Catastrophic Frequencies

A longitudinal study of keyword frequencies in Section A of the New York Times between 2001 and 2008 supported the hypothesized typologies of catastrophic myths. Patterns of occurrence are consistent between natural and man-made disasters, and suggest a relationship between U.S. political elections and modern myth-creation that is worthy of further investigation.

Where’s the Fresh Content?

You may (or may not) have wondered why the front page hasn’t changed substantially since the election. The easy answer is “nothing important has happened.” The harder answer is “I ain’t feelin’ it.” It’s a lame do-nothing-Congress, a bat-scat crazy President, the Supreme Court’s been silent, the economy’s still slipping, […]

California Defects from US on CO2, Joins EU

One thing I didn’t expect when UK Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Long Beach, was for the Governor of California to launch an assault on the powers of the U.S. Congress. I guess after decades of federal encroachment on State’s Rights, I never anticipated a real rebellion from a Republican […]

Dead Tired in York

Something happened this morning, and I’m tired. I’m going to sit down in York for the weekend. It’s a lovely city by the way: Small, walkable, energentic, creative, attractive. Everything I’d look for, though it may be a bit too affluent/yuppie for my specific taste (but I could be pursuaded). […]

LBC COUNCIL KEEPS LNG PORT ALIVE

Following a capacity meeting at city hall, in an early morning decision, the Long Beach city council decided in a 5-4 vote to not withdraw a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) entered into with Sound Energy Solutions (noisy website = no link), a subsidary of Mitsubishi Corporation. Instead, a substitute motion […]

Drip, Drip Drip: Worker Pay Drops

The story’s number three on Blogdex: “Wages Lagging Behind Prices“. Worker pay raises trail inflation but the numbers obscure the severity, suggesting the problem is worse than it appears. The base of the LA Times the story is this: “For the first time in 14 years… growth in wages in […]

GeoKos Proposal

While playing with web mapping applications and reading about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) developments online I came across the concept of geoblogging and started thinking about how it could be put to serious use for good causes. Naturally, it came around to DailyKos. In retrospect, I first encountered geoblogging at […]

Pete Wilson II: Son of Enron

Pete Wilson was the governor before Gray Davis. He’s the man who signed all the energy deregulation laws that allowed the market meltdown in 2001. The blackouts, the energy crisis, the price gouging, the bankruptcies, the giggling Enron executives in Texas… all of that we owe to deregulation laws passed […]

What’s up with DHS?

“Classify my dissertation? Crap. Does this mean I have to redo my PhD?” The Daily KOS does a fine write-up of HREF=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23689-2003Jul7.html?nav=hp top_tb”>this story about a geography PhD student who asked the question “If I were Osama bin Laden, where would I want to attack?” There’s a lesson about the […]

I’m a Designated Special Interest

Dear Friends & Kin, I recently cut the first couple election contributions out of my checkbook… To the “DNC” and “JohnKerry.com”. Why Kerry? Because every time I hear about him he’s got an aggressive angle clearly targeted to challenge and take down the president. (As compared to say… Dick Gephardt) […]

Life on The Line

I’m living a stone’s throw from the San Francisco International Airport where I works as a cog in the National Security-Industrial Complex. April to August was a battery of federal law, gun smoke, beatings, planes, rubber stamps and Bad Guy-inspired seriousness interrupted with a surf session in Florida, a many […]

Enter the Jackrabbit, Prologue

Enter the Jackrabbit is a subset of the Viper Pit series. It was written during the 1998 congressional campaigns over the course of a few days and has been split up to accomodate the web.   Jack Rabbit’s Taile, Prologue     Four Puerto Ricans, one Bahaman, one naturalized Vietnamese, one […]