Thursday, April 21, 2011

A great way to help balance the state budget

Eliminate the wingnuts. Turns out Kansas has spent over $500,000 defending insane former AG Phill Kline from ethics charges stemming from his various crusades. Thanks, Phill. You're the gift we can't get rid of. More hearings are scheduled for this summer.

Speaking of wingnuts, 48% of Iowa Republicans believe Obama was born in Kenya while 26% aren't sure. Yeah, no way they're electing someone sane as their candidate in '12. It's going to be horrifying (and maybe a little amusing) watching them try to out-crazy each other before attempting to walk it all back after they get the nomination.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blockquoting

These numbers about the electricity usage to grow marijuana indoors kind of blew my mind.
A new study estimates that indoor pot-growing operations in the United States burn about $5 billion worth of electricity annually, or roughly 1 percent of national power consumption. That’s enough electricity to power two million average homes.

The electricity use of the typical grow operation approaches 200 watts per square foot, on par with the power usage of a modern computer data center, Evan Mills, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and author of the study, said in a statement. (The study was completed in his free time and without federal funds, Dr. Mills added.)

The study estimated that a single joint contains the equivalent of roughly two pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of running a 100-watt bulb for about 30 hours on the California grid.
1% of consumption for the entire United States??

Budget cuts...
The entire list of shit what got cut is darkly amusing, like watching a cartoon salami with teeth discover his own body is delicious and then devouring himself. Gas prices skyrocketing and our tiresome dependence on foreign oil keeping us involved in our tiresome wars? Well, fuck you, you public transportation-using pussy: "the bill eliminates new funding for High Speed Rail and rescinds $400 million in previous year funds, for a total reduction of $2.9 billion from fiscal year 2010 levels."
The Rude Pundit is typically rude about some of the more absurd and short-sighted budget cuts that were the victim of the latest standoff. How great is it that we live in a country where, G.E., our largest corporation paid exactly $0 in taxes last year but we are cutting $600 million from community health centers and $1 billion for TB and AIDS prevention? Again, G.E. reported $14 billion in worldwide profits and paid $0 in taxes but we're looking at cutting into Medicare and Medicaid. Sorry, poor people, better not get sick because we're sooo serious about the budget deficit that we're going eliminate your doctor visits and cut taxes for the Koch's. It's bad enough when this shit happens under somebody like Bush but under Democrats? I'm sure car salesmen loved selling to Obama because we once again managed to end up with more cuts than were in the initial Republican offer. How is that possible? Dude, please stop with the grand unifier stuff because they're humiliating you every time.

The Civil War...
Today, the war’s centrality in American history seems both assured and tenuous. Each generation, the social critic Lewis Mumford once said, re-examines and re-interprets that part of the past that gives the present new meanings and new possibilities. That also means that for a time an event, any event, even one as perpetually important as the Civil War, can face the specter being out of historical fashion.

But in the end, it seems that the War of the Rebellion, the formal name our government once gave to the struggle, always invades our consciousness like the childhood traumatic event it was — and still is.
Used up your New York Times articles yet? Ken Burns wrote a good one on the 150th anniversary of start of the Civil War.

On a positive note, there's some good music out this week. I've enjoyed previews of the new stuff from Panda Bear, Low, and tUnEyArDs and am also planning on checking out the new TV on the Radio. Anybody listening to anything good?