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Monday, May 7. 2018
How Giant African Rats Are Saving Lives in Former War Zones
Klavan: Your Culture is My Underpants
Study: Those Most Concerned About Climate Change Least Likely To Take Individual Action
I see/hear this almost daily. Talking the talk...
Teacher union president suspended after allegedly saying 'I'm here to defend even the worst people'
True, that is his job. Just shouldn't say it to a reporter
Illinois Politicians Are Doubling Down on Failure, Hastening the State’s Bankruptcy
If states could print their own money, we'd have lots of Venezuelas
Dershowitz Denounces the Surveillance State
So do I. We aren't China. Government isn't supposed to fear us, the people. We're sposta have a government of the people, for the people...
Judge Ellis Wants to See Mueller's Hunting License
Exposed and dependent: Germany desperate to avoid trade war
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What Dylan really wants to do is make more money and more power to him. But, whiskey is whiskey. When you buy a bottle of Jack Daniels or any other whiskey you're buying the story. All the distillers sell their product back and forth to each other as needed and one large distiller in Indiania doesn't even have a brand, all they do is sell to the other 7 distillers. Dylan is just writing a new story.
That is true for most labels, and almost every new label. But, there are distillers out there that don't use MGD mash and whiskeys. Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey are the big ones, and that includes a lot of labels, who distill, age, and bottle their own recipes. Any of the big-name labels will make a distinction if they are distilled, rather than just aged, at their factories.
Klavan: Your Culture is My Underpants. Hoo-hah. I see a Trump successor for 2024. This guy's Trump².
Re: Teacher union president suspended after allegedly saying 'I'm here to defend even the worst people'
Of course, he is saying that he'd defend the worst people by screwing the child who is leveling the charges. He is a dirt bag, but all he is doing is acting similarly to a lawyer which makes a certain amount of sense since he is a president of a union that represents teachers, not kids - and that is a big problem with our education "system." There is nobody in the system whose job it is to look after the kids and parents have very few choices.
I get that the union is there to defend its members, but I would assume this does not work like a law office. Is the union really required to cover up crimes by their members? Or just represent them if a crime is committed by their members? I even find it hard to believe that the union MUST represent a union member who commits crimes like rape or abuse in the classroom setting. When does it become an action that is NOT covered by union protections and is left for local cops and such to pursue?
Something doesn't make sense here. Is there really a union representation agreement that states they will defend a union member who has committed rape? Truly?
As a covered employee, the union is entitled to advocate/intercede on behalf of employees in grievance cases. Whether or not they do is solely the decision of the local union reps, not the employer or even the employee.
this applies only to the grievance case or other employment action, and does not address any criminal charges which may arise from classroom or other conduct.
Thanks, Dan. I would hope a normal person would report child abuse, rape, etc. to the authorities and keep it out of a union dispute scenario. Or the assumption is the police would not fairly investigate so there must be a process above regular law and order...which seems illegal to me.
If you watched the Veritas Institute videos, you would see that both targets explained how they view their job as protecting their members in disputes. The disputes are sometimes vetted in quasi-legal procedures so there is a reasonable comparison to the services of a lawyer.
Quashing the dispute before it goes to a real legal forum is the idea. Only one of the people in the dispute can win. The union does everything it can so their member wins so the child loses.
None of this should be really surprising. If the teachers' unions were really interested in educating students, the quality of education would be a lot better (compared to the past as well as the rest of the world).
my solar panels: four years and I love, ,love them.
Especially when I get my monthly utility bill and see how much the utility WILL PAY ME for the electricity I generate.
Getting double pane windows today and hope to add more solar when budget improves. I like becoming an independent utility and having the sun make money for me.
Certainly a win for the already heavily subsidized solar industry!
Still takes more than a decade for subsidized solar to pay for itself (which is appealing for many, no doubt).
Anyway, should help increase costs further in California's already-crazy housing market!
You're welcome (for subsidized solar panels).
Some people live in an area with lots of trees so even subsidized solar panels are a waste of money. I guess they should cut down those trees to make solar panels useful, but then there'd be that many fewer trees to hug.
mudbug: Some people live in an area with lots of trees so even subsidized solar panels are a waste of money.
Deciduous trees offer passive solar, shade in the summer and sun in the winter.
True, but the topic was solar panels. But ok. Because deciduous trees are generally in temperate and tropical climates so their leaves shade the solar panels when they are most needed.
mudbug: I guess they should cut down those trees...
Not necessarily. Deciduous trees offer passive solar benefits, so keeping your trees may be a viable alternative to solar power. Simple architectural elements (e.g. building and window placement, awnings, outside shutters) can also save significant energy while providing a more comfortable living environment.
As for the California law, "There will be exemptions for homes that either can´t fit solar panels or would be blocked by taller buildings or trees".
People could do a lot to alleviate global (and local) warming by simply planting trees.
Illinois government is a pension system for relatives, friends and contributors to politicians that also provides some services to residents.
But can they hold out for another 6 1/2 years or will they have to go hat in hand to beg President Trump for a bailout?
Arrest Kerry for Collusion With Islamic Terror States
From the article:
According to the Boston Globe, Kerry’s goal in these meetings is, “to apply pressure on the Trump administration from the outside.” That’s exactly the behavior the Logan Act was meant to sanction.
. . . The left and its rogue Never Trumper allies ceaselessly lecture us about the “Rule of Law.”
Let’s have their version of the rule of law. And let’s apply it to Kerry, Rhodes, Malley and all the rest.
. . . When Kerry wakes up to FBI men ransacking his seven bedroom waterfront Martha’s Vineyard estate at gunpoint and patting down his wife in their bedroom for weapons, then we’ll have the rule of law.
FREE RANGE PARENTING IS NOW LEGAL IN UTAH
**Notice: Had to find this out from the BBC ! Not covered yet in American news rags!
Tells you a lot about where we are as a country, when the government grants permission to raise kids the way they have been raised since the beginning of civilization. When did they pass laws to not let your kid play in the park unsupervised? Oh they didn’t? Land of the free my ass! Oh, most high government, what shall you grant me permission to do today?
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. ~Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
"California to require solar panels on most new homes"
Solar panels are useless without the expensive grid-tie and/or off-grid equipment. The latter also needs thousands of dollars of batteries
If solar panels were practical/sustainable they would not require the tax payers to subsidize them. This should be obvious to everyone but somehow isn't. There is a sweet spot around Las Vegas with the best sun for solar power. If you used this best spot in the U.S. as a benchmark, purchased the solar panels and support equipment with your own money and no subsidies over the lifetime of the system it would never pay for itself!!! In fact the energy consumed to create the panels and the necessary support system is more energy than the solar panels can produce in their lifetime.
The best use for solar panels is in those situations where power isn't available but a small amount is needed. Yes it will cost more than the grid and never pay for itself but it gets the job done. Roof top solar connected to the grid or stand alone is a boondoggle.
GoneWithTheWind: In fact the energy consumed to create the panels and the necessary support system is more energy than the solar panels can produce in their lifetime.
That is incorrect. According to the U.S. government's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, energy payback on photovoltaic is about 2-4 years with a generating lifespan of about 30 years.
Gee whiz, kiddies. What a crock!
Look at the references and the dates of your citation.
Nothing but a PR campaign for the fledgling solar industry and not backed up with facts.
Probably based on computer models but hey computers are never wrong..
Back to your sandbox.
Not true and you know it and the government knows it. In fact these studies are generally based on a maximum power generation which as I pointed out is only available within a 50 mile radius of Las Vegas, and they are based on the maximum cost per KwH as opposed to the actual cost where you live AND they all ignore/hide the 60% subsidy. In fact for about 60% of this country solar panels make zero sense. But even where they can produce reasonably dependable power they will never repay their costs.
Instead of spending $40,000 on a PV system (roughly the cost for a family of five with no subsidies and tax write offs) put the $40,000 in a decent investment and pay your power bill with the interest.
I have always been an advocate for solar power and specifically PV. I got my first tiny PV cells to experiment with in 1956 and have been hooked ever since. But year after year the industry promised better efficiency and lower cost per KWH but the actual gains over the last 60 years or so have been meager at best. I love solar, now I just wish it could live up to it's hype.
GoneWithTheWind: But even where they can produce reasonably dependable power they will never repay their costs.
Your claim wasn't about monetary costs, but energy costs. We responded with a citation. You changed the subject.
GoneWithTheWind: Instead of spending $40,000 on a PV system (roughly the cost for a family of five with no subsidies and tax write offs) put the $40,000 in a decent investment and pay your power bill with the interest.
Solar is now about $20,000 for a 7kw system (excluding subsidies). With net metering, the payback period is about 12 years. But that does depend on the geographic location and local electricity costs. Solar is not suitable for all locations.
GoneWithTheWind: But year after year the industry promised better efficiency and lower cost per KWH but the actual gains over the last 60 years or so have been meager at best.
Price history of PV cells
Those most concerned about climate change least likely to take individual action...
But most likely to press for regulations that require THE REST OF US to alter our lives according to their whims.
Interesting piece on local television about IPL (power company) wanting to raise rates to convert coal burning plants to NG burning plants. None of the lower income people understanding that Obama wanted to bankrupt the coal burners if they wouldn't convert or shut down coal plants. They never once dreamed that their votes would come back to bite them in the ass.