wed 31 jan 01
sometimes it's just one of those days ...
aboriginal art prints.
reinhard schmid, surrealist.
amazing what you find in search engines these days.
on the atchison, topeka and the ...
it is COLD outside. just got back from a walk at sunset; it's about 10 degrees, 20 mph wind. my face is numb. saw a huge covey of quail; not sure the species. at least 40. now, on to making green chile stew again ...
i don't mean to be grouchy as an old bear, but i when detect even a hint of the old 'environ-meddler' tone, george washington hayduke comes to the surface. maybe you have to be on the receiving end to understand; i was in las vegas, doing an industrial theatre/audiovisual extravaganza at the bally hotel, when the pepcon rocket fuel plant blew up in may of 1988. the explosion was equal to a 1-kiloton nuclear free air burst. the papers said it was around 6 in the richter scale in downtown las vegas. the explosion blew the fire doors open in the hallway i was standing in, and knocked me back about eight feet, on my butt. scared the living hell out of me. my ears rang for a while. environmental issues began to take on more importance in my life; i'm sure you can understand.
sorry guys; i respectfully disagree with your california energy assumptions. tax subsidies for oil, gas, coal and nuke total in the tens of billions of dollars, yet the industry wants us to believe that those subsidies have had (and have) no effect on alternative fuel competition. subsidies have kept prices artificially low, consumption high, and discouraged the development of alternatives *by their very existence*. our european friends can back me up on this, i'm sure. the e.u. prohibits subsidies to non-renewable fuels, from my understanding. america's had a low-price honeymoon - on borrowed time. but there's an insidious, evil side. all these industries ignore the waste generation, the environmental and health effects of emissions and other factors; if the total costs were calculated, it would be patently obvious that oil, gas and coal are *very* expensive. there are even limits to their liability; a free ride. with an oil man as president, these policies are not likely to change.
should we blame the environmentalists for not being able to effectively battle the energy lobby? who do we blame for no affordable alternatives? renewable energy r & d budgets have been a political chopping block since reagan took office, but especially last year -- seemingly in order to embarrass vice president gore in an election season. besides, it's not an 'environmentalist' issue alone ... public support for energy initiatives faded with the fall in oil prices during the reagan years. hey ... prices went down. problem solved, right? our attention is elsewhere. rip those solar water heaters off the roof of the white house, even though they worked well and saved taxpayer dollars. must we go through another energy crunch before we take responsibility for our actions?
everybody's got a damned agenda. we have to look out for ourselves; here are my suggestions: phase out the subsidies for non-renewable energy, return the tax incentives for solar (remember carter?) and other renewable technologies, take the subsidy money and reinvigorate the renewable energy r & d budget. it's way past time we took responsibility for our own energy production and consumption.
for instance, california is sitting on one of the biggest terrestrial energy sources there is. if they start building the geothermal and hydrothermal plants now, they could be over the hump permanently, cleanly, responsibly. how fast could things get moving? how much money can you divert from subsidies ... ? from the arctic oil drilling junto ... ?
but to be realistic, and to finally agree with al and dave both ... there is not a single individual in government today with the political will to do what needs to be done. and even if she/he did, the general public would not support it. the public needs to know the *true* cost of oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy before there will ever be any action. the likelihood that your child will be adversely affected by carbon monoxide or other emission is much higher than the risk of mad cow disease from a mcdonald's hamburger, yet it will never engender the same outrage.
the new-agers here in santa fe burn a *lot* of candles; the lead-wick issue is big news here.
cnn: taxpayers may have to pick up california's utility bills. like the s&l crisis, looks like we have socal edison playing 'hide the salami'. another angle: yet again, we learn that the actions of a state affect us as a nation. states rights? when did *i* get to vote for california's deregulation, since i may be paying for it now ...
cnn: remains of burglar found in chimney ... after 15 years missing.
cnn: young man plans columbine-style massacre. reutellog got me reading about the my lai massacre yesterday; someone, i can't remember who, made the statement: "there's nothing quite as violent as an american 19 year old boy."
oh god, it's beautiful. the fog has condensed a frost over all the cactus and piñon outside ... 'course, that means the roads are treacherous. but it's very thin, very fine. looks like a scene from 'legend' ...
connected: you have to believe in *something*.
la times: when portraying minorities, let's stay away from stereotypes, ok?
ottowa citizen: problems with provenance.
archaeology: the 'net helps to recover stolen heads.
atstake: powerpoint vulnerability.
anandtech: 1 ghz linux for $1000.
update to mac vicomsoft ftp client, 3.1.3. they've restored the 'bookmarks' feature.
maccentral: aol 5.0 and mac os 9 don't seem to play well together.
the register: dell disses the handheld market. the performance of the handheld market will be severely tested in a downturn economy. are they fluff, or are they tools?
upside: looking at todays market, waiting for the shoe to drop [i.e, what's greenspan going to do?].
maccentral: sipix may bring digital imaging appliances to the mac platform.
it's the end of january; the year is 1/12 over. started working on your new year's resolutions yet?
okay, this is weird. it's 7 degrees out, and we're in the midst of a real pea-soup fog. the weather constantly delights here.