Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Here comes 2007, ready or not...

Expand Messages
  • C Hamilton
    Live webcams, Times Square New York and more http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare Man s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31, 2006
      Live webcams, Times Square New York and more

      Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself,
      to become what he potentially is.
      -- Erich Fromm

      Doubt 'til thou canst doubt no more...
      doubt is thought and thought is life.
      Systems which end doubt are devices for drugging thought.
      -- Albert Guerard

      "Life engenders life.
      Energy creates energy.
      It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
      -- Sarah Bernhardt

      "One never notices what has been done;
      one can only see what remains to be done."
      -- Marie Curie, letter to her brother, 1894

      "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
      -- Sir Richard Steele

      "Humor is also a way of saying something serious."
      -- T. S. Eliot

      "All truth passes through three stages.
      First, it is ridiculed.
      Second, it is violently opposed.
      Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
      -- Arthur Schopenhauer

      White Christmas (animated classic)
      This rendition of White Christmas was recorded by Clyde McPhatter and
      the Drifters in 1953. It was #2 on the charts in 1954. Animation is by
      Joshua Held in 2002.

      And everyone gets a custom made air guitar.
      About your air guitar: configuration and instructions

      Here is a great free computer cleaner program.

      You can get your free ticket here...

      A really cool New Year's party I missed

      The self-esteem movement peaked in 2006

      Plan for victory

      Farewell to the Godfather of Soul

      Remembering James Brown

      James Brown 1933-2006
      Living In America
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX0tEju4cyA video version

      When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you
      shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which
      has been your delight.
      --Khalil Gibran

      During the holiday season many people get depressed.
      My favorite website for depression and existential angst is here:

      A short documentary of a tragic love affair in unexpected places

      Amazing mime performance (sound)


      The 10 most outrageous civil liberties violations of 2006.
      By Dahlia Lithwick
      Dec. 30, 2006

      I love those year-end roundups-ubiquitous annual lists of greatest films
      and albums and lip glosses and tractors. It's reassuring that all human
      information can be wrestled into bundles of 10. In that spirit, Slate
      proudly presents, the top 10 civil liberties nightmares of the year:

      10. Attempt to Get Death Penalty for Zacarias Moussaoui
      Long after it was clear the hapless Frenchman was neither the "20th
      hijacker" nor a key plotter in the attacks of 9/11, the government
      pressed to execute him as a "conspirator" in those attacks. Moussaoui's
      alleged participation? By failing to confess to what he may have known
      about the plot, which may have led the government to disrupt it,
      Moussaoui directly caused the deaths of thousands of people. This
      massive overreading of the federal conspiracy laws would be laughable
      were the stakes not so high. Thankfully, a jury rejected the notion that
      Moussaoui could be executed for the crime of merely wishing there had
      been a real connection between himself and 9/11.

      9. Guantanamo Bay
      It takes a licking but it keeps on ticking. After the Supreme Court
      struck down the military tribunals planned to try hundreds of detainees
      moldering on the base, and after the president agreed that it might be a
      good idea to close it down, the worst public relations fiasco since the
      Japanese internment camps lives on. Prisoners once deemed "among the
      most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth"
      are either quietly released (and usually set free) or still awaiting
      trial. The lucky 75 to be tried there will be cheered to hear that the
      Pentagon has just unveiled plans to build a $125 million legal complex
      for the hearings. The government has now officially put more thought
      into the design of Guantanamo's court bathrooms than the charges against
      its prisoners.

      8. Slagging the Media
      Whether the Bush administration is reclassifying previously declassified
      documents, sidestepping the FOIA, threatening journalists for leaks on
      dubious legal grounds, or, most recently, using its subpoena power to
      try to wring secret documents from the ACLU, the administration has
      continued its "secrets at any price" campaign. Is this a constitutional
      crisis? Probably not. Annoying as hell? Definitely.

      7. Slagging the Courts
      It starts with the president's complaints about "activist judges," and
      evolves to Congressional threats to appoint an inspector general to
      oversee federal judges. As public distrust of the bench is fueled, the
      stripping of courts' authority to hear whole classes of cases-most
      recently any habeas corpus claims from Guantanamo detainees-almost seems
      reasonable. Each tiny incursion into the independence of the judiciary
      seems justified. Until you realize that the courts are often the only
      places that will defend our shrinking civil liberties. This leads to ...

      6. The State-Secrets Doctrine
      The Bush administration's insane argument in court is that judges should
      dismiss entire lawsuits over many of the outrages detailed on this very
      list. Why? Because the outrageously illegal things are themselves
      matters of top-secret national security. The administration has raised
      this claim in relation to its adventures in secret wiretapping and its
      fun with extraordinary rendition. A government privilege once used to
      sidestep civil claims has mushroomed into sweeping immunity for the
      administration's sometimes criminal behavior.

      5. Government Snooping
      Take your pick. There's the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program
      wherein the president breezily authorized spying on the phone calls of
      innocent citizens, in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
      Act. The FBI's TALON database shows the government has been spying on
      nonterrorist groups, including Quakers, People for the Ethical Treatment
      of Animals, and Veterans for Peace. The Patriot Act lives on. And that's
      just the stuff we know about.

      4. Extraordinary Rendition
      So, when does it start to become ordinary rendition? This government
      program has us FedEx-ing unindicted terror suspects abroad for
      interrogation/torture. Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen, was shipped
      off to Afghanistan for such treatment and then released without charges,
      based on some government confusion about his name. Heh heh. Canadian
      citizen Maher Arar claims he was tortured in Syria for a year, released
      without charges, and cleared by a Canadian commission. Attempts to
      vindicate the rights of such men? You'd need to circle back to the
      state-secrets doctrine, above.

      3. Abuse of Jose Padilla
      First, he was, according to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft,
      "exploring a plan to build and explode a radiological dispersion device,
      or 'dirty bomb,' in the United States." Then, he was planning to blow up
      apartments. Then he was just part of a vague terror conspiracy to commit
      jihad in Bosnia and Chechnya. Always, he was a U.S. citizen. After three
      and a half years, in which he was denied the most basic legal rights, it
      has now emerged that Padilla was either outright tortured or
      near-tortured. According to a recent motion, during Padilla's years of
      almost complete isolation, he was treated by the U.S. government to
      sensory and sleep deprivation, extreme cold, stress positions, threats
      of execution, and drugging with truth serum. Experts say he is too
      mentally damaged to stand trial. The Bush administration supported his
      motion for a mental competency assessment, in hopes that will help
      prevent his torture claims from ever coming to trial, or, as Yale Law
      School's inimitable Jack Balkin put it: "You can't believe Padilla when
      he says we tortured him because he's crazy from all the things we did to

      2. The Military Commissions Act of 2006
      This was the so-called compromise legislation that gave President Bush
      even more power than he initially had to detain and try so-called enemy
      combatants. He was generously handed the authority to define for himself
      the parameters of interrogation and torture and the responsibility to
      report upon it, since he'd been so good at that. What we allegedly did
      to Jose Padilla was once a dirty national secret. The MCA made it the

      1. Hubris
      Whenever the courts push back against the administration's unsupportable
      constitutional ideas-ideas about "inherent powers" and a "unitary
      executive" or the silliness of the Geneva Conventions or the limitless
      sweep of presidential powers during wartime-the Bush response is to
      repeat the same chorus louder: Every detainee is the worst of the worst;
      every action taken is legal, necessary, and secret. No mistakes, no
      apologies. No nuance, no regrets. This legal and intellectual
      intractability can create the illusion that we are standing on the same
      constitutional ground we stood upon in 2001, even as that ground is
      sliding away under our feet.

      What outrage did I forget? Send mail to Dahlia.Lithwick@... .
      (Wishing you and yours a happy, and freer, New Year.

      A version of this piece appears in the Washington Post Outlook section.


      C Hamilton
      a moderator of
      adult humor/opinion/pictures
      thanks to "amazingpowersofobservation"
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.