13
Aug

Another Corrupt Deal—Big Surprise There

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

A Sweet Deal for Nathan, A Raw Deal for Georgians

By Dustin • on August 12, 2010 • Filed under: Election 2010, State News

Atlanta – Wednesday was an historic day for Georgia – for the first time, one of the most corrupt Members of Congress became a nominee for Georgia’s highest office.

Congressman Nathan Deal was listed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an independent watchdog group, as one of the most corrupt Members of Congress, sparking a Congressional ethics probe that forced him to resign his seat less than 5 months ago.  In addition, the Congressional Office of Ethics said Deal may have violated up to six House ethics rules while in office.

“Congressman Deal ran away from Washington, thinking he could flee an ethics investigation,” Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman Jane Kidd said.  “He’s mistaken if he thinks Georgia voters will let him find refuge under the Gold Dome.  The last thing Georgia needs is Congressman Deal and his crooked past.

An Atlanta Journal Constitution investigative report revealed that while Rep. Deal was on the Federal payroll, his private business netted $1.4 million in four years thanks to a no-bid contract his company held with the State of Georgia.

“The choice in this election is clear: with Rep. Deal, you get a Washington, D.C. insider tainted by sweetheart deals and ethical corruption,” Kidd concluded. “With Roy Barnes you get an experienced leader who will promote transparency, end special interest favoritism and lead with honesty and integrity so we can make Georgia work again.”

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11
Aug

GM deserves to fail

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

The below article is quoted from www.hugeasscity.com.

“Fuck GM.

Today I met with a DPD planner who specializes in green building, and we discussed the huge challenges we face with the built environment, and eventually the conversation got to the inevitable acknowledgement that we really don’t know how we’re ever going to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions that the experts are calling for — nothing less than 80% by 2050.

And on the way back to my office, I came upon the scene in the photo above, at the top of Harbor Steps on 1st Ave. And the first thing that came to my mind was this: Fuck GM! You are part of the problem. A big part. So take your fucking hybrid SUV and your stupid-ass “Green Today, Clean Tomorrow” banner complete with the Hummer logo and your free GM-inscribed cycling water bottles and get the fuck out of my city and go crawl into a hole and die.

So GM, here you are, one of the most powerful corporations that ever existed, at the apex of American free market capitalism and technology, and here we are in the year 2008 facing the biggest environmental crisis in the history of humanity, and this is the best you’ve got to offer? A hybrid Yukon SUV that gets 21 mpg? This is what you want the people out on the streets of downtown Seattle to get excited about?

GM, you have failed your society. You could have produced a 100 mpg car ten, perhaps 20 years ago. Maybe you could have produced a 200 mpg by now, who knows (check out “Who Killed the Electric Car?“). You had a colossal R&D budget at your disposal, but instead of investing in a future we all know was coming, you chose to focus your efforts on bigger and less efficient vehicles because they provided the biggest short term profits.

There are some who would argue that GM is not culpable because they were only giving the people what they wanted. Nonsense. They marketed the hell out of SUVs. They could just as easily have decided to put their advertising dollars into a campaign to sell high-efficiency cars. Don’t underestimate the effect it might have had: We are a culture that is exceedingly accomplished at influencing people through advertising.

But even more to the heart of things, that “invisible hand of the free market” defense of GM reveals a pernicious defect in our economic dogma: It lets everyone off the hook for making any moral decisions. As in, “if someone wants to buy my product, it doesn’t matter what that product is, it’s the buyer’s choice and not my responsibility to judge.” And so, for example, we end up with major corporations profiting by marketing and selling sugar water to a population that is increasingly overweight. Or a bazillion SUVs on the road as both oil prices and CO2 levels rise at alarming rates.

The responsibility to make moral decisions comes with being human. And with greater power comes greater responsibility. Instead of abdicating moral choice to the invisible hand, the executives of large corporations like GM, because they command such vast influence over others, have a correspondingly vast obligation to make careful and humane moral decisions. It’s not easy. But our system tells them not to bother, so they don’t.

Under normal circumstances GM’s poor performance would simply be unfortunate — they would adapt or they would go under. But in our current situation, the stakes are high and getting higher.

[editor: Actually, were it not for Dumb-ya Bush's corporatism, GM would have gone under. But as one of his campaign contributor darlings suddenly GM was 'too big to fail']

And here’s what we could do about it: In consideration of GM’s historic and ongoing failure to produce the high-efficiency cars that are needed immediately to help mitigate potentially incalculable damage to human society brought on by global warming, we revoke GM’s corporate charter and nationalize the corporation. And then make the number one priority of the organization the production of ultra-high efficiency vehicles. This would unleash the creative energy of all the frustrated GM employees who have long been wishing GM would do the right thing — and I suspect there are lots of them. The organization would have a noble mission akin to the Manhattan project, and great things would happen fast.

Unrealistically radical, yes indeed — today. But if current trends continue, this sort of radical action is likely to start being all the more palatable, if not urgently necessary.

Fuck GM?

Is that too harsh?

Hello no, I agree.

22
Jul

President Obama’s Remarks on Unemployment Insurance

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

THE PRESIDENT SAID:    

Good morning, everybody. Right now, across this country, many Americans are sitting at the kitchen table, they’re scanning the classifieds, they’re updating their resumes or sending out another job application, hoping that this time they’ll hear back from a potential employer. And they’re filled with a sense of uncertainty about where their next paycheck will come from. And I know the only thing that will entirely free them of those worries — the only thing that will fully lift that sense of uncertainty — is the security of a new job.

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To that end, we all have to continue our efforts to do everything in our power to spur growth and hiring. And I hope the Senate acts this week on a package of tax cuts and expanded lending for small businesses, where most of America’s jobs are created.

So we’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure that we are digging ourselves out of this tough economic hole that we’ve been in. But even as we work to jumpstart job growth in the private sector, even as we work to get businesses hiring again, we also have another responsibility: to offer emergency assistance to people who desperately need it — to Americans who’ve been laid off in this recession. We’ve got a responsibility to help them make ends meet and support their families even as they’re looking for another job.

That’s why it’s so essential to pass the unemployment insurance extension that comes up for a vote tomorrow. We need to pass it for men like Jim Chukalas, who’s with me here today. Jim worked as a parts manager at a Honda dealership until about two years ago. He’s posted resumes everywhere. He’s gone door-to-door looking for jobs. But he hasn’t gotten a single interview. He’s trying to be strong for his two young kids, but now that he’s exhausted his unemployment benefits, that’s getting harder to do.

We need to pass it for women like Leslie Macko, who lost her job at a fitness center last year and has been looking for work ever since. Because she’s eligible for only a few more weeks of unemployment, she’s doing what she never thought she’d have to do — not at this point, anyway. She’s turning to her father for financial support.

And we need to pass it for Americans like Denise Gibson, who was laid off from a real estate agency earlier this year. Denise has been interviewing for jobs — but so far nothing has turned up. Meanwhile, she’s fallen further and further behind on her rent. And with her unemployment benefits set to expire, she’s worried about what the future holds.

We need to pass it for all the Americans who haven’t been able to find work in an economy where there are five applicants for every opening; who need emergency relief to help them pay the rent and cover their utilities and put food on the table while they’re looking for another job.

And for a long time, there’s been a tradition — under both Democratic and Republican Presidents — to offer relief to the unemployed. That was certainly the case under my predecessor, when Republican senators voted several times to extend emergency unemployment benefits. But right now, these benefits — benefits that are often the person’s sole source of income while they’re looking for work — are in jeopardy.

And I have to say, after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit, the same people who didn’t have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn’t offer relief to middle-class Americans like Jim or Leslie or Denise, who really need help.

Over the past few weeks, a majority of senators have tried — not once, not twice, but three times — to extend emergency relief on a temporary basis. Each time, a partisan minority [namely the fucking repug-nicans] in the Senate has used parliamentary maneuvers to block a vote, denying millions of people who are out of work much-needed relief. These leaders in the Senate who are advancing a misguided notion that emergency relief somehow discourages people from looking for a job should talk to these folks.

That attitude I think reflects a lack of faith in the American people, because the Americans I hear from in letters and meet in town hall meetings — Americans like Leslie and Jim and Denise — they’re not looking for a handout. They desperately want to work. Just right now they can’t find a job. These are honest, decent, hardworking folks who’ve fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, and who have nowhere else to turn except unemployment benefits and who need emergency relief to help them weather this economic storm.

Now, tomorrow we will have another chance to offer them that relief, to do right by not just Jim and Leslie and Denise, but all the Americans who need a helping hand right now — and I hope we seize it. It’s time to stop holding workers laid off in this recession hostage to Washington politics. It’s time to do what’s right — not for the next election but for the middle class. We’ve got to stop blocking emergency relief for Americans who are out of work. We’ve got to extend unemployment insurance. We need to pass those tax cuts for small businesses and the lending for small businesses.

Times are hard right now. We are moving in the right direction. I know it’s getting close to an election, but there are times where you put elections aside. This is one of those times. And that’s what I hope members of Congress on both sides of the aisle will do tomorrow.

Thanks very much.

20
Jul

I Couldn’t Agree More

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

I always said George Dumb-ya Bush was a fascist. And now Simple Sarah is following in his footsteps by making up words since apparently she doesn’t know how to use the other 250,000 real words in the English language. As for the right-wing nut jobs in the so-called t e a p a r t y (the spaces were added as to not give those ass hats any more search engine exposure), take a look at this site.

Sarah-the-bard Palin, you may want to ‘refudiate’ this post.

Sarah, did you even go to college? And if you did, who did your homework for you? Let me guess, Jorge Dumb-ya Bush did.

I am writing to urge you to take action on renewing federal unemployment benefit extensions. Congress must immediately and pass HR 5618 that extends the deadline for eligibility for Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs and the full federal funding of Extended Benefits through November of this year.

For too long, unemployed workers and their families have suffered the anxiety and stress that comes with all the stop-gap extensions that Congress has been passing, and given the still high rates of unemployment in this country (9.5 nationwide and 10.0 in Georgia), and the 5.3 million people who are receiving federal benefits, especially the 2.5 million who have seen their benefits end because of Congress’ inaction and uncaring. It didn’t seem that Congress was singing the deficit blues when it voted to bail out big business and give billions so that these same companies could turn around and reward the same executives who mismanaged these companies to the point of being too big to fail. Well sir, the American people who need this aid are too big to fail and won’t be using that money for Lear jets and executive bonuses—they’ll be using it to house, feed, and clothe their families. In short, they’ll be using that money to survive until the economy improves. I didn’t hear anyone in Congress making “my grandchildren’s grandchildren’s granchildren” speeches when you were loading up the cash trough to feed your corporate sponsors. The unemployed are not lazy, drug abusers as some in Congress insinuate, but rather your constituents that need your help.

Since the record shows that you voted against the EUC extensions, don’t think that the 982,291 Georgia state residents (that’s the number of people unemployed in your state based on the latest unemployment statistics provided by the Georgia Department of Labor) you in effect told don’t matter to you will forget or forgive that fact. However, with your help, the unemployment compensation programs that need to continue at least through the end of November can be reinstated. And I’m sure then that you would then garner the gratitude of these 982,291 unemployed registered voters. Additionally, even though HR5618 doesn’t address additional tiers of EUC, that is something that Congress should address in the immediate future.

It’s critical that the Congress approve these measures immediately to prevent further interruptions in these important programs. Please act now and make sure that millions nationwide and nearly a million people in your state alone do not face continuing joblessness coupled with an end to benefits that have kept them afloat so far.

Q. How much do classes cost?
A. There is no cost for classes.

Q. Where do I attend classes?
A. We hold both in-person classes (we’re located in Warner Robins, GA) and online classes.

Q. Do I need any books?
A. Both the online and in person classes we use the following books:

The Real Witches Craft by Kate West,
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penzak,
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland,
Wicca: the Complete Craft by DJ Conway.

The book list varies by year to year and depends on the degree program. It’s not necessary buy any of the books. I rarely give
reading assignments. While I base my lectures on the above listed books, lecture content is not exclusively from said sources.

Q. How do the online classes work? You just email me a lesson and then maybe I get to hear from an instructor once in a while–
right?
A. No, teachers and students interact just as though they were in a classroom. The online classes use Skype. Skype is a program which
allows student and teacher to converse and to see each other over the internet. To use Skype, you’ll have to download the client
program from http://Skype.com.

Q. When are classes held?
A. The in person classes are held Saturdays at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

Q. What time are the online classes held?
Online classes are held Sundays at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

Q. What else can you tell me about the classes?
A. Class duration is usually one to one and a half hours long. The class format is a mixture of lectures based on reading material, and
our own experience coupled with teachings specific to the Dark Moon Tradition, and student participation. Additionally, we try to be
as hands-on as possible when it comes to things like herbalism, divination, and other ‘crafty’ types of activities. Additionally as part
of their training, our second-degree students will from time to time teach a class. One of the students will also be assigned to
mentor you. Not to say you won’t be able to email or call me with questions should you want to do so.

Q. How do I get setup for the online classes?
A. After you’ve downloaded and installed Skype, you’ll also have to register an account with http://skype.com. The software and
registration is free. Once you have your account set up, execute the Skype program and sign in—via the program not the web—and
send a request to add CircleOfTheDarkMoon as a contact. When we receive your request, we’ll add you as a contact and add you to
our class group and then on Sundays at 3:00 PM ET, we’ll initiate the call. So what you need to do on Sunday is load Skype, log in
via the program, and wait for a call from CIRCLEOFTHEDARKMOON and then answer it. After that things work pretty much the same
as any other conference call except we’ll be using computers, web cams, microphones, and earphones or speakers.  computers,
web cams, microphones, and earphones or speakers.

Q. Do I need any special hardware to participate in the online classes?
A. Even if you don’t have a web cam, you can still use Skype with just speakers and microphones or a headphone/microphone combo set.

However, we recommend getting a cheap headphone/microphone combination set available at Best Buy or similar stores for around
$40. The reason for that is with headphones, we don’t have the problem of feedback from the PC speakers.

Q. Does it cost anything to use Skype?
A. No, don’t worry about buying Skype credit or any of the other crap they want to sell you. The part of Skype we’re using is a free
service.

Q. How do I set up Skype?
A. You will need to tell Skype what type of microphone/webcam/speakers you’re using. You do that via the options tab on Skype. The
Skype website has fairly good instructions for setting up your hardware. If you’re having real difficulties, contact us and we’ll assist
you.

Q. Anything else?
A. Be sure to register with this forum. The Wytcheboard page is part of the Circle of the Dark Moon web site, and such is where we put
upload class handouts and where you can ask questions of all the members.

Q. What if I want to attend in person classes?
A. Contact us for registration for in person classes.

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29
Jun

Hands Across the Sands

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

Last Saturday morning, members of our coven, the Circle of the Dark Moon participated in the Hands Across
the Sands
event for restoration, and repair of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, and to stand united against further offshore drilling and support of the outdated business models that declare oil must be the basis for the world economy. The only thing necessary about oil is the need for greed by oil company execs and the avarice of congressmen and senators who take oil lobbyist monies.

Saturday morning everyone arrived 30 minutes early for a guided group meditation on building healing energy focused in a thought-form for the Gulf ecological systems. We chose as an avatar for the thought-form a manatee, which we named, Morgen.

At the appointed time everyone arose, formed a line along the lake shore, and recited the incantation which sent Morgen on his way to in our small way try to help the damaged gulf. The spell is listed below this paragraph.

All across this land, hands stretch across the sand.

Our minds reach across time and space,

to harness and focus that energy in this place.

I summon a thought-form made of water,

Your name is Morgen: a healer/nurturer.

You are bound to my will until told further.

Go to the Gulf of Mexico at this time,

waters covered in BP’s oily slime,

to sustain yourself, feed upon the oily rime.

Search out all the wildlife that is injured.

Whether it be reptile, beast, fish, or bird,

Release your energies to heal their hurts.

After the rite, we held a round table discussion beside the banks on how each of us can live lightly.

Additionally, each of us earlier had made a promise to contact our congressional representatives, and senators demanding that clean/renewable energy be a top legislative priority. Furthermore, we demanded that US stop coddling BP and make them pay for their negligence and greed. We also required that the government force the release of other technology the oil companies have been sitting on which would greatly increase the efficiency of the internal combustion engine.

Afterward, all of us met at a nearby restaurant for lunch and further discussion.

25
Jun

Come Hither Spam Bots

   Posted by: Scrivener   in spam, spammers

It always amazes me that when you call a spammer on the carpet for wasting your server bandwidth, wasting your time, and just being a waste of air in general,  often you’ll get an indignant email back accusing you of being rude and hurting their feelings.

Obviously these poor souls need some love. So, to help them to get the attention they need, and to soothe their bruised feelings which I so callously trampled, I’m going to start posting their email addresses here so that every spam bot and spider on the web can collect their email addresses thus ensuring that they’ll soon have an inbox overflowing with good thoughts, warm feelings, and offers for all the Canadian Viagra they can use.

Please write these people, they desperately want to hear from you.

ASLetts@ameriplan.net

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25
Jun

You Gotta Savor the Small Victories

   Posted by: Scrivener   in Uncategorized

Some of you, my infrequent readers, may have noticed that the header graphic for Scrivener’s Scribblings no longer bleeds into the post content area. Took hours to find the bug and minutes to fix the correct CSS class entries.

This small victory came after an early morning interview behind 12 other people for a meter reader job with the MWA.

My unemployment is almost gone; my wife’s unemployment is gone; and I’m about ready to stand beside the road with a cardboard sign that says, “Will Write Hexes for Tips“. All this while the fucking repug-nicans continue to filibuster any new EUC extension payments. But none of those bastards miss picking up their $3300 weekly paycheck for taking lobbyist bribes, and helping big business screw over the working man.

They (the senate) wail, wring their hands,  and gnash their teeth about the deficit. But the deficit didn’t matter when they were giving money to AI, and ilk for million-dollar executive bonuses. Oh wait those weren’t bonuses they were  ‘retention incentives‘. Yeah right. It’s only fitting that the very people who mismanaged the company to point where it was going to fail (so fucking what if AIG went down the tubes–too big to fail my ass), should be rewarded.

I would encourage all of you in similar straits to reach out personally to your representatives and their families and let them know in a very direct way just how you feel. But you better hurry, the senate is about to adjourn for another two-week vacation over the Fourth of July holiday.

And why shouldn’t they? It’s been a whole two weeks since the senate’s  last vacation.

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