will brady's ruminations
open space preservation
| Well, the process is started again to have our town purchase outright or get conservation easements placed on a couple of large tracts of land | This time the effort to to preserve the watershed, protect the headwaters of a stream that -in the past- has been a cause of severe flooding, provide passive recreation that would be easily accessible | The property is but one of a series that, hopefully, will all fit into place nicely | And, no, the photo to the right is NOT in the area I'm describing |
glimmers of class warfare?
| Wouldn't you know that on USA Tax day (15 April) a gaggle of protestors converged on to Montréal's toney St James Hotel in a mass demonstration
against disparities of wealth, economic injustice and Quebec's Premier Jean Charest | Indybay.org
reported the following
"Protestors rushed the doors and pushed passed the frantic hotel manager into the exclusive first-floor dining room. Businessmen in expensive suits were shocked as black-clad and masked anarchists jumped on the oak tables or tried—unsuccessfully—to pull the table-clothes out from under the plates and glasses without knocking them over. Protestors played the grand piano or pocketed silver forks and ashtrays. Others demonstrators sat down at tables with the hotel’s dismayed, paying clients and helped themselves to their wine and hors-d’oeuvres. “Down with capitalism” was graffitied on the wall. Several hotel security guards attempted to grab a demonstrator, but were quickly restrained by other protestors. Another security guard said to one organizer, “Don’t worry, I’m not going to stop you. They only pay me $10 an hour. I’m on your side.”"
What next? Where else? We'll have to keep an eye on this | One thing is sure... Class Warfare is inevitable if the greed merchants and nastian caricatures
who run things these days, don't stop and pay heed to the impacts of their own actions ~ namely the effects of fattening themselves at the expense of everyone...and using everyone else's dollars to do it |
Actually, Class Warefare is probably an unsuitable term to use | Why? well, if for no other reason than that those in power these days, so throughly lack class, even though they are rich | More on this topic as it goes |
| think again on this ...or is he pushing to get on wetass chronicles
antonin scalia's church
| about Opus Dei
and another site the unofficial Opus Dei site
| It's always good to know the philosophical beliefs of powerful people | The read is encouraged |
psychiatric records: limited confidentiality in criminal cases?
| Julie Hilden
makes an interesting case about whether or not, in some cases, a person's psychiatric records ought to be revealed to a Court in a criminal case | The case in question is the Kobe Bryant rape charge
| Ms. Hilden notes
under current law, for patients to invoke this privilege, they have to respect it themselves. Otherwise, courts can hold that they have "waived" the privilege, or "opened the door" to the relevant evidence being introduced.
For example, suppose a patient begins to testify on the stand about what she says were the symptoms of her psychiatric condition. She then "opens the door" to being cross-examined on the same issue -- and the other side may now also be able now to seek documents that previously would have been covered by the physician-patient privilege. .
Similarly, suppose a patient brings a lawsuit that puts her psychiatric condition directly at issue. For instance, suppose she brings a libel suit challenging reports that her career has been hurt by the fact she has bipolar disorder - then she has to provide documents (even privileged ones) that are relevant to her claim. In that event, she has waived her right to assert the privilege simply by bringing the lawsuit.
Finally, the patient can also waive the privilege by simply giving her consent to the release of the relevant information.
Throughout the article, Ms. Hilden's rationale and focus remains narrowly defined, as it should be, with the primary question asked being one that would, if such protected information gets entered into criminal court proceedings, be used purly to establish that an innocent person would be wrongly convicted if such evidence were not accessible |
That sounds like a worth reason to allow for admission of such information | I know that this particular Pandora's Box should be opened with extreme caution, so weighing the pros and cons long beforehand, is warranted | Any thoughts on this one readers?
the war on consciousness
| "It is best to think of this as a revolution, not of guns, but of consciousness, which will be won by seizing the key myths, archetypes, eschatologies, and ecstasies, so that life won’t seem worth living unless one is on the transforming energy’s side.
If Diebold knew that its voting machine software had so many flaws
does this admission constitute a confession of fraud? | Oh, and there is more
to the story |
| Try a wig, a corset, a veil, a beard. Or cultivate shamelessness.
- Mason Cooley (b. 1927)
secret transcripts from the oval office?
| IMAO found this
| could it possibly be? | You tell me |
smog filled parks
| According to an article in Outside Online
about a half dozen of the USA National Parks are as polluted with smog
as some cities |
The artcile notes that "...the biggest causes of smog are emissions from cars, buses, trucks, power plants and industrial facilities. When these emissions—mostly nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds—are "cooked" in the sun they turn into ground-level ozone and ultimately smog.
"Because the federal standards call for pollution cleanup on a county level, the eight national parks are responsible for reducing on an individual basis, within their counties.
An EPA spokesperson noted that it wasn't exclusively the "cause" of the parks, but that surrounding areas contributed to the problem.
Now, what was Dubya saying about increasing the number of all terrain vehicles into Yellowstone?
v-- Photo credit: Colehill Parish Council Conservation Day
| The neighbors went away for the weekend and tagged a few trees. They said they'd appreciate it "...if I could drop 'em
" | Now, It was a lot of work, even though none of the trees dropped posted any special challenges | The saw blade pinched a number of times, but sometimes you got to expect that | Not until some time into the job did I get to thinking how much it would cost me to hire an arborist to do the work I did for free...alright, I did it for firewood (and the exercise
) ....but still... | The pix isn't my stuff | Putting it up until the links problem with my own site is corrected |
: Although I rarely follow the rule that says "work with someone else" [a rule I don't often honor when hunting, either
] I do recognize the importance of basic safety rules when using chain saws and while felling trees | Common sense ought to prevail, but sometimes people fail to use it | That said, here are a couple of sites about basic chainsaw or wood cutting safety:
University of Utah Extension Program: Fact Sheet AHS 04 | Very simple, basic fact sheet | Not enough detail to provide much practical guidance |
University of Missiouri: Basic Chain Saw Safety & Use | Of the three, the most comprehensive about maintaing and running a chainsaw safely |
Daniel Boone Nant'l Forest: Wood Cutting Permits | Written in an unassuming manner, the text nevertheless anticipates an audience who may know less than they proffer | Scroll down on this to get past the permit application stuff specific to the park | Offers good advice on preparing a site for wood cutting; essential chain saw safety pointers; advice on working out in the woods |
a visit from Bill
| Was restful and pleasant to have my friend Bill visist overnight while Bruce was off checking out tag sale/fleamarket/antique shops with Buddy | We tried listening to music for awhile but I don't get streaming video in a clear way, so we shut it off and actually visited | I'm embarassed that he had to pull a huge pile of clothes off the bed in the gurest room | Gotta do something about my pack rat/indifferent housekeeping practices |