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The planet earth does not have environmental problems . . Humans have a population problem - Save humans, Neuter

Roll If there are 400 sheets of tissue paper in the roll, then the very first life in the oceans is seen at sheet 240. The age of the dinosaurs begins at sheet 19. Dinosaurs in their many forms and great diversity are around for 14 and a half sheets. Dinosaurs are extinct by the end of the Cretaceous, 5 squares from the end, making way for the mammals. Our story and place on the time-line as upright walking apes begins only in the last half of the very last sheet. The human story as Homo sapiens is represented by less than 2 millimeters of this, some 200,000 years. - Louise Leakey.

Use It and Lose It: The Outsize Effect of U.S. Consumption on the Environment

September 14, 2012 Credit: Comstock/Thinkstock Dear EarthTalk:

I read that a single child born in the U.S. has a greater effect on the environment than a dozen children born in a developing country? Can you explain why? Josh C., via e-mail

It is well known that Americans consume far more natural resources and live much less sustainably than people from any other large country of the world. “A child born in the United States will create thirteen times as much ecological damage over the course of his or her lifetime than a child born in Brazil,“ reports the Sierra Club’s Dave Tilford, adding that the average American will drain as many resources as 35 natives of India and consume 53 times more goods and services than someone from China.

Tilford cites a litany of sobering statistics showing just how profligate Americans have been in using and abusing natural resources. For example, between 1900 and 1989 U.S. population tripled while its use of raw materials grew by a factor of 17. “With less than 5 percent of world population, the U.S. uses one-third of the world’s paper, a quarter of the world’s oil, 23 percent of the coal, 27 percent of the aluminum, and 19 percent of the copper,“ he reports. “Our per capita use of energy, metals, minerals, forest products, fish, grains, meat, and even fresh water dwarfs that of people living in the developing world.“

He adds that the U.S. ranks highest in most consumer categories by a considerable margin, even among industrial nations. To wit, American fossil fuel consumption is double that of the average resident of Great Britain and two and a half times that of the average Japanese. Meanwhile, Americans account for only five percent of the world’s population but create half of the globe’s solid waste.

Americans’ love of the private automobile constitutes a large part of their poor ranking. The National Geographic Society’s annual Greendex analysis of global consumption habits finds that Americans are least likely of all people to use public transportation—only seven percent make use of transit options for daily commuting. Likewise, only one in three Americans walks or bikes to their destinations, as opposed to three-quarters of Chinese. While China is becoming the world’s leader in total consumption of some commodities (coal, copper, etc.), the U.S. remains the per capita consumption leader for most resources.

Overall, National Geographic’s Greendex found that American consumers rank last of 17 countries surveyed in regard to sustainable behavior. Furthermore, the study found that U.S. consumers are among the least likely to feel guilty about the impact they have on the environment, yet they are near to top of the list in believing that individual choices could make a difference.

Paradoxically, those with the lightest environmental footprint are also the most likely to feel both guilty and disempowered. “In what may be a major disconnect between perception and behavior, the study also shows that consumers who feel the guiltiest about their impact–those in China, India and Brazil–actually lead the pack in sustainable consumer choices,“ says National Geographic’s Terry Garcia, who coordinates the annual Greendex study. “That’s despite Chinese and Indian consumers also being among the least confident that individual action can help the environment.“

The 1859 Sun Carrington Event
On the morning of September 1, 1859, amateur astronomer Richard Carrington ascended into the private observatory .... Suddenly, Carrington spotted what he described as "two patches of intensely bright and white light" erupting from the sunspots.....That night, telegraph communications around the world began to fail; there were reports of sparks showering from telegraph machines...

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My first computer

My second computer



The first model of the Series 80 was the HP-85, introduced in January 1980. wrote "we were impressed with the performance ... the graphics alone make this an attractive, albeit not inexpensive, alternate to existing small systems on the market ... it is our guess that many personal computer experimenters and hackers will want this machine". In a typewriter-style desktop case, the $3250 HP-85 contained the CPU and keyboard, powered up with a ROM-based operating system (like the 9800 series), 16kB dynamic RAM, a 5-inch CRT screen (16 lines of 32 characters, or 256x192, a tape drive for DC-100 cartridges (210kB capacity, 650B/s transfer) and a thermal printer. Both the screen and printer display graphics in addition to text, and the printer could copy anything shown on the screen.

This computer was used on the 16" guns of the New Jersey battleship [CLICK] see page 30.



Adam Osborne completed the first portable computer, the Osborne I, which weighed 24 pounds and cost $1,795. The price made the machine especially attractive, as it included software worth about $1,500. The machine featured a 5-inch display, 64 kilobytes of memory, a modem, and two 5 1/4-inch floppy disk drives.

In April 1981, Byte Magazine Editor in Chief Chris Morgan mentioned the Osborne I in an article on "Future Trends in Personal Computing." He wrote: "I recently had an opportunity to see the Osborne I in action. I was impressed with it’s compactness: it will fit under an airplane seat. (Adam Osborne is currently seeking approval from the FAA to operate the unit on board a plane.) One quibble: the screen may be too small for some people’s taste."

A degenerate society is characterized by expansionism and imperialism, starting unjust military operations against innocent countries, killing innocent people, cutting off the heritage of ancient sages. Large countries go on the offensive; small countries become defensive. People’s livestock are driven off; people’s children are taken captive; people’s shrines are destroyed; people’s prized possessions are taken away. Blood flows for a thousand miles, and skeletons litter the fields all to satisfy the desires of greedy rulers and governments. This is not what armies are really for. A militia is supposed to put down violence, not cause violence.
From the Hanna (Taoist text 207 b.c.e.-220 S.E.) Translation by Thomas Clearly, The Tao of Politics - out of print