Posts by William Rothamel

1) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Space Exploration News (Message 2098099)
Posted 20 Apr 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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As in all government endeavors ...if there is no profit motive there may be less incentive to do diligent and quality work.

Small slips like this got astronauts killed and almost doomed the Hubble to a useless pile of junk.
Perhaps this will spur NASA to get their act together. Seems like we had a passel of delays with the James Webb. May be time to kick ass and clean house.
2) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2097880)
Posted 16 Apr 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Cite your source


I think you will find that the whole affair including the laptop is being investigated by the Justice department right now. Isn't it funny how this doesn't show up in the crap media.

You should do your own research but here you go for one from leftist CNN:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/30/politics/hunter-biden-federal-investigation-heats-up/index.html
3) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2097852)
Posted 16 Apr 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Joe forgot to declare the Ukrainian money given to Hunter and shared with the "Big Guy".

I guess that at his age he is just forgetful.
4) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2097725)
Posted 14 Apr 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Please explain in what way Joe has anything to do with worldwide fuel prices?


It would be my pleasure to raise your consciousness

To make it simple. The announced pledge of Biden and the eco-crazies was to put fossil fuels out of business.
This was followed by executive actions to restrict production (Fracking) and transport of fuels. Permits and leases were also slow-walked right away. Drilling was declared off-limits on much of Federal land. The world had an excess of oil production which had kept prices of all energy affordable. Now the US had to immediately import oil which meant that less world production raised the price (supply and demand) Also, about at this time the speculators got wind of this ominous trend and bid up the price of oil by a factor of 3 or more. Putin got rich since he was supplying us and most of Europe with oil and gas. He now had the financial means to carry out the Ukranian war --this further pushed up oil prices when the US stopped buying Russian oil.


Now maybe you don't believe it but cheap affordable, abundant energy is at the heart of a thriving economy. Many products need petroleum as a feed stock. Fertilizer and fuel costs go up for the farmer. The farmer has to raise prices for Corn and other comestibles. It also costs more to transport goods to market. feed lots pay more charge more for livestock, meat cutters and retailers pay more and have to raise their prices . In between all of these steps is transportation which requires fuel that is now almost twice as expensive as before.

And you see there Wiggo--it is a spiral of stupidity and an inter- dependency (domino) effect.

That is why energy has gone up at least 50 % and in spite of the published numbers food has risen almost as much.
try $6.00 bacon and $3.49 for a gallon of milk and so on.
American households can expect a Biden Inflation tax of $500 per month. Don't believe it ? I see it in my own household and I am a cheap bastard--but I have to drive to work and feed our family of three.

So don't give me the knee-jerk "you are watching fox news'"or that I believe in conspiracy theories.

Although I could almost believe there is a concerted effort to destroy our way of life--probably not --for now I will lay it off to rank stupidity and lack of economic understanding--at least for now.
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5) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Quantum computing (Message 2097724)
Posted 14 Apr 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Probably some cryogenic stuff. I think this whole Quantum business should have been de-bunked by now. I would do it myself except I never found a course or an explanation that I could follow of how the logic worked. I suspect--as was the case 50 years ago, with neural modeling and threshold logic, that any logic coming out of any quantum cell would decompose into standard boolean logic and offer no advantage over today's modern computers with their advanced architecture. See Glorioso and Rothamel "Neural Modeling and Threshold Logic" COMADP Lab publication Report #71 US Army Electronics Command.
6) Message boards : Politics : Electric Vehicles (Message 2097259)
Posted 6 Apr 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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In this month's Car and Driver there is a good article about start up Electric car company "Lucid". They are making their first cars available for sale right now.

You can get one with decent range and blistering performance for a scant $175,000. Perfect for me if I could just overcome any range anxiety that may crop up each time that I took the wheel or went on a longer trip.

By the by....... what does it cost per KWH to recharge these days?--should be a lot cheaper than the now average $60-$80 fill up.
7) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2097257)
Posted 6 Apr 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Talk about a fly on the wall !!. Yesterday Obama returned to visit Biden in the White House.

" So how's it going Joe " he asked
8) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #3 (Message 2096699)
Posted 29 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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My 2000 Mercedes S-500 cost over $90,000. I bought it when we had more money than common sense. It was un-reliable and had a high maintenance cost--it was plush and modern for it's time and ate up miles on the Interstate highways. Now I drive a nice car that costs less than $25,000. Take a guess at the cost of this putative
mythical automobile from Karl Benz.
9) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: Continued DENIAL (#6) (Message 2096523)
Posted 25 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Wig. you sound like my wife. Maybe you can be my SETI wife.
10) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2096501)
Posted 25 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Wig; There is a difference between "survive" and "thrive". Only one of our perceptions is based in fact.
11) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: Continued DENIAL (#6) (Message 2096472)
Posted 24 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Martin Luther what do you burn in your car --peanut oil ?
12) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: Continued DENIAL (#6) (Message 2096443)
Posted 24 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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For the record for the Chicken Little set:

If you add up all of man's CO2-producing activities — all of our combustion and brewing and baking, all of our Weber kettles and weed whackers and Mosquito Magnets, plus all of our ranting, raving, and fulminating — we generate only about 1/30th of Mother Nature's output. Decay is her big thing. She invented the compost pile. When formerly living organisms die and decompose, they give off CO2.


Rebuttals welcome. Facts only please --only clever ad hominems allowed.
13) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: Continued DENIAL (#6) (Message 2096439)
Posted 24 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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And just what makes you think that CO-2 is a "Greenhouse" gas at less than .04% of our atmosphere; thats .0004 or 4 ten thousandths for anyone who is math challenged. It hardly qualifies as a "trace" gas. Frankly, more C0-2 is good for plants and agriculture; we farmers (I was once) and gardeners like the green plants to have plenty to breathe and return oxygen for the rest of us idiots to breathe.
Yes, we should plant more trees and build nuclear power plants. Lets not destroy our civilization with false religions. Do you also want to defecate little wrapped candies ?

What's that you say ? we are warming- --we warmed up right after the United States was covered a mile thick in ice all the way down to Southern Illinois.
If we are warming, I would worry about the Sun's output, water vapor (AKA Clouds) , and heat produced by 1,500,000,000 cars and 25,000 air liners of which 5000 are over the United states at any one time.

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14) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: Continued DENIAL (#6) (Message 2096206)
Posted 21 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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So what happened then to make a worse drought back then ?? or do we finally realize that "climate" changes due to chaotic events and cycles of our sun.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Space Exploration News (Message 2096205)
Posted 21 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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If it is everywhere and it is "matter" then let's send out an astronaut on a space walk with a bucket so he can collect some for analysis.

So you see, best beloveds, that is not "matter" that is "everywhere".

I still claim that it is a mis-reading of the fact that the universe is expanding when I think in my simple-minded analysis that it is contracting and that what we have here is good old gravity in which mass warps space.

We could go back to the "energy of the vacuum" way of thinking -------- for now I wish that we could understand the electron and electricity and avoid our convenient fictions that we use to control them to our availment. Philosophically this may not be possible to understand nature's reality completely. This may be true because true understanding for now is merely observation translated into language and mathematics and may always obscure a more profound explanation of the "truth". Truth is beauty, beauty is truth that is all we need to know-- Keats.
16) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2095711)
Posted 12 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Make no mistake, the fossil fuel industry is for profit, not the people.


Lest you who are not Baby Boomers forget: "the business of America is business"
17) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2095654)
Posted 11 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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I believe that these are leases which still require a permit to drill. Is the current administration slow walking approvals.
Since eliminating all fossil fuels is deemed to be the policy of the current administration or other ignorant crazies in the government it is small wonder that expensive projects will not be started if they might possibly be regulated or legislated out of business.

For me cheap, reliable energy is the engine that drives a thriving economy--it starts at the farm and feed lots and works it way into every commodity and price thereof.

Don't know where you are getting your "facts"

Crude Oil Production in the United States averaged 7606.50 BBL/D/1K from 1950 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 12860 BBL/D/1K in November of 2019 and a record low of 3974 BBL/D/1K in September of 2008.

from Trading Economics .com

The United States produces 14,837,640 barrels per day of oil (as of 2016) ranking 1st in the world.


The U.S does indeed produce enough oil to meet its own needs. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2020 America produced 18.4 million barrels of oil per day and consumed 18.12 million. And yet that same report reveals that the U.S. imported 7.86 million barrels of oil per day last year.2 days ago


So it seems that no one knows what is going on or they are not saying. What I do know is that the day Biden got in gasoline went and started its climb towards a 100% increase in price at the pump.
18) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2095638)
Posted 10 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Inflation is due almost entirely to the run up in energy prices which makes everything more expensive to produce and to move to market.
It is also due to dumping trillions of dollars into the economy which were not earned. More money chasing fewer goods (not produced by the money chasing it)
Finally, reducing the US 's energy production reduced the world supply of oil.
Putin is responsible for the price of bacon doubling ?--It was the cost of producing and shipping feed, moving the product to market and so on.

Inflation was already at 7.5% the month before Putin invaded.

If oil had stayed at $30 per barrel there might not have been enough money for Russia to spend on this evil adventure.

I hope that we can survive until the mid-term elections then maybe we can reset our National priorities that make common sense.
19) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2095465)
Posted 7 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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Never have I read a more uninformed, ignorant and "religious" essay. NATO nations were warned that they were making Russia rich by buying their oil and gas and not putting their required monetary support and arms focus into the NATO coalition. Europeans were duped into expensive and un-reliable alternative production of energy--even shutting down nuclear plants. This left them short and dependent on Russian gas and oil. The purpose of Nato was to counter the Russians --now Europe was making them stronger. Yes it had been many years since the end of the cold war but ambitions are long-lived.

In the US meanwhile, The suspension of permits, pipelines and leases put the US into a net importing country from a net exporter. Energy producers were not going to try to start expensive projects in the face of this phony environmental uncertainty. Well, smart investors don't subscribe to faulty economics and eco-think. Once Joe got in the price of oil moved steadily up from around $50 to about $115 over the ensuing year. I see the price of Natural gas also going up 50% or more. And for sure gasoline is now double that off its low point a year or so ago. The money flowing in to Russia then became a bonanza for the Putin war machine --all he had to do was look at the Afghanistan mess to realize that the weak, doddering , chicken s##t bastards of the West would cower in fear if he were to take a bold excursion.

You may call this a myth but it may actually be too late to dig out of this situation. How much more do we need to see before we swat this monster from the face of the Earth. Nuclear weapons are apparently a reason to excuse reckless adventures and world domination.
20) Message boards : Politics : The Joe Biden Thread - Part I (Message 2095457)
Posted 7 Mar 2022 by Profile William Rothamel
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You voted for him you putz ! If we were still energy independent there would be no Ukraine war. Now he is rich from the run-up in oil prices !


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