Aw c’mon now, who is really in charge?

January 29, 2007

I don’t know who one would say is at the head of our government. The president (unlikely)? The Vice President (probably)? The ultra-right neoconservatives who have been appointed to positions of power? The bureaucrats? Laura Bush?

The truth is probably a combination of all or some of the players, and manipulated (or gamed) with fine Manichean touch by a supreme player.

As this 2003 opinion piece points out, I now have a much better idea of why we someone chose to visit a new! improved! quagmire on Iraq- and reveal who are the folks really in charge, and how they got there.

And it ain’t who you’d think.

Trotskyites? Yikes!

And they weren’t even (GASP) elected.


Handy

January 25, 2007

The Banned Topic

January 24, 2007

What is global warming but a red herring?

I say this because it has become true.

Certain types (you know who you are) continue stoking the ‘myth-based’ fires, transforming this matter into a meme with political overtones in order to distract useful, thoughtful, constructive discussion away from something much more insidious and harmful, but altogether less glamorous than the often hysterical presumption that Americans are creators of their own doom. What is it?

Simply that pollution is wrong.

Clearly, those that pollute should do everything in their power to reduce the poisons being emitted into the atmosphere, into the water, that we all share.

Nobody, least of all a CEO, board of directors, or name your captain of industry, has a right to do it. It is plainly WRONG.

Companies should not have to be mandated. They should feel some responsibility. And yet… well, the perfect world example has long been retired in this era of Ayn Rand self-interest.

Unfortunately, with greed being the force that drives polluters (or those with an interest in their business) to obfuscate facts, this meme about the ‘myth of global warming’ has been, sad to say, successful.

No one ever said rational thinkers were anti-business, or that the intent is purely to subtract from profits. There have been attempts (long ago now) to shape or form new industries around the topic. But without the support and cooperation from those that contribute to the pollution problem (that includes you and me folks, or anyone that uses any form of mechanized transport, electrical power, food, etc.), these went nowhere.

There are people in industry that understand the problem from their side and perhaps aren’t willing to discuss it openly. Why? Perhaps this has something to do with do-gooders who confuse the real issues, and do not even know the limits of their own culpability. Let alone much about physics, and how frutiful industry has been, adding so much to our quality of life. Yet, want to take people to task, without being willing to listen.

Physics is pretty straightforward, but it’s a topic for left-brain thinking. Creative solutions are more likely to found through the use of the right brain. Politically divided as this hot topic has become, it’s time to put away the specious arguments, and speculative perspectives about what global warming is, and get down to the boring issue that is really at the heart of the matter.

I know it’s not as sexy, but then being responsible never was.


Were All Diplomats This Good

January 19, 2007

A young girl in Afghanistan has burns over 30% of her body, and nobody can help.

She could die.

A Norwegian diplomat happens by, and jets her out of there.

Støre expects that he will be criticized for this effort, but isn’t worried.

“No one can save everyone, but everyone can save someone,” Støre said, who has already notified several Afghan ministers about his plans.

I’ve never heard of an American diplomat EVER doing something this- brave, selfless. I suppose they’re inured to the suffering of others, in an ivory tower kind of way.

Honestly, could you imagine our own frequent flyer mileage queen Condi being so selfless?

Nah, me either.


For Those Of You Who Do Not Know

January 15, 2007

The Nintendo Wii is a pretty interesting development. It gets gamers off their butts and moving around with the unique gyroscopic joy sticks.

Here’s a tutorial on how well the Wii works, and how it can help to keep lumpy teenager in shape:


New Overlord’s at Sealand

January 12, 2007

Just enough elbow room for a few pirates at Sealand.


What’s Your Accent?

January 8, 2007
What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland
 

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
 
The South
 
The Inland North
 
Philadelphia
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
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