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Bill T@01:38PM, The sad truth is there are going to be fewer and fewer members of the work force as productivity of the existing work force continues to increase, and more work is being done by robots. The end result will be more people eating from the trough in the barn. The problem is will we have enough barns, troughs and hay to put in the trough. Not likely. The competition for barn space is going to be brutal.
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2015 on Sandbox - 19jan15 at Rebane's Ruminations
We could be living in a Holographic Universe? An experiment on going at the University of Chicago Fermilab Particle Astrophysics Center will attempt to measure the intimate connections among information, matter and spacetime. If it works, it could rewrite the rules for 21st-century physics. I just hope the power source for the Holographic projector is infinite!
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2014 on God in Science in God at Rebane's Ruminations
Oops should have read "the very best health care IT that the world had to offer."
What Happened to all of Obama’s Technology Czars? They were suppose to insure his administration had the very best health care that IT the world had to offer. Why do we need a “tech surge” from the private sector to save Obama’s ass? Easy he hired incompetent academic twits to run his technology program. Strong on theory, but clueless when it came to building something more complex than a simple spreadsheet model. Michelle Malkin has the details here: They came, they saw and then ran back to academia to train the next generation of incompetent technocrats.
I think that is video adds to the discussion.
David Kieffer, head of the powerful Service Employees International Union California, is supporting Governor Brown’s plan to tax the rich, and raise our sales taxes. "I think people do really feel like he's the adult in the room who would take the resources that the state voters have given him and be prudent with it," Kieffer said in a recent interview. "I think they have a really good feeling that this is the guy who goes into a room on Sunday night as kind of the 'Daddy of California' with a checkbook to pay all the bills."
 No mention of cutting government spending or closing some useless commissions or departments. However, with multiple tax proposals on the ballot, the chance of any of them winning voter approval is nil. Voters will be confused and will just say no to all the proposals. That is what the union thug Kieffer is most concerned about, that his union troop will continue to have access to the public trough.
Doug, You have our sympathy and condolences for your loss. It took us three years to get over the loss of Hoover. He was a diabetic like me and we nursed him for six years, longest survivor ever according to our vet. He went blind with cataracts, and we had them removed and replace with new lens. He returned the love every one of his remaining days.
You know Paul, as a 20 year Air Force vet, I retired at 3/4s of my base salary which was not much, with some small cost of living raises along the way. When I left the Air Force I went to work in the aerospace industry and used my retirement pay to send four daughters to the University and today they are all productive citizens make good salaries, and paying lots State and Federal taxes. Now I could have just pissed that retirement money away and let my daughters fend for themselves, get married out of high school, stay home and raise some rug rats and be part of the 51% that does not pay any taxes today. Now that our daughters are all productive citizens, Ellen and I can relax and enjoy life a little rather than work full time, [I am still consulting and freelance writing.] So far I have invested my retirement funded time in community projects, starting with helping to bring the Internet to Nevada County in the 1990s, giving it to schools and the library, including help start the Internet docent program at the County Library training 1000s on how to use this communications tool. I have been an Economic Resource Council volunteer for all the years the ERC has existed, and I have served as a volunteer longer than any of the hired hands. I served two four year terms as a Transportation Commissioner, and now serve as the Executive Director at SESF, which just brought the community "one of the best technology presentations in Nevada County" according to one participant. I think that I have invested my retirement check in the community in a wise and productive way. And, the best is yet to come, though I expect my benefits to be cut in the future, especially the medical benefits, which may curtail some of my community activities to focus more on my writing and consulting to make up the difference. Stay tuned!
“The Bloggie” winners have been announced and it was a clean sweep for the blogs that have been skeptical of global warming and climate change. Details HERE.
Gregory, You are correct, I should of added a but after "the bottom may have been reached." The point I was trying to make that there are lots of foreclosures yet on the horizon that can drive down the price of housing.
According to Zillow Nevada City housing prices are now down 9.8% from last year. More details here. However, when you look at the graphic, it looks like the bottom may have been reached. The scarry part, it there are 112 foreclosures pending in Nevada City according to a Yahoo Search. Nevada City, CA foreclosures: 112 results in Nevada City CA If you search for Nevada County Foreclosures, there are 823 listed. More details here. All of these foreclousures are forcing down the property values in the county, which are reducing the county tax revenue. While we maybe a well run county, there are factors over which the BOS and the County Staff have no control. Yet, we hear that unfunded liabilities are just more "rural myths" as were the Diaz depositions, "just rural myths" according to one Supervisor. If every tough problem the BOS has is just a "rural myth" then we are in big trouble.
We once owned one of the most genteel AKC Rottweiler in the County named Hoover. Though he relied on his breeds reputation for being fearsome in protecting our property, he had an unusual capability to totally ignore any animal that was larger than he was. Hoovers attitude was if he did not recognize the potential threat then he did not have to deal with it. He chased squirrels in the yard, but ignored the bears and deer that came into his yard. They were bigger than he was. It was the same when encountering a larger dog on the ditch trail. Ignore it and it will go away. County leaders failure to recognized the danger of unfunded pension liabilities reminds me of Hoover and his attitude about problems. If it was problem he could not deal with he just ignored it and hope it goes away real soon. It appears that our Supervisors have adopted Hoovers strategy in dealing with the unfunded liabilities, ignore the problem and hope it goes a way real soon. They are Hoovering!
Laura van den Berg has posted some more pictures and interesting thought on the SESF Blog here:
From the San Jose Mercury News, Dana Hull reports: Peter Gleick, a nationally known expert on water and climate issues, on Friday asked for a short-term leave of absence from the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, where he is co-founder and president. My question is how long before that leave becomes long term and he vanishes from the scene.
George, I wrote about about the Progressive Climate Scare Machine HERE. $79 Billon dollars of tax payers money went in to the Scare Machine and none to the Skeptics. There is a nifty graphic that Jo Nova put together to show how the money flows.
Michael, I will give it a try, next time, but I think we are now sold out. May one of two seats left.
I have been tracking the progress of the Nevada County and Grass Valley Tourism sites HERE. The stats are due for a monthly updated around the 26th of Feb. So far both sites have been falling in the ranking with 1.0 being the best and 1.0 trillion being the worst. The number of links to the sites is growing, but traffic is miserable. The latest site analytics for gonevadacounty show 474 visitors in December, which is the last month the data is available. That is down 478 visitors from November . Grass Valley does not even have enough visitors to trip the counter. This is the message I get for gograssvalley. The site may have little traffic or we may not have a statistically relevant sample to project the traffic with. Grass Valley and Nevada County have spend over $200,000 on web sites to attract tourist and now one is coming to the web sites. Why? Some one should be asking?
The tourism site does not even have any directions on how to get here at all. I guess they assume that everyone know were Grass Valley is.
Billy T, Here is what happened to one drone flying over private property: A remote-controlled aircraft owned by an animal rights group was reportedly shot down near Broxton Bridge Plantation Sunday near Ehrhardt, S.C. Steve Hindi, president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness), said his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter drone to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday when law enforcement officers and an attorney claiming to represent the privately-owned plantation near Ehrhardt tried to stop the aircraft from flying. "It didn't work; what SHARK was doing was perfectly legal," Hindi said in a news release. "Once they knew nothing was going to stop us, the shooting stopped and the cars lined up to leave." He said the animal rights group decided to send the drone up anyway. "Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out," Hindi said in the release. "As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they had shot down our copter." He claimed the shooters were "in tree cover" and "fled the scene on small motorized vehicles. One staring in my bedroom window will get the same treatment.
For those intereted, I highly recommend Make Magazine. I have made some the projects in the magazine and have submitted at least one article that was not published. Another author beat me to the publishers desk. I build a traveling WiFi hotspot into my GMC truck several years ago. I have been following the smart meter hacks in the magazine and plan to build a monitoring systems based on plans in Make Magazine. I bought this book last year before my smart meter was installed. Building Wireless Sensor Networks: with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino, and Processing I need to find some time to experiment, now that the smart meter has been installed. However, the first project will be to get my electronic workbench in my barn completed and functioning. It is half in the garage and half in the barn. Not enough stuff at either place to be productive.