Archive for November, 2013

A Four Syllable Obscenity

15 November 2013

What’s the first four syllable obscenity that comes into your mind?

If you aren’t sure about syllables, think in terms of the rhythm and fill in the blanks. For example, shout this out: You no-good, dirty da-da da-da!!

If you didn’t come up with Al-an Green-span, you might consider shifting to this curse in the future. It’s appropriate. It will create some laughs and some blank looks, but ultimately it may produce more shock than some common, overused and hence increasingly ineffective curse. Better yet, you can get away with this one in polite society since, technically at least, these words are not offensive, even though they should.

Not sure this is a curse? Read this: “Alan Greenspan, Doing His Best to Make Things Worse”

Now try using Alan Greenspan as a curse. Be creative. Go for variety.

Hey, you Greenspanning Greenspanner! Go Greenspan yourself and your Alan Greenspanning politics too.

Consider this your duty to history. You’ll be honoring the history of the “span” in the English language. In it’s verb forum, it’s an archaic past tense of “spin.” Appropriate, doncha think?

Apologies to anyone else innocently named Alan or Green or Green+anything. More apologies to anyone unfortunately names Alan Greenspan. If that’s your name, the judge will understand your need to change it.

Cheers.

Cassandra

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WikiLeaks drops a bombshell: The TPP Treaty

15 November 2013

{Shudder}

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We’velongsuspected the Trans-Pacific Partnership,  currently being negotiated in secret, is nothing less than a surrender of national sovereignty to corporate/bankster interests, and now we have the proof in the form of a leaked copy submitted to WikiLeaks.

Here’s the website’s announcement:

Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all…

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Global warming: There is no ‘missing heat’

14 November 2013

Summit County Citizens Voice

Arctic warming about eight times faster than the rest of the planet

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — If you’ve been feeling slightly relieved because you’ve heard that global warming has slowed, or even stopped, in the past 15 years, you might want to hold your horses.

In fact, there is very little evidence that the rate of warming has changed significantly, a team of scientists said after looking around the fringes of areas with reliable temperature measurements to find the “missing” heat.

“There’s a perception that global warming has stopped but, in fact, our data suggests otherwise,” said Dr. Kevin Cowtan, a computational scientist at the University of York.

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13 November 2013

This short video by a law professor focuses on the disproportionate number of non-violent offenders who end up being prosecuted and jailed, often for startlingly long terms.

“Why the War On Drugs Looks Even Stupider When You See What Other Countries Do”

Why do we persist in focusing on non-violent criminals?

Could it be because of capitalism?

If you were running a privatized prison, who would you want making office furniture for you–a violent criminal or a doper now off dope?

Cassandra

Fracking’s Future: Er–Oi!

11 November 2013

Many cruising along happily with the current abundance of fossil fuel from fracking would do well to consider the future. Specifically, people need to understand the well known term Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROI). Soon enough–but not soon enough for me–fracking will become expensive, perhaps even too expensive to warrant the drilling. Read about it here:

“Could Fracking Boom Peter out Sooner Than DOE Expects?”

Enjoy this fleeting illusion of abundance, this sweet spot. Reality will return soon enough.

Cassandra