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But is it any weirder than what he says all the time?

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2010

The Glenn Beck Conspiracy Generator gave me this:

Whereas this is what he says all the time (Glenn Beck Insane-O-Matic Quote Generator):

”There are a lot of universities that are as dangerous with the indoctrination of the children as terrorists are in Iran or North Korea. … We have been setting up reeducation camps. We call them universities.”
—Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck show on FOX News Channel, Sept. 1, 2010

”You got to have an enemy to fight. And when you have an enemy to fight, then you can unite the entire world behind you, and you seize power. That was Hitler’s plan. His enemy: the Jew. Al Gore’s enemy, the U.N.’s enemy: global warming. Then you get the scientists — eugenics. You get the scientists — global warming. Then you have to discredit the scientists who say, ‘That’s not right.’ And you must silence all dissenting voices. That’s what Hitler did.”
—Glenn Beck, linking Al Gore’s campaign against global warming to Hitler’s campaign against the Jews, ‘The Glenn Beck Program,’ April 30, 2007

”When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.”
—Glenn Beck on his radio show, Sept. 9, 2005

And much, much more.


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American Politics published my hippie punching piece

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2010

I was so preoccupied that I didn’t notice (and give thanks for) the decision of American Politics Journal to republish a post I had done on “hippie punching.”

Thanks, APJ, and Gene Gaudette who has been its publisher through some dark times indeed!

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Shortening the DeLongation

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2010

Brad DeLong has an interesting post–endorsed by Krugman himself– on the evolution of the financial crisis. Yet, for all of the theater of breast beating and cries of mea culpa, DeLong manages to miss the point.

He starts from the well-known proposition that the entirety of the financial crisis rests on the building of 5 million homes which should not have been built. This is the basic problem: if we invited five million well-to-do Brazilians (or whoever) to come and live in those homes and pay the mortgages, the problem would have been solved– even despite all the grubby dealings at the ratings agencies, the investment banks, and so on. Five million houses at a builder debt averaging $100,000 comes to $500 B. Although this is a lot of money, it’s 3.5% of our ca. $14T GDP, an amount the government could easily cover.

Nor was it even necessary for the well-to-do foreigners to actually come and live in the houses. As long as they purchased the mortgages through CMOs and CDOs, the problem would have been distributed across the world. Since the world economy is $80 Trillion, it would have been even more easily borne. There was a hitch. The investment banks had treated the mortgages as if they were as certain to pay off as top rated government debt in order to borrow even more money. In some cases, they borrowed 30 times their actual holdings.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on November 26, 2010

Still sleeping off Thanksgiving dinner.

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The acceptance speech of the next Democratic president of the United States

Posted by Charles II on November 26, 2010

I discovered this speech while time traveling to the near future.

We are entering a new period of important and hopeful change in America, a period comparable to those eras that unleashed such remarkable ferment in the period of Jefferson and Jackson and Roosevelt.

Let the opposition collect their $10 million in secret money from the privileged few and let us find one million ordinary Americans who will contribute $25 each to this campaign, a Million Member Club with members who will not expect special favors for themselves but a better land for us all.

In the literature and music of our children we are told, to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. And for America, the time has come at last.

This is the time for truth, not falsehood. In a democratic nation, no one likes to say that his inspiration came from secret arrangements by closed doors, but in the sense that is how my candidacy began. I am here as your candidate tonight in large part because during administrations of both parties, a terrible war has been chartered behind closed doors.

I want those doors opened and I want that war closed. And I make these pledges above all others: the doors of government will be opened, and that war will be closed.

Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics, and if we nurture the habit of truth in this campaign, we will continue to be truthful once we are in the White House.

Let us say to Americans, as Woodrow Wilson said in his first campaign of 1912, “Let me inside the government and I will tell you what is going on there.”

Wilson believed, and I believe, that the destiny of America is always safer in the hands of the people then in the conference rooms of any elite.

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Tom Hackbarth: Adulterer, Girlfriend Stalker, Clinic Attack Plotter?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 25, 2010

It’s really, really hard to look at the recent exploits of Tom Hackbarth, the Republican state representative for District 48A (Cedar), and find an explanation that is anything other than creepy, if not downright sinister.

It seems that back on November 16, the anti-choice Hackbarth, who was openly carrying and displaying a loaded pistol on his waist, parked his truck next to the Planned Parenthood clinic on Ford Parkway in Highland Park. Since the clinic is under constant video and other surveillance in order to thwart attempts by anti-choicers to commit violence against it or the people who enter it, he was spotted immediately and police were on the scene to talk to him.

At that point, things got very interesting very quickly.

Hackbarth got very agitated when he was questioned at the scene, to the point where the cops thought it advisable to handcuff him and take away his gun — which, since he has a permit for concealed carry, was later returned to him. The cops described his behavior as like that of a stalker.

What was the eight-term legislator doing with a gun hanging around a Planned Parenthood clinic? Hackbarth, who says he is in the midst of a divorce, said he was looking for a woman he met online, someone he thought was cheating on him:

“She gave me some line of baloney, and I thought, ‘well, she’s fibbing to me.’ You could tell, and I thought, ‘well, I’m going to check it out.’ and I went there to see if she was around and her vehicle was not there.”

Interestingly enough, Hackbarth was unable to provide a phone number, street address, e-mail address, or even a last name for his internet girlfriend, whom he would only identify as “Linda”.

The incident has cost Hackbarth his position within the Republican leadership in the House, at least for now. We’ll see what happens next.

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Now Be Thankful

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 25, 2010

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News in the awl and gas bidness

Posted by Charles II on November 24, 2010

This penny stock, which is in danger of not making it (and taking a few hundred of my dollars down with it), has an interesting technology to deal with pollution of water by fraccing:

To drill for natural gas in unconventional shale plays, a well must be hydraulically fractured or “fraced” to stimulate the flow of natural gas from the reservoir. An energy company will use between 3,000,000 and 5,000,000 gallons of clean water for each well that they frac. Hydraulic fracturing is used to create additional permeability in a producing formation to allow gas to flow more easily to the wellbore. In order to produce natural gas from shale, the wells must be injected with large volumes of clean water, frac sand, and frac fluids, to drive the gas to the surface. The conventional method of creating frac fluid was to treat pond water with chemicals and additives, such as biocides and scale inhibitors which eliminate aerobic and anaerobic bacteria from the pond water. The chemicals, besides being expensive, create problems down the wellbore including scaling and corrosion which reduce well productivity.

Once the frac flowback and produced water resurfaces, operators are forced to deal with the wastewater. This wastewater is typically contaminated with salts, heavy metals and hydrocarbons. The conventional methods of handling the frac flowback were to dispose of the water either with deep hole injection wells or in evaporation ponds. These methods require extensive trucking of the water which is expensive and wasteful. Many of the leading drilling companies are turning to recycling their frac flowback and produced waters in order to reduce water consumption, control their costs for clean water, and reduce their environmental impact. The Ecosphere Ozonix® technology is the right solution and is positioned to meet the growing demand….

The Company’s patented Ecosphere Ozonix® process is designed to treat frac flowback and produced waters with highly concentrated ozone, electro precipitation, and ultrasonic transducers. The Ecosphere Ozonix® technology combines ozone, hydrodynamic cavitation, acoustic cavitation, and electro-chemical decomposition in a reaction vessel to cost-effectively treat contaminated water without adding chemicals. Since late 2007, we have tested our Ecosphere Ozonix® process on a variety of industrial wastewaters. Ecosphere’s initial use of this technology is to create a “closed loop” system providing a chemical-free total water management solution to exploration and production companies drilling for natural gas in unconventional shale plays.

EcosFrac™ and EcosBrine™

Our EcosFrac™ and EcosBrine™ systems use hydrodynamic and acoustic cavitations to create nano-sized bubbles that create hydroxyl radicals to oxidize organics and heavy metals in industrial wastewaters. The process results in the creation of EcosBrine™ fracturing fluid. EcosBrine™ is a clean high chloride floatback water that is blended at the frac site with surface water. The EcosBrine™ frac fluid has a negative scaling index that does not allow bacteria to re-grow and helps to keep micro pores open, which increases gas production. When the EcosBrine™ is added to pond, flowback or produced water, it creates a very effective fracturing solution. The EcosBrine™ frac fluid can be reused on the front end of the frac site (mixed with the chemical free frac liquid and friction reducers) to create completions fluid going down hole.

I hope they make it, and not for the sake of the few hundred I would lose. Like it or not (and I don’t) fraccing is with us and polluting more water by the day. The idea of using ozone as an alternative to the alphabet soup of chemicals that is currently used to make shale permeable and keep it that way is attractive. They also treat industrial wastewater and oil pollution such as happened in the Gulf. They are endorsed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Regrettably, their directors include Bush crony Joe Allbaugh, but the awl bidness is such that it’s almost a certainty that some grifter will be on the board.

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Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!

Posted by MEC on November 24, 2010

Exactly in time to give us something to be thankful for:

Tom DeLay found guilty of money laundering

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My peace I give unto you (–John 14:27)

Posted by Charles II on November 24, 2010

An interesting interview on DemocracyNow with Canadian physician Gabor Mate on ADD/ADHD.

The basic thesis (for those readers who have ADD/ADHD or just too much to do) is that many childhood behavioral disorders are a consequence of how society is structured, with–by inference from monkey studies–children receiving insufficient parental interaction to develop a proper level of brain dopamine (this critical insight is missing from the transcript):


DR. GABOR MATÈ : Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There are about half a million kids in this country receiving heavy duty anti-psychotic medications. Medications such as those are usually given to adult schizophrenics to regulate their hallucinations. But in this case, children are getting it to control their behavior. So what we have is a massive social experiment of the chemical control of kids’ behavior with no idea of the long-term consequences of these heavy duty anti-psychotics on kids.

I know that Canadians statistics just last week showed that within last five years, 43% increase in the rate of dispensing stimulant prescriptions for ADD or ADHD, and most are going to boys. In other words, what we are seeing is an unprecedented burgeoning of the diagnosis…. nearly half of American adolescents now meet some criteria for mental-health disorders. …

AMY GOODMAN: Explain exactly what attention deficit disorder is, and what attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is.

DR. GABOR MATÈ: Specifically ADD [identical to ADHD] is a compound of three categories called, um, a set of symptoms. One has to do with poor impulse control. So, these children have difficulty controlling their impulses. When their brains tells them to do something, from the lower brain centers, there is nothing up here in the cortex- which is where the executive functions are, which is where the functions are that are supposed to tell us what to do and what not to do. Those circuits just don’t work. So there is poor impulse control- they act out, they behave aggressively, they speak out of turn, they say the wrong thing. Adults with ADD with shop compulsively- or impulsively, I should say. And again, behave in an impulsive fashion. So: poor impulse control.

But again, please notice that the impulse control problem is general amongst kids these days…. The second criteria for ADD is physical hyperactivity….And then finally, the third criteria is poor attention skills. Tuning out, not paying attention, mind being somewhere else, absent mindedness, and not being able to focus. …

AMY GOODMAN: … I want to go to the point you just raised about the destruction of American childhood. What do you mean by that?

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