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How much has loudness grown since the Sixties?

Loudness: "A widely used "rule of thumb" for the loudness of a particular sound is that the sound must be increased in intensity by a factor of ten for the sound to be perceived as twice as loud. A common way of stating it is that it takes 10 violins to sound twice as loud as one violin. Another way to state the rule is to say that the loudness doubles for every 10 phon increase in the sound loudness level. Although this rule is widely used, it must be emphasized that it is an approximate general statement based upon a great deal of investigation of average human hearing but it is not to be taken as a hard and fast rule."

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Decibel violence Practiced in previews At Loews Kips Bay Leaves tender ears inert Intrusive come-ons For needlessly violent action films where Loudness takes the place of  mind Volume the place of thought Clatter the place of subtlety An aural bulldozer Flattening human scale Assaulting human imagination
We are well past acc…

The People of the Web Need to Censure Russia and China

Russia and China Block U.N. Action on Syrian Crisis - "UNITED NATIONS — A United Nations Security Council effort to end the violence in Syria collapsed in acrimony and a veto by Russia and China on Saturday, hours after the Syrian military attacked the ravaged city of Homs in what opposition leaders described as the bloodiest government assault in the nearly 11-month-old uprising."

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Let the censure come from us a billion strong
Relevant likes on Facebook Relevant #censure hashtags on Twitter These dictator-supporting countries have coasted along on their impunity But we have the weapon now to make the NYT report that A billion of us from everywhere
Censured, condemned, excoriated, slammed, rejected the retro acts of Russia and China And got their attention And made them reconsider And made them reverse their slovenly political move Unite people and have done with such cowardly actions

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

In Maine The Choice Is Oil or Death

Maine Residents Struggle to Heat Their Homes -
"So Mr. Libby does what he can. Unlike many oil companies, he makes small deliveries and waves off most service fees. He sets up elaborate payment plans, hoping that obligations don’t melt away with the spring thaw. He accepts postdated checks. And he takes his medication.

When the customer named Robert Hartford called on the after-hours line that Saturday afternoon, asking for another delivery, Mr. Libby struggled to do what was right. He cannot bear the thought of people wanting for warmth, but his tendency to cut people a break is one reason Hometown Energy isn’t making much money, as his understanding partner keeps gently pointing out.

“I do have a heart,” Mr. Libby said. But he was already “on the hook” for the two earlier deliveries he had made to the couple’s home. What’s more, he didn’t know even know the Hartfords."

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The dispersion of people in cold winter climes Dependent on oil nearly br…

Putin Demonstrations Escalate Take Back Your Country

Tens of Thousands Protest in Moscow, Russia - "MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched on Saturday through a city gripped by bitter, Arctic cold, in a third major effort by Russians opposed to Vladimir V. Putin’s return to the presidency."

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The people are standing in the frigid air For one reason only - the freedom they seek Freedom from dictators freedom from fear Freedom for growth and freedom for joy Freedom to wake in the morning and see The skies of our once-enslaved world start to clear

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

The Bike Alternative Has its Limits

Living in an Automobile Culture:
"Bob Pickett wrote: The people shut inside those cocoons (autos) with the artificial air fanned on them and rigidly subject to traffic controls are to be pitied. They have access to so little of the outdoors, even though such access may have once been the impetus for owning an auto.

Cary Weitzman wrote: This makes me think of one of the more bizarre excuses people come up with for not commuting to work by bike instead of car, "What about all the car exhaust? I wouldn't want to be out there in the open with all those fumes." As if the air in cars is somehow magically purified by the act of being sucked in somewhere up near the front grille (near the exhaust of the car in front of them) and run through the air conditioning or heating system.

Bill Yoder wrote: My favorite excuse of my high school students for not having time to do their homework is "I have to go to work." When asked why they have to go to work, it's "I …