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  1. If you purchased the panels, you get the credits; those who "lease" them give those credits up to the solar installer. The SREC price is awful, and has me believing that I will never recover the cost of my panels. Yes, my electric bill is greatly reduced, but it was the promise of the (at that time) $130 per SREC that made the math work for me. Guess I'll just have to be happy that I'm helping the environment, and denying Constellation a bit of money.
  2. And the Governor continues to distance himself from the President. That seems a good move personally and politically. The Hogan administration notified the federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday that it plans to file a lawsuit alleging the agency has failed to act against states whose smokestack emissions pollute Maryland’s air. In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles charged that the Trump administration has failed to enforce mandatory provisions of the Clean Air Act despite evidence that five upwind states are illegally emitting nitrogen oxide that contributes to Maryland’s pollution problems. The warning signals a new aggressiveness in Gov. Larry Hogan’s approach toward President Donald J. Trump, a fellow Republican whom he did not support in last year’s election.
  3. I liked the end of this quote: The U.S. government on Tuesday said it could not verify increasingly widespread reports that Russian forces had killed Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a move that many hope would not only rid the extremist network of its charismatic so-called caliph but also undercut its ability to recruit. "We cannot confirm this report but hope it is true," a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. headquarters fighting the Islamic State group, tells U.S. News. "We strongly advise ISIS to implement a strong line of succession. It will be needed."
  4. A Japanese history buff believes he has found evidence the photo is from before her disappearance. In a July 9 blog post, Yamano explained that "the photograph was first published in Palau under Japanese rule in 1935, in a photo book; Motoaki Nishino, 'Umi no seimeisen : Waga nannyou no sugata... So the photograph was taken at least two years before Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937 and a person on the photo was not her." According to NPR, the photobook was later digitized and published online by Japan's National Diet Library. Yamano told The Guardian that he found the photo by searching “Jaluit atoll," with the time frame of the 1930s. “The photo was the 10th item that came up,” he told The Guardian. “I was really happy when I saw it. I find it strange that the documentary makers didn’t confirm the date of the photograph or the publication in which it originally appeared. That’s the first thing they should have done.”
  5. I would bet on somewhere in between except that the starting pitching has been so dreadfully bad. With Britton back and Manny apparently remembering how to hit, the team should improve in the BP and offensively, but without even decent SP, the April form is unreachable.
  6. Yeah, I see a whole lot of garbage I'd rather not have read that way!
  7. IDK. That idea opens up a whole other argument; if the 16 year old and the 25 year old are doing the same job, why are they not being paid equally?
  8. About 18 months ago I sat on the Harford County Grand Jury. A large number of our cases involved opioids, and there were individuals who obtained hundreds from different pharmacies and presumably different prescriptions, so the regulations/safeguards Saticon listed are (were?) clearly not fully working. As others have mentioned, pills get expensive and heroin laced with fentanyl is comparatively cheap; the sign in front of the Jarrettsville Sheriff's Office read 195 overdoses and 41 deaths so far this year for "rural" Harford County alone.
  9. This guy gets it. Well done, sir. Amid the chaos and agitation surging through a crowd early Monday after a van plowed into pedestrians outside London's Finsbury Park Mosque, one person stepped in to protect the attacker, witnesses say: the mosque's imam. Imam Mohammed Mahmoud tried to keep members of the crowd at bay and was being called a hero. Toufik Kacimi, the mosque's chief executive, said the imam “helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life,” according to the Guardian. Witness Hussain Ali, 28, told the Press Association that "the leader of the mosque said 'You do not touch him." "He was sitting and holding him like that, people kept holding him," Ali said.
  10. This is a separate but related issue. It sounds like the old "too strict" methods of selecting and approving targets may need to be reinstated until ground reports are greatly improved. It is war, so there will be some innocents killed, but this is too many in too short a period.
  11. If it was used directly against personnel, it is an issue. I just doubt it was because that's not what it does best. Way back in the early 80s I personally saw long buried WP from partially destroyed rounds reignite in demo pits on the Edgewood Area of APG. First aid included packing mud around the wound to prevent the WP from reigniting.
  12. Correct. If used against, say a munitions depot or as the NZ General says for screening, there is no issue. It's not actually a very effective weapon against personnel; not much of a bursting radius. As with many munitions, however, there are dangers after the use legal or not.
  13. From the link: "We have utilized white phosphorus to screen areas within west Mosul to get civilians out safely," New Zealand Brig. Gen. Hugh McAslan tells NPR. He estimates that around 28,000 civilians have managed to make the dangerous crossing out of Islamic State territory in the past few days alone. White phosphorus, which bursts into flame when it hits oxygen, is not banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but its legality is linked to its use. In 2005, the CWC spokesman Peter Kaiser told the BBC that white phosphorus is permitted in war if used to camouflage movement, but not if it is employed as a weapon.
  14. I like Caleb, but the last three contradictory lines of your post are the problem. Unless Buck can get him more playing time, he probably won't be at his best and that makes him only an average back up.
  15. He's a Fakey Fan!