Daily Archives: November 8, 2010

What if we are condemned to sickness and death by unadulterated Capitalism?

I spent the weekend attending films at the American Conservation Film Festival and volunteering with Elly on the food area they called The Green Room (I deep-fried the dumplings and falafel that Elly put together and she was on the Saturday management team.) On the whole, given the twelve-or-so films I got to see over four days, I came out of the experience with a great deal of depression. I was especially upset, after seeing what I thought was a masterpiece of documentary filmmaking called Toxic Soup, that I was living in West Virginia that, along with Pennsylvania, Maryland and Kentucky, was one of the most polluted and dangerous states.

Once you realize the pollution in air and water from coal mining, chemical manufacturing, oil drilling and the group of major industries that relate to these, you realize that it is virtually uncleanable. And you watch the rise of sick children, adults with advanced emphesyma or inoperable brain tumors, people whose drinking water contains C8 and other poisons… and governments and courts that side with industry and ignore the suffering of working citizens. You can find out about the content (and upcoming scheduling around the country) of Toxic Soup by going to their web site, http://toxicsoupmovie.com, but let me warn you that you will feel depressed and unable to change what is happening to the world and yourself.

The biggest problem I came away from this (and a couple of other films) with was a view of Capitalism as seen by the Republicans who wiped the House and added to their Senate numbers in the last election: if you take away the regulations which we were just trying to put back, the guys who make all the money (and tons of it) don’t give a good goddamn about the rest of us. And they aren’t likely to.

I know we are about to have House Committees which will work against Global Warming… one way of doing this is to avoid regulating the corporations that are pumping crud into the sky and poisons into the water, and spend most of their time trying to keep Obama from getting reelected (you’ve heard Mitch McConnell, right?). For two years there will be little we can do, except expose the crap in blogs like this one (I don’t think the corporate-controlled networks will broadcast anything that will tell the truth to the middle and lower classes.) And then the next election will find politicians supported by these corporations who will ignore it all as well.

So what will you do?

Now the fun starts… Republican House Members who will try to kill Climate Change legislation…

…and, of course, there’s no such thing as Global Warming. Are we ready for stupidity to get hold of us all? 

This from Grist.org:

clipped from www.grist.org
The House Energy Committee is seeing an intense leadership fight, as four different Republicans are vying to take over the influential post from Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman (Calif.), who shepherded progressive climate legislation through the House in 2009, before it
foundered in the U.S. Senate. The four candidates — Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) — all want to reopen the floodgates for a deregulated fossil fuel industry.
The frontrunner Upton is the only candidate who doesn’t explicitly question the science of man-made global warming, though he is opposed to any policy action. It remains to be seen if the new GOP caucus — dominated by climate deniers — will accept Upton’s marginally realist
stance, or if denial of science will be a litmus test.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is the most senior member eligible to take over the committee.
Upton’s top donor is nuclear waste giant EnergySolutions ($38,800)
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Son of a Bitch! Why do Republicans need to attack first and ask questions later?

Lindsey Graham Makes The Case For Strike On Iran

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
A leading U.S. senator on defense issues says any military strike on Iran to stop its nuclear program must also strive to take out Iran’s military capability. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who sits on the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, said Saturday the U.S. should consider sinking the Iranian navy, destroying its air force and delivering a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard.

He says they should neuter the regime, destroy its ability to fight back and hope Iranians will take a chance to take back their government.

His remarks stunned many in the audience at the Halifax International Security forum.
Graham told the audience that newly elected conservatives would back “bold” action against Iran, reports Agence France Presse:
If President Barack Obama “decides to be tough with Iran beyond sanctions, I think he is going to feel a lot of Republican support for the idea that we cannot let Iran develop a nuclear weapon,”
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Let’s get out there and attack, is that it? And now that we have more Republicans in power, here’s a great way to get a new Iraq. And maybe we can borrow more money to pay for it.

Keith will be back on Tuesday Night!

“We Did It,” say the folks at BoldProgressives.org:

“The president of MSNBC just announced that Keith Olbermann will be back on the air on Tuesday night!

This is a huge victory for the whopping 300,000 of us who signed the petition, which was delivered directly to MSNBC’s president and reported on by many top news outlets.

Click here to sign the national congrats card to Keith — and write him a note. We’ll deliver it to him directly.”

I signed the note and I hope Keith doesn’t have to make a false apology. Oh hell, he knows how to handle this crap.