Saturday, August 31, 2013

We are sowing the seeds of our own demise!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Example of how scientists create our world with English words.

Guess why?

People don't understand this, show biz, marketing... Look at all the attention this has gotten! She succeeded in that department, and that's what show biz is all about, numbers, points, audience, ultimately all adding up as bucks, and power. And that's the game played! Look at what Lady Gaga does, all of them taught by Madonna!

Miley Cyrus's twerking routine was cultural appropriation at its worst

Cyrus's act was less a homage to hip-hop and more a minstrel show. For cultural cross-pollination, give me the Notting Hill carnival any day
Link to video: MTV VMAs: Miley Cyrus performance sparks criticism
Exactly half a century ago on Wednesday, Martin Luther King described his dream, a dream in which "one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers".
So it seems deliciously apt in terms of reflecting how race relations have progressed in the US since Dr King's era that, just a whisker short of the anniversary of his speech, the world bore witness to one of the more intriguing examples of cultural appropriation. Sadly, King omitted to say whether he also dreamed of "little white girls from Tennessee mimicking anilingus on little black girls wearing giant animals on their backs", so it's impossible to know how he would have reacted to Miley Cyrus' performance at the VMAs on Sunday. But it seems likely that not even he could have foreseen how the American celebrity world would manage to twist his image into something quite so, if not actually racist, then certainly race-ish.
As I watched Cyrus's performance on Monday morning on my laptop, the first floats in the Notting Hill carnival parade went by outside my window. I have lived in the middle of the carnival route for 12 years now and going by my wholly unscientific observation, the carnival is one of the lovelier forms of cultural cross-pollination. Yes, there are lots of white people trying to dance, not too appallingly, to reggae soundsystems, as well as an increasing overflow of aggressively drunk white men who seem to have got lost on their way to Reading festival. But in the main, the carnival is one of the closest adherents to King's dream that I have encountered in my four decades living in four different cities, with its happy celebration of African-Caribbean traditions, which most of the white attendees excitedly cheer along.
Which brings us back to Miley Cyrus' VMA performance – a perfect illustration of just how the celebrity world appropriates black culture and female liberation. The song Cyrus sang, We Can't Stop, was written by Timothy and Theron Thomas and given to Cyrus when she told them, presumably without a wince: "I want something that feels black." Instead of giving her something by, I don't know, John Coltrane, the Thomas brothers gave her a song originally written for Rihanna which, to be fair, was almost certainly the image of blackness Cyrus had in mind as I don't think Coltrane did much twerking.
Cyrus is hardly the first female celebrity to try to prove her maturity through sexuality and, to be fair to her, she probably felt that she needed more than a pixie haircut to compensate for the Billy Ray Cyrusfactor. Whether that had to involve sticking her tongue out repeatedly as if Gene Simmons never happened is something only cultural historians will be able to chart later. Plenty of male singers grab their crotches while performing, but it seems to be only female singers these days who feel the need to strip down to their underwear and simulate sex acts on stage. As nice as it would be to imagine a world in which young women weren't taught to equate hypersexuality with maturity and independence, that remains as unrealised a dream as much of King's speech.
Cyrus, though, twerked the formula as well as her body by adding in a racial element while she copied the dance moves of strippers and bellowed her love of drugs. (Billy Ray's heart must be pretty achy breaky these days.) On stage as well as in her video she used the tedious trope of having black women as her backing singers, there only to be fondled by her and to admire her wiggling derriere. Cyrus is explicitly imitating crunk music videos and the sort of hip-hop she finds so edgy – she has said, bless her, that she feels she is Lil' Kim inside and she loves "hood music" – and the effect was not of a homage but of a minstrel show, with a young wealthy woman from the south doing a garish imitation of black music and reducing black dancers to background fodder and black women to exaggerated sex objects.
Cyrus's approach to cultural appropriation is as sophisticated as Robin Thicke's view of female sexuality, making it delightfully apt that they, inevitably, ended up duetting together. In a brilliant blogpost on the song, writer Wallace Wylie points out that while Thicke's song, Blurred Lines, doesn't endorse rape, as some have alleged, it does present the most tediously reductive view of sex and women with the idea of "a good girl" just needing to be liberated by alcohol and a penis to become "an animal". It's an idea that was satirised six years ago in SuperBad by teenagers and yet remains as credible in pop songs today as it does in porn. It's one of life's ironies that pop music is supposedly a progressive and young person's art form, yet the messages it sends are generally as retrograde as the gruntings of an embarrassing middle-aged uncle at Christmas dinner. It's downright bizarre that a carnival that celebrates its 50th anniversary next year should look so much more modern than anything in the pop world.
So like King, I too have a dream: I have a dream that female celebrities will one day feel that they don't need to imitate porn actors on magazine covers and in their stage acts. I have a dream that the predominantly white music world will stop reducing black music to grills and bitches andtwerking. And I have a dream that stupid songs about seducing "good girls" will be laughed at instead of sent to No 1. And most of all, I dream that I never, ever have to see Miley Cyrus gyrating against Robin Thicke's crotch again. We won't be free then, but it will be a start.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

This the 'Good Ole Boys Network!'

Too many bus accidents in the world. Poor equipment, fatigued, overworked drivers. I try not to take buses!

Marx right about so many things...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

At 73-years of age, my memory is better than ever. I think this is some kind of common hoax, perpetrated on seniors!

I would imagine all of the U.S. is depressed!

Yes, I'm sure the 'Neocons,' would like us to invade, take over and turn Syria into a Christian-Capitalist Nation!

This is hilarious! An artist has to seek asylum, because he painted someone in underwear! The world has become bizarre.

I never have understood this 'clinging' for power. If people want you to go, wouldn't it be wise just to go!

You'd have to pay me to purchase an automobile.

Well, the jury had no choice! But, will it solve anything, taking another life, will it help prevent more of this. I doubt it. We're (the U.S.) not dealing with the causes of problems, only treating the symptoms.

It's not capitalism that's not working, it's the people who are not working properly. Greed has taken over, compromise, out the window. Thus, we're in a horrible state of economic Depression!

Sinofsky says. “Whatever path we’re on isn’t going to work anymore,” he says.

What the Sharing Economy Needs...

Digital utopianism runs through Silicon Valley like water down the Mississippi. But the rhetoric reaches even higher levels than usual when the tech cognoscenti start talking about “the sharing economy.” An app that puts strangers in your apartment when you’re not in it or in your car when you’re not driving is a seductive proposition. For engineers and designers weaned on the idea of efficiency as the key to better living, sharing just makes so much sense.
The most breathtaking example of that idealism in action to date may be Uber’s latest financing round — a $258 million shot-in-the-arm led by Google Ventures. The deal has sparked fantasies of Uber as the platform for a fleet of self-driven Google delivery trucks that take down Amazon by bringing you anything you crave with the tap of an app.
Despite all the talk — and the cash behind it — the floodgates have not opened where it matters. Most people don’t list their homes or apartments on AirBnb or use Uber to get from place to place. Particularly here in the U.S., the idea of sharing runs headlong into the ideology of owning. Commodity fetishism reigns supreme. We identify with the stuff that’s ours.
The success of the sharing economy depends on the degree to which a culture of using versus owning triumphs over the deeply ingrained consumerist notion of our stuff as an extension of ourselves. While the first generation of digital natives may feel comfortable sharing every aspect of their online lives, it’s hard tell to whether they’ll be anywhere near as comfortable sharing their possessions offline.
“We need to clearly understand how the sociology of sharing evolves,” says Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Businesses whose recent research focuses on thesharing economy. Sundararajan says that the act of sharing a possession such as your car or apartment changes the meaning of that thing.
In a sense, it’s no longer just “yours.” The question that intrigues him is whether using an app such as Uber to summon a ride every now and then acts as a gateway toward embracing a broader culture of sharing. If people use Uber, are they more likely to take the next step and share their own vehicle through a peer-to-peer car-sharing service like RelayRides?
“We’ve got the technology to change our patterns of consumption,” he says. “But to what extent will we?”
Maybe the problem is too much democracy. The promise of the sharing economy is typically framed as a bottom-up, grassroots effort. Individuals make independent decisions to share their possessions and their time and together create a groundswell that overturns the dominant paradigm.
Perhaps the more efficient way to move mainstream consumer culture towards more sharing is from the top down.
In other words, the sharing economy works better if your boss makes you.
That’s the premise of Local Motion, which today announced $6 million in funding from venture capital kingpin Andreessen Horowitz. The Silicon Valley-based startup installs a small piece of hardware inside the cars and trucks used by corporations, city governments, and universities. The idea is that — rather than different parts of a large institution operating their own cars, cars that mostly sit idle in parking lots — the organization can open up its whole fleet to the entire staff.
Just look for a car with a green LED, swipe your ID card (the same one you use to unlock the door to your office), and drive off. “The trick is to provide an experience that’s better than the experience of owning your car,” says Local Motion co-founder Clément Gires.
Local Motion’s pitch is that within as little as a week, the data collected on vehicle usage can tell fleet managers how many cars and trucks wind up sitting in the parking lot — in other words, what percentage of the fleet goes unused (Gires says typically 30 percent). Institutions can shed those cars and save money. In the meantime, workers are eased into the idea of vehicles as shared resources.
“We don’t have the cultural hurdle of taking the car from someone’s garage,” Gires says.
As part of its funding news, Local Motion announced that new Andreessen Horowitz hire and former Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky would be joining its board. Sinofsky says his first job is to help Local Motion scale to larger and larger organizations. As that happens, he and Gires say the definition of “fleet” starts to expand. Corporations begin sharing vehicles among themselves. Then neighborhoods.
The ever-increasing density and dysfunction of urban mobility makes sharing imperative, if not inevitable, Sinofsky says. “Whatever path we’re on isn’t going to work anymore,” he says.

Maybe so. But the more important question then becomes how to get to something that does work. Silicon Valley may prize the invisible hand; however, it’s also not above a little hand-holding to lead the rest of us toward its vision of communal consumption.

What's important in 2013, money, not aesthetics.

Creating our world with English words!

Why is this happening so much to professional athletes...?

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Interesting thing about sleeping, that moment when you 'fall' asleep… Suddenly you're unconscious and in a different 'world.'   It seems impossible to remember that exact moment when you went from being conscious to being unconscious… You can remember generally, but never that exact moment. Now, why is that?

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I'm sitting in the sun, having breakfast (buffet) at the GRAN HOTEL COCHABAMBA, a 5-star facility.  This is where South America comes to meet.  The cost, for a wonderful breakfast, everything you could imagine, only $6U.S.  Of course, this would be something like $20U.S. in the U.S..  
And, as an adjunct story, the best ever buffet breakfast cost 18E / $25U.S. but back in 2005, in Viberg, Denmark, at a Dan Hostel facility. There, in a glow, I sat looking out at snow coming down, and ate and ate, until I could barely get up!  Of course, I'd been cycling for days, and needed it.
Here in Cochabamba, just a slight diversion into the world of 5-star people (like Evo Morales, who stays here when in Cochabamba). 
However, there's being $ rich and then the rich life of sharing.  When you give you get in ways you never expected.  NO EXPECTATIONS, ONLY POSSIBILITIES. 
Like sitting here in the sun, the warmth, the glow that I want everyone to know about, to share, thus, I write about such!  
I'm hoping I'll be writing these 'blogs' in Spanish soon.  Note, I'm going to start mixing both languages, as a way of making the transition.
Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!
Gracias!  Gracias!  Gracias!
Grateful!  Grateful!  Grateful!
Agradecido!  Agradecido!  Agradecido!
You learn this will older age, to be thankful of even breathing easily!

H. 

I didn't attend, but I remember this vividly! I was 23-years old at the time.

Wow, the CIA will be buying up this technology immediately!

But, now everywhere in the world can see! I think very clever!

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I'm sitting in the sun, having breakfast (buffet) at the GRAN HOTEL COCHABAMBA, a 5-star facility.  This is where South America comes to meet.  The cost, for a wonderful breakfast, everything you could imagine, only $6U.S.  Of course, this would be something like $20U.S. in the U.S..  
And, as an adjunct story, the best ever buffet breakfast cost 18E / $25U.S. but back in 2005, in Viberg, Denmark, at a Dan Hostel facility. There, in a glow, I sat looking out at snow coming down, and ate and ate, until I could barely get up!  Of course, I'd been cycling for days, and needed it.
Here in Cochabamba, just a slight diversion into the world of 5-star people (like Evo Morales, who stays here when in Cochabamba). 
However, there's being $ rich and then the rich life of sharing.  When you give you get in ways you never expected.  NO EXPECTATIONS, ONLY POSSIBILITIES. 
Like sitting here in the sun, the warmth, the glow that I want everyone to know about, to share, thus, I write about such!  
I'm hoping I'll be writing these 'blogs' in Spanish soon.  Note, I'm going to start mixing both languages, as a way of making the transition.
Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!
Gracias!  Gracias!  Gracias!
Grateful!  Grateful!  Grateful!
Agradecido!  Agradecido!  Agradecido!
You learn this will older age, to be thankful of even breathing easily!

H. 

Look at Joan Baez, in this photograph. This had to be about 1960! Note, I had the opportunity to meet Joan on Dylan's ROLLING THUNDER REVUE film project.

Broccoli does many good things for the body!

We need more of this, and less of violence!

And yet another one, and this is beginning to amaze me. Why? How U.S. Citizens can just ignore an epidemic of violence?

We need less walls, borders, and flags! Ah, now there's a new one, Nationalism... This is part of the problem!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Noise pollution, one of my issues!

Divisiveness in South America

MY TURN (to speak up!):
I must write about all this divisiveness in South America, examples:
Chile vs. Bolivia, Ecuador vs. Colombia.  And there are other countries who can't seem to get along.  Mistrust a big issue in South America (in fact in the world).  Why?
All this does is cause pain for the people, the governments fighting over the spoils (except in Bolivia, where Evo fights for the people).
Isn't it time to overlook ethnic, religious, and political differences, and get our 'act together!'  Just think if South America were united?  You can believe no other super power would dare to start anything.  'United we stand, divided we fall!'  Simon Bolivar tried to warn us in 1825!  What's taking us so long to understand?
There are land wars, gas wars, water wars, on and on ad infinitum!
Trade does not flow easily from country to country.  A personal example is getting a bicycle chain from Santiago, Chile, to Cochabamba, Bolivia.  The Chilean Government is holding up the shipment at the Aduana de Frontera, Arica.  Why?  Just to make things more difficult for Bolivians, resultant hostility for Evo taking our quest for a port on the Pacific Ocean to the International Court of Appeals, The Hague, The Netherlands. Tit for tat.  
Fighting for resources has changed, however!  It's no longer productive to wage war for such.  It ultimately reduces resources along with the quality of the environment.  It also increases the rate at which they're being destroyed, and us in the process. 
We're basically stupid, destroying ourselves.  But, 'Pride goeth before the Fall.'
We, and this is ALL OF US, need to learn how to compromise, as everyone can't have everything it wants (even needs).  We have to learn how to share, or suffer the ultimate consequences, the extinction of the human race. 
One little attempt in South America to get people more together, is a Wall Mural (graffiti) contest between countries.  Sounds stupid, right?  But, any attempt to get people together, to meet, to experience, to share, to ultimately care is a good idea!
Why can't South Americans, of common ancestry (European and Indian). learn to be one family?  Why?  People always ask, Why?  I ask, 'Why not?'  Why not celebrate Simon Bolivar, Hugo Chavez, and Evo Morales,' (other names you supply?), ideas, that of overcoming the exploitation of El Norte, and fulfilling South America's potential:  A major economic, political, and cultural force in the world!
The cosmic energy has been shifted from the East (Tibet, China), to South America (Bolivia first), last December.  Let us take advantage of this moment, this time, to fulfill our destiny!
Let us stop bickering between borders over trivia! 
Let us get together!
IMAGINE THAT!  (thank you John Lennon)
F.A. Hutchison

Cochabamba, Bolivia

Well, I suppose this is a better way to spend money than war, but a 'stretch!'

Capitalism has run its course! We need a new economic model? We think we have it, THE NEW CAPITALISM, actually not radically different, just a slight course adjustment, more giving, less taking! Is this possible?

Monday, August 26, 2013

The animals are beginning to fight back!

Hold the mercury in my salmon, please!

Colonialism's karma now coming home to roost!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

More scare tactics!

We're right on the cusp of a major war in the Middle East! With nuclear connotations, and worldwide repercussions!

Go cities versus banks!

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WE ARE LIGHTING UP THE WORLD!
TANTRIC TAOISM

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Here was an actress!

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We believe the U.S.'s zeitgeist is one of unconscious guilt (for past largesse).  Thus, self-destructing without understanding such, projecting evil onto all others… 
How to stop the stampeding 'herd,' from the cliff…
Our challenge!

H.

People want 'outta here' (planet Earth), as we know we're using it up!

We have the solution! Ride a bicycle. I'm 73-years old having completed an around-the-world trip. This took seven years. I haven't driven an automobile for 20 years.

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To control is to be controlled!
And vice versa, of course:
To be controlled, is to control!
Concave and convex
It serves either sex,
Satisfying itself in between.

Tantric Taoism

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He's right, as described in Nevil Shute's ON THE BEACH.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

'Successful?' C'mon, you don't know what it is!

This is what I want to do, launch a Wall Mural Art Contest, between all the countries of South America!

Do we care? I wish every time I had a problem I could use the media to beg for help!

The current story on 'Dark Energy,' but it will change...

And yet another violent incident in the U.S., once again illustrating its pathology!

I was there, just fresh out of University, new in the U.S. Army, and rarin' to go! And even though there doesn't seem to be much yield from this MLJ, Jr. event, we have to keep trying!

This Man Has a Train, an Army of Artists, and an Entire Nation for a Gallery | Underwire | Wired.com

BOHICA TIME again!

If you wonder why I'm pessimistic about the future of mankind, read this...

The NSA-Wikileaks-Snowden 'chess game' continues...

Interesting story about a man's suicide!

Running out of men to sacrifice!

I think buying property in Greenland, a wise investment. From the Danish (or local) government?

Simply... The world economy is going to collapse! It's only a matter of time. And this needs to happen to be able to start over again, DIFFERENTLY!

What would you suspect, money is God!

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We're conceiving Unconditional Love!

Tantric Taoism

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Completion is like a flowering apple tree bathed in an Autumn light,
Like in CochabamBo!

Tantric Taoism 

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1+1=3 in our world!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

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Tantric Taoism, is
Penetrating the monkey!
C'mon now, just a little more 'we,'
And a little less 'I!'

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Shakespeare said it, 'Nothing is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so!'  Willy was a smardt guy or girl.  What Bill meant was this, to get control of your 'monkey mind,' (Buddhism), that jabbering fool that keeps us in a state of anxiety.
We can't live without an ego, but we can live a better life with the ego under control!  'We have met the enemy and s/he is us!' (Walt Kelley). 
My Tom White Cloud prayer for strength:  'Give me strength, Father, not to be better than my brothers and sisters, but to fight my greatest enemy, myself! 
You'll lead a better life (peace of mind) when you stop identifying with it (the ego 'I'), but rather with the Spirit (we)!
Tantric Taoism is 'won' way of uniting with the Divine Spirit via Spiritual Intercourse!
And, it's SUPREME BLISS! (beyond Supreme Bliss)!
Tantric Taoism

P.S.  So, that my spirit may come to you without Shame!' (Tom White Cloud, again). 

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We need to make them less precise, not more!

Wrong, Pat, simplistic stupidity! The real causes for such behavior, no one wants to admit!

I agree, some things, like public transportation and prisons, should be operated by Governments!

Privatising the railways was a disaster. It's time to renationalise

Passengers are paying a fortune to travel in overcrowded trains, so Labour, like the Greens, should seize the initiative
Commuters on a crowded train
'The solution the Green party is proposing is for our railways to be brought back into public hands, with passengers having a greater say in the development of the system.' Photograph: Bruno Vincent/Getty Images
"No direction", "dithering", "rudderless". Ed Miliband isn't the first opposition leader to hear this kind of language as an election looms, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that his MPs are queuing up to offer him friendly encouragement to fill the policy vacuum.
Clearly, it's not easy being in opposition, knowing that every policy announcement can and will be used against you by the government and a hostile media. But that's why politics requires courage.
Labour now has some fantastic opportunities to get behind progressive policies that would resonate with its traditional support and with voters. One in particular is about to pull into the station. With the dreadful news last week that rail fares will go up by an average of 4.1% next year (and sincere sympathies to you if you're one of the many passengers who will be hit much harder than that), it's surely time for Labour to accept that privatisation of the railways was a disastrous failure that it should have reversed when it had the chance.
With the prime minister's former speechwriter, Ian Birrell, leaping to the defence of privatised services and talking about record levels of passenger satisfaction, surely now is the time for Miliband's team to sign up to a policy that would genuinely distinguish him from the coalition. The shadow transport secretary, Maria Eagle, sounds as if she wants to head in that direction. She recently criticised the government's determination to re-privatise the East Coast service, calling it "bizarre and dogmatic". East Coast, she noted, makes one of the highest payments to the public purse, receives the least subsidy and is the only route on which all profits are reinvested in services. So why doesn't Labour go the whole way?
The Rebuilding Rail report, published last year by Transport for Quality of Life, offers a superb analysis of the mess Britain's railways are in. It finds that the private sector has not delivered the innovation and investment that were once promised, that the costs of back-room staff have massively increased, and that the costs of train travel rose by 17% between 1997 and 2010 (while the costs of travelling by car fell). It conservatively estimates that £1.2bn is being lost each year as a result of fragmentation and privatisation. The irony is that some of the biggest profiters are the state-owned rail companies of our neighbours: Deutsche Bahn, for example, owns three UK franchises.
Birrell seeks to paint opponents of privatisation as dewy-eyed nostalgists. But the modern, efficient, clean, affordable services enjoyed in other parts of Europe offer a much better blueprint than our own past. The solution the Green party is proposing is for our railways to be brought back into public hands, with passengers having a greater say in the development of the system. The government would take back individual franchises when they expire, or when companies fail to meet their conditions. The enormous savings generated could and should then be reinvested in rail infrastructure, and to reduce the soaring cost of fares.
My private member's bill sets out the process to make this happen, and is due to have its second reading in October. I've written to Maria Eagle asking if Labour will get behind it. As a policy for Labour, it's unlikely to play well in the Mail and the Telegraph. But I suspect many of their readers – particularly those reading their papers while jammed up against a fellow commuter on an overcrowded, overpriced train – might be more receptive. And certainly there are many rank and file Labour MPs, many of whom are already backing the bill, who are desperate to see their leader prove himself as the conviction politician he says he is.

For freedom seekers, a horrible time in the U.S.!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sad chapter in U.S. History!

Fund to send Chris Lane's parents to US raises $90,000; Duncan police chief 'so sorry this happened' | News.com.au

'We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when...'

We teach them how to kill (and I've been through the training), and then when they do, we scapegoat them (punished). It's the higher ups that are guilty!.

Staff Sgt. Bales apologizes for Afghan massacre

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan villagers apologized for his "act of cowardice" as he made his case for why he should one day have a shot at freedom.