Sunday, January 01, 2006

Year by Year, Casualties Climb in Afghanistan

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

America and the world were united in the concept of running down bin Laden and capturing him. But then, we changed our minds (Bush always was against going after bin Laden) and joined sides in an Afghani civil war. The allowed the creator of Bush's Trifecta Win to easily escape. Now, after an easy victory over barely armed peasants, we are now bogged down in an increasingly vicious war with these peasants who now idolize bin Laden as the Desert Fox of Muslim warfare.

From the London Times:
BRITISH troops set to deploy to southern Afghanistan this spring could sustain losses on a scale not seen since the Falklands war, military intelligence officers have warned.
They say insurgent forces in the south are preparing for a large offensive by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, backed by sophisticated weapons and training from Iran.

The warnings follow an increase in fighting in southern Afghanistan over the past year. Several thousand people, including about 100 US soldiers, have been killed.

The insurgents regard the withdrawal of 2,000 US troops as a key victory and are expected to press home their advantage against the British-led Nato force.
This has got to be the biggest fiasco in military history. A very lightly armed man with no navy, no army, no airforce, successfully attacks the world's biggest empire, stabbing it right in the center of the heart, destroys part of the central command as well as a good slice of the finacial district of this empire, then bogs them down in a futile war they can't win in a place made famous for the last 6,000+ years as a nearly impossible place to hold, militarily: Afghanistan.

Like the Euphrates Valley cul-de-sac, another famous graveyard of empires, this place is very easy to enter and very hard to leave. Ask Alexander the Great. This is why reading history like recent news stories from the 1980s would have paid off, no? Indeed, the author of the tactics of this great military disaster, Rumsfeld, has no excuse in all this, he was around, running the military, during the eighties!

Indeed, the GOP and the neocon neonazis running the Pentagon applauded bin Laden's tactics in the eighties to bog down the Soviet State in Afghanistan in an unpopular and futile war! Bingo!

So what is Rummy's excuse? He can't claim ignorance or out of the loop. Ditto Bush and his dad. And the neocons.

Actually, none of them wanted to go to Afghanistan, they wanted to run off to the Euphrates cul-de-sac and get trapped there. The truth about 9/11 forced them to go after bin Laden and they did this with singular lack of energy, brio or enthusiasm. They brought in a pitiful few troops, dropped bombs on peasants all over the place and when faced with a real battle with some battle hardened but barely armed insurgents, belly flopped badly, unable to take any real hand to hand combat. At least, not with real fighters.

Chemical bombing barely armed civilians in Fallujah, ah! That was sweet. Even they did inflict some real casualties on us. But we bested them...only to lose all of Iraq, of course.

I remember the Tora Bora battle which we lost 100%. The Pentagon crowed that it was "the Perfect Victory" and I quipped, "For bin Laden!" And it wasn't a joke. Bin Laden was quite proud of his generalship. Heck, his strategy and tactics are on the same level as Hannibal! And look how famous he is! 2200 year ago!

Bin Laden hasn't brought any elephants over the Rockies to invade Kansas but he doesn't have to since the bellowing elephant herd of GOPers are doing a perfectly splendid job, destroying America's power.


Meanwhile, the war against Al Jazeera filming our many defeats and stupidities rages on. From the NYT:
U.S. forces in Afghanistan have arrested the Kabul correspondent of the Arab television station Al Jazeera along with his driver and cameraman, the station said on Sunday.
Well, bin Laden is slippery and devious but we sure can corner those pesky cameramen! Our rage at them is part of why we are losing. The Muslims have witnesses watching our depraved misadventures and every time we attack their watchers, al Jazeera tells everyone about it and the Muslims hate us even more. The idea that we be nice to the news media and not plot to murder them doesn't occur to Bush but then, remember the anthrax killer who went after only Bush's enemies, especially the media!

You know, Bush would become murderous if the media attacks him much more.

Anyway, the al Jazeera crew filmed stuff that annoyed us. We claimed it was a security breech as if Bin Laden is watching cable in his cave and says, "Hey, look, that huge American air base is in Kalahandra! Wow! Thanks for showing me!" Yeah, right.

Like, the guerrilla warriors are all couch potatoes. Sort of like you-know-who! And where are all those American volunteers who wanted bin Laden, dead or alive? Eh?

Home, Chaunteroy.
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Market Analysts Want American Jobs Sent Overseas to Drop Interest Rates

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Wall Street pundits celebrate loss of American jobs. They say, getting cheap loans is most important and to do this, we need to export jobs, thus reducing inflation. This vicious cycle is what is killing America.

From Yahoo:
After a volatile 2005 and meager returns to show for it, investors are hoping 2006 will bring better fortunes. And if there's good news next week, the new year could get off to a good start.

Last January, stocks tumbled after an impressive December rally. Word that the Federal Reserve would continue hiking interest rates, combined with mediocre jobs figures, worried investors considerably. The Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 2 percent in the first two trading days of 2005.

Yet this year could be far different. First of all, there was no real December rally, so it's safe to say stocks aren't overbought. Second, the Fed has signaled that it's closer to ending its regime of rate hikes. That could be reinforced Tuesday as the Fed releases the minutes of its Dec. 13 meeting.
Good news is, stocks were flat last year so this year has to be better? How's that possible? Assuming that years alternate in good and bad isn't a smart way to think. Markets can go and do go sour for multiple years at a time!

Friday's jobs data from the Labor Department will be the key to determining whether January 2006 is anything like January 2005. Economists estimate the economy will have created 200,000 jobs in December, down slightly from 215,000 in November. A lower-than-expected number, if not sharply lower, could actually boost stocks, since fewer new jobs would mean fewer wages and less of a chance for inflation to take hold.
Read that carefully. What it means is, if we export high paying jobs to other countries with lower cost of living/cheaper wages/ worse working conditions, we can end inflation here since no one can strike for better wages or demand higher pay! If anyone does strike, the factory closes and moves to China!

So the entire force of energy inflation will be beaten out of the American worker's hide! Too many workers unemployed means the economy goes south for the winter, too, so the calibration Greenspan and his spawn, Bernarke, have to make is "how many jobs dare we send to China and India before it hurts us directly?"

You see, if it hurts you and me, this is OK. Hurts them and their rich buddies, nope. Has to be dealt with, pronto!

Why a democracy has rigged up such a traitorous system baffles me. But then, American workers, trained in a lifetime of propaganda, can't figure out the obvious: they have been betrayed. The new immigration laws Congress is trying to pass penalizes anyone who gives legal or medical help to illegal aliens by putting them in prison for five years, a harsh penalty.

But there is no prison for businesses like Walmart, for hiring these people. For they are another important inflation sink. They compress all the price hikes downwards, both by undercutting the bidding for jobs by legal Americans and by flooding the market with excess labor.
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Bush Denies He Demanded Wiretap Whistle Blower Be Captured

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush claims he didn't demand Justice Dept find the whistle blower who revealed illegal wiretapping. But note that he didn't call for an investigation a year ago when the NYT told him about the whistle blower! One wonders why! Meanwhile, the White House says more astonishingly stupid and insane things.

From Australia:
THE White House said overnight it had no role in the Justice Department's decision to investigate the leaking of classified information indicating that President George W. Bush authorised a secret government wiretap program.
Lying gets easier and easier if one does it all the time. Bush has trouble controlling his body tics and blicking eyes when he lies but since he lies all the time execpt when he blurts out his "Bushisms", everyone who doesn't want to think about things thinks this is normal behavior.

It is not.

Anyway, as the White House explains their obvious lies, they say really bizarre things like this:
Mr Duffy stressed that "the leaking of classified information is a serious issue." And he defended the use of wiretaps, warning that "Al-Qaeda's playbook is not printed on page one, and when America's is, it has serious ramifications."
Why is revealing the information that Bush and his cronies are illegally spying on Americans revealing information that will help al Qaeda? Does any terrorist not believe the government is trying to spy on them? That the government never ever uses phone tagging or other means?

Hahaha. If I figured this out way back in the sixties when I was a mere teenager, you can bet bin Laden and his merry band figured this out some time way back when they lived in that super police state, Saudi Arabia, where all communications big and small are spied upon!

This is so beyond ludicrous, it is to laugh to death (falling down dead noises at my desk). Good effing grief. The whistle blower, if he or she is found, should be enshrined in our history as a tremendous person who is actively saving Democracy, saving the Constitution, saving the American Flag which is now in tatters thanks to Bush and his gang wrecking everything it stands for.

The leakers in the White House who pushed the Valarie Plame contacts into danger because Bush wanted to shut up everyone in the diplomatic and CIA circles who were objecting to the neo-cons cooking the evidence used to justify a totally illegal war, they need to be put in prison.

For they broke the law in order to facilitate breaking some very grave laws, ones that carry the death penalty: starting wars of aggression for territorial gain.

The NYT, by the way, is again in a broil over all this. Kellner, the editor in chief and the owner, Punch, won't tell the Ombudsman what the hell is going on. They don't want to explain why they cooperated with Bush and why this isn't news but then, this has happened to me, before the election, when they refused to report the story about how Haley Barbour came to their offices, complaining about ME! They still won't talk about that. Or all the other times they conspired to cover up real news.

The secret playbook of the media/Republican party is far more important for us to read than any terrorist playbook simply because the terrorists are police matters but the media/Republican collusion is a political matter and all politics are, by definition, public!
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Bush Spends More and More Time Alone....Drinking?

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush needs to pretend he isn't a 100% drunk. So either the media lies about him or ignores obvious drunken behavior or excuses symptoms as "falling down accidentally" or "Bushisms" but now it is so out of control, he can't appear in public at night except on rare occassions. Still, no one in the media mainstream dares say he is a drunken sot.

From Yahoo:
Peace and prosperity. It's a well-worn New Year's resolution, but that's what President Bush is wishing for 2006.

"The president's New Year's resolution is to continue to work tirelessly for peace abroad and prosperity at home," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Saturday.

Bush and his wife, Laura, and her mother, Jenna Welch, will be dining at the Bush ranch here, but it's unclear whether they'll stay up long enough to ring in 2006.
This conflicts with Bush's previous statement, from the Bushisms Library:
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

Bush shows every sign of being a lush. This started with the famous midwinter binge he took when he "choked on a pretzel and fell down" while watching football...alone. Now, I know men and men don't watch football alone, especially the Super Bowl, if there are any buddies around to share the fun and the White House is a catered kid's club from hell with all the goodies, servants, wives don't need anything since they are served, hand and foot, so the guys can yuck it up and there are armies of guys especially lobbyists and special interests who would adore yucking it up in the White House during the Rosebowl or Super Bowl!

So why does Bush go turtle during these times?

Here he is again, New Year's Eve, a big party date, alone, going to bed early. Or rather, passing out early. We have noted before that Bush now avoids any exposure before noon, forget even late afternoon these days. The few times he has appeared at night, he looks and sounds pretty smashed. There are videos of him slobbering, sputtering, hanging onto podiums, blinking stupidly, his jaw hanging crooked. Dropping his dog, knocking it out on the tarmac in front of children, staggering and falling in front of the military. On election night, his face struck by something, his eyes glassy. Gads.

The American media is like the wife of an alcoholic. The four sheets to the wind hubby staggering about, bottles strewn all over the house, the wife laughing nervously as she makes excuses for him. 90% of the "Bushisms" are the results of a drunk babbling moronically. Having a nation run by such a man is deadly. Like a drunk driver, a drunk leader can be worse. Judgement goes out the window.

Bush is a mirror image of Saddam during the time Saddam hid in his "spider hole". Saddam came out looking pretty plastered but now, after sitting in jail a while, he is stone sober and looks completely different. His acuity has gone up and his ability to fence with the prosecutor and jailers has grown greatly the more sober he is. Meanwhile, our drunken sot goes around the world, irritating our allies and amusing our enemies.

The fake story about Bush suddenly deciding he wasn't going to drink or drug himself anymore is a keystone in his entire fake Skull and Bones demonic "I am a born again Christian" campaign. To lull the Christians into believing in him and simultaneously scrubbing his multi-arrest, multi-crime spree in the past, he isolated it from his plans for ruling America by playing the "I am reformed" card. I, personally, believe he was never sober. His besotten daughters didn't turn out that way because they never saw daddy drink, that you can bet. Kids see everything and they watched him lie about drinking and then slobbering down one drink after another.

When the few (non professional reporters) investigators (like myself) who were going after Bush's past in 2000 discovered he had been arrested multiple times, Bush "won over the press and people" by admitting it (only the ones that were uncovered, not the hidden ones) and he admonished us to not talk about his alcoholism because his darling children will be corrupted by all this.

Then we learned that his daughters which were never in the news were actually a pair of underage, illegal, with fake ID, heavy drinkers already!

When the truth came out about Jenna and Babs, the entire press corpse (deliberate sic) should have gone bonkers. Instead, they attacked the messenger of this news, a gossip rag. Grandpa Bush famously snarled that the press better not poke their noses into the Bush's private affairs or bad things would happen to them.

Then, less than two months later, 9/11 happened, the CIA anthrax hitman was turned loose and the first person to die of anthrax was the unfortunate photoeditor of the newsservice that ran the Jeanna drunk photos. Next, came Democratic leaders and other media who might be tempted to pull the covers off of the Bush family drinking and drugging.

The fact that the entire family has many run-ins with the law, most recently, a nephew was arrested for fighting with the cops after he got drunk in Texas, this drinking and law breaking can be amusing if one is running a comedy show but is dangerous for the world's biggest empire. The fact that our media isn't hammering on this daily infuriates me. Every press conference gaggle with the press secretary should feature questions about the Bush family's drinking/drug problems. It is the top issue because the effects reverberate throughout our lives. Drunks are famous for being fiscally irresponsible, physically reckless, belligerent and ill tempered and easily conned by fake friendships. All bad for running a country.

Bush can't process information very well anymore as anyone reading his babblings can see, people who talk weird usually aren't thinking straight. It is pretty simple. You don't go to a schizophrenic to learn about what is going on in the real world! Nor do you go to a drunk for sober analysis.

New Years is a drinking celebration. When a family of lushes celebrate it alone, you can bet, the drinking is very heavy, too heavy, too violent, too disgusting to do in public.
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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Blair Intimidates Newsmedia But Not Bloggers Who Run Uzbekistan Tortur

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The media mythology always has been that they need to "scoop" each other and this is why the news always comes out, they are in such a rush to publish or put it on TV. This fairytale is hogwash, of course. Again and again, we bloggers online have to shove hard as hell to force the media to cough up the news. Here is yet another example of this: the torture story out of Uzbekistan.

From Yahoo:
A former British ambassador has published government documents he says prove that Britain knowingly received intelligence extracted under torture from prisoners in Uzbekistan.

Craig Murray, who was removed as ambassador to Uzbekistan after going public about his concerns, defied a Foreign Office ban to publish the internal memos on his Web site Friday. The documents include memos to Foreign Office chiefs in which Murray expressed his concern over the use of "torture material."

In one memo, Murray said he was told by Foreign Office legal adviser Sir Michael Wood that it was not illegal to use information acquired by torture, except in legal proceedings. Intelligence officer Matthew Kydd had also told him the intelligence services sometimes found such material "very useful indeed, with a direct bearing on the war on terror," he said.
It used to be, when the mainstream media finally was shoved and dragged by us bloggers into covering obviously important stories, they would moan and groan about how we need blogger ethics and how unreliable we all were and how we didn't understand what real news is (missing white women and celebrity divorces, of course!) and etcetera.

Not only was this story news, it is important news. The memo where Sir Michael "Boil them in oil" Wood blandly states that yes, it is illegal to torture but hey, it could be useful. "Ve haff vays off making you talk," is very popular in despotic regimes, right? Remember all those WWII movies where the Allies tortured people we captured? No?

Um, geeze. I do believe that doing this makes one the bad guy except today, in movies, the good guy tortures, murders, runs amok and doesn't follow any civilized finesse, does he?

Like the Downing Street memos, we bloggers single handedly (actually, a thousand bloggers pushing very hard!) forced the media to pay attention. This forces politicians to pay attention and say something or even force a prosecutor to go after criminal actions done by our rulers.

This is why they hate bloggers on the left. Right wing bloggers work for the rulers. This is why any yapping on their part instantly comes into the media. And they are petted and praised and even the, "Oh my, aren't you SOOOO much more effective than those unethical, annoying liberal bloggers!" stories show up time to time, most recently in Time magazine where they tell us sneeringly that we are so uneffective, why don't we imitate the right wingloons!

Well, they ain't pushing stories the media owners and their co-conspiritors, the men in power, are pushing!

And push we do, magnificently, thanks entirely to our many readers who faithfully read so many liberal bloggers and who are the real fuel that keeps all of this going, this budding experiment in real democracy, real news in real time by real people!

I love other leftist bloggers and there are now so many, it is impossible to keep up but I wish I could read all of them every day but then, I wouldn't have time to write, myself. But do remember, it is all of us together that matters and if 10,000 blogs carry these important stories this means 1,000,000 people will read and 100,000,000 will learn the real news as we force the mainstream media to tell the truth.

Onwards and upwards! Go, team!
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Friday, December 30, 2005

Tropical Storm Zeta Forms Right On Cusp Of New Year

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Zeta is born. Record hurricane season continues unabated even as record warmth along with brush fires in the Midwest and giant waves from the huge weather system in the Pacific pounds the West Coast, the changes caused by global warming are now catastrophically obvious.

From Yahoo:
Tropical Storm Zeta formed Friday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, another installment in a record-breaking hurricane season that officially ended last month.

Zeta, the 27th storm of the season, formed Friday about 1,000 miles south-southwest of the Azores islands, according to an advisory posted on the National Hurricane Center's Web site. It posed no immediate threat to land.

The center said it would send out a full advisory later Friday. Tropical storms have winds of at least 39 mph.

It was not immediately known if Dec. 30 was the latest date for the formation of a tropical storm in the Atlantic. But earlier this month, Hurricane Epsilon became only the fifth hurricane to form in December in 154 years of record-keeping. Hurricanes form when their winds exceed 74 mph.
Will the earth have hurricanes year round now? This is a serious querry. Building stuff in Florida and the Gulf at a frantic rate, all this can be undone forever by raging hurricanes. Unlike New England, Florida is flat as flat can be. On top of that, the ocean rising will swamp much of Florida, too.

New Orleans is doomed. You can't spend all our wealth on building in that obviously inadequet zone, not if we can spend our treasury on more important things, not that this matters while we are wasting over $200 billion+ on the stupid war in Iraq!

But this has to be considered! The drought/flood cycle is a disaster for all of us. I see signs of it up here in the Northeast, we usually have the evenest rain pattern in America. Same number of inches of moisture a month, up until the last 20 years! Now, that too, is destabilized.

KSBW Channel:
The latest storm along the Central Coast stirred up big, pounding waves along the Central Coast Wednesday.
The wind-whipped waves didn't cause any major flooding but did fall close to beach businesses on the Capitola Esplanade. Sandbags were kept close at hand but weren't needed, and some people came down to the coast just to watch the high surf.
"The water was coming up to the windows. That was something to be concerned about. I'm going to get the storm shutters today. I think it's time," said Zelda's Restaurant owner Ed Leipelt.
I have surfed in California and looking at the pictures of the waves brought back memories! The earlier waves were perfect surfing but it seems today, they are rougher and less even, no classic, glass-clear curl. Storm waves can really pound you into the sand!

At one of my old haunts, Manhattan/Venice beach, they had to berm the sand to prevent flooding and are handing out sandbags and there are the usual mudslides but then, we should talk! We had them up here, too, in Vermont, this week due to rain! Rain in northern Vermont after Xmas?

Ye gads.

Because I farm or have worked outdoors much of my life, I am hyper aware of the weather and look at today's map! This isn't a winter map! It is a Spring map. The storms are all moving south to north! There is snow, but it isn't sweeping down from the north, it is always part of a huge rain system that finally reached cold air. This is why all our snow storms this year have been half rain or more than half rain which makes my mountain very, very slippery. Already, many trees have been damaged from the ice when the storms transit from rain to snow. These are the most dangerous of storms.

Several years ago, much of Great Lakes Canada had so much ice on the lines, the huge power pylons collapsed. Electrical linesmen from my community had to move up into Canada for three months to rewire the place! Just this week on TV, we watched the damage from icestorms in the south cause trees to collapse on houses.

This isn't normal. I assure you, it isn't.

Meanwhile, back to watching Bush's massive planetary/economic/legal trainwreck. Gotterdammeridiot time.
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White House Anxious To Find Out Who Revealed Illegal Wiretapping and Spying

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Gonzales, when not defending torture and while goofing around Karl Rove, leaker of all leakers of classified information, is now suddenly anxious to intimidate all government employees to keep them from leaking information vital to our democracy. Spying on Americans without warrant is 100% illegal since day one in the USA. Got that, Gonzales?

From Yahoo:
The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the leak of classified information about President Bush's secret domestic spying program.

The inquiry focuses on disclosures to The New York Times about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said.

The Times revealed the existence of the program two weeks ago in a front-page story that acknowledged the news had been withheld from publication for a year, partly at the request of the administration and partly because the newspaper wanted more time to confirm various aspects of the program.

White House spokesman Trent Duffy said Justice undertook the action on its own, and the president was informed of it on Friday.
This has got to be the goofiest investigation yet. After all, Bush has known about the leak for an entire year! A year! Besides, and I wish the media would get this right but they won't, leaking information about illegal actions in our government is a good thing protected by "whistle-blower" laws! If one knows the President is breaking the law and hides it, they are then co-conspiritors! This means, criminals.

Of course, Bush is no stranger to handcuffs. He was often caught by the cops only to be let loose again by daddy's buddies in the system. But he has a long record of being a criminal mind who believes laws are to be flaunted.

Therefore, arrest Bush again! And this time, don't let him out on bail!

Speaking about illegal stuff, the torture allegations are growing apace. The web is all abuzz over the letters/cables published by whistle-blower from England, former amassador to Uzbekistan, home of cooking victims of the state in cauldrons, he took this "classified" information and made it public on the web and dared Blair to arrest him. Since the mainstream media didn't want to tangle with the dictator of Downing Street, he had the charming idea of letting us bloggers disseminate the information which is here: Craig Murry's webpage.

It is important reading. For one problem with many of Bush's prosecutions (persecutions) is it is illegal both in the Geneva Conventions and the good old scrap of paper called the Constitution, to use information gathered from torture in trials. Already, some lawyers are filling protests in court over this. Obviously, our war on terror is trembling on the edge of collapse and is falling faster than the WTC.

The forgotten war in Afghanistan roars on, two more soldiers blown up there today. In Iraq, the attacks on the oil refineries has nearly shut down the country which seeths with fundamentalist rage.

Meanwhile, the Valerie Plame affair continues to churn onwards with Fitzgerald hauling sundry neo-cons and con-men before his Grand Jury. And Watergate bigwig, John Dean, pipes up to remind us why Nixon was forced out of office. From Writnews:
On Friday, December 16, the New York Times published a major scoop by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau: They reported that Bush authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on Americans without warrants, ignoring the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

It was a long story loaded with astonishing information of lawbreaking at the White House. It reported that sometime in 2002, Bush issued an executive order authorizing NSA to track and intercept international telephone and/or email exchanges coming into, or out of, the U.S. - when one party was believed to have direct or indirect ties with al Qaeda.

Initially, Bush and the White House stonewalled, neither confirming nor denying the president had ignored the law. Bush refused to discuss it in his interview with Jim Lehrer.

Then, on Saturday, December 17, in his radio broadcast, Bush admitted that the New York Times was correct - and thus conceded he had committed an impeachable offense.

There can be no serious question that warrantless wiretapping, in violation of the law, is impeachable. After all, Nixon was charged in Article II of his bill of impeachment with illegal wiretapping for what he, too, claimed were national security reasons.
Yup. Bush admitted to committing a crime and is unrepentant and has unleashed his baying hounds in the media to scream that this is OK. Arrest him. Put him in the pokey. Send him to Uzbekistan. Send him to Bagdad where he can stand trial with Saddam. Heck, send him to Mars. He did say he wanted to go there.
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Read the Invasion Plans for Canada--Part of Many War Plans

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The Pentagon keeps on file an array of war plans for every contingency. Since we have clashed with both Mexico and Canada repeatedly in the past, it is no surprize to learn that we still make plans for future possible clashes. This is to be taken very seriously by our neighbors who have natural resources we might want to appropriate for the Vaterland.

From the Washington Post:
Invading Canada won't be like invading Iraq: When we invade Canada, nobody will be able to grumble that we didn't have a plan.

The United States government does have a plan to invade Canada. It's a 94-page document called "Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan -- Red," with the word SECRET stamped on the cover. It's a bold plan, a bodacious plan, a step-by-step plan to invade, seize and annex our neighbor to the north. It goes like this:
The Canadians can retaliate simply by refusing to speak English (smiling). Let the people in Montreal take the brunt, they can deal with les Amerique.
It sounds like a joke but it's not. War Plan Red is real. It was drawn up and approved by the War Department in 1930, then updated in 1934 and 1935. It was declassified in 1974 and the word "SECRET" crossed out with a heavy pencil. Now it sits in a little gray box in the National Archives in College Park, available to anybody, even Canadian spies. They can photocopy it for 15 cents a page.
I have a very severe problem with secret war plans. Namely, the urge to set up a crisis so one can impliment the plans is a great temptation so rather than diplomatically dealing with the assassination of an Archduke, one just sets into motion a plan to invade the Netherlands and attack Paris, no?

No country should have secret invasion plans with allies. Period. Any ally who discovers such plans should raise a huge diplomatic row. Just like all the still secret plans for nuclear war, the populace which will bear the brunt of the violence has a right to see what sort of hideous plans the military is hatching. Especially with nuclear war!

Mexico has been invaded several times and we chopped off about half of Mexico's state territory over the years. Theoretical invasion plans aren't hyperbole with Mexico, it is a real possible threat. With Americans talking about simultaneously locking all Mexicans out of el Norte and bringing military power to bear on the border with Mexico, plus our refusal to sign the Kyoto Accords and thus, dooming Mexico to a future of increasingly desertfying conditions that will make life very tenuous there means tension between our nations will grow, not shrink.

Mexico is possibly on the verge of voting into office a populist who is friendly with the growing alliance of leftist leaders in Spanish speaking countries and our reactionary imperialism greatly resents any manifestation of popularity in our subject proto-colonies. We invest a lot in maintaining unpopular, murderous dictators down south and thanks to Spain becoming much more liberal, so do former Spanish colonies. This is why the American right wing supported Franco (and their favorite, Hitler). When Spain liberalizes, so follows all the former colonies for this is a cultural thing, a Zeitgeist matter.

The Canadians shouldn't trust the USA to be honorable and respect borders. We already made it clear, once we get international organizations to certify a country is helpless, we invade with impunity and cruel, wanton disregard for civilians. And like Iraq, Canada represents energy and water, the stuff of life itself. Two things we are destroying or eating up massively here, building our hyper bubble.

From the NYT:
Nearly 10 million gallons a day draining away in the driest state in the nation - and the fastest growing one, propelled by the demographic rocket of Las Vegas - is just one of the many strange byproducts of Nevada's tangled love affair with gold.

An extensive review of government documents and court records, and scores of interviews with scientists and present and former mine industry workers and regulators, show that an absence of federal guidelines, of the sort that are commonplace for coal or oil, allowed gold wide latitude to operate here in the rural fastness of the desert, perhaps more than any other American industry.
As my previous climatic stories show, Texas Burns and Long Range Weather and Wishful Thinking About Mother Nature, we are in a destructive pattern with a bad ending. Namely, the snows that feed the mighty rivers in the West are failing and the glaciers are disappearing so there is no year-round feed of moisture and the rivers that do exist are used up totally, the Colorado, for example, is now a sluggard trickle when it reaches Mexico, depriving Mexico of those waters, leaving them high and dry and is a source of diplomatic complaints.

Canada has lots of nice, fresh water! Since a Canadian gold mining company is destroying Nevada's water, it is logical that Americans will retaliate violently in the opposite direction! These land/resource wars are a main trigger of violent invasions since the dawn of humanity.

Now to see the secret invasion plans Japan and the USA have cooked up this last five years! You can bet, the Chinese have copies of this in a safe in Beijing.
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Treasury Sec. Snow Blizzard: We Are Out of Money, Spent Over 8 Trillion!

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Treasury Sec. Snow warns us he is going to eliminate Social Security unless Congress raises the debt ceiling another trillion dollars to over $9 trillion. The GOP is spending over $500 billion a year more than we take in as taxes!

From Yahoo:
U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow warned lawmakers on Thursday that a legally set limit on the government's ability to borrow will be hit in mid-February and urged Congress to raise it quickly.

Failure to do so potentially risks throwing the country into its first default in history, Snow warned in what has become virtually an annual rite as U.S. borrowing needs spiral.

"The administration now projects that the statutory debt limit, currently $8.184 trillion, will be reached in mid-February 2006," Snow said in a letter to 21 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate released by Treasury after financial markets had closed.
They waited until dark, eh? Can't have the sheep panic and run off the cliff, can they? And they commit the crime just before New Years, betting most investors will not pay attention until after Monday!

Hahaha. Fleece time!
Snow said that Treasury, if the debt limit was not raised by then, would have to take "extraordinary actions" to keep paying its bills for everything from Social Security to national defense spending.
OK, everyone, listen very carefully: they plan to steal all the Social Security money so the baby boomers can't retire! Got that? Shall I repeat?

The plan is to work us all to death. It wasn't accidental that they ignored the screams of the dying in New Orleans. That was the IMF/NWO/WTO plan for America. That is our future. All those elderly who died? That is you and me, babe!

From the Washington Post:

As noted by recent cover stories in Newsweek and Business Week, the first of the roughly 77 million baby boomers turn 60 in 2006. J. Walker Smith of the polling firm of Yankelovich Partners told Newsweek that many boomers "think they're going to die before they get old" -- a reference to one survey in which boomers defined old age as starting around 80. Business Week asserted that fifty- and sixtysomethings consider their "middle age a new start on life" to indulge hobbies, begin new careers or remarry. These portraits of vigorous baby boomers clash with another reality: Their huge federal retirement benefits may seriously damage the economy and American politics.

Our continued unwillingness to address this disconnect counts as one of 2005's big stories. We should ask ourselves: Why? After all, the need is well known. Consider the Congressional Budget Office's just released projections. By 2030, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid may cost 15 percent of national income -- almost double their level in 2000 and equal to 75 percent of today's federal budget. Left alone, these programs would require massive tax increases, cause immense deficits or crowd out other important government programs. We also know of at least partial solutions: curb costs by slowly raising eligibility ages and cutting benefits for wealthier recipients.
See? This is from a neo-nazi clown who doesn't do a stitch of real work. He bloviates and then lays about, sucking on his hookah and then reemerges to scold us about working.

These monsters are circling us like the sharks they are. They can't wait to say, triumphantly, "Well, we just had to stop the Social Security payments because there are too many of you!" and then force us to go back to work, cut medical care and in general, drive us all to an earlier grave while they live in gated communities, well fed, good doctors, full insurance, our ruling class will be oh so happy.

Well, if the average American is happy about this, it would be rather interesting to watch the much feister Chinese take over the planet since we won't deserve to run it anymore, will we?

Also, I track the data about finances and all year long, the neo nazis and Greenspan lied to everyone about financing. "The deficit is lower," they lied. They didn't say it was because of two things: all the big stuff was set "off budget" and Social Security payments were flowing in and the government was conficating them as swiftly as they came and sent them all to China and Japan!


So now we learn it wasn't really $325 billion in the red but over $500 billion in the red. As I expected. Each year under Bush and the GOP has been around $500 billion in the red and thanks to the recent huge tax cuts and corporate hand-outs, the deficit next year is going to be over $680 billion. Well, just remember, we hit $12 trillion, we die.

Yes, death. Like for real, not pretend. I would guess about 24 million American citizens will be forced into a death march. Families who have the income to prevent this will struggle to keep family members alive but quite a few people will starve/freeze/work to death. And all to pay for a stupid war in Iraq and to keep corporate America happy as they relocate overseas.

Or we can listen to the Chinese and Korean peasants. They seem to have a plan.
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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Saddam's Lawyer Offers Help--Hand Over Iraq To Saddam and He Will Let Us Run Away

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The Padilla trial is coming apart at the seams, the trials of all those "terrorists" are going belly up thanks to tainted evidence gotten illegally and now we see Saddam suggesting Bush work with him instead of against him! Next: armed Sunni frees Saddam and carry him off in triumph. Grrrf.

From Yahoo::
The chief lawyer for Saddam at his trial for crimes against humanity in Baghdad told Bush that Iraqis who supported their former leader were waiting for a bold decision from the world's most powerful statesman to free him.

"I call on you ( President Bush) to release Mr. President (Saddam) immediately to allow the Iraqis to decide his fate. Only then will you get out of your predicament in Iraq and truly become an advocate of justice," Khalil Dulaimi wrote in a letter obtained by Reuters.

Such a decision would prove to be the panacea that would end Washington's woes over Iraq, Dulaimi asserted.

"Your relations with Iraq will then be historic and you will win the favor of the Arabs and Muslims and the entire world," Dulaimi said, adding that it was the only way to spare Iraq from undergoing a bloody civil war.
Seems Bush wants civil wars since he toils day and night to create this here at home! A number of American soldiers were blown up this holiday week and I suppose their families are not having a Merry Christmas nor a Happy Holiday. Bush is boning up on Imperial Warriors tripe, reading about how heroic and wonderful fighting in Vietnam was for Kerry and Gore. Well.

Life is full of irony. Why do our media owners put us through these nightmares without at least screaming, "I can't take this anymore" and dashing their heads out on a rock? Oh, the rock would shatter. They can't spatter their own brains, the cavity is empty.

From Christian Science Monitor:
Hoping to overturn a federal appeals court ruling last week, the Bush administration Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to allow the immediate transfer of accused terrorist Jose Padilla from a military prison to civilian custody. The New York Times reports that in its brief to the high court, the Justice Department called the appeals court ruling that blocked the transfer an "unwarranted attack" on presidential discretion.
Naturally, when anyone applies the Constitution to any issue, it is "attacking" AWOL Bubble Boy's discretion! He wants the courts to give him the legal trappings of a full dictator. He has joked and cackled evilly over the idea that "it would be easier if I were a dictator." Before he even took over America, he claimed the President has final say about the legality of anything!

This, November, 2000! I said back then, he should be eliminated from the vote counting because he doesn't understand our government and how it works!

Talking about dictators, Bush pulled another executive decree this week, changing the emergency military line of command so his neo-cons control everything if bin Laden heeds Bush's pleas for more attacks. From the LA Times:
Heading a military service isn't quite the position of power it used to be. In a Bush administration revision of plans for Pentagon succession in a doomsday scenario, three of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's most loyal advisers moved ahead of the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

A little-noticed holiday week executive order from President Bush moved the Pentagon's intelligence chief to the No. 3 spot in the succession hierarchy behind Rumsfeld. The second spot would be the deputy secretary of defense, but that position currently is vacant. The Army secretary, which long held the No. 3 spot, was dropped to sixth.

The changes, announced last week, are the second in six months and reflect the administration's new emphasis on intelligence gathering versus combat in 21st century war fighting.

Technically, the line of succession is assigned to specific positions, rather than the current individuals holding those jobs.
Namely, the KGB will take over the military if any attacks happen! Or rather, the SS will take over the Wehrmacht and force Rummel to commit suicide. Eh.

The 9/11 Commission was stupid if not totally evil. They thought, if we emulate Nazi Germany/Soviet Russia, we would then twart all attacks. The real question, why the hell did the Pentagon snooze away the morning of the attacks is something Rumsfeld could explain only he won't.

He wasn't fired, either. Nor was a single neo-con, for that matter. It is amazing we got Brownie to resign from FEMA after killing fewer Americans than Rummy. Seems he lost the "let Americans die" competition?

Well, just remember, these clowns are planning for WWIII and this latest paper along with creating Norcom which is the agency which will take over the country is we win any elections, is just another brick in the neo-con wall. Next, they plan on building walls around America, too.

After Saddam pulls them out of Iraq.
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Chinese Rulers Fear Peasant Power, Vote End to Farm Taxes!

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The Chinese government just removed all farm taxes! First time in 2,600 long years, the yoke of paying for the ruling class has fallen on the shoulders of the mass of toiling peasants. Fearful of uprising, the government has decided to address the income disparity of farm vs industry. I pay a lot of taxes on my farmland....hmm.

From Xinhuanet:
China's 2,600-year-old agricultural tax will be rescinded as of Jan. 1, 2006, after China's top legislature voted on Thursday to adopt a motion on the regulations revoking the agricultural tax.

The motion with only 94 Chinese characters was voted favorably by 162 lawmakers and abstained by one.

Wan Baorui, former vice minister of agriculture and vice chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of National People's Congress told Xinhua that the abolition of the agricultural tax demonstrates that industry has outgrown agriculture to some extent along with the country's economic development. And the country ushers into a new era of "industry subsidizing agriculture".

Official figures show that agriculture contributed to 13.1 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2004, and industry and tertiary trade contributed to 46.2 percent and 40.7 percent respectively.

Agricultural tax, China's most ancient tax category, started to be collected in 594 BC. From that time, agricultural tax has existed for 2,600 years in China with dominant rural economy.
If the countryside was quiet, this would have never happened. But the actions and riots of the peasants has proven quite effective. The communist party runs China and they teach revolutionary politics in school and here they are, the ruling elite, worried about peasants who are told that they are the real rulers.

Whenever workers here resist the rulers, they are chastized by the media and the government and much of academia, too. They are told over and over again, riots and insurrections are evil and good people kneel down and let the rulers kick dirt in their faces. Today, some more workers just voted to cut their own throats! Like the autoworker's unions, the airline industry people are cutting back, reducing pay, eliminating health care, they are all, across the board, in full retreat. All over America, workers are giving back hard won work privilages and even now, the GOP plots to cut access to overtime pay and other things of great importance to the labor movement, meanwhile, everyone is well behaved and quiet. No agitators are yelling, unlike the Chinese, they aren't throwing fireworks at cops or overturning cars and burning them, they aren't beating on the cops with sticks like the South Korean farmers and workers. Geeze.

Talk about a difference. We can see plainly that fighting back works. DUH. Since when has anyone wrest anything from any ruler in any other fashion? Our Founding Fathers are called that because they fought the King of England and won!

Taxs on peasants is so ancient, it is part of the art of writing, the peasant view of all this. Namely, the picture for "tax collector" is a devil with a tail and pair of horns (head is the square) grabbing a stalk of rice. So even way back, you can see, the peasants didn't view all this tax stuff as a wonderful time.

But patiently, they paid. When Ghengis Khan defeated the emperor of northern China, he wanted to kill all the peasants and turn it into grazing lands for Mongol livestock only one of the court prisoners he was using as a translator interceded and explained how taxes from these peasants would make the Great Khan filthy rich. So only (a horrible massacre) a quarter of the peasants were murdered.

The Japanese came in and tried to force Chinese peasants to raise rice for Japan so they could conscript all the males working Japanese farms into the immense imperial forces. Fighting to keep the peasants productive was as frustrating for the Japanese as stealing oil from Iraq is for us today. The Japanese tried to instill fear by massacring hundreds of thousands of Chinese but this didn't work.

Here is a photo of my farm today:

Note that the fields are fallow, though it is funny to see green grass instead of snow! For it is raining today, how bizarre is that! Anyway, I pay taxes year round! Yet my farm is fallow more than half the year. This is why profitable farmers use Federally subsidized water to farm year round in dry climates and why they are killing the smaller, northern farms off. The taxes we pay is a huge burden. I pay over $5000 a year on my small farmhold!

In France, for example, the government helps farmers out because otherwise, no one would farm since it is hard work and very variable, subject to the capricious whims of Mother Nature. The free traders are working day an night to end government aid to farmers and note the WTO rioters are nearly all farmers in the third world and should be farmers in the first world, too, for they are being dragooned into this folly just as certainly as the factory workers were snookered!

Time will tell. All I can say is, power to the people, may a thousand Chinese peasants bloom!
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Bush Illegal Spying On Vegans and Quaker Grannies Continues

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

All week long the MSM has been filled to the gills with lying creeps telling us that it is OK to spy on Americans so we can be protected from bin Laden, the Bush family buddy. Well, not one of the pundits doing this mention who was spied upon nor will Bush tell us, nope. Not even if Congress asks.

From Ted Rall:
Civil libertarians relaxed when, in September 2003, Republicans bowed to public outcry and cancelled Total Information Awareness. TIA was a covert "data mining" operation run out of the Pentagon by creepy Iran-Contra figure John Poindexter. Bush Administration marketing mavens had tried to dress up the sinister "dataveillance" spook squad--first by changing TIA to Terrorism Information Awareness, then to the Information Awareness Office--to no avail. "But," wondered the Electronic Frontier Foundation watchdog group a month after Congress cut its funding, "is TIA truly dead?"

At the time I bet "no." Once a regime has revealed a predilection for spying on its own people, the histories of East Germany and Richard Nixon teach us, they never quit voluntarily. The cyclical clicks that appeared on my phone line after 9/11 corroborated my belief that federal spy agencies were using the War on Terrorism as a pretext for harassing their real enemies: liberals and others who criticized their policies. As did the phony Verizon employee tearing out of my building's basement, leaving the phone switching box open, when I demanded to see his identification. He drove away in an unmarked van.
I have been spied upon in my past and am probably being spied upon today. Since few people read me, I dwell in this little corner of the net by myself and watch the ridiculous story unfold. Far from being amazed, this is all old stuff.

The framers of the Constitution wanted to protect the privacy of the mail, visiting people, speaking freely in public, all sorts of radical, revolutionary stuff. They were so big on this, they wrote it all down and made it very important and surrounded it with all sorts of fences to keep out despots.

They didn't reckon with the Ben Franklin media collapsing and becoming co-conspiritors nor the Supreme Court saying, "the Constitution is just a goddam piece of paper" or whatever Bush said, too. Anyway, the laws Bush has been breaking are all the foundation stones of our democracy! He should be arrested and tried for treason.

The cartoon I drew is from two badges the NSA cooked up right after 9/11. Both badges don't exist anymore but I emailed them to a blogger who is now gone. One of the emblems was a hissing black cat for DARPA. It stood in front of the WTC on fire, the eyeball pyramid loomed over it all.

The Total Information guys had the same pyramid of power, glaring over the planet earth, focused on Iraq! Both were suffused with black magic emblems and signs. They were open declarations of satanic ritual abuse. They were, to be blunt, scary.

Now, the media didn't talk about all this. Newsweek mentioned it in a "haha" story. Geeze, the clowns planning to spy on us love satanic ritual evil! Whoopee, America. Merry Christmas.

Bush is a satanic ritualist who worships Geronimo's skull and plots the end of democracy, 322, the magic number of the Skull and Bones and all that nonesense. We have to arrest him. Letting vile evil magic ritualists to run amok in America is causing huge problems. He thinks he can break the law with impunity. Everyone is being told that it is OK to sneak around America, spying on law abiding citizens who happen to be against the war.

The USA even spied on the Security Council countries before our illegal war against the unarmed Iraqi people! I remember when France protested this and Bush and the American media retaliated by attacking France and launching a hostile boycott of all things French. Like a mugger running over the dog of his victim in order to shut him up. This beastly behavior was allowed to pass since the French cannot arrest Bush, they can, like me, only insult him.

Well, arrest Bush. Armies of prosecutors should be besieging the White House. Armies of reporters demanding the truth should be banging on the front and back doors of the White House.

Damn. Paul Revere, where are you now?
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Bush's Staff Lies About His Reading Books

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

They lie all the time and they particularily like to lie about trivial things. Everyone knows Bush can barely read 3x5 cards. He even admits to barely scanning headlines. Yet he has his servants issue rank lies about him reading books for fun and to learn something.

From the Waco Tribune
Read nothing into President Bush's current choice in books, the White House says.

The president is reading "When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House," but presidential spokesman Trent Duffy said Bush is not thinking about his post-Oval Office days.

"He is an avid reader and the president knows full well that he's got a lot of time left in this second term and he's going accomplish big things," Duffy said here Tuesday where Bush is relaxing between Christmas and New Year's.
They think they are so cute with the "read nothing into this..." crap.

And the stuff about him reading, "Imperial Grunt." I would suppose he thinks this is about a fat little piggy eating at the emperor's trough, a Halliburton hog fable? If this idiot wanted to find out what a grunt goes through fighting, he should have volunteered during the war in Nam like so many Democrats did. But no. He even said, he didn't want to get muddy, the little baby.

Why he issues these lies baffles me. I doubt his mother believed him when he pretended to read, holding the book upside down. By the way he talks, I doubt he read even the comix.

American youth is reading less and less. Functional illiteracy or rather, reading minimalizm is sweeping our culture just like it did in ancient Rome after the empire reached its zenith. There must be some sort of connection here for I always wondered why reading petered out in ancient Rome but then, see here! Language is debased daily as our media and many authors openly lie, openly misuse words and concepts in a frantic attempt to con people into doing things that are dangerous or bad for them.

Since businesses want customers who can't read the big print much less the fine print, our business leaders always urge us to get more education, to be more and more literate yet at the same time, they absolutely hate to deal with a literate, aware customer so they conspire along with others to keep everyone dumbed down. This is true of any dictatorship, when they desperately try to get their youth interested in education only to try to get them uninterested in thinking for themselves. This is why all rulers keep a wary eye on the schools and campuses.

Bush, like several famous emperors who were born into the office and took over very young, knows he doesn't have to master any skills to be a ruler, just issue orders and wishes and bingo! Everything goes his way. So why extend the mind? After all, he just has to summon a courtier or servant and have them explain everything and then cease when he waves his hand. This is why this incurious, stupid man could claim he read "Issac's Storm" which is all about the disasterous Galveston hurricane 100 years ago but when the identical hurricane hit in reality, claim he had no idea it would be bad, would kill thousands, would flood New Orleans.

I read the book which is why I sounded repeated alarms about Katrina before it hit. Maybe Bush should try reading my blog. Har.
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Nuclear Power Waste Problem Gets More Financing

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Once again, America turns to nuclear energy, seeking some way of having infinite energy. Just like in personal life, endless consumption of anything ends up destroying everything in its path. Even if there were no limits possible, we would have to have them in order to preserve our own lives, for no universe is infinite.

From the NYT:
last month, Congress voted $50 million for the Energy Department to explore a new kind of reprocessing, one that would reuse a much larger fraction of the waste.

The idea is extremely ambitious. It would require perfecting not only a new method of reprocessing, but also a new class of reactors to burn the salvaged material. Still, proponents said it would have two great advantages: It would mean that Yucca Mountain would be big enough to accommodate the waste that could not be recycled. And it would make Yucca easier to open, because the material still to be buried would generate less heat in the centuries to come.

"Reprocessing, or processing spent fuel before it's put in the repository, is a very good way to buy time," said Roger W. Gale, a former Energy Department official who is now an electricity consultant. "It's a fail-safe in case we continue to have problems with Yucca Mountain."
There are several things here. One is, if we try to have maximum nuclear energy, this means building a huge number of plants over and over again since they degrade in less than 50 years and once you build one, unbuilding it becomes horrifically expensive both in the wallet and in nature. The waste doesn't degrade safely for many thousands of years.

Any open-ended system that grinds out eon-spanning waste products isn't a good system on a singular planet. Namely, we have only one earth.
The heat is not a problem in the first few decades, when a repository could be left open for ventilation. The harder time is the next 1,500 years, when heat would be given off by longer-lived radioactive materials, mostly a category called actinides, and also the isotopes that are created as those actinides go through radioactive decay.
You just know we will dump everything in one spot, over and over. And this will build up and since this is an unstable system that grows hotter, not cooler, internally, if we add more and more we will make something that resides deep inside the nearest star to us: a star core.

These things are dangerous, you know. What if it works with the earth's mantle and heats up and causes a rupture in the earth's crust, it being much heavier than mere rocks and soil? Since we know our earth isn't stable, putting this stuff nearly anywhere is asking for trouble. There are so many variables to consider, it just isn't a good option. The main one is, people, being gluttons, will want maximum power no matter what the consequences, just like today. And the NIMBY mentality will be fully operational, too. So whereever this stuff gets stuck away and always, it will be on Indian reservations, you just know it will, will have to bear the entire load generated.
The salvaged materials include uranium 235, the isotope used in bombs, which splits easily, and uranium 238, which makes up more than 99 percent of uranium in nature but is harder to split.

One use of uranium 238 in a reactor is as a "fertile" material that can absorb stray neutrons and become plutonium 239, which can be used in reactors and bombs.

But existing reactors split the uranium using "thermal" neutrons. The new ones would use "fast" neutrons, which travel thousands of times as fast.
I don't think humans are psychologically or emotionally capable of handling something this dangerous. Our track record, frankly, stinks.

The sane thing to do is pretty much what the same thing dealing with our budget problems, our red ink, our trade deficit. Raise prices on the flood of goods pouring into this country. Use the tariff to fund a fast moving solar energy individual home array system for everyone. The solar panels will be manufactured here in America so there will be lots of jobs available, making and installing these systems.

We don't want huge solar arrays far away from homes for several reasons. One: as electricity is transmitted from place to place, it loses power. For example, you can't run a narrow gage wire a long distance. There will be little feed at the terminus. The wire running up my mountain to the house is a cable as big as the ones running down the streets. We loose energy all over the place with the present grid system. Also, disruptions can spread across half a continent when there is no localized energy.

Solar arrays on roofs won't blow up and render the surrounding county unihabitable. Nor is it a useful terrorist target. Being diffuse, it means attacks on one part of the system won't cascade the entire system into crashing. So this makes sense on many levels.

Except for the tendency to be an energy glutton.

There is no satiating this desire. Most of us are only two generations away from primative energy use. Us upperclass people who have had electricity since 1900 are, in my case, a whole THREE generations away from primative energy use! That isn't very many, is it? The present set-up is temporary. Figuring out how to fix it is urgent and it doesn't involve many deals with the devil. There are sane ways of doing things!
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Apres de Hurricanes, Texas Burns: Global Warming Hits Home Base

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

In classic "Gods punish foolish humans" mode, Mother Nature is battering Texas right after our childish and disgraceful behavior at the final Kyoto Accords talks in Canada. The right wing American Southwest will get to enjoy the climate from hell they worked so hard to create. A bad choice. Even energy bubbles need water.

From Yahoo:
Rancher Dean Dillard was able to save his 72-year-old mother's home from grass fires by soaking the land around it. But many of his neighbors weren't as lucky.

Wildfires that raced through Texas and Oklahoma Tuesday devoured scores of homes, including at least 25 in rural Cross Plains. The fires, fueled by gusty winds and a drought, were blamed for at least one death and a handful of injuries.

"It looked like we had been bombed in a big war, the whole city was on fire everywhere," said Dillard.
As a cattle owner, I would like to tell the fools in Texas, it is damn hard to graze large bovines when the place is on fire, there is no rain and it is hellishly hot. What ails these dudes? Are they all fakes like Bush? Don't they have the elementary brain mass to cog out the idea that you need rain to raise cattle?

These idiots are responsible for Bush existing. They cheer as they kill the Kyoto Accords and they snarl at Earth First. Well, they are getting Earth's FIST. As the voters of Texas who voted for the present form of planetary arrangements run from catastrophe to catastrophe, one wonders when they will figure out what is going on. Here is some more data to assist them in this learning process.

Purdue, courtesy of our reader, Jcrit:
The most comprehensive climate model to date of the continental United States predicts more extreme temperatures throughout the country and more extreme precipitation along the Gulf Coast, in the Pacific Northwest and east of the Mississippi.
The drought/flood cycle which is bothersome up here will be very bothersome down there. Another hint to all those Texan ranchers and farmers: downpours are bad news. They wash away topsoil. They drown the darn cattle, especially the calves. And they spawn tornadoes. You don't want more of these. Seriously.

How can people farm and be so stupid at the same time? Just like loggers hating environmenalists. My forest which I make money off of, is dying thanks to stupid pollution problems as well as global warming. Hello, hello? Anyone home? Can't log dead forests that burned up, dudes.

From the NYT:
Seven Northeastern states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, have embarked on a regionwide plan to reduce power plant emissions of carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming. Two years in the making, the plan is the first collective effort in America to adopt mandatory controls for greenhouse gases. It is further evidence of the states' willingness to address an issue that Washington has largely ignored, as well as a timely antidote for the administration's dispiriting performance at the recent global warming conference in Montreal.

The governors' message would have been stronger still had it not been for the defection of Gov. Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts Republican. He pulled the rug out from under his own negotiators with an 11th-hour complaint that the plan would impose unacceptable utility costs on consumers.
Listen, the costs to consumers if the planet goes to literal hell is going to be immense so saving pennies now isn't a good idea. Indeed, the costs will rise and rise, anyway, so why not set up a system today that operates without polluting the holy hell out of the earth? Eh? The bubbles we have created won't last long if Mother Nature decides it is time to wipe us out and we are getting tornadoes in Massachusetts as well as New York, in the mountains, no less! As well as Mass. trees are dying just as horribly as my trees.

Everyone in Texas who isn't hiring Mexicans to work in the hot sun for them is complaining about all the Mexicans coming to el Norte to work in the hot sun for them. Well, look at this map. If most of Mexico is going to have 100+ degree days over 100 days a year, how habitable will that be?

I have seen droughts in Mexico. Livestock hung up on barbed wire fences, dried out so hard even the vultures aren't interested in the carcasses. Scorpins scuttling all over the place at night. Dust devils roaring around in the afternoon, strong as small tornadoes. Yup. Lovely.

And it will be much worse. Any desert dweller knows that 90% of the rain that falls runs away lickety split. The desert rejects the water. Any loose dirt is long gone thanks to the wind. Caliche which is nature's cement, rocks and sand remain. The Sahara wasn't much of a desert 35,000 years ago, it was lush.

Our ancestors called the Great Plains "The Great Desert." Well, this just might be an appropriate name in the future. And Kansas will have a lot more things wrong than teaching about evolution when this happens. They will be the crucible of evolutionary changes, the survival of the fittest, adapting to desert conditions.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Dr. Freud--Psychiatry Runs in Eternal Circles, Chasing the Psychotic Tail

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Psychotherapists gathered this week in La-La-Land, California. Like Freud in Vienna at the edge of the cliff leading into the madness of WWI and Naziism, psychotherapists of the Vienna School stand on the edge of America and wonder what is going on. No one seems able to get a grip on madness and I think this is because our species is totally insane all the way through thanks to our elaborate brains.

From the insane New York Times:

One of several prominent therapists who agreed to visit Disneyland at the invitation of this reporter, Dr. Seligman was here in mid-December for a conference on the state of psychotherapy, its current challenges and its future. And a wild ride it was.

Because it was clear at this landmark meeting that, although the participants agreed it was a time for bold action, psychotherapists were deeply divided over whether that action should be guided by the cool logic of science or a spirit of humanistic activism. The answer will determine not only what psychotherapy means, many experts said, but its place in the 21st century.

"In the 1960's and 1970's, we had these characters like Carl Rogers, Minuchin, Frankl; psychotherapy felt like a social movement, and you just wanted to be a part of it," said Dr. Jeffrey Zeig, a psychologist who heads the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, which every five years since 1980 has sponsored the conference in honor of Dr. Erickson, a pioneer in the use of hypnosis and brief therapy techniques.

"Now," Dr. Zeig continued, "well, therapists are becoming more like technicians, and we're trying to find the common denominator from the different schools and methods to see what works best, and where to go from here."
I am listening to Arnold Schoenberg, the musical counterpoint and contemporary of Dr. Freud. As one who grew up immersed in the Vienna Kultur thanks to the Deutsch/Occult side of the family, I find a great affinity with Freud's Weltanschauung.

He realized early on that drugs couldn't fix the psyche nor could hypnotism or autosuggestion or electric shocks. In desperation, living in a world of disintigrating political and economic connections as the West devoured the planet earth and soon turned to cannibalizing each other, he wished to find the magic Key to the human brain, that vast dark chamber forged when we were kicked out of the Garden of Eden in Africa and forced to forage for food savagely. The brain evolved to give us the ability to understand subtle clues and worse, to convincingly lie to others while intending to eat them for dinner.

Even Freud couldn't accept this.

Today, psychiatrists have been reduced by the dynamics of funding insurance and hospitals, into pill dispensers. They don't want to hear what is ailing the mind, they just want to give a pill that will make the symptoms less obvious and then throw you back into the cesspit.

But it is literally life and death that we humans understand our own minds. For we are killing not only ourselves, we are killing this planet. A serious mistake!

Dr. Freud, like myself, looked towards the ancients and their tales of how we came to be what we are. He, like myself, looked into the magical world of mythology and ancient practices, seeking clues to follow in the cavern of the mind. More, or maybe worse, he and I both come from a peculiar class of people: we remember the Outer Darkness, namely, what goes on when our minds take over and run things while the conscious self is asleep.

Most humans can't remember more than a tiny handful of dreams, a pitiful few dried up pedals, faded and inert, left over from the wild blossom of dreams. As a person who remembers all dreams all my life, I assure you, dreams are very vivid. They include non-visual elements that are probably much more important than the pictures: smells, stray thoughts and of course, feelings.

The emotions that ripple through a dream like a subterranean river go to the very core of the human brain, it is probably welling out of the most primative parts. This is where love and hate are forged. Where sadness resided next to escasy.

If one swims in the dark, Lethian Rivers of the Memory one might find, like a shell on the beach after a tidalwave, fragments of memories the mind wished to supress, memories that could, when dragged out into the daylight, enlighten oneself about why one does various destructive actions.

Alas, many humans are not only content to run around psychotic, wrecking not only everything around them but even the entire planet earth itself, they often glory in exactly that which is sickest in their own minds. For part of all this is the fact that our minds were created to be evil. Like in "betray friends, cannibalize strangers and kill your own family" insane. To control this prehistoric mega-madness, humans created culture and this culture usually works to inhibit or even eliminate the darker forces that want to go bezerk all the time, eating everything and everyone.

When Freud tried this, via dream analysis, he didn't fix anything broken, what he found was, the dream world is very dangerous and few can endure what they experience there, if they remember it. As a person who can, I assure you, it is not fun. One really can't share this stuff except as artwork and of course, all artists are like myself in this regard: they live more in the dreamworld than waking world.
To be, or not to be ... that is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take up arms against a sea of troubles - and by opposing them end them?
To die... To sleep... no more...
And by a sleep to say we end the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to..
Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished!

To die... To sleep...
To sleep? Perchance to dream!
Ay there's the rub! For in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause...
In the labyrinth of the mind, we run into ourselves and no crueler critic is alive than one's own concience! Like the Angel at the Gates of Eden, this entity wields the Sword of Truth.

In Europe, I saw "Hamlet" in German. It was very interesting and cast a different light upon the play. DRITTER AKT. ERSTE SZENE:
Und lockt ihm keine Wendung des Gesprächs
Heraus, warum er die Verwirrung anlegt,
Die seiner Tage Ruh so wild zerreißt
Mit stürmischer, gefährlicher Verrücktheit?

Rosenkranz Er gibt es zu, er fühle sich verstört,
Allein wodurch, will er durchaus nicht sagen.
One of many German words for insane is "verruckt". Geistesgestört (disturbed spirit), geisteskrank (spiritually sick), irre (irregular), irrsinnig (erroneous thinking), krankhaft (very sick), sinnlos (senseless), unsinnig (insensible), verrückt (fatally crooked), wahnsinnig (abandoned thoughts). We now know that many mental diseases are part and parcel of many whole body problems and it isn't often something one can think one's way out of despite Freud's enthusiasm in the search for that Holy Grail of Mental Health.
Sein oder Nichtsein; das ist hier die Frage:
I am/I am not; that here is the question. Freud liked Hamlet for he was a man who was always trying to analyze his own mind as well as the minds and motives of others. He hallucinated and he debated not only with himself but with everyone while at the same time, to throw off his criminal Uncle's intentions, pretended to be insane which was a dilemna since the entire situation the poor Prince was in, was psychotic thanks to his Uncle's crimes.

This is like America today. We bloggers spend many happy hours tracking the psychosis of our insane ruler and his gang of criminal friends. Many Americans desperately want to believe that Bush isn't insane, he is normal and we are crazy for seeing what is going on since self delusion is a powerful tool the brain has evolved over millions of years of suffering. So blindly, they follow this obviously demented man and his friends, assured that safety lie in committing graver and graver crimes against humanity.

The inner cannibal feasts on flesh and laughs and still, devotedly, is followed by the flock hoping for safety in the dark cave of the night of the soul.

And so, Dr. Freud fled Vienna, chased out by fellow Viennese, Herr Adolf Hitler who then turned on his last, living relative, after supervising the suicide of his only niece, and this poor woman, a schizophrenic in a German asylum, was gassed to death and burned.

One of the earliest victims of Hitler's mad Holocaust.

Something to ponder as the clock nears midnight, as the New Year dawn is a glimmer in the East.
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Chinese Start Jet Fabrication Plant and Europe Launches GPS Test Satellite

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

China breaks ground for their first, Chinese designed and run jet fabrication plant. Meanwhile, Europe continues to develop their own satellite system by launching a GPS system of their own design. Many of these moves irritate American power brokers but then, they are the ones who have broken the bank here at home which is why our space program is floundering and our factories are leaving these shores.

Chinese airplane manufacturers hope to make a big splash in the global aviation industry with a new made-in-China regional jet that went into production over the weekend.

Production of the ARJ21 started simultaneously at factories in Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu and Shenyang on Saturday.

By 2005, the Shanghai facility will assemble the finished planes out of parts produced in factories across the country, according to officials.

China Aviation Industry Corp I, a state-owned manufacturer of both civilian and military planes, set up a subsidiary - AVICI Commercial Aircraft Co Ltd - to make the regional jet, which it says will cost 10 percent less than regional jets produced by foreign rivals.
Many bloggers tracking China look only at the crummy things happening there. It being a huge country with a quarter of the world's population, it is easy to find quite a few things amiss. But to focus on them is stupid since that isn't the direction China is going.

They are going forwards. Look at who is going backwards. Even our nostalgia is backwards. Our movies are old stuff. King Kong and Narnia are WWII stuff repackaged with big special effects. Our cars we design are throwbacks. Everyone is facing backwards, it seems, without seeing what is what.

The last remains of our aerospace industry will be completely removed from America by 2012 if not sooner.

There isn't much left besides that, is there? This is why Bush was trumpetting the cynical Chinese jet deal, one which was totally misinterpeted by the American press when it happened, I called the shots correctly. Well, now we see the unveiling of the next step. Even if we compete with China, we will be forced to reduce prices drastically, killing the profit margin.

From the BBC:
With the Chinese economy expected to have grown by a further 9.3% across 2005, most economists now predict that China will rise still further in 2006 to fourth place in the global GDP list, easily passing both the UK and France in the process.

"For sure by 2006 China will become number four and by 2010 it will be more than Germany," says Chen Xingdong, an economist at BNP Paribas in Beijing.
It is much worse. Our economy is a hollow shell. Lots of money being spent not on building things that will increase our capitalist powers but indulgences. Sort of like building cathederals. It is a business but it is a net loss.

Building massive numbers of private homes that are ill suited for any extended habitation is a really wasteful enterprise!

Houses, like palaces, eat money and resources. The ideal is for people to live in tiny cells like monks did and work all day. Then it is pure profit. Sounds like the Chinese, like here: From Boston:
''Profit is what we want," said Liu ''Johnny" Jian Wei, 39, the company spokesman in Angola, sitting next to the bank of computers and like the others, dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt. ''We can make a profit because we have an advantage over other foreign companies -- we work holidays, Saturdays, Sundays, most evenings, and we cost a lot less."

From the BBC:
Economic adviser Andrei Illarionov said Russia was no longer politically free but run by state corporations acting in their own interests.

"I did not sign a contract with such a state," Mr Illarionov told reporters.
Far from American-style "democracy" (sic) spreading, everyone reads the oolang tea leaves and sees clearly, letting the citizens vote themselves endless red ink is a sure fire way to end up in history's garbage can, all the despotic rulers are looking to China for guidance. And despite our yeowls, China is a shining star to them, not the evil place we like to imagine.

For you see, the road to destruction is easy to spot. It is covered with red ink and red blood and our road is under 20 feet of the stuff. We lost our space program with NASA floundering due to lack of funds and our government is cutting money going to educate our youth in college. Meanwhile, the space programs elsewhere are flourishing. Russia singlehandedly now supplies and controls the International Space Station, China has sent more people into orbit than we have, and Europe is launching their own satellite systems, the lastest being the GPS system with a different design from ours and they will undercut our sales abroad by offering better service for less! Yikes!

From the BBC:

Giove-A will be lofted into orbit by a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

The demonstrator, built in the UK by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, will test key components in the Galileo network, notably its atomic clocks.

It also has the job of securing the radio frequencies allocated to the project under international agreements.

This requires Giove-A to transmit a sat-nav signal of the correct structure from orbit within the next six months. The SSTL team hopes to do it within a matter of days.

The Galileo project is costing some 3.4bn euros (£2.3bn; $4bn) in public and private finance. It is the biggest space project ever undertaken in Europe, and will eventually comprise a constellation of 30 satellites.
Note that Russia is launching this, too. We dropped the ball and the other team has dribbled away with it while our team stands inert, arguing about if it is worth even throwing a ball at the basket anymore. We decided to stand at the opposite end of the court and fling the ball with all our puny might and hope it scores.

Right. And how many times has Bush mentioned the word "Mars"? How about as often as he has mentioned his buddy, the anthrax killer.
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