Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New YorkTimes Friedman 23 Feb Now or Never

Thomas Friedman returns to a familiar subject today, a return based on the fact that in the early morning crude oil was up to $95 bbl and as I write this I heard $105 bbl.

His subject. Increase gasoline tax 5 cents a month (I think that was his scale). I support but added in my comment (here tomorrow 24th) that in New England where 50% of all space heating is oil heat (NPR data) it is feasible right now to be installing Ground Source Geothermal everywhere. Why? See my November 24 post and an earlier one in July 2010.

So simple, so feasible. But what is the new governor of Vermont talking about in terms of Energy Policy? Approving a few wind turbines on Lowell Mountain.

With that as an energy policy there is no hope.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Race in the New York Times

I recently experienced ICD 9  s 431 which in Swedish is AC-LEDSLUXATION meaning that my right collarbone flew over the acromion process after a fall on Swedish ice. Result for my blogging is left index finger typing and thus brevity. 

I must in any case call attention to two New York Times series Race Remixed by Susan Saulny and today’s set of six statements in the Times series Room for debate 13 february both easily found at NYT OnLine.

Read the comments to learn that we are many who find the US Census Department’s “race boxes” to be absurd. You can see that at least two of us even in Sweden think this way.

And now on the 14th of February after reading the Room for Debate essays can I say to Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, Saki Madone, and Per Bauhn “Nu förstår jag varför Saki skrev sin fina essä “Sluta särbehandla” och D D-S och PB “Till frihetens försvar”.

Take a look even at February 11 “Race” and terms such as “African-American” – are they racist?

He and think these are worth discussion? How about you?

Styrsö, Sweden patientstugan