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Old 02-19-2019, 12:43 PM   #6721
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[....] the development and manufacture of high capacity CO2 scrubbers, the standardization and manufacture of salt water batteries, [...]

Just to nitpick, CO2 scrubbers are still 'pie in the sky' tech that is a long, long ways off being practical or profitable. Salt water batteries are cool for their recycle-ability and portability, but they are otherwise lousy batteries. Green tech needs massive battery capacity, like ultra-capacitors or underground energy storage, we're already near the limit of what can be achieved with chemical batteries. /sciencesemantics
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:58 PM   #6722
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Easy, you tell them that free education and green energy is the path to revitalizing the rust belt, then layout exactly how that happens....

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Old 02-19-2019, 12:59 PM   #6723
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Unless Biden runs I would think Bernie is a pretty decent favorite to get the nomination. Not just that he has the name recognition factor, but he'll likely have a significantly stronger organization than any of the other candidates. And unlike last time there can be no complaints from his supporters about the system, they have basically a year to get registered as Dems so no complaining about closed primaries. And that's where the Bernie organization will be so vital because they should be getting people registered en masse.
I can't see it. Bernie's 2016 run was an amazing boost for the Progressive platform. It forced some major ideas into the mainstream discussion that were previously too far left to seriously discuss. Now that the ideas are normalized in the public forum, there are a dozen or so other candidates pushing the same beliefs who are much more appealing to the voters who are down with his platform. The same message will have much more appeal coming from a younger, more relatable candidate to that base. Let's face it, it's going to be Millennial to GenX heavy base, and I don't think an 80 year old grump with a thick Jewish/Brooklyn accent is going to pull more enthusiasm than the young, ethnic or female faces who play well on podcasts or Stephen Colbert's couch. Nobody wants to get yelled at by their crazy Uncle's lectures. Not to mention, Bernie refused to join the Dem Party until he decided to run for President. Yes, it sucks that the DNC screwed his chances in 2016, but it's perfectly understandable. I thought the Republicans would have done the same to Trump when he joined the GOP in order to run, but they didn't have such a system in place.

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I can only see it getting worse. The Dems may play nice with each other now until the Presidency is on the line.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:08 PM   #6724
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Trump asked acting Attorney General Whitaker to put an attorney, who had previously recused himself, in charge of investigating Michael Cohen's and Trump's Russia ties. Whitaker refused. Direct obstruction of justice there.

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As federal prosecutors in Manhattan gathered evidence late last year about President Trump’s role in silencing women with hush payments during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump called Matthew G. Whitaker, his newly installed attorney general, with a question. He asked whether Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Trump ally, could be put in charge of the widening investigation, according to several American officials with direct knowledge of the call.

Mr. Whitaker, who had privately told associates that part of his role at the Justice Department was to “jump on a grenade” for the president, knew he could not put Mr. Berman in charge, since Mr. Berman had already recused himself from the investigation. The president soon soured on Mr. Whitaker, as he often does with his aides, and complained about his inability to pull levers at the Justice Department that could make the president’s many legal problems go away.

Trying to install a perceived loyalist atop a widening inquiry is a familiar tactic for Mr. Trump, who has been struggling to beat back the investigations that have consumed his presidency. His efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, finishes his work investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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More illegal tactics by the GOP, this time in North Carolina where the state election board is now accusing GOP operative of a coordinated ballot stuffing operation. Does this mean new elections?

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State election officials in North Carolina said Monday that a political operative for Republican Mark Harris orchestrated a “coordinated, unlawful, and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” in the 9th Congressional District last year, hiding evidence of the operation as it unfolded and obstructing the state’s investigation after the election.

Those explosive charges opened an evidentiary hearing in Raleigh Monday, where the North Carolina State Board of Elections began listening to witness testimony to decide whether enough ballots were tampered with to taint the outcome of the 9th District race.

The state board’s executive director, Kim Strach, told the five-member board that Leslie McCrae Dowless, a longtime political operative from Bladen County, paid workers to collect absentee ballots from voters, a felony in North Carolina. Dowless and his employees in some cases forged voter and witness signatures and filled out blank or incomplete ballots, Strach said. They operated in both Bladen and Robeson counties, she said — submitting as many as 1,249 ballot request forms overall in the general election. It’s unclear exactly how many actual ballots Dowless and his associates turned in.

The election has been in limbo since November, when the state elections board declined to certify Harris’s 905-vote lead over Democrat Dan McCready, instead launching an investigation into the allegations against Dowless. After it hears the evidence from that investigation this week, the board will decide whether to certify the results or call for a new election.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:12 PM   #6725
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Multiple whistleblowers accuse Trump administration officials of transferring sensitive and prohibited nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia... these guys really want to start WWIII while enriching themselves.

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“The whistleblowers who came forward have expressed significant concerns about the potential procedural and legal violations connected with rushing through a plan to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. They have warned of conflicts of interest among top White House advisers that could implicate federal criminal statutes. They have also warned about a working environment inside the White House marked by chaos, dysfunction, and backbiting. And they have warned about political appointees ignoring directives from top ethics advisors at the White House who repeatedly and unsuccessfully ordered senior Trump Administration officials to halt their efforts.”
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:29 PM   #6726
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Whistleblowers accuse Trump administration officials of transferring sensitive and prohibited nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia... these guys really want to start WWIII while enriching themselves.



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Old 02-19-2019, 03:48 PM   #6728
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Just to nitpick, CO2 scrubbers are still 'pie in the sky' tech that is a long, long ways off being practical or profitable.
No doubt. This tech, like the green energy economy, is in its infancy. We are still at Kittyhawk for the green tech economy. Not all the technology that is needed has been created. That is why there will be a need for engineers and scientists to undertake these great challenges. This is why there needs to be a massive investment in a whole region to take this one. It won't be easy, and it won't be cheap, but it is going to happen regardless of what all the navel gazers say. The petro-economy is in its last throes, and whoever steps up first will be the master of the next economic cycle. Believe it or not, the Wright Brothers' flight at Kittyhawk was not the epitome of the aerospace industry!

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Salt water batteries are cool for their recycle-ability and portability, but they are otherwise lousy batteries.
Depends on application. Salt water batteries are perfect for residential energy storage. Couple current solar panel tech (not even future panel technology) with salt water batteries and you have a home that can be self-sustainable. The solution is both simplistic for the home owner to maintain, but inexpensive enough for broad adoption.

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Green tech needs massive battery capacity, like ultra-capacitors or underground energy storage, we're already near the limit of what can be achieved with chemical batteries. /sciencesemantics
Again, depends on application. If you are looking at a single utility and an impossible number of customers trying to pull energy at the same time, then yes, we have a tech problem. But if you take a distributed approach, with each home generating and storing their own electricity, you create a sustainable grid that does not require a massive draw from the central generating station. At this point, the central generating stations only fire up for peak demand periods. Then some of the tech that already exists becomes viable as a storage medium. But again, a lot of the technology we need in the future has not yet been invented. We're just a couple months after Kittyhawk!
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Just to nitpick, CO2 scrubbers are still 'pie in the sky' tech that is a long, long ways off being practical or profitable. Salt water batteries are cool for their recycle-ability and portability, but they are otherwise lousy batteries. Green tech needs massive battery capacity, like ultra-capacitors or underground energy storage, we're already near the limit of what can be achieved with chemical batteries. /sciencesemantics
CO2 scrubbers are close. $100 per tonne right now. So just need another 50% and you could start to see them as a viable solution.
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CO2 scrubbers are close. $100 per tonne right now. So just need another 50% and you could start to see them as a viable solution.

interesting, link?
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interesting, link?
https://biv.com/article/2018/06/brea...co2-atmosphere
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http://carbonengineering.com/


This is funded I believe by Murray Edwards and Bill Gates.
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