Sunday, December 25, 2005

Impeach Them All

  • A link to a call for action and a reflection on Orwell's 1984 from the Oakland (CA) Tribune:
  • From the Four Reasons (to Impeach) website:

  • 0. The invasion of Iraq is illegal within the framework of the laws of the United States Constitution and the United Nations Charter.
    1. The invasion of Iraq has been planned for many years by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), an organization founded by a small group of right wing political ideologues and corporate elite dedicated to promoting American global leadership. The PNAC signatories hold the most powerful positions in the current administration and other highly influential political offices. Read their Statement of Principles and note the signatories. Read the PNAC's "Rebuilding America's Defenses" for a detail of their military strategy for American global hegemony. The Downing Street Memo and other key documents unambiguously indicate that the policy of regime change in Iraq was planned as early as July 2002 and "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
    2. Many members of the
    Bush Administration are convicted criminals. The World Tribunal on Iraq held it's culminating session in Istanbul in June 2005 and declared the Bush Administration guilty of starting a War of Aggression, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity as indicated in their Declaration of the Jury of Conscience. A War Crimes Tribunal held in NYC on August 26, 2004 found many members of the Bush Administration guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and high crimes and misdemeanors for which they are impeachable (audio of Ramsey Clark). The International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan convened in Tokyo, 2003 found the Bush Administration guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the invasion of Afghanistan. The Brussels Tribunal has conducted "A Hearing on the Project for the New American Century" to discuss the nature of a premeditated, preemptive wars - a "war of aggression" being the highest international crime. In 1992, an International War Crimes Tribunal found the senior officers in the first Bush administration guilty on 19 counts of Crimes Against Peace, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and other criminal acts in Violation of the Charter of the United Nations, International Law, The Constitution of the United States and Laws made in Pursuance thereof, for crimes committed during "Operation Desert Storm". View a list of our `elected' officials, their appointees, and their criminal offenses.
    3. There is no degree of separation between the current administration and those who control the means of production, the means of communication, and the military-industrial complex. Those
    individuals will benefit unfathomably from this and many future wars already planned by the PNAC. View information on who is making the money from the "War on Terrorism".

  • 4. "We the People" pay for "Operation Iraqi Freedom", the staging of "multiple theatre wars", and the killing of the innocent peoples of foreign lands in the name of Freedom and Democracy, while 'elected' officials pass radical legislation taking away our rights and controlling the flow of information.

    For an in depth discussion of the creation of an Iranian theocracy in Iraq:

    Thursday, December 01, 2005

    New STD Spreads GOPer Legs

    Subject: CDC Warning

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of Sexually Transmitted Disease. The disease is contracted through dangerous and high-risk behavior.

    The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim and pronounced "gonna re-elect him." Many victims contracted it in 2004, after having been screwed for the past four years.
    Cognitive characteristics of individuals infected include: anti-social personality disorders, delusions of grandeur with messianic overtones, extreme cognitive dissonance, inability to incorporate new information, pronounced xenophobia and paranoia, inability to accept responsibility for own actions, cowardice masked by misplaced bravado, uncontrolled facial smirking, ignorance of geography and history, tendencies towards evangelical theocracy, categorical all-or-nothing behavior.

    Naturalists and epidemiologists are amazed at how this destructive disease originated only a few years ago from a bush found in Texas.

    Sunday, November 06, 2005

    The Lie Clocks

    A friend sent this along:
    A man died and went to heaven.
    As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, "What are all those clocks?" St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move."
    "Oh," said the man, "whose clock is that?" "That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicatingthat she never told a lie." "Incredible," said the man.
    "And whose clock is that one?" St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life."
    "Where's President Bush's clock?" asked the man. Bush's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan.
  • Saturday, September 10, 2005

    Impeach Bush Coalition

    From the Fox Anchor:

    And so, Iraq got a new constitution . . .
    As Saddam goes on trial, the new "Auntie" Jane volunteers to lead cheers for the prosecution:
    Back in the USA, some of the elderly sample the new Medicare Drug Benefit:

    Meanwhile, Bush catches up on the latest geopolitcal facts:

    If Freud designed movie posters:

  • Sunday, August 21, 2005

    Flying Spaghetti Monster - You Will Believe AND Get Hefty Enough To Tip The Scales In Your Favor


  • A Good Boy

  • I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day,
    I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.

    And now at last the sun is going down behind the wood,
    And I am very happy, for I know that I've been good.

    My bed is waiting cool and fresh, with linen smooth and fair,
    And I must be off to sleepsin-by, and not forget my prayer.

    I know that, till to-morrow I shall see the sun arise,
    No ugly dream shall fright my mind, no ugly sight my eyes.

    But slumber hold me tightly till I waken in the dawn,
    And hear the thrushes singing in the lilacs round the lawn.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Sunday, June 12, 2005

    Ministers were told of need for Gulf war �excuse� - Sunday Times - Times Online

    Ministers were told of need for Gulf war �excuse� - Sunday Times - Times Online: "The Sunday Times - Britain

    June 12, 2005

    Ministers were told of need for Gulf war �excuse�
    Michael Smith

    MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.
    The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W Bush three months earlier.

    The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair�s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was �necessary to create the conditions� which would make it legal.
    This was required because, even if ministers decided Britain should not take part in an invasion, the American military would be using British bases. This would automatically make Britain complicit in any illegal US action.
    �US plans assume, as a minimum, the use of British bases in Cyprus and Diego Garcia,� the briefing paper warned. This meant that issues of legality �would arise virtually whatever option ministers choose with regard to UK participation�.
    The paper was circulated to those present at the meeting, among whom were Blair, Geoff Hoon, then defence secretary, Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, and Sir Richard Dearlove, then chief of MI6. The full minutes of the meeting were published last month in The Sunday Times. "

  • About Extra!

    Saturday, June 11, 2005

    Feeling A Little Anarchist

    Render Unto "Renderosity"

  • Renderosity renders a good visual every time. This is a link to a fractals gallery - not a bad embarcadero.
  • Saturday, June 04, 2005

    If Life Were A Western

    If life were a western movie, the GOP would be the guy on the ground, Republicans, like, Lott, maybe Cheney, maybe Bush:
  • And the guy wearing the boots, would be the American people stopping the Republican Bush people from looting the national treasury.
  • Thursday, May 26, 2005

    Calpine Power Shortage / GMAC / Paris Barricades

  • If the world has become overly laden with irony obscured by absurdity, this article about Calpine has great heuristic value in one's search for lucidity. After all, you cannot have lucidity without insanity.
    Whoah, there's more, GMAC makes the news with a deal which, should you suffer a moment of rational insight, an economic epiphany so to speak, will help you understand how the boys at GM plan to protect THEIR capital from the inevitable collapse of their retirement Ponzi play.
  • Substitute GOP for GM, Social Security for benefits Ponzi play, and you be getting the picture. Sadly, getting the picture does not prevent getting the shaft. You'll have to hit the streets and bleed before this looting is stopped.
  • Jake's Comedy Corner - Bushism Re Stem Cell Issues

  • Really, it was on the news at the top of the hour every hour, Bush saying that he would veto any act which would "destroy life in order to save life."

  • - UzBushistan - UzBushistan: David Corn writes The Loyal Opposition twice a month for Corn is also the Washington editor of The Nation and is the author of The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception (Crown Publishers).

    "The Bush administration's ho-hum response to this incident is no surprise. Bush's pro-democracy doctrine is only half a doctrine; he doesn't apply it whole-heartedly to nations that his administration needs. For years before the massacre, Karimov ran a nasty regime. Amnesty International's 2004 report noted that Uzbekistan held at least 6,000 political prisoners in cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions: 'Human rights defenders and hundreds of people suspected of political or religious dissent were harassed, beaten and detained without trial, or sentenced to prison terms after unfair trails and frequently tortured or ill-treated.' In previous years, human rights watchers reported that so-called 'independent' Muslims who attended mosques not under the control of the government were harassed and their religious leaders were imprisoned and disappeared. Some reports noted that dissidents had been boiled alive. None of this prevented Bush from making friends with Karimov in order to prosecute the war on terror."

  • Check out Warren Beatty's remarks about Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Saturday, May 21, 2005

    Future Tense - Bubble Surface Tension">
  • Is there a bubble in financial services?

    More from the John Mauldin newsletter - When financial services professionals start whistling past the graveyard, it's time to sharpen your "soupline stand'n'" skills.
    Hint: If I had a hammer . . .."
    Thoughts from the Frontline: "Is there a bubble in financial services? While there was no consensus, my take away is that the answer is roughly no. There are several reasons. First, the P/E ratios for most financial services companies are not in nosebleed territory. While they may be high, they do not look like the NASDAQ in 2000 or California real estate today. That doesn't mean that prices can't (or won't) fall during the next recession, but simply that a drop that is characteristic of bubbles doesn't seem to be in the cards.
    Secondly, many of the US financial services companies are globally diversified. Many get more than half their earnings from outside the US. These earnings show up in the US equity values and are not really part of a possible US financial services bubble. Given the leadership of the US in financial services globally it should be expected that a significant portion of our market capitalization would be in financial services. "

    Thursday, May 19, 2005

    Pour Sewage On That Burning Bush

    Yen for some yen

    This is some serious yening:

  • From John Mauldin's always interesting newsletter, in which he provides informative economic missives with which one need not agree.
  • "This week's letter is by Richard Duncan who is the author of one of my favorite books called The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures. Richard is based in Hong Kong. . . ."
  • How Japan financed global reflation

    In 2003 and the first quarter of 2004, Japan carried out a remarkable experiment in monetary policy ? remarkable in the impact it had on the global economy and equally remarkable in that it went almost entirely unnoticed in the financial press. Over those 15 months, monetary authorities in Japan created ¥35 trillion. To put that into perspective, ¥35 trillion is approximately 1% of the world's annual economic output. It is roughly the size of Japan's annual tax revenue base or nearly as large as the loan book of UFJ, one of Japan's four largest banks. ¥35 trillion amounts to the equivalent of $2,500 for every person in Japan and, in fact, would amount to $50 per person if distributed equally among the entire population of the planet. In short, it was money creation on a scale never before attempted during peacetime.

    Why did this occur? There is no shortage of yen in Japan. The yield on two year JGBs is 10 basis points. Overnight money is free. Japanese banks have far more deposits than there is demand for loans, which forces them to invest up to a quarter of their deposits in low yielding government bonds. So, what motivated the Bank of Japan to print so much more money when the country is already flooded with excess liquidity?

    The Bank of Japan gave the ¥35 trillion to the Japanese Ministry of Finance in exchange for MOF debt with virtually no yield; and the MOF used the money to buy approximately $320 billion from the private sector. The MOF then invested those dollars into US dollar- denominated debt instruments such as government bonds and agency debt in order to earn a return.

    The MOF bought more dollars through currency intervention then than during the preceding 10 years combined, and yet the yen rose by 11% over that period. Historically, foreign exchange intervention to control the level of a currency has met with mixed success, at best; and past attempts by the MOF to stop the appreciation of the yen have not always succeeded. They were very considerably less expensive, however. It is also interesting, and perhaps important, to note that the MOF stopped intervening in March 2004 just when the yen was peaking; that the yen depreciated immediately after the intervention stopped; and that when the yen began appreciating again in October 2004, the MOF refrained from further intervention."
  • More at this link.
  • Monday, May 16, 2005

    Alcoa Participates in 1ST Plasma Tech Packaging Recycling Plant

    Alcoa Participates in 1ST Plasma Tech Packaging Recycling Plant: "PITTSBURGH, (BUSINESS WIRE) May 13, 2005 - Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Brazilian affiliate, Alcoa Aluminio, has joined Tetra Pak, Klabin and TSL Ambiental to inaugurate the world's first carton packaging recycling facility located in Piracicaba, Brazil.
    The plant uses groundbreaking plasma technology, which enables the total separation of aluminum and plastic components from the cartons. This innovative process constitutes a significant enhancement to the current recycling process for carton packaging, which up until now, separated paper, but kept plastic and aluminum together. The plasma process provides another option for recycling, allowing for the return of all three components of the package to the productive chain as raw material.
    Alcoa, which supplies thin-gauge aluminum foil to Tetra Pak for aseptic packaging, uses the recycled aluminum to manufacture new foils.
    The new plasma facility has the capacity to process 8 thousand tons per year of plastic and aluminum, corresponding to recycling approximately 32 thousand tons of aseptic packaging. The emission of pollutants during the recovery of the materials is minimal, handled in the absence of oxygen, without combustion, yielding an energy efficiency rate close to 90%.'This project synthesizes the best that sustainability can offer, in the form of partnering, technological innovation, environmental enhancement and social development. Alcoa is proud to participate in the roll-out of this pioneering technology,' stated Franklin Feder, president of Alcoa Latin America.
    'Brazil already possesses an exemplary record of recycling aluminum and, consequently, the country now has the potential to become a global paradigm as well in the recovery and reuse of aseptic carton packages,' Feder said"

    Sunday, May 15, 2005

    Doodles - Who's Paranoid About National ID?

    Yeah, look over yonder . . . that vast, bountifully healthy, well fleshed flock grazing contentedly, is indeed the electorate of the USA.
    If you're tired of bleating, get involved: