Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
From Environmental Defense:
Check out our list of facts on cars and global warming.
Then, take action in support of national global warming action!
232 million - Number of registered vehicles in the U.S. That's almost one per person!
600 gallons - Average amount of gasoline consumed by one U.S. car each year.
12,000 pounds - Amount of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.
240 - Number of trees needed to absorb the 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.
2.7 trillion - Number of miles U.S. cars and light trucks traveled in 2004. That's the equivalent of taking 10 million trips to the moon.
5 - Percent U.S. population is of the world population.
30 - Percent of world's automobiles in the United States.
45 - Percent that the United States contributes to the world's automotive carbon dioxide emissions.
4 - Number of car companies that support a national cap on global warming emissions. They are Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and Toyota.
0 - Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global warming pollution.
Tell Congress to do something about fuel economy.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The White House will allow key presidential aide Karl Rove and former counsel Harriet Miers to be interviewed by committees probing the firings of U.S. attorneys, but they will not testify under oath, Rep. Chris Cannon says. -- CNN Breaking NewsSo they say, "Trust me?" And we fall for it this time? Right.
- The President is abusing our great military by sending them on a fool's errand for cronies.
- The abuse of our military must stop.
- A noble force requires a noble mission.
In his farewell address, Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us of the dangers of allowing these forces of evil to persuade us that war is a Good Thing:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.For the military-industrial complex war is a business frenzy. It is government consumerism run amok. We buy, they grow, and their stockholders are happy. People die. Life in Baghdad sucks. Life in Walter Reed Army Hospital sucks. We could spend more money to improve those things, but we're already strapped for cash paying it to those cronies.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. 
The cronies benefiting in this ignoble mission in which our President has most successfully thrust our country are contractors: Blackwater, Haliburton, and the likes.  They, and the gun and plane makers, are to blame for this conflict and for the lives lost because of its undertaking.
Go capitalism! Mission accomplished!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Another of my predictions: after the 2004 election, I predicted that Roe v. Wade would be reversed in 6 years.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
In my life, there's more to clutter than the physical objects that get in the way. Sure, there are plenty of physical objects, and I found Mr. Walsh's assessment of materialism inspirational in my efforts to de-clutter, but my clutter is also temporal - I have too many things to do. So I made a list. I put it in a Google spreadsheet to share online with my wife, prioritized the items and sorted them according to priority and ballpark guess of how long they'd take. Then I added another sheet to record what we plan to do for each week in the forseeable future among several categories of activity. It gives us a process for handling the things we must do, the things we'd like to do, and the things that would be nice to do if time permits. Now we see how it works!
* My apology to Susan Powter for co-opting her dieting catch-phrase here... but the situation is no less nutty!
Friday, March 9, 2007
Now, shocker of shockers, the FBI has been found to have improperly used the Patriot Act in a number of cases, but the report suggests agent error and shoddy documentation rather than criminal intent. Yes, but if we're not allowed to keep tabs on the Bureau, then who will?