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Good analysis. Perhaps utilities should charge a fixed cost based on the amperage of the service entrance provided and a variable cost for the generation of an incremental KWHr. Solar enthusiasts would then have to pay the fixed cost monthly or install backup generators or batteries (or both). Probably will be a wakeup call to lots of folks. Personally, I think solar is a great way to provide power to off-shore buoys and other remote applications, but overall doesn't make much economic sense. It may intermittently reduce pollution and conserve fuels for future generations.
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Attacking Israel with the Big Lie: Genocide

SamT2 Wrote: Jul 16, 2014 7:37 AM
Israel's restraint is admirable from a humanity standpoint, but probably bad strategy. In WWII, the Japanese forces were prepared to fight to the last man, island by island, in the Samurai tradition, which would have cost the US military many thousands of lives. Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki did little to neutralize the military, but very quickly convinced the government that this wasn't a war worth continuing. In Germany, fire bombing Dresden and another city was at least partly responsible for coming to terms of German surrender. To paraphrase Goldie Maier, "We will reach peace with Islam when the Islamic mothers love their children more than they hate us." It may ultimately be necessary to show them that this choice is clearly before them.
Several armed police does not provide much protection, since they can be recognized and taken out by a determined nut. But knowing that some number of teachers may be packing would seem a deterrent that could discourage a nut case as well a bring things to a halt before too many children were hurt.
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The Paranoids are Back

SamT2 Wrote: Jun 28, 2014 6:52 AM
Mr. Greenberg - hog-wash. Education of a state's children is and must remain the domain of the state
Certainly sounds like an act of war. Surely this helicopter knew it was on the wrong side of the border if it had the technology on-board to shoot at border agents in the dark. Perhaps we should deploy anti-aircraft missiles along the border, keep an active radar search for any aircraft approaching the border and fire when such a crossing occurs. My guess is after one or two such incidents, this attack on our national sovereignty would diminish greatly. A similar treatment should be applied to ground troop invasions.
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The Aged Cheese Stink

SamT2 Wrote: Jun 22, 2014 6:34 AM
What amazes me is after thousands of years of aging cheese on wooden planks, and to my knowledge no link to diseases or illnesses caused by such, anyone would do more than laugh at the idiocy of our current government regulators - then vote in representatives to throw the bums out and return to sanity.
This article is pure fiddle-fuddle. Maybe Paul G is jealous that Ann has a following who actually read what she writes.
I do not understand "Put black families first." My impression is in this country all are to be treated equally under the law, no firsts, seconds, or thirds. If black families need a boost, there are charities dedicated to helping those who are in need and show a willingness and dedication to using that help to move forward. The needy part of black community needs to shoulder its part of this responsibility.
I agree with the concepts of this article. But I hope the solution will indeed be to fire the bad teachers, not move them to good schools. I have long observed that it is easier to bring equality by pulling down the good instead of pulling up the poor. I also believe that our country and the progress of mankind is largely dependent on the contributions of the top 5 to 10%. So we must keep the good becoming better, as we raise the condition of those on the other end. The easy political solution that I am sure the teacher's union will support is to keep good and bad and evenly distribute. Such would be tragic. I am also concerned that "bad schools" may be such largely based on their demographics, especially on their parents. If the parents in "bad schools" would work with their children and encourage good performance and behavior much good progress might happen. It would also help make working in a "bad school" much more rewarding and effective for the teacher.
Dear John: Electric cars have lots of attractive features. Problems are: 1. Batteries with sufficient power to weight ratios or power to volume ratios do not exist. 2. Batteries approaching (sort of) the above numbers tend to catch fire or blow up. 3. Electric motors with horsepower that can approach that of internal combustion engines (I have worked in major manufacturing operations, and the 25-50 horsepower electric motors driving large lathes and milling machines, etc. are both huge and heavy). 4. Maybe in 50 or 60 years fuel cells and other technologies will solve these major issues. On the other hand, when I was studying Physics some 55 years ago, a professor said that controlled nuclear fusion was 30 years away. Where here we are 25 years beyond his mark, and best I can tell, the progress to date is to better understand the many obstacles. P.S. I have a BS in Physics and a Masters of Electrical Engineering
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