I havn't given it a lot of research, but isn't that Mormon with the great
hair a Maassaachussetts liberal, who tried to push Romney Care, in the
liberal state of Mass?
Christopher A. Young
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Maybe. It looks like 2012 will be a Mormon with great hair vs. a man with a
Personally, I have nothing against any Mormon, certainly not this one. If
only I could get a notion of what he really believes and how he will be
able to (important caveat) affect Congress. But then, even more exciting
than the presidential race is the outcome of the congressional races ...
The article makes some interesting points. I think it overlooks what has
been, IMHO, the biggest driving force behind SCOTUS retirements - ill
health, either of the Justice or their spouse. Too bad Roberts is so young,
relatively. We may be stuck with him for a long time. His "corporations
are people" misstep is going to be his legacy. If corporations are really
people, wouldn't Rick Perry have executed some by now? (-:
I'm afraid they are indeed. I also think that by their drastic squeeze on
spending, they will achieve the opposite of what they desire in the
financial markets, but that is hopefully just a scary nightmare.
One good alternative is LNG/CNG. It's just missing infrastructure,
something that has existed in Europe at least since the 70's. Another good
(but expensive) alternative is hybrids such as the Prius, or Explorer
(taxis in NY City). If NY taxi drivers really had problems with them they
would have said so, and I have asked.
That's a good one after one of your excuses for blocking the
Keystone pipeline was over CO2. Which of course is totally
bogus because that Canadian oil is going to be developed and
burned somewhere, be it here or China.
Better take that up with NJ transit. They were using it in some of
their busses and gave it up for reasons that had nothing to do
Not many vehicles on the roads there using it either.
CBS News, not exactly a conservative organization, ran a story
about a week ago showing how it takes 17 years of average
driving to make a hybrid pay off and what a joke they are.
The shorter the hydrocarbon chain, the greater the ration of H2O to CO2,
and the greater the energy yield. Therefore there is less CO2 produced
per unit of energy produced, or natural gas produces less CO2 than oil.
That's simple chemistry. And you're right - if the Chinese want the oil,
the Canadians may very well sell it to them. It's just that before that
shale oil is even burned, it takes heat (something burned and CO2
generated) to get it out of the rocks. Plus the energy required to make
it clean enough to transport and distill.
LNG/CNG engines were not that powerfull in torque. I think that has
improved since. But, indeed the old buses weren't too good. In NYCity
they seem to still run last I looked.
It has gone up and down. Mostly because of taxation schemes, I think.
Perhaps. But the taxi drivers didn't complain, in fact they liked the
dependability compared to their last favorite, the Crown Vic. I think in
heavy use a hybrid may pay off faster than in my tye of 10K miles/year.
Of course, it would depend on the price of gas ... <grin>.
One of the problems with CNG is the storage and fill up. Heavier
tanks and hoses are needed to handle the pressure. It just isn't as
handy as good old gasoline. One couldn't dump five gallons in a car's
tank along the roadside.
LNG is not a good solution at all. It doesn't liquefy at normal temperatures
and must be vented. Talk about GHGs! CNG isn't dense enough to be useful
(and the container too heavy). If it were just a matter of delivery
infrastructure you'd be seeing it now. It's not. ...and if it were, you'd be
fighting that too.
Yes, Nixon "opened" China so they could suck the life out of our economy and
compete with us for precious natural resources. They just bought a used
aircraft carrier from the Russkies for "scientific research." Sure. I say
let sleepers sleep.
down the tubes.
Kurt would insist it's just manufacturing that actually employs people and
used to provide middle class jobs. (-: China's time will come, and it may
be coming soon. They ramped up to meet what they thought was insatiable
world demand and now that demand has slackened. They just posted an
enormous trade deficit. The mighty rise and fall in ever-shorter spans of
time. You wouldn't want to be a life insurer for empires and superpowers.
The days of empires with lives measured in the centuries is long gone. The
EU will be lucky to see a 100th birthday.
If I had a kid to look out for, I'd tell him to look into learning robotic
repair. Botnic will be the new hot blue collar job.
where we spend our
People have no choice. With stagnant wages, they have to stretch their
dollars and that means buying cheaper quality goods from abroad. It's the
perfect example of a vicious cycle.
That's harsh. The Chinese have made good money from the Iraq war and have a
number of oil deals in progress. We spill American blood to get them a good
deal on Iraqi oil. How does that make sense?
Don't forget the Brazilians and the Indians and their new-found love of cars
and driving. More demand equals higher prices.
What? You mean Obama doesn't have an electronic box in the Oval office
where he dials in the daily price of a gallon of gasoline at your local
station? How could that be? (-" I believe the hard right thinks that
exercising caution after the BP disaster is unwarranted. I'm waiting for a
huge tarball to be carried up to the UK by the Gulf Stream to turn the White
Cliffs of Dover into the Zebra Striped Cliffs. After a huge screwup like
that, the industry has to prove they can operate safely.
I've always thought a current events and maybe even an IQ test might be in
order for voting. We test and license people to drive. I've read that a
lot of US citizens can't pass the naturalization test. That's scary.
Definitely yes to the first. But I have reservations about the second.
Way back when I used to photograph diplomatic functions for a living, there
was always food left over after a big catered event. If you knew where to
be and when, you could indeed dine at no cost. The food would usually just
go in the trash otherwise. Mostly, no one minded if it was picked over by
photogs and such before the caterers broke down the tables. So my question
is this: If you're gaining value from something that would soon have no
value at all, isn't that a "free lunch?"
Could you clarify what I am insisting?
I am not as sanguine about China as others. First of all with the
one-child mandate, they are about to see a retiree to worker ratio
shrink that will dwarf ours. Of course with a billion or so people they
probably have more give in the system, but still.
As the workforce shrinks, this will go a long way to (relatively
quickly) increasing the demand for scarce labor and much of the cheap
labor will go away. In fact, you already see that internally with some
of the mfr jobs going to the interior as wages are bid up in the cities
and coastal areas.
The other wild card that people seem to ignore (and what could be a
wild card on so many levels) is that the civilian government has largely
bought off the Army by letting them own businesses. Be interesting to
see how that works out internally (and externally) when there is the
inevitable really deep rescession and the Generals have to cut back on
Yet WalMart has been really really big for years before the
stagnating wages. We WANT cheaper goods and have for years. Many forget
that many of the things we are saying today we were saying about Japan
in the 60s and 70s.
You can't get the use of a photo ID past the Dems, how are you going to
get any kind of test?
That is probably one of the things it is hardest to get through to a
journalist. We know there IS such a thing as a free lunch since we
experience them 2-3 times a week (grin)>
People thought cybersex was a safe alternative,
until patients started presenting with sexually
Is this the same Robert Green that was bitching in this thread about
sanctions should not be used, even against Japan prior to WWII,
only hurt the little guy? Yet, as usual, here you are bitching
about when the
USA does the opposite and opens up trade. Funny how with you America
hating libs we can never do anything right.
The USA is still the largest manufacturer in the world.
I'm glad you don't have a kid to look out for. With your jaundiced
this country, he'd turn out to be an angry hippy, not a robot
Our trade with China has been increasing through boom and bust.
To suggest people only want to pay $4 for a broom instead of $10
only recently is pretty much bogus.
He doesn't dial in the price. He just blocks the Keystone pipeline.
Blocks drilling in the Gulf. Blocks drilling in ANWR. Blocks
in other federal lands. See how that works?
You better check on that with your liberal friends. Last I heard they
have their shorts up in a knot because some states are trying to
ID to vote. The ACLU just went to the UN to complaing that USA
should be put under their scrutiny because of it. How cool is that?
have the likes of China, Iran, Saudi Arabia telling us how to run
But look at all of the neat stuff China has now because of that money we
send them through walmart and harbor freight. Here is an example:
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