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Archive for May, 2007

Why Congress Caved to Bush – by Pat Buchanan

May 26, 2007

Why Congress Caved to Bush – by Pat Buchanan


Bush predicts bloody summer in Iraq

May 25, 2007

Bush predicts bloody summer in Iraq – New Zealand’s source for World News on Stuff.co.nz

George Bush finally looks like he has fallen over the edge – the edge when a president no longer wants makeup artists fussing before a camera explores ones frailty. As he predicts a bloody summer of violence in Iraq he does not seem to realise that his actions are not inspiring peace. “Modern war” is still a barbaric excuse for not communicating.

Yes, it is going to be a bloody summer.

Just imagine if George Bush had conceded to Al Gore all those years ago. Al would have been able to do some sums and would have sent 100,000 troops plus into Afghanistan and followed this up with 100,000 civilians to rebuild the country after isolating the Taliban. Iraq was in need of attention, yes, but invasion may be seen as a breach of trust by the citizens.

What gets me is that George Bush has said nothing about how to make things better in Iraq, only how he will wage war on Iraq – and why? To kill terrorists. Where do they keep coming from? They grow up hating those that impose upon their country. It is generally accepted by invading Iraq created more terrorists. Bush is the grand executioner of fools drawn to the battle for reasons of religious zealotry.

What is transpiring is nothing less than a huge waste of humanity and is a great tragedy and a terrible sin, on both sides.


The Assault on Reason – Al Gore

May 23, 2007

The Assault on Reason – Al Gore – Book – Review – New York Times

Al Gore has published a book that agrees with pretty much everything written on this blog over the years. Basically it takes George W Bush’s presidency to pieces. It criticizes the inaction preceding 9/11, the fruitless war waged on Islam that wastes massive resources and for what?

He criticizes the secret authorization of the National Security Agency to eavesdrop without a court order on telephone calls and e-mail messages between the United States and other countries, and its suspension of the rights of due process for “enemy combatants”. He says these acts demonstrate “a disrespect for America’s Constitution that has now brought our republic to the brink of a dangerous breach in the fabric of democracy.”

This is not a polite criticism. No, like Disturbing Trends, Al Gore has taken a harsher approach to the actions of the man who stole his job.


More Al Gore

May 21, 2007

Will Al Gore run for president?

Maybe. But there is a nice sub ed article in the New York Times.


US Embassy in Iraq

It’s a city within a city. A citidal housing the American Embassey, larger than the Vatican. Does this seem like some kind of cruel hoax to the Iraqi on the street? How could it be seen as anything other than the Americans snuggling up too closely? Actually, it is better to build am embassey than a fortress, diplomacy may create a pathway to peace now that roadmaps all seem to lead to more war. It seems a typically domainant and agreesive stance that is all to familiar by this Bush administration.

The strict insistence on continuing the war in Iraq is the Cheney doctrine. Do not let one day go by when his frat buddies who run Halliburton could be amassing more cash from “facilitating” Iraq oil distribution.


New Climate Change Danger

May 18, 2007

Rapid rise in global warming is forecast-News-UK-Science-TimesOnline

Scientists have identified a new danger in the Climate Change box of tricks. It seems that the Southern Seas are starting to not absorb as much CO2 as before. This could mean a precipitous rise in the degree of CO2 in the atmosphere and therefore sudden changes to the conditions that produce our relatively mild climate.

We have been predicting that Climate Change would be precipitous and unpredictable and a far worse problem than we believe it will be.

But we had hoped this was not just around the corner. If they do not stop the burning of the rain forests then it will be far worse.

How are we going to act, before its too late?


Wolfowitz to resign as World Bank

May 17, 2007

Wolfowitz to resign as World Bank president | Business | Guardian Unlimited Business

Wolfowitz has to resign as the head of the World Bank because of his intransigent nepotism.


Atomic Agency Concludes Iran Is Stepping Up Nuclear Work – New York Times

May 14, 2007

Atomic Agency Concludes Iran Is Stepping Up Nuclear Work – New York Times


Al Qaeda tactics expand in Gaza

May 12, 2007

Al Qaeda tactics expand in Gaza | csmonitor.com

WW III ALERT

Disturbing Trends has defined Al Qaeda as a “cult”. It leaches adherents from the fringes of a very large pool of disaffected young people who see the West as the puppet masters that keeps them poor. The West is still reeling from its colonial guilt, those reigns and the passing of control of oil wealth to these countries have resulted in a capitalism so strong and confined that over 95% of Saudi Arabia do not share in the oil wealth but live in poverty.

The only way to unlight this fuse is to develop alternative means of propulsion and now. That would reduce the incomes of the ruling class and force them to invest the currently unvalued communities and only by investing their wealth in others should they maintain relevance.

Of course democracy is the answer, but war destroys democracy, if you are fighting civilians drawn from the encroaching fringes of madness fueled by the very conflict America and Mr Bush are seeking to douse.

The “madness fueled from the encroaching fringes” is a cult – it is a way of thinking and drawing your rash young zealots into a war they do not belong in. They deserve gainful employment in their own country due to the investment by their leaders. Look at Dubai and compare its prosperity with the Saudi street.

Cult is one of those words that makes people distance themselves, unless they are rebelling against the mold in which it becomes a focus of identity.

That Al Qaeda becomes the locus of Arab identity is the real danger. That is grows as a movement is a reason to alert your leaders that WW III is a risk now faced if war continues to manufacture terrorists.


Disturbingtrends.org

May 11, 2007

Al Gore (not the real Al Gore, but actually the campaign to have him drafted back into presidential elections, posts on my myspace page – and so I post back an “thanx for the add” note on his very public blog http://myspace.com/algore – and I link to http://disturbingtrends.org

Whoops. The domain is/was dtrends.org

So I went and bought http://disturbingtrends.org – hey its available – so why not? So you can now reach your latest predictions about the state of things to come by name:

http://disturbingtrends.org

or

http://dtrends.org


Maybe its in the oil

May 9, 2007

The Sunni are threatening to imminently pull out of the Malaki Government if the Shiite death squads are not being actively disarmed by this time next week. This could make the government just a little too fragile to survive a no-confidence vote, if any other party was strong enough to risk taking power. The number of political assassinations make the prospect of being in government at this time less than delightful. The job probably pays well but the likelihood of surviving each week in office is increasingly grim. And the Sunni who are helping battle people being called “Al Qaeda” but who are actually Salafi Jihadis – and not strictly the same thing – want to carry on when that is over and get the Shiites in the South.

“If this is not civil war…” statements do not clarify what it is. It is a concerted effort by a number of parties to be in control of Iraq’s vast oil wealth. It is also a question of loyalty and brotherhood. Can Iraq take possession of its jewel collectively without slaughtering each other?

Perhaps we should be saying “Look, this IS A CIVIL war with specific objectives. Now what we are going to be able to achieve by occupation is… and that means….”

Then perhaps the American troops would be able to improve matters by fulfilling a valuable role rather than just battling “terrorists” with no clear objective except to cause trouble for the Americans.


What is America?

Does not see that long ago that it was breaking away from England and going out on its own. Trouble is that it never stopped growing and worse than that it is not the only mega-economy making demands upon the world’s resources but it is the one that wastes more. The scale of greed is beyond reason. The cult of greed is unreasonable upon the whole of humanity. We exist not as drifting seeds but well established trees. We require a recycling of natural resources so that we are not eating away the ground on which we stand.

A self sustaining America would change the fortunes of the world, no matter who controls Iraq.


Bush down to 28%

May 6, 2007

The man has his faith to rely upon.

And then?


Faith and Will

‘An analysis of the “No Religion” responses over time shows a steady increase from 1 in 5 Kiwis in 1991, to 1 in 4 in 1996, and 1 in 3 at the last census in 2006. This growing rejection of religion is by far the most significant trend in the religious affiliation responses over this period.’

We Kiwi’s love statistics – especially when they are easy to absorb. And 1:5, 1:4 then 1:3 seems to have a sort of inevitable logic to it.

In fact what are we measuring? The decline of religion in New Zealand could be an increase in sectarian values replacing religion. But I do not think that is what is at work here.

It is the acts of the apostate.

The acts of the Sunni Terrorist mob that tore down the twin towers. Yes – we have heard all the conspiracy theories that Bush did it himself, but we doubt that to be the case. Bush is one of those who replaced life long problems with faith.

And it is that creature that makes up the 60% not included in 1:3

That creature is the person who can not maintain their own will regardless of the state of their faith in their maker. It is in essence an existential problem – how can they be made without a maker? The person can not exert their will as it has no direction.

The solution is to construct values, and there is nothing wrong with that. It is every bit as healthy to inform yourself that your neighbour may have other customs to you, but he can still be your neighbour, if not your brother.

If you do not have to lay your faith out in a prescribed fashion as a demanding religion demands then what will you do with your will? We must replace our faith with values, with liberty to employ others and resources, so that we may create our own world within the world. But faith sates this thirst for the many.

It will always be like this.

The majority need a faith or their world values are no longer supported. The world would not make much sense. Secular worlds require more will and skill to maintain. A secular monarchy is rare as it is liable to end suddenly.


Article One of the United States Constitution – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

May 5, 2007

Article One of the United States Constitution – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Bush administration is asking Congress to pass legislation that would grant telephone companies immunity from all prosecution related to their assistance of the intelligence community.

The intent is to protect those companies that have assisted the government with its illegal wire-tapping activities.

As Congress is controlled by Democrats and it is in their interests to highlight the illegality of certain actions by the Bush administration, preventing legal action for constitutional violations allows the Bush adminstration to avoid exposure.

It may be a deal that Bush made with the major phone carriers – but bugging phone lines is a restriction on freedom (of speech) in the same way that censorship is.

The worst Bushism of all is the “if you are not with us, you are our enemy” alongside the idea “if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear”.

Taken together, it means, if you are not a God fearin’ Republican – you definitely would have something to fear.

Making the illegal orders of a Government retroactively acceptable is nothing but a white wash.

9/11 was a failure of intelligence. What has happened since is overreaching by the state – effectively criminalising anyone.

The problem with freedom of speech is that you may not realise that you do have something to hide when the Government goes and changes the rules. If you are not with them 100%, then you have already been declared an enemy. So do Americans really want to allow Bush to legalise retroactive “speech liability” for all citizens?