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Tuesday, July 5. 2022
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" All that the Crown really wanted was for the colonists to pay their “fair share”, a share that was determined thousands of miles away. All that the colonists wanted was the rights of Englishmen that they believed they were entitled to."
Good luck taxing the rich when they’re gone
No Air Conditioning? No Thanks. Every American needs to know the term “baseload”
Hot New Elite Summer Trend: Surgery to Ease 'Hamptons Bladder'
Bezos' $500 Million Superyacht Trapped At Dutch Shipyard
"One day I hope to become a mother. But for now I have sex just because I like it. Sex is fun. For the puritanical tyrants seeking to control our bodies..."
Why The Left Truly Is Evil, (Not Stupid!)
Green-Haired, Morbidly Obese Leftist Women Call for Sex Stike Over Abortion Ruling
'Urgency is a White Supremacy Value' Says Oregon Health Bureaucrat
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‘Burning America to the ground’: Liberals can’t get over SCOTUS EPA decision
CDC Tells Millions of Americans to Mask Again. Will Anyone Listen?
Why Are The Angriest Abortion-Ruling Protesters In Deep-Blue States Where There Will Be No Impact?
Here's why Kavanaugh's would-be assassin didn't get much coverage
Clarence Thomas a 'black white supremacist'?
Politico Hit Piece on Clarence Thomas Goes Horribly Wrong
Ukraine and the Allure of False Realisms
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Autonomous Battery Electric Tractor | Future of Farming | John Deere
A 2:38 video produced by Deere. Some one can correct me if I am wrong but I think this is just a protoype. One wonders how many R&D dollars have gone into this?
Lots of questions about this machine.
They called it “sustainable.” Somebody needs to explain how batteries are “sustainable” and what were going to do when so much of our key energy infrastructure is dependent on materials imported from countries that aren’t particularly friendly to us.
It never seems to occur to those on the left and the climate people that in the end things just won't work, How about not being able to recycle the wind turbines and solar panels to name just a couple of problems. Getting rid of fossil fuels BEFORE there is a replacement is also typical of their thought.
I suppose it might be easier to get electricity than diesel on many farms. OTOH, I'm not sure farming (with its very high planting/harvest time peak loads) really fits with battery recharge cycles.
Those are good points, OldCurmudgeon.
How many hours are in John Deere's definition of a "work day"?
4, 6, 8, 16? They don't say.
I think it is so cute the way they put the tractor in the shed at night and plug it in.
When farmers are farming 10, 20 30 miles from home, they leave their equipment in the field at night.
How are you supposed to recharge then?
Perhaps you will have have at least one extra battery bank, like for you battery drill. Perhaps the bank will be made to drop onto a trailer in 10 minutes and you can just drag the batteries home to recharge them?
One wonders how much extra $$$ THAT would add to the price?
"...How are you supposed to recharge then?"
I have several ideas:
1-- Portable windmill generator
2-- Really really really long extension cord
3-- Diesel powered generator
See? If you really want to find a solution, you can.
Some jarring juxtapositions this morning. Rolling blackouts predicted nationwide in many nations for this summer, affecting millions - but no root cause - no reason offered why this year is different. What happened?
Then, thousands of flights delayed and / or cancelled over a holiday weekend. Again, no root cause, no reason offered except for the immediate obvious one that there was a shortage of employees. Well, that's interesting; Why???
And then we have First City, First World problems of nasty, dirty travel restrooms, so bad they require bladder surgery, while Mr. Bezos spends millions on a mega-yacht from a ship-builder that never heard how to step a mast or check clearances.
Farming with autonomous vehicles? Sounds great. We are already exploring other planets and mapping the oceans with them. Not sure farmers will ever look like Mr. Robo-iTractor Operator there, though. Maybe he's growing soybeans.
Re the Althouse link about the NYT piece on puritanical sex tyrants: I dislike mind-reading opponents. Did she get trained in using those smart new Motive-O-Meters at UMich, discerning what people really think, in the absence of concrete evidence? It's a comforting myth that has been around for decades, that pro-life people just hate women and sex. Invoking it means one does not have to engage their actual arguments. How convenient, then.
It has been a prominent argument long enough, without support, that one has to suspect it is more likely a clue to their own thinking. "I like having sex and no one had better say a word against that" keeps masquerading as a logical moral argument. It isn't.
They conveniently ignore survey after survey after survey consistently finding that boring ole monogamous married religious people are the most satisfied with their sex lives.
One detects a note of defensiveness there, in the "I like sex"... Do you? Or do you just wish you did, and feel like you couldn't get a boyfriend if you didn't put out?
Why is it blue staters who are so worked up about the Roe ruling?
Because they're totalitarians at heart, one and all. Can't stand the idea that anyone else might be doing something different.
Also the subconscious domination-fantasy Handmaid's Tale cosplayers have been wishing that shite into existence just as hard as they can for years. Now they can't imagine any other outcome.
Progressives are adamant about norming any and all behavior. They demand to be judged by no one including God. The lgbtwxyz and its associated flag is designed for infinite expansion and they will use any crisis to continue breaking all the rules of our current culture and will attempt to destroy any institution that stands in their way whether it be Christian churches or the Boy Scouts. They loved the old SCOTUS but absolutely detest the current SCOTUS. And why is that? Tradition and Christianity is not their friend but instead a sacred enemy.
California girl flown to UC Davis after rattlesnake bite
The story has a happy ending. The little girl is fine. She was bitten on her foot in her driveway.
It's the cause of the bite that struck me here:
The California rattlesnake population is booming this summer. As the state gets warmer, the rattlers find that they can get to more comfortable body temperatures, like their preferred range of a toasty 86 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit. A warmer climate may help these snakes heat up to temperatures that are more optimal for digestion or reproduction,” said Hayley Crowell, a University of Michigan student researcher, in a statement to SFGATE in May.
The inference is clear. Global warming caused this snakebite.
Re Surgery for "Hamptons Bladder"-- Just in time, too, since we've just been told that "Urgency is a white supremacy value".
Next on the luxury surgery list: anal stick removal.
'Green-Haired, Morbidly Obese Leftist Women Call for Sex Stike Over Abortion Ruling'
If that means not being able to bang women like her, I'll be the first in the picket line.
Dutch Farmers Intensify Protests, Form Transit Blockades on Roads, Bridges and Ports, Angered by New Energy Mandates and Forced Livestock Reductions
I will be very interested to see how this turns out.
It is a show down between The People and The ideologues.
In a show of solidarity, the fishing industry is now blocking ports. Additionally, the farmers are starting to block the distribution centers of supermarkets and key roads forming a cauldron where transit is at a standstill..
As grocery store shelves go empty, the government is now asking the military to intervene and stop the farmer blockades. However, the Dutch people overwhelmingly support the farmers. Things have evolved into a social and economic war between the farmers and Build Back Better government ideology chasing climate change goals
Me too. But so far, not much value of this type of thing in France and Canada.
The Dutch politicians want to add a ban on nitrogen. Yea, nitrogen is now a non-green gas. It does seem that the green-elite are going down the periodic chart looking for more items to ban. The EPA wants to ban ozone in the Permian basin as a way to stop oil drilling.
The green-elite are anything but green ... they need to be banned along with their Hamptons bladder.
Dutch Cops Shoot At Farmers Protest After 'Threatening Situation' Arose
Geeee, Being a guy, I LIKE women. In general...not "all": I don't know "all".
Green-Haired, Morbidly Obese Leftist Women Call for Sex Stike Over Abortion Ruling: I am sooo not bummed for her.
'Urgency is a White Supremacy Value' Says Oregon Health Bureaucrat: I'm sure you'd want "urgency" if your appendix was about to rupture...
IIRC, removing the top span of the bridge, which would allow Bezos yacht to pass through after having the masts stepped at the builders yard, has been done before. it can be lifted out of the way by crane after the lifting cables are detached.
It's another one of those stories that suffers from information poverty. The bridge is permanently locked open with an air draft of 147 ft, according to a sailing journal. The Bezos yacht, while very big, does not have anything like this kind of height when afloat - unless the masts aren't stepped. Like any sailboat, the superstructure is pretty sleek out of necessity to allow free lateral travel of the booms when under sail. And that's what all of the articles seem to be referencing, that the masts are what is causing the conflict with the bridge span.
Seems like a fairly straight-forward solution, motor or tow past the bridge, sub-contract a downstream shipyard to restep the masts and complete the rigging. One wonders how much of this is just honoring the contract, how much is Bezo's giant ego, and how much of it is the opposition press trying to roast his Robber-Baron ass.
Biden Administration Has America’s Most Productive Oil Field in Its Crosshairs
EPA using ozone regulations to target the Permian Basin production, threatening to reduce American petroleum production even further.
Re Masking Again:
See - the problem is that we're (a) kinda distrustful of the whole "You gotta hang this thing in front of your pie hole or people gonna die!" schtick, and (b) the numbers don't exactly warrant it, and (c) if the mask says 'Not to be used as a medical device', then the usefulness is suspect.
US Cases and Deaths from Worldometers:
Currently the 7-day average for positive tests is: 88,170. The trend on this is going down - it looks like we peaked on the latest wave at about 110-120k/day about a month ago.
Currently the 7-day average for deaths is: 243 - and the trend's been essentially flat since the beginning of April.
So - no. Maybe they're hoping for some new variant that'll get the death rate back up to 1-2% - but right now it's at about 0.25%, and it doesn't look like that's likely to change.
CDC's squandered a whole lot of trust and credibility on this disease. I don't see them getting it back soon - if ever.