Are “Supercapacitor” Batteries Coming Our Way? And Why the Left Will be Sad

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Imagine a cell phone that will charge in minutes, or even seconds?  What if an electric car will charge in a fraction of the current time?  A Supercapacitor Battery would be a game changer!  Andrew Riley at All American Blogger posted the following video.

OK, here’s my thinking. If this type of battery could be massed produced, electric cars could be a real alternative. Off the grid solar and wind, with these supercapcitors storing the juice, would be a more attractive option. People could be energy independent. The global warming alarmists (at least on the basis of their own rhetoric) could be largely silenced. BUT…That’s not the point of the environmental movement at all. And, energy independence does not allow the state much control over the populace. The point of the environmental movement is control of the means of production, and therefore, every human being on earth-from cradle to grave. This development sabotages all of this. So, I wonder if we’ll ever hear about it again, or will the genius of the market win the day?

I personally see the introduction of a cheap supercapacitor batter as a day of mourning for the environmentalists, as well as the left as a whole. It simply represents too great a loss of potential political and personal power.

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Frankenstorm Update: Hurricane Sandy is Strengthening, Last Minute Preparations Needed

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As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, there is word that she is strengthening.  Here is more from the NY Times…

Forecasters cautioned that the course of the storm could change, but officials from the National Hurricane Center said that it was no longer a question of if the storms would converge — but where and with how much force.

Dr. Knabb of the National Hurricane Center said the storm’s intensity was unlikely to change. “The center of circulation is only going to be a very small part of the story,” he said. “This is not just going to be a coastal event.” People from Virginia northward should be prepared for a “long-duration event,” he said.

Utility companies were rushing to put crews in place to deal with power failures, which state officials warned could be extensive and long lasting. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told residents that they should be prepared to go 7 to 10 days without electricity. On Saturday evening, Amtrak began to cancel train service to parts of the East Coast, including between Washington, D.C., and New York.

Also, Accuweather has some advise for preparations…

-Get prescriptions refilled now, especially if you doctor must approve the refill.

-Vote. If the stronger models are correct, power could still be out in some paces on election day. Regardless, that is one less thing you will need to do. The election will not (and shouldn’t be) postponed.

-If you can get an electrician to install a generator, get it done. Do not try to install a generator yourself. If you don’t have a generator, get a power inverter or two. Radio Shack and similar stores sell them. They are a “poor man’s generator” and will keep your cell phone, laptop, and similar charged.

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-Keep your car’s gas tank full. If you have a wood-burning fireplace and you know your chimney is clear, get wood. Keep some indoors to keep it dry during the storm. You may need it to heat your home.

-If you live in a 100-year flood plain (you can check at city hall or your library) or on the coast figure out your evacuation strategy now. Make your list of things you will take with you. Fill a few gas cans (the type you would use for your mower) to have extra in the event of power failures. Purchase extra staples. Without power, stores will be closed.

-Purchase booster batteries for your cell phone and other essential equipment.

-If you need insulin or other medicine that must be kept chilled make plans now. Consider what you would do if you were without electricity for a month. If you have an invalid living with you that requires electricity, there will be areas that will be without power for weeks.

-Be proactive. If you live in a heavily wooded area, does someone in your vicinity have a gasoline-powered chain saw? Does it have fuel and a reasonably good chain/blade? Test it, now.

-Get to an ATM. Without power, credit card readers and ATMs will not be working. In a disaster, cash is king. 

OK then, it appears that things are going to get pretty bad, so it’s best that if you haven’t done any preparations that you do so now.  Your humble admins lives by one simple rule-never live in a flood plain.  However, while the CH 2.0 Bunker is high and dry, a power outage has been planned for.

As for blogging, I may have to try the smart phone.  It won’t be able to do much, but updates will be possible.

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Frankenstorm: Northeast Braces for Monster Storm

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At the time of this writing, tens of millions of Americans are bracing for an potentially powerful combination of a winter storm with hurricane Sandy, labeled “Frankenstorm.”

Here are some excerpts and video…

From Jesse Ferrell of Accuweather…

I said on my WeatherMatrix Facebook Page last night:

“The weather hasn’t ‘scared’ me for a long time, but what I’m seeing tonight on the forecast models, and the seriousness with which I’m seeing famous meteorologists discuss next week’s historic storm, has gotten me a little worried. If you live in any STATE on the East Coast, it’s time to think about preparing for next week’s storm because the track is not certain but the potential devastation seems to be. Tomorrow in my blog I’ll be talking about worst-case scenarios and what you need to be prepared for. Some simple steps can keep next week from being a nightmare for you and your family.”

There were a lot of other “quotables” said in that meeting which will give you some insight into what our meteorologists are thinking. A couple that stood out to me:

– “This will be a catastrophic storm over a large area.”

– “I’m scared about storm surge in NYC, and it will come sooner than people think.”

– “There could be power outages for weeks, and it could affect the election.”

– “The 00Z GFS 900 mb winds essentially show power being knocked out from D.C. to Maine.”

– “This type of storm has never been seen before by meteorologists.”

From Mashable…

From the WaPo…

With computer models locked in on the eventuality of a punishing blow for East Coast from Hurricane Sandy (with the latest model runs favoring the northern mid-Atlantic), analyses suggest this storm may be unlike anything the region has ever experienced.

Model simulations have consistently simulated minimum pressures below 950 mb, which would be the lowest on record in many areas.

“MODELS SHOW PRESSURE WELL BEYOND WHAT HAS EVER BEEN OBSERVED NEAR THE NJ/NY COAST (EVEN EXCEEDING THE 1938 LONG ISLAND EXPRESS [HURRICANE])”, writes NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC).

From the Weather Channel..

I’ll be keeping up with this story with more posts. I obviously have a personal interest, as the CH 2.0 bunker is in the target area.

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Hurricane Irene Update 8-28-11: New York is next, CH 2.0 Bunker is Soggy UPDATED

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For the latest on Hurricane Irene, here is the radar image for the Northeast at approximately 1:15 AM.

As you can see, much of  Eastern Pennsylvania is in Irene’s outer bands.  As the morning continues, the storm will make it’s closest approach to NY City.  And, as you might guess, the CH 2.0 bunker is under that blotchy yellow and red.  We’re getting some wind gusts, and some steady rain, but we have power, and the Direct TV is working about 1/2 the time.

As the day unfolds, we’re getting some ideas about the scope of the storm, as well as the damage.  Here is some more from Bill Deger of Accuweather…

1:10 a.m. EDT SUN: The eye of Hurricane Irene is located just to the east of Ocean City, Md., and moving north-northeastward. Wind gusts to hurricane force (74 mph or greater) will continue to be experienced from the center north and northeastward, along with a damaging storm surge. Doppler radar estimates over 19 inches of rain has fallen in parts of North Carolina and extreme southeastern Virginia with confirmed reports as high as 15 inches.

5 to 10 inches of rain has already been recorded over the Tidewater of Virginia and parts of the southern Delmarva. Rainfall was increasing rapidly across Long Island and southeastern New York state at this hour. Some locations across eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey have already picked up 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the last 12 hours.

Power outages have had an impact on data collection across the mid-Atlantic. Over 3/4 of the Dominion Power customers in the Richmond Metro area are without power at the present time with nearly 2 million people total in the mid-Atlantic in the dark.

Rain bands moving onshore across the Delmarva, southern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania have been showing signs of rotation over the last few hours and numerous tornadoes have been reported. One tornado was reported just south of Wilmington, Delaware with another damaging 30-40 homes near Lewes, Delaware earlier in the day.

Winds have gusted to 62 mph in Cape May, N.J., 76 mph in Williamsburg, Va. and 71 mph in Richmond, Va., and to 66 mph at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, 74 mph in Elizabeth City, 70 mph in Morehead City, 74 mph in New Bern, and 88 mph at Cape Hatteras, N.C. Downed trees were blocking southbound I-85 near Petersburg, Va.

A gust of 115 mph was recorded at Cedar Island, N.C., which was in the northeastern eyewall at time of landfall around 8:00 a.m. Dare County Shoreline Management Commission reports that a new inlet may have been created on Hatteras Island, N.C.

Tropical storm-force winds continue to move north, and now extend from southeastern Virginia north to near New York City. Rainbands from Irene will continue to cause severe flooding and may even spawn a few tornadoes.

If I lose power, I won’t be able to post.  I will try with my “smart phone,” but for a smart phone, it rides the little bus.  I don’t think it’ll happen, so I hope I don’t have to find out.

On a more whimsical note, many people have been mistakenly thinking that “Irene” is “Eileen.”  Let’s set the record straight…

Yes, I know people are making parodies for Irene, but let’s remember the classic song.

BTW, it took me nearly 45 minutes to post this-it should not have.  The six-year-old Dell froze a bunch of times.  Hit the freaking tip jar!

Update 2:30 AM:  The wind and rain is picking up here.  Otherwise, we’re still in business.  Also, here is a title for a blog post…

Global Warming Kills Florida Surfer UPDATE: Thousands Without Electricity or WiFi; Bloggers Hardest Hit by Storm UPDATE: New York Braces for Irene; Women, Minorites, NFL Fans Hardest Hit

That’s simply magical.

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Early Afternoon Hurricane Irene Update: 8-27-11

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Here is the latest on Hurricane Irene…

The forecast that Irene will remain at Hurricane strength while it goes up to New England. This obviously increases the risk for wind damage.

If you in this storm’s path, take cover and don’t do anything foolish.

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