Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser


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

Most Recent Articles by Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser:

The “Carbon Capture Syndrome” (CCS)

Oct 11, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The Carbon Capture Syndrome
Most commonly these days, the CCS acronym stands for: “Carbon Capture and Storage”—as you can surmise from the title above, I have a slightly different interpretation of “CCS.”

Of course, all this nonsense of “Carbon” storage, etc. really refers to “carbon dioxide” and not to elemental carbon as in coal or diamonds, nor to carbon-containing fuels. For my non-chemist readers, that difference is akin to the difference between “night and day” or “hell and heaven.” So, not to belabor this point, let’s assume that “carbon” and “carbon dioxide” are synonymous.


Our new Time-Share …

Sep 30, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Sunset on the Bay; photo by the author… right on the shores of a big lake with beautiful scenery.

I’ll admit, with less than 240 square ft. of inhabitable space, it’s not exactly a mansion. But it suits our purposes and, quite apparently, also those of our guests.

The new abode had hardly been in place when already a thousand fish showed up to inspect it –an adult bowfin (Amia calva) herding an estimated 2,000 of its small finger-nail size newly hatched offspring in shallow water. This is a rare sight that I only experienced a few times in several decades.

Our new “time-share” property sports other wondrous sights as well. For example, the sunsets on the bay can be quite spectacular, as seen in the picture, near here. We’ll take reservations now for another season.


On the Red-Green Confusion

Sep 9, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

On the Red-Green Confusion
To begin with, I’m not color-blind and can quite easily differentiate between those two colors. My commiserations to anyone who cannot!

On a larger scale, you might think it’s no issue. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth.

Let’s begin with the easy part.


Venta Maersk’s Arctic Venture

Aug 28, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Venta Maersk's Arctic Venture
The Venta Maersk (VM) is a brand new container ship with a carrying capacity of 3,600 standard 20 ft. size (TEU) containers. With a length of 200 m and a beam of 36 m, it is quite a large vessel but nowhere near the really large container ships that can carry three to five times as many TEU.

What is novel and noteworthy is the fact that the Venta Maersk is the first container ship scheduled to traverse the Northern Sea Route; you can follow her voyage at the website MarineTraffic.com. Furthermore, the vessel has obviously been designed for operation in the Arctic by having a (Finnish-Swedish) “Class 1A” designation, meaning the vessel has certain structural fortifications and a hull that can plow through non-consolidated sea-ice of 1 m thickness.


On the Importance of Being Lazy

Aug 24, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

On the Importance of Being Lazy
How does that news grab you: New research suggests evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest.

That’s what I call important news!


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?