Saturday, May 31, 2008
A binge? I don't think so. It's a lack of safety standards and ethical contractors. Most contractors and I was one...think that safety costs money. I learned it didn't and that it actually saved you money. Sad, but true...construction work is far more dangerous than that of police or firemen. It's a macho thing...
(New posts are up on my other blogs...)
Just as I thought it would. It's almost too easy to predict that the government will get wrong. Every time. Think about it... the phone call that precipitated the raid came from Colorado and not Texas. This they discovered after the fact. And now, because they got it wrong...it only makes it that much harder in the future.
Hmmm? I hadn't thought about this possibility. I do know, for a fact, that you can get pretty charged up with some of the Wii games. We were shooting a game of 'virtual' billiards on my daughter's Wii the other day and I can see where a mis-cue could lead to some damage, especially during the break! Aptly named.
But, another thought...how useful is this for the coming election season? Feel like throwing something at your least favorite candidate? Go ahead! In fact, I might even go back to watching television if I could throw things.
I suppose I should report that we are having a problem with our new car. The passenger airbag warning light keeps turning on, indicating a malfunction. We’ve taken it to the dealer twice now and yesterday they ordered a new seat sensor for the passenger side; of course. Other than that, we’re certainly happy with the mileage we’re getting (35.2) and the overall comfort of the car. Though it might have been fun, driving a Mini-Cooper to the store and back…I’m not sure it would have been that much fun to drive to
And it’s funny, now that we own a hybrid, how many we see! Though most are Toyota Prius’s. (Prius’s?) And not that many people realize that the
Some good stuff this morning, but I especially liked this...
"...a disagreeable nature may go hand in hand with better vocabulary and knowledge retention in older age."
Yes, I can be crabby as well as the next person. And I can feel good about it!
This is the end of spring. Today. The calendar may disagree with me, but I know summer when I see it and next week will be summer. It’s 63° outside and will head up to 85° before the day is over. By Wednesday it will be in the 90’s.
And it’s very noisy outside. Despite the darkness, the birds are making a racket. I also heard the neighbor’s cat and that may be the reason for all of the bird’s excitement. Hmm? There’s an owl. And I’m also looking for bats. This is the best time to see them as they are silhouetted against the eastern sky. Finally! There was one at last. And another. They are returning to the old barn next door after eating their fill of mosquitoes; I hope. We are enjoying a mosquito free spring so far and I hope it stays that way.
Me? I’m quiet this morning. There isn‘t a whole lot of news to comment on and that’s nice…sometimes.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Is it my imagination, or are the months really flying by this year? Yikes! It’s graduation time for one of our granddaughters; she’s moving on to high school next year. High school? How did that happen?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
We distributed some of our excess cherries yesterday and I will try and get the rest of them off of the tree today or tomorrow. And I went searching for a pickled cherry recipe and found one that looked pretty good. I have four jars of pickled cherries in the refrigerator now and will let you know how they turn out after the required two week waiting/curing time has passed and I have sampled them.
I was going to find a photo of pickled cherries to add here, but I couldn’t find the perfect one to post, but I did find this! Now, that’s a brave cook!
During the past year or so I’ve been going back and forth between IE7 and Firefox, always looking for the perfect browser. I always ended up back at IE7 because of the way the RSS feeds were handled. But yesterday, following my sister’s advice, I searched the Firefox add-on’s for a better RSS feed monitor and I discovered that I already had it installed (Sage) but had never configured it to work the way I wanted it to. It’s working now!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Time, once again, to irrigate the orchard. And speaking of orchards and crops and all of that…we seem to be blessed with some abundance again this year. We have picked cherries and taken about 30 pounds just from the low branches of the one tree; the ones we can reach from the ground. Once we start using a ladder, there will be even more. I’m not sure why the birds weren’t taking them as they have in years past, but I’m grateful. Pickling cherries is on my list of things to do...
Apricots, peaches, apples, nectarines, walnuts and pomegranates are plentiful as well. I have to keep stripping the developing fruit from the overly laden branches before they break off. Plums and pears are the only fruit that are in short supply this year (Again) and I’m about ready to give up on those trees and plant some new ones. Maybe more cherries? The yellow
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
FOX? Why am I not surprised?
That's true...you might be able to survive a terrorist attack. But, on the other hand...
Yikes! What happened? It’s almost 5 and I just woke up. That means that I’m an hour late for everything! But what does that mean? I’m retired and have no place I have to be, no appointments to be kept. Yet…I felt that was behind in some way. And in my rush to get back on track, I quickly read Time Goes By. Oh, oh.
It may take me all day to recover from this failure to wake up on time. And tomorrow I have orchard irrigation duty beginning at . Another intrusion into my well ordered life. At this rate, it could be weeks before my life is back to normal.
Monday, May 26, 2008
From the Hightower Lowdown;
§ Amount of total world military spending by
§ BushCheney request for military spending in 2009 = $600 - $700 billion
§ Military spending of 10 next to-spending countries combined = $446 billion
I'm a big fan of Firefox...except for the way it it displays RSS feeds. I really like the left sidebar approach of IE7 and if I could get Firefox to do that, I would change in a heartbeat. Firefox is simply faster and more secure.
Coffee time. I’ve verified that the world is still all present and accounted for, although it’s not in the same shape as when I went to bed last night. As usual, there’s been some damage. With a fresh cup in hand, it’s time to enjoy the morning by browsing the net for fun stuff, if there is any.
I’m still reading Nemesis by
I’m also listening to the police scanner radio this morning for all of the local news. There’s a lot of excitement this morning as an apparent hit and run victim has been found in the roadway. Which road? Medical aid has been called for and there’s only conjecture so far as to why the victim was found in the middle of the road. Okay, it’s
Also, I glimpsed a headline that noted that it would save lots of fuel if telecommuting were to become more popular. Perhaps it’s time? There’s always that resistance that the ‘boss’ feels; he or she wants to see bodies, but if they could get past their egos and see the advantages, it would definitely save money and fuel. Money for the bottom line. When I first got into the IT business, my boss told me that I couldn’t work from home because…he couldn’t. Luckily, that didn’t last long and I soon switched departments and was able to do lots of work from home. My former boss was still angry about it and made sure that he gave me a bad time whenever he had an opportunity to do so. Ego always trumps wisdom.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Jeekers! A pox on both of their houses! Who cares about any of that? No one does except for the news media…
Was there anything in the news about the candidates’ positions on the war, the economy, the environment, the war and the war? Are you telling me that this is all that they could come up with to talk about? Please! McCain and Obama are grownups and they are not influenced by their pastors. Are you? If you aren't, why do you think they are? And
Doesn’t anyone remember what happened the last time we let the news media run the election process? Twice. And look what we got. Both times. You don’t want that to happen again do you?
Hey! Is your school district out of money? How about the county budget? Well, all you have to do is go to Iraq and find it...they lost $15 billion so it shouldn't be too hard to find. And if you do find it, don't bother reporting it to anyone in charge. Because no one is!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
What uproar? Why are we letting the MSM create these so-called 'news' bites? I'm surprised that the candidates are saying anything at all these days. (Mum's the word!)
ps. I used to have a lot of respect for reporters. I assumed that they were out there in the trenches, digging out the truth for us to read. I was wrong. And reporters criticize bloggers?
We were eating dinner at the restaurant, Grilla Bites, the other night when I looked over at the dozen or so cars parked alongside the sidewalk by the fountain. Jeekers! Not an SUV in sight! There was an old Ford pickup, but the rest of the cars were all 'normal' and smaller. Including ours, of course!
"No charges have been brought against managers or owners at Agriprocessors,"
Check back in six months and you will see that no charges were ever filed against those who did the hiring. Business as usual.
From the headlines…
Obama says he would meet with
Sanity! The no talking method used by the current administration has failed! Failed and failed again! It’s as if the president was wearing a label on his forehead, “I’m STUPID and I don’t talk to strangers!”
Wishful thinking? Could be…or maybe not. But it’s guaranteed not to work as long as you avoid talking.
Let's see...the senator is about 3 years older than I am. Which doesn't make him old at all. It's his attitude that makes this particular candidate old. Very old! He's only interested in keeping the status quo. Young old people want change and lots of it! Young old people embrace change.
The wind has abated somewhat, not gone all together but it’s bearable. And we have very cloudy skies with a forecast that includes some rain and that’s always a good thing. I’m not sure that the friends and relatives of the university graduates will see the rain as a blessing, but having experienced the opposite during the ceremonies; blazing sunshine, I’ll take a gentle mist for graduation anytime.
Although we have no family graduates this year, the graduation affects us along with everyone in this area. Traffic increases and restaurants are filled to overflowing. Even on the Planet Orland; traffic becomes an issue as so many cars are coming off of the interstate here and then taking highway 32 into
And then, in another week,
Friday, May 23, 2008
They lied. The wind continues, unabated. I can imagine that graduation week in
Moving 101 is not taught at this university and so this ‘moving out’ week and the ‘moving in’ week, in August, are fun to watch as improbable loads are seen traveling the highways and byways of Chico. Exercises in Physics? Perhaps. This is also the time of year for ancient couches and chairs to make their appearances at the side of the road. Abandoned.
I was reading a post from the Crabby Old Lady this morning and I could ‘feel’ her pain. I am certain that we haven’t had an election season as rancorous as this one…ever! At times I feel as if some of the candidates are purposely trotting out their ignorance just to show us that they are ‘good old boys’ (and girls). Why? Intelligence is a virtue, a blessing; not a liability!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
"Southwest, which has an aggressive fuel hedging program, expects to pay about $2.35." (per gallon)
American Airlines, the ones with the new $15 luggage surcharge, didn't do that and they pay just about what you pay for gas. ($3.50+) I guess they weren't thinking ahead...
I was reading the news and spotted the story that
Another very windy morning, though the promise of calmer weather is in the forecast for later tonight. It’s very tiring. Funny; rain is peaceful and so is fog. Snow is also calming. Storms, with wind, are exciting. But plain old wind? It tires you out!
The funniest news out there this morning is the American Airlines decision to charge $$ for checking your luggage. I am so glad that I’m no longer one of those flying businessmen. Back in the day when I was a traveling techie, I had to check my bags because of all of the electronics I carried. If I didn’t check them, it would take forever for
Being a ‘checker’ of luggage, I had to endure countless hours of waiting for the clueless people who used carry-on luggage. Waiting while they tried vainly to cram 16” bags into a 14” space. And of course there was the ever present danger of being hit by the bags that were coming back out of the overhead bins at the end of the flight. Everyone is in a hurry and the largest carry-on’s were always the property of the smallest passengers, making extraction problematic. “Oops! Sorry about that.”
OK, a good tool.
As usual, I began my morning with a visit to Time Goes By and that's where I saw the post about this new service of Medicare...so I compared the two local hospitals; Enloe and Saint Elizabeth's. Oops! Enloe loses. Again.
For us, we're in the perfect location, 30 minutes away from either one. We can choose.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Odd. You know it used to be that the shopper for a new car, the male shopper, would ask for the location of the hood latch. Even before sitting in the car. Viewing the engine and passing judgment on it was probably the most important task he had to perform. It mattered not that there was nothing in the engine compartment that he could fix on his own and he only needed to know where the dipstick was located. Surprisingly, this time I forgot to do any of that! So, two days later, I found the hood latch and opened the hood. Jeekers! What is all of that stuff? I couldn’t even see the garage floor through all of the machinery and plastic that was stuffed in there. And I’m a guy that has rebuilt entire engines by myself. Honest…
It takes awhile to load but it's quite revealing. Note that there is very little evidence of rebar in any of the concrete or masonry fragments. Sad.
(Use your mouse to drag the photo around and up and down)
"Far from protecting kids, drug war-funded education programs have consistently misinformed our youth, creating an atmosphere of mistrust and disbelief. Despite 30 years of "Just Say No" rhetoric, half of all high-school seniors will smoke marijuana before they graduate."
The state of Washington recently did the smart thing and decided to tell the ugly truth about meth in some very well thought out advertising campaigns. And it's working. Yes, real education works. Just Say No is as simplistic and clueless as the person who first thought of it. And those who continue to repeat it.
We did have some fun with our choice of a new car. I believe, like most parents, we have usually embarrassed our children by our choice of vehicles. Or I should say my choice. For instance; when we bought a Buick, you would have thought we had decided on buying an Edsel. A purple one. Groans and wicked comments came from all of our children. Then there was the year that the company gave me a van to drive. And the Jetta station wagon didn’t impress them one bit. So for the past year, as we investigated vehicle possibilities, we would throw out names for their review. How about a Scion Xb? Yikes! And I could hear some moaning when we mentioned a Mini-Cooper. Well, the deed is done and apparently they like the new car, but they still found a way to get to me.
What a wind! And it’s still blowing this morning. Yesterday afternoon, we were turning onto Highway 32 to go east to
And on a different subject, I found this quote from one of my favorite people…
No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
Yes, I know it’s a challenge, but I intend to do my very best to prove that
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
From the article...
"On the same day of the hearing, a story broke that revealed a disturbing new strategy for dealing with the influx of veterans reportedly suffering from PTSD: Stop diagnosing it. In an e-mail dated March 20 out of an office of the Department of Veterans Affairs (subject header: "suggestion"), a VA employee wrote: "Given that we are having more and more compensation-seeking veterans, I'd like to suggest that we refrain from giving a diagnosis of PTSD straight out. Consider a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder, R/O PTSD."
Adjustment Disorder? Then all they need is a little Attitude Adjustment...right? Happy Hour!
Also from the article...
"Goldsmith was 16 years old when the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and he recalls thinking that the United States ought to use biological weapons to take out the entire Middle East. "I joined the Army to kill people," he admitted, "to kill Iraqis, to kill Muslims."
Who raises children like that?
From one of the comments on this article...
"The frills of middle-class life, including suburban homes, multiple vehicles, vacations, and frivolous consumption, have had a hideous effect on the natural world, and they need to be curtailed anyway. Economic forcing, via increasing financial stress, might be the only way to achieve this."
Gosh! Who knew it was so simple? So that means that Bush has been right all along. He's just trying to help us.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The spring heat wave is about over with and cooler days are forecast for the week to come; about 20 degrees cooler. But even this weather doesn’t hold out much hope for a mild fire season. It's really dry out there! The north state is very much at risk this year for fires we certainly can’t afford. Even more so if the fires occur on federal lands, as the feds tend to fight forest fires by smothering them with cash.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the possible use of trees for plastic. What a fantastic idea and one that needs to be pursued. If it became successful, we could start building all houses out of steel, the only logical and renewable way to build, and the forest product industry could focus on plastics. And that’s a market that wouldn’t have downturns as the housing market so often does. Hey! You can never have enough plastic! The steel studs for housing could be made from what steel we throw into the landfills today and we would still end up with better built houses.
Some odd thoughts that came my way after deciding to go ‘
That generated another memory; a 1973 Toyota Hi-Lux pickup truck. I had paid $2,100 for it, new. And it had a ‘green’ ecology flag decal in the back window. And that, apparently, was the reason that two of LAPD’s finest decided to stop me on the
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I'm just about one third of the way through this book but I was hooked after the first 10 pages. Absolutely thrilling stuff! And so nice to know that it's all true.
"A stunningly simple story of how to make peace" -Bloomsbury Review
The comment above from the Bloomsbury Review says it all. Can we learn anything at all from this book?
And this comment from the author;
"Mortenson advocates girls’ education as the top priority to promote economic development, peace and prosperity, and says, “you can drop bombs, hand out condoms, build roads, or put in electricity, but until the girls are educated a society won’t change”.
This is guaranteed to work. The corporation I worked for, before retirement, had a rule that if any employee was injured on the job, the Branch manager had to accompany the worker to the hospital and to contact the workers family. The injured worker was told (as well as his family) that his or her well being was the goal of the corporation. That the corporation stood behind the worker. That the worker shouldn't worry about the bills. And as soon as the worker was released from the hospital, we put them back to work at a job that fit the doctors orders. Guess what? Our Workmens' Compensation claims rate evaporated to a neglible amount. Insurance rates plummeted. Because we cared enough to do the right thing. And we made money by doing this! Duh!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Here's one that captured my attention...
"In 2005, Veterans Administration nurse, Laura Berg, sent a letter to a local Albuquerque weekly, The Alibi, criticizing the bungled rescue operations following Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War. Soon, her office computer was seized, her boss reported her action to the FBI and the VA began an investigation into possible charges of sedition against Ms. Berg. All for nothing more than writing a letter to the editor critical of the federal government."
Charges and investigation were later dropped. Think it won't happen again? Sure.
Here's a book I have to read. Whenever Republicans get all snotty about the Clinton's, all you need to do is mention this guy. They didn't come much worse, though I must say that the Decider is giving him a race.
The final story from The Children’s Blizzard is this, after the disastrous blizzard of 1888, settlers gave up on the Dakota’s and new arrivals slowed to just a trickle. The Great Plains were no place to get rich. It was a dangerous place and it still is. Citizens of that region today will tell you never to travel during a blizzard and homes and vehicles need to contain emergency gear at all times. And I really want to visit the
We used to know a programmer, a department head, who worked for Great Plains Software. She worked from her
I’m still undecided about Facebook. The technology is great; I can’t deny that. But it’s intrusive at times and I don’t appreciate that. Maybe it would work better (for me) if I could choose ‘comfort levels’. Right now, every application you might want to include on your page is looking to move in with you. Asking for all kinds of information and trying to send you stuff. Don’t want it! But, I think it’s a work in progress and so I will hang out and see what happens. (It's the same with Twitter...the jury is out. Does it matter what I think? No.)
For me, this recent storm over ‘gay marriage’ is just one more good reason for a distinct separation of church and state. Marriage and it's definition should be dictated by the tenets of your own faith. The state should have nothing to do with it. The states job is to guarantee that all be treated fairly. And that's what the court decided. That’s all. If you’re gay, you would have to find a church that would marry you. No different than when Catholics and non-Catholics attempt to marry. But, I can already hear the right wingnuts, those with more voice than brain, as they will fill the news media with the kind of bigotry that the average voter loves to hear! I can just about guarantee that this decision by the
Well, that was certainly different; I had an
And speaking of technology; there is a good chance that just as soon as the technician reviewed the image files created by the
It had certainly been a different day, yesterday. We started off with a visit to the local Nissan dealer to look at an Altima hybrid. With tools from the internet to work with, buying a car is so much easier these days. Use Edmunds.com before you shop and everyone, you and the dealer, knows the ultimate price of the car. The high pressure salesman doesn’t exist anymore. OK, he’s still around, but you can foil him with your knowledge of the right price for the car. Knowledge is a wonderful thing! And no, we didn’t buy the car; we’re still undecided as to color and options. Back in the ‘good old days’ you could choose your options from a long list of items. Today, you can only choose ‘packages’. Very much like cable or satellite TV. Frustrating. “I’m sorry, tires only come with the Technology Package.” And “Windshields are part of the Convenience Package.”
And later, after we exited the
And, being a couple of Introverts, we sat in a corner booth at the back of the dining room to avoid any congestion around the cash register. There were only a few people in the dining room and there were plenty of seats available. Lots. But what’s this? Three people come in and decide that sitting right next to us is their only option. Did we look lonely? Are these people raised by wolves?
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Absolutely amazing! So why didn't we ask him earlier? Do you think if we asked real nice, he might tell us what month? The day? It would be nice to know that date because we want to make sure everyone is ready for the parade. We'll need permits and time to order the flags...and the bands have to rehearse. Next I need to ask him if I will win the lottery.
This was interesting. I don't have a snake phobia, never have. But, I've had phobias so I know whereof he speaks. And he has a great way of dealing with it...
Oddly enough, where we live, I'm the only 'guy' around that doesn't have a snake phobia. All the neighbors want to kill them and I've had to ask them to please call me before they do. I'll come and save them.
After three losses in special Congressional races, some senior Republicans urged their party’s candidates to distance themselves from President Bush.
So now they don't know him? Talk about your 'sinking ships' and rats!
Well, it's time for the voters to remember... remember Watergate. Remember Ford's pardoning Nixon. Remember Iran/Contra. Remember the Keating scandal. Remember 'Voodoo' economics and 'Mission Accomplished'. So many memories and so many Republicans...
From the article...Representative Peter T. King, Republican of New York, said it appeared that lawmakers might have to fend for themselves. “You are going to have to run on who you are and establish some independence, and that is going to be tougher for some than others,” Mr. King said.
Now tell me if I'm wrong; wasn't that what they were elected to do? They weren't elected to join some 'good old boys club'! Republican or Democrat. Let's abolish them both!
I finished the book, The Children’s Blizzard and I certainly recommend it if you’re at all interested in the history of the Plains states. It’s really everyone’s history as what happened there shaped our countries vision. Not just the blizzards, but the grandeur as well. Imagine yourself, an immigrant fresh from a dying
A little fact to ponder. Between 1850 and 1900, 16.5 million humans left Europe for
Let’s see. 76°at 4 in the morning. That should tell you what kind of day we’re going to have. The winds have done their job and delivered the heat, so now they are only blowing at 11 mph.
I haven’t turned the AC on this year; the house has good insulation and dual pane windows but we’re at that point where the AC is going to have to be on for awhile each day if we want to stay ahead of the temperature curve. And the curve is telling me that it’s 83° inside! So I’m flipping the switch. I sure hope I have some PG&E stock in those mutual funds. That would make the pain more bearable.
OK, the fans are blowing some cool air now and that’s when I realized that we have these great computers scattered around the house, but not one of them is doing a thing to help us be comfortable and to spend less money on power. Why aren’t there more software/hardware packages to allow us to retrofit our houses to be ‘smart’ houses? There’s a few, but competitive marketing is almost non existent and what is available is almost always a DIY proposition.
I would love to sit here in front of the computer and fine tune the AC system. I could designate startup times and temperature zones. I could see real time temperatures by room and servo motors would control the air outlets into those rooms. Let’s see; we’re going to
I think there’s a market for this.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
All the info you need from Freedom House.
“For America to advance democracy abroad, we need to acknowledge our shortcomings, as well as tout our achievements."
Honesty works. Honest. Freedom is too important to let it slip away, lie by lie.
I’ve been reading The Children’s Blizzard and I’m about one third of the way into it. Fascinating! Of course I have to find a way to relate to it, I needed something to make it real to me and that’s when I remembered that our grandmother was born in Tower,
And I’ve seen the prairie. Once, when driving west towards home from
A great book to read if you want to get a good taste of prairie life would be PrairyErth by William Least Heat Moon.photo from the Library of Congress...colorized. Family in front of their soddie.
I think you have to be over 65 to appreciate any of this...Smilin' Ed and his Gang were my favorites on Saturday mornings. (Andy Devine was an impostor!) And although we rarely wore shoes at all in the 1940's, it was a treat to buy some Buster Brown's as that meant you could step up onto the Fluoroscope machine that would allow you to see the bones in your feet. Too cool!
And once the shoes were purchased, they went into the closet, not to be worn again unless you were forced into them.
First, you have to believe him. I don't. He's still an Evangelical (with a capital E) and they don't care much for anyone that's not like them.
Since we’re looking at temperatures well over 100 during the next 4 or 5 days, it would make sense to find some innovative ways to cool off. I think the book I ordered from the library should do the job; The Children’s Blizzard by
Jeekers! It’s another 4-light wind warning morning. The trees are really whipping around in the north wind (18 mph+). We’re supposed to have winds up to 40 mph this afternoon, bringing in lots more hot air. All of this activity will make the Planet Orland warmer than
I have been looking at the political news this morning and after reading the pundit’s views I have decided to hedge all of my bets on who is going to be the eventual winner of the presidential race. In fact, I’m not even betting anymore. Getting real. This election is going to be decided by sound bites, innuendo and rumor. Thought will not enter into any decision by the electorate; the majority of the electorate. With 80 to 90 million Americans being functionally illiterate, what else can we expect? The news media will win.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Last night, at dinner, the topic of 'what's happening to our familiar world?' came up with the usual comments that we are experiencing lawlessness and terrible disasters, like never before! Well, not quite true. The link above takes you to some disaster data and this one takes you to a Department of Justice data page. Yes, it just the same old stuff...
Another data page I looked at did show that our (human) impact is creating weather and biological forces. More people=more chance of disease. More people living where it floods=more death.
And the rest of the sad story...Myanmar is normally a rice exporter. And Bangladesh was counting on this years harvest.
You would think that the candidates would welcome the exposure, wouldn't you?
And although the majority of the citizens would like to see such a debate, the candidates hide. This should tell us all we need to know about all three of them.
From the Sciencedebate 2008 newsletter...
"First, a review of our primary season strategy and what we learned. We made this invitation as attractive as possible.
We recruited every organization that we six core volunteers (2 screenwriters, 2 scientists, a philosopher and a science journalist) have contact with, and we reached out and signed on 37,500 individuals.
We emphasized that it was about policy, not a science quiz. We took the intimidating word "debate" out of the invitations.
We joined with PBS and targeted an influential, educated demographic, through PBS's 350 member stations, that are well-attuned to science and policy issues and could be very advantageous to court. We enlisted high-profile supporters to make video appeals.We recruited America's leading science organizations and universities to sign on.
We proposed not one, but four dates - one in Philadelphia and three in Portland.
We told them the format was entirely flexible; it didn't have to be a debate, it could be a forum similar to the "Compassion Forum" the democratic candidates recently attended in Pennsylvania, discussing matters of faith and values. What matters is that they come.
We even told them we would show them our questions a week in advance, so they could prepare. That's like showing all our cards.
When even that didn't work, several Nobel laureates joined with the Chairman of Intel and the CEO of the World Wildlife Fund in a joint email that emphasized that this could simply be a "conversation," it should not take undue preparation and was important for the country.
Only the McCain campaign gave us the courtesy of a formal response: a polite decline that left the door open for the general election."