A FEW PERSONAL NOTES

Things continue to move ahead for me, in no small part due to the encouragement and support from Dad and his wife Sunny, and my very close aunt, Rev. Emily Preston, a/k/a Revvie.  My level of personal organization, a source of life-long limitation for me, has continued to improve, as shown by my recent victory over a mold infestation in my apartment that had resulted in a Health Department citation to my landlord.

Things are also moving ahead in the spiritual realm.  I have had as many as a dozen significant dreams in the last couple of years, at least one of them important enough that, in combination with a meditation vision I experienced when visiting Glendalough Monastery in Ireland 20 years ago, I can use it in a visualization sequence to keep myself focused on awakening as the new and whole being originally intended at the time of my birth.

It’s an exciting time, perhaps all the moreso given the airframe resistance presented by my chronic medical issues of kidney failure and lymphoma.

In dreams, tarot readings, and omens, I read myself like a map of stars and mountains.  I have a strong relationship with the coyote, the sideways walking, backpedaling, resilient, confounding and self-defeating wild dog whose range seems undiminished by the most determined predations of anthropogenic industry.  An example of this is the string of current events in my homeopathic treatment.  I have treated myself with over-the-counter homeopathic remedies for many years, and recently decided I needed professional guidance in my use of this important pharmacopoeia.  During the intake, the doctor listened to me carefully, so deeply I actually felt unsettled by it.  He wanted to know all my inner and outer topographies to guide his choice of a remedy, and it was a good one, leading me, I felt, to a series of epiphanies on the subjects of of responsibility and accomplishment, where often the heart of the matter rests by which rhythms an entire lifetime is danced.

But then I started my characteristic waffling, and inconstancy.  I’ve had a lot of chaos in recent months with the auto accident that resulted in six days of hospitalization in May, and the apartment mold infestation which required a great effort to overcome.  I had some trouble making promised payments to Dr. Jonas, and had to postpone followup consultations.  By the time he and I finally sat down after the second administration of the remedy, I was unable to remember my physical and oneiric responses to it.  He was clearly frustrated and disappointed, and responded by providing me with his fall back prescription of a remedy for….. MY LYMPHOMA, which I really needed very much right now.  Those little nodules on my neck and groin have been growing, while pain has escalated (not too much, but noticeably) in other, more obscure quarters of my body.

COYOTE 13, LYMPHOMA 12.

That’s how it goes, and I’m gonna sidewind it over that mountain ridge and have a talk with that cactus that said it would wait for me.

Meanwhile my friends, let’s remember other important things, like why the United States is really in Afghanistan.

No less significantly, Barlcay is due to go shopping soon.  He has his list of needed items, including more toilet-safe drain opener and, well, pajamas, and you might really miss out on some major soul guidance for yourself if you don’t catch our next Clown Soiree.

And it is really very nice to have you with me tonight.

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IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE

Fascism is the merging of state and business leadership.

Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street in Less Than One Year

  • Ex-president speaks to Carlyle, Cantor, Northern Trust

  • ‘If someone is willing to pay him to give a speech, God bless’

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Hillary Clinton says she made a mistake when she gave speeches on Wall Street after leaving government. Taking money from banks, she writes in her new memoir, created the impression she was in their pocket.

Her old boss doesn’t seem to share her concern.

Last month, just before her book “What Happened” was published, Barack Obama spoke in New York to clients of Northern Trust Corp. for about $400,000, a person familiar with his appearance said. Last week, he reminisced about the White House for Carlyle Group LP, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, according to two people who were there. Next week, he’ll give a keynote speech at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s health-care conference.

Obama is coming to Wall Street less than a year after leaving the White House, following a path that’s well trod and well paid. While he can’t run for president, he continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power. His new work with banks might suggest which side of the debate he’ll be on and disappoint anyone expecting him to avoid a trap that snared Clinton. Or, as some of his executive friends see it, he’s just a private citizen giving a few paid speeches to other successful people while writing his next book.

“He was the president of the entire United States — financial services are under that umbrella,” said former UBS Group AG executive Robert Wolf, an early supporter who joined the Obama Foundation board this year. “He doesn’t look at Wall Street like, ‘Oh, these are individuals who don’t want the best for the country.’ He doesn’t stereotype.”

Fat Cats

Since leaving office, Obama has delivered public and private speeches that are “true to his values,” Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, said in an email. “His

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MISSING NEW YORK

Rocky Horror played for the midnight show at the 8th St. Cinema for at least 20 years.  I had 5am pancakes at Odessa so often I never felt the need to see it.  Perhaps I’ll hit youtube now that I live where there are no restaurants open after 9pm.  Sigh.

THE DISENFRANCHISEMENT PROCEEDS APACE

The technocratic class continues to define itself in opposition to the rank and file citizenry, aligning themselves with the 0.1%.

Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press

An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student performance in Louisiana. And college journalists in Kentucky requested documents about the investigations of employees accused of sexual misconduct.

Instead, they got something else: sued by the agencies they had asked for public records.

Government bodies are increasingly turning the tables on citizens who seek public records that might be embarrassing or legally sensitive. Instead of granting or denying their requests, a growing number of school districts, municipalities and state agencies have filed lawsuits against people making the requests — taxpayers, government watchdogs and journalists who must then pursue the records in court at their own expense.

The lawsuits generally ask judges to rule that the records being sought do not have to be divulged. They name the requesters as defendants but do not seek damage awards. Still, the recent trend has alarmed freedom-of-information advocates, who say it’s becoming a new way for governments to hide information, delay disclosure and intimidate critics.

“This practice essentially says to a records requester, ‘File a request at your peril,'” said University of Kansas journalism professor Jonathan Peters, who wrote about the issue for the Columbia Journalism Review in 2015, before several more cases were filed. “These lawsuits are an absurd practice and noxious to open government.”

Government officials who have employed the tactic insist they are acting in good faith. They say it’s best to have courts determine whether records should be released when legal obligations are unclear — for instance, when the documents may be shielded by an exemption or privacy laws.

At least two recent cases have succeeded in blocking information while many others have only delayed the release.

State freedom-of-information laws generally allow requesters who believe they are wrongly denied records to file lawsuits seeking to force their release. If they succeed, government agencies can be ordered to pay their legal fees and court costs.

Suing the requesters flips the script: Even if agencies are ultimately required to make the records public, they typically will not have to pay the other side’s legal bills.

“You can lose even when you win,” said Mike Deshotels, an education watchdog who was sued by the Louisiana Department of Education after filing requests for school district enrollment data last year. “I’m stuck with my legal fees just for defending my right to try to get these records.”

The lawsuit argued that the data could not be released under state and federal privacy laws and initially asked the court to order Deshotels and another citizen requester to pay the department’s legal fees and court costs. The department released the data months later after a judge ruled it should be made public.

Deshotels, a 72-year-old retired teachers’ union official who authors the Louisiana Educator blog, had spent $3,000 fighting the lawsuit by then. He said the data ultimately helped show a widening achievement gap among the state’s poorest students, undercutting claims of progress by education reformers.

The lawsuits have been denounced by some courts and policymakers. A New Jersey judge in 2015 said they were the “antithesis”

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Request denied: States try to block access to public records

By ANDREW DeMILLO and RYAN J. FOLEY
Yesterday

Request denied: States try to block access to public records

By ANDREW DeMILLO and RYAN J. FOLEY
Yesterday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations.

They spent the following weeks debating and, in many cases approving, new exemptions to the law in what critics called an unprecedented attack on the public’s right to know.

When they were finished, universities could keep secret all information related to their police forces, including their size and the names and salaries of officers. Public schools could shield a host of facts related to security, including the identities of teachers carrying concealed weapons and emergency response plans. And state Capitol police could withhold anything they believed could be “detrimental to public safety” if made public.

While hailed by lawmakers as commonsense steps to thwart would-be terrorists or

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TRUMP PREPARING TO REPLICATE BUSH & OBAMA ERRORS IN AFGHANISTAN

I just wonder if they’re going to do this because they’re so stupid, or if they think we’re so stupid we won’t recognize the failed tactics.

Afghanistan – U.S. Resolved To Repeat Failures

Moon of AlabamaBrecht quote

September 15, 2017

The U.S. military and political leadership is so devoid of learning capability that it does not fight multiyear long wars. Instead it fights one disconnected campaign after the other on the very same battlefield. Each of these campaigns will repeat the mistakes that previous ones made and will have the same outcome.

Thus we have seen several increases in troop numbers in Afghanistan. Each time such a surge happened under Bush, under Obama and now under Trump, the result was an increase in Taliban activity and success.

We have seen the use of local militia forces fail under Obama when these were called Afghan Local Police. The 20,000 men strong ALP was supposedly “trained” to hold land against the Taliban. But the local police groups turned out to be local gangs who, thanks to their “official” status, could rob, rap and kill people without fear of retaliation. The suppressed population then turned to the Taliban for relief.

The idea to create such a local force was so bad that it is time to repeat it:

The American military has turned to the [idea of a local militia] force as a potential model for how to maintain the Afghan government’s waning control — without too high a cost — in difficult parts of Afghanistan at a time when the Taliban are resurgent.

The size of the new force is yet to be finalized, but it could number more than 20,000, according to a senior Afghan official

While the senior Afghan official insisted that only the conceptual framework of the force has been agreed to, and that details were still being sorted out, several Western officials said that preparations were already underway to pilot the new force in southern districts of Nangarhar Province.

We can predict with confidence that a year from now

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