Archive for May, 2005

ExxonMobil on the end of plentiful oil

May 31st, 2005 – 7:53 pm
Tagged as: Environment

An article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reveals that ExxonMobil has now joined the ranks of those who are predicting that non-OPEC oil production will peak soon. Without any press conferences, grand announcements, or hyperbolic advertising campaigns, the Exxon Mobil Corporation, one of the world’s largest publicly owned petroleum companies, has quietly joined […]

Remember Afghanistan?

May 25th, 2005 – 10:46 pm
Tagged as: Afghanistan

At the same time that the U.S. is continuing the screw things up in Iraq, it’s also doing a good job of letting Afghanistan (you know, the one they keep trotting out as a success) fall back into civil war. Fortunately, the British are actually paying attention. Defence chiefs are planning to rush thousands of […]

The filibuster compromise

May 24th, 2005 – 7:31 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Last night a last minute compromise was reached to avert the use of the so-called nuclear option, which would have basically gotten rid of the filibuster in the Senate. So is this a good thing or a bad thing? My personal opinion is that, while it may have been the best deal the Democrats could […]

The British memo

May 22nd, 2005 – 7:47 pm
Tagged as: Iraq

Over at Salon, there’s an excellent article [Salon Daypass required] by Juan Cole about the British memo that proves Bush planned to invade Iraq all along. Tens of thousands of people are dead in Iraq, including more than 1,600 U.S. soldiers and Marines, because of false allegations made by President George W. Bush and Di […]

Today’s quote

May 22nd, 2005 – 7:30 pm
Tagged as: Politics,Religion

I�m a committed Christian, and I�m not going to have other people tell me how I should or shouldn�t be a Christian. That�s my personal business, and I�m not going to have these Pharisees tell me what to do. — Howard Dean on Meet the Press, 05/22/2005 [via Suburban Guerrilla]

Lies about filibusters

May 21st, 2005 – 9:05 pm
Tagged as: Media,Politics

Media Matters for America provides a list of the top 10 filibuster falsehoods: With Senate debate on two of President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees beginning May 18, the heated rhetoric over the so-called “nuclear option” to ban Senate filibusters on judicial nominations has reached its boiling point. The rules of the Senate thus far […]

The Newsweek fiasco

May 17th, 2005 – 10:35 pm
Tagged as: Media

As everyone who has been watching the news over the past few days now knows, Newsweek printed a story which included allegations that the Koran was put in a toilet during the interrogation of prisoners in Guantanamo. The report in Newsweek that the US military desecrated the Koran as part of an attempt to break […]

Losing in Iraq

May 16th, 2005 – 8:12 pm
Tagged as: Iraq

There was an article in Newsday last Thursday that took a hard look at how the war against the insurgents in Iraq is really going. With security experts reporting that no major road in the country was safe to travel, some Iraq specialists speculated that the Sunni insurgency was effectively encircling the capital and trying […]

Destroying the system of checks and balances

May 15th, 2005 – 2:48 pm
Tagged as: Politics

In case the other problems with REAL ID weren’t bad enough, there’s also some language buried in there that may be a test of whether or not Congress can effectively neuter the judiciary whenever it so chooses: You can read more on the tinfoil hat implications of this here if you’re interested, but I’ll sum […]

Still not falling for it

May 14th, 2005 – 11:52 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Maybe the average American isn’t as gullible as I’d thought: For months, President Bush has been touting his agenda of privatization and benefit cuts as a way to strengthening Social Security. He even created a website dedicated to promoting his proposals called The American people aren�t buying it. From the WSJ this morning: [O]nly […]