Thursday, August 30, 2018

New Technology Allows Renewable Energy Sources To Produce Transportable Hydrogen For Cars

For the past decade, researchers have worked on producing ultra-high purity hydrogen using a unique membrane technology. First, ‘green hydrogen’ produced from green energy is combined with nitrogen from the air and converted to ammonia.... then using the new technology, the ammonia is converted back into hydrogen. In between, the ammonia provides a much more economical and safer medium to transport.

“Australia has a huge source of renewable energy — sunlight and wind — that can be utilised to produce hydrogen.
But the highly flammable element is difficult to ship long distances because of its low density.
CSIRO researchers found a way to turn Australian-made hydrogen into ammonia, meaning it could be shipped safely to the mass market of Asia. It is converted back into hydrogen using their membrane, then pumped into hydrogen-powered cars.
As of now, there are only five such cars in Australia, but there are tens of thousands across Japan, South Korea and Singapore.”

"The key here is we can transport the hydrogen from the place where it is produced from renewable energy and we can ship that form of ammonia anywhere in the world. Hydrogen Mobility Australia said the technology has the potential to fill a gap in the chain to supply fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) with low-emissions hydrogen produced in Australia.”

“In a world first, two cars powered by hydrogen derived from ammonia have hit the road in Queensland.
Industry leaders say the breakthrough by the CSIRO could see Australia become a renewable energy superpower because the game-changing technology will allow the carbon-free fuel to be shipped 'safely' anywhere in the world.”

Video- Carbon-free fuel: Australian hydrogen car breakthrough could go global
(2 minutes)

“Hydrogen from the Sun”
(7 minute video)
This video looks at hydrogen production using electrolysis as one option for storing energy from the sun. Also includes a brief explanation of fuel cells.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

My Voting Strategy For Future Elections

Basic survival needs for future generations cause me to be most concerned about immigration and climate change. Republicans are better suited to deal with immigration problems than the Democrats, but the Democrats are more willing to tackle global warming. Since bipartisanship needs to prevail in order for meaningful action to occur on any issue, neither party should be allowed to dominate. So, as Republicans function best in the Senate and the Democrats in the House, I will vote accordingly for the federal and state legislative offices. 

As for the offices of president, governor, mayor, etcetera, I’ll try to vote for those individuals who demonstrate the ‘better’ overall integrity and leadership qualities no matter what party they belong to — while hoping that perhaps these individuals can become the salvation of their respective parties. If there’s not a clear choice, then I’ll vote against the incumbent in an effort to encourage balance.

Note: If my strategy requires a particular federal or state candidate for the legislature but this person is too distasteful for me, I’ll simply not vote for that office. For example, with the above strategy I should vote for Cruz for Senator. However, I find him extremely distasteful. Since the strategy requires I assign a Republican to this slot, in this election I will simply not vote for anyone for this office. I won’t vote for the man, but I won’t vote against him either. 

A Different Alternate Voting Strategy:

Bipartisanship humor that contains more truth than not:

Auxiliary reading—
Ranked Choice Voting:

6 ways to fix American democracy:

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bits of Paternal Wisdom

One day in 1973, my dad commented, “Illegal Immigration will never stop until those already here put an end to it”. We were living along the border in the Rio Grande Valley at that time. Now, looking at the number of Hispanics who live along the border who voted for Trump, I’d say he was onto something. Also, on that same day, he indicated that the way pensions and such were being handled that one day we’d see serious cutbacks across the board. 

About the same time, my paternal grandfather remarked, “The way people are building bigger and bigger houses that are more than they need, their mortgages and interest will eat them alive. And, more than that, they’re starting to use these new dangled credit cards. People don’t have that kind of self control. They’ll get themselves into big trouble.” 

Today, I say that the Greenhouse Effect and the National Debt are two realities that we’re seemingly in denial about, and this is going to bring a day of reckoning for our children and grandchildren. Illegal immigration, pension reductions, housing market collapses and bankruptcies will be the least of our troubles. 
Note: Political correctness and alternate truths will be shown to be the delusional liabilities that they truly are.

Note: One additional thing that my father said that has a great truth behind it is that “people, as individuals, are generally reasonably likable. In groups, not so much.” 
Or, as George Carlin might say:

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Composting Leaves and Food Scraps With Black Soldier Fly Larvae Assist

I have a solid sided, open bottomed bin with a lid:

It sits on 8 pavers that keep the four edges up out of the dirt and discourage rodents from being able to invade it. At the bottom where there is no paver coverage in the center, a hole one foot deep is dug to collect any moisture from above and discourage any from oozing out from around the pavers. This hole, also, helps keep the moisture level in the bin higher by keeping the water I add within the space the bin provides. Also, it increases the volume of the bin and helps regulate its temperature.

I collect and put our kitchen scraps down in the exact center of the bin. Then I scatter a few inches of leaves on top to prevent any stray house flies that normally avoid the soldier fly brood from laying any eggs on the food. Soldier flies, however, lay their eggs on top of the leaves. Their larvae hatch out and crawl down to the food source. 
[As time goes by, the pile of leaves gets deeper and deeper in cooler weather when they’re less active.]

I spray water on the pile to keep it as moist as needed. This keeps the Black Soldier Fly larvae in good shape. Plus, it facilitates the fungal progression of breaking down the leaves into compost (leaf mold). The effluent from the soldier flies stimulates bacteria to, also, aid in the composting process.

When the bin is full, I switch to my second bin. This takes about two years because the level keeps dropping as I use it because of the composting naturally occurring.  Then the first bin then sits quietly. The last of the larvae mature and the female BSFs automatically switch to the new bin where fresh table scraps are added. I moisten the leaves only occasionally now in the first bin as the larvae finish maturing and crawl off. Keeping the bin’s lid after the BSFs are totally done with it helps cook the leaf mold. By the time the second bin is filled, the first bin’s soil has already been used by me and ready to begin again.

Note: I do not stir the leaves. I only just add leaves a bit at a time.

Note: The leaves I’m using in this process are Live Oak leaves which are very coarse. Typical leaves would decompose easily by standard leaf mold techniques, but Live Oak leaves require a bit more attention if one is impatient.

Note: During warm weather BSF breeding season, I leave the lid ajar so that they can come and go (and so the larvae can crawl away). Also, it keeps the bin from overheating.

Note: I do not collect the BSF larvae. Instead, they crawl off and provide a good source of food for the local toads, lizards, birds and such. 

Note: Since no food scraps are wasted (as even the cooking grease goes into my compost bin), a bonus is that my curbside trash bin is never smelly nor does it attract house flies because the only food I ever discard in it is bones. 

Note: No house flies ever buzz around my Black Soldier Fly bin. The experts say that the BSF larvae’s odor repels them. And, I’ll have to take their word for it, because my BSF bin is odorless. If you disturb the leaves in the bin, you only get the smell of damp leaves (a nice odor). 

Black Soldier Flies:

What Is Leaf Mold:

If you’re interested in collecting the BSF larvae to feed chickens, fish, etcetera, there's a nine part YouTube series on raising Soldier Fly larvae for collecting them that is thorough:

Saturday, August 25, 2018

My Thoughts About Global Warming aka Human-induced Climate Change

I find it embarrassing that people have started bending over backwards to avoid the term ‘global warming’. It’d be like referring to cancer as ‘abnormal cell growth’. One term does not evoke as strong a scary response as the other — and scared is what we need to be in order to motivate ourselves to take action.

Another thing that irks me is how often people talk about temperature in centigrade without indicating so. Too many of us think they’re talking about degrees Fahrenheit. This halves the seriousness of the problem.

Now, I know that no one can predict the future; but we do know that global temperatures are increasing and will continue to do so as long as greenhouse gas levels keep rising.
Ice sheets, permafrost and methane hydrate will continue to melt even if mankind suddenly and completely stopped releasing CO2 into the air. So, in conjunction with rising sea levels and more unfavorable climate change events, famines, wars, disease and pestilence will also increase to the point that organized civilization will falter and perhaps cease to function.

Here, in the USA, we don’t see the most dramatic effects of global warming. But other geographic regions do, and they’re scared shitless — and rightfully so.
“Public climate debates leave out almost entirely a third part of the debate, namely, a very substantial number of scientists, competent scientists, who think that the scientific consensus is much too optimistic. A group of scientists at MIT came out with a report about a year ago describing what they called the most comprehensive modelling of the climate that had ever been done. Their conclusion, which was unreported in public media as far as I know, was that the major scientific consensus of the international commission is just way off, it's much too optimistic ... their own conclusion was that unless we terminate use of fossil fuels almost immediately, it's finished. We'll never be able to overcome the consequences. That's not part of the debate.”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Trump’s Wall: Harbinger of the Future

A family friend recently expressed their horror about Trump’s Wall. Since I’m very pro-environment, she assumed that I’d automatically be pro-illegal immigration, etcetera. I’m not. Indeed, I’ve quit donating to environmental groups because of their increasingly favoring illegal immigration. Artificially pumping up our population to suppress wages increases the drain on our natural resources and leaves us saddled with a large mass of people that are too hard to assimilate. 

Let me explain:
I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). My wife is Hispanic. The school district I attended was predominantly Hispanic. The immigrants that came over at that time were primarily legal. The immigrants today are mostly illegal and steal the jobs from those who are here legally. They are, also, of a lower caliber than those who came over in the past. It’s not me saying this. It’s my wife’s extended family saying it. They explain that when the Mexican Revolution took the land away from the big land owners and gave it to the peasants, those lands are now overpopulated and the overflow is heading north. 
My in-laws still live in the RGV. They want the Wall, and they voted for Trump to get it. I didn’t vote for Trump, but I certainly understand those who did.

I left the RGV in 1989 at age forty. Because I’m a gringo, I had experienced increasing hostility from the younger generation of ‘immigrant Hispanics’ in stores and public places. On occasion, I would be left standing in line at fast food places as they would serve people who came in after me. And the late comers would take cuts in front of me without remorse. By 1995, virtually all of my Anglo friends had also fled. Now, my wife’s extended family are following suit. For them, the Wall does not protect them from the illegals already there.
Note: They can’t even decorate their yards for Christmas because the decorations are all stolen within a few days.

Note: Until 1982, I had a ranch. Illegals passing through had never been problematic. They steered clear of my domicile and drank well water from a tap that fed the stock trough. Then they started breaking in to the ranch houses and stealing. I made sure the sheriff’s deputies rounded them up. I pressed charges and had most of my stuff returned. But, two weeks later, they were on the loose again. They’d simply been shipped to Mexico and released. Next, they vandalized my shed and butchered a calf. And this was in addition to the drug smugglers using my neck-of-the-woods as a staging area. What finally forced me out was when a neighbor who was riding his horse was shot and killed by a stray bullet from an Uzi being test fired by a drug runner who ran guns into Mexico and brought drugs back the other way.

I sold my ranch. And, eventually it was completely abandoned. Not even the windmill turns anymore — no easy water for the deer and no cattle. Though I’m a city slicker now, I grieve the good that once was and is no more.

There’s much more that I could say, but even my current friends don’t entirely believe me when I try to tell them about life along the border. And if they won’t believe somebody they know who has had first hand experience, then it’s because they simply choose to “turn a blind eye and a deaf ear” to the situation facing the nation.

In later years, as global warming forces more and more people to flee equatorial zones, we will wish we’d built the Wall sooner. And, if you want to see how even a seemingly impenetrable border fence cannot stop large groups of desperate people, then watch the first half of the following YouTube video.
“Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa” (11 minutes)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Thoughts Along “The Way”

The first Christians called themselves “People of the Way”. As we all each wend our way along the Path of Life, we each must find The Way. For the Truth of Cosmic Law must be found by each individual soul by each being true to thine own Self that shines forth from the God within.

Note: “It is really true what philosophy tells us, that life must be understood backwards. But with this, one forgets the second proposition, that it must be lived forwards. A proposition which, the more it is subjected to careful thought, the more it ends up concluding precisely that life at any given moment cannot really ever be fully understood; exactly because there is no single moment where time stops completely in order for me to take position [to do this]: going backwards." Often shortened to "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Turning A Blind Eye To Global Warming

There is a multitude of concretely obvious examples of global warming world wide. They can be studiously ignored, but the tempo of their manifesting is steadily increasing in volume and in size. When I posted a series of such examples, my readership dropped dramatically. It became obvious that being reminded of this terrifying spectacle is unpopular. Indeed, when Americans are polled about what issues they find most worrisome, they tend to ignore global warming. It’s not that they don’t think that it’s real  — they simply believe that it will affect other parts of the world but not where they live. 

Note: What triggered me to write this is a recent conversation that I had with a fellow who is retiring to Miami. Though sea level rise won’t affect him in what remains of his life and I wish him well, it startled me to find out that he ‘knew not’ about what Miami’s eventual fate is.
It reminded me of a conversation I had with another person whose family’s house went under water in New Orleans during Katrina. They had not previously realized that their location was below sea level and that New Orleans had been sinking for a long time. 

Sad. Very sad.

“Turning a blind eye” idiom

Global warming meaning

Miami’s investors looking for higher ground

How humans sank New Orleans

Most of my global warming series:

Monday, August 20, 2018

God Within: ‘I Am’ Presence

“Regardless of what occurs in this outer world, or what mistakes your outer self has ever made in this and previous embodiments, there remains at the level of your Presence the fully developed image of divine Identity. It is the thought of God about the Truth of you. Your Presence has conceived and continues to hold the Truth of your Reality and Identity. This image includes the Victory of your Presence as Emanuel, “God with us.” The Law of your Presence is Perfection. Your supreme opportunity is to ratify this Law of your Presence in your own freewill election, to hold on to the patterns of Perfection, and to bring them into manifestation. Your memory body must be consecrated as a temple of your Presence, wherein are to reside only sacred and holy thoughts and attention upon Perfection, becoming part of the Five Virtues of the Christ Presence. Your mind and feelings must be chalices and lenses that can be used as points of anchorage for the Light Rays from your Presence to be leveraged throughout your world. When the intensity of your Presence’s Light attaches itself to your outer world, this is where you can perform miracles!”

November 16, 2008
Monroe Julius Shearer
The Temple of The Presence

Temple of the Presence

Sunday, August 19, 2018

To Let Go Is To Love

“To Let Go doesn't mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else. 
To Let Go is not to cut myself off. It's the realization that I can't control another. 
To Let Go is not to enable, but to allow learning form natural consequences. To Let Go is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands. 
To Let Go is not to fix but to be supportive. 
To Let Go is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being. 
To Let Go is not to be in the middle of arranging all the outcomes, but allow others to effect their own outcomes. To Let Go is not to be protective, it is to permit another to face reality. 
To Let Go is not to deny, but to accept. 
To Let Go is not to nag, or scold, or argue, but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them. 
To Let GO is not adjusting everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes and cherish the moment. 
To Let GO is not to criticize and regulate anyone, but to try to become whatever dream I can be. 
To let Go is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future. 
To Let go is to fear less and love more. 
To Let go is letting go of fear. 
Let go of the fear, guilt, control, criticism, punishment, etc...etc..etc..”


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Melania Trump’s Parents Ignite Debate Over ‘Chain Migration

“The naturalization of Melania Trump’s parents last week in a private ceremony in Manhattan led many to question President Trump’s opposition to family-based immigration...”

Melania Trump’s parents get US citizenship under program slammed by Trump:

Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’ Trump Hates

Melania Trump’s Parents Ignite Debate Over ‘Chain Migration’

Family-Based Immigrant Visas

A blogger’s take on Melania and Chain Migration:

Friday, August 17, 2018

What Excess Sugar Does to Your Liver

“Researchers have known since the 1960s that your body metabolizes different types of carbohydrates, like glucose and fructose, in different ways, causing very different hormonal and physiological responses that absolutely may influence fat accumulation and metabolism. Unlike glucose, which can be used by virtually every cell in your body, fructose can only be metabolized by your liver, because your liver is the only organ that has the transporter for it.
Since all fructose gets shuttled to your liver, it ends up taxing your liver in the same way alcohol and other toxins do, particularly if you consume excess amounts of it. In fact...fructose is a chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin. And just like alcohol, fructose is metabolized directly into fat — not cellular energy, like glucose.”


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Breathe Upon the “Flame of Freedom”

There can be no freedom without genuine responsibility. And there is no taking of full responsibility if Reality is distorted and twisted. When fringe elements of the political spectrum on the left and right dominate the discourse, we all suffer. Therefore, do not speak that which you do not know to be true. The ‘Absolute Law of Cause and Effect’ is a Spiritual Law that God enforces. If you perpetuate untruth, such is what returns to you.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Permafrost Melt Yields Methane Which Increases Permafrost Melt

The current greenhouse gases we have to contend with are mostly carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). Methane eventually breaks down into CO2; but, before it does, it is many times more potent of a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide is.

Once CO2 is released into our biosphere, it remains on the loose for many centuries (only very gradually diminishing). So, even if we completely stopped releasing all CO2 and CH4 emissions today, the current level of global warming would remain constant. Thus, the rate of ice melting and sea level rise will continue unabated. Also, the rate of permafrost melting and its release of methane will continue on and on. Indeed, when enough permafrost has melted and released enough methane, there is the danger of it becoming a self-perpetuating cycle in conjunction with oceanic methane hydrate release (especially if we haven’t ceased fossil fuel usage in time). 

Note: The increased rate of  the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, plus the calving of glaciers, are graphic demonstrations of global warming. Visual images of the effects of permafrost melting are another:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Melting Permafrost Produces Thermokarst Flow

Thermokarst is a form of topography produced by the melting of permafrost. Watch as a thick stream of mud and grass oozes like lava down a sweeping mountain landscape (an effect of thawing permafrost documented in the region).
2 minute video:
Note: Please consider sharing this with your circle of friends. This dramatic out picturing of the effects of global warming is noteworthy. 

Related 3 minute video:


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Global Warming: It’s Already Too Late and Getting Later

Understanding the Carbon Cycle:

Since CO2 levels have now almost  doubled since the advent of the Industrial Revolution, we have seen dramatic temperature increases in the polar regions as evidenced by thermal readings and ice sheets melting. In the 1970s, in conjunction with the energy crisis, we had plenty of anecdotal evidence indicating the reality of global warming. But we ignored this opportunity to shift towards renewable energy sources. Ignoring this opportunity led to a challenge that we are steadily failing to meet.

Now, even if the global output of CO2 stopped immediately, the ice would still continue to melt because temperature levels and CO2 levels would decrease only very slowly over hundreds of years. Instead, we're increasing our rate of carbon dioxide release from coal and oil. And now that the permafrost is melting and exposing previously trapped plant material and that the methane hydrate degassification release rates in the ocean are increasing, we may easily eventually get to the tipping point where global warming will be a self-sustaining process.

Two remaining questions of consequence are "where in the world do you live" and "do you have children"?    

Friday, August 10, 2018

Wit and Wisdom

Everything is relative because everything is related.

Say less; do more.

I tried to be open-minded once -- but it interfered with my sense of humor.

Stop, look and listen -- really, really listen.

Think fast;
think twice;
say something nice.

Too serious makes you delirious.

All you have are the choices you've made...

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you; it’s the things you know that ain’t so. Mark Twain

Be ever vigilant.

Know your adversary.

Life is as harsh as we need it to be in order for us to learn our lessons. We influence the setting; we set the tone. 

Out of sight;
out of mind.

Life is a bit like mountain climbing --- the summits are usually further than you think.

The truth and nothing but the truth. Sometimes the whole truth isn't known OR it's best not to reveal it.

Dare to be silent. It's not easy.

Do not desire to shine or appear clever.

Ashes to ashes;
Dust to dust.
What's been done,
it's in the past. 

Everywhere I go, there I AM.

Metaphorically saying, 
"You can't have your cake and eat it too" makes more sense as 
"you can't eat your cake and have it (too)" in the literal sense. And this was the original syntax.

The first day of the rest of your life is a new beginning (if you're doing it right).

When starting over, one begins wherever they're at. When an ending leads into a new beginning, lead off with a prayer (not despair)!

Am I a smart fellar or a fart smeller? Only time will tell.

The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.

Spirituality without soul becomes fundamentalism. It defines life in shallow and rigid undertones that do not resonate with the richness of God's overtones.

There are fundamentalists in every trade. They have no creative inspiration (no soul).

Those who are the weakest and most cowardly are often the most cruel.

We are most easily hurt by those we love the most.

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”—George Orwell

In a full heart, there is always room for more love.

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it lightly.

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength

Sooner or later, all chickens come home to roost. And when they do, they flock in together.

There is no one alive that can't use some help.

Take your time -- just don't waste any.

Smooth as a cat's meow-wow.

Fine as frog fuzz split down the middle.

There ain't no one that doesn't need help.

"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off."

"A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied 10 minutes later."
General Patton

Nothing is forever -- though sometimes it seems like it.

I'm worried. And mostly about things I can do little or nothing about. Where's the sense in that.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

More Quotes from “Elementary” (Sherlock Holmes in NYC]

“... the puzzle in everything.
They're everywhere.
Once you start looking, it's impossible to stop.
It just so happens that people, and all the deceits and delusions that inform everything they do, tend to be the most fascinating puzzles of all.”
Season 1 Episode 4

“... conspiracy theories?
They're pure sophistry.
Large groups of people cannot keep secrets.”
“Conspiracy theorists are lazy thinkers...”
Season 1 Episode 13

“She was highly intelligent, optimistic about the human condition...
I usually consider it a sign of stupidity, but ... it seemed almost convincing.”
Season 1 Episode 22

“Watson, most puzzles I see from the outside and it gives me a certain clarity.
I am right in the center of this one.
It has blurred my vision to say the least.”
Season 1 Episode 22

“I'm an expert on poisons, Watson.
I know virtually everything there is to know about them.
But I've come to learn over the last few years that there is nothing on this planet quite so toxic as guilt.”
Note: Guilt can be used as a manipulative tool.
Season 2 Episode 2

“You know we're going in circles here, right? We're in a roundabout.
We just need to find the proper exit.”
Note: When you’re engaged in a deadlocked mental puzzle and one additional piece can unlock it...
Season 2 Episode 2

“...(as you) live your life, if you’re not a fool, it changes you.”
Morland Holmes
Season 4 Episode 6

“People who love each other don't make threats. They make promises.”
Joan Watson
Season 5 Episode 23

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Previous blog posting of more quotes from Elementary: