On My Own Lack of Empathy…Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve known for a long time I don’t contain the natural empathy or feeling of the average person. This could be how it’s always been. This could also be (in part) desensitization from a career in social work…twenty years of witnessed experiences and darker narratives: – Doing paperwork in a crisis house when a woman…

Setting aside my cynicism…Occupy Wall Street

I freely admit, I can be cynical…really cynical. Which is probably why when I heard of the Occupy Wall Street protest, my first question was: if they are trying to cause trouble on Wall Street, why the hell are they doing the protest on a Saturday? At the time, I didn’t know it was going…

Dear Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California State Senate…A-A-Ahem…

Fuck you. Really…when all of you, both Democrat and Republican are finished congratulating yourselves on how you finally reached a budget “deal,” may each and every one of you then immediately lose every dollar you personally have and wind up on the streets with no contacts, no accounts and no visible means of support so…

Headlines – Gulf Coast and Beyond…

Thank God for the Whistle-Blowers – Robert Scheer – Truthdig Bated breath in Gulf ahead of oil well ‘kill’ operation – AFP UC Berkeley’s BP Deal Tainted By Oil Spill: $500 Million Research Agreement At Stake – HuffingtonPost BP ‘carpet bombed’ Gulf with chemical dispersants, says congressman – Al.com BP scaling Back Cleanup Efforts After…

Yeah, and no one anticipated the breach of the levees, either

In hearings yesterday on Capitol Hill, Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior under Bush, said no one anticipated such a large oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Accompanied by Dirk Kempthorne, who succeeded Norton when she resigned in ’06, he affirmed that nobody did, not Congress, not the President, not the oil companies, no…