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Posts by Andrewksu

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  • The Cook Report: A Laughingstock

    07/29/2011 8:00:56 AM PDT · 1 of 12
  • Solar Costs Getting Harder To Cut

    12/15/2010 11:56:54 AM PST · 21 of 29
    Andrewksu to ClearCase_guy
    Solar/wind are only a small part of being off grid. If you have a traditionally built home, dropping $20K plus is not a problem, if you design and build specifically for off grid, your system costs come down into the $5k range, which is about how much it costs to run a power line on rural properties.

    Heating is usually not the problem, but cooling can't be done with a wood stove and requires quite a bit of energy if you aren't careful about how you build the house.

    My wife and I are both architects and are planning such a home now. We are also helping a few other families to plan their off grid or very low draw grid homes now. If anyone is interested, freep mail me and I can offer some help.

  • Stealth IRS changes mean millions of new tax forms

    07/21/2010 2:21:15 PM PDT · 80 of 81
    Andrewksu to Jack Hydrazine
    Not sure about the 2/3rds, probably 40-50 though.

    The issues are separate, tax on one hand spending on the other. I am all for cutting spending back to the constitutionally allowed roles of the government. It is amazing to think about how much we have tread on the constitution and how much of what our government does is on the wrong side of that.

    My argument for the fair tax stands whether spending is cut or not, HOWEVER, I think the fair tax will encourage voters to hold their representatives to account for the crazy spending. By seeing and feeling the whole tax load on every purchase, people will be more apt to get angry. Right now many don't see all of the money that they pay. They don't see the increased cost of products due to corporate taxes. The Fair Tax will not increase what you spend on taxes, but will make it painfully obvious how much we have been spending to support these clowns and freeloaders.

    With regards to them not going for it, they better get the clue fast. We must gather our forces, convince our friends, neighbors and families and DEMAND that they change it. IF we gather a majority of people that want these changes, but the politicians ignore our demands, they must go. By election preferably, but ultimately the government must represent us or it is our duty to change it. I think if you looked into the FT a bit more, you might come to my side, but we are already on the same side with regards to spending and the position on our out of control government.

  • Stealth IRS changes mean millions of new tax forms

    07/21/2010 10:31:25 AM PDT · 63 of 81
    Andrewksu to Jack Hydrazine; exDemMom

    How can you insure a Flat tax won’t be manipulated? Flat taxes still require you (and businesses)to file the evermore invasive income filings, detailing every source of revenue and expenditure. None of the governments’ business! Flat taxes still tax behavior that we want to encourage (earning, saving, & investing). Flat taxes leave the IRS with full power.

    The Fair Tax is ONLY levied on NEW items at point of CONSUMER purchase. It does not tax earnings, savings, or investments. Does not tax used items or used property. Does not require you to file any earnings report. Does not steal money from your paycheck before you see it. It cuts the IRS by 90%, with their activity being directed towards verifying business sales tax filings.

    Fair tax also neuters politicians, since they cannot give state or federal tax credits to corporations in exchange for support.

    Please look into the Fair Tax more thoroughly before dismissing it.

  • Breakthrough Achieved in Explaining Why Tectonic Plates Move the Way They Do

    07/16/2010 10:38:17 AM PDT · 35 of 41
    Andrewksu to decimon
    Reunite Pangea
  • New battery could change world, one house at a time

    06/22/2010 5:37:51 AM PDT · 130 of 130
    Andrewksu to Ellendra

    I am writing a book on going off grid and have a collection of info on micro hydro, solar, wind, design, construction etc. If you have the resource, it’s a great and affordable solution. Heck, you can get cranking with an old alternator and upgrade from there.

    Any interested Freeper can email me and I’ll send what I can.

  • Pelosi Paying $18K a Month for New San Francisco Office

    06/21/2010 11:58:44 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    Andrewksu to Bad~Rodeo; centurion316

    It is fitting that the building was $100 million over budget, a year late, ultra green, but can’t get LEED (green rating) accredited, and absolutly uncomfortable for almost all employees.

    Elevator doesn’t stop at all floors to encourage (or in their Cass Sunstein language “nudge”) fat workers to take the stairs.

    No heating or air conditioning except for executive offices.

    Daylight at every workstation (workers have to use umbrellas to fend off blinding hot sun).

    Cafeteria was placed in far off building to force people to walk there.

    Welcome to the new world folks!

  • Household Solar Power – Don’t Believe The Hype

    01/30/2010 8:05:17 AM PST · 19 of 71
    Andrewksu to thinking

    Trackers are not necessarily the best way to go, in the south trackers may pay for themselves, but in the north, it’s more cost efficient to have a manual adjustment only for the seasons. Newer panels work better in cloudy, and partly shady conditions.

    If going off grid, the best solution is to use a wind/solar hybrid, little bit of both. When wind is high, sun is probably unavailable, and vice versa. If you are building out in the sticks, you can save $5000-$20,000+ in costs to run power lines, so it starts to justify itself in those situations.

    If you have access to a stream or a pond with some vertical drop, micro hydro is the best bang for the buck. Plus you can use old alternators and do a very inexpensive DIY project.

    Basically it’s not that great for making you feel warm and fuzzy or if you want something free. It is quite doable for those looking to be self sufficient.

  • Charlie Cook: Dems’ Hold On House ‘Increasingly Precarious’

    01/29/2010 5:30:02 PM PST · 20 of 33
    Andrewksu to Nonstatist

    He is left, but mostly from being in the beltway for his adult life. He does a pretty good job of seeing the facts for what they are, and then relaying that, where other spin to derail or make themselves feel better.

  • Charlie Cook: Brown Win ‘Air-Raid Siren’ For Democrats

    01/22/2010 9:03:57 AM PST · 28 of 32
    Andrewksu to nwrep
    From personal experience with Charlie, he usually is correct with his predictions, but misses the underlying reasons why. He is wrapped up in the Beltway gaming system and has no real understanding of true conservatives motives.

    Regarding the McCain quote, he said that he would take up bagging groceries! With Obama driving the economy, that might not be that bad of a job.

  • Mass Firings? Withholding Taxes? There is a Revolution Percolating

    12/31/2009 6:52:28 AM PST · 20 of 20
    Andrewksu to justa-hairyape

    Yes, and they are using our taxpayer dollars to buy votes on bills that are counter to the majority of people, a la “the Louisiana Purchase” and “Omaha Stakes”.

    Our government has been wasting our dollars for many years, but now our tax dollars to dismantle this country and it’s constitution.

    We must now DEMAND that all legislation, standing and pending, be held to strict orientalist constitutional standards. If it don’t pass, it don’t pass. Chaos would ensue, as most of the Federal Government and it’s programs would be shut down. It’s the only way we can make good on our debts and keep our country solvent and our freedoms intact.

  • Mass Firings? Withholding Taxes? There is a Revolution Percolating

    12/30/2009 8:38:21 PM PST · 14 of 20
    Andrewksu to ClearCase_guy

    Quite a stupid idea if you ask me, way to turn people against small biz and into the arms of FEDZILLA. A more effective approach would be for small business owners to organize together, then end withholdings and stop remitting taxes to the IRS.

    It would take big brass ones, and coordination of many businesses and individuals, but a tax revolt is the only way to go. That monthly revenue stream being cutoff would bring DC to a halt quick. It might also bring retaliation, but many are expecting that anyways.

    After the latest round of crap: INTERPOL Executive Order, the Clean Water Restoration Act (gives FEDS control of almost all water!), and of course the Health Care Bill, I have had it.

    I am up for it, who’s next.

  • Why baptize children at young age of 8?

    09/25/2009 7:22:37 PM PDT · 22 of 119
    Andrewksu to Colofornian

    You might also take into account that 100 years ago, children of 8 were quite mature. Probably the equivalent of 16yo or better compared to today’s youth.

  • Scots Guards Pipes and Drums Perform at Pentagon

    09/25/2009 6:43:52 PM PDT · 4 of 31
    Andrewksu to centurion316


  • Charlie Cook- increasingly unlikely any sort of comprehensive health care reform will pass this yr

    08/27/2009 2:25:50 PM PDT · 16 of 25
    Andrewksu to centurion316


    Cog doesn’t seem clouded by the general media smoke screen.

  • Cash For Clunkers Rules Chart + Video Of Dealers Destroying Perfectly Good Cars (Video)

    08/01/2009 10:47:59 PM PDT · 82 of 95
    Andrewksu to Talkradio03

    I think this is a great visual representation of what we are doing to our country!!!! Uggghhhh I cannot express how much this thinking bothers me.

  • Walmart Considers 3 GW Solar Deployment for Its Stores

    07/31/2009 9:39:05 PM PDT · 59 of 66
    Andrewksu to JRandomFreeper

    Much thanks. I have a decent collection on construction, gardening, livestock, and practical trades, but lean on surveying and ground water. Also have the Foxfire series which is great.

  • Walmart Considers 3 GW Solar Deployment for Its Stores

    07/31/2009 9:04:27 PM PDT · 56 of 66
    Andrewksu to JRandomFreeper

    Any particular books you recommend? Site work is my weakest point, and is one of the areas where generic advice just doesn’t cut it.

  • Walmart Considers 3 GW Solar Deployment for Its Stores

    07/31/2009 8:55:15 PM PDT · 52 of 66
    Andrewksu to chimera

    Are you building new? You would be surprised how a well design home with modern insulation can hold heat. Some small super efficient cabins can stretch a cord all winter.

    I have some good calculators for solar hours, what’s your zip? I also have a great program that allows you to enter all of you loads, and all of your inputs (wind/solar/micro hydro/generator) and it will show at what times of day/year you are short on input or storage. Contact me if you would like to know more.

  • Walmart Considers 3 GW Solar Deployment for Its Stores

    07/31/2009 8:45:15 PM PDT · 50 of 66
    Andrewksu to JRandomFreeper

    Yes, it was chosen purely for looks. I would probably choose the same as you, just on or at the bottom of a slope in a valley. Need some fertile ground for gardens, and protection from harsh winter winds.