Is the electric car a fraud? Should “green technology” be paid for by taxpayers?

Let’s “Go Green” with electric cars?

 Huge hopes have been tied to electric cars as the solution to automotive CO2 climate problem. But it turns out the the electric car batteries are eco-villains in the production process of creating them. Several tons of carbon dioxide has been emitted, even before the batteries leave the factory.

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute was commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency to investigate litium-ion batteries climate impact from a life cycle perspective. There are batteries designed for electric vehicles included in the study. The two authors Lisbeth Dahllöf and Mia Romare has done a meta-study that is reviewed and compiled existing studies.

The report shows that the battery manufacturing leads to high emissions. For every kilowatt hour of storage capacity in the battery generated emissions of 150 to 200 kilos of carbon dioxide already in the factory. The researchers did not study individual brand batteries, how these were produced, or the electricity mix they use. But if we understand the great importance of the battery here is an example: Two common electric cars on the market, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S, the batteries about 30 kWh and 100 kWh.

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Firenze Sage writes:  We all knew this but “green technology” must be revered and of course paid for by taxpayers.

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Saudi Arabia gives women access to credit — yes! Driving a car – no!

Women in Saudi Arabia still can’t drive — but some will have access to credit, markets and networks.  One million foreign drivers shuttle women around in Saudi Arabia.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—The World Bank announced Sunday at an event with Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have pledged a combined $100 million to a fund that will assist women entrepreneurs and small business owners.

“As a female leader within the Trump administration, my focus is to help empower women in the United States and around the globe,” Ms. Trump said.

The Women Entrepreneurs Fund is currently being formed and will be aimed at helping women in the Middle East by easing their access to finance, markets and networks.

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taxing space rockets: Ok Mr Spock stop at the California toll station

 

CA plans to  tax  space rocket travel

OK Mr. Spock, stop at the California toll station.

  In California, they are taking the idea one step farther, planning to tax space rockets by the mile as well.

According to the proposal, California will collect tax from space transportation companies based on a formula factoring in how often a company launches spacecrafts out of the state, and, most importantly, how far a commercial spacecraft travels from California soil. Between May and mid-October, there were eight launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Santa Barbara County about 50 miles south of San Luis Obispo.

The Franchise Tax Board proposal said certainty about tax treatment “will lead to increased activity in the industry and will foster an atmosphere of growth and prosperity once present during the golden age of California’s aviation industry, thereby creating jobs as the industry thrives in this state.”

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Firneze Sage:  Even faster than the star ship Enterprise will be the aeronautic industry flight from California.  

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save the planet: pass the beetles and broccoli please

eating beetles some say will save the planet — Oh?

Pass the beetles and broccoli   please —

Switching Just 50% of Our Meat to Insects Can Seriously Reduce Land Use

17 MAY 2017
 If we want to cut the environmental impact of livestock, switching to insects and imitation meat products is our best bet, according to a new report.

The inevitability of turning to insects to feed the world’s growing population has been looming for a while. And now we finally have some data on how much this shift would actually help the planet.

As more people move to live in cities and have higher incomes, meat consumption is steadily growing, which sucks up an enormous amount of resources. Livestock takes up 60 percent of all agricultural land, and on top of that a third of all crops we groware livestock feed.

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Firenze Sage:  Who lobbys for the insects?

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Let’s require paid protesters to say on their signs who paid for their time and signs?

RSVP on liberty aaTime to have protest signs say who paid for the sign and person to wave it?

Time for truth in paid for political organizing?

Remember all those thousands of  people that suddenly appeared at airports right after the first ban on various people entering the USA? Those people did not spontaneously show up at airports.  They were paid.

So what if protesters are paid?  The Washington Post defends it.march for science

Its one thing to pay people. It’s another thing to hide that they are paid to do job.

One of  the organizers of paid protests supportive of  Obama and Clinton  is Robert Creamer.  Robert Creamer is a buddy of Obama, visited the White House many times and spoke with him 40-50 times.    “Creamer is a longtime Alinskyite activist and a leader in Obama’s old community organizing network. Creamer was a key figure in the work of Chicago’s community organizer training center, the Midwest Academy, to which Obama had close ties. I write extensively about the hard-left ideology and hardball tactics of the Midwest Academy, and Creamer’s role at the center of it all, in my political biography of President Obama, Radical-in-Chief (see Chapter 5, esp. 144-45; 186-88).”  Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/441270/alinskyite-tactics-robert-creamer-and-us-project-veritas

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new mental disorder created by San Francisco federal judge to protect Sanctuary cities

Pre-enactment anxiety caused by Trump.   sanctuary citiesIrreparable harm to sanctuary cities caused by Trump threatening to enforce existing laws on the  books concerning immigration.  That’s what a San Francisco judge ruled.

Pre-enactment anxiety disorder. What in the world is that? It’s not in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM 5).    That ‘s the newly minted  mental disorder which  San Francisco and Santa Clara are said to  suffer from says federal judge Orrick  in defense of his stay of Trump’s executive order to enforce existing laws regarding immigration.

Just the thought of withholding money to Sanctuary cities who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration causes such anxiety that San Francisco and Santa Clara county are harmed so says judge Orrick.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked any attempt by the Trump administration to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions to federal spending.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the preliminary injunction in two lawsuits — one brought by the city of San Francisco, the other by Santa Clara County — against an executive order targeting communities that protect immigrants from deportation.

That uncertainty was a central focus of the arguments in the case, as well. At a hearing earlier this month, attorneys for the Justice Department offered a far narrower interpretation of the order than Trump, saying it would only apply to jurisdictions that refuse to share citizenship information as required by law, and that it would apply to only three federal grants from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security that require compliance as a pre-condition.
Orrick was skeptical of that interpretation.
Liberals are mimicking conservatives by asking a single federal judge to issue a nationwide order against the administration.

That’s exactly what conservative states did two years ago when they asked a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas, to block Obama’s plan to defer deportation for 4 million undocumented immigrants. The judge, Andrew Hanen, did just that, issuing a nationwide order that ultimately was upheld by an evenly split Supreme Court.

The Obama administration decried the reach of Hanen’s order, calling it “drastically overbroad” in a 2015 court filing.

Now it’s conservatives who are protesting use of the tactic. When a federal judge in Hawaii said last month that Trump couldn’t block travel from a group of predominantly Muslim countries, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was “amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific” could block the president’s policy.

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Aptos Psychologist: Try that argument with the Internal Revenue Service.   Dear IRS, you are causing me to feel  “pre-enactment anxiety”  just at the thought of taking away my money.  You’ve caused me irreparable harm. Think that  argument — “pre-enactment anxiety” — will work talking to the IRS?  

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Carl Jr: I’ll have a double cheese berger and a ticket out of CA

Carl’s Jr:  double cheese bergerI’ll have a double cheese berger  — and a ticket out of state.

Carl’s Jr., the iconic California “healthier” fast-food chain, announced earlier this month that it is quitting the Golden State for greener pastures in Tennessee.

Investors Business Daily reports: “CKE Restaurants (Carl Karcher Enterprises), the corporate parent of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants, announced that they are relocating to Nashville, Tennessee.”

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It adds, however, that “company executives say this with a wink. Tax savings are a big factor, as is the stifling regulatory environment on the left coast, where businesses are treated like villains and rich people as cash dispensers for big government programs.”

CKE is following in the footsteps of something close to 9,000 other companies that have expanded elsewhere or pulled up stakes altogether since 2008, according to a 2016 Breitbart News analysis of a report by Spectrum Location Solutions (VLS), a site selection service for companies.

Tennessee is one of several states aggressively recruiting California companies with generous incentives including free or heavily subsidized real estate, expedited project approvals, and low or no state income tax.  If California continues its current course — and there is no indication of any course correction — more California companies will be tempted to relocate to friendlier climes.

In spite of making noise in Sacramento about addressing California’s notoriously unfriendly business climate — with the creation of yet another bureaucracy known as “GoBiz” ostensibly designed to spur economic growth — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed hundreds of new regulations every year, suffocating business owners with more paperwork, requirements and restrictions that suck up their time, and tax their resources.

One of the most disturbing sections in Spectrum’s 2016 report on why businesses leave California is titled:  “Why California’s Business Environment is Likely to Worsen.”  Most of the author’s more fearful predictions have already come true, making his summation sound prophetic:

“California is considering imposing a broad set of taxes on businesses in 2016 and 2017 — a ‘tsunami’ of levies that may trigger the harshest levies on private-sector finances ever organized by the state. The proposals, if enacted, will worsen California’s business environment, so much so that a result may be an increasing number of businesses leaving California for greener domestic or international pastures.”

The only real question remaining is: which California company will be next to leave.

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Firenze Sage:  Free health care for all is next after 15 dollars an hour. Then watch em go bye bye.

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Catholic church in Mexico favors illegal entries

Mexicans who help build Trump wall  are ‘traitors,’ Mexican  Archdiocese Card says

Demonstrators hold placards that collectively read "No wall" during a march to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, and to call for unity, in Mexico City, Mexico
Demonstrators hold placards that collectively read “No wall” during a march to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, and to call for unity, in Mexico City, Mexico, February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans who help build U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project.

In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government.

“Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be considered traitors to the homeland,” said the editorial in Desde la fe, the Archdiocese’s weekly publication.

On Tuesday, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo warned firms it would not be in their “interests” to participate in the wall. But the editorial accused the government of responding “tepidly” to those eyeing the project for business.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese, which centers on Mexico City and is presided over by the country’s foremost Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said the editorial represented the views of the diocese.

internet info links concerning  Cardinal  Noberto Rivera: 

Mexico- Complicit Cardinal named to new Vatican council, SNAP responds

For immediate release: March 10, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

Mexico City’s corrupt Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera is one of 15 individuals named to Pope Francis’ new “Council for the Economy.” We are disappointed in this choice.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=20722

“For decades now, pedophile priests and complicit bishops have been – and still are – the biggest crisis the church has faced in modern times. And in this on-going scandal, Rivera Carrera’s record – in Mexico – is terrible.

As long as the Vatican continues to promote bishops who covered up clergy child sexual abuse, Catholics can expect more kids to be hurt and more sex crimes to be committed.
“In 2013, we named Rivera Carrera as one of the dirty dozen for a papal choice. Our view of him has not changed.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_s_dirty_dozen_list_the_papabile_who_would_be_the_worst_choice_for_children

“In 2007, Rivera Carrera worked to prevent a prolific predator priest from facing justice. He was accused of concealing the dreadful child sex crimes of Fr. Nicholas Aguilar Rivera. The Cardinal did virtually nothing while Fr. Aguilar Rivera traveled between his native Mexico and the Los Angeles archdiocese, molesting kids in both places. Aguilar Rivera’s current whereabouts are unknown and is on Mexico’s most wanted criminal list.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/mexico/docs/aguilar/

“Rivera Carrera has blamed the media for “attacks on the church,” alleging “over-reporting” of church sex cases.

http://www.natcath.org/crisis/071902g.htm

Rivera Carrera  also made the ridiculous claim that there are no “documented” cases of abuse against minors in Mexico.

“It is disturbing that a cardinal who has been charged with covering up the crimes of a child molester, who is completely out of touch with the realities of child sex crimes, and who has not stepped up to the plate to help victims and protect kids is on a another Vatican council.

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Firenze Sage:  Maybe more emphasis on Mexican corruption and cartels would help Mexicans more than calling its citizens traitors.

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USA moving in right direction? jobs? optimism?

   jobs-and-a-listMore jobs? More optimism?  The prospect of more jobs — is  that causing more people to think that the USA is moving in the right direction?

Under Obama – for quite an extended period of time – roughly   70+ percent of  prospective voters  thought that the USA was going in the wrong direction.  Those figures have changed recently, i.e.,  how people in general  feel about the direction of the country.

More people are more optimistic.

 One month into Trump’s administration and 42 percent think that USA is going in the right direction and 58 percent think  it’s still going in  the wrong direction.  That’s an important shift.

Nearly a majority of voters, 49 percent, approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a Morning Consult poll.


“Thirty percent of registered voters strongly support President Trump, while 19 percent somewhat approve. Another thirty percent strongly disapprove, while 11 percent somewhat disapprove. Ten percent weren’t sure or had no opinion.”

While 42 percent said the country was on the right track, another 58 percent said it was on the wrong track.

Trump’s approval rating has increased quickly: Four days after assuming office, Gallup found Trump had an approval rating of 45 percent, the lowest since the outfit began polling.

The Morning Consult questioned 1,991 registered voters from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28 with a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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Monterey Bay Forum:   Every job created matters:   About 70 to 100 jobs are created with each local symphony event, so remarked the President of the Santa Cruz Symphony at an event in Watsonville, CA

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Sanctuary city lost $410 K school revenue in one day

 

PVUSD lost $410 K as students refuse to attend one day

PVUSD lost $410 K as students refuse to attend one day — Watsonville, CA sanctuary city

Sanctuary city Watsonville CA school district  PVUSD  lost $410 K  school revenue in one day  —  because 7,600 students failed to attend school on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Students choose freedom of speech over a free, public education provided by CA taxpayers.

On the average it costs about $10,600 to educate a student through public education

Thursday PM there was a Day without Immigrants protest calling on all immigrants to abstain from work, school or shopping.

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