Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Martin Luther King, I have a Dream, August 28, 1963

This speech is worth watching from time to time to keep things in perspective.  So much has changed since, we are yet to see a leader like King emerge again, though all leaders have their own unique point  position in history and point of view.  This is change I can believe in.

Here is a graet compilation of 50 speeches from Ghandi to King to check out: 
50 Famous Speech

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shocking Headlines of the day

SEC Staffers watching porn as economy crashed

TruthOut Article

CNN 4-22-2010

Ron Paul vs Bernanke 4/14/2010

Starting a favorite Quotes list... twitter size only this time

“It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin

"Change we can believe in (Obama), is a mirage" - Bennett Hall 

"If you don't like the news go out and make up some of your own"  Scoop Nisker/KSAN - c1970

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Health Care USA Version 2.0

With trepidation and grave concerns arisen, I quote the following by Noam Chomsky, 4-08-2010...
His essay is well worth the read, although like nearly all essayists today or pundits, identifying problems is one thing, providing actionable solutions is another. It does not help that we appear to now be a completely controlled population of 'sheep', living in fear of what the corporations are going to do next as Ralph Nadar often points out.  - the Machine

"A year ago, the business world recognized that the insurance companies and big Pharma, in sharp defiance of the public will, had succeeded in destroying the possibility of serious health reform - a very serious matter, not only for the people who suffer from the dysfunctional health system, but even on narrow economic grounds. About half of the deficit that we are instructed to deplore is attributable to unprecedented military expenditures, rising under Obama, and most of the rest to the increasing costs of the virtually unregulated privatized health care system, unique in the industrial world, also unique in its gifts to drug companies - opposed by a mere 85 percent of the population. Last August, Business Week had a cover story celebrating the victory of the health insurance industries. Of course, no victory is enough, so they persisted in the struggle, gaining more, also against the will of the large majority of the public, another interesting story I'll have to put aside."

-Noam Chomsky, from Truth Out, essay on Fascism

Noam Chomsky, who has taught linguistics at MIT since 1955, has revolutionized the scientific study of language. A prolific author and activist, Chomsky has weighed in on all major political issues of the last five decades. His most recent book, "Hopes and Prospects", a survey of the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century, is available on Amazon.com and elsewhere.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Thoughts from a revolutionary to consider today

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and constitutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind, as that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances. Institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.  We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."

--Thomas Jefferson c1795

What is Hope?

Has hope we can believe in (Per President Obama), turned out have the same substance as a mirage?

Just wondering...

hand-painted image © Bennett Hall 1976

History (* Per Wiki)
Hope was personified in Greek mythology as Elpis. When Pandora opened Pandora's Box, she let out all the evil except one: hope. Evidently, the Greeks considered hope to be as dangerous as all the world's evils.[2] It may be worthy to note that in the story, hope is in effect far more potent than any of the major evils. In some faiths and religions of the world, hope plays a very important role. Hope can be passive in the sense of a wish, or active as a plan or idea, often against popular belief, with persistent, personal action to execute the plan or prove the idea. Consider a prisoner of war who never gives up hope for escape and, against the odds, plans and accomplishes this. By contrast, consider another prisoner who simply wishes or prays for freedom, but without genuine hope, or another who gives up all hope of freedom.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Machine reborn - Radial Engine reborn to the music of historic Germany

I just had to include this - when the Machine finds a machine that stands out for its unique attributes, especially when the creator approaches the project with free spirited intent against all odds as an individual - we consider that news. With some good fortune, perhaps the creator of this machine will provide a follow up and specifications which will be added accordingly.

Banks are dangerous. History has the talking points

'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.'

Thomas Jefferson 1802

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Man Counting Money? Foreclosures! "It's a Beautiful thing."

This in from CNN-a few days ago from a top Chase/WAMU bank analyst
you better be sitting down................

source: Christopher Whalen, of Institutional Risk Analytics:

"J.P. Morgan got a great deal on WaMu, which it bought out of receivership for 3 cents on the dollar. Every time WaMu does a foreclosure, J.P. Morgan makes money. WaMu's a beautiful thing."

How is that foreclosure is a beautiful thing? (for our community, our country, the tax payers, anyone other than Chase?)

I drift to the cut of Slim Pickens yellen' Yaaaaahooo while riding the H-Bomb to global oblivion in Dr Strangelove.  Is that the course we are now charting?

full CNN article


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

U.S. / Mexico drug trade: Strategic analysis

A brilliant analysis of the Mexican drug trade in the context of US strategic interests:  A) do nothing, b) legalize drugs, or c) intervene [in Mexico].   Choices, choices... but, it is 2010, and they are limited to those more popular ones in line with those who are currently running the US.   What is the history? Whose best interest is served by which positions?  Nothing is as it seems,
                                                                                                     —The Machine
Great web resource- sign up!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Senegal unveils colossal statue amid criticism

Greatest Statue in Senegal?

With the help of North Korea, this 162' copper representative of the liberation of the African People, one foot coincidentally higher than the Statue of Liberty, now serves as a beacon the those struggling in Africa.  Or is it something else?  We want to know what the land swap deal was for the North Korean's that inspired them to fund this rather unusual bit of handy-work.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Public Nudity Art video on the Spot JFK was murdered

Erykah Badu gets a fine.

Conceptually interesting and brilliant marketing, and perhaps the next viral on Youtube as well, this packs a punch.  Rooted in history, the history of violence, enacted at the exact spot of a horrific crime that is embedded in all of us who lived through it especially.   Flash mob style rouge camera crew one take approach - well done says The Machine.  Will update once the real video is posted.