Recent comments by energyecon

Yes yes guided by the lucid insights that made President McCain erm... Romney erm... Its different this time

Who decided to loan them all that money to begin with?

The heart of the matter...

Russia masses more forces near Ukraine border - Telegraph

Russia is carrying out a new military build-up in eastern Ukraine, massing troops on the border and deploying advanced air defences inside its neighbour, according to the US State Department.
More units are being deployed near Ukraine’s eastern frontier, giving Russia a stronger military presence along the border than at any time since last October.
Marie Harf, a State Department spokesman, accused Russia and its rebel allies in Ukraine of breaking the second Minsk ceasefire agreement signed in February.

Thanks for the breezy assertions

Rarest of Rare Iridium Gains as Growth Spurs Demand: Commodities - Bloomberg Business

While most mining companies don’t report how much iridium they produce, output is estimated from about 129,000 ounces to 322,000 ounces each year, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Johnson Matthey said in November that iridium demand probably rose 2.1 percent to 198,000 ounces last year.
The electrochemical industry accounted for 30 percent of iridium demand last year, with electrical companies buying 18 percent of the metal and chemical usage making up 10 percent, according to Johnson Matthey. Total consumption was as much as 338,000 ounces in 2010, it estimates. Demand is increasing on higher sales of gasoline-powered cars, the company said.

It is not a matter of running out. It is a matter of demand on a scale to replace a material increment of existing power sources with "artifical photosynthesis". It will have some well suited niche applications, but the scalability is the question.

If it is to provide the catalytic element for industrial scale "artificial photosynthesis" it will be in short supply (follow the breadcrumbs back to link)

Staunchly accountable for all one's choices, indeed.

Ironic like after dropping HomeGnome grade turds into the communal punchbowl...

From tragedy comes farce - Opinion - The Times-Tribune

In their politicization of the Sept. 11, 2012, tragedy that claimed four American lives at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, congressional Republicans have tried mightily to make it into a dark conspiracy and an indictment of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Instead, they have created only farce.

Seven congressional committees have conducted their own investigations into the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and two CIA security contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty. None have discovered any wrongdoing by anyone.

Last November, the House Intelligence Committee determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team and no missed opportunity for a military rescue. But House Republicans opted for an eighth investigation, this through a “special” (aren’t they all?) committee.

Apparently having heard that Mrs. Clinton is running for president, the special committee announced Wednesday that its report will not be ready this year, as planned, but will be released some time in 2016.

Latest Benghazi Committee

Iridium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Iridium is one of the rarest elements in Earth's crust, with annual production and consumption of only three tonnes. 191Ir and 193Ir are the only two naturally occurring isotopes of iridium, as well as the only stable isotopes; the latter is the more abundant of the two.

Asteroid miners unite!

Iridium is found in meteorites with an abundance much higher than its average abundance in Earth's crust.

Can't wait for that big earthquake...

48-Inch Raw Water Transmission Main -
Burns & McDonnell

The 48-inch diameter raw water line is concrete reinforced pipe. The nominal capacity of the line is 26 million gallons per day (MGD)

So a 4 foot pipe is 26 million gallons a day... now the personal limit I've seen thrown around is 700 gallons a day.. that works out to water for 37,143 people.

If we cut that limit in half, it is 74,286 people... at the limit say at 10% or 70 gallons/day it is 371,428 people.

CA current population is ~38 million. Helps on the margins, with nothing figured here for expense (or at agricultural scale needs).

The fanatical certainty is telling.

Teh zen...

I find fewer things more convincing than Wall St mouthpieces engaging in pearl clutching distress over lapses by the financial regulatory apparatus... just sayin'

Anyone know why the economy is doing so much better today?

Figured out the rest of the laundry pile was smellier than they thought?

Awwwk! Screw the cracker, give me biscotti!

Drone found on Japanese Prime Minister's rooftop -

A drone carrying traces of a radioactive material was found on the rooftop of Japan's equivalent to the White House on Wednesday, police and government officials said.

Money of the day, without any changes in imputed income for differences in benefit packages or attributing any value to changes in short term and long term incentive packages.

In 2010? Base salary was 67% of current.


Data Check

Income Percentile Calculator - Find Your Percent With

Single at $125K = 97%

Married at 125K = 73%

(2010 incomes)

Well, yeah, but there's no need to live in the past. A bright and amazing future is ahead despite these minor setbacks.

A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies. The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure.

No no, it's different when you ride your bicycle with tires made from petroleum products.

New Keyboard

Well, here are all the things that those who are not in denial of their cognitive dissonance avoid:

Petroleum Based Products: A Long List: Save and Conserve

New Keyboard

Nothing to stand on then, thanks for playing.

Still using a computer?! What lovely cognitive dissonance...

edit: And on Earth Day!

Kind of like using a computer made of petroleum products with energy from petroleum products to post on an internet kept alive with electrons from the combustion of petroleum products.. don't exercise the capacity for introspection much, do you?

think of the money you saved when you spent!

edit: went with the Paperwhite

I'm here to tell ya, that won't work.

Probably won't work - outliers exist.

Conceptually, I hate Steam. Realistically, it's great.

Sounds like how I feel about Amazon... hate what it has done to the bookstore world, but have Amazon Prime and own a Kindle.

So Terrance and Phillip are art imitating life?!

New Keyboard

Though often attributed to Lincoln, that is actually a Jefferson quote!

Anyone know whether long or short livers are best cooked with onion?

Fava beans and a chianti... Silence is Golden Brown

I'll stay in Az, where we have water.


ugh... yeah those are gross - used to haul them to a self-serve car wash to clean all the rancid grease out of them - a loooooooooong time ago...

Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a water pipeline!