Jun 30, 2005

Capitalist Willie Nelson fan going to "cash in" on green fuel machines

> Interesting > http://www.olympiagreenfuels.com/

For over 100 years this stuff has been made.

The Germans did some wild VW, tank and rocket tests using biofuels

There are hundreds of guides on how to make it in your kitchen & garage.

Back in 98 I watched the "veggievan" go accross the country.

They really "nailed" how to do it small scale and safely.

I am not sure how someone could "patent" the principal? or if they should.

If they are just patenting a process machine, "kodos"

Because most of the original inventors of the Biodiesel process machines are dead or don't care.




What is interesting to me is how you can across this site???

The http://www.olympiagreenfuels.com/ really seem like they are trying to take advantage of an obvious technology being touted as a “new quick fix” to or global energy crisis. But hey, that’s what capitalism is. He most likely got his idea from watching the presidents or Willie Nelsons promo (see link below).

Biodiesel "fun fact"
Neil Young, Willie Nelson, President George W. Bush and Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) are all featured in this Biodiesel Promotional video which has been produced by the team behind the documentary film, 3min 46sec - Quick Time movie


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Jun 27, 2005

Support the coelacanth rescue mission!


Virtually unique in the animal kingdom, with a saga steeped in science and popular imagination, the fabulous Coelacanth ("see-la-kanth"), that 400 million year old "living fossil" fish, paddles on. Pre-dating the dinosaurs by millions of years and once thought to have gone extinct with them, 65 million years ago, the Coelacanth with its "missing link" "proto legs" was "discovered" alive and well in 1938! At least three people have perished in the quest for the coelacanth, and possibly several others. Read all about it- including the latest efforts to protect the creature, and its pop-up appearances in "out of the way" places. Click in the navbar to the left. Check the News and Recent History sections and don't miss a visit to the Coelashop for t-shirts and other "Coela-gear." Our favorite "Dinofish" is "age-free" and never boring! (In case you think conservation is dull, we put some of our best stuff on that page.)

The web site of the Coelacanth Rescue Mission, a project under the direction of Jerome F. Hamlin to raise Coelacanth awareness. Your feedback is welcome.

Jun 24, 2005

2005 Electronic Monitoring & Surveillance Survey

From computer monitoring and telephone taping to video surveillance and GPS satellite tracking, employers increasingly are using policy and technology to manage productivity and protect resources. To motivate employee compliance, companies increasingly are putting teeth in technology policies. Fully 26% have fired workers for misusing the Internet; 25% have terminated employees for e-mail misuse; and 6% have fired employees for misusing office phones.

When it comes to workplace computer use, employers are primarily concerned about inappropriate Web surfing, with 76% monitoring workers’ Website connections. Fully 65% of companies use software to block connections to inappropriate Websites—a 27% increase since 2001 when AMA and ePolicy Institute last surveyed electronic monitoring and surveillance policies and procedures in the workplace. Computer monitoring takes various forms, with 36% of employers tracking content, keystrokes and time spent at the keyboard. Another 50% store and review employees’ computer files. Companies also keep an eye on e-mail, with 55% retaining and reviewing messages.

Employers are doing a good job of notifying employees when they are being watched. Of those organizations that engage in monitoring and surveillance activities, fully 80% inform workers that the company is monitoring content, keystrokes and time spent at the keyboard; 82% let employees know the company stores and reviews computer files; 86% alert employees to e-mail monitoring; and 89% notify employees that their Web usage is being tracked.

Read more at:

Jun 20, 2005

President cites rising electricity, gasoline costs

President Bush argued Wednesday that consumers paying high gas prices won't stand for inaction on energy legislation, even though some lawmakers say nothing they can do would immediately ease the problem.

"My advice is, they ought to keep this in mind: Summer's here, temperatures are rising and tempers will really rise if Congress doesn't pass an energy bill," said Bush, who pressured lawmakers to get an energy bill to his desk before the August recess.

"The American people know that an energy bill will not change the price of gas immediately," he said, "but they're not going to tolerate inaction in Washington as they watch the underlying problems grow worse."

The president outlined his four-point plan to reduce high energy prices:
Promote conservation; produce and refine more crude oil in the United States;
develop alternative sources of energy, such as renewable ethanol or biodiesel;
and help other nations, such as China, to become more energy-efficient to reduce global demand for energy.

He said it was time for the United States to expand its nuclear power capacity.

[Excerpt] -By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer
June 16, 2005

Jun 16, 2005

60 percent of American don't trust the press.

'More than 60 percent of the American people don't trust the press.
Why should they?
They've been reading "The Da Vinci Code" and marveling at its historical insights. I have nothing against a fine thriller, especially one that claims the highest of literary honors: it's a movie on the page. But "The Da Vinci Code" is not a work of nonfiction. If one more person talks to me about Dan Brown's crackerjack research I'm shooting on sight.'

Kinsley takes as his model Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute, and which grows by accretion and consensus. Relatedly, it takes as its premise the idea that "facts" belong between quotation marks. It's a winning formula; Wikipedia is one of the Web's most popular sites.

I asked a teenager if he understood that it carries a disclaimer; Wikipedia "can't guarantee the validity of the information found here." "That's just so that no one will sue them," he shrugged.

As to the content: "It's all true, mostly."

What is new is our odd, bipolar approach to fact.
We have a fresh taste for documentaries. Any novelist will tell you that readers hunger for nonfiction, which may explain the number of historical figures who have crowded into our novels.

Facts seem important.

Facts have gravitas.

But the illusion of facts will suffice.

Story emailed from friend http://www.mattpiette.com/blog/

Published: June 15, 2005

Employers intruding on workers' personal space

A growing trend finds firms policing their workers' off-duty behavior, alarming employees and worker rights groups. Recent cases include a worker being fired for displaying a political bumper sticker on her car and a casino that claims the right to fire waitresses and servers for putting on too much weight. "The shock is that there's no legal protection," a spokesman for The National Workrights Institute said. USA TODAY

"It's a growing trend,"
"But whether or not they will go further to protect workers is an open question."

Jun 13, 2005

Pseudoscience: A Threat to Our Environment

"Virtually every scientific agency in the U.S. government has been shaken at its foundation by the substitution of pseudoscience for scientific investigation. If our government is to make sound public policy, true scientific investigation must be allowed and encouraged to flourish untainted by political agendas, industry pressure and the pseudoscience these pressures breed. The U.S. Congress and President must stop sacrificing sound science for shortsighted political agendas and must stop substituting true scientific research with pseudoscience."

EXAMPLE of a pseudoscience orginization
(always read between the lines)

"The Greening Earth Society," was established by the Western Fuels Association, a cooperative owned by seven coal-burning utilities. The Greening Earth Society is a think tank dedicated to the idea that increasing amounts of CO2 produced by burning of fossil fuels is good for the environment. The research is based upon a predetermined result, a violation of the scientific method .

Read more on subjects at:
"The Internet Begins With Coal" and written by Mark Mills (The Greening Earth Society) http://www.greeningearthsociety.org/Articles/2000/testimony.htm

Jun 12, 2005

Apples trying to eat Gates - Apple in conspiracy with Intel to destroy Microsoft.

Intel to buy Apple Robert X. Cringely is not the full quid

The famous PBS commentator
Robert X. Cringely has come up with the theory that Apple's decision to use Intel processors is nothing less than an attempt to dethrone Microsoft.

This is what he says:
OS X 10.4 – Tiger – is a 64-bit OS, remember, yet Intel's 64-bit chips – Xeon and Itanium – are high buck items aimed at servers, not iMacs.
So is Intel going to do a cheaper Itanium for Apple or is Apple going to pretend that 64-bit never existed? Yes to both is my guess.
Why announce this chip swap a year before it will even begin for customers?
This announcement has to cost Apple billions in lost sales as customers inevitably decide to wait for Intel boxes.
Then what is the driving force?
Microsoft. Intel hates Microsoft. For Intel to keep growing, people have to replace their PCs more often and Microsoft's bloatware strategy just isn't making that happen, especially if they keep delaying Longhorn.
This isn't a story about Intel gaining another three percent market share at the expense of IBM; it is about Intel taking back control of the desktop from Microsoft. So Intel buys Apple and works with their OEMs to get products out in the market.
That's the story unfolding. Steve Jobs finally beats Bill Gates.
And with the sale of Apple to Intel, Steve accepts the position of CEO of the Pixar/Disney/Sony Media Company.’

That, is the gist of what he wrote.
Full artical here: http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050609.html

Jun 7, 2005

July 31st - What happened on...

Why is July 31st Important?
1991: Superpowers to cut nuclear warheads
The US and the Soviet Union sign the Start treaty to reduce stockpiles of nuclear warheads by about a third.

1998: UK imposes total ban on landminesThe British Government announces a total ban on landmines, a month before the first anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

1962: Violence flares at right-wing rallyFormer fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley is assaulted at a rally in London's east end.

1973: Chaotic meeting of Belfast AssemblyLoyalists disrupt the new Northern Ireland Assembly, the first elected body since the British imposed direct rule in March.

1987: Newspaper caught in Spycatcher rowThe Government sues the Sunday Telegraph over secret service memoirs.

1009 - Pietro Boccapecora becomes Pope Sergius IV
1423 - Hundred Years War: Battle of Cravant - The French army is defeated at Cravant on the banks of the river Yonne.
1498 - On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
1588 - The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.
1667 - The Treaty of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
1703 - Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.
1790 - First US patent issued; granted to inventor Samuel Hopkins.
1856 - Christchurch, New Zealand chartered as a city.
1917 - The Third Battle of Ypres starts in Flanders.
1919 - German national assembly adopts the Weimar constitution (to enter into force August 14)
1930 - The radio mystery program The Shadow airs for the first time.
1941 - Holocaust: Under instructions from Adolf Hitler, Nazi official Hermann Göring, orders SS general Reinhard Heydrich to "submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired final solution of the Jewish question."
1945 - Pierre Laval, fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrenders to Allied soldiers in Austria.
1948 - At Idlewild Field in New York, New York International Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport) is dedicated.
1954 - First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.
1956 - Jim Laker sets extraordinary record at Old Trafford in the fourth Test of taking nineteen wickets in a first-class match (the previous best was seventeen.
1961 - At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning due to rain.
1964 - Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes).
1971 - Apollo program: Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.
1973 - A Delta Airlines jetliner crashes while landing in fog at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts killing 89
1975 - In Detroit, Michigan, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing.
1976 - NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo, taken by Viking 1
1987 - A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.
1992 - A Thai Airways Airbus A300-310 crashes into mountain south of Kathmandu, Nepal killing 113.
1996 - MIL-STD-1750A is declared inactive for use in new designs.
1999 - NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.
2003 - WON is shut down.

1396 - Philip III of Burgundy, duke of Burgundy (d. 1467)
1803 - John Ericsson, Swedish inventor and engineer (d. 1889)
1816 - George Henry Thomas, American general (d. 1870)
1901 - Jean Dubuffet, painter and sculptor (d. 1985)
1911 - George Liberace, musician (d. 1983)
1912 - Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize in economics
1912 - Irv Kupcinet, newspaper columnist (d. 2003)
1913 - William Todman, game show producer
1914 - Louis de Funès, actor and comedian (d. 1983)
1916 - Bill Todman, game show producer (d. 1979)
1918 - Paul D. Boyer, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1918 - Hank Jones, pianist
1919 - Curt Gowdy, sports announcer
1919 - Primo Levi, author, chemist (d. 1987)
1921 - Whitney Young, civil rights activist (d. 1971)
1923 - Ahmet Ertegun, record company executive
1928 - Kurt Sontheimer, political scientist
1929 - Don Murray, actor
1930 - Oleg Popov, clown
1931 - Kenny Burrell, guitarist
1939 - France Nuyen, actress
1941 - Amarsinh Chaudhary, politician
1943 - William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education and drug czar
1943 - Susan Flannery, actress
1944 - Geraldine Chaplin, actress
1946 - Gary Lewis, rock and roll musician
1946 - Bob Welch, rock and roll musician
1951 - Evonne Goolagong, tennis star
1951 - Barry Van Dyke, actor
1952 - Alan Autry, American football player, actor, mayor of Fresno, California
1952 - Helmuts Balderis, Latvian ice-hockey player
1958 - Bill Berry, rock and roll musician (of the band R.E.M.)
1958 - Mark Cuban, billionaire businessman, producer, Dallas Mavericks owner
1959 - Stanley Jordan, jazz guitarist
1962 - Wesley Snipes, actor
1964 - Jim Corr, singer, musician ("The Corrs")
1965 - J. K. Rowling, novelist
1966 - Dean Cain, actor
1974 - Jonathan Ogden, American football player
1974 - Luca Tiengo, Italian guitar player
1977 - Tim Couch, American football quarterback
1981 - Eric Lively, actor
1981 - Ira Losco, Maltese singer

1099 - El Cid, Spanish warrior
1108 - King Philip I of France
1396 - William Courtenay, Archbishop of Canterbury
1547 - King Francis I of France (b. 1494)
1556 - Ignatius Loyola, Spanish priest, founder of the Jesuits
1784 - Denis Diderot, French philosopher and encylopedist (b. 1713)
1875 - Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States (b. 1808)
1886 - Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer
1914 - Jean Jaurès, French politician (d. 1859)
1917 - Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet
1937 - Charles Martine, Apache scout
1944 - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French pilot and writer
1953 - Robert Taft, U.S. Senator from Ohio and Presidential candidate
1980 - Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
1993 - Baudouin I of Belgium
2001 - Poul Anderson, science fiction author
2003 - Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist

Holidays and observances
La Hae Hawai‘i - Hawaiian Flag Day
Republic of the Congo - Upswing of the Revolution
Feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
A few hardcore devotees of Harry Potter celebrate Harry James Potter's birthday on this date. The novelist J. K. Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter books, chose this date as the fictional character's birthday as it is her own birthday (see above).

Jun 6, 2005

Time Machine Link to Dec 2000

Frenchy should like this one

Jun 5, 2005

Protect yourself from a discrimination lawsuit

Protect yourself from a discrimination lawsuit
Even "at-will" employees, those who "can be fired at any time, for almost any reason," have some protected rights when it comes to their employment status, says small-business expert and columnist Steve Strauss, with the most important protection being that a worker can't be fired on the basis of their color, sex, religion, age, ethnic background or disability. To protect your business from employment discrimination claims:
  • Have an employee handbook outlining your nondiscrimination policy.
  • Document frequently, with regular written performance reviews.