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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Myths Of Renewable Energy


In this article from Dawn Stover at The Bulletin, she discusses the common misconceptions that renewable energy is really renewable … due to waste and environmental damage to create and dispose of the products  such as nuclear, solar, wind, and fragging for natural gas.

From the article:
Solar power. While sunlight is renewable -- for at least another four billion years -- photovoltaic panels are not. Nor is desert groundwater, used in steam turbines at some solar-thermal installations. Even after being redesigned to use air-cooled condensers that will reduce its water consumption by 90 percent, California's Blythe Solar Power Project, which will be the world's largest when it opens in 2013, will require an estimated 600 acre-feet of groundwater annually for washing mirrors, replenishing feedwater, and cooling auxiliary equipment.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dangerous Bill Would Threaten Legitimate Websites


The bill would thus eviscerate today's predictable legal environment, subjecting innovators to a new era of uncertainty and risk. User-driven sites have flourished under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbor, which clearly defines their legal responsibilities and expressly rejects any obligation to actively track and police user behavior. Under SOPA, that legal predictability would be tossed aside, exposing service providers to constant second-guessing by rightsholders.
Taking careful aim at online intellectual property infringement is one thing, but upsetting the legal balance that has led to more than 10 years of growth in Internet services is another. The current Congressional proposals threaten extensive and unnecessary collateral damage.
This a big threat to fair use of images and video and innocent derivative works ~ even going as far as using imagery of the President and politicians.

The bill removes satire exceptions and the protections of smaller news and information websites such as

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So I said to him, 
"Barack, I know Abe Lincolm and you aren't Abe Lincoln."
Obama, a Democrat, has made numerous attempts to quote Lincoln; a Republican. 
Here's a quote by Lincoln that he should be more observant of …

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln