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  • Healthcare Economics in 8 Minutes (How To Really Make It Cheaper)

    03/27/2017 11:50:14 AM PDT · 41 of 42
    fireman15 to M. Dodge Thomas

    M. Dodge Thomas thanks for you comments and research. As far as age drift of participants, I personally do not know anyone who is Medicare A & B eligible who carries normal health insurance.

    We have the “Gold Plan” plus “Brother’s Keeper” which has a $500 yearly deductible and unlimited financial assistance for all eligible medical bills. None of the “ineligible” conditions have any effect on us. It costs us $150 a piece per month and the Brother’s Keeper catastrophic expense coverage is $40 a piece per year has a quarterly expense that varies a bit but is usually around $25 a piece.

    I would point out that young people paying for huge amounts of coverage for congenital conditions and birth defects has never made much sense. No babies are denied necessary medical treatment in this country regardless of their parents ability to pay. In general most young people do not have a large amount of assets that would be at risk if they gave birth to a baby needing very expensive medical treatment. In the past charities such as St. Judes, the Shriners and others have been of great assistance to young families in this situation. It is not a valid reason for government regulated health care insurance.

  • Healthcare Economics in 8 Minutes (How To Really Make It Cheaper)

    03/26/2017 12:42:39 PM PDT · 36 of 42
    fireman15 to M. Dodge Thomas
    So a system that can work well if the majority of its membership is under 50 will be headed for financial difficulty as the age distribution shifts upwards, and the “responsibility to control the expenses and look out for the group” becomes increasingly pressing problem.

    Christian Healthcare Ministries the group my wife and I are members of was founded in 1981... and allowed people to share over a billion dollars in healthcare expenses. I would assume that in the 36 years that the organization has been in existence that the average age of the members stabilized long ago. I do not think that this is the explanation as to why the "premiums" are so much lower for the "coverage" received.

    for example the individuals might be more willing to forgo the last few months of heroic treatment for cancer as an altruistic strategy for the greater good.

    No one is being asked to forgo heroic treatments for any conditions that I am aware of. I am not sure that you have a great understanding of where the true waste is in our healthcare system. For whatever reason... health cost sharing ministries are able to offer far greater benefit for far less expense than traditional insurance. Maybe just maybe this should be explored further by our brilliant leadership?

  • Healthcare Economics in 8 Minutes (How To Really Make It Cheaper)

    03/25/2017 9:38:57 AM PDT · 12 of 42
    fireman15 to M. Dodge Thomas
    healthcare customers mostly don’t ask, “Can we afford it?” Or even, “What’s the best value for the money?” They ask, “Is it covered? Can we get reimbursed for this?

    There is a solution where customers do ask what things are going to cost and how good of a value they are getting. It is because they are on the honor system and do not want to burden others in the organization. They are called Healthcare Ministries. My wife and I use Christian Healthcare Ministries in place of traditional healthcare insurance. Our group has shared over a billion dollars in healthcare expenses. It costs far less than traditional insurance and we have basically unlimited coverage. But we also have the responsibility to control the expenses and look out for the group. The people in charge including the author of this piece should be investigating how these health cost sharing ministries work and use them as a model. I am not completely sure that it would work for everyone, but it sure works well for us.

  • Paul Ryan: Failure of Obamacare Replacement Makes Tax Reform Harder

    03/25/2017 9:28:42 AM PDT · 42 of 77
    fireman15 to davikkm

    Ryancare failed because it was a bad piece of legislation that did nothing but pander to insurance companies at the expense of the voters. Thank goodness it failed. The person most responsible for this debacle deserves to be sacked and that person is Paul Ryan. If he was honorable he would just resign. But I am not holding my breath.

  • Hey, Freedom Caucus blow your no vote out your hypocritical @#%es

    03/25/2017 9:11:21 AM PDT · 135 of 160
    fireman15 to Freedom56v2
    The whole idea is to repeal and get government would that affect your healthshare program? If the mandate is repealed could you not simply get what you want?

    I am sorry since most people are not aware of how Ryancare penalizes people using Healthcare Ministry Plans I should probably have explained.

    Obamacare charges a penalty through the IRS if you do not purchase an Obamacare plan or have some type of exemption. One of the exemptions is for people who are using Healthcare Ministry Plans instead of traditional insurance. Ryancare allows the insurance companies to charge a big penalty to individuals who have not been paying for a traditional insurance plan. They dropped the exemption for Healthcare Ministry Plans. So if a person has been using an exempted Healthcare Ministry Plan they will not be able to switch back to traditional insurance without paying a huge penalty.

    This was not an inadvertent omission. Administrators for the several exempted Healthcare Ministries were in constant contact with congressmen and women including those responsible for drafting Ryancare. Christian Healthcare Ministries, the organization we are members of has allowed people to share over a Billlion dollars in healthcare expenses. It is far more efficient than insurance. The insurance industry views them as a threat.

    I am aware of no health cost sharing ministry that takes any money from the government. Those who choose this alternative should not be penalized if they find that healthcare insurance in the future becomes more affordable and want to switch back. This was an intentional omission that illustrates the type of nonsense written into Ryancare on behalf of the insurance companies.

  • Hey, Freedom Caucus blow your no vote out your hypocritical @#%es

    03/25/2017 12:18:21 AM PDT · 59 of 160
    fireman15 to Freedom56v2
    Are you saying you prefer to keep Obamacare to get some sort of special exemption?

    Absolutely Not! What I am saying is that Ryancare was written by and for insurance companies. It was not well thought out. It ignored things like healthcare sharing ministries and in fact would have made people using them non-compliant which despite being more efficient than insurance companies while performing the exact same function with no government subsidy at all. My family has basically unlimited coverage for far less money than subsidized insurance. Ryancare was a disaster that did not deserve the light of day. Trump himself said that ditching it would make it possible for something “better”. Obamacare needs to be repealed not replaced with a train wreck waiting to happen.

  • Hey, Freedom Caucus blow your no vote out your hypocritical @#%es

    03/24/2017 10:19:38 PM PDT · 21 of 160
    fireman15 to SecAmndmt
    No, it was a crooked, crony crap sandwich of a bill written behind closed doors for the benefit of the insurance companies

    You nailed it! We use Christian Healthcare Ministries for our health care coverage. It complies by exemption for Obamacare. The insurance companies despise health care ministries, and big surprise... health care ministries were screwed over big time by Ryancare. The OP of this thread has no clue what he is talking about.


    03/24/2017 8:34:59 PM PDT · 40 of 47
    fireman15 to SkyPilot

    You have inspired me to rant about some of the other posters in this thread. I am assuming that many are from people who either don’t fly at all or have a bunch of hours on a laptop or model airplane.

    We have lived on a small airport for over twenty years. We have two airplanes and four hang-gliders. We love getting our feet off the ground. Unfortunately, we have neighbors who work for the FAA on both sides of us. They will hang you for a paperwork offense just as quickly as they will hang you for actually putting others at risk... maybe quicker.

    Some of the comments I have read here remind me of the way my FAA neighbors view the world. I couldn’t care less if someone has their pilot’s license or their temporary pilots license with them in their airplane. What a joke. Do we really have regulars here who give a rat’s butt about such things?

    The FAA’s involvement in aviation has held development back by generations. Regulations they claim are for safety are usually for control. Unelected bureaucrats control everything with an iron hand that does very little for safety and a whole lot of restricting advancements. Without the FAA we would be so far ahead of where we are now that general aviation flying would be more similar to the Jetsons than its current state where we are flying airplanes that haven’t actually advanced since the late 1940s only with modern electronic navigation aids and radios.

    How far have affordable piston engine airplanes really advanced since the Beach Bonanza was first sold to the public in 1947? How much have general aviation airplanes advanced since the Cessna 170 in 1948, which evolved into the Cessna 172, or the Piper Comanche in 1957. The FAA has been the primary impediment to improvements in general aviation aircraft over the last 70 years. All one has to do to understand why is to read some of the comments from people on this forum. People worry about nonsense and so do many in the FAA.


    03/24/2017 5:04:04 PM PDT · 26 of 47
    fireman15 to SkyPilot

    My personal preference is to avoid big busy airports. We fly our planes for fun and do not need the aggravation. When my wife and I fly into the Los Angeles area we like to land at Santa Paula which is basically the last uncontrolled airport as you are approaching from the North. We also don’t mind flying into Camarillo which is has a tower but is not very busy.

    As far as what happened to Ford... this is much ado about nothing. He didn’t hit anything: he wasn’t close to hitting anything; no one got hurt or killed; nothing got damaged... who in the heck cares? I have had closer calls out in the middle of nowhere.

  • Trump delivers ultimatum to House GOP: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he’ll move on

    03/24/2017 9:00:32 AM PDT · 268 of 332
    fireman15 to Paine in the Neck

    Ryan has a burning ambition to run in 2020. He’s going to do everything in his power to hobble Trump in anticipation of that.

    Under normal circumstances it is difficult to predict the outcome of elections that are four years out. But I will predict that Ryan’s chances of winning anything outside of Wisconsin are nonexistent. Ryan owns this Obamacare replacement debacle; it should be tied around his neck and he should be thrown overboard.

    My wife and I have Christian Healthcare Ministries for our Healthcare coverage needs. It is allowed under Obamacare and is by far the best solution for us. NO allowances were made under the Ryancare plan to help preserve Healthcare Ministries. It is just one more good example of how tone deaf these deep state GOP idiots were when writing this thing up.

    They have already blinked today on the vote because this albatross was going down. And good riddance, let it rest in peace. The whole darned Obamacare mess needs to be repealed with the same exact wording that they sent to President Obama previously. That is what the voters demanded of these jokers and instead they made up Obamacare 2 which was every bit as bad and worse when you look into some of the details.

  • DOW will Tank, all Momentum lost, if No Vote, Dems win

    03/23/2017 9:07:22 AM PDT · 56 of 107
    fireman15 to Hugh the Scot

    I agree. No insurance can make you healthy. No one in this country is denied medical aid regardless of their ability to pay. We had one old derelict in our town that ran up $2.5 million in ambulance, hospital, and doctor fees. He never paid a dime. He never had insurance. Yet he was transported to the hospital by ambulance often more than once a day.

    Insurance is meant for one thing only... protecting your assets in case of financial disaster. That is all that it can do. If you have no assets, in this country it makes no sense to have insurance. The government has no business in it.

  • DOW will Tank, all Momentum lost, if No Vote, Dems win

    03/23/2017 9:01:02 AM PDT · 46 of 107
    fireman15 to ShivaFan
  • How to get "frozen" caliper bolts out??

    03/20/2017 12:17:58 PM PDT · 94 of 146
    fireman15 to ebshumidors
    Keyboard cleaner (duster) held upside down works as well.

    That sounds like a great idea! It is no doubt more “friendly” to the environment. Anything that comes out a liquid and vaporizes quickly causes rapid cooling and is helpful for shock cooling hot objects.

  • Confessions of a Climate Change ‘Denier’

    03/20/2017 9:53:57 AM PDT · 7 of 30
    fireman15 to Teotwawki
    Anyone who understands science should reject consensus as a valid method of proof for any hypothesis.

    The arguments used by “educated” global warming believers has completely destroyed my confidence in our institutions of higher learning, and lower learning for that matter.

  • How to get "frozen" caliper bolts out??

    03/20/2017 9:45:49 AM PDT · 36 of 146
    fireman15 to fireman15

    with the Freon I spray it with the can upside down so it is liquid when it hits the bolt. You need to wear gloves because it will cause frostbite burns if the liquid comes into contact with your skin.

  • How to get "frozen" caliper bolts out??

    03/20/2017 9:42:28 AM PDT · 35 of 146
    fireman15 to bigbob
    Kroil. The stuff works where no other penetrant will.

    I second the suggestion on Kroil. It is by far the best penetrating oil that I have used. Give it a little time to work then heat the caliper and then spray the bolt with something with something that evaporates quickly that will cool it. It is literally probably a crime to suggest it these days, but I made a fitting to spray from little automotive Freon cans. Use an impact wrench before the temperature between the bolt and the caliper get a chance to even out.

  • Microsoft blocks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users from updates on Windows 7 and 8.1

    03/18/2017 8:34:37 PM PDT · 44 of 45
    fireman15 to minnesota_bound
    I would think getting a anti spyware program like Malwarebytes and a anti virus program like Webroot then you do not need to update Windows.

    Automatic updates are sold as something that makes your computer “safer”. That is the funny thing about all of these updates... many of them are security related, some address other issues, some add functionality. The vast majority are not very necessary for most people. And combined they do take up a lot of storage space and processing power, especially if you are using a computer that is several years old.

  • Microsoft blocks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users from updates on Windows 7 and 8.1

    03/18/2017 10:25:20 AM PDT · 27 of 45
    fireman15 to usconservative
    I hope you have Windows 7 as a Virtual Machine with updates turned off somewhere. That's going to be the only way you'll be able to run Windows 7 in the not too distant future.

    You and I share the same paranoid computer world view. If you start with a clean version of Windows 7 and spend a day or two fooling around with it, and then install the multitude of updates available it is amazing how much things get bogged down. I am always a little disappointed by the performance hit when running virtual Operating Systems. I guess that is one argument for a newer computer.

  • How Has Our Health Care System Become Such a Mess?

    03/18/2017 9:26:53 AM PDT · 45 of 64
    fireman15 to proxy_user

    Do they have hospital administrators who make $400K?

    You are a little behind the times... Our local hospital administrators make millions of dollars a year, not $400K.

  • Microsoft blocks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users from updates on Windows 7 and 8.1

    03/18/2017 9:17:16 AM PDT · 18 of 45
    fireman15 to PAR35

    I wasn’t in on the other discussion. Any operating system which has needed this amount of manipulation to get people to upgrade... is obviously going in a bad direction. I have appreciated the efforts of Microsoft since long before Windows came out, but the last few years have been a complete embarrassment. Satya Nadella has a vision for the products produced that goes against what many of us want. It is creating an opportunity for those who would like to get back to the basics when it comes to operating systems.

    I have a Windows 10 computer. I have had a computer with every Microsoft Operating System installed. My preference is still Windows 7. These days the hardware is so good that getting the latest and greatest is no longer necessary for a pleasant experience. The most demanding applications that I currently use are high definition video editing applications and 3-D Modeling programs for producing objects on our 3-D Printer. And I am having a hard time justifying purchasing a new computer even for those programs.

    I view any new updates from Microsoft for Windows 7 with suspicion because I know that their desire is to faze it out. So their incentive to screw your system up is strong.

  • Graham to FBI: Just say if Trump’s wiretap claims are legit or not

    03/15/2017 7:48:26 AM PDT · 27 of 58
    fireman15 to ChicagoConservative27
    Why is linda so obsessed with this?

    Because Juan's little buddy is less important than a flea who can't find a dog's butt.

  • Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

    03/14/2017 11:02:09 PM PDT · 75 of 75
    fireman15 to 9YearLurker

    You have actually offered no evidence, but it is clear what your perspective is. We’ll just have to disagree.

    No evidence? No evidence of what? That my friend died of a massive heart attack after putting himself at risk by clogging the arteries that were there to supply his heart with blood? That is what he died from. You do not believe that his diet, obesity, and lack of exercise contributed to his early demise? Surely you are joking?

    Here are the recommendations from the American Heart Association. But I suppose that you “will just have to disagree” with them as well. They have spent billions of dollars paying doctors and scientists to discover why people die from heart disease.

  • Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

    03/14/2017 10:43:53 AM PDT · 72 of 75
    fireman15 to 9YearLurker
    Obese people who go for low carb diets (which I think is what you are talking about) tend to lose weight and improve their blood markers.

    That is not exactly what I am talking about. However "low carb diet" is a euphemism for high fat, high protein diet. Obese people do tend to lose weight (temporarily) on high protein high fat fad diets and I am sure that there are many studies by advocates of these diets that show certain “blood markers” improving. But the mortality rate from heart disease of obese people whose weight is being controlled by these types of diets is very high.

    The sad thing is that once a person loses weight while continuing to consume bacon, smoked meats, and all the other delectable treats allowed on a high protein, high fat diet they become a true believer. From that point forward they will construct complex lines of reasoning to convince themselves that their diet choices actually are good for them despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. They will literally ignore the advices given to them by their doctors and other health-care providers until the day that they drop over dead. Just about everyone middle aged and beyond has known at least one person that fits this description. In my case, I have known a bunch.

    I had a very good friend who was over 300lbs who lost 50lbs while on a “high protein diet”. After that he became a true believer and could argue anyone here under the table about the health benefits high protein high fat diet. He was one of the smartest and most thoughtful persons that I have ever known. He loved bacon and smoked meats. He was very active on meat smoking forums. When I met him at my gun club he was heavy but very active and he loved to hunt. I even helped him construct a fancy smoker out of an old refrigerator.

    After a while despite sticking with the “high protein” lifestyle where he ate almost nothing but the meats which he loved so much, he started gaining back all the weight he had lost. He began having severe health problems. He had to give up hunting. He couldn't walk around the house without getting winded. His doctors advised him to switch to a more normal diet, but he ignored this advice and found a different doctor and spoke of them with derision. "My doctors haven't kept up on the latest studies and research!" he would exclaim. "They don't know what they are talking about!"

    When I would confront him about my concerns for his health, he would assure me that all of his “stats” were great and that all of his male relatives who hadn't been killed by accidents or in the military had lived into their 80s and beyond. I don't need to tell anyone here how this turned out do I? Everyone here knows because the results of his choices were as obvious as what happens when you run your pickup truck into a concrete pillar on the freeway.

    There are no shortcuts in life. If you become inactive and eat a lot more calories than you need whether they come from carbohydrates, fats, or proteins you will gain weight. If your excess calories come largely from saturated animal fats you are putting yourself at much greater risk for heart disease. This is a fact which even the good Dr. Atkins found out about the hard way. Are there other factors which contribute to the early demise of fat people? Obviously! But all the studies in the world won't change that fact that high protein, high fat diets put people at greater risk for heart disease, regardless of your "blood markers". But if you are a true believer that lost 50lbs like my friend or even more, there is nothing that I or anyone else can tell you that will change your mind.

  • Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

    03/13/2017 10:26:43 PM PDT · 23 of 75
    fireman15 to Bob434
    and the obese crowds are much larger today than they used to be- and again even though folks were obese back when- they worked like dogs and were basically fit back then.

    Your observations are dead on. I think that another issue is that high protein fad diets have been in vogue for over a decade now. This exacerbates the unhealthy affects of obesity. Heart disease especially has seen a dramatic increase especially among relatively young people.

  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Trump support for RyanCare taking hold?)

    03/13/2017 6:56:48 PM PDT · 10 of 26
    fireman15 to Angels27

    During the campaign candidate Trump made statements that indicated to me that he didn’t have a good real world understanding of the real issues with healthcare in this country. Poor people, young people and many others do not “need” health insurance. Health insurance is to protect your assets does nothing to protect your health. No one in this country is denied medical treatment because of inability to pay. This is true even when you abuse the system to an unbelievable degree. We had one alcoholic in our jurisdiction who ran up more than $2 million dollars in medical bills. Is it that President Trump does not understand the actual purpose of Health Insurance or is he is pandering to the popular perception that somehow people without assets need health insurance?

  • White Genocide In South Africa: A Plea For Pray

    03/12/2017 10:29:38 AM PDT · 3 of 24
    fireman15 to Roman_War_Criminal

    I will pray for safety and peace for those living in South Africa. Liberals across the world condemned for decades the one place in Africa that was prosperous and a refuge from chaos and war. Now it is devolving into the same madness that dominates the rest of the dark continent. Congratulations liberals you eventually got your way. Are you now going to acknowledge that all you have accomplished is the destruction of a once thriving nation?

  • Massive Oil Discovery in Alaska Is Biggest Onshore Find in U.S. in 30 years

    03/12/2017 8:53:54 AM PDT · 14 of 85
    fireman15 to Pearls Before Swine
    If Obama or Hillary were Prez, this find would be placed off limits, after the government jerked around would be bidders and explorers for 3 to 5 years.

    This find is worth billions of dollars obviously... I am sure that those who discovered it, held off he announcement until they had their ducks in a row. If Hillary had been elected this would have meant hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to the “Clinton Foundation”.

  • Maddow: Melania libel lawsuit over escort allegations part of “assault” on media

    03/12/2017 8:26:10 AM PDT · 33 of 60
    fireman15 to HomerBohn
    She looks a lot like the left-wing Ron Reagan with glasses.

    You might have just unmasked Rachel's true identity. Take off the heavy foundation makeup that is covering his/her wrinkles and the glasses and you basically have a Clark Kent/SuperLiberal situation.

  • New Materials Could Turn Water into Fuel

    03/11/2017 6:09:54 PM PST · 75 of 83
    fireman15 to ckilmer
    Again a storage mechanism but diesel fuel is easier to store than pure hydrogen.

    Storage is the primary advantage of taking the extra step and using additional energy to create a diesel like liquid fuel instead of hydrogen. But internal combustion engines designed to burn diesel fuel are also more efficient than internal combustion engines designed to burn gasoline which have been converted to burn hydrogen.

  • New Materials Could Turn Water into Fuel

    03/11/2017 9:13:12 AM PST · 27 of 83
    fireman15 to bigbob

    The problem with going down this path is that there are energy losses when creating fuel from “water” by hydrolysis even with the most effective catalysts and every other method mentioned. Most people assume that the fuel produced would be used in internal combustion engines... the biggest problem however is that most internal combustion engines have a thermal efficiency of around 20%.

    When our power is out and we use our natural gas powered backup generator... taking readings from our kWh meter and our gas meter confirms that less than 20% of the energy in the natural gas is being converted to electricity. The rest is being converted to waste heat.

    I believe that the most efficient internal combustion engine in the world is the massive Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged 2 stroke diesel which is used to power container ships and it hovers somewhere around 50%. Fuel cells have a maximum theoretical operating efficiency of slightly more than 80%. But there are still some losses when converting this energy back into useful work.

    Where articles like this go wrong is by misleading people into believing that what is being talked about is some sort of free ride. What we are really talking about are energy storage technologies. The energy still has to come from somewhere. When we find hydrocarbons and extract them from the ground, we are merely finding a substance that has energy stored within it. It is the same as when we cut down trees and use the wood to heat our house. The wood is releasing energy the tree extracted from the sun.

  • Environmentalist Protest Destroys The Environment At Standing Rock

    03/10/2017 3:43:17 PM PST · 5 of 18
    fireman15 to SeekAndFind

    To see who are actually good and sincere stewards of the environment, just compare the sites after a large event has been held. One hundred tons of garbage was left behind the on the Capital Mall after Obama was inauguration. The mall was not left a mess after the Trump inauguration. The next day the women protesters left tons of garbage again. Why is it that leftists cannot pick up after themselves?


    03/10/2017 11:48:34 AM PST · 11 of 28
    fireman15 to bert
    Business must be really bad

    Attorney uber driver?

    Must be all bad

    Being an ambulance chaser is a lot like being a realty agent. Just a few of them make a lot of money at it. A few lucky ones can get on the government payroll by getting themselves elected to public office, or being appointed or elected as a judge. The rest have to make ends meat by working as Uber drivers, etc...

  • Muslim Immigrants Laugh as they Decapitate Swedish Woman

    03/10/2017 11:24:48 AM PST · 61 of 73
    fireman15 to Organic Panic

    The rest of the world is laughing at Sweden for showing us the end result of extreme leftist policies.

  • Russian mayor declares his town a 'gay-free zone' and expels LGBT activists trying to gain entry

    03/10/2017 11:13:08 AM PST · 4 of 24
    fireman15 to Morgana

    It is interesting that the lefties seem to be parting ways with the commies these days, and aligning themselves with the Muslims. Bizarre!!!


    03/10/2017 11:08:29 AM PST · 2 of 28
    fireman15 to heartwood

    I am a little surprised that the police didn’t handcuff him and confiscate his phone. Good for him for continuing to record after they told him to stop.

  • Suspect In House IT Security Probe Also Had Access To DNC Emails

    03/10/2017 10:25:32 AM PST · 12 of 31
    fireman15 to Brad from Tennessee
    Imran and his family members, all of whom worked as IT professionals for members of Congress, were banned from the House network Feb. 2, 2017, by the House Sergeant at Arms, but Wasserman Schultz has declined to fire him and circumvented the ban by having him “advise” her office.

    He and Imran and his brothers Abid and Jamal have obviously got a lot more info on Schultz and the DNC so they are not going to be “fired” ever. Jamal is only 22 years old and was paid $160,000 a year, three times the average House IT staff salary. DNC congress critters will be paying them a huge amount of the tax payers dollars to keep them quiet even when they are behind bars or have fled back to Pakistan.

    But I guess we can thank the brothers for helping to botch up their Democrat employers. So ha, ha, ha on that.

  • Stephen Hawking: 'We need a World Government or Technology will destroy us'

    03/09/2017 8:42:22 PM PST · 54 of 74
    fireman15 to Roman_War_Criminal

    I know he is English, but couldn’t they still do something about those teeth? He is a multimillionaire after all.

  • Hillary Clinton lights up social media with a new haircut (Libtards go gaga alert)

    03/09/2017 6:38:58 PM PST · 58 of 173
    fireman15 to Zakeet

    She is fading fast! I think all the Botox injections and whatever she was taking to keep her from seizing up is really starting to take its toll.

  • Deserts 'greening' from rising carbon dioxide: Green foliage boosted across the world's arid regions

    03/09/2017 6:28:06 PM PST · 23 of 38
    fireman15 to wjcsux
    We have those nasty critters all over the southwest.

    But S.P.A.G.S - the Society of the Protection of Acromantulas and Giant Spiders claims that various sub-species are endangered because of global warming and greening and must be protected.

  • Deserts 'greening' from rising carbon dioxide: Green foliage boosted across the world's arid regions

    03/09/2017 5:38:13 PM PST · 11 of 38
    fireman15 to ichabod1
    This is terrible! Who is going to stand up for the scorpions and giant camel spiders who may become endangered if the deserts disappear?


    03/08/2017 4:56:54 PM PST · 8 of 53
    fireman15 to mdittmar

    Go pound sand Chuckie. You want to hold every thing Trump is trying to accomplish up? Guess what you and the people who put you in office are going to wait until you improve your attitude to get diddly squat.

  • A Jaw-Dropping World Record Solar Price Was Just Bid in Abu Dhabi

    03/08/2017 2:00:44 PM PST · 43 of 44
    fireman15 to ckilmer
    The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is one of the largest producers of hydroelectricity in the state. In 2015, a dry year, it pegged its costs for hydro at 3.2 cents a kilowatt hour, compared to 6.1 cents a kilowatt hour for natural gas.

    Earlier you posted a link to a kWh calculator. What I find very interesting is comparing the kWh meter that we purchased to use with our generator with our actual fuel usage.

    We pay approximately $1.04 per therm for natural gas. A therm of natural gas has the same amount of energy as 29.3 kWh. If we had a generator which operated with 100% efficiency it would cost us 3.55 cents a kilowatt hour to produce electricity using natural gas.

    A gallon of gas has the same amount of energy as 32.78 kWh of electricity. We pay approximately $2.50 for a gallon of gasoline so if we had that generator that operated at 100% efficiency it would cost us 7.6 cents per kWh to produce electricity using gasoline.

    In real life the generator generally uses approximately 5 gallons of gasoline to produce 25 kWh of electricity. So that works out to $12.50 for 25 kWh which is 50 cents per kWh. If we are using natural gas 5 therms produces approximately 24 kWh of electricity. So that comes out to $5.20 for 24 kWh which comes to approximately 22 cents per kWh. So you can see that our little generators are using most of their fuel to produce waste heat.

    Natural gas is far cheaper for the amount of energy you are buying than gasoline. Utilities in California can produce electricity for 6.1 cents per kWh using natural gas because large power plants are far more efficient than small generators.

    But 50 cents per kWh using gasoline as compared to 22 cents per kWh using natural gas seems much more reasonable and it doesn't feel like it is hitting you in the wallet nearly as hard as when you are making multiple trips to the gasoline station. When we are using our generator during frequent power outages we tend to reduce our electric consumption by a considerable amount by having only what we are using turned on so it actually affects our power bill very little when we have a couple days with the electric power out.

  • A Jaw-Dropping World Record Solar Price Was Just Bid in Abu Dhabi

    03/07/2017 2:34:49 PM PST · 36 of 44
    fireman15 to Wonder Warthog
    Unfortunately, we have only trucked-in propane.

    It is actually very easy to convert most generators to propane. It is easier on the generator than using gasoline. Depending on the amount of road tax you pay on gasoline and the amount you pay for propane it will probably save you money as well. All you need to power your whole house if you are not using electric heat is about a 10hp generator that puts out 240 volts so that you can hook it down stream from your main. Generators like this are available for less than $500 new every day of the week. Harbor Freight has 6.5hp model that puts out 240 volts for $299. That would cover our load about 90% of the time since we have a gas water heater.

    I prefer the Honda Clone engines because they are quieter and more fuel efficient, but the old Briggs keeps going and going. There are several legit ways to do it and it will make your life much easier when you lose power. After a couple minutes we are right back to normal.

  • A Jaw-Dropping World Record Solar Price Was Just Bid in Abu Dhabi

    03/07/2017 2:21:25 PM PST · 35 of 44
    fireman15 to alexander_busek

    I have actually been a nut for human, solar, wind, steam and micro-hydro electric power generation since I was young, not to mention many other fascinating transportation related technologies. The problem is that most of these areas are more suited for tinkerers such as myself than for use by consumers.

    Our friends actually did not overpay for their off their $40,000 off the grid system. The generator that we use to power our house during outages is a 5000 watt / 6250 peak unit which can be purchased new for around $400 new. I converted it to natural gas myself which saved a lot of money.

    Our friend’s use an inverter based generator that can sync with their battery/solar powered inverter system. Their generator can be used to both power the house and charge the batteries while it is working in tandem with their primary inverter. The generator they purchased cost many times what our generator cost. We have several inverters ourselves but none of them can sync with a generator or another inverter and they all cost much less than the inverter that our friend’s use. They have multiple expensive storage batteries which even when they are looked after properly still only last a limited time when they are in continuous use.

    So even before you buy your solar panels you already have a sizable investment in supporting equipment to use the power produced by your solar cells. It just all adds up to much more than those who haven’t tried setting up a system would suspect that it would.

  • A Jaw-Dropping World Record Solar Price Was Just Bid in Abu Dhabi

    03/07/2017 10:58:48 AM PST · 31 of 44
    fireman15 to Wonder Warthog
    I live in an area where if someone spits on the sidewalk or farts, the power goes out. To the point where I have actually been considering putting in a whole-house genset. A preinstalled solar backup system would actually be attractive.

    It sounds like we may be neighbors although we haven't got any sidewalks within miles of here. There is no one in our “neighborhood” who does not have a backup generator. We are very lucky to have natural gas lines so most of us run our generators on natural gas. When the power goes out I have to flick a couple switches and then run outside to get our twenty year old Briggs and Stratton powered generator going. Some of our neighbors have automatic transfer switches with electric start generators. And as I said in the previous post we do have friends who live off the grid, but their systems cost far more than what these articles make it sound like.

  • A Jaw-Dropping World Record Solar Price Was Just Bid in Abu Dhabi

    03/07/2017 10:50:27 AM PST · 30 of 44
    fireman15 to alexander_busek
    This was a “back-of-the-envelope” calculation with a couple of hidden - if plausible - assumptions, so don't get your undies in a knot if it's off by 50%.

    Sorry, your calculations are not off by 50%, without government subsidies and not including overly optimistic production assumptions not to mention maintenance expenses you are still off by well over 1300%.

    Using the prices in Texas which has the cheapest systems in the county at $3.21 per installed peak wattage power production. A system that produced 100 k/W peak would cost $321,000 dollars to begin with for installation costs not $24,000 as in your assumption. That works out to 32.1 cents per kWh using your previous assumptions. Our friends who live off the grid spent $40,000 to have a 5 k/W residential system installed with storage batteries and a propane powered back up generator system. This comes up to $8.00 per installed peak wattage power production. This was a few years ago, but the actual prices people are paying for complete systems like theirs have not dropped all that much since. They also have had significant maintenance expenses not to mention their time. And during the winter their backup generator runs a good deal of the time, so their fuel expenses have been much more than they originally expected.

    There are several other problems that you have not factored in... first is that to be autonomous the building would need to have an extremely expensive and very maintenance intensive storage system to provide power during times when the sun was not shining on the panels at full strength. Not to mention that the panels need to be cleaned frequently in dusty environments and the size you are speaking of would require a great deal of water and expensive man hours.

    When customers decide to hook their systems into the power grid this requires additional expensive equipment also. The government has forced utilities in places like California to purchase excess power from people with solar panels. Unfortunately this mandate increases expenses for the utility because they still need to have the same amount of power production capacity available as they would without a bunch of privately owned solar panels hooked to their grid. This is why industrial users generally pay most of their power bill based not on consumption but on a demand metering system. It is the peak demand required for the infrastructure that costs utilities the most not the amount of money for required for fuel per kwh.

    Where we live the power goes out frequently, so we have a backup generator that fortunately for us runs on natural gas which is far cheaper than propane gasoline or even diesel. So even though our generator is very inefficient as compared to a large power generation facility our cost per kwh produced while running the generator is barely more than what the utility charges us for electricity.

    If we were to place the generator in the house in the winter with a secure exhaust system to utilize the excess heat coming from the generator, it would actually save us a significant amount of money during the winter. And this is where real gains in efficiency can be made. Utilizing waste heat from a generator to heat your house... some people already do it, but most of us just are too wimpy to risk dying from a Carbon Monoxide leak.

  • A Jaw-Dropping World Record Solar Price Was Just Bid in Abu Dhabi

    03/07/2017 9:26:46 AM PST · 23 of 44
    fireman15 to ckilmer

    From the article you linked to:

    “Katherine Tweed for GTM notes that an average gross cost of a solar energy system is down to $3.21 per watt in Texas.”

    You are making an apples to oranges comparison. The devil is always in the details. The article that you are referring to makes no mention of the price of produced electricity per kilowatt hour. And this is the problem with nearly everything written about alternative energy schemes... the articles are almost always misleading in some way... using smoke and mirrors to imply something that is not so.

  • WikiLeaks Begins the Release of Vault 7 Documents and Files

    03/07/2017 9:01:27 AM PST · 5 of 31
    fireman15 to ReformedMedia

    Thank you President Obama... this is your legacy. This is what happens when a foreigner become president. He was never eligible in the first place and he demonstrated repeatedly that he hates the United States and its people. This was much more than a coup. Obama deserves to be tried for high crimes and treason along with a whole lot of others. It wouldn’t surprise me if this didn’t start with the Bushes with the complicity of the establishment on both sides of the aisle. Thank God we have a fighter on our side in the Whitehouse. We all need to pray for his safety.

  • EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia [2016]

    03/07/2017 12:01:48 AM PST · 150 of 176
    fireman15 to nopardons
    What, you never heard anything about burst appendix nor appendicitis and how dangerous that all is?

    I knew about appendicitis and Houdini and was taught to recognize the symptoms during EMT training. But everyone I saw during my career suffering from appendicitis was always complaining of extreme pain. In my case it didn't hurt that bad; I had even been going to work. The doctors told me that for some reason I just had a much higher tolerance for pain. They had to cut me from hip to hip to clean out my entire abdominal cavity but I didn't need any pain meds the morning after the surgery. I wasn't trying to be tough; it just didn't hurt very much. The originally told me that I would need to stay in the hospital for a week, but since my wife is a nurse they let me go after two days.

  • EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia [2016]

    03/06/2017 10:20:14 PM PST · 145 of 176
    fireman15 to nopardons
    I hope that you now always listen to your wife. :-)

    It is against my nature but since I was told that I owe my life to her, I do try to listen to her more. Before my surgery I asked the surgeon if they could just give me some antibiotics and let me come back to get things sewn up after the infection cleared up.

    This seemed like a reasonable suggestion to me. When the doctor told me I was going to die if I didn't have surgery right then, I assumed he was just trying to win the argument. But what kind of rebuttal can you come up with for that one? So it is slightly possible that my problem does go a little beyond normal stubbornness.

    That is a very interesting story about your grandfather. Most people do not realize how much medical care has progressed in just the last hundred years.