Wednesday, February 19, 2003

A job to keep track of from

Saturday, February 15, 2003 - The name says it all. And from Chicago no less!

A friend of the site above - miss ellen, also in Chicago. Also has great photos of the Chihuly exhibit at Garfield Conservatory.

Resource for commentary on website

Check this out - site for web resources.

Friday, February 14, 2003

Blissful knowledge blog.

One more reason to be pissed: Higher Profits, Lower Taxes - It's not just Enron that's been dodging corporate income taxes. The rest of the Fortune 500 has been duping the IRS, too.
By Daniel Gross - Posted Friday, February 14, 2003, at 1:15 PM PT

Hypocrisy in Rhetoric about Responsibility from PLA Blog.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Web tricks page

What is it about a girl talking about sex? We men are such pushovers... it doesn't take much, does it? And you gotta love the name - Reverse Cowgirl......

Posted on Suburban Limbo;

Thursday, February 13, 2003
Currently making the rounds in the military community. It's been said "Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. All you do is leave behind a lot of noisy baggage." From CB in Hoboken.

- Gallic Wars - Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian.

- Hundred Years War - Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare; "France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman."

-Italian Wars - Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.

- Wars of Religion - France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots

- Thirty Years War - France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.

- War of Devolution - Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.

-The Dutch War - Tied

-War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.

-War of the Spanish Succession - Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved every since.

- American Revolution - In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; "France only wins when America does most of the fighting."

- French Revolution - Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

- The Napoleonic Wars - Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.

- The Franco-Prussian War - Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.

- World War I - Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.

-World War II - Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.

- War in Indochina - Lost. French forces plead sickness, take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu

- Algerian Rebellion - Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.

- War on Terrorism - France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's.

The question for any country silly enough to count on the French should not be "Can we count on the French?", but rather "How long until France collapses?"

Hypocrisy in Rhetoric about Responsibility (Rabbi Lerner's exclusion) -

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

An article entitled 'The Great Game', posts 09.20.01 by David Greenberg

Living Without Oil - As war looms, the search for new energy alternatives is all the more urgent. From US News and World Report.

You wonder just how much worse it can get and then something like this happens. J F C.....

About the NY Sun editorial.

Buddhist Retreat - Why I gave up on finding my religion.
By John Horgan, Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at 12:54 PM PT

Knightmare - Why Terry Gilliam is no Don Quixote. By David Edelstein
Posted Friday, February 7, 2003, at 2:49 PM PT

- THE SPEAKER on the tape, aired on the al-Jazeera Arab satellite station, called for Muslims to launch suicide attacks on Americans.
“We stress the importance of martyrdom attacks against the enemy. These attacks inflicted on America and Israel a disaster they have never experienced before,” said the statement.
The speaker also described how al-Qaida fighters in Afghanistan were able to withstand heavy U.S. bombardment by hiding in trenches.
“With all the might of the enemy, they were unable to defeat us and take over that position. ... We hope that our brothers in Iraq will do the same as we did,” said the voice.
“We advise about the importance of drawing the enemy into long, close and tiring fighting, taking advantage of camouflaged positions in plains, farms, mountains and cities,” he said. He added that the enemy is terrified about urban warfare “because they will have big casualties.”

Townhall conservative newsite with an article about Saudi Slavery in America

Intolerance on the left - Michael Lerner, liberal rabbi and harsh critic of Ariel Sharon, finds himself blacklisted by ANSWER, the group co-sponsoring Sunday's big antiwar rally in San Francisco.

I guess I'm not the only one to think that a war in Iraq would be the perfect opportunity for those who wish to destabilize/take over the very fragile government in Afghanistan. Here's part of the article courtesy of Slate's Int'l Papers Sect;

Currently, ISAF only operates in Kabul and its immediate surroundings, which has allowed former Taliban leaders and renegade warlords to re-establish influence in the regions beyond the capital city. The Guardian reported that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, "one of Afghanistan's most fundamentalist warlords," is now creating an alliance with Taliban and al-Qaida survivors to target U.S. forces, aid agencies, and representatives of the Afghan government. The paper quoted from an interview Hekmatyar gave to the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper last November: "The battle is with the Americans. The reason for what we are facing is the American presence in Afghanistan. We must end this presence, and then its supporters will collapse."

An alarming piece in Monday's Daily Telegraph by Ahmed Rashid presented a region in which the old tensions of the "great game" are resurfacing and threatening Afghanistan's stability: "Despite pledges of help for [Afghan President Hamid] Karzai, Russia is arming one warlord and Iran another. India and Pakistan are continuing their long rivalry and secretly backing different claimants to power, while the central Asian republics are backing their ethnic allies." The neighboring states are frantically vying for influence because they believe the United States will reduce its commitment to Afghanistan if it goes to war in Iraq. Rashid's conclusion was depressing but sound: "Hopes of an end to interference lie in a stronger central government and greater western pressure to stop the neighbours from interfering. The latter appears less likely with the world's attention focused on Iraq."

An article entitled 'The Great Game', posts 09.20.01 by David Greenberg

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

See here for clothing -

Make your own Bush speech... now that's neat-o!

US chooses Saddam's successor - By Tom Allard, Foreign Affairs Writer - February 4 2003

Future in his hands ... Mohamed al-Jabiri holds the final draft of the blueprint for a post-Saddam justice system.

The United States has chosen a successor to Saddam Hussein from Iraq's notoriously fractious opposition groups, according to a former Iraqi diplomat who lives in Sydney.

Mohamed al-Jabiri, who has just returned from in talks with Washington, said the White House has given its "blessing" to the head of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi, to lead a transitional coalition government in Iraq once Saddam has been deposed.

Lean Left blog - finally got to read this one....enjoy!

The near collapse of peace in this savage land is a narrative erased from the mind of Americans - An article in UK's The Independent.

Sierra protection plan under review - Bush may loosen logging restrictions more anti environmental action from the White House.

Commentary from This Is Hell - Jurors who convicted a medicinal marijuana advocate for growing pot issued a public apology to him and demanded that the judge grant him a new trial. They were unaware that the defendant was growing marijuana for medicinal purposes. The judge had barred his defense from mentioning that because he had been charged under federal laws, not the state laws that protect those who grow pot for medicinal rasons. Another exmple of the Republican-led federal government now adamant at undermining states' rights after years of supporting the states. Funny how little your ethics and morals change once your side is in charge.

I hate it when another good blogger beats me to it Rob of GetDonkey's post "It's so easy to become apathetic" pretty much says everything I feel. Damn you Rob for being so on top of things. Great post.

I heard that William Gibson had a blog, but this is the first time I've seen it. A very cool change of pace read for anyonre, especially for a reformed SF geek.

Salon article on Patriot II - More secret arrests, more power to spy - Patriot Act II - Despite official denials, Attorney General John Ashcroft has grand plans for new anti-terror legislation. Critics -- on the left and the right -- are worried.

Analysis on Patriot II courtesy of Norman Conquest via Knife of Simpson.

My friend and former bandmate Mike is in a new band What the hell does the name Phistine Verona mean?

Way to go Suzie Felber! She posts regularly now.

This is why Cal Pundit kicks ass.

Found this site thru Get Donkey

Check this out.

Notes on the Atrocities - another noteworthy blog.

Dillinger Escape Plan website - very cool.

And this was a comment made on mean mr mustard about Prof Greggor in Berkley - "If you are a Marxist enthusiast and believe that all the evil in the world is the product of a 'vast right-wing conspiracy'"

is describing a believer in something so obviously loaded in religious orthodoxy as to be inappropriate for the nature of his course. A philosopher might say that a true believer as such has already made a choice with regard to his or her maxims as to be beyond the ability to debate rationally on a more basic set of axioms. Especially given that this Marxist maxim is a high-level one that cannot stand on its own self-evidency. In other words, Gregor and his defenders understand that true Marxists believers are by virtue of their basic dogmatic choice unable to debate any other points except perhaps, the details of Marxist policy. Has anyone ever tried to debate a born-again Christian? You get the same effect. In the case of Shingavi's course, he outright claims that he either implicitly accepts the self-evidency of the Marxist maxim as stated above, or he accepts an equivalent.

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Righteous fury in it's purest form, from my post via this debate at Sand in the Gears:


I don't have the time to go thru each and every argument you make. I do believe that Saddam and Osama are evil, and that we have to make motions to take care of them, and if that means killing them outright so be it. Leaving them unchecked isa huge mistake which is what I tried to bring up earlier on in this very long and now seemingly off the subject debate.

But the whole idea that the US, or more so our current President, his staff and his idealogical predecessors are qualified for the role of the righteous who should be pointing the finger and delivering justice is such a colossal joke of epic proportions that I can't help but watch with sheer madness. The fact that so many conservatives have decided to turn a blind eye to the fact that more than half of these murderous bastards were either helped or trained by the CIA is an utter travesty showing just how much conservatives in general have compromised their own core values in pursuit of the almighty dollar. It's time to start paying attention.

Osama and Saddam are two of many murderous maniacal bastards that have been produced by what is practically a minor league farm team for evil, courtesy of Reagan, Bush, etc. Our President lays claim to defending freedom and democracy. We have two standards for dealing with undemocratic nations - one standard is for undemocratic/theocratic human rights abusing nations, the other is for undemocratic/theocratic human rights abusing nations that do our bidding. The fact that our bozo President, VP and so many others that I can't count them all, have business ties to the very same nations that so many in the GOP are foaming at the mouth to lay waste to and yet no one bats an eye? The ones that have spoken up have been pushed out (Arriana Huffington for one). Psycologists call dissassociate disorder, look it up.

More than 1/4 of my posts dwells on this. As for oil, you can read this:

Every time the alternative energy issue comes up the whole right wing goes into automatic pilot and start blathering about FREE MARKETS. Here's an interesting question - When does the Oil industry finally get cut off and forced to start trying to make their profits without Governement handouts?

I might favor FREE MARKETS if they really existed, but they're more of a myth. As long as other fuel sources have to compete against the federally subsidized Oil Industry, alternative fuels may never be able to compete. All I ask is for a level playing field, either cut off the oil industry or give alternative fuels at least as much funding as the oil indutry if not more. It's in our national interests, it affects our international policy, it affects our immigration poicy, it affects the environment, our military. Oil manages to alter just about everything in this country, and directs too much of our resources, our time, our efforts, etc.

Unfortunately no one in Washington tells the oil industry to "pick themselves up by their own bootstraps". Instead they hold their hands out and the FREE MARKET Republicans dole out billions of your tax dollars to support corporate welfare. It's even more repulsing considering how much mileage the right wing has gotten out of 9.11 and calling out lefties/liberals/Democrats for immigration policies and not being tough enough for whatever their reasoning is, and yet Bush Co. gets away with stuff like this.

See for yourself on this article VITAL STATISTICS: 15 Largest US Government Subsidies to the Oil Industry

Even the Cato Institute knows dude!!!! We've all been sold out by your own party for oil profits, and brainwashed into thinking that oil is the only way. Chomsky and Sontag didn't give pay for plane ticket and do business with murderers, theives and religious fanatics. Our President did! Its time to Wake the f&%*$ up man!

I am sooooo going to hell.(scroll down to my posts)

Hunter S Thompson interview on Salon.

A site called Outside The Beltway caught my fancy. I guess the guy's a doctor or something, as he uses dr in his email address -

a Canadian blogger on the state of Canadian Health Care System, mentioning a politician asking for siome private health care, and the problems of wait times for simple medical things such as MRI's.

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

This was also taken from Tom Tomorrow - What's the old quote? A liberal is someone who's so fair-minded, he won't take his own side in an argument?

I found this article thru this blog website via Tom Tomorrow. Here's the skinny from the commentary of Nielsen Hayden - -

(1) Prominent Republican Thomas Kean, former governor of New Jersey, is the new chairman of the 9/11 commission.

(2) Kean is also a director of petroleum company Amerada Hess.

(3) In 1988, Amerada Hess formed a joint venture with Saudi company Delta Oil.

(4) One of Delta Oil's backers is Khalid bin Mahfouz, who is--here's where you need to clap your hat firmly to your skull--married to one of Osama Bin Laden's sisters. And suspected of financing Al Qaeda. Oh, and named in one of the lawsuits brought by 9/11 victims. Did we mention that he's also been involved in deals with the Carlyle Group, the ultra-secret investment group that includes, among others, George H. W. Bush? And also in deals with--yes, your tinfoil hat, properly adjusted, plays 1980s popular music!--BCCI?

(5) Three weeks before Kean's appointment, Amerada Hess severed its ties with Delta.

Get Donkey documents more double standards and hypocrisy from Republicans, courtesy of Utah. This one is about "blue slips" for senators to veto judicial nominations from their home state.

Linked from CalPundit - FRANCE VS. THE WORLD....Francophobe Jonah Goldberg writes in the Corner today:

I have no problem with the assertion that the French are "boldly" acting on their self-interests. Indeed, I have no problem with self-interestedness in general. But I am appalled at those who look to the French including, of course, the French themselves, as a moral authority or arbiter of America's foreign policy. America has done more for human rights, more to relieve man's estate, and much more to preserve and foster liberty and prosperity in the world than the French ever dreamed. France can claim to be or aspire to be a check on America in the world. Bully for them. But that makes them a problem in my book. They're not enemies and they're not evil. But they're not part of the solution either.

Clinton Basher Peggy Noonan's preminitious article pre 9.11 I had just read it for the first time today.

Eric Alterman's blog.


The upcoming Split in C-Idealogy (praying to two demigods)

-Appeasement of Saudi Arabia/Middle East & Oil Companies vs. Israel
-China (BUSINESS INTERESTS VS. CHINESE GOV. ANTAGONIZING(especially after plane collision)
-Religious Right Wing's Fear of a One world government, typically USED AGAINST of UN vs. joining of the WTO, which has far more power.
-family values vs. welfare safety net
women shouldn't work vs. single welfare mothers need to work more
regulation of TV vs. cutting funding for PBS
credit card bankruptcy reform
abortion - always cutting funding to laws that would reduce it because of business interests, but always looking to make illegal

-Barak Obama for Senate in Illinois

Hypocrisy: conservative mantra to Gov. funded programs they don't like - "We don't trust the Gov."
conservative mantra when they do something without justification - "We're the Gov., trust us"

Sunday, February 02, 2003

Independent Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders summarizes why Americans are opposed to the impending war, ran in the Mirror in the UK.

ABC News' TheNote

US buys up Iraqi oil to stave off crisis - Seizing reserves will be an allied priority if forces go in

Faisal Islam and Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow, Sunday January 26, 2003, The Observer

Facing its most chronic shortage in oil stocks for 27 years, the US has this month turned to an unlikely source of help - Iraq.
Weeks before a prospective invasion of Iraq, the oil-rich state has doubled its exports of oil to America, helping US refineries cope with a debilitating strike in Venezuela.

After the loss of 1.5 million barrels per day of Venezuelan production in December the oil price rocketed, and the scarcity of reserves threatened to do permanent damage to the US oil refinery and transport infrastructure. To keep the pipelines flowing, President Bush stopped adding to the 700m barrel strategic reserve.

But ultimately oil giants such as Chevron, Exxon, BP and Shell saved the day by doubling imports from Iraq from 0.5m barrels in November to over 1m barrels per day to solve the problem. Essentially, US importers diverted 0.5m barrels of Iraqi oil per day heading for Europe and Asia to save the American oil infrastructure.

Paul Krugman's unofficial archive website

And here's an entry by Krugman about the tax cut Bush is proposing. It's just swell!

The CIA's Secret Army, from Time Magazine - Because of past scandals, the agency had largely dropped its paramilitary operations. But the war on terrorism has brought it back into the business

The Fetal Position - Federal and state dollars are subsidizing a boom in antiabortion 'crisis pregnancy centers.' By Ziba Kashef January/February 2003 Issue of Mother Jones - It's well known that President Bush is no friend to family planning. In November, for example, the administration threatened to pull out of the U.N. population accord, a landmark agreement that the United States helped write eight years ago, unless "reproductive health services" and "reproductive rights" -- terms it fears could be construed as pro-abortion -- are excised. But less well known is Bush's effort on the domestic front to increase funding for his preferred version of family planning: crisis pregnancy centers, or CPCs

Quick, Form the Box Office - President Bush spoke behind a stack of boxes with tape over the words "Made in China." (Rick Bowmer -- AP) Al Kamen Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Remember "Boxgate," the incident last week at a St. Louis warehouse in which President Bush touted small business and things made in America? And the problem was, he was standing behind a bunch of boxes that had tape over the words "Made in China"?

Seems the person who did this, said by the White House to be an "overzealous volunteer," may have committed a federal offense.

Covering up the "Made In" labels is against the law, a violation of venerable Title 19, Chapter 4, Subtitle II, Part 1, Sec. 134.11, which "requires that every article of foreign origin (or its container) imported into the United States shall be marked in a conspicuous place as legibly, indelibly and permanently" as possible, "in such manner as to indicate to an ultimate purchaser . . . [the] name of the country of origin of the article."

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Quoted from this Joe Conason Article

Bush's sudden enthusiasm for hydrogen fuel-cell technology is laudable, of course. His proposal of $1.2 billion for additional research is also very nice. (Evidently the "free market" alone doesn't invariably produce what society needs.) He even offered a vision of a better future: "With a new national commitment, our scientists and engineers will overcome obstacles to taking these cars from laboratory to showroom, so that the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen, and pollution-free."

So someone should ask Bush if he remembers who wrote this:

"We have a partnership with the American auto industry ... to develop cars that achieve three times today's mileage with the same pricing, comfort and safety; the companies and research scientists are making remarkable progress toward revolutionary change in the design and development of fuel cell vehicles.

"I was criticized for suggesting ... that we should move away from the internal combustion engine over the next quarter-century. The attack was never more than smoke-and-fumes; I was calling not for an end to the car industry but for new types of cars."

That's Al "Ozone Man" Gore, in the revised foreword to the 2000 reissue of his 1992 book, "Earth in the Balance." Back then the Republican Party apparatchiks and all the conservative pundits ridiculed Gore's kooky ideas about replacing the internal combustion engine. (See the Daily Howler for copious details.) The moronic Jim Nicholson, then chairman of the Republican National Committee, used to stand at the fax machine all day, sending out messages that attacked Gore for wanting to do away with the internal "combustible" engine, which were duly repeated by all the right-wing hacks. They used Gore's farsighted ideas against him in places like Michigan and Tennessee, where lots of cars are built.

Now they will all tell you that Bush is simply brilliant for supporting this visionary technology. Do the math, as my friend Jack Gillis did, and it turns out that Gore's notion of replacing the internal combustion within 25 years, as he suggested in 1992, is within a year of the date now proposed by Bush for the same goal.

The Daily Howler: Our current howler (episode I): Building a world-class muffler

More stuff in the Daily Howler about conservative commentary on Gore's book when he was running for Pres.

Post by Anne Wilson about Hydrogen vehicles. Quotes WSJ article.

Daily Howler commentary on fuel cells

Auto Channel article on SOTU

PLA's commentary on the SOTU and the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

Intersting Times post about hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

The Federalist Society post on hydro fuel cell

ambivalent imbroglio post on hyrdo / fuel cells

The Gleeful Extremist - conservative commentary on the SotU Address and the mention of fuel cells

Forget Your Problems, We're Preparing for a War / by James Ridgeway
Village Voice / Wednesday 29 January 2003 10:15 AM

Tax cut, elderly drug assistance high on the list / By Susan Milligan, Globe Staff, 1/29/2003 - Democrats were encouraged, however, by Bush's proposal to spend $1.2 billion for research on hydrogen fuel cells, which can power cars. The energy source is cleaner than fossil fuels and would help the nation ease its reliance on oil from the Middle East, said Senator Byron Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota.

Bush's policy has been ''yesterday is forever; dig and drill,'' Dorgan said. ''The question is, is this real policy with real grip to it, that he's going to fund?''

Mother Jones Article - January 30, 2003 - Speech One: The Union Bush Style, Bush Substance?

Another surprising announcement was a plan to sponsor research into alternatively fueled automobiles -- ostensibly out of a desire for increased energy efficiency, environmental protection, and decreased reliance on foreign oil. James Ridgeway of Village Voice, however, was not biting. He cites some of the many environmental blows recently initiated by this administration: "more domestic drilling, cutting back on industrial pollution control, and a seemingly slick program to support the new hydrogen car." Ridgeway quotes Sierra Club energy maven Daniel Becker: the hydrogen-powered vehicle program

"funnels millions to Detroit without requiring that they produce a single fuel-cell vehicle for the public to purchase. The auto industry is using the promise of future fuel cells as a shield against using existing technology to dramatically cut our oil dependence, and pollution, today. This technology is sitting on the shelf while Detroit dithers."

Energy Forever - By Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins - Issue Date: 2.11.02

Fast-Forward to Hydrogen

The next step will integrate efficiency with a shift from hydrocarbons to plain hydrogen. We've already made progress in reducing the carbon burning that harms the climate; today, two of every three fossil-fuel atoms we burn are hydrogen, the other one carbon. The emerging hydrogen economy eliminates both the burning and the rest of the carbon by using pure hydrogen in fuel cells. Remember the high-school chemistry experiment in which an electric current splits water into hydrogen and oxygen? A fuel cell reverses this process, chemically recombining these gases to produce electricity, pure hot water, and nothing else. Fuel cells are the most efficient, clean, and reliable known source of electricity.

Initially, the hydrogen that they need will be made mainly from natural gas, but that's no obstacle. An already mature hydrogen industry has developed ways to do this economically at all scales, though smaller is often cheaper as well as less vulnerable. Hydrogen is cost-competitive today in many uses. Moreover, the buoyant, clear-flame gas is safer to use and store than gasoline, and new research suggests that its refueling infrastructure would be cheaper.

Nor is there need to worry about the natural gas running out: Even as the hydrogen economy grows, it will probably use less natural gas than we do now. In the long run, hydrogen will most likely be made from water, using renewable electricity or possibly just sunlight. Or it may be extracted from oil and perhaps even coal, without releasing the carbon into the air. All these options are evolving rapidly and will compete vigorously.

This isn't science fiction; speeded by micropower's special economic benefits, it's already starting to happen. Hundreds of U.S. buildings, from New York's Central Park police station to an Omaha credit-card data center, are powered by fuel cells. Fuel-cell buses are on the market. Experimental fuel-cell-powered cars are on the road, and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced on January 9 a federal-Big Three collaboration to speed them to market. The heads of seven major oil and car companies have announced the start of both the Oil Endgame and the Hydrogen Era--a more profitable venture in which they're strongly investing. In Royal Dutch/Shell's latest planning scenarios, the business-as-usual case has the world getting one-third of its energy and all its increased energy from renewable sources by 2050; the other, more radical scenario envisages an accelerated shift to hydrogen, with oil use stagnant until 2020 and falling sharply thereafter. Ex-Saudi Oil Minister Sheikh Yamani is the latest of several energy experts to say that "the Stone Age did not end because the world ran out of stones, and the Oil Age will not end because the world runs out of oil."

Hydrogen Car Hype - Wall St Journal | 1-30-03
Posted on 01/30/2003 5:23 AM PST by SJackson

President Bush revved up his hydrogen roadster on Tuesday, calling for $1.2 billion in research funding for futuristic fuel cells that might one day power cars. In the process, he left taxpayers, and the cause of honest energy policy, in the dust.


What Mr. Bush should be doing is telling it to Americans straight: We have a reliance on fossil fuels, which is why we need to do smart things like drill in the Arctic. But we've also, thanks to private industry, made huge advances in terms of pollution control and efficiency. Industry shows every sign of continuing this innovation -- whether through greater efficiencies or new technology like hydrogen fuel cells. And it is doing just fine on its own.

The coolest news site I've seen in a good long while - Josh Homme(de la QOTSA y Kyuss) has a record label caled Rekord Rekords. Be forewarned, this one requires flash (but you can download it from the site if necessary).

Solution to Blogger archive problem

(possibly anyway)

If you are having problems with your archive, please consult the following directions below. I can't garuantee anything but there is a good chance this will work, it worked for me:

1)Log onto blogger

2)click onto your blog page

3)Your posting board should have a tool bar above the posting box/page/whatever-you-call-it (address should read a number unique to your blog)and most probably below your address box. It should have icons read "posts", "template", etc. One of those icons is labled "archives". Click the icon that says "archives"

4)In the grey area where the tool bar was there should be three lines of text separated by vertical lines - Click the one labeled "archive template".

5)You should have on your screen a large white box with text; This is your archive template, it separate from your weblog template. Manipulating this will do no harm to your blog (to my knowledge anyway. Just in case your problem is not what I think it is, when you perform this little surgical web procedure, (a) highlight and cut all of the existing code that's in this text box (on the archive template page) (b)paste it elsewhere, and (c)save it (preferably in notepad) at least temporarily. If I'm wrong and you delete it completely I won't know how to help you! Blowtorch Monkey Armada or Palmer Haas cannot be held liable for a meltdown or something else like that!

However if the code that's in there now says something about "java" and "error", dollars to donuts you have the same problem I had a month ago. I have my archive back so hopefully you will too.

6)First highlight, copy and the code below, and then paste it into the same text box on "archive template" - it should do the trick (it worked for me anyway).

Code for Blogger archive:

document.write ("<a href='<$BlogArchiveLink$>' > <$BlogArchiveName$> </a><br>")
if (location.href.indexOf("archive") != -1) {
document.write("< a href=\"./\"> current </a>")

It's all the code you'll need, you don't need to know what order it's in because that's everything (if it doesn't work let me know because it's conceivable I missed something small like a colon or something)

The archive template is different from the blogger template. Also for good measure republish your archives, (that control is accessable somewhere after you click the aforementioned archive icon in the blogger toolbar.) Then do a standard republish on the posting page. Cross fingers and pray.

Good luck, hope it works. And please drop a line here if it does or doesn't. Thanks.