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Monday, October 31, 2011

Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Here's a documentary that is definitely worth looking out for...Thanks for the link Kara!

Semper Fi: Always Faithful” tells the story of Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger, a devoted Marine for nearly twenty five years who lived and breathed the U.S. military.  But when his nine-year-old daughter died of a rare form of leukemia, his world fell apart. Years later, he made the shocking discovery of an alleged Marine Corps cover-up that the drinking water at the Corps Base was highly contaminated by toxic chemicals for thirty years.
According to the film, it is estimated that almost one million Marines and their families were exposed to these high levels of carcinogens, a fact which was never exposed to the public. The film also alleges that to this day, only a fraction of former residents who lived there during 1957 to 1987 – many of who have lost children or are now sick themselves – even know that they were exposed.
“A big shocker is the fact that the Department of Defense is our nation’s largest polluter. The other thing that is shocking is the influence of special interest groups and polluters on the regulation of harmful chemicals.

Watch trailer here...

Find out more here...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Art meets Music

 "Everyday I Show" is a website dedicated to mixing exceptional photography with exceptional songs.  From what I gather it's maintained by some guy in Russia who obviously has an affinity for art and music.     

First grab some headphones and copy and paste the youtube music into another window and let it play in the background.  Next click on the slideshow link.  Sit back and enjoy a moment of art and music...

  Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwbJ1Od_E7E
Slideshow: Photos by Annie Leibovitz

Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GxqrYLf5CU
Slideshow: Photos by Peter Baker

Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlSbSKNk9f0

Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JErVP6xLZwg
Slideshow:  A woman we love, French singer and actress Jane Birkin.

Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4dlqVlj6UA
Slideshow: Photos by Ken Schles

Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acv_a6O8doo
Slideshow: Photos by Dane Shitagi

There are more than 400 more entries here: http://everyday-i-show.livejournal.com/

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Anonymous" Vows to Take Down Facebook and Fox News on Nov 5th

 Here are three stories that exemplify the new digital world that now envelops us...Times have sure changed.

Anonymous says it will take down Facebook on Nov. 5

Hacktivist group Anonymous said that it will target Facebook for a takedown on Nov. 5, aka Guy Fawkes Day.
Those claiming to be members of the group uploaded a video to YouTube in mid-July announcing the operation, which was spotted by Rosie Gray of The Village Voice on Tuesday.
Why is the group targeting Facebook? The video message is most critical of Facebook’s privacy policies, saying the site does not provide its users with enough choice or transparency.

Read more here...

Anonymous Vows to Destroy Fox News Website on Nov. 5th

The group said it is targeting the network for what it called biased news coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests occurring in cities across the country.
The network's "continued right-wing, conservative propaganda against the occupations" is the group's catalyst for its intention of "destroying the Fox News Web site," a digitally generated voice on the video explains. "Since they will not stop belittling the occupiers, we will simply shut them down."

Read more here: 

Also, this is a very interesting story as well...

Hacker leaks 90,000 passwords as a warning to 'naive' Swedes

 Sweden has suffered its worst-ever data leak after an anonymous hacker hijacked the Twitter account of a prominent MP and released details of more than 90,000 private email accounts.

The anonymous hacker said he had masterminded the biggest internet breach in Sweden's history to remind people to change their passwords more often.
He said: "I dumped this information to let people know that they handle their information wrongly.  Expressen journalist Micke Ölander said on Thursday the affair wasn't an example of political skulduggery but was merely a wake-up call not to use the same password for all accounts.

"It's a story about the possible naivety of Swedish internet users who log into their bank account and the New York Times web pages using the same password," he said.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Banking Corporations Kill Wikileaks

WikiLeaks stops publishing to make ends meet
WikiLeaks announced Monday it is suspending its publication of classified files as it struggles to bring its finances under control.

"The (financial) blockade is outside of any accountable, public process. It is without democratic oversight or transparency," according to a WikiLeaks statement.

"The U.S. government itself found that there were no lawful grounds to add WikiLeaks to a U.S. financial blockade. But the blockade of WikiLeaks by politicized U.S. finance companies continues regardless."

Bank of America, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Western Union put a financial blockage on WikiLeaks after it published hundreds of thousands of controversial diplomatic cables and U.S. government files.
Assange has said that the financial blockage has cost the website tens of millions of dollars in lost donations, BBC reports.
"A handful of U.S. finance companies cannot be allowed to decide how the whole world votes with its pocket," he said.

Read more here...


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Living Photographs

Terje Sørgjerd is a Norwegian landscape photographer who has created some of the most breathtaking timelapse photography that I've ever seen, check out three of his videos here...
(full screen recommended)

The Aurora

The Mountain

Arctic Light

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Is Cheating the Secret to a Happy Marriage?


 Research shows that 65 percent of women—and a whopping 80 percent of men—say they’d cheat if they knew they could avoid being caught. With stats like these, its no surprise that cultural critics have declared marriage dead.

 But Krasnow quickly learned that there are plenty of men and women in long-term marriages that are working just fine—albeit through creative methods. And, hell, with men and women living longer than ever—don’t we need all the advice we can get? “Marriage is hard,” Krasnow says. “My goal, truly, is to liberate readers to understand that there’s no gold standard for it. Every woman should feel free to create her own marriage.”

“To expect one person, man or woman, to make you happy for the rest of your life is a ticket to divorce,” says Krasnow, a professor at American University. “The happiest women I interviewed have a sense of purpose and passion outside of marriage.” For some, that means career or other interests. But for at least a handful of those willing to admit it, it means that and more.

Read More here...

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Michael Moore: Occupy Wall Street will spread across the whole country

Pretty good interview with Michael Moore on the true nature of the beast within capitalism....enjoy

Watch video here...


U.S. Supplies Guns to Mexican Cartels for Over a Decade

Unmarked graves in Juarez, Mexico; 40,000 people have died since 2006.

Both the Bush and the Obama administration have let thousands of guns "walk" into the hands of Mexican Cartels...The question is...why?


"Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and other Republicans have been hammering the Obama Justice Department over the practice known as "letting guns walk." The congressional target has been Operation Fast and Furious, which was designed to track small-time gun buyers at several Phoenix-area gun shops up the chain to make cases against major weapons traffickers. In the process, federal agents lost track of many of the more than 2,000 guns linked to the operation.
When Bush, a Republican, was president, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Tucson, Ariz., used a similar enforcement tactic in a program it called Operation Wide Receiver. The fact that there were two such ATF investigations years apart in separate administrations raises the possibility that agents in still other cases may have allowed guns to "walk."

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70 Percent of Guns in Mexican Drug War originate in the US

About 70 percent of the guns seized in Mexico and submitted to a U.S. gun-tracing program came from the United States, according to a report released by three U.S. senators Monday.
Of the 29,284 firearms recovered by authorities in Mexico in 2009 and 2010, 20,504 came from the United States, according to figures provided to the senators by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Most of those weapons — 15,131 — were U.S. made, while another 5,373 were of foreign manufacture but had moved through the United States into Mexico.
The ATF said the remainder of the weapons total — 8,780 arms — were of "undetermined origin due to insufficient information provided."

Read more here...


Saturday, October 1, 2011