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Is GOP 2012 the Same as GOP 2008? In a word, NO.

Newt is not Rudy GSantorum is not HuckabeeRick Perry is not Fred ThompsonThat is obvious
But the real reason 2008 and 2012 differ is Romney is not McCain2012 is not 2008
This year GOP is mired in unpopular right wing positionsThe Republican establishment liking for MittIs not because Mitt is moderateBut because they are as hell bent toGET OBAMAAs the most racist and vitriolic right wingof the GOP
The entire GOP is in an indefensible positionThe only question the Republican elite hasIs whether Romney will self destructThe one who scared them isOne personHis name is Newt He is the only one of the lot whoCould actually confront ObamaWithout making a fool is himself
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Another Smart Thing from Japan (Video)

Emily Chang – Designer » Generate Electricity by Walking: "His first experiment took place in Japan’s Shibuya train crossing last month in which he converted one square meter of the ground into an electricity generator. Each time a person walks over the area, electricity is generated. Over 20 days, with 900,000 people passing through Shibuya each day, he was able to generate enough energy to power 1,422 televisions for one hour."

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More Notions of Power Alternatives from Japan

Walking on New Power-Generating Floor Creates Electricity | Japan for Sustainability: "A "power generating floor" has been developed that uses brand-new technology to generate power. It utilizes the mechanism of resonance energy that is created when people walk across the floor. The application of this kind of energy from people walking on a surface has been largely neglected, but Mr. Kohei Hayamizu, CEO of the Onryoku Hatsuden Co., has been working on it since 2003. He successfully increased the power generating efficiency and durability by combining elements of piezo-electricity and resonance phenomena, and brought the technology up to the level of experimental practical application."

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Pave with them. Make them into the floors of everything.

Capturing the Power of Trillions of Footfalls: "Redmond's unique floor tiles generate electricity using a phenomenon known as piezoelectricity – electricity generated by applying mechanical stress to certain materials like the lead zirconate plates in the POWERleap. When these 2-inch by 1-inch piezoceramic plates are bent, a charge is produced that can be harnessed. Multiply one tile by the surface area of a subway station or even your standard grocery store floor, and you can imagine the amount of energy these tiles have the potential to generate."

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Pave with them. Make them into the floors of everything.

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Soon We Will Be The Generators of All the Power We Need

Capturing the Power of Trillions of Footfalls: "Elizabeth invented the POWERleap, a simple idea with brilliant applications. It’s a flooring system that generates electricity every time you move on one of the tiles. Elizabeth developed the POWERleap as her senior thesis project at the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design. She wanted to design a project that would educate people about their relationship and dependence on energy. Human bodies generate electricity, about 100 watts at rest, which (according to www.elizabethredmond.net) is enough to power the computer I am writing on."
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Soon we will be generating all the power we need. This is the right idea. Ultimately it speaks to all surfaces that come into contact with weights. In my proposed cyber-community all floors and ways will generate power. Pendulums will function to generate still more power. This does not count solaer ans wind which will be generated by silo turbines massively …

Why a plethora of opponents does not help Romney

News Analysis - For Romney, Challenges Await on Ideology and Faith - NYTimes.com: "But the barely hidden glee of the Romney campaign when Mr. Perry decided to stay in the race after performing badly in Iowa, to fight another day in South Carolina, betrayed another lucky factor that has helped give the Romney team confidence in the state: In the absence of a successful effort by any of his rivals to rally evangelical voters behind just one of them, the cast of candidates vying for the anti-Romney religious vote is promising to carve it up into smaller pieces."

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Romney's camp should be aware that the reason others stay in the race is not merely ambition but the conviction that he cannot win. Seen in this way, Romney has consistently lost. His winning figures represent indices of his potential failure in a general election. The Romneyites are gleeful about the prospect of a stay-at-home election? That's what they will get unless Obama fails to conv…

How Guantanamo turned out to be mindless overkill

My Guantánamo Nightmare - NYTimes.com: "Some American politicians say that people at Guantánamo are terrorists, but I have never been a terrorist. Had I been brought before a court when I was seized, my children’s lives would not have been torn apart, and my family would not have been thrown into poverty. It was only after the United States Supreme Court ordered the government to defend its actions before a federal judge that I was finally able to clear my name and be with them again."

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Essential footnote to the rights-denial parade still in progress.

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The South Carolina Conundrum

Romney Wins G.O.P. Primary in New Hampshire - NYTimes.com: "MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney swept to victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, turning back a ferocious assault from rivals who sought to disqualify him in the eyes of conservatives, in a contest that failed to anoint a strong opponent to slow his march to the Republican nomination."

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So far Mitt has been his worst enemy and his best friend. Speaking acceptably gripping cliches while extracting foot from mouth. As he juggernauts forward, brimming with shaky confidence, I doubt that he will appear a final winner. He will likely lose in South Carolina or have a victory too tepid to create confidence. The more things move the more he will appear as an ultimate loser. The tell in all this is the gravitation of Rush Limbaugh to Romney's side. This is a kiss of death. As a damaged GOP nominee, Romney will be stretched so thin as to appear ephemeral and ultimately not up to the task at ha…

A nice thumbnail critique of today's obsolete education system

(12) What are some systems we live with today that were designed for a world of the past? - Quora:
"... the classrooms look essentially the same as they always have. Kids sit in desks, are told what to do and what not to do. They are given facts and ideas to learn and memorize. Obedience is rewarded, deviance or nontraditional ways of approaching things are thwarted. Emphasis on testing as the end-all-be-all goal means that seemingly superfluous areas--art, drama, music, recess--are removed to give more time to learn the things that will be on the test. Creativity and innovative thinking is not only not taught, it is actively suppressed. "

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The test thing is tricky. We do need some way to enable people who seek to achieve this or that knowledge or skill to prove to themselves and others that they have succeeded. Minus tests the other option might be an evolved test or some version of the guild system.
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Nicolas Steno Google Doodle Serendipitous

NICOLAS STENO GOOGLE DOODLE: Logo digs deep to celebrate Danish ‘father of geology’ - Comic Riffs - The Washington Post:

"To salute Nicolas Steno, Google has dug up an especially beautiful “Doodle.”

Where the company’s homepage logo typically sits, the six letters of ”Google” become brightly colored rock layers that mark not just time, but specifically the 374th anniversary of Steno’s birth.

The Danish natural scientist — who was born “Niels Stensen” on Jan. 11, 1638 — is widely considered the father of geology."

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My. Just yesterday I picked from the ether geology as the subject of one of the kiosk schools in the new novel I have started. I am writing it backwards. Here is a snippet:
The World Beyond Cars - speculative fiction: The End

"She came forward and stood  side by side next to him, looking outward.

"I was explaining some elementary things to some children when this woman appeared and demanded information about Inge Lehman. I told her …

How do ontological values relate to our notion of honorable work

How do ontological values relate to our notion of honorable work
The ontological values are tolerance, democracy, helpfulness and non-idolatryThe answer to the question is not difficult if you simply substitute each valuefor the word honorable in the questionand state the propositions this way
Tolerance is honorableThe practice of democracy is honorableHelpfulness is honorable
And the greatest honor of all attaches to having no other gods before AbbaWho is within everyoneAnd is the core of freedom and integrity which enables us tosay our NOto all that is idolatrous
(Honor is not a value. Values are what all live  by)
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