Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Random thoughts #37

Breathe easier

Democracy Now!: In Japan, world leaders at the G8 summit have announced they would work toward cutting carbon emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050.

Dada's Dally: List the names of all G-8 leaders agreeing to a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 who will still be alive in 2050. (Hint: They could have agreed to a 100% carbon emissions reduction by 2050 with a 98% chance 100% of them will be dead by then. (Oh wait, so will the rest of us, most likely. Kudos for zero accountability!).

Weekend drownings

Eight people drowned over the Fourth of July weekend in Texas. This number is puny compared to the thousands of Texans who will drown over the fifty-two weeks of 2008 swimming in debt that was too deep for them.

Dada's Dally hint: To reduce such risks, never swim in debts that are over your head.

Semper Fidelis

A former marine has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing money from the bank accounts of fellow Marines. Semper Fi!

A sigh of relief

From an AP news story: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he sees no possibility of a war between his country and the United States or Israel.

Dada's Dally note to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Just because you do not want war with the United States does not mean you can just opt out.

Reminder: Sadam Hussein did not want war, he bent over backwards, licked the jack boots of thugs to avoid it and still got war. The choice to opt out was not his to make, just as it is not yours. )

George Bush has a gift for you. (Hint: One size fits all.)


Utah Savage said...

We're all a bit pissed off, aren't we? I'm so pissed off I've made an appointment with my shrink for Thursday. Maybe a medication tune-up will make it a little easier to take. I'd be going postal if I ever left my house. Good thing my workplace is at my own little cave.

D.K. Raed said...

Dada, off-topic: we just watched Ballad of Ezeckial Hernandez, which we recorded per your recommendation on some previous comment a few days ago. It was so well done & so powerful a stmnt about why we should NOT be using military in this fashion. Thank you for calling it to our attn!

E.K. had this observation about the lying lawyer, Zimmerman, whose defense rested on "what did Banuelos have in mind? He may have shot Hernandez, but certainly did not intend to kill him." To which E.K. yelled B.S. I have since been treated to the low-down of the Marine philosophy of "every hit counts" and that Marines ALWAYS "shoot to kill". It was a real eye-opener.

The P.O.V. special made it obvious that Hernandez never even knew he was being tracked (hunted?) and probably never saw, heard or felt the shot that killed him. Of the marines who agreed to be filmed, I found myself only able to relate to one, the one who seemed to feel some remorse. maybe.