Electric motors are amazing when it comes to torque and speed. I think the work being done to improve their cost, reliability and energy consumption is cool. We still have an energy density problem. Hydrocarbons still rule the roost in terms of energy density and even with 30% efficient engines have 10 times the energy of the best batteries that we have.
The big question is whether or not we can increase electrical energy density. You would find electric trucks and cars to be far superior than their gas or diesel counterparts in terms of torque and speed. Acceleration is fantastic.
However, I’m sticking with gasoline now because I can go further, fill up quicker and its cheaper.
I figure we’ll see batteries go by the way side and we’ll use technology that will convert something directly into electricity (like a fuel cell of some sort). You have to be able to engineer things on a molecular level for batteries to get close to hydrocarbons in terms of energy density.
flying: We still need coal or your electric cars won't have the juice they need. The Democrats want to shut down the coal industry. What then?
 March 23, 2016 at 10:18am
Our caucus was very orderly, they checked ID’s, you received a voting card signed by an official with your name on it once you presented your ID. If you voted online, a red mark was drawn on your ID making it impossible for you to vote during the caucus
You had to present your voting card before you received an official ballot. We ran out of ballots, ad-hoc ballots were created but had the signature of one of caucus president/director to be valid. NO ONE received a ballot unless you had a voting card with out a red line on it.
See Free Republic, Drudge Report, Politico and several other sites that report the chaos that prevailed in Utah. Caucuses were completely out of control. totally invalid.
 February 25, 2016 at 7:33am
This is the best marketing event in Apple’s history. This fight with the Federal Government is having the effect of establishing themselves as the most secure phone on the planet. Whether or not it is true is another story, but this will be the effect.
I personally think that because of the number of laws on the books, you and I are in violation of at least one of them. Because we have unscrupulous prosecutors who don’t really care much about justice, because it is so easy to put someone away for some innocent thing, that this is needed. We need to be secure in our effects, we need to be able to keep things from others, including government.
Yes, people will use these technologies to do ill, but that has always been the case….
It's no secret that Google gives Android away to it's customers for free. If you build an Android based phone, you get the OS for nothing. It's open source, and because it's open source, security is pretty much non-existent. Google makes their money by mining the data that Android provides them, from your activities, be it email, texting, location, shopping or whatever.
MSFT makes no secret that they are working with the NSA and have provided them backdoors.
Only Apple makes the statement that they are content with the money that they make from the sales of their products, and they have no intention of selling their customer's private information. This is why Apple alone states that they are secure - while everyone else remains silent on this topic.
 February 23, 2016 at 6:38pm
I’m a big conceal carry supporter. There is the realization though that the good guy doesn’t always win a gunfight, glad this guy came out on top.
[-2] February 17, 2016 at 9:27am
EMP affects long transmission lines. It will affect power supplies plugged into your 110 volt or 220 volt outlet. It will affect those things plugged into the grid. Mainly the power supplies attached.
So a desktop computer will go down. But it is very likely that core electronics will survive. Your cell phone will survive (the towers may be out). Your car may stall, but it is very likely it will start up again.
The damage to the grid will no doubt be devastating. Transformers may be shorted/blow up, smoking transfer stations, etc. Definitely your refrigerator motor coils may be fried. But many things will still work.
It will be rough, but 90% of the population die? Not so sure.
Dr. Forstchen paints a worst-case scenario. Research on the actual effects has been somewhat inconclusive. But one thing that has been consistent is the neutralization of the national grid, something that would be devastating. The primary effects...deaths of people on life support or who require certain medications to sustain life...would easily be in the thousands. The secondary effects...people killed in riots trying to obtain food, water, and other necessities...would also likely be in the thousands. Think Katrina, but nation-wide.
Basically ANY thing that is currently using electricity at that moment the EMP hits, whether it'd be electricity from the electrical grid or your own battery operated devices, if they're currently on and operating they'll be introduced to an overvoltage/overcurrent strong enough to exceed the electronic components ratings! The only way to stop the magnetic pulse is to safeguard the electronics in the same way Lightening protections work! Everything should be with in a Metal case of some kind and that case has a connection to ground that would exceed the voltage/current being introduced to it! The alternative is to have it turned off and metal shielded to ground. The Power lines and distribution lines carry 50,000 volts and higher in some instances, that voltage is then stepped down at the pole to 220v 2 phases, each phase being 110v. The emp could send those transformers twice the voltages to step down, also sending those transformers twice the voltages too! So see this, a 110v line turns into 220v intantly of which will burn out any 110v device connected! 90% of your those hold items connected to the wall outlets and currently on, will be fried!
You just haven’t considered the scope and magnitude of the problem.
Cities lose power,they have NO clean water or sewage pumping,no AC,elevators don’t work in high-rises and skyscrapers. Cities become unlivable. The people in the cities move out in search of drinkable water,food,shelter,like a cloud of locusts. Also,with no clean water,drinking impure water causes dysentery and other illnesses. Medicines will quickly run short. Hospitals won’t have any diagnostic equipment working,and no refrigeration for their medicines. No new medicines will be made for a long time. Relatively minor or simple illnesses or injuries become deadly killers. Food distribution relies on an order process,communications will be down,no ordering,and warehouses won’t be able to find their stocks,that’s all done by computer. So local stores WILL run out of food very quickly. Starvation will soon follow.
I think you are correct here. EMP is an unknown effect to most people, so it’s tempting to believe whatever information anyone offers. We're not all gonna die. I was going to write a long post, but the scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab say it much better.
 February 12, 2016 at 5:19pm
Trump will use the same bully tactics when he is in office. I don’t care if it is for or against what I would see realized. Its wrong, dictatorial and tyrannical. This isn’t who we are.
Flying, where have you been hiding? re: " This isn’t who we are."
Well said! I would add “authoritarian” and “totalitarian” as well. That’s why I’m on CRUZ-CONTROL and have been CRUZin for a while. By the way, here’s the Ted Cruz Scarface video: enjoy!
(reference: Duncan 16–)
[-3] February 8, 2016 at 7:56am
Only things attached by long wires would be affected by EMP. So yes, anything plugged into the wall would be toast. Cell towers, toast.
On the other hand, your car would stall, but would likely start up again. You cell phone, tablet and computer would probably survive.
So would your backup generator.
I don’t buy that 90% of the population would starve. Go study the physics behind an EMP and exactly what it affects….yeah there will be some down time, but I suspect basic electricity would be back up sooner than you think.
Planes falling out of the sky? Nope, that is fear mongering at its best….
cellphones need cell towers to work,and they ARE connected to long wires,and need electric power. same for your laptop and tablet,they're not much good without the Internet. Planes need nav signals from the airports,they need air traffic control,etc.
Then you have to worry about food,because the stores will be looted and food distribution will be difficult if you can't order and deliver the supplies. And in a while,the cities populations will move outward in search of food,water,and shelter,like locusts. Like Ferguson....
So,there's a lot you are ignorant about in this matter.
"Planes falling out of the sky"
I would like someone who is fairly knowledgeable about "fly by wire" systems to weigh in on that. No... planes that still have mechanical flight controls would continue to fly, minus any advanced avionics, but planes with computerized fly by wire controls, if not equipped with mechanical alternates, would effectively lose all control and fall out of the sky. Not a pretty picture.
 February 2, 2016 at 10:00am
True, isolating ourselves and forgetting our civic duties is an issue. However, remember that the Federal Reserve and an Income Tax was created in 1913, when television wasn’t even around. The issues surrounding our inability to govern ourselves runs deeper, not sure I know what it is, but it runs deeper than TV and football games.
Perhaps it is part of the problem now, but something else is amiss….
 February 1, 2016 at 1:37pm
There is nothing anti-christian about self preservation. These people are animals, they are cruel, bloodthirsty and a threat. So yes, God Bless The Sniper! We don’t celebrate the killing, we celebrate the disabling and dismantlement of an cruel and bloodthirsty group that wouldn’t think twice about removing your head from your body, probably not even once.
Your comparisons to Mao and the Bolsheviks are absurd on its face.
Using the word “killing” without context is typical attempt at moral equivalence. Get a brain.
I celebrate the killing just as I would if someone had been picking off Heinrich Himmler, Heydrich, Goebbels, etc.
 January 25, 2016 at 1:21pm
I guess you could read that two ways. There is one sure “fire” way of eliminating the violence. Not sure it would be what this PM has in mind….
 January 19, 2016 at 1:26pm
The thing that we have to remember is that Facebook is not a public forum. It is owned by a private organization. They can do whatever they please, and allow whatever content they want to allow.
We have a right to free speech, but it doesn’t give us the right to be heard.
I don’t like what is happening in Europe and the effort to hide the nonsense. It is very disturbing. It is disturbing that it could be hidden using Facebook and other outlets. The question becomes how do we educate on what is happening without Facebook? Tough question for sure, but there has to be a way.
But then, how do you reconcile this with the bakery in Oregon who "did whatever they pleased" and were fined over $125,000 for doing what they believed was right?
tell that to the BAKERS DUMB F__K
can not reason with STUPID CAN YEA
 January 13, 2016 at 9:15am
Its a good start. Who would have ever thought we would challenge the fed, and to have it fail by only a handful of votes.
It’ll happen next time….
 December 29, 2015 at 5:01pm
I like the fact that our military is looking out for us.
What is unsettling for me is that we have a government that is so big that our political leaders don’t seem to have control over it. What happens when this bureaucracy decides against Americans?
 December 20, 2015 at 6:09pm
He’s wrong. The only legitimate way and the only way that has a chance against the Feds is through the individual states. Any rebellion has to be supported by a legitimate government, it can’t be citizen against government. The way this works is through individual states and state governments. This is why we as a people have to stop looking to Washington and we need to strengthen our local municipalities and state governments. It is only in this way that we can legitimately and lawfully stand against an abusive federal government.
But my local and state governments are all in the Democrat and Republican gangs.
 September 22, 2015 at 11:08am
I WANT ONE OF THOSE CARS!! Yeah! Finally a company that told EPA to take a hike! :) LOVE IT!
 April 27, 2015 at 11:29am
How about following the Constitution? The question is, what contract have we American’s signed that did away with “due process”?
How about starting with Amendment 5?
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
And how about the IRS seizing our assets every April 15th?? How 'bout writing a bill for THAT???
@flyingrobots, you don't seriously believe that the constitution is still in effect, do you?
Their is a lot of injustice going on in our justice department. Think about that and determine if we need to take this country back. How do we do that, for starters don't vote for the same SOB in every election unless you know for a fact they deserve to be in office. We have to get involved in the system and know what's going on, another thing lacking. Tell everyone. Good Luck!
 April 21, 2015 at 11:33am
What do you do? How do you help? How do you stop such cruelty and evil? We can’t even get ourselves unified on common sense issues. Our bank is busted, our military strength has been weakened. Do we demand that we send our troops in there? Who cleans up that mess, Iran? Israel? The US? Canada? Who?
These ISIS monsters need to be dealt with, and quickly. But how do we rally the US in such a way that we go? We have weakened ourselves because of our disobedience, and now others suffer because of it. If we were truly strong, this would not be happening.
 February 27, 2015 at 12:16pm
No ones above the law. Throw the book at her and lock her and her cronies away. Then trace it back to the White House and do a little spring cleaning, baby!
EXCEPT THE DEMOCRATS!!!---THEY CARE ABOUT PEOPLE, SO LYING IS ACCEPTABLE---VOMIT!!!!
Supoena her to testify, have the sergeant at arms arrest her and take her to jail for contempt and leave her till she rots. I'm sure she would suddenly die before she decided to change her mind.
 January 13, 2015 at 12:57pm
There are consequences for defending yourself. Sometimes they aren’t pleasant. Its just the way it is. When you make the choice to carry a firearm (and I support that right) it doesn’t mean there aren’t other considerations that are at play.
Anyone who has run a restaurant knows that the pay, hours and working conditions don’t always attract the cream of the crop type people. So how do you judge who or who can’t carry a gun while on shift? There is a lot of liability when you have an employee, especially one that has to drive around town. Now you not only allow or her to drive, but you also allow them to carry a gun? How do you minimize your risk as a company owner?
I am glad this lady had the means and smarts to protect herself. I also have to support the restaurants policy. It is their company, they can make any policies they want to make and enforce them. They have their reasons, and in this litigious world, I understand when a company has a no gun policy.
Until we can change the culture, until we can make it common sense for people to be responsible for their own actions, this is what we have to live with.
I do not support any policy that denies employees from carrying for defense of themselves and others.
You're looking at it through the eyes of a chicken who hides behind lawyers.
Honestly, the employer is not 100% responsible for the actions of an employee.
Should an employee decide to start shooting all over the place, it is up to those around that person to stop said person on a shooting spree or to go into cover and try to get help.
Personal responsibility is what is needed and everyone, who is employed where ever they are, will not all go on shooting sprees. Most people have enough common sense and sense of responsibility to not just fire off their guns all over the place.
"I also have to support the restaurants policy." Take a stand dude
 November 6, 2014 at 10:46am
The leaders we have in Washington are a reflection of us. If there is division in Washington, there already is division amongst us. The degree and magnitude of that division is also a reflection of us. If what Glen Beck predicts comes true, then the seeds results of what we experience were planted long before the crisis actually manifests itself.
We have to improve ourselves, we have to build bridges to those who disagree, we have to connect with others where there is common ground. That is the only way we can prevent this crisis from occurring or at least to recovery from it quickly if it does.