Robert Parry in “Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?” writes:

You have a senior Ukrainian official [Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko] saying that the world should risk nuclear war over a civil conflict in Ukraine between its west, which favors closer ties to Europe, and

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This is a comment I just made to jackie2's blog entitled "Post-traumatic Wisdom-Dr. Jackie's Mental Health Moment". Some excerpts from Dr. Jackie:

... there's another side to surviving trauma and I'll call it Post-traumatic Wisdom or PTW (my term). It comes from our ability to learn, grow, and d

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FEBRUARY 24, 2015 6:52AM

THAT '70s QUIZ -- for Open Salon


(copyright 2000 division of Time Inc. Home Entertainment)

 Help me here:  

Pet rocks, leisure suits, bean bag chairs, gas shortage, Jaws, Disco, Mork, the Fonz, ...


Help me identify the following people (how many can you name?):… Read full post »

According to a Texas ACLU report one solitary confinement prisoner named Alex lives in a windowless 60 square foot cell the size of a bathroom. His only contact with the outside world is a door slot through which a food tray can be shoved. There are also two thin slits through which prison/Read full post »

I just opened a pm from Jan Sand:

"I got back home about 5pm Helsinki time after spending most of the day in a very painful and nauseous state. The hospital finally got my system moving and I hope things will return to normal. I am very tired and sore fromRead full post »

UPDATED accommodating some commenters:

Hey Fellow Open Saloners!

Jan Sand pm'd me from Finland, 2am his time.  He wrote he was being rushed to the hospital.

I have no further information.

My heart is filled with deep concern as well as hope that he will be all right.  Also with gratitude… Read full post »

Fred Reed in “Cometh the Censor” has some grave predictions about eventual and total internet censorship:

I see with no surprise that Washington is stepping up its campaign to censor the internet. It had to come, and will succeed.  It will put paid forever to America’s fl

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Re-Post -- from June 6, 2012

[This may seem like an odd choice for Valentine's Day.  And its being an over two and a half years ago re-post.  But for me it does have a lot to do with an important kind of love that seems essential to all other kindsRead full post »

I had the pleasure of visiting the Cooper Hewitt Museum a few weeks ago with two work friends.  It had been closed for renovations over the past two years.  We intended to stay for two hours and ended up reluctantly leaving after four. There were so many eye-catching and fascinating exhibitRead full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 3:03PM

Living with PTSD ...

Living with PTSD is like having your foot perpetually caught on a train track. Hope and try as you might, you just can't seem to extricate it.  

On a "good" day the oncoming train is relatively far away.  On a "bad" one, it is close and fast. Read full post »

FLASH: In 2003 NBC newsman Brian Williams was NOT in a helicopter that was fired upon by an Iraqi Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG)!!!!

A lie that Mr. Williams shared publicly and periodically over the last decade has been exposed.

Finally, the veteran who was on the ACTUAL attacked aircraft “had… Read full post »

 Re-POST from 7-17-14 

1) “Collective punishment” is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Israel is wreaking “collective punishment” on the population of Gaza with “Operation Protective Edge.” (Marjorie Cohn)

2) The Israeli government wages asymmetriRead full post »

No one can deny or minimize the horror of the recent video released in the media showing the early January immolation of a captured Jordanian pilot by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

I have never used the words “cognitive dissonance” so frequently before Obama’s accessionRead full post »

Andre Damon in “Obama’s ‘pro-middle class’ budget: Cut corporate taxes, raise military spending, slash Medicare” calls out Obama’s supposed populist, legacy-saving, proposed fiscal budget for 2016 and the NYT’s propagandizing of it as an “unfettere/Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2015 1:21PM

Political Joke

So there is a screw-up with scheduling of vip guests at the White House.

President Obama learns that the new King of Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis are all waiting to see him at the same time.

Obama turns anxiously to a senior aide. “Whom doRead full post »

Monday’s predicted blizzard for NYC caused me more than a little cognitive dissonance over the state/city executive decision to shut down the subway system from between 11pm and 8am. It interfered with my own transportation needs for getting to and from work so I opted to lose a night’s pRead full post »

Re-post from correntewire 1-20-2011

I picked up a provocative book by John J. Mearsheimer in B&N today, “Why Leaders Lie -- The Truth About Lying In International Politics” (Oxford, 2011). I highly recommend it. Mearsheimer rationally but bluntly explores past and current deadly globaRead full post »

Chris Hedges in “Killing Ragheads for Jesus: On Watching 'American Sniper'” writes:

The culture of war banishes the capacity for pity. It glorifies self-sacrifice and death. It sees pain, ritual humiliation and violence as part of an initiation into manhood. Brutal hazing, as Kyle n

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JANUARY 25, 2015 3:27PM

Re-POST: 'Media Unpeople'

Re-post of 5-28-11 from Correntewire and 7-28-12 from Open Salon; 

It is not we who are the "media unpeople."

We get acknowledged and manipulated as the sheeple that we are by the media mouthpieces of the obscenely rich and black-hearted bastards of the universe. (Sorry, I stopped using nuance s

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Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz is dead. He was 90 years old. According to Bill Van Auken in "Saudi king’s death threatens to deepen US crisis in Middle East" Abdullah was “the head of one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies.” Van Auken also l/Read full post »

Re-Post from 2-22-11:

The following are excerpts from Every Man in This Village is A Liar ... an education in war by Megan K. Stack (Doubleday). This is a brilliant book -- poetic and profound. I highly recommend it.

I am still mid-book and hungry to write an overall review when I finiRead full post »

Tuesday night Obama set up a 2015 agenda that Glen Ford in “State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional” asserts would have been a modest and easy win in 2009 and 2010 when the Dems dominated both houses, but hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell with a Repub/Read full post »

Re-POST from 5-25-12:


She moved away from the curtain for the hundredth time that evening, having checked the driveway to see if my long overdue, undoubtedly drunk father had returned.


"I can't believe alcohol is stronger than love," was her resigned, almost-sequitur to my impassioned iRead full post »

Christopher Brauchli in “With Friends Like These... Intolerance, Saudi-Style” chronicles some seriously unpleasant prosecutions from one of the USA’s closest allies, Saudi Arabia:

1) In early Nov. King Abdullah’s advisory council advised an easing of the ban on female drivers.… Read full post »

Philip Guelpa in “New York City’s housing and homelessness crisis intensifies under de Blasio” offers some very troubling statistics and analyses.  Bill de Blasio, NYC Democratic mayor, has been in office a year now and the enormous problems of homelessness and unaffordab

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