Climate Change – IPCC – Real Data

Below is a link to the “Robust Findings” section from the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) report of 2007. This is data from real scientists from around the world with no vested interest in American politics or corporations. They operate in a world of facts and objective findings with their mission being to learn more about our planet and maybe, just maybe, save our future.

This is merely one section in the final summary of the IPCC analysis. I encourage anyone reading this link to dive as deeply into this report as you can.  It is of crucial importance to learning the facts and changing the minds of people who listen to what Glenn Becks and BP CEO’s say on television instead of scientists who care about knowledge and our earth, not money or elections…

http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/syr/en/mains6-1.html

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The Straight of Hormuz

Recently the United States has set in motion a series of sanctions against Iran. These sanctions are designed to put financial pressure on the Iranian state due to rising suspicions about their nuclear ambitions. There have been multiple reports of different facilities enriching uranium which the United States and their allies  believe could be used for nuclear weapons and not just energy. In response to these sanctions the Iranian military backed by the support of president  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad {A} and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei {B} are threatening to close the Straight of Hormuz. This area of ocean off the Arabian Peninsula has the highest level of oil movement in the world. About 14 tankers carrying 15.5 million barrels of crude oil pass through the strait each day, making it one of the world’s most strategically important choke points. This represents 35% of the world’s seaborne oil shipments, and 20% of oil traded worldwide in 2011. {C} This is a dangerous situation for both the west and the rest of the world. With our dependence on middle eastern oil and no sign of alternative fuels picking up steam it is imperative we measure our options with care to secure our future of transportation and production in all sections of our economy. It is a scary prospect to think our country is “not ruling out” a military strike on Iran in relation to energy accessability. Its obvious that this needs to come as a better late than never style wake up call about our national energy independence. As the most powerful nation in the world as well as the one that consumes the most energy it is a must for us to secure a domestic energy source for our future. Whether this means drilling for oil right here at home and ignoring the pointless and inevitable bickering and quite frankly “bitching” by our relentless activists (which by the way few other nations even have any of) or utilizing nuclear, solar, tidal, or geothermal energy we have available to us. There should be no reason we don’t allow the Canadians (our allies) to build a pipeline down to Houston to refine oil domestically.

Sourced:

{A} http://in.reuters.com/article/2008/04/30/iran-economy-khamenei-idINDAH03115420080430?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

{B} http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Khamenei

 {C}  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_of_Hormuz

Current Playlist

Foster the People – Houdini

Frightened Rabbit – Modern Leper

Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm

El Ten Eleven – My Only Swerving

Band of Horses – Islands on the Coast

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

Phoenix – 1901

John Butler Trio – Ocean

30 Seconds to Mars – Kings and Queens

M83 – Midnight City

The Naked and Famous – Young Blood

Oasis – Champagne Supernova

Bon Iver – Perth

Bus Driver – Suing Sony

Phillip Glass – Mad Rush

Neil Young – Old Man (live)

Wax – Coins

Gorilla Zoe – I Got It

Billy Thorpe – Children of the Sun

Kid Cudi – The Mood

(album) Frightened Rabbit – Midnight Organ Fight

 

(9 out of 10) Frightened Rabbit’s 2nd full length recording

This might be the saddest yet most uplifting full length album I’ve listened to. After hearing it you are not sure whether to jump off a bridge, or go on the greatest journey of your life and find yourself. It has all things every great record should have. It has beautiful convincing vocals (in an especially beautiful Scottish accent), it has full organic acoustics that are extra warm and extra fuzzy, it has destructive sounding electric guitar riffs with epic build ups, and lastly it has a wonderful feeling of genuine love for good music and for life. Its something that is a ‘must listen’ for anyone looking to actually learn about full on no-pop no-plastic great tuneage.

The self pity laden Modern Leper is a jump between loving someone so much that you feel unworthy and self loathing to the point of stupidity. Speaking figuratively of his sick body and useless limbs Scott Hutchison paints a picture of a person that is too sick to go on and doesn’t feel worthy that another is willing to stay behind with them. Their unmistakably Scottish accents drill in the sound of indie folk song after song. It really is quite melodic. Very fun to listen to for such a dark record.

Keep Yourself Warm is the star of the album in my opinion. It has a super hard hitting guitar riff that resonates throughout the whole song, some beautiful organ/piano undertones and aggressive lyrics that make you want to jump around and punch holes in the wall. At one point it says “it takes more than fucking someone you don’t know, to keep yourself warm”. I think most guys can really relate to that feeling about their ex-gf. The feeling that whether she is or isn’t, you just know she IS sleeping around to try and get over you.

There is so much to be said about Midnight Organ Fight that I will probably be adding to this review/praise session of this album for a long time. Not that it will be a job, but the thing just keeps growing on me. There is a song for every mood and it makes any person in any scenario feel vintage and folk in the coolest of ways. This is a must have album for any hipster, music connoisseur, or just regular dude wanting to jam hard to some heartfelt music.

(album) Foster the People – Torches

Torches

 (7 out of 10) Foster the People’s debut album ‘Torches’

Let me first start with saying, no, Pumped Up Kicks is not the best song on this record. It comes as a surprise to most people but is a great sign of things to come for these keyboard heavy hipsters. This catchy synth based band got its name on the map from the ever so popular song Pumped Up Kicks around the middle of 2011. From there they continued to tour and support the new album while also making music videos for nearly half of the record (which of course plays very well into the bands YouTube visibility). People love to listen to songs on YouTube, but an interesting high definition video always propels the video to millions more views. This follows true with the 7th song on the album, and my personal favorite ‘Houdini’. The song perfectly embodies the eclectic feel of Mark Foster’s musical sense. Encorporating jazz, glam rock, and even a hip hop element this song includes sounds from a wide range of genres. Complete with a catchy keyboard riff and their signature high-pitched vocals this song touches on the human emotion of sometimes wanting to just disappear. From Pumped Up Kicks to the new singles like ‘Houdini’ and ‘Helena Beat’ this album has enough visibility and catchyness in the mainstream media to propel it to sure gold sales.

Overall for a debut album from a young band I think this is about as good as it gets. Most people will recognize and identify, of course, with the kicks that are pumped up but for anyone looking to get into this new age synth-rock incarnation I would say this is a very fun and positive band to get into.  While many have argued all of the songs sound the same (this is partially true) they all sound the same in very different ways if that makes any sense. Each song is diverse and bright in that sometimes the only thing drawing them together is the electric keyboard. Other times you think they just took Pumped Up Kicks and changed the pitch to make songs like Waste (these two songs sound almost identical besides the vocal effects). Only time will tell if Foster the People will end up in the one-hit-wonder graveyard like so many other pop bands but my guess would be surely no. They have too much talent and are coming into the scene at a perfect time for this type of sound. I am excited to see what they bring with their next singles and subsequent second album.