What has Goverrnment Done for You?

through the ages, and especially today, many people think it is the
government’s job to take care of them from cradle to grave and supply
their every want and need. How good is the government at that?

Taking our own government for example , how have they performed at looking after our best interests?

start at the beginning, even before we had an official government. A
good place would be to start at Valley Forge, even though we could find
evidence of their self serving interests even before that. Congress was
supposed to have Valley Forge prepared for General Washington and his
troops when they arrived that cold December morning.

and shelter was supposed to have been built,  food was to be provided,
instead when General Washington and his forces arrived , all they found
was an open field. No shelter and no food. As a result many died from
disease, and starvation, many froze to death.

of fixing the problem, congress only fought among themselves and
created greater hardships for the war effort. General Washington was
left to scrounge for himself and then congress criticized him for some
of the measures he took, and for the horrible condition his troops
suffered due to congress’s neglect.

Some things never change.

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How many gallons of gasoline would it take to charge an iPhone?

How many gallons of gasoline would it take to charge an iPhone?

December 14, 2011 | Posted by Ken Cohen

This may seem like a strange question to ask, considering iPhones obviously are charged with electricity, not gasoline.

But the answer speaks to why gasoline and other liquid fuels will remain an important part of the energy mix in the future.

In Exxon Mobil’s recently released Outlook for Energy,
we predict that by 2040, about 90 percent of the global transportation
fleet will still be powered by liquid petroleum fuels – that is,
gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

When asked why that’s the case, Bill Colton, ExxonMobil’s vice
president for Corporate Strategic Planning, often starts the discussion
using this fact to put it in perspective:

All of the energy concentrated in one gallon of gasoline is enough to charge an iPhone once a day for almost 20 years.

Clearly, there’s a lot of energy in a gallon of gasoline. And energy
density is one of the key factors behind the reliability, affordability,
versatility and convenience of any fuel. These are key elements that
drive consumer choices today and will continue to drive consumer choices
in the future.

So, let’s take a look at the role energy density plays in fuel choices, and how it affects consumer convenience and choice.

Energy Density

Consumers typically want to pay the least amount of money for the
most amount of any product, energy included. So, the energy content of
any fuel is a critical component of consumer choice. When it comes to
transportation, though, another factor comes into play – namely that the
energy to power a vehicle must be carried on the vehicle.

One of our top scientists uses the analogy of backpacking when
talking about the importance of energy density: You want to buy the
lightest, most easily carried food for backpacking, but it also needs to
contain a lot of energy to keep you going. Likewise, gasoline and
diesel are the lightest and most energy-dense fuels to carry for
transportation. A typical car’s gasoline tank contains less than 100
pounds of gasoline but can power a 3,000 pound car for 400 miles at 60
miles per hour. This performance sets a high standard, and there are few
transportation fuels currently on the market that are as light, energy
dense and portable as gasoline or diesel.


The energy density of a fuel also contributes to its convenience.

For example, contrast the 300 to 400 miles that a gasoline vehicle
can take you with what it would take to do the same in an electric
vehicle. Electric vehicle batteries have just a fraction of the energy
density of gasoline, meaning they would have to be charged multiple
times during a 400-mile trip. There’s currently no major infrastructure
for charging electric vehicles on the road, and it can take hours for an
electric vehicle battery to charge.

Consumers at times may take for granted the convenience and
time-savings offered by the existing fuel station network. The
technological processes that recover crude oil from the earth, transport
it to refineries, refine it into gasoline and diesel, transport it to
fuel stations and store it over time are so incredibly advanced that
consumers can fill up with gasoline 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
in as many quantities as necessary. That’s a convenience that does not
currently exist with other transportation fuels.


The energy density of a fuel also contributes to its affordability.

When gasoline prices are high, you may hear more discussion about
introducing more biofuels, especially ethanol, as a means to reduce
price. After all, some consumers see the lower E85 price at the station
and (understandably) think it’s more affordable than regular gasoline.
But a gallon of E85 contains roughly 25 percent less energy than a
gallon of gasoline, meaning you end up paying more because you fill up
more often – even though the E85 price per gallon at the pump is lower.

A few years ago, Edmunds.com
did an interesting test on a flex-fuel SUV, driving it from San Diego
to Las Vegas and back first on gasoline and then on E85 to find out the
difference in fuel economy and cost. They found that fuel economy was
26.5 percent worse when using E85. That means having to buy more fuel to
go the same distance, meaning this sort of trip using E85 could cost a
consumer about $20 more than using gasoline.

Looking to the Future

Even though I talked about the current challenges of fueling vehicles
with electricity and biofuels here, that doesn’t mean we don’t expect
further technology advances in this area that will greatly expand the
use of such vehicles. In fact, you might be interested to know that in
our Outlook for Energy, we actually predict that hybrids and
other advanced vehicles will account for nearly 50 percent of the
vehicles on the road in 2040, compared to just 1 percent today.

More efficient vehicles will mean that global demand for fuels to
power the light-duty vehicle fleet is likely to actually plateau and
gradually start to decline about 10 to 15 years from now, while still
meeting the needs of consumers.

There’s a lot more information about the future demand for transportation fuels, advances in vehicle efficiency and more in our 2012 Outlook for Energy – download a copy at exxonmobil.com or visit our interactive website for more data.

Freedom of Speech, The American Way

recent Chick-Fl-A protests further demonstrates the difference between
how people show support or disapproval for the views of others,
especially when these people own a business.

controversy resulted when the owner of Chick-Fl-A expressed his belief
on family values.  A seemingly innocent position, however many in the
gay community  objected to it. The matter would have probably died there
if the liberal mayors of three large cities hadn’t jumped on the
bandwagon and said they wouldn’t allow the company to build restaurants
in their cities because of their position on gay rights. Thus the
firestorm started.

and rightfully so, many began to become angry that the government was
trying to ban business because their beliefs didn’t coincide to the
beliefs the mayors held. Not only did the mayors not agree, they also
stated the beliefs of Chick-Fil-A didn’t coincide with the beliefs of
the people of their fair city.  How do they know? Some people probably
agree with him, but not all, and I’m not sure that even a majority agree
with the open minded mayors.

time a gay marriage referendum gets on the ballot , the voters turn it
down, even in liberal states like California. In Washington State, polls
show  if  the referundum gets on the ballot in that state it will be
defeated also.

This position of the mayors so inflamed people, Click here for the rest of the story.

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Government Subsidies

As a child , my first exposure to a government program was the so called Soil Bank, or Land Bank.

that particular time the American farmer, due to increased technology
and good growing years were producing record yields of corn. As a result
corn prices were falling so low it was hard to make a profit .

of letting the market determine the price , farmers would have resorted
to other means of producing an income if a profit in growing corn could
not have been attained. Instead, the government came up with the idea
of a soil bank, where a farmer could put his land in a soil bank and not
plant any crops. The government would pay him to  do nothing.

was back in the day when people didn’t expect handouts, especially from
the government. In fact it was still thought to be disgraceful to take
money from people who earned it and give it to people who didn’t earn
it, imagine that!

remember it being discussed a lot ,since the prices were low and it was
hard to make a living farming. In the end most didn’t participate in
the program, only a few.

few that did participate , put their acreage in the land bank program
and let their fields grow up in weeds.  Since they were thus unemployed,
they went into town and got jobs. Thereby earning a double income while
collecting a check from the taxpayers for doing nothing.

fields grew up in weeds and when the plants matured produced seeds that
were blown over the neighboring fields and contaminated the adjoining
area with undesirable plants. This resulted in the neighbors having to
deal with the additional problems of eradicating the weeds  the
following year..

course, once a federal program is instituted, it never goes away and
these farmers continued to work in town and put their land in the soil
bank, thus receiving two incomes, one they didn’t earn, free money from
the taxpayers.

this day, whenever I pass some of these fields, I still think of those
times when a few took advantage of a program and made money off the
backs of the taxpayer for doing nothing. It has only gotten worse today,
with all the “free” money the government passes out each and every
year, to not only farmers, but many in the business world as well, it
has become almost impossible to make a living without some kind of
handout for Uncle Sam, making everyone dependent on the government.

Of course this is what they want, if we are dependent on them, we will vote for them. Let’s end the cycle now.

Universal Truths are the only Truths

It never ceases to amaze me how many people believe something that is
totally untrue and makes no sense whatsoever, they go online to find
verification of what they believe, they find it and  then think it is
the gospel truth.

Just because you believe something doesn’t make it true. You can find
something on the internet to backup anything you believe, that doesn’t
make it true, you are only parroting what someone else believes. They
just happen to believe what you think to be true. That doesn’t prove
anything except for the fact that two or more people believe the same
thing, regardless of it being true or not.

Words of Wisdom

Truth is elusive and hard to find, there are so many illusions out there. How
can we ever determine what is true and what isn’t? If we can’t find the
truth on the internet, where can we find it?

The only truths are Universal Truths or the Laws of Nature or Nature’s
God. They are the truths that have survived the test of time. They are
the laws that state if one does a certain action, you will get a certain
result, such as gravity, or if you overspend as a person or country you
will suffer the consequences.

These laws cannot be changed by congress or the supreme court. They are
unchangeable, regardless  if you believe them or not. If you disobey the
laws, you will be punished, no if’s and’s or but’s.

These are the laws handed down by God, and preserved through the ages by many
of the so-called “secret” societies. These are the laws that are given
in the bible as well as many other religious and spiritual writings.

There is nothing mystical or secret about them. The only reason they are
secret is because so many people are never exposed to them or if they
are, they ignore them and think the laws don’t apply to them. Boy are
they in for a surprise!

The sad part about it, one doesn’t even need to go looking for them, they
are buried deep inside each and everyone of us.They are the God Within,
or our conscience. All we need to do is look within and they will be
revealed to us.

How simple is that? Just park your ego at the door and go with what deep down  inside you know to be true. Follow that simple rule and you will
never go wrong.

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Rainforest Expeditions


 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

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