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Wednesday, February 18. 2015
They should make a gasoline model
Energy Remapped: Yesterday’s Winners, Tomorrow’s Losers?
Blue Civil War Hits Academia
The peasants are revolting
Gay marriage, racism, and what everyone misses about the inevitability of social change
Global Warming Hoax Revealed In Record-High Manhattan Real Estate Prices
Just like Al Gore's waterfront estate in SF
No it won't. There will be near-universal civil disobedience
Jesuit college hosts ‘Queer Prom,’ angers transgender students over name rules
The List: 32 Lies and Disputed Stories NBC News Let Brian Williams Tell For a Decade
Freedom update: Cometh The Censor
Democrats’ ‘Blue Wall’ not Impregnable to Republicans — If They’re Smart
Republicans want to reform disability insurance. Here’s why that’s hard.
Saudi Husband Tells Bride He Wants a Divorce On Their Wedding Night After Seeing Her Face For the First Time
C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons
President Obama's Jaw-Dropping Perspective on the role of government in life
African prosperity is easy
ISIS has momentum to keep expanding, General Garner warns
Why is this America's problem? As I say, the Russians and Chinese are laughing at us for getting involved in tribal and religious fights in the Middle East. It's about time for a shake-up there anyway, and the national borders are nuts.
Marie Harf at Thermopylae “This is where we hold them! This is where we discover the root causes for their anger
US Officials Admit Concern Over Syrian Refugee Effort
Welcoming them to the US? No thanks.
The Hidden Issue Behind Marines Ditching Weapons In Yemen
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WoW! Dating advice: Chicks in your 30's, the Wall approacheth, give up on those jerks that give you tingles and look for those good provider-type men that you ignored in your 20's because, VAGINA!.
(Most of which men will now hide from you and instead date your much younger "sistahs", in search of a quality young woman far less tainted by the feminist-poisoned canard of "wanting it all".
The flip side of the coin:
Feminism fallout: 70% of men aged 20-34 unmarried
You act like women were the only ones rejecting men in their 20s. Plenty of guys overlooked me throughout my college years. I was a nice, decent-looking girl with smarts. Not sure if it was my insecurity and shyness, but I hardly had a date all through college.
It's not always the girl turning down the guy!
Adjuncts have a sole responsibility: to teach. Tenure track faculty must also conduct significant research and demonstrate at least a nominal attempt at service. Why shouldn't adjuncts earn less?
One does not bind the mouth of the kine that grinds the grain. Or, in the alternative, they vote the way they're expected to, so, deserve a larger slice of pie.
The Forbes link is to a 2014 story on the EPA's purposed rules for wood burning stoves. Anyone seen an updated story on the finalized rules?
There will be massive disobedience because (as I commented before) if Ben Franklyn could build an wood burning stove that efficiently heated a room with 18th century tech then Anyone! can build a decent wood burning stove today.
Will the Feds, in response, build and launch drones programmed to detect the emissions from wood smoke and attack said sites immediately? Will embattled (chilly and embattled) citizens launch counter-drones built at the local high school, or home school?
Will that be the next "Shot heard 'round the World?".
They'll just put controls on the stove manufacturing paraphernalia like welders, benders, etc.
RE: Why is this America's problem?
"You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you."- Leon Trotsky
Yes, great quote. But their anti- Americanism is bluster, like Cuba's or Iran's.
They pose zero threat to the US. They do pose a danger to Egypt, the Saudis, etc. So let them deal with their local lunatics du jour.
Re awesome Tesla: The driver dude said, "As you can see..." I didn't see caca, except a car being driven in a cleared parking lot somewhere with a football stadium or baseball park as background. The driver dude seemed "Oh golly! Oh gee! I get to drive a Tesla!"
The peasants are revolting
especially when they start to protest.
Interesting aside I discovered in Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier. He related, as a child of the upper Middle Class, that he had been taught that the poor and working classed smelled to the extent of being revolting. A true fact given the poor and working class had minimal heat and no hot water, they were reluctant in to let Calgon take them away very often. I wonder if the smell is why people react as they do to the homeless today?
Wow. So thousands of man hours and G*d know how many resources, they've reinvented the locking differential?
A good column from Spengler:
The theology of radical Islam
EPA's Wood-Burning Stove Ban Has Chilling Consequences For Many Rural People
And will they be coming to each individual house that shows smoke rolling out the chimney in order to see if your stove is 'legal' ?
Kinda like the Stasi knocking on your door at nite and the neighbors sitting in fear that they are next, as their neighbors quietly disappear?
"But he had an illegal stove! He was a criminal!"
anyone else notice that while air quality keeps improving .. asthma, allergy are increasing?
You don't need and EPA approved stove...build a Missouri, or in other masonry circles, a Russian fireplace. Got firebrick? No need to comply with the latent fascist tendencies of the King George party.
Im sure we dont have an approved stove. Ours also burns coal. And when we realized it needed work we pulled it out and repaired/welded it ourselves
I have a wood/coal burning backup furnace and just picked up an old Montgomery Ward wood/coal burning cookstove at an auction that I want to set up in a summer kitchen and also use for canning.
Nice shot of Lab and pheasant. Not everything is haywire.
I believe that it would be impractical to duplicate the Tesla as a gasoline engine model. The issue is that the electric motors have full torque at zero RPM and can accelerate pretty much instantly because there is no engine lag (the power comes from the batteries), at least up to the motor power limit.
Also, the front and rear motors are independent and can operate at different speeds if appropriate. Not something a practical gas engine car can do.
However, while the Tesla is a nice piece of engineering, for me the idea that you are always on a short leash due to battery capacity and recharge time is a deal breaker.
Many decades ago a guy writing a column for Popular Mechanics, Smokey Stover (pen name I imagine) got it right with a design using a constant speed gasoline engine that ran at it's most efficient power level and ran a generator. The design required batteries that could provide the max power the four electric motors, one attached to each wheel, could consume. Not a lot of spare battery power in reserve, that's what the gas tank was for.
I thought that was the right design then and I still think so.
Here's the reality: the Islamic State is winning and the West appears almost wilfully impotent.
The US Navy has something like 11 carrier groups I believe. What do they cost the American taxpayer? And what return is the taxpayer getting for their existence?