A mishmash worth $2000 :)

Hi guys,

I don’t remember exactly when we launched our own fundraising page, but it wasn’t that long ago and I’m so proud that we’re already touched the $2000 target. Next goal: $3000. 🙂

With this, here’s a lengthy Saturday mishmash.


Weekly Address:




Some really good stuff to read:

Roger Cohen (NYT):

On the eve of an election year, with Jewish donors and fund-raisers already restive over his approach to Israel, President Obama made a brave speech telling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “the dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation” and urging him to accept Israeli borders at or close to the 1967 lines.
The president got 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008. Perhaps those words will cost him some of those votes — although sentiment toward Israel among American Jews is slowly shifting. But true friends are critical friends. And the American and Israeli national interest do not lie in the poisonous Israeli-Palestinian status quo.

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Peter Beinart (The Daily Beast):

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The real difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama actually is what Bush said he was: a moral universalist.


By embracing all—rather than only some—of the Arab spring, Obama also powerfully distanced himself from Benjamin Netanyahu, a man who supports Arab democracy so long as it never impairs his ability to forestall Palestinian democracy. Obama put himself on the side of Palestinian democracy, too.


Still Obama allied America with those Arabs and Iranians thirsting for freedom, and he did so in a subtle but remarkable way. He invoked, as he so often does, the civil-rights movement. Not World War II, where American power served the cause of freedom. Not the Cold War, where American power did as well, at least in Europe. But the civil-rights movement: where an oppressed people struggling for freedom confronted American power, and won. It’s a more subversive analogy than we generally acknowledge, and one that should make everyone battling oppression in the Middle East—in Sana, Damascus, Cairo, Tehran, and Ramallah, too—smile.


Juan Cole:

President Obama’s major policy address on the Middle East got many things right. He pointed to al-Qaeda and terrorism, which targets civilians, as a dead end. He sided rhetorically with the grassroots movements for greater democracy in the region. He condemned outright the longstanding regimes, like that of Hosni Mubarak, that had been US allies, which ruled through sordid police states. He pledged US support for democracy movements. He avoided hypocrisy by condemning US allies such as the king of Bahrain and President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen for repressing their own movements. He acknowledged the importance of ending the Palestinian people’s long sojourn in the wilderness of statelessness. He pointed to the constraining by corrupt elites of the economic and educational opportunities of young people in the Middle East as among the central discontents leading to the Arab Spring. He underlined the importance of women’s rights, and rights for minorities such as Christians and Shiites.

The courage of Obama’s speech should be recognized.


A bolder speech would have announced that the US would be moving its naval base from Bahrain because we refuse to be in bed with a repressive sectarian monarchy. It would have supported the push for Palestinian statehood at the UN as a wedge against the Likud Party’s intransigence. And it would have mentioned democratization in Riyadh along with the other capitals that were mentioned.

Still and all, it was a fine speech, a courageous speech because it challenged US allies as much as it did US foes, and it put the US on the side of Bourguiba Avenue and Tahrir Square and Benghazi and Deraa and Taizz. That is the side of history on which the US needs to stand. As a set of ideals, it was a big stride in the right direction. As practical policy, it is hard to see how it would be implemented effectively (upbraiding Israel and Bahrain slightly won’t change those crises). But, well, at least Washington is finally not standing in the way of the people in the region.

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Michael Tomasky:

Bibi Netanyahu could have reacted any number of ways to Barack Obama’s mention of the “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” Let’s say, actually, four ways: embrace, circumspection, suspicion, tantrum. That he chose the last tells us a lot about the man’s shortcomings and (lack of) political instincts. All political is local, and Netanyahu undoubtedly scored points with his Likud base back home. But he has a base here in America too, and I think he misjudged that base badly.


His behavior these last 48 hours has verged on, if not been, petulant. A foreign leader (no less one of a state whose existence depends on the United States) isn’t supposed to talk like that to a president. Add to the bargain: Obama’s a stronger president now on foreign affairs than he was in 2009, partly because of the bin Laden coup and partly because the speech was generally well received across the American political spectrum.

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Things just feels better when David Plouffe is around:

When Barack Obama traveled to Texas this month to talk immigration, David Plouffe, his top message guru, decided to stay home and watch Twitter instead. While Obama spoke, Plouffe sat before two flat-screen televisions in the White House complex. One showed live footage of Obama in El Paso. The other flickered with a lightning-quick vertical ticker tape of people tweeting with the #immigration hashtag, reacting line by line to the President in real time. “I find it useful,” Plouffe says, “to see what’s penetrating.”

When Obama went off script to joke that Republicans would soon demand a border moat filled with alligators, a blur of Twitter messages showed people sending the quote to friends and followers, signaling a messaging victory of sorts. “It’s kind of the next evolution,” Plouffe explains. “Remember back in 2008, you’d have the presidential debate, and then most of the networks would have some sort of dial going up and down. That seems very Jurassic Park–like compared to this.”

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Interesting NYT story about the progress in Afghanistan:

Afghanistan’s military and police have become increasingly reliable and effective



I really can’t wait to see PBO in Ireland. The place is going crazy!

O’bama fever strikes tiny Irish village

(CBS News) MONEYGALL, IRELAND – CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports it’s easy to spot the village of Moneygall in the rolling hills of central Ireland. It’s the one where the flags are flying, and where every surface in the place has been given a fresh coat of paint.
It’s the on where they’ve written a new song as a tribute to their new favorite American president, Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama’s visit to this village of 300 people next week may be the most anticipated in this corner of Ireland apart from the Second Coming.


But when church records were first revealed the link four years ago, an Irish Barack Obama was incomprehensible here.

“I’ve been calling him ‘Abracadabra’ because I didn’t know how to pronounce his name,” resident Carey Wilde said in 2007.

In an interview this week, Wilde said she’s learned his name since. “I did indeed, and grown to love him.”

Everybody’s grown to love him in Moneygall – especially Henry Healy. “He’s going to find everyone crawling out of his family tree to meet him when he arrives.”

The celebration of Irish roots is a time-honored tradition in American politics. Sooner or later, all American presidents seem to end up in Ireland. Maybe it’s those 40 million or so Irish-American votes. But maybe it’s because the Obama connection was so unexpected, that he has been so warmly embraced.

At Ollie Hayes’ pub, they’re expecting him. “If he’s coming to Moneygall, he’s coming in here,” Hayes says.

It’s not the party they’re worried about. It’s the morning after.

Sinead Culliton says it’s “so huge, there might be the anti-climax after.” Laughing, she said she’s worried about a “post-Obama stress disorder.”

There’s a cure for that here in Moneygall.



President Obama Thanks the Intelligence Community:



Finally: This is such a great quotes from Michelle Obama:

Here’s the thing about my husband: even in the toughest moments, when it seems like all is lost, Barack Obama never loses sight of the end goal. He never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise, even if it comes from some of his best supporters. He just keeps moving forward.

And in those moments when we’re all sweating it, when we’re worried that the bill won’t pass or the negotiation will fall through, Barack always reminds me that we’re playing a long game here. He reminds me that change is slow—it doesn’t happen overnight.

If we keep showing up, if we keep fighting the good fight and doing what we know is right, then eventually we will get there.

We always have.


145 thoughts on “A mishmash worth $2000 :)


  2. The Obama Diary is reporting that poor weather may keep the president from going to Moneygall.

    It would be a great disappointment to all the people there (and to the president, too, I bet), so let us send out prayers, good vibes, positive thoughts and weather dances — whatever — so that the president can get to visit with his distant relatives and a bunch of people that seem to appreciate their native son.

    In the meantime, BiBi N can keep on acting like an immature brat. The fact of the matter is that he appears to be two-steps behind the process and it shows, even if he gets an assist from the recalcitrant GOP. His actions over the last couple of days have been very disrespectful and childish. No wonder, he is acting a lot like some of those GOP so-called leaders. They all seem to get their political lessons from the same school. Go figure.

    Shame on them all.

  3. Yes, President Obama fever is rising here and hopefully not tempered by rain on Monday. More family tracing has been going on and there are now links to yet another family of 5th & 6th cousins in nearby Shinrone, Co. Offaly. Going farther than that, there is now a link to family roots in either Belgium or the Netherlands with the Benn/Behn surname. Give us a bit more time and every country in Europe will have a share of him.

    This morning I was reading the President’s letter to Congress re Libya and was most impressed by the tone and wording.

    PBO’s letter to Congress on Libya…the last paragraph:

    “While we are no longer in the lead, U.S. support for the NATO-based coalition remains crucial to assuring the success of international efforts to protect civilians from the actions of the Qaddafi regime. I am grateful for the support you and other Members in Congress have demonstrated for this mission and for our brave service members, as well as your strong condemnation of the Qaddafi regime. Congressional action in support of the mission would underline the U.S. commitment to this remarkable international effort. Such a Resolution is also important in the context of our constitutional framework, as it would demonstrate a unity of purpose among the political branches on this important national security matter. It has always been my view that it is better to take military action, even in limited actions such as this, with Congressional engagement, consultation, and support.”

    Read the whole letter here:


    Congress can’t say later it wasn’t given an opportunity to either follow-up in writing on their prior verbal strong support for the action and their condemnation of Gadaffi, or to direct the President to end it. That issue can’t be used in 2012.

  4. Great stuff, as usual, BWD! Love the final quote from the First Lady. I try to remind myself of that all the time. Even as some quarters, including the PM, went apoplectic over the “’67 borders” I thought, “just wait” this is the President who will actually get some progress.
    I know things are going to be slow going the rest of this term, but I think he will match or surpass his 1st 2 years with the 1st 2 years of his 2nd term.

  5. Wow. The quote from FLOTUS is so right on the money. After years together, she knows her husband more than any pundit or yelper we see on TV. And everything she says there has been proven over and again to us in the way this presidents attends to the people’s business.

    Yet, there are those who choose to continue to throw their hissy fits every time this president makes a decision, not matter how big or small.

    And because we know they are so predictable, that’s why I always remind myself to treat them like specks in the universe.

    The president does not play to the camera, he does not aim for instant gratification, nor does he make decisions because he wants everyone to like it. He does what’s practical and does so without shooting from the hips.

    I just love the fact that he is methodical about the serious issues about every thing he does.

    That’s why it is laughable to me that Mr. Bibi thinks what he did yesterday was showing our president.

    Wait grasshopper, just wait and see.

  6. Good Saturday morning to everyone…and great mishmash to read with my coffee:)
    Bibi is the “Bush” that Israel has to deal with now.Feet firmly planted, toes dug in, not open to discussion unless he gets his way.A child throwing a tantrum instead of grown up discussion. His base will love him for it, but the reality is that the world is changing and he needs the US much more than the US needs him.People have to be tired of fighting,tired of warring.Tired of a President that can’t move the country forward out of decades of this status quo that is unsustainable.I say, let the tough love speech sink in alittle bit…for those in the region, and those here at home.Once again,the adult showed up to speak to another adult about a way forward,and was instead met by a child holding his breath until he gets his way.Bibi believes in his hardline stance, but I think that after this speech has time to sink in,fewer people will see this as a viable option.Time will tell.

  7. More on Afghanistan, al Qaeda and the Taliban had a good relationship. Zawahiri did not. Lots of Taliban surrendering and wanting to reintegrate.
    Reports say karma is so overwhelmedwith the latter, that he is falling behind in the re integration process.
    Mullah Omar has sent high level negotiators to the table after bin ladens death.
    The leverage the united states has is bin ladens death and the information obtained in abottabad.
    When the president makes a speech in July on Afghanistan, he wants to speak specifically about these negotiations.

  8. I’m with you, Africa! My thoughts exactly…wait and see until it sinks in. I think that Bibi made the same mistake that so many others do around this President…(we know who they are)they severly underestimate the long game impact of his statements.That’s just for starters.I think that he shouldn’t be “dancing in the aisle” thinking that he “told” this President off.Big mistake. HUGE!
    As our wonderful First Lady reminds us about her husband…we must all remember that as well:)Let’s not get squirrelly. He’s got this!

  9. The senate has bi partisan support for the war powers act. It is the house that worries me. They have no qualms of seeing Obama fail at anything, so…

  10. Good morning and thanks for another great mishmash. Congrats to you for raising so much money in such a short time. Keep going!!

  11. Yes, Deserfflower. Here is another thing I was thinking: President Obama never does or make statements without consulting myraid of people, experts, advisors, whatever. He takes all of the pros and cons and then makes his decisions.

    You can bet he has had months of conversations with all the world players and others before he made his speech and basically said what every American president have said or thought about saying but have not.

    No wonder we’ve seen positive reactions from the world powers supporting the president’s speech.

    Bibi can revel in his rudeness today and let the naughty GOP leaders fatten his ego, but soon they will all be in the same box wondering what the hell happened to them.

    Go figure

  12. Congrats, bwd! I predict that you’re going to be quite the fundraiser for POTUS. That $2k target met means that the $5 and $10 contributions most certainly do add up; anyone who is hesitant to donate because they think that $5 is too small, please erase your hesitation. This is a people-powered campaign, all amounts welcome. I hope that people who are hesitating will get off the fence and throw five or ten bucks to POTUS today. 🙂

  13. I was wondering about the process if and when the Palestinians apply to the UN for statehood and UN membership, and particularly worried if the US does use its veto. It turns out that the decision of the Security Council is only a recommendation and not binding on the General Assembly, so a US veto would not matter.

    A fact sheet is here (short .pdf):


    “Moreover, Article 4 (2) of the UN Charter stipulates that the admission of any state to UN membership is by decision of the UNGA [United Nationa General Assembly]. The Security Council decision is a recommendation, not a condition, for UN membership. The General Assembly is the ultimate arbiter of UN membership.”

    Bibi seems to be counting on something that won’t help him. If and when the application gets to the GA, I am almost 100% certain it will pass particularly if it is based on the statehood conditions as laid out by President Obama.

  14. Mornin’ All…

    Today’s mishmash isn’t just good stuff it’s great stuff!

    And, BWD, I 2nd that about Plouffe:

    The @WhiteHouse Twitters, but That’s Just the Beginning… http://t.co/rxryN6C

    But, just like PBHO, he cannot do it alone!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.More, Together! (h/t Bobfr) 😉
    YES.WE.CAN…Move America Forward & Win The Future!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again Make History…Obama/Biden 2012!


  15. What a wonderful mishmash! Thank you BWD for all you do to keep us informed, and of course for the photos.

  16. THe ObamaDiary had what I thought was a great picture of the President sitting outside around a garden table, stretching his arms behind him. Check it out.
    Why would rain keep him from going to Moneygall? Don’t you have to PLAN on rain in Ireland?? Maybe someone smarter than me could explain…

  17. Africa, let’s pray for reasonably good weather in Moneygall/Ireland for POTUS’ visit…

    Jackie 4 Obama, where’s those candles?

  18. The President was trying to give Israel an “out”, to give America a valid reason to vote against the UN General Assembly statehood vote – and Netanyahu spit on it. The US wanted to go to the general assembly and make the case that the UN should not get involved as concrete steps were being taken and that any settlement needs to be decided by the two parties involved. However with Bibi showing that he has no intention of honest negotiating, but rather keep running out the clock while building settlement after settlement so he can eventually say “Well those settlements were illegal, but they’re up now and no sense in taking them down”, what choice is he giving.

    The question now becomes how will the US vote?

  19. That’s a great observation by FLOTUS. I was just watching on BBC a political show and the panelist said the same thing about Obama’s I/P policy – he is taking a long term view.

    His ME speech basically undermined that war monger nut n yahoo’s standing in his own country and that’s why he is pissed off.

  20. He needs to helicopter it into the town, because it’s too far out of the way to road trip it and burn too much time in country in transit(and probably would have security concerns). If the ‘copters can’t fly than he can’t make it there.

  21. Hello team…Thanks BWD. Those articles plus a number of very informed experts on the Middle East and its politics show that Prez Obama got it all nicely caliberated.

    Bibi showed disrespect to POTUS and, it was duly noted not just across America but around the world. He is poised to make it worse with a Republican Congress and AIPAC but, chest thumping will be short-lived. Soon the pressure on BiBi will begin–much of it from the global community. When he comes down from on-high, Prez Obama will be waiting and it will not be a cakewalk.

  22. A mishmash for the ages BWD! I’m on my 2nd cup of coffee and still reading! 🙂 Netanyahu needs to understand that there’s a new sheriff in town.

  23. Good Morning BWD family

    Over the past few weeks I have been so impressed with the commencement speeches POTUS and FLOTUS have been giving. I decided to make a collection of 3 clips and use it as

    1. My weekly contribution to the wonderful Progress Weekly gn produces

    2. I would be very grateful if you could share the page with everyone you know who is graduating. (from pre-school to grad school) Even if the person is not graduating but is in school or thinking of returning to school these clips are inspiring. Think of it as an online graduation card from the first family.


  24. Thanks for all of this, BWD, and congrats on hitting the first $2K goal! I’ll finish reading all of the good stuff you posted later, but the Irish story hit me and this is my favorite part:


    But when church records … first revealed the link four years ago, an Irish Barack Obama was incomprehensible here.

    “I’ve been calling him ‘Abracadabra’ because I didn’t know how to pronounce his name,” resident Carey Wilde said in 2007.

    In an interview this week, Wilde said she’s learned his name since. “I did indeed, and grown to love him.”

    Everybody’s grown to love him in Moneygall – especially Henry Healy. “He’s going to find everyone crawling out of his family tree to meet him when he arrives.”

  25. Why are you allowing the ads from Goggle? They are paid for by a right wing group trying to bring Obama down. Their surveys are nothing but propaganda against him

  26. Pardon a personal comment, but I am sad right now. The most beautiful bird flew into my window and is now lying motionless on his side on my deck, with 2 of his buddies, or family members, standing vigil beside him. I have never seen this kind of bird in my backyard, had to look him up, he’s a Cedar Waxwing, with orange head, yellow breast, brown and gray feathers with an orange tipped tail. It’s the saddest thing ever, they’re still standing there. I was hoping he was just stunned and would be revived, but it’s not looking good. I don’t think there’s anything I can do.

  27. Thanks whatisworking, my middle son graduated Thursday- annnddd got a job friday (how about that :).. and I will happily pass your video onto him, this is excellent of you 🙂

  28. Send out lots of positive thoughts/prayers- whatever you have.. for good weather Monday in Ireland, particularly for the folks of Moneygall- they’ve put so much effort and enthusiasm into this visit by POTUS & FLOTUS.

    Well done BWD on the $2000. reached goal 🙂 🙂

    I am sickened by Netanyahu and his arrogance toward President Obama- but even more sickened by any republican or media person who would side with Netanyahu over POTUS. Big Mistake imo. We can be sure POTUS is 20 steps ahead of the likes of Mr. Yahoo.

    I fully expect there to be mucho verbal attacks against the President while he is out of the country.. every scoundrel will be voicing their opinion about this or that, attempting to diminish him while he’s not here- so don’t let that diminish our enthusiasm or appreciation for him and his trip next week folks. The media is sure to live down to our expectations of cohorting with repubs to say all they can to sabatoge this trip… keep that in mind.

    Most excellent mish-mash bwd, thank you.. and especially those wise words by our First Lady~

  29. That has happened so many times to us.Is there a bird rescue/santuary near you? They often take these birds and nurse them back to health. Many are free, but they appreciate a small donation.We have one in Scottsdale and I have gone there many times.Sometimes though, you just have to let nature take its course, sad as it may be.He may have broken its neck, or maybe it just stunned itself badly from crashing into the window.I have even held birds that did that in my hand, stroking them,and then,just like that….they fly away.Please let us know what happens.Good luck to the little one.

  30. Great idea amk… Dotster, check to see if he’s alive.. and if so.. possibly you have a wild animal center, or a vet that you could bring him to? My neighbor had an injured squirrel in her yard a few months back and I was able to get him to our vet… unfortunately he was critically injured and she had to put euthanize him.. however that was far better than him struggling & suffering I think.

    Its always so sad to see an injured wild animal and feel helpless to assist them.

  31. May 20, 2011

    Vice President Biden Visits National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Announces First Agreement Under “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” Challenge
    Outlines Administration’s Ongoing Commitment to Spur Commercialization of Technology

    Washington, DC – Today, while visiting the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, Vice President Biden announced that a Colorado-based start-up company has signed the first option agreement under the Department of Energy’s new “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge. Based in Boulder, Colorado, US e-Chromic LLC will use electrochromic technology developed by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to create a new thin film window material that reflects sunlight on demand, making windows more energy efficient while reducing cooling costs for consumers.

    “Now, more than ever, America’s future competitiveness depends on our ability to innovate and our capacity to live up to our rich history of technological advancement,” said Vice President Biden. “This kind of public-private partnership fosters extraordinary innovation, allows brilliant ideas to develop, and gives businesses the tools they need to bring technology to the market.”

    Of the agreement, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “This is a great example of what can happen when we unleash the American innovation machine and allow entrepreneurs to turn a great idea into a business opportunity. By making it easier, faster and cheaper for start-ups to license groundbreaking technologies we can move innovative ideas to the marketplace – creating jobs and growing our economy.”

    Following President Obama’s call in the State of the Union for new investments in American innovation, the Department of Energy announced in late March the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge as part of the Administration’s Startup America Initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. These initiatives are part of the President’s plan to help the United States win the future by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building our global competition.

    The agreement announced today demonstrates how American innovation is growing the economy and keeping America competitive in the 21st century. The electrochromic technology used by US e-Chromic LLC uses an electric field to change the tint of a window, allowing users to control the transparency based on the time of day, temperature, or exposure to sunlight. Today, the current supply of electrochromic windows turn darker in color when activated, consequently absorbing heat. In contrast, the technology being developed by US e-Chromic LLC reflects sunlight, keeping buildings cooler. They can be retrofitted to existing windows, potentially reducing cooling costs by 25 – 30 percent for commercial buildings during air conditioning months.

    Beginning May 2nd, entrepreneurs interested in some of the 15,000 patents and patent applications held by the 17 National Laboratories can now obtain a streamlined option agreement through the Department of Energy’s “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge. The restructured option agreement will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to option groundbreaking technologies developed by the National Laboratories for a $1,000 upfront fee. The portfolio of patents available under this challenge – including biomass, vehicle technology and grid energy storage – can help achieve the Administration’s goal of reducing our oil imports by one-third by 2025. To date, more than 400 companies and entrepreneurs have inquired about the available technologies.

    Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the challenge can view the available technologies and the restructured patent agreement on the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation Portal website.


  32. “the media is sure to live down…” Truer words were never spoken. Useless individuals.

  33. useless indeed, I have no problem saying I despise them and never trust them.

  34. The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS —
    The Energy Department has cleared the way for a terminal in southwestern Louisiana to export a portion of the U.S.’s burgeoning supply of natural gas.

    The terminal was originally built to import natural gas during shortages, before supplies skyrocketed because of vast discoveries in shale rock formations.

    The Energy Department said this marks the first time an exporter has been allowed to send natural gas from the lower 48 states as LNG to all U.S. trading partners.

    Houston-based Chenerie Energy Partners LP said Friday it will be allowed to export up to 803 billion cubic feet of gas annually from its Sabine Pass LNG terminal. The gas will be transported on tankers after being chilled by super-low temperatures to liquefied natural gas.

    Exports are expected to begin in 2015.

    Read more: http://www.heraldonline.com/2011/05/20/3085480/energy-dept-oks-natural-gas-exports.html#ixzz1N0JWb9Hk

  35. Geek-Up[5.20.2011]: Electricity from Waste Heat, Fuel from Sunlight
    Submitted by Niketa Kumar on May 20, 2011 – 5:53pm
    Thanks to scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the billions of dollars lost each year as waste heat from industrial processes could be converted into electricity. An ORNL team, led by Scott Hunter, has developed a high-efficiency thermal waste heat energy converter that actively cools electronic devices, photovoltaic cells, computers and other large industrial systems while generating electricity.

    Hunter noted, “In the United States, more than 50 percent of the energy generated annually from all sources is lost as waste heat so this actually presents us with a great opportunity to save industry money through increased process efficiencies and reduced fuel costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

    The technology uses cantilever structures that are about 1 millimeter square in size – about 1,000 of these converters can be attached to a 1-inch square surface, such as computer chip or PV cell. Although the amount of electricity each device can generate is small – 1 to 10 milliwatts per device – many arrays can be used to generate sizable amounts that can power remote sensor systems or assist in active cooling.

    Initially, Hunter envisions the technology being used for cooling high-performance computer chips, such as those in petaflop-scale computers. Check out more on ORNL’s waste heat to electricity technology


  36. Building a Better Transmission Tower
    Submitted by Kristel Turner on May 20, 2011 – 9:41am
    Engineers at the Department of Energy’s Bonneville Power Administration have cut the cost of upgrading the grid with innovative software that helped them build cheaper but sturdier towers for new high-voltage transmission lines.

    Their new towers are stronger but use less steel. They better withstand winds and storms but are easier and faster to assemble. They’re so much sturdier that some power lines may now require fewer towers per mile, reducing their environmental footprint and price, which in turn helps minimize costs for electric consumers.

    BPA operates about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission lines in the Pacific Northwest and is building new transmission lines to handle rapidly growing amounts of wind energy.


  37. Flex Your Electric Vehicle Knowledge Muscle On Jeopardy! Tonight
    Submitted by G. Simmons on May 20, 2011 – 9:30am
    One of the Department of Energy’s great prides — the Argonne National Laboratory — will be featured in today’s episode of Jeopardy!

    Contestants will answer questions in a “Cars of Today” category, which will include three clues about Argonne National Laboratory’s vehicle technology programs.

    If you want to brush up on the topic before you watch, you may find this piece on how GM’s Chevy Volt is using Argonne’s breakthrough battery technology, and this interview with Argonne’s Jeff Chamberlain on electric vehicle research and development, helpful.

    Argonne National Laboratory last appeared on Jeopardy! on March 10th in the Double Jeopardy round. You can watch the highlights below:


  38. Argonne’s Pilot Electric Vehicle Charging Project

    Solar array and charging station. View larger image.
    As part of Argonne’s continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, several electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed around the laboratory campus as part of Argonne’s Pilot EV Charging Pilot Program. In addition to displacing petroleum through the use of EVs and plug-in hybrids, the program includes the installation of a solar power array and wind turbine to provide clean, renewable electricity for charging.

    Project Components

    Solar energy will come from 3.8 kW Sunpower panels with a DC/AC inverter and a tracking array mount that allows the mounted panels to tilt toward the sun, guaranteeing an optimal angle for power generation. The solar array features a monitor to track how much electricity is being generated by sunlight. A 60-foot free standing Skystream 3.7 wind turbine will supply wind power.

    The deployment of charging stations will begin with 20 parking spots strategically located around the lab’s 1,500-acre campus. The eventual goal is to have enough charging stations to accommodate 5 percent of Argonne employees, which equates to 160 parking spaces. The installation of the charging stations, solar array and wind turbine will be completed sometime in 2011.

    As a member of the Grid Interaction Tech Team, Ted Bohn, principal electrical engineer in Argonne’s Transportation Technology Research & Development Center (TTRDC), is excited about the prospect of having a small-scale, functioning EV charging infrastructure on site.

    “As a laboratory focused on energy R&D, this is the right thing to do,” Bohn said. “But it’s also a great research tool for us as we pursue the development and validation of smart charging and smart grid technologies. We can use this on-site charging infrastructure for data collection and for field tests on our new prototype technologies such as software-defined radios and compact metrology units.”


  39. Looking at TV coverage for Monday, if you can pick up either of these on-line. RTE1 will start live coverage from 9:20 am [4:20 am EDT] and go for about 2 1/2 hours, and then pick it up again at 3 pm and go to at least 6:00 pm.
    TV3 starts at 7:20 am [2:20 am EDT] and has live coverage and special commentaries, etc. all day long.
    In about an hour I will get an up-dated weather report. The winds will be the most important problem to going down to Moneygall by helicopter. It is a good 2-hour drive from Dublin and another 2 back, so it cannot be done by car and still meet Enda Kenny and do the concert and speech.

  40. Metamora Township High School says a wind energy project is now in the works.

    Chicago-based energy company PNE WIND USA announced Thursday that an agreement has been made with the high school to develop a wind energy facility.

    The project will include installation of a facility near the school in Woodford County, which is expected to be operational in 2012.

    This will be the county’s first wind energy project.

    Metamora says it has been evaluating alternative energy options since 2007 to combat electricity costs.

    In 2010, the school installed $135,000 worth of solar panels, cutting energy bills by $10,000 a year.

    “Renewable energy provides the school with a unique opportunity to both save taxpayers money and provide a learning tool in a world with increasingly complex energy challenges,” said Ken Maurer, Superintendent of Metamora Township High School.

    “We hope to provide the school with economies of scale and expertise in wind development that will push this project to the finish line,” said Kelly Lloyd, General Manager of PNE WIND USA.

    PNE says in addition to the Metamora Wind Energy project, a 120MW wind project will also developed for Tazewell County.


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  42. Very important invocation by Rev Cletus Kiley to the Buildings and Trades National Legislative Conference

    h/t Chipsticks

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  43. This is misleading…it’s BPA that’s trying to retire the wind farms because they’re out-competing nuclear and coal.

  44. Oh, Jovie, I wish I could. The tickets for Moneygall went to the residents of that small village first and then to the residents of their parish. They were Golden Tickets, all right, and all gone. To get to the concert I would have to travel 2 1/2 hours by train up to Dublin and then take a bus to College Green, and would miss any train back and have to spend an expensive night in Dublin. Can’t do. The low value of the US$ on exchange for Euro is killing me.

  45. I love this video and the music and the words. Have passed it on. Thanks.

  46. Me too….they are so transparent in their collective ignorance its actually quite pathetic.They all get paid big bucks for their narrow minded, short sighted, or totally ignorant view of not only this President, but world view. Actually, I don’t think they have a world view. They have an ideological view of the world, and pass that poison on as often as they can.They disgust me.
    On a happier note: Congrats to your son:)What a good, rightfully proud mama you are!

  47. BWD Thanks a million you always make our day
    I listened to the speech of Thanks to The Intelligence community, this President is just wonderful.

  48. You, and all the rest of us will be there in spirit! I always think of us breathing the same air:) Goofy. I know.

  49. Remember BiBi is a hard liner, yes the world is changing Obama is NOT BUSH, Obama understands the world much better. Obama sees reality of what is happening in The M.E.

  50. I think republicans have thoroughly invaded the media- as owners and as ‘journalists’ and it really is time America took a stand and demanded our media give the facts impartially- I’m not holding my breath :0.

    Thank you df- I will pass on your congrats to my son.. I am indeed very proud, its been a long road for Josh and he has achieved an important goal here- I just want him to enjoy it 🙂 🙂

  51. Well, the gooffy American MSM will be tagging along! Make sure you put Chuck todd in his place, when he says that Ireland is giving POTUS a luke warm reception, like he always does(when he goes overseas). LOL!

  52. Chuckie won’t be able to lie this time.
    Three gigantic US Air Force cargo planes have landed in Dublin carrying like 10 helicopters and about 20 vehicles. He’s really coming!! At College Green they have cherry pickers up checking out the trees.

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  54. You know what I think….President Obama has tricked Bibi into showing his hand, i.e. slow dragging the process and waiting for a break. The President needed to flush out where his support is and where it isn’t(the repug candidates for pres). He also needed to send a message to the youth of the Arab nations that he intends to protect the Palestinians and move Israel’s foot off of their neck. I am sure he knows that if he does not do so there will be a quiet, big non-violent movement towards Gaza, Goland Heights, etc. and Israel will not be able to stop it. I love the box the Pres has put Bibi is in and I love the fact that Bibi knows it.

  55. LOL amk…”nut n yahoo” I like that! Will be using it from now on 🙂

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  57. I keep worrying about all of the new GOP governor’s repression of voting bills getting passed.

  58. Up Chuck is an A** of epic proportions.When he talked about the personal investments of the Obamas and tied them solely to personal gain…what a jerk. Luckily, I am a good lip reader and can watch tv with the sound turned off for his camera shots.Don’t want to hear anything that man has to say.

  59. C-5s cargo planes most likely, or C-17s… But, so cool of you to hear all the particulars, keep us infromed, and thanks.

  60. Yes indeedy to all the above…

    And, WE have so much more work to do!

    I have been givin’. Matter of fact, I’ve given to more than one personal grassroots fundraisin’ page. But, I want to make sure it’s goin’ to the right place…How can I do that…

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  61. SR
    Thanks so much for answering my “why” question. I just could not figure out why the US would vote against the statehood request after Israel has refused to honor almost ever UN resolution.

  62. Totally.Did what I said not come through as that? Was early in the am before the coffee kicked in:)

  63. Those planes are HUGE!, Jovie.

    Here’s the latest on the weather. Gale to storm force winds Monday morning but looking far better now for the speech and concert Monday afternoon.

  64. OSG thanks for all the updates of POTUS/FLOTUS’ Moneygall/Ireland Visit…

    I hope the good weather “holds up!”

  65. Bibi, like Mubarak, will find that his days are numbered. The voices of change in the ME will be heard. The current occupation by Israel of the West Bank and oppression of the Palestinian people is not sustainable. I suspect President Obama and SOS Clinton recognize the precarious state of current conditions. If thousands of nonviolent protestors attempt to cross into Israel and if many are killed by the Israelis Israel will become increasingly isolated. I am sure many in Israel would also prefer a peaceful resolution. The reference to the civil rights movement was telliing: it applies not just to Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Yehmen and Tunisia but to Palestine as well.

  66. Thank you WiW – I emailed it to my sister and my nephew for encouragement. And thank you BWD for this mishmash is choke full of wonderfulness! And congrats on reaching your goal of $2,000!!!!!

  67. BWD, today’s mishmash is a stunning collection. Thank you so much.

    I checked out Roger Cohen’s full column and read the comments. I highly recommend that everyone do the same. The comments ran the gamut, raised a whole lot of issues to consider and contained very little nastiness. Lots of useful info.

    And I’m sure looking forward to Pres. O’Bama’s visit to Moneygall. 🙂

  68. Thank you, that was a good read. My fav parts.

    “Earlier on, a barefooted Michelle Obama had passed through and mused that whoever all this was for, it wasn’t her. ” “What was he like to interview? Very focused, very clever. Once or twice he saw where I might be heading, and expertly headed me off at the pass.

    “Once I got a steely look and a “that’s enough of that” kind of answer. He grinned at a couple of the questions, and was as nuanced, careful and balanced as his reputation suggested.”

  69. Bibi is probably hoping he can drag things out until Jan/13 and a more sympathetic president. Bwahaha! Four more years, Bibi! At least. By the end of Pres. Obama’s second term, the Republican Party may be no more substantial than a corn husk. And a new Democratic president may see no reason to change Pres. Obama’s policies.

  70. Thank you Jovie for all the latest and very important news. Thank you Observerinvancouver, I will take your word for it and check out the comments over there. 🙂

  71. Agreed. Now the world knows who the real stumbling block is. Bibi has been exposed as a manipulator; more unreliable than the Palestinians he always blames. His disrespect for the Prez also showed him to take U.S support and aid for granted. He was revealed to care so little about America’s own security and strategic interests in the region. Now we wait for the whole thing to play out…

  72. Very astute comment. Heh. Bibi doesn’t know what he’s dealing with. It astonishes me that so many of Pres. Obama’s adversaries don’t understand that there’s a vast difference between good manners and weakness.

  73. Michelle’s words about the ‘long game’ ring so true. With media pounding on every negative, and the right funding these efforts, sometimes I lose sight of the long game. I’m very glad our President doesn’t!

  74. As to Cohen’s article above I just checked out Wiki on Jewish Americans. It turns out that there are more Jewish people living in the United States than there are in Israel. And if 78% went for President Obama in 2008 that represented over 5 million votes.

    If he lost even half of that number (which I doubt)he could make up that number in new voters who were unable to vote in 2008, but are now eligible in 2012.

    Once again voter registration and GOTV will be key in 2012.

    Truly I think the media and the repubs (along with Bibi) are over playing there hands on this speech.

  75. Awesome news about the donations! I hope we get BWD noticed by OFA 🙂

    I’m so excited about the President’s upcoming trip to Ireland. I was there last year, and loved Dublin and the surrounding areas!

    Can’t wait for the photo streams! I’ll be crossing my fingers for good weather for the people of Moneygall.

    They are so excited, I’d hate for them to miss out on meeting our wonderful President.

  76. I am so happy to come here to understand the real deal behind Netanyahu’s temper tantrum yesterday. Even Pat Buchanan was pissed. I have seen this before. Obama lures them in – like Ryan and his budget last year – just to watch them detroy their ownselves in the end. BIBI had to know the whole world was watching. Now he looks foolish.

  77. If the bad weather forecast stays for Monday morning, I’d wager that the relatives from Moneygall and Shinrone will go up to Dublin to meet him. That would be doable and the disappointment not quite so great. Those little girl Secret Service recruits will be disappointed, however.

  78. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. The outcome was not good. His loyal buddies stayed beside him for a couple of hours, then one gave up and flew away. But the other one—-a mate?—stayed and stayed, and it started raining and still no movement at all from the downed bird. He must have broken his neck, and so I finally went out to remove him and his distraught loyal partner then sadly flew home to his empty nest. Sob sob.

  79. I will have to check it out online tomorrow since my cable company doesn’t carry the bbc.

  80. President Obama said in his Middle East speech a simple truth.

    “The international community is tired of an endless process that never produces an outcome.”


    (AFP) – 22 hours ago

    PARIS — Key global players Friday backed US President Barack Obama’s call for a Palestinian state including land lost in the 1967 war as Israel insisted there could be no return to “indefensible” borders.

    As Obama’s vision was welcomed by the European Union, the United Nations, Russia, the Palestinians and parts of the Arab world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly rejected it as “unrealistic”.


  81. absolutely, but this essay is finely written, reasoned, and totally supportive of PBO on this issue. I’m still filled with anger at the way Netanyahu behaved yesterday, and more angry that he will be feted by Repugs and some Dems, sad to say, as if HE were president when he addresses Congress on Tuesday. While PBO is away. Unpatriotic and disgusting.

  82. Thanks, Snoopy. I’m in. We’ve got to stop this rot right in its tracks. We all know if the Repugs can’t win fair and square, they cheat. This is a bold move right out in the open to disenfranchise voters. It shows not only their selfish evil but also their blindness about ordinary people who will stand against this.

  83. Excellent. This will rile up that sob more. Hope Livny is waiting in the wings all ready when this racist and corrupt pos crashes & burns.

  84. SR, just my take on this but I think PBO gave Bibi the ‘rope’ to either save himself or hang himself and Bibi chose the later. I think US will now vote with the international community to recognize Palestine and force Bibi’s hand.

    I could be very wrong but I think PBO set Bibi up and Bibi walked right into the trap. We shall see.

  85. Congratulations to your son! You must be so proud. Our niece graduated last week and our family was just over the moon with joy for her.
    Tell your son best wishes and Bravo from me and my family.

  86. OMG! I loved this especially the baby and younger pics. I am so going to get this downloaded for my grandkiddos, I can hear them now, singing along.

    Thanks so much for this WIW and for all your contributions here and at your blog. I don’t think I have told you how much your work means to me.

  87. AMEN! Thank you Pastor Kiley! Thank you, Bob for sharing this here.

  88. “a barefoot Michelle Obama” Loved that. I would wager that all the Obamas go barefoot in the house as much as they can. I have read that this is a common courtesy in Hawaii, to remove ones shoes indoors.

    We do that too, not so much as a matter of respect but more as an attempt to reduce tracking in sand and dust. We have a rack for shoes beside the door.

    Thanks, amk, I really enjoyed the link.

  89. You are always on top of things, GN. Thanks for posting the link here. Our Deaniac is a real treasure and he is on fire with his diaries. I hope all here visit TPV often.

  90. I am so excited for the folks in Ireland. My Irish friend here in AZ is already praying and lighting candles for good weather there and safe passage for PBO.

  91. Oh my God, are you kidding me. I love u, I love u, I love u. Thank you, thank you thank you. I am the happiest person because of you. I am happy to back too.

    Thank yopu again!
    Taiping1 You rock!!! I really mean it I love you!

  92. Taiping1, I love u so much and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for the wel-come also, although I didn’t go anywhere I just didn’t post anything I was lurking.

    Thanks again, sorry for the delay!

  93. You are welcome. We all need to do everything we can to reelect our wonderful president, VP Biden, and a democratic house and senate. We shall overcome, persevere, win the future, and of course we are fired up! The GOP threat to all of us (women, minorities, Medicare, Medicaid, social security, endless war, billions for billionaires etc) should never be underestimated. No matter what bozo is nominated for the GOP we will need to organize to win and prevent voter suppression. The GOP knows it can only win by cheating, lying, and fraud, not on the merits of their positions.

  94. I think Netanyahu and the Republicans think they’re laying a trap. Because they’re going to force PBO to make a hard choice with the US vote. The US will not vote against Israel’s interest in the UN, so they have Bibi big time President Obama so when the US does vote against Palistanian statehood it will be a huge slap in the face to the Arab Spring and lock the US in hard with Israel against the Arab world. And if he doesn’t vote with Israel, than a year out from his re-election it will be a HUGE political bombshell that could be a game changer and give the GOP their opening.

    I mean President Obama didn’t say anything that hasn’t been said by Bush, Clinton or Bush 41 but the over-the-top GOP reaction tells me this is a plot we’re seeing hatched to paint President Obama into a corner – either he sides with Israel and snubs the Arab World, where he as made great inroads, or he is framed as “abandoning Israel” and the GOP run very hard on that in 2012.

    The problem seems to be Dennis Ross, PBO’s ME and Israel/Palestine adviser – he seems to be in pretty deep in unquestioned support of Israel to the point I’d question his loyalties.

  95. Ok – now I’m reading my comment, and it sounds a little crass. But I also hope that people in Iceland are ok!!!

  96. You’re welcome!

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    And, WE gave them their chance durin’ the 2010 midterms!

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  97. “It astonishes me that so many of Pres. Obama’s adversaries don’t understand that there’s a vast difference between good manners and weakness.”

    Very well said Observerinvancouver! Bibi Netanyahu displayed such bad manners by disrespecting the President of a country he looks to for support.

  98. Remember the first time the President went out of the country, and the right wing and media went crazy? And when the President came back, he confronted them and said something to the effect of “I heard you were misbehaving while I was away”. It made them look as small as they are.

    I think that what the media planned to do with Netanyahu while the President was away is almost like trying to plan a coup while a nation’s leader is away. And the fact that the President will be on a state visit makes it that much more disgusting and cowardly.

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