Us versus the monster
The rise in “social media”, especially Facebook, has wrought an amazing change in the ways we interact with our fellow travelers on Spaceship Earth. No longer are we bound by distance nor, oft-times, the bounds of social niceties that have served as a muzzle to vigorous debates in times past. Beyond that, I’m just getting to the point in my life that I have seen wrongs...
mionaa: OH EM GEE I GOT A GLUTAMINE CD ASDJFAKL;SDJFDSJFLKASJDFLKASJDFLKJ wtf it’s not a CD it’s paper… …
How to make more profits.
How to make more profits: 1). Reduce your workforce by finding ways of extracting resources that utilize fewer workers, and fill positions with those who are not unionized. 2). Make sure your workers do not have access to education. 3). Blame the reduction of job opportunities on government regulations. 4). Ignore safety and health concerns and buy off local public officials to look the other way....
The cost of humans in an equation.
The nuclear industry is shocked, shocked to find that humans made errors that lead to the disaster at Fukushima (http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Nuclear-power-returns-to-Japan-amid-scathing-3687357.php) (I remember the same being said about Chernobyl). The natural gas industry also contends that the science behind fracking is sound and full of safety measures that will keep any contamination...
Comments about 2011 rdSGEIS submitted to the NYS...
It is simple. Do not allow hydro-fracturing in New York State. There is no proven way to safeguard the lands, waters, air, or people of New York State from the greed of the gas companies. Corporations exist only to enlarge their own wealth, and have ALWAYS proven to do it at the expense of the public. There will never be enough DEC enforcement available to keep the corporations in line, and there...
136 earthquakes in the last 30 days in Oklahoma
There have been 136 earthquakes in Oklahoma in the last 30 days. I was curious if there was any connection between the locations of the earthquakes and gas drilling operations (many of which are fracked wells). I went to the Oklahoma Geological Services Web site and took a couple of maps which I superimposed on one another. The results are shown in this picture: The blue squares are the...
Taxing by the acre
A question came to my mind this morning that I didn’t know if anyone (or any legislatures) had considered…. What if someone could compile a dollar figure for all the side effects of fracking on a given piece of land….say someone leased a acre to a gas company, and there was a (insert appropriate figure based on studies done from areas/acres which were already being fracked)...
What the Wall Street Protesters are Angry About
I don’t know anything about the publication “Business Insider”, but this is a great set of charts… CHARTS: Here’s What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About…
RIP, Steve Jobs. You changed my life forever, and for the better.
Another voice in the wilderness pointing out the...
“…Washington is gridlocked: legislating has now become war minus the shooting, something one could have observed 80 years ago in the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic. As Hannah Arendt observed, a disciplined minority of totalitarians can use the instruments of democratic government to undermine democracy itself.” Mike Lofgren, from Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP...
Upward mobility falls off the cliff
A mind-blowing review of recent articles on the state of the American economy (from Truthout): Middle-Class Death Watch: As Poverty Spreads, 28 Percent of Americans Fall Out of Middle Class. Highlights include the fact that over one in five Californians are now either unemployed or underemployed: “A broader measure of unemployment — which also includes part-time workers and people outside...
What sort of industries do we want here?
Here is an industry that is the US should be a leader in, should be taking all of the people laid off in other industries to work in, and should be concentrating their best R & D efforts in (instead of things like hydrofracking)… and we’ve given it to the Chinese… again. U.S. Solar Companies Bankruptcies a Boon for China from NY Times.
Vance Gilbert and racial profiling
Vance is one of the funniest, nicest folk performers I know—this is just sickening….http://vancegilbert.com/index.php?page=blog&display=2245
Nora Bredes, activist, dies
“Her son Nathan said she told him the nuclear disaster in Japan this year “was exactly what they were trying to avoid on Long Island.” ” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/nyregion/nora-bredes-60-dies-fought-shoreham-nuclear-plant.html
The problems of social revolution in Israel
Extremely thoughtful article about the economic and social forces complicating policy decisions in Israel. http://www.truth-out.org/israeli-tent-protests-ignore-link-between-neoliberalism-occupation/1312913708
ENIAC vs. iPhone 4
Thought some folks might be interested in this comparison I came up with (thank you Wikipedia!): The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) was the first general-purpose electronic computer, built around 1946. The ENIAC cost almost $500,000 (equivalent to nearly $6 million in 2010). The Apple iPhone 4 (32GB) is available (with contract) from AT&T or Verizon for $300. ENIAC ...
Do I want to be known as a Renaissance man?
You see, it’s all those smart people, like that DaVinci guy, that the Right are scared of… “Michele Bachmann is worried about the Renaissance”
The Driver's Photo
It’s always confused me when I see a profile of a woman on one of those Internet dating sites which has photos of her in a car—usually in the driver’s seat. I’ve seen some profiles where there are no photos at all except those obviously taken in a car. Who takes these photos? Are there local homeless people who wander out into intersections when the light has changed with a...
The poison that keeps on. They measured 10 SIEVERTS (not millisieverts, not microsieverts) inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant plant’s vent stack on Monday. It might be more because their gauges only go up to 10 sieverts! According to Wikipedia: criterion for relocation after Chernobyl disaster: 350 mSv/lifetime. IAEA maximum acceptable dose for the public: 1 mSv/year....
When governments and corporations sleep...
“Although some areas of Iwaki showed relatively low levels of radioactive materials, soil samples from one farm in Shidamyo show levels of radioactive materials that Mr. Kimura says are as high as those found in the evacuation zone around the Chernobyl nuclear accident site in Ukraine.” Quote from: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/world/asia/01radiation.html
Let’s review: Bush created huge new spending and revenue-reducing policies, now we have a huge deficit. Not Obama’s fault—it’s the Republicans, who are now crying crocodile tears about how the deficit is so large. And trying to continue the revenue-reductions which are one of the major causes of this deficit in the first place. Excellent chart that clearly shows it:...
To Representative Richard Hanna, NY-24th
You need to change course. Do not accept any budget deal that slashes programs for working families but does nothing to ensure that the rich, and big corporations, pay their fair share. You know that there is no reason to cut vital social programs like public health insurance programs or Social Security when there are so many other areas in the Federal budget—especially defense...
You can't march towards independence while...
Texas keeps marching on trying to find ways of asserting their independence by continually shooting themselves in the foot… and wondering why they can’t keep up with the rest of the parade… Texas aglow with effort to save the incandescent bulb (Los Angeles Times).
Atlantic article on safety of ALL of Japan's...
I’ve been an opponent of nuclear power ever since 3-Mile Island. One of my main concerns continues to be that there is no safe way of storing the “spent” nuclear fuel—which is probably the most toxic stuff ever created. Heavy metals, for instance, can kill you if you ingest them, but radiation can spread over thousands of miles without any warning signs. There are reports...