December 1, 2013
Let me get this right. The government creates a energy/power/combateclimatechange policy which is predicated on the assumption of and wish for higher energy costs to force consumers to use less, and then when energy prices increase the government in all quarters go out of their way to promise energy price controls and reductions.
Where is is the policy/strategy change?
November 25, 2013
This from the 22 Nov issue of the New York Times:
Duke Energy agreed on Friday to pay $1 million in fines as part of the Justice Department’s first criminal case against a wind power company for the deaths of protected birds.
A subsidiary of the company, Duke Energy Renewables, pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Wyoming on Friday to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a federal law that protects migratory birds. The company was charged with killing 14 golden eagles and dozens of other birds at two wind projects in Wyoming since 2009.
In a plea agreement, the company said it would pay the fines to several conservation groups, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The company must also put a plan in place to prevent bird deaths in the future, federal officials said.
So let me get this straight. We know windmills kill birds. But it’s ok to go ahead and build them as long as we “contribute” money back to the conservation groups that try to protect the birds.
How will any amount of US$ in “fines” get “14 golden eagles and dozens of other birds back?”
November 17, 2013
See a lecture he recently made in Australia:
Also recommended is his book “Rational Optimist”.
November 4, 2013
Ryanair is in the news today. They are reporting their financial outlook shows reduced earnings. The stock market is responding and crushing their share price.
While I don’t wish bad tidings on anyone or any company, Ryanair is one company with which I have twice experienced as a customer. The first was opportunistic with the spirit of “it can’t be as bad as I hear”. The second was a “let’s try again” as they flew where we wanted to go.
I have not, and promised myself, I would never ever, try again.
November 4, 2013
For years I’ve used Fastmail for sending mail, and for some incoming mail. At the moment I can’t raise them. Server does not respond. Web site not responding. I can’t think of how to figure out what’s going on.
They got some free publicity when they wrote a blog posting about what they thought was a bug in Mavericks affecting one of their users. The post received a lot of attention. Turned out the user had some sort of Apple Script flaw, related to Junk mail or something. I didn’t follow it all. They posted a retraction. They also received some press attention when they announced their position re NSA issues.
Is their outages related to these episodes?
Update1: It’s a Virgin Media issue. See http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Up-to-60Mb-Setup-Equipment/No-routing-to-FastMail/td-p/2046358
Update2: Virgin fixed their problem. Now all seems to work.
October 30, 2013
The Professor Michael E Mann, Penn State University and sometimes-a-self-declared Nobel Laureate, has blocked me from following him on Twitter.
He made an assertion about what someone else reportedly said on Twitter. I replied in Twitter to ask that he provide the link or data which backs up the assertion.
He didn’t do that. But he evidently it the “block” button.
Humm. I feel a bit proud that I got his attention.
September 3, 2013
An hour ago BBC Radio 2 News said that the United Nations said that the Syrian Refugee problem is the “worst ever”. Now they are saying “worst in more than two decades”. Which is it? Why the change?