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About that Looking Into His Eyes Thing… November 25, 2007

Posted by Jim Satterfield in Corruption, Foreign Relations, International News.
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“I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue.

“I was able to get a sense of his soul.

“He’s a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country and I appreciate very much the frank dialogue and that’s the beginning of a very constructive relationship,” Mr Bush said.

This was George W. Bush’s comment concerning Vladimir Putin in 2001. Does trustworthy include tossing your political opponents in jail and having them beaten to make certain that your hand picked successor wins? After all, Vladimir, that good old boy KGB apparatchik, can’t take any chances that he will lose power, can he? And make no mistake, though he might not be President of Russia after the coming elections he won’t be losing his grip on power in any way. Just because they aren’t the Evil (Communist) Empire any more doesn’t mean that they are our friends or allies in any way.

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Yes, Green is More Than a Color November 12, 2007

Posted by Jim Satterfield in Science, Technology.
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An article on CNet news, a place that specializes in tech news, is about one of the green industries that people wouldn’t normally think about, chemistry. Yes, there is a new version of the industry that has done so much damage to the environment and it is serious about improving things. Sometimes it’s a question of new compounds that aren’t toxic and easily degradeable. In other cases ways are found to do things that don’t use chemicals at all.