27 November 2009

Getting a PODS in Oakland - not easy. PSPickup.com - easier, smaller

PODS (Portable On Demand Storage) will not deliver one of their storage units to the parking spot in front our your house in Oakland unless you (1) get an encroachment permit and (2) get them a copy of it at least a few days before they're supposed to drop off.

Better option:
PS Pickup

PS Pickup has smaller boxes, so they don't need an encroachment permit. They're located in Oakland and I was connected with a great rep named Tate. He even said he'd deliver an extra storage unit but if we didn't use it he wouldn't charge us (each box is about $75).

A little more expensive (about $50 more for a move and store for less than one month and local move) but less than the cost of the encroachment permit.

PODS - not a real option.
PS Pickup - good option.

That is all.

11 November 2009

Update to "Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools" - so low as (GASP!) Public Interest!

Again, the NYTimes seems to think people are only interested in public interest because the recession keeps them from higher paying jobs in the private sector (where they work to get the public's money which they then invest to earn .... wait ... OMG ... that's the " 'public' interest"!) [snark]

From a "Special Report" on International Education:
tuning in to a growing interest in social entrepreneurship among its students as business graduates everywhere react to the worst recession since the Great Depression and the prospects of a jobless recovery.
There has been massive competition for new private and non-profit public interest / social groups and projects. That's part of the reason some many of those positions are filled by volunteers and very low paid staff in spite of their "over qualification" for low financial reward positions. The problem is not from a lack of interest, it's a lack of support from our government for these programs and entrepreneurs.

What is our government doing instead? It focuses on giving the biggest possible financial incentives to private industry. Maybe it's because they think, "then we'll get more taxes paid and then we can afford social programs." But we had less profit and production in the 80's and 70's but the best school system in the country, now we're in the bottom five in most categories.

Maybe it's because our election system is based on who can get the financial support of corporate interests - they initially decide who get funding to run and they don't pay for candidates who will oppose their interests, even if that means those candidates are going to be working against the public interest. Not that candidates like Bush think they were working against the public interest when allowing massive environmental devastation ... they just think that behavior by corporations is beneficial to everyone financially while ignoring that the wealth stays with the corporation because we don't tax them and the external costs fall heavily on the public.

Maybe I'm just angry because I'm up too early on a day off ... internal clock is unhappy.

03 November 2009

Meat ≠ global warming ... IF it's local & pasture fed

NYTimes: "The Carnivore’s Dilemma" - the take home message:
Foods that are minimally processed, in season and locally grown, like those available at farmers’ markets and backyard gardens, are generally the most climate-friendly.
The author, Nicolette Hahn Niman, is "a lawyer and livestock rancher" and "author of 'Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms.'" That would be a great way to use my JD one day ... maybe ...

Obvious tribute to Michael Pollen's Omnivore's dilemma and like the "grass farmer" he discussed there.

The point is consistently removing the gas from the food system: gas to transport fertilizer and food to the cows, gas to get the farmers to the farm because they don't live there, gas to deal with the shit lagoons they create, gas to package the meat, gas to get the meat to the store, gas to get the meat to your house, gas to deal with the wasted left overs (~50% of all food is wasted according to the article).