Letter Box

There are 25 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Dec 22, 2010, titled Letter Box. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

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No thanks

Dover, NH

#1 Dec 22, 2010
Ms. Haas,

Ray Shadis, "technical advisor" for the New England Coalition, is/was an art teacher by trade. I don't see your letters questioning his credentials.

What are James Moore's credentials? How about Bob Stannard's and the rest of the so called "nuclear experts"?
Anonymous

Roslindale, MA

#2 Dec 22, 2010
I know this may sound "petty", but your newspaper continually misspells the word "petty", and thought one more try would work. Every time there is a "petty" theft mentioned in the police log it is spelled "petit", which is French for small and usually associated with a dessert item. I know America has been "dumbed" down, but please, hire someone who knows how to spell.
Julie

Newfane, VT

#3 Dec 22, 2010
Dear Mr. or Ms. Haas,

Do tell us, what are YOUR qualifications? You obviously think an "intelligent" person is one who agrees with you, and any other conclusion is biased.
Julie

Newfane, VT

#4 Dec 22, 2010
Anonymous wrote:
I know this may sound "petty", but your newspaper continually misspells the word "petty", and thought one more try would work. Every time there is a "petty" theft mentioned in the police log it is spelled "petit", which is French for small and usually associated with a dessert item. I know America has been "dumbed" down, but please, hire someone who knows how to spell.
"Petit larceny" is the accepted LEGAL term for such offenses, dear. Sorry if you're too "dumbed down" to know that.

"Petty" on the other hand is the dumbed down bastardization of the legal term.

Nice try attempting to sound educated.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#5 Dec 22, 2010
Silverstein op-ed lacking

Editor of the Reformer:
Oh, puh-lease...

On its face, Gerald Silverstein’s op-ed about Yankee doesn’t deserve to be dignified by a response. But then I skipped to the bottom and discovered that he has been a professor at UVM for 20 years. I assume Silverstein knows a lot about microbiology, but the quality of his thinking is startlingly poor. Why would anyone compare a 38-year-old human body and a 38-year-old nuclear plant, except to score a cheap rhetorical point? And not a very effective one.

Silverstein apparently missed the long and increasingly well-informed debate that took place in various public spheres over the past few years, including many hours of testimony in the Vermont Senate. He missed hearing that the current price we pay for Yankee power is not the price we were offered for the next 20 years. He missed almost everything.

Most of us assume that a truly informed, intelligent debate will end with our side winning. Most of us assume that a scientist with a PhD. will make at least a token effort to think beyond that bias. C’mon, professor. Climb down from the ivory tower and talk with some of the people who have worked on this issue for years. You might learn something.
http://www.reformer.com/opinion/ci_16916090

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#6 Dec 22, 2010
Julie wrote:
"Petit larceny" is the accepted LEGAL term for such offenses, dear. Sorry if you're too "dumbed down" to know that.
"Petty" on the other hand is the dumbed down bastardization of the legal term.
Origin:
1325–75; ME peti ( t ) small, minor < OF petit < Gallo-Romance *pitt&#299;ttus, of expressive orig.

Another one of our arrogant & angry 'We're Your Friends & Neighbors' who doesn't know what they're talking about.

Project much? I see you just couldn't wait to shoot your big mouth off, displaying your petty spite:

"of a narrow-minded, mean, or small-natured disposition or character: petty spite"

FYI: Both happen to be correct, and happen to mean the very same thing!
http://www.ask.com/web...

Most newspaper articles are not written in legalese & often use generic terms. Not 'dumbed down', simply less formal.

Not so nice try attempting to sound educated.

http://www.ask.com/web...
http://definitions.uslegal.com/p/petty-larcen...

WordNet: petty larceny
Meaning #1: larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale) Synonym: petit larceny
Read more:
http://www.answers.com/topic/petty-larceny-1#...
Bob Stannard

Harwich, MA

#7 Dec 22, 2010
To Mr. No Thanks,

I do not ever once recall saying that I am a nuclear expert. I am a lobbyist.

Kindly make an attempt to get your facts straight before asking the rhetorical questions.

Thank you.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#8 Dec 22, 2010
No thanks wrote:
Ms. Haas,
Ray Shadis, "technical advisor" for the New England Coalition, is/was an art teacher by trade. I don't see your letters questioning his credentials.
What are James Moore's credentials? How about Bob Stannard's and the rest of the so called "nuclear experts"?
One does not need to be an 'expert' to have an opinion. Those who use their credentials, such as the author of the ridiculous, erroneous & distorted op-ed Ms. Haas is commenting to, only reveal their folly when their information is found to be thus.

One can be well versed in this topic & have access to professionals who *do* have the education, experience & credentials to enhance their understanding.

Rather a joke, don't you think, since the same crowd you belong to routinely trashes *all*, even those w/credentials therby proving the fact that this is simply a polarizing issue.

Neither is going to change. Those of us on either side merely manning our position & standing our ground.

The diatibes, invectives & silly rhetorical rants are just that. Any thinking person who employs critical thinking & investigates the matter for themselves will see through the smoke & mirrors eventually.
I Know More Than You

Dublin, NH

#9 Dec 22, 2010
Bob Stannard wrote:
To Mr. No Thanks,
I do not ever once recall saying that I am a nuclear expert. I am a lobbyist.
Then maybe you should leave the technical discussions to people who know what they are talking about?

Go back to polishing Shumlin's knob, at least that's something you know.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#10 Dec 22, 2010
This is a technical discussion? The idiot that wrote the op-ed being commented to was no nuclear expert, though he seems to think he is qualified to shoot his mouth off about such weighty matters & offer a bunch of ridiculous comparisons.

Being a med school professor only made him look more foolish since the human body is an area of experise, proving even mere fools can be highly educated.

Since you routinely trash anyone who is not pronuclear even 'the experts', who give a shite what you think.

And since you are a mere troll, I'd zip it if I were you as well.
I Know More Than You

Dublin, NH

#11 Dec 22, 2010
northstardust wrote:
Since you routinely trash anyone who is not pronuclear even 'the experts', who give a shite what you think.
Apparently you care enough to respond to nearly every post I make.

You are a prime example of idiots commenting on things they don't have a clue about, thanks again for being an example of what not to do.
estanson

Windsor, VT

#12 Dec 22, 2010
I Know More Than You wrote:
<quoted text>
thanks again for being an example of what not to do.
is today IRONY day or something?
Nancy Stardust

Peterborough, NH

#13 Dec 22, 2010
Julie wrote:
Dear Mr. or Ms. Haas,
Do tell us, what are YOUR qualifications? You obviously think an "intelligent" person is one who agrees with you, and any other conclusion is biased.
Silly person, don't you know that Ms. Haas is a well known author of children's fiction books? Her qualifications are that she writes for children and she is an expert in creating fiction.
I Blow More Than You

Brattleboro, VT

#14 Dec 22, 2010
I Know Little or Nothing wrote:
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Then maybe you should leave the technical discussions to people who know what they are talking about?
Go back polishing sknob, at that's something, you know.
Do you anti-nuke idiots know as much as I do? Does anyone NO!!!

I'll bet you idiotic morons can't even say how much radiation is in the common Snickers bar. Or a pair of Sorrell winter boots. Or a dead raccoon. Well, can you??? I didn't think so!

So why are you still talking? Why are you still living? If you refuse to listen to experts like me, you have no right to say anything!
I Know More Than You

Dublin, NH

#15 Dec 22, 2010
I Blow More Than You wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you anti-nuke idiots know as much as I do? Does anyone NO!!!
I'll bet you idiotic morons can't even say how much radiation is in the common Snickers bar. Or a pair of Sorrell winter boots. Or a dead raccoon. Well, can you??? I didn't think so!
So why are you still talking? Why are you still living? If you refuse to listen to experts like me, you have no right to say anything!
2/10 - too over the top.

Even Northstaridiot will see through this one.
Nancy Stardust

Peterborough, NH

#16 Dec 22, 2010
I Blow More Than You wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you anti-nuke idiots know as much as I do? Does anyone NO!!!
I'll bet you idiotic morons can't even say how much radiation is in the common Snickers bar. Or a pair of Sorrell winter boots. Or a dead raccoon. Well, can you??? I didn't think so!
So why are you still talking? Why are you still living? If you refuse to listen to experts like me, you have no right to say anything!
http://culter.colorado.edu:103 0/~kittel/WEcol_Handouts/Mamma ls_ResourcesRefs_Sheryn06.pdf

No need to be so hard on yourself. If you are still willing to learn than we will be patient with you.
Nancy Stardust

Peterborough, NH

#17 Dec 22, 2010
FIGURE: Heat loss from a small homeotherm. The total amount
of heat lost from an animal’s skin, fur, or feathers, by conduction,
convection, and radiation is equal to the amount of heat conducted
from the animal’s core to the outside of its body. Thus, heat loss in
winter can be approximated by using a model for conduction alone,
where it is necessary to know only the thickness and thermal
conductivity of the animal’s insulation, its surface area of
exposure, and the temperature difference between the animal’s core
and its surroundings. Latent heat loss by evaporation is assumed to
be negligible at this time of year
Basics of energy exchange:
Conduction:
• Energy transfer through molecular collision
• Must have contact between media involved in heat transfer (e.g., skin and air, feet and ground)
• Therefore, amount of conduction dependant on:
o surface area of exposure
o efficiency of heat transfer through conducting media (high density materials have high
thermal conductivity; because layer of fur or feathers is not solid, there is little thermal
conductance)
o temperature difference between 2 medias (the greater the temperature difference, the greater
the conductance)
Thermal conductance can be mathematically modeled:
Where:
k = thermal conductivity (in W/cm oK)
A = surface area of exposure (in cm2)
Tb – Ta = temperature gradient between animal’s core (Tb) and outside air (Ta)(in oC or oK)
d = distance between core and outside air (in cms)
Qc = total heat loss (in watts)
Convection: Transfer of energy via a moving fluid, especially air or water
• Both total area exposed to the moving fluid, and temperature difference between surface of object
and fluid are important in determining total heat loss.
• Thickness of boundary layer enveloping object, which is influenced by:
o Size and shape of object
o Surface roughness
o Wind speed
Equation describing convection is similar to that for conduction:
k = thermal conductivity of air or water
d = thickness of the boundary layer across which the temperature difference between surface and
surroundings is measured
Radiation: Propagation of energy through space
Two properties that determine amount of energy radiated:
• Temperature (independent of ambient temp)
• Characteristic efficiency of radiant energy transfer, termed emissivity
An object whose temperature is above absolute zero radiates energy in direct proportion to its temp, with
most natural objects emitting radiant energy at an efficiency of between 90-99% of the maximum possible
for their temps
Can calculate total energy loss via radiation using:
Q = &#949;&#963;T4
Where:
Q = total energy lost
&#949; = objects emissivity
&#963; = Stefan-Boltzmann constant (5.67 x 10-8 W/m2 oK4)
T = temperature of object (in oC or oK)
For homeotherms:
Bob Stannard

Harwich, MA

#18 Dec 22, 2010
For what it's worth I have no respect for folks who criticize others without identifying themselves. I'm an 8th generational Vermonter and have always felt that if I have an issue with someone I'll tell it to their face. The folks that show up here hide behind aliases and pretend to be tough guys.

What would your mothers think?
Mrs Shlabotnik

Charlestown, NH

#19 Dec 22, 2010
Bob Stannard wrote:
For what it's worth I have no respect for folks who criticize others without identifying themselves. I'm an 8th generational Vermonter and have always felt that if I have an issue with someone I'll tell it to their face. The folks that show up here hide behind aliases and pretend to be tough guys.
What would your mothers think?
I agree. My boy Joe uses his real name. I do however like some of the names.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#20 Dec 25, 2010
I Know More Than You wrote:
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2/10 - too over the top.
Even Northstaridiot will see through this one.
'This one'? How about all of them. Your talking to yourself through a sockpuppet is truly pathetic.

You may be able to game the gullible public & perhaps even some of the Topix community, however you always leave *many* clues, I for one am not fooled, neither are the online forum-savvy.

Antics typical & quite sheer, can be read like a roadmap, though you are just dumb enough to think you're able to game everyone.

You can fool all of the people some of the time, some all of the time, but never all, all of the time. Unfortunately you still don't get it & likely never will. Yawn.

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