Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sunny Sunday



Now the BAD boy Romney Repug:



Ah the infamous repug doo-doo principle. Did the doofus think nobody would find out about his money-whore investments?

Shame, shame Mr. Var-Mitt.

Now on with the day!

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Moron Blues


" . . . all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily (and) adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." H.L. Menchen



Well there you have it, plain fact that morons rule the roost 'round these parts. For a real twisted view of what can happen if morons divide and multiply enough times, rent Idiocracy.

Meanwhile morons will prevail and intelligence will have to go underground to avoid being rounded up and disposed of.

Start digging!

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

N.H. Debate




Des Moines Register
By DAVID YEPSEN
REGISTER COLUMNIST


Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton finally started getting some pointed challenges from her opponents in a televised New Hampshire debate Wednesday night.

Clinton stoically ignored the swipes, but the evening marked a sharpening of the dialogue in the Democratic nominating contest. It reflects the fact her poll numbers have started to climb and if the others want any chance of overtaking her, they need to keep that lead from getting larger.

It wasn't a good night for Clinton. Her weakest moment in the debate was when she repeatedly ducked the sensitive question of just how she'd make Social Security sound and Joseph Biden pounced: "Presidents are supposed to lead," he said as he looked at her. Some of the other candidates said they'd raise the Social Security taxes paid by wealthier Americans.

She also took criticism from her opponents for voting for legislation several of them said could be interpreted as giving President Bush license to go to war with Iran.

John Edwards noted that he, like Clinton, voted for the war in Iraq and came to regret it because of how Bush used that legislation to go to war. "We learned a very different lesson," Edwards said.

Biden also said getting a health care bill approved would be more difficult for Clinton because of her failure do get it done when she was first lady and because of "a lot of the old stuff" people associate with the Clinton presidency.

He then pointedly said he was talking about "policy, policy" issues, which had the same effect of injecting former President Clinton's Oval Office dalliance with Monica Lewinsky.

Christopher Dodd was challenged on a statement he made the other day quoting Bush as saying he expected Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.

Dodd said he was just noting Bush is a bad prognosticator but it had the effect of telegraphing that Clinton might be a loser for Democrats in a national election if she is the nominee.

Some of her foes also said Clinton should have pressed harder to get a national health care bill passed in 1993.

Edwards, too, took a swipe at the Clinton era, saying the administration "gave up" on health care and instead "we got NAFTA," the North American Free Trade Agreement that is increasingly unpopular with organized labor.

Clinton's best moment came when moderator Tim Russert pointed out she disagreed with a position taken by her husband, former President Clinton, on the issue of torture.

She made clear she'd be her own boss as the nation's chief executive by replying: "Well, he's not standing here right now."

Pressed about the difference, Clinton smiled and said: "Well, I'll talk to him later."

While the evening couldn't have been pleasant for Clinton, it opened a necessary discussion Democrats must have: If they don't probe her weaknesses, the Republicans will.

Democrats may well want to nominate her but they first need to see how she defends herself.

Register political columnist David Yepsen can be reached at (515) 284-8545 or dyepsen@dmreg.com

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Well according to Iowa there was only 3 candidates there, lets go to West Virginia:

In perhaps the most awkward moment of the debate, Russert asked Clinton whether she would allow an exception to the ban on torture in order to gain knowledge from a terrorist such as Osama bin Laden. She said she would not. "As a matter of policy, it cannot be American policy, period," she said.

Russert informed her that it was her husband -- "William Jefferson Clinton," he said gravely -- who had offered up that very scenario a year earlier. Clinton stopped and paused. Then she said: "Well, he's not standing here right now." Pressed by Russert on whether the couple have a disagreement on this issue, Clinton said with a wry smile, "Well, I'll talk to him later."

Wednesday night's debate was held on the campus of Dartmouth College and was one of six candidate forums sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, also participated in the debate, which was aired on MSNBC.

@ Charleston Daily Mail

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Well there you have it, Clinton hoarding the headlines like she hoarded the microphone last night, the 'last word' crap is getting old.

She should do the country a favor and go back to being a Senator for now and Obama should go back to the Senate too. What is it about 'critical election' don't they understand? Right now a woman and a black are unelectable in the US to the highest office in the land and 2008 is not the year to experiment. Clinton is bought and paid for by the arms industry and has supported them for years. Obama is inexperienced enough to cast doubt among voters and despite all the rhetoric, he is not white enough.

This election we need a solid electable candidate with major INTEGRITY to take the helm and drive us out of this fascist quagmire, not the time to bring in good but unelectable candidates, the NASCAR crowd is a huge demographic and both candidates are going to have to get those folks solidly behind them which is not going to happen.

However the first MALE candidate to drive a stock car around a track and dedicate time to those folks is a shoe in.

Dems, start your engines!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fear Factor




@ RAW
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It had to happen. President Bush’s bungling of the war in Iraq has been the talk of the summer. On Capitol Hill, some of the more reliable Republicans are writing proposals to force Mr. Bush to change course. A showdown vote is looming in the Senate.

Enter, stage right, the fear of terrorism.

Yesterday, the director of national intelligence released a report with the politically helpful title of “The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland,” and Fran Townsend, the president’s homeland security adviser, held a news conference to trumpet its findings. The message, as always: Be very afraid. And don’t question the president.

@ THE NY TIMES
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Hey you!! You better be scared as hell cause the terrorists are coming to blow your children up!

Or at least that is what your taxes are paying the politicians to say. Never mind that the US is the world leader in state-sponsored terrorism, never mind that slowly and deliberately your rights and liberties are being removed and replaced with state sponsored dogma. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Led down the road to total fascism and guess what? YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT!! with your tax dollars they rob out of your paycheck. Tax dollars spent ensuring the terrorists do not blow up something else, or that is what they want you to think. A nice big fuzzy blankee to keep you safe.

When someone says, hey we are going to do you a big favor and get rid of the bully that has been taking your lunch money the first thing you think is, Oh boy! Only to find out the price to remove the bully is now doubled what the bully was charging you. Surprised? You shouldn't be, 'cause that is happening right now.

You cannot be an infamous worldwide sponsor of terrorism without practicing at home first, surveillance, incarceration of opponents, enabling a police state, all part of the latest and greatest your tax dollars can buy.

You have bought and paid for injustice at twice the price it was 7 years ago.

What a bargain.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Free What?


September 24, 2007

Columbia University Shows True American Values

By Thom Hartmann


Columbia University, by inviting Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak, has shown confidence in the wisdom and adultness of their students and our republic.
Ahmadinejad is the president of a major nation in a vital part of the world, and we should have enough self-assurance and belief in our own system of government, and in the intelligence of our college students, that we can let them (and our larger public) evaluate his words, whatever they may be.
To be terrified of his speaking there (or, for that matter, laying a wreath at Ground Zero) is behavior one would have expected from a fragile rĂ©gime like Khrushchev’s USSR or Burma’s military junta, not the bold, brave, and fearless USA.
We are the nation whose President Nixon reached out to and met with China’s Mao Tse Tsung at the same time Mao was funding and arming the North Vietnamese to kill our soldiers in Vietnam. We’re the nation whose President Reagan confronted Soviet President Gorbachev, who at the time had thousands of nuclear warheads armed and pointed at us and was actively funding and arming proxy wars we were fighting in more than a half-dozen nations. We’re the nation whose President Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
And let’s also remember that the people of Tehran, Iran, produced one of the largest candlelight vigil demonstrations in the Muslim world in support of the USA the day after 9/11, repudiating the act and actors of that event. We still have the ability to make an ally of that nation, and shouldn’t blow it by fear and bluster (or bombs). America is better and stronger than the nervous Nellies and chickenhawk war-mongers who currently have control of the Republican Party (and a few Democrats, apparently).
As JFK said: “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
We are not afraid. We are Americans!

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Which is more than I can say for the Columbia University President,
Lee Bollinger who spent the better part of a half our lambasting Ahmadinejad for his various sins.

Attempting to set the stage against
Ahmadinejad for all attendees indicated his desire to belittle and demean his appearance.

While the man is no saint, he is cut from the same cloth as our very own President, the 'tinhorn dictator bolt, and every bit as screwed up. The assumption was made the the Iranian President was a lowlife thug. My question is would Mr. Bollinger show the same treatment to Bush who committed an even larger litany of sins against the country established for 'freedom' and 'democracy' because of his maniacal spying and war mongering.

We must not forget that Mr.
Ahmadinejad has not invaded a sovereign nation, ordered the killing of thousands and shredded the Constitution and lost billions in the process with no end in sight.

Rather he
(Ahmadinejad) is relatively benign compared to the real terrorists in DC.

Same bolt, different dude.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Kreepy Kerry


John Kerry is directly responsible for the false arrest and electrical torture of Andrew Meyer by reason of his refusal to answer a question for decades, and the circumstance he created by his on-going fraud. Kerry is as responsible as if he’d wielded the Taser himself. Had Mr. Kerry ever answered the question posed by Mr. Meyer, the question posed so many times before over the years, and never answered, Mr. Meyer would not have needed to expose John Kerry as the conspiring, lying piece of garbage he so clearly is.

The people in Kerry’s audience were doubtless screened before hand with the intent of preventing such an exposure. That they would applaud such an assault on a genuine patriot asking what Kerry is hiding, exposes them as well; mindless, bleating sheep of the so-called “mainstream” or “middle of the road”. There is no “middle of the road”, only the truth, and God damned lies. The audience attending Kerry’s dog and pony show are guilty; Not one stood up and fought with the uniformed assailants. Instead, they sat and watched as a man was assaulted for asking for the truth. Some of them clapped.

The media too are shilling for Johnny boy: “ Tasered because he asked about impeachment?” I don’t think so. Funny how few of the reports mention his pointed question regarding Skull and Bones. Even funnier how so many videos of the incident have actually had the Skull and Bones question removed.

@ OP ED

Imagine anyone wanting Skull&Bones removed from a major violation of free speech, HMMMMM.

Sure nice that others with more position noticed this obvious manipulation of the media to slant reporting in such a way as to blame the messenger for bringing the message.

Right now all watchers of this blog should go rent the DVD "V for Vendetta" and find out in the Orwellian flick how manipulation of the media can further the neofascist cause to the point of negating any attempted prying open of the lid on the Pandora's Box revealing the soft fascist underbelly contained therein. Deception and manipulation are the cornerstone.

Defeat WILL come to the neofascists eventually, but unfortunately not soon enough to prevent more misery.

Thanks to cowards like kerry.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

John Grisham


Best-selling author John Grisham, taking his first major public step in presidential politics by planning to host an event Sunday near his home in Charlottesville, Va., for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, said the current administration is built around "bad people with evil intent" and contends President Bush played politics as thousands died in Iraq.

Grisham talked about this weekend's event during an interview Thursday to discuss his new book, "Playing for Pizza," a fictional account of a Davenport and University of Iowa football player trying to revive a fractured career in Italy.

"The war is an immoral abomination that we'll pay for for decades to come," Grisham said near the end of a 40-minute telephone interview with The Des Moines Register.

"We're paying for it now at the rate of 100 kids a month while Bush plays politics with it."

U.S. Department of Defense and Iraq Coalition Casualty Count statistics indicate the monthly average for American fatalities in Iraq is about 70.

Coalition fatalities average just more than 75 per month, according to the Iraq Coalition group.

A White House spokesperson contacted Thursday afternoon referred questions about Grisham's comments to the Republican National Committee.

"It's easy to level criticisms and attack those who offer solutions," said Chris Taylor, Midwest press secretary for the Republican National Committee. "It is much more difficult to make decisions and to lead."

@ THE DES MOINES REGISTER
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The RNC? are they running this war????WTF????

Listen to the audio clip in the left margin then read the comments.

Big trouble in River City here folks, quibbling over a body count number????WTF????

It's Clintons fault???? Who the hell are these blind-ass idiots???? They sure are not patriotic Americans, future brownshirts is my guess.

Getting closer everyday to totalitarian rule with plenty of volunteer thugs lining up for jobs busting 'Liberal' heads.

Yikes!

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

This Land is Your Land



Tribute to Woody Guthrie


Sometimes a trip back in time reminds us what and who we really are and where we are from.

Woody's music does that very well doesn't it.




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Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Funnies




NEWLY DISCOVERED ENERGY SOURCE

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POWER BOX





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by August J. Pollak


Slowpoke by Jen Sorensen


Thanks Alan!
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For those of you that have cats, Go here, The sounds will send your kitties through the roof, great for the office too or just to irritate relatives.




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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Madder Than Hell....

Angry Badgers take over White House


I had a dream that wildlife revolted in a big way taking on DC, en-mass. vicious Badgers and bears ripping the lobbyists and politicians to shreds for violations against nature.

Then I woke up.

It was raining in Auburn this AM for the first time since, oh, May, maybe April, I cannot recall.
Maybe the rain on the roof provided the background noise for the animal rioting in my brain while I was sleeping, thousands of little feet scratching and clawing.

What really concerns me the most is this sinking feeling that our views are not being taken seriously and the STOOPIDS are winning.

Back when I was younger, I was told that stupid was NOT good. You should study and go to college and become someone important. It was a time when intelligence was the norm and those without it were looked down upon as inferior, which was the case. Now the divisions have changed, NASCAR and the WWF rule the roost with the pickup truck crowd and money rules the roost with the Land Rover crowd. Somehow I and a lot of others are stuck in between, in the nether regions of space and time, a region of common sense without cents, monetarily speaking.

Neither rich nor poor, neither super smart or super dumb, this in between region is where I am, apparently given to obsession about the political blundering and missteps of our elected officials. What was once unacceptable has become acceptable and it bugs the hell out of me that we have come to this point in our evolution, to actually be de-evolving. Going back to a dumb time in place where being stupid is 'not your fault', where up is down and down is up, rich is good and poor is bad, stocks are good and banks are bad.

What to do in a topsy turvy world of conflicting thoughts and ideas?

I do not know, there is no answers any more, and even if there was some, some dipshit would tell you you were wrong.

Go figure.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Boogeymen



Now there would have been no question of the boundaries of free speech if they had posted this at John Kerry's venue in FL. No confusion, just, don't go there!

In case you missed the true irony in that incident, the young lad was clutching a copy of Greg Palast's "Armed Madhouse". Quite apropos don't you think?

Police brutality is never pleasant or acceptable unless he would have been clutching a M16 or handgun instead, then and only then would it have justified the force used to subdue the combative youth.

We are poor little sheeple that have lost our Constitutional way, BAAA, BAAA, BAAA.

And the goon squads are more than willing to show us theirs.

To make your own sign you can keep for your very own, go here, scroll down for more including the macabre Tombstone generator.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cigs Toot Sweet


On Ebay for rolling your tobacco or whatever lighting quick.

I don't smoke but it looks handy for those that do. Now on to less cancer causing topics, like NON-Free Speech:



He was inquiring as to Kerry's connection with Skull and Bones and the mike went dead. What followed was pure authoritarian-fascist behavior by the cops similar to the last tasing incident at a CA university.

Scull and Bones, homo-erotic fraternity at Yale University has spawned many a goomer over the years kerry and chimpy being two "brothers" produced.

Just don't bring it up in public.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Shock Economics



Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, view the vid, visit the website, read the book.

Milton Friedman, Donald Rumsfeld, William Kristol, the rise of economics based on psychiatry.

Learn how to prevent yourself from being shocked into submission,

now.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Honest Hagel



Of course this vid is all over the internets, so no exclusive here.

Regarding the Repug party:

"Oh, I think it's been hijacked by incompetency...driven the republican party right off the cliff", Sen. Hagel.

Got that right Chuck!!!

Something about Hell and a handbasket?

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday Silliness


Find this video and thousands of others at vSocial!

I just found this site: Jew Tube

A Jewish challenge to You Tube.

Saturday is get stuff done day, so off to the garage I go.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Brown Nosers


WASHINGTON, Sep 12 (IPS) - In sharp contrast to the lionisation of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus's superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting.

Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be "an ass-kissing little chickenshit" and added, "I hate people like that", the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior.

That extraordinarily contentious start of Fallon's mission to Baghdad led to more meetings marked by acute tension between the two commanders. Fallon went on develop his own alternative to Petraeus's recommendation for continued high levels of U.S. troops in Iraq during the summer.

The enmity between the two commanders became public knowledge when the Washington Post reported Sep. 9 on intense conflict within the administration over Iraq. The story quoted a senior official as saying that referring to "bad relations" between them is "the understatement of the century".

Fallon's derision toward Petraeus reflected both the CENTCOM commander's personal distaste for Petraeus's style of operating and their fundamental policy differences over Iraq, according to the sources.


@ IPS

I was not far off the mark describing the Two Stooges as Brown nosers.
Nothing worse than a suck-up in any environment, work, play or otherwise.

This time their sucking up will cost more lives. Of course to them it does not matter, they want to look good for the boss to ensure promotion or a slick lobbying position later on. To them others are not important, what THEY want takes precedent.

Sad little worms.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Glenn Greenwald,

Brit Hume and the Bush administration take propaganda to a new level

Just as George Bush and Dick Cheney have done on politically important occasions, Gen. David Petraeus (along with Ambassador Ryan Crocker) last night selected Fox News' Brit Hume as the "journalist" rewarded with an exclusive "interview." Whereas Hume, in the past, at least has pretended to play the role of journalist when interviewing high Bush officials -- doing things like asking (extremely respectful) questions about sensitive areas (with no follow up) -- he dispensed entirely with the pretense here. This "interview" took government propaganda to a whole new level, and really has to be seen to be believed (the full video is here).

The whole production was such transparent propaganda that one doubts that Pravda would have been shameless enough to present it. Even the title of the program was creepy. Fox did not even bother to call it an "interview," but rather hailed it as a "Briefing for America."

@ SALON
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Yet another in a long list of propaganda efforts. Sometimes I wonder, are they trying to convince the Congress and the Public they have nothing up their sleeves, or are they trying to convince themselves they are doing the right thing.

Can a pair of deliberate brown nosers convince anyone of anything except the fact that, yes, they are brown nosers of the highest degree willing to sacrifice the very Constitution they swore to uphold, to please their bosses? Well so it appears.

Money does strange things to people as in this Vanity Fair article: "Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency—much of it belonging to the Iraqi people—was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed. Following a trail that leads from a safe in one of Saddam's palaces to a house near San Diego, to a P.O. box in the Bahamas, the authors discover just how little anyone cared about how the money was handled."

Money Whores-O-Plenty.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11/07


Lady Liberty Cried
Another bright September day
Another sun-filled sky
She stands her ground with endless pride
As planes above her fly

She looks upon her children
Her loved ones dear to heart
As they go through their normal chores
Some only just to start

But soon the peace was shattered
As men so filled with hate
Soon turned their rage to senseless acts
To meet their horrid fate

First one and then another hit
Impossible to seem
Two other impacts hit elsewhere
As in a horrid dream

Tho some did fight the evil
As heroes they had died
And as the proud twins met their fall
The Lady Liberty cried

© "Amalthea Celebras" K.C. Fahel 11 September 2001


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Monday, September 10, 2007

Monday, Monday!

Today's Must Read

General Petraeus will go before Congress this afternoon to argue that the surge is working -- that sectarian killings and attacks against Iraqi and U.S. forces are substantially down. The military's secret numbers will serve as support for those conclusions, even as numbers from within the government (e.g. those collected by the Defense Intelligence Agency) dispute them.

We'll have more on the numbers game a little later. But from Petraeus' perspective, the question appears closed. We're making progress -- just how much is a secondary question. As he wrote in a recent letter to U.S. forces, we're "a long way from the goal line, but we do have the ball and we are driving down the field." We have the ball! @ TPM

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Herr General vil tell us vhat vill happen next, and der Fuherer vill give him a freedom medal.

Seig Heil!!

Behave yourself, ve have ways of making you talk!

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

North Sea Divers


High compensation for pioneer divers
Three pioneer divers who risked their lives in the early years of oil exploration in the North Sea have finally won their fight for economic compensation.



11.08.2007 08:44


The Oslo Magistrates Court has ruled that the State shall pay the three altogether NOK 30 million in compensation for after-effects from the diving and for loss of income.

This is the first ime that North Sea divers have won a case for compensation against the State, for injuries they claim were sustained during the pioneer years of oil exploration in the North Sea.

Many divers suffered serious injuries because they were operating at hazardous depths at the start of the Norwegian oil age in the 1960s and 70s.

At least 60 divers lost their lives in the North Sea up to the year 2000. At least 19 of these were Norwegians.

Several other cases are waiting to be processed by the courts. @ The Norway Post


And some background on the diving itself:

*A brief insight into saturation diving.*

Not everyone who reads this page knows what saturation diving is. This is a brief explanation written by Derek Moore

Being a Diver is a career for the few exceptional individuals that choose a life of isolation and thrive on a feeling of accomplishment.

The waters of the North Sea are a hostile and unforgiving environment. It is in this environment that a group of men constantly work under arduous conditions to accomplish tasks they are asked to perform that would leave many to seek sanctuary elsewhere. These men are Saturation Divers.

Saturation diving is a technique that allows men to work underwater for extended periods without having to undergo repeated decompression and offers a greater potential for the company, in terms of flexibility of productive working time, over other methods of diving. They say a diver is a jack of all trades, when in reality they are masters in their chosen field. But someone asked; what is the life of a Sat diver like?

Divers, in order to work at a chosen depth with out the need to continually decompress, are required to live at the same pressure of the sea bed they are working at. They live in a chamber (A metal tube) which is 2.1 metres in diameter and varying in length of 5 to 6 metres. Attached to this is a smaller chamber 2 to 2.5 metres in length (called a transfer lock) which gives access to the diving bell, it also serves as a toilet and shower area. For the whole period of the saturation divers will be confined (sleeping and eating) to this area with up to a further 5 colleagues. To get some idea of the space, measure the area in your office; now imagine 3 bunk beds and a table and 2 bench seats. Now imagine you can’t escape for up to 28 days. Living with up to 5 other guys in a confined space, who all have their own personalities and quirky habits, requires a high degree of tolerance and humour. If you need your space or easily stressed don’t consider sat diving an option.

Going into sat, the teams are chosen based on their experience and qualifications. The doors are closed and the initial inrush of Helium gas starts the pressurisation which is instantly recognised up the change of vocal expression increasing a few octaves. As the pressurisation continues the temperature rises as the surrounding atmosphere is compressed. This is the point of no return, no escape, everything you now need (food, water, clothing, laundry and equipment) is the responsibility of the outside technicians. Your only access to the world outside is the lock through which all you require is sent.

You communicate with outside colleagues not on a face to face level but via a communications system and communication to loved ones at home is by the typed word only. Like a space man you are isolated.

Life in sat becomes very routine; you are woken up to go diving, given food, dive plans and briefing of the job in hand. Taking turns one diver enters the bell via the transfer lock to conduct safety checks, after which the remaining divers enter the bell to begin their journey to the work site up to 600 feet below. When the pressures in the bell and the water are equal the divers venture into the frigid water of aqua space to perform their allotted tasks, either construction, inspection, survey or salvage. I call it aqua space having read the interview with Mike Gernhardt, a NASA Astronaut who started his career working as a diver for Ocean Systems before graduating with an honours degree in bubble dynamics. He said the techniques he learned in diving, he adapted for use in space, but hyper space walking was the ultimate dive.

The difference in aqua space is the visibility is not a million miles but can be limited to a few inches, making the task in hand increasingly difficult as you are effectively working blind doing the job by feel. It can be challenging and not for the claustrophobic. After 6 hours working the divers return to the bell before returning to the chamber they departed earlier back on the vessel.

Here they send out their diving wear, shower and have a meal before retiring to bed. Each day follows the same routine until it is time to decompress where the divers will be confined to the chamber until the pressure is reduced to atmospheric level and the door opens. That is until the next time the diver goes into saturation. If you consider sat diving easy, the door of opportunity is open, but can you handle it shut.

I remember this quote by a diver whose name fails me which sums up offshore divers. “The Ocean weeds out, from all the races of mankind that come upon it to make a living, a certain type of person. This type of person stays with the ocean, and the rest are cast back ashore to deal with the land people.”

Derek Moore
@ Pioneer Divers

Risking ones life for his/her country is the real measure of a hero.

These men are that and more and deserve recognition for their treacherous and in many cases deadly work.

Justice has prevailed for our friend Erling and his fellow divers.

Congratulations Erling!

And a moment of reflection for the ones that did not survive.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Christo-fascism





WASHINGTON — Whether they like it or loathe it, most Americans recognize the American Civil Liberties Union as a constitutional watchdog. Far fewer know of the American Center for Law and Justice, a leader in the flourishing field of Christian legal advocacy that may be less famous but is no less determined to see its views prevail in the nation's courts and, ultimately, its culture.

The best-financed and highest profile of these conservative Christian legal groups, the ACLJ, headed by aggressive chief counsel Jay Sekulow, has led the way in transforming the complaints of the religious right from raucous protests on the courthouse steps to polished presentations inside the highest courts in the land.

These cases cover a broad range of religious issues, from defending a Texas high school's practice of prayer at football games to an Illinois pharmacist's right not to dispense drugs that violate his religious beliefs. Most aim at establishing precedent and all revolve around the conviction of the ACLJ and its colleagues that religious freedom, particularly that of Christians, is under attack by those who want to expunge all religious reference from public life.

Founded by televangelist Pat Robertson in 1990, the ACLJ has an annual budget of $35 million and employs about 130 people, including 37 lawyers, around the world, Sekulow said.

"They're a very, very significant player in constitutional law, particularly regarding the 1st Amendment," said Barry Lynn, executive director of the non-profit Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who often has crossed swords with Sekulow.

@ THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Here we go with more NON-Christian, Christians intent on power and control rather than goodness and mercy.

What would Jesus think with these so-called Christians acting as the money changers in the Temple instead of caring for the poor and sick?

I think he would be a wee bit upset at the hypocritical behavior of the so-called Christians and remind them of their real jobs, but I'm not Jesus and do not know for sure.

Meanwhile these control freaks attempt to gain control of all aspects of government for their own gain.

Quite UN-American.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

FRIDAY FUNNIES






Thanks everyone!

Lets have a funny Friday!

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Overlords


China 'hacked' into Pentagon defense system

By Demetri Sevastopuloin Washington and Richard McGregor in,Beijing

Published: September 4 2007 03:00 | Last updated: September 4 2007 03:00

The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defense department, say American officials.

The Pentagon acknowledged shutting down part of a computer system serving the office of Robert Gates, defense secretary, but declined to say who it believed was behind the attack.

Current and former officials have told the Financial Times that an internal investigation has revealed that the incursion came from the People's Liberation Army.


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This is one of those WTF? moments that makes one wonder what we are buying into, literally, when we buy all the Chinese crap found at the nations largest retailers.

With the generous donations of technology from our corporatistas to China we have brought them rapidly into the 21st century, computer technology and all. They have been given what has taken us years to research, test, and manufacture with American labor.

Now they have turned the fruits of our labors against us and used it to spy on our DOD networks. My question is what is next? Are their sinister plans underway to overthrow our country? It has been said that if the Chinese were coming down the road 100,000 at a time it would take them 100 years to all pass by non-stop. Now I know that it might be an exaggeration but think about one thing the current population there is 1,321,851,888 people. ONE BILLION, THREE HUNDRED MILLION, people. Now compare that to 300 to 400 million people in the US and the stark reality hits that they are ONE BILLION ahead of us, head for head.

Anyone that does not believe that China knows this is a fool, question is, how do we cope with the sheer volume of numbers and still come out of this being a World Power?

We don't.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Fuzzy Wuzzy


Funny stuff from Raw Story: Chertoff pledged to probe Hillary

Well lets investigate that a little further shall we.

OH! My bad; WASHINGTON -- Shortly after President Bush took office in 2001, Michael Chertoff, then head of the Justice Department's criminal division, met with the conservative group Judicial Watch. It wanted criminal charges brought against Hillary Rodham Clinton in connection with a lavish fundraising event in Los Angeles the year before.


Sheesh, I thought we had more taudry shenanigans going on, *SIGH*, a sex scandle a week, is that too much to ask?

Titillate and excite, sex sells newspapers and tee vee time.

Now it appears Mr. Tidy Bowl might reconsider his resignation, seemingly overnite someone gave that man a LEG to stand on so he could get off his knees. Maybe they turned him down for the MSP Janitorial job, cleaning up toilet paper scraps.

Ole Hill is so damn rich, money drips from her pores as she sweats the latest 'probe' from mr. bones, would not want to leave the dems out of the sex mix would we.

Want to simulate a Pavlovian reaction with the public, just wave a sex scandle under their noses.

On other things non-sex in origin, doolittle aides have been subpoened to appear before a grand jury investigating the abramoff crimminal idiot.

GO CHARLIE BROWN!!! He will announce his intentions to run against the doo-nuthing on Friday. He almost beat him last time, this time he will.

Ok, back to work.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tuesday/Monday

There's a chicken leg in here somewhere!


Picnic leftovers from a thoroughly enjoyable three day weekend, those not carried off by ants or eaten by pets, culinary delights on ice.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Labor Day 2007



Over the years I was a card carrying member of the Machinists Union. Now I have a withdrawal card due to the fact my physical limitations do not allow me to do the heavy mechanical work.

I was Journeyman in three areas, forklifts, semi-trucks, and locomotives in that order.
The work I did was overseen by an apprenticeship program ensuring the jobs would be done right the first time and the employer would get a quality job.

The unions provided collective bargaining for wages and benefits with employers, that way they would have a quality work force of trained individuals to provide a high degree of labor, for fair wages.

Unfortunately today most labor has been transferred overseas and many Union laborers are relegated to lower wage jobs with little or no health care benefits just to support their families.

The corporatistas determined Union labor, too expensive, and consuming too much profit from their bottom line, so they went to China, and the Philippines, and Indonesia and other places to produce goods with a better profit margin and no outlay of high wages and benefits.

The Unions, in an effort to keep up with the cost of living by raising wages and benefits at contract time, essentially priced themselves out of a job. Too bad because the element of quality went out the door with those jobs.

Will the Unions come back strong again? Not likely, the die has been cast, consumers will accept shoddy goods, just more trash for the landfills of America when cheap stuff breaks.

Labor Day will go on but many of the Union workers will not, displaced by the demand for cheap goods and unable to compete against them.

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Sunny Sunday

Sunrise, as seen from Space Shuttle Discovery

This view featuring a sunrise dissecting a line of airglow of Earth's atmosphere was photographed by an STS-114 crewmember onboard Space Shuttle Discovery after departure from the International Space Station.



OOOOOOO, AAAAAAAA!!

I don't know about anyone else but I'm ready for a trip to space, or just anyplace to get away from the insanity here on Earth. Now that brokeback bathroom is done the next thing is the hat toss into the ring of fast freddie t. Seems the repugs just cannot find anyone except tee vee personalities and liberal Hollywood types to fill the void of otherwise cold, pinch faced, money addled candidates with ZERO personality.

Must find someone WITHOUT a closet full of skeletons, if they can even do that with the clown round they have.

Nobody gets elected without the blessing of NASCAR, throw fast freddie in a stock car and let him do a hundred laps and he would be in like flint.

So it is my belief the first candidate to do laps in a Nextel Cup car, gets the job.

Never mind debates, let them all do laps and fender bending to sort them out!

If ya can't drive a stock car, how do you expect to drive the country?

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Corvair
Tagged: Dangerous
Corvair
Life span: 1960-69

The rear-engined Corvair, designed to compete against sporty European models then gaining popularity, earned a special place in automotive history. It was the subject of a chapter in Ralph Nader's book "Unsafe at Any Speed," which detailed the U.S. auto industry's overall reluctance to take safety seriously. The Corvair's alleged problems stemmed from its unusual rear-engined lay-out and the suspension that held it up. That design led to unstable emergency handling, according to Nader.

It's hard to say whether the Corvair was much more dangerous than other cars of its time. This was the early 1960s when safety was still, as Nader's book pointed out, a barely acknowledged afterthought. (Try to find anyone wearing a seatbelt in a 1960s car ad. For that matter, try to find a seatbelt.) You could probably name any number of cars that were, arguably, just as dangerous for a variety of reasons, including a few models that are remembered fondly today.

But the Corvair got top billing as a death trap and General Motors did its part to ensure a lasting impression. Instead of just improving the Corvair's rear suspension, which it did, GM also hired private investigators to dig up dirt on Nader. The private eyes didn't get any dirt, but they did succeed in forever typecasting GM as America's favorite auto industry bad guy and the Corvair as a killer.

GM and the Corvair, by being such an easy target, ultimately helped bring about the creation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and things like crash tests and safety standards. There can be no question that our automobiles are much safer today as a result.

Before all the bad press finally clobbered sales, despite the improved rear suspension, the Corvair was produced in a surprising variety of body styles including a van, a station wagon, and a pickup truck with a side ramp. In all, about 1.8 million were made.


@ CNN MONEY
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Hey! Corvairs are not dangerous! Ralph Nader is!

I have owned close to a hundred cars and trucks over the years of which twelve were Corvairs.
They are not dangerous, they did however do their share of oil dripping. Like miniature Exxon Valdez's, they would leak oil constantly. With the application of improved oil seals they would stop the dripping and were wonderful little cars to buzz around in.

Ralph was a huge election spoiler similar to Perot and as minority party candidates robbed vote that could have defeated repugs, in the 2000 election, when he took more than 97,000 votes in Florida. Bush won Florida by just 537 votes. The win gave Bush the election. Nader, an independent candidate, who also ran in 1992 and 1996, is on the ballot in 33 states, including Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Mexico—tough battleground states. Kerry stood a chance of losing those vital states if Nader siphoned away the votes of Democrats.

Now I ask you what is the greatest threat to humanity? Someone that would help the chimp get elected or a fun car to drive?

Scroll thru all the cars, there's some bad ones like the Yugo and a Pacer.

Oh yea, and anyone looking for a Corvair Station Wagon to restore, drop me an e-mail and I'll send pics.


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