February 6, 2008

Wicked Watch of the West

Hatched by Dafydd

Another Watcher post? Already?



Our bête noire, JoshuaPundit, came in first this week in the Council category. Which we really can't complain about, since we helped compel it there by voting it our Number 1:

[At least our own post tied for Number 2.

We're number 2!

We're number 2! Wait, that didn't come out right...]

Freedom Fighter gives an excellent primer on the difficulties of going energy independent, finishing with a stirring call to dive into oil-from-coal and oil-from-shale production, along with many more fission power plants -- one hopes he means the newer designs, such as Pebble Bed Modular Reactors and Integral Fast Reactors.

The only point he didn't discuss is that we could greatly help the drive towards energy independence, without having to scrap our fuel-delivery infrastructure, by offering a massive X-prize -- say, a government contract for $1 billion worth of vehicles -- for the first company to create a commercially produceable car with a high-temperature ceramic engine that burns the gasoline (whether oil-based or artificial) at a much hotter temperature... say about 5,000° Fahrenheit.

The hotter you burn fuel, the more complete the combustion; hence the greater the mileage and the fewer pollutants out the tailpipe. (Smog comprises incompletely burned hydrocarbons that ought to be driving the power train instead.) Couple high-temperature burning with flywheel technology (to conserve some of the angular momentum of the wheels during braking), and the reduction in weight through scrapping the water pump and hose system and the oil pump and lubrication system, and we could see cars getting 80 to 100 mpg.

Our Number 2 was...

  1. Complicit, by Soccer Dad.

SoccerDad notes the sad irony of newspapers being accomplices beside the fact in the "Palestinians" (Hamas, actually) blowing holes through the security wall segregating Gaza from Egypt... given that Hamas, had they their own way, would surely dump freedom of the press along with every other freedom in a world of sharia.

This piece, written nearly a fortnight ago, is doubly ghoulish, given that the suicide bombers who killed a 73 year old woman in Dimona, Israel likely entered Israel by crossing the Sinai from Egypt, after escaping Gaza through the breech opened by Hamas. According to Fox News:

The Egyptian Police attempted to keep the escapees contained to Rafah, the town immediately on the Egyptian side of the border. They were unsuccessful. The Egyptians announced that they had picked up 17 Palestinian in various spots across the Sinai Peninsula, armed and intending to attack Israelis. Some were planning to attack Israeli tourists in the Sinai, others were intending to cross back into Israel and attack there.

While the Gaza Strip is separated from Israel by a fence, monitored with optics and patrolled by soldiers, Egypt is not. The border extending south from the Gaza Strip to the Red Sea is protected mostly by an open expanse of desert. There is some fencing but it’s not impassable. The first 30 miles of border, immediately south of the Gaza Strip, are patrolled by only eight soldiers at any given time.

So the New York Times, the Times of London, and other papers that cheered the "Palestinians" on -- "once more into the breach, dear friends!" -- were not only complicit in breaking the Israeli boycott intended to stop the Qassam rocket attacks on northern Israel; they may also have been complicit in one murder, eleven critical assaults, and God knows how much more death and mayhem, if other bombers manage to make it from Egypt into Israel.

I hope the journalists feel chagrin, but I suspect the more likely emotion is narcissistic self-righteousness.


Our Number 2 came in Number 1 this week; actually, it tied for first, but the Watcher selected it for the winner -- against our Number 1, which thus tied for Number 2 with two other Number 2s. Ya fallah?

Dr. Sanity -- or Old Doc Electroshock, as I like to call her -- notes the consequences of entertaining the possibility that Islam might not actually be the "religion of peace;" and she asks whether we can face those consequences -- the decisions they require and the future world they imply. [A commenter swears that D.S. is a she, not a he; I have changed all pronouns accordingly.]

  1. Be a Victim! Or Else!, by Classical Values.

Eric examines the phenomenon of gay bashing by Moslem yutes... and thus falls down the rabbit hole of whether a society whose greatest virtue is tolerance can tolerate the intolerant.

The watchword is which word?

If you really want to read all the losers too (including Big Lizards), I supposed you could wend your way here.

But why would you?

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, February 6, 2008, at the time of 4:19 AM

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The following hissed in response by: Geoman

I think the solution will come from ubiquitous solar (solar that is integrated into everything, everywhere) and super batteries (altair nanobatteries. people forget that gasoline is both and energy source, and and energy storage method. These two functions can (and will) be decoupled.

The above hissed in response by: Geoman [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2008 10:43 AM

The following hissed in response by: Roy Lofquist

Dear Dafydd,

I believe that Dr. Sanity is actually Dr. Patricia Santyho was a NASA flight surgeon.


The above hissed in response by: Roy Lofquist [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2008 12:24 PM

The following hissed in response by: Bookworm

Just curious: Are you as amusing and erudite in person, or is this one of those things where it takes hours and hours of ponderous labor to produce this intelligent, insouciant, witty prose?

The above hissed in response by: Bookworm [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 6, 2008 8:49 PM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh


Just curious: Are you as amusing and erudite in person, or is this one of those things where it takes hours and hours of ponderous labor to produce this intelligent, insouciant, witty prose?



The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 7, 2008 1:10 AM

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