Five U.S. (easily applicable worldwide) Electricity Myths Debunked

Five U.S. (easily applicable worldwide) Electricity Myths Debunked

Myth 1: Wind and Solar Will Displace Coal
no
Myth #2: Fossil Fuels Get More “Subsidies” Than Renewables
no way
Myth #3: Americans Will be Using Less Electricity
sure, more people, more electronic/electric appliances/electric cars less energy… sounds logical really
Myth #4: Only Renewable Energy Systems are Evolving
uh… no. The inverse actually. Windmills and solar systems exist since 4000 years.
Myth #5: Europe is the Example to Follow
Sure, if you want to destroy your economy. Look at the state it’s in

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Termites produce more CO2 each year than all living things combined

Termites produce more CO2 each year than all living things combined

Well that’s slam/dunk then. Exterminate all termites and the ‘problem’ is solved

Scientists have calculated that termites alone produce ten times as much carbon dioxide as all the fossil fuels burned in the whole world in a year.

Pound for pound, the weight of all the termites in the world is greater than the total weight of humans.

Scientists estimate that, worldwide, termites may release over 150 million tons of methane gas into the atmosphere annually. In our lower atmosphere this methane then reacts to form carbon dioxide and ozone.

It is estimated that for every human on Earth there may be 1000 pounds of termites.

On the average Termites expel gas composed of about 59% nitrogen, 21% hydrogen, 9% carbon dioxide, 7% methane, and 4% oxygen.

It is thought “There are 2,600 different species of termites, and it is estimated that there are at least a million billion individual termites on Earth, that they emit two and four percent of the global carbon dioxide and methane budget, respectively-both mediated directly or indirectly by their microbes.

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

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

Not that facts will prevent the EU continue to force its provinces (the former nationstates) to throw money down the ‘alternative’ energy drain

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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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low or high sugar diet doesn’t matter

low or high sugar diet doesn’t matter

Low-Glycemic Index Carbohydrate Diet Does Not Improve Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Insulin Resistance

In a study that included overweight and obese participants, those with diets with low glycemic index of dietary carbohydrate did not have improvements in insulin sensitivity, lipid levels, or systolic blood pressure, according to a study in the December 17 issue of JAMA.

Foods that have similar carbohydrate content can differ in the amount they raise blood glucose, a property called the glycemic index. Even though some nutrition policies advocate consumption of low-glycemic index foods and even promote food labeling with glycemic index values, the independent benefits of glycemic index, and its effect on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, are not well understood, according to background information in the article.

Frank M. Sacks, M.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues conducted a trial in which 163 overweight adults with prehypertension or stage 1 hypertension were given 4 different complete diets that contained all of their meals, snacks, and calorie-containing beverages, each for 5 weeks; and completed at least 2 study diets. The four diets were (1) a high-glycemic index (65 percent on the glucose scale), high-carbohydrate diet (58 percent energy); (2) a low-glycemic index (40 percent), high-carbohydrate diet; (3) a high-glycemic index, low-carbohydrate diet (40 percent energy); and (4) a low-glycemic index, low-carbohydrate diet. Each diet was based on a healthful Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)-type diet, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods, and low in saturated and total fat.

The researchers found that at high dietary carbohydrate content, the low- compared with high-glycemic index level decreased insulin sensitivity; increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol; and did not affect levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, or blood pressure. At low carbohydrate content, the low- compared with high-glycemic index level did not affect the outcomes except for decreasing triglycerides. In the primary diet contrast, the low-glycemic index, low-carbohydrate diet, compared with the high-glycemic index, high-carbohydrate diet, did not affect insulin sensitivity, systolic blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, or HDL cholesterol but did lower triglycerides.

In the context of an overall DASH-type diet, using glycemic index to select specific foods may not improve cardiovascular risk factors or insulin resistance,” the authors conclude.

When glycemic index was lower in the high­carbohydrate diet, insulin sensitivity not only did not increase but decreased. With the same diet pattern, levels of LDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B (a secondary end point) increased, with no changes in HDL cholesterol or triglyceride level or blood pressure.”

The unexpected findings of the study by Sacks et al suggest that the concept of glycemic index is less important than previously thought, especially in the context of an overall healthy diet, as tested in this study. These findings should therefore direct attention back to the importance of maintaining an overall heart-healthy lifestyle, including diet pattern.”

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FBI Hate Crime Stats Again Show anti-Muslim Crimes Almost Non-Existent

FBI Hate Crime Stats Again Show anti-Muslim Crimes Almost Non-Existent

The FBI’s newly released hate crime statistics for 2013 offer a fresh example of how reality refuses to conform to the dubious narrative of widespread Muslim victimization at the hands of American bigots. As in previous years, most hate crimes were not religiously motivated, most religiously motivated hate crimes were anti-Jewish, and Muslims suffered fewer total incidents than many groups and fewer per capita than gays or Jews. Anti-Islamic crimes did not involve greater violence than others and have not become more frequent. A glance at the details:

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The descending spiral of education

The descending spiral of education

It was (and is) a commendable position to take, education should be open to anyone regardless of origin, money, color, creed etc. However there is a downside. The reason why there is a median of capacities is that evidently because some are more capable than others simply because the luck of the genetic draw.

The really capable are the exceptions, as are the really incapable. Unfortunately education is not fluid, it’s a mass product in order to be as open as possible. Which leads to the educational standards to adapt to the mean. With the influx of less capable standards automatically go down in order to have a high enough scholarly success rate .

Since  the 1970’s educational levels have been steadily declining as is shown amongst others by the many ‘fun’ studies which have no to little community use but do produce many PhD’s. This system is self-enforcing, lower levels of education lead to lower level educators, which …..

A point in case is this scary piece:

Delaying Exams Is Not a Request from ‘Coddled Millennials’

Oh yes it is! How silly can you get?