Dec 292006

There is so much wrong with this sham of a trial (and his accusers), I barely know where to begin. But it matters now, the powers that be have demanded their pound of flesh while their own misdeed and evil nefarious acts remain unpunished.

Brace yourself for a great deal of grandstanding and backslapping as the Bush administration declares a “victory” and final “justice” while their own countrymen sink into the morass of civil war in Iraq.

Dec 292006

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had some interesting emails from Lonewolf, who has done some serious investigation into switching from his gasoline power generation (generators) to wind turbines. Since he is located in a Class 4 to Class 5 wind zone (seasonal mean wind speeds of 13.4 to 14.4 mph) this would seem to make good sense.

Using only 200 kw per month (less then 1/5th of most households or less), the actual cost of the equipment for this conversion would run a whopping $13,000 – $20,000, with a break-even point far off in the distant future of 30 to 50 years.

Why so much? There are many reasons for this. Alternative energy suppliers are terribly expensive and have been hit hardest by the rising costs of metals, manufacturing and shipping, all of which are entirely petroleum dependent. Few people seem to be aware of just how much metals alone have risen in costs, but important and critical components such as copper having risen over 300%.

The other problem with alternative energy manufacturers is their stated electrical output is grossly exaggerated. Most manufacturers produce output curves under various conditions (but conditions are never static/always changing and rarely if ever optimum), and almost all claims are very ‘optimistic’ and under ideal conditions (ideal factors vary depending on what conversion forms one’s speaking of). To meet your actual demand, you will require an additional 30% of power generation over the published “stats”, and then double that for actual storage and conversion losses. Continue reading »

Dec 292006

Breakfast: Belgium waffles and freeze-dried blueberries, hot chocolate from Rainy Day Foods.

Lunch: I made aFresh baked bread with freeze-dried grilled chicken breast from Mountain House. This was great! Also had Orange Drink from Rainy Day foods.

Dinner: Sweet & Sour Pork w/Rice from Mountain House, and chocolate pie (made from chocolate pudding from Rainy Day foods and fresh baked pie crust).

Dec 282006

Breakfast: Apple drink, hashbrowns from Rainy Day Foods, and scrambled eggs w/ham from Mountain House.

Lunch: Mountain Chili from Alpine Aire and a buttermilk biscuit.

Dinner: Sierra Chicken and Apple Blueberry Fruit Cobbler from Alpine Aire for dessert.

Dec 282006

This kind of story just disgusts me. I’ve already reported on this, but there seems to be no end to the level of deception and planetary debauchery these corporate monstrosities are willing to embrace.  This isn’t a “distraction” enough – this is time for a honest-to-God-clean-the-house people’s revolution and throw these greedy sucking vortexes into a black hole of death.

Dec 272006

Breakfast: Buttermilk pancakes and freeze-dried blueberries, and a cup of coffee.

Lunch: Vegetable Lasagna from Mountain House. I really liked this, first time I tried it. I also had some peach drink from Rainy Day foods.

Dinner: Beef Stew from Mountain House. Easy to see why this is one of their top sellers, very good. Also had a buttermilk biscuit and Chocolate Bavarian Hazelnut Cream from Alpine Aire for dessert. Yep, I ate the whole thing too!

Dec 262006

Breakfast: Strawberry Honey Granola w/milk from Alpine Aire.

Lunch: Hot chocolate from Alpine Aire (it’s cold outside), fresh bread, and Creamy Potato Cheddar Soup from Alpine Aire.

Dinner: Garden Vegetables from Alpine Aire and Chicken Polynesian from Mountain House.
I just noticed that my coffee drinking has really dropped. Not sure why.