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Someone important had written a forum post about the book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America.
His quote: I’ve never been an environmentalist (or any kind of “ist”, only someone who believes in freedom). Always kind of figured the environment would sort itself out. Well, although there are a lot of less-than-ironclad points in Friedman’s prose (especially mistaking anecdotes for statistical proof), the big picture, the big points, are undeniable…”
Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Here’s a response to that person:
Well i guess i am an “ist.” You are forewarned. Let’s start with age.
Are you over 35? Then maybe you think it makes less difference
Are you under 35? Maybe there’s more at stake for you. Like, in your
For both groups, freedom may be indeed, the huge issue here.
For instance, consider these things possibly afoot:
Your freedom may have to do whether all your food will be genetically
You will be told what you can and cannot eat at all times. Or, it simply
It may have to do with fake seafood as the oceans no longer provide
It may have to do with changing weather patterns (not warming,
It may have to do with Constant Surveillance because NO ONE will
It may have to do with limited education so that people are NO LONGER
It may have to do with limited Internet access for ANYONE who
It may have to do with NO FREE THINKING allowed that can be
It may have to do with limited travel and access to information
It may be that growing your own food will be outlawed because you
It may be that your homes will ALL BE OWNED by the very rich or
It may be that a few companies will have the right to take your
It may be that only government workers will be able to afford health
it may be that you will NOT be able to conduct business without being
It may be that your air will be unclean, water filled with pharmaceuticals,
And, maybe your children will be forced to take drugs and vaccines that
And, how about the fact that new diseases and military weapons are
Is that madness?
Well sure, but all in the name of defense because there’s a REAL
Nuclear Power? safe? You think? Coal Power? Clean? Safe? You think?
Companies will allow green energy and lose oil profits? You think?
Do you think that if people can be killed for $20 they won’t be
Do you currently trust your politicians?
Do you think the rich corporations (they are considered individuals with
Do you think you can sit still, accept what is, and have a perfect,
Do you think the economy will right itself?
Okay. Sure it will. You’re find, all is well. Actually…
THE GOOD NEWS:
Believe it or not, if we all work together for the common good,
Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans, EVERYONE, every ordinary
We DO have power to convince corporations to change their ways,
WE DO have power to ask our politicians to CHANGE THEIR WAYS
WE DO HAVE POWER to be good to each other, fair with each other,
NOT PUT OUR HEADS IN THE SAND and pretend everything is just
is this a rant? no… it’s just reminding you that things don’t change
And as much as we want to believe the government will handle
THINK AGAIN. Are they doing a good job so FAR????
MAYBE YOU HAVE BETTER SENSE THAN THEM… you think?
Chances are they’ve been corrupted by old power, old money, old
Well, maybe these powers will win… I don’t know anymore.
This one can know for sure –
we have a PARADISE OF A PLANET.
we have the most BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS and dear creatures to delight us.
We were given stewardship.
We have the capacities to be AMAZING AND WONDERFUL and LIVE
Will be lose everything because we can’t put forth the effort to REALLY
Me? I’m kind of lazy, i’d rather play computer games, watch the telly,
so, good luck!
PS: Ordinary people. Ordinary good people. THEY ARE SLEEPING
writing is on the WALL in NEON.
Book: Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America
A video movie of a film crew who travels to distant lands for Burger King to find people who’ve never tasted a hamburger before. These are Burger King “Virgins…”
What’s especially wonderful are the people in this film. – They are
so beautiful, real, natural. No pretentions. Their smiles seemed so
genuine. They were all beguiling, captivating, and you might have
wanted to know and befriend each and every one of them.
For a lifetime. That’s how real they were to me.
Somehow Burger King was able to capture somethingm tender,
poignant and touching in this “commercial” film. Rather than
find it humorous, I found it moving. And, a tad bit disquieting…
In the beginning, the taste testers dress in their native costumes.
The costumes are absolutely beautiful – so clean, original, bright
and much treasured. I would hope that they and their kind efforts
to dress as requested was accorded the respect their wonderful
costumes and their generosity of spirit, warranted.
If you were to dress in your Sunday best, in clothes that might
have been handed down, treasured and revered by your parents
and grandparents for eons, you would want to be respected,
The people in costume and those who attended the get togethers
were so polite, gracious to the camera crew.
These days, most people I know are more jaded, distrustful and
more given to irony and crassness than pure honest sweet
So, I saw in these people something extraordinary. Something
honorable, vulnerable, precious. Something a bit more straight
and true. Maybe that’s how it is when you live a more simple
life devoid of worldliness and ironies.
This advertising campaign turned out to be a very lovely
exploration into distant parts of the world that gave insight into
life styles many of us are totally unfamiliar with.
Did Burger King intend this? I don’t think so. But, in the end,
I’ll bet they were all moved and experienced much more than
they could have imagined.
It’s the first time I’ve ever been moved by a “sales campaign.”
I truly hope that Burger King really REALLY sees what it has
created here. I hope they have no intention of diminishing,
minimalizing or exploiting these very beautiful people for the
sake of selling hamburgers.
There’s a fine delicate line between commercializing, exploitation,
innovation in ad creation.
Well, I won’t forget this. It was one of a kind.
Oh… and the appreciation and respect the taste tasters accorded
the burgers helped make me see the whopper in a different light.
Yes, I think I will see a whopper in a different light, now.
Below: The Mason, Ohio’s Light Show in 2007
produced by Mr. Carson Williams
Carson Williams has his own website to help you
with lightshows. Links and info below.
Below: The beautiful “Stille Nacht.”
Clear high fidelity music rendition:
Above: Dave Horting Presents – Silent Night @ Yahoo! Video
(This is by Dave Horting using Light-o-rama, inspired by Carson Williams.)
The True Story Behind the First 2 Displays
The two first displays were created by Carson Williams, an electrical engineer from Mason, Ohio, United States, in 2005.
He used over 16,000 lights controlled with a computerized light system from Light-o-rama.com. It is said that display included over 25,000 lightbulbs, took over two months to program, and cost over $10,000.00.
Passersby could simultaneously watch the lightshow and listen to the music through an FM broadcast frequency transmitted through their car radios. Mr. Williams had the blessings of his two neighbors and typically played his lightshow between 6 and 10 PM.
The music is from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and is called Wizards in Winter. You can download the music for 79 cents at Amazon.com: Wizards In Winter Amazon MP3
Mr. Williams started his own light show company after this video drew huge fame on the Internet. Link:
More Wonders & Excitement!
Here’s a link to see a wide selection of light shows for Christmas.
ANOTHER INCREDIBLE XMAS VIDEO LINK:
Stille Nacht by Dave Horting.
Don Teague’s Overature.
Another musical presentation:
Joe Raucci VA.
You can make your own display at Light-o-rama.
Happiest Holidays! : )
Thanks BB for sending! “Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.” — Dr. Lee DeForest, “Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television.”
“The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives.” — Admiral William Leahy , US Atomic Bomb Project
“There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” — Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923
“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers .” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” — The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
“But what is it good for?” — Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.
“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” — Bill Gates, 1981
This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us,” — Western Union internal memo, 1876.
“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?” — David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
“The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible,” — A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper,” — Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in “Gone With The Wind.”
“A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make,” — Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies.
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,” — Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible,” — Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
“If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this,” — Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M “Post-It” Notepads.
“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy,” — Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.
“Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” — Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value,” — Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre , France .
“Everything that can be invented has been invented,” — Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899.
“The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum tubes required.” — Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University
“I don’t know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn’t be a feasible business by itself.” — the head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox.
“Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.” — Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse , 1872
“The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon,” — Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon- Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.
And last but not least…
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
A Most Terrible Fraud of Cataclysmic Proportions
Thousands of the Very Rich May be Destitute after being
victimized in the Greatest Fraud ever perpetrated in corporate
history – losses May Exceed 50 Billion Dollars.
There is an extraordinary tragedy here… when you are very wealthy and lose everything to someone you trusted more than your own life, you may lose more than just your money…
For those who have accumulated a lifetime’s fortune, grown use to the security it affords, only to have it criminally torn away and lost forever leaving one virtually penniless, it may end up being the loss of all will to continue.
It is one thing to be poor and become poorer, it is another thing to be wealthy and become destitute. They are both equally horrific.
Mr. Madoff’s actions defy comprehension. Perhaps he thought he could perpetrate this diabolical scheme forever, that the stock market would rebound, that he could recover his clients’ funds without his activities ever being brought to light.
For whatever reasons, the question is this dear Reader:
Is Mr. Madoff a thief, or a murderer?
Bernie Madoff, pillar in the rarefied New York and Palm Beach gentrified financial world, has evidently admitted to having “blown” over 50 Billion Dollars of investors’ monies in the largest and most horrific Ponzi scheme ever perpetrated in written history.
As of December 2008, liquid assets of more than 17 Billion dollars in his management portfolio in January completely and mysteriously disappeared. Again, total losses could exceed 50 Billion Dollars.
Bernie Madoff seemed to have unassailable references and experience. He was the Chairman of Nasdaq from 1990 to 1993, was on the board of the National Association of Securities Dealers and the School of Business at Yeshua University, founder and owner of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. He was very involved with numerous charity organizations.
A huge number of individuals, businesses, funds and organizations may have completely loss their collective wealth, leaving many of them virtually destitute.
Some individuals may only have a home to sell to live off the proceeds. Others may be penniless within a few months. Businesses will be bankrupt and fold, funds will dry up leaving investors high and dry with absolutely nothing, charities will shut down within days. Victims will number in the thousands.
It may take decades to unravel the details, locate any of the missing monies and securities which may have been spirited away by Mr. Madoff in preparation for his cataclysmic fall.
It has been said that he may distributed 300 to 400 million dollars to various employees and family members before revealing his criminal activities to his two sons.
This may be more than financial theft – this may end us being a case of causing inconsolable heartbreak and devastation, and thus, ultimately, the untimely death of some of his victims… you decide…
“Please allow me to introduce myself
Im a man of wealth and taste
Ive been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul and faith …
… But whats puzzling you
Is the nature of my game …
… Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me lucifer
cause I’m in need of some restraint …
… So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, um yeah …
… Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, um yeah
But whats puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, um mean it, get down …”
— From “Sympathy for the Devil” by The Rolling Stones