Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.
Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.
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
If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.
Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.
The Luxury of Time
Nothing’s Easy … Everything’s Hard
The Debate Is Over
How much more time are we going to waste trying to convince Crazy Stupid People about the reality of Global Climate Change? Or what the concept of Peak Oil really means?
And if Peak Oil is too scary to contemplate … What about “Peak Water?”
The state of peak water is being approached in many areas around the world. 1.8 billion people will be living with absolute water scarcity within 15 years, and two thirds of the world population could be subject to “water stress” when the demand for water exceeds the available supply.
Let’s perform a quick experiment. Starting tomorrow let’s all agree to use 50% less water in our homes than we used today. Sounds like a good plan doesn’t it? We’ll conserve. That’s the ticket. The average family of four uses around 400 gallons of water every day. Can we all agree that it makes sense to try to bring that figure down to 200 gallons a day? We’ll fix all our leaky faucets and buy “WaterSense” labeled toilets. That could save about 5 gallons with every flush. And then we’ll buy the new water efficient front-loading non-agitator washing machines. We can also save up to 10 gallons a day by washing our dishes more efficiently. And last but not least … turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving. After buying new appliances and restructuring the way we use water around the house … A family of four could cut water usage down to 200 gallons per day.
Good for us. We’re well on the way to solving the looming water shortage.
Now factor in this:
We only use 10% of the water for municipal supplies. Industry uses 20% of the water and the remaining 70% is used to grow our food. But … It takes thousands of times more water to make a cow than a bushel of grain. I’m not sayin’ we should all become vegetarians … but how many people could die of thirst because Americans eat over 38 million burgers every day?
Now factor in this:
There are about 16,000 golf courses in the United States. Half the total in all the world. Audubon International estimates the average American golf course uses 312,000 gallons per day. There are 57 golf courses in the desert city of Palm Springs California. Each course soaks up a million gallons of water a day. That is, each course, each day, in Palm Springs, consumes as much water as a family of four uses in four years.
By the way … Golf Digest reported that 41 percent of golfers polled believe that global warming is a myth. I wonder what they’d think about Peak Water?
Because we no longer have to debate about Global Climate Change and Peak Oil … what are we going to do about it? We’ve all seen Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. We’re all agreed we should shrink our personal carbon footprint.
I’ve changed all our incandescent lights to compact fluorescent bulbs. We’ve weather-stripped doors and windows, turned down the thermostat, insulated walls, the attic, the pipes, and the water heater. We’ve limited driving as much as possible and I take the bus everywhere. We only buy locally grown organic food and always follow the three “R’s:”
As much as I hate gardening … next year we’ll be growing as much food as we can in our garden.
A 55 miles per hour speed limit was imposed by Richard Nixon back in 1974. That lowered the nation’s fuel consumption by 2%, or 167,000 barrels of oil per day. Ronald Reagan reversed all that in 1986 and speed limits were once again allowed to be set by individual states. Today the United States could save 4% of its total oil consumption by again lowering the speed limit to 55mph. Our little family has already slowed down to 55. That’s why everybody passes us.
What if we all tried to do everything we could to postpone the day of reckoning Peak Oil and Global Climate Change will bring? Would that be enough to make a difference?
Factor in this:
A U.S. navy destroyer uses the same amount of oil in a week that a city of 200,000 people use in a year.
Regardless of what we do to shrink our “footprint” … the Dominant Culture, The Empire, our civilization, is still hell-bent on killing us all.
How much more time can we waste trying to convince Crazy Stupid People that Capitalism is insane? The planet is finite. You can’t inflate it and make it bigger.
How much longer will we avoid confronting The Scariest Fact Of All: Our civilization is destroying the planet.
Our culture is insane. Krishnamurti said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
And Derrick Jensen wrote, "Within this culture wealth is measured by one's ability to consume and destroy."
The Dominant Culture has poisoned the air, land, water, and … us. Dioxin is in every mother’s breast milk. Civilization is stripping the land and oceans of life. 90 percent of the largest fish in our oceans are … gone. Where do we draw the line? When do we say, “Enough!” When do we make our stand? Do we wait until 95% of the fish are gone? Ninety-seven percent of the world's native forests have been cut. Do we wait until they are all gone?
Where does it say civilization has the right to destroy the world?
Do we protest wars? Wars are symptomatic of the insane culture. Bush and Cheney are symptomatic of the Dominant Culture. Greedy Republicans and cowering Democrats are symptomatic of the Dominant Culture. Our institutions protect the Dominate Culture.
To quote Jensen again, "Surely by now there can be few here who still believe the purpose of government is to protect us from the destructive activities of corporations. At last most of us must understand that the opposite is true: that the primary purpose of government is to protect those who run the economy from the outrage of injured citizens."
So how in the hell do we stop this?
Jensen says every morning when he wakes up, he asks himself if he should write ... or blow up a dam. "You and I can write all we want, but that doesn't help the salmon. What they need is for dams to be removed and logging stopped."
We hope that our culture will undergo a voluntary transition. What if it doesn’t? Do we write, protest, boycott, … and then blow up dams?
We may not have the luxury of time to discuss what we are going to do. But we are going to have to talk about it.
What are we going to do?
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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.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
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 author's website.
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.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"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.