Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Corruption in the Bush Admin?

Not exactly much of a surprise, but watching this video... wow. Just wow. We need to be dragging them straight to court on this one: Bush Administration and his Attorney General appointees in Alabama targeted a highly successful Democrat Governor and barely get him convicted of "bribery." Politics as usual? I suggest watching the video for yourself.

Spotted on BlueOregon.

Flash Mob PDX!

This is awesome - wish I could have been there, or even been a part of it!

Oh well. Youtube video has to suffice...

They did this too, back in 2006

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse!

...was awesome last night. Pic from oregonlive:

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Aah, the SUV driver...

Oldie but goodie article, definitely worth a read (its from 2002).
Not surprisingly, most SUV customers over the past decade hail from a group that is the embodiment of American narcissism: baby boomers. Affluent and often socially liberal, baby boomers have embraced the four-wheel-drive SUV as a symbol of their ability to defy the conventions of old age, of their independence and "outdoorsiness," making the off-road vehicle a force to be reckoned with on the American blacktop. In their attempt to appear youthful and hip, SUV owners have filled the American highways with vehicles that exact a distinctly human cost, frequently killing innocent drivers who would have survived a collision with a lesser vehicle. Bradsher quotes auto execs who concede that the self-centered lifestyle of SUV buyers is apparent in "their willingness to endanger other motorists so as to achieve small improvements in their personal safety."

Good quotes too:
The occupant death rate in SUVs is 6 percent higher than it is for cars -- 8 percent higher in the largest SUVs. The main reason is that SUVs carry a high risk of rollover; 62 percent of SUV deaths in 2000 occurred in rollover accidents.

Ironically, SUVs are particularly dangerous for children, whose safety is often the rationale for buying them in the first place. Because these beasts are so big and hard to see around (and often equipped with dark-tinted glass that's illegal in cars), SUV drivers have a troubling tendency to run over their own kids. Just recently, in October, a wealthy Long Island doctor made headlines after he ran over and killed his 2-year-old in the driveway with his BMW X5. He told police he thought he'd hit the curb.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Senate protects spying!

Wow - just read this on the Nytimes today - the Senate passed a bill that grants full immunity from any lawsuit against a telecommunications company that aided the government in spying under Bush's unconstitutional wiretapping program.

Democrats and Republicans alike pushed versions of the bill forward to protect these huge corporations (such as AT&T) from any actual responsibility for their actions, which in one case involved allowing the NSA to directly tap their network backbones to filter and tap their traffic.

Monday, February 4, 2008

New sustainable energy source?

Spotted on inhabitat:

harvesting kinetic energy from raindrops.

Say what? Interestingly, this would be great for Oregon, with our steady, constant rains.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Flash Mob - Grand Central NYC

Outstanding flash mob in Manhattan! Gotta love these staged events, wish PICA would do something more along these lines...