will brady's ruminations
PATRIOT Act unpatriotic
| Unconstitutional as well ~ under the provision of unreasonable search and seizure | Why am I not surprised? | The ACLU website has ACUL v Ashcroft
[you'll need Adobe Acrobat
to open the file]
And wither the FCC? What's their take on privacy for John and Jane Q Public
| Maybe the FBI should be able to keep prying into Internet use without opposition | Hell, even if I've done nothing wrong, I don't want some Washington politbureau spy checking out the sites I visit, no matter what they might be about |
Rules about file sharing are determined and YOU are not invited
| That's alright | The Recording and Film Industry and Software Giants like Microsoft are quite ready to speak their concerns about copyright ripoffs | Having been so succesful at ripping off composers, artists and authors of music, books, film scripts and software programs, they ought to know real well how to spot the theives in our midst |
Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell may have been right about one thing
| They predicted disasters and conflagration in areas that go against the wishes of GOD | But maybe four hurricanes hitting heavily Republican strongholds in Florida
is just a co-incidence |
[seriously folks, I'm not any more anti republican than I am anti democrat | we just need MORE ruling parties for the corporate elite to share the power by]Army Recruiting figures going down
| ABC News interviewed recruiters who not that enrollment is dropping, though the ones who come and ask to join are committed to the cause |
Kerry comes across smooth
| Scowly, grimacing Dubya stumps his pre-selected audiences to retort the next day | The bully is brave outside the fight ring |
HERE'S LOOKIN AT YOU
Playing with mirrors again
| Reflective surfaces only provide a tease to what's there | Even then, the content is illusory ~ deceptive |
My work puts me in constant contact with metaphorical landscapes, inhabited by others, delusional in content by the standards of others but nonetheless real ~ and oft times frightening |
One man is caught up battles long ago considered over by his adversaries / a woman gets justifiably terrified by a kid [22 years in age] who wraps chains around his hands in a menacing way / another soul, caught up in a swirl of words and language appearing to him as one of Christo's constructions on a hill |
How do we converse? What brings us closer to resolution? When we who purport to be healers don't even realize that world behind the mirror's surface | Alice in Wonderland had it easier | She knew she was in another realm |
I've been moving things around
| Older entries, those related to mental health, psychiatry, the prescription drug industry, lost souls and survivors have been ~ or are being ~ transferred over to the madbook
weblog, as I want to have that material with it's own separate focus |
I've tried to stay to the dates of the original postings, but in some cases have just put them in anywhere |
Entries already transferred include "Fred goes for another walk
", "Recovery is not a 'treatment modality'
" as well as items about some of the the world's biggest drug dealers
and their deceptions
Moodus Sportsman's Club
Last weekend was our annual Pig/Turkey Roast | The crowd was smaller than prior years, but that didn't stop some of us from hanging out around the bonfire 'til after 1:00 a.m. |
In addition to the prok and turkey, there was venison stew and chili, beer and good company | Local politicians to senior citizens; kids playing horseshoes and a raffle where I parted with one of my paintings |
Congress extends wind energy credit
| Provision will jumpstart $2 billion of alternative power efforts |
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress extended through 2005 a popular tax credit for companies that produce electricity from wind, enabling what an industry group said was about $2 billion worth of wind energy projects to proceed.
The projects would add more than 2,000 megawatts in capacity that could provide power to half a million homes, the American Wind Energy Association said.
Energy companies will be able to get a tax credit of 1.8 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced. One 50-watt light bulb left on for 20 hours consumes one kilowatt-hour of power.
The tax credit expired on Dec. 31, 2003 and a multi-year extension was initially part of legislation to overhaul U.S. energy policy for the first time in more than a decade.
However, with that broad energy bill bogged down in Congress, lawmakers put language in a family tax cut bill passed late Thursday that would extend the production tax credit through the end of 2005.
President Bush is expected to sign the legislation.
The U.S. wind industry installed a near-record 1,687 megawatts of capacity in 2003. This year, however, most new wind energy projects are on hold because of uncertainty over the tax incentive, according to the wind trade group.
The industry has installed only about 30 megawatts of new wind capacity so far this year, the group said.
U.S. wind energy capacity reached 6,374 megawatts at the beginning of this year, which is the amount of electricity used by about 1.6 million average American households each year.
The Energy Department has announced a goal for the United States to obtain 5 percent of its electricity from wind by 2020, which is consistent with the current rate of growth for wind energy, the trade group said.