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Weasel Words

George Bush in a debate in 2000, speaking about “gay marriage”:

Q: So if a state were voting on gay marriage, you would suggest to that state not to approve it?
A: The state can do what they want to do.

Compare that with his latest desperate attempt to galvanize the frothing religious regressives out to the polls this November:

If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America. Decisive and democratic action is needed, because attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country.

This position strikes even Bob Barr, the twice-divorced author of the problematically un-Constitutional “Defense of Marriage Act” as, well, a bad thing:

The Constitution is no place for forcing social policy on states, especially in this case.

Earlier here.

Holy Biomass Grail

Converting to a “hydrogen economy” given current mechanical efficiences will mean increasing the already unsustainable human agricultural footprint by around 50%.

The fossil fuels burned in 1997 were created from organic matter containing 44 ? 1018 g C, which is >400 times the net primary productivity (NPP) of the planet?s current biota. As stores of ancient solar energy decline, humans are likely to use an increasing share of modern solar resources. I conservatively estimate that replacing the energy humans derive from fossil fuels with energy from modern biomass would require 22% of terrestrial NPP, increasing the human appropriation of this resource by ~50%.