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Archive for December 6th, 2007

The new CBO blog

Posted by Charles II on December 6, 2007

Via Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal, CBO Director Peter Orszag has a blog. Topics so far include:

  • how does immigration impact local budgets?
  • are we going to have a recession or worse?

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And Another One For The Philip Giordano Wing

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 6, 2007

Just as Philip Giordano, the Republican mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, was allowed to run for Joe Lieberman’s Senate seat even as he was being investigated for corruption (a probe which would turn up his repeatedly raping prepubescent girls), we find that Republicans in Orange County, California — both elected officials and those working for the local media — ignored for years the heinous crimes committed by one Jeffrey Ray Nielsen (h/t Atrios):

Jeffrey Ray Nielsen—the well-connected Orange County conservative activist who claimed the so-called liberal media, specifically the Weekly, was out to get him by publishing a series of exposés on his pedophile activities—is expected to finally admit tomorrow that he used two boys for sex since 1994, according to law-enforcement sources.

A legal representative for Nielsen, who has extensive personal ties to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Orange County Republican Party boss Scott Baugh, told prosecutors early last week that Nielsen would plead guilty to two felony counts: committing lewd acts on a child under 15 years old and committing lewd acts on a child under 14 years old.



When police arrested Nielsen, a prominent GOP activist at the time, TheOrange County Register failed to tell its readers. In fact, the paper—some of whose staffers enjoy cozy relationships with local GOP leaders, including Rohrabacher and Baugh—waited more than three years to mention Nielsen’s arrest. Worse, while Nielsen awaited trial for molesting the Westminster boy, the Register’s Richard Chang helped to bolster the accused pedophile’s reputation in the community. In an article, Chang didn’t mention the charges, but rather praised Nielsen for volunteering to help homeless puppies from the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Geez Louise. When Maria Cantwell found out one of her staffers was a pedo, he was fired on the spot. But Rohrabacher and Company — and the Orange County Register — covered for a known kiddy-molester for years.

Posted in GOP/Media Complex, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 2 Comments »

Finding Solutions

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 6, 2007

Splash

Problem: Making biodiesel creates as a byproduct lots of crude glycerol, which is widely seen as nearly useless, and is expensive and difficult to refine into something more useful.

Solution (from the comments section to the linked article): Use it in anaerobic digesters:

Glycerol makes anaerobic digesters go like a rocket! Its worth considering feeding this material into an anaeorobic digestion facility to produce biogas that can then be burnt in a gas engine.

Alex Marshall
Clarke Energy
alexm@clarke-energy.com

[…]

I agree with Alex about feeding glycerol to anaerobic digesters. This would produce methane, which could, in turn, be used to produce methanol, which is a feedstock for biodiesel. Larger producers could do this on-site.

Here’s some more on how glycerol is used in anaerobic digesters. Yes, I know that biodiesel alone can’t come close to powering America. But we don’t rely on one single energy source now, so I don’t see why we should in the future. (Why not, for instance, put thin-film solar PV cell skins on wind turbine surfaces? That way the wind doesn’t need to be blowing for energy to be generated.)

Posted in energy, environment, Good Things | 1 Comment »

 
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