A low pressure system has dropped south through Nevada and California, creating a disturbance that’s curling counter-clockwise inland, generating strong offshore winds. The phenomenon is known as an inside slider.
Winds are gusting almost 50 mph in and around the Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains, whipped up by a low pressure system that will generate gusts up to 60 mph early Thursday in the rugged terrain east of Camp Pendleton.
The National Weather Service says the winds will blow strong, off and on, until late Thursday, when they’ll fade. But the winds are expected to regain some of their pop early Friday.
Forecasters say the winds are “potentially damaging” because they’ll place stress on powerlines, and they’ll make driving difficult at times on state Routes 78 and 79 and Interstate 8..
Jim Grant of La Costa took this image from Mt. Soledad at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Stefanie Sullivan of the National Weather Service says,” These clouds were roughly between 200 and 500 feet. The temperature in the clouds was around 50 degrees. Based on the satellite loop from this morning, the cloud deck was was moving towards the north at about 5-10 mph.”
“In California we are disposing of about 35 million tons of trash in landfills each year. Of that amount, 32 percent is suitable for composting. The more we compost, the less greenhouse gas in the air.”—
I hate it when I see so much that can be composted be thrown in the trash. But then, really, there’s no other option right now in the majority of cities! (Unless you start your own little compost thing in your backyard, or have one of those fancy composters.)
In Berlin, though (where I studied abroad for half a year), the recycling and composting programs are superb. There’s a container for “biogut” (organic goods)—compostables, and 4 different containers for recyclables—”buntglas” (dark/coloured glass), clear glass, plastics, and paper. These extra containers do a great job of minimizing actual waste. (and tell me why it’s assumed americans are so lazy and/or stupid to not know how to separate glass from paper from plastic, from food waste and compostables)
Think of all the food waste! From restaurants to your coffee beans everyday!
4) Toddlers. Oh, they think they’re so cute. They think they’re so important, what with claiming to be… what was it again? Right. “The future.” I mean, please.
Enough of them. Look at it this way: If it wasn’t for toddlers, we wouldn’t have to worry about the environment, the water supply, the economy, oil, anything at all. We could run riot, pwn this meager planet and abuse it to smithereens, just like the GOP intended. Here, little ones. Try a dose of harsh reality, courtesy of the police department. Psshhht. See you in college!
8) Hipster cyclists. Oh right, like you’ve never been driving along all calm and happy, when suddenly a skinny hipster whips in front of you and flips you off with one hand while toking on his American Spirit with the other, even as he chugs his Four Barrel triple latte with his giant beard before pedaling his fixie all the way to the Piercing Emporium to punch holes in your unsuspecting kids. Heathens! I pepper spray your nicely converted Schwinn and/or cool Chrome messenger bag!
I’ve tried horse once — pretty tasty. But, I think they’re better as pets…
“In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture. On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.
Horse slaughter has been prohibited in the United States as funding for inspections of horses in transit and at slaughter houses was non-existent. This worked because the horse meat cannot be sold for human consumption without such inspections. The House version of the bill retained the de-funding language and the Senate version did not. The conference committee charged with reconciling the two opted to not include it. The result is that it is now legal to slaughter horses for humans to eat.
Notwithstanding that 70% of Americans oppose horse slaughter, that President Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption (horses can be sent to Mexico and Canada), that documentation of animal cruelty, slaughterhouse stench, fluid runoff and negative community impact exists, it is taxpayers that will bear the costs!
Wyoming state representative Sue Wallis and her pro-slaughter group estimate that between 120,000 and 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption per year and that Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri, are considering opening slaughter plants.
During these trying times, is the only thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that Americans need to eat horses?”
“A fraction of the cost of building new roads and motorways. In Copenhagen, a km of bicycle lane/cycle track pays for itself in under 5 years. For every km cycled in Denmark the state earns 25cents net profit. For every km driven by car the state pays out 16 cents net loss.”—
I’m not the only one to note that cycling happens in Cambridge not because of the infrastructure but despite it.
same can be said of cycling in many other British and American cities.
The local newspaper in Cambridge often includes the same kind of articles and letters from outraged non-cyclists (red lights, one way streets, pavement cycling) which you see in other areas in Britain. These letters, and the attitudes which go with them, are unknown in the Netherlands. The conditions which cause cyclists to ignore red lights, ride the wrong way down one-way streets and ride on the pavement are to a large extent eliminated in the Netherlands by infrastructure designed to benefit cyclists, so they are not an enforcement issue. The occurrence of these problems are symptoms of a greater planning and design problem.
…what makes cycling attractive in Dutch cities could be replicated in British cities if only the will existed to ask for it. What has been done is very simple. Long term planning is key — the same policies have been followed for many years. They’ve followed the principles of sustainable safety and have created conditions which:
The success of the bicycle in Amsterdam is often attributed to its flat terrain. By this logic, cycling would be unpopular in San Francisco. Yet the truth is the opposite of this. In the USA, bicycle use is (rather strangely, to this Brit at least) measured nationally by the percentage of trips taken to work by bike, reaching 0.6% in 2009. However, in San Francisco this figure was 3.2%, with local studies for all trips (yes, even those rare occasions when you aren’t going to work!) raising it to around 6%. A small figure compared to Amsterdam, but still notably higher than both the American national average and London’s dismal 2%.
Much of the city’s success with cycling has happened in the last five years, with a 58% increase in levels of cycling witnessed between 2006 and 2010. However, what is most impressive about this growth is that between these dates the city was legally incapable of developing its bicycle network..
Despite topographical and infrastructural differences, Amsterdam and San Francisco have more in common than a water-influenced urban form. Amsterdam’s cycling resurgence, whilst dependent on numerous external factors, was initiated by the Dutch people. Similarly, the impressive increase in cycling seen in San Francisco, whilst again dependent on external factors (of the non-infrastructural variety), could not have happened without citizen demand.
..even though renewable energy is on the market many companies producing it currently still rely heavily on state support and it doesn’t always succeed as it’s supposed to. The markets are unfortunately only dictated by profits and quartal-thinking. And as Surowiecki suggested the energy market is not like most other markets. Indeed, the economics of alternative energy are such that private investors, left to their own devices, are bound to underinvest in it, since the considerable social benefits—cleaner air, fewer greenhouse emissions—accrue to everyone, not just to direct customers. That means that the economic rate of return is significantly less than the social rate of return. Energy markets are also dominated by entrenched, regulated companies, and that reduces the incentive for investment.
1) Make a choice on how your electricity is produced
If you’d happen to live in Finland or Sweden I’d strongly recommend you to have a peek at this company’s site and possibly make a change to something more sustainable: kraft & kultur.
I’m sure that other countries have their kraft & kultur also, find them. :)
2)Your Washer and Dryer Are Huge Energy Hogs!
We all know that the biggest energy hog in the average home is the washer and dryer. You can significantly reduce the amount of energy you use if you upgrade your machines to newer, EnergyStar certified models, but if that isn’t in the budget, try tossing in a pair of dry hand towels into your next wet dryer load. Studies have shown you can reduce each dryer load by as much as 20 minutes with the inclusion of two simple dry wash cloths. If you don’t have an energy efficient dryer, this will help you save money on electricity right away… [or just use a foldable drying rack ($10 at Ikea) and let evaporation do its work!]
“I condemn the political parties. Our politicians have long been incapable of aspiring to anything whatsoever other than being re-elected. They have no political substance whatsoever, no convictions.”—
A Philosopher’s Mission to Save the EU. der spiegel, 25.11.11.
The terms “chocolate city” and “vanilla suburbs” are taken from George Clinton, leader of the outrageous funk ensemble, Parliament, which issued its hit “Chocolate City” on Casablanca Records in 1975. The song celebrates black political power in American cities, describing black urbanization as a takeover of the nation’s cities. In contrast to the disparaging and often dehumanizing portraits of the racialized inner city issued by the nation’s leading social scientists, “Chocolate City” asserts the strength of the black ghetto as a bulwark against the hostility of a racist society. Subsequently, the geographer Reynolds Farley used the term “chocolate city” to frame his account of racial segregation within urban America.
— Eric Avila, Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Film Noir, Disneyland, and the Cold War (Sub)Urban Imaginary.
In the works since 2008, the student organization Big Red Bikes unleashed 20 bikes in May 2011 that made up the initial fleet for the share program. Six months later, 20 more were added. Hopes are to eventually expand the program to include 100 bikes and more docking stations across campus.
IKEA of Denmark is now starting a new concept at their Danish stores. They did a bit of market research and found that roughly 25% of their customers rode their bikes to the stores or took public transport — even though most of then are located outside the cities in large commerical centres - some call them Big Box Districts — which are located outside the city centre…
IKEA has invested in Velorbis bikes, at a couple of their stores, that will pull trailers so that customers can ride home with the new purchases. Inexpensive Swedish design pulled home on bespoke Danish design. I like that.
"Here's some stuff I dug up some time ago on US stats:"
When over 50 times as many people are killed in cars or walking across the street, over 40 times as many commit suicide, over 30 times as many get murdered, over 15 times as many die from falling, over 9 times as many get poisoned, over 6 times as many die of burns, over 5 times as many drown, and over 25 times as many die of various and sundry causes, why is cycling perceived to be dangerous?
Medical errors kill 200,000 every year (Scientific American on-line, Aug 10, 2009) 29,843 Accidental Poisonings (CDC 2007) 42,000 traffic related (CDC 2007) 23,443 killed in falls (CDC 2007) Gun homicides 9,146 (FBI 2009) Knife homicides 1,826 (FBI 2009) 3,443 drownings, not boat related (CDC 2007)
posted by Richard Kimmel on the Slow Bicycle Movement fb group.
In early 1942, Japanese submarines began to surface around the California coast as WWII expanded to US boarders. A rightfully nervous government set to protect their most valuable coastal assets, including Lockheed Manufacturing, a major producer of military planes and equipment. Located in Burbank, it was extremely vulnerable to potential attacks and needed to be safeguarded; but how?
the base before
The solution was less of a military strategy and more of an idea born in Hollywood. US Generals enlisted the help of set designers, landscapers, prop stylists, and lighting designers from the nearby MGM, Fox, Paramount, Disney, and Universal studios to create a massive artificial community that would cover the manufacture’s facilities.
the base after
Constructed of a giant net canopying the factory, and populated with houses, cars, animals, scale figures, and painted backdrops. Though built at a reduced scale, it was effective in fooling possible long range attacks from land and air.
The end result was a form of suburban camouflage; I find the creation of an entire suburban subdivision as a method of disguise and intriguing concept. An odd Truman Show-esque twist on our perceptions of reality; the illusion of a quaint neighborhood masking the production of war machines.
Police on bikes meet protestors on bikes: Smiles, dialogue ensue. bikepdx, 17.11.11.
In last Sunday’s New York Times, columnist Mark Bittman compiled a list of people and things in the food movement he’s thankful for. The bicycle movement deserves its own list. Here’s a start:
1. I’m thankful for the power of bikes to enable people-powered protest movements. Bicycles have been playing a supporting role in the Occupy movement, and seem to be bringing out the best in everyone, whether used by protesters or police.
2. Free bicycles are on the rise, thanks to an international network of bike collectives…
How many people can say they live in a country without a Starbucks? I can, but only for a few more months as the first ever Starbucks in Finland is set to open in Helsinki-Vantaa airport in early 2012. It will be the 56th country to have been invaded by Starbucks.
On Wednesday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 27, BART will run longer trains on the Pittsburg/Bay Point (yellow) line to accommodate air travelers. The Pittsburg/Bay Point line serves the San Francisco International Airport. BART and Oakland International Airport (OAK) jointly operate AirBART, a dedicated shuttle between the Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station and OAK every 10-15 minutes, with extra shuttles beginning on Nov. 22-29.
Thanksgiving Day itself, Thursday, Nov. 24, BART will run on a Sunday schedule, with service beginning at approximately 8 a.m.
There will also be longer trains on Sunday, Nov. 27 — the day when most of those airport travelers return home.
dsfksdmfdslf The sign posted at the center says lunch break is from 12–1. NOT 1–2. (I went at 1:50)
This is the 3rd or 4th time this has happened, and I just walk back home with my two bags full of bottles. (only two successful times I’ve gotten them recycled)
Wish we had the recycling machines so conveniently located inside supermarkets like in Germany (and other European countries).
Just put in your bottle, then it’ll scan the barcode to make sure it’s an item purchased at that (chain of) supermarket, and when you’re done, press the green button and it’ll print you a receipt/Bonn to redeem at the cashier (and to use toward purchases—more beer!)
Portland has got these, I’ve seen, but I don’t think they’re indoors. The one I came across on SE Hawthorne is in the back of the Fred Meyers parking lot.
But then I guess this is just to keep the homeless from pushing their carts and bringing unpleasant smells into the store.
reblogging this for every time I go to the recycling center, and return home with my same two bags of glass bottles.
This time, the recycling center was open, but there was a line of people with hella shit.
I don’t have an hour to kill to get a dollar back! gd inefficient!
“The fragmentation of the pre-Qin era resembles the global divisions of our times, and the prescriptions provided by political theorists from that era are directly relevant today — namely that states relying on military or economic power without concern for morally informed leadership are bound to fail.”—How China Can Defeat America. xan zuetong, nytimes, 20.11.11.