“Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! … “Michael Brown, the incompetent head of FEMA who fiddled as New Orleans drowned under Hurricane Katrina, appears to have amassed the perfect credentials to enter the right-wing radio talkosphere” … “Oceans of liquid diamond, filled with solid diamond icebergs, could be floating on Neptune and Uranus” … “These animals are really treated as little more than milk-producing machines” … “Thousands of power flashes from cameras have the potential to further damage some of the nation’s most important original documents” … “At least one of them had a feathered mohawk tail in a subdued palette of chestnut and white stripes” … “Americans who hid money from the Internal Revenue Service in secret Swiss bank accounts may escape exposure” … “Privacy is the core currency of the social web, and like any other type of currency system there’s an exchange rate” … “It brushes my hand, leaving a telltale streak of sticky, stinky moistness” … “Dictatorship in the name of religion is the worst kind” … “He threw darts at the audience and then attacked them with a fire extinguisher” … “You are very likely a maternal cousin with Hillary Clinton” … “Sills is not even in high school yet” … “The hottest musician of the day was a jazz-playing Gypsy” … “He lasted three nights, went insane, became bankrupt and was committed at an institution on the island or, some stories say, he killed himself two weeks later” … “The ending of the imperial wars and the dismantling of America’s global military empire—and its global gulag—would save trillions of dollars in the coming years” … “I think the quartet may be one of the bands of the decade, at least in terms of influence” … “The world’s largest Internet search company and the world’s most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity” … “If I wait too much longer, I’m not going to be able to do it” … “The real problem is that too many people tend to follow GOP cues about how hopelessly unsafe America is” … “Pat Metheny insists he isn’t out to replace his band, but it is the band inside his head” … “It is possible they are being held at a zoo in Abidjan” … “It is alarming to hear that the Obama administration is asserting that the president can authorize the assassination of Americans abroad” … “Fitting that the most dramatic views ever made of distant Pluto should be made public on the birthday of its discoverer” … “I was Vangelis’s sound engineer in the early 80’s and worked on Blade Runner“ … “Charmin Ultra 6-pack just $4.99!” … This issue’s quote is attributed to Will Rogers … And finally, “A recent flurry of research is suggesting new ways to get rid of the fear associated with certain memories, and even to delete those memories—permanently.” ∞
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Wait – oceans of liquid diamond? Does Tom Shane know about this?
Doesn’t matter. De Beers probably already has fleets of diamond sweepers manned by enslaved Neptunians.
Interesting article about ending the American Empire. Chalmers Johnson has written several good books on the subject.