Also, as long as we get some magical pixie dust to fix all the engineering wrinkles with fuel cell vehicles. And more:
Reaching the goals would also require developments outside the automotive field, such as making the electric grid more heavily powered by renewables and putting a hydrogen production and distribution network in place.Powering the electric grid with renewables--we've seen examples of how well that works, in places like England. And Germany:
Germany’s green failures haven’t just collapsed under their own weight; they’ve also helped drag the country into an energy problem. The decisions to kick nuclear power after Fukushima and to reject shale gas have put a strain on the country’s energy mix.No thank you.
Part of this is still thumping the "carbon dioxide causes global warming" drum, like an 8-year-old who's made a factual error screaming, "I'm not wrong! I'M NOT WRONG!" But the rest of it is the usual eco-nonsense about how evil personal transportation is.
"The report suggests that efficiencies of 74 MPG are possible by 2050 (and more with hybrids)—but only if the advances go towards fuel efficiency and not, say, acceleration."
Sure. We could do that right now. The result would be a Prius that goes 0-60 in 17 seconds...and no one would buy the stupid thing.
Meanwhile, Ford of Europe sells a Focus that gets 65 MPG and has perfectly acceptable acceleration--0-60 in about 9 seconds--and we can't buy it here in the US.
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For the moment, government theft of personal savings is dead. Cyprus voted overwhelmingly NO against stealing up to 10% of citizens' savings accounts, because their parliament saw the writing on the wall.
"Officials in Brussels insist the Cyprus savings tax will be a one-off and the guarantee stands across the rest of the EU." Oh, sure, they'd never do that again! They just need to do it this one time, don't you see? Because of special, extenuating circumstances--otherwise they'd never think of confiscating 10% of your savings at gunpoint. You're just paranoid, that's all!
Karl Denninger embeds a video which is a must-see. The interviewee is calling the Cypriot confiscation scheme what it is--"theft". Thankfully it's been voted down...for the moment. And the reporter interviewing him is not being antagonistic towards his viewpoint, either, which is very telling.
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Trust me: I am glad those two rapists are going to jail for what they did.
Maybe the soi disant sensitive liberals in the media do, but I have no sympathy for those scumwads.
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It sure is a good thing Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the US, because otherwise women might have to get their abortions from unscrupluous people. You know, the kind of people who would deliberately kill babies born alive, or force an abortion on an unwilling patient, or perform abortions in unsanitary conditions using questionable methods.
The mother of "Baby A" testified later in the day, describing a painful three-day abortion process that started at Gosnell's other clinic in Delaware. She was 17, had an infant daughter and was told by Gosnell she was 24 weeks pregnant - the legal limit in Pennsylvania, but not in neighboring Delaware, where abortions are banned after 20 weeks.Yep, it sure is a good thing we legalized abortion-as-contraception!
The woman said she given abortion drugs in Delaware and sent home each of the first two days, then was directed to the West Philadelphia clinic the third day to have the fetus expelled. She was in severe pain by then, pain that only worsened the following week, she said.
Her aunt had taken her to the clinic and paid the $1,300 fee, and they had not told her mother.
"I never felt pain like that, ever," the woman said. "I couldn't talk to anybody and tell anybody."
But the teen ended up being hospitalized for two weeks with a large abscess and a blood clot near her heart. Prosecutors say she is one of countless patients injured during botched abortions or unsanitary conditions.
...of course I am being sarcastic. We are continually told that if abortion-as-contraception is made illegal once again, women will be "forced" to use coat hangers or go to back alley abortionists to get rid of their unwanted children.
At least one other mother died following an abortion in which Gosnell punctured her uterus and then sent her home. He left an arm and a leg of a partially aborted fetus in the womb of another woman, and then told her he did not need to see her when she became sick days later, having developed a temperature of 106 degrees. He perforated bowels, cervixes, and uteruses. He left women sterile.Yes, thank God abortion is legal! What would have happened to these women if they hadn't had the right to choose?
Here's the bit about forcing an abortion on a 15-year-old girl. This paragon of humanity, "Doctor" Kermit Gosnell, hit the girl and forcibly stripped her nude and restrained her.
I don't know about you, but I call that "felonious sexual assault of a minor", don't you? But of course he gets a pass because he wasn't trying to rape her! He was just going to perform an abortion on her! The trivial detail that she didn't want it is a minor legal technicality!
And after all that, after women had died, it took a drug charge to bring down this butcher shop:
"Pennsylvania is not a third-world country. There were several oversight agencies that stumbled upon and should have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago. But none of them did, not even after Karnamaya Mongar's death,"...The oversight agencies were unwilling to shut this guy down for one reason: people would have asked "Why?" and abortion-as-contraception's downsides must never be widely known, because abortion-as-contraception must remain legal no matter what.
Police officers went to investigate complaints about illegal prescription selling at the clinic last year and stumbled upon what the prosecutor called a "house of horrors" and a "baby charnel house." The clinic was shut down and Gosnell's medical license was suspended after the raid.
Gosnell catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women, and made millions of dollars over 30 years performing illegal and late-term abortions in squalid and barbaric conditions, prosecutors said.
The clinic reeked of animal urine. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood, and instruments were not properly sterilized, according to the grand jury report.
"There were bags, and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building," [Philadelphia District Attorney Seth] Williams said. "There were jars lining shelves with severed feet that he kept for no medical purpose."
Prosecutors say that none of Gosnell's staff were licensed nurses or doctors and that a 15-year-old student performed anesthesia with potentially lethal narcotics.
I'd wager that there are plenty of abortion mills in inner cities which operate exactly the same way "Doctor" Kermit Gosnell's clinic operated, and the only reason he got caught was due to the drug charges. If he hadn't been writing illegal scrips, he'd still be happily mangling babies and killing women in his grungy little butcher shop.
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Well, it's spring, finally.
Thanks to global warming, it's below freezing outside. The low temp last night was 19°, and temperatures might go as high as 43° in the next few days. It's a heat wave!
This week last year I was riding my motorcycle and sweating under my seude jacket. Now I can't ride the thing, because besides being 28° outside, there's a steady west wind at 20 MPH with gusts to 30. This is, however, much more typical weather for March in the Fungal Vale, so I'm not complaining about it.
I wonder, though--last year at this time, everyone was confidently predicting that we'd have an extra-hot summer, and that failed to materialize. Is everyone now going to predict that we'll have an extra-cool summer? Somehow I doubt it, which is why I was skeptical of last year's predictions. It's called "weather", damn it. Get used to it.