Archive for July 19th, 2012


I just noted, with acute embarrassment, that the post that stirred up such a fine conversation was titled “Distibutism, True and False”.  Boy do I feel dumb. It has been corrected.

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This is scary:

President Obama continues to plan for emergencies in a way that aggrandizes the power of the Executive Branch.

Back in March, in a creepy executive order, entitled “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” Obama authorized the President and cabinet officials to take over crucial aspects of the national economy—not only during emergencies but also in peacetime.

Then, just 10 days ago, on July 6, Obama issued another executive order, entitled, “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.”

The order says this is pursuant to section 706 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S. C. 6066), which states, in part:

“The President, if he deems it necessary in the interest of national security or defense, may suspend or amend, for such time as he may see fit, the rules and regulations applicable to any or all stations or devices capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations within the jurisdiction of the United States . . . and may cause the closing of any station for radio communication, or any device capable of emitting electromagnetic radiations between 10 kilocycles and 100,000 megacycles . . . and the removal therefrom of its apparatus and equipment, or he may authorize the use or control of any such station or device and/or its apparatus and equipment, by any department of the Government under such regulations as he may prescribe upon just compensation to the owners.”

Obama’s executive order authorizes the heads of Homeland Security and the Office of Science and Technology Policy to make recommendations to the President on how he might enforce that 1934 law.

Read more, from The Progressive, here.

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Another Rain Song

Yesterday, late in the afternoon, the sky darkened, the wind picked up, and it began to rain.

For two minutes, after which the sun came back out and it was hotter and steamier than ever, like a sauna.

Today, the sky is grey and there is a breeze. To help things along, here is another rain song,  a live version of Bruce Cockburn’s After the Rain, which originally appeared on his 1979 album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws:

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