#sheltiegram October (at the ranch)

#sheltiegram October (at the ranch)

Monarch on soda cracker raft by Laser Bread on Flickr.
it’s ok to blow the whistle on activists of color who are bullies, abusive, manipulative and harmful. it’s ok to admit that someone you respected greatly, and thought had super “radical” politics behaved in fucked up ways. it’s ok to be angry that your allies, and friends and loved ones aren’t helping to hold this person accountable, because the “work” is so much more important than our individual needs/stories. we are the work. truth-telling is not dismantling our ability to organize. truth-telling increases our capacity to create healthy relationships in our own communities.

I think this can be said of Progressives in general. You can disapprove of the way someone delivers the message without disapproving of the message.

I’ve had it with people who can only communicate with vitriol, as if their extreme displeasure with the world excuses their own hate speech and lack of tolerance.

People can be wrong and still deserve to be treated with the kindness that is necessary to live in the human condition. We are all fallible, no matter how righteous. Sometimes, even more so.

With that, I’m out. 


Great tip! Please reblog.

I met a duck once at a park, that had been dumped there, obviously a pet. The children were tormenting “Bill” so when she followed me and jumped in my car, I took her home, and then to a bird rescue. Was half tempted to take her with me on my move from Arizona to Indiana, but someone had already offered to take her in when I went to pick her up on the way out of town.


Great tip! Please reblog.

I met a duck once at a park, that had been dumped there, obviously a pet. The children were tormenting “Bill” so when she followed me and jumped in my car, I took her home, and then to a bird rescue. Was half tempted to take her with me on my move from Arizona to Indiana, but someone had already offered to take her in when I went to pick her up on the way out of town.


Conservative Republicans in our nation’s capital have managed to accomplish something they only dreamed of when Tea Partiers streamed into Congress at the start of 2011: They’ve basically shut Congress down. Their refusal to compromise is working just as they hoped: No jobs agenda. No budget. No…

I don’t believe Tea Partiers want smaller government. They just don’t want equality, or to contribute to the leveling of American society. Patriots, indeed.


DOG SAVES DISCARDED INFANT FROM GARBAGE  - A clever dog has been rewarded after carrying a plastic bag containing a newborn girl from a roadside rubbish dump back to its home.” 

A dog named Pui in Thailand discovered a newborn infant who had been discarded in a plastic bag. Pui carried the baby back home and his owner alerted authorities. Pui is a Thai Bangkaew breed. Read more from the Bangkok Post:

The male Thai Bangkaew dog named Pui took the white plastic bag from a dump site in tambon Sala Loi in Tha Rua district to his master Gumnerd Thongmak’s house and barked loudly to get attention. 

Mr Gumnerd’s niece, Sudarat, 12, said she went downstairs after hearing Pui barking and found the bag on the patio. She opened it and was shocked to find a newborn baby inside. Sudarat ran to get her mother and they took the baby to Tha Rua Hospital. 


Pui yesterday received a leather collar and a medal from Tha Rua district Red Cross Chapter as a token of appreciation for his clever rescue. 

Thanks to Pui, the little baby avoided a terrible fate. Several people have already expressed a desire to adopt the baby. Click here for the full story. (Photos by Sunthorn Pongpao)



Meet Network News Service, the ABC-, CBS-, and Fox- owned cooperative that brings you the same canned local news, no matter where you live or what network you’re watching
May 1, 2013

If you’ve ever seen the video above, or this one or this one, you’ve probably wondered just how it happens that local news stations on different networks around the country report the same stories… in exactly the same ways.

Wonder no more, because the lone pamphleteer did some digging and and came up with some pretty interesting dirt on the Network News Service (NNS), a “pioneering” organization formed in 2000 by ABC News One (owned by Disney), CBS Newspath, and Fox News Edge with the goal of cutting costs for all three networks by pooling resources and sharing footage. Over 500 affiliates of the three networks were members as of 2005, meaning they receive the prepackaged footage, soundbites, and scripted leads to which the local stations could add their own original spin.

To get around the appearance of colluding (and presumably to avoid criminal liability for anti-competitive behavior) NNS doesn’t allow the same footage to flow to two competing affiliates in the same city, although affiliates of each network could play the same footage at the same time as long as they are all in different cities.

Much of this information comes from a very revealing CBS blog post about NNS from 2005, which relates the obvious reasons for why all three networks would want to enter into this deal. They only have to set up one camera at events, for one, and they all tend to voluntarily share with each other “because of the cooperative nature of NNS”— “they know they must participate in order to reap the organization’s benefits.” And, of course, it gives the three networks a competitive edge over NBC and CNN.

Three of the largest American media conglomerates cooperating in the production and distribution of news sounds like a great business plan to me, but doesn’t that violate Federal Communications Commission rules about competition and monopoly? It probably would have before the FCC deregulated the telecommunications industry, first under Reagan, and then further under Clinton following the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Now, as this chart demonstrates, a handful of massive corporations owns and controls most of our media, from initial production to final distribution— and with little regulatory oversight. And, lest you think we might start correcting this dangerous course soon, this just in: Obama’s new pick for FCC chairman has been a top lobbyist for the cable industry since 1979 (and more recently for wireless companies), probably championing a lot of the policies that led to such drastic consolidation.

In an even more dystopic twist on its business model, NNS began employing what appears to be robots in 2008 (or earlier). Generation Technologies Corporation (GTC) provides NNS with its “next generation network newsroom and affiliate content management system. The system known as NIM™ is based on GTC’s Newsroom Information Model.”

[GTC’s products] include software and hardware for all aspects of managing a network television newsroom from the assignment desk to the contribution and distribution of video clips and news wires. GTC provides industry tested bundled solutions using a standards-based, open-architecture framework.

If you can figure out what that means, let me know.

Unsurprisingly, in 2010, TV Newser (slogan: “And Now the News… About TV News”) reported that NNS was laying off a number of (living) employees as part of a series of “’sensible adjustments that reflect the partners’ needs as NNS evolves,’ and that new IP transmission technology changed the needs of the organization.” I think that means computers took over the production and distribution of the news, but I could be wrong. According to another press release,

Generation Technologies will use a combination of NIM ‘n-tier’ newsroom technology, Microsoft’s NT and Microsoft’s SQL replication technologies and will provide the main Fox News Edge, CBS Newspath and ABC NewsOne affiliate newsrooms with full metadata replication. Generation Technologies will be interfacing to NNS’s high end Montage video servers.

Again, let me know.

I’m not quite sure what to make of my new found knowledge about Network News Service or the murky underworld of corporate news manufacturing that it reveals, but it certainly deepens my distrust and skepticism of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, it looks like the Koch Brothers are about to buy up the Tribune Company, which would include The Chicago Tribune, The L.A. Times, and The Baltimore Sun. I bet that’s one headline that won’t be syndicated ad nauseum on the news tonight.

-The Lone Pamphleteer

This is so terrible. But thank you, the-lone-pamphleteer, for your hard work on putting this together & posting this.

Well, journalism was already a charade in the nineties, I guess this is the process of ossification. The news is about selling advertising and corporate agendas. If it weren’t, poverty and racism would be on every night with cameras pointed in people’s faces, “So how does it feel to be society’s scapegoat?”




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it ended here because nobody knows what the wiggly brackets are called


All of you are wrong. The J in GIF is silent. Like in José.


Finally. Now agree “they” can be used as a singular pronoun.



The Astonishing Annual Red Crab Migration

Named one of the planet’s most breathtaking migrations, the Christmas Island red crab exodus is a natural phenomenon that continues to astonish.

Making it onto CNN Travel’s recent list of the “10 most spectacular wildlife migrations,” the island’s annual red crab migration is an astounding event that involves the movement of millions of vividly colored crabs as they leave their in-land homes to breed and release eggs into the sea.

An Australian territory, Christmas Island lies some 2,600 kilometers north-west of Perth in the middle of the Indian Ocean. While just 1,500 people live there, it is home to an estimated 120 million crabs.

Oh man, I’m so scared of crabs. So glad I don’t live on Christmas Island