Monday, April 26, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Zen Master Dōgen




“The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. Each reflection, however long or short its duration, manifests the vastness of the dewdrop, and realizes the limitless of the moonlight in the sky.”

- Zen Master Dōgen


US Military: Substantial Oil Shortage Coming in Two Years?

"The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact.

The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command, comes as the price of petrol in Britain reaches record levels and the cost of crude is predicted to soon top $100 a barrel.

'By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day,' says the report, which has a foreword by a senior commander, General James N Mattis.

It adds: 'While it is difficult to predict precisely what economic, political, and strategic effects such a shortfall might produce, it surely would reduce the prospects for growth in both the developing and developed worlds. Such an economic slowdown would exacerbate other unresolved tensions, push fragile and failing states further down the path toward collapse, and perhaps have serious economic impact on both China and India.'

The US military says its views cannot be taken as US government policy but admits they are meant to provide the Joint Forces with 'an intellectual foundation upon which we will construct the concept to guide out future force developments.'

The warning is the latest in a series from around the world that has turned peak oil – the moment when demand exceeds supply – from a distant threat to a more immediate risk."

Article continued at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/apr/11/peak-oil-production-supply

Friday, April 9, 2010

General McChrystal On Ineffective Checkpoints

"We really ask a lot of our young service people out on the checkpoints because there's danger, they're asked to make very rapid decisions in often very unclear situations. However, to my knowledge, in the nine-plus months I've been here, not a single case where we have engaged in an escalation of force incident and hurt someone has it turned out that the vehicle had a suicide bomb or weapons in it and, in many cases, had families in it…We've shot an amazing number of people and killed a number and, to my knowledge, none has proven to have been a real threat to the force."

- General Stanley A. McChrystal, Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan


Monday, April 5, 2010

Former FDA scientist Claims Cancer Treatment is Linked to Cancer

"WASHINGTON — A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said Tuesday his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning.

Dr. Julian Nicholas told an audience of imaging specialists that he and other FDA staffers 'were pressured to change their scientific opinion,' by managers in the agency's medical device division.

Nicholas, now a physician at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, said he and eight other staffers raised their concerns with the division's top director Dr. Jeffrey Shuren last September.


'Scientific and regulatory review process for medical devices was being distorted by managers who were not following the laws,' Nicholas said. A month later Nicholas' position was 'terminated,' he said.


The allegations about suppression of scientific dissent within FDA are not the first, and come at an inopportune time for the agency.


Tuesday's meeting was designed to kick off FDA's campaign to reduce radiation exposure from medical scanning. The agency is seeking input from physicians and manufacturers on additional safety controls and training to improve CT scanners and other medical imaging devices.


Hundreds of studies have linked certain types of radiation, including the type used in medical imaging, to cancer that can surface decades later."

Article continued at: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h7r4QBWSM_SthqSpBRwSovDC8lcgD9EP48RG4

United States Military Massacres Photojournalists

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Frederick Douglass, Freedom and Struggle


"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.  They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters."

- Frederick Douglass