February 05, 2007

Running To Catch Up

Al Gore will testify before Congress on climate change in March.

Los Angeles Times: Bush wants a $481 billion military budget, but the military wants more. Radical action and concerted effort would be required to halt global warming, like the cutting of CO2 emissions by between 70-80%, turning the atmospheric clock back at least 150 years. Divesting from Sudan.

Driftglass: How the government failures, lies and incompetence surrounding the destruction of the Challenger were successfully countered by one man demonstrating the truth in public, a situation the Republicans have clearly learned not one damn thing from. Remembering Molly Ivins. Documenting the delusions of David "the Bobo" Brooks and the Magical Political Center.

BBC: Syrian President Bashar Assad tells an interviewer that Syria could help broker peace in Iraq, saying that the Bush administration's charges that foreign fighters were fueling violence in Iraq was just an example of "looking for scapegoats and whipping-boys". Kenya's village of teenage mothers. Chinese hostages in Nigeria are freed after 11 days. Ongoing coverage of Muslims in Europe. A preliminary trial of a gene therapy might reverse prion diseases in the early stages. Changes in weather patterns have confused salmon in Ireland, leaving them more vulnerable to predators and short of food. Hong Kong just passed a law restricting mainland Chinese use of their maternity wards and the BBC shares the reactions of a few Hong Kong residents.

The Guardian: Not many details out about a London letter bomb that sent a woman to the hospital. Labour Party leaders are preparing for Tony Blair's sudden departure in the event that charges are brought in a corruption probe. On the off chance that the Iranian regime and public aren't monolithically suicidal, and I know that's a stretch for some people to wrap their noodles around, maybe we should all keep talking. Gary Younge charges that the US media has forgotten what democracy is for.

Huffington Post: Christine Pelosi reports on the 2007 DNC winter meeting. Arianna Huffington notes that if we didn't have the internet, Joe Klein might be able to get away with claiming that he was always against the Iraq war.

MyDD: Jonathan Singer interviews Sen. Chuck Schumer. How progressives confronted John Edwards about his hawkish remarks on Iran and walked back AIPAC through concerted effort. Has political blogging plateaued?

AmericaBlog: A failure to accept reality leaves refugees from Afghanistan in a deadly bind when seeking asylum. The GOP Senators facing re-election in the 2008 cycle are the same ones swept into office at the height of war fever. AT&T doesn't care about your privacy (and damn, but they have the best cell coverage around these parts) and is happy for it to be easy for people to steal your phone records. Snickers promotes homophobia and violence in a Superbowl ad and goes even farther in a related website, while it turns out that the Mars family that owns the Snickers brand are major Republican contributors.

Pandagon: Texas Governor Rick Perry has made the HPV vaccine mandatory for girls in Texas in a fine display of what it should really mean to be pro-life, while providing both public funding and an opt-out clause.

Asia Times: The Taliban are heavily involved in the Afghan opium production that yields over 90% of the world's heroin, they've also just been granted immunity by the Afghan Parliament though they're known to be mobilizing sympathetic Pakistani tribal allies to act as footsoldiers in their battle to regain power. An analyst suggests that Ahmadinejad's presidency is more likely to run into trouble over the price of groceries than over his foreign policy. Iraq's a mess, it isn't Iran's fault, and Bush's surge plan isn't going to help; we are all shocked. China will be selling off $200 billion worth of U.S. currency reserves, which should mean boatloads of fun for the finance markets.

Daily Kos: Geothermal energy, the best alternative energy source you never heard of. Jerome a Paris notes that a wind energy industry boom was announced this past week, hot on the heels of the IPCC report declaring that global warming is almost inevitable. David Sirota writes that 20 state legislators have introduced anti-surge resolutions. What sort of psyops are pushing media reporting on Iran? Thereisnospoon wants to know what the Bush administration wants with Iran, which is a hard question to answer. One Pissed Off Liberal calls for revolution, and also links to Chalmers Johnson's article calling Americans to choose between empire and democracy, as well as Marjorie Cohn calling on Congress to forbid an attack on Iran.

Check out The Sideshow for Avedon Carol's latest linky goodness following Iran, impeachment agitation, voting machine issues, Molly Ivins tributes and some extended commentary on AIPAC.

... The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy defines the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes," with a footnote to the effect that the editors would welcome applications from anyone interested in taking over the post of robotics correspondent.

Curiously enough, an edition of the Encyclopaedia Galactica that had the good fortune to fall through a time warp from a thousand years in the future defined the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came." ...
- The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

"Another Joker in the White House, said a change was comin' round
But I'm still workin' at The Wal Mart and Mary Alice, in the ground
And all them politicians, they all lyin' sacks of shit
They say better days upon us but I'm sucking left hind tit
And the preacher on the TV says it ain't too late for me
But I bet he drives a Cadillac and I'm broke with some hungry mouths to feed"
- Puttin' People On The Moon by the Drive By Truckers

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