Wednesday, November 30, 2005

 

Population: A Dose of Reality

A dose of reality is always a good thing, even though it may expose painful truths. Politicians, whose election strategies involve telling voters what they want to hear instead of what they should hear, are especially adept at avoiding the mention of reality.

So it is always refreshing — and perhaps even a little hopeful — when someone comes right out and says the obvious. Pointing out that the emperor wears no clothes, so to speak.

A number of articles have appeared on the Worldwatch site as free PDF downloads, and two of them in particular caught my eye. One is titled “World Population, Agriculture, and Malnutrition.” The best part about this one, in my opinion, is that it recognizes the impossibility of raising agricultural production any higher, especially because the fossil fuels that underpin modern agriculture are getting more expensive. Fuel to manufacture and run farm machinery, and the raw materials and energy sources to make pesticides and chemical fertilizers, are going to become progressively more expensive and hard to get. And that means lots more people are going to be performing manual labor in the fields, or starve.

The other article is “ Global Population Reduction: Confronting the Inevitable.” It acknowledges right at the outset that the Earth’s sustainable human carrying capacity is far less than its present population. “[P]rudent and increasingly reliable scientific estimates suggest that the Earth’s long-term sustainable human carrying capacity, at what might be defined as an ‘adequate’ to ‘moderately comfortable’ developed-world standard of living, may not be much greater than 2 to 3 billion. It may be considerably less, particularly if the normative lifestyle (level of consumption) aspired to is anywhere close to that of the United States,” says the article.

Cornucopians will of course disagree. And so will politicians. But the longer politicians put off dealing with this issue in the open, the greater the chances that governments will embark on secret “population reduction” programs entailing induced epidemics, mass starvation, or other draconian and inhumane methods. It is imperative that the population issue be brought out in public quickly to galvanize vigorous, open debate and to lower the world population in ways that both developed and developing nations can agree on.

Monday, November 28, 2005

 

Hollywood Pimps for Bush

Plans are being made in Hollywood for 9/11 movies to dramatically recreate the events on that day. No good will come of this because the proposed films will follow the scenario of lies laid out by the Bush administration. Instead of questioning Bush’s obviously false story, the films will reinforce these lies, perpetuate the racist belief that Arabs and Muslims are terrorists, and further abet nationalist sentiment among Americans — which I assume is the purpose, anyway.

If Hollywood wants to make 9/11 movies, they would do well to write their scripts using some of the excellent research done by the 9/11 truth community.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

 

Condi’s Popularity

Ever wonder why Mushroom-Cloud Lady is so popular with the conservative establishment? It’s because of her disdain for the civil rights movement. By promoting Rice, conservatives can make themselves appear to be in favor of civil rights, while at the same time use Rice as a willing tool to let only elite blacks into the mainstream and keep the rest in their places, so to speak.

But don’t take my word for it. Read it here on Black Commentator.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

 

Shop ’n’ Drop

The maniacal US holiday shopping season has started, with people trampling their fellow citizens to get into stores and shop with abandon, hauling away huge cartloads of merchandise.

Such frenzied behavior is enough to show that “Christmas” has become so completely removed from its original meaning as to need a name change. Moneymas? ShoppingNutsmas?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

 

Chavez Comes Through Where Bush Fails

The very real fear of freezing to death hangs over many Americans of limited means. Yet, the “compassionate conservatives” and American capitalism, guided by their philosophy of “survival of the richest,” stand by and watch them starve and/or freeze. Coming to the rescue is Venezuela, led by its president Hugo Chavez, the arch-nemesis of the US government.

Of course this is in part a political ploy, but one that anyone else would use to advance a cause. But since Chavez is doing what he also does at home — helping the poor — he can’t be called a hypocrite on this account. Chavez is saving Americans from freezing to death, something that the callous Bush administration and profit-mongering oil companies refuse to do. American shame is exposed once again.

The US government hates Chavez because of his socialist policies, and because US elites believe that Venezuela’s wealth should be flowing into their pockets instead of being “wasted” on the poor. That is behind the anti-Chavez propaganda that they feed the American public.

Interestingly, the American public does not realize how much it benefits from socialism. They want public schools, public libraries, public roads, social security, public transit, Medicare, unemployment compensation, and other such socialist practices, but say they don’t approve of socialism!

If you are a rich elite, you probably disdain socialism and support the “survival of the richest” philosophy. If you are anyone else, you had better give this some careful thought before buying into this line of thinking.

Monday, November 21, 2005

 

The Chinese Model Comes to America

Over at Huffington Post, another one of the many liberal websites that flames at Republicans but is careful not to criticize Democrats, there is not that much worth reading. You wonder why they sometimes (often?) never say the obvious.

A case in point is a piece by Huffington herself, “Bush in China: Giving Lie to His ‘Freedom Agenda.’” What she said was OK; the problem is what she didn’t say.

Huffington took Bush to task for glossing over the issues of democracy and human rights, but the obvious thing she skipped was the monstrous hypocrisy of Bush for moving closer and closer to the Chinese Model in his own country. Bush gave mere lip service to democracy and human rights because he doesn’t believe in those things himself (what did Huffington expect?). Just look at what has happened to the US under his rule; the direction is clear.

The Chinese Model is being implemented, step by step, in the United States. Domestic spying by the secret police, the corralling of dissidents (keeping them away from Bush and in “free speech zones”), torture, and what have you are elements of this program. So of course Bush can’t be too critical the Chinese, because he would be calling too much attention to himself.

Huffington should have called attention to Bush’s implementation of the Chinese Model in the US, and showed how Bush is making America into the same kind of country. Because that is the key to understanding Bush’s behavior in China.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

 

Guardians of the Truth

An article on Capitol Hill Blue has made a point that I have made in this blog: Many “liberal” and “progressive” websites and journalists are actually Democratic Party shills. In their worldview, everything the GOP does is wrong, and everything the Democratic Party does is right. And the same goes for conservatives, of course, in the opposite direction. Neither side can see or admit to the truth that both parties are incorrigibly corrupt and running America into the ground.

Truthout.org, named in the article, is a case in point. While claiming to get the truth out, it relies heavily on articles from mainstream media whose credibility is, shall we say, a bit questionable. It denigrates the GOP, but cheers on the Democrats. It’s no wonder progressivism in America makes no progress.

Speaking of following the truth wherever it may lead, I note that just about all journalists and “news” publications (including Capitol Hill Blue) are staying away from 9/11 and acting as if Bush’s story is true. Conservatives are loyal to Bush and the GOP, so they say nothing. Liberals are loyal to the Democratic Party. Both sides are loyal to the corrupt Republicrat system, so they say nothing. Liberal journalists like David Corn, whose claim to credibility is that he wrote a book about Bush’s lies (how hard can that be?), have joined the ranks of the debunkers and make fun of conspiracy theorists. Yet, anyone who is really interested in the truth and objectively examines Bush’s story and the mounting evidence against it cannot but see that the Bush administration’s explanation for 9/11 is full of holes, contradictions, inconsistencies, and absurdities. It simply doesn’t add up. Still, journalists who claim to be guardians of the truth make no attempt to get to the bottom of this story.

If they are really interested in the truth, why don’t they try?

If they are really interested in the truth, why don’t mainstream “news” organizations dig into the pasts of the people who run for public office in America and publish their findings? Why don’t most Americans know about the reprehensible things that are done in their names and with their tax money? It is because these organizations have abdicated their responsibility to the American people that we have scofflaws in public office and wars started on the pretext of lies, and that America is going down the tubes.

Guardians of the truth, my ass.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

 

Domestic Barbarism

While the US authorities like to pin the label “terrorist” on anyone who disagrees with government policy, the authorities themselves are descending further into barbaric practices. As if American barbarism against the people of other countries isn’t bad enough, the authorities use the same information extraction techniques against their own citizens. Yet another recent example is the mistaken arrest of an innocent man for vandalism. Although one concedes that the authorities are entitled to an occasional mistake like the rest of us, a report notes the shocking fact that the suspect “spent four days in jail, often chained to the floor and repeatedly urged by FBI agents to confess.”

Chained to the floor! In my book, this is torture, and yet another example of how the US is sinking further into barbarism under the reign of George W. Bush.

 

Consumption Mania

I’m sure you’ve seen those little statues in knickknack shops: A man sitting on the porcelain throne, trousers down around his ankles, doing his job, and a little sign reads, “The only man in Washington who knows what he’s doing.” It’s indeed a perennial truth.

A case in point is Senator Charles Grassley, who, in my humble opinion, is a certified idiot. According to the good senator, Americans are entitled to consume lots of energy, and the way to improve our standard of living is consume more! Says this remarkable solon:
And when I turn the light switch on, I want the lights to go on, and I don’t want somebody to tell me I gotta change my way of living to satisfy them.
So there! Grassley is going to consume, and the rest of humanity can freeze in the dark! Which is exactly the arrogant, ignorant, and selfish attitude that is going to bring America down. And when it crashes, there will be no outpouring of sympathy from the rest of the world.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

 

Clinton Popularity

Apparently, Bill Clinton is “The Most Influential Man in the World.” Again, the Clinton years are seen as something akin to Camelot, and the man’s popularity is still strong. However, those who still harbor illusions about Bill Clinton would do well to visit the Clinton Archives over at Progressive Review. And before you begin reading, place a pillow on your lap to catch your jaw.

 

American Shame

As if we Americans don’t have enough reason to hang our heads in shame, we find out that US soldiers in Iraq are also using lions to terrorize their victims.

Depravity and barbarism seemingly know no bounds.

President Liar, AKA Dubya, says that “we do not torture,” even while all this is going on. Then he makes the excuse that “Our country is at war, and our government has the obligation to protect the American people… Any activity we conduct, is within the law.”

Notably absent from Bush administration policy is any attempt to eliminate reasons why terrorists might want to attack Americans, and in fact mention of the reasons is carefully avoided.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

 

Dishonest Politicians and Media

Now that Iraq is blowing up in America’s face, we have a whole slew of politicians and media suddenly admitting that they were “wrong,” or “fooled” by Bush, about going to war in Iraq.

Their insincerity and dishonesty are astounding. It was clear to any objectively thinking person from the outset that Bush’s case for war was a pack of lies. People in their right minds do not rush into war, but Bush administration officials and their corporate media lackeys were falling all over themselves to emit streams of highly dubious claims, obvious falsehoods, and other effluvia, literally browbeating Americans into rushing to the battlefield. I still wonder how Colin Powell was able to keep a straight face during his preposterous and laughable presentation at the UN.

Many Americans, including this humble blogger, did not buy into this obvious fairy tale, which is why they opposed the war before it started. They saw through the lies, as did many people in other countries.

That is why I call these politicians and media dishonest and insincere. If members of the general public could readily see through the lies, why couldn’t the politicians and media people?

IHMO, the real story here is that those politicians and media actually backed the war, and subscribed to the belief that it would be easy to secure the country in a short time. Hence, the reason for the recent spate of mea culpas is not that they realized they were “wrong” or “fooled,” but that it’s turned into an unmitigated disaster, from which they want to distance themselves.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

 

Retribution

If you don’t conform to the radical right’s code of conduct, you are in for some well-deserved punishment, or so one concludes from some recent statements reportedly made by a couple of the right’s spokespersons.

In response to a San Francisco ballot initiative opposing the presence of military recruiters in the city’s schools, hard-right firebrand Bill O’Reilly apparently said it’s OK for terrorists to blow up San Francisco.

Meanwhile, television evangelist Pat Robertson has warned the Pennsylvania town of Dover not to ask for God’s help if disaster strikes. The town’s sin was to vote out the members of the local school board for trying to introduce intelligent design (creationism in disguise) into education. Remember, Robertson is the noted “Christian” humanitarian who advocated assassinating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Will San Francisco and Dover be destroyed as Sodom and Gomorrah were? Do O’Reilly and Robertson know something we don’t?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

 

Republicrat Leftwingers

As if you needed any more evidence that the Democratic Party is totally worthless, except as the left head of the two-headed monster known as the Republicrats, you might take check out this article.

Perhaps it’s a little long, but there are so many reasons why the Democrats are helping the Republicans send America down the tubes.

In this blog I have stated, again and again, that progressives are deluded to put their hope in the Democratic Party. This article says it, too.
Now, here is the clincher as far as the real Left is concerned: Pity any ‘progressives’ who still pin their hopes on the Democrats, those true asses of this miserable U.S. political scene! If there ever was a time ripe enough for a third party to form and present a clear platform and seize the day in the USA, now is it!
Amen! And yet, millions of gullible and clueless progressives, led by self-proclaimed liberal websites that cheer on the worthless Democrats (talk about beating a dead horse!), will continue putting their misguided faith in a party that is owned and operated by the same entities that own and operate the GOP. These so-called liberals and their websites are just as partisan as conservatives; they greedily pounce on every bad deed committed by Republicans, but gloss over the misdeeds of Democrats. Loyalty to a political party is stupid if that party is not loyal to us and the good of the country and the world.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

 

Credulity Is the Cost of Credibility

The Washington Post writes:
A swift resolution is needed in part to ease staff tension, a number of people inside and out of the White House said. Many mid-level staffers inside have expressed frustration that press secretary Scott McClellan’s credibility was undermined by Rove, who told the spokesman that he was not involved in the leak, according to people familiar with the case.
Excuse me? His credibility was undermined?! Well, what can we expect from the mainstream media? Of course they can’t come right out and suggest that McClellan lied through his teeth, which is what I strongly suspect. Anyone who has ever seen this guy in action would have to seriously wonder if he’s being truthful. I personally can’t recall reading a single transcript in which he’s given what I consider to be a straight answer to a question. He is frequently evasive, and stays relentlessly on message by repeating the same lines over and over, no matter how ridiculous they sound.

I suppose Grand Spinmeister McClellan has credibility with the mainstream media, but he has none here. In politics, credulity is the cost of credibility.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

 

Bush’s Mental Condition

Here is an interesting take on Dubya’s uninterrupted bicycle ride in relation to his mental state. While I admit that the exercise regimen theory makes sense, I still think that in this case Bush was not informed because — as I theorized before — Bush is out of the loop, and Cheney is actually the guy running the show. Considering how out of touch Bush appears to be, it makes sense to assume that he was not interrupted because he wasn’t at the White House, in possible danger from the intrusion, and because Cheney and the other people calling the shots would deal with the situation.

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