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Eric Hall

Pine Island, MN
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It is always funny how most people justify abortion only in the cases "when the mother's life is in danger" but in no other cases. By using this justification, you are still trying to play the role of your god. How do you know your god won't perform some miracle and save the life of the mother. Or in the other case, how do we know an otherwise normal pregnancy won't suddenly turn for the worse during childbirth and endanger the mother? I hate using conjecture in such a manner, but...

Posted on 12/14/11 at 01:16 pm in response to Renewable energy: As U.S. dawdles, Germany is thinking 40 years out

We have one of the most ridiculous energy policies anywhere in the world. We have no ability to weigh pros and cons and make a decision. We have little bits of wind, but now want to shut it down because it might kill birds. Well, warm up the globe enough and we will kill way more birds than a few wind turbines will anyway!

We also need to think about better storage mediums. Like the idea here about converting wind to hydrogen is awesome because the electricity can be then generated...

Posted on 12/14/11 at 07:31 pm in response to Renewable energy: As U.S. dawdles, Germany is thinking 40 years out

#4 - If you noticed, that's why I mentioned the idea of having a storage medium. We do wind very poorly now by having it connected directly to the grid. If you have the wind generate into a storage medium (batteries, capacitors, hydrogen, stored mechanical energy, etc) you can smooth out the high and low wind events and not have the need for 100% backup. Yes, you would still need some backup, but it wouldn't need to be 100% if we we storing the energy at a high rate of efficiency and not...

Posted on 12/15/11 at 02:28 am in response to Renewable energy: As U.S. dawdles, Germany is thinking 40 years out

Richard, I do know some science and I question your claim that the solar energy is so "diffuse." At the mid-latitudes at midday on a sunny day, the surface would get about 800-1000 W/m^2 of solar energy. My roof is about 2800 square feet, which is about 260 m^2 by google's calculation. So if I cover my roof in solar panels that are 10% efficient, I need 10 hours of midday sun (and storage) to have enough to power my house for the whole month (average household use is about 1 kWh/sqft). So if...

Posted on 12/15/11 at 10:16 am in response to Renewable energy: As U.S. dawdles, Germany is thinking 40 years out

Rolf - Here is your storage medium for solar (note, this solar thermal and not photovoltaic), but still solar http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-10-19/markets/30296796_1_molten...

For wind, here is your storage medium I mentioned earlier...

What would be the goal of the left on this issue? This issue is always interesting to me when it is related to the "left" or the "right" because it seems to be in direct opposition to the other "goals" of the said left or right. So what would be the goal of the left in this issue?

If we are discussing the left versus right motives, then perhaps we should discuss why the right wants to make sure that women have babies rather than prevent them. The right fights sex education, fights...

I am still interested in what your thoughts are as to what would the left's "goals" be on this issue.

Swift - let's start with your idea that being homosexual is controversial. Why is it controversial? Is it because it is "unnatural?" If we go by that premise, should we go back to the days of prohibition since it is not natural for us to consume distilled alcohol?

In Ms. Hawkins other article I commented to show that there is evidence that genetics play at least part of the role in determining someone's sexual orientation. There is also evidence in over 1500 species in nature of...

Thomas - no, you are right. I don't think we need to go to that extreme with alcohol or with teaching about homosexuality in school. But using my analogy, imagine if the school took a neutral stance on drinking in school, but only when someone actually came forward and said they were an alcoholic did they get them some help. We would often be waiting until it was too late. We also don't need to teach an entire semester of the history of alcohol (although the history is interesting!). There...

It is said science is a process of closer and closer approximations of the truth. While I don't think we have 100% proof that homosexuality is purely genetic, we certainly have enough evidence that genetics play a major role in it. The obvious initial study on fruit flies is often cited (http://www.skeptictank.org/gaygene.htm) - And a more recent study showing a multiple gene link (...