"...chairman of the TVA Congressional Caucus and chairman of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, sent a letter to TVA's board, asking the federal utility to halt construction of the 300-foot-tall structures in its seven-state region.Alexander said he objects to the noise and visual pollution from wind turbines, which often are located on ridgetops and can be seen for up to 25 miles.
"These oversized windmills produce a puny amount of unreliable power in a way that costs more than coal or nuclear power, require new transmission lines, must be subsidized with massive federal tax breaks and, in my view, destroy the landscape," wrote Alexander.
How this got past the US Government censors is beyond me | After all, since it now seems certain that the Newsweek "...trash the Qu'ran..." story was patently false [yeah, right], this, obviously, must be just another twisted joke | Oh those madcap boys in the field | Couldn't they just have been happy with a Dream Girl picture?HADITHA DAM, Iraq (May 18, 2005) -- As the Global War on Terrorism progresses, the Marine Corps continues to use an intimidating pieces of machinery on the ground …the M-1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
The tanks, which weigh up to 70 tons and provide awesome firepower, were introduced into the Marine Corps during the early 1990s and are usually incorporated into initial ground assaults.
“When insurgents see us rolling into town, they may set off an (improvised explosive device),” said Gunnery Sgt. Richard J. Layton, a tank commander with 4th Tank Company, 1st Tank Battalion in support of 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. “But, that doesn’t phase these big guys and we just keep rolling right through it.”
While the tanks hardly ever have a chance to use their heavy weaponry, they are always ready to respond to any insurgents’ mortar or RPG fire if the need arises.
“We have a 120 mm main gun, a .50 cal. (heavy machine gun) and an M-240 medium machinegun on each vehicle,” said the 1994 Overbrook Senior High School graduate. “We just sit tight and wait to see if anyone wants to fire on our troops, so we can respond back with deadly accuracy.”
Tanks also provide security for ground troops in cities. The tanks ...easily breach buildings and walled off sections in towns that the Marines need to enter. “A lot of Marines would be injured or killed if we weren’t there to hit an IED first or enter a heavily fortified section of a city,” Layton said.
It has been said that tanks are becoming a thing of the past. But according to Layton, that is wholly inaccurate. Some people say the need for tanks is ending.
“My response to that statement is, ‘You can’t win in the air without planes and you can’t win on the ground without tanks,’” Layton said with a huge smile.
...the word “Apocalypse” comes from the Greek “apokalupsis” which means something which has been revealed or uncovered. The meaning was thus not originally associated with the end of the world or the final destruction of civilization, such as it is today. Apocalypses, revelations, were a genre of literature which rose to popularity in Palestine in the 3rd century BCEHe says a whole lot more, some of which speaks to my own beliefs on how Apocalypic topics are "played" these days...
...Apocalypses were historically described in the form of a dream or a vision, which is pretty much how we do it right down to the present day as well. Aside from what we said above about the image of the Apocalypse acting as a means to mentally “clean house,” I think it’s also especially important to look at it as a genre of protest literature.
Part of the power of the sheer act of creating and identifying with a story is that your subconscious mind has a difficult time differentiating it from reality. If you immerse yourself in it deeply enough, you’ll actually experience it as though it were real - on a lower level of course, but it’s still an experience. As protest literature then, Apocalypses let people mentally act out their fantasies of revolution and retribution. Their enemies are punished and those on the path of good find out that their actions and value systems will be vindicated at some point in the future.
As described above, the genre of Apocalypse literature arose most likely among a group of people who were being oppressed, and who felt like they didn’t have an appropriate voice in the society. If you look at modern day Apocalyptic literature, you will find exactly the same thing.
The way I see it is there are two main camps (well okay, with a lot of sub-camps). On one side, you have the hardcore Christians - people typified by the Rapture Ready website. People who fear that their value system is slipping away from its position of dominance. As they lose power, they begin to cling to stories in which they gain back that power.
Then on the other side of the fence, you have the vast roiling sea of outsiders, conspiracy theorists and counter-culturalists. This is a diverse crowd of course, but they share a set of common characteristics.
Consider for a moment that this is true. That what originally started as a form of Apocalyptic protest literature, was later seized upon by people in power to establish their own legitimacy. By playing upon the fear and superstition of works like the Book of Revelations, people in power are actually intentionally trying to push our centuries-long programmed buttons.Meander around Tim's website for further clarification on this issue.