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The Dude sent me an interesting article that just highlights the stark reality for anyone that thinks there are easy solutions to getting free energy – there is no such thing just as there is no such thing as perpetual motion, bigfoot, unicorns, or rational liberals.

EE Times discusses how MIT got a bit silly.

Wind power has always been a bit of a reach – it might be viable but the gains are nowhere near that of nuclear power, or France would have ‘mills on every baguette-bakery and snail farm.

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Surrender all your control. Now.
Nancy Pelosi - scrutinyAmazing…

Pelosi’s trip has been notable for skirting human rights and the fierce public criticisms she has frequently leveled at the authoritarian government [China].

All the while, she’s building her very own DIY authoritarian gov’t right here at home.  Look for her posting on YouTube right next to Obama’s, under the heading of “FUBAR’ing the Country”.

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Now, this is probably unintentional, but maybe it was intentional, and maybe, just maybe… Obama’s administration is more ruthless than we all thought.  Study the pic and you’ll see what I mean.

kicking and screaming

click to embiggen

source:  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Reporter-Dragged-Kicking-and-Screaming-From-Near-Air-Force-One-.html

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While I certainly applaud the pharmacist for “taking out the trash”, the part where he shot the little creep five more times probably was a bit over the top.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said in an afternoon news conference that Ersland was justified in shooting Antwun Parker once in the head on May 19. But Prater said Ersland went too far when he shot Parker five more times in the abdomen while Parker lay unconscious on the floor.

Probably.

Then again, so many of us are tired of being screwed by the bad guys.  And of being screwed by the unprincipled, in general.

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The gov’t has more control than you think, because it’s been given to them.  10th Amendment was supposed to protect you from an over-powerful central government, but if you take the best safety mechanisms in the world and poke holes in them, they will fail.  Congressional testimony is supposed to be constitutional, but abuse of it to harass someone operating their business legally?

“Any investor in mortgage-backed securities has the right to insist that their contract be enforced,” Frey, president of Greenwich Financial Services, told the Times.

Before the day was out, Frey received a letter from six members of the House Financial Services Committee who said they were “outraged” by what he’d said.

“Your decision is a serious threat to our efforts to respond to the current economic crisis,” wrote Democrats Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Maxine Waters of California, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania, Carolyn Maloney of New York, and Melvin Watt of North Carolina.

Then they demanded that Frey testify before Congress in three weeks. And to make sure he got the point, they added:

“If this cannot be arranged on a voluntary basis, then we will pursue further steps.”

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Jesus wept.  Obama is not content.

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Given that the traditional Prom King and Prom Queen are male and female (seems to fit the defnition), why is it that a gay guy can be voted “Prom Queen”?

I just see this as wrong.

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Daver has a wonderful pic that I want to link here… waiting for permission first, check back later.

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As usual, if someone comes up with an idea that they say is groundbreaking you should be cautious.  If they say it is revolutionary, you should be doubly cautious.  If the claim is that it will Change Life Forever, run.

This falls in there somewhere. Problem with lots of green solutions is that they would have already been used if they were the cure.  This issue suffers because information blitzes that aid one’s own investments tend to be a bit biased and rosy.

… First, it’s worth noting Pickens’ claim made in the op-ed that his plan requires no new government regulation. Two sentences later, however, he calls on Congress to “mandate” wind power and its subsidies. Next, Pickens relies on a 2008 Department of Energy study claiming the U.S. could generate 20 percent of its electricity from wind by 2030.
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Setting aside the fact that the report was produced in consultation with the wind industry, the 20-by-2030 goal is quite fanciful.

Even if wind technology significantly improves, electrical transmission systems (how electricity gets from the power source to you) are greatly expanded and environmental obstacles (such as environmentalists who protest wind turbines as eyesores and bird-killing machines) can be overcome, the viability of wind power depends on where, when and how strong the wind blows — none of which is predictable. …

One common feature of all “cure for the world’s pain” ideas is that they usually rely on government mandates rather than capitalism to become acccepted.   Just because an idea sounds good does not mean that it is possible to run it as a business.

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So. NPR has this fella (actually BBC News Hour, morning edition) on that is talking about a hydrogen car. Apparently 200 units rolled off or are rolling off the assembly line and will be tested in LA. They will have special facilities to allow these people to refill.

So the interviewee says something like”

Well, it hasn’t been thought through very well from either the hydrogen generation point of view or the economics point of view.

Oh?

So how WAS it thought through?

I ask this critically and not a little bit cynically.

It seems that if you go to Steamboat McGoo’s place, you’ll find a reference to an article about how the closing ozone hole is (we’re all gonna die) contributing to faster melting of the (horribly, too) polar icecaps and there really (mess, as well) is nothing that can be done. I would like to take an excerpt because he said it so well:

So let me see if I understand this: We stopped using a cheap and extremely efficient freon (freon-12) and a bunch of really handy CFCs because they’re punching a bigger hole in the Ozone Layer and letting all the nasty UV rays in – and because DuPont’s patent on said freon-12 was set to expire (bye-bye cash cow). The research scientists who published the original O-Hole work (2 of 3 who worked for DuPont) cried panic (although the 1 who didn’t work for DuPont later recanted) and pushed for banning CFCs and freon-12.

Now we find out that shrinking the O-Hole (back to its original size, presumably) will speed up global warming. I smell horseshit. It might be old horseshit – but its still horseshit. – S‘boat McGoo

Back to my point. We have for a variety of ills, flooding in several states one of them, a lot of people starving, a lot of precious commodities skyrocketing, and suddenly industries suffering because now that they have the infrastructure they can no longer grind a single kernel of corn without losing money.

I’m sure that the folks in India and Ethiopia are agreeing that the idea to use corn as a biofuel probably wasn’t all that well thought out.

Nice that we have a car that runs on hydrogen/oxygen. But the hydrogen had to be elicited from H20 somehow…

Stay tuned as the lights go on in certain brains – AFTER everyone has been whipped into a frenzy to switch to a hydrogen economy. Speaking of lights, have we discussed CFL’s lately?

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Now if this isn’t the saddest piece of news – if you don’t have any news, don’t print it. But spare people from this. It ranks only above the article out of either Oregon or Washington in the early 90’s “Volcano Doesn’t Explode”. Oh wow. Ok, she survived lightning, which is pretty damn cool and newsworthy, but linking it with a $20 ticket win? Glad she’ll be ok though. Heard some awful stories about people after they’ve been hit.

Girl, 16, Survives Lightning Strike, Family Wins Lottery the Next Day

Monday , June 16, 2008

BLANCHARD, Mich. —

No one quite understands the term “striking it lucky” better than 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel. The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win $20 in the lottery the next day.Helsel was at her home in Blanchard, about 50 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, watching thunderstorms roll by on June 6 when she noticed rain entering an open kitchen window.

“She went to close the window and the lightning came through and hit her,” her mother, Linda Johnson, told The Daily News of Greenville. “We think it must have hit the house or something.”

Helsel struggled to describe the sensation she felt as the electricity passed through her body.

“It felt like when your foot falls asleep,” she said.

Helsel said she saw the electricity shoot out of her fingers and into the overhead lights, immediately knocking out the house’s power.

At first, the teenager didn’t want to be checked out at a hospital, but when she started complaining about a tingling sensation in her arm, she and her mother drove through the rain to get to Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview.

Helsel was checked out and the only signs of the lightning strike were some darkened fingertips on her right hand and a shaking arm from damaged muscles that will require some therapy. A full recovery is expected.

“Everyone said I’m really lucky,” she said.

Hospital employees suggested that Helsel was on such a lucky streak, she should immediately play the lottery. She’s too young, so her mother went out the next day and bought a Michigan lottery ticket for her.

“And we won $20,” Johnson said, laughing. “What a way to start the summer.”

source: http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,367249,00.html

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No idea if it’s real or not, but you know what? Don’t care. We’ve all had days like this.

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And they are authorized to flaunt Helmsley’s last will and testament by…? How? Don’t get me wrong, I say she was a kook and I would give the dog to a family and let it live life like a normal pooch – IF IT WERE MINE. But it’s not. It was her dog and her money. What right does an attorney and judge have to reverse her wishes? I’m sure if she wanted the kids to have the money she’d have willed it to them. There must be more to this already very strange story.

Leona Helmsley’s Dog Loses $10 Million of Trust Fund

Monday , June 16, 2008
Leona Helmsley’s beloved pooch, Trouble, will have to live the high life on a lot less.

The Maltese, 9, lost $10 million of her $12 million trust fund to charity after a judge signed off on a deal that gives the late billionaire’s disinherited grandchildren a piece of the Helmsley fortune, the New York Post reports.

The deal, approved by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Surrogate’s Court Judge Renee Roth, reduces Trouble’s trust fund to $2 million, placing the rest of the money into Helmsley’s multibillion-dollar charitable foundation, the paper said.

Disinherited grandchildren Craig Panzirer, 40, and Meegan Panzirer Wesolko, 37, will now receive $4 million and $2 million respectively, the Post said.

Trouble is living in Florida with Carl Lekic, the general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel, the paper said. The dog’s annual expenses are around $190,000, he said.

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A while back we were on the topic of sexy handguns (Springfield XD, for one). A longer while back I was sitting around one day – which is very in-character – and was thinking about Glazer Safety Bullets. The whole idea is that they are frangible ammunition, that is, when they hit something solid they disperse or break up so that there are no harmful ricochet that could hurt the innocent bystander.

Ok, so if you get all nutso about global warming and want a green solution to every freakin’ problem… Grazer Safety Bullets™ are what you should insist on, and you should buy them alongside your crappy CFL bulbs.

So, enjoying programs such as GIMP and Blender, I set out to render a box of bullets in 3D (.357 Mag – my favoritest caliber in the whole wide world alongside the 12ga shotgun shell w/ magnum load), and then use those images to put together a mock data sheet (ad, actually) for sporty new Green Ammunition™. I’m particularly happy with the idea of floral-scented ammunition so when the bad guy gets shot, he isn’t all grossed out by the smell. LAST thing you want is some gunshot-wounded guy barfing all over the place and complaining about the smell.

Grazer Safety Bullets
Click on it for the larger image

Yeah, ok, so it’s weird, but gosh-darn-it, I had fun. So in keeping with St. (Dennis) Leary, I’m just gonna be an asshole ’cause I wanna be weird.

Enjoy –

LK

Addendum:

One serious bitch I have…

Telegraph.CO.UK Link

Ok… so they are bitching that moving to ethanol via corn (which really is and always was a stupid idea for a host of reasons) is or soon will be causing massive starvation. Wait an effin’ minute… is this or is this not the corn that the EU, Britain, and certain African countries all bitch about and refuse to use because it is considered “Frankenfood”? There are stories of massive quantities of it sitting in warehouses and not being distributed because it isn’t safe to feed to the people who are busy starving to death.

To the rest of the world that finds fault with everything the US does (and to the Fifth Column self-loathers here in the US as well): If y’all wanna sit around and slam the US, just come right out and do it and stop finding self-contradictory things to polish your halos with.

Read more on GM crops here.

Update #2 –

Appendix operation through the mouth
Last updated at 11:50am on 16.04.08

Surgeons have removed a man’s appendix through his mouth in a radical world first.

The pioneering operation – dubbed “cakehole surgery” – means no unsightly scars, and the patient was doing sit-ups three days afterwards.

Today, doctors released the first pictures of the bizarre-looking procedure on Jeff Scholz, which was undertaken using miniaturised surgical tools.

It is hoped this new approach could slash waiting times, cut down on infection and reduce post-operative pain.

Doctors say Mr Scholz, 42, an ex-US marine, has made a speedier recovery than he would have done with standard keyhole surgery.

Surgeons at the University of California San Diego Medical Centre threaded tiny instruments, including a camera, down Mr Scholz’s throat. After emptying his stomach they cut into its lining to cut away the inflamed appendix. The rogue organ was placed in a bag and pulled back up though Mr Scholz’s stomach and throat and out of his mouth.

Amazingly, he was discharged after just 17 hours in hospital and claimed to be back at work the day after.

Mr Scholz said: “I was eating pizza and doing sit-ups three days later. You’d think the way it was done, going through the stomach wall, I’d have stomach pains, but there was nothing.”

It is the first time the procedure has been publicly shown, although a team of Indian surgeons claim to have carried out a similar one.

Through-the-mouth surgery is still in the experimental stages, but surgeons are confident their new methods reduce the risk of infections like MRSA.

Centre director Professor Santiago Horgan said: “My dad was a surgeon and back then the larger the incision, the better the surgeon. Today we’re moving away from that to minimise trauma. We can improve pain and complications.”

Source: ThisIsLondon

Next week – A special covering world’s first hemorrhoid surgery done via mouth.

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