Dirty Coal, Clean Future by James Fallows - To environmentalists, “clean coal” is an insulting oxymoron. But for now, the only way to meet the world’s energy needs, and to arrest climate change before it produces irreversible cataclysm, is to use coal in more-sustainable ways
Joel morefunthanb4 and I are friends, but we are also mortal enemies and one day I’m gonna beat him up. But he’s a mortal enemy who’s also invited me to his wedding (did not attend), who I have traded intimate pictures with (both of our scrotums), and who I have traded goofs with for a long time over snapchat. But I own Joel, and I’ll tell you why.
One day in December of 2014, I got a message from Joel. He sent me a screenshot of a pair of headphones on amazon.aus.uk or whatever their shit URL is, and asked me to buy them and ship them to him, since they didn’t ship to Australia (ha). Probably couldn’t afford the insurance for the ox-and-wagon mail delivery service they used to deliver mail in that shithole continent.
The listening devices in question were a $200 (American, presidential dollars) pair of headphones, and they had been marked down, remarkably, to $35. He wanted to jump on the deal. I couldn’t blame him, they’re great headphones. So, I ordered him a pair. I also ordered myself a pair. They arrived at my house on December 14, 2014. I tested out my headphones, and they’re great. I love them. Still use them today. Wearing them right now!
I went to FedEx on December 20th, and had with me the headphones for Joel, an American flag du-rag, and an envelope that had an empty condom wrapper and a torn up post it note for him to reassemble that read “I fucking own you” inside of it. I wrapped it all up in a box, and took it to be weighed. I was informed that to ship this to Joel’s address (which I still have and intend to use maliciously), I would have to pay $130+. Nope. We both agreed that was far too much, and I told him I would go to UPS to check their price.
I did go to UPS. Two weeks ago today. In May. I forgot about Joel’s headphones again and again for 5 months, leading to hilarious messages such as this:
Idiot. Of course I still had them. I just had forgotten about them in all of our banter.
So two months after that message, on May 9th, I went to UPS. I was quoted $324 for shipping by them. Obviously, Joel is too poor to pay me for this as well, so I told him I would go to USPS and check there.
It’s May 27th. I’ve still not gone to USPS, but to be fair, I didn’t forget. I walk past the headphones next to my fridge every single day. My roommate has 5 times offered to buy them from me for $50. I have rebutted every single time, saying, “I have to ship them to Joel.” He has consistently shook his head each time, and said, “You’re not going to ship them.”
It should be known that Joel invited me to his wedding in April. During the midst of all this. Whilst I owed him something I should have had figured out by now. Whilst he sat rapt by his mailbox or hole in the mud or whatever Australians have their mail delivered to. This idiot is so weak, so desperate for my affection, that he offered me a spot on the most magical day of his life, without knowing anything about me except for how good at puns and banter I am.
I didn’t go. But if I did, I wouldn’t have brought the headphones. Fuel costs, and all that, y’know?
In closing, Joel is a moron and should be feared by nobody. But he does have an okay looking scrotum.
A 4-page preview of Grindhouse #5, out today! THE BOOK IS IN COLOUR. (And it’s really gorgeous colour). However all I have on my laptop are my lettering proofs which are on inks… GRINDHOUSE is available at most major comic book stores, via US mail order at www.tfaw.com/alexdecampi, and on the Dark Horse app (not Comixology, alas). Line art by mulele and colours by Marissa Louise. I love Lady Danger as a character – would love to do a miniseries with her further adventures. Her secret origin? Kyle Baker and I almost ended up doing an animated music video for a Morcheeba song called In The Face of Danger, and she was the lead gal who was going to star in our little mini anime adventure. But then the record label decided that animation would take too long and didn’t commission us. I think Morcheeba never got a video for that song. A shame; it was a good song.
How do you think people in solarpunk societies would communicate? Email, mail, messenger, carrier pigeon? Would packages be carried by train, ship, plane, bike? If conventional mail was used, would there be a post office system? How would it function?
‘Roses: I think communication could take place in a multitude of ways. I do think a post office system would still exist. People like written letters – they have romance and nostalgia.
This is a hard question to answer, because I think the manner in which people interact with communications depends on how the Solarpunk narrative is framed. If it’s post societal collapse, and people are rebuilding, there’s probably not going to be the massive infrastructure that can be revamped relatively quickly to match Solarpunk values. I think it also depends on the terrain and who people want to communicate with.
For more than three years now, Louden Swain has been the house band at Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural conventions. The addition of the band to the convention stage has re-energized con-goers and added a completely new look and feel to an already wonderful experience. (…and if you’ve ever attended one of Louden Swain’s Saturday Night Specials, you know it’s something magical!)
Carry On would like to do something to show Louden Swain just how much the Supernatural Family appreciates all that they do for us!
We will be collecting “Thank You” messages from fans and putting them together into a book to give to the band at ChiCon this October. (To send your message, click HERE.)
If you’ve had a photo op with the band and would like that included, you can send the photo and your message to us at email@example.com. (Please remember to only send in your own photo ops.)
We are also asking fans to tell us their favorite Louden Swain songs and why they love them.
In addition to the book, we will also be collecting donations for the American Heart and Stroke Association. You can donate here. In September, we will be holding a charity auction with all of the proceeds going to the AHA. If you would like to donate an item for the auction you can send it to us at:
Carry On PO Box 581172 Louisville, KY 40268
Let’s show Rob, Mike, Billy, and Stephen just how much we appreciate them and all that they do for the Supernatural Family!
If you’re in Michigan or up for a day-trip, I want to see you here! I’m hosting a letter-writing workshop in the afternoon and a breakfast-for-dinner gathering that evening and it’s going to be a blast!
WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.
The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax.
The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, offers one of the first detailed looks at the scope of the program, which has played an important role in the nation’s vast surveillance effort since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The audit, which was reported on earlier by Politico, found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual’s mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization.
In addition to raising privacy concerns, the audit questioned the efficiency and accuracy of the Postal Service in handling the requests. Many requests were not processed in time, the audit said, and computer errors caused the same tracking number to be assigned to different surveillance requests.
“Insufficient controls could hinder the Postal Inspection Service’s ability to conduct effective investigations, lead to public concerns over privacy of mail and harm the Postal Service’s brand,” the audit concluded.
The audit was posted in May without public announcement on the website of the Postal Service inspector general and got almost no attention.
The surveillance program, officially called mail covers, is more than a century old, but is still considered a powerful investigative tool. At the request of state or federal law enforcement agencies or the Postal Inspection Service, postal workers record names, return addresses and any other information from the outside of letters and packages before they are delivered to a person’s home.
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If you’re ever really lost on a road trip across America, and I’m talking really lost (let’s say the battery on your smartphone just died along with that ompass application you downloaded for situations just like this), perhaps you might be lucky enough to find yourself next to one of
the giant 70 foot concrete arrows that point your way across the
country, left behind by a forgotten age of US mail delivery.
Certainly a peculiar site to come across in the middle of nowhere, 50 foot, possibly 70 foot long, with weeds crawling through its concrete
cracks, abandoned long ago by whoever put it there. This arrow may point
your way out of the desert but it’s also pointing to the past.