04.27.07

China can eat Ben and Jerry’s

Posted in Cerebellum (Perception) at 7:38 pm by Jay

Ha!,  just as I was saying. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070427/ap_on_re_as/china_climate_change 

According to the article:

“China accounted for 15 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases in 2000, second only to the United States’ 21 percent, but the fast-growing Chinese economy is expected to surpass the U.S. in emissions in the next couple of years.”

And don’t forget that sneakly Kyoto Protocol they tried to get us to sign a few years back.

“China is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gases, but as a developing nation it is exempt from its mandatory cutbacks.”

What does this have to do with Ben and Jerry’s?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/11/AR2007041102109.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

I love George Will…

“Time magazine’s  Global Warming Survival Guide (April 9), No. 22 says a BMW is less responsible than a Big Mac for climate change….”

“This is because the world meat industry produces 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions….”

“Ben & Jerry’s ice cream might be even more sinister: A gallon of it requires electricity-guzzling refrigeration and four gallons of milk produced by cows that simultaneously produce eight gallons of manure and flatulence with eight gallons of methane. The cows do this while consuming lots of grain and hay, which are cultivated by using tractor fuel, chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides, and transported by fuel-consuming trains and trucks.”

The bottom line is that we can trash our Hummers and “Think Green!” all we want but if China, India, Brazil, S. Korea and Mexico are exempt from doing anything the net effect is negative and our savings is insignificant. That is the real world impact.

04.18.07

People Powered Searching?

Posted in Temporal Lobe (Verbal) at 12:08 pm by Jay

I just heard about chacha.com today. It seems that they have  a new idea. Combine good old fashioned librarian skills with search engine technology to help people find what they are looking for on the web. Of course it does create a new job for “Master Guides” that can earn up to $10/hour plus a multi-level bonus. Interesting.

Ban Handguns or Macs?

Posted in Cerebellum (Perception) at 12:02 pm by Jay

I think that the Korean student at Virginia Tech used a Macintosh to write his 8 page rant before his rampage. Maybe we should ban Macs?

04.17.07

Virginia Tech

Posted in Cerebellum (Perception) at 5:06 pm by Jay

This is a terrible tragedy, I wish that it would not degrade into an argument over gun control. Timothy McVey did quite a bit of damage without a single round of ammunition. Ban all the handguns and you will not stop the senseless violence. I would rather dodge bullets than have to deal with someone hiding bombs in the school. You can’t ban Hydrogen Peroxide. Just like in Columbine there were many warning signs that this guy wasn’t quite right but no one did anything to stop him.