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Thursday, October 27. 2022
What’s at Stake? Midterms & the Markets: A Conversation With Lawrence H. Summers & Niall Ferguson
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE WENT WOKE, ENROLLMENT FELL 25%
Biden Thinks Airlines Charging for Extra Leg Room Hit ‘People of Color’ the Hardest. It’s always about race.
Democrats: The Only Way To Save Democracy Is One-Party Rule
MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan asks if the 2024 election will be free and fair if black people are denied the right to vote
Gov. Hochul Not Sure Why Locking Up Criminals is Important. The kind of mistake that destroys political careers.
The Morning Briefing: Hillary Clinton Reminds Us That She's America's Worst Drunk and a Psychopath
EVEN RICHARD NIXON HAS GOT SOUL
"A Paradoxical Situation": Germany Is Dismantling A Wind Farm To Make Way For A Coal Mine
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Why isn't late term abortion considered domestic violence or child abuse? It is incredibly vile and disgusting. It should be videoed and played on all channels of the TV at 6pm every evening with a close up of the little body parts. Late term abortion isn't "my body my choice" it is murder.
Or just listen to a doctor who used to perform them describe it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0tQZhEisaE
Biden Thinks Airlines Charging for Extra Leg Room Hit ‘People of Color’ the Hardest
This seems all a matter of perception.
The full price round trip fair from San Francisco to Boston is $1,450. But discounts are offered.
If I want, I can choose a narrower seat with less leg room and forego checked bags and the choice to cancel the flight. The price is then $250.
Now some people don't care to save the $1,200 difference. But for those who do, steep discounts are available.
The framing used by elites is always the same. Choice is is always negative.
I have friends, well off financially, who would prefer we return to the days when all tickets from all Airlines offered the same amenities and were the same price. The same high price.
Discounts are used by people who in their view shouldn't really be flying. They believe those folks should get around by bus instead of seeking discount Airlines.
Biden's handlers are flailing. I don't think he even knows what seat pitch is - much less how you buy an airline ticket on-line, and can choose what seats you want. Want to pay a bit more for more leg room? Hell, I'll spend $50-75 for a few more inches of leg room on a round trip ticket - and they don't give a damn about my skin color, just the color of my money.
It's not about racism - it's about economics.
Do I wish that there wasn't a premium for legroom? Yeah. But - I also understand the airlines have to make money, and if you cut an inch of leg room you can get another row or two of paying customers in the plane.
Do I LIKE flying in an aerial version of a Greyhound Bus? TBH, no - I'd have more room in the blasted bus. But I'm also not going to take three-four days to get where I'm going. I can put up with the cramped conditions for a few hours.
(I'm also not going to take a blasted train - 3-4 days to cross the country one-way? Hell, no.)
When I was much younger I have taken 1, 2 & 3 day trips in a Greyhound bus and was happy that it was available and affordable. I did a 26 hour trip with my wife and a 3 YO once and that was fun. Almost got in a fight with a drunk one time. Yeah! Those were the good old days.
I've done Greyhound for long-distance travel a time or two, but like you I was much younger.
Now they've got on-board wifi. Progress!
Why Russian LNG Exports To Europe Exploded This Summer
But ditching Russian gas is proving to be more onerous than Europe would have hoped for. Whereas supplies of Russian pipeline gas--the bulk of Europe’s gas imports before the Ukraine war--are down to a trickle, Europe has been hungrily scooping up Russian LNG. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the bloc’s imports of Russian liquefied natural gas jumped by 41% Y/Y in the year through August.
“Russian LNG has been the dark horse of the sanctions regime,” Maria Shagina, research fellow at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, has told WSJ. Importers of Russian LNG to Europe have argued that the shipments are not covered by current EU sanctions and that buying LNG from Russia and other suppliers has helped keep European energy prices in check.
. . . Natural gas prices in Europe have plunged over the past few weeks with CNBC reporting that a “Wave of LNG tankers is overwhelming Europe in an energy crisis and hitting natural gas prices.”
. . . Thankfully, there’s a clear upside to imports of Russian LNG to Europe: the continent has managed to fill its gas stores well ahead of schedule, with Reuter’s gas meter revealing that 93.8% of the EU gas storage is currently filled.
This kind of thing just makes my head hurt. Natural gas is sold on a set BTU content, but let's gut that value by taking it, chilling it down to about -260°F, load it on to a tanker, and transport it to the EU, where they'll offload and re-gassify it. Let's gut the energy value of the material in its produced state, by investing more energy, burning up electricity and bunker / diesel to put it through this cycle - rather than down the pipeline to the market, directly. 'Cuz we're Green!
Aggie: Let's gut the energy value of the material in its produced state, by investing more energy, burning up electricity and bunker / diesel to put it through this cycle - rather than down the pipeline to the market, directly.
Liquification to LNG requires about 10% of the natural gas input. However, the cost per mile for delivery is generally lower, though that cost can vary considerably. Over long distances, and where pipelines may not be practical, LNG can be cost effective.
That sounds like a reasonable answer, but because you haven't stated any of your assumptions, it's really just the wrong answer because it's over-generalized. The economics of the LNG/pipeline comparison is specific to each case and very often the numbers don't work. They didn't for decades - but with directional drilling advances and the technology for handling LNG efficiently, they have begun to make sense more easily.
Where pipelines are not in place, or are cost-prohibitive because of the distance to market, LNG can be a cost-effective alternative - depending on the long term contracts that underpin the economic investments. But in Russia's case, were pipelines have already been put into place, but are not in use because they've been sanctioned, the economic sense is thrown out the window and the EU instead is paying a premium for its gas, via LNG cargoes.
And I can tell you: Once the scheduled contracted cargoes for the LNG investment have been delivered, and the LNG trains have been optimized to exceed their nameplate capability, the surplus cargoes that are generated go out to the spot market and sometimes fetch 5 - 10x the normal contracted price, and even sometimes more. We are seeing that now. People that buy on the spot market are often desperate.
The same imbeciles that are sanctioning pipelines and then buying LNG cargoes to replace the supply (and they are the same people), are paying a premium price on the backs of their citizens while they order additional (unnecessary) carbon waste into the ecosystem, and they are generally the same imbeciles that are demanding more windmills and unicorn dust, while putting their boots on the necks of our farmers and telling us to eat insects. They make my head hurt, these policy geniuses, and I'm not alone.
Thanks for your perspective on this. It's nice to see the opinion of someone with subject matter expertise rather than what amounts to the copy/paste of the results of a Google search made with the intent of supporting a position already determined.
Aggie: it's really just the wrong answer because it's over-generalized
Heh. Now read your first comment again.
If you see those two as incongruous, then I suggest your biases are at fault. Re-examine!
The Fascist State lays claim to rule in the economic field no less than in others; it makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions, and all the political, economic, and spiritual forces of the nation, organised in their respective associations, circulate within the State.
Selling our oil or NG is stupid. It should be illegal, it should be sold in country only. It makes the NG more expensive for our citizens and insures that we will run out of it sooner than we would if we only used it for domestic purposes. Very short sighted.
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Re: Virginia Military Institute -- Our family understands firsthand the brick-by-brick demolishing of VMI. My husband's dad was a professor there in the 1950s & '60s, and our son graduated in 2000. We visited the campus shortly after the radicals removed the statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from the entrance to the barracks. I stood there with a lump in my throat. Another visitor came up, took one look at the vacant spot where the statute once proudly stood for decades, turned to me with tears in his eyes and said, "What the hell is happening?" Our son knew the former superintendent Gen. Binford Peay. In spite of the news accounts, he was no racist and was in fact highly respected by the Corps of Cadets. It's criminal what's happening to the once-great VMI.