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Diary pages are like some of my life, sort of hard to follow, but in
short they get places, do some decent work, but aren't exactly planned
to page level...
I got this when I started a shell this afternoon on a machine
which runs the web server, and on which I recently put the latest
complete cygwin unix emulation (the machine runs on XP because there is
no linux driver available for the modem). It still had my startup
script which does an imitation of what minicomputers in my experience
were not unlikely to offer: present the system, give you a funny or
serious few lies of unix 'fortune' , and then the reassuring,
relatively powerfull waiting prompt and the command line cursor.
Welcome to bash/cygwin on XP
Alimony is a system by which, when two people make a mistake, one of
them keeps paying for it.
-- Peggy Joyce
~  $
The shell is called bash, which is similar to what is available and
often used on most linuxes.
From Merriam Webster Online :
Pronunciation: &-'thär-&-tE, o-, -'thor-
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
Etymology: Middle English auctorite,
from Old French auctorité,
from Latin auctoritat-, auctoritas
power, from auctor
Date: 13th century
a citation (as from a book or file) used in
defense or support (2) :
the source from which the citation is
a conclusive statement or set of
statements (as an official decision of a court) (2) :
decision taken as a precedent (3) : TESTIMONY c :
cited or appealed to as an expert
2 a :
power to influence or command thought, opinion, or
behavior b :
freedom granted by one in authority : RIGHT
3 a :
persons in command; specifically : GOVERNMENT b :
agency or corporation to administer a revenue-producing public
enterprise <the transit authority
4 a : GROUNDS, WARRANT
<had excellent authority
for believing the claim> b :
to the performance>
The Club of Rome
Does it still exist? In a way.
In the seventies, I remember from being sort of pre-adolescent, there
was this club of concerned world citizens who called themselves the
club of Rome, who wanted to make clear what environmental theats await
us when the industrial and consumer developments grow unbriddled at the
rate and under the circumstances and with the variables known in that
They gathered various data about the earth's resources and polution
processes, made computer programs encorporating data about various
subject, and made growth rate and breakdown based predictions.
The outcome wasn't exactly positive about the future of the world even
in my projected lifetime, let alone for later generations.
I'm sure the New Age would 'know' ways
to 'deal' with these problems, but thus far I don't have faith in
Clintonism, or the general european eucharist life's constructions to
solve anything at all, and then the predictions hold probably all too
much, and must be dealt with
with the highest priority, much like a desaster situation when wildfire
hits town. The environment must get the highest priority for a liveable
world to begin with, or the world population is going to become little
short of distinct when the oil runs out, the ozon layer is destroyed,
and all kinds of pollution grow outside correctable bounds, there is
not much choice, and anyone who tells you differently is probably a
All religeous, faithwise, and other other non-rational considerations
must be put aside in the face of the physical exhaustion of the world
energy sources, and the even now quite high and growing rate of
pollution. I of course cannot exactly look down in my coffecup
(Assuming I, luckily, can have one) check the debris and predict the
future, but when the oil sources are mapped and reasonably estimated, I
know for pretty sure that it makes no sense to research car anti-rust
schemes which make them last longer than 40 years (when lucky) unless
their are electrical or bio powered.
Barbara at the shore, over a dike, of the
largest dutch artificial (it was a sea) lake, which is bearable,
polutionwise, though I don't only like the idea of swimming in it.
Fish aren't extinct, but some known and relevant sorts were and are
certainly in danger, real danger.
Leiden (in Holland) University Main Library,
side alley, with students sitting in front
There are studies ecology or environmental issues or somthing, not that
one would expect much to come from that, you'd probably want an
engineer or maybe an advanced scientist from one of the non-human
(haha) sciences to solve some problem lets say in mechanics or
electrical engineering, and probably they would given some time be able
to answer your content-wise question. Not unlikely even pretty decent.
Apart from probably the languages, and of course medical doctors, the
'human' scientists aren't even accustomed with the principles, just
like many civil servants and the likes. None of them much learns to
actually look objectively at a problem with an aim for a solution to
it. Or to information relevant for engineering, they just didn't learn
such principles much or at all.
And then life takes a wholly different course as a result, the question
'why are we on earth' has profound, and wrong, answers in certain world
wide religeous systems, and they are very much
aimed at engineering power structures, and pretty damn good and refined
and powerfull in that. Much more than a naive well willing young
intellectual with hopefully some idea to change the world for better
and of course left influences will normally take into account when
denying him or herself the information about the true great whore mam.
A value system which doesn't honour the type of problems the world
faces also in this area as essential for 'normal' existence is simply
missing an important point, and cannot afford that at high level while
maintaining credibility. A 'moral' system in the natural, as in not
refering to some esotherical, physically unprovable issue, simply
cannot escape the inheritance to the children that the turning world
system costs in absolute, measurable, quantifiable form.
When the oil is gone, it is gone. Nuclear power stations cost uranium,
which is more abundant, enery contentwise, but also not available
without limits, and of course generates horrible waste materials which
are nearly impossible to get rid of in a way which doesn't all turn us
into star track mutants.
Currently 2 million barrels of oil a day are being produced for the
iraqi people alone.
The mystery of inequity
Louvre (Paris) historic paintings
Saint gregory is painted here, but he lived 1000 years earlier...
This one is also taken from (digitial) video tape from hand filming,
interesting to see art from so long ago, the start of the enlightenment.