Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Corruption in Texas, is going to ruin the State. and it's abuse of "disposable" persons, sets a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country. The systematic refusal to manage the drought in any way, will destroy Austin, and most of West Texas will destroy the economy. The cost of moving the State Capital will be enormous and scare off any new business, which has the horse Perry has ridden to his position, encouraging companies and people to move to Texas, will blow up in the GOP faces. The well kept secret to prevent running dry has been the exploitation of the water table, by a few ruthless individual. Underground water does not belong to Texas, but the landowners, and it allows drilling laterally into other people's water table supply. It is legal theft and most small land owners will have their wells run dry, and their land rendered useless. For the past 3 years half of the reported water use has come from the underground sources, to the benefit of a few. When this supply is sucked dry there will be nothing to fall back on.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Betrayal by the Supreme Court
July 1, 2014 0400hrs
An outrageous decision. The Supreme Court, has apparently practicing medicine, with no credentials. This battle must be escalated. Taking women's rights to control their bodies, WAS one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century. Start with a barrage of outrage, and escalate to verbal warfare and massive boycotts.
Looking at this country of "freedom of religion" nation; one wonders if the Justices have bothered to read the Constitution since law school. Even more dire: If homo sapiens doesn't control our population, BILLIONS of deaths will follow, and the survival of the species is threatened. This is probably the worst decision ever made by the SC.
In effect corporations have become physicians by proxy. On the basis religious bigotry, they now have the power to decide what treatment , or the lack of it, is appropriate for a female and her doctor. Every State has strict laws against practicing medicine without a license. This SC decision throws out all State Laws that protect the public against fraudulent physicians. Now, you need no training, no license. Just be a corporate head---no requirements for that “position”----and you can dictate the practice of medicine. There goes “Roe vs Wade”, after being staunchly up help for 50+ years.
July 1, 2014 1600hrs
Worse yet, this story was effectively suppressed. Couldn’t even find this landmark decision, as anything but a sound bite on MSN, CNN etc. The media control by the R wing super rich who own all the major media, has effectively kept this from the public. The Constitution is in grave jeopardy, when the Supreme Court doesn’t give it any weight , and ignores their own past decisions. There will be no uprising regarding women’s right, since the general public has no idea that their fundamental rights have been ripped out from under them.
MORRIS CREEDON-MCVEAN, DO
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Climate Change The Issue of Our Times
Stimulated by a comment by Flickr friend Dave Linscheid
Sorry to read of your heat intolerance, but I wonder how many people can thrive outside in the kind of heat you endure (a humid 95 degree day in Austin)? I certainly could not. (Dave lives in southern Minnesota.)
Dave, you are right "not many". Climate change research went into high gear after Katrina, and those studies (hundreds at the worlds top scientific universities, half in the US) are now pouring into the journals for peer review before publication. Typical of scientific revolutions, most of our accepted ideas of the 20th century turn out to be false, and in some cases dangerously misleading. Surprisingly, these rigorous studies from all around the globe AGREE on most major conclusions. The biggest surprise is that major climate changes can and often do happen fast, often in a mere decade, contrary to prior conventional belief that several thousand years was the norm. Our species adaptation, while often extremely clever, is slow on a cultural level, and many entire societies have perished because they were not able to change fast enough. Our species is unchanged biologically over long periods of rapid climactic change, and our ancestors were just as smart as we are. Therefore any "modern arrogance" will actually impair our ability to adapt to these changes, since false superiority leads to complacency. Everyone should be addressing this issue, which rarely even makes the front page. There is only one issue that threatens our survival as a species: climate change.
To quote William C. Calvin, a neurologist and frontrunner in this arena since it began: "One of the most shocking scientific realizations of all time has slowly been dawning on us: the earth's climate does flip-flops every few thousand years, and with breathtaking speed." "A Brain for All Seasons" , 2002. It is a delight to read as his writing style is fresh and continues to surprise. Some solid knowledge of general knowledge is helpful, but this book was written to inform the general public.
Here are a few of the conclusions by world wide scientific research groups, all done after his book was written.
1) extreme heat is the new norm
2) summer heat waves will increase
3) very recent studies indicate that the American Southwest will have long periods of extreme drought lasting 100-200 years. this has been vaidated be scientists in other fields, archeology, and anthropology who have verified that a Native American tribe named the Ashkenazi, perished during the last mega drought from 600 to 800 AD, which occur with an almost perfect sine wave frequency of 1000 years. The last period of super drought, survived by the Hopi and Navajo, who apparently knew something about water that the Ashkenazi didn't, was 1400 years ago. Statistically, that means that we are now almost certainly at the beginning of a 100-200 year drought, the likes of which are unknown to not only the living Europeans or their ancestors. Even primitive record keeping, only began around 1000 AD. But the climate models which have proven to be startling accurate include the Middle Ages.
4) for those living today and their ancestors for several generations should consider that we are now in a "permanent drought" for all practical purposes.
This summary only hits the highlights; and already it would take a 2000 page book just to thoroughly review CURRENT progress, and by the time it would published, it would be sadly out of date. Every current study reveals a half dozen factors that need extensive study. The rate of growth of solid information in climatology is exponential. This is the major reason there are so few up to date books written about the subject. They are out of date even before the manuscripts are finished, much less published. This is very frustrating to those rightfully interested in the subject, but the web at least makes following the advances in the subject POSSIBLE, it just requires more work than walking into a major bookstore and purchasing a "New in Hardback-Non Fiction." and going home confident that this one volume will make you a pseudo-authority on climate change.
This mini essay has already gone way past my intentions in length, so I'll pause for now; but expect updates.
A Gentleman and a Scholar
June 13, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Wal-Mart Executives Give Themselves 300 Million in Bonuses and Receive a 100 million dollar Tax Break
Walmart's motto: the top get theirs, everyone left gets the trickle down scraps.
Taxpayers are not only subsidizing Walmart's low-pay workers, but also the obscene pay of top executives. Walmart reduced its tax bill $104 million by exploiting a loophole that allowed eight executives to pocket more than $298 million in bonuses.
In short, “the bigger the executive bonuses the less Walmart pays in taxes", according to Frank Clemente, executive director at Americans for Tax Fairness.
This summarizes modus operandi of the vast majority of American corporations. These "leaders" read too much of Darwin and Wallace's early explanation for diversity in evolution. They stopped reading before the theory explains that altruism, sharing the results of the hunt with all members of the tribe. We are currently stuck between the rich and powerful who are largely incapable of understanding the "sharing" part, which makes the species stronger. A true turning point in history.
If the people who have hoarded 1000 lifetimes the wealth needed to survive win out, we will shortages of water and food so severe there will be wars for control of these crucial recourses, and human life will mean nothing. Killing off a large % of the population will serve population control but crush our development of altruism, as the leaders of the stronger tribes will kill hundreds of millions to ensure less competition for the little food that is left. If the altruists prevail, we will have the opportunity to build a better world, since for the first time in our history we understand and can identify those who are incapable of grasping the advantages of sharing ,and keep them (sociopaths 0.9% of the population) out of positions of power. Hitler or Gandhi? It is up to us.
Based on Bill Hodgson’s post on June 4, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Here's todays weather forecast by Bob Rose, chief meteorologist for the NCRA (North Colorado River Authority). He fails to mention three important facts: 1) El Ninos result in increased rain in Central Texas about 2/3 of the occurrences; 2) Rain in the Fall of 2014 will be far too late; we will already have run dry and the anarchy will be well underway and the panicked migration will be emptying out the greater Austin area of it's 2.2 million people: 3) A little more rain in the fall and winter of 2014 & 2015 is not a drought breaker.
New El Niño watch may be good news for Texas
“The National Weather Service has issued an El Niño watch for the Pacific Ocean. El Niño is a marine phenomenon in which a band of warm water develops in the Pacific Ocean. LCRA Chief Meteorologist Bob Rose says an El Niño this year could mean more rain in Central Texas in fall 2014 and winter 2015 than usual. Check out Rose’s latest weather video blog for more details.”
Also, check out my blog www.biologybehavior.blogspot.com for dozens of essays on the drought written over the past 3years. Start with “Why I Know What I Know”, to add a sense of my views and the reasons for my predictions.
Figure 1 dead tree and power lines
Thursday, March 6, 2014
America not a Democracy, but an Auction
March 6, 2014
Bill Hodgson "We don't have a Democracy; we have an auction." Kudos for posting this succinct and truthful cartoon. Looks like the work of the Seattle newspaper's award winning cartoonist. The Keystone pipeline, a boondoggle of a project to build a pipeline from Canada to Houston so we can sell it to the Chinese at 1/4 the cost of process it. Subsidized by the American public of course. Ripping up the ecology of our heartland, due to pressure from the Chinese who threaten to dump trillions of dollars on the world market which would be catastrophic to our economy. But if we go down, so does every body else, including China. Like the cold war, a game of mutual self destruction. Thanks Walfart. Your gas stinks, and it's time to call their bluff, like Kennedy did with Russia over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
When we are not willing to protect our own land, over money, we are auctioning off our most precious position, and we have become cowards. Not the Americans who fought WWII. We have sunk to the ethical and moral bottom of the barrel (pun intended). Money doesn't make anyone happy anyway, not even cowards. People who xhop at Walmart, shame on you. You are causing the Auction. Barack Obama, I have the greatest respect for you, but you need to step up to the plate as an umpire, and say to the Energy industry and the Chinese, and make the call: "Strike THREE, YOU ARE OUT!". Mo