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Climate Change. ??

Bradford Pear (tree) in my side yard

December 11, 2009 Tree still has leaves

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is in progress in Copenhagen.

The Conference runs December 7 to 18, 2009.  We will see what the results will be at its’ conclusion.

There is much argument over costs to combat climate change.   Pay now or pay later.  Unbelievably, there are those that say what is or is not going on is not caused by human activity.  End of an Ice Age??  Cyclical Sun activity???  Random weather patterns????     ……. too many humans?

Here is my little contribution to climate change observation.  I have lived in my current house for ten years.  I live in coastal Virginia, USA.  This tree in my side yard has never had leaves in December.

Here is a link to the USA EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) climate change website.  Check it out.  See what you can do to make a difference.

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/index.html

Republicans will win the Governors Office in Virginia in 2009

Not because I want the Republican party/ McDonnell to win.  Unfortunately, it is because McDonnell ran a better campaign.

The Democratic Party could have won if they had run a better campaign.

The following comments, for the most part, are from an email I sent to drshow@wamu.org in response to their program today (Friday, October 30, 2009).

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Two observations on the subject of the Diane Rehm Show on NPR today, October 30, 2009

1:

Too much will be made of the Republican win in Virginia.  It is more about marketing than substance.
First off, even though Deeds won the summer Democrat run-off, the better over all candidate (Moran) did not win in that contest.
Additionally, the Democrat (Deeds) got a poor start in his public campaign after that summer election.  McDonnell, the Republican, got an early start with his advertising in the early summer.
The Republican has a MUCH better marketing campaign strategy/staff.  They (McDonnell’s campaign) are making much use of his large family, framing him as ‘folksy’ figure who most people can relate to.  His commercials are well composed.  McDonnell’s staff has made good use of attack politics and Deeds/Democrats  do not respond to those attacks.  They (Deeds’ campaign) finally got around to airing simultaneous (as in back to back/Rep then Dem.) commercials at summers end -but not in sufficient quantity/quality.  Deeds’ campaign merely attacks in return (NO creativity [but NOT -I mean- in the ‘making up stuff’ sense]) -additionally, NO calling out of the Republican statements/misstatements.
Deeds has a ‘funny’ first name.  I believe that is a handicap to most Virginia voters.  Yes, the current USA President has a ‘funny’ name, too; however, he can pull it off.

Deeds has a TERRIBLE campaign marketing strategy (staff?).  Deeds campaign uses/used, for the most part, a single issue (McDonnell’s masters thesis) to base its attacks on McDonnell’s past record.  That strategy is not working.  The Democrat commercials to present his (Deeds) ideas were poor and few.
McDonnell had the airwaves to himself in the summer.  EVERYBODY running for political office advertises in October.  The airwaves are then (now) crowded and confusing.
Deeds has not been presented as a ‘likable’ character (their attempts have been poor) – that has been a MAJOR mistake, in my opinion.
So, do not (You, the Media) make too much of the Republican win in Virginia. —-But we know that’s not going to happen.
I will vote for Deeds; however, I think he has no chance against the better run marketing campaign of McDonnell.
2:
The Government.  Flogging the ‘Government’ as too big, too corrupt, etc., remains the favorite topic of fear mongers.  The Government provides stability to this country.  I have a sister and a number of friends who have ‘government’ jobs.  They are productive, honest workers who strive to do their duties as required and some, over and above that.
Lumping the government workers into the ‘Big Government’ category is not helping attitudes of the assets of our country.  How is ‘Big Government’ defined?  Is it Civil Service workers, Congress, the President, the Courts, and policies and procedures all lumped together as the ‘Big Government’ problem?  Policies and procedures should be critiqued/changed as necessary for the good of everyone not just to the benefit of single issues/industries.  Investigations/prosecution of individuals who take advantage of their positions and the possibility of prosecution for misdeeds must always be ‘out there’ as a tempering brake.  Indiscretions of a few must not be applied to all.  The system is not perfect.  However, we (the people) continue to strive for a ‘more perfect union’. (and make changes to get there)
The government provides stability:  just look at Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc., countries with NO reliable systems in place.  Think about the ‘wild west’ period of the USA.  There is a fragile line of civilization in society, no matter where.  My little corner of Virginia in 2003, when Hurricane Isabelle blew through, provides an example.  The hurricane knocked out electricity and the means of communication for days.  Some elements of the local society took advantage of the situation.  A few roving bands of thieves broke into abandoned/non-occupied homes and businesses.  The thieves knew they had a window of opportunity and they took advantage of it.  THIS BEHAVIOR IS THE SAME EVERYWHERE ON THIS PLANET WHERE THERE ARE HUMANS.  When there are organizing systems in place and honest, earnest people (I did not say zealot) in charge of the ‘Government’, this behavior is held in check.
If it was not for ‘Government’ we would ALL be in the stone age or overrun by “Bernie Madoff’s”.
Please refine your critiques.
Broad brushing muddies the conversation and progress to societal improvements.
My two cents.

Training ~to avoid problems

Guest on PBS's Newshour program

Guest on PBS's Newshour program

 

Communication problems continue in America.

They escalate into other problems.  The arrest of the Harvard professor is one of those problems.  Is it all about Race?   About ‘who’s in charge here?’  About ‘ruffled feelings?’  About ‘who is supposed to be the ‘Adult’ in the situation?  Misunderstandings gone bad?  If it was between two White people, two Af-Am’s, two Asians or two matched anyones, would the controversy go this far? 

The Chief focuses on the issue at hand, not ‘society’s’ issues.  It is always about how the situation is handled.  Which path gets taken depends on training.   Flaring emotions are a powerful force.  The focus needs to stay on  solving the situation at hand to avoid escalation.  However, it does get down to who is the ‘professional’ in the situation. 

Ray Suarez, of PBS, interviews Joseph Thomas, Jr., Chief, Southfield Police Department, Southfield, Michigan, July 23, 2009 on PBS’s Newshour.

The Chief says “you can talk yourself into a ticket or, worse, getting arrested with a trip to jail.” 

I say:  “You have to watch how you talk to an officer of the law.” (no matter what color YOU are or THEY are – even if your colors match)   In addition, how do you talk to an officer on YOUR property????   Still, Probably, very carefully.

The Chief says: “Training is the key.”   For everyone.  Continuing Education.  Things change.  Society changes.  Everyone needs to update their training.   Continuously.

Read the transcript at NPR:  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/social_issues/july-dec09/gates_07-23.html

The Chief is a really smart guy.

What is YOUR geek quotient ???

MINE is ‘up there’.  However, The Geek Squad has nothing to worry about.

Returned from a trip to Florida Tuesday night, 11:30 pm, Computer DOES NOT turn on…      Nancy to Nancy:  it’s late – try it in the morning….   AM – still does not turn on – it trys to – – – –

Calls for help…  Thanks to Rich Benet, IT guy @ VPAR (my Realtor association), I am able to hone in on the problems…….         Replaced power source, installed new 512 RAM card {512 is ONLY option for OLD computer} (put older 512 card in 2nd slot – if it is not DEAD, will add to short term memory [need some of that myself]).  Also, replaced the power cord (guy @ Best Buy suggestion – said ‘sounds dumb, but they go bad as well’).

!!!!!! IT WORKS !!!!!!   I am totally proud of myself.  >>>>Yeah, well, I did ‘piss away’ (??? did I say that ????) the whole day solving that problem.<<<<  One trip to VPAR, two trips to Best Buy -One more trip to BB to return the ‘Battery Backup Power Strip’ the salesman talked me into purchasing-   Multiple opening and closing of the tower case – disassembling the wires – repluging in, in another location to test if the electrical outlet & power cord @ my desk was the culprit –  Replacing the power source was scary /as it did not look ‘just like’ the old one/ all those wires (and they are a different color w/different looking sockets – but the business end is the same)       ??? will I get all of the things ??? (cd/dvd drives, motherboard, memory device sockets, & one or two other things..) plugged in correctly {if not, have to go back in to recheck – OR ‘throw in the towel’ & take an additional trip to see Rich}    

HOWEVER——-  YEP,   MY ‘GEEK QUOTIENT’ is pretty ‘up there’.  My desktop computer is WORKING !!! again  >>>>>>>>>No having to resort to the laptop… have yet to install the printer software and have not figured out/taken the time/ how to set up the wireless access to the printer to same laptop…..<<<<<<<<<

I am able to make this post, yea !!!!

Inside of computer before repair

Inside of computer before repair

                                                    

In garage, cleaning out the dust bunnies

In garage, cleaning out the dust bunnies

Pix to map how wires are supposed to be hooked up               

   

Cord tangle

Cord tangle

The Computer & Me - in that space    (to install component wires)

The Computer & Me - in that space (to install component wires)

Dynex - new power source, looks like a medusa; two RAM cards now; adaptor for motherboard cord to power source

Dynex - new power source, looks like a medusa; two RAM cards now; adaptor for motherboard cord to power source

 

TIME CONSUMING  — that’s why repair people get paid

And, taking things apart satisfies curosity in people like me.

Craig Ferguson is the funniest guy on late TV

If you’re up in the late hours, or can think to turn on the recorder, gotta watch Craig Ferguson !!!!!

Invisible friend… Puppets… Facial expressions …. Characters ….                                            The Accent …..

Tonight (July 7, 2009) Craig gave a moving tribute to Michael Jackson… must see when it comes on Youtube …   >you might find it on the CBS website<

Usually has two guests…. Most are pretty good…. Larry David was on recently -promoting his movie ‘Whatever Works’ – I thought Larry David bombed

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Where have you been Nancy???? Well, I DON’T know )))) Ferguson has been on LLS since 2005… i thought he got there SIX months ago++++ Funniest guy on television – making me lose sleep.

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Doesn’t get any respect from CBS – a quick perusal of their website – – – NO Craig on the front page _ have to go to a ‘drop down menu’ to find info                                                          (- impressive  ~ uh, the accomplishments, not the way you have to look all over the place to find CF )

http://www.cbs.com/late_late_show/

Good Day in America

Great Day in America

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