Date: Friday, August 31, 2007
Dateline: Inside Town
Have you checked out the U.S. Defense Authorization Act of 2007? Interesting read. It allows the president to 'station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities' I'm quoting from an article written by Professor Peter Phillips and distributed by MinutemanMedia.ORG.
In other words there will be troops on the streets in every state when the President declares a national emergency and assumes the mantle of president for life. But will the troops fire on their own citizens like they did at Kent State in 1969? I doubt it because my long time scenario for a dictatorship in American received another resounding 'Won't Happen' when Karl Rove, Bush's advisor on Dirty Tricks resigned this month. That leaves only Bush, Cheney, and Alberto Gonzales, the Attorney General, running the Gestapo show. And Gonzales should soon be out of office too. Slowly this administration is being corralled but behind the scenes the destruction of governmental departments continues in the name of Police State.
This government no longer regulates business corporations it accommodates them. Lets have a little look at two of them: Remember Halliburton being awarded a $385 contingency contract to build detention centers in the U.S.? Well, actually it's a subsidiary of Halliburton but that contract looks set to go ahead.
Then we have the Monsanto Corporation which represents the essence of the Evil Empire. It was Monsanto who gave us Agent Orange and GM food which has destroyed fields for ever, the number one corporate polluter the the 1980s and 1990s. Who runs their show? A Jewish Frankenstein. Now their latest brainstorm is a herbicide weed killer called Roundup which also kills crops. Yes, their GM seeds which are supposed to be resistant to herbicides absorb Roundup but don't die. Bon appetite. And don't forget, have your teeth capped.
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2007
When pink and yellow clouds started floating across Northern Europe in the 1970s and thousands of trees started dying from acid rain, governments and environmentalists got busy and cleaned up the mess. In the 1980s a hole in the ozone layer was detected and this lead to the term 'greenhouse effect' which is where we live, in a greenhouse. Then greed set in and the planet has been largely ignored since then. Justification for this is money and the global economy is promised to make the world a better place for all when, in fact, it is a recipe for ecological disaster. With a rise in religious hypocrisy, the message from the conservative right pulpit is that the planet will take care of itself because God looks after us. I'll tell you, if there is a God that God doesn't give a toss.
So what have we got? Higher temperatures, droughts, wildfires, megafires, polar and glacial meltdowns, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, straight winds, tornados, infestations, dying oceans, seas, and coral reefs, dying species and greedy right wing conservatives.
Now that the planet is serving notice with global warming and the weather acting like a mad hatter with lead poisoning, we humans have to take responsibility and begin massive demonstrations against the U.S. Government with marches to the White House. Why? Because it's easy to assess the Bush administration's policy on the environment, they don't have one. But they do have a disinformation policy. For example: The Clear Skies Initiative lowered air quality, The Healthy Forests Initiative allowed clear-cutting, The Clean Water Act raised the amount of lead and chemicals permissible. The Energy Policy Act set up subsidies of '$6 billion to gas and oil production and $9 billion to coal producers.'
You would think the U.S. Government would have enough sense and cents to curb construction of coal-fired power plants but no, 'about 150 are in various stages of development in the U.S. today.' I wouldn't be surprised if most of them are in Texas. Bush-Cheney Inc., what a couple of Neanderthals. They are not alone, the Chinese are reportedly firing up two new filthy old fashioned pollution plants each week. Gas masks for every man, woman, and child aren't going to do the job. And what does the Cedar Rapids Iowa Gazette have to say about it in headline: Rising coal demand good for U.S. mines. The truth is that we are digging our own graves. The U.S. burns more than a billion tons of coal every year, that's 'about 20 pounds a day for every man, woman and child' according to Jeff Goodell, author of Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future.
China will probably start to self-destruct in the next ten years and the U.S. will follow. I wish I could be more optimistic but very little is being done to avert a catastrophe. As Al Gore observes, 'We are now treating the Earth's atmosphere as an open sewer.' However, with the world reportedly needing 50% more energy in 2030 there is a method that might save the planet's bacon, it's called 'Clean Coal Technology' It's accomplished without open-cast mining and the English Coal Authority says it's a 'method of converting unworked coal deep underground into a combustible gas.' Various processes lead to the removal of carbon dioxide from the coal and it is trapped underground while the coal is turned into gas. What results, it's claimed, is 'clean energy with minimal greenhouse emissions.' Have a clean air day.
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Dateline: Greenhouse, Belgium.
We all know who would win if a world wide vote was taken on whom would be Earth's first planetary leader. The Executive President of Zimbabwe, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, of course, so full of surprises like, 'Who is the next group we fuck over.' Now we have something to do with him.
Liberal democracy is worse than socialism according to the right-wing ladder and their mantra is religious submission, 'Don't pay attention to us we bankrupt you to feed our greed.' Another way of looking at it is that all conservative poor people need to have their heads examined.
The American government s started on a course of exploitation in the late 1890s and has kept pace ever since. Their subterfuge was brilliant with Christian missionaries leading the way, they took over Hawaii, Cuba, and the Phillippines in military quick time. Spain was humiliated by the treaties it signed and the carnage in the Phillippines was particularly gruesome. U.S. soldiers treated the inhabitants as savagely as they had treated American Indians. From the book Overthrow
by Stephen Skinzer I read that 4,374 American soldiers were killed with 16,000 Filipino 'guerrillas' and 'about [16,000] civilians' perishing in the conflict.
By war standards there were few casualties in Cuba and Americans celebrated a great military victory that was already won by Cubans fighting for independence from the Spanish. Under the Teller Amendment the Cubans were promised independence but that was too kind so the U.S. government passed the Platt Amendment which gave them control of the country without actually running it. Think of all those treaties they broke with the American Indians. According to Skinzer, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 brings the number of countries the U.S. has overthrown to 14 during a '110-year period'.
Do you recall when Cuban leader Fidel Castro became seriously ill and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on national TV? Did she wish Fidel a speedy recovery? Not really, she sort of pretended he was already dead and kept reminding Cubans that American was their friend. How hypocritical can this administration be? How brilliantly stupid is this woman? What has she achieved in international diplomacy? Not much. If George Bush says 'Boo' she says 'Boo who?' 'Dick says there's natural gas off those pristine shores, tell 'em were their friends.'
Meanwhile the melt down continues. Remember that Johnny Cash song, 'How high's the water Mama? She said it's five feet high and rising.' Yes, it's time to start building that boat in the backyard garage. About 4,000 scientists around the world say the melt down of ice at the poles and elsewhere on the planet is happening faster than their models predicted. I would recommend a sturdy sailboat.
It's been a fabulous year for Al Gore, his book, The Assault on Reason
became a best seller, his documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth,
won two Oscars, and he was awarded the Noble peace prize. Then the right-wing scavengers began to howl. In London the howlers call themselves the New Party and are funded by a right-wing think tank in Washington D.C. called the Science and Public Policy Institute which in turn is probably funded by some faith based petroleum company, like ExxonMobil for instance. The founders of New Party are a guy who calls himself Viscount Monckton and a truck driver named Stewart Dimmock. As you can imagine from their names, they don't know much about Global Warming. Viscount studied classics, Steward learned how to drive. Nevertheless they drew up a list of nine objections to Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth,
and took the list to a sympathetic judge, perhaps a family friend. The judge then drew up a writ banning the film from being distributed to schools because of untruths. For example they don't believe any polar bears are downing because of melting ice. That some might be dying from starvation wasn't mentioned. Also not mentioned is that polar bears are being considered for inclusion on the International endangered species list. Estimates for polar bears living in the wild range from 22,000 to 25,000 with 15,000 of them based in Canada. At the current rate of melt down, scientists believe they won't last out the century. Also claimed in the writ is that there is no consensus on rising sea levels and Gore overestimates the threat. Sorry to say, the threat is real and guys like Monckton and Dimmock are part of the problem. If I had a snuff machine I'd use it. And by the way, you don't need an electric toothbrush to keep you teeth clean.
NOTE: To preserve the intergrity of the story, blog entries are in chronological order. First post first, last post last.