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Friday, May 23. 2014
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California’s New Solar Plant: Burning Up Taxpayer Money, Land, and Wildlife
AVI on a book I enjoyed too: 1493 by Charles C Mann
Driscoll on Mark Steyn's new book: Mark Steyn Surveys the Passing Parade
Here's What Happened When I Went To Vegas With 1,800 Hedge Fund Managers
The Rise of Mob Rule in America
Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans: Kevin O'Brien
Bernard Mandeville, Psychiatrist in the Marketplace
Will America’s Future Be Whiter Than We Think?
Barack Obama has a strange habit of acting like somebody else has been president these past years. It’s really odd.
A commenter there noted "The peoples of European countries never voted for, and don't want, a "United States of Europe". They want individual sovereign States within a Free Trade Area, which IS what was voted for."
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You know we saw the same trend with Victoria's Secret models. They started out pretty close to reality but, always a little bit over and above the reality. Then around the mid-1990s, the Victoria's Secret models started to diverge from reality. Every year since, they've runaway from what one experiences day in and day out.
It's a blight on the desert. Those mirror farms (three?) cover a vast space, the air shimmers around the top of the towers where the mirrors are aimed. An ultimate expression of NIMBY.
Worst, the owners of the plant got it as a quid pro quo for abandoning a pair of new nuclear reactors in Texas in final design and permitting. I have no evidence, of course, but the two events happened within weeks of each other.
The new owners got it essentially free, what with the loan guarantees and sweet heart power sales deals.
And then my residential electricity price will skyrocket, NECESSARILY.
The Driscoll link goes to a background check ad.
Mob rule? When those tactics start getting used at local and state level Democratic party confab and the upcoming national convention/Hillary Clinton Ascension, the fun will be begin. Anyone else remember the 1968 Chicago Convention?
Obama, reigns but does not rule because that's somebody else's job. BTW, would be interesting to know how often he's been briefed by Shinseki.
Future whiter than we think? Lets wait and see. Self-identity is ever changing.
When I saw that energy agreement between China and Russia I thought it was the most significant news story in a very long time. So of course it got almost no notice in the MSM. China needs energy. Russia has shown that it is willing to use it's ability to supply energy as political leverage against it's customers. China must be pretty desperate to sign this deal.
Now in reading this article I see that Russia and China are going to watch each other's backs against sanctions from the West by opening up trade with each other while divvying up territories like Ukraine and the South China Sea. Will SE and SW Asia come running to us for help? After all the slashes in our Navy we won't be able to do all that much. It's not like China and Russia don't read the news. Plus, we haven't got actual leadership in the White House. Our "Pivot to Asia" was long on celebrity-style appearances and speeches and short on actual committments. It's going to be a bad time for Russia and China's neighbors. It's going to be a bad time for the Muslim minorities in either of those countries who have been trying to get more autonomy or even independence.
I figure the MSM isn't playing this up because they know that it's yet another failure for the White House.
The only good news is that it's going to be "a bad time for the Muslim minorities". When Moosies become the majority it's a bad time for EVERYONE Else.
The irony of most/all of the alternative energy models is that they require more energy into the process then they produce. A classic example is a very large photo voltaic plant in China that was built with it's own dedicated coal fired power plant. Why wouldn't they have used a PV powered energy source instead? If there was ever a perfect place and reason to use PV this would have been it. But of course the simple answer is that energy from a coal fired plant costs about $.02 per kWh while energy from a PV plant varies from about $.32-.64 per kWh. The variance is a result of the amount of solar irradiation available in various locations. The simple fact is it takes so much energy to create a PV system from raw materials to finished product that it will never produce as much energy in it's lifetime. To put that another way a 200 watt PV panel placed in an optimal location will produce about 5 hours of energy a day or 1000 watts. In it's servicable lifetime of about 30 years (actually less since it's efficiency drops by 1%-3% a year) it produces 10,000 kwh of power (minus about 20%-40% due to inefficiences and decreasing output over it's lifetime). But it takes more then 10,000 kwh of energy to mine, refine, manufacture, deliver and maintain that panel over it's lifetime. Everyone in the industry and the government knows this. Arguably many in the environmental community know it as well but it is likely most are clueless and simply parrot the mantra they are given. So why do we continue to build these plants and subsidize them if they are in fact so inefficient? The simple answer is that while they are very inefficient in generating energy they are incredibly efficient in creating piles of money from government subsidies. A simple payola of $100,000 to a congressman can yield a loan/profit of $100,000,000 from the department of energy. Now that is a ROI that any businessman and politician can understand.
Re. Warming Prediction Chart. I see that 1979 is the year selected to be the base year for determining Global warming/climate change. That is only a 35 year time span. Most Climate classification Schemes use a 30 average of temps and rainfall (plus other factors) That fact alone, says there is not enough data to determine climate change.
Leftist Science: If Reality does not match predictions; then ignore Reality.
Statistical fraud is easy, there are so many ways to prove or disprove something through statistics. Picking the starting and ending points of a statistical analysis is one of the simplest tricks to deceive. If they had choosen 1934 instead of 1979 the world today would be considerably cooler. If they had choosen 1850 which would have been a very reasonable and honest starting point it would have destroyed the meme that SUV's destroyed the environment and would have at the same time made it fairly obvious that we were in a mild warming cycle that inevitaby followed a cooling cycle. In truth there was no "good" starting point but 1979 was good enough if they could just get the MSM to go along with the scam. And they did, and it worked pretty well for awhle but now seems to have fallen apart. What we are witnessing now is the last throes of the AGW scam and the degree to which the MSM has been part of the scheme is being exposed. But no worries the grifters will regroup and come up with another great con to sell to the ignorant and naive.
1493, Yes! Reading 1491 first is preferable. Just saying. Also big high-5 to Assistant Village Idiot for blurbing out there some of the magnificence of these two works.