Sunday, June 29, 2008

Of Course It Makes Sense!


Thanks to Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars for bringing this to my attention; The Bush administration, in yet another brilliant move based on logic, intelligence, rational thought and concern for the well-being of the American people (and humanity in general) has decided that we must hold off on developing that dangerous, toxic energy source known mysteriously as SOLAR power.

In this inexplicably laconic NY Times article, the decision to put a moratorium on the development of solar farms is described. It's a ridiculously transparent sham by our oil-loving, nay, our oil-whoring government to promote the continued exploitation of fossil fuels at an ever increasing cost to consumers, political relations, and the health of the planet. At the same time, Bushes cronies are saying that we must do a 2-year study on the environmental impact of solar farms, AND open up drilling for oil in protected areas. Is this fucking crazy, or what?

What kind of bullshit is this? Where's the outrage? Come on people, speak the fuck up, do something to let your elected 'leaders' know that this is nothing more than Big Oil protecting its own interests at the expense of our economy, health, and environment.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

How The West Was Lost

There's an outstanding article at National Geographic's website about the drying up of the American west. One of the more interesting facts about what's going on is that according to millennia worth of data, the 20th century was the wettest one on record, which of course coincides with the incredible population expansion.

Along with this article is a series of stunning photographs, both aesthetically and editorially. Looking at the oasis-like vision of a lush golf course in the middle of a freaking desert is an excellent insight into our culture of excess and destructive gluttony. Do we really need golf courses in the middle of deserts? Do we really need cities where there are more than 30+ days of 110 degree or higher temperatures? These relics of 20th century thinking are not only dangerous to the environment, but ultimately to the people that live there. What will happen to them when the water runs dry, which it inevitably will?

We've seen again and again the sorry condition of our electric infrastructure. Every summer it's the same thing - blackouts and brownouts because of too much demand on an aging, obsolete system. Just the other day here in Rhode Island we had outages when temps hit the high 90's. Imagine what will happen in Phoenix when the system fails.

We as a nation were seduced by the abundance (relative) of water in the west last century which came at exactly the right time for industrialization and population growth, only now to be faced with the very real threat of losing massive areas of our country to drought, fire, and withering heat.

Water is scarce and soon I fear will be the cause for violence. I hope we can figure out a solution to this serious problem peacefully.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Forgotten D-Day


No, that's not a stutter in the title. Very little attention has been paid to the 64th anniversary of D-Day, which was on June 6.

I'm not a vet of that war, being in my early 40's, but the historical importance of that day means a lot to me, and should have received more coverage. Sixty-four years is a long time, but not so long that we can't stop for a day from the usual bullshit that passes for news to honor the remaining men who played such a significant role in overthrowing a truly evil regime.

Thank you, guys.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Be Back Soon

To all my loyal readers (I know there's at least one), I must apologize for the recent drought of posts. I have been in the middle of moving house, and starting a new job, all roughly at the same time. My life has been to say the least, chaotic, for these last couple weeks.

Hopefully things will return to a semblance of normalcy very soon. I'll do my best to get some new things posted here, so until then,