Why is it when you are protesting the loss of life in a war, you should be able to get right up in the face of the people you are protesting....Why is it when you are protesting the loss of life due to capitalism in an "unregistered protest" it is asserting your right to protest, but if you are protesting the loss of life due to abortion it is something that needs to be regulated and shut down at all costs.
My question not only to Mayor Daley, but to the Utah Judicial System (and anyone else who thinks that this is approrpiate) is why is it OK to "harass" GOP convention goers and the citizens of Pittsburgh or Tokyo or any other city who has offered to host conventions like the G-8, but it is not OK to "harass" people going into abortion clinics to end the life of an unborn child?
Here is a prime example of some really creative thinking in the market to solve a problem and help reduce energy use all at once!
It is a breathtaking world of volcanoes, endless prairies and ethereal winter landscapes.
Not, you might think, the most obvious place to stick millions of the world's computer servers which are, for all their uses, rather less attractive.
But the country now wants exactly that - to become home to the world's computing power...
The problem is that while these computers look innocuous, they use a lot of energy.
There is of course the power you need for the servers themselves, but almost as significant is the energy used to keep them cool.
"For every watt that is spent running servers," says Dr Brad Karp, of University College London, "the best enterprises most careful about minimising the energy of cooling and maximising efficiency typically find they are spending 40-60% extra energy on just cooling them."
In Iceland, with its year round cool climate and chilly fresh water, just a fraction of this energy for cooling is needed. It means big savings.
Emphasis mine and a side note. As someone who has spent the vast majority of her adult working in and on servers, I can attest to how much energy is used to keep servers "at temperature". Most server rooms have to be kept at a "frigid" 62 degrees in order to keep the servers temperatures at an optimal level.
The state's sales tax receipts for the quarter ending Sept. 30 were 13.5 percent below the sums received for the same quarter last year, according to an economic update [PDF] issued Monday by the office of Minnesota Management & Budget.
Individual income tax withholding, which closely tracks wages, was down 7 percent from a year earlier. Corporate returns were down sharply, too.
While MinnPost author brushes by the reason why tax revenues are so far down, she does not really tackle the issue...
"Sales taxes will be lagging because people still are afraid they are going to lose jobs," she said. "Wages are going to be stagnant. It's not pretty."
It's particularly ugly for at least one in 10 Minnesotans who are unemployed or underemployed at lousy part-time jobs. They are fighting grim, gut-wrenching hardship that many of their families never have seen before.
They are flocking to food shelves, putting off health care and bunking with relatives.
I got a chuckle out of this post at The Senate Site, especially in light of my radio partner declaring last Friday "Freaky Friday". As much as the folks at the Senate Site may have been a little unnerved to see Bob Bernick saying nice things about how the Legislature is doing, Mr. Bernick does bring up a lot of really good points
Today I'd like to talk about what is right about Utah politics in specific areas — and how that goodness can be made even better.
Representative government and citizen involvement: On most issues, state officials, I believe, do reflect the will of their constituents. America, the experts say, is a center-right nation. Utah is a few more clicks to the right of that.
Fiscal conservatism, lacking in Washington, D.C., is alive and well here.
Utah has been ranked as one of the best managed states in the nation, great credit to the GOP majority in the Legislature and our governors, past and present.
OK - I have to admit, when I saw this I nearly dropped my laptop...the Beebs - long an Al Gore MMGW acolyte, has turned denier?????
This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.
But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.
Emphasis mine...even the Beebs admits that this headline will be a bit of a stunner for it's readers. The author then it asks...
And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.
So what on Earth is going on?
Indeed what on Earth IS going on that a noted MMGW advocate would suddenly turn skeptic? First off it admitted that the much touted models are not accurate at predicting what the weather or climate will do - something anyone who has ever watched a weather "forecast" will tell you.
That is the "logic" behind sending a 6 year old to REFORM SCHOOL for 45 days for bringing a camping utensil to school.....
A 6-year-old boy's excitement over joining the Cub Scouts may just land him in reform school for 45 days.
Zachary Christie was suspended from his 1st grade class in Delaware's Christina School District after bringing a camping utensil - a combination knife/fork/spoon - to use at lunch, prompting calls to reexamine schools' zero-tolerance policy for bringing weapons to school, according to a New York Times report Monday....
"There is no parent who wants to get a phone call where they hear that their child no longer has two good seeing eyes because there was a scuffle and someone pulled out a knife," said George Evans, the school district board's president.
Well then we need to ban pencils, pens, markers, crayons, FINGERS, tongue depressors and a whole host of other things found at schools because they too could "poke an eye out".
Give me a break....
Well, not a founder necessarily and not evening necessarily but.....
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorros, only one thing endures - character.
President Harry Truman
Time Magazine offered some very unexpected advice to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee today.
President Barack Obama's Nobel peace surprise was given "primarily for his work on and commitment to ," according to Agot Valle, a Norwegian politician who served on the award committee. Valle told the Wall Street Journal that the stewards of the prize wanted to "support" Obama's goal, as expressed recently at the United Nations, "of a world without ."...
As long as a nukeless world remains wishful thinking and pastoral rhetoric, we'll be all right. But if the Nobel committee truly cares about peace, they will think a little harder about actually trying to make it a reality. Open a history book and you'll see what the modern world looks like without nuclear weapons. It is horrible beyond description.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reprints a Washington Post story that relays the most shocking news that I have ever read in my life. A government program was discovered to be full of waste, fraud and abuse..... The four drafty buildings had been fixtures of the Energy Department complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for more than half a century. They burned energy like 1950s sedans. The buildings seemed like perfect candidates for a federal conservation retrofit program that relies on private contractors that receive a percentage of the money they save. A deal was struck in 2001. The contractor reworked lighting and heating systems, among other things, and began collecting payments. The project was counted among the department's "green" successes — until auditors discovered that the buildings had been torn down several years ago and that the government had paid $850,000 for energy savings at facilities that no longer existed.
The four drafty buildings had been fixtures of the Energy Department complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for more than half a century. They burned energy like 1950s sedans.
The buildings seemed like perfect candidates for a federal conservation retrofit program that relies on private contractors that receive a percentage of the money they save. A deal was struck in 2001. The contractor reworked lighting and heating systems, among other things, and began collecting payments.
The project was counted among the department's "green" successes — until auditors discovered that the buildings had been torn down several years ago and that the government had paid $850,000 for energy savings at facilities that no longer existed.
The audit findings show the potential for waste and abuse at a time when the department is poised to launch billions of dollars more in stimulus spending on an unprecedented welter of green projects across the country.
The initiatives are hallmarks of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act approved by Congress in February. The stimulus law directed almost $17 billion to the department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, including $3.2 billion for energy efficiency and conservation block grants and $3.1 billion for state energy programs.
But hey - the stimulus is working...just as Vice President Joe Biden! The same bureaucrats that run this and every other government program will be the ones in charge of YOUR health care if Congress gets their way... And they tell us it will save us money?????
But hey - the stimulus is working...just as Vice President Joe Biden!
The same bureaucrats that run this and every other government program will be the ones in charge of YOUR health care if Congress gets their way...
And they tell us it will save us money?????
Yes you read that right - Mid Stream Radio is moving to Saturdays. My work schedule changed so that I can no longer do the Thursday AM show so Jazz and I just decided to move it to Saturday so that neither one of us has the work related interruptions any more.
I have no doubt that we will be talking about Jazz's Pajamas Media Column from today on our President's latest accolade. If we get some time we may chat a little bit about the CBO's assessment of the Baucus Care bill so tune in for all the conversation. The fun starts tomorrow at 1 Eastern, 11 Mountain.
"[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them." --Candidus in the Boston Gazette, 1772
Wendy Button was a health care policy speech writer for John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama and she is living today, the future that faces all of us should the Democrats Health Care "reforms" pass.....
For the first time in my life, I am without health insurance and it is a terrible feeling.
In the past, I paid attention to the health care debate as a speechwriter who prepared speeches, talking points, op-eds, and debate prep material on the topic at different times for John Edwards, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others. Now, I'm paying attention because I'm a citizen up the creek without a paddle....
Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission announced a new rule that targets bloggers who review or endorse products. Many bloggers wrote about it when the announcement was made and they expressed the expected disappointment. What surprised me was this editorial out of the DesNews this morning.
Some time in the future, someone may sue the Federal Trade Commission for violating free-speech rights with its new rule, announced this week, that bloggers must disclose their conflicts of interest or face fines. When that time comes, we hope the courts have the good sense to rule on the side of freedom.
The FTC's new rules — a feeble attempt to update its product-endorsement and advertising guidelines for the computer age — are aimed at marketers who provide products to bloggers for free, or who pay them to promote products. Bloggers who provide such reviews, and people who post comments on products, must disclose their relationships with the marketers or manufacturers or face an $11,000 fine...
Of course, any writer worth an ounce of credibility would disclose such relationships voluntarily. It's a matter of ethics and integrity. Many don't, however, just as many people you meet daily may exaggerate or lie about any of an array of subjects. The government doesn't outlaw that, and a federal agency has no business regulating what someone puts on a blog, either.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has a column int the Sunday's DesNews (it's a reprint of from Thursday's "The Hill") talking about ideas of budgetary items that we can and should cut and why.
The federal government's fiscal year begins Oct. 1, and there's little reason to believe this year will be better than the last. Publicly held federal debt is forecast to increase from 56 percent of gross domestic product to 66 percent in 2010, driven by a budget deficit of $1.5 trillion in 2010. When debts owed to various government trust funds are included, our debt burden will reach nearly 100 percent of GDP in 2010. When unfunded liabilities of more than $100 trillion from Social Security, Medicare and government employee pensions are included, our total debt is several times larger than GDP.
Contrary to what some have told us, deficits and debts do matter. And at the levels these debts have been accumulating, they matter a lot. Excessive government debts eventually lead to higher interest rates, inflation, a reduction in private investment and a higher percentage of tax dollars being used to pay off interest instead of funding programs or cutting taxes. In 2010, nearly $200 billion will be spent on interest payments, almost half of which will be going overseas. Interest payments are forecast to skyrocket to $829 billion by 2019.
...and all of the reasons that he lays out are valid. He even attacks (albeit briefly) all of the "automatic" increases in the budget and what we can do about them....
The main reason why it's so difficult to control federal spending is because so much of it is on automatic pilot. Spending for entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare rises automatically and cannot be cut except by changing the law governing them. They are also so large and complex that small, almost invisible changes in formulas for calculating benefits can end up costing billions upon billions of dollars.
Well the Nanny's in the NYC Department of Education have struck again. This time they are banning bake sales - that time honored fundraiser of PTA's and pep squads for generations....
In an effort to limit how much sugar and fat students put in their bellies at school, the Education Department has effectively banned most bake sales, the lucrative if not quite healthy fund-raising tool for generations of teams and clubs.
The change is part of a new wellness policy that also limits what can be sold in vending machines and student-run stores, which use profits to help finance activities like pep rallies and proms. The elaborate rules were outlined in a three-page memo issued at the end of June, but in the new school year, principals and parents are just beginning to, well, digest them.
Parent groups and Parent-Teacher Associations are conspicuously given an exception: once a month they are allowed to sell as many dark fudge brownies and lemon bars as they please, so long as lunch has ended. And after 6 p.m. on weekdays, anything goes. But at that hour, most students are long gone, and as far as the Education Department is concerned, stuffing oneself with coconut macaroons and peanut butter cookies at that hour is one’s prerogative.
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