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

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(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.

The New Humans

Versatility and complex adaptation. In life there is an inherent desire to adapt and change. Not only to survive but to grow and progress. Change is frightening. Thats what solardigital is going to be based around. Not merely survival, but progress in the face of adversity.

“A human being should be able to plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”