Monthly Archives: July 2006

Time to stop reading and start voting

That’s right — even though less then 25% of Georgians will vote (that is the topic of an essay on patriotism or the lack thereof — not to mention disrespect for the men and women fighting terrorism – but, wait, that is not a digression…) you need to exercise your privilege (and if all the legislation on redistricting, voter id, etc hasn’t convinced you of it — voting is a privilege that you can lose – very easliy).

Enuf said.

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Technology: Future involves sausage making

Computerworld has done analysis on future of jobs in IT.  Here is a telling comment:

In 2010, there will be a whole lot more information floating around. Customers and regulators will expect IT to know what is known, protect what is private and generate bordering-on-clairvoyant levels of service. The whole issue of IT and the law is going to be very big in the future.

If you want to protect your job — you better pay attention to the sausage, I mean politicians – national and state, otherwise you will have the likes of Sen. Ted (my internet needs drano) Stephens saying AT&T owns, invented and is the Internet.

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The Stem Cell, Commissions and neo-christians

Seems Harvard Stem Cells are more popular than US approved Cells…  meanwhile, Gov. Perdue’s appointees to the Georgia Cord Blood Commission have been announced.  Impressive list.  California research on stem cells continues to draw big money.

But, if Ralph Reed is elected, he promised in the debate to not allow any stem cell research in Georgia, unless it involves only cord blood cells.  So, Harvard and California can relax.

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Worthy of investigation

Time Magazine has a book review of , The Language of God by Francis Collins.  The reviewer notes how Collins maps his arguments for a middle ground between atheists and neo-christian conservatives on the issue of evolution.

I think Collins’ approach is a way to reasonably engage in debate on the science and tech issues which neo-christians are attacking – the very issues which can decide who dominates economics and politics in the 21st century.

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Just a thought

We (the royal universal population of netizens) use the web to share photos, videos, audio (music and speech), data, thoughts and many, many private data points.

Why can’t our government (and it is ours — in fact, we are the government – last I checked) do the same?

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About that bridge you want to sell

An editorial viewpoint in this week’s Business Chronicle urges Georgia to build a pipeline from the LNG facility off Savannah for the following reasons:

  • Bring more liquid natural gas to Georgia. We need to take advantage of the Elba Island terminal off the coast of Savannah, one of only four in the nation. More natural gas may bring downward pressure on prices and provide a second source of natural gas should future hurricanes knock out supply from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Simplify regulation at the state level to encourage energy and utility companies to expand and develop new energy sources. Officials have to recognize that companies are unlikely to invest capital in new energy sources or infrastructure unless there is some assurance of cost recovery.
  • Encourage the U.S. Senate to adopt legislation that Congress approved in June to open up the outer continental shelf for exploration and drilling of natural gas. The Interior Department estimates there could be as much as 333 trillion cubic feet of gas available off American shores. If we don’t get the natural gas readily available off our own coast, other countries such as China and Cuba are poised to start drilling for it.
  • The author, John W. Somerhalder, CEO of AGL — they are the other gas company on your bill that makes money on, yes, the price of gas…

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    Laws of Supply, Demand — need new adding machine

    From Friday’s San Francisco Herald:

    In other Nymex trading, August natural gas futures fell 14.1 cents to settle at $5.523 per 1,000 cubic feet — the lowest close since Sept. 27, 2004, when prices finished at $5.262.

    The United States is awash in natural gas and some analysts believe there may not be enough underground storage capacity, potentially forcing some producers to shut wells. Others predict the falling price will spark demand and cause the supply overhang to be whittled away by fall.

    The Energy Department said Friday that U.S. inventories of natural gas grew by 73 billion cubic feet last week to more than 2.6 trillion cubic feet. The five-year average for this time of year is just above 2 trillion cubic feet.

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    It doesn’t add up

    Last Labor day, I did something I thougth I would never do — buy natural gas on a fixed rate.  After reading an article in the Wall Street Journal noting the futures prices of natural gas at better than $1.80 per therm for the winter — I bought at $1.09.

    In retrospect, the decision was a good one.  Now, my contract does not expire til September — however, I received an offer from my gas distributor to give me a rate of $1.11 if I buy now (and they only gave me a few days).  Course, seeing this a pure pressure tactic – I refused the author.  But, the final straw came when I realized I would be giving up my contracted price of $1.09 immediately – losing two months’ price advantage.

    Today, in USA, futures prices for natural gas are noted as hitting the lowest they have been since September 2004 –seems supply is up, demand down.  Ok, where is the market force bringing consumer price back to 2004 prices? 

    Matter of fact — why are my proposed rates going up if the supply cost is going down?  I smell something and it ain’t gas!

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    More information please

    Jason DeParle of the NYT writes about a movement promoting greater access to US spending data. 

    “Sunshine’s the best thing we’ve got to control waste, fraud and abuse,” he said. “It’s also the best thing we’ve got to control stupidity. It’ll be a force for the government we need.”  Senator Tom Coburn, OK

    Coburn is right.  Of course, people will need to pay attention.  And, not only must the data be accessible, it must be comprehensible.  But, the cyber community can do the translating — if the data is allowed to breathe.

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    A vaccine shortage — how convenient!

    AJC article today tells us that there is a shortage of meningitis vaccine.  This “shortage” is pushing the price to $186 per shot.

    Three years ago, a big push was made to mandate vaccinations for all freshman to protect against meningitis — this push failed, largely because legislators wondered about requiring freshman to pay $82 for a shot that was only 50% effective for a disease that afflicted less then 1 in 100,000 in very strict circumstances.

    However, the PR surrounding the legislative efforts in Georgia and more then 2 dozen states evidently has hit pay dirt for the vaccine manufacturer (yes there is only one – funny how that works) as demand outstrips supply.

    Don’t worry, in a couple of years a new plant will be online, and I imagine, a new effort to mandate vaccination.

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