July 8th, 2010


Plastic Props, and a Bra

WI know I've been on a 2nd Ammendment kick of late and I apologize. At least this post relates to the the official topic...

Lost wars, Female Empowerment, and fun with Taboos!

Sociology professor Jerry Lembcke, while blogging for the Washington Post, commented on the "deeply Freudian implications" of a recent issue of Rolling Stone.

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Personally I find it far more interesting to look at what Mr. Lembcke's response to Lady Gaga's plastic props might say about his own personal issues.

Now everyone who has ever served in the military or owned a gun has heard someone comment about how we're "compensating for something". Hell, I've joked about it myself on occasion, but my stock responce has always been "I'm compensating for the fact that pointing my penis at someone trying to break cordon is unlikely to produce results."

But where does this come from?

Well part of it is obvious, Inecurity. "The Gun" is a symbol of power, just as "The Sword" was in ancient times, and people who are insecure tend flaunt whatever power they think they have.

As for Lady Gaga? I blame Taboo, and Henry Kissenger.

After all, he's the one who said "power is the ultimate aphrodisiac", which brings us to Mr. Lembcke's comments.

Girls with guns, after all, have deeply Freudian implications. In interwar Germany it was proletarian women with handguns tucked in their skirts alleged to have assaulted soldiers returning from the war they lost. Some Vietnam veterans remember a Girl Cong sniper they called Apache who pinned them down and picked them off. Stanley Kubrick even scripted her into “Full Metal Jacket.”

But these are fantasies, women imagined to have the male capacity to project power, warrior women conjured out of men’s anxieties about the wars they’ve lost -- or are losing.Western culture has twined manhood with martial accomplishments so the loss of war is experienced as a blow to sexual prowess, pride, and status. And the real dread isn’t that there might be a little warrior in every woman so much as it is the fear of the female Other-on-the-inside, the unmanly side of men that can sabotage even the most disciplined soldierly instincts.

(Emphasis mine)

So if Mr. Lembcke believes that women with the "capacity to project power" are a male fantasy, does that say more about him as a person or us as a culture?

Personally I think it says more about him.

While in the Navy I was attatched to the Marines, and served with several women who were more then capable of kicking my ass into next week.(in support of Mr. Kiseenger's thesis, it was kind of hot) Likewise the world of competetative shooting is full of women who put my skill with a rifle or pistol to shame.

Is he implying that these women were figments of my imagination? Or are they(as one commentor suggested) supposed to be men trapped in the wrong body, frustrated that they can't have a penis (err, "pistol") of thier very own?

Sometimes "a girl with a gun" is just a girl.

Edit: fixed LJ-Cut code

Resource for community participants

I thought the community would enjoy this, and I know it frowns on just links being posted without any commentary, so forgive me this infraction ;) The World eBook Fair is making nearly 4 million digital books available for free for a month (July 4 - August 4), basing the fair a bit on the German book fair held in Frankfurt. As an editor of baroque music I have strong feelings that artists, performers, authors and composers should be paid for their work, but I'm also very much for open source public domain books, music, and documents being made available online and free to everyone. Enjoy the books! :-)

The Book Fair.

Obama is an idiot! *

The other day, Obama announced $2 Billion dollars to be made available to two US Solar Projects.

The first one is for the production of a Thermal Solar plant, and it doesn't worry me.

The second is to support the construction of two Manufacturing Plants to produce PV Panels, by Abound Solar. This worries me, because I'm confident that it's a bad long term investment.

I didn't follow up on the announcement right away, though I had looked up both projects briefly. I knew that Abound made Thin Film PV, but until a moment ago, I hadn't wondered WHAT KIND of thin film they were using. My heart sunk as I found that Abound Solar produces panels from Cadmium Telluride (CdTe).

What is he thinking??? Well, he doesn't know that he's been given very bad advice.

In brief background, CdTe is also the primary ingredient of Panels produced by First Solar (FSLR), as well as Abound Solar. Cadmium is somewhat rare on Earth, and Tellurium is incredibly rare.

Last year the globe installed 7.5 GigaWatts of PV Solar, and this year the industry is targetting an installation of 15.2 GW. The Global Solar Economy is just getting started and we already see a market of 15+ GW Annually, yet here is a company that is in competition for a raw material capable of supporting only a few GW of Global Annual Production, tops.

I'm quite convinced that First Solar is the Betamax of Solar, and for the same reasons, I have to think that Abound is right there with them on the road to obsolescence.

The funny thing is, that though I might be wrong in some details, I don't hear any Solar Analysts asking for clarification of the issue, and I certainly don't see any of the respective manufacturers bringing it up. There are certainly potential raw materials risks in this area, and yet nobody is offering any easy or obvious solution to the problem.

So, here we have Obama putting money in support of a raw materials competitor with First Solar as if they are some prime symbol of America's technology knowhow, and yet, with some certainty, this will lead to a corresponding symbolic failure of a US CdTe Solar Industry in its competition against the Chinese Silicon-based Behemoth.

This is a failure of the Obama Administration, even if it won't be noticed as such for quite a long time.

* Or he has been duped.