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Goodbye Gallagher’s

by james on October 26, 2012

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If I remember rightly I almost bit the bullet and ate some great steak here.  It looked great, smelled great, but was a bit pricey for me. Sadly, the opportunity is gone since  this iconic NY steakhouse which survived the Great Depression is crushed by the Great Recovery. Welcome to the “recovery” in which there […]

Utopian Impulses

by james on December 17, 2011

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On Thursday I watched part of the Republican Presidential ‘debate’ in Iowa (if one dare call 30 second sound bites a debate). At one point, serial monogamist Newt Gingrich was criticized for being as opposed to “right wing social activism” as he is to left wing activities of the same. Whether or not the accusations […]

Tokyo Electric upgrades the extent of the nuclear power plant woes, following the 9.1 earthquake and tsunami.

Is this the Gore effect in practice? You know, is it snowing in New York because of global warming?

Pray for Japan

by james on March 19, 2011

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Thank the Lord the death toll is incredibly low. One could easily imagine millions perished in this disaster, but as of today 6,539 were killed in the disasters, mainly in the tsunami.

The politics of pure science

by james on March 18, 2011

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An interesting book, discussed here. Informing me that he had been commissioned as a reviewer by Scientific American, Victor Weisskopf, a revered figure of the physics establishment, asked me to meet him in Cambridge…When I arrived, he waved a sheaf of proofs and, with the assertivness of a prof turning back a deficient term paper, […]

Nuclear war and global cooling

by james on March 18, 2011

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This proposal is to study global warming and climate effects due to you fill in the blank nuclear war.

Sandia National Laboratories researchers are moving into the demonstration phase of a novel gas turbine system for power generation, with the promise that thermal-to-electric conversion efficiency will be increased to as much as 50 percent — an improvement of 50 percent for nuclear power stations equipped with steam turbines, or a 40 percent improvement for […]

This volcano, and some others that I hope to blog on, erupted shortly after the 9.0 quake shattered Japan. The 1,421-metre (4,689-feet) Shinmoedake volcano in the Kirishima range saw its first major eruption for 52 years in January. There had not been any major activity at the site since March 1.

An interesting article on the abuse and misuse of language. Throughout history, ideas have been used for good or for evil. They have also led to the greatest evil – war. This is reflective in a nation’s language. By the end of 1932, Germany was in upheaval. The unemployment rate soared to 43%. As the […]