We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Reading news reports from other countries is fun. You have no chips on their intellectual poker table, so you can read about things with an unjaundiced eye. I think George Washington called the attitude disinterestedness. He meant you shouldn't have a dog in any fight that you stand to benefit from. Old Muttonhead was somewhat phlegmatic, so it's hard to know what he might be thinking about any particular topic, but I've gotten the impression by reading about him that if he saw the capital city that bears his name, he'd bust out the fire and sword. Disinterestedly.
Anyway, I went to Europe this AM and poked around, looking for things I could be disinterested in, hoping they'd interest me. I hope they interest you, too.
I think this comes under the heading of "slow news day" in Germany. Shouldn't you be shopping for a bottle of ouzo and a spray of flowers for some Greek, to go along with your reparations check? Get busy.
Well, there you have it. Europe. And I though the United States was a silly place. Good night, Mr. and Mrs. Europe, from border to border and coast to coast, and all the ships at sea. You were fun while you lasted.
Every Olympics my husband grinds on those athletes who are citizens in 'name only' in order to compete. He points out that many of them come to the U.S. to train on our equipment, use our coaches, etc. only to turn around and then compete for Guam or what have you.
I get his complaint, but then I look at the few medals these other smaller countries get in a given Olympics and think, "Poor guys. Give 'em a medal!"
The Hornsea Project Two farm should have up to 300 turbines and a capacity of up to 1.8 gigawatts. It could produce enough energy to power 1.6 million homes.
If built to full capacity, the Hornsea Project Two investment would total around £6 billion ($7.8 billion, €6.9 billion).
This equals $26 million per wind generator. Probably a lot of that cost is the challenge of placing them in the ocean. Does anyone really believe this new wind powered generation facility will actually live up to the estimated 1.8 gigawatts? Also no mention of how many hours a day the wind will generate electricity. The simple truth is that in it’s functional lifetime this new green power generation facility will never generate enough electric power to even pay for itself. It will require heavy subsidies from government and rate payers. It will require a conventional coal or gas fired generation facility to be running to back it up whenever the wind fails to meet the needs. It is a pipe dream not a solution. There is good news though; a handful of billionaires will become richer thanks to this fiasco.