Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Welfare

The government's requiring me to pay for health care insurance I don't want is no different from requiring me to pay for "defense", "intelligence" and foreign wars I don't want or need; highways where I don't drive; schools where I have no children; federal forests, parks, offshore waters and lands where I never go (often "leased" to oil companies I have to pay for oil and gas); and a Congress that serves only persons who are corporate.
Or should I participate in a "single payer" system for healthcare like all the rest of these welfare programs?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Money Raising in the Political Age

The effort required to find or even to consider the facts behind issues and positions that we want to believe and those we oppose is beyond most of us most of the time. One of the most interesting to me, recently is the Trayvon Martin case. I was on 125th Street wearing my Trayvon hoodie with a few others right after the incident yet I had no more to go on than what I had seen on CNN, PBS Newshour, Rachel Maddow, WAMC (NEVER FOX for god's sake!). I still don't know and have no way of knowing (and I don't think many do) what "the facts" are. We watch the videos, we listen to the recordings of phone calls and police interviews, we acknowledge the circumstances, we listen to the trial testimony, AND we ignore what our American religion asks of us: presumption of innocence, trial by jury.


Likewise, the American religion tells us that we must protect our interests overseas. We have no "facts", no understanding of what our interests are or who creates and prioritizes the interests in the first place. Rarely do I, or, in my opinion of course, do most of us remember that most of our interests overseas have to do with the profit-driven rape of the planet, exploitation of power hungry and helpless populations and the financial interests of the 1% and the pitifully small, but highly touted  trickle down effects on our economy. Why do American interests take priority over any other state's? (Because I AM AN AMERICAN, dammit!)


And I guess we'll continue to ignore another of our American religious proclamations (smile, pat heart): The Four Freedoms*. And I quote, ".... That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb." Congressional Record, 1941.



The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.



  • The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.


  • The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.


  • The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world.


  • 72 years and still counting tyrannical interventions, sniper teams and drones supporting our interests overseas ... I guess if we pay for them, we deserve them.


    May the wonder of existence, its precious web of life and our fragile humanity abide amongst, radiate from and bring us peace.

    Just in from dear friend, Lois:



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    Dearest Lois(for one), You send messages whose tone is intimate, yet you don't use or know my "intimate" name. It's not Carl, though Carl is my first name. That "sent from my blackberry" is ridiculous. Kristen? Who is my other dear friend, Kristen? Whose deadline? Critical?


    I hope you vote for campaign finance reform if you're elected. Always, CVL




    Amazingly coincidental
fortunesFriendship is kind and mindful knowing another; knowing how to share, to be critical and to take criticism with the desire to understand and be understood, not necessarily without hurt but without the intent to create change in the other for one's own benefit.


    Love is an unmeasured, unfettered, physically and emotionally unselfish affective bond with another. Desire and selfish needs may cloud but not break the bond


    Every word is too shallow.

    40 people every day are murdered in the US. Two young men with crude weapons focused the entire US on them and their activity. What about the other 37 people who were killed that day? Why are there centers of murder? The New York Times today pointed out that Chicago is still one of those centers. The motivation for the violence – whether a homicide with no "drama" or a "terrorist act"– is the real question.

    As Peggy Noonan pointed out this morning on Meet the Press, the media creates the hysteria that allows the media to reflect on the hysteria. What the media might better focus on are the root causes of these acts and their perpetrators. Poverty, hunger, lack of connection, educational disability and a tendency to ignore these root causes and react with "enforcement"or "defense" should be the real focus. "Combatting terrorism" is impossible.

    Out of 7 Billion of us on Earth, there are still only a few who are crazy enough to drive violence and war. If only one-tenth of one percent of us (1 of 1000) is crazy, there are 7 million crazies out there. In the US alone, that would be 300,000. The US has put over 2 million in jail ... lot of good that has done! And by the way, it's not "these days". It's been bred into you and me and is a Natural part of humanity. It's why and how we survived. We just have to learn how to cool it and use our intelligence intelligently or we'll just go extinct -- Naturally. The Earth and the universe don't care. They just keep on keepin' on, with us or without us.


    One issue with battery operated vehicles that sorely needs to be addressed is standardization. It will be a great day when a standard form-factor for auto batteries, their interconnection and their sockets, like A, AA, AAA, AAAA batteries, bbq propane tanks, Edison bulb sockets. Local "gas stations" might become battery recharge & interchange stations. Stop, take out the old, measure "maturity" (capacity to hold charge), measure maturity of new, insert, pay, and go. In addition, the oil companies might be able to develop a new revenue stream to replace oil/gas. The fill up would come from the power grid rather than the EIC.

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Research Project Proposal -- Geothermal ANYWHERE

    Research Project Proposal
     Geothermal Electricity Generation … Anywhere

    Over the last 10 years, I have become an enthusiastic advocate for geothermal energy (http://thnktnk.net/drill.html). I’m a member of the GEA, have visited working geothermal plants (Calpine in California), attended conferences, lobbied DOE and legislators and bored my friends and colleagues to death describing the huge, strategic benefits of geothermal energy, especially for generation of electricity.

    Having moved back to my home state (Indiana) a year ago, I am more and more convinced of the long term need for projects to develop and realize geo anywhere. January Scientific American included an article, “Top Air Polluters” (p72) whose accompanying chart draws a circle around southern Indiana, southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. Although they provide their owners with steady profits from oil, gas, coal and coke as commodities, and, by the way, electricity, these fossil fuel plants are the top 10 environmental villains.

    The deep geo industry (including exploration, drilling, provision of regional electricity) is very healthy. The industry itself sponsors advanced technical & engineering innovation, but of course it goes where proved resources are and where the work is. Many countries and locations with obvious natural circumstances (Iceland, Northern California, Hawaii, Nevada, Philippines, Kenya, Turkey, Peru, Chile) are exploiting it. Meanwhile, advanced technology – perhaps to generate electricity and heat from within the well itself, perhaps at depth, perhaps within advanced pipe structures themselves – is needed to go deeper. “U-pipe, two-pipe or pipe-in-pipe” could be developed to deliver heat and generator mass/velocity perhaps from air in, air out in addition to water in, steam out and to provide advanced structural integrity for extreme depths and heat.

    The market based on this new technology might provide storage and supply regional electricity ANYWHERE/ALL THE TIME instead of just where it is convenient to the surface. Perhaps creatively drilling 10K deep x 2-3 meters could be made “normal”. (Tunnelistas everywhere know it can be done.) Insert the proper pipe structure, attach/embed “windmill”, pump electricity and/or heat in addition to steam – and  replace a fossil fueled plant on-site. It has been done with current technology.

    As we know, a key economic and environmental benefit of geothermal is that it has none of the fossil and nuclear fuel “externalities” – mining, refining, storage, transport, site storage/delivery, & waste disposal – with all their own costs and environmental impacts. Unlike solar & wind, geothermal supply is constant, 24/7/365, and produces more energy from a smaller footprint than conventional or other renewables. Deep geothermal can even be executed on the sites of existing fossil-fuel plants or military sites. Infrastructure! Defense!

    The Hoover Dam, TVA, …, and Project Apollo were impossible till Federal funds were provided and research was applied. The spin-off rewards (scientific innovation, technology, infrastructure, jobs) from those projects continue to accumulate. Project Apollo reached to the heavens, and we continue to harvest its benefits. How about harvesting even more with Project “Pluto”, right here beneath our feet.

    Indiana offers a wonderful experimental center for this research in addition to the opportunity to directly replace fossil fuel generation. Purdue engineering, Indiana geology, Ball State’s development experience and, of course, the talent and business experience involved in Indiana manufacturing and IT offer an enviable laboratory setting for such development. Let’s get started.


    Credit: Tiffany Farrant-Gonzalez; Sources: “America’s Super Polluters,” By Jamie Smith Hopkins. Published online by Center for Public Integrity, September 29, 2016 www.publicintegrity.org/2016/09/29/20248/america-s-super-polluters
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    C. Vane Lashua                             vlashua@thnktnk.net   845-337-9435
    1504 West 7th Street
    Connersville, IN 47331








    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    A new, Earth-like planet!!!

    One of the weirdest phenomena today is the focus on the discovery of an "earth-like" planet circling a star 5 light years away. Or, occupying Mars!  We -- humans for the next 1000 years or so -- won't be able to jump aboard an escape ship and go anywhere more beautiful and suited to our species than Earth. We evolved HERE, on Earth and are so overly successful that we're ruining it for the future. Now, "ruining it" just means for our species and thousands more. Life on Earth will evolve as it has for a few billion years with or without us. If we keep multiplying and creating unabsorbable Stuff at the rate we are, our future as a species won't last long enough to get to another millenium. Sooner or later "we"'ll only be living in "survival suits". Again, it's no "emergency" today -- only for those in the future (our children's children?). Who cares?

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Coast Guard Hudson River docking proposal ... how to comment.

    Tracking number: 1k0-8qtq-v0fk https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=USCG-2016-0132-0001&p=1

    The proposed Newburgh docking area across from Dennings Point State Park and bird sanctuary is directly intrusive in the culture of the area.

    Dennings Point and the hiking trails connecting it to the surrounding natural areas use the whole aspect of the last 40 years of Hudson River cleanup to educate visitors and friends in natural water management. Yes, the Hudson is a commercial highway, but it is also a treasured natural resource.

    Why not put the anchorages near the fossil fuel plants upriver? Yes, the oil storage facility at Newburgh is commercially important, but it is "deliver and go". The Beacon-Newburgh "bay" is a frequently used area for environmental education, pleasure boating, entertainment and scenic views.

    I am a member of the Beacon Sloop Club and Clearwater both of which use these waters for environmental education, sailing skills training and public enjoyment. Their work and that of their founder, Pete Seeger, have been instrumental in the implementation of the Clean Water Act and the clean up of the Hudson. Today, River Pool at Beacon floats in the Hudson where the water has become clean enough to swim. I return on August 6th for my eleventh Newburgh to Beacon Swim in support of that effort.

    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Deep Geo Proposal Proposal

    -------- Forwarded Message --------
    Subject: Grant & development opportunity: Geothermal
    Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:59:18 -0400
    From: Vane Lashua
    To: Mitchell Daniels
    CC: Chip Orben , Dan Parker


    The Office of Purdue University President Mitchell Daniels

    I would like to meet with President Daniels to discuss the potential role of Purdue in a project to engineer, make available and use geothermal energy for electricity generation virtually anywhere in the US. Among "renewable", fossil and nuclear sources of energy, geothermal is the cleanest and least expensive -- and it is unlimited and uninterruptible. Such a project would be on the scale of the Ball State geothermal project, BUT would explore and define a more extended role of geothermal energy.

    Having moved back to my hometown in January after 45 years, I am interested in championing both the immediate economic opportunity for the state and the long-term benefits for the environment. Over the last eight years, I have worked with Geothermal Energy Assn. staff and members, met with Department of Energy leaders and staff and lobbied in Congress to educate myself on the possibilities.

    To borrow part of an email I sent last week after a meeting with Duke Energy (Chip Orben)  & head of the Fayette County Economic Development Group (Dan Parker),
    ... proving the universal environmental and economic benefits of geothermal electricity generation would also have dramatic positive impacts. Doing "good" that brings economic, environmental and social benefits, multiplies the benefits to its contributors. That, I believe, can be part of the "ask" to Duke Energy Indiana, Purdue, IU, the State and the DOE: "Let us explore and demonstrate a proven sound, strategic and economical means of clean energy generation that will benefit the Earth, our economy and your bottom line -- right here in Indiana."
    Looking forward to discussing geothermal research possibilities,
    C. Vane Lashua
    1504 West 7th Street, Connersville, IN 47331
    http://thnktnk.net/drill.html

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Praise Geo.

    Subject:Re: April 26 Briefing - Renewable Gas, Hydropower, and Geothermal:
    What is the role of these often overlooked renewable resources?
    Date:Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:39:36 -0400
    From:Vane Lashua
    To:ccooper@eesi.org

    Ms. Cooper,
    Your announcement arrived on the 18th, and I overlooked it. I could not have a ended the briefing anyway. I am a ending a conference (http://www.energy21symposium.org/ ) in Syracuse, NY, the evening of the 26th and all day the 27th.

    Will the EESI program be streamed or recorded? I would very much appreciate a link.

    Meanwhile ...

    Often, as in the conference I am attending and below, the generic "renewables" is supposed to include bio-fuels, solar, wind, Geo and hydro! "Renewable" only works with library books.

    What I'm most concerned about is that Geothermal power generation (Geo) is seldom recognized as the most cost-effective, least polluting, least resource-intensive AND most endurable alternative to nuclear, coal, gas, petroleum, wind and solar for base/regional power generation. Except for the negative environmental impacts of artificial reservoirs and its dependence on a continuous water resource, hydro is the only competitor to Geothermal.

    That probably sounds like a baseless proposition if one were to base judgment on the truly baseless and dismissive assertion, "... the hot temperatures required for power generation are found primarily in the West", contained in your description of it and in most other summary assessments. Please don't take offense. The President, the Administration, Congress and most of the rest of us ignore or are innocently ignoring. Absurd coal, gas and oil commercials don't help: "America's Fuel: Clean Coal" or "Clean Gas" or "fulfilling the promise of energy independence" or "energy for the next 80 years".

    Unfortunately there are no commercials for "unlimited power less than ten miles from everywhere on Earth" or "no GHGs, particulate free!" or "energy for the next billion years".

    Once a Geo plant is established, everything except the wires are on-site. All generating equipment and processes are conventional and virtually identical with any other plant that boils water and turns a turbine.

    "Fuel" is underfoot. Ownership can be private or public, self-supported authorities -- like water and sewage plants, toll roads, bridges or the Hoover Dam. Production of Geo is not based on direct or services-oriented income and profits from mining, drilling, refining, storage, transportation, re-storage, processing, burning, and trading commodities simply to boil water. The cost of the electricity produced through Geo is not based on markets.

    Energy Independence? Every airport and every domestic military base could produce its own power and power its neighbors. Plants situated on public lands (even Interstate rights-of-way) could provide most of our needs. And don't let Halliburton, Exxon, BP or any of the others to tell you, "It's too deep" ... they drill to the required depths regularly. Can't the drilling cause earthquakes? Think about highway and subway tunnels, aqueducts and ... oil and gas wells all over the world.

    There is no, one alternative for our energy needs, but for regional/base electrical power supply, there is none better than Geo.

    Please pass along my comments, if you would, and see http://thnktnk.net/drill.html (for references) and/or http://thnktnk.net/RachelMaddow.html (policy).

    Praise Geo,