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I l o v e giant spiders. Well, I am thinking that if I actually met one I might adjust that position a little, but, gol dang it that is so cool. Love the rolling down the hill, too, fabulous touch, ma’am!😉

Mmmmm

I am sure I will get flack in 3…2…1… from the usual suspects, those who fall for that air passage / proportion growth limit hooey.

Which is exactly what it is.

Hooey.

Ahh. Whatever eh.

And it’ll be on facefart instead of here on site where it belongs. Ahh.

Peace

 

Ah, Buddy.

A blues legend, for reasons that are, well, rather obvious.

It should go without saying that the comment quoted in  this post applies here, too, don’t’cha know.

Not getting any younger here, so I am now starting to really relate to this song more and more. Sigh.

Should start taking even better care of myself, before I do a Jerry…

 

The Blues has and will always touch my very soul… deeply… and this man is truly a master of the blues.

A poster on YouTube put it very succinctly… “the sadness just pours out of the song.”

Indeed.

John Lee Hooker was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

Uploaded by  on Jul 27, 2011

http://MedwayCorp.com – The Easy Toilet Riser from Medway can’t be simpler when it comes to keeping it clean, especially compared to those other toilet seat risers!

This is a pretty strange topic for any of my blogs, right? Ha! I laughed when I watched this video… this is the sort of company I like.

So anyway, it was gettin’ to be a really painful sight to see, watching my aunt get up from the stylish, elongated crapper my friend the Fifaridu and me put in the terlet in preparation for her arrival from California back in the early spring of 2000. No one deserves to go through that sort of thing after living a full life.

Heard about toilet seat risers which solve this issue from someone, somewhere, oh, wait, that’s right, it was that social worker. Google came up with tons of hits for the sort of contraption shown in the vid. Most were simple like he shows and some were pretty fancy. They weren’t all that cheap either, considering. Further digging revealed that there was displeasure with the performance and reliability of these things.

Then I came across this Medway riser, also via Google, made in USA, even. It immediately appealed to my science and engineering trained head. I was like, “Doh!” Quite frankly, it made all the other ones, yes all of them, seem like a really bad joke. Strangely enough, ordering it from the company was the cheapest route as they had free shipping.

So I, with the help of a new friend Ron, just put one of these things in for her yesterday at the lunch hour.

Comes with a Chinese tank hose, it does. Sigh. For the price I thought they could do better. Anyway, didn’t need it in my case. The base itself is strong to be sure and works perfectly. I just wish it was six inches longer, as the snoot of this particular toilet hangs out a bit past the front of the riser… which doesn’t assist the elegance department at all. I’ll think of something for it.

The weird thing for me was that all of the people I told about it got this wild glazed over look and pronounced it bad and extolled the virtues of the contraptions I has initially looked at and nearly bought. Every single one of hem. Including Ron! It was almost like a trigger idea for them to go all Manchurian Candidate on yer ass. Spooky. I thought them all to be quite temporarily insane. Big pharma conspiracy theories sprang up like mushrooms.

It certainly does the trick. When she is sitting on it now, her feet don’t touch the ground. And standing back up, (the whole reason for the thing in the first place), is now relatively effortless, which pleases us both and although she can no longer verbalize that, one can tell.

 

Okay, so how heartwarming is this? A pet video featuring a very cute kitty and two… dolphins? Indeed! Watch…

I think it’s not only heartwarming, but also quite fascinating… the level of trust that the kitty places in the dolphins is pretty high up there. Vice versa as well. Cats can land you a right good one you know. The cat even encourages the dolphins to keep on petting him… it’s all very cool!

The dolphins seem to have either done this before, or, are smart enough to know just how to befriend a cat. I feel that dolphins are much smarter than the vast majority of humans living on this earth, so either scenario to me is likely… of course, if the former, then they likely sorted it out on their first try.

There are those who say animals do not have souls. These people are, quite simply, idiots. Period. They obviously do not own or even like animals. And if they feel that way and do have pets, well, in that case they are despicable and exemplars of what is holding humanity back from enlightenment.

Uploaded by on Mar 6, 2011

Cat and Dolphin playing together. Theater of the Sea, a marine animal park in Islamorada, Florida in 1997. The dolphins are Shiloh and Thunder and the cat is Arthur. http://www.theaterofthesea.com/

 

 

One of the uploaders of this video (peoplestandup) sent Part 1 to me at my YouTube account, as folks occasionally do. It sounded from the brief description like it would be pretty good. I had heard the name Max Igan but had not seen any of his work, but I kind of knew what to expect.

Turned out it was what I expected… and well put together…the topics include the history of the international banking cartel and their control of the world’s money, governments and people; the history of the War on Terror; false flag operations and the resulting state of endless war and war profiteering; the media; fluoride and the incredibly insidious Codex Alimentarius. In it he calls for the people to take action against the Codex, which dates the film, as it is sadly already law here in the US as it is in most of the world.

It is a sort of low-key version of the message Jordan Maxwell and David Icke and others bring to the table, (thankfully without the far-fetched bits that Icke is famous for) and ends in Part 7 with an elaboration of the very real final point espoused by Gerald Celente on what is truly needed — by all of us, individually — in order for us, as a people, perhaps even as a species, to make it to the other side. There is a seemingly tacked-on Part 8 which consists solely of a New-Agey-but-nice musical piece.

YouTube Video Descriptions from two uploaders:

Uploaded by  on May 10, 2011

http://thecrowhouse.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/aodscarecrow

In March 2009 I was approached to create a combined and summarized version of “The Big Picture”, “Fight the NWO With Global Non Compliance” and “NWO The Final Solution.”

The aim was to condense all 3 films into a one hour solution based production that would appeal to a wider audience and be suitable for television.

This film is the result.

Along with some new material this film contains 2 complete chapters of “The Big Picture – Final Cut” that remain virtually unchanged. This has not been done to ‘recycle’ old material but simply because the information contained within these chapters was relevant and needed to be included.

Should some people you know still remain blind to the urgency of the world situation and to their need to be informed and to act upon such information, it is my sincere hope that this film may help you to open their eyes.
———————-
Resistance Radio
http://www.resistradio.com

Uploaded by peoplestandup on Aug 19, 2010
http://www.peoplestandup.ca
This video “The Calling” was sent to us by a dear friend Max. It is a video that was killed by TV. It was given to us to explain the system and how it works. Do your own homework check out the facts as we did. You will see it is the truth.
We live in an area where elected politicians ignore the needs of their constituents, where the judiciary and police institutions will not uphold the rights of citizens, where the media is afraid to report the truth, where lawlessness abounds and ordinary people are left unprotected and defenceless against the rapacity of a few. The answer to our dilemma is for people of courage to actively help each other. Only if we unite can we succeed. That is the only way. There is no other way. People, stand up!

http://www.peoplestandup.ca
This break down of system made for TV and never was any money made off this film ever! Max Igan did this to try help little guy to show break down of system!
http://www.thecrowhouse.com/home.html

This video was Very well done video Mall the croshouse.com and my reason for uploading this 1 of 8 part video is because this video open up your mind make think about the gig picture that happening all over the world. He intent for Greater Good and want many people to see this some of other work. I know how touch all us here that fighting for simple basic rights to be heard here Nova Scotia Canada.

Max is best film maker I have ever witness to make video with such awareness of break down of system he made a difference and his works awesome thank for make this for common person to understand in simple way!

Watch video and see the truth and go check out for you just keep open mind

The aim was to condense all 3 films into a one hour solution based production that would appeal to a wider audience and be suitable for television.

This film is the result.

Along with some new material this film contains 2 complete chapters of “The Big Picture – Final Cut” that remain virtually unchanged. This has not been done to ‘recycle’ old material but simply because the information contained within these chapters was relevant and needed to be included.

Should some people you know still remain blind to the urgency of the world situation and to their need to be informed and to act upon such information, it is my sincere hope that this film may help!
By http://thecrowhouse.com/

Searching for knowledge in the complex and nerve-wracking area of elder care, (due to my aunt’s imminent immersion into this maelstrom of dark, dense horse-pucky), I came across an attorney’s website from New Haven, Connecticut.

On the links for lawyers page it listed the following article by the National Senior Citizens Law Center as no longer available and it was indeed not there.

Not having any of that, as you might imagine. There is a need here for awareness of impending bullshit, so, on to Mister Peabody’s most excellent Wayback Machine it was. And lo and behold, there it was.

And here, for your enlightenment and reference, is said article.

15 Falsehoods Told By Nursing Facilities

Eric Carlson
National Senior Citizens Law Center
(213) 639-0939, ext. 313
ecarlson at nsclc dot org

INTRODUCTION TO PROBLEM

In 1986 the National Institute of Medicine published a study on nursing facilities. The study found that:

! Residents didn’t receive enough individualized attention; and

! State and federal law focused on mechanical measures of care, and as a result didn’t do nearly enough to protect residents.

In 1987 Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Law (OBRA ‘87).

The Nursing Home Reform Law applies to every resident of any facility certified to accept payment from Medicare and/or Medicaid.

The Nursing Home Reform Law is located at sections 1395i-3 and 1396r of Title 42 of the United States Code. Sections 1395i-3 and 1396r are essentially identical; section 1395i-3 applies to Medicare-certified facilities; section 1396r applies to Medicaid-certified facilities.

The federal regulations (applicable to facilities that are Medicare-certified and/or Medicaid-certified) are located at section 483 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations. CMS’s Surveyor’s Guidelines to those regulations are found in Appendix PP of CMS’s State Operations Manual.

The Nursing Home Reform Law is based upon the premise that each resident deserves individualized care.

Section 483.25 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations provides that a nursing facility must provide the services that the resident needs “to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.”

Each state has a separate body of law that applies to every nursing facility licensed in the state. On occasions state law applies in situations in which the federal law provides no help.

ADVOCACY BASICS

Too many residents and advocates defer inappropriately to facility employees.

Disputes generally do not involve the interpretation of technical medical information.

Rather, disputes arise when a nursing facility refuses to do something that obviously is in the resident’s best interests.

Problems should be directed up the facility’s chain of command: ÷ nurse aide, nurse, director of nursing, administrator, and corporate manager.

JOHN DOE ENCOUNTERS COMMON NURSING FACILITY FALSEHOODS

Falsehood #1: “We can’t admit John unless John Jr. signs as a ‘Responsible Party.’”

Nursing Home Reform Law prohibits a nursing facility from requiring a third-party guarantee of payment as a condition of admission or continued stay. Section 483.12(d) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

“Responsible Party” language is an attempted evasion of the law.

John Jr. believes that he is becoming a contact person, although he purportedly is “volunteering” to become financially responsible.

For three reasons, “responsible party” provisions are illegal and unenforceable:

1. “Responsible party” provisions are used to require guarantees, in direct violation of federal law.

2. “Responsible party” provisions provide no consideration to either a resident or the “responsible party.”

3. “Responsible party” provisions are deceptive.

The reasoning of this outline is supported by the case of Podolsky v. First Healthcare Corporation, 50 Cal. App. 4th 632, 58 Cal. Rptr. 2d 89 (1996).

Falsehood #2: “The nursing staff will determine the care that John will receive.”

A facility must complete a full assessment of a resident’s condition within 14 days after admission, and at least once every 12 months thereafter. More limited assessments must be done at least quarterly. Section 483.20(b), (c) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Assessments are done with a standardized assessment instrument called the Minimum Data Set (“MDS”).

Assessments are used for development of a comprehensive care plan, which must be prepared initially within seven days after completion of the first full assessment. Every three months, care plans must be reviewed and, if necessary, revised. Section 483.20(d), (k) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

A resident and/or resident’s representative has a right to participate in a care plan conference. Section 483.20(k) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

A care plan must include measurable objectives and timetables. Section 483.20(k) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Too many care plans are perfunctory. Residents and family members should take care plans seriously.

Falsehood #3: “John can’t receive Medicare reimbursement because we have determined that he needs custodial care only.”

Medicare pays for up to 100 days, if resident —

1) Is hospitalized for at least three nights;

2) Needs skilled nursing services or skilled rehabilitation services.

Days 21 through 100 have daily co-payment of $105.

John can force the facility to submit a bill.

Procedure required by the Stipulation and Order in the case of Sarrassat v. Sullivan (N.D.Cal. 1989).

Nursing facility makes initial determination on whether or not to submit bill.

Resident has right to force facility to submit a “demand bill.”

Resident cannot be charged for any amount for which Medicare subsequently may pay.

Falsehood #4: “We can’t give John therapy services because he isn’t making progress.”

This denial may be blamed on medical judgment or Medicare rules.

If the denial is based on medical judgment, the facility should be informed that a facility is responsible for trying to “maintain” a resident’s condition: “a facility must ensure that [a] resident’s abilities in activities of daily living do not diminish unless circumstances of the individual’s clinical condition demonstrate that diminution was unavoidable.” Section 483.25(a)(1) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (emphasis added).

If the denial is blamed on Medicare rules, there are two rebuttal points to be made:

1. Payment source should not affect the care provided. Section 483.12(c)(1) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

2. Medicare reimbursement does not necessarily require “progress.” Resident must need “skilled nursing services” or “skilled rehabilitation services.” Sections 409.31-409.35 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Falsehood #5: “We can’t give John therapy services because his Medicare reimbursement has expired, and Medicaid doesn’t pay for therapy.”

Facilities constantly attempt to tie care to payment source. This way of thinking must be resisted.

This payment-source discrimination is most obvious when a resident transfers from Medicare eligibility to Medicaid eligibility.

There is a gross disparity between the per diem rates for Medicare and Medicaid.

Appropriate therapy should be provided regardless of the form of payment.

1. Services are required.

Federal law requires that resident receive services necessary “to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.” Section 483.25 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

2. Services must not vary by source of payment.

A nursing facility “must establish and maintain identical policies and practices regarding transfer, discharge, and the provision of services required under the State [Medicaid] plan for all individuals regardless of source of payment.” Section 483.12(c)(1) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations (emphasis added).

3. Therapy must be provided under a Medicaid per diem rate.

The Surveyor’s Guidelines to Section 483.45(a) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations provide that therapy services must be provided “even when the services are not specifically enumerated in the State [Medicaid] plan.” (Emphasis added.)

In California, and probably other states, a nursing facility can receive additional Medicaid reimbursement for therapy services provided to a resident. Section 400-18 of the Medi-Cal Long-Term Care Provider Manual (Criteria for NF TAR Authorization (Valdivia v. Coye)).

Falsehood #6: “Because John is no longer eligible for Medicare reimbursement, he must leave his Medicare-certified bed.”

A nursing facility may seek Medicare certification for all or some of the facility’s beds.

Distinct-part certification does not prevent a bed from being used for a resident paying privately or through Medicaid.

A resident has the right to refuse a transfer within a facility if the purpose of the transfer is to move the resident to or from a Medicare-certified bed. Section 483.10(o) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Falsehood #7: “John must be tied into his chair so that he doesn’t wander away from the facility.”

A resident has the right to be free from “any physical or chemical restraint imposed for purposes of discipline or convenience and not required to treat the resident’s medical symptoms.” Section 483.13 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The term “physical restraint” includes (among other things) vest restraints, hand mitts, seat belts, bed rails, and chairs that are angled to prevent the resident from getting out. Surveyor’s Guideline to section 483.13(a) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Appendix PP to CMS State Operations Manual.

A restraint can be imposed only “to ensure the physical safety of the resident or other residents, and [except in an emergency,] only upon the written order of a physician that specifies the duration and circumstances und er whic h the restraints are to be used.” Sections 1395i-3(c)(1)(A)(ii) and 1396r(c)(1)(A)(ii) of Title 42 of the United States Code.

Although, as listed above, the law recognizes the use of restraints to protect residents, current nursing research increasingly sees the use of restraints as a factor in increasing the number of falls, and/or the severity of injury in the falls that occur.

Falsehood #8: “John has to wake up at 6:00 a.m. because we don’t have enough nurse aides to accommodate individual schedules.”

Nursing Home Reform Law is meant to assure that residents are treated as individual human beings.

! “A facility must care for its residents in a manner and in an environment that promotes maintenance or enhancement of each resident’s quality of life.” Section 483.15 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

! A resident has the right “to reside and receive services with reasonable accommodation of individual needs and preferences, except where the health or safety of the individual or other residents would be endangered.” Sections 1395i-3(c)(1)(A)(v)(I) and 1396r(c)(1)(A)(v)(I) of Title 42 of the United States Code (emphasis added).

! “[A] resident has the right to [c]hoose activities, schedules, and health care consistent with his or her interests, assessments, and plans of care.” Section 483.15(b) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Falsehood #9: “We must insert a feeding tube into John because he is not finishing his meals during mealtime.”

A facility must assist a resident in maintaining the resident’s ability to eat. Section 483.25 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Surveyor’s Guidelines mention specific steps that a facility might take, including: prompting the resident to eat; providing therapy to improve swallowing skills; or simply feeding the resident. Surveyor’s Guideline to Section 483.25, Appendix PP to CMS State Operations Manual.

Tube feeding should be done only if absolutely necessary. Section 483.25(g) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Falsehood #10: “John’s children can visit only during visiting hours.”

A limitation on visiting hours conflicts with the idea that a nursing facility should be “home.”

“[I]mmediate family or other relatives” have the right to visit at any time. Section 483.10(j) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

For visits late at night, the Surveyor’s Guidelines to Section 483.10(j) suggest that visits might take place outside of the resident’s room.

Falsehood #11: “We don’t have to readmit John from the hospital because his bedhold period has expired.”

In most states, a resident is entitled to a bed hold of a few days or a week or two. Medicaid generally will pay for the bed hold.

Even if a bed-hold has expired, a nursing facility must readmit a resident eligible for Medicaid reimbursement from the hospital, if the nursing facility has an available bed. Section 483.12(b) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Falsehood #12: “John must pay any amount set by the facility for ‘extra’ charges.”

Amount of charges are limited by the admission agreement, based on standard principles of contract law.

Medicare and Medicaid must be accepted as payment in full. Section 483.10(c) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Falsehood #13: “We have no available space in which residents or family members could meet.”

Residents and resident’s family members have the right to form resident councils and family councils, respectively. If such a group forms, a facility is obligated to provide the group with a private meeting space, and must designate a facility employee as a liaison with the group. Section 483.15 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

A facility must seriously consider, and respond to, all complaints or recommendations made by a resident or family council. Section 483.15 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Falsehood #14: “John must leave the facility because he is a difficult resident.”

Under the Nursing Home Reform Law, there are only six legitimate reasons for eviction:

! The resident has failed to pay.

! The resident no longer needs nursing facility care.

! The nursing facility is going out of business.

! The resident’s needs cannot be met in a nursing facility.

! The resident’s presence in the nursing facility endangers other’s safety.

! The resident’s presence in the nursing facility endangers other’s health.
Section 483.12(a) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Thus “difficulty” is not a justification for eviction.

Nursing facilities exist in order to care for people with physical and mental problems.

Falsehood #15: “John must leave the facility because he is refusing medical treatment.”

A nursing facility resident, like any other individual, has a constitutional and common-law right to refuse medical treatment. Accordingly, an involuntary transfer or discharge cannot be based on a resident’s refusal of treatment.

The federal government has stated that:

! “Refusal of treatment would not constitute grounds for transfer, unless the facility is unable to meet the needs of the resident or protect the health and safety of others.” Surveyor’s Guideline to Section 483.12(a)(2) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Appendix PP to CMS State Operations Manual.

! “A facility may not transfer or discharge a resident for refusing treatment unless the criteria for transfer or discharge are met.” Surveyor’s Guideline to Section 483.10(b)(4) of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Appendix PP to CMS State Operations Manual.

 

Gerald Celente on Jay Taylor Radio 26 July 2011
Trends Journalhttp://www.trendsresearch.com/journal
Twitter: http://twitter.com/geraldcelente

Note that this video is an excerpt of just Celente’s part in the two-hour internet show called The Greater Depression. Can a Gold Standard Put America Back on Track? released on the date listed above, which is a link if you care to hear the entire show. The video starts with the audio from the video embedded on the Trends Research Institute’s main page. The actual interview starts at 6:15, so skip to there if you are already familiar with Mr. Celente.

I post a lot of Celente’s work on my three blogs. Why? Well, I like the guy for one. He’s real. He tells it like it actually is. My friend works for him. He has a renowned track record and tons of credibility. Lots of reasons. Probably the most important being that I believe in telling people about what is really going on “behind the scenes,” for scenes are all they are, my dear readers – especially the current debt ceiling “crisis” bullshit. No one really helps me tell people what’s going on better than Gerald Celente does. So that’s basically that.

This show features yet more timely and down-to-earth analysis on the depression that’s starting, (what they’re calling a recession (and even a recovery as I heard on the repulsive mouthpiece called National Public Radio last night!)), some good advice, politics and Gerald’s fine earthy wit.

SURREALITY from falko tilgner on Vimeo.

This is a nice piece of work and I am posting it here to allow a brief respite from the general aura of gloom and doom, imminent disaster and all that sort of stuff that seems to pop up in my world at least several times a day and hence here on this blog as well.

Excellent CGI work, clever editing and a true sense of the surreal make this film a real pleasure to watch.

Enjoy…

Peace

Strange doings here at HQ, but nothing many others are not experiencing it would seem. I was going to say that I was sorry about the lack of posts, but, no one ever comes here, so it would be somewhat pointless… even though I am sorry… who would see it? Maybe writing this is pointless, too! Probably. Whatever.

It tears up my emotions, but the medical overlords have proclaimed that my aunt is ready to go into a skilled nursing home. I am, to my horror, compelled to agree… she is still aunt Clare, widow of the Lone Ranger himself, but the insidious evil that is dementia has taken so much away, so very much, that all one can do sometimes is just cry.

I have been self-tasked as full-time unpaid caregiver for many years now and there has been a toll on many levels. The worst by far is the emotional trauma. It is almost unbearable.

Due to state rules, when her transition happens, it will be horrible, truly, truly horrible, for the both of us.

Have not had a new web gig here since November. There are no longer any resources. None.

I am always hoping, and a few friends have tried their best to help but nothing has panned out. There are so many constraints upon my time that it is the only option, but it seems more bleak by the day. I have never been able to figure out affiliate marketing, either. I try, but it seems more and more pointless by the day as well. I’ve even thought that people think, “Oh that’s nice, but I better not get it through this guy.”

As you can tell, despondency rules the day (and night) here. And it’s pretty bad. No, it’s effing awful.

I just don’t know if I will be able to survive it. The state plan seems specifically designed to ruin people’s lives – all while saying that they’re helping. And that’s no conspiracy theory, that’s just plain and simple fact.

Uploaded by  on Mar 10, 2011

Recorded live at the Boardinghouse in San Francisco, California. July 23, 1973

1. Cheyenne @ 0:02
2. Down Where The River Bends @ 2:43
3. Love Please Come Home @ 7:27
4. Midnight Moonlight @ 11:01
5. Fanny Hill @ 16:05
6. Hard Hearted Heart Beaker @ 19:54
7. Lonesome L.A. Cowboy @ 22:55
8. Pig In A Pen @ 27:33
9. Panama Red @ 30:27
10.Wild Horses @ 33:33
11.White Dove @ 38:08
12. Wicked Path Of Sin @ 42:37
13. Blue Mule @ 45:00
14. Orange Blossom Special @ 50:53
15. Old & In The Way Breakdown @ 55:42
16. On And On @ 59:26
17. Lonesome Fiddle Blues @ 1:03:22
18. The Fields Have Turned Brown @ 1:06:34
19. Mule Skinner Blues @ 1:11:20
20. Catfish John @ 1:14:08
21. Land Of The Navajo @ 1:17:22
22. Hobo Song @ 1:26:32

I was ever so happy to find this recording!

Old And In The Way is, to me, the best in bluegrass. And this is an hour and a half of them!

Featuring the combined talents of master musicians Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan and John Kahn… aided by soundman Owsley Stanley… in a search for that wonderful High Lonesome sound that for some reason just fills me with lonesome happiness. Lonesome is all I have ever known.

The Patriot Act – When Truth Becomes TreasonSource
By Susan Lindauer
Former CIA Asset Covering Iraq & Libya
5-23-11

Most Americans believe they understand the dangers of the Patriot Act, which Congress has vowed to extend 4 more years in a vote later this week. Trust me when I say, Americans are not nearly frightened enough.

Ever wonder why the truth about 9/11 never got exposed? Why Americans don’t have a clue about leadership fraud surrounding the War on Terror? Why Americans don’t know if the 9/11 investigation was really successful? Why the Iraqi Peace Option draws a blank? Somebody has known the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden — or his grave – for the past 10 years. But nobody’s talking to the people.

In significant part, that’s because of the Patriot Act — a law that equates free speech with sedition. It’s got a big agenda, with 7,000 pages of Machiavellian code designed to interrupt individual questioning of government policy. In this brave new world, free speech under the Bill of Rights effectively has been declared a threat to government controls for maintaining stability. And the Patriot Act has become the premiere weapon to attack whistle blowers and dissidents who challenge the comfort of political leaders hiding inconvenient truths from the public. It’s all the rage on Capitol Hill, as leaders strive to score TV ratings, while demogauging their “outstanding leadership performance” on everything from national security to environmental policy.

Truth Has Become Treason

But wait — Congress assures us the Patriot Act only targets foreigners, who come to our shores seeking to destroy our way of life through violent, criminal acts. Good, law abiding Americans have nothing to fear. The Patriot Act restricts its powers of “roving wiretaps” and warrantless searches to international communications among “bad guys.” Congress has sworn, with hand on heart, it’s only purpose is breaking down terrorist cells and hunting out “lone wolf” mad men.

That’s what they told you, right? And you believed them? You trust the government. Well, that was your first mistake. With regards to the Patriot Act, it’s a fatal one. Would the government lie to you? You betcha! And they have.

The Patriot Act reaches far beyond terrorism prevention. In my home state of Maryland, State Police invoked the Patriot Act to run surveillance on the Chesapeake Climate Action Network dedicated to wind power, recycling and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. They infiltrated the DC Anti War Network, suggesting the group might be a front for “white supremacists,” and Amnesty International, claiming to investigate “civil rights abuses.” Opponents of the death penalty also got targeted (in case they got violent).

Bottom line: truth tellers who give Americans too much insight on any number of issues are vulnerable to a vast arsenal of judicial weapons typically associated with China or Myanmar. In the Patriot Act, the government has created a powerful tool to hunt out free thinking on the left or right. It doesn’t discriminate. Anyone who opposes government policy is at risk.

How do I know all this? Because I was the second non-Arab American ever indicted on the Patriot Act. My arrest defied all expectations about the law. I was no terrorist plotting to explode the Washington Monument. Quite the opposite, I had worked in anti-terrorism for almost a decade, covering Iraq and Libya, Yemen, Egypt and Malaysia at the United Nations. At the instruction of my CIA handler, I had delivered advance warnings about the 9/11 attack to the private staff of Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Office of Counter-Terrorism in August, 2001. FBI wire taps prove that I carried details of a comprehensive peace framework with Iraq up and down the hallowed corridors of Capitol Hill for months before the invasion, arguing that War was totally unnecessary.

I delivered those papers to Democrats and Republicans alike; to my own second cousin, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card; and to Secretary of State Colin Powell, who lived next door to my CIA handler. Gratis of the Patriot Act, we had the manila envelope and my hand written notes to Secretary Powell, dated a week before his infamous speech at the United Nations. My papers argued that no WMDs would be found inside Iraq, and that the peace framework could achieve all U.S. objectives without firing a shot.

In short, I was an Asset who loudly opposed War with Iraq, and made every effort to correct the mistakes in assumptions on Capitol Hill.

Then I did the unthinkable. I phoned the offices of Senator Trent Lott and Senator John McCain, requesting to testify before a brand new, blue ribbon Commission investigating Pre-War Intelligence. Proud and confident of my efforts, I had no idea Congress was planning to blame “bad intelligence” for the unpopular War.

Over night I became Public Enemy Number One on Capitol Hill

Thirty days later I awoke to hear FBI agents pounding on my door. My nightmare on the Patriot Act lasted 5 years — Four years after my arrest, the Court granted me one morning of evidentiary testimony by two supremely credible witnesses. Parke Godfrey verified my 9/11 warnings under oath. Otherwise, I never got my day in Court.

The Patriot Act’s Arsenal To Stop Free Speech

If you care about America and the traditions of freedom, whether you’re progressive or conservative, you should be angry about this law.

First come the warrantless searches and FBI tracking surveillance. My work in anti-terrorism gave me no protection. I got my first warrantless search after meeting an undercover FBI agent to discuss my support for free elections in Iraq and my opposition to torture and sexual humiliation of Iraqi detainees. (Sorry guys, body wires don’t lie.)

If truth tellers don’t get the message to shut their mouths, the Justice Department ratchets up the pressure. Defendants face secret charges, secret evidence and secret grand jury testimony. Throughout five years of indictment, my attorneys and I never got to read a single FBI interview or grand jury statement. Under the Patriot Act, the whistleblower / defendant has no right to know who has accused him or her of what criminal activities, or the dates of the alleged offenses, or what laws got broken.

Of course, I was able to piece together my activities. I knew that “sometime in October, 2001” an Iraqi diplomat gave me the English translation of a book on depleted uranium, which showed how cancer rates and birth defects had spiked in Iraqi children.

And I was quite certain that on October 14, 1999, an Iraqi diplomat asked me how to channel major financial contributions to the Presidential Campaign of George Bush and Dick Cheney. The Justice Department got the date from me, since I reported my conversation immediately to my Defense Intelligence handler, Paul Hoven.

It’s unlikely the grand jury knew that, since the Justice Department has the prerogative to keep a grand jury in the dark. In this brave new world, a grand jury can be compelled to consider indictments carrying 10 years or more in prison, without the right to review evidence, or otherwise determine whether an individual’s actions rise to the level of criminal activity at all.

That’s just the beginning. Once Congress scores an indictment against a political opponent, the Justice Department can force Defense attorneys to undergo protracted security clearances, while the whistle blower cum defendant waits in prison — usually in solitary confinement or the SHU. After the security clearance, prosecutors have an ironclad right to bar attorneys from communicating communications from the prosecution to the defendant, on threat of disbarment, stiff fines or prison sentence.

Scared yet? Once you get to trial, the situation gets much worse. The Patriot Act declares that a prosecutor has no obligation to show evidence of criminal activity to a jury at all. And the Defense can be denied the right to argue a rebuttal to those secret charges, because it requires speculation that might mislead the jury – or might expose issues that the government considers, well, secret. After all that a Judge can instruct a jury that the prosecution regards the secret evidence as sufficient to merit conviction on the secret charges. The Jury can be barred from considering the lack of evidence in weighing whether to convict.

Think I’m exaggerating? You would be wrong. That’s what happened to me. All of it – with one major glitch. All of this presumes the whistle blower’s lucky enough to get a trial. I was denied mine, though I fought vigorously for my rights. Instead, citing the Patriot Act, I got thrown in prison on a Texas military base without so much as a hearing – and threatened with indefinite detention and forcible drugging, to boot.

Americans are not nearly afraid enough.

Neither is Congress. As of this week, members of Congress should be very afraid. Anyone who votes to extend the Patriot Act should expect to pack their bags in 2012. They will be targeted for defeat. Above all, the words “freedom” and “Constitution” will never appear in their campaigns without suffering extreme public scorn – never, ever again.

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Susan Lindauer is the author of Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq, which reveals details of her CIA team’s 9/11 warnings and a comprehensive peace option with Iraq.

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Gerald Celente, appearing on the Alex Jones show, discussing the most important of the world’s current happenings, the current state of affairs in general and offering some of his rather sage advice on how we all can successfully make it out the other side in spite of the Powers That Be’s best efforts to keep us in our current status as their slaves.

It really is a good idea to pay attention to Celente. He is not wrong. And the message is, when you sit back and think about what he said, kind of spiritual. Surprising? I don’t think so, but hey, he’s one of us… and that’s a good thing.

Part 1

Part 2

Received in the mail, forwarded by a friend… spectacular photos!

View From The Top… By Astronaut Douglas Wheelock [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, shares pictures of the Earth he snaps with the world through Twitter.

Known to his nearly 68,000 Twitter followers as Astro_Wheels, Wheelock has been posting impressive photos of the Earth and some of his thoughts ever since he moved into the space station in June, five months after it got Internet access.

Greek islands on a clear night during our flight over Europe.

Greek islands on a clear night during our flight over Europe. Athens shine brightly along the Mediterranean Sea.

‘Mystery Island’ ...located in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar.

‘Mystery Island’ …located in the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar. Interesting features on the island and the unusual shape should be enough to help you discover this beautiful place.

Northern lights in the distance in one of the finest nights over Europe.

Northern lights in the distance in one of the finest nights over Europe. The photo clearly shows the Strait of Dover. Paris is dazzling with the city lights. A little fog over the western part of England, particularly over London.

The moon is breathtaking.

The moon is breathtaking.

Of all the places of our beautiful planet few can rival the beauty and richness of colors in the Bahamas.

Of all the places of our beautiful planet few can rival the beauty and richness of colors in the Bahamas. In this photo, our ship is seen against the backdrop of the Bahamas.

Half of our journey is in darkness.

At a speed of 28,163 kilometers per hour (8 kilometers per second), we rotate the Earth’s orbit, making one revolution every 90 minutes, and watch sunsets and sunrises every 45 minutes. So half of our journey is in darkness. For the work we use lights on our helmets.

Every time I look out the window and see our beautiful planet, my soul sings!

Every time I look out the window and see our beautiful planet, my soul sings! I see blue skies, white clouds and bright blessed day.

Another spectacular sunset.

Another spectacular sunset. We see 16 such sunsets each day, and each of them is really valuable.

Beautiful atoll in the Pacific Ocean, photographed using 400mm lens.

Beautiful atoll in the Pacific Ocean, photographed using 400mm lens. Approximately 1930 km south of Honolulu.

Perfect reflection of sunlight in the eastern Mediterranean.

Perfect reflection of sunlight in the eastern Mediterranean.

Above the center of the Atlantic Ocean, before another stunning sunset.

Above the center of the Atlantic Ocean, before another stunning sunset. Downstairs in the setting sun visible spiral Hurricane Earl.

A little farther east, we saw a sacred monolith Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock.

A little farther east, we saw a sacred monolith Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock. I have never had the opportunity to visit Australia, but someday I hope that I will stand by this miracle of nature.

Morning over the Andes in South America.

Morning over the Andes in South America. I do not know for sure the title of this peak, but was simply amazed by her magic, stretching to the sun and wind tops.

Over the Sahara desert, approaching the ancient lands and thousand-year history.

Over the Sahara desert, approaching the ancient lands and thousand-year history. River Nile flows through Egypt by the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Further, the Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Dead Sea, Jordan River, as well as the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea and Greece on the horizon.

Night view of the River Nile, stretching like a snake through Egypt to the Mediterranean, and Cairo, located in the Delta.

Night view of the River Nile, stretching like a snake through Egypt to the Mediterranean, and Cairo, located in the Delta. Far away in this picture, one can see the Mediterranean Sea.

Our unmanned ‘Progress 39P’ approaches the ISS for refuelling.

Our unmanned ‘Progress 39P’ approaches the ISS for refuelling. It is full of food, fuel, spare parts and all necessities for our station. Inside was a real gift – fresh fruit and vegetables. What a miracle after three months of food from a tube!

View from the Dome.

I wanted to share with you this view from the Dome. We said goodbye to the members of our group Sasha, Misha and Tracy this weekend, and they returned safely back to Earth. In this photo, Tracy quietly dreams of returning home.

Module Union 23C Olympus docked with the ISS.

Module Union 23C Olympus docked with the ISS. When our work ends here, we go back home to Earth. We fly over the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus. The rising sun is reflected from the Caspian Sea.

The flash of color, movement and life on the canvas of our amazing world.

The flash of color, movement and life on the canvas of our amazing world. This is part of the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia, photographed through the lens of 1200 mm.

All the beauty of Italy, a clear summer night.

All the beauty of Italy, a clear summer night. You can see many beautiful islands that adorn the coast – Capri, Sicily and Malta. Naples and Mount Vesuvius are allocated along the coast.

At the southern end of South America lies the pearl of Patagonia.

At the southern end of South America lies the pearl of Patagonia. The amazing beauty of rugged mountains, massive glaciers, fjords and seas combined in perfect harmony.

“Dome” on the side of nadir station gives a panoramic view of our beautiful planet.

“Dome” on the side of nadir station gives a panoramic view of our beautiful planet. Fedor made the picture from the window of the Russian docking compartment. In this photo I’m sitting in the dome, preparing the camera for our evening flight over Hurricane Earl.

Florida and southeastern U.S. in the evening.

Florida and southeastern U.S. in the evening. A clear autumn evening, the moonlight over the water and sky, dotted with millions of stars.

Clear starry night over the eastern Mediterranean.

Clear starry night over the eastern Mediterranean. The ancient land with a thousand years of history stretching from Athens to Cairo. Historical land of fabulous and alluring island … Athens – Crete – Rhodes – Izmir – Ankara – Cyprus – Damascus – Beirut – Haifa – Amman – Tel Aviv – Jerusalem – Cairo – all of them turned into tiny lights in this cool November night.

The beauty of the polar mesospheric clouds.

In this time of year you can enjoy the beauty of the polar mesospheric clouds. With our high-angle illumination, we were able to capture a thin layer of noctilucent clouds at sunset.

Astronaut Douglas Wheelock

Astronaut Douglas Wheelock

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My friend Mauro’s rendition of this beautiful fiddle tune, without the fiddle.

He uses a Zoom H4n recorder at only 24/48… I really must check one of those out if I ever get any money. I mean, if it sounds this good cut down to mp3, well, hey!

In other news, I’m depressed that no one, except a couple of spammer scammers, visits here. Not even friends. Difficult to get motivated to write when the stats say zero for weeks on end.

We’ll see I guess.

 

I post this every so often, on Facebook, anyway.

It is so powerful — and I most definitely relate to the message — in so many ways.

The accompanying imagery is also exceptionally well done. Assuredly on the level required for a Cash music video.

I am so glad as well that Johnny Cash, my childhood hero, turned out to be even cooler than I ever thought possible when I was a little boy.

For a long time now, a really long time, I have been repeatedly appalled and driven to revulsion by the increasingly barbarous activities engaged in by the people who govern this country.

Although, being a conspiracy guy, I never really believed it could possibly be true, for a rather brief period I thought that Obummer might give a couple of our freedoms back, just for show, but as expected, this never happened. In fact, things are much, much worse – likely making Dubya, CondoSleezza and The Dick smile their nights away. The illegal torture program that the article deals with has been both extended and expanded. Just like the SS, just like the SS.

So in the spirit of fighting back, I offer this piece of insight from Truthout. This is the commercial for this article. Read it (the article. d’oh!) for a sobering history lesson in something that is, in one way or another, affecting us all.

Here ya go…

Leopold, Kaye | EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist’s Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush’s Torture Program

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It’s been nine years since the Bush administration implemented its highly-classified torture program, where government interrogators subjected “war on terror” detainees held at CIA prisons and at Guantanamo to brutal techniques in an effort, the public was told, to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests abroad.

While President Obama and Congressional lawmakers “look forward” and have failed to hold accountable those individuals who violated international and domestic human rights laws, new revelations continue to surface showing the extent of the previous administration’s war crimes and the lies upon which they were based.

Indeed, as Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye report in this in-depth investigative report, the handwritten notes, obtained exclusively by Truthout, that were drafted by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the CIA and credited as being one of the architects of the so-called “enhanced interrogation” program, show that torture was used to “exploit” detainees and to get them to “collaborate” with government authorities.

The documents stand as the first pieces of hard evidence to surface that further explain the psychological aspects of Bush’s torture program and the rationale for subjecting detainees to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Jessen’s notes were provided to Truthout by retired Air Force Capt. Michael Kearns, a decorated veteran who previously held high-ranking positions within the Department of Defense, and is speaking publicly for the first time. Kearns, who worked closely with Jessen in developing a survival training program for military personnel that the torture program was based upon, said Jessen’s “duplicitous act is appalling to me and shall haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Supplementing this groundbreaking report is an exclusive, on-camera interview with Captain Kearns conducted by Jason Leopold. Truthout is also providing our readers with copies of Jessen’s notes that can be downloaded from the article page.
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A bit of a cross-post from my What’s All This, Then? blog, this is, but it is rather significant, so here goes…

This video, received in today’s email from David Icke, should, I feel, be required viewing for all people everywhere. So, please, watch it.

In it he tells the story of what is happening, behind the scenes, right now, in our world and lays out the implications of the results of same regarding ourselves and future generations.

No matter what you may think of Mr. Icke, in this subject area he has gotten it very, very correct and as such I strongly suggest that we all take heed.

 

Uploaded by on Mar 20, 2011

Viewer discretion is advised.
Order out of chaos.
Problem, reaction, solution.
One world goverment.
Google – Albert Pike Three World Wars.
There’s about 144,000 results.
http://www.davidicke.com/

Here is the direct page: http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/46181-david-icke-fork-in-the-road-they-want-to-trigger-world-war-iii

 

I have been playing around with my fractal program a little bit. Here’s one that turned out reasonably well, I thought, as did Helena Pion, a designer friend [who actually does this for a living!]. That made me feel good.

Haven’t done a business card in a while, but this design seemed to fit that role nicely… so, forgive me, I just couldn’t stop myself… and, well, here it is, ready for y’all to buy them in their thousands. Or not.

Obviously you change out the text for your own, but, at Zazzle, you see, there are options. Customizing, they call it.

You are free to remove any of those lines completely, free to reposition them all to your liking and you will find a ton of seriously cool fonts (hundreds!) to choose from for which you can pick your desirous little heart’s ultimate text color – for each line. You can add images to it, too, like a logo or your smiling mug.

The reverse is a blank slate for your creative side to play with… you could put all the text on the back, or, who knows?

There are ten card stocks to mull over if you’ve a mind to.

Anyway, I had some hunger pangs and got inspired to make some stuff for the store, thught I would share this one. I will attempt to get to writing some more… with, hopefully, a more positive outlook.

Peace.

Pray for the Japanese, please. Thanks.

Two leaves and a bud Jasmine Petal Green Tea

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Some Jasmine tea is simply tea leaves that have been harvested, prepared as green tea and then jasmine flavor is added.

Higher quality Jasmine tea, like two leaves and a bud’s Jasmine Petal green tea, is harvested in April and May, and when June arrives, the tea is spread out for five nights and the Jasmine flowers that bloom that month are laid on top of the tea. Tea absorbs odors very easily, and so during the cool nights, the premium green tea is basking in the floral scent, building up a nuanced taste profile.

If you’ve never had this quality tea, it’s a revelation when you taste something like two leaves and a bud Jasmine Petal green tea. This is the sort of tea you taste as much with your nose as with your tongue, as its delicate, flowery Jasmine flower scent lingers over the cup.

Exclusively through 4/15/2011, use promotional code JASMINE2011 and receive 20% off Jasmine Petal green tea. Click here to order now.

Fill up that black triangle, LeRoy.

Feel so strange. Have to boot myself along (or give myself, as dad would say, “A roost in the keester.”) to do even that which I told myself I need to do.

Even the advent of spring is only helping in modest amounts, although it’s only in the 40s it still is nice out.

Can’t think of stuff to write either. This Add New Post window’s been up for days.

March is coming up on halfway done and I noted on Facebook that if March can be weathered without too much damage then it would definitely bode well for the future.

Because March is about to get weird. I am sorry that I can not really get into the nature of the weirdness, but let’s just say it’s all human generated crap.

And as we know, regardless of the implications and visual drama of the wonderful elephant photo of a few posts back, no one can generate crap like a human bent on generating crap. Just an aside – I have longed to use that photo. Wish I knew where it was from so I could give credit… would love to hear it’s story…

Intermission.

Okay, got a couple of things sorted for the aunt, trip to the beyond bedding store for a new sheet set, mailed the shower chair back that she couldn’t use due to fear or lack of maneuverability or something… not sure really. Seemed a good idea.

Exchanging it for 44 towels and a cover for the burner switch so she can’t turn the heat and hot water off when she’s looking for the light switch to the basement, where she needs to go to meet up with her deceased brother so he can give her a ride home.

Found and retrieved the trash can from about halfway down the yard where the wind had deposited it… but I swear it wasn’t there before… I really do. Freaky deaky. Got lunch, made coffee, scrolled through the tweet list, some good stuff in there. Must try and read some of them, er, the links in them I mean. All those tutorials. I’ve fallen so far behind. So far.

Need to study. Read. In depth. As long as I have only the most minimal means of support (barely able to do bills, acquire nutrients and get once a month gas) it seems like my procrastination in that area has come to a head, effect-wise. Depression keeps it from happening, I am told. Well, maybe so. Whatever it is it has been installed for quite some time now.

Gas has just gone over $4 here for regular, by the way.

And speaking of gas, look at the gas sticker on your car, likely somewhere near the filler cap. Use whatever octane rating it says there. I.e., if it says 87, use 87. Using a gas with a higher number will NOT increase the performance. In fact, as said gas is more difficult to combust the higher the rating, it will actually REDUCE the performance and in worst case could very well damage your motor, let alone waste your hard earned dollars. Don’t do it. My creds on that are as ASE certified Master Technician wrenching Alfa Romeo and VW conveyances for a decade. Subarus too for a wee bit. That seems like another world now, it does big time. If you are restoring a vintage car, from Yurrop, say, just remember: “A pint’s a pound the world around.”

Banks… and bankers… suck.

I just unfollowed George Galloway on twitter. I was a major fan of his after he told Congress what the deal was and the way he stood up for people at his home and elsewhere. But… it hurt just now to see him parrot the OS of 9/11. That I could not bear. What in the hell happened there? That is sad. Really sad.

I wonder about the Middle East situation, which on the one hand is altogether awesome and wonderful… the quest to be free of oppression… and that will be spreading right around the world, eventually here in the USA as well. But – I also wonder if it isn’t all just an enormous and very carefully engineered psyop – devised by the elite – to gradually initiate a new world war, number three to be precise. My most respected sources seem to think so…

Oh dear.

Hold on to your hats.