Catastrophic Frequencies | Files: Public, Reports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A longitudinal study of keyword frequencies in 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.

Where’s the Fresh Content? | Files: The Long Wander | Tags: , , , , ,

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 | Files: PoliTicks | Tags: , , ,

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 | Files: The Long Wander | Tags: ,

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 | Files: PoliTicks | Tags: , ,

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 | Files: PoliTicks | Tags: , , ,

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 | Files: PoliTicks | Tags: , , , , ,

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 | Files: PoliTicks | Tags: ,

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? | Files: On The Line | Tags: , , ,

“Classify my dissertation? Crap. Does this mean I have to redo my PhD?” The Daily KOS does a fine write-up of HREF=” 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 | Files: PoliTicks | Tags: , , ,

Dear Friends & Kin, I recently cut the first couple election contributions out of my checkbook… To the “DNC” and “”. 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) […]