Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Never Enough Holographic Televisions Department

Who woulda thunk it. Figures that the military would get the first applications, instead of, oh, porn. (Guess which is less offensive to me. Go on, guess.) But think of the applications...!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Never Enough Space Pioneering Department

The Planetary Society is launching a solar sailthis Tuesday, with deployment of the sail itself next Saturday.


I'll be watching updates on their blog--conveniently kept in the weblog.

Never Enough Great Blogs Department

I was worried I'd have to start a blog devoted to energy issues. I lucked out.

Never Enough Energy Sunday Linkathons Department

Terrorists demanding jobs with energy companies? Plastic bottles recycled into motor oil? Fundies looking for crude in Israel? Hydrogen powered motorcycles? No wonder many people run scared from energy news.... Me? I love it. What a freak I am.

Never Enough Rubber Wristbands Department

I know I recently mentioned the Never Surrender bracelet I already wear, but I'm thinking about getting more:

Never Enough... No, Wait, That IS Enough Department

Eight Is Enough was not meant to be an example--or a record to break.

How American--and how irresponsibly wasteful.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Never Enough Solar Investments Department

Suddenly, I feel a little better about using Google and Gmail so much. Of course, they're doing so in part because alternative energy sources are suddenly cool. As long as it goes from fad to institution, and is done right, I don't mind too much if the yuppies start wanting better energy choices. Now, if only they can be sold on intelligent choices in general....

A shame that, even after reading dozens of articles a week on the subject, I'm still notm 100% sure what I would consider to be an intelligent choice.

Never Enough Running Starts Department

Encouraging signs? The main advantage to knowing about GOP weaknesses in the House is that, this time, we know whom to target. Don't think for a second that the GOP doesn't know, too.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Never Enough Fundie Bating Department

...As if the previous post wasn't bad enough:

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

--Aleister Crowley, The Book Of Lies

Never Enough Stark Contrasts Department

Note: I've been reading Carl Sagan's Cosmos. If you ever read the book, or saw the mini-series, you will understand. If you have been paying attention to the news at all, you will understand.

Science requires imagination, analysis, observation, and above all, questioning.

Fundamentalism requires rigidity, ignorance, insularity, and above all, obedience.

Science encourages humility. Discovering how much can be known leads one to the discovery of how much one will never know. Every new revelation deepens the mystery, and in this we who cherish science remain in ecstatic awe.

Fundamentalism encourages audacity. They arrogantly presume that a single book can contain the entirety of The Truth. Any fact that contradicts their Truth is declared blasphemy, and thus they maintain a false sense of superiority.

Science, despite its reputation as a discipline for "brains," can be mastered by anyone willing to pay attention, make intelligent guesses, then test the guesses. It is so simple that children can learn it.

Fundamentalism, regardless of its philosophy of taking the Bible literally, is most often practised by those who never read the Bible aside from Church, and know little of the book's actual contents. It benefits from this lack of knowledge to maintain congregations.

Science accepts criticism--welcomes it. It thrives on scrutiny and responds with thanks.

Fundamentalism responds to doubt with scorn and treats open-mindedness as weakness.

Science reveals relationships and thus helps foster understanding of our place in the cosmos.

Fundamentalism demands division and so foments the very chaos they claim to defy.

Science is Heaven. Fundamentalism is Hell.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Never Enough Energy Sunday Delays Department

Sorry for the lack of an Energy Sunday last week--and I hope these links aren't too overwhelming:

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Never Enough Harsh Truths Department


The sad thing is, it's hard to disagree with Vennochi's contentions. I do believe things are turning around, and that to some degree Joan may be buying into GOP spin. But yeah, the problem is that, while both Dean and the GOP are willing to get dirty, many Democrats refuse to stand and fight back. At least Edwards is using the opportunity to blast away in his own style. They all should.

By the way, am I the only one who realizes that there are Republicans who really do think of themselves as belonging to the white Christian party? Or have I been reading the news too much? Good gravy, we're supposed to pretend that the Republicans are minority-friendly and that the Klan doesn't exist anymore. And then the Klan reminds us they're still around anyway. ($100? Please...!) To which the Republicans say, "Yeah, but 40 years ago they were Democrats!" To which we reply, "And now they're Republicans."

Dean could use a few lessons in framing and perhaps a few lessons in rhetoric would help too, but the worst you can really say about his comments, in the final analysis, is that they aren't that artful. A shame that politics is, more often than not, low art at best.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Never Enough Comics Catch-Up Department


That's all. Go read. Enjoy the clipart, the awful jokes, and the crudity; but most of all, enjoy the in-your-face political ballsiness.

Goats rocks, too. Really.

So's Red Meat.

is excellent as well. Sleeping Beauty, indeed. (I should be in bed.)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Never Enough Purple Armbands Department

Hoo, boy. What a day.

The good news is: Dino Rossi isn't going to be Governor of Washington any time soon.

The bad news is: Janice Brown gets to become a Federal judge. Katherine Harris, the woman responsible for stopping the recount in Florida in 2000, announced she is running for the Senate. A Los Alamos whistleblower was savagely beaten. (The photo is a little gruesome, but still not as bad as some Al Ghraib photos. Ahem.) Both the FBI and the CIA may soon be getting newer, spookier powers. Medical marijuana in this country is dead short of Congressional action. (Heh.) Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) signed anti-gay, anti-abortion laws--in a church school auditorium. Apple is switching to Intel chips.

Let me check my wrist. Yep, still says, "Never Surrender".