during a Senate Banking Committee hearing as she demanded to know why they won't reveal how frequently big banks illegally foreclosed on homeowners. In January, regulators abandoned a case-by-case review of foreclosure fraud conducted by some of the nation's largest banks in favor of a $9.3 billion settlement. Under the deal, most of the 4.4 million homeowners who were foreclosed on in 2009 or 2010 received less than $1,000 each. By Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress

Award Brad Manning Nobel Peace Prize action
"Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Movement in the Icelandic Parliament, the Pirates of the EU; representatives from the Swedish Pirate Party, and the former Secretary of State in Tunisia for Sport & Youth." -- SIGN THE PETITION HERE:

Scam uncovered to promote militarism in SD schools
It looks to me like the people who proposed the San Diego Military Academy Charter School were either working a scam or relying on advice from others who were doing so. The district staff has recommended rejection. Among other things, the Findings of Fact include the following statement: "The District conducted a verification of the signatures and found that many of the signatures were for individuals who do not exist and/or their names were fabricated; in addition, the contact information listed was for local bars or medical offices that were not affiliated with the alleged signer."

Big Brother in the sky is really BIG-G-G-G!

This is the high resolution camera that is carried in drones. The government will not confirm. From 17,000 feet above, ARGUS sees and records everything, even the flight of birds, walking pedestrians, which stall you parked your car in. It can surveil an entire city at one time, 24 hours a day, every day. It is mounted on the Predator Drone, manufactured here in San Diego County.

Fascist Capitalism has failed as economic model
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston.: - "From 1966 – when Lyndon Johnson was president -- to 2011, 45 years later, the bottom 90 percent of Americans' average income, as reported on tax returns, went up by a stunning $59 -- almost no change at all. If you measure that $59 increase for the vast majority of Americans as one inch, then on the same scale, the incomes of those in the top ten percent went up by 168 feet. The top one percent, 888 feet. The plutocrats -- the Mitt Romney crowd, the top one percent of the top one percent? Their incomes rose by almost five miles relative to that one inch."

America's criminal legacy in Bush Iraq War

A 15-month investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic reveals how retired US colonel James Steele, a veteran of American proxy wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, played a key role in training and overseeing US-funded special police commandos who ran a network of torture centres in Iraq. Another special forces veteran, Colonel James Coffman, worked with Steele and reported directly to General David Petraeus, who had been sent into Iraq to organise the Iraqi security services.

Ark. oil spill disaster grows when storm hits
Independent reporter films disaster occurring during storm. Storm hits Mayflower, Arkansas site of Exxon oil spill. Contaminated water pumped into Lake Conway as citizen journalists report live. Where was the local and state media? Where are the professionals? Why is the only reporting from the scene of this oil spill during weather that threatens to severely contaminate the main body of Lake Conway being done by a couple volunteer journalists riding in the back of a pick up truck in the rain using an iPhone?

Situation at Fukushima turning very critical

by NibiruMagick2012 -- Latest Headlines: 10:01 AM EST on April 11th, 2013 | 3 comments AP: "Situation is on verge of collapse" at Fukushima Daiichi — 8 incidents in last 3 weeks — "Highly vulnerable... Extremely unstable" — "Doubts about whether plant can stay intact" 12:54 AM EST on April 11th, 2013 | 42 comments NYTimes: Fukushima plant unstable says official, concern another accident can't be prevented — "Vulnerable... Very dangerous" 10:52 PM EST on April 10th, 2013 | 51 comments Paper: 35 sq. mile 'mega-pod' of dolphins related to sea lion deaths in California? Extraordinary changes seen in behavior of marine mammals — Pretty obvious something's going on 11:34 AM EST on April 10th, 2013 | 21 comments TV: Gas release from U.S. nuclear site covered up? — Continued for several days — "Spontaenous, not controlled" (VIDEO) 10:34 AM EST on April 10th, 2013 | 37 comments Video: Catastrophic disaster to happen in front of our eyes after Fukushima — How can gov't stand by and do nothing? Must evacuate all children (VIDEO) 09:53 AM EST on April 10th, 2013 | 8 comments HuffPost: Health concerns increasing after Arkansas oil spill — Students sent home after illness from fumes — Workers cleaning up dead fish at night 07:41 PM EST on April 9th, 2013 | 90 comments Tepco: "Losing faith" in leaking Fukushima tanks — But we don't have anywhere else to put the radioactive water 02:53 PM EST on April 9th, 2013 | 46 comments NBC News: 'Devastating' quake strikes near nuclear plant (VIDEO) 01:54 PM EST on April 9th, 2013 | 45 comments

Big Pharma Profits $711 Billion, robbing patients
From Health Care for America Now: - Health Care for America Now released new research today that shows big pharmaceutical companies are making billions of dollars by systematically overcharging taxpayers and seniors for drugs that they sell for a fraction of the cost in other countries. Since we released our research hours ago, the story has been reported by Politico, The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch and Think Progress.

Ark. ExxonMobil oil spill even worse than thought
An Arkansas state attorney general has announced that the ExxonMobil pipeline rupture that has leaked thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas is "substantially larger" than initially believed, but that the size of the leak still remains unknown. -- "The pipeline rupture is substantially larger than many of us initially thought," State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told reporters on Wednesday. McDaniel's office has launched an investigation into the spill and has asked ExxonMobil to keep all documents relating to the spill and the cleanup efforts. ... bodies of oil-drenched wildlife continue to be recovered, and local residents complain of emerging health problems, many have already suspected that the damage may be greater than ExxonMobil claims. (RT.com)

Cartoons of the Week

Armed Schools vs Prisons

Judge Scalia and gay marriage

The ROE boat

Congress and the NRA

Too big to fail (jail?)

Taxpayers will NOT bail Wall St. again

Dr. Strangelove takes a dangerous ride

OBAMA's Soc. Security compromise ...

Extreme Makeover

Liars' Poker

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

Romney, Vulture Capitalist

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

Brits celebrate death of Baroness Maggie Thatcher

Published on Apr 9, 2013 - A video dedicated to the life and times of Margaret Thatcher and everything she destroyed in jobs and the economy, paving the way for out-of-control bankers and market speculators that have brought England to her knees today.

Glenda Jackson excoriates Thatcher in Parliament

Glenda Jackson launches tirade against Thatcher - She's a fantastic speaker who gets herself clearly understood on the traitor, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, and speaks over the sycophantic goons in Parliament to denounce the evils of Thatcherism.

Late-breaking news: This just in ...

News that did not make our deadline:

Americans Strike Back Against Drones Intrusions

Constitutional attorney John Whitehead recently urged Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to take action to protect the state's citizens against the threats posed by drones. The Rutherford Institute has been at the forefront of efforts to combat the use of remotely piloted drones by police agencies. The Rutherford Institute focuses on such issues as freedom of speech, religious liberty, defense of property from unlawful seizure, and the ever-escalating government assault on privacy and bodily integrity.

'Iron Lady' rode a lucky black bubble
By J. Howard Crews - editor -- Laudation and sycophantic praise gushed from pontificators upon the death of the "Iron Lady", Maggie Thatcher. But not from the people in the streets and cities across Britain who where cheering in spontaneous celebrations. One day after her death was announced, people were sporting T-shirts "The Witch is Dead", and had downloaded the song "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" from from the Wizard of Oz so many times that it broke into the UK Top 10.

Disney Parody - boy sings about the Planet

"PAINT", young man sings a brilliant, melodic quartet with himself about the Planet and the Environment, gay marriage, terrorism. -- "If you've ever wondered why Disney's tales all end in lies, Here's what happened after all their dreams came true" BRILLIANT !!

30,000 spy drone in the sky over America

30,000 Drones Over America! Obama's Weaponized Police State! 2012. Nobody can feel safe in his own back yard any more. The police can spy on you for any spiteful or vengeful reason, even for political or financial advantages. Police launch unprecedented on privacy of our citizens.

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Army intel analyst Bradley Manning faces decades in prison for allegedly leaking this video of a U.S. helicopter attack killing 11 civilians and wounding two children in Baghdad, Iraq. The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


PFC Manning - Aiding the enemy or American public?

If Pfc. Bradley Manning is convicted of 'aiding the enemy,' it could be the end of whistleblowing as we know it in the United States Armed Forces. This video, entitled "Aiding the Enemy," is to raise awareness of the dangers posed to the American public by leveling this charge at Bradley Manning, and recruit people to our campaign urging Major General Michael Linnington to drop the charge immediately.
Manning written testimony Feb. 2013: "The dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value human life by referring to them as quote “dead bastards” unquote and congratulating each other on the ability to kill in large numbers. At one point in the video there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety. The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for the wounded person to pick up a weapon so that he can have a reason to engage. For me, this seems similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass. While saddened by the aerial weapons team crew’s lack of concern about human life, I was disturbed by the response of the discovery of injured children at the scene. In the video, you can see that the bongo truck driving up to assist the wounded individual. In response the aerial weapons team crew — as soon as the individuals are a threat, they repeatedly request for authorization to fire on the bongo truck and once granted they engage the vehicle at least six times. Shortly after the second engagement, a mechanized infantry unit arrives at the scene. Within minutes, the aerial weapons team crew learns that children were in the van and despite the injuries the crew exhibits no remorse. Instead, they downplay the significance of their actions, saying quote "Well, it's their fault for bringing their kids into a battle" unquote. -- The aerial weapons team crew members sound like they lack sympathy for the children or the parents. Later in a particularly disturbing manner, the aerial weapons team verbalizes enjoyment at the sight of one of the ground vehicles driving over a body -- or one of the bodies."

The Coolest Dog in Southern California

Southern California is the coolest place in the world, and the coolest dog here loves surfing, skateboarding and "hanging ten". This is A really FUN video -- only in Southern California!

Anti-Drone Protest, General Atomics Poway

San Diego Veterans for Peace lead the anti-Drone protest at General Atomics in Poway. San Diego is the largest drone manufacturing center in the Nation. Deadly drones are used by the U.S. to assassinate without due process anyone designated by the president as "an enemy of the state". The U.S. has killed hundreds of innocent children and women as "collateral damage" in these strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

An alternative view of Memorial Day

This Memorial Day (May 28) we must remember those leaders who lied to us and the dead soldiers, enticing them into war to enrich the Military Industrial Congressional comples. It is time for Christians to slay the golden calf of the military. Christians should stop joining the military. They should stop encouraging their young men to enlist. They should stop being military chaplains and medics. American churches must be demilitarized.

A CA hillside flows with the pain, tears of War

MEMORIAL DAY is every day on a hillside in this northern California town of Lafayette, crowded with a giant field of crosses, one for every American soldier killed in our occupation of Iraq. One of crosses includes the name of Cindy Sheehan's son, Casey, an early fatality. This slide show is set to the passionate song "Memorial Day" written and performed by Laura Zucker of Lafayette (www.laurazucker.com/). The compilation of photos put to music is by Ko Blix of Berkeley, California (http://gallery.me.com/kofotofactory). With photo contributions by Chris Donton, Lynn MacMichaels and others.

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Army intel analyst Bradley Manning faces decades in prison for allegedly leaking this video of a U.S. helicopter attack killing 11 civilians and wounding two children in Baghdad, Iraq. The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


Archie Bunker's Editorial on Gun Control

From the "All in the Family" Season 3 premiere, entitled (appropriately) "Archie and the Editorial." It aired over 40 years ago.

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