Friday, September 15, 2006

republiganda:
"tax and spend democrats, tax and spend liberals..."
"democrats want big govermenment..."
"republicans are for smaller government..."

reality:
The Republican-controlled Congress heads into the Nov. 7 elections having increased federal spending this year by 9 percent -- the most since 1990 -- to about $2.7 trillion, according to projections from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The agency estimates government spending will grow to 20.6 percent of gross domestic product in 2006 from 18.5 percent when President George W. Bush took office in 2001.

``We've strayed a long way from the principles the party was founded upon,'' said Representative Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican.

http://tinyurl.com/rl7a6

Thursday, September 14, 2006

american automakers spent millions of dollars a few years ago to defeat legislation that would've made fuel economy improvements mandatory? they wasted so much energy and money ensuring their products would be worthless once cheap gas was a thing of the past...

"...buybacks are aimed at helping Ford cut costs as its sales shrink under fierce competition from more fuel-efficient models from Asian automakers."

why? why are american capitalists so fucking shortsighted and greedy? i assume bigwig stock stanleys who own chunky chunks of american automakers also make a killing in oil stock, so they thought they'd worked out a twofer. selfish morons.


Ford Said to Offer Buyouts to Employees
UAW Official Says Ford Plans to Offer Buyout Packages to More Than 75,000 of Its Employees
By TOM KRISHER
The Associated Press


DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. plans to offer buyout packages to more than 75,000 of its employees, a United Auto Workers union official said Thursday.

The union told its members about the plan after discussion with Ford on the proposal, said Chris Kimmons, president of UAW Local 919 at the Norfolk, Va., assembly plant.

The buybacks are aimed at helping Ford cut costs as its sales shrink under fierce competition from more fuel-efficient models from Asian automakers.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=2439743

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Audrey has been very sick, it's got me worried. she got her leg tangled a few months ago in her dog's lead, and it tore apart her ankle. she ended up almost a week in the hospital with a horrendous infection, i had to rent a car and go out and take care of her for a week, i missed work and almost lost my job. i wish i'd gotten fired, i would be taking care of her right now.

the accident couldn't have come at a worse time. her immune system was weak from chemo and the incredible heat of twentynine palms in july was nearly unbearable. she hadn't been taking care of her bones either, she had been so empowered by her recovery using quantum healing ( http://mindswell.org/organichealing.htm ) that she thought she could go back to soda, which has always been one of her weaknesses. she also ran out of calcium supplements and didn't get more. the newfound flood of phosphoric acid, combined with a lack of calcium, weakened her bones, and after the accident lowered her immune system, her bones began to show signs of cancer... a few spots have shown up on her bonescan, and she's in a horrible amount of pain, which leads her to lean heavily on her pain medication, which makes her vomit violently. she throws up all day long.

her doctor won't give his legally necessary endorsment for her to get the cannabis which helps ease her nausea and actually makes her hungry. the nausea medicine he preseribes her makes her jittery and won't let her sleep. chemically forced insomnia isn't exactly the best thing for someone in her condition, trying to heal.

she doesn't have a doctor's note so i can't mail any healing flowers to her... i have a doctor's recommendation, so i can buy at dispensaries in town, but it is against the law for me to share the healing flowers with her, unless she pays $150 to one of the few doctors who are willing to risk their professional practices to recommend a plant that has been used to heal for thousands of years.

jesus used cannabis in his healing oil, buddha was nourished on hempseed in the forest, moses called it manna and fed it to the jews in the desert. don't believe it? learn the truth about cannabis at: www.patientproject.org

stupid laws made by ignorant greedy people have prevented this plant from being part of a physician's medicine bag for nearly 70 years, even though before cannabis projibition, it healed millions of people over thousands of years. but, it's not legally patentable. why are health care costs skyrocketing? hmmm, pharmacuticle industry profits are skyrocketing as well, can you see the connection? and so much money spent on law enforcement to prohibit this beautiful plant, while there are supposedly more important wars we should be focused on. the war on patients is killing people, and all the television cares about is paris hilton.

i'm trapped here, 143 miles away from audrey without a car, with no way to get to her. it's breaking my heart. her kids can be more burden than help to her sometimes, her daughter keeps demanding rides into town, and her son seems to care more about television than helping his mother when she is sick. if i was there, cooking for her, caring for her, she would get better... but i live on modest means here in los angeles, especially after i had to quit my second job (long story), and i rely solely on 4 graveyard shifts a week at the hotel in hollywood where i currently work, while i furiously try to finish a presentable treatment of the screenplay audrey and i are writing about her life, so i can pitch it in hollywood and get enough money to buy a car and go take care of her.

i had a case of delicious spearmint mintwater (which she loves) and some gourmet brownies (which she'd been craving) sent to her this week. some great crystal jewlery as well... the internet does wonders for long distance relationships... but it's not enough. it's not the same as being there.

anyways, i've got to get back to work. i've never been good at keeping a journal, but i want to chip away at this blog thing. it's a way to circumvent shyness and open up... after all, it's just me and my keyboard, not like anyone reads these things...


Thursday, August 03, 2006

A quick sidebar on Mel Gibson:

While I understand his frustration at Israeli aggression, the thought of such a devout CATHOLIC pointing fingers is rather preposterous. All the war, pain and destruction "The Church" has wrought over the years, all the distortions and manipulations of the savior they supposedly believe in... all in the name of power and control. So many wars, from the Crusades to silently sanctioning the Holocaust, and much carnage in between. So many priests convicted of molesting children while the church covered up their deeds. Over 200 accused priests in the Los Angeles area alone: http://www.lavoice.org/article1163.html

Perhaps Mel should look to fix his own house before criticizing others.

On the other side, it's embarrassing to see prominent Jews so eagerly rush to destroy his career over a drunken rant of silly, overblown ideas his father has been feeding him all his life. The fact that anything deemed "anti-Semetic" is forbidden speech is not only ludicrous but self-defeating! Insisting that non-jews are not ALLOWED to say certain things simply creates more anti-Semitism!

On a lighter note, click here to watch mel morph from "hunk to drunk": http://tinyurl.com/k7h6r
PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
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As a Jew I must speak out against Israeli behavior.


After the Holocaust, Jews roundly proclaimed "never again!"
I was proud when I first heard the phrase: it signified a great lesson had been learned, we'd be forever vigilant against genocide. Then I learned about all the genocides since, from Cambodia to Rwanda to Bosnia... and I'm appalled at the silence which supported them, saddened to find "never again" only applies to genocide against Jews.

Now Israel talks openly of "eliminating" and "destroying" Hezbollah, which seems to be loosely defined as anyone in southern Lebanon without the ability to flee. Some Israeli soldiers explained their mission to a reporter:

"Over here, everybody is the army," one soldier said. "Everybody is Hezbollah. There's no kids, women, nothing." Another soldier put it plainly: "We're going to shoot anything we see." http://tinyurl.com/r3ncc

Of course, there's also the forgotton story of the southern front, all the bombs falling on Gaza... http://tinyurl.com/k28wn

Back to the northern front: why is U.N. Resolution 1559 [calling for Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah] so sacrosanct over the dozens of resolutions Israel has defied (or triggered by their actions) over the years? Teevee don't mention dem, but Wiki do: http://tinyurl.com/efdqh

How could Lebanon possibly be expected to disarm Hezbollah?


Israel occupied Lebanon for 18 years! Not only was the strongest military in the region unable to disarm Hezbollah, they fucking created Hezbollah! The original 1982 invasion - to rout the PLO - and subsequent 18 year occupation led directly to the formation of Hezbollah! When Israel could no longer maintain occupation, they tucktailed and ran from Lebanon with Hezbollah at their heels... and with the Lebanese people cheering. Seems many Lebanese didn't like living under Israeli occupation for nearly two decades, go figure.

So, the "Party of God" chased out the "Chosen People", and developed quite a following in the process. Israel doesn't take kindly to such humiliation, and now they've manipulated events to allow the wholesale destruction of much of Lebanon's infrastructure (and most structures), not to mention all the lives lost and a million refugees... all under the auspices of "eliminating Hezbollah".


How could this war have started - as the teevee keeps sayin`- with the abduction of the Israeli soldiers, when three days before the first soldier was abducted, seven members of a Palestinian family were killed by an Israeli airstrike while enjoying sunshine on a Gaza beach...

"Government spokesman Ghazi Hamad told the BBC that Friday's deaths had changed what he called "the rules of the game", and that Hamas suicide attacks could resume."
http://tinyurl.com/n6olk

Video of a young girl who survived the airstrike - weeping over her family's dead bodies - was shone far and wide across the Arab world. It's pretty disturbing: http://tinyurl.com/pbj4z

That was the end of the fragile cease fire that'd been holding for a while! Again and again, Israel violates a truce, the "terrorists" respond, and all televisions refer to THE RESPONSE as the beginning of the conflict with nary a mention of the truth.

The bush crowd? They WANT armageddon! That's not conspiracy theory, that's their fucking worldview! That's the plan Stan. A wise man named Isaac, the first guy to ever tell me who karl rove was - warned me soon after bush took power that in the end, the administration would abandon Israel. Think about it, if you want to finish what hitler started, what better way than to have Jews all gather in one small space. Zionists never seemed to consider, even after the into-the-ghetto-then-off-to-slaughter scenario they'd just been through, that grouping together in one spot perhaps wasn't wise.

Why Jordan doesn't have to give up any land though is beyond me. It only seems fair, they've got more than half of the pie from the original split, shouldn't they have to cede some? Why is that never on the table? Shouldn't a monarchy have to give up some land for two democracies? The king and queen are supposedly so wise and just, so why don't they just help out and ensure both sides of the two state solution have enough land for their people. Then we could have peace, perhaps.

Unfortunately, no matter how many times Israel destroys Lebanon, the situation won't change. They can nuke Iran, but they cannot beat Hezbollah. Hezbollah is an idea, which is strengthened by every arrogant Israeli action. And its roots go way back...

A peculiar man named Abraham married his half-sister, Sarah.

"And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife."~ Genesis 20:12

For some reason (go figure) the siblings had a hard time conceiving a child. So, Sarah offered her handmaiden Hagar's womb to Abraham, and Hagar bore Abraham's first son, Ishmael. Then, as luck would have it, Sarah got pregnant afterall. From that point on, Sarah's son Isaac was favored. Jews are descended from him. Ishmael, on the other hand, was shunned...

"Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac."~ Genesis 21:10

Ishmael and his mother wandered the desert and nearly died of thirst, until they found a well near Mecca which is now one of the holiest sites in Islam. Muslims from around the world drink from it when they pilgrimage to Mecca, and it has yet to run dry. Mohammed is said to've been directly descended from Ishmael.

As for Abraham, a voice (attributed to God) in Abe's head told him to kill Isaac (although the Islamic version says it's Ishmael who was nearly murdered). The voice changed it's mind at the last moment, and Isaac (or Ishmael) was spared. What would you do if you witnessed Abraham almost kill his son based on a voice in his head?

The guy was crazy. The voice ended up deciding it would be a good idea to cut off part of all Jewish penises, and there was no last minute change of heart, unfortunately, on this one. It must've been one powerful voice, because my foreskin was sliced off thousands of years later. Not exactly fair. Neither is the stock justification: "Babies are so young, they won't even remember the pain." As if that degree of trauma to a newborn's penis leaves no scar on the psyche.

Anyways, Isaac married his cousin and they had 12 sons, the twelve tribes of Israel. "Laws" were instituted to assure intermarrying within the family. There was a reason for this - remember that one of the complaints of anti-Semites is that Jews will do anything for money - the reason marrying within the family was "commanded by God" was to keep inheritance within the family! Don't take my word for it, it's in the Torah:

Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father's tribal clan, so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of his fathers. No inheritance may pass from tribe to tribe, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits.' ~ Numbers 36:8-9

Fast forward a few millennia...

It's well known that the book which claims the land of Israel was promised to the Jews, was WRITTEN BY JEWS!!! Worldwide, few people - other than politicians, pro-Israeli Jews, and hard core Christians who believe the bible is the unquestionable word of god - actually believe Jews have some godgiven RIGHT to land they keep taking from people. Sure, it has been taken from them too, but they, well, started it. Land of Canaan? Ever wonder what the Hebrews did to the Canaanites to get their land? In a word: genocide. In fact, over and over through the torah, Jews committed genocide...

"The LORD said to Moses, 'Do not be afraid of him, for I have handed him over to you, with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.' So they struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army, leaving them no survivors. And they took possession of his land." ~ Numbers 21:34-35

Especially heinous is what the Israelites did to the Midianites at the behest of the God of Moses, according, of course, to what Moses SAID God told him [how very george bush of him]. The Midianites were a tribe the Hebrew hierarchy didn't approve of, the story goes that Hebrew males cavorted with Midianite women, and it seems Moses didn't like the usurping of his control, so...

"...they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males... And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, And they burnt all their cities..." ~ Numbers 31:1-11

But that wasn't enough for Moses. When the Hebrew army returned to base camp, Moses was mad at them for not killing the women and boys, so the order was given:

"'Have you allowed all the women to live?' he asked them. 'They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people. Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.'" ~ Numbers 31:15-18

Now, I wonder if the plague the Midianite women brought was metaphorical - perhaps they enticed the men to worship pagan goddesses and turn their back on the strictly enforced word of yahweh - or maybe it was literal, perhaps a venereal disease. In either case, it's a bit of an overreaction to massacre all the men, women and boys. Not to mention the idea of taking all the virgin girls as spoils of war. Hard to put down Muslims for a violent past when that's in your history.

Of course, when most Jews tell the story of the Jews, it's all about "The Long Storied Oppression of the Jews" and "Woe is The Plight of Us Poor Oppressed Hebrews". I've been hearing it all my life.

Turns out there's more to the story than Jews always being victims. And now - with one of the most heavily armed militaries in the history of the planet methodically destroying people who's most sophisticated weapons have practically no guidance systems and fall into open fields more often than not - for Jews to dare play poor oppressed victims is shameful!

I heard a Rabbi call into a radio show from Israel the other day. When asked how things were going, he said: "We're returning the fire." Really?!?!? Is that what's going on? Bullshit. This time the Jews are Goliath, and Hezbollah/Hamas are David. David doesn't have much of a chance on paper, but this shit's fo` real this time, this ain't bein` fought on paper. Nukes may very well fall one way or another before this is done.

The fact that so many Jews are ignorant of the root causes of anti-Semitism is a main cause of anti-Semitism! Just a bit of humility, just a touch of humbleness, some sense of responsibility once in a while would be nice. The Palestinians need a homeland. The Jews, who were relocated onto Palestinian land after the holocaust, MUST offer a fair deal to the Palestinians for the "two state solution" to actually work.

The process of working out a fair deal came pretty close to succeeding in the mid 1990's... until the Israeli prime minister, Yitzak Rabin, was assassinated in 1995. He was killed because he was trying to offer a fair deal... just like Abe Lincoln being killed before reconstruction. The hardliners didn't want to make a fair deal, so they had to eliminate the leader who was trying to do so. After Rabin's death, his successors repeatedly offered unfair deals, which they knew would never be accepted by the Palestinians. As for the United States in the late 1800's, well the 40 acres and a mule didn't exactly pan out, now did it? New president Andrew Johnson - senator from Tennessee, the only southern senator to not resign during the civil war - made damn sure the good ol` boys did pretty good for themselves in his version of reconstruction. Seems assassination pays pretty well.

As for the war at hand, offering someone 93% of their half while refusing to even discuss the right of return or compensation for the houses taken from them is NOT a fair deal. Yet, that was the best deal offered. It would've meant a Paletinian homeland divided by walls, protected roadways, and checkpoints. And everyone knows movement between the Palestinian areas is forever limited by Israeli security concerns.

But Israel refuses to go back to it's pre-1967 borders. They'er so stubbornly against it that Saudi Arabia got the entire Arab world to agree to recognize Israel's right to exist if they'd just go back to those borders, and they won't. There'd be peace if they did, but they won't.

The Israeli position that "right of return" would mean the "end of Israel" could be resolved by simply paying the Palestinians for the houses and land Jews took from them! It's not like Israel can't afford it. This was a compromise the Palestinians were willing to entertain, but Israel simply won't discuss it. Israeli hardliners, emboldened by U.S. neocon warprofiteers, have no plans to work out a fair deal. They want complete victory over Canaan yet again.

It's an often repeated Jewish mantra that "The fighting will stop when Arab mothers love their children more than they hate Israel." This grossly misleading catchphrase sickens me. It smacks of such moral superiority, as if the true cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict is uncaring Arab mothers. Such salt in the wounds of women who are suffering so horribly under such merciless bombardment and strife.


Much of the world sees the double standard of the greater value of Israeli lives - and the lopsided casualty ratio - which only serves to inflame anger towards Jews around the world. If Jewish behavior (a flurry of prominent Jews demanding the blacklisting of Mel Gibson over a drunken rant while Beirut burned, for instance) doesn't change, anti-Semitism won't go away.

You can't just move into someone's neighborhood and say "I think we'll take the coast, why don't y'all move back behind the Jordan river. Your holy city, well, we'll take that as well, didn't think we'd share it, didja? It's our holy city, and we're more important than you."

It must be recognized that the Palestinian people have legitimate anger over the way they've been treated. The results of relocating Jews to their biblical homeland after the holocaust must be examined with a critical eye focused on the truth of the matter if we're to ever move towards peace in the region. Jerusalem must become an international city. A three member governing body: one Christian, one Jew, and one Muslim, could govern Jerusalem, if it was done right. If it was done FAIRLY.

Ok, now perhaps my optimism runneth over...

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." - John Lennon







Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Corporate oil criminals, soulless traitors of the public trust:

"Look what ExxonMobil is doing with its huge profits and margins... The company isn't putting real money into alternative energy. Last year it assigned three-hundredths of 1 percent of its profits -­ $10 million ­- to renewable energy.

It isn't expanding refinery capacity. A major way the oil companies keep prices spiraling and profits flowing is to maintain tight refinery output...

The big use of Exxon's profits is buying back its own stock. Check these brazen figures. In the first quarter of this year, Exxon reported spending $5 billion buying back its own shares. This is more than the $4.1 billion it said it would spend on exploration and production.

There's more. The oil giant said it would spend $18 billion repurchasing its own shares in the next three quarters of 2006. This is great news for Exxon executives with stock options. Greed at its highest, to heck with the energy needs of the country and stopping the gouging of American motorists..."

http://www.counterpunch.org/nader07292006.html

Sunday, July 30, 2006

ancient algae overtaking oceans
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"When fishermen touched it, their skin broke out in searing welts. Their lips blistered and peeled. Their eyes burned and swelled shut. Water that splashed from their nets spread the inflammation to their legs and torsos...

Samples placed in a drying oven gave off fumes so strong that professors and students ran out of the building and into the street, choking and coughing.

Scientist Judith O'Neil put a tiny sample under a microscope and peered at the long black filaments. Consulting a botanical reference, she identified the weed as a strain of cyanobacteria, an ancestor of modern-day bacteria and algae that flourished 2.7 billion years ago...

The venomous weed, known to scientists as Lyngbya majuscula, has appeared in at least a dozen other places around the globe. It is one of many symptoms of a virulent pox on the world's oceans."
http://tinyurl.com/r9sol

so how did we get to this point? well, as the article points out:

"For many years, it was assumed that the oceans were too vast for humanity to damage in any lasting way."

it's such a shame we've so thoughtlessly trampled over the very concept of respecting our planet. such shortsighted, unsustainable greed comes with a price, and it seems we're on the cusp of payback...