Posts tagged ‘West Virginia’

Environmentalists Praising Use of Coal

From environmental blog the Thin Green Line:

McDonald's has been a frequent target on this blog, and many others related to health and environmental issues. But mark it on your calendar: This post is in praise of Micky D's, for installing EV charging stations at a new West Virginia location.

Yes, it's just about the strangest place you could pick, given that the Huntington, WV, location is not on a throughway connecting EV early-adopter towns like New York, D.C., or San Francisco. The location clearly has more to do with its proximity to partner American Electric Power's Columbus, Ohio, headquarters "” but we'll give kudos where kudos are due. With 58 million people eating at McDonald's everyday, the burger chain isn't a bad spot to enable electric vehicle drivers to charge up.

99% of West Virginia's electricity comes from coal, so its interesting to see environmentalists championing the switch from gasoline to coal.  Notwithstanding the fact that the fossil fuel use of electric vehicles is being grossly under-estimated, charging up your EV in WV is a great way to take positive steps to increase your CO2 footprint.

It Is Your Obligation to Drop Everything When We Call and Kowtow to US

Via Instapundit:

When Apple didn't participate in an April hearing on children's online privacy, [John Rockefeller] the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, gave voice to his suspicions.

"When people don't show up when we ask them to ... all it does is increases our interest in what they're doing and why they didn't show up," Rockefeller said of Apple and Google, which both declined to testify. "It was a stupid mistake for them not to show up, and I say shame on them."

CoyoteBlog Readers' Tournament Pick Count

I am a glutton for stats, so I always love to post this analysis.  Of the 125 brackets we have in the tournament, this is how many picked each team in each game  (teams in red are those already knocked out)

By the way, how about that buzzer-beater in overtime by Western Kentucky!

Pick counts for all PickHoops

Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6
East
1 North Carolina123
16 PlayinWinner2
1 North Carolina117
8 Indiana6
16 PlayinWinner2
9 Arkansas0
1 North Carolina107
4 Washington St7
5 Notre Dame5
8 Indiana4
13 Winthrop1
16 PlayinWinner1
9 Arkansas0
12 George Mason0
1 North Carolina79
2 Tennessee23
3 Louisville15
5 Notre Dame2
8 Indiana2
6 Oklahoma1
13 Winthrop1
4 Washington St1
16 PlayinWinner1
15 American U.0
10 South Alabama0
7 Butler0
14 Boise State0
12 George Mason0
11 St. Josephs0
9 Arkansas0
1 North Carolina53
1 Kansas27
2 Tennessee13
3 Louisville10
2 Georgetown7
3 Wisconsin5
5 Clemson2
4 Vanderbilt2
13 Winthrop1
16 PlayinWinner1
6 Oklahoma1
5 Notre Dame1
10 Davidson1
7 Gonzaga1
13 Siena0
12 Villanova0
14 CS Fullerton0
15 Maryland-Balt.0
11 Kansas St.0
6 USC0
15 American U.0
4 Washington St0
12 George Mason0
9 Arkansas0
8 Indiana0
11 St. Josephs0
14 Boise State0
8 UNLV0
16 Portland State0
10 South Alabama0
7 Butler0
9 Kent State0
1 North Carolina32
1 UCLA22
1 Kansas20
1 Memphis17
2 Texas6
2 Tennessee6
2 Georgetown5
4 Pittsburgh3
3 Louisville3
2 Duke3
3 Wisconsin2
5 Clemson1
16 PlayinWinner1
3 Stanford1
15 Belmont1
4 Connecticut1
10 Davidson1
6 Marquette0
10 St. Marys CA0
13 Oral Roberts0
7 Miami Fla.0
11 Kentucky0
14 Cornell0
8 BYU0
3 Xavier0
11 Baylor0
14 Georgia0
7 West Virginia0
10 Arizona0
6 Purdue0
13 San Diego0
12 Temple0
16 MississipValSt0
9 Texas A&M0
5 Drake0
12 W. Kentucky0
15 Austin Peay0
15 Maryland-Balt.0
14 Boise State0
11 St. Josephs0
7 Butler0
10 South Alabama0
15 American U.0
6 Oklahoma0
13 Winthrop0
9 Arkansas0
8 Indiana0
5 Notre Dame0
12 George Mason0
4 Washington St0
16 Portland State0
8 UNLV0
7 Gonzaga0
14 CS Fullerton0
16 TexasArlington0
8 Mississippi St0
9 Oregon0
11 Kansas St.0
6 USC0
9 Kent State0
12 Villanova0
4 Vanderbilt0
13 Siena0
5 Michigan St.0
8 Indiana63
9 Arkansas62
5 Notre Dame89
12 George Mason36
4 Washington St59
5 Notre Dame49
12 George Mason12
13 Winthrop5
4 Washington St101
13 Winthrop24
6 Oklahoma72
11 St. Josephs53
3 Louisville96
6 Oklahoma19
11 St. Josephs6
14 Boise State4
2 Tennessee62
3 Louisville44
7 Butler8
6 Oklahoma8
15 American U.1
14 Boise State1
10 South Alabama1
11 St. Josephs0
3 Louisville117
14 Boise State8
7 Butler96
10 South Alabama29
2 Tennessee101
7 Butler20
15 American U.2
10 South Alabama2
2 Tennessee122
15 American U.3
Midwest
1 Kansas123
16 Portland State2
1 Kansas117
8 UNLV3
9 Kent State3
16 Portland State2
1 Kansas94
5 Clemson15
4 Vanderbilt10
8 UNLV2
16 Portland State2
13 Siena1
12 Villanova1
9 Kent State0
1 Kansas60
2 Georgetown29
3 Wisconsin13
5 Clemson9
4 Vanderbilt5
6 USC3
7 Gonzaga2
16 Portland State2
8 UNLV1
10 Davidson1
15 Maryland-Balt.0
13 Siena0
9 Kent State0
12 Villanova0
11 Kansas St.0
14 CS Fullerton0
8 UNLV65
9 Kent State60
5 Clemson90
12 Villanova35
5 Clemson58
4 Vanderbilt51
12 Villanova10
13 Siena6
4 Vanderbilt109
13 Siena16
6 USC74
11 Kansas St.51
3 Wisconsin76
6 USC36
11 Kansas St.11
14 CS Fullerton2
2 Georgetown65
3 Wisconsin41
6 USC10
7 Gonzaga4
15 Maryland-Balt.2
10 Davidson2
11 Kansas St.1
14 CS Fullerton0
3 Wisconsin120
14 CS Fullerton5
7 Gonzaga70
10 Davidson55
2 Georgetown106
10 Davidson9
7 Gonzaga8
15 Maryland-Balt.2
2 Georgetown123
15 Maryland-Balt.2
South
1 Memphis121
16 TexasArlington4
1 Memphis118
8 Mississippi St3
16 TexasArlington3
9 Oregon1
1 Memphis76
4 Pittsburgh31
5 Michigan St.15
16 TexasArlington2
8 Mississippi St1
13 Oral Roberts0
9 Oregon0
12 Temple0
1 Memphis46
2 Texas46
3 Stanford13
4 Pittsburgh10
5 Michigan St.5
11 Kentucky2
16 TexasArlington2
6 Marquette1
10 St. Marys CA0
15 Austin Peay0
7 Miami Fla.0
13 Oral Roberts0
8 Mississippi St0
9 Oregon0
12 Temple0
14 Cornell0
1 UCLA49
1 Memphis28
2 Texas22
2 Duke12
4 Pittsburgh4
3 Stanford3
4 Connecticut3
3 Xavier1
16 MississipValSt1
5 Michigan St.1
15 Belmont1
12 W. Kentucky0
11 Baylor0
7 West Virginia0
10 Arizona0
14 Georgia0
5 Drake0
6 Purdue0
13 San Diego0
15 Austin Peay0
12 Temple0
13 Oral Roberts0
9 Oregon0
8 Mississippi St0
16 TexasArlington0
6 Marquette0
11 Kentucky0
8 BYU0
10 St. Marys CA0
7 Miami Fla.0
14 Cornell0
9 Texas A&M0
8 Mississippi St64
9 Oregon61
5 Michigan St.89
12 Temple36
4 Pittsburgh82
5 Michigan St.36
13 Oral Roberts4
12 Temple3
4 Pittsburgh119
13 Oral Roberts6
6 Marquette79
11 Kentucky46
3 Stanford68
6 Marquette41
11 Kentucky14
14 Cornell2
2 Texas80
3 Stanford25
6 Marquette12
11 Kentucky4
15 Austin Peay2
7 Miami Fla.2
14 Cornell0
10 St. Marys CA0
3 Stanford118
14 Cornell7
10 St. Marys CA63
7 Miami Fla.62
2 Texas115
7 Miami Fla.6
15 Austin Peay3
10 St. Marys CA1
2 Texas122
15 Austin Peay3
West
1 UCLA123
16 MississipValSt2
1 UCLA120
8 BYU2
16 MississipValSt2
9 Texas A&M1
1 UCLA101
4 Connecticut13
5 Drake8
13 San Diego1
9 Texas A&M1
16 MississipValSt1
8 BYU0
12 W. Kentucky0
1 UCLA68
2 Duke27
3 Xavier12
4 Connecticut8
5 Drake3
14 Georgia1
6 Purdue1
11 Baylor1
10 Arizona1
16 MississipValSt1
15 Belmont1
7 West Virginia1
13 San Diego0
8 BYU0
9 Texas A&M0
12 W. Kentucky0
9 Texas A&M79
8 BYU46
5 Drake97
12 W. Kentucky28
4 Connecticut67
5 Drake50
13 San Diego6
12 W. Kentucky2
4 Connecticut117
13 San Diego8
6 Purdue79
11 Baylor46
3 Xavier82
6 Purdue20
14 Georgia14
11 Baylor9
2 Duke66
3 Xavier40
7 West Virginia10
15 Belmont2
10 Arizona2
14 Georgia2
11 Baylor2
6 Purdue1
3 Xavier105
14 Georgia20
7 West Virginia78
10 Arizona47
2 Duke98
7 West Virginia18
10 Arizona7
15 Belmont2
2 Duke122
15 Belmont3

Great Moments In Justice

It's been a while since I posted any tort pr0n, so here are a couple of juicy onces:

From West Virginia:

Joe Meadows was drunk. Very drunk. 0.296 percent blood-alcohol content
drunk, 12 or 13 beers worth. Fortunately, he didn't drive in that
state. Unfortunately, he chose to sleep it off by resting under a
parked 18-wheel truck. More unfortunately, the driver, Doug Rader, who
didn't check to see whether there might be drunks lying under his truck
at 1:40 a.m., ran over Meadows. Rader had EMT training, and was able to
save Meadows's life, but Meadows lost a leg, and sued both the truck
company and the store that owned the parking lot. A Kanawha County jury
decided that Meadows was only a third responsible for his injury, which
means he "only" gets two thirds of the three million dollars they
awarded.

And from Florida:

"A police officer has sued the family of a 1-year-old boy who nearly
drowned because she slipped and injured a knee responding to their
9-1-1 rescue call." Andrea Eichhorn, a police sergeant in Casselberry,
Florida, responded to the pool accident, and now "claims the boy's
family left a puddle of water on the floor, causing her fall during the
rescue efforts. She broke her knee and missed two months of work." So
she's suing the Cosmillo family. "It's a situation where the Cosmillos
have caused these problems, brought them on themselves, then tried to
play the victim," says her attorney, David Heil. Joey Cosmillo, the
infant in question, suffered severe brain damage and lives in a nursing
home now.

West Virginia and Florida -- who'd have thought it?

Communism, West Virginia Style

Cyd Malone shares a historical story with which I was not familiar, Eleanor Roosevelt's attempt to create a government-supported back-to-the-earth commune in West Virginia.  It's quite a fascinating tale, with several elements that seem stolen right out of an Ayn Rand novel.  Her goal seems to have been to reverse the division of labor:

As projected, Arthurdale was to be immune from the ups and downs of the
business cycle, with its citizens farming their five-acre plots part
time and working part time in a local factory; a perfect combination of
town and country floating through life as just the happiest little
autarkic bubble you ever did see.

I will let you read the whole story if you are interested, which is pretty interesting.  I suppose you can guess how it all turned out:

Sadly, despite all the money, tough love, removal of their "mental
and physical impediments," and grafting on of "the things that help,"
the people of Arthurdale weren't displaying the attributes of the New
American Man, or at least not the type the planners planned for.
Instead, they behaved like dirt-poor coal miners and part-time farmers
who had become accustomed to living off of other peoples' money.

They displayed what we now call "dependency." Nancy Hoffman writes
that "there were times they depended too much on her [Mrs. Roosevelt's]
help and not enough on their own resources," leading Eleanor to lament
that "they seemed to feel that the solution to all their problems was
to turn to government" (Hoffman 2001, p. 85). In one defining moment,
the town's school bus broke down and the good people of Arthurdale,
rather than fixing it themselves, had it towed over two hundred miles
to the White House garage for repairs.[16]

The Scandinavian Standard of Living Myth

There is a widespread notion that the Scandinavian countries somehow have crafted for themselves the highest standard of living in the world.  This never made much sense to me, since I just couldn't believe their socialist economies could really create the wealth needed to support this alleged standard of living.  As it turns out, they can't and don't, and owe their reputation more to PR than reality:

THE received wisdom about economic life in the Nordic countries is
easily summed up: people here are incomparably affluent, with all their
needs met by an efficient welfare state. They believe it themselves.
Yet the reality - as this Oslo-dwelling American can attest, and as
some recent studies confirm - is not quite what it appears....

All this was illuminated last year in a study by a Swedish research
organization, Timbro, which compared the gross domestic products of the
15 European Union members (before the 2004 expansion) with those of the
50 American states and the District of Columbia. (Norway, not being a
member of the union, was not included.)

After adjusting the
figures for the different purchasing powers of the dollar and euro, the
only European country whose economic output per person was greater than
the United States average was the tiny tax haven of Luxembourg, which
ranked third, just behind Delaware and slightly ahead of Connecticut.

The next European country on the list was Ireland, down at 41st
place out of 66; Sweden was 14th from the bottom (after Alabama),
followed by Oklahoma, and then Britain, France, Finland, Germany and
Italy. The bottom three spots on the list went to Spain, Portugal and
Greece.

Alternatively, the study found, if the E.U. was treated
as a single American state, it would rank fifth from the bottom,
topping only Arkansas, Montana, West Virginia and Mississippi. In
short, while Scandinavians are constantly told how much better they
have it than Americans, Timbro's statistics suggest otherwise. So did a
paper by a Swedish economics writer, Johan Norberg.

So Europeans, in terms of being well-off, rank right up there with... Appalachia.  "Jimmy, you have to finish that liver - you know there are starving kids in Norway that would love to have that food."

Anyway, if this topic interests you, of true comparisons of US vs European economies, income distribution, work weeks, etc., Cowboy Capitalism is a good place to start.  (hat tip Instapundit)