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February 2011

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Manufactured Landscapes

February 16, 2011 – Comments (0)

Oh, the majestic peaks and valleys of Banff National Park . . . and then there's the natural scenery. ....

Swimsuit 2011
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011_swimsuit/onlocation/canada/

C., ... resident of Blue-Eyed Sheikdom [... we manufacture it all for you, Amerika!]   [more]

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Stewing "Democracy"

February 01, 2011 – Comments (2)

... and Madam Secretary cookin':

What we’re trying to do is to help clear the air, so that those who remain in power, starting with President Mubarak, with his new vice president, with the new prime minister, will begin a process of reaching out, of creating a dialogue that will bring in peaceful activists and representatives of civil society to plan a way forward that will meet the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people.

- Madam Secretary
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/01/155588.htm

What we are focused on now is a transition that will meet the needs of the Egyptian people and that will truly establish democracy, not just for one election and then no more elections after that, or not for radicals, extremists, violent elements to take over. ....

[W]e want to see the outcome of what started as peaceful protests legitimately demanding redress for grievances to result in a true democracy. Not a phony one like we saw with Iranian elections. ....

We have a calendar that already has elections for the next president scheduled. So there is an action-enforcing event that is already on the calendar.


- Madam Secretary
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/01/155587.htm

And yes, if there's one thing Madam Secretary cannot stand it's faux democracy where the same person just keeps staying in power for 30 years:

It needs to be an orderly, peaceful transition to real democracy, not faux democracy like the elections we saw in Iran two years ago, where you have one election 30 years ago and then the people just keep staying in power and become less and less responsive to their people.

- Madam Secretary
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/01/155585.htm

Oh, kitchen nightmare!

C.   [more]

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