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Everything newer than 2007 is at the new blog: Ryvr Blog.
An Alternet headline asks, "Why Can't We Talk about Peace in Public?"
WHAT are we fightin' for??
SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) bears the greatest credit for transforming what otherwise might have been a well-attended march this past Saturday into an action of street theater, resistance, and civil disobedience that has the potential to launch the movement that will end this war.
I've just returned to Asheville from the wildly successful anti-war march in Washington D.C. My deep thanks go to our local Veterans for Peace Chapter for the wonderful travel and lodging they coordinated for us.
Sure is chilly here, but global warming remains an urgent problem. Scientists will release a report that Human-caused global warming is currently evident through undeniable smoking guns all around us.
"Bush Poll Ratings Before Speech Fall to Nixon's Level" observes *Bloomberg*, reporting:
Bush reached an all-time low 28 percent approval rating in a CBS poll released today. Sixty-six percent of those surveyed in the CBS poll said they opposed Bush's sending 20,000 additional troops to Iraq, and 75 percent said the war there is going badly. Fifty percent said Congress shouldn't provide money for the 20,000 additional troops.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Yesterday, Stuart Staniford at The Oil Drum updated his moving-average graph of world oil production which is an excellent visualization of the cliff off of which our drunken civilization is driving:
As we celebrate the "holiday" weekend, I wanted to note that the revolt we are commemorating was a battle of the people for liberty and freedom from an empire which had lost touch.
Livescience.com reports: "Global warming, and not natural variations in ocean temperature, provided most of the fuel for last year's unusually strong hurricane season, scientists said this week."
The Sydney Morning Herald, among many news sources, reports:
The Earth is the hottest it has been in at least four centuries and perhaps in thousands of years.
The US National Academy of Sciences reached that conclusion in a broad review of scientific work requested by the US Congress.
In a report released on Friday it found the "recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia."
I noticed a search engine query hit to the blog on "Is going barefoot dangerous?"
Update 16:35 EST - cnn.com: "Syria says it chased Israeli warplanes out of its airspace Wednesday after what it called a "hostile and provocative act," Syrian state television reported Wednesday."
The cnn.com headline reads: Israeli troops mass on Gaza border
Hats off to pro-immigrant activists who are organizing a massive strike for Monday, May 1, 2006.
Organizers have timed the action for May Day, a date when workers around the world often march for improved conditions, and have strong support from big labor and the Roman Catholic church. They vow that America's major cities will grind to a halt and its economy will stagger as Latinos walk off their jobs and skip school.
The mainstream media appear to be deliberately downplaying the acute skyrocketing of oil prices which threaten significant harm to the economy overall and certainly much pain to consumers both at the gas pump and in other cost of living impacts.
"As one risk factor for the global economy is crude prices, which remain at high levels, I will closely watch how each G7 country discusses the issue," Japanese finance minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said...
In London, Brent crude futures have broken through $70 dollars a barrel for the first time, owing to tight supplies and to tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions...
The higher the deficit goes, the greater the risk of the dollar crashing, "which would push US interest rates up sharply and possibly lead to a recession," ...[the IMF] warned.
The current water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico at Pensacola, FL is 80.2 F. This is close to the average temperature (84) for June. April's normal is 71.
Alan Ginsberg chanting OM may have helped end the Vietnam War.
Eula and Ran Prieur have been discussing some hazards of the terminology that we use to identify likely future trends. At issue is that "crash," "collapse," and "die-off" are perhaps poor branding choices compared to "involuntary powerdown," "Utopia," or how about "Blissful Liberation from the Capitalists."
The most straightforward and lucid explanation of peak oil and its consequences I have yet seen is found at the site Peak Oil: Life After the Oil Crash. I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the facts and logic presented at this site.
And is apparently now suing for humiliation that has "crippled" his "career."
Since it remains unclear how long the system will limp along before crashing from oil starvation, it is good that communities like Asheville are engaging in positive action with results. It is also great practice for a community that will evolve a healthy tribal network post-capitalism.
Just as the forces were gathering to battle it out at Ashvegas City Council tonight, Wal-Mart has announced that it's not going to pursue siting a Wal-Mart Supercenter on Smoky Park Highway next to the Lowes' there.
The Globe and Mail is reporting on the continuing rise of oil prices:
Light, sweet crude for May delivery rose $1.36 to $68.75 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. If the gains stick, it would be the highest closing price since Sept. 1, when Nymex futures settled at $69.47.
Seymour M. Hersh reveals vile plans by the Pentagon to attack Iran:
One of the military's initial option plans, as presented to the White House by the Pentagon this winter, calls for the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, against underground nuclear sites.
I think Bush has gone to the terror well too often. I think playing the only card in the deck for short term political gain, to bump the polls in advance of the mid-term elections, will backfire on him, for precisely the same reason Iraq backfired on him.
Wikipedia has been offline for some time today, and I am hoping to be able to report more info soon as to why or when it will be back up. I'll keep trying to find out. It is intersting to think about all the students with research papers due Monday morning among millions of other information seekers who must be in a huge jam right now. (21:00 EST).
I am unspeakably flattered to find out from my new stats tracker that this blog is the #6 result in MSN Search on the terms "a poster showing healthy living."
(It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine).
Hemenway makes an argument about demand, and points out the basic economic fact that price is not only set by supply, but also by demand. This is the common Cornucopian reply to the question of Peak Oil: as supply contracts, prices will rise, which will simply extinguish demand. This entails a distinct lack of imagination, in my opinion, as to what "extinguishing demand" might entail. With a human population far beyond its carrying capacity already that can only be fed with petroleum-fueled, industrial agrictulre, a rise in the price of oil must be carried over into a rise in the price of food. That will increase the percentage of the population that cannot afford food, and that increases the desperation of a society very quickly.
tom campbell writes:
[M]y grand scheme to 'save the world' is simply to walk away from participation in those institutions that diminish diversity and learn about or create a new way of living that increases diversity[.]
I'm gonna tell a BIG secret. I can't tell you why I'm tellin' it, but I'm tellin' it. And know truthfully that there's a Holy Rosary wrapped around my hand right now as I write this. But Lo, it is still and surely your left-wing wacko ** Ryvr ** who loves all the other people far faster than the people who say, "Ha, I have many jewels!"
We have nominations updates for our list of musicians and bands that are helping to make a better world. See the original post for the idea behind this list.
On AlterNet, Don Hazen correctly proclaims:
It is time to resurrect the good '60s and help many people understand much of what has been hidden. It was an era when millions of people were clear about their values -- especially nonmaterial aspirations, and sharing, and ways of living simply that have long since been steamrollered by the nonstop tsunami of global consumer culture.
Uh, yeah, the week of March 20... The AP is reporting:
Treasury officials, briefing congressional aides last week, said that the government will run out of maneuvering room to keep from exceeding the current limit sometime during the week of March 20...
[T]hey had used the $15 billion in the Exchange Stabilization Fund, a reserve that the Treasury secretary has that is normally used to smooth out volatile movements in the value of the dollar in currency markets.
On the heels of a great chimps/bonobos post at Anthropik by Jason Godesky, cnn.com is reporting:
Scientists are struggling to save the fast-disappearing bonobo, the gentle "hippie chimp" known for resolving squabbles through sex rather than violence...
"Bonobos are an icon for peace and love, the world's 'hippie chimps,"' said Sally Coxe of the Washington-based Bonobo Conservation Initiative. "To let them die off would be a catastrophe."
Of the near-future failure of industrial civilization, Jason Godesky says:
We should not hear "Stone Age" and think of a life that is "nasty, brutish and short"; rather, we should understand that living in the Stone Age means being free for the first time in our lives.
Stuart Staniford sums up the evidence, agreeing with many other intelligent observers that the peak of oil production is upon us:
Whether May 2005 will stand as the highest ever month of production or some month in 2006 or even 2007 rises a little higher is certainly hard to call.
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman explain clearly some of the rock hard evidence that the 2004 Presidential Election was stolen:
Exit polls flashed worldwide on CNN at 12:20 am Wednesday morning, Nov. 3, showed John Kerry winning Ohio by 4.2 percent of the popular vote, probably about 250,000 votes. We believe this is an accurate reflection of what really happened here...
Therefore, to put it simply: at least 308,000 voters, most of them likely Democrats, were eliminated from the registration rolls prior to an election allegedly won by less than 119,000 votes, where more than 106,000 votes still remain uncounted, and where the GOP secretary of state continues to successfully fight off a meaningful recount.
The unelected self-styled emperor bush's Iraq misadventure is in a state of utter meltdown:
With fears of full-blown civil war gripping Iraq, the capital was sealed off, cars were prohibited from entering, and all but the most official vehicles banned from traveling between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
9news in Colorado reports:
A 16-year-old boy at Overland High School doesn't want to hear what he calls his teacher's left-wing political rants...
A spokesperson for the Cherry Creek School District [in Colorado] said they have placed [the teacher] Bennish on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Though I have given up on the Democrats, I can never give up on working together to build a better nation and world.
At this time, I am choosing to formally unendorse and distance my support from the national Democratic Party.
"Bush is done for ... You don't recover from 34%." asserts Cenk Uygur at AlterNet, conveying a seemingly self-evident truth.