Coronavirus and mild winter helps Germany to reach 2020 climate target

Mild temperatures accompanied by strong winter storms have led to rising production levels from wind power farms amid a lower energy consumption for heating, the Berlin-based think-tank explained.

On top of that, the coronavirus crisis from mid-March on is likely to drive down emissions in the transport sector, as well as industry demand for power and natural gas.

“We currently expect emissions to decline by 40 to 45% [from 1990s levels],” Agora Energiewende director Patrick Graichen said.

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The Sklar Brothers – What’s In My Bag?

The Sklar Brothers go shopping at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. Their latest podcasts ‘View From The Cheap Seats’ and ‘Dumb People Town’ are available now.

Check out their picks:
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride (LP)
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Orville Peck – Pony (LP)
http://bit.ly/2SLbUR6
A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (LP) http://bit.ly/2wC8EPr
Bob Dylan – Street Legal (LP) http://bit.ly/39NK3Fx
Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap (LP) http://bit.ly/2SZHglW
The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (LP)
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (LP) http://bit.ly/3bXlS9g
Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co. [10th Anniversary Edition] (LP) http://bit.ly/2v2miL6

The Superfluous Man

The superfluous man (Russian: лишний человек, líshniy chelovék, “unnecessary person”) is an 1840s and 1850s Russian literary concept derived from the Byronic hero. It refers to an individual, perhaps talented and capable, who does not fit into social norms. In most cases, this person is born into wealth and privilege. Typical characteristics are disregard for social values, cynicism, and existential boredom; typical behaviors are gambling, drinking, romantic intrigues and duels. He is often unmindful, indifferent or unempathetic with society’s issues and can carelessly distress others with his actions, despite his position of power. He will often use his power for his own comfort and security and will have very little interest in being charitable or using it for the greater good.

Russian critics such as Vissarion Belinsky viewed the superfluous man as a byproduct of Nicholas I’s reign, when the best educated men would not enter the discredited government service and, lacking other options for self-realization, doomed themselves to live out their life in passivity. Scholar David Patterson describes the superfluous man as “not just…another literary type but…a paradigm of a person who has lost a point, a place, a presence in life” before concluding that “the superfluous man is a homeless man”.

The superfluous man is often in contrast politically with the great man.

Beavis and Butthead – The Rolling Stone Interview

The stupid and ugly have one advantage in life: Teachers expect nothing from them, so they can fly under the usual indoctrination that accompanies education. Thus the stupid and ugly — if they aren’t entirely stupid — have a greater chance of being original. They are allowed to speak the truth because no one cares what they say. Because they are stupid, they are free.

You don’t have to go to college to know the definition of “redundant.” What I’m saying is that essentially what you’re saying is “I like stuff that I like.”
Beavis: Yeah. Huh-huh. Me, too.
Butt-Head: Also, I don’t like stuff that sucks, either.

But nobody likes stuff that sucks!
Butt-Head: Then why does so much stuff suck?
Beavis: Yeah. College boy! Huh-huh, huh-huh.


What advice do you have for America’s youth?
Beavis: Uh . . . sometimes at the arcade? If you rub your feet on the ground and touch the coin slot, it makes a spark and you get a free game. Huh-huh.
Butt-Head: Huh-huh. Uh … I got one. Like if you go to school and, like, study and stuff? And grow up and get a job at a company and, like, get promoted? You have to go there and do stuff that sucks for the rest of your life.
Beavis: Yeah. You’ll be trapped, just like those worms in that grasshopper’s butt. Huh-huh, huh-huh. And then people will whip you, and you’ll come crawling out and —
Butt-Head: Shut up, Beavis! Huh-huh. But what I was saying is, if you act like us and just do stuff that’s cool? Like sit around and watch TV and burn stuff?
Beavis: And choke your chicken. Huh-huh-huh.
Butt-Head: Yeah. Huh-huh. And choke your chicken. Then, Rolling Stone magazine will come and kiss your butt!

Beavis and Butt-Head: The Voice of a Generation
Charles M Young
AUGUST 19, 1993
Rolling Stone

My Words Were Taken Out of Context – Falwell Example

I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians…the A.C.L.U., People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, “You helped this happen.”
— Jerry Falwell, September 13th, on The 700 Club about last week’s terrorist attacks

I sincerely regret that comments I made…were taken out of their context.
—Jerry Falwell, September 14

Nine Possible Contexts:
1. “…NOT.”

2. “You know, I’m really high right now, so this may not make any sense, but…”

3. “Keeping in mind that today is Opposites Day, I emphasize that…”

4. “My son showed me this cool thing on Alta Vista, where you type something in English and then have the computer translate it into French and then into Spanish and then into German and then back to English—it’s kinda like ‘Telephone,’ you know?—and something that made sense at the beginning will come out sounding like…”

5. “If an infinite number of monkeys typed on an infinite number of typewriters, one of them would write…”

6. “I want to take a break from the grim events of this week, and salute the brave people who’ve spent years making America a better and more tolerant place. Who’s done this, who’s helped this happen? Well, I’ll tell you: …”

7. “An insane man off camera is pointing a gun at my head and forcing me to read this statement. Quote,…”

8. “Please join me in praying that, in the wake of this horrific tragedy, Christ’s message of peace will prevail, our entire country can unite in compassion, not aggression, and that no misguided person will state…”

9. “I truly believe that if Osama bin Laden had been born in America, right now he’d be saying…”

What Falwell Really Meant
Michael Gerber And Jonathan Schwarz
SEPTEMBER 18, 2001
Village Voice

Visitation Rites: The Elusive Tradition of Plague Lit – Village Voice

Pestilence may have an old-world ring, but epidemics were, until quite recently, a recurring feature of urban life in America, as well as a force in such emblematic events as the Civil War and the great westward trek. Congress could not be convened in 1793 until George Washington rode through the streets of Philadelphia to assure himself that an outbreak of yellow fever, which had decimated the city, was under control. As J.H. Powell’s riveting account of that outbreak, Bring Out Your Dead, reveals, the barbaric responses we associate with AIDS were commonplace in 1793: Refugees were stoned, shot, or left to starve as they wandered the countryside; newspapers from the capital were boiled in vinegar before anyone would read them; and the task of caring for the afflicted and burying the dead fell largely to impoverished blacks. This is an America you will not read about in fiction. There are no epics about the epidemics that struck New Orleans with such regularity that the death rate in that city remained higher than the birthrate for the entire 19th century; no chronicles of the devastation that disease wrought upon the ’49ers as they headed west. You can read all about cannibalism on the Donner Pass, but not about diarrhea.

Richard Goldstein,
AIDSspeak: A Plague of Words
Visitation Rites — The Elusive Tradition of Plague Lit
VLS, October 13, 1987
Village Voice

Google Trends – Corona, Covid …

Is a beanbag a chair? Object Oriented Programming Dilemma.

It is hard to talk about a “chair” if nobody agrees on what a chair is. There is enough of a common example base in OO, the shape, animal, and device-driver examples; that one can start, but beyond that the nature of OO diverges from person to person.
I’ll take that challenge. Find a definition of chair. For any said definition of finite length, their is either an exception to the definition or a thing that is a chair that isn’t covered by the definition. And yet, we can still talk about chairs.

[A lot of this is because OO is a broad church embracing everyone from the prototype-based (Self, Io, JavaScript) to the class-based (Java, SmallTalk, etc ) to those who have built OO systems on top of other paradigms (CLOS, OCaml, various Scheme dialects, Python, Perl). Each of these have various flavors of usage as well so talking about OO without qualifying it usually becomes a meaningless debate about whose definition we shall use.

We can only talk about chairs if we first state that we’re only interested in wooden 4-legged chairs.]

I suppose we have beanbag chairs that are borderline “mini-couches”. But, this gets back to the need for a working classification system for OO. I don’t know if “modeling” can be separated from language or not.

Nobody Agrees On What Oo Is

Helping Colorado Homeless – Covid Pandemic

“Corona Virus (COVID-19) puts people experiencing homelessness especially at-risk. At Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, our Stout Street Health Center staff are working diligently to provide services to our most vulnerable population during this crisis. We are in need of supplies for our staff and patients. Thank you for being a part of this effort! Shipping address: 2130 Stout St Denver, CO 80205 (Stout Street Health Center)”

Here’s their Amazon wishlist if you want to help out:
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