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The Possibility of Steam Powered Automobiles

Even though numerous of the latest fuel alternatives being studied are new, numerous of them are not. The use of steam energy is not at all a new invention but it is one that requirements to be perfect if it is to become a viable resource. Like any other choice currently under scrutiny, it is going to have both positive aspects and disadvantages. It is a matter of picking them apart to see how it measures up in comparison to other environmentally friendly solutions.

One benefit the steam engine has more than the gas engine is durability. Steam engines have widely been used in heavy-duty machine work. Due to the fact, steam engines are considerably heavier than gasoline engines, it is the far better option for any kind of heavy duty work. Industrial uses of this kind of fuel could make a great impact on the health of the environment.

The original steam engine car was introduced in 1912. At very first it sold a lot greater than a gas auto. It didn’t manage to stick around as a number one source for consumers and it eventually faded out as preference was put on gas vehicles. A number of aspects contributed to this issue, 1 of them being the truth that several people feared a boiler explosion. It rarely happened but it was a common fear amongst several at that time.

A steam engine has a slower begin up time than a gas powered engine does. It also demands significantly much more maintenance. Because convenience and timing is every little thing today, those varieties of quirks would have to be worked out prior to this would be something today’s society would be willing to invest in. Everybody wants quicker and a lot more efficient products. Absolutely nothing less with suffice.

At this moment, no significant auto producers have a steam engine choice in production. With gas and hybrid vehicles leading the way in the market, there is no room for a notion that has not but been taken to its maximum potential. Shoppers are becoming pickier with their automotive purchases in regards to the environment. Fuel alternatives must be worth the investment.

One benefit of the steam engine is that it is able to run off of the heat given off by any combustible material. This indicates that it has far more than one feasible fuel source. Vehicles that can run on a lot more than one sort of fuel are a hot item. It is like getting the best of both worlds in one effective package.

The British have recently been working hard on a steam-powered automobile that they believe is yet another step toward the future. They plan to bring it to the United States in order to break a globe record. As far more people in different countries do their part to advance scientific study on steam engines, as well as other realistic alternatives, the quicker the globe will be able to turn away from petroleum and diesel fuels.

As the study continues in an attempt to lessen dangerous emissions and harsh chemicals from the atmosphere, there is plenty that can be carried out by buyers as well. Keep informed of growing alterations and trends in order to make your investments count.

Our Economic Future Scares Me

Today I was reading this article by Glenn Beck, and frankly, it just outlines a few things looming in our not that distant economic future that really scare me. Give it a read, then come back here and share your thoughts.

Let’s be clear, I am not an alarmist, extremist, or any kind of -ist for that matter. I tend to tread in the middle road on many things. Even though I am a conservative politically and morally speaking, I am very much one to mix with all types and be happy with the melting pot.

Our Economic Future Scares Me

I think we can all pretty clearly agree that our national economic situation America is downright screwed up.

We, as a country, have been borrowing against the future in a big tremendous way in order to enjoy the current prosperity. Politicians continue to do it because it just isn’t easy to get elected without giving people the easy answer to making their our what we all want. It has been easy to let it happen because frankly, we all enjoy the good times, and the negative backlash has seemed so far in the future that we all figure some kind of fix will be figured out along the way. Not my problem, right?

Our Economic Future Scares Me

Wrong.

All indicators and difficulties of our current recessive backsliding underway, we are headed for a major bursting of our financial bubbles. It drives me insane to see us continue to operate at a deficit as a country in such enormous sums that the average citizen simply cannot wrap his or her mind around it to be concerned. It’s like the individual that is so deep in debt that they just ignore the bills out of the sheer feeling of futility of doing anything about it.

One life getting fouled up with band financial decisions is a bad thing, an entire country is in an entirely different scope.

I truly believe that our generation needs to be the one to take this problem by the horns and do something about it. Even if it means a decade of some very difficult times, it isn’t going to get any easier the longer we put it off. We are well past the point of thinking we can just maintain status quo and it will somehow resolve itself.

‘Guess What…’ has to be Genetic

If you have raised kids past the age of learning to talk, then you are familiar with the phrase “guess what?”. In fact, I would submit that you are not only familiar with it, but the mere beginning of the phrase sends chills down your spine. Every newly enabled talker in our family has employed this little phrase as their means of ensuring full parental attention to every word they are saying.

There is always that happy moment you enjoy when your little offspring begin to have the ability to really communicate. I don’t mean just “no” (which is of course nearly always the first word every learned because they hear it so much up to that point in their life), but really start to express themselves. The reward is not only that you have raised a child that is apparently capable of expressing themselves in a manner other than crying, but also someday they will hopefully be a contributing member of society.

That moment passes soon after they learn to leave out the pause for a breath between sentences in order to keep your undivided attention indefinitely.

Truly it is a lot of fun to have the ability to actually carry on a conversation with your child. Given that you have your wits about you and the time to look them straight in the eyes for an extended period of time, the experience can be a pleasurable one. The problem arises when you are trying to accomplish other tasks, and your child simply does not believe you are paying attention unless you are looking directly at them through the entire dialog. There may be some truth the fact that you are catching only some of the words in an attempt to split your time and simply guessing at their intended communication.

In order to be sure that you are with them, your child starts to use the “guess what” at the beginning to get your attention. Once that works, guess what starts to be used repeatedly at the beginning of every sentence; then later at the end, middle and whenever they feel like they don’t fully have you there. The habit develops, and soon you have more guess what’s then you do actual content to the communication.

I am not sure if it happens more with girls than boys, and I am likely predisposed to think it is girls because I currently have a 6-year-old girl that is in the throws of the guess what phenomenon. Of course, I have an eight-year-old boy that has evolved from guess what to simply saying “look at me” when he doesn’t think you are paying him the proper amount of attention.

I keep reminding myself that improving communication skills is perhaps the most important developmental process a child can go through, so I just smile and casually remind my daughter every so often that the guess what is really not necessary…especially 2 to 3 times in the same sentence. It has become a laughing point because she doesn’t even realize she is doing it. Someday I will get the guess what to go because it really does need to go!

Australian gold project development stalled – recovery 2019?

Australia’s gold production increased in the first half of this year, but both export volumes and values have declined, Australia’s Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) reported Wednesday.

“Gold exploration expenditures in Australia has continued to fall and new project development has stalled in response to lower prices,” said BREE Resources Program chief John Barber.Kaminak Gold

“In 2015, a higher US interest rate, albeit marginally higher, is expected to further reduce the appeal of gold relatively to other investment assets and support lower prices,” Barber forecast. “A moderate rebound in jewelry purchases in response to lower prices is not expected to offset this decline in gold investment or market speculation that accompanies it.”

“The average price of gold is forecast to decrease a further 4.7% in 2015 to US$1123 per ounce,” he advised.

“Forecast lower prices in 2014 and 2015 are expected to slow the development of new mines with production from low cost projects that do start up likely to be offset by declining production at existing mines or closure of higher cost producers,” said BREE’s Resources and Energy Quarterly, September 2014. Nonetheless, gold mine production is Australia is estimated to have increased 7.5% and totaled 274 tonnes in 2013-14.

“Looking forward, the robust production growth in 2013-14 is not expected to be repeated over the outlook period. Lower forecast prices over the next 18 months are expected to challenge a number of high cost producers in Australia and many of the easier gains in cost cutting have already been reaped.”

The country’s gold production is projected to increase at an average annual rate of 1% and total 228 tonnes in 2018-19 with most of the growth occurring later in the period, BREE forecast.

“A rebound in private investment demand for gold is not anticipated in the short term as prices as forecast to continue to declining,” said the report. “All investment purchases except those of central banks are forecast to be lower in 2014 relative to 2013.”

Demand for gold bars and coins is forecast to decrease further in 2015 and ETFs are expected to remain net sellers, according to BREE. A projected recovery in investor demand is expected towards 2019.

Meanwhile, Wayne Calder, BREE deputy executive director, observed, “The prospects for the resources and energy industry remain positive. Continued economic growth in highly populated emerging economics will sustain increased demand for both resources and energy commodities into the future.”

“Closer to home Australia is moving decisively from the investment phase of the mining boom to the production phase,” Calder noted. “We will continue to see expansions in capacity from the Australian resources and energy sectors with increasing supply of iron ore and coal as well as the commencement of major new LNG projects across Australia.”

IRON ORE OUTLOOK

Iron ore prices have fallen 37% since the start of this year due to increase supply from Australia and moderating demand growth in China, observed BREE’s Ben Witteveen. “While prices are expected to rebound from current lows, over the medium term the peak of each rebound and trough is likely to be lower as more supply enter the market.”

Iron ore prices are forecast to average US$94 a tonne for the full year 2014, down 26% relative to last year. Over the next five years, iron ore prices are projected to average between US$90 and US$95 tonnes, said the BREE report.

“Decisions to close mines are unlikely to be made easily given the cost with placing operations on care and maintenance,” said Witteveen. “Iron ore suppliers are therefore likely to persist as long as possible but eventually prices that are substantially lower than high cost supplies from both exporters and domestic producers in China will result in reduced supply.”

In 2015 China’s ore iron imports are forecast to increase by 6.6% and total 933 million tonnes, according to BREE. Over the period from 2015 to 2019, China’s iron ore imports are projected to increase at an average annual rate of 4.7% and to total 1.12 billion tonnes in 2019.

A projected decrease in Japan’s steel production is expected to reduce iron ore demand by an average of 0.3% during the same period, while South Korea’s iron ore imports are projected to increase at an average annual rate of 1%.

Australia’s iron ore exports are forecast to increase 22% this year to 707 million tonnes, said BREE. In 2015 Australian iron ore exports are forecast to grow by 8.6% to 768 million tonnes.

Brazil’s iron ore exports are forecast to grow by 10% this year to 362 million tonnes, while India’s iron ore exports are estimated to grow by 29% to 12 million tonnes.

More oxide gold for Kaminak in near-deposit discovery

Kaminak Gold reported strong gold-mineralized intercepts Tuesday on its Coffee gold project in the Yukon.

The area looks promising for new gold resources which could bolster the wider Coffee project, now undergoing feasibility level studies.Kaminak Gold

The new area is called Kona North and it isn’t terribly surprising that it holds gold mineralization.

The area appears to be an extension of structures where Kaminak has outlined resources and is about 3 kilometres west of the Coffee project’s main resources comprising 467,000 ounces gold @ 1.77 g/t indicated and 2 million ounces gold @ 1.28 g/t Au inferred in oxide resources within 150 metres of surface which are being targeted for potential open pit mining and heap leaching.

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The new intercepts are near surface and include 3.55 g/t Au over 28 metres were associated with anomalous gold-in-soil concentrations that have guided so much of Kaminak’s exploration programs at one of the more important gold discoveries – the broader Coffee project – in the Yukon.

While the Kona North area won’t, at least at this stage, revolutionize Kaminak’s Coffee project it could but more shine on economics if they add ounces at decent grades.

Kaminak has said it aims to spend about $30 million on its feasibility work which will include extensive infill drilling to upgrade inferred resources to indicated resources. Earlier this year it outlined the Coffee project in a preliminary economic assessment. In that study it projected 167,000 ounces gold in average yearly production over an 11 year minelife a 26 percent IRR, after tax, assuming $1,250/oz gold and capital costs of $305 million.

Bass Fishing Budget Tips

It can be a daunting task for bass anglers to stick to a budget when they are trying to outfit themselves for the sport. While it would be easy to spend thousands of dollars on rods and reels alone — and the same amount or more on lures — not all bass anglers are in the financial position to spend so freely on fishing. Luckily for them, bass fishing does not need to be a budget-busting endeavor.Bass Fishing Secrets & Tips 1

Choose a Middle-of-the-Road Rod and Reel

For about $50 to $100, bass anglers can buy a fishing rod and reel that will work for most fishing situations. They should choose a spinning rod or reel — depending on their preference — that is 6.5 feet long with a medium to medium-heavy action. The rod should be graphite, and the reel should have as many ball bearings as possible, at least three. That length and action of rod is well suited to many fishing situations, and when anglers decide to spend more money, they can buy more specialized rods and reels.

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Fishing Line

Anglers who decide to go with a spinning rod and reel should choose 8-pound test monofilament, and those who opt for a baitcasting rod and reel should go with 10-pound test monofilament line. Those sizes of line will perform well in many situations, though anglers who fish in particularly heavy cover would be better off fishing heavier line.

Narrow the Lure Choices

Anglers can choose from a nearly endless array of bass-fishing lures in hundreds of shapes, sizes and colors. But to consistently catch bass, anglers need relatively few of them. If anglers were to purchase one of several lure styles, they should choose: a spinnerbait (white in color and 3/8 of an ounce in size); crankbait (shad-colored and medium-diving); bag of plastic worms (pumpkinseed in color and 7 inches in length); buzzbait (white in color and 3/8 of an ounce in size); jig and pig (black and blue in color, 3/8 of an ounce in weight).

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Become Proficient with a Bait or Two

While the idea of being a master of many presentations is attractive to many bass anglers, the reality is that fishermen who master a presentation or two — and then look for opportunities during which those presentations will work best — often are more successful. To the bass angler on a budget, this means becoming proficient at using spinnerbaits and plastic worms, for example, and then focusing future spending on purchasing more sizes and styles of these lures.

Fish from Shore

Where there is cover along the shoreline, there likely are bass. While some bass move to deep water, especially during the warm-water months, there oftentimes are bass located in shallow water around cover such as vegetation, trees and boat docks. Anglers who fish from shore should look for these areas and focus their fishing effort on them. That will save on the multiple costs associated with owning and operating a fishing boat.

Cheap Honeymoon Ideas

The honeymoon is a time for you and your spouse to enjoy being together. It doesn’t have to be in an exotic locale and you don’t have to scuba dive, walk through a rain forest or fly around the world. There are plenty of ways to have a wonderful honeymoon without spending a lot of money.Honeymoon

Register for a Honeymoon

The best way to have an affordable honeymoon is to have someone else pay for it. Try registering for all or part of your honeymoon. Your chances are probably better if you divide it up into parts: airfare, hotel, entertainment, drinks.

Stay Domestic

There are plenty of beautiful places to stay and fun things to do without leaving the country. Disneyworld is an affordable honeymoon. So is New York, Key West and Southern California. If you are both into the outdoors, there are hundreds of beautiful state and national parks peppered throughout the country. Yellowstone, considered one of the most beautiful natural areas in North America, is located in Wyoming. You don’t even have to camp; you can stay in the lodge.

Honeymoon Off-Season

Planning your honeymoon in the off-season is a great way to save money.For Europe, look into fall and winter. For the Southern hemisphere, plan on the summer months. Equator sites such as Southeast Asia are good picks for the winter months, but watch out for the rainy season.

Rental Home

If you can get the beach honeymoon or trip abroad idea out of your head and enjoy the idea of just spending time with your new spouse, a rental home in your area can be a great honeymoon. Search sites like Craigslist for a weekly rental and plan on spending lots of quality time together relaxing and enjoying each other’s company in a new atmosphere. Give each other massages, cook each other meals, watch movies, play games and, of course, talk about your future lives together.

Is Google Too Late With The Google+ Project?

This past Tuesday Google announced the new social networking platform called the Google+ project. It clearly has Facebook in its sights but will it succeed or go the way of Google Buzz, Orkut and Google Wave?

There is certainly a lot of, no pun intended, buzz going around about the Google+ project and rightly so, after all anything Google has a hand it surely gets a lot of attention. There is surely no shortage of articles to read all about this and I invite you to, pun intended, Google the Google+ project and read to your heart’s content.

One article in particular caught my attention and it was from The New York Times. In their piece, they make a very compelling argument that Google may in fact be too late to the Social Media dance as they reference the fact that “In May, 180 million people visited Google sites, including YouTube, compared with 157.2 million on Facebook, according to comScore. But Facebook users looked at 103 billion pages and spent an average of 375 minutes on the site, while Google users viewed 46.3 billion pages and spent 231 minutes.”

For those of you keeping score at home that’s 103 billion pages for Facebook vs. a little more than 46 billion for Google.

As far as Google’s unique selling proposition, or USP… one of the big selling points, at least Google hopes so, is that is designed specifically for sharing with groups, i.e. friends, family, co-workers etc., rather than with all of another user’s friends and more importantly, the entire internet like say on Facebook.

Not sure if that alone will be enough to convince people to use yet another social network, even it does come with the Google name attached to it… again, I offer Google Buzz, Orkut and Google Wave as Exhibits A, B and C as to why just having the Google name on something does not guarantee future success.

Then there’s the name itself… According to Vic Gundotra, the senior vice president who oversees Google’s social products, the “Plus” is reflective of the fact that it “takes products from Google and makes them better and ‘project’ because it’s an ongoing set of products,” said Vic Gundotra, the senior vice president who oversees Google’s social products.” Meanwhile internally, according to the New York Post, the project is codenamed “Emerald Sea.”

If they’re only two choices I’ll take Emerald Sea. At least it conjures up visions of Dorothy and Toto, et al and of a wizard and all that good stuff.

As far as the Google+ project being a direct competitor of Facebook, Mr. Gundotra claims that’s just not the case. “We aren’t trying to replace what’s currently available, we just want to introduce a new way to connect online with the people that matter to you.”

And if you believe that… well you get my point. And perhaps Mr. Gundotra was being truthful when he said Google’s not trying to replace “what’s currently available” a not-so-veiled reference to Facebook but rest assured they want their piece of the ever-expanding social network pie and are tired of watching Mr. Zuckerberg have all the fun.

And if you’re so inclined, here’s a brief video Google produced to help explain the Google+ project.

Have You Been In A Limo Today?

If you are looking to ride around town in style then you need to make sure that you hire yourself a limo. While it may seem that a limo is very expensive and you are not able to afford it you should know that there are people hiring a Limo on a daily basis. This is because the best prom car hire prices are very affordable and they want you to keep coming back to avail their services. This is the reason these services are very affordable as well as the best.

When you hire a limo rental service you will be able to make sure that you ride in the best cars possible. All the cars are well maintained and the drivers are well trained in the best customer service. This means that your ride will be luxurious and you will be treated well and spoken to very politely. Once you get used to the services, you will want to take it over and over again because this is something that is once in a lifetime and an experience worth taking.

You should also make sure that your family members get a ride in a Limo because they will truly enjoy this experience. If you and your family members are going to a tough time and are very stressed there is no better way than a nice drive out of town. Rather than driving and focusing on the road and not spending time with your family members you need to make sure that you get into a Limo with them and enjoy the ride while someone else takes you to your destination. Not only will this bring you closer to your family you will also be able to enjoy the view like never before. This is something you will not be able to do if you are driving yourself.

Another advantage of hiring a driver is that they will take care of the vehicle and all the other formalities that come along with it. This includes parking the vehicle and ensuring that no one damages the vehicle anywhere. If you have taken a car on hire and you’re driving it yourself then you need to make sure that the car is safe and you would have to pay for the damages to the car. This is not the case with a limo rental service. Taking care of the Limo is not your responsibility. All you need to do is hop into the ride and you will be able to enjoy a nice peaceful drive along with your family members. Even if you have to get your business meeting there is no better commutation then a Limo. A limo will keep you comfortable and will ensure that you reach the meeting in the right frame of mind. If you have skipped breakfast or you are hungry there are refreshments that are provided inside the Limo. This way you will not have to make unnecessary stops and waste time.

ON OUR WAY HOME: A PHOTO EXHIBITION BY HOMELESS ELDERS

Few groups of people are invisibilized in our society quite like homeless people. We avert our eyes when walking down the street, pat our pockets to show we have no money to give them, and look at our phones when we pull up next to them at freeway exits. We fundamentally fail to even see them, let alone see life through their eyes.

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The following social experiment, engineered by the New York City Rescue Mission, illustrates this point in a poignant and powerful way.

Elderly homeless folks are a particularly marginalized and invisibilized subset of this struggling population. As a result, six senior citizens–who currently experience or have experienced homelessness–collaborated with West Oakland’s Saint Mary’s Center to document their lives in order to humanize their communities.

The result is On Our Way Home, an exhibition showcasing the photos these elders took with disposable cameras. This Friday the artists will be on hand to show their work and address what we can do to end the growing epidemic of homelessness.

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The Bay Area’s skyrocketing rents have been well-documented of late, and with that there is less incentive to build affordable housing. The most recent census data reveals that we have more seniors living in poverty than any urban area in the country, and yet few are looking out for their interests. “No one is building housing for extremely low income people,” St. Mary’s Center’s Executive Director Carol Johnson explains. “Where is an elder making $877/month supposed to live?”

Friday night’s event seeks to start the process of humanizing the people who suffer from homelessness and thinking more deeply about how we can help our community fight back against this epidemic. The exhibit is presented by St. Mary’s Center on May 2nd from 6 – 9 pm at Uptown Body & Fender 401 26th Street near Telegraph in Oakland. The exhibit will also be open May 5 – 16 from 8:30am – 5:00pm at the Uptown.