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Dec 20, 2013 - 11:25am PT
Politards are insane .....

goes with the territory

Trad climber
Langley, VA
Dec 20, 2013 - 11:27am PT
Privatize the profits, socialize the losses.

Well put.

Welcome to our Brave New World.

Dec 20, 2013 - 11:33am PT
Not brave or new.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Dec 20, 2013 - 11:55am PT
Credit: Wade Icey

Cantilevered beams are the most ubiquitous structures in the field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). An early example of a MEMS cantilever is the Resonistor,[5][6] an electromechanical monolithic resonator. MEMS cantilevers are commonly fabricated from silicon (Si), silicon nitride (Si3N4), or polymers. The fabrication process typically involves undercutting the cantilever structure to release it, often with an anisotropic wet or dry etching technique. Without cantilever transducers, atomic force microscopy would not be possible. A large number of research groups are attempting to develop cantilever arrays as biosensors for medical diagnostic applications. MEMS cantilevers are also finding application as radio frequency filters and resonators. The MEMS cantilevers are commonly made as unimorphs or bimorphs.
Two equations are key to understanding the behavior of MEMS cantilevers. The first is Stoney's formula, which relates cantilever end deflection δ to applied stress σ:

where ν is Poisson's ratio, is Young's modulus, is the beam length and is the cantilever thickness. Very sensitive optical and capacitive methods have been developed to measure changes in the static deflection of cantilever beams used in dc-coupled sensors.
The second is the formula relating the cantilever spring constant to the cantilever dimensions and material constants:

where is force and is the cantilever width. The spring constant is related to the cantilever resonance frequency by the usual harmonic oscillator formula . A change in the force applied to a cantilever can shift the resonance frequency. The frequency shift can be measured with exquisite accuracy using heterodyne techniques and is the basis of ac-coupled cantilever sensors.
The principal advantage of MEMS cantilevers is their cheapness and ease of fabrication in large arrays. The challenge for their practical application lies in the square and cubic dependences of cantilever performance specifications on dimensions. These superlinear dependences mean that cantilevers are quite sensitive to variation in process parameters. Controlling residual stress can also be difficult.

MEMS cantilever in resonance[7]

Somewhere out there
Dec 20, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
Hey republitards…..

You should be proud of yourselves….

For making America a little more like you….

Totally retarded… Utterly Useless…

These f*#king people need to off themselves
These f*#king people need to off themselves
Credit: Jingy
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Dec 20, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Just remember in this Christmas season, that Ebenezer Scrooge is the job creator in the Repug World. He needs MORE support, MORE tax breaks, and the sympathy of society.

Bob Crachit is a below-contempt taker, that should be given less pay, and worked harder.

Bah, Humbug to them.....
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Dec 20, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
To All My Liberal Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great.
Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor that it is the only America in the Western Hemisphere.
Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.

To My Conservative Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Didn't write this but thought it was funny, have a great Holidays all!!

Dec 20, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
Credit: dirtbag

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Dec 20, 2013 - 02:04pm PT

Dec 20, 2013 - 08:23am PT
Hey philio

There's no Ron Anderson on this page.

I responded to this page only.

Now you crazy ass fool is telling me how I should post and what to tell various people according to your opinions

You've lost it dude.

Politards are insane .....

I am not trying to tell you how you should post or what to tell various people. I am only pointing out the absurdity of your repeat and multiple attacks on those who actually post factual and reasoned arguments rather than faux noise. You do this all the time on the political threads without ever presenting viable alternatives. Seems to me YOU are the politard.

Instead of counstantly quacking off about how WE are all "Stupid" why don't you show us how smart YOU are. Post some thing, any thing, intelligible.
Dr. F.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
Now the Republicans want you to Pay Extra for Solar Power!
Their agenda is to shut down all green energy, so you use more of their Oil Products, and hence more Republican cash.

Let the Sun Shine In: The Rightwing Attack on Our Solar Future

by Isaiah Poole
Published on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by OtherWords

Now the Koch brothers are coming after my solar panels.

I had solar panels installed on the roof of our Washington, D.C. home this year. My household took advantage of a generous tax incentive from the District government and a creative leasing deal offered by the solar panel seller.

Our electric bills fell by at least a third. When people make this choice, the regional electric company grows less pressured to spend money to expand generating capacity and the installation business creates good local jobs. Customers who use solar energy also reduce carbon emissions.

What’s not to love?

According to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative network better known as ALEC, our solar panels make us “free riders.” What?

Yes, according to ALEC, an organization that specializes in getting the right-wing agenda written into state laws, people like me who invest in energy-efficiency and shrinking our carbon footprints ought to be penalized.

Why does ALEC want us punished? Since it’s bankrolled by, among others, the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, it’s hard not to surmise that they’re worried about a threat to fossil fuels businesses. Koch Industries’ operations include refineries, oil and natural gas pipelines, and petrochemicals

That’s no conspiracy theory. Recently the British newspaper The Guardian wrote about the assault on solar panels as part of a broader exposé on ALEC.

John Eick, the legislative analyst for ALEC’s energy, environment and agriculture program, confirmed to The Guardian that the organization would support making solar panel users pay extra for the electricity they generate. That’s already about to happen in Arizona, where homeowners who use solar panels will pay an average of about $5 extra a month for the privilege, starting in January.

The solar power industry called the new rule a victory only because power companies in the state were demanding assessments of as much as $100 a month — more than high enough to deter families from considering switching to solar.

Making solar energy cost-prohibitive for homeowners and businesses is part of a larger ALEC objective, affirmed at its recent annual meeting, to continue its effort to eliminate state renewable energy mandates.

According to meeting minutes, ALEC has already succeeded in getting legislation introduced in 15 states to “reform, freeze, or repeal their state’s renewable mandate.” ALEC lobbyists are pushing policies through states that will speed up climate change and increase pollution. They’re threatening the renewable energy industry, which is already creating new jobs and saving money for homeowners and businesses.

Without the current policy paralysis in Washington and a lack of bold, creative thinking about how to build a new, green economy at the national level, they wouldn’t be making so much headway.

My organization, Institute for America’s Future — together with the Center for American Progress and the BlueGreen Alliance — recently published a report that shows what’s at stake with ALEC’s destructive agenda.

Our “green industrial revolution” report recommends tying together a series of regional solutions that take advantage of the unique assets of each part of the country, such as the abundance of sun in the West and the wind off the Atlantic coast, into a cohesive whole.

These regional strategies would be supported by smart federal policies, such as establishing a price for carbon emissions and a national clean energy standard, creating certainty and stability in the alternative energy tax credit market, and providing strong support for advanced energy manufacturing.

This is the way to unleash the kind of innovation and job creation our economy — and our rapidly warming planet — desperately needs.

My solar panels are the envy of my block and I wish more of my neighbors will be able to make the same choice I did. But they won’t if fossil-fuel dinosaurs like the Koch brothers and right-wing organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council keep casting their dark clouds on efforts to build a clean energy future.

It’s time for them to step aside and let the sun shine in.

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Dec 20, 2013 - 09:09pm PT

Republicans want more government in private lives?

Say it ain't so.

Trad climber
Dec 20, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
Federal judge’s take on why no Wall Street execs have been prosecuted for fraud during crisis

As the financial crisis recedes, one nagging question remains: Why have no high-level executives been prosecuted for fraud in the way Charles Keating was brought to justice after the savings-and-loan debacle in the late 1980s?

After first swatting away the excuses put forward by prosecutors to date, Judge Jed Rakoff of the Federal District Court in Manhattan, has put forward his own answer to this quandry that might not be easy to swallow.

Rakoff argues in an essay in the latest issue of The New York Review of Books that government prosecutors have been leery of bringing Wall Street bosses to trial because high-level government officials might be dragged into the mix.

Rakoff, who has previously made a name for himself as being a thorn in the side of both Wall Street and Washington, said he was not suggesting that the government participated in any fraud.

“But what I am suggesting is that the government was deeply involved, from beginning to end, in helping create the conditions that could lead to such fraud, and that this would give a prudent prosecutor pause in deciding whether to indict a CEO who might, with some justice, claim he was only doing what he fairly believed the government wanted him to do,” Rakoff said.

It was the government that repealed Glass-Steagall, encouraged deregulation and weakened oversight of the watchdog agencies, Rakoff noted.

The Office of Thrift Supervision ran a successful campaign to preempt state regulation for thrift underwriting and then terminated its own mortgage underwriting regulations entirely, he said.

And if mistakes were made and liabilities not disclosed during the “shotgun marriages” of Bank of America with Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan with Bear Stearns, was it not partly the government’s fault? he asked.

Another factor which Rakoff calls maybe the most important, is that there has been a shift over the past 30 years from focusing on prosecuting individuals to prosecuting companies.

He said that this practice “has led to some lax and dubious behavior on the part of prosecutors, with deleterious results.”

Companies are happy to enter into deferred prosecution agreements under which they agree to pay fines and accept prophylactic measures.

“But perhaps happiest of all with this trend are the executives or former of the companies who committed the underlying misconduct for they are left untouched,” he said.


Social climber
So Cal
Dec 22, 2013 - 08:33pm PT
The Anti-reverend Al certainly wasn't expecting this!

From his Chicago violence summit last Thursday.


Dec 22, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
Dr. F, that is crap. Green energy is not economically attractive right now in many areas. Do you think the govmint should force these alternatives right now? The return on the buck is the problem in a struggling economy. You may not buy that argument. I understand.

Sometimes LA
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:02pm PT

I bet you support White energy.

Dec 22, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
"I bet you support White energy."

Happy Holidays, Ricky!

Out of curiosity, the Santa you have at home; what color is he?

Social climber
So Cal
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:12pm PT

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:17pm PT

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:18pm PT

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