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Wind Energy / Re: How well it works (or doesn't) in the real world
« Last post by 9thInfDivRvrRat on December 21, 2014, 02:16:49 PM »
I'm sure that one could make something that'd work on a small scale, but one's still limited by local conditions. It sounds as though this was set up with almost unlimited resources, in what must've been a prime spot for using coastal winds.
I know that were I live, even with a good set of batteries for storage, I'd be hard put to get the power needed for even the hundred-some foot well that now uses a 220V pump. Might be able to find a 110V one that'd work, and I might be able to get enough water out of the ground to fill a storage tank when the wind was blowing, but it seems prudent to have generator backup.
I'm just thinking that there're too many out there who think that we're gonna get away from fossil fuels and still have the power we need to live in the style to which we've become accustomed.
I suppose that if they took away all the taxes and fees from my utility bill that're goin' to subsidize other folks, then stopped all the money that the dot-gov is using from our taxes that goes to all the phony green and carbon credit schemes, I might be able to set aside enough to feel like I could keep enough fuel on hand that I could use one of my gen sets judiciously and supply my own power for quite awhile if thinks go all funky.
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Wind Energy / Re: How well it works (or doesn't) in the real world
« Last post by BooMushroom on December 21, 2014, 10:53:53 AM »
I wonder if one could get some of that sweet gubmint "stash" by building simple electric windmills with cheap, basic, off the shelf parts. Car alternators, wooden or plastic fins, off the shelf antenna towers.
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Wind Energy / How well it works (or doesn't) in the real world
« Last post by 9thInfDivRvrRat on December 19, 2014, 03:57:54 PM »
Just a few things about which to think when you're gonna count on wind power in the long term. This company appears to've realized several years ago that there were problems, and they've decided that the answer is to get out of the boondoggle before they lose any more money. Seems that the system's longevity wasn't what they expected, repairs and parts replacement were difficult, and without subsidies from the government you can't produce power that people can afford.
I guess that some folks are willing to use wind power as a supplement to other methods, and if it's all you have, you can learn to make do. I'd be more than a little wary of counting on it to supply all or most of my needs in the long term.
http://synthstuff.com/mt/archives/2014/12/altenergy-in-th.html
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Firearms / Re: Ballot Initiatives in WA, of interest to all
« Last post by Drang on December 04, 2014, 03:53:39 AM »
Today's blogpost:

Apparently, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has sent out a letter to Hunters Safety Instructors regarding how Initiative 594 impacts them. Full text is here, Joe has an excerpt describing the way DFW says Hunters Safety classes will be conducted in order to avoid falling afoul of the law at at I-594 fears confirmed | The View From North Central Idaho.Here's the rub: When I went to read the full text of the DFW's letter at the first link, I saw this:
•  I-594 exempts all law enforcement agencies from the background check/transfer requirement. WDFW, as a general authority Washington law enforcement agency pursuant to RCW 10.93.020(1), is therefore exempt from this requirement.  Any firearms purchase, sale or transfer to or from WDFW or WDFW employees when acting within the scope of their authority, is exempt from the background check/transfer requirement in I-594. 

•   The Hunter Education Program is a WDFW program authorized by state law pursuant to RCW 77.32.155(1)(a). 
Hunter Education Instructors, when in formal volunteer status for WDFW and acting within the scope of their authority for purposes of the Hunter Education Program, act on behalf of WDFW, and are therefore exempt from the background check/transfer requirements.  This exemption extends to Hunter Education Instructors whether or not they are actually in the classroom, provided that they are in formal volunteer status for WDFW and acting within the scope of their authority for purposes of the Hunter Education Program.Emphasis added; essentially, DFW is claiming that any of their employees are Law Enforcement Officers under the definition of the law. Unfortunately for DFW, Initiative 594 defines Law Enforcement as follows:
Section 2(11) "Law enforcement officer" includes a general authority Washington peace officer as defined in RCW 10.93.020, or a specially commissioned Washington peace officer as defined in RCW 10.93.020. "Law enforcement officer" also includes a limited authority Washington peace officer as defined in RCW 10.93.020 if such officer is duly authorized by his or her employer to carry a concealed pistol.
Consulting Section 10.93.020 of the Revised Code of Washington, we learn the following:
(3) "General authority Washington peace officer" means any
full-time, fully compensated and elected, appointed, or employed officer of a general authority Washington law enforcement agency who is commissioned to enforce the criminal laws of the state of Washington generally.
(4) "Limited authority Washington peace officer" means any full-time, fully compensated officer of a limited authority Washington law enforcement agency empowered by that agency to detect or apprehend violators of the laws in some or all of the limited subject areas for which that agency is responsible. A limited authority Washington peace officer may be a specially commissioned Washington peace officer if otherwise qualified for such status under this chapter.
(5) "Specially commissioned Washington peace officer", for the purposes of this chapter, means any officer, whether part-time or full-time, compensated or not, commissioned by a general authority Washington law enforcement agency to enforce some or all of the criminal laws of the state of Washington, who does not qualify under this chapter as a general authority Washington peace officer for that commissioning agency, specifically including reserve peace officers.... A reserve peace officer is an individual who is an officer of a Washington law enforcement agency who does not serve such agency on a full-time basis but who, when called by the agency into active service, is fully commissioned on the same basis as full-time peace officers to enforce the criminal laws of the state. Again, emphasis added; I don't believe that Hunters Safety Instructors are empowered to enforce any laws. Do they get handcuffs when they are certified? Badge and a gun?
Thing is, this whole POS of a law is full of land mines and traps for the well-meaning honest person, and every time we bring them up, we're told "Oh, don't worry, that's not the intent, no one will ever dream of enforcing that!"
Right.
Here's a fun fact: I-594 defines a "firearm" thus:
(9) "Firearm" means a weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder.
Tomorrow being my day off, I am going to go to Lowe's and Home Depot and ask about the procedures they have in place to conduct a background check on persons wanting to purchase a powder-actuated  power tool.
Then I'll call some local contractors and ask if their employees provide their own tools, and, if not, what is the procedure they follow to ensure that anyone handling powder-actuated tools on their work sites are authorized to handle them. Any of your employees non-US citizens? Any felony convictions, for, say, drug use?  How about misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence?
Then I'll call a few boating supply stores and pursue the same line of questioning re: flare guns.
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General Discussions / Re: Happy Thanksgiving!
« Last post by Arnoldjf on November 30, 2014, 02:49:16 PM »
Glad to hear that you guys had a good day!
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The Black Hole / Re: Ferguson /St. Louis disaster emergency
« Last post by Drang on November 30, 2014, 12:21:42 AM »
Quote from: Bill Quick on Today at 08:49:59 PM
They released the news at a time and in away most guaranteed to cause rioting.  As I expected them to do.  And then delayed the Guard response till things really got going


Pretty bad when the Lieutenant Governor accuses the Governor of deliberately delaying the response.
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General Discussions / Re: Happy Thanksgiving!
« Last post by Bill Quick on November 29, 2014, 10:52:42 PM »
I had a very nice Thanksgiving.  Weather was great, dinner was excellent, and my bum knee didn't give me too much trouble.
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The Black Hole / Re: Ferguson /St. Louis disaster emergency
« Last post by Bill Quick on November 29, 2014, 10:49:59 PM »
They released the news at a time and in away most guaranteed to cause rioting.  As I expected them to do.  And the  delayed the Guard response till things really got going
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General Discussions / Re: Happy Thanksgiving!
« Last post by AuricTech on November 29, 2014, 04:34:58 AM »
I went camping on Mount Lemmon for Thanksgiving (and gave thanks the next morning that the temperature only dropped to around 50 degrees...).  For my feast, I took the occasion to test my BioLite stove and grill by grilling a pair of turkey drumsticks.  It took about two hours for them to cook, but they turned out quite well.  The stove used more wood than I expected, but much less wood than a traditional campfire would have consumed.

While the drumsticks were cooking, I took the opportunity finally to read Lightning Fall, which I had purchased earlier that day and downloaded onto a tablet I recently bought.  Needless to say, I gave thanks for the fact that, to date, Bill's book is still a work of fiction.
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General Discussions / Re: Happy Thanksgiving!
« Last post by Arnoldjf on November 28, 2014, 03:53:06 AM »
Great info, Bonnie!  Thanks!
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