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.
Whatever you want to say about the sharpies on Wall Street, they are pikers compared to Max's and Chuck's friends down on the farm when it comes to picking the pockets of taxpayers and consumers, or concocting a system in which the farmers get all the gains while the government assumes most of the risk.
So I commend you on your "Earth Hour" effort. Persuading people across the globe to turn off lights for one hour supplies the perfect symbol for modern environmentalism: a collective effort to return humankind to the dark ages.
Stumbled on to this link thru the trout post. Seems to be the plan for a carbon auction for 9 Northeast and Midatlantic states.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI or "ReGGIe") is a cooperative effort by 9 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to discuss the design of a regional cap-and-trade program initially covering carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in the region. In the future, RGGI may be extended to include other sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and greenhouse gases other than CO2.
Auction Design Research
In March 2007, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), on behalf of RGGI-participating states, engaged a research team led by the University of Virginia and Resources for the Future (RFF) to evaluate regional auction design options and make recommendations to the Staff Working Group and Agency Heads for the specifications of a regional RGGI allowance auction. The outcome of this research will provide recommendations at a level of specificity that would allow participating states to jointly implement an auction platform and administer an auction, pursuant to design requirements and rules specified by RGGI participating states.
"The Rescue of John Steinbeck" by John Gottlieb of the NYT's Book Review where if you say anything good, you're fired.
Book reviewers, unless they are themselves published authors, need a damn good whacking. Gottlieb, wannabe-writer, writes a most puerile exegesis/term paper about Steinbeck and has the audacity to say this about Steinbeck at the end:
"You could say that by the end he had evolved into a kind of minor and irrelevant prophet, both disillusioned and irredeemably optimistic.
And he's become that unfashionable and embarrassing thing, a patriot. "I believe," he wrote at the end of his life,
that out of the whole body of our past, out of our differences, our quarrels, our many interests and directions, something has emerged that is itself unique in the world: America—complicated, paradoxical, bullheaded, shy, cruel, boisterous, unspeakably dear, and very beautiful.
Somewhere along the way, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" had turned into "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."
"...he had evolved into a kind of minor and irrelevant prophet, both disillusioned and irredeemably optimistic." ???? Cool.
Too bad Steinbeck can't come back to town on a feisty red pony to kick the snot out of this little Gottlieb bitch.