30 January 2010

Off the grid, try it.

"Is it possible to live without spending any cash whatsoever? After becoming disillusioned with consumer society, one man decided to give it a try"

Cool story on a guy and his motives to choose to live without money.

I'd be worried seeing so many parallels between his and my thoughts on life, were it not for my need to own guitars, cd's and movies.

17 January 2010

UN report on glaciers melting is based on 'speculation'

During the copenhagen summit I wanted to post so much..
Anyway, today in the news:

UN report on glaciers melting is based on 'speculation'

Two years ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made the claim which it said was based on detailed research into the impact of global warming.

But the IPCC have since admitted it was based on a report written in a science journal and even the scientist who was the subject of the original story admits it was not based on fact.

The article, in the New Scientist, was not even based on a research paper - it evolved from a short telephone interview with the academic.

Dr Syed Hasnain, an Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, said that the claim was "speculation" and was not supported by any formal research.

Professor Murari Lal, who oversaw the chapter on glaciers in the IPCC report, said he would recommend that the claim about glaciers be dropped.

The IPCC's reliance on Hasnain's 1999 interview has been highlighted by Fred Pearce, the journalist who carried out the original interview.

Mr Pearce said he rang Hasnain in India in 1999 after spotting his claims in an Indian magazine.

He said that Dr Hasnain made the assertion about 2035 but admitted it was campaigning report rather than an academic paper that was reviewed by a panel of expert peers.

Despite this it rapidly became a key source for the IPCC when Prof Lal and his colleagues came to write the section on the Himalayas.

When finally published, the IPCC report did give its source as the WWF study but went further, suggesting the likelihood of the glaciers melting was "very high".

The IPCC defines this as having a probability of greater than 90 per cent.

The report read: "Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate."

However, glaciologists find such figures inherently ludicrous, pointing out that most Himalayan glaciers are hundreds of feet thick and could not melt fast enough to vanish by 2035 unless there was a huge global temperature rise. The maximum rate of decline in thickness seen in glaciers at the moment is two to three feet a year and most are far lower.

George Carlin talking revolution

hmm ?

sounds depressing doesn't it ?

13 January 2010

Man confronts Bush senior on his role in killing hundreds of thousands

Man confronts Bush senior on his role in killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. I'm not supporting him, but I like how he spoke his mind and stood up for probably millions of people around the world.

Q: What happens when you confront an ex-president and former head of the CIA?

A: The Secret Service visit you at home.

Surprisingly good manners eh ?

In the meantime a lot of stuff is happening in dutch politics. It has to do with our participation in the "war on terror". So tonight I'll be flipping all the newschannels to find out what;s happening in this country of mine. And if I'm angry enough in the morning I'll swim 2k's in the swimming pool.

10 January 2010

War is over

Really cool to find someone with the same outlook on life. Especially when that person is john lennon ;)

Happy 2010

06 January 2010

Little by little we are going nowhere

I was trying for months to write a good article on Afghanistan but this picture will do.

I was lucky enough to speak to some people from Afghanistan when they came to stay in the Netherlands. They were alone, their family members were murdered, so I might be a bit biased..

Just look at their history. For some reason or another other nations have always been bullying Afghanistan. It's a way of life for afghans, it's embedded in their culture.

But why do nations throughout history bully Afghanistan ?

The underwear bomber; Failling again

The British government warned the US last year about this man who turned out to be the underwear bomber. The father of the terrorist reported him to the authorities. When family reports this is extremely serious because of the bond involved.. Especially when that father happens to be a elected official.

So hold on. Wasn't this exactly what happened on 9-11 only different?

Up to 19 different government agencies around the world warned the US before 9-11 and nothing could be done.
So after 9-11 billions of dollars, tons of regulations were enforced world wide and hundreds of civil liberties have been restricted only to find that the system is still failing in the exact same area 8 years later?

Think of the people in the news stories that were put on terror watchlists and were NOT allowed to fly. Among them children and public officials ! Then this nigerian guy comes along and all of a sudden everything is cool ?

Funny story. Me and this terrorist were boarding planes & checking in at the same time at the same airport ! I also was taking a flight on Christmas day from Schiphol ! It's great because this greatly decreases the odds that I will come ever this close to me being the victim of a terrorist act.

If you've got time maybe you'd like to listen to Alex Jones (conspiracy). I rarely listen to him, but his views are refreshing and are above all, nowhere to be found in the mainstream media (BLEH!)! So it's good to check him out from time to time, just to see what's going on.