Friday Open Thread

“Never use a big word when a little filthy one will do.”

–Johnny Carson


33 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Genghis says:

    Condolences to those who missed Lost Walks and Slim Cessna's Auto Club at Levitt Pavilion last night. That was a helluva show.

  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Those zany Germans…thinking they can actually keep their beer cold and showers hot without coal, nuclear plants or LNG! 

    Germany’s foray into home batteries pushes market to tipping point

    “Off the back of Germany’s success, residential storage is beginning to proliferate into other European countries,” McCarthy said. He added that Germany, Italy and Spain were moving towards grid parity for residential solar PV systems with a battery attached, meaning this combination is no longer more expensive than electricity from the grid. According to the analysis, residential storage will reach this tipping point in Italy by 2021 and in Germany by 2022, which will boost mass adoption of the technology. Annual deployments in Europe are set to more than double, reaching 0.5 GW/1.2 GWh by 2024, the consultancy forecasts.

    Germany's rapidly rising share of weather-dependent renewable energy makes the country a testbed for storage technologies to enable its use when there is no sun or wind. Fuelled by massive price drops, the technology has begun to spread fast: The country commissioned its 100,000th home solar battery in late summer 2018.

  3. kwtreemamajama55 says:

    Happy birthday to all our Leos – Duke, Gertie, Michael, notaskinnycook, and any I missed. Your positive outlook, can-do attitudes, and sunny dispositions help us to get through these dark days in our country.

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      True enough, MJ.  But grouches like me and Bowman are this nation's first line of defense.


      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        Thanks, MamaJ.  You're a keeper, too heart V and me will keep our diverse, rural experiences front and center, sometimes as grouches (I'm looking at you Sen Gardner) and sometimes as optimists (I'm looking at you hemp batteries!). 

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          Hemp batteries could be a real game changer.  But we need to face the fact that merely slowing the rate of co2 buildup won't work.  We need a world wide reforestation program.  And maybe just grow hemp and other carbon intensive crops for the sake of trapping carbon.  Build hemp peat bogs?

          • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

            You're right – simply slowing the rate is no longer the option.  We have to thing regeneratively.  There is no better resources to accomplish that than both reforestation AND building soil carbon.  American farmers could/need to be a central player in this.  Unfortunately the community suffers from being conditioned by our junior senator and many others that this is a bullshit.  We farmers shouldn't miss this opportunity but I'm not betting yet on a wide-scale adoption of these practices for those very reasons.   (OK…the grouchy side of me just came out). 


    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      Thanks, M.J. Mine's next Tuesday. You all see the positive attitude. I save my yellin' and cussin' for the newspaper and anytime the Screaming Yam's on t.v. lying, er, talking.

  4. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    WAPO Pundits "Power Ranking" (aka horse race coverage based on their feelings) has Hick off the list of the top 15, not even receiving any votes among the group.  Bennet slides down to #12, his lowest ranking since April.

    Hick also takes a bit of flak about a shift to the Senate race: Hickenlooper’s possible retreat to Senate race in Colorado could be rocky

    While Hickenlooper’s brand of quirky moderation won him two terms as governor, he never had to face a competitive statewide primary, and his performance in the presidential race has only amplified questions about his viability in the state.

    “Every day that he continues to run for president, he loses a little bit more luster as a potential Senate candidate,” said Dick Wadhams,

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      John: do you have access to the "power rankings?" It's behind a pay wall.

      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        Yep … Early on, I enjoyed the "linked subscription" of the Denver Post / Washington Post.  When that offer ended, I considered, and decided to keep both. Addicting, and the distractions of OpEd writers Abernathy, Hewitt, Rogers and Thiessen trigger outstanding snark in the comments following the articles.  There also is a fairly regular rotation of sane conservatives in the pages, too.

        I've been amused by the "power rankings" — enough to track them nearly every week.  On occasion, there are helpful observations added by the pundits, short takes which do not appear in their other writing. 

        What would you like from the "power rankings"?

  5. kwtreemamajama55 says:

    Oh, Joe. “Poor kids are just as talented and bright as white kids.”

  6. 2Jung2Die2Jung2Die says:

    Walmart apparently will stop displaying images from violent video games. Now, if only Walmart could sell mental health, America's mass shooting problems would be over!

  7. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Sigh, 2020 can't get here soon enough…  It will be up to another Democratic president to dig us out of a GOP-caused recession. (but we won’t have nearly the fiscal or monetary flexibility we should have had)

    If you want to understand the developing trade war with China, the first thing you need to realize is that nothing Donald Trump is doing makes sense. His views on trade are incoherent. His demands are incomprehensible. And he vastly overrates his ability to inflict damage on China while underrating the damage China can do in return.

    Why haven’t the Chinese gone all out? It looks to me as if they’re still trying to teach Trump some economics. What they’ve been saying through their actions, in effect, is: “You think you can bully us. But you can’t. We, on the other hand, can ruin your farmers and crash your stock market. Do you want to reconsider?”

    There is, however, no indication that this message is getting through. Instead, every time the Chinese pause and give Trump a chance to rethink, he takes it as vindication and pushes even harder. What this suggests, in turn, is that sooner or later the warning shots will turn into an all-out trade and currency war.

    China can inflict pain of its own. It can buy its soybeans elsewhere, hurting U.S. farmers. As we saw this week, even a mostly symbolic weakening of the yuan can send U.S. stocks plunging.

    So Trump is in a much weaker position than he imagines, and my guess is that China’s mini-devaluation of its currency was an attempt to educate him in that reality. But I very much doubt he has learned anything. His administration has been steadily hemorrhaging people who know anything about economics, and reports indicate that Trump isn’t even listening to the band of ignoramuses he has left.

    So this trade dispute will probably get much worse before it gets better.



  8. Diogenesdemar says:

    Cleary way, way, way past his “best by” date . . . 


    Joe Biden Says ‘Poor Kids’ Are Just as Bright as ‘White Kids’

    (Sometimes a person’s highest level of incompetence is the level that’s already been attained . . . or, whatcha’ gonna’ do when your very “best,” even at its “by”-date just wasn’t all that great, anyway??? . . .)

  9. Diogenesdemar says:

    I’ll admit, this isn’t a great read, . . . 

    . . . I mean, it’s pretty much the pro forma stable genius idiot nutbag stuff we’ve come to expect as just usual . . .

    . . . but, that headline, and that picture?  Yowza!

    North Korea Launches Projectiles Despite ‘Beautiful Letter’ from Kim Jong-un to Trump

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