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  1. Nuclear desalinators have a long history in India, Japan and Russia. But going that route would be expensive, and would force conservatives to admit that they are paying for their earlier mistakes. Will never happen.
  2. billvon

    Ukraine

    Exactly. He got negative feedback, so he went with a different message. His ratings control what he says - not the other way around.
  3. billvon

    Ukraine

    ?? Right. I didn't claim that. Many do, including some of the more influential politicians and media mouthpieces. Taken as a subset of conservatives, far more Trump supporters support Putin (or at least are OK with Putin's actions) than your average republican.
  4. Our one source of energy The ultimate discovery Electric for me Never more to be free Electricity . . . The alternative, there's only one The final source of energy Solar electricity
  5. billvon

    Ukraine

    Exactly. He was very up on it initially, since his mentor Putin was prosecuting it. Then he saw the poll numbers, and then, as Skydekker said, "told the viewer what he wants to hear." If all republicans started supporting Putin he'd be singing his praises in a heartbeat again. You're sorta proving Skydekker's point here.
  6. 64% of Texas electrical power comes from fossil fuels, and they have been building more natural gas plants at a rate of about a gigawatt a year, with three more gigawatts planned before 2025. But it's not going to be enough to keep up with the increasing power demands from global warming. "The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) over the past week separately expressed concerns about power supply uncertainties in the face of upcoming warmer-than-normal temperatures." They are planning for "potential emergency resources to meet the 2022 summer peak demand, given that warmer temperatures are forecasted throughout its substantial footprint." (Ironically, of course, their natural gas power plants cannot handle cold weather either, as they demonstrated last winter.) https://www.powermag.com/ercot-miso-warn-of-potential-power-supply-shortfalls/?fbclid=IwAR3X3ingFOoJq2Ii3W0XtCkOmsYgphB29l_2GbFPcg9NLeJm2xQmywt4-hk No doubt this additional will come from more natural gas, which in turn will speed up global warming. We will see this happening more and more often as the climate warms. Shortages will multiply and prices will skyrocket as temperatures climb and demand exceeds supply for power. We will also see additional problems as higher temperatures cause thermal (i.e. nuclear and fossil fuel) plants to reduce their output: "During droughts and heat waves, the loss of electricity production may therefore exceed 2% per degree Celsius given that refrigeration systems of power plants are limited by physical laws, regulations and access to cold water." https://www.powermag.com/intense-summer-heatwaves-rattle-worlds-power-plants/#:~:text=“When the air temperature becomes,degree] C in the temperature. And problems as droughts curtail hydro power generation: "When water levels in reservoirs become low, the force of water pressure required to turn hydro turbine blades is reduced, which affects productivity." https://www.drought.gov/sectors/energy# So more natural gas, right? But we get most of our gas now from fracking, and fracking requires (you guessed it) huge amounts of water, which we are running short of. People might want to consider getting that EV or hybrid now, since both can be sources of power during blackouts. (Or of course a solar+storage power system.) It will be interesting to see how the right will try to blame Biden for this.
  7. billvon

    Ukraine

    Because you said that he should disband the US military because he couldn't be sure no one is "crazy enough to do something stupid." He explained how the US military has safeguards against one crazy person doing something stupid, thus addressing your stated concern. Since the US military actually DOES have A-10's, it wouldn't make much sense to try to apply his concern about A-10's to the US.
  8. Then there may be value in supporting democrats, if for no other reason that they support the US Constitution.
  9. billvon

    Ukraine

    That's "alludes to." Elude means "hide from." I assume you don't see yourself as hiding from that critical mass. But in any case, researchers went back to the original notes on the 100th monkey phenomenon and found out something very interesting. In their own words: In the original reports, there was no mention of the group passing a critical threshold that would impart the idea to the entire troop. The older monkeys remained steadfastly ignorant of the new behavior. Likewise, there was no mention of widespread sweet potato washing in other monkey troops. There was mention of occasional sweet potato washing by individual monkeys in other troops, but I think there are other simpler explanations for such occurrences. If there was an Imo in one troop, there could be other Imo-like monkeys in other troops. Instead of an example of the spontaneous transmission of ideas, I think the story of the Japanese monkeys is a good example of the propagation of a paradigm shift, as in Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. The truly innovative points of view tend to come from those on the edge between youth and adulthood. The older generation continues to cling to the world view they grew up with. The new idea does not become universal until the older generation withdraws from power, and a younger generation matures within the new point of view. http://www.wowzone.com/monkey.htm So a more accurate view of that would be that the young learn and adapt, and the older people cling to the things that worked in the past and are often unable to learn new methods/values/processes. Today we see resistance to EV's, renewable energy, nonbinary people, new methods of teaching math and even a changing Disney from the older conservative crowd. And it may be that they will be able to adapt eventually to a changing world, the way their parents adapted to desegregation, interracial marriage, women being able to vote and gay marriage. But that 100th monkey tells us that the solution may just be to wait for them to die off (unfortunately.)
  10. Democrats fight for the US Constitution; republicans oppose it. (Trump called parts of it "fake" and proposed ending the freedom of the press, for example.) Would you support a Christian theocracy over the United States Constitution?
  11. Right wing extremists, making America great again, one shooting at at time.
  12. "Guns at home were four times more likely to cause an accidental shooting, seven times more likely to be used in assault or homicide, and 11 times more likely to be used in a suicide than they were to be used for self-defense." It's like getting a wild orangutan and keeping it as a pet for home protection. I mean, no one is going to break into a house with a wild orangutan in it - right? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/more-guns-do-not-stop-more-crimes-evidence-shows/
  13. There's a difference between tracking (and selling) your history and bias.
  14. billvon

    covid-19

    Exactly. And the Wall will be complete, it will stop all illegal immigration, and Mexico will pay for it. And the big, beautiful Trumpcare program will provide perfect affordable health care for the rich. And Hillary Clinton will be arrested for all the children she sacrificed in her pedophilia ring located under a pizza place in Washington, DC. That is the world these people live in.
  15. And you think I'm joking . . . Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine https://www.thedailybeast.com/stella-immanuel-trumps-new-covid-doctor-believes-in-alien-dna-demon-sperm-and-hydroxychloroquine