Saturday, February 10, 2007
Yesterday, during hearings on the State Department’s 2008 budget, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) slammed the U.S. military’s ban on gay servicemembers, saying the Pentagon “seems more afraid of gay people than they are [of] terrorists,” and that if the terrorists were smart, “they’d get a platoon of lesbians to chase us out of Baghdad.”
Actually, I doubt that any terrorists read my blog. I'm not sure that anybody does.
Do they really pay people to write this crap? Oh, and the threat that the article warns of is that Iran might release the two.
THINGS WITH AN APPROVAL RATING HIGHER THAN GEORGE W. BUSH
• Brussels Sprouts (51%)
• Coke Zero (41%)
• Hillary Duff (52%)
• Jennifer Love Hewitt (36%)
• Fruit Cake (40%)
• Kevin Federline (45%)
• Rosie O’Donnell on The View (46%)
• Crocheting (72%)
• Fishing (49%)
• Legalizing Prostitution (58%)
• The Dentist (45%)
• Hanson (53%)
• In-Laws (68%)
• The Pussy Cat Dolls (56%)
• Ryan Seacrest (60%)
• The Barenaked Ladies (73%)
• The Backstreet Boys (66%)
• Nickelback (57%)
• Hootie & The Blowfish (84%)
• Stepping in Dog Shit (35%)
• Small Breasts (50%)
• Getting Kicked in the Balls (41%)
Thursday, February 8, 2007
"I dreamt, for one fleeting moment, about a Rumsfeld-Bolton ticket in 2008. Can you imagine how much Prozac the New York Times editors would consume if that dream came true? R-B in '08?"
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Astronaut drives accross country in diaper to kill sexual rival with pepper spray AND I CAN"T FIND ANYTHING FUNNY TO SAY? AM I THAT LAME?
I'm pretty eclectic in my tastes, so I can't swear as to what I will post about most often, but it'll probably focus in on politics, computers, space and/or aeorspace, legal issues (although IANAL), and cooking. If'n I get smartified enough with Blogger, I may try to post up some pix if I take any worth a damn. Ironic humor and vicious snark will also feature highly. And, while I realize that writing for a blog is hard work, and I'll try to keep my mother's advice about bad language, but being I'm a card-carrying member of the "Society of Librarians that say Motherfucker", which can be found on-line at http://community.livejournal.com/library_mofo/, I urge everyone to not be offended by my occasional potty mouth.
That said, I'm glad to be here and I'll do my best to pop in a few times each week. Tip your bartenders and try the veal.
Weeks after pledging major investments in renewable energy, President George W. Bush is calling for cuts at Colorado's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, drawing complaints Monday from two of the state's Democratic lawmakers.
A centerpiece of Bush's State of the Union speech this year was a 20 percent cut in gasoline use by 2017 made possible in part by increasing the use of renewable fuels.
Colorado's Democratic lawmakers criticized Bush's proposed budget, delivered to Congress on Monday, for increasing spending on fossil fuel and nuclear development while cutting the Energy Department's renewable research lab by 3 percent.
Bush's proposed budget would decrease funding for the Golden, Colo., lab to $181.5 million from $187.5 million, they said. The lab does the nation's primary research on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
So, we'll increase our research by cutting $6 million from the research budget.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
1. (Tainters Axiom) Any society that continues to use critical resources unsustainably will collapse.
Exception: A society can avoid collapse by finding replacement resources.
Limit to the exception: In a finite world, the number of possible replacements is also finite.
2. (Bartlett’s Axiom): Population growth and/or growth in the rates of consumption of resources cannot be sustained.
3. To be sustainable, the use of renewable resources must proceed at a rate that is less than or equal to the rate of natural replenishment.
4. To be sustainable, the use of non-renewable resources must proceed at a rate that is declining, and the rate of decline must be greater than or equal to the rate of depletion.
The rate of depletion is defined as the amount being extracted and used during a specified time interval (usually a year) as a percentage of the amount left to extract.
5. Sustainability requires that substances introduced into the environment from human activities be minimized and rendered harmless to biosphere functions.
In cases where pollution from the extraction and consumption of non-renewable resources that has proceeded at expanding rates for some time threatens the viability of ecosystems, reduction in the rates of extraction and consumption of those resources may need to occur at a rate greater than the rate of depletion.
OK, I realize that this is a much more serious post that any I have previously put up. But I do plan on writing more on alternative energy, a major interest of mine, in the future. This was the best short description of enviormental philosophy that I have read recently. Your thoughts? (that's what the comment function is FOR, people).