will brady's ruminations
America's energy "problem"
| Frank M. Currie
"...there's not an 'energy problem'. There's more energy readily available to us than we could use over many foreseeable futures. The Sun's got something like 5 billion good years left in it while things like oil
UPDATE 14 march 04
have, arguably, fifty. Maybe coal will go for another 100-200 years. No, there's no energy problem - there's a will problem. We - collectively - and in spite of entrenched traditional views and interests, need to choose to get and use energy more responsibly. We don't need to live in third world villages to have a clean planet."
| Asserting that use of so-called "alternative" energy sources are not pie-in-the sky, the Taipei Times reports about General Electric's buy out of bankrupted AstroPower
corporation's assets and debt, may be a harbinger of profits down the road for this resource | This purchase has not been the first solar power resources for GE, which follows in the steps of another petrol giant BP
, which has been promoting solar energy development more agressively for some years now |
My question is, when do these beheomoths plan on sharing their wealth by making it available to consumers at affordable prices?
marriage and family values
| an anthropological opinion
Statement from the American Anthropological Association
"The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships, and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.
The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association strongly opposes a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples."
values for caregivers
quote | Joann C Jones
"...during my second year in nursing school, our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the building?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorthea.
gay mormons in love
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inspired by Kristen Thomas' Spam Poetry website
"What is to give light must endure burning"
back pain continues
| there are few things I like less | In the past I had been plagued with lower back pain, ascribed ~variously~ to weak muscles, kidney stones, a range of gastrointestinal problems | Now the problem is in the upper back ~a strained, sprained or torn deltoid muscle | chief symptom: Spasms | wonderful! [not!] | Puts me out from work, has me so distracted at times I cannot even get work at home accomplished |
side benefits of back pain
I've begun to do a bit of sketching, somewhat along the lines of my "boots" picture [above right], in that I take the everyday stuff right in front of me and show in in a way that may seem unfamiliar | As I get some of the work scanned, I'll put it up for you to see |
I've also been reading more | Below are some magazines I've been looking at recently | Each of these provides a fresh perspective not brought up in mainstream media, which is too bad, for the points of view presented are vital and warrant review |
Perservation, the flagship publication for the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Sun, no advertising; and "...regularly printing pieces that are too risky, too personal, too sad, too something" for mainstream media
American Prospect; "...a magazine of public ideas, firmly committed -- however unfashionably -- to a belief in public improvement"
Earth Island, brainchild of environmental activist David Brower, "...through education and activism, ...promoting the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the Earth"; and
Townsend Letter, "the examiner of medical alternatives"
But back to where I started, now it's time to go to first the doc, then to physical therapy | Oh joy! | That's it for now |