October 14, 2004

Quick update

from - smijer

It looks like Buck and I may be in the minority, calling the debate for Bush. The polls show a clear win for Kerry, for which I am grateful. It will be good for the election chances to have a post-debate narrative showing that Kerry won all three debates.

And yes, I'm torqued that there was no mention of energy supply, and the critical problems facing us from that direction. Not even Bush claiming to have invented the hydrogen generated car. Bad Bush. Bad Kerry, Bad moderator.

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Posted by smijer at October 14, 2004 07:18 AM
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If the debate is judged on substance then Kerry did win. Kerry's strongest point of the night was when he compared the cost of living to wages. I would gladly give up my tax cut for a pre-Bush cost of living adjustment. The tax cut that I received won't cover the additional cost of the fuel we put in the family cars annually. On my way to work this morning I saw a bumper sticker that read "Don't let John Kerry Gore your gun rights". Kerry gave those guys ammunition last night and I still believe it will hurt him.

If the question is "are you better off than you were 4 years ago" I cannot say that and I do not know anybody that can.

Bush will still win the election because people are driven by the unanswerable question "are you safer than you were before 9/11" Just because people "feel" safer does not mean that they "are" safer but it is all about feelings and in my estimation Bush will get the nod due to that fact.

Buckle your chinstraps guys. The next four years will be rough.

univar.jpg Posted by Buck on October 14, 2004 08:25 AM
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And about this energy thing. You science guys can help me out here. I have heard that the exhaust from a hydrogen car would be water and therefore would not be feasible for use in cold climates during the winter time.

Any truth to this?

univar.jpg Posted by Buck on October 14, 2004 09:46 AM
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Actually, you were 100% right. Never let media convince you that what you see and hear with your own eyes is not reality. Make your own decision. Most people know Bush actually won. Sure, Kerry has the lawyer's ability to say black is white and make it believable, but even with his background in debating and his experience as a lawyer, he lost this one. This is how the media is able to shape elections in this country. They work on the principle that if you say it enough times, people will believe it.

univar.jpg Posted by Lilspring on October 14, 2004 06:05 PM
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To answer the question about fuel cells, from what little I have been able to glean on the "internets," the real problem is with the water that is used to keep the fuel cell membranes moist during operation. The exhaust is water vapor, not liquid water, so it is not likely to cause too many more problems than conventional engine exhaust already does.

As a problem for winter-time, it is a problem that a fuel cell automobile left outdoors is liable to freeze, but that part of the water can be removed automatically when the car is parked, and the cells can be designed to resist damage from freezing.

I don't know any specifics on the hows and whys, but apparently the folks working on it aren't feeling like potential freezing is too high a hurdle to overcome.

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on October 15, 2004 07:36 AM
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