Freshly indicted Governor Rick Perry of Texas, who is said to be so close to running for president again that the people covering him know not to mention the fact that he is freshly indicted, has spent a couple of years traveling the country, trying to poach industries to come to Texas, where they don’t regulate you or tax you, nor do they give a good two hoots about how many of your workers you might accidentally kill. Of course, neglect is the mother of all accidents, and there was that unpleasantness about the fertilizer plant in West, and that was sort of a glitch in the sales pitch. And now, it seems, the Invisible Hand has claimed another couple of victims.
Methyl mercaptan, a foul-smelling gas, overwhelmed five workers at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte on Nov. 15, killing four - including two brothers - and sending another to the hospital. Such rapid deaths from toxic chemical exposure are rare, experts say. But dozens of times in the past two years, a Texas Tribune analysis shows, plants across Texas have reported accidentally releasing gases that can be deadly in relatively small amounts.
Texas has sold its soul, very willingly, to industries that produce products that kill people, and it has sold its soul to the idea that the average American corporation has a soul to sell Texas in return. Silly Texas. Dead workers are the cost of doing business to these people. Kill a few of them, write a check, craft the ironclad non-disclosure agreement, line up the SLAPP suit just in case, and off we go again.
The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. Article I, section 8, clause 4 of the Constitution expressly gives the United States Congress the power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.
Pursuant to this power, Congress in 1790 passed the first naturalization law for the United States, the Naturalization Act of 1790. The law enabled those who had resided in the country for two years and had kept their current state of residence for a year to apply for citizenship. However it restricted naturalization to “free white persons” of “good moral character”.
The Naturalization Act of 1795 increased the residency requirement to five years residence and added a requirement to give a three years notice of intention to apply for citizenship, and the Naturalization Act of 1798 further increased the residency requirement to 14 years and required five years notice of intent to apply for citizenship.
As Miami and other cities evolve to become American Venices, Climate change presents South Florida with monumental engineering, legal, ethical, and societal challenges over the next few decades that will see staggering cost and social implications. Florida is just the US bell weather, but climate change is a global phenomenon.
Anatomy of a slow motion catastrophe. Video focuses on mounting challenges facing residents and property owners in south Florida as saltwater intrusion and rising sea level become increasingly problematic.
Ah yes, it’s the full throated fearful bleat of Kansas’ biggest wannabe Klukker.
Right Wing Watch caught up with everyone’s favorite “self-deporter”, Kansas Secretary of State and all around xenophobe, Kris Kobach. He is very frightened.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a leader in the anti-immigrant movement, said during his Sunday radio program that it’s possible that a Hispanic majority in the U.S. could conduct an “ethnic cleansing.”
Kobach made his remarks in response to a caller who asked, “What happens, if you know your history, when one culture or one race or one religion overwhelms another culture or race?”
A movement was born this summer during the crisis over migrant children at the border. Are the vigilante extremists back for good?
Columbia University expert Donald Green argues that hate crimes tend to spike when rapid in-migration of minority groups occurs in formerly white neighborhoods. Perhaps that helps explain the sheer ugliness of the events in Murrieta, Calif., this July — events that came during the week of Independence Day, when Americans gather to celebrate our country and its democratic values.
Three buses carrying 140 undocumented women and children to a temporary shelter in the city of 107,000 — part of a wave of some 60,000 unaccompanied minor immigrants fleeing staggering violence and poverty in their Central American countries or seeking a long-lost parent in the United States — were met by a howling mob of nativists who physically blocked the vehicles. Ultimately, the government was forced to take the frightened children to another Border Patrol facility, and in the week that followed more angry nativist protesters rallied in Murrieta.
Intel’s data center group, powered by Xeon processors, is surging as 35 percent of the unit’s revenue comes from cloud deployments and that infrastructure for the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure is increasingly custom.
Those takeaways were front and center as Diane Bryant, head of Intel’s data center group (DCG), highlighted the outlook. Intel’s hammerlock on the server market means that it can do well even as workloads move to the cloud. Will enterprises buy a lot of servers in the future (probably not), but those Xeons are likely to be in the systems bought by cloud vendors.
“Two Lands - Greenland | Iceland” is the result of a very brief 10 day shoot I did for Panasonic. The video is a compilation of some of the footage I shot while there. Some of the other shots are in lockdown by the client so I used what I could to create this video. I spent 4 days shooting in Iceland and 6 days shooting in Greenland. Greenland locations include the Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, Ilimanaq, Ilulissat Ice Fjord, Russell Glacier, Greenland Icecap, and Disko Bay. Iceland locations include the South Coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell, and Grundarfjörður.
All footage was shot in super high resolution 4K Ultra HD.
“A Meaningful Moment”
By Jan Baumann
Special thanks to:
World of Greenland Arctic Circle - wogac.com
Local Greenland Guides - Adam Lyberth & Laust Hojbjerg
Another example of Theocratic urges in action from our Southern Neighbors
A bill introduced in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies would, if enacted, require creationism to be taught in the country’s public and private schools. Introduced by Marco Feliciano, a controversial federal deputy and Assembly of God pastor, on November 13, 2014, bill 8099/2014 calls (PDF) for the inclusion of “the ideas that life has its origin in God, the supreme creator of the whole universe and of all things that compose it.”
Accompanying the bill is a justification that complains of the existing curriculum as “propagating [the idea that] life originated from a ‘primitive cell’ that was set in motion by the ‘Big Bang’” and charges that teaching evolution without teaching creationism violates the Brazilian constitution’s guarantee of freedom of conscience and belief, especially “since the creationist doctrine is prevalent throughout our country.”
Maurício Tuffani, blogging for Folha de S. Paulo (November 15, 2014), described the bill as “a monument to ignorance,” and disclosed that the bill repeated, almost verbatim, a bill filed in the Paraná state legislature in 2007. In a later post (November 16, 2014), Tuffani quoted the president of the Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciência as saying that her organization “will stand forcefully against this bill.”
According to a report of a 2005 poll using a version of the Gallup questions, 31% of Brazilian respondents preferred the “God created human beings” option, with 54% preferring the “God guided process” option and 9% preferring the “God had no part in the process” option. Additionally, 89% of respondents supported teaching creationism alongside evolution, and 75% supported teaching creationism instead of evolution.
*When I went to High School none of the kids considered to be “cool” turned out to be truly that cool in later life. Instead the theater and band geeks, the shop class nerds, the art class wallflowers, and the AP course kids all turned out to be the cool ones in real adult life. It still amazes me how that worked.
IC Insights compared the six most significant end-user markets for integrated circuits. These are the computer, consumer, communications, automotive, industrial/medical, and government/defense markets. During the time frame, until 2018, the IC demand from automotive customers is expected to exhibit the strongest average annual growth — 10.8% on average. This is significantly higher than the communications industry, at second place with 6.8%.
The computer market, once the IC growth driver per se, apparently is approaching saturation status. With 3.3% CAGR, it shows the lowest growth of all segments (albeit certainly at a very high sales level). In contrast, automotive chip demand is still growing from a smaller base. While a high semiconductor content in earlier years was associated to the luxury class, higher quantities of chips are installed now in vehicles of all categories.
Demand drivers include safety features that increasingly are becoming mandatory, such as backup cameras or eCall. But driver-assistance systems are also becoming ubiquitous. Future drivers will include connectivity, such as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, as well as sensors and controllers necessary for various degrees of autonomous driving.