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Sorry, I was wrong about #OccupyWallStreet

I dismissed this in the same way I dismissed the riots in the United Kingdom. I thought, yeah ok, there will be some protests and at best maybe there may be some in depth papers covering this simple stat which is part of what is getting people to the streets

I thought that they would be ridiculed. They were. It strengthened them. I thought that they NYPD police abuse was the end of their movement. It only gained them strength and support. I thought that the 700 arrests would destroy them. It drove students in to their willing arms.

There are no riots. There is no criminality to allow the upper 1% to simply dismiss them as criminals.

They represent ordinary people who are crying – enough is enough. Why should they face the pain of “austerity” when the very criminals who caused the collapse of the economy are rewarded?

The media first ignored #OccupyWallStreet. Now they are at the frontline. Soon they will be claiming credit, while misrepresenting the people who are speaking out.

Already Republicants are calling it “class warfare” because the 99% are now saying enough is enough.

An old message now

The 1% went one step too far.

Now they are having to fight back through the media. Of course, it is worth remembering only a few months ago every Republican Presidential candidate parroted the GOP line that they were the ones fighting crony capitalism.

Now watch the live stream


Wow – a penis. Stop the presses and show me the real scandal.

The right wing of America is once again getting their white sheets all in a twist because supposedly Rep. Antony Weiner tweeted a picture of an erect penis hidden by underwear. The story is false and stinks of a Breitbart setup but of course the major news stations are all over it, like a fly to a  shit. Even though Yfrog accounts can be hacked easily.

A picture of an erect penis has got the right all in a twist. A penis. Covered in cloth.

Wow, how scary. How terrifying, it is almost as terrifying as the scary nipple thing that Janet Jackson revealed.

It requires a massive investigation taking up days and days of press coverage.

It requires all the talking heads to go after Rep. Weiner instead of a lunatic judge whose wife is married to a teabagger partisan hack.

The crate-loads of real cash lost in the fields of Iraq could not be investigated, never mind the over trillion dollars lost in blood and revenue.

War crimes could not be investigated.

The Republican agenda for 2010 – so obvious to all but the Press, could not be investigated.

The links of top Republican God botherers to the anti-gay murderers of Uganda could not be investigated.

The scandal of poverty and homelesness in America could not be investigated. Fuck sake, the only Presidential candidate who spoke about the poor and homelesness proved himself to be a dick and now faces prosecution for being a dick. He’s a goner but why did his message have to go?

A penis. Wow. Stop the effin press

Breitbart is a right-wing hack. His 15 minutes of fame vanished with Bible Spice, the Grifter from Alaska. He has no credibility. Stop giving him more importance than a cat stuck up a tree. The cat deserves better press coverage.

Colour me amazed. Climate Change deniers wrong again.

Former weatherman and climate change "expert" Anthony Watts

I used to go to Anthony Watts’ WordPress blog to read the diatribe and participate in the discussions. His blog, “Watts Up With That?,” is a conglomeration of reports and commentary about the ongoing climategate scandal. If features articles from “scientists” (notice the quotation marks [notice the parenthetical call to attention of the quotation marks]) the likes of Robert Ferguson , Dr. Frederick Seitz (who also was paid by big tobacco to deny its link to cancer) and Dr. Timothy Ball, an Exxon-paid hack. Not that Exxon , or other big oil companies, would have any financial interest in convincing the public that climate change isn’t real.
I say I used to visit the site, because I was moderated out of commenting when I correctly pointed out a few errors in logic and the funding sources of much of the research relied upon for Watts’ content.
So, it gives me great pleasure to direct you to this link:

Anthony Watts: Disastrously Wrong Again

Top Republican – Noah will save us from global warming.

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

John Shimkus - God Bothering Bible Bashing Republican

Meet John Shimkus, a man who want to be Chair of the House Energy and Environment Sub-Committee once the Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.

He believes that global warming is not an issue because God promised Noah it will all be ok.

In 2009 he told the Committee ‘As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.’

As the Daily Mail reports;

The Illinois Republican continued: ‘I believe that is the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it is going to be for his creation.

‘The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood.

He added: ‘Today we have about 388 parts per million in the atmosphere. I think in the age of dinosaurs, when we had the most flora and fauna, we were probably at 4,000 parts per million. There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet — not too much carbon. And the cost of a cap-and-trade on the poor is now being discovered.’

So sad. The Emperor of Exmoor shot dead.

October 26, 2010 1 comment

The Emperor of Exmoor was the largest wild animal in the UK.

He was a magnificent animal, few had seen him but there were many tales of his existence.

He weighed in at more than 300 lbs and stood at nine feet from hoof to antler-tip. He was very likely to be the largest wild animal in the United Kingdom.

He was shot dead, by a rich hunter, during the mating season. He was shot for sport. Some testosterone lacking hunter wanted the head of this great animal as a trophy. Not food. Not for culling. For sport. A trophy.

Legal yes. Morally right, no.

Categories: Environment, Sports

Hungarian Sludge – One of the worst environmental disasters to hit Europe in 30 years

The toxic red sludge released from an industrial plant in Hungary has reached the Danube river.

The Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban called the spill an “ecological tragedy”. The sludge was caused as a result of an accident at an alumina plant in Ajka in western Hungary.

Nearby villages were damaged and vast areas of farmland have been destroyed. Four people have been killed and over 100 injured, mainly those working in the emergency services who have suffered from chemical burns.

The victims drowned in the fast flowing river of sludge, which reached a depth of 6.5ft (2.0m) in places. All life in the Marcal has according to Disaster expert, Tibor Dobson, been “extinguished”.

Countries downstream from one of Europe’s longest Rivers are already having to make emergency plans. South of Hungary, the 1,775-mile (2,850-kilometer) long Danube flows through Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova before reaching the Black Sea.

The sludge is a by-product from turning bauxite into alumina. The flood was caused because a dam holding the sludge burst.

There are also dangers arising from the drying of the sludge, if the sludge dries, the particles from it could become air-born. ITN reports that the sludge is also slightly radioactive, therefore increasing the risk of lung cancers.

MAL Zrt, the owner of the plant, issued a statement Tuesday saying that, “The red sludge waste is not considered hazardous waste according to EU standards,” and that it conforms to all safety standards”.

Gergely Simon of the Clean Air Action Group (CAAG) says his group has been trying to raise awareness since 2003 about the potential dangers of storing the slurry that comes from processing alumina, the material in aluminum, in open reservoirs. Unfortunately, he says, such storage is commonplace across Hungary.”The storage reservoirs are open so the water got in there and made what should have been a paste into a liquid,” says Mr. Simon. “Locals were reporting that the winds were making huge waves [inside the reservoir].”

Categories: Environment, Europe

Nutterz for Wisconsin

September 19, 2010 1 comment

The Tea Party is not confined to the completely crazy Christine O’Donnell. In Wisconsin, Senator Russ Feingold, the only Senator brave enough to vote against the PATRIOT Act, is facing a challenge from Tea Bagging Nutter, Ron Johnson.

Ron Johnson, a plastics manufacturer who appears to be against government subsidies for the poor but not for his business,  and who holds shares in BP (and who acted as one of their biggest apologists outside of the Company board), claims he has done his own research in to climate change. Well according to him, and of course other Tea Baggers,  it has nothing to do with human activity but is entirely related to sun spots.

Now no one would ever think that there is a potential conflict of interest when a plastics manufacturer argues that climate change has nothing to do with them at all. Nope no conflict there, move along and don’t tread on me.

There is also nothing at all wrong in a candidate who runs for office calling for big government cuts, while they suck heavily on the teat of government grants for their business. Nope nothing there at all. It is not socialist if it goes to the wealthy and not the poor. Again don’t tread on that Tea Party express.

Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal,

If you take a look at geologic time, we’ve had huge climate swings. We’re sitting here in Wisconsin. Had it not been for climate swings, we’d be sitting on a two or three hundred foot thick glacier. Man wasn’t around back then. So no, I absolutely do not believe that the science of man-caused climate change is proven. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I think it’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity, or something just in the geologic eons of time where we have changes in the climate.

The Middle Ages was an extremely warm period of time, too. It wasn’t like there were tons of cars on the road. So it always strikes me as a little absurd for anybody to think, Okay, this is the sweet spot in geologic time for climate. And it’s such a good place, that we have spent trillions of dollars, and do great harm to our economy, on a fool’s errand. I don’t think we can do anything about controlling what the climate is.

Even if you reject climate change, for what only seems to be either narrow political purposes or because of self interest, then at least taking action to reduce dependency on oil, reduce overall pollution and provide a cleaner future for the next generation would be a good thing. Obviously not if you are Big Ron.

Indeed, good old Ron cannot get enough oil. He wants to drill the Great Lakes. Now that would be brilliant for tourism.

I think I would trust scientists over a big oil apologist. The Republican Party, they no longer trust science at all. As much as Republicans accuse those who want action on climate change of  being religious about it, they are literally religious in their opposition to it. So what drives them in to this religious fervour? Well, this picture will probably convince the Party of Palin  to all start smoking again. If Saint Ronnie thought it was good, scientists must be wrong.

Saint Ronnie. Smoking is good for you.