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Gord Wait
Works at Epson Research & Development Inc Vancouver Design Center
Attended BCIT
Lives in Delta B.C. Canada
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More evidence that solar energy is a true threat to the oil and coal industry.

We can't let these psychopaths ruin our chances for cheap solar energy. We could give a rats ass for the big oil business model.
 
The Yiddish word "chutzpah" means gall and utterly arrogant nerve. It should be re-spelled to "koch-spah" after this news… that the ever-meddlesome Koch brothers are now funding a major campaign against state efforts to ramp up solar energy.  It would be one thing if they limited their attacks to ending tax rebates and minor subsidies for solar and wind… hypocritical, given how much they have benefited from vastly larger oil-gas-coal subsidies, tax breaks and almost free access to resources on public lands. 

No, they are also targeting "net metering" which is the law allowing a homeowner who owns a rooftop solar unit to sell excess power back to the utility.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-solar-kochs-20140420,0,7412286.story#axzz2zSLfKKoM

Please read that again.  The Koch brothers do not want you selling your excess power to the market.  Their beef is with filling energy markets with millions of little-guy producers.  Their "institute" proclaims that its aim is to "preserve the public utility power company concept" -- a state mandated monopoly system in which single companies control all access to energy.  Some enterprise capitalists! Some libertarians!

But let's dig deeper to the heart of it.  WHY are the Kochs (and their Saudi partners) doing this right now?  Because solar energy is taking off.  Because efficiency and durability rates have been skyrocketing, in part because we had the wisdom to use some mild incentives to boost an important new industry, the way US Postal contracts stimulated air travel, in the 1920s, or public roads spurred the rise of the automobile.

Only with this difference: renewable energy systems are improving far FASTER than airplanes or automobiles did, in their nascent days. And more spectacular tech advances loom on the horizon, that they can see coming fast.

Dig it well.  The Kochs would not be doing this if renewables weren't taking off and a looming threat to the brothers' bottom line.  Millions of autonomous citizens, generating and selling their own power is no longer a sci fi pipe dream.  It is coming true fast… and the parasite dinosaurs are bellowing.
The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy.
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Because they can (apparently). Greed simply knows no limits...
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I've been having thoughts along these lines as well. The idea that our western governments are actually working for the benefit of us individual citizens is one of many problems (assuming "we" prefer a fair society for all). 
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From the post: "There has been a boom market in dystopian young adult fiction over the past decade. There is a reason for this. Play and recreation is an important training mechanism in young mammals by which they practice or rehearse activities that will fit them for later adult life experiences."
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I learned a whole lot from this article, now I need time to try out some ideas.. Shared so I can find it again..
 
I wrote an article on how to get the Ultimate bokeh >> http://tiny.cc/am5zdx

This is head-shot #55 - Jesse Rinka - Wedding/Portrait photographer
I got to know Jesse way before I started The Project through the Fstoppers group on Facebook. He's a genuine and kind guy, my goal with his head-shot was to capture that kindness.
Funny story, I go to NYC a few times a week and work out of an office on 55th and Lexington Ave. I've known Jesse for over a year now and had no idea his office was literally across the street, about 700ft away. Gotta love NYC!
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At the 2 minute mark is a story about how my daughter Leah and her co worker both helped saved a man's life in the line of duty as lifeguards at a Richmond B.C. swimming pool. 
Proud dad moment! 

This is a better link:

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=320071&binId=1.1184759&playlistPageNum=1
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That worked. :)

It's also nice the reporter didn't stop with the awards and delivered more information on the importance of defib machines too.
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Big oil money hard at work..
In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. Still, it’s the new customers who will rapidly make up the majority, even in a traditional oil-and-gas powerhouse like Oklahoma. That’s because the cost of solar power systems has been drastically falling for the last five ye...
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pretty dopey legislation. but, the people deserves whomever they elect to pass laws. 
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Sounds like I need to update my "Automotive Entropy" theory..

+Jason Wait +Gary Wait  ;)
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I was never convinced about entropy increasing. like this. :-) 
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This is a lot of fun! Talented people! 
 
I got a laugh from these talented ladies.
I was also mesmerised by the performance.
Thanks +Dale Pfeiffer for sharing this on that other social network. 
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Now this.. is funny stuff.. Or scary..
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cool and the scary part is the shirtless guy
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Getting set up for last night's gig..

(Or it's a lost scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind..)
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Musician, Electronics Engineering, Restaurateur, Internet Geek, Travel.
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Co Owner of a great little seaside restaurant in White Rock called Jan's on the Beach! www.jansonthebeach.ca
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  • BCIT
  • Steveston Senior Secondary
  • Palmer Junior Secondary
  • Blundell Elementary
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Electronics and FPGA Design, Restaurateur
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  • Epson Research & Development Inc Vancouver Design Center
    Hardware Engineer, 2013 - present
    Contractor
  • S.E.L.
    Lead Hardware Engineer, 2011 - 2013
  • Lighthaus Logic Inc
    Electronics and FPGA Design, 2006 - 2011
  • Q Imaging
  • Spectrum Signal Processing
  • SMOS Systems (Seiko Epson)
  • Cubicomp
  • Gemini Technology
  • Vertigo Imaging
    Electronics Engineering
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Delta B.C. Canada
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Mostly Richmond B.C. Canada - Delta B.C. - Vancouver Area - Edmonton - Saskatoon - Ottawa - Lethbridge
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CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?" - Charlie's Diary
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(Another in the irregular "Common Misconceptions about Publishing" series of essays ...) You already know I hate Microsoft Word. But it take

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Despite a court order banning it in 2012, this year's Broadway Bomb skateboard street-race down Manhattan's iconic boulevard still...

Mel Blanc's radio show: 40+ free, downloadable episodes
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Zack writes, "In 1947, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner and other beloved cartoon characters had his own radio show spinn

Rocket launch filmed by drone
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The SpaceX Grasshopper's latest launch—and graceful descent!—captured by a drone-mounted camera. Grasshopper was most recently s...

Malala to Obama: US use of drones is 'fueling terrorism'
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Young author and human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai had quite a tour of the United States this week. In the video above, she ma...

Why Microsoft Word must Die - Charlie's Diary
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Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination, a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use

A Brief History of Buildings That Melt Things
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In London this week, a parabolic "death ray" of sunshine--reflected off of London's newest skyscraper--is destroying luxury cars, starting f

On Syria - Charlie's Diary
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(Note: My Snowden/sociology piece has spawned a longer essay on the same subject area, in Foreign Policy.) And I'm sorry, but I can't stay a

I Met The World's Smartest Dog
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"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is Dan," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and sig

What are you thinking, Mr. President? — BuzzMachine
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I wrote this for the Guardian, where the discussion is quite lively, approaching 1,500 comments. I'm posting it here a few days later for th

Why We "Got Milk": Scientific American
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When a single genetic mutation first let ancient Europeans drink milk, it set the stage for a continental upheaval

Ingress
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*****Ingress is a closed-beta right now. Request an invite at http://www.ingress.com*****Ingress transforms the real world into the landscap

Schneier on Security: Blowback from the NSA Surveillance
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But there are unintended consequences of the NSA scandal that will undermine U.S. foreign policy interests -- in particular, the "Internet F

My week with the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV
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SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more a

Schneier on Security: A Really Good Article on How Easy it Is to Crack P...
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The list of "plains," as many crackers refer to deciphered hashes, contains the usual list of commonly used passcodes that are found in virt

What Kills Big Companies? - The Story of Telling
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Most companies falter not because they don't do what they do well, but because they don't understand why that matters to their customers.

Interview with Top Chef Canada Competitor Matt Stowe | Vancouver Foodster
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The other day I had lunch with Chef Matt Stowe at Cactus Club Coal Harbour restaurant, sitting by the window overlooking the stunning view o

Florida's Redlight Program Designed To Make Driving More Dangerous By Sh...
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For years, we've been critics of red light cameras, which have been shown time and time again to actually increase accidents rather than dec

How Bing Crosby and the Nazis Helped to Create Silicon Valley
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In the the mid-nineteen-forties, Americans picked over the technological remains of German industry. One thing they discovered was magnetic

Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us?
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Smart machines probably won't kill us all—but they'll definitely take our jobs, and sooner than you think.

Very tasty! If you're looking to treat yourself give them a try. A great wine list as well.
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Shopping while hungry - so many tasty things here!
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Knowledgeable and friendly staff, and the beer came out great!
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A great lunch! The butter chicken is excellent!
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Since when is a neighborhood pub supposed to be a rave party? Can't hear yourself think in this place. At least the 18 year olds are having fun..
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