Monday, May 22, 2006

Lake of Fire

Lake of Fire

Lake of Fire (2000)

Now the people cry and the people moan
and they look for a dry place to call their home

--Meat Puppets, "Lake of Fire"

Arianna Huffington reports that Al Gore was the red-carpet sight-to-see this weekend at Cannes. His film, An Inconvenient Truth, tore up the film festival. Gore gave 23 interviews yesterday, and he had 23 more scheduled for today. It seems everyone wants to catch the film...

...except the one person who most needs to see it. Guess who? From Yahoo News:


Is President Bush likely to see Al Gore's documentary about global warming? "Doubt it," Bush said coolly Monday. But Bush should watch it, Gore shot back. In fact, the former Democratic vice president offered to come to the White House any time, any day to show Bush either his documentary or a slide show on global warming that he's shown more than 1,000 times around the world.

"The entire global scientific community has a consensus on the question that human beings are responsible for global warming and he has today again expressed personal doubt that that is true," Gore said in an Associated Press interview from France where he attended the Cannes Film Festival.

[...]

"New technologies will change how we live and how we drive our cars, which all will have the beneficial effect of improving the environment," Bush said. "And in my judgment we need to set aside whether or not greenhouse gases have been caused by mankind or because of natural effects and focus on the technologies that will enable us to live better lives and at the same time protect the environment."

Gore said the causes of global warming should not be ignored.

"Why should we set aside the global scientific consensus," Gore said, his voice rising with emotion. "Is it because Exxon Mobil wants us to set it aside? Why should we set aside the conclusion of scientists in the United States, including the
National Academy of Sciences, and around the world including the 11 most important national academies of science on the globe and substitute for their view the view of Exxon Mobil. Why?"

Wouldn't it be nice if "The Decider" was capable of admitting a mistake or (better yet) having a genuine instinct in his brain* instead of fundamentalist stirrings his gut?

I read the report put out by the bureaucracy...

Is our planets burning?

Doubt it...

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*Blogger assumes, for the sake of argument, that Bush actually possesses the organ in question. Opinions vary:

Maybe Mike will ghost write my autobiography--Jurassic Dork...

Though he didn't say so publicly, Bush is a dissenter on the theory of global warming....He avidly read Michael Crichton's 2004 novel State of Fear, whose villain falsifies scientific studies to justify draconian steps to curb global warming....Early in 2005, political adviser Karl Rove arranged for Crichton to meet with Bush at the White House. They talked for an hour and were in near-total agreement. The visit was not made public for fear of outraging environmentalists all the more.
--Frank Barnes, Rebel in Chief

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember shoveling coal into the furnace, and later having to pluck smoldering cinder blocks out with metal tongs, dumping them into a squat, steel trash can that had to be hauled up the uneven back wood steps and then secured out in the snow for trash pickup. That was one of my chores, which, if not done properly, would earn me a beating. The coal room was choked with a dust that no amount of scrubbing could ever remove, even after the main furnace was converted to electrical heat and that cold cubicle was redesigned as a family game area, mostly for darts or checkers, since there wasn't elbow room for ping pong or badmitton. The lighting consisted of one flourescent tube dangling overhead, with the wiring exposed, and sparks whenever the contraption shorted out. This blackened chamber remained the coldest spot in the house and whenever I see a picture of an interregation room, it reminds me of my childhood.

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