Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Drugs and Arms

Power and dope corrupt governments.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Post Peak


Why No Warning Shot?

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were warning shots.

Japan was already defanged.

Even after the bombs, Japan did not surrender unconditionally.
They surrendered on the condition that the Emperor be treated with respect, something that the US refused previously.
The US accepted this condition, on the condition that the Emperor obey MacArthur.

We had the bomb. The US, especially General Leslie Groves, needed to move the bomb from the shadows onto the world stage.
No peace before that.
See “House of War” by James Carroll.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rethinking death

Against defenseless people,
there is not much that nuclear weapons can do
that cannot be done with an ice pick.
or a machete

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oswald's security clearance

Oswald worked the radar at Atsugi, Japan.
Atsugi was a CIA base; one that the U2 flew out of.
All radar controllers knew the altitude that the U2 could fly at.
This was top-secret information.


Now the trumpet summons us again -- not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need -- not as a call to battle, though embattled we are -- but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation," a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
The inaugural address
James Carroll in House of War

Monday, August 17, 2009

Africa / America

Is this where it goes?

Power from Water or Solar Collector.
Not sure which.

George Schultz talks with the head of Chevron about getting energy from the MIT swimming pool. George has a PhD from MIT and is on the New Energy Initiatives panel at MIT.
(I don't how the fuel cell figures in - just burn the hydrogen.)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Our Policy In Africa

Testimony of General WILLIAM E. WARD, AFRICOM.
Strengthen our African partners and oppose the weak.
Achieve positive change in the lives of millions of people.
Support U.S. foreign and national security policy, through non-military means, where possible, including access to oil in the Gulf of Guinea. Ensure the safety of the American Empire.
(I paraphrase.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Knowledge we ask not
For knowledge Thou has lent
But the will
There lies our bitter need

The will to build
above the deep intent
the deed.
John Drinkwater
Lord, not for light in darkness do we pray,
Not that the veil be lifted from our eyes,
Not that the slow ascension of our day
Be otherwise.

We know the paths wherein our feet should press,
Across our hearts are written Thy decrees;
Yet now O Lord, be merciful to bless,
With more than these.

Grant us the will to fashion as we feel;
Grant us the strength to labor as we know;
Grant us the purpose, ribbed and edged with steel,
To strike the blow.

Knowledge we ask not, knowledge Thou hast lent,
But Lord, the will, there lies our bitter need;
Give us to build above the deep intent
The deed, the deed.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Masters of the Universe

We won't be they.

The earth is not divided into states

And the term "failed states" is an admission of that.
Failed states are not an exception to the rule: there is no rule,
but the rulers can't admit that.

Q: Why are these borders so straight?

A: Used a ruler.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

The swans are flying

hunky dory asks Kunstler.
Duck and cover replaces pheasant under glass.

BAU - Blood for oil

in Peru