Saturday, April 21, 2007

Gore Plots to Hijack Nomination

Al Gore is plotting in secret to enter the 2008 Presidential campaign, according to the Sunday edition of the Telegraph. Friends of Al Gore, FAG, is assembling members of the unsuccessful 2000 campaign in preparation of the former next President of the United States to announce his late entry later this year.

The inventor of the internet and discoverer of weather has denied any intention to run and has no plans to run. This is political weasel language that does not rule out the possibility of a run at the presidency.

A former campaign team member said:
"I was asked whether I would be available towards the end of the year if I am needed. They know he has not ruled out running and if he decides to jump in, he will have to move very fast.

"He hasn't asked them to do this, but nor has he told them not to."
People called "Gore-watchers" opine that with his Oscar win for the self-serving mockumentary, "Inconvenient Truth", and the publication of his new book concerning the state of US politics next month that VP Al is trying to keep his name in the public square.

Al is running. This just gets curiouser and curiouser. Interesting and scary, too.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Unintended Consequences of Alternative Fuel and Elephant Dung

Ethanol is one of the many alternative fuels being foisted upon the fuel starved world population. Ethanol is derived from the fermentation of crops like corn, grain and other food stuffs, saw grass, lawn clippings, wood chips, and of course, elephant dung.

Gasoline burning internal combustion engines cause some 10,000 deaths per year in the US alone. And then there are the thousands of people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases because of air pollution emitted from automobiles. Then there are the cancer deaths. Horrible. The fuel of the future that show so much promise in combating global warming and eliminating CO2 from our atmosphere, the ethanol-based E85 (15% gasoline, 85% ethanol) would more than likely contribute an equal or greater number of deaths and could result in even worse catastrophes for our beloved Gaia.

A Stanford University, California smart-guy, Mark Jacobson, has modelled car emissions for the types of cars predicted to be on the roads in 2020. A car fleet running on E85 would result in 185 more pollution related deaths per year, mostly in a newly smoggy Los Angeles. Now that doesn't jibe with the theory that ethanol is a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline which emits various pollutants like carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and acetaldehyde, an organic molecule, a photo-reactor forming ozone. Ozone is one of the primary ingredients of the smog soup that plagued our cities and played havoc with our health from the 1960's through the 1980's until clean air regulations cleaned up the mess.

Ethanol, rather than being a panacea, may be the death of us. Burning ethanol provides nearly the same pollutants as gasoline, but much of the ethanol is not burned in the combustion process, escaping into the atmosphere. The escaped ethanol then breakdown in the sunlight forming acetaldehyde causing ozone level the skyrocket. It's true that ethanol fueled vehicles will emit benzene and butadiene carcinogens at far lower levels as compared to conventional gasoline fueled vehicles, "they will spew out 20 times as much acetaldehyde as those using conventional fuel," says the Stanford smart-guy.

Some whacky Dutch scientists at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands with too much time on their hands, have found a fungus in elephant dung (pachyderm poop) that aids in the breakdown of tough fibers and wood into biofuel, reports Scientific American.

With the dwindling population of elephants, the prospect of using elephant dung derived ethanol is unlikely. However, the Dutch smart-guys believe the fungus can help them make a particular yeast to ferment wood sugars efficiently. Working in concert with Dutch alcohol maker Royal Nedalco and Bird Engineering, the Delft University dung boys predict they can have a viable fuel source from wheat bran, straw, or wood by 2009.

Remember when oil was the alternative fuel for dirty coal and expensive whale oil? And automobiles were the cleaner alternative transport for horses which left many, many piles of horseshit in our cities causing diseases and death, not to mention the stench of dead horse bodies left in the streets for days before they were dragged away to be rendered into glue or served in fancy French restaurants. No one saw the consequences of that big idea. The law of unintended consequences is again evident with the modern alternative fuels. Has anyone thought about what will happen to all that water dripping from the tailpipes of all those hydrogen fuelled cars in the freezing weather of Chicago and New York, or the effect the extra water vapor on the dry deserts of Arizona and New Mexico?

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rosie O'Donnell Running Scared

Don Imus was fired by the left. Tom Delay and the right called for the sacking of Rosie O'Donnell from the VIEW. And leftist Rosie is running on empty and running scared.

In her own words:


Posted by ro
[Rosie O'Donnell] on April 14th at 4:12pm in home

a huge terrible storm is coming
a nor easter
the potential hail has bumped imus
off r top story tonight

i was on the stoprosie site

• “You know, this President invaded a sovereign nation in defiance of the UN. He is basically a war criminal. Honestly. He should be tried at The Hague.”
• “Don’t fear the terrorists. They’re mothers and fathers.”
• “Democracy is threatened in a way it hasn’t been in 200 years and if America doesn’t stand up we’re in big trouble.”

correct quotes
thank you ethan
well done

and yes i stand by all of them
however on number 2
i would like the word terrorist
in quotations

dont fear “TERRORISTS” - they are mothers and fathers

u see
since terror been used to scare americans
since 9 11
terrorists - terrorists - everywhere
all of them - bad guys
terrorists - after us - here and there
they sold it
we bought it

we gave away r civil liberties
fear works

the 911 terrorists
most came from saudi arabia
and we invaded 2 other countries
minor details

here is the point
i was trying to make
to elisabeth
who cant see any of “them”
as anything but terrorists

hundreds of thousands of humans
not “terrorists”
iraqi mothers and fathers
have been killed by US

those innocent ones
the mothers and fathers
they r not “terrorists”

try to paint with a huge brush
a big mess

borderlines everywhere

the media has demonized arabs
the facts about the death toll on all sides
is sickening and under reported

i am against this war
i support all the troops
i want them home

i have decided that from now on
i will talk about other things
on the view

like y thousands still live in renaissance village
18 months after katrina

or that 28 million american children live in dire poverty

that 1/2 of all black and hispanic kids in america
do not graduate from high school

1 in 150 autistic = EPIDEMIC

half a million children r in foster care
they r lost
the system is broken

from now on i will not raise my voice
about this criminal administration
i am sick of screaming IMPEACH

from now on i will say
just know on the inside
i will be yelling

i am registering as an independent
cause i am sick of both sides
cowardly silence

as democracy dies

finally a blog
no pray
no play

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Rosie is using the John Kerry Defense here, "This is what I meant to say before I said what I really meant." Everyone who heard knows what Rosie said and knows what Rosie meant. We don't need "Ethan" to reiterate or provide the foil for explanations.

No more talk about "IMPEACH BUSH", huh? Why not; got kids to feed and got a little scared of losing the "View" gig? Oh, BTW, we are sick of hearing you scream, "IMPEACH", too. In fact, we are sick of you screaming anything.

I know autistic kids. They're family. Too many kids and families experience autism. But, I'm sorry, 1 in 150 does not equal an EPIDEMIC. Besides "epidemic" medically refers to disease. Autism is not a disease; it is a very unfortunate disruption of fetal brain development. There are no germs involved and autism is not contagious like an epidemic disease. But, I'm glad to hear Rosie is planning to do something worthwhile to help people instead of being in the way and part of the problem.

Because Rosie has turned-off the comments form on her blog (hmmmm, I wonder why?), please feel free to respond to her on this blog.

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