Human activity may indeed be affecting the climate, but after reading the calm, methodical statements by the â€œdeniers,â€ Iâ€™m no longer willing to believe that anyone has a complete model of the complex, chaotic systems that determine global temperature, and I regret that the simplistic fear-metaphors used by people such as Al Gore have tended to demonize those who simply feel that the evidence, at this point, is still inconclusive.
Americaâ€™s communications infrastructure is stuck at a copper wall. For the vast majority of homes, copper wires remain the principal means of getting broadband services. The deployment of fiber optic connections to the home would enable exponentially faster connections, and few dispute that upgrading to more robust infrastructure is essential to Americaâ€™s economic growth. However, the costs of such an upgrade are daunting for private sector firms and even for governments. These facts add up to a public policy challenge.
The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. Huge segments of our population, especially those who live in the embrace of the Christian right and the consumer culture, are completely unmoored from reality. They lack the capacity to search for truth and cope rationally with our mounting social and economic ills. They seek clarity, entertainment and order. They are willing to use force to impose this clarity on others, especially those who do not speak as they speak and think as they think. All the traditional tools of democracies, including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate, are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.
classy move, bush.
Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don’t pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.
The rules must be published Friday to take effect before Obama is sworn in Jan. 20. Otherwise, he can undo them with the stroke of a pen.
The Interior Department rushed to complete the rules in three months over the objections of lawmakers and environmentalists who argued that they would weaken how a landmark conservation law is applied.
Then my mom called. You might imagine I donâ€™t get along all that well with my mother, and youâ€™d be right. Weâ€™re cordial enough, but we donâ€™t really talk about anything meaningful. It was time for that to change. I told her about my work, and about my next project, a game that would literally change the course of history.
Then we talked about Obama. I told her that I felt Americans were living in the Matrix, working long hours, eating pablum, and dying useless for having fed the parasitic machine draining the lifeblood of a withering planet.
I told her that Obama was the first president in my lifetime I could look to for inspiration. I told her about seeing people like myself get involved in the politcal process for the first time. I told her about getting to know the truth about money, the economy, and consumption.
I told her I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, where the boom-bust cycles of exploitative capitalism gave way the steady, sustainable happiness of altruistic capitalism.
Then she got biblical, which was her undoing. No one can quote scripture like an atheist. Without getting into the full multi-hour explanation, I showed her that McCain fits the description of the antichrist much better than Obama.
Finally it came down to abortion and gay marriage. I explained that first, understand that Roe v. Wade is not a case about abortion, but about the federal governmentâ€™s ability to enforce the Constitution at the state level. Most laws are like this â€” their issues are far more complicated than will fit on a sign.
Still, it brings up a greater issue. It is not your job to govern other peopleâ€™s morality. The Bible is explicitly clear on this subject. Not only does it repeatedly warn against judging others, it also makes clear that vengeance is the exclusive prerogative of God.
You are being controlled, I told her, by people telling you how to think, how to feel, and how to act. Use your God-given mind to make your own decisions.
anyone who’s had a real conversation with me about the web, or space travel, or time travel, or religion, in the past three years has heard something now backed up by data:
if we human beings intend to make it to the last days of the universe, we’re going to have to waste less and use resources better.
now i can cite a peer reviewed article, instead of just spouting off:
“Effectively, the Earthâ€™s regenerative capacity can no longer keep up with demand â€“ people are turning resources into waste faster than nature can turn waste back into resources.
“A moderate business-as-usual scenario, based on United Nations projections of slow, steady growth of economies and populations, suggests that by 2050, humanityâ€™s demand on nature will be twice the biosphereâ€™s productive capacity.”
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000â€“$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100
the above is a joke.
the below is not:
we got a new mower and i love it.
it burns calories instead of gasoline.
it has zero emissions, except for sweat.
it’s safe and light enough for J2 to mow with.
it hearts the earth.
i know what i need now
i had reservations before
but now there’s no doubt
i need to find me a woman who drives a choice hummer
i huge belching beastling with fat tires and a snout
it’s just what i need now
all of the other cars
are just way too darn small
i need to find me a woman who drives a choice hummer
i can ride to the grocery and i’ll be so very tall
the good thing about hummers
is you don’t have to care
if there’s an escort or sunfire in your way
you can pretty much assume that they’ll move or be sorry
so you’re free to talk on your cellphone all day!
the last thing you want
when you are enjoying being miserable
is to be ripped out of yourself and made
to think about the needs of another
it is not fair
says her, to i
that i should live
and her should die
that we should be so rich and fat
and they should scrounge around for scraps
that us should win
and others lose
when we determine
just who can’t choose
it is not right
to her, says i
but deep inside i know i lie
but really i just can’t be there
i want to feel
for her plight
i want to want to want what’s right
but wanting right just costs so much
my value’s placed in things i trust
like comfort, money, freedom, peace:
i’ll please myself and fuck the least