What the World Eats

What the world eats in one week:

The United States

The United States, obviously. You can tell from all the junk food. I don’t know if these are actors or not, but most Americans would be a lot heavier eating this kind of slop. Notice all the packaging waste in developed countries.
China

China, lots of veggies…

England

England…

Mali

Mali…

Kind of put things into perspective. Easy to see who’s comandeering the largest share of resources. Shamelessly stolen from The World’s Fair.

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Climate Change in the News

While the world continues to heat up, the US Supreme court is going to wait until next summer to “decide” if carbon dioxide is a pollutant. Meanwhile, the Ross Ice Shelf threatens collapse, with a corresponding (and dramatic) rise in sea levels.

James Lovelock say’s that an 8c rise in temperature is already “built in“, no matter what we do, which efforts are “morally commendable, but wasted”.

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Empire 3

“They sold us out. First of all, they sold us out a long time ago. But taking recent history as an example, the Democrats sold us out over 9/11, and the Iraq war. Now that they are back in power in Congress and the Senate, they’ve made it clear already that they’re going to keep selling us out too.”

We were still in the garden and Frank had grabbed a spade to help out. That was pretty cool, because he’d done it without asking. I had just gotten done with dumping a whole lot of information on him with regards to the empire system we all labored under. The huge difference wasn’t lost on me. Frank had volunteered for this ‘help’, unlike the empire which had shoved it down our throats.

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Collective Psychosis

As people who recognize the insane nature of our situation, which is to be sane in a world gone mad, it is our job to come to terms and deal with the collective psychosis that is wreaking havoc on our planet. It is our job, our calling, our vocation to deal with the indisputable fact that we are being ruled by people who have fallen into a state of collective madness. It is our responsibility to deal with the fact that everyone who supports Bush in his madness””his administration, the corporate, congressional, judicial, military industrial complex, the media, the voters that allegedly put him into office, and ourselves as well if we are doing nothing about our situation””have all fallen prey to a psychic epidemic that threatens the entire planet. If we continue to insist on being under-employed by not stepping into our power and creatively speaking our true voice to the abuse of power, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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Arrogant Ignorance

I’ve been scouring the Internet lately since I’m pretty sick right now, and I can’t get much else done around here. I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I’m reading. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer by any means, but what I keep coming up with is the level of arrogant ignorance I see. It’s everywhere, found in everything and exhibited by everyone (myself included).

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Carbon Reduction or Poverty Reduction, Not Both

NAIROBI – Immediate steep global reductions in the emissions of the chief greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, turn out to be a fantasy.

What this means is we’ve screwed the pooch. It’s not that it can’t be done (maybe…), it won’t be done. But the problem isn’t just with India’s poor, or even the poor throughout the world. The real problem is with the “rich” and wealthy countries.  And even that problem is a symptom of something else – unchecked global growth and greed.

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Rumsfeld Resigns!!!

Finally! Now for the rest of the neo-cons! Only 17, 921 more to go.

Good RIDDANCE!!!

As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there are some things We do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, The ones we don’t know We don’t know.

Well Mr. Rumsfeld, we do know a few things. You were and still are, a liar and a mass murderer, incompetent, irresponsible and unaccountable for your actions.

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Remember, Remember, the 7th of November

“Patience, Montag. Let the war turn off the ‘families’. Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.”

“There has to be someone ready when it blows up.”

“What? Men quoting Milton? Saying, I remember Sophocles? Reminding the survivors that man has his good side too? They will only gather up their stones to hurl at each other. Montag, go home, go to bed. Why waste your final hours racing about your cage denying that your a squirrel?” Ray Bradbury – Farenheit 451

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Fisheries Decline by 90%

Kudos to Cryptogon – this is noteworthy:

Boris Worm, of Dalhousie University in Canada, said his team’s research showed 29 per cent of seafood species currently fished had already collapsed, with catches having declined by at least 90 per cent.

“If the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime – by 2048,” Professor Worm said.

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How To Steal An (s)Election

1. Go to the back of the voting machine. Press and hold the yellow activate button (about 3 seconds). Release when the screen says “waiting for next voter”.

2. Press and hold the yellow button again until the screen says “change to manual activation?”

3. Touch the “Yes” button on the screen.

4. At that point there will be a message on the screen that says “Manual activate voting enabled” (this is just displayed briefly)

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Water Wars

Even more serious and of an imminent danger to the entire world then peak oil, is the global fresh water shortage. The need for fresh water is already reaching critical stages in various parts of the world, Mexico, Israel, Gaza, Macedonia, Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, England, over one half of all of Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, Bangledesh, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Spain, Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Libya, and vast portions of the United States.

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