Posts Tagged ‘priorities’

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New record:

Germany Just Got 78 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

On Saturday, July 25, Germany set a new national record for renewable energy by meeting 78 percent of the day’s electricity demand with renewables sources

It’s a simple matter of priorities. There is no natural law governing which types of energy we choose to invest in. This is about human decision making and human priorities. It always has been. We could be getting as much from renewables here in the USA. The Carter administration put solar panels on the White House.

Reagan ripped them off.

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The sign of things to come…
Hedge funds tell Puerto Rico: lay off teachers and close schools to pay us back

Report commissioned by 34 hedge funds says government had been ‘massively overspending on education’ despite spending only 79% of US average per pupil

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Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

So all that endless bullshit you hear about “free markets,” well how do trillions of dollars of tax subsidies going to the most polluting industries around factor in? The dinosaurs still rule the earth today…

The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.

Passengers wearing period dress arrive on the aft deck for a final group photograph on board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod

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Air in 90% of China’s cities still not safe for breathing, despite ‘war on pollution’

What do you say about this level of insanity? Misplaced priorities?

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What is the real “threat” to the United States?

Is it tribal people in a mineral-rich jungle somewhere, who don’t even know where the US is located?

Or is it a rock big enough to wipe out a large chunk of planet earth?

I’ll give some time to contemplate, but that Bruce Willis Ben Affleck thriller pretty much showed the kind of things our military actually should be concerned about.  But no one is actually doing anything about this nation destroying sized rock that just flew by our planet.  No rockets are fired.  No preliminary tests to affix thermonuclear detonators.  No types of drilling rigs that can be launched preemptively for the next one. Yes, Mr. 1998 QE2 is not alone in the universe.  But apparently we are when it comes to actual defense from large rocks taking out humanity.

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An asteroid collision is the most likely mechanism for wiping out life on earth.  This is what is believed to have done in the dinosaurs, after all.  And they were pretty tough.

So while US Special Forces are now covertly — and illegally — operating in 70 countries around the world, and that is the priority of the US “defense” establishment, large planet-killing sized rocks can just whizz by unmolested, and no one does a God damned thing about them.

Do we really deserve to maintain our position as the most “intelligent” life form around?

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How many trillions of dollars, innocent lives eradicated, and waste surrounds the US imperial project to control earth’s resources under the bogus flag of “defense?”

What “defense” has that purchased for us from this very real threat that could reappear at any time?

How prepared is our glorious military to destroy incoming asteroids before they take out America, permanently?

Little reality check

 

“What Are We Choosing for Our Future?
Wind energy expert Paul Gipe reported this week that – for the amount spent on the Iraq war – the U.S. could be generating 40%-60% of its electricity with renewable energy…”

 

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To me, a film is great if you’re still thinking about the ideas it dramatized twenty years later. Night of the Living Dead (1968) for example wouldn’t remain such a haunting masterpiece if not for the parallels the drama brought out, such as willful self-deception when family members are involved and, of course, race. If the lead character, played by Duane Jones, had been a flavor of the week pretty white boy (the Hollywood standard), I doubt the film would matter all that much to so many people. Such brilliance as casting the protagonist with a black man, surrounded by frantic and often irrational white people, elevated the film to its esteemed status.

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Easy Rider is also a masterpiece, and is one of the 1960’s most salient time capsules. Not quite realistic, but hyper-real. It captured the spirit of an era, with a war of ideas concerning society, concerning America and the types of people found here. It focused on two outsiders, the two motorcycle-riding drug dealers who take off across the southwest in search of a place they can settle down in and call home. They went “looking for America” and I do believe they found it.

This was Dennis Hopper’s directorial debut, and of course, Hopper also co-stars in this extensive road movie done for $360,000. Estimates of its returns are listed as $60,000,000, making this one for aspiring indie filmmakers to take notes on. The film succeeded for its artistry, for its musical score which is superb and includes classics of the era, and for its hard edged story.

Hopper refused to pull his punches. With a script by Peter Fonda and Terry Southern, as well as himself, the story doesn’t attempt to gloss over anything. For this rawness and unflinching look at the conflicts of the age, the movie received several nominations and wins, including at Cannes.

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