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  • Egypt's Draconian new anti-Terrorism Law threatens freedom of speech, Democracy
    • Threatens democracy? I'ts a military coup, there is no democracy. Freedom of speech there gets you executed. All Morsi had to do was offer to open the border with Palestine and that was it for him. Democracy in Egypt was a step too far for Israel and the US.

  • CNN Mistakes Dildo Banner For ISIS Flag
  • Muhammad Cartoon Ad Blocked From DC Metro
    • Obviously what's needed is a draw Jesus contest and then post offensive images on public transport. I can't even imagine the mayhem that would cause. You're not even supposed to mention the name of the god of the Jews so there's some mischief that could make them mad too. Get everyone riled up and have to walk to work.
      If these folks want to post their pictures they have the right to post them on their own property.

  • Tesla batteries: just the beginning of how technology will transform the electric grid
    • 2nd link should be this:
      link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Lithium batteries will get bigger and cheaper. Hippies used to mess around with solar and wind. The batteries were a headache. Electronics weren't as good either. 12 volt mechanical regulators. This is a big milestone due to Elon Musk.

      About conversion:
      Obviously we can't have a washing machine mechanically connected to a windmill although that would be the most efficient transfer of power. A DC system will still need voltage regulation going into and out of the battery. A home could be run off DC but certain appliances like most motors would need inverters built into them to get AC. DC motors are very noisy. Many electronics require multiple voltages and have regulators built in. DC won't work in a transformer. The point being that we'll never get away from conversion loss or AC.

      Solid state devices are the most efficient way to convert electricity. Small inverters are cheap and one of the technological advances that makes small scale generation viable. If you want to go big Hitachi makes a 2,800MW inverter. link to hitachi.com

      Then there's this link to hitachi.com

      Cheers

  • Clean Disruption: Why Conventional Energy and Transportation will be Obsolete by 2030
    • That was an excellent lecture. I hadn't been aware of the multiplier/synergy effects before.
      A couple of things I'd point out are:
      The need for standard batteries that can be swapped out at recharging stations. These will also be needed for larger vehicles like semi trucks. Elon Musk is probably thinking about this already.
      There's a loss in converting DC to AC current. I think that's around 20% or more. The grid will have to remain AC because DC won't work in transformers and transmission loss is far greater with DC. A large power plant will need some heavy duty conversion capacity and it's unclear to me how this will be done.
      If it rains for a couple of days and my car hooked to the grid has had its batteries drained, how happy will I be when I go to use it?
      Oil, coal and natural gas will still be with us because they're useful for many other things. Natural gas for instance supplies ammonia fertilizer for crops. The list of products that come from hydrocarbons is almost endless. You can get 120 gallons of crude oil from a ton of coal. Coal may be due for a nap but I wouldn't count it out of the game yet.
      Even with EVs and green power Malthus will still be with us. Copper, silver and lead will be mined out in 40 years or so. There isn't enough left to build out a totally green energy system worldwide.
      Unless we get a grip on population green energy will only slightly extend the life of civilization.
      Anyway, Mr. Serba's lecture has given me a bit of extra hope for the immediate future however a lot more needs to be done for the long term. Number one on the list should be population control and good luck with that.

  • Floating wind turbine in the sky Can Power whole Villages
    • Kind of complicated. High wind could surely tear it to shreds, especially if scaled up. Complicated ground equipment. Would need monitored to avoid damage by wind and lowered during storms. Inflatable bag is expensive. Helium is also expensive. I wonder how much the ground equipment costs? 600 meters of copper cable?
      Essentially you're trading an expensive, high maintenance, fragile system for a mast. If it gets hit by lightning, you loose everything. A Ferrari when all you need is a couple Tata Nanos. I think you could build a really nice village generator for the price of their ropes alone.
      Helium atoms are so small that they eventually permeate the envelope so a supply would be kept at hand and pressure in the bag would have to be monitored.
      Weight of the cables/ropes would become a problem. More height, more output but heavier cables/ropes and bigger bag. There's a limit on how big the bag can be, about the size of a blimp.
      This system isn't simple or cheap. Is it suitable for a permanent installation? If it comes down where does it land?
      It might be good for military applications but not for villages. Villages need cheap and simple (don't we all.)

  • Today's Top 7 Myths about Daesh/ ISIL
    • I don't think it's too late for ISIS if they can consolidate where they're strong and keep from overextending themselves they'll have what they can hold. If they're weak someone more ruthless will take the ground.

    • ISIS seems more like a franchise. Anyone can open a branch. Except in a few places they're spread pretty thin.
      If we did break them up some other group would take their place.
      We killed the top dogs and the pecking order won't be established until we stop killing their leaders. Saddam managed to keep some kind of order but now he's gone. Assad kept Syria one of the safest places for Westerners to visit for years. Now that's over.
      Now that these strong leaders are dead or compromised, lesser figures/groups will fight it out until new top dogs come to the fore. It's as simple as that. A genuine leader won't want to risk their position by messing with the West or so logic would dictate.
      Our looser leaders are just pandering to greed because they can sit back, far removed from the carnage.
      It's just human nature. Fighting against that is stupid.

  • Elon Musk's Battery for Solar Homes may Change Electric Utilities forever
    • Lead acid batteries will soon be obsolete. Lead is being rapidly mined out with perhaps a 40 year supply still in the ground. Lithium is abundant.
      I'd like to see cheaper lithium battery cars. If they remain expensive they'll have a minimum impact. They'll be competing with cars like the Tata Nano which one might drive for life (fuel included) for less than the price of a Tesla.
      Affordability is the key to making it work.

  • Netanyahu Imported by GOP to ensure Iran War
    • I think there are conservatives just as bothered by endless war (and other stuff) as liberals who didn't vote for Dems the last time. I'm thinking voter disaffection isn't a left or right thing or soon won't be. I hope so anyway.
      Let Bibi speak so it's all in the open that Republicans want war. Maybe it'll get the price of oil up. If oil spikes, someone takes him seriously.
      You know how it works though sometimes: When they do it it's bad. When your team does it it's good. That being said, I don't think the spectre of war with Iran will help Republicans much. Voters have bills to pay and kids to feed. They hear "War with Iran" and drop their lunch.
      Bibi made such a great impression last time. Wonderful entertainment with that bomb picture and all. Bring in the clowns. We could use a laugh.

  • The Obama Effect? Are Iran/ Saudi-and-GCC no longer on a war footing?
    • The last thing the Royal Family wants is reprisal raids. They have maintained their position only by using blunt force against domestic opposition. Any external threat against KSA could upset the apple cart.

  • The Impunity of American Torture: From Abu Ghraib to Sen. Feinstein's Brawl with the CIA
    • Dianne Feinstein a hero? Protecting her own self is more like it. Even if by neglecting her job she really didn't know about torture and murder, it's like the difference between first degree and manslaughter.
      She supported wars of aggression.
      You hardly ever hear Democrats standing up for the Constitution anymore. It's easy to understand why.
      They're equal opportunity torturers but then again so was Stalin.

  • Top 5 Signs Cliven Bundy is Wrong about African-Americans
    • Oh Cliven, what will we do with you? How many Black people do you know that you can speak of them that way?
      You need to get out more often. Variety is the spice of life.
      People were rooting for you and you just let them down.

  • 5 Ways Nevada Rancher Militia Resembles Pakistan's Taliban
    • Considering the history of land takings by government entities and the use of imminent domain by corporations for everything from urban renewal, power lines, parks, game refuges, pipelines, solar "parks," sports stadiums, any old reason. Heavy handed and corrupt.
      Forced relocation and cleansing. Check the Shenandoah or Monongahela. Many families lost their homes. Tens of thousands lost with urban renewal. That was a boon for real estate and gentry. Poor people got sweet tail.
      If we were talking about good g'ment that would be one thing but we're not.
      It's just the mindset of the US. We been running folks off land for so long we got to liking it.

  • US Press once again Declines to Call White Terrorism in Kansas, Nevada, White Terrorism
    • We've been fighting wars on"terrorism" for too long. It's a tag used to whip up hate.
      And then there's this:
      link to talkingpointsmemo.com
      Everyone knows what murder is. Terrorism could mean anything depending on who's saying it.

    • Hate crime, murder. That's enough to hang the bum.
      I gotta problem with the "terrorist" tag. It's been used on activists like watershed groups, political groups and even Quakers I think. Mandela was a terrorist if you believe the government.
      "Terrorist" has been so misused that's it's lost it's meaning.

  • Russian Sanctions-Busting?: Putin's bruited 500k b/d oil deal with Iran draws US Threats
    • Fear is a great motivator.
      Spy on Europe to use the information against it. Now they can't buy Iranian oil. Now they can't buy Russian gas. What's next? This is doing real harm to real people in Europe.
      Then there's the plethora of crimes like drones and aggressive wars, ect. Paid for with money fresh off the press, printed with abandon, without restraint.
      The US is acting like a wounded animal, lashing out at friends and enemies alike. Lashing out on the freedoms of it's very own citizens using phoney justifications. No one is safe.
      These are examples folks point to. They don't want to be victims. They know that a deranged nation might strike out at anyone. It could get worse.
      It's a growing fear of the US that ultimately could be the deciding factor.

  • Palestine's Abbas finally says will Go to UN over Israeli Squatters
  • Israel Guilty of Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians: UN Rapporteur
    • My attitude has changed considerably since the days when I had a "Save Russian Jews" bumper sticker on my car.
      I realize now that I was wrong to promote that.
      "Not quite as bad as the Nazis" isn't a tag that inspires trust.
      Calling Israel a "Jewish" state is slanderous to Jews who worked for civil rights in the US. Didn't at least one Jew wind up murdered and buried in a dam in Mississippi for trying to register Blacks to vote?
      These good people who selflessly gave for the betterment of others, shudder as their fellows descend into barbarity.

  • Ukraine Crisis Shows Urgency of Green Energy: Russian Nat'l Gas Blackmail
    • Ukraine is highly dependent on Russian gas. They've been disputing over payments and such for years. Most of Ukraine's gas payments have been offset by allowing Russian gas transit through pipes that cross Ukraine into Europe.
      Russia has been slowly building pipes that don't go through Ukraine. If it happens that Ukraine soon has to pay retail for gas...

  • Kerry on Invading other Countries on a Trumped Up Pretext (Editorial Cartoon)
  • Obama to Netanyahu: Israel faces Int'l Sanctions over "Permanent Occupation of West Bank"
    • Obama said he was going to hold his hand before and I'm starting to believe him.
      Jimmy Carter, having watched the march of history, recently said a president could resolve the problem in 15 minutes (or something like that.)
      I think he's right. One Executive order and Israel flies right or sanctions.
      Shortcut the track Israel is on and prevent a lot of suffering to everyone concerned.

  • Manufactured Wars, Manufactured Military History
    • If they admit the story is a lie, what does that make them? More than just liars.
      No doubt they want to turn a crime of the century into a Cinderella story.
      All the turkeys are goebbeling.
      “Think of the press as a great keyboard
      on which the government can play.”
      ― Joseph Goebbels

  • 8 Unsustainable Delusions of the American Way of Life
    • One misconception is that we have time to fix it. We don't.
      In this increasingly barren world, when the petro based fertilizer is gone...we're toast.
      History will repeat while we all know things are going wrong. Ecological collapse is already here. If every frog and turtle dies from imported ranavirus, who cares? That's happening now.
      The collapse of civilization is a spectator sport.
      We'll never regain the wealth thrown away in wars. Wealth we desperately need, wasted. Pissd away.
      Fighting over the silverware on the Titanic.
      Bacteria will colonize a Petri dish, breed to fill the space, then die on it's own waste.
      I wish it weren't true but people are as dumb as bacteria.

  • Why Tunisia's Transition to Democracy is Succeeding while Egypt Falters
    • Can any popularly elected President serve in Egypt? Even if they could get along wouldn't a popular Egyptian g'ment want to end the embargo of the Palestinians? Can the military be brought to heel?

  • Massive War Crimes: Syrian Regime Tortured, Starved, Murdered 11,000 Prisoners
    • Just a couple of things:
      First, if I want the real skinny on what's happening in the ME, I come here.
      Assad ain't going to bargain away his position. I don't think his Stalinist tendencies have been accounted for. I think he's willing to die or stay in power. Assad and Kerry are natural enemies but maybe Kerry can tummy rub him in a back room?
      The rebellion wasn't supported by the majority of the people so it's either destined to fail or end with another dictator in charge. If Kerry wins, it's another dictator. A friendly dictator could obtain the tools required to keep the rabble in line.
      Interventionists bear responsibility also. "Out by Xmas" was bull. Anyone with half a brain knew Assad was no paper tiger. Probably tougher than his old man who was a really mean guy.

  • Recognizing Israel as a Jewish State is like saying the US is a White State
    • Is Jewish a religion or a race? Is there a gene specific to Jews and where did it originate? Do Ethiopian Jews have the gene? Palestinians? Are claims of a Jewish gene independently verifiable?
      This concern about racial purity is quite interesting. Even more interesting is how it plays out. Perhaps other markers can determine who is "more" Jewish.

  • Top US academic association decries Israel boycott
    • Slim to no chance that Israel would allow an academic conference in Palestine. A topic ripe for academic study: The destruction of whole cultures.
      The hypocrisy on display is amazing.

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