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Sunday, November 20. 2011
Sunday morning links
Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms
The ABC’s of Self-Reliance - A core American virtue becomes a pejorative in the media.
You are supposed to depend on the State
What’s the Matter with Rachel Maddow? - The MSNBC host champions bureaucratic power at the expense of regular people and their rights.
Why Lefties hold bureaucrats, technocrats, and dictators in such high esteem remains a mystery to me. I think it might be a substitute for faith in God - and in onseself.
Dr. Helen: Is "Forever Lazy" the Future of Adult Americans?
OWS: Capitalism's spoiled children
More people shop at Macy's in NYC every day than are involved in OWS, but those normal Macy's shoppers don't get on the news. Silent majority, I guess, getting on with life without any hystrionic public bitching.
Connecticut deemed the sinkhole of the nation
The Complete And Annotated Guide To The European Bank Run (Or The Final Phase Of Goldman's World Domination Plan)
Dino: Frankly, we’re not looking forward to what the next political year is likely to bring.
Tunisia heads toward Islamist extremism – but don’t worry, they voted
Stupid Math Tricks from Jim Hansen
3 Reasons We Shouldn't Bail Out Student Loan Borrowers
EU Forbids Claim That Water Prevents Dehydration
The EU is insane, arrogant, intoxicated with power. Time for Euroland to be rid of this leviathan.
Newt: "You're going to see from me extraordinarily radical proposals to fundamentally change the culture of poverty in America and give people a chance to rise very rapidly."
How Unemployment Benefits Became Twice as Generous
14,000 abandoned wind turbines
Windmills are a joke. Solar is mostly a joke unless you live in some place like Nevada. For fuel and power, we love nuclear, coal, oil, and gas. And wood!
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we love nuclear, coal, oil, and gas. And wood!
You, sir, are the 99%. Well, actually, the 98.7%. The 1.3% is the amount of worldwide energy produced from "renewable" sources. And that includes your wood.
However, if you play your cards right, support the right people (ahem, Obama), you can make a guaranteed 29% on your investment in wind or solar. Yes, this amazing return is made possible by having government officials take money from the poor and downtrodden and give it to you and your consortium as "subsidies".
Last year in an article about Spain's retreat from solar power (highlight, each enviro job cost 2 or 3 other jobs) a incident came to light about Spain's subsidies to companies generating power using solar.
It was disclosed that one “Solar” power company was making so much profit from subsidies that they secretly ran a diesel generator during cloudy days so they could continue to collect the mandated higher rates they received for “solar” power. They didn’t get caught until someone forgot to turn the generator off at night.
Back in the 1980s my husband and I went to Hawaii several times on vacation. A huge wind turbine farm had just been installed, all shiny and new, on Maui. As most of you are aware, islands like Maui and the rest of the Hawaiian chain have pretty near constant trade winds, night and day. If wind power should work, it should work wonderfully there.
Some friends of ours went to Maui last year for vacation, and found that many of those wonderful turbines were non functional -- rusted out and not in use, their bases surrounded with shredded bird carcasses. The wind farm as such was pretty much non-functional.
If wind farms don't work on islands like the Hawaiian islands, they probably are not going to work off the coast of Massachusetts or any other seacoast area. If you set them up in a desert area, then you have the so-far insoluble problem of storing and conveying the energy they make. And building back up facilities for when the wind doesn't blow.
So, no thank you, thankyouverymuch. We installed a whole house generator last year, powered by natural gas and fully automatic. And every time Reliant Energy proves unreliable once more, we are so grateful we did.
--re Maddow, anyone familiar with Ice-9 understands Bokononism, and its concept of the 'false' Karass, an example of which is the loosely-defined 'Granfalloon' usually regarded as a group of people who outwardly choose or claim to have a shared identity or purpose, but whose mutual association is actually meaninglessly built upon a fabricated premise.
MSNBC is of course the very definition of a Granfalloon. Without reiterating the exhausted and loathsomely familiar tenets thought by adherents to be the glue that joins 'em, what actually joins 'em is an unfortunate sputter, or wobble, in the circuit connecting the Amygdala to the dorso-lateral prefrontal circuit --the brain’s top executive, which organizes responses to complex problems, plans steps to an objective, searches memory for relevant experience, adapts strategies to accommodate new data, guides behavior with verbal skills, houses working memory, manages in its orbitofrontal circuit emotional impulses in socially appropriate ways for productive behaviors including empathy, altruism, interpretation of facial expressions, and typically responding to injury via releases of foul language and fatuous behavior patterns.
Anyhoo, as the sputtering wobble (think of that toy battery-powered gyroscope you once wired directly to the 220V circuit in your parents firetrap of a house back when you were 10) develops a reverse feedback loop ("LFR" or Esrever Kcabdeef Pool) energized by the photon attention of Aliens (creatures who resemble the self but are from "the outside of me"), the normal power flow from the dorso-lateral prefrontal circuit to the amygdala reverses and that older, evolutionarily-subservient chaotic subsystem (deep in limbic emotional brain, constantly firing aversive cues to the anger and fear needed for ancient basic survival, associated with a range of mental conditions, often oversized in sociopathic brains) swells up like the Pillsbury Dough Boy in Ghostbusters, and begins strolling around the World Trade Center shorting the intricate signaling channels which by the very intricacy define the dorso-lateral prefrontal circuit.
Or you could just say, ''ah, nutz to that buncha idiots'' and get to the same place in less time.
oops, forgot to credit
Marrianne: Dead birds all over the wind field farms. Some are endangered species.
Buddy: That was priceless! My brain hurts.
heh --thanks y'all --i got a little carried away there --
--rre the 'unemployment benefits' link, heard the following over the weekend, on FoxBiz:
...from 1990 to 2010, welfare transfers are up 292%, and the poverty rate is up 15%.
(that 292 could be rounded to 300 for ease of remembering --and to foreshadow the unincluded 2011)
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