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  1. 11 points
    My guess is that the Wall Streeters find management to be "stodgy." If management has no collective intellectual "push," then the worker bees are not going to undertake risk. That dooms the enterprise to sloth. I invite you to take the "military contractor" complex as an aggregate and consider it one gigantic corporation, with revenues of $800 Billion. It has a huge payroll, staggering capital assets, and can and does raise capital at whim for basically nothing. Are those contractors bid through the roof? Nope. There is some intellectual creativity going on, such as "stealth" technology, but it is massively inefficient, so it internally chews up huge sums that would otherwise go to investors as dividends. And therein lies the problem, (in my limited view). Exxon is a bloated bureaucracy. It has the capital to go buy out competitors, and it has, but it does not learn from its mistakes. take the Exxon Valdez, the ship that had the drunken captain and ran aground and busted open. When the ship was finally salvaged it was towed down to drydock in San Diego and re-hulled. It was single-hulled; was it rebuilt with a double bottom? Nope. It was rebuilt to the original blueprints, then the ship re-named, then sent back out again on some other run. At least it did not get sent back to Alaska. Now, is that smart management? Nope. You just had a disaster with one design format. Why set yourself up for exactly the same disaster in the same format? Fix it (or scrap it) and do the double-bottom. But those giant outfits do not do that; they just chug along, and that sluggishness crushes the independent mentality you need for innovation in the enterprise. Without innovation, someone else will eat your lunch. The Fracking boom amply demonstrated this. Who would have thought of horizontal fracturing of tight oil rock? Entrepreneurs do. Exxon managers do not. I am no longer going to be posting much if anything here, getting tired of the CCP ranting. For the record, I am not a Trump Supporter. That said, I also grant that he has done remarkable things, and is emphatically not the stupid dummy that the CCP crowd wants to make him out to be. Specifically, his aluminum tariffs have single-handedly saved the entire US primary aluminum industry. With nothing more than vision and a stroke of a pen. Ditto with a number of other industries, so you CCP guys can go make insults all you want, in the end he accomplished what the Congress could not. The thousands who now have decent-paying jobs will continue to thank him. Trump's major failure was in not hiring me for his Cabinet, but you cannot really blame him, his staff has obviously not told him I even exist (and our paths never crossed even once in NYC, interestingly enough). Can the US be revitalized under Trump? Of course it can. He is probably more competent than Reagan, so you underestimate Trump at your peril. Cheers to all of you who are looking at this and the oil industry in an intellectually detached way. Oil is going to be around for a very, very long time to come.
  2. 9 points
    All these fed "infrastructure" plans are jokes. None of them address making MORE efficient infrastructure. They all throw a $$$ sign at people and pretend this is "infrastructure. And no, electrical grid is doing just fine. Unless you bring a new tech to the party less susceptible to EMP, no engineer is interested other than these companies peddling this BS snake oil. There is nothing "smart" about smart grid other than used as a slogan for ignorant stupid shits. If the fed wanted to dredge all the rivers/canals, improve the lock system, build hydro storage dams, so seasonality is less and more even hydropower is generated, then there would be something of VALUE in said infrastructure plan. But there is not. If EVERY highway overpass was converted to a divergent Diamond instead of the moron overpasses we have today? THAT would be an improvement in infrastructure. Is that anywhere? No. IF they created a MORE long lasting road bed material and decided to repave all the major highways with it, THAT would be an improvement. Same goes for bridges so we do not have to TOUCH them for the next 1000 years, but that is not in the bills either. These "infrastructure" bills are all absurd pork barrel jokes. Just so some assholes' 3rd cousin can rent out orange barrels to the DOT for 2 years while 2 weeks of work is being done while allowing the POLICE to charge double for speeding tickets in "construction" zones.
  3. 9 points
    The world will get a chance to run an experiment on your thesis: U.S. rig count 250: down 700 from this time last year. Canada rig count 25--down 90. Libya is a basket case. Venezuela is down to one rig (1). Reserves are one-half in KSA. We are in for the mother of all oil shocks: maybe by this time next year. If either the strait of Malacca or the strait of Hormuz gets hit, or if someone puts something ballistic on KSA gumworks, oil will be at an incredible premium. At a time when Tesla stock is going up 10% a day and oil stocks are falling by the same amount, on the heels of paying someone $47 to haul off a barrel of oil, it might not seem it, but run the numbers, for Pete's sake. And I wouldn't be too quick to let someone else refine my oil either: friends are friends until they're not. This old world is tightening up. The United States is no longer watchman of the world. Some very bad things are apt to happen. Anyone who doesn't think another bad coronavirus is incubating is nuts. Things are never stable. I could go on with this dystopian riff but I've come to the end of my adjectives.
  4. 8 points
    I don't think that many people appreciate just how big the Guyana find really is. And it's coming at a time when the U.S. energy apparatus has been thoroughly decimated. For instance, there are 250 oil and gas rigs working, only 180 of them oil, compared to about 950 this time last year. Sure, the world demand for oil collapsed there for a while, but unless something more dire than Covid-19 comes along, there will be increasing demand at some point. Into that void comes Exxon and Hess, with 45% and 30% interests, respectively, in the massive Stabroek Block off Guyana. We're talking about 6.6M acres, the need for several (they're saying 5 now) FPSO's, and no telling how much oil. The Stabroek has gotten a bad rep because it is gassy, but of the 8B recoverable oil-equivalent barrels currently estimated, 6B are oil, 2B gas, and this field is just getting delineated. One discovery, called Haimara, has already been designated a gas condensate reservoir and will be put on slo-mo. The Liza Deep and the Turbot are massive oil finds. For Exxon this is a very, very big deal. For Hess it is almost certainly transformative. Unless, of course, the demand for oil is destroyed. Since I have almost no interest in windmills, solar panels, the city of Portland, Antifa, Mr. Bradley and his sophomoric vocabulary, Joe Biden and a cerebral issue that is almost certainly going to stun the world, Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, BLM, and an unending dialogue about the wonders of those damn electric cars, I offer a sincere thank-you for allowing me to spout everything I know about the Stabroek Block. My interest in oil and gas came from my round grandfather rudely waking me at age six and roaring through his pasture to get to an arroyo across from the first deep well in that area. I awoke the second time to crude oil splatting my grandfather's windshield, from a blowout through one of the old Ram blowout preventers--which didn't prevent much of anything. He had the windshield wipers going. Through the smear I could see a gusher of oil shooting into the sky. Something like that doesn't inculcate an abiding interest in hydrogen cells.
  5. 8 points
    So to be clear, his son died of opioid addiction that had as its root the opium poppies raised by the Muslims he frets about being demeaned at the 7 minute mark. Those addiction centers were wide open while his son was over dosing and didn't do a damn bit of good. What's driven the flyover country to addiction during the mismanagement of the Obama administration was the complete and utter lack of future. No jobs, no prospects, nothing to do but get high and watch the tube. Trump put those people to work and the 3.5% unemployment was populated with a bunch of folks who couldn't get a job because they couldn't pass a drug test. But no fear, thanks to Yoshi's buddies in the CCP we don't have to worry about 3% unemployed but 30% thanks to ineptitude from Democratic governors shutting down vast swathes of the US economy, all while blaming Trump. Only a venal and sycophant press would repeat that claptrap, luckily for the DNC, they've got exactly that.
  6. 7 points
    https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/04/29/delaying-herd-immunity-is-costing-lives/#.Xx8igwNtKGI.twitter Herd immunity arrives after a certain still unknown percentage of the population has acquired immunity. Through long-term sustainable social distancing and better hygiene, like not shaking hands, this percentage can be lowered, saving lives. Such practices should be adopted by everyone. Pakistan achieves herd immunity, thus throws egg on WHO and China's faces. . Applying this pattern to the current outbreaks in AZ FL and TX, then GA and SC, they are not ceasing because of policy, but because of herd immunity achieved vy the July 4 week. The infections were spreading during the intense shopping in preparation for the holiday. Same as with the memorial day shopping. All clearly visible in the Kinsa temperature charts. It takes deliberate ignorance by the epidemiological bureaucracy to sweep aside all facts and stick with a patently false narrative and non-public models that have predicted outcomes that have not happened anywhere. .
  7. 7 points
    Yes, it has a middle and upper class to which appx 300 mil people belong, What about the other 1 billion+ ? The 76% who don't make it into high school? The 2/3 of the 30% of high school grads that go on to cram school college that provides them less than an online self directed study does? That only 1 in 10 grads of STEM are actually capable of doing what their diploma attests, as per US recruiters in China? China is a 1st world Shanghai Beijing and Guangdong/HK who have colonized their neighboring states into a Chinese empire and have lived off of this indentured population for decades. The migrant workers in these provinces can't become permanent citizens. When they are unemployed they don't even count in the host province's unemployment rate, and the don't count as unemployed in their home provinces either since they were not working there. On the other hand, China is suffering from imperial overstretch as the burden of the rest of the provinces has become too great for the 3 leading regions to support.
  8. 7 points
    Agreed! But this is the 'mindset of the eco's and the politicos here in California. Or as I 'lovingly' refer too her "Commiefornia"... Grandad (Mom's side) retired from Louisiana Pacific Lumber here in California in the early 80's. When I was in Jr. High while visiting my Grans for a few weeks as I did each summer. I told Gran I wanted to be a logger just like him when I graduated. He advised me to choose something else. I asked if he felt I couldn't do it. He said he knew I would do just fine. He said by the time your ready to start a family there won't be anymore loggers here in California. He said we're bein run out. By the early 90's the last saw mill had closed and none have come along since. Our forests are Criminally over grown and what used to be a 'normal' manageable forest fire. Is now a Firestorm. But try tellin the politicians this. They refuse to admit they chose the wrong horse. Now the fires erupt into massive infernos and even more pollutants are released into the air...
  9. 7 points
    Uh OK The President is the first US President too stand up to the CCP. Period. He sees them for the Frauds an Con men they are. He refuses to get on bent knee (like Obama) and kiss their ass. The Only reason our economy is in the mess it is right now is he made the mistake of falling for the CON the Left pulled with the CCP-19. No, I'm not sayin this isn't a real med issue. The 'Con' has been perpetuated by that Troll Dr. Fauxchi. The Left KNEW full well if they couldn't find a way to derail the economy they were F*cked in Nov. So, they have Doc Fauxchi get his buds at the Wuhan lab, that he shovels US Tax $$$$$ into BTW to release the CCP-19. Yes, it was 'released' as the Wuhan Lab is one of their Top Bio weapons Dev. labs. While the Wuhan virus was just gettin started there in China, the Gov't made sure several hundred or more citizens travelled too the US prior to the outbreak in Wuhan becoming public knowledge. The UN & WHO both kept quiet about the severity of the crap! Knowing full well what it was. Europe was thrown too the wolves so it wouldn't look like an 'attack' against the US. which IT WAS. So, stop drinking the Left's kool-aide... The President has been all over the Chicom's from day one.
  10. 7 points
    And he knows full well that he doesn't have that power, but he also knows how to get the opposition riled up. I personally think we should be at the stage where all avenues to vote are open to citizens, whether it be polling stations, computer, telephone or mail, if necessary. I also believe Trump's message is that, at present, given the open bias of the leaders of the tech companies that could provide for all avenues of "internet based voting", the chances of electronic or mail in voting could be skewed against him and his party are a concern. We need to move to some sort of neutral system of electronic voting. I think the mail-in arguments are not strong enough to deny that avenue completely, but insisting on ALL mail-in voting does not provide the level of comfort that many others desire. Masks and social distancing are the cry of the day, and they can easily be implemented into a visit to the polling stations. Extend the time allowed for voting and call for a voting holiday so that all who want to vote, can. Also, make sure that public transportation is available for all that need it. And finally, if a person does not feel safe to venture outside, or if they are not in a place that would allow them to visit a polling station, then the normal process for mail-in votes should be followed with allowances for those fearful of Covid-19. Just my thoughts.
  11. 7 points
    Russia is a paranoid country. Why is that? Oh wait they keep getting invaded! Sweden, France, Germany, others I'm not going to mention. The odds that Putin wants to invade Germany? Roughly 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% We've been there for over 70 years, and those bases aren't free. Germany hasn't kicked in their fair share ever and Trump said enough's enough. It's not like we're leaving entirely, we're just scaling back. But yeah, Trump bad, got it.
  12. 7 points
    I was sailing in San Diego right after this happened and motored over to look at the Exxon Valdez. An armed guard tried to warn me off. I just motored up to the hull; it was open water. Let me tell you, that was the biggest gash I've ever seen in my life. It had to have been large enough to drive a VW bus through. I marveled at the fact that they could tow that thing from Alaska to SD without drawing in enough water to capsize it. I agree but he would have fired you within the week, haha. I am not really a fan either, but he's the best we've got at this point. You're at the same place I was a few weeks ago when you chided me. You're totally right: they've taken it over and it is now theirs. Like a lot of things, though, they soon want have anyone to argue with and their silly accusations and sophomoric tirades will be for naught. I get it, though, it wears you down. Better to ponder Euler's Constant or something meaningful. This will be it for me too. I just couldn't resist writing about the Stabroek, which really captures the imagination of what used to be. Too bad, this used to be a very good place to learn stuff and even show one's ignorance occasionally without getting laughed at.
  13. 7 points
    For those posters who dough the viability of electric semi's let me inject some insight from my 30 years experience managing major private fleets. A class eight sleeper weights about 17,000 LB, the drive train account's for 5,000 LB so we can have a 5,000 LB battery with no weight penalty. A tractor / trailer with proper streamlining will have a co of drag similar to a Tesla Model S. The thing that every one is ignoring is the regenerative breaking, every time the driver wakes up the neighborhood with the Jake Break or smokes the brakes and over revs the engine going down the 7% grade the electric truck is recharging it's battery at about 95% efficiency. So while your diesel is out there in the real world of start, stop, up hill and down hill the the electric truck is in it's own little world that is essentially study state and flat. And the first time a driver gets passed on a hill like he was standing still they will all want one.
  14. 7 points
    Electric semi never going to happen mate. Same reason there wont be electric planes. Weight. Trucks are weight limit restricted, and if you are hauling around 4000 pounds of batteries in the truck that's 4 less pallats per load. Customers are not going to make up the difference. It's a crippling competitive disadvantage. Even if electric semi could be operated cheaper then a diesel, 20% smaller loads is a lot to overcome. And that doesnt even consider charging complications. How many semi charging stations would be needed to service an electric semi fleet? Truck stops dont have the physical space for it. And truckers sure as shit don't want to be parked and charging when they could be driving. Ever. Natural gas semi's have been more fuel cost efficient for over a decade. I worked for bison transport when they had experimental nat gas day cabs. They never went mass fleet with them because of logistical and re fueling complications and limitations, and range limitations. Not cost. Time is money in the trucking industry.
  15. 7 points
    According to Art Berman's calculations, shales pay off at a breakeven of 55-65 dollars Then you should add some $ 5 transport costs to the WTI price and some $ 5 discount from the WTI price to the Brent price. So it gives us a Brent oil breakeven price of something like 65-75 dollars. However, given the lack of investment in the oil sector since 2014, apart from shale oil, I personally think that when the problem with COVID is resolved, which rather did not prove to be as deadly as it was announced, taking into current drilling activity around the world I expect for at least next 3 years the price of oil and natural gas should increase.
  16. 7 points
    You’re getting the issue confused. It’s not free trade or no free trade that we’re concerned about. We’re concerned about which option had the best implications for industry. Since the Chinese have slave wages and depots of stolen intellectual property, we’d like their fingers out of our economy. Anybody who thinks that our relationship with China is economically healthy has got gravel pounded so far up their ass that their head is filled with stones.
  17. 6 points
    You got it upside down. The province owned 30%. Saleen and Wong own 70%. In the US there is fiduciary duty to the minority interest. It is often litigated when it is ignored by the majority shareholder. When you want to fleece someone you don't buy the equity, you buy the secured debt and call it. You buy equity for fleecing purposes only when it sells for well below book.
  18. 6 points
    The streets in question are, by a vast majority, in cities and States run by Liberal Democrats. It is Constitutionally the responsibility of these mayors and governors to protect their citizens and quell the rioting, the President must be ‘invited’ to step in. If no invitation is forwarded, the consequences fall squarely on the liberal state and local governments. That said, as is the case in Portland, the FEDERAL government is required, by law, to protect FEDERAL property, such as the courthouse at the center of the illegal riots. So yes, look at our streets, and place the blame where it belongs.
  19. 6 points
    Yes I do understand exactly what you are saying. Let us revisit history,the US and the world experienced a financial meltdown it was coined the housing crisis. OBAMA walked on the scene and was elected a long held socialist dream. From the ashes we will rebuild. Leap forward to 2016, the unimaginable occurred. Trump the outlier was elected along with a republican controlled house. Many of the old republican guard were cast out. The new administration virtually swept 8 yrs of socialist work out the door. Only to be met with a campaign of scorched earth,there were no bondarys..no issue to large. From creating a baseless investigation to smearing a supreme ct nominee and a one party impeachment.. Oddly enough today we again face a financial crisis, we have a presidential nominee that will not expose himself to questioning or expose himself publicly to the masses. The Democratic party is demanding a new form of President voting before the PRESIDENTAL Debates even take place. Now am I aware...perhaps a smidge...and sorely aware i could use a proof writing program.
  20. 6 points
    First they came for Alberta.... So canada has been suffering from pipeline sabotage for the better part of a decade. In 2010 we had 4 new pipelines in the works. Trans mountian, northern gateway, energy east, and keystone xl. Energy east and northern gateway are dead. And the other 2 have been mired in law suits and protesting and blockades. I thought it was a globalist vendetta against Alberta for being low tax, high freedom, minimal government, and filthy rich. Now I am seeing it's not just about Alberta. They want everyone poor.
  21. 6 points
    I don't really think that moving force deployments out of Germany and forward towards Russia in Romania and Poland would be a win for Putin, even support in Belgium is actually allowing ship deployment of land forces into such Baltic sea targets as Kaliningrad and to protect Baltic states. The deployments in Germany were not really useful since the 1990s as they had remained too far back while the front line of NATO moved East. As pointed out, EU military resources are and remain the NATO force in Europe, as had been the case since the 1960s after Europe had rebuilt and the US gradually removed deployments by 2/3 in the later cold war era. That was exactly the point of having NATO. The US contribution had, and so far remains, to provide the Naval air and space security.
  22. 6 points
    The European countries that are members of NATO have several times more population than Russia. Even though they spend less than 2% of GDP on the army, they still spend at least several times more than Russia. As far as I can remember, Great Britain hysterically accuses Russia of being aggressive. Only if it is really so afraid of Russia, why UK plans nowadays in economic crisis to disband some soldiers and wants to have smaller land army from 74,000 to 55,000 soldiers? Taking under consideration that UK has something like 65 milion population its rather a very small army Take it under perspective During the Cold War, 300,000 Americans stationed in West Germany alone, and on the other side there were about 350,000 Russians. Now some 35,000 Americans are in Germany. Germany is actually trying to spend as little as possible on the army, and is investing several billion a year in the Russian economy - last year something like 3 or billions euros. The brutal truth is, and I know it will sound ironic, but the atomic bomb is the greatest historic achievement to preserve global peace, apart from some proxy wars and minor armed conflicts.
  23. 6 points
    If China is buying oil from Iran, the U.S. Iranian sanctions can be used to freeze Chinese or Chinese related financial assets and transactions in or through the U.S. Insurance on carriage of oil can also be blocked, essentially making any vessel carrying Iranian oil to a customer of Iran null and void. China can use her own ships and/or ships of Iran, but they run a risk of the United States fully imposing the sanctions and going after Chinese banks and companies that do business with China. I did a bit of research on this previously, referencing the sanctions themselves as source; not using any other source, and the penalties, if the U.S. chooses to fully implement them, are extremely broad and encompassing. So, if China is taking this step they are indeed actively playing cold war games of the highest order, challenging U.S., and Trump, resolve.
  24. 6 points
    The lie we were told was that we needed to flatten the curve to help hospitals and staff so they wouldn't be overrun. The new lie we're being told is we have to hunker down until this virus doesn't infect anyone, anywhere. That's to quote Yoshi here, Bullshit. We haven't destroyed economies around to world for other highly communicable diseases. Why this one? Oh, right, politics and new world order diktat.
  25. 6 points
  26. 6 points
    Why does someone who "wants to talk" show up simultaneously with rioters? Could it be he had no intention of talking? This entire thing stinks, just pure crap. Want to know what turns the USA into a Third World Country? Freaking rioting on the street! Who is allowing and encouraging the rioters? The democrats running these cities, including that mayor getting "gassed". Your video has been carefully edited to remove the crowd telling Wheeler he needs to get fired. But yeah, Trump. How much wumao have you made this month? Get a bonus from the CCP for starting a thread that doesn't look like pure spam? Asking for a friend.
  27. 6 points
    Anyone in any professional field or governmental field needs to be very careful, especially if they are licensed. One physician in Wisconsin may lose his license because he rightly compared Covid 19 to a bad flu season. True that more died, but not that many more especially considering the fact that much of our population gets annual flu shots. I got two last fall to cover more strains. I tell polsters what they want to hear (liberal positions) or more often just cut them off. I don't think there is any chance at all that conservatives are answering polls to identify themselves as such with any frequency. How they actually vote will be a shock to the poll followers.
  28. 6 points
    I watched a video once where they were interviewing addicts. My apology for not remembering the name, it was on YouTube. One of the addicts interviewed said something very profound. He said, "All addicts want to kill themselves, most just don't have the courage". It was in an AA setting and there were about a dozen addicts nodding their heads to what he'd just said. Now think about famous, wealthy, dead addicts like Kurt Cobain who had everything going for them but couldn't fill that emptiness inside. I think there's something like 60k deaths per year from overdoses and about the same from suicides. Or just figure there's 120k per year killing themselves in this country. But yeah, Trump's fault.
  29. 6 points
    Thank you for reminding me why I blocked your pretentious smarmy arse. I am sorry I ever replied. You just called 99% of every farmer on earth, valueless. You know what 99% of every farmer on earth does? Wrenches on old crap to get another year out of a tool so they can save money allowing them to fix the barns roof and maybe buy more than 2nd hand clothes for the majority of them. To assholes in cities you are typical. One bug and you pretentious sniveling rose smelling turds scream like 5 year old girls. Yet demand to eat high on the hog while paying nothing and demanding ZERO tariffs from other countries while you pile on regulation after regulation increasing cost at home but not abroad. PS: If I get banned at this point I do not care. Sick of pretentious holier than thou city slickers trampling over rural folks all the while sneering at them.
  30. 6 points
    The opioid crisis was started by pharmaceutical companies (Purdue) who provided poor prescribing instructions to physicians. Patients were put on time-release drugs, but the drugs didn't last as long as the company said they would. Doctors reported back to the company that the drug didn't last as long as advertised. The doctors were told to increase the dosage of the time-release formulation and not increase frequency (as the time-release feature was a key part of the patent). Large doses of time-release drug - that don't last - creates alternating waves of euphoria and pain. The roller-coaster effect makes the drug far more addictive than if they were just provided constant pain relief (yes many addicts started with legitimate pain). Then once hooked, it's Dr shopping, then switching to cheaper street drugs...
  31. 6 points
    Source: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren The last few weeks have provided plenty of support for the political positions traditionally espoused by conservatives. Some of the evidence is so painfully obvious it's hard to believe there could be any dispute about it. And yet, disputes there are. In fact, the divisions in this country seem deeper than ever. As we approach the November election and beyond, it is vital that we understand the lessons current events teach us about what we're facing in our future. Here's a short and (very) incomplete list: 1. Our governments are shockingly weak. COVID-19 has revealed that the twin pillars of some city and state governments are hypocrisy and cowardice. Rules put in place to prevent the spread of the virus were strictly enforced when the would-be violators were Orthodox Jews and other worshippers, small-business owners and skateboarders. Ill and elderly people died alone, their loved ones forbidden from visiting them in hospitals and long-term care facilities. These sacrifices, we were told, were necessary to keep the public safe. But when the George Floyd protests exploded into the streets across the country, the narrative changed. "Social justice" became an exception to the infection rules, as if the virus would somehow distinguish between irate Black Lives Matter activists and frolicking beachgoers. Worse, the riots, arson, violence and secessionist colonies in major cities were allowed to take place with virtually no interference from law enforcement -- often at the express directive of city government. Statues and monuments were vandalized or torn down. Buildings were burned. Businesses were destroyed. People were harassed, assaulted, raped, shot and killed. All of this was done with impunity and under the watchful eye of governments that did nothing, for fear of being called "racist." The clear message is that rules are only enforced against the law-abiding, but the government will let you do whatever you like if it is afraid of you. 2. Never give up your Second Amendment rights. Is it not obvious now? The Second Amendment was not written to enshrine hunting as a protected constitutional right; it was written so citizens could protect themselves from oppressive government. Or, in our case, perhaps, weak and feckless government that allows criminals free reign. The chaos in Seattle, Portland, New York City and Washington, D.C., drove the point home that private citizens are on their own and can expect neither government nor law enforcement to help protect their lives and property. That will double when police are "defunded." 3. The media is relentlessly biased and deceitful. As exhibit A of the above, St. Louis attorneys Mark and Patty McCloskey made national news earlier this week when they confronted a group of protesters on their property in a heated exchange. The McCloskeys were armed, and the press was quick to cast them as the wrongdoers overreacting to "peaceful protesters." (As if we haven't watched riots and arson for the past three weeks characterized by the press as "protests.") Mark McCloskey and his attorney had to point out that the protesters had trespassed on private property, breaking down a wrought-iron gate to obtain access to their home, and that some of the protesters were armed and threatened the McCloskeys with violence. 4. No one can survive the ideological purity tests that are being administered to justify tearing down statues and monuments. And, in truth, they're not meant to. The attacks started with Confederate soldiers but quickly moved to the Founding Fathers (Washington and Jefferson), to presidents (Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ulysses S. Grant) and even to Jesus Christ and his mother. The battle is really one to tear down Western civilization -- democracy, capitalism and Judeo-Christian values -- and replace it with a Marxist state. If you don't think this is their goal, you're not listening to them. 5. Ah, Marxism! The only example of perfect diversity. No matter where it has been tried, or by whom, Marxist regimes have failed spectacularly. Whether installed by whites (Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe in the old Soviet Union), Asians (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea), Hispanics (Venezuela, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru) or Blacks (Angola, Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia), Marxism invariably promises equality and utopia, and equally invariably results in government oppression, corruption, starvation, torture, imprisonment and death on a massive scale. 6. The highest praise for Marxism comes from those who have never lived under it. History shows that academics and the press in free countries (as opposed to those in the Marxist countries themselves) continue to praise and tout Marxist regimes, even when they are aware of their brutality. True of The New York Times in the 1930s. True of the New York Times today. 7. Yes, it can happen here. Historian Crane Brinton noted in his classic work "Anatomy of a Revolution" that the American Revolution was the only one of the four major upheavals he addressed that did not have a "Reign of Terror." But for all their criticism of the Founding Fathers, today'srevolutionaries seem to have a greater penchant for bloodshed, as we've seen with the antifa movement, violence in the lawless "occupied" zones, signs that say things such as "Murder Andy Ngo" (an independent journalist), the trending #FrenchRevolution hashtag on Twitter, a guillotine in front of Jeff Bezos' home and an enraged Ivy League student threatening to stab anyone who defends the universal importance of all lives. 8. It isn't about President Donald Trump. Those seeking to destroy the United States were committed to that objective before Trump was elected. They'll be just as committed when he's gone. Trump is obnoxious to them because he doesn't fear them or seek to mollify them like so many other politicians. They want a weak president who will capitulate to them as so many mayors and governors have done. We can't give them that.
  32. 6 points
    In a spark-ignition engine you would have to stay within spark-ignition parameters. In a diesel, which are typically built between 16:1 and 24.5:1, the way that is don is to have a scavenging charge injected at the top end of the power stroke which will then ignite and start the burn of the natural gas. So it uses a thimble-ful of diesel fuel on each cycle. Just enough to fire the gas charge. You can burn the entire gas charge at that elevated compression, the diesel can handle it, but you likely will have to adjust at what point in the power stroke the burning starts. To go to a pure nat-gas engine, you would have to modify the "head" of the motor by installing a spark plug, and also install either a distributor or magneto or some form of crankcase sensor and processor to time the spark. So it becomes a different motor. Can you use the same "short block"? Well, that depends on whether or not you install spacers where the head gasket goes. I have seen amateur conversions where they mill up a spacer, then install it with two head gaskets, one above and one underneath, and that lowers the compression ratio. Then you can run a gasoline engine on kerosine! Lots of tricks out there for the innovative. Cheers.
  33. 6 points
    It's not just tractors. All modern vehicles are designed to be impossible to repair. Dealerships have morphed from making their money on sales, to making their money on service. Unfortunately you'll end up oh the situation as I did that even if you exclusively have your brand new vehicle serviced by the dealer, there will come a day when they simply can't figure out what's wrong and have no clue how to fix it. I literally gave away an Audi A8 that had about 45k miles on it but wouldn't run. The dealer was clueless as to what was wrong and everything getting replaced (out of warranty) did nothing to fix the problem. They offered to sell me anything in their lot at cost and I said I wouldn't take another Audi if it was free. The Germans are at war with their own customers also. It's too bad, because Audi used to be a great car. Mercedes, BMW and Porsche are no better.
  34. 6 points
    All true, but that is only part of the story. The old machines are valuable because anybody can fix them. Farmers tend to be resourceful, and have the skill set to fix their machinery. Plus, lots of parts are available locally, either from after-market manufacturers or from cannibalized tractors. The problem with the new stuff is that John Deere Corp. has savagely attacked their own customers. The company has put these computer controls inside the machines, then buried the software code and refused to release the code to the buyers. So if your tractor conks out all you get is a "fault code" and then the entire machine has to be loaded onto a low-bed trailer and carefully hauled off to the Dealer, where it sits until one of their mechanics find the time to go repair it. Mow if your machine has no spare machine, such as a big combine costing several hundred thousand dollars, then your harvesting (which is done in a very narrow window) just stalls, and you risk losing some part of your crops to rotting in the field. That infuriates the farmers. Right now there are farmers (and their tech-savvy kids) developing hacking software that they can use to get inside the computer units inside those John Deere machines, so that they can do fixes pout in the field. The Company move was a crass effort to force more service work to their dealers, thus taking income from farmers and handing that to the dealers. It is just appalling that a name brand such as JD would stoop to such tactics, but they did. I would have to assume that there has been a change of management internally, that seeks to be in the favor of Wall Street (and the Street's emphasis on quarterly earnings) that would push JD to go to war with their own best customers. Just unbelievable, and I can assure you that the Company has totally infuriated the farmers. Now, in my mind that leads to the development of an entirely new market. The tractors that are built in the vast grain belts of Eastern Europe are likely not computer controlled. There are very basic, sturdy tractors built in Russia, but Russia is out of favor these days for stupid political moves. There is at least one manufacturer in Belarus, and as long as you can see past the near-communist government, those would be a good bet. And I have to think that Ukraine and Poland would have their own tractor manufacturers. Now, given the current exchange rates, those tractors could be sourced cheaply enough, and sold to American farmers who want to boycott John Deere. It defeats the ideal of putting Americans back to work, but what else can you do when management is so utterly crass, so unctuous, so self-absorbed as to deny the right to go repair your own machines? Unreal.
  35. 6 points
    Try calculating the power in kilowatts for a 450 hp peterbilt. There’s a much larger issue than simply weight here. Edit: I’m calculating that 4000 lbs of lithium ion batteries would equate to a couple hours of power at 300 hp steady. Compare that to a refuel every 2000 miles for a 300 gallon tank.
  36. 6 points
    With the news of the flooding ALL OVER China, if I lived downstream from any dam I think I'd take a trip to higher ground if possible. And the "floodgates" should be fully open but that is not a sign of the dam not handling the situation. I'm no expert, but I would think a dam that is built with the main purpose being to mitigate annual flooding should be built to release at least the same amount of water as would be seen in a bad flood year. I mean, normally you would want to spread out the time and the amount of water released so that normal annual flooding is mitigated. But, in a 100 year flood year, you would want to release water at the same rate as the river used to, or even more. This would not be a failure of the dam, but an acceptance that the dam may not be able to save the downstream residents' land or even life in the event of a 100 year flood. I may not be explaining myself clearly, but maybe I'm getting my point across?
  37. 6 points
    Hi Folks, Just checking in hoping your all coping with the Pandemic, glad to see masks finally becoming bipartisan and that we all agree Covid 19 is real. I’m looking fed to the next few months up until the election it should get interesting 🤔 Hope all on the forum stay well and be nice to each other cheers James
  38. 6 points
    Mr. Kamamura, your point is obvious. However, in this highly politicized pandemic, look at a breakdown of the numbers. Everyone would likely say that Governor Cuomo handled this thing straight-on. And yet the mortality rate as figured by mortality over total tested positive was 7.9% and Mass. had one of 7.4%. Contrast to this the rather cowboy style of Texas (1.2%), the beachcomber attitude of Florida and California (1.4, 2%, respectively) and the raging-our-of-control pandemic in the south and Sunbelt states has drastically lowered the overall nationwide mortality to 3.9%. I'm no apologist for the president but it is particularly obvious that this virus behaves a bit differently in the hot weather than it did in the cold wet weather of NYC and Mass. Has it mutated? I don't know; the phylogenists do but they're not saying much these days. Point is, this virus behaves differently in different regions and/or seasons. I don't believe for a moment that in NYC they were able to track down every contact and talk them into staying sequestered. The virus more or less "burned out" in NYC, despite Gov. Cuomo sending still infectious patients back to live in care facilities with the healthy uninfected. A one-size-fits-all wouldn't have worked in a place as vast and variegated as the United States of America, pure and simple. They can talk all they want to about how a President Joe Biden could have done this better, but that's crazy talk. If this country had been completely shut down for much longer, whole states would have gone bankrupt and municipalities would have defaulted on 4% bonds. Despite looking messy and awful and as if no one was running the engine car, the mortality rate of the virus has gone way down. There's just so long one can invoke Farr's Law, because, after all, people have to eat. Lots of people are very angry at the administration because at least that's a face to put on a disaster that came to the world from Wuhan. I'm not arguing with you, merely pointing out that so far nobody has done about anything to combat this virus except tell us to tell us to wear a mask (after first telling us not to) and to wash our hands. My first-grade teacher could have done that. We are, as with every novel virus, at the mercy of genetics and a vaccine. Truth be told, if you're elderly and contract this year's mutation of influenza, a virus that has been around for centuries, you're at high risk of dying. Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine . . . that's all that has made a difference. And you don't need a president to get that going, or even Dr. Fauci. there are 137 companies working on vaccines and one or more will nail it. Fine to take sides; everyone has. But to put the blame on anyone is not very practical, not when you look at the numbers.
  39. 6 points
    The more interesting aspect of this story is the credibility conferred by Twitter verification and the consequent risk if verified accounts are compromised. If people as tech savvy as Musk and Gates are getting hacked then Twitter may have a larger security issue going on that it should address, especially given the amount of political activity that happens on Twitter these days.
  40. 6 points
    The Grey Lady, ruined by the illiberal mob controlling Groupthink there, and at every MSM outlet not named Fox News. Even now, they're doing everything they can to destroy Fox, including attacking advertisers, boycotting products and routinely running catfishing plots to try and catch someone in a honeypot at minimum. When Fox tries to be fair and balanced by asking a liberal to come on beside the conservative, the liberal shouts constantly during the conservative's turn, purposefully to make sure they're not being heard. What drives humans to behave like this, all for ideology that itself is morally bankrupt? To "invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion" is anathema to them. This is why they organize protests on college campuses when so called conservatives come to speak and why they work full time on cancel culture initiatives, and why they bully and demean coworkers until they quit a hostile work environment.
  41. 6 points
    RINOs are political machine Republicans who the Trumpists see as aligned with the looting of the country by the Democratic machine and their assorted corporate crony capitalist supporters. You are viewing this entirely incorrectly. Nobody wishes for a more disciplined and coherent person than Trump supporters, but they take what they can get, as the number of credible people wanting to run for office to dismantle state power and cut off corporations from politics and extract the US from its relationship with China is not a natural phenomenon even among Republicans. Trump at least stands for that and has acted in that direction. Nobody else has even bothered to pay lip service to those goals.
  42. 5 points
    Hence the idiocy of the Greenpeace leader's comments. The green movement is not about the environment, it was and remains a tool of the Soviets and now Chinese. It is entirely about economic sabotage. Not saving the planet, not global warming, not disappearing species. It is part of the cold war the Chinese never stopped fighting.
  43. 5 points
    That might be true in a sense,actually i have see no long range thinking on the Democratic leadership. When Bloomberg walked in and cleaned up there image then left the building it became quite apparent to me they desperately needed a win. There is so much to loose if Trump wins it seems to almost defy the imagination. And that would be the Russian/Muller Investigation, Barr has exposed the trail all the way up to Obama and Biden down to foot soldiers who were sloppy and quite arrogant....One needs to think of the ramifications of a prosecution of such of a event....The US and a attempted political coup...imagine the shame and the anger...From all US citizens.... The whole affair almost broke loose with Flynns trial, at the last second it was buried in the courts once again and will stay buried until the election is over...Victor's write history not the loser's.
  44. 5 points
    As a relic of the StB in Czechia, Yoshi is obviously not at all concerned with the existence of economies. He just wants to be part of the Marxist junta that would rule the remaining world after trying to destroy our existing one. He is the "new left" Marxist product of the Frankfurt school and Chinese propaganda efforts in the West. I would suggest he can make his contribution to his goals by going to live in the woods without any carbon footprint. Would also rid us of his hysterical justifications for a genocidal psychopath's agenda. The world is sustainable as it is, it is becoming ever more sustainable as birth rates come down and renewable energy falls in cost and rises in applicability. Populations in the energy intensive developed and newly industrialized world are shrinking, including in Czechia. We are in the second decade of Europe consuming LESS oil and now other fossil fuels as well.During the transition period through the 2030s, there is a sunspot cycle minimum that will see a tanking of temperatures. That is the climate change we need to actually worry about, because unlike the fuzzy "climate change" science, the relationship is hard science. There is already herd immunity and vaccines, much as I doubt the conventional ones, are possible as T cell immunity has made for long term (so far 6 months proven) immunity, as has B cell rapid response antibody production upon infection. Yoshi is speaking out the wrong end and is entirely ignoring all knowledge of immunology and virology and the fact that while the particular Wuhan chimera virus is a new combo of RNA and surface spikes, none of the componenrs of it were novel. So far, vaccine study reports are not stumbling on cytokine storm reactions to infections that have sunk attempts at a SARS 1 vaccine. His supposed understanding of the virus is simply a propaganda narrative built up of unfounded fears and inflated numbers..I don't think his posts have any effect in the generally conservative oil industry forum such as this is.
  45. 5 points
    I now have 1.5KW on my roof which isn't on a feed in tariff so any export is a free gift to the grid. So I bought one of these. Very easy to install and now any surplus electricity* goes to the immersion to heat water https://www.earthwiseproducts.co.uk/ * We have tried to shift as much of out consumption to day time as possible to best utilise the solar. Our panels are on east and west facing roof spaces so our freezer is on a time switch and switches off middle of the night and comes on in the morning. Reduced our daily usage to about 5 kWh. Over summer we don't use any gas as the solar thermal and PV dump takes care of that.
  46. 5 points
    Hey ya’lll, I wouldn’t get to excited about the Republicans ever shrinking party.I highly doubt that they are racing to the New Democratic Party and the extreme change that they represent. I believe that like myself and Trump they identify more as INDEPENDENT thinkers (the middle who make or break a candidate) who will not be bound by the chains of party group think. My prediction Trump wins in a LANDSIDE, for all of the obvious reasons. I mean honestly who in their right mind, in the secrecy of the voting booth, is really going to vote for less safe cities and suburbs for themselves and their children??
  47. 5 points
    Ideally, they would have seen this coming and pre-released the maximum water they could, in advance of the water wave to come. I suspect this was not done, because the dam has suffered from feature creep. Now they have concerns about continuous power generation, shipping traffic through the locks and silt accommodation. Therefore they waited until it was basically too late to open the flood gates. Considering that when designed, the primary purpose of the dam was flood mitigation, I'd say they failed.
  48. 5 points
    Let me give that a whirl.. Gorsuch/Kennedy....laid a foundation for constitutional law. Killed the Paris accord... Restored US oil production Killed Dodd/Frank Forced immigration enforcement and induced congress to act on behalf of the American people. Cut illegal immigration down by 70%...By the way the Mexican check has been defered...It seems they put 7000 troops on their southern border to cut illegal immagration. Appointed over 200 conservative judges Lowered Corporate tax rate Lowest unemployment since 2007 Added 430000 mfg jobs Isis is dead Syrian war is over Organized terrorism is but a memory. Gutted the ACA Added 700 billion to the Military budget Little Rocket man discovered there is more to life that playing with rockets Passed NAFTA Black unemployment lowest in history Female unemployment lowest in history Family income up at a 7 yr high Went world wide to promote US LNG Hurt Russia deeply lower oil yeilds Low energy costs for the American consumer...Newt Grinch..$2.00 gas...It is happening Newt Began China/US trade balance equitable solutions Ohh yes and is about to expose the most corrupt administration this country has ever known...
  49. 5 points
    While interesting in itself, I don't believe it applies to this instance since she was specifically hired to broaden their horizons after they were gobsmacked by Trump's election, which they never saw coming. Are there horrible millennials? No doubt about it. Did they have horrible parents? The magic eight ball says "highly likely". The text of the letter I didn't quote here goes into specific details of what she endured. Is there a lawsuit coming? I doubt it, since she quit but it would serve them right. My son works in a hostile environment like she did, because he refuses to genuflect to the liberal agenda his manager pushes. He merely does his job, better than everyone around him and more competently than his boss ever could. He's complained, arguing that this is all outside the scope of his job and officially put the manager on notice. Do you think that changed anything? They don't dare fire him but the boss would love it if he quit. Of course then the place would fall apart, but the boss ain't that bright. Just wants Libs all around him and more Groupthink. All this has nothing to do with the job, which is technical and has zero political overtones. But these freaks are that messed up, wanting to control every element of everyone's lives or punish them if they can't. This is unhealthy in a company and unhealthy for our country. These people must be stopped by any and all means necessary. They're a plague.
  50. 5 points
    Man, this is some seriously deranged stuff. Ward may be strident in his views, but "paid troll" he is not. Do try to lighten up.