Alexander The Great

February 3, 2009

Quick Stimulus Package Question

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How is it that a few months ago, any fewer that $700 billion was just too little, for a bailout, but today, $800 billion is too much?

For his part, Obama gave us an itemized list for how he intends to use the money. Paulson derived his figure with chicken’s blood and some eye of newt.

December 13, 2008

Astounding Republican Paranoia

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Here’s a disturbing comment left on TED

A Hall – October 22 2008

WAKE UP AND SEE THE LIES PEOPLE!
Please do more than passively read, watch and consume what the government funded ‘scientists’ and ‘climate specialists’ ideas, such as David Keith are espousing here, just look a little further if you really want to know the truth, because this, i beleive is certainly not it.
This message, or mistruth about climate change is part of a massively and intentional orchestrated fear campaign to make us believe that global warming is really happening. Yes we are harming our environment, yes this is a terrible thing that needs to change.
BUT the ‘facts’ presented here and in so many other talks, films, doumentaries and books is not proven to be so, if we look back a little further – say further back than the last few hundred years for example.

Look at the works of Loehle and McCulloch if you like. There is proven and solid scientific evidence that while we are indeed in the midst of a rise in temperatures, this is a cycle, which the earth has undergone many times before.

It is much more convenient however, to ignore this truth (which is there to be found if you just research a little), and lap up the spin doctoring lies that climate change is going to be the end of the world. As another post said, weren’t we being told in the 70’s that we were going into an iceage?!

This so called issue, along with many other falicies such as terrorism,world war III, financial collapse fo the western economies are all part of a giant cover to make us all so fearful that we beg the governements and the corporations that control them to do something – anything – to make it better.

Lets not be sheep – do some reading, research and thinking for yourself, check where the information is coming from, who is writing it and what their other possible interests may be. We need to look further abroad and see what the reality of our world is.Only with truth and knowledge can we have power and the opportunity to do something about what we do not agree with!

November 28, 2008

Republicans Are In Trouble

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican Party has hit a new low.

Just 34 percent of Americans in a Gallup Poll released Thursday say they have a favorable view of the party, down 40 percent from a month ago, before the election.

What’s worse: 61 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party.

According to Gallup, that unfavorable rating is the highest the polling organization has recorded for the GOP since the measure was established in 1992.

The poll of national adults was conducted on November 13-16 with a three percent margin of error.

The numbers are slightly up from a CNN poll released last week that indicated a 54 percent unfavorable rating for Republicans. Only 38 percent of those polled had a favorable rating for the party.

Meanwhile, Democrats continue to bask in the glow of President-elect Barack Obama’s historic victory on November 4. The Gallup poll suggests that 55 percent of Americans hold a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party, with 39 percent saying they have an unfavorable view. Those numbers are mostly unchanged from a mid-October survey.

As the debate rages within GOP ranks over where to take the party, the poll might offer some guidance.

Most Republicans — 59 percent — want the party to become more conservative, according to the poll. Another 28 percent want it to remain about the same ideologically, while only 12 percent would prefer to see the Republican Party become less conservative.

Independents are split on whether the party should track left or right: 35 percent of independent voters say the GOP should become more conservative, and 35 percent say less conservative.

September 25, 2008

Bush’s $700 Billion Bailout

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Last night, George W Bush gave an address, trying to justify to the American public why their tax money should be given to Wall Street. Distilled to its essence, the speech went like this

Normally, my first instinct would be to trust the market to fix this. But that’s what got us into this recession in the first place. So, instead, we’re going to give communism a try.

At least the conservatives like calling this type of policy communism. It’s actually kleptocracy. The difference is small in recent history – in both cases, we have state run insurance companies, etc. AIG is our Gazprom.

The difference is that we’re pulling $700 billion (plus $300 billion in recent bailouts) out of the pockets of small business owners, to bail their large competition out. That isn’t collective ownership, it’s an upwards flowing money pit.

Crisis of Trust – On Main Street

After the same imminent death scare tactics were used to justify the war in Iraq (they have WMD and “the smoking gun as a mushroom cloud” turned into “Saddam was a very bad man”), many Americans are having a hard time believing that the only way to prevent a total collapse of the entire financial system, is to give Henry Paulson a no questions asked blank check for $700,000,000,000.00 with no oversight as to how it’s spent.

We all have a shared interest in the banking system continuing to work. The vast majority of us have no interest in whether any particular bank fails or not. In fact, according to the conservative, free market rhetoric, we have a Darwinian interest in market forces killing off the weak and inefficient. The current administration refuses to discuss other options, however, using the threat of immediate but not very specific destruction to justify this massive transfer of wealth.

We’re being asked to “just trust me” while Bush explained the recession as having been caused by America having too much money.

Republican Communism

Republican Communism

August 26, 2008

John McCain’s Hate Affair With The Press

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McCain’s presidential campaign continues to beat the drum of victimhood at the hands of the mainstream media. The famously liberal news are “in love with” Barack Obama. This is a traditional ploy among election losers in recent times – George H.W. Bush asked Americans during his second term to “Annoy the media, re-elect Bush.” Already, this doesn’t bode well for McCain.

In 2008, we’re asked to choose a love song that best exemplifies the relationship between Obama and the press. Bloggers are drawing cartoons that might not be printed in the Sunday funnies. The ongiong love affair theme reminds me of a high school drama where a suiter is rejected by the woman he wants so badly.

It’s not doing a very good job, but the campaign is trying to use a bully pulpit of sorts to punish the media. How many people think this is going to endear the media to McCain? Going on the (weak) offensive against an institution you want something from, generally isn’t a good way to get what you want, and brings up questions aabout McCain’s jugement.

Whether there’s obvious or hidden bias among reporters who have little more credibility among many Americans than Jon Stewart, Obama’s campaign is somewhat more “newsworthy”. This year, one way or another, was destined to prove historic in the history of party nominated presidential politics. Thanks to George W. Bush’s failed policies, and not tenage crushes of reporters, will see in November 2008 the first non white president (with a funny name) of the US of A.

June 3, 2008

Letter to Laura Bush

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May 18, 2008

More of John McCain’s Lies

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This is what you might call the scapegoat of the Republican Party (upon whom the sins of the tribe are being piled) who knows it has no chance of winning the election. Unless their chance, nay their ace up the sleve, might be Diebold voting machines? Ah, but with Hillary Clinton out of the running, the Democrats are converging around Obama. This should be a boring race followed by a landslide.

April 23, 2008

I Got the Blues

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I got the meanest dog around
with teeth like Margret Thatcher
and a face like Gordon Brown.

Woke up this morning
with a warrantless wiretap on my phone
mortgage is due
and I just can’t get a loan.

I’ve been trying to think of the rest for some time now, but I seem unable to.  This has sat in my drafts bin long enough.

April 4, 2008

John Howard Speaks on Oil Spill

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February 26, 2008

Science And Or Versus Religion?

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Science is an art, in a strange way. There are musicians who never take any risks, and put out album after album of mediocre crap. (This describes rock music from the late 1970s on) And there are musicians who take risks, occasionally get it wrong, but get it oh so right when things work. Bob Saggat of America’s Funniest Home Videos is the former, while Montey Python is the latter.

Forget the flat earth – people used to think the stars were candles held up by twine. There has been spectacular cases of getting it wrong. Lamarck. Phrenology.

These wild guesses (at least that’s how they seem – stabs in the dark) don’t mean science is flawed. Over time, we get closer and closer to the truth, honing our knowledge like old people on the porch whittling a stick.

I agree with Common’s grandma, who says “We All Need Jesus” but I also take anti biotics, use a computer, and watch TV. There’s an idea the two are mutually exclusive – in competition till the bitter end. But the two ask radically different questions. Science attempts to describes how, and relgion tells us why. Science tells us how to improve our life in the here and now, religion tells us how to prepare for the afterlife, and how to spend eternity as we’d all like to.

The Book of Genisis says

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning–the third day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

Other translations have it that God told the Earth to bring forth living creatures. This is a poetic way to describe the process of evolution. God set the process in motion (the first mover) and then took his rest – the first programmer, and still the best.

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