Monday, June 26, 2017
Odds and ends

Odds and ends

Volume 1412, Number 12

Potpourri

Desalination

This is an excerpt (seen here and here ) from a piece by someone who should be a strong environmentalist:

Desalination, along with conservation and water recycling, can substantially begin to address the state’s water shortages. Fortunately, advancements in technology have greatly reduced the cost of desalination, as well as the energy consumption and the impact on the environment . . .

Today, the desalination process consumes little more energy than the alternative of transporting fresh water over large distances. To put it into every day terms, the energy needed to produce a household’s share of desalinated water from the Carlsbad plant is less than the amount needed to power one standard 42-inch plasma TV.

By using existing intake systems, impingement loss – the impact to sea life – is estimated to be less than the daily fish eaten by one brown pelican and annual larval i.e. entrainment losses are comparable to the annual bio-productivity of 5 adult female halibut fish. For context, the majority of larvae are lost to predation, exposure to wind and wave action and inability to find appropriate food.

Lowell Young, president of the Yosemite Audubon

 The desalination plant in Huntington Beach has critics and protesters (the difference, for this blog, is presence or absence of facts and logical argument).

The Residents for Responsible Desalination present an effective criticism of some financial aspects of the HB project presented during a recent OCWB meeting. The essence of their argument isn’t, unfortunately, “this needs to be done better.” The goal seems to be blocking the plant and/or the company proposing to build it rather than finding ways to make the project effective and economical.

Note

There are more and more groups having “. . . for responsible . . .” in their names. It’s catchy, but they all seem to be emotionally-based opposition rather than supporters of responsible anything. It might be better to avoid that term entirely if you want your group or your arguments to be taken seriously; we’re being conditioned to expect that “if it comes from …for responsible… it will be nonsense.”

Lying Less Linked to Better Health

A 2012 article cites research that indicates being honest is healthier. That means that local advocacy and chronic commenter groups may be weeding themselves out in more ways than one. If the results are confirmed the CMPD union officers may really need their Cadillac health benefits.*

CEQUA

Have you noticed the frequent squealing to and about CEQUA from a Councilwoman? Here’s a possible explanation for her CEQUA-fixation. CEQUA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Native American tribal councils, extremist/defrocked archeologists — all just tools to get her way.

Internet Archives

We’ve had some folks (two, actually – see post) say their favorite Paralegal wouldn’t show them how to recover “erased” Internet posts.  (One example would be comments Bubbles makes and removes within a few hours. But, he avoided another “Time Out” from Facebook this year, so the post-then-erase tactic has served him well.**)

Here is one resource for Internet archives research. There are many, but some are costly. Research with the free or cheap ones tends to be tedious.

*Sworn testimony contradicts officers’ statements

**He ignored libel warnings from a real journalist

 

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