FFL: After struggling back to .500, my team has been demolished the last two weeks. With two more weeks to go, I still have a slim chance to get into the upper division playoffs, but it's looking grim. I'm blaming too many injuries to too many key players. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
A wonderful tribute: A beautiful essay by Stevie about his dad.
Greenpeace China?: Here's a story about all of the junk electronics that get dumped into China these days to be recycled and the environmental problems that result from poor practices in reclaiming metals from all that junk. While it kind of amazes me that it's actually cost effective to ship that stuff all the way to China, it does not amaze me that the robber barons in charge of China can't seem to do much to stop it. Or don't want to. You need look no further than the environmental disasters that took place in the Eastern Bloc and the old Soviet Union to see how this is going to play out in the near term. It is kind of interesting that there's a Greenpeace China though, I didn't know that. In fact, I didn't think that an organization like that would be tolerated in China. Are they as aggressive in China as they historically have been in the West? It seems to me that their existence means something, but I'm not sure what or how significant it is. Something to look into I guess.
Blind Faith: Bruce McQuain at QandO has an interesting post about a new deep water oil platform that is being readied for use in the Gulf of Mexico. You can also follow a link he has to a story about a huge new BP platform. The planning and engineering behind projects like these fascinates me. And they are critically important to keeping the country moving for the foreseeable future, no matter what people may think about alternative fuels and energy sources. I know that it's great sport to demonize the big oil companies, but it's not very helpful in getting to real solutions for the economy or the environment. Also via that QandO post, a link to what I will call a grown-up perspective.
Chuckle: I'm not a bumper sticker kind of guy so I probably won't do it, but I find this idea for a bumper sticker hugely amusing: Cheney - Satan '08. Besides, a couple of people I work with would probably stroke out if they saw it. I may disagree with most of their politics, but I wouldn't want to hurt them.