Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Wagging the Dog

August 15, 2006 | Guantanamo prisoners, including Abu Bakker Qassim (right), stand outside a refugee center in Tirana, Albania. Five Asian men detained at Guantanamo Bay for years as dangerous terrorists, and who had been held there for more than a year after the military's special tribunal system had determined they were not "enemy combatants," were put on a military transport plane and sent to Albania, a poor Balkan nation eager to please Washington.

(Photo: Filip Horvat / The New York Times)

Does no one in Washington watch movies?

Does no one in Washington have a memory more than five minutes long?


Thursday, August 10, 2006

CNN.com - Agent infiltrated terror cell, U.S. says - Aug 10, 2006

How convenient for Bush and Blair! Just the sort of development to take the pressure off the increasing negative world opinion of Israel as the bad guys! What an amazing coincidence!

Whenever something like this takes the headlines, I always look for what else is happening, and who profits from the distraction.

Just watch now, we'll learn that the "undercover agent" provided access to chemicals and chemical know-how in order to draw out the "terroists." They weren't really on the verge of hatching this diabolical plot, but they were thinking about it. Yes sir! THe plot was ready to spring when most needed.

"In politics nothing is accidental. If something happens, be assured it was planned this way."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Revenge of Gaia

I just received a copy of "Revenge of Gaia" by James Lovelock. After the announcements of his support for nuclear energy, including fusion, I've been looking forward to this read.

Pretty diasppointing. While he starts off well with a rational discussion of the inevitable effects of global climate change due largely to human activity, he waffles throughout the book not fully embracing the changes required to accomodate the new environment that will result. He seems stuck on the idea of maintaining our existing cultures, based on "progress," "growth" and "profit." I'm surprised.

If anything, the immenent collapse of human civilization is a result of just those concepts dominating cultural reaction to human needs of food, clothing and shelter. Growth has proven to be a bankrupt concept.

More to come as I finish the book...