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.