“If gas hydrates as well as shale gas, tight oil, oil sands and other unconventional sources can be tapped at reasonable cost, then the global energy picture looks radically different than it did only a few years ago. Suddenly it appears that there may be enough accessible hydrocarbons to power industrial civilization for centuries, if not millennia, to come.”
via Everything you’ve heard about fossil fuels may be wrong – War Room – Salon.com.
Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week’s shots from Joplin, Mo., you should not wonder: Is this somehow related to the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that which, together, comprised the most active April for tornadoes in U.S. history? No, that doesn’t mean a thing.
via Bill McKibben: Stay Calm and Carry On.
Key anti-gay marriage legislators are divorced
By Brian Lambert | Friday, May 20, 2011
Shades of those who prosecuted Bill Clinton … Andy Birkey of the Minnesota Independent says: “According to a name, date of birth, and city search in publicly available Minnesota court records, Sen. Pam Wolf, R-Spring Lake Park, was divorced in 2000. She’s a sponsor of the Senate version of the bill that proposes a constitutional ban on gay marriage and voted to pass the bill in the Senate last week. Alexandria Republican Rep. Mary Franson’s divorce earlier this year was reported on a liberal website, and records with the Minnesota court system match the name listed as her husband’s on her legislator biography page. She’s a sponsor of the House version of the bill. Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, was divorced in 1994. In his first bid for office, the DFL attacked him when he tried to get his child support order reduced. He’s a sponsor of the House version of the bill. The campaign website of Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, notes his divorce. He’s not a sponsor of the anti-gay marriage amendment, but he was in the last session. Court records matched the name, date of birth and city of Rep. Doug Wardlow, R-Eagan, for a divorce in 2005. In a roll call vote in the House Civil Law Commitee, Wardlow voted in favor of the amendment. Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, is legally separated from his wife, which was revealed last November when he was stopped by the police in a Planned Parenthood parking lot with a gun in his vehicle looking for a woman he found on the Internet. He was among the Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee that passed the amendment by a voice vote. Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, is listed as divorced on her legislator biography page. Her divorce occurred in 2010, years after she voted to force a marriage amendment bill out of committee and onto the floor in 2006.” And it goes on …
via MinnPost – Key anti-gay marriage legislators are divorced.
Forty years ago, wealthy Americans financed the U.S. government mainly through their tax payments. Today wealthy Americans finance the government mainly by lending it money. While foreigners own most of our national debt, over 40 percent is owned by Americans – mostly the very wealthy.
via The Great Switch by the Super Rich | Truthout.
They came, they saw, they were conquered. That sums up the fate of many tea-partying freshmen in the House of Representatives.
via Tea Party Rebels Quickly Tamed | Truthout.
In his native land, Australia, Murdoch controls 70 percent of the capital city press. Australia is the world’s first Murdochracy, in which smear by media is power.
via How the Murdoch Press Keeps Australia’s Dirty Secret | Truthout.
From the editor’s inbox:
My name is Rica Luga from California, USA. I’m writing to inform you about the May 21, 2011 Judgment Day happening in 7 days.
via Brett’s blog — End of the World.