March 31, 2015

Links; American notes

American notes
Entropy updates
Good stuff
Normalizing failure
The war that never ended
When wrong becomes the norm
The collapse of the First American Republic
The end of treason
Top Rot
Elite emmigration
American beconing a corporate colony
How to get along with other Americans
What's new with me
Backing off of hate
Coming of age with "On the Road"
Eternal fundamentals of leadership (Rev. 8/14/11)
Football and American empire
Why hip is no longer hip
In technocracy we trust
Freedom as a local option
What's a humanities?
Global dumbing: the politics of entropy
Practicing anthropology without a license
The war of the terrified
Factories of fame
Notes on the end of the First American Republic
Notes from a lousy time
Why everything's so hard today
Quiet storm: blowin' in the wind of cultural decayOn the care and feeding of theories
Learning from Orwell & Mussolini


The politician who steals is worse than a thief. He is a fool. With all the grand opportunities around for the man with a political pull, there's no excuse for stealin' a cent. -- George Washington Plunkett

Latino evangelicals call for end of capital punishment

Huffington Post - A leading group of Latino evangelicals has called for an end to state-sanctioned capital punishment, the first national association of evangelicals to do so.
In a unanimous vote Friday (March 27), the National Latino Evangelical Coalition urged its 3,000 member congregations to end capital punishment across the country. “As Christ followers, we are called to work toward justice for all,” coalition President Gabriel Salguero said. “And as Latinos, we know too well that justice is not always even-handed.”

March 30, 2015



Word: CIA torture

The only CIA officer prosecuted for torture is John Kiriakou, who leaked classified details of the program to national reporters, for which he is currently serving a 30-month prison sentence. - US Uncut via Jan Stevens

More young into water pipes

igarette smoking is down, thanks to fines and taxes on cigarette companies that fund anti-smoking campaigns - but hookah (water pipe) use is up. A new paper in Cancer Causes and Control worries that almost one in four high school seniors may try smoking hookah and 78,200 youth are current water pipe users.

Science 20 - Water pipes work by bubbling tobacco smoke through water, leading some users to believe that they carry less risk than cigarettes. The study, which analyzed data from the national 2012-2013 Youth Smoking Survey, found that over a third of youth believe it is less harmful to smoke tobacco in a water pipe than smoking a cigarette.
The Canadian Cancer Society reports lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in Canada and claim that 85 percent of lung cancer cases are related to using tobacco products, though that figure is in defiance of other countries, where 50 percent of lung cancer patients never smoked at all. To get 85 percent, they instead include second- and third-hand smoke as 'tobacco us', along with cigars and pipes, which are not inhaled at all. To-date, there is no evidence that second-hand smoke or cigars or pipes have ever caused lung cancer or any other illness.

Selfie lovers can't even restrain themselves at East Vilage blast site

NY Post

Furthernore. . .

Obama administration barred UN torture official from looking at US solitary confinement

Details of TPP leaked

Seattle mayor to ban city-funded travel to Indiana