Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Oil Mongers

"The Caspian Sea is an inland sea and it only belongs to the Caspian states, therefore only they are entitled to have their ships and military forces here," he said.

Putin, whose trip to Tehran is the first by a Kremlin leader since World War II, warned that energy pipeline projects crossing the Caspian could only be implemented if all five nations that border the Caspian support them.

Putin did not name any specific country, but his statement underlined Moscow's strong opposition to U.S.-backed efforts to build pipelines to deliver hydrocarbons to the West bypassing Russia.

"Projects that may inflict serious environmental damage to the region cannot be implemented without prior discussion by all five Caspian nations," he said.

Other nations bordering the Caspian Sea and in attendance at the summit are: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

The legal status of the Caspian _ believed to contain the world's third-largest energy reserves _ has been in limbo since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leading to tension and conflicting claims to seabed oil deposits.



Well there you have it, there's OIL there. The megalomaniacs are intent on possessing every drop, at ANY cost.

He that controls the OIL, controls the world.

Gawd what an awful thought that water will replace OIL in the not too distant future.

Then BIG WATER will kill anyone that gets in the way there.

Some humans really SUCK!



DEN said...

We have to dig more coal, drill more oil, kill more people.

With all the trouble getting the stuff you might think there would be other energy sources being developed.

Nope, the stoopids are in charge.

Must be stoopid,

stoopid is good,

intelligence is bad.


DEN said...

From geasy, stinky oil to Bees:

On Alan Wilson's table at the Oakland Farmers' Market, row after row of glass honey jars catch the early morning sun that angles down Ninth Street. Some of the honey gleams a reddish brown, some a paler amber, depending on the particular mix of flower species the bees foraged. All of it was produced by Wilson's colonies, which number a third of what he had last fall, before the infamous bee die-off that afflicted growers around the world. "I'd better get the honey while I can," one customer remarks.

The flurry of media attention given this winter's bee losses, now labeled "colony collapse disorder," has updated the world of bees for a heretofore-clueless public. Our image of honeybees is a lot like our bucolic images of farm animals -- and just as far from the brutal truth of today's corporate agriculture. We picture fields of clover, blossoming orchards, the wildflowers beneath the trees, filled with happy bees industriously gathering nectar and pollen to take back to the hive. As the bees gather pollen, they transfer it from plant to plant, thus assuring cross-pollination.


Bees are starving? Poor little guys.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Cryptococcus gattii.

Be careful in the woods.

DEN said...

Is there a fungus among us?

DEN said...

Carey, you ain't gonna like this, but not as much as Randi I bet.

Randi Rhodes was mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave, nearby her Manhattan apartment, while she was walking her dog Simon.

According to Air America Radio late night host Jon Elliott, Rhodes was beaten up pretty badly, losing several teeth and will probably be off the air for at least the rest of the week. At of late Monday night we have not able to locate any press accounts of the attack and nothing has been posted on the AAR website.

Go here

Folks are calling it a hate crime not a mugging for money, sheesh!

micki said...

FAQ: Cryptococcus gattii

Yeah, I saw an article about this the other day.

micki said...

Her attorney says the story is not factual. Sez there was no mugging. (Newsday)

DEN said...

A police source said Rhodes never filed a report and never claimed to be the victim of a mugging. Cops from Manhattan's 17th Precinct called her attorney, who told them Rhodes was not a victim of a crime, the source said.

Rhodes' lawyer told the Daily News she was injured in a fall while walking her dog. He said she's not sure what happened, and only knows that she fell down and is in a lot of pain. The lawyer said Rhodes expects to be back on the air Thursday. He stressed there is no indication she was targeted or that she was the victim of a "hate crime."

More here

Never let it be said I will post a BS story without the proper correction. HA!

David B. Benson said...

Will the last person out of Atlanta please turn out the lights?

If this happens, it'll be a good thing: 3,000 liters per capita gasoline cunsumption in Atlanta, 1,000 in NYC and 100 in Hong Kong.

Hajji said...


Frequent trips to Atlanta (airport, etc) lead me to believe that it has traffic issues possibly beyond those Boston at the height of the "Big Dig".

MAARTA has such a bad reputation,(moving african americans right through Atlanta, we're told) inciting such fear into the general populace that it is horribly underutilzed by the citizenry.

On the contrary, I have found Maarta to be clean, on-time and pretty convenient. I frequently use the rail system, parking at the farthest out-station simply to avoid sitting in traffic for an extra hour or two.

If a rail system existed from Charlotte to Atlanta along the I-85 corridor, I'd not have to drive at all. (I'd even love a light-rail system between Clemson and Greenville, but it won't happen until gas is $5/gal. or more)

I'll be in and out of Atlanta over the next 4 weeks, what with Katie getting married, moving and all.

I'll be surprised if I can count higher than 1-in-10 cars with more than a single passenger...usually talking on a cell phone as they swerve without a signal at 85mph into the space my Jeep's occupying.


Carey said...

I kept hearing vague references to "something" that happened to Randi. Now I know. Why all the silly hoopla? Internet-fueled stupid rumors!

I fell and broke my ankle walking a Lab Retriever in a canyon. It can happen.

Gerald and all,

Thom Hartmann hinted this morning at Putin's possible intentions on his Tehran visit. Hartmann didn't really leave any doubt as to what he thought. That Putin was there to stop any reality to the rumors.

Yes, I think Thom's absolutely right.

How very, very interesting. Just last week I started noting a climb in articles about a "new cold war?" appearing in a smattering. I noted it as "whaaaat"?

Now, I wonder. Were these "new" cold war meditations (which are absurd) a product of Putin getting in the way of neocon/Israeli strivings?

My baby boy is very sick with a horrible stomach flu. He's really suffering.

David B. Benson said...

Hajji --- Good idea to use the train.

I was reading today that Atlanta is within 120 days of using up the entire water supply...

micki said...

I have a 2nd cousin who lives in Atlanta and he reports that over 60 counties in Georgia are on a Level 4 water restriction, which is referred to as "beyond extreme." (Not sure exactly what that means...)

Anyhoo, he said that the problem is dire, but probably wouldn't be as bad as it is, if:

(1) people wouldn't waste so damned much water, and

(2) the city had made the much needed improvements on its outdated city water system before "the tipping point."

It'd still be bad he said, but not as bad. He said that the local water district is making repairs to the tune of about 700 water leak repairs a month! He's been trying to sell his house so he can move back to Wisconsin, but he has no takers. He said the mayor is "begging" people to conserve water.

Huh? They need "begging" when their water supply is running dry? What's with people anyway?

ยบ¿carol said...

Is there such a thing as a stomach flu? Isn't that just another way of saying food poisoning? Hajji? You're our medical expert.

Carey, you didn't mean you broke your ankle today, right? That was some other time??? If not, then man, I'm so SORRY~!!!!! Ugh!!!

micki said...

Carol -- didn't you and I have a conversation about the flu some time back? Gastroenteritis comes to mind.

Carey said...

Oops. I forgot to mention that I read with fascination, Micki, your posts on new avenues of investigative journalism. Very intriguing.

Will have to watch and see.

Also: They need "begging" when their water supply is running dry? What's with people anyway?

You didn't want an answer, did you? In drought-plagued Southern California we're more used to no water and people are a little more cooperative. Sorta.

Atlanta's situation and peoples' reactions don't bode well for the future, do they?

micki said...

Atlanta's situation and peoples' reactions don't bode well for the future, do they?

It's that mefirstism!

Carey said...

Did you see that? Carol thought I was hinting at an accident of a broken ankle?

You ought to know me well enough by now to know I'm not quiet or subtle with any complaints.

You sit through enough of them.

FYI: This stomach flu is going around the schools. It is a bug and it hits virulently.

Hajji said...

Hanging out with Doctors hardly makes me an expert, but I’ll give it a shot…

When someone medical speaks of "Stomach Flu" they're probably trying to emphasize VIRAL GASTROENTERITIS, which is discomfort, diarrhea and possibly vomiting and/or fever, caused by a virus as opposed to regular, garden variety gastroenteritis which could’ve been caused by amoeba, bacteria, or other enteric pathogens. GASTRITIS, which is simply anything causing inflammation of the stomach and/or esophageal and/or intestinal tract, could equally describe all that, but is often used to denote things like alcoholic gastritis or ‘heartburn caused by foods or drinks that simply “don’t agree” with a particular person.

Nobody knows whether a digestive problem is viral, pathogenic or anything else until somebody looks at some poop or emesis or whatever under a microscope to eliminate the hundreds of pathogens that can cause problems.

Bottom line…if it’s VIRAL you treat the symptoms, attempt to bolster the body’s natural immune system, etc.

Bacteria and other pathogens are usually treated with various antibiotics.

Alcoholic gastritis is USUALLY self-treated with the hair of the dog that bit you. ;)


DEN said...

Hey, I lived in Atlanta for 4 long years (seemed like forever) traffic SUX really, really, really bad!

6 lanes wide of doofus gridlock. It routinely took over an hour to go 17 miles in rush hour, non rush hour was spent staying out of the way of lunatics trying to go 90mph.

Ain't no wonder they suck gas by the tanker-load.

MARTA= Moving Africans Around Town Allday was the phrase used by the racist rednecks I worked for there.

When OJ was ready for a verdict, the rednecks were armed to the teeth with guns to fight back the imagined Black hordes that were supposed to riot if he got convicted, rednecks!

4 looooooong years!

micki said...

Wait for the PAC Ad in the middle!!!!!

The Larry Craig Effect

ABC News report: YouTube

David B. Benson said...

Den --- It must have been federal. No time off for good behavior.


Carey said...


Yes, Hajji, that's what it is. He's just developed a fever accompanying the virus.

Poor tyke.

Hajji said...


It is the body's reaction to the virus that's the problem. Kinda hard to think that fever is indicative of his body putting a bunch of energy into producing EXACTLY the kind of white cells it'll take to kick the virus's ass.

Tylenol for fever...hydration by mouth if he can hold it down (Pediolyte is much better than
anything else)

If he's pukin' for more than 24 hrs, a REAL expert might prescribe pheneragan, probably as a butt-torpedo to stave off the nausea and allow him to hold liquids.

If he goes longer than that, IV fluids would be called for.

Young folks should be able to fight it off without all that, but persistant fever and vomiting are signs of a persistant bug.

The worst of the viruses aren't spread far (ebola, junta, etc) because they kill their victims too fast.

One of the worst things people do is pile on a bunch of antibiotics during a viral illness that do nothing but inspire bacteria to mutate into resistance.

There's a lot of talk about MRSA in British hospitals and schools. Methicylin Resttant Staph is in American hospitals, too. That one's a direct result of antibiotic overuse.

Cool his forehead, treat the symptoms and watch him bounce back tomorrow!


Carey said...

You're an angel Hajji.