Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser


Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts Convenient Myths

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Ice Cubes Away!

Aug 10, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Ice Cubes Away!
Remember the RMS Titanic? She hit one of those while on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, in the year 1912.

The Titanic is long gone but the icy cubes are still coming down from Baffin Bay. They are pushed southward by the cold Labrador Current flowing along the shores of the continental land of the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador. This region is aptly named “Iceberg Alley.”

Large icebergs are known to drift as far south as approximately latitude 40 degree North. There, they meet up with the warm Gulf Stream and rapidly melt away.


Harleycans—(on the vroom side)

Jul 30, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Harleycans
In my (much) younger years and on another continent, I was interested in motorbikes, like any other young male then. I even got my biking-license, requiring an actual “field test” (in the city) with all kinds of turns, etc. Of course, that was entirely separate from getting my car-driving license.

Somehow though, I never acquired a motorcycle myself. Instead, I rode my brother’s ~20 HP bike a few times, never far, except as “passenger” or via a tow-line to my (pedal-powered) bicycle.


A Ton of Diamonds – for Everyone

Jul 20, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A Ton of Diamonds – for Everyone
A new study, just published in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, claims to have found the mother lode – quadrillion tons of diamonds. To put that number into a more understandable perspective; it equates to 1,000,000,000,000,000 tons (I’m using metric tons, i.e. 1,000 kg), hence 1,000 kg/ton, times 1,000 g/kg, times 4 carat/g, and it all comes to a cool 4,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 carat of diamonds (possibly in liquid form at a zillion degrees mixed in magma). 


Ketchup War Looming

Jul 1, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Ketchup War Looming
What’s “r*d all over?”

Well, it could be your newspaper—or ketchup, depending on your choice of letters between the “r” and “d;” your call.


The Climatologians’ Credo

Jun 30, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The Climatologians' Credo
The internet news is awash with doom-and-gloom articles about the climate. Scenarios predicting ever more frequent weather events, like hurricanes, droughts, catastrophic rainfalls, and more millions of migrants from impoverished countries (often termed “refugees”), or none of the above, are all blamed squarely on “climate change” supposedly caused by the 0.04% of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere..

Climatologians everywhere are tripping over each other to “confirm”, propagate, and demand “actions” on their goals and beliefs any facts to the contrary are of no consequence to them.


Winds of Change

Jun 10, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Winds of Change
In Grimm brothers’ world-famous mythical story about “Hänsel and Gretel” in the forest, their answer to the witch’s question about the strange sound she heard, was “Der Wind, der Wind, das himmlische Kind” (the wind, the wind, the heavenly child).

The story of Hänsel and Gretel is a fairy tale about famine, destitute parents, being lost in the woods, being lured by false promises, and survival through intelligence and cooperation.

The children’s parents were intent on abandoning them deep in the forest after recognizing that they could no longer take care of them. Indeed, there are numerous historical records of terrible famines, all over the world.


A Battle Royal?

Jun 3, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A Battle Royal?
With the U.S. announcing substantial duties on imports of steel and aluminum products from Canada, Europe, and Mexico, some nerves are getting a bit frayed.

Counter-duties on similar and other goods imported from the U.S. are being bandied about.

This nascent trade war may just be a negotiating tactic in the (currently on hold ?) negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the like.  Still, they are bound to increase prices to consumers on either side of each issue. The only winners of such new levies would be the respective governments that levy such new “import taxes.” Let’s look at two items on the list of duties and counter-veiling duties.

Aluminum: Let’s look at the worldwide aluminum production in 2016

Worldwide aluminum production in 2016


Sand on the Beach

May 24, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Sand on the Beach
Have you noticed yet?

Sand is In!

Apart from the fact that my friends and I are going on annual trips to the environs of “Sandy Lake” in Ontario, or that all the natural gas/oil “fracking” (causing and keeping open miniscule underground fissures) consumes a lot of fine sand to keep the underground rock fissures open, or its use in producing cement mix than can be troweled into smooth surfaces, or in the playground of your children or grandchildren, sand is one of those natural things that are truly plentiful and—amazing.


Placeboism

May 12, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Placeboism
Everyone knows (or ought to): Everything is getting better all the time. That’s certainly true in spring or early summer, when nature re-awakens after a long and cold winter but, just perhaps, not all the time.

And that’s why cunning politicians like to make big promises and have elections at those times.  That’s just one example of the placebo effect, the proclamation that “your vote counts.”


Jeeves, the ashtray is full—buy a new (flying) car!

May 6, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Jeeves, the ashtray is full -- buy a new (flying) car!
Are you ready to get your new (electric) flying machine? Perhaps you already know, it’s supposed to be coming to a store near you, soon:

Airbus is already working on several electric aircraft programs, including an autonomous electric VTOL aircraft, but now they are partnering with Audi and Italdesign to combine that with electric cars.


Getting into the Loop of Things—(on the lighter side)

Apr 29, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Getting into the Loop of Things
Between my Dearest and me, we ought to have it covered. Nearly any website that we go to for some vital information (from knitting patterns to expansion modules of uncommon materials and all the other great snippets of important needs) appears to have some problems, at least with some parts of it.

I’m not talking about minor problems, like some links not working as advertised or mysteriously redirecting you to entirely different websites; that’s’ all just “internet noise” of sorts. No, we are getting to the bottom of the links and what happens when you click on them in random order. After all, we are professionals, interested in studying the worldwide web of loops.


Space—an Eternal Frontier

Apr 20, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Space--an Eternal Frontier
From astronomers to futuristic dreamers, the inter-stellar space is the real frontier—for many centuries already.

Anyone who’s looking at the firmament on a clear summer night is likely to agree. There is a “world” of stars, planets, moons, galaxies, and a host of other—mostly unfathomable—objects out there. One can’t deny that.

However, is that a “good enough” reason to spend mega-bucks on trying to “conquer space?”


Tim’s Fix

Apr 13, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Tim's Fix
Tim, as in Tim Hortons (TH) has had some problems as of late. So do, or did, some of its franchisees and they have turned into “rebels” of a sort. As you may recall, Tim Horton (1930-1974) used to be a professional Canadian ice hockey giant, one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history .

Tim and his buddy built a great chain of donut shops. That was decades ago and a long-time favorite for anyone thirsting for a cup of coffee with a little sugar fix on the side.


A Hope in Hell?

Apr 6, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A Hope in Hell?
I hope that I will never need to be exonerated…

... and for one simple reason only: I’d like to live to the end of my natural life—without any undue acceleration of my demise.

I hope that I will never need to be exonerated…

... and for one simple reason only: I’d like to live to the end of my natural life—without any undue acceleration of my demise.


Chemical warfare at the heart of a new toxic cold war?

Mar 19, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Chemical warfare at the heart of a new toxic cold war,
That title ought to get your attention in a hurry, don’t you agree?

In my perception, it certainly should!

So, what happened?


Pot and—Tarantulas?

Mar 6, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Pot and--Tarantulas?
Canada exports a variety of goods to the world market. A good chunk of that is semi-processed materials like metal ores, zinc ingots, coils of rolled steel, sheets of aluminum, lumber and plywood, crude oil and “syncrude” (a liquefied form of bitumen), natural gas, agricultural livestock and its products, grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, processed products from the seafood industry, and so forth.

For many years high quality lumber, plywood, and composite wood beams were a major export item from the Province of British Columbia (BC). In terms of market value though, it was long rumored that (illicit) products from the cannabis plant, commonly known as pot were BC’s true major export item. Of course, if the laws on pot use are going to change as widely anticipated, both in Canada and the U.S., it may indeed become an official export item for BC.


Battery Battered Bosch

Mar 1, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Battery Battered Bosch
The German Bosch co. is no longer planning to “re-invent” batteries for the propulsion of cars, according to an article published in the Munich, Germany, daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The article states, inter alia (translated from German):

“It sounded so promising in recent years: Bosch was going to invest a three-digit million sum to turn around the car-battery world market. Newly developed solid-state batteries were to replace the traditional lithium-ion technology at some point, according to the ambitious announcement [of the time]. Double energy density at half the cost was the goal. Such batteries would lead both to the final breakthrough of electro-mobility and end the supremacy of the Asian cell-producers. Now, that dream is gone. Bosch-CEO Rolf Bulander announced the end of the project.”


Seeing the Light

Feb 24, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Seeing the Light
The renowned Smithsonian Institute recently published an article “Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons.” Yeah, a “New Form of Light”—really?

This revolutionary discovery is eloquently described by freelance journalist Marissa Fessenden in a post published as noted above. The research report she refers to has recently been  published in the Science magazine, authored by no less than ten authors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Princeton University, National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Maryland(NIST/UM) , and the University of Chicago, surely, all renowned institutes of higher learning and top notch research. The lead author, Dr. Qi-Yu Liang, currently hails from the NIST/UM.


On the Fly

Feb 17, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Are you waiting for delivery – of your EV, electric vehicle, SPACEX
Sorry to have to disappoint you (again). As the main-stream media reported everywhere, the top Roadster model, modified, and complete with a mannequin behind the wheel together with its miniature relative, was just sent into a circum-solar trajectory – never to be seen again by potential eager buyers on this planet. But it is really fast, travelling at a speed of 6,864 miles/hour!




A Mid-Winter Special—Groundhog Musings

Feb 1, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A Mid-Winter Special -- Groundhog Musings
Dear Cousin Punxsutawney Phil,

Cordial thanks for your response to my letter of last year to our Aunt Climate. I think you were right on target and our great aunt has listened to our gripes. Of course, she’s not alone; as you know the U.S. President, in his speech on the State of the Union, a couple of nights ago, did not even mention “climate change” once. Presumably, he had read the letter too and him and aunty agreed to finally boost the production of that formerly claimed “evil-extraordinaire,” the trace gas carbon dioxide, also known as CO2 in the atmosphere.

As mentioned, everyone needs a just climate, with the customary four seasons as they come. Who would really want to live in a climate that does not vary, day-in and day-out?  As I think, we all would find it quite boring; what would we have to talk about with strangers if not about the weather?  Enough of that climate nonsense though.