2010/07/19

A hidden world, growing beyond control

The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.


These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.


The investigation's other findings include:
* Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.
* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.
* In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings - about 17 million square feet of space.

2010/07/17

so-called "World War II"

-This is a very funny post-

As I mentioned in my last entry, I've been watching Babylon 5 lately. It's not a perfect show, but it has one big advantage: it's consistent and believable.



Contrast this with Doctor Who. Doctor Who is fun to watch, but if you think about it for more than two seconds you notice it's full of plot holes and contradictions. Things that cause time travel paradoxes that threaten to destroy the universe one episode go without a hitch the next. And the TARDIS, the sonic screwdriver, and the Doctor's biology gain completely different powers no one's ever alluded to depending on the situation. The aliens are hysterically unlikely, often without motives or believable science, the characters will do any old insane thing when it makes the plot slightly more interesting, and everything has either a self-destruct button or an easily findable secret weakness that it takes no efforts to defend against.


But I guess I'm not complaining. If the show was believable, the Doctor would have gotten killed the first time he decided to take on a massive superadvanced alien invasion force by walking right up to them openly with no weapons and no plan. And then they would have had to cancel the show, and then I would lose my chance to look at the pretty actress who plays Amy Pond.


So Doctor Who is not a complete loss. But then there are some shows that go completely beyond the pale of enjoyability, until they become nothing more than overwritten collections of tropes impossible to watch without groaning.


I think the worst offender here is the History Channel and all their programs on the so-called "World War II".

Let's start with the bad guys. Battalions of stormtroopers dressed in all black, check. Secret police, check. Determination to brutally kill everyone who doesn't look like them, check. Leader with a tiny villain mustache and a tendency to go into apopleptic rage when he doesn't get his way, check. All this from a country that was ordinary, believable, and dare I say it sometimes even sympathetic in previous seasons.

2010/05/26

The Church of SANTA-ology


I have decided to start my own religion. Peace!

Seedbom, throw it grow it


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2010/05/25

Every Purchase Funds Global Literacy

Better World Books, check them out next time your looking for a book, and help out the world.

Daily Show's Lewis Black on Glenn Beck's Nazis (Hilarious)



Wow Glenn Beck just blows me away with is stupidity. The sad thing is, there are people who actually listen and believe him.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


http://twitter.com/dalailama
http://www.facebook.com/DalaiLama?v=wall#!/DalaiLama?v=wall

Ok, am I the only human being on the planet that doesn't understand Twitter???

Surfrider Foundation-Oregon Chapter



Ban the Bag! - A campaign to end single use plastic bags in PortlandJuly 14th, mark you calendars! WE're taking this fight to city hall! Engage! We're in the home stretch

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                    A Great Magazine, I highly recommend it.

2010/05/23

A quick update

Well I spent a little time cleaning up the blog, getting some old links and pics off of here. Will work on it some more in the morning.

Lost but not forgoten

Well, I have been away for a long time, and I need to update my blog. I have missed blogging and will hopefully be able to update it and get back in the habit of blogging. So coming soon, a new and improved blog,,,,,hopefully.

LDS Temple in Mesa

Wife took me to this temple to walk around the grounds, very pretty place.