A dangerous cabal of egregiously gay homosexual queers will soon control the US military:
If the ban is lifted homosexuals will flock to the military and overrun it and have the full force of military law behind them, the military will be theirs.Better yet:
[T]he next thing you know, we will have a military in fuchsia with feather boas — and that’s just the guys. The women will go for black tuxedos.And of course, "I Will Survive" will replace "Taps" at military funerals.
A new Pentagon policy ensures that non-gay military sex will be just as sinfully nonprocreative as the other kind:
The Department of Defense will begin making the morning-after pill Plan B available at all of its hospitals and health clinics around the world, officials announced Thursday.In nonsexual news, the Obama administration is allocating $400 million to address the problem of food deserts:
The White House proposal is modeled after a Pennsylvania effort that has steered more than $57 million in grants and loans to develop 74 local food markets in lower-income areas of the state. The Obama administration's version would be anchored by $250 million in New Market Tax Credits, which give developers incentive to launch new projects in economically distressed areas.A federal judge has directed the Ohio EPA to enforce clean air rules:
A federal judge has ruled that Ohio environmental regulators have violated the federal Clean Air Act by allowing thousands of low-level polluters to go without the latest air-scrubbing technology.Meanwhile, the EPA may be moving away from the voluntary compliance programs that were all the rage in recent years, and refocusing on regulation:
In a decision issued late Tuesday, magistrate judge Mark Abel of the U.S. District Court in Columbus ordered Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Christopher Korleski to lift an exemption that his agency has been giving since 2006 to emitters of 10 tons of pollution or less per year.
"I believe that we've made tremendous progress with the voluntary programs, but if we're going to begin to regulate more effectively, some of the voluntary programs may no longer be the priority issues and we may want to shift resources," McCarthy told a panel of EPA air quality advisers at a meeting in Arlington, Va., this week.A federal judge has rejected the government's request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a US citizen who was pointlessly detained at an immigration center for seven months:
"There are many areas where the past administrations have been less willing to move forward with regulatory requirements, and we are willing and they are the better strategy, so that means we need to relook at what we do," she said.
Army veteran Rennison Castillo claims officials failed to act on his pleas in 2005 to check his military record and Social Security number.Yet another anti-immigrant argument seems to have been debunked:
It wasn't until immigration attorneys stepped in that his citizenship was confirmed and he was freed.
[T]he “effect of immigration from 1994 to 2007 was to raise the wages of U.S.-born workers, relative to foreign-born workers, by 0.4% (or $3.68 per week).” Even the small (and shrinking) number of “U.S.-born workers with less than a high school education saw a relative 0.3% increase in wages (or $1.58 per week)” as a result of immigration during this period.Cameroon will recognize its portion of Lake Chad as "as a wetland of international importance."
Although these are relatively modest increases, they are a far cry from the dire claims of economists such as George Borjas that immigration significantly reduces wages for native-born workers.
The declaration by the Cameroon Republic that its portion of Africa's fourth largest lake is being declared a wetland of international importance under the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands follows similar declarations by Niger and Chad (both in 2001) and Nigeria (2008).Rwanda's Gishwati National Conservation Park will expand:
Cameroon's announcement will also clear the way for Lake Chad to become the largest of the world's few recognised trans-boundary international wetlands, where countries make a formal agreement for joint protection and management of shared aquatic ecosystems and their resources.
Efforts will begin this year to expand the Gishwati National Conservation Park in Rwanda by 21 percent and begin the development of a 30-mile (50 km) forest corridor to Nyungwe National Park for a group of 14 chimpanzees facing extinction. Organizers of the Gishwati Area Conservation Program (GACP) say that in 2010 they will fund reforestation of 647 acres (262 hectares) in the Kinyenkanda area of Rutsiro District in Rwanda's Western Province.And the African Commission on Human and People's Rights has made an important ruling in favor of indigenous people's rights:
Those efforts will increase the size of the Gishwati National Conservation Park from 3,018 acres (1,222 hectares) to 3,665 acres (1,484 hectares) and stabilize steep hillsides in an area that has been plagued by landslides and severe erosion into the Sebeya River.
The Kenyan government evicted the Endorois people, a traditional pastoralist community, from their homes at Lake Bogoria in central Kenya in the 1970s, to make way for a national reserve and tourist facilities. In the first ruling of an international tribunal to find a violation of the right to development, the Commission found that this eviction, with minimal compensation, violated the Endorois' right as an indigenous people to property, health, culture, religion, and natural resources. It ordered Kenya to restore the Endorois to their historic land and to compensate them. It is the first ruling to determine who are indigenous peoples in Africa, and what are their rights to land....A birder has discovered a previously unknown population of long whiskered owlets, and has also captured the first footage of this extremely rare bird:
The Commission requires Kenya to take steps to return the Endorois land and compensate them within three months.
"As far as we know, this is only the fourth time this rare bird has ever been seen in the wild - and the first time it has been captured on video [see below]," says co-founder of Neotropical Primate Conservation, Noga Shanee, who also viewed the owlet. The researchers counted five individual owlets, making it the largest grouping of the birds ever recorded.
A new type of excluder for shrimp trawlers reduces bycatch by as much as forty percent.
A new law requiring shrimp fishers in the South American department of France to use devices that reduce unwanted fish catch will help better protect marine turtles and other vulnerable marine species in the region, WWF said in a news statement last night....Obama's 2011 education budget includes funding for environmental education, presumably in hopes that future generations will be smarter than, say, Ken Salazar.
Nearly half of the world's recorded fish catch is unused, wasted or not accounted for, according to estimates in a scientific paper co-authored by WWF, published last year. The paper, Defining and Estimating Global Marine Fisheries Bycatch, calculated that each year at least 38 million tonnes of fish, constituting at least 40 percent of what is taken from oceans by fishing activities, is unmanaged or unused and should be considered bycatch.
It proposes $265 million dollars (a 17% increase) to support five subjects listed as vital to a complete curriculum. Environmental literacy is one of them, so schools may finally receive funding to educate kids on the impact of greenhouse gases, what happens to trash thrown on the ground after it rains, and how to recycle.Saudi Arabia apparently plans to stop using oil to run desalinization plants:
Up to now, the more than 28 desalination plants scattered around the Kingdom have had to rely of fossil fuel, most notably fuel oil, to provide to power to run the equipment used to extract salt and other minerals from sea water.Michael Mann has been cleared of serious wrongdoing in the idiotic "Climategate" scandal.
Much of this may be changing, however, as Saudi Arabia is now interested in using solar energy to provide the power needed, instead of oil. According to an article on the UAE Top News media site, the Kingdom is now planning to build solar energy based desalination plants in order to save on energy costs, as well as be in tune with new environmental polices.
An internal investigation by Penn State University has determined that one of the key players in 'Climategate'has been entirely cleared of the most serious allegations of misconduct made against him--falsifying climate data, destroying data or emails, misuse of confidential information. On a fourth allegation (did Mann's conduct deviate from acceptedacademic practice) the inquiry was inconclusive.California is setting up the country's first statewide monitoring system for greenhouse gases:
The first objective of the network, which will place analyzers around the state to measure methane in the atmosphere, will be to determine if actual emissions match estimates....Renewables comprised 61% of new power generation in the EU last year:
“The ultimate goal is that this network will give you a gridded methane inventory where you can pinpoint exactly where the emissions are occurring,” said Jorn Dinh Herner, a scientist with the California Air Resources Board.
Renewable energy made up the bulk of new power generation capacity added in the European Union last year, the European Wind Energy Association, or EWEA, said Wednesday.There's talk of powering highway lights with wind turbines.
Renewables accounted for 61% of new electricity generating capacity in 2009. Of the total new capacity, 39% was from wind power and 16% was from photovoltaic solar power, EWEA said.
TAK’s wind-powered light uses the moving air from cars zipping by on the highway to generate energy that can be used to power roadside lighting. It’s a controversial idea–could wind from passing cars actually provide enough power for lighting?–but one that has the potential to save lots of cash in already wind-heavy regions.It's an interesting idea, but I mention it mainly as an excuse to post this picture.
This is interesting:
Solar engineers have long sought to develop an energy-generating glazing that is as capable of producing power as it is easy on the eyes. The feat may just have been accomplished by The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), who have developed a concentrating solar system that is not only modern and attractive but extremely efficient and cost effective. The system is made up of rows of pyramid-shaped glass receptors that move with sunlight throughout the day, magnifying the incoming light and capturing it in a small photovoltaic cell located in the center of each pyramid.Michigan has been using a five-point plan to reduce bloodstream infections in hospitals, and it seems to be working well:
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D...says the widely heralded success in Michigan — the first state system to tackle in a wholesale fashion infections in central-line catheters ubiquitous in intensive-care units — has significantly changed the way physicians think about these infections.Here's one way of dealing with peak oil:
"Prior to our work, we thought these were largely inevitable infections and that they were simply a cost of being in the hospital," says Pronovost, the report's leader and the developer of the checklist. "Now we know they are universally preventable. We've reset the benchmark."
As oil supplies become more scarce and the Hummer looks more and more like an extravagant joke, it only makes sense that someone would decide to turn the jumbo car into the ultimate symbol of bygone times: the horse cart.And speaking of peak oil, here's a public service message from Alex Steffen:
New York-based artist Jeremy Dean turned a $15,000 Hummer H2 into a horse cart as a throwback to “Hoover carts” — old cars reclaimed as horse carts during the Great Depression.
The conventional human responses -- relocalism (draw in, bunker down, look to survival, plan for community in the aftermath) and nostalgic retreat (embrace a return to some vision of pre-post-industrial society; go back to a time when, we imagine, things were more sustainable, or more, if you're a fundamentalist, righteous) -- are both completely understandable, but they're forlorn hopes....Apropos of which: Unclaimed lands. A typical incendiary blog post (thank God it can't happen here!). Land and cityscapes by Marquis Palmer (via things). Photos by Roger Fenton. And incredible photos of Siberia by Emile Hyperion Dubuisson.
The world we need is one we've never yet seen.
Distilled geography. The fascinating story of Operation Micemeat. (In related news, Colossus is fit and working again.) Soundscapes, and a topology of sound maps. The Dresden Codex. Rubbish goes here. Photos by Kamila Kulik. And a terrific Luminous Lint exhibition called O Canada.
Women, Snakes, and Stalkers (via Peacay). Mars as Art (see also An Astrosociological Approach to Defining Indigenous Martian Architecture). Explosion + freezing = a scenic attraction. Victorian photocollage. Lots and lots of actresses (via Agence Eureka). And photos by Tim Simmons.
And as per usual, here's a short film.
(Photo at top: "Snow on Garage Door, Rochester, New York" by Minor White, 1960.)