The Gypsy's Caravan

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fishy Friday - (just a bit late)

Now that it's cold (wind chill in the single digits..brrr),
our indoor water garden is taking center stage. The pair of
fish we had in here were transferred over the summer,
and we got four little baby shebunkins, hoping for a breeding pair when they get big.

The place is bright enough for plants, but I was having the devil of a time getting usable pics. My son reminded me that I needed a polarizing filter to get under the water, so I hauled mine out.

Nice, but still no baby fish pics... then, the plant lights went off,

The mood lights came on, and the flash popped up.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wooo Hooo...

Cheney's Wild Ride

Friday, November 14, 2008



A Colorado company will break ground early next year on an algae farm that is intended to produce thousands of gallons of substitutes for gasoline and diesel at a rate per acre far higher than current biofuel projects.

Solix Biofuels, of Fort Collins, said on Monday that it had raised $15.5 million in capital and would begin with a five-acre plot to produce “biocrude.’’ That will in turn be shipped to an oil refinery in place of crude oil, according to Douglas R. Henston, the company chief executive.

Investors include the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, on whose reservation, near Durango, the farm will be located; the Valero Energy Corporation, the refinery operator; and Infield Capital, an investment fund.

Algae has held special appeal for renewable energy researchers — and some investors — because the organism readily converts sunlight and carbon dioxide into a hydrocarbon fuel, producing an oil that can harvested for use as biodiesel. And the more CO2 present, the faster the algae grows. That holds the promise of cleaner-burning fuels that simultaneously scrub CO2 from the atmosphere during their production.

Algae can also regenerate at a remarkable rate, doubling its volume in a matter of hours under the right conditions, and yielding far more of its body weight in oil than any biofuel feed stock currently in use.

I've said it before: we need to think of the CO2 in the atmosphere as a critical resource that's free for the taking - that way there will be a rush to get to it.

I gotta find out how to buy stock in this puppy.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Open Letter to Chris Dodd

Dear Senator Dodd,

I am writing concerning the fate of Mr LIEberman(I) in the new Congress. This is not a time for all the warm fuzzy friendship notes, it's a time to protect our new president from the kind of attacks that Mr LIEberman can make from the Chair of the Homeland Security Committee. (I apologize if I've said that wrong - I'm just one of the "dirty hippies" who keep pushing for the restoration of our constitution)

I think President Obama will have enough people trying to harm him, block our efforts at restoring checks and balances, and keep us from having a transparent government.

Joe LIEberman has built the Department of Homeland Security into a bloated, ineffectual taxpayer-funded behemoth. He has ignored (or maybe even fostered) the waste, graft, greed and cronyism that have been the hallmark of W's reign.

From Firedoglake:
One point I think needs to be made. This isn't about Joe Lieberman maintaining membership in a country club as a matter of feel-good "bipartisanship." There's actually a job that needs doing here, and when Chris Dodd and Evan Bayh say that they want Lieberman to retain his chairmanship, they are saying that the extraordinary waste, graft, greed and cronyism that have built the Department of Homeland Security to a bloated, ineffectual taxpayer-funded behemoth under Joe Lieberman is just fine.

Here's Naomi Klein from the Shock Doctrine:
In just a few years, the homeland security industry, which barely existed before 9/11, has exploded to a size that is now significantly larger than either Hollywood or the music business. Yet what is most striking is how little the security boom is analyzed and discussed as an economy, as an unprecedented convergence of unchecked police powers and unchecked capitalism, a merger of the shopping mall and the secret prison.
No-bid contracts kept from public scrutiny in the name of "national security" have built a department of unprecedented waste and theft, all rubber stamped and protected from Senate investigation by Joe Lieberman's chairmanship. And what has it gotten us? Nothing. Basically, the Department of Homeland Security became just another front for the military industrial complex to feed off American taxpayers while neocons like Lieberman screamed "terror terror terror, just trust us."

The FY 2009 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security is $50.5 billion, a 6.8% increase over 2008.

What Bayh and Dodd are saying is that they like Joe so much that this is a small price to pay, that the status quo is just fine and that there is no real need for change.

I wonder if taxpayers agree that $50.5 billion is chump change so long everyone can still sing kumbaya on the Senate floor?
I certainly don't agree.

It's time to cut LIEberman, who has done the United States SO much harm, off from the assumption of good intentions, and hold him responsible for his actions of the last 15 years. He has wounded this Democratic party so many times it's like death from the 1,000 cuts. (He's even calling us the "Democrat Party" now - fer crumb sake!) He slandered and lied about Obama continuously for the last two years, and contributed to the bashing of progressives and liberals with glee. His unashamed push for draconian and violent policy in the mideast goes far beyond what even the majority of Israelis want for their arena.

Give him something in Education or Energy or Housing - just keep him the hell away from Defense, Women's Rights, or Oversight of our new president, or he will obstruct, slander, and coverup for the Republicans with all his might for the next four years(until we can vote him out).

Steve Benen says:
This seems to be routinely overlooked, but take a moment to consider what the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs actually does: it's the committee principally responsible for oversight of the executive branch. It's an accountability committee, charged with investigating the conduct of the White House and the president's administration. As chairman of this committee for the last two years, Lieberman decided not to pursue any accusations of wrongdoing against the Bush administration.

If you continue to cover for him, I will have to conclude that you are not serious about restoring our constitution and are just as corrupt as the one you are defending. Your next election is coming up soon, and you can convert me right here from an ardent supporter into one who stays home on election day. It's your choice right now, but my choice in 2010.

Thank you for listening
SB Gypsy

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Quote of the day

" After eight years of having Republicans call me an un-American troop-hating fag-loving socialist, after months of John McCain embracing the hate to a level where his own supporters were calling out for Barack Obama to be assassinated, no one is going to be permitted to tell me with a straight face that "oh you know, both sides do it."

Your side was abominable. Your side was hateful. Your side race-baited. Your side gay-baited. Your side lied like we've never seen in recent presidential campaign history. Your side used a tax-cheat who would do better under Obama's tax proposal to be your everyman on the issue of taxes. Your side, in a veiled effort at race-baiting, said Obama doesn't put his country first. Your side had the audacity to call Obama a socialist. Your side suggested he was a Muslim. Your side suggested he was a terrorist. Your side suggested he was Osama bin Laden.

Spare me the crap about how both sides do it. You people are a disgrace, you've been a disgrace for eight long years, and all your hate and lying and venom and vitriol finally bit you in your collective fat ass.

Democrats don't do nasty, and they certainly don't do it well. Lord knows I wish they did, but they don't. Republicans elevate it to a religion. You are the party of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity. Angry, bitchy, bitter and elitist..."
~John Aravosis

go read the rest, it's a fine rant.

Rainy day blues

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Seeds Of Change

Thank Goddess: OBAMA

Jim Himes! Donna Edwards! Kay Hagen! Jeanne Shaheen

Darcy Burner is still neck and neck with Reichert! (No Democrat has been elected since the district was formed in the 1980s) it may be days before we have the final word...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I Voted Today!

8:00 AM - No Lines, No Waiting!

O B A M A !


We had great fall color this year.

A couple of weeks ago I stopped by this park to take some pics.

The water was high from a storm

click any pic to embiggen (*hint hint ;)

I love the colors in this one.

And a last one for the road.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Autumn in the Swamp

*click any pic to embiggen

I took these pics back on the 25th - when we still had leaves on the trees.

Time, see what's become of us.

While we scurry and skitter you scatter and fritter.

I've been feeling like the Red Queen - running harder and harder to keep up

While the world relentlessly carries on

The seasons change

Leaves fall

Two More Days

Update: I shot this swamp in the summer and the winter check 'em out.

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