Monthly Archives: June 2005

The folly of Kyoto

Back when I was a sophmore, on of my good friends and suitemates was taking the introductory course on Global Economics.

He had to write a term paper for his course and the topic he decided to take on was the Kyoto treaty. Now, said friend identifies himself as a liberal. However, what he discovered while doing research for his paper was that the Kyoto Protocol would have been bad for the American economy.

He told us that the treaty/protocol was biased in favor of “developing” nations (which included China and India) in terms of greenhouse gas emissions–and that the caps mandated by the protocol would decrease American production and overall hurt the economy.

Now, what was so funny about all of this, was that another one of our suitemates (there were 8 of us total), was (and still is) an avid enviromentalist. She was almost apopleptic when she heard my friend going around talking about his finding (yes, he was instigating some of this for fun). So it was a constant source of entertainment for me.

This memory came right back to mind when I saw this headline over at the Drudge Report: Bush: Kyoto Treaty Would Have Hurt Economy

President Bush said in a Danish TV interview aired Thursday that adhering to the Kyoto treaty on climate change would have “wrecked” the U.S. economy.

“Kyoto would have wrecked our economy. I couldn’t in good faith have signed Kyoto,” Bush told the Danish Broadcasting Corp., noting that the treaty did not include other nations — including India and China — that he called “big polluters.”

I’m going to send my friend a copy of the article, as the President hit on the same things he did in his research paper. It’s also worth noting for the record, that the Senate had voted 97-0 against Kyoto’s ratification a few years earlier.

And where was I during all of this economic-enviromental debate? Cursing at my Organic Chemistry textbook (it was sophmore year after all)

Welcome visitors!

Thank you to the two commenters who pointed out that they found my little blog via the Daou Report.

I confess to not really reading the Daou report (just b/c I don’t like having to sit through an ad to read it–I don’t have the attention span).

But nevertheless, weclome anyway!

Military Recruiters and schools

Update: Welcome visitors and commenters from the Daou Report

I’ve also responded to the first 12 comments in the following post above
(The other comments arrived after that post was put up, but I promise to reply to all the comments)

A quick thought on the topic:

What’s with all the carping by many a vocal segment on the left-side of the political spectrum (that doesn’t mean all those on the left, but just some) about letting the Military send recruiters into Public Schools? I remember every so often seing representatives from the Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines (the Air Force came the least) in the cafeteria occasionally at school.

There were kids who tallked with the recuiters b/c they were interested…and most of the time, the recruiters just had giveaways for people (e.g. Mousepads, lanyards, etc.)

I don’t see what the big deal is with letting recruiters for the military into gov’t property?
(Note: I’ve been corrected, I forgot that schools are local gov’t property, not Fed. property)

Also on the topic of giving recruiters addresses…again, what’s the big deal? When many students take their standardized tests (e.g. PSAT, SAT, ACT) there’s a bubble that you can fill in to share your info with colleges and universities (and you proceed to get a lot of mail from random schools)–but the Military likely also gets your info. So what’s wrong with that?

On top of it all, when boys turn 18, we’ve gotta register with Selective Service, and guess what–the Military can get our addresses from there too! *Gasp*

I fail to understand what all the whining and carping is about…

Update: I’ve clarified myself and fixed some of my errors in a follow-up post above on the blog

Box-office Flop?

A recent survey has confirmed what many had been suspecting recently: Americans are staying away from the multiplex in droves.

Why are people staying away?
25% said they perfer watching movies at home
and another 25% say it’s too expensive.

I’m not sure which of these two camps I fall into.

Right now, I’d say I’m leaning towards the latter…

You know when you look at the movie listings, in addition to showtimes, they list the cost of tickets.

Around here, the lowest ticket price is $8, and that’s at a no-thrills theater (e.g. no Stadium seating, no advanced sound or anything like that).

The other theaters are all $9+ dollars for a ticket. Then factor the cost in of any refreshments you may want, and how much are you spending already?

Then say you’re going to a movie with a date, multiply everything by 2…

How much do DVDs cost again?

Lunatic ofr logical?

Background: A flop house–a 900 sq ft, single family home housing 64 people, mostly illegal immigrants from Mexico, was busted by authorities (More background)
Protests broke out because the men were evicted without notice, and now 20 or so are homeless. [Aside: No, ICE agents wern’t at the scene to make arrests].

In response to a protest by some 200 people, mainly illegal immigrants along side “professional activists”, apparently the county executive called them: “a 1 percent lunatic fringe”

Newsday.com: Levy’s Farmingville remark sparks wrangle

Was the county executive over the top in his remarks or do you think he was right?

After al, he responded: “”The 99 percent of the county that supports the closing of this hellhole need not worry. I will not back down to the 1 percent lunatic fringe.”

Hobbies

I started reading the Make: Blog recently and I’m constantly awed by all the different things featured on the blog, especially some of the DIY types of projects.

Some of the projects seem like they’d be really fun to take on or construct. However, my frugality sometimes gets in the way of some of the bigger stuff (esp. the computer projects)

I’ve come to realize that I need to pick up some more hobbies. I enjoy reading books, but that’s not enough.

Perhaps I should go back to doing jigsaw puzzles?

What kinds of hobbies do you have?

The Barrista

You’ve gotta check out Brewed Fresh Daily, where George serves up thought provoking post after post…

It ceases to amaze me how much his posts make me think about things; and how well he promotes Cleveland.

Even if you’re not from Northeast Ohio, his posts will make you pause, reflect and think about things…so go check it out!

Fun with Dry Ice

Anyone remember when they were younger, say in elementary school, when the teacher or someone else would bring a piece of dry ice to class, and do all sorts of neat tricks with it?

Anyone remember what those tricks were?
We use a lot of dry ice here in the lab and it just evoked memories of fun in the past…

Study Complete!

I’ve done it! I’ve completed my first (formal) research experiment!

I just sent the samples off to another lab for analysis, so all that’s left to do is wait for the results and then do data analysis…but that’s all little stuff by comparison.

My excitement may sound a bit odd, but today’s sending of the samples culminates 8+straight weeks of work (I’ve got to count the number of consecutive days)…

Now I wait anxiously, like a kid waits for Santa on Christmas Eve, for the data from the other lab…

It’s time to celebrate!

Big day on the court

Last day of the term for the Supreme court…

Much noise is being made about two decisions being handed down…the Ten Commandments case(s) and the anynomous sources cases…which are big in and of themselves.

But what about the big P2P case (MGM v. Grokster)? Where’ s the media on that one?
(I’m pulling for Grokster)

Update: From what’s on the wires–what bad rulings! Boo! Hiss!

Fried

Today was another hot and overly humid one here…and in as much, I think my brain was fried today, as I couldn’t think of anything to blog about.

Tomorrow I finish up my experiment in the (nice air conditioned) lab…so celebration is definitely going to be in order.