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24 comments7 Dec 2006 @ 17:10 by vaxen : Perhaps...
you might consider Global Dimming (pan evaporation)? Oh, the pan of pan evaporation neither has anything to do with the greek term meaning universal nor with that great god who causeth such fright to erupt from all those experiencing him for the first time. cf. Arther Machens' "The Great God Pan."
Of course just exactly what part The Extermination Angel, aka the Lizard King, and The Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology has to play in this... I'll never tell.
Ever been to 'The Youngstown Charm School' jazzolog? Jim Trafficant can be seen there, often, holding sway. Different puppets one script. CONTACT?
Schizandra! No, that isn't what Gomer Pile used to exclaim either. As the bot nets attack every DNS I must ask myself if anyone ever really met joe-job. Mary and Heather? Surely that means 'code red?'
Red sails in the moonlight with Doctor Greenbaum and Dr Green. Dr Black had to attend a birthday party, the new Reich forms, so cannot be here now.
Pearl Harbor? Quizzling are we? Skorzeny can't be far behind. Happy Pearl Harbor day.
BTW did you catch Mr Blair and Mr Bush eulogizing side by side? Like two guppies gushing in a pond of translucent buttermilk. Aren't you proud to be an American?
Hillary Clinton may be a true Mother of Darkness but we've our Aegis, don't we? ;)
Amir Il Ka
PS: Lest the above be misinterpreted, somehow, as an attack upon your dignity let me be sure to thank you for the links, my friend. Democracies always end in one way only. Ask the so called ''founding fathers."
"When a leader allows himself to break the rules of humanity, it is the duty of every citizen to break the leader's rules." --- Franz Jagerstatter.
"What if the president and his administration refuse to cooperate with Congress in this inquiry? What if they deny access to all documents, refuse to testify and issue "signing statements" stating that the president will not abide by the laws that Congress passes? Then the Constitution offers only two options: Vote the president out of office, and Bush is due to depart in 2009. Or impeach Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors. In my view, it should not come to that -- but Congress must act to defend the Constitution before America turns completely into an elected dictatorship." --- Jesse Jackson
And just what is it that makes this duped man say "But, in my view, it should not come to that?"
Well, you may be familiar with Lysander Spooners famous expose but then again you may not. Need a link to "The Constitution of No Authority" by my man Lysander?
What Jacks' Son is doing is called "Damage Control."
Got Bush? Take a peek...
Follow the White Rabbit,
SEAL 1 Emerge
8 Dec 2006 @ 10:51 by jazzolog : The Warming
Bob Sheak, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Sociology at Ohio University, replied to this entry with an article he coincidentally just completed. It probably will be published elsewhere in an edited version, but you get it first~~~
Dismiss, Dither, Despair, or Do Something
December 6, 2006
Our individual and collective futures are being ominously shaped by global warming. Over a decade ago in 1995, the world’s community of scientists “determined that the warming is, undeniably, due to human activities” (Gelbspan, p 24).
The human activities in question are linked to the carbon emissions that come from burning coal, oil, and gas in electric utility plants, from the emissions released by combustion engines in cars and trucks. There is also a strong link between human diet and methane emissions from livestock, according to the United Nation’s Environmental Program’s Unit on Climate Change. Specifically, the 2004 State of the World notes, “Belching, flatulent livestock emit 16 percent of the world’s annual production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas” (Brook). Vast stretches of Arctic and Siberian permafrost are melting, also releasing huge quantities of methane into the atmosphere.
Climate changes, already well underway, are fundamentally altering the ecologically-based habitats of human and non-human life alike and threatening a monumental degradation of life on this planet, if not the very existence of life. And, unless serious action by nations, corporations, and other organizations are mounted soon, the effects will be irreversible. James Hansen, the head of NASA’s top institute studying the climate and perhaps the world’s leading research on global warming, believes that global warming is accelerating. According to an interview conducted with Hansen by Scott Pelley, “Hansen says his research shows that man has just 10 years to reduce greenhouse gases before global warming reaches what he calls tipping point and become unstoppable.”
The accumulating evidence is based on the best scientific research and is reflected in rising average global temperatures and a host of specifically documented environmental effects and political conflicts. Depending on many factors, including whether governments move quickly to reduce emissions, global temperatures are projected to rise in this century from 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit to 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit (see Hanley). Even now before the global temperature has reached such levels, there are catastrophic effects (e.g., a massive extinction of species related to the effects of global warming on habitats).
One of the principal sources of this evidence comes from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC includes 2,000 scientists from 100 countries reporting to the United Nations “in what is the largest and most rigorously peer-reviewed scientific collaboration in history” (Gelbspan, 24).
Rajendra K. Pachauri, an Indian climatologist and current chair of the IPCC refers to some recent information on global warming in an interview with Charles J. Hanley, a correspondent with the Associated Press. Pachauri says that the next multi-volume Assessment Report of the IPCC is due out in early 2007. It “will offer significantly more evidence on sea-level rise, the melting of glaciers and the growing scarcity of water.” The Assessment will also document that world temperatures “have risen to levels not seen in 12,000 years.”
Ross Gelbspan provides a further glimpse in seven “snapshots” of some of the more prominent and disheartening effects of global warming, as follows.
(1) The melting away of the Earth’s ice cover, as huge ice shelves break up in the Arctic and Antarctic, as the ice cover on the Arctic Ocean shrinks, as mountain glaciers melt more rapidly that expected (19).
(2) “All over the world species are traveling toward the poles in an effort to maintain temperature stability” (33). For example, two major studies were published in early 2003 that scientifically documented that “warming was accelerating the migration of species around the globe. One study found that “animals had shifted north an average of nearly four miles per decade.” The second study documented that “animals are migrating, hatching eggs, and bearing young an average of five days earlier than they did at the start of the 20th century….” (33). This migration is due to climate changes that affect habitats and species adaptations. The changes will worsen, so, for example, “one-third of the world’s habitats could disappear or change beyond recognition by the end of this century” (36).
(3) Water covers two-thirds of the planet, and rising temperatures are affecting this water as far as two miles down. Warming surface waters are already affecting marine populations, coral reefs, and whole countries (63). Consider the following examples: the warming of the Tejo River estuary in Portugal has “caused cold-water species such as founder and red mullet to almost disappear in the last two decades”; “Pacific salmon may no longer find a suitable habitat in Pacific Ocean”; there have been detrimental affects on plankton, penguins, polar bears; 58 percent of the world’s coral reefs are threatened, with some reefs shrinking by 90 percent; diseases affecting marine life are flourishing, increasing, for example, blooms of toxic algae; the entire ecosystem of the North Sea is in a state of collapse; and record temperatures are killing off the plankton on which all life in the sea depends (Gelbspan 64-66)
(4) Fossil fuel burning is affecting the world’s oceans in at least three additional ways. First, rising temperatures are changing the pattern of El Ninos, the ocean’s way for expelling stored heat. As the ocean in the tropical western Pacific becomes warmer, the “recharge phase has speeded up while the intensity of El Nino is stronger now than ever in the last hundred years. Second, the acidity of the earth’s oceans is increasing as they absorb increasing amounts of carbon dioxide. Third, there are “potentially catastrophic oceanic changes from warming-driven disruptions in the normal flow of deep-water currents that determine climatic conditions in much of the world” (Gelbspan, 87)
(5) Insects thrive on the global warming, as it extends their range, and it accelerates the maturation of the pathogens they carry. The World Health Organization projects that “millions of people will die from climate-related diseases and other impacts in the next few decades” (Gelbspan, 119). The greatest of disease may result from a relatively small number of emergent pathogens whose range increases with global warming, including Rift Valley fever, Easter oyster disease, tree-killing bark beetles, and more mobile mosquitoes that spread malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. In addition, “weather extremes serve to intensify flooding and droughts that create breeding grounds for insects whose desiccated eggs remain viable and hatch in still water” (Gelbspan, 120-123)
(6) Looming threats of malnutrition. “Warming temperatures, as well as altered rainfall patterns and more extreme droughts, are beginning to take a devastating toll on the world’s food crops.” Two factors stand out. As temperatures go up, the soil will dry out more quickly. And “altered rainfall patterns will result in significantly less rain falling during critical summer growing season.” Most food crops will, consequently, “become more fragile and unreliable.” (Gelbspan, 148).
(7) The number of environmental refugees will rise. Thus, in November 2000, “officials began the permanent evacuation of more than 40,000 people from their traditional home on the Duke of York Islands off Papua New Guinea” (171). “Small island nations from Jamaica to the Philippines are threatened by rising sea levels.” Some large nations will also be drastically affected: “a rise of one meter would submerge 17.5% of Bangladesh [and] 6% of the Netherlands” (Gelbspan, 171-172).
Gelbspan’s list is extensive, but it does not pretend to be exhaustive. One should also add to the list that global warming is also a major factor in the mass extinction of species, leading perhaps to “the sixth mass extinction in the history of life on Earth, and the only one to be caused by another species, man” (Taking Notes 18).
In addition to the environmental effects of global warming, there will also be political effects. Michael T. Klare comments on two relevant sources. First, “In a major London address, British Defense Secretary John Reid warned that global climate change and dwindling natural resources are combining to increase the likelihood of violent conflict over land, water and energy. Climate change, he indicated, “will make scarce resources, clean water, viable agricultural land even scarcer”—and this will “make the emergence of violent conflict more rather than less likely.” The other source is a report from “a California based consulting firm in October 2003,” prepared for the U.S. Department of Defense. “The report offers an equally grim prognosis: “Military confrontation may be triggered by a desperate need for natural resources such as energy, food and water rather than by conflicts over ideology, religion or national honor” (Klare).
U.S. administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have done much too little to stem the ongoing potentially cataclysmic rise in global warming. However, the Bush administration has been among the worst. It has dismissed the evidence on global warming as inconclusive and argued that only absolutely verifiable evidence is acceptable, a standard that is impossible to attain. It has taken steps to suppress and stifle the research findings of dozens of federal agencies and federal contractors (see Pelley). It has taken the position that the economic costs of reversing global warming would undermine the economy, and that the health of the economy takes precedence over the health of the earth. It has refused to sign the Kyoto Accord or to take a constructive role in curtailing global warming. And the administration has done nothing to limit the continued growth of the fossil fuel industry. Here is just one recent example. In Texas, TXU, Inc. is “planning a $10 billion investment in eleven new coal-fired power plants over the next several years.” These plants “will use outdated and highly-polluting technology,” even though “far more advanced technologies are commercially available and affordable.” When these plants become operational, “they will produce a total of 78 million tons of carbon dioxide each year – the equivalent of the emissions from 10 million Cadillac SUVs – which will continue each year of the plants’ expected 25 to 35 years of operations” (Act for Action).
An analysis of the problem of global warming like the one developed here is often going to be dismissed with the retort that it is all “gloom and doom.” This dismissive position is sometimes taken by those who are ignorant of the facts, or who accept whatever political leaders assert, or who hold to the view that “god” will look after believers, or who have opportunities to make profits from existing energy policies, or who reject science. There are also informed skeptics or cynics who believe that the problem is so great as to have become insurmountable. There is certainly gloom. However, unlike religiously-based apocalyptic scenarios (see Kirsch), the scientifically-based findings and concerns about the effects of global warming are based on the best scientific methodologies, open to peer review, verifiable, being confirmed by actual events and trends, and can be modified according to new evidence. There is also doom, but the situation is not inevitable. Although time is short, the evidence on global warming helps us to identify policies that can slow it down, stop it, and perhaps reverse it. While the gloomy evidence may lead some to despair or to dither, the slim chance of reversing global warming lead others to do something.
In February of this year, 86 of the country's leading evangelical scholars and pastors signed on to the Evangelical Climate Initiative, which is based on the premise that they have a special responsibility to actively work to preserve “God’s creation” (McKibben). Andrew Buncombe notes: “A number of environmental groups have joined with a dozen U.S. states and several cities to try to force the government to make the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate carbon emissions under the framework of the Clean Air Extension Act.” Further, “…Voters in Washington state joined more than 20 other pro-alternative energy states by approving a ballot initiative requiring 15 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources” (Rezvi). Legislation is being offered in the U.S. Congress. For example, Rep. Henry A Waxman (D-CA) has authored the “Safe Climate Act,” that “sets targets and requires the actions that will be necessary to avoid dangerous, irreversible warming of our planet.” (Waxman). Some nations in Europe are managing to reduce their carbon emissions.
These initiatives are worthwhile, but something bigger is required. Ross Gelbspan, who has won awards for his books on global warming, suggests a framework that is up to the magnitude and seriousness of the problem. His proposal involves three interacting strategies to set the stage for slowing down, stopping, and reversing global warming. First, he recommends shifting the tens of billions of dollars in subsidies that now go to oil, gas and coal to conservation and the accelerated development of renewable energy. Second, he calls for the creation of a large fund, based on a tax of one-fourth of a cent on the $1.5 trillion a day in international currency transactions, to transfer renewable energy technologies to developing countries. And, third, he supports a progressively more stringent Fossil Fuel Efficiency Standard, which would rise by five percent a year.
In short, the growing problem of global warming must be joined at every level with the hope that there is enough time for personal enlightenment and transformation, for the emergence of non-consumerist values, for communities to be rejuvenated, for organizations to be revived and extended, for political parties to embody commitment and visionary agenda, for government policy that is up to the job, for economies to be made sustainable, and for international agreements that foster cooperation across the globe to congeal. Will there then be time and resources for the widespread manufacture and distribution of renewable energy systems, public transportation and low-emission automobiles, the construction of appropriate housing and buildings, the design of super-efficient appliances, and so forth? Perhaps, at some point, people and their leaders will be sufficiently charged to make this happen because there is no real option. On balance, the prospect doesn’t look good.
Act for Action, “Stop Texas Utility from Barbecuing the Earth,” Working Assets, November 30, 2006.
Dan Brook, “Meat is a Global Warming Issue,” www.alternet.org/story/40639 August, 24, 2006.
Andrew Buncombe, “Bush Faces Legal Action Over Global Warming,” www.commondreams.org [originally from Independent/UK], November 29, 2006.
Ross Gelbspan, Boiling Point: Basic Books, 2004.
Charles J. Hanley, “Report to Offer Climate Change Evidence,” www.commondreams.org (orig: Associated Press), November 13, 2006
Michael T. Klare, “The Coming Resource Wars,” www.TomPaine.com March 7, 2006.
Bill McKibben, “The Gospel of Green,” www.alternet.org/story/42510, October 4, 2006.
Jonathan Kirsch, A History of the End of the World, 2006.
Scott Pelley, “Rewriting the Science,” CBS News, March 19, 2006.
Harder Rezvi, “US: Climate Change Climate Changing,” www.commondreams.org (orig: OneWorld.net), November 21, 2006.
Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), “Safe Climate Act: Summary of the Bill,” (this is from Waxman’s website).
8 Dec 2006 @ 12:03 by rayon : Yes, quite agree
Ominous control is being taken both by the definers of glabal warming and the solution providers. For instance into the carbon foot print of each individual is put all the energy costs of lighting airports, motorway, streets, government offices, etc etc, if I am to interpret correctly the answer I put to an leading authority in private lecture recently in London here. The answer was an evasion completely to my question which (suggested the idea of global dimming to allow the earth to experience fully the dayly benefits of night ((some cooling by default, natures way??) indicated to me that she had not be informed and could not give her opinion on my question, and replied instead by again defining what the carbon foot print of each individual is deemed to be.
Mathematically, this is I believe:
All the pollution in the world divided by all the people in the world = carbon foot print of individual
This leaves the various organisations and conglomerates free with but a token effort at reduced carbon emmissions, because the total bill for pollution will have to be paid by individuals and their lifestyles. The world is one giant corporation now, and the individuals are doing all the battling and being hampered by not being able to form into groups to tackle the monster polluter.
Forgive me Jazzlog for not reading the complete article above, but your judgement is long time trusty now and moments few, so adieu mon ami
8 Dec 2006 @ 19:24 by vaxen : Again:
Global Warming is a cover for an even more insidious Operation. Global Dimming is beyond what your Academes have been 'pro-grammed (scripted)' to propagate! For Christs sake, if not your own, check it out man! Don't you realise, yet, that the Ivory Halls of Academe mean absolutely nothing to us?
They dance, but we call the tune. How many of these 'sacred idiots' are funded by DARPA? And, of course, even deeper 'smokescreen' in-vestors with an eye not only to profit but even more Eugenics and 'crowd' control.
Or just who do you think has caused all the stink? These boodle boys all are on their knees for, either tenure (False sense of security) or what's worse... greed and self aggrandizement (profit!)
"What profiteth a man..." --- Rabbi Yeshua ben Yosef of Natzeret
Blowing up Cobalt Bombs in our atmospheres and under our oceans since the insane fools built 'the bomb' is the real cause of the problems we all face now. Study, also, the effects of DU in Iraq, and other places, on us... oh yes, it can be found in a store near you. That recently returned 'VET?' A humna dog being used as a carrier. You think I'm kidding, of course.
To hell with Academia! What have they given us so far? Words, words, words... begging for more fiat money so they can lock themselves up in their ivory towers and produce an endless stream of insane, yet well funded, studies!
We are Green on Delta, sir! Follow that White Rabbit, that Sacred Cow... it will lead to an immense underground megaverse of hells and as you go deeper into those Matrices beyond time each hell gets worse and worse and worse. Use your own mind for your own sake, and mine, and forget all those ties to the sepulchred Academe.
We the real people? The pateince grows thin but we know the sound of the iron heel. Remember the Hungarian revolution? Remember that sacred trust? Oh ... "you heard it here first" La Dee Da, no I didn't. I've read it all before. I'm a scanner, too, you know... and, my friend, we just happen to be involved in a real war. Wake up, then, before it is too late! Pan Evaporation anyone? Google that!
Nothing personal, you know, old chap. Tavistock is peopled by the slugs from Academia. You are different... aren't you? Or are you just another White Rabbit, like all the rest?
Teach your children well tinkerbell
Operation Ore has many 'Mary Begots'
In ''service'' to the well Academed.
"Goldilocks" is the name of the game.
Recession beginning in March 2007
Are you ready for that?
Where has all the money gone?
On education. But not your sort.
There is NO money!
The treasury was bankrupted long ago.
You are the collateral on the 'loan.' Groan...
The Dark Mother weeps
But that's always been a facade.
9 Dec 2006 @ 10:03 by jazzolog : An Inconvenient Academe
Vax often sounds like the gabby teachers he condemns---lecture after sermon. Anyway he's preaching to the choir if he intends to humiliate me in front of my colleagues. The sacred realm in schools across America supposedly is Science---and it's been that way since before Russia graced the heavens with Sputnik. You don't see science teachers out there with a bake sale to stock their labs. One reason for this came to light in the past couple weeks when the producer of Al Gore's documentary Inconvenient Truth offered the National Science Teachers Association 50,000 DVDs to distribute free to American classrooms. NSTA turned them down...saying it might affect funding campaigns. How could that be? Well well, it turns out Exxon Mobil and Shell like to have something to say about what's taught in exchange for some cash. The usually accurate radio series Living On Earth, broadcast on public stations, has a feature on the controversy this weekend, and here's the transcript and RealAudio link~~~
At the same time we learn Exxon is spending hundreds of thousands to "research" the case that The Warming is all a giant hoax. http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20061207111541864 Evangelicals on one side, Vax on the other, Exxon in the middle---with the cash---and the federal government sailing over it all mandating tests on material the Bush family's textbook business sells: what's the objectivity of the science teacher to do?
9 Dec 2006 @ 15:31 by vaxen : Heh, heh...
I hear ya jazzolog san and. believe it or not, do sympathize with your plight. Still, have you (hopefully) checked out 'pan evaporation?' If you were a member of digg (maybe you are?) I'd suggest 'digging' your friends article.
You point out some very salient factors of the global corporations' scams. IMF, BIS, Ra, Ra, Ra---with a bit of a sis boom ba thrown in for J.T. Laudermilk and friends.
Hope you are warm and cozey on this wintery blustery day. Oh, it isn't winter yet!
Saw Orion rise at 8:30 PM last night with Al-Dabran hot on the hunters heels at 10:30 PM! A whole two hours after Mintakas' rise. Please read about the spp and the North American Union.
With the cash...weird how some men, and women too, sell their souls for paper! Symbols, symbols, symbols.
As a young man, not that your old now, jazz...what were your hopes when you became a 'teacher?' Al Dabran means 'the speaker.' Maybe an oblique reference to 'the speaker of the house?'
Colloquy? Luv ya bro, and thanks for the article.
BTW do you understand, now, why James Earl Carter gave the Panama Canal to the Chinese? Or, Clintons re-election scam was funded by our orange brothers over there (yellow + red, in mixed degree=orange) too? What color are your shoes? Don't look down!
Do it from memory...but, I'll bet you already had to look down! Now, what color are they? Bada Bing. Dont you just love the CFR? ;)
9 Dec 2006 @ 23:59 by quinty : With a head in the sand
Which is mine. The debate regarding global warming in the advanced industrial world is often neither scientific, intellectually honest, or founded upon "good faith" reasoning, as Sartre nicely put it.
Leaving out those with highly personal, intuitive, and idiosyncratic points of view, the immense banner against global warming has been held up high for the past half century or so by Corporate America. Their motives? I will not insult your intelligence by explaining why.
Now, while there may be tree huggers, spinning spirit heads, atavists, and nostalgics for our primal state among those who are alarmed by the prospects of global warming, it is the hard cold scientists, the objective and unbiased scientists, who have raised the alarm.
When the original corporate types - who formed the basis for the current hard rightwing core claiming global warming is only a "looney left" fantasy - rallied against the claims of science forty or fifty years ago it was the green matter in their pockets which motivated them: far more than the green matter covering our Mother Earth.
Greed has much to explain in the current debate.
So, I'm not a scientist. But who should I believe?
And, what's more, since when do we, the human race, have a right to despoil, pollute, corrupt, dirty, and foul our habitat? Even if there were no global warming we still shouldn't treat our world as a garbage can or sewer. A place we can dump our waste however we please? Filling our skies and streams with pollution?
To explain what I said at the top before launching into this, I keep my head in the sand because the hard realities are much too much too painful to take. I can't even watch PBS nature shows anymore on TV. They always seem to end with the same message. That that beautiful, fascinating, incredible creature you have been closely watching in its natural habitat for the past hour is on the verge of extinction. That there are only a few thousand more on the Earth and that poachers, land grabbers, the desperately poor are destroying its only remaining habitat.
That is very hard to take. Don't some of you agree?
10 Dec 2006 @ 05:10 by vaxen : Of course...
Sure I agree with you dear friend. But all that glitters isn't gold and I long ago lost all faith in Science. I was in the Academic program from grade 1 so that was my goal, to become a scientist ... but it didn't take me long to realise just what that meant. Werner Von Braun and Willy Lee were the two tops on my list of heroes. Botany was my favorite of favorites ... although at Science fairs the prizes I received were all in rocketry.
I'm way too much of a maverick and a free thinker, praise HU, to ever have fallen under 'that' sway. I certainly understand why you want to run and hide. I should've but didn't and ended up in a myriad of Gulags spread throughout the world. Smertz Shpionam! My body never died, and I lied a lot, but that's all still a mystery to me. Not really... I'm not my body, you see...
Neither are you, dear friend, but your body has a right to freak! I can sympathize with that.
OK, then, for your edification - here's a laugh. (with jazzologs' permission, I hope... [he can always delete], here goes:
Stirred, not shaken ~ there was a top secret oval office Intervention with George W Bush. It was led by James Baker and included Barbara and George ' Poppy ' Bush Senior, Brent Scowcroft, Bob Gates, Henry Kissinger and a furious Laura Bush.
I have been sitting on this story's authenticity but Maureen Dowd broke it in today's New York Times ~ so here it is along with the photo of Laura's red dress. Sometimes satire is the best medicine when reality becomes unbearable.
INSIDE STORY / WHITE HOUSE INTERVENTION
The Oval Intervention
By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: December 9, 2006 / N.Y.Times
It is not a happy mood in the Oval Office.
Poppy is sobbing, his face in his hands, slumped in one of the yellow-and-blue striped chairs. Laura is screaming the words " Oscar de la Renta " and " rendition " into her cellphone, still seeing red after showing up at a White House gala in the same $8,400 red gown as three other women who did not happen to be first lady.
Bob Gates is grim-faced, but not as grim-faced as Barbara, whose look could freeze not only the Potomac but the Tigris and the Euphrates. Scowcroft is over on the couch, trying to nap while Kissinger drones softly in his ear.
And, of course, there is the Deprogrammer for the Decider, James Baker, perfectly suited in bright green tie and suited perfectly for his spot behind the president¹s desk.
The Council of Elders had hoped this Apocalypto moment wouldn¹t be necessary. They had assumed that the scorching Iraq Study Group report would have the same effect on Junior as the bucket of cold water that Mr. Baker¹s strict father, a lawyer known as ' the Warden,' used to throw on his face to wake him up as a boy.
But Junior is trying to wriggle away completely, offering a decidedly cool response to the attempt to yank him into the reality-based community. He rallied his last two allies ~ his English poodle and his Scottish terrier, Blair and Barney.
He is loath to give up his gunslinger pose to go all diplo. He cleaves to the neocon complaint that it is the realists who are now being unrealistic, thinking the administration can bargain with Syria and Iran, or that the Army can train Iraqi security forces (or, as they are known there, death squads) in a matter of months when they haven't been able to do it in years.
The Velvet Hammer is undeterred. He¹s doing an all-out intervention, locking Junior and Barney in the little study next to the Oval. To stress the seriousness of the situation, they don¹t give the president his feather pillow.
The group gathers at the door of the study. "My boy," his dad tells him between sobs. " We love you. We¹re here for you. We¹re worried about you. You¹re not just hurting yourself, you¹re hurting others. This is a safe place. No one's judging you ..."
" What are you talking about, Dad?" Junior snaps. " I just actually read 96 pages of your friends¹ judging me in that cowpie report." Barney woofs in support.
Barbara can be heard muttering from across the room. " We were right about Jebbie."
Henry the K lumbers up to the door and in a low Teutonic rumble says: " It¹s time we stopped taking care of you and started caring about you. Would you like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?"
Junior is getting even more furious. "You all think you¹re so realist. But you¹re unrealist. I¹m realist. Are you sitting at my desk, Baker? Get out of there! Everyone says you¹re so Mr. Ride to the Rescue, but none of your surrender monkey ideas would work. Talk about Pretend Land ~ Israel giving up the Golan Heights? Yeah, right. And they call me delusional."
Baker glides up to the door and says, in his most satiny drawl, "Son, I just threw a few D.O.A. ones in there for you to reject so you could preserve your manhood."
There are sounds of feet stomping. "You say I can¹t stay the course but I can too stay the course!"Junior yells. " I can! I can! I can! I can! You say I have to put the two trillion dollar war cost in the budget, but I don't! You say we have to cuddle up to evildoers in Iran and Syria. Why do you hate the troops?
Where¹s Condi? I want my Condi! "
Realizing the president is getting hysterical, the group looks at Laura, hoping she can calm him down.
She approaches the door and coos in a soft voice: " Bushie? Listen, now, this is important. How do you get someone audited? Can¹t we send Oscar de la Loser to Gitmo?"
Baker gently nudges Laura aside. " Now son, hear me out. We¹ve disabled your enablers. Rummy has written his last self-serving memo. Dick¹s got his hands full explaining his darlin' new grandchild's Two Mommies. Don¹t bother calling for Condi. She¹s at the bottom of Foggy Bottom. You¹ve got to know when to hold ¹em, know when to fold 'em."
It's not sinking in. " We must achieve our objective,"Junior sputters. "Our objective is success. To succeed we must have success. If we don¹t win, we lose. We are the winners. We can¹t let the ... we¹re in an ideological struggle and that's why we have a strategy ... AL QAEDA! We must help democracy in Iraq succeed because ... ISLAMOFASCISTS! ... that is the objective of a successful ..."
Barney scratches at the door, trying to cut and run.
Allen L Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website allenroland.com He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on Conscious talk radio http://www.conscioustalk.net/
Allen L Roland http://blogs.salon.com/0002255/2006/12/09.html
PS: Dolly is a programmed multiple, a beta, working for 'her' country. Whichever country that may be; take your pick. It is almost certain that she is not the famous scottish clone unto whom she 'bares' a remarkable resemblace. Guess who 'ate' Dolly for lunch? Tsk, tsk...
A tisket a tasket a green and yellow basket. And if that old nursery rhime 'triggers' any alters in you... blame Mengele not me.
"Ultra was his name." --- code 6
10 Dec 2006 @ 10:37 by jazzolog : The Best Of Vax
Sometimes it all comes together! Thank you, you rare man.
10 Dec 2006 @ 16:02 by vaxen : Now that...
makes my spirit soar! You aren't Mr Heinz in dusguise, are you jazzolog? ;)
We aren't there until we're there. LYM
10 Dec 2006 @ 17:21 by Quinty @126.96.36.199 : That photo
is hilarious. The sad part of that Dowd piece is that when we laugh all the bleeding wounds open up.
About that photo: there he is again, smiling! That dude don't see that he ain't got no right to smile no more! That such he he ha ha is abominable with so many people dying!
Somebody please get Dr. Dowd to take care of this man!
11 Dec 2006 @ 00:30 by vaxen : Sure he does...
and so do you. If smiling opens up all your old wounds then you must be in an awful fix. Look on the brighter side of things. At least you're alive and, presumably, under your own control. Let it out quinty san... satire isn't a joke, that's true, but the old adage that it's not personal, just business... applies.
And don't worry on a second front... Bushie is being controlled. A simple little marionette. He knows this, so do we. KNOTS China Lake is only all too real for the poor man.
As a leader I had to smile a lot... you have to appear to be confident and in control even when you are not. Send the man some love, for goodness sake, it's the only thing to do under such circumstances. We are not ordered to destroy the core, nor even the facade. That way will never bring peace unto this shattered world.
Eurasia is a big prize... it's all about commerce. You're a free man. Limit the power of Government, not by attacking the legal fiction Company, but by knowing who you are. Rather than read all those propagandists' lies, and spin, as truth -- see the illusions of the stage (Maya) therein. Tragi-comedy.
Ever read ``The Theatre and its' Double" by Antonin Artaud? It was inspired by Balinese Theatre. You carry within you a tremendous power. We're really conditioned to fear what you already know to be true.
Afraid to unleash that neuronic, substrate, bomb you hide within. I don't blame you for it means giving up a lot. Some people are loath to sacrifice that little stick for fear that they'll drown in that great big ocean. Admittedly, a scary place to be sometimes.
I'd caution you to let go and be free. We need you... just as you are. A tear or two works wonders and a forced smile eventually becomes the real thing. Here's a theta hand across infinty for you to grab onto if you need an uplift. We've got a dew liferafts around, too, so don't hesitate to grab a hold.
Thesis, anti-thesis, synthesis. Or said after another fasion: Goals, Problems, Mass... all ridges can be made into ruffles... add a little water, press a bit, all goes flat. Love ya, bro. You aren't alone.
"The height of your accomplishments will equal the
depth of your convictions."
--William F. Scolavino
PS: I really love ivory towers.
11 Dec 2006 @ 09:55 by rayon : Correction
To my maths above - too hasty here of me apologies - because I am the one quoting the table of carbon foot prints of each country - the highest is the Arab world, effectively living a 14 planet life style. (The US a 6 planet life style) (Europe 3 planet which can easily be reduced by 1.5 planets). So the carbon foot print actually differs between country to country or area.
First thing on a Monday cannot read all the discourse above, but look forward to doing so muchly. Later. N
PS the world can support a 2 planet life style for people, nomore.
11 Dec 2006 @ 11:08 by jazzolog : Vax In A Nutshell, Quinty Loosened
I had a revelation yesterday, sitting in a choirstall where I happen to hear the sermons. The text was from Baruch the Prophet, an increasingly interesting book apparently to the priests. We're in a time of expectation, penance, preparation and all that...and Baruch expresses well desert wanderings around the Holy Land back in the days when a Messiah sure would come in handy. He shook it up considerably, spouting Isaiah to anyone within earshot...and as I sat there, midmorning sun streaming through the windows straight into my blinded eyes, I thought of Vax. The guy talks just like those wild prophets out there. It may be best to read his comments, imagining him in an animal skin before his keyboard.
As for Quinty, it's always interesting to try to visualize somebody from writing samples. In this case, I happen to know the man. If Paul were to be any looser than he is, he wouldn't be able even to stand up anymore. He winds up his prose well, but he remains one of the freest souls it would ever be your good fortune to meet. And if you want a test of your stamina, I suggest a walk with him through the streets and up the hills of Providence.
Nicola: so busy upon her urgent work. I look forward to a time when you can spend more time and amaze us always with the things you know about.
PS Right after Vax flew into my sermonized head, Groucho Marx showed up too---all the talk of comings and goings made me think of Captain Spaulding and I Must Be Going. Try getting that song out of your head once it's in there.
---Richard the Revelator
11 Dec 2006 @ 16:18 by quinty : Yo Vax
I would be the first to admit that I'm nuts. But gee, before cutting and slicing could you at least grasp what was intended first?
I just happened to come on the employee questionnaire Halliburton subjects all new hires too. And I happen to know that you, Vax, want to work for Halliburton. Sit back, relax, take your time, and when you go in for your interview you will be well prepared. Don't worry too much about your grade. Bush took the same exam and only got a 60. 70 is passing but they hired him anyway.
Here's the exam. Now study it carefully!
1. Is there too little or too much light in the sky? Can you comfortably open your eyes? Could your discomfort have a spiritual connection?
2. When you go out your door do you know which way is up and which is down? Do all directions appear the same?
3. Do you sometimes take your neighbor's bottle of morning milk thinking it can provide a high? Do you become high if you drink it or are you disappointed? Have you ever returned the empty bottle?
4. Is there a problem identifying the color of the grass? Ie, does it appear purple, pink, blue, red, orange or green? Does the time of day influence your opinion?
5. Do the characters on your television screen sometimes morph into birds singing on your windowsill? If so, do you wish the birds would return to your set? Do the neighbors ever complain?
6. Has a dog on the street ever run up to you to tell you he knew your grandmother? Is the dog a veritable repository of family secrets and lore? Do you wonder why a strange dog knows so much about your distant long gone family members?
7. When you see a jet plane flying high overhead in the sky do you think you know where it is going? Do you disdain to join the flight because you are not in the mood to spend the weekend in Paris or Rome, much less in Istanbul?
8. Do you receive glossy ads in the mail from complete strangers, all addressing you politely by your proper name? Do you deeply search your memory for where you may have met these persons who offer you so much? Are you ever grateful?
9. Do you have more than one set of the Encyclopedia Britannica? Do you have two or three? Do you believe you need more? And if so, will you build a solid bunker with them in your living room with only one window?
10. Do you ever bake ice cream? Do you like it rare or well done? Does it taste like chicken when it comes out of the oven? Can it be the secret formula for everlasting life? Have you ever shared your recipe?
12 Dec 2006 @ 01:02 by vaxen : Phrack!
My cover has been blown! Actually, though, the good ol H wants to work for me. At least that's what they told me at the last gang bang sec check that I had to indure in good ol Joburg. (Nazi salute).
No offense was meant, dear quinty, but sometimes when I try to be good I end up being bad! Oi vey! Will I ever just 'get it?'
My Fourier transforms must have been a bit off that day, Qiintessential quinty san, probably because my eigen functions were in such disarray.
Was only trying to comfort...but I don't even seem to be able to get that right! Too many years training those security agents, 170,000 presently arrayed in good old Irak...
But let it never be said that I never tried, at least, to get that job done.
Must be that hole in the back of my head administered unto me at just the right time... 50 X-Kali-burrs (Ka Libras) of screaming heat should have blown my head off but only succeeded in making 'them' whine...
I'll try harder next time, quinty, and, no, I don't think you're nuts in the least. Had wild coon for lunch today. Baruch Bama , they told me, was his name. And KKK really means Qadosh, Qadosh, Qadosh...
That ought to net me, at very least, a sec check in the local org.
Heh! So there! ;)
AUM Shanti, Shanti...
Shivoham Si Chit
1-800-844-8649 Tell them that 'Tech Master sent you... if they stutter on that, just blow em the phrack away! You have my permission. You are a commissioned officer aren't you? Royal Navy, wot o?
12 Dec 2006 @ 08:48 by jazzolog : Paul Plug And Gathering The Thread
Quinty is offering 2 calendars of his father's art again this year. We enjoy featuring them and talking about this amazing family in our home. They're here at Lulu~~~
And now back to our regularly scheduled program, which I guess is a hodgepodge of news---so nobody's really off topic here---but chiefly concerned with a possible disruption at the base of ye olde foode chaine. Rumble, rumble...is that my empty tummy? OK, so what does melting ice have to do with that? Nature.com thinks we're on thin ice~~~
Published online: 11 December 2006; | doi:10.1038/news061211-1
Arctic clear for summer sailing by 2040
Models predict rapid decline of sea ice.
Amanda Leigh Haag
New climate simulations offer a dire forecast for the disappearance of Arctic sea ice, predicting that by the year 2040, the Arctic Ocean will be almost free of ice during late summer.
Some projections from climate centres worldwide have suggested previously that Arctic sea ice could vanish in September, at the end of the summer melt, by as early as 2050. But the most recent calculations, performed on the Community Climate System Model at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, predict the most rapid and imminent decline yet....
For five straight years now, the ice cover has dipped well below average during the summer months, with 2005 setting a record minimum for September ice: Arctic sea ice dropped 20%, or 1.3 million square kilometres, below the 1979-2000 average. This loss equals roughly twice the size of the state of Texas. (September 2006 was expected to set another record in sea ice loss, but an unseasonably cool August stopped it from doing so.) The trend over the past five years translates to an 8% loss in sea ice each decade.
One of the reasons for this potentially dramatic decline in sea ice cover is what climate scientists refer to as a feedback in the climate system known as the 'albedo effect': ice reflects more sunlight than dark, open water and serves as an insulator to the warmer ocean below it. As the ice pack shrinks and thins in the summertime, the insulating effect is weakened and the dark waters below store more heat, further accelerating the ice melt.
The increased summer thaw is having an impact on the winter ice cover too. Over the past two winters, the area of sea ice has fallen by 6% per year, compared with an average of 1.5% per decade since 1979, according to NASA.
"The recovery in autumn is no longer what it once was," says Mark Serreze, a sea ice expert with the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder. "What we're starting to see now is that we're losing ice on both ends of the seasons."
All this should open passage for ships and submarines wishing to traverse the Arctic Ocean, at least in summer. It also means a loss of habitat for polar bears, as the winter ice becomes too thin to support their weight as they travel long distances. And plankton that thrive in icy conditions and provide the base of the food chain may not be suited to ice-free conditions.
Serreze notes that while climate model predictions vary on timescales for the disappearance of summer sea ice, "these climate models are in near universal agreement that as the climate warms in response to greenhouse gas loading, we're going to lose the Arctic sea ice cover."
Holland M.M., Bitz C.M. & Tremblay B., Geophys. Res. Lett., 33 . L23503 (2006), doi:10.1029/2006GL028024.
12 Dec 2006 @ 08:55 by vaxen : Ah so!
Well that hay ain't putrefacted and there's a new weed killing trees in the Fort Sumpter National Forest... where I play the most dangerous game.
Too da lieu, then, assumptions are assumpted asymetrically like G4...
Exraction teams available report to the big red one on cloud base nine. I'm just an ice cube in the ocean awaiting global warming to release me from captivity. Oh, but I do know how to exteriorize but you can't see ghosts, now, can you? Fess up! Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Pioneers...
Gotta run. They need me at the Alamo. Can't be late for the fireworks or they might start calling me the Wizard of OZ! Sheesh, can't have that...
S:.O:.~ Come play with me: http://cyberdeck13.campfirenow.com/ if you D.A.R.E.
12 Dec 2006 @ 10:20 by jazzolog : Box 13
Fess played Crockett, whom Disney named King of the Wild Frontier. The Sons of the Pioneers accompanied Roy Rogers. Gabby Hayes did the cooking. (Roy was from Portsmouth, Ohio, an hour from where I live now. Gabby was born in Westfield, New York, home of Welch's Grape Juice, an hour from where I lived then.)
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Hmmmm...
CampfireNow seems to be a chatgroup for business entrepreneurs, but who knows what the Cyberdeck13 version is up to? One guy says about it, "One chat with Campfire and you won't remember how you got by without it.” http://campfirenow.com/ Maybe it's a drug.
All campfires melt ice cubes...and the trouble with them is they ain't salt water. The melting dilutes the balance of salt water, which we've come to depend will sink to the bottom in a motion that apparently affects the flow of ocean currents. As you may know, the Gulf Stream already is slowing down. About 30 years ago, one man I saw on TV warned the Warming could transform the Mediterannean into another Dead Sea. Guess I'll go back to bed.
PS Box 13 was a radio show that starred Alan Ladd. What a voice!
12 Dec 2006 @ 16:40 by rayon : Non-consumerist values,
quoted above, EQUALS identifying linear time scale activities and their replacement by Constant time frame situations. This system as far as I know is still only known to me in its entirety, as it is of my devising. However, would be so pleased to find someone other realising same. It treats the earth as an intelligent being able to rectify itself, using its own ways.
Surely this whole discussion is Academic, being theoretical, apart that is from our own experiences of rising temps, early flowerings and droughts. But of course I have yet to master the elusive Language of Vaxland: the rhythym if not the reason striking the cords.
For Quinty and his loone left fantasy quote: my childhood remembers the scientific mags of the day treating ecologicial issues as Communist ones, trying to destablise the West of its capitalism. My own father maintained this view for many a year. In other words it was a conspiracy by the Communists to bring down the West, including the Tree huggers (hippies in their day), but I could never actually figure this one out, no one thinks of communists as happy!
But back to the Linear Time and Constant Times modules, this represents a very good alternative life, offering excellent values in human exchanges of Welcome and Hi there, and warmth and affection of genuine types. All material forms have their spiritual counterpart and must be kept in balance for optimal functioning (Vax). Not the place for such expounding, but certainly a solution to the problem that faces the capitalist in particular world, preferable to Abyss.
Consumerism is so rife that I believe it is this which will anihilate us, before ice melt or desertification. There are many moves by organisations to find alternative ways and substances for their products, has everyone lost their copies of prophs' celestial? Global warming itself is not the conspiratorial, but the solutions and or statements proferred by certain organisations quite possibly are.
Good One Jazzolog, thank you.
PS: (If anyone wants to send back comments re Linear and Constant time made on their logs by me, for rummaging together to entirety, can be done.
All thoughts were done of the moment on the hoof, exist only on NCN!)
12 Dec 2006 @ 18:08 by Quinty @188.8.131.52 : Thanks Jazz
for the plug.
If anyone is curious and would like to see these calendars please go to:
at the "www.lqart.org" site.
I pitty the young who will have to live with the consequences of their forbearors' rapacious greed and foolishness.
12 Dec 2006 @ 18:48 by vaxen : Sure...
Linear time and Constant time... relative. Time is just a tool. That wall doesn't really exist but let me see you hit your head on it a few times. Afterwards, don't ask me to clean up the mess. We've a cleanup crew for such 'wet work.'
Sure, nikola, your dream speak is inspiring but methinks sometimes your lack of a 2D makes you blind to your own trance forms. I'm not para-noid. ''They'' really are trying to destroy this world. But we like to make marionettes dance. Here/ there is NO death...simply unending trance-formations. Outflow a thought then watch it manifest in MEST.
Time for a new game. What you are witnessing? We engineer. Who am I? Who are we? Remember little Gwydion outsmarting the Bards at that old Oak Seer College in Wales? How did little Gwydion become Taliesin?
Love the way you write so I just might take you up on that, nikola. I speak in code for those who have ears to hear. Revenimus; that means 'We come back.'
3 Ravens on a field of Orange. The wizards lament. Some want to control it all simply because they are so out of balance. Somebody made them that way... it wasn't any God. But then, ultimately, when you root that word (clear it) you'll discover what's behind IT. Hoda HU, YaE HU, En Ki(a) HU. Hermes Trismagistus (En-Kia or HU) and the Emerald tablet.
As above, so below. The invader forces are from the 7th dynamic. Shaul of Tarsus knew this... YeShUa was not a Christian! Heck, neither am I.
I'll edit the above, later, for type Os.
Love is the law, love under will.
Every man and every woman is a star.
Do what ''THOU'' wilt shall be the whole of the law.
PS: I once was a Babe in the Abyss (Absu). You can't get to where I am without trance-versing (trance scripting) that Abyss.
1=The Crown; 2=Wisdom; 3=Understanding; 4=Mercy; 5=Strength
6=Beauty/Sol; 7=Victory; 8=Scintillating Intelligence 9=The Foundation
10=The Kingdom/Queendom on Earth...
Knowledge is found in that Abyss (Absu) PaRDeS (Para-Diso)=A method of exegeting the Emet/Truth (Pshat, Rash, Darash, Sod)
What need have I of Profits or Prophets? My Theta Endowment is forever beyond anything this world could ever hope to offer me on a via via its' fiat currencies, silver or gold, diamonds, rubies or flash...
Knowledge is a trap. The way out of any trap is to become the trap. Daat is Knowledge. It is the hidden sphere found at the 'kreutz' between Wisdom and Understanding on the horizontal and the Crown and Beauty on the verticle. Times constant? Constant time?
Do you like wine? Di-Vine that if Thou wilt.
Tat Twam Asi
Tat Sat Sat
Aum Shanti, Shanti
The Modhu Vidya is mine.
AUM Nama Shivaya
Care to come drink with me?
Sarvam Jihi Tat Brahman
Shiva Aham (Shivoham), my Parvati...
Shiva Nam Sundaram.
In Kali Yug the 5 Ms are?
14 Dec 2006 @ 07:48 by vaxen : yo nikola:
i was a happy communist. in israel! everybody knows that when israel fell all the politboro went home, to israel. degel ha adom red flag, kibbutziim...
everybody knows, too, that the good baron red shield, supported the estate-of communism. marx was a double. ran well with the green shield too...pan determinism requires ''charge.'' so...set yourself a goal. create its' opposite...fashion heat/charge via all those linear trance-forms i'm always talking about. so much for my eigen arrays! zero point doesn't have a point! in short: there is no point in zero point for ze-ro is quite beyond the crown. ever been to that 'one square block?' wheels within wheels within wheels.
need an update on what the good herr j (doesn't go by the same name now, though) is doing at BIS? oh some mighty things i can assure you.btw mum was from the north. North Enden to be precise. Grand-Dame was a Mankunian but spoke the Kings' English very well, no lisp either. Dads side? Old, very old indeed... took some royal heat and came home to Amir al Ka. You know the Ka and the Ba, yes?
Then a wink in time saves nine. 2D is not flatland express, you know?
But back to the Linear Time and Constant Times modules ...
14 Dec 2006 @ 07:54 by vaxen : BTW:
Lauras' dress? Code...
The Commander in Chief? Who is the chief and why the heck is the Commander in him? Boodle me a boodle boy and I'll flag your jolly roger down on the high seas of the Law Merchant.
Hows that for a code chief drom helljas bougher? Ever hear of Snorri Sturlusson? 13th century Icelandic Chief. Wrote a wee thing called 'the Poetic Edda. Frickin reversers! The poetic EDDA is actually prose! The Prose Edda is actually all about Norse Poetry! The Aesiir, the Vaniir...Turkish hash!
See ya in Constantinople in the spring. The little cafe that could and did bake dumplings inside of which were all the keys to Magick! Don't we breath fire though...
Anyone seen jazzolog? Worries me when the OM doesn't report in... tomorrows another day.
Gibraltar by another name, is? ;)
Loch Lomundos' Pass
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