Gov. Jerry Brown says California has averted fiscal collapse. He calls for investing in water and rail programs, but warns: ‘Fiscal discipline is not the enemy of our good intentions but the basis for realizing them.
Brown outlined a vision for the state Thursday in remarks that were equal parts history lesson, lecture and rhetorical flourish. It includes major investment in water and rail systems, more robust trade and an education structure free of regulations that crush creativity. (more…)
Fossil fuels dependency… what slavery is today.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.1.13~
As Corvette turns 60 The USA has climate change on its mind. Finally, we are in this century. Good to see.
The copious burning of fossil fuels is set to hit the American consciousness hard. Observed weather extremes are on the rise, and the possible connection between at least some of these events and human-induced climate change is also more strongly supported by the science.
USA shoul expect increased impacts on everything from crops to fresh water supplies, and better and broader national plans for adaptation are needed, a new assessment has noted. The report was whizzed up by 240 geeks in the field.
As a collection of nations? Is the UK sustainable to grow all of its own food needs of its people? Energy needs too?
Food is of prime importance in the world’s future planning, especially when it comes to the concept of “food security.” Food security is a lot different to the concept of acquiring another nation’s future food supply capability by force or deceptively by greedy means (these include: land grabs, unwise distribution sell offs, or unjust acquisition via foreign policy stealth or via stock market mechanisms of trade too, or economic bullying). That is partly, why I like the topic of reducing wastage in the way food supplies are created. Most of all in the way food is distributed.
Distribution is a key area for growers and suppliers to be more involved in. Scientists (or any one for that matter) who are looking at ways to reduce food wastage are quite wise. A tomato saved is better than a tomato wasted right? Is the theory.
SBS runs with a story that looks at the correlation between water useage in growing food supplies from raw and natural state to delivery… or, the amount of wasteful practice that happens when the food supplies don’t nourish anyone. Instead they are grown and wasted. It’s a beaut story appearing in a few publications today. (more…)
Photo: A worker mines rare earth minerals in Jiang Xi Provence China where 95% of the earth’s rare earth minerals supply is believed to be situated. Rare earth is pivotal to future energy demands supply and sustainability of the world’s future.–Photo: Dust to High Tech]
Which of the following statements is true? The United States now has a 100-year supply of natural gas, thanks to the miracle of “McShale” gas. By 2017 it will once again be the world’s biggest oil producer. By 2035 it will be entirely “energy-independent”, and free in particular from its reliance on Middle Eastern oil.
For example, we are assured that the United States, no longer dependent on Arab oil, will break its habit of intervening militarily in the Middle East… [the expected result though will be] runaway global warming. (more…)
In the 1990′s science was bored. So, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was a field that science dabbled in. In 2013, fMRI’s favorite buzz word is “optogenetics.”
The story goes Francis Crick and DNA discovers James Watson and Rosalind Franklin liked the idea of neurology being able to trigger switches in the brain. Light and a scientifically manipulated protein are believed to activate or freeze neurons. The science shows a need to want to manipulate brains to extremes. The science is said to be able to realter rewards and pleasure systems in the brain. (more…)
America is doused in snow. All that fuel to keep warm. Phewsh.
Just as well it’s considered fun… as this photo depicts.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.12.12~
Two of the world’s greatest artists, Daniel Day Lewis and Steven Spielberg have brought to life, Abraham Lincoln‘s presence for Oscar’s silver screen. David Wright has an interview at the link.
On Esquire Magazine‘s website Frank Armstrong via Facebook notes:
“That this nation exists at all is because a very human, very amazing man looked into the dim and blooding tide and found a way ashore, a way home for a country that had lost hope of ever finding its way back.
“We have a hero in Lincoln, a genuine, flesh and blood and bone hero; a sadly haunted, droll and magnificent man if ever there was one.
“I look forward to seeing the film, not because I expect a perfect work of art or a love letter to an often anguished and imperfect leader, but because it is the least I can do for myself, to see and hear a story about my country and our late, great President Lincoln. (more…)
More thought needs to be given to that. (more…)
New Zealand’s relationship with the United States would be “far more problematic” should Mitt Romney win today’s presidential election, Victoria University political scientist Jon Johansson says.
Dr Johansson said the implications for New Zealand could be huge should Romney beat incumbent Barack Obama.
“Part of what underpins that is in the US they’ve had President Obama who, in my view, the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders embrace, especially in contrast to his predecessor the unfortunate George W Bush, and we’ve had a government in New Zealand which has … absolutely bent over backwards for the American administration,” he told Radio New Zealand.
“… an issue like Iran, if Romney’s team ultimately gets dominated by the neo-conservatives and they want to jump back on the horse of pre-emption and strike against Iran, what does New Zealand do in those circumstances?
“If they get far more bullish and militaristic in their rhetoric, that means that from New Zealand’s point of view, from the Key Government’s point of view, managing that relationship …
Dr Johansson said little was known about Romney’s foreign policy stance. [It] becomes far more problematic than it has been under President Obama.”
“There are not enough clues from the candidate himself as to what his foreign policy stance is going to be. (more…)
Paul Toohey is writing from the USA on how it’s going on the US election campaign trail. Apparently it’s all about gas and the type of tank on wheels you put it in and if it is an American-made tank for gas or not.
Or the American economy is a gas tank on wheels basically.
Here’s his words:
Mitt Romney is finding out that you should never stand between an American and his American-made car.
As President Barack Obama closes out his re-election campaign in the car towns of the US, his Republican rival is under sustained attack from the media and autoworkers for falsely claiming US car jobs are headed for China.
It’s now too late for Mr Romney to untangle himself from his comments on the car industry, which he followed with a damaging new campaign ad.
Both have cost him savage media coverage across Ohio, the swing state he most needs to win when America heads to the polls tomorrow. (more…)
We’ve heard a lot of good chitter chatter from both Obama and Romney about green energy strategies. We’ve also heard of the USA’s plans to drill more in the US and be less foreign dependant.
The New Zealand newspaper takes a different view: The re-oiling of America – Obama and Romney are making bold claims about their energy credibility, but Big Oil is on a roll. Peter Huck writes:
“Energy is the bedrock for much US policy, from building the economy to projecting military power. Yet neither candidate stresses conservation, even as consumption rises exponentially. According to the International Energy Agency, worldwide demand for electricity will double by 2030.
Obama Romney Hempstead, NYC debate continued:
Candy Crowley (Moderator): Mr. President, the next question is going to be for you here.
And Mr. Romney — Governor Romney, there’ll be plenty of chances to go on, but I want to — we have all these folks.
Romney: That — that Detroit — that Detroit answer — that Detroit answer and the rest of the answer — way off the mark.
Crowley: I, OK. We’ll, you certainly will have lots of time here coming up. I, because I want to move you on to something that sort of connected to cars here, and go over — and we want to get a question from Philip Tricolla.
Crowley: Your energy secretary, Steven Chu, has now been on record three times stating it’s not policy of his department to help lower gas prices. Do you agree with Secretary Chu that this is not the job of the Energy Department?
Obama: The most important thing we can do is to make sure we control our own energy.
So here’s what I’ve done since I’ve been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it’s been in decades. We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment.
But what I’ve also said is we can’t just produce traditional sources of energy; we’ve also got to look to the future. That’s why we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars. That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you’re going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas. That’s why we’ve doubled clean energy production like wind and solar and biofuels. And all these things have contributed to us lowering our oil imports to the lowest levels in 16 years.
Now, I want to build on that. And that means, yes, we still continue to open up new areas for drilling. We continue to make a — it a priority for us to go after natural gas. We’ve got potentially 600,000 jobs and a hundred years’ worth of energy right beneath our feet with natural gas. And we can do it in an environmentally sound way. But we’ve also got to continue to figure out how we have efficient energy, because ultimately that’s how we’re going to reduce demand, and that’s what’s going to keep gas prices lower. (more…)
One for Team USA: Always be humble, watch your energy level consumptions to further Peace in this World. ‘Cos, at the end of the day:
Don't you eva for a second get to thinking? ... in this supply-chain known as life's noble flow...
Music: The lovely Beyonce Knowles and her bad touring technicians and that damn OTT OOC wind machine in tow, to boot. She 2 funny.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.10.12~
Avatar Solar Array – James Cameron’s latest project:
MNN.Com reports: Back in May 2011, after relocating his production company to the MBS Media Campus, director James Cameron constructed a massive solar array to power the next to Avatar sequels.
“These are things the studios need to be thinking about,” Cameron told the Washington Post. “When I do my next film, we’re going to go much farther than we did in terms of running a green set.
I think USA’s internal policies could be improved on too as the wealthy are prepared to create more jobs and do more for average Americans. Foreign policies are often brokered around resources acquistion planning. Whereas to share resource more is America’s challenge regarding Paul’s sponsors and backers, perhaps being the main culprits at refusing to share more.
The Hill notes: Romney is set to deliver a speech to “restore USA’s international credibility” on foreign policy. Ryan says the new plan will lay out a “very different vision.” He would like to uplay “American strength” to rectify “ugly fruits” of current policy evident in the world. Ryan sees Iran as a “threat.” He also also finds Russia’s effects “thwarting” to the US. Although the US and several other nations all have nuclear capability well developed, Ryan says we must stop Iran’s “nuclear weapons capability.” (more…)
New Zealand navy ships will now be allowed entry into military ports in the United States.
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and his New Zealand counterpart Jonathan Coleman met in New Zealand for a beginning of chats.
Panetta sees the new relationship as a way to ”allow the US Secretary of Defense to authorise individual visits to Department of Defense or Coast Guard facilities in the United States and around the world.”
Coleman called the visit “very significant” and that it “underscores the very warm relationship between our two countries.” He said the future ahead for co-operation between the United States and New Zealand was “very very good.” A meeting of minds on “common challenges” is what the US seeks with NZ.
“The purpose of this trip, is really to mark a new era of deepening defence co-operation between our two countries,” said Leon. “Nobody attacks our forces and gets away with it,” Leon also added.
Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones said he was proud of the contribution NZ’s personnel have made towards New Zealand’s mission in Afghanistan.
Panetta is the first Pentagon chief to visit in 30 years since Wellington closed New Zealand ports to nuclear warships. (more…)
In Syria, China, South Africa, USA news bites:
The Syrian atrocity: Activists: 5000 people killed in Syria in August.
South Africa on USA, UK’s past: Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the Hague.
Curbing the justification of USA’s war-thirst culture, while renewing purpose in culture: US waves goodbye to the gas-guzzlers.
China Watch: NZ dollar falls on China data.
South Africa: South Africa to withdraw miner murder charges
Insider Trading & Privacy Breach-Zone IT Alerts NZ: Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff wary of Govt data in ‘cloud’
All News Links: NZH. Our thoughts are with Syria’s people today.
Key words via the Red Crescent website for Syria’s people are: health, migration, risk reduction, capacity building, promoting principles and values, humanitarian diplomacy, humanitarian logistics, disaster law, disaster management, youth.
If those words interest you click on top pic to find out more how you may be able to help and get involved.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.12~
Matt Drudge shares links to Hurricane Isaac. It is seven years to the day post Hurricane Katrina, where New Orleans braces to withstand weather warnings of Isaac. All the best with that. Drudge’s links are: No mandatory evacuations in New Orleans, Gulf Coast Braces for Hurricane,FEMA officials race to prepare, and: Advisory. No wait! Computer Models, Cerntaily don't miss, the Track Map or especially the: Satelite Loop. Good lord!
In reality: Having met relocated victims of Hurricane Katrina in Houston, Texas several years ago now, and being inspired by their resilience of spirit (one had lost 14 family members and yet could still smile and offer hope to others. I wrote a lot about her previously on this website. She was black and amazeballs), most of America will most probably be praying for New Orleans folks right now. Or certainly offering a kind thought.
Meanwhile in Tampa Florida, NZ’s foreign correspondent, Jack Tame, provided coverage of the Mitt Romney GOP Florida convention. (more…)