2023-09-26 EVs Exceed 30% in 4 California Counties

Where I live, in Orange County, California, I see a lot of EVs, mostly Teslas, on the roads and in parking lots. I would guesstimate by the amount I see and by the map that it’s 25% or more. Which makes me very happy because the EVs are helping to save us from death and destruction. They’re lowering the amount of air pollution which results in less deaths from cancer and lung diseases. And if the world quickly changes and stops burning fossil fuels, the destruction from global warming will be reduced, and fewer people will die from weather extremes and disasters.

EV Penetration Exceeds 30% in 4 California Counties


2023-09-25 TV Modulator Ch 3 Doesn’t Work For Digital TV

I Came across this old analog TV modulator in a box of stuff, so I plugged it into my digital TV and powered it up, with some audio modulation on the input. I set the switch to channel 3, and then pushed 3 on my remote, but I got no carrier whatsoever on the TV. So I opened it up and check the supply voltage to make sure that it was working. It is.

So what I’m guessing is that all digital TVs no longer receive any TV stations below channel 7 – all the low VHFs from 54 to 88 MHz are not in the OTA – over the air – digital TV reception. The digital TVs assume that any channel in the 2 through 6 range has to be translated to a higher frequency, presumably UHFs. Thus, analog TV reception of one of these modulators is not possible.

BTW yes, I set the ANT – MOD switch to MOD. My TV is a Samsung (not) Smart TV. ☹️🤨


2023-09-25 Redflow Projects In California

Also it says “”California has a target of 45-55 GW of installed long duration storage by 2045.””

“”The C[alifornia]E[nergy]C[ommission] is actively backing four long duration battery companies, with Redflow being one. The others are UK company Invinity, US-listed EOS, and Form Energy, which has an iron-air battery.””

Redflow lands biggest project for flow battery technology, with stack of US funding


2023-09-24 “Trump, Champion Of The Shallow State”

“Donald Trump, champion and avatar of the shallow state, has won power because his supporters are threatened by what they don’t understand, and what they don’t understand is almost everything. Indeed, from evolution to data about our economy to the science of vaccines to the threats we face in the world, they reject vast subjects rooted in fact in order to have reality conform to their worldviews. They don’t dig for truth; they skim the media for anything that makes them feel better about themselves. To many of them, knowledge is not a useful tool but a cunning barrier elites have created to keep power from the average man and woman. The same is true for experience, skills, and know-how. These things require time and work and study and often challenge our systems of belief. Truth is hard; shallowness is easy.” –David Rothkopf (2017)

As president, Trump’s false or misleading claims totaled 30,573 over 4 years


2023-09-23 Tesla Dojo Explained, BMW Partners With AWS

This article starts out briefly explaining Tesla’s Project Dojo. Lots of skepticism, I see here. I think some of these skeptics should just hold their tongues and wait and see what happens. It may take longer than what they think it’s going to take, but eventually they will get to level four, maybe level five autonomous vehicles. When that happens there will be very great changes in the whole world of automobiles and everything associated with them.

No one is going to want to pay about $1,000 a month to own a car when they can go anywhere they want, at any time, for a few hundred dollars or less a month using an autonomous robotaxi.

BMW Partners With Amazon To Get Into Autonomy Faster


2023-09-23 tbd


2023-09-22 California Sues Big Oil ‘Corporate Climate Accountability’

Horrible. Quote: “”The lawsuit targets the role the American Petroleum Institute (API) has played in the fossil fuel industry’s climate deception conspiracy, building on previous complaints by the states of Delaware, Minnesota, and New Jersey; the District of Columbia; and five cities and counties. UCS’s 2015 Climate Deception Dossiers—cited in California’s complaint—highlighted an infamous 1998 internal API memo that outlined a roadmap to cultivate purportedly independent scientists as climate disinformers, confuse the public about climate science, and derail climate policies.””

“”…Scope 3 emissions from burning its products, which account for about 85 percent of the total emissions attributable to [ExxonMobil].”” In other words, most of ExxonMobil’s emissions are not from ExxonMobil itself; the products ExxonMobil sells are causing the emissions and these products must be counted in ExxonMobil’s total emissions. That makes them a huge polluter when Scope 3 emissions are included. Including Scope 3 emissions forces emissions producers to be responsible for the emissions of their own products.

California Advances Corporate Climate Accountability Amid New Evidence of ExxonMobil’s Deception





2023-09-21 The EV Revolution In 5 Charts – Rocky Mountain Institute

A brief synopsis of the report by the RMI, using five charts. Link to report at end.

The EIA and other researchers have typically underestimated the change; like the graphs show, their graphs are more like straight line when they should be more like the exponential curves shown.

The EV Revolution in 5 Charts


2023-09-21 MAGA Repugs Misleadingly Interrogate AG Garland

These Republicans misuse a committee hearing questioning AG Merrick Garland – or probably more appropriately, abuse a committee hearing.

What they should be doing is asking AG Garland legitimate questions and *allow* him to explain in detail the answers. Instead they grandstand by making misleading claims that are purposely designed to be entrapments.

It looks to me that the Republicans put forth a statement that is misleading or worse, full of false assumptions, and ask Garland to respond. Then when Garland tries to straighten out their crooked statement, they interrupt him and demand a straight “yes” or “no” answer. They are trying to pin Garland down to making a mistake that they can use to make more false claims against the topic.

I would use a stronger tactic. When they state a misleading claim, I would counter that it’s not possible to answer this misleading claim. If they interrupted me, I would quickly yell back, “stop interrupting me!” And if they continue, I would be more and more adamant that what they were claiming was misleading. I would accuse them of political grandstanding. I would also state that the meddling they are doing violates the separation between the three branches of government. Because what Instead they grandstand by making misleading claims that are purposely designed to be entrapments.

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