Monthly Archives: June 2013

Snowden – Wouldn’t Believe All I’m Reading

snowden inside job(Community Matters) I’m not inclined to believe what could very probably be a well-organized misinformation campaign to turn public sentiment against Snowden – Edward Snowden Says He Sought Booz Allen Hamilton Job To Gather NSA Surveillance Evidence.

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Battleground Texas in Playbook

(Community Matters) 

2020 WATCH – “Battleground Texas plans D.C. fundraiser,” by Alexander Burns: “The Democratic group aiming to transform Texas into a swing state will hold its first Washington fundraiser early next month … Battleground Texas, the organization launched by former Obama campaign officials with the goal of helping Democrats compete in the nation’s largest GOP stronghold, is inviting supporters to a reception at The Hamilton on July 11. Battleground Texas executive director Jenn Brown and senior adviser Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s former national field director, are scheduled to appear at the event. The invitation asks for donations starting at $50 per person and going up to $1,000 apiece for event chairs. One person involved in planning the event said it hoped to encourage participation from younger Democrats …

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Brazil’s Arab Spring?

brazil-confed-cup-protests.jpeg1-1280x960(Community Matters)  A wise friend predicted that people worldwide would erupt in their own Arab Springs. Says our Occupy Wall Street was a first and failed attempt. I watch the newly erupting protests worldwide with this prediction in mind.

BREAKING – “One million march across Brazil in biggest protests yet,” by Reuters’ Paulo Prada and Maria Carolina Marcello in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia : “An estimated 1 million people took to the streets in cities across Brazil on Thursday as the country’s biggest protests in two decades intensified despite government concessions meant to quell the demonstrations. Undeterred by the reversal of transport fare hikes that sparked the protests, and promises of better public services, demonstrators marched around two international soccer matches and in locales as diverse as the Amazon capital of Manaus and the prosperous southern city of Florianopolis. … In central Rio de Janeiro, where 300,000 people marched, police afterwards chased looters and dispersed people crowding into surrounding areas.”

America’s Place in the World

(Community Matters) We’re the undisputed 600 lb gorilla in terms of economy & military yet other world leaders are increasingly pushing back. We began to seriously dilute our standing as a beacon of liberty & justice under GWB. It would appear we’re contributing to this again given the Chinese, Russian, German and other leaders’ concerns about the indefinite detention of Guantanamo prisoners, the casualty of civilians in our use of drones, and our international and domestic surveillance programs. This is troubling – much bigger than losing advantage in negotiations – our symbolism has been inspiring to millions around the world for decades, not to mention to ourselves. We must regain a place on the moral high ground. This has got to figure into the cost benefit analysis of our domestic and international programs.

LGBT Discrimination in Rental Housing According to HUD

(Community Matters) 

From the Department of Housing and Urban Development

This is the first large-scale, paired-testing study to assess housing discrimination against same-sex couples in metropolitan rental markets via advertisements on the Internet. The research is based on 6,833 e-mail correspondence tests conducted in 50 metropolitan markets across the United States from June through October 2011. For each correspondence test, two e-mails were sent to the housing provider, each inquiring about the availability of the unit advertised on the Internet.

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Evolving on Prism

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(Community Matters) I’d probably come down accepting of the privacy costs in favor of protection against future terrorists attacks if I believed government reports about how we’re using the data and the inviolable safeguards. I don’t know what it says about me that at this point I believe Snowden and tech sources more than I believe government spokespersons . . . but it’s where I find myself. And, I don’t doubt Snowden exaggerates and is suffering paranoia (understandably).

<<James Clapper, America’s director of national intelligence, told Congress in March that the NSA does not gather data on “millions of Americans”. He now says he answered in “the least untruthful manner” possible.>>

Legislators Wary Of Imposing Regulations After West Explosion

(Community Matters) I’m sorta at a loss about this. I’m not sure what legislators think we hire them to do if not first and foremost protect citizens’ lives. Corporate interests are seen as the real constituents of far too many politicos.

“I want to make sure we don’t start giving everybody a lot of instructions,” said Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton.

[but instructions about women’s bodies, but instructions about sex in between consulting adults, but instructions about sex education in schools . . . no, you are bought and paid for by special interests Mr Flynn]

AAS: “Legislators wary of imposing regulations after West explosion.”

Classical Sculptures as Hipsters

(Community Matters) Discovered via tweet from Elizabeth Minchill

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Photos by photographer Léo Caillard and photo retoucher Alexis Persani.

We’re Everywhere

(Community Matters) rt @EugeneAustin 

  • You know . . . If I were afraid of homosexuals, guess I’d be freaking out these days too. Noticed in NY, now at ABIA . . we’re everywhere

Austin Most Vegan Friendly City

(Community Matters) in the Austin American Statesman

Our favorite vegan chef is David Bulls – love to sit in Congress Restaurant Bar and let Chef David surprise us. Admittedly, vegan Wheatsville’s deli or take out from Mothers more often.

Austin New & Old

(Community Matters) Michael Barnes’ follow up to “Chill: Austin is not Dallas or Houston”

 

IRS Scrutiny of Charity Applications

vote(Community Matters) Whomever limited additional scrutiny for charitable applications to Tea Party & Patriot made a mistake, but not because they decided applications from politically driven organizations merited the scrutiny. The screens should have been (& as far as we know could have been) broader. Any organization with primarily political ambitions applying for charitable status should be closely evaluated, rigorously screened. In case most don’t know, many applications (most with which I’ve been engaged) have been, whether or not politically oriented. And, I am engaged with two charities (one national, one statewide) which have political entities; their 501(c)(3) arms are segregated and activities separately overseen.