January 2009


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It has been said that he (Rushkin) did away with the role of imagination in art by giving too large a role to science

“Every class of rock,  earth and cloud, must be known by the painter, with geologic and meteorologic accuracy … Every geological formation has features peculiar to itself; definite lines of fracture, giving rise to fixed resultant forms of rock and earth; peculiar vegetable products, among which further vegetable products, among which still further distinctions are wrought out by variations of climate and elevation … He must render the delicate fissure, and descending curve, and undulating shadow of the mouldering soul with gentle and fine finger like the touch of rain itself …

The greatest picture is that which conveys to the minds of the spectator the greatest number of the greatest ideas.”

He ruined science by giving too large a place in it to the imagination.

This guy lives in the desert, prowling those big dunes, looking for little hamsters or something else to feast on. She was out prowling around last night and it got cold and then she sneezed and wiped her face with her fat paw. 

 

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— there are few things more fun than jumping off of cliffs in to depths unknown.

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Bespoke Cashmere is a spiritual entity before a political one, but these are political times, and somethings need to be mentioned; first and foremost of those things is T. Boone Pickens!

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In both areas–wind and natural gas–Boone has business interests. If completed, his Mesa Power wind project will make 4,000 megawatts of electricity, which would make it one of the largest wind farms, capable of powering 1.3 million homes.

Boone has made a down payment on $2 billion worth of General Electric wind turbines, which are set for delivery in 2011. The credit crisis, however, has disrupted the financing for the project, although Boone still thinks the project will get done.

“There’s no money to finance it, but I think it’s all going to happen. I’m an optimistic entrepreneur type,” he said.

To help wind developers and achieve the Pickens Plan target of 20 percent of electricity from wind, Boone said that the U.S. government should establish a “wind bank” that would give wind developers loans.

A wind bank would be a “fraction” of the projected $825 million in federal spending on a stimulus package, he said. It would also be cheaper than continuing to spend money on foreign oil, he argued.

Pickens says he is not opposed to other clean energy technologies, like battery-powered cars. But heavy-duty vehicles can’t run on batteries effectively. One diesel garbage truck emits as much pollution as 350 cars.

To overcome that, he proposes an investment of $28 billion to purchase 350,000 heavy trucks that run on natural gas. The fueling infrastructure will follow once those trucks are on the road and corporations start to replace their fleets.

“You cannot get to the conclusion that we can reduce foreign oil in a significant way without using natural gas,” he said.

The oil tycoon and life-long Republican has advised a number of politicians on how to cut oil imports. He has also spent $58 million on a public awareness campaign, which he says is successful because the media and politicians now regularly talk about energy.

Back story on the Pickens Plan 
In a briefing with reporters, Pickens offered some color on how he decided to launch the plan.

He met with former President Bush in April 2008 to urge him to adopt the core ideas of the Pickens Plan and establish an “energy legacy.”

Bush’s response, according to Boone, was that he wouldn’t have enough time to meet the goals. Six weeks later, Boone had still gotten no response from the Bush administration.

One night at two o’clock in the morning, he woke his wife up and told her: “Somebody’s got to do this.” Shortly after, he began work on the public awareness campaign.

“I said, ‘Hell, it’s up to me.’ I honestly felt it was the patriotic thing to do. I’m 80, I got the money to do it, so let’s just go ahead and do it,” he explained.

He said if current trends continue, the U.S. will be importing 75 percent of its oil in 2019–more than today–and be paying high prices–in the $200 to $300 range–because of the supply cannot keep up with the demand.

In doing focus groups in conjunction with launching the Pickens Plan, the billionaire found that many Americans don’t believe what politicians say about energy. But he said he doesn’t fault them. “They’re not lying. They really don’t understand energy,” he said.

Pickens met with Barack Obama during the campaign and has met with his transition team twice. He says it’s clear that the administration is committed to green technology.

“(Obama) is a charismatic guy. I think he can pull it off and it will bring everybody together,” he said.

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On MLK Day, Bespoke Cashmere ponders a nip/tuck

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