Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It's Official: Barack Obama is Black

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I awoke this morning at 4:02.  For a change, it is not the whine of my wife's CPAP machine or the Darth Vader quality of her early morning breathing which wakes me up - but rather, it is something else all together.  Coming fully awake from my Unisom Sleeptab induced doze I realize that there has been a massive disturbance in the Force, and I, like the good Jedi I am, know that I can not long resist investigating the origin of this cosmic shift.
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I feed my little rescue dog, Sandy, and then I perch myself in front of my aging HP laptop at the dining room table to begin my search for the disturbance which has me awake, alert, and uneasy 90 minutes prior to my normal morning wake-up routine.  It takes mere minutes to discover the source of my internal alarm - Michael Moore, 'progressive documentary filmmaker', has uttered a few of the words aloud stating that the President?  Yeah, he's a Black guy...
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Michael Moore Slams Obama: HIstory Will Only Remember You Were a Black President
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"When the history is written of this era, this is how you'll be remembered: he was the first black president," Moore said during a discussion at The Hollywood Reporter's video lounge at the Toronto Film Festival. 

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"OK, not a bad accomplishment, but that's it," the director said. "That's it, Mr. Obama. 100 years from now, 'he was the first black American that got elected president' and that's it. Eight years of your life and that's what people are going to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, knowing you, that -- you'd probably wish you were remembered for a few other things, a few other things you could've done."


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"So, it is, on that level, a big disappointment," Moore said. 


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The documentary filmmaker appeared at the Toronto festival for a screening of his acclaimed title Roger and Me, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The film, centered on then GM CEO Roger Smith, kickstarted Moore's career in creating controversial political documentaries, including Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Capitalism: A Love Story.

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Go ahead, let these 'scathing comments' being reported online by Moore sink in for a moment, and then we'll get back to reality...
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Okay, no Jedi mind-tricks here, let's just talk about what he actually says - what he gets right, and what he fails to see.  (HINT:  Michael Moore is an Wookie-sized idiot, so he's almost always going to get it 'wrong')
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First, he says that President Obama will be remembered as the Nation's first 'Black President' - however, according to Toni Morrison, writing in the New Yorker Magazine (back in October, 1998), our SECOND Black President.  
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Our FIRST Black President, is now, and forever will be... William Jefferson Clinton. 
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Second, and this probably ought to be First (but I thought going back to President Clinton's 'Blackness' was funnier), Moore speculates that Barack Obama will ONLY be remembered for the color of his skin.  I disagree.  
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The economic, political, and cultural wake left behind by this President will have an impact on America for hundreds of years to come.  We will be paying the price for Barack Obama's 'legislative and policy accomplishments' through generations of children yet unborn.  
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Our Economy continues to wander listlessly more than four years after the official end of the 'Great Recession',  our World Power status has been diminished as this President 'Leads from behind' on every international issue which arises during his Presidency, and lastly, with expanded welfare roles / doubling of disability claims / and the implementation of ObamaCare, we are raising a generation of kids and teenagers who see 'Federal Assistance' as their parents most trusted 'financial 'partner'.  In the end, this leaves many of them completely unaware of what financial independence actually is. 
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The American Dream is on life support and President Obama holds a plug in one hand while in the other he holds a soft white pillow above the patient's slackened face.
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Oh no, Mr. Moore, President Obama will not be remembered as the 'First Black President', instead, he will be remembered as the Imperial Emperor who built the first operational Death Star, capable of destroying Nations, Hope, and an entire planet's sense of Security.  His genetic 'blackness' will be of no consequence when compared to the other marks he has left upon the Nation.   
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As generations of kids look at the America which he / we have bequeathed to them I only hope that one day they will ask, "Why did you let it happen while the Nation was in your care?"  Because if they do not ask, they will not even realize what they have lost.
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Third, On a lighter note (and by way of a helpful suggestion!) I would like to nominate Michael Moore to play 'Jabba the Hut' in the newest Star Wars film for two reasons:  First, it will keep him from uttering sound bites like the one above to get attention for work he did TWENTY-FIVE years ago, and second, it seems like the perfect role for him.  

I really think he can pull it off...
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See?

Plus, with this outfit on, he actually appears thinner than he appears in real life.  BONUS!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Car Wars


C3-PO:  "Where are you going, you annoying little Droid?"

R2-D2:  "Ploop, whistle, pfffrrrattttt....."

C3-PO:  "What do you mean we mean we have to get Back to the Future?  And why are you melding Movie Storylines?"

R2-D2:  "Bbrrrraaff, spliff, doink, vrooom, vroooom!"

C3-PO:  "Why would anyone do that?"

R2-D2:   "Whistle, splazmatt, quinona!" 

C3-PO:  "Because the Emperor is making them?  There is NO Emperor in America you non-sensical pile of bolts!  You have lost whatever lone clue you once had.  You need your drive reformatted."

R2-D2:  "Brazt, prrat, zzzzzzzzzz, Brack Hooozain Zobama!"

C3-PO:  "Oh, him?  I'm sorry, you're probably right...  There's always an Emperor somewhere, and we're all out of Jedi Knights."

The two Droids release an electronic sigh, turn towards the east and begin their long walk home in silence.
 




Associated Press 3:59 p.m. EDT August 18, 2014U.S. moving to require cars to talk to each other
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.




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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in all new vehicles.

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The technology uses a radio signal to continually transmit a vehicle's position, heading, speed and other information. Similarly equipped cars and trucks would receive the same information, and their computers would alert drivers to an impending collision.

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A car would "see" when another car or truck equipped with the same technology was about to run a red light, even if that vehicle were hidden around a corner. A car would also know when a car several vehicles ahead in a line of traffic had made a sudden stop and alert the driver even before the brake lights of the vehicle directly in front illuminate. The technology works up to about 300 yards (275 meters) away.


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If communities choose to invest in the technology, roadways and traffic lights also could start talking to cars, as well, sending warnings of traffic congestion or road hazards ahead in time for drivers to take a detour.


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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the vehicle-to-vehicle technology "the next great advance in saving lives."


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"This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether — saving lives, saving money and even saving fuel thanks to the widespread benefits it offers," Foxx said.




Light Saber Optional, not all drivers will qualify, see dealer for details

In 2011, the average cost of a new car sold in America was $28,400.

In 2014, this cost figure rose to $31,252.  Why?  Higher labor costs, higher materials cost, and, you guessed it, Federal Regulations.  Back-up cameras, optional in some vehicles today, will be required in 'most' vehicles for Model Year 2018.  How do you define 'Most' vehicles, I have NO Earthly idea, but rest assured, your car will be required to have it whether you like it or not.  And yes, you'll be paying several hundred dollars more for it than you are paying today.
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In 2014, the NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wants, no it N-E-E-D-S you to have your own 'R2-D2' on board to assist you in...
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Not killing yourself.  Presumably because you and I are 'Too Stupid to Live.'

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And, BONUS! What better to implement the much discussed 'Mileage Tax' than to provide a little black (please be aware that this is NOT a racially-charged descriptor) GPS which will tell anyone listing (and oh yes, they will be listening, once again, for your own good) where you have been, how long you have been there, and how far you've driven.


Agencies of the Federal Government continue their overreach into our daily lives because 'it's what they do'.  And in the years since 2008, they do it better than they ever have done it before.

Do you want the Federal Government to have a box in your car which controls 'all aspects' of your vehicle's basic operation?  You know, goofy things like braking, engine starting (maybe yes, maybe no), lights on / off control, and continuous tracking of your every auto-related movement in America?  Well, just keep sending the guys who are IN Washington BACK to Washington.  They don't seem to have a problem with someone else being your driving 'partner' in the future - especially if that partner is a Federally-mandated Black Box in your personal vehicle.

As for me, gosh golly, I kind of DO have a problem with it.


But hey, that's just me...  

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hot Deep and Wet

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Scientist #1:  "Bob, about Global Warming, any idea why it's petered out?  Any theories on why the Earth's temperature isn't rising, you know, like we said it must?"
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Scientist #2:  "Um, yeah, about that..."
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Scientist #3:  "Given the complexity of the interpretation of the data and the dynamically changing weather metrics of the past century, the best theory we have at this point is that based upon current evidence from the extrapolation of best known scientific processes would seem to indicate that...  Oh shoot, I don't know."
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Scientist #4:  "Can't we just say that the ocean 'ate our heat'?  You know, like when I used to tell my Third Grade science teacher that my dog ate my homework?"
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Scientist #5:  "Sure, why not?"
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All Scientists in the conference hall:  "So say we one, so say we all!"  
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Scientist #1:  Hey, who wants to go out for Baked Alaska?!?!?"  
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The conference hall empties...
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Yes, a new generation of Global Warming / Climate Change theorists are literally bending over backwards (see illustration above) to figure out who 'took their heat'.  For the record, it wasn't me, although the woman in the photo above, well, I guess she IS kind of 'hot'...  But, I digress. .  
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After decades of predicting increased temperatures across the planet, polar ice melt, and 'really great farming at 'the Earth's Poles', the scientific community has yet another theory to spring on you (and they hope you like this one much better than all the other ones they've given you since the 1970's because THIS one buys them more time for something 'climate changey' to happen and YOU can't prove them wrong - unless you can dive really, really deep into the ocean with a thermometer clenched in your teeth.)
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Come one, come all, as you are invited to hear the latest theory on Global Climate change, and where it went!
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Has Earth's Missing Heat Been Found?
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In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's surface temperatures suddenly slowed, even as greenhouse gas emissions escalated. This unexpected slowdown has been called a global warming hiatus or global warming pause. Most climate scientists don't think this hiatus means global warming went kaput, but the reason (or reasons) for the slowdown has scientists flummoxed. Researchers have offered more than two dozen ideas to explain the missing heat. 
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Now, a study published today (Aug. 21) in the journal Science suggests a natural climate cycle in the North Atlantic Ocean gobbled Earth's extra heat. While the study is unlikely to settle the scientific debate, it does support the idea that Earth's global warming continues in the ocean, even when air temperatures stay flat. 
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Scientists have blamed the oceans for the global warming pause before, but they pointed their fingers at the Pacific, not the Atlantic. However, in seeking to test this idea with temperature data, oceanographer Xianyao Chen, of the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, and Tung, an atmospheric scientist, said they couldn't find the missing heat in Pacific Ocean temperature measurements.
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Tung and Chen then searched ocean by ocean until they hit on the North Atlantic, where the heat was playing hooky.  
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Yes, you read the last line above correctly - the author of this article on 'missing' Global Climate Change states that "The heat was playing hooky" in the Atlantic Ocean.  It was over in the Pacific Ocean for a while but now this very same Global Climate Change Heat has moved from West to East and it's 'over here' now, vacationing where President Obama prefers to golf (pretty much anywhere on the East Coast whereupon he can drop his ball).  
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Perhaps that rascally old Global Climate Change Heat knew that the neighborhood was getting 'bad' on the West Coast with all those illegal aliens coming across the border and he moved because he knew that his Pacific neighborhood was going down hill?  What else MIGHT explain it? 
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Someone needs to tell GCCH (Global Climate Change Heat) that the illegal aliens are pretty much everywhere in the U.S. so maybe he should consider a quick slosh further to the East and get himself into the Indian Ocean?  I mean, if you're a 'go wherever you want to go around the world' kind-of-heat like our friend GCCH, why wouldn't you want to travel to nice places like the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Flores Sea, Great Australian Bight, Gulf of Aden, and / or the Gulf of Oman?  These seem like very exotic and wonderful places, and since GCCH likes to travel (deep below water where non-scientist-types can't find him), sure, why wouldn't he want to get out and stretch his underwater legs once again?
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So the next time you wonder "Hey, what ever happened to that Global Climate Change thing" which you heard about for YEARS, don't look to the sky for the answer, rather, walk into your bathroom and flush your toilet once or twice to send a cooling drink of chlorinated (and fluoridated) water to our friend GCCH.  
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Why?  Because he's hot and needs a drink.  And you'll be doing your part to SAVE the EARTH.
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Thank you for flushing!
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Oh, and before you get all uppity thinking that flushing the toilet is all you need to do to FIX the problem of Global Climate Change just think about THIS...  According to these Baked Alaska eating scientists - Global Climate Change is merely in a state of 'Pause', at any moment it can LEAP back into existence and destroy your world!
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Yeah, so THERE...  
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Have a nice weekend (while you still can)
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[Evil laugh]
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Smoke in the Desert - A Fryer In the Sky

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A literary tip of the hat to the musical group, Deep Purple, without whom, today's post title would not be possible...  And if I have to explain it to you, you most likely won't get it any way, so let's just leave it where it is for now.

Okay, for a teeny tiny CLUE, click the following link:  Deep Purple

We now re-join today's post where we left off, at the absolute, complete, and total - beginning...  

As in, the post begins NOW.



. The classroom is dark save for the light emitted by a small LED from a laptop located on a desk in the front of the room.  The children seated in neat rows of desks find themselves too soon done with their summer vacation.  They sit nervously as the man in the gray suit points a hand-held remote towards a projector mounted to the ceiling, a subtle click is heard, and an electric fan begins churning within the device.  The projector chugs to life as the lamp within begins tossing a grayish light onto the screen at the front of the classroom.

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"So kids, did you all have a good vacation?" the man in the suit asks.

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"It would have been better if it was longer." responds the boy in the front row directly in front of the man.

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A girl toward the back of the room raises her hand and says, "I couldn't WAIT to get back to school!"

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"Why is that young lady?" he asks.

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"Because it was so hot at our house this summer!  We don't have air conditioning, we don't have a pool, and even when we had the fans running in the window at night, it was just plain old HOT.  You know what I mean Mr. Moos?  Do you?" she asks this as the man drops his jacket over the back of the chair at the front of the room.

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"I guess you're saying that it was hot?" he smiles as he asks this.  "Why Stephanie, have you looked at the subject for today's lesson online?  Did a little birdie tell you what we're talking about today?" as he asks this last question the projector jumps fully to life and throws an image on the screen to his left.  "Kids, today's lesson is all about heat, air conditioning, time, AND little birds, but the little birds we'll be talking about?  Well, let's just say that their respective geese are pretty much 'cooked'."

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"Why's that, Mr. Moos?" asks the boy whose vacation we already know was much too short.

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"Because well-meaning people have done what they've always done, they've created a whole host of problems where only one existed to begin with." he says.  "And the problems they've created are really quite impressive, although not in a 'good way'.  Let's look at the problem they were looking to solve and then we can review what they've actually done." he clicks the remote and an image and an article appears on the screen at the front of the classroom.

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Weather.com:  The state-of-the-art Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), which opened in February, is the world's largest solar plant to utilize "power towers,"  skyscraping structures that receive beams of focused solar rays to generate electricity.
.At Ivanpah, the sun's ray's are redirected from a sea of more than 300,000 mirrors on the desert surface below to hit water filled boilers atop three 459-foot "power towers."  Temperatures near the towers can climb to 800 degrees, which causes the water to produce steam that turns turbines which generate energy.
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All told, the facility at Ivanpah generates enough electricity to power 140,000 homes and eliminates carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 72,000 vehicles a year, according to a press release from Bright Source Energy, one of the trio of investors behind the solar plant.
  


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"Hey, Mr. Moos, well, that's GREAT right?  My Mom and Dad tell me that we need to reduce greenhouse gases so the Earth will have time to heal from all the damage we've done to it because we use gas, coal, and scary nuclear power to make electricity!  Little by little we're poisoning our air, our land, and in some cases even our water supplies by drilling, fracking, mining, burning and accessing these fuels," Billy, the boy now speaking, is seated in the back row of the class and pumps his arm up and down because he's so happy that he's able to repeat (pretty much verbatim) what his parents and last year's Science Teacher taught him about the evils of 'fossil fuel generated power'.

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"So, um, Billy, let's take a look at something which you just mentioned.  I believe that you said that we need to give the Earth 'time to heal' from the use of these fossil fuels?  Is this pretty much what you said?" the man asks this while looking at Billy all the while scanning the faces of other students in the classroom.  "We're 'saving the planet', and all that, have I got that right?"  

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"Yeah, well, I guess so..." Billy's voice trails off when he sees that Mr. Moos is now standing with his arms crossed at the front of the room.

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"I heard that too!" Melissa says as her arm flies up over her head.

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"Anyone else hear something similar to this from your parents, or teachers in the past?" asks the man in the front of the room.

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One by one, each child's hand raises his / her hand tentatively over their head.  The man in the front of the classroom shrugs, pulls out the chair behind the desk and sits heavily into his seat.  "Okay kids, let me ask you this, how do YOU describe 'Saving the Planet'?" he asks as he spreads his hands wide apart and looks around at the kids in the classroom.

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A hand slowly goes up in the middle of the room and a boy of about eleven offers the following answer, "I'm thinking that we will save the planet by doing our part to make it safe for all of the creatures who live on it to be unharmed - right?  You know, by not messing up their environment in which they live - is that it?" he asks tentatively.

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"Okay kids, if this is the goal, how do you explain the portion of the article from Weather.com which you haven't seen yet?" he hits the remote button again as the image on the screen at the front of the room changes and additional text appears...

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That sort of renewable energy source might seem like a triumph for the environment, but the same super-heated skyscrapers that generate renewable electricity are also taking a toll on wildlife in the area.
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According to the Associated Press, up to 28,000 birds per year might be meeting an early death after burning up in the focused beams of sunlight, with birds dying at a rate of one bird every two minutes. The burned-up birds are being dubbed "streamers," after the poof of smoke produced by the igniting birds.

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A report by the USFWS states that most of the birds are dying from various levels of exposure to "solar flux" which causes "singeing of feathers."

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"Severe singeing of flight feathers caused catastrophic loss of flying ability, leading to death by impact with the ground or other objects," the report states. "Less severe singeing led to impairment of flight capability, reducing ability to forage and evade predators, leading to starvation or predation."

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A quasi-food chain is being established around the solar plant, with predators eating birds and bats that burn up in the plant's solar rays chasing after insects which are attracted to the bright light from the sun's reflected rays. That prompted wildlife officials to refer to Ivanpah as a "mega-trap" for wildlife.

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.A spokesperson for NRG Solar, another one of the companies behind Ivanpah told the Associated Press that "we take this issue very seriously." So far, the only remedy appears to be cash. BrightSource has anted up $1.8 million to compensate for bird deaths and the trio of companies behind the project is looking into potential solutions to stop wildlife from colliding with the solar plant.
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The kids in the classroom sit at their desks shaking their heads in disbelief.  A hand goes up in the second row and a girl asks the question which most of the kids are asking themselves, "Mr. Moos, how can this be GOOD for the environment, when almost 30,000 birds per year are dying because of this?  I mean, I thought solar power was supposed to SAVE the Earth, instead of killing parts of it?  And what good does paying millions of dollars do to fix it?  Do birds have checking accounts?  Who's getting that money?"
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The man stands and looks to the screen before answering her.  "Marsha, it appears from your questions that you may not believe that this is such an 'Earth-Friendly' solution to our power generation needs?"
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"Mr. Moos, this is terrible.  Don't birds and bats eat insects?  It says in the article that bugs are attracted to the light thrown off by this thing and the birds follow them into this giant toaster oven.  So what happens when insects, like mosquitoes, carrying diseases lose their natural predators?  And, with this summer being as hot as it was in California, how does generating enough 'heat' to boil water at over 800 degrees help in stopping Global Climate Change?  These things are nightmares." Marsha says.
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"Would you feel any better knowing that the same group who built this facility is planning on building another which is roughly TWICE the size of this one?" with this comment the man hits the power button on the remote and the screen goes dark.  He walks to the wall and flips the light switch in the classroom.  "Have a nice day kids," he says as he puts his suit jacket back on.
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"Hey, wait a minute Mr. Moos, you can't tell us about this and just leave it there - what are you going to do about it?" Marsha asks.
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"Me?  What am I going to do about it?  I'm just one guy.  My job is to get out the message, which I believe I have just done.  You kids are going to be stuck with this mess long after I'm gone.  You want to 'Save the Earth'?  Start at home by not wasting electricity, setting your air conditioning thermostat at 78 vs. 72, and then ask your parents to call the people who approve lunatic schemes like this one and tell them to study their environmental impact just like they've demanded of Hydraulic Fracturing.  You cannot chose one technique over another just because it 'Sounds friendlier to the Earth'.  Power generation should not be decided based upon its perceived political correctness."  With this the man walks back to the desk, closes his laptop, picks it up, and begins walking to the door.
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"Mr. Moos, that's it?" Billy asks.
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"Yup, that's it.  Billy, class is over for today, our time is up for now, but we'll talk again, trust me."  The bell in the hall rings and the kids leave the classroom slowly, speaking to each other as they walk out.  "Hey kids, look at the bright side, there's always 'Wind Power', right?" he says with a smirk.
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Yeah, there's always Wind Power...  

But from an environmental perspective, it kind of blows too:  Cuisinarts of the Gods 
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