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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Afternoon Folding and Football and Ranting

Actually, this isn't about folding or football. But as I was folding laundry and watching football, I saw the umpteenth Toyota Prius ad touting their plug-in Prius and it reminded me of the crazy deception of electric cars. Just the other day I read this in the Wall Street Journal:
Here's a reality check: During the same decade that Mr. Gore and the IPCC dominated the environmental debate, global carbon-dioxide emissions rose by 28.5%.

Those increases reflect soaring demand for electricity, up by 36%, which in turn fostered a 47% increase in coal consumption. (Natural-gas use increased by 29% while oil use grew by 13%.) Carbon-dioxide emissions are growing because people around the world understand the essentiality of electricity to modernity. And for many countries, the cheapest way to produce electrons is by burning coal.
In fact, most of the uptick in global emissions was from other nations. In fact, thanks to the changing landscape of American energy production in natural gas, American emissions fell by 1.7% in the same period.

Which leads me to another rant about energy. My clothes dryer, in one hour, uses nearly twice the electricity of my central air conditioner. But guess what? My neighborhood bans hanging laundry outdoors.

And one more thing. What does it mean that scientists "created" blastocysts from human eggs inserted with the nucleus of an adult skin cell? These non-viable blastocysts (that would be a human embryo too deformed and abnormal to grow) have three sets of chromosomes. I didn't notice the Times mentioning the ethical problems of this, but at least the Wall Street Journal did.

1 comment:

Kerry said...

So funny - I remember many, many fall afternoons spent watching football as a family...my mom always folding laundry. She was smart. We were all in the same room and she could easily send us off with our laundry to be put away when the game was over.

And I HATE the ban on hanging laundry. Thankfully, our new neighborhood is very small and I think most of us take a very libertine attitude to what we do in our own lawns (within certain limits). Hopefully we will soon make it "legal" with our HOA.

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