Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
When I read Orwell, he asserted that certain pigs were "more equal". Who cares? It's just a book.
The Google Pic above is a great example of this equality (click to enlarge). Or, as the New York Times asserts, this is an example of hiding in plain sight.
I wrote about the Governor's plan to change the industrial landscape of Oregon through the imposition of Carbon Laws here. No where, at least that I can see, are proposed rules that would make Google responsible for any new carbon costs. Even though Harper's suggests that Google's new plant will consume 103 megawatts of electricity...enough to power 82,000 homes.
When I was a kid, television stations used to sign off. Yeah, that was a long time ago. Long before the introduction of the ubiquitous InfoMercial. It cost television companies real cash to keep the transmitter on. Now those costs are being covered by hucksters promoting all sorts of necessary conveniences.
But, when I was a kid, they would sign off. And one of my favourite sign-offs involved the nightly convocation of the "High Flight", by RCAF Flight-Lieutenant John Gillespie Magee Jr.(1922-1941), as a paean to our United States Air Force, complete with pictures of American jets covering the skies over our country.
Now, it seems, our Governor has slipped the surely bonds of Constitutional law and common sense. And no one seems to care. The Governor's foray into international politics is referred to here. And how complete our transition from having a state government concerned with providing for the necessary police powers of a state, to having a global agenda is referenced in today's press release from our state's Department of Human Services.
"Awareness of climate change and the danger to our planet is growing," said Mel Kohn, M.D., state epidemiologist in the Oregon Department of Human Services. "We want to draw attention to the human health consequences, which are likely to be substantial even here in Oregon, and how public health can help address the challenges of climate change.
"Just a few examples of health effects are heat stress due to rising temperatures, injuries from flooding and wild fires, respiratory diseases and allergies related to increased air pollution, or changes in where we see vector-borne diseases such as malaria and hantavirus," Kohn said. "
So it's reassuring, I suppose, that our state's Human Services department can begin looking into the problems associated with Man Made Global Warming. Like malaria. I can't even begin to talk about the problems we had here in Oregon following the last malaria outbreak.
Common sense has taken flight from Oregon. We have real, clearly discernable problems facing families in Oregon. As a monitor for the health of its state's residents, Human Services should be recommending changes in law to the Oregon legislature. The legislature should be looking at how it can help to solve these problems. In the instance of problem gambling, ending the Oregon Lottery would be a good start.
But the Governor is using the non-mandated portions of lottery revenue to fund his schemes to make Oregon an environmental utopia. Because markets won't spend money on things this man dreams up.
Want more kids to have appropriate health care? End the Oregon Lottery. It's not a religious issue, it's a common sense issue. There is a reason why the Oregon Lottery places its machines in bars. Hmm, let's see. Alcohol abuse a problem? Check. Gambling a problem? Check. So, let's put them together and see what happens! Weeeeeeee.
Oh, and the Governor is giving your energy to a big company that fits his agenda. Is it fair? Is it right? And why, as having the largest "carbon footprint" in the state is it that they will not be required to file under Oregon's proposed Cap and Trade Program?
While investments should be treated neutrally by our government, it turns out that some pigs are more equal than others. And not a single voice is being heard in opposition to this Governor's policies.
Bob writes, in his comments to this post,
I love it here, I really do. I was born here, I came back for a reason. I'm proud of being an Oregonian, and in my industry, it's a wonderful place to be.
But they really are hell-bent on driving out anything resembling a successful business unless it's one of their pets, aren't they?"
Yes, Bob. I'm afraid it's true. And I don't hear a single voice giving any opposition to the mad canter of Oregon's state government.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Susan Anderson, City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development
Pam Barrow, Northwest Food Processors Association
Jeremiah Baumann, Environment Oregon
Steve Bicker, Northwest Natural
Kyle Davis, PacifiCorp
Angus Duncan, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Jim Edelson, Oregon Interfaith Global Warming Campaign
Jason Eisdorfer, Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon
Lee Fortier, Dry Creek Landfill
Charles Gatchell, Nike
Suzanne Lacampagne, Associated Oregon Industries
Marv Lewallen, Weyerhaeuser
Scott Stewart, Intel
Tom O'Connor, Oregon Municipal Electric Utilities
Tom Wood, Stoel Rives
Tom Zelenka, Schnitzer Steel/Cascade Steel Rolling Mills
Marianne Fitzgerald, Air Quality Program, Portland, (503) 229-5946Uri Papish, Air Quality Program Operations Manager, Portland, (503) 229-6480William Knight, Communications & Outreach, Portland, (503) 229-5680
DEQ Proposes Oregon Reporting Rules for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Obtaining accurate greenhouse gas emissions data is key to both the Western Climate Initiative and 2007 Oregon legislation that puts into statute Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. More background information is located at the end of this document.
Comments on the proposed rules are due to DEQ by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2008. Comments can be submitted in writing or orally at one of several hearings that will take place across Oregon in April and May. Interested parties can send written comments by email to email@example.com.
The first hearing will be hosted in Portland before the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) at its April meeting:
April 24, 2:45 p.m.
811 SW Sixth Avenue
10th Floor, Room EQC-A
Note: The EQC is DEQ’s governor-appointed governing body. For a copy of the full EQC agenda please visit: www.deq.state.or.us/about/eqc/EQCagendas.htm .
All hearings begin with an informative presentation and an opportunity for people to ask questions about the proposal:
Thursday, May 1, 6:30 pm
Pendleton State Office Building
First floor conference room
700 SE Emigrant Street
Monday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.
Deschutes County Public Library
601 NW Wall Street
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Klamath County Government Center
Commissioner’s Hearing Room
305 Main Street
Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m
Community Justice Center
1101 W. Main St.
Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.
Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB)*
500 East 4th Avenue, Community Room
*EWEB furnishes public meeting rooms as a community service and does not sponsor or endorse activities or groups using EWEB’s public facilities.
Friday, May 9, 10:00 am
Corvallis-Benton County Library
645 NW Monroe Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
Thursday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
10th floor, Room EQC-A
811 SW Sixth Avenue
In February 2007, Governor Kulongoski helped form the Western Climate Initiative which commits partners to developing regional targets for reducing greenhouse gases, participating in The Climate Registry and developing a market-based program to achieve reductions.
On August 7, 2007, the governor signed into law HB 3543 that creates a permanent Global Warming Commission, and also put into statute state greenhouse gas reduction goals the governor outlined in 2005. The reduction goals are to:
· arrest increasing emissions by 2010,
· reduce emissions to 10% below 1990 levels by 2020; and
· reduce emissions to 75% below 1990 levels by 2050.
The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Advisory Committee met several times between October 2007 and April 2008 to discuss issues and make recommendations on the details of an Oregon reporting system for greenhouse gas emissions. The committee reached a consensus on a statewide reporting system which DEQ is now proposing to the Environmental Quality Commission for adoption as part of DEQ’s rules.
The Left has its own news organ. It's found at newsservice.org. Basically, if you have a Lefty Rant, you send it to this news organ and they forward your rant to newsrooms across the state. Using a distribution method that includes the theorem that there is "a fool born every minute" these Lefty rants sometimes appear in newspapers, on television and during newcasts on commercial radio stations. Depending on how well you know your job, as a news director you're required to fill a certain number of minutes each day. If you're like most Journo kids, your math skills are next to nothing. C'mon, College Algebra as a foundation for life? In journalism, you can be overqualified and actually get a "real" job if you can do the math. For example, Paul Krugman.
In its latest incantation, the Left is concerned about poor folks using tax preparers to file their taxes.
"In Oregon, families lost nearly 23 million dollars, to refund anticipation loans and other services done by predatory commercial tax preparers. And this is money that families should be able to keep in their pockets, and this is something that clearly needs to be addressed."
The speaker here is Ed Shelleby of the Children's Defense Fund.
So what do we know? It's "for the kids" so it's good. They are, after all, active in teaching our children:
"Our award-winning model supports children and families in summer and after-school settings around five essential components: high quality reading curriculum, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutrition, health and mental health."
High quality reading curriculum. "Steal This Book"?
Bottom line is, if you're poor there's usually a good reason. I've travelled around the world and you've gotta admit, we've got the richest poor people in the world. I mean, we're number 1! To be poor and remain poor takes dedication to a lifestyle. Housing, food, cash for smokes and beers, it's all there. TV? Yep. Video games? Yep. Sure, it may mean sitting around the house drinking Old English 800 and playing games on an old playstation system. Mebbe no bed frame or night stands. But, there's a floor for storing all your possessions.So the Left complains about tax preparers. No reference on how they came up with that $23-million number. No clue as to whether it's true or not. But who cares. It's the Children's Defense Fund. It's, for the kids.
And no where is there a comment about the thousands of kids graduating from high schools each year without the math literacy to fill in their own 1040s. That's the crime. The market only steps up to provide a service, for cash, to fill a need in the market. To CDF, that's wrong.
And that is what is wrong with Lefties.
Couple of general statistics facts. The larger the population, the greater the likelyhood that the results shown will be "normally distributed".
The curve you see is what is refered to as a normal Bell curve. The area represented by the First Standard Deviation can be found by drawing verticle lines from the x-axis to the intesecting line on the y-axis at -1 and 1. This area represents 68% of the curve's population.
So, Zogby's latest poll shows that only 28% of Americans believe rebate checks will boost the U.S. economy. 62% don't think so. That's a pretty amazing number.
If you start on the right side of the curve by describing people who believe nothing the government says, and on the left side of the curve describing people who believe everything the government says, you'll see that most people have cause to shudder when they hear the words "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."
Two in three likely voters (67%) do not think the rebate checks will give the U.S. economy a boost, with 36% who strongly disagree the checks are likely to help boost the sagging economy. Democrats (83%) and independents (70%) are more likely than Republicans (49%) to be skeptical of how much the rebate checks will improve the economy. Those doubts are also strongest among younger likely voters - 72% of those ages 18 to 29 disagree the rebate checks will help, compared to 60% of those age 65 and older. Regardless of whether they expect to receive a rebate check, 41% of those who shop weekly at Wal-Mart are optimistic about the government's plan, compared to just 15% of those who never shop at the nation's largest retailer.
Hope springs eternal. Now let's get to work on the Man Made Global Warming scam.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Hey! Good News! Senator Clinton is coming to Oregon!
Hot on the heels of her husbands victory lap around the state, and, with Oregon's numbskull--see below--Governor hot on the heels of an International Accord For The Prevention Of Man Made Global Warming, news of the Senator's upcoming visit should visit emanations and penumbras upon the Lefty Soulful of this great state.
Hillary Clinton to Visit Oregon This Saturday
Clinton to Campaign in Portland and Eugene
The Clinton campaign today announced Hillary Clinton will visit Oregon this Saturday, April 5, attending campaign events in Portland and Eugene.
Additional details to be announced.
As the details emerge, look for them here!
Hey, it's you and me, people.
Our moron of a Governor is working on foreign policy issues. Why?
Because you let him.
Have you looked at a map of Oregon? (pdf)
Half of this state is Frontier. Do you know what Frontier means? It means "NO PEOPLE". Are we gonna be leaders in whatever whacky scheme the Gov has for reducing Carbon Footprint when we start out with NO PEOPLE. It puts a terrific burden on those of us living in the other half of the state designated as Rural. Do you know what Rural means? "NOT MANY PEOPLE".
Right now you're buying more gas because the gas you've been mandated to buy gives less energy per gallon than the gas they can buy in, say Idaho. The gas in Idaho is cheaper, and is a higher energy gas than we can get here. Better, cheaper gas.
And you pay more every day. In a state where there are few or no people. Clatsop county is the size of Rhode Island. With between 30 and 35 thousand people. Can you imagine Rhode Island with 30,000 people? Does their governor run to Europe to talk Carbon with the Lefty European Bigwigs?
Do you really think Governor Kulongoski is smarter than you?
(Amsterdam, the Netherlands)—Governor Ted Kulongoski began his business development mission today with a meeting with APM Terminals executives in Amsterdam to advance the container terminal development project in Coos Bay, and then traveled to Brussels to meet with European Union (EU) officials and industry representatives to discuss carbon cap and trade.
“This meeting was a good opportunity to learn first hand the successes and challenges of the EU cap and trade program,” the Governor said today following the meeting. “These lessons learned will help us as we shape a better program for Oregon that works for industry and the citizens of our state.”
The Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a regional climate change effort comprised of seven states and two Canadian provinces, is tasked with completing a design of a regional cap and trade program. The group is currently meeting with stakeholders to help develop the system and is on track to have its work completed by the end of August 2008.
The cap and trade program will help Oregon reach its greenhouse gas emission reduction goal of 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, set during the 2007 legislative session. After the WCI completes its work, the proposed design will be further shaped by the legislature for consideration in the 2009 Oregon legislative session to ensure the program works for Oregon.
“This meeting also confirmed that time is of the essence,” the Governor continued. “The effects of climate change are real and have lasting implications for our state and country’s economy and environment if we don’t act today.”
The EU's Emissions Trading Program was launched in January 2005 in response to the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, creating the world's first multi-country emissions trading system. Under the program, countries cap their carbon emissions at a certain level and then issue allowances to firms and industries to emit specified amounts of carbon dioxide under the cap over a period of time. Companies able to reduce emissions below what is required are able to sell credits to companies not able to meet their reduction targets.
The Governor continues his business mission, traveling to Tel Aviv, Israel tomorrow to meet with companies and government officials on renewable and alternative energy technologies.
Oregon. Wasting your money every day. Teddy K in Amsterdam. Having fun on your dime.
How cold do our winters have to be before these guys give up on Man Made Global Warming? How much more snowpack do we need? How much bigger a threat of spring flooding?