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Democrat David Maker enters AL CD5 race

by: Go Blue

Wed Mar 17, 2010 at 15:48:55 PM CDT

Here is the text of the e-mail from David Maker

   My name is David Maker and I am declaring my candidacy for congress for the 5th district. I am the green candidate. In that regard my platform is simply to revoke two laws: (i.e., two self inflicted wounds)

1) The law that says that China has most favored nation trading status This law dropped the tariffs on their goods, has sent most of our manufacturing jobs to a totalitarian country.

2) Revoke the law that says that SUVs are the same as farm trucks in terms of mileage standards. It is highly irresponsible to be purchasing gas guzzlers, with a great deal of that money going to Mideast potentates and some being passed on by them to the people killing our troops. We are paying the salaries of the terrorists in this manner and adding to the already huge drain of our wealth going overseas, destabilizing our economy.

Go Blue :: Democrat David Maker enters AL CD5 race

 "Also: I support Barrack Obama. I think we are lucky to have a president who combines both character and intellect as he does. I greatly admire this president.

1) I support his health care proposals. As they say, “But for the grace of God go I”. When you lose your job, which can happen to any of us, health care costs can destroy our families; people have got to start caring about other people in that regard. These days it seems republican demagogic sloganeering has replaced critical thinking on the health care issue. They simply don’t care.

2) I support Obama’s call for renewable energy resources such as solar photovoltaics and his call for high mileage small hybrid vehicles. However my interest in green is purely of a national security, patriotic, nature: I do not support shutting down coal power plants and other home grown power sources, have no interest at all in carbon taxes and such and I favor starting up Bellefonte and opening the Nevada nuclear waste depository. But ultimately, for a sustainable future, we need full PV roof coverage, energy conservation, small hybrid cars. That is where the emphasis has to be. My campaign motto is: “complete PV coverage of all roofs”, “the only good SUV is a scrap metal SUV”. Also green industry is now a ½ trillion dollar business worldwide (leaving us way behind), surpassing even the defense industry. China is now the leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaics (PV). In that regard northern Alabama (Huntsville, Florence,) should follow the lead of Gainsville Florida which has attracted a lot of green manufacturing industries to that city with guaranteed product purchase, power agreements. We have to do this. If we are smart we might even get help from the Obama administration in jump starting such an effort and talk TVA into getting on board as well. We will have a lot to show for it if we follow this path, will be stuck in the dark ages (in terms of green technology) if we don’t.

3) I support the intervention in Afghanistan as does the president. The 911 terrorists struck from there, we had to respond. But I think going green, getting off our dependence on Mideast oil, is the most important long term response to 911. We should not have anything to do with Mideast religious extremists, let alone finance their jihadist allies. Our petroleum imports force us into this debilitating (for our county’s future) dependence on them.

4) I support Obama’s interest in innovative private space initiatives, but it has to be thought out. For example Burt Rutan’s assisted launch methods have the potential for single stage to orbit for manned space flight, making commercial airline type utilization of low orbit space a real possibility (as opposed to NASA perpetually reinventing 1960s multistage technology, thereby putting a stop to our future instead). Rutan has demonstrated these kinds of capabilities, winning the 10 million dollar Ansari prize for example. Unfortunately Obama appears unlikely to fund the Rutan effort, instead will funnel the money into old 1960s technology spaceX, blue origin, and thereby will waste the money (we will in the end have nothing to show for that particular effort); better to continue on with Ares I and Ares V than to do what he has actually proposed; at least we will be back on the moon then, doing something in space, and can still maintain the space station without Russian help if need be.

5) I support Hillary Clinton’s (Obama’s Secretary of State) recent statement in Guatemala that ultimately the 350billion dollar a year illicit US drug trade is caused by demand in the United States. If every citizen in this country expressed moral outrage at this 1960s hangers-on-fad, it would go away, along with the decimation of human lives, especially our children’s, it is continuing to cause. People that do illegal drugs have a lot of blood on their hands, especially of those courageous people in Latin America trying to put a stop to this scourge. That was the message I got from Hillary Clinton’s speech. It was in fact shocking to hear the republican party objections to her statements. They lost the moral high ground on that one for sure.

Sincerely, Dr. David Maker fractalpde@gmail.com

 Did my PhD dissertation at Marshall Space Flight Center. Got innovation award there. PhD in physics. Taught college physics for 12 years. Been working in the field. Worked for both MDA and NASA. Can work with them on an informed basis. Hobbies: Raising a family. Activism on green initiatives Giving lectures on a new generally covariant generalization of the Dirac equation that does not require gauges (http:/davidmaker.com) (http://davidmaker.com. But recently added political platform under section called ‘introduction’) If you support the president as I do, are tired of sloganeering replacing rational discussion, want to get northern Alabama in on the green revolution that is in high gear in the rest of the world, then please support this candidacy. ___________________________________________________________________________ Appendix Proposal to TVA I work as a physicist in Huntsville AL. I would like to submit a proposal to the TVA for large scale rooftop photovoltaic (PV) energy system that would go a long way in solving our energy needs here in the Tennessee Valley. The idea is that if TVA can pay the same amount of money and take the same amount of time to get the same amount of power from roof top solar photovoltaics as they would a new nuclear plant then why not go the solar photovoltaic route instead? TVA will then avoid all the problems they have with the nuclear plant licensing and construction process. Plus TVA would add to its reputation as the premier sustainable resource utility, be a pioneer in the use of a new type of renewable resource.

PROPOSAL It requires 10 years and about 5-10 billion dollars to build a 1 gigawatt nuclear power plant these days. There are all kinds of costs, especially facilities for insuring safety, legal fees, the political problems with nuclear waste disposal. So constructing a nuclear power plant and is a great deal of trouble. But in that same 10 years you could still get that same 1 gigawatt for 2 billion dollars by installing thin film solar photovoltaics (at $114 per 100 watts+20% for other costs (2)) on roof tops! This could be accomplished by covering just 90 (~1000sqft roof) houses per day for that same 10 years with solar photovoltaics (PV) (2) And with no new power going through the grid you do not need to add to the grid power line, transformer utility system!

So let us try a new paradigm: Photovoltaics! Why not go this solar route? TVA would need a:

1) 1000 person team for covering the 90 houses per day and for selecting the houses (train roofers for this). They would cover 330,000 houses in that 10 years. Large business facilities with flat roofs would also be excellent candidates

2) These systems would have to be free with no home owner monetary investment. We could supplement the solar panels with a $1000 gift after installation. The price of installation is less than 1/5 the cost of the solar panels themselves and included here.

3) We could install double pane window glass with the solar panels to also lower energy heating and cooling requirements.

4) Need advertisements about the advantages of this proposal.

5) Prices could go down with modularization and mass production of panels, batteries and inverters

6) Best to use new electrolytic capacitors (with their superior amp*hr/kg capacity) for electrical energy storage instead of lead acid batteries: United States Patent 6853537 Germany already has embarked on a similar program. They now corner 40% of the world PV market. California has a program three times the size of the program being advocated here. China is rapidly taking over the PV manufacturing as well.

Notes (1) For a 1000sqft house there would be 11 kilowatts output at 10% efficiency solar energy conversion to electrical energy for sun at zenith. But in practice we should drop this estimate to about 5 kilowatts because of various other inefficiencies such as battery storage, panel positioning, shading, hot panels, etc.. By installing double paned window glass and more thermal insulation we could raise this effectively by about 1 kilowatt. Coverage of (nearly) every square inch of roof is a requirement for this proposal to get this total over all residences of 1gigawatt. No compromise here.

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Awesome. (0.00 / 0)

I love this guy I can't wait for the Hobo who shook Alabama.

 David Maker appeared on the TV-19 debate looking disheveled, to say the least. He represents the weirdo-American community, of which I am proudly a card-carrying member. Dr. Maker looked like he was about to pee his pants, as it was apparently his first time on television. To be what passes for a liberal around here is quite harrowing. Living under the implicit threat of violence, the sane people here are a bit crazy.

 WVNN-FM's genocidal shock jock Dale Jackson said that Dr. Maker looked like he was high. I grew up in a rough neighborhood, and this is my response: whenever the topic of recreational drugs comes up, Dale Jackson is more knowledgeable that the Physician's Desk Reference. If you grow up having to dodge junkies to walk to school, you know a junkie when you see one. Dale Jackson has a lot of room to talk.

 Dale Jackson introduced Dr. Maker as a man who "looks like a hobo from a rescue mission." What kind of kibbitzer calls himself a Christian and ridicules the very people Christ has commanded us to help? Dale Jackson said that he would discuss anything with Dr. Maker EXCEPT POLITICS: the American Idol competition, pro wrestling, etc. Dr. Maker called Dale Jackson a reactionary (an understatement) and stormed out.

Do better.

Dale, I have to say you were right - mooncat

You're an entertainer son! -Parker Griffith

Well, this is interesting. (4.00 / 1)
I voted for Dr. Maker in the Dem. primary last time.  Glad to hear he's still talking about green jobs and solar energy.

Work harder and work smarter!

I voted for him too. (4.00 / 3)

He may not be articulate, he may be dressed like a nerd (close to my heart). He may come off as a "Hobo". But he knows what he's talking about. That's something we are sorely missing in our government - common sense.

Yes Virginia, put 30 each 100 Watt Solar panels on 330,000 houses and you've got a GigaWatt (at least when the sun shines). And guess what else, you don't have to wait 10 years for the first Watt, and you don't have to deal with all the Big-Nuke leftovers.

I still like Big-Nuke over Big-Coal, but that's not my first choice. I also like a Real Deep Hole with a Real Big Weight and a motor-generator for energy storage.


Gardener: One who interfers with natural selection one seed at a time

add me to the list (4.00 / 1)

Parker Griffith (AL-Lying Son of a Bitch) creeped me out from the beginning.  Maker was the only alternative.

And, I had to respect someone who moved so far outside his comfort zone to run for Congress.  He was painful to watch on the campaign trail and in the debates, but he went out and did it anyway.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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It was painful to watch indeed (4.00 / 2)

He's a good guy that probably doesn't belong in a political campaign.  I voted for him too.

I have run into a variety of scientists in my working life, and the ones I have met fall into about four categories:

1. There are the scientists who create experiments and instrumentation to observe what's going on in the universe.

2. There are scientists who are the scientific ambassadors to the rest of the world.  They sell programs and get funding for group 1 to build, launch and otherwise execute their stuff.  They are selling not only to the powers that be, but to the society at large (think Carl Sagan).  Scientific program managers also fall into this category - they are still scientists, even when they don't get to do as much science as they want to do.

3. There are the scientists who reduce the data from group 1 & 2's data, and find the patterns, and publish the results.  Now, there is definitely overlap, and group 1 and 2 absolutely figure out the data from their stuff and publish it - but it is a different kind of role, and sometimes a different set of people.

4.  There are scientists who take the data and the patterns, and figure out where it fits in the grand scheme and what it means.  Once again, there is overlap, but there is certainly a group that is thinking "what does this all mean?".  They are really busy with calculations and deep thoughts and relating specifics to the big picture.

I think David Maker falls into group 4.  There are probably more groups, I can only describe the ones that I have encountered.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

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I don't necessarily trust Big Nuke (4.00 / 2)

But the physics seem to be that the best way to deal with the long-lived spent fuel problem is to reprocess the stuff and use it in fast reactors.

Dr. Maker certainly knows what he's talking about, but he really has a hard time talking to more than a few people at a time.  So do I, that's why I won't be running for office any time soon.

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

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Meet your Maker! (4.00 / 3)

Dr. Maker should learn to correctly spell the name of the President of the United States.

Hey!  He can hold rallies around the state using the slogan, "Now you can meet your Maker!"

OMG! (4.00 / 1)

Dr. Maker should SOOO not hire you as communications director.  That slogan would have folks running for the hills!

But you made me laugh ...

Work harder and work smarter!

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Big Nuke (4.00 / 2)

I was going to make this a diary, but I'll throw it in here.

After my earlier comment, Countrycat and I were chatting about power. She was totally unaware of the term Peak-Uranium. It's true, just like Peak-Oil, there is Peak-Uranium. I first became aware of the estimated reserves in a 1976 edition of 'Marks Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers', probably twenty-five years ago. Yes, even back in the dark ages of the 70s we knew that there were limited uranium resources. Of course we compound the problem if we use the resource in the manner that we do, only consuming five percent of the fuel and calling it all spent. Add to this the obvious move towards electric vehicles due to Peak-Oil and the environment; and an educated person (like David Maker) can make a pretty accurate prediction - we gotta do something different.
Politicians who just say that they are pro-nuclear power are either white-washing it for the short term political gain or ignorant of the limited nature of the resource.  If we continue as we are we can use those new plants for 30-50 years before - we gotta do something different again. Of course, that's about the life of the plants themselves, so it's a one generation save. If nuclear from uranium is to be part of the energy strategy for more than that one generation we must extract more energy from the raw fuel. Reprocessing (done in other countries, but outlawed?? in the United States), secondary reactions and new less profitable sources will become necessary to satisfy our energy hunger. Sounds familiar, doesn't it.

Gardener: One who interfers with natural selection one seed at a time

Things I left out because this isn't a technical blog (4.00 / 2)
Include breeders and thorium.

Gardener: One who interfers with natural selection one seed at a time

Dear David Marker, (0.00 / 0)
Would you please reconsider and run for Governor instead?

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)

Y'all missed his best point. (4.00 / 1)
He had no trouble seeing the Hatemonger for what he is!

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

Dr. Maker is a brilliant man (4.00 / 1)

He is exactly what Washington needs. But I don't think he has the money to get enough (or any) TV commercials out. His best chance would be a long series of television debates. Win, lose or draw, I am very pleased he has entered the race so that his ideas on energy will be aired for at least some period of time, during -what is most likely- at least one TV debate.

The good doctor has my vote!

October 2012 was the 332nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985. - N.O.A.A.

We need a series of debates (0.00 / 0)

They're beneficial to voters and I think they're beneficial to Democratic candidates.  Our side has very good ideas, but we need to do a better job getting them out there.


Work harder and work smarter!

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Debates are better than TV commercials (0.00 / 0)

The TV commercials are nothing but crap! Superimposing clown hats on candidates and posting their picture next to Osama bin Laden and whatnot is not how the political process should work. Now a candidate should not be forced by law to participate in a debate, but a scheduled, series of debates (paid for by the government if necessary) should be the law for major offices. And at least one or two debates for the lower offices. (school board, sherrif, etc...) 

It's the best way to get to know the candidates and always a great opportunity for new ideas to be shared & explored. It would be a win/win law, all the way around.

October 2012 was the 332nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985. - N.O.A.A.

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Good Points (0.00 / 0)

As much as I'm sympathetic to his believes and I also agree with some of his points. But to be honest, I don't think he's gonna go that far..

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