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George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, et al. committed Crimes Against Humanity

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Members of the Bush administration should  be put on trial, in the United States or at the Hague, for knowingly starting a false war in Iraq. The idea of preemptive attack started with a Conservative Think Tank, Project for the New American Century, headed up by William Kristol, who offered preemption as an idea to President Clinton, who turned it down. However, Bush took the idea of preemptive war, and ran with it.

Iraq posed us no threat. Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. Iraq had no ties to al Qaeda previous to our invasion. Iraq had no Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).

Iraq does have the 3rd largest proven oil reserves on the planet.

Halliburton and other politically connected contractors made billions of dollars in profit (from taxpayers’ money). Halliburton moved its headquarters from Houston, Texas to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East…to avoid paying taxes. Yep, the company took our tax dollars and then refused to pay taxes later.

Oh, Halliburton also failed in its mission–less oil flowed out of Iraq for the first 4 years of our occupation. But maybe that was the plan…less oil on the market makes the price go up! Maybe that’s why we saw $4 per gallon at the pump. Halliburton was also found guilty of overcharging the U.S. government for its services.

-4,000-plus U.S. soldiers gave their lives in Iraq

-possibly more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians lost their lives due to the Bush-led U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq

-from 2003 to 2008, we spent $700 billion-plus on the Iraq War alone…and we did not get anything positive in return for it

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Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day!!!

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Intro:

We’re gonna talk about what happened in the 2000’s…’cause the kids don’t know. A lot of adults, too. So, here we go!

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People ask me why I’m so angry?…

“Obama’s President, so you should be happy.”

The reason why I tell ’em I’m upset

‘Cause y’all [expletive] still don’t get it

Bush & Cheney raped our country

They used 9-11 just to make some money

Tell me where the hell is Halliburton today?

‘Cause they sure as shit ain’t in the U.S.A.

Started in Houston, ended up in Dubai

Can any y’all listening tell me why?

It’s ’cause of the government scratchin’ their backs

Halliburton got paid, but they didn’t pay tax

Follow the dots, from Enron to A.I.G…

Corruption & Failure is what you get with that Dick Cheney

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Chorus:

Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

Now can we give Peace a Chance?

And strip away layers of Ignorance?

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Oh yeah, y’all remember Katrina

The corruption & failure continued with F.E.M.A.

The people in New Orleans

Our sons & daughters

Rescue workers couldn’t even get them water

Like the failure of the war in Iraq

Remember all the bombs? And the “Awe & Shock”?

Bin Laden, Afghanistan…alive and still free

Bush put our Army in the wrong country

More money when it’s “War 4 Oil”!

Not just Halliburton, but also Carlyle

Bush cronies keep lining their pockets

Business is a gun, they’re happy to cock it

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Chorus:

Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

Now can we give Peace a Chance?

And strip away layers of Ignorance?

* Can you hear me?

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Behind the scenes the Bush S.E.C.

They ok’d Subprime, Madoff, A.I.G.

This is 8 years after Bill Clinton

He cashed out $200 billion

Bush spent it all, and more out the ass…

Tax cuts for the rich, no-bid contracts

And y’all, guess what else got cut?

Health care for the soldier and his wounded gut

Why did Bush claim God on his side,

When he was shotgun in the Devil’s ride on the sly?

He left one hell of a mess to clean up…

And now he’s back in Texas raising his cup

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Chorus:

Oh, say can you see?…May Day, May Day, May Day

Now can we give Peace a Chance?

And strip away layers of Ignorance?

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* But I got Hope…for the Future… now that Obama’s President…

Americans

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Marked the mastodon.

The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.

But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.

I will give you no more hiding place down here.

You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness,
Have lain too long
Face down in ignorance.

Your mouths spilling words
Armed for slaughter.

The Rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.

Across the wall of the world,
A River sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.

Each of you a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.

Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.

Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more. Come,

Clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I and the
Tree and the stone were one.

Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your
Brow and when you yet knew you still
Knew nothing.

The River sings and sings on.

There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing River and the wise Rock.

So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew
The African and Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.
They hear. They all hear
The speaking of the Tree.

Today, the first and last of every Tree
Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River.

Plant yourself beside me, here beside the River.

Each of you, descendant of some passed
On traveller, has been paid for.

You, who gave me my first name, you
Pawnee, Apache and Seneca, you
Cherokee Nation, who rested with me, then
Forced on bloody feet, left me to the employment of
Other seekers–desperate for gain,
Starving for gold.

You, the Turk, the Swede, the German, the Scot …
You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru, bought
Sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare
Praying for a dream.

Here, root yourselves beside me.

I am the Tree planted by the River,
Which will not be moved.

I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree
I am yours–your Passages have been paid.

Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.

History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.

Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.

Give birth again
To the dream.

Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands.

Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Lift up your hearts
Each new hour holds new chances
For new beginnings.

Do not be wedded forever
To fear, yoked eternally
To brutishness.

The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me, the
Rock, the River, the Tree, your country.

No less to Midas than the mendicant.

No less to you now than the mastodon then.

Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister’s eyes, into
Your brother’s face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning.

* Inaugural Poem 20 January 1993 by Maya Angelou

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American Empire like Roman Empire…Fande or Cande?

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Like Rome Before the Fall? Not Yet

By PIERS BRENDON

Published: February 24, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/25/opinion/25brendon.html?ref=opinion

EXCERPTS:

Overstretch is common to both, for example: Rome defended frontiers on the Tigris, the Danube and the Rhine; America’s informal empire, controlled diplomatically, commercially and militarily, girdles the globe….

Despite its grave problems, there are some relatively simple steps America could take to recover its position. It could bring its military commitments into line with its resources, rely more on the “soft power” of diplomacy and economic engagement and, as George Washington said, take advantage of its geographically detached situation to “defy material injury from external annoyance.” Such a policy would permit more investment in productive enterprise and pay for butter as well as guns, thus vindicating Joe Biden’s faith in the recuperative capacities of the Great Republic.

On the other hand, Paul Kennedy may well be right to predict that the United States will shrink relatively in wealth, and therefore power, as its Asian and European rivals grow. Such contractions can be traumatic, as suggested by the experience of Britain, which, as Adlai Stevenson said, lost an empire without finding a role.

However, the British now tend to echo the historian Lord Macaulay, who said that the end of their physical empire would be the proudest day in their history if they left behind “the imperishable empire” of their arts and their morals, their literature and their laws. In other words, national self-esteem should not stem from global might but from cultural values and achievements. Faced by the prospect of decline, Americans could hardly do better than to cling to the noblest traditions of their own civilization.

Bio:

Piers Brendon, a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, is the author of “The Decline and Fall of the British Empire.”

Fande = Fact & Evidence; Cande = Conjecture & Exaggeration

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Bravo to the Bloom Box: more efficient natural-gas electricity

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I hope it’s real. It sounds too good to be true. Cleaner burning natural-gas electricity it is. CO2-free electricity it ain’t.

The Sun, unlike natural gas, is just there every day…kickin’ it in the sky. Totally reliable, the Sun. Every day. And another benefit of solar electricity: it’s free! We just soak up the energy with modules attached to our roofs. They look really…smart. ; ) They being the homeowners and the way the home makes its own energy.

Sit out on a beach for two hours any day of the spring and summer, the main generators of solar electricity, and you will feel the burn. That nuclear reactor in the sky has a lotta power coming off it.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/24/ED7T1C63QA.DTL

The “net metering” system has often been compared to allowing a customer to treat the grid as a giant battery. Because solar generation and power usage fluctuate by time of day – and by season, for that matter – customers are getting credit for the times when their units are generating more power than they consume.

For example, a residence or business might pile up credits during the sunny summer months that will offset the periods of winter when they consumer more than they generate….

Promotion of solar energy is not just good for the environment, solar development and installation is one of the few growth sectors in this state during the Great Recession.

“And these are jobs that can’t be outsourced,” said Sara Birmingham, director of Western policy for Solar Alliance, the chief sponsor of the California state bill, [which will increase the number of homes eligible to generate solar electricity credits into the utility grid].

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/02/bloom-vs-solar-which-one-is-best/

EXCERPTS:

Versatility and up-front cost: A 100-kilowatt Bloom server array costs around $700,000 to $800,000, or $7,500 a kilowatt, after incentives that cover about 50 percent of the costs. The company hopes to have home versions that generate a few kilowatts and cost about $3,000 in 10 years, but they don’t exist now.

Bloom, however, doesn’t scale down yet. It sells its 25-kilowatt boxes four units at a time. Home and small businesses need not apply yet. Solar systems span the kilowatt and megawatt range. Ergo, when it comes to financing and flexibility, solar wins for now….

Maintenance: Solar wins here. Solar panels require a minimum of maintenance. Dust them occasionally and wipe off the snow and you are done. Bloom servers will be monitored closely by their initial buyers. The servers also contain fans and other mechanical objects. More handholding and repairs seem inevitable.

One of the big hurdles that Bloom will have to leap is the reliability of the ceramic/zirconium plates inside the fuel cell. These plates, which convert gas to electricity, must operate in an 800-degree Celsius environment without becoming distorted or corrupted. User data will be heavily scrutinized. Sources say that the plates have a lifetime of five years: replacement at this pace is contemplated at nine to 10 cents a kilowatt hour price. If replacement occurs at a faster rate, it could throw off the costs.

Warranty: Solar systems have warranties that last 20 years or more. Bloom currently offers a 10 year warranty. That will raise eyebrows.

Testing and certification: Solar and wind both have an advantage here. Underwriters’ Laboratory and hundreds of utilities have tested and tinkered with photovoltaic panels and wind turbines for years. Getting a solar field approved mostly revolves around obtaining financing. Bloom will have to go through the proctology exam of utility reliability testing. That could take a few years. On the other hand, if Bloom passes these tests well, sales will zoom.

Carbon emissions: Solar and wind win again. It takes about four years to work off the carbon footprint of a solar panel. The Bloom server continually emits carbon dioxide. The Bloom server emits about half of the carbon dioxide that would be generated if you bought power from a power plant, but it’s still carbon dioxide. Consumers can reduce their carbon footprint by stoking the box with biogas, but biogas remains an exotic substance. Most of the industrial gas sold and shipped in pipelines in the world comes from wells deep in the ground, not landfills or manure digesters.

Bloom’s patents discuss converting the waste carbon dioxide into a methane-like fuel by running the carbon dioxide through the fuel cell and adding water. It’s a fascinating, but extremely challenging idea. Effectively, that would be like making energy from Gerolsteiner bubbly mineral water and some power. In today’s press conference, Sridhar downplayed the carbon dioxide-to-fuel idea, which makes it sound like the idea might be on the far back burner. Still, Bloom represents a step forward compared to power plants.

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Click below for the full segment with CBS’ TV news magazine “60 Minutes”…7:53 to hear about the “natural gas” machine, known as the Bloom Box. Over all, this could be a bitchin’ machine…a natural-gas powered machine.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6228923n&tag=contentMain;contentBody

Edited version on youtube:

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Thank You, Sir Chevalier! LOL….)))

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

This was too good not to share.

When responding to the news that…

“The proportion of adults who believe climate change is ‘definitely’ a reality dropped by 30% over the last year, from 44% to 31%, in the latest survey by Ipsos Mori….”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/23/british-public-belief-climate-poll#start-of-comments

SirChevalier responded:

23 Feb 2010, 3:59PM

Excellent news!!! Lets hope the Earth finally sits up and listens to the results of this opinion poll and we can all stop worrying.

Click, listen…”Solar” by Miles Davis

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Intentions?…More Music, Less War!

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Fande = Fact & Evidence; Cande = Conjecture & Exaggeration

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