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?

Hunting down the CIA

The CIA has apparently been conducting “extraordinary rendition” operations in Europe and they have left a trail. Police in Italy, Germany and Sweden are in pursuit, according to the Washington Post’s Foreign Service.

The Italian probe is one of three official investigations that have surfaced in the past year into renditions believed to have taken place in Western Europe. Although the CIA usually carries out the operations with the help or blessing of friendly local intelligence agencies, law enforcement authorities in Italy, Germany and Sweden are examining whether U.S. agents may have broken local laws by detaining terrorist suspects on European soil and subjecting them to abuse or maltreatment.

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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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