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Furlough?

If the shutdown occurs, as I suspect it will, my wife will have to drive to her workplace and prepare for unpaid leave by updating her voice mail and turning on the "out of office" email quote ... crazy ! As a federal civil service retiree, I wonder if my pension check will land in my account tomorrow... Congressional and social security pay will continue. All this hogwash just because Republicans are determined to dispose of Obamacare as well as drag their feet on the debt ceiling. I sure hope 2014 brings us candidates who are elected to act progressively, for the people, and not for some far-right party agenda.
Meanwhile, Go Tribe!!: see you in the World Series!!

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This week's Current Events

The government will probably close down even as the health care exchanges open up.
More people will die of car bombings in Iraq.
The weather will be rather odd in some corner of the US due to global warming.
The Congress will seriously contemplate the new coat of paint on the debt ceiling.

(Ho-hum)

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Running from the Kitchen, let the pot brownies burn

@ Anna rRxia _ To me this subject matter, discussing it..even in length I still come away feeling I've just touched the iceberg. But with myself perhaps it was loaded bringing it up; mentioning this supposed industry change interwoven or in-hand with a questionable dubious method. The questionable dubious method being the cartels introduced into the legal equation (recreation). Everything you mentioned I'm more or less in accord. Or arriving at. A Grey industry rather than a Black. Well put & yea. I feel theres' no turning back..just press on & see where trial and error goes. More pro-ponents for recreational, who vote. That'll get soundbites out of congressmen. Nail them to a position on this. -- Again tho to be honest, most likely all of this will proceed at a sloe. I don't touch the stuff (these days. I'm a geez who likes to read, so) but..you know how it is. I respect the stuff. It's a big merciless business, and it just seems like it's everywhere & nowhere. I give it validation or merit with the seeming belief that 2 draws of good sensimilia, it can really relax you. And maybe get stuff done feeling good. That's about my extent of advocacy.

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Carolyn Cassady..Not just Beat, but smart. Just artsy.

Upon hearing the news of her passing like most biography information I found myself going to Wikipedia instantly. What impressed me most about her was her Academic focus. And tenaciousness to perservear..and I guess her just being able to read a social situation and know it was happening, or where it was at. In hindsight it might sound nieve or incongruous to ask 'why did she hang with Neal & Jack K'? but at least she was swift enough to realise she was among Literary social Celebs with buzz. This might not have been as obvious as you might think in the 1950's. Her's & Neals paths to adult-hood you could say were almost along different Social class paths. Very different, or more different then in common. my impression. .. On 2nd thought, it occured to me I find myself asking 'Oh, she put up with Neal or took him back after his 3 years in Calif Corrections'..but after all the charge was sale of 3 joints to the undercovers. Neal may've had his skip-out-on-rent-money ways & other preferences..but that's just a Fascist drakonian charge. More a beating. But again, she strikes me as a Renaissance woman. Smarter or more learned than Neal & just as smart as Jack. Again just tenacious. Give her a wiki

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UN Security Council to Pass Syrian Chemical Resolution

Although a vast majority of Americans recently polled bummed on Obama's handling of the Syrian chemical attack, the way is paved in the Security Council for a resolution ordering the dismantling of his chemical stocks.

The first condition of an inventory of those weapons was submitted within seven days, last Saturday by the outlaw regime.

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Ted Cruz teaches himself an allegory nursery rhyme

"Do you like green eggs & ham?
I do not like them Sam
I do not like green eggs and ham.
Would you like them here or there?
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham,
I do not like them Sam.
Would you like them in a house.
Would you like them with a mouse.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here.
I do not like them anywhere."

Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham was read by Ted Cruz on the Senate floor last night as he attempted a one man stand-up comedy show on ObamaCare as Rome burns. This particular choice of nursery rhyme is such an obvious allegory to Green Eggs & Ham as ObamaCare, Obama as Uncle Sam and the narrator as Ted Cruz that it traverses hilarity, blasts through poignancy and settles comfortably into the Kafkaesque.

And isn't that where it should be with this Congress?

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The True HooHA

"Two U.S. officials said the investigations into Snowden's activities confirmed that his downloading of sensitive information began at Dell. He is believed to have moved from Dell to Booz Allen with little time off in between.

In February 2010, while working for Dell, Snowden wrote in an internet technology forum, Ars Technica, that he was bothered by technology companies allegedly giving the U.S. government access to private computer servers.

"It really concerns me how little this sort of corporate behavior bothers those outside of technology circles," Snowden wrote under the screen name "The True HooHA." "Society really seems to have developed an unquestioning obedience towards spooky types." (Reuters)

Recent revelations are that the NSA used a program called "lifesaver" to covertly copy the hard-drives of computers in the Indian Embassy/Consulate and Indian UN offices.

Snowden was granted one year of asylum in Russia on 8/1/13.

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VW Vans

Man, Megawolff, I drove one of those VW camper vans from the 60s around the LA basin around the turn of the millennium, even took it up north as far as Santa Cruz. It was groovy up the PCH but on the highway system in LA? A definite hazard. Not because it didn't have airbags and anti-lock brakes, but because the things are meant to go 55-60 which creates a freaking hazard these days.

But 1985 was another reality...

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end of the road for VW Type 2 campervans

bummer to read that VW will stop making its magnificent microbuses from december 31 this year.
went to a few shows in an brown early 70s bus. grate times. also loved seeing all manner of the vehicle in show parking lots late 80s, 90s.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2430020/VW-campervans-Health-safety-rule-changes-Brazil-stop-production-1960s-iconic-vehicle.html

(jerry garcia bus with a tear drop:) http://images.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/pix/3503827.jpg

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O'Bummer's UN Speach

Even as I support Obama's general attitudes towards current political crises, I am struck by the imperial tone of his speech as I am now hearing it. As he goes from one global hotspot to another and utters mounds of platitudes the hypocrisy of the US's actual actions undermines his words and turns them into steaming piles.

While the US has not lost all moral authority it has lost most of it, like 90%.

Now Obama is saying that the danger to the world is not that America will continue to create empire, but that America will disengage after a decade of war and leave a vacuum of power. It seems to me that Dubya Bush proved that comment wrong on steroids, America leading without a whiff of consultation with any ally.

The rest of the speech?
Blah-blah Syria; Blah-blah Iran; Blah-blah Israel/Palestine

(Sigh...)

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