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From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.
Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.
"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants." - Lewis Black
Now It Can Be Told!
On Wednesday night, November 12th 2008, the 19th episode of the sixth season of MythBusters aired on the Discovery Channel at 9:00 pm.
Not familiar with MythBusters? The series stars special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who use basic elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various rumors, urban legends, myths, movie scenes and news stories in popular culture.
This particular episode explored the validity of one of my favorite idioms:
Is it really true that you can't polish … dung?
The segment began by collecting the widest possible selection of dung the MythBusters could find at the San Francisco Zoo. They collected feces from 9 different animals, both herbivores and carnivores. Returning to their shop they baked the dung for 6 hours at 300 degrees to remove excess moisture.
And then … a disgusting series of trial and error experiments commenced. Adam tried to shine his dung sample with a buffing wheel. Jamie reasoned that using a wax polish would result in a shine but the results were invalid. The wax was contributing to the gloss … not the poop. Nothing worked until the MythBusters hit upon an ancient Japanese technique called "Hikaru Dorodango."
Making a Dung Dorodango consists of 6 steps:
Create the Mud
Add water to the dried dung. The ratio of water to dung will vary depending on the type of dung.
Create the Core
Grab a handful of dung-mud and begin to shape it into a sphere with both hands, squeeze out as much water as you can.
Create Preliminary Capsule
Holding the ball in one hand, grab handfuls of dried dung with the other and sprinkle the dung over the ball. With your thumb, gently sweep the excess off, rotating the ball as you do so.
Draw the Moisture Out
Insert the dung-ball into a plastic bag and place in a refrigerator for approximately 20 minutes.
Create Final Capsule Layer
The brilliant shine of the dung-dorodango is created by applying a final layer of extremely fine particles of dung and gently rubbing these particles over the dung-ball.
After drying for another 20 minutes the dung-ball can be polished with a soft cloth
Adam and Jamie were able to obtain very polished poop without using any foreign materials. Using a glossmeter, through which a rating of 70 is considered "high gloss," they created dung dorodango spheres with gloss levels of 106 and 183 gloss units. Adam's 106 was that of an ostrich's feces, while Jamie's 183 was that of a lion's feces
The Myth that you can't polish poop was … "Busted."
I believe I can prove that this segment from MythBusters has far-reaching implications for our national discourse for many years to come.
We know that the Bush Regime has been monitoring all electronic communications since before 9/11. We can safely assume that somewhere deep within the bowels of Bush Regime Central some poorly paid Republican underling was Channel Surfing For National Security and watched the entire show with growing amazement and fascination. Immediately after the show ended copies of the program were made and couriered over to the President's office. George Bush received his copy from Cheney the next day.
The segment aired just 8 days after the national election and ignominious defeat. The mood among the Republican elite had to have been lower than the darkest days of Watergate. But Here Was Hope … Here Was Inspiration … Here Was Finally … A Plan.
Every Republican hack, flack, and stooge converged to hammer out the talking points for the usual suspects; Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter, and Limbaugh. If lion dung can be polished to 183 gloss units … who knows what level of luster The Bush Legacy could reach in the hands of these professionals? They had been seriously slinging it since the Clinton Administration but now for the first time in 8 years these gas-bags finally had science on their side!
It didn't have to be true … Since when had the MainStream Media actually braced the Republican Noise Machine for the facts about any spin the Bush Regime released? Never! Who cares if it's true as long as it's shiny? It might still reek to high heaven but as far as Republican group-think is concerned … one out of two ain't bad.
Emerging from the darkness, filth-encrusted but with renewed purpose, the media hit-men of the Crazy Right let loose with salvo after salvo defending The Bright Shining Legacy of George W. Bush:
Crazy Peggy Noonan for The Wall Street Journal: "We have not been attacked since 9/11. Someone-someones-did something right. 'At Least Bush Kept Us Safe'
Liar-Liar-Pants-on-Fire Karl Rove on FOX, "I think history is going to see him as a man who put America on a war footing in a struggle that will have shaped the nature of this century. He will be seen as someone who liberated Afghanistan and Iraq. Fifty million people now live in freedom in those two countries who did not know freedom before."
Dick "The Dick" Cheney on Face The Nation:
"Vice President Dick Cheney is confident that not only have the Bush administration's controversial surveillance and detention policies proved successful in fending off another terrorist attack in the United States, but that, if he had the chance, he would do it all over again.
Likewise, he said Iraqis were better off because of regime change spurred by the U.S. invasion, and that he would advise President-elect Barack Obama to maintain the Administration's surveillance program and keep open the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
Craven Tim "Groveling" Montgomerie wrote at conservativehome.com, in an article titled: The Things He Got Right, George W. Bush's Presidency. "Mr Bush has done much more for Africa than Bill Clinton ever did."
And of course a favorite hold-over from the McCain campaign … The Surge Worked.
The list goes on and on with nary a mention of the countless war dead, crushing National Debt, and a looming depression. I can't type any more entries because I learned something from an Orson Welles quote the Republicans never understood:
Never Handle … Dung.
Not Even with Gloves.
The Dung doesn't get … glove-ier
The gloves on the other hand …
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
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"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.