Archive for October, 2013

The eternal bloodlust of the spotless brain

The eternal bloodlust of the spotless brain

by Patrick Devlin When my sick brother was fitted with deep brain stimulators to attempt to address some of the most debilitating symptoms of the progressive and cureless brain affliction called Parkinson’s disease there was no real alternative to the treatment that his doctors had prescribed. My brother was 40 at that time, he has since passed. Many understand Parkinson’s disease as an old person’s disease, and for most of my life this was the case. Many are now aware that the illness can afflict younger people (the poster boy for early onset Parkinson’s is the well-known Michael J. Fox). […]

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Bipartisan odor wafting from DC

Bipartisan odor wafting from DC

by Patrick Devlin As both Democratic and Republican politicians are getting ready to roll up their sleeves and start governing now that the closed for business government has been re-opened for business, a small group of political leaders from both parties are working together to brainstorm solutions that are practical, make good sense and appeal to the mindsets and meet the requirements of politicians from both parties. While the consensus of TV’s shouty partisan teletubbies is that our diametrically opposed political parties can’t possibly agree on anything (and we therefore can’t do anything other than continue fighting imperial wars and […]

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Patriotism, marketism, exceptionalism – destinyism? : The prison of the isms

Patriotism, marketism, exceptionalism – destinyism? : The prison of the isms

by Patrick Devlin Columbus day can be a warm day or a cold day (and this year was spectacular autumn falling through cool sunshine) but it always provides an opportunity to reflect on the day as a holiday representing as it does a kind of anachronistic celebration of manifest destiny – and we know that we have grown beyond all that…shameful as it is as a part of our history. It had to be someone, and it was Columbus who ‘discovered America’ and, among other accomplishments, initiated the Euro-American human trafficking biz. We are reminded of both the inhuman brutality […]

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Troubled waters as Israeli newspaper
is accused of editorial dishonesty

Troubled waters as Israeli newspaper is accused of editorial dishonesty

The artist-activist Roger Waters has responded sharply to the editors of Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper who published an interview by Alon Hadar with the co-founder of the music group “Pink Floyd” on September 28. Waters said that the article was “littered with misinformation” and amounted to a “serious distortion of the actual interview” that he gave in Amsterdam in early September. Waters, in a letter to his Israeli fans that was released via social media, states that the editors of Yedioth Ahronoth did not misquote him, but they altered the questions that Waters was asked, making the exchange appear to […]

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To hell with the heelots and then, to the hills

To hell with the heelots and then, to the hills

by Patrick Devlin As this divided, infrastructurally decrepit, middle class obviated, finance industry indentured, environmentally forsaken, compassion suppressing, rich get richer, war is the only answer, private capital coddling country slides off the rails towards the only demise that its choices can afford it, inhabited as it is by government protectors of big business who scream about government overreach, pettifogging mouthpiece Nobel Peace Prize winners who describe their child victims as terrorists expecting that their ‘framing’ absolves them from war crime guilt, humanitarians who call for the cindering of civilians, government regulators who claim they have only the power to […]

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Presidental proffer of ‘protection’ to pilfer pensioner’s pocketbooks is pathetic

Presidental proffer of ‘protection’ to pilfer pensioner’s pocketbooks is pathetic

As part of the agreed to by all parties ‘government shut down’ congress is contemplating resurrecting elements of President Obama’s so-called ‘grand bargain’. One of the president’s proposals, lifted as many of his ‘ideas’ are from the wish-list of fiscal conservatives intent on ‘ending social security as we know it’ including the Heritage Foundation, would require that social security recipients receive reduced cost of living increases, decreases that compound over time. Meaning, the longer a Parkinson’s patient is sick and relies upon government benefits, the more her social security will diminish. The change to social security that President Obama (D-IL) […]

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