Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Though I am generally "anti war on drugs" when it comes to crystal meth it is a different story. This shit is downright life ruining. Denver's Westword has this 72 hour party.
Coming to PBS May 4th: A Brief History of Disbelief: "Less an advocacy of atheism than a kind of post-atheism, a historical and philosophical review of this strange, dying idea of "religion" that reveals the progressive growth of atheistic thought. It's wonderfully dismissive. The real question isn't how people can disbelieve, but how faith can survive and still linger on."
If you didn't get the chance to see Bill Moyer's Journal last night on "Buying the War" you can watch it online.
I just added the Sundance Channel on my cable TV lineup. Here's their Treehugger Blog on lowering your footprint with "Tiny Houses".
Must Read: The Free Press: Are Rove's missing e-mails the smoking guns of the stolen 2004 election?
Greg Palast says "Don't Fire Gonzales" Rove is the reason...
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Roger Ebert is attending a film festival in Urbana Illinois after his surgery for cancer of the salivary gland. He was told not to do this because of unflattering portraits by the paparazzi. His response: "I ain't a Pretty Boy no more": We spend too much time hiding illnesses.
Orion Mag: The Ecology of Work
The GOP's cyber election hit squad
by Steven Rosenfeld and Bob Fitrakis
April 22, 2007
Did the most powerful Republicans in America have the computer capacity, software skills and electronic infrastructure in place on Election Night 2004 to tamper with the Ohio results to ensure George W. Bush's re-election?
Monday, April 23, 2007
Battle For The Land of Khan: A Self-Taught Yak Herdsman From Mongolia Who Forced The Closure of polluting Mines On The Onggi River Is Today Awarded The World’s Biggest Environmental Prize: the Goldman Environtmenal Prize.
I have an affinity for Mongolia and intend to visit again. I have fond memories of a week I spent there in 2003 when I ran (and won) the Mongolia Marathon...
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Vanity Fair: Rush to Judgment by James Wolcott
Attacking environmentalists as hippie-dip "wackos" who care more about spotted owls than people and use polar bears for propaganda, Rush Limbaugh has blinded millions of Americans to the climate crisis.
Friday, April 20, 2007
The Daily Galaxy: News ffrom Planet Earth and Beyond
The Sundance Channel's Treehugger Blog
Treehugger.com with lots of green celebs and what they are doing for environmentalism
fiftyrx3.blogspot.com : perusing the crossroads of style and sustainability
Juan Cole is brilliant. Here he explains how cable news is distracting us from what we should be paying attention to: The Buzz Reason, The Real Reason
Niklas Zenström and Janus Friis, the creators of Skype and Kazaa, financed The Venice Project with the development of a peer-to-peer video distribution system now called 'Joost': it will revolutionize TV.
Speaker Pelosi received a letter anonymously from DOJ employees: There is a lot more politicization going on than we've been led to believe. Whatever happened to the Department of Justice? I thought it was supposed to be justice for all, not just Republicans...
Listening to Pandora.com again... It's great! I have my personalized Duke Ellington channel on... listening to Count Basie and "What am I here for?"
Thursday, April 19, 2007
It is time to admit that
The French were right: February 14, 2003, A Warning on Iraq from France: Make War the Last Option
By JEAN-DAVID LEVITTE
French Ambassador to the United States
Cryptome.org has photos of the Va Tech shooting victims.
This clown is president?
Rove: 'I wish the Iraq War never existed. It was Osama bin Laden's idea.'
Daniel Schorr: When the public turns on public figures: Gonzales, Wolfowitz, Imus, and Nifong have something in common.
Amy Goodman: Patriot's Day, Stop the Violence
If you aren't watching PBS' America at a Crossroads, you should be....
Rep. Jack Murtha on Who Is Fighting the War
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) responds passionately on the House floor to comments by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) that "we" are fighting the war in Iraq.
"It is interesting to here the gentleman say 'we,' we fight, we aren't going to give up," he said. "Let me tell you something, we aren't fighting this war. It's the troops overseas, and when I talk to the families, when I go to the hospitals, I see the results of this war."
Murtha grew more heated as his went on, wagging his finger as he concluded, "Don't tell me we're fighting in this air conditioned office, we're not fighting this war, they're fighting it! And I'm proud of every single one of them!"
Murtha renewed his call for a draft, saying that if we are truly fighting the war we should spread the burden around the population.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Last week: Doonesbury in Vermont
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
1931 Minnie the Moocher: Banned Betty Boop clip
The Heat is on: Domenici is feeling it: probe over U.S. Attorney firings
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) the second in a planned series of three, focuses on realistic ways that all of us can break out of our “mad romance with fossil fuel” and save both energy and money.
Kucinich to file articles of impeachment against Cheney
Are you watching America at a Crossroads on PBS? If not, you should...
Amazing Photos from China
New Yorker Short Story: The Stolen Pigeons
Grist: The Warm on Terror
Chimps more evolved than humans?
Monday, April 16, 2007
Design your own Darwin Fish
10 questions that every intelligent Christian must answer
10 questions that every intelligent Christian must answer: Video: God is Imaginary
Sunday, April 15, 2007
GWB's Going Away Party
01.20.09: The end of an Error
American Theocracy, ad nauseum
$1.5B Later: Abstinence Training has no effect. In typical fashion the Bushevic Administration dumped this news on Friday afternoon after the news cycle.
“After 10 years and $1.5 billion in public funds these failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs will go down as an ideological boondoggle of historic proportions,” said James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth.
“The tragedy is not simply the waste of taxpayer dollars, it is the damage done to the young people who have been on the receiving end of distorted, inaccurate information about condoms and birth control. We have been promoting ignorance in the era of AIDS, and that’s not just bad public health policy, its bad ethics”.
Bees are dieing: Part II
Saturday, April 14, 2007
They aren't Christians, they're Dominionists. Long article, but well worth reading:
The Despoiling of America : How George W. Bush became the head of the new American Dominionist Church/State
Politics US: Breaking the Army
NYT: Hillary Clinton's Wellesley classmates speak out.
NYT: Maureen Dowd: Wolfowitz "More Con than Neo"
Bill Maher New Rule - From Elites to Jesus
Bill Maher on how the wacko religious right have taken over our government. 150 graduates of Pat Robertson's University populate the administration!!
Friday, April 13, 2007
Do the research, draw your own conclusions
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Anti-War Radio Check the archives. Lots of listening available!
Media Matters chronicles a whole host of right-wing talk jock's bigotry: It's not just Imus
The New Yorker: John Colapinto reports on his visit to the Pirahã tribe in the rain forest of northwestern Brazil. Slide show
NetTrends '08: The online race for the Whitehouse
ProgressNowAction: 1 in 5 soldiers returning to Fort Carson has "brain trauma"
Blogs that make you think:
wood s lot "the fitful tracing of a portal"
No Blood for Hubris
Welcome to Pottersville
Here is the next scandal. And it promises to be a doozy! Maybe Cheney will take the fall.
White House Stonewalls Waxman’s Inquiry Into Cheney-Linked MZM Contracts
On March 26, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) wrote a letter to White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten demanding “all contracts, subcontracts, and task orders between MZM, Inc. and the Executive Office of the President.”
As ThinkProgress has reported, there is good reason to believe fired U.S. attorney Carol Lam was targeting the White House’s connections to MZM contractor Mitchell Wade, who pled guilty to paying more than $1 million in bribes to former Rep. Duke Cunningham. Despite no record of having ever received a federal contract, Wade’s firm received a $140,000 contract in 2002 to provide a system to screen the President’s mail.
Watch the full movie here if you want to understand the mind of the Religious Right. It is downright scary!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
"Karl Rove, Voter Suppression and the Cashiered U.S. Attorneys" by Scott Horton
Robert Novak says a bipartisan deal on the supplemental appropriations bill to finance the Iraq war appears to be in the books, with less talk now of a presidential veto and a subsequent crisis over funding the troops in the field. The final version probably will contain the benchmarks opposed by President George W. Bush, but with no cutoff of funding.
Live the dream in Barcelona - Europe's most vibrant city
TomDispatch: Six Crises in Search of an Author How the Bush Administration Destabilized the "Arc of Instability" By Tom Engelhardt
The Independent: Robert Fisk: The American Plan for Iraq: Divide and Rule Revealed: a new counter-insurgency strategy to carve up the city into sealed areas. The tactic failed in Vietnam. So what chance does it have in Iraq?
Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84. What a great soul. He was very popular in my high school in the early 70's. I loved him then. Sirens of Titan, Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five...
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Mayor of Salt Lake City: Tell it Rocky!
Colbert Report: Katrina van den Heuvel defends the Nation's coverage of the Iraq debacle, "We never lost our head -- while too much of the media gave head".
Spike Lee Talks of War, Gangsta Rap, Making Films and Setting Goals
Brad Blog: Reporting on the Voter Fraud scandal at the heart of the U.S. Attorney purge
I caught this last night on C-Span's Run for the White House: Romney and the NRA Guy... He is toast. Just like McCain is toast... Political Death watch
David Corn: Jeane Kirkpatrick, Neocon Godmother Considered Iraq War a Mistake
Each year, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression gives out Jefferson Muzzle awards to “the most egregious First Amendment violators.” This year’s winners: the Bush administration (for censoring scientists on climate change) and the Defense Department (for its “investigations of organizations that conducted peaceful anti-war protests”).
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
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Pikes Peak Cog Railway Terminal, Manitou Springs, Colorada
Friday, April 06, 2007
William Rivers Pitt: The American Tragedy of John McCain (He once was my favorite Republican)
Vanity Fair: Texas Chainsaw Management
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
"The verdict of history sometimes takes centuries. The verdict on George W. Bush as the nation's environmental steward has already been written in stone. No president has mounted a more sustained and deliberate assault on the nation's environment."
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Christophe Glibert Photo Art
War in Iraq: The Media's Fault?
Oil Quiz -- Test Your Knowledge
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Rocky Mountain Ranger, Rick Tosches on the new Grand Canyon Skywalk: Tired Tribe takes grandeur out of canyon Skywalk. Thanks Rick. I think I'll pass after hearing that less than rave review... I would rather do a rim-to-rim run of the canyon anyway... now that is definitely on my list of someday must do's...
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
I thought these things might be clues
Daily Show: John Kerry talks to Jon Stewart about the important work that RFK Jr's Waterkeepers is doing to combat the Bush Administration polluters and his new book: This Moment on Earth: Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future
London Review of Books: The General in his Labyrinth (Musharaf's last days ruling Pakistan...apres moi le deluge)
Important for the revival of Mongolian Tibetan Buddhism: The Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition.
Watching John Edwards on C-Span's "Road to the White House"... I am gravitating towards him as my candidate... I like Dennis Kucinich and Wes Clark, but they probably don't have much of a chance... John Edwards is a decent man and he has put forth detailed plans for health care and energy.
Monday, April 02, 2007
High Country News: Disposable Workers of the Oil and Gas Fields
If you don’t have a college degree, it’s the best job in the West. Unless you die, unnoticed.
Researchers using nanotechnology have taken a step toward creating an "optical cloaking" device that could render objects invisible by guiding light around anything placed inside this "cloak."
Grieving Couple commit suicide after pet dog dies
Chernobyl: "There is only one healing force, and that is nature." Arthur Schopenhauer
Good advice: Getting Rid of your debt without worrying about the "Latte Factore"
Tom Waits- Chocolate Jesus
What better response to this:
NYC Chocolate Jesus Exhibit Canceled After Outrage
than Tom Waits singing Chocolate Jesus...
Habeaus Corpus, R.I.P.
Andrew Sullivan cites the views of Winston Churchill -- whom Bush followers love to trot out (manipulatively) as their prop to symbolize endless warfare -- expressed when Churchill was, as Sullivan puts it, "fighting a war against the greatest evil imaginable, when the very survival of Britain as an independent and free country was in the balance":
The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him judgement by his peers for an indefinite period, is in the highest degree odious, and is the foundation of all totalitarian governments whether Nazi or Communist.
The extent to which this current version of the Republican Party is hostile to our most basic constitutional traditions and defining political principles really cannot be overstated. They simply do not believe in them.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
BradBlog: "Evidence Suggests U.S. Attorney Firings May Have Been Part of White House Scheme to Help Game 2008 Election"
Why would Rove put his boy into the Arkansas seat? To reopen investigations on Hillary? Do you think? We know from the New Jersey election that Chris Christie, the former Bush ''Pioneer'' who is now the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, issued subpoenas for corruption charges on Bob Menendez two months before the 2006 election -- and news of the subpoenas was quickly leaked to local news media. The charges were bogus and later dropped.
The other attorney replacements are all Rove boys, who are charged with investigating the canard of voter fraud, which really means the Repug tactic of voter suppression.
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
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- Juan Cole -- Informed Comment
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- One Good Move
- Brad Blog: on the Voting Fraud front
- The Belgravia Dispatch
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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