May 9th, 2007

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

The Rule of Law....not when it comes to The Fence

http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-SPECIES/2007/January/Day-19/e738.htm

Chertoff's own words, in the above referenced site:

"I hereby
waive, in their entirety, all Federal, State, or other laws,
regulations and legal requirements of, deriving from, or related to the
subject of, the following laws, as amended: the National Environmental
Policy Act (Pub. L. 91-190, 83 Stat. 852, (Jan. 1, 1970) (42 U.S.C.
4321 et seq.)); the Endangered Species Act (Pub. L. 93-205, 87 Stat.
884 (Dec. 28, 1973) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)); the Federal Water
Pollution Control Act (commonly referred to as the Clean Water Act)
(Act of June 30, 1948, c. 758, 62 Stat. 1155 (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.));
the Wilderness Act (Pub. L. 88-577, 16 U.S.C. 1131 et..."


So much for a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  


Chertoff, in his position as head of Homeland Security, makes it clear he will destroy water supplies, pollute the water and air, kill off endangered species, destroy federal and state wildlife refuges (which is what's going to happen--is starting to happen--in South Texas.)   Even though local officials in South Texas were told plans weren't finalized, they'd be consulted, their input would be considered before final plans were made...that was another lie.  The last rare riverine habitat will be destroyed, along with its wildlife--and the income generated from tourism which comes to see the wildlife that will be destroyed. 


I grew up in that area.  I know that land.  I love that land and its habitats and wildlife and people...and I'm also rather fond of the Constitution of the United States, which is being crumbled to dust by these people.


The fence is a rotten idea, from every angle you can think of.   I'm not wholly surprised that people unfamiliar with the area think it's practical, but in an engineering sense it's not practical...in an international relations sense it's not practical or right....it's bad for everybody involved, including the US, and it's a bad, bad precedent to let the head of one agency overturn a bunch of laws Congress passed.


woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

When computers glitch....and fluorescent lights

This morning began with a computer glitch...the desktop declined to open Windows on the grounds that a file was missing or corrupted. 

Re-booting seemed to fix that, but you never know, with computers (and no, don't tell me about the wonders of Macs.  I've tried Macs.  They don't think like I think.  Neither does Windows, really, but it's based, at its root back there somewhere, on DOS, which *is* how I think, sort of.  Partly, anyway.)

So of course I started backing things up.  A lot of things.  Some things were pretty current; others weren't, because I take a lot of pictures (you've noticed?) and putting those on CDs is time-consuming and eats up CDs, esp. when the CD-burner software keeps taking dislikes to some CDs.  I worked and worked, and sent Himself off to get more CDs and, if possible, an external hard drive.  Which is now sitting on my desk, sounding like a tiny distant cricket as it tries to absorb everything I had on the data drive of the desktop.   No, it's not done, because I wanted to finish one particular chunk onto CDs before trying the new drive (what if it didn't work right?  What if it did this, or that, or...???  And then I had to reformat it in another format, because the directions said to, and so on.

Meanwhile, how much work have I done on the book today?   Can you guess?  That's right.

And tonight is choir practice, for which I need to leave in no more than 40 minutes if I'm to get a parking place up close to the church.

But meanwhile, since the light in my study was burnt out, I decided to try the different color of light bulbs Himself got last time--too blue-white he said. Better than sickly orange...I put one in the ceiling light.  VERY blue-white, but definitely better than the ones with the greeny-orange tinge.  A bit too blue-white.  Hmmm....so I went and got one of the little greeny-orange ones (the fixture has three sockets) and put it in.  The blend is quite nice, and the total wattage is 20w for a light that is nice and bright and not as ugly as either alone.  It's a dark, gray day outside, damp but not raining, storms probably coming but not yet here.  I needed the light inside.  Now to find a shade that will fit over these things and sort of blend the colors (the old ceiling fixture shade broke years ago...since I'm always facing a computer screen in here, the harshness of the naked bulb overhead never bothered me too much.  But with the fluorescents, I think a fixture shade would be a good idea.

Of course now the stuff that was on the floor in the way of the step-stool is on the bed...begging to be sorted/trashed/put away properly.  If I had started that project this morning...but it's after 3 and I need to leave all too soon.   I'm not seeing "mixed" as a mood...<G>