Open thread

With thanks to Peter Kim for his thoughtful and atypical contribution, I am offering this space for commentary on items unrelated to his post.

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  • OK here is an unrelated comment – just something to think about from Washington’s Blog

    Iran’s nuclear energy and medical isotopes are all legally accounted for in IAEA inspections with zero evidence of unlawful use of nuclear material or technology; President Obama leads the lies of “Iran’s weapons” for another criminal war. Mr. Obama also leads the lies that Iran’s president threatened Israel when the speech is absolutely clear he said Israel’s government will fall from within if they don’t respect democracy for Palestine. A third lie is of omission to never mention that the US overthrew Iran’s democracy from 1953-1979, and then supported an unlawful invasion via Iraq from 1980-1988 that mass-murdered about one million Iranians.

    We also know that all “reasons” for US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were known to be lies as they were told. Anyone who understands the crystal-clear letter and spirit of US war law can verify that US wars are not even close to lawful.

    The two-minute video explains the possible false flag attack target of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise to start war on Iran.

  • Kathy.

    An important topic for TEOTWAWKI.

    I’m still sticking with my theory that the elites will keep talking about an attack on Iran but won’t actually do anything until after the Olympic Games are over.

    Have you noticed that the much-talked-about oil embargo is not scheduled to commence till July?

    There has been considerable discussion about provoking Iran into firing the first shot. I must admit the false flag scenario had slipped my mind.

  • Monsanto foods: President Obama and his family won’t eat it. Neither did the Bush family.
    From the blog kulturCritic:
    Monsanto, or the Death of a Maiden

  • Robin etal. I complained to WordPress about the bar on the right that is annoying. I got this response. Next step?

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  • Kevin, I tend to agree that a lot of what’s going on with Iran is smoke and mirrors. I don’t think the Western “powers that be” really know what to do. They want to invade Iran because, well, it’s what we do (and there’s that minor issue of them having quite a bit of oil), but they know that if they do invade, the ensuing chaos will drive the price of oil back up to disastrous levels with respect to the global economy’s ability to handle it. And that would lead to recession/depression globally.

    Iran, of course, is as cognizant of these issues as are the Western power brokers. It appears Iran may decide to let the Euro zone find out what it will be like to live without their oil prior to the supposed start date of the embargo:
    Pre-emptive embargo: Iran could turn off oil tap to EU

  • just did a seven day walk in tasmania!

    the overland track – world heritage site,
    the largest uninterrupted landscape in the world

    go bushwalking/hiking – all the problems are resolved through walking

    my thoughts were a scar on the landscape let alone my presence

    god, I love my trangia

    unrelated enough?

    ps – just broke a PB on my 1000km bike this morning

    Greer has really been rocking the last few posts


  • Dirty Biofuels: Leaked Data Shows Some Worse Than Fossil Fuels
    Palm oil and soy bean biodiesel nearly as bad as tar sands

  • Thanks Curtis – they did that first for I think it was 2008 and certainly deserved to be updated for 2012 – Its priceless!!!

  • Maybe it was the last chance they will have to do it.

  • Curtis, I like your optimism. Whatever is coming we at least know it is not more of the same. “Variety is the spice of life”. Life may be about to get very spicy.

  • SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called “unbelievable.”
    Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted from coast to coast, feeding in farmlands in Idaho, roosting on rooftops in Montana, gliding over golf courses in Missouri and soaring over shorelines in Massachusetts.
    A certain number of the iconic owls fly south from their Arctic breeding grounds each winter but rarely do so many venture so far away even amid large-scale, periodic southern migrations known as irruptions.
    “What we’re seeing now — it’s unbelievable,” said Denver Holt, head of the Owl Research Institute in Montana.
    rest at

  • No surprise here

    BP emails reveal company veiling spill rate estimates from well even as rig sank

    NEW ORLEANS — On the day the Deepwater Horizon sank, BP officials warned in an internal memo that if the well was not protected by the blow-out preventer at the drill site, crude oil could burst into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 3.4 million gallons a day, an amount a million gallons higher than what the government later believed spilled daily from the site.
    full article at

  • oh yeah,

    just read Ursula Le Guins ‘The Earthsea trilogy’ – brilliant

    – a quiet wisdom, the themes of humility, modesty,equilibrium,
    relinquishing of power/magic etc,
    very relevant to our collective predicament,

    there is more truth in silence, than in any word that is spoken

  • I’ve posted a brief new piece, courtesy of comedian Louis CK. It’s here.

  • …been enjoying the spectacle of ex-Navy Seal Bill Wood and his recent interviews with Kerry Cassidy of Project Camelot, backed by David Wilcock. Want to know what the White Hats, or as he likes to call them, Oathkeepers are doing to wrestle the power away from the dark cabal?

    How about Project Looking Glass? The Yellow Cube? Stargate? Area 51 anyone? It looks like we’re in for a wild 2012…

  • Matt

    just read Ursula Le Guins ‘The Earthsea trilogy’ – brilliant

    The Earthsea Trilogy are amongst the best books I’ve ever read. I can’t understand why vastly inferior works such as Harry Potter, LOTR and Narnia get make into movies while Earthsea is ignored.

    If you haven’t read it, check out the Mists Of Avalon. My favourite book of all time.

  • Y

    Rowling ripped off Ursula

    I reckon George Lucas did the same – Ogion/Obi won etc

  • Yorchichan said:

    “The Earthsea Trilogy are amongst the best books I’ve ever read. I can’t understand why vastly inferior works such as Harry Potter, LOTR and Narnia get make into movies while Earthsea is ignored.”

    LeGuin is at best a mildly competent writer. All fantasists write in the shadow of Tolkien, and for good reason.

  • Christopher, I agree, when it comes to fantasy Tolkien rocks. However the most thought provoking science fiction I have read is Blindsight by Peter Watts, available free on the creative commons I have read it about 5 or 6 times now and I hardly ever read any book a second time. It explores via science fiction (and even a vampire) the most important topic IMO that can be explored – the human mind. If you think you know how you think, think again.

  • Meanwhile, the sun has been more active of late and our guys are watching because it could by itself end human civilization – not because solar flares would kill us but because stupidly we have made our lives dependent on the electric grid.
    The USGS Monitors Earth’s Magnetic Field to Prepare Citizens for Magnetic Storms Of course they are only preparing to warn us (we get a day or two warning perhaps) but not preparing in any way to make the grid less vulnerable. The transformer that the 1989 storm took out is not easy to replace.

    Only one plant exists in the U.S.A. capable of manufacturing a transformer up to 345 kV. There is no manufacturing capability in the U.S.A. for 500 kV and 765 kV transformers, which represent the largest group of at-risk transformers in the U.S. power grid. The 500 and 765 kV
    transformers are the backbone of the grid that extends into regions
    that contain nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population, according to
    John Kappenman of Storm Analysis Consultants and Metatech Corp.
    Thus, as summarized by space physicist Daniel N. Baker, who chaired
    the National Research Council panel on Severe Space Weather
    Events, and NASA director of Planetary Sciences James L. Green,
    writing in the February 2011 Sky & Telescope: “Large areas of our
    nation could be without electricity for months or years, as power
    companies struggle to purchase and replace damaged hardware.

  • link for the above quote

    I have read elsewhere that the backlog for ordering such transformers is 12 months or more and we have about 300 of them in the US

    You can follow the sun activity at spaceweather dot com

    I don’t know if a comment still gets held for approval if you have more than one link in it, but it used to so I am avoiding multiple links per comment.

  • ‘Meanwhile, the sun has been more active of late and our guys are watching because it could by itself end human civilization – not because solar flares would kill us but because stupidly we have made our lives dependent on the electric grid.’ -kathy

    stupidity seems to be at the core of so much large scale human activity. i suspect it’s related to human domestication/civilization. trained from a young age to think less and obey more, the ability/inclination to think critically/independently is lessened to the extent that such ability becomes a liability in terms of social success, contentment, and reproduction.

    it’s apparent that those with the greatest wealth and power officially are fools whose hold on power is partly dependent upon maintaining a dumbed down culture/population, decreasing the likelihood that sheople en masse will resist their ruinous rule. sheople nowadays are so dumbed down that, as kevin moore has said more than once, collapse and die-off are going to blindside them. they’re intellectually stunted or perhaps just blinded from domestication, trained/rewarded to think less and believe/obey more.

  • ‘Blindsight by Peter Watts’

    curious by kathy’s recommendation, i just took the extreme shortcut of reading the wikipedia article on this sci fi work. interesting stuff, how the mind works, how an unconscious aspect of our brains can influence our behavior without our knowledge, and various other provocative ideas/surrealizations. if i was into sci fi, i would check the book out. however, my mind gets all the stimulation it can handle from surreality, and reading works of non fiction and a few select blogs like nbl.

  • i neglected to thank u kathy for educating me about solar flares. u’ve helped educate me about quite a few things over the past 1 1/2 years, as a matter of fact.

  • Curtis, the Onion’s satire is always good for a laugh, but I think this time they don’t realize just how close to the truth they’ve come.

  • Well. Fox got into our poultry paddock last night. Actually was able to get over the 6′ fence. 8 out of 19 chickens, dead, including the rooster, left headless behind the coop. Feathers everywhere.

    Feeling a little violated… got some work to do, obviously.

  • I posted a new essay about the past and future economy. It’s here.