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But what do you know about me, given that I believe in secrecy, that is, in the power of falsity, rather than in representing things in a way that manifests a lamentable faith in accuracy and truth? If I stick where I am, if I don’t travel around, like anyone else I make my inner journeys that I can only measure by my emotions, and express very obliquely and circuitously in what I write.
—  Gilles Deleuze, from Letter to a Harsh Critic
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Palestinians in Ramallah protest against resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Occupation, which are due to start in Washington later this week, July 28, 2013.

Protests were organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and called for by imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the PFLP, who urged Palestinians to “break the barriers of silence and bang on the walls of the tank” to defend Palestinian rights under threat from new negotiations in a letter leaked from prison.

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Breaking: World leaders agree to extend Kyoto Protocol at COP18. U.S. and China skip talks. Environmentalists are super pissed. Click to watch Al Jazeera’s superior reporting. Full story with link, below. I’ll have more on the adaptation portions of the negotiations throughout the upcoming week.

Deal reached in Doha to extend Kyoto protocol

Delegates end conference with agreement to keep alive legally binding plan limiting greenhouse-gas emissions until 2020.

UN climate talks in Doha have come to a point of agreement on the extension of the Kyoto protocol, despite an objection from the Russian Federation.

After 36 hours of non-stop negotiation, delegates from nearly 200 nations in the Qatari capital agreed on Saturday to extend the protocol limiting greenhouse gas emissions until 2020.

Almost immediately after Qatar’s energy minister announced an agreement, Russia stated its objection.

Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark, reporting from the conference venue, said Russia’s objection showed that despite the agreement, “not everybody is totally happy” with the outcome of the two-week-long conference.

The extension of the 1997 UN-backed Kyoto Protocol will keep it alive as the only legally binding plan for combating global warming even though it will cover developed nations whose share of world greenhouse-gas emissions is less than 15 per cent.

The 27-member European Union, Australia, Switzerland and eight other industrialised nations agreed to the binding emission cuts by 2020. Each signatory had already legislated individual targets.

The United States has refused to ratify Kyoto. The Protocol also excludes major developing polluters like China, the nation with the higest rate of pollution, and India.

"It is a modest but essential step forward", Connie Hedegaard, European climate commissioner, said at the conclusion of Doha Climate Gateway.

Full story: Al Jazeera

Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell. - Shams Tabrizi by water.drop …..( on & off ) on Flickr.

Ok.  I don’t see why this is being brought up as an issue.  Two economic issues were discussed during the election:  raising taxes on income over $250 thousand and Obamacare.  True, we didn’t really delve too far into either, but both Dems and Republicans railed against both.  Romney even promised to repeal Obamacare right when he entered office if elected.  Obviously, the people rejected that idea when they elected Obama.  Of course the White House isn’t going to go with this.  Why start with conflict.

The worst part is that they aren’t making proposals to improve on the legislation by helping to bring costs down.  No!  They just want to repeal it outright, maybe keeping some of the more popular parts.  This is completely unproductive and it’s been rejected.  So why pick this fight?  Because they learned nothing.  Get prepared people.  They’re about to double down on stupid.

Republican aides are circulating their summary of the White House’s opening bid on the fiscal cliff. They’re circulating it because they believe it fleshes out Speaker John Boehner’s complaint that “the White House has to get serious.” Above all, they’re circulating it because the president isn’t offering them anything in his opening bid.

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“How did it take them three weeks (and two days) to offer nothing but President Obama’s budget?” A GOP leadership aide asked me rhetorically. 

We’re seeing two things here. One is that the negotiations aren’t going well. When one side begins leaking the other side’s proposals, that’s typically a bad sign. The other is that Republicans are frustrated at the new Obama they’re facing: The Obama who refuses to negotiate with himself.