Monday, December 31, 2007
Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project
Other wildlife will suffer: Audubon Magazine: Border Jumpers
Also, it won't work anyway. It will be billions more of money we don't have, wasted.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
But I try to remain optimistic about the future of the country, and though it's at times damn near impossible, people like Lt Cdr Andrew Williams make it easier. He was a JAG officer in the Naval Reserve who resigned his commission because the America he believes in doesn't torture.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Daniele Ganser, professor of contemporary history at Bale University (Switzerland) is interviewed on NATO's Hidden Terrorism.
Google Video: BBC documentary on Operation Gladio: Behind False Flag Terrorism and 9/11
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
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Friday, December 07, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Laila Al-Arian speaks out on "My Family's Nightmare" on her father, Sami Al-Arian's ordeal under the Bush regime's war against the Constitution. The documentary of her father's ordeal, "The U.S. vs. Al-Arian" has won three awards. It needs to be seen more widely. Germany went from a democracy to a totalitarian nightmare in a matter of months after Hitler garnered 31% of the vote. The Reichstag Fire came less than a month after Hitler was sworn in. The alarm was immediately sounded that Communist "terrorists" were amongst the German people and that all measures had to be undertaken to fight against the shadowy "terrorists". Rights were readily given up. Any country will have 25 - 30 % of the populace who are Right-Wing-Authoritarian Followers who espouse sloganeering like "My Country Right or Wrong" and other jingoistic nonsense. The danger comes when they take power. That is where we are now. We are on the brink of becoming a fascist state. Unless we speak out forcefully against injustice we are in dire danger of going down the slippery slope. IT CAN HAPPEN HERE.
Read the transcript of a discussion following a showing of the movie in Tampa Bay, Florida: The scene of the Show Trial.
An Excerpt (concerning the two of the ten jurors who refused to acquit on several counts):
"They wouldn't tell us why they said guilty," the juror said. "They came up with really bad reasons, but most of the time it was 'I don't have to tell you. I don't even need a reason. I can just say he's guilty because I think he's guilty, and that's all'."
Both Ron and another juror interviewed in the 100-minute documentary said that prosecutors tried to pressure them to convict my father by essentially telling them, "Use your common sense." Actual proof was an afterthought.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Longevity -- Eat Less
One day after returning from his first visit to Iraq, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb called again for ``robust regional diplomacy” and suggested the impact of President Bush’s troop surge has been overstated.
The human face to our depraved policies: 'I will never leave Guantanamo'
Saturday, December 01, 2007
About half a mile up Old Stage Road we climbed up an embankment and were on the Sunrise Trail. No sign of any new footprints though and I figured the rest of the party had just run up Old Stage Road.
We reached the old abandoned toll road in about 45 minutes and after several switchbacks were at the restaurant ruins in another 20 minutes or so. We had only been there about 10 minutes when Eric B. and Rich M. came around the corner. Rick H. And John G. were not far behind. They had quite a time mostly bushwacking up to the old toll road since they never found the trail. After poking around the restaurant ruins I took them up to my the house on the top of the mountain where I plan to move after I retire.
This web site has some more info and history. I couldn't find much more on the Internet on the history of the restaurant. Maybe Penrose Library or Tuft Library on the CC campus would have more.
Today's pictures are here.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I found this site from Collective Perception
Top of High Drive: Dan V., John G., me, and Rick H. about midway through a four-hour run this morning.
In chilly 10 degree temps, we started at Memorial Park, Manitou Springs at 7 A.M.; wound our way up Crystal Park Road to the Intemann Trail, joined the Red Rock Loop to High Drive, ran to the top of High Drive, picked up the Buckhorn Trail, and looped back on the Jones Park Trail--about 24 miles.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
An American Self-Portrait
This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on.
Robert D. Steele
This book is vastly more detailed, and covers more high crimes and misdemeanors, than either State of Denial, which misunderstands Bush as being in charge, or Crossing the Rubicon, which focuses primarily on Cheney's role in first permitting 9-11, and then working assiduously to cover up his malicious malfeasance. See also Ron Susskind's book, "One Percent Doctrine," which crucifies Cheney, Rumseld, and Rice.
I take this book so seriously that I urge everyone to get the "Do It Yourself Impeachment" kit. He should be required to immediately resign or be impeached. He should not be allowed to serve another month in office.
For the sake of brevity, here is a list of impeachable offenses documented by this book:
1) Secret meetings in violation of the law to include exclusion of government experts
2) Refusal to honor demand from Congress for a list of participants
3) Lies to the public about Iraq, while holding maps of oil fields and already having in mind a US-only domination of those oilfields (he first focused on Iraqi oil while serving Secretary of Defense Brown)
4) Over-ruling of the Environmental Protection Agency on very important matters including its concern over Halliburton's reliance on hydraulic fracturing that uses chemicals that contaminate aquifers--Cheney personally ensured that the EPA's wording was replaced with Halliburton's wording.
5) Consistent and pervasive usurpation of Congressional authorities and consistent and maliciously deliberate avoidance of appropriate disclosure.
6) Fostered attacks on Sy Hersh, and considered authorizing a break-in on his home.
7) From the 1970's, see also Ron Susskind's One-Percent Doctrine, subverted the authority of the Vice President, Nelson Rockefeller, and teams with Justice Scalia (then an assistant attorney general) to increase executive privileges and push back reforms.
8) As a Congressman personally blew off Russian offer in 1983 for arms cuts, and subverted the authority of the President and the Secretary of State then serving.
9) As an extremist Republican, supported Ollie North and the White House in violating the Congressional prohibitions on aid to the Contras, and obstructed justice thereafter.
10) Page 78 has a lovely discussion of how Cheney and North were "in the zone" in deceiving the public and Congress during the televised hearings.
11) Adopted as his own the lunatic report by Khalizad (who is a very lazy scholar, see my review of his rotten RAND book on revolution) and Libby, on how the US as a superpower should be able to do ANYTHING.
12) Attempted to undermine due process and keep tactical nuclear weapons in the Army inventory.
13) Subverted the authority of the Secretary of State (Colin Powell) by allowing his daughter to overrule Ambassadors and meet privately with various heads of state.
13) Lied repeatedly to the public about his continuing financial equities with Halliburton, and was so involved in giving Halliburton up to 16 billion in no bid contracts.
14) Shut both foreign competitors and more cost-effective indigenous contracting solutions, severely harming the national security of the United States by fostering an environment of unproductive looting by Halliburton, Bechtel, and others.
15) Ignored his dual mandates on terrorism and intelligence. The book suggests that Bush was not briefed on Al Qaeda for the first eight months he was in office (the Vice President's priorities were energy and missile defense).
16) Personally impeded negotiations with North Korea after they proved amenable to diplomatic engagement.
17) Personally rejected Iranian overtures for negotiation conveyed by the Swiss in 2003
18) Personally reinforced Rumsfeld on use of torture, by-passing the President's more measured restrictions.
19) Conspired with Speaker Hastert to subordinate the House of Representatives, using a special office of his own (first time in history) so that Representatives could be brought to him rather than his calling on them.
20) Manipulated the President into numerous "signing statements" inconsistent with the will of Congress that ignored legislation then in force.
21) "Bureaucratically emasculated" the President (page 177--if the President has a friend that reads this review, PLEASE get the book and the review to the President--he really may have no idea his balls have been cut off)
22) Contemptuous and manipulative of the CIA, refusing to accept their best professional judgments based not only all source intelligence, but on a extraordinary effort by Charlie Allen in running line crossers into Iraq to document beyond a shadow of a doubt that there were no weapons of mass destruction there.
23) Lied repeatedly, over and over, to the public, to Congress, to the President, to foreign leaders, even after the lies were exposed he continued to repeat them.
The book does not discuss the 9-11 situation and emerging findings that place the Vice President at the center of our deliberately inept response.
Two gems apart from the impeachable offenses:
1) The search for a Vice President was a complete fraud, he was picked from day one, and made a fool of every serious candidate, while also personally leaking to destroy Keating just to ensure the only real rival would not be considered at the last minute.
2) The discussion of Joe Lieberman's refusal to confront Cheney with all that was known to be wrong with him was explained at the time as "taking the high moral road." I am not so sure. I speculate that Lieberman is actually a neo-con and has been playing the Democrats for fools while minding the interests of his Wall Street masters.
On page 147 the authors discuss how Cheney accused Clinton and Gore of "extend[ing] our military commitments while depleting our military power." Lovely. And now?
The authors conclude that Dick Cheney is "nakedly amoral." I agree.
One final scary note: in the many doomsday drills that Cheney participated in across his career and inclusive of his Vice Presidency, they always failed to reconstitute Congress.
Dick Cheney has done more damage and is a greater threat to our Republic and others, than Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein combined.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
H.R.300: To limit the jurisdiction of the Federal courts, and for other purposes.
This an attempt to decrease The Federal Courts' Constitutional Powers by simple legislation, outside of the Amendment Process. Worse it does not even pretend to be an equal application, because it would restrict the Courts' oversight only in controversies relating to: the free exercise or establishment of religion; any claim based upon the right of privacy, including any such claim related to any issue of sexual practices, orientation, or reproduction; and any claim based upon equal protection of the laws to the extent such claim is based upon the right to marry without regard to sex or sexual orientation.
Paul doesn't want to destroy the whole 14th Amendment with unconstitutional legislation. His real agenda is for the 14th to carry force to give American citizenship to foetuses at the very moment of their conception.
H.R.2597: To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.
H.R.1094: To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception.
There is no wink and nod to State's Rights here, nor is there any chance for a less intrusive government. Every woman who has a miscarriage could immediately find herself the target of a homicide investigation. These proposals arrogantly disregard potential maternal life-threatening possibilities that come with pregnancy. As an example of this: Ectopic Pregnancy is now estimated to occur in 2% of all pregnancies in the U.S. The fetus will not survive gestation, and by not terminating the pregnancy, the mother risks future infertility, and severe complications, a few of which could result in her death.
Big bad Paul endangers pregnant womens' health to push his religious ideology upon America with the biggest single entitlement to American citizenship ever legislated.
H.J.RES.46: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to deny United States citizenship to individuals born in the United States to parents who are neither United States citizens nor persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States.
This cannot be defended as original intent. One of the Declaration of Independence's listed causes for America's claim of a natuiral right to sever their British citizenry was that King George had:
"...endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws of Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands."
This should be exposed for its ugly reality. It is a bill of attainder that works a corruption of blood upon humans born within the Sovereign Territory of the United States of America. It is Unamerican to force children to be punished for the crimes of their parents. It also makes a mockery of any who claim there can be a positive comparison made between Thomas Jefferson and Ron Paul.
"My opinion on the right of Expatriation has been, so long ago as the year 1776, consigned to record in the act of the Virginia code, drawn by myself, recognizing the right expressly, and prescribing the mode of exercising it. The evidence of this natural right, like that of our right to life, liberty, the use of our faculties, the pursuit of happiness, is not left to the feeble and sophistical investigations of reason, but is impressed on the sense of every man. We do not claim these under the charters of kings or legislators, but under the King of kings. If he has made it a law in the nature of man to pursue his own happiness, he has left him free in the choice of place as well as mode; and we may safely call on the whole body of English jurists to produce the map on which Nature has traced, for each individual, the geographical line which she forbids him to cross in pursuit of happiness. It certainly does not exist in his mind. Where, then, is it? I believe, too, I might safely affirm, that there is not another nation, civilized or savage, which has ever denied this natural right. I doubt if there is another which refuses its exercise. I know it is allowed in some of the most respectable countries of continental Europe, nor have I ever heard of one in which it was not. How it is among our savage neighbors, who have no law but that of Nature, we all know."
The Writings of Thomas Jefferson; Definitive Edition, Albert Ellery Bergh, Editor
Copyright, 1905, By The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association; Volume XV; pp 124,125
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
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Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
DFA pulse poll of 100,000 + shows Kucinich in wide lead for Democratic nomination... Why is that so at odds with the conventional wisdom?
Dennis Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment against Vice Prez Cheney and updates on House floor vote
DailyKos: Gore Slams Bush Regime
Monday, November 05, 2007
I just started Naomi Wolf's "The End of America". MUST READ for all patriots. The hour is getting late. Germany and Italy were both democracies before their societies were shut down. The exact same steps to close an open society are being taken in America RIGHT NOW.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Here is my report on the Colorado Springs action for StepitUp07 for awareness and action on Global Warming.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
After watching it on C-Span last week I was so affected that I downloaded the podcast and listened to the full one-hour program again. Today I listened to it for the third time. Every American concerned about democracy and the preservation of the Constitution should hear it.
On a registered paid-users-only web site I follow, 14erworld.com, there was a compelling trip report on hiking Corsica. Here is a link to a photo gallery with captions tracing the trip. The next best thing to doing the hike.
HuffPo: Mike Gravel comments on his exclusion from last night's debate
RawStory: Scholar links Bush's US and Hirohito's Japan
Important OpEd from this morning: I know waterboarding is torture, because I did it myself
Link to video of Valery Plame Wilson on the Daily Show last night
A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign
by Edward J. Larson
Reviewed by Thom Hartmann
One of the most startling things we learn from history is how little we've learned -- and how often that failure to learn causes history to repeat itself. The election of 2008 may well -- depending on who is the Democratic nominee -- end up being a startling replay of the election of 1800. In that election, Thomas Jefferson, who along with James Madison founded what is today's modern Democratic Party (known then as the Republican Party), challenged sitting president and ardent conservative Federalist (what today would be called "Republican") John Adams.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I think this is where we are heading now with man-caused Global Warming. Will mankind survive? At the very least the population must decrease drastically. Money won't matter. Survival of the fittest will prevail.
Excellent blog I just discovered: Global Guerrillas
Peak Oil watch: from TheOilDrum.com: Five geopolitical processes, each a positive-feedback loop, and each an accelerant of declining oil production
It is one thing when some crackpot bubble blogger says the market is overvalued and due for a fall. It is quite another when Goldman Sachs, one of world’s largest investment banking and securities firms, says the same thing.
"Wall of Money" set to flow into Asian renewable energy
More Peak Oil: In an exclusive interview with lastoilshock.com, the former head of exploration and production at Saudi Aramco, said that oil production had reached a structural ceiling determined by geology rather than geopolitics, and that the technical floor for the oil price will rise by $12 annually for the next 4 to 5 years as new fields become increasingly costly to exploit
New York Magazine: The Catastrophist View: What would it take to send the U.S. economy—and New York’s—into free fall? A doomsday primer.
When Jim Rogers speaks, I listen: Here he is on "China Bubbles" (not happening) and Bernanke's Printing Press
Finally, from the Freedom From Religion Foundation: Why Jesus?
Monday, October 29, 2007
The Watt.com Podcast (Energy News, podcasts, interviews)
return of the Karduchoi
Tom Dispatch: Thoughts on getting to the March (against the war)
American Prison Camps are on the way (and you might be an internee, innocent and guilty have no bearing)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
NYT: Alberto Salazar: Marathoner Speaks to his god
The Guardian: The edge of oblivion:
Conservationists name 25 primates about to disappear
Springs Culture Cast: Interview with Noel Black, publisher of Newspeak: a very independent and very necessary alternative publication in the sick James Dobson "Focus on the Family" country.
Steven Weber: No justice, no peace: As the Bush war machine rolls along, the profiteer horde has filled its sacks and there is little that will be left when they skip out to their ranches or beach front condos or corporate headquarters or upscale hooches.
Der Spiegel: White House Leak: Cheney's Plan for Iran Attack Starts With Israeli Missile Strike
The Bush Era's Dark Legacy of Torture
Important Film: Terror's Advocate
NYT: The Evangelical Crackup
NYT: Bush's Dangerous Liasons
After running on 17 Air Force and DoD teams in my 24-year Air Force career, the last race I ran for the Air Force was the Marine Corps Marathon in 2003. At 48 years of age I was well beyond my peak so I "sacrificed" myself to run side-by-side with Mike for the first 13 miles to help him stay on pace for a sub-2:40 run. After the half-way point I faded on cue to a 2:56 finish. Mike went on to run a 2:37 marathon and 2nd Air Force runner in the Air Force's victory.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Robert Redford's new movie "Lions for Lambs" Roars at Rome Film Festival (And yes, it's very political)
Amy Goodman sez: "Hold Politician's Feet to the Fire" --literally--regarding global warming and the fires in California
In the last week or so I've come to know several very key people and their ideas. They have hit me hard and their message resonates with the current of the times.
1) Naomi Wolf with her new book "The End of America" on the slow march towards totalitarianism that is happening in our country. Start with her profile on Amazon.com or her author blog on Powell's web site. I watched her on C-Span After Words last night and was so impressed that I downloaded the podcast of the interview and listened to it again today. She outlines the ten steps that totalitarian regimes take to shut down democracy. They track right along with what Bush/Cheney are doing. Read the introduction to "The End of America".
2) Bill McKibben is leading the fight to bring awareness of the urgency of Global Warming through his efforts at Stepitup07.org and his writings, most recently Deep Economy.
He spoke at Colorado College last month but at the time I didn't even know who he was. Since then I've read one of his books "Wandering Home" about a 200-mile trek between his two homes-- one in Vermont and the other in upstate New York.
3) Naomi Klein with her new book "The Shock Doctrine" in which she articulates the way disaster capitalism moves quickly to grab wealth in the wake of catastrophe.
And here is another link to track: Worldchanging.com
I think we are living in very exciting times. There are huge challenges to move towards sustainability and eliminate the carbon footprint. Will we be smart enough to adapt?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Amazon Review: Green Sky in the Morning, Humanity take Warning (The world has experience of Global Warming. The world goes on. Life continues. Many species do not.)
Dick Cavett blogging on NYT says: Hey Listen! This one will kill ya!
The Field Negro sez Silence is never Golden! (Thanks Jose)
Army Captains pelt Joint Chief of Staff Adm Mullen with tough questions on war
Tom Tomorrow presents the perfect Repug candidate for Prez: Ugg Mighty Hunter
Oh, did I mention that I have weaned myself from Microsoft Vista? I am now 100% Linux Ubuntu
Richard Dawkins, prominent atheist and scientist, tells us it's "Time to Stand Up"
...no one is going to come out and say they have lost confidence in the US' financial situation. Instead they will simple go on quietly selling dollars.
It's not Left vs Right any more. It's Right vs Wrong: Arianna Huffington: Midnight in America
Monday, October 22, 2007
Steven Weber on Huffpost: Technologie Macht Freiheit!
Andrew Skurka hiking a long ways!
Bad Religion? LA is burning
Hillary's Sex Appeal
TomDispatch: A Guide for the Perplexed: Intellectual Fallacies of the War on Terror By Chalmers Johnson
Why is New Zealand scooping the American press again? Destruction of Evidence -- Ohio's 2004 Ballots
Game: Consumer Consequences: Find out if you are living a sustainable life
Congressman Dennis Hastert, R. Ill. announces retirement as Abramoff Scandal nips at his heels
Naomi Klein: Outsourcing Government
NYT Travel section: France goes biking in Paris! Finding Liberte on two wheels
Truthdig: Scott Ritter says we are "On the Eve of Destruction" (That phrase achieves resonance with me because I have a vivid memory of the first time I heard that song sung by Barry McGuire in 1965--it shook me to my core)
Huffington Post: Marty Kaplan asks in a brilliant post: Soros or Murdoch?
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Harper's Magazine: Nietzsche's Cosmos
In some remote corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever animals invented Recognition. That was the most arrogant and mendacious minute of “world history,” but in any event it was never more than a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths, the star cooled and congealed, and thus the clever animals had to die. One might invent such a fable, and yet he still would not have adequately illustrated how pathetic, how shadowy and transient, how aimless and arbitrary is this human intellect from the perspective of nature. There were eternities during which it did not exist. And when the story of humankind and its intellect has gone to its end, nothing will have happened. For this intellect has no additional mission which would lead it beyond human life. Rather, it is human, and only its possessor and begetter takes it seriously–as though the world’s axis turned in its midst. But if we could communicate with the gnat, we would learn that he likewise flies through the air with the same solemnity, that he feels the flying center of the universe within himself. There is nothing so reprehensible and unimportant in nature that it would not immediately swell up like a balloon at the slightest puff of this power of knowing. And just as every porter wants to have an admirer, so even the proudest of men, the philosopher, supposes that he sees on all sides the eyes of the universe telescopically focused upon his action and thought.
–Friedrich Nietzsche, Über Wahrheit und Lüge im außermoralischen Sinn sec. 1 (1873) in: Werke in drei Bänden, vol. 3, p. 309 (K. Schlechta ed. 1969)(S.H. transl.)
Japan and China Lead Flight From Dollar
Data from the US Treasury showed outflows of $163bn (£80bn) from all forms of US investments. "These numbers are absolutely stunning," said Marc Ostwald, an economist at Insinger de Beaufort.
Asian investors dumped $52bn worth of US Treasury bonds alone, led by Japan ($23bn), China ($14.2bn) and Taiwan ($5bn). It is the first time since 1998 that foreigners have, on balance, sold Treasuries.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
After the halfway point I knew it was going to be a hard day. As someone passed me he asked me if I knew how bad the hill coming up was. I told him I thought we already passed the hill. "There is supposed to be an even bigger hill at mile 17". Well, at least I had something to look forward to. At the 16-mile mark the hill began. With the exception of a couple flat spots here and there it continued relentlessly for a full two miles, zapping whatever I had left in my legs. I slowed to 8 and 9 minute miles and eventually even 10 minute miles. At mile 20 Forrest Gump passed me--someone dressed like Forrest with a fake beard and long hair. I gamely caught back up to him and passed him. I got beat by a hot dog in the PPA--that was humiliating enough--but Forrest Gump? Well, that only lasted until mile 22 where he passed me and proceeded to bury me.
No age group award
Former legal council for President Nixon, John Dean says: "Government Surveillance Threatens Your Freedom, Even If You Have Nothing To Hide"
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Leahy Rips Reported Compromise On FISA: Intel Committee Is ‘Caving’ To White House Pressure.
Obesity is a problem that is chronic, stigmatised, costly to treat and rarely curable. Why?
Shapes of Things to com:
Blackwater: Newly created Thug Class.
Music Scholar Barred From U.S., but no one will tell Her why.
Bill McKibben web site
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Anatta says that personal identity - the self - is actually an illusion. Instead, each of us is an aggregation of different factors (biological, historical, karmic, experiential, etc.), intersecting to create the false sense that we exist as distinct beings. The Buddha compared the self to a chariot: Is the "chariotness" in the wheels, the axle, the seat ... or not in any single place at all?
Currency traders were given a green light to continue selling the US dollar on Wednesday, as the IMF said the greenback “remains overvalued”.
Though Al Gore reportedly said he is not running for President, why has he put out policy positions on three presidential candidate platforms in the last few days?
London Review of Books: It's the Oil
The OilDrum.com: World Oil Forecasts Including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE - Update Oct 2007
Juan Cole: Oil Peak or Peak Oil?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Barack Obama speaks out against going to war with Iraq in 2002. Prescient.
Oregon couple goes off the grid in 1970's Tudor house.
StepItUp: Five Day walk across Vermont for stopping Global Warming.
TomGram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon's 100-year War
Interview with Richard Dawkins
Cusack: Right, you have a quote in the book: "It's impossible to tell where the government ends and Lockheed begins." And the most unbelievable thing about it besides the carnage and the hubris and the insanity of it all is how blatantly they lie about their dedication to strict economic Darwinist rules. It's the mother of all con jobs -- free market rhetoric is being used as the cover story for crony capitalism... They are the biggest welfare freaks on the planet. On Democracy Now recently you recited Alan Greenspan's definition of crony capitalism to his face and asked him if the U.S. fits the bill:
"When a government's leaders or businesses routinely seek out private-sector individuals or businesses, and, in exchange for political support, bestow favors on them, the society is said to be in the grip of "crony capitalism". The favors generally take the form of monopoly access to certain markets, preferred access to sales of government assets, and special access to those in power."
He dodged the question, of course, but that seems to be a precise description of the Bush administration and its relationship to its favorite corporations. Not exactly the free-market propaganda they've been selling around the world, is it?
(And later in the conversation…)
We've had Poppa Wayne (Reagan) and Baby Wayne (Bush). Ronald Reagan was the old John Wayne...when kindness comes. But the key to the old Wayne is that he was once a killer; you can see it in his eyes... beneath the kindness lingers that hard truth: he was once a killer. He tames the natural world, but he does it with a veneer of benevolence.
Bush is the young John Wayne -- Ethan from The Searchers. Obsessive. Merciless. Ethan is a deranged person. He will fight the battle no one has the guts to fight...do whatever it takes...kill whoever violates the natural law of the frontier (jungle). This cowboy is the great righter of wrongs. He is wrath incarnate. Part of the mythology is that he's wrong a lot and pig headed and stubborn, it's part of the package. But he is a force of nature and you can argue about it all you want, but you must respect a force of nature.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Excerpt: "People claim to be shocked that the Bush Justice Department, making a mockery of the Constitution, issued a secret opinion authorizing torture despite instructions by Congress and the courts that the practice should stop. But remember Iran-Contra? The Reagan administration secretly sold weapons to Iran, violating a legal embargo, and used the proceeds to support the Nicaraguan contras, defying an explicit Congressional ban on such support."
Sunday, October 07, 2007
This is what I do. Others may take up bowling...
One former senior official said nearly everyone who has left the administration is angry in some way or another -- at the president for making bad decisions, at his staff for misguiding him, at events that have spiraled out of control.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
"The planet is shifting gears on us. And we, collectively, aren't paying attention. Those of us in the driver's seat are asleep at the wheel, and the rest are all squabbling over their toys in the back seat. While the vessel we're driving in is careening wildly. That vessel is indestructible, by the way. It can hit a wall, drive over a cliff, sink under water, even burn, and emerge unscathed. A massive orb of rock and iron, that will continue on its stately path, rotating across the field of stars, for all eternity (or what we humans conceive as such). We're the ones committing slow-motion suicide."
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Andrew Sullivan: Bush War Criminal (based on today's explosive NYT article)
World Bank accused of destroying Congo forests
Five Million and Counting -- Iraqi Refugees Weigh on Our National Conscience
Iraq and Armageddon
On Dan Rather's law suit:
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
As I sat in the theater I thought about Bruce Springsteen's new album, Magic and a piece by David Corn I had read on line from the Nation. Things are terribly wrong in America. It won't be getting better for a long time. Bruce Springsteen is in despair. So am I.