Less Driving to Conserve Gas: Bush hears Chavez!

Well, finally here is one lesson that Bush learnt from Chavez and he has adopted quickly. Sounds like trivial, but it is not.
Despite what the pundits say about impossibility of Global Warming, its right here and its to stay if we dont conserve energy.
On September 16, the communist model envisaged by Chavez in his country felt disgusted at the Capitalistic extravaganza. Associated Press writer Kim Gamel mentioned:

Chavez singled out the United States as the most wasteful
country, saying he was shocked when a quarter of all the
cars he counted Thursday morning on New York streets had
one person in them.

“That’s crazy, one person with a huge car … that is using
up gas and polluting the atmosphere,” he said at a news
conference. “The world cannot tolerate this model of
development called the American way of life
.”

Chavez, some point out, colors his own lines. Well, hardly.
In fact in 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney had said, “Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it cannot be the basis of a sound energy policy.” Also that year, Ari Fleischer, then Mr. Bush’s press secretary, responded to a question about reducing American energy consumption by saying “that’s a big no. The president believes that it’s an American way of life,” Mr. Fleischer said.

And this morning, the New York Times has the US president heeding to the call of the revolutionary. Finally.

With fears mounting that high energy costs will crimp economic growth, President Bush called on Americans yesterday to conserve gasoline by driving less. He also issued a directive for all federal agencies to cut their own energy use and to encourage employees to use public transportation.

“We can all pitch in,” Mr. Bush said. “People just need to recognize that the storms have caused disruption,” he added, and that if Americans are able to avoid going “on a trip that’s not essential, that would be helpful.”

Way to go, Mr President!

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The Journalistic Use Of The Word “Refugee”

Judy Dothard Simmons says:

The people stranded in New Orleans are refugees in that they
are human beings fleeing danger and discomfort in search of
shelter and succor. This includes not only those who were
snared there by flood, but also those who left days earlier
and whose homes and businesses no longer exist. The millions
of people who are moved to aid storm victims-displaced
persons-evacuees-refugees do so because they recognize and
empathize with people seeking refuge.

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Celine Dion: Let them touch those things for once!

The beautiful and radical Celine Dion on Larry King Live.

You know, some people are stealing and they’re making a big deal out of it. Oh, they’re stealing 20 pair of jeans or they’re stealing television sets. Who cares? They’re not going to go too far with it. Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that they’re so poor they’ve never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once.

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Breaking the Silence

I had a period of silence. And it was deafening.

The so-called natural disasters are no more within the control of the nature anymore. Not just do disasters of such scale continue to persist (despite the fact that there should be none, considering the “progress” we have made in terms of our understanding of nature) because of human interference in ecological balance (what with the high-rises, the nuclear underground/water tests, the unusual warming), but even the aftermaths of the disasters continue to ravage human lives (which are logically most extremely avoidable).

So the most recent (in)human disaster has a name: Katrina. In the few subsequent blog posts, I shall publish in entirety some reactions, responses and revolutionary stances that few people are taking everyday of their lives and which need to be emulated.

Personally speaking, I have few reservations about the donation-charity society. By going this way, we are absolving the government we elect of its role: which is to conduct itself in accordance to the demands of the social situation. I would be far better to see the anger than the gratitude in the face of victims. And my heart does not go out to them because they are in a state of dismay. My whole self goes, because they are angry. Agitated. This is the wake-up call.