Last Straw for Me, How do you feel about lies in support of political or economic strategy?

Here’s the lie: “President Obama, given the federal biofuels mandate, your new CAFE standards would require a quadrupling of the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the general fuel supply.”

It was just the “last straw”. Well, as you know, if you know the origin of that expression that it never was the actual “last” straw that broke the camel’s back. It was the fact that it was an insupportable burden already places there that caused the camel’s collapse.
(Just in case the whole meta

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Shot@Life, $20 contributions for Immunizations, Economic Self-Sufficiency

Shot@life is a program to sponsor immunizations of children around the world. Poverty stricken children are, of course, the primary beneficiaries, and I think the Gates Foundation has not only made miraculous strides in helping develop vaccines, but also in calling attention to the neglect that immunization programs have fallen into in recent years.

I would suggest, especially to anyone who reads this during August of 2012, to visit the link above because they have arranged (somehow, I don’t

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Stars beckon. Earth dead. No exit. (Six word story)

I just published the above “title” as my submission to SMITH magazine http://www.smithmag.com

It was over forty years ago that my friends and I agreed that “there ought to be a law” to prevent creation of objects that would (supposedly) last for millennia unless there was a process created simultaneously that would allow the re-cycling of the substance from which it was to be made. No such legal structure has been created, but we are getting smarter. Lots of us now realize that, “there is no garbage

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Senator John McCain the Luddite

I spend a lot of my time with young people. You expect young people to make occasional poor choices despite your best efforts to steer them in the right direction. Sometimes they need “corrective” guidance. So what do you do with a 75 year old US Senator who is making poor choices? You write him a letter. That is what I did this morning.

Here is what I said to him.

“I recieved the following email from the President of the Renewable Fuels Association of America: The Renewable Fuels Ass

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Social Media, Building Consensus, Do We Want a Greener World?

Late Breaking news: President Obama announced NEW Fed Funding joint DOE/DeptAg prog. for development of biofuels SEE DE-FOA-0000657 (at this page. )

Building a Consensus
Social Media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more, are a good means of coming to a consensus about some ideas. What those ideas may be focused on, or how many it takes to make “a consensus” are pretty broad topics in themselves, but assuming we turn our attention to promoting “good” ideas, the consensus th

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Future of Internet Hidden in Plain Sight

Sound Bytes

I have been told by experts (including Susan Harrow) that the way to a television producer’s heart is by using tasty little sound bites. That is, pithy, little nuggets that encapsulate a concept or opinion or fact in a memorable way. If you can string together a high profile, topical (especially tied to some other current news or event or seasonal item) pitch that incorporates a good sound bite or two and follow through with an interview with the producer that adds a couple more

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The Answer to Everything (?), Exports Under-Emphasized in SOTU

Beware of the Barnums

Famous circus promoter P.T. Barnum (founder of the circus that eventually merged with its main competitor to become today’s “Barnum and Bailey” circus) was clever but flaunted his lack of respect for people too dumb to avoid being deceived by his tricks of marketing. There are no shortage of unscrupulous swindlers, especially plying their skills on the internet. You have probably heard, or perhaps even laughed at those who have been duped into some sucker scheme to flee

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