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"Today the tyrant rules not by club or fist, but, disguised as a market researcher, he shepherds his flocks in the ways of utility and comfort." Marshall Mcluhan


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Nuclear legacy - then and now.

The following photo essay was linked to on Huffington. It's the work Paul Fusco. Photos of the children - some abandoned - who were exposed or their parents exposed - to the radiation from Chernobyl. Caution, these are quite graphic.

Will this also be the legacy of Fukushima  Nuclear Power Station ? It looks all too likely that it will.

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con·sen·sus [kuhn-sen-suhs]
–noun, plural -sus·es.
1. majority of opinion: The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.

2. general agreement or concord; harmony.
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They Say We'll Have a Revolution......

The Rise and Fall of the American Empire seems to be the topic du jour these days and at least one anthropologist has done a significant research on the subject of collapse of complex societies. [Read more]

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Another one bites the dust...

One of the better posters at this blog has left. This is a shame. And the reason is the totally childish, immature, self centered and sophomoric comments made. Some even personal attacks that even the most repugnant right winger would not stoop to.

Congratulations ass holes, you have just made his point in spades.

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Our current collective political insanity

Why is the right acting like they have lost their collective minds ? For one thing the decision of giving corporations person hood and the ability to buy any politico they choose, as Sam Smith points out here.
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Communities - American style

There has been a lot of talk recently about community. More that one person has done a blog about it or brought it up in comments on this site or another. Also a good deal of comparisons with other countries. Sweden, Finland, France, German etc.  All very well and good.
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Japanese Gov. suggests cover up for nuclear disaster.

I could not believe this when I first read it.

TOKYO, March 30, Kyodo

The government is considering applying new measures to prevent the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant from further spreading radioactive particles, its top spokesman said Wednesday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference that the government and nuclear experts are discussing ''every possibility'' to bring the plant under control and that some measures that have been reported by the media are included in their options. [Read more]

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Achtung !

Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. After greeting him Nan-in remarked: "I suppose you left your wooden clogs in the vestibule. I want to know if your umbrella is on the right or left side of the clogs." Tenno, confused, had no instant answer.
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When Science and technology were not considered magic.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

I would guess to a large portion of out society our current technology would seem like magic. You press a button and your car starts right up. No muss no fuss. Same for your television. Cell phones let you talk to whoever where ever and nearly everything has a digital and/or text screen read out. You can even take pictures and send them to who ever you want. [Read more]

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