‘Green’ batteries; keep pets safe; the CU Eastman debacle; it is no longer a newspaper

Scott Hamilton: John Eastman: How CU can get through the meltdown

Bill Wright suggests (Community Editorial Board: “Emails from John Eastman,” May 21) that we put the John Eastman scandal and Eastman’s association with the University of Colorado’s Boulder Benson Center for Thought and Education behind us. politics of western civilization. Go to what, to a fascist society?

Until conservative groups and their leaders begin to speak out against the reprehensible actions of the current Republican party, dominated by a twice-indicted Donald Trump, conservative “ideas” have no place in the curriculum of an institution of higher education.

When the center starts offering classes like Recognizing and Debunking Conspiracy Theories or The Big Lie: How Relentless Propaganda Can Brainwash Even Smart Citizens or Using Strawman Tropes Like Critical Race Theory and the great replacement for promoting white supremacy or Using voter suppression tactics to ensure Minority Rule, then we can talk about the “imbalance” between conservative and liberal ideals on college campuses.

Scott Hamilton


Richard Eggers: Energy: What is a ‘green’ battery?

Little understood facts: What is a battery?

Tesla correctly calls it an energy storage system; the battery is just the storage device, like a gas tank in a car. I understand?

As explained in “The Built-in Costs of Going Green” on the yellowbullet.com forums, batteries don’t produce electricity: they store electricity produced elsewhere, primarily from coal, uranium, natural gas-fired plants, or generators that run with diesel. So saying that an electric vehicle is a zero emission vehicle is not valid.

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Since 20% of the electricity generated in the US comes from coal-fired plants, it follows that 20% of electric vehicles on the road are coal-fired (eurasiareview.com/).

Three technologies (batteries, windmills, and solar panels) share what are called “environmentally destructive embedded costs.” Everything manufactured has two associated costs: integrated costs and operating costs. Making each EV car battery requires processing 25,000 pounds of brine for lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper, excavating 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust by just one battery.”

Windmills are said to be the ultimate in integrated cost and environmental destruction. Each one weighs 1,688 tons (equivalent to 23 houses) contains 1,300 tons of concrete, 295 tons of steel, 48 tons of iron, 24 tons of fiberglass, neodymium, praseodymium and rare earth dysprosium difficult to extract. Each blade weighs 81,000 pounds, requires replacement every 15 to 20 years, and cannot be easily recycled (bloomberg.com).

Getting to zero net greenhouse gas emissions requires transmission infrastructure from wind and solar sources. However, no new transmission infrastructure has been produced in the last 10 years.

So “going green” may seem appealing, when you look at the hidden and integrated costs realistically with an open mind. Going green is more destructive to the Earth’s environment than it seems. As the “Godfather” said: Nothing “personal”, just the “business” of important information.

richard eggers


Nathan Briley: Animal Safety: Keep Pets Safe to Protect Workers

Here in Colorado, dogs are as common as the beautiful mountain scenery and spring days that start out sunny and end in snow.

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Coloradans love their dogs, and so do I. Recent events remind us to be responsible dog owners, especially when strangers perform services on our property. I deliver food so I am concerned about dog attacks and have had several close calls.

Many delivery people and other workers have not been so lucky and have been attacked by a dog. While most dog bites won’t be serious, the case of a young woman in Texas shows that attacks can be serious and happen quickly.

Jacqueline Durand was taking care of pets when the dogs she hired to care for her attacked her, leaving her catastrophically disfigured. She spent two months in the hospital, she has had 14 surgeries and more to come.

While this specific event occurred in Texas, it reminds us of the need to be responsible dog owners no matter where we are, especially in the current age when many people have strangers perform a greater variety of tasks on their properties and homes, such as food home, cleaning or pet care.

It’s important for your dogs to be safe when you know someone is coming, even if it’s just to leave food on your doorstep.

According to Denver Animal Protection, there were 695 bites in 2021 alone, and 13% of those were to children ages 1-10. While statistically some breeds seem more likely to misbehave than others, any breed can bite.

When you know someone is coming to your residence to perform a service, like delivering food or cleaning, make sure you have your dogs and other pets insured. It is for the good of the person who performs the service and also of your pet.

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Nathan Briley


William Dossett: Daily Camera: No Longer a Newspaper

In my own fiefdom, I’ve downgraded the Daily Camera from junk bond status to “no longer a newspaper.”

I recently read an entire multi-page article about the Grateful Dead playing Folsom Field. Lots of captivating titles about vendors, past performances, and “Apparently he’s back!”

Isn’t a news article supposed to be something like: who, what, when, where, etc?

There is no when in this article…ever.

Also irritates me: page 2 (in the sports section) — what’s on (TV) tonight. My first opportunity to read the newspaper is around 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Maybe have something that covers the next three days?

William Dossett