Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
As we watch daily hearings expose more horrors that define the Bush Administration, we are all groping for theories that explain what the regime has done to America and why the regime continues to command support from the core of the Republican Party. John Dean’s book, Conservatives Without Conscience, describes an authoritarian mentality that drives allegiance to the Bush/Cheney regime and accounts for Republican acceptance of expanding government intrusions into the private lives of individuals. Glenn Greenwald, in How Would a Patriot Act, carries the theme further, cataloguing the regime’s pervasive lawlessness and the theories behind it, while Sidney Blumenthal’s How Bush Rules provides further insights on the ruling mentality. Three recent essays seem to confirm and expand on the main hypothesis and further reveal the monster that confronts us and still controls much of our government.FiredoglakeThe best current information source on the hearings can be found there.
The biggest, fattest, stinking, liars can be found in the Bu(ll)sh(it) administration.These people are traitors and as such should be arrested and removed immediately.Not to do so represents an acknowledgment that legitimizes their existence and defies the very foundation of establishing a government for the people and by the people and replaces it with a government for big money interests and by big money interests.
Yet we must not be afraid.Zbigniew Brzezinski said;"Fear obscures reason, intensifies emotions and makes it easier for demagogic politicians to mobilize the public on behalf of the policies they want to pursue."Action required, words no longer apply.
No mention of finding bones yet, but the latest article hints at what happened with two hammers included in the list of things confiscated from the suspects apartment. Grim details in slaying probeTimothy Wayne Shepherd, who told police he killed Texas A&M student Tynesha Stewart, told a cousin he "could get away with killing someone" and described how he would get rid of the body, according to witness statements used in a search warrant request.
Okay...here's my soothsayer's prediction of what's coming down the pike....Al Fredo will resign (soon); Joe Lieberman will become U.S. Attorney General; Connecticut Repug Governor Jodi Rell selects a Repug to fill out Joe's term in the U.S. Senate -- and VOILA! The Senate is in the Repugs control once again.Joe gets his reward for kissing the azzes of the Repugs. Remember ole Joe has experience as AG -- he was Connecticut's AG back in the 80s -- and he has the bona fides for the job, he took on polluters of CT's environment, hounded deadbeat dads by strengthening child support enforcement, and earned a strong reputation as a defender of consumers' rights...then again...I'm not a professional pundit...
Micki, Pro punditry not needed, sounds good to me,we will have to wait and see.There is enough scandal in the pipeline to keep the Repugs hopping,and the 5th they will be copping.
CFLsRecycling old light bulbs, etc.What can I do about global warming?Your choices have a measurable impact. The decisions you make every day on electricity use and transportation, as well as the waste you generate, can affect global climate change. According to EPA estimates, about 32 percent of emissions are within the direct control of individual consumers (the rest involve the energy consumption of offices, agricultural uses, and so forth). And in the U.S., where more greenhouse gases are emitted per person than in any other country, this is an important step. By making the right choices, you can lessen your contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and often save money at the same time.
Den is a poet!And his feet show it!Because they are like Longfellow's!
Q & A ON CFLs
I don't like those CFL's,If they are so worried about energy consumption,turn off Las Vegas!
Yea, if energy consumption is such a big problem, don't come poking around my house checking which light bulbs I'm using, go after the thousands of high rise buildings with office lights, copiers, FAX machines and computers running 24-7, not to mention car lots, industrial parks, and government buildings.Keep those CFR bubs created in China with child labor at 2 cents apiece and reselling for 800% more.
America the gullible, where jobs are lost in favor of cheap China labor and those people that lost their jobs support it by spending the few dollars they have on China goods at Wally Mart.
Oh this is wonderful. Here I'm worried about dragging Micki and Jeanne down an abysmal road of depression over the reality of the coming attack on Iran.NO! Micki has to push me over a cliff with her prediction that Lieberman might become the Attorney General and a Republican is named to fill his Senate seat.Micki, shit, I hope you're not right. That plus Iran spells utter catastrophe.HAPPY EASTER! (sarcastic)
Den, I'm reading Glenn Greenwald's book. Slowly I might add. Sal thought to send it to me. It's good so far.
I saw this juicy article that appears to flesh out some of David Corn's book, Hubris, on the Niger episode. I posted it on AR. It reads and looks quite reasonable and is posted at What Really Happened. There are hints that the Italians deliberately forged the documents to please Bush and Cheney, among other meaty tidbits.Yellowcake Dossier Not Work of the CIA
Carey, Randi Rhodes did and expose on that Iran attack story and it turned out to be a plant by a neo-con belonging to a Reich wing think tank, can't remember which one.Why? probably checking the story travel speed or route of travel.So much phony BS around, truth is obsolete in the neo-chimp world.Time is of the essence to get these goomers out of DC, before the can muck up anything else.
Den,It wouldn't be the American Enterprise Institute, would it? (On who wrote the planted story.) I didn't hear that. It would be one beautiful gift if the Iran rumors are false, would't it? This week is spring vacation for Brandon. That means less computer time for me; just wanted to warn y'all.Jay Leno:Scientists at the University of Nevada announced they have created a sheep that is 15% human. Did you hear about this? It seems creepy to me. It's actually part-human and part-sheep with human DNA in the sheep. The sheep will still have sex with the farmer, but, now it wants dinner first.
Last night on Larry King, David Iglesias, one of the fired attorneys, said he learned the real reason he got canned. An indictment in New Mexico had just been handed down to the former Democratic Speaker of the House in New Mexico of corruption. This is the guy targeted in the investigations Sen. Dominici (sp) and Heather Wilson had called Iglesias about.Manipulating Justice to win electionsAs we reported in Salon beginning more than a week ago, the Bush administration's partisan grip on the Department of Justice has reached well beyond the U.S. attorneys fired en masse last year. Over the past six years, the administration maneuvered to spread voter-fraud fears and recast the Civil Rights Division -- doing so in ways "that clearly were intended to influence the outcome of elections," as Joseph Rich, the former chief of the voting section in the Civil Right Division, affirms in an Op-Ed in today's Los Angeles Times. Rich's indictment is particularly damning in details exposing a thumb-on-the-scales evaluation process for career Justice Department lawyers -- the same bogus process that reared its ugly face with Kyle Sampson's hit list in the U.S. attorneys scandal. Rich, a 35-year veteran of the Justice Department who served until 2005, explains what happened to career public servants who disagreed with loyal Bush appointees: "Seven career managers were removed in the civil rights division," he writes. "I personally was ordered to change performance evaluations of several attorneys under my supervision. I was told to include critical comments about those whose recommendations ran counter to the political will of the administration and to improve evaluations of those who were politically favored." Sound familiar? "At the same time," Rich continues, "career staff were nearly cut out of the process of hiring lawyers. Control of hiring went to political appointees, so an applicant's fidelity to GOP interests replaced civil rights experience as the most important factor in hiring decisions." As Rich notes, this was an extraordinary departure from past practice. "I worked for attorneys general with dramatically different political philosophies -- from John Mitchell to Ed Meese to Janet Reno. Regardless of the administration, the political appointees had respect for the experience and judgment of longtime civil servants," Rich says. "Under the Bush administration, however, all that changed." Meanwhile, the damage to the public trust has been grave, says one of the fired U.S. attorneys. "Once you have given the public a reason to believe some of your decisions are improperly motivated, then they are going to question every decision you have made, or make in the future," Bud Cummins, the U.S. attorney forced out of his post in Arkansas, told me in a recent e-mail. "You only get one chance to hold on to your credibility, and my team, who hold temporary custody of DOJ, has blown it in this case," he said. "DOJ will be paying for it for some time to come." -- Mark Follman
AEI, thats it!
Thats what I mean about trust too.We have been raped by someone that said 'trust me'.Been skidding downhill ever since, to liars hell.Once trust is lost, it cannot be returned.
Mercury in energy-saving bulbs worries scientistsThu Mar 29, 2007 11:37 AM GMT143By Lisa Von AhnNEW YORK (Reuters) - There's an old joke about the number of people it takes to change a light bulb. But because the newer energy-efficient kinds contain tiny amounts of mercury, the hard part is getting rid of them when they burn out.Mercury is poisonous, but it's also a necessary part of most compact fluorescent bulbs, the kind that environmentalists and some governments are pushing as a way to cut energy use.With an estimated 150 million CFLs sold in the United States in 2006 and with Wal-Mart alone hoping to sell 100 million this year, some scientists and environmentalists are worried that most are ending up in garbage dumps.Mercury is probably best-known for its effects on the nervous system. The Mad Hatter in the classic children's book "Alice in Wonderland" was based on 19th-century hat makers who were continually exposed to the toxin.Mercury can also damage the kidneys and liver, and in sufficient quantities can cause death.U.S. regulators, manufacturers and environmentalists note that, because CFLs require less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs, they reduce overall mercury in the atmosphere by cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants.But some of the mercury emitted from landfills is in the form of vaprous methyl-mercury, which can get into the food chain more readily than inorganic elemental mercury released directly from a broken bulb or even coal-fired power plants, according to government scientist Steve Lindberg. More hereSo there you have it, another reason to hate CFL's.
LED's is the REAL way to go for lighting, cool running, energy efficiency, less than 2.5 volts,DC to run one, and can be recycled with relative ease.The only drawback is the Chinese would build those too.
Dead CFLs will all go in the trash. The majority won't bother to find a way to recycle them. I don't know anyone other than my daughter & I that recycle and I don't know what to do with a dead CFL except drop it in the dumpster at my husband's work.I bought my first CFL back in February. A test.
Speaking of LEDs. I was thinking the other day of taking inventory of how many things are lit up around here with LEDs at night. All the electronics in the LR have something glowing. DVD, VHS, the track on the floor for plugging everything in, the subwoofer. Yeah, I should do a count.
If you plan to buy CFLs, be sure you buy at a store which promises to recycle the lights when worn out. Keep the packaging with the receipt tucked inside.Then, of course, return worn out CFLs to the store!:-)
Good idea, Dr. B. I'll check that out when I buy my second bulb.
Carol, I don't know anyone who doesn't recycle.Well, I take that back...the neighbor who moved a few months ago (thank god!) swore up and down he wasn't going to get sucked into that "hippy bullshit." (recycling) I realize it's not as easy to recycle if one lives in the country, but it's doable. Since you and your daughter recycle, there must be a program in your area -- what's up with the other people?Den, that same neighbor said, "I'll use as much goddamned gasoline, electricity, and fertilizer as I damn please."I'm so glad he moved. He also really, really liked guns.
GO HERE FOR RECYCLING SERVICES BY ZIP CODE
Micki --- Thanks for the link. I have a used computer that needs recycling. Turns out the nearest facility is ovar 100 km away...:-(
Unless you live in a city that has a program in place and gives you different bins for different stuff like up in Lansing, people won't save their stuff and drive it to the railroad car bins. I have to drive our shit down to Chelsea 20 miles away. I don't know anyone that does that except me. Fortunately, lots of people I don't know do it because the two railroad cars fill up fast.
Dr. B -- perhaps an enterprising college student in your college town should offer a service: s/he would transport dead computers for recycling to the nearest recycling center for a modest fee. If s/he reached a critical mass, there would be enough money to cover gasoline costs and a night on the town! But, what town?Let's see the 100 KM is 62.1371 miles, so where is the recycling centre for computers? Spokane is 76 miles away....Or, you could just do a drive-by ditching of your computer at Hanford and add to the mess.... ;-))
I don't know anyone that does that except me. Fortunately, lots of people I don't know do it because the two railroad cars fill up fast.I am so glad to hear that!
But, Carol, I think a lot has to do with the local "culture" -- when we lived in Marin County YEARS AND YEARS ago, long before curbside recycling, we and most of our neighbors, washed, took the tops/bottoms off of cans, removed the paper labels, flattened the cans and took them to a recycling center. We returned bottles for the deposit. Marin County EDUCATED people on the merits of recycling.In 1980, Marin Sanitary Service designed and built the Marin Recycling Center, initiating the first countywide curbside collection program to operate in the United States.
Chairman Waxman Invites Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Testify on April 18thThe Committee has formally requested Secretary Rice to testify before the Oversight Committee on April 18th regarding the Administration’s claims that Iraq sought uranium from Niger, White House treatment of classified information, the appointment of Ambassador Jones as "special coordinator" for Iraq, and other subjects. +++++Well, if she declines, I sure hope Waxman follows this up with a subpoena. I bet he will.
re: recycling,I found it odd that our (rural, anyway) trash collection system here in Pickens Co. SC, was far better than Boston's at recycling.There's no trash pickup for us hill-dwellers, so about once a week we all meet at the dump where county and state inmate/trustys help folk get the right stuff in the proper bins.Jill swears that once one of the guys who had been convicted of stealing her mini-van chided her for not separating the different colors of glass.Appliances, lawn-mowers, bikes and some furniture are often whisked away by enterprising Mr & Ms Fixits, who repair, refurbish and re-sell them all over the place. The center is not just staffed by these prisoners... Retired county employees give at least one day a week as long as they can, a condition of their pension, if you will.The county brings in 10's of thousands of dollars, monthy, mostly in sales of scrap metal, glass and paper.Mulch, topsoil, gravel, and partially used cans of paint are often there for the taking...a payback to those who care enough...All that, in a red-necked place like this, proves it is possible anywhere!-T
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