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That's what's going on in my 'blue' state. They refuse to fund public infrastructure, extorting us.

Even if people die here from this as they have in other places, and commerce breaks down, and others are impoverished losing the social mobility of public travel routes, they still demand the same thing:

Koch brothers and Libertarian 101:

“We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”

“We demand the return of America's railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”

“We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”

“We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”


Virtually everything on that list is fully supported by media of all kinds. It's pushed from both 'sides,' with one side pro-privatization in an outright manner, for the reasons listed, and from the other with pure hatred for all government, all Democratic officials, and eager to hate any Democratic policy which is not good enough for them, as if no one else's opinion matters at all.

Both sides want the system of checks and balances and those who compromise to keep it going, to get out of their way, right fugging now! Utopia awaits. It's been waiting so long it's compost, but it won't stop anyone wanting it as the real world goes to hell, denying they're creating it.

The 'right' is working diligently on profiting from it, while the 'left' indulges itself in fantasies about the coming revolution. They say if only they stand back and let the people suffer more, they will rise up and call them up to hear their great ideas.

The Libertarians stoke both sides at the same time, demoralizing Democrats to stop them from voting by using their sacred cows against them that they don't value, at all, except to stir them up. At the same time they are giving fuel to the Tea Party, who really does value the same things, like no government at all.


This man gets the big picture:

Last week the Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance and one of the signers of today’s letter, said, “The tenet that religion should never be legitimated as a license to discriminate remains our core belief; that federal money must never be used to fund such discrimination must remain the bedrock of religious freedom in America.”

If government favors a religion, it ends religious freedom. EOM.

Nicer than me. Growing up, to me rape was the same as murder. Bullet. Brain. Bye.

In the dark recesses of my soul, I still feel that way but have mellowed, learning I don't want to 'be' that person.

Personally knowing vulnerable victims of violent pedophiles unable to heal from it, I call bullshit when people say they should forgive.

Some victims want those pieces of work eliminated from the gene pool. Something inside was murdered, and they know it even if no one wants to know.

Not all will forgive:

Bullet. Brain. Bye:

I've listened to these songs for years and think my feelings are 'normal.'

Now you know me.

FFS, who would even think of voting for her? Maybe this unpopular demographic:

That's right, all you misogynists.

You said women couldn't be trusted, and a lot more.

We'll remember in November.

at the Sexists!

Thanks, I like that. I found a video of it played on a lyre:

The Oldest Known Melody c.1400BC!

Uploaded on May 13, 2009

- Michael Levy

This unique video, features my first of 2 arrangements for solo lyre, of the 3400 year old "Hurrian Hymn no.6", which was discovered in Ugarit in Syria in the early 1950s, and was preserved for 3400 years on a clay tablet, written in the Cuniform text of the ancient Hurrian language

- The Hurrian Hymn (catalogued as Text H6) was discovered in Ugarit, Syria, in the early 1950s, and was preserved for 3400 years on a clay tablet, written in the Cuniform text of the ancient Hurrian language - except from a few earlier Sumarian fragmentary instructional musical texts from c.1950 BCE (Musical Instructions for Lipit-Ishtar, King of Justice) the Hurrian Hymn it is the oldest written song yet known, in History!

Although about 29 musical texts were discovered at Ugarit, only this text, (text H6), was in a sufficient state of preservation to allow for modern academic musical reconstruction.

In short, the Cuneiform text clearly indicated specific names for lyre strings, and their respective musical intervals -- a sort of "Guitar tablature", for lyre!

Although discovered in modern day Syria, the Hurrians were not Syrian -- they came from modern day Anatolia. The Hurrian Hymn actually dates to the very end of the Hurrian civilisation (c.1400BCE) . The Hurrian civilization dates back to at least 3000 BCE. It is an incredible thought, that just maybe, the musical texts found at Ugarit, preserved precious sacred Hurrian music which may have already been thousands of years old, prior to their inscription for posterity, on the clay tablets found at Ugarit!

My arrangement here, is based on the that the original transcription of the melody, as interpreted by Prof. Richard Dumbrill. Here is a link to his book, "The Archeomusicology of the Near East":


It is played here, on a replica of the ancient Kinnor Lyre from neighbouring Israel; an instrument almost tonally identical to the wooden asymmetric-shaped lyres played throughout the Middle East at this amazingly distant time... when the Pharaoh's still ruled ancient Egypt.

A photograph of the actual clay tablet on which the Hurrian Hymn was inscribed, can be seen here:


The melody is one of several academic interpretations, derived from the ambiguous Cuneiform text of the Hurrian language in which it was written. Although many of the meanings of the Hurrian language are now lost in the mists of time, it can be established that the fragmentary Hurrian Hymn which has been found on these precious clay tablets are dedicated to Nikkal; the wife of the moon god.

There are several such interpretations of this melody, but to me, the fabulous interpretation just somehow sounds the most "authentic". Below is a link to the sheet music, as arranged by Clint Goss:

Please note:

I can't get the link to post, but you can get the sheet music in a pdf by clicking on the link at this point of the video description, just can't get to post here:


In my arrangement of the Hurrian Hymn, I have attempted to illustrate an interesting diversity of ancient lyre playing techniques, ranging from the use of "block and strum" improvisation at the end, glissando's, trills & tremolos, and alternating between harp-like tones in the left hand produced by finger-plucked strings, and guitar-like tones in the right hand, produced by use of the plectrum.

I have arranged the melody in the style of a "Theme and Variations" - I first quote the unadorned melody in the first section, followed by the different lyre techniques described above in the repeat, & also featuring improvisatory passages at the end of the performance. My arrangement of the melody is much slower than this actual specific academic interpretation of the melody- I wanted the improvisations in the variations on the theme to stand out, and to better illustrate the use of lyre techniques by a more rubato approach to the melody.

For full details about my albums of lyre music, and the fascinating ancient historical background, please visit my official website:


Music from 3400 years ago?

OSHA cannot fine for 300K people, only workplace violations endangering workers.

OSHA is an arm of the Labor Department and its powers are narrow. That fine was not connected to the effects of the spill on the general population, but to conditions at the site that could have hurt workers there. The OP shows no harm to them.

That being said, workers are always the 'canary in the coal mine' on all environmental toxins that the public will learn about after it's too late. The OCAW was a strong voice for those first effected in the 1970s, and kept good records of what was being done in the rural areas where they employed locals and discarded them later. A prominent name would be Dow Chemical whose sick workers were too weak to fight back, they needed a union for that. This was prior to the 'Reagan Revolution' and it has been neutered along with most unions.

The real problem in the federal government is not simple corruption or venality, it is starvation. I worked in an era when the alphabet agencies had real power to punish these malefactors, and just the threat of calling them was effective. You called their hotline and they were there with bells on. Now there is hardly anyone to contact, they have been rendered toothless.

The OSHA, EEOC, EPA and others with full staff not only fined companies, they changed working conditions and the larger environment for the better.

That slowed with Reagan, who went on the path of aggressively defunding, denigrading and also infiltrated the agencies with corporate actors. Then came Norquist and the Gingrich Revolution, and we have lived under their undermining all the agencies and regulations ever since. So I get a bit tired of the knee jerk thinking, pushed so well by media, that the federal government is so corrupt.

No, it is dying for lack of voters who defend its power to enforce good regulations, while many of those same voices will decry being told to do anything that costs them tax money or anything. In other words, regulation is the what the right calls 'enslavement' but NOT having it FUNDED is putting us all under the thumb of corporations.

This is due to majority rule in this country taking it where we don't like. But the majority of voters who showed up are satisfied.

Imagine the scenario described in this article going down in the days of the Iran Contra or the Watergate hearings. This would have never been permitted under the rule of the Democratic Party, be they blue dog or of other persuasion. Many times, it's simply about the numbers:

Company Responsible For West Virginia Chemical Spill Skips Congressional Hearing

By Emily Atkin February 10, 2014

Exactly one month and a day after 10,000 gallons of chemicals spilled into West Virginia’s water, members of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee on Monday traveled to the state’s capital city, ostensibly to ask state leaders the still-unanswered questions surrounding the leak. There are many.

Perhaps the most important party that could provide answers would have been Freedom Industries, the company whose chemical storage tanks leaked a coal-cleaning chemical called crude MCHM into the water. Company president Gary Southern had been invited to testify, but in the end, did not show up.

“I find that extremely telling,” said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). “Freedom Industries’ decision not to testify today compounds its gross misconduct, and is an absolute affront to every person impacted by its spill.”

Freedom Industries’ decision not to show up to a hearing that otherwise housed every party that should be held accountable for the spill (Representatives from West Virginia American Water, West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board showed up, to name a few) is depressingly typical, and a painful reminder of the company’s non-presence throughout the month-long ordeal.

“They’ve been basically out of the picture since day one of this crisis, even though they were the cause of the crisis,” Executive Director of West Virginia Citizen Action Gary Zuckett, told ClimateProgress, recalling the events of the week following the spill. “The first thing that [Freedom] did was file for bankruptcy. The second thing they did was open a new corporation to loan the first corporation money.”


The process of redress for the 300K could not be addressed by OSHA. Or even the EPA:

Indeed, after being being criticized for failing to immediately report the chemical leak, and faced with lawsuits from those who had been harmed, Freedom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy shielded it from lawsuits, and since then the company has been increasingly opaque — only breaking its silence to revise spill numbers (last week it said 10,000, not 7,500 gallons, had spilled) and admit that more than one chemical had actually spilled.

It is insanity to keep going with the 'government bad' meme and 'I refuse to vote ' mantra when it yields the same results. Change over the HoR and the state houses, and see these corporations reined in by law and regulation. But be sure to put the blame where it really does belong, corporations who are now more powerful than government, due to voters hating it so much they are willing to leave the decisions to business.

Remember who controls the message. Boehner, who says their job is to repeal laws, not make them. So says there are more than enough laws. The state houses of the effected regions, who listened to their voters who don't want Big Coal regulated lest it cost them their jobs. Rand Paul, who wants the EPA, OSHA, EEOC, DOE and all the rest eliminated and says mountain top removal is good for the environment. How many in KY agree? How about WV? Ohio?

This is not directed at any poster at DU. Just why the OSHA is not the wrong doer in this situation, and who is doing wrong. And the desire that people will empower themselves by voting and stop agreeing with the right that the federal government is the big bad guy in this. It isn't. And it belongs to us.


So glad my life has been explained to me!

Yes. That is my smiley face.

The link is way worse than the OP:

“...You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you...”

“It’s bad for the environment. That’s definitely true,” he admitted.

“And some of the kids that have diesel trucks can look like tools. And you can cause a wreck, but everything else about it is pretty good...”

Clean air is bad?

Bad for the enviroment is good?

Causing a wreck is good?

This is from the party that wants bears and whales extinct, women to be nothing more than a 'set of reproductive organs' and calls itself pro-life.

Well, if that don't beat all.

Human life is not more important to the Bundies than their profits. Consider that for a moment.

No one EVER advocated killing the Bundies for illegal grazing. But their followers threatened to kill to keep on doing it. The lives of all concerned are worth saving, not just the lives of the Bundies and their followers, one of whom did kill two LEOs in Las Vegas. The Bundies are well armed, they aren't victims.

Force is not always lethal. But the threat of killing people over cattle grazing is okay to the Bundies and their militia pals. That distinction needs to be made and shouldn't be ignored.

Also the right of others in the area stolen by the Bundy gang to live their lives in peace, were abridged, and law was designed to protect them.

Equality of rights is not only for the wealthy, landowners or those who are well armed and threatening to kill others. Thus, some force was needed to stop them doing that, but the BLM was pulled off and the local sheriff may have been bought off or too frightened to act.

Two examples of how local authorities did not act to protect the liberties of less influential persons and their children:

Gay couple w/ 4 kids bullied in Arizona for months, kids threatened with gun



Gay Gilbert Couple terrorized, Police says it is their fault for being gay



Note the comments on thread from the locals in the know:



We don't know why the sheriff said he was going to help the BLM carry out their lawful acts, then left them hanging. It may be they'll never enforce the law, and let the militias hold the area, although locals asked their elected representative to free them of armed roadblocks.

Some places are corrupted by religion and money. How many more miles of territory will be under their thumb in the years to come in the USA?

RWers want to divide the nation into easily ruled oligarchic holdings. Generations to come may forget laws about equality and civil rights and let armed gunmen tell them what to do. History does not always have a happy ending and there is no one coming to save us from our own apathy.

The Civil Rights era did not come without force being applied by government. That was about people and a number of federal troops lost their lives in the shootout with those willing to shoot federal authorities to maintain their powers over blacks.

No one is unaware of who is really being threatened. This is not about wildlife being more important than human life. It is about the power of federal law required to put people like the Bundies under the rule of law, not letting wannabe oligarchs get their way unfairly. It's not about cattle.


This image is why I say those claiming such will die off, are whistling past the graveyard:

Their belief system demands they have as many children as possible. There will be many more born and they are increasingly hateful ot anyone who does not submit to them and are for civil society. Guns are created for war and killing, and will be employed when they see the time is right to use them.

They believe they can change this nation into what they want by voting, and have proven that. We are being encouraged to not vote. But we cannot stand by and argue over who is the best when we are being confronted with the worst.

At least, those of us who have lost and stand to lose more, can't. Others can say, 'Meh.'

Staying home in 2014 ensures her crowd will determine our future. As if what they did since 2010 was not bad enough for us to wake up. This is the status quo of an unjust order that is sweeping the states, becoming more powerful than government, but can be eliminated by voting, if anyone really cares.

The juxaposition of the second woman with her gun and book is perfect, just the way I've always seen it. Don't be fooled by a brand name, that's the team jersey worn by people who are supporting true authoritarian rule. The pictures in the OP are living proof and those of us who don't want to live in a theocracy had better vote to win.

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