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Don’t Pooh-Pooh Pee-Powered Generators

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Barack Obama is encouraging most minorities to bilk the system, give up hope, and continue to embrace racial animosity.  Meanwhile, in poverty-stricken Nigeria, four teenage girls have come up with a way to harness the power of urine to run a generator.

Nigerian High school students Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all 14, and Bello Eniola, 15, entered their pee project in the Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.  Sounding like an African version of Yankee ingenuity, the Maker Faire Africa describes itself as “a community of makers.”

What [Makers] have in common is an unwavering commitment to origin, ingenuity & innovation. A fellowship of creators who believe making is the most authentic form of manufacturing, and manufacturing is what forges a vigorous middle class … redefining the future of the world’s most promising continent through our own authentic, relentless African ingenuity.

Because Lagos, Nigeria’s urban center and wealthiest city, is at the mercy of frequent power outages, the girls’ can-do attitude may have found a way to circumvent the kind of inconvenience many Americans experienced during Superstorm Sandy.  While Obama was handing out hugs and food stamps and sending in FEMA to write checks, far from New Jersey, Duro-Aina, Akindele, Faleke, and Bello were showcasing their start-up ingenuity in the form of a pee-powered generator.

It’s unclear which plucky participant made the initial liquid contribution.  But what is clear is that four schoolgirls had the wherewithal to put urine into an electrolytic cell to drive power, and it worked.

It started with a need, and from there this is how it went: first the cell converted the urea to nitrogen, water, and hydrogen.  The hydrogen was then purified in a water filter, and from there it went into a gas cylinder.  The hydrogen was pushed by the gas cylinder into another cylinder of liquid borax, which removed moisture from the hydrogen gas.  It then went into a generator, which in turn produced six hours of urine-powered electricity.

The only problem with the effort is that according to Dr. Gerardine Botte, a chemical engineer at Ohio University who invented the urea electrolysis process, there are flammable/explosive risks associated with hydrogen gas.  Leave it to an American educator to put the kibosh on the girls’ pragmatic approach to problem-solving.  Aren’t there risks associated with gasoline and kerosene?  Dr. Botte, if we can go to the moon, can’t we figure out how to harness the flammable nature of hydrogen?

Botte did suggest the students “work with an engineer to understand the technology and its appropriate applications” — which, she says, is “a way to make the wastewater treatment process more energy efficient.”  The concept is not far-fetched; it’s not the first time sewage has been considered as fuel for electricity.

Nevertheless, in Dr. Botte’s view of the Nigerian urine-powered generator, “[i]t is a high school project, so don’t take it [so seriously].”  What Botte does take seriously, however, is her own highly esteemed research as to whether, flammability notwithstanding, urine can “rescue hydrogen powered cars.”

In the end, Duro-Aina, Akindele, Faleke, and Bello have proven once again that enterprising human beings will always find a way to power their own lives.  Luckily, these girls embarked on the pee-pee venture in Nigeria, where Barack Obama is unable to regulate or tax urine so as to quash everything intrinsic to the spirit of inventive improvisation.

So, as the president enables 50% of the American public to be indebted and dependent on the government for everything from food to electricity, in Lagos, Nigeria, with limited resources, four indomitable schoolgirls figured out a way to possibly forge a future for themselves with nothing more than a liter of urine.

Umar Farouk’s Terrorist Triumph – American Thinker January 2, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker446186-bombing-suspect-umar-farouk-abdulmutallab

“Big Sis”Janet Napolitano reassured nervous Americans not to worry–Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempt to blow up a Northwest Flight 253 did not indicate a larger terrorist plot.  In an effort to respectfully restrain from jumping to conclusions, the Homeland Security Secretary refused to acquiesce to whether Abdulmutallab had a connection to al-Qaida.

Less than twenty-four hours later, Napolitano reconsidered the statement, admitting maybe Abdulmutallab “should not have been allowed on the airplane.”  Napolitano said, “What I would say is our system did not work in this instance [emphasis mine] – no one is happy or satisfied with that.”  Yes Janet, especially the 250+ people that were nearly blown to smithereens, while approaching a Motor City landing strip.

Maybe Napolitano can expound upon how a radical Islamic student, listed on a US law enforcement database was granted a visa to come to the United States from Yemen, a nation saturated with al-Qaida terrorists?  Abdulmutallab studied from 2005 to June 2008 at the University College of London and majored in an al-Qaida recruit subject that seems to be all the rage with terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammad: mechanical engineering. The only thing more absurd than what happened on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 would be if mechanical engineer Abdulmutallab was hired to work at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Napolitano stating, “…our system did not work in this instance” implies Umar Farouk’s ability to evade airport security with explosives securely tucked in his private area was an exception compared to larger security successes.  However, judging from reports, Abdulmutallab appears to be the only one trying and succeeding to smuggle and detonate high explosives on Christmas Day.   Someone should inform the esteemed Secretary that the Homeland Security system failure rate was 100%, because “this [one] instance” was the only instance.

Though thwarted in the larger mission, Abdulmutallab proved that American homeland security makes it easy to accomplish the mission at hand and for international terrorists to retain hope and stay committed to the cause.  Similar encouragement was extended to the jihad community after Abdulmutallab admitted ties to and training from al-Qaida, but Napolitano, extending deference and benefit of the doubt, refused to acknowledge the likely connection.

Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement on the incident also mollified terrorist concerns when Holder cautiously said, “This alleged attack on the US Airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism at all times.” Emphasis on ‘alleged’ in avoidance of offending Muslim brethren and underscore “remain vigilant”as if watchfulness was in operation when Abdulmutallab boarded the flight to Detroit.  Does Homeland Security believe Americans find consolation in Holder’s pledge to persist in the same type of cautionary measures that perhaps gave Umar carte blanche access to a flight into Detroit without a passport?

Napolitano admitted that, “[h]aving a chemical detonator is also a new wrinkle…that isn’t something that a lone wolf is likely to come up with.”  If it’s ‘new wrinkles’ Napolitano is concerned about the Secretary should consider Abdulmutallab spending twenty minutes in the bathroom and review the methods of, “ass-assin, Abdullah Asieri” who, “stashed a pound of explosives and a detonator inside his body in the attack on Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, head of counterterrorism for the [Saudi] kingdom.”  In that case, the suicide bomber outmaneuvered bomb-detection in the Saudi palace and set off an explosion using a charge hidden in his rectum.

Groin terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was placed on the terrorist watch list in May after Abdulmutallab’s father, a prominent Nigerian banker, alarmed over his son’s extremism felt compelled to report his own flesh and blood to American authorities.  Abdulmutallab’s father was so disturbed over the radical nature of his son’s religious views that the elder registered concern with the US Embassy in Nigeria.   A situation so dire a parent reports his own child did not meet the criteria for “clear and present danger” ?

Could it be that Homeland Security has more pressing issues to attend to? When young Umar was in Yemen learning PETN detonation techniques, Big Sis was otherwise engaged in alerting the public to extremism, radicalization and environmental threats in the form of pro-life activists, returning veterans and conservatives.  Napolitano and company dismissed threats like Abdulmutallab’s radical and religious associations, neither of which were considered a red flag of concern, because HLS was aggressively keeping watch over true menaces like Christian groups and “disgruntled”  military personal.

According to Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE database precedence, only 14,000 people out of 550,000 cataloged terrorists, present enough evidence to require additional screening at airports.  Even more chilling, only 4,000 are registered on the no-fly list.  Which leaves, 536,000 individuals who are enough of a concern to be put in a terrorist database roster, but do not require additional screening when boarding a plane?  Moreover, 546,000 can fly anywhere, at any time without restriction?  Abdulmutallab is only one of those 546,000.  Demonstrating that the only reason 278 passengers and crew members weren’t slaughtered on Christmas day was because, like Homeland Security, Abdulmutallab’s device failed to detonate properly and brave Americans were there to tackle a fiend.

Follow the bouncing ball, according to Janet Napolitano, our system worked and then it didn’t work.  The Homeland Security Secretary doesn’t think Abdulmutallab, “…is part of a larger plot to blow up more airplanes,” but feels it would have been difficult for an individual to obtain high explosives like PETN without outside assistance.  The real question is whether the homeland was ever, or could ever be safe with Janet at the rudder?

In his statement, Attorney General Eric Holder went on to expound on the incident saying, “Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured.”  Such insight is astounding.  Yes, out of 278 passengers and crew, 277 innocent passengers would have surely been killed as well as one successful martyr for jihad.

As our nation stands on the precipice of a government takeover of health care the Northwest Flight 253 incident should confirm for Americans (whether in the air or on terra firma) that Washington, DC cannot be trusted with our safety, health or security, on any level.  Even the left-leaning New York Times admitted that, “[d]espite the billions spend since 2001 on intelligence and counterterrorism…it was something simpler that averted disaster on a Christmas Day flight to Detroit: alert and courageous passengers and crew members.” Once again, ordinary Americans put bureaucracy to shame saving themselves from the dangers government failure poses to all our lives.

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