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fr the Encyclopedia Brittanica online: Projection (classed under the broader topic of "defense mechanism"), "defense mechanism ( in defense mechanism (human psychology); 3. Projection is a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person, where they then appear as a threat from the external world. A common form of projection occurs when an individual, threatened by his own angry feelings, accuses another of harbouring hostile thoughts. in personality: Freud ) ...blocking out of consciousness some of the ideas associated with the expression of those drives. Other methods of defense include repression, a kind of withholding of conflicting ideas from recall; PROJECTION, the attribution to others of one’s own rejected tendencies; and reaction formation, turning into its opposite a tendency rejected in oneself—as in excessive generosity as a defense..."  (Jul 10, 2009 | post #96)

Orlando, FL

orlando sentinel redesign sucks!!!!!!!!

For fun I figured I'd start a thread myself on an article of my choosing. Thing is, the best thing I'd come across was a funny thing by Howard Troxler in the SP Times. I figured, F it, if their making me do the legwork to put up an unlinked thread anyway, why shouldn't it be to the Troxler column? Well, they deleted it. Libs are Crazy is right, it ain't a 'freedom of speech' issue exactly, but the redesign is definitely partly about throwing a wet blanket--or at least a leash--on the interactive qualities of the news-biz-rattling 'new media' or 'web 2.0' or whatever the hell you want to call multi-vocal discourse that uses Sentinel articles as starting points and not seldom objects of ridicule.  (Jul 6, 2009 | post #25)

Orlando, FL

SP Times: "Crist signs the "Feed Nuclear Waste to Little ...

Troxler column fr July 5 http://www.tampaba y.com/news/politic s/state/article101 5823.ece  (Jul 6, 2009 | post #1)

Orlando, FL

orlando sentinel redesign sucks!!!!!!!!

Yeah. Sheesh. As a total industry outsider--most immediately irked that the open commenting forum here has been severed--it's a surprise and a bummer (but also interesting) to read the comments section below Apple's post. Way to make it public (the degree this obscure comment thread is meaningfully 'publicizing' the problem).  (Jul 5, 2009 | post #16)

Orlando, FL

Grayson vote traded to get storm center

Ahh...the race-to-the-bottom defense. Once the Katrina-meets-tsun ami-disaster fun begins, and a redux of Mike Davis' "Late Victorian Holocausts".. . http://www.guardia n.co.uk/books/2001 /jan/20/historyboo ks.famine http://books.googl e.com/books?id=3Ir KEzgkQkMC&dq=m ike+davis+late+vic torian+holocausts+ summary&source =gbs_navlinks_s ...repeats itself, then there will be the consolation, for those shallow enough to find comfort in it, that 'we weren't the only ones responsible'. There's a July 4th warm fuzzy.  (Jul 4, 2009 | post #229)

Orlando Sentinel

Grayson vote traded to get storm center

cont'd fr 181 Here's a decent non-technical intro to the nuclear power question, from the US Gov's Energy Information Admin. Very even handed. http://www.eia.doe .gov/cneaf/nuclear /page/nuclearenvis sues.html Some bits from a more-or-less 'thumbs-downer' on a topic that's got merit on both sides: "The nature of the nuclear fuel changes during power generation...spent fuel [is created] when these fission and fusion products accumulate to an extent...no longer adequate for additional power generation...Consi derable energy content of the fuel is unused in this process. There is ongoing disagreement whether such unused content is economically usable in the form of reprocessed fuel." Sounds to me like a nice way of saying 'if nuclear waste is anything but horror-show 'super-pollution', it's cont'd utility has yet to be demonstrated. 'The check' here, is 'in the mail'. Just like the "clean coal" unicorn. "...[tax-deri ved] funds accumulated for spent fuel disposal have sometimes been identified as a public subsidy to the nuclear power industry...Economi c subsidy issues also arise regarding whether the funds provided by nuclear power generators adequately cover the costs of the ultimate disposal of the nuclear wastes. The targeted ultimate burial site for spent fuels, Yucca Mountain in Nevada, has not yet been opened and has also been challenged in the courts. Ultimate disposal has thus not occurred...Most spent fuels are now in temporary storage at the reactors where they were produced or in intermediate storage..." "The cost of building new nuclear power plants has historically been much higher than the cost of building fossil fuel based power plants," a wicked problem for securing funding and an impossible problem, really, for the poor SOBs in the insurance racket faced with assessing risk on nuclear facilities. Bottom line for me is the problem of not having any answers on "ultimate disposal". If it staves off the climate crisis, well, that's critical for sure. But at, literally, an unknown cost and unknown risks on the back end. This is a damned scary industry to talk about ramping up like crazy. And this by no means exhausts the risks involved (weaponization and terrorism questions, for instance). At best, nukes would be an EXTREMELY mixed blessing and an only very partial answer to our energy and environmental problems.  (Jul 2, 2009 | post #184)

Orlando Sentinel

Grayson vote traded to get storm center

Read Tom Friedman's (an **** , but sane on climate change) most recent column for trade-able carbon credits' value in sending a signal to markets that pollution is no longer an externality to be disappeared from balance sheets (and into the public's lap, or course). The 85% giveaway of credits is nothing but vile, but it's the payoff, the very large bone coal-state Dems needed throwing to let the legislation pass. The GOP (what Gore Vidal would call the hardliner wing of our one-party system...the business party) offers nothing of even marginal value on this stuff...as we've seen for 8 yrs pastThe watering down of this legislation--in fact the problem w/ the current admin, w/the health care bill, w/foreign policy and civil liberties issues, w/lobbying & campaign finance reform (completely disappeared but recall at one time selling points of the Obama candidacy), w/the economic 'Great Collapse' response...w/ the Dems as an overarching rule--isn't with 'libs' but w/ the large corporate right wing of the party, turning every bold idea into a GOP-lite turd. Besides, the climate policy fight says much more about the right in this country...a movement of kooks perfectly willing to risk literally a (our only) planet's worth of disaster, largely to avoid having to do a hard about-face on a major issue of the dayThe predictable 'usual suspects' present and accounted for on need.org's Board of Directors. http://need.org/Bo ard-Staff.php Propaganda for schoolkids. Nice. Solid info, cherry-picked to leave the petrochemical, paper, concrete, and metals industries looking like model citizens, actually leading the charge in a fight against energy inefficiencies...w / nothing on the wider-view environmental outcomes of these more-efficiently-p olluting industries. And of course not the slightest hint about the value of questioning the current growth-based, car-based and consumerist-driven paradigms on the demand side of all this energy burning.  (Jul 2, 2009 | post #183)

Orlando Sentinel

Grayson vote traded to get storm center

climate bill + home resale" and "climate bill + home inspection" turned up nothing on the google or lthe google news search engines. Methinks yr full of the feces. Those are the dots I'm connecting. Links, Paul Revere. You got some big news to share, you paste the link. That way the rest of us can judge what yr 'dots' are worth.  (Jul 2, 2009 | post #177)

Orlando Sentinel

What we think: A Category 5 waste

Could there be a better example of the flaming bag of dog shite you pompous, ignorant loudmouths stand for than this? Here's how epically wrong you are...not only are the above "Ten Cannots" a load of hooey unto themselves, a class war tactic of the oldest sort--the sort masters (and their 'useful idiot' Uncle Toms) have preached to slaves for all time--but, and this is the kicker, IT'S NOT A QUOTE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S. The historical non-entity William J. H. Boetcker, Presbyterian clergyman, said this. A Tony Robbins-like huckster of the old school. A seller of 'pie in the sky when you die' as the old Wobbly songbook had this sort of bunk pegged at the time. http://www.applese eds.org/10_Cannots .htm http://www.truthor fiction.com/rumors /l/lincoln-quotes. htm http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/William _J._H._Boetcker http://www.dartblo g.com/data/003373. html Here's a story from the early 90s, where the Babe Ruth of couldn't-care-less rightwing cluelessness, Ronald Reagan, makes the same misattribution. There's a kind of awful poetic justice to his going out in a fog of Alzheimers. http://www.nytimes .com/1992/08/25/op inion/observer-mug ged-by-facts.html With the quote ringing false to me, it took me all of two minutes to google up the debunking truth. But then you guys don't care about the truth, and have no nose for it if you did. You memorize received dogma and deny all other points of view as heretical. Dangerous. "Un-Amurrkin ". And even the lies you peddle are wrapped in lies. This much is fair to say, though: You can't help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves...like having a hint of skepticism toward their loony grapevine chatter...or taking a minute to use the google machine once in a while.  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #35)

Orlando Sentinel

What we think: A Category 5 waste

Yeah, well UCF does have a whopper of a "hospitality industry" program. That one's good and safe from duplication--which isn't to say yr point holds any water per se--because what kind of regional economic development model worth anything would hardwire the research energies of the local university into a low-skills, low-wage, low-job security local industrial base? Must say its funny to see righties decrying the 'redundancy' of this hurricane center...it's just as fair to argue it along classic free-market lines...central Florida will now have a COMPETING hurricane research facility...which makes sense when you consider the regular observation of historians like Gary Mormino and David Colburn, that FL is a state in name only: cultural identity-wise (& so also politically) we break down into at least two identifiable regions--& I think it's true that our region of Central Florida represents a third let's say emergent FL identity, and so why shouldn't we have a hurricane research center that looks to our specific needs, ecologies, ad socio-political challenges? ANd if it's true that the inside-baseball pushback on Grayson's bacon here will in the end leave FSU or Miami with the hurricane pork--so what? Grayson's no pushover. He'll bargain it away for something else the district will benefit from. Bunch of cry babies.  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #23)

Orlando Sentinel

Grayson vote traded to get storm center

cont'd fr #167 http://www.jameslo velock.org/page10. html "...It was ill luck that we started polluting at a time when the sun is too hot for comfort. We have given Gaia a fever and soon her condition will worsen to a state like a coma. She has been there before and recovered, but it took more than 100,000 years. We are responsible and will suffer the consequences: as the century progresses, the temperature will rise 8 degrees centigrade in temperate regions and 5 degrees in the tropics. Much of the tropical land mass will become scrub and desert, and will no longer serve for regulation; this adds to the 40 percent of the Earth's surface we have depleted to feed ourselves. Curiously, aerosol pollution of the northern hemisphere reduces global warming by reflecting sunlight back to space. This 'global dimming' is transient and could disappear in a few days like the smoke that it is, leaving us fully exposed to the heat of the global greenhouse. We are in a fool's climate, accidentally kept cool by smoke, and before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable."  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #171)

Orlando Sentinel

Grayson vote traded to get storm center

[cont'd fr #166] All that said, you should read/read about the ideas of PRO-NUCLEAR CLIMATE CHANGE BELIEVER (w/ a vengeance) JAMES LOVELOCK. This is one of the guys who discovered the hole in the ozone layer (ever hear of the 'Gaia theory'? That's him too). And in Lovelock's view we should turn to nuclear as final possible hope, problems and all, because "Lovelock believes global warming is now irreversible, and that nothing can prevent large parts of the planet becoming too hot to inhabit, or sinking underwater, resulting in mass migration, famine and epidemics. Britain is going to become a lifeboat for refugees from mainland Europe, so instead of wasting our time on wind turbines we need to start planning how to survive. To Lovelock, the logic is clear. The sustainability brigade are insane to think we can save ourselves by going back to nature; our only chance of survival will come not from less technology, but more. Nuclear power, he argues, can solve our energy problem - the bigger challenge will be food. "Maybe they'll synthesise food. I don't know. Synthesising food is not some mad visionary idea; you can buy it in Tesco's, in the form of Quorn. It's not that good, but people buy it. You can live on it." But he fears we won't invent the necessary technologies in time, and expects "about 80%" of the world's population to be wiped out by 2100. Prophets have been foretelling Armageddon since time began, he says. 'But this is the real thing.'". Bracing stuff. I don't buy the 'technology and markets will save us from technology and markets' schtick, but this guy is lookaing at salvaging something from a catastrophically dire situation. You want 'dark predictions'? This is yr man. But notice that this pro-nukes, pro-market guy offers an analogy very unflattering to you climate skeptics: "Humanity is in a period exactly like 1938-9, he explains, when "we all knew something terrible was going to happen, but didn't know what to do about it". ". Maybe sticking our heads in the sand will help? Anyway here's a bit more on/from Lovelock: http://www.jameslo velock.org/page24. html http://www.canada. com/Free+Market+Ec onomics+Environmen t/1733754/story.ht ml  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #170)

Orlando Sentinel

Grayson vote traded to get storm center

[cont'd fr #166] All that said, you should read/read about the ideas of PRO-NUCLEAR CLIMATE CHANGE BELIEVER (w/ a vengeance) JAMES LOVELOCK. This is one of the guys who discovered the hole in the ozone layer (ever hear of the 'Gaia theory'? That's him too). And in Lovelock's view we should turn to nuclear as final possible hope, problems and all, because "Lovelock believes global warming is now irreversible, and that nothing can prevent large parts of the planet becoming too hot to inhabit, or sinking underwater, resulting in mass migration, famine and epidemics. Britain is going to become a lifeboat for refugees from mainland Europe, so instead of wasting our time on wind turbines we need to start planning how to survive. To Lovelock, the logic is clear. The sustainability brigade are insane to think we can save ourselves by going back to nature; our only chance of survival will come not from less technology, but more. Nuclear power, he argues, can solve our energy problem - the bigger challenge will be food. "Maybe they'll synthesise food. I don't know. Synthesising food is not some mad visionary idea; you can buy it in Tesco's, in the form of Quorn. It's not that good, but people buy it. You can live on it." But he fears we won't invent the necessary technologies in time, and expects "about 80%" of the world's population to be wiped out by 2100. Prophets have been foretelling Armageddon since time began, he says. 'But this is the real thing.'". Bracing stuff. I don't buy the 'technology and markets will save us from technology and markets' schtick, but this guy is lookaing at salvaging something from a catastrophically dire situation. You want 'dark predictions'? This is yr man. But notice that this pro-nukes, pro-market guy offers an analogy very unflattering to you climate skeptics: "Humanity is in a period exactly like 1938-9, he explains, when "we all knew something terrible was going to happen, but didn't know what to do about it". ". Maybe sticking our heads in the sand will help? Anyway here's a bit more on/from Lovelock: http://www.jameslo velock.org/page24. html http://www.canada. com/Free+Market+Ec onomics+Environmen t/1733754/story.ht ml http://www.jameslo velock.org/page10. html "...It was ill luck that we started polluting at a time when the sun is too hot for comfort. We have given Gaia a fever and soon her condition will worsen to a state like a coma. She has been there before and recovered, but it took more than 100,000 years. We are responsible and will suffer the consequences: as the century progresses, the temperature will rise 8 degrees centigrade in temperate regions and 5 degrees in the tropics. Much of the tropical land mass will become scrub and desert, and will no longer serve for regulation; this adds to the 40 percent of the Earth's surface we have depleted to feed ourselves. Curiously, aerosol pollution of the northern hemisphere reduces global warming by reflecting sunlight back to space. This 'global dimming' is transient and could disappear in a few days like the smoke that it is, leaving us fully exposed to the heat of the global greenhouse. We are in a fool's climate, accidentally kept cool by smoke, and before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable." Jeezis. As for another climate-change believer who's all too consistent in his pessimistic view toward politicians (and of course head-in-the-sand types), I give you JOHN ZERZAN [global warming anxiety addressed @ 2 min mark; 7:40 begins a riff I think you might appreciate, a little hating on earth day and the "sustainabili ty lie"] http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=jVjKs EmUvw8 http://www.johnzer zan.net/articles/t he-left-no-thanks. html http://www.insurge ntdesire.org.uk/  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #169)

Orlando Sentinel

Grayson vote traded to get storm center

Yeah, nukes are awesome. We should replicate them like mushrooms all over the place. Make 'em common as gas stations. They're safe, clean, and cheap, until and unless they aren't anymore. Chernobyl, anyone? Three Mile island? Savannah River? "Inspectors find safety problems at nuclear weapons complex" May 2, 2009 http://www.mcclatc hydc.com/staff/jam es_rosen/story/673 75.html And, as w/ climate change generally, let's be forever resistant to the law of unintended consequences, yes? Turkey Point? 4.27.09 Miami Herald "FPL canals criticized as health risk" "The 168-mile-long loop of canals that cool the twin nuclear reactors at Turkey Point was dug in the 1970s to avoid pumping billions of gallons of damaging hot water into Biscayne Bay. More than 30 years later, the solution to one environmental problem has emerged as a prime suspect in another -- an underground saltwater wedge that has pushed miles inland from Florida Power & Light's bayside plant..." Then of course there's the problem of mining nukes and the impossible-to-solv e problem of the who gets stuck with the toxic waste. Then there's problems of cost overruns/taxpayer shafting,["Nu clear reactor construction is so expensive and subject to cost overruns and loan defaults that private banks won't finance it. That's why reactor construction in the U.S. came to an almost complete halt in the late 1970s and early 1980s."] & the environmental racism that is the inevitable 'solution' to waste-dumping...Yu cca mountain, anyone? Or how about Somalia? "In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas. Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died..." Nukes are a pandoras box of risks. As soon as I read/hear good, serious answers to the problems of waste disposal, chernobyl-type risks (especially in an age of terrorism),then people like me will begin to open up to the possibilities of nuclear. But not now, when it comes from people willing to ignore gigantic problems they find inconvenient to their suburban lifestyles and "Drill, Baby, Drill" magical thinking.  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #168)

Orlando Sentinel

What we think: A Category 5 waste

Lame, highly disposable editorializing here. The ed board going out of their way to slam a guy who's bringing home some bacon and leveraging/seeking to hedge his political position on a vote one suspects, as a mavericky freshman in a 50/50 district, he was tempted to withhold support on. Shocked...SHOCKED he might be making moves here for incumbency's sake!! The stuff about 'poor Miami' makes more sense for the herald to kvetch over...Grayson doesn't represent Miami. Why should the Sentinel? This whole spiel sounds as much about 'incumbency' as anything: the 'incumbent' scientists in Miami not liking the sound of competition, or encroachment on their turf. So UCF has a reason to expand its curriculum...I'm failing to see the dire outrage. Sounds like jobs to me. And you know, if there's a case to be made that Grayson's shirking on bringing alt-energy & similar tech research to UCF and/or the area, how about DOING A NEWS STORY ON THE SUBJECT, instead of this totally unsupported one-sentence jab in buried in an editorial. Love to read something of substance on that, if it exists...til then, I'm not impressed.  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #3)

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