Wednesday, December 22, 2010
While it is confusing, Obama has become our first ATandT ATT President of the USA. The door is open to make sure that what happens on the commercial airways (20 minutes of commercials for every 40 minutes of programming) will now happen on the internet. To get current day access speeds for pages, hosting sites will have to pay extra for there stuff to go through. To do so, they will have to take up more screen real estate and wait time for content (preceded by advertising) than they do today. Little guy websites will be activating web browser time outs, and you will click multiple times to finally get through to your family's website, or just give up.
This is NOT what I elected Obama to do. He will lose in 2012, if he is even nominated. The tax giveaway was one thing, this is much, much bigger. Telecomms should be in the business of moving bytes down wires, at a flat rate, perhaps tiered by volume alone, not dictating content based on dollar$. Nationalize them now, and end this nonsense.
BTW, the main initial hit will affect your wireless devices only, but the camel's nose is into the tent.
Douglas Keachie, Christmas, 2010
CLICK on the title of the post to see a good article about this
BTW, the timing of this, to coincide with the Gays, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," bill passing, was not a coincidence. Just look at what the press is covering. "look at my thumb" thwack! "you are so dumb!" From Animal House.
Friday, December 17, 2010
It rained 40 days and 40 nights. It never even says at what rate per hour. To seriously do it in that time span, if we assume 30,000 feet for simplicity’s sake(amount it takes to drown Everest), that would be 30,000 x 12 or 360,000 inches in 40 24 hour days which equals 9000 inches per 24 hours. or 9000/24 which is roughly 400 inches per hour. You would of course be substantially affecting the mass of the earth and introducing changes in the orbit and rotation speed of the earth and possibly the nearby planets. At seven inches or so per minute, Noah’s Ark would have to be completely sealed or it would have sunk. How much air would have their been inside the ark for the animals and Noah to breath? They would have suffocated in no time at all.
And again, after God pulls the plug at the bottom of the ocean to bring things back to normal, he also hides all the evidence, orbital changes, incredible erosion, cosmic explosions at the sites of live volcanos, etc???
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Obama has two years in which to unmask the T-Bill Party.
When I speak of the T Bill Party I speak of the amazing propaganda machine that has caused tens of millions of Americans to vote entirely against their own best interests, and in favor of saddling themselves with even more debt.
With the inrush of fresh Republican millionaires to the Congress, it now appears that the top 2% of Americans will receive yet more money than is necessary to live a comfortable life.
What will they do with the money?
They sure as heck will not be creating jobs with it.
Instead, they will buy government paper, and guess who will be paying the interest on that paper? The poor folks that are the T Bill Party’s spawn, the members of the various Tea Parties around the country, including the fools locally in the Tea Party Patriots, except of course those members making over $250,000 a year. How many members of the local Tea Party have that sort of income? How many advertisers does CABPRO have? What percentage of the local Tea Party Party’s membership is that?
So there you go. If the lower echelons start asking about the promised jobs, the Republicans will tell them, “Obama’s still in control.”
So, if Obama can do as good a job at telling the truth, as the T Bill Party has done at lying through their teeth, Obama does stand a chance.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
If every adult sober passenger is issued a specialized taser as they enter a plane, and has to return it at the end of the flight, it might discourage hijacking.
Only one in every six tasers would actually be capable of a full stun charge. Every taser would have a disable button, that the passenger could depress at any time. Thus if the passenger didn't want to be part of the defense team, they could hit the button. If a passenger felt that they were about to be overpowered, they could hit the button. There would be no indicator on the device to tell if the button had been pushed.
In addition, there would be an initializer sequence button, which would prevent the unit from being used for 20 seconds. This would be a double interlocked system requiring both hands to operate. Any taser in the process of setting up for use would immediately sound alarms throughout the plane, and would flash red lights in the general vicinity of the soon to be activated taser.
The end result of this would be that the element of surprise is taken away from the terrorists, should they try to use the tasers. Inadvertant activations are virtually eliminated, yet the power of several hundred suddenly armed passengers can be brought to bear on the terrorists. All in all, coupled in with the secure cockpits, it makes it very hard to use the plane as a guided missile, 9/11 style.
Other than booking half the flight, it would be very difficult for a terrorist to take control of a plane, regardless of any weapons they get past TSA. And, for good measure, keep those armed sky marshals flying.
As I said before, doctors should be consulted, to add a few tumor detecting features to the TSA scanners.
Then you have a master scan done at the hospital and transferred to a chip. The chip goes in the scanner at the airport’s computer, which then does a live, on the spot scan, with no humans observing. If there is a difference, then a human is called in. This way, every time you flew, you’d be getting a free scan, that might save your life by catching something way early. And your privacy would be saved, and the scanner lines would probably move a lot faster, as the machine would be doing the looking and comparing.
So I’ve sped up screening, and saved millions in health care dollars, what more do you want from me this morning?
Monday, November 08, 2010
A "commission" will evolve to just as bad as the legislature itself.
The only fair system I can conceive of is using the census data, and a group of students and faculty, from a different UC campus computer science department each election, to design a program that defines the lines of the districts, one year in advance of the election. The program is run 3 different ways, faculty final design, student final design, and compromise, including design elements of both. Faculty and students work together to get to a near final design.
The legislature then has 30 days to take one of the three, or it defaults to a coin toss.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Focusing on Bouncing Obama is a myoptic delusional approach to making the USA stronger, in an increasingly rougher global economy.
After two years of this kind of crap, it's time for the Tepid Party Lite, AKA, the Republican Party, to get out of diapers and stop with the temper tantrums.
And the first person of TPP persuasion that screams, "HONOR OUR MANDATE!" with be reminded by me, "Why should we, you never honored ours."
BTW, there's no mandate in the Senate, and there's no way in hell I'll ever vote for a Republican after watching the anti-Ami Bera ads where they deliberately used slo mo and repeated frames to make the distinguished MD and professor, look like a drool cup special ed adult. The most deliberately dishonest and make fun of the handicapped ad I've ever seen. Duck Lundgren!
Monday, October 18, 2010
PhD piled higher and dryer.
Can mean quite a few different things. Typically means means that you got into graduate school, did some research in the library, took a few courses, blended the two into an MA or MS.
Then you applied again to enter a PhD program. The professors looking at your app decided you were OK on two counts, and being way more of one than the other, might still have gotten you in over another applicant, who was evenly balanced.
The two counts:
Bright enough to understand and advance the work of one or more of the existing profs.
Subservient enough to do tons of grunt work to advance the work of one or more of the existing profs.
And in both cases, the applicant is obviously needy enough of the label to go through the process. Bill Gates was not so needy, neither was Ellison, neither Harlan Writer or Larry Oracle.
PhD is the Ponzi Pyramid scheme brought to academia, there are too few opening for full time professors at good salaries, except possibly in medicine.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Dear neighbors and fellow citizens,
I write you as an independent-minded Democrat sickened by the corporate bailouts, yet extremely concerned by inconsistencies and dangers I see in your “populist” movement. My hope is that you will genuinely consider the following points, offered in respect.
Of first concern is the theoretical basis so often quoted by your members – i.e., returning to the original intent of the Founding Fathers and a strict interpretation of the constitution (as written in the 18th century). In fact, it is a misguided premise that there was any consensus among the original framers.
History clearly shows that the Fathers were sharply divided. Federalists, such as Hamilton and Adams, favored a strong central government; Republicans, such as Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, favored states' rights. Interestingly enough, the same conflict separating us now separated them.
There was one great difference between then and now, however. The unshakable faith of our ancestors in the need for ongoing negotiation! And their guts in staying at the bargaining table, sacrificing rigid positions for the national good. This was our founders original intent.
Secondly, there's no evidence suggesting our ancestors believed they had finalized a governing document meant never to be changed. In 1791, four years after our Constitution was ratified, the first U.S. Congress added the first 10 amendments – the Bill of Rights. Further amendments were added in 1795 and 1804.
Finally, in 1865, 1868 and 1869, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments abolished slavery and guaranteed full citizenship rights to racial minorities. These amendments were fully in line with the attitudes of the Northern Founders, and later, in 1920, the 19th Amendment was added, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
Constitutional history therefore points to one inescapable conclusion. It is impossible to be a true Constitutional originalist while, simultaneously, celebrating our country's ban on slavery and the granting of full citizenship to racial minorities and women.
One can't have it both ways. You either accept the injustices preserved under the original Constitution, or you believe in the amendment process that views the Constitution as a “living document” meant to evolve with the unfolding of our nation. Anything else is a deceit.
A far more crucial concern relates to the notion that the Tea Party is simply a populist grass roots movement. Accumulating evidence strongly suggests that several large corporations are co-opting your “insurrection” on behalf of their long-time agenda to basically eliminate governmental regulation of industry (particularly environmental protections). Please read Jane Mayer's article in the current New Yorker Magazine to see how corporate giants like Koch Industries are using the Tea Party to maximize profits by fighting governmental oversight of any sort (remember the Gulf oil spill?).
If you think this is mere liberal rhetoric, consider the words of Bruce Bartlett, as quoted in the Christian Science Monitor.
A conservative economist who worked for one of the Koch think tanks, Bartlett links Koch Industries to the Tea Party: “By giving money to educate, fund and organize the Tea Party protestors,” he states, “they have helped to turn their private agenda into a mass movement . . . trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.” (September 19, 2010: “Who's Picking Up the Tab for the Tea Party?”)
Believe it, Koch Industries, et al have a huge vested interest in sabotaging constructive political discourse at all levels. This danger far outshines that of higher taxes or “creeping socialism.”
Abraham Lincoln saw it back in 1865 when he lamented, “Corporations have been enthroned, and corruption in high places will follow.” What's happening here is the old divide-and-conquer ploy used by invaders throughout history. By driving us apart, the corporate global cartel is co-opting you into a profit-driven crusade that will land us in a one-world government faster than the United Nations ever could. And friends, you are falling for it hook, line and sinker.
Please understand! I'm not saying your anti-tax crusade lacks merit. However, like moderate Christians and Muslims, I believe that core spiritual values have a role in formulating public policy.
Both religions teach compassion and care for the poor, along with fairness in our business and civic dealings. Corporate bailouts and giveaway tax breaks for the wealthy simply don't meet these criteria. What does meet this standard is negotiated agreements that includes the very best of what all sides have to offer. As tough as it may be to stomach, we need each other.
So here's a new “call to arms”: The only chance we have of sorting out our vast confusion of values, needs and politics is to stay at the negotiating table and work out meaningful compromise. That was true in the 18th century, and it's true now.
If we fail, we very likely do not deserve the rich living tradition bequeathed us by our divergently minded — but uniformly committed — forefathers.
William Larsen lives in Nevada City.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
If you believe Ami Bera is some unknown, uneducated, out to make some bucks in politics, bad person to vote for, you are probably being influenced by groups like American Crossroads which is currently attempting to smear Dr. Ami Bera of UC Davis who is running for the 5th Congressional District. Their ad is classic propaganda, same brief mention over and over attempting to tie him to a semi angry scowl picture of Obama and Obamacare, with nary a mention of the fact that Ami Bera is a practising MD and professor at UC Davis.
Shame on the folks too unaware that will fall for this NAZI style propagnada, It's straight out of 1984.
BTW, American Crossroads does not identify its funders or principals on its website.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
My simple simple system for getting kids to read is as follows:
1 free large flatscreen tv to each at risk kid household.
Free subscription at top level to Sat TV provider.
For each 1/2 hour of viewing, kid must input the answer to 20 math facts problems, e.g., 8 x9 =?
No sound, just subtitles.
1/4 of shows viewed must come from educational channels, National Geographics, NASA, PBS, History, Biography, etc.
Get two 1/2 hour math problem sets in a row correct on first try, earn 1 hour of audio viewing, but subtitles still visible.
These can be varied, but you get the basic idea.
Yes, they can use a calculator, but given the amount of viewing, over time, the whole household will learn those facts.
Main code to make the set operational for three days at a time is sent to, the kid’s principal.
Set will not accept external inputs, other than mated Sat dish receiver.
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I will make a list here of sites that discuss the topic:
Friday, September 10, 2010
I'm not the first to figure this out, but it is so obvious. .025% of each trade, paid by the buyer, goes to the USA Treasury.
So here are some numbers to play with:
"About 2,000 million exchanges are made every day on the New York Stock Exchange. In March 2010, the average daily volume was 2,128,546,521 shares traded daily. The number of shares traded changes every day and is generally between 1.5 billion and 2.3 billion."
If each share is worth on average $20, and we take 2 billion shares per day on average, that would be 40 billion dollars per day. $40,000,000,000, at 25 cents per $100 would be: $100,000,000 /day into the US Treasury. That might help a bit. And that's just the NYSE.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Tea Party's core people are all richie wannabees, and so they want the government welfare for corporations to remain in place. It gives them a feeling of belonging to the wealthy and ultra wealthy, even as it drains their pocket books and wrecks the country.
Who are the wealthy and the ultra wealthy?
Thanks to Merrill Lynch we know. As following their habits is important to Merrill, they did a background report. Rich includes individuals with $1,000,000 or more in liquid invest-able cash, beyond all the stiff they own like houses, horses, yachts, etc. The ultra rich are those who have $30,000,000 in invest-able cash, as per above.
Collectively they own $37,000,000,000,000 or 37 trillion, which is 20% of this country, up from 8% in 1980.
They invest their tax breaks by loaning money to the US Government, and fleecing the tax payers in endless cycles of interest.
Everyone else is "little people." They snigger at us, and pay Rush to Goebbelize TPP members.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Helping the poor.
I would set up the best set of public restrooms and showers/washing machine areas in the world.
I would then set up micro atm accounts, for those homeless willing to be identified, so that they have a place for stashing and getting cash.
The third leg is a phone/message system, set up with the ATM, where homeless can check for messages for odd jobs, etc. A website for potential employers to set who is available, (work history, skills) would be nice. To join this system, part of that ID check would be verification of American citizenship. I would have no intention of setting up anything that would encourage yet more illegal immigration. In fact, this might have the opposite effect.
One location for both, preferably next to the police station or CHP, or other very public protected place. Someone who has become homeless who is not breaking the laws, other than not having a domicile, will find these features very useful in getting re-established.
The phone/message system could be upscaled for the successful homeless to a limited cell phone.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Driving rates upwards, forces more solar investment by home owners, while PG and E waits for a major cost breakthrough in the technology, at which point they will charge ratepayers for PG and E to adopt the new technology. Remember PG and E could care less about anything other than profit for the parent PG and E company. They don't want local govs to be able to buy their own newer and cheaper, solar installations, and Prop 16 is a very major pre-emptive strike to insure this goal. Vote no on 16. If you vote yes, you will help preserve Old California Money, based in Atherton and Hillsborough. Can't use ampersands in Google blog.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sell off Yosemite and Yellowstone Parks to private enterprise. Kick the government out of the entertainment and physical fitness industries. No socialism nowhere. Are the German's still renting out their army's like they did to the Brits? Cool! Sign them up for a 20 year lease, no socialist military. So what if they lost to George Washington! Let Fed Ex and UPS bid for the post office, and make every road a toll road, owned by the adjoining parcel owners in proportion to appraised value and acreage.
Let capitalism and freedom ring!
Sunday, May 02, 2010
How soon before the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots sends a group of volunteers to the Gulf to:
"Cleanup, Baby, Cleanup!" ????
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
High quality, efficient, mass or, staged and grouped transit, is the answer. Linking via cell phones for local jitney pickup, coupled with larger vehicles for longer distances. The key to local delivery of goods is secure and cooled 4x4x4 cubes at each house. The buyer is a pedestrian, comes home to roll interior cart to house entrance. Have another bunny with a pancake, your grandchildren will understand this perfectly, as adults in 2040.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The new minimum wage will be a world wide phenomenon, and 95% of Americans who have not amassed enough capital to live off the income, and a fully paid for place to live, can expect their standards of living to plummet. We are returning to the serfs and nobles of the early Middle Ages. One might also expect the value of real estate to drop like a rock too, except for one thing....
Those in the top .1% abroad will buy their summer/seasonal homes here, so high end resort areas will boom, or at least not lose value. Likewise primo cities, like San Francisco.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
All major receivers of Sachs cash should get together, and jointly give every cent to the results of a nationwide poll of the top 100 best charities in an 8 week video shootout, American Idol style. The top five vote getters split the main pot, each vote costing 50 cents, which is also added to the pot. The early rounds voting costs go to the charities voted for. Simple, simple!
Friday, April 16, 2010
We escaped Europe because we were "weird." We agreed to "get along" once we got here, which basically meant we didn't hang those who were members of other escapee groups on sight, with a few notable exceptions. Even by the change of the century in 1900 many Protestants thought Catholics were secretly arming and training for a takeover, down in Los Angeles, see Keith Lummis's autobiography.
Today of course we have far more differences as we've dumped in folks from a much wider range of cultures than Northern Europe. Now the Tea Party is trying to become what their ancestors tried to escape, a dominent force that rejects any idea or culture that doesn't fall within their strict limitations of how the world should be. The Tea Party may become the blinders on the horses that pull the USA over the cliff and into cultural oblivion. It's up to the rest of us to stop them. They are not for the ideals embedded in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. They are using those documents to cover their naked narrow minds.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Speaking about motivations, the Queen of the Baggers, the Killa from Wasila is now knocking down about 12 million a year from here speaking engagements while flying around the country on private jets and demanding that any speaking engagement (and God knows speaking is a term we use loosely when it comes to Caribou Barbie) she agrees to get highly paid to do, has to insure that she'll have no pesky questions coming directly from the people who are expected to pay $500.00 a ticket to hear her mash up Republican-bagger talking points.Look, there's no doubt that the the people who are manipulating that bagger masses will do whatever they can to not only undermine Obama, but destabilize the entire idea of government as well so they can create their idea of heaven, a totally corporate run, privatized state.The poor baggers are dupes and they've yet to learn that fact.
Payless should be in conversation with Carly Fiorina on the future of the USA for at least 2 hours, live and unrehearsed. We'd all learn a lot.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
"But our handicapped language no longer supports a clear discussion of the illegal alien problem. "
Nope, it is not a language problem. It is a logic problem. Why do the come? They come for money. How do they get money? They often work for it, and an employer gives it to them.
How do you efficiently stop the cycle?
You fine or jail the employers, if they are caught hiring illegals. How will they know? After the first 100 are sitting in jail, having paid out $10,000, no one will hire anyone.
Oh really? A new industry will spring up, that creates biometric ID for workers, having very carefully vetted them. Employers will pay to have the vetting company issue a bond certifying the bear of said ID to be a citizen of the USA.
Of course the Repubbys who hire cheap labor and depend on it for union busting will never let it go through. Americans won't pick crops? Elephant exhaust! For $20/hour they will. Pass the cost on to the consumer. Oh, the consumer will only buy produce from overseas? Overseas doesn't produce enough. California exports food.
Dems want voters? Nowhere near as bad as Repubbys want their illegal workers.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Corporations are not people, and they are not potty trained either. They need to stay outside the legislative arena, and survive on their, "invisible hand of the free markets" rather than the iron grip of their lobbyists.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
"Teachers are very well paid and compensated relative to actual time spent in the classroom." You try teaching and grading papers and holding parent conferences at the same time. That's multi-tasking I'd lie to see. Now let's see you get it all done in 8 hours, so you can head for a brewski.
Summer the season and the portion of summer that teachers get are two entirely different animals. Add in in service training days, and summer can be less than 9 weeks long for a teacher. The unpaid overtime of grading papers and after school meetings more than makes up for any lost "summertime." Plus, to have a decent salary, worthy of other professionals, you need to teach. "Summer School." Whoopido!
Friday, February 19, 2010
There's been quite an interesting battle going on at The Union newspaper in the commenting area, working the gay vs. Fundy angle. This is my last post in that area.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
From a psychological point of view, it is not hard to understand the 1/3rd dropout rate that never goes away. From the beginning, 1st grade and up, kids are "graded." Not surprisingly, those at the top of the scale, tend to stay there, and so on.
After 8 to 10 years of humiliation at being on the bottom, those kids say, "enough is enough, I'm out of here." Classes where they can be rewarded for achievements outside the reading, writing, and math skills sets, sadly seem to be the first to be chopped. Art, music, and voc ed cost more money, but pay back by generating islands of success for the kids at the bottom, and give them reason to live, and a chance to rub shoulders and even surpass the academic breadwinners. Overall, they raise all boats, and allow for for more than just the high SAT performers to feel good about themselves, and to go on to serve themselves and society better
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Given a choice between Rush and Dr. Edell, for an emergency appendectomy, who do you pick? Who do you think will live longer? Exactly what is it about Dr Edell's show that you find, "political?" Even with the very best MRI, X-ray, CAT Scans, and blood tests, it is very difficult to tell the difference between a liberal and a conservative. Someday, however, they may be able to detect the hardening of the neurons in the latter...rimshot!
Friday, February 05, 2010
(A Response to a poster who complained about "flatlander bicyclists" riding in pairs.)
I have never encountered a pair of bicyclists who did not promptly single file themselves, allowing me to get by easily. Seems to me that in terms of being, "down to earth," those closer to the center of the planet would have an edge over those who place themselves on high pedestals, raised SUV's, etc..
By the very act of proclaiming themselves "better" because they were "born" here, the members of the Foothills Snobbery Club display their lack of maturity. Just because I was born in San Francisco, and just because it was founded 50 plus years before Grass Valley even saw the white man, and just because we are world class famous, and have more spectacular earthquakes, and a rapid transit that works, it doesn't make me any better than members of the fussy FSC's.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The rich in this country are so short sighted to have sold out to the lure of cheap labor overseas. Their apparent goal is a world wide minimum wage, and they don't care if the bulk of this country goes to hell, as long as they've got theirs. The leaders abroad are smirking at the stupidity of the American wealthy, and smacking their lips.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Aunty Freedom says: All candidates shall start anonymously online, stating their views and the office (Congress and Presidency) that they are running for. Of the thousands who start, possibly years in advance, only a few, will make the cut, for a public outing. Each citizen gets one vote each week for each office, during the last 12 months. The top 50% each week go on to the next week's competition, until the public outing, 3 months before the election. Prior to The Outing, you cannot tell who you are, or what you have done. You can only tell what you propose to do. Candidates will be selected on the merits of their ideas, as interpreted by the people.
Once the outing occurs, then 4 more weeks of eliminations, and then public campaign financing kicks in. This way most of the costs will already be taken care of, because the public will be curious to see who is behind what ideas, and will be up to speed on them.