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    Daily Digest 2/15 – Green New Deal Is Underway, Millions Of Texans Freeze As ‘Grid Chaos’ Sparks Massive Rolling Blackouts

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    Monday, February 15, 2021, 9:40 AM

Economy

Elon Musk in favor of top dogecoin holders selling most of their coins

Billionaire Elon Musk said on Sunday that he supports major holders of the meme-based digital currency dogecoin selling most of their coins, adding that he felt too much concentration in dogecoin was the “real issue.”

Green New Deal Is Underway

By now, you’ve heard of the Green New Deal, an ambitious agenda to decarbonize the economy. The overall Green New Deal calls for ending the use of oil and natural gas, moving to electric vehicles, solar, wind and geothermal power, imposing carbon taxes to reduce C02 emissions and providing government subsidies to non-carbon-based energy technologies.

The U.S. would also seek to embed these policies and priorities in new trade treaties and multilateral agreements. President Biden has already begun this process by rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, which actually doesn’t mean much; it’s mostly for show.

#SilverSqueeze Hits London As SLV Warns Of Limited Available Silver

Less than a week ago in ‘Houston, we have a Problem”: 85% of Silver in London already held by ETFs’, we explained how with the emergence of the #SilverSqueeze, the silver-backed ETFs which claim to hold their silver in London, now account for 85% of all the silver claimed to be stored in the London LBMA vaults (over 28,000 tonnes of the LBMA total of 33,609 tonnes). This, for anyone who can out 2 and 2 together, does not leave very much available silver in London for silver ETFs or for anyone else, especially the largest silver ETF in the market the giant iShares Silver Trust (SLV), which let’s not forget has the infamous JP Morgan as custodian.

One day after receiving her first dose of Moderna’s Covid vaccine, Luz Legaspi, 72, woke up with bruises on her arms and legs, and blisters that bled inside her mouth.

She was hospitalized in New York City that day, Jan. 19, with a severe case of immune thrombocytopenia — a lack of platelets, a blood component essential for clotting.

Texas winter storm leaves 2.5M without power amid frigid temperatures

An unusually harsh winter storm in Texas has left more than 2.5 million customers without power in the state amid dangerously low temperatures.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Saturday that Texas “is facing a very dangerous winter storm” over the coming days that will “make movement virtually impossible.”

Exposing The Robinhood Scam: Here’s How Much Citadel Paid To Robinhood To Buy Your Orders

Frankly, we’ve had it with the constant stream of lies from Robinhood and neverending bullshit from the company’s CEO, Vlad Tenev.

With Tenev scheduled to testify on Thursday, alongside the CEOs of Citadel, Melvin Capital and Reddit, the apriori mea culpas have started to emerge – if a little too late – the former HFT trader spoke late on Friday on the All-In Podcast hosted by Chamath Palihapitiya, who had strongly criticized Robinhood over the trading restrictions, and Jason Calacanis, a Robinhood investor, and said that “no doubt we could have communicated this a little bit better to customers.”

Energy

Oil prices jump after Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen intercepts Houthi drone

Oil prices rose to their highest in more than a year on Monday, after a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it intercepted an explosive-laden drone fired by the Iran-aligned Houthi group, raising fears of fresh Middle East tensions.

Hopes for more U.S. stimulus and an easing of coronavirus lockdowns helped support the rally, after prices gained around 5% last week.

What Is Geothermal Energy? Definition, Examples, and Production Process

Geothermal energy is power produced through the conversion of geothermal steam or water to electricity that can be used by consumers. Because this source of electricity doesn’t rely on nonrenewable resources like coal or petroleum, it can continue to provide a more sustainable source of energy into the future. While there are some negative impacts, the process of harnessing geothermal energy results in less environmental degradation than other traditional power sources.

Millions Of Texans Freeze As ‘Grid Chaos’ Sparks Massive Rolling Blackouts

Rolling power outages are in effect across the state of Texas as the polar vortex split has poured some of the coldest air ever into the central US. There are nearly 2 million Texan customers without power as of Monday morning.

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 11:05am

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    summitday113

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    Texas is illustrating that solar and wind can't replace fossil fuels

    This excellent post from LinkedIn by Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress:

    "Two images capture the cause and effect.

    1) Unreliable wind and solar, subsidized and mandated at the expense of reliable nuclear, coal, and gas, disappear when needed most.

    2) Millions of Texans without power when it's freezing cold."

    (The image of the helicopter de-icing wind tower was posted in comments for the post by someone else)

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 12:03pm

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    Peak Trust: NYT retracts “Officer Sicknick was murdered” lie

    Too late! The lie has already served its purpose and it is widely believed. Despite this retraction, most other outlets won’t retract and nearly all believers/sheeple will keep believing and obeying.

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/02/14/the-new-york-times-retracts-the-sicknick-story/

    Like so many fake news stories about Donald Trump and his supporters, millions of Americans believe the Sicknick story as truth; even a correction won’t change their minds.

    In a quiet but stunning correction, the New York Times backed away from its original report that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was killed by a Trump supporter wielding a fire extinguisher during the January 6 melee at the Capitol building. Shortly after American Greatness published my column Friday that showed how the Times gradually was backpedaling on its January 8 bombshell, the paper posted this caveat:

    UPDATE: New information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police.

    The paper continued to revise its story within the body of the original January 8 story: “Law enforcement officials initially said Mr. Sicknick was struck with a fire extinguisher, but weeks later, police sources and investigators were at odds over whether he was hit. Medical experts have said he did not die of blunt force trauma, according to one law enforcement official...”

    The account of Sicknick’s death was reported as fact, not speculation or rumor. Further, it appears that the anonymous sources were not law enforcement officials but people “close” to the police department—which means they could have been anyone from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to inveterate liar U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to the Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser.

    Not only was the Times’ untrue story about Sicknick’s death accepted as fact by every news media organization from the Wall Street Journal to the Washington Post, political pundits on the NeverTrump Right also regurgitated the narrative that Sicknick was “murdered” as did lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

    In an outrageous effort to create more favorable optics before the impeachment trial, House Democrats honored Sicknick in a rare memorial at the Capitol Rotunda on February 3. Joe Biden, in a statement issued after Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday afternoon, repeated the lie about Sicknick. “It was nearly two weeks ago that Jill and I paid our respects to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who laid in honor in the Rotunda after losing his life protecting the Capitol from a riotous, violent mob on January 6, 2021....”

    Now that the Times has essentially retracted its explosive article, will other news organizations, pundits, and lawmakers follow suit? Unfortunately, like so many media-manufactured stories about Donald Trump and his supporters, millions of Americans already believe the Sicknick story as truth; even a Times’ correction won’t change their minds.

    The truth in all matters related to Donald Trump is only of secondary concern, if at all. And once again, reporters who egregiously exploited a man’s untimely death to score political points against a man they revile won’t be held accountable. Another hoax down the memory hole.

    Whether we are seeking the truth about the Wuhan Virus, economic stats, energy facts, or environmental truth, trust in institutions, politicians, even our neighbors and colleagues is rapidly eroding. Ideology and political considerations are displacing the search for truth. And of all the predicaments we face, Peak Trust undermines all our efforts to understand and cope. Peak Trust is rising fast toward becoming THE most important predicament.

    “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 12:22pm

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    Grover

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    Owen ...

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 1:02pm

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    David Henry

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    value proposition of BTC vs. snarky political memes

    BTC...limited to 21 million.

    Snarky political memes celebrating (fill in the blank) and deriding (fill in the blank). Basically unlimited in number.

    Thus I would submit that the former is valuable. The latter is spam.

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 1:05pm

    Barbara

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    Sorry to question the narrative- rolling power blackouts in Texas pre-date green power regs - probably mostly from TX regs

    Texas is unique in that it is NOT tied into the major interstate power grids.  In order to prevent Federal regulation of their power industry as interstate commerce, TX decided NOT to connect to any non-Texas power generation.  E.g.  The TX grid is all within the state and TX only has access to power generated within TX.  There is NO emergency backup.
    When New York needs more power they can get it from most of the NE US and also from Canada.
    When Texans need more power, for example to heat (or cool) their homes in unusual weather, they have to generate it within TX.  State deregulation and federal subsidies for non-carbon power sources have distorted the generating capacity in the state.  So what happened?  Coal-fired plants are old and not cheap.  Some are shut down or at reduced capacity in the winter when demand is generally less because A/C isn't running.  Unlike gas generation, you can't turn one on quickly when the grid needs more.  The economic truth is consumers don't want to pay higher rates for excess capacity to cover the few days per decade when the weather-driven power demand is higher than existing capacity.

    The obvious answer is microgrid and home generation (local solar/small wind turbine/backup  small generators) that can be used to supplement the base capacity in emergencies.  Now here's where you should be complaining about regs.  Power companies throughout the US have been fighting allowing small source generation (homes) to automatically both feed into and draw from their grids because it reduces the value of their big generating stations.  Hence, I can't draw power from the neighbor's solar when the grid is down.

    The other issue with weather-related outages is the storms take power lines down, and that sometimes means the generating capacity is there, but there are no functioning lines to get from your house to the generators.  Texas has not been hardening transmission lines.  As they are damaged during hurricanes they are replaced with whatever can be delivered more quickly, often the cheapest and less robust lines and poles.  In spite of how much has been replaced after storms, it's in worse shape, not better.

    It's another of the BIG INFRASTRUCTURE GAPS in the US.  Not just roads and bridges, but also the grid and transmission lines are hopelessly outdated.  You can have cheap or you can have clean and reliable.  With wealth transfer over the past 30 years most consumers can't afford clear or reliable and it's no longer cheap.  The worst of all possible outcomes.

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 1:26pm

    TWalker5

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    I’m with Barbara here.

    Courtesy of Uncle Sam, I lived in Texas twice, for a total of 8 years. Barbara is right about regulation.  I got my electricity from an electric co-op. The only thing I’ll add to her excellent post is that all the heat in TX is electric. No one, I mean no one at all, uses heating oil or a coal fired furnace.  Very few homes even have functional fireplaces. So when they get a generational cold wave like this one the electricity demand goes through the roof.  They’re just not built for this.

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 1:29pm

    TWalker5

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    Who better to laugh at than the clown show in DC?

    C’mon, David.  Where’s your sense of humor?  I’m no fan of DJT but I thought that meme was hilarious.

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 2:34pm

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    DennisC

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    Wake Up Call or One-off Event?

    I know that weather events the last few years, in my neck of the woods, has influenced my priorities on preps.  I still don't feel 100% there (probably never will) but I sleep a little better.  There must be a few recent transplants from San Diego that are wondering why they moved to welcoming TX last year.  It's fortunate they haven't outlawed fossil fuel powered vehicles yet (including helicopters) and gone totally electric like CA plans.  After all, it would be difficult to "drive 75 and freeze a Yankee" if there were no electrons available to get the lithium ions all in a tizzy.

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 2:38pm

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    Owen-3

    LOL!  Maybe he has plans for owen-3 in 2024

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 4:04pm

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    2retired said:

    In Scandinavia, 2ndary heat sources are required in house plans; it's considered a civil defense issue. Admittedly I live in a colder part of the world, but the same issue applies, just not the same frequency as Texas. Cities here (in Canada) are all outlawing wood heat sources and assuming the electricity is always there when you want it, until it isn't. Our latest (and hopefully last build) we managed to get classed as a 'Reno' so we could keep the wood fired airtight in the plans.

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 6:57pm

    Mohammed Mast

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    humorless liberals

    twalker liberals are some of the most humorless people on the planet. they are still spewing vitriol on trump and his supporters. you would think they lost the election(well they did but that's another story) the libs i encounter on social media are flat out vicious.

    funny thing is they don't say anything about ol joe. it's a pathology

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2021 - 10:50pm

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    ashsquatch69 said:

    Here in Austin a lot of houses do have fireplaces. But most houses here are not built for the cold weather. I can feel the cold coming through my windows and doors. Some people do have gas but they've shut the gas off here too so it's not doing any good.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 9:15am

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    Climate denial - James Rickards

    Chris and Adam, I have happily digested a huge amount of valuable information from you both over the last decade. It started with your book, which helped reframe my life, your podcasts have been a great source of knowledge and your website a weekly go to for sane analysis in a world that rapidly doesn't make sense.

    One thing recently that doesn't sit well with me however is the subtle support for climate denialism on PP. James Rickards in today's linked article quotes "Climate science provides almost no evidence that slight observable temperature changes have anything to do with C02 emissions. It is far more likely that any temperature changes are the result of solar flare cycles and volcanic eruptions. Some data strongly suggests that the earth is slowly cooling, not warming." This quote is absolutely insane, keep in mind James is a lawyer, economist and investment banker, and one that clearly has let his investments influence his ability for sane logical thought on climate science. Whatever your thoughts are on appropriate climate policy (I get that there are many elites cajoling climate policy for more $$) however the science is now black and white. James is in bloody science la la land and thus just not a credible source for analysis on anything to do with the climate.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 9:49am

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    Replying to Mr. Showers

    however the science is now black and white.

    Mr. Showers: 'Black and white science' to a scientist would include conclusions that developed from investigations done by the scientific method.  Establishing a hypothesis and testing it controlling all the variables.  Can you tell me where to find these in the literature?  Also can you direct me towards a quantification of the energy trapped on earth by CO2 in terms of Joules of energy per specific time period?  Can you advise us of what percent of generated CO2 goes into the oceans and what percent into the atmosphere?  My very limited understanding is that global warming theory is based on modeling studies. Modelling is done by making a number of assumptions.  Its confusing to some of us how making assumptions can be considered 'black and white.'

    Thanks!

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 10:23am

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    Climate Change

    The other smoking gun is related to where the warming is taking place. The NASA website makes the point that "if the Sun were responsible for global warming, we would expect to see warming throughout all layers of the atmosphere, from the surface all the way up to the upper atmosphere (stratosphere)." In reality, warming is being observed at the surface, but there is cooling in the stratospheric region. To anyone that has studied climatology and not astrophysics, this is a "clear as a bell" signal that warming is related to greenhouse gases in the troposphere rather than the sun getting "hotter" or other hypotheses. Dr. Jeff Masters does a "masterful" job explaining why this happens at Weather Underground.

     

     

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 10:36am

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    Mohammed Mast

    David Henry has not insulted you, but you are insulting many on the forum, particularly him, with your description of liberals. It's against forum rules. Please stop.

    I think I speak for most posters here in welcoming a diversity of opinion. People should feel comfortable posting their views here, without wondering if they are going to be insulted.  It's divisive and serves to shut people up and out. You profess to believe in the power of love over fear. Model it. Thank you.

     

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 10:38am

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    I do believe I'm a denier

    So, maybe its just me, but when that slippery German fellow starts telling me I'm not going to own anything, that I'll be happy, and "climate change" is his motivating force - and the mainstream narrative is that "you cannot question climate science" - I mean, it just makes me wonder.

    They even have standard language.  They apply the word "denier" to your thought-crime to make you seem irrational.  Crazy, even.

    So I suppose I'm a "great reset denier."  And a "there are no COVID treatments" denier.  And a "lockdowns save lives" denier.  And a "hydroxychloroquine will kill you" denier.  And a "ivermectin is just for head lice" denier.  And a "zinc is just a placebo" denier.  And a "two masks are the answer" denier.  A "we need another RCT for vitamin D" denier.

    I mean, the sheer size of my mainstream narrative denial has grown to monstrous levels at this point.  Mainly because they lie so very much.  You can tell when they are lying when their lips are moving.  And if it involves putting our lives at risk, they're gonna lie even more enthusiastically.

    At this point, denying the mainstream narrative is required just to stay alive and healthy.

    So - am I a climate denier?  Pretty  much.  If Klaus Schwab says the world will end, and he needs to turn off my power (but not his - he still gets his private jet) in order to fix the problem - yep.  I'm a denier.

    You are welcome to stick with the mainstream narrative.  COVID woke me up.  I don't believe a thing they say any longer.  Because - when I don't, my life improves.  My family members don't suffer from COVID.  Turns out, I can heal myself.  Cheaply.  All sorts of good things happen when I start in with the denial.  I'm going to make it a habit as long as the weasels remain in charge.

    So yeah about that climate denial.  I'm Guilty.

    Let me know when Old White Klaus stops flying private.  Then maybe I'll change my mind.

    Fourth Turning.  Denial is required to stay alive.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 11:11am

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    Can you advise us of what percent of generated CO2 goes into the oceans and what percent into the atmosphere?

    Steve
    The ocean pH has decreased 0.1 pH units since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

    The decrease in ocean pH is is an empirical measured value that is not disputed.  In other words, the number of hydrogen ions in the great oceans has increased by 30%, and this is a direct consequence of carbon dioxide absorption.  There is no other explanation that is comprehensible to someone who understands basic chemistry.  The amount of carbon dioxide from burning is really a massive world wide event that overshadows any kind of volcanic or other natural process, causing this massive measured increase in hydrogen ion concentration.

    Climate scientists have successfully predicted and measured massive changes in air chemistry starting with chloro-floro-carbons, which unambiguously destroyed much of the ozone layer, starting from the poles.  Further, by removing these other chemical emissions from industry, we as a species have already started to reverse the damage to the ozone layer.  Observations and models regarding carbon dioxide effects on the ocean are even more clear and supported compared to the clear and unambiguous knowledge of our effect on the ozone layer.  I reviewed the data and arguments myself as a scientist and could not possibly squirt out some chit chat crap on a cheap little comment like this forum and do justice.  I should point out however that it is NET carbon contributed by mankind continuously over the years and this may be confusing to some (noting the comments of ISION which follow my posting).

    I do have a great deal of empathy for Steve`s and David`s critical comments, because very very stupid and very selfish politicians have hijacked the climate discussion and make up all kinds of shit in order to get more power for themselves. This is made worse by the fact that most people who call themselves scientists are not objective but are just full of crap, following the wind created by politician bloviations. I agree with David that most of the so called science is anything but.  But, science remains and the facts seem damaging enough.
    I observe however, that the same actions we take for resilience in building small communities comport well with what we have to do for alleviating so called climate change.  The sociopathic behavior that evolved to get the energy from fossil fuels is the real problem.  I explain this in my book `Take Back The Power!` at amazon booksellers.

     

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 11:17am

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    Man's C02 has absolutely NOTHING to do with Global Warming and is totally insignificant.

    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agrees human CO2 is only 5 percent and natural CO2 is 95 percent of the CO2 inflow into the atmosphere. The ratio of human to natural CO2 in the atmosphere must equal the ratio of the inflows. Yet IPCC claims human CO2 has caused all the rise in atmospheric CO2 above 280 ppm, which is now 130 ppm or 32 percent of today’s atmospheric CO2.

    To cause the human 5 percent to become 32 percent in the atmosphere, the IPCC model treats human and natural CO2 differently, which is impossible because the molecules are identical. IPCC’s Bern model artificially traps human CO2 in the atmosphere while it lets natural CO2 flow freely out of the atmosphere.

    By contrast, a simple Physics Model treats all CO2 molecules the same, as it should, and shows how CO2 flows through the atmosphere and produces a balance level where outflow equals inflow. Thereafter, if inflow is constant, level remains constant.

    The Physics Model has only one hypothesis, that outflow is proportional to level. The Physics Model exactly replicates the 14C data from 1970 to 2014 with only two physical parameters: balance level and e-time. The 14C data trace how CO2 flows out of the atmosphere.

    The Physics Model shows the 14CO2 e-time is a constant 16.5 years. Other data show e-time for 12CO2 is about 4 to 5 years. IPCC claims human CO2 reduces ocean buffer capacity. But that would increase e-time. The constant e-time proves IPCC’s claim is false.

    IPCC argues that the human-caused reduction of 14C and 13C in the atmosphere prove human CO2 causes all the increase in atmospheric CO2. However, numbers show these isotope data support the Physics Model and reject the IPCC model.

    The Physics Model shows how inflows of human and natural CO2 into the atmosphere set balance levels proportional to their inflows. Each balance level remains constant if its inflow remains constant. Continued constant CO2 emissions do not add more CO2 to the atmosphere. No CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere.

    Present human CO2 inflow produces a balance level of about 18 ppm. Present natural CO2 inflow produces a balance level of about 392 ppm. Human CO2 is insignificant to the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. Increased natural CO2 inflow has increased the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 11:26am

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    What about the garbage?

    "Eating out" during Covid has been ghastly for the environment.  Everything comes in Styrofoam, plastic utensils wrapped in even more plastic wrap, drinks with lids in Styrofoam cups.  All the disposable masks, shields made of plastic...it goes on and on.

    What effect does all this have on the environment with the already huge floating trash islands in the worlds oceans, beyond making things worse.

    My cousin lives in Western Maryland where they bury the damaged and used wind turbine blades that don't degrade.  Clean energy?

    The powers that be don't seem to have a problem with this.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 11:39am

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    The Grand Design

    They are using the same tactics on climate change as they are on the “pandemic.” Stop for a moment and recall what you’ve recently seen on TV, read on the internet, or heard from radio and friends about climate change. I’ll bet it’s all one sided – that humans (and particularly the great unwashed) are responsible for causing the alleged global warming.

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has continually produced forecasts that predict much warmer global climate conditions than have occurred. To their credit, they periodically have an assessment report where they modify models in order to better predict future global climate conditions. They currently are in the 6th Assessment Report cycle (AR6) which was originally due in 2022, but may get delayed due to Covid-19. Their Coupled Model Intercomparison Project has also been updated to CMIP6. One of the notable changes to CMIP6 is the inclusion of radiative forcing (solar activity (beyond total solar irradiance) and cosmic rays.) Papers I’ve seen using CMIP6 parameters show that the majority of cause for the 20th century’s warming was due to radiative forcing.

    We're far enough into AR6 that it is inexcusable for researchers to use the old protocol. That's what the alarmist papers (that conclude anthropogenic CO2 is the sole cause of the warming) continue to do. Researchers have to find support for their research or they might as well flip burgers at McDonalds to pay their bills. If funders are searching for a given result, that's what successful researchers provide. Government agencies who put out "official" data do the same thing. Those who oppose the supervisors' goals don't get promoted.

    Remember all the "scientists" who the tobacco groups used to show smoking wasn't a health hazard? This happens all the time! Why wouldn't the same play book work for vitamins, minerals, off-patent drugs, expensive experimental "vaccines" and climate change?

    Do you want to be herded into the Great Reset? They need to destroy the economy first. Then, they can theoretically "Build Back Better." That's what the lockdowns are designed to do. Where is all the energy going to come from to accomplish rebuilding? Think beyond the platitudes. Dig below the MSM BS. When you embrace the fear they are selling, they win.

    Grover

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 11:45am

    Mohammed Mast

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    ap

    that's nice bless your liberal heart

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 12:14pm

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    Super awesome post Grover...

    You are an accomplished artist when it comes to painting the BIG PICTURE.  Thank you.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 12:31pm

    agitating prop

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    officer who died during Capitol Hill protests

    What did the officer die of. I'm curious. Any theories?

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 12:33pm

    agitating prop

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    MMast

    Thanks Mohammed. That's better. Keep spreading the love.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 12:41pm

    DennisC

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    It's Not Easy Being Green

    I've read some articles in the past about the various recycling efforts (of the various pieces/parts) of decommissioned wind turbines.  Certainly the blades are the most problematic but I've also seen information lately that some other ideas are being piloted WRT recycling the blades.

    Anyway, I thought the article linked below was great in its irony (or could it be in its oxymoronism).  Mining coal makes room for "recycling" wind turbine parts.  Talk about "symbiosis".  Who would have thought.  Maybe we can go back to coal-fired, steam shovels for all the site prep work needed for new green energy infrastructure.

    CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed a bill into law on Monday, March 23 which authorizes the disposal of wind turbine blades and shells into abandoned coal mines in the state.

    House Bill 129 allows only the base material of blades and towers to be buried in abandoned coal mine sites, requiring “the removal of all mechanical, electrical and other materials from the decommissioned wind turbine blades and towers.”

    mine for more info here

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 1:10pm

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    dirk western said:

    don't you just love it when someone tells you " there is no other explanation".   And that is the end of discussion.............that attitude will NOT provide an explanation.

     

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 1:12pm

    dirk western

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    dirk western said:

    Don't you watch the news??  he was KILLED by the rioters..........

     

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 1:14pm

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    Garbage

    The amount of plastic trash is horrendous. If we go way back to the future and think in terms of subsistence, eliminating wants and focusing on needs, we will be in a much better position. The planet is suffering and the soul of humanity is suffering with all of the emphasis on consumption.

    I wonder if this is part of what the Great Reset is about--being satisfied with less gratuitous stuff, but not having to worry about basic needs.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 1:20pm

    agitating prop

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    Cause of Death?

    I don't generally watch the news. I read across a wide spectrum though. I read conflicting reports about actual cause of death at the time, including the original report in New York Times.  If he wasn't bludgeoned to death, was he shot, did he have a heart attack? I am not disputing that he died during the riots I am just wondering what the cause of death was.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 2:56pm

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    2retired said:

    Mostly anyone sufficiently eloquent can convince me of anything, once, or at least for a short while, overnight anyway. The global warmists, had me for a bit in the 80s and 90s, but after it stopped warming (2002), and became remade as climate change. It made me into a sceptic, and when Micheal Mann's hockey stick was exposed as a fraud, but the science was already settled mind you, and my (personal) samples of tree ring samples proved the climate has been changing lots over the past 1000 years, sometimes warmer and sometimes cooler than nowadays. Trouble with being a cynic and sceptic, it is so hard to keep up.

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 3:54pm

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    We lived in Texas, once upon a time.

    In 1974, we moved into an Austin suburb (Round Rock).

    The house we purchased was in an up-and-coming neighborhood.There were a couple things I didn't like about it (and a few things I did).

    But one key element of the neighborhood that rubbed me the wrong way, even at the time, was that this was an "All-Electric" neighborhood. There WAS no such thing there as a Natural Gas furnace. You simply couldn't have one.

    Now .. fast-forward a few decades ..

    Between 1973 and now, not only has Austin never allowed Natural Gas hookups ..You can't even burn Oak in a wood-burning stove.

    Well, DUH. Now, it's F'n COLD. What do you do ???

    You think maybe all this mis-guided bullsh%t might have finally struck somebody as totally insane ?

    Nope.

    They're blaming it on Climate Change.

    Go figure.

    -- Chuck

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 6:20pm

    Mots

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    climate change

    2retired, chuck, Ision, Steve, David, Djrk, Dennis, Jim

    This is not my fight.   Further I think we can all agree that the present rhetoric and promulgation of -climate change- actions by the big actors today is mostly or completely a sham.  It is best to focus on how to withdraw from the system of lies and control, in my opinion, even it such requires a big effort.  Things will get much worse than they are now. No time to waste chit chatting our favorite truths and discovered contradictions while wallowing in a sea of misinformation.

    The bigger picture (as described in the first 30 pages of my book) prompted me to get reasonably as remote/far away as I can from the ruling sociopaths.   I hope that you all get the chance to rebuild somewhere out of the reach of the crazy ruling elite.  There are many examples in history both in Europe and in Japan of high culture reasonable societies that thrived by being independent from and out of the attention of the mainstream. We must make our own example.

    It may be easier than it seems to be invisible because the ruling elite rely on facebook, google, twitter, microsoft, 5G etc. to discover their contrived artificial bullshit pseudo reality.  Lets not forget that those who wander off the path of truth are the weakest and are the ones lost in the woods.  They are the ones who will suffer most from a non-sympathetic reality.   By avoiding 5G connections and big tech we can better live in plain sight of the without detection.  And by focusing on the prosperity needs of our own locals, we are miles ahead of the controlling elite.  Lets talk about that..........

     

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 6:32pm

    Chuck in Belize

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    Yes.

    Thanks, Mots.I liked that. Very much.

    There are enough of us, who know how to stay off the beaten path,who have raised children, and who are not among the ordinary flock of sheep.

    All this is going to take a while. We have to just stand back and watch as it unfolds.It is not going to be fun, watching it. But that's what we have to do.

    Peace.- Chuck

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 7:14pm

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    Officer Sicknick's Cause of Death

    agitating prop wrote:

    I don't generally watch the news. I read across a wide spectrum though. I read conflicting reports about actual cause of death at the time, including the original report in New York Times.  If he wasn't bludgeoned to death, was he shot, did he have a heart attack? I am not disputing that he died during the riots I am just wondering what the cause of death was.

    Officer Sicknick's death is currently listed as caused by stroke. The investigation trudges on. Was the stroke going to happen anyway in the not-too-distant future? Was it brought on as a result of those who gained access to the capitol? I really don't know. I doubt we'll ever know for sure.

    Grover

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 7:33pm

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    question about liberals

    invariably whenever i call someone a liberal they get insulted.

    whenever i call someone a conservative (or libertarian) they never get insulted.

    why is that?

    when i describe my encounters with liberals i am attacked  by liberals for simply describing my experience

    why is that?

    curious as it happens all over social media

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 8:00pm

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    2retired said:

    you can checkout, but you can't leave

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  • Tue, Feb 16, 2021 - 8:09pm

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    Ision said:

    Mohammed...

    Because, as you know, Liberals are irrational and tenacious.  Being intellectually fragile, their immediate response to any contrasting thought, which diverges from their tenaciously adopted viewpoint, is one of anger and fear.   Anger, because your non-harmonious expression causes them to attempt to think, and thinking is not easy and requires effort...which is too similar to work...and they hate this.    FEAR, because the know they are unarmed intellectually, and cannot defend their positions with Reasons, founded upon Logic applied to the actual experience.

    So, they automatically attack emotionally those who cause them to doubt, to think, or to embarrass themselves by displaying their lack of Rationality.

    It is not their fault.  Their teachers, parents, and friends, never taught them properly..and they are the end product of a deliberate emotional indoctrination.

    Teach those capable of learning, and argue with the dim of mind, only if you can also be heard by the wondering and seeking minds, who are watching.

     

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 4:11am

    MarkM

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    Greenwald on Sicknick's death

    All that really matters is that, once again, we were told a horrible lie to promote the left's agenda.

    https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-false-and-exaggerated-claims

    A second New York Times article from later that day — bearing the more dramatic headline: “He Dreamed of Being a Police Officer, Then Was Killed by a Pro-Trump Mob” — elaborated on that story:

    Disgusting, but all too prevalent these days.

     

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 5:02am

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    officer sicknick didn't die "during the riots"

    He texted his - brother in law, I think, after the event, telling him, "I'm fine, just got a couple of shots of pepper spray."

    Then he was hospitalized, intubated, and died two days later.  One "unnamed source" said he died from a stroke.  Not blunt force trauma.  Autopsy has yet to be released.

    Gee, I wonder why DC is withholding the autopsy?  Most likely: they haven't milked enough propaganda value out of the unfortunate Officer's death.  They did the same thing with Epstein.  When it is news they don't like, they withhold it.  When it is news that fits the narrative, it is released instantly.

    I have to say, I am heartened that the folks that used to be chanting "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" really seem incredibly concerned over the event.   It is a nice change.  How can they possibly go back to chanting about pigs in a blanket?  The cognitive dissonance might be too much for even CNN viewers to handle.

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 10:14am

    Grover

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    Why

    Mohammed Mast wrote:

    invariably whenever i call someone a liberal they get insulted.

    whenever i call someone a conservative (or libertarian) they never get insulted.

    why is that?

    when i describe my encounters with liberals i am attacked  by liberals for simply describing my experience

    why is that?

    curious as it happens all over social media

    Mohammed, you got me thinking. I remember THC posting a quip that goes something like: "A liberal is someone who has never been mugged." That rang true for me. Muggings aren't just the armed individual assaults. They can happen remotely. When a new restriction is codified in the law - a restriction that causes undue stress and monetary issues - isn't that a mugging? The government has the ability to jail me if I don't comply/pay. What's the difference between a thug demanding my money at gunpoint and government demanding my money with threats of incarceration?

    Then, there are the mainstream media players. (Look at the "insurrection on 1/6/21 and misreporting of Sicknick's cause of death for a recent example.) They push the leftist agenda, knowing that a significant proportion of the populace aren't capable of questioning the narrative. Those folks swallow the story for what it is, nod their collective heads in agreement with the TV people, and vote accordingly. Those people have a right to vote, but they're shirking their responsibility to be informed before voting. If it changes the outcome of an election, isn't that a mugging as well?

    So, why don't they want to be called "liberals?" I think it comes across as dismissive or downright derogatory when seen in print. "Oh, you're a liberal." See what I mean? It should be a badge they wear proudly (like conservatives and Libertarians generally do;) however, the label conflates them with everyone in the whole liberal spectrum - including those on the far, far left. The further left they are, the more likely they are to be proud of the label. Those who are more moderately liberal, don't want to be associated with the far-left communists. Ironically, they want to be seen as individual crusaders for (fill in the blank) as they march together in lockstep for their liberal causes.

    Just my thoughts, Grover

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 11:06am

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    Mohammed Mast

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    ision

    i think you hit on it.

    it is a conflict of rationality/ emotionalism.

    i remember last year trump being excoriated for trying to get vaccines for the us. my response was "well he is  the president of the us, who should he be securing the vaccines for" the emotional response was those poor other people won't have the vaccines.

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 11:15am

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    Au contraire Dave!

    I have to say, I am heartened that the folks that used to be chanting "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" really seem incredibly concerned over the event.   It is a nice change.  How can they possibly go back to chanting about pigs in a blanket?  The cognitive dissonance might be too much for even CNN viewers to handle.

    I have seen with my own eyes BLM, Antifa and Occupy Wall Street (Occupy Philly City Hall) ask the police for help WHILE IN THE MIDST OF VIOLENTLY AND VULGARLY PROTESTING AGAINST POLICE! On one occasion when I was supervising a squad of cops protecting Occupy’s free speech rights,  the leaders of Occupy Philly City Hall came to me and asked me to remove the black Christian preachers across the street from City Hall because their preaching with a megaphone was drowning out Occupy’s preaching with a megaphone 75’ away. 🤦🏻‍♂️ Some people’s mental agility might surprise you. They’re like these starlings turning on a dime and staying with the mob. Incredible!

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 12:28pm

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    Texas / Climate Change

    Man you guys are about as misinformed as the ERCOT people running the Texas grid, and them are fighting words.

    What a freaking disaster the last two days have been. No power, no water, no gasoline, and no food in the Houston area. What a sh*t show.

    I'm storming the state capital! Well, right after I replace half my house from a burst water pipe in the attic while I was away yesterday (evidently it doesn't help to keep the taps running if your water heater is offline).

    What a fustercluck.

    When you have to prep for 100 year hurricanes and winter storms in the same geological location, you bet there is climate change. Come down here and tell me different to my face. I dare you.

    Now back to the wet vac on the generator...

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 12:29pm

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    marti61 said:

    you know this has been debunked pretty thoroughly. check out funding for CIP. common, you can do better.

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 1:32pm

    Chuck in Belize

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    The thing about Resilience ..

    Is that it never shows when you don't need it,and it never matters, until you do.

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 1:38pm

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    Book Info

    Mots,
    I think I'm going to pick up your book, along with Bright Green Lies.
    It's interesting to read your background. There are so many skilled, educated, and resourceful people in these threads, and it just amazes me how lucky I am to have found my way here.

    What can you tell me Part VI of your book? More of a copyleft type myself, but this interested me.

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 2:36pm

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    Preps I’ve never used (but I’m still holding on to)

    1. Life insurance.

    2. Fire insurance.

    3. Burglar alarm system and two independent camera systems.

    4. ALL of my rifles and shotguns and all but two of my handguns. Those two handguns have each been fired in self defense in one instance each, and just one round each time. That means that all but two rounds of my many thousands of rounds of ammo have never been fired.

    5. My emergency water supply and my two 300 gallon rain water collectors. The rain totes are used to water the garden but never after filtering for human consumption. None of my water filters have ever been used except my Big Berkey.

    6. My 5’x8’ utility trailer kept on hand for bugging out.

    7. Stacks of gold and silver.

    8. Long term food storage.

    9. Walkie talkies for grid down comms.

    10. Stash of emergency cash.

    11. Propane powered generator (21 months and counting).

    12. First aid kits including tourniquets, blood clotting trauma bandages, overdose meds, etc.

    13. Kevlar soft body armor. Yes I’ve worn it frequently so in that sense it’s been used. But no one has ever shot at me. (Well one guy may have been shooting at me and my partner but since we didn’t see exactly where he was aiming when we heard the discharge and he didn’t even hit our car, for all we knew he was shooting in some other direction. We caught him anyway though.)

    14. OC (pepper) spray for personal use. I used the police department’s spray many times, but never my personal spray carried off duty. Haven’t used any bear spray, except the little squirt the came out when I dropped it indoors once. Debilitating.

    You get the idea.

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 3:00pm

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    Mohammed Mast

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    thc

    what generator do you have?

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 3:17pm

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    MM: Check for PM

    Generac

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 3:24pm

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    Say her name: Ashli Babbitt

    https://dailycaller.com/2021/02/16/cnn-nbc-john-sullivan-footage-capitol-riot-shooting/

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  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 - 4:04pm

    Mots

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    book info for Take Back The Power!

    Steven

    Thank you for your question regarding intellectual property rights and my book.  I can make contracts and licenses in the IP area pretty easily since I have worked full time as a patent attorney for more than 20 years.

    * early adopters of any technology have a special role
    * ownership of technology should accrue to those who discover and develop via hard work (this includes early adopters)
    1. each of the first 1000 book buyers gets 0.01% of the trademark ownership rights (becomes important if the company grows and is sold out some day).  This can be traded (1000 people share 10% of the company valuation basically and must get paid if the company is sold).  I will increase this percentage if not many people buy the book (which seems likely presently(.
    2. membership to biweekly video discussions where we help each other out with learning and doing implementation of solar electric (and ham radio as well it seems).  Because the group is small, there is no charge for continuous membership at this time although I intended to have a membership fee if too cumbersome to me.  Since I am losing tons of money on this project and can make money more easily elsewhere I am kind of ambivalent about this.

    3. formal non-exclusive patent rights (I will prepare a fancy but unnecessary certificate) to book buyers to allow them to build patent covered products and systems for others.  By the way, when you buy a physical product such as a box or chemical that is covered by a patent, you automatically get those patent rights under the first sale doctrine.  In my case, I want people to learn about and start their own businesses in solar electric by selling circuit boards and complete kits in competition with me.  I dont want to work in solar and intend to move on to radio hardware. I am only doing this to solve a problem and am not passionate about solar electric.  This is just a small part of the puzzle for future living. I am working on an electric water purification device for rain water and prefer to spend time on that.  Also to collaborate with others interested in combining water filtration with UV sterilization by an automated circuit.  Safe water is more important than energy.

    I have an office lighting/factory lighting application of the technology that is not explained in the book but which would be very valuable for lighting installers and manufacturers.  If anyone has a business contact in Malaysia please contact me since I want to commercialize a lighting application in that country in cooperation with others.

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  • Sat, Feb 20, 2021 - 6:46am

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    Curt504 said:

    wind turbines run just fine else where with cold, snow, ice.  Something else must be in play with their vendor, design, operational choices.  Which from the news, seems in line with the grid decissions over all.  More probably will come out over this debacle.   Now nearly every home in TX has broken plumbing.   The last hurricane  only ruined the drywall in a portion of TXs homes, plumbing was fine.  This event has taken out (my guessing) an even larger number of homes that are now un-inhabitable until fixed.

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  • Sun, Feb 21, 2021 - 5:37am

    Curt504

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    Curt504 said:

    On your comment about no gas heat in Austin...  Googleing;  Austin TX gas use

    finds Austin buidling code updates 2000 and 2009 and it mentions gas heat and piping code.  So there's gas now.  BUT I was disconcerting seeing in the latest 2009 (that I found) mentions performance and buidling stanards for housing;

    upper temp:  99 F (lol which seems short of what is needed)

    lower temp 30 F (DOH!!!!!   talk about the cause of alot of broken pipes is in the code!)

    Sad, short sightedness to appease the builders wanting cheap houses.  🙁

    I'm a house rehabber, not some winer, to me their code is deficient!

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