Carbon Credit or Indulgence?

November 26, 2008

From the December issue of INC. Magazine, there was an interesting article about “Going Carbon Neutral”.The first line sums up the marketing of going carbon neutral.

“If it were cheap and easy, would you reduce your carbon emissions to zero?”

The whole article is a propaganda piece for carbon “offset” providers. They want you to hire them, so they can estimate how much carbon you offset a year, charge you a small fee. Enough to make you feel like your helping the planet, but not enough to make you feel like your getting robbed.

Most carbon providers take your money and fund some kind of green technology such as solar or wind power. They say it encourages people to reduce the amount of energy they use. I simply don’t think that will work.

2 different issues

But we are dealing with 2 different issues. Individuals who want to reduce their carbon foot print can easily do it without buying carbon credits.

Start recycling, unplug appliance that aren’t in use. reduce how much you consume, take your coffee mug to Startbucks instead of using a paper cup. Make your home more energy efficient.

Big corporations on the other hand would much rather just pay the fee. That way they have a scapegoat for why they haven’t changed their business practices. “Well we are carbon neutral because we buy carbon credits from so and so.”

But it goes against common sense!

If you take 100 flights overseas every year, but buy carbon credits to off set it, your still taking 100 flights a year. You didn’t reduce, reuse or recycle your way to carbon neutral. You took the easy way out.

And that’s what these carbon providers are hoping for. That there are millions of people who will pay to relieve their guilt. even suggest you buy carbon offsets for your friends and family for the holidays and give them the gift of a better future! They reinforce their belief with their slogan:

Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t

Or Terrapass has a whole gift section of green gadgets that will help save the world. I wonder if you order a gift and they ship it to you, if they pay for the carbon offset to ship it too?

It’s so great lets make it mandatory

These companies are lobbying congress and Washington to make carbon credits mandatory. you own a car, now you owe a carbon tax. You want to buy a new washer and dryer, better stick a carbon tax on top of the sticker price to offset the carbon.

You have an older home, oops sorry that’s not as efficient as newer homes, your going to have to make up the difference in carbon offsets.

I’m not against people reducing, reusing, and recycling,we all should be. People should examine their lifestyles and make some changes. We have lived without consequences for too long, and we need to replace our short term outlook with a long term vision.

What I am against is corporations making huge profits off of selling snake oil, by duping their customers with slick presentations, psychological babble about how they are saving the earth and providing a future for their grand kids.

Carbon Credits the new indulgence

Buying carbon credits is the same thing as the Catholic Church selling Indulgence’s in the 1500’s. You sin, no problem you just need to buy this little indulgence to limit the consequence of your sin. It didn’t change the fact that you sinned, it didn’t even promise to forgive you, only Jesus could do that. The indulgence was strictly to avoid punishment for your sins.

Say like owning a factor and polluting local rivers for the last 40 years. Or shipping tons of toxic toys across the world. Our letting 5% of the worlds population consume 40% of the worlds resources.

“Oh we shouldn’t do that, well we’re carbon neutral”

It’s a crock. These company’s are profiting off of a think tank’s idea that global warming is man made and killing the earth. Just read the Club of Romes report “The first Global Revolution“, page 75

The Disappearing Male Syndrome

November 26, 2008

The CBC produced a 43 minute documentary called “ The Disappearing Male“. Good luck finding it in the United States, it’s taken down from the CBC website, and Youtube simply informs me that I can’t view this show in my country. I luckily found a torrent and got a copy to view for myself. (looks like someone uploaded to google video here)

The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system.

Certain soft plastics have been linked to abnormal sexual reproduction and demasculization in males.

PVC plastics have a chemical called DEHP that is a reproductive toxin. PVC vinyl is used in almost all hospitals as breathing tubes.

BPA was created in 1891, but it wasn’t until the 1940’s that there begin to be commercial uses for it. That’s when scientist noticed that when given to rats, BPA would mimic estrogen. Eventually the commercial pursuit won out over health concerns and hard plastic started coming to the market.

BPA has also been linked to an increase in testicle cancer and a higher male Sterility. But we should all be aware of BPA by now, all you have to do is a simple Google search for BPA in the news and you find articles like this one.

From the USA Today on November 1, 2008. FDA decision on safety of BPA ‘flawed’.

A Food and Drug Administration advisory board voted Friday to say that the agency ignored critical evidence suggesting that a controversial plastic chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, could harm children.

Whats alarming about the disappearing male story is it’s not just BPA, it’s the whole assault on our cells, DNA, and nervous system by synthetic chemicals. Chemicals that are in shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles.

These chemicals are called “hormone mimicking” or “endocrine disrupting” chemicals and they may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development.

At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia.

A Sea of Unwanted Cars!

November 23, 2008

Unwanted cars being stoed in a lot at the port of Long Beach

Unwanted cars being stored in a lot at the port of Long Beach

This picture sums up the state of the economy

And for the first time, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Nissan have each asked to lease space from the port for these orphan vehicles.

Long Beach is a very important port. It’s where all the products come to get sorted into their appropriate trucks and trains and sent off to end up in the hands on consumers, The problem is that now, products are just sitting.

“We’re supposed to move things, not store them,” said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Long Beach Port


Letter To Your Senators About The Auto “Bailout”

November 19, 2008

From the Campaign for Liberty comes this letter to encourage you to contact your Senators and send an email letting them know we oppose any auto “bailout”. To find out who your Senators are click here, then click on your state, towards the bottom of the page you can find your Senators office websites.

Dear Senator (Name),

I urge you to oppose any bailout of the auto industry, whether by taking existing funds from TARP, revising any previous loans, or making new grants.

The auto industry is lobbying hard for taxpayer money when they should be entirely focused on restructuring their companies and recouping their losses. There is no guarantee that a government handout will have any positive effect, and that GM, Ford, and Chrysler will not be back in a few months asking for additional billions.

Since a bailout will only delay the economic consequences of the Big 3’s current predicaments, Congress should allow the market to work so that the fallout can be dealt with and overcome as quickly as possible.

Instead of handing out more of the taxpayers’ money and moving further away from the free market ideas that made America great, I ask you to:

1.) Curb regulation: The auto industry is already one of the most heavily-regulated industries, and a bailout will bring more government regulation and additional costs. Alleviating even a little of the red tape would free up resources for them to address their financial situations, save jobs, and produce quality products to jumpstart sales.

2.) Cut taxes: Cutting corporate and capital gains taxes would give these companies immediate funds to put toward their problems. Cutting individual income taxes would return much needed money to workers and consumers, strengthening their financial positions and purchasing power during these turbulent times.

Taking just these two steps will save the industry far more in the long run than the numbers currently being proposed for the bailout.

Additionally, because the Paulson TARP plan has abandoned its originally stated purpose of buying toxic assets, is not holding up its promises to be transparent, and has not been properly accountable to Congress, no further expenditures should be authorized until the Treasury Department presents a full accounting to Congress of how it has already dispersed TARP funds.

The answers to our economic problems cannot be found in further government intervention. As your constituent, I urge you not to put my tax dollars on the line and to vote “no” on the auto industry bailout.


Supporter of Liberty

Behind CNN’s Hologram

November 16, 2008
The original company that developed the idea is SportVU, an Israeli-based company funded by  private investors, the Israeli Government and the skywalker fund, of which I can’t find any meaningful information, SportVU was started as a new way of filming soccer games *

A SportVU designer, Gal Oz said

it can look even more realistic. Hurley said the blue glow around Yellin and was added intentionally to avoid confusion.

“We could have had a much crisper, more realistic shot, almost to the extent where the viewer at home would have had no idea even that the person wasn’t really there,” Hurley said.

“You don’t want to have the effect where it looks so good that for every future live shot, you have people on the blogs saying, ‘Oh they’re not really there–they’re in a studio, faking the moon landing.

The Founder of SportVU, Miky Tamir is also the founder of ORAD.  This is from their website on the about us page.

Orad`s mission is to realize the potential of proven and emerging electro-optical, video and real-time image processing technologies for TV broadcasting, virtual reality and sports events, enabling Orad to provide a one stop technology shop for all its customers.

They specialize in TV graphics but also fiddle with virtual reality, as seen in the pictures below

Miky Tamir is also the founder of Vumii

The events of 9/11 transformed our daily reality, challenging the security industry to make quantum leaps in developing technologies to protect against threats to life, property and nations.

Vumii, Inc. was founded to respond to those challenges

Vumii specializes in night vision and surveillance technologies

The technology is obvious cool and cutting edge, but I can’t help but say that when I first heard of it I immediately thought “this reminds me of project blue beam“. The argument is not whether blue beam is a literally reality or not, simply stating that all this new media technology and holograms and virtual reality reminds of it.

And this article by Jon Ronson

Then there’s the prophet hologram – “the projection of the image of an ancient god over an enemy capitol whose public communications have been seized and used against it in a massive psychological operation.”

Googles In The Flu Business

November 12, 2008

Google just launched their new project Google Flu Trends

It’s a hot topic, CNN reported it, NY Times reported it

If your looking for details those are good places to start.

I wanted to point out the post I wrote about a month ago

A Global Health Surveillance System

It gives a little more of the background and who’s involved with this project.

I want to say upfront there isn’t anything wrong or bad this type of technology. It’s a huge breakthrough in technology.

It’s how you use it that matters. I hope in the future the technology isn’t used to infringe on people’s individual civil liberties., say in the form of collecting person information and even creating personal data bases.

At the moment it seems to be open source and transparent, you can even downland the raw data yourself from their site.

U.S. May Lose It’s “AAA” Rating Because of Large Amounts of Debt

November 12, 2008

CNBC reported this week that

The United States may be on course to lose its ‘AAA’ rating due to the large amount of debt it has accumulated, according to Martin Hennecke, senior manager of private clients at Tyche.

It goes on to say,

the bankruptcy of the government is not out of the realm of possibility,

oh, that makes me feel better

Then Theres this story

about the same thing, but from early this year, saying if we don’t change things in 10 years we could loss our “Triple A Rating”

so in 10 months we have gone from having 10 years, to now we could loss our “AAA” rating any time. We have successful taken on 10 years worth of debt in 10 months!

Whats even more disturbing though is this line towards the end on CNBC story

In order to solve or stem the economic slowdown, Hennecke suggested the US would have to radically reduce spending across all sectors and recall all its troops from around the world.

You mean we would have to do the things that congressman Ron Paul has been saying for 15 years. The same things that he campaigned on for the Republican nomination in 2008, the same very things that he was laughed at, and told he was crazy for by the other completely uninformed Republican nominees including McCain.

It’s amazing that financial experts are saying the only way to say our economy is go back to the conservative fiscal policies of our founding father, and the not the fake conservative policy of Bush and Cheney, and Romney, and Mccain and the rest of the majority of the republican is so sad.

It’s sad we have drifted so far away from real conservatism. Not all of congress is corrupted, there are good people who have spent their lives trying to serve our country for the better. Number one example is Ron Paul who has been on the United States House Committee on Financial Services for years! screaming that we are headed towards a brick wall, and no one wanted to listen…. most of all the media.