Monday, September 22, 2014

This is What a Hero Looks Like

Well-heeled mobs demanding government-forced curtailment of cheap, efficient energy to feed their collective fantasies of "clean" energy have a twisted morality.

Read Alex's book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.  

Monday, June 2, 2014


I really like rereading some of my old blog posts.

The best part of writing in a personal blog rather than single-issue or advocacy/activism blog is that I've written most of the posts as I speak. I'm rereading my own voice here. It's really, really fun for me to revisit fun me. I like her. In fact, if I weren't already her, I'd want to be her best friend.

We share so much.

Friday, May 9, 2014

It's Raining Meh.


The contradictions jump out of this piece all on their own, but in case you've used your self-preservation-allotment of outrage on something more important today--like the effetely-met kidnapping of over 200 young women in a Nigerian school nearly a month ago, or the use of the word "compromise" as it should relate to the Constitution-- I'll just point them out for you. 

First, we're told how one weatherman "makes a point of incorporating links between bad weather and climate change into his daily broadcasts." Then we're told that 8 hand-picked guests were invited to the White House "to spread the word" of the National Climate Assessment. 

Crap. But on par with the proselytizing portion of the religion of Climate Change. 

The article further explains that local weathermen have been shown to be among the most trusted of media figures. 

Okay, now it's getting interesting. 

And . . .  

Sadly for this administration, only a paltry 18% of those most trusted media figures (some meteorologists, some weather broadcasters) believe that there is a connection between man-made activities and climate change.

The broadcasters at the White House on Tuesday not only accept the link, a number of them also prepare their climate-focused broadcasts with help from Climate Central, a New Jersey-based nonprofit group that creates graphics intended to convey the local impact of climate change for about 100 television stations across the country. Some Climate Central scientists were among those invited Tuesday to the White House.
Then we're told how one weather broadcaster (not to be confused with a meteorologist) goes onto explain how a thousand year rain event happened! And we can expect more of the same! OMG!

(That doesn't mean it happens once every thousand years, it means that the likelihood of it happening is about 1000:1 in any given year. There's a big difference: the latter is about the size of any storm, the former implies a weather trend.) 

The steam in my coffee (I like a long black) however, is from Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director, who says of the gathering, 
“Trusted messengers are hugely important,'’ Ms. Palmieri said. “No one thinks these meteorologists have an agenda.”
She may have well as added: "So we're going to give them one."

You can see Climate Central's funding sources here. While some of its government funding is apparent, I don't think we'd have to dig too far to find that the the bulk of the other named foundations and institutions are also driven by if not funded by this administration's agenda. Unfortunately, I've run out of self-preservation-allotted outrage to dig any further. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wards of the State

All your children are belong to us.

Silly, silly parents. You have this outdated notion that your children belong to you. They don't. In this special version of the same -- including a presidential attempt to marginalize those who disagree with him -- Paul Reville, former Massachusetts Secretary of Education restates the same.

Because they attend government schools, your children belong to the government. Yes, you love, feed, house, and nominally guide those children toward adulthood, but the government -- that nameless, faceless collective of local, state, and federal "educators"  -- gets to decide what they learn and how they learn 180 captive days of every year.

What's better than that type of thought channelization? They actually mine the children for data to support future government programs.

It all works out nicely for the powers that be.
And that, by no means, includes you or those small people you quaintly refer to as your children.

Who's to Blame?

Big Pharma : Statin Explosion :: Lobbyist : Farm Bill.

What is the pull to blame those who have successfully pedaled their wares over those we have chosen to help guard our well-being? We pick and pay our doctors and congress for the very purposes of helping us determine our course of action based on their expertise. I'm growing weary of their failures and apparent aversion to follow things through.

I can change my doctors; I cannot change congress. But I leave you with this point:

If congressional votes (those actions that determine the well-being of this country) could not be bought, lobbyists would not exist.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Three Good Things (weekend edition)

1. Baked sweet potatoes loaded with butter.
2. Secretariat, the horse AND 2010 movie (I have deemed that this counts as only one).
3. Driving the long way home so we could enjoy the rest of this song in the convertible.

Yes, I'm going to totally ignore the fact that my blog has been languishing for many months and post what I want, when I want, and not you, nor any of your dismissive non-comments can stop me.

Have a lovely day!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Colorblind Man's Bluff

Object of the Game:  To remove green dots from the field before they randomly eat the other dots. Remove all green dots from the field before they eat the other dots and you win.

How to play: In the field of colorful dots, it is your job to protect all other color dots from the destructive green dots. Once you spot a green dot, you have two options of play: you may either destroy it or immobilize it by separating it from the other dots.  

Immobilize: Place marker on top of dot and drag to the perimeter.

Destroy: Place marker on top of dot and click once.

Hazards: It is sometimes necessary or desirable to immobilize non-green dots if they are preventing further pursuit of the green dots.  If you immobilize more than five non-green dots without destroying any green dots you lose your turn.

At any time, any of the dots may change to any other color. While the chance that any particular dot will turn green is small, the pool of green dots comes primarily from the blue dots.  Among the other color dots, any dot that has been immobilized is also more likely to become green.

There are already other dots at the perimeter. These have been immobilized for other threats against the general dot population.

If you should destroy a dot that is not green, you lose.

Professional Level of Play:

Remove all factors that may aid in identifying the green dots. Cast a wide net and wait until they start eating the other dots.


Extended play: If the green dots begin eating the other dots at an alarming rate, you may immediately begin to drag all the other dots to the perimeter (immobilize them) so that you can more readily spot the green dot activities. Although you are immobilizing the other color dots, this is considered “protecting” them.