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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Maybe the Blokes are coming around… ahead of us


British Prime Minister’s office has a website where, like our own president, they publish speeches, policies, and what not.  It makes an interesting read.  PM David Cameron recently spoke at Oxford’s Christ Church on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the completion of the 1611 King James Bible.  You can read the full text […]

Quicksilver in the coal


The Edison Electric Institute has stated that the EPA’s new rule on mercury emissions from power plants is the most expensive in the agency’s history.  Nobody’s in favor of releasing mercury into the environment.  The regulatory approach and schedule for getting rid of it are what it at issue.  The power industry can certainly find […]

Electric cars… and such like


Electric cars Cutting to the chase on electric cars: People don’t want and cannot use what the car makers are selling.  The range on the cars is just too darned limited at roughly 100 miles.  Recharging time for the batteries is too darned long at several hours. The price of the cars is too darned […]

Mediocre not available


Now that the actual primary election season is upon us, I note that the field of viable contenders for Mr. Obama’s replacement is small and distasteful.  No conservative wants Mr. Romney.  No person who views the Washington establishment with suspicion wants Mr. Gingrich.  Santorum, Huntsman, Bachmann, Paul, and Perry have no chance.  Cain is out […]

Young achiever


I went to high school with a kid named David.  David, two years my junior, told many outlandish lies, typically in response something you’d said to him.  David once asked me what I was doing over the summer, and told him I was taking a few flying lessons in a Cessna 150. Tilting his head […]

Free thinkers? Maybe not


A bumper sticker on a car in the parking lot exhorts me to be a free-thinking atheist.  By claiming to be “free,” the car-butt philosopher means he can follow evidence wherever it leads, especially if that is away from God.  One thing he likely does not mean is that he’s free to follow evidence to […]

Croc tears for Dear Leader


I used to work for a company that had a tyrant at the top.  When he was nearing retirement, he visited my location to strut his victory lap and do a little speechifying for the rabble.  It was definitely the voice of a man and not of a god.  With his apparatus of terror still […]

Wind investments in Texas


Professor Ross Baldick (Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Texas) has analyzed the economics of wind in Texas.  Baldick concluded that the problems with wind generation are all still there. 1.  Wind farms are not near electric loads, so the cost of power lines to connect production to consumption is excessive. 2. Wind farms suffer from very […]

Milestones along the downgrade


The new defense spending bill, known by the august title of S. 1867, includes the following statement: (d) Repeal of Sodomy Article- Section 925 of such title (article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice) is repealed. It may interest you to know that the full article in the Uniform Code of Military Justice […]