rikkidoglake commented on the blog post VA Gov: Terry McAuliffe Has Small Lead Over Ken Cuccinelli
Bring in the cardboard Nancy Pelosi . . .
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post UN Officials & IACHR Condemn US Government for Flagrantly Violating Human Rights at Guantanamo
Nothing in the Toledo newspapers, though he may not have died in Toledo.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: Breakthroughs for Solar Power
The Brazilians may not be targeting the urban consumer market:
“Approximately 500,000 households and up to 2.5 million people are still thought to be without electricity in Brasil. For practical reasons, many of their homes will never be connected to the grid, and so off-grid solutions are required. Solar power, especially lightweight, rugged and portable OPV is a clean and efficient candidate to provide power and comfort to these isolated communities.”
May have a lot lower average electrical load, given that they had electricity in the first place.
An efficiency claim:
“It is estimated that 20-50% more energy is generated by OPV solar modules with the same quoted efficiency as standard silicon cells.”
Some other solar news:
“The Lund University team lead by Samuelson has developed an alternative method that does away with the substrate. It starts by vaporizing gold to produce aerosol nanoparticles, which flow into a tube-shaped furnace along with two other gases. The gold serves as a seed that catalyzes a reaction with the gases to form gallium arsenide nanowires.”
Hope they can recycle the gold.
“By next year solar power could cost as little as 10 cents per kilowatt-hour without subsidies and thus become cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels in many markets around the world, First Solar says. It expects to lower costs to 7.5 cents per kilowatt-hour by 2016, bringing solar power close in price to one of the cheapest sources of power in the United States—a new natural-gas power plant, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration expects to average 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour over its lifetime.”
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Progress Kentucky Allegedly Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording
Haven’t seen anyone here or elsewhere comment on McConnell’s use of the term “Nixonian” to describe the bugging. Too funny for words.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Barrett Brown’s Mother Targeted, Faces Year In Jail
Yes, indeed, if being a jerk was grounds for imprisonment, we would need an even more massive investment in prison infrastructure.
A classic case from a few decades ago was the FBI entrapment of John De Lorean, by most accounts not a teddy bear. The entrapment was so blatant that the jury, after delivering their not guilty verdict, issued a rebuke of the government for bringing the case to court.
Wish there were more juries with that sense of justice.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Navy Linguist Faces Additional Charge of Violating Espionage Act
“Ratner told Firedoglake, ‘ . . . wouldn’t that give a reasonable person watching the perception that [the judge] might not be fair in this case?’ ”
And there’s the problem. The concept of “what would a reasonable man do?” that is said to underlie so much of our legal system seems to have fallen by the wayside. “Stand your ground” is a recent bad example.
At a higher level, the notion of “a government of laws and not of men” seems to be just a faded memory.
In truth, it’s always been an uphill fight, but encouraging signs seem to pop up less frequently of late.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker’s New Ambitious Feature Documentary on War on Whistleblowers
The common thread among the 4 examples cited is that they were all government employees at the time. But the feds are also waging war on non-government whistle-blowers.
Consider Bradley Birkenfeld, he of the record IRS finder’s fee (over $100 M), also a convicted felon.
Juan Gonzalez provided a clue 3 years ago:
” ‘We had an office in Washington that we all referred to as the PEP office – for ‘Politically Exposed People,’ Bradley Birkenfeld said. . . . ‘Only top managers from the bank knew the names of the political clients,’ Birkenfeld said.”
Juan couldn’t resist one more tilt at a windmill:
“Instead of scapegoating the guy who broke this fraud case wide open, the government should start tracking down the biggest clients, politicians and top UBS executives at the center of it all.”
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Every Day the Senate Gets More Idiotic: Chuck Hagel Edition
As the Republican Party continues to drive government into the abyss, it’s hard not to think that “Republican Patriot” is an oxymoron.
In fairness to Charlie Beck and his employees, they are under a great deal of stress. Still, when the dust settles, Chief Beck needs to publicly acknowledge that the Torrance event was totally out of control. And he needs to publicly state that there is no excuse for what happened. And that he is taking [...]
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Hillary Clinton Is the Most Popular Political Figure in America
Why, oh why, isn’t Bernie Sanders the most popular political figure in America?
Maybe because his name isn’t included in the poll questions.
I did admire Hillary’s pushing back at her final Senate hearing, but otherwise view her and Bill as a pair who played a major role in destroying what the Democratic Party once represented, in favor of getting more donations.
rikkidoglake commented on the diary post In Case It Wasn’t Already Obvious, Mistah Kurtz Shows Yet Again He Hews Rightward by Phoenix Woman.
Mistah Kurtz, he not dead.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Harkin’s Retirement Creates Senate Opening for the GOP
To quote Jim Hightower, who probably borrowed it elsewhere, Harkin is one of the last members of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.
rikkidoglake commented on the diary post Shaving with Occam’s Razor in Activism & Radical Politics by Kit OConnell.
I’ll agree with you if you’re willing to add asterisks to a few topics. I was already out in the workplace when JFK was shot. It pains me to know that I’ll probably die before most of the Warren Commission files (let alone the truth) are put in the public domain. I’m hard pressed to [...]
You probably know this, but just in case, be careful with the Tylenol.
Recommended max daily dose is 4,000 mg. Each tablet is 500 mg, so that’s 8 regular Tylenol per day.
If you’re also taking Hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin, Norco, etc.), it also has acetaminophen (Tylenol), either 500 mg or 325 mg. As Father Guido Sarducci, says, “It-a adds up”.
rikkidoglake commented on the diary post “The Drum Major Instinct”: The MLK Jr. Speech The Media Don’t Mention by Phoenix Woman.
It hasn’t been entirely hidden.
Frank Sontag played this several times on FM station KLOS in Los Angeles, and discussed it afterward with callers.
His time slot was Sunday midnight to 5 am Monday, so it may not have reached the widest audience, but is was broadcast multiple times.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Reactions to the Death of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz
Worth reading Lessig’s full post.
“For remember, we live in a world where the architects of the financial crisis regularly dine at the White House — and where even those brought to ‘justice’ never even have to admit any wrongdoing, let alone be labeled ‘felons.’ ”
So much for the concept of a government of laws and not of men.
as Mr. Kiriakou can attest
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post The Only CIA Officer Scheduled to Go to Jail Over Torture Never Tortured Anybody
Obama is a better looking Richard Nixon, with a cleaner vocabulary. Same person underneath.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Jacob Appelbaum on Resisting the Surveillance State
Well, Kevin, maybe nobody has commented in order to avoid Mr. Appelbaum’s fate.
I’ve always favored Mel Brooks’s advice, that the Nazis may be few in number, but they’re awfully well organized and awfully well armed. So Mel’s recommended countermeasure is to make fun of them.
Happy New Year to John Poindexter, at whatever hour that will occur in his undisclosed location.
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