rosesama35:

policymic:

The Navy has figured out a way to convert water into fuel

In news that is sure to rock the fuel industry, the U.S. Navy has announced that they believe they have solved one of the world’s greatest scientific challenges: how to turn seawater into fuel. Last week, naval scientists successfully flew a small 2-stroke model airplane running on seawater-derived fuel, proving that engines can run on the energy source they’ve developed. Essentially the process extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen from the water and recombines it into hydrocarbon chains that liquify via a metallic catalyst into a purely synthetic fuel source.
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I am probably going to reblog this a number of times because THIS IS FUCKING AMAZING! What makes me even happier about this is that the process was developed by the Navy. So it is not very likely that the major oil companies will be able to bully the flipping US Navy into selling their tech (or the patent for this process) and then keep it buried so that oil and fossil fuels remains the dominant way that we power our cars. I can see this as not only a new way for the Navy to power its ships, but for other branches to power their vehicles, and a way for the US to bring in steady revenue in marketing it to the private sector.All in all, I’m excited to see what else comes of this.

Hrm. Didn’t see anything about the byproducts - where does all the salt go?  If that’s going right back into the ocean that is NOT a good thing - changing the salinity of the ocean literally can wreak havoc on the planet (salinity plays a major role in currents and weather patterns).  Also, how are they breaking the chemical bond with the Hydrogen atom without causing some seriously potential issues?
More importantly…it takes 23,000 gallons of sea water to make 1 gallon of this fuel.  That’s a shit-ton more energy going in than coming out - so the energy input required would give every nation in the world an excuse to build mega refineries for nuclear material. 
And the one thing that actually scares me about this is that with it being the US military who has developed it - chances are it’ll be put into use irrespective of whatever ecological damage it will cause (which they will deny for decades) and no one in the world will be able to do anything to stop it. 
That said - if they can actually do this, then I am going to bet there will be a large-scale privatization of the process.  That is something I will look forward to, because private industry will perfect the process for both safety and efficiency.

rosesama35:

policymic:

The Navy has figured out a way to convert water into fuel

In news that is sure to rock the fuel industry, the U.S. Navy has announced that they believe they have solved one of the world’s greatest scientific challenges: how to turn seawater into fuel. Last week, naval scientists successfully flew a small 2-stroke model airplane running on seawater-derived fuel, proving that engines can run on the energy source they’ve developed. Essentially the process extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen from the water and recombines it into hydrocarbon chains that liquify via a metallic catalyst into a purely synthetic fuel source.

Read moreFollow policymic

I am probably going to reblog this a number of times because THIS IS FUCKING AMAZING! What makes me even happier about this is that the process was developed by the Navy. So it is not very likely that the major oil companies will be able to bully the flipping US Navy into selling their tech (or the patent for this process) and then keep it buried so that oil and fossil fuels remains the dominant way that we power our cars. I can see this as not only a new way for the Navy to power its ships, but for other branches to power their vehicles, and a way for the US to bring in steady revenue in marketing it to the private sector.

All in all, I’m excited to see what else comes of this.

Hrm. Didn’t see anything about the byproducts - where does all the salt go?  If that’s going right back into the ocean that is NOT a good thing - changing the salinity of the ocean literally can wreak havoc on the planet (salinity plays a major role in currents and weather patterns).  Also, how are they breaking the chemical bond with the Hydrogen atom without causing some seriously potential issues?

More importantly…it takes 23,000 gallons of sea water to make 1 gallon of this fuel.  That’s a shit-ton more energy going in than coming out - so the energy input required would give every nation in the world an excuse to build mega refineries for nuclear material. 

And the one thing that actually scares me about this is that with it being the US military who has developed it - chances are it’ll be put into use irrespective of whatever ecological damage it will cause (which they will deny for decades) and no one in the world will be able to do anything to stop it. 

That said - if they can actually do this, then I am going to bet there will be a large-scale privatization of the process.  That is something I will look forward to, because private industry will perfect the process for both safety and efficiency.

Actual Quotes from my Dad (An English Teacher)

  • Dad: Why the hell did you put a comma there?
  • Dad: Do you even know what a participial phrase is?
  • Dad: Omg. He's like my favorite character of all time.
  • Dad: Who should I dress up as for the movie premier?
  • Dad: Hey are you awak? I know it's late, but you read Animal Farm, right? Yeah. I need you to read this report. I can't tell if I am just super tired or if this is actual bullshit.
  • Dad: Alesha wouldn't be able to spell 'definitely' right if wrote it down for her. She would fucking erase it and then write 'defiantly', because she doesn't care. I hate her.
  • Dad: I need you to bake brownies. I lost a bet.
  • Dad: Omg. You cannot ship me with Gilcher. You know I don't like tattoos and he's like twenty-five. And for Christ's sake, he teaches math.
  • Dad: Omg. Gilcher said the funniest thing today.
  • Dad: Mrs. Ashworth and I have decided to start a band. It'll be called Great Expectations.
  • Dad: It's like you didn't read the fucking book.
  • Dad: Okay. So this week you're reading this book I stole from Mrs. Ashworth's. It's like sixty pages long, but you'll love it.
  • Dad: *puts books on my bed for me to read everyday and demands that I read them*
  • Dad: My son doesn't like reading. I have not only failed him, but society. You aren't my son. Leave.
  • Dad: Okay. So you're getting books for Christmas. All of you. I get discounts on them since I'm a teacher, and since I'm a teacher, it's all I can afford, so...
  • Dad: Fucking standardized testing can go fuck itself in the ass.
  • Dad: I have to teach for the required testing instead of what they really need to know.
  • Dad: Fuck the government.
  • Dad: Fuck the school board.
  • Dad: Close the door.
  • Dad: Charles Dickens was so fucking pretentious, and I hate him, but he also caused change, but he's such a Dick. Ha. DICKens.
  • Dad: I love puns.
  • Dad: People who say sarcasm is the lowest form of humor are assholes.
  • Dad: Please shut up.
  • Dad: Catching Fire was the worst book but the best movie and that feels weird.
  • Dad: I wouldn't get so mad when you call me at school if you didn't change your ringtones to inappropriate rap music.
  • Dad: I fucking hate Alesha. She asked what countries were apart of Austria-Hungary today and I almost told her to get out.
  • Dad: You cannot visit my school in a dress that short. There are boys there.
  • Dad: Barbra Parks is fucking Queen.
  • Dad: I need you to make me a good, relaxing playlist for silent reading. I'm too lazy.
  • Dad: If I have to watch two of my students grind on each other at one more dance, I will kill them both.
  • Dad: They act like I care what they think.
  • Dad: I hate homework.
  • Dad: I have decided to become a politician.
  • Dad: What's the one book with the guys and the one kills the other and the chick without a name who dies and the short angry man? Mouseman? Oh my fucking gosh. Of Mice and Men. I have failed.
dboybaker:

thedreadpiratejames:

theothercogirl:

tatmanblue:

Amazing

Awww

Wow. That took guts.

At first I was like okay why are we throwing away a ladder and then my heart melted.
True story.

dboybaker:

thedreadpiratejames:

theothercogirl:

tatmanblue:

Amazing

Awww

Wow. That took guts.

At first I was like okay why are we throwing away a ladder and then my heart melted.

True story.

(via crazycat9449)

Turning down a pretty fantastic job offer to stay where I am. Both are great things for separate reasons, and they each have their own drawbacks. Tough choice has been made, and though relieved I’m still feeling greatly unsettled.

2nd weekend in a row planting in the garden and first sprouts from last week are promising. If the awesomeness of the harvest is proportional to the amount I work this is taking I may single-handedly solve world hunger.

While I do like options, apparently there are too many on the table.

"That’s a nice problem to have" may just be the most annoying response to receive when asking for advice.

Today’s morning road-rage brought to you by slow moving diesel trucks driving side-by-side

alithea:

canisfamiliaris:

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?
The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
(via sunfoundation)

this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.


And then I think about how farmer’s are paid to NOT grow food so prices will stay low…

alithea:

canisfamiliaris:

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

The answer is NO.

The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

(via sunfoundation)

this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!

  1. that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
  2. the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
  3. also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
  4. that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
  5. same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
  6. there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
  7. you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
  8. seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
  9. eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
  10. there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.

And then I think about how farmer’s are paid to NOT grow food so prices will stay low…

(via musingsofaraven)

  • Person: what are you doing?
  • Me: not reading the work of a stranger on the internet interpreting the relationship between the protagonists of an established media series by thrusting them into unrealistic situations in which they for some unknown reason have intense gay sex that's for certain

throughthewildblue:

You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

So much I could say on this topic…all I will add, however, is that sitting in judgment on anyone is to sit on a precarious throne.

(via musingsofaraven)

tristianmakhai:

sarakins007:

yelperth:

One thing is certain, we’ll find the missing plane before the US media finds Perth



No, No, No.  Guys, you don’t realise this could b e really good.
It means they don’t know how to find us.  (plus, like the rest of the country, they’ll just think of us as mythical creatures from a mysterious land.  Either way, less silly people to deal with!

Americans don’t have a bad rep for geography for no reason. Lol

tristianmakhai:

sarakins007:

yelperth:

One thing is certain, we’ll find the missing plane before the US media finds Perth

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No, No, No.  Guys, you don’t realise this could b e really good.

It means they don’t know how to find us.  (plus, like the rest of the country, they’ll just think of us as mythical creatures from a mysterious land.  Either way, less silly people to deal with!

Americans don’t have a bad rep for geography for no reason. Lol