Stuff I Learned Whilst Putzing Around The USA For A Month

feat-usaA couple years ago I had a great little road trip around the USA. Nothing epic, but we started in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after flying in from Haiti. I then puttered my way around: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri (just St Louis), and finished in Illinois. I then later on hopped over to New York, New Jersey, and that one that starts with P that I always think is Philadelphia, but is actually Pennsylvania.

I had at the time considered trying to write up some nice play-by-play of the places I experienced, so I’d made some notes on my thoughts at the time. I left those notes untouched for a couple years. Then this morning I came across them and was about to delete them when I instead decided to put them up here. For posteriors, or the kiddies, or what have you. Sorry about all of this, but I love lists more than I love quality writing.

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How I spent my hard earned tax dollars. (volume 1)

images.jpgThe US Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste – either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels. These weapons of mass destruction virtually ring the country, concealed off at least 11 states – six on the East Coast, two on the Gulf Coast, California, Hawaii and Alaska. Few, if any, state officials have been informed of their existence.

I may be over simplifying, but maybe this is what happens when you spend billions on weapons of mass destruction that you don’t need. Ice that cupcake with a policy that government agencies are not accountable for any environmental impact they make. If you want to read more or see what a mustard gassed dolphin looks like follow the links below.

– shawn

[source: daily pressdeep-sea news]

US blocks environment progress at G8 conference

The USA has blocked environmental progress at a meeting of the G8 nations in Germany. As usual the USA was unwilling to participate in any global plans to help preserve the world’s climate. The item on the table this time was carbon trading. In a nutshell this system allows developing countries to grow their economy without devastating their natural resources. Prosperous countries financially reward developing countries for protecting the natural assets we all need for the climate.

The sad part was that the conference participants expected the USA to not cooperate. Our oil funded, head up its ass, fundamentalist government’s reputation precedes itself. Great. The full article is at the BBC, linked below.

– shawn

[source: bbc]

NY Times editors might go to hell for this one

bush-god.jpgToday the NY Times published a very good list that they call the “Must-Do List”. The list is of things that need to be done to reverse the unwise and lawless policies of Bush and Cheney. Regardless of your political affiliation it is an important list to read. Not just because it is the current trend to hate on the Bush administration, but because it’s important to see some of the ways our rights have been derailed in the past 5 years. Every American should read the list regardless of their opinions on each item.  Continue reading “NY Times editors might go to hell for this one”