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14 April 2006
China is becoming a new USA in consuming natural resources
I just blogged an overview of Terrence McNally's introduction of Lester Brown that was published by Alternet. The full interview is really worth the time to read and it provides some interesting food for thought . . . like this little tidbit:
Ever since you and I can remember, we've been saying that the U.S. with 5 percent of the world's people consumes a third or 40 percent of the world's resources. That was true for a long time. It is no longer true. China is now consuming more of these basic resources. Look at the food sector -- grain and meat, the energy sector -- oil and coal, the industrial sector -- steel. China now consumes more of all of those than the United States except for oil. Their consumption of meat is nearly double that of the United States, and their steel consumption, 258 million tons a year. We consumed 104 million tons a year last year.
Based on those projections, in 2031, China would be consuming two thirds of the current world grain harvest. Their consumption of paper would be double current world production. There go the world's forests.
That sure gives one something to think about.
posted by LoZo 6:36 AM
13 April 2006
Some Psychedelic Art You Might Be Interested In
In case you missed our War on Drugs blog today, I thought I'd let you know that I blogged some information about (including a few thumbnail images)two very inspired psychedelic artists. Take a look if you've got a minute.
The Stunning Psychedelic Art of Michael Brown
Robert Venosa's Psychedelic Art
posted by LoZo 6:36 PM
13 March 2006
The Amazing Change in Consciousness Taking Place in South America
The news from South America these days could hardly be better . . . or more significant. In nation after nation the people are seizing control from the oligarchs and the corporations who serve them. Students of the Mayan calendar are not surprised, however, for it has now become quite obvious that current events are closely shadowing the interesting forecasts of this ancient civilization.
What to me is also quite interesting, is that this evolutionary change in consciousness on such a wide scale is taking place in South America. I have been told that it is there that among all major geographic areas on Earth we find the widest variety of psychoactive plants, along with a continuous tradition of their use by indigenous people. I am sure that this is no simple coincidence.
posted by LoZo 3:26 PM
08 March 2006
The Bush Crime Family Strikes Again
If you were wondering about why the petty tyrant, Bush the Younger, has threatened his first veto over the ports deal with the UAE, then be sure to read my blog of the story Is Carlyle Group at heart of DPW deal?
Once you realize that this is just another Bush Crime Family business deal, it all makes sense.
[A larger version of the following graphic appears with that story.]
posted by LoZo 3:41 PM
26 February 2006
The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future
This is a book you don't want to miss. In this great new book, Jeff Faux explains how globalization is creating a new global political elite - "The Party of Davos" - who have more in common with each other than with their fellow citizens. Their so-called trade agreements (like NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization act as a global constitution that protects only one kind of citizen - the corporate investor. The inevitable result will be a drop in American living standards that will have dramatic political consequences.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: NAFTA: Class Reunion
Chapter 2: "Good Jobs" and Other Global Deceptions
Chapter 3: The Governing Class: America's Worst-Kept Secret
Chapter 4: How Reagan and Thatcher Stole Globalization
Chapter 5: A Bipartisan Empire
Chapter 6: Alan, Larry, and Bob Save the Privileged
Chapter 7: NAFTA: Who Got What?
Chapter 8: The Constitution According to Davos
Chapter 9: America Abandoned
Chapter 10: After the Fall
Chapter 11: Imagining North America
Chapter 12: Toward, and Beyond, a Continental Democracy
posted by LoZo 3:23 PM
21 February 2006
Outsourcing the U.S.A.
If outsourcing control of U.S. ports to foreign companies (like the British company that now controls six major ports on the East and Gulf coasts) why not go a step further and outsource Congress to some other country. And why stop there? Let's outsource the Courts and the Executive branches also. I don't see how this could make things any worse than they already are. If it's such a good idea to outsource all the jobs in the U.S., the country should start by outsourcing its lousy politicians.
posted by LoZo 10:59 AM
20 February 2006
Seeking Truth Among So Many Lies
The link above will take you to Harold Pinter's acceptance speech when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. Here is a sample:
The majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.
-- Harold Pinter
posted by LoZo 1:57 PM
11 February 2006
Thought for the day
The most preposterous notion that Homo Sapiens has ever dreamed up is that God, the Lord of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.
-- Robert Heinlein
posted by LoZo 3:52 PM
05 February 2006
We all know the message . . . so sing along
Singalong and pass it along...
The pioneers of a warless world are the youth that refuse military service.
-- Albert Einstein
posted by LoZo 8:17 AM
30 January 2006
Carla Higdon will be deeply missed
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of our dear friend Carla Higdon. There are few people who so deeply touched the lives of as many members of the psychedelic community as Carla did.
I first heard about Carla in the summer of 1997 when she joined the staff of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Carla concluded her initial column in the MAPS bulletin with the following statement:
I am truly delighted to be at MAPS and have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of medical marijuana and psychedelic research. The systematic banning of psychedelics in the United States and around the world is, in my opinion, one of the great shortcomings of modern culture. How much more arduous is the quest for our divine origins without legal access to these tools that allow us a window of opportunity to glimpse our own perfection. In my own experience, psychedelics have been a source of wonder, wisdom, and growth, a sacred gift to take along on the long journey of life.
Carla's friends from all around the world must now come to terms with the loss of this great soul. It is very difficult to imagine not seeing Carla at the next conference, or at Burning Man, or at the next fund raiser for a Tribal cause. We will miss you, lovely Carla, but may the new journey you have just begun be filled with wonder, magic, and joy.
posted by LoZo 7:30 PM
21 December 2005
The Constitution in Crisis: A Special Report by the House Judiciary Committee Minority Staff
For those of you who still think it is possible to prevent the break-up of the United States, I highly recommend that you read the full report of the Minority in Congress. You will find a link to it in the story I just bloged, Bush's Enemies List - Repeating Nixon's Crimes. Personally, I intend to focus most of my energy on "being local," for locals always survive empires. But for a well-reasoned statement of the deep, deep crisis of government the USA is facing, this report is the place to start. Just take a look at the Table of Contents, and you will see the fine detail of this report. If you are still hoping that a miracle will take place and "Mythical America will rise again, I'm afraid you are in for a big disappointment. Of course, the collapse of the USA will only have a negative impact on 4% or less of the world's population. On the whole, it might be just what the doctor ordered :-). So relax, go with the flow, and enjoy the show.
posted by LoZo 12:16 PM
16 November 2005
Bush's War OF Terror
I have a long-standing policy of classifying anyone who talks about a War on "Terror" as an absolute moron.
As you know, every English dictionary in print describes "terror" as: Intense, overpowering fear
To declare a War on Fear makes no sense to me. Wars cause fear and terror. How in the world can a war eliminate terror? . . . Bush has begun a war OF terror, and we're all his victims. Too bad he didn't initiate a global police action to round up bin Laden et al . . . instead he's promoted every two-bit thug on the planet to the status of being a nation, the normal target of a war. . . . IMHO, Bush is the leading terrorist in the world . . . he's certainly responsible for more civilian deaths than any terrorist I've heard about (over 30,000 in Iraq now!).
In Bush's war of terror, I'm pulling for the other side, which is called PEACE.
posted by LoZo 12:39 PM
11 November 2005
The Mysterious Death of the Nuclear Attack Sub USS Scorpion
Last August, I posted a link to some pictures I took during Phase II Scorpion Ops. At the time those photos were taken the "official story" about what caused the Scorpion's loss hinted at a hostile encounter with a Russian submarine. Those who had a high enough security clearance were told that either A) the Russians sank her; or B) the Scorpion shot at the Russians and their torpedo misfired, turned around, and acquired them as the target. For many years I assumed that the reason I never heard an official statement about Scorpion's loss was that this was true and continued to be classified. Like many of the things we are now learning about the reasons we went to war in Iraq, most of what we were told was a fabrication . . . primarily to cover up serious malfeaseance.
At long last, the truth about the Scorpion has become public, thanks to the excellent investigative reporting of Stephen Johnson. His new book, Silent Steel : The Mysterious Death of the Nuclear Attack Sub USS Scorpion, in my opinion, will ultimately be the final word on the fate of the USS Scorpion. Earlier this year, I spoke at length with Stephen about the investigative work he did behind the scenes to research this book. I can honestly say that he is the first person I've met (who wasn't on the "Scorpion Cruise" with us) who knew EVERY little tidbit, story, and even the gossip that took place on that cruise . . . and he even told me about a few things that went on right under my nose that I missed at the time. If anyone has a chance of putting the pieces of this intricate story together, I believe it is Stephen Johnson. But don't just take my word for it. Here is what some others are saying about this important book:
"The magnitude of the tragedy of the USS Scorpion is matched only by the depth of the mystery surrounding her loss. Stephen Johnson has done a remarkable job of shining new light on this dark moment in U.S. submarine history."- Sherry Sontag, co-author, Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
"Stephen Johnson has crafted a forensic masterpiece that leads the reader back through time to unravel the gnawing enigma of the tragic 1968 loss of the nuclear attack submarine USS Scorpion. Sifting through a maze of conflicting theories, he meticulously lays out a tale of undersea detectives searching for conclusive evidence to one of the most baffling mysteries of the cruel sea." -- Rear Admiral Thomas Evans, author, analyst specializing in submarine history and operations, and former officer on the Scorpion
"What happened to the USS Scorpion" The question has vexed submariners for almost four decades. Now, with meticulous research and incredible attention to detail, Stephen Paul Johnson examines and dissects one of the most tragic and mysterious submarine accidents in U.S. Navy history." -Douglas Waller, author of Big Red: Inside the Secret World of a Trident Nuclear Submarine
"Silent Steel captures the intense mystery and trauma of the Scorpion sinking and explains the background leading to her loss in the words of many of her former crew and their families. The thoroughly researched story is a must read for all serious history buffs." -- Peter Huchthausen, author of October Fury, America's Splendid Little Wars, Shadow Voyage, and co-author of Hostile Waters
posted by LoZo 1:30 PM
31 October 2005
With Alito on the bench, Roe v. Wade will be overturned
Samuel Alito, if confirmed, will become the fifth Catholic on the Supreme Court. Four practicing Catholics already sit on the court, in addition to new Chief Justice Roberts, are justices Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy.
The math is quite simple, it only takes a 5-4 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Now ask yourself, if a clear-cut case comes before these five Catholic justices, do you really believe that they would so publically denounce their own religion? It will ultimately come down to whether they want to remain Catholics or Americans? My guess is that the Church will always win that battle with this crew.
posted by LoZo 4:51 PM
28 October 2005
What is really going on behind the scenes in Washington?
An interesting thing to keep in mind these days is the fact that the Fitzgerald investigation came into being at the behest of the CIA. For years there have been stories floating around about some old hands at the CIA being bitter for having to take a lot of blame for what they considered to be the White House's bungling of the information provided to them.
Last October, I blogged a summary of an article in the UK's Independent titled
CIA 'old guard' goes to war with Bush, which contained statements like the one from "Jim Pavitt, a 31-year CIA veteran who retired as a departmental chief in August, said that he cannot recall a time of such "viciousness and vindictiveness" in a battle between the White House and the agency". I suspect that this is why it was so important for our Beloved Dictator to have Porter Goss as his puppet at the CIA.
Now if this story was a work of fiction I would have the two protagonists be the Bush Crime Family pitted against the CIA, and I'll bet most of us could weave some interesting tales around a scenario like that. The thing that bothers me, however, is that the truth these days has become much stranger than fiction.
posted by LoZo 5:00 PM
07 October 2005
Fascists Take Over Congress, Rules of Order Thrown Out
A few minutes ago, the U.S. House of Representatives was firmly taken over by the Fascist Wing of the Republican Party. In a complete abrogation of the Rules of Order, the Republican Speaker ignored the fact that the time for voting had long expired and refused to close a vote because they had lost by two votes.
It was almost beyond belief to watch this evil-minded group of fascists simply ignore the calls from the floor to close the vote as the law requires. This went on for quite some time until two weak-willed Republicans changed their votes after receiving some dire threats from their un-patriotic Republican leaders.
Immediately after the vote-switch took place, the Speaker recorded the changed vote as 212 for and 210 against. When he made the announcement, the uproar was something seldom heard in Congress. One Democrat shouted, "Is this the House of a Banana Republic?" The House then fell into near bedlam with the Democrats all chanting "SHAME SHAME SHAME SHAME SHAME".
So I ask you, do we really need a federal government at all, particularly since it no longer responds to the will of the people. This bunch of fascists that has illegally seized control of the government is more anti-American than the most ardent Communist ever was. These people are looters, pure and simple.
What was this contentious legislation all about, you ask? It was a bill that now gives Bush the authority to GIVE AWAY federal land to his oil company buddies for them to use for new refineries. I guess the oil companies aren't gouging us enough these days, now they've got their little petty tyrant, Bush the Younger, giving them our land.
It's time to reorganize this nation, and a good place to start might be for California to succeed from the union. I'm sure the red staters won't mind.
[Also see: Fascist Republicans Approve Oil Company Land Grab]
posted by LoZo 12:22 PM
04 October 2005
The Supreme Court's flip-flopping new evangelical justice
Bush's appointment of Ms. Miers (following the appointment of strict Catholic, John Roberts) raises some interesting questions about whether these new justices are going to abandon their religious beliefs or impose their twisted world views on the rest of us.
For example, Roberts simply cannot claim to be a Roman Catholic and yet vote to uphold Roe v. Wade. He's either a Catholic or he votes to uphold that decision, but he can't have it both ways . . . at least that's what Pope Bene the Rat says.
Now we have Miers the flip-flopper. A decade ago she was a Democrat, and she was originally a Catholic. . . . FLIP, now she's a Republican. FLOP, now she's an evangelical Christian. . . . WOW! . . . According to Wikipedia, here is what Harriet thinks about how we should live . . . at least if she's an evangelical in more than name only.
Despite many variations, evangelicals in the United States generally adhere to four core beliefs:
1. Biblical inerrancy
2. Salvation comes through faith in Jesus and not good works
3. Individuals (above an age of accountability) must personally trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.
4. All Christians are commissioned to evangelize
And you didn't think it was possible for this country to get even more whacked out than it already is. . . . What a disaster the Supreme Court has become. It's no wonder that many people have nothing but contempt for this once august body.
posted by LoZo 4:37 PM
22 September 2005
Google gets it right!
A friend just sent me an email that read:
Go to www.google.com, type the word "failure" and click I'm feeling lucky.
Don't hit google search on the left, hit I'm Feeling Lucky on the right .....
When I did it brought up Bush's biography on the White House web site! I'd love to see the algorithm that worked that one out . . . and who says artificial intelligence is a pipe dream? :-)
Here is what Google brings up when you search (right now) the word "failure":
Biography of President George W. Bush
Biography of the president from the official White House web site.
www.whitehouse.gov/president/gwbbio.html - 33k - Cached - Similar pages
Past Presidents - Kids Only - Current News - President
More results from www.whitehouse.gov »
posted by LoZo 11:24 AM
21 September 2005
Now here is something interesting you can use in your casual conversations
DoD News Briefing
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen
Monday, April 28, 1997 - 8:45 a.m. EDT
[There are] some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.
So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that's why this is so important.
posted by LoZo 5:51 PM
19 August 2005
Historic Photos of Phase II of the Scorpion Investigation
In 1969, I was the XO and navigator on the USS Apache (ATF-67), which was the oceangoing tug that towed the floating dry-dock USS White Sands (ARD-20) to the scene of the loss of the USS Scorpion (SSN-589). In the dry-dock well of the White Sands was the bathyscaph USS Trieste II (DSV-1), the only manned operational deep submersible capable of reaching the 11,000+ foot depth where the Scorpion was found.
Our cruise took us from our home port in San Diego, southward to the Panama Canal, through the canal and on to the Azores Islands, out to the Scorpion site (for 60 days!), back to the Azores, then onward and once again through the canal and up the coast to our sunny California home. In all, the Apache towed the White Sands for over 14,000 nautical miles, which is still a U.S. Navy record for a single tow!
The link above will take you to a collection of pictures I took during that cruise.
posted by LoZo 5:32 PM