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When the fur flies

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OK, let’s take a break from heavy stuff.

Got a woolly mammal in your house? You may have just found your winter project. Authors say: “Better a sweater from a dog you know and love than from a sheep you’ll never meet.”

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These aren’t just lovely portraits of people posing with their pets, but look a little closely and you’ll see that the owners are wearing sweaters and vests that resemble the fur of their dogs. And they should because they were literally made from them.

Below is a series of photographs (an ongoing project) by photographer Erwan Fichou of people posing with their beautiful dogs, sporting canine couture… actual sweaters and vests made from the hair (fur?) of their own pet dogs.

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October 24, 2008 at 9:27 pm

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How would drilling offshore affect oil supplies?

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Clamor is on the rise from the right about how drilling for oil along the US coasts would increase supplies and lower gas prices.  But what would we really get?
Juan Cole posted this outstanding graphic to make it clear. Look for the dark blue (you may need to look closely!) to see it. A few salient details follow.
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Millions of barrels of oil a day produced by US and by world, with McCain’s proposed increase through offshore drilling. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 19, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Posted in Environment, Politics

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Olberman warning to Clinton: “That way, madness lies”

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What a breath of fresh air it is to hear someone speak who acknowledges the elephant in the room!

These are strong words, but badly needed. Bravo to Keith Olberman for confronting misconduct, and for offering hope—after these dark Bush years—that unethical campaigning might still be wrong.

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March 13, 2008 at 3:07 pm

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What’s the deadliest conflict since World War II?

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A: Congo. And it’s

More than 5 million people have died in the past decade, yet it goes virtually unnoticed and unreported in the United States. […] In other words, a loss of life on the scale of Sept. 11 occurring every two days, in a country whose population is one-sixth our own. … A particularly horrifying aspect of the conflict is the mass sexual violence being used as a weapon of war.

And guess who got the ball rolling:

After supporting the allies in World War II, Congo gained independence and elected Patrice Lumumba, a progressive Pan-Africanist, as prime minister in 1960. He was assassinated soon after in a plot involving the CIA. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Two families, 28 years of Presidency?

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Over at God’s Politics, an astute observer points out that if Hillary Clinton were elected President and served two terms “it would mean that two families would share the presidency of the United States for 28 years.”

Two families, each with a vast network of connections to the rich and powerful of the world.

I wonder if ordinary, non-influential people benefit, in the long run, when so much power remains in the hands of so few. Does it not diminish the democratic distribution of authority?

For instance, imagine a George W. Bush Presidency without George H.W. Bush connections. Remove Rumsfeld. Remove Cheney. Would he have been able to take us to war without the concentration of power that oligarchy brings?

Read the comments, below, for other excellent examples – especially from naj regarding Iran.

Related Post: Power Corrupts – Here’s its antidote
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May 15, 2007 at 6:00 am