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Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday photoblogging from Wednesday in Aqaba and today in London

yeah, yeah, yeah... i'm traveling - again...

i left aqaba, jordan, on thursday morning, spent last night in amman, jordan, and am currently awaiting the flight to buenos aires here in london... i spent a truly delightful 9 hour layover here walking through battersea park with my friend and colleague who then treated me to a delicious south indian meal at a local indian deli in west hounslow... it was a brisk, chilly but sunny day in london but tomorrow i will be back in the mid-summer weather of argentina... how nice to know at this late stage of my life that winter is not an immutable fact...

Sunrise, Aqaba, Jordan
6:28 a.m., 28 January 2009

Albert Bridge, Thames River, London
Viewed from the riverwalk, Battersea Park
30 January 2009

Building renovation, Lower Sloane Street, London
30 January 2009

Sign detail building renovation
Lower Sloane Street, London
20 January 2009

sorry... that last one was simply too good to resist...!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

G-Rod 86'd* 59-0 and barred forever from Illinois public office

not a single goddam illinois state senator voted against the measure...
The Illinois Senate convicted Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on an article of impeachment Thursday that charged him with a pattern of abusing power, prompting the governor’s immediate ouster and ending nearly two months of political spectacle in which he sought to salvage his reputation and career here and across the country.

Mr. Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat who rose from the ranks of Chicago ward politics on the strength of his charisma and family connections, is the first governor in Illinois history to be impeached.

The senators voted 59 to 0 in favor of removing him after a four-day trial; a dramatic 45-minute speech by Mr. Blagojevich in which he declared his innocence; and about two hours of deliberation. They also voted unanimously to bar him from holding public office again in Illinois.

the guy so brazenly sunk his own boat, it's almost beyond belief...

comment from my friend in illinois...

FINALLY - it's over! Course the lieutenant governor taking his spot tain't no gem either!

* for those unfamiliar with the term...

To get rid of, originally for killing someone. The phrase "80 miles out and 6 feet under" was reserved for someone who had to dig their own grave 80 miles from civilization and then get shot execution-style. All terms for 86'd originated from this, be it alcohol or eliminating.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Despite legislation that protects whistleblowers, it is always the whistleblower, not the wrongdoer, who suffers

paul craig roberts...
Truth cannot be spoken in America. It cannot be spoken in universities. It cannot be spoken in the media. It cannot be spoken in courts, which is why defendants and defense attorneys have given up on trials and cop pleas to lesser offenses that never occurred.

Truth is never spoken by government. As Jonathan Turley said recently, Washington “is where principles go to die.”

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23,000 people in the U.S. die every year because they cannot afford basic healthcare

three parts of a bbc documentary on the beginning of the obama presidency with a focus on the dismal state of health care in the u.s...
Barack Obama takes over as US President with a promise to dramatically change America and make it a fairer place. He is inheriting the worst economic crisis in almost a century, and a country so unequal that 23,000 people die every year because they cannot afford basic healthcare. To close the gap between rich and poor Obama will have to take on the might of the corporate world, which wields enormous influence in Washington. Can he change the world's most powerful country, and should he?

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

"Panorama: What now Mr President" made by the BBC. All rights belong to the BBC.

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