Michael Cain

Michael Cain

  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    That three-blades-on-a-pivot design for windmills has had a shed load of work put into it, both empirical and theoretical. Another factor is where the wind resources are. Look at maps for wind resources at 20 meters above ground level versus...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I suggested earlier this year that post-Mexican wall the Trump administration could conceivably go for a NAFTA where the NA was North Atlantic and meant the US, UK, and Canada, then a new NATO that included only the same three....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Trump is a bully: he has to be the winner, and his adversary the loser. True. On free trade with the UK post Brexit, I believe it is possible to convince him -- or for him to convince himself --...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Question out of ignorance here. My understanding is that Article 50 is only reversible by the other EU members, who have to vote unanimously to do that. Isn't all this "Brexit do over" talk moot now?...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Which takes us back to "maybe in China, probably in Russia, impossible in a democracy" territory. Allow me to introduce you to the Crow Butte in situ leaching mine in outstate Nebraska, USA. Operating since 1991 and looking to expand....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    ...as a negotiation lever in search of a better trade deal with the UK... And here I was thinking that May's visit last month was to get a behind-the-scenes agreement in principle to a new NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Re other states joining a CalExit... Look at where California gets its electricity, natural gas, and water, and the direction of the future plans for those. California needs to have pretty much everything from the western edge of the Great...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    You're right, however, that healthcare was definitely a horrible cave-in. He simply didn't have the votes. A couple of Senate Republicans made noises, but never cast a single vote to help Obama. And two very conservative Democratic Senators from solidly...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    OGH, on a US Constitutional Convention: "And that's assuming a cross-faction consensus on what needs to be done can emerge that spans a sufficient range of positions that it can be made to stick." Personally, I expect the only change...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I eventually figured out that it comes down to one question: "How many people do you think you have to consider to figure out what you're doing on Friday night?" If the answer is one -- yourself -- you're a...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Indeed, even without oil, Scotland is an energy exporter... How feasible are the proposals for Scotland to be the end point for an HVDC link from Iceland bringing in hydro and geothermal power?...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    My last full-time gig was as on the permanent non-partisan staff for a US state legislature. Once of the good things about the job was that some aspects of it required private discussions, so everyone in the group got a...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I am plowing through -- and it has reached that point -- Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series, in order this time. I have refrained from purchasing a copy of Nightmare Stacks yet because it would be a temptation....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    There's a (long-delayed) project under construction to do just that called Tres Amigas Where Frank thinks that something like Tres Amigas would be used to export power from west to east, there's at least as good an argument that, given...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Any piece that's going to spin futures about the US electric grid has to start from this: "The US doesn't have one power grid, it has three. There are minimal transfers between the three. Each of the three has radically...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Out of curiosity, what happens if the European Commission, wanting to head off a future filled with non-binding referendums, says at some point this next week, "We consider that notice has been given, and plan on having the first meeting...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Changing legal positions requires laws or treaties, not re-interpretation. Shhh... Don't tell the Supreme Court over here that, they'll all have heart attacks and die. Although in that case, maybe better that you do tell them....
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    ...how to work for yourself... An extension of this. For a very long time, there are going to be a limited number of types of jobs, and need to fill those appropriately. The system has to deal with the need...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Sorry. My bad. I'll be quiet....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Citizens United. Federal reserve policy from 2007. Obamacare upheld. Same-sex marriage. CO2 emission regulations. The latest expansion of the definition of "navigable waters". Federal land-use policy on the enormous public land holdings in the West. All "won" in the bureaucracy...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    For an American analogy: imagine if you lived in Massachussets or Washington but your political frame of reference was dictated from Mississippi or Alabama, without representation. Let me tweak this statement slightly, to get "Imagine if you lived in Mississippi...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    I agree with your thoughts on the short term. Sometime in the next generation or two of iPhones, Apple will add "really, really secure" mode. Once invoked, forgetting your passcode means your data are lost. By the same token, custom...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    While it is amusing to make fun of the Republican candidates for President, any broader consideration has to look at the other parts of government here in the US. From 2010, the Republicans have gained a steadily tighter grip on...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    At least in the US, the Boomers is generally used to cover babies born from 1946 through 1964. The oldest have started turning 70, the youngest are still in their early 50s. One of the reasons that the Boomers are...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    Just what benevolent dictator is going to pick the members of these non partisan commissions? Different states are trying different things. The very limited evidence so far is that there are more competitive districts and fewer safe ones. The more...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    Meta: I am reading the informed commentary here with horrified fascination. As am I. I live in one of the western states, the 11 from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific. As a region, the population of these states is...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    The US has three almost entirely independent power grids, each with its own fuel mix (East, West, and Texas for short). I live in the West and am most familiar with the numbers there. Depending on how wet the winter...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    US-specific and culturally behind the times... A SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime cable set top box arrived the week before Christmas. Comcast provided a CableCARD for decryption and activated it without arguing. Three independent tuners that deliver three high-def video streams over...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    The Pi family really are remarkable little devices....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    People laugh at me when I make a similar argument for the US power grid. Between political pressures to do away with coal and how unlikely it is (at least in my mind) that any of the current fleet of...
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