Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Crooks and Liars
Imus slams O'Reilly
Paul Wolfowitz should be able to afford socks!??
Build your own foldable kayak
The Nation: Blowback in Lebanon
Neat Fuel Economy Web Site to gauge cars fuel economy
I was afraid to follow through on this web site offering 1,000 channels of satellite TV on your PC. Let me know if you try it and it's legit. My sh&* detector and Spidey Sense was on overdrive.
Southwestern Archaeology from Durango, Colorado to Durango, Mexico...
Barbara Boxer opens Global Warming Hearings
Barbara Boxer asked for our inputs for ideas on fighting global warming today. She heard from 25 senators who spoke out on their views on Global Warming. Here is her opening statement.
DKosopedia: Energize America web links
Energy Bulletin: Current news on Peak Oil and Global Warming
Congressman Henry Waxman is trying to get the Bush Administration to give up documents showing that they have been trying to obfuscate and change climate scientists writings on global warming for political reasons.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Pastor Ted Update
Norm Coleman senator (MN) injured dumpster diving? What was he looking for? WMD's?
New Yorker: Steve Martin: 72 Virgins
Sunday, January 28, 2007
David Bell, author of "The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It", wrote an important op-ed piece in today's LA Times: Was 9-11 really that bad?
In the editorial he points out that we lose roughly the same number of people every two months as we've lost in the 9-11 attacks as well as soldiers fighting the war.
Here is a review of his "The First Total War" from The Nation, Feb 5th issue: Savage Wars of Peace.
Midland Railroad Grade
Nice photo essay of a seldom-hiked trail along the old Midland Railroad Grade near Manitou Springs, Colorado. I've never done it, but am looking forward to doing it real soon!!
Michael Pollen, author of The Omnivour's Dilemma has a 12-page piece in today's NYT Sunday Magazine. The Reader's Digest version: Eat a plant-based diet and eat less if you want to live a long and healthy life.
Ute, Waldo, Longs Ranch, Barr Trail Run
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Earthship, Crystal Park
Crystal Park Road, Manitou Sorings
Bush: "I'm trainable"
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Links for Thursday
NYT: Strict Vegan Ethics, Frosted With Hedonism
Update on Pastor Ted
Escalation of US Iran military planning part of six-year Administration push
Carl Berstein: Bush Administration has done far greater damage than Nixon
Davos: Shift of Power
Drawer Geeks: Fantastic Four, The Hulk.
Our own Senator Wayne Allard tries to end the Federal Minimum Wage.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Healthy at 100
I just finished "Healthy at 100" by John Robbins. Read it. Nuff said. Plant-based diet and exercise is the key to long life. Here is the web site.
Hillary Clinton has a blog. I posted the following on her blog:
I think this is great -- your asking for input on your blog and asking for the issues and concerns of voters. It is so refreshing.
The most important issue is to secure our voting system. We need to get rid of the e-voting Diebold machines that are very questionable and likely have been compromised and hacked in to. Exit polls are historically never wrong. Why did Kerry win the exit polls in 2004 but lose the election? That is an important question that was never answered. The likely answer is that the election was stolen. In 2006 the Democratic win should have been much greater according to the exit polls. Why was the election closer? I will put forth the reason: The Repuglicans miscalculated the tsunami of repugance against their party and didn't tweak the voting machines enough to tilt in their favor. What is wrong with paper ballots? The Canadians use paper ballots. They announce the results based on exit polls, which HISTORICALLY ARE NEVER WRONG, then they count the ballots at leisure over the next few days to corraborate the results.
The second most important issue facing our country is energy independence and global warming. They go hand in hand. We need to get ahead of Hubbert's Peak which in all likelihood is happening right now. The peak of world oil production. What are we going to do in order to transition to the new world of energy? We are addicted to oil that is clear. What is the way ahead to the post-oil world?
Terrorism is a tactic. The so-called "War on Terrorism" gets it wrong. This is coming from a recently retired Air Force officer who is working in the defense industry, namely me. We can't kill 1.2 billion Muslims. We have to find another way. What happened to diplomacy? When we drop bombs on people they rightly resent it. Recently we dropped bombs on some nomads in Somalia, killing 70, wounding 100 because we thought a member of Al Qaeda was there. He wasn't. How would we like it if Iran dropped a bomb in Peoria because they thought there was someone they thought had attacked them five years ago and killed 70 US citizens in a mall. Is that right? We have to take another tack. We are creating terrorists with our wrongheaded approach.
That is enough for now. Looking forward to the dialogue. I'm excited. Good luck Mrs. Clinton! I'm rooting for you.
Monday, January 22, 2007
The Manitou (Springs) Makeover
Daily Kos: Brent Wilkes indictment imminent - CA Congressional dominoes to fall? This follows the Rovian firing of the San Diego U.S. Attorney as she was hot on this case among others. The Bush Crime Family is running scared.
Pastor Ted says Evangelicals have the best sex life. Yuck.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
A 20-member U.S. team are in Iran to participate in the Persian Gulf Cup, also known as the Takhti Cup, the top wrestling tournament in Iran, where the sport has been a national obsession for centuries. Unlike their politicians, the American wrestlers appeared happy and comfortable to stay in a country their president has labelled part of an 'axis of evil.'"
TLS: A Deady Certitude: Review of Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion"
The Nation: Get Carter! Iran too!
Huff Post Blog: Karen Russell: The Swiftboating begins: The Right (Faux News) smears Obama, blames it on Hillary. More about Fox News slander from Thinkprogress.org on his being "raised Muslim" (he attended seminary while living with his father up until the age of ten).
Tomgram: Adam Hochschild, Over the Top in Iraq. Adam Hochschild wrote an excellent history of the Congo under the diabolical Belgian King Leopold, King Leopold's Ghost, which the president claims to have read. I recommend it as the first of my personal trilogy on the Congo. The other two books to round out the modern history of the Congo are the fiction work by Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible" and "Looking for Mr. Kurtz: Living with Mobutu" by Michela Wrong. Additionally Hochschild wrote a remarkable history of the British anti-slavery movement, Bury the Chains, is now at work on a new book on World War I.
Kucinich's plan for Iraq. Why is no one discussing this? Why are they not at least refuting it?
Rory Stewart's travelogue in Afghanistan from 2002, "The Places in Between" has a web site. Take a look at the photo section.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Huff Post: Jane Smiley: Not Only the Worst President, the Worst Possible President
Slate: The Real Reason the Bush Administration Won't back down on Guantanomo.
Slate: Robert Hughes: The Upside Down Art Critic He also wrote a great book on Barcelona.
Focus on energy: Amory Lovins fuels hydrogen solution
DailyKos: 13 TROOPS KILLED IN IRAQ: The real story behind today's helicopter crash.
Gen Odierno is bad news. The "surge" will result in massive carnage for us and for them with no change in the prospects for an exit.
Manitou Springs, Colorado
Friday, January 19, 2007
Friday night links
NYT: Paul Krugman: Surging and Purging Bush is firing U.S. Attorneys to repopulate with Rovian Bushevics in order to avoid prosecution.
Going local across the globe: Online journalism can learn a lot from local news, argues regular columnist Bill Thompson.
Solar power eliminates utility bills in U.S. home.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Colbert on the O'Reilly Factor (Complete)
Crooks and Liars has the complete show:
Colbert was in full right-wing, well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status-idiot-mode and kept O'Reilly on the ropes while getting in a few good jabs — like ripping on Bill's ancient audience. O'Reilly appeared to be totally oblivious to the irony. Unbelievable. I can't wait for tomorrow to see O'Reilly on Colbert. This is too rich.
Vegetarian is the new Prius
Kathy Freston on Huffington Post:Vegetarian is the new Prius
Stephen Colbert interviews Brian Baird from Washington State's 3rd District. It is hilarious.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I'm not really an atheist. I have always been a secret believer in Norse Mythology and my hero has always been Thor, the God of Thunder.
Future Feast: As for animal protein, Morris A. Benjaminson has a dream: producing it without the animal.
Weather Channel Climate Expert Calls for Decertifying Global Warming Skeptics
Atheist's say they have been threatened for their views.
Run Linux on Gmail
Madeleine Albright before House Foreign Relations Committee
Huffington Post's Melinda Henneberger Reports: It's not that anything so surprising was said today when Madeleine Albright testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee, as that some surprising people were saying it; one Republican after another appeared eager to agree with much of what the former secretary of state had to say on Iraq -- to the point that the partisan outbursts that did occur suddenly seemed like throwbacks to another time.
Naval Psychologist: Navy faces Crisis
An experienced Navy psychologist warns that the U.S. military does not have enough mental health professionals to meet the growing number of emotionally damaged war veterans.
Moreover, Navy Cmdr. Mark Russell says, many of the mental health professionals on staff lack formal training in core therapies for post-traumatic stress syndrome. Russell predicts a "perfect storm" of dire health care consequences.
A Weirdo has snatched your sons
Huffington Post: Chris Kelly
"The President and the Pizza Dispatcher. One is a psychopathic moron whose motives are known only to himself, and the other is Michael Devlin."
Martin Luther King: Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence
In the coverage of MLK day the media always brings out the old civil rights speeches. What receives little coverage is MLK's strident opposition to the Viet Nam War.
Here is the speech in its entirety, both audio and text as delivered 4 April 1967 at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Big Sur Trail Marathon
Stefani Jackenthal has a post on last November's Big Sur Trail Marathon where I placed 2nd overall. She placed 4th overall and first woman!
I'm looking at running the Road Big Sur Marathon on April 29th right now--lining up the logistics, connections, accomodations, and plane fares.
Ice makes Bumper Car Mess in Portland
Watch this Amazing video!!
Monday, January 15, 2007
Limitations of Superpowers as applies to God
Booman Tribune: Flashback: It's 1972. In one corner is a President that is authorizing burglaries at home and expanding the bombing campaign abroad. In the other corner is a decorated World War Two veteran that knows the war is lost and there will be no profit in spending three more years postponing the inevitable.
Dailykos diary: Jane Smiley and James Webb—Contrasting Views on The Scots Irish.
Bush administration's ongoing incompetency revealed in this MUST-READ piece in yesterday's WaPost: "On Iraq, U.S. Turns to onetime dissenters".
Might want to change your investment strategy: Major Investment Bank issues warning on strike on Iran.
There was an excellent opinion piece in today's NYT on E-Voting problems. The Good News (Really) about E-Voting Machines.
More voting activist links:
Rebecca Mercuri, Ph. D.
VotersUnite.org has a comprehensive list of voting problems from the 2006 election.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Gog and MaGog
Sam the Wolfdog is 10 years old
Friday, January 12, 2007
William Rivers Pitt: Politics in the Service of War
Youth Media Council: Fighting Clear Channel and Right Wing takeover of media
Robert Parry: The US-IRAQ-Israeli-Syrian-Iran War
Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Action POST Republican rubber stamp committee
Abramov Scandal writ large
Voting scandal in FL-13 continued
Science Friday: Republican pseudo science against global warming. Tired.
Idaho Governor authorizes the killing of 5 out of 6 Wolves in his state: slaughter of 550 wolves.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Bush's Legacy: The President who called Wolf.
Links for Thursday
Bill Moyers Has Harsh Words for President, Christian Right.
James Ridgeway at Mother Jones compares Bush's speech to Kissinger's indirection during the 1972 negotiations with the N. Vietnamese.
Juan Cole: Bush sends GIs to his private Fantasyland.
Mark Levine: George Bush is a Psychopath, and we are his enablers.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Socalled sings "These are the Good Old Days"
Montreal artist Socalled (Josh Dolgin) turned himself into a ‘human centipede’ in this weird music video (oh yeah, did I mention that he turned traditional Jewish music into hip-hop?)
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Iraq: A Picture is worth a thousand words.
Amazing but true: Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world's largest zipper manufacturer.
"We were talking in a half-assed way. I forgot about the eggshells for a moment and said something that offended her, and she told me to go fuck myself. She'd been driving me crazy all weekend, so I said “okay!” and dove to the bottom of the pool, where I thought: I am done. And when I surfaced the friendship was over." Rowing the Pool.
It's snowing again. They advertised 3-5 inches for today. We already have it here in Manitou Springs and it's still snowing.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Sadaam: Thanks for the memories.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Capitol Peak to the far left, Mount Sopris to the right. Sam the Wolfdog on road.
Links asunder and unrelated
Good set of videos on "The Future of Science" from a conference in Venice last September.
Unrelated theme: Bush Flashback from 2001: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'
Lousiana is slipping into the Gulf of Mexico.
Bush team throwing General Casey overboard in futile attempt to salvage "legacy".
Andes Adventure run 100-mile stage race including Machu Pichu.
I just watched the Lehrer News Hour where David Brooks pretended that the Democrats under Nancy Pelosi's leadership would not reach out and try for reconciliation; would not try to reverse the partisanship and mean spirited governance of the last 14 years of GOP domination. Well they tried but look where it gets them:
Pelosi Seeks House Minority 'Bill of Rights'
Hastert Dismisses Democrats' Complaint, Saying GOP Record Is Better Than Foes'
Pelosi's letter to the GOP minority.
I run a lot. I get outdoors as much as I can. I read and I think. I love intellectual confrontation. I'm a liberal secular humanist atheist who speaks French (and German). I am the opposite of the "Christian Right".
Sibling Web sites
- Andrew Sullivan
- Raw Story
- Juan Cole -- Informed Comment
- Huffington Post
- One Good Move
- Brad Blog: on the Voting Fraud front
- The Belgravia Dispatch
- Think Progress
- Colorado Pols
Running in Colorado
- Steve Bremner's North American Outdoors
- Incline Club
- C.R.U.D. -- Coloradans Running Ultra-Distances
- Pikes Peak Marathon and more
- Barr Trail Race
- Grist Mag: Environmental News and Humour
- Waterkeepers: RFK, Jr battles corporate polluters
- National Audubon Society
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project
- The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
- The Canary Coalition
- Leonardo di Caprio has a damn good environmental web site
- Next Billion.net -- Development Through Enterprise -- Focusing on the 4B people at the bottom of the pyramid
- Save the Springs -- To preserve and enhance quality of life in the Pikes Peak region
- Kleercut: Wiping away ancient Forests
- COLORS: a most extraordinary magazine
- Scientific American's Blog
- Election Fraud 2004 (quick page of facts)
- Sudan: the passion of the present
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“There is no question about it. In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has.”
Robert F. Kennedy (stated in 1968, when Robert was Attorney General, and his brother John had been the President)
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” - Philip K. Dick
“The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists — that is why they invented hell.” Bertrand Russell
"Just as nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight... and it is in such a twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwilling victims of the darkness."
-- William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1939 to 1975
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
-- James Madison
"You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays, everybody's crazy."
-- Charles Manson, serial killer and one-time cult leader
"A very popular error-having the courage of one's convictions: Rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack upon one's convictions."
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche 1844-1900
"I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"There are no sects in geometry. One does not speak of a Euclidean, an Archimedean. When the truth is evident, it is impossible for parties and factions to arise.... Well, to what dogma do all minds agree? To the worship of a God, and to honesty. All the philosophers of the world who have had a religion have said in all ages: "There is a God, and one must be just." There, then, is the universal religion established in all ages and throughout mankind. The point in which they all agree is therefore true, and the systems through which they differ are therefore false."
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
-- Albert Einstein
You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud
-- Bob Dylan, 'Masters of War'
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war . . . and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
James Madison, April 20, 1795
"In the end the party would announce that 2 plus 2 made 5, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim, sooner or later, the logic of their position demanded it."
-- George Orwell, in 1984
"God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time -- life and death -- stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out. " --€”Richard Feynman
"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
"I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise. They have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe."
--Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
--John Kenneth Galbraith
"We're all in this alone."
Long-haired preachers come out every night,
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
But when asked how 'bout something to eat
They will answer with voices so sweet:
You will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky;
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die.
-Joe Hill, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), 1911
â€œThe more compelling our journalism, the angrier became the radical right of the Republican Party. Thatâ€™s because the one thing they loathe more than liberals is the truth. And the quickest way to be damned by them as liberal is to tell the truth.â€�
Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasure, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." --Jerome K. Jerome
"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Benjamin Franklin
"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." --Aldo Leopold
"Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do." --Jose Ortega y Gasset
"The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected [Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one had professed a belief in Christianity...."
"Among all our presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism."
-- The Reverend Doctor Bird Wilson, an Episcopal minister in Albany, New York, in a sermon preached in October, 1831
"Undoubtedly, all men are not equally fit subjects for civilization; and because the majority, like dogs and sheep, are tame by inherited disposition, this is no reason why the others should have their natures broken that they may be reduced to the same level." --Henry David Thoreau
"There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It's that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive. It's that part of an imbecile that punishes and vilifies and makes war gladly." --Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Mother Night
"I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels."
--Diogenes of Sinope (c. 408-323 B.C.)
"Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow;
They toil not, neither do they spin;
And yet I say unto you,
that even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these."
"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." - Thomas Jefferson