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Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 01:59 PM PDT

Stasis Blessed Stasis

by bogmanoc

My latest Green Asteroid blog post discusses the correlation between those of us who grew up under the nuclear shadow and the at-least-as terrifying specter of global warming.

Nice of them to give us two apocalyptic scenarios in one lifetime.

Our motivation should be to give kids the peace of mind we never had.

Excerpts, poll and more below the fold.

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There was 'duck and cover' drills to protect us from nuclear attack. What sort of drills do you foresee for global warming?

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Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 12:20 PM PDT

Obama's Flawed Thinking

by bogmanoc

Obama has a major flaw in his political thinking that is hurting our chances in the fall.

While many Dkos posters and other Democrats are wringing their hands about November and trying to tell us just how BAD it's going to be if Republicans take over Congress, the leader of the party has been out there for the past 18 months kissing Republican butt.

The two don't go together, and Obama's overtures to the right, as if they cared or wanted him to succeed, is taking the wind out of the sails of many Democrats in this upcoming election.

To be honest, I thought the ass-kissing was over until Obama asked Republicans for ideas about clean energy in the BP speech.  My jaw just dropped. Are you freaking kidding me? What world are you living in?

Now let the flame war begin!  A little more beyond the fold.

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Sun Jul 04, 2010 at 09:11 PM PDT

The Green Asteroid

by bogmanoc

After reading jamess's eloquent post on how humans have become their own destructive asteroid, it was too much coincidence for me to not take the opportunity to plug my own new Green Asteroid blog.

I have agreed with the basic premise of James's post for some time, that WE are now the game-changer in the evolution of life on the planet. And while life on the planet will surely survive in one form or another, we may be not be around to see it.

In my new blog I started just a couple of weeks ago, I attempt to put a positive spin on that idea -- that maybe, just maybe, there are enough good things happening in the way we approach the Earth philosophically, economically, personally, etc. that we can avert disaster. Essentially, change the killer asteroid into a green one.  

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Tue May 25, 2010 at 04:45 PM PDT

Postscript on W

by bogmanoc

File this under, "Yes, this man was our president."

A friend (a conservative Republican friend, BTW) just came back from the WindPower Expo in Dallas where former President George W. Bush, of all people, was scheduled to give the keynote today.

My buddy talked to an industry analyst there who actually attended a wedding this past weekend that included W on the guest list.

Well, according to her, the way things worked out, W actually sat down next to her at the table.

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Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 04:39 PM PDT

Maybe Obama Finally Gets It

by bogmanoc

It seems like after passage of the healthcare bill, Obama has loosened up and is showing his fighting side.  Cases in point:

  1. Telling the "repealers" to "Go for it!"  I love the simplicity of that challenge.  It's got this underlying "eff you" about it.
  1. Candid photos of Obama released on Flickr showing the President in at least three boxing poses
  1. Then there this.

What does it all mean?

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Do you think Obama's new fighting spirit will last long enough to get:

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Some "Chief Investment Officer" in the OC got a diatribe of laughable stuff against global warming published as informed opinion in the local business journal.  It included these gems:

There is a lot of hype about carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere and its effect on the planet’s temperature. Scientists are talking it up in hyperbolic terms because it draws more attention to them and more research dollars to their projects. If global warming were not a concern, they would be relegated to jobs as weathermen. They seize on anecdotal evidence to support their assertions (this is advocacy, not science).

Yeah, those scientists freezing their asses off at the poles taking ice core samples are in it for the easy lifestyle, unlike an OC investment officer.  More samples and my published letter to the editor below the fold.

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At this stage, global warmer deniers are

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Calling all you greenies, Dems and just plain sensible folks based in Orange County, Calif. (there are a few of us here!)

I work with a group called the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment (OCICE) and they have worked hard to put together a www.350.org festival with the local Sierra Club and other groups this Saturday, Oct. 24 at Irvine Regional Park from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The "International Day of Climate Action" is a call to the world’s political leaders to reduce carbon in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm), an acceptable "safe" level scientists say will keep us from suffering the worst ravages of global climate change.  Over three thousand 350 events are planned for the day throughout the world.

Learn more below the fold.

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My biggest concern for my kids (or for all children) is:

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Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 12:00 PM PDT

You've Got to Be Effin' Kiddin' Me

by bogmanoc

Gee, here's one way to ensure you're a one-termer, Barack:

White House: Leaving Afghanistan not an option

Are you fucking kidding me?  Stay in the country that the Soviets at their peak couldn't beat?  And for what strategic reasons?  So Al Qaida can't have camps with monkey bars and tire runs?

I'll say it again, are you fucking kidding me?

This will completely divide and destroy the left who brought you to power.  And for what?  

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Did I say the phrase, 'Are you fucking kidding me?'

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Wed Jul 15, 2009 at 01:08 PM PDT

If the Earth Was a Ship

by bogmanoc

If a ship's captain told his passengers their ship had hit a rock and caused a leak, here would be the reaction of conservatives on-board:

o "I don't personally see the leak, so it it doesn't exist."
o "There is no leak. In fact, this ship is more seaworthy than ever."
o "Water pouring into a ship is a common occurrence that requires no remedial action."
o "Patching the leak will take too much time and cost too much money."
o "The Captain and the crew are hysterical left-wing crazies trying to alarm us for their own agenda."
o "A little bit of water doesn't concern me.  When it's up to my head, then let me know."
o "The children on the ship can deal with this sometime in the future, not me."
o "The ship will patch itself."
o "People don't cause leaks on a ship."
o "People can't fix leaks on a ship."
o "I was a junior lifeguard once and my experience tells me we are in no danger."
o "I need more evidence there's a leak other than water on the ship and the word of the captain.  Until then, I'll sit tight."
o "All ships get leaks. What's the big deal?"

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My favorite quote is:

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Dear President Obama --

I'm glad you're meeting all the bigwig leaders around the world and all, and the kids look cute as hell and seem to be having one heckuva summer vacation to write about in school this fall -- but let's get down to brass tacks.

We need your considerable charm, charisma and oratory skils to explain the state of the Earth's climate to all Americans (and the rest of the world that is listening).

Love Al Gore, but IMHO he has failed.  You cannot.

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I received an email from a friend of mine yesterday that demonstrated how high the stakes are for all Americans in this healthcare debate.

Dear friends,

Just wanted to share a shocking news I received yesterday. Since I lost my job last summer, [child's name] and I have been on individual health insurance from Anthem Blue Cross coverage. We have not had a single doctor’s appointment since we purchased this insurance, so the company is making 100% on our monthly premiums we pay.

Read the rest of her note below the fold.

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Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 12:54 AM PDT

Another Bush Legacy: 'Sea of Red Ink'

by bogmanoc

Just when you thought George W. Bush could not have put the country in a more perilous state, you read this.

The New York Times analyzed Congressional Budget Office reports of the past few years to understand "how the federal government came to be far deeper in debt than it has been since the years just after World War II."

It's enough to make steam come out of my ears. And it makes me wonder how any self-respecting businessperson can have the gall to publicly identify themselves as a Republican these days, based on the debt Bush handed us alone.

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Choose the most correct answer: Republicans are to financial responsiblity like

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