a must-read from maria saporta:
and it's sending atlanta into reverse as well
a must-read from maria saporta:
and it's sending atlanta into reverse as well
Posted by tomitron at 10/29/2009 08:57:00 PM
Posted by tomitron at 10/29/2009 08:36:00 PM
Posted by tomitron at 10/28/2009 08:02:00 PM
i came across this account of an attack on one of my ancestors, john marriot, that occurred about ten miles northwest of annapolis, maryland, on 1 september 1681 --- among the children was my 7th-great-grandmother, who was six years old at the time --- i thought it was interesting that the indians didn't just kill them all --- king philip's war was only ended in 1678, and it had resulted in attacks on half the towns in new england and the deaths of over 800 english settlers and 3000 indians, making it the bloodiest of the many encounters between english colonists and the indians after 1607 ---there was a massacre at deerfield, mass., as late as 1704, and of course the indians' fight for their homeland would continue until the late 19th century:
the occasion of my present presumption is to inform your lordship of a robbery committed by the sinnequain—seneca—indians (as is supposed), on the first day of this instant, at the house of john marriott at the head of anne arundel [severn] river, upon the ridge formerly peter porter’s. The enclosed was sent to me and the same day being our election day, I had an opportunity to speak with the said john marriot, which for substance gave me the following narrative, viz.: That nine Indians came to his house, September 1st, inst. in the morning and pressed hard for entrance to his house, which he resisted, taking his gun in hand and standing upon his guard, willing his wife to take the children and make escape to the nearest plantation, which was hindered by more Indians, till then indescerned [sic], but still appearing more and more, to the quantity of one hundred or thereabouts. They then pressed so sore upon him that into the house they would go; no threat or sign of anger would deter them. Out of which they have carried all that he hath in this world, and killed his hogs, which he says he had thirty in his pen, which troubled his cornfield, some of which they have taken away, others they have killed for pastime and let lye, that of numbers he finds only three or four alive. His cattle he knows not what they have killed for they have all forsaken the plantation. His tobacco, which was hanging in the houses, they have thrown down and spoiled. All of which tendeth to his great loss, and putting the neighboring plantations in great feare, so that there are many of them gathered together for their future safety.
Posted by tomitron at 10/25/2009 05:28:00 PM
A group of rich Germans has launched a petition calling for the government to make wealthy people pay higher taxes.
not all rich people are pigs --- we've had people in this country like warren buffet say the same kind of thing --- but can you imagine the squealing from the right?
Posted by tomitron at 10/24/2009 05:37:00 PM
republicans will probably find this deeply disturbing
John McCain’s election loss was somewhat like a kick in the crotch for his male supporters, a new study finds. Young male voters who supported McCain or libertarian candidate Bob Barr experienced an immediate testosterone drop after the results of the election were announced, according to a new Duke University and University of Michigan study.
republicans will probably find this deeply disturbing
Posted by tomitron at 10/22/2009 06:03:00 PM
they call it the last of the incan suspension bridges and say it's 500 years old --- actually, like the japanese reconstruction of a shrine in exactly the same way every twenty years for centuries, this one is rebuilt every year --- but still . . . .
"on friday noon, july the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below"
Posted by tomitron at 10/20/2009 06:14:00 PM
why is that some people seem to think a city ought to look like a suburban shopping mall, but open-air with bigger buildings? this time it's these stupid kiosks going up all over downtown --- twenty of them when they're done --- now you might think they were installing a real convenience like a restroom maybe, but, no, it's part of an ongoing effort to corral the street vendors --- i'm sure with the rents for these things, they'll kill two birds with one stone, and upscale the real street vendors down around five points right out of business --- and all because, "many downtown residents and business leaders have complained some vendors are pushy and sell counterfeit goods and their stands are eyesores" --- just like the tactics in midtown to get rid of unwanted this, that, and the other: "many" complaining about "some" gets results
Posted by tomitron at 10/20/2009 05:50:00 PM
Posted by tomitron at 10/18/2009 07:39:00 PM
Posted by tomitron at 10/15/2009 06:59:00 PM
A Baptist Church near Asheville, N.C., is hosting a "Halloween book burning" to purge the area of "Satan's" works, which include all non-King James versions of the Bible, popular books by many religious authors and even country music.they like the king james version of the bible because they want to read it just the way jesus said it --- it's funny if it weren't so sad --- wonkette also wonders how they came to this point
Posted by tomitron at 10/14/2009 05:40:00 PM
The Republican National Committee (RNC) proudly launched its new website at GOP.com today, saying that it “will promote increased grassroots participation and innovation, better communication, improved platform compatibility and smarter marketing and fundraising tools for the GOP.”among other things, the web page for future republican "leaders" is empty, which maybe wasn't a mistake, come to think of it . . . .chairman steele claims it's "not really a web site" anyway ---
Posted by tomitron at 10/13/2009 05:51:00 PM
We don't talk about poverty or class because that kinda talk makes rich people nervous.but it's simply not polite to talk about those things---besides it's depressing
Instead we talk about race.
Or, rather, we tell ourselves that we talk about race -- we promise ourselves great, cleansing dialogues about race -- but we almost never do it. Instead, the public conversation about race in this country consists pretty much of the Right playing linguistic Tiddlywinks with the English language so they can continue to run in ever-angrier and more hysterical circles screaming barely-camouflaged proxies for "N*gger! N*gger! N*gger!" at the tops of their lungs without, y'know, actually Saying. That. Word. Itself. Out. Loud.
Because that would be racist.
All while the media sops it up with a biscuit, and eggs the Left on to jump into the sewer and make it a proper pig-fight.
All of which, unsurprisingly, perfectly serves the interests of people who don't want to talk about poverty and class.
Posted by tomitron at 10/10/2009 10:04:00 AM
"america's smartest cities" or something like that === atlanner ranks 23:
Atlanta scored in the bottom quarter in universities per capita, yet it seems to attract a relatively high number of educated people. The area scored in the top quarter for bachelor’s degrees per capita and was slightly ahead of the pack for graduate degrees per capita.
Posted by tomitron at 10/08/2009 07:53:00 PM
i just wonder if this is really necessary
It’s not Iran, but the Washington Post editorial board should be pleased to know that we’re bombing the dickens out of something: “NASA’s going for full impact Friday, firing a bomb-laden missile at the moon in a dramatic search for water. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sending its Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) on a mission to fire a missile into the south pole of the moon as twice the speed of a bullet.”
Posted by tomitron at 10/08/2009 07:20:00 PM
the lighthouse was built as a sort of folly by the honeywells (of thermostat fame) in the late 1930s on a 5-acre island called boca chita key ---
the foundation is all that's left of the jones house (1912) on porgy key, an african american family who raised key limes, tomatoes, and other crops on the island beginning in the 1890s --- their willingness to sell for creation of the national park was a major turning point --- ken burns touched on it in one of his episodes
Posted by tomitron at 10/07/2009 10:04:00 PM
Posted by tomitron at 10/03/2009 06:02:00 PM
Atlanta fire investigators are trying to find who is responsible for torching a bale of hay. The fire that started on the porch spread first to the attic and then the rest of the building.
Posted by tomitron at 10/03/2009 02:42:00 PM
Conservatives are currently gathered in Virginia for the American for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit, which features speakers such as radio host Hugh Hewitt and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Today when the IOC announced that the United States was eliminated from the running to host the 2016 Olympics, a room of conference attendees immediately laughed and applauded.what pathetic little people
Posted by tomitron at 10/03/2009 09:01:00 AM
this was our report today re. the tsunami in samoa ---- no nps employees killed but the hdqtrs., visitor center, and curatorial collection were all wiped out ----
Wanted to give a little more of an update on the situation at National Park
of American Samoa. As you know, yesterday an 8.0 earthquake was followed
by a significant tsunami event that destroyed the NPS visitor center and
offices at NPSA. Late yesterday, all park employees and volunteers were
accounted for and were safe and sound. At least one employee's house and
four employees' vehicles were destroyed by the tsunami. Fortunately, this
event happened early enough in the day that most employees were not yet at
work and were in areas of high ground that were unaffected by the wave
impacts. The few employees that were at the office were able to run out of
the office building to the safety of high ground, although most of them had
to run through water to get there.
The park visitor center and all contents, including the park's curatorial
collections, were destroyed. The entire park fleet of vehicles was
destroyed with the exception of two vehicles. The extent of damage to park
marine resources will not be known for some time. Undoubtedly there will
be some impacts to coral reefs and there will be significant amounts of
debris in the water and along beaches. Most of the park terrestrial
resources appear to be fine.
The park staff initially helped with rescue and recovery operations on site
and are engaged in assessing and providing for the well-being of NPS
employees and volunteers. Additionally, they have been assessing damage to
park facilities, salvaging equipment and cultural resources, and securing
NPS property from looters. The park staff will be available to continue to
assist with the broader community recovery operations in the coming days.
Park employees are doing a great job of keeping their spirits up and
helping each other and the rest of the community through this difficult
Special Agent Neal Akana from Hawaii Volcanos National Park flew to
American Samoa this morning and has been acting as the NPS representative
at the FEMA Unified Command meetings. He is working with NPSA
Superintendent Mike Reynolds to prepare for the arrival of the Western
Incident Management Team, Critical Incident Stress Management personnel,
and other support staff who will arrive tomorrow. A team of Cultural
Resource Specialists will be assisting with the assessment and recovery of
cultural resources in the park and will likely assist with the broader
recovery efforts on the islands.
The Hawaii Natural History Association is currently setting up a relief
fund for affected employees at NPSA. We will pass along additional
information as we obtain it. Thank you everyone in the parks and regional
offices for your assistance in providing personnel and support for this
incident. We will reach out as needed for additional assistance. At the
moment, we believe the park's initial needs are being met.
This event is a good reminder why we engage in emergency planning. While
this is fresh, take some time to review park emergency plans and update
emergency contact information for all employees. You might consider what
it would take, and whether you are equipped to rapidly account for and
provide emergency information to all of your employees during a large scale
Here are a couple of links to photos of the tsunami event:
Posted by tomitron at 10/01/2009 07:31:00 PM
Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: subtract us into nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the love that ended yesterday in Texas.
The seed of our destruction will blossom in the desert, the alexin of our cure grows by a mountain rock, and our lives are haunted by a Georgia slattern, because a London cutpurse went unhung. Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like flies, buzz home to death, and every moment is a window on all time.thomas wolfe, look homeward angel