The revelations of the United States performing mass surveillance on an international scale have also unleashed an avalanche of government misstatements aimed at defending, or even denying, the NSA’s dragnet surveillance. We’ve gone through them and picked out some of the biggest whoppers.
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In the eating hall, a stuffed parrot hung from the ceiling, and from its golden beak dangled a card that read, "We are in training to be nobody special." I had often repeated this to myself, working against my need for achievement and recognition, and the discontent that could engender. "I am in training to be nobody special." Saying the words in my mind, I felt how they redirected me from a certain seductive struggle and excitement and disease, into a more stable focus: forget what others think of you, forget the future goal of achievement; arrive instead in this body/mind, attending to this present moment. This is is the whole of practice.”
- Sandy Boucher, "Hidden Spring"
A sweet photo from yesterdays APOD post. Go check it out.
Last week, Rep. Blumenauer introduced legislation that would restrict the use of bee-killing pesticides. He started a petition on org.credoaction.com, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. I signed this petition. If you feel like signing it, click here.
Missed this a couple of days ago, but the great JJ Cale passed on the 26th.
J.J. Cale, Musician and Songwriter, Dies at 74 -- NY Times
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This photograph of the Trinity Test fireball was taken on 16 July, 1945 16ms after detonation.
As happy as this guy looks, I have a feeling he was cycling from bar to bar.
New York City Flood -- 25 June, 2012 | Source: Unknown
I need fenders like his, cause he looks really dry for being in water that deep.