Incidentally, the corn used to make ethanol is not the same corn sold in roadside stands at six ears for a dollar, so the commodity isn't as fungible as it would seem at first glance. You can't just say, "Okay, since this year's drought ruined so much of the corn crop, let's not make ethanol with so much of it and instead use it for food." Nope; don't work that way.
I'm less certain about the utility of feed corn in ethanol production. Plenty of the corn grown in the US is destined to be animal feed, but I don't know that ethanol production and feed corn are mutually exclusive, anyway: brewer's grains are what you have left after you make grain alcohol and all the sugar has been consumed, and it makes a pretty good animal feed.
What I do know is that the ethanol mandate makes corn more expensive, even in a year of bumper crops; and when corn is expensive everything else is too because it's a major staple of our diet and we feed our livestock with it.
And ethanol is not a solution to our energy supply problem. The only solution to our energy supply problem is to PRODUCE MORE ENERGY by drilling for oil, and building refineries and nuclear power plants.
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Let me say it again: Abortion on demand is about birth control, and that's it. As we can see from England's statistics, 0.006% of abortions there are performed to save the life of the mother. The other 99.994% were therefore performed solely as birth control.
In the United States, abortions to save a woman's life were legal before Roe v. Wade, at least in most jurisdictions. Roe v. Wade was about contraception, not "a woman's right to choose".
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O God global warming almost caused a nuclear meltdown in Connecticut!!!!!!1111
Notice please that the shutdown wasn't caused by something mechanical, oh no. The problem is, according to the plant's license, the discharged cooling water can't be warmer than 75°...and due to the unusually hot summer Long Island Sound is already warmer than that.
It's not that the plant needs the water to be 75° or below, no; it's that the water they're discharging can't be warmer than 75°...and if it is, they get in trouble. When the entire Sound is above 75°, there's not much they can do.
And so? Let's have a look at the consequences of a stupid regulation that cannot account for natural temperatures above some bureaucrat's ideal:
Millstone provides half of all power used in Connecticut and 12 percent in New England. Its two units produce 2,100 megawatts of electricity, which is reduced by 40 percent with Unit 2 down, Holt said.So half of the power used by Connecticut comes from one generating plant. Take a look at the statistics for Connecticut and have a gander at a pic of the state from space, at night.
One reactor, 20% of the state's power usage...and it's clean, emitting no fly ash or carbon dioxide. Shut down because of a stupid environmental regulation that can't account for nature.
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I'm not even going to delve into the thing about a two-reactor station which loses "40%" of its generating capacity when one reactor must be shut down, because WTF.
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HuffPo link about Penn State losing its accreditation in the wake of the Sandusky homosexual pederast flap. That might be more serious than the slap on the wrist from the NCAA, but it really hurts the students more than the school. The loss of accredited status simply means degrees earned at Penn State are no longer portable--you can't take it to another school and enter a graduate program there.
If the loss of accreditation goes on long enough, it will eventually hurt the school as students choose other colleges.
I don't see that happening; if anything the loss of accreditation will be temporary, meaning that Penn State won't be punished at all--and only the students who graduate in those years will bear the consequences of the Sandusky homopederast flap.
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Karl Denninger says "Recession! Like you needed more proof!"
Okay, he doesn't say that. What he says is that the signals of an impending recession are right there for anyone with half a brain to see.
...and of course he means official recession. I still maintain that the government statistics are fiddleated and adjustered, and that absent government spending we've been in a recession all along.
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Whenever Obama or anyone brings up Romney's "dog atop the car" thing, just remind them Obama ate a dog.
OBAMA ATE A DOG.
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Hope Depot apparently turned in good numbers and the Dow ate it up. But guess what?
Home Depot is a home improvement store. They do well most of the time and their numbers are fair-to-middlin' when houses are selling.
When they turn in stellar numbers in the middle of a recession? It means houses ain't selling and that means that the housing market is for shit.
And there's no recovery without a housing market recovery.
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No Synthroid today, and though I feel tired I don't feel bad at all otherwise. No depression, no anxiety.
The doctor, next week, is going to have an awfully hard sell on his hands, trying to get me to take that stuff, or anything like it. I need to know how far out of range my numbers are; if they're less than 10% out there won't be a damned thing he can say to convince me that I need thyroid hormone therapy at all.
The cure is worse than the disease, damn it.
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Worst part is, I spent $31 on pills (across two RXes) to find this out. *sigh*
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Yesterday, though, I finally got my bills paid, and then went to the bank for license plates. Jeep is due, and bike is due next month, so I got 'em both taken care of at the same time. Jeep insurance is paid until November, and bike insurance is due at the end of this month.
Now's the time to start looking for work, whatever I can get. Ideal would be overnight stock work at one department store or another, for a variety of reasons.
...well, I say "ideal" but I mean "out of what I'm likely to be able to get". Because the real ideal job would be the job I had in 1999, when I worked in the Business and Regional Systems Tech Pubs department at Rockwell-Collins. When I had two of the smartest bosses I ever had in my life, who could see the effort I put into my work and were likable guys to boot.
Or something like what I had down in Rantoul, only a lot closer to home--say, maybe in University Park or somewhere nearby--that would also be a lot closer to my real ideal job.
But the conversation I had with Og on Saturday points out that even though industrial automation is big right now, in some respects they're eating their seed corn. Og wonders if there's even going to be an automation industry a few years hence, or if the coming economic Gotterdammerung is going to flatten everything.
So I'm going to take what I can get, and I'm going to work like a dog and continue to save every penny I can. (Except for certain things, like tires and maybe a new computer.)
I don't see that I have much choice.
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Today is therapy--therapist wanted to see me early in the week after last week's session and all the attendant Synthroid nonsense--and then Bible study at the usual time. I bought pretzels!
...yeah, feeling pretty much back to normal now.