Author: BooMan

Raw Story: Interesting Interview with Scott Ritter

Raw Story: Do you feel the latest flurry of warnings with regard to biochemical and/or nuclear attacks are part of this strategy–fear–or is something coming down the pike?

Ritter: No, they are using fear. [FBI director] Robert Mueller said he is a 100 percent certain that the US will be attacked by chemical and biological weapons. That’s a stunning statement if you think about it. I am a firefighter here in New York state, if we are going to be attacked by chemical/biological weapons; then why am I and other first responders not being mobilized to be trained in responding to that environment… in an emergency fashion? I mean this is a national security imperative.

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New Suggestion Box

Here is a new suggestion box.  The site is almost a day old and we have established a few things.

One: a lot of people do not like the default comment titles.  If anyone likes ’em, speak up now.

Two: people are freaking out about the spellcheck feature.  For now, you cannot post in comments or a diary until you uncheck the spellcheck button.

You can turn off the default spellcheck button in Display Preferences.

If you want to use spellcheck, just remember to uncheck the box before hitting post.

Three: we have to fix the New message lights so they don’t count our own posts as new.

Hmmm.  Anything else?

Is Gale Norton our Seretary of Interior or our Secretary of Energy?

I don’t have any expertise on the whole issue of ANWAR and energy exploration. But I find it very disturbing that Gale Norton has decided to advocate for oil drilling on the Editorial Pages of the New York Times. She is nothing but a shill for the mining, timber, and now, oil industries. Isn’t that the exact opposite of what the Secretary of Interior is supposed to be?

Even though it is noon, the landscape is pitch black. The wind chill stands at 70 below zero. A lone man drives across a vast frozen plain on a road made of ice. He sits atop a large, bug-like machine with enormous wheels. He is heading for a spot on the tundra pinpointed by satellite imagery to explore for oil. When the spring thaw comes and the road melts, any evidence that a man or a machine ever crossed there will be gone.

This is the world of Arctic energy exploration in the 21st century. It is as different from what oil exploration used to be as the compact supercomputers of today are different from the huge vacuum tube computers of the 1950s. Through the use of advanced technology, we have learned not only to get access to oil and gas reserves in Arctic environments but also to protect their ecosystems and wildlife. Gale Norton’s NY Times Editorial

I’m willing to entertain the idea that we have made advances in environmentally friendly ways of exploring for oil. But what about when we actually find oil?

Will we have one lone man up there pumping oil. Will there be no activity except during winter months?

In 1980, when Congress created the refuge, it set aside the 1002 area for possible future energy development. To date, Congress has not approved this development because of environmental concerns. In the meantime, America’s domestic production of energy has declined and we have become more and more dependent on imported oil.

Has Gale Norton advocated for alternative energy sources? Or just for less regulation for her special interests masters?

Not today:

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Booman Tribune is open for blogging.

Imagine if Daily Kos was devoid of users. No comments, no diaries, no trolls, and no Cheers and Jeers.

That pretty well describes the current situation over at BooTrib where all the architecture is in place and no one has had a chance to deflower her.

If you are tired of going through life with a 5-digit user ID, now is your chance to remedy the situation.

If you are frustrated that your diary scrolled off the screen in an hour…you can be sure that won’t happen at Booman Tribune.

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Welcome to Booman Tribune

Booman Tribune is brand spanking new. So, I haven’t received any questions yet. However, this is a SCOOP site, and many of the questions I anticipate are common to all SCOOP sites.

The greatest of all SCOOP sites is Daily Kos. This site is designed to be familiar to regular visitors to Daily Kos. It shares many features in common with dKos, and it may be useful to examine the dKos FAQ web page (especially for HTML related questions). Just remember that a lot of the information there is specific to his site.

I will be developing a community guide for BooTrib soon. In the meantime it will be helpful to refer to Pastor Dan’s dKos Community Guide. If you have a question about what Trolls are, Pastor Dan explains it well.

Some immediate differences between this site and dKos need to be explained.

During registration users are divided into ‘Americans’ and ‘others’ in order to allow a separate ‘Recommended Diary’ category called ‘Recommended World Diaries’.

‘World Diaries’ are those diaries submitted by non-American registered users. They are judged according to a different standard in order to compensate for the general tendency of Americans to show more interest in domestic issues. It also helps compensate for the fact that this site will have more American users than users from any other single country.

If I become convinced that an American has registered as a non-American in order to try to game the system, I will banish that user.

All diaries, irrespective of the residence of the diarist, are eligible for making the ‘Recommended Diary’ list. This will sometimes result in a diary being listed in both the ‘Recommended Diary’ list and the ‘Recommended World Diary’ list. This is anticipated and not considered a problem.

Another feature of this site that is not shared with dKos is the regional open threads. The regional open threads are accessible by clicking on the ‘Midwest’, ‘South’, ‘East’, ‘West’, and ‘World’ buttons at the top of the Home page.

Anyone can participate in these open threads, but they are intended to promote coordination among users from similar regions. They are open threads, so anything can be discussed on them. However, if you want to talk about the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race you should probably not do it on the southern thread. And PLEASE don’t waste time fighting over whether Kentucky is in the Midwest or Colorado is in the West. Let people decide where they live.

What’s the Deal With the Rating System?

There are only two differences between this site and dKos for the comment rating system and they are minor. He calls serious idiots ‘Super Trolls’ and I call them ‘Mega Trolls’. I just like ‘Mega Trolls’ better.

The other difference is that he calls the (2) rating ‘Marginal’ and I call it ‘Warning!’. I discourage people from using the (2) rating as an indication of disagreement. Use it to tell someone that they are nearing the line of offensive, impertinent or trollish behavior. If you disagree with a post, but do not find it offensive or trollish, just don’t rate it at all.

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