Show Notes 11/03/2013

Show Sunday 11/03/13
Amid Syrian war a giant Jesus statue arises
In the midst of a conflict rife with sectarianism, a giant bronze statue of Jesus has gone up on a Syrian mountain, apparently under cover of a truce among three factions in the country’s civil war.
Virginia Democrat calls for forcing doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid
You would think that when your party is burying a hole that is getting harder and harder to get out of, you wouldn’t want to that hole get deeper faster. But here is Kathleen Murphy, Democrat running for the House of Delegates against Barbara Comstock, telling a forum in Great Falls that she believes it should law to force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients.
British cabinet minister says veils should be banned in courts.
A cabinet minister in the British government is arguing that Muslim women should be banned from wearing veils while giving evidence in court, calling them an obstruction for judges and jurors.
Ender’s Game tops box office
“Ender’s Game” scored the No. 1 slot at the weekend box office, earning $28 million in its opening weekend and sending “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” into second place, according to studio estimates Sunday.
War on Communism part two

Grand-Thinking Va. Mayor Seeks Town’s Energy Independence

Why not?…

From WaPo:

George B. Fitch has always aimed high. As mayor of Warrenton, he has increased services while dramatically reducing taxes. He mounted a spirited campaign for governor in 2005. And years before, he founded the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team, whose story of beating the odds was adapted into a Disney film.

But his current plan might be his most ambitious undertaking yet: to make his rural town of 8,000 residents energy independent before he leaves office in 2010.

The keystone of what Fitch calls his “low-carbon diet” is to build a $30 million plant at the county dump, which would chew up garbage, construction waste, agricultural residue, manure and other materials referred to as “biomass” and spin it into electricity and ethanol.

He reckons that his plant would generate 10 million gallons of ethanol a year and enough electricity to power every house in town with minimal greenhouse gas emissions and no use of fossil fuels.

All of this he hopes to accomplish without raising taxes or taking on debt. Moreover, he said, it could earn the town a modest profit.

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Fitch has developed a strategy to fund the project, aligning it with federal priorities to increase the chances of getting grants and loan guarantees. He plans to aggressively pursue private businesses and large energy and oil companies to invest in the project.

It is part of a larger Green Warrenton initiative, which includes instituting environmentally friendly building standards and using solar power and other technologies on government buildings.

If all goes well, Fitch said, a new plant could be up and running in three years, just in time for the end of his term. He has said he will not run again.

The town plans to launch a $50,000 feasibility study this spring. Although many industry specialists have seen promise in Fitch’s bold idea, the mayor acknowledges that there are many unanswered questions, including whether the project is economically viable and whether the technology will work.

This may surprise some of you, but I think this is a good idea. turning waste into energy makes a whole lot more sense to me than turning food into electricity or ethanol.

Think about it, this is waste, this is a good idea, taking arable land to make fuel for heat, electricity or vehicles, just seems like a terribly bad idea. I hope he can make it viable because, I like this guys vision.