Saturday, September 5, 2009

Will it be said of this generation, they had it all and left us nothing?

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"The people who came before us didn’t know about climate change and the ones who come after will be powerless to stop it." Taipei Times

The news regarding climate change is dire. Nothing has really been done world wide to make a difference. "UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has seen the meltdown of the Arctic for himself. Alarmed at the changes, he warned that “our foot is stuck on the [climate change] accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss.” (Christian Science Monitor) It might be easy to dismiss this as more alarmist hype except for the coincidental publication of a major Arctic climate study. This latest research makes it crystal clear that the forces of human-driven climate change have overwhelmed the natural forces that had put Arctic climate on a long-term cooling trend."

Global Warming and climate change is a fact, a fact that all the nay sayers and oil companies paid shills, no matter how vocal in their denial, is here and has begun affecting us all. If we do nothing, and that is the trend, we will begin to experience major disasters and dislocations of people in the coming decade. It is time to take our collective heads out of our ass and face the fact that we are on a course towards disaster for humanity.

Our children and grand children will either curse this generation for destroying the planet and leaving them nothing or thank us for saving the planet. I don't expect greed and avarice to overcome human benevolence. I think the emerging world, the third world and the new industrial powerhouses China and India will be unable to stop their contribution to the coming global disaster. We may see a world where, in some places, water is more valuable than gold. America may have to build a wall around itself to keep the rest of the third world out as their infrastructure and environment crumbles. We must decide what we want our legacy to be. Will it be said of this generation, they had it all and left us nothing?


"Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party. The book traces the rise of the radical right in the U.S. and how it used the concept of personal crisis to grow as a movement and eventually capture control of the GOP to transform it from the party of Dwight Eisenhower to the party of Sarah Palin." Democracy Now

If you watch anything this week watch the following video.

Part 1 Max Blumenthal auther of "Republican Gemorrah"

Part 2

Part 3

Get the book.

"Republican Gomorrah is a bestiary of dysfunction, scandal and sordidmess from the dark heart of the forces that now have a leash on the party. It shows how those forces are the ones that establishment Republicans-like John McCain-have to bow to if they have any hope of running for President. It shows that Sarah Palin was the logical choice of a party in the control of theocrats. But more that just an expose, Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement's leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks. Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Inspired by the work of psychologists Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics." Amazon Books Review

Al Franken address a teabagger crowd. He is intelligent and informed, unusual for a politician.

Friday, September 4, 2009

...the auto industry has not progressed beyond 1997 gas milage

"Consumers are demanding better fuel efficiency in their vehicles and less dependence on foreign oil. And we believe the investment community has identified our technology as being poised to meet this demand, especially as the automobile industry struggles to increase the value of their products."
Sal Scuderi

I'm in the market for a new car and what I have learned is that the auto industry has not progressed beyond 1997 gas milage. Are their engineers incompetent? I own a 1997 1/2 Nissan Altima. It gets twenty four miles per gallon city and thirty miles per gallon highway, at least that's what the window sticker said when I bought it, and I still have the sticker. Today twelve years later auto companies are touting cars that get thirty miles a gallon highway as a big deal, whoa incredible! Such bullshit from the auto companies is incredible and insulting to our intelligence. Twelve years later and their engineers can't do better than they did back in 1997 is amazing. Where did these automobile engineers get their degrees, Walmart? What am I missing here. Did we freeze our brains back in the 90's. There is a degree of dishonesty in the auto industry. It is time that the powers that be force the auto industry to be responsible to the American public. There is no reason that cars shouldn't get forty to fifty miles per gallon on the road. Oops, I forgot that the oil companies want the gas milage to be low. These scum bags are in bed together, that or the automobile companies hire incompetent engineers. It is time to stop believing their crap. Stop buying their low milage cars and they will get the message loud and clear.

What the Health Insurance company doesn't want you to know

"We Don’t Call It “Sick For Profit” For Nothing

The California Nurses Association has put together a fantastic report detailing the denial rates on claims by leading insurance companies.

Researchers from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee analyzed data reported by the insurers to the California Department of Managed Care. From 2002 through June 30, 2009, the six insurers rejected 45.7 million claims — 22 percent of all claims.
For the first half of 2009, as the national debate over healthcare reform was escalating, the rejection rates are even more striking.

Claims denial rates by leading California insurers, first six months of 2009:
• PacifiCare — 39.6 percent
• Cigna — 32.7 percent
• HealthNet — 30 percent
• Kaiser Permanente — 28.3 percent
• Blue Cross — 27.9 percent
• Aetna — 6.4 percent

This has been the way that the 18 top insurers in America have received $16 billion dollars in profits last year. They deny care and make bank off it. As the Nurses report states, “If the private insurers are not paying for care, why do we have private insurers?”

Special Blog Watch


Thursday, September 3, 2009

The right wing media has become an enemy of American Democracy and are now playing to the lunatic fringe of the radical Right.

"Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed."
Barry Goldwater

Mean spiritedness is not dead in America. The right wing media's Hannity, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and the lesser names such as Glen Beck, of the bigoted insensitivity uncaring right wing media, have been attacking the Democrats with untruths, out right lies, and worst of all the coded language of racism. (see the blog list) They play into the insecurities and belief systems of the Republican Conservative evangelical christians, right wing radicals, and militia groups. Many of these people are faith based people that do not think independently but take their cues from Right Wing ministers who claim divine inspiration and support conservative hate filled rhetoric. The Right has claimed the mantel of defending America. The theory is, if you don't believe the way I believe you are un-American and evil. This is dangerous and can lead to violence and a split across the American psyche. It is an attack upon American virtues and values. It is an act of political and social intolerance. Every right wing two bit dictator, the Catholic church of the middle ages and renaissance, and the monarchies of the old world all saw liberalism and liberal ideas as a threat to their regime and their control of people and the states. Liberal thought and ideas were something to be crushed by any means possible. History is full of examples of these governments and their oppression of liberal thought. It is the liberal ideas of the renaissance and the reformation that began the change to liberal democracies and the ideals of men such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Lock and Thomas Jefferson that gave us liberal democracies. The rights of people to have say in their own government. That governments are answerable to the people, that the people should be protected by the government.

The Conservative Right of today would roll back the freedoms we have fought so hard for. The Republicans opposed JFK's civil right bill to create equality for black Americans in voting, education, housing and employment. They opposed the social security bill passed under FDR. They have opposed every meaningful piece of legislation that has helped make the lives of ordinary Americans better. And seniors today who are misinformed and paranoid that their Medicare will be taken away fail to understand who their enemy is, it was the Democrats and Democratic presidents that gave it to them over the opposition of the republicans.

Now we see the appearance of guns at debates is an attempt at intimidation and a threat of violence against those who disagree with their twisted logic. The right wing media has become an enemy of American Democracy and are now playing to the lunatic fringe of the radical Right. If they have their way this blog, and blogs like it that shed light on their bullshit would be silenced and that makes them dangerous to free speech, one of Americas founding principals of Democracy. What people have to do is see them for what they are and treat them with the contempt that they have earned.

Middle class working Americans want a public option


Media Matters for America

Will Fox & Friends set story straight on NH town hall?

The Immoral Minority

From the lack of compassion at town halls to Glenn Beck's burgeoning mental illness Countdown was a potpourri of frightening segments today.

Fox&Friends Provide Pulpit For Anti Obama, Anti Choice, Death Panel Preaching Pastor


Another Huge Worry: Methane Seeping From Sea Beds "The melting of vast stretches of permafrost in the Northern Hemisphere is expected to release large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere."


HONOR THE FALLEN Honoring Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for America.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lets throw all the bums out and elect people with the cojones, huevos, pelotas to do the job

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
Expediency asks the question - is it political?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It seems that the Democrats won the presidency, congress and the senate only to let the Republicans push them around. One thing you could say about the Bush presidency was that they got their way and were not shy about twisting a few arms. They were not wishy-washy and timid always trying to be bipartisan. They didn't give a damn about what the Democrats said. The Republicans were tough and aggressive and pushed till the congress screamed mama.

The Obama administrations and the Democratic majority seem weak kneed and timid. They don't seem to have the will to rule. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed suck when it comes to getting the Democratic platform accomplished. The American people elected the Democrats and Obama because of their message of change. A few paid for Republicans shills start screaming at town hall meetings and everyone is frightened. Well if that's all it takes to frighten the Democrats they don't deserve to be representing us. Lets throw all the bums out and elect people with the cojones, huevos, pelotas to do the job. Get some fresh ideas and people with the courage of their convictions. Democrats either do what you were elected to do or go.

If American Healthcare is so great why do Americans travel abroad to get affordable care. Face it, if you have a catastrophic illness you will either become destitute, be denied or die. The Healthcare Insurance companies don't give a damn about the customer's health only their premiums.

"Rep. Nadler Says Holder’s Torture Investigation Should Examine Cheney
Last week Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he will be appointing U.S. attorney John Durham as a special prosecutor to investigate possible crimes committed by CIA interrogators who “went beyond the legal guidelines” for interrogations set out by the Bush administration." More... Think Progress


"Summer sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean could disappear by 2016 and the thawing of the Greenland ice sheet is occurring so rapidly that the meltwater from Greenland alone could raise sea levels by one meter this century." more... Yale's Environment360

Monday, August 31, 2009

Wave the flag, keep the message simple, talk about the American way of life and tell the big lie. Tell it loud and tell it often.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it"

Adolf Hitler

The Right wants you stupid and wants you to believe their lies. They want your support for their programs which are the programs of big oil and coal, the health care industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the banking/mortgage industry. The Republican Right serves these industries not the average American's needs, it is profit that is important to them, the public get the slogans and lip service.
The truth is business is good for America, it is what made America grow. But these industries have become predatory industries. They no longer benefit America, they benefit shareholders and the corporate heads. The common man is now it's victim. They will despoil the environment, deny health care to the needy, exploit the weak and under educated. They work at brain washing Americans with their ally the Right Wing Media. They wave the flag, keep the message simple, talk about the American way of life and tell the big lie. They tell it loud and they tell it often. If the lie is outrageous enough be more insistent and it will be believed. Only through oversight, government regulation and transparency can these industries be expected to act as responsible corporate citizens. It is time they stopped bribing our legislators to serve their corporate needs above the needs of the constituents and that they are made to account for their irresponsible actions. The following article in The Nation puts the lie to the Right and their propaganda machine.

Reverse Nazism and the War on Universal Healthcare

Diary of a Mad Law Professor

Patrica J. Williams, The Nation

This is certainly worth a read if you truly care about Health Care Reform. It is not what the Right wants it to look like. The truth to the Right is an uncomfortable reality that this is good for America and would challenge the strangle hold that the Health Care Industry has on Americans. The true euthanasia is when the Health Care industry denies it members the care they paid for and expect. The Health Industry has sold America on the big lie and has kept at it until it has been believed by many Americans.

Here it is a simplified explanation of how Government run Healthcare would work, and why it is a good idea.

Science and Environment

Methane, is the world on the brink of climate disaster?

"On a calm day, you can see 20 or more `seeps' out across this lake," said Canadian researcher Rob Bowen, sidling his small rubber boat up beside one of them. A tossed match would have set it ablaze. "It's essentially pure methane."

"Pure methane, gas bubbling up from underwater vents, escaping into northern skies, adds to the global-warming gases accumulating in the atmosphere. And pure methane escaping in the massive amounts known to be locked in the Arctic permafrost and seabed would spell a climate catastrophe.Is such an unlocking under way?" more...

The Pacific Ocean is becoming a sea of plastic waste endangering the sea life and the food chain.

plastic on the oceans
"Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas."