Which One Will YOU Be In the Year 1984?
There won’t be much choice, of course, if this book’s predictions turn out to be true. But you’ll probably become one of the following four types:
Proletarian–Considered inferior and kept in total ignorance, you’ll be fed lies from the Ministry of Truth, eliminated upon signs of promse of ability!
Police Guard–Chosen for lack of intelligence but superior brawn, you’ll be suspicious of everyone and be ready to give your life for Big Brother, the leader you’ve never even seen!
Party Member: Male–Face-less, mind-less, a flesh-and-blood robot with a push-button brain, you’re denied love by law, taught hate by the flick of a switch!
Party Member: Female–A member of the Anti-Sex League from birth, your duty will be to smother all human emotion, and your children might not be your husband’s!
From the 1954 Signet (#S798) paperback edition
NEW PULSE POSTED
That’s the url to the June 30, 2008, issue of DOE Pulse. Pulse is a newsletter about accomplishments at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories. Here is some of what you’ll find in this issue:
* NETL: Coal & biomass
* Livermore: 4-in-1 detector
* Berkeley: XPD structure solved
* Pacific Northwest: Modeling water
Feature: Idaho National Laboratory’s Advanced Test Reactor summer user session
Researcher profile: Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s Rich Hawryluk
Brain-machine interfaces could someday be used routinely to help paralyzed patients and amputees control prosthetic limbs with just their thoughts. Now, University of Florida researchers have devised a way for computerized devices not only to translate brain signals into movement, but also to evolve with the brain as it learns.
“The status quo of brain-machine interfaces that are out there have static and fixed decoding algorithms, which assume a person thinks one way for all time,” said Justin C. Sanchez, a UF assistant professor of pediatric neurology. Sanchez and his colleagues developed a system based on setting goals and giving rewards. Fitted with electrodes in their brains to capture signals for the computer to unravel, three rats were taught to move a robotic arm toward a target with just their
thoughts. “We think this dialogue with a goal is how we can make these systems evolve over time,” Sanchez said.
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EIA, the Nation’s clearinghouse for energy statistics. – Petroleum Supply Monthly
Petroleum Supply Monthly
The June Petroleum Supply Monthly with April data has been updated to the EIA website on Monday, June 30, 2008.
Petroleum Supply Monthly website:
EIA Home Page: http://www.eia.doe.gov/
Iraq Oil Report – ‘Iraq oil deals in the north have wildcatters optimistic’
*Korea National Oil Corp. gets two new Iraq Kurd deals
*and made third parties to two existing deals
*Chinese and Turkish firms added to Baghdad deals named
It could be the new age for wildcatters, or just the new age of Iraqi oil development, but the monthly gathering of operators in Iraq’s Kurdistan region is an optimistic party [...]
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Iraq Oil Report – ‘Americans named participant in Iraq oil contracts with Big Oil’
*Iraq announces five long-term oil field/two gas field contracts up for bid
*Iraqi Kurdistan pans Baghdad’s moves
*Iraq Parliament Oil & Gas Committee demands oversight
*KRG explains oil deal breakdown
The U.S. advisers tasked to Iraq’s Oil Ministry were involved to some extent in the negotiated contracts between Iraq and the major international oil companies. U.S. advisers have been [...]
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Ethanol cited for popcorn prices … and more
Bizjournals.com – Charlotte,NC,USA
Rising demand for corn for ethanol is one reason theater operators are paying more for popcorn, which typically accounts for nearly a third of their revenue …
US Ethanol tax-breaks
List of tax breaks and incentives for US ethanol producers.
Ethanol trade group spent $162000 lobbying in 1Q
Forbes – NY,USA
The Renewable Fuels Association, which represents the US ethanol industry, spent nearly $162000 in the first quarter lobbying on …
Ethanol Losing Some Political Support
27 Jun 2008
The Oakland Press reports that ethanol is losing its support from some politicians such as Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Representative Joe Knollenberg says the problem with ethanol is the subsidies. Knollenberg says many ethanol farmers have become multimillionaires thanks to their recent profits. Some politicians, such as former Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township, have decided to avoid any strong position on the topic.
USPS Ethanol Push Was Detrimental
27 Jun 2008
Bloomberg.com reports that the United States Postal Service bought over 30,000 trucks and minivans with ethanol capability between 1999 and 2005. Unfortunately, USPS gas consumption increased by over 1.5 million gallons and the vehicles got up to 29% fewer miles for each gallon because the engines were bigger. In addition, lack of retail stores carrying ethanol caused on 1,000 of the vehicles to even use ethanol in that time period.
Rand Corporation Says Renewable Energy Switch is Very Difficult
29 Jun 2008
WalletPop.com reports that The Rand Corporation says that significantly reducing America’s oil, gas, and coal dependence will be harder than what people initially thought. Ethanol subsidies would have to be removed but that isn’t likely to happen. Rand says biomass has great potential and the U.S. should switch from corn to agricultural and wood waste or switchgrass instead of corn for ethanol.
U.S.-Funded Attacks on Iran
Monday, June 30, 2008
Seymour M. Hersh in The New Yorker reports: “Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership.
“Under federal law, a Presidential Finding, which is highly classified, must be issued when a covert intelligence operation gets under way and, at a minimum, must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and the Senate and to the ranking members of their respective intelligence committees — the so-called Gang of Eight. … None of the four Democrats in the Gang of Eight — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman John D. Rockefeller IV, and House Intelligence Committee chairman Silvestre Reyes — would comment on the Finding, with some noting that it was highly classified.”
From: Institute for Public Accuracy
ISN Security Watch – Israel-Iran: Attack or feint
30 June 2008
Israel-Iran: Attack or feint
With speculation building concerning Israeli intentions, ISN Security Watch’s Dominic Moran probes the potential for an attack on Iran.
By Dominic Moran in Tel Aviv for ISN Security Watch (30/06/08)
In the wake of a major Israeli military exercise earlier this month, speculation is growing that the recurrent failure of diplomatic efforts is fostering a deterioration that may lead to a US or Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
According to reports, over 100 Israeli F-16s and F-15s took part in a major training operation over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece earlier this month, purportedly practicing maneuvers and refueling procedures crucial to a possible attack on Iran.
Support helicopters and refueling aircraft reportedly flew around 1,500km – roughly the distance between Israel and Iran’s primary uranium enrichment facility at Natanz.
Dr Ephraim Kam from Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies told ISN Security Watch there had been no official confirmation of the training operation from Israel. “There was a denial, so if it took place it seems that the idea was to carry out such an exercise as part of the preparations to enhance the military option against Iranian nuclear sites,” he said.
An Israeli strike is fraught with potential pitfalls and by no means guaranteed of striking a major blow to the Iranian nuclear program, which would likely require multiple raids and risk a major military escalation. (See US, Iran: Empty threats, by Kamal Nazer Yasin for ISN Security Watch.).
Any attack would also impact deleteriously on Israel’s improved position vis-à-vis western nations, the University of Haifa’s Dr Soli Shahvar told ISN Security Watch.
Referring to Iran, Kam said, “They have better air defenses than they had before, though the more sophisticated system [S-300] is probably not operational. […] Russia did supply Iran with a new, much better system [29 Tor M-1 systems].”
Russian officials relate that the S-300 surface-to-air missile is capable of intercepting aircraft at up to 27,000m and at an operating distance of 145km and believe it is superior to the Israeli-deployed US Patriot. Israeli defense analysts have confirmed that Iranian receipt of the system would make it far more difficult for the Israeli air force to attack Iranian targets. Russian supply of the system is far from assured.
Referring to September’s Israeli strike on a site in northern Syria, Shahvar said, “Maybe [Israel] was trying to sense what the world’s reaction would be to an attack on a nuclear facility.”
Complete article at:
ISN Security Watch http://www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/
Dr Dominic Moran, based in Tel Aviv, is ISN Security Watch’s senior correspondent in the Middle East and the Director of Operations of ISA Consulting.
Iran to control Gulf oil route if attacked –Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander says that Tehran able to retaliate if Iran came under attack.
28 Jun 2008
The commander of the Revolutionary Guards said Iran would impose controls on shipping in the vital Gulf oil transit route if the Islamic Republic came under attack, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Speculation about a possible attack on Iran because of its disputed nuclear ambitions has risen since a report this month said Israel had practiced such a strike.
From: CLG News
USGAO – Securing, Stabilizing, and Rebuilding Iraq: Progress Report: Some Gains Made, Updated Strategy Needed. … and more
GAO-08-837, June 23.
THE FIVE SECRET BILLION-DOLLAR COMPANIES SUCKING OBSCENE AMOUNTS OF TAXPAYER MONEY
By Nick Turse, Tomdispatch.com
Meet the mystery defense contractors that are raking in billions in taxpayer dollars without notice.
Mallaby’s Failed Effort to Scare on Oil Price Regulation
We regularly see efforts to push favored public policies by trotting out really big numbers that are supposed to scare people. For example, there is a whole contingent running around Washington who talk about the country’s $75 trillion long-term deficit as a way to push cuts to Social Security. The real story is that the bulk of the projected shortfall (about 6 percent of future income) is attributable to projections of exploding health care costs and has nothing to do with Social Security.
Washington Post gives us another example of would be scary numbers when he tries to warn off regulation of oil prices by referring back to the price controls of the Nixon presidency. Mallaby tells readers that “administering the controls on energy alone took an estimated 5 million man-hours per year.”
Are you scared. Let’s see, most workers put in 2000 hours a year, so this means that it took 2,500 people to administer energy prices under Nixon. I had never given this one too much thought, but I probably would have guessed something considerably higher. After all, energy accounted for well over 5 percent of GDP and was the most problematic sector of the economy in terms of pushing prices higher. So, containing prices in energy required 2,500 people — the same number who might occupy a small town in Iraq –that one doesn’t scare me. I would not argue for oil price controls (I agree with many of Mallaby’s points), but I would caution against being scared away by seemingly big numbers.
Undoubtedly, most of the increase in oil prices is real. Is some of it due to speculation? It seems almost impossible for me to believe it isn’t. There are sharp movements in oil and other commodities. These sharp movements are not just responses to changes in underlying supply demand. Inevitably speculation exaggerates these moves.
In response to the question of where is the oil being stored. First, with a product with highly inelastic demand, we don’t need very much oil to be pulled off the market to affect the price. But the obvious place that the oil would be stored is in the ground. Do we know exactly how much oil would be pumped at $140 a barrel, if producers anticipated it would rise no higher? Obviously the rate of current production will depend on future price expectations of price. That doesn’t make for a grand conspiracy of speculators, but it does mean that the expectation of higher prices in the future can lead to higher prices in the present.
This doesn’t mean we should have price controls or ban speculation. My policy recommendations would be to tax the speculation. We tax casino gambling, why not tax gambling in financial assets? We could easily raise over $150 billion a year on a comprehensive set of financial transactions taxes. We could even use the money to pay for a cut middle class income taxes.
For oil, how about a windfall profit tax? We can use the money to pay for tax cuts for energy conserving home improvement. Will that reduce the amount of investment in new drilling for oil? Probably, but we can almost certainly do more to influence the energy market in the future through conservation.
From: The Beat the Press Weekly Roundup http://www.cepr.net/
Gazprom CEO: $250 for oil? While experts doubt the probability, they agree that such a price would jolt everyday life.
16 Jun 2008
At $250 a barrel for crude oil, food prices double. The U.S., Japan and Europe plunge into deep recession. Companies go bankrupt. Airlines are nationalized. Sport-utility vehicle sales dry up as gasoline tops $7 a gallon.
From: CLG News
Blitzer lets Graham off hook on how McCain would “pay for $300 billion in new tax cuts”
On The Situation Room, Wolf Blitzer asked Sen. Lindsey Graham how Sen. John McCain would “pay for $300 billion in new tax cuts” and said, “But there’s no waste — with all due respect, Senator … you’re going to find $300 billion in waste, are you?” But when Graham replied, “No, no, $35 billion from earmarks, but there are other programs up here that can be reined in, including the Department of Defense,” Blitzer did not press Graham to identify which specific “programs” McCain would “rein in” to “pay for $300 billion in new tax cuts.”
10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MCCAIN ADVISOR CHARLIE BLACK
By Jon Ponder, Pensito Review
Black was an early innovator of the GOP attack machine, and a very successful lobbyist and political strategist in the Reagan and Bush eras.
Economic Report: How much impact does a plant closing have on the … and more
How much impact will the closure of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin have on the community? A study by the University of Wisconsin suggests that 9000 jobs could be lost in the region including the loss of $500 million in labor income …
Plant closing will take 207 jobs with it
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier – Waterloo,IA,USA
Teslow noted Northern Engraving closed its plant in Lansing in 2002. Losing the factory will probably affect his sales, he added. …
Big Spring Businesses Closing
NewsWest9.com – Midland,TX,USA
Solitaire Home Manufacturing is closing it’s Big Spring plant. Before the oil boom, they had 180 workers, now they have 89, and it’s just not enough to keep …
La Vergne Computer Parts Plant To Close
NewsChannel5.com – Nashville,TN,USA
Almost 150 people will lose their jobs due to a computer parts supplier closing its La Vergne plant. Several workers at Gateway Pro Partners said they are …
In a deal that is moving forward, Bank of America Corp. (BAC) set plans to eliminate about 7,500 jobs after it completes the acquisition of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. (CFC). That announcement came just a day after Countrywide shareholders approved the proposed takeover, which is expected to close July 1.
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Global Climate Change: National Security Implications, … and more
edited by Dr. Carolyn Pumphrey.
This book addresses global climate change from the perspective of its threats to U.S. national security. The authors examine human security, pandemics, population shifts, energy, and extremist ideologies, among other issues, and propose solutions to these challenges. The volume is the outcome of a 2007 colloquium held by the Strategic Studies Institute and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.
GAO Report: Expert Opinion on the Economics of Policy Options to Address Climate Change Climate
Change: Expert Opinion on the Economics of Policy Options to Address Climate Change,
GAO-08-605, May 09, 2008:
“Elevated levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the resulting effects on the earth’s climate could have significant environmental and economic impacts in the United States and internationally. Potential impacts include rising sea levels and a shift in the intensity and frequency of floods and storms. Proposed responses to climate change include adapting to the possible impacts by planning and improving protective infrastructure, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions directly through regulation or the promotion of low-emissions technologies. Because most U.S. emissions stem from the combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, much of this report centers on the effect emissions regulation could have on the economy.”
National Intelligence Assessment on the National Security Implications of Global Climate Change to 2030
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, 25 June 2008.
National Intelligence Assessment on the National Security Implications of Global Climate Change to 2030.
Statement for the Record of Dr. Thomas Fingar, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
“We assess that climate change alone is unlikely to trigger state failure in any state out to 2030, but the impacts will worsen existing problems — such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political institutions. Climate change could threaten domestic stability in some states, potentially contributing to intra- or, less likely, interstate conflict, particularly over access to increasingly scarce water resources. We judge that economic migrants will perceive additional reasons to migrate because of harsh climates, both within nations and from disadvantaged to richer countries.”
War of Ideas and the War of Ideas. Authored by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II.
The author discusses several types of wars of ideas in an effort to achieve a better understanding of what wars of ideas are. That knowledge, in turn, can help inform strategy. It is important to note, for instance, that because ideas are interpreted subjectively, it is not likely that opposing parties will “win” each other over by means of an ideational campaign alone. Hence, physical events, whether intended or incidental, typically play determining roles in the ways wars of ideas unfold, and how (or whether) they are end. Thus, while the act of communicating strategically remains a vital part of any war of ideas, we need to manage our expectations as far as what it can accomplish.
Book examines American policies post 9/11
Tom Engelhardt’s The World According to TomDispatch shed’s light on ‘new age of empire’ during rule of Bush administration.
June 20, 2008
London – A comprehensive volume of essays that offers readers a chance to sample some of the finest political analysis of our age, focused on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has just been released.
Introduced and edited by TomDispatch’s creator TOM ENGELHARDT, The World According to TomDispatch: America in the New Age of Empire is an essential primer for anyone seeking guidance along the highways and byways of our post 9/11 world….
It sheds light on subjects such as the US offshore Bermuda Triangle of injustice from Guantamano to the CIA “black sites,” not to speak of extraordinary rendition, the response to Hurricane Katrina, global warming, Iraq’s black gold and the energy crisis, and, above all, the Bush administration’s misbegotten “smash of civilizations.”…
Tom Engelhardt created and runs the website TomDispatch, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture. Each spring he is a TEACHING FELLOW AT THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. He lives in New York City….
Congressman Ron Paul’s Texas Straight Talk
Personal Freedoms and the Internet
“The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free.”
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THE FAMILY’S VALUES: AMERICA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL (AND SECRETIVE) RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION …
By ZP Heller, AlterNet
Jeff Sharlet’s The Family will leave you stunned by the religious motivations behind seemingly every political decision in the last 70 years.
TEXAS SUPREME COURT: BEAT A TEEN FOR JESUS
By Amanda Marcotte, Pandagon
Violent exorcism A-OK in the Lone Star State, high court rules.
MEDIA BLACKOUT ON ANTI-CHOICE CAMPAIGNS
By Amanda Marcotte, Pandagon
Only alternative media is reporting on the activities of anti-choice activists
Borowitz Report – Tax Holiday Shocker
McCain Proposes Tax Holiday for Beer Heiresses
Says Brewery Scions Could Lead Economic Revival
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain unveiled details of his economic policy today, telling an audience in Ohio that if elected he would support a real estate tax holiday for beer heiresses.
Sen. McCain said that his tax holiday plan could lead to a revival for the U.S. economy, arguing, “The key to this country’s economic well-being has been and will always be those Americans with vast inherited brewery wealth.”
The Arizona senator took great pains to indicate that the tax holiday would not be available to all brewery heiresses, “Just those with a net worth of over 100 million dollars.”
Mr. McCain’s real estate tax holiday proposal came on the heels of the news that his wife, presumptive First Lady nominee Cindy McCain, had failed to pay real estate taxes on her La Jolla, California home for four years.
But Sen. McCain was quick to dismiss speculation that his real estate tax holiday proposal was intended to help his wife, adding, “Anyone who is serious about fixing the U.S. economy would start with the engine of that economy, which as everyone knows is brewery heiresses.”
Standing at Sen. McCain’s side during his appearance, Mrs. McCain endorsed the real estate tax holiday and offered an explanation for her failure to pay four years’ worth of real estate taxes.
“I guess it slipped my mind,” she said. “Quite frankly, I’ve been busy coming up with totally original recipes for my website.”
Andy with Jeffrey Toobin and Joy Behar – October 22
Andy hosts “Countdown to the Election, with special guests Joy Behar (The View) and Jeffrey Toobin (CNN, bestselling author of “The Nine”) at the 92nd Street Y in NYC on October 22 at 8 PM. For tickets go to www.92y.org
three thousand words
Cartoon du Jour – By Khalil: of (blank) checks and balances
Monte Wolverton: … alright! our mission is really accomplished!
John Cole; fireworks