Carbon Dioxide, Hazardous Waste?

I missed the Summit Carbon Solutions meeting at Maynes Grove Lodge yesterday. As I wrote earlier, Summit plans to build a $4.5 billion pipeline to transport carbon dioxide to North Dakota for burial (so plants can’t use it). It was an informational meeting presumably to fulfill state requirements and maybe attract investors.

Well I sure miss Monty Python. Those guys did comedy right. Summit is doing it like a billion dollar game of who can take the most money out of a productive economy and make it look right. What makes so-called conservatives buy into this wacko environmentalist garbage?

How ironic real conservatives joined forces with leftists to oust “constitutional conservative” Steve King from Congress. His support for socialist alternative energy scams was the opposite of constitutionality. And his language regarding “undocumented” residents sealed his fate with so-called moderates. Yet the leftist / environmentalist steam roller keeps chugging along. Many conservatives support big government meddling like ethanol mandates. Companies like Summit present a bizarre project like a CO2 pipeline as a legitimate use of resources.

We met a nice guy while shopping yesterday. The topic of where to put savings came up. He said he’s thinking of putting some money in the carbon capture pipeline.

Further discussion led to agreement that all government mandates and subsidies ultimately lead to wasted resources. Short term thinking dominates as long as a bailout is expected. The real issue is personal. What does he do with the fortune he accumulated through decades of hard work? The hope that a fascist alliance of business and government like carbon capture or ethanol can get us old guys through a comfortable old age looks better than 1% interest. He may be right to invest in this craziness. It’s been almost 45 years since I thought the farm program made no sense and couldn’t last.

The trepidation about where to invest is well-founded. A lot is written about the ominous debt across the world. There is a huge amusement park in China that sits empty because the developer is broke. But word has it that his debt is minuscule compared with the debt of thousands of communities across that country. Here, we have mind boggling student loan debt. To deal with these imbalances the only option will be for governments to monetize it.

Basically that means loaning banks billions of dollars at no interest forever. That means people like our new friend can’t earn enough interest to maintain his retirement income. In a free market savers go through banks to loan to borrowers. Now the Fed has replaced those savers as a source of capital. Savers are discriminated against. So our friend sees nowhere else to go but insane… insane wasteful and ridiculous pie-in-the-sky nonsense that makes sense to him at this point in time but will ruin the lives of coming generations through wasteful misallocation of resources.

It’s a shame that such a beautiful system as a free market voluteeristic economy has been hijacked by opportunists who apparently lacked good ideas for an actual valuable niche in society, no matter how well-intentioned they may be.

A History of Masks

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I borrowed this!

DID YOU KNOW THAT…

2300 years ago, long before Islam, Arabs discovered that forcing people to cover their nose and mouths, broke their will and individuality, and depersonalized them. It made them submissive. That’s why they imposed on every woman the mandatory use of a fabric over her face.

Then Islam turned it into the woman’s symbol of submission to Alah, the man owner of the Harem, and the King.

Modern psychology explains it: without face we don’t exist as independent beings. The child looks in the mirror between the ages of two and three and is discovered as an independent being. The mask is the beginning of deleting individuality.

He who does not know his history is condemned to repeat it…

Tury Carpo

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Horse Paste

Wow! Why would anyone eat that?

A great way to not find out is to listen to that infinitely trustworthy alliance of pharmaceutical companies and our government (not so much different from the alliance of the so-called defense industry and our government). Horse paste, known to people with civil thoughts and inquisitive minds as ivermectin, has been shown to be beneficial as a prophylactic and treatment for covid-19 in at least 90 trials. This was coincidentally discovered to be the case in Africa where it is commonly used to treat parasites in some areas but not others.

Almost four billion doses of ivermectin have been administered in the last 40 years. The CDC recommends all refugees coming from the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean receive this preemptive therapy. The WHO lists it as an “essential medicine.” Its safety is well documented.

The discoverers of ivermectin won a Nobel Prize (not that they keep good company there). Even after the long history of ivermectin’s use, covid vaccines’ VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Reporting System) reports have dwarfed those of ivermectin.

Now that a large percentage of new hospital admissions for covid are fully vaccinated, the drug companies wish to continue their gravy train with treatments instead. What better way to do this than with a preexisting medicine? Merck now has a government funded anti-viral whose safety has been tested on far less people than ivermectin. A five-day treatment costs $17.64 to produce. In June our government signed a contract to purchase 1.7 million treatments for $712 each. Merck, who is already one company who manufactures ivermectin, had the science at hand. A couple of tweaks to differentiate it from ivermectin would allow it to be patented and so it couldn’t be sold cheaply as a generic.

I’ve heard people say, “Trust the experts.” We trusted the experts on the supposed Tonkin Gulf attack. It cost us 58,000 U.S. soldiers and one million Vietnamese. We trusted the experts on weapons of mass destruction. It cost 900,000 people. We’ve trusted the experts on mitigation of climate change, poverty, drug abuse, and any number of claimed market failures. The waste created by these intrusions on our personal decisions is beyond comprehension.

The matter of human health is put on a pedestal that excuses violations of law and common decency. Get vaccinated so you won’t be a danger to others? Vaccinated people spread the virus. People who have had the virus are immune. A man made vaccine can’t possibly offer complete protection, in the same way a planned economy cannot outperform a free one.

I’ve heard some say how ridiculous it is to claim, “I’ve done the research.” Only a person with a title can think?

My research shows that scientists believe low vitamin D levels lead to vulnerability to sickness, yet we are told to stay inside. What about obesity, diabetes, low zinc, and low vitamins C and B1? Research the publicly available information to find what the experts say.

Healthcare providers are incentivized to label any sickness they can as covid in order to get a federal subsidy. This inflates statistics. I know someone whose records show they had covid, when they were never tested for it, simply because they lived with someone who tested positive.

The claim that we can’t do the research ourselves comes from those who accept the censorship and misinformation that perpetuates profits only available through our ignorance. Anyone can do research if information is not kept secret. Always question authority.

Typical of NIH

$1 Million Study by University of Kentucky: Japanese Quail Did Coke, Had Risky Sex

By Adam Andrzejewski
September 30, 2021

When Japanese quail are coked up, they engage in risky sexual behavior.

Those are the findings of a years-long study at The University of Kentucky, spending $874,503 between 2010 and 2016 — just under $1 million when adjusted for inflation.

OpentheBooks.com

The late Sen. Tom Coburn first pointed out this wasteful spending in his 2011 “Wastebook,” and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently reminded his social media followers of the spending, calling it a federal grant “that perfectly encapsulate everything broken with the federal scientific research subsidization industry.”

Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, the study looked at the relationship between cocaine abuse and risky sexual behavior in Japanese quail.

The study was initially given $356,993 in 2011, but the research continued for several years, and another half a million dollars.PROMOTED CONTENT

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What’s most wasteful about the spending is that the researchers were already operating with “preliminary evidence in male Japanese quail that preexposure to cocaine enhances sexual motivation,” according to the NIH’s project information page.

The study was building on previous clinical studies showing “a correlation between cocaine use and risky sexual practices in humans.”

Researchers already had a hypothesis that there is a positive correlation between type of sexual behavior and the amount of cocaine to which the quails were exposed and the frequency of exposure, and yet they felt the need for $1 million worth of additional research on the topic.

The #WasteOfTheDay is presented by the forensic auditors at OpenTheBooks.com.

The Sierra Club and Me

Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Idaho/Montana

Back in the early 1970s I planned a backpacking trip in Idaho. While visiting over supper at my friend, Bob Gardiner’s house in Berkeley, a student named Janet who was renting a room there said she planned on going to Idaho with the Sierra Club. I went along.

We hitched to Grangeville, Idaho. I remember sleeping in the city park there. We tore out any “improvements” the Civilian Conservation Corps had made in the nearby Selway-Bitterroot wilderness during the Great Depression. The Sierra Club brought ribeyes and watermelons by horseback 15 miles from the nearest road.

In the paper last week was an ad placed by the Sierra Club. It was opposing a new carbon dioxide pipeline. Bruce Rastetter’s Summit Carbon Solutions would take the carbon dioxide from ethanol plants and other industrial sources to be sequestered underground in South Dakota or used where CO2 is needed for other uses. The Sierra Club claims it will enable the use of fossil fuels rather than discourage it.

There are projects springing up all over the world to capture CO2. Orca just opened in Iceland. It is a $15 million series of fans and tubes designed to take CO2 out of the air and pump it underground. It can do this for at least $600 per ton. In a year Orca will capture 3 seconds of humanity’s production of CO2 (and put it where plants can’t use it). Beverage companies will pay $110 per ton for CO2.

The ethanol industry is in love with the “deadly gas” pipeline. They use coal and natural gas to cook the corn and their owners must feel terribly guilty about that fossil fuel use. By the way, the fact that the ethanol plants don’t cook their corn with ethanol should be a clue to anyone about the legitimacy of any ethanol mandates or subsidies.

Let’s look into the reason for all of this hullabaloo. It is that coastal areas will flood from melting ice raising the sea levels and warm areas will become uninhabitable because they will be too hot for life. Watermelons have changed “global warming” to “climate change” because of inconsistent data. Watermelons are green on the outside and red on the inside.

Human activity is blamed for the changing climate and some believe that activity can be managed by law to mitigate our effect. Even the vaguest computer models have failed to show any significant move in that direction that doesn’t make things too expensive for our society to absorb, especially those living on the margins. The means and consequences are rarely, if ever discussed by the watermelons.

The watermelons claim to be concerned for the poor. But their actions indicate that concern has led to illogical and overly simplistic policy positions. The rich, who supposedly hoard wealth to the detriment of the poor, are the ones who have proven skills developing useful industries that make things better for the poor.

But as government is recruited by scam artists seeking government help for industries that can’t pay their own way (such as ethanol and windmills) the Red’s claims are validated. Class warfare ensues and legitimate businesses are demonized and handicapped by regulation and taxation as they are lumped into the same boat as ethanol and CO2 pipelines.

Someone will pay the $4.5 billion to build the pipeline. The Reds will say the money should go to social programs or more unsustainable climate mitigating scams. But that view leaves out those of us who actually earned it and deserve it.

I will be siding with the Sierra Club but not for the purpose they profess. The pipeline is simply a waste of money.