U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Every now and then tree hugger’s like me have something pop up that makes us go….

Okay maybe they aren’t being honest about this sudden “Come to Jesus” moment but here it is.  Even the freaking war pigs are talking are talking about “alternative energy”.

As my friend Will used to say, “Rats I hate it when that happens.”

Why? Because I love tooling about in our relatively fuel efficient car as much as anyone.

But here I am writing about peak oil and…

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/science/earth/05fossil.html?_r=1&hp
Published: October 4, 2010

With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels.

Last week, a Marine company from California arrived in the rugged outback of Helmand Province bearing novel equipment: portable solar panels that fold up into boxes; energy-conserving lights; solar tent shields that provide shade and electricity; solar chargers for computers and communications equipment.

The 150 Marines of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, will be the first to take renewable technology into a battle zone, where the new equipment will replace diesel and kerosene-based fuels that would ordinarily generate power to run their encampment.

Even as Congress has struggled unsuccessfully to pass an energy bill and many states have put renewable energy on hold because of the recession, the military this year has pushed rapidly forward. After a decade of waging wars in remote corners of the globe where fuel is not readily available, senior commanders have come to see overdependence on fossil fuel as a big liability, and renewable technologies — which have become more reliable and less expensive over the past few years — as providing a potential answer. These new types of renewable energy now account for only a small percentage of the power used by the armed forces, but military leaders plan to rapidly expand their use over the next decade.

Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/science/earth/05fossil.html?_r=1&hp

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IMF admits that the West is stuck in near depression

The UK Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8039789/IMF-admits-that-the-West-is-stuck-in-near-depression.html

If you strip away the political correctness, Chapter Three of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook more or less condemns Southern Europe to death by slow suffocation and leaves little doubt that fiscal tightening will trap North Europe, Britain and America in slump for a long time.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Published: 8:00PM BST 03 Oct 2010

The IMF report – “Will It Hurt? Macroeconomic Effects of Fiscal Consolidation” – implicitly argues that austerity will do more damage than so far admitted.

Normally, tightening of 1pc of GDP in one country leads to a 0.5pc loss of growth after two years. It is another story when half the globe is in trouble and tightening in lockstep. Lost growth would be double if interest rates are already zero, and if everybody cuts spending at once.

“Not all countries can reduce the value of their currency and increase net exports at the same time,” it said. Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz goes further, warning that damn may break altogether in parts of Europe, setting off a “death spiral”.

The Fund said damage also doubles for states that cannot cut rates or devalue – think Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Italy, all trapped in EMU at overvalued exchange rates.

“A fall in the value of the currency plays a key role in softening the impact. The result is consistent with standard Mundell-Fleming theory that fiscal multipliers are larger in economies with fixed exchange rate regimes.” Exactly.

Let us avoid the crude claim that spending cuts in a slump are wicked or self-defeating. Britain did exactly that after leaving the Gold Standard in 1931, and the ERM in 1992, both times with success. A liberated Bank of England was able to cut interest rates. Sterling fell. The key point is whether you can offset the budget cuts.

Continue reading at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8039789/IMF-admits-that-the-West-is-stuck-in-near-depression.html

Bernie Sanders: Republicans do not want America to succeed

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/sanders-republicans-america-succeed/

By David Edwards
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 — 5:00 pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders told CBS’ Bob Schieffer Sunday that Republicans are more interested in gaining power than they are in helping the country.

“I think in his heart the president is a very, very decent guy,” said Sanders. “He wants to do what most Americans want him to do: to reach out, bring people together.

“But what has happened is the Republicans have said no, no, no. They have waged more filibusters than any time in the history of this country. They have been the party of no and obstructionism,” Sanders continued. “At some point, what the president has got to understand is they do not want America to succeed. They’re into politics.”

Pressed by Schieffer if that was fair to say the GOP didn’t want the US to succeed, at least with a Democratic president in the White House, Sanders said yes.

“That’s a strong statement to make,” Schieffer said. “Is it really fair to say they don’t want America to succeed?”

“Yup,” Sanders replied. “I think gaining power is their major initiative. On the floor of the Senate, Bob, I’ve got to tell you, every single day it’s 60 votes to pass legislation. That is unprecedented in American history.”

Continue reading at:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/sanders-republicans-america-succeed/

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New Word “Beckhole”

“Beckhole” to be used for someone who is not only a right wing asshole but is also a slimy lying money grubbing fraud.  Example: Franklin Graham who brings a whole new level of slime to the description of lime bucket scam artist for Jesus.

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New survey on sex in US, biggest since 1994

Remember these numbers don’t include the Larry Craigs, Eddie Longs and Ted Haggards, who lie and deny.

Indiana University Sex Study:  http://www.nationalsexstudy.indiana.edu/

Same-Sex Sexual Behavior
Sexual activity between men was relatively uncommon.

Among men ages 18 to 59, 4.8% to 8.4% reported having received oral sex from another man in the previous year. However, 13.8% of men ages 40–49 years and 14.9% ages 50–59 years reported such lifetime behavior. A total of 4.3% to 8.0% of men aged 18–59 years reported having performed oral sex on another man in the previous year; however, more than 10% of men in the 18–19, 40–49, and 50–59 age groups reported having ever engaged in this behavior. Receptive penile-anal intercourse was the least common behavior reported (less than 6% of men in any age group in the past year). Lifetime receptive anal intercourse was most prevalent among 20- to 24-year olds (10.8%) and those aged 40–49 and 50–59 years (8.5% and 9.5%, respectively).

Same-Sex Sexual Behavior
Sexual activity between women was relatively uncommon.

Fewer than 5% of women in most age groups reported having received oral sex in the past year from a female partner, with the exception of the 8.5% of women ages 20–24 who reported having performed oral sex on a woman in the past year. A total of 2.0% to 9.2% of those ages 16 to 49 years reported having given oral sex to another woman in the past year.

From 365 Gay: http://www.365gay.com/news/new-survey-on-sex-in-us-biggest-since-1994/

Other notable findings:

-While about 7 percent of adult women and 8 percent of men identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the proportion of individuals who have had same-gender sex at some point in their lives is higher. For example, 15 percent of the men aged 50-59 said they had received oral sex from another man at some point.

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Radical Right Wing Republican Senator DeMint Pulls an Anita Bryant

South Carolina:  Rabid right wing extremist Senator Jim DeMint has reached into the grab bag of tactics favored by those who pander to the Klan, religious fanatics and the Neo-Nazi movement.  Homophobia being the favorite tool now that blatant racism is no longer acceptable.

Like most of the Neo-Confederates Jim DeMint not only hates LGBT/TQ people but public education.  Actually since DeMint is in the pockets of the corporations he hates any government funded institutions that open opportunity to all rather than converting those institutions into profit generators for the wealthy.

Like the majority of ultra right wing Republi-Nazis DeMint hates teachers.

In 1976 we were faced with the rise to fame of a nasty hag name Anita Bryant, the Florida Orange Juice Queen and professional bigot.  In California, in 1978 she inspired Prop 6, a nasty piece

From the Spartenberg GoUpstate.com: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20101002/ARTICLES/10021004/1002/SPORTS04?p=2&tc=pg&tc=ar

DeMint addresses conservative issues at Spartanburg church rally

Published: Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.

DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.

“(When I said those things,) no one came to my defense,” he said. “But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn’t back down. They don’t want government purging their rights and their freedom to religion.”

The other thing people forget about Anita Bryant was how she worked hand in glove with people in the anti-feminist movement, the first group to raise the specter of “unisex” bathrooms.  (As though people never fly on airplane where unisex bathrooms are the norm)

DeMint isn’t just a queer hating bigot he is a woman hating misogynist

From All Gov: http://www.allgov.com/Controversies/ViewNews/Senators_Coburn_and_DeMint_Halt_Sale_of_Land_for_Womens_History_Museum_101004

Senators Coburn and DeMint Halt Sale of Land for Women’s History Museum

By Noel Brinkerhoff
Monday, October 04, 2010

Senators Coburn and DeMint Halt Sale of Land for Women’s History Museum

Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president of the U.S….in 1872
Efforts to build a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC, are on hold for now, as Republican U.S. Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina have used parliamentary tactics to delay passage of legislation creating the museum.
The reasons cited by Coburn and DeMint range from financial concerns to giving too much weight to the abortion rights movement. DeMint reportedly received a letter from the conservative Concerned Women for America which claimed the new museum would “focus on abortion rights without featuring any of the many contributions of the pro-life movement in America.” Supporters of the museum rejected that argument. Museum CEO Joan Wages told USA Today, “We are not going to do an exhibit on that issue because we have to raise $400 million. We cannot afford, literally, to focus on issues that are divisive.”
As for the financial concerns, supporters of the museum held a $350-plate fundraiser last week that featured actress Meryl Streep, who pledged to donate $1 million. Former Abbott Laboratories CEO Duane Burnham has promised to match Streep’s contribution.

Too often we have been faced with these ultra right wing extremists being treated as the norm rather than as the crazy fanatics and Neo-Confederates that they are.  Simply put Godwin’s Law serves to protect these spewers of bigotry and misogyny leaving them free to red bait people who are barely liberal.

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Who killed Tyler Clementi?

Sherry Wolf has a good post over at Socialist worker and on her Blog Sherry Talks Back

From Socialist Worker: http://socialistworker.org/2010/10/04/who-killed-tyler-clementi

Sherry Wolf

The suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi wasn’t only a result of the harassment he faced from fellow students, but of institutional discrimination against LGBT people.

October 4, 2010

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-old Tyler Clementi stood on the bridge that reaches from New Jersey to one of the largest, most cosmopolitan concentrations of humanity in North America–New York City–and jumped to his death.

This is not Mississippi or Louisiana or some other so-called American backwater. The New York metro area is home to more out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people than anywhere on the continent. The George Washington Bridge is just a few miles north of Greenwich Village, where the modern gay power movement was born.

How could it happen here? And now?

The reported details that led this young man to take his own life are so cruel and stupid that tens of thousands of strangers have already signed onto Facebook’s mourning page to express their horror and sorrow. But behind the salacious background to Tyler’s suicide–the videocam images of him being intimate with another young man splashed over the Internet by his roommate and another student–is a more banal and deadly crime.

Continue reading at:  http://sherrytalksback.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/who-killed-tyler-clementi/

Or at:  http://socialistworker.org/2010/10/04/who-killed-tyler-clementi

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