Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Any idea what happened to cul at deeper wants, aka ratboys anvil?
He was there yesterday, like every day, for many years, and now he's gone, totally. Sorry to be off-topic, but I've been lost in the wilderness for awhile myself. Thanks for answering. If you have a new website or email for Cul, please post it or email it to me, SVP. Merci. I will pay to renew his domain name if he can't...


Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays to all.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Much of Iraq still in ruin as U.S. builders leave

The greatest problems plague the giant U.S. effort to restore Iraqi electricity.

By adding 2,710 megawatts — more than the output of America's Hoover Dam — U.S. engineers have boosted Iraq's potential generating capacity above 7,000. But power hasn't flowed at anywhere near that capacity, and seldom topped even the paltry level of prewar Iraq, about 4,500 megawatts. Baghdad gets no more than four to six hours of electricity a day.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Congress Poised to Unravel the Internet

Lured by huge checks handed out by the country's top lobbyists, members of Congress could soon strike a blow against Internet freedom as they seek to resolve the hot-button controversy over preserving "network neutrality." The telecommunications reform bill now moving through Congress threatens to be a major setback for those who hope that digital media can foster a more democratic society. The bill not only precludes net neutrality safeguards but also eliminates local community oversight of digital communications provided by cable and phone giants. It sets the stage for the privatized, consolidated and unregulated communications system that is at the core of the phone and cable lobbies' political agenda.

In both the House and Senate versions of the bill, Americans are described as "consumers" and "subscribers," not citizens deserving substantial rights when it comes to the creation and distribution of digital media. A handful of companies stand to gain incredible monopoly power from such legislation, especially AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon. They have already used their political clout in Washington to secure for the phone and cable industries a stunning 98 percent control of the US residential market for high-speed Internet...

Is there nothing they won't try to take away from citizens?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Fort Lewis Soldier Says He'll Refuse To Go To Iraq

By Keith Eldridge

SEATTLE - As thousands of Fort Lewis Army troops prepare to head back to Iraq, one of their officers is making a stand.

A lieutenant says he is going to refuse to go, saying it's an unjust war. Anti-war groups are rallying to his defense.

Lt. Ehren Watada of the Stryker Brigade writes, "I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to watch families torn apart, while the President tells us to ‘stay the course.’ I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression...

Hopefully, more and more troops will refuse.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Halliburton's Immigrant Detention Centers

Something to give us nightmares.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Politics of Abortion - The FDA and Plan B


...At the request of the Senate, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigated and issued a report on the FDA's actions with regard to the OTC use of Plan B. The report noted that it was the only time in ten years that the FDA did not approve an OTC request endorsed by the advisory panel.

The reason for the decision is obvious: The FDA bowed to pressure from Republicans in Congress who argued that teenage girls might become sexually promiscuous if they knew Plan B was available...

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Army to Troops: 'Avoid Marrying a Jerk'

It also is used by social service agencies, prisons, churches and other civilian groups.

Commanders once discouraged troops from starting a family while serving. Thus the old saying: "If the Army wanted you to have a wife, it would have issued you one."

Today, the military supports families more than any other employer, Frederich said.

Well, I would hope so. After all, since so many troops are coming back with medical problems, someone has to support the family.

Monday, January 02, 2006


...STOP TAKING any products containing this ingredient: PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE. It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 within three days after starting use of the medication. Problems were not found in men, but the FDA recommended that customers seek alternative medicine....

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Franken's 'Truth' is No Joke

...Some might chuckle at Franken's line: "Bush is lucky that he had a Republican Congress, or he almost certainly would have been impeached and imprisoned." But does anyone seriously question, after all the revelations regarding the doctoring of intelligence and the deliberate deception of Congress and the American people by the president and his cronies, that an independent Congress would now be reviewing impeachment resolutions?

With "The Truth," Franken indicts both the Bush administration and its congressional allies - the section on former Majority Leader Tom DeLay is deliciously detailed...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Vice President Cheney Should Resign

by Peter F. Spalding

The Vice President should resign “for reasons of health”. Not his, ours.
It is disturbing that there are no demonstrators parked out side the gates of the Vice President’s disclosed location, his residence on the grounds of the National Observatory in Northwest Washington, to protest his advocacy of the use of torture by the CIA.

While President Bush with a grimace and a shout claims that he rejects the use of torture, he has not rejected his Vice President’s strenuous lobbying to exempt CIA interrogators from the McCain Amendment to the 2006 Defense Appropriations Act, an amendment that would force all US agencies to comply with the Geneva Conventions against the use of torture. Indeed, there is talk that the White House might veto any bill containing the McCain Amendment...

Sunday, October 09, 2005


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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bashing Bush Jose Canseco Comes Clean

Selig is Mr. Clean, however, compared to Canseco's old boss. That would be the former owner of the Texas Rangers, a guy named George W. Bush. Canseco claims that Bush smirked his way through his ownership tenure, as syringes were passed around the locker room like a Christmas at Courtney Love's house.

If true, this could have serious political repercussions. Bush has made "fighting steroids" a bully pulpit issue, even mentioning it in last year's State of the Union address. Canseco's accusation got so much play that The White House had to issue an "official denial", from Bush press secretary and simpering lickspittle Scott McClellan "If there was [rampant steroid use on the Rangers], he was not aware of it at the time," McClellan harrumphed.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Rove Factor?

By Michael Isikoff
July 11 issue - Its legal appeals exhausted, Time magazine agreed last week to turn over reporter Matthew Cooper's e-mails and computer notes to a special prosecutor investigating the leak of an undercover CIA agent's identity. The case has been the subject of press controversy for two years. Saying "we are not above the law," Time Inc. Editor in Chief Norman Pearlstine decided to comply with a grand-jury subpoena to turn over documents related to the leak. But Cooper (and a New York Times reporter, Judith Miller) is still refusing to testify and faces jail this week...
...Now the story may be about to take another turn. The e-mails surrendered by Time Inc., which are largely between Cooper and his editors, show that one of Cooper's sources was White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, according to two lawyers who asked not to be identified because they are representing witnesses sympathetic to the White House...

Saturday, June 18, 2005

MasterCard Says Breach Exposes 40 Mln Cards to Fraud (Update1)

Oh - oh!

MasterCard had first-quarter revenue of $658 million, a 10 percent compared with the previous year. Net income rose 26 percent to $74 million.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Long Jailings Anger Iraqis

By Doug Smith and Raheem Salman - The Los Angeles Times - Sunday 29 May 2005

A large proportion of inmates at Abu Ghraib and another facility are held months without charges. Critics urge a transfer to Iraqi custody.
Abu Ghraib - A year after the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal erupted, Iraqi anger has flared anew over the growing numbers of detainees held without charge at the notorious detention center and another prison in the south.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Charley Reece

"A Judicial Surprise," by Charley Reece - good reading!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

The Practical Press

The Practical Press The place where bloggers come to be creative -- fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, art, photos, literary reviews and discussion, we do it all.

If you get the chance, stop by and read a bit. Leave comments if you like what you read, or have suggestions. Perhaps you'll want to join. If you do, here is a link to the Submission Guidelines.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

From Democracy Now!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
U.S. Soldiers Accused Of Raping Iraqi Women Escape Prosecution
On International Women's Day, Guardian reporter Suzanne Goldenberg broke the story about how soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Brigade accused of rape were able to escape the charges. The soldiers were from the same military unit whose troops fired on the car carrying freed Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena. [includes rush transcript]

Monday, February 21, 2005



Places To Go, Things To Do, People To See

Afraid of becoming a zombie? What do you think you are now? Come on, get up. Let's go for a fun-filled spin around the World Wide Web of clinical depression, hm? And, maybe later, we can eat a bunch of chocolate, and jump off a bridge. Or not. There's always tomorrow...

Seriously, get some help. We really do care. Here, read, click, get better. If you need help, ask for it.

" * Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting 340 million people in the world today, accounting for a full 10% of productive years lost throughout the world.
* No one is immune from depression - it occurs in people of all social classes, all countries and all cultural settings.
* One in four women and one in ten men can expect to develop depression during their lifetime, but it's not just adults who suffer...
* ...depression affects at least one in 50 children under 12 and one in 20 teenagers.
* About half of all cases of depression is unrecognised and untreated.
* About 10-15 per cent of depressed people take their own lives.
* Depression costs for example the United States an estimated $53 billion each year.
* The World Health Organisation predicts that by the year 2020 depression will be the greatest burden of ill-health to people in the developing world, and that by then severe depression will be the second largest cause of death and disability.

[Above, from a drugco site, which shall be nameless: Beware those who would exploit this disease... ]

"DEPRESSION CENTRAL defining depression"

"National Institute of Mental Health"

"The American Psychiatric Association"

"Take a confidential screening for depression"

"How to Get Free or Low-Cost Treatment for Depression"

"Social Support and Helping Yourself Fight Depression"

"Online Support Groups: Depression : Message Boards and Chat"

"Anti-Depressants & Side Effects: Drug Search"

"Social Security and Medicare Payments For Depression"

"Helping The Depressed Person Get Treatment"

Saturday, February 19, 2005



Won't You Please Help Save This Blog?

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005



Try Doing Something You Might Like



Work For Change, For A Change

"Moving Ideas: Progressive Public Policy Jobs"

"Philanthropy Careers"

"Human Rights Job Board"

"CharityChannel Career Search Online"

"Search Jobs With Non-Profit Organizations"

"Nonprofit Oyster Online Career Center"

"Non-Profit Career Network"

"The Idealist: Career Center"

"Enivronmental Career Opportunities"

"A San Francisco Bay Area Progressive Directory"

"Feminist Career Center"

"Public Interest Law On-Line Job Search Resources"

"GoodWork, Canada"



Make Your Next Job A Work of Art

"ARTjob Online"


"The Riley Guide: Job Listings Arts & Humanities"

"New York Fine Arts Classifieds"

"ARTIST RESOURCE Art and Design Jobs | Writers' Jobs"


"Visual & Performing Arts Job Links"

"Arts Jobs Artslynx International Resources"

"Arts and Culture Job Links Canada"

"Jobs in the Arts, TV, Entertainment, and Graphics"

"Film, Television and Theatre Jobs"

"Actors and Actresses: Databases and Casting Services"

"Entertainment Jobs, Internships and Career Information in the Entertainment Industry"

"Writers' Resource Center"

"A Guide to Writing and Journalism Jobs"

"Global NewsJobs Network: Listings"

"Jobs In The Media"

"CHICKLIT: For Writers & Editors"



No Gold In Aging For "Golden Age" Boomers?

"Hire Diversity: Advanced Job Search"

"FORTY PLUS of North America"

"Job searching for workers over 40"

"Job Searching When You Are Over 40"

"National Older Workers Career Center"


"Senior Job Bank"

"Experience Works: Senior Workforce Solutions"

"The 25 Best Employers for Workers Over 50"

"Resources for Older Workers Canada"



Very Small Business Loans Catching On Slowly In The USA

"Accion American Microlending"

"Microenterprise Loan Fund"

"Microfinance Partners"

"Directory of Microenterprises in the US"

"Microenterprise in the United States:"



Beware: "E-BIZ" Scams Abound On The Internet

"International Telework Association & Council"

"Telecommuting Jobs"

"Freelance Work Exchange"

"Small Business Administration: Starting Your Business"

"Online Business Courses: Getting Started"

"Starting an E-Business"

"Starting An Online Business"

"How To Start An E-Bay Business"

"craigslist > new york city > small biz ads"

"Geezer.com Shop for Fantastic Handcrafted Items Created By Rural Seniors"

Give out your Social Security, Bank Account, Credit or Debit Card Numbers Online!!!

Pay ANYTHING for a job, or a resume or a posting online!!!

Monday, February 14, 2005

Good deeds for humanity

This site is about being good human beings, as I understand things. Applaud Cosa for this initiative, because even when the world and it's trolls have been beating up on the man, he's willing to step up to the plate with a heart bigger than Babe Ruth and point over the far wall.

So, to join this initiative, I'd like to bring the following to everybody's attention. There is a young girl out in the world who disappeared from her school. This is an uncharacteristic disappearance and as you can well imagine, her parents are near frantic with worry.

Have a look at her photograph here and read more about the story from Jill Twiss, New York's best comedian.

If you have seen this girl, or if you know anything related to these evens - please notify the people who need to know. This is a chance for us as bloggers to stand together and use our traffic for something other than the normal hoo-ha.

Thanks, guys and gals!

Saturday, February 12, 2005




Progressives: "People Are Dying Out There!"
Neocons: "Waah-Waah-Waah!"

Here's something else that can go in our list of categories for this blog: Health. Or Progressive Wellness, maybe. Why not? The right-wingers certainly don't care about your health: They promote war, air & water pollution, impure foods, dangerous and ineffective drugs, economic stress, underfunding public education, racial strife, poor housing, bad nutrition, and NO health care. I'd say good health was our isue.

What do you think? How about some feedback here, folks?

Turns out, something we like is good for us: Cinnamon. It lowers your blood sugar, which is a good thing, especially for diabetics. Maybe not so good for hypoglycemics; not sure about that. Oh, well, any excuse to go to Cinnabons. Wait, no, the "scientists" say you should avoid the sweet, fatty stuff with cinnamon in it. Shit! Who made THEM scientists, anyway??? And, what about chocolate, you scientific BASTARDS?

Here's all the data currently known to Science about cinnamon, including some very tasty-looking recipes, which, of course, the scientists won't let us vouch for. Or, wait, was that the lawyers? We forget: We haven't been eating enough cinnamon.


I've found a few cinnamon recipes on the 'Net. It seems that everyone but us cooks everything with cinnamon, not just desserts. About the only US cinnamon recipes I found were "ethnic," or pork. Or both. I love a good ethnic pork joke. Ha-hah. Can't vouch for any of these recipes, but they look good. Let us know if they're any good.

Thanks to Cul of Ratboy's Anvil for hepping us to this meme, whatever that is. This pair of dimes isdedicated to his continued good health. Cheers, with a hot cinnamon apple cider!

"Diabetes and Cinnamon"

Thursday, February 10, 2005



Just Join Up & Speak Your Piece

Please try to stick to the topics, outlined below. This is not a general news, politics or current events blog, nor is it a personal diary. Feel free to post links to stuff like that. Those things are all OK, even here. But we're trying to provide useful information on these subjects, and reinforce the connections that already exist among our community: Moderates, liberals, progressives and left-radicals, who shall be known as Progressives, for brevity's sake. The topics of preference
(not an absolute rule) are:

1. A Progressive Job Bank

2. A Progressive Skills & Talents Bank

3. A Progressive Cooperative Market

4. A Progressive Investment Bank

5. Progressive Micro-Credit, Grants, Low-Interest Loans

6. Progressive E-Commerce

7. Progressive University: Practical Solutions For Everyday Life

[As outlined

Any more ideas for general topics? Should we have a separate page for each topic, with links to the top-page? How's your day going? Let us know right here. Thanks.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005



You Know, Like, A Civilization?

Our new friend Fogueira is looking for work for herself & her husband in the South Plains/central Texas area.

He'd like to work in the field of alternative energy architecture, design, engineering, construction and maintenance. (Or teaching, maybe, hm?)

Fogueira has experience as a cleric (Buddhist), and in photography, writing and medical transcription. She would like to telecommute and work at home..

Anybody got any jobs or USEFUL information for our friends? Anybody else need a job?

Here's a place to start:


"US Federal Government: Nationwide Job Search"

"Bexar County Employment"

"City of San Antonio Job Announcements"

"City of Austin Job Vacancy Bulletin"

"Texas Workforce"

"Texas Online"

"Texas State Library Human Resources"

"Texas State Natural Resource Conservation Commission: Job Openings"

"UTSA Employment Opportunities"

"University of Texas at Austin Job Search"

"Employment Spot: Texas"

"Texas State Technical College System"

"USDoE Alternative Fuels DataCenter: Industry Contacts"

"National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Applying Technologies"

"Energy Star"

"National Association of Environmental Professionals: Career Center"

"Building Industry Professionals For Environmental Responsibility"

"Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association"

"Texas Renewable Energy Vendors And Service Providers"

"Renewable Energy Businesses in Texas"

"Solar San Antonio"

"San Antonio City Public Service: Smart Energy Builders"

"Clean Energy Incubator, Austin Texas"

"AUSTIN ENERGY: Participating Companies List For Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Rebates and Loans"

"Austin Chronicle: Green Builder Resources"

"CPS to pay customers for excess power"

"Austin Chamber establishes clean energy council"

"The Austin Alternative Energy Meetup Group"

"San Antonio College Continuing Education: Computer Training Institute: Computer-Aided Drafting"

"St. Philip's College Evening & Weekend Courses"

"Palo Alto College Distance Education"

"Northwest Vista College: Alternative Teacher Certification"


"Medical Transcription Networking Center: Telecommuting"

"Alamo Transcription Services"

"University Health System: Human Resources Department: Job Search"


"Capital Metro, Austin"

"VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio & Bexar County"

Tuesday, February 08, 2005



Time To Stop Waiting For Change. Time To Change Things Ourselves.

The Great Silent Majority of all of us in the world, which consists of moderates, liberals, progressives and left-radicals, believe in a strong Social Safety Net. We also believe, and practise, reaching out to our fellow strivers, and lending a hand as needed. If you're hungry, I'm sure somebody's got some fish he can spare, here in Hawaii.

I think most of us would rather learn to fish. If there is anybody out there with knowledge of "Internet commerce," and starting your own business, or collective, online, maybe we could organize something. Like:

1. A Progressive Job Bank:
Where employers looking for Progressive employees in any field can post job offereings

2. A Progressive Skills & Talents Bank:
Where Progressives with some know-how or ability to offer can advertize

3. A Progressive Cooperative Market:
Where goods and services can be bartered, traded, rented, bought and sold

4. A Progressive Investment Bank:
Whatever the Koreans, and others call it, a sort of private bank, where everybody pays into the kitty, and one or more people get the whole pot each year, to start a business, and then repay the kitty. Not sure exactly how that works: Have to have some controls, I guess: Review of bizplan by accountants, etc; disbursement of moneys by managers on the basis of progress made; mentoring or mgt services by group members; paid, of course. If it were all for online businesses, it might be easier...

5. Progressive Micro-Credit, Grants, Low-Interest Loans:
It might help to get a boost on this from a George Soros, or a MacArthur Foundation, or whoever. A lot of people have skills and ideas that could be turned into useful businesses and rewarding careers that support our community, if they could only get a start. Too many people are shut out of the financial system we are all forced to support, while the Big Guys can get huge dollars, blow them all, and still get more. We need an alternative to a system that only loans you money if you DON'T need it. There should be more programs for those in need with a willingness to "work hard and play by the rules;" and a better clearing-house for all available programs: One-stop Internet-shopping that allows anybody to post one application online, and have it go automatically to a number of lenders and grantors. If this already exists, where do I apply?

6. Progressive E-Commerce
The potential is supposed to be tremendous. I've seen the results. But how do we get in on it? And how do we make it profitable? If you know, let's talk shop. We need our own "people's" infrastructure, that serves our needs. I suppose Craig's List and EBay are already doing this, but I have no idea how they work. Also, I think it would be good to perhaps use their services, rather than re-inventing their wheels, but market a Progressive Label, for people who want to support the community and the cause. Sort of like Emily's List. But for the individuals and co-ops on the other end of it.

7. Progressive University: Practical Solutions For Everyday Life:
All of the above, a how-to. Anybody got the knowledge? Let's talk.

Anybody have any suggestions, comments, critiques on this? Post them here or email me:


POST COMMENTS above, or send them to cosanostradamus AT excite DOT com.


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