June 29, 2005

Edges n Margins

edges n margins
places where effects change
time 2 change a defect
people no right'n wrong
when confronted by decision
feel compelled 2 wink'n nod
due 2 hassle of a burden
penalty 4 non-conformation
ponder wiping past slates clean
pressing 4th with little tolerance
no winks, no passes, no egos
no acceptance of mal intent
insist on transparency
protection of the common
penalize greed, sloth, 5 et al
shun, dun, n'excommunicate
refusal of human consideration
boomerangs consensual terms
acknowledge justice conceptually
internally revealing mirrors
travel the world on a cusp
where margins require action
2 reveal pathways of light
edge toward effective change

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

June 28, 2005

EH9 - Morality

"Morality, like true democracy, must exist at the grass-roots level."

Charley Reese today on LRC reenforces dr. lenny's recent decisions. Politics is mob rule - people need to be independent and solve problems now. Sharing ability is important to competition.

dr. lenny is an urban edukated drop-out who came to rural amerika to dissappear. Now the encroachment dawns and people want to get rid of the political shackles. To support them doing that - that is what howdt is about - creating independence by creating independents. Dependence is an addiction. Let people decide and they will do - let the grubbermint decide and take a look around folks.

mob rule
i stand up
moral me
i stand up
do what
it takes
to be me

June 27, 2005

The B.C. approach to physics

I doubt the authenticity of this story - which has circulated netspace for quite a while. But i do like the point.

The following concerns a question in a physics degree exam at the University of Copenhagen: "Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer." One student replied: "You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower the barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to the ground. The length of the string plus the length of the barometer will equal the height of the building."
This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that the student was failed immediately. The student appealed on the grounds that his answer was indisputably correct, and the university appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case. The arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did not display any noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve the problem it was decided to call the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer which showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles of physics.
For five minutes the student sat in silence, forehead creased in thought. The arbiter reminded him that time was running out, to which the student replied that he had several extremely relevant answers, but couldn't make up his mind which to use. On being advised to hurry up the student replied as follows: "Firstly, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the skyscraper, drop it over the edge, and measure the time it takes to reach the ground. The height of the building can then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5g x t squared. But bad luck on the barometer."
"Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the barometer, then set it on end and measure the length of its shadow. Then you measure the length of the skyscraper's shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of proportional arithmetic to work out the height of the skyscraper."
"But if you wanted to be highly scientific about it, you could tie a short piece of string to the barometer and swing it like a pendulum, first at ground level and then on the roof of the skyscraper. The height is worked out by the difference in the gravitational restoring force T =2 pi sqrroot (l / g)."
"Or if the skyscraper has an outside emergency staircase, it would be easier to walk up it and mark off the height of the skyscraper in barometer lengths, then add them up."
"If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of course, you could use the barometer to measure the air pressure on the roof of the skyscraper and on the ground, and convert the difference in millibars into feet to give the height of the building."
"But since we are constantly being exhorted to exercise independence of mind and apply scientific methods, undoubtedly the best way would be to knock on the janitor's door and say to him 'If you would like a nice new barometer, I will give you this one if you tell me the height of this skyscraper'."
The student was Niels Bohr, the only Dane to win the Nobel prize for Physics.

Hate to agree with NYT, but ...

" And it's no wonder the muddled outnumber the clearheaded, and the ambivalent inherit or at least manage the earth. In the last part of the 20th century, the West became the fastest growing region in the nation, and in that same era, Congress wrote a whole new draft of the assumptions and processes that govern public-lands management, environmental decision making and natural resource development. We feel awash in people, legislation and confusion. "

Dr. lenny enjoys pointing out symptoms that demonstrate exactly what he has been saying. Direction should come from within, internalize the solutions - and feel empowered to do something about it. Think Locally, Act Globally - take care of your own, and the rest will take care of itself. Your only big brother just passed away - mourn quickly and get on with the fix.

June 26, 2005

Ahem, Ahem - Jeff, Susan?

YoIf the folks in the legislature think we haven't noticed HB2614, then they are mistaken. This bill takes away the right to participate in the political process from every democrat and republican that votes in a primary. Say what! Yeah - well, the courts told the politicos that they can't restrict the independent candidate's first amendment right to free speech. So instead, they'll clamp down on all their own people - if you choose to be one of us, you can only vote for one of us. HB2614 resticts people that vote in primaries from signing petitions for independent candidates. Don't take my word for it - Go Read the Bill!

Conference Call Coupe

Liftoff 2008 presidential election
Big moment for small movements
Independent unity
While talking heads yap
Bono again – world bank poverty
Develop means to achieve mean
Celebrity U2 – focus G8
What’s the world gonna do?
Access 2 bushes – other half exists!
Non traditional political category
each of us, Each Of Us, EACH OF US
London bridges falling down
Off Humpty Dumpty’s wall
Court yo-yo – individual rights right
Now money speak, only money speaks
People defy labels – assumption invalid
Political fluidity – iraq irritant
Tradition parallels circumstance – NOT!
Trend – grab for money
Major process, major scale …
Now to state – Kentucky (derby)
Voter power – demo, rep, other
All udders skipped – no access
Ballot Access (News – not new)
Er, pardon me – free service
Comes around, goes around
Not just for the party of one
Narrow the mainstream
Cleave the voices
Independent voters unite
Communications breakout
With political fluidity – labels lost
Come back – participate
Outside the Box is
Howdtside da baax
Unique new mechanix
Votes are votes – transparency
Howdtside comin in
March to your beat
Our orchestra is broadening…
Politix in flux
No easy answers
Bring our voices out
In multiple media
Grass roots come in
As single members
Non-biased voice
In partisan world
We have trust
By dislocation
People make the difference
Establishment turns
To use us to judge
– just vote no on them
– network
– participate
– your interest
Back to the mean
The means to the means
New process – fair
No more hoop barriers
Just do it – visibly, transparent
People know right, left tired
Ban the labels
People are people
One party system
Under quicksand
Watchem meltdown
Quagmire is not just goo
Quagmire is an opportunity
Ride the surf of change
Small moves make the difference
Power to the people.

© 2005 lemme howdt

The poet's Carbon

Carbon - what is 'carbon' ?
a bug? a forest? toothpaste?
is carbon animal or vegetable?
yes carbon is all material things
but what does carbon do?
does carbon do anything?
or is it just that it is?
philosopher gump may rant
carbon is as carbon does
tinkertoy of life
stack your carbons
in various forms
coals and diamonds
(suddenly the former
looks better than the latter)
carbon lattice development
for energy storage
wave of the future
not as today's markets set
hydrogen harvesters
yet how to get proper
spacial arrangement
the key to visual chemistry
necessary to derive
physical basis of beinging
energy of thought
now there, there is power
in unlimited supply when
the harness is applied
with proper texture
Carbon - what is 'carbon' ?
simply the infrastructure unit
of all things that be

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

June 25, 2005

Declaration of Independents

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another ... that we, the people of the united states, are absolved of all allegiance to the democratic and republican political parties and should no longer allow them to hold the political system hostage to their unconstitutional quasi-legal political coupe, in disregard to the rights and responsibilities enabled to government by the Constitution of the United State of America.

Please feel free to list grievances - and get the word howdt - CUIP.

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we like to think
we know so much
that we pretend
to know what
we don't know
while forgetting
that we pretend

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

EH8 - Waste

YoThis article by Gary North has me thinking. North is an economist realist, he often strikes me with ideas that have parallels in science. As a chemist, i value decay process - one person's waste is another person's fertilizer - could there be value in mining exotic archaic wastes of prior time? North uses a Pauling tale - 'Decades ago, Linus Pauling told his assistant Art Robinson that there is value in reading widely and trying to remember seemingly unrelated facts. Pauling said that the mind will sometimes come up with links to memories that will prove useful.' The rest of the comment has little to do with the article, but i feel my horizon broadened.
YoThe problem as i see it seems to be the dichotomy of specialized knowledge vs. general knowledge. In a studied field, the person is expert (ex - former, spurt - well you know what a spurt is) in a narrow area where the information passed along appears logical to the uninitiated. The understanding of complexity that went into that field is never questioned, because most people have no willingness to develop their own capacity to the point where they comprehend - they take the expert at his word, if he has the credentials to be an expert (tho too many people fail to validate the credentials of their expert).
YoOn the other hand - everybody is a generalist and knows a little bit about a lot of things. Most people think they know just as much as anybody else. So nobody is given credit for being an expert in the area where they live and work, because everybody around assumes equivalent expertise. The funny thing (not good) is that they are correct - everybody pretty much knows the same stuff - because group think via a controlled media has narrowed the error bars (tolerance) while visually widening the spectrum (mainstream) and reducing the vetting. An example is when the media includes a few exotic types of thinking (usually expressed with large amounts of money), then claims diversity and attacks all non-mainstream thought. After several cycles where the loudest screamers have been brought into the fold and given 'say', the problem is falsely solved and the intolerance continues.
YoRepeating the same mantra and expecting something to be different is as futile as climbing a down escalator. Break a pattern today. I will - every moment of time is productive in its own sense - i will no longer care when other people think i waste my time.

June 24, 2005

EH7 - Economy

"there is no real ownership so of course there is a squandering of resources and ever higher costs."
This is rather long, but Lew Rockwell is a social critic with a positive spin - just say no to the elephant. And try LRC. http://www.lewrockwell.com/

June 23, 2005

Consent of the Governed?

BadThe Supreme Court just upheld 5-4 theft as a government privilege (aka eminant domain). Also - the DEA decided to raid california to put them dope smoking hippie cripples in their place. Is this the amerika that we want. The grubbermint no longer has my consent. But they do seem to have a steamroller ready and weighting.

Radar Alert - Status Change

GoThe three stages of truth are first, it is ignored, then it is violent opposed and then it is affirmed as self-evident. All major paradigm changes involve this process.
ToRoadblocks are often set in the way and left unattended, while trappers will often leave their traps out and check them on a periodic schedule. Sometimes, things blend smoothly and nobody really notices what is going on. In watching the actions of the world recently, i believe that we are at stage two in the realization of the fall of empire. Hang onto your hats as the roller coaster ride is about to begin in earnest. Adams fans - know where your towel is?
MeUse time wisely, check your premises and don't knee-jerk resist change - some of the existing condition is worse that other - lots will necessarily change, though not as everyone would expect. The nature of chaos and order is such that the more controlled order, the more entropic the chaos results. Chaos and order have no bearing on good and evil - separate distinct phenomena. If you are interested in being guided, let me know - Jeff is looking for warriors.

June 21, 2005

Water Crisis

GoAs outgoing fearless leader of our local watershed council, i took the time to remind people that they don't have to sing the refrain in order to be a member of the chorus. Consensus is strngthened by exhilarating debate - especially when that leads to addressing the issues. As a 47 year young dude - i am not ready to be classified as a senior citizen and only kidding myself if i believe i'm youthful. Life is trauma - but what else is new.
SloWater is the key resources and the better we address the issue of catchment, the better off we will be. Anybody interested in participating in a water zone begininning this summer - just add a footnote onto the page. This is an information collation project and will require the ability to demonstrate interest. This piece lays out a midwest problem that may be more common that we think.

EH6 - Brute Force

"You don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows." Bob Dylan
"You don't need a rectal thermometer to tell who's an asshole." Mary Frohman

Ali Hassan Massoud is from the midwest, Michigan. He catches flack for his nickname,Chemical Ali, but he packs one whale of a post. Today he strikes the root at people who wield the law.

June 20, 2005

Green Alp Theory

As we look at the realm of improbability, let us recall that it becomes more and more probable as the more likely is ruled out. Science does not answer questions - it eliminates potential answers. Now that the means to measure are greater - it is time to look again to see what we can see. Climate change happens - but is it a problem? I have a hypothesis.....

June 19, 2005

Forest People

This poem, Forest People, was created by our resident freelance scientist at a forest service orientation presentation. Public land managers now have to compete for maintenance funds - community partnerships should result, once people develop a language with which to communicate, rather than talking past each other. Thanks to Rick for talking forests and John for allowing our high school kids up there, learning whether this is where they would like to make their difference. doctor lenny

forest people
trees R only one facet
recreation, fishing, hunting
running around - enjoy
fungus among us
lichen mines the air
soil focus - in fire
plantations gone
subsoil restoration
compaction gone
trees benefit, grow carbon
find new stuff daily
plan work, work plan
oak flats unique
fir choke, fire loss
public plan 2 harvest burn
kayvee return 4 maintenance
better life, better forest
be out in the woods
as much as possible
on the ground
on the ground
things shall move again
for forest people

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

Blog - A sport

ReadAs I was finishing my sunday morning surfing on the net - i decided to make extended comment on a few other blogs. The idea of having your own free access to the media world is tempered very quickly by the realization that nobody really cares what you think! Leaving a blog note at somebody else's site is a means of circulating thanks for being interesting enough to catch my attention.
ThisAs I spew forth more inane trivialities about what i think, i hope to influence other people to think. As lemme howdt writes poetry that promotes social chaos as a means of establishing social order, dr. lenny attempts to counter the literary view with some down home, skeptical science based query - i ask questions that everyone else seems to avoid. Avoidance of reality is what happens when people perceive themselves as emporers and run around with no clothes.

June 18, 2005


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Been There, Done That

ReadBack in the early 90s when Dr. Lenny thought that politics could be an effect route to social change, Dr. Lenny got involved in building the American Party, which later became the Reform Party of Ross Perot. The grass route vs top down battles were won by the top down factions, but the phenomena did bring us Governor Jesse Ventura and some good entertainment value. Perhaps some of my viscious anti-government sentiment that sometimes comes forth is due to the hours of free work that i provided to secretary of state Bill Bradbury as documentation for the privilege of being state treasurer with accounting to the penny.
BookNow I hear rumblings of the one obnoxo party starting to speak to independents. Everybody should be independent politically. Independents would be wise to remain independent and stay out of the muddle in the middle. Communities are frustrated with the one party system and its top down managerial government. However, the division of hatred seems to be greater for regulatory agencies than land management agencies - until a perceived land grab takes place and all the public goes ballistic.

June 17, 2005

EH5 - The Calamity Howler

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. And these wrongs will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." Frederick Douglas 1858

Continuing with the expanding horizons series, The Calamity Howler is a net publication from A.V.Krebs, who also publishes The Agribusiness Examiner. TCH explores the media and how they miss the crux of a story, while passing along justification for extreme order control. Today's feature discusses the Stockholm Syndrome.

The link is not to TCH, but to an e-mail address that will place you on the mailing list for either of the above e-mags, if you send name and e-contact information.

June 16, 2005


edges and margins
are places where effects change
we need to change an effect
people know right from wrong
but when confronted with choice
feel compelled to wink and follow
because the hassle of the burden
of penalty for non-conformation
when past states wipe clean
press forth with little tolerance
no winks, no passes, no egos
just not accept the wrong
shun those that insist on hysterics
while violating the commons
with greed, sloth or five others
while undermining the concept
of justice for all
time that justice and truth unite
to demand appropriate response
visit into the world of an edge
where margins requires doing
to determine the path of right

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

EH4 - Religious Beliefs

"The pretense is that only a certain set of presuppositions and methods which are considered "scientific" is the only legitimate path to truth."

James Leroy Wilson is one of my favorite libertarian authors. His recent works on the words of Peter McWilliams hit the drug war nail on the head. Today's piece in the Partial Observer explores the bible through the eyes of Bob Smith - and finds a new dualism that is quite thought provoking. You can get to his blog Independent Country though the link on the right.

June 15, 2005

Resistance is Futile

ReadLemme's alter ego has a quandry about whether to visit Galt's gulch for an extended stay or to dive back into the rat race and sell science service for real money. The question is really - how long will the system hold, now that the paradigm shift has occurred? What is the length of time that we must tread water until the pool drains, now that the plug has been pulled? Or will the make-believe fiction that dominates life perservere into a totalitarian regime? Which way next - chaos or order or order? A falsely imposed order or a real order that descends out of chaos as the maelstrom quiets.
ThisThe mainstream borg is paring off outlyers on the edge of the bell curve, then narrowing the channel for the next round of paring. As more people resist, the inevitable change will come faster. But there is a comfort level that has developed; frogs cannot tell that the water is warmer. Using logic to precede action currently makes no sense, since common sense is defined by intent rather than by the letter of the law. Thus the title of this piece and the quandry - how best to achieve internal peace - leave the game or play by the current unethical rulebook?

EH3 - Leadership

'Not one Governor chose to leave his or her federal Title I (NCLB) money behind.'

Why are we not surprised that politicians refuse to leave the federal gravy train. Erica Carle doesn't write often, but she packs a punch. In this article, she doesn't go far enough - the states should also dismantle their departments of education and leave the decision making to school boards at the local level. That's what we elect those folks to do - make decisions about our schools - not to feed like pigs at a trough.

June 14, 2005

Carbon Offsets

ReadVisited Portland to meet with a group called the Climate Trust. They have $4.3M to offer to offset carbon dioxide in future projects. Their request for proposals drew a 25 person turnout to hear about the first solicitation of the carbon market. I think we will have to pass on this one, but we moved very much closer to seeing a small carbon sale happen. The real market is likely two years away.
ThisThe Climate Trust's market functions on several accords. Carbon sequestration is an active process that involves forestry and agriculture. Energy reduction projects and alternative energy generation projects also are considered. There will be 2-5 projects funded, in an 18 month, 3 phase process.
PostLotsa numbers in this post. Tomorrow, I plan to expand on how I see the carbon market - what it is and what it should be. Also - the Roseburg Global Warming Coalition meets Thursday 6:30 at Anna Slemmer's place.

June 13, 2005

Concurrent Worlds

Concurrent worlds
Different playing fields
March 2 different drummers
Each with offbeat pitch

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

Spam - EH2

'The spam epidemic is caused by government not directly, but indirectly: it has monopolized education for seven generations and thereby created a collectivist culture, so that creative solutions no longer appear in time even from players in the marketplace.'

Even Monty Python rejoices in spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam - shut up!!!!!

Jim Davies blasts forth on spam and many other useful topics. Dr. Lenny has been looking at Yahoo spam and will publish some results at howdt.com in the near future.

Also - A new soapbox has been posted at howdt.com - discussing the process of a citizen committee that is functional at cooperation on a federal/local level. This eliminates a pass through and back from the state level - reducing the total number of hands on the money before it gets spent locally. Too often, multiple levels of government siphon off the money before it reaches its destination. This happens all the time in the education network.

Here's a novel idea - stop the imposed welfare state and allow reasonable timber harvest on federal lands. I know - define reasonable. Ah, Bartlebey.

June 12, 2005

Expanding Horizons

"For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?" Dante Alighieri 1265-1320

ReadChoosing what to read with limited reading time requires a discrimination process. To keep abreast of the relevant information on all sides of all arguments, i tend to go to the extremes of right and left intelligent thought. Too often, those extremes ignore each other completely, outside the major media show issues that provide a showplace for their organization name in the media marketplace they both abhor, but willing use. When deep right and left webheads are in agreement, i trust the validity of the information.

ThisCertain people have made my list that when i see their name on a piece, they have an immediate read. For the time being, Dr. Lenny will link to outstanding pieces by people the professional media would rather have you not read. Today's feature is Devvy Kidd - always worth reading.

June 11, 2005


ReadThe Redile program (Research Directed Learning Environments) is set up to cover the expense of providing mentors to youth that have interest in the outdoors. One goal of ONRRI is having public understanding that science is a thought process and not a substance; that it opens up questions and doesn’t answer them. The Oregon Natural Resources Research Institute is committed to developing pathways towards careers in natural resources by teaching small science, not big science. Youth that demonstrate interest will find a world beyond the school day that is both challenging and rewarding.
ThisThe key to non-stagnant futures for rural impoverished communities is for the local population to direct incoming resources to the areas where they can be best applied to grow the resource base. Creating a 26-39 year old demographic - a situation where youth can marry and raise a family while living and working in Douglas County is necessary. This is the demographic that physically can handle a real work load. Progress sometimes bursts in kicking and screaming, at other times sneaks in slowly and stealthful. But progress always comes.

Link added - 10:50 hmmm

June 10, 2005


To watch a spark
in the eye of a child
upon recognition
of a higher plane
that existed uniquely
is inhabited by
like minded souls
who speak in novel
coded voice
that fascinates...
potential is converted
to kinetic activity
reaching this realization
ought be accompanied
by the diploma status
to see that at every
level of increment
the rate of learning
is never diminished
by age and time

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

Dr. Lenny's Response - Measurement

OuchIf you could teach the public a single scientific concept - what would it be?
ReadOne of the largest discontinuities that i have found from working in an impoverished rural community is that the science literate folks don't give the local population much credit for their 'school of hard knocks' knowledge base. This causes a counter disrespect for the 'elite' knowledge represented by science.
ReadThe public is readily confused by the fact that different methods and numbers are not comparable. All measurement techniques follow specific protocol to ensure reproducibility and reliability. So while scientists understand that apples are being compared to oranges, the public only hears what the public relations stream of the media allows it to hear. The context for debate is reduced to political terms.
ThisAs the protocols become more complex and simple obvious data is rejected in favor of high-tech, non-explicable nonsense data, science becomes another political voice. It is often seen as a weapon wielded by regulatory agencies to invoke economic penalty. Athletes and rock stars carry more value in the public issues debate. Where are the Paulings and the Einsteins - they are not onstage with Bono, and that's a loss for the public.

Science/Poetry : Poetry/Science

Mathematician/physicist Paul Dirac : 'In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.'

Doctor Lenny : 'I am certain that lemme howdt would not agree. Poetry is science via analogy.'

This is a good article, as well as the other links in this series by Spiked Science

Science History

readGene Callahan reviews science through the ages and comes to similar conclusions as Doctor Lenny - hmmm. Wonder if Gene Callahan reads Dr. Lenny's blog? Irony that the article read this morning cites the latest book dr. Lenny referenced in book tag. Now dr. lenny has to stare at the book cover again and figure out magnetic flux by the picture model.
doctorlenny stares in dark space and wonders why he is blogging and reading science at 4:30 am instead of sleeping.

June 09, 2005

Oink # 12

Read If you want to take a look at the stuff that happens on the ground in riparian areas to develop stream habitat, then visit this link and pace yourself through 20 outdoor pictures of the Umpqua Watershed along with Doctor Lenny's Science yap. I'd like to develop Chemecology to focus on mass balance - defining where things end up during different stages of their existance. Investigating management styles and strategic differences in the last 50 years has taught us many progressive lessons, but we fail to compare them to each other on adequate basis over many years of practice before declaring that any one is better or worse. We really need redundancy of function and diversity of approach, rather than the current science redundancy of approach pretending to look for a diversity of solutions. The system is way too ordered, it needs the chaos being currently introduced. Please stand by and please don't panic!

Poem from lemme

Violet Blues

Just when it seems
that the chaos mellows
powers that be
express forth
another dictate
Xthose people
Xthat would prefer
Xto use drugs
Xto control pain
Xwill be placed
Xinto further pain
Xfor not choosing
Xappropriate drugs
Xto reduce pain
Herb grows
from the ground
not purchased
synthetic crap
poor mimic of
the real thing
to generate
numbers repeatedly
in merciless clutches
for the bankrupt
medical ?! system
when doctors
move into politics
to Frist amerika
in a final shakedown
before life dissipates
with a big bang
rather than a whimper

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

June 08, 2005


Jags arrived Tuesday - picture kudo to Tami Hunter. Visit the Great Cats World Park Website and the Park itself in Cave Junction.

Only One

cultural monoknowledge
one shape, one style, one place
institutional monoculture
dictatorship of the chosen few
individualistic monolibertarians
rebels without a cause (or team)
fealty to an organization
emanating singular belief
same structure, same style, same form
channel vision focus
right is right and left is wrong
'we've got your table turned
sans the knowledge base'
shifting sands on the landscape
temporal scale resilience
until redundancy abolished
reducing higher order value
into bulk material profit
short term economic reward
cultural monochromic decay
holistic walk-off-the-ledge
Bugs Bunny-Roadrunner trick
doesn't hold a candle .. in real life
time to diversify portfolios
to greater than one

(c) 2005 lemme howdt

June 07, 2005

Civil Disobedience

ReadHenry David Thoreau had an essay Civil Disobedience that I much preferred to Walden. With the current system denying people a fair shake at justice, there is no reason to become informed about the myriad of rules being implemented by regulatory agencies - you've already broken them. Enforcement is arbitrary and capicious and innocence has no place in the courtroom procedings. The defendant has charges stacked against him, and often knows more about the legal basis for his claim than the prosecutor. But the art of the deal is what is important and the little fish fry unless they narc on the big fish. Truth is a sidebar if it is present at all.
ThisNow the big fish are running scared. It would be a very good time to invest one's time in a personal hobby, creating something of value. Participate in the system at a minimum, only at points where there is real influence in the power structure. If it were practical, accept no wage; but until the yuan collapses, money fuels the engine, even if it is funny money. First survive, then think, then act.

Are sports seasons too long?

As a dedicated sports fan and an ardent number cruncher, I find that part of the beauty of sports is the statistics generated by the action. Over the course of a 162 game baseball season, the relative performance of the players at each position have a additive effect - the best teams make the playoffs and the stats are comparable to the stats collected in past years.

The long season is very wearing on the players, who are entertainers, but their salaries pay for that wear and tear. Players perform at a super high level from high school ball to minor league ball to the majors, at each level refining their game against better competition. But competition doesn't win championships - cooperation does. Better players learn that teams that play consistently together have better stats than teams that don't. That means building confidence in teammates with different skills to perform their tasks at peak ability.

As long as the business model holds and sports generates the revenues paying the players for a long season is part of the game. Basketball has 81 games in a season, then a second playoff season after the exhibition is over. Teams need the time to develop timing and court sense during that season to be the best at the end. The more games the better.

June 06, 2005

Waging Peace

"Gandhi’s perpetuation of a large civil disobedience movement in colonial India swayed world opinion to the degree that the British finally relented and left India a sovereign nation."

"Therefore, the answer does not lie in other nations waging war against the US , or in American dissidents perpetrating acts of violence. Protests; education of our children, ourselves, and the uninformed; shining the light of truth into the shadows in which the Oligarchs lurk; verbal and written dissidence; moral and financial support of organizations like Amnesty International; acts of civil disobedience; ... "

Confucious say

"To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."


June 04, 2005

Toketee Falls

Umpqua Watersheds Wisdom Waterfall Hike to Toketee Falls was a splash.

Great Cats World Park

Diesel is a Siberian Tiger Cub panthera tigris altaica
Tarri is a White Tiger panthera tigris
Pepe is an ocelot leopardus pardalis
The Jaguars were too schizophrenic from their trip to get pictures

GoThese cats live in Cave Junction - go visit them!!!

June 03, 2005

Introduction to Chemicology

ReadAttempting to comprehend the full value of nature, the chemecologist realizes that the tree after death supports as much life during the decay cycle as it does during the living time. The value to cavity dwellers and insect populations as shelter and food are two simple examples.
ThisOn a molecular level, the real value of nature resides in functionalization chemistry – making more complex compounds out of simple organic building blocks. This process is enabled by inorganic trace mineral nutrients. These substances must be present at an absolute minimum level, but once each is not the limiting agent, then getting the element into the proper chemical form to be functional is biologically relevant. As active sites of chemical activity in enzymes go down due to physical blockage of a bio-pathway, then other sites pick up the slack to enable that function via an alternate route.

ReadWhen enough pathways are closed and there is not a ready reservoir of the catalytic metal materials, disturbance ecology comes into play. The chemical ecosystem functions by substitution of lesser ability metals at a much slower rate, or shuts down completely. A predatory biologic disturbance that functions during a time of disrepair can co-opt the chemically functional portions of the working system, at a cellular level. The built in redundancy of nature assures that the process of generating useful starting materials for cyclic synthetic process comes from both the decaying of old structural material and the photosynthetic incorporation of new carbon material.
ThisOld modes of thinking – burning slash and removing 98% of the wood fiber, deplete the ecosystem of the most richly processed carbon and require more demand on the readily available CO2 + H2O à cellulose pathways. The bulk non-metals Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sulfur tend to be replaced by gross overkill fertilization of the readily available chemical form. The current agri-forestry fertilization has both nitrogen and phosphorus in damaging chemical form for tree metabolism.
ReadWhen nitrogen is available solely as nitrate or ammonia (urea), it cannot be properly fixed by most tree species. In areas where fires have burnt hot, cianothus and alder, nitrogen fixing trees, are amongst the first trees to grow in an un-replanted stand. The bulk of fertilizer is not biologically available where it is spread, but runs off in the storm water into rivers where it enables the production of algae.
ThisPhosphorus, as phosphate, is the key limiting non-metal limiting agent in biological systems. It’s presence in excess causes indiscriminate plant growth. One key for healthy forests would be to start with the less chemically available phosphate and grow legumes as ground cover and acacias, alders, cianothus and other nitrogen fixers to enrich the soil as a carbon/nitrogen sink for several years prior to replanting with conifer or hardwood species.
ReadWhen considering the mass balance of the trace transition metals, regenerative harvest rapidly removes the readily available micronutrients from the soils. These minerals are slowly added to the tree over the years via the symbiotic relationships between lichen in the air and fungi in the soil with the tree. Trees donate sugars that provide molecular scaffolding to the partner symbiot.
ThisThe insects of the world – both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates - do the yeoman’s work to scatter metal ions throughout biological systems, using the entire food chain for lateral distribution. Soil enhancement with a range of micronutrients in proper chemical form should enable carbon accumulation at an enhanced rate, provided that the limiting agent is provided to the system. The increase would be by a fixed amount, based on the quantity of new limiting agent available to the chemical ecosystem.

ReadProper preparation of stands to make micronutrients available to tree species in the formative years of growth should lead to increases in both new carbon accumulation and old carbon refunctionalization with reincorporation into higher order (and hence higher value) carbon species. This additional growth should qualify for funding through the Oregon Climate Exchange for development of sequestration methods.

June 01, 2005



(c) 2005 fathergaia


rudeness strikes
creates antagonism
based on expectation
of civil discourse
kindness beckons
stands tall
YoI want, I want
YoI want, I must go
in the conscious
that people
will be people
and rudeness
YoHow sad for you
YoHow sad for me
when today dies
all that's left
is a memory
of what was
here's hoping
we remember
the good times
not rudeness

(c) 2005 lemme howdt


'Perspective is hard to grasp from within the walls of the action.' doctor lenny