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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Energy execs speak to Sci Am

29-Apr-09

Green-gadget energy: sticker shock coming Scientific American has interviewed several high ranking officials in the energy industry, one of whom is Bob Gates, a senior vice president at Clipper Wind Power, a maker of wind turbine generators.  You can link the Gates interview here. Mr. Gates came close to being candid about the heavy liabilities […]

How to start a civil war

28-Apr-09

The Democrats are searching for a way to prosecute former Bush officials over the torture issue.  As I’ve written previously, I consider waterboarding and other rough-stuff tactics to be un-Christian and un-American. Bush administration officials have defended their actions well enough on the grounds that it was a time of national emergency; Congressional leadership (including […]

Electric revenue

27-Apr-09

I’m wondering when the public is going to awaken to the fact that the administration’s plans for the electric power system threaten extremely serious harm to the nation.  The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimates the physical investment in the so-called smart grid could top $165 billion.  The Democrats themselves are estimating carbon cap-and-trade at […]

How to miss the will of God

26-Apr-09

Genesis 39:12  And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. The number of priests and pastors disgraced for sexual reasons is not small.  We’re aware of the ones who achieve national fame and then do a moral souffle, […]

Phony science reporting

25-Apr-09

Western thought going south One of the ongoing trends in modernity is the shift in a basis of trust and truth-testing away from revelation and toward science.  By “science” I refer to fields of study having to do with nature — physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc.   This is what Mr. Obama meant when he said he […]

Former Secretary of Energy on renewables

24-Apr-09

From Progress Energy’s internal company news today: James R. Schlesinger, the first secretary of energy, and Robert L. Hirsch, a senior energy adviser at Management Information Services Inc. who previously managed the federal renewables program at the Energy Research & Development Administration, a predecessor to DOE, wrote a joint op-ed in today’s Washington Post on […]

I was going to avoid Miss California, but…

24-Apr-09

Well, here goes anyway.  Christians are getting way too excited that somebody said something unenthusiastic about homosexual marriage and then suffered a setback for it.  There’s really less here than meets the eye (no, that’s not a pun about her meager clothing).  Her statement reflects the majority view of Californians that there’s nothing particularly wrong […]

Baseload power and AA batteries

23-Apr-09

The term “baseload” has become common in energy parlance.  It refers to a mimimum amount of electrical energy usage that never goes away.  In the United States, the baseload demand is a fantastically large amount of power — something like 500 million horsepower.  This is the amount of power the electric industry is supplying even […]

How to find the will of God

21-Apr-09

1 Thessalonians 4:3a;  Matt 6:33 This subject is actually a lot simpler than we make it.  The reason it seems difficult is that we expect God’s will to speak directly on subjects that interest us but which interest him far less.  The sovereignty of God means there is no subject that is outside his will […]

Fat slob! You’re killing my polar bear!

20-Apr-09

The envirozoids… what can you say to mock them any worse than their own actions?  Now being fat is causing global warming.  The UK Sun even posted the obligatory picture of a polar bear.  Just when you thought they couldn’t get any dumber, they take it to a whole new level. otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

A parable of mercy

19-Apr-09

King David’s son, Absalom, tried to overthrow David’s government in a coup.  During the conflict, David was forced to flee from Jerusalem to get some maneuvering room and to protect his own people.  Along the way, a man named Barzillai came to meet him with supplies. [They] brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and […]

Newsweek gets its pants yanked down

19-Apr-09

Please read Brent Bozell’s masterful riposte to the usual antichrist dreck published by Newsweek at Christmas and Easter.  Read it here. I used to be a subscriber to Newsweek twenty-sum years ago, but the magazine is so reliably anti-Christian that I eventually dropped the subscription. otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

The real agenda behind carbon dioxide

18-Apr-09

Government carbocrats are lunging at the end of their leash over so-called cap and trade plans for carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.  These plans should really be called cap and tax, because that’s what they are.  The government will set limits on the amount of CO2 and other gases that can be emitted and […]

An advantageous alliance

17-Apr-09

1 Peter 3:7 How people see marriage connects directly to how they see eternity, or are blind to it.  Jane Austen’s characters, conceived around English thought about social status and wealth, sometimes referred to marriage as an “alliance.”  Alliances could be more or less advantageous depending on the fortune and connections of the partners.  Even […]

Dedicated to Janet Napolitano

17-Apr-09

and all her cheery friends at DHS.  (And hello, NSA guys!) otherbrothersteve@gmail.com