Thursday, October 29, 2009

Oversexed or at least Unethical

It must be in the water.

and one older one from Texas. Yup, screw me and your kid can get into my Christian Academy.

The one i was looking for was a Christian school keyboard, Bible, and science teacher who was using having sex with him as an initiation into a group he called the Order. Nice--Bible teacher, meet a priest.

I hate religions. I swear.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Geeky Environmental Stuff

It has been so long since I posted anything other than a music post, I have a laundry list of environmental crap. The first thing that struck me yesterday was that Obama is starting to upgrade the infrastructure for the power grid in this country. It needs it! This may allow easier access for home power generators to make power and sell it back to the grid. Smart meters (Sacramento just got a huge grant to replace all electric meters) will help consumers actually check current usage and maybe run the dryer after the AC is running, cutting down on peaks. The electric grid was put in place in the 40s to now and is using technology from that era. Hell, even old cable lines are not up to the challenge in wet weather. We need new infrastructure. and this will help. O yes, it creates jobs, too.

Another good one. The Aral Sea is returning. It had been lowered by irrigation diversions and become very salty. By lowered, maybe hundreds of feet. Only one or two species of fish in what was a commercial fishing center were alive. Flatfish had to be imported because the water was so salty, the predominant local breeds (pike and carp--does anyone know how to cook carp so they are tasty? I sure don't)) did not live there anymore. Now, with the addition of a new dam, the water is freash enough and the level has risen 40 feet, that commercial fishing is back! Also, the winters and summers are more moderate. The desert will shrink again as the lake (okay, Sea) grows. It may never be back to its original size, but will grow more. The South Aral Sea may be too salty to save.

And this one is important. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are being found in wells. Well water is the source of water for maybe 80% of American households. These bacteria are not disease-causing, but the way bacteria cross breed, mutate, evolve and share characteristics, this could really be a big issue. And what does this say about our use of antibiotics. I was worried about antibiotic resistant bacteria growing in shellfish outside wastewater plant efflunets infecting a population. Now aquifers are affected. Heck, I was reading in a trade journal some real technical article about how ozone is gaining favor as a final disinfectant because it oxidizes, or uses oxygen, in O3 form, to break the chemical bonds, reducing compounds to simpler compounds and elements things like caffeine, ibuprofen, birth control hormones, acetominephen that are showing up in wastewater plant effluent. It is quite a stew we are making.

Oh, one last thing. San Diego was screaming they could not pay for a real wastewater treatment plant. It would cost too much. Their waiver for secondary treatment had been thrown out of court. Well.....they got it reinstated. So that means that whenver you flush your toilet in SD, think about what happens. It goes into a big pit, settles, gets chlorinated and discharged to sea with further treatment. Because the City Fathers are too cheap to do a good job being stewards. Remember that s your bacteria count raises on beaches and beaches close. It is your shit helping close the beaches. Man up and buy a 20th century treatment system. Maybe by the ned of the century you can buy a 21st century one.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quarterly Book Club!

I just finished reading the book The Family. It took me forever. I got lost in some of the chapters about Jonathan Edwards, and too often In had to put the book down as I read how fundamentalism changed from a populist and giving movement to an elitist movement. It helped destroy organized labor in the Northwest as businessmen promoted themselves as benevolent fathers to the workers. Yes, trickle down lasts as long as there is benevolence and not greed. But in the "Jesus plus one" premise of the Family, as long as Jesus was there for you, you can act in any way you feel is valid. These religious anus-brains backed Pinochet, Somalia war lords and more because they shared prayers in the name of Jesus.

I am sorry. I studied comparative religions too long trying to find universals in human spiritual life to accept that. I have visited ashrams, done circle dances with communities, took part in Universal Unity events, lived in a quasi-nondenominational spiritual community, practiced reiki and so on for years and years and years. I also know that Christ said "Judge not, lest ye be judged." or something close to that. Well, I am going to judge that these dipshits in the Family do know that you shouldn't judge. and prayer cells with the ethical monsters of foreign or home grown ethical monsters is nice. and conversion and softening of haearts will take time in many cases. but, BUT!

certain assholes do not need to be coddled!!!!!!! I was so mad as I read how in Seattle the labor movement was crushed as certain preachers realized and rationalized that those with money have the ethics and the gift from God to be in positions of power I had to quit reading. They were memebers of the lucky sperm club and nothing more. I heard that crap at the last intentional community I lived in. That certain people were blessed by God and that is why they have such money. No, they have that much money because they have not opened their pocketbooks to their fellow brothers and sisters in the community and live in a completely different standard than others. and then because they have world-wiseness, they get to be on Boards and dictate how much of a dole others should get. They get $250,000 houses and others live three to a dorm room. and haver to schedule life according to the availability of the motor pool. If they can afford to go out. Yeah, fucking great.

Welcome to compassionate conservatism!

I did learn in the book the way that prayer cells and such are organized, which was news to me. and explains many of my co-workers actions.

It was a worthwhile read and I highly recommend it to others.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday Rant

I am so tired of Dick Cheney and his daughter spouting off about how if we only had more troops, we could win in Afghanistan. I have heard him say the same thing about Vietnam. What would we win? A country that is half-a-world away that is run by war lords when you are out of the capital city? How well did Vietnam work out for us after we committed American military might to that effort? Same situation, same result. Remember Britain trying to do that to the American colonies an ocean away. It falls apart eventually. Colonialism and long military supply lines do not work out to well when dealing with national pride.

Let's lay out some facts.

We had Osama (remember him, he organized the World Trade Center attack) in Afghanistan trapped and Cheney and Bush did not pull the trigger. They let him escape. Why? so they could have an enemy to mobilize American emotionalism against. Then direct that emotionalism towards Iraq. Attack there and follow the old plan 9PNAC plans) and try to divide up the oil. In fact this week, some conservatives were complaining that other countries were getting Iraq oil after America's efforts. The plan was to get the oil and have corporations profit from it. America did not matter. Or in some minds it was thought America would get all the oil and use that to pay for the war. That canard was used to justify keeping the war off of the books for years.

Why do people even listen to this bullshit anymore? That approach did not work in Vietnam. It will not work in Afghanistan!!!!! The end of the movie Charlie Wilson's War had him asking for paltry money to rebuild Afghanistan after we helped arm the insurgents against Russia and was shut down. Money for war is understandable. Defendible! Money for efforts that may win hearts and minds, not so much.

With that, I will leave with a song.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Budgetary Considerations!

Mary Landreau asks "Would you want the public option if ity bankrupts the government?" thoughtfully. Yes, did she ask that before we invaded Iraq? Afghanistan?

How bogus is that question?! Maybe we can move money around the budget to make ends meet. Jeez, maybe a new battleship is not needed. Maybe a new bunker buster bomb. Maybe a research project on arctic seals. Maybe we need thios and some fiscal responsibility.

Christ, what a red herring! Maybe government officials need to earn their pay by balancing the budget band doing the right thing.


Saturday, October 17, 2009


Friday Toone, but internet problems with Comcast for three days. Their service sucks!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009


Starts today! and guess what was recommended for me by You Tube. You just can't make this up.

and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is this weekend. I am going Sunday! Galactic and Little Feat for sure! Saturday features Jorma, the Duhks and Natalia Macmaster. Too many chores, maybe--but having second thoughts on the necessity of chores. The toilet can leak for another week or six.

In honor of Saturday, some Friday toones!


The Duhks


one from Galactic.