Gerry Pollet or Scott White

August 21, 2008

Who will emerge as the victor in November between Gerry Pollet, an environmentalist and Scott White, the former King County Administrator. 

Do you think they are the same.  Blog this and your opinions.  What are the differences in your opinion and  what direction do you think either of them will be taking for the future of Washington State.

The two are different and yet alike.

Put in your opinions.

Note:  Gerry Pollet name is Gerry and not Gerri.

Keith Ljunghammar, EA

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Terry Bergeson

August 19, 2008

 

I am endorsing Terry Bergeson for Director of Public Instruction for the following reasons:

 1)  Your cutting of the budget for the WASL and still being able to adhere to the having effective test results necessary for the true results which a test should give. An administrator which cuts a major cost in half must always be given a second and third look of approval.

 2) Your test still tests with true and false and multlpal choice.  But the rigors of testing with an essay style and fill in the blank is an uncompromising characteristic of some of the top Universities in the country.  True results can only be seen if the rigors of test can prove the worth of the student and the worth of the high school and the attending and tested student. 

 3)  Endorse your getting of a $60 Million grant for the improving of reading scores in the lower performing and disadvantaged academic school systems in Washington State.  You have had dramatic improvements and am looking forward to your continued redeployment of those achievements in the rest of the Washington State School systems.

 4)  Am looking at the continued extension of Larry Ishmael achievements in the Issaquah School System and your carrying on with these aggressive accomplishments transposing them throughout the state.  From a low test score school system to a Number 3 in the State School System in one term as a District Supervisor of the Issaquah School System. 

 5)  You have accomplished one of my requirements for a manager.  One must be able to have two if not more innovative ideas and implement those ideas.  Number one above you are in the process of implementing this idea and the cherry is the cost of administration will be cut in half.  The other is the use of grant funds.  These funds have been used and the test results have showed aggressively positive results.  When fully implemented throughout the state our students aptitude and appreciation for other forms of learning should dramatically improve as well.  If I am aware of two ideas you must have additional endeavors of achievement which I in advance am applauding.  Affective and efficient use of government resources should be the goal of all elected officials.  Congratulations!

 The above reasons are why I am endorsing Terry Bergeson for another term as Director of Public Instruction in the State of Washington.  You have a high threshold and in four more years will have an even higher threshold to pass.  Our children will achieve!!

 Thanks

 Keith Ljunghammar, EA

Candidate for 46th Legislative District, position 1

2400 NW 80th Street, #324

Seattle, WA 98117-4449

206.388.9982

vbhoundabout@hotmmail.com


Endorsements

August 19, 2008

Endorsed by GOAL WA August 7, 2008

Gun Owners Action League of Washington

P.O. Box 50143

Bellevue, WA 98015-0143

Questions Call (425) 985-4867

Joe Waldron

Chairman


Initiative 1000 Assisted Suicide – NO

August 19, 2008

Perhaps this initiative on the NO side should be renamed –

I don’t want my Mother to Die!!!!

This sounds like a better interpretation of what the actual process would be.

This initiative smacks right in the gut with the I-97 which is the Seattle initiative for not allowing investments in the ISRAEL government for pension plans in the City of Seattle. HATE-HATE-HATE. The only party which seems nowadays to be trying to eradicate hatred is the Republican Party.

Thomas Jefferson was for “Love and Peace” and it seems that all his current party is about is HATE-HATE and more HATE!!! This is all in the name of progress?? and progressivism?? Forget-about-it. Give me conservative compassionism everyday in that case. (Two of my cousins are direct descendants of Thomas Jefferson)

If there is anything which will instill another TEA PARTY Samuel Adams style these initiatives will. (Childhood friend’s husband and daughter are related to Samuel Adams.) Dump the Initiates Overboard.


Solar and IRA/Roth IRA

August 18, 2008

 
An infrastructure built by individuals

Environmentalism. Environmentalism. Environmentalism. Drill. Drill. Drill.
 
Environmentalists say drilling is detrimental to the environment. The driller claims off-shore and tundra drilling help the animal environment. Friendly drilling needs to continue for the benefit of our society and the animal kingdom.

In the meantime alternative sources of energy “exploration” need to be developed. The solar cell energy industry has advanced considerably. One company claims they can produce a solar cell for $1 and the actual roof-top construction cost is $5 each.

But I have no money. I am working paycheck to paycheck.
You might be saving up some money in a pension plan or in an IRA.
True power lies in the ability of the individual to make decisions. Individual decisions when accumulated collectively can help or hinder a society as a whole. Collectively as the price of “at the pump” gasoline increased the individuals reduced driving habits thus the collectiveness of individual actions reduced the price of gasoline.

In the same sense government actions can help or hinder progress or should I say action or in-action of the individual as well. IRA’s and Roth IRAs have stimulated the non-pension individual to save for retirement. Some individuals have accumulated substantial massive individual account balances tax deferred or tax free. This is good.

But now the government needs to let the individual free up some of their money so the collective strength of the individual can benefit society once again.

An IRA or Roth IRA should be accessible for the individual house construction of a solar panel roof. Costs of solar cells are down and construction workers are looking for work. If the government would allow up to a $15,000 to $20,000 withdrawal from an IRA without a 10% penalty this would be the first step. Step two would be allowing the individual to: 1) withdraw the funds as a loan with payback at the selling of the house; 2) or instead of an ordinary gain charge a capital gain tax on the withdrawal.

If a loan then no monthly amounts would have to be returned to the IRS except monthly amounts received from utilities for excess electricity bought by utilities. In some utility districts the sell back amount might be higher due to the higher cost during daylight hours. The eventual selling of the house would then pay off the difference and the IRS would continue to accumulate wealth at that time with those funds.

If under a capital gain then 2008, 2009, and 2010 with an individual 15% tax bracket no capital gains tax would be paid for the cost of the solar cell roof. This would allow those in lower marginal tax brackets to truly withdraw funds and thus lower their personal costs of living. The lowering of costs may also help in freeing up other funds for IRA or retirement contributions. The higher than 25% tax bracket would enjoy a lower tax on the amount of the withdrawal by not having to pay a tax on the withdrawal of the funds for personal use at the ordinary tax rate but at the lower capital gains rate.

The third way would be the loan and capital gain rate combined. An amount above the 15% tax bracket would be considered a loan and the amount of the loan paid back as previously mentioned. For the amount in the lower tax bracket since capital gains have been calculated this amount would then not have to be paid back. Obviously the calculation would be done at the individual income tax preparation and filing time.

On the Form 1099-R, in Box 7 a code “C” for cell would be used. As with all withdrawals a payment from the trustee directly to the contractor would take place.

The advantage of this would be construction and electricians would get back to work. This collectively would be done in the southern states at first but the construction process might benefit the northern states from reduced solar cell costs. Later on with the lower costs thus this also would make solar cell roofs affordable in the northern states.

When money moves our economy moves. If money does not move our economy is stagnant.

In the meantime let’s drill, drill, drill. Let’s create an oasis for the animal kingdom and stimulate the “freely” using of electricity as previously worded on the mosaic outside of the Seattle City Light Building.
Thanks
 
 
Keith Ljunghammar, EA
Candidate for 46th Legislative District, position 1
2400 NW 80th Street, #324
Seattle, WA 98117-4449
206.388.9982
vbhoundabout@homtail.com
keithlj.wordpress.com 


Solar

August 17, 2008

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Window energy.
This is another wild invention form our northern neighbor’s in Vancouver, B.C. High tech windows on your house can generate electricty. I wish I had more details but of all things “green” generating windows. A double meaning for the term, a “green house”.
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Wood
A year and one-half ago on September 20, 2006 I read that termites stomach enzymes were being scientifically looked at. Termites use 5% of the energy they eat for personal use. If this could be multiplied and used to breakdown wood for alternative energy usage the Pacific Northwest would undoubtedly benefit. Otherwise unusable wood would have a use besides for firewood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These household pests can convert 95% of what they consume into energy within 24 hours.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/story?id=46014
 

Through a DOE-sponsored program, we continue to investigate the termite gut to identify enzymes to convert wood into sugars. http://www.verenium.com/Pages/Biofuels/BiofuelsCellulosicEtoh.html
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Solar
The magic of solar and solar cells. One company claims they can produce a solar cell for $1. Effectively after transportation and installation costs making it $5 per solar cell after construction and installation costs. Maybe at $5 Pacific Northwest homes might finally be able to produce their own roof top energy. Presently marginally positive. See other energy saving ideas with your IRA/Roth also.
Photon Energy Systems is committed to a renewable energy world.
Our flagship products are based on ultra thin single crystal silicon photovoltaic devices, using a novel process that radically reduces the amount of silicon needed. As a result, both the processing and raw materials costs of our products enable manufacturing costs below $1/watt in high volume.

Systems based on PES modules enable power delivery at costs below fossil fuel generation rates. http://www.photonenergysys.com/index.htmBottom line? It would cost every person in the US $10.6k, potentially spread out over 20 years, to build enough solar power to completely replace the entire US oil consumption.
And once such a system is in place, from that point on, for at least 25 years and longer, the system continues to generate power at very little cost – there is almost no maintenance. Flat panel solar energy systems in general will last much longer than 25 years if designed properly, degradation is primarily due to interconnect corrosion, NOT the cells themselves.
New studies show that silicon crystalline and polycrystalline PV has the lowest long term degradation of any flat plate PV technology:
See
 
 
osterwald_wcpec.pdf
The above described scenario is worst case – other renewable energy sources will take a large portion of this burden. Aircraft will have a bigger issue with fuel. Battery powered aircraft are not likely, although experimental solar/electric aircraft have now demonstrated the ability to fly continuously – see the
Solong project. http://www.photonenergysys.com/why.html
 
 

 

 

 

 


An infrastructure build by individuals

August 12, 2008
 

An infrastructure built by individuals

Environmentalism. Environmentalism. Environmentalism. Drill. Drill. Drill. Environmentalists say drilling is detrimental to the environment. The driller claims off-shore and tundra drilling help the animal environment. Friendly drilling needs to continue for the benefit of our society and the animal kingdom.

In the meantime alternative sources of energy “exploration” need to be developed. The solar cell energy industry has advanced considerably. One company claims they can produce a solar cell for $1 and the actual roof-top construction cost is $5 each.

But I have no money. I am working paycheck to paycheck.

You might be saving up some money in a pension plan or in an IRA.

True power lies in the ability of the individual to make decisions. Individual decisions when accumulated collectively can help or hinder a society as a whole. Collectively as the price of “at the pump” gasoline increased the individuals reduced driving habits thus the collectiveness of individual actions reduced the price of gasoline.

In the same sense government actions can help or hinder progress or should I say action or in-action of the individual as well. IRA’s and Roth IRAs have stimulated the non-pension individual to save for retirement. Some individuals have accumulated substantial massive individual account balances tax deferred or tax free. This is good.

But now the government needs to let the individual free up some of their money so the collective strength of the individual can benefit society once again.

An IRA or Roth IRA should be accessible for the individual house construction of a solar panel roof. Costs of solar cells are down and construction workers are looking for work. If the government would allow up to a $15,000 to $20,000 withdrawal from an IRA without a 10% penalty this would be the first step. Step two would be allowing the individual to: 1) withdraw the funds as a loan with payback at the selling of the house; 2) or instead of an ordinary gain charge a capital gain tax on the withdrawal.

If a loan then no monthly amounts would have to be returned to the IRS except monthly amounts received from utilities for excess electricity bought by utilities. In some utility districts the sell back amount might be higher due to the higher cost during daylight hours. The eventual selling of the house would then pay off the difference and the IRS would continue to accumulate wealth at that time with those funds.

If under a capital gain then 2008, 2009, and 2010 with an individual 15% tax bracket no capital gains tax would be paid for the cost of the solar cell roof. This would allow those in lower marginal tax brackets to truly withdraw funds and thus lower their personal costs of living. The lowering of costs may also help in freeing up other funds for IRA or retirement contributions. The higher than 25% tax bracket would enjoy a lower tax on the amount of the withdrawal by not having to pay a tax on the withdrawal of the funds for personal use at the ordinary tax rate but at the lower capital gains rate.

The third way would be the loan and capital gain rate combined. An amount above the 15% tax bracket would be considered a loan and the amount of the loan paid back as previously mentioned. For the amount in the lower tax bracket since capital gains have been calculated this amount would then not have to be paid back. Obviously the calculation would be done at the individual income tax preparation and filing time.

On the Form 1099-R, in Box 7 a code “C” for cell would be used. As with all withdrawals a payment from the trustee directly to the contractor would take place.

The advantage of this would be construction and electricions would get back to work. This collectively would be done in the southern states at first but the construction process might benefit the northern states from reduced solar cell costs. Later on with the lower costs thus this also would make solar cell roofs affordable in the northern states.

When money moves our economy moves. If money does not move our economy is stagnant.

In the meantime let’s drill, drill, drill. Let’s create an oasis for the animal kingdom and stimulate the “freely” using of electricity as previously worded on the mosaic outside of the Seattle City Light Building.

 

 Keith Ljunghammar, EA