Monday, April 02, 2007

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    DEN said...

    Ok I found this site offering an entirely new light bulb format and due to Bloggers limitations, could not elaborate further on the main post, (Major pain in the azz).

    The claim of 25,000 hours of useable, dimmable and switchable light is a good one if true, the longer they last, the less time to the recycle bin, which itself has it's own issues regarding mercury inside.

    Price wise a 40watt equivalent bulb will cost you around ten bucks, a ten pack is a hundred bucks!

    The consumer cost savings is debatable, the recycling aspect needs resolving also, but it is an alternative light source for those that wish to save energy, not money.

    I suspect these are also produced on the Chinese mainland by kids earning pennies a day, but that is another story.

    The dust has not settled in the light bulb zone and as such there will be new products that would render even these bulbs obsolete.

    micki said...

    Oh, poor bush!

    He's so afraid of being booed that his handlers decided he'd better not throw out the first pitch today between the Washington Nationals and that Florida team.

    Forget the peanuts and Cracker Jack! Lots of baseball fans were prepared to offer bush some pretzels!

    micki said...

    Some utilities 'lease' the bulbs to customers.

    DEN said...



    2% financing available?

    Scuse me Ma-am, I'm here to repossess your light bulbs?

    Pay up or the bulb gets it!

    Chimpy will never have a lightbulb moment, he's too dim of wit.

    micki said...

    Maybe what Congress should do is slash and burn (CUT) funding for the Department of State -- then State wouldn't have the dough to pay Blackwater and Halliburton and they'd pull out of Iraq and bush would have to call the troops home.

    Afterall, it IS bush's mercenaries that are propping him up in Iraq. Without the Blackwater & Halliburton mercenaries over there, the war would HAVE to end -- not enough boots on the ground.

    micki said...

    Den, when cartoonists use a squiggly light bulb to illustrate that "A ha!" moment, we'll know that the bulbs have gone mainstream.

    DEN said...

    We have to remember the incandescent bulb was invented by Thomas Edison back when they were building Model T's.

    DEN said...

    McHairbrain sez:

    McCain went on to say his visit to Baghdad is proof Iraq is getting safer, saying: “Never have I been able go out into the city as I was today.” He was accompanied by one hundred American troops, three Blackhawk helicopters and two gunships. McCain also wore a bullet-proof vest.

    Geez with that substantial force surrounding me I'd feel safe too.


    Alan said...

    BTW, what people call "neon" lights is actually cold cathode as well.

    The CFL's aren't really 'instant on'. There's always a slight delay compared to incandescent bulbs.

    micki said...

    Well, jeez, Den, maybe McCain figures it's "progress" because this time he was able to leave the Green Zone w/o getting his McNuts shot off.

    DEN said...

    Neon takes 45 THOUSAND volts AC to run, BZZZOT!

    Make BIG LED's!

    micki said...

    Dear micki,

    Thank you micki for Co-Sponsoring the Feingold-Reid 'Power of
    the Purse' Legislation to Safely Redeploy our Troops from Iraq
    on behalf of Progressive Patriots Fund. Please let ten friends
    know about this important legislation by clicking below:

    Thank you for all that you do.

    Russ Feingold, Honorary Chair
    Progressive Patriots Fund

    Alan said...

    Thank you micki for Co-Sponsoring the Feingold-Reid 'Power of
    the Purse' Legislation...

    Yeah Micki, I signed it too while ago. They make it easy by keeping your '411' where all it takes is a click on the tab.

    DEN said...

    On a different but important topic;

    Warning - Serious new hack attack

    By Bill Husted | Monday, April 2, 2007, 06:53 AM

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    If you get an e-mail that suggests a nifty way to modify the cursor that appears on your PC’s screen, just trash that e-mail before it trashes your computer.

    The e-mail directs you to a Web site to get the new cursor. Don’t go or you’ll be sorry.

    This new hack is directed at Microsoft’s new Vista as well as some versions of Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The malicious Web page downloads a program that exploits a bug in the computer code for the cursor. Once you go to the Web page, you’re sunk - the hacker can get into your computer remotely.

    Here’s a link to a story that explains the problem in more detail.

    I’m also linking to an AP story about the problem here

    Folks this could be a serious problem - so please be careful. There are so many of these threats reported that it’s easy to shrug one off. I hope I’m wrong but I think this one could be a big problem.

    Also note that the FireFox browser does not seem to have the same vulnerability - but even if you use FireFox or another browser it would be foolish to rely on that.

    DEN said...

    OOPS!, LINK for above story.

    micki said...

    (04-02) 08:59 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --

    The Supreme Court ordered the federal government on Monday to take a fresh look at regulating carbon dioxide emissions from cars, a rebuke to Bush administration policy on global warming.

    In a 5-4 decision, the court said the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from cars.

    Greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the landmark environmental law, Justice John Paul Stevens said in his majority opinion.

    The court's four conservative justices — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — dissented.

    Many scientists believe greenhouse gases, flowing into the atmosphere at an unprecedented rate, are leading to a warming of the Earth, rising sea levels and other marked ecological changes.

    The politics of global warming have changed dramatically since the court agreed last year to hear its first global warming case.

    "In many ways, the debate has moved beyond this," said Chris Miller, director of the global warming campaign for Greenpeace, one of the environmental groups that sued the EPA. "All the front-runners in the 2008 presidential campaign, both Democrats and Republicans, even the business community, are much further along on this than the Bush administration is."

    Democrats took control of Congress last November. The world's leading climate scientists reported in February that global warming is "very likely" caused by man and is so severe that it will "continue for centuries." Former Vice President Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth — making the case for quick action on climate change — won an Oscar. Business leaders are saying they are increasingly open to congressional action to reduce greenhouse gases emissions, of which carbon dioxide is the largest.

    Carbon dioxide is produced when fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas are burned. One way to reduce those emissions is to have more fuel-efficient cars.

    The court had three questions before it.

    _Do states have the right to sue the EPA to challenge its decision?

    _Does the Clean Air Act give EPA the authority to regulate tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases?

    _Does EPA have the discretion not to regulate those emissions?

    The court said yes to the first two questions. On the third, it ordered EPA to re-evaluate its contention it has the discretion not to regulate tailpipe emissions. The court said the agency has so far provided a "laundry list" of reasons that include foreign policy considerations.

    The majority said the agency must tie its rationale more closely to the Clean Air Act.

    "EPA has offered no reasoned explanation for its refusal to decide whether greenhouse gases cause or contribute to climate change," Stevens said. He was joined by his liberal colleagues, Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter, and the court's swing voter, Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    The lawsuit was filed by 12 states and 13 environmental groups that had grown frustrated by the Bush administration's inaction on global warming.

    In his dissent, Roberts focused on the issue of standing, whether a party has the right to file a lawsuit.

    The court should simply recognize that redress of the kind of grievances spelled out by the state of Massachusetts is the function of Congress and the chief executive, not the federal courts, Roberts said.

    His position "involves no judgment on whether global warming exists, what causes it, or the extent of the problem," he said.

    The decision also is expected to boost California's prospects for gaining EPA approval of its own program to limit tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases. Federal law considers the state a laboratory on environmental issues and gives California the right to seek approval of standards that are stricter than national norms.

    The case is Massachusetts v. EPA, 05-1120.


    DEN said...

    Call that humiliation?

    No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians clearly are a very uncivilised bunch

    Terry Jones
    Saturday March 31, 2007
    The Guardian

    I share the outrage expressed in the British press over the treatment of our naval personnel accused by Iran of illegally entering their waters. It is a disgrace. We would never dream of treating captives like this - allowing them to smoke cigarettes, for example, even though it has been proven that smoking kills. And as for compelling poor servicewoman Faye Turney to wear a black headscarf, and then allowing the picture to be posted around the world - have the Iranians no concept of civilised behaviour? For God's sake, what's wrong with putting a bag over her head? That's what we do with the Muslims we capture: we put bags over their heads, so it's hard to breathe. Then it's perfectly acceptable to take photographs of them and circulate them to the press because the captives can't be recognised and humiliated in the way these unfortunate British service people are.

    In case someone missed it, quite thoughtful analysis.

    ò,óarol said...

    ENVIRONMENT: Swedes get cash for buying green cars

    Swedes who buy an environmentally friendly car will get a $1,400 cash award from the government, the environment minister said Thursday. The offer, starting next month and lasting through 2009, is part of the government's push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. "The environmental advantages should be felt in the heart, but also in the wallet," Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said. The government expects the move to spur the sale of green cars by 10-15%. Those cars include gasoline-driven vehicles that release less than 120 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, electric cars and vehicles that run on alternative fuels. Sweden-based Volvo, owned by Ford Motor Co., criticized the proposal, saying it will favor makers of smaller cars because those typically are more fuel efficient.

    Well, duh! You see how business can't be trusted to do the right thing, like worry about global warming. You can imagine how privatizing other things will only make things worse. It takes a government to do the right thing, lay down laws, make things happen. Unfortunately, the U.S. government is run by big business so nothing will change in this country.

    David B. Benson said...

    A snow flurry!

    Second one today.

    Just after the maples decided (if that is the right word) it was time to bud new leaves...

    carey said...

    Den and all,

    McCain is getting some bad reviews right now and appearing a little desperate to some. They say his funding is looking meek.

    TWO GOOD SUPREME COURT DECISIONS! But one bad for Guatanamo detainees. I'll be another year before they will be able to do anything else for the prisoners.

    I like Thom Hartmann. (That's how you spell it, right Micki?) Soft-spoken, smart as a cookie and nicely balanced. Maybe even better that Al Franken in some ways.

    We're having gorgeous weather. It's the calm before the heat/humidity storm coming for us this summer and lasting till, shoot, probably October. Right now, however, the weather is just splendiforous. Like the earth and climate of old.

    Carey said...


    Why did you say in yesterday's thread that it looked as if your prediction on Gonzo was off a tad? You mean in the timing? Alfredo is gone for sure, right??

    I love the name you gave him.


    I've had trouble signing in yesterday and today. Anything different?

    Carey said...

    I've enjoyed all the discussion about light bulbs. Still don't know what the heck to do.

    I've gotta go and play. It's vacation you know!

    Carey said...

    One more thing. Have y'all seen the clips of Cheney hopping mad over the Senate bill?

    He just oozes evil and hatred. Unreal.

    micki said...

    Thom Hartmann -- bio

    Carey -- I, too, like Thom Hartmann. He's a walking encyclopedia of historical facts, with the ability to explain those facts in the perspective of the day. As much as I like Al Franken, I prefer Hartmann's delivery style -- he gets to the point much more succinctly.

    Dr. B -- We had snow flurries today, too.

    Carey -- I was off in my timing, that's all -- and also Al Fredo's replacement may be Orrin Hatch.

    Anyone who's interested --This is what I get for bragging about our long-lasting CFLs. One of our CFLs bit the dust on Saturday night, after almost 7 years of a long and illuminating life! (Did someone put a hex on me??!!) Our son-in-law was here to install a replacement bulb -- he used one of those stick thingies with the little suction cup on it. Presto! We will have a proper funeral for the CFL when more of them burn out. In the meanwhile, it will rest in a safe place in the garage, avoiding the landfill.

    micki said...

    I think John McCain is looking more and more out of touch.

    David B. Benson said...

    Two good decisions? Climate and ?

    DEN said...

    Carey, Blogger is a pain in the azz about sign in stuff, you should have been able to sign in with the Google account stuff, if not e-mail them, maybe someone will read it.

    Cookies are critical with these guys, if you do a cookie dump on your computer you might have to re-sign up but it should pickup on your password and stuff, I have to sign in every time at work, my home comp. does it automatically.

    Micki, I am so glad to hear your CFL has found a good resting place away from the landfill, they will have to take them in(recycle) somewhere eventually, might make an excellent X-Mas ornament if you painted it or doused it in glitter.
    Think outside the recycle box!

    micki said...

    Is this the other "good" decision, Carey?

    The Duke Energy decision is fraught with possible future problems, IMO. Maybe I don't quite understand this ruling, but it would seem to me that the polluters CAN just keep on using outdated coal-burning power plants, even though they are supposed to install modern pollution controls. Is the fox going to be watching the hen house on this??

    Too bad the case would not have allowed the option of a decision to just plain shut down the coal-fired plants.

    micki said...

    Goshalmighty! I just saw that Michael Ware, CNN, stand-up from Iraq (at Think Progress -- I think) in which he blasts John McCain for his ludicrous remarks about the level of security in Baghdad.

    Ware was practically foaming at the mouth describing McCain's ridiculous claims -- and said military people were laughing at McCain.

    McCain may as well throw in the towel. He's toast.

    micki said...

    Careful, Carol...when I say anything favorable about what government can do, I initiate a barrage of words, generally referred to as a rant. ;-))

    •c•arol said...

    Government regulating the big things in life could solve every problem in this country. There is no other way. Period.

    That's what government is for, to smooth out the playing field so everyone is more equal and the infrastructure of the country is tip top. Health care definitely should be part of the infrastructure.

    And polluters need to be regulated. It's government's job to crack down on the car companies and pass laws that force them to quit making the combustion engine no ifs, ands or buts. Unfortunately, the government we have isn't doing much of anything for this country that is for a good reason. Bad reasoning rules.

    I'm listening to the book, American Theocracy and I'm getting more bummed. *sigh*

    Jeanne said...

    I added the lite bulb site to my favorites. We are slowly converting all of our bulbs to this new type.

    Jeanne said...

    Now....down to business. ehem....I think that by August the Bush administration is going to be hiding in corners and basically staying completely away from the press. I think it's going to get really scary because people are going to wonder when the breakdowns are going to come for Bush and dick Cheney.

    And the only reason Bush is insisting we stay in Iraq is because they are strengthening the profit margin for the war profitters. When you look at it that way it's even more sick. More evil.

    Jeanne said...

    If they cut the funding Bush would pull out because there would be no reason to be there. They're in it for the money. Cut the funding and it would be almost laughable how fast haliburton and blackwater would pull out. Of course they would find some other innocent country to destroy. Maybe Cuba this time.

    Jeanne said...

    By the way, winter is back to MN. Ice and snow tomorrow. Ick. April is an ugly month.

    Jeanne said...

    In honor of baseball season I'd like to offer one of my favorite baseball memories.

    VIDEO: Cheney Loudly Booed During First Pitch

    micki said...

    Jeanne, when there are two lunatics in charge of the asylum, one has to wonder which lunatic -- bush or cheney -- is in charge of the current day equivalent of the Cold War "red phone."

    Now, that is a really scary thought....

    P.S. Is your daughter in Babe the Blue Ox Land yet?

    micki said...

    Yeah, Jeanne. That's booing, even though Faux News did its damndest to try to 'mix' the audio to their political advantage!

    micki said...

    Go, Carol!

    micki said...

    At a news conference shortly after their outing, Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican, and his three Congressional colleagues described Shorja as a safe, bustling place full of hopeful and warmly welcoming Iraqis — “like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime,” offered Representative Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican who was a member of the delegation.


    micki said...

    "I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. ... True compassion is more than
    flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."


    APRIL 4, 1967: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. @ Riverside Church

    APRIL 4, 1968: Dr. King was murdered

    APRIL 4, 2007: Tomorrow...what has changed?