Well, I was thinking about Colin Powell doing his dog and pony show
on TV when I wrote that, but you have a point, he was out of the military
at that time and was Secretary of State. At any rate, I suppose he, the
military, and the CIA were just reporting what they were told to.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation
with the average voter. (Winston Churchill)
George Tenet, head of the CIA, assured Colin Powell of the accuracy of
all the "facts". Then the "facts" one-by-one turned into non-facts. But
George Tenet got the "Medal of Freedom" from Bush 2. (So did "you're
doing a heck of a job, Brownie".)
Mr. Tenant was a holdover from the Clinton Administration. Since his
tenure there was distinguished by getting the intelligence that resulted
in us bombing a Sudanese Aspirin Factory and the Chinese Embassy in
Belgrade, I have no idea why he was still around for the Bush
administration to keep him on.
"Even I realized that money was to politicians what the ecalyptus tree is to
koala bears: food, water, shelter and something to crap on."
One power outage every 5-10 years is "unreliable?"
Jeez, I better start packing because my power goes out on average 1
time per year.
Where do you live Andy? I'd like to move in next door and share in
that reliable power that never goes out even once in a decade.
From my own experience with storing cans of kerosene long-term in my
garage, you can keep them around for at least 10-20 years and it will
still be good-as long as it's in a dry environment and in an air-tight
container. It's likely that it can stay useable for 100+ years.
Over the years, the color sometimes turn from clear to a bit yellow
tinted, but I've never noticed any problems with the burning
performance or putting out any off odors.
Also, my only experience applies for K-1 kerosene. I don't know how
well the lower grade kerosene stuff (i.e. red dye) holds up.
I believe K-1 kerosene stores better without treatment than #2 diesel,
and #2 diesel does pretty well by itself. Keeping it sealed and water
free is the main way to ensure long storage life. A biocide is helpful
if there may be some moisture in the fuel that could promote
algae/bacteria growth. Power Service Bio Kleen (not to be confused with
their Diesel Kleen) is a strong biocide that can give you that extra
protection. The cetane boost and anti-gel additives that are available
aren't relevant to kerosene or to basic heaters.
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