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The Real Marty

Member Since 24 Aug 2003
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In Topic: Global Warming, er Climate Change is a National Security Threat

Today, 03:16 PM



I'm all for research into better technologies, even government-funded research, although I think the money would be better spent in the form of prizes. For example, the government could offer $10B to the first US person or company that builds a battery that has the, size, safety, and energy density of gasoline, with an average lifespan of 10 years (and some other requirements). It only costs the taxpayer if successful. A useful battery would make solar and wind viable.




What about the new Tesla battery that powers your house and that they claim is infinitely scalable?   They're pricing it at $3,500 for the 10KWh model. 


"Powerwall comes in 10 kWh weekly cycle and 7 kWh daily cycle models. Both are guaranteed for ten years and are sufficient to power most homes during peak evening hours. Multiple batteries may be installed together for homes with greater energy need, up to 90 kWh total for the 10 kWh battery and 63 kWh total for the 7 kWh battery."




This makes solar panels much more viable.  

In Topic: So if Tannehill got $95 mil,what would Blake's next contract be

Today, 11:17 AM

Here's the contract breakdown. It's structured similar to the Dalton/Kaepernick deal. The team can pretty much walk away if he doesn't live up to the expectations.



Yeah, I read an article somewhere that said his contract might say "95 million dollars" but in reality it's structured completely in the team's favor, giving them an opportunity to walk away from it in a year or two without too much damage. 

In Topic: Global Warming, er Climate Change is a National Security Threat

Today, 07:03 AM

The science is settled. Climate change is real and man made, settled.

Settled, just like these:

The earth is flat.
The earth is hollow.
Alchemy, turning any metals to gold.
Earth is cooling and will soon be in an ice age, 1970 's.
Blood letting to cure any illness.

I could on and on..............

Settled once and for all.

Scientists have been wrong in the past. Therefore, we can believe whatever we want to believe. And that's what we do. We pick a side, whichever one makes us most comfortable, and then we cherry pick some facts to back up our position and argue about it as if we actually knew something about it.

Dealing with climate change would be painful. So we'd rather not do it.

Personally, I think man made climate change is real and it's going to cause some problems. But I am an inveterate optimist, and I think we will somehow handle it.

I would add that I trust the scientific community a lot more than I trust the politicians who get campaign contributions from oil companies.

And it's kind of laughable to say scientists are in this for the money, and ignore the trillions of dollars that are earned by selling fossil fuels.

The idea that scientists would deliberately spread a falsehood in order to earn money is pretty slanderous.

In Topic: Global Warming, er Climate Change is a National Security Threat

Yesterday, 06:14 AM

Another link. What a disappointment. I thought you were actually going to explain something this time.

Carbon dioxide traps heat. Human activity (burning fossil fuels) is increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

That's it.

In Topic: Draft Grades Continue to Roll in

14 May 2015 - 04:40 AM

I agree with the Collins comment, I don't understand why any teams picking in the bottom 10 of the 7th didn't pick Collins,

Either he is going to sign a contract to win a super bowl and you get a massive steal

Or he refuses to sign and has to sit out a year and you stop one of your rivals from getting a massive talent for dirt cheap.

Win win


The reason they didn't draft Collins was because that would have enabled him to hold out and re-enter the draft next year, which is what he said he would do, with the hope that he would be a first round pick and get a first round contract.   It would have been a wasted draft choice.  


Since he did not get drafted, under the rules, he cannot hold out and re-enter the draft next year. 


So it would have been a wasted draft choice.