General Electric's Game-Changing Fuel Cell May Spark A Revolution
SeekingAlpha ^ | 29 Jul 2014 | David Alton Clark
The new fuel cell uses stainless steel in place of platinum and rare metals. Johanna Wellington, advanced technology leader at General Electric Global Research and the head of General Electric's fuel cell business, states:
"The cost challenges associated with the technology have stumped a lot of people for a long time. But we made it work, and we made it work economically. It's a game-changer. The new fuel cell can generate electricity at any location with a supply of natural gas. It can get going quickly, does not need new transmission lines and produces lower emissions than conventional power plants."
This is tremendous news and truly is a game changer if it comes to fruition. How did General Electric do it is the question.
"The system generates electricity by feeding hydrogen-rich fuel heated to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit through the channels cut under the anode. Equally hot air travels over the cathode. An electrochemical reaction mediated by the solid electrolyte between the hydrogen in the fuel and the oxygen in the air generates electricity, water, heat and synthetic gas, or syngas. This syngas, which contains residual hydrogen, still holds enough energy for more power generation. The fuel cell feeds the syngas to a Jenbacher engine attached to the fuel cell to generate additional electricity, bringing the electrical efficiency to 65 percent." [...]
The Hill ^ | 07/29/2014 | Vicki Needham
Layoffs in the technology sector could reach their highest level in five years, according to a group that tracks employments trends. (Thank o'fama and his stooges that support him, you know, dopes like ff.)
So far this year, tech employers have announced plans to cut payrolls by 48,402, a 68 percent increase over the 28,883 layoffs announced during the same period in 2013, according to a special report released Monday by Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
At the current rate, the 2014 year-end total could be the highest since 2009, when tech-sector job cuts hit 174,629. The highest total on record was 695,581 job cuts in 2001, when the tech bubble in the stock market burst.
The job cuts in the sector this year were well ahead of last year's pace even before Microsoft announced plans this month to reduce its workforce by 18,000.
The six-month total for the sector nearly surpassed the 56,918 planned cuts announced in all of 2013.
The tech sector includes computer, electronics and telecommunications industries.
Wall St Daily ^ | 07/28/2014 | Floyd Brown
Take, for example, David Grain. According to Federal Election Commission reports, Grain gave $60,000 to buck o's campaign and the DNC in 2008, and he gave $22,500 in 2012.
Grain has also been a lucrative fundraising partner for buck o In 2008, Grain helped raise an additional $200,000 to $500,000 for buck, according to a report in Bloomberg News.
And now, money is set to flow the other direction…
You see, Grain owns a private equity firm called Grain Management, LLC. that failed to qualify under existing rules as a small business for an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) airwave license auction.
Luckily for Grain, the FCC suspended the rules in a closed-door, party-line vote, and the Head of the FCC, Democrat Tom Wheeler, took the lead on a waiver to the action rules.
This will allow Grain to get exclusive discounts not otherwise available to major telecom firms.
The worst part is that Grain’s firm isn’t even a telecom company. Instead, it’s a private equity and financial firm that has no real interest in the airwaves other than flipping them for a massive profit.
Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he’s pursuing a Gaza cease-fire — and it’s not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians. (There is a word for this. It's called incompetence.)
Kerry’s error has been to put so much emphasis on achieving a quick halt to the bloodshed that he has solidified the role of Hamas, the intractable, unpopular Islamist group that leads Gaza, along with the two hard-line Islamist nations that are its key supporters, Qatar and Turkey. In the process, he has undercut not simply the Israelis but also the Egyptians and the Fatah movement that runs the Palestinian Authority, all of which want to see an end to Hamas rule in Gaza. (It's as if Kerry is Hamas' lawyer. Way to go, John boy! ! ! And this is the guy the lib loons wanted to be president. LOL)
Fires test missile as if no treaty exists. buck o'fama tees off at noon. Hillary hides. Kerry continues making a fool of himself. Lib loons blame everyone but those responsible.
"The fastest growing demographics in America, the homeless and Illegals, do most of their shopping in dumpsters or in other people's houses when they're not home." And it all happened with buck o'fama in the White House. buck o, what a leader! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
AP ^ | 7/26/2014
DENVER (AP) Â— Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the cityâ#$%$™s streets.
One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.
Israeli ministers, who on Friday unanimously rejected US secretary’s offer, reported to describe him as ‘negligent, incapable of handling the most basic matters’
Israeli government sources on Saturday night accused US Secretary of State John Kerry of “completely capitulating” to the demands of Hamas and its champion Qatar in drafting the Gaza war ceasefire proposal that Israeli ministers unanimously rejected on Friday.
The unnamed sources, quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 TV, said Kerry “dug a tunnel under the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” — which Israel accepted and Hamas rejected last week — and presented the Israeli government with a text that accepted “most of the demands” raised by Hamas, the Islamist terror group that rules the Strip.
To the “horror” of the Israeli ministers, the Kerry proposal accepted Hamas’s demands for the opening of border crossings into Gaza — where Israel and Egypt fear the import of weaponry; the construction of a seaport; and the creation of a post-conflict funding channel for Hamas from Qatar and other countries, according to the sources. The proposal, meanwhile, did not even provide for Israel to continue demolishing the Hamas network of “terror tunnels” dug under the Israeli border.
Rather than provoke an open diplomatic confrontation with the United States, the report said, the appalled ministers chose not to issue an official statement rejecting the Kerry terms. Instead, word of the decision was allowed to leak out.
Nevada Power raises rate hike request 80 percent
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL ^ | July 25, 2014 | SEAN WHALEY
Nevada Power has amended its general rate increase request in a filing Friday with the state Public Utilities Commission, raising the revenue requirement to $37.8 million from the $20.8 million sought originally May 2. The effect of the new request, which totals about 81 percent, would be to impose an overall increase of 1.64 percent instead of the 0.9 percent request in the original filing.
buck o'fama, a.k.a. commander-in-chief-community-organizer, AWOL. Apparently, fund raising and golf are more important.
The frequency of 90 degree days in the US has been plummeting for 80 years, and 2014 has had the lowest frequency of 90 degree days through July 23 on record. The only other year which came close was 1992, and that was due to dust in the atmosphere from Mt Pinatubo.
And it's reflected in the polls.
Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.
The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation.
Feds cap o'famacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)
IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person.
The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan.
Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said.
All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax refunds.
Voters Trust GOP More on Economy, National Security
Republicans still hold the advantage in terms of voter trust on most major issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports, including the number one concern, the economy. (What do you expect with idiots like ff telling us how to run the economy.)
The economy remains the most important issue to voters in terms of how they will vote in the next congressional election,and Republicans have a 46% to 39% lead in voter trust in that area, according to new national telephone surveying. That ties the largest gap between the parties on the issue since May 2012.