cementing the official illusion about Alaskan oil
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on this page:
- two possibilities to explain the selection
- the illusion of Alaskan oil and gas
- Disinformation and the Palin pregnancies
- a few other opinions
- Michael Palin for President
February 10, 2009:
In retrospect, it is likely that Sarah Palin was put on the Republican ticket to ensure that McCain would not "win" the selection, since the elites wanted Obama, Biden and the "good cop" Democrats to take over management of the empire.
As of September 1, 2008, this page was described as
"Best insights on web so far re Palin"
by Mike Ruppert's blog
from The Anagram Times
McCain's VP pick Palin says she's Smoked Marijuana
Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin
= She'll pinch marijuana and cannabis crop!
(by Adie Pena)
Former Chairperson, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
= So, McCain mission for America ends; looks at Governor Sarah Palin.
(by Adie Pena)
Palin: She Inhaled
Sarah Palin: She Inhaled = A harsh headline's plain
President Bush says John McCain is "ready to lead" the United States.
= This essay speech did say, "Just in case, don't let him near a red button!"
Palin was member of party calling for vote on Alaskan secession from US
= Former's nonconformist role, as evangelicals speak about family spawn.
Palin faces questions this month in ethics inquiry, says lawmaker
= Helpless McCain fears this quirky woman is not quite a shiny saint !
Sarah Palin: Shooting Star?
Sarah Palin: Shooting Star? = Shaping as harlot or saint?
(by Pinchas Aronas)
Day of stunning Palin disclosures
And old aspirant had ... = Sarah and Todd Palin!
(by Adie Pena)
A Story Palin Should Tell
Unmarried Bristol is pregnant = Girl ruins modern parents a bit
(by Pinchas Aronas)
September 01, 2008
Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” Weighs in on Sarah Palin, Hurricane Gustav and the Media’s Coverage of the Conventions
AMY GOODMAN: What do you think of Sarah Palin?
JON STEWART: It was interesting. I think, you know, Senator McCain has made it very clear that experience is his number one asset, and I think he went with that. Wait, are we talking about running a commercial fishery, or are we talking about governing? It was interesting.
AMY GOODMAN: Do you think she’ll get some Hillary delegates?
JON STEWART: The ones that were voting for her purely on gynecological reasons, maybe, but I think politically, no.
Two possibilities to explain the selection
There seem to be two possibilities to explain McCain's bizarre choice of Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate.
It is possible that since the "old guard" of the foreign policy establishment are coalesced around the Biden-Obama campaign, that McCain knows that he isn't going to get the job so he has done a "Hail Mary" pass to reassure the religious fundamentalists who are an important part of the Republican voting base.
The other possibility is that McCain knows that "the fix is in" for the Republicans to steal another election, so it doesn't matter that he has picked an ultra-conservative, creationist supporting, completely unqualified former Mayor of a small town to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.
The choice of Sarah Palin seems reminiscent of of Bob Dole's candidacy in 1996 - who seemed to know that the powers that be hadn't picked him, so he was going to enjoy himself while campaigning but he knew he wasn't going to get the job. While I have a hard time picturing Obama as W's replacement, that is much easier to imagine than Vice President Sarah Palin.
In 1988, there was widespread shock at the selection of Dan Quayle as Bush the First's Vice President, but Senator Quayle did have a little national experience (unlike Sarah Palin). More important, Quayle's Senate office played a role with the Iran-Contra scandal (one of Quayle's assistants helped Oliver North with the terror war on Nicaragua). This meant that Quayle had proved his loyalty to the secret government of the military industrial complex, the real power brokers in Washington. Also, Quayle made good "impeachment insurance" for GHWB, since few people wanted to see a "President Quayle" if Bush was impeached for his many high crimes and misdemeanors.
On the surface, McCain's selection looks like a wish to split the Democrats via gender -- it resonates with the media spin that implies there are millions of Hillary supporters who are more concerned with gender than policies. But it is hard to imagine that many Hillary supporters will be willing to vote for someone who is opposed to abortion rights (the main litmus test of the post-modern feminist movement). If Hillary supporters really want to prioritize gender over policies, they could vote for Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and her Vice Presidential running mate Rosa Clemente.
Do the powers that be really want a Vice President who thinks creationism should be given equal weight to science? George Bush the Lesser has made statements that favor creationism along side science, but it is extremely unlikely that he really believes in this -- W's professed interest in evangelical religion happened when his family decided that he needed to "get religion" to be more marketable to the Republican faithful. Some of the neo-cons have argued for many years that religion should be used as a way to keep the public docile, but it is unlikely that they actually believe in the dogma themselves. Ms. Palin, on the other hand, is more likely to be a sincere proponent of a literal view of fundamentalist religion. This is good news for Republican strategists hoping to ensure that the minority who think this way stay loyal to their party and candidate (since Senator McCain is not a member of the "religious right"), but bad news for everyone else should the Republican propagandists and election riggers succeed in getting their candidates installed.
Palin and the illusion of Alaskan oil and gas
Even if the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Naval Petroleum Reserve (the latter "opened" by Clinton / Gore) were magically removed from all environmental laws on January 21, 2009, that would make a minimal difference. It's just theater to pretend they are doing something rather than admitting that Peak Oil is here. Since very few people have a clue about the size of oil reserves, where they are, or the amount of oil consumed every day in the US, the Republicans can grandstand and the Democrats don't dare correct their facts since they'd have to admit the end of growth is here in order to rebut the lies from the R's. It's a clue that the Peak Oil movement has not really been a success on a large scale.
Neither the proponents of drilling in ANWR nor the environmental groups that oppose this drilling discuss the real issue of oil extraction in Alaska - the North Slope reached "peak" in 1988, and in 2006 oil flow rates had declined almost two-thirds. It takes a large amount of energy to keep oil flowing the Alaska Pipeline, especially in the Alaskan winter. As depletion of the North Slope fields continues, the amount of oil that will flow through the pipeline will eventually diminish to close to the point where it will take as much energy to extract and pump the oil as the oil contains energy. This is the real reason behind the campaign to drill in ANWR and other, smaller oil fields - to keep the Alaska Pipeline open a few more years than it would be without these secondary fields.
Oil drilling is the "Swift Boat" campaign for the 2008 Presidential Selection - and of more concern to more people than gay marriage. Since the D's don't dare talk about Peak, they are on the defensive, allowing the R's to set the agenda rather than admit that the days of "more" are ending.
One popular energy myth from many liberals is that "yes, we need to get off of oil." While is it good that a lot of people understand that our oil centric society is causing countless ecological, economic and political problems due to our consumption of fossil fuels, it is a dangerous delusion that we could somehow just substitute something else to keep business as usual fueled in a clean manner. All of the "alternatives" are less energy dense, airplanes don't run on solar panels, and a renewable energy society would be a decentralized, much less consumptive way of living. Most people who think our alleged "addiction" to oil is a bad thing have a very difficult time understanding any of this. Surely some smart Einstein type mad scientist will perform a "deus ex machina" ... the sad truth is we live in a world of cargo cults.
from "Crude Oil: The Supply Outlook" Energy Watch Group, October 2007
NGL: Natural Gas Liquids
Disinformation and the Palin pregnancies
Shortly after the announcement of Palin's selection, a claim was spread through liberal websites that Gov. Palin's baby was supposedly the baby of her 17-year old daughter and that Sarah Palin was lying when she said the baby was her own. One website that offered this claim was "dailykos.com," the famous liberal blog site that is extremely partisan toward the Democrats.
But on September 1, the announcement was made that the 17 year old daughter was pregnant and would soon be marrying her boyfriend (and having her child). National media then claimed that the Democrats were spreading false stories about this situation, and the McCain campaign then had the opportunity to point out how mean and nasty the Obama campaign supposedly was to promote these lies.
While it would be difficult to prove, this story fits the modus operandi of Republican propagandists, who are masters at spreading false claims of Republican scandals and then discrediting those spreading false claims once they get some traction among dissidents.
In 2004, CBS anchorman Dan Rather was baited with doctored memos of Bush going AWOL in the National Guard - the scandal was real but the memos were not, so Rather became the issue, not W.
Morals of the story: make sure to triple and quintuple check this sort of thing before you "forward it far and wide" (as many people have suggested should be done with this story), and it's a good idea to focus on the core problems of her candidacy, not her personal life or her children (although someone with five children is probably not concerned about resource depletion, overconsumption and overpopulation).
Personality issues aren't the real problems here.
The election is a battle between the Rockefeller Republicans and Council on Foreign Relations (Obama, Biden, Brzezinski, et al) versus the neo-con crazies / PNAC gang (McCain and his backers).
a few other opinions
from Michael Ruppert:
Thoughts on Sarah Palin and Hurricane Gustav
The selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be John McCain's running mate is terrifying. It would be good news if McCain were just out of his mind or desperate. Remember Dan Quayle? Quayle was also a lightweight. But in Quayle's case there was little to suggest what his influence in Indiana could do for the Bush I administration. In Palin's case what she can do for a McCain administration is all too obvious. She can help turn Alaska into one giant oil field quickly and without any concern for the environment. She can redefine the term"fast track". She knows the state and can wheel and deal in the places that will most quickly open up protected areas for drilling. Damn the torpedoes... That realization was instantaneous for me. Then came the second epiphany. McCain is acting as if the election is irrelevant and it just may be. The Republicans did steal the last two didn't they? Is this one already so far in the bag that McCain doesn't care what she does to his national ticket? I pray there is some other explanation.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2008
One Giant Step Backwards For Womankind
by Jenna Orkin
Whether to cry or vomit, that is the question that so readily and so often pops into mind these days. Any woman, possibly disgruntled at the defeat of Hillary, who cheers the choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate for a Presidential candidate needs to stop and think ahead a step or two: Say McCain, who, whatever theoretical good qualities he may have, has rarely been accused of youth, becomes indisposed to the point of no longer being able to govern. We now have our first female President. Wow. Inexperienced and, in a party not short on machismo, anxious to prove herself one of the boys, Palin is a tad overzealous in an era that calls for depth of thought and understanding.
As the world is on the brink of disaster anyway, her mistakes are magnified and the results, calamitous.
The country, or whatever is left of it, says, "You see? We had a woman President and what happened?"
It will be the end of female power for aeons; again, if there are any.
If Obama wins, he too, will be biting off more than he can chew (since it's more than anybody can chew) and will be destined to fail. But he does not face the same fate as far as history goes. He will be blamed for what happens but only as an individual and not, I think, because of his race (except among racists who were against him anyway.)
In other words, racism is alive and well but it is not so pervasive as anti-feminism. It's not politically correct to be a racist and there has been a sea change in progress over the last fifty years.
Feminism has seen progress in tangible areas such as admission to medical school and token CEOs but less in intangibles such as attitudes, assumptions and beliefs. The supposed differences between men and women are still the stuff of arguments and sitcoms. Nobody would ever write a book saying that one race is from Mars and another, from Venus.
So if the moment the wrecking ball strikes, McCain steps out of the way (possibly via a heart attack) and Palin is poised to catch it, then like Eve, she will earn her honorary male status as the fall guy.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 06, 2008
Palin, Perfect Patsy
In an era when what counts above all is selling toothpaste, Sarah Palin has it all: Looks (the Barracuda even has toothpaste-selling teeth); the Reaganesque savvy to disarm her critics with self-effacing humor ("What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick;") and to top it off, Wonder Woman prowess at hunting and skinning a moose. We know-it-all East Coast city slickers are impressed in spite of ourselves. Even the Peak Oilists have to admit that, however perversely, she has some of what it takes to make it through the hard times, at least on a personal level.
What makes the package even better for the Repubs is that the Powers That Be, operating, as always, on a need-to-know basis, will keep her pumped with disinformation so that she'll continue to preach the party line: Drill, Baby, Drill! Nukes! "Clean" Coal! Then, as an afterthought, wind/solar/geothermal and whatever other renewables you want to throw into the kit, what the hell.
Americans, who every day become more incapable of analysis any deeper than tabloid level, respond to her poignant yet sitcom family dilemmas, her spunky ability to bounce back and what's more, to project her own problems onto a national scale, promising, for instance, that other famililes with special needs children will have a voice in the White House (one of the few real issues she addressed in her acceptance speech.)
In sum, What a great package! And the fact that there's nothing inside - that can do us any good, anyway - makes her all the more perfect as a choice for running mate. Her ignorance of the true facts behind our energy crisis only makes her a more effective proponent for economic growth which is the original cancer of our mortally ill civilization. If you want to convey the impression that your solutions to various impending crises are innocent of environmental or social havoc, there's nothing like sending out a messenger who genuinely doesn't know any better.
Like W, she's being bought with power. After all, look where her zealous promotion of the party platform has gotten her so far. And like W, she's being set up to take the eventual and fatal fall. That the rest of us will fall with her is just part of the Darwinian scheme of things.
September 8. It looks like not vetting Sarah Palin was a good move, because if they had, someone would have said, "Oh shit, look at all the scandals, we can't risk running with her." But the risk has paid off... so far. Republicans, playing the dominant role in the American abuse ritual, remain scandal-proof, and McCain has caught Obama in the polls. We'll see what happens in the next eight weeks as the swing voters get to know everyone better. If McCain can stay within five points, he wins with the voter purges.
But Palin's role is bigger than this election. It's clear now that she's not another Dan Quayle -- she's Bush 2.0: more charming, more flawed, more critical of her opponents, and therefore in every way more divisive. The neocons love this, because their deep goal is not to win elections but to maintain an atmosphere of hatred and conflict, on which they feed, politically, financially, and spiritually. Obama's real threat was to unite America, and that threat is now being neutralized. Sarah Palin is a wedge to keep America divided, a bomb in a peace summit, a catalyst for civil war.
It's hard to explain what the civil war is about. Paul Krugman tries in The Resentment Strategy, and Bill Maher in Stop Calling Obama Elitist. I would say Republicans are pretending to fire up the poor against the rich, when really they're firing up the aggressively ignorant against the open-minded and tolerant, the contractive against the expansive, the orcs against the elves.
The good news is, the orcs are still mostly working within the system, merely voting against people less fucked up than they are, instead of killing them, as they did in Nazi Germany and Cambodia. And the other good news is the rumor that last week's stock market tumble is tied to Palin. If true, it means the Republicans have crossed the line with their reckless anti-elitism, and frightened the actual elite, who have the power to tell the TV news people to stop coddling McCain.
Sarah Palin: A Trojan Moose Concealing Four More Years of George Bush
Posted September 8, 2008 | 03:28 PM (EST)
Did Sarah Palin wrongfully push to have her ex-brother-in law fired? Was she really against the "Bridge to Nowhere?" Did she really sell Alaska's plane on eBay, or just list it on eBay? Did she actually have any substantial duties commanding the Alaska National Guard?
The correct answer to all these questions is: who cares? Which isn't to say these aren't valid questions, or that Palin and the McCain camp aren't playing it fast, loose, and coy with each of them. The point is that Palin, and the circus she's brought to town, are simply a bountiful collection of small lies deliberately designed to distract the country from one big truth: the havoc that George Bush and the Republican Party have wrought, and that John McCain is committed to continuing.
Every second of this campaign not spent talking about the Republican Party's record, and John McCain's role in that record, is a victory for John McCain.
Her critics like to say that Palin hasn't accomplished anything. I disagree: in the space of ten days she's succeeded in distracting the entire country from the horrific Bush record -- and McCain's complicity in it. My friends, that's accomplishment we can believe in.
Just look at the problem John McCain faced. George Bush has a disastrous record, and the country knows it. John McCain -- the current one, not the one who vanished eight years ago -- has no major disagreements with George Bush (and I'm sorry, wanting to fire Donald Rumsfeld a bit sooner doesn't qualify) and wants to continue his incredibly unpopular policies for another four years. The solution? Enter Sarah Palin, a Trojan Moose carrying four more years of disaster.
And the plan has worked beautifully. Just look at what's being discussed just 57 days before the election. Is it the highest unemployment rate in five years? The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The suicide bombing yesterday in Iraq that killed six people and wounded 54 -- in the same market where last month a bomb killed 28 people and wounded 72? That the political reconciliation that was supposedly the point of "the surge" is nowhere near happening? That Iraq's Shiite government is now rounding up the American-backed Sunni leaders of the Awakening? That the reason 8,000 soldiers may be leaving Iraq soon is so more can be deployed to Afghanistan where the Taliban is steadily retaking the country?
A Palin more worthy of support
I'd rather vote for Michael Palin of Monty Python
He played the "Dennis" character in this scene ...
a short campaign video promoting the "other" Palin, author(s) are anonymous (or is that anonymoose)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
ARTHUR: How do you do, good lady? I am Arthur, King of the Britons. Who's castle is that?
WOMAN: King of the who?
ARTHUR: The Britons.
WOMAN: Who are the Britons?
ARTHUR: Well, we all are. We are all Britons, and I am your king.
WOMAN: I didn't know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.
DENNIS: You're fooling yourself. We're living in a dictatorship: a self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes--
WOMAN: Oh, there you go bringing class into it again.
DENNIS: That's what it's all about. If only people would hear of--
ARTHUR: Please! Please, good people. I am in haste. Who lives in that castle?
WOMAN: No one lives there.
ARTHUR: Then who is your lord?
WOMAN: We don't have a lord.
DENNIS: I told you. We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week,...
DENNIS: ...but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting...
ARTHUR: Yes, I see.
DENNIS:...by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs,...
ARTHUR: Be quiet!
DENNIS: ...but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more major--
ARTHUR: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!
WOMAN: Order, eh? Who does he think he is? Heh.
ARTHUR: I am your king!
WOMAN: Well, I didn't vote for you.
ARTHUR: You don't vote for kings.
WOMAN: Well, how did you become King, then?
ARTHUR: The Lady of the Lake,...[angels sing]...her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water signifying by Divine Providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur.[singing stops]That is why I am your king!
DENNIS: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
ARTHUR: Be quiet!
DENNIS: Well, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!
ARTHUR: Shut up!
DENNIS: I mean, if I went 'round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away!
ARTHUR: Shut up, will you? Shut up!
DENNIS: Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.
ARTHUR: Shut up!
DENNIS: Oh! Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
ARTHUR: Bloody peasant!
DENNIS: Oh, what a give-away. Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That's what I'm on about. Did you see him repressing me? You saw it, didn't you?