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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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Record Corn, Soybean harvest expected this year. Corn price $5.15/bu has fallen 39% since July 2012

Corn is lower than it was in Jan 2008 ... $5.25 per bushel.


Ethanol producers supplied 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol in 2013 & expect to supply comparable quantity in 2014.


26 million Priuses needed to achieve Ethanol’s current GHG emissions reduction

Ethanol currently represents approximately 10% of our light vehicle fuel supply. With GHG reductions of 34% (Argonne National Laboratory - 2012) Ethanol, at 10% of the fuel supply, in total produces a 3.38% reduction in the GHG emissions of the entire Light Vehicle fleet. So how many Toyota Priuses would it take to achieve that much of a GHG emissions reduction? We must convert the 3.38% GHG emissions to an equivalent number of cars and light trucks. To do this we apply Ethanol’s aggregate GHG emissions reduction (i.e. as a percentage of the GHG emissions for the entire fleet) to the total number of vehicles comprising the entire fleet of automobiles and light trucks, or 250 million vehicles. Thus, 3.38% of 250 million vehicles would be approximately 8.4 million vehicles. Since the Prius reduces gasoline consumption about 32.6% compared to a Toyota Corolla (a vehicle of comparable weight and payload), dividing 8.4 million vehicles by .326 gives you slightly more than 25.7 million Priuses which would be required to produce the same amount of GHG emissions reduction as Ethanol currently does, for the entire light vehicle fleet.

maybe nobody cares about this, but what's happened to all the birds? Over the last few years I have

noticed the number of birds falling off dramatically. This year I hardly see or hear any birds. This is just a WAG but I'd say their numbers are down about 90%.. I don't know if anybody cares but what if this is a canary in the coal mine thing?? You used to hear them making a racket in the morning chirping to beat the devil. NOw, nothing!

I used to hate it when they shit on my car (especially right after i washed it!). But hey, they are a part of nature after all.....

Anybody else notice this??

nano-antennas promise much higher conversion efficiencies than current solar cells -

.. Nano-antennas, arrays of antennas each about the size of one fourth the diameter of a human hair, offer much greater efficiencies than current solar cells. One big hurdle to clear is the development of rectifiers that can handle teraherz frequencies of the a/c coming from the nantennas. Once that is achieved, then of course, you have the challenge of getting the cost of manufacturing these things down to be commercially viable. But the researchers sound hopeful.

Research is being done on this technology at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory....

A new breed of electronic solar cells that harvests power from heat could double the output of conventional panels - New Scientist

SOLAR cells that work at night. It sounds like an oxymoron, but a new breed of nanoscale light-sensitive antennas could soon make this possible, heralding a novel form of renewable energy that avoids many of the problems that beset solar cells.

The key to these new devices is their ability to harvest infrared (IR) radiation, says Steven Novack, one of the pioneers of the technology at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. Nearly half of the available energy in the solar spectrum resides in the infrared band, and IR is re-emitted by the Earth's surface after the sun has gone down, meaning that the antennas can even capture some energy during the night.

Lab tests have already shown that, under ideal conditions, the antennas can collect 84 per cent of incoming photons. Novack's team calculates that a complete system would have an overall efficiency of 46 per cent; the most efficient silicon solar cells are stalled at about 25 per cent. What's more, while those ideal conditions are relatively narrowly constrained for silicon solar cells - if the sun is in the wrong position, light reflects off a silicon solar cell instead of being absorbed - the antennas absorb radiation at a variety of angles. If the antennas can be produced cheaply, the technology could prove to be truly disruptive, says Novack.

Unlike photovoltaic cells, which use photons to liberate electrons, the new antennas resonate when hit by light waves, and that generates an alternating current that can be harnessed.

Harvesting the Sun's Energy with Antennas

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory, along with partners at Microcontinuum Inc. (Cambridge, MA) and Patrick Pinhero of the University of Missouri, are developing a novel way to collect energy from the sun with a technology that could potentially cost pennies a yard, be imprinted on flexible materials and still draw energy after the sun has set.

The new approach, which garnered two 2007 Nano50 awards, uses a special manufacturing process to stamp tiny loops of conducting metal onto a sheet of plastic. Each "nanoantenna" is as wide as 1/25 the diameter of a human hair.

Because of their size, the nanoantennas absorb energy in the infrared part of the spectrum, just outside the range of what is visible to the eye. The sun radiates a lot of infrared energy, some of which is soaked up by the earth and later released as radiation for hours after sunset. Nanoantennas can take in energy from both sunlight and the earth's heat, with higher efficiency than conventional solar cells.

"I think these antennas really have the potential to replace traditional solar panels," says physicist Steven Novack, who spoke about the technology in November at the National Nano Engineering Conference in Boston.

Quantum leap in lasers brightens future of quantum computing


Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light. The laser may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are predicted to eventually outperform today's most powerful supercomputers.

The study appears in the journal Physical Review B.

The new laser is the first to rely exclusively on superconducting electron pairs. "The fact that we use only superconducting pairs is what makes our work so significant," says Alex Rimberg, a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth. Superconductivity is a condition that occurs when electricity can travel without any resistance or loss of energy.

"The artificial atom is made of nanoscale pieces of superconductor," says Rimberg.

Commercial scale production of ethanol from wood waste & other vegatative matter attained by INEOS


After months of frustrating delays, a chemical company announced Wednesday that it had produced commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and other nonfood vegetative matter, a long-sought goal that, if it can be expanded economically, has major implications for providing vehicle fuel and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The company, INEOS Bio, a subsidiary of the European oil and chemical company INEOS, said it had produced the fuel at its $130 million Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla., which it had hoped to open by the end of last year. The company said it was the first commercial-scale production of ethanol from cellulosic feedstock, but it did not say how much it had produced. Shipments will begin in August, the company said.

The process begins with wastes — wood and vegetative matter for now, municipal garbage later — and cooks it into a gas of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Bacteria eat the gas and excrete alcohol, which is then distilled. Successful production would eliminate some of the “food versus fuel” debate in the manufacturing of ethanol, which comes from corn.

“Biomass gasification has not been done like this before, nor has the fermentation,” said Peter Williams, chief executive of INEOS Bio.

WaPo factchecker is a GOP Toady. He attracts a lot of TP Nutjobs. It would be nice if some rational

.. people would provide more critiques of his GOP friendly 'Factchecker'..

Obama’s claim that the GOP has ‘blocked every serious idea’

He gave Obama three Pinnochios for his statement. In his column he 'forgot' about the fact that this year the Repugnants have been obstructing the Highway Trust Fund bill - without replenishment this will cost about 700,000 jobs. The GOP - since this is not a tax cut for wealthy people - want 'offsets' to cover the cost of replenishment of HTF. GOP Proposed offsets: stopping mail deliveries on Saturdays, tax cuts for corporations repatriated foreign profits (an old standby of the Corporate Lobbyist Party).

Kessler also forgot that the GOP this year has continued its opposition to extending Unemployment Benefits to long term unemployed - unless 'Offsets' are found - (preferably cuts to programs helping the poeple most hurt by the GOP's Trickle Down - Deregulation disaster.

It would be nice to see more vigorous criticism of this toady from rational people. there are too many screwball comments on there from TP psychos.

The Democrats need to have a poll taken to show how misinformed the public is by M$M

given the number of polls and the popularity of the Job Approval Rating as a be-all and end-all rating - I am very frustrated by the fact that these polls are taken without any effort to include questions to establish how well or badly informed the people are who are answering the questions.

Here's a good example of a poll with an idiot question - that is a question of little to no value:

Quinnipiac, in my mind, has established their poll developers are no more intelligent than the people taking their polls.

I think it's time the Democrats paid to have a poll taken to get a measure on how much or how little people know and how well or badly the M$M are doing at informing or misinforming the public (and potential voters).

I'll even offer some suggested questions:

Question 1. Thinking of what political events you've seen/heard covered on television since President Obama was elected, what of the following have you heard reported/discussed:

a) "Obama's leadership"
b) President Obama's "inability to get things done"
c) Anybody saying: "Our top priority is to make Obama a one term President".
d) Any individual or group using the filibuster as a tactic.
e) What's a filibuster?

Q 2: If you answered "a" to Q1, If you had to put a number on it, how many times have you heard President Obama's "leadership" or lack thereof discussed on television?"

a) one time.
b) two to twenty times
c) over twenty less than one hundred
d) one hundred times or more

Q3: If you answered 'a' for question 1: On any of the occasions when you heard President Obama's "leadership" discussed on television, in how many of those discusions did you hear the word 'filibuster' mentioned?:

a) zero
b) one out of ten discussions
c) five out of ten discussions
d) more than five out of ten discussions
e) ten out of ten discussions

Q4: If you answered "b" to Q1, If you had to put a number on it, how many times have you heard President Obama's "inability to get things done" discussed on television?"

a) one time
b) two to twenty times
c) over twenty less than one hundred
d) one hundred times or more

Q5: If you answered 'b' for question 1: On any of the occasions when you heard President Obama's "inability to get things done" discussed on television in how many of those discussions did you hear the word 'filibuster' mentioned?:

a) zero
b) one out of ten discussions
c) five out of ten discussions
d) more than five out of ten discussions
e) ten out of ten discussions

Question 6. If you answered "d" to Q 1, what party did you hear identified as using the filibuster?

a) Democrats
b) Republicans
c) Block Party
d) Frat Party

Question 7. If you answered 'c' to question 1, do you recall who made that statement?

a) a Democrat
b) a Republican
c) Rep. Nancy Pelosi
d) Senator Mitch McConnell
d) Capt. Kangaroo

Q 8. Thinking of what political events you've seen/heard covered on television since President Obama was elected, what of the following have you heard reported/discussed:

a) Whether President Obama has a valid birth certificate.
b) That Obama is a Muslim.
c) Any individual or group using the filibuster as a tactic.
d) That President Obama is a member of a church that wants to destroy America.

Q9: Have you ever heard it reported/mentioned on television that "the filibuster" had been used by some individual or party?

a) Yes
b) No.

Q 10: If you answered "Yes" - how many times would you say you've heard the word "filibuster" mentioned on television since President Obama was elected?:

a) Several times
b) a couple of times
c) Never heard it mentioned
d) What's a filibuster?

Q 8: Where do you get most of your news?

a) ABC World News Tonight
b) CBS Evening News
c) NBC Nightly News
d) PBS Newshour
e) CNN
f) FoxNews Network

These questions are just for starters. If anybody has ideas for other questions, I would be interested in reading them.

... oh, and another suggestion: Please email the WH andor Congressmen to tell them the Democrats need to have a poll taken to shed some light on what facts people know and what disinformation/lies they think are fact - and where do they get their (dis)information from.

... then we can have the very necessary conversation on how badly informed the public is and who is responsible for this sorry state of affairs - it's not ALL Faux News' fault. This will help put some of these polls results (as mentioned above) in perspective

A simple response to the Ayatollah Roberts Court ruling for employer-Lordship over Serf-Workers..

I think ANY employer should be allowed to deny any particular part of the coverage provided under Obamacare to the Lord-Employers' Serf/workers.

As a result any such employer action denying any aspect or kinds of coverage legally provided to their employees by ObamaCares - all affected employees will be given the opportunity (having been denied any part of the legally available coverage under Obamacare) to make the free election to be covered by Medicare.

Go ahead Obamacare hating partisan-employers. Hack away at Obamacare --- and watch the Single Payer system grow.

'Ayotollah' Roberts decrees workers are not free citizens but serfs of their employer Lords

.. in their Hobby Lobby encyclical, the Ayatollah Roberts and minions again decreed that American shall burn down its mistaken venture into this sordid democratic society and shall be returned to the God ordained & preferred system of Corporate Feudalism. In the 21st century version of this society Corporations (and any employer) and the uber Wealthy are the new Lords. Anyone who works for a paycheck is by definition a serf - owing fealty to his Lord-employer. accordingly, it is entirely proper for Worker- Serfs to be told what behaviors their Lord-Employers will deign to tolerate. The concept of a free and independent person, being 'endowed by his Creator with inalienable rights" is a false, heretical concept cooked up by 18th Century radicals such as Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson - which is repugnant to God, the Grand Ayatollah Roberts and your Lord-Employers. This idea that serfs can somehow, make up their own minds on matters of personal conduct and actually rule themselves is dangerous nonsense.

It is entirely in keeping with God's plan, for Corporate/Employer Lords to tell their Serf-Workers what they shall be allowed to do and what activities will be proscribed by their Lords. Note, that such constructions as "governments of and by the people" (in time) shall not be allowed to assert/protect any fictional rights of man (i.e. Serfs) in the face of edicts by the Ayatollah or declarations by any of the Corporate/employer Lords of the Corporate Feudalist state.

eventually, wayward Serfs will realize this is a better system as the Lords and of course, the Ayatollah, will look out for you all - as they know better than you what is best for you.

Thank you, Ayatollah Roberts - for saving us from Democracy

In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’


Mitt Romney said it, and on Monday the Supreme Court upheld it: Corporations are people, my friend.


In its last day in session, the high court not only affirmed corporate personhood but expanded the human rights of corporations, who by some measures enjoy more protections than mortals — or “natural persons,” as the court calls the type of people who do not incorporate in Delaware. In 2010, the court ruled that corporations are people for the purposes of making unrestricted political contributions. Now, the court has decided that some corporations have religious beliefs, just like other people.

“The purpose of extending rights to corporations is to protect the rights of people associated with the corporation, including shareholders, officers, and employees,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the much-anticipated Hobby Lobby decision. “Protecting the free-exercise rights of closely held corporations thus protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control them.”

Alito’s ruling notably did not protect the rights of people employed by Hobby Lobby. They can now be denied contraceptives they were supposed to receive as part of their employee health plan — because the craft chain’s owners object to certain forms of birth control required under Obamacare. In an oral statement from the bench, Alito argued that those who say corporations are “just a piece of paper” are making a “dangerous” argument and would turn religious executives “into second-class citizens.”

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Supreme oligarchy - a great piece on the political based Roberts court

(emphases my own)

An oligarchy, Webster’s dictionary tells us, is “a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons.” It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic.

Yes, I said “the Republican majority,” violating a nicety based on the pretense that when people reach the high court, they forget their party allegiance. We need to stop peddling this fiction.

On cases involving the right of Americans to vote and the ability of a very small number of very rich people to exercise unlimited influence on the political process, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and his four allies always side with the wealthy, the powerful and the forces that would advance the political party that put them on the court. The ideological overreach that is wrecking our politics is now also wrecking our jurisprudence.

The court’s latest ruling in McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission should not be seen in isolation. (The “et al.,” by the way, refers to the Republican National Committee.) It is yet another act of judicial usurpation by five justices who treat the elected branches of our government with contempt and precedent as meaningless. If Congress tries to contain the power of the rich, the Roberts Court will slap it in the face. And if Congress tries to guarantee the voting rights of minorities, the Roberts Court will slap it in the face again.

Daily Kos post on Dionne's piece: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/07/1290223/-E-J-Dionne-on-Supreme-oligarchy

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