Monthly Archives: February 2007

what exactly do ‘carbon credits’ do, anyway?

okay i’m not denying that gore and other hollywood liberals who have apparently gone green are being hypocritical, especially when i read stuff like this:

POWER: GORE MANSION USES 20X AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD; CONSUMPTION INCREASE AFTER ‘TRUTH’
Mon Feb 26 2007 17:16:14 ET
Nashville Electric Service/Gore House
2006
High 22619 kWh Aug – Sept
Low 12541 kWh Jan – Feb
Average: 18,414 kWh per month
2005
High 20532 Sept – October
Low 12955 Feb – March
Average: 16,200 kWh per month
Bill amounts
2006 – $895.60 (low) $1738.52 (high) $1359 (average)
2005 – $853.91 (low) $1461 (high)
Nashville Gas CompanyMain House
2006 – $990(high) $170 (low) $536 (average)
2005 – $1080 (high) $200 (low) $640 (average)
Guest House/Pool House 2006 – $820 (high) $70 (low) $544 (average)
2005 – $1025 (high) $25 (low) $525 (average)

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization, issued a press release late Monday:Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy. Gore’s mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES). In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average. Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359. Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006. Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year. “As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk to walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

gore is obviously a prime example of the ‘do as i say not as i do’ ethic. nevertheless, this does not mean we average citizens need to do nothing in regards to global warming. i still believe that ‘an inconvenient truth’ is an important work, and that it is the responsibility of each individual to do what he or she can in the name of the environment. maybe by doing so, we can shame those who say one thing and do another into practicing what they preach.

(thank you, dave.)

okay, i should get back to work now… 🙂

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my name is gail and i’m a 9/11 conspiracy theorist

yes, i am one of those lunatic fringe conspiracy theorists who believes that the u.s government not only knew about in advance, but was actively involved in what happened on 9/11. there is an excellent article in the march/april issue of tikkun magazine by author david ray griffin, who has written several books on what he thinks happened that day (and what brought us to it), including the 9/11 commission report: omissions and distortions and the new pearl harbor: disturbing questions about the bush administration and 9/11. this article is really just a summation of the major points as to why he believes 9/11 couldn’t have happened in the way presented by the government and mainstream press. if you’re already a believer, this article is just preaching to the choir. if you’re not, just read this with an open mind to the possibility that there might be at least some truth to what ray is saying. or you can go back to your regularly scheduled life and continue to pretend that all is well as long as you can go to your job (that you hate) every day, go on vacation once a year, and the mall is open. and remember that all the little hidden cameras there in the mall and at all the intersections on the way to the mall are to protect you from terrorists.

dreams and waking nightmares

maybe i’m not as enligtened and open-minded as i thought. this morning on the city bus on the way to work, a young male passenger of middle-eastern descent boarded the bus. he had a couple of rather large bags with him, and was acting odd. after he sat down, making a commotion in the process, he was talking to himself, even laughing to himself, and he changed seats a couple of times. i was fully expecting to hear ‘allah akbar’ at any moment, a loud boom, and then a fade to white. i sat there thinking, well, i’m ready to die, if something should actually happen right now, yeah, there are things i regret not doing, but i feel good for the most part about the life i’ve lived. however, he got off a couple of stops before i did, and yes, i breathed a sigh of relief.

i feel bad for feeling this way, for assuming because of his appearance and actions that the united states was going to have its very first suicide bomber right here in little ol’ kcmo. i guess i’m letting the media get to me. however, this does help me to empathize with the people of israel, iraq, and other middle eastern countries, who have to go through the fear of someone blowing up their bus every single day, when they are simply trying to get to work and make a living (if they even have a job).

*****

yesterday i made my semi-annual trek to the prophecy room at the ihop (international house of prayer). it wasn’t as thought provoking for me as my last trip there, but it was still interesting. the main thing that sticks out is that one of the women who spoke over me told me that i was ‘of sound mind’ (which is always good to hear) and that god was ready to share more things with me ‘like deep calling unto deep’. i also got the impression that i’m supposed to talk more about these things, but i’m not sure in what capacity. i’m not the person to stand up in front of large (or even small) groups of people and talk. but i’m not closing anything off either, especially because of my current inner debate between library school vs. seminary. so we’ll see.

maybe or maybe not related, saturday night i had another freaky ass dream, not unlike this dream. i was visiting my family in columbia, and i was on a hill, overlooking the columbia skyline (which in reality consists of nothing but a water tower and a couple of smoke stacks). i was thinking of how i like living in kc because of all the tall buildings around and how i could never live in columbia again for that reason. then two of my nieces come running up to the house, panicked and yelling about ‘the warning’ and saying we all needed to go hide. i said something about there having been warnings out all day. i went into the house to get my bags which were already packed. a mouse ran out from under the bed, and i said to it, ‘i don’t have time to be scared of you.’ this is significant because i am deathly afraid of any type of rodent. it showed me that i was aware of the seriousness of this warning and/or situation. anyway, right after that, i heard this mass scream outside, like everyone in the city of columbia was screaming because something awful had just happened. then just as suddenly, it stopped, like everyone was gone, or had been killed.

i have a friend who is convinced that this series of dreams i’m having is prophetic, like something bad is about to come down on planet earth. i wouldn’t rule that out, especially when you look at stuff going on in the world today revolving around israel, iran, etc., and the times specified in my first dream (about something horrible happening in march or april of this year). but i also like living in denial apparently. i don’t know what to think. i’m really not freaked out about all this; it’s more like i’m just sitting back, watching, living my life, waiting on things to happen. and really, it’s all one can do. still i can’t help but wonder… and maybe this is all connected to what i was told yesterday in the prophecy room.

obama v. hillary: round one to obama

so much for the dems playing nice with each other. as you probably know, this past week there was something of a blow up between senators hillary clinton and barack obama regarding comments made by hollywood mogul david geffen. instead of denying the validity of geffen’s comments (which we know of course would have been just one more lie), hillary attacked obama for his association with geffen. even though i’m not an obama supporter (see this and this), i love the immediacy and bluntness of his response: ‘it’s not clear to me why i’d be apologizing for someone else’s remark.’

i think hillary believed she’d have a clear path to the democratic nomination and this man almost literally out of nowhere is putting at least a few bumps in her road. good for him.

*****

tomorrow night nobel peace prize nominee al gore is up for an oscar for his documentary on climate change, ‘an inconvenient truth’. all the buzz is that his film will win and i hope it does. there is a huge ongoing debate as to whether global warming is caused by humans or just a part of a bigger weather cycle. at this point, i don’t think it matters what the cause is, it is happening, and no matter what you may think about the former vice-president, he deserves some acknowledgement for bringing the issue to mainstream america’s attention. now, instead of mocking him and debating the merits of what he is saying vs. his personal practices, we (individually and as a society) need to begin seriously addressing the issues he presents in his film and book of the same name.

please check out the website for his film via this link: http://www.climatecrisis.net/.

is obama malcolm x’s love child?

i found this today when i was surfing the web instead of being a good little worker bee. maybe the reason barrack obama is so charismatic is that he is somehow channeling malcolm x’s charisma. they do look an awful lot alike in the photos at the end of this link; check it out for yourself.

thank you to pierre bennu and his ‘talking sh*t’ blog.

more political correctness run amok

i’m somewhat curious as to why the fact that the shooter in the salt lake city shooting rampage is a muslim has not been mentioned at all by the mainstream media. i also wonder about the incident involving the cabbie in nashville. if it had been a white christian male trying to run down a couple of muslims or gays, the driver most certainly would have been charged with a hate crime. (incidentally, i am against the hate crime designation because in my mind, any crime involving inflicting pain or death on another person already has hate as a motive.) he already has serious charges placed against him, but why isn’t he being treated like any other non-muslim person would be treated under similar circumstances?

these are both the latest examples of how sadly politcally correct our nation has become. why can’t we call something what it is? if we truly believe that all men (and women) are created equal regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, then why can’t the facts be reported as they are without being scared of offending some group of people? i can’t even pretend to begin to know the answer to this. part of me thinks that it is we’re afraid there will be rioting and looting in our streets if the ‘minor’ fact that the perpetrators in these crimes were muslim gets out. one person in any ethnic group is not representative of the entire group (something i’m always having to deal with), and i would like to think that most muslims in this country and around the world realize that these people’s actions are not indicative of the whole group.

however, the mainstream media are smarter than we are, silly me, i keep forgetting that. they know what is best for us to know and not to know. forgive me for questioning their motives and their wisdom…


what would happen if you yelled ‘cunt’ in a crowded theater?

i first saw ‘the vagina monologues’ four years ago in columbia when dawn wells of ‘gilligan’s island’ fame performed several of the skits. talk about disconcerting: watching mary ann fake an orgasm on stage including shout outs to gilligan, well that is behavior one would expect from that huzzy ginger. really, it was a wonderful performance, and ultimately was one of many significant stops on my path to becoming more accepting and loving toward my body. last night was another step on that path, as i had the pleasure of seeing another performance of that groundbreaking play on the campus of umkc. as i remember from my first time, it was still totally funny, poignant, arousing, disturbing, real. as i watched the performers, i kept thinking of people in my life who need to see this, either because they would totally get it or they need to be connected to ‘that area down there’.

unfortunately, i think the vast majority of women are disconnected from what’s between their legs. i mean, most of us can’t even say the word ‘vagina’ without snickering or being offended. earlier this month in florida (thank god it wasn’t missouri), a woman found a marquee advertising ‘the vagina monologues’ offensive, and it had to be changed to ‘the hoohah monologues’. the word ‘vagina’ is a medical term, people, for a legitimate body part. other than encountering a woman who hadn’t made the effort to keep herself clean, i don’t see how anyone could find this word or body part offensive. however, when serious newcasters in talking about the downfall of britney can’t even say the word when talking about her underwearless escapades, i’m not surprised. i actually heard a newscaster use the new word du jour (new to me anyway) ‘hoohah’ when discussing the story. in many ways, this society is totally fucked up when it comes to anything sexual. i have a friend who is in her late 30s, who has never even kissed another person, and she gets all bent out of shape when pretty much anything remotely sexual is mentioned. another example, not long ago i overheard a couple of people making fun of a book title for a cookbook, the voluptuous vegan. one of the people involved said it was a ‘gross’ title and that she would be afraid to even open the book. i happen to own that book and it’s nothing more than a wonderful collection of rich vegan recipes. so apparently she’s afraid to try out something that might actually be good for her…

let’s grow up, people. i mean, it’s okay for us to watch shoot-’em-up, blow-’em-up movies with our kids in tow, but a nipple pops out inadvertently during a half-time show, and it’s the end of western civilization? we certainly can’t have people seeing something that just about every single person on the planet has two of (although no one has yet figured out why men have nipples). i’m still learning to be more open and less dsimissive of my sexuality (without hitting people over the head with it), and i would hope that more of us, male and female (and transgendered), would learn to do so as well. sex is as much a part of who we are as our hair color or our personality. i would even argue that it is our personality.

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