Friday, July 31, 2015

Beijing China awarded the Winter Olympic Games in 2022?!

Yuk. My comment to article in Washington Post below: G Colby Venice
8:42 AM PDT
Ok, worries about natural snow, pollution in Beijing... so the IOC gives the games to them knowing mountains are a '2-hour car ride' away. How many vehicle trips is that? How much more pollution to heat the planet and decrease more of the world's snowpack? This is making me sick. Those high-speed trains better be electric, and their electric grid fueled by solar panels and not coal. At least that would be some modernization. And what of the nod given to China, still known to be horrible abusers of human rights, jailing people for free speech, denying women's and environmental rights, denying freedom of religion, like trying to exterminate the Tibetan Buddhist culture, etc. etc. IOC PLAYING THE HAND OF GREED ALL THE WAY DOWN THE NUMBER LINE. Shameful. This bid should be retracted and go back to the drawing board, with IOC/international support for a more fitting venue to host what are still in many ways a beautiful Games, one of the better things humanity does every couple of years.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Coffee and Alzheimer's: One Cup a Day Now the Best Policy

Here The effects of coffee and cognition are not yet fully understood. Doctors and studies used to suggest its use was bad; recently they've found a number of health benefits. Now a study fairly strongly suggests one cup a day is better than not drinking coffee or increasing over that number in terms of developing mild cognitive impairment.
Anyway, see article. Speaks of moderation. I like a cup of coffee, with 7 grain (or similar non-dairy)  milk. My preferred sweetener has gone from sugar, to turbinado (unrefined, not bleached) sugar, to agave (chemically processed is a bummer) to now chocolate protein powder (which is artificially sweetened, although some is sweetened with natural stevia though thid tastes artificial to me) or honey. The ratio of honey is hard to get right, too little doesn't help much and too much colors the flavor too much. That's TMI but there you go. Good luck with your intake and health as well.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Saving Water In California

So I've gotten water usage down at my mom's house. It was just over 90 for the June 14, 2014 billing cycle. It is now just under 60 for the June 19, 2015billing cycle.

I went under the counter and turned down the supply valves in each bathroom and in the kitchen, Easy.

I've turned off the sprinklers on her grass lawn areas.

Low-flow shower heads were installed. The toilets are already pretty low-flow.

So that's a 35% cut in water use. Governor Brown mandated a cut of 25% I believe.

It will be interesting after I replace the dying grass with drought tolerant plants when conditions are right (that will need some water, particularly during start-up and a little during winter and maybe summer).

Iran Anti-Nuclear Weaponizing Deal with Six Major Nations Complete

Here There are good concessions, like less centrifuges (20,000 to less than 6000). And no production of highly-enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium is good. But a 24-day arbitrated review period for site Iran thinks are sensitive? That's not too good. Prohibiting the production of highly-enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium is good.
This NY Times piece linked covers some of the notable aspects of the deal.
John Kerry says Israel will be safer.
I hope the negotiators did what they had to do to ensure enough oversight.
Iran getting sanctions relieved is a huge economic boost for them.
Per my previous comments on this site, Iran could/should/must have been made to capitulate most severely toward unlimited transparency to have sanctions relieved. I hope this is the case.

President Obama's lengthy remarks in Time magazine are here
Very much worth reading.

He adds more details that are not in the NY Times article linked.
He said, "Inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities.Inspectors will have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain — its uranium mines and mills, its conversion facility, and its centrifuge manufacturing and storage facilities. This ensures that Iran will not be able to divert materials from known facilities to covert ones. Some of these transparency measures will be in place for 25 years."

And a sobering report on Iran still active in seeking weaponizing materials. I surely hope world powers are not this soft and gullible 

And these Democrats bring up good points, which will need to be addressed in the review period here

Monday, July 13, 2015

Join the Guardian's climate change campaign | Environment | The Guardian

Join the Guardian's climate change campaign | Environment | The Guardian 

Sign to demand that they 'MOVE THEIR MONEY OUT OF FOSSIL FUELS' --  To Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation; Jeremy Farrar and Sir William Castell, director and
chair of the Wellcome Trust

Sunday, July 12, 2015

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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