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  1. DragonWhip wrote So do I. Just installed Sabayon Professional Edition----works very good and didn't cost anything. ;D
  2. I was just reading my Farm Bureau Spokesman Brazilian CropWatchers report to see how the crops are progressing down there. One item reported that hydrous ethanol(the kind you burn at 100% in Flex cars)was down 13% and anhydrous was down 4% for the year. It got me to thinking about how this scenario works. You run the fuel tank down to a couple of gallons or so of either hydrous ethanol or 25% gasoline/ethanol mix(all Brazilian gas is about 25% ethanol) and then refill with the other fuel since the car is flex. What happens to the hydrous ethanol, does it stay separate or blend with the 25% in the tank? Going down the road with fuel sloshing around, could the fuel pump get a gulp of hydrous and then a gulp of 25% intermittently?
  3. With my friend, he didn't think he needed to pay his internet bill.
  4. I was raised in Virginia a few miles from where the Flextek guy is located. A year or so ago I asked my friend that is the internet provider for the area if he knew the guy----he said "yes" and not in a good way.
  5. Here is a question for 1outlaw on the co-products of corn ethanol. I stopped at the plant I had my mother put some money in that should be up and running next fall. I asked why nobody is going to the quick germ process of removing the germ before fermentation yet. The guy said they're thinking about it but it's very expensive---$20 million for a complete setup and $5 mil for just removing the germ and sending it somewhere else to get the corn oil and other goodies. Do you guys over in WI think it's time to start doing it up front vs. at the back end? I think the guy told me yesterday corn oil one step down from food grade was around 65 cents a pound. By doing it up front you get twice as much,high priced oil vs lower quality 20 cents a pound oil off the back end process. I said my vote would be to do the up front process---do you think I'm wrong? We do tend to have corn with a higher oil content over here also.
  6. When I say invest, it could be a little or a lot. In my case, little is the word. ;D The first plant I put money in back in 2001, I should have sold everything I owned and borrowed everything I could but hind sight is 20/20. This plant has some common board members with the first plant and the manager started in a different position at the first place and moved up by changing location. All the ethanol is marketed by the same big outfit at both places and is railed out, although both have truck load outs. I think one truck has been loaded in 5 years at the first place. Methane is coming from the landfill and is being metered into the natural gas line. I think they're still fine tuning that process. I'm telling my farmer friends that haven't invested in ethanol or biodiesel that they're in the drivers seat because of suckers like me. Last night on "Market to Market"(agriculture TV show that interviews commodity brokers) the prediction is for $7 corn and $15 to $20 soybeans. If that happens I'll make it big as a farmer and lose it as an investor.Oh yeah, you guys might want to keep an eye on VSE(VeraSun) again----it's dropped almost $6 a share in the last 3 weeks. ;D
  7. I just got home from buying some shares in a 55 million gallon plant. The people I bought them from wanted out. The thing I like about this plant that just got off to a good start is that about 25% of there energy comes from an adjoining landfill.
  8. Rufus, Good sonication article. That plant(Quad Counties) is about 40 miles from me---hadn't heard of that technology before. ICM is the designer of a couple of plants I'm in including the coal fired one that didn't start out so good but is doing well now.
  9. Anybody else watched the movie "Wag the Dog"? Since I wasn't there, I don't really know for sure what happened but that movie comes to mind when I see things like this.
  10. This is an article from Truthout Two separate news reports relying mostly on information provided by the Pentagon were picked up and disseminated by US mainstream media outlets Monday. The reports point to two separate instances involving US armed forces operating in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. The first, typified by The New York Times, "US Describes Confrontation With Iranian Boats", and the second, tucked away from the features sections, "Navy Fighter Jets Crash in Persian Gulf", reported by the Associated Press, are not connected directly in the reports, but bear consideration side-by-side nonetheless. The report in The Times, in fact, tells you everything you need to know, albeit in a conclusionless form. US Warships are in the Persian Gulf. The Strait of Hormuz, through which all warships must pass to enter the Gulf, is the same passage through which all oil-bearing ships must pass bringing oil to the US. And "Oil prices on world markets spiked briefly on the news, which was first reported by CNN." That pretty much says it all. US Navy warships are parked a few miles off the coast of Iran. They are there, apparently, to protect oil shipping lanes into and out of the Persian Gulf. Tensions are mounting. If provocation is at issue, those facts must remain front and center. If Iranian warships ever made it as close to the American coastline as US warships now lie to Iranian shores, our military would in all likelihood attack them. Iran is not attacking our warships - parked on their doorstep. The US State Department last year warned Iran, "not to interfere with US interests in the region." What the State Department did not explain to the American people is what interests average Americans have in the region. The answer to that question is, likely none. That leads to the next question: whose interests is the American Navy protecting in the Persian Gulf? The owners of the oil tankers, apparently. The American people are the end consumers; we pay what's marked on the pump. Bluntly stated, the United States Navy appears to be in the Persian Gulf to protect the interests of US-based oil businesses, not the interests of the American people. Incidentally, the second-largest deposits of oil in the world lie beneath the soil of Iraq, so the same formula applies there as well. Could Iranian forces sink an American ship a few miles off the Iranian coast? Yes, although it is highly unlikely that they would say beforehand, "I am coming at you, and you will explode in a few minutes." Would such a sinking take the lives of many good American sailors? Yes, it would. Such a sinking and the attendant loss of life would affect the best interests of the American people. The American armed forces are the true interest of the American people. For too long, the American people have turned a blind eye to their interest: their service members. It's time to bring our soldiers home and let the gas station mind its own business.
  11. Dairies are going up here also because of distillers grains. There are people putting up hog houses on 4 acres deeded to them by the land owner. In return the land owner gets the manure---that's all. This last spring the elevator here bought a lot of potash from up in Canada as there was talk of a strike. Little did they know the dollar was going to do what it did---looked really good by fall. I read an article where a guy said to hedge natural gas when it dips to cover nitrogen costs.
  12. Good find 1outlaw. I posted that on my hardheaded,anti-ethanol supercub.org forum.
  13. If you guys like looking at how plants are doing, here are some more. Pull up SEC filings and then look at the 10Q's.BTW amzenergy is getting ready to take money on a plant they want to build at Atlantic Iowa. It will be an LLC and if you look at their SEC filing you will see they did a good job of marketing. I'm in Little Sioux and Corn LP.---the best and the worst for making money on the list below. www.littlesiouxcornprocessors.com www.lincolnwayenergy.com www.amzenergy.com www.siouxlandethanol.com http://cornlp.com/Newsletters.htm
  14. Furball, Good article---that's a case for what you don't know won't hurt you. P.S. I see the numbers are the zip code for Joplin.
  15. Whenever I go to Minnesota, I always see signs saying regular and super and priced the same. I always think that they're trying to act like Iowa except I know MN is 10% everything. So you do think there is a difference? Why would anyone buy 10% 87 oct. vs. 10% 89 oct.?
  16. rufus, Sounds like you guys are on the right track. When the oil companies say the blending wall has been hit, you guys can call a desperate ethanol plant to order a rail car of ethanol for a good deal.
  17. Here is a little from their newsletter that is online. The other addition for the ?08 year will be the offering of an E85 blend for use in our local fuel markets. Granite Falls Energy views this as diversification, support of our industry on a local base and hopefully lead to better pricing at the pumps for our community thru transportation savings. We are hoping to be able to work with local retail facilities to supply an excellent and consistent quality E85 for the local consumer. This along with the possible use of blender pumps, which allow the consumer to select the best blend of ethanol to unleaded gasoline for peak performance in their flex fuel vehicles, makes for a very exciting time ahead. Have a very happy new year.
  18. I remember reading a few years ago about how some stations in eastern Iowa were adding 10% ethanol to 85 octane regular to make 87. They priced it lower also so was a good deal for some drivers.
  19. Indy VettesHistory will be made at the 2008 Indianapolis 500 when not one, but two distinctive vehicles will serve as the official pace cars. Chevrolet and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials gathered at the Indianapolis Auto Show Thursday to make the announcement. One of the pace cars is a customized Corvette Z06 E85 concept that runs on E85 ethanol fuel that will be driven during the race?s pace lap by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. The other official pace car is a black-and-silver commemorative edition that marks the 30th anniversary of the celebrated 1978 pace car ? the first Corvette to pace the field at the Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet will produce a total of 500 pace car replicas in both coupe and convertible form, each signed personally by Fittipaldi at the Corvette?s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant. ?Although not a production FlexFuel vehicle, the Corvette Z06 E85 concept pace car is a high-performance example of Chevrolet?s gas-friendly to gas-free initiative, demonstrating viable fuel solutions,? said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. ?As an ethanol refiner in his native Brazil, Emerson Fittipaldi is the fitting Chevrolet champion to help support GM?s efforts with E85 and celebrate 30 years of the Corvette pacing the Indianapolis 500.? More categories
  20. Northwest Iowa but would visit Fayetteville once in awhile.
  21. The first blender pump that really got my attention was in 2003 in Carthage Missouri. It had 5 buttons dispensing 87,89,90,91, and 93 or something like that. It was unleaded only and I thought it interesting that people could decide within 1 octane number what they wanted.
  22. Greengenes, Can you explain a little more.
  23. This from the newsletter I get from a biodiesel plant that I invested in. It is using animal fats and yellow(restaurant)grease to make BD since soy oil is artificially high. Corn,beans and wheat are tied together to compete for acres planted. When you here people complaining about food prices, it's more Wall Street than anything else now.
  24. I continue to be amazed at how backward my state(Iowa) can be compared to the neighbors.
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