Key Water Sources Are Drying Up

This is some scary stuff.  Watch out, Canada, oil isn’t the only thing we are going to be invading countries for in the future.  Water is becoming scarce.  On a positive note…invest in water, it is about to become a huge industry.

From AlterNet

I am amazed: since last summer, almost every day we see at least one news story on another water crisis in the U.S. The water crisis is no longer something that we know about as affecting developing countries or their poor in particular. It is right here in our own backyard. Today, in many parts of the U.S. we are nearing the limits of our water supplies. And that is getting our attention. The writing has been on the wall for some time. The private sector has been showing much interest in water as a source of profit, and water privatization has been an issue in many parts of the country.

The failure in public water systems has indeed been a contributing factor for this interest. In many cities, consumers have been organizing and opposing the privatization of water utilities, because they have been concerned about affordability or deterioration in the quality of service. Environmental organizations and consumer activists have also been concerned about the socio-economic, health and environmental implications of ever increasing bottled water use. But for most of us living in the U.S., water is something we take for granted, available when you turn your tap on — to brush your teeth, to take a shower, to wash your car, to water your lawn, and if you have your own swimming pool then, to fill that as well.

So it was with alarm that many of us read the story of Orme, a small town tucked away in the mountains of southern Tennessee that has become a recent symbol of the drought in the southeast. Orme has had to literally ration its water use, by collecting water for a few hours every day — an everyday experience in most developing countries, but unusual for the U.S. This is an extreme experience from the southeast region that has been under a year long dry spell. In fact, the region’s dry spell resulted in the city of Atlanta setting severe water use restrictions and three states, Georgia, Florida and Alabama, going to court over a water allocation dispute (settled in favor of Florida and Alabama early last month).

Early this year we also heard that drought in the region could force nuclear reactor shut-downs. Nuclear reactors need billions of gallons of cooling water daily to operate, and in many of the lakes and rivers water levels are getting close to the limit set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It is possible in the coming months that we may see water levels decrease below the intake pipes, or that shallow water could become warmer and unusable as a coolant. While this may not cause blackouts, this can result in increased costs for energy as utilities have to buy from other sources.

Vivaldi-Summer

Ok, the lighter side of the Sabyen musical food pyramid. Today was a beautiful day so I thought this would be appropriate (Spring is way overplayed).

These guys are good.

 …oh, and the opposite end of the spectrum…Five Finger Death Punch – The Bleeding

And one more in the same vein.  Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country.  It is a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson and Fear & Loathing is Las Vegas.

 Dedicated to Dick Cheney (thanks for the inspiration Wayne).  Ministry – So What?

Sabyen Stuff

System of a Down – Bring Your Own Bomb

Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills

Bruce Dickenson without Maiden.  I am a big fan of his solo stuff.

Faith No More – Mike Patton is a god.

Ok, one more. The Cult – Edie (Ciao Baby)

Ok, last one. In This Moment – Beautiful Tragedy

Ferraro Plays the Race Card…the Reverse-Race Card…AND the Victim Card.

 

I am sure most of you have already heard Geraldine Ferraro’s…unfortunate comments about Barrack Obama suggesting he is the beneficiary of political Affirmative Action. Today CNN had a comprehensive article about her comments.

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

Now, I am not black so I can’t personally attest to the difficulties of being black but I have heard that it isn’t an especially easy row to hoe, especially with those like Ferraro downplaying his accomplishments and totally misrepresenting the reasons people like him and vote for him, simply writing it off as a result of him being black.

Yesterday, Ferraro defended her comments to the Daily Breeze (a newspaper in Torrance, CA in Los Angelas County).

“Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says, ‘Let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world,’ you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up,” she told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, California. “Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”

She made an indefensible, racial comments and when called on it she now calls those who were wronged by these remarks racist. And this isn’t the first time she has attacked an opponent with this tact, either. In 1988, Ferraro made similar remarks about Jesse Jackson. According to the Washington Post (via Ben Smith at Politico), she stated, “If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Will it be the same in 2028? When will a black person finally be able to run for president without her saying it is because they are black?

On the John Gibson show Ms. Ferraro said,

“I am very disappointed, when I see John Lewis, you know, he is turning around, this is a civil rights leader. Why is God’s name did he change his vote from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama…I’ll tell you why. It’s because he faces…he is not going to lose a Democratic Primary in his district in two years, but he sure as hell will face one if he sticks it to Barack Obama when he has a greater majority of blacks in his district. So, he is looking at…he is not going to lose, I am so disappointed in him I could die. I look at Rosa DeLauro, up in Connecticut. She represents New Haven. Tell me, I mean, I don’t care what she says, tell me why she’s endorsing Barack Obama and then came to his defense on an issue like choice, where he voted six times, maybe, when he voted present in Illi…I mean, I am like a lunatic about this stuff. I can’t believe people are doing…so no, it is not coming down to…what I would hope is that…and because…and again you saw Chris Dodd today, I look at these guys doing it and I have to tell you, it’s the guys sticking together, John. It is, you know…

John Gibson: Why isn’t it not credible that they are doing it because Obama has a wave behind him and they don’t want to be at odds with the voters who are picking Obama.

Ferraro: Except that they are the leaders, don’t you get the story? I mean the thing is…

Gibson: Do you actually expect them to hand this nomination to Hillary?

Ferraro: No, I expect them to do, I expect them to look very carefully at who has the (experience? unintelligible)…John, between me and you and your millions of visito…listeners, if Barack Obama were a white man, would we be talking about this? As a potential real problem? For Hillary?

Gibson: (talking over Ferraro) You mean if he were John Edwards?

Ferraro: If he were a woman of any color, would he be in this position that he is in? Absolutely not.

Gibson: Geraldine, are you playing the race card?

Ferraro: No, and that is the problem. Every time you say the truth…I am the first person and John, you know how honest I am. I am the first person who will say in 1984 if my name were Gerard instead of Geraldine, I would never have been picked as the vice presidential candidate.

Ferraro is now defending herself (on the Gibson show and on Fox, where she is a political contributor, ahem), saying she is not a racist. I will give her the benefit of the doubt but clearly, from her comments to Gibson, she feels she, as well as Clinton are victims. It is Chris Dodd and the old boys club, it is all the black voters, it is the minority leadership. Everybody, it seems, is against them. Nobody has a good reason to vote for Obama over Clinton, apparently, and she is losing because he is black and she is a woman. The way I see it, Obama is winning because he has run a better, more efficient, more positive campaign, but that could just be me.

ILWU-Heroes

The International Longshore and Warehouse Workers need our support in their efforts.

In a major step for the U.S. labor movement, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has announced that it will shut down West Coast ports on May 1, to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East. In a February 22 letter to AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, ILWU International president Robert McEllrath reported that at a recent coast-wide union meeting, “One of the resolutions adopted by caucus delegates called on longshore workers to stop work during the day shift on May 1, 2008 to express their opposition to the war in Iraq.”

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Hal Turner Hints at Assassination

This is some seriously scary stuff about loony Hal Turner; a vile, despicably racist white supremacist who unfortunately has a web and radio show and not surprisingly gets a lot of play on Fox News.  This guy is not so subtly calling for the assassination of Clinton, McCain and especially Obama.  Where is the Secret Service?  There are rumors that he is an FBI mole but of course I can’t confirm that.  This is from Jesus’ General, who has a lot more information on this guy. 

Is THIS the type of guy you want running America? I Don’t!

In fact, I’m starting to come to the realization that it may be up to a sole person, acting alone, to make certain this guy is never allowed to hold the most powerful office in the world. Sorry it may have to be that way, but it may.

Clinton the Feminist?

I think most of you, by now, know I dislike Hillary Clinton and her fake feminism. I am hoping her militants start deserting her after this wonderful nugget of political C-4 from MSNBC. I know it is music night but this article kind of ticked me off.

Sen. Hillary Clinton has declined to return $170,000 in campaign contributions from individuals at a company accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record, federal campaign records show.

The federal government has accused the Illinois management consulting firm, International Profit Associates, or IPA, of a brazen pattern of sexual harassment including “sexual assaults,” “degrading anti-female language” and “obscene suggestions.”

In a 2001 lawsuit full of lurid details, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that 103 women employees at IPA were victimized for years. The civil case is ongoing, and IPA vigorously denies the allegations.

“This is by far, hands down, the worst case I’ve ever experienced,” said Diane Smason, one of the EEOC lawyers handling the lawsuit. “Every woman there experienced sex harassment, they were part of a hostile work environment of sex harassment. And this occurred from the top down.”

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Islam-The Religion of Violence? Not So Much.

Ok, this is going to be very amateurish as I have never done this. This is a study on Muslim attitudes toward terrorism, specifically 9/11.

Religion is an important part of life for the overwhelming majority of Muslims, and if it were indeed the driver for radicalisation, this would be a serious issue.”

But the study, which Gallup says surveyed a sample equivalent to 90 percent of the world’s Muslims, showed that widespread religiosity “does not translate into widespread support for terrorism,” said Mogahed, director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

About 93 percent of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are moderates and only seven percent are politically radical, according to the poll, based on more than 50,000 interviews.

In majority Muslim countries, overwhelming majorities said religion was a very important part of their lives — 99 percent in Indonesia, 98 percent in Egypt, 95 percent in Pakistan.

But only seven percent of the billion Muslims surveyed — the radicals — condoned the attacks on the United States in 2001, the poll showed.

Moderate Muslims interviewed for the poll condemned the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington because innocent lives were lost and civilians killed.

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