Saturday, June 06, 2015
California's Placer County Water Agency has two new smart phone apps, launched last October. One is a shower timer, which converts time in shower to gallons of water used.I have already presented my thoughts on the propriety of government ownership and control of utility companies. To this I will add that, despite the purportedly educational nature of this app, the older, nearly-forgotten capitalist method of charging higher prices for scarcer commodities would have obviated the need for such "education".
The second, sure to be more discussed, allows people to report water wasters. [bold added]
"In theory, a computer could sense and respond to ... problems more quickly than a human, without hesitation, doubt, or panic -- provided it is programmed with the appropriate treatment algorithms." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Would You Trust a Computer to Knock You Out?" at Forbes
"A big impediment to living in the moment is what mental health professionals sometimes call 'irrational perfectionism'" -- Michael Hurd, in "Help! Everything Is Stressful!" at The Delaware Wave
"In weighing this concept, here are three questions to ask yourself..." -- Peter Schwartz, in "Are You Selfish? Why You Should Be Proud to Answer 'Yes'" at Quick and Dirty Tips
"From a psychological point of view, nobody can advocate or condemn divorce across-the-board except in cases of outright abuse or neglect." -- Michael Hurd, in "Kids and Divorce" at The Delaware Coast Press
In More Detail
The Schwartz piece links to an excerpt from his new book, In Defense of Selfishness.
Cluelessly "Defending" Bees
Via Clarissa's Blog, I ran across a thorough response (Scroll down.), by a beekeeper, to a self-congratulatory vegan who preened about the virtue of abstaining from honey since he objects to beekeeping (Note: I disagree with the notion that beekeeping has to be "organic", and I have no ethical problem with killing animals in and of itself.):
And do you know the best way to help make sure the bees survive?This and more culminates in the beekeeper informing the vegan that his whole diet would be impossible without beekeeping. Enjoy.
Keep them. ... And here’s a secret about beekeeping; you inspect the hives whether or not you take honey, to make sure the bees are healthy and doing well. (There are mites and diseases that can severely harm bees, and even as an organic beekeeper who doesn’t use chemicals on her girls there are methods I use to prevent/treat things like varroa mite infestation that can kill an otherwise healthy hive).
And yes, when you open a hive to inspect it, you might crush one or two bees. But tell me, honestly, that you’ve never killed an insect. Bees themselves will kill sick/non productive members of the hive to ensure the health of the hive as a whole; I don’t see how my accidentally squishing one to ensure the health of the other 50,000 is any different.