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Daily Digest 6/8 - Good News Friday: Invest In Yourself, Gasoline From The Air

Friday, June 8, 2018, 10:52 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

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Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now (tmn)

Some of their defaults are just bonkers. Google has been saving a map of everywhere you go, if you turned on its Assistant when you set up an Android phone. Amazon makes your wish list public — and keeps recordings of all your conversations with Alexa. Facebook exposes to the public your friends list and all the pages you follow, and it lets marketers use your name in their Facebook ads. By default, Microsoft’s Cortana in Windows 10 gobbles up … pretty much your entire digital life.

How to Plan a Backyard Campout Adventure With Your Kids (Thomas R.)

Camping is a great way to bond as a family, talking and telling stories around a campfire. It helps teach kids the value of working together to pitch a tent or cook a meal (or a s’more). And it’s a great way to get kids outdoors, watching the clouds or the stars instead of videos; playing live games instead of video games.

Many women with common breast cancer can safely skip chemo, study says (Thomas R.)

"I'm delighted," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical and scientific officer for the American Cancer Society, who was not part of the study. "I've been worried for a long time about unnecessary treatment for cancer, and unnecessary side effects from chemotherapy.

The 7 Best Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS) to Buy in 2018 (Thomas R.)

Plug in up to 10 devices, including five with battery backup, as well as surge protection. You can even boost the power by buying a separate supplemental battery pack to extend the life of your devices. An ethernet port keeps your Internet up and running while automatic voltage regulation assures that all your devices are charged at maximum efficiency. Other perks include a six-foot power cord for flexibility in placement, an LCD display and Energy Star rating.

3 Valuable Ways to Invest in Yourself (Thomas R.)

There is a fountain of creativity within most of us that has never been tapped or certainly hasn’t been used to its highest potential. We may need to unearth, and hone our individual creativity. Creativity, in any form, helps us to grow personally and professionally, to view problems and solutions in different ways and to utilize other parts of our mind that may have been previously untapped. It’s important to keep in mind that creativity has many faces. It’s far broader than being a painter or sculptor; it’s also about trying new things.

Six Strategies for Dealing with Controversial Monuments and Memorials (tmn)

Not every community has chosen to remove statues, and many people, myself included, are somewhat reticent to advise removal as the sole option for statues and memorials. Communities across the nation (and even the world) have used at least six different options when dealing with public monuments and memorials.

How to Make Your Own DIY First Aid Kit (Thomas R.)

Be sure to label your containers clearly so that children and guests will know that these are your first aid kits. For the plastic containers, you could just use a label maker to put some sticky labels on the containers. With the bags, you might go so far as to sew on a red cross patch. If you have a military style first aid bag, you could secure that patch with a little velcro.

NASA Is About to Announce a Massively Exciting Mars Discovery (Thomas R.)

Curiosity celebrated its fifth birthday on the Red Planet earlier this year, with an amazing panorama of where it's gone so far; but to be honest, it's been a very slow journey.

What we do know is that it's bound to be some super-exciting science, with a number of big NASA researchers taking part in the discussion - including people who directly work with the samples Curiosity has been diligently gathering on Mars.

Finally, scientists have found intriguing organic molecules on Mars (jdargis)

And so Curiosity drove on to the base of Mount Sharp and sampled some of the mudstones (a rock that formed from muds and clays) found there. Surely, if organic molecules existed on Mars, the scientists thought, they would be here. Everything else told them that the lake environment in which the mudstones formed 3 billion years ago would have been a likely place for life to exist.

How to Brew Beer (and What it Costs) (Thomas R.)

When you mix up a batch of beer, it needs to ferment for a week or two, and this bucket makes it quite easy. You simply put your unfermented beer in the bucket, put the bubbler in the little hole on top of the bucket (the bubbler allows gas to escape without contaminating the beer), and let it sit. When you’re ready to drink the beer, just open the spigot and drink a glass – the hose can make it easier to pour.

Over 60 countries have introduced bans, fees to cut single-use plastic waste (Thomas R.)

In New Delhi, for instance, a ban on disposable plastics has had only limited impact "because of poor enforcement," the report said. The city has tried repeatedly over the past decade to ban the use of thin plastic bags, most recently announcing a heavy fine for rule-breakers. But the bags remain ubiquitous across the city, blowing in the wind, piled in ditches and readily offered in hundreds of thousands of shops.

Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air Into Gasoline (jdargis)

“What we’ve done is build a [direct-air capture] process that is—as much as possible—built on existing processes and technologies that are widespread in the world,” said David Keith, a professor of applied physics at Harvard and the lead author of the new study. “That’s why we think we have a reasonable possibility of scaling up.”

A Basic Guide to Thrift Store Shopping (Thomas R.)

Lots of people dislike thrift stores, for a number of reasons. Often people feel they are “above” thrift stores, that thrift stores carry nothing but junk, or that thrift stores are dark, dirty, and depressing. While there certainly are some pretty dismal thrift stores out there, most are fairly clean and well-organized stores that weed out the broken, filthy, and otherwise unusable before putting stock on the sales floor. And the customers come from all walks of life, from street-walking transvestites to trendy college kids to retired heiresses.

Home Wind Power: Yes, in My Backyard! (Thomas R.)

That’s the case for Cam and Michelle Mather, who live on 150 forested acres in rural Ontario. The Mathers live in an off-grid home powered by solar panels and their micro wind turbine, a 1-kilowatt (kw) Bergey Excel 1. On such a large property, they’re nowhere near their closest neighbors, so there’s no one who might be upset about the noticeable — but not unpleasant — wind turbine noise or the very visible 100-foot tower in the couple’s yard.

How Long Do Tardigrades Live? (DennisC)

That depends on where they're found. Tardigrades occur almost everywhere on the planet, but most are happiest frolicking about in moist habitats, such as the moss that adorns river stones. When tardigrades have enough food and water to support their bodily functions, they live out the natural course of their lives, rarely lasting for longer than 2.5 years, according to Animal Diversity Web, a database run by the University of Michigan.

Gold & Silver

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US deficit surges to $530 billion in May: CBO

US deficit surges to $530 billion in May: CBO

The Hill-14 hours ago

The federal budget deficit surged to $530 billion in the first eight months of the 2018 fiscal year, which began in October, surpassing last year's deficit over the ..

A Connecticut Bond Default Isn't Out of the Question

Bloomberg-1 hour ago
That's an awfully strong word, in any context, but especially bold here considering Barnes works in a municipality with about $600 million in municipal debt that ...

India 10-Year Yield Climbs Past 8% for First Time Since May 2015

BloombergQuint-9 hours ago
The nation's sovereign debt is heading for a third month of losses as state banks, the biggest holders of the securities, stay away from active participation amid ...

China's $11 Trillion Bond Market Tested by Rising Defaults

Bloomberg-13 hours ago
But with about 8.2 trillion yuan ($1.3 trillion) of domestic corporate and ... guarantees for practically all debt securities in 2014, allowing defaults for the first time.

Treasury to Sell $158 Billion in Debt

Wall Street Journal-20 hours ago
The U.S. Treasury Department will auction $158 billion in securities next week, comprising $74 billion in new debt and $84 billion in previously sold debt. Details ...

Argentina Reaches $50 Billion Financing Deal With IMF

New York Times-13 hours ago
BUENOS AIRES — Argentina reached a three-year deal with the International Monetary Fund on Thursday for a $50 billion credit line, an amount that was larger ...

Here's why Illinois' new budget isn't impressing ratings firms

MarketWatch-22 hours ago
In addition, Illinois' unfunded pension liabilities stood at $200 billion in the 2016 fiscal year, representing close to five times of the state's annual revenues.

Sacramento mayor wants a permanent sales tax hike. Here's how ...

Sacramento Bee (blog)-21 hours ago
The city's pension costs are projected to increase from $82 million this year to $129 million in the 2023-24 fiscal year, according to budget documents.

 

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Happy 51st Anniversary to the surviving crew of the USS Liberty

June 8, 1967

34 dead, 174 wounded, worst US naval losses since WWII.

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"IN JUNE 1967 jet aircraft and motor torpedo boats of the Defense Forces of the State of Israel brutally assaulted the American naval intelligence-gathering ship, USS Liberty, while in international waters off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea. The attack was preceded by more than six hours of intense low level surveillance by Israeli photo reconnaissance aircraft, which buzzed the ship as low as 200 feet directly overhead. The carefully orchestrated assault that followed was initiated by high performance jet aircraft. This was followed by slower and more maneuverable jets carrying napalm, and was finally turned over to lethal torpedo boats, which blasted a forty-foot hole in the ship's side. The attack lasted more than two hours, deliberately killing 34 Americans and wounding at least 171 others. Over 821 rocket, cannon and 3,000 machine gun holes were inflicted. When the Liberty stubbornly remained afloat despite her damage, Israeli forces machine-gunned her life rafts, firefighters, stretcher bearers, and sent troops carrying helicopters to finish the job, no survivors were to be taken."

USS Liberty Memorial

USS Liberty Veterans Association

 

 

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Finally; eternal Happy-Motoring!

Glad to see that "hope-springs-eternal" amongst our engineering brethren. I wonder if it comes with a "just-add-water" on the package instructions. Perhaps I can sell them a cheaper source of energy:

 At full capacity, this plant captures 0.98 Mt-CO2/year from the atmosphere and delivers a 1.46 Mt-CO2/year stream of dry CO2 at 15 MPa. The additional 0.48 Mt-CO2/year is produced by on-site combustion of natural gas to meet all plant thermal and electrical requirements. Alternate configurations with electricity and gas input are described in the section on Heat and Mass Balance and Alternative Configurations and life cycle carbon balance in the section on Avoided Emissions and Life Cycle Accounting.

“This opens up the possibility that we could stabilize the climate for affordable amounts of money without changing the entire energy system or changing everyone’s behavior.”

 

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Kennedy Assasinations as Acts of the Israeli State

Laurent Guyenot posts a (rather long) essay explaining his views that the Kennedy assasinations were probably acts of Israeli military/intelligence.  JFK for policy reasons, then RFK to prevent his presidential election where all indicators were that he was determined to re-open the investigation into his older brothers murder.

Did Israel Kill the Kennedys? by Laurent Guyenot (Unz Review, June 3, 2108)

"What should have been obvious from the start now appears brightly clear: in order to solve the mystery of the assassination of John Kennedy, one has simply to look into the two other assassinations which are connected to it: the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man whose trial could have exposed the hoax and possibly put the plotters into the light, and the assassination of Robert Kennedy, the man who would have reopened the case if he had lived. And both these assassinations bear the signature of Israel."

Even RFK, Jr, is sure that his father's assasination was not at the hands of a "lone deranged gunman."

Sirhan was standing in front of Kennedy at the time of the shooting, but an autopsy report found Kennedy was shot at point blank range from behind. Over the years new evidence reportedly shows as many as 13 shots were fired that night. 

But Sirhan's gun held only eight bullets.  [He had a .22 caliber revolver that held 8 bullets.]  That's one reason why many now question Sirhan's guilt – including Robert Kennedy Jr.

"There were too many bullets. You can't fire 13 shots out of an eight-shot gun," RFK Jr told the Post.

Paul Schrade, one of the six persons shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, June 5, 1968, made this statement to the parole board at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility regarding Sirhan Sirhan, February 2016

"Indeed, the LAPD and L.A. County District Attorney knew two hours after the shooting of Senator Kennedy that he was shot by a second gunman and they had conclusive evidence that Sirhan could not -- and did not -- do it. The official record shows that the prosecution at Sirhan's trial never had one witness -- and had no physical nor ballistic evidence -- to prove Sirhan shot Bob Kennedy. Evidence locked up for 20 years shows that the LAPD destroyed physical evidence and hid ballistic evidence exonerating Sirhan -- and covered up conclusive evidence that a second gunman fatally wounded Robert Kennedy."

In an investigative book, Food for the Jackels, by Robert Clayton Buick, the author explains how it was that Robert Kennedy changed paths at the last moment to exit the Ambassador Hotel after his speech through the kitchen pantry, where Sirhan Sirhan was waiting.

Why did Bobby Kennedy go to the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel - where Sirhan Sirhan, "the killer", was waiting?

"He [Sen. Robert Kennedy] then began to move through the crowd toward the front door and a press conference in the Colonial Room when his press secretary, Frank Mankiewicz, turned him around and sent him through the kitchen pantry, because it was a more direct route."
- from Food For The Jackals by Robert Clayton Buick

 

Yes, it was a more direct route… to the kill zone.

This is one of the central questions about the murder of Robert Kennedy: why was he taken into the pantry where the Manchurian Candidate "killer", Sirhan Sirhan, was positioned?

How did this happen, and who did it?

 

 

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DIY First Aid Kit

Here's a link to some plastic hinged cases to create your own first aid kit  :-)

 

https://www.firesupplydepot.com/plastic-case-895.html#_ga=2.3335027.2309...

Have a good weekend  :-)

 

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Description of the RFK Assassination Scene

I had never really followed this topic, but find that this discussion is very interesting.

From the statement by Paul Schrade at the parole hearing of Sirhan Sirhan.

Audio recording of the shooting (lost for a decade) is rediscovered and analyzed:  2 different guns pointing in different direcctions.

... a letter written in 2012 by my good friend, Robert F. Kennedy Junior. Bobby wrote this letter to Eric Holder, who was then the Attorney General of the United States. In his letter to Mr. Holder, Bobby requests that federal authorities examine the Pruszynski Recording, the only known audio recording made of his father's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel. The recording was uncovered in 2004 at the California State Archives by CNN International senior writer Brad Johnson.



This next document is a federal court declaration from audio expert Philip Van Praag, who Johnson recruited to analyze the Pruszynski Recording.



In this document, Van Praag declares that his analysis of the recording concludes that two guns were fired in the Robert Kennedy shooting.



Van Praag found a total of 13 gunshots in the Pruszynski Recording. Sirhan's one and only gun at the crime scene held no more than eight bullets and Sirhan had no opportunity to reload it.



Van Praag also found what he calls "double-shots" -- meaning two gunshots fired so close together that they could not both have come from Sirhan's Iver Johnson Cadet revolver. ...



Additionally, he found that five of the 13 gunshots featured a unique audio resonance characteristic that could not have been produced by Sirhan's gun model, meaning those five shots were fired from a second gun of a different make.



Van Praag further found that those five gunshots were fired in a direction heading away from Pruszynski's microphone. Since the microphone was about 40 feet west of the Kennedy shooting, those five shots were fired in an eastward direction, which was opposite the westward direction that Sirhan is known to have fired his eight-shot Iver Johnson Cadet.

 

Eye witness statemtents of the two men who wrestled Sirhan into a head-lock and held his gun arm pointing upwards forcing the last 6 (of his 8 shots) into the ceiling.

... two men, Karl Uecker and Edward Minasian, escorted Robert Kennedy into the kitchen pantry immediately after the Senator delivered his victory speech in a hotel ballroom for having won the California Primary. Both Uecker and Minasian say Sirhan was in front of Bob Kennedy as the Senator walked toward Sirhan, meaning that Bob and Sirhan were facing each other.

Both witnesses say Sirhan was still in front of Bob as Sirhan fired his gun. And both say that after Sirhan fired his first two shots, Uecker quickly pushed Sirhan against a steam table, placing Sirhan in a headlock while grabbing hold of Sirhan’s firing arm, forcing the tip of Sirhan’s gun to point away from where Bob Kennedy was and causing Sirhan to fire blindly his remaining six bullets.



In other words, Sirhan only had full control of his gun at the beginning, when he fired his first two shots, one of which hit me. [SP---The author, Paul Schrade was one of the bystanders hit by Sirhan.]   Sirhan had no opportunity to fire four precisely-placed, point-blank bullets into the back of Bob Kennedy's head or body while he was pinned against that steam table and while he and Bob were facing each other.

 

The autopsy report:



This document is the official Robert Kennedy autopsy report summary. It shows that all bullets directed at Senator Kennedy were fired from behind him at point-blank range. As the autopsy states, and as these drawings show, the bullets traveled from back-to-front at steep upward trajectories. One bullet struck Senator Kennedy at the back of the head, two bullets at the right rear armpit and a fourth bullet at the right rear shoulder of his jacket, which passed harmlessly through his jacket.



Again, Sirhan's bullets could not have struck the back of Bob Kennedy's head or the back of his body or the back of his jacket's right shoulder, as the autopsy clear shows took place, because Sirhan was never in a position to administer any of those four Kennedy shots. The prosecution never placed Sirhan in that location and position.

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Cha cha cha!
Uncletommy wrote:

Glad to see that "hope-springs-eternal" amongst our engineering brethren. I wonder if it comes with a "just-add-water" on the package instructions. Perhaps I can sell them a cheaper source of energy:

 At full capacity, this plant captures 0.98 Mt-CO2/year from the atmosphere and delivers a 1.46 Mt-CO2/year stream of dry CO2 at 15 MPa. The additional 0.48 Mt-CO2/year is produced by on-site combustion of natural gas to meet all plant thermal and electrical requirements. Alternate configurations with electricity and gas input are described in the section on Heat and Mass Balance and Alternative Configurations and life cycle carbon balance in the section on Avoided Emissions and Life Cycle Accounting.

To summarize while rounding slightly: 

  • Burn 0.5 units 
  • To capture 1.0 units

The way I am going to wave my hands at all that is to say that this is an energy intensive process that, if done correctly, will take some CO2 out of the atmosphere but deliver that plus an additional 0,5 units back to the market in the form of liquid fuels.

Cha cha cha!

Two steps forward, one step back.

Did I miss something?

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Why We Should All Be Alarmed

Why We Should All Be Alarmed That Israeli Troops Are Training US Police Forces (AntiMedia)

Quote:

"Razan al-Najjar is the latest victim in Israel’s onslaught of Palestinians to go viral. The 21-year-old nurse was shot dead by a sniper. Her only weapon? A wad of medical gauze. She’d been treating protestors who’ve been rallying for their right to return to homes they were expelled from as refugees.

Unfortunately, the death of another unarmed civilian is hardly even news to Palestinians.

May 14, the day the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem in symbolic support of recognizing the city as Israel’s capital, was also the bloodiest day in this recent wave of demonstrations. In just one day, at least 50 Palestinians were killed and 2,400 more injured by the Israeli military. (Other counts put those figures even higher.)

This isn’t an anomaly. In this latest wave of demonstrations, Israeli forces have killed dozens of unarmed protesters and wounded thousands more. And they’re not apologizing.

The violence has additionally troubling implications for the United States—and not just for its foreign policy, but at home. That’s because U.S. police forces actually train extensively with the Israeli military. In fact, hundreds of federal, state, local, and even some campus law enforcement departments across the country have trained in some capacity with the Israeli forces now gunning down Palestinian protesters in droves."

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Re UPS

APC UPS are terrible. In brown out (low voltage AC mains) APC use the battery to boost the voltage. leads to excessive battery cycling causing the battery failure in less than a couple of years. A decent UPS will use a buck boost circuit to adjust the voltage. 

FWW: In my opinion the best bang for the buck in small UPS's is Xtreme Power Conversion http://www.xpcc.com

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Re: CO2 capture

"The way I am going to wave my hands at all that is to say that this is an energy intensive process that, if done correctly, will take some CO2 out of the atmosphere but deliver that plus an additional 0,5 units back to the market in the form of liquid fuels."

I have a better idea: start planting trees. Lots of them:

1. Trees will remove CO2 fro the air at no cost or energy input.

2. They provide an enviroment for wildlife.

3. Wood can be harvested for lumber, paper and other products that are biodegrable. 

The solution is less tech not more. it would also help if we stopped cutting\burning forests for farm land in the developing world.

 

 

 

 

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Notice the hydrogen input?

I think this is a scheme to turn renewable energy into liquid fuels: Hydrogen + C02 + heat = gasoline.  They hydrogen source is renewable-generated electricity?   I imagine the natural gas is used for needed heat because it's cheap, but so could the renewable electricity. 

It seems like the basic process is about 2/3 efficient, not counting the losses from using electricity to generate hydrogen or hydrogens pesky ability to escape by diffusing through even thick metal walls or the emodied energy in the facility itself.  Probably something under 50% (maybe under 40%) once all of this is counted.

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Re: CO2 to Fuel

"It seems like the basic process is about 2/3 efficient, not counting the losses from using electricity to generate hydrogen or hydrogens"

 

Sorry your way off. electrolysis (Hydrogen from water is about 85% efficient). The Fischer-Tropsch method (H2 + CO = Hydrocarbons) is about 50% efficient (less depending on the fuel produced), but there is also the conversion losses of converting CO2 into CO ( H2 + CO2 = H2O + CO). My guess is that that the overall efficiency will be about 5%. For about every 20 Megajoules you get about 1 Megajoule worth of fuel. For prospective a gallon of Gasoline has about 128 Megajoules, It would require about 2.5 GJ's to make a gallon of gasoline. The US consumes about 14Mb/d of transportation fuels. Whcih means the US would need to produce about 40 to 50 PetaJoules of electricity per day to meet US transportation fuel demand: Bottom line: its not even remotely feasible.

That said, Private car ownership is dying. Auto loan duration is creeping up. The avg. car loan is about 6 years, and most subprime auto loans are around 10 years (more than life of the car). Ford is exiting consumer car sales since they've done the math. The Next recession is going to force GM & Chrsyler back into bankruptcy again as their business model is dependant on subprime auto loans. Consider that the US subprime auto loan deliquency is at a 22 year high.

 

 

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