If they have no oil, what then is the big deal about Afghanistan?
Afghanistan is where the poppies grow
Meanwhile here at home
A popular actor is dead
Thousands of unknowns are dead as well
Heroine addiction is on the rise
Heroine prices are low, availability - abundant
The wicked witch smiles and waves her wand
...poison, poison...
The needle...
The damage done...

We must be doing a bang up job over there
Over there where the poppies grow
Over there in Afghanistan...

Get Over It Mitt

I'm too tired and annoyed to be polite and no one reads this anyway, so I'm just gonna say it
 Mitt Romney please SHUT THE FUCK UP.
 You are a sore loser.

If you cannot support the winner of this election, then you clearly did not deserve to win it yourself.
Please stop making dumb ass racially motivated excuses and start acting like an American you spoiled trust funded pathetic crybaby.
Clearly you are NOT presidential and that is why you lost.

Your constant whining is an incredible disservice to this country.
Your behavior is embarrassing to America and it is tantamount to treason.
If you cannot get on board and help America to move forward, then would you please shut the fuck up and get off the stage.

Facebook FAIL

Sorry, no bubble this time...

Along comes the Facebook IPO - one of the biggest offerings in history (If not THE biggest), and am I included in this offering? - No

The Initial offer goes to the big investing brokers who, in turn, jump on the hype band wagon with the hopes that the stock's value will skyrocket before they turn around and make it available to the general public (at a huge profit...)

So Facebook, Zuckerburg and the big investment brokers romanced each other, jumped in bed and with high hopes they prepared to rape & pillage their way to an immense fortune, based on their assumption that the stock would be highly sought after by the average investor. It wasn't.

So now the likes of S&P are crying "foul" because the stock did not instantly double, triple or even gain in value, "cheating" them out the of the billions of dollars they had hoped to make in profits while unloading the stock upon the likes of the rest of us.

Shame on them. Shame on anyone that feels sorry for them.

I do not.

Investing is a RISK, not a given, and the value of a stock is speculative.

Blinded by their own greed, they acted stupidly.

That's just one of the dangers of believing your own hype...

More than immoral, it was criminal

Sorry to say, I don’t believe that justice will prevail at Penn State
The actions of the student body the other day say it all:
Winning football games takes precedent over anything else
Including exposing child abuse.

Sandusky is a monster and will be prosecuted, but what about the monsters that sheltered him and turned a blind eye to his abuses?
Nine years have passed since the initial eyewitness report of child sexual abuse was delivered to university athletic and academic administrators.
The coach and his superiors took no action, and failed to report the abuse to the police.
This week supporters embarrassed themselves honoring the man who protected a child abuser in order to win football games.
I cannot imagine anyone being a bigger asshole than these people

In any other situation, any other institution, the handcuffs would be flying.

Just Gonna Say It

Ok... here it is:
Who the hell is Kim Kardashian?
Just another American Non-celebrity
Tits, Ass, and a big mouth that says nothing...

Why the hell would anyone care about her marital status?
This is NEWS???

I think not

The time has come for OCCUPY HOLLYWOOD

Sarah's horror show

I saw you on Hannity...

Let us get it straight right now
I am not accusing you of setting the gunman in AZ off
I am accusing you of bad taste
I am denouncing your offensive, violent, "Hate Rhetoric" which has not stopped, and you will not apologize for

You claim there is no violent intent to your military style tactics,
Yet while you used the inflammatory terms and graphics, you simultaneously placed the crosshairs of your rifle over a caribou's heart and executed it in cold blood on National television.

You implied violence, and then committed a violent act, with a smug defiant look on your face the whole while.

And now on Hannity
You admonish the left and claim the finger pointing has to stop. and then you label the gunman as a liberal in almost the same breath.

Hypocritical bitch

You went on to say that if not for the liberal's double standards, they would have no standards at all...

The delightful look on your face as you said this says it all
You think you are clever!

Oh My GOD!!!!

Believe me Sarah
You are not

Trust me
I have standards

Why do you think I find you so offensive?


Sarah will not apologise for her hateful inflammatory tactics
How presidential!

Next she will be asking us to "Target" all those who criticize her rampant stupidity

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck illustrates the Tea Party's blatant and dangerously moronic hypocrisy:

Guilty of inciting MURDER?

Sarah Palin "targeted" Congressmen and women under the cross hairs of a gun and asked her followers to "take them out"

Gabriel Gifford responded:

We need to realize that the rhetoric, and the firing people up and ... for example, we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted, we're in the cross hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they've got to realize that there are consequences to that action...

Now Sarah wants you to believe she is not complicit...

Of course Sarah was not asking anyone to commit violence, she was asking for votes, and this incident, for her, was an enormous and inconvenient coincidence...

Or was it?

Perhaps her political tactic to use a gun sight to emphasize the idea of "targeting" certain congressmen and women for "termination" was not only outrageously insensitive and ill conceived, but downright stupid.
Especially when you consider that she was making plans to hunt down and shoot to death a live caribou on national television at the time.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

She also contends that it was an oversight, leaving up the web pages encouraging people to "target" (complete with images of cross hairs) members of congress, after the election.

Oversight or not?
Either way

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

She claims that it was unforeseeable that there might be people out there who were mentally unstable enough to take the idea seriously...
This comment alone should demonstrate once and for all that this woman is much too ignorant and simple minded to lead or manage anything beyond the complexity of a lemonade stand.

Yes this is a free country, and speech is still relatively free as well, and Sarah Palin is free to illustrate her politics, her tactics and her agenda as she pleases.
However, there is such a thing as going too far.

She shouted "FIRE" in a crowded theater and she should now pay the price, politically, and legally.

Turn Her OFF - Please!

Simply put:
Sara Palin will NOT shut up until YOU shut her up
Please do not buy her books, watch her shows, or take an interest in her unfortunate, irrelevant children.

Engage instead, her hypocritical, inane arguments, and policies, with rational intelligent debate.

For instance
Governor Palin was in favor of, and implemented laws to encourage, the systematic hunting, slaughtering and eradication of Alaskan wildlife, such as Grizzly Bear and Wolves.

TV host Palin would like you to travel to Alaska and participate in "Bear watches", and "Wolf watches" while you appreciate the wonderful wildlife of the Alaskan wilderness.

Just which animals are we supposed to watch?
The ones being hunted to extinction by public policy in the wild, or the carcases of the poisened, slaughtered, and mutillated animals, taken for bounty...

Start to Finish

Michael Vick the self styled sadist and executioner of dogs is now the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
And so I am now finished with professional football

NFL = DEAD to me

I will not watch, endorse or even think about another game played in this league
I will make a point not to purchase from companies that advertise there

If Hitler himself was alive today, and if he could run and catch a ball, I am sure he would have a fine and prosperous career waiting for him in the NFL

Killers and criminals playing a game for millions of dollars, for our entertainment.
Well I am not entertained - I am disgusted beyond belief
Shame on you, shame on you all

About that Islamic Center...

Why would Americans abandon the Bill of Rights and the founding sentiments of this nation?
After much agonizing thought, I begin to see the rational of those opposed.
It comes down to this:
If we prevent the building of this cultural center, the terrorists and sleeper cells alike will have NO PLACE to plot against us – thus America will be safe forever
Also there is the added plus of showing them WHO IS BOSS, thus eliminating any cultural friction or hard feelings.

If this sounds silly to you, please take a moment to reflect.
The opposition’s paranoia is amusing at one level.
But at the base level it is frightening, disgusting, nauseating…

These people have been waiting for an issue like this to provide a cloak for their unfettered bigotry.
They want to escalate the issue and bring some kind of holy war to the streets of my beloved melting pot, NYC.

And for WHAT?
So we can reenact the ridiculous savage nonsense that is playing itself out in Jerusalem and other “sacred” places in the middle east?

This is not only stupid, it is decidedly UN American.

Let us demonstrate to the world why they should still respect our love of freedom and our sense of Democracy.
Let us show tolerance, and respect, to our fellow New Yorkers.
Let us trade paranoia for trust
Let us invest in our future, our health and our safety
Let us reach out to the part of the Islamic world that denounces terrorism
Let us remember what it is the pilgrims came here for, and what our soldiers have fought and died for.
Let us not destroy the American Ideal with fear and hate
Let us remember what it says in the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights

They LIED to you on EARTH DAY

Both Obama &McCain had reservations over offshore drilling during the early campaign. Both supported restrictions on the activity
But then Sara Palin swiveled her hips, winked at the camera and chanted "drill baby drill!" and Americans, who have a strange quasi sexual obsession over this woman, lined up behind her. (Figuratively)
It's not exactly clear whether they wanted to drill for oil or have hard sex with the vice presidential candidate.
But both Obama and McCain saw the color of the ink and both flip flopped on the issue

And now we have it
Both candidates fears come true
An oil platform has exploded in the Gulf
Men are dead more are missing, presumed dead.
Oil can now be clearly seen, leaking from the well- while the well owners and the industry spent millions of dollars, not to clean up the mess, but to deal with the PR disaster
And to patiently, patently lie to us about the leakage...

The COAST GUARD discovers the leak - not the EXPERT oilmen who own operate and lease the well & the rig

Not the people who ask me to trust them and bend my politics to service their need to make big profits
Not the people who Had to know the well was leaking and lied to me about it only yesterday

Earth Day

Poor Way To Advertise


I am simply going to ask a question:

We socialize our police protection
Our fire protection
And to some extent our schools
Acknowledging a common good.

So why not healthcare?

Imagine your home is burning down and you call the fire department
And they reply
"Yes I understand it is an emergency, but I first need to ask you, what is your co pay? will you be paying that in full today?"


"I'm sorry, it seems you are not covered for electrical fires"

The King of Nothing

As Mariana Soffer pointed out in her comments on the previous post, the news media was paralyzed for weeks in the wake of the death of a pop star.

I for one was happy to ignore this story, and so I was not subject to the endless images and clips of his song and dance antics.

I apologize to those who will take offense at my indifferent attitude
But the death of Michael Jackson seems a trivial non-event to me in the shadow of the death of my own father, and the subsequent passing of my beloved dog.

They said he could dance...
And of course they were right

Michael was a great entertainer and he could sing and dance better than most
But to me his message of inter racial equality was over shadowed by his overwhelmingly desperate attempt to change color himself.
(It's ok to be black, but not for me, so I'm bleaching my skin...)

Add to this the fact that the man admitted that he thought it was perfectly OK to lure young boys into his bed, as long as there was nothing tawdry going on....

It still gives me the chills to think about it
Still makes me sick that anyone would still idolize the man after that

The man was a super star
He was the King of Pop

So What?

Pop is the mainstream entertainment gruel that the industry cooks up special for the lowest common market denominator.
Without meaning, without substance, without impact.
This is something to be proud to be the king of?

One might as well aspire to be the King of Walmart or vanilla ice cream...

We are poised at the moment of irrevocable change
Our future as a society perhaps even as a species, depends on the decisions we make today.

So give MJ his fifteen minutes and move on - PLEASE

The 24/7 media attention that was given to this event was not merely despicable, it was criminally irresponsible.

Who is where - on health care?

I'm not up to giving my take on the current state of health care in the US

I will however ask you to watch this commentary by Keith Oblerman last night

What ever alse you might think - this guy has guts...


EMF's - WTF?

This is for Deedee in response to her post on Electro Magnetic Fields

I don't have anything to offer on the paranormal effects of EMF's so I'm just going to stick to the science I know.

I have seen allot of data, and read more than a few studies on this subject, along with a lifetime of scientific insight and experience.

Unfortunately (in my humble opinion) almost all of these studies are flawed in some way, as this is a difficult phenomenon to examine objectively.

I wont go into all the details, instead I will try to paint a bigger picture...

Out of thousands of studies over decades, only a few have found any correlation between power lines and illnesses such as TB and lymphoma (or illness of any kind).

Now I am in fact - not a supporter of or a detractor of, the anti EMF movement
But as a scientist, I have to accept the facts.

My problem with many of these studies is that they arose with an agenda, and I find myself having to question their objectivity. (people see what they want to see)

I have found that truly objective studies have all encountered the same difficulty.
A difficulty that was surprising to some, but was expected by me

This is a very difficult phenomenon to isolate and measure with any sort of accuracy, as there are so many complicating variables to take into account, and I myself believe that we have not yet discovered what the bulk of these variables might be. (diet, water quality, air quality, work environment, radioactivity, ultraviolet light, ULF's, RF's, microwaves, allergies, insects, ecosystems etc etc etc...)

There is no way to study the effects of EMF's on a community with complete accuracy or certainty, because there is no way to remove the community to something like laboratory conditions, there is no way to eliminate the variables, there is no "control group"

The real issue here - and the real danger - is one of understanding
EMF's don't have to be so misunderstood.
You don't need not go back to college

The truth is we are ALL exposed to EMF's
ALL of the time
It is simply a matter of intensity
Intensity is determined by current
But the biggest factor - is PROXIMITY

EMF's are generated by electricity flowing through wires and electronic devices (among other things)
That means they are in your home, your car etc...
(yep even in your electric blanket)

These fields dissipate quickly over distance.
Someone standing directly under the power lines would be subjected to a rather strong field of energy
But someone standing 100 yards away would experience a very weak field.

Think about that the next time you hold you cell phone up to your head...

Which brings me to my most important point (to me anyways)

EMF's likely do play a roll in causing illness, but it is also likely that they do not do so acting alone.

Since the early part of the last century we have been subjecting ourselves to an increasing amount of intrusive energies.

Aside from the normal background radiation, and the occasional gamma ray or neutrino from space, we have added

Radio & Television waves
Electro magnetic fields
Radioactive particles
Ultra low frequency sounds
Ultra high frequency sounds
Cell phone transmissions
Among other things

All of these energies pass right through your home
Your body
Your brain...
And in ever increasing amounts.

It would seem highly unlikely that this would not have an effect on your health

To single out high tension power lines as a culprit seems to me to be very short sighted and irresponsible.

This is like the advertising campaign going on in my country to alert me to the dangers of second hand smoke, as the air outside my window is slowly being turned to poison.
Second hand smoke is not healthy - I'm sure.

But compared to the effects of strip mining & burning coal for electricity
Compared to industrial air pollution
Compared to what comes out of the tailpipes of the millions of cars on the road
It seems to be a bit trivial...

Because you can

We Are Not Alone

Give me that Olde Tyme religion
You know the kind
Orthodox, fundamental, unyielding, extreme
The stuff countries are made of
Wars too

I have been pondering lately
Our need for religion
So I decided to ask god

This was not unusual
I ask god many things
Sometimes I try to think
What god would say
In answer

Once in a while though
I don’t have to…

The answer came
Before I could even finish the question

Free Will

Everything humanity does
It does with free

You are all
one family

One people


All your history
Is but a brief moment
In time
And already you have forgotten this

You look for ways to make
yourselves different
For reasons to disagree
And religion has been no exception.

You look to me
Call upon me
Pray to me

But it is not mine to say
What shall or shall not be
my gift to you has been
And will always be

Free Will

And in giving you this
I myself am diminished
And you
are empowered

For you cannot have both
Do not ask me
to explain man
Why does man need religion so?
Why this need
To worship me?

My own answer surprised me
With it’s brevity, depth, and quickness

I think it is because we are lonely

So do I, said god
And it saddens me
For you have not only myself
But also
Each other

Rather than embrace humanity
You embrace
such things as

You don’t need me
You have each other

My response was immediate

I have long understood this
But I feel it runs deeper

As we learn to see
With your eyes
With your ears
With your hand

We find the universe to be
A vast unimaginable place
And we are so very

We are lonely
As a species

Besides your wisdom
There is no sounding board
No mirror
For us to hold discourse
To put our intellect
To the test

Not so
I marvel at man
Scanning the heavens
Searching the
For intelligent life
While there are so many species
here on Earth
As intelligent as you
Some perhaps

And you have scarcely acknowledged them
Other to enslave them
Or to hunt them

Some discourse indeed

Have you
even bothered
To learn how to communicate with them?

As you scan
the heavens for intelligent life
You are exterminating all traces of it
Right here on Earth

So you see
You are not

But you will be

You will be

Happy Vonneguts Birthday

I'm a few days late with this post
But I am not at my computer as often as I would like these days

Kurt's Birthday was November 11th
A day we choose to celebrate as Veterans day

I remember the day as Armistace Day
And also Kurt's Birthday

As I approached my fiftieth birthday, I had become more and more enraged and
mystified by the idiot decisions made by my countrymen.

And then I had
come suddenly to pity them, for I understood how innocent and natural it was for
them to behave so abominably, and with such abominable results:
They were
doing their best to live like people invented in story books. This was the
reason Americans shot each other so often: It was a convenient literary device
for ending short stories and books.

Why were so many Americans treated
by their government as though their lives were as disposable as paper facial
tis- sues? Because that was the way authors customarily treated bit-part players
in their made-up tales.
And so on.

Once I understood what was making
America such a dangerous, unhappy nation of people who had nothing to do with
real life, I resolved to shun storytelling.
I would write about life.
Every person would be exactly as important as any other.
All facts would
also be given equal weightiness.
Nothing would be left out. Let others bring
order to chaos.
I would bring chaos to order, instead, which I think I have

If all writers would do that, then perhaps citizens not in the
literary trades will understand that there is no order in the world around us,
that we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead. It is hard to
adapt to chaos, but it can be done.

I am living proof of that: It can be done.

Kurt Vonnegut - Breakfast of Champions