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Tuesday, March 9. 2010
Image: The American air is getting cleaner.
Gun-free zones: Shooting fish in a barrel
Stimulants increase learning and learning speed. h/t Insty. Every college kid knows that.
Poll: Young Adults Turn Toward GOP. Change!
Diane Ravitch discouraged by education reform. Schools should be entirely run by and for localities, not by the Feds and not by the unions. That's how reform can happen. The famous Albert Shanker quote: "When schoolkids get union cards is when we'll worry about their interests." Something like that.
Effects of CO2 are logarithmic, not linear. That's High School math. Is it part of the computer models?
Feminists: College gals should drink, Yes means No, and campus rape definitions. I thought the feminists said all hetero sex was rape.
Don't hold your breath for The New World Order
Bucknell: You cannot debate the 2009 Dem stimulus package. Too controversial for college?
Florida, sugar, government and the Everglades: The corporate State
Not predicted by the models: South Pole cooling, ice increasing
Good grief. Those are some crazy links!
The Census: "My race is human"
Doug Hoffman is back! He'll win.
John says the O is an ignoramus about insurance costs. Maybe he is, or maybe it simply does not serve the narrative to mention the reality that if coverages are mandated, costs increase.
Evil, evil Drudge. Do not look at his site!
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The usual weird stuff went on over the weekend. On Sunday, a notice popped up on the Instapundit site that said it was judged unacceptable by TrendMicro, my spam filter. It disappeared later.
I got a letter from the Census Bureau saying that I would receive a questionnaire in the mail within the week, and that I'd better answer it in full. Or else. I don't know what "else" is going to be but it sounds bad and puts my back up. They have a two question series about the race of those living in my house, and the choices are ridiculous. Several designations are geographic rather than racial. Puerto Rican? Cuban? Philippino? Native American? If we are American citizens born in America, we are native Americans, just as native-born Germans, born in Germany, are native Germans, etc. etc.
And since when is the Census Bureau authorized to ask such questions? Michelle Malkin says she is going to fill in the blank as American, and that's a good idea. Maybe I will too. And if these parolees that they are going to use to make personal visits to the more recalcitrant of us come to our house, I won't let them in. I have a covered porch on the front of the house and I will go out and answer their questions there. I may even call the constable to come and monitor the discussion.
The Busybody Brigade is becoming bolder every day.
It can't be logarithmic. They guy is just tossing around a word.
With regard to the unionization of garbage: Seattle, which for decades has prided itself on being the "Least churched city in America" has had the most rigorous garbage rules. It is possible for your neighbor to report you for not recycling properly and for you to be fined and then considered a criminal if the illegal activity continues. Initial google search comes up with these two links MF readers should review.
Of course all of us want to do the "best thing" for managing the garbage but at what point does it become a criminal offense if we don't?
"...at what point does it become a criminal offense..."
That point is reached when the monetary volume of the fines become greater than the volume of the howls of the fined.
My local city (Carrollton TX) has already chipped the recycle bin, with the incentive of points for each time the bin is picked up on a recycle day. Of course the points may be redeemed for more things I wouldn't buy, all to become additional garbage and recyclables later on. heh.
The best recycle program I have heard of so far, is in Fort Bend county Texas. They literally take everything all the time. Poisons? check. Houshold chemicals? check. Electronics? check. Along with the usual paper, cardboard, metals, and glass. I don't know how they do it.
I contrasted their program with the one I experienced in Cupertino CA when I lived out there. They were so picky about WHAT they took, it was almost a laughable nod at recycling versus a real program. Plastic? well, we'll take 1's and 2's but only if its clean. Glass? only clear. none of that green/brown/colored stuff. Paper? well, we'll take newspaper and copy paper, but other than that, ummm, no.
As far as the rest? Well, every two years they'd do a 'free' day of garbage where almost anything you could get in a 4x8x4fth high area they'd think about. (versus Carrollton where we have heavy trash pickup EVERY week.)
...and I totally forgot where I was going with this hijack.
My friend in Fort Bend says that the recycling doesn't really pay for itself, but it wasn't their goal. The goal is to limit the amount of material that goes into the landfill. Its far cheaper to pay extra to recycle stuff that it is to acquire and maintain land for the landfill.
I am a strong supporter of reducing landfill. For too many cities "Landfill" has now come to mean "ocean dump". It seems to me that what is needed is a better designed system. Those on the west(left)coast are designed by politicians. Those who take anything anytime are not designed at all. Surely, with all the money going into sustainable design in academia somebody can come up with something that rewards and encourages a well planned and well managed (no unions please) system. But, then again . . .
It would probably be some constant minus a negative exponential in the CO2 concentration, I'd guess.
Race - "And since when is the Census Bureau authorized to ask such questions?"
Since the beginning, or at least the second one. Remember, slaves - shorthand reference blacks - were not citizens but were each a percentage of a "person" and had to be counted.
But "American" or even "human" does not seem adequate to register protest about what is today supposed to be [heh-heh] an irrelevance. So -
Answer "black". Period. After all, we are all supposed to be descended from African forebears, if we trace back a hundred thousand years or so. According to the definition of "race" then, we all qualify. And it would mess up things so badly...
It's a 'line' chart --data over time. iirc, also called a 'scatter' chart. it doesn't have a name such as 'bell' --which is always that shape since it always demonstrates distributions from 'normal'.
Mike Munger on recycling (podcast)
Re the evil Drudge report as a source of malware: sometimes valid websites get hijacked so that a bad guy inserts a popup saying "Scan your computer! End of the world! Scan now or face ruin!". Sometimes these critters are set up so clicking anything in the popup causing it to start the scan, which is an installation of malware. I've seen this at Cute Overload and I've seen it at Don Surber's site. SO it could have happened at Drudge.
If it happens to you, try to close the browser window. If that fails, POWER OFF THE COMPUTER IF YOU HAVE TO. Don't let the popup run ANYTHING!!! Don't click any part of the popup window if you can help it.
And what is amazing, it is so easy to stop most of that (at least with Firefox). Just install the AdBlock and NoScript add ins, and check the block pop up windows in OPTIONS-> CONTENT.
Now, there are subscription sites that use pop ups and scripts for things such as logins, those are easy to enable PER SITE.
I also use ProcessGuard that warns me when a new program is attempting to run (not helpful for Java based attacks, which NoScript helps guard against).
So there are simple things (if you are aware of them) to help prevent the installation of Malware.