Notes from Whoopsie World:
An out of control secret U.S. satellite containing hydrazine gas, extremely toxic to humans as well as members of the animal kingdom, is due to crash to Earth in early March.
Apparently out of much concern as to where it might come down, the U.S. military will attempt to shoot down its own satellite when a window to do so opens up beginning next week. If successful and the satellite is destroyed in space, the upper atmosphere will be seeded with the deadly hydrazine.
Let's hope for success. It seems only fair all of mankind should share in our increasingly deadly atmospheric follies. By seeding this poison in the upper reaches of the atmosphere rather than allowing it to enter and disperse in the lower, closer-to-home atmosphere, precious time will be bought by the Defense Department, i.e., we'll all be dead before our grandkids begin wondering why they're dying miserable deaths from hydrazine poisoning.
Are there any misanthropes out there secretly wishing for a total screw-up that would get Homo sapiens off the face of the Earth as quickly as possible?
Iraq contracts escape Bush's fraud crackdown.
(from an AP article by Lara Jakes Jordan, 2/13/2008)
"A Bush administration plan to crack down on contract fraud has a billion dollar loophole: the proposal to force companies to report abuse of taxpayer money will not be applicable to work overseas, including projects to secure and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan."
(Note: "The Justice Department, which pushed for the self supporting requirement, called the overseas exemption a mistake that should be fixed before the plan becomes final," which is probably the very bottom item on the Bush list of priorities.)
Squeezing a lemon for all it's worth?
In his eighth and final State of the Union message last month, president Bush once more sprinkled his speech generously with images of clean energy, touting his state-of-the-art $1.5 billion FutureGen coal burning industry flagship that would capture 90% of its own CO2 emissions and store them safely undergound somewhere in Illinois.
How wonderfully promising that sounded, what with America rich in filthy coal deposits. (Whoops, make that "filthy rich in coal deposits.") But that being Bush's last State of the Union where he would need to spout such bullshit to the public, high-tech FutureGen was scrapped shortly afterwards. Reason: cost overruns.
The timely cancelation of FutureGen just after, not before, Bush's last SOTU speech was an unbelievable coincidence, wasn't it? But elimination of the project, saving taxpayers expensive cost overruns, will allow Bush to divert the savings of future overrun funds to fund overruns in Iraq where his fraud crackdown doesn't apply and the Bush administration is heavily invested in war profiteering reliant on unregulated cost overruns and fraud.