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SF New Mexican/AP:

Ah, the Iraq three-way split of autonomous regions may become reality ... as realized by the Iraqis themselves.  I have seen this as the only way to guarantee a semblance of stability.

09/25/06 • 08:19 AM • Human RightsPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Anastasio says competing weapons redesigns both “outstanding.”  Nuclear weapon redesigns; just to be clear.  “Another potential change for the lab is an NNSA proposal to quadruple the number of plutonium pits, or triggers for nuclear bombs, produced there.  Currently, the lab has the authority to make up to 20 pits a year, but some scientists fear the NNSA’s plans would turn Los Alamos into a manufacturing site, diminishing its scientific research.”

It would be the height of irresponsibility to turn LANL into Rocky Flats, just a couple dozen miles upstream of a major metropolitan area ... especially when the particular pollutants of nuclear research are making themselves obvious in the local water table.

09/25/06 • 08:16 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsPoliticsSanta Fe LocalScience • No Comments

Metafilter:

“Democrats passed those black codes ...”  Just look at the comments!  What *do* they teach in schools these days?  All those Southern Dems became Republicans after the Democrat-spawned civil rights reforms in the ‘60’s.  They left in a huff, in a bloc.  As these same Republicans have attacked public education over the years, the knowlege of historical reality has obviously fallen off ... my proof?  Only in a society steeped in ignorance would the concept that the ‘moral’ Republicans left the Democratic party *because* it was racist (as one can see on all too many websites these days). 

For a dose of reality.  Try Robert F. Kennedy.  Though some will say, sadly, “Robert who?

The Democratic Party, at least in the South, was once the party of segregation.  They turned away from that course, decisively, 40 years ago.  Should that not be lauded?  Revisionism should not win the day.  It deserves no praise.

09/25/06 • 07:35 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

Wow.

Adobe Lightroom Beta 4 is out for Windows and Mac.  On Windows, what a difference!  More speed, more features.  I was using it quite a bit, because I liked most of the interface and the ease of accurate RAW conversion, but I really look forward to kicking the tires on this next iteration.  I need to slam that extra RAM and another SATA HD into my system, just to kick up the capabilities a notch, when this goes final.

Later: Excuse me, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  My bad.

09/25/06 • 07:22 AM • PhotographySanta Fe Local(3) Comments

Perhaps a more normal day of postings today.

The contractors are gone.  The house is far from done, but I can tackle tasks in their own time now.  Thanks for your patience.

09/25/06 • 07:14 AM • HardwarePersonal • No Comments

NY Times Washington:

“An American intelligence assessment that the war in Iraq has increased Islamic radicalism, worsening the terror threat, set off a sharp debate today among lawmakers and other political figures over credit and blame for the war and the broader fight against terrorism.”

Those with good memories (or organized archives) will know this is the second such report.

09/24/06 • 04:13 PM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

PhysOrg:

Surprises from the Edge of the Solar System.  Now this is some of the coolest information I’ve read in a long while.

09/24/06 • 10:24 AM • Science • No Comments

Washington Post:

Rocket Set to Launch From N.M. Spaceport.

09/23/06 • 06:17 PM • Santa Fe LocalScience • No Comments

The Prometheus Institute:

Five Tips to Increase Your Likeability.  Whether or not you value ‘likeability’, these are good pointers.

09/23/06 • 04:30 PM • Psychology • No Comments

Quick link.

In all this Pope/Islam controversy, it might be good to read what he actually said, in context. 

An excerpt:  “The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. ‘God’, he says, ‘is not pleased by blood - and not acting reasonably (???? ????) is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats ... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death ...’.  The decisive statement in this argument against violent conversion is this: not to act in accordance with reason is contrary to God’s nature.”

Tangential, and related: What’s goin’ on ...

09/22/06 • 11:40 PM • HistoryReligion(3) Comments

The new south wall of the dining room.

 


the new south wall of the dining room.


Later on I’ll try for a better picture, that is exposed properly enough to render the mountains in the background.  Compare with previous.


09/22/06 • 05:41 AM • GeneralHome & LivingPersonalSanta Fe Local(4) Comments

Why I ain’t webloggin’...

 


workin' ...


Thought folks might like to see.  It’ll look much better once it’s all done.


09/21/06 • 11:59 AM • General(7) Comments

Still fixing the house.

Gotta make a run to Albuquerque to pick up a redone window.  I may have time to weblog a bit later today.

09/21/06 • 08:28 AM • PersonalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

State accounting system is plagued by problems.  I’m waiting on some very overdue checks, m’self.  I’ve worked as a contractor for NM State for a number of years, and they seem to constantly be switching accounting systems.  I would respectfully suggest going back to people, pens and accounting books; as far as I’m concerned, computing has failed in this industry ... ‘big accounting’.  Every large company I’ve ever worked for, has had nightmares with computerized accounting systems.

09/20/06 • 08:32 AM • EconomicsPersonalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Deputies trap mountain lion.  Speaking of which, driving back from the hardware store after dark, I saw a good-size young mountain lion on the side of the road, where 285 meets Old Las Vegas Highway, east of Santa Fe.  Sleek, like an Abyssinian cat, but on a much larger scale.  Certainly no bobcat.

09/20/06 • 08:27 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local(2) Comments

A blissful break from hammering,

and then ... the stucco guys show up early.  Wa-ha!  I’m awake now.  Nothing like meeting contractors in a bathrobe and tousled hair ...

09/20/06 • 08:24 AM • Personal • No Comments

I’m bushed.

All the windows are in.  Insulating and plastering tomorrow (my job), trim and stucco on Thursday.  God, what a mess.  But that sliding glass door in the back is spectacular [photo to come].

I wonder if I can rent one of those hurricane-type fans (those eight foot ones you see at tent events) and hook it up to one end of the house, and blow out all the dust ... ?

09/19/06 • 06:53 PM • GeneralPersonal • No Comments

No freakin’ chance

to weblog.  Half our windows are gone, there’s mariachi music playing to accompany the sawzalls and hammers.  As I’m typing this, the wind is blowing through my office.  In the midst of projects like this, you really do wonder if everything will ever be ‘normal’ again ... later, taters.

09/18/06 • 09:32 AM • Personal(2) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Ohkay Owingeh: Crash kills Tewa storyteller.  Alcohol takes another life.  Rest in peace, good lady.

09/18/06 • 05:11 AM • ArtsHuman RightsLaw • No Comments

CNN:

Scarlet elephant has animal lovers seeing red.  Hmmm.  I recall when they painted women gold for the Bond film “Goldfinger”, they had to leave a large patch open on the small of the back; if you completely cover the skin, it will kill you ... ?

09/17/06 • 09:37 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalHealth(3) Comments

ArtNews:

Say It with Flowers—or Gourds, Goats, Fur Cups, or Fried.  “Sometimes the discovery of sexual content in an artwork comes as a surprise even to the artist.”  Making art needs no explanations, no excuses.  What my art is to me, may not be what my art is to you.

09/16/06 • 07:47 PM • Arts • No Comments

Yahoo News/The Nation, Opinion:

Bush Aims to Kill War Crimes Act.  If America ‘does not torture’, then the War Crimes Act should be left alone.

09/16/06 • 06:22 PM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPolitics(3) Comments

BBC:

Vitamin D ‘slashes cancer risk’.

09/16/06 • 06:17 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Indian remains unearthed by Utah builder linked to 1853 massacre.  Do the requisite CSI-style investigation to determine cause of death, but return them to their tribe.

09/16/06 • 06:11 PM • HistoryHuman RightsScience • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

I was wondering where the spinach bug hit in New Mexico.  Bernalillo.  “The outbreak was traced to Natural Selection Foods, based in San Juan Bautista, Calif., and the company has voluntarily recalled products containing spinach.”

09/16/06 • 06:08 PM • FoodHealth • No Comments
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