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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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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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Frankie’s exceptional exceptions to American Exceptionalism

Frankie’s exceptional exceptions to American Exceptionalism

by Patrick Devlin n the brave new bizzarro world where the head of the two thousand year old capital serving, land owning, supporter of bloody imperialists and thieving enterprises on 6 of the seven continents known as the Catholic Church comes out as an unabashed adherent to the transmitted ‘teachings’ of the barefooted, long-haired, anti-institutional religion, anti-capital accumulation, anti-money lending institution, supporter of the poor and dispossessed, promoter of the union of brethren humans including our avowed ‘enemies’, exclaimer to a world of owners, “give up all that you own and follow me”, wandering philosopher and proto-hippie known as Jesus […]

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soft totalitarianism : self-censorship and acceptance of corporate surveillance

soft totalitarianism : self-censorship and acceptance of corporate surveillance

by Patrick Devlin The revelation from one of the world’s few remaining independent press organizations, the Associated Press, that, subsequent to the federal government’s attempt to criminalize the act of reportage, its traditional sources regarding governmental wrong doing (or just plain government doing) are choosing to keep mum should be of no surprise to the AP, and also to us, the citizenry. When confronted with the specter of rulers who make the game up as they go along their merry way committing both immoral and illegal acts (and also, immoral illegal acts) who then claim that they have self-created authority […]

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them sparkleponypoopmunchers will just have to get used to the ‘trade offs’

them sparkleponypoopmunchers will just have to get used to the ‘trade offs’

by Patrick Devlin >> ahhh..the inexplicablity to regular dullards of the complex nature of constitutional protections that have no meaning or application “if you only knew what we know and how much we are protecting y’all” its just those plain ‘ol super human thought processes only accessible to the humans.who.used.to.be.partisan.hacks but now are super.humans because lesser party hacks voted for them gwbush : “I asked the White House counsel’s office and the Justice Department to study whether I could authorize the NSA to monitor al Qaeda communications into and out of the country without FISA warrants…Both told me I could. […]

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Schneiderman blows statute, HuffPo blows coverage

Schneiderman blows statute, HuffPo blows coverage

In a mildly sourced report by the Huffington Post about ‘private’ conversations between a handful of senators and the Attorney General of New York, who is also a co-chair of President Barack Obama’s task force investigating the frauds carried out by the nation’s largest banks against investors in mortgage backed securities, groups including retired teachers and civil service employees, Eric Schneiderman conveyed that he is concerned that his concerns about the public’s growing concerns that the enforcement work group is nothing more than a toothless and supine act of public relations kabuki to cover for the inaction on the part […]

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links 03.03.13

links 03.03.13

Report: Poor U.S. Students Receive Developing-World Educations : Next City Why Isn’t Closing 129 Chicago Public Schools National News? : Black Agenda Report Lords of Disorder: Billions for Wall Street, Sacrifice for Everyone Else : Truth Out 13 arrested as 200 march on Wells Fargo demanding fair banking practices : Occupy Homes MN New Cars Increasingly Out of Reach for Many Americans : Yahoo News Lobby To Get Israel Exempted From Sequestration : MJ Rosenberg UFree: Israel Tortures A Palestinian Detainee To Death : Scoop NZ

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links 04.14.12

links 04.14.12

Charter Schools Spend More On Administration, Less On Instruction Than Traditional Public Schools: Study “…looking at charter and traditional public schools in Michigan, where both receive about the same operational funding, researchers found that charter schools actually spent more per-student on administration and less on instruction than non-charter public schools…” – Huffington Post “The Stupidest Idea I Ever Heard” The Irrationality of the Case against Iran’s Nuclear Program “…President Obama has informed the Iranians they have one “last chance” to avoid attack. They must suspend higher uranium enrichment, close down the Fordow enrichment facility, and “surrender” their stockpile of uranium […]

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