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    10-18-2020, 08:35 PM
    Twitter must be stopped. https://jordanschachtel.substack.com/p/book-burners-twitter-silences-dissent "Twitter has decided to lock the account belonging to Dr. Scott Atlas, the presidentís top COVID-19 adviser, after a group of mask advocates demanded a virtual book burning of the renowned doctorís views on masks/face coverings. In a tweet posted Saturday morning, Dr. Atlas correctly noted that there is no particular evidence that masks work to stop the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, he cited longstanding literature on masks from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and Oxford University. He linked to a terrific article by the American Institute for Economic Research, which goes into great detail about how cloth face coverings and masks not only donít work as advertised, but pose several additional risks both related and unrelated to the pandemic. Moreover, Rational Ground has done a great job charting how masks do not work to stop the spread of COVID-19. See their mask charts here: https://rationalground.com/mask-charts/
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    10-18-2020, 02:17 PM
    Well, with regards to voting, since roughly 40% of both whites and blacks don't vote at all, perhaps both "races" share the believe that voting isn't worth a damn! Now, yes, in America, blacks tend to vote heavily Democrat. But, do you think that's due to a shared ideology, or is it perhaps tribalism? Do blacks really share many ideologies or principles with the Democrat party (when Democrats pretend to have them)? Maybe it has a bit to do with a demographic that has a much lower median income that any other wanting some the freebies that Democrats promise (with the effect of keeping people from personal fulfilment)? But maybe, since you bring up Barry O, it's just about tribalism. Black people perceived him to be the first black President, and yes, I believe there was copious tribalism, there, but it was to be expected. Of course, he was as "white" as he was "black", and shared little to nothing in common with most of us, let alone "poor black folk". But, maybe, people were wanting to make history, voting for someone who looked vaguely like them, and who they hoped just might harbor some understanding of their plight. It was a decent and effective ruse. Maybe this has long time been the M.O. of the Democrat party. Here in Phoenix, there is a black Democrat running for mayor. His slogan is "Time IS Now!". He doesn't say the time for what exactly, and his website is full of empty bloviations, but he's certainly black! His picture says so! The impetus behind capitalizing "Black" was the idea that those of predominant African genetics (all of us, if you go far enough back) the world over share a common culture and history (and "whites" don't, so no capital for you!). That's not true globally and it's not true in America. Shit, it's not even true in Africa! There are African immigrants here, working in my neighborhood, whose culture, language and (recent) history have practically nothing to do with that of the American descendants of African slaves (as was the case with Barry O.). Often it's the same with white people. I often have great difficulty understanding your typical Englishman off the street, though they're speaking "English". Also, I sure as fuck don't want my government looking anything like that of the UK or Germany. Anyway, this is what I mean by my separation of "race" (or phenotypes), and ideologies. I don't believe for a second that free-thinking blacks, brunettes or blondes would just somehow arrive at some ideological or philosophical consensus just because of genetics. Tribalism, unfortunately, works! It's much easier to categorize people by their appearance than to have to (gasp!) talk to them, and this is being used, as from time immemorial, to divide and conquer.
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    10-17-2020, 06:36 PM
    Wow, alright... Sorry about the printing difficulties. I have them myself at times. Wish I had better advice. Sometimes if you download the CUPS profile from the manufacturer, it works better, but you've probably already tried that. I use Linux for everything these days, even at work, though I'm not really "supposed to". I no longer have a Windows computer. They really wrecked things with the memory-guzzling and update obsessed Windows 10. They should've stopped with XP. Good luck with the Pi. Down the road a bit, I plan to make a Pi 4 "Beowulf-cluster", which I think might be fun and powerful, but I have much to do before I get there.
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    10-17-2020, 11:18 AM
    *Le sigh* Enough of this. That so many people are united or divided by "race", which is a scientifically meaningless concept, testifies to a lack of intellectual depth all-too-pervasive in the human experience. Instead, people would be much better off united by ideas, interests and goals, but nooo, let's start capitalizing colors and make political parties based upon those, as though "Black" people were any more ideologically homogeneous than "Brunettes" or "Gingers".
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    10-17-2020, 11:15 AM
    Haha, and resourceful you are, then! I used a Pi as my home computer for a year or so. Some things were a bit difficult, to say the least, usually due to the Pi's architecture. It's not really meant to be a daily home computer. For this issue, did you try installing CUPS and using that?
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    10-17-2020, 09:32 AM
    This is a great and comprehensive list, save for I don't see the search engine Gibiru (https://gibiru.com). It can yield some interesting results, as it seems to bring to the surface suppressed information. But good work! F$#@ Google! F$#@ Apple too!
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    10-17-2020, 09:29 AM
    They're sowing their own demise. I think Bitchute is a nice alternative, and if you see some of the maniacal BS there, you know they're free-speech driven. People should begin double posting their videos on Youtube and Bitchute, at very least.
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    10-17-2020, 09:25 AM
    Brave is my favorite browser these days. It only works with 64 bit systems, so if you have an ancient laptop like mine, you might have to use something else.
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    10-16-2020, 08:10 PM
    I'll keep ya informed, man. :) How many solar panels for 60kWh per day depends on their output, but a little math yields 20-250 watt panels for a 12 hour day, barring inefficiencies, etc. Your situation is quite a bit different than mine, of course. A pool would be nothing but a pain in my ass. ;) We don't have to dehumidify anything here, but if the outside humidity is less than your lower level, look into ducting air in? Also, 3000 ft^2 is quite a large house for my taste. Lastly, you should look to maybe run the heater off of wood if you have plenty of that, there. There is no 1 solution for everyone. Be thoughtful and resourceful in your considerations, and I think solutions may be less expensive than you think. ;)
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    10-16-2020, 07:46 PM
    If you have any land, don't put it on the roof? Here, I'll be putting it on my car-port, and if that surface ever needs replacing, it's more about a little hard work. Also, maybe the panels will protect the roof a bit so it will last longer? That's a little speculation though.
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    10-16-2020, 07:42 PM
    Right, so Massie is using a Tesla battery with tons of storage. My urban situation is a bit different, and not a total "homestead" scheme. It's only to escape the electric bills for a few years. When I move completely away from the grid, and transfer the solar equipment to my rural land and live there, the house will be optimized for energy efficiency, and this system willgive me a couple days or more worth of energy. Even if decently cloudy, a 4kW solar system might produce more like 1 kW. Also, again, that's what a generator is for, and I plan other versions of energy storage. Also, a total eclipse better not last for 3 days, or things are desperately screwed. ;)
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    10-16-2020, 07:22 PM
    Yes, there are alternatives! If you have tons of wood lying around, use that! Whatever you have. Here in Az, there is sun and wind. I also have plenty of capacity to grow biomass at my rural land. I know how much energy I use in my city house because it has been recorded for years. Barring unforeseen problems, this system I'm building should yield more than enough energy all year. If I need supplemental energy, I can always just light up a backup generator, or flip the switch back to the grid. Eventually, when in a house of my own design, I'll be using much less energy, anyway.
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    10-16-2020, 07:17 PM
    Like I said, to determine how much storage you need, it matters how much darkness you get and your energy needs, then, i.e. at night or on cloudy days. But for feces and levity, I'll guess you use half your energy at night. That means you would need 30 kWh storage. In NiFe battery terms, that would cost roughly $10.5k. Much cheaper for lead acid. Somewhat cheaper for LiFePO4 batteries. Before that, though, determine what else you might do. What is using so much energy? Can the house be better insulated? Can a swamp cooler be used instead of AC much of the time? Can you use wood or stored heat for heating? Much to consider.
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    10-16-2020, 06:05 PM
    You really use that much on average? 60 kWh, that is? Well, firstly, with regards to batteries, it'll be more about how much energy you use when the Sun isn't shining. Also, whereabouts are you? State will work. Also, why the hell would it be $50k? Is that just for the solar energy system? Even just doubling my estimates will bring you into comfortable territory. giving you 96 kWh/day and 23 kWh (80%) storage. Wind is sometimes a decent option, too. At my rural property, there's usually more wind energy than anyone would ever use, and personal windmill generators are cheap as well, with 400 watt versions (~12 MPH winds) at around $100. Of course, if you're technically inclined, you can build these out of a broken generator or even alternators, etc.
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    10-16-2020, 04:36 PM
    Also, also... As I said, there are a great many energy storage media/systems out there, new and old. As far as batteries go, I've oft thought if someone made nickel-hydrogen batteries for off-grid storage, they'd be quite the ticket: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel%E2%80%93hydrogen_battery I believe they could be built affordably. Just don't accidentally shoot them with your 50 cal or something.
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    10-16-2020, 04:30 PM
    Also, as an addendum, consider if in 30 years you had to throw away the entire system and get a new one. Even if technology didn't improve and costs didn't decrease, which they will, that's another 30 years for ~$6k. Sounds good to me. Also, nickel iron batteries are pretty environmentally benign, as well.
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    10-16-2020, 04:25 PM
    Hmmm, not exactly sure what you're asking, but I think this: Massie's lead-acid batteries must have been pretty decent. Most of those don't last that long with any capacity, though he did say they had something like 1/8 their original capacity at the end. I've had lead acid batteries last ~7 years 'till they were nearly useless. Nickel Iron batteries don't perform as well as lead-acid batteries in some ways, i.e. the charge efficiency isn't quite as good, and you can't get a torrent of current out of them in a short time, but I think they're ideal for solar storage because of their great longevity. Also, you should really only drain lead-acid batteries to ~50%, or you begin to severely limit their lifespan, or the number of cycles you get. 80% discharge doesn't hurt nickel-iron. Here is a good reference: https://modernsurvivalblog.com/alternative-energy/solar-battery-comparison-chart/ As they put it, nickel-iron batteries might last 11x longer (cycle-wise) than lead-acid. A cycle is one discharge/recharge, BTW. I'm not even sure anyone truly knows how long a well constructed nickel-iron battery might last with regular (every 10-15 years) electrolyte change. I've heard more than one anecdotal report about someone changing the electrolyte from a 50-70 year old Edison battery and having it work like new. Electrolyte for a nickel-iron battery, BTW, is potassium hydroxide solution which is very cheap, though some add a little lithium hydroxide to improve performance. Also, keep in mind that light use (10-20% discharge) will occur much of the time, which means added longevity to any battery.
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    10-16-2020, 03:33 PM
    Haha, some quick replies here, and I believe Mr. Piper answered well. What about the petroleum products used to make them? Not my concern. By buying the solar panels, I've already paid for those, haha. There have been solar panels demonstrated to work after 40 years, with reduced capacity or course, but still functioning. What to do with the waste panels? Like, throw them away, man. ;) Maybe incorporate them as retro art in structural designs. Seriously, though, they're mostly aluminum and silicon. So is dirt. I don't consider them a huge environmental risk, if that's what you mean.
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    10-16-2020, 03:12 PM
    Tesla won't sell you a "powerwall" if you're off-grid? WTF is that? Anyway, Thomas Massie is a little braver than I would be here, as I figure I might screw something up reconfiguring a Tesla car battery and turn my house into an off-grid bonfire. BUT, if you got it to work, the 60 -90 kWh battery of a Model S (depending on year) would likely be all the electrical storage you'd need, though it might only last, as he said, for 10 years. On an average, sunny day, you will get 12 hours x 4000 watts = 48 kWh from the panels I bought. That should be enough electricity for my house on all but the most demanding days. Of course, there are inefficiencies with conversions and storage, so keep that in mind. Also keep in mind, in summer, when there is the most demand here in Pheonix, there is also more sunlight, but to take full advantage of that, you'd have to have a tracking system so the panels will follow the Sun. Of course, in winter's shortest days, there are only ~10 hours of sunlight, and this represents a challenge if things get too cold, which they generally don't here. We can supplement the heating with the fireplace, however. For batteries, I plan to purchase NiFe batteries directly from China. Yes, I hate to do that, but they're the only ones who actually manufacture them any more. People who sell them here are either just middle-men, or refurbishing Edison's old batteries. I'd seriously love to try and update and manufacture the technology myself, but I'm years away from that ability. Now I was planning on buying 14.4 kWh of NiFe batteries for ~$5,000. The batteries will last longer if you don't discharge below ~80%, so that leaves me with about 11.5 kWh per night. Fundamental to efficient domestic energy usage is your house's insulation, and mine has very little in the attic, so I expect that when I remedy that situation, I will have little trouble with this system. Even as it is, in the hottest of days, if we are smart with power usage, we can get by with ~10kwh of energy consumption at night, so this battery system should well suffice.
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    10-16-2020, 01:38 PM
    Now, I'm not going to vouch for Biden's commentary, but I believe wind and solar energy can be cheaper. I'll not continue here with the TL;DR post that this subject requires, but I believe we need to stop with this "grid" BS. Distributed energy generation and storage is king. Extracting fuel from the ground, transporting it to a power station, burning it, and sending it over thousands of miles of wiring is a ruthlessly inefficient way of doing things. For some places, of course, wind and solar aren't ideal or consistent, but there may be other virtually inexhaustible sources, such as hydroelectric. There are many options for energy storage, especially when size/weight isn't a concern. Now, for some applications, none of this may be feasible, such as for factories in certain locations, and for those instances, maybe small nuclear reactors, such as those which are thorium-based, should be a subject of research. Anecdotally, I'll share that I just purchased 4kW worth of solar panels for $540. These are slightly used, as in for a year or two. New and decent panels can be purchased for around twice that if you source wisely. I plan to purchase nickel-iron batteries, which, although performing modestly when compared to modern battery technology, often last several decades, being renewed by electrolyte replacement every decade or two. The total cost of the off-grid system will be around $6,000, which, after replacing the grid power and the associated bills, will pay for itself in ~3.5 years, and last for possibly 30 years or more. How's that for savings?
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    10-16-2020, 11:44 AM
    Oh, Oh, Oh!... Pick me, pick me! "Your mask protects me, and my mask protects you!" It's not a difficult concept! :sarcasm:
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    10-16-2020, 11:42 AM
    Well, I'm not sure it will prevent cancer, but I'll make a video of me executing this protocol if it will fetch me a few bucks.
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    10-16-2020, 11:37 AM
    I wonder that with Trump as well. I wish he would've stuck with that protocol, which he seemed to advocate, but he appeared to, instead, opt for plugging for his Big Pharma friends. Though, as I've said before, I think Trump is a high-powered mutant of some kind, and would've survived anyway, without much in the way of treatment,
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    10-16-2020, 11:06 AM
    So, I was wrong. You said 'capitation' not 'capitization'. :) Whoops. I discovered through the omniscient Wikipedia that capitation taxes are both a biblical phenomenon and mentioned in the original Constitution, unlike the income tax: Article 1, Section 9: "No capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken". Also, I discovered that another somewhat equivalent name for this is a "poll tax", though that seems to be used for other schemes, such as actually making people pay the tax AT the polls, before you vote. Why this reminds me of a song from my youth, and look, this video is a bit reminiscent of recent times:
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    10-16-2020, 10:37 AM
    Concise and informative! Thanks.
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    10-14-2020, 11:31 AM
    And in that case, we need to make them tip their hand unequivocally. But the two-party system, and the control of candidates within those parties, is wholly a scheme of divide and conquer. Produce two candidates whose differences are inconsequential to the top-echelon puppenspielers, and have the populace fight over their "choices". A "NO" or none-of-the-above option would spoil that game quite quickly, I should think.
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    10-14-2020, 10:30 AM
    Yep, that summarizes our "choice" nicely. To vent, regarding Kelly and McSilly: I don't care if you've flown fighter jets or space shuttles before! That just means you handle accelerations well! I care if you have liberty-rooted principles! And all of the political ads, all they talk about is "healthcare" and "Medicare" and "social security" (society does not make one secure). Kelly gets a weak slamming for his Chinese business ventures, but mostly it's just pandering to the elderly. There are quite many freedom-loving zealots in Az, and if someone would rally us properly, they'd be unstoppable! Okay, done venting.
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    10-14-2020, 09:09 AM
    What if it were an option to vote "NO" for someone? I received a circular, the other day, instructing me to vote "NO" on Mark Kelly. (In Az, the Mark Kelly-Martha McSally race for US Senate is of national interest.) I'd thought of this before, to a degree, but gave it further thought recently. What if voting "NO" were an option, meaning you could either vote for someone or against someone. In the Kelly-McSally race, it's a lesser-of-two-evils argument. I don't care for McSally. There is nothing truly appealing about her or her policies (?) or record. But she's a little better than Kelly, who will be a gun-grabbing goon, doubtless. Of course, if you vote for the lesser of two evils, you still voted for evil.
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    10-13-2020, 03:00 PM
    Thank you for your insight and for giving the idea a name in "capitization tax". I'm a scientist, not a political theorist, so I don't know a great deal of this nomenclature. ;) As far as funding a minarchist government: Russia's tax revenue for 2020 stands to be around $365 billion, and they plan to spend around $314 billion, according to this: https://www.rbth.com/business/331534-russian-budget-2020 Now, I know we have roughly twice the population, but much of what Russia's government is doing probably would not be considered "Constitutional" by our standards. To summarize, I think $250 billion for a military is quite adequate (excessive), which leaves $100 billion for "other", in my example. Also, this is simply the Federal Gov't I speak of here, which leaves the states to collect their own revenue.
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    10-13-2020, 12:42 PM
    Your concerns are also, at least somewhat addressed, in the unabridged version of my post. I happen to agree with your thinking. My proposed "solution" is only viable after a significant amount of redesign and shrinkage of the government.
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