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Kelvin Mace

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July 8, 2016

So, where were all the good guys with guns?

This was Texas. I would guess there several hundred guns in the shooting area (not counting police). So, why did none of these people use their lawful guns to stop these lawbreakers?

July 8, 2016

Just a reminder: the reliability of information coming out is suspect

The media will put any wild ass guess on the air claiming an iron-clad source. It may be days, even weeks, before we get an accurate story. Anyone can post to Twitter and claim anything. A lot of people with a lot of guns in Texas.

People are hungry for news and frightened, and the media is perfectly willing to scare people with rumor, innuendo, and flat out fabrication.

June 27, 2016

"Iím not sure the country can take two women."

“They’re both good on the campaign trail — very good — but I’m not sure the country can take two women. I’m just not sure,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a leader of the civil rights movement.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clinton-and-warren-electrify-ohio-crowd-sparking-visions-of-a-ticket/2016/06/27/8b169f8e-3a59-11e6-9ccd-d6005beac8b3_story.html?hpid=hp_special-topic-chain_clintonwarren-355pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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June 7, 2016

Media outlets salivating over Donald Trumpís potential ad dollars, report says

Source: The Intercept

As the chief executive of CBS, Les Moonves, said in February, Trump “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS, that’s all I got to say.”

Trump, naturally, reciprocates Moonves’ feelings: “Great guy. The greatest. We’re on the same page. We think alike.”

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2016/06/06/media_outlets_salivating_over_donald_trumps_potential_ad_dollars_report_says/



Anyone who doesn't demand cash on the barrel head for the ads will get stiffed by Trump, win or lose. That's how Trump does business. Anyone who doesn't understand that is an idiot.
May 24, 2016

In Sweden, an Experiment Turns Shorter Workdays Into Bigger Gains

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/21/business/international/in-sweden-an-experiment-turns-shorter-workdays-into-bigger-gains.html?_r=0

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Arturo Perez used to come home frazzled from his job as a caregiver at the Svartedalens nursing home. Eight-hour stretches of tending to residents with senility or Alzheimer’s would leave him sapped with little time to spend with his three children.

But life changed when Svartedalens was selected for a Swedish experiment about the future of work. In a bid to improve well-being, employees were switched to a six-hour workday last year with no pay cut. Within a week, Mr. Perez was brimming with energy, and residents said the standard of care was higher.

“What’s good is that we’re happy,” said Mr. Perez, a single father. “And a happy worker is a better worker.”

The experiment at Svartedalens goes further by mandating a 30-hour week. An audit published in mid-April concluded that the program in its first year had sharply reduced absenteeism, and improved productivity and worker health.

“We’ve had 40 years of a 40-hour workweek, and now we’re looking at a society with higher sick leaves and early retirement,” said Daniel Bernmar, leader of the Left party on Gothenburg’s City Council, which is running the trial and hopes to make it the standard. “We want a new discussion in Sweden about how work life should be to maintain a good welfare state for the next 40 years.”

Yet another great program we will never see in this country. Socialism, doncha know. Can't have that. Got to work 2-3 part time jobs with no benefits and 60-80 hours a week until you are 80+ years old. Preferably up to the day you die, and could you arrange for someone to cover your shifts that day?
May 4, 2016

This will be our first Star Wars Day, without Han.

Give a good thought to poor Chewie. Didn't even get a hug from Leia.

May 4, 2016

2050: Massive Droughts

World Bank: The way climate change is really going to hurt us is through water
Washington Post

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=&w=1484

The report finds that in the next 30 years, “the global food system will require between 40 to 50 percent more water; municipal and industrial water demand will increase by 50 to 70 percent; the energy sector will see water demand increase by 85 percent; and the environment, already the residual claimant, may receive even less.”

The report finds that water, or the lack thereof, can damage economies in multiple ways — ranging from cutting down business efficiencies, to harming the health of citizens, to spurring natural disasters.

And the problem won’t be steady or chronic — there are likely to be sudden crises spurred by droughts or extreme weather events, such as floods. These, again, will hit unstable regions the hardest — and take a major economic toll. “When we have poverty, when we have division, when we have polarization, you add to that a water shock, something like a drought, this becomes a threat multiplier,” Damania said.


May 3, 2016

An interesting DIY solar power project at Kickstarter

x-posted from GD.

Disclaimer: I am not endorsing this project, nor do I have any interest in it, financial or otherwise. I do not know anyone associated with the company, but I have bought a flashlight from the company. I currently have a roof mounted 7kW array, so I do know a bit about what these things require:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/plxdevices/legion-solar-a-better-way-to-energy-independence/description

Summary: This is a small scale, "plug and play" solar array, designed to avoid contractor expense, which is about 2/3s of the cost of a traditional array. They use a "side mount" roof bracket to eliminate the need to run holes into your roof (which MUST be done correctly or your roof will leak). The side mount bolts into the eaves of your roof. You can also place it on your lawn with a simple "a-frame" set up.

Instead of hard-wiring the system into your breaker box, you plug it into an existing outlet, and it syncs up with your house's AC power and feeds into the system. This leads to my first caveat, the system can ONLY produce power while grid power is active. If you lose power from the grid, you lose array power.

My second caveat is that their savings calculations are based on electrical rates in San Jose, which are about 3 times the national average of 12 cents/kWh.

The third caveat is that these are pretty low wattage panels (100 watts, versus 250-300 for most panels today) in order to be light enough to avoid code requirements about installation (getting a permit, specifically, in order to install heavier panels on a roof and inspecting the roof to verify they can handle the load).

The fourth caveat is: It's a Kickstarter project.

Fifth caveat is that they mention the 30% federal tax credit, but will probably not be shipping until 2017. The credit expires 12/31 of this year, and with the current congress, very unlikely to be renewed. Your state, however, may be a different story.

With all that in mind, it seems an interesting enough project for folks with spare cash and a desire to play with a project of this type. Will it save you money? That depends on a LOT of factors. It seems to me, a neat way to get your feet wet, maybe do it as a family project with the kids. It also seems like a neat way to offset the power used for a BEV, or plug in hybrid.

May 3, 2016

An interesting DIY solar power project at Kickstarter

Disclaimer: I am not endorsing this project, nor do I have any interest in it, financial or otherwise. I do not know anyone associated with the company, but I have bought a flashlight from the company. I currently have a roof mounted 7kW array, so I do know a bit about what these things require:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/plxdevices/legion-solar-a-better-way-to-energy-independence/description

Summary: This is a small scale, "plug and play" solar array, designed to avoid contractor expense, which is about 2/3s of the cost of a traditional array. They use a "side mount" roof bracket to eliminate the need to run holes into your roof (which MUST be done correctly or your roof will leak). The side mount bolts into the eaves of your roof. You can also place it on your lawn with a simple "a-frame" set up.

Instead of hard-wiring the system into your breaker box, you plug it into an existing outlet, and it syncs up with your house's AC power and feeds into the system. This leads to my first caveat, the system can ONLY produce power while grid power is active. If you lose power from the grid, you lose array power.

My second caveat is that their savings calculations are based on electrical rates in San Jose, which are about 3 times the national average of 12 cents/kWh.

The third caveat is that these are pretty low wattage panels (100 watts, versus 250-300 for most panels today) in order to be light enough to avoid code requirements about installation (getting a permit, specifically, in order to install heavier panels on a roof and inspecting the roof to verify they can handle the load).

The fourth caveat is: It's a Kickstarter project.

Fifth caveat is that they mention the 30% federal tax credit, but will probably not be shipping until 2017. The credit expires 12/31 of this year, and with the current congress, very unlikely to be renewed. Your state, however, may be a different story.

With all that in mind, it seems an interesting enough project for folks with spare cash and a desire to play with a project of this type. Will it save you money? That depends on a LOT of factors. It seems to me, a neat way to get your feet wet, maybe do it as a family project with the kids. It also seems like a neat way to offset the power used for a BEV, or plug in hybrid.

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