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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Lewis Lapham on the election of GWB

Lewis Lapham
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He called it perfectly on November 8, 2002:

Lewis Lapham, student of history at Yale and Cambridge, grandson of a controversial pro-business San Francisco Mayor Roger Lapham (1944-1948), prolific book author, Hall of Fame journalist, Editor of Harpers, now founder of the Lapham Quarterly and Creator of the new documentary film "The American Ruling Class," in a PBS interview with Bill Moyers:

"Well, I think the Republicans won and I think the oligarchy won.

MOYERS: Oligarchy.

LAPHAM: Yes. I think that the Congress represents what I would call the frightened rich, the people who think that the democratic experiment has served its purpose, run its course, gone far enough.

And here we are, we will now protect ourselves with...behind gated communities or with such steep differences between incomes that we will be forever safe. And or with an invincible army that will...or an invincible homeland security department that will protect us against death and time.

And so I think that the election that Bush appealed to the country's weakness and fear, not to its courage and strength, and for the moment, I think that the message of weakness and fear found a sympathetic hearing."

PBS transcript of whole interview here.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Condoleezza, I pity thee, I scorn thee...

condoleeza_rice demonstrates the measure of her honor.
Originally uploaded by sbove
When Condolezza Rice was appointed National Security adviser, she became a pitiable character. A nonthreatening, unconnected placement by powerful, evil men into a position with power she would never be allowed to exercise. She was, from day one in the Bush administration, a tool. Her record as National Security Advisor is proof that she let herself be used, day in and day out, as a mouthpiece for Dick Cheney's defense policy. Her actions in this regard were abominable.

When Rice was appointed Secretary of State, she became more reprehensible. Kicked upstairs into a position of unprecedented prominence for an Afro-American woman, she was once more queued by Bush and Cheney to be used for whatever means they saw fit. She had been tested in her previous position and proved "trustable" who would toe-the-line, never break ranks...the perfect foil for the white oil-man's international petro-price & power game.

Today, Condoleezza hit new lows. Acting against her better judgment, toeing the line without courage and without creativity, she fell in and played her role, unconvincingly, as the mouthpiece for Cheney foreign policy driven economic sanctions against Iran. These sanctions and *all or any* actions taken by the US government that controvert patient, polite diplomatic dialog with Iran are extremely dangerous and not in the best interest of world peace or US foreign relations at large. Condoleeza ought to have resigned before letting herself be used this way.  Pitiable, but now, more than ever, culpable for the crimes against humanity committed by this government while she watched.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

California Fires Vs Iraq War

tree on fire Irvine
Originally uploaded by ejkim06
This is one of those "perspective" moments...

Hurricane force Santa Anna winds drive fires over hundreds of square miles of California causing over $1B in damage.

Cost of 1 day of the Iraq war: same price...about $1B a day*

Imprison George Bush and Dick Cheney (after due process, of course) - they are the great destroyer, squanderer, murderers of our time. Right up there with Hitler, Stalin, Mao.

* American operations in Iraq now cost $12 billion a month, and the total cost of the war could reach $1.4 trillion, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. From Danger Room:

Additional war costs for the next 10 years could total about $472 billion if troop levels fall to 30,000 by 2010, or $919 billion if troop levels fall to 70,000 by about 2013. If these estimates are added to already appropriated amounts, total funding could be $980 billion to $1.4 trillion by 2017. [Italics mine]

Meanwhile, Inside Defense also reports that "top Pentagon budget and program officials have directed the military services to prepare spending proposals to finance Iraq and Afghanistan operations... through fiscal year 2009, which will span the last days of the Bush administration and the early months of the next administration."

Monday, October 22, 2007

James Lovelock: Human Population will Crash

James Lovelock
Originally uploaded by sbove
The 88 year old British scientist who discovered the ozone problem related to CFCs has come forth saying Global Warming is irreversible.

He thinks that by the end of the century global famine and catastrophe brought on by the Gaia organism (Earth) will slam humanity back into line...6 billion deaths and untold suffering later...

2100; welcome to planet earth, human population 500,000.

"the human race has gone through many bottlenecks before --and perhaps we're the better for it. Then he tells me the story of an airplane crash years ago at Manchester Airport. "A fuel tank caught fire during takeoff," Lovelock says. "There was plenty of time for everybody to get out, but many of the passengers wouldn't move. They just stayed there in their seats as they were told to, and the people who escaped had to climb over them to get out. It was perfectly obvious how to get out, but they wouldn't move. They died from the smoke or burned to death. And an awful lot of people, I'm sad to say, are like that. And that's what will happen this time, except on a much vaster scale."

Lovelock looks at me with unflinching blue eyes. "Some people will sit in their seats and do nothing, frozen in panic. Others will move. They'll see what's about to happen, and they'll take action, and they'll survive. They're the carriers of the civilization ahead.""