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  • Attorney: Hooks shot in the back and head during raid

    12/11/2014 11:56:23 AM PST · 34 of 59
    Ron/GA to TigerClaws

    This was not a case of the Swat Team going to the wrong address. David Hook’s truck (article says SUV, but I heard a truck) and a number of guns were stolen from his house the day before and reported to the sheriff. They caught the guy who did it, a known bad guy, who explained that the drugs were in the truck when he stole it (or in another car at the house and he stole the drugs from the other car).

    In any event, on the bad guy’s word, the county launched a raid the next night and killed Hooks. My sources told me that he was a nice, well respected, building contractor and farmer. This could happen to any of us.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/14/david-hooks-georgia_n_5961842.html

  • The Squeaky Wheel Complaints (Non-Payment)

    02/06/2014 7:07:02 AM PST · 4 of 5
    Ron/GA to Technical Editor

    Visited the website and sent an email. Hope it helps!

  • Why would any company only write an iPhone app?

    09/05/2013 10:28:45 AM PDT · 26 of 34
    Ron/GA to FredZarguna; chaosagent
    Comment by FredZarguna: Not one thing you say in your post is true, except that Android users require more value for their software dollar.

    That is an interesting opinion. Mine is different based on my experience(s)gained from 25 years of software development and being aware of what is going on in the industry.

    Everything changes. Sometimes quickly, as Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia shows.

    Today iOS apps gather the majority of dollars spent while only having around 15% market share. Android has 80% market share and far less revenue for developers. If, as you say, Android users require more value for their dollar, there must be far less value out there to be had.

    5 years from now, who knows where the market will be. Personally, I'm betting on Windows.

    In any event, a 1 minute Google search will provide thousands of hits supporting my opinion(s).

    Here are a few:

    The Guardian - August 15, 2013: Android Vs iOS Apps Development

    Forbes: How Much Do Average Apps Make

    Venture Beat: Android Reaches Massive 80% Market Share...

    Perhaps your above opinion should be reviewed for accuracy.
  • "Alas Babylon" codeword finally to be used?

    09/04/2013 3:45:47 AM PDT · 29 of 31
    Ron/GA to varina davis

    Hey, me too! Read it when I was about 15 and never forgot it. Even remembered the author, Pat Frank. Reread it a couple of months ago. A little dated, but still relevant with good information and a good story.

  • Why would any company only write an iPhone app?

    09/04/2013 3:27:51 AM PDT · 15 of 34
    Ron/GA to chaosagent

    Several reasons:

    There is no single version of the Android operating system. Almost every device manufacturer tweaks it in some way. It is very, very difficult to write an app that will work with every version, or that won’t be broken with any companies next release, i.e. support nightmare.

    Android users are cheap and less willing to pay anything at all for an app. (True... Google it....)

    The open environment for Android is like the Wild West and the odds are that your app will be cracked open, distributed freely and you will die broke.

    There are other reasons but the above pretty well cover it.

  • Indisputable

    08/29/2013 4:40:21 AM PDT · 9 of 29
    Ron/GA to Captain Jack Aubrey

    I use someone’s association with or support of the Democrat party as a good indicator as to their moral character.

    Now I use a belief in man-made global warming as a good indicator as to their mental capacity as well.

    These are useful and accurate tools in evaluating people.

  • Tennessee hotel named filthiest in the U.S. by TripAdvisor loses defamation suit...

    08/29/2013 4:25:34 AM PDT · 9 of 29
    Ron/GA to Chickensoup
    Actually, it did disclose the owner as Kenneth M. Seaton. Apparently, he is of questionable character. A quick google reveals bad things.

    Kenneth M. Seaton

    Be sure to read the comments!
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Earth's Major Telescopes Investigate GRB 130427A

    05/08/2013 4:05:14 AM PDT · 3 of 17
    Ron/GA to SunkenCiv

    I believe that this occured in a nearby galaxy. They’re not too many nearby universes.

  • Glyphosate ("Roundup") Responsible for Modern Human Diseases

    04/27/2013 4:13:26 AM PDT · 13 of 67
    Ron/GA to Renfield

    I read the whole thing. I did not intend to do that this early in the morning.

    After looking at the credentials of the authors and looking up the definition/meaning of the term “biosemiotics”, heretofore not in my lexicon, I thought that this was going to be environmentalist wacko crap, pure BS.

    I speak with authority as one who has joyfully sprayed gallons of Roundup over everything green that I wanted to be dead and gone. So an attack on my favorite herbicide was worth examining.

    Still, there are unexplained things going on, such as the literal explosion in autism, c-diff infections, bee colony collapse, etc., so I plowed on. By page 15, they had my attention.

    They had a tough case to make, over a tremendously broad spectrum of variables, but they did a good job. They tied numerous tendrils of unexplained smoke together to raise the legitimate issue of fire.

    The authors are not demanding that glyphosate be banned, but they do make a compelling case that many of the biologically negative things going on may have this common link and it should be examined for causation.

    I agree. I also may rethink my skepticism over organically grown food.

  • We’re not screwed? (Global warming)

    04/02/2013 6:27:27 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    Ron/GA to A_perfect_lady

    Actually, Marcott, et al., literally changed the dates, moving core samples which revealed periods of warming to the current period i.e. last 100 years.

    This was insane as Marcott had previously used them correctly in his doctoral thesis AND these cores had been used in other papers by other researchers, also with the correct dates, none of which reported a global warming catastrophe.

    It is a shame that this author wussed out and used the term “arbitrarily redated” as opposed to the truth which is “They lied”.

  • [Month old story] Investigation is "very complex" (No "assault" rifle was used at Newtown shooting,

    01/19/2013 8:15:13 PM PST · 1 of 39
    Ron/GA
  • Government Dependents Outnumber Those With Private Sector Jobs In 11 U.S. States

    12/27/2012 9:09:52 AM PST · 15 of 15
    Ron/GA to blam
    Good link to the speech mentioned in the article above:

    Pierre Poilievre, M.P, Canada - Fiscal Cliff/>
  • Fisherman, who saved lives with knot-tying to teach youngsters survival skills

    11/12/2012 8:14:56 AM PST · 7 of 14
    Ron/GA to afraidfortherepublic

    Has he never heard of the Boy Scouts?

    What he is describing is the job of “Scoutmaster”.

  • The Opportunity Gap (barf alert?)

    07/11/2012 6:12:52 AM PDT · 12 of 39
    Ron/GA to Sherman Logan

    Thank you for that excellent response!

    As automation increases exponentially, opportunities for “hewers of wood and drawers of water” will decrease proportionately.

    Aside from having already spent the next decade’s receipts, the politicians, and society, will be hard pressed to address the problems that arise when there is no work for a large percentage of the populace.

  • High School Freshman Wins Award For Pancreatic Cancer Test

    05/23/2012 6:18:51 AM PDT · 25 of 49
    Ron/GA to netmilsmom
    "Why do you need FDA approval? It’s a paper that detects a protein?"

    FDA approval is required to prove the efficacy of the test. If people are going to rely on it to tell them whether they are actually sick or not, you have to know that it works and under what conditions it works.
  • Gov. Christie: Gingrich ‘Has Been An Embarrassment To The Party’

    01/22/2012 11:06:23 AM PST · 98 of 119
    Ron/GA to GrandmaPatriot

    Megyn Kelly

    Oh no! Say it isn’t so!

  • Gov. Christie: Gingrich ‘Has Been An Embarrassment To The Party’

    01/22/2012 10:06:25 AM PST · 22 of 119
    Ron/GA to Nachum

    We need to start a list of people who have revealed themselves to be for sale or already purchased. I’ll start:

    Chris Christie
    Nikki Haley
    Britt Hume
    Karl Rove
    Ann Coulter

    Feel free to add more...

  • U.S. Top Officer: Closing Hormuz would be Red Line

    01/08/2012 3:24:05 PM PST · 14 of 40
    Ron/GA to RetiredArmy
    My understanding is that we get about 600 thousand barrels a day through the Strait of Hormuz. The price pressure we would see would be as European and Asian customers begin soliciting our supply sources to replace their halted shipments.

    Of course, the price will blip based on the emotions, but that won't last... unless the Iranians are capable of doing a better job of jamming things up than anticipated.

    Here is the latest data that I could find:

    USA Crude Oil Imports (Top 15 Countries) (Thousand Barrels per Day)
  • Vote Count Error? Did Rick Santorum Really Win the Iowa Caucuses?

    01/06/2012 3:19:06 AM PST · 14 of 23
    Ron/GA to floridarunner01

    If the counters come to believe that there are no consequences for fudging a few votes here and there, you will never have another honest election.

    The process has to be rigorously monitored ... always.

    I can’t believe that I had to tell you that!

  • Gingrich: Congress can send Capitol Police to arrest rogue judges

    12/18/2011 2:05:54 PM PST · 158 of 317
    Ron/GA to Sprite518

    There is a long history of the executive ignoring the judiciary. For example, in 1832, the US Supreme Court ruled that the state of Georgia could not impose its state laws upon Cherokee tribal lands.

    The decision, rendered by Justice John Marshall, declared the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to be illegal, unconstitutional and against treaties made.

    President Andrew Jackson, who had the executive responsibility of enforcement of the laws, stated, “John Marshall has made his decision; let him enforce it now if he can.” The matter was dropped.

  • NYT Smears Gingrich Over EMP Threat Comment

    12/14/2011 6:12:39 AM PST · 17 of 64
    Ron/GA to Pessimist

    In the kindest possible way, your comments have set a new high (or low) in being completely ignorant about the subject matter being discussed.

  • Is this for real?

    12/12/2011 1:01:24 PM PST · 21 of 61
    Ron/GA to oldfart

    Don’t click on anything inside the email. Just delete it and forget about it.

  • Gingrich hires former Rubio campaign chief Jose Mallea

    12/12/2011 9:07:27 AM PST · 10 of 15
    Ron/GA to mnehring

    Does Rubio meet the constitutional requirements to take over the presidency should the need arise?

    If Obama doesn’t, then neither does Rubio.

  • MF Global Collapse May Have "Apocalyptic" Consequences For The Eurozone

    12/10/2011 6:39:51 AM PST · 30 of 34
    Ron/GA to SatinDoll

    Thanks!

    You are correct on the advice to your nephew. I was a reluctant participant in the US Army, but, it turned out to be a life altering (in a positive way) experience.

    My kids, though, are past that stage. One is an attorney, the other a successful programmer. They have assets to lose if there is a financial collapse. I can’t get them to see beyond what the FDIC can and cannot do for them. The concepts of the ATM not working and the government grabbing their retirement funds are what I cannot get across.

    I can’t seem to formulate a plan for what they should actually do and sell it.

  • MF Global Collapse May Have "Apocalyptic" Consequences For The Eurozone

    12/10/2011 5:04:16 AM PST · 23 of 34
    Ron/GA to SatinDoll

    Disclaimer: I don’t know what I’m talking about and need Freeper guidance.

    I am a hard wired, genetically programmed prepper and a hard asset person and have been for a long time. If tshtf, I’m as good as I can be.

    However, I am surrounded by successful, soft asset, 401k, etc. people (my children, among others) who do not see the world as I see it.

    When I bring up the potential threat, they remind me about the FDIC and that if the bank(s) fails, then the next day it reopens with a new owner and name and their accounts are just as liquid and just as safe.

    Barnhardt and Zero Hedge are good but it is like pointing at cracks in a big tall building that is in New York City and isn’t relevant to their lives. While I think that it can land on their heads, I am not making the case. I need intellectual ammo.

    Could the government just provide liquidity on demand accounts, i.e. checking, passbook savings, etc. and convert all others in timed commitments like CD’s, 401k’s, etc. to a “government bond at 2-3% and no withdrawal until the government says you can” type of arrangement? (I think I just made this up but it makes sense at some level.)

    What is the scenario for these kids?

  • KYLE BASS: This Is What The End Of The Global Debt Super-Cycle Looks Like

    12/03/2011 12:35:20 PM PST · 73 of 73
    Ron/GA to Ron/GA

    Thanks again for poking me on my list. After my last response, I revisited the issue with my inventory for changes. I found one.

    Older antibiotics are the ones that the average person is going to be able to get. One fortunate aspect of this is that as they fall out of use, so does resistance thereby giving them a little bit more efficacy.

    I mentioned staph and the difficulty in getting vancomycin. I had totally forgotten “Bactrim”, or generic trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole combination.

    An old standard for urinary tract and skin infections, I found a fairly recent study that had a cure rate of 86% against staph or MRSA versus a 98% cure with vancomycin.

    Better odds than I would have thought and certainly a good enough reason to add a Bactrim equivalent to the priority list.

  • KYLE BASS: This Is What The End Of The Global Debt Super-Cycle Looks Like

    12/02/2011 5:37:09 PM PST · 70 of 73
    Ron/GA to blam

    Oh, good catch. Put doxycycline in the must have category, I should have gone and looked at my stocks instead of winging it. Birdbiotic, 200mg Blue Capsules.

    Cipro, yes, good to have, primarily for gastro in my world. My mother had diverticulosis and cipro was the choice if her temp started going up. She died 2 years ago and it has faded from my radar. I have some and some oflaxacin but would still put it in the nice to have but lower priority category.

    We could go for days on this. Antibiotics are the most important but there are lots of others, maintenance drugs, etc. that are nice to keep around if shelf stable... nitroglycerin for example, insulin too... won’t last long. The initial die off from chronic conditions will be severe if supplies are interrupted for more than a month. No good answers here.

    Dermal infections will be a big problem between poor sanitation and increased physical/outdoor activity. The risk of a staph infection is one thing that I do worry about. Vancomycin does not come or administer easily. Having had a staph infection that took IV Vancomycin to finally knock out, I know it’s out there. But there is a limit to what you can do.

    Sorry, running stream of thought here. I’ll check out the blog that you mentioned. Thanks a lot!

  • KYLE BASS: This Is What The End Of The Global Debt Super-Cycle Looks Like

    12/02/2011 4:47:13 PM PST · 68 of 73
    Ron/GA to blam

    I don’t know if he specifically stated that in the book.

    The need was certainly presented. I have a medical background and was/am already aware of the need for antibiotics. I keep, refrigerated,

    Must have (and in this order of priority):
    amoxicillin
    metronidazole
    azithromycin
    cephalosporin (any generation I can get)
    erythromycin

    Nice to have:
    ampicillin
    penicillin
    pen-vk

    and, when I can lay my hands on it, due to expense and/or difficulty in getting a generic at a reasonable cost:
    augmentin
    suprax
    clarithromycin
    linezolid

    I would and have used veterinary stocks of the above without hesitation.

    There are a number of wholesalers that you can get the above from. Your source that you mentioned is a good one. I get most of my supplies from off shore now. Usually about 10% of the cost here unless it is one of the $4/mo drugs that are available now.

    I keep everything at about 40 degrees and don’t worry about shelf life until there is a change in structure, color or odor.

    I have a field surgery kit (only about $40) with extra sutures, gloves, sterile pads, alcohol, betadine, etc. Nice to have if you know how to use it.

    Injectables: tough area here, limited shelf life, cost etc. BUT if you need them, you need them. I keep epinephrine and lidocaine.

    The above may seem like overkill but until the advent of antibiotics, a lot of folks died from things that we don’t even think about now. At the turn of the 19th century, dental infections were the 5th leading cause of death. I’m a bit of a history buff and the number of 18th century families that had 6 children and 1 who survived was pretty common. I could not bear that. YMMV

  • KYLE BASS: This Is What The End Of The Global Debt Super-Cycle Looks Like

    12/02/2011 6:47:17 AM PST · 63 of 73
    Ron/GA to jpsb

    Sorry for the late response.

    I wish I lived on a bay. I have a private well, drilled for Y2k, but if the power is out, I either make a lot of noise with a generator or haul water up a quart at the time.

    .22 Ammo is a good thing to have in large quantities... for protection, game and trading. I don’t really want to give anyone 7.62 rounds in trade. If I could trade BB’s, I would.

    If you haven’t read “One Second After”, I highly recommend it.

    The author is a smart guy who carefully considered and laid out the initial stresses and deterioration of society in the first few days of a collapse of services that, while caused by EMP in the book, could be caused by any number of events... such as this financial situation.

    Newt Gingrich wrote the forward. Newt also brought up the danger of an EMP strike in the last debate as being the greatest external threat that we faced.

  • KYLE BASS: This Is What The End Of The Global Debt Super-Cycle Looks Like

    12/02/2011 6:29:33 AM PST · 61 of 73
    Ron/GA to cherry

    I’m with you.

    I love my grand kids enough that I am going to ramp up my “prepper” behavior from eccentric to evangelical.

    Your truck - at that age - is actually a very good idea. I need to get me one of those.

  • Cain Fighting Back

    12/01/2011 12:41:16 PM PST · 19 of 53
    Ron/GA to VinL

    I would like to see the record of calls/texts on her phone for the last 4 weeks.

    Who she is talking to during this period would be really interesting.

  • If Gingrich is the answer, Tea Party has failed

    12/01/2011 10:59:15 AM PST · 185 of 215
    Ron/GA to nathanbedford
    At the end of the day the Tea Party will embrace Newt Gingrich. To assume that the Tea Party was about a checklist of conservative principles is to misunderstand the energizing impulse that created and sustains the tea party. The tea party is aroused because they feel, quite reasonably, that their country is slipping away and the danger is not remote but imminent and catastrophic.

    Very well said. Thank you.
  • KYLE BASS: This Is What The End Of The Global Debt Super-Cycle Looks Like

    12/01/2011 10:28:46 AM PST · 36 of 73
    Ron/GA to jpsb

    The problem is that, if things get rough, they will remember your advice and assume that you took your own advice.

    Therefore, you must have stuff put away. They will want a share of the stuff that they believe that you have.

    That could get serious.

  • KYLE BASS: This Is What The End Of The Global Debt Super-Cycle Looks Like

    12/01/2011 9:39:02 AM PST · 19 of 73
    Ron/GA to LibLieSlayer

    It was your comment about rebuilding now that got my attention.

    Having just finished the book, “One Second After”, about an EMP strike, now I’m concerned about more than just the dollar, which I will agree is done for.

    I seem to be genetically predisposed to believe that I should grab all of the toothpaste on the rack in case it is not there the next time I come by.

    However, no one listens to me now. As a serious prepper for Y2k, my credibility is pretty much shot as far as giving anyone advice on the future.

    I visited my daughter in Atlanta over Thanksgiving and looked in her pantry. She has two small children and going to the grocery store is entertainment. I counted 7 cans total and no dried staples.

    Her eyes glazed over when I said something about her putting in some non-perishable items and water. Being surrounded by 3 million people who might compete with her for food, water, etc. does not bother her.

    I will have plenty, but I doubt that her family could get to me if anything major happens.

    I get a lot of things right, but I always underestimate how hard people will work to keep things the way they are, to maintain the “status quo”. If that means ignoring potential trouble, they will do it. I don’t know how to wake them up.

  • KYLE BASS: This Is What The End Of The Global Debt Super-Cycle Looks Like

    12/01/2011 8:53:03 AM PST · 7 of 73
    Ron/GA to LibLieSlayer
    What we had better do is admit that our leaders have screwed up everything that came before them... and we need to start to rebuild NOW!

    I believe that you are right.

    However, I have to admit that I'm unable to see any way to "rebuild", especially starting now.

    Seriously, how do we do this?

  • If Gingrich is the answer, Tea Party has failed

    12/01/2011 8:34:35 AM PST · 55 of 215
    Ron/GA to Fred

    Let me offer another opinion on Newt.

    For the last decade, Newt has been wandering in the wilderness - trying to stay both relevant and solvent. That makes for strange bedfellows as different interests align and then break apart.

    I wrote him off after the global warming episode. That was really stupid. Then his position on single payer insurance just nailed the lid on tighter. Yes, it is the “humane” thing to do, but no nation can afford it.

    I regretted it but I felt that we did not need another political opportunist... even a really smart one.

    I first met Newt back in the 80’s when I heard him give an answer on problems in education and offer a plan for teaching kids to read that just nailed it. I thought, wow, if that guy ever runs for president, I’m on board. Then, his career peaked or crashed and he went off the radar.

    After the Nancy Pelosi debacle, I didn’t pay any attention to him until these debates of the last few months. Romney was slick, but, too slick. Newt was the “adult” in the room.

    I have come to the belief that he is a the right choice for right now because he really does know the right answers.

    With his deep, deep sense of history and this being his moment, I do not believe that he would veer to the left. If anything, I think that he realizes that we are out of time and a historically great president is needed.

    To save the Republic, we need someone who understands the system, has a perspective that allows them to make tough decisions and is to be able to communicate the reasons why and squelch the opposition. It is a rare ability... and he has it.

    There is not another person on the horizon who can do what we need.

    That said, out of pure self interest, I’m going to forgive his sins and get behind him.

  • Ballots with Obama's name facing more legal challenges (Georgia)

    11/30/2011 4:07:57 AM PST · 21 of 31
    Ron/GA to Smokeyblue
    Kemp ran as a Republican.

    Sadly, from personal knowledge, it appears that he is either "for sale" or ambitious with political expediency as his moral foundation. The phrase "ethically challenged" for he and at least one of his senior staff comes to mind.

    In any event, do not expect any uncompensated action to come from his office.
  • Rossi opens 10 KW expression of interest list and sets 10 kW price

    11/22/2011 8:12:51 PM PST · 10 of 93
    Ron/GA to Kevmo

    I’m in for three of them.

    It will be interesting to watch this phase develop.

  • Witness to Alleged Rape WILL Coach for PSU on Sat. [Sandusky]

    11/10/2011 9:09:03 AM PST · 11 of 105
    Ron/GA to iowamark

    I agree. To me, the key question for McQueary is “Why didn’t you stop him?”

  • Hillary Clinton polls ahead of GOP frontrunners (Not that it matters, but still...)

    10/27/2011 12:54:14 PM PDT · 9 of 33
    Ron/GA to SeekAndFind
    This is just priming the pump.

    Obama will NOT be the Democratic candidate. Too much baggage. Probably he will come down with Parkinson's or some similar affliction.

    Hillary will be "drafted" and this is the beginning of the media campaign to convince the public that the overwhelming majority of voters support her.

    Just watch....
  • 1MW Plant Testing Underway

    10/24/2011 6:37:15 AM PDT · 62 of 151
    Ron/GA to Toadman
    Saying that you don't believe in something establishes you as a "prudent" skeptic and is professionally acceptable.

    Saying that you do believe in something establishes you as a fool or a gullible person, at least in the eyes of the "prudent" skeptic.

    For some reason, "prudent skeptics" are very vocal and obsessive in their opinions and condemnations.

    For example, Linus Pauling subjected the newest Nobel prize winner in chemistry, Dan Shechtman, to career damaging scorn and ridicule for 20 years until events and evidence proved that Shechtman was right.

    Persistence pays off for crystal chemist

    I guess Pauling can say "Oops, my bad." in apology.

    That said, most professionals have learned to keep their mouths shut until the events and evidence overwhelm one side or the other.

    Particularly, when the premise is already viewed negatively by the prevailing consensus of opinion.

    In any event, I bet that DARPA and numerous other "initial" agencies are watching this technology closely.
  • 1MW Plant Testing Underway

    10/24/2011 6:03:38 AM PDT · 61 of 151
    Ron/GA to Johnny B.

    He is not soliciting money from the public... as far as I’ve heard or seen. Only from companies that ought to have the smarts and resources to do the appropriate due diligence.

    If he is running a scam, he is not very good at it.

    In any event, there are many LENR projects that can be indentified on the net, so there is a lot of smoke out there. There must be a little fire as well.

    We’ll soon find out... I hope.

  • 1MW Plant Testing Underway

    10/24/2011 5:14:58 AM PDT · 58 of 151
    Ron/GA to Mycroft Holmes
    I am an inventor and engineer who has been ripped off to the tune of some very big money so I get, in a visceral sort of way, Rossi’s secrecy. At the same time I certainly wouldn’t be investing any money in the invention; proof of anything appears thin on the ground and all of my scam detectors are quivering.

    I understand your feelings. Been there myself.

    But is it possible that our all too common experience is driving Rossi's actions? Here is the way that I see it.

    Most people don't realize that a patent is very much a two edged sword. It only gives you, the patent holder, the right to sue. The identifying of anyone using your patented rights is your problem, as is the expense of seeking a remedy.

    In order to get that "right to sue", you have to reveal everything and put it in the public domain.

    18 months after you file for your patent, whether it is granted or not, it all becomes public knowledge. Even then, your patent rights only run for 20 years.

    If Coca-Cola had been patented in it's first year of 1886, the formula would have been public property 18 years later, in 1904.

    At that point, the Coca Cola Company would have had to rely on marketing alone... at best.

    In all probability, since the formula would have been revealed at the beginning, the imitators, with slight tweaks to the formula, would have already crushed them.

    Trade Secrets have their place.

    This, I believe, is Rossi's problem.

    After following this closely for the last year, I think that he is aware that a patent is not going to save him from the Chinese (or even me).

    If someone can buy Ni65, 50 micron powder for $30 per kilo (retail), generate a little hydrogen and then put it together with parts mostly available in any auto parts store, what do they need him for?

    Oh yeah, the catalyst(s). Well, that "cat" will be out of the bag as soon as his product hits the market.

    Remember, if you will, that, after he was unable to get the US Patent Office to accept his filing, he was trying to come up with a way to have it self-destruct. If someone tried to open up his little reaction chamber, he definitely did not want them to see what is inside.

    That tells you two things. One is that whatever is inside is not dangerous, i.e. not radioactive, bio-active, etc. The other is that it is probably pretty simple and easily obtained.

    Why else would he need to go to that length to keep anyone from finding out what is in there?

    Now, if his device was very complex and/or his catalyst(s) were very esoteric and not easily obtained, he might succeed in coming up with a way to protect them and thereby profit.

    However, based on his actions, I don't think that they are and I believe that this is the reason that he has been so vague and seemingly slack in the testing methodology that the public has seen.

    During this time, he has been desperately trying to figure out how to protect it and profit from it.

    If he had presented the world with positive test results based on the methodologies that everyone here is condemning him for NOT using, then everyone would believe him.

    The downside to that is that anyone with a garage (or a lab) would be building their own - if they are not already.

    He has a real problem. If he can't lock this technology down, and apparently he can't, then he knows that it will be impossible to attract investors and make any significant money.

    Any potential investor, with just a little due diligence, will realize that there is no way to protect the technology and their investment, and back away.

    This is what I believe is driving Rossi's actions. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

    This scenario explains all that we have seen over the last year and, I believe, is very plausible. Your mileage may vary!
  • T-Paw’s Five Greatest Challenges (The 5 questions Pawlenty must answer, and fast!)

    05/24/2011 8:19:34 AM PDT · 23 of 36
    Ron/GA to SeekAndFind

    On Pawlenty’s watch, as chief executive of the state, the Dems stole the senatorial election and put Al Franken in.

    What makes anyone think that he will be able to do any better as the chief executive of the nation where the Dems are even more corrupt and there is much more at stake?

    Until he can explain that one, I’m out.

  • Safe, Cheap Nuclear: Thorium Fluoride Reactors

    05/22/2011 7:11:02 PM PDT · 23 of 60
    Ron/GA to neverdem
    The Chinese have made it the cornerstone of their future power generation strategy.

    China leading the way with thorium"
  • John Boehner: Cut 'trillions' as debt limit nears

    05/09/2011 4:52:15 PM PDT · 14 of 30
    Ron/GA to Hojczyk

    I have told my representatives “It’s the spending, stupid.”

    Raising the debt ceiling means that spending continues out of control.

    There is no sane justification for ANY more increase in the national debt and Congress should just quit any discussion of raising the debt limit and raising taxes.

    With these options out of the way, Congress will be forced to get down to the business of prioritizing and allocating the revenues that they have.

    This is the only solution. Cut up the credit card... now.

    Any other vote on their part proves that they are not up to the job and will need to be quickly replaced.

    Not another dime....

  • The Democrat Debt Mess

    04/19/2011 6:36:15 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    Ron/GA to Armando Guerra
    Excellent, excellent point!

    What I don't get is that Jim DeMint and other Republicans have threatened to block raising the debt ceiling unless a balanced-budget amendment is passed. If they were serious they would just vote no and have a defacto balanced budget amendment.
  • Joule Unlimited On Track To Beat All Known Biofuel Processes

    03/02/2011 6:15:10 PM PST · 53 of 73
    Ron/GA to Wonder Warthog
    It looks like you need 3 sq. feet per gallon in land area.

    So for my 1000 gallons a year (20 gal per week)I need to allocate 3000 sq feet of land. That works for me.

    Now when does their patent run out?
  • Alabamans steaming on tanker deal

    02/24/2011 10:04:39 PM PST · 17 of 18
    Ron/GA to trumandogz
    Would you happen to know where European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company is headquartered?

    Not until you asked the question, so I checked.

    European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company - EADS N.V. (the company and together with its subsidiaries, the “EADS Group”) is a Dutch company, which is listed in France, Germany and Spain.

    Also, based on the list at this website, they have many locations in the US... but not in Chicago. Their mistake.

    EADS in the US
  • Alabamans steaming on tanker deal

    02/24/2011 7:52:58 PM PST · 8 of 18
    Ron/GA to sukhoi-30mki

    I don’t think Washington state is very important in this deal. The fact that Boeing moved it’s corporate headquarters to Chicago a while back and is now local to Obama and the boys (and girls) is probably having more of an impact in this somehow.