Van Jones, a presidential adviser on green jobs, was forced to step down before controversy enveloped the entire White House – over some bullshit.
For my third crack at this post [seriously], I’ll try to keep my views on politricks to a minimum and simply say that Van Jones was not an elected official – and that even if he were it wouldn’t matter, since many Republican leaders can not live up to the standards by which he was judged. Essentially, he acted like a real person – and since he’s a Democrat [or whatever he is – not a Republican] he was punished. Yay for politricks being about everything other than what’s good for the country!
Van Jones, you’re a ninja sir – don’t let this bullshit keep you down.
Sad news this morning: Senator Edward M. Kennedy passed away last night [Tuesday August 25, 2009]. The Kennedy family released a statement this morning:
“Edward M. Kennedy , the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply , died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.”
I would just like to say this: while willing to compromise with Republicans in order to achieve partial goals rather than let legislation fail, Kennedy was a bastion of liberalism – making it his life’s work to achieve the goal of healthcare for all Americans. I’m saddened for all of us, knowing that Kennedy didn’t live to see this lifetime goal accomplished – and knowing that so many Americans have not been convinced that healthcare for all is a basic human right that should be protected [and if needed, supplied] by our government. I think we’ll find that the ninja was ahead of his time in this respect.
Teddy, you were a politician – but you seemed to be a decent one, and you will be sorely missed in a political system that really couldn’t afford to lose you as a leader. Rest in peace, sir.
No, I’m not entirely sure what that means – other than AMNP [and all of myninjaplease] is back after a painful week and a half [roughly] of being out of commission for a number of reasons I won’t even bother getting into. Suffice it to say that technology services aren’t properly regulated, and are essentially allowed to screw you every which way if they so choose.
With that – and the fact that MNP has been unstable and slow for what seems like months – in mind, we’ve moved hosts! We’ve now ‘gone green’, moving to a host that offsets the energy their servers consume by purchasing wind credits amounting to 300% of their electricity demand. Sure, it’s not as cool as going ‘off grid’, but this seemed pretty dope for now.
So, sorry for the delays / downtime – and please, make ninjas that you know / encounter aware that we’re back up and running. I wouldn’t want them going around uninformed…
Watch out for LEED 2009, or LEED V3, as there are some very specific changes – one of which could get your certification revoked! Jetson Green looks at the new Minimum Program Requirements, or ‘MPRs’, which a project must meet and sustain. If not: “Certification may be revoked from any LEED project upon gaining knowledge of non-compliance with any applicable MPR. If such a circumstance occurs, registration and/or certification fees will not be refunded.” Call me cynical, but this sounds like it might be a money grab…but, that said, someone should be monitoring LEED buildings to ensure they ‘stay green’.
The NY Times looks back at the history of Kisho Kurokawaâ€™s Nakagin Capsule Tower, and discusses the project’s importance / impact as the building’s life [most likely] draws to an end.
Just in case the ridiculous amount of rain that’s been dropped on New England is something more serious, Boston.com gives us a step by step guide to building our own arks. I’d get started now, before all the good wood/animals are taken.
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Chatham’s [Cape Cod] First Village succumbs to nature, as parts of the coast are reclaimed by the sea.
Yes, Spaceport America actually began construction last week. And here I was, thinking that the global economy had self destructed…