Saturday, May 11, 2013

Buy Local - It's the Right Thing to do. :)

This was a fun project done gratis for a local Redding, CT store doing the right thing by offering top products locally grown, something whose time has come. Enjoy.

Friday, May 10, 2013


Crossing the Rubicon pales in comparison to reaching the threshold of 400 parts per million of CO2, the greenhouse gas that will change a benign earth into something altogether different thanks to the continued and unfettered use of fossil fuels all over the world.

The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years.

Indirect measurements suggest that the last time the carbon dioxide level was this high was at least three million years ago, during an epoch called the Pliocene. Geological research shows that the climate then was far warmer than today, the world’s ice caps were smaller, and the sea level might have been as much as 60 or 80 feet higher.

With "luck", combined with continued use of fossil fuels, we might reach the Eocene era, a hot house scenario that could end man's existence on planet earth.

The Eocene Epoch contained a wide variety of different climate conditions that includes the warmest climate in the Cenozoic Era and ends in an icehouse climate. The evolution of the Eocene climate began with warming after the end of the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) at 56 million years ago to a maximum during the Eocene Optimum at around 49 million years ago. During this period of time, little to no ice was present on Earth with a smaller difference in temperature from the equator to the poles. Following the maximum, was a descent into an icehouse climate from the Eocene Optimum to the Eocene-Oligocene transition at 34 million years ago. During this decrease ice began to reappear at the poles, and the Eocene-Oligocene transition is the period of time where the Antarctic ice sheet began to rapidly expand.

With no ice, sea level rise will be nearly 300 feet and...

Using isotope proxies to determine ocean temperatures indicate sea surface temperatures in the tropics as high as 35 °C (95 °F) and bottom water temperatures that are 10 °C (18 °F) higher than present day values.[15] With these bottom water temperatures, temperatures in areas where deep-water forms near the poles are unable to be much cooler than the bottom water temperatures.

What makes matters worse is man's ever expanding population and pollution footprint as the Eocene, even though extremely hot, was pristine and teemed with life because we were not there, littering the planet with innumerable pollutants while plundering the place with unbridled greed and ferocity.

Continue the status quo is no longer viable. To continue to burn fossil fuels at the expense of developing alternative ways of generating energy is suicide but we already know about this as the President contemplates approving Keystone, the truly modern way to bring forth a new Eocene within our lifetimes instead of having to wait for it to happen within a few centuries.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

May 25th, March against Monsanto

May 25th, March against Monsanto, sounds good to me. 


Everyone HATES security, at least yours truly does. Has anyone ever forgotten a password? Don't ask but... two young guys have come up with something pretty cool. They built an app that eliminates this PITA in a heart beat. Enter Latch, the Swiss Army Knife able to save passwords. Today, it does Wordpress and iPhone, soon, it will do Android.

Way to go guys. :)

High Diving Giraffes

Exquisite animation with wit and style by French director Nicolas Deveaux is a ten. :)  Enjoy

Monday, May 06, 2013

Giedi Prime

Giedi Prime is an industrial wasteland with a low photosynthetic potential, the planet's bio-resources depleted and its environment fouled with industrial pollution.[4] Rich in mineral resources, the economy of the planet is based on mining, refineries, and industrial manufacture. In Dune, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and his heirs live in the "family city of Harko."[4]

Due to its ravaged environment, Giedi Prime has to import almost all of its food. Society on Giedi Prime has evolved around power and conquest, and the weak rarely survive. Gladiatorial games are a common form of entertainment, particularly for nobility, and vocational combat training from an early age is the norm in all classes of society. Slavery is legal and widely practised, while judicial punishment is usually draconian. Such conditions form the basis for a vast military-industrial complex and an army conditioned by fear, which make House Harkonnen the sole contender for House Atreides — or the throne — in terms of military power.

Seems the oil cartel wants to do the same to planet earth.

"I was just appalled at this collaboration ... to create these regulations based on the false premise that fracking is inevitable," said Sandra Steingraber, an Illinois native and founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a group whose champions include actor Mark Ruffalo and singer Natalie Merchant. "It was not their job to help pave the way for fracking to move into Illinois. It was to protect the environment."

But Michigan's largest environmental coalition might be willing to take a cue from Illinois if lawmakers decide that fracking should be part of Michigan's energy mix.

"We would love to see that kind of bipartisan cooperation," said Hugh McDiarmid, spokesman for the Michigan Environmental Council. The Illinois bill "has a lot of good ideas and a lot of things ... that mirror what we're trying to achieve in Michigan" because stopping or banning fracking would be unrealistic.

Solar costs are dropping like a stone but we continue to invest in tech that will kill us off. Simply unbelievable in this day and age but there is an alternative if we have the courage to grasp it.

Rob Wile uses a graph to point out the obvious, the dramatic fall in the cost of solar power generation. In many countries– Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal — and in parts of the US such as the Southwest, solar is at grid parity. That means it is as inexpensive to build a solar plant as a gas or coal one. The pace of technological innovation in the solar field has also accelerated, so that costs have started falling precipitously and efficiency is rapidly increasing. By 2015, solar panels should have fallen to 42 cents per watt. says that the best Chinese solar panels fell in cost by 50% between 2009 and 2012. That incredible achievement is what has driven so many solar companies bankrupt– if you have the older technology, your panels are suddenly expensive and you can’t compete. It is like no one wants a 4 year old computer. Conservatives shed no tears when better computers drive slower ones out of the market, but point to solar companies’ shake-out as somehow bad or unnatural. No wonder US solar installations jumped 76% in 2012. The reductions in cost over the next two years are expected to continue, at a slowing but still impressive 30% rate:

So why are we allowing this to happen when clean tech like solar and wind continue to drop in price. Sheeplewake up. When aquifers are gone, they are gone forever and PA is beginning to see the real "benefits" of fracking, the literal raping of our planet. 

Combine fracking with Keystone XL and earth may become the next Giedi Prime. Sounds pretty good to me, right?

Friday, May 03, 2013

Change is in the Air

TBTF banks might finally be coming to an end according to Matt Tiabbi. If so, it's about time.

Hopefully, jail time might be forthcoming as well for the TBTF banksters who have stolen our money without a care in the world. 

Elementary My Dear Watson

This is a a terrific talk on IBM's Watson, given by Mike Rhodin, Senior V. P. in charge of the project. Insightful, warm and above all else, informative,  check it out. It's an important discussion on tech of the most disruptive kind. Enjoy. :)