We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
WRT to the Post Office: I'm old enough to remember when you had to put a first class stamped envelope inside FEDEX document paks since in theory the Post Office still had a monopoly on that type of delivery. n a unionized shop, the unions often put this type of condition in the contracts so the management has no flexibility in how to respond to competition.
Interestingly this was only about 15 years after the Postal Unions go the right to negotiate in 1970 (http://www.apwu.org/about/history.htm . Downhill ever since. I
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For the past couple of days when I try to open Maggies I get nothing and the tab shows RRGLLC. If I click on birddog, I can get birddog's entries for the day and apparently all previous days' entries. This approach gets me /authors as part of the url. Without that I get RRGLLC and no web entries.
Climate Change Debate Dry air by volume contains 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.039% carbon dioxide and trace amounts of other gases.
Now look at that and tell me how, exactly, what is essentially a trace gas, at 4/100ths of a percent by volume, affects the atmosphere enough to warm it.
I really want to know - somebody explain it to me. Because even if you burned entire forests you wouldn't get an increase of 1/1000th additional CO² - the atmosphere is just too damn large by volume. And even if you did manage to have that happen, what exactly would it affect?
It's all based on infra red absorption by the three main "culprits" - methane, CO² and chlorofluorocarbons. That's in order of ability to filter and hold heat via the IR effect.
Here's the interesting bit. CO²'s concentration is 339 ppm and is the baseline absorption rate for all "greenhouse" gases. Methane at 1.65 ppm is absorbs 30 times more IR than CO² and chlorofluorocarbons at 20 ppt (parts per trillion) is 10,000 times more capable of absorbing IR.
As chlorofluorocarbons have all but been eliminated as a source of IR holding, that leaves methane and CO². And as chlorofluorocarbons are clearly the class of the field as IR holding heat generation, that should balance out the total greenhouse effect from the other two.
Assuming of course, that with atmospheric mixing, layer boundaries, wind/rain dispersal rates and water vapor which does hold IR heat, but disperses it very quickly as it atomizes, it would seem to me that somebody is spreading the BS around pretty thickly.
How 'bout THIS one --to replace ten percent of our current oil usage with wood shavings and switchgrass (GWB's mention at one point) in ratio to base biofuel, we'd have to double our harvest of trees --every year.
With regard to the US Post Office: Dirty Jobs Guy is fundamentally correct with regard to the failure of the post office. In this case it is not about open competition, but rather a clear demonstration of the "equal opportunity" rules run amok by the unionistas. There was a time not too long ago when carrying the mail was considered a very highly moral service "through rain, sleet, etc." Those values were lost when when ethnic minorities were given jobs for which they did not give a damn! In the beginning these were from the African/American community. However, on the west coast those jobs quickly went to Mexican, who do not care about our country or our values. But, then again in San Francisco a white woman could stand in line at the counter for a half an hour while an Asian guy would call forward all Asian women from behind. So while in Chicago some African/American carrier was dumping all his mail under a bridge and looking for checks, in Seattle there were other minorities simply watching the clock between every customer to make sure they handled only the number/per hour that was required by contract. People standing in line with heavy packages was no concern of theirs. Shall I go on? I know it is difficult to discuss race anywhere without someone calling you a racist--trust me, I am not a racist, but I have grown old watching people!
--it's not the DNA, tho --it's the subcultural ''we wuz robbed'' inculcation. That should've stopped upon 2% of the entire US population (equal to seven million today, about the current population of Virginia or Massachusetts), north and south, dying on or from the field of battle in the 1860s, to colorblind the law.
Yes, the practice of the ideal has been imperfect, but it's a real and honest ideal and has never been pulled down, and left alone we would be making faster progress. In fact we were, before the Great Society.