Friday, November 27, 2009

Sticking their collective heads up their own ass will not help, the danger is real and the process has begun.

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four; calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. -Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States and country lawyer.

I have a dear friend who never goes to a doctor unless he breaks something. He injured his knee and was on crutches. While in his basement office was trying to pick something up while walking around his office on one crutch. He ended up catapulting himself and crashing into the floor and knocking himself out. He's not the most graceful of people or clearly the most agile. As a result of his self inflicted crash into the concrete floor of his basement he had to go to the doctor to have his head sewn back together. Fortunately his face has all it's composite parts in the right place. That was to be one of his few and far between doctor visits. He is in his sixties and hasn't had a colonoscopy, blood test, cardiogram, or any of the exams that one takes as one ages. In reality he has not had a regular exam in thirty years. He is either going to be extremely lucky or extremely unlucky. My suggestions to get a full exam are brushed aside due to either no time, too busy or too tired, I really think it is a combination of fear and laziness.
He is like many Americans who refuse to examine the evidence about global warming and climate change. They look out their windows and see everything looks normal so far, therefore they assume everything is normal. And if they consider themselves the well informed kind that listens to "Fair and Balanced" (a joke) Fox News, and if you believe Fox is fair and balanced you probably still believe in the tooth fairy, then they are convinced climate change is all a liberal hype and that there is no problem. So they resume their "normal" lives oblivious to the world around them and the danger that scientists from around the world are addressing with increasing concern and fear.
Sticking their collective heads up their own ass will not help, the danger is real and the process has begun. They need to read the reports, examine the research, listen to the real scientists. Being a contrarian, sticking their heads in the sand, denying the obvious is foolish and intellectually immature. The Right Wing evangelicals could care less all they want are all the Jews to return to Israel so that they can have the Apocalypse, a wrong use of the word, theirs not mine, and then the rapture. They want to assend to heaven with god and leave the rest of us to go to hell, and they call themselves Christians. They are crazy and there is no help for them, but for those of us who in the deep recesses of their mind have doubt, who question, who think and really want to understand and know the truth and not just the prattle, slogans and stupidity, examine the facts, learn, and then decide based on empirical scientific evidence, not the morons on Fox or shills for Mobile Oil and the oil industry. As said in the movie, On The Beach, "There's Still Time Brother", but it is running out, we don't have as much as people think.
To catch up see the November 25th, 2009 post on this blog.

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Dana Perino, (dingbat) former WH press secretary on Fox (white man) News said that "under the Bush administration we never had a terrorist attack on the United States". So I guess 9/11 never happened and Bush never had a Deer in the Headlight Moment when he was informed of the attack on New York City and the Twin Towers. Nope, never happened! Duh. And that intellectual luminary Hannity agreed with her, what has he been smoking? No one pays me to write this so I can say it, Hannity is one dumb shit head.


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The president and the haters on the right who espouse Christian virtues while committing the most grievous evils.



Blog Alert! You just can't make this stuff up.

This is funny stuff. Ha ha ha.








Obama to Remove Lobbyists From Advisory Boards

Palin Interviews with Greta “On the Record” – Blah (Part 1), Blah (Part 3), Blah (Part 4)

Hysterical Republican Whoppers And Talking Points



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John,
These are the same people who were saying in the Spring that the swine flu was not real, and that President Obama was ordering the H1N1 vaccines to push his hcr agenda. Now they are lining up in droves to get vaccinations and blaming the president for the vaccine shortages. It seems that nothing is real to them until it becomes personal.
They are now saying climate change is not real, in spite of data from climate scientists that show the opposite. Those of us who think for ourselves and read the data must win on this issue and must assume responsibility for ourselves and the deniers since they don't seem to have sense enough to realize that the planet is in danger and doing nothing is not an option. They haven't thought far enough ahead to consider that, if the rapture doesn't come, what they'll do with a planet that will be uninhabitable and the resultant fallout from their opposition to working on the problem sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We have pushed back the forests, denuded the oceans, exhausted the soil, tipped other species into extinction, expanded our population to the point...

We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late... The science is clear. The global warming debate is over. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California and actor

The Crate and Barrel catalogue came in the mail today. I found my wife looking at it while having a cup of tea. Quite innocent on the surface. But when one thinks that this slick and glossy catalogue of 80 pages is for the most part not made with recycled paper and the ink is toxic and multiply it by maybe five to ten thousand different companies sending their own catalogue to millions of people across the country the scale of it becomes enormous. The amount of virgin forest cut down for these hundreds of millions maybe billions of pages which mostly are thrown away, and some hopefully recycled, makes one begin to think of the environmental cost. The toxic ink that is used has to go somewhere, where? Not all these printing companies are socially and ecologically responsible. This is not to cite Crate and Barrel as irresponsible they do have a sense of social responsibility and do use some recycled paper and much of their paper comes from managed forests. The problem is the volume of all publications published daily across America. This is only one small environmental issue out of an array of issues that assail the planet. With the Copenhagen conference looming there are many who feel that the will to make meaningful change to stop and reverse climate change as a result of global warming is just not there.
There is pessimism about the future and what we can do, Paul Kingsnorth in the Guardian.co.uk November 24, 2009, said,"We have pushed back the forests, denuded the oceans, exhausted the soil, tipped other species into extinction, expanded our population to the point where we can barely feed ourselves, and changed the chemical composition of the atmosphere. There is no quick fix for this, and possibly no fix at all. Our systems are not designed for it. An economy predicated on constant growth cannot be the engine of a change that urgently demands less of it. Democracies predicated on giving their consumer citizens what they want are unable to tell them what they cannot have. And the psychology of a culture that reacts in horror to any pothole on the road to utopia is not well placed to take a different path." This is not an optimistic view but one I share. Kyoto was not an overwhelming success although it did some small good. Most industrialized nations still pollute and contribute to the problem. Credit must be given to western Europe who have led the way in environmental conservation but it is not enough. One of the markers for continued warming and disintegration of the environment is the levels co2 in the atmosphere which continues to rise. A co2 level of 350 ppm is considered the maximum safe level for the planet. For October 2009 the level is now 384.38 ppm. For a complete report and discussion go to co2now.org. Scientists see this as the key danger. If strong actions are not taken at Copenhagen, well then, all bets for a future are off. Future generations will vilify us for our failure to act when we could have made a difference, because they will pay the price for our indifference and negligence.

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Some really important videos

Reality is not good, we are definitely going in the wrong direction


This one is scary. Do you feel luck, well do you, punk?


World Without Oil

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This book will piss off a lot of people especially my Conservative friends who think the banks and corporations can do no wrong

"Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States"
— Sen. Barry Goldwater (Rep. AR)


I haven't posted for two days. One reason is I usually take a day off on the weekend and another reason is that I felt the last post was important and worth being the lead for another day. The focus of this post is to bring attention to the book by Nomi Prins, It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street
This book will piss off a lot of people especially my Conservative friends who think the banks and corporations can do no wrong. This book is written by an insider and puts the lie to the theory that the people who didn't deserve home loans caused the financial disaster and that the banks were the innocent victims. In truth the banks were the sharks in the water and the rest of the American poor and working class were their dinner. After the crash of 1929 safe guards were imposed on the banking and investment industry, Glass-Steagall Act in 1933, to prevent it from happening again but those safe guards were removed in 1999 and the game was on. The result is the financial meltdown that was exacerbated by the Iraq war. Now we have had to bail out the banks in the trillions of dollars but god forbid that we help poor and uninsured Americans by reforming our disastrous health insurance system. There I go again, I digress, the book will open your eyes and may get you pissed off at the banks. Get it, read it, and get involved, demand change and accountability and an end to the corruption at the Fed and the banks and demand transparency and regulation that will stop the banks from stealing America's future.

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Nomi Prins Video Pt 1



Nomi Prins Video Pt 2




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Recommended Book: It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street by Nomi Prins

"A former Wall Street manager turned muckraking journalist gets inside how the banks looted the Treasury, stole the bailout, and continued with business as usual. We've all watched as packs of former Big Finance leaders commandeer posts in Washington and lavish trillions in bailouts to "save" big Wall Street firms that will use that money for anything and everything except to fill in Main Street's potholes. Former Wall Streeter Nomi Prins has been watching, too, and she isn't going to let them get away with it. She knows all about Big Finance and big money and moving numbers - and in this book she exposes the fundamental follies of our economic system and the schemes of the bigwigs who have no intention of letting it change. Prins:

  • Explains that the current crisis did not happen because ordinary citizens were able to borrow a little more than they could afford, but because Wall Street converted loans into assets that allowed it to borrow much, much more than it could afford.
  • Reveals all the ways corporations inhaling bailout money have gamed the system to get the most money with the least oversight.
  • Exposes the power-bankers that bagged more than $5 billion in compensation before and after their companies siphoned off more than a trillion dollars in federal bailout subsidies.
  • Shows how the most egregious pillagers work at the Fed and Treasury department, detailing how Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Tim Geithner siphoned off $10.7 trillion from the public’s future for Big Finance’s present.
  • Slams a financial system that will not change, if our government doesn't force it to change, no matter what happens in the so-called free market.
  • Is a former managing director at Goldman Sachs, now a senior fellow at Demos, who writes regularly on corruption in Washington and Wall Street for news outlets ranging from Fortune to Mother Jones. It Takes a Pillage is her third non-fiction book.

If you've found yourself enraged and frustrated with how the bank bailout went bust for the American people, or how Wall Street continues to operate as if the rest of the world doesn’t matter, It Takes a Pillage gives voice to your outrage, and provides a deeper understanding of what we really have to be angry about and how we can fight for some real change.

Amazon-exclusive content from author Nomi Prins

"The government has nearly convinced the public they have everything under control, when that’s far from the case. In fact, everything could go downhill fast. Here are ten all-too-likely scenarios I look at in my book, It Takes a Pillage:


1. The actual bailout has quietly ballooned to $16 trillion dollars (not including over $3 trillion set aside for money market funds), most of it given out with no strings attached. Wall Street firms could continue to tout the myth that ‘talent’ must be paid for – now with stupid sums of bonus money, funded by the American People.

2. The stock market, which has rallied substantially since the government started giving out free money to the banking industry, could tank on the realization that if that money needed to be paid back any time soon, the banks wouldn’t be good for it.

3. Because bigger is better still seems to be Fed policy, JPM Chase could acquire Bank of America – Merrill Lynch, creating one of the largest, federally subsidized banking firms in the world.

4. Because the bigger just can’t help getting badder, JPM Chase could also acquire Citigroup, and we’d be living with a monopoly economy.

5. We could sink into the delusion that the Obama administration has actually done something to restrain Wall Street, lulling us into a false sense of security. Then the remaining big banks will screw us again."

6. Congress could continue to ignore history and never reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act. That act made banks smaller, more specialized, easier to regulate and less expensive to bail out. Repealing it lead to this mess, and there’s barely a whisper heard in Washington of bringing it back.

7. As a Fed approved bank holding company, Goldman Sachs could buy a lot of small banks just to get access to all the money in savings and checking accounts to gamble with. Plus they’d have that great $250,000 FDIC guarantee they get per account. This would make them the biggest bank in the country.

8. Every bank and government agency with access to some aspect of a federal bailout could max out their subsidies chips at once – pushing the full bailout cost to over $26 trillion.

9. Many mid-sized and smaller banks didn’t need a bailout and have been better at allowing consumers access to credit. The largest banks, flush with federal funding and a poor record of helping average Americans, could buy them all up.

10. The Fed could continue to operate in secrecy, despite multiple moves by Congress to push for a full audit of its largesse. Right now, only the Fed knows what the real worst case scenarios might actually be." Amazon Books


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The Immoral Minority

More interviews with Sarah Palin supporters, because stupid NEVER stops being funny.


Firedoglake

Glenn Beck Compares Dude with Jewish Name to Hobbits


Crooks and Liars

Now Even Renters Are Losing Their Homes Over Mortgage Foreclosures


Think Progress

Fox’s Fuzzy Math: 193 Percent Of The Public Support Palin, Huckabee, And Romney