When you can wake up at 4:15 am and get to work early and then leave at 1pm to go out and enjoy the day. That’s when it’s kinda rad that I work in a research lab. When does it blow? Well most of the time I guess.

This is what the sunrise looked like over portland this morning in case anyone cared.img_2148.jpg


So I just received an email from my mom, a real estate agent, about the house I grew up in. Click HERE for a link to the listing so you can get the context of the reply I sent her.I also tried to make it a pdf so you could view it on the blog but it didn’t work, but here it is anyway. my-old-house.pdf

This is what I wrote back…


OMG that is disgusting. My chest hurts from the dry heaving induced upon seeing that disaster. The front yard looks normal except the grass is dead, but that’s the wid-west for ya.

WHAT! did they do to the kitchen? Did they shop at the bargain basement outlet of marble and the only selection was feces brown. It gives the impression that a roman had diarrhea all over the counters. Well at least the “back splash” protected the walls. And what’s with that olive/bone-white contrast in the addition? I couldn’t even look at the pink-on-pink candy stripped room.

Did they install that fireplace in the upstairs of the addition (master bedroom) and what’s with those black curtains not to mention the ones in the dining room (all the window treatments and furniture skirts are in desperate need of some combustible fuel and a match)? I didn’t see a picture of my old room WTF? IMHO That was the best room in the house. But I will say the basement looks much better, they must have worked out that little flooding issue.

In any case I hope the residents are to blame for the schizophrenic decorating (especially the color schemes) and not some actual decorating business.

Well now that I think about it… if it were a company, they did an excellent job convincing the owners to part with their $ for all that crap. In reality, the only excuse is that a blind family has moved in and thankfully their seeing-eye-dogs are color blind.

And the fact they decided to sell just when the market is cooling down. It should be interesting to see how long it languishes on the market and how low they will have to drop the price. Maybe they should be reimbursed by their interior “decorator”. But with a Jr. High School of Nipher’s caliber someone will probably snap it up just to get in the kirkwood school district.

I like the end of the description “this is a special home”. What does that even mean?

So Seymour Hersh has a new article in the new yorker magazine called redirection. You can click HERE to read it. Just turn off the TV for a half an hour and read it OK. But if you are like me and deal better with auditory stimuli then there are 3 yes three podcasts you can listen to where he is interviewed about the article. He was interviewed on fresh air with terry gross and you can hear the interview HERE. Then I heard him on democracy now click HERE to listen. One of my favorite podcasts which I have written about before is open source with chris lydon. He interviewed seymour hersh and you can hear it HERE.

PLEASE read or listen to this information it is the only place you will hear this very important information. I hope that my bike blog is showing you a simple way you can change your life so that you do not have to support the actions of ALL these demented rich people.  And at the same time all the fun and crazy stuff that you can do for free and without supporting evil.

Just in case the links above don’t work I am reprinting them below:

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In the late 80’s and especially in the 90’s the middle east was relatively stable. There were forces in place that kept each other in check. This allowed countries like china, russia, and india to begin to strike deals with and invest with countries in the region. China and india need raw materials and energy to fuel their booming economy’s. Russia has raw materials and energy but since the U.S. controls shipping they have to transport their exports across the middle east and central asia. In all of these bilateral trade agreements and gas and oil pipeline deals amerika was getting cut out. Amerika’s strength lies in it’s air and sea power that are like an insurance policy on exported goods, but if the area is secure the U.S.’s military might is unnecessary.

Who will want to prop up the U.S.’s economy by buying their debt when peoples in india and china can fill the consumer gap?

So on 11.09.01 some religious fanatics hijacked planes like many have done in the past but in this case they flew the planes into some big buildings in a big city in amerika. The hijackers were mostly from Saudia Arabia and belonged to a fringe neo-conservative group.

The response from amerika’s neo-conservatives was to invade afganastan (a country) and remove the taliban from power. Then invade Iraq (another country) and removed saddam and the bath party from power. And of course don’t forget the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid goes to israel who have pissed off lebanon, syria, and palestine directly and just about everyone else indirectly.

This is all leading to my point about the upcoming war against iran. I have heard that the eisenhower and stennis battle groups are both in the region. You can read for yourself on their website. Retired air force colonel Sam Gardiner recently said, that if you hear that the nimitz battle group is being deployed to the region then he is 100% certain the U.S. will attack iran in the next few weeks. Surprise surprise I can’t get to the nimitz homepage. Colonel gardiner’s reasoning on this stems from the fact that you don’t send 3 carrier battle groups to one region because that uses up too much of your overall capabilities. He goes on to say that another indicator of a war with iran would be the deployment of the new airforce F22 raptor out of langley, virginia.

This is all mildly interesting but the part I find particularly hilarious or malicious however you tend to view things is that the U.S. is doing all of this and no one in the U.S. seems to mind much.

Go look at google maps of the middle east. Amerika took out iran’s sworn enemy to the east, the taliban. Then it took out iran’s biggest enemy to the west, saddam and installed a friendly shia government where no shia power had existed. It seems like we did everything possible to make iran look powerful in the region.

In doing these things the U.S. really pissed off the sunni arab countries like saudia arabia, egypt, jordan, and the gulf states (kuwait, bahrain, oman, yemen, qatar and the U.A.E.) not to mention israel. Why does this make sunni’s mad well for instance Saudia Arabia has a significant population of shia’s who live right on their oil fields in the east along the gulf. All they would have to do is break away and join the shia’s in iraq and bam saudia arabia is a desert with no energy exports. This scenario is played out in most countries in the middle east. Think lebanon with shia (hezbollah) probably the majority of muslims and the sunni the second largest faction of muslims there.

I have to run but in closing I just have to say that if you are placing your bets on amerika then you better hope they crush iran and divide up saudi arabia or else the neo-cons little plan to control india and china’s growth will end up bankrupting the U.S. and you might want to practice eating dirt for two meals a day because they don’t let you have lunch in the sweatshops.

Go read my portland bike blog about my recent rip out of the country.

I have just updated my flickr page with photos. Click on any of the photos on the right or here my pictures and sign in if I invited you, so you can see all the pictures including any I was too embarrassed to make public.