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Postal Hub podcast
Ep 289: US postal reform

Postal Hub podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 28:02


Has postal reform had any effect on the US Postal Service? Mike Plunkett, President at PostCom, and Mark Fallon, President of the Berkshire Company, discuss the impacts of recent legislative reform: Why reform of the US postal system is important to the rest of the world UPU reforms show US is willing to take the lead Main components of the Postal Service Reform Act  Mandated six-day-a-week delivery Pre-payment of future retiree benefits Will removal of this burden have an impact on postal rates? Limitations on the USPS's ability to raise its rates Monitoring and transparency on delivery performance Queries over the reported delivery volumes Is it important to track letter delivery service performance? Flats processing (large letters, catalogues and periodicals) Revenue vs costs for processing flats Processing equipment for flats Providing government products and services via the USPS post office network Are post office closures on the USPS agenda? Integrated package and mail services network Drone delivery Is there more postal reform to come? Will the USPS expand beyond its borders?  

Nature's Archive
#62: Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht - Exploring the Fascinating World of Snowflake Physics

Nature's Archive

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 59:36 Transcription Available


If you're listening to this, chances are that you have seen a snowflake, or perhaps a few billion covering the streets or ski slopes. Maybe you've even caught one on your tongue. But despite being such a common part of nature, until recently, snowflake formation largely remained a mystery.Today, I'm thrilled to be joined by Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht, a renowned expert in the field of snowflake physics.Dr. Libbrecht is a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been studying the mysteries of snowflakes for more than two decades. His research has helped to demystify some of the longstanding questions surrounding these complex and beautiful crystals. Dr. Libbrecht and his work has been featured on NPR, Scientific American, The New York Times, and many other publications. In addition to his work as a physicist, Dr. Libbrecht has authored multiple books about snowflakes, had his photos featured on US Postal Service stamps, and even served as a snowflake consultant for the popular Disney movie Frozen. In my conversation with Dr. Libbrecht, we explore the world of snowflake crystals, learn how they form and why they usually have 6 sides. Dr. Libbrecht discusses his discoveries and his innovative lab, and provides a primer for finding and photographing snowflakes. We also talk about snow in general, such as why some snow is light and fluffy, while other snow is heavy and dense, why a particular bacterium plays a role in artificial snow production at ski resorts, and what "diamond dust" is.And if you do nothing else, check out Dr. Libbrecht and his lab in the Veritasium video called “Why are snowflakes like this?” - it's fascinating. You can find it on YouTube, or linked in the show notes.And if you are a naturalist stuck inside in the winter, or visiting somewhere cold, take a moment and go outside, catch some flakes, and see what you've been missing. And be sure to check Dr. Libbrecht's website, snowcrystals.com, for photos, facts, science, projects and more!Get ready to learn about stellar dendrites!FULL SHOW NOTESLINKSPeople and OrganizationsSnowcrystals.com - Dr. Libbrecht's websiteUSPS Snowflake Stamps featuring Dr. Libbrecht's photosVeritasium Episode with Dr. Libbrecht - a must see!Books and Other ThingsKenneth Libbrecht's books on AmazonThe following music was used for this media project:Music: Spellbound by Brian Holtz MusicFree download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9616-spellboundLicense (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseArtist website: https://brianholtzmusic.com Support the show

The Allegheny Front
Episode for January 6, 2023

The Allegheny Front

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 28:58


Environmental groups say they found high levels of benzene in the air in the Mon Valley near Pittsburgh and want federal regulators to step in. Also, natural history museum specimens like mice stuffed with cotton and preserved for decades give researchers important information about the environment. But these collections are at risk. Plus, the US Postal Service reverses course and commits to converting its fleet of vehicles to electric.

Rethink Energy Podcast
Rethink Energy 118: Chinese solar module costs fall as supply chains catch up; China's green energy hub omits hydrogen from plans; US postal service caves and buys electric vehicles to replace fleet

Rethink Energy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 38:43


In this episode the team discusses how the price of Chinese solar modules has begun to fall because of supply chain investment bearing fruit, particularly in the supply chain for polysilicon. China lays out plans for a $12 billion energy hub in Inner Mongolia, with little concern given to hydrogen production, something that we think could be added later. Finally the United States Postal Service has caved and set forward plans to electrify its fleet after significant resistance and $3 billion from the Biden Administration.

Lab Out Loud
A Closer Look at Snowflakes

Lab Out Loud

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 30:45


Thinking of snow? We first talked to Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht in 2006 when the US Postal Service began featuring his photographs of snowflakes on stamps. 16 years later, we wanted to find out what's changed in snowflake science, so we invited him back to the show. Dr. Libbrecht joins us again to share new discoveries in snowflake science, describe how he became the snowflake expert for the movie Frozen, and discuss some tips on talking your own pictures of snowflakes. Show notes and snowflake photos at: https://laboutloud.com/2022/12/a-closer-look-at-snowflakes/

The Automotive Troublemaker w/ Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier
Wrapping up YEE, US Postal Going EV, & Twitter May Soon Have New Boss

The Automotive Troublemaker w/ Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 10:28


We have only a few short days until Christmas and then the biggest week of the year is upon us! Today we will recap all things Year End Extravaganza, check out a new deal the US Postal Service has made, and hear from Elon…again.Re-watch the Year End Extravaganza here: https://www.asotu.com/yeeBy the year 2026, the US Postal service has committed to buying only electric trucksNow through 2026, 75% will be electric66,000 battery electric delivery vehicles from defense contractor Oshkosh as part of its 106,000 vehicle acquisition plan for deliveries between now and 2028. An additional 21k commercial ‘off the shelf' vehicles will also be acquiredThe current Grumman LLV doesn't have a/c, airbags, and only gets 8.2 MPG$3B in IRAct Funding Approx $1.3B for vehicles and $1.7B for infrastructureIt will take ‘someone foolish' to do the job, but Musk is preparing to step down as the Twitter bossThere have been calls for Musk to step down from Twitter, with some investors and analysts expressing concerns that his involvement with the platform may be distracting him from running Tesla, the electric vehicle company he also runs.“Musk projected that Twitter's cash flow will break even in 2023, a Bloomberg reporter tweeted on Wednesday, citing comments made in a Twitter Spaces session.”“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software & servers teams," Musk wrote on Twitter.Get the Daily Push Back email at https://www.asotu.com/ JOIN the conversation on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/asotu/ Read our most recent email at: https://www.asotu.com/media/push-back-email Share your positive dealer stories: https://www.asotu.com/positivity ASOTU Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/automotivestateoftheunion

Innovation Now
Honoring JWST

Innovation Now

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022


The U.S. Postal Service has released a stamp that honors the remarkable achievements of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Royal, Strong, & True
102. BOWL SEASON SPECIAL feat. Proper Football in Murican Football Terms, The Worst 3 Minutes of Basketball, & "Fissures"

Royal, Strong, & True

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 104:24


Justin and Jared are back with a bang, bringing you the greatest and most absolutely riveting Bowl Season Preview you could ever have asked for. This quite long but extremely entertaining episode also hits upon the World Cup Finals, BYU Men's Basketball, off the field BYU news, & definitely no tax fraud or sponsorship from the US Postal Service. Enjoy!!!

Indie Film Hustle® - A Filmmaking Podcast with Alex Ferrari
IFH 638: The Business of Selling Story with Ken Atchity

Indie Film Hustle® - A Filmmaking Podcast with Alex Ferrari

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 60:47


Today guest is author, publisher, and producer Ken Atchity. Ken recently produced the global blockbuster (Jason Statham) and is the founder of Story Merchant. Ken wrote the best-seller Sell Your Story to Hollywood: Writer's Pocket Guide to the Business of Show Business. I wanted Ken on the show to discuss the business side of screenwriting, a part of the industry that isn't spoken about enough. We also discuss the "story market."Here some background on Ken.In 1976, Atchity founded L/A House, Inc., a consulting, translation, book, television, and film development and production company whose clients included the Getty Museum and the US Postal Service. L/A House began by extending Atchity's teaching of creative writing to manuscript consultation and soon moved on to publishing with the production of Follies, a magazine covering creativity, and CQ: Contemporary Quarterly; Poetry and Art of which he was editor. In the 1980s L/A House moved into television, with a syndicated television pilot of BreakThrough! of which Atchity was executive producer and co-writer.In 1985, L/A House began development of a set of video/TV romance film projects entitled Shades of Love, which became 16 full-length films, produced in 1986–87 with Atchity as executive producer, that aired throughout the world, distributed by Lorimar, Astral-Bellevue-Pathe, Manson International, and Warner Brothers International, nominated for Canada's Gemini Award; in the U.S. they premiered on Cinemax-HBO.In 1989 he sold L/A House and founded AEI (Atchity Editorial/Entertainment International), a literary management and motion picture production company. Atchity sold Steve Alten's Meg to Bantam-Doubleday at auction in a $2.2M deal; and then to Disney, partnered with Zide-Perry, for $1.2 (later, to Newline Pictures for a similar price). Incorporated in 1996, its name was changed to Atchity Entertainment International, Inc. in 2005.In 2006, he and manager-partner Fred Griffin of Houston's Griffin Partners along with a group of investors from Louisiana and Texas, acquired The Louisiana Wave Studio, LLC in Shreveport, Louisiana from Walt Disney Productions. The LWS is the only tank specifically designed to make waves for motion pictures in North America. Films produced at the LWS include The Guardian, Mayday—Bering Sea, Shark Night 3D, Streets of Blood, and I Love You, Philip Morris; along with numerous government and industrial films.In 2011 Atchity was nominated for an Emmy for producing The Kennedy Detail (Discovery) based on their clients' Jerry Blaine and Lisa McCubbin's New York Times bestselling book by the same title published by Gallery/Simon & Schuster in 2010. AEI's films include Joe Somebody (Tim Allen, Julie Bowen), Life Or Something Like It (Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns), and The MEG (Jason Statham).In 2010, Atchity also founded Atchity Productions and Story Merchant.Enjoy my conversation with Ken Atchity.

Cool Weird Awesome with Brady Carlson
The “Parcel Post Bank” Was Mailed To Its Construction Site, A Few Bricks At A Time

Cool Weird Awesome with Brady Carlson

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 3:42


This day in 1916 was an important day in US Postal Service history - a rule change that came after the community of Vernal, Utah basically had a bank mailed to them, in installments of bricks. Plus: a developer in England tore down a pub that was considered a historic site, so they had to put the original pub back up in its original location with the original bricks. The Bank of Vernal: The "Parcel Post Bank" (US Postal Service) VERNAL'S PARCEL POST BANK (Utah Humanities) After Illegally Bulldozing Historic London Pub, Developers Were Ordered to Rebuild it ‘Brick by Brick' (Good News Network) Our Patreon backers help us build every episode of the show --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coolweirdawesome/support

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
How the Postal Service keeps tabs on over-the-top salaries

Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 21:02


The Postal Service, like nearly every federal entity, has strict legal limits on how much executives can get paid. There are a few exceptions though. Each year the Postal Office of Inspector General does and audit to make sure the agency stays in compliance. Here with this year's findings, the deputy assistant inspector general for finance and pricing, Alan MacMullin.

Mysteries at the Museum
American Spy, Belle Gunness, Oarfish

Mysteries at the Museum

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 42:40


In the collection of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, is a standard-issue US Postal Service mailbox. It's tied to one of the biggest spy cases of the Cold War. But how did something so ordinary become a tool of deception? The LaPorte County Historical Society Museum in Indiana is home to an antique wheelbarrow. This battered piece of farm equipment wasn't used to work the land - but to carry out a gruesome crime spree. What grisly secret does it hold? The monstrous head preserved at the Scripts Institution of Oceanography in San Diego once belonged to an enormous creature. But can it really prove the existence of a legendary monster of the deep?For even more Mysteries at the Museum, head to discovery+. Go to discoveryplus.com/mystery to start your 7-day free trial today. Terms apply.

Speaking of Writers
Ryan Dixon- The Mortal Test

Speaking of Writers

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 10:36


THE MORTAL TEST is about exploring the heart and soul of humanity and attempts to define what it means to be human. Building one's character is a major theme as well as how man experiences the natural world. In these poems, I strive to venture through the pain of being human while also sending a final message of hope. My dream is that by reading it, a person may fi nd inner strength to battle through this gauntlet we call life and carry on despite the odds or what other might say. RYAN M. DIXON was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and is the eldest of two brothers. He has been married to his wife, Greta, for nine years and has two children. Ryan was a EMT for four years up until 2015 when he left the medical fi eld to become a supervisor with the US Postal Service. He has a passion for weight lifting and poetry and has a love of writing clearly expressed through his poems. This book is availbale at writersrepublic.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steve-richards/support

ThinkTech Hawaii
To What Extent Has Trump Sabotaged the Government (American Issues Take Two)

ThinkTech Hawaii

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 48:23


Embeded Loyalists, Missing Secrets, What Else. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tim Apicella. The guests are Stephanie Dalton and Cynthia Lee Sinclair. Our panel discusses things and people and time bombs that Trump has left behind him that give him leverage for the coming mid-term and presidential elections, including loyalists in the GOP, in Congress, in various federal agencies (the US Postal Service and the Secret Service, for example), federal courts and institutions, and in state governments, documents he has stolen and still has from the White House, the military and self-styled militia organizations, private organizations that have supported him, and who knows what else. Has Joe Biden done enough to clean house, what else can he do going forward. Are these embedded loyalists and supporters still in place ready to assist Trump when he calls on them. The ThinkTech YouTube Playlist for this show is https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQpkwcNJny6mIafeQC2BSFX6GC4mnhEUN Please visit our ThinkTech website at https://thinktechhawaii.com and see our Think Tech Advisories at https://thinktechadvisories.blogspot.com.

Ralph Nader Radio Hour
Who's Raising The Kids?

Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 65:57


Ralph does a deep dive into the commercialization of childhood with Dr. Susan Linn, psychologist, and author of “Who's Raising the Kids? Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children.” Plus, Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, fills us in on their campaign to end the tenure of Louis DeJoy, the Trump-appointed Post Master, who is trying to dismantle the US Postal Service.Dr. Susan Linn is an author, psychologist, and award-winning ventriloquist. She was the Founding Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (now known as Fairplay), and she is a world-renowned expert on creative play and the impact of media and commercial marketing on children. Her latest book is Who's Raising The Kids? Big Tech, Big Business and the Lives of Children.The combination of this incredibly compelling and sophisticated and seductive technology and unregulated capitalism is already terrible for children— and it's going to get even more terrible. And one of the things that I think it's important for people to remember is that commercialism, or advertising and marketing— which is what all these devices we love so much were basically made for— that it doesn't just sell products. It sells values and behaviors. And the values of commercial culture— “me first”, materialism, image is more important than anything else—those values are so harmful to society.Dr. Susan LinnIt's enraging — at a time when books are being banned, teachers and librarians are being silenced and can't talk to kids about important things— that the tech companies are pretty much unregulated and can say basically anything they want to children.Dr. Susan LinnEvery major religion in the world, thousands of years ago, warned their adherents not to give too much power to the merchant class. Because the commercial motive is relentless and all-encompassing. It will destroy or co-opt other civic values that are far more important for society to sustain.Ralph NaderRobert Weissman is a staunch public interest advocate and activist, as well as an expert on a wide variety of issues ranging from corporate accountability and government transparency, to trade and globalization, to economic and regulatory policy. As the President of Public Citizen, Weissman has spearheaded the effort to loosen the chokehold corporations and the wealthy have over our democracy.You can't cut [the USPS] down to save it, you have to expand it and make it more robust. Its significance in American history and its future depends on it being a network that connects all of us and does so efficiently. So, the more you reduce it, the less chance it has to be relevant to the lives of Americans.Robert WeissmanSupport for the government and federal agencies is stronger than people realize, among the public. Most of the public supports most of what the federal government does— at least when they do it well. But support for the Postal Service is through the roof. And it's in significant part, because it may be that a lot of the “elite opinion makers” themselves don't personally rely on as much on the postal service and the post offices around the country as regular people do.Robert WeissmanDeJoy is playing the Republican game: You undermine public services as the reason to argue for corporatizing them.Ralph Nader This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit ralphnader.substack.com

CNN News Briefing
10 AM ET: Crimea bridge explosion, USPS price hikes, ‘Fake heiress' released & more

CNN News Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 4:00


An explosion takes out multiple lanes of a key bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland. An Arizona appeals court has temporarily blocked a near-total ban on abortions in the state. Herschel Walker faces new allegations. The US Postal Service proposes new price hikes to battle inflation. And a ‘fake heiress' who inspired a Netflix series is free from ICE detention. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy

Rise of the Podcast
The Languages of Star Wars | Rise of the Podcast #176

Rise of the Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 103:32


Kara and Jeremy discuss where the languages in Star Wars come from, and Brownie has a meltdown about the US Postal Service! We also reminisce about our favorite Star Wars experiences, ramble on with stories of the good ol' days, nerd out about current and upcoming Star Wars shows, books, and games, and talk a little bit about life. Thank you so much for supporting our channel! We love interacting with all of you! We love talking to you guys every week about Star Wars, gaming, pop culture, movies, and everything else! If you want to show your love, consider sending us an email, joining our Discord, or following us on Twitch! We'll see you again soon! ------------------------------------------------------------------- Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/riseofthepodcast Discord Server Link: https://discord.gg/DcuBKXVxJs Email us: contact@RiseOfThePodcast.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/riseofthepodcast Web: http://www.riseofthepodcast.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rotptweets Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riseofthepodcast Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/RiseofthePodcast Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3qzOazE iTunes: https://apple.co/3wAfwcI Google Podcasts: https://bit.ly/RotPGoogle Thanks for watching! Rise of the Podcast Episode 176: The Languages of Star Wars Produced and Edited by 8r0wn13 ©2022 All Rights Reserved #Podcast #DuluthMN #StarWars

The Missing Chapter: History's Forgotten Stories

Before the advent of Amazon Prime delivery, UPS, and FedEx, the US Postal System was the only option. It was a luxury and a necessity at the same time - a way to send information and a means by which supplies could be distributed throughout the nation. As a matter of fact, did you know the US Postal Service processes over 160 million pieces of first class mail daily? It's hard to fathom! What's even more astounding though, that in the mid-19th Century, a package was delivered with a very heavy, fragile, and unexpected contents inside. It wasn't an ordinary delivery, and it isn't a typical day at the post office - it's a tale only history can conjure up - and it's today's second episode of Season 3! Go to The Missing Chapter Podcast website for more information, previous episodes, and professional development opportunities. Click here to send us a voice message of your name, where you're from, what your favorite MC story is and be featured on an upcoming episode! Don't forget to click subscribe! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/themissingchapter/support

The Christian Hansen Show
Jason Seiler

The Christian Hansen Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 85:10


Jason Seiler is a comedian and illustrator known for his caricature and realistic portrait paintings which have been featured as covers and interior pieces for TIME, Rolling Stone, Sturgill Simpson's album cover, “Metamodern Sounds of Country Music”, Billboard, MAD magazine, Politico, Pop TV, US Postal Service, Son Little's album cover, “Aloha”, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, GOLF magazine, KING magazine, Revolver, Guitar Player, The Village Voice, Disney, The New York Observer, New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Aardman Animation, and Sony Image, among many others. Jason can also be seen doing what he feels he was born to do and that's stand up comedy. He got his shot in the business from the wonderful Steve Byrne and the story as to how it all came to fruition is unbelievable.

Right Now with Lou
Election Night In WY and AK... What's It Mean For Trump Supporters? And Biden Signs A Massive Spend and Tax Bill

Right Now with Lou

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 56:05


It's election night in Wyoming and Alaska - tonight, Liz Cheney, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump face the voters. President Biden signs a HUGE tax and spend piece of legislation that raises taxes and spends on climate change policy. And hello Newman! ...need a job?! The US Postal Service is hiring!

This Week in Virology
TWiV 927: Merchlinsky vs monkeypox

This Week in Virology

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 110:20 Very Popular


Michael Merchlinsky joins TWiV to discuss the development of two smallpox antiviral drugs and two smallpox vaccines and their uses during the monkeypox outbreak. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler Guest: Michael Merchlinsky Subscribe (free): Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, RSS, email Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode Michael on Anything but academic (TWiM 145) Development of Tecoviromat (TPOXX) (Antiviral Res) Use of Jynneos vaccine (MMWR) Limitations of Tecoviromat (NEJM) Poliovirus in NYC wastewater (NY Times) Letters read on TWiV 927 Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks! Weekly Picks Dickson – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. Signature song: Take The A Train; Signature album: Black, Brown, And Beige and Herding Cats: Harlem 1958 Kathy – How the US Postal Service reads terrible handwriting Rich – JWST/chorizo gag Vincent – Bat Conservation Trust Listener Picks Bill – The End of Manual Transmission J – How the Krebs cycle powers life and death – with Nick Lane Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees Send your virology questions and comments to twiv@microbe.tv

Software Defined Talk
Episode 372: Don't do any editing

Software Defined Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 62:58


This week we discuss build vs. buy decisions, sustaining corporate strategies and Malcolm Gladwell's WFH comments. Plus, we announce the location of the Austin Meetup on August 27th. Runner-up Titles Strategy for eating mixed nuts. Finish in a flurry Eat Dessert First It's about where you is, not where you was. 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The Clean Energy Show
United States Finally Fights Climate Change with I.R.A. Bill

The Clean Energy Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 69:13


The U.S. looks to pass the largest climate spending in history, providing incentives for electric vehicles, manufacturing, solar, wind and many surprising home upgrades. Massive oil fire at a storage facility in Cuba. James outlines clean energy-related stories from his vacation.  Chinese cars are invading Japan. Are Chinese cars the new Japanese cars? Brian describes his new e-bikes. Thanks for listening to our show! Consider rating The Clean Energy Show on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you listen to our show. Follow us on TikTok! Check out our YouTube Channel! Follow us on Twitter! Your hosts: James Whittingham https://twitter.com/jewhittingham Brian Stockton: https://twitter.com/brianstockton Email us at cleanenergyshow@gmail.com Leave us an online voicemail at http://speakpipe.com/cleanenergyshow Tell your friends about us on social media! ***TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE*** Okay. Yeah, sorry I was gone for a bit there, but I'm ready to go for episode 126. It's 127. No, I checked. It's the last episode. Yeah. No, it's 126 now. Brian, I did a show yesterday. I did an interview show yesterday with B NEF. That's not possible. You can't do a show without me. Well, it went really well. It's in my contract. You can't do a show without me. Well, you were there in spirit. What? You son of a hello, and welcome to episode 127 of the Clean Energy Show. I'm Brian Stockton. I'm James Whittingham. This week. I apologize to Joe Mansion. He's clearly a saint. After approving the largest climate action in US history, the Inflation Reduction Act, a massive fire has been spreading at an oil storage facility in Cuba. Our only hope now is that the fire spreads to a Cuban cigar factory so we can all enjoy the sweet, smooth, smoky aroma. And I outline everything clean energy related for my vacation. And as Brian predicted in the last episode, I did, in fact, almost die. Chinese EV maker BYD is entering the Japanese market with three models. Japanese car makers have stated publicly that they're not worried. Privately, they stated, oh, yeah, we're totally doomed. All that and more on this post vacation edition of The Clean Energy Show. Brian, when I got back from your cottage, I wanted to record a podcast. I was not ready to put my feet up anymore. I can't stand it. I don't know what I'm going to do if you die, if you get run over by a bus. I'm just not going to be able to expound my clean energy thoughts. I'm desperate. I'm booked on this now. Yeah, well, maybe you could improvise with you could pretend that I'm doing two voices. Like do a dumb voice for you, like a public voice, something like that. It seems to work well. Yeah. So we got a fat overblooded show for you this week to get everything out of our system. So listen to it at two times speed if you have to. Yes. And of course, we had prerecorded our last full episode because you were taking a week off and with the hope that nothing major happened. And it did kind of wait until you were back, but lots of major things happened, and so much so that you recorded an episode without me. And then here we are to do another one. Yes. So the episode without you is episode 126. It is the interview with two analysts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Terrific conversation with those people. I hope you listen to it. It's not just about the United States, as we learned throughout the podcast, it is for the world that this is very important, and not just for the reduction of emissions, but because it influences the rest of the world. The United States taking action is a linchpin for everyone else to do action on climate change. Yeah, no, I did hear the show. It was awesome. And yes, I think it's true. Lots of symbolic value as well as dollar value. You have a little bit different sound this week. Yeah. Look at this. I got James a new microphone. Can you believe it? I'm stunned, Brian. I'm stunned. We now have matching microphones. Did you ever see that documentary Metallica some Kind of Monster? I watched some of it a little bit. Yeah. This is the microphone. They use the microphone in the film, so you know it's got to be good. Yeah, I saw it on I don't know, my daughter is watching a Taylor Swift document. You see it all over the place. It's a very common microphone. What is it? The A. Sher SM seven B. And it's a bit of a cliche as a podcast microphone, but that's probably because it's the best. You know I've been watching. Only murders in the building. You haven't been watching that? No, I have. I love it. Really love it. Yeah, I love it, too. It's different podcasts people talk about because the storyline is that they're podcasting a true crime podcast as it happens in their building. Yeah, but only in their building. Yeah, steve Martin, Martin Shorts, and there's a murder in their building. And they make a podcast about it while they're doing it. So, yeah, I'm always kind of looking for the podcast elements, which are semi realistic. Like they're always kind of pulling out a phone and recording something. They're sort of doing it just enough to make it believable. I think it was kind of funny, though. If you watch the premiere, the initial episode of the series, they start with really bad mics and they constantly go up. And Martin Shorts character is the one doing the buying because he's the enthusiastic one, but he doesn't have any money because he's an out of work Broadway director and he owes money on his building piece. So he says he's going to take them back after 30 days, but he keeps getting better equipment and they've got boom mics at the end and different things, and they record it in the closet. Yeah, my 14 year old daughter is watching it with us and she's just loving it now, too. And terrific shows. If we're lucky, they'll be some kind of murder nearby. And we can include that on the show. Yes. Spin off. Only murders on the podcast. And did you get your bike yet, your second wife? Yes. So I did want to update you on that. We got the second one. So my partner and I have matching bikes. This is the ride. One up roadster, v two gravel edition electric bike. And we ordered them online from the company. Ride One Up. So, yeah, we got the second one. We've been going out on bike rides. Absolutely love it. This bike really so great. I have nothing but good things to say about it. It's just super fun to ride. It's the right kind of size and shape for a bike for me. Like, this is the kind of bike that I like. It's very light. In terms of an electric bike, I think it's £33. Wow. That's about as light as they come, I think. So for electric bikes, the batteries integrated into the frame, so it's not the biggest battery, but we don't go on particularly long trips, so, like 20 miles, 30 km is kind of the max. But we've come nowhere near to hitting that. I got it up to 22 miles an hour, the speedometers in miles, and so that's about 35 km an hour, which is about as fast as you can do because it is only one gear. It's got a belt drive with only one gear and the gearing is not really tall enough to go any faster than that. But who needs to go faster than 22 miles an hour? That's plenty fast. Tons of fun. And my only other sort of maybe quibble about it is that there's not much of a battery management system, so they recommend in the literature not to leave it plugged in. It's the kind of thing where yeah, mine did the same. Yes, when you plug it in to charge it, they recommend, like, set a timer on your phone to unplug it after an hour, or whatever you need, because it's not good for the battery if you just leave it plugged in. So I've been doing that and also trying to keep it they recommend keeping the battery between 30% and 80%. That's hard to do because there's no precise kind of measurements, but basically go for a bike ride, leave it plugged in for 20 minutes or something like that, and then make sure to unplug it. But yeah, absolutely love it. Nothing but good things to say. Mine says that you may need to run it down all the way and then charge it full in order for the computer, the onboard computer, to understand the range and charge. Not the range, but the charge percentage. Mine didn't say that, but even with a laptop, it's sort of recommended that you do that every once in a while, just to kind of recalibrate the battery to get it down to zero. Having said that, my portable drill and portable weed whacker has battery management of the charger and knows when to stop. So I'm disappointed that electric bikes don't. They're smaller batteries, mind you, I'm not sure why. And also, this is definitely on the low end of price, but again, that's one of the reasons I love the bike. Like, it's $1250. Getting it here to Canada was maybe one $800 for each bike, which is definitely on the low end, so you don't expect maybe all the bells and whistles. But this is the gravel addition, so it's a slight upgrade from the regular roadster, which is that one is like $1,050, so you can even get a slightly cheaper one. This one has upgraded tires and I think maybe a slightly upgraded belt drive or something like that. But yeah, it's great. Did you go for a romantic bike drive ride with us? Definitely, yes. And this is the kind of electric part of it is like, we went out on our bike path here in town. We have a nice bike path that goes through the city and long ways. We started coming back and we realized, okay, well, we'd like to get home now, so maybe we'll go off the bike path and drive through the city streets because that's the shortest route to get home. And then we realized, oh, no, wait, we'll just put the speed onto number five, take the long route, stay on the bike path. It's twice as long, but there are five power levels, and so if you want to go quickly or you're feeling lazy, just put it up to number five. So we were able to take the scenic ride home and arrive in kind of the same amount of time, but power level like one, two, and three is kind of the general range where I put it. It's a bit like shifting gears. Like level one is fine for flat terrain and no headwind or anything and a bit more of a workout, but if you've got a headwind or you're heading up a hill or something, you can just pop it up to level two or three. What happens to your other bike, your folding bike, your first bike Ebike you bought? Yeah, I'm just going to keep that one as a sort of a specialty bike because you can fold it and put it easily in the trunk of the car. So I think we discussed I'm actually going up to Saskatoon on Friday because I have a Tesla service appointment. I've got a squeaky steering wheel and a bit of squeaky suspension, and they're going to take care of that there. So I'm going to throw the folding Ebike into the trunk and be able to sort of ride around Saskatoon when the cars dropped off. Okay, well, that's good. Are you going to take the bikes to the lake at all? Yeah, I mean, it's almost the end of the season, and we're not sure when we're going to get out there again, but that's the hope. We originally kind of bought them for the lake. Are you going to disassemble them and put them in the back of your three or what? We could definitely fit one in the back of the three. I don't know. We sometimes take two cars out to the lake, so that might be the case because I don't have a bike carrier, and I don't really like bike carriers. I don't want to go through that. Hassle you got burned by a bike carrier one? Yeah, but it's definitely going to be my main bike because I really like it. All right, enough of this, Brian. Let's get to my vacation. I didn't have much of a vacation. It was a short vacation. I went to your cottage, which we were very generous to lend us. And by the way, I asked you if you're going to keep anything from your cottage for sentimental reasons, for the new cottage that you're going to not really know you didn't want to. And I told my son this, and he was offended. He says, oh, my God, I have more emotional attachment to that place than Brian does. My kids really have, to my shock and surprise, an emotional attachment to your cottage. Wow. It's hard for them to leave. Even when they want to. They start taking pictures and looking around like it's the last time they'll ever see it. In this case, it might be true, it might be and just capturing the thing. And we took two cars out. My kids went together in the Prius and we of course, my partner packed the kitchen sink and a few other things. Honestly, you would have been shocked. And I threatened to show that I was going to show you what all the things, because it's a cottage, it's not camping in the woods. You have most of what you need. Why do you have to we literally pack to an SUV in a car full of, like, telegram and then still, I had to come back and get something because I forgot it. And she did. And, yeah, we were late, so they got there half hour early and they found we were able to get in and sort of put their feet up on the deck and really just had it as their own. And you could tell that they were really enjoying the adult experience of having their own place in nature for even if it's just a half an hour. So, yeah, they had a good time. And my son went on as he does. He took the My Ebike, my 55 pound mountain bike. It was £55 when I got it, but I actually changed a few things, like, the forks were really heavy, so I saved a few pounds, actually, by changing the forks to better ones. He likes to go off because there's so many paths out there and he just loves exploring. This is something that goes back to his early childhood. He still likes doing it. And he came back and usually when he comes back from these things, he's really happy. It's like the happiest I ever see him is when he comes back from a trip up there. And this time he was a bit off. And I said, what's wrong? And he says, There was a cows. And I said, well, why? I ran into a herd of cows and they were mean to me. They moved at him and offended him somehow. So he says, I don't feel bad about eating meat anymore. He's come to the conclusion that he doesn't like cows because they were mean to him. Yeah, well, I think that area around the park is public grazing land that you can if you're a cattle rancher, there's public grazing land that you can use. He continued on after the cows because the herd eventually fled. But what if there was an angry bull in that? That might be as dangerous as, like, running into a bear or something you don't really, really expect to run into. It's a provincial park, by the way. He wanted to go to the edge of the park, the end of the park, and he did. And about a kilometer before the end of the park, he ran into oil rigs in the park and took pictures. So there are oil rigs in Kenosis Provincial Park in San Diego, in Canada. So you did not know that. I guess I didn't know that either. They'd be sort of toward the edge there. Yeah, but yeah, that's wild. Yeah. So he ran into things he didn't expect. But no, he did have a good time and he probably would have done more, but it really rained that night and then never stopped. It just kept raining. And the roads get to be impassable out there after a while because they're made of dirt. So my partner went kayaking. When she comes back from kayaking, it is the happiest I ever see her when she goes to the lake. Right. This time, not happy. Was it cows? No, she didn't really tell me because I went into the side of Little Kenosey Lake into the shore, and there's these little picnic areas there and I chose one of them that had a view of the lake and I could see her coming because I was worried. She actually was gone a long time and I thought, great, she's having a good time or she's dead either way. And she comes back and she doesn't tell me. So I get to the shore, to the docking station. By the way, they got this great thing for loading kayaks now, this wooden thing at Little Kenosis. It's got little rollers on it and it makes it so easy for novices like us who do it once a year because you could just sit in your kayak and just give it a little touch and it'll just go right into the water. And if you hit it right, you can come and come on shore. You just need somebody to smash that bottle of champagne on it and that's enough to have it slide into the anyway, what was wrong was just where I was looking at her at these little picnic areas. The next picnic area over there was a nude photography shoot. Okay. You did not see that coming, did you? No. Is that kind of thing allowed with the sanctioned I don't know. I posted on Facebook and I prevented you from seeing it because I wanted to have a natural reaction on the show. So I spent time waiting around there for a long time, so I knew who was there, who wasn't. And I did not see this with my own eyes, but I saw the people, like a woman photographer and a woman model of some sort going there. And the woman was half naked and holding a beer can. She was posing with an ear can, a beer can. So keep it classy. Saskatchewan. Yeah. So I had follow up DM's questions on that for my male friends. Yeah, she got more nature than she bargained for. So you may see some what is it? Only fans erotica with my partner in the background looking confused in a kayak. Yes. I told my son this. He said, dad, you don't understand. This is what people do nowadays. It's instagram accounts. Yeah, but they seem to know what they are doing. And they seem to but from the dialogue that she repeated to me, they seemed to be a professional outfit. But there was a sleazy guy hanging out by the dock and the truck that said Monster on the side. So I don't know if he was because he was flirting with them earlier. I don't know if he was sticking around to get a view. But me without my binoculars on that day, what else did I do? Well, the morning after my kids bike trip, it was raining, so it wasn't much we could do. It was kind of cool, which was nice because it was hot the first day, by the way. I preferred the cool. And we didn't have a breeze. I hate it when there's no breeze. It's always windy. It's always hurricane forest wind where we live. And then when you need a breeze, it's never there for you. So there was nothing there. It was a little warm. It wasn't as bad as last year, but it was just one day. So we took off. We did a little drive through Red versus Catch One, which is home to the Nazi Party of Canada, or at least the Nationalist Something Party. And he was always talking about it. The teacher came from that town. So we went through there and we kept on going into Manitoba. We saw this incredible infrastructure of oil just across the border in Manitoba. You don't think of oil in Manitoba, but we saw literally hundreds of pump jacks in a very condensed space. The most condensed I've ever seen. So I'm thinking it's fracking because there's like four of them in a row and they're going off in different directions. And there was practically a refinery there. Like, it wasn't a refinery, but it looked like a refinery because it all had all these huge storage tanks and there was no cell service, there was no town, there was nothing there. So it was kind of a weird little drive we had into Manicoba Twilight Zone episode that something weird was going to happen. Well, believe me, it's crossed my mind. Yeah. And then later on, we did a day trip in the Manitoba. Decided to have some adventure because it was only 4 hours to Winnipeg. So we took off to Winnipeg for a day. Nice. And we stayed in a nice little hotel there in a bad part of town, but it was a nice little trip. We did a few things. Should have done more, perhaps. The drivers are terrible in Manitoba. If you're listening to Winnipeg, you have terrible drivers. The speed limit there is a bit faster than most places. We were down by the Forks where the rivers meet, and we saw a bike accident right in front of us. This woman was driving, riding a bike and suddenly just went right into the ground for no reason. She just said she didn't turn sharp enough and just completely fell over and wrecked all of her clothing. And Jen, who had just taken a first aid course, ran up to her and she said her face was bleeding and all kinds of things. And the woman was just knowing, get away, I'm fine. People get embarrassed by these things. Totally. God knows I've been there. But it wasn't good for her. I have no idea why it happened. Right. So it wasn't a collision I was expecting with the terrible windowga drivers. Collision. There was a story going around online a couple of weeks ago that police in Toronto were actually giving out speeding tickets to cyclists. Did you hear that story? Oh, yeah. I don't there's a speed limit for cyclists. I believe it was Toronto's High Park. And they were literally out there with a radar gun giving out tickets to cyclists for going too fast. And sure, there's probably better things for the police to be doing with their time, but I do know it is oftentimes on those shared paths, the cyclists often do go too fast. So who knows? It was on a shared path. I believe so, yeah. Like a biking trail. It could have been you. It could have been me, yeah. My new bike can go faster than our school zone speed limits. And that's what my daughter, who took the bike out just before the vacation, was so thrilled when she came back. Dad, I broke the law because only 30 km an hour. What is that in miles? Like 22 or 20, something like that. So it's not very much. Also, I had a whistle dog as a and W brought back the whistle dog. It was a perfect vacation. Hot dog. It was wonderful. They're doing it better than they used to for the hot dog aficionado. Well, it's more like for my childhood memories, Brian, because I used to have the whistle dog platter come with a little close lawn, a plastic tray. Those were the days. Simpler times. Simpler times. So my hotel room had power lines right outside the window. So we are on the second floor, and if the window open, you could touch them. Okay? And like, there was two of them right there, like less than a foot away from the window. That's where they decided to put them. And if you were going to rescue me in the fire, it couldn't be done. So I questioned that and I thought I'd mention that because I've never seen anything like that before. They have a nice hotel. I popped into a Chevy dealership, the biggest in Manitoba, in Winnipeg. Winnipeg is a city of almost a million people, 900,000 or something like that. And I thought, I keep seeing an auto trader that they're getting Chevy bolts in. But apparently I went there and didn't go well. I went to the front desk. I said, Cockily, is there anyone that knows anything about EVs that I could talk to? And she just went on the intercom and said, Sales to the front. Sales to the front. The first yahoo came up. Young guy said, do you know anything about EVs? And he says, I know a few things. Good. But when we drove in, there was a bolt EUV. This is a little bigger version for about $80 more right where you drove in. So I said, Great. We can sit in the seats. We can try out the seat. This is really what we want to do in case we want to order one. And we did, and they were good. They were firm, but the foam was firm. But you weren't sitting against hard plastic. But it was fairly firm. Probably not that different. Actually, I think it did have fake leather, so it's kind of leather seats sort of get packed in a bit tighter. So it was fine. I don't think there's going to be they're not as nice as my Leaf. They're not as nice as the Prius, but they're okay. They'll do fine. But the guy was like, I know everything. And he said, no, we've hardly sold anything. Maybe three of these. I've seen three come through your thing in the past month, let alone the past, what, five years that they've been selling them? Maybe four in that particular place. So he's full of crap and discouraging me from Eve. He didn't try to sell me something else. He did say at one point, they're great. They got a low center of gravity. Lots of people are ordering the Blazer, which is the SUV that's coming next year. So I think he's starting to come around. And that sounds like what a lot of the GM employees are starting to do. But we got into an argument because he said I asked him about the charging, because it's supposed to come with a dual voltage charger. So you can plug into a normal 110 volts outlet here in North America, or you can plug into a dryer plug. Maybe you have one in your garage, maybe you can have one installed for it. You don't have to pay anything, you just have to pay for the electrical work. And actually, GM is paying for that electrical work to around $1,000 US. I think he claimed it didn't come with one. So I was taken through the trunk and I found the charger, and then I found a detached dryer Volt ponytail plug on it. And I said, well, look, here it is. He said, wow, they must have paid the extra $800 for that option. And I said, no, it comes with it. He said, well, you learn something every day, I guess.   He did say it would be $600 to ship at 550 km over here. He said, it's no problem for Dubai out of Province, they would write as a check for the extra sales tax because I have to pay sales tax here. And people are sort of craving all wheel drive, which is coming in the Blazer. But, yeah, he was just and he didn't want to tell me. I was thinking, okay, he's going to take my number. Didn't do it. I offered it, he didn't take it. I'm not going to be honest with you. We're not going to get any he told me three years, which is bull crap, it's a lie. The local people aren't doing that. And he said, well, the local people must be getting more. But we're in a small city. Compared to them, it's just crap. I mean, I'm sure there is a somewhat limited supply and they're advertising them. I can't watch a baseball game without seeing five ads for them. How could they advertise something that's not available unless they're only going to be seeing the bigger markets like they would in the states that have? Ontario is where I watch my Blue Jays games, and they seem to advertise for Ontario, and Ontario doesn't have any incentives. Well, they would certainly have more gasoline cars on the lot, so that's probably what they try and sell you. All right, well, let's get on with some things here. Brian, I can't take up the whole show with my own life. You know that Toyota, the wheels are falling off from electric. You said on a previous episode that it was just the lug nut issue. Well, it's actually more than that. They're literally falling off and they can't fix it. They're telling people not to drive them. Well, thank you, Toyota, for this great endeavor into electric vehicles. For the first time in Toyota history, they've made something that they can't literally keep the wheels on and people can't drive them. This is worse than the Bolt. The both they made them park outside of the garage and only charged 80%. Well, you buy this wonderful new car and you can't drive it. No. And they're offering to even buy them back from the owners. Right, right. Or give them a $5,000 fuel credit. And it's stupid. And this is a segment of. What James learned, because it's interesting. I learned something I always like to share with the listeners when I learned something. Something called profit parity. So EVs may be more expensive than internal combustion engines to buy, but they also make more money for car makers. And Audi says that that moment is now. So we talk about sales. EV parity, like it'll have the same price tag on it as like, Comp. And they say that it's starting to happen now with the premium vehicles. Well, Audi is saying that the point where they make profit is at parity now with what they make profit on other vehicles, like gas vehicles. Interesting. So that means you know what that means, right? It means they're going to make them. It means that the onus is now on them. They want to make money so that they start taking the reins of the EV revolution. And that is a fantastic thing, although still less to be made in terms of maintenance and for the dealers, like oil changes and stuff like that. Yeah, that's certainly true. Gosh. I hate oil changes. There's a small town Saskatchewan person who posted on a local Facebook Easy Group page, melville Tesla owner, he said he bought a Tesla and it was showing it off, as people do on these pages. But he was in Melville, which is a small town in town. Yes, I've some redneck relatives there. So I asked him how the townspeople are reacting to his electric car, and I had to laugh at his response. He says it's like a weird science experiment that's driving around if you ask that. Also, I just got a YouTube comment that I saw from a couple of episodes ago, and it says, this is from John. Can you upload just one version of the podcast? Because we have a video live version. I would prefer the ones with the video. It's kind of annoying to sport when you watch and listen to one version. Then you have the live version with the people in it come in the middle of the night. I don't know. There's not anything I can do about that except for starting a separate channel for the audio, which some people recommend you do. I wish you could subscribe to a playlist because it's on different playlists, but do you have any thoughts? Yeah, I mean, I'd be fine with just putting the one version on there, like the video version. When people tune into YouTube, they prefer to have visuals with it. So can't we just do that? Well, we do have a fairly good audience of people who just like the audio. Maybe it's because that comes first. I don't know. But when you listen to Lipson and other people who are on the server side, they say that there is a good demand for there are people who listen to audio only podcasts on YouTube. And that is a good way to get people in because it's a different way of expanding your audience and people finding you, because it is hard for people to find podcasts in this day and age. This is from Bloomberg on Tuesday. The UK government is preparing for a winter energy crisis that includes a reasonable worst case scenario. This is because they have less energy because France isn't exporting. They've only got half their nuclear. That's one reason. There's some other countries that may not be able to export electricity into the UK. Bloomberg hasn't exclusive on this and they think that they're planning they're planning for a bad case scenario where for four days in January, the peak demand could surpass their capacity. And this is what we talked about for a summer heat wave, which we haven't really gotten here in our province, where they might have been planning for that as well. But this would include organized blackouts for industry and even households. So you could have rolling blackouts in the UK this winter if there's a cold snap. Yes. And of course, the dispute continues with Germany and Russia. There's still not the full amount of gas flowing to Germany, not a huge amount of developments there. Gas is going through from Russia to Germany, but at a reduced amount. And there's still a bit of a standoff, a stalemate over how to resolve that. This is the Clean Energy show with Brian Stockton and James Whittingham. Brian, the Inflation Reduction Act was passed and it is a consequential, bloody miraculous piece of legislation that we did not see coming. In fact, there was this computer chip manufacturing in the US bill that the Republicans were going to support, but only if Mansion didn't support the Climate Act. So he said, there's no way in hell this is mid July that I'm ever going to support the Climate Act. So they passed the Chip Act and managed it about Face, which shocked the hell out of absolutely everyone, including the EV analysts and energy analysts that we talked to on the last episode of Bloomberg New Energy Finance in New York. They were flabbergasted as well. Anyway, Brian, this does a lot for EVs. It does a lot. It's a bill that does a lot of different things. Of course, it's supposed to reduce inflation. We'll get to that in a moment. But it also does a lot for the climate. Close to up to 40% reduction of emissions by 2030 in the Isa, which is groundbreaking. No, it's remarkable. And of course, we talked about this extensively, like, I don't know, a year ago or something, when it was called the Build Back Better bill. And we talked about it then because it seemed like it was likely to pass. And I felt like a chump for having spent all this energy thinking about it and talking about it, and then to have it just die like that was very disappointing. And, yeah, complete surprise to have it suddenly brought back under a different name. It felt like Joe Manchin was stringing people along and saying, junk, no, I'm not going to ever do anything but trying to appease me. Now, there is some stuff in here for fossil fuels, including a pipeline in his own state, of course. Yeah. But the consensus is that that's minor. The CO2 that adds is minor compared to the biggest spending bill in US history on climate, and it's a huge thing. So, yes, the $7,500 tax credits that people get for EVs have been used up by Tesla, GM and Toyota, believe it or not, further plug in electric hybrids. So, yeah, there was a 200,000 vehicle cap on that. But now that's all gone, they'll be able to do it again as long as the criteria is met by the automakers, which is sourcing a lot of that stuff locally or within their free trade zone. So there's also a used EV credit of $4,000, both at a point of sale, if you buy it from a dealer, if you don't have to wait for the tax time. Yeah, I think both these things can be supposedly done at a dealer plugin. Electric vehicles qualify with batteries of at least 7 kw, which is not much. Yeah, that's unfortunate. It's a battery that small where it doesn't cost very much, so it's a rather large subsidy for it's. A few Ebike batteries. Yeah, for not doing much. So that's one of the more unfortunate things, that this will maybe prolong the life of the plug in hybrid, which we need to move away from and from inside EVs. This pushes US automakers to become more independent from China. In order for cars to qualify, they have to source materials in North America or a country that has a free trade agreement with North America or with the US. Rather. The percentage of these materials increases over the years of this. This goes to 2032, which I brought up with the Bloomberg people is a bit absurd. I mean, if we hit price parity for all vehicle segments saying 2028 and they go down from there, and then you're giving a rebate in 2032 might be a little bit weird. Yeah. Although a great response on that, which is if this is largely about carbon emissions reduction, then why not keep it out to 2032? And $840 to offset the cost of a heat pump, closed, dryer or electric stove. So, yeah, that's pretty good. I mean, I wish I had that. I'd probably go get one. Yeah, those are both that'd be great. $8,000 for a heat pump for your house. $4,000 for an electrical panel upgrade, which is interesting, isn't it? Because a lot of people need an electric panel upgrades like you do. No, and as I said, mine costs about 6000 Canadian, which is not much more than that. That's great. $2,500 for improving electrical wiring in your home if you need it. That might qualify for what you did because you had to change your connection to the grid. Yeah, I think that might have covered the whole thing. As I said at the time, this is something like, everybody in my neighborhood is going to have to do this in the next ten years or so. Many neighborhoods are just 100 amp service, and that's just not going to fly in the era where we electrify everything. So these are the kinds of things that I haven't heard of before, the kind of incentives. So it's interesting to see how it plays out. One thing about this is that they're trying to bring solar manufacturing to the United States. And almost all the chips for solar panels are made in China. They're made cheaply there. The United States seems like the last country that can compete with manufacturing on an economic scale, so we'll see how that works. But the Bloomberg people did point out that wind turbines, which will also be big, so it's good to make them local, even though the blades have to be I don't know about the turbine, the actual generator itself, but we'll see about that. Anything big and heavy. So this was originally called build Back Better. It's now called the Inflation Reduction Act, which is, I guess, the flavor of the moment. But the question is, and it's really a climate and infrastructure spending bill, and not maybe that it matters, but is this actually an inflation reduction? Well, I've read several pieces on this saying that it is. I've read a couple of saying that it's not. I've read a lot more saying that it is. I think this is still a lot of analysis going on here, but they made some arguments that are above my pay grade. Just clean energy in general is a reduction of inflation because electricity, for example, costs less. So that reduces things, right? Yeah. And the way that fossil fuel prices have spiked recently because of the war in Ukraine, that's a large part of the inflation that we've been having. So, yeah, in theory, if you cut demand for oil and gas, that should bring down inflation because it'll bring down prices. If all this goes through 40% reduction in emissions in the US. By 2030, like, that's a remarkable amount. And yeah, that should hopefully ease up demand for oil and bring the price down. Okay, well, Ups is given some money, right? Yeah. USPS. Postal Service. Not us, different organization. And this is a story we've talked about before. Many people upset with the US Postal Service for not going fully electric in the new fleet of vans, delivery vans that they've been planning, and they've kind of increased the amount a couple of times, but they were still planning to buy lots and lots of gas powered vehicles for the US. Postal Service. But this new bill includes $3 billion for the US. Postal Service to buy electric trucks specifically, which was kind of the figure that they asked for it's like, oh, we'd need $3 billion to do that. And yeah, guess what? They've got it. And hopefully now this means all electric for the US. Postal Service. So again, we talk about this extensively with people who are about as expert as you can get from Bloomberg, a new energy finance. One is Tom Rowlands Reese, who is the head of research for North America, and the other is an EV analyst, Corey Cantor. This is an episode 126, which we dropped yesterday. So it's just behind this episode. It's a good interview and good information from people who absolutely know their stuff. And we will cover that act more extensively there with those experts. And I encourage you to listen to it. I also encourage you to give us feedback if you're interested in interviews. We did one before, right? We did one with Yuri, Yuri territory from the street pipes. And we got some good feedback on that. People seem to enjoy listening to that. So yeah, we could probably do that from time to time. And in addition to the show that we normally do. Okay, so there has been a massive fire in Cuba and an oil storage facility. And this is from a lightning strike. Not something you hear about necessarily all that often, but oil is flammable and therefore susceptible to things like lightning strikes. So this is turning out to be a huge problem there's. Now a fourth tank has caught on fire at this facility. So it's a massive fire burning out of control. And speaking of like brownouts and blackouts and electricity system, cuba was already predicting that they were going to have electricity problems this summer and they actually already have planned blackouts for Havana. And this is potentially going to be worse because of this because this oil storage facility was supplying oil to be burned at thermoelectric plants for some of the electricity system. So Cuba already in trouble in terms of their electricity system. Now it's going to be worse because of this fire, which is still not out yet. But the other thing that sort of brought to mind to me was just that we're at this inflection point where we're switching to clean energy. But we're also at this inflection point where just a lot of the infrastructure I think. Is really aging. Like all over the world. Certainly in North America here. Like our electrical grid and our province. They put up a zillion power poles 50. And guess what? 50, 60 years later, they're all kind of starting to fall over. And I think a lot of the grid structure in North America and really all over the world is kind of on its last legs. And maybe the clean energy revolution is not going to come fast enough because these are sort of coinciding issues. But it sounds like Cuba was in a bit of a problem already. Aging infrastructure was kind of bringing things down and then, boom, a lightning strike. And now they could be in trouble. Yes. And people will go around saying that clean energy will bring down the grid and have rolling blackouts. No, actually we keep seeing information and studies saying that the clean energy will eventually make the grid more stable, that it'll be more reliable that those batteries than people's EVs working in a two way function. Everything is going to be more stable once we finally get it figured out. We're just in this transition period where anytime there's a grid problem, the ProClean energy people are going to say, hey, it's the fossil fuels that are the problem. And the anti clean energy people are going to say, no, it's the windmills that are the problem. Windmills? They're not windmills. Well, that's what they'll say. That's what they'll say, but they'll be wrong. Idiots. Brian, there is one crucial bit of information for my vacation that I overlooked that this reminded me of. Yeah, you might say, james, what did a Cuban oil refinery or oil storage fire remind you of for your vacation? Good question. If you had asked that, I was minding my own business, driving to your cottage in beautiful Kenosi, and we went through the town of Kipling, as one does, and we slowed down because there was a lower speed limit in town and there's a few bunched up cars in front of us, so we're going slow. And then suddenly I see this river of fluid flowing across the road from left to right along gravitational lines. And I'm thinking, okay, it's a clear liquid and it's just flowing like a river. Like, what is this water main break or something? And just as I'm about to drive over it with my hot exhaust, I look over and there's these two guys in a pickup truck trying to get this tank desperately back onto the back of a truck. Oh, no. And it smelled horrible. And I'm fairly certain that it was diesel. And I didn't go too slow, so the guy kind of gave me a dirty look, but what the hell was I to know? And this is this instant frame capture, second moment of time that burns in your mind. And that's what I saw. I think some yahoo was taking some diesel, a big tank of it, back to the farm or whatever. That probably happens. Other people are doing that during this trip. And it fell off and spilled everywhere. Like probably $2,000 worth of it, I would guess, at least. But the thing is, if you're driving over and it splatters up on your exhaust, your hot exhaust, which I had an SUV, gas powered SUV, which, by the way, $2 a gallon or $2 a liter, and it went down through the trip, the gas prices were falling fast, by the way. Yeah, but yeah, that could have set me on fire and set him on fire and it was just a dangerous, stupid what the hell? Where did this come? But my car smelled like that the whole trip on the outside. If you walk near it to get a bike or something off the rack, then it was like, it still smells, and it's like this horrible smell. And I kept checking Twitter to see if anybody was tweeting about if there was a subsequent explosion, but this is an environmental catastrophe. What were they going to do, just run away and just leave it into the groundwater, the well water, and it was going to come back in the well water of this town or something? I mean, I don't know where they get their water, but it could be yeah. So that's the James almost died. So there's always some way of me almost dying on a trip to your cottage. But I often say, like, fossil fuels are often the most unpleasant thing about the cottage because even though you're supposed to be commuting in nature, everybody's got these giant SUVs and jet skis and everything, and then your car has to drive through a bunch of diesel and then stink the whole time or maybe burn down and I have to breathe it, too. So it was a long weekend. It was the August long weekend in Canada, and I've been there in the July long weekend. And that's where people party and there's thousands and thousands of boats out in the river or the lake rather, and people blasting music. So, yeah, I look forward to an electrified future. I told my son that because of course he wants to buy a cottage now, thanks to you. So I don't know where he's going to get one, but they're hard to come by now. Yeah. And I said, well, maybe it'll be quieter when you have one. Because of modification. Forbes magazine says electric car batteries are lasting longer than predicted, and the automakers were ramping up for recycling programs, but they've all been delayed because I'm an example of that because I have one of the earliest EVs that have been mass produced, and it's going strong, and it's also a terrible battery. So there's only better batteries than what I have, even if I crashed it. And the modules could be used for various things, they still have a value before the recycled. So almost all of the electric car batteries, according to Nissan executive Nick Thomas, are still in the cars. And people this is one of the naysayers things that people say all the time, and he says, we've been selling them for twelve years. Wow. I'm just going to leave it at that. But the deal is the EV batteries will last. The car people don't get. Even EV buyers don't get that. Yeah, but that's the deal. And there's lots of reasons why. And there's usually a second step, as you say. The car gets totaled, you can still take the cells out, you can put them in home storage. There's a second use before you get to the eventual, which is to crack it all open and take the minerals out and recycle them. So my car has lost some of its range over the ten years that has existed. But what some companies do is buy a pack at a record, say from another Nissan Leaf. We'll take the best modules out of there and replace the worst ones in your car, and then they'll send the rest of the recycling. But what people don't realize is electric cars have sophisticated battery management systems that guard the long term health of the batteries. Most manufacturers offer warranties of eight years, or 100,000 miles even. And there's an industry expectation that EVs will last longer than that. So they should not live the cars. Yeah, and they're definitely going to get better. They're only going to get better. Like, Tesla is talking about million mile batteries and 1.5 million mile batteries. So we'll see what happens in the next ten years. Yeah, you can expect a bit of degradation, but your battery should last for the life of the car. I mean, right now, people trade in their cars after three years, five years, your EV should be able to go a lot longer than that. Okay. A story here from Drive Tesla, Canada. This is a couple of weeks old, but I thought it was important just because we talked about the Japanese car manufacturers quite a bit, and that is that BYD is planning to enter the Japanese car market. This just struck me as a really big deal. I'm a person who grew up on Japanese cars in the that's all I was interested in owning was Japanese cars. And now here we are. BYD from China is going into the belly of the beast, as it were. This is a very interesting development, Mr. Stockton, isn't it? This is very symbolic in many ways, isn't it? That's what I thought. They're going into Toyota Nissan's backyard, and they're just going to scoop up market share. That says so much. The Japanese automakers I see thriving with their plug in electric hybrids, but people really don't want them anymore. There's some places that do, but people generally want the full meal deal. They want a battery electric vehicle. And you see that with many of the sales reports in most places. In a lot of places. What do you think? Brian, it's time for what do you think? And let's breathe through this quickly, please. This is where I ask you, what do you think of things that I'm not sure what to think about? So Tesla is not going to only add eight new factories, which is entirely possible by 2030, but increase average volume production capacity from the 450,000 average to cross the four current factories to 1.66 million per factory to reach 20 million per year. What do you think? Yeah, I think this is entirely possible. They've been saying for a while that 20 million vehicles per year is their goal, and this would be way more than anybody's currently doing. The Tesla factory in Shanghai is at a run rate approaching a million vehicles a year just at that one factory. They haven't done that for a full year, but their current run rate, and they just had some more upgrades and they've opened a new line. So just in the past month after their shutdown, they had a shutdown for Covet, then they had a shutdown to upgrade the factory. And it's only been a few weeks, but they appear to be producing vehicles at a rate so far unheard of for Tesla. So they're definitely on track for a million vehicles out of the Beijing factory, and no reason to think that they can't replicate that. They're looking for maybe a dozen factories to make 20 million a year to take the crown of the world's biggest automaker away from Toyota, which they're already kind of on the verge of doing with the Toyota Corolla. It seems a bit weird because they really don't have that many models. They've got the model Y and the model Three Those are the mass market ones. But the cyber truck is coming. The Tesla Semi is coming. They started teasing like some kind of a van or a people mover vehicle. So there'll be probably some more announcements of different form factors for the car. So I think that's what the naysayers are mostly questioning. It's like, well, how are they going to make 20 million? Because they've only got a couple of models and they'll keep it small, they don't need that many models. But, yeah, it seems entirely possible. And there should be a new factory announcement soon, possibly Canada, which is the next thing on your list here for things to ask me about. We don't really know the details other than Tesla had to release that they've been lobbying, I believe it was the Ontario government in Canada, the province of Ontario. Whenever you do lobbying of the government, it has to be announced. So they did that. So it could be a factory in Canada, but they could also just be lobbying for battery materials or mining or something like that, too. But yeah, I think potentially good news for Canada. Musk has teased it too. He has teased Canada. So we'll have to see. I wouldn't be surprised because the government is pointing all the stops to get EV manufacturing here, which is good because it is the future and we do need jobs. Yeah, I think our government would be on board with that. And there is a history of automotive manufacturing, particularly in Ontario, but also Quebec. We make a lot of cars here. A lot of the American branded cars are made here in Canada. So there is the kind of base of knowledge yeah, to start that here, for sure. So the California Public Utilities Commission makes california, the first state in the nation to allow EV owners to measure an EV's energy use independently from the owner's main utility meter through submetering. Any thoughts on that? Yeah, it's an interesting idea. I mean, we often talk about the coming smart grid. It hadn't occurred to me that this could be one of the uses of a smart grid, but there could be some useful parts of monitoring your grid use separately. EVs could then be kind of modeled out in your electricity bill and be somehow treated differently. Maybe that's where they could put, like, a gasoline tax. Gasoline tax? Where everyone is wondering why we're not going to be getting our gasoline taxes anymore. Depends on how they want to treat. That would be the sort of bad news, is maybe that's where they'd put the gasoline tax, as it were, onto your EV bill. Yeah, it depends on how they want to treat. As temperatures rise, shifts and travel patterns are likely to become more common in Europe, with researchers describing as a hotspot for severe summer heat. So many travelers are setting their sites on Scandinavia or switching to the spring and fall for traveling as a person. Yeah, we talked about my trip to Europe, which turned out time to be the hottest summer on record for Europe. It's been surpassed since then, but yeah, it's not very pleasant traveling somewhere when it's blistering hot like that. So, absolutely, this makes a lot of sense. We're all going to maybe have to start thinking differently about when and where we travel. And speaking of tropical vacations, hawaii has received their final shipment of coal, all new at six. One month to go until Hawaii no longer burns coal for electricity. Tonight, a closer look at the final shipment from Indonesia arriving in Kalai. Long a huge milestone as experts believe we have enough renewable resources coming online to meet Oahu's energy needs. There's no use for coal for electricity anywhere in the world. Yeah, I just wanted to include this because, especially with an audio clip, it just seemed like a really great good news story of Hawaii has been using coal as part of their electricity generation. But as they start to move to more renewable sources, they have literally received their last shipment of coal that's going to be burned for electricity. And this will take a while to get through. And I suppose there's a danger in the next year or two of maybe, oh, we made a mistake, we did this too quickly and maybe we'll need more coal, but I don't think so. And as we know, renewables are fairly quick to put up, and as long as they've made all their plans correctly for the grid needs the last shipment of coal, this is just fantastic good news. That's amazing. You also want to have kind of energy autonomy. There should be no reason to ship anything into Hawaii to burn to make electricity. You've got. All the sunshine and wind that you need to be independent and you don't have to worry about your shipment of coal getting wiped out by a tsunami or something. About your shipment of coal getting wiped out by a tsunami or something. All right, Brian. The show would normally be over by now, but no, due to vacation. We've got so much to give, so much to get out. We have a mail item here. Reminder, though, the coming up is the lighting headlines briefly, but let's dip into the mail bag from the maggot. He wrote us a couple of weeks ago. He says on your show yesterday, there was a discussion about wasteful. Normally your team, that you and me, Brian, we're the team is super odd point, but I have to disagree this time. The old wave of environmentalism was miserly moral kind. The old wave of environmentalism was the miserly moral kind. I must suffer to save the world. People are advised to adjust their circumstance. Drive small cars or slow cars, eat less. But the new technology environmentalism is a focus on solving problems completely, rather than doing slightly less bad things through efficiency. So when people see this new view as a threat to their lifestyle, they grow up throughout barriers. Climate denialism isn't just about science. People just basically don't want to change. But he says that this is something we talked about for the future. Cheap power. Free power, cheap heat for your home. This is all about the story leaving the doors open at shops in France with the air conditioning running. And you don't like wastefulness. But yeah, we're not there yet, are we? No, that's the only point. Yeah, this is an absolutely valid point. I think that is definitely our future. But for the time being, especially in this era when Europe facing energy shortages, they're having problems with some of their nuclear, there just isn't the kind of excess power on the grid that there used to be. So particularly for the next couple of years in this transition, they still have to close the doors on those shops in France. And there was another story, I think, from Italy, where they're regulating the amount of electricity. You're not supposed to set your AC lower than 27 Celsius or something like that in Italy. So we're still in a power crunch. We still need to conserve. But absolutely, this is our future. This is going to be an abundant future, particularly what Tony Siba talks about from Rethink X. He thinks it's going to be a super abundant future with essentially free electricity is kind of where we're headed. Yeah, we're just not there yet. He makes a good point, and I take that point because it is hard to get your head wrapped around that. But that is our future, and it will affect the way I talk about things a little bit as we move forward. It's just hard for people to wrap their head around it unless you're on the forefront of this. And that's the thing. But yeah, I don't think my neighbors would understand anything I was talking about if I said we're going to get free electricity in the future. You'll be able to leave your door open in winter and just let the fresh air in if you wanted to because don't tell your neighbors they'll call socially. We'd love to hear from you. So thanks for leaving us that email. Contact us at clean energy show. Write us right now. Cleanenergyshow@gmail.com. We're on Twitter. You can get updates to our show schedule there. If we change our show schedule around at all or have special episodes like we did this week, ticktock, we're there. Clean Energy Pod is the handle for TikTok and Twitter. Even if you're not a Twitter user or casual Twitter user, I recommend you follow us to get the latest. Don't forget to check out our YouTube channel for talking heads video of us doing the show unedited, so leave us a voicemail at speakfight. Comcleanrgy. Lightning rounding round five minutes, ten minutes ago. It's time for the lightning out, but here we go. Brian, hang on. Buckle in. This is a fast look of the rest of the week's headlines and clean energy that I wanted to talk about. Rainwater everywhere on earth is unsafe to drink due to Forever chemicals. That was the name of my alt rock pan in the 80s. Forever Chemical. There was a movie damn. And I forget the name of it. I just watched a movie on the furry of our chemicals lawsuit. This is like frying pans and nonstick and how they stick around and they are making people sick in some place in the southern states. So University of Stockholm study finds that this is true for drinking water even in the Antarctic. These per and poly floral alkal substances are PFAS are large family of human chemicals that don't occur in nature. They don't go away. And yes, don't drink the rainwater, people. Tip from the clean energy show. A new study by Stanford University says that prices would immediately drop and all of upfront costs for switching to 100% renewable energy will be paid back in six years. So if we suddenly right now switch to 100% renewable energy, it would pay back itself in six years. Yeah. And this is the other thing that your neighbors probably wouldn't understand and they would call you crazy if you said that. But it is absolutely cheaper to just ditch this stuff as soon as possible. Go clean energy. That's the way to go. So up in Nordic space, the world's first subsidy free offshore wind farm has started to produce power. Just that I mentioned that because it's kind of a milestone to have subsidy free wind farm start. They didn't even ask for subsidies when they put in the bid. That's cool. So the failure in French nuclear is increasing electricity prices all over Europe, not just in France. France already had more nuclear than they could use themselves in the past and was a net exporter during nighttime and low French demands. Now France has a huge electricity import, further increasing the prices have gone out of control in France. France is an interesting case study right now. Yeah. The UK is also in a bit of a power crunch, and it's partly because they've often relied on France to send them some excess power. So, yeah, lots of potential shortages and brownouts and blackouts coming in the UK and other places. Brian, it's time for a surprise new feature, the Clean Energy show, Fast Fact. That's right. I'm going to randomly insert fast facts into the show now. From time to time, electric vehicles require fewer workers to assemble than gas or diesel vehicles, according to The New York Times. Wow, that's pretty cool. And just one more reason. Is it maybe just the evolution of these things? I mean, car factories are just getting more automated over the years. If you look at a combustion vehicle, the hoses and the clamps and the welding and the exhaust pipes yeah, I can see I can see how it would be here's. Another 175 of the 180 nuclear power projects examined in a study found the final cost exceeded the initial budget by an average of 117%. I hope you were sitting down for that. And took an average of 64% longer than projected. So that is a study that has proven that nuclear never comes in on time or on budget. Why don't we have another facet? The land requirement for the world to go carbon neutral is less than that of the current energy infrastructure. That's remarkable. So putting up people say, my son even says, where are you going to put all the solar panels? How about on the oil wells? Lands. On the refinery? Land? On the pipeline? Land? Come on. So we don't often talk about that, but all of this or that oil storage facility in Cuba that we were talking about earlier, it's not just a fire hazard, but it's a massive, massive place that could easily use that land for solar. And apparently you wouldn't even need that much from our friends at Bloomberg. I think we can say that now. Francis EDF utility is lowering its nuclear power output because the temperature of the river it relies on for cooling is getting too hot in a heat wave this summer driven by climate change. You know, everything fits together, Brian. Everything we talk about, it all fits together like a perfect puzzle. It's all connected. Yeah. Nuclear, even nuclear. I mean, this is after Reuters reported that the Rhine in Germany, its main shipping artery was getting too shallow to transport coal to power stations. It's almost like God is saying, Hurry the hell up. Nature is acting back. There's these loops of things that are happening no. In the Hoover Dam in the US, which I believe it's Lake Mead, which is backed up by the Hoover Dam. The water level has been dropping for years. They may not be able to generate electricity there at some point. This is from Eco Watch, hot off the fresh. A new study has found that as climate warming increases overnight temperatures these hotter nights could increase mortality risks in heat waves by as much as 60%. Because remember, we were talking about this a couple of shows ago. It's not just about the temperature of the day, it's the temperature at night. Which is why we have heat warnings based on nighttime temperatures in Canada because you don't get any relief from it. Your house doesn't cool down. And that was the case last summer here where we live. It just was not cooling down at night. So it was definitely the hottest summer that I've had living in this house this year. Fortunately, it's kind of acting more like the old days and it has been cooling down at night. We've had maybe one night this summer where it was difficult to sleep. But yeah, it's been cooling down at night and it's been an absolute dream. It's been okay not to have air conditioning this summer. And finally this week on this fat overstuffed show from the journal Nature rapid battery cost declines accelerate the prospects of an all electric inter regional container shipping routes. So as battery prices of $100 US per kilowatt hour as they approach that, the electrocution of interregional trade routes of less than 1500 km, which if you ask me is still pretty significant, is economical with a battery ship with a minimal impact to the ship carrying capacity. So that is to say it's not displacing much of the ship's capacity to stuff it with batteries because of the cost and including the environmental costs. That's not including the environmental, but if you include them, the economical range increases to 5000 batteries achieve a $50 per kilowatt hour price point which we expect them to sometime next decade, maybe earlier than later. The economical range nearly doubles to up to 10,000 or 3000 without the environmental impact. So that means that shipping is 14% of pollution in the states of US is coming from shipping. So yeah, it's no

The Mason Minute
Lost In The Mail (MM #4152)

The Mason Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 1:00


Over the last few months, I've had some real issues with the US Postal Service. I know that they've been cutting costs, but I've had numerous checks lost in the mail. The service has gotten much slower, and the main issues have been with incoming payments and outgoing bills. And when you mess with my money, I'm going to complain... Click Here To Subscribe Apple PodcastsSpotifyAmazon MusicGoogle PodcastsTuneInStitcheriHeartRadioPandoraDeezerBlubrryBullhornCastBoxCastrofyyd.deGaanaiVooxListen NotesmyTuner RadioOvercastOwlTailPlayer.fmPocketCastsPodbayPodbeanPodcast AddictPodcast IndexPodcast RepublicPodchaserPodfanPodtailRadio PublicRadio.comReason.fmRSSRadioVurblWe.foYandex jQuery(document).ready(function($) { 'use strict'; $('#podcast-subscribe-button-13292 .podcast-subscribe-button.modal-62f20d85bd8ba').on("click", function() { $("#secondline-psb-subs-modal.modal-62f20d85bd8ba.modal.secondline-modal-62f20d85bd8ba").modal({ fadeDuration: 250, closeText: '', }); return false; }); });

RoadWorthy Drive Moments
Autonomous Big Rig Trucks are Coming

RoadWorthy Drive Moments

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 10:50


In the next two to five years,  A number of American motorists may encounter a self-driving big rig truck next to them on the Interstate.  Truck tech companies like TuSimple and Aurora have been working with UPS, FedEx and the US Postal Service to develop, test and evaluate autonomous trucking in the Southwestern US - mainly between Dallas and Phoenix.   As you may expect, the move to autonomous trucking is being driving by economics - a growing truck driver shortage and high diesel fuel prices.   As they say, the future is now. 

The Regular Joe Show
RJS - 08/02/22 - Segment 6

The Regular Joe Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 7:27


Joe talks about how the US Postal Service is making a new department for mail in ballotsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman
On today's 'BradCast': In an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt, US Attorney General Merrick Garland reiterated that the Justice Department is working 'to bring to justice EVERYBODY who is criminally responsible for interfering with the peaceful t

The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 58:02


6-minute Stories
"Double-barrel Memories" by Zeke Benjamin

6-minute Stories

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 6:43


Edgar L. Benjamin, nickname Zeke, lives in Mountville, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Clemson University and is retired from the US Postal Service and from the South Carolina Army National Guard. This is his first attempt at writing, but he hopes to write more short stories in the future. He hopes you enjoy it.

Distorted View Daily
The US Postal Service Is Processing A Lot Of Fecal Mail

Distorted View Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 51:03


Show Notes: Introduction 0:00.000 Jonathan Niehaus (Bestiality DJ) Has Come Down With Da ‘Rona 1:25.677 Annoying TikTard Has 10,000 Genders/Pronouns/Sexualities 4:55.079 Sexy Lady Tries To Arouse And Stimulate Gooner Baters 12:11.579 My Little Pony / Brony Version Of The Cum Zone 13:39.833 Bad Ex-Con Stand Up Comedian 16:23.479 Custody Battle Plays Out On The Front […] The post The US Postal Service Is Processing A Lot Of Fecal Mail first appeared on Distorted View Daily.

Daily News Brief
Daily News Brief for Monday, July 11th, 2022

Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 12:06


Happy Monday everyone, this is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Monday, July 11th, 2022. Before we get into what you may have missed over the weekend, this is just a reminder that our conference is just 4 months away! FLF Conference Plug: This year it’s happening in Knoxville TN, October 6-8! Don't miss beer & psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers which includes George Gilder, Jared Longshore, Pastor Wilson, Dr. Ben Merkle, Pastor Toby, and we can’t say yet…also dont miss our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and stuff for the kids too…like jumpy castles and accidental infant baptisms! Also, did you know, you can save money, by signing up for a Club Membership. So, go to FightLaughFeast.com and sign up for a club membership and then register for the conference with that club discount. We can’t wait to fellowship, sing Psalms, and celebrate God’s goodness in Knoxville October 6-8. So, here’s what you may have missed over the weekend: https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/twitter-lawyers-sue-elon-musk-broken-deal-report Twitter lawyers up to sue Elon Musk over broken buyout deal: Twitter has retained the services of a heavyweight merger law firm to sue Tesla CEO Elon Musk for moving to drop his $44 billion takeover of the company, according to a report. The company has hired Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP to represent it in a forthcoming suit, Bloomberg reported Sunday. Bloomberg cited sources who declined to be identified due to the private nature of the matter. A law firm representing the Tesla CEO sent a letter to Twitter on Friday, alleging that it appears "to have made false and misleading representations" when Musk agreed to buy the company on April 25 and has "breached" multiple provisions of the initial agreement. Musk's team has raised concerns with "spam bots" on the platform, and the Tesla CEO has threatened to walk away from the deal if the company fails to show that less than 5% of its daily active users are automated spam accounts. Musk has argued that Twitter significantly underestimated the number of these "spam bots" on its service. Last month, Twitter offered Musk access to its "firehose" of raw data on hundreds of millions of daily tweets, according to multiple reports at the time, though neither the company nor Musk confirmed this. Twitter said it removes 1 million spam accounts each day in a call with executives Thursday during a briefing that aimed to shed more light on the company's fake and bot accounts. Twitter said on the call that the spam accounts represent well below 5% of its active user base each quarter. Private data, which isn't available publicly and thus not in the data "firehose" that was given to Musk, includes IP addresses, phone numbers and location. Twitter said such private data helps avoid misidentifying real accounts as spam. Neither SpaceX nor Tesla nor Twitter immediately responded to FOX Business' request for comment Sunday. A receptionist for Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz declined to confirm or deny the report. More from our booming economy: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/us-postal-service-rate-increases-takes-effect-sunday US Postal Service rate increases takes effect Sunday The next time you mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS), it's going to cost you extra. The USPS' rate hike, upping First-Class Mail prices by 6.5%, took effect Sunday, according to the agency. When the USPS made its announcement in April it noted that the 6.5% increase would still be below inflation, which is sitting at a rate of 8.6%. However, this likely won't be the last increase from the USPS. In May, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Americans should get used to "uncomfortable" postage rate increases in coming years as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to become self-sufficient. The Postal Service Board of Governors sets postage rates, but DeJoy said he’ll advocate for raising prices until "we have accomplished our objective of projecting a trajectory that shows us being self-sustaining." That objective is laid out in the USPS' 10-year plan, Delivering for America. As part of this plan, the USPS is working to break even by the fiscal year 2023 and avoid $160 billion in projected losses over the next 10 years. The price adjustments taking effect Sunday "will help with the implementation of the Delivering for America plan, including a $40 billion investment in core Postal Service infrastructure over the next ten years," according to the USPS. https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2022/07/11/world-economic-forum-says-democracy-is-dying-ditch-fossil-fuels-and-save-it/ World Economic Forum: Gas Prices Must Go Even Higher — to Save Democracy The World Economic Forum (WEF) released a position paper Monday that inexorably links two claimed global crises as one – “climate change” and the “decline of democracy.” The WEF paper argues for the past 15 years, democracy has been in decline worldwide. To protect and promote freedom, “leading democracies must strengthen their economies and safeguard liberty.” It goes on to say ignoring progress toward a “low-carbon economy could put democracies in greater economic peril, not less” while repeating the broader demand of environmental activists for companies to stop investing fossil fuels. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought renewed focus on this economic weakness, the WEF says. What is the answer for the U.S. and Europe? Pricing the alternatives to green energy out of the market. It says: First, leading democracies should agree to end the underpricing of fossil fuels, which is the principal factor preventing a clean energy transition. The underpricing associated with producing and burning coal, oil and gas amounted to $5.9 trillion in economic costs in 2020. Nearly a quarter of these losses – $1.45 trillion – occurred in 48 major and smaller democracies. The leading democracies of the G20 should collectively commit to phasing out cost and tax breaks for the production and consumption of fossil fuels. They should also phase in more efficient pricing of fossil fuels through taxes or tradable permits to cover the costs of local air pollution, global warming, and other economic damages. The paper goes on to argue that compliance can and must be enforced. Taxes can be imposed on carbon-intensive imports to reduce the risk of unfair competition for their domestic industries “and to deter companies from relocating overseas to avoid compliance at home.” Doesn’t that just scream democracy? Forcing other economies to reform their under-pricing of fossil fuels to avoid the penalties imposed by the policy should also be actively pursued, according to the WEF, with U.S. President Joe Biden already committed to punishing the fossil fuel industry out of existence. The paper concludes that by delaying a clean energy transition, “leading democracies are making their economies more vulnerable through continued reliance on fossil fuels.” Collectively acting to foster a green transition “is not only good for the climate but also critical for protecting democracy,” ……… that’s the conclusion of the paper… Gold River Trading Co. Are you tired of buying sugary drinks and coffee from large woke corporations? Throw a tea party! Gold River Trading Co. is an American company that offers premium alternatives for Americans who enjoy a delicious cup of tea. Start your day with Gold River’s invigorating American Breakfast Blend, cool down with a pitcher of crisp & refreshing Iced Tea, or unwind with Chamomile Herbal tea. Explore a variety of high-quality blends and enjoy a healthy, flavorful alternative from an American company that shares your values. Go to goldriverco.com and save 10% off all orders using discount code CROSSPOLITIC at checkout. Now, it’s time for the topic that I love, trade regulations! No… not really, sports! https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2022/07/08/report-nfl-teams-to-start-training-camp-with-no-covid-protocols/ NFL Teams to Start Training Camp with No Covid Protocols For the first time since the pandemic began, NFL teams will start training camp without any Covid protocols or restrictions, according to a report in the Washington Post. That means the league will not mandate that players wear masks, participate in contact tracing, wear bracelets, or otherwise partake in any of the standard Covid protocols the league has had in place since 2020. The NFL did, however, leave open the possibility of reinstating Covid protocols should the need arise. “Should there be a reason to reimpose aspects of the protocols or to take other measures, we will work closely with clubs, the NFLPA and our respective experts, and local, state and federal public health officials to continue to safeguard the health of the NFL community,” the memo to all teams stated. While the league will not place players or coaches under any restrictions, all employees of the 32 league franchises are expected to conform to whatever coronavirus safeguards local authorities have put in place. The NFL and NFLPA agreed to end the league’s coronavirus testing regimen in March. And finally, Novak Djokovic, won at Wimbledon for the seventh time: Djokovic beats Kyrgios to win 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

CrossPolitic Studios
Daily News Brief for Monday, July 11th, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

CrossPolitic Studios

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 12:06


Happy Monday everyone, this is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Monday, July 11th, 2022. Before we get into what you may have missed over the weekend, this is just a reminder that our conference is just 4 months away! FLF Conference Plug: This year it’s happening in Knoxville TN, October 6-8! Don't miss beer & psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers which includes George Gilder, Jared Longshore, Pastor Wilson, Dr. Ben Merkle, Pastor Toby, and we can’t say yet…also dont miss our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and stuff for the kids too…like jumpy castles and accidental infant baptisms! Also, did you know, you can save money, by signing up for a Club Membership. So, go to FightLaughFeast.com and sign up for a club membership and then register for the conference with that club discount. We can’t wait to fellowship, sing Psalms, and celebrate God’s goodness in Knoxville October 6-8. So, here’s what you may have missed over the weekend: https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/twitter-lawyers-sue-elon-musk-broken-deal-report Twitter lawyers up to sue Elon Musk over broken buyout deal: Twitter has retained the services of a heavyweight merger law firm to sue Tesla CEO Elon Musk for moving to drop his $44 billion takeover of the company, according to a report. The company has hired Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP to represent it in a forthcoming suit, Bloomberg reported Sunday. Bloomberg cited sources who declined to be identified due to the private nature of the matter. A law firm representing the Tesla CEO sent a letter to Twitter on Friday, alleging that it appears "to have made false and misleading representations" when Musk agreed to buy the company on April 25 and has "breached" multiple provisions of the initial agreement. Musk's team has raised concerns with "spam bots" on the platform, and the Tesla CEO has threatened to walk away from the deal if the company fails to show that less than 5% of its daily active users are automated spam accounts. Musk has argued that Twitter significantly underestimated the number of these "spam bots" on its service. Last month, Twitter offered Musk access to its "firehose" of raw data on hundreds of millions of daily tweets, according to multiple reports at the time, though neither the company nor Musk confirmed this. Twitter said it removes 1 million spam accounts each day in a call with executives Thursday during a briefing that aimed to shed more light on the company's fake and bot accounts. Twitter said on the call that the spam accounts represent well below 5% of its active user base each quarter. Private data, which isn't available publicly and thus not in the data "firehose" that was given to Musk, includes IP addresses, phone numbers and location. Twitter said such private data helps avoid misidentifying real accounts as spam. Neither SpaceX nor Tesla nor Twitter immediately responded to FOX Business' request for comment Sunday. A receptionist for Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz declined to confirm or deny the report. More from our booming economy: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/us-postal-service-rate-increases-takes-effect-sunday US Postal Service rate increases takes effect Sunday The next time you mail through the United States Postal Service (USPS), it's going to cost you extra. The USPS' rate hike, upping First-Class Mail prices by 6.5%, took effect Sunday, according to the agency. When the USPS made its announcement in April it noted that the 6.5% increase would still be below inflation, which is sitting at a rate of 8.6%. However, this likely won't be the last increase from the USPS. In May, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said Americans should get used to "uncomfortable" postage rate increases in coming years as the U.S. Postal Service seeks to become self-sufficient. The Postal Service Board of Governors sets postage rates, but DeJoy said he’ll advocate for raising prices until "we have accomplished our objective of projecting a trajectory that shows us being self-sustaining." That objective is laid out in the USPS' 10-year plan, Delivering for America. As part of this plan, the USPS is working to break even by the fiscal year 2023 and avoid $160 billion in projected losses over the next 10 years. The price adjustments taking effect Sunday "will help with the implementation of the Delivering for America plan, including a $40 billion investment in core Postal Service infrastructure over the next ten years," according to the USPS. https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2022/07/11/world-economic-forum-says-democracy-is-dying-ditch-fossil-fuels-and-save-it/ World Economic Forum: Gas Prices Must Go Even Higher — to Save Democracy The World Economic Forum (WEF) released a position paper Monday that inexorably links two claimed global crises as one – “climate change” and the “decline of democracy.” The WEF paper argues for the past 15 years, democracy has been in decline worldwide. To protect and promote freedom, “leading democracies must strengthen their economies and safeguard liberty.” It goes on to say ignoring progress toward a “low-carbon economy could put democracies in greater economic peril, not less” while repeating the broader demand of environmental activists for companies to stop investing fossil fuels. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought renewed focus on this economic weakness, the WEF says. What is the answer for the U.S. and Europe? Pricing the alternatives to green energy out of the market. It says: First, leading democracies should agree to end the underpricing of fossil fuels, which is the principal factor preventing a clean energy transition. The underpricing associated with producing and burning coal, oil and gas amounted to $5.9 trillion in economic costs in 2020. Nearly a quarter of these losses – $1.45 trillion – occurred in 48 major and smaller democracies. The leading democracies of the G20 should collectively commit to phasing out cost and tax breaks for the production and consumption of fossil fuels. They should also phase in more efficient pricing of fossil fuels through taxes or tradable permits to cover the costs of local air pollution, global warming, and other economic damages. The paper goes on to argue that compliance can and must be enforced. Taxes can be imposed on carbon-intensive imports to reduce the risk of unfair competition for their domestic industries “and to deter companies from relocating overseas to avoid compliance at home.” Doesn’t that just scream democracy? Forcing other economies to reform their under-pricing of fossil fuels to avoid the penalties imposed by the policy should also be actively pursued, according to the WEF, with U.S. President Joe Biden already committed to punishing the fossil fuel industry out of existence. The paper concludes that by delaying a clean energy transition, “leading democracies are making their economies more vulnerable through continued reliance on fossil fuels.” Collectively acting to foster a green transition “is not only good for the climate but also critical for protecting democracy,” ……… that’s the conclusion of the paper… Gold River Trading Co. Are you tired of buying sugary drinks and coffee from large woke corporations? Throw a tea party! Gold River Trading Co. is an American company that offers premium alternatives for Americans who enjoy a delicious cup of tea. Start your day with Gold River’s invigorating American Breakfast Blend, cool down with a pitcher of crisp & refreshing Iced Tea, or unwind with Chamomile Herbal tea. Explore a variety of high-quality blends and enjoy a healthy, flavorful alternative from an American company that shares your values. Go to goldriverco.com and save 10% off all orders using discount code CROSSPOLITIC at checkout. Now, it’s time for the topic that I love, trade regulations! No… not really, sports! https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2022/07/08/report-nfl-teams-to-start-training-camp-with-no-covid-protocols/ NFL Teams to Start Training Camp with No Covid Protocols For the first time since the pandemic began, NFL teams will start training camp without any Covid protocols or restrictions, according to a report in the Washington Post. That means the league will not mandate that players wear masks, participate in contact tracing, wear bracelets, or otherwise partake in any of the standard Covid protocols the league has had in place since 2020. The NFL did, however, leave open the possibility of reinstating Covid protocols should the need arise. “Should there be a reason to reimpose aspects of the protocols or to take other measures, we will work closely with clubs, the NFLPA and our respective experts, and local, state and federal public health officials to continue to safeguard the health of the NFL community,” the memo to all teams stated. While the league will not place players or coaches under any restrictions, all employees of the 32 league franchises are expected to conform to whatever coronavirus safeguards local authorities have put in place. The NFL and NFLPA agreed to end the league’s coronavirus testing regimen in March. And finally, Novak Djokovic, won at Wimbledon for the seventh time: Djokovic beats Kyrgios to win 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

NAPS Chat
Episode 166 July 8, 2022 -- "The Future is Now for the Postal Service" -- with Eddie Monroy, Executive Director of the NextGen Chamber of Commerce

NAPS Chat

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 29:55


The future is now, within the communications and logistics marketplace. Is the Postal Service ready? During this week's episode of NAPS Chat, Eddie Monroy of the NextGen Chamber of Commerce joins Bob Levi to discuss the needs and expectations of a new and growing generation of American entrepreneurs and small businesses, and how the US Postal Service can meet those needs and expectations.

The Allegheny Front
Episode for July 8, 2022

The Allegheny Front

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 28:58


This week, we talk with a reporter with Inside Climate News who says the Supreme Court EPA decision could result in more expensive regulations for power plants. We also take a closer look at why Pennsylvania and other states are suing the US Postal Service over a lack of electric vehicles in its plan to replace its fleet. Researchers are using a program trained to identify bird species from hours of birdsong recorded in the forest to help with conservation. Plus, news about the spotted lanternfly, fracking in Allegheny County parks, and a poll that shows two-thirds of Pennsylvanians accept climate change.

This Day in History Class
The U.S. Postal Service introduces the ZIP Code - July 1st, 1963

This Day in History Class

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 9:14


On this day in 1963, the ZIP Code was introduced as part of a nationwide effort to improve the speed of mail delivery in the United States. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Heartland Labor Forum
The Postal Reform Act and UMKC Student Tenant Union

Heartland Labor Forum

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 60:03


President Biden signed The Postal Service Reform Act April 6th. It will provide much needed financial and operational changes to the US Postal Service. Learn what improvements to your service may result as well as to the quality of life of our postal workers. Then, we'll focus on a new type of union, a tenant […] The post The Postal Reform Act and UMKC Student Tenant Union appeared first on KKFI.

Federal Drive with Tom Temin
Imagine an award program where people can nominate friends and then vote on whether they get the money

Federal Drive with Tom Temin

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 15:55


The Postal Service handed out millions of dollars in employee awards in a program that lacked solid controls. People nominated one another and then voted on whether they got the money. A few people even approved their own bonuses. For more, the Federal Drive spoke with the deputy assistant inspector general for audit, Wilvia Espinoza.

Fox Sports Radio Weekends
Jonas Knox Believes the Kansas City Chiefs Made the Right Call with Tyreek Hill

Fox Sports Radio Weekends

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 80:00


Jonas Knox reacts to the Warriors bringing the NBA Finals even at 2-2 with the Celtics. Jonas breaks down Tyreek Hill's latest comments regarding his trade from Kansas City. Jonas is annoyed by the new brand of the Los Angeles Rams. FSR Legend Andy Furman joins the show to explain his failed petition to the US Postal Service. Plus, the latest editions of Do You Care and The Scraps! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Redditor
How I Got My EVIL BOSS FIRED In The SMARTEST WAY POSSIBLE! (r/ProRevenge)

Redditor

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 16:17


This genius man utilises his fitness of all things to get his toxic boss fired from the US Postal Service!Listen to all my revenge episodes in the background in this easy playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_wX8l9EBnOO4lTqgARkHPC7y9f7lbpjfWatch my videos in full on my YouTube channel (you even get to see my face!): https://www.youtube.com/Redditor This is the Redditor podcast! Here you will find all of Redditor's best Reddit stories from his YouTube channel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Discover Dayton
Episode 34 - 20 May 2022 News Roundup

Discover Dayton

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 18:53


Full show transcript available at discoverdaytonpodcast.com.    Today's Friday, May 20th, 2022, and it's time for your weekly News Roundup episode, where I read the news so you don't have to. A lot happened this past week, including stories about an uptick in Covid cases, an EPA report about our local waterways, and new inductees into the Dayton Walk of Fame. There's also a lot happening in the future, so you won't want to miss this episode. Things going on today actually start about 30 minutes from this episode's release, so tune in and listen now!  Transcript:   Hello and welcome to the Discover Dayton podcast, the show that's all about the Gem City's past, present, and future. I'm Arch Grieve and I'm your host, and today's episode is the weekly news roundup for Friday, May 20th, 2022. A lot happened recently, including stories about an uptick in Covid cases, an EPA report about our local waterways, and new inductees into the Dayton Walk of Fame. You won't want to miss it as there's a lot happening today, including in about 30 minutes from this episode's release, so tune in now!   To start off this week's news I'd like to say Happy National Bike to Work Day! If you're listening to this before 7:00-9:00am you still have time to make it to the Five River MetroParks Bike to Work Day celebration, which is happening this morning. The first 500 riders to register and check in at the event receive a gift, and you can pre-register now online at MetroParks.org. The event takes place from 7:00-9:00am at the RiverScape Metro Park on Monument Ave. and features a free pancake breakfast, live music, a bike expo, and more, so hopefully I'll see you there!   Well in a reminder that Covid-19 is still unfortunately with us, Coronavirus cases in Ohio have been going up steadily for the past 6 weeks in a row, with weekly cases being over 15,000, as reported about a week and a half ago. That's up a lot from where they were at the beginning of April, when the state averaged a little over 3,500 cases per week. According to the Ohio Department of Health, over 7 million Ohioans have gotten at least one shot, but only 3.56 million have received two shots and a booster.    If you remember a while back me talking about Dayton Public Schools possibly reopening the World of Wonder school to serve students who are learning English as a second language, well that plan is now official after school board members voted unanimously to do so this past Tuesday. The school will be open to students in grades K-6 who live in Residence Park, but also open up to 12th grade for English language learners. Superintendent Lolli explained that the school will have separate English-native and English-learner classes, but that those will be combined during lunch, recess, and possibly classes like art and extracurriculars.    Also in DPS news, if you're interested in mentoring a Dayton Public School student, DPS is starting the Transform Career Mentoring Program, which will match about 100 high school students with local mentors. Mentors will be matched with 10th and 11th graders to help them with decisions on things like colleges and careers and mentors and mentees are expected to connect for a minimum of five minutes per week.    The locally-organized TEDxDayton event will be taking place on October 14th, which is a ways out, but more pressingly they are now accepting applications for speakers. TED is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas, and TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. So, if you're interested in being a TEDx speaker, you can apply at tedxdayton.com. Applying is no guarantee to speak, and I would know because I've applied and not made it in the past, but a volunteer-run committee will review your application if you apply and then may invite you to audition. If selected, they'll work with you to prepare to tell your story, so maybe give it a shot!   The Ohio EPA recently released a report about our local waterways that said that they're about as healthy as they were two years ago, although that's not necessarily a great thing. The report is required by the Clean Water Act to be released every two years, and in it they explained that in terms of local waterways, the stretch of the Great Miami from Tawawa Creek in Sidney to where Mad River joins it in Dayton is classified as “not impaired,” but that from Dayton to where it enters the Ohio River it is impaired by polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, a toxic industrial chemical that does not go away easily. The Mad River and Little Miami are also considered impaired by PCBs, although the Stillwater is not. In good news, one section of the Little Miami is being delisted because it meets a different set of cleanliness goals, so it's not all bad news at least completely.    A local Dayton couple is suing rapper Travis Scott after they allege that his Astroworld musical festival last fall resulted in the death of their unborn child, as well as 10 people who also died. The couple, Shanazia Williamson and Jarawd Owens, filed suit against Scott, the festival organizers, and the security companies that were hired, and are seeking over $1 million in damages. They explain in their suit that Williamson was trampled and crushed during the event, which resulted in her unborn child's death. So far, over 700 other concert-goers have filed suit as well, and Rolling Stone reports that nearly 5,000 people suffered some type of injury. Scott denies responsibility and has performed this month for the first time since the tragedy, which also resulted in the death of a UD student, Franco Patino, of Illinois. His family is also filing suit against the rapper.     There were protestors at the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday protesting against the likely adoption of abortion bans by the Ohio state legislature. Those protests were joined by others, including in Xenia and one here in Dayton at the Courthouse Square, where hundreds gathered to protest against abortion bans. In the wake of the leaked Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, many states such as Ohio are considering banning abortion, and in Ohio the bills that seek to do just that are Senate Bill 123 and House Bill 598. Ohio's version of the abortion ban, if it passes, which seems likely, will outlaw abortion except in cases where the mother's life is in danger or to prevent irreversible bodily impairment of the pregnant person, but no exceptions in the case of rape or incest.    Well it will be at least another year until marijuana is legalized in Ohio fully as state officials recently settled a case with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, who had been pushing to have their signatures accepted on this year's ballot for voters to weigh in on. In exchange for delaying until 2023, the coalition will not have to re-collect signatures again for next year and the state will accept the over 140,000 signatures they've already collected.    The Carillon Historical Park here in Dayton has some new exhibits you might want to check out now. There is now a new industrial block of buildings on the grounds where you can see an expanded print shop, a new demonstration foundry, a soap shop, and a landscaped plaza where Carillon will hold programs for children. The Gem City Letterpress Company was the first hands-on experience the museum offered to visitors back in 1988, but it's now expanded and will be joined by the new Rubicon Foundry and Air City Soap Company. Paper printing was a big business in Dayton years ago, and Dayton History's Vice President, Alex Heckman, explained to the Dayton Daily News that due to Dayton's location next to the river, there were a lot of of paper mills here in the 1930s, in fact 25 out of Ohio's 36 paper mills were in Dayton, and because it was easier to do the printing next to where the paper mills were, there were 77 paper printing companies at one point as well. If you're interested in getting involved you can volunteer at Carillon as well, simply call volunteer coordinator Kay Locher at 937-293-2841 ext. 102. For more information about the museum, visit daytonhistory.org.    The Dayton Playhouse is bringing back its annual event, FutureFest, for the first time since the pandemic, the event where they produce six previously unproduced plays over the course of three days. FutureFest is a nationally-recognized all-volunteer event, and they received 378 play submissions this year. They have their six finalists who will be performing at the festival selected now, and at the festival those plays will be judged by professional adjudicators. One of the plays is particularly timely, and is called “Griswold,” which is about Estelle Griswold of the Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut, which enabled unmarried couples the right to obtain birth control. You can learn more at wordpress.thedaytonplayhouse.com.    Salem Avenue in Dayton is now undergoing what will likely be over a year-long reconstruction process on the strip between Riverview and North Avenues. A reconstruction is not a simple repaving and actually involves much more work, hence the length of the project. Traffic will be down to a single lane during the construction process, so city leaders urge people to find alternate routes. The rebuilding is overdue, however, as some sections of the underlying base pavement are reported by the city to be over 100 years old. Once reopened, the road will have five lines, with two on each side and a center lane in between, as well as a two-way 10-foot wide cycle track. This is just phase 2 of the entire project, and the final phase 4 is not expected to be done until the end of 2025.    The Dayton Walk of Fame recently inducted some new members, including one of my favorite local bands, Guided by Voices. The walk began in 1996 and recognizes individuals with outstanding achievements in the arts, education, invention, community or military service, philanthropy, and more. The inductees this year as follows: Phyllis G. Bolds - a black woman who graduated from Dunbar High School in 1950 and went on to become internationally-known for her work in aircraft dynamics.  Neal Gittleman - artistic director and conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for almost thirty years.  Roger Glass - president and CEO of Marion's Piazza who is known for his philanthropy work, including helping to found Equitas Health.  A.B. Graham - who was considered the founding father of 4-H youth programming.  Sharon Rab - the founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  Guided by Voices - known as the “forefathers of lo-fi rock,” who are headed by frontman Bob Pollard. They're still active of course and just this past March released Crystal Nuns Cathedral.  The inductees will be formally inducted and honored at a luncheon at Sinclair in October. Visit daytonregionwalkoffame.org for more information.    Well if you're into BBQ then you're gonna want to hear this next story, but a Dayton woman, Erica Roby, recently competed in World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest in Memphis, Tennessee, where she took fourth place in a competition that the USA Today calls the “most prestigious BBQ contest.” She came in fourth place for ribs out of 104 teams. Roby also competed in the Food Network's season 2 of BBQ Brawl, which she won. If you want to try her BBQ, she plans on cooking for the Yellow Springs Juneteenth Celebration this year as well as having some local popups in August. You can find her on Instagram at @bluesmokeblaire. Also in related news, I will be having an interview with AJ Bauer coming up soon, and he's the owner of Smokin BBQ in the Oregon District, so if you're a fan of BBQ don't miss that one!   Well apparently there's a thief in Dayton who is in possession of a key that can, quote, “unlock all Dayton-area mailboxes,” who has been stealing checks from people. So far the Montgomery County Sheriff's office has reported that at least 26 checks have been stolen from outdoor mailboxes since February. US Postal Service spokespeople say that there is an active investigation that is ongoing, and while they argue that mailing checks is still secure, the sheriff's office is telling people they should go inside the post office to mail checks for the time being.     And finally in our news stories for this week, I actually just got back from a week of birding in northern Ohio, Illinois, and Iowa, which I mention because while I was gone apparently the bird flu popped up in Dayton. The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus has been found in birds locally, which can infect chickens, duck, geese, pheasants, quail, and guinea fowl, and there is no cure. It can infect humans, so City Manager Shelley Dickstein warned recently in a commission meeting for people not to handle dead birds, so stay safe out there if you come across one.     And now for local events happening soon:   Well today, Sideshow, one of the Dayton Yellow Cab's annual shows, is coming back this month today and tomorrow after taking several years off due to Covid-19. This year performers will include Far From Eden, Tino, Nautical Theme, Snake Oil Revival, and more. Ticket information is available at yellowcabtavern.com.   If you're looking for something fun to do with friends tomorrow that has an opportunity to win prizes, then you're in luck, because there's a downtown Dayton scavenger hunt going on, which is being put on by the Downtown Dayton Partnership. The scavenger hunt takes place from 11:00am-5:00pm and starts in the Oregon District but will lead you all over downtown Dayton. Answers will be recorded on a clue sheet, although some hunt locations will require you to text photos of the things you find. The 1st place prize is $300 cash, so nothing to sneeze at. There is a $10 registration fee per team, although in return you receive $10 in Downtown Dollars, which you can use at any participating downtown business. All teams also get entered into a raffle prize drawing as well. There's no limit on the number of people per team. Visit downtowndayton.org to sign your team up and learn more.    Well if you're in town on Sunday, May 22nd, which happens to be my birthday, then you can go to the Branch and Bone brewery's Brunch with Chef Dane event, which is happening from 12:00pm noon until they run out. They'll be serving up dishes like donut breakfast sandwiches, country ham, polenta eggs, and more. Visit branchandboneales.com for more information.    Also on Sunday, Carillon Historical Park hosts its annual “party in the park” event, AKA Fleurs de Fete, from 1:00-4:00pm. The event features over 200 wine samplings and food from local eateries, in addition to live music. Pre-sale tickets are $70 and you must be 21 or older to purchase tickets. Visit daytonhistory.org for more event information.    Another thing happening Sunday is the FreenCommunity Art Workshop: Peace Pole event. For this event the Dana L. Wiley Gallery is teaming up with Front Street for a workshop that allows people to paint a wooden tile that will placed on the Peace Pole at the Dayton International Peace Museum. Materials are provided and the event is free and open to everyone and goes from 2:00-4:00pm. The event takes place at the Dana L. Wiley gallery at 1001 E. Second St, and you can sign up on the Dayton Peace Musem's Facebook page at facebook.com/daytoninternationalpeacemuseum.    Also on Sunday there's an event being put on by the Dayton Woman's Club, which is the Founders' Hall of Fame High Tea event. This event is $25 and features a guest speaker, T. Douglas Toles of Toles Media, who will be talking about Dayton's Founding Mothers. It goes from 3:00-5:00pm on Sunday and you can learn more at daytonwomansclub.org.    Once again on Sunday, Dayton's Bach Society will be performing “Renewed,” a tribute to Paul Laurence Dunbar. This event features three world premiers of works set to Dunbar poems by composer Adolphus Hailstork and the winner's of the Bach Society's Young Composers Competition. Tickets are $25 and can be found at bachsocietyofdayton.org.    Standup comedian, actor, and TV show host, Donnell Rawlings, will perform at Wiley's later this month on May 27th and 28th. Tickets go for $45 and can be purchased online at wileyscomedy.com.    Next Sunday May 29th at Carillon is the Dayton Heritage Festival, which goes from 12:00-8:30pm. It's free for Dayton History members and $12 per adult or $8 per child. The event celebrates Dayton's history and features special activities, costumed interpreters, and more.    Also on Sunday May 29th, downtown's Bozack's Cocktail Lounge is hosting a Beards, Brims, and Bourbon event. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and more information can be found at facebook.com/bozacks.    Also happening Sunday, although a bit pricier, Master Mixologist Mike Jones will be leading a workshop entitled Cocktail Basics Part II: The Cheat Code, where he will explore cocktail basics and explain how to design and craft your own drinks. Tickets are $150, and the event takes place from 4:30-6:30pm at the 1eleven Flavor House downtown. Visit 1elevenflavorhouse.com for more information.    The following Monday, May 30th, the Dayton Track Club is hosting a Memorial Day 5K at the Eastwood MetroPark from 9:00am to noon. Race entry ticket are $30, and participants do receive a t-shirt. Visit daytontrackclub.com for more information.    Also happening next Monday is an ethnic cheese and dessert workshop at Evans Bakery, which is partnering with St. Anne's Cheese Company, who I recently had on the show, so check out Episode 27 with Annie Foos to learn more about that, or visit stannescheeseco.com. The cost is $29 and it goes from 11;00am to 1:00pm. The event on May 31st will feature Jewish food, but the June 11th event will feature Turkish food.    All right well that's about it for this episode, although before I go I recently saw another podcast doing this and thought it was a great idea, so if there's someone or some organization that you'd like me to interview, I'd like to hear from you. Please call me at 513-400-3538 and leave me a voice message explaining who you would like me to contact, why you want me to have them on the show, and one question you'd like me to ask them. I'm anxious to see where this leads, so I hope you'll call! Thanks so much for listening everyone, and stay funky, Dayton.