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10/26/21 07:46 PM #24287    

Jim Bedwell

Just heard on Tucker that reporter Miranda Devine was not allowed into Hunter Biden's art show/sale in Manhattan. She did point out that instead of shelling out 500K for one of Hunter's "masterpieces" you could take a taxi and pick up a SIGNED Picasso lithograph for only 400K. Tucker ended the segment commenting on Hunter's Midas oops I mean Miden oops I mean Biden touch and wondered how long it would be before Hunter comes up with a new vaccine that will be mandatory.


10/26/21 08:19 PM #24288    

 

Tommy Thomas

Jim,

Hunter is not interested in developing vaccines. I hear that he is trying his hand at being a Hollywood agent. He negotiated a deal a couple of weeks ago for Donald Trump to make a cameo appearance in Alec Baldwin's next movie.


10/26/21 08:44 PM #24289    

Jim Bedwell

Tommy,

That's it? Where are Ron and Sue when you need 'em.........


10/26/21 10:59 PM #24290    

 

David Wier

This is a serious project/product proposal. I'm not full of myself enough to say this is the next BIG thing, but I do believe it has serious possibilities. 

I need either:
1. An electronics engineer who can also, working with me, can get a patent for the product
or 
2. I need someone who is very familiar with the way to get a patent and procure said patent. 

Plus either way, I will also need a lawyer to write us up an iron-clad NDA for the project we'll be doing together. 

We'll need a name for the branding of the product that will stick in everyone's mind such as 'Coke' or 'Kleenex'

Does anyone know anyone who is trustworthy enough to work with me honestly with this project and can refer them to me, if it's not one of you guys (our hopefully trusted classmates)?

 


10/27/21 02:38 AM #24291    

Jim Bedwell

I hate to say this, but from what I've seen of modern "art" the last decades, actually some of Hunter's stuff I saw wasn't that bad by comparison! I do love all the colors of the rainbow that he uses - diversity?

Sure beats all those $5 items that Steve Keene was trying to sell that I posted 2 or 3 weeks ago.


10/27/21 06:39 AM #24292    

 

David Cordell

 

Ronald Reagan speech in 1964. 57 years ago, but more relevant than ever.




10/27/21 08:40 AM #24293    

 

Tommy Thomas

David W.,

I am currently working to secure a patent for a medical product. I've learned a lot in the process. The foundational question to ask is if a patent will serve to protect your invention. If your invention is more toward the simple side, then a patent will help protect you from those who would duplicate it without your permission. If your invention is more toward the complex side, then the complexity itself is a better protection than a patent. Why? To get a patent, you must divulge how you make the invention. That information will be publicly available after you get the patent. So, in the complexity case, simply rely on the difficulty to reproduce to protect your invention -- not a patent. That said, I have worked with several patent attorneys and am familiar with the process of procuring a patent although I myself am not an attorney and nothing I ever tell you should be construed as legal advice.

Non-disclosure agreements are relatively simple and good ones can be found online. However, like all legal documents, they don't really protect you like you probably think they do. First you must trust the individual or group or organization that you are going to work with. Then everyone signs an NDA to memorialize and explain in writing to everyone involved what that trust is so that there are no misunderstandings. If you ever end up having to hire an attorney to enforce an NDA or sue for the breach of an NDA, you will likely simply make that attorney wealthier and be frustrated and angry at yourself for working with people who were not trustworthy and either stole or ruined your idea.

I have secured several federally registered trademarks over the years. The name will not sell the product. "Kleenex", "Coke", and "Band-Aid" became trademarks that came to stand for the generic products of tissues, soft drinks, and wound dressings respectively because they were first to market and dominated the market. The names themselves did not make them successful products. That being said, it's a good idea to have a short memorable brand name that has some association with the product and get it federally registered in the right class or classes right away.

I'm not an electronics engineer, but it's also difficult to discern from your description exactly what kind of engineering expertise you need. I don't think it will be difficult to find that expertise unless your invention is extremely complex and requires very specialized skills and experience.

If you'd like to discuss further, private message me here on David's site through the Message Center. In any case, good luck with your project/product. I hope it becomes a household item/name and you become wealthy through your ingenuity and persistence (you need both to make it successful).


10/27/21 10:07 AM #24294    

 

Wayne Gary

Here is the Dimmit's flag flown at Goliad during the Texas Revolution.  The meaning is " I would rather cut off my right arm than live under tyranny"

Might be suitable today.


10/27/21 10:45 AM #24295    

 

Wayne Gary

Tommy,

I just heard that Hunter Biden is looking for a few good javelin catchers and thought you might want the job.


10/27/21 12:27 PM #24296    

 

Russ Stovall

lowell;

Are you talking about the stike out 'em out and throw 'em out play double play that ended Boston's season?  If so I loved it.   Great throw that tailed a little to the right, but was at the right level and a great tag.  Maldonado was classic on the throw.  Exactly the way you teach it to be done.  Go Astro's


10/27/21 12:39 PM #24297    

 

Lawrence (Lance) Cantor

CHRISTMAS LUMP OF COAL

Unintended Consequences of ill-conceived Green New Deals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve,

 

Despite AOC and Biden's expected efforts in the upcoming Green Summit this month in Scotland,

it now appears due to unforseen supply-chain shortages in energy..you will enjoy $100+ oil prices...as well as the extended use of coal as an energy source this winter throughout the world...

CONSEQUENTLY, MANY OF US THIS CHRISTMAS WILL BE HOPING FOR A LUMP OF COAL!

 

 

 

 

 

Opinion: Coal returns from the dead to power the world as renewables fall short

Transitioning to green energy will take time. Meanwhile, governments bring back the dirtiest of fossil fuels.

Cooling towers of a coal-fired power station in Germany. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER/AFP)

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Coal was supposed to be headed to the dust bin of history as the world increasingly embraces renewable energy.

After all, many countries were shutting down these sooty, air-choking power plants. Mines closed, coal companies went bankrupt, and utilities started to replace coal-fired electricity generation with natural gas or wind and solar energy.

But it turns out that weaning the world off fossil fuels, particularly the dirtiest fuel of them all, isn’t going to be easy or quick, as coal’s price and demand have been revived this year. Transitions take time.

“From our point of view, the energy transition was always a multi-decade story,” said Biff Ourso, senior managing director, Nuveen Real Assets. “And there’s invariably going to be periods of spikes in demand, or supply/demand imbalances that was going to cause a resurgence in carbon-based generation sources.”

Coal is likely to stick around as countries rely on it to ensure the lights stay on and the economy hums along. Coal’s resurgence also shines a light on the need for improved battery storage for renewables if the world is going to decarbonize.

Read: Some big investors are backing nuclear energy, a potential savior to the energy crisis that’s gripping the world

A series of unfortunate events

Coal’s revival comes as energy prices across the board are higher. Year-to-date, nearby ICE Rotterdam coal prices are up 140%, NYMEX natural gas prices futures prices gained 105% and West Texas Intermediate crude oil rose 76%. Comparatively, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.14% is up 23%.

Peabody Energy Corp. BTU, -5.32% earnings show the renewed fortunes of coal, as share prices are up nearly 800% in a year. The company said it has had the highest level of coal sales in seven quarters.

What’s boosting coal is a classic supply/demand mismatch, with energy transition complicating matters. Global demand for electrical power generation spiked as countries reopened their economies post-Covid lockdowns, particularly in China.

Renewable energy supply faltered in several key areas worldwide: reduced wind speeds in Europe cut power generated by turbines, and poor hydrological conditions globally reduced hydroelectric power output. Add to that a scramble to secure power supplies ahead of a northern hemisphere winter — it all added to countries turning to coal as prices for other hydrocarbons rose.

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Even in the U.S., the U.S. Energy Information Agency said coal-fired power generation is set to rise in 2021 for the first time in seven years because of high natural gas prices, although it is expected to drop next year.

Coal isn’t going anywhere

Although coal demand has dropped globally over the past several years, coal is still a significant part of the energy mix in China, with the International Energy Agency noting the country accounts for the lion’s share of global coal growth. India, the U.S. and Europe are the next top users.

Like other countries seeking to decarbonize, China is building its renewable and nuclear capacity to complement its hydropower electricity generation. That’s helped cut China’s coal use to about 65% from around 80% a few years ago, said John Kartsonas, managing partner at Breakwave Advisors, a shipping and commodities advisory firm.

Hydropower makes up about 20% of China’s electricity supplies, so when river levels fell, it had to turn to coal during this year’s power crunch as it tries to support economic growth.

This year’s energy-security crisis may make coal-dependent countries like China likely to aggressively reduce capacity. “Coal is the only alternative that you can burn and immediately have electricity coming to your house or factory,” he said.

Last gasp?

The sharp spike in coal prices is unlikely to last, judging by futures prices, which show the ICE November 2022 contract traded around $98/MT, half of current nearby values.

Near-term prices are slipping as China ramped up domestic coal output, and Europe and Russia seem to have a deal for natural-gas supplies for the winter heating months so they can rely less on coal.

Jay Hatfield, founder of Infrastructure Capital Advisors, said he’d like to think this year’s spike in coal is the mineral’s last gasp, “but I fear it is not” as countries try to balance energy security and economic growth.

“China is still trying to grow the economy at 6% annually. And it’s physically impossible, particularly in a country like China, to do that through renewables,” Hatfield said.

Kartsonas agreed, saying India and China are likely to be significant coal users for at least a decade, noting China can expand domestic coal production. However, outside of China, it would be a tough call to see coal production expand globally, he said.

“Capital is very difficult to find for these projects,” he said, especially with environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing becoming more prominent. ESG investing shuns coal.

Battery capacity for renewables

Matt Breidert, portfolio manager at Ecofin, said coal’s recent price spike is “the worst thing for coal,” from a competitive standpoint, noting that coal has been costlier than wind or solar for a while.

That different countries fell back on coal highlights the need for electric grids to build resources that have backup value in the overall energy mix, Breidert said, but that doesn’t automatically mean coal. He said options include resources such as greater battery storage and developing hydrogen sources.

Yet there’s a debate whether renewables can supply baseload power. Hatfield said battery storage at utility scale isn’t feasible, but Breidert counters that the lack of large-scale battery storage is a market-design issue rather than a technology problem.

“We haven’t really come up with a model yet to reward a big load of batteries to lay there and provide backup power when it’s really needed and be remunerated in an appropriate manner,” he said.

Debbie Carlson is a MarketWatch columnist. She doesn’t own any of the funds or stocks mentioned in this article. 

 

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10/27/21 03:43 PM #24298    

 

Tommy Thomas

Wayne,

What does Hunter Biden need javelin catchers for?


10/27/21 04:05 PM #24299    

Jim Bedwell

Now Joe the Evil is promoting his latest great idea - end cash bail in the middle of a crime wave. WHO ARE THESE FOOLS TELLING THE FOOL IN CHIEF WHAT TO DO AND SAY!?!?!?!?

Going back to hearing about more Obamanation abominations - after all this not only is Jimmy Carter II on Marxist steroids, but also Obama II on fentanyl.


10/27/21 04:19 PM #24300    

Jim Bedwell

Latest Dem EVIL brought to light - LOVED the blistering the Republican Senators gave awful Attorney General Merrick Garland before the nation, concerning one of the now numerous, swirling Dem scandals/fiascos, the Loudoun County, Virginia school board - hey, some good really happens even in this fallen world - like Arkansas's GREAT Tom Cotton said, addressing him, "Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court". AMEN.

Merrick Garland may be only the 2nd STUPID Jew I've ever observed. First was Jack Ruby. Oh, wait, I forgot about Geraldo........


10/27/21 05:23 PM #24301    

 

Lawrence (Lance) Cantor

FOOLS IN THEIR FOLLY

2.0

 

"As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly" – PROV 26:11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well Brother Jimbo…it seems you can’t help yourself in finding some piddly reason to have another GO at bashing Biden & Co.

 

I have to confess that it has become a sickening habit.

 

 

 

Not sure if you've reviewed lately:

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.  So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

Revelation 3:15-16

 

 

Oh well, never mind…as a model citizen of the kingdom...enjoy yourself here! 

It seems Sandra has outclassed you as a "BETTER ANGEL" becoming our Forum preacher of all things reasonable in dealing with our fellow man…er, wo-man!

 

 

 

regurg redone and over..........

 

 


10/27/21 05:49 PM #24302    

 

Tommy Thomas

Lance,

David thinks that Jim's posts are fine so Jim will continue as he always has.


10/27/21 06:18 PM #24303    

 

Janalu Jeanes (Parchman)

Tommy,

How do you know what David thinks?   Can you hear echoes from The Almighty's ears?

Your ears must be bat-like!


10/27/21 08:08 PM #24304    

 

Tommy Thomas

Janalu,

Are you saying that Jim's posts are inappropriate? If they were inappropriate, David would not allow them to stay up.

And, yes, I have a pretty good idea about how David thinks. I have known him for 60 years in many different circumstances at many different ages. In one of those past times under different circumstances, he responded to a letter I wrote to him with these words (I know how David thinks -- he won't mind that I shared them with you):

Tommy, I think of you as my brother also. I have only had a handful of close friends in my life, and none closer than you.

I don't doubt that he knows how I think as well. I'm grateful for all that I have learned about myself from him.




10/27/21 08:22 PM #24305    

Jim Bedwell

Lance,

So now I'm lukewarm?!?!? OK, go try to sell that somewhere. And that dog video really is in POOR TASTE, pun intended.


10/27/21 08:45 PM #24306    

 

David Cordell

Did anyone watch the Reagan video??

Astros are up, 5-1, middle of the third


10/27/21 09:37 PM #24307    

 

Lawrence (Lance) Cantor

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

 

 

 

 

Tommy,

 

I think it's safe to say that I know you,

and you know David,

well enough.

 

 

I also think I know you both to like this Led Zep ranking of riffs...

But what do I know...?

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/kNpVOw7X_Z8



 

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10/28/21 12:14 AM #24308    

 

Hollis Carolyn Heyn

My American made product could be HCH's holy crap slap your mama call your daddy to dinner cheese enchiladas.

Hint: Wolf brand chili an ingredient.

Tommy, don't steal this idea or I'll be down there to kick your ass.

I could probably use some extra income when I retire in May. From enchiladas - not from being paid to kick your ass.

10/28/21 02:11 AM #24309    

Jim Bedwell

David C,

Yes, thanks for the Reagan video. We started out well with Truman/Eisenhower, then Reagan and finally Trump. Other than that.........................


10/28/21 07:21 AM #24310    

 

Tommy Thomas

Hollis,

Put me at the top of your list to buy your Wolfy cheese enchiladas. How much will they be? 

David,

Allow me to offer a slightly different viewpoint from Jim's about the evolution of the Republicans as President. Like you, I enjoyed Reagan's ability to paint pictures with words. 

I always thought Reagan could deliver an idealistic speech that tugged at the desires of the (primarily white since they were the ones who remembered it) American people longing for a return to the prosperity they had known in the 1950s. Unfortunately his actions didn't support his ideals.

Then we got Trump -- Reagan on steroids with none of the humor or empathy. The only better thing about Trump is that his insincerity and self-absorption totally obscured his message to all but the diehards who willingly suspended their disbelief in their desperate desire to bring back the past by Making America Great Again. Now we're all paying the price as Trump just won't go away even after losing a fair democratic election and millions of Republicans are buying into the fantasy.


10/28/21 08:44 AM #24311    

 

Lawrence (Lance) Cantor

STAGFLATION


Tommy,
Today is October 28, 2021.

On October 28, 1980,
Ronald Reagan asked Jimmy Carter and the American public:
do you feel better off today than 4 years ago?

Well do ya punk...?


If the answer is not obvious to you now,
wait a few days after Scotland and hear what proposals Biden will have for America to sacrifice...
as we all suffer a transition into the green new era.

For the love of Jesus...
wake up man!

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