27 May 2009
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An Endorsement and Some Clippings

Banana Power:  Not Just For Hippies Any More

Sometimes you just don't have your scissors with you.  These two I photographed instead.  I'm continuing to resist quoting other sources than the Wall Street Journal unless they're really really good or really really stupid.

South African farmers have turned Mozambique into a...   Perhaps instead of relying on coal and oil, fighting over nuclear power, or arguing interminably about "renewable" energy, we should simply invite some South African farmers to come to the USA and work on Banana Power.  That would certainly be cheaper than running a transmission line from Mozambique.

No, I have no idea why the clippings turned out a sort of turquoise.  But I'm not complaining.

"Banana Powerhouse."
Mr. Yettaw pleads "not guilty" to a charge of "illegal swimming."   Mr. Yettaw is the American citizen who went to visit Saw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar Nobel Prize winner who has been under house arrest for many years.  He managed to get to her house in a somewhat unorthodox manner, and was arrested when he left.  That wacky Junta sure knows how to trump up charges!

On the Global Warming Front...

Some guy named Chu has tacitly endorsed my notion of painting driveways to reflect solar energy back into space. 

Making roads and roofs a paler colour could have the equivalent effect of taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years, Chu said.  It was a geo-engineering scheme that was "completely benign" and would keep buildings cooler and reduce energy use from air conditioning, as well as reflecting sunlight back away from the Earth.

Chu sounds like a great advocate.  Maybe they should make him Energy Secretary.

"Sydney's Lunchbox"




Not the best pancakes ever.  By far not the best sausages ever.  But a good opportunity to support the volunteer fire department and express your sentiments to the people behind you.  This T-shirt was purchased at a VFD breakfast, of which several are held each year.

Volunteer Fire Department T-shirt:  Keep Back 500 Feet
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