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  1. Would Bringing Back Earmarks Help End Gridlock?

    And also not managed at all. The fangs of the public officer are removed with earmarks. It's like a cop who pulls over the derelict teenager and son of the mayor, smoking a joint and doing 80 in a 35. She might still give that kid a ticket, but she can be sure that it will disappear before she makes it back to her desk.
  2. Would Bringing Back Earmarks Help End Gridlock?

    The glory days of earmarks are definitely behind us, and they may be in front of us again. You won't meet too many government compliance officers who don't look at them as both a curse and a blessing ... They concurrently remove responsibility from the public officer to demand responsibility with public funds, but also involve lots of ill-prepared, unmotivated people in the spending and compliance process. I see your point about the current end-run, but real earmarks are undeniably grotesque and beautiful things. If and when they come back, we'll definitely know it, like an ocean liner on Fifth Avenue.
  3. Fire and Fury - WW II Version

    And yet, that's exactly what you did with regards to my little Dresden post. Physician, heal thyself.
  4. Fire and Fury - WW II Version

    You insult me for adding personal reflections from people who were actually on the ground and in the research labs, in addition to probably some of the same history books that you read. But when you write things like this, and reading your debate with the others in this thread, it's apparent that your book knowledge probably is insufficient. You left out an overwhelmingly compelling reason to drop the second bomb, the designers of the atomic program were somewhat disconnected from their humanitarian side at first. (That changed immediately after the War.) The second bomb wasn't just a second bomb, it was a risky design, but even at that time, it was seen as the future of our nuclear program. We literally gathered fuel for all four bombs (the test bomb, the two Japan bombs and a fourth) a single atom at a time. If you like, we can disburse the technical reasons why the designers wanted to use Fat Man, it's a little involved. Lots of U.S. physics student from the 1980s knew or met at least one physicist from the Los Alamos program, they were distributed as Emeritus through much of the country, and if that student was interested (most were not) and willing to spend some time talking in a dreary office, they would get an inside view of what happened at Los Alamos. I got that view. And I read history books, and removing that personal view from the unstoppable desire to bomb Nagasaki, as you want to do, is a mistake. You'll never understand that bit of history if you don't consider the deeply technical worries of that second atomic bomb. I saw it again up close in Brilliant Pebbles, and I saw it a little further away in the optics and guidance program with our flying robotic killer drones. I see it in this thread with the discussion of accuracy versus precision. Brushing away technical milestones from any war effort is a mistake. Wars are -- in a sense -- highly effective, albeit murderous, scientific laboratories for peacetime.
  5. Fire and Fury - WW II Version

    Ah. So you started a shitfight simply because I had an opinion, regardless that you couldn't actually find a fault with it? Are you doing that with others here, just arguing for the hell of it? Are you sure that you don't need a little, y'know ... therapy?
  6. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    Yeah, solar is hard to maintain. But it's much, much easier to maintain than a coal or gas plant. It's not even a comparison. An undergrad EE with a multimeter and replacement parts and a couple helpers can get a solar plant running again. But a coal or gas plant? That requires a dedicated team just to keep it running, let alone get it running again after a failure. Every house in my neighborhood (literally, every single house) has about 6 to 10 kW of solar PV on our roofs, total of about a couple MW ... other than the initial install by Namaste Solar, I have never seen anyone having to do any maintenance to any of the the rooftop installs in the years since the neighborhood was built. Actually, Namaste came to our house to move a panel, someone stupidly installed it over our $&#&$ dryer vent.
  7. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    There is an eternal truth that every grid operator knows in his or her gut ... NOBODY gives a rat's ass where their energy comes as long as it's cheap, reliable and doesn't poison their home. Solar, wind, geothermal and ocean power in an energy mix works fine. It's not 2002 anymore, your warnings are somewhat overpowered by grids functionally powered in part by renewables.
  8. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    It's not the only reason, but the effect has been hard to deny. Much of the PV production and IP capacity was held be oil companies in the 1980s and 1990s. They didn't actively kill it, but they did often abandon it. Evergreen Solar was started by some ex-oil engineers, using ex-oil IP. When they finally started to make money early in the Bush Jr. era, the oil industry basically pissed all over them by pushing for oil subsidies made it nearly impossible for solar compete in their niches. Many of those factories were literally packed into container ships and sent to China. Part of the reason that thin film and roll-roll PV is nearly dead now is because China didn't want to invest in it, and the USA couldn't invest in it due to oil, gas, coal and nuclear subsidies. Post BP spill, the oil and gas industry is increasingly run by some surprisingly progressive people. They even quietly take the blame for fracturing, which is pretty harmless compared to deep well injection. But 2018 isn't 2000. That industry was filled with some incredibly short-sighted maniacs back then.
  9. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    The one to which I was originally referring as the leapfrog technology is the MobileMoney cell phone payment system in Africa. It's been one of the best hedges against inflation for working class Africans. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_MobileMoney I remember hearing about it around 2005.
  10. Fire and Fury - WW II Version

    Okay, but specifically please, with what did you disagree in my original post?
  11. Monsanto is killing you

    You shouldn't worry about "traces". Worry about specific concentrations, PPM, PPB, even PPT for the really toxic stuff. Your cleanest organic produce has PPB concentrates of some bad stuff, and your body doesn't give a crap.
  12. Monsanto is killing you

    I think I see where you're confused. WHO makes recommendations to member nations, but since vector control use of DDT was never included in the treaty, WHO just flagged their recommendations. As you know, other than treaties, WHO has exactly zero jurisdiction in any member nation.
  13. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    Lessee ... at 15 GW, that's 15e9 watts, for 15e6 kW. Say that 100% of that is solar PV ... that isn't realistic, but we'll take the worst case scenario in terms of land use. The sun puts out an average of 1kW per square meter, so if the PV couples at 15% efficiency, and then we reduce that to 10% for balance-of-system. Thus at 100% efficiency, we'll need 15e6 square meters, at 10% we'll need 15e7 square meters. That's about 60 square miles. India has 1.3 million square miles of area, the catastrophic land use scenario that you've worried yourself over is only 0.005% of their land. And since much of that is grazing land anyway (animals have shown to graze well with solar PV) it seems a misplaced worry. Anyway, it seems like most of that would go onto unused rooftops anyway. Why the worry?
  14. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    Yeah, also it's one of the few ways that money can be held against inflation in certain countries.
  15. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    I remember a coal plant in Gary, I'm not sure which. In that area, lots of freshwater. Gas turbine plants out West, they have to throttle back sometimes just because they don't have sufficient water to dump all that heat. Out here, power plants like your's are the single biggest draw of freshwater. Most of it gets put back, some evaporates, but getting reliable water flow isn't always a given. When Xcel prices energy now, they have to consider the future cost of the water. They have a hard job these days with that. I don't envy that responsibility, seems complicated.
  16. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    Why do you want to subsidize India's power grid? Why not subsidize the power grid in rural Mississippi, or West Virginia? We have poor communities in our own country that need help.
  17. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    There is no need need to build PV in a far of desert, there are always pockets of unused land here and there. Cattle, sheep, and goats don't give a rat's ass about grazing near PV arrays either. I even see it in my state, megawatts of PV on top of schools, prisons, churches, a community array on the uphill side of a retention pond where they don't grow anything anyway. People do think about the issues you bring up, they do work with it pretty well.
  18. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    The really cool tend is what's called "solar double cropping" where shade tolerant foods are grown around the PV mounts, and then light sensitive crops like mushrooms directly under the mounts. Literally, the only land not used is the few square feet where the mounting poles actually go into the ground. And then the poles are sometimes used for vine fruits like berries. https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/solar-double-cropping-harvests-food-energy-on-the-same-land.html
  19. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    Good luck selling them on that. One fast growing industry in India is importing Grade B PV cells from China, and then wiring them, mounting them and encapsulating them in India. I've seen photos, a factory full of hand workers, they get these stacks of PV cells encased in blocks of paraffin, and then do by hand what is done on a production line in China. But the cells are so fragile that the only way they can reliably ship them is in blocks of paraffin, which are then melted out and reused. They work their asses off making those PV systems.
  20. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    Yup. It gives them a subtle advantage. It's why so many Cryptocurrency millionaires are in Asia and Africa, they leapfrogged wired phone networks and went straight to wireless. It was just a short step for them to use mobile phone payments back twenty years ago. By the time Bitcoin and Ethereum came on the scene, many there were already fluent with the technology.
  21. India cancels 150 coal power stations

    I'm sure that not all of that will be solar. It wouldn't work anyway, they need baseload too. Coal is expensive, increasingly so. They'll replace the demand with the regular western mix most likely ... wind, PV, CSP, hydro, geothermal, and of course, the 500 lb. gorilla: Natural Gas. But for water-land concern you have up there isn't that worrying, because you need to remember that it usually isn't land that limits food production, but water, especially in Western India and Rajasthan. And when you replace coal, nuclear and gas (all water-thirsty power sources) with low-water power like solar and wind, you can free up water from power to use for food. That's called the water-energy-food nexus, here's an intro, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water,_energy_and_food_security_nexus And finally, most people wouldn't put solar on prime agricultural land, because it works fine on the shit, rock land that isn't useful for much of anything else. Solar PV is also largely decentralized, and a community can and does put up a few megawatts where they need it, like on top of community centers, on top of schools, at the periphery of roadways ... places where it usually doesn't make sense to grow food anyway.
  22. Fire and Fury - WW II Version

    If you disagree with Wikipedia, add your point of view. As long as you reference your opinions with peer-reviewed academic sources, it will likely remain part of the record.
  23. Fire and Fury - WW II Version

    Please feel free to correct me. Both my dad and uncles were WWII combat veterans, my dad's platoon liberated a Nazi Concentration Camp, we've had extensive conversations about Dresden, my dad is aghast in retrospect, but at the time, he remembers a different take, one closer to "Bomber Harris." He was in Germany and Belgium during WWII. And what I wrote doesn't disagree with history books. As for the movie, it's a largely forgotten movie that doesn't have a whole lot to do with Dresden, but it's a beautifully-shot film by a New Zealand filmmaker, it's amazing what he did with Kiwi ingenuity and a very small budget. Now, a bit off of that subject, but I know that you consider yourself a student in mental health, and it's a subject I also like. Would you reread your response up there? There is a lot of aggression and hatred in what amounts to basically a disagreement on a subtle take of history. Why? Why would you start a conversation with so much anger? Do you need attention? Are you in pain? Do you have a general fear of certain people? It's a really odd way to discuss something, and it seems there is something deeper at play then your opinion on WWII history. For all I know you may have even agreed with me before you put fingers to keyboard, because you weren't actually specific about what you thought was wrong. It might make you feel better to talk about what's bothering you. I have found that fellow Anarchists are friends in a real way, they actually do give a shit. Maybe it will help you if I go first? I have a lot of frustration in my life, my job is unfulfilling, and I find that SA gives me a chance to discuss things with other intelligent people in a way that's difficult to get by non-electronic means. When I lived in NYC, I found it easy to have deep discussions like this in cafes and bars. But in my other cities, and back to my original state, I find it close to impossible. I love living next to the mountains and surrounded by wildlife, wind and snow, but there is no bar within walking distance, I don't like to drive after drinking, and with my family obligations I don't feel comfortable hiring a car to get home. It's intellectually lonely. I'm naturally a gregarious person, and it would be awesome if I could have a job that really had me think and create. But because of my family and health insurance obligations, I'm somewhat locked into what I'm doing. I'm getting older and it feels like my ambitions are escaping me. Do you want to give it a go Soaked? It might help. It helped me, I just decided that I will go to our office holiday party tonight, even though my wife has to work.
  24. Fire and Fury - WW II Version

    Hard to say, but it's like the British bombardier commander (apparently a take on Arthur Harris) character said in the movie Map of the Human Heart, "all big decisions are personal." It's probably true in the case of Dresden, I'm not sure that the USAAF had the bandwidth to doubt the Commonwealth's assessment of Dresden at that point as a communications hub. We dropped bombs because bombs were being dropped, the wartime equivalent of the 6 foot 5, 375 lb. linebacker. In retrospect, Germany didn't have the morale to fight on. How much of that had to do with Dresden burning to the ground will probably never be known. But one of the distasteful sides of war is that the beauty of a city and its civilian inhabitants is held to a value that the victims of those same people were not. Dresden was barely a taste of the agony created by Germany, it's hard to revise that in any way.
  25. Monsanto is killing you

    DDT as a vector control wasn't reintroduced, you're still confused. And there are obviously lots of vector controls better than DDT, because malaria cases continue to plummet in Africa even as they use less of the stuff, even for vector control. Your hard-on for DDT is nothing unique, there were hundreds of politically-motivated pundits like you who had the same little song and dance. What's unique about you is that it's 2018, and you're doing their song and dance from nearly twenty years ago. Were you listening to Chumbawamba on your Sony Discman when you accidentally fell into a cryogenic freezer, and then just got defrosted last week?