“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Do as I Say…Try Not and Notice What I Do.

Maybe We Should Quit Preaching to the Planet.


  1. :)

    Sam, how did we ever deserve You?

  2. Back to business: :)

    Global engineering company Chemtex made announcements Oct. 13 about two separate cellulosic ethanol projects—one under construction in northern Italy and the second planned in Brazil.

    Chemtex, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group, broke ground April 12 on a 13 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino, Italy, which is expected to begin production sometime around June. Now, Chemtex and M&G have a joint venture with TPG Capital and TPG Biotech, forming BETA Renewables. The newly formed company has been established to exclusively license Chemtex’s trademarked Proesa technology, a biomass pretreatment and hydrolysis process that produces high-quality and low-cost sugars for conversion to ethanol or biochemicals.

    TPG and M&G will invest total capital of 250 million Euros (about $344.5 million) into BETA Renewables. M&G will hold a majority stake. The pilot plant, also located in Northern Italy, will also be transferred to BETA Renewables. The pilot plant has been operating since 2009 and produces about 335 gallons of cellulosic ethanol daily, said Dennis Leong, executive vice president of marketing and business development for Chemtex.

    BETA Renewables will initially focus on biofuels, followed by new bio-chemical process in development to replace petroleum-based chemicals . . . . . .

    Big Company - Serious Money (their own) - The Worst News the Saudis could ever have

  3. They've been picking cotton over here for a couple of days, now. Man, they can "get'er done." When a field is ready, all they need is a dry day, and it's a wrap.

    Pretty good crop this year. Not "all stalk" like it was last year. Big, fluffy bolls, and lots of them.

    China let the price of corn get down to around $5.50, and came in and bought "A Ton." Huge Order last week.

    And, we're paying farmers NOT to plant 30,000,000 Acres.

    While we send $1,000,000,000.00 every Day to Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Nigeria, Russia, et al.

  4. We're the dumbest motherfuckers in the Universe.

  5. An Italian company is first. The second will be a Spanish company - Abengoa.

  6. Drop that 1.8L ecoboost (200 hp) with a true ethanol sensor in the fuel line (like Ford used to use,) and a block heater (like they use in Sweden) into my Impala, and I'd be getting 30 mpg, with plenty of power, on a fuel made from corn stalks, and switchgrass, that can be produced, taxed, and sold for $3.00/Gallon at the pump.

    $0.10 a Mile, and not a damned dollar going out of state.

    We're fucking genii, for sure.

  7. But, before we can do that, we have to gin up another "war for oil" in U fucking ganda.

    Exxon wants it that way, you see.

    I hope the protestors burn the damned place down.

  8. After Obama announced earlier this week that he would be sending American troops into Uganda, WND uncovered billionaire activist George Soros' ties both to the political pressure behind the decision and to the African nation's fledgling oil industry.

    Ron Paul: $5 trillion from the Federal Reserve went overseas to bail out foreign banks

  9. Whoah! Jump back.

    I was surprised a couple of weeks ago to find out that the local farmers were getting pretty good yields on their corn. I mean, this year was too hot, too dry, for too long to have expected that.

    Of course, poor little ol' Mississip doesn't raise much corn; it was what happened when the harvestors got going in Nebraska, and Iowa that was to make the difference.

    Well, the word from "Nebraska" is in, and, it's a Stunner. Record Yields

    You see, there is One thing we do better than anyone else in the world, By Far. Bio-genetics. It's the Seeds. The New Hybrids handle drought better than ever before. Hot and Dry is still bad, but it's not as bad as it used to be.

    Of course, Nebraska does irrigate quite a lot. Iowa will "tell the tale." it always does.


  10. Op-Ed Contributor: A New Pakistan Policy: Containment

    AMERICA needs a new policy for dealing with Pakistan. First, we must recognize that the two countries’ strategic interests are in conflict, not harmony, and will remain that way as long as Pakistan’s army controls Pakistan’s strategic policies.

  11. Our best policy toward Pakistan would be:

    If your passport has ever had the word Pakistan stamped on it, you ain't landing here.

  12. Rufus II said...
    We're the dumbest motherfuckers in the Universe.

    Last American Who Knew What The Fuck He Was Doing Dies

    "We haven't just lost a great innovator, leader, and businessman, we've literally lost the only person in this country who actually had his shit together and knew what the hell was going on," a statement from President Barack Obama read in part, adding that Jobs will be remembered both for the life-changing products he created and for the fact that he was able to sit down, think clearly, and execute his ideas—attributes he shared with no other U.S. citizen. "This is a dark time for our country, because the reality is none of the 300 million or so Americans who remain can actually get anything done or make things happen. Those days are over." Obama added that if anyone could fill the void left by Jobs it would probably be himself, but said that at this point he honestly doesn’t have the slightest notion what he’s doing anymore.

  13. .


    Just look at the redshirts strategically peppered throughout the crowd. This is what you see at EVERY Left wing rally. Who prints their supposedly grassroots signs? Who printed up the supposedly grassroots tee shirts? Those signs and those commie tee shirts aren’t just accidental. The retail phrases like “99%” and “Occupy” and “Moveon” are not accidents or happenstance – they are all careful, deliberate branding, orchestrated by other “community organizers” exactly like the cancerous tumor metastasizing in the White House.

    Replace "branding orchestrated by other community organizers"with astroturf. Replace redshirts with brown shirts. Replace commie with fascist or nazi. And you could be looking at Pelosi, Reid and much of the left's whack job commentators response to the Tea party rallies a year ago.

    All of a kind.

    Nitwits and pencil-dicks whose response to politics they don't like is "They don’t just need to be opposed at the ballot box. They are a tumor which requires removing."

    Nice company you keep Doug.


  14. Nazi in waiting, no doubt about it.

  15. .

    Nazi in waiting, no doubt about it.

    You are starting to sound like WiO. We may need to invoke Godwin's law.


  16. (Only the leftists have visited folks in their homes and broadcast personal info on Web

    Only the leftists have visited Brutality upon innocent victims, even poor blacks in wheel chairs)

    Much more documented in Coulter's latest, DEMONIC

    Curiously, the only point universally agreed upon by the protesters and their admirers in the Democratic Party and the mainstream media is that "Occupy Wall Street" should be compared to the tea party. Yes, that would be the same tea party that has been denounced and slandered by the Democratic Party and the mainstream media for the last three years.

    As a refresher: The Democratic National Committee called the tea partiers "angry mobs" and "rabid right-wing extremists."

    ABC said they were a "mob." CNN accused them of "rabble rousing."

    Harry Reid called them "evil mongers." Nancy Pelosi said they were "un-American."

    CNN's Anderson Cooper and every single host on MSNBC called the tea partiers a name that referred to an obscure gay sex act.

  17. Quirks touchstones:
    MSM -
    Fair and Balanced.

  18. Heritage, bad.
    Washington Post, good.

    Proved by those two huge articles Rufus posted that "proved" Obama had nothing to do with our present economic circumstances.

    Right On!

  19. .

    Much more documented in Coulter's latest, DEMONIC


    Good lord, Doug, you might as well be reading Dan Brown or Lewis Carroll.

    Now I see where you get some of these weird ideas.



  20. Yes, doug.

    That was then.

    This is now.

    The Tea Party was corrupted by DC.

    These new protesters, they're fresh and new Occupying the space the Tea Party used to hold.

    Cantor retreats from ‘mob’ comment about Occupy Wall Street movement

    Asked repeatedly about his criticism last week of the movement as a “growing mob,” Cantor on Tuesday declined to repeat the phrase, instead telling reporters at his weekly pen-and-pad briefing that he understood the protesters’ frustrations.

    “There’s no question there’s a lot of focus on some of the gatherings and the protests in this town, New York and other places,” Cantor said. “People are upset, and they’re justifiably frustrated. They’re out of work. The economy is not moving. Their sense of security for the future is not clear at all. People are afraid and I get it.”

  21. What are the objectives of the protesters?

  22. Anderson and the MSM, walking back on the Tea Partiers, while Mr Cantor walks back on whether or not the Occupation Forces are a "Mob".

    Just like in Gaza, there is compromise and reconciliation, it's in the breeze, that Occupied air.

    People in the streets, protesting the status que. All across the whirled.

    In ever growing numbers.

    Quite a sight to see.

  23. .

    Quirks touchstones:
    MSM -
    Fair and Balanced.

    Doug, you embarrass yourself.

    If you look on the last stream, although I didn't hide my feelings about the protesters, I posted at least two links regarding OWS, one positive and one negative.

    Likewise on the last stream I posted as many links form RCP as from the WaPO, although I may have posted a few more from The Onion.

    You on the other hand tend to be an ideologue.


    Shame on you. She's worse than Rush.


  24. Is she a worse ideologue than Obama Quirk?
    Remember hope and change; recovery summer, punish your enemies, etc.

  25. Obama was going to close Guantanamo, go through the budget line by line, reduce unemployment to less than 8, reduce the deficit.

    You guys are funny as hell.

  26. And instead, he did as instructed, by the puppet master, Lester Crown.

    The President's first order of business, cancelling the F22. Jointly developed by Lockheed and General Dynamics, but GD got the boot, frozen out in a table turning power play.

    If Lester could not have that contract, well, Lockheed Martin certainly could not.

    Best served cold.

  27. Look at the video and you get a clear picture, (if you need one), of Obama.

  28. Beyond that, as you say, anon.

    No Change from Mr Bush's GOP policies.

    Stay the Course!

    No matter McCain or Obama.

    The United States did indeed

    Stay the Course!

  29. The Tax Cuts continued.
    The Wars on schedule.
    The Banks bailed.

    Stay the Course!

  30. Don't remember obamacare under bush, the record spending, the union pay-offs, greater than 9% unemployment throughout his presidency.

    Everytime I visit this blog I glance over your numerous posts. Don't pay much attention to folks who blog as much as you.

    Kind of sad really.

  31. .

    Is she a worse ideologue than Obama Quirk?
    Remember hope and change; recovery summer, punish your enemies, etc.

    No. But you, like Doug, seem to think that is a positive for her.

    She' still an ideologue.

    She, like Palin, throws the red meat to sell her books.

    She is a dick (you can take that any way you want.)

    She is definately no better than Obama who shares her dickdom.


  32. None of the prophesied change materialized, as was foretold as well.

    The Treasury Secretary, the previous President of the Federal Reserve of New York, did not pursue Mr Obama's policies. In fact he worked to ignored the President of the US, to pursue the policies benefiting the Federal Reserve.

    Obama cannot be an instrument of change.
    He has not the depth of character required.

    Never did.

    Which is why he never posed a threat to the Republic. He is just another place holder.
    As was the "Maverick".

  33. There is no ObamaCare now.

    70% chance there will not be.

    The GOP proposed "personal mandate" is, more than likely, a violation of the Constitution.

    Especially as the Court is currently seated.

  34. .

    Obama was going to close Guantanamo, go through the budget line by line, reduce unemployment to less than 8, reduce the deficit.

    You guys are funny as hell.

    And you are an idiot or new to the blog.

    Otherwise you would know what I thought of Obama.

    Like Dark Dog from Maui, you assume anyone who criticizes the dicks in the party opposing Obama must be for Obama.

    You lack nuance beyond "The enemy of my friend is ipso facto the friend of my enemy.

    Good lord, get a brain.


  35. Everytime I visit this blog I glance over your numerous posts. Don't pay much attention to folks who blog as much as you.

    Kind of sad really.

    One of the anonymous anonymi who wanders through occasionally, shit for brains and a personality to match.

    Don't let the door hit in the ass on the way out.


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  37. If you did not notice the record spending and deficits under Mr Bush, well, amigo ....

    You were willfully negligent.

    That the trend line continues, that was more than anticipated.
    And would have happened with Mr McCain, regardless.

    I reference his recent comments concerning cutting the DoD budget.
    As in Not Cutting the DoD expenditures.

    Despite current law.

    No Change there.


  38. (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian national terrorist Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh al-Banaa, who is the head of media department of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and 23 others, including the son of U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al- Awlaki were killed in intensified air strikes in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa, military official said Saturday.

    Warplanes of Yemen's air force carried out intensified air strikes against various strongholds of the al-Qaida militants in Azzan and Rowda towns in Shabwa province late Friday night, killing the media chief for AQAP's group along with 23 other terrorists, including the son of Anwar al-Awlaki, the local military official told Xinhua, who asked to remain anonymous.

    Al-Banna was in charge of media affairs of the terrorist group.

  39. The video is a nice little piece of propaganda.

  40. Killing the terrorists in their base camps and on the highway of life certainly improved, after Mr Obama became CiC.
    Some change there, not in direction, but tempo. Picking up the beat.

    The Chicago Way.


  41. #4. "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

  42. More positive news

    El Paso, Texas (CNN) -- A brigade of U.S. troops originally scheduled to be among the very last to leave Iraq is being pulled out of the country months ahead of its planned departure, military officials said Saturday.

    The announcement follows news this month that a deal to keep American troops in Iraq past a December 31, 2011, deadline to withdraw was on shaky ground after Iraqi leadership said any remaining U.S. forces would not be granted immunity from Iraqi prosecution. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other top brass have repeatedly said any deal to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the withdrawal deadline must require a guarantee of legal protection for American soldiers.

    The Fourth Brigade Combat Team, First Armored Division, based at Fort Bliss, deployed to Iraq in August to replace two withdrawing brigades. The troops were sent with the understanding they would be among the last to leave the country and were told to expect up to a 12-month deployment, though it wasn't clear how long they would stay in Iraq. But brigade officials informed hundreds of military families gathered Saturday at its headquarters that their troops would begin returning home within weeks.

  43. Roger, ex-pat in LASat Oct 15, 07:14:00 PM EDT

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  44. One U.S. wind farm that is a GE customer recently decided to add solar panels, Abate said.

    "If 20 percent of the wind farms do that, we are sold out for 10 years," he said.

    Read more: GE radiates confidence with plans for solar-panel plant in Aurora - The Denver Post
    Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content:

    GE to sell Solar Panels to Wind Farms

    Such a "natural." The Transmission lines are in place, and Solar works best when Wind is the Weakest, and vice versa.

  45. Enhanced oil recovery, or EOR, fits very well with solar temperatures, Glasspoint Vice President John O’Donnell, said today in an interview.

    Some 32 percent of California’s industrial and commercial gas use is for EOR as its use grows in the U.S. and all over the world, O’Donnell said. The state produces about 40% of its oil using EOR and in a few years that will grow to 60%, he said.

    The company can produce heat for EOR for about $3 per million British thermal units, compared with about $4 for a comparable natural-gas plant in the U.S. and between $10 to $12 for other conventional solar thermal technologies, O’Donnell said. “We are the only ones below natural gas right now in the U.S.”

    According to BCC Research, the global market for enhanced- oil-recovery technologies was $4.7 billion in 2009 and is expected to grow at a 5-year compound annual rate of 28 percent, reaching $16.3 billion in 2014, BrightSource said in its statement.

    $3.00 per freakin' Million British Thermal Units

  46. Whatever we do, we Mustn't get caught up in 20th Century thinking.

  47. Remember, just a few years ago, nat gas was around $13.00 per Million BTUs

  48. A few years down the road, when that Brightsource unit is paid off, the cost of a Million BTUs will be, essentially, Free.

  49. You think this doesn't induce "Cognitive Discordance" in the skulls of many Chevron Executives? :)

  50. Nazi, Communist Parties Throw Their Support Behind Occupy Wall Street...

    Left-wing actor Sean Penn slimed the Tea Party as motivated by racism, charging on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Friday evening that an impediment to President Obama’s success is “what I call the ‘Get the N-word out of the White House party,’ the Tea Party.”

    At a time when Herman Cain tops polls of Republican primary voters, Penn proceeded to allege, without citing any evidence, that “there’s a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, ‘can we just lynch him?’”

    Sean Penn: Tea Party the 'Get the N-Word Out of White House Party'...

  51. as I said:

    The company said that the Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating Facility will use its solar tower technology, where a field of mirrors reflects light onto a tower to create steam that drives a turbine to generate electricity. The project would generate enough electricity to power more than 300,000 homes, BrightSource said.

    The plan calls for installing three towers able to generate 250 megawatts each (before accounting for the energy consumed by their operation).

    BrightSource earlier this year began construction of the Ivanpah Solar power project, where the company had to cut back on the amount of land it planned to use and monitor the health of the endangered desert tortoise at the location. The Rio Mesa proposal calls for using a taller tower, which will allow project developers to place its sun-tracking mirrors, called heliostats, more densely onto the available land.

    The location is in Riverside County, where most of the land had been owned by the Metropolitan Water District and some by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The site is close to high-voltage transmission lines, which is a crucial consideration, . . .

    Brightsource to construct 3rd plant

  52. Groups like the Tea Party, and the Occupy WS Party, are important in that they force the "powers that be" out of their comfort zone.

    If the Lords and Masters aren't a little bit scared, the people are in for trouble.

  53. Cantor is a Puss.

    Cain tells it like it is:
    Distraction from Obama's failures as a leader.

  54. "She is definately no better than Obama who shares her dickdom."



    Someone who knows and believes in the value of the Constitution as written is no better than someone who regards it as seriously flawed because it neglects "positive rights"

    Which more than explains Obama's lack of regard, and pov that American exceptionalism is no different than any other country.

  55. Ann Coulter plays the "right" for suckers. She doesn't believe 1/10th of what she writes, as evidenced by the fact that all she dates is lefties (Bill Maher, et al.)

    Definitely, the scribbler I'd most like to diddle, but, other than that . . . ? Come on.

  56. Equating the Tea Party with the Mob is like equating Herman Cain with OJ Simpson.
    After all, they both ARE Black.

    You clean up after the Mob, Rufus.
    I'll clean up after a T-Party.

    Then we can talk.

  57. Put down the Koolaid, Doug; back away from the keyboard. Check your little, medicine organizer. Look where it says, "Saturday." :)

  58. Klein a valid resource.
    Coulter is not.

  59. Doug, you have done your calculations. You have decided that, being of the "older" persuasion, you will come out ahead with a 9% Value Added Tax, and a 9% Income Tax.

    We appreciate that. However, Ron Paul has a better chance of abolishing the Federal Reserve than Herman Cain has of passing a 9% VAT. Calm down.

  60. Le Roi Danse

    The late king's extravagances had ruined the realm; John Law offered a painless economic miracle. There are certain similarities to our own benighted time.

    John Law

  61. For all the poor fuckers that live on islands that burn oil for steam to make electricity, here are the calcs:

    $115.00 (bbl of oil) / 6 = $19.16 per million btus.

    A little over Six Times the amount Chevron is paying for their "steam from solar."

  62. In Injustice, Adams reveals:

    The inside story of how the Obama DOJ spiked the voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party—and the Panthers’ little-known public appearance with Obama

    How the Obama administration changed DOJ hiring policy to ensure radical leftists would dominate the Civil Rights Division

    The Obama DOJ’s bizarre agenda, from insisting on kids’ rights to attend school dressed as transvestites, to litigating for teachers’ rights to take paid vacations to Mecca

    How the DOJ has repeatedly sided with political bosses who flagrantly disenfranchise entire communities of white voters

    Why the DOJ’s fixation on racial grievance threatens the integrity of the 2012 elections

    If you thought the federal government was dedicated to race-neutral equal protection, Injustice will set you straight. This searing indictment of government malfeasance unveils the astonishing political extremism and outright lawlessness that now infects one of the government’s most powerful agencies.
    With everything from civil rights laws to America’s voting system at risk, Adams sounds the alarm on a gathering threat to our nation’s future.


    Yup, no different than GWB.

  63. Rufus,

    In a recent thread I explained to 'Rat that Cain's 999 was nothing to be concerned with, since it would never become law.

    Did you miss that?

  64. No, but that is still why you support him. An unlikely dream is better than no dream, eh?

  65. "BrightSource Energy Inc.’s system uses mirrors to focus sunlight on a boiler at Chevron’s Coalinga, California, enhanced oil recovery project, the solar company said in a statement after extraction began today. "


    This is not a reliable source, Rufus:

    They made no reference to the fact that Coalinga is the place of Doug's birth.

    17 miles South of Coalinga, the Kettleman Hills Oilfields stand ready for further service.

    40 Miles South of that, Taft, nearby Algore's famous Teapot Dome.

  66. It's worth noting, I think, that the country that finally ended up with all those Louisiana Territories was the country that kept its head down, stayed out of the Global Wars of the time, had high import tariffs, and, thus, accumulated the money to buy when the price was right.

    There's a country like that, Today, but I'm sad to report, "it ain't Us."

  67. I'm sure they're saving That information for a second, more important release, Doug. :)

  68. No, I support Cain because he's a real person with real World experience.
    A relatively happy Warrior, not a race hustler.
    I listened to him make mincemeat out of Bill Clinton back in '93.

    ...and unlike Obama got Degrees in a real field.
    Namely BA and MA in computer science in 1970.

  69. Had an Aunt and Uncle that lived in a tent in Kettleman City!

  70. I will grant you one thing, Doug; Cain does have an interesting Bio (tempered by the fact, however, that he seems to keep "making President," and then getting fired.) or something.

    That said, the man seems just as kooky as Bachmann, Paul, and Perry, to me. If feels like the Pubs are really grasping at "anybody but a damned Mormon" straws.)

  71. It feels like "Black is Beautiful, tell me you'll love me in the morning, promise you won't come in my mouth, and you're not a Mormon, are you?"

  72. Riyadh: Saudi Aramco has forecast that the kingdom's daily energy demand will reach an equivalent of 8.3 million barrels by 2028, more than double the 3.4 million barrels equivalent in 2009.

    Currently, of the 8.3 million barrels daily in oil production, more than three million barrels are consumed by the domestic market mainly to fuel national industries.

    In the meantime, the National Industrial Clusters Development Programme (NICDP) is promoting solar energy, value chain products to support solar power plants, which are envisioned to be established across the kingdom as a component of the country's resolve to harness renewable energy to meet increasing electricity demand.

    Saudi Arabia's industrial clusters programme in solar energy products is introducing the polysilicon and photovoltaic technologies, said Azzam Shalabi, president of the National Industrial Clusters Development Programme.

    In a country that has to import most of its food, what happens when there are no more oil exports?

    The answer, of course, is "Egypt."