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Saturday, June 25, 2005

More Honey

Re: yesterday's post

I found some more honey.

Iran's oil reserves expected to outlive Saudi Arabia's

You're kidding.
At the current rate of production, Iran's oil reserves will outlive those of Saudi Arabia, even though the kingdom's official reserves are nearly twice those of Tehran's, according to the London-based Economist magazine.
Imagine that.

Iran, did you say?
Using BP's latest Statistical Review of World Energy, the weekly calculated that Iran's proven oil reserves of 132.5 billion barrels at the end of 2004 will not be exhausted for another 89 years using last year's rate of production.
Can you imagine how much money you'd make - if you had control of that stuff?

132.5 billion X 60 is...uh...uh...a lot of honey.
In comparison, Saudi Arabia's 262.7 bn barrels, which represent 22 per cent of the world's official oil reserves, would last for only 68 years.
But...what will we do then?!

That's crazy "Road Warrior" shit!

"Don't worry. We'll all be flying. Individual jet packs, fueled by peanut butter."
The reserves of IRAQ, KUWAIT and the UAE, which are respectively placed third, fourth and fifth behind Saudi Arabia and Iran, were estimated to be able to continue 2004's rate for production for over 100 years each.
I bet.
Among Iran's other neighbouring states, none were calculated as being able to produce oil longer, with Kazakhstan's reserves expected to be exhausted in 84 years, Azerbaijan's in 60, Qatar in 42 and Oman in 19.

Based on BP's figures, the US will be only able to produce oil for another 11 YEARS, Canada for 15, Russia for 21 and Norway for 8 years.
Again - oil is at $60/barrel.

That's NOTHING compared to where it's going, BTW.

So where are we with Iraq?

A quick trip in the time machine will take us to -- January 21, 2005.

"Cheney: Iran A Top Trouble Spot"

CUE Darth Vader theme:
(AP) President Bush refuses to rule out war with Iran. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami says his country is ready to defend itself against a U.S. attack.

The United States is pushing for a peaceful solution to its nuclear impasse with Iran but, with mistrust on both sides running high, encouraging signs are hard to find.

"You look around the world at potential trouble spots, Iran is right at the top of the list," Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday in a radio interview, hours before he and Bush were sworn in to a second term.
And the key bit --
Asked hypothetically whether the United States would yield to ISRAEL in a scenario in which an attack against Tehran was being considered, he said, "One of the concerns people have is that ISRAEL MIGHT DO IT WITHOUT BEING ASKED, that if in fact the Israelis became convinced the IRANIANS had a significant NUCLEAR capability, given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of the state of Israel, that the Israelis might well decide to act first and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterward."

"WE DON'T WANT A WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST IF WE CAN AVOID IT," Cheney quickly added, "and certainly, in the case of the Iranian situation, I think everybody would best suited by, and or best treated or dealt with, if we could deal with it diplomatically."
"Sounds good to me."

And where are we today?

"Muslim Hard-Liners Cheer Iran Vote Outcome"

D'oh!
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Governments of Muslim countries offered muted congratulations in response to Iran's presidential election, while the UNITED STATES and BRITAIN SAID the VOTE FAILED TO GIVE IRANIANS A TRUE CHOICE FOR THEIR FUTURE.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the conservative mayor of Tehran, beat his relatively moderate rival Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and was declared Iran's next president early Saturday. His triumph extends the conservatives' control in Iran and could lead to a return to social restrictions that were commonplace after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

*

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Joanne Moore indicated the result would not change the U.S. view of Iran, and what it considered to be a fundamentally flawed election that refused to accept scores of candidates, particularly women.
The US view of Iran: 132.5 billion X 60, 70, 80 equals...?

"Axis of evil."

"Nuclear capabilities."

"Weapons of mass destruction."

"Threat to Israel."

"Torture."

"They deny women the right to be...women."

Hmm.

Hey, speaking of evil, Joe Conason has a fantastic op-ed piece in Salon today re: Karl Rove and his now-classic comment that liberals "saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers"

Excerpt:
Karl Rove is a liar and a scoundrel. He is not a patriot but a pure partisan, as his own record proved long before now.

The other night Rove lied about the liberal reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks and again exploited patriotism for narrow partisan advantage in a time of war. He seeks to divert public opinion from the failures of the Bush administration by suppressing dissent, stigmatizing "liberals" and returning to the same old tactics that the Republican far right has used ever since the McCarthy era.

His unhinged rhetoric is a sign of deep worry within the White House, of course, as polls continue to show deepening public alienation from the president and growing skepticism about the war in Iraq. Most Americans now understand that they have been deceived about the war from the beginning, and most doubt the Bush administration's strategy for extricating our troops. Moreover, Rove must cope with Republicans as well as Democrats who are openly dissenting from the administration line, not only regarding Iraq but on the Bolton nomination and Social Security privatization.
Finally - and, really, this is the best story today - Cruise.

You've seen it, you've read about it, but methinks it's just gettin' good.

Because the "S" word ihas become a part of the dialogue.

My favorite piece on Tom's latest meltdown comes from the New York Daily News.

The writer, Tracy Connor, has the guts to go where no man has gone before.
Is "War of the Worlds" star Tom Cruise lost in space?
No.

He's got to be at least an OT5 - by this point.
The superstar Scientologist flipped out on the "Today" show yesterday, pompously lecturing Matt Lauer about the evils of psychiatry - and scolding actress Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants.

"You don't know the history of psychiatry," the actor arrogantly told the newsman. "I do."

Cruise, 42, was on the NBC morning show to talk about his upcoming sci-fi flick and his quickie engagement to ingénue Katie Holmes, 26.

But the interview took a bizarre turn when Lauer questioned Cruise on critical comments he's made about Shields and her memoir about overcoming postpartum depression.

Cruise defended his claim that Shields was wrong to take depression pills to cure a crippling case of the baby blues after the the birth of her daughter.

"The things I'm saying about Brooke is that there's misinformation, okay?" he said.

"And she doesn't understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn't understand in the same way that you don't understand it, Matt."

The high school dropout launched into a diatribe about mental illness - calling psychiatry a "pseudoscience" and anti-depressants "very dangerous."

He insisted there's no such thing as a chemical imbalance and argued that mood disorders can be cured with "vitamins, exercise and various things."
"Various things?"

Are some of those "various things" on display at the "Psychi*try Kills Muse*m?" At Sunset & Seward? Next to the Cat & the Fiddle?

Hmm?

Look at me - using symbols instead of vowels. Am I afraid to take on...?

A: Yep.
He didn't say whether one of those things is Scientology, the religion that says humans are plagued by the souls of dead aliens who invaded the planet 75 million years ago.
OOPS!

Tracy, Tracy, Tracy.

You're playing hardball now.

Good luck!

(Back then...the planet was called Tee-gee-ack. No joke.)
Cruise interrupted and cut off Lauer as he tried to present the other side of the argument.

"Matt, Matt, Matt, you don't even - you're glib," he said.

With a $128 million movie riding on his popularity, Cruise's attack on Shields and well-established science could be risky business.

Coupled with his over-the-top courtship of Holmes, it could be the biggest career misstep since fellow Scientologist John Travolta made "Battlefield Earth."
WHOA!

There's the "S" word again. And a knock against "the biggest science fiction novel of all time!"

I'm thinkin' that...Ms. Connor will be getting a phone call...or a visit...very soon.

Wonder how Matt Lauer is doin' today?

More later...

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