Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Mayor Bloomberg is a nasty, untrustworthy, tantrum-prone liar who "has little use" for average New Yorkers - like the 1,500 workers who would have lost their jobs had OTB closed, a furious Gov. Paterson has said privately. "He appears to be self-destructing," the governor said. According to a source with firsthand knowledge of Paterson's comments, the governor said that during talks last week on OTB's future, Bloomberg threw the same kind of bizarre tantrums that disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been known for. "He has the same kind of anger that reminds you of Spitzer," Paterson said. "I think he's starting to be concerned that he can't get anything done." The governor charged that Bloomberg has repeatedly misrepresented the facts to the point that "you can't trust him." The normally even-tempered Paterson leveled the explosive charges in private conversations this weekend after a bitter confrontation with the mayor on the pending state takeover of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., the source said. . . NY Post


Roll Call wrote that the "official outfitter" of Sen. Barack Obama's campaign "is maintaining Obama's online store, which sells a $12 DVD of the candidate's speeches, $10 lapel pins -- though no American flags -- and $50 fleece jackets, perfect for those chilly Iowa winters." But Roll Call did not note that Sen. John McCain's store doesn't offer American flag lapel pins, either. Media Matters


In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court has upheld the right of individuals to request documents under the Freedom of Information Act, even if similar documents were previously requested by others. The Court rejected the Federal Aviation Administration's contention that it may ignore requests if the agency previously received identical requests from different requesters. The Court based its decision on America's "deep-rooted historic tradition that everyone should have his own day in court." EPIC

Inrix just released a national traffic scorecard, including a list of the 100 most congested metro areas. The great thing about the report is that it gets into the hour-by-hour, day-by-day details of congestion. (Caveat Driver: Avoid the road at 5:30 PM on Fridays.) . . . On first impression, the report seems to provide strong evidence in favor of a staggered shift workday. The graph of daily traffic patterns shows predictable spikes around 7:30 AM and 5 PM. Those spikes mean a lot more time and petrol are being frittered away in slow (or standstill) traffic. While some offices must stick to a rigid 9-5, many businesses and government jobs could certainly have a rolling start time, pacing staff arrivals in the morning and departures in the afternoon. Governing

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the number of refugees is up to a record 11.4 million after falling for several years. Says Antonio Guterres, "With the multiplication of conflicts and the intensification of conflicts, the number is on the rise again. . . People being forced to move, unfortunately, will be one of the characteristics of the 21st century." Thei figure is up 1.5 million from 2006 and doesn't include 26 million persons displaced within their own countries, a number that has risen 1.8 million in just one year. Nearly half of the refugees come form Afghanistan or Iraq.


At June 19, 2008 11:02 AM, Blogger m said...

From a nerds point of view, and for the actual details of the McCain FlipFlop circuit see:

At June 19, 2008 7:20 PM, Anonymous Gar Lipow said...

Don't make too big a deal of the hydrogen car. The hydrogen has to come from something. If it is made from natural gas, you still have to store the leftover carbon somewhere. If is made by electrolysis, you can go further on a kWh using batteries than hydrogen. IF we want to eliminate or greatly reduce auto emissions while still keeping cars, battery power is the way to go. If we decide to reduce the number of autos and go for trains, direct electricity rather than hydrogen makes even more sense.

At June 20, 2008 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and what goes into batteries? finite metals which when they get back into the drinking water, as all inputs of industry inevitably do, are arguably as toxic as nuclear waste.

if the goal is to have humans survive more than a century or so more, our societies will have to look more preindustrial than post modern.


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