Thursday, July 31, 2008
Jose, Cynthia, Rebekka. We are here in Juneau, Alaska for a week of sightseeing and running. Jose and I are running the Juneau Marathon on Saturday, August 2nd. Rebekka is running the half marathon. Yesterday we took a city bus yesterday to the Mendenhall Glacier.
Monday, July 28, 2008
NYRB: Jane Mayer: The Battle for a Country's Soul
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The first home was a passive solar home using thermal mass blocks of 85% recycled styrofoam and 15% concrete mix. It also used radiant floor heating and was "on grid" though it was highly energy efficient. Next we visited Dave Tonsing's earthship which is 100% off-grid and fully uses sustainable energy--solar for electric and passive solar for heat. Dave has built 10 earthships in the valley and consulted on three more and was a wealth of information.
The final home of the Solar tour was an adobe home that is nearly completely passive solar, but they added a small wood stove to get them through times when indoor temperatures occasionally drop to the low 50's. I was pleased to make new friends in Custer County and particularly to make contact with professionals who can help me build an earthship on my property.
Friday, July 25, 2008
The American Civil Liberties Union today obtained three redacted documents related to the Bush administration's brutal interrogation policies, including a previously withheld Justice Department memo authorizing the CIA's use of torture. The government was ordered to turn over the documents in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought in 2004 by the ACLU and other organizations seeking records on the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas.
"These documents supply further evidence, if any were needed, that the Justice Department authorized the CIA to torture prisoners in its custody," said Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project. "The Justice Department twisted the law, and in some cases ignored it altogether, in order to permit interrogators to use barbaric methods that the U.S. once prosecuted as war crimes."
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Must Read: Evidence of the US Banking System Teetering on the Brink of Collapse There is roughly $6.84 Trillion in bank deposits. $2.60 Trillion of that is uninsured. There is only $53 billion in FDIC insurance to cover $6.84 Trillion in bank deposits. Indymac will eat up roughly $8 billion of that.
Of the $6.84 Trillion in bank deposits, the total cash on hand at banks is a mere $273.7 Billion. Where is the rest of the loot? The answer is in off balance sheet SIVs, imploding commercial real estate deals, Alt-A liar loans, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds, toggle bonds where debt is amazingly paid back with more debt, and all sorts of other silly (and arguably fraudulent) financial wizardry schemes that have bank and brokerage firms leveraged at 30-1 or more. Those loans cannot be paid back.
What cannot be paid back will be defaulted on. If you did not know it before, you do now. The entire US banking system is insolvent.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I am almost finished reading Vincent Bugliosi's book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. One cannot read this screed and emerge anything but enraged at the phony prep boy who avoided service in Viet Nam and sent our boys to a war of choice that is bankrupting our nation and destroying our moral foundation. Our boys have not died in Iraq for freedom. They have not died for America. They have died needless deaths of ignominy for Bush and Cheney. Send Bush to prison for life. While we are it include Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld. Liars. Disgraceful deceivers.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Here she is interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air: Terror and the Unraveling of America's Moral Fabric
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
HuffPo: Joseph Palermo: Does Anyone Remember the Oil Spill in Santa Barbara?
UK Telegraph: U.S. faces Global Funding Crisis, warns Merril Lynch It's bad. It is really bad.
NYT Archives (1916): Electric Trains over the Rockies
Proposal from The Oil Drum to electrify 36,000 miles of strategic rail across the U.S. It would cost $90B, require about 2% of the current electric grid and prevent the importing of millions of barrels of oil.
Gordon Brown, British PM with major speech on the post-peak oil economy and what Britain is going to do about it. Now this is leadership!!
Monday, July 14, 2008
The Specter of Mass Extinction in the Anthropocene Age
The Only Diet for a Peacemaker is a Vegetarian Diet
Vincent Bugliosi's book "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" has been ignored by the MSM and he has not been given any interviews. Despite this his book is on the best seller lists. What a sad commentary on our media. We have no MSM.
Mayer: Cheney ‘Repeatedly’ Held ‘Highly Unusual’ Meetings With CIA IG Before Torture Probe Stopped
TomDispatch: The Wedding Crashers: A Short Till-Death-Do-Us-Part History of Bush's Wars
NYT Opinionator on the New Yorker Cover flap
Interview with David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker on the Obama cover
What do I think? At first I thought it was over the top, but on reflection I think it is funny... and totally in character for New Yorker covers. Ask the Bush administration.
Dear Senator Barack Obama: A Truthout open letter on FISA
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Kyle Skaggs Smashes Hardrock 100 record!! (by 2hrs 45min!!)
I can deal with and understand this New Yorker cover depicting Obama as a Muslim and his wife as a terrorist. I'm not sure the subleties are going to play very well though.
Fannie and Freddie are surely doomed. This will bankrupt the nation. To guarantee Fannie and Freddie will mean doubling the deficit. The dollar will go down the tubes, interest rates will skyrocket and the downward spiral will be relentless. Collapse is imminent. Just like the former Soviet Union in the 90's. We are going down. Stock up on food stores.
Frank Rich: The Real-Life ‘24’ of Summer 2008 see the new book by New Yorker writer Jane Mayer: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
I think there now the possibility of war crimes trials. That is the only way for America to return to her former greatness. There must be accountability from the top. Clearly torture as policy was directed from the White House. We all should be ashamed if we don't act as a nation to rectify this deplorable situation.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability
Scaling Buildings to Alert on Global Warming (Did you know that beef-eaters cause 4X the global warming effects as plant eaters? About the same as a Prius driver compared to an SUV-Driver)
Why is Conyers stalling on IMPEACHMENT?
LA Times: The Old Man who Farms with the Sea Feature from Vanity Fair on Hodges and another interview of the gentleman expounding on the possibilities of saltwater loving plants with the potential to help out with global warming
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
NPR Music: Rogue's Gallery: Songs of the Sea and In Baghdad
FEED: Tomato Scare highlights broken food system
Al Franken on David Letterman makes a lot of sense when he calls for Congresspeoples to be banned for life from becoming lobbyists.
Larisa Alexandrovna: At-Largely: McCain Wrong about Petraeus' "Central Front" also More Info coming out on Siegleman case
Philippe Sands' Torture Team is on my list of must reads
Monday, July 07, 2008
Polar Bear extinct within 100 years
The Anthropocene Age: Extinction of species caused by man On track to be the greatest extinction of species since the Permian Extinction of 250 million years ago (this was massively greater than the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago)
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Wall-E: A World Without Us and Frank Rich: Wall-E for President
Google Video (2+ hours) (must watch) Alex Jones: Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement
Related: The Money Masters
My Letter to the Colorado Springs Gazette Editor regarding drilling ANWR.... Some lame responses a few days later