The Nsa Surveillance Dictionary

I meant to include this wry article in my previous post on surveillance, abuse of power, and abuse of language, but then I decided that it deserves its own post. Rather in the spirit of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, Philip Bump proposes that we bear in mind the NSA Surveillance Dictionary when trying to … More The Nsa Surveillance Dictionary

Chu’s Solar Power Regrets

Michael Giberson From The Onion: WASHINGTON—Sources have reported that following a long night of carousing at a series of D.C. watering holes, Energy Secretary Steven Chu awoke Thursday morning to find himself sleeping next to a giant solar panel he had met the previous evening. “Oh, Christ, what the hell did I do last night?” … More Chu’s Solar Power Regrets

How Does Solar Power Work?

Michael Giberson Many people are confused about how solar power works. Here is an illustrated explanation:   (HT to Nicole S. Thanks Nicole!)

On the U.S. President’s Role in Economic Highs and Lows

Michael Giberson SMBC on the president and the economy: [HT to Rick Weber for the heads up.]

Giberson Calls for One-year Moratorium on Hospital Admissions Pending Analysis of Risks Associated with Nosocomial Infection

Michael Giberson I read recently that as many as 99,000 deaths per year in the United States are linked to nosocomial infection (also known as hospital-acquired infection). I’m outraged, obviously, and relying on the precautionary principle I am calling for a minimum one-year moratorium on hospital admissions so the healthcare industry can bring an end to nosocomial-linked … More Giberson Calls for One-year Moratorium on Hospital Admissions Pending Analysis of Risks Associated with Nosocomial Infection

Onion: Fruit, Vegetable, or Economics Rag?

Michael Giberson What is the deal with Yahoo Answers? Someone asks whether an onion is a fruit or vegetable, and the voted “best answer” says “An onion is a bulb.” What? Also, I’d be remiss in not sharing this: Continued Existence Of Edible Arrangements Disproves Central Tenets Of Capitalism WALLINGFORD, CT—Upending more than two centuries … More Onion: Fruit, Vegetable, or Economics Rag?

Think Globally, Solve Locally?

Michael Giberson Among the casualties of yesterday’s rolling blackouts in the ERCOT power system was a Texas A&M University conference dedicated to helping solve global energy challenges. Via the Texas A&M News and Information Service: Texas A&M System Gearing Up To Help Solve Global Energy Challenges COLLEGE STATION, Feb. 3, 2011—The Texas A&M University System … More Think Globally, Solve Locally?

I Detect a Fundamental Tension in This Headline on Wind Power

Michael Giberson This amusement, courtesy of Examiner.com: “Wind power officially cost effective, AWEA hopes for more incentives from Feds.” The like link is “http://www.examiner.com/green-living-in-national/wind-power-officially-cost-effective,” but I warn you that the site may try to serve you multiple ads, making the experience more trouble than the story is actually worth. The article does, however, make good … More I Detect a Fundamental Tension in This Headline on Wind Power

Capitalism and Whatever Works

Michael Giberson From xkcd: [HT: John Whitehead at Environmental Economics.]

Girl Scout Cookie Price Gouging?

Michael Giberson Michael Finney observes that Girl Scout cookies sell at different prices in different locations, and he asks (tongue in cheek), is it “Girl Scout cookie price gouging?” No, actually it is more like “zone pricing“ price discrimination – setting the price to a level that the local market will bear. (EDITED, see comments … More Girl Scout Cookie Price Gouging?