Why We Fight

Why We Fight

If you haven???t seen the movie yet, then go rent it (if you can find it).

Americans love war. The national fabric of the nation is interwoven with vast multinational conglomerates and corporate lobbyists whose main business is to provide the arsenals of war. To anyone, anywhere who can pay the price.

The tools of death and destruction are sold to the highest bidder, even the ???enemy???. America armed Iraq. Saddam was handpicked by the CIA. Saddam was given tacit approval to invade Kuwait. Suddenly, the Saudi oil fields were imperiled, and the US war machinery cranked up.

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Peak Pandemic

Bird flu is on a lot of minds today (although not nearly enough), but another gigantic problem of far greater magnitude is looming on the horizon. Peak energy is about to slap everyone in the face, worldwide.

Matthew R. Simmons is the Chairman of the energy-industry investment banking firm Simmons & Company International, and he’s giving the warning cry to what will prove to be civilizations Achilles heel:

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Help Wanted

Being self employed does have it’s advantages. I’m batting .1000 with my predictions regarding the war on terror.

Some 86 percent of them said the world has grown more, not less, dangerous, despite President George W. Bush’s claims that the U.S. is winning the war on terror???

Remember back when Bush was running for re-election and we had all those national security color scares? The red and orange scares that scrambled municipal police departments all over the country in a frantic attempt to stop those ghastly terrorists from destroying us all?

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Our Fathers Father

Steve Sanders shows how hard it is to really get a grip on what’s coming down.

We’re faced with some of the most difficult decisions of our life. This generation. Weighing against those decisions isn’t just our cultural values and expectations, but our families too. What kind of world are they going to inherit? Will they even be able to survive, or will it be a hardscrabble living subsistence existence?

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Banana Republic

“The federal minimum wage has been $5.15 an hour for almost 10 years, and is worth less now that at almost anytime in the last 50 years. Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage in 1968 would be worth $9.09 today, 75% more than the current wage.”

Of course the Senate blocked the wage increase for minimum wage workers. Expecting our (dubiously) elected officials to do anything right these days is asking for a massive disappointment. The Congress, Senate and White House are totally out of touch with the will of the people is beyond obvious, but unless there is a coup or revolution, there’s not much we can do about it.

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Iraq’s disastrous ‘black oil’ swamps

This is a terrifying story – Iraq’s disastrous ‘black oil’ swamps. There’ s no telling just how serious the damage is, but it’s very, very serious. One of the more lasting environmental side affects on the “War on Terror”. Along with the horrifying effects of depleted uranium killing and maiming tens of thousands of people, the environmental disasters in Iraq is of Biblical proportions.

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Cut Off

According to Paul Theroux, in his book on Oceania, there are communities that are almost entirely self sufficient. Interestingly, these are the communities (villages actually and in some cases, entire islands) that are cut-off from civilization. World War II had a dramatic impact on many of these islands, since they were first invaded by the Japanese and then by the Americans. The disruption lasted for quite some time, because of the initial crop loss and inability to continue their traditional methods of living and then when the invaders pulled out, the sudden loss of their food supply they had come to depend upon.

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A Starry Night

I’m not blogging much right now, I’ve been busy just watching and waiting on events. There’s plenty to write about, but more to do. I’m losing interest in world affairs to some degree, call it burnout. I find a good book (non-fiction) is much more interesting then what’s happening at the present. The present news is just more of the same – the collapse is progressing rather nicely.

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Weekend Read

Some of you may have already seen this. This article on the developing police state in the US is sobering. Part II contains a lot of commentary dealing with related issues, including the electromagnetic radiation bombarding our bodies day in and day out. I wonder if this is the cause for the fatigue I feel – or is that just a side effect of the depression from knowing that the future is looking bleaker and bleaker?

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Police State – USA

I cancelled my American Express merchant account today. My apologies to all my present and future customers who may have wanted to use their American Express card to pay for their orders. American Express has joined the ranks of the Nazi fascists who have taken over this country. Undoubtedly, they’ve been in that camp for a long time, and will be joined by many others as America continues its oblivious march towards fascism.

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More Spin

There is so much wrong with this story it boggles the mind. The myth of Al-Zarqawi resembles the 9/11 coverup. Who actually was killed? And did Al-Qaida actually “confirm” his death?

A Google search of “Al-Zarqawi fabrication” turns up 38,400 hits. Not all of them are valid in the story of the Al-Zarqawi fabrication, but some of them are.

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Living on the Reservation

I’ve finished reading Jared Diamond’s “Collapse – How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed” and Daniel Quinn’s, “The Story of B”, which I found locally. I regularly check garage sales and thrift shops for decent books and just came across “Voices of our Ancestors” by Dhyani Ywahoo. I also found “The New Solar Electric Home” and “Great Garden Formulas” which I haven’t cracked pages on yet.

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Tidbit

Stealth Wings
Interesting bit of technology with innumerable applications. I can think of a lot of non-military applications, including extreme sports that could utilize this tech advancement.

Of course, what will happen is this will be banned from public use and made exclusively available for the military. Empire marches on.

But it still looks like fun.

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In A Different Place

In my last post, I shared the article about Al Gore’s environmental video, “An Inconvienent Truth”. The collapse of our environment is certainly that, coming at a time of unprecedented globalization, widespread disillusionment and disgust with the present state of affairs.

What would our world be like if Al Gore had been allowed to be President? I suspect not much would have changed, although whatever changes would have been implemented, we would be in a better place then we are today. We’d not be in Iraq, or Afghanistan, there would be no Abu Ghraib prisons, or Guantanamo Bay torture camps. Environmentally speaking, stricter policies and new laws to preserve and protect the environment would also be in place. But it’s doubtful that much would have really changed.

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An Inconvienent Truth

(I’m going to post this entire article verbatim for reasons which should be obvious – I do not however, agree with the 10 year projection – we have already passed the tipping point)

An Inconvenient Truth

BY ROGER EBERT / June 2, 2006

I want to write this review so every reader will begin it and finish it. I am a liberal, but I do not intend this as a review reflecting any kind of politics. It reflects the truth as I understand it, and it represents, I believe, agreement among the world’s experts.

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Just Another Day

I have been busy of late with new bunnies (both does had their litters), final plantings in the garden and in some cases, watching the weather behave very strangely. There has been a LOT of rain, a surprising amount, which in this corner of the globe is pretty unusual to have so much right now.

It’s my guess of course that this is related to global climate shift, which continues to accelerate around the world. The garden likes all the rain and is doing well, but this does pose question on how plant life in other parts of the world is handling the climate change.

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