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.
This Is Worse Than That
Stop me if you know the answer to this one, “What is the one single industry destroying the planet more than any other?”
We all know the answer to that one … Right?
The fossil fuel industry, of course. And we feel completely helpless to stop the Drilling and the Fracking and the Mining. No matter what we do - we know Global Climate Change is here. It’s going to get worse, and there’s nothing we can do about it. We can leave all our cars in the driveway, take shorter showers, change out all our light bulbs, get a low-flow toilet, recycle every scrap, think globally and buy locally, and it won’t make any discernable difference at all. Personal change won’t save the planet as long as the energy barons are calling the shots. Billionaires are buying the politicians hand over fist, while suppressing the vote and simultaneously lying to voters on a minute-by-minute basis with the full cooperation of the media. Go ahead. Take shorter showers. Control of the “system” has been systematically taken away from us. There’s nothing we can do so we might as well crack open a beer, sit on the porch, and watch the sun go down on all of us.
This is a pretty typical “Moment With Bob” isn’t it? In one paragraph I can suck all the air out of the room and replace hope and optimism with despair. What can I say… It’s a gift. But hold on to your socks, buckle up, and make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position, because we’re about to make a full 180 … Right Now.
Personal Change Can Save The Planet. But we’ve got to hurry.
I just found this out a couple of days ago and I’m still kind of overwhelmed. I never imagined this could happen, but it did. I watched a documentary That Changed My Life. After an event like that, of course I’ve tipped over and become evangelical about it.
You’ll find out the one single industry destroying the planet more than any other is not Big Oil, Coal, and Gas but:
And there is something we can do about it. Starting Right Now. And if we do … we’ve just bought ourselves a future.
Go here: cowspiracy.com, watch all the video clips, and read everything. Find a screening, go to a theatre, or host a screening yourself. You Must See This Film.
Now I’ll stop typing for awhile and cut and paste information from cowspiracy.com.
There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other.
But no one wants to talk about it...
"COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret" is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Transportation is responsible for 13% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than all transportation combined.
Livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
Methane has a global warming power 86 times that of CO2.
Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.
Livestock is responsible for 65% of all emissions of nitrous oxide a greenhouse gas 296x more destructive than carbon dioxide and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) water use ranges from 70-140 billion gallons annually.
Animal agriculture use ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons of water annually.
Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US.
One hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers.
2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
477 gallons of water are required to produce 1 pound of eggs; 900 gallons of water are needed for cheese.
1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.
The meat and dairy industries combined use nearly 1/3 (29%) of all the fresh water in the world today.
Destruction of the biosphere
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
130 times more animal waste than human waste is produced in the US 1.4 billion tons from the meat industry annually. 5 tons of animal waste is produced for every person.
A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon destruction.
Resource Consumption Comparison
Throughout the world, humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water and eat 21 billion pounds of food each day.
Worldwide, cows drink 45 billion gallons of water and eat 135 billion pounds of food each day.
1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food.
1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat.
Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.
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There. I’m back. I don’t have the time to recount the entire 90 minute movie but the bottom line is this: If we change our diet, we can begin to heal the planet. In Our Lifetime.
We don’t have to vote then hope for change. We don’t have to march in protest. We don’t have to stand by and let the oligarchs dictate our future. We don’t need to wait for an election or a revolution. We can slow global climate change. We can. All we have to do is change what we eat. All we have to do is start.
Reducing the methane and the CO2 in the atmosphere will happen when we decrease - then stop - Animal Agriculture. We can pull back from future tipping points. If you think this is too simplistic … that it won’t work … don’t argue with me … Watch The Movie.
And we can’t just switch over to fish as a substitute for meat, eggs and dairy. More facts from Cowspiracy:
75% of the world’s fisheries are exploited.
90 million tons of fish are pulled from our oceans each year.
As many as 40% (63 billion pounds) of fish caught globally every year are discarded as by-kill.
The simple fact is commercial fishing is over-fishing and obviously not sustainable.
The solution is to adopt a vegan diet. For anyone who says it’s too hard to change to a vegan diet … hey … you’re talking to The King of baby back ribs. I celebrated my birthdays with cheeseburgers at Dick’s Drive-In in Seattle. Until very recently my mantra was if you want to make anything taste better … add pork. If you think becoming a vegan is too hard … no it’s not. Dragging Dick Cheney into a courtroom is hard. Switching over to a vegan diet is a piece of cake compared to rounding up war criminals. And it’ll save the planet.
The Internet is chockablock with information about transitioning to a vegan diet and there’s a wonderful book, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. She’ll hold your hand through the entire process. I found a recipe yesterday that’s certainly going to help me, Vegan Burgers That Don't Suck from seriouseats.com.
The ball is back in our court. Isn’t that amazing?
The momentCOWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is available on DVD I am going to buy it. And then I’m going to buy a copy for everyone I know. Spoiler Alert: This is what everybody’s getting for Christmas.
Oh yeah. I’m a Twit now. Please … Everyone who cares about All Things Bob can follow me @bobalex_63
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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.