Following the attempted assassination of several House Republicans I thought you might find this previous post relevant.
The left has a long history of violence, and that violence is escalating on a daily basis. The ‘open-minded’ are so enraged that not everyone thinks like they do that they are once again resorting to violence. Recently a writer for the ever anti-American Huffington Post spewed out an article (under the header of Queer Voices) entitled ‘To Save America We Must Stop Being Polite And Immediately Start Raising Hell’ in which he called for the escalation of “our outrage and our anger is a massive way.” He called for the harassment of conservatives everywhere including in their own homes while out of the other side of his mouth claiming that he is not calling for violence like the ‘thuggish behavior of the Trump supporters.’ Wink Wink Nudge Nudge
While I certainly support the right of all Americans to participate in peaceful protest, what we are seeing as of late is anything but peaceful. Burning police cars and smashing windows is NOT civil discourse. Let me ask you this, when have you seen conservatives throwing rocks and bottles at the police? When have you seen conservatives physically attack someone because they hold a different point of view? Reminder: it was Barack Obama who said “if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” For once I actually agree with Mr. Obama; bring a gun. I am in no way encouraging anyone to go looking for a fight, but I do strongly suggest that you be very aware of your surroundings and prepared to defend yourself and your family should the need arise.
Make no mistake; the left is looking for a fight and to defend our right to life we may be forced to give them one. I for one will not be harassed in my own home; anyone attempting to do so will dramatically reduce their own life expectancy.
I always use the tagline ‘Hope for the best, prepare for the worst’ and unfortunately the latter seems to be a more likely scenario. Off to the range I go.
Growing your own food is hard work, but can be fun and rewarding at the same time. You haven’t tasted fresh until you’ve eaten strawberries or blueberries you picked right from the garden and what’s more self-sufficient than growing your own food? So with that being said I thought I would give you a little update on how our first real go at gardening is progressing.
The strawberries continue to produce (slowly), but the blueberries have run their course for the year.
The beans and peas are running; watermelon, cantaloupe and cucumbers are flowering and putting on babies. The seedlings we started inside seem to be doing well in the containers we keep on the deck.
The crows once again decimated the corn that we planted, but who would have thought you could actually grow some in containers?!?!? That plot will be reseeded as a second crop of green beans.
The apple and peach trees we planted last month seem to have rooted well and are putting on new growth, however it’s too early to know if we’ll actually get anything off them this year.
Our little patch of carrots and radishes in the past has always been little more than a buffet for the many rabbits in the area. However, this little girl prowling the yard seems to have put an end to this problem.
We have a second wave of seedlings we’ve started inside that we need to get planted by the end of the week and we’ve started broccoli and cauliflower in trays on the deck. We’re hoping that if we keep adding new seedlings as the season progresses we can extend our harvest further into the fall.
That’s all here; hope you’re all having a great summer!
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst!
When you’re starting out to either build or expand your off-grid solar system, how do you know what panels to buy? You read customer reviews and Amazon ratings till you’re blue in the face, but the fact is many of those reviews are from 1st time buyers who have nothing else to really compare the product to. I have experienced this very same dilemma over the past 10 months and decided to share my results with you.
I started my system by buying a prepackaged 200 Watt system from Renogy. (Read the review here.) The system came with two 100 watt monocrystalline panels which seemed to work well (again nothing to compare them to) so when I went to expand I simply bought two more for $139 each. The Renogy panels had a 4.7 star Amazon rating and good customer reviews. As I continued to expand, and of course so did the cost, I began to explore other manufacturers. My next purchase was two 100 watt polycrystalline panels from WindyNation for $112 each. They had a 4.4 star Amazon Rating with good customer reviews. About a month later I purchased two 100 watt polycrystalline panels from Newpowa for $100 each. They had a 4.6 star Amazon rating also with good reviews. The last purchase I made was two 100 watt monocrytalline panels from ECO-WORTHY for $115 each. They too were rated very well with a 4.5 star Amazon rating and again, good customer reviews.
So all in all I purchased panels from four different manufacturers (so far) priced between $100 and $139 with Amazon customer ratings ranging from 4.4 to 4.7. So is there really any difference?
Since I will be purchasing another 5 panels over the next couple of months, I decided it was time to do some real world testing on these panels. I waited for a nice, clear sunny day so the panels would be operating at their optimal output. I began the testing at about 1 pm when the sun is directly overhead at this time of year. Each panel would be tested for 10 minutes wired directly to the charge controller through a 15 foot 10 gauge wire with it’s average output taken as the final rating. I then repeated this process using one of the other panels from the same manufacturer to be as thorough and fair as possible. Note: I actually conducted a third test on the Renogy panel as I was suspect of the two previous readings.
- The results: WindyNation polycrystalline panel:
- Amazon rating of 4.4 stars cost of $112 output of 80.4 watts
- Newpowa polycrystalline panel:
- Amazon rating of 4.6 stars cost of $100 output of 92.92 watts
- Renogy monocrystalline panel:
- Amazon rating of 4.7 stars cost of $139 output of 85.26 watts
- ECO-WORTHY monocrystalline panel;
- Amazon rating of 4.5 stars cost of $115 output of 94.5 watts
To put this all in perspective, if I were to buy the 5 panels I need for my system, the following would be the cost per watt generated:
- WindyNation: $560, 402 watts = $1.39 per watt
- Newpowa: $500, 464.6 watts = $1.08 per watt
- Renogy: $695, 426.3 watts = $1.63 per watt
- ECO-WORTHY: $575, 472.5 watts = $1.22 per watt
And as always, your results may vary.
I should note that the build quality of all the panels is very similar with the Newpowa and WindyNation panels barely distinguishable from one another. I have spoken to Renogy’s customer service and found it to be very good, but I have not had opportunity or need to contact any of the others. Considering the results I will most likely purchase 2 more ECO-WORTHY Mono panels and 3 of the Newpowa Poly panels, but as with anything the price maybe different by the time I decide to make the purchase.
Disclaimer: I personally purchased all products through Amazon; none of the items were provided to me for testing.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.