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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Firethorn Re:Your assumptions are skewed = strawman (450 comments)

It is a very stupid condition since benefits can be gained without fulfilling it.

Not actually a refutation.

It is up to the person making extraordinary claims that defy what is observed to prove it and not the person merely pointing out that the extraordinary claims are fabrications with little or no connection to reality.

You're the one that's posted no evidence. I've posted at least a few links. Like I said earlier, firm up your assertions so I can actually examine them or post some evidence. You haven't even specified any 'extraordinary claims' that I supposedly made other than my self-admitted mistake. Which you greatly overstated.

So says the person tilting at windmills - oh wait, it's photovoltaics this time isn't it?

Pure Ad hominem attack. Apparently you can't attack my statements/arguments so you attack me. I might as well play this game. "Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!"

seem to be one step away from wanting to shoot anyone with a windmill or solar panel,

Still can't identify my party, I see, still this is a fairly definable. You apparently think I hate wind and solar power. Let's check that assumption:
From 2012, I call a new technology with the promise to cut the price of solar cells in half 'revolutionary', and the only negative I mention is 'our collection systems aren't cheap enough'. Prices have come down since then...
this one I talk about potentially covering roads with them...(parking lots would make more sense).
My green energy mix. Note the 20% solar and 20% wind.

I'm not against solar power. All I EVER tried to say is that it poses concerns for the electric company. Infrastructure needs to be adjusted, and eventually they might need to end some of the subsidization presented by 'net metering'. Presumably if solar installs exceed 20% of energy production.

Those "hot issues" do not make you a champion of social justice or whatever because the rest of the world dealt with them in the 1970s, probably before you were born.

Darn it, somehow I dropped the part about hitting other topics if you want. How about prison reform?. It's not a new policy for me...

Solar is mainstream now and solves a lot of problems. Live with it or be like an idiot railing against bar code scanners in supermarkets.

I was looking at installing solar back in 2011...

Photovoltaics are just another tool of modern society with it's own little niche.

Google's failing me right now, I can't find any of my posts mentioning using them for 'special situation' applications. Even back before 2000 you wouldn't have had any problems with me admitting this. They're neat technology. But I do cost-benefit analysis as a matter of course, and it wasn't until recently that they could compete with grid power. Roughly speaking, that niche is growing quickly. As such, power companies(other than Minnesota) are having to start seriously taking them into account, as opposed to considering them a rounding error.

Hell, I've even said that we should install them on military bases in combat zones - every gallon of diesel saved is a gallon that doesn't have to be shipped in at great risk and expense.

3 hours ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Firethorn Re:Your assumptions are skewed = strawman (450 comments)

stupid assumptions like losses being orders of magnitude higher than actually occurs.

Still beating this dead horse, I see. And I was over by about a factor of 2, not OOMs. Hell, you've fixated on a self-admitted mistake and not pointed out any others.

As for 'Arbitrary placing of goalposts' I'm wondering if we're speaking the same language. To make it clear: My 20% figure is not a 'goal', it's a statement of condition.
What I was trying to say earlier:
1. Transmission losses within a segment are negligible. My first post the asterisk marked footnote. Though I should have been stronger than 'probably'*
2. Most segments are basically single-use due to zoning and such. Housing is housing, commercial is commercial, industrial is industrial.
3. Due to #2, we can generally model a segment as a single unit(hardly having an home be an island!).
4. Most of the jump during the day in electricity use is from commercial and industrial. Home power usage tends to spike in the evening as people return home, cook dinner, and turn everything on. The peak doesn't match.
5. Power company transformers are around 99% efficient. Traveling segment to segment will probably hit at least 2 of them, resulting in 2% losses. By the same token, if you're shipping power from segment to segment, you're probably going to have to ship it even further because, on average, the neighboring segments will be the same time and thus producing excess power at the same time. 2 more transformers and a high voltage line later, you're at 3-5% losses.
6. I can't find the charts right now, but power usage during the day tends to be around 20% baseload for homes average about 20% of max during the day, while solar generation@100% of needed energy would put maximum generation at around 100% of maximum; thus the comment about not really needing to worry until more than 1 in 5 homes have significant solar installations.

*Though you'll probably take this as your next argument

If you really care about this topic and are not just using it as a vector to push your politics I suggest taking a look at wikipedia. There is no excuse for the ignorance you are trying to shove down people's throats.

You have yet to prove that anything I've said is incorrect. The one instance you keep harping on I realized myself and corrected. Wikipedia does not cover these topics in sufficient depth.

As for my politics, you've set up a HUGE strawman that you've been relentless in attacking. You have yet to identify a political belief I presumably hold accurately enough to pin down, other than I'm presumably some sort of corporate shill. All you should really get from the link is that I'm pro-gun/self defense.

Go ahead. I'll repeat: Which political party do you believe I'm a member of? Can you identify my standing on abortion and gay marriage, just to name two hot button topics? Go ahead. If you want the bonus round, see if you can avoid being insulting about it.

Something within a dozen miles may as well be next door so the electricity is being consumed almost adjacent to where it is being generated and it can be whatever load factor they guys in control rooms want it to be.

A dozen miles would be, depending on exact infrastructure, 3-5% loss rate. If you have something else, POST IT.
Transformers: 98-99% efficient. (Need at least 2)
Power line losses: Mostly in the 240V section, 1-2%.

I'm going to say: Put up or shut up. Stop beating the dead horse about power loss and identify some where else that I'm wrong, with some proof or at least logical reasoning.

13 hours ago

Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Re:Electric motor vs Gasoline Engine (384 comments)

Yeah, the GP's understanding is incorrect, to say the least. You're not going to get 400 hp performance out of a 50hp generator hooked up to an electric motor(even though that generator is probably producing 150hp of turning power in order to provide 50hp worth of electricity). It might help, but you're going to need a battery to provide ~200hp of power to make up the difference.

Still, I stand by my 'factor of 2' rule of thumb with acceleration. If you put as much effort into minimizing 0-60 times in an electric vehicle as has gone into the Mustang, you'd only need ~210 HP to match it. For example, the Tesla Roadster is 3.7 (248hp) and the Model S Performance is 3.9 with it's 416hp.
Weight makes a huge difference in 0-60 times of course - Model S is 4.6k pounds, Roadster is 2.7k, and the Mustang is 3.6k

The model S weighs 28% more, has 4 less hp*, and still manages to shave off 6/10ths of a second.

Going by what I'm seeing in other ways, it looks like both electric vehicles are limited by the battery's ability to deliver power. A Tesla with the smaller battery pack(making it lighter) takes longer to reach 60 than the larger pack.

One significant thing to realize is that the way engines and motors are generally rated vary. An engine is rated at it's maximum deliverable power. It can remain there ~100% of the time though as long as sufficient cooling exists. An electric motor is generally rated at the power it can deliver at 100% duty factor. Engines are generally limited by the ability to deliver fuel an air. Electric motors are generally limited by heat.

What does this amount to? If you can deliver the amps, it's possible to run electric motors at higher than their maximum rating. You lose some efficiency and risk burning the motor out, but there are motors out there that you can run at 200% for something like 1 minute. 300% for 10 seconds, stuff like that.

*Not really significant.


Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Firethorn Re:Your assumptions are skewed = strawman (450 comments)

Your assumptions are very skewed which is why I'm calling it a strawman.

It's not very much of a classical strawman then. It doesn't help that the one assumption you keep attacking was one I changed on my own.

Modelling the houses as islands when they are connected to the grid implies that you have a barrow to push or that you are far more stupid than is likely.

Isn't ignorance an option? Your island analogy has me puzzled, I'm trying to picture this in my head and correlate it with my words. I mean, in the posts I KNOW I've mentioned neighborhoods, transmission lines, and specifically segments where I thought it'd be obvious that multiple homes are hooked up to any given segment.

I certainly have barrows to push, but I've stayed away from them here. I haven't mentioned nuclear power at all until now, for example.

Ah yes, talking about a 10% loss in transmitting electricity to what is effectively next door in transmission scales even if it takes an hour to get there in traffic - are you SURE you looked up actual figures?

You do realize that you're beating a dead horse? I conceded that back in the SECOND post. You should now be attempting to argue against a 3% loss estimate.

Still, because you think it's so important, here's my thought process through this whole thing: I used 10kwh because it's a nice round number. Then to account for transmission losses, I subtracted 1, which amounts to a 10% loss. For the power company I knew it'd be a touch higher, but not that much higher, so I added 2 to 10 to get 12(12 produced, 10 delivered). I never bothered to figure out that percentage(17%, ouch!). That didn't quite sound right to myself in the second post when I actually figured out the percentages, so I looked up average losses. 7% for the grid means that 'most' runs should be substantially below that, but I also figure that long distance/high voltage/wattage runs are specifically designed to be highly efficient it it should only be a couple percent. Ergo, 3-5%, better than average, but still a factor to consider.

To me it just looks like no holds barred Red on Green political action with a few technical sounding guesses (which you are probably very much aware are not correct) to try to make it look like it's not just an outright lie.

Umm... Wow. Do you also scream racism when somebody says they like fried chicken?

'd rather this place remained a technical discussion site of a sort instead of a political rant site.

Huh. If you know so much about me and my politics, let's give you a little test: What political party am I?

Finally - For a person who's worked in the power industry you seem long on rants and short on facts. It should be simple enough to explain where I'm wrong with a couple citations.

For example, one figure I've posted multiple times is that generated power shouldn't really be leaving the segment until solar accounts for more than roughly 20% of the power usage of the homes on the segment. IE if there's a 100 homes on the segment that more than 20% of them would need to install solar matching 100% of their net needs before you start getting significant enough backfeed on the segment to have to worry about efficiently transporting said power to other segments. I also stated that different regions would vary.

What do you think about this statement?


Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Tesla maintenance fees (384 comments)

First, not an owner, if you're looking to purchase I suggest doing your own research.

1. No the fees aren't necessary. For one, federal law interferes.
2. Good luck shutting all those radios off and keeping a functional car.
3. OTA updates have improved the car quite a bit, so stopping that isn't necessarily a good idea.
4. The fee actually covers a huge amount of work, it's probably worth it.


Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Firethorn Re:The optimal way (450 comments)

But maintenance costs are forever, and if the owner of some far-flung cabin can't bear the full cost of maintaining a line that serves no one else, that line never should have been built in the first place.

I do have concern about such a system causing a sort of deflation in electrical provision though. IE customer A is the end point, and frustrated by maintenance costs he cuts his connection. Now suddenly B is the last segment, and A wasn't that much further away, and now he's bearing increased cost due to A leaving. So he leaves. Next thing you know the whole neighborhood is leaving...

By keeping maintenance costs more even to the customers, you encourage keeping enough clients around to have economy of scale.

Oh, and I probably should have mentioned that when it comes to business; 'hard' generally translates to 'expensive'.


Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Electric motor vs Gasoline Engine (384 comments)

You do realize that you're putting up a 420 horsepower engine up against the 145 HP motor in a volt? It also looks like they've gotten better with the volt:
Chevy volt: 8.9
Ford Mustang: 4.5

Electric motors are good, but they're only about twice as good as their horsepower rating would imply up against a gasoline engine, much less one optimized for 0-60 times.


Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (384 comments)

I have no interest in a 50 HP car, nor do most US buyers. Not useful.

It only takes about 15 hp to keep a car at highway speeds. 50hp would really be overkill. That might be enough to keep a semi going on the highway...

Then you put a 100(leaf)-300(Model S) electric motor in it, which given the RPM range of electric motors combined with the whole '100% torque at 0 RPM' means that, no matter the horsepower, electric vehicles tend to be very 'zippy' up to almost their max speed.


Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Firethorn Re:The optimal way (450 comments)

You've presented two extremes, and neither represents the most fair and accurate way to allocate maintenence costs.

Charging the last guy everything was NOT my idea, it's what motivated me enough to post counter-points, and I presented more than just 2 options.

The most fair and accurate way is to look at who is served by each segment of the line.

Better stated than what I proposed. It's a bit like 'you pay for your segment, your neighbors pay for theirs'. The problem I see with it is that while it's 'fair and accurate' it is very much 'not easy'. 'Easy' while being 'more fair' is a legitimate option, where outside of specific edge cases you simply charge everybody some sort of average for costs.

but the 1000th customer wants to build a home 100 miles from that cluster, the utility will never recover the cost of that extremely long line extension if the single customer it serves is permitted to pay "average" rates.

I forget the name of the act, but there's actual federal subsidies to pay for that line(and more people tend to move there over time), but failing that he doesn't get coverage.


Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (384 comments)

Yep, and while it mentions wiper blades and brake pads, from what I'm reading it'd also include things like shocks and struts if necessary. For a maintenance contract that generous, it's quite cheap.


Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (384 comments)

Hybrids don't pay for themselves in increased efficiency unless you drive them something like 300,000 miles.

It depends on your usage. When I first started doing the calculations I quickly realized that hybrids only really made sense for intense city drivers. 'NYC Cab driver' was an ideal case for them.

However, I think that the break-even point is a lot sooner today than it was 5 years ago. It started at 10 years/150k miles for 'standard' usage, but today Hybrids are generally only ~$3k over an equivalent standard engine vehicle.

I like to use Honda Civics due to the similarity - 33mpg vs 45 mpg(combined). $22.7k vs $24.6k*. $1.9k price difference comparably equipped.

At 15k miles/year(average), that's 121 gallons saved a year. At gasbuddy's price of $3.64 average, that saves $441 a year. Payoff would be in 4.3 years, or 65k miles. Less if you do lots of city driving. Far short of your 'something like 300k miles'.

Look at it like Europeans - gallons per 1k miles.
Hybrid - Standard - difference
highway: 21.3, 25.6, 4.3 gallons saved per 1k miles
city: 22.7, 33.3, 10.6 gallons saved per 1k miles.

If you drive highways, TDI does makes far more sense though.


Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (384 comments)

That was a few years and he was getting around 85 miles on a 2 gal tank.

Just over 40 mpg in a vehicle the size of a VW isn't great gas mileage.

As you mention, the power demands for a vehicle is indeed different than a locomotive. The locomotive doesn't stop anywhere near often enough to bother with regenerative braking, for example.

With standard hybrid vehicles batteries pay for themselves in increased efficiency, thus getting rid of them isn't smart.

as if somehow generating the electricity to charge the batteries doesn't

Depends on the grid you're charging from. Plus, average power line losses are only 7%, and power plants can be up to 40% efficient - gasoline engines are generally lucky to reach 30%. Plus pollution controls are more effective(on an energy basis) for the fixed plant.

2 days ago

Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (384 comments)

Tesla charges $600 a year because they know their owners can afford it, not because it (or any other service) is "worth" that price tag.

It's $600/year or 12,500 miles, whichever comes first, but you can buy a '4-year plan' that covers 4 years/50k miles for $1900, which is a substantial discount.

I actually think it's a pretty good deal given that it includes 'hardware upgrades' like the new shield talked about a few weeks ago...

2 days ago

Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn Re:X Miles IS a standard for me (384 comments)

The second comment is about the generator. From the sound of it you want that so you can recharge the battery. However, a small portable generator can run all day on a couple of gallons of fuel. Why not skip the batteries all together and have the output power the electric motor.

It's done with trains today -diesel electrics don't have significant battery capacity(they're starter batteries like in normal cars, just scaled up for the needs of the diesel engines). The problem is that the narrower the range you need on your engine, the more efficiently you can design it. That includes both rotation rate AND power.

Power demand for a car is too variable to be able to really miniaturize the engine much. That's why hybrids save gas - they use the relatively enormous power delivery* batteries are capable to smooth the peaks, enabling the engine to run in it's ideal zone more, saving gas, then regenerative braking saves even more energy by storing stopping power back in the batteries.

When you start shifting to strong EV type operations, you shrink the engine even more into a 'range extender' where you don't need it to provide much power at all, it's just there to convert the extremely good energy storage system gasoline/diesel represents into kwh as efficiently as powerful, even if it's only 40kw** or so. As mentioned, if the batteries are too low, the thing can keep chugging away even while the car is parked. Think about camping - Not only does it top off the batteries overnight, it could also provide enough power to run some electric stuff like lighting or even a TV.

Though I question whether such a system(gas tank, fuel mass, engine weight/space) would actually be lighter than 'more batteries' at this point, as Tesla demonstrates.

Hell, I've seen proposals for small generator-trailers that provide electricity while on the move along with more cargo space for those long trips.

*For a short period of time, at least
**This is more than enough power to travel at highway speeds for most vehicles.

2 days ago

NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

Firethorn Re:Animal cruelty? (204 comments)

Oh, you're talking about horses? Are they food-grade horses?

Define food grade? I know the USA shipped slaughtered horses to Europe for consumption for quite some time, including former work horses bought at auction and such, but at the same time I know that regulations have tightened since then.

2 days ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Firethorn Avoiding flame wars (450 comments)


Though I wonder where he got 'defending coal mining company jobs' from. Reviewing what I wrote, I think I kept it from really looking at utility generation methods at all.

2 days ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Firethorn Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (450 comments)

You glossed over just about the only thing that is difficult in providing electricity supply.

I think we're talking about different things. That, or given your response to Maury, you're reading my posts to find points of attack, not to understand what I'm trying to say.

When I said 'glossed over' I meant more that it wasn't a primary focus of my post, after all I was just trying to explain why there's a difference between energy-efficient appliances and solar panels to the electric company.

Your strawman also doesn't seem to be connected properly to the grid either. Why are you pretending this?

Huh? What position did attribute to you in order for it to be easy for me to tear it down?

Because you wanted to artificially inflate the figures and pretend the electricity is not being consumed very close to where it is generated?

1. I'm the one that looked up the actual figures
2. I admitted my error and changed my estimate
3. In my very first post I mentioned that the losses wouldn't be very high until the energy needed to be shipped outside of the area/line. I guessed. I didn't state it well, but the 10% loss wasn't even supposed to come into play until the power was effectively having to be transmitted to a commercial/industrial site presumably some distance away. Once I found out that average losses are 7%, I knocked that estimate down to 3-5%.

I'm sure you see it as being about defending the jobs of people like me that are paid by coal mining companies - if so fuck off - we don't need liars making us look bad.

Now THIS is an excellent example of a strawman. Without any evidence(I've mentioned no specific industry power generation methods) you ascribe a position/motivation to me then attack it.

2 days ago

NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

Firethorn Re:electric golf carts (204 comments)

Huh, I went with GM. Wonder where my link went to.

Anyways, the GM site listed gross at 7.3k, gross for the ford is 8.5k.

For a vehicle that shouldn't be expected to carry cargo, yes you'd want it to be lighter.

Also keep in mind that net or gross wasn't mentioned, and in reporter-speak '4 tons' could be anything from 3-5.

2 days ago

Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

Firethorn X Miles IS a standard for me (384 comments)

Everything is relative...

Bingo. My commute is 10 miles one way. The big town is 20 miles the other way. A very plausible trip is 10 miles to work, 30 miles to town, 20 miles home - 60 miles in one day. Given paranoia, I slap a x2 on there(I might get called into work again, another 20 miles, might forget to charge the night before, power outages, etc...), Thus I'd prefer a car with at least 120 miles of range. That's even without considering that a common camp site for me is 60 miles away. There's power there so I could trickle charge over the week end for margin, but it's something to consider. As is range losses due to heat/cold/age/etc...

As such, I say it's not just people want to pay for more than 'what they need', it's that most proponents of short-range EVs only look at median driving distances. Most purchasers of vehicles are going to be looking for a vehicle that satisfies the 90th percentile of their driving 'needs'.

It's hardly 'no relationship' as the AC said.

2 days ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Firethorn Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (450 comments)

Given that most homes in North America have 240V/200A, and use an average of perhaps 10 to 15A of that, this is a moot point. There is so much overcapacity at the bottom end of the network that the only real issues are at the HV side of things, precisely what will be helped by any sort of load offset.

Like my latter post noted - 'unless they get stupid' about their installs you won't need to upgrade the local line. Considerations would need to be made higher up. As for the transformers - that's why I mentioned the switching yards.

As you later noted this is closer to 7% on average, but in fact it's just about 0% for the case we're considering.

From my post: '*Losses probably aren't that high at the moment, I'm thinking about the future when at least some of the power needs to make it all the way to a business district to be used.'

Most solar installs backfeed significantly during the day to make up for not producing power at night when there's still significant household power usage. ON AVERAGE it doesn't leave the segment until you have over roughly 20% of homes having solar panels sufficient to cover 100% of their energy needs.

In any event, we're *way* far from that being an issue in most places that have any sort of PV buildout.

Hawaii is there, pretty much.

2 days ago



Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Firethorn (177587) writes "From Decatur Daily
Shut down 22 years ago in 1985, the Tennessee Valley Authority has reactivated Unit 1 at Browns Ferry Nuclear plant in response to rising demand for electricity in North Alabama. It's the first reactor activated since 1996.

It's expected to produce 1,155 megawatts, power 650,000 homes, and employ an extra 100 workers at the plant.

Renovations cost $1.8 Billion, but they expect the payback to be done within 4-5 years, down from the 7-8 years estimated in 2002, mostly because of increased fuel costs for the alternatives."



Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

You know, I found a story on fark leading to a postive spin on Walmart. Of course, the thread had all sorts of entries on how bad/evil Walmart is. While I certainly don't agree with everything in the article, neither do I believe that Walmart is worse than the devil. It's of only average evilness for a large corporation.

One points brought up was the 'liveable wage'. While Walmart does indeed have one of the lower wage medians, it's a retail store. It's wages are in line with the other 'mart' stores, grocery stores, and their ilk. If anything, a lower median wage indicates that they aren't top heavy with too many managers. 90% of their workers are covered by health insurance - and not government plans.

Here in the USA we have a messed up view of what a 'liveable wage' is. It's part of why we've lost so much of our manufacturing - cheaper laber outside the USA.

I'd rather have them have a job that might not pay enough for them to get that 60" Plasma, own two cars, not to mention such 'essentials' as cable, high speed internet, a thousand+ computer, etc, than NO JOB.

Essentially, I feel that it'd be a better situation to have welfare set up so that people are always better off working than not working. They're also always better off working the better paid job than the lesser**. As part of that, I'd get rid of the minimum wage.

IE we declare the minimum living income to be X. Really bad standard of living, barely covers the basics. Everybody gets X.
Joe gets a job making Y. His welfare payments are adjusted such that he gets Y + (X-Y/3). I use a divisor of 3 because there are costs associated with working, and a /2 is a bit too quick. Let's say X is the Poverty line. We'll go with a family of 4. $21,200. Ouch. Still, let's say they get job/s earning $30k. They'd 'lose' 10k in benefits, still obtaining $11.2k in benies. They now have an effective income of $41.2k, which while not great, is better than sitting completely on welfare. Meanwhile the single guy would be looking at $10.4k, and that $30k job would leave him with $400 in benefits. He's still better off getting that pay raise, though. I'm firmly of the belief that somebody working and contributing is better than not working.

That would help with our outsourcing problem, while wages would drop, it would help make us competitive on the global workforce market again.

On another topic - U.S. homes lose $2 trillion in value in '08

Is this necessarily a bad thing? For a while there people were treating their homes as investments - well, a home IS an investment, but they were treating theirs like something they could buy then sell when their retired for enough money to retire on. Easy credit allowed people and speculators to buy far more home than they needed, or even could afford, putting a crunch on housing and raising prices to the point of unaffordability. Personally, I'd like to remain able to afford a decent home with a 30 year fixed, on no more than 30% of my income, not some fancy loan that I ultimately can't afford.


Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  more than 8 years ago

What with the flooding, I feel that New Orleans should be renamed to 'New Venice'. I have many thoughts on this.

For one, it's just stupid to build a standard city below sea level, on the coast, especially in an area subject to hurricanes.

My idea, since the area's natural tendency is to be flooded anyways, we go along with it and build like in venice. It'd remain a tourist attraction, and would be far more resistant to hurricanes with proper construction. My idea is floating homes. Tie them in location with rails so they stay level. Give then around 3-4 meters of travel. You could reduce this by actually artificially raising the level of water, then when a hurricane comes, pump the water out to keep it level. It's hard to flood an artificially raised lake. You break a levy, the water level drops.

Then instead of levees, you build tide breakers, to moderate the tide and any breakers. Build 'sacrifice buildings' closest to the gulf, that can be used to break the tide even further. Then large buildings that won't float, but sit on a solid foundation, will use their first floors for nothing critical, and reinforce the ocean side to withstand the hurricanes, at least better. They're also to protect the homes behind.

Great tourist attraction, unique, pretty much floodproof.


Why do people keep calling me a republican?

Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Disclaimer: This is intented to be a summery. There are all sorts of jinks and kinks in my beliefs. This is mearly a summery.

People keep calling me a republican on this board. If I am one, I must be an awfully strange one, seeing as how I'm pro choice, pro drug legalization, at least somewhat pro gay rights, and am an agnostic with atheist tendencies.

I believe in seperation of church and state, but I don't think that means that the state can supress people's freedom of religion. As in if a kid wants to read the bible or pray in school, they can (as long as it's not disruptive to class).

I think that school vouchers are a good idea. Private schools and parents have been doing more education with less than public schools for years.

I think that the government should run a balanced budget. I also think that the fairtax guys have a good idea, but that there are a number of kinks to work out.

The war on terror, war in Iraq? I think that we're taking the wrong direction at the airports. I think that all the violations of our rights are wrong. As for the war in Iraq, well, we're committed. We have to finish it, lest it turn into another Afghanistan. I can only hope the upcoming elections go reasonably well.

I am a strong supporter of the first amendment. I feel that if I'm not uncomfortable with at least some of what is being said, speech isn't free enough.

I am also a strong supporter of the second amendment. And yes, I believe that that covers machine guns. NBC weapons are a bit much even for me however. If it's not something that a single soldier can be expected to haul and use somewhat discriminatorily, it's not a personal arm.

I think that it's a major crime that the government can confiscate property without trial.

I think that our government spends too much money on various welfare and pork barrel projects. If we must have welfare, I think that people should have to work for it.

I'm a libertarion, not a republican.


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Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well, I usually mess something up in my posts, so if something seems odd, it might just be.

I'm certainly not average.
I'm pro-choice... And Pro-Death penalty
I'm for a strong military...but I'd let gays join
I'm for closing the border...but I'd let legal immigration be easy.
I'm for legalizing drugs...And serious prison time for DUI's.
I consider myself for a clean enviroment...but I'd do this closing all hydrocarbon powerplants and replacing them with nuclear.
I'm a strict constitutionalist.
I believe that if we must engage in war, we should wage it offensivly. Under modern technology, offense is what wins battles.
I'd eliminate welfare and the minimum wage, replacing it with a 'work-fare' program, where you have to work at something for forty hours a week (even if only picking trash up from the side of the road). Benefits would be mostly concrete, not cash. You'd eat at a dining facility, live in a provided apartment, etc...

I certainly have other views, but this should cover most of the issues.

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