Thursday, July 31, 2014

State funds dry cleaners’ shift to CO2

Wow.  What a great idea.

But... I don't know how they expect something like this to gain wide acceptance.  It's just so much more expensive.

First, the article:
The California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research Program has produced a dry cleaning machine that uses CO2. The carbon-based cleaning process replaces perchoroethylene chemical-based dry cleaning.

The machine is being tested by the Aramark uniform cleaning corporation in Los Angeles. Colorado-based firm C02Nexus received a $396,200 CEC grant on Dec. 3, 2009 to develop an alternative dry cleaning machine using C02.
Carbon Dioxide is a very powerful solvent.  It's used in the coffee industry to extract caffeine out of the coffee bean, it's that good.

But there is a real problem with this.  CO2 is a great solvent at its super critical point.   The only way to get there is extemely high pressures.

From CO2Nexus' website:
People are more familiar with the practical uses of carbon dioxide (CO2) than they realize. CO2 is the same stuff that puts the fizz in your soda at every restaurant, and dry ice is nothing more than the solid form of carbon dioxide. CO2 can exist as a gas, solid, liquid or supercritical fluid, depending on pressure and temperature.
 The diagram on their website explains where this super critical point is:  31degrees C and 74 bar.

That temperature isn't so bad - this is about 88 deg F. But the PRESSURE is about 1,073 psi!!  I don't know if this is gauge or absolute pressure, but the small difference is inconsequential.

To give you some sort of perspective, a car tire is inflated to 30-35 psi.  A can of hairspray is probably at about 100 psi.

Supercritical CO2 containment is EXPENSIVE.

On the other hand, perchlorethylene, the liquid used in most dry cleaning processes, is used at a much, much lower pressure and require no special containment requirements like supercritical CO2.

I think the answer is to avoid clothes that require dry cleaning.


Wolf Street: Breweries Expanding Outisde of Drought Ravaged CA

One of my favorite bloggers has an article posted about the beer brewery situation in CA.  Two  craft breweries are expanding outside the state.

“We are at the maximum growth threshold here in California because of water,” Leon Sharyon, CFO of Lagunitas Brewing Co, told the LA Times. Lagunitas, which makes one of my many favorite IPAs at its Petaluma brewery, less than an hour north of San Francisco, uses about 2 million gallons of water a year from the Russian River that has been reduced to a trickle.

Solution for Lagunitas? Heresy! It expanded to … Chicago! Next to Lake Michigan, so that brewery won’t run out of water for a while. Sierra Nevada opened a brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, with plenty of water from the Smokey Mountains. Others are following the same strategy.
Well, at least they are just expanding into other states. Not moving out whole hog.  Others are hanging tough and implementing tight water conservation methods.

If any have onsite power generation, they might want to consider extracting the water out of the exhaust.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Overhaul approved for troubled California refinery

Well, the city voted for the plant upgrades.

But opponents say the project does too little to limit pollution and improve safety. Environmental groups and some residents say Richmond bears the brunt of toxic releases by the refinery complex. Richmond has poverty levels nearly twice those of the U.S. and California as a whole, and Chevron's taxes make up about a third of the city's budget.

Two council members, including Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, abstained from the final vote, according to the Contra Costa Times.

McLaughlin called on Chevron's Judd to do more to reduce emissions. Judd said the company already was going well beyond legal requirements.

The Chevron refinery was built before the pollution-curbing requirements of the federal government's 1970s Clean Air Act.

Chevron still must get a county court to lift a judgment halting a previous version of the project before construction can begin, the Times reported.

Troubled California refinery overhaul up for vote

So, if the city votes down the revamp and the refinery shuts down, where will CA get it's "special blend" of gasoline?

Chevron Corp. seeks the Richmond City Council's approval for technological upgrades that would allow the refinery to process higher-sulfur crude oil, among other changes. Oil company officials earlier this month agreed to a plan backed by state Attorney General Kamala Harris that would cap the plant's greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce levels of sulfur processing as part of the overhaul.

Chevron officials hope those concessions will be enough to persuade the Richmond council to reject still-tougher health and safety requirements that city planning officials have recommended.
I love their term "pollutant-laced 2012 fire".  'Cause we all know fires are normally not laced with pollutants.  What propaganda!


Here's the video.  Hopefully, it will work.  Google is really bad about what embedded video code will work or not.

Scientist claims California university fired him over creationist beliefs

I think he should convert to Islam.  Then they would welcome him with open arms.
From Fox News:
Scientists who study dinosaurs have long believed that triceratops existed some 68 million years ago and became extinct about 65 million years ago.

Armitage's finding, however, challenged that assertion. He argued the triceratops must be much younger or else those cells would have "decayed into nothingness," according to the July 22 lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Armitage, a long-time microscope scientist who has some 30 published papers to his name, believes the bones are no more than 4,000 years old -- a hypothesis that supports his view that such dinosaurs roamed the Earth relatively recently and that the planet is young.

On Feb. 12, 2013, a science journal published Armitage's triceratops soft tissue findings. Days later, Armitage was fired from his position.

...

The lawsuit alleges that in the weeks leading up to his termination, Armitage's boss, Ernest Kwok, "stormed into" his lab and shouted, "'We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!!"

California Drivers Alliance

I saw their ad on Hulu last night.  I smiled.  Cap and Trade.  What a surprise?  Didn't anyone believe that this was going to happen?  Are they that stupid?

Yes.  CA'ians are that stupid.

I visited their website and picked up a nice infographic from them.


And here is the ad from youtube:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Plastic Bag Movie

I didn't realize this was out there.

California cities among slowest to recover since recession, study says

Gee.  You needed a study to prove this???
Not surprisingly, the rankings tended to mirror which areas were hardest hit by the housing crisis. Texas emerged relatively unscathed from the bubble, and cities such as Houston, Dallas and San Antonio all ranked in the top third of cities measured.

Those at the bottom also included hard-hit areas such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Cape Coral, Fla.

"At the end of the day, it was a housing crisis where everything began," said Odysseas Papadimitriou, chief executive of Evolution Finance, which runs WalletHub. "So the areas that relied on housing, where you had some of the biggest bubbles, suffered the most."

Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego and Sacramento all ranked in the bottom half of WalletHub's list. The highest-ranked California cities were San Francisco, Bakersfield and San Jose.
Here's a snapshot of the cool graphic:


California dreaming is nuts in NSW

Yes, it's not only Americans who see the stupidity of CA.  Australians see it, too.
The NSW government must also be oblivious to the steady exodus of Californian businesses and jobs. Companies like Toyota, which after 60 years has moved its US headquarters to Texas, or Occidental Petroleum, which after 50 years has left for Houston. Chevron is next. Other stalwarts like ARCO, Getty Oil, Union Oil, Fluor, Calpine and Intel have all moved in search of a more business friendly environment and lower energy costs. Texas has been the main beneficiary. It has added 200,000 jobs in the energy sector in the past decade while California has barely managed 20,000. Texas leads California in the export of hi-tech goods.

“Big Oil” may be unwelcome in his brave new world, but California’s Governor Jerry Brown is not doing well at replacing jobs and investments lost to the Lone Star state. Brown promised to create 500,000 clean-energy jobs by the end of the decade, but this is now accepted as just a pipe dream.

Meanwhile, in the real world, California’s unemployment rate is 7.4 per cent (fourth highest in the country). It compares to 5.1 per cent for Texas and the national rate of 6.1 per cent. California’s relative joblessness lends weight to the UK Versa Economics study, which found that for every job created in the wind industry 3.7 jobs are lost elsewhere.

German Utilities Bail Out Electric Grid at Wind’s Mercy

Got this via freerepublic which linked to wattsupwiththat.com

After Fukushima, Germany dropped nuclear power like a hot potato.  How utterly short-sighted.

Unlike the USA, Germany has few non-green solutions to fall back on except for coal.  And they have lots of it.  Especially lignite, or also known as brown coal.  But coal plants are hard to power up on a dime.  Heck, even natural gas power plants are tough to start up quickly.

I'm no power expert, but this means you need to have a fossil fuel power plant always on a "slow burn" (I have no idea what the correct term would be) so that it could quickly be ramped up to replace the quirky and fickle wind and solar power.

But really bad news?  Germany is paying a hefty price to get the coal plants to supply this needed backup.
Twenty power companies including Germany’s biggest utilities, EON SE and RWE AG, now get fees for pledging to add or cut electricity within seconds to keep the power system stable, double the number in September, according to data from the nation’s four grid operators. Utilities that sign up to the 800 million-euro ($1.1 billion) balancing market can be paid as much as 400 times wholesale electricity prices, the data show.

Monday, July 28, 2014

With The Law Ignored, Border Surge Turns Into A Tsunami

If it was "O'Bama's intent to turn the USA into a war zone, he's getting close to succeeding.

The hard reality is, if the law is suddenly rendered null based on the treacly photos of cherubic toddlers and their moms, it's not going to be just Central Americans at our door.

As CBS News reports, we're now seeing a surge in illegal immigrants from Haiti, with the number soaring in the past two years from 12 in 2011 to 1,760 in fiscal 2013. The Colombian navy has been plucking illegals out of coastal waters from as far away as Bangladesh and Afghanistan. They're making their way to Central America and its vast human smuggling networks.

Just last weekend, the National Border Patrol Council said a large group of nationals from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka were caught in the Rio Grande Valley, coming to get what Central Americans were getting.

These migrant waves parallel the migrant waves from Africa flooding the shores of Italy, Greece and Spain and are above all a commentary on the global development of powerful smuggling networks and mafias empowered by technology. They're able to do today what couldn't be done just 10 years ago. 

Plastic-bag ban a cash grab that hurts environment, consumers, workers: Guest commentary

But...the fact that grocery stores will be making mucho money from the sale of bags won't matter at all to those who think they know better.

So while the intent of SB 270 is a bit confusing, it doesn’t take long to connect the dots on this. The California Grocers Association, which previously opposed similar plastic bags bans, jumped on the bandwagon the second that Sen. Padilla decided to amend his bill, allowing them to keep all the fees that would be placed on the thicker plastic and paper bags. This is not surprising, especially after a recent study found that grocers could be in line for profits in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Far from being a monumental environmental bill, SB 270 represents nothing more than a cash grab and a historic transfer of wealth from California consumers to corporate interests.

Chennai choking on plastic

This goes along with what I've said in the past:  Plastic waste management is a THIRD WORLD PROBLEM.  NOT a first world problem like here in the USA.  Without proper disposal management, trash ends up in the environment.  I saw this first hand in Mexico. Outside the city of Monterrey trash was dumped onto a bank of a ravine and allowed to just flow down the bank.  This trash ends up in the ecosystem.

Banning plastic in third world countries will not solve their problem.

Chennai figures among the top 10 largest plastic waste producing cities in the country. Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar’s announcement in Parliament that Chennai is behind only Delhi as a generator of plastic waste is a wake up call for the state environment department.

Greens complain that the state government allots crores of rupees every year for awareness on dangers of using plastic but fails to arrive at any firm policy decision to ban plastic by a suitable law.

Quoting the study by the Central Pollution Control Board and Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology for 60 cities in the country during 2010-11, Mr Javadekar said, “Ten cities - Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Surat, Kanpur and Pune - generate more plastic waste.” He said the ministry has notified the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011 despite which waste generation was not regulated in the cities.


California Grocers Lobby for First State Plastic Bag Ban

Oh yeah!  They LOVE plastic bag bans.  They can MAKE MONEY off of those bags. So, since market forces are bypassed by idiotic plastic bag bans why not just throw the rest of market forces down the tubes and jump in with Fascism whole hog.  Let's ban grocery bags at ALL of our grocery stores and then the money will role in!
California grocers, who may realize as much as $1 billion in new revenue from a 10-cent fee on paper bags, are teaming up with environmentalists in a push to make their state the first to prohibit single-use plastic shopping bags.

The retail and grocery lobbies, which backed some of 13 failed California bills since 2007 to curb or ban the bags, are facing off against paper- and plastic-bag manufacturers who oppose the restrictions. Together, the two sides spent $366,000 to lobby California lawmakers in the first three months of this year, according to state filings.
Protect the environment?  What's that?  This really makes you start to wonder what was really behind the plastic bag ban in the first place.

California Sand Fire: Desalination Plants May Be State’s Only Solution Despite Environmental, Energy Concerns

I agree.  Sure, it's expensive.  But what are the alternatives?  I don't think "no water" is an alternative.  But environmentalists are fine with that.
"This [Carlsbad project] is going to be the pig that will try for years to find the right shade of lipstick," Marco Gonzalez, an attorney who sued on behalf of environmental groups that tried to halt construction, told the San Jose Mercury News last month. "This project will show that the water is just too expensive."

“As the cost of imported water is on the rise and technological advances are bringing down the cost of converting seawater into potable water, desalination has become the only truly drought-proof process to deliver a new source of clean, safe, high-quality water in a cost-effective and environmentally sound way,” Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, wrote in a letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times recently.


I Played by the Rules on Immigration. Why Is the U.S. Making It So Hard for Me to Become a Doctor?

This is just sick.  A legal alien can't get in-state tuition...but an ILLEGAL alien can?
Even under the new law signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott—which grants in-state tuition to students living illegally in the United States—I’m left paying out-of-state rates.<
br /> How can someone who is living in the United States illegally get a tuition break but I get penalized for doing things legally?

My father has been on a nonimmigrant NAFTA professional visa as part of his job for 15 years. He personifies a typical hard-working American citizen. He has paid his taxes in the United States and has worked feverishly as a computer consultant but could not be sponsored for a green card until recently, when he was hired as a full-time employee.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Are tax dollars for Texas businesses really going out of state?

I'm against taxpayers money used like this.  You would think the savings in Capital Gains taxes and income taxes would be enough of a draw you wouldn't need additional incentives such as these.

One company called Targazyme (formerly America Stem Cell) took 1.2 million from the fund back in 2009 to help build their biopharmaceutical business down in Floresville. But there’s one problem: according to reports, there’s nothing at the company’s Texas address but a weedy lot. The California address listed on their website looks more like an airport hangar than anything else, leaving a Switzerland location as the only other published address for the company. And making folks wonder where, exactly, the state’s money is going.

California's Climate-Change Denial

WSJ article on deluded, ignorant CA'ians.\
You may have to to a google search in order to read it.
State Sen. President Darrell Steinberg earlier this year floated the idea of paying Californians a "climate dividend" to offset higher gas prices, which he predicted could spike by 40 cents next year thanks to cap and trade. Sixteen Democratic Assembly members are leading a charge to delay cap and trade's application to transportation fuels. Three-quarters of Californians support the requirement—but that falls to 39% once they hear it could raise gas prices.
Whoa!  Dude!  You mean I have to pay for this?

EPA Admits to Senate that CO2 Regs Not About Pollution Control

Got this from Roy Spencer PhD website via freerepublic.com

On Wednesday, before the Senate EPW Committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy had this priceless quote regarding the EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide regulations (italics added):

“And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants…It’s about investments in renewables and clean energy. It’s about investments in people’s ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units.”
What liars.  Lower electric bills?  Are they serious?  And these people are in charge of our money?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Schedule shot through...

My wife and daughter have been traveling Europe these past weeks.  My schedule is shot.  They get back this weekend, so I hope things finally go back to normal.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Tree That Made America

I read a few years ago that work was being done to bring back  the American Chestnut tree.  Here is an article discussing the use of genetic splicing to help it build resistance to the foreign fungus that virtually wiped it off the face of America.
In the first half of the 20th century, however, the American chestnut fell victim to a fungus unintentionally imported from China, and the tree that once dominated the forest canopy of the eastern U.S. all but disappeared. Now it is on the cusp of a comeback, a testament to America's scientific ingenuity.

For years, scientists have been trying to develop a strain of chestnut tree that was immune, using traditional hybridization methods to instill resistance from Chinese chestnut trees into the American variety. Now plant scientists have found another way to develop a chestnut tree that fights off the fungus. Borrowing a gene from wheat, they created a strain that produces a substance that neutralizes the fungus's lethal acid. What's more, this trait is passed along to seedlings. Versions with even greater resistance are in development.

Friday, July 11, 2014

California-based work wear manufacturer to relocate to DFW

Holy Cow.  The exodus keeps persisting.  Ironclad Performance Wear is moving to TX.
"Many of us have personal roots in Texas and recognize the significant growth opportunity Texas offers today," said President and CEO Jeff Cordes, in a written statement. "Positioning our corporate headquarters in Farmers Branch and the North Texas region provides greater access to our expanding customer base and quality of life for our team members."
There's that phrase you hear: quality of life.


Jobs leaving California, coming to Texas

Good article summarizing several companies that have either expanded into TX or pulled up stakes and moved there.
Chevron will move about 400 employees and create a total of 1,752 jobs in Houston and additional 400 in Midland and initiated plans in late 2012 to build a data center in San Antonio according to the report.

Also, just earlier this year, the noodle maker Maruchan an Irvine-based company, opened a new plant that created about 600 jobs in the Alamo City.

Other companies that are relocating, expanding to Texas include Apple, eBay, Dropbox, LegalZoom, Motorola, PennyMac and Visa. Most of the jobs in the report are heading to Austin, Houston, and the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area.

Texas has to buy jobs while California creates wealth

A silly article that sneers at criticisms of high taxes and almost insurmountable regulations.  How stupid can you get?

Yeah, TX has the money to buy jobs.  Where the heck is CA's money?  They dont have any!  They're still digging themselves out of debt!

Is it possible to get any more small minded than that?
"In some business magazines, they rate Texas as a great state for business and in a ludicrous way they rate California at the bottom," Gallis said. "California has created more wealth in the hundreds of billions of dollars. How can the state that produced more wealth than any other state in the United States be called a bad state for business? Because they're looking at business taxes and regulatory environment. And they go, 'Texas has no taxes and it's got a low regulatory environment.'"
Yeah, like that's a bad thing.




Texas lures Active Network with $8.6M

The exodus continues.

Active Network’s move was widely expected. Private equity investor Vista Equity Partners, which manages $8 billion in assets, has a history of moving firms it acquires out of California.

Vista Equity bought three San Diego companies in 2013 – Active Network, Websense and Omnitracs. It relocated Websense, a San Diego cyber security software firm, to Austin earlier this year, after netting $4.5 million in incentives from Perry. The move eliminated 445 local jobs.

Now Omnitracs, a fleet tracking technology firm formerly owned by Qualcomm, ascends to the top of the relocation watch list.

My new laptop: Surface Pro 3

Probably the only Surface Pro 3 in all of  Korea.














The Surface Pro 3 (SP3) in Korea.

This was not easy to buy here in Seoul.  I had to import it and that cost me an additional 10%. The one I bought has the i7 processor and the 256 gb SSD.

I had just a handful of criteria when it came to what I wanted in a new laptop in the order of importance:

- must be light

That was it.  Since I do a lot of traveling, I wanted something I could carry almost to the point of not even realizing I had the computer in my backpack.

I had two subcriteria that I considered not must-haves, but really nice features to have:

- backlit keyboard
- touchscreeen

And the SP3 had both of these, too.

I had been eyeing the Macbook Air for some time.  I have one that I've used since 2008.  But over the years it hasn't been able to keep up with the technology, especially with youtube videos. When they play, they're choppy and the audio has static.

The Macbook air had the backlit keyboard, but no touch screen.

I was also looking at the new LG 980g laptops that are all over the place here in Seoul  This Windows laptop weighs in at only 2 pounds.  Really, really nice.

But no backlit keyboard.

I found the Surface Pro 3 fit my main criteria and both my subcriteria.

If I were to rate the Surface Pro 3 compared to a Macbook Air, with the MBA a 10, I would rank the Surface Pro 3 an 8.5 - 9.  I'm rethinking this rating now....If you include the touchscreen functionality maybe a 9-9.5 is a better number.  So, the range is a slightly broader 8.5 - 9.5.  I think that is a fair characterization.

The only things I would ding the SP3 for is the mouse pad and....  yeah.  That's it.  The mouse pad.

I've read several other reviews that have pooh-poohed the keyboard/cover and I can understand this.  So I suspect someone will - maybe even Microsoft - come out with a cover that has an aluminum outer shell.  I think they would fly off of the shelves.

Now, there is one unintended consequence about the keyboard case that is a GOOD one: If you spill coffee on the keyboard you don't fry the whole dang computer!  Like I did a few years ago to myMBA. I started using the "Skin" brand of keyboard cover films, but I didn't really like the resulting feel.  And I still fear I'll fry my computer yet again.

But, back to the mouse pad.  So far in life I have found that the only mousepad I have ever liked is the one on the Macbook Air.  It fits my right hand perfectly and the mouse button is placed naturally where my thumb is. I used to think that the one-button mouse was a defect in the Apple design, but for a laptop, this is not the case.

On Windows laptops, mouse pads are a necessary evil.  But having said that, the SP3 mousepad by far better than other Windows laptop mouse pads I've used.  My wife's old Toshiba laptop mouse pad was just painful to use.  My daughter's much newer HP laptop was not much of an improvement.

Scrolling with the mousepad is slightly choppy.  Not quite as smooth as an MBA.

But the best feature that is still not available on the Macbook Air is the touchscreen.  My daughter's HP has it and I started getting spoiled.  I found myself sitting in front of my Macbook Air poking my finger at the screen wondering why nothing was happening.  And that sold me.  My next laptop should have the touchscreen feature if I could get it.

The 12" screen is about as small as you want to go.  I loved my old Mac iBook.  But I was dismayed that Apple never came out with a 12" MBA.  I was never going to buy the 11" model.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Garbage-patch tale as flimsy as a single-use plastic bag

Wow.  Color me...not surprised.
Cózar's team didn't find country-size islands of plastic bags strangling baby birds and sea turtles. It found "micro plastics." What people think of as a dump doesn't look like floating junk. Instead, ocean current "convergence zones" are swirling with flecks of plastic - like a snow globe half a minute after shaking - and with considerably less plastic trash than expected.

Not that plastic in the ocean is a good thing, but it's looking to be less of a peril to the planet than once suggested.

As I read about the Cózar study, I could not help but think of state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima (Los Angeles County), and his SB270, which would ban single-use plastic bags. San Francisco started the plastic bag ban craze in 2007. More than 100 cities in the state have followed, as bag ban proponents shopped two images - of bags in the ocean and of dead marine life.

The thing is, you don't find whole shopping bags in convergence zones. Peter Davison, an oceanographer with California's Farallon Institute for Advanced Ecosystem Research, told me he frequently has seen plastic bags littering harbors, but in the ocean, one is more likely to come across debris from a fishing fleet and bits of plastic from many sources.
This is just common sense.  Drive around the city and see how many loose plastic bags you see.  Two?  Three?  What you don't see are hundreds or even a hundred.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Big Government To Outlaw Organic Farming?

I am not a supporter of organic farming.  But, hey, it's a free country and people ought to be able to farm in a way they think will work and make them money.

Somehow I got on "Off The Grid News" mass emailing, but I find their podcasts to be worth listening to. I just hope that left leaning "back to nature" types will FINALLY realize that government is NOT their friend.

The latest podcast is worth listening to.  It shows that those empowered to make us "safe" really don't know what they are doing.





Friday, July 4, 2014

Bill Ayers: The Anachronism

I watched the video of Megyn Kelly with Bill Ayers and Dinesh D'Souza.   And as I listened to Bill Ayers, I realized I had heard the rhetoric before.  Do you know from whom?

Carl Sandburg.  Carl Sandburg was a Socialist who lived during the Depression.  He's famous for his poetry and his landmark Lincoln biography.  Everyone is familiar with his great poem "Fog".  But his anti-capitalist poetry is out there, too.  For instance, "Child of The Romans" is a good example of this:
The dago shovelman sits by the railroad track
Eating a noon meal of bread and bologna.
A train whirls by, and men and women at tables
Alive with red roses and yellow jonquils,
Eat steaks running with brown gravy,
Strawberries and cream, eclairs and coffee. 
There's more to the poem, but you get the point.  Compare and contrast.  Show the really wealthy and the really poor.

So, what's wrong with bread and bologna?  I grew up with the stuff!

I would like to see that shovelman crawl into a smoldering BBQ pit and hack away at the fused coals with pig fat and clean them out for ten hours like I did.  Backbreaking work.  And the soles of my tennis shoes melted.

Anway, I don't like gravy with my steak.

But Carl Sandburg didn't stop there.  In his Lincoln Biography he frequently would heap severe criticism on the South and slavery, but he couldn't just stop there.   After taking a breath, he would then  accuse the North of slave-like conditions for blacks who worked there.

So, what this shows is that Socialists and Communists who always, and I mean ALWAYS, berate the evils of not only Capitalism but the USA, NEVER EVER talk about what Communism has done to make this world a devastatingly miserable, horror-story of a place.

Bill Ayers belongs in another time and another place.

Not this time and place.