Political Rant – Coffee Party Survey

April 11, 2010 on 2:57 pm | In Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I am a member of the Coffee Party – “Wake up and stand up!” Recently a poll was emailed to CP members, asking a yes/no vote on these two issues:

Should the Coffee Party focus on the role of Money in Politics?
Should the Coffee Party focus on reforming Wall Street to be more accountable to Main Street?

Of course both of these are important, even critical issues. But I wrote the following as a comment on the above:

Both of these issues are important, because as long as the moneyed interests/Big Biz control both the Republicans and Democrats, we will never get meaningful legislation to do much of anything.

However, ALL other issues pale when compared with global warming, aka catastrophic climate change! We have about a 10 year window to reverse the current trends. After that, we face the very real possibility of making the Earth uninhabitable, not only for humans, but for almost all living creatures.

GW is so big an issue, so abstract, that it’s hard to get people focused on what can be done. But local actions can make a tremendous difference. Recent studies have shown that a significant reduction in GW can be made by simply painting all the roofs in the world WHITE! The white paint reflects the Sun’s heat back up, just as polar ice does. Save the world (or help) with a coat of paint…

Here in NYC, there are many miles of flat roofs – just as there are in every major US city. What if all those (white) roofs had a roof garden, a solar cell array, and a vertical windmill? Imagine the change in air quality from miles of vegetation – go up on your roof, and pick some veggies for a salad. Reduce the demand for oil based electrical power by having each building generate part of its needed electricity.

Tax breaks for white roofs/roof gardens/PV arrays/windmills could create millions of new jobs that can NEVER be outsourced, as they must be done locally. The work is relatively simple, millions of people could be removed from the unemployment lines by giving them basic training. Using a paint brush is not rocket science. Erecting pre-fab windmills can be done easily, and how much expertise is needed to carpenter up soil beds for plants?

The reason these things are not being done more widely, is that there is no focus on them as a political agenda – and where there is, it is opposed by the entrenched money-blocs. But these could be key issues if they are approached correctly. Save the world, save the failing US economy, and while doing so, save/create a job for yourself, all at the same time.

If the Coffee Party made these relatively simple tasks a national priority, it might have an exponential effect. They are all non-partisan, logical, effective, and have an immediate positive effect, wherever they are implemented. They would also contribute greatly to the clout and credibility of the Coffee Party.

I urge everyone who gets this email to not only join the Coffee Party (it’s free), but also to advocate that these actions be taken, on a national, (and global), basis. You can start by forwarding this email to all your socially concerned friends.

Change never comes from the top down. It grows like a tree, from the roots up. We are the roots…


John Hechtman


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Techy Tip – Vista vs. Win7?

March 9, 2010 on 6:14 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Far too many people are currently suffering with that misbegotten excuse for an operating system known as Vista.  Up until recently, your only option was to endure the pain, or ‘downgrade’ to WinXP.

With the release of Win7, and good reports coming in about its performance, end users (EUs) now have a new option.  Yes, Win7 really is better than Vista (hey, that’s not hard).  There are however, still several things to consider:

1 – You absolutely MUST back up EVERYTHING you value from your computer before doing either an upgrade or a ‘clean install’ !

2 – Upgrades are never as stable or robust as a ‘clean install’ – which means to wipe your hard drive squeaky clean, and install Win7, followed by drivers, productivity software, and your data.  Tedious, but worthwhile…

3 – No matter what Micro$oft says, you’ll likely need more RAM – with 3 GB being tossed around as a happy balance between price and power.  Problem is, not all computers will accept that amount of memory.   The official M$ figure is 1 GB of RAM – which is only true if you like using a cyber-snail…  Some reports are now coming in of adequate performance using only 2 GB of RAM – but more is always better.

4 – I did mention drivers, right?  Be sure you can get valid Win7 drivers for all your peripherals before you try to upgrade.   Sound, video, Ethernet, printers, cameras, etc.

Bottom line?  If you have a computer running Vista, and you can pump the RAM up to 3 GB, go for Win7.  If you can only install 2 GB or less, revert to WinXP.  Be patient, organized, and attentive when doing your upgrade or install.  Make notes as you go along – it pays off big time!

My new blog…

March 9, 2010 on 4:46 pm | In Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hi all – I’ve decided to start a blog for many of the usual reasons.  To improve my website’s search rank, to offer techy tips, to vent at the political madness that is occurring globally, to display some of my own writing, and to encourage contact and feedback from old friends and new.

Oops, there’s one more reason I started the blog – so people could ask me questions!  If you’ve got any reasonable question, technical, political, anything, I’ll try and answer it in as timely a manner as I can.  All bets are off when I get busy…

I hope that this collection of tips, tricks, rants, and art will be interesting and educational for all who visit.  Enjoy!

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