Lots of DNC posts today!

If you happen to be in Denver for the convention, there's DNC Access and Mobility info under the cut tag. Drop me a line and let me know if you'll be here. I'll be happy to point you in the direction of good eats downtown and some places of interest other than the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field.

Read more on the logistics )
Here's a total shocker: White House buries climate change deaths report. I'm sure if we look in the backyard of the White House we'll find a whole mountain range has sprung up magically to cover everything that's been buried over the past 8 years.

In related news, world renowned UFO expert Timothy Good is on the talk circuit promoting his new book Need to Know: UFO's, The Military, and Intelligence along with the idea that there are alien bases on earth and the governments of the world are in cohoots with them. I'd prefer to think that aliens are responsible for global warming, the credit crisis, food shortages, oil prices, the war on terrorism, and George Bush too, but my moral compass says this smacks of either the-devil-made-me-do-it or better yet, we will be saved from ourselves by a higher force. Whatever the case if there is a deus ex machina end to all of this, the aliens will not have done us any favors. Unless it's Klaatu and Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Speaking of which, I just discovered they've made a remake set to be released this December with Keanu Reeves playing Klaatu. Not much of a disguise, is it?
( Jul. 16th, 2008 07:58 am)
I've been immersed in the start of the summer quarter for both schools I work for, to explain why DNC updates are a bit touch and go right now. Here's what's been in the news the past few days:

If you're coming to Denver to protest at the DNC, you might want to leave your bike at home. Proposed Ordinance Restricts What Protesters Can Carry - The Denver police chief claims that they will not arrest people with bikes and pad locks, but folks like the ACLU and Recreate '68 maintain that the way the rule is written, technically the police can arrest them.

So how many police will be out there? Well, at Least 900 Officers will be brought in to help at the DNC - This is in addition to the regular police force that will be here. There's not been a number published of actual police that will be on the streets yet. In addition to the police, there will be nearly a million dollars worth of surveillance camera's installed around the city. This of course brings joy to the hearts of the people of Denver. We'll be keeping those cameras after the convention.

For those wishing to start their criminal justice careers in Denver this August, you can forget it. There's a hiring freeze on all positions of authority and medical personal right now.

The last bit of news isn't about the DNC, but the election. Denver has decided to nix the voting machice and go back to the paper ballot. Take THAT Diebold! The last Congressional election was a miserable disaster here. The Mayor ended up paying all the parking tickets for the people that had to wait in long lines.

More as it comes in...
( Jul. 11th, 2008 03:07 pm)
My amazon card emailed me today begging me to use it. I'm sure it's lonely, as I paid it off and put it in a drawer somewhere out of sight.

They have this point system where if you buy shit with it they award you so many points. When you hit a certain number they give you $25 to spend at Amazon. But NOW if I sign up, I get 3xs the points !!!OMFG!!!

So I'm guessing I need to spend a few hundred to earn the points to get $25 off my next purchase at Amazon. Then add in the massive interest rate fee.

But I have to admire the marketing scheme in a time of economic desperation. "Please use our card. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE! AH, COME ON!"
McCain says bad economy all in our head. Yes, the fact that people can't afford gas in their cars, the utility bill, and the rising food prices - these things are totally psychological. We only believe it's bad because of the media's bad mouthing "we may or may not, maybe, kinda, but hopefully not, be in a recession" talk. So rework your budgets people! I think I'm going to buy a new calculator that has pictures of pretty flowers in place of numbers.

What the government should really do is prescribe Valium and Prozac for the nation. It's obvious we're in some sort of menopausal delirium. Plus it will help the pharmaceuticals.
( Jul. 10th, 2008 12:33 pm)
DNC News of the Day

Police ready to control riots at DNC - I get that crowd control and security is needed at any large event, but I was a bit dismayed by, "DPD policy is to arrest, book and jail protesters instead of issuing them tickets". Um, shouldn't that say rioting protesters or protesters in violation of their permits? The whole feel of the article is anti First Amendment. What about also being there to protect the rights of the people to lawfully assemble and voice their opinion? Denver police have a long history of unlawfully arresting protesters and keeping illegal files on people that go to rallies. When Mayor Hickenlooper took office he released the files and made the police stop the practice. People attending peaceful protests found themselves linked to violent organizations they had no connection with.

In other news, the people of Denver would like the folks back in the eastern states to know it does not snow 12 months out of the year. Usually. Snow in the forecast for DNC in August? Grasshoppers more likely - unfortunately with the algae problem we're having right now, grasshoppers and swarms of other bugs are not off the table. The people of Denver would also like to let the East coast know we have the running water and indoor plumbing. Thanks.

Speaking of the algae fiasco that may disrupt the Olympics DNC, here are some pics of the problem:

I believe that is the sewer sucker. I thought it would look more impressively threatening than it does. Looks more like a pontoon boat with a pump.

Here's a closeup of the algae that is threatening Denver's beautification project. This disrespectful algae is everywhere there is water right now.

This is what the lake normally looks like.

This is what it would look like on Saturn. Note the moon of Titan in the skyline.

Finally, I bet you're all wondering what's on the menu for the delegates at the convention. I'm not sure if it's on the scale of the G8 12 course fantasy meals, but it at least has health on the agenda: Denver Grilled For Restrictive DNC Food Guidelines. If they really wanted to give them the Colorado experience, they'd have them hike up Mt Evans with a pack of trail mix.

More as is comes in...

(A special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sandiaheights for providing the icon and the scaled down pics! Thanks, babe!)
If you haven't seen this yet, it's an interesting short video from CNN:

Link - Bush Pardons Himself of Potential War Crimes

What have we come to, indeed...
DNCC Round Up

Here begins my official weekly coverage of the Democratic National Committee Convention in Denver. There's quite a bit to catch up on, but here’s the big news from the past few weeks.

Today’s secret DNCC word of the day is: sewer sucker. You’ll have to read on to discover why.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Obama has moved the site of his nomination acceptance speech from the small Pepsi Center to the much larger Invesco Field Mile High Stadium. When all is said and done, 76-80 thousand people will be able to attend. The tickets will only be available to Colorado residents as special thanks from Obama for putting up with him. Hey, thanks man! Mayor Hickenlooper (yeah, that’s his real name) has come out and put it bluntly – they have no idea how the tickets will be made available yet and your chances of getting any are small. But hey, those chances have dramatically increased from last weeks nil. Wish me luck, folks.

Naturally there has been some republican public out cry that this will bankrupt the state and the taxpayers will foot the bill. Apparently they missed the memo that the former Republican Governor, Bill Owens, already bankrupted the state. Hickenlooper’s been making the rounds and telling everyone to chill, as there will be no problem raising the money to pay for the bash. I’m thinking if he handles this like the Catholics we’ll have it paid off in no time flat; a bake sale here, a spaghetti dinner there and a shitload of Friday night bingo and we’ll be set before Thanksgiving!

In Whoooooa! WTF??!?? News: On June 18, Blackhawk helicopters were sited flying low around buildings in the downtown area. Some rattled witnesses took footage of the helicopters. The military, only explaining the matter after the fact, stated that it had nothing to do with DNC security. They said it was a precautionary measure in the event of an urban attack by terrorists. In the case of an emergency, they wanted to make sure they knew the layout of the city. Uh-huh. So did ya throw darts at a map and just fly into the city it happened to land on, buddy? Speculations range from it really being about DNC security to a more sinister plot to lock down the city in the event of stupidity taking control. Just about no one thinks it has anything to do with fighting global terrorism. Has this happened in any other major city yet? If so, drop me a line and let me know about it.

There’s an Algae Monster in the Water – No it’s not in China, it’s here in our very own city of Denver. They’re hauling out the sewer sucker today (yeah, that is its real name) to drudge the lake and get rid of the algae that’s threatening the aesthetic sensibilities of Democrats and protesters alike. I’ve noticed this in the pond near my condo too. Some say this is due to climate change, and I have to wonder if there’s a sewer sucker out there big enough to suck that little threat out of the world. Or at the very least, suck enough logic out of the world to make our fearless world leaders once again leave the G8 happy in that they’ve all agreed to disagree. Apparently there is.

From now until the convention, I’ll be toting my camera with me to snap pictures of the blessed event. This ought to get interesting...

"Desperate men do desperate things, and stupid men do stupid things. We are in for a desperately stupid summer." --Hunter S. Thompson on the 2004 Campaign
( Jul. 3rd, 2008 09:14 am)
I've been highly critical of Obama during this election season. And if I am it's because I don't believe he's really the change he's claiming to be and I find that disheartening. However, as we're edging toward the election, I do believe that McCain would be disastrous for the nation. We are teetering on an economic collapse. When it tips, and it will tip, we will need someone in office that can deal with the public outcry for help the way that Roosevelt did in the 1930s with the New Deal and economic reforms. Roosevelt had his problems, he isn't the saint of the Democratic party that some would think, but he did what was necessary during a time of desperation. I think Obama would do that. I do not believe that John "Economics is hard!" McCain would.

I've been researching the Great Depression over the last few weeks and noted how many similarities there are to today's economic crisis. It began with a credit crisis - somewhat like today, but not as domineered by insane troll logic. In the US and Canada is was exacerbated by a man-made disaster (the dust bowl). There was no oil crisis then to compound the problem, which makes you wonder how much worse it will be today with the credit/housing crisis, the Midwestern floods that wiped out a chunk of the grain crops, the fires in the West, $146 oil, and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan with threats on Iran next.

There were safety nets put in place after the depression to make sure it was never that bad again. Slowly over the past few decades those safety nets were whittled away. In 1999, Bill Clinton repealed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 that forced a separation between commercial banking and investment banking. This was done for the protection of both the banks and the people so that one couldn't easily borrow money to invest (and of course the banks wouldn't have incentive to push it) - it's believed by many economists that this repeal set the course for the credit crisis we're seeing today.

I've said before that America is living an unsustainable life style of mass consumption and waste on a Visa/Master card. It simply cannot hold. At this point, I don't think it's a matter of good leadership saving us from the brink. It's too late for that. The Bush administration maxed out our savings and drove us as far into the ground as it could. Whoever takes over the helm will be conducting rescue operations. If we stay the course with McCain, we may have a chance to see that the center of the earth is a flaming ball of hell. With Obama, we may have the chance to keep our heads above the quicksand. Neither scenario is pretty, but one is survivable.
You know I scourer the internet for signs of the end of the world as we know it as a sort of a pass-time. Some people play sports or collect stamps, I do this. So for your consideration, I ask you to draw your own conclusions:

Scotland faces short whiskey supply

I don't know about you, but I will be stocking up to head off the shortages in the coming months.

You also may want to start stocking up on the Goldschläger if you're like me and can't afford gold investments right now. If nothing else, I'm thinking once the schnapps is gone I can use the gold flakes to gild my diary.

In other news:

Health Ministry warns hospitals of possible quake in northern Israel

Huh... interesting. And I'm sure it has nothing to do with their threat that a strike against Iran must be taken out before the end of the year to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

How long after that until we get involved? After all, the congress approved 400 million to escalate covert operations in Iran to destabilize the country. One wonders how antiwar our Democrats really are.
Forget about food and gas price hikes, the budget crunch is hitting out below the belt. From Newsweek:

Feeling the Pinch
Nevada's brothels hit hard times

We're talking a 45% hit to the Las Vegas brothel scene, my friends. So start growing those gardens and buying those hybrids now and use the money you save to help support those working men and women on the Vegas Strip. And also the pharmaceutical industry, which much surely be taking a hit in the designer VD drug department. This is what Reagan must have meant by trickle down economics.

Speaking of whoring...

In Obama news, today he announced that he would opt out of public financing. What this means is that he doesn't have to worry about the spending limits and restrictions that come with spending the money of the people. When McCain did this a few months ago, the Democratic party was all over McCain and trying to determine if he violated election laws. Apparently when nothing materialize, they decided that taking the public out of the election was a good thing.

Let the corporate bidding war begin!

I was reading a blogger the other day that suggested we put the candidates on eBay so at least we could see who the highest bidder is. I think it's a damn good idea.

It's another slap in the face from reality, but one I think we all need. For all the change Obama promises, never forget the man is a politician. Political change doesn't happen by electing someone into office that buys into the same ideals as their broken party. George Bush and his administration are not the only guilty ones in what has happened to this nation over the past 8 years. It takes a hell of a lot more people that are silent and unwilling to challenge the regime that allowed the Bush crew to get away with what they did and are still doing. A Democrat Congress really hasn't changed much.

I am not suggesting a vote for McCain, which would be akin to talking a sawed off shot gun and blowing one's head off at close range. No, I am not suggesting this route. I am also not suggesting a vote for Nader, who is becoming more and more the Lyndon LaRouche of our age minus the prison term. I'm sure I will march up to my certified non-tampered voting machine, stare at it a couple of minutes, mark off all the boxes I had preselected before going back to the one for President. I will stare at it a little longer and check to make sure the receipt ribbon is full. I'll probably wonder why I didn't look into the Green candidate a little more, and then I will select Obama. This is close to what happened in 2004 when I voted for Kerry. I will walk out of there and be glued to the TV set as the election results come in. I will be praying to God that McCain doesn't win and Obama beats the snot out of him.

For me an Obama win isn't a great victory for a great man. An Obama win is proof that there is a shift in the direction of the people. The people want change. The people are tired of not only Bush, but of the status quo. Whether Obama is a real representative of this or not remains to be seen, but the people obviously want it and that's an important statement to make.
While they are actually talking about it, the mainstream media isn't actually listing all 35 Articles of Impeachment, so I thought I would.

The 35 Articles of Impeachment )

What I find interesting is that the Democrats aren't saying these articles are untrue. Not a single one has contested what the articles say. No. What is being said by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is that impeachment would be divisive. Yes, that is true. Typically people being accused of breaking laws and threatened with punishment tend to oppose their accusers, thus forming two sides of the prosecution and the defense. That is what happens when people break laws and others enforce the laws. It is very divisive for the people involved, but that is how the judicial system works.

That is unless you're REALLY important and the laws you broke are REALLY big. And in that case, it is okay because we wouldn't want to divide this great country of ours on something as petty and the dissolution of the U.S. Constitution. I mean, seriously! It's not like the man had an adulterous affair or something really important like that!

So, these articles were sent to committee and there they will die. Why? Because Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats are playing politics. The Republicans wanted to force the debate so they could prove to the world that the Democrats where playing politics during an election year. The Democrats are asswipes for caring. It's not playing politics to uphold the law, it's playing politics to ignore it in favor of looking untarnished in an election year. You either have a law or you don't. If you have a law, you enforce it. If you don't want to enforce it, you have a discussion about repealing it. But you do not ignore it and let the highest office in the land routinely trample and spit on it.

What administration now has any reason to follow the Constitution? What administration has any reason to heed rules that would hinder their agenda? By not enforcing the law now, any administration has free reign to do whatever the hell they want. Is this why the Democrats are silent now? They want this power?

What the hell are we doing?

I'd really love to cling to the Obama wave of hope for a better tomorrow. It's very hard to do that when so few are willing to stand up for what is right.
There's a lot of reasons I dislike Rachel Ray, but I never though radical Islamic jihadist would be one of them. Seriously though, if she's eating in San Francisco for $40 all day, how much of a democracy loving capitalist can she really be?

Dunkin' Donuts pulls Rachael Ray ad

BOSTON (AP) -- Dunkin' Donuts has pulled an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray after complaints that a fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism.

The coffee and baked goods chain said the ad that began appearing online May 7 was pulled over the past weekend because "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee."

But I'm like staring at that sentence, "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee." and I can't get passed that line. I keep thinking about how Islamic Jihad is not the proper message by which to sell iced coffee. How can... I mean... Jesus. Can you get more absurdist? I used to think the ultimate in postmodern came from my cell phone sending me emails, but this may top that.
A lot of people have asked me who I'm endorsing for president this fall. Well lets face it, Zaphod Beeblebrox has the longest damn hair of any presidential candidate. He believes in people, freedom, democracy and stuff like that. And what I really want is a President that can look fucking hot whilst ordering a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster at the Hague with Nicolas Sarkozy after a tough G8 summit. Style baby, that's what's it's all about!

Oh yeah...
( May. 21st, 2008 01:08 pm)
WARNING - If you've not seen the end of Battlestar Galactica season 3, you might not want to look.

Okay, I saw this today and it's just fraking creepy.

Is America Ready for a Cylon President?

But yeah, it makes a lot of sense.
( May. 13th, 2008 10:00 pm)
During WWII, the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto were allotted a caloric intake of about 650-800 per day. In the concentration camps, the inmates were lucky if they received 600 calories a day. The food was supplemented with nutritional wonders like saw dust and air. Malnutrition was an understatement and along with it came a weaken immune system and rampant disease. Controlling the food of the ghettos and the concentration camps was one of the main strategies the Nazis used to squash any attempt at a revolt. While it wasn’t always successful, for the most part it worked effectively.

What made me think of this today was the organic apple I had in my lunch. I bit into this apple and experienced a strange sort of ecstasy, the kind which fruit doesn’t usually invoke. But there I was all amazed. It was the best apple I had in all my life, swear to God. It would be a tad over the top to say it was orgasmic, but you know, it was good.

I heard on Nightline the other night that you have to eat three regular apples today to get the nutritional value of your average 1945 apple. Same caloric intake, just less nutrients. The advice was to eat organic if you wanted to remain healthy even if you have to sell a few of your kids into slavery to eat that way. It’s better for you and you’ll thank us. It taste better too, see above paragraph.

Maybe. But I have to wonder why we’re in this predicament today. Why do we have to pay more to get food that up until the last one hundred years was just how it was grown? It’s too expensive? We did it for 10,000 years before the industrial revolution and it seemed to work pretty well. Certainly industrializing the process helped to alleviate food shortages in times of drought and famine, but somewhere in the mechanization and pursuit of cost effectiveness our food became anemic and arguably poisonous to us.

Since the industrialization and processing of our food we’ve seen an exponential rise in diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, stroke – we’re a lot sicker today than we ever have been. We live longer, but with far more health problems, making us a virtual goldmine for an out of control healthcare industry that gouges the people of whatever they have left over after they buy their groceries. I’m joking, of course. Most people pay far more in medical bills than their food budget.

The Nazis controlled the ghettos and concentration camps by limiting the caloric intake to well below the minimum to maintain health. Americans have a caloric intake well above the maximum to maintain health, but without the nutrients to go along with those calories. It makes us fat, lethargic and sick. But because we have more of it and we don’t feel the hunger pangs, we’re not questioning the food much. We started to over the past couple of years, but with the rise in food prices, that’s come to a halt. We can’t afford to get inquisitive about it anymore. We’re too tired and over burdened to do much of anything but go to work, do our job, surf the internet, watch The Bachelor and go to bed.

It’s a great way to control a populace so that they really don’t care what’s going on in the country. I’m not saying that this is a grand conspiracy and equating the government to Nazis. I don’t really think the government or corporations really understood what was happening to the food supply when it started the processing and industrialization of the food industry. But I do believe midway through the process they knew our food was being stripped of its worth. I think they knew things like margarine and Oreos were not actually food and that KFC really wasn’t a health food product even if eaten in moderation. I think there was an inkling as to why diabetes surged over 1000 percent from the turn of the 20th century to the 1930s. It’s hard to believe that we just found out in the last 10 years that refined sugars and flours caused a spike in the amount of kids and adults with ADD and ADHD.

If it began by a mistake, greed made it continue. The side effects are advantageous if you want a nation of people that continue to consume and shut the hell up.
( May. 1st, 2008 01:25 pm)
Book meme taken from [livejournal.com profile] wiebke

Top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing (that sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded).

Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish. and add * beside the ones you liked and would (or did) read again or recommend.

Read the List )

I was disappointed that Ayn Rand has two books on the list and Vonnegut only has one. I think it's because Ronald Reagan thought she was the bomb. "Oh look! A Russian that hates Communism and promotes self obsession! GLEE! GLEE! GLEE!" Though admittedly I am very behind on my Russian authors. I need to get my Tolstoy and Dostoevsky read or I will die deprived. Oddly, I've read so much on Dostoevsky and just never picked up his novels. I am in much guilt. It's like listening to NPR all your life and never donating. I love Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn though. He's sort of like being pushed up against the wall and shot and you feel grateful for the privilege. I'm surprised One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich isn't on the list.

I enjoyed reading the list though. Made me think about books I wanted to read or reread because it's been awhile.
My friend Nick forwarded the video on this website to me. I didn't realize it was real at first, then I went to the website listed at the end.

Senator Ron Wyden's Healthy Americans Act

It calls for an end to wage slavery, as many American's stay at jobs they hate because they fear losing their health insurance. This is certainly my own case. I'd love to work as online adjunct faculty for schools so I can work from home, but adjuncts do not get health benefits. I can't purchase my own because the diabetes makes me uninsurable. So I'm stuck working a job I hate that most likely is contributing to my illness. I've actually considered quiting my job and going without insurance because I'm pretty sure if I can rest, relieve the stress and find time to prepare healthier foods and exercise more often, I'll be far better off than working 60+ hours a week with insurance. But it's a fucking stupid choice to have to make.

Check out the video. I personally love the scene of the employee photocopying his ass for his boss. Dude, I totally hear ya!
I haven't been procrastinating so much as refusing to do things that would typically be more crucial than I'm currently allowing it all to be. **rereads sentence** Yeah, that's pretty accurate. So give me something important you needed done yesterday and watch me ignore it. I'm sure I'm suffering some sort of mental deficiency at the moment, but seriously, I can't see the importance of anything related to my job. Terrible. Yeah. See me lamenting this?

Terminal indifference is the result of incorporating hysterical meaninglessness into one's work environment. Hysterical meaninglessness is when one (typically an employer) insists that you do ineffective, often times detrimental, tasks that run counter intuitive to what the sane world finds productive in some desparate attempt to salvage a shred of revenue from all the past failures in hysterical meaninglessness. It's a bit circular and therefore difficult to argue it's real existence, but I stand by it as the reason why most businesses eventially collapse in on themselves given enough time.

I think I'm gonna grade...
So I happened across this article in the Washington Post, which I found rather fascinating:

Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime
How the Bush Administration Stopped the States From Stepping In to Help Consumers

By Eliot Spitzer
Thursday, February 14, 2008; A25

Predatory lending was widely understood to present a looming national crisis. This threat was so clear that as New York attorney general, I joined with colleagues in the other 49 states in attempting to fill the void left by the federal government. Individually, and together, state attorneys general of both parties brought litigation or entered into settlements with many subprime lenders that were engaged in predatory lending practices. Several state legislatures, including New York's, enacted laws aimed at curbing such practices.

What did the Bush administration do in response? Did it reverse course and decide to take action to halt this burgeoning scourge? As Americans are now painfully aware, with hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure and our markets reeling, the answer is a resounding no.

Not only did the Bush administration do nothing to protect consumers, it embarked on an aggressive and unprecedented campaign to prevent states from protecting their residents from the very problems to which the federal government was turning a blind eye.

Yes, it's that Spitzer. And it's one hell of an article despite the fact that he's a dipshit. Dude, when you're going after the freaken President of the United States, try not to have a skeleton the size of Paul Bunyan and his oxe Babe in your closet, 'k.

When the Spitzer story first broke, it was a bit of a shock because no one was investigating the man. They just "happened" across the information. Well, now you have a better clue as to why. Thanks man, I hope she was worth it.

This is further evidence that only the insane get into politics.




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