April 23, 2010 archive

Three Plumes

Deepwater Horizon Oil Rg2

Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig burning in the Gulf of Mexico


Lightening in the cloud of volcanic ash above the Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Carina Nebula

A plume of gas and dust extending approximately 17,000,000,000,000 miles (3 light-years) out of the Carina Nebula.

All three photos were originally published by the Daily Telegraph.

The real state of the financial system

  Over a year ago Fed Chief Ben Bernanke made a very clear statement for what needed to be done.

 “If actions taken by the administration, the Congress, and the Federal Reserve are successful in restoring some measure of financial stability — and only if that is the case, in my view – – there is a reasonable prospect that the current recession will end in 2009 and that 2010 will be a year of recovery,” Bernanke said in remarks to the Senate Banking Committee in Washington.

  It seemed to make sense. The collapse of the financial system was what caused the Global Recession, so stabilizing the financial system appeared to be a necessary condition to get out of it.

  Eight months later the IMF declared that stability was returning to the financial system. There certainly are signs that the financial system, because of massive government intervention, is repairing itself. Borrowing costs have dropped. Securities markets have reopened. Large banks are better capitalized.

 But is that the whole story? I’ve taken a look at the raw numbers and they show something very different.

For Your Consideration: The Shock Doctrine for Afghanistan

In this mornings Editorial in the NYT, the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is labeled as “frustrating, difficult and – as his recent anti-American rants make especially clear – not a reliable partner.” Not necessarily an inaccurate description but then the US government backed him and is now whining because he is acting as the head of a sovereign nation and criticizing the policies of the US and NATO Allies

Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 58 dead as bombs sow mayhem in Iraq

by Marwa Sabah, AFP

1 hr 18 mins ago

BAGHDAD (AFP) – A wave of attacks across Iraq including five car bombs, three as prayers finished at Shiite mosques in Baghdad, killed 58 people on Friday just days after the government said Al-Qaeda was on the run.

The violence wounded dozens more and underscored the unrest that continues to plague a nation whose politicians are struggling to form a government almost seven weeks after a general election seen crucial to its long-term stability.

Two parked car bombs in the impoverished district of Sadr City killed 39 people and wounded 56, a security official said.

Open Planet

WWL Radio#61 Its All About the Porn!!!

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When Massa fondled men in his office, they covered it up (did he make them say “Thank you, Massa!” ??) but yikes, let him dip his tip in their money? It is TABOO!

It seems the Securities and Exchange Commission was more interested in the exchange of bodily fluid assets, and maybe stocks and bondage, than investigating anything. What is it about the Porn? This story is hotter than Goldman Sachs’ private offices in Dante’s worst nightmare….. and as the Great Satan, will GS actually go down and swallow for its fraud?

Then there’s Global Porn, the headlines for Earth Day included Oil Rigs spreading filth and a new Garbage Island in the Caribbean! The CARIBBEAN, the center of all things Gardeny and Edenish defiled? Now that’s porn even Johnny Depp couldn’t make me look at!

The honorable student body at UC Berkeley stand up to investing in War Porn, by demanding their University divest from companies that profiteer off the occupation of Palestinian Lands!  That is one type of censorship I can get behind!

Richard Clarke wants to make our internet “safer” by allowing private industries to spy on every keystroke we make – maybe that would have stopped the SEC porn surfing?

Then the Worst case Porn of all: Noam Chomsky is afraid, very afraid; America is heading straight down the path of the Nazis. Jack-boot America: Snuff Porn!

It always comes back to the Porn…. Yum.

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Docudharma Times Friday April 23

Friday’s Headlines:

SEC employees surfed porn as economy fell

Burma’s hip-hop resistance spreads message of freedom


U.S. military, diplomats at odds over how to resolve Kandahar’s electricity woes

Federal investigation boosts concerns over debt-relief firms


Viral video gives Soviet crooner an unlikely comeback

NATO talks on nuclear stockpile in Europe enter second day

Middle East

Netanyahu raises stakes with US over settlements in East Jerusalem

Iran war games begin with new ‘ultra fast’ speed boats


Taleban rift ignites power struggle over who controls the insurgency

Thai police warn Red Shirts to retreat

Latin America

In Venezuela’s Savanna, Clash of Science and Fire

Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

New Growth

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Late Night Karaoke

Open Thread

$well $peech, Mi$ter Pre$ident!

Lloyd “That’$ why they call me, ‘$hine'” Blankfein:


Enjoyed your prowe$$ a$ you begged u$ not to fleece the public.  You $o $a$$y! He $pank$ me, he $pank$ me!!  LOLcat$.

Thank$ a quadrillion!  Hug$ and ki$$e$,

Goldman $ach$

P$: Love$ you!

Random Thoughts about Earth Day 20104022

Most of you who read my posts will agree that I prefer environmentally friendly industries, transport, and food.  You also know that I grow quite a lot of my own food, and a guide will be published here, this coming Saturday, at 7:30 PM when I guest host What’s for Dinner.

However, I am not a fanatic.  I understand that there are tradeoffs that are essential to maintaining our standard of living.  One of them is the semi trailer and the truck that pulls it.  Ten or twelve years ago, they were very polluting, but with the new standards for low soot and sulfur emissions, they are not bad these days.

No fracking way!

This Earth Day, while an oil rig was burning and sinking and spilling out into the Gulf of Mexico, I joined a small band of protesters during my lunch break to tell the government to stop a similar crime against nature, one that is taking place in my home state of Pennsylvania.  There are no offshore oil rigs here, of course, but the new and dangerous method of extracting natural gas through fracking is becoming a larger and larger threat to our water, our land, and our climate.  And Pennsylvania is ground zero.

So I took to the streets at a Green Party-organized protest.  We stood outside the regional Department of Environmental Protection and made our voices heard.

(Go below the fold for more info on the protest, fracking, and what you can do, including upcoming actions.)

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