Thursday, January 24, 2008

[danger day] moan, moan, moan

Would you buy a tin of baked beans labelled "fancy grade"? Seems a bit suss to me.

It started with a cancellation from my mate who always visits Thursday morning for a dose of my Higham Chunky Chicken Soup. Apparently there was total gridlock on the roads in the 48 hours of snow blizzards and drifts we've been having [and it's still going out there].

Then came two more cancellations and my chum told me all of his had cancelled today. Then our water went off completely. Not a drop. Then came the first internet problem. Then came the Fancy Grade baked beans episode [best left unexplained].

I also ran into a huge plot problem in Chapter 10 of the rewriting of Obsession and still haven't solved it.

Now the lovely and talented 18 and 19 year old sisters I've told you about before, who usually grace my humble home for a few hours on a Thursday evening - they've just phoned and cancelled. I'm not a Happy Higham.

Tomorrow will be better though - it just feels that way, you know and outside it's winter wonderland with snow on the windowsills and little birds perching here as well.

[danger femmes] the trick is to stay alive

Is this good or is this good?

Today, I found myself having a one sided conversation with my cat....I'm slowly cementing my place on Spinster Hill. She's about 10 now but she's still very lively. I'm beginning to believe that she will in fact live forever.

Which is incredibly reassuring. I actually don't know what I'd do without her.

Is this woman dangerous or is this woman dangerous? Don't you think different or dangerous women are more exciting? All right, they take you to the cleaners and in the end murder you [see my first novel] but what a way to go, eh? And the sex is incredible.

[intelligence] suicide pact

Click pic for larger image. H/T Wonkotsane and Witanagemot.

[water] big stakes being played for here

No one's disputing that water supplies worldwide are dwindling and the U.S. situation has been well documented. California has been one highly publicized area where a city like Los Angeles, for example, can provide water for one million but is expected to house over 20 million people by 2020. In drawing attention to the world situation, the World Water Council inadvertently chose the wrong verb:

Water should be recognized as a great priority. One of the main objectives of the World Water Council is to increase awareness of the water issue. Decision-makers at all levels must be implicated.

Implicated - yes, how true. Decision makers are indeed implicated in this. Here are four examples from the directly criminal to the criminal by non-actionable negligence:

1. Alberta Tar Sands

Tar sands consume three to six barrels of water per barrel of oil produced and the South Saskatchewan River, the Athabaska and surrounding wetlands are being dried up and poluted beyond redemption and for what?

2. Bottled water scam

The progressive enabling, through government negligence, of the corruption of water supplies, especially to developed countries has resulted in people being forced onto bottled supplies and the buying of filtration systems. This is a multi-billion dollar industry which only exists because of the state of tap water. A Canadian from Vancouver, [mark_in_bc], where water should surely not be a problem, commented:

I live in the center of British Columbia, Canada, surrounded by more fresh water than most people in the world could imagine. Despite this my community has been under a boil water advisory for almost 10 years. Bottle water in our home is a must even if it comes from a tap in some other town.

Fellow blogger The Dragonstar has just bought a new super-duper filtration system to cope with the perceived problem - see the picture below - and that's indicative of the situation.

3. Planned giving away of LA's water

Gaining control of a nation's or state's water supplies also gives you the power to distribute it to whom you will, for largesse, a point this linked article addresses.

4. Failure to act to develop desalination as a viable alternative while pouring money into programmes of destruction, such as MK Ultra, such that 6% of the C.I.A. budget for one calendar year was spent on discovering ways to mind control people, let alone the money wasted on HAARP and the like.

Why no massive R&D into desalination?

Desalination is a process that removes dissolved minerals (including but not limited to salt) from seawater, brackish water, or treated wastewater. A number of technologies have been developed for desalination, including reverse osmosis (RO), distillation, electrodialysis, and vacuum freezing. Two of these technologies, RO and distillation, are being considered by municipalities, water districts, and private companies for development of seawater desalination in California.

Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) is a reverse osmosis desalination membrane process that has been commercially used since the early 1970s. It's a method of forcing water through membranes and while it is definitely energy intensive, it's not impossibly so - we're talking developed societies here who can achieve and afford these things when faced with the alternative..

At the macro level, countries like Israel have been using it for some time:

With a capacity of 320,000m3 per day, the plant produces around 13% of the country's domestic consumer demand – equivalent to 5–6% of Israel's total water needs – at one of the world's lowest ever prices for desalinated water.

And though expensive, as already admitted, it is possible, costing Israel around 53c per cubic metre on current technology.

At the micro-level, it's been in use on boats for years and many companies supply boat sized plants - even small yachts can afford these. Admittedly they are slow, relatively expensive and suitable mainly for long haul voyages but the bottom line is that they do work.

And they are becoming more and more viable:

"Until recently, seawater desalination was a very expensive water source solution," said Gary Crisp, an engineer for the Water Corporation of Western Australia. "In the last ten years, seawater reverse-osmosis has matured into a viable alternative to thermal desalination," Crisp says.

So the claim that the costs are insupportable is complete rubbish. If massive investment had been put into the technology in the first place, it would be just as cost competitive as, say, windfarms or nuclear technology - and then we could talk subsidies after that.

Major obstacle

The single greatest obstacle to reverse osmosis and indeed other desalination technologies is that if it succeeds, the bottom falls out of the multi-billion dollar water industry, the grip which governments are now attempting to get on the daily lives of people* is weakened immeasurably - we can live without fuel but not without water - and the ID in the wrist in exchange for food and water loses its meaning.

In that is the true criminality of what's been going on. If desalination succeeded, then the only way these people could still defeat it is to ensure that industrial pollution continued apace and that some sort of global conflagration plus acid rain would render even osmosified water non-potable.

We'll have to see who wins this one.

* See the comments sections, particular comments by Anonymous, on any political post on this blog for evidence of this.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

[my struggle] to ruin europe

Jose Manuel Barroso has given details of what he has called a "detailed roadmap" in the struggle against climate change. He insisted nothing would be left undone and no opponent left hiding under a stone unturned.

Addressing business critics who have complained that the proposals might drive industry away from the European Union, the commission president said the package was "not in favour of the environment and against the economy. We don't want to export our jobs to other parts of the world," he said.

Maria Margarida Pinto Ribeiro de Sousa Uva and I understand that this is precisely what's going to happen at this grave economic juncture but we will press on regardless."

Jose added, in passable Merkelese: "Es ist mein kampf."

[wordless wednesday] courtesy workofthepoet

Click pic to enlarge [a little].

[eternal beauty] in praise of the older woman

As one knowledgeable gentleman put it:

They doubt themselves now, but they're more interesting and lovelier than ever. They've had their adventures, they have stories to tell. They're knowing, wry, and speak in husky cigarette voices. They get my jokes. They tango, foxtrot, and swing. They make me feel suave, sophisticated, just like they are. I don't get that from young women (Don't fret, young women, you have plenty going for you, and all I'm saying is the best might still be yet to come).

As another put it:

* An older woman can wear any hat she chooses and nobody will laugh. A younger woman wearing the same hat will always look like a lampshade in a brothel.

* An older woman will never wake you up in the middle of the night & ask you, "What are you thinking?" An older woman doesn't care what you think.

* Older women can run faster because they're always wearing sensible shoes.

* Older women are more honest. An older woman will tell you that you are an a--h-le if you're acting like one. A young woman will say nothing, just in case it means you might break up with her. An older woman puts herself on a pedestal.

* An older woman will never accuse you of "using her." She's using you.

* Older women take charge of the situation. An older woman will call you up and ask you for a date. A younger woman will wait forever, by the phone, for you to call...

* Older women know how to cook. Young women know how to dial Pizza Hut Take out.

* An older woman will never accuse you of stealing the best years of her youth because chances are someone else has stolen them first.

As I put it:

The trick in getting an older woman to look at you is to be ten years younger than you actually are and being prepared to switch to the role of mature escort and confidant at a moment's notice. The great advantage of the older man is that he is a natural rogue and women love bad boys.

[l'ancien sénateur] jette l'éponge

Just love the way the French put it:

Le républicain Fred Thompson jette l'éponge

I'd jette l'eponge too if I was trailing that far behind. The CFR will have to get themselves a new boy. Wonder how he feels too about being called "the ancient senator'.

[blizzard] when being snowed in is desirable

Dave was writing of the philosophy of snow over at his place:

It snowed today. The skies were overcast, the wind blustery, the air crisp against the cheeks. Reminiscent of the Michigan Winters of old, it was comforting, familiar. Being born here, it's difficult for me to imagine what life must be like where there are no seasons, no transitions.

Though his theme was different, still - snow really does transform the whole mood and adds a touch of the exotic. We had a blizzard which went all day yesterday and just looking out of the window down on it was really something. Add to that scene a beautiful half Slavic, half Eastern woman who's just trudged through the snowdrifts in her fur coat and hat and who greets you at the door with her French/Russian accent and it's like living on another planet.

I adore the snow, I adore exotic women and I don't want to be anywhere else at this point in life. If this isn't heaven on earth then what is?

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

[captcha] a bullet in your skull

Was there ever a device more designed to make you tear out your remaining hair and shoot the offending blogger than the insufferable, obnoxious, mental-health threatening captcha word verification atrocity?

I mean - zvwyoko - really and truly!! Do you really wish to spend the rest of your blogging days negotiating garbage like this?!! Bloggers want visitors and then put up these sorts of barriers and for what? So that we can sit there thinking, 'Now I wonder what words I can make out of this - I know - Yoko [as in ono, as in ononism].'

OK - for some mickey mouse providers like the execrable Typepad, maybe. But Google blogs do not need word verification in the least - there's an inbuilt system of protection.

Let's start up:

Bloggers Against The Gratuitous Use Of Word Verification In Google Blogs

A nice, short, catchy little name, don't you think?