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    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -- Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Vampire Hunter, Zombie Slayer & more!
  • Initial claims for unemployment compensation fall to eight-year low: The Labor Department reported Thursday that seasonally adjusted initial applications for unemployment compensation decreased by 19,000 to 284,000 for the week ending July 19, the lowest level since Feb. 18, 2006. For the comparable week in 2013, the number was 343,000. The four-week running average, which flattens volatility in the weekly figures, also decreased, to 302,000, the lowest level since May 19, 2007. For the week ending July 5, the total number of people claiming benefits was 2,611,871, up 165,383 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, 4,842,653 persons claimed benefits. But that huge drop is in great part due to the fact that the federal emergency unemployment compensation program expired in December, immediately cutting off 1.37 million Americans who had been out of work for 27 weeks or longer.
  • Florida newspaper joins others with regular marijuana coverage:
    This June, [Michael] Pollick, a reporter with the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, traveled back to California to see something new — a culture, businesses, regulations and people rising around the legalization of medical marijuana. Then, he went to Colorado and did the same thing.

    Stories about what he found are running now in the Herald-Tribune and on its new site, Medical Marijuana. The site launched last Sunday, with plans to roll out a series of stories leading up to November’s ballot initiative that could legalize medical marijuana in Florida. The site includes both original reporting from Pollick and some aggregation. It joins other newspapers devoting space and ink to marijuana, including The Denver Post, seattlepi.com, The Seattle Times and Denver’s Westword.

  • Immigrant advocacy site runs faux obituary ad for Colorado GOP:
    We’ve been warning the GOP for years, but they didn’t listen.  Today, we are highlighting the GOP’s demographic demise in Colorado with a mock obituary, which will run as an online ad in the Aurora Sentinel. [...]

    [T]he Colorado Republican Party is in particular trouble. It’s heading into the 2014 midterm elections in which GOP candidates like Rep. Mike Coffman and Rep. Cory Gardner will need support from Latino voters, but they’re unable to make the case as to why they should have it. Reps. Coffman and Gardner have stood with the extremists in their party in blocking reform and voting to end DACA, failing to lead on an issue their constituents overwhelmingly support. The Latino vote, in a state where Latinos make up 13% of the electorate, may well be the deciding factor in their races.

     The Colorado GOP may think they dodged a bullet earlier this year by managing to avoid nominating arch-anti-immigrant zealot Tom Tancredo to run for governor. But the chosen GOP candidate, Bob Beauprez, has been nearly as bad, championing antiquated laws like Arizona’s SB 1070.

    With a record like this, the Colorado Republican Party—and its national counterpart—is demographically doomed. View their obituary at the Aurora Sentinel today.

  • "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet refused photo with Santorum:
    "Rick Santorum wanted a picture with me. It was at a time when he was publicly saying, 'Gay marriage, gay marriage [is wrong],' and I'm like, 'You know, I can't do it,'" he said. "It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, 'I'd be happy to take a picture with the kids, but I can't just be in a picture with [Santorum.]'"
  • Marketing firm says wind power will generate 7 percent of world's electricity by 2018: Right now it's 3 percent. More than doubling is serious business. But, according to Navigant, most of the increase won't be in the United States but in developing markets:
    "Last year was the first in which the wind industry experienced negative growth since 2004, but there are signs that the 2013 slowdown will turn out to be an anomaly," Feng Zhao, Navigant's research director told CleanTechnica. "As wind turbine vendors search for new opportunities in emerging markets, primarily in Latin America and Africa, and develop machines for maximum energy production in low windspeed areas, the industry is expected to add another 250 gigawatts of capacity through 2018."
  • Joseph Wood's is the four botched U.S. execution this year:
    Arizona had never tried the two-drug cocktail of midazolam and hydromorphone before it injected an unknown dose into Joseph Wood's veins Wednesday afternoon. Most executions by lethal injection take between 10 and 20 minutes once the drugs are injected, if performed properly. This experimental cocktail took almost two hours to end Wood's life, so long that his lawyer had time to file an emergency stay of execution in federal court, claiming that Wood had been "coughing and snorting for over an hour" by then. "I counted about 660 times he gasped," reported an Arizona Republic reporter who witnessed the execution. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said in a statement that Wood "died in a lawful manner and by eyewitness and medical accounts he did not suffer."
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up Cuomo, Jeb Bush & Rand Paul news; POTUS approval. Plus how "patient-centered" medicine challenges the old teaching methods. Ian Reifowitz on Gop xenophobia, obstructionism, and guns & the politics of fear.

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  •  I've started a group for exploring (6+ / 0-)

    the principles of solidarity and it's value in fighting oppression.

    If you're interested in this subject, please join!

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    by UnaSpenser on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:05:27 PM PDT

  •  Not a huge "Modern Family" fan (5+ / 0-)

    but been mildly entertained the times I've caught it (syndicated repeats are carried after the 10pm news on one local station). Good on Stonestreet for sticking to principles...though a photo of him with Santorum (maybe photshopping in his TV husband and their child) would be LOLworthy.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:10:02 PM PDT

  •  The execution drug cocktail (1+ / 0-)
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    shouldn't be hard to figure out. I can't say what the issue was with this execution, but if I were to speculate, I would guess that the deceased had an unusually high tolerance for benzos and opiods. Increasing the dose should work, as would adding potassium chloride.

    Propofol, morphine and potassium chloride would be an effective choice too, and the victim would be completely sedated.

    Not that I'm a big fan of capital punishment mind you, but if they are going to do it, they should at least do it quickly and effectively.

    … the NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), said August 23.

    by mosesfreeman on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:10:16 PM PDT

    •  I don't know what the dosages were... (6+ / 0-)

      but it's really misstating things to say that the execution was "botched." What the witnesses saw was the predictable progression of death by narcotic overdose. It might have happened faster with a bigger dose, but it would have looked the same. Narcotics like hydromorphone don't prevent breathing, they suppress it. Reflexive gasping is a normal part of the process. It didn't look like any execution by lethal injection that the attorney had ever seen because he had only seen typical 3-drug executions, that include paralysis and a quickly lethal overdose of potassium.
          As I understand it, the dose is preset by protocol, rather than individualized for different prisoners, and the execution is not carried by a doctor or even an experienced critical care nurse who could judge the need for an appropriate additional dosage, because ethics rules prevent it. They're done by emergency medical technicians who are trained in placing iv lines, but not in judging drug dosages.  

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:22:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Insane (1+ / 0-)
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        so much of healthcare is becoming one-size-fits-all, there is a stark trend away from relying on clinical judgment.

        I'm an ICU nurse (burns), and I pushed 60mg of morphine on a non-intubated patient once, she tolerated it fine. The point is individual tolerances can vary by such a large degree that the executioner must be given some latitude to do the job effectively.

        … the NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), said August 23.

        by mosesfreeman on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:32:26 PM PDT

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      •  Are emergency medical technicians exempted (1+ / 0-)
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        from ethical review consideration?    

        Also, if an emergency medical technician is not acting under the supervision of a physician, is it lawful for an emergency technician to dispense a medication to an individual being executed?

        •  AFAIK, the national organizations of EMTs and (1+ / 0-)
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          their state licensure organizations haven't forbidden them from participating in executions. As far as the lawfulness of the procedure, they are operating under explicit state laws when they participate in executions, so it seems unlikely that they could be prosecuted.

          -7.25, -6.26

          We are men of action; lies do not become us.

          by ER Doc on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:13:39 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  While breathing is surpressed by hydromorphone (0+ / 0-)

        would that be the only modality by which death could occur from hydromorphone?

        Doesn't hydromorphone have acute toxicity in the form of disruption of heart muscle activity....i.e. disruption of normal heart autonomic control causing irregular or fibrillating heart condition leading to death?

        •  Hydromorphone often causes vasodilation (1+ / 0-)
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          leading to low blood pressure, especially in people who are already at risk for low blood pressure due to dehydration, etc. I'm not aware of any significant degree of direct cardiotoxicity, although such an effect would result in a faster death in the setting of an execution.

          -7.25, -6.26

          We are men of action; lies do not become us.

          by ER Doc on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:21:10 PM PDT

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  •  GW Bridge traffic? No problem. (3+ / 0-)
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    We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

    by NoMoJoe on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:10:26 PM PDT

  •  the lens would froth up (6+ / 0-)
    "Rick Santorum wanted a picture with me. It was at a time when he was publicly saying, 'Gay marriage, gay marriage [is wrong],' and I'm like, 'You know, I can't do it,'" he said. "It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, 'I'd be happy to take a picture with the kids, but I can't just be in a picture with [Santorum.]'"

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:10:45 PM PDT

  •  Wind is still blowing in Iowa (6+ / 0-)

    Wind Projects in Iowa
    Installed Wind Capacity: 5,177 megawatts (MW). State Rank: Iowa ranks 3rd for total MW installed.
    Number of Wind Turbines: 3,216 turbines. State Rank: Iowa ranks 3rd for number of utility-scale wind turbines.
    Wind Projects Online: 101 wind projects
    Wind Capacity Under Construction: over 1,055 MW
    Wind Capacity Added in 2013: 44.7 MW
    Wind Capacity Added in 2012: 814.2 MW
    Wind Capacity Added in 2011: 646.7 MW

    Percentage of Iowa's electricity provided by wind in 2013: 27.4 percent. Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of electricity generated by wind energy, and is ranked second for total wind generation (in MWh).

    Source

    "The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”" -- Paul Dirac

    by Rikon Snow on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:15:02 PM PDT

  •  284,000 is a blip, but it's a good blip (4+ / 0-)
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    Let's hope it finds some friends to hook up with in the next few weeks.

    One interesting thing to keep in mind when evaluating that 309,000 number back in 2007 was that the workforce keeps growing (even as the percentage participation keeps shrinking, sigh). An equivalent number today would be closer to 320,000.  That makes 284 look even better.

    Still a long way to go, but...you know the old bit:

    Slowly I turned,
    Step by step,
    Inch by inch...

    (Hey! You can never have too much Vaudeville)

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:15:38 PM PDT

    •  participation rate; WAGES (0+ / 0-)
      (even as the percentage participation keeps shrinking, sigh)
      Yeah, there's the thing. The employment picture has more or less stabilized, but it's stabilized at a lousy level. A slightly lower % of people in the official labor pool have trouble finding jobs, but that's only because the remaining people who have trouble finding jobs are dropping out of the official labor pool.

      Try as they might, the GOP House majority has been unable to repeal the law of supply and demand. We'll know when the job picture is truly improving because wages will rise. Until that happens, everything else is just noise.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:25:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  How is this better than a guillotine? (5+ / 0-)

    Executions are barbaric.

    ... took almost two hours to end Wood's life ... "I counted about 660 times he gasped," ...
    There's no way around it.

    “Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs shouldn't be left in poverty.” -- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:18:23 PM PDT

    •  Yup, and the term "botched execution" grates on my (3+ / 0-)
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      linguistic nerves for much the same reason. In what way was it "botched"? Did the victim live? That would be a "botched" execution. Because killing the victim, not how gently they do it, is the ultimate goal of execution. If we stopped hiding behind the damn euphemisms of "botched execution" or "humanely put to death" and called it like it is

      "The tortuous and painful execution..."
      "The brutal, state sponsored killing..."

      Then maybe we wouldn't have as many of them.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:24:37 PM PDT

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      •  On the other hand, I don't agree that the victim (1+ / 0-)
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        was tortured or in pain. He was deeply sedated by a powerful narcotic painkiller; if anything, he was euphoric as the drugs first took effect. The people tortured were the witnesses who had to sit for two hours watching him slowly die, deep in narcotic sedation.

        -7.25, -6.26

        We are men of action; lies do not become us.

        by ER Doc on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:41:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Don't be so sure of that (0+ / 0-)

        here in the land of

        "vengeance is mine"...

        There's certainly a market for torture in the US popular imaginary.  I think the last 13 or so years have demonstrated that nicely.

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:10:17 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  What's an Overdose of Heroine Cost? They (3+ / 0-)
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      find people every week knocked down in seconds.

      But it couldn't be approved because a 3 second ride might be too much fun.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:24:43 PM PDT

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      •  That's essentially what they did, (2+ / 0-)
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        but with hydromorphone (Dilaudid), not heroin, which would have even less predictable effects. There have been many situations where addicts took simultaneous apparently equal overdoses of heroin, with one waking up after a few hours to find the other cold and dead.
             Narcotic overdoses kill by suppressing respiration and causing inadequate breathing; they don't kill instantly. The fact that it took two hours for the victim to die is not surprising. Continued reflexive inadequate levels of breathing are typical.

        -7.25, -6.26

        We are men of action; lies do not become us.

        by ER Doc on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:47:29 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  It probably isn't... (2+ / 0-)
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      The guillotine is remarkably quick, and was invented for the purpose of "merciful execution."

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:34:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The crowds are smaller (2+ / 0-)
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      ...or??

      Sorry, it's all I got.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:08:19 PM PDT

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  •  Cruel and usual (1+ / 0-)
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    The Constitution only forbids "cruel and unusual" punishments.  So if we make it completely routine, usual, to "botch" executions, we can be just as cruel as any hard heart could desire and be totally within the limits of the law.

    Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

    by ActivistGuy on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:22:46 PM PDT

  •  Good on Eric Stonestreet (3+ / 0-)
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    for refusing a photo with Santorum.  Kudos for standing by his convictions.  I'm a huge fan of MF.

  •  Very decent of Stonestreet to snap a pic with kids (5+ / 0-)

    Don't blame him in the least. I would not want to take a picture with Santorum either.  When people like Santorum spew their hate rhetoric the proper response is to shame and shun him.  Kids as Stonestreet demonstrated have nothing to do with it.

  •  Maybe it's because I was a Child of the Cascades.. (2+ / 0-)
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    ...with a Beatnik Mother, but I've never enjoyed landscapes and cities that have 115 degree (but it's a dry heat) swelter and blue hairs of dubious repute packing .45's while their .9mm husbands spit on brown kids praying at sacred roadside memorials.

    But hey, that's just me.

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    by justiceputnam on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:38:25 PM PDT

  •  Considering how close the CO-Sen race is. I think (2+ / 0-)
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    we might want to hold off on announcing the death of the Colorado Republican Party. There is also the matter of their success with recalling Democratic state legislators....

    You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.

    by MikePhoenix on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:49:03 PM PDT

  •  President Obama Gets Biological Resource (2+ / 0-)
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    Protection Done!

    DOI-Fish and Wildlife Service publishes fina rule designating and protecting the Zuni Bluehead Sucker in the Little Colorado and San Juan River watersheds in Arizona and New Mexico and on Indian Nation lands.

    http://www.gpo.gov/...

    SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), determine endangered species status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), as amended, for the Zuni bluehead sucker (Catostomus discobolus yarrowi), a fish species from Arizona and New Mexico. The effect of this regulation will be to add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

    DATES: This rule becomes effective August 25, 2014.

  •  As much as I know we'll never get anywhere on the (3+ / 0-)

    death penalty if we who oppose it don't speak up, but I swear on all of my dead ancestors that I have the hardest time bringing myself to even read about these cases, much less make a case against them myself.

    No topic, not foreign policy, not wealth gaps, not war on women, not guns, not hate crimes, racial, sexual or gendered bigotry, not wage theft, or even the privatization of the commons renders me as mute and heartsick as the discussion of capital punishment in US culture.

    It is so disheartening and silencing.

    And here's yet another story that tells us too much that we don't want to see about who we are as a nation.

    ::sigh::

    ::headshake::

    ::sigh::

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:05:48 PM PDT

  •  Can someone who knows something about wind (3+ / 0-)
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    energy explain to me why wind turbines cannot be based on something like these beautiful kinetic designs of Ross Hartzells Kinetic Fine Art from Tubac, AZ?

    The first time I saw these, and check out his gallery because some of these are stunning, I wondered why we couldn't put a half dozen or so on our property and generate some energy from the wind that visits so often. Do all windmills have to be ugly?

    •  Well, because you have to hook a large expensive (1+ / 0-)
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      piece of machinery, (the generator,) to the part that's turning, in order to tap the energy. Also, given the expense, they need the most efficient turbine design. If that happens to be pretty, that's great, but the economics demand efficiency.
            Vertical axis wind turbines may turn out to be better aesthetically as well as having a few other advantages, but they aren't as widely used on a commercial scale.

           

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 01:44:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thank you. It has been bothering me for such (1+ / 0-)
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        a long time. Since my husband brought home a brochure for a residential wind turbine for our consideration. I'm pretty sure he was just teasing me, but we went with solar power instead. That was in 1996.

        One of the designs in the video looks like it might be suitable, aesthetically, for residential use. Perhaps someday there may be a way to design a wind turbine array that would work to generate power for a single family dwelling. Until then, I am sticking with solar, wishing I could afford some of that kinetic art.

        •  The vertical wind turbines turn at lower speeds (2+ / 0-)
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          with lower wind speed, so they don't need to be mounted as high, and are much quieter than the horizontal design, so are probably better for residential purposes. On the other hand, the horizontal ones are more efficient at high speed, and the blades are apparently subject to less variable stress, so they're preferred for the big commercial installations.
               Whenever I drive to see family in Iowa, I pass 3 large fields of wind turbines along I-35. I happen to like the way they look; maybe it's my Dutch blood. They are noisy though, if you're stuck up close to them.

          -7.25, -6.26

          We are men of action; lies do not become us.

          by ER Doc on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 02:26:55 PM PDT

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          •  This is what they look like in the San Gorgonio (3+ / 0-)
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            Pass in California as you head east on the I-10

            I used to compare them to a scene from the War of the Worlds, but then I noticed that they kept growing; both in size of the individual windmill and size of wind farms. So then they became just like hangers that reproduce in your closet late at night.

            •  Those wind turbines are much closer together (2+ / 0-)
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              and considerably smaller than wind turbines in wind farms  I've seen in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma and Michigan

              •  Yeah, those are the older ones, before they (2+ / 0-)
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                started reproducing and coming up with the humongous ones that are farther along. The sizes range from the smaller ones that went in in the early 90s to the huge ones that they are putting up today. They cover miles and miles of the San Gorgonio Pass and into the Coachella Valley. And they come in different sizes. Perhaps next time I go down to the low desert I will pull over and take some pictures of the varieties that are planted there.

                The snapshot above was one I took because my husband wanted a picture of the clouds. It just happened to contain one of the wind farms.

  •  California high speed rail (1+ / 0-)
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    Environmental impact review on 2 segments of the California high speed rail system in today's Federal Register:

    Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.:Environmental Impact Statement for the California High-Speed Rail System Palmdale to Burbank Section, CA   

    Environmental Impact Statement for the California High-Speed Rail System Burbank to Los Angeles Section, CA

    At one time under environmental policy expert and former executive director Carl Pope, the Sierra Club was once an unambiguous strong supporter of the development of high speed rail and its implications for energy conservation:

    http://action.sierraclub.org/...

    Under Michael Brune leadership these days, the Sierra Club looks for excuses to sandbag and de-rail the entire enterprise of California high speed rail with peripheral and extraneous concerns:

    http://california2.sierraclub.org/...

    See also this BruceMCF workproduct:

    Sunday Train: California Sierra Club Allies with Tea Party Against High Speed Rail

    and

    Sunday Train: Cap&Trade Funds should help finance the California HSR

    I've been a member of the Sierra Club for 25 years, including as an active volunteer that entire time.  I've been a Chapter officer.  When I see Sierra Club doing bonehead things like this on energy conservation and transportation policy, it makes me cringe because such events [and there are others] mark a failure of leadership for which Michael Brune and the national Sierra Club board are responsible.   Getting energy conservation and transportation policy wrong is scientific misconduct and malpractice, as well as corrupting the major purposes of the organization.

  •  Boy, this just chaps my hide: (1+ / 0-)
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    That growth will occur most pointedly in developing markets—not in the US, where clean energy incentives have fallen to the wayside, the victim of political battles and climate change-denying politicians.
    We need energy.
    We need to export more stuff
    We have butt loads of unused talent - design engineering, manufacturing engineering, production
    We have empty factories

    And we're so in the grips of the Karbon Kabal, that we can not even take advantage of a huge oppy beating us over the head.

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    The only reason the 1% are rich is because the 99% agree they are.

    by GreatLakeSailor on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 05:55:34 PM PDT

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