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Cost of the War in Iraq
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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.

RESIST!



Dead Ahead

Hey Mike,

One of my favorite films about aliens invading the earth is John Carpenter’s They Live. The aliens strip the earth of its resources and accelerate global climate change to change earth’s environment to that of their home planet. Some humans collaborate with the aliens and are rewarded for their betrayal with money and positions of power.

My all time favorite film about aliens transforming the planet isn't science fiction. It's the recent documentary Gasland.

The film is about what happens to the people, communities, and the environment, when natural gas is obtained by a stimulation method known as hydraulic fracturing.

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Once a well is drilled, millions of gallons of water, sand, and a mixture of 596 chemicals, many of them toxic, are injected under high pressure, into the well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well.

Generally 1-8 million gallons of water may be used to frack a well. A well may be fracked up to 18 times.

For each frack, 80-300 tons of chemicals may be used. Presently, the natural gas industry does not have to disclose the chemicals used, but scientists have identified volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. Many of the chemicals in the proprietary fracking fluids are carcinogens, and once they are forced into the shale, not all come back home.

By 2007, there were 449,000 natural gas wells in 32 US states, an increase of more than 30 percent since 2000, with serious episodes of groundwater contamination near drilling sites.

The average well is up to 8,000 feet deep. The depth of drinking water aquifers is about 1,000 feet. The well casings leak natural gas as well as fracking fluid into water wells.

In 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act was passed by Congress to ensure clean drinking water free from both natural and man-made contaminates.

In 2005, the Bush/ Cheney Energy Bill exempted natural gas drilling from the Safe Drinking Water Act. It exempts companies from disclosing the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. Essentially, the provision took the Environmental Protection Agency off the job. It is now commonly referred to as the Halliburton Loophole.

Fracking taints water sources near drilling sites, and many households have discovered their water is not only undrinkable after gas drilling … it's even flammable. It turns out this is just the tip of the iceberg of the environmental damage done by the gas drilling.

The fracking now taking place is headed for towns in upstate New York, including the Catskills. Some of the drilling could take place near the reservoirs and tunnels that provide drinking water to 9 million New Yorkers.

The boom in natural gas drilling is contaminating America's water supply. Fracking is not just about water pollution. The air pollution is devastating.

From environment.change.org:

http://environment.change.org/blog/view/nosebleeds_and_rashes_plague_fracking_boom_town

Nosebleeds and Rashes Plague Fracking Boom Town

“… Meet Lisa Parr. First, she thought she had the flu. Next, she developed severe rashes, tremors, memory loss, and lost her ability to walk. More than a year and eight doctors later, they finally diagnosed her with environmental poisoning. Neurotoxins were present in her blood - the same present in natural gas production, as tests by the state environmental department confirmed. Parr wasn't the only one affected. Her husband and daughter both suffered chronic nosebleeds, rashes and respiratory problems, as the Wise County Messenger reports.

The Barnett Shale region around Texas is chock full of similar cases of air and water contamination related to natural gas drilling. A local land assessor now depreciates appraisal values 75 percent when a gas well is on the land.”

But what about Global Climate Change. Isn’t natural gas supposed to be cleaner than oil or coal?

A preliminary paper by Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, raises huge questions about how clean natural gas is when total emissions are considered.

Howarth comes to the staggering conclusion that “When the total emissions of greenhouse gases are considered, fracturing-obtained natural gas, and coal from mountain-top removal, probably have similar releases, and in fact the natural gas may be worse in terms of consequences on global warming.

Howarth argues that greenhouse gas emissions from gas from fracturing are estimated to be 60% more than for diesel fuel and gasoline.

The corporations supplying the current and future energy needs of the United States are poisoning our air, land, and water. Obtaining natural gas by using fracking methods is literally threatening our entire nation’s water supply. Get it? Not just over here … and some over in that state … but The Entire Nation’s Water Supply!

After watching Gasland I could only come to this conclusion: The people running the oil and natural gas industry, and their bought and paid for politicians and lobbyists, are either criminally insane … y’know … Crazy Stupid People … or they’re … aliens.

11 out of 10 sane people agree … We can’t breathe the toxic plumes of ethane, pentane, hexane, octane, xylene and nonane venting from frack storage tanks.. We can’t grow our food in land steeped in poisonous chemicals. We can’t irrigate crops using water contaminated with carcinogens. We can’t drink water that is flammable.

Well … human beings can’t … but aliens from a galaxy far far away might relish a flaming glass of toluene after a brisk jog through a methane cloud. But let’s assume for sanity’s sake … mine in particular … that the people involved in the oil and natural gas industry and their minions are human beings. Look at what they are doing. They’re wrecking the nation’s water supply… for money! They don’t seem to realize they have to live here too. That’s why they’re Crazy Stupid People. The kicker is that these people, though suffering a psychotic break from reality ... own the asylum. It’s going to be awfully hard talking them out of their offices… down the hall … into the recreation room … in time for medication and group therapy.

Stephen King published his 8 pound apocalyptic thriller, The Stand in 1978. I always liked one of the minor characters … a guy wearing one of those repent-the-end-is-near sandwich boards. King called him The Monster Shouter because he stood on street corners and yelled, “There are monsters coming! Monsters in the cities, monsters in the suburbs, monsters in the countryside!”

I try to get a little of that in every day before picking up my little boy from school. The pay’s not so good but at least the hours are flexible.

Regards,

Bob




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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. --Kim Hughes

Clicking on the book links to the author's website.


Radio

If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.

Documentaries

"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.

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