Thursday, March 23, 2017

More

History is humankind trying to get a grip. Obviously not easy. But it could go better if you would pay a little more attention to certain details, like for instance your planet.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. New York 2140 (Kindle Locations 2300-2301). Orbit. Kindle Edition. 

trump and climate change explained

From Kim Stanley Robinson's new Sci Fi Book, "New York, 2140"  which is set after climate change.

"But okay, you can’t really imagine a catastrophe will hit you until it does. People just don’t have that kind of mental capacity. If you did you would be stricken paralytic with fear at all times, because there are some guaranteed catastrophes bearing down on you that you aren’t going to be able to avoid (i.e. death), so evolution has kindly given you a strategically located mental blind spot, an inability to imagine future disasters in any way you can really believe, so that you can continue to function, as pointless as that may be.  So, nice. Useful. Except when disastrously bad.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. New York 2140 (Kindle Locations 2206-2210). Orbit. Kindle Edition. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Misc

The Wilderness Society, whose Council I served on for 23 years, is using New Mexico as an example of state land being sold off to oil, gas and timber companies.  It is  true that 4 million acres were sold by corrupt Land Commissioners over decades.  These were the lands with timber, water, and other exceptional qualities.  In the 30's to early 80's the State Permanent Fund got ripped off, and some of the Land Commissioners took bribes and never went to prison.  That kind of thing would be unlikely in this day and age.  However, it does make the great argument against states fighting to get title to federal public lands.

The US Senate Republicans just passed a neanderthal roll back of wildlife conservation regulations.  It will allow twisted humans to kill, kill, kill all sorts of wildlife in inhumane ways.  Denning, steel leg hold traps, and other psychotic ways of killing will be  up to the states, and as we have seen from Susana Martinez and Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, they will allow it all in New Mexico.  Senator Martin Heinrich tried to stop the carnage, but the GOP majority party, possibly all animal haters, took the day.

All of the Albuquerque Mayoral candidates are under the thumbs of poorly paid and so called TV News Directors who serve up nightly orange jump suit pictures of accused criminals.  Everyone in this city has been so brainwashed by crime that the candidates think that being tough on crime is the only way to get elected.  I know, because I did some of the same stuff when I was running for Mayor. But will they talk about anything else?  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Neighbors

Neighborhood list serves can be a destructive device for uh, being neighborly and free speech.   Some of our enlightened people around the our north valley middle class environs are putting yard signs in their front yards saying no hate is allowed etc.  I ordered 50 yard signs that say resist and a number of my neighbors put them up also.

Some one went on to the list serve wondering where they could get some signs, and all hell broke loose. A micro view of what is happening countrywide.  There are a few people who don't believe in free speech around here and it started heating up, so the list serve commander started moderating comments.  Understandable really.  Sometimes we really don't want to know too much about who the right wing or left wing people down the street are.  In this case, I don't mind.

I put a pile of Resist signs on my porch and folks are stopping by to get them.  Mostly, people are going to be stating their positions strongly in this trump era and I for one want everyone around me to know where I stand.   

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rage

From my friend Patricia

Immediately after the election Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller explained that Melania would be staying in New York because there was "obviously a sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year".

We have since learned that the cost of security for Melania and Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. There is also no indication that they will actually move to DC this summer. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice.

Meanwhile, we learned that Trump's budget would completely eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country. This would disproportionately affect underserved and rural communities hardest.

So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation, mostly to those in need.

NOT NORMAL. #Resist

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Going Postal

Hissy Fit.  Losing it. Going postal. Schizo time.  Meltdown. Break Down.

Let me describe the ways our internalizing Governor Susana Martinez is acting these days.  Her flurry of vetoes of widely supported bills that would be good for New Mexico have ended up in the shredder for some bizarre reason.  She won't say why she is killing these bills.  She feels disrespected obviously, and will take it out on everyone in the state.  Yes, she really has lost it and one can only surmise she needs some downtime in the care of a good Doc.  Seriously.  Or possibly some time with an addiction counsellor for what ever is ailing her.  (Remember that Pizza Party?)

This is not good for the Land of Enchantment.  The Democratic and Republican leaders in both the House and Senate need to get upstairs to the fourth floor soon and dispense a little practical advice to this twisted Governor.  And I do mean soon.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Misc.

Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have invited that paragon of intellect, DOE Cabinet Secretary Rick Perry, to visit our National Labs in New Mexico.  Of course it was Perry who suggested we close down the Department of Energy and the National Labs.  I for one would like to see him given a 3rd grade science  test before he is allowed inside those facilities.  Actually, the fact that trump gave him this appointment will stand as one of the mysteries of the ages.

The Legislature in New Mexico now has a chance to show they really care about our state's future.  For the first time there are bipartisan efforts to overturn vetoes by the Governor.  One of her vetoes, that would allow computer coding to be taught along with science, was supported by everyone.  She is truly an outlier politician, and not in a good way.  

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Ho Hemp....Ho Hum

Despite overwhelming bipartisan support Governor Susana M. has once again vetoed a bill that would allow the growing of an industrial Hemp crop in New Mexico.  She must think that with all the pot sales and tax revenues up in Colorado, that all of America will run to the Land of Enchantment to get high in the fields.  Except  Hemp doesn't make you high, unless you are a farmer looking for a good cash crop in growing a very useful plant.

This veto is a metaphor for a truly incompetent Governor who never looks forward, only backward to her prosecutor days where in her mind nothing good can come out of anyone she deals with.  What a sad thing to happen to New Mexico.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Public Land

Another missive from Ned.

The Senate (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/322800-senate-passes-bill-ending-obama-era-land-rule) and the House have now voted down a rule that required a more thorough, transparent planning process for activities on public lands - about 250 million acres (not Parks or Wildlife Refuges) managed by the Bureau of Land Management, mostly in the West.  The rule was adopted by the Obama Administration in December - too late, making it vulnerable to rescission under the terms of the Congressional Review Act.  Hunting and fishing groups were offended (see the reaction of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership at http://www.trcp.org/2017/02/07/house-votes-eviscerate-rule-giving-sportsmen-say-public-land-use-2/) because in some key places there are big conflicts between the roads, pipelines, and wellheads required for oil and gas development and maintenance of critical wildlife habitat, particularly migratory species such as antelope and mule deer.  And please be aware of the irony here: elimination of a rule hailed by the TRCP is one of the first actions of the Congress that the new Interior Secretary just departed, calling himself a Teddy Roosevelt fan at his confirmation hearings in the Senate...

The oil industry pushed hard against this rule, and pushed hard for its repeal. Senator Lisa Murkowski, the Alaska senator who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, said the rule had obscured planning, which sounds a tad Orwellian.  Having been very deep in the development of this rule and its antecedents, and observed the conflicts that made it necessary, I weep (well, figuratively) for our public lands and wildlife.  We are definitely going back in time - back to a time when some field offices, heavily pressured and influenced by oil industry landmen, moved permits through with inadequate attention to sensitive resources from cultural and archaeological to buffers near national parks, water sources, and wildlife areas. 

The U.S. has been producing oil and gas at historic levels.  Can't the industry take its boot off the neck of our public lands and allow a slightly more careful, inclusive, informed process for development on the public estate?  Instead the industry's concerted opposition to this rule and others represents a no-holds-barred, give-no-quarter approach to energy policy.  Same as with methane management, same as with offshore leasing, same as with opposition to even the most basic rules governing hydraulic fracturing.  This week, as Cambridge Energy Research Associates holds its annual "Energy Week" in Houston (about 75% oil and gas, with speakers from industry and the Trump Administration - see https://ceraweek.com/agenda/ ), the dominance of the oil and gas industry has never felt more obvious.  A few leaders deserve credit for supporting the Paris climate agreement - although, since it will never be implemented or endorsed by our current EPA or Congress, it could be seen as a ploy to give even more comparative freedom to the industry on the ground in the United States.

Please be in touch with friends in red and purple states to make them aware, get them involved, and prepare for the 2018 elections.


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Dog Park Politics

One of the best decompression exercises I have is to take Mercury the Aussie to the dog park in  the mornings.  Watching the dogs and owners is great, and there is little politics spoken.

The dogs mostly work things out.  Primarily,  they just want to play and run and sniff butts.  If there is a psycho dog present he is just taken away after a little peer pressure is expressed to the owner.

If the Congress and NM Legislature worked as well as a dog park, everything would be great in America again.  

Monday, March 06, 2017

trump

I keep thinking of certain words.

un·hinged
ˌənˈhinjd/
adjective
adjective: unhinged
  1. mentally unbalanced; deranged."the violent acts of unhinged minds"
bent1
bent/

  1. 2.
    BRITISHinformal
    dishonest; corrupt."a bent cop"
    • stolen.
in·san·i·ty
inˈsanədē/
noun
noun: insanity
  1. the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness."he suffered from bouts of insanity"
  2. synonyms: 3 mental illness, madness, dementia; Morelunacy, instability;
    mania, psychosis;
    informalcraziness
    "insanity runs in her family"
    4
extreme foolishness or irrationality.plural noun: insanities
"it might be pure insanity to take this loan"

lu·na·cy
ˈlo͞onəsē/
noun
noun: lunacy
  1. the state of being a lunatic; insanity (not in technical use)."it has been suggested that originality demands a degree of lunacy"
  2. synonyms: 3 insanity, madness, mental illness, dementia, mania, psychosis; informalcraziness "originality demands a degree of lunacy"
  3. antonyms: 6 sanity 7




Sunday, March 05, 2017

Misc.

The legislature wants to ban open carry of assault rifles in the capitol because it makes people uncomfortable.  Meanwhile, these guys with mommy problems can still carry them into your grocery store and stroll along side your toddlers.  And of course the paranoids who need to carry concealed weapons can still go anywhere.  All of this will eventually end badly.  Madness in America.

The Journal did a great story on the huge number of higher education institutions in New Mexico this morning.  It showed a graph demonstrating the loss of tuition paying students since Governor Susana took office in 2010.  But she got off with no criticism.  She of course sees no value in increasing revenues to higher ed because it might hurt her corporate sponsors tax cuts.  I sure want to see a compilation of economic indicators on graphs when she leaves office.  It will solidify her as the most failed Governor ever.

President trump tweets conspiracy theories at 3am in the morning.  Even I don't do that!  When will proceedings start to remove him as  unfit.  Even a religious fanatic like Pence can be advised if he were elevated to the Presidency.  Can't you imagine what trump's family and staff must think every time they see one of these tweets appear?  Can't wait to read the book that will come out on the first 100 days, if it lasts that long.