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Monday, 23 June 2008 at 19h 29m 28s

A LOVE LETTER

I am not the one you are searching for. That person is just a dream you like to hold onto, and all those whom you thought resembled the picture were only accessories to the illusions, helping you believe fairy tales and stories about superheroes that either saved you from complete apathetic boredom, or allowed you to forget about your tortured soul for a brief moment of time.

And when the inescapable truth comes, when the imperfections of the charade come crashing down like the next wave on the nudist beach, you will blame the statues you have placed in the sky, who could never live up to the expectations.

But it is your own fault, because love cannot be found in the places where you seek. What you really want is a savior. You have no idea what love is, or could be, because you are too self-absorbed about issues of personal inadequacy and delusions of grandeur. You see, love is everywhere, and resides even now, within your own heart. Unfortunately, you confuse love with a solution, and you want someone special out there in the universe to make you feel unique and special, when you already are unique and special. You just think having someone hold you and tell you the magic words is more powerful, like a drug addict who cannot live happily in the moment without imbibing the deadly potion.

You already have love, you cannot find it. Love is who you are. Love is what you pay attention to, what you occupy your thoughts with, and what you share with everyone, but you want to make distinctions so you can achieve self-satisfaction through some role-playing game you call romance with those individuals who don't challenge you on your insecurity issues. Love for you is just the path of least resistance. It isn't anything actually deep, meaningful, or profound. It's just a poker game with people who show you the cards you want to see while they keep their stratagems and fears close to the chest.

Love doesn't play games with 52 cards, or strategize how to win over another soul's heart. Love is something you have already, that is either recognized or shared, or is ignored and kept in safe-deposit box. Love isn't a quick fix at the 24 hour drive-thru burger joint. Love is endlessly nourishing, and always understanding even when that which is understood is also deeply painful, because love is painful. You cannot control it, or dress love in fine clothing. You either see love for what it is -- or you want something else that you just like to call love, because all ego-based neurosis indulges flattering the self.

Popularity and fame are only just another facet of this projected mental disorder. Fans do not "love" anything. They only seek self-absolution by identifying with someone they think is larger than themselves. If given a chance, they will tear off the flesh of stardom and hang it on necklaces so they can possess little mystic pieces of eternal bliss. Once again, vanity has misunderstood devotion.

So when I say, I love you, understand that those 3 simple words can mean many different things. Love in the absence of understanding is only a lonely delusion, and if I sacrifice my life for what I believe in, it is not because of love. It is because that is the nature of my being, and my being is one of consummate love.


Monday, 23 June 2008 at 8h 44m 10s

An Honest assessment of the energy future, from a Physics perspective

Click here for a refreshingly frank assessment of every single one of the energy options by mankind, from Professor David J C MacKay of the Cambridge University Department of Physics.

This debate should be based upon the merits of science and fact, not colored by the self-serving motivations of Energy conglomerates OR the dreamy notions of eco-friendly consumerism. How many putative enviro-saavy persons can't change their own personal consumption-waste-water-usage habits -- like buying their everyday coffee with a paper cup, or taking a shower every single day?

Our current (American) consumption habits were formed on the backs of a human revolution in relatively cheap, easily accessible, easily convertible, oil and coal resources. The era will be ending within the next 50 years, and many of the habits we have formed in the meantime are going to be impossible to maintain.

Read what the professor has to say, and draw your own conclusions. Furthermore, consult these two other resources

  1. A book by Paul C. Roberts : The End Of Oil
  2. The book by Professor David J C MacKay : Without Hot Air.

Don't let the mindless media pundits warp your brain with nonsense and hyperbole. You can sit around watching the Discovery channel and the History channel, but what you really get is cheap speculative productions more often than not. Television is not a reliable resource, and is only a substitute for intellectually lazy and socially depraved individuals who want compromised savants telling them how to think and what to think about while spewing egregious dishonesty.


Sunday, 22 June 2008 at 9h 52m 11s

The FISA surrender

Click here for a solid analysis of the FISA bill surrender compromise that occurred this week by Salon's Glenn Greenwald -- who not only tears it apart, but also dissects the pathetic news analysts who are inundating the public with justifications for throwing away the 4th amendment.

Apparently, in an election year, you have to make compromises with authoritarian corporatists.


Friday, 20 June 2008 at 11h 2m 26s

McCain is breaking the law ... Obama is not.

Obama is not a hypocrite when he decides to opt out of public financing. Obama has not accepted any corporate funds or Lobbying PAC money, and is raising all of his millions from small online donors. 2 million times 100 dollars each equals 200 million dollars people. The star has not fallen.

But if you listen to the genuflecting press corps, you might think otherwise. Saint McCain is called "authentic". Funny. Did you know he's is breaking the Federal Public Financing laws?

it was quite a thing to see John McCain denouncing Barack Obama for breaking his word on public financing when McCain himself is at this moment breaking the law in continuing to spend over the spending limits he promised to abide by through the primary season in exchange for public financing. (By the FEC's rules, we're still in the primary phase of the election and will be until the conventions.)

I want to return to this subject though because this is not hyperbole or some throw away line. He's really doing it. McCain opting into public financing, accepted the spending limits and then profited from that opt-in by securing a campaign saving loan. And then he used some clever, but not clever enough lawyering, to opt back out. And the person charged with saying what flies and what doesn't -- the Republican head of the FEC -- said he's not allowed to do that. He can't opt out unilaterally unless the FEC says he can.

The most generous interpretation of what happened is that McCain's lawyer came up with an ingenious legal two step that allowed him to double dip in the campaign finance system, eat his cake and spend it too. But even if you buy that line, successful gaming of the system doesn't really count as strict adherence. And the point is irrelevant since the head of the FEC -- a Republican -- says McCain cannot do this on his own.


[SOURCE: Josh Marshall | TalkingPointsMemo | 20 June 2008]

If you click the SOURCE link, there is a video where Josh Marshall explains the legal details of how McCain is breaking the laws in about 7 minutes. Click here for Jane Hamsher's explanation of all this madness.

Here's the skinny. Basically, you can't spend more than 54 million dollars over the course of the primary election season once you accept public financing. McCain applied for public financing in the Fall of 2007, and got access to 5 million dollars in public funds. McCain then used the guaranteed 5 million federal dollars as collateral to obtain a million dollar loan during the primary season. The Republican head of the FEC (David Mason) says McCain can't opt out unless the FEC says he can opt out, and told McCain. Then Bush fired David Mason. Also, since new nominees to the FEC are being held up by the Bush administration's unwillingness to compromise with Congress (and insistence upon pushing corrupt individuals), the FEC doesn't have a quorum of commissioners to enforce the law. So John McCain is ignoring the law, and using creative lawyering to justify his position.

That's the Straight Talk Express authenticity, yep.


Thursday, 19 June 2008 at 9h 23m 19s

Show trials are more important than the administration of Justice

According to Lt. Cmdr. William C. Kuebler, a military lawyer for a Guantánamo detainee, in a recent interview by the New York Times,

The Bush administration’s war crimes system “is designed to get criminal convictions” with “no real evidence,” Commander Kuebler says. Or he lets fly that military prosecutors “launder evidence derived from torture.”

“You put the whole package together and it stinks,” he said in an interview.

[...]

The lawyers, trained in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, were selected to defend detainees in a judicial system established especially for terrorism suspects. But many of them share a sense of indignation that Guantánamo makes military justice seem like watered-down justice. Representing detainees, said one of them, Lt. Cmdr. Brian L. Mizer, “is a historic opportunity to defend the rule of law.

[...]

Commander Kuebler (pronounced KEEB-ler) is the latest example of a lawyer in uniform attacking the Pentagon’s legal system.

He is no natural agitator. At 37, he is in some ways deeply conventional. Married to the first girl he ever dated in high school, he is a self-described born-again Christian and conservative who has “never voted for a Democrat.” Tom Fleener, a former Guantánamo military defense lawyer, described Commander Kuebler, saying, “Take the average conservative guy in the street and multiply that by a million.”


[SOURCE: William Glaberson | New York Times | 19 June 2008]

Today's SF Comical front page story?

  1. Cal and Tree-sitters both claim victory
  2. Tiger Woods knee injury
  3. African Penguins welcomed to new SF home

Proof again that the SF Comical isn't worthy of being used to wrap fish.


Thursday, 19 June 2008 at 9h 8m 43s

It was about oil

Oil companies have been running American foreign policy since the 1930's. No surprise's here.

Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.

Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP — the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company[which Saddam threw out when he nationalized Iraqi oil] — along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq’s Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s largest fields, according to ministry officials, oil company officials and an American diplomat.

[...]

There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract. The Bush administration has said that the war was necessary to combat terrorism. It is not clear what role the United States played in awarding the contracts; there are still American advisers to Iraq’s Oil Ministry.


[SOURCE: Andrew E. Kramer | New York Times | 19 June 2008]

And so now we need 58 permanent military bases in Iraq to protect the investments of the oil companies fragile democracy.


Thursday, 19 June 2008 at 8h 55m 42s

The truth about drilling for oil in Alaska

The spin offered by a few too many ideologues and ignorant individuals is that drilling in Alaska will alleviate our dependence upon Middle East oil, but that tree-hugging environmentalists are stopping that from happening.

The Energy Information Administration is the independent statistical and analytical agency within the Department of Energy. From the Energy Information Administration's own May 2008 report on the ANWR matter:

In all three ANWR resource cases, ANWR crude oil production begins in 2018 and grows during most of the projection period before production begins to decline. In the mean oil resource case, ANWR oil production peaks at 780,000 barrels per day in 2027. The low- resource-case production peaks at 510,000 barrels per day in 2028, while the high- resource-case production peaks at 1,450,000 barrels per day in 2028. Cumulative oil production resulting from the opening of ANWR from 2018 through 2030 amounts to 2.6 billion barrels in the mean resource case, 1.9 billion barrels in the low resource case, and 4.3 billion barrels in the high resource case.

[SOURCE: Energy Information Administration | May 2008]

Peaking at 1,450,000 barrels per day in 2028 is the best-case scenario, and the mean-case scenario is only 780,000 barrels a day by 2027. The total amount of oil that could be extracted (cumulative oil production) is somewhere between 2.6 and 4.3 billion barrels from 2018 to 2030 (2.6 is the average case scenario).

According to Nationmaster.com we use 20,730,000 barrels of oil per day. That is 7,566,450,000 barrels (7.5 billion) for the entire year -- and this number is increasing !!!

In other words, if we drilled in Alaska, the total amount of oil we could extract over a period of 12 years is somewhere between 3 to 6 months of our yearly consumption. With the daily peak of barrels per day somewhere between 2% to 5% of our current daily usage.

How is this difficult to extract oil going to free us from dependence on Middle East Oil?

Answer: it isn't.

But that won't stop spineless liars like Glenn Beck from saying otherwise, and then using his false statements to beat up on liberal tree-hugging politicians.


Thursday, 19 June 2008 at 8h 18m 58s

What the mainstream press won't tell you about Cindy McCain

All this coverage over Michelle Obama -- including front page treatment in the San Francisco Comical -- but very little about McCain's (2nd) wife -- remember he divorced the first one after she was badly mangled in a car accident.

Perhaps that's because Cindy McCain has some legit skeleton's in her own closet.

In 1989, following two back surgeries, Cindy McCain became addicted to the painkillers Vicodin and Percocet. To keep up with her daily need of 10 to 15 pills, she used other people's names for prescriptions and stole drugs from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a mobile surgical unit she'd begun in 1988 to provide emergency medical services around the world. A 1993 DEA audit of the amount of painkillers her charity had obtained quickly uncovered her thefts. She avoided prosecution for those crimes through an agreement with the Justice Department in which she submitted to drug testing, paid a fine, performed community service in a soup kitchen, and joined Narcotics Anonymous. She also closed her medical charity

[SOURCE: Snopes.com |  | April 2008]
If Snopes says it's true, then it is the truth.

Where is the race-baiting press on this issue?


Wednesday, 18 June 2008 at 8h 45m 11s

You are born that way

Funny that the San Francisco Comical which is busy putting the married gay people issue on every single front page this entire week -- at the expense of more relevant breaking news, I mean what's wrong with page 3 or 4.

Yet this story is nowhere in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Scientists investigating human sexuality have found that the brains of homosexuals have structural and functional differences from those of “straight” people.

Lesbians appear to have a lower proportion of grey matter in their brains than straight women, giving their brains a more “male- like” structure.

The brains of gay men appear to have structural similarities to those of heterosexual women. They also exhibit the same powerful response as straight women to the sex hormones released in male sweat.

[...]

Scientists have long thought this meant there should be differences in the brains of homosexuals. Brain scanning equipment has only recently become powerful enough to seek them out, however.


[SOURCE: Jonathan Leake | London Times | 15 June 2008]

Hmm, so writing endlessly about Gay marriages is okay, but writing about scientific research that indicates how homosexuals are different from birth is not relevant. Notice that the Times article is from Sunday. So in 4 days, the Comical can't publish an account of the Science behind homosexuality, but pumps out front page pictures and articles of gay people hugging and getting married.

Sounds like the editors just want to beat a controversial issue that gets people riled up rather than do an actual relevant news story.


Tuesday, 17 June 2008 at 9h 47m 36s

The corruption in Iraq defies the imagination

As quoted from a Sunni parlementarian in Le Monde. Click here for the article in French written by Patrice Claude.

The translation is mine, but I've included the French in italics.

According to Transparency International ... For the first time, a total number is cited this week by the BBC, and it is astronomical: 23 billion dollars (14.8 billion euros) have been "lost, stolen" or at the very least "not justified" during the 5 years from the American Treasury....

[Another] audit -- necessarily partial because the commercial contracts concluded by the military and American diplomats total more than 165,000 documents since march 2003-- has been done by the inspector general of defense. Released in May in Washington, it estimated as 8.2 billion dollars the sum payed to contractors without having any justification. No related invoice or totally inadequate. One American enterprise not-identified was paid 320.8 millions of dollars with a simple mention on the invoice: "Payment for Iraqi salaries." To whom, for what, and why, is a mystery....

The compatibility of public spendng is not less a mystery and cannot see the light since the Commission for public integrity, which had been put in place at the end of 2003, was virtually dismantled in the summer of 2007 by Prime Minister Nouri Al- Maliki, after it's President, the juge Radhi Al-Radhi, was publically disavowed [by Maliki] ...

63 years old, judge Radhi had been imprisoned and tortured by the Baathist dictator [Saddam Hussein]. He has seen 31 of investigating staff assassinated since last year after having poked their noses into certain affairs. In October 2007, he revealed that 18 billion dollars of Iraqi funds have been funneled into corruption...

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Pour la première fois, un chiffre global est cité dans une enquête approfondie diffusée la semaine passée par la BBC, et il est astronomique : 23 milliards de dollars, soit 14,8 milliards d'euros, auraient été "perdus, volés", à tout le moins "non justifiés" depuis cinq ans auprès du Trésor américain....

Un audit, forcément partiel puisque les contrats commerciaux conclus en Irak par les militaires ou les diplomates américains totalisent plus de 165 000 documents depuis mars 2003, a été réalisé par l'Inspection générale de la défense. Diffusé en mai à Washington, il estimait à 8,2 milliards de dollars la somme payée à des contractants sans avoir été régulièrement justifiée. Pas de facture afférente, ou alors totalement inadéquate. Comme cette entreprise américaine non identifiée qui s'est fait verser 320,8 millions de dollars avec une simple mention sur sa facture : "Paiement de salaires irakiens". A qui, pourquoi, comment ? Mystère....

la comptabilité des dépenses publiques est encore plus mystérieuse et nul ne peut plus faire la lumière sur la corruption ambiante puisque la Commission pour l'intégrité publique, qui avait été mise en place fin 2003, a été virtuellement démantelée, l'été 2007, par le premier ministre, Nouri Al-Maliki, après que son président, le juge Radhi Al-Radhi, eût été publiquement désavoué....

Agé de 63 ans, le juge Radhi, qui fut emprisonné et torturé sous la dictature baassiste, a vu 31 de ses enquêteurs assassinés ces dernières années après avoir mis leur nez dans certaines sales affaires. Entendu en octobre 2007 par le Congrès, il estimait alors à 18 milliards de dollars le montant des fonds publics irakiens détournés.


[SOURCE: Patrice Claude | Le Monde | 17 June 2008]

Building democracy is expensive, don't you know. And the Iraqi people are so grateful that the American construction effort over the last 5 years have been so astoundingly successful, that only the green zone construction projects, the military bases, and the huge American embassy have been on schedule.

The priorities of colonialism supersede the public statements of the colonialists.




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