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Bill USA

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About Me

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

Journal Archives

Nobel Physicist: Society Should Convert To Natural Gas (methanol from CO2 for light surface trans)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2013/04/22/nobel-physicist-society-should-convert-to-natural-gas/

Of all the energy sources in play, natural gas offers the most immediate promise as a clean, abundant fuel that can meet society’s needs, including the need to mitigate global warming, Nobel prize winning physicist Carlo Rubbia said in Chicago Friday.

Society should pursue two goals, now within reach, to fulfill the promise of natural gas, Rubbia told about 250 people at Northwestern University:

•a technology to burn natural gas without CO2 emissions, and

•a conversion of the transportation sector from gasoline to methanol.

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For transportation, he suggests producing methanol liquid by recombining hydrogen with CO2 that has been removed from the atmosphere. Cars burning methanol would still produce CO2 emissions, but as long as the fuel is made with captured CO2 they would not increase existing CO2 levels.

Because methanol can be handled like ethanol or gasoline is now, society could avoid several of the obstacles it would face if it tried to convert transportation to hydrogen, including the need for new storage and transportation infrastructure and the need to switch from internal combustion engines to electricity-producing fuel cells.
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also: Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation to Methanol at Low Pressure and Temperature http://infoscience.epfl.ch/record/32203/files/EPFL_TH1726.pdf

The Katie Piper story: a cautionary tale on internet dating

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1221077/Katie-Piper-Acid-attack-victim-bravely-shows-face-disfigured-boyfriend-Daniel-Lynch.html

I was savagely disfigured by my deranged boyfriend: Acid attack victim bravely shows her face


With painful honesty, Katie Piper, the former TV presenter tells why she has finally waived her right to anonymity – and reveals the awful events that changed her life for ever

However much she would like to forget them, the details of how she lost her dreams, her identity and very nearly her life will stay with Katie Piper for ever.




They are burned into both her memory and her face. Katie, 26, has remained fearful and anonymous in the 18 months since the man she met on the internet attempted to destroy her, so few will recognise her name.

Katie before the attack:

Katie after attack with the mask she wears to help heal the wounds from the acid burns


Moving on: Katie Piper is learning to live with her rebuilt features and is exhausted by more than 30 operations following the acid attack by her former boyfriend

But the facts of the case – the rape, the vengeful boyfriend Daniel Lynch, the cup of industrial-strength sulphuric acid – are all too familiar, a cause of anger and revulsion when they were revealed in court earlier this year.


It was an added cruelty that Katie’s world had revolved around her beauty. She modelled for catalogues and magazines, presented television programmes and had dreamed of a full-time career in the media.
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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1221077/Katie-Piper-Acid-attack-victim-bravely-shows-face-disfigured-boyfriend-Daniel-Lynch.html#ixzz2T10RnbUP

Automakers criticize EPA E30 proposal which puts responsiblity for E30 availability on them

http://www.governorsbiofuelscoalition.org/?p=5827

EPA’s “Tier III” fuel and vehicle emissions rule opens the door to raising gasoline’s octane level — a rating of a fuel’s performance — to promote better-performing cleaner fuels and engines, but automakers and biofuel advocates are criticizing the agency for proposing that the onus be on automakers to ensure the fuels are available given refiner resistance.

Automakers have long sought higher octane levels in regular fuel, which currently averages an 87 rating, because they do not want to mandate that consumers purchase higher octane mid-grade at 89 or premium at 92 that are far more expensive. But they say they need even higher octane levels to ensure that technologies, such as direct fuel injection and turbocharge operate properly, boosting efficiency and reducing emissions, making it easier for automakers to comply with EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) tailpipe rule that requires fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon in 2025.

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If ethanol is used as an octane booster, then a 30 percent ethanol blend (E30) should cost less than a gallon of regular gasoline today and have an average octane rating of about 97, biofuels advocates say.

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...the agency says that if it were to approve a test fuel for vehicles designed to run on this fuel, then manufacturers must ensure its availability. EPA in the Tier III rule says, “Under this proposal, if manufacturers were to design vehicles that required operation on a higher octane, higher ethanol content gasoline (e.g. dedicated E30 vehicles or optimized to run on E30 or higher ethanol blends), . . . they could petition the administrator for approval of a higher octane, higher ethanol test fuel if they could demonstrate that such a fuel would be used by the operator and would be readily available nationwide.”
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Looks like the EPA is afraid to take on the Big Oil.



Whistleblower’s yarn fails to tie Benghazi lapses to politics - Dana Milbank, WaPo

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-whistleblowers-yarn-fails-to-tie-benghazi-lapses-to-politics/2013/05/08/fb436cd4-b82e-11e2-b94c-b684dda07add_story.html

They summoned a whistleblower to Capitol Hill, but instead they got a virtuoso storyteller.

Gregory Hicks, the No. 2 U.S. diplomat in Libya the night Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, was to be the star witness for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the man leading the probe of the Obama administration’s handling of the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

But despite Issa’s incautious promise that the hearing’s revelations would be “damaging” to Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hicks didn’t lay a glove on the former secretary of state Wednesday. Rather, he held lawmakers from both parties rapt as he recounted the events of that terrifying night — revealing a made-for-Hollywood plot with a slow, theatrical delivery and genuine emotion.

He spoke of watching TV at his residence in Tripoli when a security officer “ran into my villa yelling, ‘Greg! Greg! The consulate’s under attack.’ ” He described his brief final phone conversation with Stevens, 600 miles away: “He said, ‘Greg, we’re under attack. . . . And I said, ‘Okay,’ and the line cut.”
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Republicans lead a witch hunt party on Benghazi - Eugene Robinson, WaPo

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-republicans-lead-a-witch-hunt-on-benghazi/2013/05/09/ca565d10-b8de-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html?hpid=z2

Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell.

Actually, by “those” I mean Republicans, and by “the Obama administration” I mean Hillary Clinton. The only coherent purpose I can discern in all of this is to sully Clinton’s record as secretary of state in case she runs for president in 2016.

That’s not a particularly noble way to use the deaths of four American public servants, but at least it’s understandable. Attempts to concoct some kind of sinister Whitewater-style conspiracy, however, don’t even begin to make sense.

The hearing convened Wednesday by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), produced a riveting narrative of the chaotic events in Libya last September. But what was the supposedly unforgivable crime?
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The Fix the Debt Fix Is Still In - Paul Krugman

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/the-fix-the-debt-fix-is-still-in/

So, Bill Clinton says that I’m right in the short run while Simpson-Bowles are right in the long run; he’s half right. But what’s interesting is to see the Peterson juggernaut still rolling along despite the enormous intellectual hit the cause has received.

And there are some truly disturbing things about the double standards still applied to Peterson-backed deficit scoldery.

Ezra Klein noted a while back that reporters don’t think the usual rules about even trying to seem neutral don’t apply when the deficit scolds are concerned, that

On this one issue, reporters are permitted to openly cheer a particular set of highly controversial policy solutions.


Something a bit similar is taking place when it comes to the role of colleges in nurturing the deficit scolds of tomorrow. Alec MacGillis reports on the lavish rewards for college students participating in It’s Up To Us, yet another tentacle of the deficit-scold octopus, this time mobilizing the young. If you read the front organization’s site, it seems to imply that universities — not just individual student organizations — are involved, and my understanding is that it looks that way at some of the schools too; in effect, political advocacy is being masked as general public service, because of course promoting Simpson-Bowles is the patriotic thing to do, right?

Austerity mania, it turns out, isn’t just a disaster on intellectual and policy grounds; it has also turned into an ethical morass.

Sen Toomey - some GOPers voted against Back-ground checks just because Obama was FOR IT


Pat Toomey: Background Checks Died Because GOP Didn't Want To Help Obama - HuffPo

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/01/pat-toomey-background-checks_n_3192690.html?1367420344


Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) revealed that some members of his party opposed expanding background checks for gun sales recently because they didn't want to "be seen helping the president."

Two weeks ago, only three Republican senators voted for the bipartisan background checks amendment sponsored by Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), despite overwhelming popular support for such a measure.

"In the end it didn’t pass because we're so politicized. There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it,” Toomey admitted on Tuesday in an interview with Digital First Media editors in the offices of the Times Herald newspaper in Norristown, Pa.

GOP cut Obama administration's request 4 State Department's Worldwide Security program 2011, 2012 &

... 2013!


Jon Stewart on the Great Benghazi Cover-Up (video) - AmericaBlog
(all emphases my own)
http://americablog.com/2013/05/jon-stewart-on-the-great-benghazi-cover-up-video.html



Jon Stewart covers the Republican hearings on Benghazi – nine to date – and how none of them have yet to produce a smoking gun.

....during the Bush administration, there were 54 attacks on diplomatic targets, that killed 13 Americans, yet garnered only 3 hearings on embassy security, and zero outrage on Fox.



But in response to the Obama administration's last three funding requests for the State Department (including for increased security measures) Republicans cut every one.....

Dana Milbank - WaPo
(all emphases my own)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-forget-about-big-bird/2012/10/09/5f9a411c-1258-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_story.html

For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected.


Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.



Secretary Clinton: House Republican budget cuts will endanger national security - 2/14/2011

(all emphases my own)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday afternoon that the spending levels outlined by House Republicans late last week for the remainder of the fiscal year would endanger the country's national security.

EPA proposing E30 Ethanol blend to enable auto makers to produce higher compression engines for


better performance ... e.g better fuel efficiency.

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/04/epatier3hof-20130403.html

As part of the proposed Tier 3 rulemaking on vehicle emissions and gasoline sulfur content released last week (earlier post), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to allow vehicle manufacturers to request approval for an alternative certification fuel—such as a high-octane 30% ethanol by volume (E30) blend—for vehicles they might design or optimize for use on such a fuel.

Higher octane fuels can lead to higher compression ratios which in turn can lead to more efficient gasoline engines and reduced fuel consumption. With turbocharged gasoline engines, there is a double benefit: higher compression ratios and increased boost. (Earlier post.) Having approval for such a high octane certification fuel would, the EPA proposed in the Tier 3 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:


...help manufacturers that wish to raise compression ratios to improve vehicle efficiency, as a step toward complying with the 2017 and later light-duty greenhouse gas and CAFE standards (2017 LD GHG). This in turn could help provide a market incentive to increase ethanol use beyond E10 by overcoming the disincentive of lower fuel economy associated with increasing ethanol concentrations in fuel, and enhance the environmental performance of ethanol as a transportation fuel by using it to enable more fuel efficient engines.


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Squeezing More From Ethanol - NYT
(emphases my own)

Tucked inside the E.P.A.’s March announcement of a plan to cut the amount of sulfur allowed in gasoline was an audacious suggestion that sought to solve all three ethanol challenges at once. The proposal, for a fuel that is 30 percent ethanol, could reduce tailpipe emissions and improve fuel economy — and even encourage drivers to use more ethanol.

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The idea has widespread support among technical experts.

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...various engine and fuel experts like the idea, because the E.P.A. is inviting the auto companies to take advantage of the good characteristics of ethanol, including an octane rating that is well over 100.

“That’s getting smarter,” said Margaret Wooldridge, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan. The way ethanol is used now, she said, “if anybody does notice there’s any ethanol in the fuel, it’s always in a way that is negative.”
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"The idea has widespread support among technical experts." ...REALLY?? YOu wouldn't have known there was any advantages to ethanol to listen and read almost everything said and printed about ethanol over the last ten years or so!


The Excel Depression - Krugman's article re Rogoff and Reinhadt's fraudulent 'study'

... I first posted on GRs. But it belongs here with equal justification:


http://www.democraticunderground.com/101661768
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