Sunday, November 29, 2009

The John Kerry approach to climate change

John Kerry believes that we've already met some of the emission cutting goals thanks to the decline in the economy. Poor John. He let the cat out of the bag. Global warming apologists better known as global warming cost denialists would like to reduce everyone's footprint thinking that such as move backward would be cost-less. Here's another reality check for the John Kerrys and Edward Markeys of the world.
In a provocative new study, a University of Utah scientist argues that rising carbon dioxide emissions -- the major cause of global warming -- cannot be stabilized unless the world's economy collapses or society builds the equivalent of one new nuclear power plant each day.

"It looks unlikely that there will be any substantial near-term departure from recently observed acceleration in carbon dioxide emission rates," says the new paper by Tim Garrett, an associate professor of atmospheric sciences.
More here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Government's eminent domain failure

Judge Souter's gift keeps on giving. Kelo was the Supreme Court at its worst.
When will they learn?
New London (AP) - Weeds, glass, bricks, pieces of pipe and shingle splinters have replaced the knot of aging homes at the site of the nation's most notorious eminent domain project.

There are a few signs of life: Feral cats glare at visitors from a miniature jungle of Queen Anne's lace, thistle and goldenrod. Gulls swoop between the lot's towering trees and the adjacent sewage treatment plant.

But what of the promised building boom that was supposed to come wrapped and ribboned with up to 3,169 new jobs and $1.2 million a year in tax revenues? They are noticeably missing.

Proponents of the ambitious plan blame the sour economy. Opponents call it a "poetic justice."

"They are getting what they deserve. They are going to get nothing," said Susette Kelo, the lead plaintiff in the landmark property rights case. "I don't think this is what the United States Supreme Court justices had in mind when they made this decision."

Kelo's iconic pink home sat for more than a century on that currently empty lot, just steps away from Connecticut's quaint but economically distressed Long Island Sound waterfront. Shortly after she moved in, in 1997, her house became ground zero in the nation's best-known land rights catfight.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Rule of law?

AFP:Egypt Muslims burn Christian shops. Some people follow their own rules. And we wonder sometimes why there are skeptics of the term "religion of peace."

Contractor: New Zumix building project to be completed this month


ZUMIX project near completion

WOBURN, EAST BOSTON, MA, ISSUED NOVEMBER 20, 2009…Landmark Structures Corporation, a leading full service General Contractor/Construction Management Company since 1993, anticipates a November completion date for a joint venture renovation project between ZUMIX and the East Boston Community Development Corporation.

Landmark Structures has served as General Contractor for the estimated $2 million project that encompasses the renovation of a 9,000 square foot former firehouse at 260 Sumner Street in East Boston into the new home of ZUMIX, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts.

ZUMIX and the East Boston Community Development Corporation, in a joint venture, purchased the former fire house from the City of Boston. More
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

21st Century Schziod Man -- The Ian Wallace Run

WOW! The late Ian Wallace with Marc Bonilla on guitar rendering magnificently an "uncanny" classic.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CIvil liberties under Obama; A word to the wise

How can this be under the poseur Obama?

In a case that raises questions about online journalism and privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day.

The grand jury subpoena also required the Philadelphia-based Indymedia.us Web site "not to disclose the existence of this request" unless authorized by the Justice Department, a gag order that presents an unusual quandary for any news organization.

Kristina Clair, a 34-year old Linux administrator living in Philadelphia who provides free server space for Indymedia.us, said she was shocked to receive the Justice Department's subpoena. (The Independent Media Center is a left-of-center amalgamation of journalists and advocates that – according to their principles of unity and mission statement – work toward "promoting social and economic justice" and "social change.")

The subpoena (PDF) from U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison in Indianapolis demanded "all IP traffic to and from www.indymedia.us" on June 25, 2008. It instructed Clair to "include IP addresses, times, and any other identifying information," including e-mail addresses, physical addresses, registered accounts, and Indymedia readers' Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and so on.

"I didn't think anything we were doing was worthy of any (federal) attention," Clair said in a telephone interview with CBSNews.com on Monday. After talking to other Indymedia volunteers, Clair ended up calling the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, which represented her at no cost.


Who's watching Eric Holder?

Monday, November 09, 2009

A little history lesson: the victims of Communism

Masters of the Universe; Too big to fail

This is a joke right?
With Goldman taking a daily beating in the PR department for everything from its runaway profits to "Government Sachs" conspiracies to swine flu vaccines, Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein decided to give his side of the firm's story in a lengthy interview with The Sunday Times of London.

But some things are probably better left unsaid, most notably Blankfein's declaration that Goldman is "doing God's work."

It's an unfortunate phrase on many levels. What Blankfein was trying to say is Goldman serves a "social purpose," as The Sunday Times reported he also did say. "We help companies to grow by helping them to raise capital," Blankfein said. "Companies that grow create wealth. This, in turn, allows people to have jobs that create more growth and more wealth. It's a virtuous cycle."

There is an element of truth to that statement but it shows a level of tone-deafness that's surprising, even coming from a Wall Street CEO. As Henry and I discuss in the accompanying video, there are concrete steps Goldman could take to refurbish its image, which is going to take another hit in the court of public opinion.

Given the ongoing outrage about Goldman's bonuses - estimated to exceed $20 billion for 2009 - a year after the company was rescued by the U.S. government (whether they admit it or not) - Goldman's supporters are probably wishing Blankfein had chosen to speak softly and carry a big checkbook.

Remember he's a traitor

ABC News:

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.
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Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan tried to make contact with people linked to al Qaeda.

It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.

One senior lawmaker said the CIA had, so far, refused to brief the intelligence committees on what, if any, knowledge they had about Hasan's efforts.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

You got that right

ED MASON: "Conservatives whacked the president for his apparent light-hearted approach to addressing the tragic shootings at Fort Hood, which was indeed puzzling. During a presser at the White House Tribal Nation’s Conference, Obama “buried the lead,” as we say, and delivered some impromptu shoutouts and humor before addressing the killing spree and offering comforting remarks. President Bush would have been skewered for doing the same."

Peter Gelzinis's word processor gets ahead of him?

A year after POETIC?: "Given the tenor of this past year, there is something grimly poetic about President Obama closing it out sandwiched between a bitter partisan slog to get a health-care bill through Congress, and the massacre of 13 U.S. soldiers, coupled with the wounding of 29, by a fellow soldier of Muslim descent at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas."

Friday, November 06, 2009

I disagree

Macca's hard on himself and the Beatles. As a songwriting duo I have yet to find any better than Lennon and McCartney.

Some thoughts after Ft. Hood from Cicero

A little lesson from Marcus Tullius Cicero:

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear."

Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is an American-born cancer; he was like us, part of the melting pot.

The damage is done. But how confident is the public in the President's response?

Moreover, what will the President do about sleeper cells in the United States? We know this much: the Sainted One does not have the fortitude to call treason by its name.

Monday, November 02, 2009

A little wisdom from the Angry Economist

Collectivism sucks.
Really it does. Fear the smart set; they think they never make mistakes.