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Friday, April 28, 2006

The Friday Five!

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby

1. Who was your first kiss (your mom does not count)?

Jeanette Miller, 6th grade, in my room.

2. What is your idea of the perfect date?

Sushi and a movie (that one is for "L")

3. What music needs to be on when you are “getting your thang on”?

I like chill, she likes Dan Fogleberg. Either are fine.

4. What is the most amazing experience you’ve ever shared with a partner?

Oh well my family reads this. So we have to keep it clean.

5. Sex is best saved for: love, marriage, alcohol, days that end in “y”?

posted by Mike 6:32 PM

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about
A meme I found online

01. I am a complex conflicted person.
02. I want to be able to teach in a classroom of my own.
03. I wish that we could erase the last 6 yrs of Bu$hCo.
04. I miss time off.
05. I fear becoming inconsequential.
06. I hear as well as a 18 yr old even though I have tintinitus.
07. I wonder what it would be like to have had a career path.
08. I regret not listening to friends and family about said path.
09. I am not a follower.
10. I make with my hands killer eggs benedict.
11. I write a blog almost daily, and want to write fiction.
12. I confuse my left and right, its a form of Dyslexia.
13. I need to be respected by my peers.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Diary of a Music Whore

Daddy's Roses

Alone on a Limb

(leave your link in the menu comments section, I'll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. ItÂ?s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

posted by Mike 11:48 PM

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Star Trek Armada

Sunday night I went over to FYI and for just $4.99 got a used copy of a Star Trek Four Pak which included Armada I and II and Elite Force I and II.

So like 1.25 a game.

And Armada is FUN! It's completly mindless of course. Not as second by second involving as Star Fleet Battles, which sometimes are just too complicated. In this you build ships and stations, research, build etc. All so you can apply a can of Whup Ass to the opposition. You start playing the Federation, then you change to Klingons, then apparently to Romulans, and then I think back to being Jean Luc himself.

There are CGI movies which connect the various scenarios into a connected plot as it were. Today I got so caught up in Martok beating up Romulans that I lost track of time and was almost late for my second job.

Weeee what fun.
posted by Mike 7:54 PM

Monday, April 24, 2006

Just a couple of things

I think it HIGHLY AMUSING that a Fox employee will finally be doing for pay what he has been doing all along, along with the rest of his network, being a shill for Bu$hCo. Though for pure SHRILL SHILL you can't beat Mary Matlin.

The idea that Dubya's solution to high gas prices is to stop buying for the National Reserves and to eliminate the Pollution Control standards for Gas when the evidence of Global Warming is all around us WOULD be funny, if it were not so bloody serious and SO indicative of just what is wrong with this Administration.
posted by Mike 8:17 PM

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Thar Be Wherewolves Har!!

Against much strong support for the second episode of Season Two of Doctor Who in the Yahoo groups I read, I must voice my concern.

It's not really working that well.

Ok yes the effects are great. Ok yes the Doctor and Rose are mega cute. Ok yes the oooooo Scottish Moors, Full Moon and Howling Creature were oh so scary (not).

But what was the point of the episode? Was it simply a vehicle to introduce the Torchwood Institute and set up a future collision between them and the Doctor?

And what did happen to the bald monks in red? And does anyone really care?

I did think that there was a very funny line, when the Lord of Torchwood Manor asks the Doctor, Rose and the Queen if they thought it strange that all the staff was gone, the Doc quipped "Well your wife gone, lots of tall bald atheletic men hanging about, I thought you were just happy".

So what have we proved in two episodes. That once again Davies needs to STOP writing scrips and get on with producing and let people who can actually write scripts to do the scripting. We have learned that even with 44 min of air time, Dr. Who cannot even touch the complexities and engaging characterizations of Battlestar Galactica. In short, we are getting the short shrift while Davies keeps hogging up the scrip writing.

So on to next week! We get Sarah Jane Smith and K9 in a guest appearance. We get Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy's Rupert Giles) as a villan. But will we get a plot?

Only the shadow knows for sure.
posted by Mike 7:41 PM

Saturday, April 22, 2006

There is an absolutely brilliant piece on the Dems in the newest Economist Magazine this week.

They were smart enough to put it in the non subscription section so everyone can read it. I strongly suggest a quick perusal.

posted by Mike 7:36 PM

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Friday Five!

Well the Friday Five for today was lame AGAIN, so I dipped back one year.

1. You have the summer and plenty of money to travel abroad. Where all would you go?

Europe! Start in the UK, maybe catch a HW show, then off to France to see brother and Uncle, then Spain.

2. What foods would you be sure you got to eat?

Lots of full course meals in Paris, sample different Spanish regional dishes, and try to avoid the Fish and Chips in the UK

3. What landmarks would you be sure you got to see?

StoneHendge, The tour Eiffel, Cote D'Azure, Rock of Gibralter, I'd have to do some more research.

4. What airline would you use?

The one with the best price of course.

5. Would your knowledge of other languages influence where you went?

Well yes I speak a smattering of French and English.... ;-)
posted by Mike 6:41 PM

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about
Things I DID get accomplished on my "Vacation".

If you read last week's TT you know that I was officially off teaching from Good Friday till this comming Sunday. Good Friday plus the Spring Break. I was off Sunday and Monday from the Shack as well due to Easter, and the Mall being closed. Otherwise my Vacation included working 28 hours at the Shack. Yes indeed thats my version of a vacation.

1. Raked and bagged up the remaining leaves in the back yard. I did not do the pile in the very back.

2. Cleaned up the basement.

3. Took 10 gargage bags of recycling to the store. That netted $23, almost not worth the effort.

4. Went through all the magazines in the Sunroom. Made up 3 bags of recycling. Tied up the Smithsonians, Scientific American's and Food & Wine's by complete year. I will either donate them or try to unload them on Ebay.

5. Cleaned out my closet in my office. One huge bag of trash from there.

6. Did quite a bit on the Vinyl Project. First five Saga Albums, the core mid career Eloy (SCME, Clouds, Planets, TTT), ELP's WBMFttStNE, and two Midnight Oil LP's.

7. Went for a lovely hike around Peebles Island in Cohoes on Tuesday. This is a state park, and was a Patrol Event for this month. Wonderful day, I have pics but have not decided where to post them. Then A and I ran some errands and had lunch out side.

8. Completed all my trade responsibilites except one, including getting the BOC and HW DVD's out.

9. Stayed up late, and slept in on T, W, Th. Much needed psychologically.

10. Spent all day Thursday fixing a co-workers son's computer. Tried everything to make it run faster - speed disc, anti virus, anti pest. Finally just backed up the My Docs and re-installed windows. Then I did all the XP updates, and it does run a heck of a lot faster though.

11. I did Read, but not enough.

12. I did some general house cleaning, but nothing spectacular.

13. I did NOT, update my trade list, Played heroclix with "A", or fix our bikes. But I think 12 good strongs things to claim to have done is good enough.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Diary of a Music Whore

Daddy's Roses

Alone on a Limb

(leave your link in the menu comments section, I'll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. ItÂ?s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

posted by Mike 6:12 PM

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

From Scientific American

Thomas Jefferson would be appalled. More than two centuries after he helped to shape a government based on the idea that reason and technological advancement would propel the new United States into a glorious future, the political party that now controls that government has largely turned its back on science.

Even as the country and the planet face both scientifically complex threats and remarkable technological opportunities, many Republican officeholders reject the most reliable sources of information and analysis available to guide the nation. As inconceivable as it would have been to Jefferson--and as dismaying as it is to growing legions of today's scientists--large swaths of the government in Washington are now in the hands of people who don't know what science is.

More ominously, some of those in power may grasp how research works but nonetheless are willing to subvert science's knowledge and expert opinion for short-term political and economic gains. That is the thesis of The Republican War on Science, by Chris Mooney, one of the few journalists in the country who specialize in the now dangerous intersection of science and politics. His book is a well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists. Mooney's chronicle of what he calls "science abuse" begins in the 1970s with Richard Nixon and picks up steam with Ronald Reagan. But both pale in comparison to the current Bush administration, which in four years has:

* Rejected the scientific consensus on global warming and suppressed an EPA report supporting that consensus.

* Stacked numerous advisory committees with industry representatives and members of the religious Right.

* Begun deploying a missile defense system without evidence that it can work.

* Banned funding for embryonic stem cell research except on a claimed 60 cell lines already in existence, most of which turned out not to exist.

* Forced the National Cancer Institute to say that abortion may cause breast cancer, a claim refuted by good studies.

* Ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to remove information about condom use and efficacy from its Web site.

Mooney explores these and many other examples, including George W. Bush's support for creationism. In almost every instance, Republican leaders have branded the scientific mainstream as purveyors of "junk science" and dubbed an extremist viewpoint--always at the end of the spectrum favoring big business or the religious Right--"sound science." One of the most insidious achievements of the Right, Mooney shows, is the Data Quality Act of 2000--just two sentences, written by an industry lobbyist and quietly inserted into an appropriations bill. It directs the White House's Office of Management and Budget to ensure that all information put out by the federal government is reliable.

The law seems sensible, except in practice. It is used mainly by industry and right-wing think tanks to block release of government reports unfavorable to their interests by claiming they do not contain "sound science." For all its hostility to specific scientific findings, the Right never says it opposes science. It understands the cachet in the word. Perhaps Republicans sense what pollsters have known for decades--that the American public is overwhelmingly positive about science and that there is nothing to be gained by opposing a winner. Instead the Right exploits a misconception about science common among nonscientists--a belief that uncertainty in findings indicates fatally flawed research.

Because most cutting-edge science--including most research into currently controversial topics--is uncertain, it is dismissed as junk. This naive understanding of science hands the Right a time-tested tactic. It does not claim that business interests or moral values trump the scientific consensus. Rather rightists argue that the consensus itself is flawed. Then they encourage a debate between the consensus and the extremist naysayers, giving the two apparently equal weight. Thus, Mooney argues, it seems reasonable to split the difference or simply to argue that there is too much uncertainty to, say, ban a suspect chemical or fund a controversial form of research. The Republican War on Science details political and regulatory debates that can be arcane and complex, engrossing reading only for dedicated policy wonks.

Thankfully, Mooney is both a wonk and a clear writer. He covered many of the battles in real time for publications such as the Washington Post, Washington Monthly, Mother Jones and American Prospect. "When politicians use bad science to justify themselves rather than good science to make up their minds," Mooney writes, "we can safely assume that wrongheaded and even disastrous decisions lie ahead." Thomas Jefferson would, indeed, be appalled. Writing in 1799 to a young student whom he was mentoring, the patriot advised the man to study science and urged him to reject the "doctrine which the present despots of the earth are inculcating," that there is nothing new to be learned. He concluded by saying opposition to "freedom and science would be such a monstrous phenomenon as I cannot place among possible things in this age and this country."
posted by Mike 8:07 PM

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What would you have done $274 billion?

Paid for 36,308,698 children to attend a year of Head Start?
Insured 164,150,265 children for one year Dollars?
Hired 4,750,726 additional public school teachers for one year?
Provided 13,289,278 students four-year scholarships at public universities?
Built 2,468,295 additional housing units?
Fully funded global anti-hunger efforts for 11 years?
Fully funded world-wide AIDS programs for 27 years?
Ensured that every child in the world was given basic immunizations for 91 years?
Rebuilt New Orleans?
Any combination of these to lesser degrees?


We know what Bu$hCo would do with 274 Billion... Don't you???
posted by Mike 9:25 AM

Monday, April 17, 2006

A nice start

While the other NY team struggles to get in the groove, the much maligned Mets have done some amazing things already in April.

This is the first time they have been 10 - 2 out of the gate.

This is the first time in any division that a team has been 5 games out in front after only 12 - 13 games.

For the last few years I've watched the beginning of the Season with some interest, but as my Mets have slide into futility year after year it's been hard to follow. My other team the A's is something more in spirit for me as I have no idea of the roster nor can I really follow them on a nightly basis.

So lets hope that the Press finally got it right, and the Mets will be a contender for the Wild Card this year, or maybe even the division.
posted by Mike 9:43 PM

And for those of you who are keeping track

From my Thursday Thirteen list of things to get done on my "Vacation", I have already by Monday Night accomplished numbers 1, 3, 4, partial on 7 and 10.

Not a bad start
posted by Mike 7:54 PM

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Updated FlickR photos

Click on the top of the menu for the newest pictures.
posted by Mike 4:10 PM

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Season "two" commences!

Well the Second season of the new Dr. Who started today in the UK. Thanks to the magic of digital media I was able to watch it after I got home from the Shack this evening.

Overall the episode was quite enjoyable, though some of the science was a bit strained. Plot wise I did think that the story was a bit threadbare, but there were some great opportunities for the Companion character Rose Tyler played by Billie Piper to really shine.

For a "low budget" show, the special effects are nearly seamless. In actuality I think that probably it's not such a low budget show anymore however.

The biggest question is how will the 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant, do following an absolutly brilliant year of Chris Eccelston as the 9th Doctor. In the Christmas Invastion, we got a glimpse of Mr. Tennant's take on the role, but in this episode we get him at full strength so to speak.

Overall I do think that he will do quite well. His take is just a playful, with a bit more wonder I think. It's really to early to tell how he will play on the wordliness and weariness that Eccelston showed at times. One does need to remember that this Character who has been played by 10 (really more) actors since the early 60's is nearly a millenium old.

I still have some very pessimistic thoughts (though they are fewer than before I had seen the Christmas Invasion and New Earth) about the first season being the peak and it becoming slow decline after. Tennant is quite good, but it came to me that Eccelston's performances quite outweighed episodes where the plot was thin. In this episode I didn't see Tennant doing the same thing. But time will tell as he grows into the character.
posted by Mike 11:38 PM

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Friday Five!

Well the Friday Five for today was lame, so I dipped back one year.

Marvelous Music

1. What is the first record/tape/CD that you bought?

Record - Probably Nugent's Cat Scratch Fever.
Tape - Really no idea
CD - Best of the Grateful Dead (and I didn't have a CD player yet)

2. Who is your favorite all time band/singer?


3. What have you been listening to lately?

My i-pod on shuffle. Just before that I was listening to the Chill Station on XM quite a lot

4. What is your favorite radio station, what do they play, and where do they broadcast?

Commercial Radio is Dead. Clear Channel Killed It. XM and Sirius are now the only way to listen to a "radio". I love the Prog/Jam station on XM but they are cancelling it. The Chill station is very high on my list.

5. Can you recommend a good song or CD that everyone should listen to?

God is God by Juno Reactor.
posted by Mike 9:23 AM

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about
Things I'd like to get accomplised on my "Vacation".

I am officially off teaching from tomorrow till next Sunday. Good Friday plus the Spring Break. I am off Sunday and Monday as well due to Easter, and the Mall being closed. Otherwise my Vacation includes working 28 hours at the Shack. Yes indeed thats my version of a vacation.

1. Rake and bag all the leaves in the back yard. This could take the whole time on it's own. There is a pile of clippings from the past two years in a pile at the very back of the yard that could go too.

2. Update my trade list. I do this every vacation, as it is a half day affair.

3. Clean up the basement including the extant recycling that has fallen down the basement stairs.

4. Take all the backed up recycling bottles to the store and cash them in.

5. Play some Hero Clix with "A". I organized his hero's into teams and experience levels a couple of months ago.

6. Get our bikes' fixed. Mines needs a new back tyre and possibly a new back rim. His needs a new tyre I think.

7. Do one general housecleaning, including, POSSIBLY, mopping the hardwood floors.

8. Work a bit on the Vinyl Project. This is where I record my old Vinyl via my stand alone CD burner and then convert them to high quality MP3's for back up purposes.

9. Make sure I'm totally up to date on all my trade responsiblities. This is one area that just doens't get done while I am working two jobs.

10. Finish mastering the BOC and HW concerts I promised people and get those DVD's out.

11. Perhaps strip down the 10 speed I salvaged for "A" from the alley last summer and start to rebuild it. Perhaps.

12. Figure out what's wrong with a co-worker's computer, and have it done for her by the time we go back to school.

13. Read. Read. Read. Read. and Read.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Diary of a Music Whore

Daddy's Roses

Alone on a Limb

(leave your link in the menu comments section, I'll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. ItÂ?s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

posted by Mike 9:08 PM

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


I have to say I am pretty impressed with the whole i-Tunes concept. I don't actually download "their" music for pay, so I'm not talking about that.

The i-Tunes program itself, is quite hoopy. For starters it has a very nice MP3 ripper. It allows you to set the BPS (193 for me) and it utilizes CDDB so that the CD that you own immediatly comes up with all the ID3 fields; i.e. song title, album, year, genre etc.

Podcasting is way cool. I don't have time anymore for watching the Sunday talking heads. But when I get home from the Shack I can listen to their Podcasts sans commercials on my i-Pod. I also found a couple of French Podcasts so I can stay brushed up on my language skills. I-Tunes software keeps your podcasts up to date as well.

Video is also great. Now i-Pod has a conversion program but it's way to slow. I found a great free one online that converst avi, mpeg etc to M4V format. Right now during "prep" and at the Shack when it's slow I am catching up on Hex (a show from the UK not available here in America).

The i-Tunes software lets you make "smart" playlists using simple a WYSIWYG interface of Boolean logic so that for instance you can make a playlist of all songs in a given year or decade, genre or group, etc.

Shop i-Tunes allows you to download music AND video's for a small fee. As an example, if I was so inclined, which I am not, I could subscribe to the entire season of Battlestar Galactica, or Alias, etc. Or buy the episodes piecemeal.

So yea, I'm impressed Steve, you sure have got something going there.
posted by Mike 9:49 PM

Monday, April 10, 2006

Boys Night In

So we wasted our evening with Doom the movie. We rented War of the Worlds, Doom and King Kong, but A wanted to see Doom.

I'm sure he enjoyed it more than I. If you are a fan of Doom I, and loved all the great monsters in it.... don't exect it in this. In fact there was only one "type" of monster, what I guess you would call the Imp.

The story is LAME. The acting is strained. The special effects are BORING. They even put a 1st person shooter sequence in to appease the lame fan boys who wanted to see that sort of thing.

So this is a total waste of 2 hours. Even the Unrated version (probably because of the blood and gratuitous use of boobs) is a sleeper.

So I guess I didn't like it.
posted by Mike 11:51 PM

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Added to the iPod this weekend.

REM - Out of Time
Monster Magnet - Power Trip
Ozric Tentacles - Strangitude
Steve Howe - Turbulence
Alan Holdsworth - Atavachron
Matrix Reloaded OST
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
BOC - S/t, Tyranny and Mutation, Secret Treaties
Al Stewart - Beach full of Shells
Glass Hammer - The Inconsolable Secret
Supernatural Fairy Tails (The Progressive Rock Era) Box set - 5 CD's
Moerlin's Gong - Time is the Key
Beatles - one
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds, Inner Mounting and Emerald Beyond

And that's just what I ripped. Also added podcasts and some archived music I have on CDR.

This is fun. I listened to Mike Radio today all day at work. I moved one of the iPod player/chargers (an Altec one) over behind the counter and put it on shuffle. Way fun.
posted by Mike 11:02 PM

Friday, April 07, 2006

The Friday Five!
Bits and Bobs

1. Do you like chicken?

I love it

2. What is 1 food you can't live without?

Whew toughy, as I eat to live, I don't live to eat, but I suppose Chicken, as I don't eat beef, it would only leave fish and pork, and I like chicken better.

3. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I am definitely a night owl. I got this from dear old Dad.

4. Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla. French Vanilla to be precise.

5. Are you more of a cat person or a dog person?

I grew up a Dog person. Then I owned a cat and a dog. Dogs have Masters, Cats have staff. Dogs come when called, Cats have answering machines. Which type of "person" do you think I am now. Cats have tons more personality.
posted by Mike 6:05 PM

Thursday, April 06, 2006

V for Vendetta

Alex and I finally got out to see V for Vendetta today and we are sure glad that we did. Although it has been out for 3 weeks the only place we could find a daytime showing was the big 18 theater cineplex in the area.

This is a cautionary tale about the slippery slope of civil liberties and "big brother". Hugo Wearing's performance as V, and we never see his face, is just outstanding. Wearing's Shakesperian background is soundly felt in his delivery of several monologues about everything from personal freedoms to personal tragedies. The script contains many nuggets which I wish I could have to read over. It is no suprise that this is a Wachowski Brothers' production, and much of what made the Matrix trilogy so fun to listen to, makes this movie great as well.

After having to suffer through the abysmal scripts of the Star Wars Trilogy it was great seeing Natalie Portman in an intelligent movie with great dialog. Her role as Evey is one of personal discovery and trial by hardship in which she discovers her inner self.

Although we only see John Hurt's face for most of the movie, his performance as the the county's leader is chilling and very reminiscent of "1984". We see more of Tim Pigott-Smith as Creedy, a Himleresque figure who leads the Fingermen, the Government's secret police. His portrayal makes you want to wash your hands after, which is just what the role needed.

I was also taken by the role of the Chief Inspector played by Stephen Rea. Like Evey he experiences a personal journey as he unravels who and what V really is. He is as central a character to this movie as the two stars as it is his journey of discovery that the audience follows to fill in the back story of the character V as well as the history of the country.

The cinematography is very apropos for this tale of a future England that is caught in the steel grip of tyranny and oppression. Even the slightly over the top usage of red and black for the government's symbols brings into focus how easily any civil society can become a Hitlerian dictatorship. There are some hoopy special effects, especially the fight scenes with "V", but these do not power this movie, only offer a bas relief to the steady pacing and rich dialog.

I was emotionally caught up in the tale as well, and I think that we can learn much about the slippery slope of evaporating civil liberties from this movie. The end is very appropriate and satisfying. I have always had a soft spot for the power of the people to affect their lives when stirred enough.

As the script takes events in our present and uses them as a springboard for a rich back history of how England becomes a Tyranical Dictatorship by the mid 21st Century, there are lessons to be learned, and cautions to be concluded from this tale.
posted by Mike 9:49 PM

Monday, April 03, 2006

Idiot Science
I started to write this Monday but somehow I closed it before finishing, so I wrote it now and back dated it.

I finally finished the three part series on Global Warming that the New York times published last year. I have alluded to some of the facts in the series in earlier blogs as I had scanned one of the articles. I had put off reading them because I thought it would be depressing. It was....

What really got my goat though was the third article which traced some of the Bu$hCo Administration's positions on Global Warming. Remember before the 2000 election GWB actually called global warming "an issue we need to take very seriously." This is a definition of taking seriously I was not previously aware of.

"When we make decision , we want to make decisions on sound science" was what he said in Feb 2002. So Bu$hCo turned to the one group they knew they could trust, Big Business. Conclusions made by their scientists concluded "Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion are beneficial to life on earth". (Because plants like C02 I guess).

Never mind that most of that life lives in coastal areas that will be inundated by the rising sea levels as the earth warms. Never mind that temperatures on the planet to day are on the average higher then they have been since the Pliocene era. By the way the study was done by a group called the "Greening Earth Society" which if pushed will admit that they were created by the Western Fuels Association, a utility group.

It gets better. One of the Bu$hCo's shills in the Senate is Sen Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee. In a speech to the Senate floor this allegedly well read man called global warming "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American People." And who was one of his main sources of information? An august scientist? Nobel laureate? No, it was a Science Fiction writer named Michael Crichton.

The goal of Bu$hCo's policies is no global emissions limitations of Co2. This is no secret agenda, it is simple policy fact. It is what you get when the White House Staff and Cabinet are also a Corporate Who's Who. The proverbial Wolves watching the Chicken house. Since Kyoto is in all accounts dead, the world is moving forward. In the most recent C.O.P.-10 in Argentina the US laid out it's proposals for it to be part of the solution to Global Warming.

Before hand the US delegation issued a page of conditions however. One of which was that the meeting mapping out the post Kyoto Accord discussions would "be a one-time event held during a single day". Another was that if they were going to discuss the future, the future would be barred from discussion. Presentations would be limited to "informational exchange on existing national policies". Makes you proud to be an American doesn't it?

So on top of all this, the Bu$hCo's favorite leak source, Robert Novak came out with an attack piece on James Hansen Monday challenging Global Warming. The article itself is of little importance, it just another attack on a Bu$hCo critic from the Dogs of War on the right. What got me was his flippant statement in the mid beginning of his op ed piece stating
"But it is not a matter of industry's allies in government nullifying unanimous
scientific opinion. The scientists are divided, and Hansen and his friends are
using political tactics to try to prevail."

Pure Rovian tactics taken directly from Goerbels. The big Lie. It's been a Bu$hCo tactic since their first days in office. Why I get excited about the statements from a man who in all rights should be under indictment for his revealing the name of a CIA operative is beyond me, but I guess we all need a hobby.

Now to be fair, Bu$hCo didn't create Global Warming, it has been steadily happening since the turn of the last Centruy. And it was the Clinton Administration that put aside the Kyoto Accords, though it was because the Republican Senate would never pass it. But as Bu$hCo friend Tony Bliar says that only "timely action" on climate change will avert "disaster".

This is the year for sensible people to take back the House, and maybe the Senate, and here I do mean Democrats. 2008 is the time for sensible people to take back the White House. At this point I don't care if it's McCain or Hillary. Both have shown actual sense as opposed to the idiot science Bu$hCo lives and breathes each day.
posted by Mike 11:43 PM

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Been taking it easy on the discipline the last few days, just chilling.

Teaching - Interesting week, Thursday was a half day. Friday was a hell day, had to suspend a kid for making an improvised weapon and zinging another kid with a small pencil sharpener. March has been a very difficult month for us and the kids. I am frankly amazed how violent these little children can be.

The Shack - Slow to medium week. Sold a cell phone last night so thats still about 1.5 per week, as opposed to 1.5 per day.

No Friday Five or Thursday Thirteen this week. Was too lazy on Thursday, and on Friday Al was cracking the whip all night. This is when I usually do those two "list" posts, but it was just busy enough that I doubt I'd have been able to do them anyway.

Carmina brought me my Ipod last night, so the week is not a total loss.

What is going on my ipod to start with.

Tons of chill as I had those on my Hard Drive anyway.
Three remastered Grateful Dead albums.
Some "desert island prog" downloads.
Hawkwind box set, a nice retrospective of the band.
Steely Dan Aja
First four Beach Boys alums
Genesis Seconds Out
Bowie's 30th Anniv Diamond Dogs
Jazz for a Rainy Day complilation.

Paste Magazine's Podcast
Steve Hackett Podcast

Just how long does it take to fill an ipod? lol.

I test bit torrented an episode of the L word just check how the video portion is. Its' really cool. I need to find a free Mpeg to M4V or whatever the video extension is for ipod so I can catch up on Surface and Hex.

What fun.
posted by Mike 11:17 AM

The musings and meanderings of an overworked and underemployed mind