Sunday, February 14, 2016

China and India Have to Step It Up - 5.5 Million Annual Deaths Globally from Air Pollution

Here Two word problem: Burning coal. Should have easy answers.

"More than 5.5 million people die from air pollution each year, with more than 3 million of these deaths occurring in China and India, announced researchers Friday at the 2016 annual meeting for the American Association for the Advancement of Science."

Friday, February 12, 2016

NBC scheduling kicks US Marathon running in the ding ding

Scheduling the US Marathon Trials in the middle of the day in LA any time of year is TERRIBLE.

To 'accommodate NBC's broadcast schedule'? For $ for them? What?

How about accommodating the internationally flat-lining - but showing newly discovered heartbeats - US marathon effort?

How about accommodating our country's best runners and letting them compete in the best possible conditions?

As far back as the 80's and 90's American born runners were running sub- 2:10  http://running.competitor.com/2015/05/news/top-25-all-time-u-s-marathon-times-men_129010
Today we are choosing among a bevy of 2:11-2:12 pr guys to fill out our top 10 bracket here. We *need* to see some groovy times to get a little fired up, develop more of a national following, and develop some strong mojo (not just wejo).

The trials were (still are?) a chance for a resurgence, some quick times, new names.
It's the Olympic trials. Perhaps our best known and some newer young up and comers, peaking down curiously from their 2:10-2:11 perches, could seize the day, and trials euphoria, and charge and blast something under 2:08! And get people a little fired up!! Maybe within sight of the East African times again!?

No, probably not now. Accommodate NBC schedule.
Now, heat. All runners know marathons are scheduled (even freakishly) early in the day and in the fall to keep core heat down and times low. Not this one. Not the second biggest marathon for US runners every four years i.m.o.

Now the smart race will probably be nobody goes until late in the race. (Some peloton breakers, bless them, notwithstanding).

People will suffer through and probably trudge to 2:12+.... three guys to make our team. Yay. Our best guys will probably go, but I don't think the times are going to be sexy.

Hope nobody gets injured Saturday.

Shame on NBC, and the USATF(!), for scheduling this event too late toward the middle of the day knowing of potential heat. Even the amateurs will go off at 7am the next day.

The tail wagging the dog. #shame #respectathletes #athletesfirst #greedisbad

Still hoping Ritz and Luke and Meb and even Rupp and Estrada etc. go for it smartly and pace themselves and leave their b*lls out there. And whomever gets 1-2-3 for the U.S. gets geeked up to represent the US at the Olympic world stage. Rooting for the gals too - their top 10 bracket pretty open after the top 4-5 or so as well - go for it!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tell Congress to Deny the TPP - New Public Citizen petition 2.11.2016

Iran Nuclear Deal, Reactions by Ordinary Iranians

Here I've blogged pretty extensively about sanctions, the Iranian nuclear program, and potential weaponifying of same.

The U.N., Iranian and really U.S. And Russian (and Chinese) deal that was struck to increase inspections and ship out highly enriched uranium (which has happened) is one outcome that is potentially favorable. Everyone hopes they aren't getting away with something, and/or snuck some potentially weapons-grade material out of the country and/or into the wrong hands. But the top nuclear scientists I read about seem happy with the deal. That is probably another post, and analysis you can find elsewhere.

I found interesting some of the opinions in this linked article - of everyday Iranians themselves.
Optimism, pessimism, and pragmatism all displayed - but equally a keen and worn suspicion that their leaders are just not right, and hanging onto their positions with policies that have been at the people's detriment rang out to me.

Interesting takes. I wish the Iranian people - and the de-weaponifying of their nuclear industry - well.

For the time being, I'm taking down some sidebar posts on Iran. You can still use the search window on this site to find them using keywords like 'iran' and 'nuclear'.

Simon and Garfunkle Song America and Bernie Sanders Ad

Video here It's very nice. Hopeful and revealing of the diverse America most of us like, and in which most of us could be living happy.

Art Garfunkle on the ad here

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks | The Fiscal Times

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks | The Fiscal Times 

Russia and the U.S have to agree to stop taking sides and forcing a proxy (civil) war here. Destabilizing the area and creating further acrimony and hatred between sects there terrible.

Enough bloodshed. Figure out a settlement of power sharing between factions.

California Preserves Net Energy Metering

Here http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13113

This is a win. Many in California had to fight to preserve this program. People with solar on their rooftops are doing the right thing, and need not be penalized.
Some fee were added, but the fair pay back for juice your panels produce that you don't use that goes back to the grid for others to use (net energy metering) has been preserved.
Shame that so many had to,work so hard on this when it should be a permanent, evergreen policy fixture and we could be working on other clean improvements on California's energy use and grid.
Still a victory, largely, so time to post and enjoy the victory!

Inside the decision here

The decision "...prohibits “demand charges, grid access charges, installed capacity fees, standby fees, or similar fixed charges on NEM residential customers”

Additionally, the CPUC decision,
  • allows for a minimum bill, a “reasonable” interconnection fee, and specifies certain nonbypassable charges (NBCs) for NEM customers;
  • determines that time of use (TOU) rates will be mandatory for new NEM customers;
  • preserves retail rate credit for existing NEM customers for 20 years after their interconnection;
  • allows solar arrays larger than 1 MW to earn NEM credits if owners cover interconnection costs;
  • requires utilities to make solar available to residents of multi-tenant buildings through virtual net metering (VNM) and net metering aggregation (NEMA).

Tell Congress to Deny the TPP - New Public Citizen petition

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.

What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.

Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make?
Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me?
Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more?
Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?

Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.

Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. !
The way we are killing each other, killing the planet.
How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)

Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us.
Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.

But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)

Still we are finite on this ride.

It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life?
Hopefully most of us can say yes.

For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness....
This is the time to be present.
This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.

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