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Posts by JAKraig

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  • Mazda's next-gen SkyActiv engines will drop spark plugs in favor of high compression

    01/17/2017 8:48:42 AM PST · 86 of 112
    JAKraig to Axenolith
    In today's gasoline engines we say they have fuel injection however it isn't the same as diesel fuel injection in most gasoline injection engines. In most gasoline cars the fuel is injected into the intake manifold just before it enters the cylinder, so, yes you could and would have predetonation in a high compression engine. As I understand the newer engines that use pressure/heat for detonation the fuel is injected just like a diesel, Direct Injection the fuel is injected near TDC so that it fires immediately. With immediate detonation there is no time for predetonation.

    Direct injection of gasoline in engines with spark ignition is starting to become more widespread as it is generally more efficient especially at low load conditions. DI creates a stratified charge situation depending on the method of DI by injecting the gasoline at a particular spot on the top of the piston which makes the fuel and air swirl just prior to detonation. With DI gasoline can be injected into a cylinder more than once during the stroke again adding power after the detonation has started.

    Di (Direct Injection) is complicated and requires a computer to manage correctly taking many inputs such as oxygen content, pressure, temperature, RPM’s and power required, the gas pedal.

    Since Gasoline engines generally provide about 25% of the power produced when gasoline is burned that means that 3/4’s of it is wasted in the radiator. DI can improve that to over 30%.

    Eventually when we get rid of the valve train with opposed piston designs we will get near 40%. When we learn to make high temperature ceramic parts we will be able to get over 50%. Think of that, if a car today gets 35MPG it would get 70. Talk about being energy independent. . .

    Gasoline technology has a long way to go and will be around for a long time.

  • I am in DIRE need of help with a photoshop issue...calling all FREEPERS!

    01/16/2017 2:34:42 PM PST · 2 of 36
    JAKraig to republicanbred

    Under image on the menu choose image size and select the size you want. going smaller is great going larger will cause pixilation.

  • Kentucky: Legislative Session Convenes with Intro of Constitutional Carry Legislation

    01/04/2017 9:08:03 AM PST · 7 of 9
    JAKraig to ChildOfThe60s

    We did not stop in any states that did not honor our KY permits.


    My wife and I are the same way. We are headed to Utah to visit grandkids, the hassle of taking a weapon during air travel means I won’t have my weapon at my side for a week. I will feel strange for sure.

  • Trump’s team to PA: ‘There is no Palestine, Jerusalem is not your capital’

    01/03/2017 8:21:57 PM PST · 62 of 80
    JAKraig to marron

    Wow. I love this guy more every day.


    ME TOO!

  • And This Is Why I Carry Guns When I Walk My Dog

    01/03/2017 8:16:50 PM PST · 56 of 93
    JAKraig to Redcitizen
    Good shoot with a happy ending.


    I'm a little hard pressed to call it a happy ending with someone dead although that's not to say it isn't a good ending. there is a difference. The dead guy deserved to be dead and the shooter deserves to be left alone about it. It's ok to be sad for the dead thug but better to be happy that you aren't going to your own funeral.

  • In 2015, a 30 Year Old French Nuclear Submarine 'Sank' a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

    01/01/2017 4:35:50 PM PST · 70 of 70
    JAKraig to SgtHooper
    Actually, not so much. there is a wave to be sure but the pressure goes up not down, it takes the path of least resistance so that the underwater pressure is not so great unless it is close. For instance, a 1/10th megaton bomb could take out everything within say a half mile on the surface because of the wave, the wave would knock over the ships. The vast portion of the energy of the explosion goes nearly straight up over the bomb, when the water comes down however it creates a huge wave on the water surface. That wave right after the wave from the initial blast will cause a lot of damage. There will be little or no heat or radiation damage if the bomb is deep enough except for ships pretty close to the blast, mostly just kinetic damage from water.
  • In 2015, a 30 Year Old French Nuclear Submarine 'Sank' a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

    01/01/2017 7:22:32 AM PST · 21 of 70
    JAKraig to FreedomPoster
    Life after a successful submarine attack may not be long for the submarine but a great deal of damage can be done before the sub is destroyed. Today with small nuclear warheads on torpedoes the sub does not have to get even close, all he has to do is hear the carrier group in the distance and then put one torpedo in the middle of the group and get them all.

    When the torpedo is heard in the water it is too late to do anything about it.

    All that being said the Navy knows about this threat that is why with an aircraft carrier group there are always sonabouys being dropped all around the group within torpedo range. It is very difficult to avoid detection with active sonar, it is especially difficult to avoid detection within several hundred miles of the US coastline, especially the the east coast where we have permanent sonar detection blanketing hundreds perhaps thousands of square miles.

    Operating on the sea is dangerous during wartime. Operating under the sea during wartime is especially dangerous. The men who operate submarines during wartime are special heroes, they know they will likely die doing their work to protect the country but they do it anyway.

    I lived on a Polaris boat during peace time in the 60’s, while not the safest place in the world I never really considered it dangerous but if a war would have started I knew the end would come relatively soon. We were expendable as long as we took a lot of tonnage with us or a lot of cities with us.

  • Pack Of 7 Dogs Protect Nearly Naked 2-Year-Old Toddler In Rainy Victorville Park

    12/23/2016 8:13:12 AM PST · 37 of 63
    JAKraig to Ancesthntr

    Dogs and most other animals are much smarter than we usually give them credit for. They understand situations very well most of the time. They must sometimes think we are pretty stupid but seem to love us anyway.

    With a two year old out in the cold the dogs would not have understood the danger of the cold but would certainly understood the danger of a stranger approaching the child which these dogs or at least some of these dogs must have known.

    Dogs have a pecking order, if one of the dogs was from the house hold of the child he would have protected the child from the other dogs and any other threat. I don’t know how but the the dog(s) from the child’s household would have communicated their responsibility to the other dogs. Because of their pack mentality they would have acted as a group to protect the kid.

    There is no animal that loves their human and family more than a dog. While a dog may not understand what exactly death is or the end of life they are often willing to give their life in defense of their family. Wondrous creatures.

  • Will a Close Election Put Electoral College on the Chopping Block?

    12/19/2016 8:15:53 AM PST · 17 of 26
    JAKraig to trebb
    People fail to realize that the term “States” as used in the Constitution and in the vocabulary of the time the Constitution was ratified was synonymous with “Country”.

    At one time the individual states of The United States were autonomous countries, they were simply a confederation of countries or states during the revolution.

    After the revolution the states made a permanent confederation by the means of a Constitution. The fear prior to the ratifying of the constitution was that the large states like New York would overwhelm the smaller states like Massachusetts and that the larger states would forever dominate the smaller states so that there would be no value in confederation by the smaller states. This fear was overcome by two means, one, the Senate having equal representation by each state and two, the electoral college with each state having at least three electors.

    If we were to do away with the electoral college then New York and California would dominate the presidential elections with Florida and Texas having influence but no control.

    The current system with the original Senators being chosen by the legislators of each state was a genius solution and would still work if not for the 17th amendment which gave the election of Senators to the popular vote of the citizens of each state. Nearly all of the laws that weaken the republican form of the union can be traced back to the 17th amendment. There is nothing now that protects the states except the 10th amendment which is never enforced because without the force of the 10th amendment the Senate (referred to as the upper chamber) has nearly unlimited power to serve themselves. Evil.

  • 73-year-old Calif. man fatally shot by police was carrying crucifix, not gun (SF grandfather)

    12/15/2016 7:42:55 AM PST · 48 of 94
    JAKraig to Balding_Eagle

    I’m not seeing where the cop knew it was a crucifix?

    So, did you see the part where the cop knew it was a gun?

    What right does a cop have to shoot someone who has not threatened him, who has not pulled a gun on him. Just because someone on 911 says he has a gun does not mean he does until you see it.

    This situation is sickening. If a cop is so scared that he shoots an old man without seeing his hands the cop needs to be relieved of his position as a cop.

    I understand it was a mistake, the cop thought (unreasonably) that the old guy had a gun. So what if he did have a gun, you can have a gun legally. First did the old man have a permit to have a gun? Did the cop check? Is it a capital offense to have a gun? Did the old man ever threaten anyone with a gun, or even his crucifix for that matter. The answer is no. The old man was killed for no good reason. He was killed because he might have had a gun in his pocket. I always have a gun, should a cop shoot me when he sees me. Did the cop check to see if the old man was deaf?

    I hope the cop is never allowed to carry a gun again and shamed from any job that includes responsibility for the welfare of any person. I hope the city pays big time for this STUPID mistake.

    Those here who take the side of the cop are being silly. The cop made a very STUPID mistake. This is a mistake that happens too many times every year in our country. It isn’t a black/white/Latino problem it is a STUPID cop problem.

  • There is more than one truth to tell in the awful story of Aleppo

    12/14/2016 2:24:03 PM PST · 7 of 30
    JAKraig to Lorianne

    I do feel somewhat sorry for the pain and suffering these people go through but, they belong to a religion of death. They want to kill everyone who does not believe what they believe so it should not surprise them when someone does the same thing to them for the same reason. Maybe they will all kill themselves then leave us alone.

  • A bullet from a Cop solved the problem - Deal with it

    12/14/2016 9:12:35 AM PST · 3 of 7
    JAKraig to Arm_Bears

    It is not a democracy, however it is a democratic, constitutional republic. It has some of the trappings of democracy with out the evils of democracy.

  • Christ Is Superior to Angels

    12/11/2016 6:17:28 PM PST · 9 of 32
    JAKraig to 867V309


    Jesus was never lower than any angel.

    The statement only refers to mortality. That Jesus would be subject to mortality.

  • Speed or Accuracy?

    12/09/2016 8:52:47 AM PST · 6 of 18
    JAKraig to w1n1
    Speed and accuracy are both good things, but, it is important to be aware of your surroundings so that speed isn't really a factor.

    I highly recommend frequent practice. Be intimately familiar with your weapon, put at least several hundred rounds through it before you trust yourself with it enough to feel protected.

    While you can't always anticipate a bad guy's actions you often have several hints of what could be going down momentarily. Be prepared and don't be surprised.

    You can't always have much time, if someone is kicking down your door you should have plenty of time to be aiming at the door before they are through. If someone bursts into a store with guns blazing you should have been watching the door and been ready.

    Know what is going on around you. It isn't hard, we do it while we drive or at least a good driver does. Be ready.

  • Do you carry with a round in the chamber?(Ladies)

    11/30/2016 12:13:37 PM PST · 81 of 113
    JAKraig to piytar
    I carry a Kel-Tec and I carry with a round in the chamber. It is the same weapon model that killed Trayvon Martin with one shot. My weapon is double action only, in other words pulling the trigger “cocks” the gun or sets the hammer and then releases the hammer. The trigger requires substantial force to pull, 8 pounds. I will never have to worry about accidentally pulling the trigger but if I need it it is ready.

    My wife carries a Ruger revolver, it is always ready, just pull the trigger. Hers is only 6 pound pull but still pretty safe, we have never come close to accidental firing.

    It takes time to get a gun out, you don't have time to pull a concealed weapon and then rack it before being charged by a bad guy, once the gun is exposed start shooting.

  • Justice Thomas scolds Supreme Court while honoring Scalia

    11/18/2016 5:44:27 AM PST · 29 of 39
    JAKraig to LibWhacker

    I’d love to see her and Ann Coulter sitting opposite Sotomayor and Kagan. Check and mate.


    What a wonderful dream come true that would be.

  • What Steve Bannon Really Believes About Alt-Right and the Jews

    11/17/2016 9:06:05 AM PST · 30 of 36
    JAKraig to babble-on
    By the way, this article is SUPPORTIVE of Bannon, if anyone bothers to read it.


    I read it and Bannon is right where he needs to be, advising the new POTUS.

    Bannon is a genius, he gets it and understands it better than most of us. More power to him. I hope Trump never gets rid of him.

    If you didn't read the transcript you should you will learn a lot.

  • Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is the Best War Film Since ‘Saving Private Ryan’ (Rex Reed)

    11/14/2016 6:09:25 AM PST · 27 of 79
    JAKraig to Wneighbor

    I don’t think I have seen a better movie.

    This one will keep your attention and you will lose focus a few times as the screen seems to get blurry.

    This is better than “Saving Private Ryan”. This story understates the truth of what really happened. It shows the protagonist going straight to Okinawa but in reality he did similar life saving work in two other battles before then.

    There is a statement at the courts marshal that sums up the heroism of the era.

    This is a movie that should be mandatory for every graduating high school senior to see before graduating. War is Hell. War is death and destruction, it should not happen without much contemplation about the death our soldiers will be sent to.

  • Priebus defends Trump pick: 'That's not the Steve Bannon I know'

    11/14/2016 5:51:51 AM PST · 14 of 44
    JAKraig to rarestia
    50 years ago, before the Internet was even an idea in someone’s mind, the media was considered honest and provided proof to backup everything they said. Nowadays the media is seemingly corrupt to the core and does nothing more than castigate those who oppose their views while the opposition, in this case conservatives, bend over backwards to provide facts about every last talking point.

    I just don’t get it.


    I was a photographer in College to help pay my way. Because of that I associated with aspiring “Journalists”. They were not really journalists and their professors did not teach them to be journalists. They were taught how to spin a story to say what they wanted and make it sound like journalism. Even when I was in college in the 60’s the professors were liberals, many even radical.

    There is nothing to get. The so called journalists of today are radical liberals with access to the means of broadcasting their “stories”. Journalists of today care nothing about the truth, they don't need to back up anything. To the journalists there is only an objective and story telling is their way of achieving their objective of making us all in their image. To them there is no need of freedom or personal decision making, they want smart people “read them” to make all our decisions for us, they after all know best.

    Once as an engineer calling on a factory in Ohio I met with another engineer, he was from China. He seemed to be a nice guy and we got along well together. I learned a lot about China from him. Sometime after we became acquainted he told me his wife was coming to live with him from China. I offered to take them to dinner. While at dinner, through her husband translating, I asked her what she thought of the U.S. She hated it, it was so scary. She went to the store the other day to purchase shoes for her daughter. There were hundreds of pairs of shoes to choose from and nobody from government to help her. When she got here the two of them had to find a larger apartment, she exclaimed that nobody from the government helped them do that, they had to do it all on their own, it was scary. What if they made a mistake?

    This is what liberal people think life should be for us idiots who live in fly over country. We are just too stupid to make decisions for ourselves.

    Go Trump! Drain The Swamp!

  • Who was John Killman? A tip and detective work unmask mystery man (OREGON STANDOFF-FBI PLANT)

    11/07/2016 5:57:19 AM PST · 3 of 10
    JAKraig to Nextrush

    What a sick government we are ruled by.

  • Watch Unbelievable Story of How Donald Trump Changed Boxer William Campudoni’s Life

    11/07/2016 5:24:50 AM PST · 11 of 20
    JAKraig to refermech

    It was good I just wish it wasn’t so blurry at the end.

  • Laptop Dilemma : detachable or not

    11/06/2016 3:29:24 PM PST · 8 of 32
    JAKraig to caver
    I have a 17”laptop and it is fine for home, even for moving from one room to another but for travel, on the road, in other peoples businesses I don't see how I could ever beat my Surface Pro 2. Surface Pros have moved up to model three and even four but I still love my 2. Someday I will progress but for now I love what I have, The keyboard is easily removable but still functions as a computer even without the keyboard.

    There are other companies that copy the Microsoft Surface and many of them look pretty good. Your problem is that you won't be able to buy one of the new ones for $500. You will have to either throw more money at it or buy used. If you look you will be able to find what you want either in your price range or pretty close in a used Surface 3 pro. My recommendation, don't consider any Win-10 laptop under 128MB.

  • Here's What Would Happen if Hillary Clinton is Indicted or Steps Down

    11/03/2016 12:44:57 PM PDT · 106 of 107
    JAKraig to knarf

    chapter and verse, please

    Article I § 2 of the United States Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach (make formal charges against) and Article I § 3 gives the Senate the sole power to try impeachments. Article II § 4 of the Constitution provides as follows:

    “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

    There is nothing that specifies when the crimes or misdemeanors shall have happened.

  • Here's What Would Happen if Hillary Clinton is Indicted or Steps Down

    11/03/2016 6:33:37 AM PDT · 80 of 107
    JAKraig to knarf

    AND you can only impeach for offenses committed while in office.


    The president or any other Federal office holder can be impeached for crimes committed at any time.

  • The Next ‘Little Ice Age’ Is Already Here, Russian Scientist Claims

    10/31/2016 1:24:18 PM PDT · 44 of 63
    JAKraig to upchuck
    Now I’m confused. (Not a hard thing to do, I admit :) I thought Global Warming was “settled science.”


    I'll tell you what the settled science is for “Globull warming”. For most of the time in earth's history we have been in an ice age, at least it has been that way for the last 4 million years or so. about every 100,000 years or so we have a warm “Interglacial period”, they usually last about 10,000 years or so. We have been in the current warm period for almost 12,000 years. We are way overdue for an ice age, not a mini ice age but one of those 100,000 year long ice ages. This my friends is settled science! If you own property north of the Mason Dixon line you may want to consider moving south, soon.

  • State raids Delco offices, seeking evidence of voter registration fraud (Delco,PA)

    10/31/2016 12:47:49 PM PDT · 13 of 25
    JAKraig to Despot of the Delta

    Community organizers!

  • (VANITY) Prepper Advice Needed: Anticipating Post Trump Victory Riots

    10/27/2016 11:19:45 AM PDT · 71 of 105
    JAKraig to Tilted Irish Kilt
    True Preppers do not provoke violence, but are prepared, “just in case”.


    It would be wise to stay as far away from the trouble as possible. If you can't get away or need to protect “your stuff” make sure you are really prepared. A couple 30 rounds magazines for your AR style long gun might be a good place to start. Don't try to do it by yourself, a large crowd might try to take out one gun but multiple protectors with guns, well positioned means someone is going to die, some place easier is where they will head.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/22/2016 9:47:33 PM PDT · 96 of 101
    JAKraig to Don W

    My Generac comes with a quick change kit to go back and forth between NG and Propane.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/22/2016 10:46:39 AM PDT · 91 of 101
    JAKraig to Migraine

    Batteries are the biggest pain in the patoot I can imagine.


    Batteries are surely the biggest headache of any system that depends on them. Spending $10k that may only last 5-10 years takes a real commitment. While saying that, unless you live off grid the batteries could easily last 30 years. The life of a battery is how many deep cycles they go through and how you charge them. The less time they sit uncharged the better.

    Batteries can often be rejuvenated if you have patience. The truth is that even if you are careful you can ruin your battery.

    I have a large Solar or PV array, 12kw on the roof and there is simply no other way to economically use what I generate from the roof without batteries.

    I don’t have to use the batteries because normally the utility company takes my excess during the day and gives it back to me at night. After some storm or other reason that the utility company can’t deliver I will be on my own, then the batteries help me to continue normal life. The generator will help but it is hard to sustain a lot of hours on a backup rated generator.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/21/2016 1:48:39 PM PDT · 65 of 101
    JAKraig to Migraine

    For me and my household, we are OK as long as there is natural gas. We have a 14K generac that will run the whole house.


    I have a 16KW but you shouldn’t depend on the gas. You would be wise to get at least a 500 gal propane tank, it is easy to switch back and forth. Your genset will take over 2 gallons per hour. Get some big batteries, a charger that will take all 14KW you can give it and a good inverter. Then you should be able to get by with only running for 3 or 4 hours (charging the batteries) once ever day or two if you are careful.

    Using natural gas will cost you just as much as the propane if not more. It gets pretty expensive, pretty quickly to run a generator 24 hours a day. You could easily pay $50 a day, that’s $1600 a month. A one week outage is not a big deal but if the SHTF and society crumbles NG won’t cut it.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/21/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · 64 of 101
    JAKraig to jonno
    it would be interesting to know where folks are buying their long-term food stores - who has the best prices, etc...


    We have 9 kids and 24 grand kids. We are kind of the Brady Bunch. Anyway while we do have some long term storage in grains and freeze dried stuff I don't see ever having to use it. So much of what you buy has preservatives that you just store regular stuff on the shelf. The “best used by” date on the product is usually nonsense, in many cases we are just now eating stuff we bought 10 years ago because we finally cycled through other stuff. Cereals, grains (properly stored) and canned goods last darn near forever. There are a lot of canned meats available especially ham and chicken. Get a caner and learn to can your own meats, it is really inexpensive that way, you can easily visually inspect your product on the shelf prior to opening and it is better for you than the prepared stuff. While you can't keep potatoes and other fresh vegetables for a prolonged time you can get by for up to a year with potatoes and squash if you are careful and then plant the seedy potatoes in the spring.

    Learn and don't get caught up in the long term storage nonsense you see on the tube.

  • What Happens When the Electricity Is Off for Three Days?

    10/21/2016 1:26:06 PM PDT · 62 of 101
    JAKraig to Uversabound

    ts good to be prepared.

    We have a generator, MREs and plenty of ammo.

    Yeah, better than gold and silver!


    Gold and silver will always be good but you must have food, water and ammo first. Lots of ammo. People that don’t have it and can’t get it in the closed stores or out of stock stores will trade a lot of good stuff for it.

    There is no excuse for having the luxuries of life before you are prepared for a simple power disruption or even societal breakdown. Food is cheap now, buy double and store it. Fuel is cheap now, buy double and store it. Ammo is not as cheap as it once was but a lot cheaper now than when everything goes to Hell in a hand basket. Get a gun for every occupant of the house and make sure every member of the house is a good shot and practice, practice, PRACTICE! Be sure you are a perfect shot at least to the length of your driveway with a long gun. Make sure you can make a head shot at 30 feet with a pistol. Don’t be ruined by body armor if somebody wants your stuff, make it hard to get.

    I guess to some it doesn’t sound Christian but if you can’t take care of your family then you are not very Christian.

    Your 60 inch curved TV and Tesla car won’t mean much when you don’t have food.

    It can’t hurt to be prepared, you hopefully never have to use any of your preparation any more than you have to use your car insurance, but as sure as you don’t have it you will need it.

    Do it now while you can.

  • Pigeon Racer Fined $5,500 For Killing Hawks

    10/21/2016 7:49:14 AM PDT · 19 of 43
    JAKraig to Fury

    No sympathy for this person. There are several ways to mitigate losses from hawks or other birds of prey.


    We used to keep chickens, down to only a few now but the hawks would routinely inspect the fenced chicken yard to see if they could get at the chickens. The hawks don’t like to get inside the fenced area because it takes them several feet to get airborne. On occasion a chicken would decide to check out the other side of the fence, the hawk sees all. A chicken can fly, not long and usually not high but with a whole lot of effort they can get over a 6 foot fence. Soon the hapless chicken would have a broken neck and a hawk trying to butcher it before my wife could chase the hawk off. The chicken would end up in our pot not the hawks but it makes you real mad. These animals are not pets but you do have an attachment after taking care of them for years. They all become individuals with their own personalities.

    Anyway, I understand where the guy was coming from. I never shot the hawk(s). They were always watching, they would have been easy pickings for my 22 and while I do have neighbors one shot from the 22 would never be noticed. I have to admit I though about it more than once.

  • Anti-Gaslighting: Raw and Current State Vote Data Not Remotely Close To Media Polling…

    10/19/2016 1:58:46 PM PDT · 51 of 57
    JAKraig to GilGil
    Saying that they are up by so much might do the opposite.


    Perhaps, but, the real reason for the polls lying like they do is demoralize contributors. Who wants to donate money to a loosing campaign? Well, I don't believe the polls and I donate anyway and so have more people than in the history of the country donated to Donald Trump. He received over $100 million last month in donations no larger than $60.00.

    I realize what the press says but they are in bed with Hitlary and lie, lie, lie, just like her. Wait, did I really just say that? The press IS Hitlary.

    I'm looking forward to the debate tonight but I am not looking forward the the next October surprise. I think it will be an election that Trump wins with over 300 EC votes. Not quite a blowout but it will definitely embarass Hitlary and Obumer.

  • Serendipity yields a process to convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

    10/19/2016 9:56:20 AM PDT · 69 of 101
    JAKraig to Haiku Guy

    Haiku Guy wrote:

    This process cannot do anything but make the amount of Carbon Dioxide in the environment go up.


    It ain’t necessarily so!

    If the energy comes from wind or solar that cannot be used on the grid for lack of demand then even if the process is inefficient it is essentially free.

    I have 12KW of solar on my roof, I average on a good day between 60kw to 70kw of generation but, I can’t use all that, my normal usage is only 30-40kw per day. If I could put my 30-40kw excess production into liquid fuel as a backup to run my generator I think that would be great, more than great I would jump on it in a New York minute.

    Putting my extra into a battery is inefficient too and using the battery decreases the life of the battery. Batteries are expensive, VERY expensive. I would much rather use free fuel to run the generator when needed than the battery.

    Where I live the utility company will not buy back my excess production. They will hold it for me like a battery but if the grid is down how do I get my power back from them. I would rather not use my generator or battery but would rather use the generator than the battery if I have to use one or the other.

  • Hung jury in Sandy, Perez trial (NM-police officers charged with murder, video)

    10/13/2016 9:31:45 AM PDT · 41 of 42
    JAKraig to Gay State Conservative

    On occasion prisoners were cuffed and shackled but only when moved out of the facility. Training teaches how to plan for actions a prisoner takes or may take. We concerned ourselves not only with the lives of our employees but with the prisoner.

    Mental patients are never cuffed and seldom restrained in any way unless they become violent. One secret is to always have overpowering physical force available, make that non-lethal force available.

    In the video linked the more I watch it the more sickened I become. The perp looked like he was turning away from the officers prior to being shot, there was just no reason to kill him. Any time you shoot you shoot to kill, so the shooter with four hours of preparation must be making a conscious decision to kill. Perhaps one shot to put him down would not have killed but firing that many shots was only to kill, they continued shooting as he was falling. It was not needed.

  • Hung jury in Sandy, Perez trial (NM-police officers charged with murder, video)

    10/13/2016 8:28:47 AM PDT · 39 of 42
    JAKraig to Gay State Conservative
    Staff members of hospital ERs know it...but you don't.And that's understandable because you've never seen it.


    You sir are very wrong. I used to manage a Jail and before that a mental hospital. These people can be managed, safely with proper procedures. Not once in 25 years did an employee have so much as a bloody lip. There is NEVER an excuse for shooting a mental patient in the back especially if he is more than 15 feet away from you. In this film the perp was at least 30 feet away, that leaves plenty of time to shoot if there is an attack. It isn't like they were in a hury, they had been there for 4 hours and the guy hadden't attacked anyone, someone got trigger happy, I hope they pay for it for a long time.

    In this particular event the perp should have been tazed and bean bagged into submission on the ground there is simply NO excuse for what happened. It was obvious to me the perp didn't want to hurt anyone he just wanted to be left alone. I know he couldn't be left alone but capital punishment was not warranted.

    These people have mental problems, they are still humans.

  • Hung jury in Sandy, Perez trial (NM-police officers charged with murder, video)

    10/12/2016 1:44:54 PM PDT · 8 of 42
    JAKraig to Gay State Conservative

    Had I been on the jury and seen the video there would be no way anyone could convince me the shooting was justified.

    Bad shoot, needless loss of life.

  • Samsung to Permanently Discontinue Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

    10/11/2016 5:32:28 AM PDT · 10 of 68
    JAKraig to ObozoMustGo2012

    The sad thing about all this is that there is no other phone that compares with the Note line. I have had three of them. After having one you would never want to go back to the being chained to I-Tunes and the restrictions of the Apple OS.

    I was just getting ready to skip the 5 and purchase a 7 but I think I will just stay with my 4 for a while longer. With the Samsung phones you can flash the ROM and put the 7 OS on it anyway so I think that is what I will likely do. I like the removable flash card and battery anyway.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/28/2016 5:51:25 AM PDT · 98 of 100
    JAKraig to RckyRaCoCo

    One of the problems with solar and camping is that in camping weather you usually try to locate yourself into shade.

    500 watts is not much power considering you won’t have them at their best angle but it is a whole lot more than nothing. That being said you need to realize that you will not get 500 watts except on very sunny days in cool to cold weather. You will never want to take your batteries past 50% of charge. You can if you are willing to get a short life from your batteries but if you intend them to last you will not.

    It would be wise to get a camping refrigerator that uses both cycles, that is electric and propane. During the day when the refrigerator gets a lot of use use the battery electricity but at night use propane. The propane will be slow to recover but can hold temperatures just fine.

    Your battery is rated at 20 hours but you should calculate everything based on 10 and subtract 10% off the top for losses. I wouldn’t count on more than about 10KW to get you down to 50%. If your refrigerator pulls 2000W then that gives you about 5 hours of run time without charging the batteries. The refrigerator will run a lot until it gets everything in it cool and then will only run about 25% of the time after that if you don’t leave the door open.

    Since you have 500 watts and you could potentially have it 5 hours a day that 2500W total, with losses you should be able to just about keep up on your refrigerator without running a generator to charge the batteries. If you add lighting you will likely have to run a generator a couple hours each day.

    If your refrigerator is 12V and your system is 12V you are more efficient and could get a little more than going through your inverter first. LED lighting is the only lighting you should consider, you will be able to do a lot with 20W.

    You have enough to do what you want if you are careful, very careful. You must make sure your panels are at the best angle, never in the shade and that you get in and out of the frig quickly and don’t open unless you absolutely have to.

    My expectation is that you will probably have to run the generator each day at least an hour or two to make sure you never go below 50% unless you don’t care about the life of the batteries. Most people are more concerned with having a good time than they are managing their electricity.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 1:05:57 PM PDT · 83 of 100
    JAKraig to mad_as_he$$

    Forklift battery?


    Yes, Forklift or lift truck battery. 3000 lbs each. I bought 4, 36V batteries and converted them into 4, 48V batteries. I took the cells out of their cases, each cell weighs about 120 lbs with water, that is 72 cells. Takes up a lot of room in my basement. It took me several days to get them all down to my basement. I hope someone else carries them out.

    The steel case they were in weighted about 400 lbs. I used a lift in my garage to lift each cell out and then sent the boxes to the scrap yard. Yes, it was a job.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:56:50 PM PDT · 80 of 100
    JAKraig to RegulatorCountry

    The lower cost Chinese manufacturers haven’t lasted long enough for such a warranty to have any meaning. Even some domestic manufacturers have gone out of business, so there’s no one to honor their warranty.


    You are correct, that is why I bought all American products, cells made in Georgia. The company as been around a very long time and are still competitive.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:35:05 PM PDT · 71 of 100
    JAKraig to resistance

    When batteries are better so I can truly be off the grid and still run my 220v shop tools I’ll be all over solar.


    I have 3, 48V 1125A (rated at 20 hours, that is 3.2MW) that connect to my inverter that produces 16KW of 240V. It is here now. I can run my shop tools for weeks with no other input and no sun.

    In reality I would never run more than two weeks without charging, it just takes too much life out of the battery. Your battery will be one of your most expensive components you definitely want to take care of it. If there were prolonged bad weather and the grid was down I would start cutting loads pretty dramatically. The naturalgas/propane generator is pretty expensive to run but I would run that before I went down more than 20% of my battery storage.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:22:13 PM PDT · 68 of 100
    JAKraig to Boogieman

    “That all being said, properly maintained battery packs in fleet carts tend to last about 4-6 years while private owners tend to get about 6-10 years out of their battery packs.”

    That site is talking about batteries being used in actual carts, not with solar panels, but I imagine the maximum lifetime won’t exceed 10 years either way.


    Proper management of a solar power battery should provide at least 10 years of service but with proper care can last 30 years. The trick here is to oversize to begin with. Never use more than 25% of your storage and your batter will hardly know it was used. There are still a few maintenance tricks to keep sulfides down but it can be done.

    I personally believe you should only get a battery that was designed for very heavy use, I only recommend tow motor or lift truck batteries. They are huge, unwieldy but can last a lot of years with good management.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:15:23 PM PDT · 61 of 100
    JAKraig to Boogieman

    Betcha those panels won’t last 20 years either...


    Actually most are guaranteed for a minimum of 25 years, may of them are guaranteed for 30 years.

  • Is rooftop solar worth it?

    09/27/2016 12:12:31 PM PDT · 56 of 100
    JAKraig to Gay State Conservative
    And there might come a day when it makes sense in places like Europe,the northern two-thirds of the US and Japan/South Korea.But that day hasn't come.


    Actually it has come. Germany is one of the largest markets for Solar Electric panels. Solar electricity does very well in Alaska. The farther north you go the higher the angle of the panel and they run much better, efficiently that is, in cold weather.

    I know a little about the subject, I have 36, 325W panels on my roof. They produce in the neighborhood of 12KW. By the time I dump that into my rather large batteries I'm only getting about 10KW but everyone has loss problems that we can't do much about. I average 5-6 hours of full output per day, that is 50-60KW going into my battery. My average usage including electric freezer, refrigerator, A/C and a bunch of lighting and computers is only about 40KW per day, so I let the grid be my backup first. If the grid fails, there is no sun and my battery is used much more than a week I then have to use my backup generator which will charge the battery at 16KW per hour. I would then have to use the generator every other day for a few hours until the sun comes back out. The truth is that even on cloudy days the cells produce quite a bit of power.

    Do I recommend Solar electric? I do but only conditionally. If you purchase the components yourself and can do the work yourself you save a fortune. Solar installers are making a killing on pretty simple work. There are certain times of the years that most equipment providers are slow, that is the fall. People getting ready to spend money on Christmas and cold weather don't make people think of spending on equipment that must be mounted outside, so , the dealers offer sales and packages to help you want to spend. Take advantage of it. October is likely the best month to buy. Also realize that if you spend $30000 the government (this year anyway) will give you $10000 of it back. If your electric bill is $250 a month that is less than a 7 year payback. You can do a great deal with $30K if you are wise and careful.

    Buy more than you think you will need, there are losses you won't anticipate. If the grid goes down here we won't notice it even in the hot summer.

    Replace heavy electrical loads with more energy efficient loads. For heat consider a high efficiency heat pump, perhaps a heat pump water heater. Use ONLY L.E.D. lighting and replace your old refrigerator and freezer with high efficiency models.

    Since I have a 1 floor 3000 sqft house with breezeway and large garage I had plenty of roof in the right direction, not everybody does but roof placement is the easiest and cheapest installation.

    I have learned a great deal on this project, it has been fun. I read and read and read before I jumped in, I highly recommend anyone considering solar do that, know what you are doing before you start.

  • Cruz called in to Beck's show this morning

    09/27/2016 6:10:46 AM PDT · 72 of 74
    JAKraig to PCPOET7
    when you talk about hunter take a look at the pedigree of his wife...The church hierarchy is all about the familiar relationship to the prophet. I have also read the correspondence between Benson Ezra Taft and David O McKay.
    I belong to a writers group and we revue each others manuscript and one of the authors I work with does scholarly material on polygamy and the Mormon church. because of his research he has delved into the history of the Quarm and its presidents. there is nothing inherently wrong with the fact that the leadership has a pedigree if you look at the presidents of the united states you will find that most of them are related in some way to each other.
    I have nothing against the church but like all organizations it is lead by flawed people just as myself am flawed. I just believe that Glen beck is trying to get this groups approval.


    I agree in part, we all want approval, but, trying to get into the group is different than trying to get their approval. It seemed to me that you were saying he wanted in, that I would doubt.

  • Cruz called in to Beck's show this morning

    09/26/2016 8:32:48 AM PDT · 27 of 74
    JAKraig to PCPOET7
    eck is a complete out sider because he is a convert to the religion and generally ton get into this group you need the right genetic pedigree of being related to joseph smith or Brigham Young.


    This is just BS. Howard W. Hunter was a past president of the Mormon Church and his father never joined the church. Hunter was considered a convert even though his mother was a member.

    Nearly a third of the church membership is made up of converts. They pick their leaders from everybody. It is true that brand new members are not as likely to be leaders but after one generation you have learned as much as anybody else about the church so you are good to go.

    I doubt that Beck wants to be a leader, they don't get paid and I think Beck really likes money.

  • Going down: Hillary Clinton has already lost

    09/21/2016 6:23:51 AM PDT · 25 of 52
    JAKraig to Buckeye McFrog
    You are right. NEVER forget that the Democrats have 47% of the vote in the bag based on freebies alone. No matter WHO they run as a candidate.


    This 47% is very true, but, if the 47% are even a little dissatisfied with what they have and if the 47% can be made to believe that working is better than welfare . . . Well if only a few percent of those 47% stay home AND if a good percentage of the remaining 53% vote there is a chance.

    Because of the way our founding fathers set up the electoral college the 53% are actually better represented in the college than the 47%. The 47% are packed into cities, in states with large populations. Thus, while there are a lot of US House representatives in those states the flyover country has an advantage of sorts in senate electors.

    In states, basically states not on the coast, there is a higher percentage of people not of the “47%” than in the states with big cities, except for Nebraska all those electoral votes will go to the winner. Likely Trump will carry all those states. It is looking more and more like Trump will carry some of the contested or usually Democrat states too. Trump will lose the 55 votes in California but has a chance in Pa., NJ., FL., NC., certainly SC., and maybe even his home state of NY. Several of the far west states like CO, NM,AZ and NV are in play. If Trump wins most of these states he will be president. Right now he is leading in polling in most of these states. Counting electoral college votes right now based on liberal polling Trump is winning. We haven't seen Hillary's October surprise yet and that worries me. If Trump wins, I think he will, it will be surely in good part because he can draw a crowd but he will owe an awful lot to Julian Assage.

    There are many people at State and IRS that are guilty of crimes and should be tried and all of them that participated in the shenanigans of Hillary and Obama should be impeached and never draw another penny from the treasury. This includes John Kerry, who by the way served in Vietnam.

  • Pope Francis and Divorce

    09/18/2016 6:07:16 PM PDT · 3 of 7
    JAKraig to marshmallow
    First, I am not Catholic.

    The Church has dealt with this problem for centuries by granting annulments, annulments have been granted for people with children and married for several decades. The beauty of annulment is that once the Church realizes that there is not really a marriage, and likely never really was one then all can realize a mistake was made and the marriage removed.

    Annulments don't work for everyone, mostly one of the partners has to be condemn-able, if both are amicable then the priest will likely try to talk them back into a good married relationship. When there is a separation for cause then likely there is only one who will ever come back to church anyway so the annulment is usually granted. The annulment is not simple. Many letters have to be written and several clergy must make a decision. I would like to see The church make annulments easier, that way there is no change, then the queers and others can't cry foul.