Saturday, January 26, 2008

Today in San Jose, Costa Rica

I went for an early morning run around 6:30. Many of these yellow-jacketed men pushing wheelbarrows....

An early morning market.

This was the norm in this up-scale neighborhood: Cars behind locked cages.

And finally: a waterfall in the calm, relaxing Spyrogyra Butterfly Jungle with many of the species of Butterfly found in this country.

All of today's pictures are here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

First impressions… It would seem that few visitors to Costa Rica return home with gasp-inducing tales of the beauty of San Jose. Why? Frankly, it is not particularly beautiful, and any sharp intake of breath will probably have more to do with an attempt to avoid the exhaust pollution. Downtown, streets are packed with traffic as heavy buses barely moving beyond second gear crawl through the streets and kamikaze taxis double dare pedestrians to try and cross the streets. At street level the general theme of clutter and chaos prevails with vendors selling fruit, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and other daily necessities.

San Jose, Costa Rica

I arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica this morning after a redeye flight from Denver last night, and after Rebekka and I watched the numbing play "9 parts of Desire", where Karen Anderson played nine different Iraqi women, at the Curiosity Theatre.

I couldn't check into the hotel until this afternoon, so I took a taxi downtown to the Mercado Central, then walked around. San Jose is packed with people on the streets and crazy drivers trying to mow them down. The mercado was alive and thriving, with leather belts, backpacks, pottery, spices, all kinds of meats and fish, beans, a dozen or more small eateries, bakeries, etc.

From there I meandered down Avenue Central and found the collection of Museo del Oro and other Museums. I knew about the obscure (to Americans) southerner William Walker who came down to Central America before the Civil War attempting to bring the Central American states under the Confederate orbit. I didn't know that Costa Rica considers this the most important struggle of their history. William Walker made several attempts at taking over Central America before meeting his executors in 1860 at age 36.

I consulted Footprint Costa Rica for a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, settling on Tin Jo, where I enjoyed a fine glass of Zinfandel along with Thai vegetarian green curry. I hopped into a cab with a very friendly driver who helped me with my fractured attempts at Spanish for the return to the hotel Best Western Irazu.

Day after tomorrow I'll be heading out for the NW province of Guancate for the six-day stage race: The Coastal Challenge.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

James Fallows: The $1.4T question

"Through the quarter-century in which China has been opening to world trade, Chinese leaders have deliberately held down living standards for their own people and propped them up in the United States. This is the real meaning of the vast trade surplus—$1.4 trillion and counting, going up by about $1 billion per day—that the Chinese government has mostly parked in U.S. Treasury notes. In effect, every person in the (rich) United States has over the past 10 years or so borrowed about $4,000 from someone in the (poor) People’s Republic of China. Like so many imbalances in economics, this one can’t go on indefinitely, and therefore won’t. But the way it ends—suddenly versus gradually, for predictable reasons versus during a panic—will make an enormous difference to the U.S. and Chinese economies over the next few years, to say nothing of bystanders in Europe and elsewhere."
In the Socratic tradition of first "define your terms" it is helpful to know the definition of Fascism. From a post by Digby.

Monday, January 21, 2008

FIRED BY KUCINICH or; You Can't Go Home Again

Davis Fleetwood is back

Bush Coins

Il mare di Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida


Si alguna vez os perdeis por Madrid no dejeis de ir a la Casa Museo de Joaquín Sorolla, una maravilla del mundo del arte.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Onegoodmove features Chess Superstar Bobby Fisher's 60 Greatest Games.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Cap'n Jacks Trail Run

This morning's run was from Starsmore Discovery Center to Stratton Open Space, Cap'n Jacks to the top of High Drive, Buckhorn Trail, return to Gold Camp Road, then Columbine Trail back to Starsmore. Two and a half hours and about 14 miles. The temperature at our 0700 start was 13F -- much warmer than on Thursday morning's run up Cheyenne Canyon when it was -5 F. More pictures from this morning's run here.

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Friday, January 18, 2008


Nice video here: Burma Underground: Par Par Lay & The Moustache Brothers
Waterkeepers: From the Chairman: RFK, Jr.: Pollution's Chief Victims

Sierra Club: Frontier Justice—in a Good Way: The lawyer who took on Enron goes after companies that poisoned the Navajo Nation

High Country News: A political speech the West needs to hear

Firedoglake calls out Jonah Goldberg on "Fascist Liberalism"

The Self and Consciousness: a photo album

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Truthdig: Doug Henwood on Robert Kuttner's "The Squandering of America"

With God on their side

The Guardian's Gary Younge is in the most Republican county in South Carolina looking at the role of religion in the election. He finds out devout Christians have already decided who they're going to vote for.

DailyKos: Visionary Al Gore had it right in 1998: 21st Century Green Transport. Imagine the last seven years under an Al Gore presidency.

Nir Rosen: Al Qaeda in Lebanon: the Iraq War Spreads

Iranian gunboats and a timeline of How the Pentagon Planted a False Story By Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service

Bill Maher's bravest moment

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I listened to a podcast review of Haifa Zangana's "City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman's Account of War and Resistance" on the Diane Rehm Show earlier today. There is so much information about the occupation that we are not getting from the MSM. This is why it is imperative that each and every one of us seek out the truth and reject the propaganda eminating from our government media organs.

Limbaugh is an Outrageous Racist

This is beyond the pale

Connecting the Dots

Huck, The Constitution, and "God's Standards"

TP: Former Attorney General: Ashcroft’s No-Bid Contract Was ‘As Wrong As It Can Be’

Little bit of Internet Sleuthing led me here. Jane Mayer in the New Yorker in 2004 revealed:

Additional evidence that Cheney played an early planning role is contained in a previously undisclosed National Security Council document, dated February 3, 2001. The top-secret document, written by a high-level N.S.C. official, concerned Cheney’s newly formed Energy Task Force. It directed the N.S.C. staff to coöperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy: “the review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields.”

And this from the book Crude Dudes by Linda McQuaig: "Think of Iraq as a military base with a very large oil reserve underneath .... You can't ask for better than that."
I tried to go see Greg Mortenson speak tonight at Colorado College's Shove Chapel, but was turned away because they were at capacity. They said they were broadcasting the talk at nearby Armstrong theater, but that was probably full as well. I had never heard of Greg Mortenson before this morning when a friend emailed me about this lecture. I had bought his book, "Three Cups of Tea" on my new Amazon Kindle this morning, so after being turned away from his lecture I walked over to the Tutt library and read the first chapter. Wow. What a Mensch this guy Greg Mortenson is. What unconditional love to his sister. Enables her to be as full a person as she can be after suffering debilitating effects of meningitis at age three. She dies on her 23rd birthday. He tries to leave a silver chain of hers in her memory on the top of the most difficult peak in the world, K2. But there is so much more to this Mensch. I can't wait to find out just how much more...

Monday, January 14, 2008

The end of the Road for George W. Bush
Scienceblogs: Global Warming and the Campaign Trail: A Call for Political Realism

Scienceblogs: Top 50 Atheist T-Shirts and Bumper Stickers

Scienceblogs: Openlab Winning blog entries for 2007

Digby has more on Iranian Speedboats and Filipino Monkeys: The Not so Innocent Abroad

Mysterious Crowd suddenly stopped Bhutto's Car: Two new reports on the assassination last month of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto suggest that the killing may have been an ambitious plot rather than an isolated act of violence and that the government of President Pervez Musharraf knows far more than it's admitted about the murder.

The Germans are driving toward a sustainable renewable energy grid: Kombikraftwerk (German), The Combined Power Plant (English). Why can't we?

I like Jim Rogers for investment advice. Recently read his book "A Bull in China" and found innumerable insights into China's emergence.

NYT Mag: Steven Pinker: The Moral Instinct

Chris Mooney wrote a valuable book, The Republican War on Science, here is an excerpt

Fascinating forum available on podcast from CBC Radio one: The Physics of Information: What the Universe Doesn't Want You to Know

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Year in Right-Wing Sex

onegoodmove: Dead elephants

Matt Taibbi is the author of Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a Rotting Empire, and a contributing editor for Rolling Stone Magazine and the eyes and ears for Real Time on the campaign trail.

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New torture allegations at Abu Graib

Richard Dawkins has Scarlet Letter of Atheism T-Shirts for sale on his web site

NYT DotEarth blog: Greenpeace is Hunting the Whale Hunters

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke interviews Richard Dawkins on The Late Edition, BBC Four on Thursday 18th October 2007.

Barr Camp Run this morning

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Port Militarization Resistance -- Peppersprayed in Olympia

HuffPo: Steven Weber analyzes the Repug candidates: Filboid Studge

Digby says: Close Guantanomo

The Guardian Profile: Darwin's natural heir: Edward O. Wilson

DailyKos: Young Voters overwhelmingly Democratic

Juan Cole: Iran Speed Boat Affair: Fabrication ... and this: Official Version of Naval Incident starts to unravel

Mitt Romney is a BIG MAN!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


New Film Slams Wal-Mart: "Going Big Box vs. Going Local"

Crooks and Liars: The Year of the Surge: Failure
Apparently the "District Manager" of Starbucks Colorado Springs has buckled under to a religious fanatic (and we have lots of them here starting with James Dobson, Ted Haggard, etc) and banned the free local newspaper The Independent from all local Starbucks stores. Rick Tosches has this to say in his column in this week's Independent: The War against Starbucks

Monday, January 07, 2008

Obama is offering soaring sermons and generational opportunity. In 1960, the articulate Adlai Stevenson compared his own oratory unfavorably with John F. Kennedy's. "Do you remember," Stevenson said, "that in classical times when Cicero had finished speaking, the people said, 'How well he spoke,' but when Demosthenes had finished speaking, the people said, 'Let us march.' " At this hour, Obama is the Democrats' Demosthenes.
The Sunlight project asks for your help in tracking down former Congressional Staffers becoming Lobbyists.

Asia Times: The Best of Pablo Escobar

Asia Times: Henry Liu: Pathology of debt: Banks as Vulture Investors

Shocking Allegations From London: Corrupt U.S. Officials Sold Nuclear Weapons Secrets Truth Springs from Arguments among Friends: David Hume

Dr. Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET) and a Wall Street Financial Analyst :
I made his acquaintance from a Lewis Lapham Podcast

Top Secret Audio: Democrats Meet Republicans at NH Debate

Jackie and Dunlap have the secret audio of the historic moment in the ABC/Facebook debate in New Hampshire when moderator Charlie Gibson brought both the Republican and Democratic candidates together on stage.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

GPS of our Saturday Run high above the town of Cascade

Sibel Edmonds Speaks Out
(to a foreign newspaper since American media is in truth blackout) More from one of my favorite journalists, the always eloquent Larisa Alexandrovna: Huff post piece

Susan Faludi exposes myths related to 9/11 and the American Frontier. Read her book "The Terror Dream". Watch her interview on C-Span After Words.

Old piece (2005) from James Fallows, has even greater relevance: Countdown to a Meltdown

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Pics from Today's Epic 5-hour run: Manitou Springs-Ute Indian Trail-Waldo Canyon-Overlook Trail-Rampart Range Road-Cascade-Overlook Trail-Waldo-Railroad Tunnels.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Thursday, January 03, 2008

When thinking changes your mind, that's philosophy.
When God changes your mind, that's faith.
When facts change your mind, that's science.

What has changed your mind?

Slate: The Bush administration's dumbest legal arguments of the year

Just to document this for posterity. Remember this. Everyone who voted for Bush TWICE needs to know the extent of the damage they have caused our country.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Links for the New Year

NY Review of Books: As Iraqis see it highlights McClatchy's important blog that allows Iraqis to speak out to America : Inside Iraq Are we listening? Can we hear?

TomDispatch: MUST READ: How Bush took us to the Dark Side Why America will never be America land of the free home of the brave ever again. Kiss it away. We are now no longer the champion of human rights. We are the trampler of human rights. We are now as bad as the worst. Thanks America. Dumbest fucking nation on earth for voting for Dubya TWICE!!!!! If I were a believer I would hope that anyone who voted for Bush twice should be relegated to the lowest rungs in Dante's Hell.

How do you think the rest of the world sees us now? How about this Icelandic woman who thought she was going to enjoy some Christmas shopping in New York? (Find entry 307 for the English translation of her nightmare with Fortress America)

Meanwhile: American Republicans get to choose their favorite fearmonger in Iowa (Huffpo blogger Bob Cesca)

Are we crazy? I feel like I am living in Bizarro World. Get these crazies out of my government!!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy Christmas from John & Yoko: Imagine Peace

Washington Monthly: The Army's other Crisis: Why the best and brightest young officers are leaving.

HuffPo: Jane Smiley: Muddle-Headed, Fear-Mongering, Bushco Shills still have a right to shout "Fire!" in a crowded Theater Solar is the World's fastest growing energy source

Ultra Marathoner Anton Krupicka - Indulgence

A New Year's Day mountain hike

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