Van Jones spells out how no matter how hard Democrats try to compromise, the Republicans want none of it.
I was just poking around looking for the cost to buy solar panels for my house and ran accross an interesting article. In Germany it is far cheaper to install solar panels than it is in the US.
In 2011, residential solar system installers paid a little over $1.80 per watt for solar panels in both Germany and the United States. In Germany, installers added $1.20 to the cost of the solar panel to complete an installation. But in the U.S., they tacked on $4.36 per watt, more than three times as much
That’s right, the panels cost the same, the installation is where the difference is.
There are a number of things going on, and the article makes for an interesting read. But one bit is that in the US companies spend 10 times as much to find customers. For what I read as red tape, Germans pay 3 cents a watt, Americans pay 20 cents a watt!
I don’t know if this will help anyone else, but this is what helps me put things in perspective. With Huckabee and Fischer shooting off about how it’s the children’s fault for taking god out of the classroom, I turn to Neal deGrasse Tyson’s answer to the question “Does the Universe have a purpose?”
And for added measure (and certainly more powerful delivery), “What is the most Astounding fact?”
I wish the category list had Faith listed instead of Religion. I just can’t select Religion in this case. It is not personal enough, and feel it is tainted more than ever by Hukabee and Fischer and their clear lack of faith in Humanity. It is dogmatic and overbearingly imposed by others, whereas faith can be kept to yourself and personal regardless of what others tell you you should believe.
This is a wonderful video of people that have gone to space and looked back at Earth.
Had we not gone to the moon and looked back, the realization that what we are doing to the Earth effects all of us regardless of borders would never have made it into the mainstream.
This is why I harp on this all the time. Going to space and getting science back onto the front pages of the media is the only way to get past climate change and science denialism.
We cannot stop now, we need to keep looking.
Several news outlets are reporting that a bunch of former NASA executives and people are putting together a company to send people to the moon. 1.5 billion per pair of people.
This is actually not as crazy as it sounds. Their intended customers are Countries, not people. Can you imagine how annoyed the Chinese would be if the Japanese got a couple of their Astronauts up there before they did!? And the Japanese probably know it. The Indians keep throwing up useless underfunded missions that fail before they get there, for no other reason than National Prestige. I bet they’d be interested.
They want to use existing rockets, but I’m not sure there are any working Saturn Vs anywhere. The SLS has been a disaster of budget over runs. So I’m not sure what they will use to get out of LEO.
Here’s the WaPo article:
Bill Nye has a new video up asking us to write the President to restore funding to the Planetary Exploration portion of NASA.
The US has always led in Space, and the result has been our lead in technology and science in our economy. Losing our edge in Science and technology will lead the US to lose its economic advantages and military superiority. I know there are a lot out there who think we should just let others catch up and pass us so we can follow. This is foolish, doing so will put us at the end of the line. Scientists will leave the US to do the science where it is being done. Leaving us with nothing but Michele Bachman and Bill Akins types to run the country.
Watch the video:
With the recent Heart Surgery of Neil Armstrong, I thought it appropriate to post this link to a chart showing how many still living humans to have walked on another world
“The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space—each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.”
I’m a one issue kind of guy. And Neal deGrasse Tyson explains it like no other.
Lots of links out there right now, here is the NYT’s:
Essentially the rebels got a bomb INSIDE the a National Security building in Damascus’ Rawda Square, WHILE the Defense Minister, his deputiy and Interior minister were meeting. All were killed. Republican guard have surrounded a nearby hospital, probably indicating injured ranking survivors are being treated there.
Last November was the last attack on a gov’t building in Damascus.
This attack appears to have been pretty sophisticated. This particular building should have been a pretty hard target.