News That Matters
Good Tuesday Morning,
My computer is sick again so there may be a lack of me in your inbox over the next few days. You'll be fine. Just relax, take deeeeep breaths.... exhale slowly. There you go!
Since early yesterday morning there were over two-hundred visits to the pages about the Tilly Foster lease agreement at the NtM blog site. That's pretty impressive and it means you care. Now it's up to the Legislature to listen and amend the agreement. It's not like your concerns are all over the place, they just focus in on a few items not addressed in this latest proposal. Does anyone want to bet on what the Legislature will do on Thursday when they vote on this? Take the poll!
That Assemblyman from the 99th District claims he may, or may not, put an exploratory committee together to decide on a run for Congress against John Hall in 2010. This amounts to an announcement that he will run, just as was predicted in these pages years ago. Progressive Democrats don't believe he's a threat to Mr. Hall and have routinely ignored his bellicose ways even though were warned about this a long time ago. I can't see how he can be an Assemblyman and run for Congress at the same time but then being an Assemblyman was never really his thing.
Scientific American published a report yesterday that says profiling is no more accurate than selecting people at random when searching for terrorist behavior. We knew that. You knew that. But when the government tells you that profiling *is* better you believe them. Seems like you've been profiled!
Got an itch for some of that classic rock and roll from the 60's? Did you miss out on some of those legendary concerts by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young at his greatest and the Allman Brothers? Were you too stoned to drive to Milwaukee for that Dead show in 1970? Well, pine no longer! Wolfgang's Vault brings you these shows and hundreds more all for the price of a mouse click. The recording quality of most shows is near excellent and most have never before appeared on vinyl (remember vinyl?) or tape so this is a great opportunity to hear the music you miss the most.
And now, the News:
When the Department of Energy revises energy efficiency standards for lamps, it has a chance to dramatically reduce electricity demand. Here's how.
DOE recently released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for general service fluorescent (GSFL) and incandescent reflector lamps (IRL). See the actual document or an advocacy press release.
The standard as proposed is projected to save by 2042:
That is a lot. 9.6 quads of energy would power 101 of the 111 million homes in the country.
by Anne Roderique-Jones, January 29, 2009
ScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2009) — Study highlights problems linked to converting crops into biofuels. Taking up valuable land and growing edible crops for biofuels poses a dilemma: Is it ethical to produce inefficient renewable energies at the expense of an already malnourished population?
The state of America's infrastructure has not improved in the past four years, according to a report from the country's top civil engineers.
By Carey, 1:10 PM on Sun Feb 1 2009, 12,927 views
The Senate's Sergeant at Arms, Terry Gainer, joined Facebook to deliver a picture perfect apology to the survivors of the so-called Purple Tunnel of Doom, a group of several thousand people who were kept out of President Obama's inauguration even though they had tickets. It takes a superior apology to address a colossal failure, and Gainer certainly delivered. The sincerity and completeness of the apology easily make it one of the best mea culpas we've ever seen.
Gallup has released a rather stunning poll showing that voters identify with Republicans more than Democrats in only five sparsely populated states.