Friday, July 28, 2017

Some Real Health Care Reform

Whenever we get the Republicans out of power and can do some real health care reform, here's something we could look at.

Save your scent

This should be a basic household precaution. Line 'em up, swab them, and save the bottles. Just in case.

Trump Causes His Leaks

He can replace all the people he wants, but the leaks won't stop because that's how his staff can best get their messages to him.  Sad.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

T-Rex Couldn't Run

Should I ever come across a Tyrannosaurus rex in the wild, it's nice to know that I could outrun it.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Food From Thin Air

This is food from thin air. What does it do to the economic structure if you can cheaply manufacture food from air?

First of all the agro-business fodder industry is in for a big upset. Food for starving people around the world, even in low-resource places becomes possible. The key resource is energy. Imagine a small-scale processor in a shipping container.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fake News from Natural Gas Industry

From our own James Conca:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Let's Make America Ignorant Again

Paul Krugman points out that the Republicans complain that folks in higher education are biased. Yet they don't seem concerned that the military officer corps is also biased. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Of Tweets And Trade

All 45 can do about trade is mess it up.

Krugman on Trump and trade.

Fast Batteries

Here are two articles about a recent battery development that could lead to charge rates similar to super-capacitors.
And from New Atlas.
A team at Drexel University has used the two-dimensional material MXene to develop a new type of electrode, combining the capacitance of a regular battery with the speed of a supercapacitor, which could lead to devices that recharge in a matter of seconds.

Alzheimer's and Sleep

Poor sleep make be a significant cause of Alzheimer's.

Paying for Single-payer

Health care is expensive regardless of who pays for it. But there are ways to bring it into line and provide a big boost to American employers along the way.

Will Congress Cover for Trump Complicity?
With the president letting Putin off the hook for meddling in elections, it's up to the congressional GOP to defend the integrity of American democracy.

Formic Acid as Alternative Fuel

Hydrogen is hard to store for use in transportation. With a good conversion process, forms of liquid fuel can be used.

From Games to Science

During my career I've seen workstations take over tasks that were once the domain of supercomputers. It's interesting to see how products from the gaming world are making an impact on the scientific world.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Slam Dunk

Even budding law students can see that the obstruction of justice case against the President is a classic example of what constitutes the crime. This was a easy step for Bob Mueller. What remains to be seen is the true depth of the President's corruption.

Rachel and MSNBC Spot the Trap

A forged top secret document is making the rounds among new agencies. But the sharp folks at MSNBC caught the forgery. Clearly, there is an effort to bait our news services with fake news that can be used to discredit them. But most of our journalists are wise to that ploy.

Obamacare not imploding.

It's being sabotaged by Republicans. The biggest problem with the ACA is sabotage. If you want better health care coverage, send them back to their jobs in the private sector. We need people in our government who care about 98% of folks.

Monday, July 03, 2017

It's pure class warfare

And they started it

So, is this bill good for you? Yes, if you meet the following criteria:

1.Your income is more than $200,000 a year
2.You have a job that comes with good health insurance
3.You can't imagine any circumstances under which you lose that job or income
4.You don't have any family members or friends who don't meet those criteria
5.You have zero empathy for anyone else

The set of people who can check all these boxes is not a winning political coalition. But Republican leaders believe that their voters are tribal enough, sufficiently walled off from information, that they'll ignore the attack on their lives and keep voting R – indeed, that as they lose health care, get hit with crushing out-of-pocket bills, see their friends and neighbors face ruin, they'll blame it on Democrats.

I wish I were sure that this belief was false.