Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sage Ebola advice

John Oliver has some sage advice on how to avoid contracting the disease near the end of this short clip.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stewart on Christie's ebola hysteria

Senator Warren criticizes Governor Christie's ebola quarantine

Warren is having none of Christie's mandatory 21-day quarantine for all health workers that have had contact with ebola patients. She warns him to use science on this, not politics. A regressive use science? That's like asking a Christian to use a pentagram-shaped communion wafer. The regressives have been continually cutting the scientific research budget since forever and all they got to offer now, as usual, is fear based not on fact but ideology.

Monday, October 27, 2014

California leading the clean energy movement in US

See this article. Last week the 25th annual Bioneers Conference was held in Marin. Their energy goals included 3,000 MW of solar power installed in the state by the end of 2016, photovoltaic panels on a million rooftops by 2017 and another million installed by 2020. They also plan on 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 and to build 1,000 charging stations for them, as well as reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. All retail electricity suppliers in the state must provide 33% of their power from renewable sources by 2020. If this can motivate the rest of the States and Fed energy policy we just might have a chance.

Gulf oil spill is NOT cleaned up

If we were to accept the media's lack of coverage after the initial spill, or the BP commercials thereafter, we'd think that the Gulf was good as new. But it is far from it according to this recent federal damage assessment research, which estimates that 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the ocean floor around the exploded rig. 172 million gallons were spewed into the ocean from the spill, with scientists still trying to figure out where it all went and the environmental consequences. All is not well in the Gulf but the oil business proceeds as usual.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Plus-one

Continuing from the last post:

Starhawk's chapter 6 is packed with a lot of helpful information. But for now I'll focus on one particular leadership role that seems at least broadly akin to the plus-one noted above. This is from the Snake style:

"Snakes keep an underview. They watc
h the group’s process and also help the group adopt practices and projects that build connections. They watch the patterns of emotion and communication in the group, and bring hidden conflicts up into the light. They challenge groupthink, keep watch on gossip and look at what is not being said or spoken about openly or directly" (131).


Here's how Bryant describes the plus-one:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Leaderless leadership

Bryant has a couple of interesting recent posts. In this one he again talks about Brown's rules of form, on how we must draw a distinction to discuss ( or think) anything, yet with each distinction we lose sight both of the unmarked space outside the distinction and the fact that the distinction so drawn becomes invisible to us. And yet we can take this process into account with second order observation, at least opening our distinctions to this excess beyond them, if not the impossible task of grasping the entirety of the unmarked space.

Kansas and the zombie lie

Of trickle-down economics. Maher's special new rule investigates the case of the KS governor imposing this always failed economic theory on his State to disasterous results. And yet regressives, faced time and again with this failure, keep insisting that it just wasn't implemented right. Or something. But never that it always fails because the theory IS a failure.

And worse yet, said regressive Governor was losing in the polls for his reelection until it was revealed that his Democrat opponent went to a strip club in his 20s. Yes, that's all, and yet the idiots of KS think that's some sort of disqualifying criteria and the opponent's lead in the polls has evaporated. So the regressive governor, who has caused real harm to the KS people, might win reelection when his opponent has only looked at boobs in his 20s? Maher's right that many of the American people are just plain stupid.

Maher's monologue

As usual last night touched on current events. The first was on how those health workers in Africa directly exposed to ebola come back to the US knowing full well that they might have contracted the disease, yet have this unshakable urge to go in as many public places as possible to share the infection. Are they just stupid or feel invulnerable because they follow the protocols that have already proven to be ineffective? The second is on a Muslim jihadist, but at first Maher says he must be a good liberal and not mention to what religion he belonged so as not to appear to be a bigot, reminding us of the ridiculous cultural relativism critique from his last run-in with the topic.