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Mashaal: I accept a Palestinian state on '67 borders
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Islam: Sharia and democracy - 12 points of contention
Posted by: tipper || 11/22/2012 04:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  great post! thanks
Posted by: Mikey Hunt || 11/22/2012 23:54 Comments || Top||

China’s Great Green Energy Disaster
Posted by: tipper || 11/22/2012 16:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The biggest issue in the use of solar and wind generators is energy storage. Most energy storage on the large grids is now hydro: pump water into a reservoir and release it when needed to peak. The problem is that wind and solar power are often independent of peak power demand. So interfacing them with a synchronized grid is problematic.

The Green Idjits™ never think of this, so when they put the load on the grid, everything works fine until the wind suddenly quits. So the real issue with the technology, aside from its cost, is the lack of economic energy storage.

I have a solar array that feeds a 24 volt DC battery bank. It is great for a household. A generator backs things up if solar cannot keep up. Scaling up is the problem. Too bad governments don't think it through before they spend. At least the O admin and China have something in common....
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/22/2012 17:17 Comments || Top||

#2  I was talking to a friend who had been in India fairly recently and he told me that the power is on a few hours two times a day. That it is normal day to day in India. Seems the power system is very antiquated. Wall to wall humanity. Gracious people.
Posted by: Dale || 11/22/2012 17:21 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of the 'idiocy' is, I'm convinced, on purpose.

In Germany they acted in a manner prejudicial to the continued operation of coal plants, just like here.

So their power system is increasingly wind and solar, with natural gas plants operated as peaking plants, which are much less efficient and profitable than baseline plants. With regulated prices they can charge. And finally, they have to buy their natural gas from the "former" SU, at prices indexed to the price of oil.

What's the result? The new selling point, "Solar is more profitable than fossil fuels!" It's just a stepping point to the next lie.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 11/22/2012 20:29 Comments || Top||

#4  IMO "post-US" wannabe Rising China's focii is rapid progressive national modernization under the banner of "Socialism wid Chinese Characteristics" - any "green tech(s)" is likely more coincidence than intentional, until China learns the techs + moves on to the next, higher-level method.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/22/2012 23:10 Comments || Top||

One Look At This Chart, And You'll Instantly Get Why We Can't Fix The Tax Code
Hey, let's just simplify the tax code and eliminate loopholes.

It's hard to think of any statement that on its surface sounds less controversial. Eliminating loopholes means more revenue. Everyone likes simplification. Efficiency!

So why doesn't it happen?

This fantastic chart from Credit Suisse's Neal Soss is the answer. It shows the top 20 biggest "Tax Expenditures" which cost the government over $900 billion in the 2012 fiscal year.

So you want to simplify the tax code, what are you going to get rid of?

Are you going to eliminate the incentive to provide employers health insurance? Are you going to get rid of charitable deductions or pension contribution deductions? What about dinging the child credit or mortgage interest? Or how about clipping Social Security benefits for retired workers?

You get the point.

Good luck to the politician that votes to eliminates any of these

Posted by: Au Auric || 11/22/2012 20:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
FBI probes Petreaus staff in secret papers - UPI
If she held a valid clearance, General Petraeus could have authorize her to have access to collatoral (secret) material. He could have also authorized the issuance of "theater" level access (theater clearance), up to and including TS. My question would be, for an unclassified publication such as her book "All In", why would she need it? Where is the need-to-know ? What was this little gal up to? I believe we have reached the point where these people need to be returned to to active duty and be made to testify under Article-31 Investigatory procedures.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 08:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Does all of this mean there will be no upcoming Broadwell book on the Abbattabad raid?

Sorry about that research paper stash. The Disciplinary Barracks at Leavenworth has a handsome library and up-to-date computers. Perhaps an alternative history ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  "I believe we have reached the point where these people need to be returned to to active duty"

... and sent to eastern Afghanistan. Work out some of those creative juices. :-)
Posted by: Raider || 11/22/2012 13:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Even if Broadwell held a clearance, that doesn't give her the right to have classified material in her home.

And sending her to Afghanistan won't do any good. She is an intel type - a REMF if there ever was one. The only reason to recall her to active duty is to court martial her.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/22/2012 14:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Route Clearance Team (RCT) VMMD operators needed. Sign them up NOW!
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 14:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Thats going to leave a mark Rambler! :-)
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 14:36 Comments || Top||

#6  A quick and fitting word from SGM(Ret) Ken Baschke, 5th SFG(A).
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/22/2012 14:50 Comments || Top||

#7  Send her to Afghanistan? Would you inflict her on our men over there?

I say assign her to Libya as a guard.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/22/2012 15:15 Comments || Top||

Deadly consequences
[Dawn] A PICTURE carried by this newspaper yesterday was certainly worth a thousand words. It showed rows upon rows of military uniforms on sale at a market in Mardan, despite a ban on such sale. It is pertinent to highlight here that several major terrorist incidents over the past few years have been carried out by perpetrators clad in army uniforms. These include, among others, the massacres of Shia bus passengers in Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
and Mansehra
...a city and an eponymous district in eastern Khyber-Pakthunwa, nestled snug up against Pak Kashmir, with Kohistan and Diamir to the north and Abbottabad to the south...
in February and August this year, respectively, as well as the attacks on the PNS Mehran and Minhas Kamra airbases. The army itself fell victim to this ruse when Death Eaters in army uniform attacked the GHQ in October 2009, after which a ban was imposed on the unauthorised sale of military uniforms. By all accounts, the ban has never been enforced.

Impersonating members of the army or law-enforcement agencies is a virtually foolproof tactic of gaining access to at least the outer parameters of high-security areas, not to mention an effective way of intercepting vehicles on the road. It is thus incomprehensible how army uniforms, as well as those of civilian law-enforcement agencies, can be openly sold in markets to which the public has access. Moreover, the particular market depicted in the photograph mentioned above is not in some remote outpost in the tribal areas but in Mardan, the second largest city in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
, which is the province most affected by terrorism. While it may be difficult to completely prevent people bent on creating mayhem from acquiring such uniforms, the government can at the very least ensure that the ban is strictly enforced and those flouting it are penalised to the fullest extent of the law. In a country where Death Eaters are running amok, let's not make their job easier.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Gaza conflict leaves a 'cruel paradox' for Palestinians
It's all about who's got the biggest balls.
Posted by: tipper || 11/22/2012 18:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

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  Mashaal: I accept a Palestinian state on '67 borders
Wed 2012-11-21
  'Bomb blast' on bus in Tel Aviv
Tue 2012-11-20
  Female Suicide Boomer Targets Qazi
Mon 2012-11-19
  Israeli Strikes Kill 21 Palestinians, Gaza Rockets Wound 10 Israelis
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  Israel Warns of Escalation After Tel Aviv Missile Firing
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  France recognizes rebel coalition as legitimate rulers of Syria
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  Govt. Soldiers shoot it out in Mogadishu
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  IDF Changes Rules of Engagement Along Syrian Border
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  David Petraeus resigns from CIA
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