While the polls show our campaign is still a little behind (Go figure!), I continue on in, of all states: Ohio. Call it a hunch. Plus, it’s where we live… I recently stopped in Holgate (pop. 800), where I talked to a retired man who was painting some rusty downtown light poles. The city wouldn’t paint them. Ohio Edison wouldn’t paint them. So he was painting them, on his own, in light blue, his favorite color. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “It’s not what your country (or Ohio Edison) can do for you, but…” I also attended a talk by Ohio author Tobias Buckell. He writes futuristic science fiction. He said there is now ongoing actual talk in scientific fields about such “trans-humanism” ideas as downloading a person’s memories, brain patterns, speech characteristics… into a robot so the person could, in essence, become immortal. My wife said not to count on her oiling my robot’s parts… In our part of Ohio, we experienced some semi-high winds and a bit of snow from Hurricane Sandy’s outer bands. Many scientists, when they’re not focusing on the trans-human experiments and such, say these ongoing extreme weather patterns are the result of global warming. I’d tend to agree. And so our children don’t inherit a world of yet more climate chaos, our platform stresses energy conservation in tandem with a dramatic shift to renewable energy. For instance, we recently drove through the outskirts of Paulding, Ohio, where there are now 300 wind turbines, the biggest “wind farm” in Ohio. While we ‘can’t control the wind,’ we can sure as heck harness it.