Monthly Archives: March 2011

Random Memories No. 3 – Bloom, Violets, Bloom!!

This was one of the candidate cheers we came up with in the forties for the New York University Violets, the only team we knew of that had a flower as a “mascot!” And their uniforms were and are white and violet. I see now that they have chosen the overused bobcat as the game mascot – easier to make a bobcat costume than one for a violet.

We never got to see NYU play in those years, of course, because TV wasn’t available and most all of their games were played in and around NYC. Radio coverage of games was quite sparse in those days. We at UK could almost always count on our team’s games being broadcast on a Lexington station. Continue reading

A Nuclear Change of Heart by a Well Known English Environmentalist

George Monbiot has been an activist in the environment field for years. He is an Oxford graduate and writes a weekly column for the Guardian, a comprehensive but very left-leaning newspaper in England. In the article below he calls himself a “neutral-nuclear” person, although his past writings would indicate that he has, at least, been somewhat on the anti-nuclear side. However accurately he describes himself, I found this recent column to be surprisingly objective. I hope you will also find it interesting.

Why Fukushima made stop worrying and start loving nuclear power

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Europe Continues Cuts in Solar and Wind Subsidies

Here’s today’s update by Peter Gosselin on the status of support and subsidies by European governments for the alternate energy sources of solar and wind. Cuts by the US Congress shouldn’t be far behind. Good riddance, in that the systems cannot compete economically in the energy generation field. And the subsidies just line the pockets of investors slopping at the government trough while adding to the electric bill of all citizens.

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Useless Ethanol – But Iowa’s Primary “Rules”

Any thorough analysis of ethanol you can read arrives at the same conclusion; it is not good for cars, not good for the atmosphere, and not good for the price/availability of food. Yet I am pessimistic that any helpful change will be made by our government.  The farm lobbies are very strong and the Iowa primary will support the government subsidies. All candidates that hope to do well in the Iowa primary must go public with an “Ethanol is next to Godliness” pronouncement.

There is a glimmer of hope though in that the German people are seeing the light now and that Europe may follow. Perhaps our leaders will become more aware of ethanol’s impact.

Below is a post by Peter Gossilin, a German scientist and blogger I read most every day, about the subject that I found interesting. He does not cover the problems of shipping ethanol. Continue reading