The musings of one Andrew Langer - defender of liberty, passionate protector of individual rights, foodie. (Note: Said Musings of Andrew Langer are his own, and the views represented herein are likewise his views, and not the views of any other people, entities, foodstuffs, etc [unless otherwise specifically and explicitly noted].)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Logo, New Website, New Political Gig.

Things have been going fairly crazy for me on this end. I've been doing lots of press for IFL (on tankers, gas prices, small business and the election), I'm giving a speech at a hearing on the DC Taxicab Meter issue tomorrow. And I've got three political projects, one of which I'm going to talk about tonight.

But first - IFL has a new logo:

Lots of discussion on this - and the general concensus was that this worked. Thanks to Saban designs. They did excellent, fast, and eminently reasonable work.

Item the 2nd:

IFL's new website is up. I now have a working understanding of HTML as a result. It continues to be a work in progress, but I think it is a substantial step in the direction Kerri and I want to take the organization. Website is still at the same address:

Item the 3rd:
Last Saturday, I was asked by the McCain campaign to be their Eastern Shore Regional Director. Yes, I know you're all as stunned as I was. I am honored, and when the campaign for your party's standard-bearer's calls for your help, you have to say yes. Plus, I've gotten to know the Maryland State Director rather well in recent months, as well as a number of the county directors.

So I accepted. This is a damned important election - and the other major election out here on the shore is important as well. I see this as an opportunity to help State Senator Andy Harris win his election, too.

That's about it. Lots going on!

- Andrew Langer


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, you've defended John Berlau in the past over allegations about prostitutes and so on.

But here's something serious. Berlau says there's no global warming.

How would he respond to this? By the way, I tried calling him at CEI at about 1500 EST and they would not put me through.

Here's the article.

Antarctic ice shelf 'hanging by thread': European scientists Thu Jul 10, 1:57 PM ET

New evidence has emerged that a large plate of floating ice shelf attached to Antarctica is breaking up, in a troubling sign of global warming, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Thursday.

Images taken by its Envisat remote-sensing satellite show that Wilkins Ice Shelf is "hanging by its last thread" to Charcot Island, one of the plate's key anchors to the Antarctic peninsula, ESA said in a press release.

"Since the connection to the island... helps stabilise the ice shelf, it is likely the breakup of the bridge will put the remainder of the ice shelf at risk," it said.

Wilkins Ice Shelf had been stable for most of the last century, covering around 16,000 square kilometres (6,000 square miles), or about the size of Northern Ireland, before it began to retreat in the 1990s.

Since then several large areas have broken away, and two big breakoffs this year left only a narrow ice bridge about 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) wide to connect the shelf to Charcot and nearby Latady Island.

The latest images, taken by Envisat's radar, say fractures have now opened up in this bridge and adjacent areas of the plate are disintegrating, creating large icebergs.

Scientists are puzzled and concerned by the event, ESA added.

The Antarctic peninsula -- the tongue of land that juts northward from the white continent towards South America -- has had one of the highest rates of warming anywhere in the world in recent decades.

But this latest stage of the breakup occurred during the Southern Hemisphere's winter, when atmospheric temperatures are at their lowest.

One idea is that warmer water from the Southern Ocean is reaching the underside of the ice shelf and thinning it rapidly from underneath.

"Wilkins Ice Shelf is the most recent in a long, and growing, list of ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula that are responding to the rapid warming that has occurred in this area over the last fifty years," researcher David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said.

"Current events are showing that we were being too conservative, when we made the prediction in the early 1990s that Wilkins Ice Shelf would be lost within 30 years. The truth is, it is going more quickly than we guessed."

In the past three decades, six Antarctic ice shelves have collapsed completely -- Prince Gustav Channel, Larsen Inlet, Larsen A, Larsen B, Wordie, Muller and the Jones Ice Shelf.

July 10, 2008 5:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa...You Lose!!!!!!

November 05, 2008 12:47 PM

Blogger Andrew Langer said...

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November 05, 2008 3:48 PM

Blogger Andrew Langer said...

Well, it all depends on how you look at it, doesn't it? While it's obvious that McCain lost nationally, my own area of responsibility was Maryland's Eastern Shore (first and foremost).

And on that score, McCain did resoundingly well, coming in well-ahead of the Republican candidate for Congress (well, actually, coming in well-ahead of both the Republican _AND_ the Democrat). He handily beat Barack Obama, winning the presidential race out here.

I take a great deal of satisfaction in having been asked to take on a task, and having been able to deliver on that task - so I consider that a personal win.

What are your thoughts on that?

November 05, 2008 3:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you won the battle and lost the war. Great job, you should be so proud. Just another example of you trying to be something in this world when in fact you are so insignificant.

November 06, 2008 8:47 AM

Blogger Andrew Langer said...

As Kansas put it, "all we are is dust in the wind.

Or, if pretentious classic rock quotes aren't to your liking, how about modernist Russian poetry? To quote Mayakovsky, I am "simply a man."

All I'm trying to do is leave the world a better place than when I found it. Whether it makes me "something" is frankly immaterial.

But thank you for the supremely constructive positive feedback.

Now what are you doing to make the world better?

November 06, 2008 10:35 AM


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