Kurt Vonnegut, a real contribution.

April 12, 2007 § Leave a comment


Kurt Vonnegut passes away at 84.

“Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like ‘Slaughterhouse-Five,’ ‘Cat’s Cradle’ and ‘God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater’ caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died Wednesday night in Manhattan. He was 84.”

From a 2003 interview with In These Times:

I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d’etat imaginable. And those now in charge of the federal government are upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka “Christians,” and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or “PPs.”

Source: Think Progress


Lee Iacocca- Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

April 11, 2007 § Leave a comment

 This is amazing, source, and language.

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

By Lee Iacocca with Catherine Whitney

Had Enough?

Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.”

Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

Source: Borders – Feature – Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google Earth

April 11, 2007 § Leave a comment

It is a very good idea for the Holocaust museum to extend its reach to other genocides.  

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has joined with Google in an unprecedented online mapping initiative. Crisis in Darfur enables more than 200 million Google Earth users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur, Sudan. The Museum has assembled content—photographs, data, and eyewitness testimony—from a number of sources that are brought together for the first time in Google Earth.

Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google Earth

Bush and Iraq, from Seymore Herssh.

April 11, 2007 § Leave a comment

 The point is the isolation of this government, and its lack of interst in what if’s. This interview is worth reading.

This seems to be something that Bush has in common with Nixon: the White House ignoring everyone and seeking to become a government unto itself.
One of the things this administration has shown us is how fragile democracy is. All of the institutions we thought would protect us — particularly the press, but also the military, the bureaucracy, the Congress — they have failed. The courts . . . the jury’s not in yet on the courts. So all the things that we expect would normally carry us through didn’t. The biggest failure, I would argue, is the press, because that’s the most glaring.

Source: Rolling Stone : National Affairs: Cheney’s Nemesis, Seymour Hersh, Reveals White House’s Secret Plan to Bomb Iran


April 8, 2007 § Leave a comment


Easter is a day of seasonal honoring, deep in all cultures. How does it intersect with global warming and earlier spring? Our rituals are being made more ambiguous.

Afghanistan and NATO

April 7, 2007 § Leave a comment


A lot of folks are not acknowledging the serious structural damage to major institutions like NATO from America’s crusade in Iraq and the festering problems in Afghanistan. Ullman and General Jones suggest that there is serious structual fatigue that can’t bear the weight of further bad decisions and incompetence.

Source: The Washington Note

Climate change

April 7, 2007 § Leave a comment

 The last sentence is full of implications. The model of how that happens, and what could reverse it, is a key strategic piece.

Very grim. We need to get a handle on this, but I don’t have confidence that we will until something systemically horrible happens — like the loss of all polar bears, or bumblebees, or frogs. Until we think that mankind could actually be severely impacted, the rich will keep exploiting the low-costs of a carbon dependent energy world.

Source: The Washington Note

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