Nov 7 2009


Kal @ 22:08

New definitition for an existing word.

stupak (STU-pak)  n.

1. The sepsis commonly experienced after unsafe back alley abortions.

Example: She died from acute stupak.

2. A six-pack of stupid.

Example: It takes a six pack of stupid to propose an amendment that would send us back to the "good old days" when women died from sepsis as a result of having to go to back alley abortionists.


Category: Morals | Politics | wingnuttery

Nov 5 2009

A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables

Kal @ 10:23

From the November 2009 Scientific American Magazine. Download the Full Paper from paper by Jacobson and Delucchi.

Key Concepts
Supplies of wind and solar energy on accessible land dwarf the energy consumed by people around the globe.

The authors’ plan calls for 3.8 million large wind turbines, 90,000 solar plants, and numerous geothermal, tidal and rooftop photovoltaic installations worldwide.

The cost of generating and transmitting power would be less than the projected cost per kilowatt-hour for fossil-fuel and nuclear power.

Shortages of a few specialty materials, along with lack of political will, loom as the greatest obstacles.

In December leaders from around the world will meet in Copenhagen to try to agree on cutting back greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come. The most effective step to implement that goal would be a massive shift away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources. If leaders can have confidence that such a transformation is possible, they might commit to an historic agreement. We think they can.


Category: Sustainability | Steady-State Economics | Solar | Resource Depletion | Politics | Peak Oil | Climate Change

Nov 5 2009

It is not possible to continue infinite consumption and infinite population growth on a finite planet

Kal @ 09:15

There is a new movie out, “Collapse” – staring Mike Ruppert. It got a review in The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal: What is the central message of your movie?

Mr. Ruppert: It is not possible to continue infinite consumption and infinite population growth on a finite planet.



Category: Sustainability | Steady-State Economics | Resource Depletion | Recession | Population | Peak Oil | Economics | Climate Change

Nov 4 2009

Jesse Helms is dead and gone but the wingnuts remain alive and well in NC

Kal @ 20:33

And apparently in California as well. Wingnut e-mail of the day for November 3. 2009.

Seen on US Hwy 15-501 at  Grove intersection. (near Durham , NC )

North Carolina Sign E-mail and pass this around, keep it going, let the  country know the we can't afford Obama or his CHANGE!!! IF you don't agree, delete it! That is "one" of the rights we still have...

Another possibility if you do not agree is to laugh at it. I wonder if it is an actual sigh or just a Photoshop creation? Either way, it is clear that these e-mails are part of an organized disinformation campaign.

Thanks for the laugh, Mr. Wingnut.


Category: wingnuttery | misinformation

Nov 4 2009

Congress pay got your knickers in a knot?

Kal @ 19:48

Or just another excuse to bitch about the government in Washington.

There are too many mistakes in this wingnut e-mail to be sure I have them all, but the first two I checked were false. Also, congress persons get about $175,000 per year, which is not very much compared with the going rate for top level people in business and entertainment. In spite of this false diatribe, it is not really about pay.



Category: wingnuttery | Recession | Politics

Oct 28 2009

Listening to ‘No’ for the nth time is too boring

Kal @ 17:34

Today’s wingnut e-mail is all indignant about how the Democrats are not paying enough attention to the annointed no-sayers.

Love those California legislators!

Nothing else needs to be said. This picture speaks for itself. These people are paid by our tax money to represent us.


House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleagues,



Category: Politics | wingnuttery

Oct 26 2009

Yes Virginia, there are vampires - Old wingnut lies keep coming back

Kal @ 23:30

The Obama haters will apparently circulate anything, no matter how implausible. More...


Category: hoax | Politics | wingnuttery

Oct 25 2009

Could the US could stop importing oil tomorrow?

Kal @ 20:17

According to calculations included in a piece titled America 2.0!, “Americans could be wasting something like 2 billion tonnes of oil equivalent per year!” The calculation after the jump:



Category: Peak Oil | Politics | Population | Resource Depletion | Steady-State Economics

Oct 24 2009

Jay Hanson – America 2.0

Kal @ 22:34

By Jay Hanson, 10/6/2009 (minor revisions on 10/14/2009)
This paper is hereby placed in the public domain and may be reprinted without further permission.
Original here

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
—Benjamin Franklin, 1776

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”
—James Madison, FEDERALIST #57, 1787


The “bad news” is that “peak oil” marks the beginning of the end of capitalism and market politics because many decades of declining “net energy” [1] will result in many decades of declining economic activity. And since capitalism can’t run backwards, a new method of distributing goods and services must be found. The “good news” is that our “market system” is fantastically inefficient! Americans could be wasting something like two billion tonnes of oil equivalent per year!!

In order to avoid anarchy, rebellion, civil war and global nuclear conflict, Americans must force a fundamental change in our political process. We can keep the same political structures and people, but must totally eliminate special interests from our political environment. A careful review of the progressive assault on laissez faire constitutionalism and neoclassical economics, from the 1880s through the 1930s, explains how this can be done legally and without violence. These early progressives showed how we can save our country. All that is lacking now is the political will. I call this adjustment of our political environment “America 2.0.”

To achieve America 2.0, we must first separate and isolate our political system from our economic system so that government can begin to actually address and solve societal problems rather than merely catering to corporate interests. The second step is to retire most working American citizens with an annuity sufficient for health and happiness, as government begins to eliminate the current enormous waste of vital resources by delivering goods and services directly. This would allow most adults to stay at home with their families but still receive the goods and services they need to enjoy life.



Category: Climate Change | Sustainability | Steady-State Economics | Resource Depletion | Politics | Economics | Conventional Economics | Peak Oil

Oct 24 2009

Mules and cows - barnyard humor for the new century

Kal @ 20:48

This e-mail reminded me of a post I did back in February: The Cow Theory of Economics and Accounting.

This e-mail is really pretty clever, even if the point is to take another pot shot at government.  And I believe I saw it before, but do not recall where.

Mule - Check this out.
Hughie & Teddy

Hughie and Teddy saw an ad in the Starkville Daily News Newspaper in Starkville, MS. and bought a mule for $100.

The farmer agreed to deliver the mule the next day.

The next morning the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry, fellows, I have some bad news, the mule died last night."

Hughie and Teddy replied, "Well, then just give us our money back."

The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

They said, "OK then, just bring us the dead mule."

The farmer asked, "What in the world ya'll gonna do with a dead mule?"

Hughie said, "We gonna raffle him off."

The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead mule!"

Teddy said, "We shore can!  Heck, we don't hafta tell nobody he's dead!"

A couple of weeks later, the farmer ran into Hughie & Teddy at the Piggly Wiggly  grocery store and asked: What'd you fellers ever do with that dead mule?"

They said,"We raffled him off like we said we wuz gonna do."

Leroy said,"Shucks, we sold 500 tickets fer two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898."

The farmer said,"My Lord, didn't anyone complain?"

Curtis said, "Well, the feller who won got upset. So we gave him his two dollars back."

Hughie and Teddy now work for the government. They're overseeing the Bailout Program. clip_image002


Category: Accounting | Conventional Economics | Politics | wingnuttery