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I imagine I am in a minority of Americans when I can say truthfully that I have never purchased a car.

Oh, I've been driving since I was 16 like everyone else -- hand-me-down cars from my older siblings and parents. All internal combustion engines, getting between 10 and 18 mpg.

About six months ago, I returned the last hand me down car back to my parents and signed up for Zipcar. Since using Zipcar I have not only driven much less, but I have driven only hybrid cars (I like the Honda Civic hybrid best).

But this diary isn't about Zipcar, or my moral superiority. It's about something much bigger, and much more compelling.

This diary is about a generation of Americans -- of which I include myself -- who is never going to have to buy a polluting, carbon-spewing, internal-combustion-engine-driven gasoline-powered car.

I believe that generation is alive today.

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Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 07:36 PM PST

Turning Carbon Dioxide into Fuel

by Andrew Ekud

I recently saw Josh Tickell's documentary Fuel (review posted yesterday) and in it he mentioned an exciting new technology from Emerald Energy, Megaflora.

Megaflora is a an agricultural technology that carries with it the potential of

  • reducing our dependence on foreign oil
  • increase production of biofuel
  • provide massive CO2 sequestration
  • provide reversal of desertification

Even better, it could theoretically do all these things while both conserving water and increasing potential agricultural output.

Intrigued? I was too, so much so I had to do more research. How could one technology possibly accomplish all this?

Jump to find out.

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The world is addicted to oil.

It's time for an intervention.

So runs the tagline of the new Josh Tickell documentary "Fuel", which tackles the American (and global) problem of dependence on fossil fuels.

I attended a showing of this film this past Friday night in Portland. Read on to find out what I saw.

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Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 12:33 PM PDT

Neoconservatism: Why We Need It

by Andrew Ekud

At the library recently, I stumbled across a book whose title I have replicated above.

Although I was at first shocked at the title of the book, I decided it would be a good opportunity to test my critical thinking skills.

I realized that, over the past 6 months or so, I have uncritically accepted the "conventional wisdom" of the blogosphere, that neoconservatives are in some vague, sinister way bad for America.

Maybe neoconservatives weren't so bad, I thought. Maybe I should give them a fair chance to explain themselves.

So I read the book.  

My conclusions after the jump.

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http://www.dailykos.com/... <-- This guy.</p>

Seriously, he started it, I was just going to post a comment in his diary, but it wouldn't let me post a comment (maybe it was too long of a comment).

Unlike diarist above, I have not beeng drinking beer, but rather vodka mixed with all sorts of other random things, and while I am not drunk per se, I am certainly buzzed enough to rant a little bit.

I was drunker while writing but I am definitely coming down now.

Anyway, you should really read the guy's original diary, it's good, and will give context for what I wrote.

Onwards!

"Your dim view of human nature is not supported by...

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Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 04:35 PM PDT

Full-Spectrum F**k-Up

by Andrew Ekud

Soldiers are political scientists. No-one is more interested...in what they are asked to die for...no-one is closer to the heart of the people than soldiers are. When the people rise up, it is the soldiers who are always first to the front ranks.

This quote, from Mark Jones, precedes one essay chapter in the Stan Goff book Full-Spectrum Disorder: The Military in the New American Century.

Stan Goff, now an occasional contributor at HuffPo, was a member of the Armed Forces from 1970 through 1996, and a master sergeant in Special Forces, including Rangers and Delta Force.

As an ex-military author and political scientists, he knows whereof he speaks.

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Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 10:54 PM PDT

"The Decider is Delusional"

by Andrew Ekud

With subpoenas looking more and more likely and GWB flatly refusing to cooperate with Congressional investigations, it looks like this illegitimate administration is finally bringing matters to a head.

At historic moments like these, as the worm turns, I think it's important to take the pulse of the mainstream media and watch as they turn slowly but inexorably from their slavish hackery and -- corrupted or not, political tools or not -- begin to reflect reality as it changes.

Nobody on this site ever accused the media as being reality-based; it is its very nature to spin. So it is perhaps indicative of the lateness of the hour that the spinning media, those shameless shills for the corporatocracy, are now beginning to reflect a brewing battle we have all long awaited.

We'll start with a piece from the Nation: "The Decider is Delusional".

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Mon Mar 19, 2007 at 04:16 PM PDT

Re-Killing the Electric Car

by Andrew Ekud

I have a problem with my car: it keeps running out of gas.

It seems like no matter how much gas I buy, it always needs more.

This persistent problem has endured over the entire use of the car. I didn't sign for this; when I drove it off the lot, it was already filled up, and there was no talk at the dealership of me having to fill it up again, and again and again, for all the rest of my days.

Even worse yet, the price I have to pay for this gasoline, this essential fuel, well, that keeps rising too. I can remember when gas was 80 cents a gallon. Now it's damn near three dollars a gallon; and there are some suggestions that it ought to be even higher.

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I often find myself wondering, in idle moments: is George Bush really stupid? Or really, really, smart?

Or neither?

Most of the time I end up coming down on the side of "really stupid" -- as well as short-sighted, criminally incompetent, and egoistic to a fault, in other words well-deserving of the historic honorific "Worst President Ever".

This line of reasoning has often, over time, lead me back and back again to a question which I think is of the utmost importance to anyone who wishes to reverse the current ills of this country and reclaim a freer, more prosperous nation:

Who is really pulling the strings in this administration?

Jump with me...

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