Deliciously groovy music!
Here’s a site where you can teach your kid how to be a consumer junkie, and get them a prepaid credit card. You can’t even use the other services without signing up and giving up your and your kid’s personal information. Stomp thinks differently, and that’s OK. I still say no thanks!
WTF? Does the Bush administration have no conscience at all? Not even polar bears are safe!
From the page: “Bush-Cheney Administration Issues Polar Bear Gag Order
Conservation Group Decries Censorship of Global Warming Science
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Today the Center for Biological Diversity denounced a Bush administration directive restricting the ability of government scientists traveling abroad to discuss global warming, sea ice, and polar bears. The memo requires employees traveling in situations where these topics could arise to submit a statement of assurance that the employee understands the administration’s position on these issues, and will not be speaking on, or responding to, questions about them.
“This is positively Orwellian.” said Kieran Suckling, policy director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Only the worst cynic could admit the polar bear is being driven extinct by global warming, then issue a gag order to stop government scientists from talking about it.”
On December 27, 2006, the administration was forced to propose listing the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act due to a petition and subsequent lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, NRDC, and Greenpeace. The proposal authored by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists concluded that the Arctic is rapidly warming, causing the polar bear’s sea-ice habitat to melt away. Scientific models predict that in a matter of decades, all summer ice could be gone.
A 90-day public comment period on the proposal is open until April 9, 2007. The third of three scheduled public hearings is occurring this evening in Barrow, Alaska. A final listing decision is due by January 9, 2008.
“The administration should be embarrassed by public discussion of global warming, sea ice, and polar bears, since its own do-nothing approach to the climate crisis is the single-greatest threat to the survival of the polar bear,” said Kassie Siegel, climate program director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Instead of censoring government scientists, however, the administration should start doing something about greenhouse gas pollution.”
Leading climate scientists warn that just ten more years of continued greenhouse gas emissions trajectories will make it difficult, if not impossible, to avoid rapid warming that would raise sea level by 20 feet or more and result in the extinction of up to one third of the planet’s species, including the polar bear. The Bush-Cheney administration has blocked readily available solutions such as improved energy efficiency, increased automotive fuel economy, and increased use of renewable energy that would protect the world’s climate and species like the polar bear as well as benefit the economy.
Ouch! What was this guy thinking?
Listen to the Audioplayer! This is great stuff! I particularly like the Nag Champa/Sonic Aura mix!
A great essay on one of my favorite novelists. I cannot count how many times Kurt Vonnegut’s books made my adolescent years tolerable. Reading him was total escapism for me. I loved his imagination, his sense of humor and his humanist activism and commentary. Try to find a copy of his short story, “The Big Space Fuck”. More relevant today than when it was written.
Rest in Peace Mr. Vonnegut! Thank you so much for Kilgore Trout!