Thursday, December 18, 2014

Alternate-fuel vehicles - sometimes less healthy than gasoline

Alternate-fuel vehicles - are they less healthy? Depending on the which fuel is used, sometimes the answer is YES.

Popular Mechanics describes a study that says there is a split - that some alternate fuels are less healthy than gasoline-powered cars! The alternates included electric vehicles with six different fuels for generating the electricity. The big villains are using corn ethanol for fuel and electric cars when the electricity is generated by coal - which much of it currently is

The researchers investigated ten alternatives to gasoline. They include diesel, compressed natural gas, ethanol derived from corn, and ethanol derived from cellulose, as well as electric vehicles powered in six different ways: by electricity from coal, natural gas, corn leaf and stalk combustion, wind, water, or solar energy. They then modeled the effects of replacing 10 percent of U.S. vehicles that currently run on gasoline by 2020. ...

The findings showed a dramatic swing the positive and negative effects on health based on the type of energy used. Internal combustion vehicles running on corn ethanol and electric vehicles powered by electricity from coal were the real sinners; according the study, their health effects were 80 percent worse compared to gasoline vehicles. However, electric vehicles powered by electricity from natural gas, wind, water, or solar energy might reduce health impacts by at least 50 percent compared to gasoline vehicles.

They were studying health effects, not global warming.

For more see the abstract at Proceedings NAS.

Helping the almost billionaire

Help Fidel Castro retain tyranical control of Cuba, President Obama. Help the almost billionaire. According The Richest Castro is worth $900 million.

And President Obama is clearly helping him by opening normal relations with Cuba without getting anything - well only one prisoner released. 

Quote of the day - John Kerry

John "Do you know who I am?” Kerry* speaks his wisdom: US Department of State

I was a seventeen year old kid watching on a black and white television set when I first heard an American President talk of Cuba as an "imprisoned island.”

For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba. Not only has this policy failed to advance America's goals, it has actually isolated the United States instead of isolating Cuba.

That’s right. It is the US that is isolated more than Cuba. Oh? Are people from everywhere in the world trying to get into Cuba? Do Americans drive only US cars from the 1950s, or do we import from any country that make quality cars?

Tell us more, esteemed Mr. Kerry.

* (That is what people in Massachusetts tell us Kerry says when he treats people like dirt in public: "Do you know who I am?”)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Europeans cheat on auto fuel and emissions tests

The Europeans are systematically cheating on auto fuel and emissions tests. You cannot believe the numbers the auto makers show off with the approval of the European Commission.

The Economist

…  What was once a gap between the mileages achieved on test tracks and real-world roads has become a chasm, according to a recent report from Transport & Environment (T&E), a green pressure group. Analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation, a consultancy, of data reported by car owners in Europe shows that in 2013 fuel-economy figures “on the road” were on average 38% worse than those advertised.

The makers are allowed to test prototypes rather than production copies; they can remove mirrors, spare tires, etc; in the test the cars are driven with very gradual acceleration; they are run at the maximum temperature, which helps. The tests are simply nonsense.

We always hear that the Europeans are superior to us in every way and especially in anything about the environment. Don’t believe them and their cheerleaders. 

This Wikipedia article tells more about the standards and the tricks. Wikipedia

Joel Kotkin and New Geography

Joel Kotkin is an Orange County, Calif professor (check…) He collects his thoughts and those others on urban geography at NewGeography web site and blog. For example, he fisks the common claim that the US has not been investing in infrastructure. But he shows that the pessimists run out the worst examples and ignore the good news. New Geography

And Kotkin's new book: The New Class Conflict at Amazon

"There's class warfare politics in America today, but not between Marx's bourgeoisie and proletariat. On one side are a hyperaffluent financial and high-tech Oligarchy and a preachy media, university, and government Clerisy, using their advantages to promote liberal social values and 'green' policies. On the other are the middle-class yeomanry and an urban underclass, both of which need the mass economic growth and upward mobility that the Oligarchy and Clerisy ignore. Joel Kotkin's The New Class Conflict tells how this conflict is proceeding--and how it might be turned around."
--Michael Barone,Washington Examiner and the American Enterprise Institute

 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Very funny - waterboard the coach

Waterboard the coach!

Sportscaster Dan Hampton is a hall-of-fame veteran of the Chicago Bears; he wants to get to the truth. So he proposes waterboarding Mel Tucker, the Bears defensive coordinator.  Very funny.

Sportstalk

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Greenpeace defaced very old treasure

Greenpeace knowingly defaced a very old treasure in Peru. Peru has a bunch of large-scale drawings on rock by the Nazca people around 400 to 640 AD. Greenpeace chose to place its message about renewable whatever adjacent to one of them. Adjacent - so close that they trampled on it. Their chosen site is the hummingbird geoglyph. And in their nocturnal comings and goings they created a road that is as bad an eyesore from above as the trampling they did.

Their message: “Time for change! The future is renewable - Greenpeace.” Duh… the past is not renewable. They caused permanent damage. But their intentions were good. And they are sorry that you take exception to what they do. But they have a higher calling.

Peru government official Jaime Castillo said that the action was illegal and they are investigating it.

Via Gizmodo. Source IO9

Patricio V. Murillo shows how researchers wear special footgear to protect the ground at the Nazca sites. (In Spanish)

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Still lying about Obamacare - two this week

Obama’s new Secretary of HHS told Two half truths this week. First, that Obamacare make huge decrease in inflation of healthcare costs. Wrong. Cost increases slowed before - before - Obama’s pet bill passed in 2010.

Lie #2: Increased patient safety. But… But Obama’s minions are not counting the worst infection now running through hospitals, called C Diff. The independent hospital patient safety experts say things are not improving.

From Betsy McCaughey at New York Post

Monday, December 08, 2014

Raise in federal minimum wage reduced employment

Raising the federal minimum wage reduced employment. Detailed analysis with the control group being states that already had higher minimum wages. With all things considered authors found that the 3-strep raise in 2007, 2008 and 2009 reduced employment by .7%. That’s a huge number of people who lost their jobs.

EconBrowswer

Friday, December 05, 2014

Stand with Hillary

Watch the music video Stand with Hillary 2016 - country version. Enjoy it like all us country music fans do.. They plan three more for other ghettos, I mean, populations. 

At PowerLine you can watch it and enjoy Steven Hayward’s commentary.

Powerline Blog

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Where will China seek more energy & resources?

Richard Fernandez quotes sources that say given the choice between: West - in and across Russia overland and East/South over water influenced by the US and Japan, China has chosen to take on the emaciated Bear, Russia.

Richard Fernandez at Belmont Club

The analysis he quotes is disjointed, but interesting.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Cabo Mexico after category 3 hurricane

Odile playa grande

We returned to Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico last night curious to see how there are recovering from category 3 hurricane Odile in mid September. There is a lot of recovery to go. Our home resort, Playa Grande, opened on October 20, 5 plus weeks later. And we knew some other resorts opened then or within a few weeks. But we were surprised on the drive from the airport, which is 20 miles away in San Jose, to see lots of dark buildings. Even some major resorts are not yet open - Palmilla, Dreams, Fiesta Americana, Westin, Sheraton; those are all big ones.

At Playa Grande our view will be greatly improved (we are staying at the resort next door this wee - Sandos Finisterra), because the palm trees lost all their fronds - all of them. Our view before was frustrating because our condo is right at the edge of the beach, but the palm trees cut the view to peek-a-boo. At least most of the trees survived. There is damage - one stairway to the beach is missing the last 10 steps. But the resort is set back from water’s edge, which reduced the damage.

Grand Solmar Resort is next to the rocks at the famed Fin de Tierra - “land’s end” - but they built it close to the water. It has concrete wall faced with stone on the water side. Most of the stone work is gone. And the concrete wall protecting one close building has a 40-foot gap. And more damage; when walking by barefoot on the sand watch out for rebar sticking our of the sand! But the resort is open.

Photo: The entrance to Playa Grande. The drop below the van on its side is 13 meters (40 feet). Credit shows in the photo.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Divider Obama

President Obama is urging schools to honor robber Michael Brown. His shoplifting became robbery when the store employee intervened and Brown resisted physically. Then Brown resisted arrest, then fought the police officer for his gun. Then moved away. Then turned to charge the officer and was shot.

Honor this criminal? Mr President. No. What are you trying to do? Divide our nation?

DW Ulsterman

The Theory of Everything - Hawking movie

A review in NY Times critical of the shallow treatment of his science. And it minimizes the collaborative work; again, the lone scientist fairy tale.

NY Times

A shallower review:

Business Insider

Obama double crossed business on Obamacare

Obama double crossed business on Obamacare and they don’t like it.

Big business supported President O with his socialized medicine because, in part,  he allowed them credit for “healthy employee” programs. Programs like incentives for losing weight or exercising. Then Obama sued them. Sued them? Yes. His EEOC sued them for collecting employee information. Of course they collected information in a weight-loss program. How else do you do it, President O?

Yahoo News

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Why oil-producing countries can survive low oil price

How can oil-producing countries survive low oil price? We hear that Russia needs the price to be over $100, but they don’t support cutting production to hold up the price.

Why? Because their budgets are  balanced in their own currency, not dollars. And they can devalue their currency - almost all can. Ecuador can’t; they use the US dollar. Venezuela … I don’t quite understand, but it’s part of the mess Hugo Chavez made in making his oil-rich country poor! They are in trouble. But Russia, Iran, etc. can survive the fall with currency manipulation. If the price drops 10% and they devalue by 10% they get the same price in their own currency.

For the full explanation see: Bloomberg

 

People helping sea turtles hatch along Gulf of California in Baja Calif Sur

Tortuga marina nino

Residents are helping sea turtles hatch along Gulf of California in Baja California Sur. Los Barriles is about 40 NE of Cabo San Lucas. These residents go out every day for months. While on vacation for two weeks we have actively done this two or three times - handling the little guys - and have watched others help several more times.

But the story is in Spanish.

El Pais

OK. I admit it. I am posting this for my own later reference. Hablo pocito EspaƱol.

Photo from original story at El Pais.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rep. Ida Ballasiotes made a difference

She was shocked into action when her daughter was abducted and murdered by a sex offender free on work release. She got citizens involved and got the attention of Olympia. First with new laws, then she got elected as a State Representative and served five terms.

Seattle Times

… Then-Gov. Booth Gardner named [Rep.] Ballasiotes to a task force to study possible reforms. The group’s work eventually led to the Community Protection Act of 1990, which toughened sentences and required registration of sex offenders.

The law also allowed the state to indefinitely lock up certain sexually violent offenders who have completed their criminal sentences but are deemed a continued threat by the courts.

Rep. Ballasiotes was elected a state representative in 1992 and served five terms, continuing to focus on criminal-justice and corrections issues. She was an advocate for get-tough laws that have been copied nationally, including the 1993 “three-strikes” measure that mandates life sentences for those convicted three times of certain serious felonies.

There are now 261 prisoners serving life sentences under that law, according to the state Department of Corrections. ...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Watch 520 bridge construction

Watch 520 bridge construction in aerial photos.

Seattle Times November 18

John Kerry is afraid of Iran's diplomats

Senator Kirk Iran Deal 11 2013

John Kerry is afraid of Iran's diplomats. It is reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shouts at him and he just takes it. If he had any respect for our nation he would break off the meeting. Wimp. And he claims to represent the US? He represents President Obama and his cowardly actions are Obama’s policy. But not mine.

WashingtonFree Beacon

Graphic: The 2013 Geneva agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons. Wikipedia

Wash Post fact checks a comedy skit

They must be desperate. Public opinion is everything to President Obama and his loyal servants in the press. And they are losing it.

Saturday Night Live did a skit where Bill is a bill in Congress explaining how he gets passed. But President Obama pushes him down the steps.  Because He can do anything He wants. You are losing it, King Obama.

See the skit at American Thinker.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Obama illegally acting on immigration

Obama illegal immigration policy

Here is the letter I send to Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell of Washington on Thursday:

Dear Senator

President Obama cannot put a law in place without it being passed by Congress. We know he can’t do it because President Obama said so - repeatedly - that he cannot allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay. Glenn Kessler, the fact checker at the Washington Post, gives Obama one Pinocchio flip flopped. And Kessler has links to videos. Including
— Univision Town Hall, March 28, 2011,
— Interview with Univision, Jan. 31, 2013,
— Google Hangout, Feb. 14, 2013: Obama said ‘I’m not the emperor of the United States’,
— Interview with Noticias Telmundo, Sept. 17, 2013m

Repeatedly President Obama said it was not legal for him to do what he announced on Nov. 20, 2014.

Furthermore, if he claims he is just using prosecutorial discretion he is wrong. Prosecutors have limited funds so they can’t prosecute every case , but it does not make the cases they set aside to be legal. The unprosecuted cases are still illegal. But Obama violated that also. He claimed that the violators he is not prosecuting have the right to be here, just because he chose not to prosecute them. That is not proper use of prosecutorial discretion and is not a valid reason at all.

Senator, you say it’s time to act. OK. Work in the Senate and with the House to build a bill and get it passed. And tell President Obama it is wrong for him to act without your bill.

Truly,

Ron

Graphic: Cartoonist Rick McKee. See Caglecartoons.