Big Oil – Still Raping The Planet And The People

Compare this:

Each member of parliament is being offered $5 million dollars to vote for the law, that would give big oil up to 88% of Iraq’s oil income, a deal no other major oil producing country would take without a gun to their head. Big Oil Tries To Bribe Iraqis

to this:

The Management Rule is the heart of Norway’s economic miracle. It is a profound act of self-discipline: All but 4 per cent of Norway’s oil earnings must be placed in the fund for savings; nothing can be withdrawn from the fund until the oil is gone, decades from now; and most crucially absolutely none of the money can be invested inside Norway. Mr. Slyngstad and his traders spend their days funnelling the oil wealth into foreign stocks and bonds, so none of it will touch the Norwegian economy. Frugal Norway saves for life after the boom

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Western U.S. Faces More Drought

A new study out reveals that the western United States will experience higher drought conditions due to global climate change. It’s a bit ironic, considering our current snowfall levels, but they’ve accounted for that too:

Those findings may come as a surprise this year, when the West is getting so much snow that skiers and snowmobilers are dying in avalanches in places that normally don’t get that much snow.

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The Twilight Of Democracy

[bolded text mine for emphasis – Admin]

The Twilight of Democracy: The Bush Plan for America
Reviewing Jennifer Van Bergen’s book

by Stephen Lendman

Global Research, January 28, 2008

Jennifer Van Bergen is an author, activist and educator who currently teaches English and writing at Sante Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. Professionally, she’s also a journalist, legal analyst and non-practicing attorney who’s written, spoken out and debated widely on Patriot Act justice and other civil liberties issues. Her newest book is titled “Archetypes for Writers: Using the Power of Your Subconscious.” It analyzes the component skills writers need to learn about their “own already-existing characters” through a series of exercises in the book.

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Cell Phone Dangers

I’ve been hearing and reading information regarding the EM (electromagnetic radiation) that we are all exposed to for some time now.  The danger is real, while the effects are not entirely understood (or at least obfuscated by industry).

Cell phones, in particular have become ubiquitous, especially among the younger generation.  Here is a list of the risks involved from Natural News:
Using a cell phone regularly ““ even a modern one ““ raises the risk of developing a brain tumor for many users, a new Finnish study published online in the International Journal of Cancer. The study, done by a collection of researchers from many universities and led by Anna Lahkola of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland, found firm corollary evidence that using a cell phone causes the risk of getting a brain tumor called a glioma to rise by 40 to 270 percent on the side of the head preferred for using the phone.

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Hell is Cold!!

I’m still suffering (truly) from more snowfall here.  This is turning into pure hell.  Last night’s snowfall was wet, heavy and cold.  I’m only mentioning this because it’s keeping me away and outside and I’m not blogging much.  When I come in, I’m exhausted.

But boy oh boy, am I learning a few things.  I like my chickens and rabbits far enough away from the house that I don’t have to smell them in the summer time, but plowing through 4 ft of snow by hand over and over again is becoming excruciating. I’m half-ready to move in with my chickens or vice versa.  That’s how people used to do it, sharing warmth, food, water and feces I suppose.  Yech!

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Exempt – Again

Once again, the Decider has decided for the umpteenth time (last count was over 800) that he’s not bound by the laws of this country and can do whatever the hell he wants:

WASHINGTON – President Bush this week declared that he has the power to bypass four laws, including a prohibition against using federal funds to establish permanent US military bases in Iraq, that Congress passed as part of a new defense bill.

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Signs Of The Times

Sent in by Lonewolf.  Both of these articles are interesting in what they imply for the future:

Last week in Currituck County, N.C., Superior Court Judge Russell Duke presided over the final step in securing the first criminal conviction stemming from the deadly actions of Blackwater Worldwide, the Bush administration’s favorite mercenary company. Lest you think you missed some earth-shifting, breaking news, hold on a moment. The “criminals” in question were not the armed thugs who gunned down 17 Iraqi civilians and wounded more than 20 others in Baghdad’s Nisour Square last September. They were seven nonviolent activists who had the audacity to stage a demonstration at the gates of Blackwater’s 7,000-acre private military base in North Carolina to protest the actions of mercenaries acting with impunity — and apparent immunity — in their names and those of every American.

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Poor Haitains Eating Dirt

This is how bad it can get:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) “” It was lunchtime in one of Haiti’s worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti’s poorest can’t afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country’s central plateau.

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More On Collapse

Culture Change has a nice article on how it feels to be an ant caught in the amber: Collapse: Walmart and Waiting for the Shoe to Drop


As I screwed in yet another fluorescent light bulb that didn’t work, I thought about what else I could do to put my finger in the dike of the “Limits to Growth.” I can almost hear ecosystems groan as they nearly burst from the weight of heavy metals, pavement, and drought.

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Real ID with Guiliani

Chertoff isn’t the only Nazi around:

And in other news, Vermont town votes to arrest Bush & Cheney.

Of course, this stuff is all totally meaningless.  Guiliani isn’t going anywhere, he’s not even a real candidate for the (s)Election 2008. And Vermont isn’t going to do anything about Bush & Cheney.  Nobody is.  We’re stuck with these evil twins at least until 2009.  Some say longer, I sure hope not.  But I doubt very much the next idiot in chief will do any better.  It’s like we’re on a fast track to hell, and I think we are.

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Open Thread

Lots of comments and links lately, I’ve been buried under a few hundred thousand tons of snow here. Shoveled 2′ off the roof last night at 11:00 pm, woke up to a bunch more. Don’t know if I dare walk out there and tempt my fate or not. This is highly unusual for this area, climate change here means SNOW!! At least, until the nuclear bombs start raining down… and then we’ll all be dealing with fallout.

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Climate Change Significantly Worse Then Feared

In a state where water has become an increasingly scarce commodity, a growing number of farmers are betting they can make more money selling their water supplies to thirsty cities and farms to the south than by growing crops.

The shortages this season among the most intense of the last decade are already shooting water prices skyward in many areas, and Los Angeles-area cities are begging for water and coaxing farmers to let their fields go to dust. As supplies dry up, growers pass on farming and sell water

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Climate Change Temperatures

Recall the recent post regarding “scientific reticence”? Here’s another example, found over on the Real Climate site, where the data sets are plain as day, but the scientific interpretation remains, shall we say, “hesitant”?

This is on global temperature variations over time:

Climate Temperature Changes

The red line is the annual global-mean GISTEMP temperature record. Each red dot-to-dot is 1 year. The blue lines are 8 year trend lines, the rise or fall of temperature over an 8 year span.

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