Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oklahoma starts with a zero, check this out.

Zero klahoma.  Yesterday the lady gov of OK signed in a new communist style central committee control law, it prohibits cities or countries from raising minimum wages.
Also, Monday the legislature showed up with a bill that did not go through committee or scheduling procedure, and voted without debate, and passed it, a bill to hammer home owners who invest in their own wind or solar generation system.  So much for the frontier spirit, this was a victory for the government regulated monopolies (utilities) and for coal and gas and Kochs who paid for it, yes paid for it.
If you live in OK, or just want to fight the Kochs and ALEC, call the gov office and say you want her to veto bill SB 1456.  Her number is 405-521-2342, or find her facebook, dump a message there.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

$170,000, GMO labeling illegal in the US, this too will hit the fan.

Koch's have a congressman in Kansas, Mike Pompeo, receipent of more money from them than any other elected official in the house or senate.  Now, Pompeo has taken $170k in the last year or so from grocery firms, food manufacturers, ag businesses, and Monsanto to make it illegal to claim or label products as GMO free.  The name of his bill, "The Save and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014".  Whats the goal, trash state GMO laws, keep manufacturers from selling GMO free products.  Pompeo says the current state laws allowing labels of "no GMO" or advertisements of same are confusing consumers, he just wants to help consumers, not producers, just us.  He claims GMO are safe, and by vague suggestions, conventional foods may not be as safe.

In a twist, or blunder, he claims one reason GMO is safer, not as many pesticides are used on GMO.  Well, well, my roots run through a lot of farms, and I see the chemical bills.  GMO corn for example may use a little less of one spray or another, but, they are engineered to be immune from herbicides such as Roundup, thus they are washed in these chemicals, and since weeds are so damn tenacious, the more Roundup we slather on them, the more survive it each year, leading to an arms race of chemicals on the farm.  Overall, I doubt we use fewer chemicals, less of one maybe, more of another.  The whole lets be safer by not using pesticides is kind of an admission by deniers that what we eat is washed in carcinogen's and gender bender chemicals, I mean didn't he just step in it here?

Some already call Pompeo's bill the DARK Act.  "Deny Americans the Right to Know", if passed this bill makes what we eat a secret, even Kashi cereal could be prosecuted for letting us know the corn flakes are GMO free.  At the farmers market a "hey buddy this sweet corn is GMO free", could land a gardener in jail.

If you're confused by labels that say  "GMO free", maybe you are to fucking stupid to be shopping in the first place.  

GMO in its self doesn't worry me much, I mean what I eat of it.  But organic is the only safe from chemical food.  But GMO does something else.  It ties farmers to a very expensive seed, to be repurchased each year.  The patent prohibits farmers from saving these seeds, up until now, that was the only way the world saved seed, farmers kept some for next year, free seed, spread over the whole world, the safest widest preservation method, now that is being prohibited, the way humanity survived has been outlawed.  This too will hit the fan.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1,000 times more important than you think.

An independent study in Pennsylvania found methane levels up to 1,000 times higher than the EPA estimated recently.  The measurements were taken at about 3,400 ft. above ground level over a broad area of gas production.  Where levels were highest crews on the ground found pipelines and wells responsible. 

Methane is up to 20 times more destructive than CO2 in accelerating global warming.  Methane lasts about a century in the atmosphere, trapping much higher rates of reflected heat than CO2.  

Fracking companies, drilling rig & pipeline operators, local utilities, none do much to halt leaks.  In the field it is often vented or flared off rather than put into the system.  Driven by greed, but unable to see or care about the monumental volume of waste.  Some claim if they stopped all but 1% of the leaks and vents they would gain hundreds of millions in product volume.

Those who would promote natural gas as a cleaner fuel, 1/2 the carbon of coal, are mistaken, with the 1/2 of carbon you get fewer calories of energy, and every day another century of assured destruction of the climate.  

Today in Kansas a gas company is going to court asking for imminent domain over thousands of acres in 3 counties.  They want to force landowners into signing away their rights to gas for those resisting, and force a price on those willing who want "to much".  What other industry can do this?  Can WallMart go to court and force you to do business with them at their price?  

These are reasons we must exit the fossil fuel economy.  "Operation Free" (click that little shield on the left) are military vets, many of whom know first hand they fought a war in Iraq for oil, who believe national security will be enhanced if we have our own renewable energy sources, stop being the protectors of fuel lines in the middle east, stop global warming which will create more failed states.  If the US, the largest economy, switches to renewables and energy stingy factories, homes, appliances & cars, the whole world will switch, and we starve Russia from 100 million a day in natural gas, about that much in oil too, Iran too, and so on.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Phallic symbol on a mountain, and 7 things.

1) In Hawaii, at a mountain top observatory NASA monitors CO2.  Way out in the ocean, high up, clean clear air.  In the 1950's CO2 had already risen to 320, 350 was thought to be the safe limit, that was passed only a few years ago, we hit 400 last year.  In the last month it exceeded 400 a number of times, the most in 800,000 yrs.
2) California agriculture scientist set up a network of hoses in a wheat field weeping CO2 day and night to create a growing season with levels of CO2 as projected within 20 years.  The results: harvested protein levels are 3% lower.  With reduced protein in grains this will impact beer makers, bakers, the meat industry, and the nutrition content available to anyone that needs to eat.  So much for idiots claiming higher CO2 is good for us because plants need it.
3) Obama: A few weeks ago he bucked the Kochs and oil refiners and put in a rule on sulfur content in gas.  The auto industry was with him on this, they really wanted this one, unusual as they often side with oil.  The extreme reduction in sulfur content makes new energy efficient engines possible.  Tiny ports, pulse valves, none of this is possible with todays blend.  This means far less pollution from the fuel and increase in mpg with the next generation engines.
4) Obama: He also put in new mpg goal for large trucks. Oh but new energy efficient engines will cost $5,000 more is the cry.  Duh, and spending 20% fewer hours at fuel stops, and thousands a year less on fuel will make you more money and deliver freight sooner.
5) Obama: Also a new construction equipment fuel efficiency/exhaust standard.  Oh but......you know the cry.  Problem with this is construction and offroad equipment stays in service for decades.  This is fantastic news, but the dirty ones out there and still being sold the next 5 years will continue to pollute for a long long time.  But, clean air is coming, and it will save construction companies money over time.
6) Military Veterans are a little less than 5% of the workforce, but 7% of the workers in renewable energy fields, and almost 10% of solar workers.  More and more soldiers/sailors exit the military with the skills needed in wind and solar.  We will throw away a ready made workforce if we let the GOP stop our transition to clean energy for the fossil fuel industry that owns them.  Push back on those who erect barriers to more wind and solar in your state and city.
7) "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Gandhi

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Soon I will cut the lady's head open, brain salad surgery.

 This thing is getting heavy, thats a lot of clay.  Last night I put hair on her.  Next week I have 3 hours to finish the hair, add pupils and eyebrows and smooth it.  Then I cut cut it off at about the eye brows, straight through, lift off the top, hollow it out to about 1 inch thick and set it back on, blend the line so the cut line is gone, and done.  Then it dries a week or two and into the kiln.  Click on picture for a bigger view.    This was not modeled on anyone or photo, but a practice on various features, and exact proportions.  I think now I can make a recognizable bust from a photo or model.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

teachers, KU, guns and wind, up against it part 9

1am Monday morning, the Kansas legislature adjourned, finished screwing teachers, we now have a fired on the spot law no review no appeal, and giving tax deductions for corporations giving money to private schools (as in where the CEO's kids go to school), and taking more money from the University of Kansas, KU, the GOP hate that university and have hammered it for years.
 They spent days crafting a law that ALEC will soon take to your state.  It destroys all city county township gun laws of any and every kind, and it will be against the law for same to lobby for a change in gun laws.  The GOP wants local control when you say "Feds", but will not allow locals any control, kind of like dictators do it.  Now we can carry guns anywhere except the state capital building and (I think) county courhouses, schools have about a year to either allow guns or hire guards and metal detectors.  Also now you can buy a full blown machine gun here, cause we all need one, cause freedom.  You can also stand your ground drunk and not face charges, get drunk, kill your sister, she was grabbing your bottle, maybe she wasn't going to drink it but hit you with it, so bam, fuck'n dead.  Police that confiscate weapons cannot destroy them, they must be auctioned off so other scum bags can recycle them into crime or accidents.  It is said to be the most wide reaching gun law in the nation, and it's headed your way.

OK, my main thing, protecting wind energy, you might remember we defeated the bill the 3rd time 10 days ago, but the GOP said they would bury it in another bill and get it passed this weekend, didn't happen, adjourned till April 30.  They will try it in that week or so they return to finish the session.  The Kochs don't give up easy.