off to skeeterville, wish me luck
~crossing fingers for you~
Worth a read!
Thanks Fi! Thought of you last night when I made some bacon! 😉
Stop it Dood.
Haha! I need to go to the store to purchase some more…of course i have to share a little with Clancey! 😉
“Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., on Tuesday defended President Obama’s decision to exchange Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, saying President Obama provided the proper notice to Congress.”
been thinking myself this is a place they don’t want to go. merica is sick of endless war and anything they do to dig up the facts that they sent us into these through outright lies and propaganda not going to be doing themselves any favors.
I just wanted to share this e-mail I received from Edward Snowden today with you all, before I’m offline again (food shopping, the bank, enjoying some sun):
It’s been one year.
Technology has been a liberating force in our lives. It allows us to create and share the experiences that make us human, effortlessly. But in secret, our very own government—one bound by the Constitution and its Bill of Rights—has reverse-engineered something beautiful into a tool of mass surveillance and oppression. The government right now can easily monitor whom you call, whom you associate with, what you read, what you buy, and where you go online and offline, and they do it to all of us, all the time.
Today, our most intimate private records are being indiscriminately seized in secret, without regard for whether we are actually suspected of wrongdoing. When these capabilities fall into the wrong hands, they can destroy the very freedoms that technology should be nurturing, not extinguishing. Surveillance, without regard to the rule of law or our basic human dignity, creates societies that fear free expression and dissent, the very values that make America strong.
In the long, dark shadow cast by the security state, a free society cannot thrive.
That’s why one year ago I brought evidence of these irresponsible activities to the public—to spark the very discussion the U.S. government didn’t want the American people to have. With every revelation, more and more light coursed through a National Security Agency that had grown too comfortable operating in the dark and without public consent. Soon incredible things began occurring that would have been unimaginable years ago. A federal judge in open court called an NSA mass surveillance program likely unconstitutional and “almost Orwellian.” Congress and President Obama have called for an end to the dragnet collection of the intimate details of our lives. Today legislation to begin rolling back the surveillance state is moving in Congress after more than a decade of impasse.
I am humbled by our collective successes so far. When the Guardian and The Washington Post began reporting on the NSA’s project to make privacy a thing of the past, I worried the risks I took to get the public the information it deserved would be met with collective indifference.
One year later, I realize that my fears were unwarranted.
Americans, like you, still believe the Constitution is the highest law of the land, which cannot be violated in secret in the name of a false security. Some say I’m a man without a country, but that’s not true. America has always been an ideal, and though I’m far away, I’ve never felt as connected to it as I do now, watching the necessary debate unfold as I hoped it would. America, after all, is always at our fingertips; that is the power of the Internet.
But now it’s time to keep the momentum for serious reform going so the conversation does not die prematurely.
Only then will we get the legislative reform that truly reins in the NSA and puts the government back in its constitutional place. Only then will we get the secure technologies we need to communicate without fear that silently in the background, our very own government is collecting, collating, and crunching the data that allows unelected bureaucrats to intrude into our most private spaces, analyzing our hopes and fears. Until then, every American who jealously guards their rights must do their best to engage in digital self-defense and proactively protect their electronic devices and communications. Every step we can take to secure ourselves from a government that no longer respects our privacy is a patriotic act.
We’ve come a long way, but there’s more to be done.
Edward J. Snowden, American”
Thanks Ingrid! I hate what our “government” is becoming!
Have a great day getting your errands done!
I am back, are you around ?
Hi Dood. Doing my errands was a joy, and completely successful 😀
The weather is super today, around 22°C (71°F). But for the long Pentecost weekend (Monday is a public holiday) they’re predicting 37°C (98°F) with a lot of humidity – horrible, and that at the beginning of June 😦 Luckily, most of my windows (4 out of 6) face north, I have outside shutters, and live in an old building (built in 1892!), so I’ll be okay, since I don’t have to go outside during the day anymore. Keeping the windows closed during the day helps a lot, but they’re predicting “tropical nights”. How I hate heatwaves!
Thanks, Ingrid. I hope he’s helped to slow the NSA’s program. It’s reprehensible.
Activists erected a big symbolic bed for Edward Snowden in Hamburg today. Here’s a photo:
Love it – but he wouldn’t be safe there.
I know, Gastoo. But what’s important is that we (I signed and ordered a sticker too; haven’t received it yet though) support him with actions like that. And I just love imaginative stuff like a giant bed for Edward 8-). We have almost forgotten about Chelsea Manning, haven’t we?
I agree, and good for you!
As for Chelsea – Not for one minute, Ingrid. Nope.
A long read but worth it.
I read the whole article, and it’s just WOWWOWWOW – what a terrible state of affairs the US military is in. Poor Bowe and his family, what a terrible fate!
Just two quotes from the article that I find really impressive:
‘According to sources in the briefing, the discussion sparked a sharp exchange between Senators John McCain and John Kerry, both of whom were decorated for their service in Vietnam. McCain, who endured almost six years of captivity as a prisoner of war, threw a fit at the prospect of releasing five Taliban detainees.
“They’re the five biggest murderers in world history!” McCain fumed.
Kerry, who supported the transfer, thought that was going a bit far. “John,” he said, “the five biggest murderers in the world?”
McCain was furious at the rebuke. “They killed Americans!” he responded. “I suppose Senator Kerry is OK with that?” ‘
‘Even a hard-line Israeli nationalist like Benjamin Netanyahu has recognized the value of a single soldier: In October, the prime minister agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli corporal who had been held captive by Hamas for five years. The move was overwhelmingly supported by the majority of Israelis. “The Israelis really care about the value of one life,” says a senior U.S. official. “Does the American public?” ‘
Here’s something you might find interesting – including the comments:
Decision Time: Britain Must Choose Now If It Will Stay in Europe
Yes Ingrid, the US military is indeed in a terrible state of affairs. (Always has been to my way of thinking). And woe to anyone who joins the military (US or otherwise), for what awaits them can only be described as nothing less than a “terrible fate!”
Okay Dood ?
Hi, bebe! Glad to hear Pomchi is doing better.
Hi CG, She is..we need to cut down her manic run when someone comes home.Now we cancelled out Chicago trip in a couple of weeks. Lemme see….
Thanks for that article from the Washington Times Pussycat, I can’t tell you how angry I am about all this, its a good job I’m not that kids mum, I would do some real damage.
My pleasure, Fi. It makes me sick to watch the media circus every time something happens, and this one is really disgusting.
There’s a reason I haven’t turned the TV on in almost 2 years.
I haven’t watched live TV in almost 10 years.
and I am healthier for it to 🙂
Harvested my handful of pea pods, pulled out the plants, planted my sweet potato vines, added the bamboo stake to my trellis, and watered my gardens….whew it’s getting toasty and muggy. I’ll find something inside to pass some time. Later I’ll spray my organic worm killer spray, and take some pics of phlox, and yellow cannas. My bell pepper plant is putting out more flowers .
Love the pics of the cannas you posted – such a beautiful lush plant! We have our annual bumper crop of dandelions going. Hmmm – dandelion wine…
The cemetery my family is buried in, has a wedge shaped garden bed at the entry, and grew tulips in the spring, then changed to dwarf orange cannas all summer. My fiance’s father would go talk to the gardener who would give him canna bulbs in the fall..
I plant to get off the couch at some-point today….MAYBE!
You need to relieve your pressure areas at least once every 2 hours, sore botty if you don’t!
Maybe at dusk I can paint on my chest
Get something like this http://www.jcskyy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/tattoos-on-the-chest-for-men-7.jpg
ouch…my sailor merman tush tat is all I need
I’d tell him “You First!” 🙂
The Cylons are here “The latest creation from Aldebaran, Pepper is the first robot designed to live with humans.
Engaging and friendly, Pepper is much more than a robot, he’s a companion able to communicate with you through the most intuitive interface we know: voice, touch and emotions. ”
More than a little creepy – it’ll be a hit,
Hey you can’t spot the future KAT!!!!!!!
just a matter of time to they rebel and kill us all….
That’s the Cylon plan…I can’t wait! FHTAGN! FHTAGN! FHTAGN!
call me when it does the dusting
The Jetsons Season 2 Volume 1- Rosie Flipped
They can dust………..HUMANS!!!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2cjEOYE1ek
Is this Paul Simon? Graceland
He could go far – I like this. Thanks.
“Played on a Mexican Telecaster through a Fender Acoustasonic Jr. amp. Foot tap amplified by a Logarhythm stomp block. Vocals recorded through an Audio Technica AT2050 condenser mic, everything else DI, through a PreSonus interface. ”
CG…You know a lot about music and the system to record…are you still saying you are not a musician ?
This is very nice 😉
I haven’t really played in years, bebe – but who knows…? 😉
Why not ? Any time is good…who not today ❤
We shall see, bebe.
D Day Remembrance
Hardly any mention here in the US, maybe tomorrow.
Hi Jack and Fi,
D-Day is big news in the media here in Germany. Strange that it isn’t in the US. After all, it was the beginning of the allies’ victory.
In the US D-Day might as well been 300 years ago.
Interesting, Jack. But when it comes to Nazis, it might as well have been 10 years ago for some people in the USA (well, they’re mostly ‘Mericans). D-Day has been on the news for months here. But then we have this “remembrance culture”; our politicians and the media remind us of what our grandfathers and fathers did a lot. The Neonazis hate this of course, but IMHO it’s the making and upholding of a mostly pacifist society (not that our “allies” don’t scold us for it every time they need soldiers in foreign wars).
speak for yourself
Personally I don’t need media to remind me it’s etched in my brain. My father landed on the beaches of Normandy on D plus 6. Which is probably why he was able to make it out of France alive.
for those not knowing, D plus 6 is June 12th.
John Oliver breaks FCC.gov
I hope the FCC listens, but I won’t hold my breath.
…..me neither unfortunately it’s the perfect example of what’s wrong with merica, worst of revolving-door and the corporates owning the very agency that’s supposed to oversee them! holy-saint-reagan’s “policy” of regulators being friends to corporates.
I’m here BABE with 2EEs!!!!!!!!!
Florida leads the country in for-profit incarceration. (surprised!? nah….)
Thanks for the link. I could sign it as a non-American, and I added the following comment:
‘Not “only” for humanitarian reasons, but also because the US is the country with the most prisoners worldwide, private prisons should be outlawed. The US justice system needs a complete overhaul. The United States of America is not part of the free world anymore, sadly.’
I agree with ever word.
The only surprise is that it isn’t Arizona…signed!
I coulda gone with texas also….
surprised!? I would have been surprised if it didn’t.
cartoon: traitor who they want to send back! AGH!!!!!
I’ve been collecting some bird house ideas
our room mate said he’s going to make some bird houses from scrap boards.
Very cool – I’m especially fond f the teapots. Very creative ideas there.
Bergdahl is now Exhibit A in the right-wing media bubble
Hey I’ve been working on a toon All morning so I will call it my Bergdazi © first!!!!!!!
google is strangely not showing me meme images for this the new reich-wing media-circus meme, you could be a major first! Get yourself some media attention, a new show on MSNBC!!! Movin on up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHDwRECFL8M&feature=kp
come now, bet some of those people are a real hoot when they let their hair down at the end of the day!
Therse G*D DAMN asswipes endangering children
Someone Left A Loaded Gun In The Toy Aisle Of Target
So called reasonable gun enthusiasts—vile mofos!!!!!!!!!
no-neck mealy mouth dick challenged White TRASH
to paraphrase Tennessee Wiliiams
frum mah cul ded hanz!!!!
cul ded hanz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0Wn3Eey6dY
No! Nononononononono! 😥 That could have ended soooo badly.
So much for “responsible gun ownership”…
I always wonder just how bat-shit insane does this country have to go before sanity will prevail and something be done about this lunacy! All comes down to the gun-manufacturers lobby, their money in the nra’s pockets and of course in the politicians pockets.
Communism was a good idea, originally. So was capitalism. What we are seeing now is how capitalism has turned as toxic as communism did. Toxic for people, toxic for the environment. A few ruthless people on top reaping what others sow, and work hard to grow. In the end, it turns into nonsensical lunacy. QED.
when people have no meaning they turn money or possibly a mad-cause into their “meaning”… and then there are the just plain psychopaths that rule in the corporate-towers…
Apart from the psychopaths, too many people in this world are convinced that money means happiness. I find that Americans are mostly into money, while the majority of Germans (can’t really be sure about other nations) are into security. Security such as universal health care, the right to welfare (a roof over the head plus food plus medical care in case of need), protection from state (or police) brutality. Somehow, over decades, the corporations and whoever else has a stake in it convinced ‘Mericans that money plus guns are security. They’re not. Not that there is total security anywhere, anytime, but for the present and the foreseeable future it’s possible to make people feel secure in their lives. Not that things are perfect here – hah, far from it! But as we call it “we are complaining while enjoying a high level” (bah, another one that doesn’t translate well).
We are suffering from the widening “scissors” between low income and high income, too, from the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Our politicians, well, your Republicans are much worse, but still, they’re politicians…
It’s true mericans do have this meme about money=all-good-things and of course it’s been proven not to be so but, well…
Since I’m presently getting to know an American I met at the fest last weekend (he’s traveling at the moment, but he has been seeing me quite a lot this last week), I am right now having this real, live insight into how much Americans depend on money. He has quite a bit of money, actually (or he couldn’t be planing to move here as an expat), but considering he doesn’t have my kind of social security, he’s not a bit “richer” than I am, no matter now much he has in the bank. He has the feeling it’s necessary to be wealthy in order to not feel vulnerable. I’ve saved some money over the years, but my true security (and therefore wealth) is my “rights”, the rights to a decent pension and universal health care. As I told my new American friend, Germans don’t have to save money in order to be able to pay future medical bills. Nobody does, because ALL medical bills (including dental, but excluding teeth whitening, botox and such BS) are part of everybody’s health coverage (which is NOT free, incidentally, we all pay into it, the more we earn, the more we pay).
Did you know that it’s bad style and impolite to talk about money among Germans? Even though I know that things are different with Americans, I’m still surprised at how much they talk about what they make and own. Poor Germans talk about how little they have, but all those who have a decent income don’t mention it. It’s considered good behavior.
I would say talking about money is a questionable topic in merica. Talking about details is not something I would consider polite to do. Only amongst close friends relatives is talking details at all acceptable in my mind.
Americans before my generation, didn’t discuss their wages , salary, or what something the bought cost, except maybe what a car or home cost and what a deal they got on it.
Discussing the finances of someone else’s family was considered vulgar.
It’s still considered vulgar here, BIB. I was wondering when I was younger whether that was the way to do it, since during my time in America had been getting to know a different system. Now, with increasing age and hopefully wisdom, I am of the opinion that not bragging about money is better. Our rich keep their richness – well, not hidden, but they don’t brag about it. It’s considered bad form. To my knowledge, we still have no “gated communities”. In Uruguay, surfing the Internet, I found sites where they informed possible future expats that there are such communities in Uruguay – in a socialist country!
Chuck Todd called out Morning Joe trashing Bergdahl’s Dad, he hasn’t completely gone over to the Dark Side.
I harvested a crook neck squash from the garden, Beau loves these and zucchinis
!!!!!! NEW POST !!!!!!!!!!!
managed a little bit of yard work. Need to try and find a nice evergreen only like 1-2 feet across and 3+ feet high, full sun… slow growing. Be perfect for a spot needs filled.
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