September 11, 2009 archive

Northeast Passage Open for Business

From the NYT:

A german commercial ship, following a Russian Icebreaker is about to complete the Northeast Passage. I never thought I’d see this. And the really scary thing is that now there are myriad commercial interests that want this to continue.

But the Russians hope that the transit of the German ships will inaugurate the passage as a reliable shipping route, and that the combination of the melting ice and the economic benefits of the shortcut – it is thousands of miles shorter than various southerly routes – will eventually make the Arctic passage a summer competitor with the Suez Canal.

“It is global warming that enables us to think about using that route,” Verena Beckhusen, a spokeswoman for the shipping company, the Beluga Group of Bremen, Germany, said in a telephone interview.

Obama: “These aren’t evil people”

I don’t believe in the biblical definition of evil – devils and demons and all that. So I’m not sure what is required in Barack Obama’s mind to qualify.

But in my mind, there is no better definition of evil than systematically allowing thousands of sick men, women and children to suffer and die each year by suddenly denying them the health care treatment they HAD BEEN COUNTING ON, that they had been PAYING FOR.

Out of all the things Obama said in that speech last night, that is the one that offends me most. To defend these monsters, yet again, is disgusting.

There Really Are Lazy Bastards

I need a little help.  Something is bothering me and it kind of relates to this whole political blogging thing and liberalism.  I’ve sought input from others, but not some as progressive and advanced in thinking as those on here.  

Back in early May, there was a diary on dkos from a guy who was about to become homeless.   He had a wife and a five year old child.  I had some interactions with him prior on the site which indicated a like minded approach to life.  He called himself a DFH, made all the right comments from a progressive point of view, and had a fairly pleasant online persona.  He wrote a GBCW diary because of his situation, not because of wanting to leave, and during the course of events, I offered to put him, his wife and child up in my house for a few months.  It required relocating from California to Washington, but he and his wife decided to take me up on the offer.  

I gave them $450 to help them get up here and they surely did.  They moved in the end of May, so now it’s been about 3 1/2 months.  Since that time, he has helped me around the house for about 5 hours total.  He has came out of their bedroom for about 5 hours total, not counting the time in the kitchen or bathroom.  I have had a couple talks with him telling him that in my house everyone helps with the dishes and cleaning the house.  He still doesn’t.  His wife, who is one of those American Idol Americans, does help a bit.  But this guy is absolutely amazing to me.  I honestly can say I have never seen anyone lazier in my life.  He searches all the time for jobs on the internet but never, NEVER, goes out of the house to look. He doesn’t go down to the employment center.  Nothing.   He sits in his chair between the TV and the computer all day and night.  He wakes up after noon, and by 6 PM is drinking beer.  That would be lunch for you and me.

I told him that I just can’t wait for him to get a job and that we would have to end this at the end of October.  He has had one job interview during this time and another that he cancelled because he had no dress pants he could fit into.  He should be out there earning any kind of money he can to help their situation, but he just sits, all day. I really don’t think they take anything seriously.  Their kid started kindergarten just last week and I’ve had to buy her birthday present (a bike), shoes, and other things because they don’t have any money.  She prefers to be the stay at home Mom while he works, yet he can’t get a job!  And even if he could get a job, his skills are warehousng which pays what, not much.  It’s fucking amazing.  

I’ve given up on them and am just biding my time for the end of October.  I will undoubtedly have to give them money to move out, but I will gladly do that.  I just can’t believe this situation.  A supposed progressive who says all the right things online, turns out to be worse than the fat beer drinking rednecks we rail against.  BTW, he’s about 300 pounds now and was recently crying to me about how he is gaining weight.  Yet he sits in that fucking chair all day and night.

I don’t know, in a way, I hope he sees this.  I tried to help someone who said all the right things, and they turn out to be helpless, lazy, welfare MoFo’s.  I’m disappointed.  My liberalness has taken a hit.  Now I have to think twice before helping someone.  

Tear the door off the Skull and Bones building

Short and not so sweet: A Yale graduate student who was to be married this weekend has disappeared. She left all her personal stuff in another building and went into a lab building. Hasn’t been seen since.

Lasthorseman, you’re just gonna LOVE what her major is. Pharmacology.

How many biochemistry researchers does this make who have had interesting things like this happen to them over the last several years, now?

If I were the FBI I’d be tearing that goddamn Skull and Bones building apart brick by brick.

THIS was intended to be a response to buhdy’s “Progressive Caucus Becomes a Political Force “

but, my response became so longgg, I decided to post it, instead.

Yesterday — in a late posting in buhdy’s thread, I stated some afterthoughts — see here, as well as having expressed some thoughts earlier here.

I called nine Congressional reps, basically, to see where they were at on single-payer [deliberately] and a “what if” there is no public option — and I stated how I felt about the WHOLE thing and what, I assumed, were the sentiments of not just me, but many, many Americans.  The true, true, “progressives” were unabashed at stating their positions, i.e., would not vote for any bill without a strong public option and, in addition, are strongly in support of H.R. 676 (Conyers & Kucinich single-payer plan).  Then, there were those that simply wanted to wait until they heard what Obama had to say, some even saying they’d go “his way,” and, then, there were those who stated they wanted a “strong public option” but would not commit to a “what if.”  One or two were not “progressives,” as I was trying to get a kind of “sampling,” so to speak.  (FYI, calls I made were to Congresspersons, Jackson (IL), Rush (IL), Markey, Matsui, Thompson, Davis (IL), Wexler (FL), Schakowsky (IL) and I kept notes.)

Please note:  That in my approach to these “critters,” I simply stated that I wanted to know the view of the Congressman on this and that — after I heard whatever I heard is when I laid out my sentiments and facts.  

Please note, too: I think there may be some in the Progressive Caucus who merely want to “appear” as being progressive, but not much stronger than a regular Dem.

So, thanks, budhy, for bringing this up — I REALLY THINK IT IS ENTIRELY UP TO US.  And I think the “Mad as Hell Doctors” are leading US into a good thing, as well — they have launched and are now reporting.  They are receiving around 500 or more visitors at each place they’ve stopped at so far — and that’s only about three right now, and they’re receiving very good newspaper coverage.

I think we all know that the healthcare reform is a “pivotal” point in our society and it’s history.  So far, I would imagine we are a laughing stock among those Western industrialized nations who have had government healthcare for many, many years — but, I would imagine that they cry for us at the same time.  I’m sure it’s very hard for them to imagine a society so calloused as to let people DIE, literally, for want of no healthcare coverage, or being cut off for being VERY ill.

Reflecting! I think it’s this kind of social lack of morality in our society that is the core reason for the basic unhappiness (and illness) in Americans, despite all their material goods that they may have — feeling never satisfied.  And, of course, now most of us are down to the basics of life.  But it’s that “lack” socially that also creates numerous illnesses, not just physical:  rampant crime from the top on down, an indescribable “aching” in our hearts, which, in turn, creates “illness” and a kind of “senselessness” created thereby, IOW, if you run out of money, you’re the same as dead.  Having to be watchful of what our government does with our monies and our wishes also contributes to varying types of illnesses.  These are the kinds of things that “gnaw” at us as human beings/Americans.  All of these sub-conscience “workings” play havoc with us.  We do not have happy lives, despite our “trappings.” Americans have even reached the point that they’re afraid to take “real” vacations, and most only taking a few days here or there.  Why?  Fear of losing their jobs!  Fear of depleting what little money they may have garnered and so on.  Sad, sad, sad.  So, I think each of us try to find little “tiny” ways to carve out a measure of “happiness” — that which no one can take away from us.

Where is the LOVE?

Overnight Caption Contest

The joke that is the state of South Carolina

The state of South Carolina has turned into one, big, sick joke.  You see it in the state’s politicians.  You see it in The State newspapers reporting, or more importantly, lack thereof.  It was bad enough that the state of South Carolina continually ranked near the bottom of every category, to include unemployment and education, the level of poverty in the state, among other issues.  It was bad enough that for decades, without fail, the electorate continually allowed the Republican Party to stay in power despite its inability to deal effectively with these issues.  Now, like the Republican Party itself, the state of South Carolina has simply devolved into a national joke.

Fifty Questions on 9/11, by Pepe Escobar

It’s September 11 all over again – eight years on. The George W Bush administration is out. The “global war on terror” is still on, renamed “overseas contingency operations” by the Barack Obama administration. Obama’s “new strategy” – a war escalation – is in play in AfPak. Osama bin Laden may be dead or not. “Al-Qaeda” remains a catch-all ghost entity. September 11 – the neo-cons’ “new Pearl Harbor” – remains the darkest jigsaw puzzle of the young 21st century.

It’s useless to expect US corporate media and the ruling elites’ political operatives to call for a true, in-depth investigation into the attacks on the US on September 11, 2001. Whitewash has been the norm. But even establishment highlight Dr Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski, a former national security advisor, has admitted to the US Senate that the post-9/11 “war on terror” is a “mythical historical narrative”.

The following questions, some multi-part – and most totally ignored by the 9/11 Commission – are just the tip of the immense 9/11 iceberg. A hat tip goes to the indefatigable work of;; architects and engineers for 9/11 truth; the Italian documentary Zero: an investigation into 9/11; and Asia Times Online readers’ e-mails.

None of these questions has been convincingly answered – according to the official narrative. It’s up to US civil society to keep up the pressure. Eight years after the fact, one fundamental conclusion is imperative. The official narrative edifice of 9/11 is simply not acceptable.

Fifty questions

Read the whole thing here…

On The Eve Of 9/11, Could It Have Been Prevented?

According to an FBI informant Yes!

FBI Informant Says Agents Missed Chance to Stop 9/11 Ringleader Mohammed Atta

Undercover Operative ‘One Million Percent Positive’ Attacks Could Have Been Prevented

This was just on the ABC World News, video report not yet up, but is one more of the Brian Ross Investigative Unit.

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