Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

28 January 2009

Halleluja those science whizzes are going to save us ... again

Those geniuses called scientists are at it again. This time they're going to "save the earth" by strewing iron powder into the Antarctic Ocean to "combat global warming".

FOOKIT!!! - a tip of the hat to Punk :)

They're insane. I wonder what the residents of the Southern Ocean think of this? The whales, elephant seals and penguins and bluefin tuna must be PISSED OFF. The tuna are already being fished into extinction and now they have to deal with iron powder soup. Grrrr

Read on and weep ...

Image courtesy of the cool people at www.fishbase.org
proof that there are good scientists in the world.

14 January 2009

Today's tribute goes to Tim DeChristopher

Posing as a Bidder, Utah Student Disrupts Government Auction of 150,000 Acres of Wilderness for Oil & Gas Drilling
In a national broadcast exclusive, University of Utah student Tim DeChristopher explains how he “bought” 22,000 acres of land in an attempt to save the property from drilling. The sale had been strongly opposed by many environmental groups. Stephen Bloch of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance said, "This is the fire sale, the Bush administration’s last great gift to the oil and gas industry.”
democracy now article

Guerrilla Tactics at Oil-Lease Auction
Activist Drives Up Prices With Bidding
washington post article

07 January 2009

Jack Forbes quote

For us, truly, there are no “surroundings.”

I can lose my hands and still live. I can lose my legs and still live. I can lose my eyes and still live.

. . . But if I lose the air I die. If I lose the sun I die. If I lose the earth I die. If I lose the water I die. If I lose the plants and animals I die. All of these things are more a part of me, more essential to my every breath, than is my so-called body. What is my real body?

We are not autonomous, self-sufficient beings as European mythology teaches. . . . We are rooted just like the trees. But our roots come out of our nose and mouth, like an umbilical cord, forever connected with the rest of the world. . . .

Nothing that we do, do we do by ourselves. We do not see by ourselves. We do not hear by ourselves. . . . We do not think, dream, invent, or procreate by ourselves. We do not die by ourselves. . . .

I am a point of awareness, a circle of consciousness, in the midst of a series of circles. One circle is that which we call “the body.” It is a universe itself, full of millions of little living creatures living their own “separate” but dependent lives. . . . But all of these “circles” are not really separate—they are all mutually dependent upon each other. . .

sigh ... the man is a genius
thanks to Koala for drawing this beautiful quote to my attention.

Facebook and the CIA

"...let’s have a look at who invested money in Facebook and who could have a say in how that information is used. The first bit of venture capital, $500 000, came from Peter Thiel, previously founder and CEO of PayPal. Peter Thiel is now involved in Vanguard PAC, an American ultra-conservative organisation.

Then Accel Partners gave Facebook $12,8-million in venture capital in May 2005. Accel’s manager and Facebook board member James Breyer previously served on the board of NVCA with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel. To get an idea of what In-Q-Tel is about, check the copy on its “Our aim” page, which states the following:

“Launched by the CIA in 1999 as a private, independent,
not-for-profit organisation, IQT was created to bridge the
gap between the technology needs of the Intelligence
Community and new advances in commercial technology.”

by Anja Merret in techleader.co.za, 2007