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  1. My time on SA ended when I got an anonymous email from a PA denizen to a personal account. I never bothered to hide my identity but life is too short for that bullshit. I gained a lot of insight and even some sailing knowledge from 12 years of reading! For that, ** thanks **. - And Be Safe
  2. I know some of the easy coast refineries (particular Pennsylvania) have wandered that way, customizing processing some of the stuff that comes out of Marcellus. Its very niche and there is even some work on recombinatory chemistry (think Fisher-Trophsch) to make higher hydrocarbons like Isobutane. There's some other custom work to make precursor chemicals for plastic manufacturing. Its mostly regulatory controlled. I not sure there's been a 'new' refinery built in the US in 50 years - basically, it's expanding / repurposing old properties and going from there. I'm sure there's one s
  3. There's two factors that matter on such things. First is, as you mentioned, they're usually too diffuse to be profitable. The Energy Return on Energy Invested is just to low to be valuable (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0360544213000492). Generally, you need an EROI of > 7 to be commercially profitable but anything over 0.7 (I see you ethanol!) will make money with enough government subsidies. There's energy there but it's not worth the effort setting up a collection infrastructure, particularly if it's in salt water. Even energy dense areas like Darfur wit
  4. He was a good man. Tough news and condolences.
  5. I'm suspect some of Trump's inner circle are going to discover that they're not as important as they thought when it comes to cutting edge pharmaceutics with limited availability. They get the hydroxychloroquine.
  6. His age and lifestyle count against him, but he's going to get loaded up with steroids, Redesivir, and whatever other magic cocktails exist right out of the gate. The most likely event is that he shows mild or no outward symptoms while his immune system get sherpa-ed across the finish line by the finest in pharmaceutical therapies. Its not April anymore. Just like Magic Johnson and AIDS, high profile case caught early with aggressive treatment creates a remarkably different course of the recovery than someone wandering in to an ER after hacking up a lung for a week. If there's just
  7. It would be a cute stunt. I'm surprised he's doing three. I would have thought two would be enough. He does have to govern so its actually somewhat important to try and help down ballot candidates get elected too. The democratic party is his party - part of this whole effort is to articulate his vision of where he'd like to take the party and the country.
  8. I watched an interesting interview the other day with a local drug lord in the Sinaloa cartel. The interviewer asked "Are you more powerful than the Mexican Government?" His reply was "We're as powerful as they want us to be". There's a lot of money being made in the stupid drug war. That'll take a lot of political capital to change.
  9. Democrats on the committee aren't going to attack Barrett on her family or her religion. Those have been poll tested. Attacking the kids is bad optics. Judge Barrett has essentially written that Obamacare's Pre-Existing condition restrictions are, in fact, unconstitutional. That's why Trump is suddenlypushing out the Executive orders on pre-existing conditions BEFORE her senate confirmation. If they're unconstitutional, then Trump's EO is unconstitutional. Americans understand pre-existing conditions. It's literally the only part of Obamacare that's universally liked and polls well
  10. I think 'invalidation' strategies and cancel culture is a bad world to live in, so I'm personally not really interested in why either is unqualified. The voters for their respective parties elected the person they wanted to represent them. I disagreed with both nominations, and voted against one of them, but I lost. For Biden, I'd like to know what policy position he hold in regards to Housing Regulation and residential REITs specifically, and how it might contrast with what he promoted for the eight years under Obama. I don't have any particular question for Trump. I'd just lik
  11. True. That's also why there is nine of them. I also suspect that they DO influence each other. Relative to ideology, I sincerely doubt that Roberts has suddenly gone all liberal for example - what he HAS done is routinely said 'Don't make us decide this shit" - YOU are the elected officials. I actually do have a lot of faith in the Supreme court. I think they're very smart people. I wish they came from broader backgrounds and weren't all out of the Harvard/Yale tradition but that's my own personal bias against elitism.
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