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C. Shadis
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Software Engineer, Woodworker, Troglodyte and beginner Blacksmith!
Software Engineer, Woodworker, Troglodyte and beginner Blacksmith!

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The Solar Eclipse from northern Wisconsin
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8/21/17
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Two more non-turning projects I completed recently. a fishing pole for my nephews 3rd birthday and a coat/hat rack
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8/4/17
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Here are a bunch of items I've turned over the last two months.

a bunch of wands and mushrooms for my sisters store. and a couple bowls and goblets. One bowl is Douglas Fir, and the other is Black Ash ( I hope turners can tell the difference!)

the two larger goblets are made from spalted Yellow birch, and I think they are lovely. and the small goblet is from apple wood, also a great little cup.
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8/4/17
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Sorry all, it's been a while since I came in here. and a whole bunch of posts were being held for review. The 'spam' filter is a little too happy to stop people. But I'm all caught up now!

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I recently got to try my first go at glass blowing.
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8/4/17
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recently finished making myself a nice woodworking bench. I'm very happy with it and now I just need to make some bench dogs as needed.

The top is 2" White Oak and the base is all Red oak.
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8/4/17
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Something I've believe in and have wanted to do myself for a long time. Get a web based news agency to cut the bias and report news and facts.

Check it out for yourself, spread the word.

https://www.wikitribune.com
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Open Letter to President Elect Donald Trump

Mr. Trump,

As an average American citizen, I am concerned about the future of this great country. And while I disagree that we need to make it ‘Great Again’, because it is still as great as ever, I do believe we can make it greater.

While the vast majority of the planet agrees that global warming is a serious threat, with the U.S. Republicans as a minority calling hoax for various reasons (led by a cabal of rich men for personal financial gain) they are trying to do everything to impede green technology. Even if you don’t credit global warming or climate change, Green Tech is good BUSINESS sense, unless you are trying to give unfair advantages to the coal and oil industries. As energy demands increase, Green Tech can help.

From a purely business outlook, with the vast majority of the planet looking into Green Tech and wanting it for themselves, does it not make sense to invest in it? To become the world leader in Green Tech, designing, building and exporting these things around the world? You want to bring back manufacturing jobs. But jobs that have left because of cheaper labor, don’t come back without some incentive, even labor cheaper (unappealing to those who lost jobs to get the same job back for less!) or tax breaks, (which with our current deficit, much less our debt, can we afford to give away more money?) or tariffs, which will raise the price of these products for those who would like to buy them here (both the home produced and the imported). Or the best option is better production processes allowing cheaper production while still paying decent wages.

But Green Tech is new stuff, new factories, new business models and a new revenue stream. Currently China is poised to be the new leader in Green Tech, and while I applaud their efforts since they are the only country producing more CO2 than the US (and thus also our largest competitor for foreign oil) they have jumped on the Green bandwagon. But why should we let them have all the benefits?

Currently California’s economy is booming, and it is doing so in large part to their Green Tech initiatives. We could all share in this boom, if as a country, we got behind the development and production of Green Tech. New and shiny sells, you as a major businessman know this. Green Tech is the new world shiny.

Now the benefits, even if Climate Change were a hoax, Green Tech is still a good investment on many levels. First and foremost, it reduces our dependence on foreign energy. This is always a good thing, something we’ve been trying to do since before Carter. If we are not dependant on them for oil, they can’t use it as a threat against us, making our position in the world stronger. Next the more Green Tech that is pushed out there the more decentralized our power distribution can be, making it much harder for Terrorist attacks to cripple us. 3rd, just a cleaner planet, less waste, cleaner water, cleaner air, healthier people in general! You have people in West Virginia losing jobs because of the reduction in coal production, build green plants there to give them new jobs!

Now a quick argument about Climate change denial. The biggest argument I hear (that is actually an argument, not just “liberal conspiracy” mumbo jumbo), is that the earth/atmosphere is too big and complex to be affected by the actions of humans. This is downright BS. For all of us who lived through the 1980’s there were 2 major events that fit this description and no one tried to deny it. Remember our Ozone layer, and how it had a huge hole in it, allowing in more radiation for significantly increased changes of skin cancer? And it was agreed upon by all that Freon and similar chemicals produced by humans and allowed to escape into the atmosphere, was the cause. Rules were put in place (that are still in place) to stop/reduce this danger to our planet.

The second one is acid rain. All through my middle school years acid rain was a huge threat that was killing off species all over the world. It was caused by the particles and chemicals we were releasing into our atmosphere. Laws were put in place to reduce those issues. In neither case did these ‘hurt our economy’. I would argue that they helped spur innovation and new and better technology to help serve us.

In closing, regardless of whether one accepts Global Warming/Climate Change or not, investing in Green Tech, is a good investment in our future, both for the world at large and most especially for the US specifically. Put America to work again on Green Tech!
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