Prop 23 Update: Silicon Valley Not Saving CA Economy

Russ Steele

I hope that you all remember the Prop 23/AB-32 debates, when our local left who were promoting AB-32, told us that going green in Silicon Valley would be the engine that would save the California economy.

Forbes magazine ranked the nation’s 51 largest metro areas for high tech employment.

1. Seattle, WA
2. Baltimore, MD
3. Columbus, OH
4. Raleigh, NC
5. Salt Lake City, UT
6. Jacksonville, FL
7. Washington DC
8. New Orleans, LA
9. San Bernardino-Riverside
10. San Diego

Where is Silicon Valley? San Jose is at 17; San Francisco at 29;  and Sacramento at 43.

According to Forbes,  Silicon Valley remains the `biggest loser’ among the nation’s tech regions, surrendering roughly one quarter of its high-tech jobs — about 80,000 — in the past decade.

Now let’s hear from our local lefties, what happened? Could it be that AB-32 and similar regulations are squeezing the life out of the Silicon Valley and the innovators have moved to more business friendly states and regions in California? Just asking?

Your mobile phone is logging your every action

Russ Steele

There is a mobile phone app that is embedded in your cellphone that records every keystroke, every site you visit, and the police can get this information from the phone company without a search warrant.

Though the software is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown until 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut analyzed its workings, revealing that the software secretly chronicles a user’s phone experience — ostensibly so carriers and phone manufacturers can do quality control.

But now he’s released a video actually showing the logging of text messages, encrypted web searches and, well, you name it.


The company denies its software logs keystrokes. Eckhart’s 17-minute video clearly undercuts that claim.

You can read the rest of the article at WIRED. The article concludes:

Cringe as the video shows the software logging each number as Eckhart fingers the dialer.

“Every button you press in the dialer before you call,” he says on the video, “it already gets sent off to the IQ application.”

From there, the data — including the content of  text messages — is sent to Carrier IQ’s servers, in secret.

By the way, it cannot be turned off without rooting the phone and replacing the operating system. And even if you stop paying for wireless service from your carrier and decide to just use Wi-Fi, your device still reports to Carrier IQ.

If you are watching porn on your smartphone, or if you have a secret girl friend, or are accessing your bank accounts, or investment accounts on your cellphone STOP!  Your whole life is being stored in your service providers data base, which the government can access with out your knowledge.

Are Penn State lectures on “climate ethics” an oxymoron?

Russ Steele

As you all may recall, it is Penn State that is hiding Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann e-mails, data, and research logs from FOIA requests.   This hockey stick research was conducted with public grant money and is in the public interest. So, I was dumbstruck when I read about about Penn State giving climate ethics lectures at the UN COP Meeting in Durban South Africa at WUWT.

An Ethical Critique of the Climate Science Disinformation Campaign

Dear Attendees of COP-17:

On Tuesday, November 29th, in a seminar organized by Penn State University and the University of Washington on the ethical dimensions of climate change join us to look at two issues.

One, an ethical analysis of the climate change disinformation campaign. We will examine whether this is a new kind of crime against humanity?

Second, we will look at the piratical significance for negotiations in Durban if climate change is understood to create human rights violations.

Tuesday, November 29th, 1PM – 5PM,The University of Kwazulu-Natal,Howard College Campus Howard College Lecture Theater

Donald A. Brown
Associate Professor Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law,
Director,Collaborative Program on Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change, Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University.

You see, if your are not on the warmer’s team’s message that the world is burning up from human CO2 emissions you are guilty of human right violations.  And, to mention that the science is not proven and there could be other causes for the warming, warming that is not happening by the way, you are participating in a disinformation campaign.  So, this is how science is done at Penn State. What ever you do not  send your kids or grandkids to Penn State, they have unresolved ethics issues.

Oh, by the way, big oil is 96 months behind in sending me my first check. It will arrive some day I am sure as Professor Brown keeps telling me I am on the payroll.

Competing World Views of Tea Party and OWS – The Video

Russ Steele

NY University law professor Richard Epstein has developed a particularly helpful video to assist readers understand the real differences between the Tea Party and the Occupy Crowd.

Competing worldviews of the Tea Party and OWS

Prop 23 Update: AB32 will drive up food prices

Russ Steele

I spotted the paragraphs below in an article by Steven Greenhut in The City Journal:

. . . members of the California Assembly’s rural caucus and a California Air Resources Board member met with San Joaquin Valley food processors regarding implementation of AB 32, California’s anti-global-warming law. The law will impose a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions—something the assembled farmers and food processors said could put them out of business. Eventually all manufacturers will have to purchase emissions credits, but CARB is rolling out the program slowly to minimize damage to employers. Using typical bureaucratic language, CARB placed various industries into categories based on their risk of “leakage”—a euphemism for job losses. The food processors, who depend heavily on natural gas to dehydrate and can vegetables, were put in the “medium-leakage” category, to which they objected: they’ll have to pay for credits sooner than businesses in the high-leakage category. Because their products are traded globally, the food processors argued, there’s little chance that consumers will absorb the extra costs.

It seems clear that Central Valley jobs and businesses are being sacrificed as part of a utopian environmental scheme to lower worldwide temperatures. Reducing carbon-dioxide emissions will not clean up pollution in the bad-air areas of Fresno County, given that global-warming gases are not—despite President Obama’s insistence—a pollutant. But more land will go fallow as farm-based industries shift south of the Mexican border and even to China.

CARB attempting to solve a problem that does not exist. There is no proven case for human caused global warming. As we discovered in Climategate I and II the CO2 science is flawed and a small group of UN IPCC climate scientist rigged the data to continues to get grants to study the problem.

For readers truly interested in understanding the the problem the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) has series of links to commentators who have analyzed the Climategate II emails: