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General / i am no longer welcome here.
« on: December 12, 2008, 05:23:06 PM »
its been quite a run--almost three years! during that time, ive changed cars, changed jobs, even changed the state i live in. ive got new furniture, a new computer, a new girlfriend...really the only things that remain from february of 2006 are my guitar, and my membership here.

ive learned a lot from everyone here. and the best i can hope is that a few of you learned something from me.

later days and better lays, yall.  8)

General / Re: 19 Hurdles for Large-Scale Biofuel Use
« on: December 12, 2008, 04:50:53 PM »
getting serious about energy would be taking twelve or fifteen million acres of land down here in texas, that currently sits fallow, and growing hemp on it.

at four or five tons of biomass, per acre, per year, minimum, thats a lot of fuel. or paper. or cloth. or plastic. or...anything, really.
and fifteen million acres is a drop in the bucket. the united states alone has enough "unwanted" land to power the planet for decades to come.
we dont have to 'conserve' anything, or be 'efficient'. that mindset is holding us back.

General / Re: 19 Hurdles for Large-Scale Biofuel Use
« on: December 12, 2008, 03:53:07 PM »
if the greenhorns were truly serious about biofuel, they wouldnt be trying to make it out of corn.

or f***ing switchgrass. (or as i like to call it, bait-and-switchgrass).

The World Below / Re: Constitution Rewrite Only 2 States Away!
« on: December 12, 2008, 02:41:59 PM »
Putting the philosophy and linguistics aside.

let me know how that works out for ya.  ;)

The World Below / Re: Constitution Rewrite Only 2 States Away!
« on: December 12, 2008, 01:50:30 PM »
shut up, kook.

The World Below / Re: Constitution Rewrite Only 2 States Away!
« on: December 12, 2008, 11:56:44 AM »

you should see my flags list.  ;D

General / 19 Hurdles for Large-Scale Biofuel Use
« on: December 12, 2008, 11:45:12 AM »
normally, when i run across articles like this (which is often) i post a quick refutation in the comment section of the article. that way, people reading the article at the source are exposed to the ridiculously easy solution to the 'energy crisis'. i selected this article for posting here because i thought it was a relatively comprehensive way to expose the depth of the rabbit-hole. when it comes to hemp, the "green" industry is basically sticking their fingers in their ears and screaming "la-la-la-la-la" at the top of their lungs.
for the green industry, actually solving the problem would be a disaster.
so, without further ado, here are the 19 hurdles for large-scale biofuel use. and, in green, here is me hurdling them.

19 Hurdles for Large-Scale Biofuel Use: Reflections from the Emerson Biofuels Summit

In an energy hungry world, oil has allowed us to achieve unbelievable feats. An inconceivable amount of resources have been poured into an infrastructure that allows us to travel to every corner of the globe. As the fuel for this way of life dwindles, the future of transportation has yet to be written. We are so entrenched in the status quo and corn-based ethanol present insurmountable challenges.

In the World Energy Outlook Report, the International Energy Agency predicts a global shortage by 2030 of a staggering 28.6 million barrels of oil a day. It is hard to say what the leading technologies will fill this gap, but biofuels have a good shot to play a huge role if certain hurdles are overcome.

Speakers today at the Emerson Biofuels Summit highlighted some of the hurdles for large-scale production for 2nd generation biofuels. These challenges include:

1. Competition for Food: Although some experts do not believe that recent food shortages were caused in large part by corn-based ethanol production, it is imperative that 2nd generation biofuels do not compete with food production. Randall Fortenbery, a professor at the Renk Agribusiness Institute at the University of Wisconsin raised the point that food and fuel is a necessary combination because food crisis solutions require energy for refrigeration and distribution.
the united states has millions of acres of unfarmed land that could easily support a hemp crop. if you took just ten percent of this 'ususable' land, we would be flush with cheap diesel fuel...without infringing on a single acre of existing farmland.

2. Price Volatility: A variety of feed stock are in the running as future sources of ethanol. The price volatility that we have seen this year however increases risk and hinders long-term planning in the marketplace. What may be a cost-effective feed stock today may not be tomorrow.
not only does hemp not compete with existing feedstock, it supplements them. hemp is an excellent source of feedstock; in fact its superior to much of what is currently in use.
3. New Feedstock Not Energy Dense: Switchgrass for example is not as energy dense at corn kernels. This creates huge transportation and storage challenges because larger quantities are needed.
switchgrass, hehehe. switchgrass is basically a literal strawman. its used as a bad example more than any source of fiber on the planet. larger quantities are not an issue with hemp. for all intents and purposes, there is an unlimited quantity of hemp.
4. Variety of Feedstock Necessary: The U.S. consumed 140 billion gallons of gasoline in 2007. "No single feedstock is going to bring us there," said Randall Fortenbery. What might work very well in one part of the globe may not be viable in another. This will keep the scientist busy.
until we see a population explosion in antarctica, hemp is a viable option pretty much anywhere on earth.
5. Compelling Message: The public support of ethanol has waned due to concern about food scarcity, food prices, and land use for corn cultivation. When socially and economically responsible options are available, public support must be earned once again.
well, now, heres a tight little pretzel for you. earning public support starts with thousands of articles like this acknowledging the real solution. until then, ill do my best.
6. Water Use for Cultivation: It takes 2,500 gallons of water to grow one bushel of corn, which equates to a measly 2.5 gallons of ethanol. Some future options for ethanol production including natural prairie, which requires little or no irrigation.
hemp grows in near-drought conditions.
7. Regional Solutions: It is not practical to transport feedstock all over the planet, especially if it is not energy dense. "Feedstock streams of tomorrow will be varied," said Tim Donohue, Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. An ideal option in one area could be inconceivable in another. Palm oil cultivation in Alaska for example is a bad idea.
its no less practical to transport biofuel than it is to transport oil. and with decentralized sources of fuel, its no longer necessary to transport it over long distances. palm oil in alaska? wtf? theres almost a billion acres of decent hemp waiting to be grown!
8. Technology Breakthroughs: "Microbes need to be developed that will eat all sugars at once," said Tim Donohue as he spoke about cellulosic ethanol. It is not viable for microbes to eat only one type of sugar.

9. Minimal Impact on Land Quality: Land degradation can have significant financial, social, and environmental ramifications. Corn for example necessitates high inputs (fertilizers, pesticides, water, etc.) and has a low species diversity. Native prairie on the other hand has comparatively low inputs and high species diversity.
hemp requires no pesticide or fertilizer. it is also an excellent soil conditioner.
10. Collaboration With Engine Manufacturers: These technologies cannot be created in a bubble. Flex-fuel vehicles for example have engines that can run off of both E85 and gasoline. The automobile and biofuels industries must work in tandem.
hemp biodiesel will run in an unmodified diesel engine.
11. Effective Economy of Scale: Larger ethanol facilities require sizable quantities of feedstock and increase need to transport fuel across greater distances. Smaller scale production may be difficult due to the current railroad infrastructure limitations and price considerations.
again, we have a potentially unlimited supply of raw material. greenies cant seem to wrap their heads around that.
12. Optimal Biofuel Plant Location: Proximity to feedstock, local governmental support, transportation infrastructure, and distribution channels are some of the top concerns in the industry regarding location.
biodiesel runs in existing equipment. we use the same 18 wheelers, the same locomotives, only now theyre running on nickel-a-gallon biodiesel.
13. Competing Land Use: Many ethanol advocates encourage the use of marginal lands for ethanol feedstock, such as switchgrass. Randall Fortenbery contends there is no such thing as marginal land.
There is great concern about the impact of additional land being under cultivation. Many countries do no possess underutilized land and maintaining natural habitat is important in countries that do. High yield crops are preferable because less land is needed for cultivation.
ok, theyre hoping youve stopped reading by now, and theyre repeating themselves. if there is no such thing as marginal land, why is there so much of it sitting around? true, other countries dont have the luxury of available land like we have here, but they dont have our energy needs, either. russia, china, and the united states have enough land, respectively, to provide 100% of their energy needs. take those three countries out of the equation, and the rest of the world is in pretty good shape.
14. Different Molecular Structures: The fuels of tomorrow may not be an exact molecular match with current fuels.
yep, they think you stopped reading. total non-sequitir
15. Ethanol Infrastructure Challenges: Ethanol cannot use existing oil and gas pipelines because it creates rust. The costs to developing an ethanol infrastructure is considerable. Speaker Andrew Held, Director of Process Development for Virent Energy Systems says that they are developing a transportation fuel that can be used in gasoline pipelines with existing pumps, pipelines, blending equipment, and engine technology. This mitigates infrastructure and logistical costs, while minimizing the carbon footprint.
pipelines? why throw good money after bad? ignoring the fact that hemp biodiesel is noncorrosive, this is like saying that switching to a new computer will cause your old computer to get dusty. shit.
16. Favorable Net Energy Balance: Needless to say, for a transportation fuel to be economically, socially, and environmentally sound, a high net energy balance is vital.
a nice way of telling you to "just leave it to the professionals." the fact is, with hemp, the net energy balance is off the chart.
17. Bringing Technology to the Marketplace Quickly: If oil production is near or has reached its peak, viable alternatives need to be quickly implemented.
six months from seed to harvest. that quick enough for ya?  ;)
18. Price: Ultimately, most of these factors come down to the price at the pump.
since ive demonstrated that the factors that contribute to a high price at the pump have been effectively eliminated, its safe to say price is not a factor.
19. Highly Risky Market: Tim Donohue referred to the cellulosic ethanol market at a "high risk, high payoff business." The right scientific breakthrough could revolutionize the industry or researchers could be barking up the wrong tree.
The electric car could have widespread use quickly, thus reducing the demand for biofuels. Jet fuel and diesel however are more likely around for the long haul.
the market remains risky as long as the obvious solution is ignored.


so, there you have it. the international enery agency is made up of learned scholars, geniuses, captains of industry and giants in their respective fields. and some random douchebag on a wingnut internet forum just solved all their problems in about twenty minutes.
kinda makes you wonder, doesnt it?  ;)

The World Below / Re: Constitution Rewrite Only 2 States Away!
« on: December 12, 2008, 09:37:07 AM »
i dont think barack obama could look thomas jefferson in the eye without pissing his pants.

DeWeese then listed some of the states whose legislatures already have issued a call: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

thats only 26 of the 32 states; i can only assume new york, massachusetts, and california are on the list as well.
idaho, and the dakotas? what can i say? you all disappoint me.
texas? et tu, brute?

montana is looking better and better. time to invest in carhartt coveralls and double ought.  ;D

General / Re: Happy Holiday?
« on: December 12, 2008, 09:11:44 AM »
somebody should make one of those that spins around--that would be a money maker.

General / Re: Happy Holiday?
« on: December 11, 2008, 12:07:09 AM »
Hey did you see Rense had a hemp video?  you hit the big time

well, im flattered, but it was never about me, just my message. hemp was here thousands of years before i was even a gleam in mommys eye. and itll be here thousands of years after im a pile of dust. havent been over to rense to check it out, but was the video called "the hemp revolution"? thats a pretty good one.
im working on a couple of powerpoints right now; i hope to have them on youtube in the next couple of months. one thing i noticed, sifting through thousands of 'talking points' and statistics, is that its extremely difficult to find resources online that tell you how to actually farm the stuff, harvest it, and get it to market. lots of blowhards in courduroy suit jackets with patches on the elbows want to espouse endlessly on the virtues of hemp fiber, but when you ask how to go about bringing a crop to market, all you get is a shrug.
"grow the stuff? how the hell should we know? we are far too intelligent to trifle with doing the actual farming."
its a void i intend to fill.

anyway, i dont want to be accused of going off-topic (even though hemp is always on-topic.)
did you know that santa claus uses hemp bags to transport his gifts? and that his reindeer are fed hemp, which is the only crop that will grow in the permafrost at the north pole?

merry christmas.  :)

General / Re: Happy Holiday?
« on: December 10, 2008, 08:58:50 PM »
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" is what it actually says.

the fact is, in 1776 only about 1 in 15 families attended church regularly. westward expansion in the early 1800s triggered a renewed interest in religion, but at the time of the founding fathers our country was largely secular.
im just sayin.
of course, this "establishment clause" applies to everyone, but just try telling that to the chosen ones.  ;)

i dont want to turn this into a "christian nation" argument. the fact is, there are lots of christians in this country, and they celebrate christmas. i find it in rather bad taste that jews, a fringe minority, have parlayed a relatively minor holiday of theirs into a wedge issue. the fact that they have done so under the guise of constitutional freedom of religion is more distasteful still.
as for kwaanza...pfffft. dont get me started.  ;D

myself, ill be celebrating solstice quietly, with a few friends, over a few bottles of good stout and various herbs and spices.  :)

Money & Markets / Re: The Real Deal with the Auto Industry Bailout
« on: December 10, 2008, 04:50:13 PM »
i noticed a while back that those three things are tightly interwoven. i realized that hemp was the first step in regaining our freedom; it provides a strong foundation from which we can deal with the rest of our problems from a position of strength. basically, hemp is a de-centralized, unlimited source of virtually every basic raw material.
naturally, you-know-who doesnt like that idea one bit.  ;)

as to the auto industry...start running cars and trucks on hemp biofuel, and the need for efficiency goes out the window. with a non-polluting source of fuel that costs a nickel a gallon, they can start making products people actually want to drive.
and, people will actually be able to afford them, without having to finance them over six years--another idea you-know-who isnt too keen on.

Sue's Place / Re: Novelty Christmas Gift for your Blonde
« on: December 09, 2008, 02:10:07 PM »
actually, the perfect "blonde" keyboard would be a cell phone that plugs into the computer...ive seen teenage girls who can text message faster than i can type.  :D

Sue's Place / Re: Novelty Christmas Gift for your Blonde
« on: December 09, 2008, 02:05:08 PM »
i kinda like the dice pips on the number keypad, actually.

Sue's Place / Re: Novelty Christmas Gift for your Blonde
« on: December 09, 2008, 01:58:34 PM »
...and heres what modern computers would look like without "blonde" technology.

Money & Markets / Re: The Real Deal with the Auto Industry Bailout
« on: December 08, 2008, 08:17:55 PM »
You're a luddite.

lets not descend into name-calling.  ;)  :D

mind you, im not picking on fords, or american cars in general...but all cars these days are little more than disposable plastic toys.
i would even go so far as to say the problem isnt confined to the auto industry--engineers dont design products anymore, accountants and marketing execs do.

Money & Markets / Re: The Real Deal with the Auto Industry Bailout
« on: December 08, 2008, 07:21:13 PM »
i drive 1979 ford pickup.

new fords are shite. period.

2008 / Re: Cartoon porn kids are people, judge says in Simpsons porn case
« on: December 08, 2008, 04:51:48 PM »
The episode received mixed reception in Australia, with some Australian fans saying the episode was a mockery of their country. Shortly after it had aired, the Simpsons staff received over a hundred letters from Australians who were insulted by the episode. They also received letters from people complaining about the Australian accents used in the episode that "sounded more like South African accents". The Simpsons writer and producer Mike Reiss claimed that this episode is Australia's least favorite, and that "whenever we have the Simpsons visit another country, that country gets furious, including Australia". He added that they "were condemned in the Australian Parliament after the episode had aired"

hmmm...apparently australians think that the simpsons are actually real people.

...cant say as i blame them; they act just like a lot of real americans i know.  :)

(edit for clarity: cant say as i blame them[aussies]; they[the simpsons] act just like a lot of real americans i know.)

2008 / Re: Cartoon porn kids are people, judge says in Simpsons porn case
« on: December 08, 2008, 04:24:10 PM »
plus, this happened in australia.
apparently, down there, its ok to beat up jews with a ballbat, but hentai is a no-no.  :D

2008 / Re: Cartoon porn kids are people, judge says in Simpsons porn case
« on: December 08, 2008, 04:15:48 PM »
no itchy & scratchy? why, you little...

(oops, i better be careful...i could end up getting charged with assaulting a minor for posting that picture.
not to mention copyright infringement.  :) )

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