Life in a small town, Politics and Economics

The Revenge of the Bitter Clingers … Well that didn’t turn out the way I thought it would …

“Highway 61 Revisited”, Bob Dylan, from the album of the same name, (1965)

Links and a ping backs brought up an old post with another reference to the 4 horsemen of our apocalypse. Well things sure didn’t turn out quite the way I was wishing they would back in November 2016. Back then I was significantly “less charitable” and much less aware of my own need for humility. And I am currently admitting that “being aware of a need for humility” is not even remotely close to “being humble”. It is definitely a work in progress. That said, the facts of this late 2016 post are still very much in evidence three years later in early 2020.

But what the hey, who could predict the combined cosmic stupidity of Ontario voters, a disastrous Liberal anti-oil agenda backed by 30% of the popular vote and the absolute black hole of self interest of the Franco Wieners east of Global Warming Dunderstan combined with a  serious Russian-Saudi oil war which all taken together creates a perfect economic storm and this all really means that some gang of media and political daisy chainers in Ontario just flushed the toilet of the Alberta economy.

And added to this, the latest COVID-19 fall out is that my staff, currently on vacation for the last two weeks in Texas, won’t be coming back to work for a couple of more weeks because our Alberta government, in an hysterical fit of corner office cluster fuddle, has decided that all returning Canadians must self quarantine for at least 2 weeks when they get back from any foreign country. Don’t these corner office political wizbangs understand that Texas is not a foreign country? I am thinking again of that old saw: “If you can’t do, then teach, if you can’t teach, then go into politics or “work” for government. Sigh!

So I am just having my evening Latte, and a little flash-back to enjoy some of my old Bob Dylan tunes and remember where my head was 3 years ago. Here is a repost of that old post. There’s more music here than content but I couldn’t care less, I like Bob and it’s my blog. Here goes, hot off the wayback machine from Nov 2016:

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Durer; Revelation, Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Thinking about the Eschatological nature of my last post and the utter incomprehension in the mind of modern man of all things spiritual it is highly unlikely that any of the usual suspects, you know them, the MSM and the vast panoply of secular humanist progressives populating most corners of our establishment, have any clue what they are witnessing.

Do you suppose that any of them have any suspicions regarding the Divine nature of Trump’s unexplained and unexplainable victory yesterday. Just listen to the words of the opening song and start running folks. Anyone who is listening to the MSM explain how Trump won, after they spent a year telling us why Trump can’t win, is fundamentally unsaveable.

For, lo, a generation who venerated Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in the 60’s have been seduced by the very sins against which they protested and marched and because of which they reviled the “establishment” with the help of such bright lights as Bill Ayers, and Malcolm X, and  the Weather Underground.

They have overcome and become the very thing against which they rebelled, and like Eve in the Garden, they have eaten of the apple and become as gods. I am sure Mr. Jobs is very proud of that marketing triumph, his apple with one little bite out of it, wherever his shade now resides, a laughing lie all the way to the bank – that temporal bank, that bank of this world, which eventually and inevitably proves unable to sustain us into the next world.

In the venerable words of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan “You don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows“.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1GZCO

Republican President Donald Trump gestures and declares “You’re fired!” at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015.

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We should have known that something was up. The Cavaliers captured the NBA championship, the Cubs won the World Series, the U.K. voted to leave the E.U., and Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. This is not an ordinary year.

highway-61-revisited-1965After the networks declared on Wednesday morning that Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States, the words of Nobel’s latest laureate came to mind, “Something’s happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”

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Read the rest of this interesting article here.  So as the caption in the Trump pic shouts out:  memo from the Bitter Clingers to The Establishment Politicos and the Main Stream Media: 

YOU’RE FIRED!!!!

Let’s all listen to a special farewell tune for Billary , the Liberal Establishment, and the MSM:

Like a Rolling Stone”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965) 

Now, having been clearly shown how it is done, and being of sound mind and body, it is time for we, the voters, in Alberta, Ontario, and even the “Rest Of Canada” (is there anyone there with a pulse?) to step up and deliver us from evil.  Otherwise, just BOHICA until the Mercy Vans come for us all.

Most of the chattering classes were caught completely off guard by the Trump victory. Almost all of my acquaintances were not supporting Trump, although, to be fair, there was a preponderance of support for the the “None Of The Above” choice.

They thought that given Trump’s indiscretions, impulsiveness, and unpredictability, his indelicate comments about immigrants, and the common knowledge that his election would doom the Republican Party, as well as the country, and even the world. Fact is, virtually none of them thought anyone would have to worry about the country, since they thought that he was un-electable.

WRONG!

Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

Like Dylan’s “Mr. Jones,” they had no idea what was happening here. They exist in the cultural equivalent of a guarded and gated community: suburban, professional, educated, middle-class, mobile, and cosmopolitan, people of means, insulated from the everyday lives of most white, religious, non-college educated, working class folks, the very ones whose votes put Trump over the top in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

They are the very ones about whom Barack Obama spoke so condescendingly in 2008 while he was privately addressing a group of donors in San Francisco: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, … it’s not surprising then (that) they get bitter, they cling to (their) guns (and) religion …” (ed. that would be us, the bitter clingers in fly-over country).

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Justin Trudeau

So, Justin,  “May You Live In Interesting Times”.  Anything that is Good for Alberta is good for me. Trump supports the Keystone Pipeline, – Good for Alberta.

Quebec and Ontario are against the Energy East Pipeline – Bad for Alberta.  Ontario and Quebec burn less energy because of their collapsed economy and we get to sell more energy to the U.S. instead of selling it east and getting shit on by the folks in Central Canada who we are keeping alive with energy and transfer payments – Good for Alberta.

Trump is against NAFTA – Bad for Ontario and Quebec (see remark about economy above). Bad for Quebec and Ontario is definitely Good for Alberta.

Ontario and Quebec are driving the Global Warming agenda in Canada, just like the Greens did in Germany a few election cycles ago. Anyone ever checked electricity rates in Germany as a result of their anti Carbon renewable energy agenda? Did anyone involved in our Global Warming game study anything in university except Poli-Sci? How about the physics of electrical grids for starters?

Trump is against the idea of Global Warming – says it is just a hoax to funnel money to the left. Anything that rocks Central Canadian certainties is good for Alberta. They can’t prove that Anthropogenic Global Warming exists, the left just scream louder when you ask those kind of questions, but it is easy to prove where all the research money is going.

Bad for Global Warming – bad for Ontario and Quebec – Good for Alberta.

“Desolation Row”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited” (1965)

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Steven DenBeste

While on the topic of global warming and alternative energy it is with great sadness and a strong sense of loss that I note in October of this year died a superb blogger,  Steven DenBeste, who, at his great blog U.S.S. Clueless routinely posted on things political, alternate energy, international security, and other items of note before illness, mindless vicious trolls, and Eco-bigots drove him down. I will pray for your soul, Steven, even though you did not believe in the God I believe in.

Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with a superb mind. His old blog, U.S.S. Clueless, was extremely important in the early days of blogging and through it I found many other like minded and articulate bloggers.

I had several discussions with him about God and humanity. Steven was an atheist, but a reasonable one, adult, intelligent, and always willing to have friendly discussions, unlike many others I can name but won’t.

About God we agreed to disagree. I remember, after one of my complaining rants about management not understanding what they were ordering us to do, he humorously introduced me to the very apt notion of the “Magical Mile” and, like that, about most other things in life and the world we were of the same mind.

U.S.S. Clueless was hugely influential to many of us, and I am certainly not the only person he inspired to blog or helped along. It is hard to overstate the importance of his blog “U.S.S. Clueless” and the brilliance of his analysis. Sadly, that site went down in late October, when Steven’s server failed. I’d guess that Steven, Steve Jobs, along with Carl Sagan, and quite a few of the other “science” heroes of the left now know the Truth face to face. God doesn’t care about one’s political views or party allegiance. God just cares about “Truth”.

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Rachel Notley

His (ed. Steven DenBeste’s) memory lives on every time we are faced by another left wing religious rant about global warming and alternative energy. ( Pay attention Rachel Notley  and Kathleen Wynne!  This is about the reality of Physics and how the universe works, not about some Liberal or NDP anti-oil agenda. )

Here’s a fairly concise summary of thousands of words of fact, logic and physics taken from only one of Steven’s posts on the subject:

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… For too many people “alternate energy” is more about religion than about physics. They believe that if we are just creative enough, we can overcome fundamental physical limitations — and it’s not that easy. In order for “alternate energy” to become feasible, it has to satisfy all of the following criteria:

1. It has to be huge (in terms of both energy and power)
2. It has to be reliable (not intermittent or unschedulable)
3. It has to be concentrated (not diffuse)
4. It has to be possible to utilize it efficiently
5. The capital investment and operating cost to utilize it has to be comparable to existing energy sources (per gigawatt, and per terajoule).

If it fails to satisfy any of those, then it can’t scale enough to make any difference. Solar power fails #3, and currently it also fails #5. (It also partially fails #2, but there are ways to work around that.)

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Kathleen Wynne

The only sources of energy available to us now that satisfy all five are petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear.

My rule of thumb is that I’m not interested in any “alternate energy” until someone shows me how to scale it to produce at least 1% of our current energy usage. America right now uses about 3.6 terawatts average, so 1% of that is about 36 gigawatts average. 

Show me a plan to produce 36 gigawatts (average, not peak) using solar power, at a price no more than 30% greater than coal generation of comparable capacity, which can be implemented at that scale in 10-15 years. Then I’ll pay attention. 

Since solar power installations can only produce power for about 10 hours per day on average, that means that peak power production would need to be in the range of about 85 gigawatts to reach that 1%.  Without that, it’s just religion, like all the people fascinated with wind and with biomass.

And even if it did reach 1%, that still leaves the other 99% of our energy production to petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear. The problems facing “alternate energy” are fundamental, deep, and are show-stoppers. They are not things that will be surmounted by one lone incremental improvement in one small area, announced breathlessly by a startup which is trying to drum up funding (ed. usually from taxpayers via government funding).

The way you can tell that a fan of “alternate energy” is a religious cultist is to ask them this question: If your preferred alternate source of energy is practical, why isn’t it already in use? Why not? Because of The Conspiracy™. The big oil companies don’t want it to happen, and have been suppressing all this live-saving green people’s energy all this time for their own nefarious purposes.

As soon as you hear any reference to The Conspiracy™, you know you’re talking to someone who is living in a morality play. That isn’t engineering any more, that’s religion. And while religion is an important part of many people’s lives, it has no place in engineering discussions.

UPDATE: There’s actually another common answer to the “Why not” question. It’s because you engineers are just too hidebound and conservative and unimaginative. If you’d just get on board and recognize how utterly cool and romantic these other ways of producing energy would be, then you could wave your magic engineering wand and make it happen.

That’s another kind of religion. It’s not a religious struggle against evil (as personified by Big Oil) so much as a religious image of paradise. If the adherents of this kind of religion can just convert enough doubters, then paradise can happen. If you just believe, we can all be saved! Hallelujah, baby! Praise Gaia and pass the biodiesel!

Thanks, but no thanks. My “conservatism” on this subject is due to my understanding of the laws of physics and the principles of engineering, not to me being hidebound and unimaginative.

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Steven DenBeste had an overwhelmingly positive influence on the world despite his physical frailty, one out of all proportion to his resources. The world today is undeniably a better place for his having lived, but it is a bit dimmer today with his loss.

Periodically I have a recurring dream of a mist  and smoke covered battlefield, eerily quiet, just the sound of bullets zipping by or occasionally striking down another victim. My comrades and I keep moving forward under steady fire. One minute you are in company of friends and the next the man beside you is struck away, one after another the steady attrition continues. And still we move forward, probably until none are left – I don’t know – the dream never changes, but Steven just went down.

Now we just have to mobilize the “silent majority” in Alberta cities to oust Running Rachel and her thugs and repeal any and all anti-oil, global warming carbon legislation. We should perhaps pursue the angle of seeking damages from the parties responsible for the current debacle. Accountability … what a quaint notion, eh? Once they are put down we are back in the business of being “Open for Business” here in Alberta.

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Well, that’s what I thought then … so far things have not played out on the ground that way. Yes, we did dump the NDP here in Alberta, resoundingly, with the largest popular vote and Conservative majority in history. And then Ontario voters trashed the Ontario Liberals lead by Kathleen and her LGBT ever-green rainbow coalition. And then Ontario and Quebec shot themselves in the head because they are permanently attached to the tit of transfer payments and the election rules in Canada prevent majority vote wins.

This country really does get the government it deserves. Venezuela here we come.  Maybe we could join Texas and then we wouldn’t have to worry about our “leaders” caring more about a fake news world health crisis than the reality of a more or less “normal” flu virus epidemic.

The upside, if there is one in all of this, is that we are all getting income tax refunds this year as Jason Kenny and the Conservatives make good on one of their election promises and return the money which Rachel and her merry band of socialist pirates stole by the billions during their blessedly short reign of terror. Still no word on damages … sigh, we can always pray

Cheers

Joe

clinging to our guns and religionThe only certainty for humanity is grim death. It is how you lived your life and the principles you stood for, that will tip the scale one way or the other on judgement day.

Denying that there will be a judgement day is just more ad-hominem claptrap for people with no discernible factual base to their belief system..

We continue to fight the long defeat …

 

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Pen as Sword - Social Commentary, Uncategorized

Main Stream Media as Professional Liars …

As a one time subscriber to Pravda in my teens, I understand exactly what David Warren is talking about here. This article is worth the time to read the whole thing. Just teaser excerpted here:

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David-Warren” … Here is an example of journalistic fraud, more egregious than usual, but not by much.

The CNN television network juxtaposed two aerial photographs from the same angle, one showing the National Mall full of people, the other showing most of it empty. They explained that Picture A showed the crowd for Obama’s first inauguration, Picture B for Trump’s.

They didn’t mention that Picture A was taken while Obama was being sworn in, Picture B three hours before Trump was. It was the “proof” that Obama had outdrawn Trump, picked up and enthusiastically hustled by all other liberal media — and a knowing misrepresentation. Not one in a hundred who saw it will ever learn that they were had.”

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Read More Here

Cheers

Joe

001-a-lordoftherings_return_02“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.”  Chester W. Nimitz

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Life in a small town, Politics and Economics

The Revenge of the Bitter Clingers

“Highway 61 Revisited”, Bob Dylan, from the album of the same name, (1965)

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Durer; Revelation, Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Thinking about the Eschatological nature of my last post and the utter incomprehension in the mind of modern man of all things spiritual it is highly unlikely that any of the usual suspects, you know them, the MSM and the vast panoply of secular humanist progressives populating most corners of our establishment, have any clue what they are witnessing.

Do you suppose that any of them have any suspicions regarding the Divine nature of Trump’s unexplained and unexplainable victory yesterday. Just listen to the words of the opening song and start running folks. Anyone who is listening to the MSM explain how Trump won, after they spent a year telling us why Trump can’t win, is fundamentally unsaveable.

For, lo, a generation who venerated Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in the 60’s have been seduced by the very sins against which they protested and marched and because of which they reviled the “establishment” with the help of such bright lights as Bill Ayers, and Malcolm X, and  the Weather Underground.

They have overcome and become the very thing against which they rebelled, and like Eve in the Garden, they have eaten of the apple and become as gods.

I am sure Mr. Jobs is very proud of that marketing triumph wherever his shade now resides, a laughing lie all the way to the bank – that temporal bank, that bank of this world, which eventually and inevitably proves unable to sustain us into the next world.

In the venerable words of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan “You don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows“.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1GZCO

Republican President Donald Trump gestures and declares “You’re fired!” at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015.

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We should have known that something was up. The Cavaliers captured the NBA championship, the Cubs won the World Series, the U.K. voted to leave the E.U., and Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. This is not an ordinary year.

highway-61-revisited-1965After the networks declared on Wednesday morning that Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States, the words of Nobel’s latest laureate came to mind, “Something’s happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”

*****

Read the rest of this interesting article here.  So as the caption in the Trump pic shouts out:  memo from the Bitter Clingers to The Establishment Politicos and the Main Stream Media: 

YOU’RE FIRED!!!!

Let’s all listen to a special farewell tune for Billary , the Liberal Establishment, and the MSM:

Like a Rolling Stone”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965) 

Now, having been clearly shown how it is done, and being of sound mind and body, it is time for we, the voters, in Alberta, Ontario, and even the rest of Canada (anyone there with a pulse?) to step up and deliver us from evil.  Otherwise, just BOHICA until the Mercy Vans come for us all.

Most of the chattering classes were caught completely off guard by the Trump victory. Almost all of my acquaintances were not supporting Trump, although, to be fair, there was a preponderance of support for the the “None Of The Above” choice.

They thought that given Trump’s indiscretions, impulsiveness, and unpredictability, his indelicate comments about immigrants, and the common knowledge that his election would doom the Republican Party, as well as the country, and even the world. Fact is, virtually none of them thought anyone would have to worry about the country, since they thought that he was un-electable.

WRONG!

Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

Like Dylan’s “Mr. Jones,” they had no idea what was happening here. They exist in the cultural equivalent of a guarded and gated community: suburban, professional, educated, middle-class, mobile, and cosmopolitan, people of means, insulated from the everyday lives of most white, religious, non-college educated, working class folks, the very ones whose votes put Trump over the top in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

They are the very ones about whom Barack Obama spoke so condescendingly in 2008 while he was privately addressing a group of donors in San Francisco: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, … it’s not surprising then (that) they get bitter, they cling to (their) guns (and) religion …”

“Desolation Row”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited” (1965)

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Justin Trudeau

So, Justin,  “May You Live In Interesting Times”.  Anything that is Good for Alberta is good for me. Trump supports the Keystone Pipeline, – Good for Alberta.

Quebec and Ontario are against the Energy East Pipeline – Bad for Alberta.  Ontario and Quebec burn less energy because of their collapsed economy and we get to sell more energy to the U.S. instead of selling it east and getting shit on by the folks in Central Canada who we are keeping alive with energy and transfer payments – Good for Alberta.

Trump is against NAFTA – Bad for Ontario and Quebec (see remark about economy above). Bad for Quebec and Ontario is definitely Good for Alberta.

Ontario and Quebec are driving the Global Warming agenda in Canada, just like the Greens did in Germany a few election cycles ago. Anyone ever checked electricity rates in Germany as a result of their anti Carbon renewable energy agenda? Did anyone involved in our Global Warming game study anything in university except Poli-Sci? How about the physics of electrical grids for starters?

Trump is against the idea of Global Warming – says it is just a hoax to funnel money to the left. Anything that rocks Central Canadian certainties is good for Alberta. They can’t prove that Anthropogenic Global Warming exists, the left just scream louder when you ask those kind of questions, but it is easy to prove where all the research money is going. Bad for Global Warming – bad for Ontario and Quebec – Good for Alberta.

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Steven DenBeste

While on the topic of global warming and alternative energy it is with great sadness and a strong sense of loss that I note in October of this year died a superb blogger,  Steven DenBeste, who, at his great blog U.S.S. Clueless routinely posted on things political, alternate energy, international security, and other items of note before illness, mindless vicious trolls, and Eco-bigots drove him down. I will pray for your soul, Steven, even though you did not believe in the God I believe in.

Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with a superb mind. His old blog, U.S.S. Clueless, was extremely important in the early days of blogging and through it I found many other like minded and articulate bloggers. I had several discussions with him about God and humanity. Steven was an atheist, but a reasonable one, adult, intelligent, and always willing to have friendly discussions, unlike many others I can name but won’t.

About God we agreed to disagree. I remember, after one of my complaining rants about management not understanding what they were ordering us to do, he humorously introduced me to the very apt notion of the “Magical Mile” and, like that, about most other things in life and the world we were of the same mind.

U.S.S. Clueless was hugely influential to many of us, and I am certainly not the only person he inspired to blog or helped along. It is hard to overstate the importance of his blog “U.S.S. Clueless” and the brilliance of his analysis. Sadly, that site went down in late October, when Steven’s server failed. I’d guess that Steven, along with Carl Sagan, and quite a few other heroes now know the Truth face to face.

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Rachel Notley

His memory lives on every time we are faced by another left wing religious rant about global warming and alternative energy. ( Pay attention Rachel Notley  and Kathleen Wynne!  This is about the reality of Physics and how the universe works, not about some the NDP anti-oil agenda. )

Here’s a fairly concise summary of thousands of words of fact, logic and physics taken from one of Steven’s posts:

*****

… For too many people “alternate energy” is more about religion than about physics. They believe that if we are just creative enough, we can overcome fundamental physical limitations — and it’s not that easy. In order for “alternate energy” to become feasible, it has to satisfy all of the following criteria:

1. It has to be huge (in terms of both energy and power)
2. It has to be reliable (not intermittent or unschedulable)
3. It has to be concentrated (not diffuse)
4. It has to be possible to utilize it efficiently
5. The capital investment and operating cost to utilize it has to be comparable to existing energy sources (per gigawatt, and per terajoule).

If it fails to satisfy any of those, then it can’t scale enough to make any difference. Solar power fails #3, and currently it also fails #5. (It also partially fails #2, but there are ways to work around that.)

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Kathleen Wynne

The only sources of energy available to us now that satisfy all five are petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear. My rule of thumb is that I’m not interested in any “alternate energy” until some one shows me how to scale it to produce at least 1% of our current energy usage. America right now uses about 3.6 terawatts average, so 1% of that is about 36 gigawatts average.

Show me a plan to produce 36 gigawatts (average, not peak) using solar power, at a price no more than 30% greater than coal generation of comparable capacity, which can be implemented at that scale in 10-15 years. Then I’ll pay attention.  Since solar power installations can only produce power for about 10 hours per day on average, that means that peak power production would need to be in the range of about 85 gigawatts to reach that 1%.

Without that, it’s just religion, like all the people fascinated with wind and with biomass. And even if it did reach 1%, that still leaves the other 99% of our energy production to petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear. The problems facing “alternate energy” are fundamental, deep, and are show-stoppers. They are not things that will be surmounted by one lone incremental improvement in one small area, announced breathlessly by a startup which is trying to drum up funding.

The way you can tell that a fan of “alternate energy” is a religious cultist is to ask them this question: If your preferred alternate source of energy is practical, why isn’t it already in use? Why not? Because of The Conspiracy™. The big oil companies don’t want it to happen, and have been suppressing all this live-saving green people’s energy all this time for their own nefarious purposes.

As soon as you hear any reference to The Conspiracy™, you know you’re talking to someone who is living in a morality play. That isn’t engineering any more, that’s religion. And while religion is an important part of many people’s lives, it has no place in engineering discussions.

UPDATE: There’s actually another common answer to the “Why not” question. It’s because you engineers are just too hidebound and conservative and unimaginative. If you’d just get on board and recognize how utterly cool and romantic these other ways of producing energy would be, then you could wave your magic engineering wand and make it happen.

That’s another kind of religion. It’s not a religious struggle against evil (as personified by Big Oil) so much as a religious image of paradise. If the adherents of this kind of religion can just convert enough doubters, then paradise can happen. If you just believe, we can all be saved! Hallelujah, baby! Praise Gaia and pass the biodiesel!

Thanks, but no thanks. My “conservatism” on this subject is due to my understanding of the laws of physics and the principles of engineering, not to me being hidebound and unimaginative.

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Steven DenBeste had an overwhelmingly positive influence on the world despite his physical frailty, one out of all proportion to his resources. The world today is undeniably a better place for his having lived, but it is a bit dimmer today with his loss.

Periodically I have a recurring dream of a mist  and smoke covered battlefield, eerily quiet, just the sound of bullets zipping by or occasionally striking down another victim. My comrades and I keep moving forward under steady fire. One minute you are in company of friends and the next the man beside you is struck away, one after another the steady attrition continues. And still we move forward, probably until none are left – I don’t know – the dream never changes, but Steven just went down.

Now we just have to mobilize the “silent majority” in Alberta cities to oust Running Rachel and her thugs and repeal any and all anti-oil, global warming carbon legislation. We should perhaps pursue the angle of seeking damages from the parties responsible for the current debacle. Accountability … what a quaint notion, eh? Once they are put down we are back in the business of being “Open for Business” here in Alberta.

Cheers

Joe

clinging to our guns and religionThe only certainty for humanity is grim death. It is how you lived your life and the principles you stood for, that will tip the scale one way or the other on judgement day. Denying that there will be a judgement day is just more ad-hominem claptrap for people with no discernible factual base to their belief system..

 

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Politics and Economics

Enemy of the State … or Public Enemy #1

It is considered provocative and even rude in fashionable circles, amongst the brights, and bureaucrats, chattering classes, the myriad glitterati of the Pink Tribe everywhere to declaim that Liberal Progressives are the sworn mortal enemies of peace, prosperity, and freedom.

Yet, it is difficult for a thinking person to see it otherwise. As my blog subtitle once noted “cognitive dissonance in a progressive tyranny”, while all the world denies it, the hard evidence on the ground, the “real” reality of daily existence says otherwise.

Today, reading an American financial newsletter I subscribe to I find an excellent articulation of the disquiet I have been feeling for several years regarding U.S. “interests” and coming on the heels of the election of Progressive Anti-Oil governments at both the federal and provincial level I really want to share this article with you but what you should really do is go look up Byron King, (BK) he writes interesting stuff. I am posting teaser bits here.

It’s been a week since President Obama announced that he officially disapproved the application by TransCanada Corp. to build the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) project. I thought I’d get over it. No, I’m still perturbed. You should be, too. … The massive, 1,200-mile project would have carried about 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to the Gulf Coast.” BK

Keystone-e1447444672529What is Keystone XL, you ask?  The simple answer is “It’s a big ole pipe”.  BUT, around here, the entire saga is a glowing neon testament to the truly cosmic stupidity of all things eastern liberal and progressive, in the same vein as The National Energy Program, PETROCAN, CBC and Canadian Windmills.

“In essence, l’affaire KXL has been an unseemly, seven-year ordeal that will go down in history as perhaps the nadir of U.S. comity with our great neighbor to the north. In the end, Obama turned the concept of North American energy security on its head. Obama’s perfidy undermines one of the key economic resources, and sources of national wealth and foreign currency, of Canada. He may as well have told Canada to “Drop Dead.”” BK

Oil sand deposits of western Canada are among the largest single sources of accessible hydrocarbon energy on the planet.  Now, after almost 100 years of research and development (long story), Canada is at a technical and economic point from which that nation is capable of developing these vast resources, in fact they are world leaders in this field.

It’s not as if Keystone XL is some sort of one-off blue sky idea, totally out of the far blue north. The U.S. is already crisscrossed by tens of thousands of miles of pipelines, carrying oil and gas. The U.S. is totally plugged-in to Canada and Mexico, as the map below shows. Indeed, one can barely discern the difference that Keystone XL would make within the current geography of the continent.

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Keystone XL is intended to move 800,000 barrels per day, which is well over twice what currently flows through the magnificent Alaska Pipeline, for example. Is it just me, or does anyone else see any inconsistencies in the picture presented here?

AlaskaPipeline-e1447444783580Fortunately, the U.S. only has one president at a time. Obama is president just now. He has his beliefs and his advisers, and he has his handlers just as does our own Boy Justin.

He wants to kill Keystone XL. He beat about the Bush for seven years, and then pulled the trigger just a few weeks before a major climate conference in Paris, which wonderful city is currently being tied up in knots by a bunch of ISIS wannabe’s if the media are to believed, you never know. Is Paris Burning? Who asked that question?

Clearly, the U.S. President is not thinking in terms of “Energy Security” or “National Security” using the logic which prevailed in the national discussion for the last 150 years. He is operating on his own level of thought, marching to his own drummer. He wants to impress the world with his ability to control U.S. energy development. He wants to “lead” on “climate change,” to use his own words. That’s “leadership” in his head in his world.

Eventually, Americans will elect another president, a different president, maybe even a thinking president. Maybe there will be fewer “Low Information voters”. Who knows? Perhaps that next president will have a better understanding of their national interest. Then we may see Keystone come back.

In the meantime, the oil sands are not going anywhere, the “other” pipeline is moving what would have gone to U.S. refineries out east to Canadian refineries, and we are getting 8 or 10 100+ car trains per day of oil tankers  where we might get only 2 8 years ago. They are steadily running past my place about two blocks away. I sleep well hearing the comforting rumble of Canadian Oil staying in Canada as the winter approaches, and the silver lining of all this is that Red Rachel and her merry band of Knottheads are going to wear the blame for the economic catastrophe. Hell, if we are lucky, some of this shit might just stick to Boy Justin’s blankets as well.

May you live in interesting times …

Cheers

Joe

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Pen as Sword - Social Commentary

The Progressive Secular West Will Never Stop ISIS …

I have been thinking for a long time about what is special about ISIS and why the Secular Progressives of our Western Enlightenment will never understand it and will never be able to stop ISIS.

As a true believer, aka an Orthodox Catholic (there are, in fact, really no other kinds of Catholic), and a man with considerable experience dealing with and within our secular governments and businesses, I recognize another tribe of true believers even as the brights and chattering classes of our society are frantically trying to make sense of ISIS and their plans and tactics.

I have posted several times about the inability of our current leadership to comprehend faith based motives since they themselves never have had any faith or lost it long ago. I have posted that modern progressives cannot fathom being willing to die for something one believes in. It just isn’t in them, they lack the tools to comprehend. ISIS will never be stopped by sanctions, or finger wagging, or any myriad of platitudes and misrepresentations and outright lies  about peaceful religions. They don’t want dialogue and respect, Mr. Obama, they want your head on a stake.  Anyway …

It was with much delight that I read this morning the article at this location “The Atlantic” entitled “What ISIS Really Wants“. The author, Mr Graeme Wood, has produced the most lucid, well written, accurate article which I have found to date on the topic of ISIS and what it wants and what it believes. This is the FIRST media report on ISIS that is not drowned in blather and smothered in PC duplicity. Even FOX chooses to “duck and cover” when they should be shouting from the rooftops.

Every thinking Westerner desperately needs to read and believe what is revealed in detail in this article for overcoming the ideology of ISIS will require a long drawn out conflict on many fronts over many decades.  We cannot hope to stop them in the space of one election cycle.  We are not our fathers, the Greatest Generation, we have grown soft and self centered, but we must find that which is still great within us lest everything good and beautiful in our world go down into the long darkness.

The Trojans laughed at Cassandra.  Where are they now? We are really almost out of time. It is time for ordinary folks to hold their leaders feet to the fire or dispose of them in yesterday’s garbage. Read the article, please.

 

Cheers

Joe

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Politics and Economics

Environmentalism as Socialism

Woke up to 3 inches of snow, but nice and warm, only -6 degrees Celsius. Relaxing day, thinking, listening to Japanese music, made a nice supper, steak and BBQ chicken and potatoes with sour cream and broccoli with cheese sauce. Sipping a nice Port and eating strawberries with cream. The local economy continues to feel the effects of Obama’s effective plan to cripple western civilization and reduce us all to 3rd world status.

Fortunately the economy is more robust than Mr. Affirmative Action’s  clever new ideas to destroy it. Of course the drooling zombies over at “Being Liberal” are positively orgasmic about the destruction of America. But, no matter how much slobbering love we find in  the ether the Post Turtle will never win the “Oscar for Best Performance in Left Wing II”. He might beat our Jummy Peanut for the title of “Worst performance” but never “best”.

Of course anything good was invented by Liberals and everything bad was done by Conservatives … sigh.  Even the Post Turtle was invented by Liberals when Bush was pres. When Obama leaves office he can always interview for premier of Alberta, the folks in Redmonton just adore him and there is no way he could do a worse job than Allison. The best thing about this western world is than in the final analysis none of it matters a damn, and none of the folks who run it matter a damn. It’s all over after 60 or 80 years or so no matter how beautiful you are and if you haven’t got your ducks in a row by then there is not a damned thing you can do and you will have all eternity to think about it.

I dream about a future where all the Grey tribe quit. They literally stop doing all the stuff that keeps the machine functioning. I guess I am just tired and cynical. Been watching this show far too long. My sister, and my sister-in-law for that matter, both of them true blue Pink tribe to the last atom of their being, agree that I am an A_ _H_ _E.  I find that rather re-assuring, as a reliable indicator that I am still on course. If they ever agreed with me I would have to re-examine my position.  They think the idea of self sacrifice for the greater good is good. A good scam, that is, as long as someone else is sacrificing for their greater good.

Of course, they are both good little global warming, blue box recycling, email billing, online banking, day care lovin’, taxes on trucks, gov’mint pays for everything, PBS, CBC brights. Back in the day they belonged to that sensitive university crew of long haired, dope smokin’, unwashed, free luv, beautiful people who believed that deodorant was destroying the planet and called everything in a uniform a babykiller. Hmmm someone shoulda’ told em that babykiller was two words. But they didn’t have spell checkers back then before us grey tribe geeks invented personal computers and word processing.

So we got communism after WWI. The brights just went apeshit drooling gaga over the wonderful new world. They just luved the idea of taking other folks stuff so they didn’t have to work too hard, or even at all. The guv’mint would pay for it all, even, as it turns out, for birth control, infanticide and now lately patricide and matricide. Neither of them have felt the whisper of the reaper in their ear or the chill on the back of their neck. They still think they will live forever – forever young.And when communism didn’t sell in the west Tommy Douglas gave us Canadian Socialism, and just about every other chestless democracy on the planet adopted the same model.

Of  course. always and everywhere it was ever tried the big new thing (you know, the big new think about taking other folks stuff cause you want it. Can’t make anything yourself, no sweat, just get the guv’mint to steal it for you). So anyway, the whole socialism, communism thing failed utterly everywhere it was tried, and not without a lot of pain, misery and atrocity. They gave us the Gulag, they gave us the Killing Fields, they gave us Tienanmen Square, they gave us … they gave us … well it staggers the mind but they gave us just about everything evil in the current world. NO!  Wait, I forgot, that was Conservatives that did all the bad stuff.

Well, pardon me for living. Guess I’m just not much of a team player, eh? And after the folks finally got desperate enough, the folks who had to actually live with socialism stopped being believers and started telling the social scientists to “Go F_ _K themselves. So eventually the socialists got tired of constituencies who didn’t appreciate them and talked back and they adopted a constituency who couldn’t talk back, in fact the new proletariat couldn’t talk at all. The new constituency is Mother Nature and all the little animals and plants. The new Socialism is called “Environmentalism! Wow!  Imagine that! The new religion gives the brights the perfect club to beat all the little people into line or even throw them in a Gulag if they don’t behave.

I’d guess that they never read ” Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty” a wonderful non-fiction book by Turkish-American economist Daron Acemoglu from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and political scientist James A. Robinson from Harvard University. The book applies insights from institutional economics, development economics and economic history to answer why nations develop differently, with some succeeding in the accumulation of power and prosperity, while others fail. The authors also maintain a website (with an active blog) about the themes of the book. Of course nowadays, if it ain’t on YouTube or short enough to Tweet nobody thinks it matters.

Did I mention that is is so peaceful here, hours away from the big megalopolis of the brights?

Moon Over The Ruined Castle

Cheers

Joe

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