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General / i am no longer welcome here.
« on: December 12, 2008, 05:23:06 PM »
its been quite a run--almost three years! during that time, ive changed cars, changed jobs, even changed the state i live in. ive got new furniture, a new computer, a new girlfriend...really the only things that remain from february of 2006 are my guitar, and my membership here.

ive learned a lot from everyone here. and the best i can hope is that a few of you learned something from me.

later days and better lays, yall.  8)

General / 19 Hurdles for Large-Scale Biofuel Use
« on: December 12, 2008, 11:45:12 AM »
normally, when i run across articles like this (which is often) i post a quick refutation in the comment section of the article. that way, people reading the article at the source are exposed to the ridiculously easy solution to the 'energy crisis'. i selected this article for posting here because i thought it was a relatively comprehensive way to expose the depth of the rabbit-hole. when it comes to hemp, the "green" industry is basically sticking their fingers in their ears and screaming "la-la-la-la-la" at the top of their lungs.
for the green industry, actually solving the problem would be a disaster.
so, without further ado, here are the 19 hurdles for large-scale biofuel use. and, in green, here is me hurdling them.

19 Hurdles for Large-Scale Biofuel Use: Reflections from the Emerson Biofuels Summit

In an energy hungry world, oil has allowed us to achieve unbelievable feats. An inconceivable amount of resources have been poured into an infrastructure that allows us to travel to every corner of the globe. As the fuel for this way of life dwindles, the future of transportation has yet to be written. We are so entrenched in the status quo and corn-based ethanol present insurmountable challenges.

In the World Energy Outlook Report, the International Energy Agency predicts a global shortage by 2030 of a staggering 28.6 million barrels of oil a day. It is hard to say what the leading technologies will fill this gap, but biofuels have a good shot to play a huge role if certain hurdles are overcome.

Speakers today at the Emerson Biofuels Summit highlighted some of the hurdles for large-scale production for 2nd generation biofuels. These challenges include:

1. Competition for Food: Although some experts do not believe that recent food shortages were caused in large part by corn-based ethanol production, it is imperative that 2nd generation biofuels do not compete with food production. Randall Fortenbery, a professor at the Renk Agribusiness Institute at the University of Wisconsin raised the point that food and fuel is a necessary combination because food crisis solutions require energy for refrigeration and distribution.
the united states has millions of acres of unfarmed land that could easily support a hemp crop. if you took just ten percent of this 'ususable' land, we would be flush with cheap diesel fuel...without infringing on a single acre of existing farmland.

2. Price Volatility: A variety of feed stock are in the running as future sources of ethanol. The price volatility that we have seen this year however increases risk and hinders long-term planning in the marketplace. What may be a cost-effective feed stock today may not be tomorrow.
not only does hemp not compete with existing feedstock, it supplements them. hemp is an excellent source of feedstock; in fact its superior to much of what is currently in use.
3. New Feedstock Not Energy Dense: Switchgrass for example is not as energy dense at corn kernels. This creates huge transportation and storage challenges because larger quantities are needed.
switchgrass, hehehe. switchgrass is basically a literal strawman. its used as a bad example more than any source of fiber on the planet. larger quantities are not an issue with hemp. for all intents and purposes, there is an unlimited quantity of hemp.
4. Variety of Feedstock Necessary: The U.S. consumed 140 billion gallons of gasoline in 2007. "No single feedstock is going to bring us there," said Randall Fortenbery. What might work very well in one part of the globe may not be viable in another. This will keep the scientist busy.
until we see a population explosion in antarctica, hemp is a viable option pretty much anywhere on earth.
5. Compelling Message: The public support of ethanol has waned due to concern about food scarcity, food prices, and land use for corn cultivation. When socially and economically responsible options are available, public support must be earned once again.
well, now, heres a tight little pretzel for you. earning public support starts with thousands of articles like this acknowledging the real solution. until then, ill do my best.
6. Water Use for Cultivation: It takes 2,500 gallons of water to grow one bushel of corn, which equates to a measly 2.5 gallons of ethanol. Some future options for ethanol production including natural prairie, which requires little or no irrigation.
hemp grows in near-drought conditions.
7. Regional Solutions: It is not practical to transport feedstock all over the planet, especially if it is not energy dense. "Feedstock streams of tomorrow will be varied," said Tim Donohue, Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. An ideal option in one area could be inconceivable in another. Palm oil cultivation in Alaska for example is a bad idea.
its no less practical to transport biofuel than it is to transport oil. and with decentralized sources of fuel, its no longer necessary to transport it over long distances. palm oil in alaska? wtf? theres almost a billion acres of decent hemp waiting to be grown!
8. Technology Breakthroughs: "Microbes need to be developed that will eat all sugars at once," said Tim Donohue as he spoke about cellulosic ethanol. It is not viable for microbes to eat only one type of sugar.

9. Minimal Impact on Land Quality: Land degradation can have significant financial, social, and environmental ramifications. Corn for example necessitates high inputs (fertilizers, pesticides, water, etc.) and has a low species diversity. Native prairie on the other hand has comparatively low inputs and high species diversity.
hemp requires no pesticide or fertilizer. it is also an excellent soil conditioner.
10. Collaboration With Engine Manufacturers: These technologies cannot be created in a bubble. Flex-fuel vehicles for example have engines that can run off of both E85 and gasoline. The automobile and biofuels industries must work in tandem.
hemp biodiesel will run in an unmodified diesel engine.
11. Effective Economy of Scale: Larger ethanol facilities require sizable quantities of feedstock and increase need to transport fuel across greater distances. Smaller scale production may be difficult due to the current railroad infrastructure limitations and price considerations.
again, we have a potentially unlimited supply of raw material. greenies cant seem to wrap their heads around that.
12. Optimal Biofuel Plant Location: Proximity to feedstock, local governmental support, transportation infrastructure, and distribution channels are some of the top concerns in the industry regarding location.
biodiesel runs in existing equipment. we use the same 18 wheelers, the same locomotives, only now theyre running on nickel-a-gallon biodiesel.
13. Competing Land Use: Many ethanol advocates encourage the use of marginal lands for ethanol feedstock, such as switchgrass. Randall Fortenbery contends there is no such thing as marginal land.
There is great concern about the impact of additional land being under cultivation. Many countries do no possess underutilized land and maintaining natural habitat is important in countries that do. High yield crops are preferable because less land is needed for cultivation.
ok, theyre hoping youve stopped reading by now, and theyre repeating themselves. if there is no such thing as marginal land, why is there so much of it sitting around? true, other countries dont have the luxury of available land like we have here, but they dont have our energy needs, either. russia, china, and the united states have enough land, respectively, to provide 100% of their energy needs. take those three countries out of the equation, and the rest of the world is in pretty good shape.
14. Different Molecular Structures: The fuels of tomorrow may not be an exact molecular match with current fuels.
yep, they think you stopped reading. total non-sequitir
15. Ethanol Infrastructure Challenges: Ethanol cannot use existing oil and gas pipelines because it creates rust. The costs to developing an ethanol infrastructure is considerable. Speaker Andrew Held, Director of Process Development for Virent Energy Systems says that they are developing a transportation fuel that can be used in gasoline pipelines with existing pumps, pipelines, blending equipment, and engine technology. This mitigates infrastructure and logistical costs, while minimizing the carbon footprint.
pipelines? why throw good money after bad? ignoring the fact that hemp biodiesel is noncorrosive, this is like saying that switching to a new computer will cause your old computer to get dusty. shit.
16. Favorable Net Energy Balance: Needless to say, for a transportation fuel to be economically, socially, and environmentally sound, a high net energy balance is vital.
a nice way of telling you to "just leave it to the professionals." the fact is, with hemp, the net energy balance is off the chart.
17. Bringing Technology to the Marketplace Quickly: If oil production is near or has reached its peak, viable alternatives need to be quickly implemented.
six months from seed to harvest. that quick enough for ya?  ;)
18. Price: Ultimately, most of these factors come down to the price at the pump.
since ive demonstrated that the factors that contribute to a high price at the pump have been effectively eliminated, its safe to say price is not a factor.
19. Highly Risky Market: Tim Donohue referred to the cellulosic ethanol market at a "high risk, high payoff business." The right scientific breakthrough could revolutionize the industry or researchers could be barking up the wrong tree.
The electric car could have widespread use quickly, thus reducing the demand for biofuels. Jet fuel and diesel however are more likely around for the long haul.
the market remains risky as long as the obvious solution is ignored.


so, there you have it. the international enery agency is made up of learned scholars, geniuses, captains of industry and giants in their respective fields. and some random douchebag on a wingnut internet forum just solved all their problems in about twenty minutes.
kinda makes you wonder, doesnt it?  ;)

2008 / Cartoon porn kids are people, judge says in Simpsons porn case
« on: December 08, 2008, 02:55:49 PM »
Cartoon porn kids are people, judge says in Simpsons porn case
AAP|December 08, 2008 12:15pm

CARTOON characters are people too, a judge has ruled in the case of a man convicted over cartoons based on The Simpsons, in which children are shown having sex.

In the New South Wales Supreme Court today, Justice Michael Adams ruled that a fictional cartoon character was a "person" within the meaning of the relevant state and commonwealth laws.

Alan John McEwan was appealing his February conviction for possessing child pornography and using his computer to access child pornography.

"The alleged pornography comprised a series of cartoons depicting figures modelled on members of the television animated series The Simpsons," the judge said.

The cartoons showed characters such as Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson having sex.

McEwan was convicted and fined $3000 and placed on a good behaviour bond.

"In my view, the magistrate was correct in determining that, in respect of both the commonwealth and the NSW offences, the word 'person' included fictional or imaginary characters ...," the judge said.

"... The mere fact that the figure depicted departed from a realistic representation in some respects of a human being did not mean that such a figure was not a 'person'."

In dismissing the appeal, the judge ordered each party to pay its own legal costs in the first case dealing with the "difficult" issue.


so, does this mean if i draw a picture of bart running over lisa with a steamroller, and post it on the internet, i will be guilty of murder?

what if i cant draw very well, and its a shitty picture? manslaughter?

Sue's Place / so youve been buried alive
« on: November 30, 2008, 07:05:54 PM »

It's everyone's worst nightmare, the blow you think will never happen to you`”until suddenly it does. You slowly come out of a fog, you're lying on your back, dirt is hitting you in the face, and one of your "friends" is doing the shoveling. WTF?

Or you wake up in pitch darkness and realize you're trapped inside an oblong box, wearing your best clothes. It seems a bit stuffy. You're claustrophobic, and the first hints of panic are starting to surface. Is this the way you pictured your life?

You may think you're exempt from this horror, but live burial doesn't discriminate. It happens to rich and poor, black and white, young and old. The more you prepare for this event, the greater your chances will be of surviving until that magical day when you're buried appropriately.

As most people know, live burial comes in two main forms`”"encapsulated" (inside a coffin or other container) and "natural" (just the body). The latter form has become popular in recent years due to its green appeal. Although either experience is sure to be upsetting, there's an important difference between the two. If you wake up inside a coffin, there's a chance they truly believed you were dead. Are you a heavy sleeper? Do you tend to be slothful? Did you recently ingest a drug that causes total paralysis and slows cardiopulmonary function? If you answered yes to any of these questions, try to withhold judgment about what could be an honest mistake.

On the other hand, if you're not inside a coffin and someone is shoveling dirt on you, they're probably burying you alive on purpose. (This is especially true if you're moving around and making noise.) Moments like this can seem like the worst kind of betrayal, and you'll be tempted to fixate on the act itself. But think back: What could have motivated them to do something like this? In the end, the real issue isn't that you're being buried alive. It's that the relationship has serious problems that should be confronted.

Fixing a relationship comes later, however. For now, you need to focus on saving yourself.

Encapsulated Burial

Let's say you're inside a coffin. After trying to sit up and bumping your head (don't feel embarrassed; everyone does it), you should lie still a few minutes and get your bearings. Keep your breathing slow, and let your heart rate come down to a normal pace. Remind yourself that people have been buried alive for thousands of years and that you are now connected to each and every one of them.

Now, check your pockets and take stock of what resources are available. If you have a cell phone, see if you can get reception. If you get through to a friend, dispense with pleasantries quickly and state the situation calmly and clearly. The newer cell phones have GPS function, which will aid greatly in directing him or her to the right place. If you're worried about using valuable phone minutes, try texting, but keep it to essentials. HLY SHT BD ALV. GT HLP, BRG SHVL, OXY, BR (NT PBR)

While waiting for rescue, keep breathing slowly to conserve oxygen. There are several exercises you can do to avoid blood clots or to strengthen stomach muscles`”try lifting your feet six inches off the bottom of the coffin and holding that position for 10-second intervals. If you can turn over on your stomach, mini-pushups also are possible.

If you have to go to the bathroom, try to hold it, for obvious reasons. Before long ... well, there's no sweeter sound than that shovel, especially when it hits the coffin.

If it turns out you were buried without a cell phone, see if you have a lighter or even some matches. This will allow you to see the dimensions of your coffin and illuminate any blasting caps or pneumatic boring drills that you could use to create a path to the surface.

Natural Burial
(Early Stage)

If you are nude, the dirt can feel surprisingly nice and cool against your skin, but it gets into unusual places. If you can still move your arms and reach your phone, follow the same procedure as mentioned above to contact someone. (Note: It is recommended that you do not phone the person shoveling dirt on you.) Whether you use a phone or not, be aware that once the layer of dirt on you gets up to three inches deep it can be very difficult to move at all. The best way to prevent this is to continuously make "dirt angels," so space is carved out for arms and legs.

If one of your other friends responds to your phone call and manages to dispatch the jerk who's burying you, don't ruin the moment by falling to pieces and embarrassing them with sobs of gratitude. Simply lie still and hold your breath while your rescuer tremulously calls your name, hoping against hope`”then suddenly thrust your hand up through the dirt, grabbing an ankle, like at the end of Carrie. Hilarious.

Natural Burial
(Later Stage)

You're screwed.

General / ubuntu thread
« on: November 30, 2008, 05:02:57 PM »
there were a couple of linux threads already, but rather than revive a 2+ year old thread, i decided to start anew...mostly because so much has happened in the open source world during that time.

im currently in the process of switching to ubuntu linux from windows. the journey hasnt been an easy one, and it isnt over.
i first tried ubuntu a couple of years ago (version 6). i didnt even get past the installation; it saw my widescreen laptop (1280x800) and blackscreened. i googled a bit and found some obscure command-line stuff that was waaay over my head; i decided to wait.
version 7 installed but i couldnt get my wireless to work. i googled a bit and found some stuff about ndis wrappers, and recompiling the kernel. again, a little too involved for me.

however, by this time, i had glimpsed the future, and i knew that linux was it. i was using windows 2000 (still am) because i was less than thrilled with xp. vista, and anything that came after it, simply wasnt an option. my current laptop is about three years old, so i suppose its getting toward the latter stages of its useful life. the way i see it win2000 will probably work on the next laptop i buy, but after that, the hardware probably wont be compatible with anything less than vista. so the time to start making the transition is now.
(forgive my barbaric juggling of verb tenses, please.  :) )

anyway, back to ubuntu.
with version 8 came wubi. it is a game-changer.
a windows killer, if you will.
now, instead of messing with virtual machines and ssssssssssslow live cds, you can easily install and dual-boot ubuntu.
no formatting or partitioning, when i say easy, i mean point-and-click easy.
i still had some trouble with my wireless in 8.04, but version 8.10 fixed everything.

so, at this point, im still feeling my way around. ive been a windows user for 15 years, and im not used to being a newbie.  :-\
not knowing how to tweak a certain setting can be very frustrating. ive been using explorer since windows 95, i can zip around my hard drive blindfolded; but now im navigating my file system like a clumsy idiot.
luckily i was already using a lot of open source apps in windows, so not having to learn (or unlearn) those is a huge plus.

anyone else out there using ubuntu, or thinking about it?

Money & Markets / Tips for New Paupers
« on: October 16, 2008, 06:46:51 PM »
Tips for New Paupers

By John Dolan

Little did I know that when I lost everything last year, I was doing research. At the time I thought it was just stupidity or bad luck or both. But now that the economy`s crashing, it turns out I`ve been out there gathering valuable tips for millions of new paupers.

And let me clarify, I`m talking real poverty.

My wife and I fell through many layers of poverty in a few months. First we revisited the genteel poverty known to grad students, the sort of poverty where you have scary dreams about the rent and eat a simple, wholesome diet towards the end of the month. But we fell right through that into the sort of Dickensian privation spoiled first-worlders like me never expected to experience.  That`s the kind of poverty a lot of people are going to be experiencing soon`”because I`m here to tell you, it can happen here and it can happen to you. And it`s remarkably unpleasant. You may be saying `Duh!` here but you`re probably not imagining the proper sort of unpleasantness. So I`ll try to lay out what to watch for, how to hunker down when it`s not just a matter of cutting back or selling your second car but having no car at all, having no money for heat or food.

All the things we learned are going to seem pretty obvious, but remember that it`s very hard to think clearly when your life has collapsed. These are what they call the old verities, the truths of life before the middle class was (briefly) in session:

Warmth. Above all you need to have a dry warm place to sleep. We had only an unheated boat, and that was not enough. We woke up to the thump of sea ice banging against the hull and realized that the old world was still very much in session. When we finally fled to stay with family, we stayed in our blankets up against their gas fireplace for weeks. You won`t even want food much after a while. You`ll want heat itself, not the chemical middle man. You are going to realize that cold is the most frightening thing in the world. In older English dialects, `to starve` meant `to freeze.` You will see why.

Car. Got one? Maybe you should sell it. Cars drain the last dollars out of you. And there`s something worse: cops can smell desperation, and they hate the poor. I didn`t use to hate cops much, except drug cops, but God, I hate them now. The real purpose of cops is to keep poor people off the roads. That`s their only real goal. On my way to an interview for a job that could have gotten us out of the gutter, a cop stopped me because my insurance was two weeks overdue`”for the simple reason we didn`t have money to pay it. She gave me a $600 ticket for that, plus $120 for not having an updated address on my driver`s license. Then she called for a tow truck and told me, `So, a lesson learned here today!` as I watched my car towed away and trudged off with our terrified dog down a typical Western suburban road: four lanes of fast traffic with no sidewalks. Are you poor? The cops are your enemy now. Accept it. The car is how they`ll try to get you. Sell it if you can`”which is to say, if there`s any decent public transportation`”hah!`”where you live.

Shame. As in, forget about it. Shame is an affectation. I don`t even need to say this, really. Once you`ve experienced actual cold and hunger, your good old Ouldivai Gorge mammal body and brain will take over, and believe me, shame won`t be a problem.

You`ll also find that most of the social stuff is easier than you`d expect. These people are in show biz in a way; they have to be, just to survive. Makes them lively. And though I suppose it all depends on where you are when you lose out, in my experience they`re not especially violent. They talk about it a lot, but so do all the white jocks I ever met, and in neither case does anything actually happen. They`re flinchy people, mainly, who spend a lot of time waiting for things. When you`re waiting, you get very frustrated but you don`t want to shake things up. So they`re tense, bitter, sociable, gossipy and treacherous`”a fine cross-section of the population. After waiting around with them in line at the local food bank, sharing `how I ended up here` stories and hanging out with them around a propane heater trying to stay warm, I relaxed a lot. They`re not going to mug you. They are going to try to get any cash you have, and God did they get a huge chunk of our last resources, but it was friendly, schmooze-based extortion, just like in the middle-class world. All that was missing was the deodorant.

Food Banks. These places, usually in the basement of a church (because churches are the only public institutions in the new suburbs of western North America) hand out baskets of groceries every week or, more often, two weeks. You have to wait a long time, so learn your refugee skills. Come early, get a number first, and be nice-but-pushy. It`s a delicate operation being nice-but-pushy, but you`ll learn it. The `nice` part is because you need to ask people for help and advice; you`re not rich enough to be solitary any more. The pushy part is simple: it`s to prevent you from being ignored. So always talk to people, but never show money or mention it, if you have any.

Antidepressants. Get on them right away, if you`re not already. If you are, up your dose. Because it`s going to hurt. Doesn`t matter how much Marxist theory you`ve absorbed, doesn`t matter that you can put your fall into global context; it`s happening to YOU now, and it`s going to hurt like you wouldn`t believe. You`re an American, and you share that culture`s values whether you like it or not. So you define yourself by your job, car and house. When they go, you`re going to hate yourself. Don`t even bother arguing about it. It`s going to happen. Just take the damn Prozac. Would you refuse a coat in Siberia? Refusing Prozac after falling into poverty makes about as much sense. Tom Cruise can go fuck himself. Prozac saved our lives. I won`t go into the sordid details but really, I don`t think we`d be here now if Saint Prozac hadn`t extended a sacred hand to us.

So the second you slip beneath genteel poverty toward the street, find the nearest Free Clinic, and don`t be deterred by the smell of the crowd in the waiting room. Smell is going to be a problem for you at first but after a few weeks you won`t mind, because you smell too and so does everyone around you. If you want a break from the relentless olfactory fact of being around unwashed large mammals, sidle up to somebody who smokes. That`s the one good thing about cigarettes, and it may be why losers all smoke. Don`t smoke just for that, though. Cigarettes are insanely expensive and turn lots of poor people into cringing beggars.
How do you tell your story? That`s going to matter, because you`ll be brooding about what went wrong 24/7.whether you want to or not. And you`ll find that explaining one`s great fall is a vital skill among the fallen, as well as a deeply satisfying pastime. This raises the issue of denial, a vital and deeply misunderstood mechanism. Denial, like Kurtz said about Terror, is your friend`¦or it is an enemy to be feared. You need some denial to keep your ego from being crushed completely. Your ego is going to get very sick, now that you`re nobody. It`s easy to be polite and self-deprecating when you`re winning. I used to be like that. You can`t afford that when you`re being crushed. Like the Cable Guy says, it`s prison rules. You have to demand respect if you expect to get it. The alternative is to dwindle away and disappear. Those antidepressants will help you deny the facts, but don`t be shy about doing ego-exercises, boasting practice, to reawaken that playground ego that so many of us polite middleclass types allowed to atrophy. You`re going to need it.

On a practical level, the question is what to jettison. And I`m not just talking about things. If you have kids`¦well, God help you; I can`t give advice here, because luckily we didn`t. But we did, unfortunately, have a dog, a big clumsy puppy we got just before everything fell apart. We probably should have given her up. Growing up in an atmosphere of terror and cold and self-hatred, she turned out to be a very weird, unhappy dog. I`ve had lots of dogs before this, back when I was comfy, and they were all nice suburban dogs, Frisbee-catching pals. This one`s a feral freak. Now that we have a warm place to live it`s almost fun watching her reactions, the way she flinches and sniffs at every noise, smell or flash of color, but I know she`d have been happier getting adopted by some family that complains about what a pain it is having just four bedrooms.

Besides, if you have a dog you`re cutting down on your chances of getting a job. This one howls when she`s left alone, another legacy of her traumatic puppyhood, so one of us had to stay with her most of the time. It was like being handcuffed to the wretched unheated ex-fishing boat we were living on.
The boat was another contributor to our debacle; it was something else we should have sold off right away, even at a 90% loss. The idea behind that damn boat was that instead of paying the insanely high west-coast rents, we`d live on the boat for free. This is a very bad idea. Any idea you have of retreating to some simple, free habitation should be regarded with deep doubt. The thing is, you can`t get back to the comfortable, heated world from a place like that boat. No internet. You need the net if you`re ever going to claw your way back. You need a working shower, which that boat lacked. Otherwise you develop that look, that smell you first encountered in the Free Clinic waiting room. It`s not a good look, job-wise. Maybe if we`d gotten rid of the dog I`d have had a chance.

But you lose more than that. You change completely, more than you realize, to the point that even if you get a break you can`t grab it. After months of applying for teaching jobs without even getting answers, the perfect job opened up for me at a local college. It was half creative writing, half teaching literature and composition, all my specialties. But when the interview started I realized I was no longer someone who could talk the quiet, polite, oblique version of self-promotion demanded by academic hiring committees. I was too deeply, permanently spooked by our condition. I was just plain wrong, unhireably wrong in every way. No hot water on the boat, and I needed to shave the graying wisps of hair on my big bald head, so I`d shaved in the McDonald`s men`s room on the way to the interview, with a cheap Bic shaver. You can guess the results: it looked like a bobcat had tried to roost on my scalp, and been evicted after a violent struggle. The used sport coat we`d spent our last $20 of Visa credit on at Value Village didn`t seem to fit nearly so well, once I was inside that humming, immaculate classroom where the interview was held. And I had become a louder, more desperate, excessive person. When I tried to sound positive, it came out furious. When they asked me, as I`d known they would, why someone who`d taught at bigger universities wanted to come to this small rural campus, I said truthfully, `I`d rather teach here in the forest than at Stanford.` It didn`t come out enthusiastic, it came out strident. After months of being a bum, I was the wrong volume, the wrong temperature. I could feel the job slipping away, and in fact they hired a local guy who was friends with the director, even though my cv kicked his cv`s ass.

You`ll find that if you want to get back into that quiet, odor-free, polite world, you`re going to have to decompress for a few months. What happened to us is that we fled, found a basement apartment on borrowed money, and stayed there, keeping the heat on high for months. Then we were ready to try again for a job.

It took that long to calm down, quiet down, lose a little of the bitterness. Yes, you`re going to be very bitter. You can`t hate yourself all the time; you have to switch off now and then and blame somebody else. In fact, somebody else may damn well be to blame. Just make sure the bitterness doesn`t keep you awake. To enable yourself to sleep, take long walks. Shout curses at the world if you need to, just keep walking. And no matter what, don`t sell your sleeping bag. I had a North Face down bag, and learned to love it way, way more than I loved myself.

Sleep is an antidepressant almost as good as Prozac. And it`s free. The time to worry is when you wake up after a couple of hours screaming. That happened to me after five months, and that`s when I broke down and asked my brother for a loan. That`s where this story diverges from a real street story: I had an out. And believe me, I took it. Should have taken it sooner, in fact.

If you have an out`”a relative or friend who can lend you money to find a place to live`”take it now. And as soon as you get an offer`”some old friend has a ski cabin nobody`s using, or a small unit behind their house`”take it, as long as it`s heated.

The old world is very much alive, and has it in for you. Do anything to keep it from killing you. The only reason I haven`t endorsed crime here is that from what I saw, paupers are not in a good position to try it. Like so much else, crime is for the big people.


live on the street? been there, done that, my friends. a lot of this article is pretty accurate, but everyone is different. my biggest disagreement with it is his take on antidepressants. an absolute no-no. he is flat out wrong. anything you need a steady supply of, be it a pill, a cigarette, anything--is a liability. at the very least, there are some organic alternatives you could explore.  ;)
another big difference between the author and me, is that on some level he viewed his situation as a failure, whereas i never did. to be honest, when i was homeless i felt more alive than i ever did in my life. the constant state of total-awareness really put an edge on me.

General / this kid is amazing
« on: October 08, 2008, 05:53:36 PM »

this isnt computer animation. this is real.

2008 / Democrats give Ahmadinejad reason to smile
« on: September 27, 2008, 07:25:32 PM »
yall are going to love this...

Democrats give Ahmadinejad reason to smile
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Some friendly advice to our Obama-supporting friends: When your interests are aligned with those of Iran's President and Hitler-wannabe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, it's time for some re-assessment of priorities.

Democrat activists this week gave Ahmadinejad a huge gift by sabotaging a major bipartisan anti-Iran rally. More important to them than Iran, apparently, was the opportunity to marginalize popular Republican vice-presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin.

In a nutshell, here is what happened: The rally was organized by wide coalition of mostly Jewish organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the respected non-partisan umbrella group that is the closest thing the American Jewish community has to single and unified voice. They assembled an impressive protest of the presence of Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, to sound the alarm over his nuclear weapons program, and to urge world leaders gathered this week in New York to act strongly-and soon-to prevent a nuclear Iran that would threaten America, Israel and the world.

The organizers secured a number of high-profile speakers, including Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, recent Democrat presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton and Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. It is not yet clear whether Clinton was coordinating with Democrat strategists, but when she found out Palin was also invited, she bailed out. Too bad-having America's two highest profile female politicians together on the same stage condemning the misogynistic (among its many attributes) Iranian regime would have been a powerful image.

Following Clinton's lead, two of the sponsoring organizations-led by left-wing Democrat activists-demanded that Palin be barred from speaking lest the rally be a "partisan" event. The organizers pleaded with both Joe Biden and Barack Obama to speak, but both declined. Although Congressman Robert Wexler, a prominent Obama surrogate, was available to speak, the Democrats (including members of Congress) relentlessly pushed to have the Palin invitation rescinded.

Their argument was part naked pretext and part veiled threat: that maintaining the invitation just might prompt the IRS to investigate all sponsoring organizations' non-partisan tax-exempt status-an interesting understanding of "partisan" considering the invitations to Clinton, Obama, Biden and Wexler. (Perhaps this gives a clue how an IRS run by Obama lieutenants might treat political opponents). In an effort to maintain an appearance of Jewish unity against the evil of Iran, the organizers were forced to cave; Palin was given the boot. Game over. The Democrats won.

And so did Ahmadinejad. This had the makings of rally with impact. Besides being a tremendous show of bipartisan unity opposing Iranian aggression, the massive media attention paid to Palin's appearances would have brought the Iranian danger to the forefront of American consciousness. The rally was also attended by Iranian dissidents, human rights activists, gays, Christians, Jews and Iraqis, all of whom suffer at the hands of the mullahs' regime. Their under-reported causes could have used the publicity boost. Deflating the event by removing its star power did all these groups a huge disservice. We're sure Ahmadinejad cannot believe his good fortune. Thank you, Democrats!

Don't the Democrats vainly claim to be the party of the powerless and the voice of the voiceless? Fighters for human rights and protectors of liberty? They shouldn't flatter themselves. How did they help those causes this week? By strong-arm tactics, stifling dissent and sacrificing their "principles" for some perceived marginal political gain? Aren't those the sorts of things they're supposed to be protesting against? Perhaps they should tell us which principles they won't trample in order to gain fleeting political advantage.

In all likelihood, by getting their way and silencing Palin, the Democrats won only a Pyrrhic victory. This political gamesmanship is not going to sit well with most Jewish and pro-Israel voters-including Democrats and Independents-who take the Iranian threat seriously. The same day as the rally, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency warned that Iran could be hiding certain nuclear activities, and estimated that Iran could go nuclear in just six months. And this past Sunday, no longer content to merely "wipe Israel off the map,"Ahmadinejad presided over a military parade with banners reading "Israel should be eliminated from the universe." (Those must be some powerful nukes.)

Palin's non-speech, the text of which was released to the press (and is well worth reading), pulled no punches. She pointed out that Iran's radical Islamic government, committed to going nuclear, is already the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, is culpable in the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and soldiers in Iraq, has murdered countless opponents, has persecuted its own Jews and murdered Jews as far away as Argentina, is fixated on anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, and terrorizes its own people. She even quoted Hillary Clinton to make a bipartisan argument for stronger sanctions. Would it have been so unbearable to give her words national attention?

Democrats and Obama-supporters, please ask yourselves: was it really so important to begrudge any forum to Palin that you'd sacrifice a golden opportunity to raise the profile of Iran's increasingly imminent threat to world security? What, exactly, are your priorities?

By contrast, in matters of national security and international action, John McCain has constantly put aside partisanship. Earlier this year, he joined with Obama and Clinton issuing a united statement on ending the genocide in Darfur even though it's an issue on which Democrats have been more vocal.

When presciently advocating the then-unpopular "surge" of American troops in Iraq even though it jeopardized his presidential campaign, he famously said "I'd rather lose a campaign than lose a war." Can the Democrats say the same thing? By sacrificing unified leverage over the greatest security threat we now face in order to spitefully diminish and delegitimize an opposing candidate, we may have our answer.
Iranian President Mahmoud...

Obama's talk of post-partisanship and "reaching across the aisle" looks increasingly divorced from reality. If his operatives can't even bring themselves to join Republicans in something with such wide bipartisan support and national security implications as preventing the nuclearization of Iran, just where is that supposed post-partisanship going to appear? Do they not agree that the enemy is Ahmadinejad, not the GOP?

There is something very wrong with a party that insists on sitting down with Ahmadinejad without preconditions, but refuses to share a stage with the Republican Party candidate for Vice President of the United States of America.

Kory Bardash is the co-chairman of Republicans Abroad Israel; Abraham Katsman is counsel to RAI

how DARE they put their own interests in front of israels!

Sue's Place / Palin to Meet World Leaders, Bono
« on: September 23, 2008, 06:43:01 PM »
im posting this in the humor section, but its a real article. if youre a newcomer to the board, bono is a frequent target of derision and has turned into something of a running joke.
also noteworthy is the inclusion of henry kissinger in the itinerary. since he aint bono, he must be a 'world leader'?

Palin to Meet World Leaders, Bono
September 22, 2008 9:02 AM

ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala Reports: Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will participate in a series of meetings with foreign leaders gathered this week for the U.N. General Assembly in New York, according to the McCain campaign.

Serving as an introduction of Palin to the types of foreign leaders she would regularly interact with as vice president, on Tuesday, Palin will meet Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, as well as former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. On Wednesday, Palin will meet with Iraq President Jalal Talabani and Pakistan's newly-elected President Asif Ali Zardari.

Palin has not met any foreign heads of state in her capacity as governor of Alaska, and has been criticized for her lack of foreign policy experience. She first received a passport two years ago, before visiting American troops in Kuwait and Germany in 2007.

Palin will be joined by Sen. John McCain for joint meetings on Wednesday with the presidents of Georgia and the Ukraine, as well as with the prime minister of India. The Republican running mates will also meet Wednesday with U2 lead singer Bono, who has been active in international humanitarian issues.

When asked by ABC News' Charlie Gibson whether she had ever met a foreign head of state, Palin responded, "I have not and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you. But, Charlie, again, we've got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual and somebody's big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they've had opportunities to meet heads of state."

In fact, every vice president over the last 30 years had met with foreign heads of state before being elected.

General / lego aircraft carrier
« on: September 22, 2008, 05:08:24 PM »

General / abnorml
« on: September 21, 2008, 12:03:54 AM »
so, ive just returned from a 'norml' event here in town, and frankly, i couldnt be more disappointed.
those people are incapable of organizing anything. i doubt they could get jaywalking legalized.

i figured out pretty quick that it wasnt going to do any good, but i figured i could use the practice, so i gave the pitch to about a dozen folks--hi, im [newmath], im not a member of norml but im a naihc* guy...and proceeded to tell them what all of you have heard from me. ive put together a pretty convincing spiel, especially to people who are already receptive to what im saying. im not sure if it comes through online, but if youre sitting on the barstool next to me, i can be quite engaging, and likable.
not, apparently, to the norml crowd. i may as well have said "hi...i have a third nipple, would you like to see it?"  :-\

nights like tonight really reinforce my belief in leaderless resistance.

*north american industrial hemp council

General / Defying Ike: Why 140,000 stayed behind
« on: September 18, 2008, 09:10:13 PM »
Defying Ike: Why 140,000 stayed behind

They weathered the hurricane against the orders of authorities, to protect their property and way of life

By Patrik Jonsson  | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
from the September 19, 2008 edition

Hackberry, LA. -  Johnny Welch isn't afraid to admit that he put his life on the line in hurricane Ike for a rooster. Not just any rooster, mind you `“ a $1,500 Kentucky hatch, who wears his feathers like a king's crown.

Three years ago, after they'd evacuated for hurricane Rita, Mr. Welch and others waited nearly a week before authorities let them back into this unincorporated oil-and-fishing settlement in Cameron Parish. By then, all of Welch's prize chickens had died. "I was so angry I almost busted through the roadblock at that time, and I told myself I'd never let that happen again," he says.

After hurricane Ike pushed churning floodwaters 30 miles onto the so-called "Cajun prairie" of southwest Louisiana, National Guard and other rescue crews fought the elements for three days before reaching some 200 oil rig roughnecks, fishermen, and cattle farmers who ignored evacuation orders.

What rescuers found is an image that will confound and concern emergency managers everywhere after a historic storm where an estimated 140,000 people ignored dire warnings of "certain death" in the storm's path.

Despite vast devastation `“ boats on roads, trailers washed away, regional power outages `“ people emerged, waving their hands, welcoming, but hardly needing, the relief. So far, most of the 50 storm-related deaths have come far from the shore, although that could change as relief workers comb the vast debris fields.

Leaving can be worse than staying

"What this comes down to is that everybody's making judgments under lots of uncertainty, and everyone's making it differently," says Michael Lindell, an emergency management professor at Texas A&M University in College Station. "For some people, leaving can be worse than staying."

A strong current of individualism and self-reliance in American culture, distasteful memories of recent evacuations, a nascent survivalist movement sparked by Y2K and 9/11, and even youthful recklessness all play into why so many stayed for Ike, one of the most destructive storms in US history.

But down here on Moss Lake, Hackberry, a town of some 3,000 people and with an average annual income of $37,336, the calculation had less to do with foolhardiness and more with protecting property and animals.

"Survivin' is the name of the game down here," says storm rider Ernest Welch of Hackberry.

In fact, many of the holdouts here share a common distrust of government, intensified by a spate of recent hurricanes and ensuing political maneuvering about who can rebuild.

"There's a different mind-set, a different mentality with these people out here," says Brad Lester, an emergency medical technician in Hackberry. "There's a lot of people who'd rather die than be rescued by the government."

On Texas' Bolivar Peninsula, a mystery remains about some 150 people who have not yet been found after Ike cleared most beach town buildings off the sand. And, indeed, across the Texas and Louisiana coasts, many holdouts survived by the skin of their teeth, with one group of men in Texas carried 10 miles by the floodwaters as they held onto floating refrigerators. Across the area, authorities rescued more than 2,000 people by boat and helicopter, some with hurricane-force winds still blowing. There may yet be more survival stories to come.

Authorities are frustrated with the holdouts. Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough threatened martial law in order to get survivors off the island, but it didn't do much good since many hunkered down without TVs and radios, missing the warning.

In Galveston, an attempt to allow residents to return to the island was scrapped Tuesday as I-45 piled up with frustrated residents wanting to survey the damage. Meanwhile, 15,000 Galvestonians who stayed were busy cleaning up after the storm, mostly in good spirits despite lack of water and sewer facilities.

"What's happening in Galveston right now is that people who stayed are putting tarps on their roofs and those who did what the government wanted can't get back to their homes to minimize further damage," says Eliot Jennings, Galveston's former emergency management director.

Behind the bold storm warnings and descriptions of holdouts as "hardheaded," the government is quietly heeding the lesson of the storm riders. Despite damage that was in many cases worse than Rita, authorities in Louisiana began letting people back into the parish only two days after the storm. And in Texas, state officials have pushed more responsibility down to the county and city level, where officials are more in tune with local survivalist tendencies.

Fierce independence

"You have to remember that these are very strong individual-rights states where some people are just fiercely independent," says Mr. Jennings. "We have to acknowledge that a lot of rural people are more in tune with the land and nature and will be inclined to stay versus leaving."

Long-line fisherman Lonnie Beard rode out Ike in his wife's restaurant in Hackberry. He was glad he did. He watched as looters came across the floodwaters in small boats, going from house to house and emerging with plastic trash bags full of stuff.

"I stayed because I couldn't afford to leave," says Mr. Beard. "This is all I've got left, and I wasn't losing it, too."

Despite a life taking risks on offshore oil rigs, Johnny Welch says he doesn't ride out storms for the adventure. As soon as he can raise his house, put on a stronger roof, and build a hurricaneproof chicken house with self-feeders, he'll be content to call himself an evacuee when the next storm comes.

"All I want to do is go back to work and try to survive some more," he says.

Agriculture, Food & Dining / billion dollar crop
« on: September 17, 2008, 07:59:28 PM »

from a 1938 issue of popular mechanics (vol 69 no 2)
(bolded emphasis mine)

American farmers are promised a new cash crop with an annual value of several hundred million dollars, all because a machine has been invented which solves a problem more than 6,000 years old. It is hemp, a crop that will not compete with other American products. Instead, it will displace imports of raw material and manufactured products produced by underpaid coolie and peasant labor and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land.

The machine which makes this possible is designed for removing the fiber-bearing cortex from the rest of the stalk, making hemp fiber available for use without prohibitive amounts of human labor.

Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody "hurds" remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than seventy-seven per cent cellulose, and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.

Machines now in service in Texas, Illinois, Minnesota and other states are producing fiber at a manufacturing cost of half a cent a pound, and are finding a profitable market for the rest of the stalk. Machine operators are making a good profit in competition with coolie-produced foreign fiber while paying farmers fifteen dollars a ton for hemp as it comes from the field.

From the farmers' point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from three to six tons per acre on any land that will grow corn, wheat, or oats. It can be grown in any state of the union. It has a short growing season, so that it can be planted after other crops are in. The long roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the next year's crop. The dense shock of leaves, eight to twelve feet above the ground, chokes out weeds. Two successive crops are enough to reclaim land that has been abandoned because of Canadian thistles or quack grass.

Under old methods, hemp was cut and allowed to lie in the fields for weeks until it "retted" enough so that the fibers could be pulled off by hand. Retting is simply rotting as a result of dew, rain and bacterial action. Machines were developed to separate the fibers mechanically after retting was complete, but the cost was high, the loss of fiber great, and the quality of fiber comparatively low. With the new machine, known as a decorticator, hemp is cut with a slightly modified grain binder. It is delivered to the machine where an automatic chain conveyor feeds it to the breaking arms at a rate of two or three tons per hour. The hurds are broken into fine pieces that drop into the hopper, from where they are delivered by blower to a baler or to a truck or freight car for loose shipment. The fiber comes from the other end of the machine, ready for baling.

From this point on, almost anything can happen. The raw fiber can be used to produce strong twine or rope, woven into burlap, used for carpet warp or linoleum backing or it may be bleached and refined, with resinous by-products of high commercial value. It can, in fact, be used to replace foreign fibers which now flood our markets.(plastic!)

Thousands of tons of hemp hurds are used every year by one large powder company for the manufacture of dynamite and TNT. A large paper company, which has been paying more than a million dollars a year in duties on foreign-made cigarette papers, now is manufacturing these papers from American hemp grown in Minnesota. A new factory in Illinois is producing bond paper from hemp. The natural materials in hemp make is an economical source of pulp for any grade of paper manufactured, and the high percentage of alpha cellulose promises an unlimited supply of raw material for the thousands of cellulose products our chemists have developed.(plastic!!)

It is generally believed that all linen is produced from flax. Actually, the majority comes from hemp`”authorities estimate that more than half of our imported linen fabrics are manufactured from hemp fiber. Another misconception is that burlap is made from hemp. Actually, its source is usually jute, and practically all of the burlap we use is woven from laborers in India who receive only four cents a day. Binder twine is usually made from sisal which comes from the Yucatan and East Africa.

All of these products, now imported, can be produced from home-grown hemp. Fish nets, bow strings, canvas, strong rope, overalls, damask tablecloths, fine linen garments, towels, bed linen and thousands of other everyday items can be grown on American farms. Our imports of foriegn fabrics and fibers average about $200,000,000 per year; in raw fibers alone we imported over $50,000,000 in the first six months of 1937. All of this income can be made available for Americans.

The paper industry offers even greater possibilities. As an industry it amounts to over $1,000,000,000 a year, and of that, eighty per cent is imported. But hemp will produce every grade of paper and government figures estimate that 10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average pulp land.

One obstacle in the onward march of hemp is the reluctance of farmers to try new crops. The problem is complicated by the need for proper equipment a reasonable distance from the farm. The machine cannot be operated profitably unless there is enough acreage within driving range and farmers cannot find a profitable market unless there is machinery to handle the crop. Another obstacle is that the blossom of the female hemp plant contains marijuana, a narcotic, and it is impossible to grow hemp without producing the blossom. Federal regulations now being drawn up require registration of hemp growers, and tentative proposals for preventing narcotic production are rather stringent.

However, the connection of hemp as a crop and marijuana seems to be exaggerated. The drug is usually produced from wild hemp or locoweed, which can be found on vacant lots and along railroad tracks in every state. If federal regulations can be drawn to protect the public without preventing the legitimate culture of hemp, this new crop can add immeasurably to American agriculture and industry.

Sue's Place / Brave Mountain Lion Fends Off Group Of Hikers
« on: September 13, 2008, 05:55:38 PM »
been awhile since i posted something from the onion. this ones a keeper...

Brave Mountain Lion Fends Off Group Of Hikers

September 9, 2008 | Issue 44`¢37

EUREKA, CA`”A local mountain lion came face-to-face with a group of hikers and made it out alive, sources reported Monday. Wildlife officials are crediting the courageous cougar's quick thinking, catlike reflexes, and 150 pounds of coiled muscle with successfully fending off the human foot travelers.

The mountain lion was reportedly enjoying a quiet afternoon walk around Redwood National Park, on the same path it had taken almost every single day for the past three years, when it heard a rustling sound emanating from the underbrush. Upon investigation, the large feline noticed that a pack of hikers`”one adult male, two young children, and an adult female that it instantly recognized as the mother`”had crossed into territory that the cat had clearly marked as its own via tree scrapings and urine.

Outnumbered four to one, the cougar, fearing for its life, somehow managed to stay calm. It remained perfectly still in a crouched position and stared directly at the hikers, in the hopes that they would simply pass by. The hikers, however, were undeterred. They began shrieking loudly, clapping their hands, and throwing sticks and rocks at the animal in an apparent attempt to injure it.

The quick-thinking cougar managed to escape
by going for his attackers' vulnerable torsos.

"Nothing can prepare a mountain lion for an encounter with four hikers," said park ranger Kenneth Meiggs, noting that it is unusual to find hikers in that particular area of the woods. "In order to defend itself, the cougar had to rely on pure instinct alone."
Enlarge Image Anatomy Of An Assault

Armed with nothing more than four-inch claws, razor-sharp teeth, and a 5.4-meter vertical leap, the mountain lion lunged at the adult male hiker. In a defensive measure, it pinned the hiker to the ground, thus disabling the man's primary means of attack. After a brief struggle, the animal was eventually able to lock onto the hiker's skull with its jaw.

"Repeated biting of the skull and face is the textbook way to fend off a human attack," said Mike Kasperski, biologist and author of the book Hikers: Shadows In The Forest.

The mother, however, became increasingly aggressive due to the presence of her young. She reportedly ran toward the mountain lion with a four-inch-wide log and began striking it upon the head. Not knowing what else to do, the feline tore a foot-wide hole in the hiker's stomach, but the enraged female continued to fight, poking the feline in the eye with her finger. The cougar, in a last-ditch effort for survival, whipped its claws across the woman's throat, killing her instantly.

Remarkably, this brave mountain lion is only 4 and a half years old.

"It's amazing what some mountain lions are capable of when faced with the most dire of circumstances," Meiggs said. "To think that those hikers were a mere 20 yards away, and the lion walked away unscathed`¦. Wow."

The two younger hikers received small lacerations on their legs and chest, while the adult male is being treated for massive head trauma and internal bleeding. The mother, identified as Cyndi Thalls, 38, of Pacoima, CA, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"I think it's safe to say those hikers will think twice before getting into another tussle with this feisty little fellow," Meiggs added with a chuckle.

Following the incident, the mountain lion retreated into the woods, escaping with nothing more than a few minor scratches and a blood-covered snout. At press time, it is resting comfortably on a large rock.

The World Below / Ron Paul to Make Major Announcement Next Week
« on: September 08, 2008, 05:59:36 PM »
Ron Paul to Make Major Announcement Next Week

Congressman Ron Paul will make a major announcement next week in Washington D.C. at the National Press Club.

Both Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin are expected at the news conference. Barr is the Libertarian presidential nominee and Baldwin is the presidential nominee of the Constitution Party.

We don't know exactly what is going on, but there is even speculation that Baldwin and Barr are stepping aside so that Paul can become the nominee of both the Constitution and Libertarian Parties.

The Montana Constitution Party has removed Chuck Baldwin from the ballot and is putting the ticket of Ron Paul for President and Michael Peroutka on the ballot for Vice-President.

UPDATE: Eric Garris reports:The Montana Constitution Party has removed Chuck Baldwin from the ballot and is putting the ticket of Ron Paul for President and Michael Peroutka on the ballot for Vice-President.

Ron Paul was aware that the party planned to do this, and has said that as long as he can remain passive and silent about the development, and as long as he need not sign any declaration of candidacy, that he does not object.

A group in Louisiana has also filed to have Ron Paul's name on the ballot for President under the "Louisiana Taxpayers Party" label.

UPDATE 2:The Ron Paul press conference will be held at the National Press Club in DC on Wednesday September 10th at 10:30am, to discuss the election.

UPDATE 3: National Press Club tells me space is on hold but not confirmed by Ron Paul's people.


lets keep our fingers crossed.

Survival & Firearms / thats gonna leave a mark
« on: September 05, 2008, 06:29:28 PM »

General / google and 'soft censorship'
« on: September 05, 2008, 12:23:50 AM »
earlier tonight, i was googling some hemp stuff.
unusual as it may be, i dont own a tv, and i often find myself just randomly googling shit.
anyway, a series of searches i ran earlier this evening led me to some pretty far-out conclusions.
let me know what you think.

first, i ran a search on _hemp texas_. no quotations or operative words. just hemp texas.

it came back with 1,420,00 results. thats almost a million and a half results.


if youre like me, and you routinely GUI (google under the influence) youve hit a wrong key once in a while...
in which case googles de facto spellcheck kicks in...the dreaded Did you mean:

so, even though _hemp texas_ yielded over a million results (and in all likelihood, not a typo) i get
Did you mean: kemp texas
(kemp, texas is a town--2,380,000 hits).
first off let me say i didnt include a comma between hemp and texas, so that reduced the margin of error right there.
hemp, texas -- vs. hemp texas

just for basis of comparison:

i googled _fuck texas_. again, no quotes, no operative phrases. same search criteria.
i got 406,000 results. less than half a million.


no dreaded Did you mean:
even though i googled _duck texas (11,000,000 results)
and _luck texas (25,000,000 results)

...why no Did you mean: ???

i think i know exactly what you mean, google. fuck is ok. hemp is not.

2008 / Mexicans implant chips in case of kidnapping
« on: August 21, 2008, 09:20:42 PM »
Mexicans implant chips in case of kidnapping
  By Mica Rosenberg  `“ Thu Aug 21, 12:16 pm ET

QUERETARO, Mexico (Reuters) `“ Wealthy Mexicans, terrified of soaring kidnapping rates, are spending thousands of dollars to implant tiny transmitters under their skin so satellites can help find them tied up in a safe house or stuffed in the trunk of a car.

Kidnapping jumped almost 40 percent between 2004 and 2007 in Mexico according to official statistics. Mexico ranks with conflict zones like Iraq and Colombia as among the worst countries for abductions.

The recent kidnap and murder of Fernando Marti, 14, the son of a well-known businessman, sparked an outcry in a country already hardened to crime.

More middle-class people also are also seeking out the tiny chip designed by Xega, a Mexican security firm whose sales jumped 13 percent this year.

The company injects the crystal-encased chip, the size and shape of a grain of rice, into clients' bodies with a syringe. A transmitter then sends signals via satellite to pinpoint the location of a person in distress.

Cristina, 28, who did not want to give her last name, was implanted along with seven other members of her family last year as a "preventive measure."

"It's not like we are wealthy people, but they'll kidnap you for a watch ... Everyone is living in fear," she said.

The chips cost $4,000 plus an annual fee of $2,200.

Most kidnappings in Mexico go unreported but independent analysts say there were 6,500 abductions last year, many of them "express kidnapping" where the victim is grabbed and forced to withdraw money from automatic cash machines.


Official statistics show 751 kidnappings in Mexico last year but most abductions go unreported and the crime research institute ICESI says the number could have been as high as over 7,000 in 2007.

Xega, based in the central Mexican city of Quererato, designed global positioning systems to track stolen vehicles until a company owner was kidnapped in broad daylight in 2001. Frustrated by his powerlessness to call for help, the company adapted the technology to track stolen people.

Most people get the chips injected into their arms between the skin and muscle where they cannot be seen. Customers who fear they are being kidnapped press a panic button on an external device to alert Xega which then calls the police.

"Before, they only kidnapped key, well-known economically successful people like industrialists and landowners. Now they are kidnapping people from the middle class," said Sergio Galvan, Xega's commercial director.

President Felipe Calderon has come under heavy pressure in recent weeks to stamp out violent crime. He is to host a high-level meeting on Thursday of security chiefs and state governors.

Outside of Mexico, U.S. company Verichip Corp uses the same kind of implants to identify patients in critical condition at hospitals or find elderly people who wander away from their homes.

But Xega sees kidnapping as a growth industry and is planning to expand its services next year to Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.

i think we all know where this is heading...

General / fiber wars--discussion thread
« on: August 18, 2008, 12:02:07 AM »
great essay. a must-read.

members can read it here

if you arent a member, or you arent logged in, here you go:


    * 1. Once Upon a Time

    * 2. Plant Fibers in History

    * 3. Domestic Bast Fibers

    * 4. The Economy of Cotton

    * 5. Hemp's Progress

    * 6. The Twenties and the Rise of Chemurgy

    * 7. The New Deal

    * 8. Hemp Under Attack

    * 9. Denouement

    * 10.The Extinction of Kentucky Hemp

Agriculture, Food & Dining / fiber wars
« on: August 17, 2008, 11:38:05 PM »
this topic has been locked, and is for reading purposes only.

however, discussion of the topic is wholeheartedly encouraged here
i have located the discussion thread in the 'public viewing' section of the forum to entice new/dormant members.

i have excluded footnotes and sidebars from this copy.
please visit the originating site for more info.

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