Dec 7, 2011 at 08:09:13
kellygreen on Dec 7, 2011 at 09:03:52
“I just love it when people treat their own subjective experience of things as if it defines what Reality is for ALL of humanity.
What I said may not be true for YOU---and it may not be---but I assure that it is QUITE true for many others. Which is why these films (if well made) will find an eager market in the English speaking world.”
“There really aren't many alternatives. If you use electric motor fleets, you have to power it somehow, that takes energy. Biomass to energy is actually a more efficient way to use it than ethanol production. You can create syngas, which can also be converted to biofuels, to power the power plants.
The main problem is that using corn based ethanol and other row crops that are "leaky" produce a lot of nitrogen gas in the soil, in the form of nitrous oxide, "laughing gas". N2O is far more "potent" as a greenhouse gas then CO2, up to 300 times worse, and lingers in the atmosphere longer.
Switching from monoculture row crops to cellulosic sources like switchgrass, which have a deep root system and are perennial, is a better option in the US. Corn stover (stalks) can also be used after harvest, but the food crops should remain for food.”
“The only real option is to create "drop-in" fuels made from hydrocarbons, 4 carbon molecules to ethanol's 2, which is more similar to fossil fuels without the emissions. n-Butanol is probably the best of them, and it's where I'd put my money for the future. It has tons of industrial applications. Can be made from any cellulosic source. Problem is the technology and efficiency are not yet there. Needs to be gmo bacteria clotridium to create a more efficient breakdown of sugars to maximize yield. Current forms of bacteria will produce n-butanol, but will also reverse the process if batches are given too long, thus they are trying to genetically modify the bacteria clostridium and use certain enzymes to inject in a strain e-coli.”
“The students protesting Paterno's dismissal are numb, uneducated and completely void of reality. The irreparable damage done to these kids is beyond the pale of any of them. My heart goes out to these kids. They are the ones who have to live with it. But I guess football is more important than a few kids' destroyed lives.”
Riven on Nov 12, 2011 at 13:12:38
“The students protesting Paterno's dismissal are young people who have not had much experience being adults. Given time and proper guidance, the majority of them will develop empathy for the victims and a mature moral and ethical perspective on Paterno and the culture of sexual misconduct he fostered. It's way too early to despair of these students yet.”
doctorkosan on Nov 12, 2011 at 12:52:51
“Because of the student protest, PSU needs to make ethics a required course. Sad the protesting students didn't bring any with them”
Emerilla on Nov 12, 2011 at 12:31:36
“Likely many parents will dissuade their children from attending Penn State as the university is obviously not teaching critical thinking skills. There is probably lots of video regarding the rioters, maybe some parents will recognize their kids, and can explain the facts of life and morality to them. I''m all for protesting, but the protesting should have been done to demand a full, impartial investigation, and the firing of all who knew but did not tell the police.”
MizLiz on Nov 12, 2011 at 12:21:57
“I want someone on this thread to EXPLAIN to me why people worship football/basketball to such ridiculous lengths. For some, it dominates their entire life. Is it a tribal thing? This is my tribe, and I'm a part of it, so I matter?
What do I know? I'm not only a woman, I was always the last one chosen for any team ("aww, do we have to take HER?") To me it's only a game....what's the big deal?”
DeAnnaClaudette on Nov 12, 2011 at 12:18:46
“I would be ashamed if I had a child out there protesting the dismissal of a man who covered up child rape. I would have to ask myself where I went wrong.”
“While, yes, about 75% of Thailand's forests have been converted to different land use, the department of forestry and Ministry of the Environment have taken great measures to stop clear cutting, and is in fact a myth that this still happens. This is not to say you are wrong about land use and flooding.
There are better gains in watershed management, however the headwaters of most rivers and stream seem to be the only areas where more protection is occurring. They also need to work on other riparian landscapes too.”
UndeadPoet on Nov 5, 2011 at 16:47:47
“I'd wager Thai rice is very very valuable now. Government hoarding and manipulated rice markets are more lucrative when you have the Emergency Powers act on your side.”
kwaut lizard on Nov 5, 2011 at 15:49:21
“The other point not mentioned is that the Chao Phraya River is tidal well above Bangkok. The original surface sheetflow of water coming down from the north, rains that occurred with its arrival in Bangkok and the highest King Tides of the year all coincided.
Bangkok has had minor flooding during these tides for 3 of the last 6 years, it was just a matter of time. The decimated forest of Thailand that were put under conservation coverage in the late 80's and 90's were done as an emergency response to the countries dwindling forests and had little to do with watershed management.”
kwaut lizard on Nov 5, 2011 at 15:43:48
“You say that like there is no corruption in Thailand, that certain officials and unscrupulous people might benefit from knowing the right people. Admittedly the greatest amount of clearcutting and deforestation is conducted by subsistence farmers, and although the graft in forestry management is nowhere near the magnitude of Indonesia and Malaysia, it occurs nevertheless. The facts are that Thailand has cut all of its primary forest down, conservation areas are targeting the oldest regrowth areas, much like primeval deciduous forest in the US but the secession forest is not as old and developed. Meanwhile, Borneo and Sumatra continue to be sacrificed for palm oil plantations. Don't kid yourself.”
“It's estimated that between known and unknown bailouts, our Federal Reserve have given wall street approximately $13 trillion. You tell me why people are upset. Where are all the jobs promised? Where did the money go? Why are wall street execs making more in salaries and bonuses after the bailout? What is wrong with you that you can't see why people are upset?”
TaiJi2 on Oct 6, 2011 at 13:03:27
“13 billion? That's chump change. Try again.
This time, don't forget to carry the 1,000,000,000,000.”
“That's the problem. They would never say that. Additionally, where are all those extra jobs the "job creators" made with their bailouts?”
robbo1400 on Sep 23, 2011 at 16:13:52
“The bailouts went to the banks and the auto industry. If the same amount of money had been given to businesses (in the form of tax credits) with a stipulation that they hire people and create jobs in this poor economy, there would be no talk today of the need to raise taxes. When (if EVER) is anyone going to investigate and prosecute those who created the financial breakdown and devastation due to sheer greed and manipulation of the markets through fraud?”
“The crazies are out in force today. Don't be afraid, we don't bite, we just want an infrastructure that we deserve, with tax money that doesn't go to fighting wars. Infrastructure = health, wealth, and a better societal camaraderie.”
“What the h e double hockey sticks does that have to do with anything? So you are saying that if you have private property you shouldn't pay taxes? Name me a time and place where land owners didn't pay taxes to build roads and schools.”
“The numbers are off, and ethanol is becoming more progressive with different feedstocks like cellulose (including corn stalks). Ethanol is becoming more efficient by the year. Perhaps the cellulose potential will reduce the use of maize freeing up more of it, however we never had a policy that stopped starvation from happening. A bit of extra corn may not change US policy on starvation either.”