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December 16, 2020

How do you milk sheep?

$170 million and counting...

December 10, 2020

Electric Vehicle Myths: #3 EVs Aren't Greener than Gasoline or Diesel-Powered Cars

For those of you who are environmentally conscious, I am going to start a series about electric vehicle myths.

Myth 3: EVs Are Not Greener than Gasoline or Diesel-Powered Cars

Sometimes you can see a totally bogus claim with your eyes. Stopped at any intersection, you can see plumes of exhaust arising from ICE cars, especially those that need a tune-up. From the tailpipe of an EV, what do you see? You can’t even see the tailpipe, let alone exhaust, because there isn’t any.

Those exhaust plumes from ICE cars are composed of several greenhouse gases that we don’t want to add to the atmosphere. Getting the gasoline from the ground into the tank of an ICE car uses more electricity than an EV uses in driving. That is, a gasoline-engine car that is sitting still has used more electricity than an EV will use to drive.

Exploring for oil, pumping it out of the ground, shipping it, and refining it into gasoline and diesel is an energy-intensive process. EVs will continue to get greener as the power grid gets greener. ICE vehicles will remain dirty.

According to the US Energy Information Association, US renewable electricity generation has doubled since 2008. Almost 90 percent of the increase in renewable energy came from wind- and solar-power generation. As of 2018, renewables provided 17.6 percent of electricity generation in the United States. Meanwhile, internal-combustion engines are burning gasoline and diesel fuel and emitting into the atmosphere more than half of the total carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides that humanity releases, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons.


November 18, 2020

Electric Vehicle Myths: #2 EVs Are Not Safe to Drive

For those of you who are environmentally conscious, I am going to start a series about electric vehicle myths.

Myth 2: EVs Are Not Safe to Drive

EVs are actually safer than gas-powered vehicles for two reasons. First, due to their typical battery placement, EVs tend to have lower centers of gravity than gas-powered cars. Having a low center of gravity makes an EV less likely to roll over. This is important because, according to the US Department of Transportation, rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other kinds of crashes. With more weight below you in an EV, you are safer.

Second, a common cause of injury during a head-on collision is the internal-combustion engine being pushed backward into the passenger compartment. The large block of metal has nowhere to go except into your lap.

An EV motor is much smaller and lighter than a gas or diesel engine. This has a few benefits. First, there is less heavy metal to be pushed back into the passenger compartment, causing injury. Second, EV motors are so small that they leave room for the manufacturers to put a trunk, or “frunk,” in the front of the car.

Also, with the smaller electric motor, there is more empty space under the hood. When a crash occurs, that “crumple zone” will absorb much of the impact. The crumple zone acts like a shock absorber.

The United States National Highway Traffic Study tests car models to assess how safe they are. In their forty-nine-year history of testing cars, the Tesla Model 3 is the safest. The Model 3, an EV, has the lowest probability of injury in a crash of any car.

Maybe the Model 3 stands alone in safety among EVs. So what were the second and third safest cars in the study? The Tesla Model S and the Tesla Model X. Tesla swept the top three rankings. Myth busted.


November 17, 2020

Have there been any Qanon posts since the election?

I can't seem to find any. Did he/they give up? What a joke.

November 12, 2020

Where's Q?

I have an unhealthy curiosity about finding the identity of Q (#Qanon). Is it some individual prankster or an astroturf group like the Tea Party? I find it pretty funny that Q has gone silent after the election loss. Good NYT article:


Now that a Dem will be in the White House (hopefully), we can probably expect to see a resurgence of the Tea Party complaining about the national debt...

November 10, 2020

Electric Vehicle Myths: #1 EVs Do Not Have Enough Range to Be Viable

For those of you who are environmentally conscious, I am going to start a series about electric vehicle myths.

Myth 1: EVs Do Not Have Enough Range to Be Viable

Reality: Ten years ago, this was no myth. For example, in 2011, the Nissan LEAF was the first mass-market EV, and it had an effective range of 75 miles. The LEAF now has a range of 226 miles.

The average range of the twenty-two mass-market EVs shipping in North America in 2021 is 284 miles. The average range of a gasoline-powered car is about 275 miles. The myth of limited range is debunked.


October 15, 2020

Judge Barrett, will you recuse yourself from Catholic Church sexual abuse cases?

Will anyone on the panel have the courage to raise her radical religious beliefs and separation of church and state? How about church tax exempt policy. Would be fun to watch..

October 3, 2020

Wow, what a week!

Starting with the NYT tax article on Sunday to tRump showing his ass during Tuesday's debate to last night's (apparently) positive tRump COVID test. After this week, I don't think it's possible to make America any greater. You couldn't make up this shit.

September 29, 2020

Trump's money laundering machine

Interesting short read. Last two paragraphs cover the key point. He's such a nasty little schemer.


September 29, 2020

What's with Mike Papantonio and RoF Radio?

He used to be a solid progressive, but now he constantly takes subtle jads at Biden like below. Is it because he's on RT? Has anyone else seen this?


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