glorifying war is a sin

I have several old friends who turned into rwnjs. One of them, who never had a political thought in his head, married into republican money and now he is one. He disowned me when he found out I wasn't, and we were once best friends (we hitchhiked across country together when we were teenagers). Another of them is a staunchly pro-military rw christian who served in the navy decades ago and still can't get the martial music out of her head. She hasn't disowned me but is mystified why I don't see everything in the same simplistic terms that she does. It's all very simple to her.

She has included me on her mailing list and is in the habit of blasting the list with rightwing spam. We have had issues with it over the years. I resent being sent such mindless crap and have explained that to her...to no avail. I still get blasted with it. I know, I should just not open the email...but I can't help myself. That she keeps sending me this stuff, knowing full well how I feel about it, pisses me off. We've been over all this quite a few times as I have tried valiantly to make her see that Jesus wouldn't approve of all the killing.

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The Breakfast Club 7-30-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone's welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

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VotSquare paper.li for Monday, 28 July 2014

The Lead Story: The 7 Most Ridiculous Things Said on Meet the Press’ Panel on Pot Legalization, By Evan McMurray at Mediaite.

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Sunday Train: HSR from Houston to Dallas one step closer to reality

The Texas Department of Transport and Federal Railway Authority announced in June that they were beginning an Environmental Impact Study for the proposed private Texas Central Railways (TCR) High Speed Rail corridor between Houston and Dallas.

This is a private venture that is proposing to using the "Japan Rail Central" N700-I system, an internationalized version of the 186mph HSR train running between Tokyo and Osaka. TCR proposal is not only for the trains to be operated on farebox revenue, but for the corridor to be built with private funds. As the FRA announcement states:

TCR is a Texas-based company formed in 2009 to bring HSR to Texas as a private-sector venture. Working closely with Central Japan Railway Company (JRC), TCR is proposing the deployment of JRC’s N700-I Bullet System based on the world’s safest, most reliable, lowest emission, electric-powered, HSR systems, the Tokaido Shinkansen System. Developed and operated by JRC and the former Japan National Railways, the Tokaido Shinkansen has operated safely for almost 50 years and carries over 400,000 daily passengers. The most current generation Shinkansen train, the Series N700, runs at speeds up to 186 miles per hour.

Being a private venture, the EIS process will give us our first public look at corridor alternatives that TRC is considering, as well as the first opportunity for formal public comment.

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The Breakfast Club (Song of the Sea)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) andweekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

 

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VotSquare paper.li for Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Lead "World" Story: Friday Updates (From Top) on Gaza-Israel Tragedy, By Greg Mitchell at Pressing Issues.

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The Breakfast Club (Eighty Years War)

breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgOh, those clever Italians, always sneaking up on the poor French in the Mountain passes of the Alps and Pyrenees.Perhaps you are thinking about professional bicycle racing?  Well, you're absolutely right but even though I'm willing to torture a metaphor (and there's an auto-da-fé, which technically means "confession of faith" but in practice means burning at the stake- a peculiar type of barbeque popular in Spain from about 1477 to 1812, in this Opera) I wasn't quite able to work in the cobbles of Brittany where Le Tour was really won this year and not by crashes and injuries but by slick riding and good strategy (what do you mean you benched Wiggo?) and tactics.

ek, you've totally lost me.

See, that's the thing isn't it?  Nobody ever expects... the comfy chair!

And you'd better get one because in addition to being composed by an Italian to a French libretto about a Spanish Prince based on a German play today's Opera is also about 4 hours long.

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Follow Friday for 25 July, 2014: MidnightOil-Politics

A weekly mostly random sampling of resources shared on twitter on various topics. This week: the MidnightOil-Politics list.


Four more tweets or tweetblocks below the fold

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