Monday, April 30, 2007

Leave your Bibles at home

Comfort CameronLet's settle this silly little debate once and for all and move on to something more relevant like Rosie leaving The View - does God exist? St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine have tried to provide a definitive yes, and, judging from the fact that we're still having this conversation, they apparently failed. But you know whose names will rise far beyond the list of theologians who've attempted this proof before: Ray Comfort (Christian author) and Kirk Cameron (Mike Seaver from Growing Pains).

They believe they possess such compelling evidence of God's existence that they've challenged two atheists to a debate on Nightline. Not only that, but Comfort promises to be persuasive without drawing upon Biblical sources and not mentioning his personal faith. We're keeping it scientific here, folks. And while we're on the topic of science you know what's NOT scientific...evolution. Through the course of the debate not only will Comfort and Cameron put the kibosh on an ages-old question, but prove all you dogmatic evolutionists wrong. Sorry, every major scientist in the world, you've been placing your faith in evolution like a sucker.

Putting aside Comfort and Cameron's apparently prodigious grasp of the ungraspable, why does evolution have to be "debunked"? It is possible to maintain the concept of a divine creator and evolution simultaneously, there seems to be a meta-consciousness and self-awareness about the universe which points to something grander. Evolution generates the same solutions to different problems such as blood, bones, fur, etc. This, to those who are so inclined, is a pretty good place to start connecting God and Evolution. But keep in mind this isn't science but philosophy. I do not advocate the teaching of intelligent design in school as hard fact. It is a matter of speculation and discourse. People like Comfort and Cameron would do well to take their ideas and do with them what the natural world does automatically. Evolve.

Here's the article

Ted Turner interviews Carl Sagan in 1989

Instead of speaking about our "pale blue dot" or the "billions and billions of stars" in the universe, Sagan steps back and speaks about his views on God, free press and authoritarian manipulation. At one point he even touches on the tradition of nonviolent resistance in America and urges people to participate in true democratic reform.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Conservatives think the darndest things


It's time for conservatives to rise up and fight back against the net's liberal media bias we've all come to know and love, and Conservapedia is a mighty push forward for those underrepresented reactionaries.

Want a small sample of the majesty that is Conservapedia? Take this entry on Ann Coulter:

"Coulter has earned a strong following among conservatives for her patriotic stances against liberalism, her outspokenness against all those who wish to hurt the United States, and her strong defense of family values against abortion and same-sex marriage. In Godless Coulter argues that liberals make a religion out of their beliefs which they follow with the same sort of intolerant zeal which condemn in fundamentalists. 'Liberalism is a comprehensive belief system denying the Christian belief in man's immortal soul [and] that we are moral beings in God's image.'

As a Christian, Coulter attributes to the Judeo-Christian tradition the view that human beings are utterly and distinctly apart from other species."

What they forget to mention is that Couter is utterly and distinctly apart from other human beings.

Sprinkled throughout the site are Bible verses, which are used to validate the the visitors' cracked worldview. And it is probably the founders' main science and history text.

It may be less of a joke if the writing wasn't so horrible. This is what it actually says about the Iraq War:

"In the post-9/11 analysis to determine discontent in the Islamic world that had produced a flurry of dedicated suicide jihadists, the twelve year old UN imposed sanctions imposed upon Iraq and the resultant humanitarian crisis was one such often cited reason."
Wow; what a redundant clunker of a sentence. But there are articles where the tone isn't blissfully ignorant but outright hateful.

"'The agenda of homosexual activists is basically to change America from what they perceive as looking down on homosexual behavior, to the affirmation of and societal acceptance of homosexual behavior.'"

And at the bottom of the Homosexual Agenda article there is a link to "Homosexuality and the Nazi Party".

How is this website any better than a limb of the KKK? If there were a Liberapedia or Progressivpedia and it published the kind of patent falsehoods as Conservapedia does I wouldn't blink twice before denouncing it. What we have here is an issue of validating bigotry and that should be an issue which hovers above party affiliation.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Enigma of ancient computer solved

antikythera"The computer is so advanced in its mathematics and technology that the history of ancient Greece may have to be rewritten, contends Edmunds. 'We now must ask: What else could they do? That's a difficult thing, because this is really the only surviving metallic artefact of its kind. Who knows what else may be lost?'

It was not until the end of the first millennium AD and the golden age of Islamic science that anything so technologically wondrous surfaced again..."

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If you only see one softcore political satire this year...

...then The Glamorous Life of Sanchiko Hanai should be it. Forget Spiderman 3, this movie has a Chomsky-loving Prostitute, Bush's severed finger and humping.

Positive signs of moderate progress

After years of getting their way it finally looks like the ivory tower is ready to crumble. No longer can this administration hitch their buggy to the twin horses of patriotism and fear. Even though they've transformed our feeble Democracy into a Fascist Theocracy (which is groovy because God appointed Bush to do just that) there is still a shallow heartbeat left in this old Republic. These aren't the only noteworthy stories concerning the high crimes and misdemeanors of these loyal Bushies, but they are fine examples of what tries to slithers away when somebody flips over the rock the administration has been living under for the past six years.

Republican puts out 'action alert' claiming Rice will be subpoenaed Wednesday

condi rice looking very angry"A spokesman for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggested that she had more important things to do than testify before Congress the day before a House Committee is threatening to issue a subpoena for her cooperation with an investigation into the evidence used to build the case for the Iraq War.

Meanwhile, a Republican Congressman sent out an 'action alert' Tuesday claiming that 'we've gotten word that Waxman will issue a subpoena to Secretary Rice tomorrow morning,' adding that such a move could allow the GOP to show how Democrats are 'trying to win the political war for themselves no matter its effect on America’s efforts to promote peace and democracy abroad.'"

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Kucinich announces impeachment charges against Vice President Cheney

cheney_short_of_breath"After a series of delays, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a candidate for president in 2008, announced a series of charges against Vice President Dick Cheney in Washington, DC, late in the day. Kucinich alleged that the Vice President had committed a series of impeachable offenses, and he was therefore introducing Articles of Impeachment against Cheney in the Congress today."

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Insults fly as Congress weighs Iraq compromise

joint-session-bush-cheney"[Harry] Reid, a Nevada Democrat, responded, 'I'm not going to get into a name-calling match with somebody that has 9 percent approval ratings.' Then he called Cheney 'the administration's chief attack dog.'"

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Earth-like planet found outside solar system

newplanet-eso-070424"Astronomers in Europe have discovered the most Earth-like planet to date outside our solar system, one they say could potentially hold liquid water, a necessary ingredient to support life.

Scientists with the European Southern Observatory say the planet, discovered orbiting a red dwarf star 20.5 light years away, is the smallest of those found outside our solar system."

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Manufacturing Consent

Even if you're well-versed in the lectures and writings of Chomsky this Canadian documentary is still a must-see. Because, even though his arguments are thorough, they do not detail the carnage that occurs in the type of atrocities he speaks of. This feature reinforces Chomsky's controversial statements with statistics, images and press clippings.

Friday, April 20, 2007

What your car expels in one day

Here's a picture illustrating what an average car exhaust puts into the atmosphere in one day.

Car Exhaust

Pet Food poison may have been intentional

As both a cat and dog person I love pretty much anything that's four-legged, furry and has a wiggly butt. So this, not surprisingly, disgusts me. What won't corporations do to turn a profit - not even our pets are safe.

Pet Food Poison"For the first time, investigators are saying the chemical that has sickened and killed pets in the United States may have been intentionally added to pet food ingredients by Chinese producers.

Food and Drug Administration investigators say the Chinese companies may have spiked products with the chemical melamine so that they would appear, in tests, to have more value as protein products."

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"The Century of Self" pts. 1-4

Adam Curtis' documentary series "The Century of Self". Here it is in four, one hour parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Home of the brave, Let's misbehave!

Here we have an American made Southern belle who wants to support the troops in the worst (best) way.

John Cleese Letter to America (Notice of Revocation of Independence)

John CleeseTo the citizens of the United States of America, in the light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy. Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up revocation in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up aluminium. Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour', skipping the letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters. You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed' not 'zee') and the suffix ize will be replaced by the suffix ise. You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g. Edinburgh. You are welcome to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up vocabulary. Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up interspersed. There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary then you won't have to use bad language as often.

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of -ize.

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to cockney,upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also have to learn how to understand regional accents - Scottish dramas such as Taggart will no longer be broadcast with subtitles. While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is Devon. If you persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become shires e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play English characters. British sit-coms such as Men Behaving Badly or Red Dwarf will not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who can't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, God Save The Queen but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American football. There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American football is not a very good game. The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays American football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football. Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby sevens side by 2005. You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders,your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will be allowed to play a girls' game called rounders, which is baseball without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.

7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called Indecisive Day.

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean. All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time,you will go metric with immediate effect and conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional accompaniment to chips is beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.

12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer,and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. The substances formerly known as American Beer will henceforth be referred to as Near-Frozen Knat's Urine,with the exception of the product of the American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as Weak Near-Frozen Knat's Urine. This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured for the last 1000 years in Pilsen,Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of confusion.

13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or Gasoline, as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices (roughly $6/US gallon- get used to it).

14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.

16. Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation and have a great day.

John Cleese

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Experiment shows time travel possible

Back to the Future"[Cramer’s] extra twist is to run the photons you choose how to measure through several kilometers of coiled-up fiber-optic cable, thereby delaying them by microseconds. This delay means that the other beam will arrive at its detector before you make your choice. However, since the rules of quantum mechanics are indifferent to the timing of measurements, the state of the other beam should correspond to how you choose to measure the delayed beam. The effect of your choice can be seen, in principle, before you have even made it."

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HERITAGE FOUNDATION: "How Modern Liberals Think"

Evan Sayet speaks about the mind of the "modern Liberal" in which he explores what he views as the moral waffling of progressive thinkers. He goes as far as to say that Liberals (to him the Democrats set the limits of the American left) are perpetually wrong and their positions against Israel, bloody preemptive strikes, Corporate exploitation and dehumanization are evil.

This video made me angry, and I can't respond to the entire lecture right now, but I'd love to hear some of your responses.

Friday, April 13, 2007

A little love for Rich

I'm not usually one to break my arm off patting myself on the back (and if you believe that I've got a magic wish machine to sell you) but Mog, a music-based social networking site, featured my Kurt Vonnegut tribute as their "Post of the Day." It's good to be loved.

Post of the Day

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Thoughts on mean-spirited humor and alcoholism

This sure beats Leno's barrage of Michael Jackson jokes. Refreshing honesty from Craig Ferguson.

Kurt Vonnegut: November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007

Vonnegut-752991My story is not unlike a multitude of others, many of who became lifelong admirers of Vonnegut's fiction. I was in college. A friend had slipped me a copy of Slaughterhouse-Five which I immediately read cover to cover. Down to his style, it was unlike anything else I've read.

My first literary crush was on Salinger, I thought The Catcher in the Rye was written just for me. That was until I found out that there were several million kids just like myself who thought the exact same thing. Then, I fell in love with Vonnegut, and this wasn't puppy love, this was head-over-heels, fat-kid-and-chocolate-cake kind of love. Half the fun of reading Vonnegut is sharing your experience with other fans, and converting new ones. Since then I've permanently loaned "Slaughterhouse" along with several other Vonnegut classics to friends. That's the miracle of Vonnegut, his work is the currency of the disenfranchised hipster with a heart of gold. Although he had a misanthropic streak in him, he was always funny, and radiated a warmth in his writing nobody else could match. Every author wanted to be him.

Always topical Vonnegut's last book, Man without a Country, demonstrated how sharp the guy was even until the very end. On The Daily Show in 2005 he said this of evolution:

"I do feel that evolution is being controlled by some sort of divine engineer. I can't help thinking that. And this engineer knows exactly what he or she is doing and why, and where evolution is headed. That’s why we’ve got giraffes and hippopotami and the clap."
When "Country" was published and he appeared on Realtime and PBS, he was funny, but he looked bad. He appeared more haggard than normal and age had damaged his voice. A few weeks before he died Kurt had fallen, his condition worsened. Kurt Vonnegut died at the age of 84, and he will be missed.

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

5 Reasons George W. Bush Isn't As Stupid As You Think

bush babyHere's a great post I found on Digg...gotta love it. It's called "5 Reasons George W. Bush Isn't As Stupid As You Think ." You'll be convinced by the end that this guy's got something rattling around in that thick, intelligently-designed skull of his....or maybe not.

5 Reasons George W. Bush Isn't As Stupid As You Think

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Einstein and Faith

Einstein"He was slow in learning how to talk. 'My parents were so worried,' he later recalled, 'that they consulted a doctor.' Even after he had begun using words, sometime after the age of 2, he developed a quirk that prompted the family maid to dub him 'der Depperte,' the dopey one. Whenever he had something to say, he would try it out on himself, whispering it softly until it sounded good enough to pronounce aloud. 'Every sentence he uttered,' his worshipful younger sister recalled, 'no matter how routine, he repeated to himself softly, moving his lips.' It was all very worrying, she said. 'He had such difficulty with language that those around him feared he would never learn.'"

Here's the rest

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Things Republicans Believe

Generic Republican BGThings Republicans Believe (received anonymously on the net)

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime,
unless you're a
conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and
you need our prayers for
your recovery.

The United States should get out of the United
Nations, and our highest
national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions
against Iraq.

Government should relax regulation of Big Business
and Big Money but crack
down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the
pain of illness.

"Standing Tall for America" means firing your
workers and moving their jobs
to India.

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her
own body, but
multi-national corporations can make decisions
affecting all mankind without

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of
homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.

The best way to improve military morale is to praise
the troops in speeches
while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless
you someday run for
governor of California as a Republican.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents
won't have sex.

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our
long-time allies, then
demand their cooperation and money.

HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of
the public at heart.

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy.
Providing health care
to all Americans is socialism.

Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk
science, but
creationism should be taught in schools.

Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad
guy when Bush's daddy
made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business
with him and a bad guy
when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden"

A president lying about an extramarital affair is an
impeachable offense. A
president lying to enlist support for a war in which
thousands die is solid
defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named
in the Constitution,
which include banning gay marriages and censoring
the Internet.

The public has a right to know about Hillary's
cattle trades, but George
Bush's driving record is none of our business.

You support states' rights, which means Attorney
General John Ashcroft can
tell states what local voter initiatives they have a
right to adopt.

What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital
national interest, but what
Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is
communist, but trade with
China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of
international harmony.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

The gospel of Judas

Holy Bible"If you think God wants his son to be tortured and killed before he'll forgive people their sins, what kind of God do you have in mind? Is this the God who didn't want animals to be sacrificed in the temple anymore? So this author's asking, isn't God a loving father? Isn't that what Jesus taught? Why are we saying that God requires his son to die for the sins of the world? So it's a challenge to the whole idea of atonement, and the idea that Christians -- when they worship -- eat bread and drink wine as if it were the body and blood of Christ. This person sees that whole thing as a celebration of violence."

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The homeless got soul

This pasty, homeless man has got Stephen Colbert-sized cajones to get up in front of the audience of the Apollo and not only sing Gaye but to get a standing “O” on top of it all. Somebody sign this guy.

It's all greek to me

Bush Hubris

Sometimes the wittiest quote or the most scholarly dissertation fails to deliver the same emotional gut-punch as a well-told fable. Important teachers like Jesus and the Buddha knew this and implemented fables in their lessons. We pass along morals to children through multi-layered stories exactly because they're so easily understood. One of the most relevant of these tales would be that of the tortoise and the hare. It reminds me of one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite books, Catch 22, where Nately is speaking with the old Italian man in the brothel. Here the old man states that despite America's substantial military force it would not last as long as a dilapidated Italy. America would die because of her strength and Italy would live because of her weakness. A true tortoise-and-hare story.

If I were a doctor and had to diagnose the key infection contaminating our national body it would have to be that of hubris. Anyone who studied the ancient Greeks could find an abundance of historical evidence for the pestilential consequences of such a disposition. Rooted in the humiliating fall of Athens against Sparta during the Peloponnesian War, leaders were warned by the Sophists against the snares of arrogance. Plato's Philosopher-king would have been tempered in rigorous education in order to stave off the perversion of a tyrannical role. Thucydides, the Greek historian, wrote: "Self-control is the chief element in self-respect and self-respect is the chief element in courage." This is one of life's essential lessons - restraint. It stood as the Greek ideal.

So, when speaking of America's current political health, as feeble as that may be, it is necessary to speak of Bush and his administration. Somehow I think George was absent the day his professor lectured on Thucydides, or else he would have saved himself a lot of hardship. Some of their most glaring conceits are well-known. From warrant-less wire taps to Guantanamo Bay to their mantra-like echo of "trust us" they seem to believe their way is not only the best way, but the only way. Forget what's been known to work in the past (how conservative of me) like Habeas Corpus, our way is better. The link between these events is their rejection of oversight, the dismissal of checks and balances and a complete disdain for the democratic process (i.e. "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." - George W. Bush).

Because the founding fathers were paranoid, it must have been all that hemp they were growing, the government is set up to act like a neurotic crackhead. The legislative branch watches the executive, the executive branch watches the legislative and the judicial branch watches both. It's slow, it's obnoxious and it's entirely necessary, this way presumably only the really good laws are passed. Now, Bush and Cheney are taking this fine system meticulously pondered over by those first Americans and jettisoned it all. If they had a shred of respective for the fundamental tenants of Democracy we would no longer be beached in Iraq.

This recklessness extends past the political arena into the realm of science. The politicizing of issues such as global warming and stem cell research demonstrates a priggishness unparalleled to my knowledge in American politics. While an unfeeling culture of greed permits stooges in the puditverse to cloud the waters, real problems go unresolved. Anyone like Al Gore who has a message is berated and half-truths are propagated via large media pathways. Rush Limbaugh claimed that a single, major volcanic explosion produces more pollutants than all of industrialized history combined. Although this is partially correct, what Rush failed to mention is that the pollutants spilled into the air by volcanoes are water soluable and are therefore rained back to Earth before reaching the uppermost shell of the atmosphere, human contaminants on the other hand are hydrophobic and can reach higher altitudes. The government not only watches from a distance but are the biggest offenders in this campaign of disinformation. Their Chief of Staff for the Council of Environmental Quality, Phil Cooney, has censored, altered and edited peer reviewed reports on global warming. Among his subtle, yet significant, revisions to these papers, Phil has changed words such as "will" to "may" and discarded unwanted sentences. For those who haven't figured it out Phil hasn't always been in the business of saving the planet, he was at one time a lobbyist for big oil. That's some tasty irony.

The latest civil war isn't geographic like our Civil War or the Greek's Peloponnesian War, it is one of ideology. "I'm the decider." That slip of the tongue will prove to be Bush's "Let them eat cake" moment. Nobody at the top had seen a day of combat in their lives, yet they knew how to conduct this war better than anyone else. Nobody in this administration has the foggiest notion about stem cells or climate change, still their word must be unquestioned. This is the point where hubris has eclipsed basic human welfare.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Mayor Rocky Anderson on Fox and Friends

There's nothing friendly about this interview. The crux of their argument seems to be that the mayor's highest authority is the President, which isn't true - it's the people. If an elected official doesn't represent the people's will then he is no longer fit to keep his seat. Fox and Friends' version of reality seems too close to despotic rule for my liking.

Because she gave herself the last word, Major Rocky Anderson wasn't allowed to respond to her wingnut talking point, that French, German and Israeli intelligence supported, even validated, our actions. Yet isn't it unusual how these same countries not only couldn't justify an invasion based on their unimpeachable evidence, they also viciously opposed us. Just remember all you French-bashers out there, when it comes to Iraq, the French were right.