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:

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.

Smart Grid Edge Technologies—all the Rave in Davos

Jan 27, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Smart Grid Edge Technologies--all the Rave in Davos
The latest meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), an invitation-only event held annually at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, has just concluded. Official cost of attendance $85,000, of course, ex accommodation costs, etc. Some three hundred invitees plus ten-times as many journalists and others from all over the world were in attendance. Some couldn’t make it due to unexpected large snowfalls in the area.

Robbing Graves or Prolonging Life?

Jan 21, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Robbing Graves or Prolonging Life?
Nagoya, Japan, is the place where the international “Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity” was negotiated (in 2010) and signed onto by many countries. It became a binding international treaty (to the countries which ratified it) in 2015. Let’s just call the arrangement the Nagoya Protocol, or NP for short.

Just for information, the NP has yet to be ratified by the U.S. as a binding treaty; not likely to happen anytime soon.

The POT-Boom

Jan 3, 2018 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

The POT-Boom
As more, higher, bigger, etc. must be is the envisaged goal of every sane soul on the planet (my understanding of “economics”); just having one craze suffices no longer. By now, the world needs a minimum of two concurring manias and, as I surmise, even that will soon be “bettered.” The current #2 boom is POT, i.e. the new wonder-drug that soothes the pain and, supposedly, cures all kinds of other problems, commonly known as POT, also known as marijuana and products obtained from the plant, scientifically known as Cannabis sp.

A Useful Christmas Present – and Wishful Thinking

Dec 27, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A Useful Christmas Present
Santa really was good this year. Rather than handing out expensive kitchen gadgets to clutter up the shrinking counter space, he had some swell presents in his bag. My Dearest was the clear winner—she got a new snow shovel!

And it came to good use, right on Christmas Day!

CryptoMania and the Bitcoin Bonanza

Dec 17, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

CryptoMania and the Bitcoin Bonanza
A few years ago, it was kryptonite (an imaginary substance) that garnered all the headlines. Now it’s crypto-coins, i.e. computer-bits or something similar.

Whatever the crypto-coins may be (there are currently over eight hundred varieties of the kind), they certainly are finding a slew of followers, investors, and some folks who (at least on “crypto-paper”) have gotten immensely rich from such. There are even reports that major financial institutions and governments are looking to get involved.

Buds on Mars

Dec 9, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Buds on Mars

Can’t wait for having a cool Bud on Mars?

A commemorative replica of a 1475 beer-stein from Landshut, Germany, (height 7.5”). At that time, the numeral “four” was written as the upper half of the numeral “eight” as shown in the enlargement. Photos by the author.

Why not just take the next rocket to that holiday resort there? Sure, it’s a long journey but the vistas are breath-taking. In fact, not just the vistas, the atmosphere too!

A Plea for the Night

Dec 2, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

A Plea for the NightEveryone cherishes the night. For most of us it’s a time for contemplation, rest and recuperation from the day’s hectic activities. For others, a “day of work” starts at nightfall.

Despite the official calendar claiming that we are close to the longest night of the year (in the northern hemisphere), some facts appear to contradict that. For example, “light pollution” is steadily on the increase. It’s being claimed (translated from German) that “99% of Europeans live under a light-polluted sky and 60% cannot discern the Milky Way.” That’s not only a problem for astronomers (hobbyists and professionals alike) but for everyone living in modern cities. Nights have become nearly as bright as some days with all the street lighting, for a long time already.

Free Speech—so Yesteryear—now it’s “Values”

Nov 23, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Free Speech--so Yesteryear--now it's Values
Are your still adhering to 16th century thinking? That was the Renaissance Period, a time when the arts (with the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo) and sciences (for example, think Galileo and Paracelsus) blossomed and critical thinking sprouted from the (then) new communication mechanism or device of the time, namely the printing press.

Parts of the ruling establishment of that time were “not impressed.” In fact, they tried their best to suppress and root out the cause(s), printing press, open discussion and free speech.  How could it be allowed for common folks to even read the Bible—without the required “divine” interpretation and guidance?

Where’s Your Leonardo?

Nov 17, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Paintings in the Attic
A work by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, that is.

As you may have heard, one of his paintings, entitled “Salvator Mundi” (Latin for “Savior of the World”) just sold at auction in the Big Apple for the astounding sum of U.S. $450 million – not exactly chump change.

To the Corn-Farming CLIMATE Protectors—especially in Iowa and Illinois

Nov 1, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Corn, ethanol
Greetings to you, with my hope that you are doing well! According to public records, most of you are. That’s good!

The whole U.S. produces somewhere around 15 billion bushels (BB) of corn a year at a rate of ca. 145 bushels per acre. Roughly, that’s 1/3 of the entire world production. Nearly 1/3 of the entire U.S. production comes from Iowa (2.7 BB), Illinois (2.3 BB), Nebraska (1.7 BB), Minnesota (1.5 BB), and Indiana (0.9 BB). Of that bountiful harvest, in the order of 25% are being converted via fermentation and distillation into ethanol, resulting in ~2.9 gallons of ethanol per bushel of corn.

Goodbye to Gasoline…

Oct 15, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Have you seen headlines like “Say Goodbye to Oil, Gas, & Solar…,” or “The new Gasoline,” courtesy of Goldman-Sachs (Snopes), or “Holy Grail of Fuels Found,” and other salivations about “alternative” new energy sources?

Such posts typically come with claims like “... 1,693X more powerful than gasoline ...” or “it could power your car for over 50 years on one tank… and it “could make OPEC completely obsolete.”

They all sound as if there is (are) new type(s) of energy SOURCES, that could provide near limitless energy, presumably also at next to no cost. Claims and promises of an energy-Nirvana, right here on earth, ready to exploit next week or soon thereafter?

Betting on HIGH, or LOW?

Oct 8, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Just in case you are wondering what this about, it’s about the small town of Show Low in Arizona with a population of around 10,000. If you want to read up on more details, see Show Low, Arizona .

Some years ago, we were visiting the place and had a pleasant experience. What intrigued me though was the name of the town. Our waitress explained that it stemmed from a long-ago poker game, where the LOW card(s) were going to win, NOT the HIGH card(s).

As in any game of luck that has a 50/50 chance of being right or wrong, the former owner of that tract of land (some 65 square miles of it, I believe) lost out and the new owner renamed it in memory of his call and win.

The Oracle of Apollo

Sep 25, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

In former times, it was thought to be prudent to consult with the purveyors of advice and wisdom prior to major undertakings, such as starting big wars.

One of the most important oracle “institutions” in ancient times was the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Greece. It swayed much oracular power for nearly one thousand years, lasting well into the times of the Roman Empire after Greece lost its former status as the leading “world power” of the Mediterranean area.

The Hunt for October

Sep 16, 2017 — Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Submarine warfare systems are in a class of their own. You may have seen the 1990 espionage thriller movie The Hunt for Red October. It portrays a late Cold War era encounter of various submarines. Suffice to say, a real suspense flick.

In WWI, German U-boats (submarines) were highly successful in sinking ships of foreign navies and merchant vessels. Initially the sudden loss of those vessels was unexplained but the then novel submarine warfare technology was quickly recognized and countered with other technology.