February 13, 2008 archive
Feb 13 2008
Feb 13 2008
Josh White, writing for the Washington Post reports, of the Bomb targeter-turned-human rights advocate.
Sitting in a secure vault deep inside the Pentagon, Marc Garlasco cheered when the laser-guided bombs he had helped target slammed to Earth, striking Iraqi soil. As a body flew like a rag doll across the video screen, framed in a bright flash and a cloud of dust, Garlasco and his fellow intelligence analysts thought they had taken out one of the U.S. military’s top targets during the early days of the Iraq war.
But even as he reveled in the April 2003 airstrike, Garlasco was thinking ahead to his next job, which would take him to the edges of the very crater he had just helped create. Just two weeks after the failed attack targeting Iraq’s notorious Ali Hassan Majeed, known as Chemical Ali, Garlasco left the Defense Intelligence Agency and traveled worldwide as a human rights activist seeking to determine the civilian toll of his previous work.
“I found myself standing at that crater, talking to a man about how his family was destroyed, how children were killed, and there was this bunny-rabbit toy covered in dust nearby, and it tore me in two,” Garlasco said. “I had been a part of it, so it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It really dawned on me that these aren’t just nameless, faceless targets. This is a place where people are going to feel ramifications for a long time.“
The New York Times reports GAO Report warns of threat to campus nuclear reactors. “The risks of a terrorist attack on a nuclear reactor on a college campus, and the potential consequences, have been underestimated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Congressional auditors say in a report. The report, by the Government Accountability Office, said the commission had overruled expert contractors who thought differently, and misrepresented what the contractors had said. Security requirements at the reactors have changed little since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to the auditors, even though many of the reactors still run on enriched uranium, which terrorists could convert into an atomic bomb.”
According to the report, “There are 37 research reactors in the United States, mostly located on college campuses. Of these, 33 reactors are licensed and regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Four are operated by the Department of Energy (DOE) and are located at three national laboratories… DOE also has concluded that the consequences of an attack at some of its research reactors could be severe, causing radioactivity to be dispersed over many square miles and requiring the evacuation of nearby areas. As a result, all facilities where DOE reactors are located have extensive plans and procedures for responding to security incidents. NRC based its security and emergency response requirements largely on the regulations it had in place before September 2001. NRC decided that the security assessment it conducted between 2003 and 2006 showed that these requirements were sufficient.”
The Guardian reports the True scale of C02 emissions from shipping is revealed. “The true scale of climate change emissions from shipping is almost three times higher than previously believed, according to a leaked UN study… It calculates that annual emissions from the world’s merchant fleet have already reached 1.12bn tonnes of CO2, or nearly 4.5% of all global emissions of the main greenhouse gas.
“The report suggests that shipping emissions… will become one of the largest single sources of manmade CO2 after cars, housing, agriculture and industry. By comparison, the aviation industry, which has been under heavy pressure to clean up, is responsible for about 650m tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, just over half that from shipping.” Makes all that ‘cheap stuff’ from overseas seem not so cheap.
From the Wall Street Journal news that a New era dawns for rail building. “America is back to working on the railroads… For decades, railroads spent little on expansion, even tore up surplus track and shrank routes. But since 2000 they’ve spent $10 billion to expand tracks, build freight yards and buy locomotives, and they have $12 billion more in upgrades planned. The buildout comes as the industry transitions away from its chief role in recent decades of hauling coal, timber and other raw materials in manufacturing regions. Now, increasingly, railroads are moving finished consumer goods, often made in Asia, from ports to major cities…
“Railroad operators are pressing for advantage over their main competitor, long-haul trucking, which has struggled with rising fuel prices, driver shortages and highway congestion. Railroads say a load can be moved by rail using about a third as much fuel as it takes to haul it by truck… Demand for rail service increased sharply when the U.S. economy and Asian imports surged starting in 2003.” Of course, this rail renaissance is being driven by ‘cheap stuff’ from overseas… and no sign of passengers.
Feb 13 2008
We have a presidential election race going on. We are going to have one of the most important elections in our lifetime in ten months. We have many other major issues including ending the Iraq war. Our economy is a mess. We have 47 million uninsured Americans. SCHIP didn’t get through. We have 2 million homeless in our nation. We have a President and Vice President that should be impeached.
With all of this and more, I keep reading about veterans having problems here and there and a bunch of their advocates complaining about every little thing. There is even a web site completely dedicated to bitching about problems the veterans have. http://sanchopress.com/
I have compiled a list of their complaints for comparison to all the major issues going on in our country. Take a look and this and see if these people should quit there gripping and help with the big issues. I have numbered each suppossed problem and you don’t even have to read the whole issue, you can just scroll down and read the main title of what they think is a big problem.
Feb 13 2008
Genocide denial is part of the steel that drills the oil in “Custer’s Pipeline,” is part of what moves the pens making lying papers that are stealing and have stolen the promised sovereignty of American Indians, and what makes the modern day Custers feel joy when they succeed and rage when they fail.
Looks like the modern- day Custers are feeling a little joy lately.
Feb 13 2008
We are in the process of figuring out how to get Docudharma more….actiony.
The thrice beloved On The Bus, whose official title is Chief Technical Wizard, has recently added a box on the far right hand side of the page for hot tags. Now I am EXACTLY the wrong person to try to tell you about anything technical. I only got on the net a couple of years ago, before that, I was a carpenter. If it is made out of wood, I’m your man. Silicone and ones and zeros and code and stuff? Not so much. I like Number Two Ticonderogas. They have good erasers.
But here we are, all digitalled up. Which means that we have a ton of info passing through teh blog everyday, much of it is actually useful and important! And since one of the marvels of digitalness is the ability to store and access info, we should do all we can to take advantage of that…as well as taking advantage of the mediums possibilities and opportunities for action.
These two intersect in the use of action tags, and the opportunity to have access to action items through the Hot Tags box. OR through some other systems. Or both. Since the admins here are smart enough to admit we aren’t that smart we are, as we try to do with just about everything, throwing this out to the community for general input, ideas, and to receive your brilliance.
Consider this an open thread on both tagging, and how to facilitate and make it easier to engage in various Action! items.
Feb 13 2008
Welcome to the Weirding Womans World of Rant and crazed mutterings, where Wake Up is the whisper and Never Again is the reply. Where “Hope” is the pervert Uncle diddling you under the table, while “Lies” is welding on your chains.
Like the Video portrays, I see the pristine pastoral scenes, just like you; I also see it going down in flames.
So when your standing at the smoldering ruins, you can’t say you weren’t warned.
I feel like the Crazy Wolf Lady whispering in the corner to you… NSPD 51, Murdoch Media, Water Wars, Global Warming, The Day After, and not least of all “A Slippery Slope: Of Fascism and Punishment”…. a delusional prophet foreboding the worst at a Ghost Dance Party of messianic hope.
Not that it will save me.
Even if I don’t willingly gulp the Kool Aid, I know it will be force-fed to me. I share your fate.
Feb 13 2008
Friday is Iraq Moratorium #6, a loosely-knit national grassroots effort to end the war and occupation of Iraq.
Nearly 90 events already are listed on the national website, from sea to shining sea. They range from street corner vigils to die-ins, with a dash of street theater thrown in. There have been 600-plus events since the Moratorium began in September.
California remains the epicenter of Iraq Moratorium activity, with at least 25 events listed on the site. (There are many more events that take place across the nation every Moratorium day, but no way to quantify them unless the organizers voluntarily list them on the website.)
If California is the hotbed, Wisconsin is the coldbed of activity, with 13 events listed and at least a few more planned. Twenty-five states have events on the list. You can easily check at IraqMoratorium.org for one near you.
Feb 13 2008
Hmmmm…..Monday, sports pony party…check….Tuesday, hearts in random pony party, check….Wednesday….Wednesday….Wednesday….hmmmmmmm
For a little Pre-Valentine fun, (and maybe helpful preparation)….we’re going with ♥ Romantic Movies ♥
Recommendations acording to The History Channel website, some favorites are…
Feb 13 2008
On two occasions now and on two computers using totally different IP addresses the web site www.infragard.net not only fails to respond it locks up Internet Explorer also. Discovered only a short time ago Infragard is a “partnership” of “information sharing” (data mining) of untold amounts of your personal life’s history between the FBI and the private business world. Think of it as the RIAA on steriods, hauling two years olds off the the gulags for listening to an “illegal” copy of Sesame St.
You may want to refrain linking to the main Infragard site for some time. Focus instead on the FBI.gov one, don’t think they will take that one down.
As already reported the corporate members of Infragard will have shoot to kill capacity in the event of martial law. Deputy Dogs, don’t taze me bro was just far too tame for these psychopaths. It’s been “upgraded”, don’t shoot me, Mr CEO.
What could be done is an accounting of “vanishing” sites located by using Google and other search engines to find places discussing “Infragard”. Are they today none functioning when you know you saw them yesterday. Is the internet “malfunction” something you have never encountered before?
Consider doing it on an “expendable” computer. I have a work laptop so if it frys there is an entire IT department.
Bring this latest piece of Satan inspired totalitarian fascism directly into the light. Ah, it CAN”T be true you say? How have your last seven years turned out?
Feb 13 2008
|From Yahoo News Top Stories|
1 Iraqi threatens to disband parliament
By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 56 minutes ago
|BAGHDAD – The speaker of Iraq’s fragmented parliament threatened Tuesday to disband the legislature, saying it is so riddled with distrust it appears unable to adopt the budget or agree on a law setting a date for provincial elections.
Disbanding parliament would prompt new elections within 60 days and further undermine Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s shaky government, which is limping along with nearly half of the 40 Cabinet posts vacant.
The disarray undermines the purpose of last year’s U.S. troop “surge” – to bring down violence enough to allow the Iraqi government and parliament to focus on measures to reconcile differences among minority Sunnis and Kurds and the majority Shiites. Violence is down dramatically, but political progress languishes.
Feb 13 2008
Dear Sir or Ma’am,
I writing this because I’m part of a community, and an activist for, those who are continually forgotten or legislated against in this country. This community is called Transgendered. Yes, those of us who have Gender Identities that don’t match our Birth records.
Feb 13 2008
Every time an important, a defining, bill has come up for a vote since November 2006, Democrats have made all the right noises, (well, enough right noises anyway) to keep the message flooding the media and beaming into peoples living rooms when they get home from work too tired to think past superficialities about how much different and better they are than republicans.
And everytime they’ve quietly slipped the knife in while the country is sleeping.
But… but… but… they’re better, goddammit!
Better, goddammit. What don’t you get?
Way better, goddammit!