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"Hey, it could have a *virus* or maybe ANTHRAX!!!!"

"Yeah, that's the ticket. We have to play it safe, so we can keep protecting America from the TERRORISTS" -- my suggestion to the White House on how they might explain their refusal to open an e-mail message from the EPA about greenhouse gases.

www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25.../25epa.html

White House Refused to Open Pollutants E-Mail


By FELICITY BARRINGER
Published: June 25, 2008
The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week.

The document, which ended up in e-mail limbo, without official status, was the E.P.A.’s answer to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that required it to determine whether greenhouse gases represent a danger to health or the environment, the officials said.

www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25.../25epa.html
Thu, June 26, 2008 - 11:02 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

The price of oil is mostly due to financial speculation.

The "demand" for oil has been driven by huge banks, brokerages, and hedge funds, not by the need for energy. They have driven prices MORE than the actual demand from India and China. Did Bush and Cheney care that their cronies are bankrupting and starving the world? Ha!

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...22.html
Fri, June 6, 2008 - 5:25 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Bush et al. LIED about Iraq

OK, the Senate report on what Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld said vs. what they knew (or should have known) at the time doesn't use the word "lied." But they did, we've known it all along, and that is the truth.

As the pre-war poster said, "When Clinton lied, nobody died." Impeachment would be too good for them. Jail time is called for. It'll never happen of course.

www.nytimes.com/2008/06/06...06fri1.html
Fri, June 6, 2008 - 5:21 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Queen of Denial - Shut up and go home, Hillary!

Last night, after the last nail was driven into the coffin of her candidacy, when she should have conceded, she temporized. She lied about her popular vote total, just as much as her husband lied about having sex with "that woman."

This is past ridiculous. It's past graceless, past foolish, past self-destructive. It's positively Bushian; a breathtaking denial of reality. ( www.nytimes.com/2008/06/04...04wed2.html ) It's really sad and embarrassing. I'd have a hard time considering her as a suitable candidate for anything anymore. I pity her now, and the poor sad souls who share her delusion that she is in any way relevant, much less contributing to defeating the criminal Cheney/Bush regime.
Wed, June 4, 2008 - 4:10 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Different Day, Same Old Shit -- or -- think *your* job is crap? -- or -- Where does organic fertilizer come from?

No, no, I'm not whining about my life here.

Guano. A polite term for shit; deposits left on islands by birds have been harvested for years to provide fertilizer for crops. Major deposits are also found in caves, left by bats.

This article in the NY Times ( www.nytimes.com/2008/05/30...30peru.html ) relates how tough life is for the workers who scrape it up, how demand for it has soared as organic agriculture's demand for non-chemical fertilizer soars, how wars have been fought over it, how the US once regarded it as belonging to 'Murrkins by divine right (or something), and how the President of Peru (who became a fugitive after his autocratic and authoritarian regime collapsed) used to use one of the islands as his "fortress of solitude."

But that's just a news peg for the following, dredged from the memory-bank.

Some of the bat guano deposits in caves are millennia old. Ones that weren't mined for fertilizer or otherwise disturbed provide a "goldmine" of data regarding climate, biology, and a host of other fields. A few years back, one of these troves caught fire. When it's important to preserve the stratification layers so you can analyze the historical record, spraying tons of water around isn't a very useful option. This lead to an emergency conference of experts on how best to save the endangered feces. (Seriously, no fooling. Even though I couldn't resist the ghastly pun, it is true.)
Mon, June 2, 2008 - 2:06 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Plugging a friend -- Tristan Taormino's coming to SF

As much as I'd love to plug (and various other things) Tristan herself, we're not that kind of friends.

But if you're interested in open relationships, you might want to check out her appearances June 2 and June 5 at Good Vibes in SF.

Here's the info: www.openingup.net/tour/
Thu, May 29, 2008 - 12:21 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment
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