Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Life is life - whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man's own advantage.

~ Sri Aurobindo
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa
The energy doesn’t end at the hands. I want such intensity that it feels like light is streaming from every finger.

~ Bob Fosse
Giving is the secret of abundance.

~ Swami Sivananda
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

~ Josh Billings

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

Mark Twain
We must learn to see the world anew.

~ Albert Einstein
The Kochs have long depended on the public’s not knowing all the details about them. They have been content to operate what David Koch has called “the largest company that you’ve never heard of.”
The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States.
There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. -Anais Nin

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today in rock history,on this date in 1973, 'Brothers and Sisters,' by the Allman Brothers Band, is released.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have the things about us.

~ Iris Murdoch
Bombastic TV Host Glenn Beck And Religious Right ‘Professor’ David Barton Team Up To Rewrite American History .... http://ping.fm/7o58U
the resulting wastewater is left in toxic lakes large enough to be seen from outer space.
Tar Sands mining permanently destroys vast tracts of Boreal Forest, and if unchecked, could sacrifice the ecological health of an area the size of Florida.

Communities downstream of Tar Sands projects have experienced elevated rates of cancer.
Producing just one barrel of Tar Sands fuel consumes three barrels of freshwater....
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." -- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln

Monday, August 23, 2010

Let the object draw the picture using the ink brush as a tool.

~ Chinese saying
I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.

~ Ellen DeGeneres
Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have. -Anonymous

Solar World Round Up - 08/23/10

While the politicians whore themselves out to the highest bidder and say whatever their pollsters think will gain them attention and votes the rest of us out here are trying honestly and sincerely to move the Country and World forward.

Alternative, clean energy sources are the answer to our employment problems, our health problems, our well being and state of mind. Until we live "within" our environment and not on top of it we will never know contentment, harmony and peace.

It's as simple as that but there are mighty rich people standing in the way of progress because that means the undoing of their in-particular "cash cow". Big oil, big coal and big nuke do not want to let go. But they can not stop progress and progress is coming, and surrounding them at every corner.

Here is the latest from the world of Solar Power and those that "Get It"

Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes
A giant 6.6-kilowatt-capacity rooftop solar panel called the Sun Sail slurps up the rays of energy, pumping them into the home and grid. Solar thermal ...

FPL Changes Space Coast Skyline to Add New, Clean Energy Center
First hybrid solar thermal facility to connect to an existing fossil fuel plant, FPL's Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Indiantown, FlaStill,

ANALYSIS-Australia turns to sun, wind and waves for clean energy
Australia plans to build the southern hemisphere's biggest wind farm by 2013. Still, Australia could switch completely to renewable energy within 10 years by building 12 huge solar thermal power stations and 23 large-scale wind farms

Hundreds of jobs linked to solar projects
Next up after the Blythe plant could be NextEra Energy's Genesis project, a 250-megawatt solar thermal installation, which got its preliminary approval from ...

Indiana's Clean Energy Job Creation Potential « Solar Thermal Magazine
This week, the Apollo Alliance released a report about the potential for clean energy job creation in Indiana. The report, How to Keep Creating Clean Energy Jobs in Indiana, found that Indiana missed out on 117000 jobs when the US ...

Thermal Wind Power
The thermal wind power generator includes a rectangular hood as main body and is …

FutureWorld Energy (FWDG) Completes the Acquisition of Alternative Energy ...
According to the US DOE, heating water accounts for 70% of all energy used in commercial and residential structures in the US. Solar Thermal Energy

New Solar Energy Conversion Process Could Revamp Solar Power
Photovoltaic systems never get hot enough for their waste heat to be useful in thermal energy conversion, but the high temperatures at which PETE performs are perfect for generating usable high-temperature waste heat.

Plan for world's largest solar plant approved
Once completed, the project will double the amount of solar thermal energy currently produced in the US. The project, named the Ivanpah Solar Energy

586 electric vehicles already circulating in Spain | Solar Energy ...

Electric vehicles do not emit CO2, if the electricity comes from renewables such as wind energy, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal or Concentrating Solar Power, and Spain is the fourth country in installed wind power (behind USA...)

California Desert May Soon Yield Flood of Solar Energy Production
The heat exchanger is part of a device called a solar Stirling Engine that converts thermal energy into electricity using rotary power.

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Mitch McConnell and the Piss that is Trickling Down

While Mitch McConnell tries to sell the expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts as a hit to small business - Americans need to ask themselves just how stupid are our citizens.

I mean really America how stupid are you? 1% of the richest bastards living among us get a huge tax cut and pay a smaller percent in taxes than you do and this asshole Mitch McConnell thinks he can sell you that its a hit on small business.

The 1% do not plow those tax breaks back into the economy they send that money off shore into tax free havens called Bermuda, The Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Trickle down hasn't created any wealth for anyone other than the richest 1%. You've been sold a bag of shit while our National wealth is getting pilfered and hoarded by a very few Un-American people.

Why are they Un-American because you would pay your fair share willingly. You were raised to work hard and do the right thing. Help someone with a flat tire, or an old lady across the street. The richest 1% would kick her to the curb if there was money in it for them. And they have done so with their raping of her pension and saving funds - thank you very much.

The only way to insure re-investment from the unber wealthy who enjoy our roads and military to provide them an infer-structure in order to do their business in the first place is to tax those bastards at the same rate the rest of us get taxed.

Then and ONLY then will the money come back into the system. Mitch McConnell and his ilk are frauds, carnival hucksters and game show barkers not believing their own words as they pass over their own lips.

Right wing America you are being played for saps, dupes, dopes, and marks because they have starved your educational system and fed you propaganda twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. You have been cross marketed a lifestyle that banks on ignorance.

It's not hip to be square, its not cool to be stupid and its criminal to be so damn gullible.

Enjoy NASCAR, drink your Budweiser and go shoot some deer in the woods but do not believe for a second that the richest 1% of this Country give a damn about you or care whether you come or go, have to filter their pollution out of your food and drinking water or even enjoy the same things you do, live the same way you do, act the same way you do, or conduct their business the same way you do.

No way buddy they hold you in complete and utter contempt for being so easily manipulated, gullible and stupid, for spending your last dollars on their worthless products, and spending all your free time watching their advertising in your living room.

No way buddy should you accept or believe that trickle down is any thing other than you - yeah you - getting pissed on from above.

Go vote for the worthless, lying, rip-off representatives of con-artist republicans suckers - and vilify the guy who's trying to throw you a bone. You deserve what you get.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

- Anatole France
Stunning Statistics of the Week:

* Amount News Corp., owner of Fox News, recently gave to the Republican Governors Association: $1 million
* Amount General Electric, NBC's owner, has given during the 2010 election cycle:* $1.69 million ($1 million to Dems, $689,600 to Republicans)
* Amount the PAC of Time Warner, CNN's parent company, has given: $117,000 ($75,500 to Dems, $41,500 to Republicans)
* Amount Viacom, CBS' parent company, and its PAC, have given: $220,200 ($134,700 to Dems, $85,500 to Republicans)
* Amount Disney, ABC's parent company, has given: $272,500 ($137,500 to Dems, $135,000 to Republicans)

Anna Faris - Lovable Goofball

Well I'm not always up to speed on what's going on. That's what happens when you are focused on politics and the bastards stealing our country's wealth. I caught a few scenes of Anna's in Scary Movie while channel surfing years ago and immediately recognized something special was happening here. I thought who is this lovable goofball.

Still having zero clue recently I stumbled into her again watching a Smiley Face trailer noticed it was her, and immediately ordered the movie from Net Flix knowing it was a vehicle for Anna's talent.

What we have here is a cross between Goldie Hawn in her prime and Carol Burnett. In other words she's not just playing dumb but there is a brain behind her act.

After seeing Smiley Face I quickly loaded up on her movies. Just Friends for me took it up a notch. That vehicle for Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart was hijacked by Anna Faris and they all know it. Anna plays an over the top pop tart and well to put it bluntly I would have never watched that movie if it wasn't for Anna. Its just dreck. But Anna is a scream (no pun intended) and if you have even the slightest hint of humor in your soul go rent the movie.

Yes you'll suffer through the Ryan Reynolds fat suit part, but thankfully that goes away quickly but not soon enough. Here's another bottom line.....they could have made that movie without Amy Smart and just expanded on the story line of Ryan and Faris and their exploits. It's good stuff thankfully not buried completely in a horrid movie.

Up next for me are movies I thought I would never watch....House Bunny, Scary Movie II, Observe and Report. I can not wait to see Anna's scenes.

Smiley Face by the way was a stoner's paradise. In any other hands that movie would be pedestrian at best but as a vehicle for Anna Faris it is consistently funny and outrageously so in some parts.

Anna Faris has a sophistication behind her goofiness and exaggerations. She can channel a blizzard of emotional ranges in shot after shot going from A to Z and they are all played perfectly with aplomb. With subtle restraint and a hint of who's putting who on here there is outrageous whimsy and a perfect glint in her eye. It lets us know we are all in on the joke. Carol Burnett did that very well and Anna has got it down righteously.

Catch her movies no matter how sophomoric, juvenile, or stupid they may seem. Because there is nothing juvenile, or sophomoric about Anna Faris. She is just delightfully ridiculous in an honest and smart sense even when she is playing it seemingly way over the top.

She just might be the new Groucho Marx....and I'm not kidding.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Portugal now gets 45 percent of its electricity from renewable sources—up from 17 percent just five years ago? Scientific American found we could eliminate all fossil fuel usage by 2030? High altitude wind could by itself provide 100 times the energy now used by the entire world?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.

~ Rumi
When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.

~ Clifton Fadiman
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.

Eckhart Tolle
Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no judgments.

~ Unknown
If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it.

~ St. Francis of Assisi
“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” Mark Twain
"Comes a time when a blind man takes your hand and say's don't ya see..." - Robert Hunter

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a breeze, a moment's glance—it is little that makes the best happiness.

~ Friedrich W. Nietzsche

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stunning Statistics of the Week:

* Percentage of voters polled by SurveyUSA who say it is important for a candidate to commit to reducing the lobbyist influence over laws: 89 percent
* Percentage of Republicans who say it is important: 87 percent

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Texas Files Challenge to Offshore-Drilling Ban

The Status quo from Texas ran this Country into the ground for the better part of a decade. Their "right" to pollute, and take massive tax subsidies at the same time created a reckless policy of arrogance and disregard for "ALL" others in the market place - from fishermen to consumers to the once great middle class. Their day is coming to an end and I suggest the oil riggers study how to build wind turbines and install solar panels. It's back to school for the riggers and the smart ones are already transitioning to the new green economy. The handwriting is on the wall and has been for a long long time.

The biggest tidal energy turbine in the world has been unveiled in the Scottish Highlands today as the rest of the world completely hammers us on developing new technologies and clean energy sources. Why? Because we aren't capable...? No. Because big oil and their well greased representatives local, state and federal, are doing all they can to hang onto their market rigging hyper money making business model and preventing the competition from even entering the field and marketplace. Hey, that's the game and that's how it works.

Kudos to them for buying up the politicians and changing the rules, eliminating the laws that "governed" them, eliminating their federal taxes, and even then getting millions upon millions in tax payer subsidies heaped upon them. Nice work if you can get it but it ties up money that could go to new emerging markets, re-training our work force and educating our citizens.

Kudos to them for working the system and setting aside all values but the value of a dollar. It doesn't make them patriots; it doesn't make them good citizens, Jeffersonian, or even Americans because they hold all else other than profit, even their own customers in total and utter contempt.

A companies single focus on their bottom line is great for shareholders (of which I am one) but it is often devastating to the macro economic realities of the "whole" market place and affects the rest of our portfolios dramatically, and negatively in a complex and interrelated national and global market system of which they pay no mind to (except their little sliver) - as if operating in a vacuum.

Monopolies, oligopolies are not hero's to be lionized, left to theirs and our demise or put in charge of "governing" themselves. They are a cancer on the whole system shutting down, sidelining and stagnating, innovation and discovery. They are set up to be competition killing machines, corner the market, and are far worse than "governing" regulation where the focus is on the whole macro-economic picture.

You can call it socialism if you' don't own a dictionary but in reality its called "management" and that is what governments are for - to manage the markets - see that the playing field is level and THEN - get out of the way.

Paul Burke
Author-Journey Home

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don't think eulogizing will do him justice. He was great -- much more than a superb musician with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of whatever is muddy river country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal... His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep."---- Bob Dylan on Jerry Garcia's death:

The Power Grab

The power grab was when Regan took office and rolled back taxes for the richest 1% "only". Those richest 1% are the ones who have grabbed power, re-written the laws, crippled the middle class and gutted our educational system. The goal was to make people less independent minded and much more easily manipulated. The goal was to make sheep and not independent American citizens fully versed in their rights and liberty's or fully understanding of the need for governing the reckless behavior of profiteers. The profiteers have no regard for the Earth or the market system working as an interrelated function and they certainly do not have any regard for sustainability. That means tough luck to the rest of us unless we "govern" them.

Ignorant is easier to sell to, ignorant is easier to scare, ignorant is easier to manipulate.

The power grab continued with creating a supreme court based on ideology instead of precedent. The power grab was the Office of the President itself by George "W" Bush. The power grab was Cheney's closed door meetings with the nations oil producers, handing them the keys to the kingdom and the rule book to re-write.

The power grab was the dismantling of all the common sense regulation developed after the first great depression. It only took us five decades to have selective amnesia thanks to greed and reject the lessons of reason, logic and pragmatism instead embracing sick ideology like a rabid cult.

Yea America, yea status quo, yea captains of industry - way to fuck it up .......again (?!!?) **sigh**

Paul Burke
Author-Journey Home

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Monday, August 09, 2010

The United States, once the world’s leader in the percentage of young people with college degrees, has fallen to 12th among 36 developed nations.
I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.

~ Abraham Lincoln
Beauty is whatever gives joy.

~ Hugh Nibley
Stunning Statistics of the Week:

* Amount financial industry has spent on lobbying this year: $251 million
* Amount Citigroup spent on lobbying during the first half of 2010: $3 million
* Amount Goldman Sachs spent on lobbying in the first half of 2010: $2.7 million
* Amount Bank of America spent on lobbying in the first half of 2010: $2.1 million

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

~ Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Lives based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or on being.

~ William James
The book you don't read won't help.

~ Jim Rohn
Stunning Statistics of the Week:

* Amount the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent on lobbying in 2009: $120 million
* Amount Chamber spent daily to defeat health care reform in the weeks before its passage: $800,000
* Amount Chamber plans to spend to influence the fall congressional elections: $50 million