30 May 2011

Why bomb Libya but not Yemen or Syria or Rwanda?

Oil.  Libya hovers over about 46 billion barrels of oil reserves.  Yemen owns about 11 billion, Syria, 2.5 billion, Rwanda, 0 billion.  So don't let anyone con you into thinking the US is a Dudley-do-right nation.  We're in it for our own interests or should I say corporate interests.  We're bombing Libya for oil.  We (as in a group of white middle aged wealthy men who may be Americans but not necessarily, hold vast power over policy decisions, and can't tell the difference between Tyler Perry and any other black person) invaded Iraq not because Saddam was Satan but because they're sitting on over 110 billion barrels of oil reserves.  Case closed.  We, the people, are complicit because of our insatiable attachment to driving our own cars.  Trust me, I'd rather drive my car to work - it takes 15 minutes by car - than to take the MCTS - it takes an hour (by bike it'd take me at least 1.5 hrs).  Anyway, until we have a stronger commitment in this country to public transportation, we'll be dependent on oil.
Some folks were sad to see Herb Kohl resign.  I think they must have been republicans because Mr. Kohl hasn't been much of a democrat.  This past week he voted to continue provisions in the Patriot Act that allow the government to eavesdrop on any and all citizens.  That seems utterly mind-boggling.  He's also not been the loudest advocate for discontinuing the Bush tax cuts nor has he been vocal about cuts to Inheritance tax, or Capital Gains tax.  But it makes sense, he's a billionaire.  How long will it be before all of our senators are billionaires?   
Still searching for the Higgs boson.  In the meantime, Stephen Hawking has decided there is no heaven.  Yet the universe keeps providing images that make it hard to accept:
Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning
Credit & Copyright: Antti Kemppainen
Explanation: Sometimes the sky itself is the best show in town. In January 2007, people from Perth, Australia gathered on a local beach to watch a sky light up with delights near and far. Nearby, fireworks exploded as part of Australia Day celebrations. On the far right, lightning from a thunderstorm flashed in the distance. Near the image center, though, seen through clouds, was the most unusual sight of all: Comet McNaught. The photogenic comet was so bright that it even remained visible though the din of Earthly flashes. Comet McNaught has now returned to the outer Solar System and is now only visible with a large telescope. The above image is actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red reflections from the exploding firework.
Is it possible to just get rid of organized religions without dismissing the notion of god?  It seems a little weird that Jesus who was quite a bit of a rebel - similarly with Mohammed and Abraham and Moses - would advocate organized religions that we have today battling over parishioners, vying for donations, and searching for more innocent children to convert through pedophilia.  Maybe there should be a lot more dancing, like Lionel Messi.    

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