Sunday, September 25, 2005

Bullets over Iraq

Via Undernews:

U.S. HAS USED 250,000 BULLETS FOR EACH INSURGENT KILLED

ANDREW BUNCOMBE - US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel. A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine. . .
“Officials” get around this obvious ridiculous figure by saying that a large number of these bullets are used for “training purposes.” I propose that many, many more civilians and others have been shot than reported.

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

For the News Junkies

Great commentary, tips, suggestions about Google News at the Robot Wisdom Auxiliary blog.

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Brace Yourself part 2

Rita has been downgraded to category 4. Plenty strong enough to cause trouble, and Houston is in gridlock:
[...] Fathers and sons got out of their cars and played catch on freeway medians. Others stood next to their cars, videotaping the scene, while others car-hopped, walking between cars chatting with people along the way. Wreckers tried to wind their way along the shoulders, pulling stalled cars out of the way. [...]
Rain begins falling in New Orleans, with 3-4 inches predicted. The levees can only take six inches and a storm surge of up to 10-12 feet.

Want to see pictures and a video clip from the aftermath of the 1900 storm that hit Galveston? Thomas A. Edison, Inc sent photographers:
[...] In spite of the fact that Galveston was under martial law and that the photographers were shot down at sight by the excited police guards, a very wide range of subject has been secured. The series, taken as a whole, will give the entire world a definite idea of the terrible disaster, unequaled since the Johnstown flood of 1889. [...]
Galveston is threatened with destruction this time around also:
(Bloomberg) -- Galveston, Texas, could be overwhelmed by a storm with the power of approaching Hurricane Rita, which is stronger than Hurricane Katrina was when it slammed into New Orleans last month, the city manager said. [...]

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All Peak Oil, All the Time part 6

Michael C. Ruppert is getting all excited again about our imminent destruction via peak oil, with hubris filled hints of his “inside sources in the energy industry”:
RITA: Storm May Be the Coup de Grace for the American Economy and Many of Us As Well

[...] Fully 30% of all US refining capacity is in the target zone. Perhaps most importantly, almost every refinery capable of producing diesel fuel is in immediate danger. This promises (especially in the wake of Katrina) a devastating and irreplaceable shortage of the diesel fuel needed to power America’s harvest of grain and food crops this month and next. Without diesel fuel to power the harvesters and combines, crops may be left to rot in the ground presenting a double whammy: food shortages (with prices that may treble or quadruple) and export defaults negatively impacting the financial markets and trade deficit. [...]
I am not denying that the scenario he describes may very well happen, but as I have said many times here before it will be deliberate. What better way to control your population than to make them poor and hungry; the better to shove your criminal agenda through.

We don't even have to get all cozy with hi-tech alternative energy sources, and change our current distribution structure to prop us up. There is biodiesel which is biodegradable and non-toxic. Some fleets of trucks are already running on the stuff. The National Biodiesel Board says there are delivery trucks rolling into the Gulf Coast right now.

George Bush has even signed two biodiesel bills into law. I am not sure if much will come of it, since the Regime didn't bother to protect the fifth largest port in the world.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Brace Yourself

According to Storm Track, Hurricane Rita is now a category 5, with an extremely healthy core capable of supporting an incredible wind field.

Reuters reports that Rita is not expected to flood New Orleans. Although, CBC quotes Dave Wurtzel, who is part of the corp for repairing the 17th Street Canal levee, “The protection is very tenuous at best.”

Stocks drop in the US and London, warnings that crude oil production could be a “national disaster”, Mission Control shuts down and the Hurricane Center may run out of names.

Not to be all doom and gloom, but I am also keeping on eye on the fact that Vancouver Island is moving westward:
“We think that it's one of these events that will trigger the big mega-thrust earthquake,” seismologist John Cassidy of the Pacific Geoscience Centre in Sidney, B.C., said yesterday.
The island is in The Ring of Fire. So these signs could be alerts to future activity:
The edges of the giant Pacific plate, which lies beneath the Pacific Ocean, form a particularly intense ring of tectonic activity, known as the “ring of fire.” This activity causes frequent earthquakes along the west coast of North America and in Chile, Alaska and Japan, and is also responsible for volcanic eruptions in the northwest United States, the Andes Mountains, and the Philippines.
It as if the earth is sick and tired of our ignorance:
Consider Galloway's statement in response to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath:

“The scenes from the stricken city almost defy belief. Many, many thousands of people left to die in what is the richest, most powerful country on Earth. This obscenity is as far from a natural disaster as George Bush and the U.S. elite are from the suffering masses of New Orleans. The images of Bush luxuriating at his ranch and of his secretary of state shopping for $7,000 shoes while disaster swamped the U.S. Gulf Coast will haunt this administration.

In the most terrible way imaginable they show to the whole world that it is not only the lives of people in Baghdad, Fallujah and Palestine that Bush holds cheap. It is also his own citizens - the black and poor people left behind with no food, water or shelter. This is not simply manslaughter through incompetence, though the White House's incompetence abounds. It is murder - for Bush was warned four years ago of the threat to New Orleans, as surely as he was warned of the disaster that would come of his war on Iraq...

His is the America of Halliburton, the M-16 rifle, the cluster bomb, the gated communities of the rich and of the billionaires he grew up with in Texas. There is another America. It is the land of the poor of Louisiana, it is the land of the young men and women economically conscripted into the military. It is the land of the glorious multiethnic mix that was New Orleans, it is the land of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and of great struggles for justice.”
But, there are pink bunnies on mountaintops.

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Strange Times

It seems that from now on, we can count on everything being very strange:
2003 heatwave 'may have sped up global warming'

LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - The record heatwave that scorched Europe two years ago killing tens of thousands of people could have led to a devastating increase in global warming, new research shows. [...]

Now French researchers have calculated that plant growth across the continent was reduced by about 30 per cent. [...]

Global warming: Siberia feels the heat

It’s a frozen peat bog the size of France and Germany combined that contains billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and, for the first time since the ice age, it is melting, writes Ian Sample. [...]
Global warming changes the temperature of the oceans which changes our climate. Small changes have quantum effects, which we are beginning to see, with the 2003 European heat wave, and now with the US hurricane season.

Rita is heading toward the Texas coast, and the Houston Mayor urges evacuation as the storm rapidly grows into a Category 4. Galveston and New Orleans have mandatory evacuation orders. South Florida, so far, has been spared a direct hit.
Rita Developments: Experts in New Orleans warn that even a glancing blow from the storm and as little as 3 inches of rain could swamp the city's damaged levees. Engineers and contractors work furiously to repair levees and pumps that protect the below-sea-level city.
I notice that neocon-lovers are attempting to exploit the ignorance of the faithful by playing up the recent announcement of global warming on Mars, with such articles as “Hey Liberals: Better Save Mars from Global Warming”, and “Katie Couric and Matt Lauer Blame Hurricanes On Global Warming”, implying that liberals blame Bush for global warming and the whole notion of global climate change is a liberal fantasy.

The Bush regime is not responsible for global warming, despite their love of pollution, although the regime is certainly not helping. I can't but wonder that if those in power know that catastrophic changes are happening, making plans to save their own psychopathic hides, and leaving us out of the picture.

Update: From The Storm Track - Hurricane Rita is continuing her explosive growth and could easilly reach Category 5. Rita just moved out of range of the Key West radar and technical problem had grounded the hurricane hunters this morning, so NHC is flying blind.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Caught

Good commentary on the recent bungled false flag operation:
British Government's Agent Provocateurs Exposed

SOTT
20/09/2005

There is a saying of sorts that “if you are going to do something, do it well”, and given the serious consequences, nowhere is that more true than when you plan to engage in criminal activity. Today in Basra, Southern Iraq, two members of the British SAS (Special Ops) were caught, 'in flagrante' as it were, dressed in full “Arab garb”, driving a car full of explosives and shooting and killing two official Iraqi policemen. [...]
Britain has a long history of terrorist activities, which are then blamed on someone else. Even during World War II, British agents were caught in at least one terrorist act, which they then planned on blaming on the Germans. Back in 2002, it was reported that a Neo-Nazi leader 'was MI6 agent'.

MI6 was also responsible for organizing Operation Mass Appeal, to convince the British public that genocide was necessary. Now they are busy trying to convince the world that those Muslims can't take care of themselves, and the white world needs to stay there indefinitely.

Business as usual.

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Laugh or Cry? The Real Chaos Cloud Story

Read what happens to the blog Proof Through the Night when he links to the Weekly World News article about the chaos cloud heading for earth devouring everything in its path.
But Dr. Albert Sherwinski is making Sitemeter's numbers spin like the scoreboard on Tommy's pinball machine. And it scares me.
Apparently many people aren't paying attention that yahoo syndicates Weekly World News articles for their entertainment section. Never mind that the article contains rather blatant mathematical inaccuracies. Are people really freaking the hell out over such obvious funny business?

Now what is interesting, is that the New Scientist posted an article entitled Galactic dust storm enters Solar System which states:
The Sun's shifting magnetic field is set to focus a decade-long storm of galactic dust grains towards the inner Solar System, including Earth.

The effect this will have on our planet - if any - is unknown. But some researchers have speculated that sustained periods of cosmic dust bombardment might be related to ice ages and even mass extinctions.

During the last decade, the magnetic field of the Sun acted like a shield, deflecting the electrically charged galactic dust away from the Solar System. However, the Sun's regular cycle of activity peaked in 2001.

As expected, its magnetic field then flipped over, so that south became north and vice-versa. In this configuration, rather than deflecting the galactic dust, the magnetic field should actually channel the dust inwards. [...]
I posted this article some time ago, and I have received no search engine hits regarding such things. A real story, with a real threat, and almost no play.

Instead, we have a piece written as entertainment and spoof, which merely distracts from real threats, and it generates a real buzz.

It seems to me that not only are we seeing a huge growing divide between the rich and poor due to Bush's fiscal policies, but also a huge growing divide between those who have been educating themselves about reality and those who are somehow becoming dumber.

The emails I receive in response to this blog show there are people paying attention, and that does give one some small hope.

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Trouble in Paraguay

“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” - CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. “Katherine The Great,” by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991)
The exact location on our globe the US will destroy next may be known only to the neocons. All we get are rumors, and usually not from our state controlled media. If you have any doubt that we have a state controlled media, then read up a bit on operation Mockingbird.

Znet informs us the US military is preparing to “spread democracy” in Paraguay, and using the vague phrase of “terrorist threats” as an excuse.

The CIA factbook itself informs us that:
The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER was overthrown in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, relatively free and regular presidential elections have been held since then.
Of course the US was friends with Stroessner during his rule despite the fact that his regime was blamed for torture, kidnapping, widespread corruption, and harboring Nazis. He is the guy who helped Josef Menegele out of a tight spot.

Lets not kid ourselves here. The US is on an anti-democracy tirade, and that includes the US itself.

Standard policy really. Most of us just didn't care, and now we may have to pay for our blissful ignorance. See A Brief History of U.S. Interventions: 1945 to the Present by William Blum.

A downer post, but there is always The Daily Kitten.

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Friday, September 16, 2005

Head for High Ground?

Hoo boy, are we living in interesting times:
Global warming 'past the point of no return'

A record loss of sea ice in the Arctic this summer has convinced scientists that the northern hemisphere may have crossed a critical threshold beyond which the climate may never recover. Scientists fear that the Arctic has now entered an irreversible phase of warming which will accelerate the loss of the polar sea ice that has helped to keep the climate stable for thousands of years.

They believe global warming is melting Arctic ice so rapidly that the region is beginning to absorb more heat from the sun, causing the ice to melt still further and so reinforcing a vicious cycle of melting and heating. [...]
Some time ago, the BBC posted an interesting set of before and after pictures of How the World is Changing. The SFGate also has an interesting set.

Also, melting can happen at a fairly rapid clip. Back in 2002 the Larson B ice shelf, east of the Antartic peninsula, broke apart and disappeared in just a few weeks. At the time, very few were willing to attribute this to global warming with any degree of certainty.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Horror, Mutilation, Death by Extreme Means Made Legal

The Bush Machine is about to get their fondest desires made legal. The US is just a few pen strokes away from making Preemptive Nuclear Strikes legal.

Every US citizen is about to be made party to murder most foul. As if the US has not wrought enough destruction throughout the world.

Is the the slide toward complete entropy nearly upon us? Has our ignorance of how the world really works allowed the forces of hell to be unleashed upon us all? Yes, I am being melodramatic. These are melodramatic times.

We have an utterly insane regime with an itchy trigger finger, and they consider us the enemy.

Something to consider: everyone knows, including and especially including those who have been labeled terrorist due to the color of their skin, that the neocons are crazy enough to completely and utterly destroy a country with nuclear weapons. Now, why would they commit a terrorist act giving Bush a handy excuse? They wouldn't.

The first and most important thing to understand about psychopaths is that they accuse their victims of what they are doing.

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We are Just Getting Started part 12

How fitting that on the 4th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, another set up was announced:
Al-Qaeda threatens attacks on Los Angeles and Melbourne

09.11.2005, 11:28 AM

WASHINGTON (AFX) - A suspected American member of Al-Qaeda threatened attacks against Los Angeles and the Australian city of Melbourne in a videotape shown by ABC television on today's fourth anniversary of Sept 11. [...]
Bush needs another terrorist attack, if he wants to keep his job, due to the realization of millions that the neocons do not have our best interests in mind after the deliberate bungling of the Katrina aftermath.

There can be no doubt that it was deliberate:
“FEMA won't accept Amtrak's help in evacuations.''
”FEMA turns away experienced firefighters.''
“FEMA turns back Wal-Mart supply trucks.''
”FEMA prevents Coast Guard from delivering diesel fuel.''
“Homeland Security won't let Red Cross deliver food.''
”FEMA bars morticians from entering New Orleans.''
“FEMA blocks 500-boat citizen flotilla from delivering aid.''
”FEMA fails to utilize Navy ship with 600-bed hospital on board.''
“FEMA to Chicago: Send just one truck.''
”FEMA turns away generators.''
“FEMA first responders urged not to respond.''
Notice that the al-Qaeda suspect is supposedly an American. The next terrorist attack may be blamed on US citizens. There has been a steady stream of hate speech spewed from the likes of Fox and Limbaugh since 9/11, calling anyone who is of a life-affirming orientation a terrorist. We have been set up, and the next stage is to accuse anyone who questions Bush of being a terrorist. Sort of like the McCarthy era on steroids. There is no reason to believe the same won't happen to us, as the McCarthy machine rolled over so many US citizens.

After observation of the Bush regime's Katrina response we now know how they will respond in the event of a terrorist attack.

Also:
US can detain ‘enemy combatant' indefinitely

President George W. Bush was handed a major victory on Friday in his effort to assert sweeping presidential powers in the war on terrorism as a US appeals court upheld his authority to imprison indefinitely a US citizen captured on American soil. [...]

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Enemy of the State

I just now noticed that Enemy of the State appears among the living, is blogging once more after a rather long absence, and showing the usual fine form.
Nighttime on The City of New Orleans

Only in America would the citizenry watch thousands upon thousands of their countrymen die a slow agonizing death, some penned by armed gunmen in filthy enclaves with murderers and child rapists, and accept it as the will of their government.

Today I do not know if I am sadder about the massacre of New Orleans, the loss of the all the people, the city that was those people, or the fact that the public, even the reviled themselves, watched it live on TV and the streets of Washington are still free from hordes. As were the roads into the city. There were not that many soldiers. Nothing that could have held back millions, had they taken exception to the
decision[...]

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Earth, Can You Spare a City?

And then the Town Took Off


In lieu of a regular post for the moment, I am providing a link to the Old-Timey Paperback Book Covers Flickr Pool. I just uploaded a whole bunch of old sci-fi covers.
“Sometimes I think our advanced technology and great wealth is only a fig leaf for our pathetic primitiveness. Lately I have been thinking that a lot.” - Stewart Nusbaumer
Sigh. We aren't out there among the stars, solving the mysteries of the universe. Instead, we are learning the hard way about the entropic nature of our little corner of space.
NASA REGULATES CONTACTS WITH THE PUBLIC

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration adopted a new policy this week to regulate contacts with the general public. The policy seems intended in part to insulate the agency from unscripted and unapproved interactions with the public.

Instead of responding directly to public inquiries, NASA employees are instructed to forward such inquiries to an authorized public affairs representative.

“Effective immediately, if you receive an e-mail from a member of the public, promptly forward it to the designated e-mail address for your Center,” the NASA message stated.

And then forget about it.

“You will not receive a reply that the e-mail has been successfully accepted, nor will you receive a copy of the response.”
The new policy, which also addresses messages that are sent to NASA by mistake, is needed “to ensure a responsive public communications program and enhance public perception of NASA,” the message states. [via The Memory Hole]

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

All Peak Oil, All the Time part 5

using.gas


I recently stumbled onto this rather old and silly postcard. I don't know what year it was printed, and it looks like a bulk printing where they could imprint the name of which ever city ordered them. The postage mark is for North Dakota. I would think there was something more photogenic in Ellendale ND, but perhaps not.

Is it not nicely typical? A US citizen bragging about power consumption. It seems that there are forces at work to make sure that is but a memory of the past.

I have a difficult time reading through the peak oil boards as they get all excited about mainstream recognition regarding their pet disaster. They usually have some trite and ready explanation about piles of evidence showing that we don't have to run out of oil anytime soon, such as this one example out of many:
Alberta is about to get wildly rich and powerful

What does that mean for Canada?

[...] “The oil sands give Canada one of the single greatest advantages of any state in the Western world,” says Paul Chastko, a University of Calgary historian who recently published a book called Developing Alberta's Oil Sands. “It gives Canada the ability to supply all of North America for the next 50 years without touching a drop of imported oil.” [...]
They are already pumping a million barrels a day out of there, with plans to triple production.

Cheney had planned to pay them a visit, but decided to cancel after Katrina hit. Canadians have a habit of losing control over their big industries, and if they follow the same pattern we may be able to see production slowed down a bit:
Memos Show Oil Companies Closed Refineries To Hike Profits

Jamie Court
The Huffington Post
09.07.2005

If you believe the oil industry's response to Katrina, you'd think demanding environmentalists are to blame for $3 per gallon gasoline because the tree huggers shut down refineries with tough new rules. President Bush even mimicked the industry excuse by waiving environmental standards in the wake of Katrina. Well, the industry's own internal memos show the intentional shrinking of American refinery capacity in the 1990s was the oil companies' own idea to pump up profits.

Take this internal Texaco strategy memo:

“[T]he most critical factor facing the refining industry on the West Coast is the surplus of refining capacity, and the surplus gasoline production capacity. (The same situation exists for the entire U.S. refining industry.) Supply significantly exceeds demand year-round. This results in very poor refinery margins and very poor refinery financial results. Significant events need to occur to assist in reducing supplies and/or increasing the demand for gasoline.”

The memo went on to discuss a sucessful campaign in Washington State to shrink refined supply by removing other additives in the gasoline that filled gas volume.

Another Mobil memo shows the company promoted tough regulations in California to shut down an independent refiner. A Chevron memo acknowledged the industry wide need to shutter refineries and discussed how refiners were responding in kind.

Large oil companies have for a decade artificially shorted the gasoline market to drive up prices. Oil companies know they can make more money by making less gasoline. Katrina should be a wakeup call to America that the refiners profit widely when they keep the system running on empty. It's time for government to regulate the industry's supply. The fact that President Bush received $2.6 million from the oil industry for his reelection in 2004 should make regulation of the nation's gas supply one of the Democrats' most important talking points.
If there is such a thing as peak oil in our future it will be artificially manufactured.

The New Orleans port was the fifth largest in the world and the largest in the US, and the Bush Regime did not think it fit to spend the money to maintain it from a sure disaster predicted back in the 20th Century. I am not so sure this was gross incompetence.

More peak oil commentary thanks to Harry.

Previous posts on peak oil:

All Peak Oil, All the Time part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

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We are Just Getting Started part 11

All kinds of stuff has been happening under the cover of the New Orleans disaster, but I will have to wait to comment. Every day the stark and horrifying truth - that our government hates us and they hold us in contempt - is becoming more self evident.

Check out Hurricane Katrina - Our Experiences by Parmedics Larry Bradsahw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky. [via Signs] It appears that the Bush Regime has many foot soldiers who only follow orders, denying their own humanity - if they indeed had any to begin with - and more than willing to inflict harm on us. Meanwhile, the “subjects” work together and help each other through a terrifying ordeal.

I can hardly bear to watch the mainstream media blab on about this horror anymore. The Democrats are playing along and willing to play the blame game on someone lower on the totem pole than the neocons, namely that former (fired) horse man.

Also see:

Account from an EPA rep

Battered “Bushite” Syndrome

The New Orleans hostage crisis

New Orleans: A Bush Police State Incubator?

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

We are Just Getting Started part 10

“If we Americans realize that those in power are never hindered by any feelings of conscience or guilt, if we realize that our rulers freely act in their own self interest, (unless forced to do so by popular outcry), that they conduct policy as insatiable predators would, we begin to see them with a new clarity.” - By Douglas Herman
I mentioned in an earlier post that Hurricane Season is not underway yet. Now Ophelia is on her way to Florida, and Nate may pay a visit to Bermuda next week. Who knows what may happen now that storms may be crazier than ever due to global warming.

More reports are seeping out of New Orleans bringing strange and horrifying revelations:

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury on New Orleans: “Americans Are Being Brainwashed”

[...] Roberts agreed that FEMA has deliberately withheld aid, and cut emergency communication lines, and automatically made the crisis look worse in order to empower the image of a police state emerging to “save the day”. [...] [via Signs]

Daley 'shocked' as feds reject aid

Series of dreams

[...]We then started lugging in our food products. The foods I had purchased were mainly snacks, but my mother - God bless her soul - had gone all out with fresh vegetables, fruits, canned goods, breakfast cereals, rice, and pancake fixings. That's when we got the next message: They will not be able to use the kitchen...

FEMA Accused of Flying Evacuees to Wrong Charleston

BBC interview and status update from inside the Astrodome

[....] The media censorship here runs high. It was not easy to actually enter the dome as media. I am working with the group ‘Austin Airwaves’ and our badge says ‘PRESS’ in huge white letters on a red background. This has caused unending red tape. I have been the subject of removal a few times, bordering on a dozen. My camera draws the most fire. [...]

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

We are Just Getting Started part 9

Monday, September 05, 2005

We are Just Getting Started part 8

Sunday, September 04, 2005

We are Just Getting Started part 7

The horror continues, with hate and malice spilling out of Washington DC. I have rounded up a few links on the Katrina disaster, without comment from me.

U.S. REJECTED CUBA'S OFFER OF 1,100 DOCTORS

FEMA BLOCKED 500 BOATS FROM JOINING IN RESCUE EFFORT

ARMY DECLARES WAR ON NEW ORLEANS VICTIMS “THIS WILL BE A COMBAT OPERATION”

“This place is going to look like Little Somalia”

Police Kill Canal Engineers

Boing Boing reader asks about Army troops headed to NOLA

[...] My sister's unit just got back to Ft.Hood from Iraq. She was heading home to take time off when she was recalled for her deployment to NOLA. I guess she used the words Martial Law, and made it sound like the information she received about the mission was made to sound a lot more aggressive than what the news is reporting. [...]

Criminal Plot Underway in the New Orleans Swamp

Limbaugh Blames Katrina Victims

New Orleans mayor fears CIA to take him out

Last night [Nagin] told a reporter for the Associated Press: “If the CIA slips me something and next week you don't see me, you'll all know what happened.” [via Robot Wisdom]

U.S. the New Saddam

[...] The U.S. Air Force's senior officer, Gen. John Jumper, stated U.S. warplanes would remain in Iraq to fight resistance forces and protect the American-installed regime “more or less indefinitely.” Jumper's bombshell went largely unnoticed due to Hurricane Katrina. [...]

New Orleans: Who is jamming communications and why?

New Orleans, Year Zero

[...] Sheriff Harry Lee's deputies caught FEMA agents trying to cut the phone lines in Jefferson Parish. On Meet the Press, Parish President Aaron Broussard said that “yesterday — yesterday — FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards and said no one is getting near these lines.” Why would FEMA do that? It makes no sense in a disaster zone, but it has a logic under martial law. [...]

Podcast discussing Hurricane Katrina

Katrina's real name

THE HURRICANE that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming. [...] [via Posthuman Blues]

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

We are Just Getting Started part 6

Once again peaceful groups are targeted: FBI, Michigan Police Tag Peace, Affirmative Actions Groups as 'Terrorists. Now the Army Times is reporting that Troops begin combat operations in New Orleans.

Our government despises us. Unfortunately it has taken an awful disaster for people to begin to truly see it. The Bush regime is busy blaming the people of New Orleans for the dire straits they found themselves in, which is the mark of true psychopathic activity.

We are only a means to their ends, and if we disrupt the ends they desire they want us to drown. So they send us off to die in illegal wars, misappropriate funds that should go in preparing for disasters here, and then pay cronies to fix the damage they allowed.

Now there are reports of a possible outbreak of dysentery.
Mayor to feds: 'Get off your asses'

[...] NAGIN: But we authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers lickety-quick to take care of New York and other places.

Now, you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place that is so unique when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody's eyes light up -- you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can't figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man.

You know, I'm not one of those drug addicts. I am thinking very clearly.

And I don't know whose problem it is. I don't know whether it's the governor's problem. I don't know whether it's the president's problem, but somebody needs to get their ass on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now. [...]
What will the Bush Regime have to do now that everyone despises Bush (excepting the most rabid and delusional supporters who love to see people drown) to maintain their power?

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We are Just Getting Started part 5

Bathtub


If you have not seen this video from Fox, drop what you are doing and watch it now.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

We are Just Getting Started part 4

We are all struggling to make sense of just what is going on in the aftermath of Katrina. We can't trust the mass media, as they continue to focus on looting and anarchy, which is spinning for Bush. People don't have water and food, but the Bush Regime wasted no time getting troops strung out from the Iraq war down there with shoot to kill orders.

Some good analysis of what the hell is going on:

Signs of the Times

The Symbolism of Katrina from Xymphora

Helter Skelter from Rigorous Intuition

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

We are Just Getting Started part 3

The Endless Hurricane Season

by Stephen Leahy

BROOKLIN, Canada - Up to 12 more tropical storms are expected to follow Hurricane Katrina, the most destructive storm to ever strike the United States, and four may be major hurricanes, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). [...]

The ultimate cause, however, is global warming, Gelbspan told IPS. [...]
Meanwhile, China has no problem evacuating 790,000 people, as Typhoon Talim slams their east coast.

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We are Just Getting Started part 2

Today, a number of articles are pointing out that the Bush administration is largely responsible for the utter devastation of one of our great cities. I feel like I have a hole in my heart, and I'm pissed:
“No One Can Say they Didn't See it Coming”

By Sidney Blumenthal

In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war. [via Signs of the Times]
I am sick of hearing sanctimonious outrage regarding people “looting”. If I was starving and cold, my beautiful and historic city had been shattered, I'm now homeless for the foreseeable future, probably developing some infection from the toxic water, coping with the unknown whereabouts of friends and family, and rescue workers are overwhelmed since the Bush Regime mired the National Guard in Iraq for murderous purposes instead of keeping them here so they can do their job - then get out of my way.

The media was always against us, and now they are showing their utter contempt for US citizens rather blatantly. See:
“Hey, Shoot that Black Guy Running Off with the Bottled Water from Wal-Mart!”

New Orleans After Katrina
The corporate entity is more important than flesh and blood human beings.

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