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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Battery guys, keep on chargin’!

29-Feb-12

A company called Envia Systems announced it has built a record-setting lithium-ion battery with an energy storage density of 400 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/Kg).  A more typical Li-ion battery has about half that density.  Converting this to standard engineering units gives 1.44 megajoules per kilogram (Mj/Kg). Compare the energy content of gasoline.  Published sources say […]

Pro-life but…

22-Feb-12

Now that a genuine pro-life politician has come to the front tier of GOP presidential candidates, the abortion arguments are flying hot and fast.  Radio loudmouth Todd Schnitt, for example, says he’s pro-life but doesn’t think he should impose his views on others. However you describe it, the argument is so gossamer thin that the […]

Snake handling man

21-Feb-12

A grunt named Jimmy worked at the farm next to ours. Jimmy, rail thin except for a small pot belly, had a wife and an albino horse who were about the same size. He also had two filthy little boys, toddlers who never wore anything but a disposable diaper which got changed weekly. The eldest, […]

Smiley face, please

20-Feb-12

Dear Sen. Santorum, Your normal facial expression gives off a vibe that somebody just made you mad. Practice smiling. Study the jokes of Ronald Regan who obviously had a great deal of fun skewering the dopey ideas of Democrats. One of the secrets of his success was his irritating good humor. Learn that. Internalize it. […]

Blokes wising up to follies of wind power

18-Feb-12

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more passionate denunciation of wind power than the one written by James Delingpole, a self-described “conservative – libertarian” from Britain.  As you’ll see in the link, Delingpole is not sanguine about wind power.  Despite his hands-in-the-air rhetoric, he identifies the same problems with wind power that its […]

The evolving story on Roman Catholics and Mr. Obama’s contraception policy

16-Feb-12

When the Obama administration put out the contraception payment rule, my first thought was that they had bitten off more than they can chew by assailing the Roman Catholic Church.  Regardless of your opinion of their church, you have to admit that the RCs have outlasted a whole lot of governments. As the squabble rumbled […]

Church, State, and Providence

06-Feb-12

The issue of prayer in school has reared its ugly head, this time in Cranston, Rhode Island.  And once again, I’m taking the position that all sides are in the wrong.  We shouldn’t even be having this fight. The basics are these.  A 16-year old self-described atheist named Jessica Ahlquist objected to a written prayer […]

Complexity and the origin of life

05-Feb-12

The Institute for Creation Research has been around for a long time, still doing a great job after all these years.  Their feature article for today (2/5/12) discusses a question that continually begs for attention: How did life get started in the first place? The jump from molecules life is, not least, a vast leap […]

Mental deficiency at World Trade Organization

04-Feb-12

Noted in passing: The WTO has issued orders to China about the terms under which they may sell, or not sell, their natural resources. Why this matters.  China owns a controlling proportion of so-called rare earth metals.  Rare earth metals such as neodymium are key to the development of greed gadget energy because they have […]