Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gateway Pundit Highlights Democrats FARCing Problem

The Democrats have another terrorist problem, not only are they having relationship problems with Al Qaeda now they are having to explain their links with Colombia's FARC group.

It appears the laptop that Colombian forces captured in their raid that killed the senior FARC commander in Ecuador is just full of documents linking FARC to our very own Democratic party. Check out Gateway Pundit: Captured FARC Documents Link Democrats to Terror Group:

What Colombian investigators found on the FARC terror leader's computer:

-- FARC connections with Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa
-- Records of $300 million offerings from Hugo Chavez
-- Thank you notes from Hugo Chavez dating back to 1992
-- Uranium purchasing records
-- Admit to killing the sister of former President Cesar Gaviria
-- Admit to planting a 2003 car bomb killing 36 at a Bogota upper crust club
-- Directions on how to make a Dirty Bomb
-- Letter to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi asking for cash to buy surface-to-air missiles
-- Meetings with "gringos" about Barack Obama
-- Information on Russian illegal arms dealer Viktor Bout who was later captured
-- FARC funding Correa's campaign
-- Cuban links to FARC
...And, more.

Captured FARC terrorist documents link US democrats to the Colombian terrorist group. 16 documents were posted this weekend in the Spanich Semana magazine. One of the documents mentions that US Democrats were trying to organize meetings with the FARC.
The AP reported:

New docs detail Colombian rebel ties

The 16 documents were published Sunday by the news magazine Semana. They also detail previously unknown relationships held or sought by Latin America's oldest and most potent rebel force, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Another discusses an apparent effort by U.S. Democrats to have celebrated novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez mediate talks with the insurgents — possibly with former President Clinton's involvement.

There is no evidence the FARC ever obtained surface-to-air missiles, however. Attempts to reach Clinton and Garcia Marquez were unsuccessful.

Now if we could just get the MSM to actually cover it, maybe we could get some congressional hearings on something with more substance than whether a nearly retired baseball player used HGH ten years ago to help heal a arm injury!

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MIT Gives Six Million Dollar Man His Eyes

Six Million Dollar Man took one step closer to reality today, check out Engadget's Bio-electronic implant seeks to restore partial sight:

We've seen initiatives all over the globe created in an attempt to beat blindness, but researchers based at MIT are feeling fairly confident that their development is within a few years of being able to "restore partial sight to people who have slowly gone blind because of degenerative diseases of the retina." The bio-electronic implant, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, would actually sit behind the retina at the back of the eyeball, and images would be transmitted to the brain "via a connector the width of a human hair." As it stands, an FDA grant application is already in the works, and the scientists are hoping to have it implanted in an animal as early as this summer. Still, the solution only works for folks who "were once able to see and have partially intact optic nerve cells" -- those who were blind from birth or suffer from glaucoma are unfortunately ineligible for the procedure.
Now all they need is bionic ear's and limbs and he'll be all ready to go. I'll bet they are nearly ready and they may be ready for the next Para-Olympics, it will be neat to see them do things the normal athletes can't!!

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While The Stock Market Falls, The Clean Energy Markets are Expanding Rapidly

While the worlds stock markets have taken it in the shorts so far this year, Mainly under the pressure caused by increasing energy demand and costs, there are markets, clean energy markets that are expanding faster than ever before. Alternative energy markets expanded 40 percent last year alone. Check out what GoodCleanTech has to say about the hot new markets in Clean Edge: Clean Energy Markets are Expanding Rapidly:

The leading clean-tech research and publishing firm Clean Edge has just released its annual Clean Energy Trends report, which finds that alternative energy markets are on the rise. It concludes that revenues in four benchmark sectors, including biofuels, wind power, solar photovoltaics, and fuel cells, has shown a rapid, 40 percent expansion from $55 billion in 2006 to $77.3 billion in 2007.

The 2008 edition shows that for the first time biofuel, wind and solar technologies have each surpassed $20 billion in revenue. In fact, in 2007 the overall clean-tech market has reached $77 billion and is projected to grow to $254 billion by 2017.

"Clean energy has moved from the margins to the mainstream and the proof is in these numbers," said Clean Edge co-founder and principal Ron Pernick. "Amid last year's plummeting housing prices, rising foreclosure rates, and record high oil prices, clean energy continued to provide a bright spot in an otherwise sluggish economy."

The complete Clean Energy Trends report is offered by Clean Edge at no cost can be downloaded here.

I'll bet the biggest players in these new markets are the global warming leaders/exploiters like Al Gore.

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Konarka says Ink Jet 'Printed' solar cells coming soon!

While GE is showing off how they are going to light our homes with inkjet printed lighting sheets, another company by the name of Konarka is showing off how they are going to use similar inkjet printing technology print solar collectors that will capture the electric power needed to power GE's lighting sheets.

Check our Crave's 'Printed' solar cells coming to windows, clothing:

NEW YORK--Solar company Konarka wants to bring plastics to life with the sun.

Konarka has developed technology to create rolls of plastic that can convert light to electricity--a design that will result in solar power being embedded in everything from flashing Coke bottles to wireless sensors, the company claims.

Earlier this month, Konarka said that it has demonstrated the use of inkjet printing to manufacture its solar cells. And at a recent investor conference here, chairman and founder Howard Berke described Konarka's longer-term plans to embed small solar plastic cells in hundreds of products.

In the second half of this year, Berke said, Konarka will make its first shipments to customers and will announce the location of a factory.

Initially the company intends to make portable solar chargers for gadgets as well as self-powered sensors, lights, and smart cards. Farther down the road, it plans to make solar windows and power-generating cloth.

In four years, Berke said, the company intends to have products for the building-integrated photovoltaics (PV) market with "bifacial cells," for placement on windows, that can convert electricity from both sides.

It is also working on a project, sponsored by the Department of Defense, to make fibers that can be woven into clothing, he said.

"You'll be able to wear, carry, integrate PV," said Berke. "Wherever plastics occur, you'll have PV."

But some solar industry watchers have become skeptical about whether this technology will ever live up to its promise. Konarka, founded in 2001, has raised several rounds of capital and taken government grants but still doesn't have a commercial product.

Plastic solar cells have the advantage of being flexible, unlike traditional silicon, but they're not nearly as efficient as rooftop panels.

Konarka's cells, which are made with a roll-to-roll manufacturing process, convert about 5 percent of the light that hits them into electricity, whereas typically solar panels with silicon cells are 16 percent to 20 percent efficient.

But its organic photovoltaic cells can convert low light, can be tuned for specific wavelengths, and can work even when the light hits at a low angle, Berke said.

"We see this as next-generation thin-film PV technology and not competing with silicon," he said.

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GE create inkjet printable, flexible OLEDs for lighting our future

For everyone wondering what your going to do for decorative lighting once incandescent bulbs become illegal in a few years, General Electric is up to. Think what you could do with wallpaper paper flat lighting that can be molded into just about any shape imaginable. For more read Engadget's GE researchers create printable, flexible OLEDs:

"Researchers at GE have created the world's first roll-to-roll manufactured OLEDs -- a newspaper printing-like process that is the first step to plentiful, cheaply produced, flexible lighting. Production of the thin, organic materials in this manner could lead to a wide array of innovations in the use of lights, sensors, and displays, and could make a noticeable impact on the efficiency and environmental performance of lighting and electronics. The company envisions a new playing-field for businesses, architects, and lighting designers who need access to cheap, energy-conscious materials, and see this research as a first step to an emerging field of commercialized OLED lighting. Yes, a new vista of discovery, wealth, and prosperity awaits those who take this bold step into the wide, wonderous, and uncharted worlds of scientific research and prototyping -- let's just hope it doesn't end up all Bioshock-y and weird."

And from the Register there is more Boffins demo OLED-on-a-roll production process:
"General Electric scientists have worked out how to manufacture OLED displays on a roll, a process that they hope will one day allow panels to be punched out cheaply and cut to size like cloth.

So far, GE's researchers have simply demonstrated such an approach is possible. But they believe that, with further development, the technique could soon result in vast sheets of OLED materials flowing out of production plants and wrapped onto large rolls ready for shipment.

OLED panels sandwich organic compounds between two electrodes. When a charge is placed across the electrodes, the organic compounds emit light. Different compounds produce different colours of light, and by building cells out of these structures, it's possible to build a full-colour display.

It's a technology widely seen as the successor to today's LCD and plasma screens. OLED produces bright colours and uses much less energy to do so. However, big OLED panels are very costly to produce and right now don't last as long as LCD and plasma before their image quality degrades.
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The company's vision is to replace lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes with light-emitting sheets that, because of their size, deliver more light but at much lower power than today's lighting systems eat up.

Four years ago, GE demo'd a 60 x 60cm OLED panel capable of producing as much light as a modern incandescent bulb. It wants to begin commercializing such products in 2010."

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Is It Cold, or Is It Just Me

After several years of warmer than average winters, this year winter has been distinctly cooler than normal here in Lee's Summit, and I for one am ready to see it come to an end. As I write this, the local weather forecasters are predicting yet another round of snow.

The truth is the Midwest isn't the only area of the country suffering from a cooler than normal winter, according to the U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) many American cities and towns have suffered from record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average." In the same report the NCDC reported that snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

The Ice that was supposed to have disappeared from the Northern Ice Cap is back and it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year according to Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa.

So it appears that the entire Northern Hemisphere is suddenly in the deep freeze so surely if the Global Warming crowd is correct then the Southern Hemisphere should be just burning up, right? Wrong, both Argentina, and Brazil had much colder than normal winters this year. On November 15 of last year, springtime in Argentina, Buenos Aires recorded the coldest temperature in 90 years, roughly just 36 degrees Fahrenheit.

What we should draw from this, is that maybe we don't know all that we think we do when it comes to weather. Whether or not man can actually cause an increase in Global Warming is still open to debate, but one factor in our weather is beyond dispute, even by the most hardened scientists and meteorologists. That undisputable factor is that our Sun or specifically the sunlight we receive from it is and always has been the main driver of the earth's weather.

According to the Canada's National Post, Kenneth Tapping of Canada's National Research Council, who oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun, is convinced we are in for a long period of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon.

Professor Tapping maintains that the last time the sun was this inactive; the Earth suffered what is known as the "Little Ice Age". The Little Ice Age lasted nearly five centuries and just ended in the 1850's. During that period crops repeatedly failed from killer frosts and drought, sparking famine, plague and war. Imagine the effect on today's economy if Boston and New York Harbors froze solid as they did as recently as in the winter of 1779/1780.

If Professor Tapping is correct and we are in for an another "Little Ice Age" will Al Gore and the environmentalists who maintain that mankind has increased Earth's temperature through increased pollution tell us to buy and drive our SUVs, remove our catalytic converters and cut down the nation's forests so we can soften the blow of the new "Little Ice Age" on mankind. No, I doubt they are really that interested in looking after our best interests even if mankind did have the power to affect the earth's weather. Instead they would claim that we need to wait for more data to be collected before we make a rash decision, either that or they will find some way of making the decrease in solar radiation a result of man polluting the earth atmosphere.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's Cold Out There, If Pollution Causes Global Warming, Get Out There And Pollute

I don't know if you've noticed but this winter has been about the coldest one I can remember, so if pollution really warms up the environment then get out there and pollute...

Now from the UK Daily Express there is empirical proof, check out THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS - UK Daily Express: "GLOBAL WARMING? IT'S THE COLDEST WINTER IN DECADES":

UK Daily Express: "GLOBAL WARMING? IT'S THE COLDEST WINTER IN DECADES"Note that the "Express" story below is about winter ice while the Greenies have been gloating about summer ice. Nonetheless, if all the summer loss is replaced in winter the Greenies have only got theory to hang their hats on.

Also note that -- according to paleoclimate research -- the earth never loses its polar ice, not even during eras of extreme global warming. So the whole Greenie gloat is sensationalism, not science.

Note thirdly that the article below is from the mass media but the truth behind it can be seen from the scientific graphs below -- the first of which shows the extent of the antarctic sea ice right now -- which is SUMMER in the Antarctic. Instead of being minimal, the area of ice is greater now than it has ever been in the period graphed.



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The same thing is even clearer in the Anomaly graph ("anomaly" means "deviation from average"):



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And it's not only the Antarctic. The graph below is of the Arctic anomaly. Look at the tail end of it and you will see that after the big melt of 2007, the ice area has popped back up to normal



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The "Express" article:
New evidence has cast doubt on claims that the world's ice-caps are melting, it emerged last night. Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature. It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming. But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the "lost" ice has come back. Ice levels which had shrunk from 13million sq km in January 2007 to just four million in October, are almost back to their original levels. Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year.

The data flies in the face of many current thinkers and will be seized on by climate change sceptics who deny that the world is undergoing global warming.

A photograph of polar bears clinging on to a melting iceberg has become one of the most enduring images in the campaign against climate change. It was used by former US Vice President Al Gore during his Inconvenient Truth lectures about mankind's impact on the world. But scientists say the northern hemisphere has endured its coldest winter in decades. They add that snow cover across the area is at its greatest since 1966.

The one exception is Western Europe, which has - until the weekend when temperatures plunged to as low as -10C in some places - been basking in unseasonably warm weather. The UK has reported one of its warmest winters on record. However, vast swathes of the world have suffered chaos because of some of the heaviest snowfalls in decades. Central and southern China, the USA and Canada were hit hard by snowstorms.

Even the Middle East saw snow, with Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman and northern Saudi Arabia reporting the heaviest falls in years and below-zero temperatures. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan snow and freezing weather killed 120 people.

In Britain the balmy February weather came to an abrupt halt at the weekend as temperatures plunged to -10C in central England. Experts believe that this month could end up as one of the coldest Februaries in Britain in the past 10 years.

The freezing night-time conditions look set to stay around -8C until at least the middle of the week. A Met Office spokesman explained: "There has been little or no cloud cover across England and Wales. So there is a capacity for a fair bit of heat to be able to escape at night. "It has been warmer in Scotland but that's because it has been cloudy there. "Until the weekend the temperatures were in the 14s and 15s, and we will see a return to that later this week, though it will look grey and overcast when the clouds return." But he added that there was little chance of snow. He said: "When the rain comes it will get warmer."

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McCain will draw both Hillary's and Obama's supporters in the General Election

The PrairiePundit has a post speculating that McCain will get some Hillary voters of Obama is nominee and I have to agree, I think more than a few of Obama's supporters are really anyone but Hillary supporters and when given a clear choice will choose McCain easily over the inexperience of Obama. Check out his post:

Froma Harrop:

Despite the hard contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, party leaders keep telling Democratic-leaning voters that they have two good candidates. They are right, but one of them may well be a Republican.

Far from the pumped-up Obama rallies, centrists who voted for John Kerry last time now say they are considering John McCain — especially if the Democrat is the vaporous Obama. At least that's what many are telling me — and I'm telling myself.

One friend said he'd vote for the New York senator, and if she's not the candidate, then McCain. When I reminded him that he doesn't like Hillary, he shrugged. Another acquaintance e-mailed, "Hillary is to me extremely unlikable, but I do not regard likability as a qualification."

The notion that many Clinton voters cannot be easily transferred to Obama contradicts much "expert" opinion. But a Super Tuesday exit poll suggested there is something to it. While 52 percent of Obama's supporters were amenable to a Clinton candidacy, only 49 percent of Clinton voters said they'd be happy with the Illinois senator, according to the survey by Harvard University's Institute of Politics.

And at that time, the news media were still lavishing love on Obama. That situation is about to end. "He's the fashion plate of the moment," an editorial page editor remarked, "but fashion week is over."

Sophisticated commentary now notes the growing creepiness of the Obama campaign: Its aversion to substantive policy discussions. The sermonizing — "In the face of despair, we believe there can be hope." And the messianic bit — "At this moment in the election there is something happening in America." (That would be he.)

Volunteer trainees at Camp Obama are told not to talk issues with voters, but to offer personal testimony about how they "came" to Obama. Makes the skin crawl.

Centrists generally do not find cults of personality entertaining. The mass hypnosis reminds them of the mortgage frenzy — all these people buying into a dream and not caring about the fine print.

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Obama's magic is fading. Whether it will fade in time to save Hillary is another question, but it will probably fade in time to save McCain. While Obama has had some appeal to moderates and independents, they will be the first to abandon him when it gets to the specifics of his real agenda.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Magnetized Target Fusion Power In Five Years!, Wal van Lierop Says It Is Possible

I've covered many of the alternative energy technologies here, Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydrogen, among others but one I haven't covered is what I feel may be the technology that will ultimately will resolve our energy issues, just is it is the ultimate source of energy on our earth.

Fusion is the source of energy for our sun and the stars above, and if you believe statements made in EcoGeeks - Fusion Power in the Next Five Years!, Fusions "Time in the Sun", pardeon the pun is is sooner rather than later. The article states that:

In a world where we're all used to hearing that "Fusion power has been twenty years away for twenty years" hearing that it's five years away is pretty remarkable.

General Fusion hopes to create small fusion reactors that cost around $50 million a piece and generate roughly 100 megawatts allowing for roughly 4 cent / kwh electricity. That's about the same cost as coal.

The fusion system the use, called Magnetized Target Fusion which uses lithium as a fuel. The lithium is heated and mixed with intensely pressurized plasma. The lithium then breaks down into tritium (hydrogen with two neutrons), which is then mixed with deuterium (hydrogen with one extra neutron.) In the high energy environment, the tritium and the deuterium fuse to form helium, and create a whole lot of heat.

The heat captured is significantly greater than the energy used to run the device and the only byproduct is helium and other harmless gas.

I hope the are right, but there are people in the know, notably, Wal van Lierop, CEO of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital who are convinced that a five year estimate is not that far out of reach. Check out what he has to say about Magnetized Target Fusion in C/Nets - Nuclear fusion is coming, says noted VC:

"Within five years, large companies will start to think about building fusion reactors. In three to four years, scientists will demonstrate results that show that fusion has a 60 percent chance of success."
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Other notes from van Lierop:

• Although onshore wind power is mature, companies building offshore wind turbines have to figure out a way to deal with corrosion and maintenance. It is going to be a big problem that we will hear more about in the next few years.

• Municipalities will soon begin to explore solar microgrids. In this scenario, neighborhoods will get a substantial portion of their power from local solar plants. By delivering power locally, utilities will save on the costs of transporting power.

• Tax breaks and tax holidays may replace solar subsidies in some areas. Electricity is taxed, but utilities offer subsidies to those who install solar power. By switching to microgeneration, cities will find it easier to just forgo taxation rather than try to run a subsidy program.

He's not a big fan of corn ethanol. "Corn ethanol is a scam," he said.


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Putin Plans On Using Oil Wealth To Fund New Military Arms Race

According to Indian News outlet ANTARA News flush with newly found oil revenue Russia plans to channel billions of dollars into developing a new generation of military weaponry to match anything that we currently have, and quite possibly triggering a new worldwide arms race.

Based on comments made in Moscow by Russian President Vladimir Putin last Friday, check out this except of the Antara News - Putin warns of new worldwide arms race:

"Unfortunately, this does not depend on us. It is not our country that started it," said the president, who will step down after eight years in office following the March 2 presidential elections.

Putin said the developed countries, relying on their technological superiority, are channeling billions of dollars into the designing of the next generation of defensive and offensive weapon systems.

"Their allocations in the defense sector exceeded Russia's allocations dozens of times," he said.

He said that growing military-political threats are forcing Russia to take adequate measures to safeguard its national security, adding that Russia is to respond to these challenges by developing more high-tech weapons.

"Russia has and will always have a response to these new challenges," said Putin.

"Over the next few years, Russia will start production of new types of arms, with the same or even superior specifications compared to those available to other nations," he said.

However, Putin stressed that Russia would not be drawn into the new arms race and exhaust its economy and resources.

"Finances made available for these purposes should always be commensurate with the country`s capabilities and should not be made at the expense of socioeconomic priorities," he said.

He pointed out that Russia needs an "innovation army," which could meet modern standards.

The president called for the development of Russian science, including nanotechnology, which could be used to develop new types of weapons. . .


We need to not only match the Russians moves in sponsoring scientific research in to these new areas, but fully fund research into eliminating the Russians new oil wealth. We can do this by making ourselves and our friends oil energy independent.

Unfortunately, that is something unlikely to happen given the current crop of presidential candidates from both parties, in fact I doubt current levels of research spending will be maintained in the next administration.

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