Obama is blindly repeating LBJ’s mistakes in Vietnam

23 September 2014

Small Wars Journal, which is neither leftist nor pacifist, explains how Obama is blundering into a quagmire fighting ISIS, just as LBJ did in Vietnam, saying “If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State.” President Obama is repeating three key strategic mistakes that President Johnson made in Vietnam. First, he has […]

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Slightly optimistic Colorado River Basin water forecast. No change for Cali

22 September 2014

The lower Colorado River Basin may get a bit more rain than normal for the next three months, which is certainly good. However it still looks dire for California and its all-important Sierras and Sacramento Delta. The good news is that odds favor wet for the southerly part of the basin, especially Arizona and New […]

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25% of Americans want their state to secede

22 September 2014

Some years ago a Russian, I forget who, write a book saying the US could have an implosion on the scale of the collapse of the USSR. At the time, I thought this absurd. I now think it’s possible. A Reuters poll confirms that across the country. A solid 25% want their state to leave […]

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Letter to America about the Scottish independence referendum

21 September 2014

The results of the Scottish Independence referendum are in: 55% No, 45% Yes. Not the result I was hoping for.  As an adherent to Eugene Debs’ dictum of “I’d rather vote for what I want and not get it, than vote for what I don’t want and get that”, I’m used to failure.  But this […]

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Open source vDos. Run 16-bit DOS programs in any version of Windows

20 September 2014

Software developers like me sometimes need to be able to run ancient 16-bit DOS programs in 64-bit Windows. vDos allows these old programs to be run by booting into an open source version of DOS. It is an improvement upon Dosbox, which was meant for gaming. vDos adds a live file system, record locking, Windows […]

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California depleting groundwater reserves rapidly to grow almonds

19 September 2014

“The people of the state of California are more or less destroying themselves in order to give cheap almonds to the world.” – David Zetland. California grows 80% of the world’s almonds. Over one million acres on the Central Valley is now almond trees. The extreme drought and complete lack of laws regulating groundwater pumping […]

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Restaurants replacing pesky workers with tablet ordering

18 September 2014

WaPo has a breathless article extolling the virtues of ordering by tablet at a restaurant, freeing customers from all that tedious personal contact with a human being who might, God knows, start yammering about wanting a higher minimum wage or some such fool thing. Thus, it’s just so much better to shove those unfortunates out […]

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Vermont city acts unlawfully, unconstitutionally, judge finds

17 September 2014

City of Montpelier deprives city employee of due process rights One of the wonders of the American legal system is that you can win your case in court, only to have the court’s decision extend and magnify the underlying injustice. This is a story about how easy it is for a city government to run […]

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Burlington VT now gets 100% of power from renewable energy, sort of

17 September 2014

Burlington, a town of 42,000 in Vermont, recently bought the Winooski One 7.4 MW hydro plant and now claims to be 100% renewable. Well, maybe. While I applaud them for moving towards renewables, their logic is claiming to be 100% renewable is overblown and misleading. Over time Burlington will indeed produce more renewable energy than […]

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Scottish independence referendum update

16 September 2014

With the Scottish independence referendum almost upon us, the Westminster government and its Better Together campaign continue to conjure up fearful stories of a grim future for an independent Scotland. After PM David Cameron met with supermarket bosses to spin stories of potential rising prices (with Walmart-owned Asda doing an about-face days later), the UK […]

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