Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

george bush center for intelligence and horseshit...


The George Bush Center for Intelligence is the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, located in the unincorporated community of Langley in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States; near Washington, D.C.

The headquarters is a conglomeration of the Original Headquarters Building (OHB) and the New Headquarters Building (NHB) that sits on a total of 258 acres (1.04 km2) of land.[2] It was the world's largest intelligence headquarters from 1959 until 2019 when it was surpassed by Germany's BND headquarters.

Before its current name, the CIA headquarters was formally unnamed.[3] On April 26, 1999,[4] the complex was officially named in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 for George H. W. Bush,[2] who had served as the Director of Central Intelligence for 357 days (between January 30, 1976 and January 20, 1977) and later as the 41st President of the United States.[5]


Of course it was not named after Dubya... George W Bush has as much intelligence as a bucket full of bullet holes. His dad seems to have been in deceit — I mean "intelligence" — since the age of 18. The cartoon a top is about "biofuels"... Biofuels are ways to make money while appearing to save the planet. 


The energy conundrum is in full swing. We have to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions to zero by 2050 to satisfy the IPCC “targets”. Here comes Bill Gates advertising the advantage of biofuels despite the much higher cost. It sounds good, but problems with biofuels are many. 



The fertilizer, water and land required to produce enough biofuel to reduce fossil fuel consumption significantly can create other problems, ranging from increased pollution to decreased access to food.


Biofuels, and the process of integrating them into our fuel use habits, can be costly. Let's look at some of the drawbacks of biofuels and gain a new perspective on the fuels we may see more of in the future.



       • Regional Suitability

       • Water Use

       • Food Security

       • Deforestation

       • Fertilizer Use

       • Fuel Use

       • Variation in Biofuel Quality

       • Monoculture

       • Genetic Engineering of Biofuel Crops

       • Technical Challenges






So, looking at all the presently available solutions, one of our major way to deal with global warming is to reduce our need for energy overall and reduce transport net-emissions by staying put. Annoying.


As more people around the globe "come on the energy grid", we need more and more of it to keep the system going. 


The system, capitalism, does not have a single green bone in its body. Capitalism is about growth and growth fuels energy consumption. Our green equation is thus about the amount of energy needed to create and maintain levels of acceptable comforts for most people, in a growing humanity. At present, 90 per cent of our energy/goods needs are fossil fuel driven. And we’re still realistically behind peak demand of energy by about 60 per cent in terms of worldwide energy consumption — to make everyone “comfortable”. I say 60 percent, but it could be a bit less or a lot more… No one really knows, until the developing countries come up to speed. Even if these consumed “biofuel” only, the surface area needed for “breeding” biofuel would be too expensive, expansive and destructive to the natural planet


Until we find a "PROPER ALTERNATIVE”  the only way to reduce CO2 emissions is to reduce our demand for energy. Difficult. Very difficult.


From time to time, I indulge in watching sailing on the box. Sailing should gives us a cheap way to travel… Now, some boats can reach three or four times the speed of the wind…. This is why I proposed my SeaGlider… It’s still a work in progress as the technology needs to be sorted out, from emission controlled construction to electronics. Even the emissions costs of these technological advances need to be offset one way or the other.


A discussion pricked my ears… Ron Young and Gary Jobson discussed the latest America’s Cup. One thing that Gary said was the emotions of the crews were not seen in the latest cup races, despite cameras being on the faces of the crews. Emotions were not felt during the latest broadcasts in the same manner as before, in the days of keel boats. My simple take on this is when you’re sailing a boat at 35 or 47 knots, one does not have the luxury of much emotion. One moment of inattention and the speed drops or you flip the boat… As well, the AC75 are “machines”, somewhat not like the traditional heeling sailing boats...


Second, the speed, at times equivalent to a car travelling at 95 km/h demand that the crews wear protective gear, including goggles, helmets and breathing apparatus should the boat go under water. The crews can only communicate through an intercom, with microphones and earmuffs.


Third, when American Magic took a bad punch, the emotions ran deep on board. One could see the panic of Dean Barker trying to prevent the flip while doing a risky manoeuvre which had been deemed to be risky by his sail controller.


Fourth, the American Cup is a professional sport. Ron Young alluded to this when mentioning the technological improvements over the years… Meanwhile, Gary Jobson has written a book about the US side of the story — while Gus has done so as well, satirically, since the 1980s, after Australia II’s victory. Never published, Gus’s book will appear hopefully soon in cartoon format here on this site. Just for fun.


Emotions? We could go back to the days of drake and the Spanish Armada, or the times of the windjammers. We have mentioned the way a steamer was converted into a six-mast schooner to reduce fuel cost, until the rusty boat reach the end of its seaworthiness. Manning such a beast demanded deckhands rather than coal stokers. And in some way the AC75s demand about three crews and "seven coal stokers” — severely fit young men who pedal or pump oil pressure in the tanks so the boats could tack. We did not see much emotion from these guys except exhaustion and heartbeat measurements approaching maximum during the races… Sometimes when a tack was needed to cover the other boat  there was not enough energy left in the pressure tanks to do one. One could see the frustrations. In the days of the keel boats, a tack would loose about 10 metres. For the AC75 a tack is like losing 50 metres. Thus the skipper has to know all the electronic and human parameters of the boat at any moment, and keep an eye on the wind shifts and the opposition, limiting the time of emotional outpour until the finish line with a hi-five.


On the Kiwi boat, the only REAL three crew were the skipper (Peter Burling), the sail trimmer (Glenn Ashby) on the electronic keyboard and the "flight controller" (Blair Tuke) making sure the boat “flies” on the skid. The main emotional moment I remember during a race was Peter Burling leisurely commenting as the two boats were on a collision course while he was on a starboard tack: “I think this one is for us”… The Italian had to go “behind” and the race was lost for them then if not later as the kiwi boat was about three knots faster in most conditions...


The lesson from these activities is the future of carbon, not as coal but as carbon fibre. Much improvement is needed, including the reduction in the usage of resins and more melding.


Apart from Peter Burling for the Kiwis, and Sir Ben for the Poms, the other skippers were Aussie Jimmy Spithill sharing the wheel for the Italians with Francesco Bruni, and Dean Barker for the Americans. Even Glenn Ashby is an Aussie working for the Kiwis. This would be our Aussie pride as Australia cannot afford to mount a challenge, while the America’s Cup director is an Aussie as well, unflappable Iain Murray… 


So where to from here? Racing AC75 could be more energy consuming than F1 motorcar racing considering the whole lot from inception, testing to racing that also needs some referees in motor boats with a bank of 800 Hp outboard engines behind them, to keep up with the sailing boats. Weird isn’t it?...


But we need to improve our overall emissions by being more efficient and less demanding… Will we reach zero emissions by 2050? There is zero chances of that — and Aussie ScoMo isn’t helping one bit… 


Energy-wise, we need to actually share more our energy needs to reduce the overall consumption. At this stage any spiel by delusional Bill Gates about bio-fuels is as useless as a million cowpats on Jupiter.





Cowpat/horseshit engineer.




a million cowpats on jupiter...

Biofuels and bioenergy have now become an essential component in the world's renewable energy mix. Last month, French multinational energy company, Total (NYSE: TOT) and Bill Gates recently invested $14 million in a new biomass conversion technology from clean tech start up Renmatix.


Renmatix is focused on the economical production of biochemicals and biofuels as an alternative to petro-driven fuels. Their Plantrose technology uses super critical water to reduce the costs associated in the conversion of biomass (wood or agricultural waste) to cellulosic sugars for biofuels.  Biofuels and bioenergy are now a critical part of the world's renewable energy mix.

In a new research study by Transparency Market Researh, Biofuels International reported that the global biofuels market is expected to reach $246.52 billion by 2024. The study also highlighted the different regions use of biofuels stating that Europe and Brazil are the biggest consumers of biofuels for electricity and transportation whereas China and India are the primary cconsumers of bioenergy products like biogas and bioethanol.


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