While we’ve seen promising prototypes of computers that conform to the contours of human wrists and forearms, the technology isn’t quite ready for mainstream adoption yet. But this hasn’t stopped one forward-thinking team of researchers from coming up with a new way to power these wearable electronics, developing a soft, millimeter-scale battery that can be stretched over the skin like a band-aid.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Being a Prepper in the land of plenty sometimes seems like utter foolishness yet my kids and I do it anyway.
Now granted – we are not over-the-top, end of civilization Preppers who are preparing for a Zombie apocalypse. I just decided a few years ago to begin storing some things for emergencies. Every week I purchase one or two extra items and put them away.
It’s rather startling what you can amass by just doing that. At times it also comes in rather handy when you forget something at the grocery store. Simply pull it from your own stock and your good – but don’t forget to replace it. My family personally prides itself on never running out of anything, so when we have to pull something out of storage, the penalty is it must be replaced with at least two items.
So why do we do it? It’s because you never know. We aren’t prone to natural disasters in New England but we’ve had to utilize our supplies on more than one occasion due to snow storms and power outages.
And despite the rosy picture painted by our current administration, we should all be concerned with the poor shape of our economy. It won’t take too much to push it over the edge. If by some miracle we are able to contain $20 trillion in debt and almost a quarter of a quadrillion in unfunded liability, then fine – we’ll use it ourselves or give it away.
I’ve thought of giving up prepping, but when I see what is happening in places like the socialist/communist paradise of Venezuela, coupled with millions of our own citizens claiming that socialism would be good for America, I come to my senses.
In this episode I give a stirring tribute to the artist known as Prince. The next segment centers on a discussion of just who should be on our paper money. The Donald and his surrogates believe we should leave it alone and that the change is just due to political correctness. I then give my thoughts on just who should adorn our dollar bills.
ELECTRIC CARS: ANOTHER IDIOTIC GOV’T MANDATE
About a month ago, Elon Musk announced Tesla’s release of the Model 3 – an affordable Tesla, the all-electric car that is supposed to revolutionize the electric car market, because it’s an electric that doesn’t look like one.
The “greenies” have been all atwitter over it, as if this zero-emission vehicle will mark the beginning of the end of the polluting gas-powered car.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
These last several months of the Obama presidency may be the most dangerous time in America’s history, at least domestically. Having nothing to lose and with time waning, Obama is throwing all caution to the wind as he attempts to push as much of his radical anti-freedom agenda as is possible before his tenure comes to a close.
A large part of his or any anti-freedom agenda is the confiscation of wealth and property from the private sector and Obama is leaving no stone unturned in his want to do so.
CFact is reporting on just one of his parting shot land grabs: the “Endangered Species Act” (ESA).
Once again, Obama and his corrupt White House machine are locking Congress out of the legislative process by using the ethereal power of executive orders (pen and phone). He has ordered the like-minded autocrats at the Interior Department to get busy rewriting and making new rules and regulations to further strengthen the ESA – and weaken us.
Will ISIS Use Dirty Bomb to Blackmail?
Who doesn’t love the current price of a gallon of gas? I was driving in to my office recently and noticed more than one fuel station posting gas at $1.55 per gallon. When George W. Bush first took office in 2001, the average price of a gallon was $1.55.
Remember back in 2012, during a debate with Mitt Romney Obama said: “When I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80, $1.86. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse.” So what does it tell us about the present Obama economy that gas prices are now some 30 cents lower than 2009 and in free fall? Sure, it’s great for us consumers – we’re saving a fortune on gas and heating oil – but it’s not great for our nation or the world economy.
In this week’s episode I discuss another razor-thin, 5-4 Supreme Court decision to freeze Obama’s Clean Power Plan while they decide if it is legal to ruin what’s left of the coal industry and further reduce greenhouse gasses.
In the Free Form Politics segment I go noteless and just speak extemporaneously about the candidates, who’s courting whom, who’s dissing whom, and why the supporters of one candidate are different from the rest.
Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have turned to sugar as part of a continuous effort to control Japan’s growing import costs associated with building lithium-ion batteries. It seems that sugar may be the missing ingredient for building rechargeable batteries that are more robust, cheaper, and capable of storing more energy.
A piece of silicone rubber imprinted with super-thin material that generates electricity when flexed could provide a source of power for mobile and medical devices (Image credit: Frank Wojciechowski)
Engineers from Princeton University have developed power-generating rubber films that could be used to harness natural body movements such as breathing or walking in order to power electronic devices such as pacemakers or mobile phones. The material, which is composed of ceramic nanoribbons embedded onto silicone rubber sheets, generates electricity when flexed and is highly efficient at converting mechanical energy into electrical energy.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
It’s been reported recently that Israel has made the discovery of a lifetime. They’ve discovered a massive oil field in their Golan Heights territory.
Israel reportedly consumes about 270,000 barrels of oil per day, although other estimates put consumption far lower at around 190,000 barrels. That’s somewhere between 70 and 100 million per year. The Golan discovery is said to possibly be in the billions of barrels. This find alone could make Israel energy independent for decades.
This is the first potentially commercially viable oil source it’s ever had since its founding. Until this discovery, Israeli companies have drilled some 350 exploratory wells – not one has been viable.
To demonstrate just how significant this find may be – the average depth or thickness of layers of underground oil deposits is around 30-35 meters. This find is estimated to be 350 meters thick – 10 times the norm.
What is yet to be determined is whether the oil can be extracted at a reasonable enough price to be viable. And that’s a big if, considering how the price of oil worldwide has cratered in the past several months.
Naturally, as in America and the rest of the West, environmentalist wackos have involved themselves; doing everything they can to halt the progress of discovery.
We here in the States know all too well how the powerful environmental lobby can muck things up for the energy sector, but we have it relatively easy compared to Israel. We don’t have hostile nations on our border to content with – only our own hostile government.