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    News Speaking as a business owner about taxes

    State and local government fiscal and tax policies introduce even more variables in the complex relationship between the real economy and financial sector. In New York and New Jersey, there are dozens of quasi-government Authorities who are empowered to contract for debt which is essentially...
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    News Speaking as a business owner about taxes

    Wages are financial compensation for labor. Thus a wage tax is a labor tax. This Wiki is a long list of tax protest cases. This section deals with progressive taxation and labor tax arguments: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_protester_constitutional_arguments#Progressive_taxation The Fed...
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    News Speaking as a business owner about taxes

    This is a short propoganda on the benefits of quantitative easing published by the Bank of England: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/monetarypolicy/pdf/qe-pamphlet.pdf In America the Fed is "expanding its balance sheet" which is the same as "quantitative easing." It is giving money to banks...
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    News Speaking as a business owner about taxes

    The "income" tax is actually a labor tax as it currently operates. A sales tax applies when one purchases actual income (takes goods or services from society). Bailing out the financial system implosion fueled by low capital gains taxes, lax regulations, and perverse executive compensation...
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    Need help with a brushless motor?

    You need to drill down and search into the CD-ROM motor rebuild links. There is a whole community of RC plane makers who build CD-ROM foamies and wire their own motors. http://goldeneye.ethz.ch/motoren/electric/cdrom/index_EN http://www.flyelectric.ukgateway.net/cdrom.htm Commercial...
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    News Speaking as a business owner about taxes

    I agree that lower taxes are no panacea. I expected the financial system to blow up sooner or later when Bush cut taxes after 9-11 and we were in recession. During a recession there is usually an excess capacity in the economy so what is the point of cutting taxes on a wealthy business owner...
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    Positive prudence

    Wow. When I read the title, "positive prudence," I never would have guessed the direction of this thread! The meaning of altruism seems to have become the focus of debate. I thought the benefits of commerce might be listed here, you know, the idea of the "invisible hand." Each person follows...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    Areva (nuclear giant) buys Ausra (solar thermal technology) in this news clip: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6173TF20100208 Apparently solar thermal is considered similar to nuclear in a carbon reduction portfolio. From comments above, I wonder if solar thermal is more carbon...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    Sure there are natural sources of radiation on Earth, most of which were buried by Nature in the past. I was not aware of the natural reactor so thanks for the information, here's a link: http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/factsheets/doeymp0010.shtml [Broken] Digging up natural sources of radiation...
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    Where to find strain gauges

    A quick scan of this site shows a ten pack starts around $49 dollars http://www.omega.com/toc_asp/subsectionSC.asp?subsection=E02&book=Pressure Try Trossen Robotics if a flexible force sensor of some sort might also do for your needs.
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    Replacing a Wall Wart Power Supply

    The concept I tried to describe relates to turn-on transient conditions. This pdf is a checklist for switching power supply specification including the term "turn-on delay." http://www.umecintl.com/pdffiles/lcd/UP1232A-01.pdf This link has a 138 page pdf by On Semiconductor regarding...
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    The significance of material science and technology

    Ask the professor for a course syllabus. I took basic materials science (mostly an introduction to metalurgy) and semiconductor devices (quantum electronics, field and waves, and material science). Both courses have proven useful in my work as an engineer and patent expert. Find the professor...
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    Replacing a Wall Wart Power Supply

    This reference may be a bit overkill. The output of a switch-mode power supply includes inductors and capacitors which must absorb energy at turn-on, if I recall, it takes cycles of AC power to charge up the components and this would influence setup time: http://www.smps.us/topologies.html...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    mshelp - I assume you are joking? Yes, the "soft path" is harder than the "hard path". Jefferson (Declairation of Independence) - All history hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    Russ - I favor solar power on precept and principle. The precept is to "Love God and love your neighbor in the land." And "beat your swords into plowshares." Through the mercy of our God, The Daystar of heaven shines upons us, Enlightening those who dwell in darkness, And in the shadow of...
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    News Sights are off the moon, and maybe put away for good.

    I've heard the main reason (financial) for the new moon missions is helium-3 mining or other high value exotic materials. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium-3 Personally I think we've done a poor job stewarding the energy and resources of Earth so far. If we were my children and I was...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    Reason Magazine online compares "nuclear socialism" to "solar socialism" arguments in this two page item How Green Are Your Nukes?. http://reason.com/archives/2010/01/22/how-green-are-your-nukes/ I favor solar socialism for reasons stated above. I figure if Nature or Nature's God, as one...
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    Public Money (sources & sinks)

    Please specify exactly where I, or William Hummel (at the link I posted above), advocate a ban of loans? My original question is about purchasing public goods (government spending) with loans, it does not say no one should be able to purchase private goods with loans. Also the Fully Backed...
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    Physics Physics to Finance?

    My background is electrical engineering and intellectual property law. If you have an inclination to get registered as a Patent Agent your degree qualifies you already, and you only have to study and take the exam. This could help open doors depending on your career path, and it is excellent...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    Right. What I mean is that the NPP is converting awesome amounts of power to materials and chemical storage simply from sunlight, and life on earth has operated on this clean renewable abundant power source since long before the industrial revolution. The fossil fuels we burn provide high-energy...
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    Public Money (sources & sinks)

    I'm currently studying the ideas of William Hummel, a former control systems engineer with lots of experience, on his site Money. I need to first learn why the current system is so unstable and how it might be stabilized in the future. Here are his suggestions for a Fully Backed Depository...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    This is a NASA article about the Net Primary Production: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/HANPP/hanpp.php which is the solar powered energy that supports all human consumption and powers life on earth. Although the OP asks about energy independence in the short run, there is a...
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    Mythology and gullability - did people really buy these stories?

    Depends on how broad is your definition of myth. One could view law as a code based on moral judgments concering social conduct. Then laws would based on these ideas, which could be described as personal or prevailing myths. A good book is The Myth of Mental Illness by Thomas Szasz. This...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    I voluntarily relax this statement about politics not being an issue based on reading this report about the law suit between the State and DOE over the Hanford cleanup: http://crosscut.com/2009/02/05/hanford/18832/ [Broken] although it appears (from what I can fathom) that the politics are...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    The other advantage is power produced at high voltage draws less current and reduces the proportion of waste heat (oh no, I said "waste"!). Thus the efficiency should be higher and the series/parallel configuration of panels is more efficient in larger series stack. This is also true for DC...
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    News Energy independence for the US (or any other country)

    My regrets to anyone on the thread who considers my prior posts to have been spreading misinformation. Here is a link to a 79 page pdf from the International Atomic Energy Agency discussing the Use of Reprocessed Uranium: Challenges and Options...
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    What is the speed of gravity

    I'm not sure where this paper fits in the mainstream interpretation of GR, but I find it to be a compelling case for the theoretical assumption that gravity is at least much much faster than the speed of light: http://www.metaresearch.org/cosmology/speed_of_gravity.asp [Broken] this has...
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    News What would Jesus pack?

    I regard the Gospels as a colllection of legends, meaning, a story widely interpreted as historical although unverifiable. Therefore anything attributed to a saying of Jesus is open to speculation as to authenticity. On the issue of laying down one's swords, there is the contrary injuction from...
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    Public Money (sources & sinks)

    rge270 provides a different link to this paper above: Can Taxes and Bonds Finance Governement Spending? http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=115128 It's 28 pages and one of the more interesting papers I've read about fiscal and monetary policy in America. The conclusion is...
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    Public Money (sources & sinks)

    I appreciate the feedback, and view your reply as the "prevailing wisdom." Edison was one of my idols growing up (not so much now that I know more about a few of his dubious business practices). He said, "What man's mind can create his character can control." Personally I pray we can...
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