Wednesday, August 31, 2005


This President has got to go.

This June 2005 article on how the Bush administration cut funds to ACE and FEMA is one reason:
In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding.
It would be the largest single-year funding loss ever for the New Orleans district, Corps officials said.
I've been here over 30 years and I've never seen this level of reduction, said Al Naomi, project manager for the New Orleans district. I think part of the problem is it's not so much the reduction, it's the drastic reduction in one fiscal year. It's the immediacy of the reduction that I think is the hardest thing to adapt to.
There is an economic ripple effect, too. The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now. June 6, 2005 New Orleans City Business

Iraq is another.

Price gouging by oil companies in the wake of these two disasters is another.

Red Cross.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Those Nutty Feminists

Wow. Who knew the right wing was so full of concern about the civil rights of women. This women's libber says:
Those who think this war is not worth fighting chose to ignore the fate of hundreds of millions of Muslim women. Shame on them.

More of those noble feminists here.

Says a friend in Canada:
The latest draft of the Iraqi constitution is going to set women's rights back decades. I know you'll want to get on that bandwagon right quick, being women's libbers and all. Those of us who have been fighting for women's rights at home and abroad OUR WHOLE DAMNED LIVES welcome you to the cause. Please supply an accurate email address so we can send you information about more women's issues that we're fighting for.
(Better watch out, Pat Robertson says feminism will turn you to witchcraft!)
The last time this many clowns jumped into the little feminist car was just before the bombing of Afghanistan. Even Dick Cheney turned out to be a supporter of the sisterhood. IIRC, just after that bombing,the administration tried to roll back the already meager provisions for women seeking refugee status because of gender persecution, like being at risk of execution for the crime of being raped. And the situation for women in most of Afghanistan is as bad now as it was under the Taliban, though at least in Afghanistan we went in with most of that country, and the world, on our side, unlike Iraq.


It doesn't look like things are getting better there. . .

Especially if you're a woman . . .

And American soldiers aren't doing well either, since they now have to continue fighting and dying simply to justify those who have already died, according to the president's latest war rationale.

How badly do you have to fuck up to make the country even worse than it was under Saddam Hussein?

Impeachment is the word of the day.

Props to these humans for the last two links.

Don't know where we got this link, so thanks to the gods for it, Operation Yellow Elephant. Watch the video, featuring blogger Neat Things.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Shiny, Happy

Thursday, August 18, 2005

World running out of time for oil alternatives

Story from
"Stubbornly high oil prices have renewed worldwide interest in sustainable energy sources, such as solar, wind and biomass as well as biofuels. But the world currently covers just some two percent of its energy needs with renewables as high costs and mixed policy initiatives hinder a wide-spread usage."

Friday, August 12, 2005

Weird Science on the Religious Right

From Red jenny comes this link to a roundup of popular scientific myths of the moment, such as that noted study on the power of remote prayer, which is still cited by credible-seeming authority figures in tghe media, despite being discredited. Just last week, I heard Dr. Sanjay Gupta's, CNN's medical correspondent, cite this study as fact.

Elsewhere in the theological chatter, Fafblog discovers the Godtrino, and Cerulean Blue proselytizes for Leprechaunism.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Pakistan, Our Great Ally

Read this and this.

Then, please, write to Joseph Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Ottawa,
Ontario K1A 1L1, Canada. he can do something,despite what the Canadian government claims, to helpthis woman and her husband. You can send e-mail to