Skip to comments.Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.
Posted on 09/07/2008 8:18:55 AM PDT by kralcmot
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Not to worry, they'll be sucking up to here in no time.
This says a lot about Oakland.
Here in rural OR, I just make sure my .38 is loaded. Enough of us do that so the robbery never starts...
And just when is this going to start?
That was a dig at Ron Dellums, now mayor of Oakland. Willie always despised Dellums and co., and is a good friend of Jerry Brown (yes, “governor moonbeam”) who was in fact one of Oaklands best mayors. Dellums crew is basically pillaging and burning down all that Jerry Brown did.
Dellums is just as corrupt as Brown, but much less intelligent. And his machine is 100% thugs, weirdos and cretins.
Cindy? Cindy WHOM?
GWB and Cheney never stood up to them or held them to account for their lies. It is one of the things that disappointed me so about Bush. He would not stand up for himself or his actions, he just ignored the media and the dims and let them pound away time after time.
To be honest it is not just a failing of Bush, Republicans in general have not stood up to the media or dims for their attacks. I think one of the major components of Palin’s appeal is that she will stand up to both the media and the dims. That is why she is being so viciously attacked, the cry babies are not used to being called on their crap.
Cindy mcCain maybe who knows
The equation is relatively simple - get this country back into the business of PRODUCING energy, enough energy that we have some to export.
We have the resources, we have the means, we have the technology, what we need is the will to construct the infrastructure (a source of a CONSIDERABLE number of well-paying jobs) and the determination that we will pull up the energy out of sources now largely overlooked, and be the good stewards of the earth at the same time.
The equation for balance of resources to the energy extracted is only partly filled in now. The endless benefice of precipitation, which falls on the just and unjust alike, and of sunshine, can be harnessed in so many more ways than it already is. There is that almost magic intermediary, the ability of green growing plants to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it in the the fraction of the atmosphere that sustains us, oxygen, and into a fixed form of carbon called carbohydrates, sugar, starches, cellulose, lignin, and the building blocks of both fats and proteins. All of these substances are the source of energy and growth of plants for those hours of the day the sun does not shine, and ALL of the time for the rest of us. In fact, this range of compounds is produced in such profusion, that much of it just recycles itself back into its elemental parts and is reformed again and again, without any human assistance at all, in vastly greater numbers and quantities than all the human endeavor in the world can muster.
There IS a waste stream from human activity, but up to now, the earth has been able to take this waste stream and reduce it down to its basic fractions, to build it up again. We are a lot smarter now (well, some of us) than we were, say, fifty or a hundred years ago. We have always depended on the action of microbes to erase the effects of our waste stream. But we know how to duplicate some of the effects of this microbiological waste reduction, and in some cases, it is economically feasible to put it into operation.
A lot of the waste stream from human activity is, well, rather yucky. How about, we begin to apply a little of what we already know, and turn this waste stream into something clean and useful, free of pathogens, and leaving nothing harmful to spill out into marshes and waterways that feed the aquifers that provides our drinking water?
Something called Thermal Depolymerization, which has been used at industrial level, can be fed a slurry of organic matter and some water, into a retort which is sealed up, and the temperature raised to somewhere between 600º F. and 900º F. under a pressure maintained between two and five times atmospheric (30 to 75 pounds per square inch) for a period of about two hours. Presto chango, out comes a substance called “kerogen” which resembles crude oil, except it is not gritty and dirty like the crude oil pumped up out of the ground, and is ready for immediate refining and processing into a wide range of products we already extract from petroleum. The other product is water that is mostly a little brackish. It contains all of the minerals that were part of the organic material that went into the retort originally. With minimal additional treatment, this water is sufficiently safe to dump back into the water table, where it provides nutrients for the plants in the marshes and streams.
If you want to kick things up a notch, and destroy HUGE quantities of the waste stream rather quickly, there is something called Plasma Arc Trash Reduction. This technology already exists as well, and is a way to convert waste to energy. Not merely incineration, the heart of the design is ia a plasma arc, which when initiated, generates temperatures about three times the surface heat of the sun, some 33,000º F. When the coarsely shredded waste stream is fed into this blazing arc, everything organic is converted to elemental hydrogen and carbon monoxide, the stable forms at these elevated temperature. Everything else is stripped down to elemental form, which may either be the element itself, or an oxide of that element. The temperature of the mixed hydrogen and carbon monoxide, known as syngas, is about 2,300º F. and is drawn out of the reaction chamber, used to drive turbines that drive generaters. The syngas is then burned as fuel to fire up additional power generators. When the operation is up to optimum, it is generating about three to four times the amount of electrical energy needed to maintain the plasma arc. While all this syngas is being formed and drawn off to drive the power generators, there is white-hot slag being drawn off at the bottom of the reaction chamber, and depending on how it is cooled, forms an obsidian-like silica compound, like that formed by a volcano. This is an end result of all the trash that was thrown into the arc, much of which was stone and concrete rubble, and all the metallic elements and their oxides are dissolved in this silica compound. This substance is in fact an excellent ore for recovery of many of these elements, as they tend to separate out in discrete layers within the silica. For some elements, it is a more pure and concentrated form than that used in mining methods around the world now, so this is an excellent way to recycle so many things we now simply discard altogether.
Since most of the product is a form of silica, rather like glass, it may be broken up into finer granulations and used as building material, as concrete or aggregate for asphalt paving. Or it could be hot-formed into building blocks, a durable and fireproof material for construction of structures and housing.
These processes require some input of energy, and the cheapest and cleanest source we have is natural gas. This is part of the intermediary steps we have to take to get to real energy independence. The truth is, there are HUGE amounts of natural gas to be recovered, and we have scarcely begun. One of the precursors of natural gas, and the source of the deposits that do exist, is a substance called Methane Hydrate, a strange compound that is the result of maintaining methane, from the decomposition of organic material, under pressure while in water that is at 38º Fahrenheit, the temperature of almost all water at depths of greater than about 1,500 feet in the ocean. This substance that forms looks rather like ice. Not quite crystalline, it is amorphous, that has the methane molecules trapped in a lattice between the water molecules. Learn how to recover this substance on an economically feasible basis, and there is an endless supply of energy that can be harvested from the ocean floor.
Then there is coal. If left in place in the ground, and a flame is ignited and fed with oxygen plus water, syngas, the same substance mentioned above, is formed and drawn out of the ground, to power generators without having to mine the coal first, avoiding all its inherent dangers to men and the environment.
Thanks for the insight. It goes to prove I was correct forty years ago when I left the Bay area after a brief residency.
Not even pretending to be impartial anymore. The sooner the MSM dies the better.
Watching the media attack Palin is like watching 50 one legged men at a ass kicking contest.
Willie Brown has always been a very smart politician. I'm glad to see his take on Sarah is by way of warning the Dems that she's the real thing.
The excitement of her nomination is continuing to build, and I don’t think the Dems can blunt it. There have even asked Hillary to start attacking Sarah.
I don't think Willie is trying to be honest. Nobody in politics can tell a lie and make it seem like the truth better than Willie Brown. There is a different motive here. A lot of Black leaders have been neglected with the ascension and coronation of Obama. The press doesn't seek them out any more and fawn over every word they utter. The old-time Black Democrats resent Obama for taking all the glory.
Just wait until Obama looses the election. It's going to look like a turf fight in the 'hood on a Saturday night.
Ah. ok. I never even thought of her. LOL!