Sunday Roast: The Human Animal, The Language of the Body

Body language has always fascinated me…it usually speaks so many more volumes than the spoken word.

Desmond Morris examines body language much more in depth than I could ever imagine, with a certain emphasis on gestures — my favorite.

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In case you missed it…

This was a great moment yesterday in politics.. President Obama spoke at the House Republican retreat in Baltimore. The Republicans agreed beforehand to open it up to the cameras. I can’t imagine today that they are happy they did, but the rest of America benefitted from it.

The exchange that took place between the president and the GOP in the following Q & A was simply amazing.. I am so glad I didn’t miss it. It was just excellent, the best I can remember seeing. This is what I have been wanting and waiting to see and hear. It was honest and real, respectful and non-confrontational. I am just so proud of President Obama..

Here’s the transcript of the entire exchange (printed in the WP). I especially enjoyed what Mark Ambinder at The Atlantic posted following the exchange between the president and his GOP members in the audience.

The Watering Hole: January 30 – Gandhi

On 30 January 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was shot while having his nightly public walk on the grounds of the Birla House in New Delhi.

The assassin, Nathuram Godse, was a Hindu nationalist with links to the extremist Hindu Mahasabha, who held Gandhi responsible for weakening India by insisting upon a payment to Pakistan. Godse and his co-conspirator Narayan Apte were later tried and convicted; they were executed on 15 November 1949 (Gandhi would not have approved!). Gandhi’s memorial at Rāj Ghāt, New Delhi, bears the epigraph “Hē Ram”, which may be translated as “Oh God”. These are widely believed to be Gandhi’s last words after he was shot.

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The Watering Hole: January 29 – Modular Nuclear Power

Nuclear power has become the scrofula of energy sources in the eyes of  environmentalists because of the Three Mile Island incident.  On the other hand, the alternative option of fossil fuels is destroying the entire planet. Babcock and Wilcox has been touting the concept of scalable nuclear power.  The initial concept is illustrated below:

The advantage of this approach is that a single small reactor design can be created and tested for safety and then be factory built, rail transported and be inserted into multiple silos at a single site.  Each module would be akin to a battery in a multi cell flashlight.  In addition, containment is a lesser issue as the heart of the reactor can be  buried as far underground as desired.

This is not an endorsement for B&W or any of their products, it is only an eye opener on how things can be done differently. Selling beer in a six pack is more efficient than in a two quart pail dispensed from a beer wagon.  My grandfather operated one of these for National Bohemian in his teens. In those days, the figurative dad came home to a lukewarm pail of suds.

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Raey Etisoppo

Republicans and Teabaggers took to the streets to protest deficit spending. So, what does Obama do? He proposes to bring back “pay as you go” which worked well under Clinton for ending deficit spending and putting our government on track to pay off the National Debt.

So, Republicans should be all for balancing the budget, right? Nope. Although some Republicans supported “pay as you go” in the past, the Senate passed the plan on a party-line 60-40 vote.

So, with the Republicans consistently taking a position, any position, so long as it is 180 degrees opposite of what Obama proposes, perhaps it is time for Obama to propose a 100% ultra-conservative, neo-con, evangelical christian agenda. With their knee-jerk reactions, we might just see Congress pass some progressive legislation after all!

Obama criticizes the SCOTUS during SOTU

I have to say this took me by surprise to hear President Obama say this to the SCOTUS sitting directly in front of him last night during his address. I’m really glad, but surprised.

“Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign companies — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said Wednesday night. “Well, I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”

Wow.. Uncomfortable.. (Did you all see Justice Alito’s reaction??)

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Text of the SOTU speech in full.

The Watering Hole: January 28, Public Eye Awards 2010 – And the winners are…

In time for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos the “Public Eye Awards” have been granted to:

The Basle based chemical giant Roche for their immoral research on organ transplant rejection.The organs used for research come from China, well known for harvesting organs of death penalty victims.

The second award goes to The Royal Bank of Canada for financing the messiest possible crude oil production from oilsands.

Two really deserving winners.

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Chris Matthews STFU!!

MATTHEWS: You know, I was trying to think about who he was tonight, and it’s interesting: He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two. I mean, it’s something we don’t even think about.

Obviously, President Obama’s blackness was all over Tweety’s mind this evening.

*eyes rolling*

HT: ThinkProgress