Tags: chile, CIA, music video, Nicolás Guillen, politics, Salvador Allende, The Left
I don’t visit David Seaton’s News Links nearly often enough.
And you should definitely read this post.
Tags: california, Federal Art Project, Federal Theatre Project, poster art, puppet circus, Works Progress Admiistration, WPA
Tags: Federal Art Project, new york, poster art, Richard Floethe, Works Progress Administration, WPA
Tags: american history, American Revolution, Founding Fathers, George Clinton, new york, politics, Vice President
The Congressional Cemetery has a wealth of material related to this obscure but important cemetery and who’s buried there.
Tags: Democrats, health care reform, Maine, Olympia Snowe, Republicans, York Beach
David Sirota sums it up:
So the notion that Snowe’s vote – or any GOP vote – is inherently pivotal to health care reform is a fantasy created by the Beltway media and the Democratic congressional leadership. The former is desperately trying to manufacture headline-grabbing drama; the latter is looking for a Republican excuse to water down the bill and protect corporate interests – all while absolving Democrats of legislative responsibility.
Tags: birds, fish, food chain, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plastic, pollution, recycling, sea turtles, whales
Click here to see the graphic in larger detail.
I call it the United States’ garbage patch because “in 1990, Americans used nearly seven times the world average in plastic … per capita.” That rate increases every year.
It takes more than 400 years for plastics to photodegrade, they never biodegrade. As it disintegrates, the plastic becomes small enough to be ingested by aquatic organisms, including fish, mussels and birds, and winds up in our food chain. Plastic in the ocean is killing whales and sea turtles.
Plastic bag bans are being instituted or considered in countries around the world.
UPDATE: This is one really sad and revolting result of the garbage people toss into the ocean.
Tags: 1940, Federal Art Project, health care, poster art, public health, syphilis, Works Progress Administration, WPA
Tags: american history, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Dwight D. Eisenhower, FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gus Gennerich, military-industrial complex, new york, Secret Service, Washington DC, white house, WMD
From President Franklin Roosevelt’s Address before the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace at Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 1, 1936.
I am profoundly convinced that the plain people everywhere in the civilized world today wish to live in peace one with another. And still leaders and Governments resort to war. Truly, if the genius of mankind that has invented the weapons of death cannot discover the means of preserving peace, civilization as we know it lives in an evil day.
Roosevelt went on to sound an alarm that would be echoed by President Eisenhower, a Republican, 25 years later:
We know, too, that vast armaments are rising on every side and that the work of creating them employs men and women by the millions. It is natural, however, for us to conclude that such employment is false employment; that it builds no permanent structures and creates no consumers’ goods for the maintenance of a lasting prosperity. We know that Nations guilty of these follies inevitably face the day when either their weapons of destruction must be used against their neighbors or when an unsound economy, like a house of cards, will fall apart.
Tags: american history, cemetery, Congressional Cemetery, Washington DC
(Wikipedia) The Congressional Cemetery is an historic cemetery located at 1801 E Street, SE, in Washington, D.C., on the bank of the Anacostia River. It is the final resting place of hundreds of individuals who helped form the nation and the city of Washington in the early 19th century. Many members of the U.S. Congress who died while Congress was in session are interred at Congressional. Other burials include the early landowners and speculators, the builders and architects of the great buildings of Washington, native American diplomats, mayors of Washington, and hundreds of Civil War veterans. Nineteenth-century Washington, D.C. families unaffiliated with the federal government have also had graves and tombs at the cemetery. In all there are 19 Senators and 71 Representatives buried there.
Tags: california, La Crescenta parish, religion, secession, St. Luke's Anglican Church
(LA Times) The people of St. Luke’s Anglican Church have called their La Crescenta parish home for 85 years. Generations of families have grown up within its historic stone walls.
On Sunday, the Rev. Rob Holman will deliver his final sermon there, an epitaph to a bruising legal fight the congregation waged and lost to practice its conservative brand of Christian theology and hold on to the church.
[Well, they may have lost the fight to “hold on to the church,” but there never was a fight as to whether they would be able to continue to practice their “conservative brand of Christian theology” — just saying.]
On Monday, St. Luke’s leaders will hand over its keys to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
The diocese sued to retain St. Luke’s property after the congregation voted overwhelmingly in 2006 to leave it and the national Episcopal Church over theological differences, including the consecration of a gay bishop in New Hampshire.
[The reporter has described their position in the kindest possible light.]
After rounds of costly litigation, the courts ruled in the diocese’s favor, concluding that St. Luke’s property was held in trust for the diocese and the national church.
People advocating their state’s secession should keep this outcome in mind.