Thursday, November 13, 2008

The electrifying redemption of Americas revolutionary declaration - Spread the word. A key moment.

Repower America

Dear Partha Sarathi,

In an editorial published Sunday in the New York Times, Al Gore outlined the Repower America Plan -- how to achieve 100% clean electricity within ten years. We've included the editorial below. Vice President Gore describes what's required to transform our nation's energy economy.
Can you help spread the word?

An easy way to help is to simply write a short letter to the editor of your local paper. If you write today, your letter could get into the Sunday edition this coming weekend. Just go to:

This is a key moment. President-elect Obama has said that focusing on energy and climate will be a first priority in the new administration. Congress and the new President need to see that they have strong support to "go big" in solving these problems, with clean, homegrown energy -- even in the face of the powerful fossil fuel lobbies.

To build this kind of national commitment, we need to clearly expose the "common thread" that connects three of our nation's major challenges -- the economy, national security, and the climate crisis. This common thread is our dependence on dirty coal and foreign oil.

As Al Gore writes, "Here is the good news: the bold steps that are needed to solve the climate crisis are exactly the same steps that ought to be taken in order to solve the economic crisis and the energy security crisis."

Our simple online tool makes it easy to submit a letter to your local paper. And the letters-to-the-editor section is one of the most widely read sections of any newspaper, because people want to hear what other people think.

Just click

Thanks so much,

Cathy Zoi

P.S. For more details on the Repower America Plan, just go to


Op-Ed Contributor
The Climate for Change
Published: November 9, 2008

The inspiring and transformative choice by the American people to elect Barack Obama as our 44th president lays the foundation for another fateful choice that he -- and we -- must make this January to begin an emergency rescue of human civilization from the imminent and rapidly growing threat posed by the climate crisis.

The electrifying redemption of America's revolutionary declaration that all human beings are born equal sets the stage for the renewal of United States leadership in a world that desperately needs to protect its primary endowment: the integrity and livability of the planet.

The world authority on the climate crisis, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, after 20 years of detailed study and four unanimous reports, now says that the evidence is "unequivocal." To those who are still tempted to dismiss the increasingly urgent alarms from scientists around the world, ignore the melting of the north polar ice cap and all of the other apocalyptic warnings from the planet itself, and who roll their eyes at the very mention of this existential threat to the future of the human species, please wake up. Our children and grandchildren need you to hear and recognize the truth of our situation, before it is too late.

Here is the good news: the bold steps that are needed to solve the climate crisis are exactly the same steps that ought to be taken in order to solve the economic crisis and the energy security crisis.

Economists across the spectrum -- including Martin Feldstein and Lawrence Summers -- agree that large and rapid investments in a jobs-intensive infrastructure initiative is the best way to revive our economy in a quick and sustainable way. Many also agree that our economy will fall behind if we continue spending hundreds of billions of dollars on foreign oil every year. Moreover, national security experts in both parties agree that we face a dangerous strategic vulnerability if the world suddenly loses access to Middle Eastern oil.

As Abraham Lincoln said during America's darkest hour, "The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew." In our present case, thinking anew requires discarding an outdated and fatally flawed definition of the problem we face.

Thirty-five years ago this past week, President Richard Nixon created Project Independence, which set a national goal that, within seven years, the United States would develop "the potential to meet our own energy needs without depending on any foreign energy sources." His statement came three weeks after the Arab oil embargo had sent prices skyrocketing and woke America to the dangers of dependence on foreign oil. And -- not coincidentally -- it came only three years after United States domestic oil production had peaked.

At the time, the United States imported less than a third of its oil from foreign countries. Yet today, after all six of the presidents succeeding Nixon repeated some version of his goal, our dependence has doubled from one-third to nearly two-thirds -- and many feel that global oil production is at or near its peak.

Some still see this as a problem of domestic production. If we could only increase oil and coal production at home, they argue, then we wouldn't have to rely on imports from the Middle East. Some have come up with even dirtier and more expensive new ways to extract the same old fuels, like coal liquids, oil shale, tar sands and "clean coal" technology.

But in every case, the resources in question are much too expensive or polluting, or, in the case of "clean coal," too imaginary to make a difference in protecting either our national security or the global climate. Indeed, those who spend hundreds of millions promoting "clean coal" technology consistently omit the fact that there is little investment and not a single large-scale demonstration project in the United States for capturing and safely burying all of this pollution. If the coal industry can make good on this promise, then I'm all for it. But until that day comes, we simply cannot any longer base the strategy for human survival on a cynical and self-interested illusion.

Here's what we can do -- now: we can make an immediate and large strategic investment to put people to work replacing 19th-century energy technologies that depend on dangerous and expensive carbon-based fuels with 21st-century technologies that use fuel that is free forever: the sun, the wind and the natural heat of the earth.

What follows is a five-part plan to repower America with a commitment to producing 100 percent of our electricity from carbon-free sources within 10 years. It is a plan that would simultaneously move us toward solutions to the climate crisis and the economic crisis -- and create millions of new jobs that cannot be outsourced.

First, the new president and the new Congress should offer large-scale investment in incentives for the construction of concentrated solar thermal plants in the Southwestern deserts, wind farms in the corridor stretching from Texas to the Dakotas and advanced plants in geothermal hot spots that could produce large amounts of electricity.

Second, we should begin the planning and construction of a unified national smart grid for the transport of renewable electricity from the rural places where it is mostly generated to the cities where it is mostly used. New high-voltage, low-loss underground lines can be designed with "smart" features that provide consumers with sophisticated information and easy-to-use tools for conserving electricity, eliminating inefficiency and reducing their energy bills. The cost of this modern grid -- $400 billion over 10 years -- pales in comparison with the annual loss to American business of $120 billion due to the cascading failures that are endemic to our current balkanized and antiquated electricity lines.

Third, we should help America's automobile industry (not only the Big Three but the innovative new startup companies as well) to convert quickly to plug-in hybrids that can run on the renewable electricity that will be available as the rest of this plan matures. In combination with the unified grid, a nationwide fleet of plug-in hybrids would also help to solve the problem of electricity storage. Think about it: with this sort of grid, cars could be charged during off-peak energy-use hours; during peak hours, when fewer cars are on the road, they could contribute their electricity back into the national grid.

Fourth, we should embark on a nationwide effort to retrofit buildings with better insulation and energy-efficient windows and lighting. Approximately 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States come from buildings -- and stopping that pollution saves money for homeowners and businesses. This initiative should be coupled with the proposal in Congress to help Americans who are burdened by mortgages that exceed the value of their homes.

Fifth, the United States should lead the way by putting a price on carbon here at home, and by leading the world's efforts to replace the Kyoto treaty next year in Copenhagen with a more effective treaty that caps global carbon dioxide emissions and encourages nations to invest together in efficient ways to reduce global warming pollution quickly, including by sharply reducing deforestation.

Of course, the best way -- indeed the only way -- to secure a global agreement to safeguard our future is by re-establishing the United States as the country with the moral and political authority to lead the world toward a solution.

Looking ahead, I have great hope that we will have the courage to embrace the changes necessary to save our economy, our planet and ultimately ourselves.

In an earlier transformative era in American history, President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to land a man on the moon within 10 years. Eight years and two months later, Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface. The average age of the systems engineers cheering on Apollo 11 from the Houston control room that day was 26, which means that their average age when President Kennedy announced the challenge was 18.

This year similarly saw the rise of young Americans, whose enthusiasm electrified Barack Obama's campaign. There is little doubt that this same group of energized youth will play an essential role in this project to secure our national future, once again turning seemingly impossible goals into inspiring success.

Al Gore, the vice president from 1993 to 2001, was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He founded the Alliance for Climate Protection and, as a businessman, invests in alternative energy companies.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tintin by Steven Spielberg on 2010?

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Characters    Hergé

Screenplay    Steven Moffat

Producer    Nick Rodwell    Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy    and Peter Jackson
Associate producer    Adam Somner
2010 Animation/Adventure/Family film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Eric Stoltz, Andy Serkis and written by Hergé, Steven Moffat.

Steven Spielberg to direct Tintin

Les Studios Hergé, based in Bruxelle (Belgium), initially announced that Peter Jackson (Lord of the Ring, The Lovely Bones) would direct the first Tintin movie. However, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg announced that Spielberg will alone direct the first episode of the Tintin Trilogy.

Peter Jackson remains producer and will direct the second movie.

The first Tintin movie, developed by DreamWorks and written by Stephen Moffat, is based on the two comics books: The Secret of the Unicorn, and its sequel, Red Rackham's Treasure.

The Secret of the UnicornRed Rackham s Treasure

This story starts when Tintin finds an old model sailing ship and gives it as a present to Captain Haddock, and an exciting adventure quickly developes. From an ancient diary, they learn of the story of the of the ship, the Unicorn - a story of cutthroat pirates and lost treasure. Helped by their detective friends, Thomson and Thompson, Tintin, Snowy, and the Captain set out to uncover the secret of the Unicorn. But there are many narrow escapes for Tintin before the mystery is solved and he is ready to set off in his next strange adventure, the hunt for Red Rackham's Treasure . . .

The Tintin movies will make use of a 3D based Animation system said to be similar from what was used for Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf.

Tintin financing issues

Tintin, the digital motion-captured film adaptation of Hergé's comics, is still at the starting blocks awaiting final financing plans to be concluded.

Steven Spielberg's project of bringing the most famous Belgium reporter to the Big Screen is definately more complex to set up than expected. The first Tintin movie (from a trilogy) was expected to be relased in 2009. However, when financing fell through with Universal at the moment of the divorce of DreamWorks and Paramount, Spielberg lost the participation of his lead actor Thomas Sangster.

At this time Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures are talking about co-financing the project. Paramount would be the distributor in North America and some other English-speaking territories, while Sony would handle the foreign releases. No more mention of DreamWorks appears in this deal. It also sounds like the negotiations are only about the first Tintin movie directed by Steven Spielberg, and its sequel directed by Peter Jackson. Does it mean the idea of a trilogy is abandonned?

The first Tintin movie has been reported to be based on the two comics books: The Secret of the Unicorn, and its sequel, Red Rackham's Treasure.

Steven Spielberg is still expecting all this to be sorted out, and to have the first movie completed in time for a 2010 release.

Thomas Sangster

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Born Thomas Brodie Sangster
May 16, 1990 (1990-05-16) (age 18)
London, England
Years active 2001 - present

Thomas Brodie Sangster (born May 16, 1990) is an English actor, perhaps best known for his roles in the films Love Actually (2003) and Nanny McPhee (2005).



Personal life

Sangster was born in South London, where he now lives with his sister, Ava, and his parents, actors Tasha (née Bertram) and Mark Sangster.[1] His mother, a dancer and characterist, has appeared in several BBC films while his father, who is also a musician, starred in The Lion King musical in Germany.[1] Sangster is the second cousin once removed of actor Hugh Grant; his great-grandmother, Barbara Bertram,[2] and Grant's grandmother were sisters.[1] Sangster's great-grandfather, Anthony Bertram, was a novelist.[3] Sangster's interests include painting, tennis, drawing and skating. Two of his favorite artists are Eminem and Queen. He is 1.67 m (approx. 5'6"). He studies in Pimlico School in Pimlico, London.


Sangster's first acting job was in a BBC television film, The Adventures of Station Jim. He subsequently appeared in a few more television films, including the lead roles in Bobbie's Girl, The Miracle of the Cards (based on the story of Craig Shergold) and Stig of the Dump. He won the "Best Actor in a mini-series" award at the 2003 Monte Carlo Film Festival for his role in the miniseries Entrusted. Love Actually, in which he played Liam Neeson's stepson, was Sangster's first major theatrical film.[1] He was nominated for a "Golden Satellite Award" and a Young Artist Award for his role in the film.

Sangster next appeared in a television adaptation of the novel Feather Boy (2004) and played a younger version of James Franco's role in the film version of Tristan and Isolde (2006), which was filmed in the Czech Republic. Among other things, Sangster takes part in a swordfight in the film. Sangster next starred in the commercially successful film Nanny McPhee, as the eldest of seven children.[1]

In 2007 he appeared in a two-part story ("Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood") in the third series of Doctor Who as schoolboy Tim Latimer,[4] and guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio dramas The Mind's Eye and The Bride of Peladon. His voice lowered during filming of the Doctor Who episodes. That same year he voiced the character of Ferb in the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb. He also starred alongside Love Actually and Nanny McPhee co-star Colin Firth in the film adaptation of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's historical novel The Last Legion, released in 2007.[1]

Sangster is next scheduled to appear in the Holocaust-themed, The Fence. As of December 2007, he was also working on the filming of a television series of the story of Pinocchio. Steven Spielberg cast Sangster in the lead role in his Tintin film.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Positive Diwali Wish & US Election

This is a good diwali wish which I got from my friend Indranil Chakraborty.

Nothing is derogatorily darker than the darkness of mind!

Still many are busy in their age-old futile attempts
either to attain virtue through violence,
or to bring justice against one atrocity 
through accepting another atrocity!

Darkness of minds keep all these always widely prevalent.

In the absence of the light of appropriate knowledge,
we almost always become mere slaves of the existing systems.

Obliteration of the darkness of our minds
is itself an 'Eternal Festival of Light',
which spreads the light of knowledge
to grow our collective wisdom,
which in turn transforms our world
into a better place to live!

Greet you heartily with the thought
on this 'Seasonal Festival of Light of India'!

... Conveying my Heartiest Greetings ...
Let's Spread the Light of Freedom ...
The Celebration would be Beautifully Brighter,
if We Care to be little more Sincere & Honest
to the Virtues of Independence & Democracy ...
Please allow yourself to read in detail
at the links provided with the following excerpts ...

" ... we citizens of India
are living through an attack on our democracy
far more insidious and lethal
than anything a bunch of terrorists
could have concocted.
Future "travellers from an antique land" called India
may well recall Ozymandias. ... "


" ... In India,
nutrition surveys of
the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau have shown
that over 33 % of the population
have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 18.5,
considered to be the minimum level
for less than starvation standards.
Translated to demography,
this means that over 400 million people are exposed to
near starvation conditions.
To add to this catastrophic situation,
we are confronted now with a new set of crises.
Between 1990 and 2005,
the daily per capita availability of foodgrains
has fallen from 510 grams to 438.
World food prices have risen,
and the concentration of land ownership in a few hands has intensified. ... "


" ... We are firmly committed to Peace:
but to a Peace animated by justice and equity
and based on the values of life and liberty.
In the absence of these,
restoration of peace through military action
can only lead to the graveyard of peoples’ aspirations.
I end with a plea
that in the twenty first century
let us not repeat the bloodshed
that our ancestors inflicted upon populations
across large areas of the globe.
The resources of the world are for us all to share.
Let us affirm our faith in that common cause."


... If We can do ...
India will Shine
in the Beautifully Bright Light of Freedom & Democracy ...

Please add your voice
to demand justice & immediate release
of Dr. Binayak Sen
[Winner of the 2008 Jonathan Mann Award
(Source:] at