Sunday, October 28, 2007

"Well, Colorado ARE a streaky team."

Boston 10 - Colorado 5, Boston leads series 3 wins to none.

Streaky, Dictionary.Com:
2) "Variable or uneven in character or quality."

The Red Hot Boston Red Sox.

The plains of the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains are crumbling.

The Rockie's were usurped?

The Red Sox's rally... the errant throw form right....

It's like...


Oh Sh...

On a full moon, a friend of mine said to me,

"Well, Colorado ARE a streaky team."



Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pitching and Defense Still Define This World Series

Last night's blow-out (Colorado Rockies 1 - Boston Red Sox 13) was likely an aberration - but can the Colorado Rockies find their batting grove in time to win a close game tonight? The young Colorado starter Ubaldo Jimenez must keep the score close.


"After going 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 15 regular-season starts, the 23-year-old rookie right-hander has been dominant in the playoffs, giving up only two runs and eight hits over 11 1-3 innings in two outings. Jimenez has not earned a postseason decision, but kept the Rockies close enough to win both games."

Ubaldo Jimenez Postseason: 2 games, 11.1 innings, no decisions, 1.59 ERA.

If the Rockies batting order doesn't see some hittable pitches from Schilling tonight it may be too late in game three, down 2 games to 0.

Schilling's last start against the Cleavland Indians was the kind we have come to expect from the future Hall of Famer. Could another great start by Curt Shilling create an unstoppable momentum towards a Boston sweep? The young Rockies may be up against it if they lose another game to this offensive juggernaut; yet one good start does not a series make...

The veteran Curt Shilling has had an average year in 2007, 24 starts, 9 wins - 8 losses, ERA 3.87; in 3 play off games, 2 wins - 1 loss with a 3.38 ERA.

A good take I read today... ..the Rockies are hoping their starter tonight is too young to notice how much pressure he's under. Pay no attention to the
green monster behind the curtain young Ubaldo.

Still hoping for a 7 game series.


Monday, October 22, 2007

World Series: Colorado Rockies at Boston Red Sox -- Two Teams

Image of Center Fielder Coco Crisp from Randomography (no credit)

The great catch by Coco Crisp (YouTube Video below the fold), running full speed into the wall in the 'triangle', at Fenway, in deepest right centre, ends the American League Championship Series and foreshadows a Herculean World Series. The effort, with a 9 run lead in the 9th inning, intimates that the Bostons are aware of what they must do to beat the Colorado Rockies, play great defense. Manny Ramirez's seemingly off the cuff remarks after game 4 in Cleveland may have foreshadowed events. 'The hits will come', said Manny. The great hitter may have twigged onto something, this years winner may not be the team with the best bats, but the team with the best defense.

The powerful Cleavland line-up could not crack Boston's pitching. As errors lead to runs in the last three games and especially in game 7, it became apparent that the Indians just didn't have the defense to hold the Boston Red Sox line-up.

The same cannot be said of the Colorado Rockies, the Sox's next opponent.

Pitching and defense, great managing and situational hitting by these teams may deliver us one of the best match-ups since the 2004 American League Championship Series, the great Boston Red Sox come-back win over the Yankees.

The Boston manager Terry Francona will likely stress pitching and defense and the inside game when he briefs his players before meeting the Colorado Rockies in game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday at Boston. Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle will simply continue to stress the fundamentals to his young team.

Team play was the difference in the ALCS AND the NLCS in this observers opinion; and it may play a huge part in this years World Series, perhaps a classic.

Oh darn, now I've jinxed it!

YouTube Video: Red Sox Win ALCS! Coco Crisp's Game Ending Catch.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Colorado's Ongoing October Odyssey

Photo:REUTERS/Jeff Topping

Centre fielder Willy Taveras makes a diving catch in deep right centre in the seventh inning, robbing Tony Clark of an extra base hit, a run batted in and stuffing out a DiamondBacks rally in a 2-1 game.

Here's the play from ESPN SportsCenter (the only way MLB will allow us to see their content with out a subscription, and the only way I can re-publish it here for you).

DiamondBacks tie the game in the bottom of the 9th but then walk home the winning run in the top of the 11th. Colorado's bullpen then closes the deal with a 1, 2, 3 bottom of the inning. Final score Colorado Rockies 3, Arizona DiamondBacks 2

Rockies go up 2-0 in the National League Championship Series, their 8th win in a row and the 19th of their last 20 games.


Saturday, October 6, 2007

Colorado Rockies on a Mythic Journey into October.

The Colorado Rockies may be the team to beat in this year's World Series.

Since a game last Saturday afternoon, the 29th of September, the Rockies have not lost a game and have won 16 0f 17 on this drive. They won the final 2 games of a 3 game set from the DiamondBacks to end the season and went on to eliminate the San Diego Padres in an add-on tie breaker game to win a play off berth with the Philadelphia Phillies.

When the Rockies arrive home to Coors Field to play the Phillies Saturday night they will be endeavoring to win their 6th consecutive game, and a Division Series sweep.

There is wind in their sails.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Labour Unions Everywhere Must Vertically and Horizontally Ally

The idea that unions need to mirror the new world order of multinational corporations sprang into my head while listening to the vernacular of the union movement, as expounded upon by a friend of mine at the local pub last night.

Until now unions have formed alliances based mainly on tactical issues with-in a narrow, usually regional set of variables.

Two tactics:

1) When times are good, one train of thought goes, the union wins it's members as may concessions from the company as it can; in bad times, the union offers concessions in exchange for 'labour peace'.

2) When times are bad, at the very time the rank and file need them most, is when union leaders need to take a strong stance to protect members from declining standards of living.

The second more antagonistic leadership style wins the hearts and mind of the membership in hard times; while at the same time, the more conservative tactics begin to be seen as appeasement towards multinational financial institutions and corporations at best, and at worst, collaboration with them.

This was the case in the post WW ll affluent society model, but now the very model it self is being challenged by self serving neo-con politicians and their silent partners, financial and corporate interests.

An effective response unions can offer to this new world order, is to mirror it.

This isn't necessarily a 'One Big Union' idea, as the Wobblies proposed during the Great Depression, but an alliance of unions working in a co-ordinated manner in each relevant sector of the economy in their own self interest. For example (and I ain't no economist so bare with me) the resource sector supplies raw materials mainly for the transportation sector. Both sectors are going international.

The resource sector is going international in a search for larger better quality caches of raw materials, less stringent environmental laws and cheaper labour rates. The transportation sector which is in a period of technological renewal (Detroit is old), find themselves in a position to play governments and labour pools, off one against the other.

Both sectors are trying to lower manufacturing costs and increase the value of the company for their stock holders, but in this case, at the expense of the rule of law the great society model and at the centre of all that, the wages and working conditions of industrial workers.

So the plan, with-in this small example, would be that the mining and auto workers unions work together though the length of each contract -- understanding their self interest in doing so. Economists of each sectors unions would sketch out the relevant topography of the industry and present it to a council of the two unions leaderships, who would then calculate a viable world wide strategy that would benefit both their interests and (in the best case scenario) the interest of the enlightenment.

Thanks to Betty from the bar, you made me think!

New York Times Online Going 'Free' Today

At midnight this morning the New York Times online edition is offering all new content and much of the newspapers archives free; paid for by advertising revenues.

A great day for the network television revenue model in the new world of the Internet.

From an article written by RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and published September 18, 2007 in the New York Times Online:

In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.

The Times said the project had met expectations, drawing 227,000 paying subscribers — out of 787,000 over all — and generating about $10 million a year in revenue.

“But our projections for growth on that paid subscriber base were low, compared to the growth of online advertising,” said Vivian L. Schiller, senior vice president and general manager of the site,

A great day for the enlightenment.


Monday, September 10, 2007

Osama bin Laden Is A Neo-Con

While browsing the bloggers compilation list, The Blogging Alliance of Non-
Partisan Canadians
I was delighted so see a post from Dawgs Blog entitled Neo-con exposed?, a piece on the recent Osama bin Laden video 'leaked' out of the Pentagon; Dawg's Blog reads in part...

"Indeed, an alternate-universe history is begging to be written, in which Bush Jr. and Osama are allied in a struggle against Progressia, a left-wing enclave north of the US border..."

Pretty obvious, especially if your not whipped into hysteria by the empirists 'global war on terror'.


Friday, August 31, 2007

Futher On The New Word: "Padumps"

In an earlier post on Etymology...

"New Word: "Padumps" (Pronounced, Pa - Dumps) The thingy's that go in your ears with the I-Pod system, that 'dump' content into your ears, padumps.

Vicki-Lynn, Toronto, August 26, 2007"

Since then, it has come to my attention that it is a term used in music, as exampled in this Google search result:

Boolean search: "padumps computer science"

1 Result:

[PDF] FSU’s new president—on the job
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat -view as HTML
degrees in computer science from. FSU and succeeded in their. careers. ..... “padump-padumps” and other sounds. imitating trombones and kettle drums. ... - Similar pages

From the article written by Mark Hinson on page 6 of the February/March issue of the FS-Times, reprinted from the original in the Tallahassee Democrat (my emphasis):

"Don't casually question Jim Croft
about the music of John Philip Sousa
(1854-1932) if you're expecting a quick,
easy answer of “yeah, he was OK when it
came to marches.”
Croft, a much-respected music professor
and the director of bands at Florida
State University, loves to talk about Sousa's
harmonic structure, “his judicious use of
contrast,” the “little hooks he throws in”
and the “diaphanous transparency and
dancelike quality” of certain marches.
If you'd like, he can sound out passages
of marches by sounding out the
music with lots of “hurrrrrumps” and
padump-padumps” and other sounds
imitating trombones and kettle drums."

This took about 5 minutes of work to land the hit -- along the thread of "beat".

The kicker to solving the puzzle was the algorithm, computer science.

As far as I understand, in the dictionary makers world, one more reference and it's a word!

Or maybe it already is... so the headphone usage is only new not the word.


(please excuse any cashed pages on the Internet with a 'bug' label)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

New Word: "Padumps"

New Word: "Padumps" (Pronounced, Pa - Dumps) The thingy's that go in your ears with the I-Pod system, that 'dump' content into your ears, padumps.

Vicki-Lynn, Toronto, August 26, 2007


Friday, August 24, 2007

Quebec Police Confirm SSP Protest Was Infiltrated By Agent Provocateurs

Besides the excellent citizen journalist piece on YouTube entitled -- "Stop SPP Protest - Union Leader stops provocateurs", other sources like and CP24 CHUM (my own eyes) are saying QPP are confirming the report that Quebec provincial police agents had infiltrated protesters.

Something tells me they're taking the fall for a more powerful force, like RCMP or CISIS.

From, the full article:

The Quebec provincial police acknowledged in a statement Thursday that their agents had infiltrated protesters demonstrating during the recent North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que. but denied that they acted as “agent provocateurs” to instigate violence.

“They had the mandate to spot and identify violent demonstrators to avoid the situation from getting out of hand,” the Surete du Quebec said in a statement. “The police officers were identified by demonstrators when they refused to throw projectiles.”

“At no time did the Surete du Quebec police officers act as agents provocateurs or committed criminal acts,” the statement adds.

A spokesperson for the police force refused to further comment on the statement.

Protesters have accused police of planting agents outside the Chateau Montebello to instigate violence during Monday’s demonstration.

A prominent labour official pointed Wednesday to video made available on YoutubeSurete du Quebec and RCMP riot squads.

The video shows the three black-clad bandana-wearing men being singled out by union organizers and the crowd. Other protesters started pointing at them and crying “police.”

One of the three men is seen shoving and swearing at Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union of Canada, who is angrily confronting the trio, demanding they put down the rocks, remove their bandanas, and identify themselves.

After being backed into a corner against a line of provincial police officers in riot gear, they try to force themselves through the police line and are arrested while the crowd cheers.

“People have the right to peacefully protest something they don’t like,” said ColesCharest.

“They think that they have the right to infiltrate us as they’ve done before. But to be packing large boulders, they were going to do something with those rocks and it wasn’t peaceful.”

© CanWest News Service 2007

Never thought I'd see that on TV ;)


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Personal Blog of Don McArthur

Back a few months back, I posted a comment at The Personal Blog of Don McArthur that he thought was 'snotty', he hence blocked my IP and every IP I've tried since (Canada?).

It's his right, but not, I think, in the spirit of the thing.

All my readers and Don's who may be wondering why I haven't been around there, should know.

This is what blogs are for in my opinion.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Cosmology's 'Spinning Bucket' Problem

Explain this:

Hang a bucket from a rope, full of water -- spin the bucket until the water begins to spin with the bucket.

Why does the water become concave? The Water cups up the sides of the bucket, the travel, consistent with it's velocity.

Obviously, The friction of the spinning bucket imparts energy into the water and eventually the water achieves close to 100% of the velocity of the spinning bucket (minus heat).

But why does the spinning water crawl up the sides of the bucket? The water never goes faster than the spinning bucket. The energy required to raise the water up the sides against gravity must be tremendous. Where does the energy come from?

The answer is that the water, outside the influence of the proximate spin of the earth's mass, is spherical. Time/spin, 'flattens' mass and energy; the 'natural state' in the universe is the shapes we see in large masses, the sphere.

As energy is imparted over time, the water begins to assume it's own "gravity well", the spin is how we see the creation of a field, inside the rather weak, earth gravity well field.

This is a first hand example of how proximate fields interact. A clue to the voyager anomalies, and the distant red shift anomalies as well as the missing mass problem.

ScienceBlogs Cosmology Label link.

FilterBlogs Cosmology link.


Sunday, July 29, 2007

Garrison Keillor

On "A Prairie Home Companion", I think he said, "Stuck to a vinyl couch like a melting Paris Hilton."

Listen to the July 28, 2007 compilation show.

Well actually, on a re-listen I found out he said, "Paris Hilton getting up off a vinyl couch."

And then sound effects master, Tom Keith made the sound with his voice that would be Paris Hilton getting up off a vinyl couch.

But I like mine too.


Friday, July 27, 2007

"Loose Change" Producer Arrested Monday For Allegedly Deserting The Army

Update July 30,2007:

Theatrical release of "Loose Change" set for August 2007.

Google list of Articles
about Korey Rowe in Oneonta's 'The Daily Star'.

By Jake Palmateer, staff writer for the The Daily Star, a newspaper out of Korey Rowe's home town reports that the "Loose Change" Producer was arrested on Monday, July 23, 2007:

"Korey Rowe, 24, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, was picked up by deputies at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said.

Rowe, along with Dylan Avery and Jason Bermas, are members of Louder Than Words, a production company that is working on a third edition of the movie "Loose Change," which contends the U.S. government was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That edition is intended to be a theatrical release."


"..theatrical release" - enough said; this could have a huge influence on the 2008 presidential race.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hunter S. - His Life, His Death

(June 18, 2009 - Apparently the user has removed the YouTube selection below.
Here's the interview that was used in the film from ABC radio(Australian Broadcasting Corporation) posted on YouTube by "giftmitch"; Part 1 & part 2).

A short Film by Mike Daugherity about Hunter S Thompson. Did Hunter S Thompson kill Himself? Hunter S talks about 911, George W Bush and the Iraq war. Hear the man talk in rare interviews.

Click the title to go to YouTube


Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Large Hadron Collider - Why Bury 8 Billion Dollars Under Europe?

From a great article in the New Yorker, May 14, 2007, A Cosmology "Crash Course" by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Below, Elizabeth sketches the link between cosmological theory and practical matters, like public money (my added links):

"In 1969, the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy held a hearing at which the physicist Robert Wilson was called to testify. Wilson, who had served as the chief of experimental nuclear physics for the Manhattan Project, was at that point the head of CERN’s main rival, Fermilab, and in charge of $250 million that Congress had recently allocated for the lab to build a new collider. Senator John Pastore, of Rhode Island, wanted to know the rationale behind a government expenditure of that size. Did the collider have anything to do with promoting “the security of the country”?:

Wilson: No sir, I don’t believe so.

Pastore: Nothing at all?

Nothing at all.

Pastore: It has no value in that respect?:

Wilson: It only has to do with the respect with which we regard one another, the dignity of men, our love of culture. . . . It has to do with are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things we really venerate in our country and are patriotic about. . . . It has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to make it worth defending.

Asked to explain how their work, supported by public funds, contributes to the public good, particle physicists often cite Wilson, or offer some variation on his non-answer answer: the search for knowledge cannot be justified on other grounds; its value, like the particles under study, is irreducible."


FilterBlogs reduction: Hover Cars. We want Hover Cars!

FilterBlogs Cosmology label.


Friday, July 20, 2007

Civilian Casualties Wiki Tries To Document Afghan War

You should go...

While browsing Wikipedia I found a wiki dedicated to tracking civilian deaths in the war in Afghanistan.

As well, I thought a little history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979 - 1989) might be an interesting read, it sums up with a familiar polemic...

“..the Soviet war in Afghanistan has often been referred to as the equivalent of the United States' Vietnam War.”

So now, the cold war is over, and Afghanistan is the United States' Vietnam again... (with Iraq, the evil twin).

However much things change, sometimes they seem to
stay just the same.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Surge In Afghanistan? -- It May Already Be Too Late

On Wednesday July 18, '07 a British Parliamentary Committee report on the war in Afghanistan was released; it is full of bad news, and some inane talking points...

The Associated Press wrote a story carried in the International Herald Tribune entitled, "NATO's Force In Afghanistan Is Being Undermined, UK Panel Warns",

"The NATO mission in Afghanistan is being undermined by its members' failure to provide adequate troops and serious strategic mistakes, a British parliamentary committee said in a report Wednesday.

Echoing concerns expressed by senior British military figures in recent weeks, the legislators warned that the entire Afghan campaign is at risk if leading NATO countries continue to refuse to deploy additional personnel.

Lawmakers also criticized the pace of work to combat the opium trade in Afghanistan and said NATO was failing to communicate its successes to ordinary Afghans, handing the propaganda initiative to the Taliban."


The 'serious strategic mistakes' referred to above, is talking about the three major coalition entities working at cross purposes. With-in the nexus of these, NATO (with three different sets of engagement rules), Enduring Freedom (US Air Power and special forces), and the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief or ACBAR (relief groups) are the horrific, and unprecedented civilian death rates, the lack of coordination and investment in rebuilding and security, and the lack of a central military command. (!?)

The Guardian Unlimited weekend edition, The Observer, ran a piece by Nicholas Watt and Ned Temko last Sunday, July 15, '07. From interviews with Lord Ashdown, a career diplomat and politician, and Lord Inge, former chief of the defence staff, Watt and Temko out-line the British defence staff's opinion of the state of the war in Afghanistan:

(my emphasis)

"Inge's remarks reflect the fears of serving generals that the government is so overwhelmed by Iraq that it is in danger of losing sight of the threat of failure in Afghanistan. One source, who is familiar with the fears of the senior officers, told The Observer: 'If you talk privately to the generals they are very very worried. You heard it in Inge's speech. Inge said we are failing and remember Inge speaks for the generals.'

Inge made a point in the Lords of endorsing a speech by Lord Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader, who painted a bleak picture during the debate. Ashdown told The Observer that Afghanistan presented a graver threat than Iraq.

'The consequences of failure in Afghanistan are far greater than in Iraq,' he said. 'If we fail in Afghanistan then Pakistan goes down. The security problems for Britain would be massively multiplied. I think you could not then stop a widening regional war that would start off in warlordism but it would become essentially a war in the end between Sunni and Shia right across the Middle East.'

'Mao Zedong used to refer to the First and Second World Wars as the European civil wars. You can have a regional civil war. That is what you might begin to see. It will be catastrophic for Nato. The damage done to Nato in Afghanistan would be as great as the damage done to the UN in Bosnia. That could have a severe impact on the Atlantic relationship and maybe even damage the American security guarantee for Europe.'

Ashdown said two mistakes were being made: a lack of a co-ordinated military command because of the multinational 'hearts and minds' Nato campaign and the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom offensive campaign against the Taliban. There was also insufficient civic support on, for example, providing clean water.

Ashdown warned: 'Unless we put this right, unless we have a unitary system of command, we are going to lose. The battle for this is the battle of public opinion. The polls are slipping. Once they go on the slide it is almost impossible to win it back. You can only do it with the support of the local population


To me, it doesn't seem that the message being sent by the military leaders to the politico's has gotten though. The Parliamentary Panel's high-lighting of the heroin issue shows a cultural myopia and a miss-understanding of the war that may actually speed the disillusionment of the Afghan population with NATO.

If we wish to see this through, we need an Afghan Surge, a spreading area of operations that
constantly establishes new 'forward operating bases' in each capital, in each town until every crossroads has a federal and/or local police presence. At The Same Time, irrigation and electrical infrastructure projects, and training on all levels must move ahead. NATO/ACBAR need to be paying farmers to work at improving the value of their land.

More than 33,000 western soldiers are in Afghanistan now. It's going to take perhaps 100,000 soldiers, plus twice as many civil engineers, planners, police, training not to mention MONEY.

This needs to be approached with the same sense of import as the reconstruction of Europe after WWll. This will be harder though, 20 years of war rather than 5, and a level of infrastructure and education levels that are behind by a century.


Negotiate with the Taleban, and get out as soon as possible. Offer the Taleban a share of government in exchange for a guarantee Afghanistan would not tolerate foreign extremists (Al Qaeda). It's an olive branch the Taleban have extended on several occasions; most recently when they made the statement that they had nothing to do with the 'new' suicide tactics in the
summer 2006. It will mean we have to tolerate another Iran -- a new Islamic state in the region -- in exchange for regional stability.

I think it's a good deal.

The buffoons in political office through-out NATO seem to think 2,000 more troops and few more helicopters will rescue victory from the jaws of defeat.

What the generals are saying -- I think -- is that we may wake up some morning soon, and be shocked to discover that over night, the Canadians
at Kandahar have been over run.

Canadians need to press government for clarity here, what will it actually take to win this war? Not one more drop of blood is worth it if this continues as an escalating series of civilian horrors.

FilterBlogs Afghanistan label.


The Toronto Blue Jay Post Game Phone-in Guy

The first caller, on the July 19, '07 get-away-day, afternoon post game, phone-in show on the Fan590 Toronto, nailed it,

"..the Toronto Blue Jays were either winning or tied going into the seventh, eighth or ninth in every game against the New York Yankees, and ended up losing 3 of 4."

Pitching has been as good as it gets.

The line-up, in only it's tenth day playing together, is hot and cold: lead-off, the four spot, and 8, 9 are cold. The nine-cylinder-offense must fire on one more cylinder to beat first division teams.

For my buck, the juries still out; we still haven't seen the line-up kick yet.


Thursday, July 12, 2007

China REALLY Serious About Melamine Contamination In Food

Poisonous Glycol's recently found in Pet foods, toothpaste and medicine, made in China, has lead the Chinese government to act, harshly.

From The Guardian Unlimited

"State media announced yesterday that Zheng Xiaoyu - former director of the State Food and Drug Administration - has been executed less than two months after being sentenced."

Image from Xinhua News

I guess the Chinese Really like Free Trade.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

For The Record: "Congress A Favor Factory"

Last year jailed lobbyist, Jack Abramoff called Congress a "favor factory" in testimony with regards I. Lewis Libby.

Roland F Stephen, Associate Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University about applying "earmarks" on proposed legislation in Congress; from a March 6, 2006 post on the forum, Innovation Online Idea!
(my emphasis)

Pork barrel spending has shot up recently, with a stunning rise in the number of "earmarks" -- special provisions in spending bills which go to pet projects -- from almost none in the 1980s to over 13,000 last year.

Simply stated, our representatives sell earmarks to favored constituents in return for money and other forms of support. Disgraced Congressman Jack Cunnigham had a price list, written on offical stationary.
Jack Abramoff called Congress a "favor factory" because of the way the earmarks have been used.

Has anything changed?

It's not an Oil Economy or a Military/Political/Corporate Cabal -- it's a Favor Factory!

That was it... That was the moment -- officially -- when the Republic ended.

For the record.

Updated Links:

Here's a list from January 08, 2006 Gateway Pundit of the 40 of the current 45 democratic senators who took Abramoff money.


Transportation Sector Should Follow Boeings 787 Lead

From: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Home

The Boeing 787, built from carbon-fiber composites, is far lighter and thus more fuel efficient...

(Boeing 787 unveiling, from

From an article by Elizabeth M. Gillespie published last month in The Honolulu Advertiser Online,

"The 787 will be the first large commercial airliner built mostly from light, sturdy composite materials instead of aluminum, making the plane more fuel-efficient and less expensive to maintain. Not only that but the manufacturing process is revolutionary.

Boeing has lined up a vast network of suppliers around the globe that are manufacturing large pieces of the 787, which are then flown on a superfreighter to the final assembly plant in Everett, north of Seattle, where the plane is essentially snapped together."

The entire transportation sector should be forced by government, if necessary, to achieve 100mpg. as soon as is feasible though this light weight strategy.

An interesting contradiction comes to mind that could slow things down in government...

In the online publication "The Project For A New American Century/Rebuilding Americas Defenses" (pdf) the Empirists from American Enterprise Institute envision a global army, which use heavy Humvee's that are able to carry armor plate.

The society that makes the switch to light-weight carbon fiber transportation model would have a more expensive army, due to efficiencies of scale.

Technological progress is anathema to war.


Rocky Mountain Institute, Winning The Oil End Game/Executive Summary.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Home


Friday, July 6, 2007

A Bad Day, Early In July...

Captain Jefferson Francis, Captain Matthew Dawe, Master Cpl. Colin Bason, Cpl. Cole Bartsch, Cpl. Jordan Anderson and Pte. Lane Watkins were killed in a IED attack upon their armored personnel carrier, on 04 July 2007.

I grieve for the lost of Canadian soldiers and offer my sincere condolences to their families and friends.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai last week echoed the release of an ACBAR report on civilian casualties in this war. The ratio of civilian to combatant deaths is around 1 to 1; meaning that as many Taleban and Nato forces have died as innocent civilians.

As a result of nine deaths in two separate IED attacks on Canadian Forces in the last three weeks, the conversation on the home front has come down to "we need safer transport" More highly armed personnel carriers is a good idea, yet it will only skew that terrible ratio for the worse -- and will be countered by the Tabeban, in time, with better more powerful IED's.

Can we buy piece of mind? This discussion about 'safety' in a war is ridiculous, in my opinion.

The Associated Press published a piece, picked up by The Independent, that has a good over-view of what the last few weeks has been like for Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.

"Southern Afghanistan has seen fierce fighting in recent weeks. More than 2,900 people - mostly militants - have been killed in insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan this year, according to an Associated Press tally of numbers provided by Western and Afghan officials.

Of the 102 foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year, 46 were Americans, 18 Britons and 22 Canadians.

Also in the south, militants battled Afghan and US-led coalition troops in separate clashes that left 20 militants and one policeman dead, officials said.

Militants attacked at least three police checkpoints in Ghazni province on Tuesday, and ensuing gun battles left 13 militants and one officer dead, said. General Ali Shah Ahmadzai, the provincial police chief.

In Zabul province, Afghan and US-led coalition forces clashed with suspected Taliban militants on Tuesday in Shahjoy district, leaving seven militants dead and six others wounded, said Ali Kheil, a spokesman for the province's governor."

We lost another battle last week, 45 civilian dead, 20 Tabeban -- in one incident -- from Yahoo! News.

ACBAR is the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) umbrella group; all the non government players active in re-building infrastructure, in-country.

List of the dead from CBC


Wednesday, July 4, 2007

NASA's Heliophysics Team Begins Processing Themis Mission Data

Processing Themis Mission Data to get us hover cars!

From the
THEMIS Mission press release of June 7, 2007

"All stored science and engineering data are recovered regularly with a success rate of nearly 100% across the constellation. The THEMIS ground systems continue to function very well."

From the
THEMIS orbits page:

Stage 1: Injection or “Coast” Phase
2/15/07 - 9/15/07

Right after launch all spacecraft are lined up in the same orbit with a 15.4 Re apogee.

Stage 2: Orbit Placement Phase
9/15/07 - 12/15/07

The orbit placement phase is also called “Dawn phase” because the apogee of the orbits are on the dawn side of the magnetosphere. Probe 1 apogee is at 30 Re, Probe 2 at 20 Re, Probes 3 and 4 at 12 Re, and Probe 5 at 10 Re.

Stage 3: Tail Science Phase
12/15/07 – 4/15/08

In the tail science phase the apogee of the orbits are in the magnetotail. Probe 1 apogee is at 30 Re, Probe 2 at 20 Re, Probes 3 and 4 at 12 Re, and Probe 5 at 10 Re.

See more at the THEMIS
Mission Page

Check out the THEMIS mission video page for a NASA science briefing.

(scroll down untill you see this icon :)


University of Manitoba Photo Gallery Has Great Pictures Of Elie Manitoba Tornado

Storm-chasing photographer and U of M student Justin Hobson took wonderful still color images of the F4 Elie Manitoba Tornado.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Video of the F4 Tornado at Elie Manitoba

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Video of the F4 Tornado at Elie Manitoba. I'd say it was a couple of random numbers away from going F5, but what do I know.

Hopefully, this post doesn't cause another avalanche of spectacle seekers who don't READ.

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Mapping Space With IMAGE Mission Data

The Heliophysics Team at NASA have been busy...

The Link below takes you to a NASA movie of the southern aurora, produced with data from NASA Mission IMAGE.

From NASA: Link to the aurora movie.

From the IMAGE mission page.

"The IMAGE mission was designed as a two-year mission but has exceeded all its scientific goals and has produced a fire hose of stunning images of the previously invisible region of space in the inner magnetosphere."
(to get us hover cars)

Source: "The personal blog of Don McArthur"


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

UPDATED: CIA's "Family Jewels" Raise Concerns About Civil Liberties

Today's release of some, still censored CIA illegal operations, began a discussion on NPR's radio show "To the Point", with Warren Olney, about current tactics in the Global War on Terror.

The web site frames the discussion like this:

The CIA has released "the Family Jewels," agents' reports on 25 years of illegal activities ending in 1974. CIA Director, General Michael Hayden, says it reveals "a very different time and a very different agency." How different is the CIA now, with Dick Cheney holding the intelligence portfolio for President Bush?

The podcast of the episode.

These revelations come as Vice President Dick Cheney's Office is coming under increasing scrutiny by law makers.

Never in history has the office of the vice president been so large. Conventionally, the office was seen as that of an 'apprentice', an 'observer', ready to fill the void should the president become un-able to execute the office.

Now it seems to be a clearing house for black operations, a way to compartmentalize, isolate the office of the president from illegal activities which the president could be impeached for under law passed in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

From USA Today:

Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Sunday that a court should decide whether the vice president belongs to the executive or legislative branch. "The vice president needs to make a decision," he said.

Lea Anne McBride, a Cheney spokeswoman, said Emanuel is the one who has to decide. "He can either deal with the serious issues facing our country or create more partisan politics," she said.

The Empirists are saying, this is like WW ll, the state requires special powers to fight The Global War on Terror. They're objective would appear to be the repeal of the 'Watergate' laws.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

People Like To Talk About The Weather...

My "F4 Tornado Hits Elie Manitoba" post was a real hit, according to my blogs' Stat Counter. FilterBlogs experienced a 19 fold increase in 'visits'!

In this example, with the search words, "tornado + elie + manitoba" my choice of words got me top billing. This is a picture of that Google search.

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Violent tornado spares town's residents - Globe and Mail - 21 hours ago

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Lots of different ways to talk about the weather, but there are surprisingly few words in the language that describe a tornado hitting Elie Manitoba.

Here's page one of four, from Stat Counters, "recent keyword activity" results (percentage of 100 'visits').

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Unfortunaly, the deluge has rendered temporarily, useless the functionality of my free Stat Counter account.

FilterBlog's Stat Counter button is in side bar; you're welcome to browse through it, at any time.

Interesting stuff.