So I just wan to say that before we totally blame one single oversized, overloaded truck, for this incident let’s keep in mind that this bridge, along with most bridges in the US were built for a traffic system that handled fewer cars. We should also keep in mind that cars have gotten bigger and commercial vehicles have gotten bigger too. So I think it’s time we really reduced the size of our vehicles as well, significantly. Sure, we need to modernize our infrastructure, but let’s not pretend that having tons of oversized SUVs run over the bridge for a few decades had nothing to do with this collapse either. Still, our overpriced camper’s organizations and defense department still seem to be up and running while our bridges are collapsing.
So let me state, before I expand on my main point here, that I care a great deal about the Environment and do a lot to reduce my own impact on it. Only an insane person would want to live on a polluted planet but there are three things that I see happening lately that concern me with Environmentalists 1. The “Environment” has become big business. 2. Environmentalists in general are very hypocritical and therefore should not be in leadership positions when it comes to solving our Environmental problems. We should leave this to real scientists. Meaning those that understand the scientific method and have proven that they do. 3. Environmentalists often are poor scientists, but hand out “scientific” information that is often outdated and wrong. This extends from a cult like status that most Environmental groups have. In essence, you have to be “one of them” to even be allowed to speak, and then you better make sure you agree with them most of the time even if they’re wrong.
Now, the Environmentalists will almost definitely counter these statements with, you must be a right wing man, because this is their default bullshit defense when anyone disagrees with them. So again, I am not. I learned a long time ago that both political parties are pretty much the same and I vote Green party now but have voted for others in the past. I actually vote for who I believe in. Imagine that.
Anyway, I’ll justify each point in a list.
A very nice man in a BMW came up to my door the other day to try and help the environment. He had a large BMW 5 series, and said, I see you’re still using a CFL outside, perhaps you should use an LED bulb. As if this was some revolation to me. The truth is I started using LED bulbs when Environmentalists were still telling everyone to use CFLs, regardless of the toxic mercury in them, and the fact that grandma didn’t know that that meant that they had to be recycled instead of just thrown in the trash. They also are made overseas and often travel at least 4,000 miles to get here. So silly me, I thought I should actually replace them with LEDs as they burn up and recycle the old bulbs. You see the wealthy are all on board with the “green” thing now because it’s part of hip rich guy culture, but a person driving a sports or luxury car is probably missing the point. You see, they seem to forget that even if I ran my car twice as much and used all CFLs instead of LEDs in my home I couldn’t come close to emitting the pollution in a year that that they do.
Also, about 73.9 million American workers are on minimum wage. The next tier aren’t far about that. So about 1/3rd of American workers make around minimum wage. So when your super wealthy Environmental organizations come around and tell you to spend more money to save the Environment they are missing the point that at least 1/3rd of Americans can’t spend more. They also forget that buying local isn’t always better. Wired recently ran a blurb about wasteful watering techniques on wineries. Many wineries, especially those run by technologically adverse hippies, don’t use water monitoring technologies. They use the “neighbor” watering method. Meaning that they water when their neighbors do, wasting up to 80% of their fresh water. Now since we think only about 3% of all water is fresh water, and we’ve polluted at least 25% of that then buying organic wine off of Free Waterfall Senior out of the back of his poorly maintained Volkswagen Bus might actually be worse for the environment then buying it from a responsible farm that uses water monitoring technology and may actually use some conventional techniques as well to make the most out of their land usage. So let’s look at this from a business standpoint. You’re buying all new bulbs for your home, which is awesome for rich Americans that have invested in the tech compaines that make the bulbs mostly overseas. You are buying wine that costs twice as much but wastes fresh water, and you’re poor because you’re buying overpriced local food as well cause you feel guilty but you’re doing this without evidence, or with evidence provided to you buy biased environmentalists that the farm you are buying from saves resources. In the end there’s a good chance that you’re just maintaining a specific lifestyle for some of your neighbors, and certainly filling their pocketbooks but are you saving the environment? Well, new technology will probably save the environment. Imagine a train that travels at 4,000 mph with zero friction running off of solar panels. This train can transverse the US and use less energy than Free Waterfalls’ VW Bus.
How many environmentalists do you know that ski, golf, and participate in outdoor activities that require specialized craft, etc. to participate in? I know a lot, and I don’t hold this against them. They are doing what those of us in the developed world do and perusing a hobby, but they will sure hold certain hobbies against you. I am into motorcycles. I often commute on mine, and when I do I get 53mpg, but when I just use it for fun it’s technically wasteful. Still, I consistently have environmentalists in Subaru Outbacks raving about plastic bag bans, even though their vehicles use about a 900 year supply of bags up in one year on the road (based on 10,000 miles driven). Sure, little things add up, but they are definitely missing the point if they are up your ass about plastic bags while driving a car even 3,000 miles a year. They are still using about a 300 year supply of plastic bags up in that distance, especially if they are just using their vehicles to goof off and get to a golf course or ski slope. Which both require many gasoline and diesel powered machines to be maintained and run annually.
I won’t rehash points made in point one and two here. I will highlight a recent development in my local school system to help me make this point. Freshmen are taking AP classes now. Yep, our school system has a 25% drop out rate here, and we again are focusing on the few good students in school to pull its averages up, not fixing the underlying problems. However, the AP science offering here for Freshmen is Environmental Science. Which I would have nothing against as a senior level course, but how is a student really going to understand Environmental Science if they haven’t taken basic Chemistry, Biology and some Ecology? Basically, it’s a super watered down course that puts the schools on the map, but is introduced at the inappropriate time to attract students that will do well in the course. When running this by Environmentalists they oven tell me how a student of this kind of science doesn’t need to understand complex Biology and Chemistry to do well in this course, or even Ecology, and then I wonder what they could possibly be studying.
This leads me to my final point. The core sciences have all of the necessary tools a student needs to successfully work on Environmental problems. You should learn the core sciences, and specialize later. The Environment is important, but Environmental science seems poorly defined as a field at best. It is good for colleges, who want to fill seats, it is a popular buzz word among the wealthy who want to pretend that by saving a few bags their 5,00 square foot all glass home, and 8 cylinder luxury car has little or no impact, but in the end the definition of what it does in constantly changing. This makes it a sham science. What we really need to do is look to our traditional scientific and engineering fields, who have already produced many items that would alleviate pressure on the Environment while maintaining quality of life, and stop gumming up the works with popular buzz science instead. Also, helping out other people has a positive impact on the environment. So instead of filtering money to poorly run, questionable Environmental not for profits, maybe we should put it into things like clean water and scrutinize Environmental organizations as much as we do just bout everything else. They have millions of dollars, retirement funds, and all of the makings of businesses that will maintain themselves and lie if necessary to keep their organizations afloat, but they seem to benefit from a belief that they are trying to do good on the whole even when the evidence doesn’t support it or doesn’t even exist. I think that instead of applying this bias to them, we should hold them to a standard like we should hold any organization to and stop funding them if they’re inefficient. This is what makes them dangerous. Misdirecting funds that are needed elsewhere for legit work that also benefits the environment.
Reason number 100 million to use this instead of Netflix.
100,000,000 = It works on Ubuntu/Linux. Now the real question is what would the official naming of Ubuntu be according to hardcore Linux guys. GNU/Ubuntu/Linux, GNU/Linux/Ubuntu, etc.?
100,000,001 = It’s $40 a year if you’re a student and as a student you should be using Linux.
Although I think we tax people too much in general, especially the wrong people, and I think the way that taxes are used is wasteful at best, I am always annoyed when I see something like this advertised by a wealthy person. I saw this license plate cover on a BMW the other day, and I thought, well asshole you seem to have enough extra money for a luxury car, so I guess maybe we’re actually not taxing the wealthy to death after all. Just everyone else. Food for thought. Oh, and fuck that guy. What a tool.
Here are Apple’s new steps to break a brand new Apple computer. Yes, I’ve been working on them for years and I can fix this, but it’s kind of ridiculious how much their computers suck now. I have more than one of these stories recently.
1. Buy a new Apple computer with OSX 10.8 on it.
2. Transfer data to it from a healthy OSX 10.6.8 or later computer using the proprietary migration assistant utility.
3. Try to log into any account that was transferred.
4. Reinstall OS cause your brand new computer has been broken through this routine process. (Probably what you’ll do as an average user. You can try some stuff in the terminal, but I just wanted to point out how unacceptable this is.)
Man, this company really doesn’t take computers very seriously anymore. Hopefully their portable stuff (meaning iPhones and iPads) are at least decent.
Here’s a song I wrote dedicated to all of the Lady Bros out there, and all of my Lady Bros .
You’re not just a lady
You’re my bro
You’re not just beautiful
You’re hands are like stones
Sometimes when I’m kissin you
I forget you’re my bro
And things get out of control
But then it’s like
I’m touchin my bro
And I feel real low
Oh Lady Bro
You’re not just a lady
You’re my bro
And I may get confused
Cause I wanna be with you
But I guess we can just go to the zoo
And drink some brews too
Don’t you just want to play paintball
Then maybe spoon a little
Don’t you just want to work on some cars
Then maybe spoon a little
Don’t you just want to go to the bar
Then maybe spoon a little
Don’t you want to smoke some dope
Then maybe spoon a little
Don’t you want to mack some ho’s
Then maybe spoon a little, kiss a little, touch a little, oh….
So a friend of mine pointed out that since we used to call Snoop Dawg, Snoop Doggy Dog, perhaps we should call him Snoop Liony Lion. I then realized that we didn’t want to lose his heritage in his new name, you know from back when he was just know as a bad rap artist instead of bad reggae star, and give him a middle name. I propose that we call him Snoop Doggy Lion or Snoop Liony Dawg. Just a thought I wanted to share.
Not just Bellingham, but many other communities are starting plastic bag bans. In fact they’re not just starting bans, but they’re charging 5 cents per paper bag if you dare to forget your reusable bags, you planet hating Neanderthal! Still, nothing says that you are an uneducated Neanderthal quite like not having the ability to do basic math. I should also note that many plastic bags were being reused in other applications in the home anyway. Sure mandate biodegradable bags, or even paper as a rule, but charging for getting a bag at all. Shouldn’t that be up to the grocer?
I personally had visions of a SWAT team members in full tactical gear, backed up by a K-9 crew, sniffing out people’s exhaust systems for contraband plastic bags hidden in their mufflers. With cops yelling things like, “Get on the ground mother-fucker, that’s the last time your ass is going to use a plastic bag! You make me sick!” Also things like, “We got a tip that some Merican (yes that is Merican and not American) hating piece of shit is trying to smuggle plastic bags into Bellingham, we’re going to take him down. On the ground mother-fucker or I’m goona bust a cap in your ass bitch!” My fantasies go on and on about this one. Especially when I saw the very official ordinance notification in Trader Joes’ outlined in pretty, very happy, colors. I’ll post a photo soon.
Anyway, here’s the funny part about it. While I was waiting in line I looked in the parking lot and noticed a ton of Subaru Outbacks, SUV’s, and other light trucks. I guessed the average gas mileage on the vehicles was about 25 mpg. So here are some fun facts on plastic bags. I did find some varying statistics, but no matter what way you cut it, they basically have no impact compared to cars. Sure there is a litter impact, but cars also leak fluids, so I’ll say that that negates that argument. It may not be as noticeable as a plastic bag, but anti-freeze is hard for little critters to resist, for example. I’m such a planet hating jerk personally that I use the pet safe stuff in my vehicles. I also fix my leaks, you know something that hippies usually don’t do to their 1964 VW Bus. Anyway, while you’re driving home in your Outback, cranking the AC, since you think that 85 degrees is actually hot outside cause you’ve lived here for at least 5 years and further reduced your fuel efficiency by 2 mpg, and you’re feeling good about yourself cause you used reusable bags remember this.
“The equivalent of approximately 12 million barrels of oil goes into the annual US supply of plastic bags. This sounds like a huge number until you compare it to the 10 million barrels used every day as gasoline for cars. Bags use a fraction of 1% of the amount going into cars. The average person uses about 500 bags each year – the oil equivalent of about half a gallon
of gas.” — This is from the above ecozel link.
Still it’s no surprise that hippies can’t do math. Sure, this puts Bellingham on the map, but in a backward way once you break it down. It’s not like not using plastic bags is a bad thing, but it would have been nice to do something that has real results instead of just pretending to so we get our town in the news. By the way I ride a bicycle to the grocery store and use reusable bags sometimes, mostly because of their durability. A far more effective standard would have been to put a luxury tax on vehicles that get less than 30 mpg (city), let’s say $50 per listed mpg below 30 mpg annually, but the hypocrites that are for the plastic bag ban would never stand for that. They want to drive their SUVs to the supermarket after all. Even the newest Subaru Outback only gets 32 mpg maximum on the highway and 24 mpg in the city, which is better than many, but again not exactly fuel efficient like the Golf TDI, etc. Yes it’s a big step forward for the US, but our beliefs about fuel economy are still pretty awful. The more disturbing thing is that I’ve read reviews highlighting the new Outback as a car that “sips fuel.” I guess in the US we still have to remind people that anything that gets below 40 mpg on the highway does not sip fuel and should not be advertised as such. Sure the Subaru’s are great in many ways, compared to other cars in their class, but “sips fuel….” Well I guess compared to your husband’s Colorado truck it probably does. make sure you have him stop by Trader Joe’s to pick up some hummus in a plastic container on his way home. Maybe he can get individually wrapped string cheese to go with it.
In closing, this ordinance is almost as bad as the signs I see on the way to Lake Whatcom in Bellingham that tell me not to wash my car in my driveway to help protect the quality of the lake water. I wonder if this is true if I use biodegradable soap…. Anyway, I usually see this sign right before cresting the hill and noticing a giant motor boat in the lake doing approximately the speed of light.
My puppy, Kona, weighs in on how to make an insect collection.
So I made a song based on a recent event. That event was, creating a dinosaur poster of the Mesozoic Era for my Zoology class…. Anyway, if you’re in the class you’ll get the joke. Otherwise you’ll probably just hate this.
Here’s an MP3 of it for those of you who requested it, etc. You all know how I feel about MP3 though….
Lyrics as requested. I didn’t spend a lot of time lining these up.
There once was this girl named Jaci
and she was really cool to me
when I took Organic Chemistry
but then we both took Zoology
and we had to do a poster
of the Mesozoic Era and she got really mean to me
she was all like don’t put that T-Rex there.
Then she injured her knee and wouldn’t take
Ibuprofen to reduce the swelling
and she got even meaner to me.
I was all like can I carry your backpack for you
and she was like whatever I hate that sponge lab
but I guess we’ll do it to pass the class.
I just wish I did a better job of picking out the
backgrounds for our dinosaur pictures
and man am I sorry if it made you angry
I know that purple doesn’t go with the Archaeopteryx
or with a Stegosaurus
but you used it anyway.
Well I guess that’s the end of my song
I just hope that soon we can do another dinosaur poster
with different color backgrounds
and we can get at least 5 Archaeopteryx on the poster
and we could be cool to each other the whole time.
I, I don’t know why, I don’t why you’re so mean to me when I just wanna be friends.
I, don’t know why
I, I don’t know why, I don’t why you’re so mean to me when I just wanna be friends,
and make a dinosaur poster
I don’t know why, I don’t know why you’re so mean to me when I just wanna be friends
and make a dinosaur poster with the motherfucking Archaeopteryx
Motherfucking Archaeopteryx is mother fucking cool, I like the Archaeopteryx even when it being a fool
Moterfucking Velocaraptor mothrefucking is cool, I like the Velocaraptor even when it bein a fool