Archive for November 11th, 2009
The Wife, who still works fulltime (and a bit more, if you ask me) finds cooking veggies a challenge, so I’m helping. Today she’ll get:
a. Red-leaf kale sautéed with onions and pignolas, with lime juice. I first sautéed the onions (in olive oil) until they were starting to caramelize, then added the kale and pignolas along with lime juice and little water, cooking them covered over low heat at that point.
b. Roasted butternut squash and Japanese sweet potatoes. I cut them into chunks, tossed with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and a little bit of cinnamon before roasting for 40 minutes at 400º F.
c. Bok choy, sautéed in olive and sesame oil.
Who was the commenter who said that we should just trust businesses to do the right thing? I hope he reads this article.
Only, of course there’s just one of me.
Also, I do my workout seated. Sometimes with the chair reclined.
My workout involves headphones, movies, and books.
We’ll be honoring veterans of the resource wars that will set in as global warming accelerates. Take a look at this post. From the post:
… As the NYT reported in August:
The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say.
Such climate-induced crises could topple governments, feed terrorist movements or destabilize entire regions, say the analysts, experts at the Pentagon and intelligence agencies who for the first time are taking a serious look at the national security implications of climate change.
The world beyond 450 ppm atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide — possibly even a world beyond 400 ppm — crosses carbon cycle tipping points that threaten to quickly take us to 1000 ppm. It is a world not merely of endless regional resource wars around the globe. It is a world with dozens of Darfurs. It is a world of a hundred Katrinas, of countless environmental refugees — hundreds of millions by the second half of this century — all clamoring to occupy the parts of the developed world that aren’t flooded or desertified.
In such a world, everyone will ultimately become a veteran, and Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day will fade into obscurity, as people forget about a time when wars were the exception, a time when soldiers were but a small minority of the population.
So when does this happen?
Thomas Fingar, “the U.S. intelligence community’s top analyst,” sees it happening by the mid-2020s: …
I suspect that more towns and cities will be doing this. Miranda Spivack in the Washington Post:
Montgomery County redefined the way it will grow in the next two decades when lawmakers endorsed a plan Tuesday that encourages development where residents can easily live a car-free lifestyle.
The County Council, after weeks of intense debate over the county’s growth policy, unanimously agreed to give developers discounts to build dense developments near transit stations as long as they also construct bike paths and walkways, put shops and other amenities nearby, and use environmentally friendly construction methods.
Most suburban growth plans — including Montgomery’s, until Tuesday — discourage development in congested areas, including those near public transit, and encourage construction in more sparsely populated communities, on the theory that new developments should arise where traffic is still tolerable.
But Montgomery’s new plan takes a different tack, one that smart-growth advocates say is long overdue. With the population nearing 1 million, the Washington suburb is substantially larger than the big city to its south but is still managing growth as if everyone can hop in a car and quickly get where they want to go.
The county’s growth policy is revisited every two years. The new plan could boost efforts to redevelop the jumbled White Flint area along Rockville Pike and provide new impetus to build a "science city" spearheaded by Johns Hopkins University west of Interstate 270 near Gaithersburg.
Montgomery is shifting direction at a time when jurisdictions across the Washington area are beginning to embrace transit-oriented development…