January 21, 2007.
What I hate about America and why the
boat plan is back in effect....
The president is crap
We just toured
the white house and surrounding monuments this weekend and it's
really messed me up. I don't like being lied to every five minutes.
I could go on, but I'll get more depressed. Our president is the
lowest form of life on the planet and he makes me ashamed to be
GM is crap
We just watched Who killed the electric car? A docutainment
production about the electric cars in the 20s, 80s and 90s that
aren't around anymore. It was well done for the most part, mediocre
in a lot of sections with some poorly framed statistics that left me
feeling manipulated, but I've drawn some conclusions from the movie
facts that are disturbing.
Note this headline from last week:
GM goes electric with concept car
What the F? GM had an electric car 16 years ago that went 70mph with a 60 mile range
and didn't need any gasoline at all, it's way more than a concept.
The difference in the new car is that it has a gasoline engine too,
just in case you need to make long trips. We're not really moving
forward here, just finding new ways to feel good about burning oil.
Just to show you what crap GM is, they are quoted in the article as saying batteries
are the solution, but they bought new battery tech in the 90s and
then sold it to Texaco and Exxon Mobil who immediately closed the
doors on the patents and technology. Imagine being the scientist
that created the innovations that could have helped prevent global
warming and then having the demons buy it from you. In this case,
you can't fault the scientist, he sold to GM thinking they would put
the batteries in cars where they were designed to go. Yeah America!
We're gonna do it! I assume that he was probably approached by big
oil before GM. Then instead of using the tech, GM sells it to the
worst possible organizations.
Fuel cell is crap
All the market news is about the Fuel Cell that uses Hydrogen and seemingly everyone
is on the bandwagon. Hydrogen is expensive to create and inefficient
to burn. The net gain is that we create a lot of wear and tear on
the mechanical parts and produce a lot of waste heat. Also we have
to carry around a volatile explosive gas. If you get a leak in your
tank, it won't be like a gas tank leak, you'll lose everything and
drive nowhere, it's a gas stored under pressure just like a balloon.
Most people think that we have hydrogen stores from the Earth, just like
fossil fuels, but Hyrdogen isn't a fossil fuel. This from
“Hydrogen is the simplest element and most plentiful gas
in the universe.“ Well
yes, it's all over the place, like at the surface of the sun. Stars
are made of hydrogen, but that doesn't mean we can just go get it.
On Earth, we take water and use electricity to slice up the bonds to
create oxygen and hydrogen. The electricity comes from burning oil
and coal so it's not really a clean solution, your just moving the
pollution from one area to another.
Hybrids are another con
We had the electric car and could have it today. The hybrid car is just another
ploy for the oil companies to sell to people and make them feel good
about themselves. It's the best solution on the market, but the
market has been artificially controlled by invasive government action
to cater to the oil companies. For instance, you get a tax incentive
for buying a hybrid right, something like $1500, a nice little chunk.
But then if you buy a Hummer, you get a $15,000 tax incentive under
the guise of the small business stimulation bill. What crap!? In
some cases you can get the Hummer for free, meaning the tax incentive
completely pays for the cost of the vehicle. I hate America.
Which brings me to the Generation X point, the point at which I know I can not be a
part of the broken corrupt system. The point at which all facets of
life sicken me with their inherent hypocrisy. How can I drive to the
store and buy some Chinese plastics and not hate myself? Is there
anything in life that doesn't involve driving to the store to buy
Chinese plastics anymore? Try going a week without using anything
Chinese or driving. It can't be done. I'm typing on a computer
built in China, my chair is Chinese, the phones, software, clothes,
everything around me is Chinese. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate
China, I hate being all high and mighty when all I have done is move
the source of pollution from one place to another. Chinese products
are the fuel cells of all other industries. Where can we produce
these products that we don't have to worry about human labor laws
(line up kids) or pollution (pour it in the rivers, spew it in the
air)? Oh right, China.
The plan in a nutshell is to buy a boat in 5 years or so and live on it. Then we
can be a part of any city or nation that we choose. With my friends
roaming the nation and all in different cities this plan has the
advantage of allowing us to roam from port to port. I've had this
idea for a long while and not had the means to actually purchase a
sailing vessel. With the house and a better job over a few years I
think we can swing it.
Sell the house and with the combined earnings and equity, buy the boat, or at least
most of the boat. Fix it up and make it livable for two and a dog.
With no mortgage or lien on the boat, we only have to make enough
money to pay for slip fees, which should be quite simple since slip
fees are roughly 20% of apartment fees in any given area and we'll
only need them when we are in port, which hopefully means we have
By using solar panels and wind power for the computers, TV, cooking implements and
other electric devices (vibrator) our electric load on the local
environment will be zero. Since I am a NYSERDA eligible Solar
installer in the state of NY, I will be able to buy the panels under
government subsidy. Manufacturing of these devices is still a
problem and I plan to continue working to save energy as a career.
Since boats run on diesel, we will convert the boat to be a veggie diesel engine that
runs on either bio-diesel (start up) or vegetable oil (steady state).
This will reduce emissions and save on fuel prices as we recycle our
own oil and grease. This technology seriously exists today, it's not
a pie in the sky fantasy like Fuel Cells. Many people are doing it
already, but it doesn't get a lot of press; I'll let you figure out
Is this something that can carry us in to old age? I honestly don't know. I
hope so, but I don't know. The lifespan of a good ocean going vessel
is far longer than a human life, the same goes for the solar panels
and many of the rigid components. Of course there will be
maintenance and upkeep, the diesel for example will only last 10
years or so, maybe 20.
Even if the plan is sound indefinitely, it's good to have back-up. A close friend of
mine has created the philosophy of “No-Takebacks” which I
applaud for it's schoolyard simplicity of message and in it's total
commitment. In the No-Takebacks plan there is an allotment for what
I call seed capital: the cash necessary to re-integrate into society.
I plan to expand on the seed capital a bit in our plan.
As a fallback, I plan to store our worldly possessions that can't go on the boat,
which is almost everything, either in Dallas or on a property that we
put aside before we go. Money will be transferred to a foreign bank
and a safe deposit box will be left behind with titles, birth
certificates, wills, and other important documents. In this way I
can be certain that things will be handled if ever we're lost at sea,
or decide to abandon the boat for terra firma. Even with an
allotment for some storage we will be liquidating many items over the
next five years.
My path right now is clear: continue as a project manager for energy efficiency, do
what I can to save the world. Anna's plan is not very clear at all,
however, I believe by specializing in shorebirds and marine life we
can find work along the coast for both of us. I don't plan to sail
away and not be a part of larger solution; my intent is to live by
example, use public transportation whenever possible and enable
people to reduce their own footprint.
All good life plans assume a certain amount of personal growth in the duration of
their execution. For us this takes the form of certain skills that
we need to acquire in the next five years (bow-hunting skills,
nunchuk skills...). We'll have to pick up sailing expertise beyond
my rudimentary sailing skill now, we'll have to learn about motors in
more depth, master home electric systems, get more fishing experience
and gear, practice shooting rifles and pistols and purchase the same
and learn languages of places that we intend to travel. It should be
fun and limited only by our interest. Hopefully there won't be
anything that we both find boring and a burden to learn.
It's January 07 now, in January of 2012 we'll be on the open ocean. Where will you