Tuesday, May 31, 2011
down the penrose lane
more at penrose on politics
My General Take On 9/11 -- And An Apology...
good for the ol' ticker
arrested for committing democracy
birdwatcher arrested for sage in botched marijuana bust
winds of political remorse
with newt gingrich as mr. drysdale
what cover story?
Monday, May 30, 2011
Committing Suicide in Self-Defense
For instance, Butch Hancock, whose buddy and touring partner Jimmie Dale Gilmore covers Yet Another Bloody Song About Lost Love; think of it as "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" for people who prefer Puccini to Wagner.
honor a veteran today
remember those who gave their lives so that many could keep theirs.
oh no doubt about that...i think
rainy days and mondays
here's a surprise! breitbart's latest expose, weinergate, looks to be a complete fabrication
why is fox news so bad at covering republican sex scandals?
gop hopefuls who supported a health care mandate
alabama town that was destroyed by tornadoes bans fema trailers
sen. boxer sez it's time to get out of afghanistan
And The Band...
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Isn't He A Bit...
from here no lines are drawn
i hum from the other side
das williams - of the fighting 35th ca assembly district
"..being a leader in energy efficiency is a pathway to job creation in the state. we should be investing in research and development of better ways to store wind and solar power. the state should be utilizing the california innovation that has made our state the home to so many creative and profitable industries; specifically we should do this to design more efficient transmission networks for the energy we produce. this technology will take a highly skilled, well-paid workforce, and california is its natural home.
another innovative idea that will both help the environment and create jobs is found in my bill ab 1302. the bill deals with something called distributed generation, which is a common-sense idea of placing a power distribution plant near the community that is going to use the energy.
it can take the form of renewable energies such as solar or wind and fuel cells powered by natural gas or biogas. this cuts down on transit costs and energy lost over larger distances.
this means a city like oxnard, which has the largest population between los angeles and san jose, would be a good example of a place to locate a distribution plant being that it has a relatively high concentrated demand for electricity.
in the long run this could obviate the need for "peaker plants" and some of the dirty energy being produced in our community, replacing the jobs with better ones, cleaning up our air, and giving us a chance to use that beachfront land for open space.
we can use distributed generation to increase employment because it will require the creation and updating of existing infrastructure. ab 1302 would develop guidelines for investor-owned and publicly owned utilities to use when creating maps and identifying the best places to utilize distributed generation.
this bill would further make the distributed generation of electricity easier by ensuring that the technical information is accessible and up-to-date by requiring that maps illustrating possible locations be posted on the company's website and is updated as new information becomes available.
my two main goals since my election as your assembly member have been putting people back to work and protecting the environment. with innovation and ingenuity, i hope that together we can make a difference on both fronts. - ventura county star
what molten steel?
environmental news story sunday
ocean acidification is latest manifestation of global warming. - millions of marine species are now threatened with extinction; fisheries face eradication; reefs that protect coastal areas are starting to erode. ocean acidification is now one of the most worrying threats to the planet, say marine biologists - london observer
an unlikely power duo emerges in the global fight against climate change. - bill clinton and michael r. bloomberg are taking on an issue – climate change – that may well shape the world’s economic and social future for decades to come. but can this unlikely power coupling make an impact in stemming rising seas or cooling the planet? - nytimes
china drought affects more than 34 million people. - a debilitating drought along china's yangtze river has affected more than 34 million people, leaving farmers and livestock without water and parching a major grain belt, the government said saturday. - afp
peak coffee: a cup of trouble. - on a mountaintop estate in the rugged coffee-making region of quindio, colombia, juan pablo villota is at war with the weather. changing weather patterns have wreaked havoc on coffee supply, particularly the arabica strain, which is grown in the americas and africa and which makes the best coffee. - globe and mail
mercury, pcbs widespread in sport fish in california's urban coastal waters. - traces of mercury and pcbs are widespread in sport fish in california's urban coastal waters, a survey found. but 19% of the coastline sampled had fish with mercury in such high concentrations that they shouldn't be eaten by young women and children - latte times
deadlier than dutch elm: u.s. trees stricken by a plague of ash borers. - a voracious beetle known as the emerald ash borer, first discovered in detroit in 2002, has been gradually spreading, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. the infestation has already killed some 60 million ash trees in 15 states as far east as new york and as far south as tennessee - time magazine
sorry, charlie! better luck next time getting endangered species status. - the federal government has decided not to list atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species. adding insult to injury, the altantic bluefin spawning grounds in the gulf of mexico were in the path of last year's bp oil spill - npr
costa rica’s war on climate change. - for many years, the small nation of costa rica has been leading the war against the negative affects resulting from climate change. in korea, costa rica has found an ally in this battle - seoul korea herald
a generation out of time. - when he was a 27-year-old university of utah student, tim dechristopher took a bold action on climate change that vaulted him into the national spotlight and soon, may land him in prison - telluride daily planet
new orleans residents of superfund site still waiting for their checks. - homes on the site of former agriculture st. landfill sat atop a stew of chemicals so dangerous the government declared it a federal Superfund site. 18 years later, after the court upheld a judgment in the residents' favor, the claimants are still waiting for their money - times picayune
gingrich calls for 'all out' drilling. - the republican white house hopeful says such efforts would bring down gasoline prices long before new supplies are produced - washington hill
democrats want hearing on marcellus impacts. - democrats on the house committee on energy and commerce want to hold congressional hearings on the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, which recovers gas and oil reserves deep underground. - charleston gazette
mother earth's rights get new respect. - there is no doubt that the dominant culture is killing the planet. nature has been treated as a subsystem of the economy rather than the other way round. with all the new accumulation of knowledge, it has not translated into understanding. nothing can be more important than life - madison capital times
bidding war heats up for low u.s. corn supplies. - a bidding war is heating up among users of corn in the united states as livestock feeders and ethanol makers scramble to lock in supplies before extremely low stocks run dry by this summer - reuters
money drought threatens river gauges. - budget problems could shut down Iowa river gauges that are crucial to flood predictions and meteorologists' ability to predict flooding as well as the army corps' decisions on how to maintain reservoirs, officials warned this week. - des moines register
a new flood, some old truths. - years of mismanagement of the vast mississippi river ecosystem — the relentless and often inadvisable construction of levees and navigation channels, the paving over of wetlands, the commercial development of flood plains — have made the flood damage worse than it might otherwise have been. - nytimes
the era of climate disasters has begun. - as the floodwaters roll down the mississippi river, and as joplin, mo., copes with a tragic tornado, it is now apparent that we have entered a new era of human history — an era of climate disasters, where human fingerprints are found on disasters previously called "natural." - des moines register
largest-ever dead zone 'a disaster in the making' for louisiana fishermen. - louisiana's shrimpers expected 2010 to be a good year. instead, they got the oil spill. now the swollen mississippi river is expected to deliver another heavy blow to a seafood industry already on the ropes: a massive flush of fertilizer, animal manure, treated sewage, pesticide and urban runoff - greenwire
flooding could spur largest ever dead zone. - the massive amount of nutrient-heavy river water pouring out of spillways and through the mouths of the mississippi and atchafalaya rivers will likely trigger a record-setting gulf of mexico dead zone, an area of low-to-no oxygen water that forms annually off louisiana’s coast. - thibodaux daily comet
costly weather. - taxpayers subsidize 60 percent of farmers' crop insurance. Extreme weather could up the ante - marketplace
and then...there were the tornados.
There's A Presence Here...
republicans double down on ryan's medicare-killing plan
traveling? maybe you need some bedbug sniffing dog
what the ny-26 special election means to the budget debate
Saturday, May 28, 2011
If You Open Your Mind Too Much...
okay, coconut man, moon heads and pea
i wonder how they sleep at night
when the sale comes first
and the truth comes second
And Now, Something Cool...
another saturday night
solar prices to rival coal in 3 to 5 years
are tornado increases due to climate change?
join save oir nation pac in their wisconsin 4th of july rally
rip kenickie...skippy was fortunate enough to improvise one night @ the comedy store w/the fantastic actor jeff conaway, who died friday morning after being taken off of the ventilator when he was in a coma. jeff was a fun and gracious performer, and fans will remember his work in grease and taxi. he will be missed.
Friday, May 27, 2011
born in chicago but gone home tennessee
alabama gop state rep becomes a democrat because of anti-teacher law
andrew breitbart hates glenn beck
will the house swing back to the democrats?
there's single payer health care in vermont
the tea party is yesterday's news
save skippy the bush kangaroo's homeland
a new fight has begun to preserve waratah park - spiritual home of skippy the bush kangaroo - by having it listed on the state heritage register.
the waratah park nature reserve foundation is fighting to have the 12ha site protected to prevent it from being privately acquired or carved up by developers. - manly daily
hoppy kangaroo blogging friday!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
and speaking of newt: when loans become lobbying
the senate rejects the ryan budget to kill medicare
what about ah-nold? john edwards to face criminal charges
democrats: with us some of the time, other times, not so much
rep. patrick mchenry doesn't like elizabeth warren; america doesn't like mchenry's facebook page
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Unfit To Stand Trial...
The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means 21-year-old Jared Loughner will be sent to a federal facility for up to four months in a bid to restore his competency.As survivors of the Jan. 8 attack looked on Wednesday, Loughner lowered his head, raised it and said what sounded like: "Thank you for the freak show. She died in front of me." It wasn't clear who "she" was...
Labels: it is what it is
being a woman in this world is, well, tough
but, big eddie stepped over the line when he added the word "slut" to the phrase "right wing" when describing laura. that particular word, along with the "c" and "w" words are harsh words...biting words...mysogynist words and should not be uttered in polite company, let alone on a news talk show. big eddie did the right thing and apologize.
i find it interesting, though, that all the right wingers coming to laura's defense, were no where to be seen when the gop was calling hillary clinton and nancy pelosi, "sluts" or a "whores" or a "bitches" and invisioning them being "raped."
i find it interesting that those who are employed by a news channel who dress their on-air women up like barbie dolls and sexually objectifies them are "shocked, shocked" over this treatment of a woman.
i find it interesting that those on a particular channel are calling for big eddie's permanent ouster from the airwaves over this verbage but have no problem with their on air personalities calling for doctors to be murdered...the president to be assassinated....nancy pelosi to be killed...san francisco to be attacked by terrorists.
women in the media spotlight, political or otherwise, have always had this double standard. their very appearance is picked apart and criticized. their wardrobe. their hair. their weight. their makeup.
let's keep the misogynist talk out of the equation. women can be wrong, just like a man can. they can spread hate, just like a man. laura is a dangerous women who spreads lies and hate. call her a liar. call her an opportunist. call her a hypocrite. call her shallow and callow. call her misinformed. call her ignorant of reality.
just don't call her a slut.
wednesday morning, 3 am
dem kathy hochul pulls off upset in ny-26th special election, but gop opponent has already obtained a pre-emptive judicial order barring certification of the winner
next month target employees will vote on whether or not whether to to unionize
fox host accuses obama of "chugging 40's" during joplin disaster
and marvin wanted us to remind you - it's international towel day
Oh, What A Shock This Is...
In an hour and a half broadcast, Camping walked listeners through his numerological timeline, insisting that his teaching has not changed and that the world will still end on October 21, 2011.“It wont be spiritual on October 21st,” Camping said, adding, “the world is going to be destroyed all together, but it will be very quick"...
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Threescore and Ten
Chris Dillow misfires:
I’ll concede that parts of John Wesley Harding are very good indeed. But, for me, songs such as Blowin’ in the wind, The times they are a-changing, and Subterranean Homesick Blues just mean nothing. This is not a genre or generational thing; I regard Dylan's near-contemporaries Leonard Cohen and Townes van Zandt as minor gods.
Skippy clearly disagrees; and you don’t have to know that “the pumps don’t work cause the vandals took the handles” is a reference to an actual incident at Bard College to love the imagery—the lyrical pointillism, as it were—of a lot of the early work.
But let us work from behind, within Mr. Dillow’s world. Ignore the abiding question: Is Chris Dillow really that much younger than we are? Ignore also, for the moment, that a self-proclaimed Marxist’s two “minor gods” are both scions of what used to be called “family money,” before that quaint term was replaced with Dynastic Wealth. Let us declare loudly that Chris Dillow has amazing taste, and that Leonard Cohen and Townes van Zandt are (were, in Townes’s case) amazing songwriters.
They’re not Dylan. (UPDATE: Jim Yeager explains the difference between Dylan and Cohen directly.)
And I don’t mean better or worse. Leonard Cohen and Townes van Zandt write (wrote) songs about love. Old love, new love, lost love. Townes’s “medley of my hit” is one of the great asexual love songs of all time.
Pancho needs your prayers it’s true
But save a few for Lefty too.
He only did what he had to do...
And now, he’s growing old
It’s a sentiment that feels right at home in “Suzanne” or “Famous Blue Raincoat” or “So Long, Marianne” or even the later, colder songs—“I’m Your Man” or “Closing Time.” For Townes van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, love abides. Even “Hallelujah” needed Jeff Buckley to put a bitter edge on it.
Dylan writes a different type of song. You can find the attempts at sentimentality—“Sara” is the obvious; the omega to the alpha of “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” but even there Dylan comes closer to elegy than sentiment. It isn’t until Street Legal that optimism returns, and in the later years even that moment disappears: "
SaraTangled Up in Blue" becomes “Highlands”; “One More Cup of Coffee” becomes “Cold Irons Bound.”
Ultimately, the songs that are remembered aren’t the protest numbers. Yes, it’s obligatory that every Sensitive Concert for a Cause includes “The Times They Are A Changin’” or “I Shall Be Released.” But ask any Dylan fan and they generally point to the Lost Love Songs: the road trip that is “Tangled Up in Blue,” the sheer bitterness of “Positively Fourth Street,” the growing torture and sense of dread of “Boots of Spanish Leather.”
And then there is the one that is A True Dance Song; the second True Dance Song Dylan ever recorded and released. In several ways, it answers the first—“I Want You”—with growing embers and flailing.
Lefty, we can be certain, kept Pancho’s notes. “Sincerely L. Cohen” continues a relationship. Bob Dylan Moves On.
Happy Threescore and Ten, Bobster.
happy birthday, mr. zimmerman
70 years young today...
and here's our fav dylan song
bad omen? pawlenty's hometown paper runs the announcement of his prez campaign on the obituary page
supreme court tells california reduce your inmate population
voter disenfranchisement: america's march towards fascism
coals to newcastle: it's the beginning of hurricane awareness week
Monday, May 23, 2011
nothing is happening
not the end of the world
pawlenty announces candidacy via web video
syria cracks down on social media
tornado devastates joplin, mo
Sunday, May 22, 2011
environmental news stories sunday
germany's merkel backs nuclear exit within a decade. - german chancellor angela merkel on saturday backed proposals to shut down all of the country's 17 nuclear power plants within about a decade - reuters
heating up glacier national park. - disappearing glaciers are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to glacier national park's changing landscape. according to dan fagre, research ecologist with the u.s. geological survey, multiple phenomena point to a warming trend - great falls tribune
drug-tainted fish can swim right past u.s. food inspectors, audit says. - the u.s. food inspection system is so haphazard in screening imported seafood that fish tainted with potentially harmful drugs may be winding up on americans’ dinner plates, warns a report by the government accountability office - fair warning
gm food toxins found in the blood of 93% of unborn babies. - toxins implanted into gm food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of women and unborn babies, alarming research has revealed - london observer
sun-dried french fields cloud farmers' mood. - drought is biting crops in france, the european union's top grain grower – a worry which helped fuel a rally in global wheat prices despite a commodity sell-off sparked by economic doubts - reuters
koalas at risk with climate change. - climate change and competition with humans for habitat threatens colonies in the state. - australian ap
farm states suffer expanded drought, wheat suffers. - a dire drought that has plagued texas and parts of oklahoma expanded across the key farming state of kansas over the last week, adding to struggles of wheat farmers already dealing with weather-ravaged fields - reuters
agony for japan livestock farmers in nuclear crisis. - as more people are forced to leave their homes around the stricken fukushima nuclear plant, anger is growing in a farming community forced to make the agonising decision whether to slaughter livestock or face ruin. - afp
the 'honeybee underground' rescues bees, promotes backyard beekeeping. - in cities across the country, there's a grass-roots movement afoot to preserve bees, and it's all in response to the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. bees are abruptly disappearing from hives, and nobody knows why. but there are theories - pasadena star-news
Well, Why Not?
gop sen. coburn sez we have to raise taxes
gop state rep pulls gun on photographer
blackwater founder creating private army of 'christian crusaders' in middle east
Saturday, May 21, 2011
skippy's saturday night music club
Doomsday Come, Doomsday Go...
saturday soaking pool
sexual harrassment @ the imf seems to be business as usual
tea party rally fizzles in so.carolina
newt hearts abba
rip randy "macho man" savage, who died in a car accident
Friday, May 20, 2011
prosser wins fake recount
vote like it matters
will kloppenburg appeal?
voters should demand it
better meme than never, we suppose
the greatest comeback in rock and roll history
christgau gives those albums an a, b+ and a-, respectively
friday fry bread
gay marriage has a shot in new york thanks to some republicans
why do opponents of social security have so much trouble getting their facts right?
rupert murdoch drops al gore's current channel fron skyitalia because of the keith olbermann hire
o'reilly admits jon stewart crushed him in the common debate
gop blocks efforts to scale back oil industry tax breaks
and...50 reasons why the world is definitely ending this saturday
Childhood Of Concrete Cube Shaped...
Thursday, May 19, 2011
it's not the end of the world
also against john mccain being against torture: rick santorum
also against rick santorum being aginst john mccain: meghan mccain
does newt gingrich secretly want to write bad epic poetry?
remember all those priests raping little kids? the hippies made them do it
nytimes editor bill keller hates twitter
talk about income redistribution!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
And Now, Atonement Time...
every 10 years, after the federal census, california must redraw the boundaries of its congressional, state senate, state assembly, and state board of equalization districts, to reflect the new population data. now those lines will be drawn by the commission. california voters authorized the creation of the commission when they passed the voters first act, which appeared as proposition 11 on the november 2008 general election ballot. under the act, the commission is charged with drawing the boundaries of california’s congressional, senate, assembly and board of equalization electoral districts.
the california citizens redistricting commission is calling for the public to submit their testimony on the drawing of district boundaries no later than may 23rd in order to be considered by the commission for the first draft of district maps - wedrawthelines.ca.gov.
hope she was paid a good deal of hush money.
in defense of chambermaids
may is national masturbation month
now we know why maria moved out
how hypocritical are republicans? let us count the ways
latino workers in rochester sue the city over the unwritten english-only policy
and rip baseball great harmon killebrew
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Oh, Is This Bad...
yeah, kahn is the real victim here. those stinking rich, powerful guys are always the fall guys for hotel maids.
the connection between the teaparty and stormfront
pot, meet kettle: paul ryan sez obama is practixing class warfare
mitt romney raised 10 million dollars in one day
environmental groups say obama's plan is too weak
we say that if newt was on fire, it would be a pink floyd cover: eugene put down that cell phone
Monday, May 16, 2011
stop the presses: the right wing media are liars
florida gov. scott shifts money from unemployment checks to corporations
10 ways the birthers are an object lesson in white privilege
imf head picked out of police line up
Sunday, May 15, 2011
environmental news stories sunday
historic climate change deal with legal powers agreed by cabinet. - cabinet ministers have agreed a far-reaching, legally binding "green deal" that will commit the uk to two decades of drastic cuts in carbon emissions, and put britain at the forefront of the battle against climate change - london guardian
barack obama moves to expand oil and gas drilling. - president barack obama is looking to bolster u.s. oil drilling, announcing saturday a preemptive strike against bolder efforts from capitol hill as consumer unrest deepens over the price at the pump. drilling will be expanded in the gulf of mexico, alaska and potentially parts of the atlantic seaboard. - politico
climate change to create a dustier southwest. - a warmer southwest might very well mean a dustier Southwest. that’s the conclusion of a new study by researchers at the u.s. geological survey and the university of california-los angeles – and it has far-reaching implications for all of utah - salt lake tribune
water shortages threaten the american west lifestyle. - while not every dire prediction has come true, amid swimming pools and thirsty crops, the hard truth remains that the american west cannot maintain its spendthrift ways of using fresh water. - miller mccune
yangtze drought leaves shipping high and dry. - a 228-kilometre stretch of china's yangtze river has been closed to ocean-going ships due to a severe drought, which has left fishing vessels high and dry near the city of wuhan in hubei province - new science
summer of drought as rivers run at record lows. - rivers in britain are drier than they have ever been for this time of year, according to the latest figures on rainfall – with many areas of the country already officially in drought - london daily telegraph
usda looks to approve monsanto's drought-tolerant corn. - the obama administration will seek to allow the unlimited sale of a corn variety genetically engineered by monsanto co. to resist drought, the department of agriculture announced wednesday - greenwire
navajo group to take uranium mine challenge to human rights commission. in a last attempt to deep-six a controversial project to mine uranium near two navajo communities in northwestern new mexico, a navajo environmental group is taking its fight to the global stage - greenwire
ben fogle swims through plastic to save oceans. - ben fogle, who described "swimming through a horrible slick of plastic" in the feeding grounds of the endangered blue whale, has joined with sir david attenborough to help make a new film about the growing threat of plastic to the wildlife of the ocean, and ultimately the human food chain - london daily telegraph
france to ban fracking of fossil fuels. - french lawmakers have voted to ban a controversial technique used to extract shale gas and oil that opponents say contaminates the environment. if the vote by the lower house of parliament passes the senate, france will be the first country to ban hydraulic fracturing. - london daily telegraph
iran expert alarmed by 'critical' caspian sea pollution. - the level of industrial and oil pollution in the caspian sea has reached a 'critical condition,' an Iranian ecological expert warned - afp
kroger joins effort to block use of bpa. - having made sure that bpa is gone from the baby products it sells, the retail chain kroger now is ridding the chemical from cans it uses in its store brands and the paper on which its receipts are printed. - columbus dispatch
mississippi river flooding: pollution, fertilizers, sewage in the flood waters. - the great mississippi river flood of 2011, cresting south of memphis today, carries a mix of fertilizer, oil, pesticides, trash and farm runoff as it flows toward the gulf of mexico, say public health officials. abc news did its own testing, and found levels of sewage 2000 times over the acceptable limit. - abc good morning america
california is closing 70 state parks
head of the international monetary fund was arrested in nyc for sexually assaulting a hotel maid
even millionaires collect unemployment
jazz legend etta james is hospitalized
dear david brooks: americans aren't solipsistic, republicans are
20,000 people marched on wall street last thursday
politician's mom makes him apologize to neil gaiman for calling him names
al qaeda is now on twitter
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Another Band Kick I'm On...
One Last Hawkwind Clip...
pleiadian depth charge
saturday situation room
ron paul would not have voted for the 1964 civil rights act
wsj are sobs: they lie
there's a parakeet population explosion in london
and this was part of the thursday posts lost to the cloud, so we bring it back: from the galactic empire times comes the news: lord vader reports obi-wan kenobi is dead. be sure to read the comments!
Friday, May 13, 2011
So I Took A Couple Of Quizzes On The Internet (Plus A YooToob)...
thursday leftovers on friday nite
john ensign proposed to his mistress at the national prayer breakfast
meghan mccain tells glenn beck to shut up
catholic church to john boehner: your budget isn't christian enough
is huckabee running? is pawlenty dukakis?
wasilla high bans "bohemian rhapsody" because a gay sings it
mike huckabee will make an announcement tomorrow, probably presidential-run-related
ron paul, however, has already announced
and obama's re-election hdqtrs. opens - in chicago
blogger: you get what you pay for
blogger was inexplicably down for more than a day, and now that it's back up, we find that all of our posts from thursday have been sent to the memory hole, ie, are gone forever.
not much was put in those posts, but still, it rankles.
we now return to our regularly scheduled snark.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
"our future depends on those who see and can help others to see."
repressed much? firedasst. ag sues gay college activistfor mental duress amongst other things
delaware legalizing medical marijuana
best part, as usual, read the comments - obi-wan is dead, reports darth vader
what does 2012 mean to you?*
*not intended to be viewed or answered by jim or individuals offended by discussions of adult subject matter
what democracy looks like
mid week eco bits
tracking fracking water goes high-tech. - water, as much as natural gas, is the lifeblood of the marcellus shale play. drillers need millions of gallons of water to flush the gas out of its hiding spot, deep below ground. - pittsburgh post gazette
france set to heed shale oil protests. - france’s parliament looks set to ban exploration for shale oil and gas as protests intensify against the technique, accused of polluting the water table in north america - london financial times
defending nuclear power in court: utilities could block merkel's energy revolution. - chancellor angela merkel is pushing ahead with her plans to phase out nuclear power in germany; the latest proposal would see the last reactor going offline around 2020. but resistance from the major power companies could throw a spanner in the works - der spiegel
Downtown Los Angeles from tam thien tran on Vimeo.
gop house refuses to pass resolution honoring crew that got osama
republican efforts to curtail private sector unions have faltered
first the cobra escapes the bronx zoo, and now a peahen. and, like the cobra, she's got her own twitterfeed
the war is over
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Secession, Left-wing Style...
A group of lawyers from the Democratic stronghold of Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive seeking support for a November 2012 ballot question on whether the 48th state should be divided in two.The ultimate goal of the newly formed political action committee Start our State is to split Pima County off into what would become the nation's 51st state, tentatively dubbed Baja Arizona...
...The modern concept of Baja Arizona dates back to 1965, according to Hugh Holub, a local attorney widely credited with coining the term that year during anti-war protests at the University of Arizona. He supports the current effort."It sure sends a message to the rest of the world that we aren't like the folks in Maricopa (County)," he said, referring to the state's population center and capital...
vibration creates form
the proper response to torture
was killing osama legal? adam sewer thinks so
it's official! newt is running!
rip dana wynter, star of the original inasion of the vody snatchers
Monday, May 09, 2011
texas will now require women to have a sonogram before receiving an abortion
az gop'ers resign rather than face down the tea party
is the new york times archaic?
only 6 % of scientists are republicans
looks like the mississippi river valley is having one of those hundred year floods
it's awkward family photos!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
skippy's sunday night music club
this is how i will remember seve
fun to watch.
environmental news stories sunday
parasites linked to sewage fertiliser as stomach bug grips sydney. - human sewage used as fertiliser on farms across nsw is being blamed for a breakout of third world parasites across sydney - sydney daily telegraph
bill would reverse ban on spraying sewage on farmland. - every year, more than 90 companies across florida pump the waste from about 100,000 septic tanks. where does it all end up? state officials estimate 40 million gallons of it is treated with lime and then sprayed on farmers' fields as fertilizer. - st. petersburg times
gmo hay threatens organic dairy farmers. - a protracted legal battle has surrounded the release of monsanto’s genetically engineered alfalfa for the past five years. the u.s. department of agriculture recently gave farmers the go-ahead to plant the seeds, which worries some organic farmers who also grow alfalfa. - living on earth
governor candidates support mountaintop mining. - democratic and republican candidates in west virginia's primary election for governor support mountaintop-removal mining, although one gop hopeful said he would like to see a moratorium on new permits unless the state more strictly regulates the practice. - charleston gazette
climate shifts 'hit global wheat yields.' - shifts in the climate over the past three decades have been linked to a 5.5 percent decline in global wheat production, a study has suggested. - bbc
thousands rally in japan against nuclear power. - thousands of people rallied in japan saturday to demand a shift away from nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the world's worst atomic crisis since chernobyl a quarter-century ago. - afp
general mills, procter & gamble pressured to trim packaging. - the average american generates about five pounds of trash per day, according to the u.s. environmental protection agency. now a san Francisco-based nonprofit is asking some of the manufacturers who produce it to accept more responsibility for recycling it. - latimes
scientists call for more studies on hydraulic fracturing. - scientists from cornell university and ithaca college briefed congressional aides friday on what they say is a lack of research on the health and environmental impacts of a natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing. - ithica journal
frack and ruin: the rise of hydraulic fracturing. - fracking is becoming the gold rush of the 21st century. it began in britain in march. in the us, its use skyrocketed since 2005 when the energy policy act exempted fracking wells from federal regulation under the safe drinking act. - london daily telegraph
report: hundreds of gas wells drilled near schools, hospitals. - a state environmental group is calling on lawmakers to restrict natural gas drilling near places people live, learn and work after it released a study thursday showing hundreds of wells have been planned or drilled next to schools and hospitals. - times shamrock
walker, gop reversing green initiatives. - gov. scott walker and the republican legislature have moved quickly to weaken a string of environmental and energy programs as they contend with a budget deficit and make economic development their top priority. - milwaukee journal sentinel
aircraft chemical found in great lakes fish. - fish in the great lakes are contaminated with a chemical used in aircraft hydraulic fluids, according to a new study. no one has really studied whether it is toxic, but it may be as widespread in the environment as similar chemicals that are known to create hormone imbalances in humans - environmental report
student trains pollinators to avoid plants that contribute to colony collapse. - a franklin & marshall college student has used bees' intelligence to teach them behavior that just might help stem the widespread decline in bee populations. - lancaster intelligencer