Tuesday, August 30, 2005

 

New Orleans: Prelude to Coming Crisis

Although the grave situation in New Orleans was precipitated by Hurricane Katrina, the loss of social order and lifeline services, and the imposition of martial law, are a prelude to the situation that will arise across the US and much of the world as the petroleum economy winds down.

 

Good Excuse

Bush has come up with a good excuse to keep the US in Iraq. He claims that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda will seize Iraq’s oil fields. Well, of course we can’t let that happen, so the US has to seize the oil fields first — which was the plan from the start, anyway. Brilliant.

Monday, August 29, 2005

 

Holy Man on the Hot Seat?

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced that he will take what is arguably the best course of action to deal with self-proclaimed Holy Man Pat Robertson: legal action against a madman who advocated the assassination of a head of state. Nobody — especially a man of the cloth — should be allowed to make such a threat and shrug it off with a weak apology. Now is the time to crack down on maniac Robertson, who also said the State Department should be nuked.

Oh, by the way, Reverend. Whatever happened to “thou shalt not kill”?

Saturday, August 27, 2005

 

Warmongering Hypocritical Democrats

This article is a few weeks old, but I just can’t help commenting on it.

Hillary Clinton — showing how she can be just as hawkish and macho as the best of them — calls for expanding the army by 80,000 soldiers. Just one question, Hillary: Will you be urging your draft-age daughter to join the infantry? I’ll bet readers know the answer to that. Chelsea no doubt has better things to do. Just like the children of Bush and Cheney.

The same article notes that Clinton wants legislation that would “punish video game retailers who sell violent or pornographic games to teenagers and children.” Excuse me? She wants to send more of our young to die in the desert meat grinder for corporate profits, but violent video games are verboten?

The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Friday, August 26, 2005

 

Dubya Out of Control

Yet another article illustrates vividly how “Commander in Chief” George W. Bush is out of control. He is apparently kept heavily doped with drugs to control violent mood swings, but is nevertheless given to obscene outbursts in which he flips the bird and curses anyone who dares disagree with him. This is also a sign of his hyperinflated ego, which I have noted previously.

According to Dr. Justin Frank, says the article, Bush’s behavior is typical of an “alcohol-abusing bully who is ruled by fear.” This also jibes well with my previous observations that Bush and his cabal are dogged by fear of the people.

Dr. Frank also speculates that Bush might still be drinking. Personally, I think this is very likely. Remember the time that Bush was said to have choked on a pretzel? You’ll recall that this story was advanced to explain an injury to Bush’s face, but this story is highly implausible. It makes much more sense to assume that Bush drank himself into a stupor and keeled over.

But of the most concern here is the hair-raising reality that this is the person with his finger on the nuclear trigger. All we can hope is that cooler heads will prevail, and that if Dubya ever tries to launch, someone will have the good sense to disobey the order.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

 

Mistaken Population Growth Assumptions

The Population Reference Bureau has released its 2005 World Population Data Sheet, which predicts that population will continue growing significantly throughout much of the world. According to the FAQ, their calculations are based on “assumptions about current and future fertility, mortality, and migration.” But nowhere do I find anything about oil availability.

It appears that the PRB people have overlooked the most important factor, which is the availability of oil. In other words, unstated in their assumptions is that oil will continue to be available in its present quantities and prices. World population in both the developed and developing parts of the world has outstripped the Earth’s ecological capability to produce enough food because we are all eating oil. But as the price of oil climbs, we are already seeing shortages develop in the poor countries because they are unable to buy as much oil as before. As oil gets more expensive, poor countries will also be less able to import food, and food exporting nations will be less able (and probably less willing) to export it, especially at prices low enough for poor countries to afford, or even as food aid.

Consequently, unless oil becomes cheap and widely available even to poor countries — which is highly unlikely — less oil will mean less food, and instead of the population growth predicted by PRB, we will see mass starvation affecting the poor countries first, and later even the rich ones.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

Christian Murderers

We know that people like Dubya are actually phony Christians to whom the name of Jesus is just a tool to be used for death, destruction, and exploitation. But now self-proclaimed Man of God Pat Robertson has openly called for the assassination of democratically elected Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. So much for peace and love and forgiveness.

Interestingly enough, in an attempt to distance itself from Roberts’ mad and inflammatory rhetoric, US government officials have made some howlers themselves.

For example, Rumsfeld made the quite unbelievable statement that “Our department doesn’t do that kind of thing. It’s against the law.” So was invading Iraq, and so is torturing prisoners and violating the Geneva Conventions.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

 

Jesus Would NOT Vote Democratic

And of course he would not vote Republican, either. But let’s stay on track with the assertion that “Jesus would vote Democratic,” an absurd statement by editorial writer Linda Valdez over at The Arizona Republic.

Valdez urges us to read the New Testament. Good idea. Whether you are Christian or not, you’ll no doubt agree that Jesus was a man who taught — and practiced — nonviolence, love, and forgiveness. In other words, the direct opposite of phony Christians in high places.

As such, Jesus would decidedly not have voted Democratic, because the Democratic Party is a warmongering party (check out the number of wars Democratic presidents have gotten us into), and is half of the Republicrat system of war, death, destruction, pollution, contamination, exploitation, and paving the road to hell.

Jesus would have none of it.

 

‘War on Terror’ Run Amok

To do their dirty work, the terrorists are now sending little children who can barely walk or talk. Do you believe something so pathetically ridiculous? Well, the US government apparently does. I kid you not, in some situations they have not allowed babies to board aircraft without first checking their passports and other documents.

Do you feel safer now?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

 

Down the Tubes with the Republicrats

You still need more proof that the Democratic Party is actually the left wing of the Republicrat Party?

Here is an interesting roundup of how leading Democrats as well as the think-tankers and media pundits who work with them are in fact practically on the same wavelength as the Republicans.

But when you get to the end, you can see where The Nation’s Ari Berman treats readers to the same old line: If you’re a liberal/progressive, you have to go with the Democrats. And if you’re the Democratic Party, now is the time to rake in the votes by taking a stand that is different from that of the GOP.

And that is why America is going down the tubes. The Republicrat system is dragging us down into a morass of never-ending war, corruption, corporate rule, poverty, political scams, raw partisanship, and lawlessness, yet we are supposed to choose between one of the two branches.

Figure out how to rake in the votes for your party, not do what’s right for America and the world. Figure out how to amass more wealth and power for yourself and your cronies, not do what’s right for America and the world. Figure out how to satisfy your corporate backers, not do what’s right for America and the world. Figure out how to get more in political contributions, not do what’s right for America and the world.

It’s a rotten, corrupt, and irredeemable system, yet the media pundits and commentators and everyone else with a stake in this rotten-to-the-core system tell us we have to stay with it.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

 

Airline Fuel Shortages

The commercial aviation industry is already on the ropes, but must also cope with fuel shortages which in some cases are even making them truck in fuel. It’s a problem that nuclear power won’t solve, and it’s going to be further aggravated by higher crude prices.

Will the first major industry to crumble be aviation or automobiles? And once one such big industry starts falling apart, the repercussions will be huge, generating a domino effect that will ultimately topple the whole world economy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

 

Space Travel

Moon trips at $100 million a pop are the predicted offering of Space Adventures. Yep, in just a few years they say they’ll be rocketing people around the dark side of the moon.

But I predict that before this becomes a commercially viable business, it will disappear for lack of cheap energy. It’s almost certain that the only space travel humans will be doing in the future is through science fiction novels.

Further, inauguration of the International Space Station was supposed to mark the moment in time after which there would always be a human presence in space, but I predict that in a few years the ISS will become an uninhabited hulk orbiting a planet beset by energy wars.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

 

A Bird in the Bush

While common sense tells one that Osama bin Laden was never meant to be captured, the brouhaha over Gary Berntsen’s book provides further confirmation of that. Although Berntsen can’t come right out and say that he thinks OBL was allowed to escape on purpose, anyone can see that Bush’s buddy and Chief Boogeyman is of far greater value on the lam than captured (he might not even be alive, but that doesn’t matter). Yes indeed, a bird in the Bush is worth more than two in the hand.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

 

Rice Plants Foot in Castro’s Back

Mushroom-Cloud Lady wants to get Castro out of power as quickly as possible and hand Cuba over to American business vultures, and to that end she has installed one Caleb McCarry to “coordinate” the transition, as it were.

MCL accuses Castro of keeping Cubans in poverty, but conveniently does not mention the role of her own government’s long economic blockade in oppressing Cubans by strangling their economy.

And speaking of poverty, MCL might like to review the shocking state of poverty in America, which has certainly not improved since her boss started squatting in the White House. If she thinks leaders ought to be removed from power for keeping their countrymen in poverty, then the whole US government would have to resign. But that’s the kind of hypocrisy we expect from the Republicrat killing machine that has hijacked America.

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