Sunday, August 31, 2008

President McCain?

Watching the evening news tonight,
Lots of stuff on Hurricane Gustav,
interviews with that homeland security guy.....
what's his name?
got his sleeves rolled up
and ready to take charge,
looks real presidential,
especially with NO SIGN of bush anywhere.
No interviews or statements from the actual leader of the entire free world.

Ah, so he's finally admitting that being Republican and being American are NOT the same thing!

"Emphasizing their concern about the hurricane, McCain and his newly named running mate traveled to Jackson, Miss., for a tour of the state's emergency management center.

"I pledge that tomorrow night, and if necessary throughout our convention, we will act as Americans, not as Republicans," McCain told reporters."

(story here)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The State of the Woild

An article today in the San Diego Union discusses the current state of the "major" western oil companies and how they are loosing their grip on world oil supplies.
It's an interesting read and confirms what many already knew before the "mainstream" press got a hold of it, but it fails to connect the dots between oil and military missions.

"As late as the 1970s, Western corporations controlled significantly more than half of the world's oil production. These companies – Exxon Mobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Total of France and Eni of Italy – now produce just 13 percent.

Today's 10 largest holders of petroleum reserves are state-owned companies, such as Russia's Gazprom and Iran's national oil company.

Sluggish supplies have prompted a cottage industry of doomsday predictions that the world's oil production has reached a peak. But many energy experts say these “peak oil” theories are misplaced. They say the world is not running out of oil – rather, the companies that know the most about how to produce oil are running out of places to drill.

“There is still a lot of oil to develop out there, which is why we don't call this geological peak oil, especially in places like Venezuela, Russia, Iran and Iraq,” said Arjun Murti, an energy analyst at Goldman Sachs. “What we have now is geopolitical peak oil.”" (full story here)

Is it really any surprise that the countries mentioned here are areas where we are directly engaged in military conflict or saber rattling?

Is it really any surprise that the US has increased it's naval presence in Africa?

"Even in places where they are allowed to operate, the Western oil companies face growing problems. Countries such as Russia, Algeria, Nigeria and Angola have recently sought to renegotiate their contracts with foreign investors to capture a bigger share of the profits."

The use of oil as a fuel is becoming a real loser. It's dirty, expensive and getting harder to aquire. Factor in the cost of using the worlds greatest military machine to protect it and it becomes evermore clear that we could be using hamsters in exercise wheels to produce cheaper power.

We the tax payers are financing this "get it while you can" exercise and the sooner we stop going along with this charade, the sooner we can get on with a more positive cost effective approach to our energy needs.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What's it all about Alfie?

So after spending the last week playing connect the dots, I've come to the conclusion that the Georgia invasion was the final act in a Russian ploy to consolidate their hold on the natural gas market to Europe.
The Nabucco Pipeline which was scheduled to be built in approx. 2010 was to deliver natural gas from Turkmanistan through the proposed Trans Caspian gas pipeline to the Baku Tablisi Erzurum natural gas pipeline to the proposed Nabucco line which was to deliver gas to Austria and beyond thereby bypassing Russian gas suppliers. (see wikipedia article here).
Russia, through its invasion last week put to rest that grand plan. At least for the immediate future there apparently will be no Nabucco pipeline nor because of Russian actions in contracting for Turk gas ( here ) will there even be a source of gas to fill the pipe.
A youtube video ( here ) sums it up nicely.
With the Nabucco plans off the table, the only sources for gas to Europe are Russia and Iran.
Another interesting recent move by Russia (Gazprom) was to invest in the Iran Armenia natural gas pipeline( here ) and then reduce its diameter so that it could not be used for a transit line beyond Armenia.
So there you have it.
Now that I've bored you to death with stories of one pipeline after another, here's a pipeline
( here )I'm sure you all will enjoy.

So what about bombing Iran? I don't think so. It likely is all bluster and no action, to what end I have no idea......yet.

New Iran - Turkey gas pipeline in the works.......
"05-07-08 Iran says the construction of a EUR 600-mm pipeline to transfer the country's natural gas to Turkey and Europe will begin soon.

"A 56-inch-diameter pipeline will be extended to Iran's border point of Bazargan to boost gas exports to Turkey and Europe," said Iranian Deputy Minister Seyyed Reza Kasaeizadeh. He expressed hope that the project would soon be put out to tender, saying that the 420-km pipeline is of paramount importance for Iran.

Iranian Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari announced that Ankara and Tehran are negotiating on an increase in natural gas exports to Turkey and on supplying the country with more gas during the winter.
"During the Jeddah OPEC summit, the two countries discussed terms for a joint venture to lay a natural gas pipeline extending from the South Pars gas field to the Bazargan border," Nozari said.

Iran possesses the world's second-largest gas reserves after Russia. Many energy analysts and officials believe Iran can be a reliable energy supplier to Europe.
Turkey has been a consumer of Iranian gas since 2001. "

source ( Alexanders Gas and Oil )

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Speak for yourself John McCain

YORK, Pa. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain phoned Georgia's president Tuesday to tell him all Americans back his country's efforts to thwart military attacks from Russia.
(story here)

Speak for yourself McCain
I don't agree with Russian imperialism
but I don't agree with Georgia's slaughter of innocent people
and the total destruction of their capital city.

Mikhail Gorbachev speaks for me in the case of this terrible tragedy
(story here)

If all Americans knew the truth behind this they would be sick.

And this from the Financial Times......
"For some of those witnessing the fighting in the Caucasus over the past few days, the narrative is straightforward and easy. The plucky republic of Georgia, with just a few million citizens, was attacked by its giant eastern neighbour, Russia. Add to this all the stereotypes of the cold war era, and you are presented with a truly David and Goliath interpretation – with all its accompanying connotations of good and evil. While this version of events is being written in much of the western media, the facts present a different picture. (The rest of it)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Screaming of Flying Machines

The Screaming of the Flying Machines

We are hearing them again,
The Screaming of the Flying Machines.

They fly up above us,

Should someone choose us as enemy,
The machine will move against us.

And their noise covers the screaming,
Of us down below.

We are hearing them again,
The Screaming of the Flying Machines.

Their blotting of the sky,
Waiting for us to die.

Our voices are covered,
The payload drops upon us.

And our homes, our lives,
are nothing but dust.

We are hearing them again,
The Screaming of the Flying Machines

Sitting we contemplate,
where rescue may portend.

Since no one can hear,
there is no one to aide and bear,

a recovery from a war,
That appears without end.

We are hearing them again,
The Screams of the Flying Machines...

old religion

Friday, August 08, 2008

Pipeline politics/ The Great Game

Pipeline politics: Oil behind plan for U.S. troops in Georgia (story here)

U.S. troops start training exercise in Georgia (story here)

Russia takes control of Turkmen (world?) gas (story here)


Georgia clashes spark fears of all-out war (story here) and sure to continue....

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Expert testimony on psychopathic murderers

Listen (here) to Vincent Bugliosi give testimony on psychopathic murderers.
He put Charles Manson away, so he should know.

I am a

What Flower
Are You?