Author Archives: Dennis SILVERMAN

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.

Sites on California Fire Prevention, from Gary Oberts

Gary Oberts has supplied us with a list of sites for an OLLI Lecture on fire occurrence, and fire prevention.  It was compiled for the OLLI lecture by UCI Earth System Science Professor James Randerson.  I am happy to note … Continue reading

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Funds Available to Upgrade Homes for Fire Safety

A Rough Estimate of Funds Available to Upgrade Homes for Fire Safety We make a rough estimate of funds that could be available for all or to new homes, if they could avoid all large-project home fires. So far, the … Continue reading

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Protecting Against California Wildfires, Part 2

Protecting Against California Wildfires, Part 2 These are just suggestions that government and fire boards could consider in designing safer housing communities, and in rebuilding the currently destroyed projects. I suggest that the Governor convene a special blue ribbon fire … Continue reading

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Are There Ways to Protect Against Catastrophic Fires?

Are There Ways to Protect Against Catastrophic Fires? It would seem that there is no way to prevent the spread of a fire transported by 50 mph winds. There are many questions that will be raised after the fire is … Continue reading

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Should Nevada Adopt Gun Laws to Protect Its Tourists, Not Its Gun Sales?

Should Nevada Adopt Gun Laws to Protect Its Tourists, Not Its Gun Sales? Nevada has some of the loosest gun laws in the country. State law allows open carry, but you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. No … Continue reading

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Guns and Gun Culture Can Be the Sought-After Causes Themselves

Guns and Gun Culture Can Be the Sought After Causes Themselves   I am frustrated with Republicans who to a person avoid responsibility by saying we cannot discuss gun control, but must aid and comfort the victims. They also must … Continue reading

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The Enrichment Effect of Trump’s Tax Plan

First of all, the tax plan that Trump has taken credit for is essentially last year’s Republican tax plan.  It was agreed upon before release by Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Director of the National Economic Council and chief … Continue reading

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Does Puerto Rico Need a Dunkirk Type Evacuation?

Does Puerto Rico Need a Dunkirk Type Evacuation? It seems that the aid to Puerto Rico comes in very slowly by air. If people do not have clean water, it sets the stage for cholera. 1.5 million Puerto Ricans are … Continue reading

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Trump’s Debt Blowup and Economic Disruptiveness

Trump’s Debt Blowup and Economic Disruptiveness The piecemeal plans of the Congress (er Republicans) on the next budget will lead to HUGE (Trumpwise) increases in the National Debt. They will be justified (attempted) by the many-times-disproved trickle-down economics. They have … Continue reading

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Trump and AG Jeff Sessions Fuel Protests

Trump and AG Jeff Sessions Permit Police Abuse, Fueling Protests On Feb. 28, 2017, Attorney General Sessions told the National Association of Attorney Generals that the Justice Department would no longer monitor troubled police departments. He also plans to leave … Continue reading

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