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August 2008

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Bad movie review, ...

August 31, 2008 – Comments (8)

... or an outright demonstration that one very much hates women!  You decide...  [more]

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Free bag of chips, ...

August 29, 2008 – Comments (2)

(... or a SUV!) with every fillup!

This might pretty well be true tomorrow. Right now, regular gasoline in Calgary is C$1.409 per litre. Yesterday - midday, it was only C$1.249. Last night it was only C$1.294.

C., ... considering placing his Bentley Azure convertible on blocks for a while!

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USCG in Black Sea?

August 27, 2008 – Comments (3)

Painting a yellow solid - only less then 10 miles from the Russian shore - double line, ... say, between U.S. and Russia (... about six bazilion miles of Atlantic Ocean seperates the two, btw!) Who knew?  [more]

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The armada in the Gulf?

August 27, 2008 – Comments (6)

... U$400 oil barrel question!    [more]

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Double, double toil and trouble;

August 22, 2008 – Comments (3)

Fire burn, and caldron bubble. *)

Following suggests that the massive "war bubble" will explode, and soon! [Not soon enough, ...]

'America's Outrageous War Economy!'
Pentagon can't find $2.3 trillion, wasting trillions on 'national defense'

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/why-we-love-americas-outrageous/story.aspx?guid=%7B0D31C880-32CD-4BA1-8133-329EA57CB069%7D

... We've lost our moral compass: The contrast between today's leaders and the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 shocks our conscience. Today war greed trumps morals. During the Revolutionary War our leaders risked their lives and fortunes; many lost both.
Today it's the opposite: Too often our leaders' main goal is not public service but a ticket to building a personal fortune in the new "America's Outrageous War Economy," often by simply becoming a high-priced lobbyist. ...


C. 

*) Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1
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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

August 21, 2008 – Comments (0)

The Long Descent   [more]

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Andrew J. Bacevich

August 21, 2008 – Comments (0)

"The clearest statement of what I value is found in the Preamble to the Constitution. There is nothing in the Preamble to the Constitution which defines the purpose of the United States of America as remaking the world in our image, which I view as a fool's errand. I believe that the framers of the Constitution were primarily concerned with focusing on the way we live here, the way we order our affairs. To try to ensure that as individuals, we can have an opportunity to pursue our, perhaps, differing definitions of freedom, but also so that, as a community, we could live together in some kind of harmony. And that future generations would also be able to share in those same opportunities.... With the current crisis in American foreign policy, unless we do change our ways, the likelihood that our children, our grandchildren, the next generation will enjoy the opportunities that we've had is very slight because we're squandering our power. We are squandering our wealth."  [more]

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Paging George Orwell! ... George Orwell!

August 15, 2008 – Comments (0)

... latest central planning proposal: ... taxpayer bailouts of all "failing" financial institutions coupled with a government takeover.  [more]

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Salute to genocidal war policy!

August 14, 2008 – Comments (4)

This essay claims that genocidal war policy has been sustained "not just by our strength but also by our values"


Rethinking the National Interest
American Realism for a New World
by Condoleezza Rice

http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20080701faessay87401-p0/condoleezza-rice/rethinking-the-national-interest.html

... An international order that reflects our values is the best guarantee of our enduring national interest, and America continues to have a unique opportunity to shape this outcome. Indeed, we already see glimpses of this better world. We see it in Kuwaiti women gaining the right to vote, in a provincial council meeting in Kirkuk, and in the improbable sight of the American president standing with democratically elected leaders in front of the flags of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the future state of Palestine. Shaping that world will be the work of a generation, but we have done such work before. And if we remain confident in the power of our values, we can succeed in such work again.

... oh get stuffed! [ ... and I sincerly mean it!]

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Foreign Relations!

August 11, 2008 – Comments (1)

In a small private room in Beijing at the start of the Olympics:

G: Pootie, ya gotta do something about the price of oil

V: you want the price of oil to go down for a change?

G: nonono. it is going down, that's the problem.

V: it's only gone down a bit. we're still making money beyond our wildest imagination.

G: ya see Pootie, we almost have the mob browbeaten into accepting the elimination of enviornmental protection regs for the chance that gas prices might go down....chuckle...snort...bark...why sacrificing the enviornment for cheaper gas is the central talking point of our propaganda. Gas is falling below $4, can't have that. we need to keep the pressure on the mob until november.

V: Oh I see. I'm so glad I don't have to deal with nusances like elections.

G: and you owe me Pootie. how much have you profited from my invading Iraq?

V: This is true. With all the disinformation you spread, noone guessed the objective of the operation was to disrupt oil supplies.

G: that's right. now condie tells me you have an excuse to invade Georgia even better than the "Prague meeting" and the "yellow cake letter" because it's not a total fabrication. Git you're troops in there and shut down that pipeline, at least until after the election.

V: ummm...Georgia is a soverign nation. We've gotten away with trying to poison their Prime Minister, but an unprovoked invasion is likely to upset people.

G: Pootie, who cares what anyone thinks? we're talking about profit....and remember, you owe me for Iraq. time for you to step up to the plate.

V: OK, I'll start the troops moving. How high do you want oil to go?

G: round numbers seen to get the mob's attention. Let's go for $200 a barrell by November 1.

V: OK...just one more thing

G: wazzat?

V: don't call me Pootie
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Net Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know

August 03, 2008 – Comments (0)

It takes energy to get energy, and our net energy profit is what enables us to run human societies. As net energy declines, society must simplify itself...

... most excellent article on this here:

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/4362

C.

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