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I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take..John Burroughs

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

— John Burroughs

"Mutual fear brings Peace,/Till selfish loves increase;/Then Cruelty knits a snare,/& spreads his baits with care"

The Human Abstract

Pity would be no more
If we did not make somebody poor,
And Mercy no more could be
If all were as happy as we.

And mutual fear brings Peace,
Till the selfish loves increase;
Then Cruelty knits a snare,
And spreads his baits with care.

He sits down with holy fears,
And waters the ground with tears;
Then Humility takes its root
Underneath his foot.

Soon spreads the dismal shade
Of Mystery over his head,
And the caterpillar and fly
Feed on the Mystery.

And it bears the fruit of Deceit,
Ruddy and sweet to eat,
And the raven his nest has made
In its thickest shade.

The gods of the earth and sea
Sought through nature to find this tree,
But their search was all in vain:
There grows one in the human Brain.

— William Blake

First ever Unemployment Olympics held: Upbeat mood in bleak job market, contestants make most of free time granted

Howard Henson, an unemployed financial IT recruiter, tosses a phone during the Unemployment Olympics in New York, Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Jobless compete at unemployment Olympics

The increasing ranks of the unemployed today aren't just sitting around the house feeling sorry for themselves. A group of the recently job-deprived gathered in New York City's East Village on Tuesday, March 31 2009, for an event described as the Unemployment Olympics.

job-deprived gathered in New York City's East Village Tuesday for an event described as the Unemployment Olympics

Rather than an expensive stadium and firework display, the inaugural jobless games took place in an appropriately low-budget concrete playground decorated with hand-painted cardboard signs. Events included "Pin the Blame on the Boss," a dash to the "unemployment office" and a content in which participants tossed an office phone at targets. A planned competition to see who could throw a fax machine the farthest was sadly canceled at the last minute due to safety concerns.  read more »

Earth'd be greener with less mind, less money on hate: Obama ends Bush-Era torture, "no prosecution of officials"

Obama Administration: No prosecution of officials for Bush-Era torture policy

With less global hostility, less conflict, there would be more money to work on the fast climate change... In addition, putting aside the notion of Geneva Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, who would believe confession under torture? (see movie Goya's Ghosts)

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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said during our exclusive interview on "This Week" that President Barack Obama will not pursue the prosecution of Bush-era officials who devised torture policy against detainees, as laid out in memos the Obama administration released this week.

Earlier in the interview, I asked Emanuel about a series of officials, including former CIA director Michael Hayden and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who have criticized the Obama administration's decision to release the Bush-era memos outlining torture techniques of detainees. "First of all, we banned these techniques and practices. Banned them because we didn't think they were consistent with American security and its values," Emanuel said on "This Week." "Second is, we've enhanced America's image abroad. These were tools used to by terrorists, propaganda tools, to recruit new terrorists. And the fact is having changed America's image, does have an impact on our security and safety to make us stronger.  read more »

Conscience: Time to be at peace with itself, France to compensate victims sickened by nuclear tests

French Defence Minister Hervé Morin said Tuesday that France will compensate people who suffered health problems as a result of its massive nuclear test program

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French Defence Minister Hervé Morin said, "It's time for our country to be at peace with itself". The French government offered for the 1st time Tuesday to compensate victims of nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific. Victims cautiously welcomed the move, nearly 50 years after France conducted its first atomic tests. But some victims say the offer is still too stingy, and is only a first step toward healing wounds left by explosions that sent blinding white flashes cascading over French Polynesia and the Sahara Desert. A total of 150,000 people, including civilian and military personnel, were on site for the 210 tests France carried out from 1960-1996, both in the atmosphere and underground, in the Sahara Desert and the South Pacific.

a mushroom cloud rises above Mururoa Atoll, French Polynesia, after a French nuclear test there in 1970  read more »

"Hat off to these women..very brave indeed! Women of Afghanistan, Canada supports yr fight for freedom, equality!"

Top: About 300 Afghan Shiite women march in Kabul in protest of a new marriage law. Middle: Afghan female police officers link their arms to create a barrier for Shiite counter protesters during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The group of some 1,000 Afghans swarmed a demonstration by 300 women Wednesday protesting against a new marriage law. Some counter protesters pelted the women with small stones as police struggled to keep the two groups apart. Bottom: Afghan police officers stop the Shiite counter protesters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan women protest restrictive law

The young women stepped off the bus and moved toward the protest march just beginning on the other side of the street when they were spotted by a mob of men.
"Get out of here, you whores!" the men shouted. "Get out!"
The women scattered as the men moved in.
"We want our rights!" one of the women shouted, turning to face them. "We want equality!"
The women ran to the bus and dove inside as it rumbled away, with the men smashing the taillights and banging on the sides. "Whores!"  read more »

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