April 22, 2014
Alright now - I am officially hooked.
The new series on FOX's FX network sucks you right in.
If you liked the original Coen Bros movie, do yourself a favor and watch FARGO on FX on Tuesday nights. The writing and the casting is spot on. Billy Bob Thornton is having way too much fun being really really bad.
FARGO website: FARGO
Joseph Stalin's Birthday Earth Day
Jon Gabriel has a nice Earth Day post plus 13 predictions from the 1970's.
13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970
Today is Earth Day — an annual event first launched on April 22, 1970. The inaugural festivities (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded. Sound familiar? Behold the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:
And here are the first five — eight more at the site:
- “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
- “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
- “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
- “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
- “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
More at the site…
AmelymeloaaaWhat? Just watch:
A earth-shattering THUD!
The Showtime network spent $20 Million to film a nine-part
Global Warming Climate Change disaster flick.
It was produced by James Cameron and features walk-ons by such scientific luminaries as Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jessica Alba, Matt Damon, Thomas (idiot) Friedman and others.
The first episode aired last night and the ratings were abysmal — not even in the top 100.
So much for the Anthropogenic Global Warming bandwagon…
The delicious irony was that they had Harrison Ford talking about the Indonesian Palm Oil industry. Farmers are plowing the rainforests to plant palm trees. The soil is actually not that good so after a few seasons, the trees will have depleted the nutrients in the soil and the land is destroyed.
It was the enviros pushing for bio-fuels that caused the palm plantations to be planted in the first place. The basic law of supply and demand. The enviros created an artificial demand through government subsidies and the Indonesian farmers were more than happy to cash in.
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Sorcerer is being re-released
Amazing movie - Sorcerer. Bad timing. Nice interview at Vanity Fair:
Why William Friedkin Turned Down Star Wars, Only To See It Torpedo His Masterwork
In 1977, there was no director hotter in Hollywood than William Friedkin. His last two films, The French Connection and The Exorcist, were instant classics and now he was about to release what he considered his masterwork, Sorcerer. What he didn’t foresee, however, was that a modestly budgeted science-fiction epic called Star Wars would destroy his beloved film and change the Hollywood landscape forever.
A reimagining of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic The Wages of Fear, Sorcerer stars Roy Scheider as one of four outcasts who take on a lucrative but dangerous job of transporting unstable dynamite through a South American jungle in dingy trucks. Though the film boasts solid acting and a thrilling sequence where the trucks must cross an ancient bridge—not to mention an incredible score from Tangerine Dream—production on the film was marred in delays and on-set conflict. Things didn’t get any better when Paramount released the film a month after Star Wars, quickly becoming a casualty of the craze over George Lucas’s intergalactic opera. Outside of the occasional repertory screening over the decades, Sorcerer was forgotten. Then in 2012, Friedkin sued both Paramount and Universal (which had international rights) to find who owned the film. Through that, Warner Bros. bought it and on Tuesday will release a remastered Blu-ray of the film; a select theatrical release is planned as well.
Here is the trailer for the original release:
And it's up for sale at Amazon.
The Salmon are back!
But the enviros are not happy. From National Review:
The Pacific’s Salmon Are Back — Thank Human Ingenuity
In 2012, the British Columbia–based Native American Haida tribe launched an effort to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea mariculture — in this case, the distribution of 120 tons of iron sulfate into the northeast Pacific to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom which in turn would provide ample food for baby salmon.
The verdict is now in on this highly controversial experiment: It worked.
In fact it has been a stunningly over-the-top success. This year, the number of salmon caught in the northeast Pacific more than quadrupled, going from 50 million to 226 million. In the Fraser River, which only once before in history had a salmon run greater than 25 million fish (about 45 million in 2010), the number of salmon increased to 72 million.
And a bit more:
In addition to producing salmon, this extraordinary experiment has yielded a huge amount of data. Within a few months after the ocean-fertilizing operation, NASA satellite images taken from orbit showed a powerful growth of phytoplankton in the waters that received the Haida’s iron. It is now clear that, as hoped, these did indeed serve as a food source for zooplankton, which in turn provided nourishment for multitudes of young salmon, thereby restoring the depleted fishery and providing abundant food for larger fish and sea mammals. In addition, since those diatoms that were not eaten went to the bottom, a large amount of carbon dioxide was sequestered in their calcium carbonate shells.
But the enviros are unhappy that someone didn't play by the rules:
Native Americans bringing back the salmon and preserving their way of life, while combating global warming: One would think that environmentalists would be very pleased.
One would be very wrong. Far from receiving applause for their initiative, the Haida and Mr. George have become the target of rage aimed from every corner of the community seeking to use global warming as a pretext for curtailing human freedom.
“It appears to be a blatant violation of two international resolutions,” Kristina Gjerde, a senior high-seas adviser for the International Union for Conservation of Nature told the Guardian. “Even the placement of iron particles into the ocean, whether for carbon sequestration or fish replenishment, should not take place, unless it is assessed and found to be legitimate scientific research without commercial motivation. This does not appear to even have had the guise of legitimate scientific research.”
Silvia Ribeiro, of the international anti-technology watchdog ETC Group, also voiced her horror at any development that might allow humanity to escape from the need for carbon rationing. “It is now more urgent than ever that governments unequivocally ban such open-air geoengineering experiments,” she said. “They are a dangerous distraction providing governments and industry with an excuse to avoid reducing fossil-fuel emissions.”
I would invite these in-duh-viduals to take a long walk on a short pier. This work was sponsored by an independent Native American nation and the results are verifiable and very positive. That these fools and their ilk can find something to protest speaks volumes for how out of touch with reality they are.
This passage really displays their agenda:
Even the placement of iron particles into the ocean, whether for carbon sequestration or fish replenishment, should not take place, unless it is assessed and found to be legitimate scientific research without commercial motivation.
That it was done for commercial reasons is bad. Can't have anyone making a profit. After all, what would Karl Marx say. And their desire to have it assessed and studied — guaranteed to be found wanting and they would just say no.
Technology like this is simple, cheap, easy to implement and has direct results — a huge fish run. The Malthusian doom and gloom sayers will loose their traction if stuff like this is allowed to bloom. As I have said before, I have never, ever run into a Malthusian prediction that ever came to pass…
Russ George's website is here: Russ George
Cool imaging technology
Using a different technology than standard digital cameras, Lytro is able to record a scene and then you can adjust the plane of focus at a later time.
They just announced a new camera — the Illum — here is a clip showing what it can do:
I am more into focus stacking than this but it is still a fascinating technology.
April 21, 2014
It seems that people from China and Japan are heading to South Korea for plastic surgery. The Doctors are so good that there is often a problem getting back home.
South Korean Plastic Surgeons Are Too Good At Their Job
People who get plastic surgery claim they do it to better themselves, making themselves look and feel better, but plastic surgery can also complicate your life and make it hard to re-enter your home country when your new face doesn't match the one in your passport photo.
Women heading from China and Japan to South Korea in order to undergo extensive plastic surgery are finding the operations so successful that customs agents don't believe they're the same person.
It has become such a problem that some Korean hospitals are now issuing “plastic surgery certificates” to their patients so they can go home again.
Looking at the picture I can see why. Maybe some kind of biometric scanner - fingerprint or retinal scan.
Heh - unions in the news
From Yahoo/Associated Press:
Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom
After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.
That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking.
“The shale became a lifesaver and a lifeline for a lot of working families,” said Dennis Martire, the mid-Atlantic regional manager for the Laborers' International Union, or LIUNA, which represents workers in numerous construction trades.
What happens when economic realities run into political agenda.
Fracking is a mature technology and is releasing huge amounts of petroleum products that would otherwise sit fallow.
More faster please!
April 20, 2014
A day of rest
Got a busy day tomorrow.
More free ice-cream on Tuesday if not before.
A quiet day and an amazing essay
Before I started the new business, I would putter around the house on a minimal but constant basis. Now it is condensed into Saturday and Sunday.
Getting a lot done though — too rainy to work on the tree but there are a lot of indoor projects that need my attention.
Dinner and then surfing…
Regulars will know that I visit Anthony Watt's site: Watts Up With That on a regular basis.
Some of his co-authors are incredible writers and one of my favorites is Willis Eschenbach. He is a detailed observer of climate, science and life and every so often, he posts an essay on life. These are worth reading as he is an excellent writer — here, here, here, here, here, here, here — you get the picture.
Yesterday, Willis posted this:
My Friend Billy
I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. The gorgeous ex-fiancee is a Family Nurse Practitioner, and she and I have been taking care of her 86-year-old father in his final illness. “Billy”, that’s what the rest of the guys in the band always called him, so that’s what I called him when I came to be friends and play music with him over the past four years. He was a jazz drummer his whole life, and a very good one. Having had the honor of playing music with him myself, I can testify that he was a very skillful, fun, and inventive percussionist. But when he came out of the hospital back in February, he hung up his sticks and said that was it. His time with music was over. I knew then that his days were short. So we’ve been giving him all the love and support possible in the face of his approaching death.
Here in the developed world, we tend to distance ourselves from death. But in the third world, it is ever-present. The first dead man I ever saw who wasn’t rouged, perfumed, and embalmed was on a side street in Trench Town, a dirt-poor, less than fragrant, and more than turbulent suburb of Kingston, Jamaica. It was a strange scene.
Trench Town is not a good place to be at night. Even in the middle of a hot afternoon, it’s a place where you feel a need to take an occasional look over your shoulder. I was walking down the street, the only melanin-deficient guy in sight. (I hear that the new PC term is “melanin-challenged”, by the way, to avoid hurting people’s feelings by making them feel deficient … but then I’ve never been politically correct.)
In any case, halfway down the block, a man was lying in the gutter. At first I thought he was just drunk and sleeping it off, until I got nearer, and I saw he was lying in the proverbial pool of blood. I remember particularly the sound of the flies. I was reminded of when I used to kill and butcher cows and sheep and other animals out in the farmers’ fields for a living, and how fast the flies would appear. Seeing that man lying dead in a cloud of flies, in the middle of just another average city afternoon, was a shock to me. The cities I was accustomed to back then didn’t feature much in the way of dead bodies in the gutter. I was beyond surprise.
But the bigger shock was the reaction of the people in the street. By and large it was ho, hum, another day in the life, step over his corpse and keep going, Many people looked once and didn’t give him a second glance. The public level of concern seemed to be on the order of “It’s the tropics, mon, cover him up ‘fore he stinks”.
I realized then that in such places down at the bottom of the economic ladder, the death of a stranger is no big deal. Oh, I don’t mean that people don’t mourn or grieve their loved ones the way it happens in the industrialized countries. That’s the same everywhere. But in countries where death is more common, countries where most families have lost a child, countries where malaria or some other tropical fever takes away the young and otherwise healthy, everyone lives in much closer proximity and familiarity with death and the dead.
The essay is about death and the recent death of his Father-in-Law and so is not for everyone but this is some powerful and wonderful writing. Willis is at the top of his form.
Easter Breakfast and an interesting development
Lulu and I spent a quiet Easter Sunday morning and just had a nice breakfast (Whole grain pancakes and bacon).
We will be working on repairing a tree that split and doing some pruning and yard work this afternoon.
I have been volunteering for the annual Ski-to-Sea race, doing the announcing for one of the legs while a friend of mine ran the radios.
I emailed him last night to coordinate for this years race and it turns out that he is going to be out of town for the event so it will be me running the radios. I kind of have a handle on what is needed and I do have a portable rig that will work just fine but it will be an out of frying pan into fire experience for me.
We all have to start somewhere…
April 19, 2014
Dr. Allan Savory - livestock and desertification
An excellent TED talk:
So many people have so many ideas about how to “save” this planet. How about going back to what we did before we started “scientific management”.
I am posting this because what Cliven Bundy and his family are trying to do in Nevada is exactly what Dr. Savory is advocating and the results are demonstrable and vivid.
Get the cattle off the land and the land becomes a desert - restore the herds and things will greatly improve.
A bit of pushback
Wonderful news - from The Salt Lake Tribune:
Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover
It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil, timber and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.
“It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.”
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.
The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.
“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said.
Hell yeah! I am reminded of the 10th Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
And if FedGov wants to change this, there is a due process in place. Ratification by three-quarters of the states? Easy-peasy.
Clay Aiken gets political
The word “goon” comes to mind. Clay is fundraising in a public venue and two security goons ask a conservative reporter to leave.
From Jazz Shaw at Hot Air:
Video: How to get kicked out of a Clay Aiken fundraiser
In case you hadn’t heard the news, American Idol star, singer and actor Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina’s second congressional district. He’s hoping to take on (and take down) current GOP Representative Renee Ellmers. While Aiken’s success could allow him to largely self-fund the effort, politics still requires you to get out there and do some fundraising, pressing the flesh with the local donors and power brokers. But as the following video shows, don’t bother stopping by if you’re a Republican. You’re likely to get an icy – and expletive laden – welcome. You can just see Aiken in the background as the clip begins, though he’s quickly blocked from view by some looming thugs with a lot to say.
I’ll preface this with the necessary warnings. NC-17 language ahead, and so much of it packed into a barely more than 30 second clip that I can’t even put up a transcript on the pages of Hot Air. So it’s not for the easily offended and put your headphones on if the kids are around.
If this is the kind of people he surrounds himself with, you can only imagine what kind of a Congressman he will be - listening to his constituents and all that good stuff.
Aesop had this to say (from The Ass and His Purchaser):
A man is known by the company he keeps.
And who can forget Proverbs 13:20:
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
It is good that Clay has a singing career to fall back on…
Just ran into this incredible Ballistics Calculator for iOS and Android.
$9.99 from your favorite app store.
Check out Shooter App:
To say that this is a comprehensive piece of software is to severely understate its abilities. This puppy will use the GPS on your device to get your latitude and from that, calculate the effective Coriolis force.
April 18, 2014
Playing with fire
A couple Danish physicists travel around demonstrating physics experiments to kids schools.
One of which is this 2D Reubens' Tube — very cool!
Their YouTube Channel: Fysikshow
Here is another one — no interviewer, just basic setup and some music:
Very cool — I could see a fire-pit made this way. I also think that they could improve the design a lot — not just stick a loudspeaker in the side of the box. I bet I could get a more dramatic display although this is pretty awesome…
Well Crap - RIP Jesse Winchester
Passed away last Friday, April 11, 2014.
One of the great singer/songwriters. First became aware of his work in 1970 and have followed his career since. He will be missed.
Here he is with Jimmy Buffet performing Rhumba Man at the Gulf Shores Benefit Concert for rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina:
Jimmy Carter in the news again
Being schooled by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. From the Winnipeg Free Press:
Canadian government scolds Jimmy Carter over position on Keystone XL pipeline
The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government.
The Prime Minister's Office reacted swiftly Wednesday to a letter signed by Nobel laureates, including Jimmy Carter, urging President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline.
Carter is the first former president to come out against Keystone XL.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office responded with a warning: Remember 1979.
It was a reference to the dip in oil supply which followed the Iranian revolution and touched off a global panic. Prices spiked and long lines formed at gas stations, helping destabilize Carter's one-term presidency.
“Mr. Carter knows from his time as president during the 1979 energy crisis there are benefits to having access to oil from stable, secure partners like Canada,” the PMO said.
The statement also cited multiple reviews by the U.S. State Department, which said the project would create thousands of construction jobs without an impact on the environment.
And this little nugget — talking about Carter's 1979 Malaise speech:
In his famous speech, Carter also stressed the need to become more energy self-reliant — by building pipelines when possible and tapping the nation's abundant shale resources.
Yup - an out of touch hypocrite. A member of the elite ruling class that sincerely believes that we are unable to manage our lives.
A perfect case for Homeopathy
We recently had a Homeopathy Awareness Week and I had a discussion with a demonstrator outside our local food co-op. I have little truck with pseudoscience and I consider it amoral and criminal that these asshats will hold out the hope of a cure when their treatments show no difference from a placebo. People have a right to choose their own medical care but they should not be deceived.
That being said, there is now a huge quantity of an amazing Homeopathic remedy available in Portland Oregon. Unfortunately, it is being destroyed.
Imagine drinking a nice warm glass of someone elses urine.
Makes you feel sick to your stomach and a bit nauseous.
Portland, Oregon flushes water reservoir after man urinates in it
Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons (143 million liters) of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said.
“That water goes directly into people's homes,” David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator said. “There is no way to re-treat it.”
Assuming the volume of the guys pee was one pint, that would be a dilution of 304,000,000 to one — right up there with the standard standard Homeopathic dilutions.
Just imagine, a city reservoir full of a potent medicine to cure gagging and nausea…
The business of Yahoo
Two days ago I wrote about how Yahoo was handling its email business.
Now, Matt Levine writes this at Bloomberg:
How Can Yahoo Be Worth Less Than Zero?
Yahoo Inc. is a public company consisting of a portfolio of
My Bloomberg View colleague Matt Klein ran the numbers in March, and non-Bloomberg-affiliated Matt Yglesias ran them again today, and the numbers tell you that 2+3 > 1+2+3, as it were: Yahoo's Alibaba and Yahoo Japan stakes add up to be worth more than Yahoo is worth. Meaning that Yahoo's actual business — Yglesias calls it “Tumblr and Flickr and the iOS weather app that I love and all the news sites and the mail and the fantasy sports stuff” — is worth a negative amount of money, something like negative $13 billion today.
- whatever you think Yahoo is,
- a 35 percent stake in a separate but similar publicly traded company called Yahoo Japan, and
- a 24 percent stake in a separate, different, soon-to-be-publicly traded company called Alibaba.
And also this with a link:
Of course, profits that theoretically belong to shareholders aren't necessarily paid out to shareholders: Yahoo pays no dividend and has a … checkered management history, so you could easily take the cynical view that Yahoo will plow those profits back into a declining business, be completely mismanaged, run the business into the ground and leave shareholders with nothing.
That link goes to this November 2013 piece by William D. Cohan at Bloomberg:
While Loeb and Mayer have done well, Yahoo’s users, especially the estimated 275 million Yahoo Mail users, have suffered mightily. Last month, Mayer announced a revamp of the Yahoo Mail user interface. Many people think, not coincidentally, that it looks like a clone of Google Inc.’s Gmail.
According to the New York Times, there have been tens of thousands of user complaints: everything from “The new Yahoo is so bad it’s tragic” to “IF IT AIN’T BROKEN DON’T FIX IT” and “It just feels like Yahoo doesn’t care about users like me: Longtime, loyal, paying customers who were happily using the Yahoo service.”
A Yahoo forum contained additional complaints, such as “new page layout sucks! Have to scroll through two screens to find send button. Hate it” to “left navigation column does not show photo folder any longer. Bam…gone. just like that. Who knows where all my photos went? Please don’t tell me they are all stuck within all of the thousands of email message now.”
Much more at the site. Perfect example of out of touch management only concerned with maximizing the amount of money they can take from the company. Not concerned at all with the companies long-term health. Asshats!
The First Amendment
Randall nails it:
The mouse-over comment is spot on:
I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.
April 17, 2014
That is it for the night - into Bellingham tomorrow
Got an early run into town tomorrow and then back home to open the store at 10:00AM
Heading upstairs to sleep…
Another possible auction - Weyerhaeuser R&D Machine Shop
Auction on May 16th. Looked interesting at the outset — Weyerhaeuser is one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands (six million acres). Founded in 1900.
Murphy Auctions is selling machine tools from their R&D Machine Shop. Looking at the auction listing, the tools look pretty well picked over and a lot of the larger machines show signs of heavy rusting. Murphy will post more information closer to the sale date so I'll keep an eye on this listing but I don't think it is worth the drive down at the moment.
J.D. Winteregg for Congress
J.D. Winteregg is running for Ohio Representative John Boehner's seat in Congress. I love the commercial:
J.D.'s campaign site is here: J.D. Winteregg for US Congress
If he wins, that would send a wonderfully strong message to the entrenched Republican machine.
About that murderer
From American Power:
Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., Kansas Jewish Murder Suspect, Made Democrat Congressional Bid in 2006
The suspect ran for office numerous times, but he started as a Democrat in 1984, running in the North Carolina gubernatorial primary. After a number of other attempts at elected office, he returned home to the Democrat/Ku Klux Klan/Party in 2006, running in the Democrat primary for Missouri's 7th congressional district in 2006. His candidacy had the far-left hate site Daily Kos freaking out, “Racist felon running for the Dem nomination in MO-7.”
Frazier Glenn Miller is a Democrat to the core.
The KKK was always Democrat to the core. Dr. Martin Luther King was a Republican.
Reaching the tipping point
From CNS News:
86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers
Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.
That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.
These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media have not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species.
It is not a rancher with a few hundred head of cattle that is attacking their habitat, nor an energy company developing a fossil fuel. It is big government and its primary weapon — an ever-expanding welfare state.
Details on the number of makers:
In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time, year-round in the United States. “A full-time, year-round worker is a person who worked 35 or more hours per week (full time) and 50 or more weeks during the previous calendar year (year round),” said the Census Bureau. “For school personnel, summer vacation is counted as weeks worked if they are scheduled to return to their job in the fall.”
Of the 103,087,000 full-time, year-round workers, 16,606,000 worked for the government. That included 12,597,000 who worked for state and local government and 4,009,000 who worked for the federal government.
The 86,429,000 Americans who worked full-time, year-round in the private sector, included 77,392,000 employed as wage and salary workers for private-sector enterprises and 9,037,000 who worked for themselves. (There were also approximately 52,000 who worked full-time, year-round without pay in a family enterprise.)
At first glance, 86,429,000 might seem like a healthy population of full-time private-sector workers. But then you need to look at what they are up against.
And the number of takers:
All told, including both the welfare recipients and the non-welfare beneficiaries, there were 151,014,000 who “received benefits from one or more programs” in the fourth quarter of 2011. Subtract the 3,212,000 veterans, who served their country in the most profound way possible, and that leaves 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers.
The 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1.
A lot more at the site — the author breaks down the numbers in detail and the overall picture is not sustainable. We are a few years behind Greece with zero attempt to reverse.
Another Open Source project - seeds
Great idea — from the University of Wisconsin at Madison:
Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all
This week, scientists, farmers and sustainable food systems advocates will gather on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to celebrate an unusual group of honored guests: 29 new varieties of broccoli, celery, kale, quinoa and other vegetables and grains that are being publicly released using a novel form of ownership agreement known as the Open Source Seed Pledge.
The pledge, which was developed through a UW-Madison-led effort known as the Open Source Seed Initiative, is designed to keep the new seeds free for all people to grow, breed and share for perpetuity, with the goal of protecting the plants from patents and other restrictions down the line.
“These vegetables are part of our common cultural heritage, and our goal is to make sure these seeds remain in the public domain for people to use in the future,” says UW-Madison horticulture professor and plant breeder Irwin Goldman, who helped write the pledge.
Goldman will release two carrot varieties he developed-named Sovereign and Oranje in the spirit of the event-at a public ceremony Thursday's public ceremony, which is set for 11 a.m. on the front lawn of the UW-Madison's Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive.
Great idea but there is no real one-size-fits-all variety. Too many different climates in the USA. I get my seeds from a grower about 20 miles away and they grow like gangbusters.
Kermit Gosnell - the movie
Kermit who? Kermit Gosnell was America's most prolific serial killer until his capture and trial.
A great group of people are making a movie about him and raising funds through indiegogo.