American Elephants


Christmas is Coming: The Geese Are Getting Fat… by The Elephant's Child

A mysterious light switch allows unsuspecting New Yorkers to turn on over 50,000 Christmas lights. From Improv Everywhere:

For our latest mission, we placed a 7-foot-tall light switch in New York City’s Father Demo Square. When a random New Yorker flipped the switch, the entire square lit up with Christmas lights. In addition to lights on the trees, benches, and fences around the park, a mob of performers wearing lights wrapped around their clothes lit up as well. The performers were instructed to turn on their lights and freeze in place when the switch was flipped on.

(h/t: AmericanDigest)



Another Rant About Wind Energy! by The Elephant's Child

On a hot day, and there have been quite a few of late, particularly on the East Coast,  Con Edison officials were preparing for the highest demand for power for New York City that they had ever had to supply.

The temperature was expected to reach triple digits across the city by the afternoon.  The Con Edison forecast was for 13,450 megawatts, a surge they claimed — with their fingers crossed — that they were prepared for.

Elsewhere in the country, the world’s largest wind farm is the Roscoe Wind Complex in Texas.  It covers 100,000 acres, has more than 625 turbines, and at full capacity generates 781.5 megawatts of power. [Note that wind farms do not achieve “capacity”].

So all a green-energy economy for New York City would need to run on wind, is a wind farm about the size of Delaware. [Note that there’s not much wind during hot spells — one reason why it’s so hot].

Wind farms always talk about their “capacity,” which means what the turbines could produce if and when the wind is blowing at just the right speed, which is at best, occasional.  Texas has a glut of wind companies, but a lack of transmission lines.  But there also must be 24/7 backup by conventional power plants for all the times when there is no wind blowing.

A wind farm the size of Delaware.  Imagine!  Sigh.



An Attack on Times Square? Quick, Cut NY Security Funds! by The Elephant's Child

Let’s see, we just had an attempt — fortunately botched — to blow up an unknown number of people in Times Square by an Islamic radical.  The response from the White House has been to play it down, sniff at the bumbling, attempt to modify our language in the fear that someone would say something that offends someone, and to wonder if we should change the Miranda warning rules instead of changing who we apply them to, and insisting that there’s no reason not to try KSM in New York.  All very strange.

The administration is funding anything and everything,  as is demonstrated by figures on the deficit, the national debt and the budget about which no one is willing to speak.  So where are they suddenly becoming tightwads?

In 2005, New York received almost 41 percent of homeland security funds.  Obama dropped it to 30 percent and now they are cutting it further.

This is the second attempted attack on New York in recent months.  In September, the FBI disrupted an attack on the New York subway system.  New York is the nation’s financial and cultural capital, and as such, a prime target.  On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, al Qaeda attempted to blow up seven planes headed for America as they crossed the Atlantic.  They are big on anniversaries — will they have something special planned for the tenth anniversary? New York probably needs more money, not less.

We aren’t doing much about capturing terrorists and interrogating them so we can try to stop attacks before they happen, either.  You can’t do that and pretend there is no such thing as Islamic radicals.




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