03/26/2011 archive

from firefly-dreaming 26.3.11

Essays Featured Saturday the 26th of March~

Late Night Karaoke has the spotlight on Pink Floyd, mishima DJs

Six Brilliant Articles! from Six Different Places!! on Six Different Topics!!!

                Six Days a Week!!!    at Six in the Morning!!!!

Alma talks about Librarians in Saturday Open Thoughts

an update on The Dream Antilles from davidseth


A reminder to conserve from our newest member ALifeLessFrightening  It all comes out in the wash.

The most recent Popular Culture  from Translator, The Who Sings My Generation

Evening Edition

I’ll be sitting in for ek hornbeck who is Live Blogging the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Championship Games and possibly the Australian Gran Prix for the next few days. Come live blog with us.

  • Libyan rebels rout Gaddafi forces in strategic town

    By Angus MacSwan

    (Reuters) – Libyan rebels backed by allied air strikes retook the strategic town of Ajdabiyah on Saturday after an all-night battle that suggests the tide is turning against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in the east.

    Western warplanes bombed the outskirts of Misrata further west to stop Gaddafi forces shelling the city, a rebel spokesman said. One inhabitant said 115 people had died in Misrata in a week and snipers were still shooting people from rooftops.

  • Engineers toil to pump out Japan plant; radiation

    By Yoko Kubota

    (Reuters) – Japanese engineers struggled on Sunday to pump radioactive water from a crippled nuclear power station after radiation levels soared in seawater near the plant more than two weeks after it was battered by a huge earthquake and a tsunami.

    Tests on Friday showed iodine 131 levels in seawater 30 km (19 miles) from the coastal nuclear complex had spiked 1,250 times higher than normal, but it was not considered a threat to marine life or food safety, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

  • The Week in Editorial Cartoons – “I Have Here in My Hand a List of…”

    Note: I kept getting errors about text being corrupted while trying to post the complete diary.  This is only half the diary.  There are many more sections and editorial cartoons in this diary that I posted over at Daily Kos.

    Crossposted at Daily Kos and Docudharma

    Peter King – Ghost of Hearings Past by Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon

    Random Japan

    They Passed The Test  

    Despite The Governments Best Efforts To Ensure Failure    

    Violate Traffic Laws  

    You’re Fired  

    Safe Cracked By Tsunami

    Money Grows Legs Walks Off  

    Residents feel isolated in movement-restricted areas near nuke plant


    While residents who live closest to the troubled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture have evacuated, those who have remained in a movement-restricted area 20 to 30 kilometers away from the plant say they are feeling increasingly ”isolated.”

    Towns were abandoned by many people apparently scared by the government’s instruction to shelter indoors for fear of radiation exposure, local people said.

    Residents said they were also troubled by a misperception prevalent among people outside the area that they live in ”a contaminated area,” expressing discontent about what they see as slow actions for help by the central government.

    Regional Finals Day 1

    Another good good night for the underdogs, 2 out of 4 including Virginia Commonwealth over Florida State (take that Armando).  Don’t complain to me about how they busted your brackets, I root, I don’t pool.

    Last Night’s Results

    Seed Team Record Score Seed Team Record Score Region
    2 *North Carolina 30 – 7 81 11 Marquette 23 – 15 63 East
    1 *Kansas 37 – 2 77 12 Richmond 29 – 8 57 Southwest
    1 Ohio St. 35 – 3 60 4 *Kentucky 34 – 8 62 East
    10 Florida St. 25 – 11 71 11 *Virginia Commonwealth 27 – 11 72 Southwest

    I’m not going to bother with Network anymore since all the remaining games are on CBS (I’m pretty sure, one is unlabeled).  I suppose it’s unnecessary to mention I’ll be rooting for UConn since they’re the only team from The Big East left in it.

    UConn Huskies

    UConn Husky, symbol of might to the foe.

    Fight, fight Connecticut, It’s vict’ry, Let’s go. (go. go. go)

    Connecticut UConn Husky,

    Do it again for the White and Blue

    So go--go--go Connecticut, Connecticut U.


    Connecticut, Conneticut Husky, Connecticut Husky

    Connecticut C-O-N-N-U!

    Deeply stupid.

    I’ll probably bump the ladies for the night games and I’m hopeful I’ll have a Formula One piece for midnight (Qualifying repeat, followed by the Australian Grand Prix at 1:30 am on Speed).

    Current Matchups

    Time Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
    4:30 2 Florida 31 – 7 8 Butler 25 – 9 Southeast
    7:05 3 Connecticut 31 – 9 5 Arizona 31 – 7 West

    Follow the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on The Stars Hollow Gazette.

    If you don’t like squeeky shoes you can look for alternate programming here-

    For a more traditional bracket try CBS Sports.

    Health and Fitness News

    Welcome to the Stars Hollow Health and Fitness weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

    Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

    You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here and on the right hand side of the Front Page.

    A Better Way to Serve Eggs


    If you avoid eggs because you think they’re bad for you, you should reconsider. It was never clear that dietary cholesterol had a significant impact on heart health; saturated fat in the diet is thought to be a bigger culprit (how big is also a matter of dispute these days). The government’s new dietary guidelines acknowledge as much, advising that eating an egg every day will not affect blood cholesterol or cardiovascular health.

    Onion and Thyme Frittata

    Frittata With Grated Zucchini, Goat Cheese and Dill

    Ricotta and Spinach Frittata With Mint

    Carrot and Leek Frittata With Tarragon

    Spinach and Red Pepper Frittata

    Punting the Pundits

    “Punting the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

    Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Punting the Pundits”

    Rep. John Conyers: Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire

    Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of New York City and one of the deadliest industrial accidents in the history of the United States.

    This occasion has particular resonance in the present political landscape. Across this country, working men and women are under assault by the conservative agenda. We have all heard the reports from the states — in Wisconsin, Ohio, and my home state of Michigan, the labor movement is under siege.

    Joe Ciricione: Hiroshima to Fukushima: The Illusion of Control

    On March 11, there were 443 nuclear reactors operating around the world. On March 12, that number shrunk by four.

    An earthquake, a tsunami and a record of poor safety management converged to create one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant is still unfolding and, after some progress earlier this week, has again taken a grim turn with signs that at least one of the reactors may have been breached. Even under the best of circumstances, it is likely that four of the six Fukushima Daiichi reactors are a total loss. Japanese officials are considering what some believe inevitable–entombing the reactors in mounds of sand and concrete, as was done at Chernobyl. If so, the four sarcophagi on the Japanese shoreline will become stark reminders of the limits of human control.

    Leonard Pitts Jr.: Gay marriage is a matter of rights

    We are gathered here today to look a gift horse in the mouth.

    It seems a majority of the American people now favor allowing gay men and lesbians to wed. That majority, according to a Washington Post/ABC News survey released last week, is slender, just 51 percent. But even at that, it represents a significant increase from just five years ago, when only 36 percent of Americans approved.

    Other polling organizations have reported similar trends, and for those who believe gay men and lesbians ought to be free to solemnize and formalize their relationships, that is very good news. It means they are – we are – winning the argument. That is cause for celebration.

    Round of 16 Day 1

    NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2011

    Tuesday (was it just Tuesday?) was a good night for underdogs.  For once it’s easier to list the favorites who advanced- Connecticut, Texas A&M, and Baylor.  That’s it.

    I don’t know why they’ve scheduled Tip Off for Stanford/North Carolina at 11:30 pm, but I suspect that if I’m even awake I’ll be concentrating more on Formula One.

    Tuesday’s Results

    Seed Team Record Score Seed Team Record Score Region
    1 *Connecticut 34 – 1 64 9 Purdue 21 – 12 40 East
    3 Miami (Fla.) 28 – 5 83 6 *Oklahoma 23 – 11 88 Southeast
    2 Xavier 29 – 3 75 7 *Louisville 22 – 12 85 West
    4 Maryland 24 – 8 57 5 *Georgetown 24 – 10 79 East
    3 Florida State 24 – 9 59 6 *Georgia 24 – 10 61 Southwest
    4 Michigan State 27 – 6 56 5 *Wisconsin-Green Bay 34 – 1 65 Southwest
    2 *Texas A&M 29 – 5 70 7 Rutgers 20 – 13 48 Southwest
    1 *Baylor 33 – 2 82 9 West Virginia 24 – 10 68 Southwest

    Current Matchups

    Time Seed Team Record Seed Team Record Region
    Noon 1 Tennessee 32 – 2 4 Ohio State 23 – 9 Southeast
    2:30 pm 2 Notre Dame 27 – 7 6 Oklahoma 23 – 11 Southeast
    9 pm 7 Louisville 22 – 12 11 Gonzaga 29 – 4 West
    11:30 pm 1 Stanford 30 – 2 5 North Carolina 26 – 8 West

    Follow the 2011 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on The Stars Hollow Gazette.

    If you don’t like squeeky shoes you can look for alternate programming here-

    If you like a more traditional bracket try this NCAA one, they also have a TV schedule.

    This Week In The Dream Antilles

    Nothing like Internet interruption to get the priorities re-oriented.  Nothing like the Mac announcing that it’s “looking for networks” and the persistent message from Vonage that things are not well in VOIP land.  Friday brought high winds.  First, phones out.  An otherworldly, beeping, static laden dial tone.  And then, when the phones mysteriously returned all on their own, no Internet.  Red lights on the modem.  Whirling beach ball email symbols.

    According to the consoling voice at the so-called “Internet Help Center,” they are very sorry, very sorry indeed, but your bloguero might be disconnected until, wait for it, Monday or Tuesday.  This news raises the specter of no Port Writers’ Alliance digest this week, or writing it on the crusty Blackberry, or scouting out a local Internet hotspot.  It also raises the fear of no Netflix on demand.  It only occurs to your bloguero after he realizes that no Internet might mean he has a legitimate excuse for no Digest this week and that maybe he will finish reading the first book of Eduardo Galeano’s masterful trilogy, that he first wonders how he will be able to do any work this weekend.  Exactly how good an excuse, your bloguero wonders, is no Internet?

    These fertile introspections, of course, can’t last.  They can’t get played out.  No.  The phone rings on Saturday morning and the tech guy at the “Internet Help Center” says all is well and that your bloguero should now re-cycle the router.  Of course, he’s right.  It works.  Your bloguero’s growing reveries about being Robinson Crusoe on an island without WiFi  are shattered.

    This week the Dream Antilles marked the passing of a lawyer hero, Leonard Weinglass.  He was held in contempt 14 times by Judge Julius Hoffman during the Chicago 8 7 trial, inspiring me and dozens of other lawyers with his fearlessness in defense of his clients.

    Haiku about clouds.  These were inspired by a brief passage by Galeano.

    Our Nominee For Understatement Of The Week is about the administration’s pathetic understanding of the US role in the centuries long oppression of Latin America.  Your bloguero thinks he should make a reading list for US officials and take them on a tour of Central and South America so that they can understand how dreadful and anti-democratic US policy has been in the region.

    Cops of the World is about Simultaneous War III in Libya.  It was written on Wednesday.   The questions remain unanswered.  One might wonder why the US isn’t lobbing million dollar missiles at Syria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen this morning.  Meanwhile, Phil Ochs’s song of more than  40 years ago fits the situation.

    And an obituary for Pinetop Perkins, a helluva blues piano player.

    Your bloguero notes that this Digest is a weekly feature of the Port Writers Alliance and is now posted early Saturday morning.   See you next week if the creek don’t rise if there’s still Internet.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    On This Day in History March 26

    This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

    Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

    March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 280 days remaining until the end of the year.

    On this day in 1964, the musical, Funny Girl makes its premiere on Broadway.

    Funny Girl is a musical with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill. The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway, film star and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Its original title was My Man.

    The musical was produced by Ray Stark, who was Brice’s son-in-law via his marriage to her daughter Frances, and starred Barbra Streisand.

    Don’t Rain On My Parade

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