That's "Campana-stan" or ''Land of Campana." It reflects the Weltanschauung of Michael E. Campana, President-for-Life of the Republic of Campanastan. Welcome to Campanastan - no passports or visas required!
Thirsty in Suburbia Gayle Leonard documents things from the world of water that make us smile: particularly funny, amusing and weird items on bottled water, water towers, water marketing, recycling, the art-water nexus and working.
WaSH Resources New publications, web sites and multi-media on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
Water 50/50 From Jay Famiglietti at UC-Irvine. Fifty lectures in fifty weeks: The 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship. A global lecture tour delivering the message about our changing water cycle, groundwater depletion, and the future of freshwater availability.
Water For The Ages Abby, another PNWer, writes about global water issues with passion and concern.
“Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. They issue press release bragging about them. They post signs advertising them, and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.” - Wayne LaPierre
United was certainly promoting the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as the greatest thing since the Lockheed Electra- ooops - check that - sliced bread. As I'd sit back in my economy-plus seat awaiting the safety video, Jeff 'Slick' Smisek, dapper CEO of United Airlines, would appear and start yammering about the amazing 787. He would be followed by 'regular people', a chorus line of smarmy UA employees trumpeting the features of the all-plastic...I mean carbon-fiber...airliner.
I suspect those ads have been pulled and I'm sure flyers are now checking what type of plane they will be flying before buying a ticket. After all those delays, it seems like the Dreamliner acquired a flaw that those of us with laptop computers worried about a few years ago: lithium-ion batteries and their proclivity to spontaneously combust.
No worries, right? Boeing can fix that problem, just like they did with the engines of the 747. All new planes have 'teething problems', right? Well, yeah, but not like this.
In the current (4 February) issue of The New Yorker, James Surowiecki explains it all in his article,'Requiem for a Dreamliner?'. In it, he describes Boeing's plan to save money by outsourcing to a degree they never had before:
Under these conditions, getting the company to commit to a major project
like the Dreamliner took some doing. “Some of the board of directors would rather have spent money on a walk-in humidor for shareholders than on a new plane,” Aboulafia says. So the Dreamliner’s advocates came up with a development strategy that was supposed to be cheaper and quicker than the traditional approach: outsourcing. And Boeing didn’t outsource just the manufacturing of parts; it turned over the design, the engineering, and the manufacture of entire sections of the plane to some fifty “strategic partners.” Boeing itself ended up building less than forty per cent of the plane.
This strategy was trumpeted as a reinvention of manufacturing. But while the finance guys loved it—since it meant that Boeing had to put up less money—it was a huge headache for the engineers. In a fascinating study of the process, two U.C.L.A. researchers, Christopher Tang and Joshua Zimmerman, show how challenging it was for Boeing to work with fifty different partners. The more complex a supply chain, the more chances there are for something to go wrong, and Boeing had far less control than it would have if more of the operation had been in-house. Delays became endemic, and, instead of costing less, the project went billions over budget.
So we had the triumph of been-counting over sound engineering and project management, at least until things started going wrong.
I call what Boeing did 'extreme outsourcing'. Boeing had outsourced some manufacturing on previous planes - no big deal - but not like with this one. Let the French do the electrical system and the Japanese build the tempermental Li-ion batteries. Cheaper that way, you know.
Based on my limited experience, I will nevertheless propose a law: Campana's Corollary:
"Companies that actually manufacture things, especially those involving public safety, should not be headed by finance, sales, or marketing people."
I imagine the Dreamliner will fly again, but I suspect it'll be a cold day in Hell before Slick Smisek and his employees gush over the 787.
"The safer we get, the safer we expect to be, so the performance bar keeps rising. And this, ultimately, is why the decision to give other companies responsibility for the Dreamliner now looks misguided. Boeing is in a business where the margin of error is small. It shouldn’t have chosen a business model where the chance of making a serious mistake was so large." - James Surowiecki (from the article) [Note: cartoon by Christoph Niemann from the article.]
Only $2! Recall that Carlin died almost 5 years ago.
"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.' ” - George Carlin
Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr ,,who would have turned 84 on 15 January 2013. I have come to appreciate and admire him (and all the civil rights workers) by reading Taylor Branch's brillianttrilogyof the civil rights era: Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63; Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65; and At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68.
What thoroughly amazes me were the toughness, resiliency, and
resolve of the civil rights workers, and how they honored King's insistence upon nonviolent resistance. Along with King, the names of heroes such as John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy, Hosea Williams, Rosa Parks, Coretta King, Septima Clark, James Meredith, Andrew Young, Marian Wright, Diane Nash, Fannie Lou Hamer, James Bevel, Bob Moses, et al., are forever burned in my mind. Similarly, I shall not soon forget place names like Selma and Montgomery,
or people like Lester Maddox, George Wallace, Bull Connor, Orval Faubus, Strom Thurmond, and their ilk.
As I read the aforementioned books, cringing at what humans can do to each other, one thought haunted me: what would I have done had I been a Southern white person during that time (I am actually half-North Carolina Scots-Irish WASP)? I've concluded that I probably would not have been one of the segregationist ringleaders, but certainly would not have risen to the defense of the oppressed. I probably would have (very quietly) supported their cause, but not done anything to jeopardize my comfortable middle-class lifestyle (see
the quote below). Certainly Northerners were no better than Southerners when it came to desegregation; recall the Boston busing "incidents" of the 1970s.
Another thing also amazes me: how much the Southern poor whites ("poor white trash") and blacks had in common. Both were horribly oppressed, but skillful politicians kept the poor whites riled about the "uppity Negroes". If the two groups had united, there would have been hell to pay.
I do have a few interesting memories about that period, as I was a student in Virginia (College of William and Mary) from 1966-1970. One stands out. Just after I arrived in Virginia, Sen. Harry F. Byrd died - he was the scion of the infamous Byrd (members of the FFV) political dynasty in Virginia, and the whole state mourned his death. What I remember most about that time is the characterization of Byrd by a local columnist:
"Never was there a man who so dragged his feet through the sands of time."
Here is a humorous memory. I played alto saxophone in the W&M marching band, and we had been engaged to provide entertainment at the Southern Governors' Conference (in Williamsburg or Jamestown). While we stood in formation, who should start darting among the band members, fiddling with the music and instruments and being a nuisance? It was none other than Lester Maddox, newly-elected segregationist governor of Georgia. He finally asked our band director, Charles 'Chuck' Varner, if we knew Dixie, and if so, could we play it? Varner, annoyed by all of Maddox's antics, calmly but firmly said, 'No, Governor, we don't have the music but we would gladly play Marching Through Georgiafor you. Maddox stopped, scowled deeply, and then darted off whence he came. Way to go, Chuck!
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., 28 August 1963
I’m allergic to cats—even pictures of cats make me wheeze. But I like the expression “herding cats” to describe organizing uncoöperative characters, and it’s also a nice metaphor for this President dealing with this particular Congress over the so-called fiscal cliff (among other things). So I took one for the team.
"Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function." - Garrison Keillor
FromHuffington Post. George Clooney is partnering with Randy Gerber, Cindy Crawford's husband, to launch a new product, Casamigos Tequila. This ad features the three of them, plus Clooney's girlfriend du jour, Stacy Keibler, in various bedroom scenes. Casamigos, all right; I guess this is what happens when they all sit around drinking the stuff.
I'm supposed to be intrigued enough by all this to purchase the some tequila. I will pass; I've been off straight tequila for around thirty years after a bad experience, although I will have a margarita.
"Take another shot of courage Wonder why the right words never come You just get numb It's another tequila sunrise,this old world still looks the same, Another frame." -- Tequila Sunrise, written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey
Sports journalistRob Parker is now a former employee of ESPN, which declined to renew his contract, based on these comments about Washington Redskins star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III (aka RGIII) he made last month:
"I've talked to some people in Washington, D.C. Some people in [Griffin's] press conferences. Some people I've known for a long time. My question, which is just a straight, honest question, is ... is he a 'brother,' or is he a cornball 'brother?' He's not really ... he's black, but he's not really down with the cause. He's not one of us. He's kind of black, but he's not really like the guy you'd want to hang out with. I just want to find out about him. I don't know, because I keep hearing these things. He has a white fiancé, people talking about that he's a Republican ... there's no information at all. I'm just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Tiger Woodswas like, 'I have black skin, but don't call me black.' People wondered about Tiger Woods early on -- about him."
When asked about RGIII's braids, Parker opined:
"To me, that's very urban," Parker continued, seemingly determined to dig his own professional grave. "It makes you feel like ... I think he would have a clean cut if he were more straight-laced or not ... wearing braids is ... you're a brother. You're a brother. If you've got braids on."
I am not here to support or decry ESPN's decision (it is not a First Amendment issue) or Parker's right to speak his mind ( he has a right to do so, but must suffer the consequences). I'm here simply to call Parker a moron of the first order.
And where are his braids? Guess he's not a 'brother'.
He supposedly based his comments by Griffin III in which he said he did not want to be defined by his ethnicity. I suspect he meant something like being called 'the best African-American quarterback' instead of just 'the best quarterback' or a 'smart guy' instead of a 'smart black guy'. Whatever he meant I guess it was too much for Parker, whose history in journalism is not exactly stellar.
I don't know Parker or RGIII. But from what I have seen, RGIII is smart, articulate, talented, tough, humble, and supremely confident in his abilities. Those qualities came to the fore midway through the past season, when his teammates made him - a rookie - their captain. He led the once-pathetic Redskins (maybe he can get that racist name expunged) to the playoffs. What a role model - for everyone. So who should care about his ethnicity?
I guess Parker will now have plenty of time to hang with his real 'brothers'.
"Sports journalism is to journalism as political science is to science." - Unknown
Three years ago today, Haiti was rocked by a mammoth earthquake. Over 200,000
people were killed, another 300,000 or so injured, and over a million made homeless. The capital, Port au Prince, was especially devastated.
Three years on, much of the conversation surrounding the Haiti earthquake recovery has centered around charities squandering money, the gains U.S. contractors made and how Haitians themselves received very little money.
Yes, for me, the DC5 was the signature band of the British Invasion of th mid-1960s. The Beatles? Nah, everyone else loved 'em, and besides, the Beatles just wanted to hold your hand. The Stones? Hadn't yet gotten into them, and they really wanted satisfaction.
The DC5? They were just glad all over, and they sounded great REAL LOUD! Loved playing them on WCWM-FM in my 'later' years! But of course, they had a 'dark' side: they would do it any way you wanted it (a precursor to Foreigner's Urgent).
I think I liked them so much because they had a saxophonist, Denny Payton, who played tenor and baritone in addition to some harmonica and guitar. In those days I played alto sax and learned the parts for many of their hits.
What brought all this back was listening to XM6 the other day and hearing Any Way You Want It, my favorite DC5 tune. Usually the oldies stations play their signature hit, Glad All Over(a favorite at sock hops - we'd drive the nuns crazy by stomping along with the DC5) or maybe the softer Because.
Here is video from the 1960s TV show Shindig, showing Dave Clark on the drum kit, front and center, unlike most other groups. Yeah, Dave was The Boss. Mike Smith on keyboards is the lead singer, Lenny Davidson played guitar, Rick Huxley bass, and the aforementioned Payton on sax. Yeah, these guys played some hard rock!
The DC5 had a bunch of hits in the 1960s - they hit the Billboard Top 40 17 times, but started fading around 1967 and disbanded in 1970. They were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
Way to go, lads! Now, check out these 'deep' lyrics:
Any way you want it You can call me any day - ay, hey, hey Any way you want it You can always hear me say - ay, hey, hey It's alright (x 8) Any way you want it That's the way it will be You don't want money You don't want a diamond ring - ay, hey, hey You say you want my lovin' More than any other thing - ay, hey, hey It's alright (x 8) Any way you want it That's the way it will be -Any Way You Want It, by Dave Clark
"Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland, or on windmills in China? Was it a good idea to borrow all this money from countries like China and spend it on all these various different interest groups?"-- Paul Ryan
"We can’t expect entrepreneurs and businesses large and small to take their life savings or their companies’ money and invest in America if they think we’re headed to the road to Greece. And that’s where we’re going right now unless we finally get off this spending and borrowing binge." - Mitt Romney
Love this cover from the 28 December 2012 - 4 January 2013 issue of The Week:
So who are these people?
Susan Rice is looking over the cliff; Gov. Chris Christie is hugging President Obama, who has just pushed Mitt Romney over the cliff; Gen. David Petraeus is hanging onto the branch; Hillary Clinton is greeting Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma/Mynamar; Kim Jong Un and Psy are in the back doing it 'Gangnam Style'; and Clint Eastwood is kicking the chair.
"Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get." - George Bernard Shaw (from the issue)
Hard to imagine that my 'baby sister' should be turning 61 today. Yes, today would have been my younger
sister Ann Campana Judge's 61st birthday had not five Saudi Arabian murderers taken her life on 11 September 2001.
It's not hard for me to imagine what she might have looked like today: not much different than she did in this picture (she's on the left; my older sister Ellen is on the right). She was one of those
people who would never look her age. I think this photo was taken in Spring 2000.
I suspect the town in the Middle East lays greater claim to that appellation, but the New Hampshire town is the one where I spent the summers from 1959 through 1962, working at the Maplewood Caddy Camp. At MCC a number of boys, almost all from the greater Boston area (my Long Island chum Peter Xeller and I were two of the outliers) toiled as caddies for golfers at the Maplewood Hotel, which burned down in the winter of 1963.
My Boston friend Frank Colvario,whom I met there, sent me this recent article from theBoston Globe:
'A tank away' refers to the fact that Bethlehem is one tank of gas away from Boston.
Actually, you should be able to get up and back on one tank - it's only about 150 miles one way. It lies on the edge of the gorgeous White Mountains (shown here, from Wikipedia). Beautiful area!
The top photo is from the article and shows the main street, US Route 302, looking east. The taller peak on the right is Mt. Washington, the highest mountain (6,288 feet or 1,917 meters) east of the Mississippi River outside of the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.
Sure brought back some wonderful memories.
"Live free or die." - Official motto ofNew Hampshire
America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. - Hunter S. Thompson
Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast conjure 'disaster'. Yet, in the aftermath of that horrible event, two Mississippi bankers decided they need to do something drastic to try to return to normalcy, and they risked about $50M of Hancock Bank's assets to do so.
Looks like sportswriter Sweeny Murti is being unfairly trashed for his apparent stupidity when in fact he's just referring to the classic John Belushi line in Animal House. You'd think that the people who create calendars of the stupidest thingsever said would know this.
Murti now has his own 'day' on the '365 Stupidest Things Said' calendar:
Here is the clip:
Actually, Murti's getting the last laugh. He's a lot more famous than he was before, and the calendar's creators, Ross and Kathryn Petras, are the ones looking like morons.
“Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.” - Napoleon Bonaparte
A colleague sent this to me; it's from a Japanese colleague of his. I can vouch for its legitimacy.
His note to me:
This message is from a wonderful Japanese colleague, who has a heartfelt concern for his countrymen and friends, as is evident in this unedited text concerning the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami nearly two years ago. He talks about some issues that many of us might not think of immediately with regard to the disastrous consequences of the fallout.
Toward the end of the year 2012, I remind the recent situation of the terrible accidents of nuclear power plants in Fukushima.
I believe we have the responsibility to inform what kind of extraordinary events happened and how we are coping with that phenomena regarding urban drainage issues.
1. Infiltration of radioactive stormwater
I found at the bottom of four infiltration pits, that is soakaways, around my house a high dosage of radioactive materials, which came down from the accumulated ashes on the roof. It counted 0.3 micro-sievert per hour. That means soakaway could collect the radioactive materials from the roof. It cleaned up the surface of the roof.
On the surface of the ground of my property, the dosage was 0.05 micro-sievert per hour, that is almost no problem. Japanese Government announced that the radioactive materials could be acceptable for the people if it is under 0.23 micro-sievert per hour.
However, there are many ‘hot spots’ over the value in our neighborhood.
2. Spread all over the ground
After the accidents of the melt-down of the nuclear power plants in Fukushima, the radioactive ashes, dusts, powders, and particles have been spreading over large areas.
They fell down with rainfalls onto the grounds; roads, roofs, gardens, agricultural fields, forests, and water bodies all over.
They are gradually flowing down into the rivers, lakes, and the sea.
Radioactive materials do not infiltrate into the ground since they are absorbed on the small dusts and ashes as a shape of particles.
Radioactive materials are accumulated at the bottom of the water courses, especially at the river mouths, and semi-closed bay such as Tokyo Bay. - - - - I am afraid it would be included in the food chain.
3. Continuous sweeping of the contamination
We can sweep those of roofs and roads.
However it is very difficult to remove the accumulated radioactive materials in the forests and agricultural fields. The trees and plants have been retaining the fallen materials for a long time. The radioactive materials gradually flow down to other places; the neighboring grounds and water bodies.
For example, at a city near Fukushima, the dosage was decreased successfully from 10 micro-sievert to 1.8 micro-sievert after the cleaning of the area. However six months later, it returned to 8 micro-sievert, because the radioactive materials continuously came from the neighboring contaminated zones, especially that of trees and plants around there.
4. Concentration into sewage sludge
The sludge collected at the wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) was full of radioactive materials in the eastern part of Japan. They are gradually decreasing.
The dewatered sludge, referred as to sludge cake, had various ways to be disposed or utilized; landfill, reclamation, gasification, fertilizer, solid resources for cement industry, and so on. Japanese Government decided to dispose the sludge over 8,000 Bq/kg could be treated by the Government. Sludge less than that value should be disposed under the responsibility of each municipal government.
However, for example, cement companies do not accept the sludge if they are more than 100 Bq/kg. People do not agree to move the sludge including radioactive substances out of WWTP.
At the other point of view, drainage system worked well to collect the spread radioactive substances from the non-point sources to a WWTP.
5. Piled up sludge in WWTPs
As a results, the sludge is reserved at the site of WWTP enveloped in large plastic bags and piled up on site.
The total volume of reserved sludge in the WWTP is more than 120,000 tons in Japan at the end of this July.
We are exploring how to remove them and how to treat them.
6. Our tasks
1) To find the places where the contaminated sludge could be accepted.
2) To clean up the contaminated rivers, forests, agricultural fields. But how?
3) To treat the highly contaminated sludge. But how?
4) To establish the comprehensive strategy against the spread of radioactives.
7. What we learned
In a country which has many strong earthquakes, it is almost impossible to have nuclear power plants.
As the memory of the day, I tried to talk about recent situation of our fields after one year and nine months.
I hope I could report much detail regarding ‘the radioactives and urban drainage' some day in the near future. I hope it does not come to ‘a good information' for the similar accident.
The next one should never be happened.Japanese experiences should be the final in the globe.
I expect nobody would utilize the information of Japanese experiences.
CANTON, OH—According to eyewitnesses at the scene, an unkempt and thoroughly disheveled Mitt Romney gave an impassioned campaign speech Monday to a group of bewildered shoppers inside a local Safeway.
Sources confirmed the filth-covered former presidential candidate walked into the store unannounced early yesterday evening, went to the store’s cereal aisle, and started to play Kid Rock’s “Born Free” on a portable boom box, enthusiastically waving and pointing to no one in particular.
"As president, I will create 12 million new jobs." - Mitt Romney, during the second presidential debate "Government does not create jobs. Government does not create jobs." - Mitt Romney, 45 minutes later (Oct. 16, 2012)
Got this from Joe Dellapenna's Facebook page, written by Dianne Self Wing.
If only it were true....
“To secede from the Union and set up another government would cause war. If you go to war with the United States, you will never conquer her, as she has the money and the men. If she does not whip you by guns, powder, and steel, she will starve you too.” -Sam Houston
I saw this monument while walking along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, FL, this morning. Thought it was appropriate for Veterans Day.
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations." -Woodrow Wilson
His bit is funny because it shows how people can be using the same words but talking about two different things, depending upon their perspectives.
I recall this phenomenon in spades. About 30 years ago I had a conversation with an older colleague about something new called 'CDs'. We spoke to each other for five minutes before we realized that I was talking about 'compact discs' and he about 'certificates of deposit'.
"Workers insist that they are not disgruntled. They are very gruntled." -Kevin Nealon
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