Saturday, June 28, 2008

Green V-Dub

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With oil prices at $135 dollars per barrel, the pressure is on for car makers to innovate and create more fuel efficient vehicles. Volkswagen seems to be taking this task seriously with the 1L, a prototype that is capable of traveling for 235mpg using 1 gallon of gasoline, or 100km on 1L of gas. Adding to the excitement of this breakthrough is recent news that VW plans to get this concept out to market in 2010!

More pics and info here

See we always knew it was possible, just BIG oil stopping production by paying off and intimidating inventors.

Guess they didn't get to those folks yet.

Go V-Dub!



Saladin said...

DEN, have you heard about the hydrogen boost called Brown's Gas? My friend who owns the German Auto shop here in Bishop and works on my Jetta told me about it. He is going to experiment with it on his old VW pick-up. Just Google it.

Now, this from the "be careful what you ask for" category:

The Democrats and the New FISA Law: Embracing Big Brother

Friday, June 27, 2008

It may be June, but Christmas came early this year for Big Brother and the telecommunications giants. Unfortunately, it is average Americans who will pay--dearly--on three separate counts.

First, precious constitutional and other legal protections against warrantless domestic surveillance have been shattered. The federal government may now secretly and legally eavesdrop on virtually any American's e-mail, cell phone and landline communications--without first getting a court-ordered warrant.

New federal legislation gives the government and phone companies sweeping new domestic surveillance powers. It allows for mass, untargeted, warrantless eavesdropping against ordinary American citizens and political activists. It sets back hard-fought free speech, civil rights and privacy protections that were won by popular pressure following the Vietnam War and Watergate era.

The second price that Americans will pay is by those who have been illegally monitored since 9/11. They will lose billions of dollars from dozens of anti-spying lawsuits pending against the likes of Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. These suits, covering the last seven years, will now be dismissed in a huge giveaway of immunity to the telecommunications lobby and big campaign donors.

The lawsuits arose from the government's secret eavesdropping on American citizens, carried out since September 11 by Verizon, AT&T and others at the behest of the Bush administration, without court-ordered warrants--which until now had been legally required.

Third, Americans will be unable to discover the extent and details of the government's post-9/11 domestic spying operation, which barely came to light three years ago. That domestic eavesdropping campaign will now continue and expand further--with legal sanction--in the dark recesses of total secrecy. The new bill is a huge and blatant cover-up.

* * *

DEMOCRATS HAD claimed to be against the bill for months, but--as they did with the earlier USA PATRIOT Act--easily and completely capitulated. The new legislation received overwhelming bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 19; its imminent approval by the Senate is a foregone conclusion.

Reversing himself along with so many of his colleagues, Barack Obama gave fresh evidence of what can be expected of him if he wins the presidency.

In February--when he was running against Hillary Clinton--Obama said he "was proud" to stand against this bill's predecessor and its blanket immunity for the telecommunications companies' violations of individuals' civil rights. Four months later, no longer needing to position himself to the left of his former Democratic rival, Obama has revealed his real stance. He has announced he will vote in favor of the state powers and immunity for crimes and violations he so recently denounced.

At a time when Democrats are most ascendant--when Republicans, the war and bogus post-9/11 "national security" scams for gutting constitutional rights have been most discredited--Obama and "bipartisan" Democrats are giving the completely weakened Bush administration exactly what it wants. Why? There can be only one reason. It is what they want, too.

The new bill guts the post-Watergate Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which was created in 1978 to require warrants from secret courts for domestic government spying in national security matters. These were created to curb blatant government domestic wiretap abuse, revealed by the Senate's Church Committee and others.

The Church Committee, convened in the 1970s to investigate government claims against domestic "terrorists," instead revealed a massive, secret official campaign of spying, sabotage, thug tactics, "dirty tricks" and criminal activity by the government against ordinary Americans. The secret surveillance and criminal sabotage were carried out especially against many thousands of movement activists--antiwar, civil rights, antiracist, left-wing and many other dissenters.

The political opponents the government systematically "terrorized" covered a broad range: the Black Panthers, antiwar organizers, Puerto Rican nationalists, journalists, Native American groups, socialist organizations, peace vigil groups, Martin Luther King, Jr. Even congressional opponents were targeted.

The eavesdropping, disruption schemes, blackmail, assaults, assassinations and other crimes were carried out by the CIA, FBI and many other government agencies, through programs like the infamous COINTELPRO (COunterINtelligence PROgram).

Mass popular opposition won victories that curbed government thuggery and spying against the American people and political activists. But longtime official efforts to rehabilitate such programs have used 9/11 as a cover for supposedly "temporary" measures against ostensible "terrorists" (most notably via the Patriot Act).

Those efforts have now succeeded in getting exactly what was wanted all along--permanent "legal" license to listen in on any American's communications at will, without meaningful "interference" or supervision from the courts, without the ability of ordinary folks to find out or challenge what the government is doing, and without recourse to legal remedies for what was previously known as breaking the law.

The demolition of civil liberties and human rights introduced at Guantánamo is coming home.
I hope all the people who thought putting the dems back in charge was a GOOD thing are happy, you got just what you asked for.
BTW DEN, this article was featured on Prison Planet.

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Saladin said...

The lone voice of reason among the insane.

Ron Paul On War With Iran

DON"T DO IT!!!!!

This was linked at RENSE

DEN said...

Ron speaks the truth.

{ò,ó}arol said...

Saladin is always bellowing about the Dems. Who in the hell are we supposed to vote for anyway? It's either them or more repugs.

In the end it makes no difference because we're doomed. Vote more repugs in and we'll just end it all much sooner.

carol said...

Hajji, so sorry to hear about your new horse. Poor thing. Hard as the job was, it was really nice that you brought him home to bury. xoxox

DEN said...

Geez, Hajji, I totally missed your comment yesterday about Duncan, not sure how i could have, working and blogging I guess, Carol's comment sent me back looking.

Man that's awful! Jill must be really bummed too since he was her B-day present.

Just awful!


David B. Benson said...

$4.159 today.

micki said...

Saladin is always bellowing about the Dems.

Well, at least there are some Dems who do the right thing, not enough of them, but some...

Can't say that about any Repugs. Zero.

As for capital L Libertarians -- fergittaboutit.

micki said...

Dr. B -- your price report prompted me to search for THIS which covers the state.

B'ham is kinda low today...

carey said...

I'm so sorry Hajji, awful, just horrible.

Dr. B brings what is now minute-by-minute news with the gas prices. Some of my friends have begun to really freak out. There's no money for this.

If I might switch gears for a minute as I have a young thespian star awaiting me, Brandon outshone himself yesterday on stage. He has "it" alright. He really does--just like his aunt and his grandmother. My, genes can be strong. I hope Ken's don't show up too much.

This is something that will delight from my brother (in-law) Martin.

Jesus Endorses Obama; Four Horsemen Opt for McCain

Jesus of Nazareth, popularly perceived as the Son of God, announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama yesterday during a rare guest appearance on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. The appearance was the first time Jesus has returned to earth with the specific goal of endorsing a political candidate, several pundits and religious scholars agreed, and may in fact be the first recorded reappearance ever of the widely admired supernatural entity.


“It's extremely unusual for a celestial being to physically manifest him, her, or itself in corporal form to back a presidential candidate, particularly during the primary season,” Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate magazine, said. “It's quite possible that what we're witnessing is a historical event that may provide just the momentum Obama needs to top that final hurdle. Jesus, like Obama, has a rare, iconic popularity that extends well beyond his base.”

Jesus, who was unshaven, long-haired and shabbily attired but appeared otherwise healthy and well-rested during the Letterman appearance, said his motives for endorsing Barack Obama were complex.

“I don't know that I can distill what I think of as the Barack effect into a few simple words,” Jesus said. “I rarely get involved in politics since my own quite painful brush with that sphere of human endeavor. But Obama does something to me. It's more like a feeling, a sensation of hope and optimism that I haven't felt, looking down on Earth, for many decades. It made me want to do whatever I could to help out. ”

Jesus said he was inspired by Barack Obama's legendary oratory skill and charm, but even moreso by the fact that many of Obama's political stances echo his own.

“When I hear him speaking, it brings me right back to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think was one of my greatest hits,” Jesus said. “All the things I talked about so long ago. Imagine how I felt watching those, if you don't mind me saying so, really groundbreaking ideas concerning how human beings should treat each other get co-opted, subverted, parasitized or ignored by generations of cynical scoundrels and hypocrites--until Barack Obama came along.”

“It's like I'm looking in a mirror, only, I have to hand it to him, I never really had the kind of massive crowd appeal Obama does,” Jesus said. “I was more of a stealth movement. If Barack had been alive two millenia ago, I'd probably have found myself playing second fiddle as a disciple.”

In related news, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse announced their collective endorsement of Republican presidential candidate John McCain. The Four Horsemen--Conquest, War, Pestilence and Death--made the announcement during their regular weekly guest appearance on Fox News together with conservative commentator William Kristol. The horsemen's horses--White, Red, Black and Pale--were also in attendance.

“We can't say John McCain's the absolutely ideal apocalyptic candidate for all of us,” Conquest said, “but between the Democrats and the Republicans, the choice is a no-brainer. War and I like him, but Pestilence would have preferred Romney due to the almost guaranteed corruption and economic breakdown another term or two of Bush-style economics would lead to, and Death wanted to hold out for Huckabee."

"In the end we decided to present a united front behind McCain," Conquest said. "He's our best hope under the circumstances for the total destruction of all living beings, man or beast.”

William Kristol was unfortunately unable to present his views on what may be a pivotal boost for the McCain campaign, up against significant odds against the wildly popular and Jesus-backed Obama movement, as he was eaten mid-interview by Death's horse, Pale.

“I'm sorry about that,” Death said. “Pale gets a little peckish during these manifestations, and Fox forgot to stock the green room again.”

David B. Benson said...

BHO does the two-step to the dark side

Darth V. Obama?

Saladin said...

Excuse me micki? Please point out even ONE fucking democrat that is willing to stand out against this war mongering insanity! Ron Paul tried his best to get this country to see reason, the MSM drowned him out along with the traitorous GOP. He is a "capitol L" Libertarian and the only one with any common sense where war and our economy are concerned. You are so blind in your partisanship you can't see the forest for the trees.
And Carol, you go right ahead and vote for the democrats, your reasoning does not stand up to scrutiny. The dems have had 2 LONG years to put an end to this bush bullshit and all they have done is bow down and give him everything he wants. Have you not been paying attention to Obama?? History is rife with dem treachery, you just won't look. They are as much to blame as the repugs, but that is an "inconvenient truth" that dedicated lefties will never admit.
THAT is why we are doomed. As long as it's YOUR team doing the bombing, it's A-OK!

DEN said...

BIG change coming tomorrow, get ready.

micki said...

You are so blind in your partisanship you can't see the forest for the trees.

Frankly, my dear, I see quite clearly.

And, one thing I can claim is that, other than you, no one has ever accused me of an unreasoning allegiance to anyone or anything.

DEN said...

The chicks are restless.

{ò,ó}arol said...

Well, Saladin, I'll keep on votin' democratic because THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE! Are you deaf? Who's YOUR choice to vote for this November? McCain? Obama? Nader? Not voting?

Why don't you calm down already. You're screaming at the WRONG people here.

º¿carol said...

Joe Cocker video

micki said...

BIG change coming tomorrow, get ready.

I'm ready and waiting.

What's the change? Carol becomes a neocon? Saladin becomes a liberal/progressive Democrat? And I become a George Bush devotee?

micki said...

The train has left the station....and there is poor light at the end of the tunnel.

BEWARE: Weighing the Costs of a CT Scan’s Look Inside the Heart

I agree that waaaaaaay too much money is spent on unwarranted, questionable, useless, and possibly dangerous medical crapola in this country.

If it's available, it'll be agressively marketed ad nauseum (pushed down our throats!) and the sheeple will fall for it.

Just say NO to your doctor!

micki said...

The chicks have restless leg syndrome.

Quick! Get a prescription.

carol said...

Ok, farewell, Google. I'm following Den. xoxox