Archive for July, 2020:

2020-07-30 Climate Change, Meat & Dairy Products, 4 A-bombs a second!

See question 5 about meat. This also applies to dairy products, especially milk. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/28/science/what-is-climate-change.html << 5. Will reducing meat in my diet really help the climate? Yes, beef especially. Agriculture of all types produces greenhouse gases that warm the planet, but meat production is especially harmful — and beef is the most environmentally damaging form

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2020-07-29 Women Who Regret Voting For Trump

“Flush the turd on November the 3rd!” It will make America great again! https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/29/women-who-voted-trump-who-regret-decision << In Oklahoma, a solidly Republican state that few expect Biden to win, Nancy Shively, a special education teacher who lives in the outskirts of Tulsa, is similarly disenchanted. She has been donating to Democratic candidates, and like Rey Haft plans

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2020-07-28 Solar Power & Afghan Opium Production; Renewables vs. Other

Solar Power Has Transformed Afghan Opium Production This crazy story isn’t one that’s for the better. But Solar power has transformed the poppy growers in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Crazy world. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53450688 Renewables Outpaced Coal and Nuclear to start 2020. https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/07/27/renewables-have-outpaced-nuclear-and-coal-to-start-2020/

2020-07-27 Trump defies SCOTUS Order Regarding DACA; Bioterrorism?

No, he can’t do that. What part of NO doesn’t he understand? What does the government have to do to get the executive branch of government to comply with the Supreme Court’s order? Does the Supreme Court have to declare that the chief executive is in contempt of court? Does the Supreme Court have to

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2020-07-26 Facebook Content Moderation

I’m reading “Facebook” by Steven Levy. In ‘The Ugly’ chapter he explains how FB hires or contracts for thousands of moderators to take down content that violates their standards. These moderators may be psychologically harmed by all the nasty stuff that’s posted. And some things are borderline, they have a difficult time deciding if it

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2020-07-25 John Lewis Civil Rights Icon

As Mark Shields said, Congress should restore the Voting Rights Act that was damaged by the SCOTUS in 2013. Renaming the Edmund Pettus Bridge to the late John Lewis’ name is far too little, John Lewis deserved more. Don’t weep for John Lewis’ passing, weep for the tangled mess he left behind.

2020-07-24 Hydrogen Electrolyzers Planned For Europe

From https://www.greentechmedia.com/amp/article/european-hydropower-dawdles-as-hydrogen-and-batteries-soar << Even green hydrogen, which is in its infancy today, could overtake new hydro capacity in Europe over the coming decade. This month, the European Union set a target of 40 gigawatts of electrolyzer capacity by 2030, up from 250 megawatts today. >> [The US should be planning at least that much.] <<

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2020-07-23 8 Big Reasons Election Day 2020 Could Be a Disaster

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/07/24/2020-election-disaster-perfect-storm-372778#6 <<

2020-07-22 Energy Storage Project Planned For Utah – Green Hydrogen

Good article about green hydrogen storage in underground salt caverns. https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnparnell/2019/05/30/worlds-biggest-energy-storage-project-planned-for-utah/#3db65d28a5ed

2020-07-21 The Throwaway Society – It Has To Stop

<< This month we learned that $10bn-worth of precious metals, such as gold and platinum, are dumped in landfill every year, embedded in tens of millions of tonnes of lesser materials, in the form of electronic waste. The world’s production of e-waste is rising by 4% a year. It is driven by another outlandish norm:

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