Out of the Mountains
Ramblings from a relocated and under-employed Southeastern Kentuckian. Liberal politics, art, music, movies, books,sports, games, whatever else strikes my fancy....Sad and strange the days that are no more...
Friday, November 30, 2007
Former "Midnight Oil" Frontman Is New Australian Environment Minister
Now this is pretty cool. They threw out dubya's man John Howard and now this.
Australia's Rudd unveils cabinet
Australia's Prime Minister-elect, Kevin Rudd, has announced the make-up of his new Labor government.Continue.
He appointed Julia Gillard as deputy PM and education minister, and a former rock star, Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett, as environment minister.
Here's Peter Garrett and Midnight Oil:
Thanks Bob Harris for the heads up.
Labels: John Edwards
Common Sense In The Failed War On Marijuana Users?
It's not a war on drugs it's a war on users.
Daily Kos has a good page up discussing the insanity of the "War on Drugs" over the last few decades. Specifiaclly marijuana users and the Rightwing's need for a constant "war" on something.
Isn't it blindingly clear that people should not go to jail for smoking marijuana. With over a million people arrested each year for merely possessing Cannabis it's time to adopt a more sensible solution to this long nightmare better known as the failed war on drugs. We almost made it 31 years ago before the far right-wing cabal of conservative religious zealots hijacked the Republican Party our nation was moving towards drug law reform. Link.
Interesting related story: Appeals court rules that confiscated marijuana must be returned to man in California.
Google Will Pour Millions In Renewable Energy
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
That slanted Zogby Poll
Has anyone heard about that Zogby Poll? I don't watch any corporate news other than about half hour of local stuff a day so I don't get to hear our famous "Liberal Media" blast their latest GOP friendly talking points. Here's DWT:
Media Lavishes Attention On Bogus Internet Poll Showing Hillary Losing To Repubs -- And Ignores Reputable Poll Finding Opposite.
"..the Zogby poll was covered with few mentions either of its dubious methodology or of the degree to which its findings don't jibe with other surveys. Bottom line: The Zogby poll was considered big news because many in the political press are heavily invested in the Hillary-is-unelectable narrative for all kinds of reasons that have little to do with a desire to, you know, practice journalism.."---
It's not as funny, nor as good an example of the "Liberal corporate media" as the Joe Klein(Joke Line) and Time FISA Democratic smear. For this I highly recommend Glenn Greenwald's "Time"line. A wonderful example of the GOP friendly "he said, she said" news today. Read it for the enjoyment, not the anger. I actually knew Time magazine was -shall we say- conservative leaning thirty years ago(Billmon says it best). That Kool-Aid has only gotten worse. Now they're arrogant conservatoids.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Nightmare In The Congo
Darfur is not the only violent hellhole in Africa right now. Please tell Congress to help stop the epidemic of rape and violence in the Congo. Contact Congress today and ask them to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) immediately.
Hundreds of women are brutally raped, beaten and killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) every day. On October 31, Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (S.2279) — legislation that will increase protection and services for women and girls facing gender based violence, and will direct more U.S. funding to violence prevention abroad.More at CARE.
Webby Awards | Top 12 Videos Of All Time
The Webby Awards' 12 Most Influential Online Videos of All Time
To celebrate its 12th year, The Webby Awards has put together a list of some of the most important, influential and beloved online videos of all-time.
No. 4: You've seen it before but you know you want to see it again. The "Star Wars Kid":
Monday, November 26, 2007
PBS | On Our Watch
The rape, killing and genocide continues in Darfur and no one seems to be able to stop it. PBS's Frontline does a nice job of laying out the more horrific details. Here's a clip from youtube:
The world vowed "never again" after the genocide in Rwanda and the atrocities in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Then came Darfur. Over the past four years, at least 200,000 people have been killed, 2.5 million driven from their homes, and mass rape has been used as a weapon in a brutal campaign supported by the Sudanese government.
Worth 1000 | Photoshop Stars Wars 3
The rules of the game are thus: Change a celebrity into a Star Wars character. Do NOT use an actor who actually was in Star Wars. Feel free to change the celebrity into any of the weird and wacky supporting Star Wars characters.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
New York Post Says Two Thirds Of Americans Are Idiots
New York Post headline:
‘BLAME U.S. FOR 9/11′ IDIOTS IN MAJORITY
‘PLOTS’ THICKEN IN SHOCKING POLL
Scripps Howard News Service/Ohio University poll:
Nearly two-thirds of Americans think it is possible that some federal officials had specific warnings of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, but chose to ignore those warnings..
Personally I think Dick & dubya were pretty sure something bad was coming. I don't really think they had anything to do with it. I do remember a lot of strange goings on such as officials being warned not to fly commercial, John Ashcroft, etc. They were pretty sure something was gonna happen. BTW what ever happened to that anthrax investigation? Remember the anthrax attacks of Democrats and media? Anyway I agree with the majority on this one.
Labels: New York Post sucks
Bye John Howard | Don't Let The Door Hit You In The..
Friday, November 23, 2007
Daniel Chesterfield | Master Of Magic?
Friday Vid: River
This is my favorite holiday season and there's many reasons why. None of them really religious. I actually like the pagan's original take on it, and often it's a bittersweet kind of feeling. Especially as I grow older. Today's been that way, bittersweet. Kind of like this favorite Joni Mitchell song. If you don't like Ice skaters just relax and close your eyes..oh, and turn it up a bit:
I went looking for this particular song and this is one of few versions I could find.
Climate Change | State Governors
XO Laptop | Give One, Get One
While I'm in Blogville I wanted to throw up this sweet little item for a good cause. The rugged XO laptop is two for one till after Christmas. One goes to a child in a developing country, and the other can go to a child in your life. You can even deduct $200.00 of the $399.00 price tag at tax time. Isn't it Sweet?(and no I'm not paid, Ever!).
A real world laptop for real world change. The XO laptop.
Many years and an infinite amount of sweat equity went into the creation of the XO laptop. Designed collaboratively by experts from academia and industry, the XO is the product of the very best thinking about technology and learning. It was designed with the real world in mind, considering everything from extreme environmental conditions such as high heat and humidity, to technological issues such as local-language support.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
War Made Easy
This is long but you should watch it.
"War Made Easy"
Labels: War Made Easy
A Thanksgiving Video | Slipping Away
Top 100 War Profiteers | Iraq & Afghanistan
From The Center For Public Integrity
The Top 100
Private Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004–2006
Star Trek's 10 Cheesiest Creatures
You know you've been wondering about this. What were the Star Trek's 10 Cheesiest Classic Creatures? WIRED has them:
Powers: Strength, imperviousness to fake-looking Styrofoam rocks, flint knapping.
..Kirk fights him on the Asteroid of Unlikely Mineral Deposits, defeating him by inventing gunpowder and blasting him with a diamond the size of William Shatner's ego.
Star Trek's 10 Cheesiest Classic Creatures
Linked from BB.
Faux News Does A Jab At Hillary
This is a day or so old but it's just funny as hell and I had to throw it up. Apparently Fox News as they're want to do took a jab at a Democrat again(I know, I know, all the time). This time it was Hillary Clinton. They were doing a bit for Anti-Immigration and threw in a pic of Hillary for Anti-Democrats? They don't even try to appear to be "Fair and Balanced" do they?
Anyway here's Crooks and Liars with the whole funny bit.:
FOXNews Slips Picture Of Hillary Clinton Into Unrelated Anti-Immigration Story
Funnier than when they put a "D" after Republicans Mark Foley, David Vitter. It's Pravda for Republicans!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Art of Mental Warfare presents The Warning, a politically powerful new music video featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The Warning takes on the covert interests behind the war and our media saturated society. From war crimes to the destruction of the environment and a celebrity-obsessed culture
World Class Auto Superstore Sucks
Have I forgotten to mention that lately. Well it's true, it's true. World Class Auto Superstore sucks like only evil crooks can suck. They're a perfect example of why cardealers/used car salesman rank right next to Satan in polls. Thank you that is all.
Photo: Symbol of the World Class Auto Superstore crooks
To be continued...
Related note: Confessions of a Car Salesman.
Goin' North/Plastic Jesus
No blogging for a few days. We're leaving in the morning to visit some of the in-laws for a pre-Thanksgiving visit. I'll be back on Wednesday. Here's a snip from "Cool Hand Luke" one of my favorite movies of all time with Plastic Jesus:
Scene: Luke(Paul Newman) while in a Southern chain-gang prison has been told his mother has died.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
2007's Best Writing On Science Blogs
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Repeat After Me: Social Security Is Safe! There Is No Crisis!
Apparently Barack Obama's been drinking the Bushco Kool-Aid regarding Social Security. I thought they put this to rest a few years back. Paul Krugman does a pretty good job of de-bunking the Right's(and Obama's) Social Security talking points:
Played for a Sucker
"..But Social Security isn’t a big problem that demands a solution; it’s a small problem, way down the list of major issues facing America, that has nonetheless become an obsession of Beltway insiders. And on Social Security, as on many other issues, what Washington means by bipartisanship is mainly that everyone should come together to give conservatives what they want.."
Friday, November 16, 2007
Places Of Power
Groovy Dancing Girl
Countdown: Welcome Home
Now You're Talking!
Harry "Appeaser" Reid may be growing a pair and ending the no-spine phase. We'll see won't we?
Reid shuts down Bush recess appointments during Thanksgiving
Let Harry know you approve..link.
Oh, and while I'm at it why do the Republicans want to keep our troops dying and our tax dollars flowing into Iraq?:
Republican Senators kill Iraq funding bill
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Astronomy | Globular Cluster in Hercules
A noteworthy astronomy pic of the day. Click to enlarge to get the full affect. Or better yet go to the link and click for an even higher resolution photo. The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules. Note the galaxies scattered throughout this photo:
You know if we were actually placed here by god, gods, or even aliens they had a sense of humour. Here we sit watching as our telescopes show the unimaginable distances out there, the beauty and pageantry, stars, planets and galaxies being born and dying, and here we're doomed to sit on our little mote in the vastness. Just watching the show.
Spying Bill Lacks Immunity for Telecoms!
This is some great news.
Senate Judiciary Spying Bill Lacks Immunity for Telecoms
Civil liberties groups got a stunningly unexpected win Thursday as the Senate Judiciary panel passed their version of the new government spying bill out of committee without including a provision giving immunity to telecoms being sued for helping the government secretly spy on Americans.Link.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The Levee Video That Scared The Corps And The Engineers
A group of high schoolers made an investigative video of the New Orleans levees, the Corps of Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. The ASCE was supposed to have investigated the corp's work, they(the ASCE) then got a million dollars for their efforts. Both groups forced YouTube to take down the student's video but it's back up(for now). Here it is:
Thanks to Skippy.
Love Those Bridge Ladies
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Barack Obama In Iowa
Touring The Creation Museum
Speaking of Intelligent Design(aka creationism) writer John Scalzi visited the Flintstones..er..The Creation Museum. Of course much snarkiness and fun was had by all. With a mild sounding title simply called:
Your Creation Museum Report
"..Indeed, it’s over the top enough that I never could actually get angry with the place. Not that I was planning to; I admit to dreading coming to the place, but that’s primarily because I thought it would bore and annoy me, not make me angry. In fact, I was never bored, and was genuinely annoyed only by the “paleontologist” at the start of the walk-through. The rest of the time I enjoyed it as I suspect anyone who is not some stripe of creationist could enjoy it: As camp. At some point — specifically the part where the Scopes Monkey Trial was presented as the end of decent Christian civilization as we know it — I just started chuckling my way through. By the time I got to the Dinosaur Den, with its placards full of patent misinformation about how soft tissue fossilization strongly suggested a massive, worldwide flood, I was a little loopy. It was just so ridiculous.."Continue.
PBS | NOVA: Judgement Day
I watched the 2 hour PBS/NOVA documentary "Judgement Day" tonight. It's the story of The 2005 trial of Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. vs. Dover Area School District on the teaching of Intelligent Design/AKA creationism. Worth watching when you get the chance.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sad Blog Today
My brother is in the intensive care unit just hanging on. Mom and dad have been gone for years. It's sad to dwell on the people we know and love leaving forever. Generation after generation coming and going to who knows where. I haven't had much time for posting in the last few days. I wanted to put this up for my brother Albert though. Growing old is such a sad thing. John Prine with, "Hello In There":
For mom and dad also. I'll be back.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Labels: Veterans Day
Back on Blog
We went to the country over the weekend and got back early this evening. No access while I'm gone and believe me I miss my internets. I'm not a prolific Blogger anyway but throw up a few a day as I have the time. I hope anyone coming by has had a great weekend. I hope dubya and company has had a crappy weekend. I've reached the conclusion if it's bad for Bushco it's good for the country. Anyway everything's put away here, we've had a nice dinner and everyone's settled in. So 'ello Blog, I'm off to catch up on the(progressive) news. Meanwhile go read Digby:
"..If someone were to have asked you ten years ago what countries in the world had a doctrine of preventive war and used it to invade a country on false pretenses, spied on its own citizens, held people in jail indefinitely without due process and routinely tortured suspected enemies of the state, would you have ever believed the United States Of America was among them?.."-
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Hand To Mouth | Bill Maher
Rolling Stone Interviews William Gibson
William Gibson is the author of Sci-Fi classics such as Burning Chrome. His last novel(not Sci-fi) is Spook Country. Rolling Stone has a new Gibson interview up:
William Gibson: The Rolling Stone 40th Anniversary Interview
"..People worry about the loss of individual privacy, but that comes with a new kind of unavoidable transparency. Eventually we're going to know everything that every twenty-first-century politician has ever done. It will be very hard for politicians and governments to keep secrets. The whole thing is porous. We just haven't really figured out quite how porous it is.."
The AT & T Whistleblower
Meanwhile Back In Blogland
I'm back, I'm back. Not much time for the Blogging in the Dean world, but that's okay. I manage. It's a chilly night here. I saw that Religio-Wingnut Pat Robertson has endorsed multiple-married, mistress-loving, cross-dressing Rudy Giuliani. Funny stuff. I'm gonna go check the Blog Award winners and some news. Here's Richard Thompson with "Vincent Black Lightning" and one of my favorite lyrics; "Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme":
Oh and dubya still sucks. I'll be Baaack..
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Meet the new Kentucky Governor and Lt. Governor. Democrats Steve Beshear and Daniel Mongiardo.
Next maybe we can kick out sleazy Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. Thanks DWT for the reminder. Also I'm glad to report that Republican Stan Lee of the Christian Taliban wing lost to Democrat Jack Conway for Attorney General.
Keith Olbermann On Waterboarding And Torture
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Test Driving The All Electric Tesla Roadster
From the Mahalo Daily, Veronica Belmont goes for a test drive in the Tesla Roadster, a beautiful, super fast 100% electric sports car, that can do 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph and a fuel range of 245 miles per charge.
Sayonara (Ex)Governor Ernie
You thought you could transform the whole Kentucky state government into a Republican beast overnight. That beast bit you in the ass. Here's a short video by Steve Pence:
BluegrassReports has good up to date coverage of the kentucky race.
Top Censored Stories
Project Censored's Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008.
The top 10:
1. No Habeas Corpus for “Any Person”
2. Bush Moves Toward Martial Law
3. AFRICOM: US Military Control of Africa’s Resources
4. Frenzy of Increasingly Destructive Trade Agreements
5. Human Traffic Builds US Embassy in Iraq
6. Operation FALCON Raids
7. Behind Blackwater Inc.
8. KIA: The US Neoliberal Invasion of India
9. Privatization of America’s Infrastructure
10. Vulture Funds Threaten Poor Nations’ Debt Relief
Vote Today Kentuckians!
Ernie Fletcher was Kentucky's first Republican governor in over 30 years. While in office Ernie has done his best to show why Republicans have been shut out so long. Indictments, cronyism, crimes and misdemeanors.
I still consider Ernie's win more of a rejection of our previous Democratic Governor Paul Patton "the luv gov" and his mistress stories than an endorsement of governor Ernie anyway. But that's history. Go vote! Let's make it another 30+ years. Also, while you're at it I know you'll vote for Jack Conway for Attorney General and keep the Christian Taliban's Stan Lee as far from that office as possible.
Waterboarding Defined For Bushistas
Bush's Attorney General nominee has said he doesn't really know enough about waterboarding to know whether it's torture. Even though it's been considered so for a very long time. I know, I know, specific amnesia is a necessity to play in dubya's playhouse:
"I don't know what's involved in the technique. ... I think it would be irresponsible of me to discuss particular techniques with which I am not familiar."
Well thank goodness we have Waterboarding.org to educate the intentionally dense Bushco candidates for the top law enforcement office in the land.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Only America-hating traitors believe in due process for journalists
"..the U.S. has tumbled progressively downward in the worldwide press freedom rankings maintained by the widely respected journalist group, Reporters Without Borders. While oppressive countries such as North Korea, Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia and Iran occupy their rightful place at the bottom of the list, the U.S. -- historically at or near the top -- has fallen drastically over the last several years to 53rd place. The U.S. is thus now tied with Botswana and Tonga and well behind El Salvador, Mozambique, Panama, Namibia, Jamaica, Israel and Lithuania. Its practice of arresting journalists and holding them for years with no charges is obviously a significant factor.."
DU's Top Ten
The 2007 Weblog Awards
Whew! Sorry about that last outburst. A little venting was just what I needed.
On a happier note The 2007 Weblog Award nominees are up. Be sure to go vote and help your favorites. You can vote once a day but voting is almost over.
Here's some of mine:
Best New Blog
Best Individual Blogger:
Lindsay Beyerstein (Majikthise)
Best Online Community:
Best Liberal Blog:
Labels: The 2007 Weblog awards
Today's Worst Car Dealer In The World
New candidate! Hands down right now it's the dealer where we bought our latest. If you want a classic case of why car salesmen and car dealers are known as lying, bottom dwelling, A**holes be sure to check out, "World Class Auto Superstore" at Lexington. You buying? You're their best bud, ever! Driven off the lot, and they already have your trade in? They don't know you and won't return your calls. This is the 6th vehicle I've bought in my life and The World Class Auto Superstore is right now diving to the bottom of the bunch(and it's only been 3 days). From lying about the vehicle to no help after, to their hold music which is basically a commercial telling you how much they love their customers and how they're striving to be #1 in "customer service"- as you're on hold fuming 'cause no one there will call or do good by their promises. World Class(a**holes) Auto Superstore, my winner of the sleaziest car dealer in the world. Go by, take a pic, their fame should spread. I'll post on this later to report whether they've taken the name of car dealers to even new lows of suckitude.
Al Gore On The Today Show
Al Gore's interview on this morning's Today Show talking about climate change and global warming. The best part is when he gives Meredith Vieira a smackdown on her(and the media's) continuation of "on the other hand" reporting. Or as I(and others) call it, "he said, she said" journalism.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
The Wing-nuttiest Post Contest
I've seen this at a few other sites today. Kevin Drum has a contest up for the top five wingnuttiest Blog posts. It's certainly deserving of the scant few extra visitors I can give it.
ALL-TIME WINGNUTTIEST BLOG POST CONTEST
A century from now, even the very best blog posts will be long forgotten. Let's face it: they aren't that good. But bad blog posts will still be every bit as bad as they were on the day they were spawned. They'll endure. So really, we're doing this for the children. And the grandchildren.
Of course this contest means you actually have to read the competing wingnut Blog posts and make it back sanity intact and vote your top five. I won't give you my picks. They're all wonderful examples of the Kool-aide drinking alternate universe mind set of the wingnuts we all know and love.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Parkour, The Art Of Moving
Vid Clip - Blade Runner
The Reading List
Beautiful Fall Weather Nice Weekend
'ello passerby. I've been handicapped the last few days. Just not much posting. I haven't even been able to keep up with the world of Blogs 'N News for the last few days(sometimes that's a blessing). Connection problems to begin with and then last night we finally broke down and traded my old Ford Explorer for a Hyundai Santa Fe:
I've been kinda checking it out. I should be able to get double the mileage(I have a 30 mile commute every workday)-and do it with just a bit more style. At least till the gas runs out, or till that Mad Max scramble for the last drop.
Also i've been playing some serious..
Connection problems are worked out so I'm back on(Waves..).
Friday, November 02, 2007
Crazy Rulers Of The World
Thursday, November 01, 2007
INCOMING! Conservative Warriors On Global Warming
Another Anti-Gay Republican Politician Caught Having Gay Sex
It's becoming a monthly treat..another Rightwing Republican caught trolling for gay and or paid sexcapades...and no it's not Mitch McConnell(yet). The big question is, has Fox "News" had a picture of the latest, Republican Richard Curtis up with a "D"(Democrat) after his name as they did with Repubs Mark Foley and David Vitter(Vitter himself only paid prostitutes and wore diapers)?
REPUBLICAN SEX MANIAC RICHARD CURTIS