Ed Hoskins: Capital Cost and Production Effectiveness of Renewable Energy in Europe – the Data


Interesting comparisons! Clearly, the costs of these renewable forms of energy are too high to be practical even in high income economies.

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

Guest post from Ed Hoskins
A comparison of both the Capital Cost and Energy Production Effectiveness of the Renewable Energy in Europe.

The diagrams and table below collate the cost and capacity factors of Renewable Energy power sources, Onshore and Off-shore Wind Farms and Large scale Photovoltaic Solar generation, compared to the cost and output capacity of conventional Gas Fired Electricity generation.

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The associated base data is shown below:

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“Cops Gone Wild” in Fort Bend County, Texas

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Attacked with stun grenades, beaten black and blue and shot in the back of the head with a Taser.

Another instance of Cops Gone Wild this time in Fort Bend County, Texas (map) outside of Houston. The prosecutor went wild too charging Chad Chadwick with resisting arrest. He was in his bath tub naked. His only weapon was a bottle of shampoo. Watch the video. This is an outrage. Let’s hope that Chadwick sues the pants off off of this county and its out of control thugs.

It started when a friend concerned for Chadwick’s emotional well-being called Missouri City police to Chad’s Sienna apartment where he’d been distraught, drinking and unknown to anyone, had gone to sleep in the bathtub.

A SWAT team was summoned.

“They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick’s firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity.

“While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round,” said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” said Chadwick.

That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range.

“They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,” said Chadwick.

“They grabbed me by my the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick, who hadn’t broken a single law when SWAT burst through his door, was taken to the Ft. Bend County Jail with a fractured nose, bruised ribs and what’s proven to be permanent hearing loss.

It could have stopped there, but Healy’s prosecutors tried misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, calling more than a dozen officers to testify. Those charges were dropped as well.

A month ago, three years after the SWAT raid, a jury found Chad Chadwick not guilty of interfering with police. With tears in their eyes members of the jury offered the exonerated defendant comforting hugs.

“They tried to make me a convict. It broke me financially, bankrupted me. I used my life savings, not to mention, I lost my kids,” said Chadwick.

“This type of police abuse and excessive use of force and concoction of criminal charges against innocent people is not just happening to black people, its happening to white people too,” said Quanell X who is assisting Chadwick in getting the story of his ordeal to the media.

The Dervishes of Damascus


Terrific article!

Originally posted on Fig Trees and Vineyards:

derv8Certainly one of the most memorable highlights of my recent trip to Syria was a tour of the Old City of Damascus. The tour took place in the evening after the first day of the conference and included stops at the Great Mosque as well as the local Caravanserai, where we were treated to stunning performances by a group of traditional Syrian musicians and a remarkably talented troupe of whirling dervishes.

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Cronyism the primary cause of the ruble devaluation

I was surprised to see the huge decline in the value of the Russian ruble this morning. It seems that a lot of other people were also surprised and initially the cause for the decline was attributed to increased economic sanctions and the decline in the price of oil. I’m not up to speed on Russian politics and economics so that sounded good to me and, it seems, most other readers. After a few hours, however, analysts began to realize that cronyism, centered on an effort by the Russian government to bailout the oligarch owner of the Russian oil company, Rosneft, was the major reason for the decline in the value of the ruble. The Economic Collapse Blog has a nice review of the situation if you’re interested in the details. A lot of other Russian cronies are taking the heat. CNN estimates that Putin’s inner circle wealth has declined by $50 billion the today though I wonder if somehow they weren’t taken care of before this Russian central bank took steps to help Rosneft.

When do you own the copyright to your photo?

I ran onto an interesting infographic at Digital Camera World that helps to understand when you do and when you do not own the copyright to your photo.

Who actually owns a photo once you upload it to the internet? This fantastic photography cheat sheet compiled by Clifton Cameras answers some of the key questions about copyright for photographers.

From cases like David Slater’s famed monkey self-portrait to social media ownership to how to protect your photos online, this handy infographic should set you on the right path.

Russian Ruble collapses, down more than 12% today

The Russian Ruble has lost more than 12% of its value today and more than 60% since November 25. At one point it cost more than 80 ruble to buy a US dollar. Currently it’s at 72 to the dollar. Here’s an article from Bloomberg giving more details. Bloomberg reporter Tom Keene has a nice video discussion with experts, too. It’s shocking to see such a large, fast devaluation in a currency especially after the Russian central bank raised the interest rate to 17%. Imagine the lot of the common Russian. Putin has been having trouble for a while and now his problems are even further exacerbated. It’s difficult to imagine what the megalomaniac will do to repress everyday Russians as this crisis spreads.

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Yahoo Finance Charts: http://goo.gl/HGZIxZ

U Minn prof says your electric car may be producing more pollution than a gasoline powered car

Sheeshhh, it really takes a long time to get this information into the main stream of science and media. An engineering professor at the University of Minnesota says that electric cars powered by electricity generated from coal produce substantially more pollution than gasoline powered cars. According to research conducted by Professor Julian Marshall and others,

Our assessment of the life cycle air quality impacts on human health of 10 alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles finds that electric vehicles (EVs) powered by electricity from natural gas or wind, water, or solar power are best for improving air quality, whereas vehicles powered by corn ethanol and EVs powered by coal are the worst. [italics added]

We find that powering vehicles with corn ethanol or with coal-based or “grid average” electricity increases monetized environmental health impacts by 80% or more relative to using conventional gasoline.

The professor gives a few more details.

“It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.”

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas, because of the pollution made in generating the electricity, according to the study that is published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also are significantly worse at heat-trapping carbon dioxide that worsens global warming, it found.


PNAS, http://goo.gl/rI7iyQ, page 3.

Obama has been wasting millions of dollars subsidizing the purchase of electric vehicles for almost five years and wasting. Now it seems the money is not only wasted but in many areas of the country these electric vehicles actually worsen health and environmental problems. Fortunately, it seems, Americans in generally haven’t bought into the nonsense.

Paleo study: Past global warming similar to today’s


This is news only in the sense that we haven’t heard it from the alarmists and the mainstream media.
“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.”

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:


Global temperature reconstruction over the past 420,000 years derived from δ18O anomalies in air trapped in ice strata at Vostok station, Antarctica. To render the anomalies global, the values of the reconstructed anomalies (y axis) have been divided by the customary factor 2 to allow for polar amplification. Diagram based on Petit et al. (1999). Note that all four previous interglacial warm periods, at intervals of 80,000-125,000 years, were at least as warm as the current warm period. Data source: Petit et al. (1999). (not part of the Utah press release, provided for reference)

From the University of Utah

Size, duration were like modern climate shift, but in two pulses

Sediment cores that were drilled from Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin and then sectioned for study are shown at a repository at the University of Bremen, Germany.

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 15, 2014 – The rate at which carbon emissions warmed Earth’s…

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Report: Afghanistan War Reaches $1 Trillion And Will Require Hundreds of Billions More


The waste is sickening. Why do the chickenhawks, Bush, Cheney, Obama, Biden, choose your chickenhawk, think war is always the answer to every conflict? Why can’t they see that the injustice and continuing colonialism in Palestine is the root cause of this Arab and Muslim revolt?

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY:

158px-flag_of_afghanistansvgPresident_Barack_ObamaDespite the public pledge of President Obama to pull out of Afghanistan, we continue to spend huge amounts of money in the war and the Obama Administration has fought to keep U.S. troops in the country. Now an estimate from the Financial Times and independent researchers put the cost of the war at roughly $1 trillion with a commitment of hundreds of billions more in the coming years. There continues to be no serious debate over our ongoing losses both in personnel and money in this war.

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Wind Syndrome: Public Health Crisis


Bad for your health and ugly!

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

By H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D  —  The Heartland Institute — December 12, 2014

Wind farms are a “human health hazard,” or so concludes Wisconsin’s Brown County Health Board (BCHB) with regard to the Shirley Wind Project, owned by Duke Energy (DE).

The board’s action has put Duke Energy on the defensive; the power company now has to prove its turbines are not making people sick or face a shutdown order.

This should also serve as a shot across the bow of other wind power operators, a warning to take health complaints seriously, because other towns and counties across the nation could follow BCHB’s example.
BCHB acted with cause. Its decision was based on a year-long study documenting infrasound in homes within a six-mile radius of the Shirley Wind turbines. In addition, BCHB examined peer-reviewed medical research and the complaints of people living around DE’s Shirley Wind Project, which included dozens…

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