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July 25, 2014

Overnight Open Thread (25 Jul 2014)

Get ready for the New England power shortage.

In a hell-bent campaign to rid itself of any form of dirty, messy “non-renewable” energy, New England has been closing down coal and oil plants for the last decade. In 2000, 18 percent of New England’s electricity came from coal and 22 percent from oil. Today it’s 3 percent coal and 1 percent oil. Meanwhile, natural gas — the fuel that everybody loves until you have to drill for it — has risen from 15 percent to a starkly vulnerable 52 percent, just behind California.

There’s only one problem. New England doesn’t have the pipelines to bring in the gas. Nor is anyone going to allowed to build it, either.


Not good when it is starting to look like this winter might be similar to the '09/'10 winter. Cold and snowy.

According to NOAA, 28,504 Low Max records have been set in the last 365 days.


Goats 'R Us

I'll be damned. Goats 'R Us is a real thing. One question though. Does using goats in lieu of lawnmowers reduce greenhouse gases? Goats fart right?

Computer Hacking

80's style!

Business Tips

Heh. 10 tricks to appear smart during meetings.

2. Translate percentage metrics into fractions

If someone says “About 25% of all users click on this button,” quickly chime in with, “So about 1 in 4,” and make a note of it. Everyone will nod their head in agreement, secretly impressed and envious of your quick math skills.

Book Release

Had to figure this was coming. Yes, it is a real book. How to Survive a Sharknado And Other Unnatural Disasters.

Weed Products

Twinkies with weed infused cream. 2 for $10????

Twinkies not your thang? How about Foria vajayjay spray that contains marijuana oil and coconut oil? Spray it on and wait 30 minutes for magic to happen or something.

SU-25

Putin tried to push that it was a Ukranian SU-25 that shot down MH17. Aviation Week ponders that possibility.

the Ukrainian air force shot the Boeing 777 down itself, using a Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot carrying an R-60 Aphid air-to-air missile (the only AAM normally carried by the Su-25). This would require some remarkable timing and a pilot immune to nose-bleeds, because the Su-25 can manage Mach 0.82 flat out, on a good day, and a 777 can do 0.89, and furthermore the Su-25 is unpressurized and has a normal service ceiling of 23,000 feet. No doubt coincidentally, on the day this claim was published, a Wikipedia editor with a Russian address was found trying to insert a 33,000-foot ceiling on the Su-25 page. As for the R-60, the 3 kg warhead's ability to assure a kill on a large aircraft with highly redundant systems is dubious at best.

Dog Video

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