Sunday, May 30, 2010

Obama, MMS and BP - Broken Promises and More BS

The Guardian did an excellent report from the gulf coast without the usual American media gloss and BS. Obama keeps claiming how much his administration is doing yet the Guardian reported locals are commandeering BP and other idle boats to lay boom themselves and take matters into their own hands.

Some other interesting points of the report…MMS – took in $13B in oil royalties for the US Government last year, isn’t it a slight conflict of interest for the agency to be regulating the industry while also being responsible for increasing the government’s revenues at the same time?

When Obama came into White House he and his administration were aware of the MMS issues with being cozy with the oil industry including regular coke-sex parties. What did Obama do?

1. Appointed more BP execs to jobs in the MMS
2. Expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska

The guy is so full of bullshit it is disgusting.

And whatever happened to the Army’s Core of Engineers and other government agencies that could of helped with the solution?

My prediction of what will happen:

- BP will be acquired by Shell or Exxon
- Same old, same old as far as policy

What should happen but won’t happen

Oil companies should be nationalized and the profits should go towards education, excellent rail and non-fossil fueled public transit

Meet the new boos…same as the old boss…

Climate Progress called out the New York Times for running a front page ExxonMobil advertisement.

The New York Times sells its integrity to ExxonMobil
As Climate Progress points out:

"Needless to say — or, rather, in this case, needful to say — while today’s car has lower emissions of urban air pollutants thanks to government regulation, today’s car has, if anything, higher emissions of greenhouse gases, which threaten the health and well-being of the next 50 generations. And needful to say, ExxonMobil has done more than just about any other company to undermine efforts to achieve the greenhouse gas regulations that could lower those emissions."

"ExxonSecrets details the millions of dollars that the company has shoveled to fund the disinformation campaigns of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation, all of which continue to advance unfactual anti-scientific attacks as I have detailed recently (see posts on Heritage and CEI and AEI). Chris Mooney wrote an excellent piece on ExxonMobil’s two-decade anti-scientific campaign. A 2007 Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report looked at ExxonMobil’s tobacco industry-like tactics in pushing global warming denial (see “Today We Have a Planet That’s Smoking!”). So it is especially egregious that the New York Times would take money to publish this disinformation on their front page."

Friday, May 21, 2010

Obama Truth in Names & Screw-top Wine Bottles Act

Some of you may be aware how America is one of the few countries in the world that allows it’s wine producers to use French Appellation names to misrepresent garbage wine products sold to consumers who likely think what they are buying is exotic. AMerica allows this while accusing China of piracy (which is true of course, but it is a bit of a double standard). Anyway, this is because of the Treaty of Madrid and later reaffirmed with the Treaty of Versailles.

It’s frankly embarrassing how Carlos Rossi calls $2.50 p/gallon sulfur-chemical-piss grape wine ‘Burgundy’ and many sparkling wine producers in America call their products ‘Champagne’…the US has stopped this going forward for ‘Champagne' but grand-fathered everyone under it. Champagne and Burgundy are geographical regions in France that make high-quality products that American company’s rip-off to peddle crap….period. I promise to stop this BS if elected your President.

The next issue to address is screw-tops on wine bottles…great innovation for every day drinking wine. However, I have noticed there are a number of crappy wines that still use corks to try to upgrade their image and make up for the crap that is in the bottle…a la Trader Joe’s $2.99-3.99 p/bottle wines.

I don’t know how people drink that rot-gut crap, but it’s their life / palate…by Presidential edict for the benefit of the environment and truth in packaging…if your wine doesn’t get rated above 85 on the 100 point Wine Spectator scale it must have a bloody screw cap to reflect what it really is…basic, every day drinking wine or pure crap.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Obama Broken Promises - I Will Not Lie to Greenpeace & Environmental Groups to Help Get Elected

Campaign Promise # 69: Environmental Promises
This one is pretty simple…I promise not to go back on environmental promises once elected President. Obama talks a great game but as we have seen pursues all the same Bush oil and energy policies. Say one thing, do another.

Obama’s latest broken promise to the environment stems from what he put in writing as a Presidential candidate to Greenpeace:

“As president, I will ensure that the U.S. provides leadership in enforcing international wildlife protection agreements, including strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling. Allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable.”

Barack Obama, March 16, 2008 Greenpeace candidate questionnaire

Guess what has happened since Yo’ Mama Obama took office:

  • The Obama Administration is currently supporting a position within the International Whaling Commission that would allow the re-start of worldwide commercial whaling
  • Right now countries like Japan, Norway, and Iceland are pushing for this deal, including opening up the Southern Ocean Whales Sanctuary for whaling.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Advice for Greece and the formation of the EFEC Axis Powers - Marcus2012 - Bull Moose Party

Most American’s don’t have a clue about what has been going on in Greece and the EU over the past month…actually, most American’s probably can’t find it on a map or think Greece is just a Broadway show, still a part of the Roman Empire or a by-product of the British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

In spite of this, the Marcus for President 2012 Presidential campaign feels compelled to dispense a policy view and some potential options for the Greek people who are taking it up the *ss.  You see, most Americans have a great deal of recent experience in this department.
Over the past 30 years the rich have become tremendously wealthier while the middle class shrinks and American’s lose quality of life, education, privacy rights, purchasing power etc.   What's the parallel with Greece?  The political and corporate institutions that caused the recent crash made tons of money on the way up...on the way down...and are again as markets recover while Joe Q. Citizen Taxpayer foots the bill in exchange for all states drastically cutting education, pay, benefits etc. to the bone.  Like in Greece as in America, the groups that won't feel it are the one's who caused it...and if they do feel it a little at least the bankers, corporate America and politicians don’t have to send their kids to public schools!

Now let’s look at Greece...very similar situation in Greece as California however Cali has the benefit of the Federal system and in America only the rich, politicians and big companies avoid taxes whereas in Greece everyone avoids taxes. The country is now in a crisis to repay its debt as the economy contracts and tax receipts remain low. Guess who pays? The rich, the politicians and the bankers who caused the collapse…I think we know the answer…the masses are to pay. Countries and people so often praise hero’s who lead by example…yet you so rarely see it from the leadership that causes such mismanagement and crises…

The Greeks are pissed off; rioting and I think it’s good to see a people with a backbone (and no I am not condoning the deaths, just civil disobedience ala Thoreau, MLK, Gandhi, ). More American’s might be but there’s so much damned fluoride in the water and corn syrup in the food it’s not likely until a breaking point.

Some Thoughts and Options for The Greek People

Greece is now screwed royally and people are pissed.  What should have happened was to severely renegotiate the terms of the debt along with long-term reformation programs. Instead, Greece is getting a bailout from Germany / the EU in exchange for drastically cutting government spending and increasing taxes while the GDP is contracting at 5+%, manufacturing shrinking by 20+% etc.

My advice to the Greeks:
  • Don’t pay the debt, screw the EU and have a national toga party, I and many others will still visit for sure which will help the economy
  • Gang-up with Iceland, Portugal and some combination of Italy, Spain, the UK, Poland (recent, sad leadership vacuum) or Russians. First invade Switzerland…take their money/gold, you can probably take it over in a few days (element of surprise). As far as allies go, the UK is pretty broke and the recent elections will complicate matters, so you are likely going to need Italy, Spain or Russia as allies in addition to Iceland and Portugal. Once you have the money and gold from Switzerland, the combined forces of the Economically Fucked European Countries (EFEC) should invade Germany (SEE MY INVASION PLANS MAP BELOW).  Why should the damned Germans always get to strike first and they've got the money now so get them while their pants are down...use their money to fund the invasion of them!  Plus the German media and politicians have been spitting racist comments and slurs about the Greeks throughout their bailout debates...time for payback Greek people! 
  • Lastly, history repeats itself…pre-empt the inevitable cycle and invade the former Persian Empire countries. There’s nothing like a war to galvanize a population and get the engines of industry pumping.

Marcus for President 2012…Sensible policies for a sensible world!

‘If a thousand [citizens] were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.’ - Thoreau  

Saturday, May 1, 2010

National CAPTCHA Act - Marcus for President 2012 - Bull Mosse Party

If you’ve been on the internet at all over the past two years then you more than likely have experienced CAPTCHA - "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart" (pronounced /ˈkæptʃə/). According to wikipedia, CAPTCHA is defined as a type of challenge-response test used in computing to ensure that the response is not generated by a computer. The process usually involves one computer (a server) asking a user to complete a simple test which the computer is able to generate and grade.

Note the definition says ‘simple test’…this is complete bullshit. I have been taking pictures of these things for the past six months as the word combinations can be pretty funny and unless you are on LSD some are completely illegible.

My personal policy is to never go back to a site if they have shitty / pain in the ass CAPTCHA. What I think is sad is that companies are pushing the time burden and annoyance back on consumers vs. building better firewalls, security etc.

If elected your President in 2012 I will either ban this crap or put in place a law where you get paid by the companies using it for every time you have to deal with CRAPTCHA.