Billie’s Quickies … “How degraded, barbaric and depraved a society becomes when it lifts the taboo on torturing captives.”


  • What a GREAT idea! was created by the Samaritan Center and high-tech services and products supplier TyRex Group Ltd. earlier this year to raise money for local charities. The site is free to use, but for each recognition of a good deed, TyRex gives the Samaritan Center $1.”

  • Chilling and unacceptable:  “One hundred forty-three years after passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and 60 years after Article 4 of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights banned slavery and the slave trade worldwide, there are more slaves than at any time in human history — 27 million.”
  • URL disasters are continuously chuckleworthy!  How can you not laugh at
  • As per usual, Glenn Greenwald (@glenngreenwald) brings lofty philosophical rationalization behind torture crashing to the earth (As per usual, I sometimes like to revisit stuff we may have all already seen, but seem important to remember):(1) The fact that we are not really bothered any more by taking helpless detainees in our custody and (a) threatening to blow their brains out, torture them with drills, rape their mothers, and murder their children; (b) choking them until they pass out; (c) pouring water down their throats to drown them; (d) hanging them by their arms until their shoulders are dislocated; (e) blowing smoke in their face until they vomit; (f) putting them in diapers, dousing them with cold water, and leaving them on a concrete floor to induce hypothermia; and (g) beating them with the butt of a rifle — all things that we have always condemend as “torture” and which our laws explicitly criminalize as felonies (“torture means. . . the threat of imminent death; or the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering . . .”) — reveals better than all the words in the world could how degraded, barbaric and depraved a society becomes when it lifts the taboo on torturing captives.”
  • Interesting idea : House calls to vulnerable patients, which can reduce hospital admissions, may be key to reform.
  • Yet another way in which Americans are so lucky: Reporters Without Borders has released a report entitled ‘The dangers for journalists who expose environmental issues.’ The report looks at 13 cases of journalists and bloggers who have been killed, physically attacked, jailed, threatened or censored for reporting on the environment, and highlights the need for a free press to tackle ecological challenges.”
  • Yoga via YouTube? Why the hell not?
  • 2nd Tour, Hope I Don’t Die. – The book’s title came from graffiti scrawled on a wall at an Air Force base in Kuwait that was one of the transit points for troops heading to Iraq … A clear idea of the pathetic unwillingness of the American people to share in the sacrifices of these wars can be gleaned from a comment that President Obama made in his address last week to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. ‘We are a country of more than 300 million Americans,’ he said. ‘Less than 1 percent wears the uniform …’ if this war, now approaching its ninth year, is so fundamental, we should all be pitching in. We shouldn’t be leaving the entire monumental burden to a tiny portion of the population, sending them into combat again, and again, and again, and again …”
  • Have I quickied this neat thingie before? Well … it could bear another mention I suppose.
  • This is still one of the most moving and weighty videos wrapped in such a simple package (and it applies in so many ways … in this case the confidence and education given to a girl … in other cases, teaching self-sufficiency through education for girls and boys everywhere.):


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