vik_thor: (pentacle)
This is probably going to be a bit long and ranty.

First off, I urge enveryone to contact your US Senators, and let them know how you feel about the 
American Clean Energy and Security Act (Cap-and-Trade Climate bill) (H.R. 2454.) Personally, I hope everyone tells their Senators to totally REJECT this bill. But let them know either way!

Here are what a couple of people I respect have had to say about it.
[profile] level_head , here on LJ, and Jerry Pournelle, on his own daybook (blog).

Level Head talks mostly about the absurd amount of MicroManagement in everyday life this bill would create.

Jerry talks about more general stuff, like the fact that the Global Warming, (excuse me, they are saying Climate Change now, aren't they... )even though they still talk about temperatures getting higher.)) The Anthropogenic Global Warming theory is nowhere near consensus science yet. It is more an Anthropogenic Global Warming HYPOTHESIS, that the supporters have not been able to provide one testable, falsifiable experiment or data set. Their models do not work. If you plug in the conditions from 1960, or even from 1970, their models do not give the current conditions.

Then there is the fact that until recently (last few years or so) some of the data that is being used is "
noisier" than they like to admit.
And how does one figure out a 1/2ºF rise in average temperature worldwide, over 120 years when in many places the average seasonal variation can be >100ºF.
Plus the fact that Earth's climate has changed before, radically, well before humans came on the scene, and even after, but before all the CO2 production that HR2454 purports to reduce to "Reduce Global Warming Pollution". (Google (or Bing! if you prefer) Little Ice Age and Maunder Minimum)

On to other stuff.
I assume y'all have heard about how Ms. Palin has resigned as governor of Alaska, effective later this month. I'm thinking this is signalling a true split in the Republican Party, between the Evangelical Christian conservative wing, and the more moderate wing of the the party.
I have said it before, and I'm sure I will say it again, but I am a mderate centrist, and I think both the Democrats and Republicans are getting too extreme, out towards the ends of the Conservative/Liberal spectrum. If the Republican party does split, hopefully we could get some true electoral reform in this country. two things I would like to see are
Preferential Voting
for all elections, and changing the Electoral College to be proportional at state level, rather than winner take all. I think both of these changes would move politics back toward the center.

Guess that's all for now.


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Sunday, 14 June 2009 23:03
vik_thor: (Mousavi Support)
A lot of people will be wearing green on Monday, June 15th, to show support for the Iranian protestors.

Including Jos and I.
(one of us won't be wearing a bright green shirt. I've only got one. If it fits him, Jos will wear it, since he is much more visible in his job than I am.)


(and yes, I am seeing some irony in this)

sweet dreams all.

Be safe!

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Tuesday, 4 November 2008 21:50
vik_thor: (pentacle)
As y'all have heard, Obama has been elected president.
Or at least, he has gotten the number of electoral votes needed. (I think technically, the electors don't have to vote for who they're pledged to...)

I did vote for him, because I prefer him over McCain (and especially Ms. Palin!)
However, I don't want the country going extremely Democratic. I want MODERATES! Centrists!

this country is getting so polarized.


I would like to see how it would turn out if the Electoral Votes were apportioned according to the percentage of the vote in a state, rather than majority, you get them all.


Ranked voting is something that the country needs.


In other news, Sheriff Joe seems to have won a 5th term as Maricopa Sheriff. :(
vik_thor: (Asgard)
I agree with [livejournal.com profile] javarod, the test needs a neutral/no opinion option.

You are a

Social Liberal
(65% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(31% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Democrat




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

It's a Sunday

Sunday, 15 June 2008 08:03
vik_thor: (Asgard)
I’m know I’ve taken a similar quiz before. However, previous time was on the Libertarian site, while this seems to be a separate site.

Left-Leaning Freedom Lover on political map


(found where I saved previous quiz answer locally. formatting is a bit different, but general location is the same.)
Political graph
Looks like that’s from a couple years ago.

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Tuesday, 15 January 2008 20:55
vik_thor: (Asgard)
Yeah! Now the Republicans have had 3 separate states give 3 separate candidates a win!
And Ron Paul is still showing @ 6%.

I think it would be interesting if all 3 of them went into the Republican Convention in September with roughly equal numbers of delegates. If Huckabee gets elected president, I will seriously be thinking of emigrating.

Now that Richardson has left the campaign, I'm not sure who I'm really for out of the 3 left on the Democrat side... Obama and Edwards are about equal for me, with Hillary well behind. though I would still vote for Hillary before any of the Republicans.

Who out there thinks that Shrub will somehow stay in power next year?

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