Month: March 2008

The Unlimited Game

Tonight I was talking about the question of why is it that net and phone packages are going full unlimited for a fee, while things like natural gas, electric etc. aren’t. Then it hit me, the utilities we rely on for the most part use fossil fuels.

That said, why can’t you just take cost the utilities incur for the entire generating capacity and divide it by the number of consumers. That way you could set a flat fee for all you can eat. It’s said that Westinghouse didn’t like Tesla’s wireless power distribution because they couldn’t put a meter on it. I suspect that much of what we pay for something like electricity and even natural gas is wildly inflated specifically because it IS metered.

But here’s another thing. Most of our oil consumption in the United States, more than 90% in fact goes to motor vehicles. I would love to see one of the candidates for President step forward with a plan to take about $50,000,000,000 (Yes, that’s $50 Billion with a B if you ever watched The Pentagon Wars) from the military budget and plow it into research and development projects to get fossil fuel burning vehicles off the road withing 5 to 10 years.

I don’t think it’s impossible. The United States has when necessary whipped up all the equipment necessary to fight in two theaters of war, why the hell can’t we dedicate some of our tax money to the task of ending our dependence on oil.

There’s an indirect benefit to doing what I’ve suggested above. By reducing or nearly eliminating our need to import oil we would instantly cut off the religious fundamentalists, the dictators, and all the other unsavory characters. Because without money from petro-dollars or petro-euros those of Al Qaeda would have a hard time financing their global terrorist jaunts.

And the Wahabists could have Saudi Arabia and make it a stinking shit hole for all I’m concerned about them. They could literally go and pound sand.

There have been some encouraging developments particularly in the area of hydrogen. They’ve figured out how to achieve 85 to 90 percent efficient conversion of water into it’s Hydrogen and Oxygen components.

Hydrogen is interesting, you can burn it and the combustion byproduct is water, or you can use a method I’d prefer. Use it to power a fuel cell that powers electric motors at each wheel. Talk about power.

Troppe informazioni mar numero cento e ventotto (TMI #128)

1. Stubble… good or bad? How often do you shave?

On some good, on some bad and on me very bad. I have to shave daily.

2. If someone shoves you up against a wall while kissing you, your reaction is?

Instant boner! Seriously. I tend to like it a little rough. So if anyone plans on doing that to me they better be ready.

3. Did you ever own a fake ID?

Nah, didn’t need to own one. You see, as a 15 year old I got a job in a hardware store that was right next door to a liquor store. Would go over there all the time to get a soda, chips, etc. Got to know the kids working there, the management, etc. so that by 16 I could buy a pallet of booze as long as I had the cash.

Then of course when they started raising the drinking age fro 18 to 21 they did it gradually, 19, 20, then 21. But they staggered it between states so that at 18 I was legal in Massachusetts but not in Rhode Island. So for about 3 years I drank in either MA or RI depending on the age limit.

4. Have you ever played a game which may require you or others to disrobe?

No I haven’t. Closest we got to that was a toga party when I was a high school senior. Some of us went sans anything under the toga. Yes, Animal house had just come out three years earlier and it took we geniuses time to think of the concept.

5. Have you ever had sex in the snow? Rain?

Generally I prefer a warm, dry environment but there have been instances where rain was involved. Snow as a rule is NOT a turn on at all.

Bonus (as in optional): Tell us about your last boyfriend/girlfriend?

Do you mean the one I’m still with since he’s the last one. Keyron is a cute black guy. But the best part is that he’s on the same humor wavelength as me. He’s also talented as all hell, I do find the artistic type to be very sexy.

I find it very difficult to explain it. We just click like that. A former co-worker put it very well, she said it’s very obvious that we actually like each other as well as love each other.

Obama illustrates the difference

When Barack Obama appeared in Salem, Oregon one of the people got up and asked him what she should tell friends that were fence sitters in order to get them to support his candidacy.

Here’s the video of the event. I think he was gracious about the answer, as well as very thoughtful. He openly admits that they’re very much the same but then goes on to illustrate the differences.

This is why he should be our president. Instead of someone like George W. Bush whose off the cuff remarks have cost the U.S. dearly, we need someone who is a thinker, someone who can help to repair the damage done by the neo-cons.

And in other encouraging news, it seems people are on to the Republican game. So we could see both the congress and White House flip to the Democrats in 2008. Oh I hope the hell so, a concession would have McCain as President and a solid Democratic majority in Congress.

Obama hits it out of the park

There is a very nice write-up about Obama’s latest speech regarding racism in the Huffington Post. I have been an Arianna Huffington fan since her book “How to Overthrow the Government”. It’s a fairly progressive site that I keep track of via regular email updates.

Ok, now it gets ugly. Those of my readers that are Hillary Clinton supporters might want to close this window or stop reading now.

I do not support Hillary Clinton for President. I know her record and to me, I want someone in there that is deliberative, balanced, and has a demonstrated record of helping people vs. helping their own career. In that case Hillary Clinton is now employing what I term a scorched earth policy that I fear will destroy the Democratic party. This whole kerfuffle about Minister Wright is taken out of context, that much is clear. And it sounds much like a smear job done by the hatchet masters on the Clinton campaign.

Now it’s become clear that she was in on the formation of NAFTA. Sure, loot the last manufacturing jobs from the U.S. and for the most part ship them to Mexico where labor is cheap, labor laws non-existent, and it’s basically a third world shithole with pollution run amok and poverty like we’ve never seen, or at least not yet.

Then of course she was a Wal-Mart director during the time that unions were trying to break into Wal-Mart and she didn’t say shit about employment rights.

She’s a bought a paid for politician. And if she continues on this course she will essentially hand the presidency to John McCain who at 71 wouldn’t be the best choice. Friends and I think he’ll last maybe a year or two before he suffers some debilitating disease or just up and dies.

But I don’t want to see another Republican in the White House for the rest of my life. Put it this way, Bush makes even Nixon and Reagan look like saints. But then one has to remember, Bush had something none of his predecessors had, lock-step control of two branches of government. And John McCain would just be a continuation though with any luck people won’t be stupid enough to cede control to the Republicans again.

Time will tell. But right now I’m starting to get a little sickof the sniping in the Democratic party. To Hillary Clinton I say step down NOW! I don’t want you as my president. And to Howard Dean and Barack Obama I say keep on, and win this thing in November.

The Colorful Lights

You know it never stuck me but I know Chicago dyes the river green, and other places have different ways of marking St. Patrick’s Day. St. Paddy’s day is the day when everyone can tie one on like an Irishman.

But here in RI, we not only have the parades but there are two buildings in downtown Providence that have lighting atop them. One dates back to 1928, the other to 1973. They change the light colors depending on season.

So for Saturnalia/Christmas it’s red and green. For Valentines they use red, for St. Patrick’s it’s green, and being that St. Joseph’s Day is next, they’re now red. Otherwise they’re a HPS Orange, or bluish white light.

Now if only Buddy Cianci hadn’t thought that up-lighting wasn’t such a good idea. Because not only does the 1928 building have the light on it’s spire, it also has a ton of up-lighting. Same is true of many other buildings in the area.

Letting an ancient run for President

I was reading about Obama now going after both McCain and Clinton over foreign policy but one little glaring fact in the article stood out.

John McCain is 71 years old. I’m sorry but he’s got what, maybe 3 good years left. I don’t want some doddering old fool as my president.

At least in Obama’s case, he could serve two terms and come out in his 50’s. And Clinton could serve two and come out in her 70’s.

Me, I’m a middle ager like Obama and would prefer my generation to lead among many other reasons. We’ve seen what McCain’s generation is good for.

The Beginning of the 21st Century Depression Era

The more I and my friends look at the indicators the more we come to believe that we’re heading into a depression, not a recession.

Chief among the indicators is the unemployment rate. The government would have you believe it’s only 5.6% of the working population but they don’t count those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits. I’ve seen estimates that as many as 1 in 4 or 25% of the population is out of work. That’s bad! Look around your social group, I bet if you do the math you find at least that amount.

Another indicator is the price of fuel. I just went by a gas station where the price of diesel is now $4.13 a gallon. This puts it on the same level of heating oil which is going for $3.51 a gallon, in fact a little more since if you add the 48 cents in taxes to the heating oil it comes out to $3.99, so in essence they’re now charging 14 cents a gallon for the purple dye in diesel fuel. You do realize that everything we eat, wear, etc. is transported in trucks that use diesel fuel. Who do you think is going to absorb the increased fuel costs? It won’t be the producers and manufacturers that’s for sure. And I’ve already noticed supermarket prices starting to rise astronomically.

Then of course we have the Bear Stearns collapse. For that is truly the correct word since their stock went from a high of $61 a share until they were finally bought by J.P. Morgan, courtesy of our tax dollars. Expect to see one larger bank undergo the same thing. My guess is it’ll be CitiBank or Bank of America since each had huge write-offs of bad mortgage debt.

And what will the new depression look like? If you surf the web you’ll find things like the housing voucher program in Boca Raton, or the Tent Cities in New Orleans, or this one in Ontario, CA.

It is getting downright ugly. We need to rise up and fight.