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July 2008


When exactly was it that the U.S. became a can’t-do society?

From Yes We Can

Mr. Gore’s focus is primarily on solar, wind and geothermal energy. His belief is that a dramatic, wholesale transition to these abundant and renewable sources of energy is not just doable, but essential.

My view of Mr. Gore’s passionate engagement with some of the biggest issues of our time is that he is offering us the kind of vision and sense of urgency that has been so lacking in the presidential campaigns. But the tendency in a society that is skeptical, if not phobic, about anything progressive has been to dismiss his large ideas and wise counsel, as George H. W. Bush once did by deriding him as “ozone man.”

The naysayers will tell you that once again Al Gore is dreaming, that the costs of his visionary energy challenge are too high, the technological obstacles too tough, the timeline too short and the political lift much too heavy.

When exactly was it that the U.S. became a can’t-do society? It wasn’t at the very beginning when 13 ragamuffin colonies went to war against the world’s mightiest empire. It wasn’t during World War II when Japan and Nazi Germany had to be fought simultaneously. It wasn’t in the postwar period that gave us the Marshall Plan and a robust G.I. Bill and the interstate highway system and the space program and the civil rights movement and the women’s movement and the greatest society the world had ever known.

Bob Herbert has hit the nail on the head with this insightful op-ed piece.  What happened to having goals and striving to accomplish them?  I feel like we’ve adopted a siege mentality to all things.  This has to change.


Lane Bryant, my guide to the internet

UPDATE: I’ve been told by a commenter that the model is Sage Salzer, not Kate Dillon.  I appreciate the information as it’s always important to know accurately who you’re being haunted by.  So, in the paragraph below, Sage is my internet friend and companion, not Kate.
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You know how some people are haunted by ghosts?  I think I’m being haunted by Lane Bryant banner ads, especially the one with the woman wearing a bra.  After doing a little research, I think she’s Kate Dillon, a well known plus sized model.  I guess there are worse things in the world than being haunted by Kate Dillon, so I’ve decided to just accept this as the way things are.  Now, I half expect her to talk to me like some futuristic avatar.  Anyways, here’s Kate and I giving you a tour of the internet.
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First generation iPhone lower battery life with 2.0 update

I’ve noticed that my first generation iPhone is draining the battery much more quickly with the iPhone 2.0 update.  This is just for every day phone use WITHOUT using applications.  I’ve been too busy the last couple of days to play around with the applications.  Right now, I get enough battery charge to last through the day, but by the end of the day the battery gauge is much lower than what I’m used to seeing.

It’s probably the iPhone’s new push mail and contacts.  Battery life’s the price to be paid when having your data more in sync.

I’m considering disabling push for mail unless I’m on the road and I need to see my mail as it comes in.  Right now, I’ve turned off receiving an alert when I get mail because it’s been beeping and vibrating because of the volume of incoming mail that I receive.  Plus, I use my iPhone as my alarm clock, so late night beeping is not welcome.

I did get my first alert that an application has been updated.  I like how the App Store shows a little number showing how many updates are waiting.


McCain wooing Hillary supporters, not.

From McCain calls Obama health care plan ‘HillaryCare’

“My friends, we’ve seen this movie before,” McCain said. “It was called ‘HillaryCare’ back in 1993, and we’re not going to do it again. We’re not going to have the government take over the health care system in America.”

That’s the way to woo Hillary supporters.  They’re going to coming running to you now!

Is there anything creepier than hearing McCain say “My friends”?  When I hear him say, which is all the time, it raises the little hairs on the back of neck.  Like my spider sense is going to go wild if he gets elected.


Gore Calls for an end to the “Carbon Age”

From Gore Calls for Carbon-Free Electric Power

“We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet,” Mr. Gore said. “Every bit of that’s got to change.”

And it can change, he said, citing some scientists’ estimates that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth in 40 minutes to meet the world’s energy needs for a year, and that the winds that blow across the Midwest every day could meet the country’s daily electricity needs.

“Of course, there are those who will tell us that this can’t be done,” he conceded. “But even those who reap the profits of the carbon age have to recognize the inevitability of its demise. As one OPEC oil minister observed, ‘The Stone Age didn’t end because of a shortage of stones.’ “

It’s critical that we have bold leadership going forward who are willing to invest in developing new technology to free us from our dependence on foreign oil.  An “Apollo” type investment in renewable energy could help end this dependence on carbon based fuels and create new high tech energy related industries and jobs.  I think people are beginning to realize the seriousness of our energy problem and the time may have finally arrived for change.