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August 4, 2007 § Leave a comment

 

Notes from the day

 

freedomforum.org: What is the Public Forum Doctrine?

 

The Court’s first encounter with the public forum doctrine was not a First Amendment success. In Davis v. Massachusetts, 167 U.S. 43, 48 (1897), the Court affirmed Davis’ conviction for speaking on Boston Common without a permit, holding that “The right to absolutely exclude all right to use, necessarily includes the authority to determine under what circumstances such use may be availed of, as the greater power includes the lesser.”

 

OAKLAND, Calif. — A veteran journalist was shot to death yesterday in a brazen downtown attack that police believe was a deliberate hit.

Chauncey Bailey, 57, editor of the Oakland Post and a former reporter for The Oakland Tribune, was shot about 7:30 a.m. near the county courthouse, police said.

 Thus will be a rapidly developing terrible story. Like the bridge, it sinks deep in the psyche.

Catallarchy » Liveblogging: Infotopia

catallarchy.net/blog/archives/2006/09/18/liveblogg…

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Just had lunch w/ Cass Sunstein, and he’s about to give a talk about his new book Infotopia, about how new ways of sharing and aggregating information. He said that Google is a somewhat daunting place to be presenting on this subject, but he seems like a fairly dauntless fellow.

Zakaria: A Way Out of Our Oil Addiction – Newsweek International Editions – MSNBC.com

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20010702/site/newsweek

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Half the oil can be saved by redoubling the efficiency of using it, already doubled since 1975.

 

 

We would end up doing all the things we now do with oil at only a quarter of the cost and with uncompromised performance and improved safety.

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The other half of the oil can be displaced by a mixture of saved natural gas and advanced biofuels.

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A Cure for Oil

By Fareed Zakaria

Newsweek

 

Fuel taxes encourage you to drive less, but they’re a very weak signal to buy an efficient car in the first place.

 

We can make cars that are big, which is protective and comfortable, without making them heavy, which is hostile and inefficient. Therefore we can save oil and lives at the same time.

 

I think we will look back in a few decades and wonder what all the oil fuss was about because, just like whale oil, we will have made this product obsolete. Oil is going to become, and has already become, uncompetitive, even at low prices, before it becomes unavailable even at high prices. So we will leave it in the ground. It’s very good for holding up the ground, but it won’t be worth extracting.

 Learn this logic.

So you go to the dealer to buy a vehicle of the size you want and there are more or less efficient models of that size, and [for] the less efficient ones [you] pay a fee. The more efficient ones [offer] a rebate paid for by the fees on the inefficient ones

Amazon.com: Hope’s Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the American Land: Books: Chip Ward

www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1559639776/nationb…

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The book is arranged in three parts dealing with a new paradigm for conservation, the movement to remove dams, and the struggle to keep nuclear waste off of the West’s deserts.  It is really three books in one and you can read them out of order depending on your interest and they still make sense.  The writing is lyrical and memorable – a worthy successor to his classic book, “Canaries on the Rim.”

 looking at his books, none seem to get to get to GardenWorld.

OSS.Net, Inc. Home Page

www.oss.net/extra/document/?module_instance=3&acti…

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2007-08-03 Steele at Gnomedex Advance 4.1,
Download file: Open Everything 4.1.ppt

 Steele is always worth traking, being that he is a good tracker.

Open Spectrum FAQ

www.greaterdemocracy.org/OpenSpectrumFAQ.html

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Open Spectrum
FAQ

Open Spectrum FAQ

www.greaterdemocracy.org/OpenSpectrumFAQ.html

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9. How did we get to the current policy?

The policy began in 1912 as a reaction to the failure of the Titanic’s help signals. The Radio Act of 1912 enabled the Secretary of Commerce to license radio frequencies but did not give him the right to reject applications. By the ‘Twenties, enough broadcasters had jumped in that the technology of the time produced significant interference among signals, a situation the Radio Act of 1927 addressed by declaring the “ether” to be a publicly owned resource that should be doled out in ways that meet public interests. In The Great Lakes Broadcasting case (1929), the Federal Radio Commission (later called the FCC) said that “public interest” means the broadcasts meet the “tastes, needs, and desires of all substantial groups among the listening public . . . in some fair proportion, by a well-rounded program, in which entertainment, consisting of music of both classical and lighter grades, religion, education and instruction, important public events, discussions of public questions, weather, market reports, and news, and matters of interest to all members of the family find a place…” Thus did the federal government become the arbiter of what constitutes worthwhile content. [Source]

The FCC itself was founded as part of the 1934 Telecommunications Act.

Catalyst Magazine – How to Cross the Ecological Abyss

www.catalystmagazine.net/specials/culture/how-to-c…

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How to Cross the Ecological Abyss

From Catalyst, a review of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben and Capitalism 3.0:

Catalyst Magazine – How to Cross the Ecological Abyss

www.catalystmagazine.net/specials/culture/how-to-c…

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According to McKibben, we overshot our goal. Once the basics were secured, we kept going. The ingrained habits from our long struggles against scarcity and an almost cult-like devotion to growth and efficiency as defined solely by the demands of the marketplace were the engines of our material dreams. We are spurred on by a constant barrage of advertising that tells us we are what we buy and more stuff will fulfill our deepest needs. So we shop till we drop at Wal-Mart, even though we know the big box stores destroy local economies, abuse their workers, and drive down wages across the board, because the stuff we can get there is cheap, you can find it all in one place, and above all else, we crave more stuff. Stuff counts.

Catalyst Magazine – How to Cross the Ecological Abyss

www.catalystmagazine.net/specials/culture/how-to-c…

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Community is key. Aside from meeting primal needs to belong to and relate to those around us, strong communities are also essential to surviving global warming together. Communities that can provide their own food and energy will better cope with the coming disruptions from climate chaos, oil shortages, and ecological collapse. In the near future, comfort and security, McKibben argues, will come “less from ownership and more from membership.”

Catalyst Magazine – How to Cross the Ecological Abyss

www.catalystmagazine.net/specials/culture/how-to-c…

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And how would that watershed sue to conserve itself? In “Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons,” Barnes outlines how public, non-profit trusts could be set up to serve as stewards of the commons for future generations. Trusts would monitor the health of the commons they are charged with managing and set sustainable limits and conditions for their use. Those who profit from use of the commons could be charged a fee for the value they subtract and the revenue generated by those fees could be redistributed to all citizens equally, as Alaska already does with part of its oil income. Such a system could even address the wide disparity between rich and poor.

 learning the logic of this kind of logic, its rhetoric, is an amazingly powerful tool.

Catalyst Magazine – How to Cross the Ecological Abyss

www.catalystmagazine.net/specials/culture/how-to-c…

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Chip Ward, co-founder of HEAL Utah, now writes from Torrey. He is the author of Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West and Hope’s Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the Land.

 I like both these books. Barnes is one of the most penetrating about alternatives to the corporation. I think gardenworld is a good complement.I need to follow up on Chip’s book.

Tomgram: Chip Ward on the Long (Marmot) Goodbye

www.tomdispatch.com/post/3163/chip_ward_on_the_lon…

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Tomgram: Chip Ward on the Long (Marmot) Goodbye

 See previous for source.



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