Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What if the climate change is a big hoax?

I can't help but laugh at the Irony of this What If statement - think we might all ban together and create a better world - for nothing...

The Joel Pett cartoon depicting the delegation in Copenhagen this year.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sustainablity - Self Responsiblity

There is no silver bullet to achieve "Sustainability" however one central element is the consideration of the overall "Cost of Ownership". Energy will be a key issue in the design and construction of new homes and businesses however without a connection to finance. Home value and operational costs must be connected to achieve adoption of sustainable homes and buildings.

LowCarbonEconomy has recently posted a note urging self builders to consider sustainability in construction and design.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Buck Rogers - here we come

High power solid state lasers makes controlled fusion possible. In an article released by Laser Focus the frequency control and power output bring nuclear laser fusion one step closer.

Maybe we don't need all of those coal fired power plants after all.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Title 12 Chapter 16 § 1831o

§ 1831o. Prompt corrective action

Under current federal law federal authorities have only 90 days from the time that a bank exceeds the required minimum level of capitalization. In a striking blow to Obama's top banking official Timothy Geithner. William K. Black, the former senior regulator during the savings and loan crisis and the man that blew the whistle on the Keating Five, blasted the current banking crisis as a period of anarchy - "a time where lawlessness is prevalent".

In an interview with Bill Moyers; Black author of the book "The best way to rob a bank is to own one" he blasted the current and previous administrations for their handling of the banking issues referring to the pervasive issuance of "Liars Loans" which were packaged with AAA ratings then sold to other financial institutions.

This if nothing else make the case for establishing a "Resource Based" economic system. You simply can not separate risk from reward. The regulations and ethics that separate the banking system from investment banking must lead to creating a level of transparency and reporting designed to expose fraud and reward performance.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bailout Bonaza

PlayScreen has released a new iPhone application called "Bailout Bonanza". What a great way to take your frustrations out on the wasted billions from banks and financial markets. Check it out!

An additional incentive is the pledge by PlayStreen to contribute 5% of the revenues to the United Way where our frustration can actually help those hardest hit by the fiancial crisis.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

House to Vote on Stimulus Bill, GOP to Say No

Despite visiting Republicans in Congress and stripping out two provisions the GOP objected to, President Obama is expected to win the House vote on his economic stimulus plan today.Guess I don't get it and frankly I'm ashamed at the Republican party; Finally spending that targets both short and long term issues that plague our society and economy. For example spending to help quit smoking - the long term impact on health care and worker productivity is far reaching.Even spending on the Arts; one of the most critical creative thinking elements of a productive US economy is our ability to think out of the box. And what about the "Pork" even wasteful spending generates income for business and workers that in turn spend and create.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

A sign of the times

I received this image in a forwarded email today and thought that it was a wonderful sign of the times.




Thursday, January 8, 2009

Why the stimulus package isn’t enough

and what to do about it

by Mark Hewitt

President Elect Obama has inherited the greatest power on earth; he is that one man than can make a difference at a time which change is possible.

Today the powerful force of the “Status Quo” is still at hand; where established systems are simply asking for more resources to do what has always been done before; From State and City governments to entire industries; i.e. Automotive, Retail, Banking, Transportation, etc.

At the core of our economic crisis is a fundamental flaw in how an economy actually works. We have allowed for accounting systems such as the “Federal Reserve” to play games with how we measure productivity. (see the book Creature from Jekyll Island) this process has led to wide spread business value where real productivity is traded for promissory notes without any backing or substance. (Sounds like something familiar in the news today i.e. Bernard Madoff).

My conclusion is that continued funding of established broken systems only delay an already failed system.

How to fix it

First it is important to understand that we live in a Universe where nothing is ever wasted and from a Physics perspective everything is always in balance which translates into the national debt is just a gross misrepresentation of someone’s accounting of real value.

The current set of notes and accounting used in today’s world economy has been primarily built on the basis of a “non-renewable” source of energy or Oil, Gas, & Coal. With minor exceptions for materials based uses of these products a real accounting of productivity will show that our books are actually very balanced.

Today we have the opportunity to leverage what resources we have as a nation and focus it on the following priorities:

  1. Replace non-renewable energy sources with renewable energy
  2. Establish infrastructure in a format that can be maintained and or replaced
  3. First and foremost is communications; establish an open and “Free to access” national “Intranet”.
  4. Build a transportation network that favors renewable energy based systems of transportation; i.e. Maglift Rail systems, electric cars, etc.
  5. Establish a network and system of accountability for use of our energy sources and other resources.
  6. Establish a basis for basic health maintenance and health care.
  7. Education is the foundation of human understanding; it should be a social and national priority and not restricted to legacy university systems; we have the technology and with a National Intranet we can deliver.
  8. National and Personal safety and security; is a responsibility not a right; education and training empower each of us to be responsible for safety and security.
  9. Foreign policy; we are all part of the same family on this planet; diversity is part of establishing a successful future; however threats and the use of violence can not be tolerated in a evolving civilization and it is the responsibility of our neighbors to tolerate or ignore members of their own culture that support or use force on others. International foreign policy should have a zero tolerance for the use of violence against others.

I realize that this may be radical thinking and that an understanding of how symbiotic Energy and an Economy are with each other should be at the forefront of everything we do.

Even to the point that conservation is not a solution; we have the energy to live in a balanced world without giving up the things that make us more productive and healthy.

Remember that “Change” is the only truly universal constant.

Mark Hewitt