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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Monday, 5 November 2007 at 5h 21m 22s

My feller citozens ...

Monday, 5 November 2007 at 0h 20m 11s

The jobs are weaker due to statistics

From Floyd Norris at the New York Times.

Over the last 12 months, the government’s current numbers indicate that the private sector added an average of 115,000 jobs a month. But 80 percent of those jobs came from the statistical adjustments....

Most of those jobs — 103,000 of them, before seasonal adjustment — were added by the statisticians, not reported by employers. (It should be noted that, before seasonal adjustment, there were 201,000 jobs added, so this is just more than half.)

Why add jobs? It is an effort to include jobs created by new companies not surveyed, less an estimate for jobs lost at companies that went out of business and therefore did not respond to the survey.

It is also worth noting that the govertment’s other survey, of households, has not found those jobs. Over the last 12 months, it has found about 50,000 new jobs a month. In October, it found employment declined by 250,000 jobs.

In other words, the jobs numbers are based completely upon how businesses fill out forms and paperwork. If they don't respond, or if they are less than accurate, the number of jobs added per month is not actually counted by government officials. It comes from voluntary questionaires.

What statisticians do is assume the ratio of employees to employees added are the same, with perhaps some economic sector adjustments. It's a messy estimate, given that the original data is flawed, but in times of normal economic activity, a 5% margin of error is possible. When economic conditions change or when the economy is in transition, the ratios are impossible to ascertain with certainty.

Friday, 2 November 2007 at 5h 42m 14s

Bush loves Hitler

When Bush says the Congress is wasting their time and talks about the dangers of Hitler, he should know. His family made their millions funding the rise of Hitler. They loved Fascism and military dictatorship, and kept up their business relations into World War Two until in 1943 Prescott Bush got busted under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Roosevelt made a deal however, and got Bush to use his contacts to infiltrate spies and obtain information.

These people understand Hitler very well, they created him.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007 at 0h 11m 14s

Caught in another lie

But in truth, anything on Fox news is contrived.

From Today's New York Times [ SOURCE]

The authorities in Southern California believe they have gotten to the bottom of one of several arson investigations stemming from last week’s wildfires. A boy who was interviewed about the Buckweed fire, which burned nearly 60 square miles and destroyed 21 homes in Los Angeles County, “admitted to playing with matches and accidentally starting the fire,” the county sheriff said in a statement.

Now wildfires don't have to be started by anyone. They occur naturally when the humidity in the air goes below a certain threshold. California has had many, many incendiary fire disasters in the last 50 years. They occur in regular intervals because of the dry, arid climate.

So let's get this straight, A boy "admits to playing with matches" and then gets sent home. Then later on, the article quotes "The Voice of San Diego" :

Though they work on assumption that there is a non-criminal cause to the fire, sometimes investigators can’t find any probable cause for a wildfire. That’s where arson comes in. If an investigator reaches a conclusion of “negative corpus,” meaning they have eliminated all other possibilities, they will initiate a criminal investigation for arson.

So they interviewed a boy who says he played with matches, and that's all the proof sufficient to publish a news story. According to the crack reporting job, "it was not clear" that he would face charges.

Remember when Fox News anchors (I think Neil Cavuto) stated equivocally that Al- Quaeda set the California fires.

In most businesses, you get fired for violating the public trust and for purposely spreading rumors and false information.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007 at 1h 52m 31s

Nuclear waste and stupidity

Holy shit. Do you realize that the Russians have been negotiating deals with Iran, the Caspian Sea nations, and China over the various natural gas and oil deposits all over the region? The entire middle east and world politics have re-aligned thanks to the despots in the White House. Europe is gradually pulling away from us. Mexico and Canada are very weary, and starting to assert their independence quite frequently.

The government has been taken over by brigandeers backed by billionaires, and these people are crazy. They appoint people in the State Department, the Justice Department, and the Defense Department who believe the Republic can only be saved by creating an emperor and a new American Empire. Look up "PNAC" on google.

Russia has a deal with Iran to develop Nuclear Reactors for Energy but they are afraid to deliver the rods of nuclear fuel pellets because they are afraid the US will bomb it and release all of that nuclear radiation into the atmosphere. The cover story in the newspapers is about financial arrangements, but that's not the real reason. [ SOURCE:I heard this from cynk Ueger on the Young Turks Tuesday, 30 October 2007 -- who has contact with Turkish and Russian natives and also various US military professionals.]

Depleted Uranium (abbreviated as DU) is radioactive. The "Depleted" does not mean the radiation has been removed. The "Depleted" just means that one of the isotopes of Uranium has been removed. What's left is still radioactive. "DU" is used to harded the head of bombs to give them extra-penetration. Millions and millions of grains of dust is created from each shell (Avogadro's number = 6.02 times 10 to the 23 power is greater than a billion by the way.) The dust gets blown for miles and miles around. Plus, because it's radiation, you only need to ingest about 100 grains to get radiation sickness. YOu know what Gulf- War syndrome is. YOu know why the numbers of birth defects in Iraq began to appear after the first Gulf War. A lot of pretentious propagandistas have been allowed to publish otherwise, but let's get real. It makes me sick to hear the apologist deniers attempt to exculpate themselves from complicity in the radioactive toxification of the entire region.

Don't believe me. Consult the World Health Organization on Depleted Uranium.

God damn most Americans are so ignorant of what our corrupt government has become, especially the rabid blind red meat eaters; but really the Television dumbs everything down into over-simplication and nonsense. Not everyone gets a good history teacher either.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007 at 1h 10m 11s

Benjamin Franklin quote

"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don't have brains enough to be honest"

--- Benjamin Franklin

Friday, 26 October 2007 at 1h 55m 2s

Ocean Acidity

Here is a story from the Washington Post ON THE FRONT PAGE dated 2006 July 5th about Ocean Acidity. Or click here for a google search list of plenty other prominent stories in news sources like BBC, CNN, The LA Times, The Seattle Post- Intelligencer, and The Harvard Magazine. There are even plenty of recent postings over the last month on this topic.

So where is the gat damn media-gopolis on this issue? Those over-paid corporate lackeys are more worried about Hillary Clinton's cleavage, or whether a hand- full of baseball players took a supplement 3 years ago that wasn't illegal and was not against baseball rules at the time. Oh wait, the San Francisco Chronicle did do a story about 3 victims of a violent crime 25 years ago.

Here's synopsis of Ocean Acidity provided by reputable scientists. [SOURCE] You will want to click the link because the post has plenty of diagrams and pictures that help explain the phenomenom.

Ocean Acidification, the Other Threat of Rising CO2 Emissions

By Crystal Davis on Tuesday, October 2, 2007.

Fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes release over six billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year. The consequences of these greenhouse gas emissions are often discussed in terms of rising global temperatures, but global warming is not the only threat from increased atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2). Ocean acidification, which occurs when CO2 in the atmosphere reacts with water to create carbonic acid, has already increased ocean acidity by 30 percent (Doney, 2006). Although the chemistry of this effect is well understood and not much debated, the full consequences of ocean acidification for marine ecosystems and human well-being are only beginning to be revealed.

Oceans and the Global Carbon Cycle

The ocean plays a critical role in the global carbon cycle: the amount of carbon stored in the ocean is roughly 50 times greater than that in the atmosphere (see Figure 2). At the surface, the ocean interacts constantly with the atmosphere to absorb and release carbon dioxide. Once absorbed, a carbon atom will remain in the ocean for hundreds of years, circulating from the ocean's surface to its depths and back to the surface again. A small amount of this absorbed carbon will descend to the ocean floor in the form of dead marine organisms, where it is then trapped within deep ocean sediments. Overall, the ocean acts as a carbon sink, with a net intake of approximately two billion metric tons of carbon per year, equivalent to one-third of annual anthropogenic emissions (Royal Society, 2005).

CO2 Emissions and Ocean Acidification

With the rise of atmospheric CO2 concentrations from the pre-industrial level of 280 parts per million to 379 parts per million in 2005 (IPCC, 2007), the amount of carbon in the ocean has increased substantially and rapidly. Global data collected over several decades indicate that the oceans have absorbed at least half of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions that have occurred since 1750 (Sabine et. al., 2004). This carbon dioxide has combined with water to form carbonic acid, which, like all acids, releases hydrogen ions (H+) into solution, making ocean surface water 30 percent more acidic on average. Depending on the extent of future CO2 emissions and other factors, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007) predicts that ocean acidity could increase by 150 percent by 2100 (see Figure 3).

Understanding the pH Scale

The pH scale, ranging from zero to 14, is used by scientists to measure the acidity or alkalinity (a.k.a. basicity) of a solution, which is determined by the concentration of hydrogen ions, where more H+ indicates greater acidity. Solutions with a value of seven are considered neutral (such as pure water), with lower values being more acidic and higher values being more alkaline. The pH of pristine seawater ranges between 8 and 8.3, indicating that the ocean is naturally somewhat alkaline, although deeper and colder water tends to be more acidic. Due to the nature of the pH scale, a 30 percent increase in ocean acidity corresponds to a decrease of only 0.1 pH units.

Potential Impacts on Marine Organisms

A 150 percent increase in ocean acidity would be undetectable to the average human, but certain marine organisms including mollusks, crustaceans, reef- forming corals and some species of algae and phytoplankton are particularly vulnerable to small changes in pH. These species, known as "marine calcifiers," all create skeletons or shells out of calcium carbonate. The essential building block for this process is the carbonate ion, but when combined with hydrogen ions released by carbonic acid, it is rendered useless for shell-building organisms. The concentration of carbonate ions is expected to decline by half during this century due to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels (Orr et. al., 2005).

Marine calcifiers face a second challenge: their calcium carbonate shells dissolve in environments that are too acidic. In fact, some deep, cold ocean waters are naturally too acidic for marine calcifiers to survive, meaning that these organisms only exist above a certain depth known as the "saturation horizon." With ocean acidification, the saturation horizon is expected to shift closer to the surface by 50 to 200 meters relative to its position during the 1800s (Doney, 2006). The Southern and Arctic oceans, which are colder and therefore naturally more acidic, may become entirely inhospitable for organisms with shells made from aragonite--one of the weaker mineral forms of calcium carbonate--by the end of this century (EUR-OCEANS, 2007).

Potential impacts on harvested species like fishes and squids are more uncertain. One area of concern is acidosis, or the build-up of carbonic acid in body fluids, which can disrupt growth, respiration and reproduction. An indirect but perhaps more certain consequence is that many species will suffer from the loss of marine calcifiers, which provide essential food and habitat (including coral reefs) for countless ocean dwellers.

Uncertainties Highlight Need for Additional Research

Scientists are still unclear about the full consequences of ocean acidification. Several lab studies that have investigated the effects of increased acidity on marine calcifiers have found concerning results, but theories regarding impacts at the ecosystem level remain speculative. Effects on human well-being, both through lost fisheries and recreational potential, are also unknown.

Despite our lack of knowledge, the trend of ocean acidification is undeniably concerning, especially considering the devastating consequences that acid rain had on freshwater ecosystems during the 20th century. Furthermore, the ocean is currently undergoing other potentially dangerous changes, including warming, sea level rise, pollution and overfishing. The rapid pace at which these changes are occurring, and the fact that they are happening simultaneously, threatens to disrupt the ocean's well-balanced physical, chemical and biological processes faster than they can adapt.

Once the ocean's pH has been lowered, it will take thousands of years to reverse. Thus, reducing carbon dioxide emissions will be critical to minimizing future ocean acidification. Even if emissions are reduced, however, the ocean will inevitably continue to undergo significant human-induced changes throughout this century. To prepare for these changes, we will need scientific research to enhance our knowledge of complex ocean processes and ecosystem interactions. Furthermore, ocean resource and fisheries managers, with the support of improved scientific understanding, must be alert to early warning signs of ecosystem decline and take precautionary measures to protect vulnerable species.

Now I wonder ... is the reason the Television and print news media don't bang on this truth due to the need to allow morons on air to continually harp about the need to have "both sides of the issue of global warming."

And what exactly is on the opposite side of the truth?

Tuesday, 16 October 2007 at 0h 40m 47s

Republican judges are not conservative

Earlier this month an article in the Pacifica Tribune alluded to Justice Clarence Thomas as an exemplary Judge, who represents Conservative values when he asserts legal opinions counter to the First Amendment. In doing so the author said this was akin to getting students to obey their teachers.

Well, number one, the percentage of disobedient students is no different over the last 100 years. A student who unfurls a banner which says "Bong hits for Jesus" is not breaking the law despite the scurrilous nature of the wording.

Clarence Thomas Thurgood Marshall

I think an education is in order. Clarence Thomas was the man Anita Hill accused of wanton sexual harassment when George HW Bush appointed him to replace Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood Marshall spent nearly 20 years as a prominent civil rights attorney and argued many cases before the Supreme Court. Thomas on the other hand, was an assistant to Attorney General Danforth in Missouri for 3 years. He followed Danforth to the Senate until 1981, and was an attorney for the Monsanto company from 1977 to 1979. In the 80's he was routinely appointed as a bureaucratic official to various positions in the Department of Education before he was named to head the office of Equal Employment opportunity for about 8 years during the Reagan and Bush Senior administrations. Despite his brief tenure as a Monsanto lawyer, Thomas had minimal experience as an attorney before he was appointed to the Supreme Court, and yet of all the qualified candidates, Mr. Thomas was chosen to replace Thurgood Marshall. Huhn? Do you replace Alex Rodriguez with Cindy Lauper and call it equal?

Funny how you don't mention the other appointments by beloved Rethuglican Presidents : Antonina Scalia, John Roberts, and Tony Alioto.

The Three Justices of Primordial Sin
Antonin Scalia Tony Alioto John Roberts

Scalia sees no problem going on hunting trips and attending fund-raisers by the very individuals who are being tried in his court as defendants. Scalia wrote the Supreme Court decision which overturned the Florida Courts because counting all the votes was a temporary "threat" to the Democracy.

Alioto is the Federal Circuit Court Judge who saw a case concerning a firm in which he had large financial investments, and then refused to recuse himself from the case, despite his statement before the Senate that he would recuse himself in such a situation. Alioto likes to create legal precidents out of thin air, and is the man who has concocted the "theory of the unitary executive" which President Bush uses to justify his plethora of signing statements which he thinks obliterates his obligation to obey the laws passed by Congress.

And Roberts is the corporatist judge who has spent his entire legal career catering to the Multinational corporate business interests. He presides over legal decisions that overturns local laws that attempt to enforce local regulations, and ignores legal precidents. He advised the Republican legal teams on their belligerent tactics during the Florida fiasco of 2000-2001, which included flying staffers of Tom Delay on Enron jets to scream and shout outside of West Palm Beach while the law was being followed in an open democratic process.

But that's the kind of judges you get when you elect Republican presidents nowadays. Corrupt, biased, hypocritical, and authoritarian.

Monday, 8 October 2007 at 12h 24m 36s

El Dia del Diablo

Nancy Scola is the excellent blogger over at Air America. She is worth a constant read, for those of you who are so inclined.

However, the following is an excerpt that Nancy posted from someone else. It is written by Thom Hartmann.

 "Gold is most excellent; gold constitutes treasure; and he who has it does all he wants in the world, and can even lift souls up to Paradise."
-- Christopher Columbus, 1503 letter to the king and queen of Spain.

"Christopher Columbus not only opened the door to a New World, but also set an example for us all by showing what monumental feats can be accomplished through perseverance and faith."
--George H.W. Bush, 1989 speech


If you fly over the country of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, the island on which Columbus landed, it looks like somebody took a blowtorch and burned away anything green. Even the ocean around the port capital of Port au Prince is choked for miles with the brown of human sewage and eroded topsoil. From the air, it looks like a lava flow spilling out into the sea.

The history of this small island is, in many ways, a microcosm for what's happening in the whole world.

When Columbus first landed on Hispaniola in 1492, virtually the entire island was covered by lush forest. The Taino "Indians" who loved there had an apparently idyllic life prior to Columbus, from the reports left to us by literate members of Columbus's crew such as Miguel Cuneo.

When Columbus and his crew arrived on their second visit to Hispaniola, however, they took captive about two thousand local villagers who had come out to greet them. Cuneo wrote: "When our caravels… where to leave for Spain, we gathered…one thousand six hundred male and female persons of those Indians, and these we embarked in our caravels on February 17, 1495…For those who remained, we let it be known (to the Spaniards who manned the island's fort) in the vicinity that anyone who wanted to take some of them could do so, to the amount desired, which was done."

Cuneo further notes that he himself took a beautiful teenage Carib girl as his personal slave, a gift from Columbus himself, but that when he attempted to have sex with her, she "resisted with all her strength." So, in his own words, he "thrashed her mercilessly and raped her."

While Columbus once referred to the Taino Indians as cannibals, a story made up by Columbus - which is to this day still taught in some US schools - to help justify his slaughter and enslavement of these people. He wrote to the Spanish monarchs in 1493: "It is possible, with the name of the Holy Trinity, to sell all the slaves which it is possible to sell...Here there are so many of these slaves, and also brazilwood, that although they are living things they are as good as gold..."

Columbus and his men also used the Taino as sex slaves: it was a common reward for Columbus' men for him to present them with local women to rape. As he began exporting Taino as slaves to other parts of the world, the sex-slave trade became an important part of the business, as Columbus wrote to a friend in 1500: "A hundred castellanoes (a Spanish coin) are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in demand."

However, the Taino turned out not to be particularly good workers in the plantations that the Spaniards and later the French established on Hispaniola: they resented their lands and children being taken, and attempted to fight back against the invaders. Since the Taino where obviously standing in the way of Spain's progress, Columbus sought to impose discipline on them. For even a minor offense, an Indian's nose or ear was cut off, se he could go back to his village to impress the people with the brutality the Spanish were capable of. Columbus attacked them with dogs, skewered them with pikes, and shot them.

Eventually, life for the Taino became so unbearable that, as Pedro de Cordoba wrote to King Ferdinand in a 1517 letter, "As a result of the sufferings and hard labor they endured, the Indians choose and have chosen suicide. Occasionally a hundred have committed mass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, have shunned conception and childbirth… Many, when pregnant, have taken something to abort and have aborted. Others after delivery have killed their children with their own hands, so as not to leave them in such oppressive slavery."

Eventually, Columbus and later his brother Bartholomew Columbus who he left in charge of the island, simply resorted to wiping out the Taino altogether. Prior to Columbus' arrival, some scholars place the population of Haiti/Hispaniola (now at 16 million) at around 1.5 to 3 million people. By 1496, it was down to 1.1 million, according to a census done by Bartholomew Columbus. By 1516, the indigenous population was 12,000, and according to Las Casas (who were there) by 1542 fewer than 200 natives were alive. By 1555, every single one was dead.

This wasn't just the story of Hispaniola; the same has been done to indigenous peoples worldwide. Slavery, apartheid, and the entire concept of conservative Darwinian Economics, have been used to justify continued suffering by masses of human beings.

Dr. Jack Forbes, Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis and author of the brilliant book "Columbus and Other Cannibals," uses the Native American word wétiko (pronounced WET-ee-ko) to describe the collection of beliefs that would produce behavior like that of Columbus. Wétiko literally means "cannibal," and Forbes uses it quite intentionally to describe these standards of culture: we "eat" (consume) other humans by destroying them, destroying their lands, taking their natural resources, and consuming their life-force by enslaving them either physically or economically. The story of Columbus and the Taino is just one example.

We live in a culture that includes the principle that if somebody else has something we need, and they won't give it to us, and we have the means to kill them to get it, it's not unreasonable to go get it, using whatever force we need to.

In the United States, the first "Indian war" in New England was the "Pequot War of 1636," in which colonists surrounded the largest of the Pequot villages, set it afire as the sun began to rise, and then performed their duty: they shot everybody-men, women, children, and the elderly-who tried to escape. As Puritan colonist William Bradford described the scene: "It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stink and scent thereof; but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they [the colonists] gave praise therof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully..."

The Narragansetts, up to that point "friends" of the colonists, were so shocked by this example of European-style warfare that they refused further alliances with the whites. Captain John Underhill ridiculed the Narragansetts for their unwillingness to engage in genocide, saying Narragansett wars with other tribes were "more for pastime, than to conquer and subdue enemies."

In that, Underhill was correct: the Narragansett form of war, like that of most indigenous Older Culture peoples, and almost all Native American tribes, does not have extermination of the opponent as a goal. After all, neighbors are necessary to trade with, to maintain a strong gene pool through intermarriage, and to insure cultural diversity. Most tribes wouldn't even want the lands of others, because they would have concerns about violating or entering the sacred or spirit-filled areas of the other tribes. Even the killing of "enemies" is not most often the goal of tribal "wars": It's most often to fight to some pre- determined measure of "victory" such as seizing a staff, crossing a particular line, or the first wounding or surrender of the opponent.

This wétiko type of theft and warfare is practiced daily by farmers and ranchers worldwide against wolves, coyotes, insects, animals and trees of the rainforest; and against indigenous tribes living in the jungles and rainforests. It is our way of life. It comes out of our foundational cultural notions.

So it should not surprise us that with the doubling of the world's population over the past 37 years has come an explosion of violence and brutality, and as the United States runs low on oil, we are now fighting wars in oil-rich parts of the world. It shouldn't surprise us that our churches are using violent "kill the infidels" video games to lure in children, while in parts of Africa contaminated by our culture and rich in oil (Congo) rape has become so widespread as to make the front page of yesterday's New York Times.

These are all dimensions, after all, our history, which we celebrate on Columbus Day. But if we wake up, and we help the world wake up, it need not be our future.

Thank you Thom Hartmann. For those interested in Journalism, you have just read a lucrative example of how Journalism explains and makes relevant to the present.

Sunday, 30 September 2007 at 23h 0m 55s

The end of September

Brings the end of the baseball season, the beginning of the October playoffs, and the reminder that Halloween is right around the corner. Along with the invasion (or incident) with Iran. Why else would it be necessary to craft a provision to an spending authorization which made a statement of agressive acts towards Iran seem like an act of diplomacy merely by adding Secretary Gates sentence which states diplomacy is the preferred option. How many more billions and trillions will be wasted as a salve to some mindless ultra patriots ego.

But on a more pleasant note, napsters won in both leagues.