" I don't expect logic from religion people and I never get it.If there was a God he would get a F for the way he is running things for the last 500,000 years.Of course, you think the Devil is in charge."
It isn't logical, and you shouldn't expect it to be logical. Logic doesn't dictate that you "Love your enemies", although hating them hasn't turned out so sweet, and that is about all we have in history. Giving to the poor isn't logical, because you are giving something up yourself, and there is none of that in survival of the fittest.
In fact, in a Darwinian game, the fittest should exterminate anything weaker, and you should find that morally correct. Oops..sorry, there are no morals in evolution...only survival. Bullying should be looked upon as validation of Darwin and encouraged in your world, as it culls those of your species that are weaker. You should love bullying lake, as it promotes your agenda. Your non God idea left alone should be wonderful. The strong prey on the weak. As you are a Jew and an atheist, I am surprised you didn't support Hitler's super race idea. Have a good day brother Lake.
"Solar makes sense only in the southern states and should be restricted in the northern states only for tourist seasons in the summer."
Have you been reading this from the Koch brothers? Here is some education for you., Go to ehphase enlighten site and where it shows view public systems, click on it. I did and found the following. I have a 6kw system facing almost due south with 275 watt mono crystalline panels. I went to Minneapolis area and looked for 6kw systems..most were 24 panel, 250 watts each for 6kw. One system in Minneapolis area with 180 deg. facing panels averaged 704.66 kwh per mo for the entire year. This is higher than we average here. Is that north enough for you? Same in Montana. Same in ID. Another averaged 578 kwh produced/mo which is a little less than my system produces, but it was not facing due south but off quite a bit. If you go to the site I told you, look for systems highlighted in blue, as their output can be publicly viewed. Click on "Array" and it should tell you the wattage of each panel and azimuth, and some contractors also put angle. Ideal is an angle from the flat equal to your latitude, so if you live at 45N, a 45 deg. angle from horizontal would be ideal. Most roofs aren't that steep of pitch, so you lose some efficiency. You will get a real education on just how much can be produced in northern states. Although they may fall to about 1/3 my production for same system in months of Dec. and Jan, by this month, most northern states have already surpassed my production per day if the sun is shining.
"Oh come on dakine,I use paper money because it works and has stood the test of time."
It has? Did you ever read about wheelbarrows of paper money with German Marks? How about Greek Drachmas? How about Chinese paper money not all that long ago. Nearly every country's currency has collapsed at one time or another, and yet you make a silly statement that paper money has stood the test of time. Whose time? Because it hasn't collapsed in the US in your lifetime is a moot point. I have been in countries where the "paper" money collapsed and zeros were being added to the bills every few days with inflation.
"Can you prove anything about the invisible man/God?"
Absolutely not, and you can't prove there is not a living spiritual God. In fact, you can't prove to me what existed before the big bang? You have no idea, and so when you tell me I evolved from it, I find the knowledgeable Spirit having created all of this actually logical rather than thinking illogically that claims from absolutely nothing, everything came into being because it came into being and there was enough time and given enough time everything will be created. Enjoy your atheistic day brother lake.
Nice try Mr. rails, but you flunked the truth test again. Here is from Reuters.
I hope you enjoy the read. You can google it and read the whole article if you like. This isn't coming out of the Obama administration..just numbers. You are correct in that with Solyndra and a number of other loans, they went south. However, overall, the US taxpayer is ahead, as more has been paid back in interest than the losses. It is kind of like your portfolio. If you are going to claim you wound up on top of every stock trade you have made, I would be proud to call you a type of "artist." That being said, if your portfolio wound up in the black, then your investments turned out positive. That is what I was saying with the solar govt loans. Enjoy the read.
US | Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:02am EST Related: U.S.
"Exclusive: Controversial U.S. energy loan program has wiped out losses
BY NICHOLA GROOM
(Reuters) - The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in the 2012 presidential election, is officially in the black.
According to a report by the Department of Energy, interest payments to the government from projects funded by the Loan Programs Office were $810 million as of September - higher than the $780 million in losses from loans it sustained from startups including Fisker Automotive, Abound Solar and Solyndra, which went bankrupt after receiving large government loans intended to help them bring their advanced green technologies to market."
"But I also don't mind if they build a coal plant down wind from me!"
Why not upwind from you...,do you just care about you and not your neighbors?
Actually if rails and others looked here, they will see that even with the huge loss with Solyndra, the DOE is in the plus by about $30 million on interests paid on other renewable loans. Yes, Solyndra went BK, but others are thriving and the govt has not lost a dime overall supporting the renewables. I am sure that cost overrides for weapons systems have cost the government hundreds if not thousands of times more money than the small Solyndra loss. Some companies make it and some don't. Anybody using a Commodore computer here today? How many Studebakers are being sold?
One of the biggest problems with wind power is maintenance. If you go by nearly any wind farm, you will see many of the units not spinning. Altamont Pass is a shining example in California. Wind is blowing nearly all the time there, but it seems at least 20-30 percent are not spinning, and this isn't due to grid problems. Bearings wear out on those generators, and it is expensive to send people aloft with heavy junk to fix them.
Solar really has no moving parts, and thus is far far far far far far less prone to failure, although at times, an inverter can go out and require replacement, but that is usually a very short repair. I have micro inverters on my system, so there would be a greater chance of one going down, as I have 22 of them, where if I had a string inverter, I would have one or at the most two to carry the load. String inverters are usually guaranteed for 10 years and Enphase micro inverters are guaranteed at least 20 years. Solar is here to stay in spite of your dislike for it, but I do expect it to change quickly with self contained storage battery packs becoming the norm in another ten years. Then, your coal people can close up their black lung orchards and your trains can carry something else.
Below is a recent study on Coal ash, not paid for by the coal industry. Read it and weep. Pollutionist advocates like you don't care about the next generation, as you are all about you.
"Coal ash – the waste material left after coal is burned – contains arsenic, mercury, lead, and over a dozen other heavy metals, many of them toxic. And disposal of the growing mounds of coal ash is creating grave risks to human health.
Toxic constituents of coal ash are blowing, spilling and leaching (dissolving and percolating) from storage units into air, land and human drinking water, posing an acute risk of cancer and neurological effects as well as many other negative health impacts: heart damage, lung disease, kidney disease, reproductive problems, gastrointestinal illness, birth defects, and impaired bone growth in children.
This ash, which is generated at coal-fired power plants across the country, is the second-largest industrial waste stream in the country."
".I base my life on logic and reason not faith and mysticism."
I doubt that your statement above is entirely valid. If you base your life on logic and reason, perhaps you can tell us why, without faith, you go to the store and hand a person a piece of paper with numbers on it and a picture of somebody, and they give you some items you can take home. What is the logic behind that one, or is it faith based? Your call. To me, it certainly doesn't make sense. Why do so many people work so hard to accumulate things they can't take with them when they surrender their last breath? Do animals do that? Is it logical? Is hoarding "logical?" Why don't all people do it if life is just a Darwin thing? Have a blessed day. " So depending on where you were born dictates on what you believe in." Not quite true. Constantine's mother and Constantine became Christians. It had nothing to do with where they were born. When Thomas left Israel for India in the first century AD, he brought with him a Christian belief system and many Indians today share that system due to the starting of the Thomasian church which is traced from first century to today, but those Indians didn't become Christian because they were born in India, but they became because they believed a message brought to India. So many times your birthplace does not dictate your religious leanings.
"So...what is to be done about it? Is the answer Socialism or Marxism?"
Are you saying that before Reagan, when deficits were lower, taxes were higher, and the middle class was larger was that it was socialism or Marxism? We had much much higher tax rates in the 50's, 60's, and 70's and didn't have the mess we have today. I certainly do believe that socialized medicine, as they have in nearly all of Europe would benefit that vast majority or Americans, but it wouldn't benefit Rush Limbaugh and the uber rich. That being said, those people can afford to have a doctor tethered to them...most people cannot. We need a fair tax system, not a lobbied for tax system to guarantee the wealthy even more wealth. We could have a national sales tax with exceptions on the tax on certain required items so as not to drive up taxes on the working poor. No taxes on food unless it is at restaurant, items should be food items...not candy, soda, and junk good.
All medical costs should not be taxed. A base rate on utility bill could be exempted from taxes by kwh usage, where above a certain kwh usage, you are taxed. No sales tax on the first $1000 of a vehicle purchase. All of these would insure that the poor are not overtaxed. Then clobber em. No business write offs at all. Pay taxes on the products you buy much like a VAT. No taxes on education. Tax every stock/bond or futures trades. Even if it is a very low rate, punish those who flip and trade by computerized trades by taxing every transaction. Dis allow shorting of stocks. You can't short your neighbors house, so why should you be able to "profit" by a stock going down. Buy stocks only if you think they will rise. Either that or double tax or triple tax a short sale. If you call those suggestions Marxism or Socialism, have at it scs...I just call them means of making a more honest playing field.
Without figures, it is hard to guesstimate what had taken place from lake's post. If SPWR is the leasing company, then they would get both the federal and state subsidies. In my state, the company provides all the maintenance with no additional cost, and the lessee makes a monthly payment to the lessor. There are options whereby the lessee can purchase the entire panel setup, but it isn't very reasonable. I looked at them, but saw that it is all about the lessor. If you put more upfront money, then your monthly lease payment goes down by a certain amount, and the lessor is paying the utility company in an agreement between them and the utility company. In essence, the lessor is now your utility company and gives you a lower rate than you were paying. However, IF the real utility company dropped their rates, you would not be given any cut at all, and in fact, after a certain amount of years, your payments go up anyway by a certain amount, but they market the lease system as one in which you are not required a lot of up front money and you are banking that your utility rates would be raised by your utility anyway. Some utility companies have cut their charge per KWH with big drop in oil, and the lessee won't get to take advantage of that, but then again, not a lot of people thought we would see $50/bbl oil again after it had run a long time near $100/bbl.
From author Stiglitz' book, (you can see entire article by going to Yahoo finance), he blames the big change on Reagan administration and deregulation. Smart guy...
"In his new book, “The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them,” Stiglitz traces the modern divide of inequality back to the Reagan era. Though inequality was a huge problem at the turn of the last century and in the lead up to the Great Depression, Stiglitz says the income divide in the U.S. was reduced after World War II and that the country “grew at its fastest pace” and “grew together.” He says the turning point was the Reagan Administration and its rolling out of supply-side economics, deregulation, and lower tax rates. The goal of these policies was to spur economic growth overall and make everyone wealthier. Stiglitz says it caused a divide instead."
I am normally not a big fan of solar leases. That being said, where I live, if one opts for a lease, it works like this. All of the solar panels are installed on your home/business. You sign an agreement that states you will pay the leasing company x dollars per kwh. This is at a well reduced rate depending on how much up front money you pay. If you pay none, then the reduction payment per kwh isn't reduced much. It works best for businesses. Let's say b4 putting in solar you are paying $.15/kwh and the lease says you won't pay more than $.12/kwh for the first 3 years and then it will go up say 5%/year. More than likely, utility companies will raise your rates anyway.. It can be good deal for businesses, as they get to write off their monthly bill anyway, and now it is lower. However, the business or homeowner gets no subsidy, as this goes to the company that leases the system. With that lease goes free maintenance. Your monthly payment goes to the company that leases you the system, and that company has cut an agreement with utility company to pay them whatever they negotiated. Drawbacks are that you never own system, and if you sell your business or home, you are responsible to make those payments to the leasing company. The new owner doesn't have to agree to accept the lease and if not, then your panels are removed, but your roof is not patched where any of the mountings existed. For homeowner, the leasing system is something to be avoided, as there are too many stipulations.
I am not sure Obama "wanted" to be a globalist, but more than likely the corporations made him an offer he couldn't refuse, if he wanted to be able to see his daughters grow up. Personally, I believe nothing is beyond the powerful capitalist corporations. Wars, assassinations, and you name it are all part of their money loving capitalist genes. They are hungry for more, and could care less about those below them on the financial status pole. Enjoy reality. The right wing GOP boys have been their puppets for decades, but Obama jumped right in. GOP fought banking regulations at every turn and now want to disassemble Dodd/Frank after already watering it down to nothing. We have government "of the money, by the money, and for the money."
It was probably BS. He already says that long term for him is a few days, and he says he only trades it, probably because it is volatile. He probably bought back already after his dump and will do it next time it approaches $3.
"For all his faults Hoover had one redeaming feature, he was adamant anti-communist and never let his guard down in that area. "
I guess you could say that about Hitler too. Maybe Hitler and JEdgar should have worked together for a better America.
"The fact she cheated on her husband the president during WW2 should automatically disqualify her."
Wow...interesting Mr. rails. It didn't seem to disqualify Jefferson, Franklin, Eisenhower, and who knows what was going on during Jackson's term, as he was president during the "petticoat" scandal. FDR was reported to have had affairs, and he made it to coins, and yes, Andrew Jackson being a genocide proponent against Indians didn't disqualify him? Do you have two tiered requirements?
I am glad you were talking to scs lake. I don't go to Church. I am part of the Church. I only go to worship.