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Archive for March, 2005

Now driving…

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

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Just got a Ford Escape Hybrid SUV. This thing rocks. Higher gas mileage in town than on the highway, charges the battery when you brake, no emissions. All of which certainly beats my previous land yacht.

Learn more here.

Bingo

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Bush’s hypocrisy truly unbearable
* The pols confused law with theology and allowed tabloidism to trump privacy.

By JONATHAN ALTER,
GUEST OPINION
Published by news-press.com on March 29, 2005

As Texas governor, George W. Bush presided over 152 executions, more than took place in the rest of the country combined. In at least a few of these cases, reasonable doubts were raised about the guilt of the condemned. But Bush cut his personal review time for each case from a half hour to a mere 15 minutes (most other governors spend many hours reviewing each capital case to assure themselves no doubt of guilt exists). His explanation was that he trusted the courts to sort through the life-and-death complexities. That’s right: the courts.

Well stated comment on current events, which gets to the root of a lot of peoples discontent and rage at our current circumstance, namely, the hypocrisy of it all.

Sanchez lied, Colin “regrets”…

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

New Torture Memo Implicates Top US General

A newly released memo shows that US General Ricardo Sanchez authorized illegal interrogation techniques in Iraq just months before the Abu Ghraib abuses. Colin Powell, meanwhile, regrets misinforming the UN about Iraq WMDs.

“Regrets misinforming”?

What a POS. These creeps should be- but never will be- in some international court of law. How about you “regret” murdering thousands of Iraqis. How about you “regret” torture.

Scum.

NP

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

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It doesn’t get much better than this. And the moments when Richard Manuel sang, it was as good as it could be.

What the rest of the world thinks

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

American nightmare

Hassan Nafaa

03/28/05 “Al-Ahram” – – President Bush took two decisions over the past two weeks that to me sum up his administration’s new approach to international organisations and the UN in particular. The first was his appointment of John Bolton, under secretary of state for arms control and international security, as the US’s permanent envoy to the UN, freeing John Negroponte to become the new director of national intelligence. The second was his nomination of First Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to head the World Bank after James Wolfensohn.

In addition to being confirmed hawks in an administration dominated by neoconservatives, Bolton and Wolfowitz share a number of characteristics. Both have nothing but contempt for international organisations. Those that are not firmly under Washington’s thumb, in particular, they regard with suspicion as though these organisations are inherently bent on undermining American policy. Both are staunch, unreserved supporters of Israel. Bolton was a member of the advisory board of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and some of Wolfowitz’s family members, including his sister, live in Israel. Both are firm believers in uncontested American global supremacy, which they maintain is a prerequisite for universal peace and security. Finally, both contributed to the formulation of “The New American Century”, that landmark report issued in 1997 that is the political and ideological handbook of the current administration.

Hassan Nafaa is professor of political science at Cairo University. Interesting to see what the rest of the world- you know, the people who actually LIVE where we’re mucking about- think about us.

Just about sums it up

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing Firm
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and JOHN SCHWARTZ

ASHINGTON, March 28 – The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.

“These compassionate pro-lifers donated toward Bob Schindler’s legal battle to keep Terri’s estranged husband from removing the feeding tube from Terri,” says a description of the list on the Web site of the firm, Response Unlimited, which is asking $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 4,000 e-mail addresses of people who responded last month to an e-mail plea from Ms. Schiavo’s father. “These individuals are passionate about the way they value human life, adamantly oppose euthanasia and are pro-life in every sense of the word!”

Privacy experts said the sale of the list was legal and even predictable, if ghoulish.

“I think it’s amusing,” said Robert Gellman, a privacy and information policy consultant. “I think it’s absolutely classic America. Everything is for sale in America, every type of personal information.”

Why, amazingly enough, this repugnant spectacle CAN get worse.

Cool site alert

Monday, March 28th, 2005

This is a very cool site, shows the items getting the most hits, world wide on the internet:

Newsmap

It’s a start

Monday, March 28th, 2005

Doctors back schools dropping flawed antidrug program

Nanette Asimov,
San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, March 27, 2005

The California Medical Association has declared unanimous support for school districts that have dropped Narconon and other “factually inaccurate approaches” to antidrug instruction from their classrooms, and will urge the American Medical Association to do the same.

Nearly 500 California doctors also endorsed “scientifically based drug education in California schools” at the association’s annual meeting in Anaheim on Monday.

Narconon, a drug education program with links to the Church of Scientology, is offered free to schools and has been used in at least 39 California school districts, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as in several other states. It was co-founded by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.

Yeah. This is a start. These people are dangerous frauds.

Yeah James whatever

Monday, March 28th, 2005

The Death of the Dollar

March 25, 2005

Ceasar was supposed to be a god. Julias Caesar was killed on the Ides of March. (March 15th)

Today, we don’t make men gods. Instead society has made our financial system into a false god.

On March 15th, 2005, (the ides of March) we may have just witnessed the beginning of the death of our financial system as General Motors stock took a nosedive from $34/share down to $30.

It does not seem like much (GM down just over 10% in one day), but as of March 17th, the stock is down to $28.35, and the market cap is down to $16 billion. (GM is down nearly 18% for the week.) It’s the type of volatility that we usually only see in silver stocks!

What does this mean?

GM’s stock price decline is like a dagger right into the heart of the U.S. financial system, and the dollar itself!

Why did it happen?

Scary stuff. Just a hint- don’t make any long-term purchases that you can’t afford to pay off like real quick. Since, as the dollar and our economy gets worse and worse, you’ll see things such as credit card companies doubling the minimum payment level per month. Which they did, soon after the new kickback to the financial services industry passed, (called the bankruptcy bill). Things will continue to get tighter for the majority of the country (and really, really bad at the lowest levels) while people who make money off of money will be swimming in fat city.

My question is this. Didn’t some book that these right-wing fanatics supposedly follow have something akin to “Throw the moneychangers from the temple”?

Just a thought.

What a hustler

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – At 35, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs has already made his mark as a hip-hop musician, Broadway actor, marathon runner, fashion designer, celebrity boyfriend, gossip column favorite, voter registration booster and all-around entertainment entrepreneur.

Now, the former Puff Daddy is going into the auto parts business — and it’s all about the wheels.
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Wheels have become a fashion statement — a badge of taste and style,” Combs said. “We see an opportunity to bring excitement to the wheel category by delivering the Sean John sophisticated design with the best quality production.”

This brings up a few thoughts. None of them good.
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