T4

This is an “overflow” page from prior Tips pages as they had gotten so large it was taking a long time to load. Same idea, just a new set of space to put pointers to things of interest.

I’ve added a generic “T” parent page where older copies of the various “Tips” pages can be found archived.

While I’m mostly interested in things having to do with:

Making money, usually via trading
Weather and climate
Quakes, Volcanoes, and other Earth Sciences
Current economic and political events
(often as those last three have impact on the first one…)
And just about any ‘way cool’ interesting science or technology

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You can also look at the list of “Categories” on the right hand side and get an idea of any other broad area of interest.

This ought not to be seen as a “limit” on what is “interesting”, more as a “focus list” with other things that are interesting being fair game as well.

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235 Responses to T4

  1. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.solarpaneltalk.com/showthread.php?1073-Are-There-Adverse-Health-Problems-with-Living-In-Proximity-to-PV-Panels Solar PV panels and health.

    The CFL already produce “Dirty electricity” inside the home

  2. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://forums.energymatters.com.au/off-topic/topic904.html More about the Solar inverters interesting discussion

  3. George says:

    Interesting article today in the WSJ:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204880404577225493025537660.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

    Obama’s budget will really jack up taxes on dividends. First of all, this will have the greatest impact on retirees. Secondly, it will simply result in fewer companies paying dividends and so it will end up not having any real change in revenue. The article shows that dividend payments tend to follow the tax rates on them. When taxes are reduced on dividends, companies pay them. When taxes are increased on dividends, companies stop paying them or greatly scale them back. So it isn’t likely to have any significant impact on revenue and the people hit hardest will be retirees.

  4. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8462626/Energy-saving-light-bulbs-contain-cancer-causing-chemicals.html

    CFC Cancer

    { I think you mean CFL, as CFCs are freons… -E.M.Smith}

  5. adolfogiurfa says:

    This what 2012 is all about :-)

  6. Earthquake swarm rumbles between Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes http://www.hawaii247.com/?p=63957

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    We had that problem once before (high dividend taxes) and the result was as you described.

    It is much more efficient for a company to just pay a dividend to the shareholders, but they can also choose to reward shareholders in other ways. The simplest is a ‘share buyback’. Take what would have been dividend money and go buy shares in the open market. In Theory, the stock price will be bid up more or less in proportion. (In practice, sometimes it doesn’t work if the market is falling).

    So there can be significant ‘slippage’ between buy back and price rise (in time or in amount). But we do get more buybacks during high dividend tax periods.

    The other thing is to just use that money to buy other companies. Start a “rollup” that raises share prices (so ‘capital gains’ instead of ‘ordinary income’). It is disruptive to the industry, flushes a load of cash down the legal and administrative tubes, but it’s better than taxes.

    It is also possible to do some more ‘esoteric’ things. Preferred shares can be issued to tax exempt holders (such as governments or retirement funds or churches or…) Then you funnel what would have been a common stock dividend to those preferred shares instead. IIRC, Bank Holding Companies are exempt or nearly so…

    In essence, the practical impact of high taxes on dividends is a much lower level of dividends, a decoupling of share prices from fundamentals ( dividends require real earnings to last long…) and greater inefficiencies in the whole capitalization / return on investment process.

  8. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: It is also possible to do some more ‘esoteric’ things…Like the no so esoteric “inflation”, the worst and invisible tax. The US has the luck of being the only country that can “export” inflation: When other countries, in order not to revaluate their currencies, buy US dollars, implicitly “import” your inflation; a system which becomes like a hidden vacuum pump, pumping up the product of work from people to the “source”, to “big brother”, because it does not goes back to people up there.

  9. adolfogiurfa says:

    A digest of what is going to come in Climate(in spanish-you will like it-):
    http://www.giurfa.com/clima.pdf

  10. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. Want something “new” to read and write?
    http://www.rexresearch.com/piccardi/piccardi.htm

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    Very Interesting…. Especially the blood clotting experiment with about a 50% longer clotting time with a metal screen above the slide than without.

    I wonder how much of the increase in blood clotting problems in the last century was due to the ramp up in solar activity. It would imply a couple of things:

    1) A metal layer in the attic would help folks at risk from clotting problems (heart attack, stroke, etc.)

    2) Such problems ought to be backing off a bit during this solar downturn (wonder if blood failure to clot problems increased lately?)

    This link is easier to read, but has less technical content:

    http://gluedideas.com/The-Earth-in-the-Universe-1968/Physicochemical-Reactions-as-Indicators_P1.html

    It will need to be ‘another day’ but this is a topic that looks interesting…

    It also implies that we ought to be doing some kinds of chemistry inside metal boxes to see how much they change.

    I found a reference to Very Low Frequency sensitivity, so down in the 10 Hz to 100 Hz range, as potentially causal. That, then, implies that 60 Hz power lines could have an influence. Wonder how much of ‘the obesity epidemic’ that is sweeping every place on the planet that industrializes might be related to being surrounded by electronic equipment and their fields…

    Maybe the Tinfoil Hat Folks actually are just more sensitive than the rest of us…

    FWIW, I’ve noticed a ‘discomfort’ from the laptop if left on top of any particular part of the body for too long. I at first thought it might be from the heat, but using a 1 inch plus book as insulator the same effect shows up. It’s not pressure related, as other objects don’t have the effect. Guess now I’ll need to try a metal barrier and see what happens…. Computers are known to have a load of different frequencies of RF coming off of them (just put an AM radio next to one…)

    Hmmm…. Wonder where I can get a metalized fabric suit…

    At any rate, interesting stuff….

    http://www.cifa-icef.org/piccardi.html

    A bit ‘new-agey” in tone, but claims that actual field trials were done on ‘cloudbusting’ using an antenna like device:

    http://www.waterjournal.org/volume-3/demeo#the-water-grounded-cloudbuster-antenna

    Wonder if some of this is related to that discovery that the surface tension layer of water with organized structure can be hundreds of molecules thick?

    Looks like the Silver Bugs can get in on the action too:

    http://journal.borderlands.com/1998/lunar-influence-on-the-electrochemical-production-of-colloidal-silver/

    This information prompted the idea that lunar influence could produce exceptional differences in the quality of electrochemically produced colloidal silver. We immediately began preparing the necessary experimental equipment for the upcoming lunar eclipse (March 23, 1997, 8:45PM PST). Two CS-300 colloidal silver generators were used for the electrochemical process and a digital countdown timer would ensure that each batch ran for the exact prescribed time of 20 minutes. The first and second of four batches were initiated just prior to, and during the eclipse, and the last two just after the eclipse. The electrodes were checked and cleaned before each batch was run to assure a consistent voltage throughout the experimental run. The water used was distilled and was provided from the same bottle, and then pre-measured into 8 oz. glasses of identical size and make. Normal batches of colloidal silver produced in this way yield a count of about 6000 to 8000 ppb (parts per billion) of silver.

    It had been noted with earlier batches of colloidal silver that a simple taste test easily detected differences in quality. Some batches would produce a heavy metallic taste, while others had no distinguishing differences from plain distilled water. After the eclipse experiment was completed, an initial taste test was conducted on the four batches. The first batches run just before and during the eclipse were perceptually absent of the characteristic metallic taste usually associated with a strong batch of colloidal silver. The two batches after the eclipse proved very metallic in taste. These samples along with a control were then taken to a local lab for analysis. The results shown in Figure 1 indicate that the amount of silver began to decrease nearing the eclipse, with a reduction to 1900 ppb during the eclipse. The last batch revealed a rise toward normal levels.

    This data strongly suggests a lunar influence on the electrochemical production of colloidal silver. But, the lunar influence presides over other factors which are a part of the experimental test setup. Most are familiar with the lunar effect on tides, and going back into the distant past, many understood that the moon exerts a powerful influence on water itself. Folklore and fact abound with tales of lunar influence upon water, moisture, and other liquids. Plutarch instructed that the full moon caused such an increase in moisture that it made timber, wheat, and other grains which were cut at this time more likely to become decayed and rotten. If cut at the new moon, they would be dry and brittle.

    So this could also explain how I end up in sync with lunar cycles and why there were various old “folk tales” about when to plant and harvest… (My Dad insisted that the potato’s ‘eyes’ had to see the full moon… or some such that I dismissed…)

    Oh Dear, I feel another “That’s Curious…” compulsion starting to stir… Maybe I need to go dig in the garden until it passes ;-)

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    Just finished your clima.pdf. Very Nicely Done. ( I think I need to review the use of the two ‘have’ verbs, though ;-)

    I especially liked the comparison of the two solar curves Maunder / Dalton vs LIA / Now. It’s a remarkable ‘fit’….

  13. Richard Ilfeld says:

    The “Culture”. There aren’t many places one can discuss the politically incorrect without invective overwhelming the conversation. This is one place. We are in a political season, but the elephant in the room is not a political issue, it is a cultural one. I believe we have marked a tipping point. As the chattering classes consider a re-election bid it is essentially unmentionable that we may have had a national catharsis last time. Millions of the so-called ‘independents’, and all of the press, were able to shed enormous guilt by elevating a minority candidate to the presidency. But that’s over now. Per your recent discussion of sin, redemption happens only once; the guilt is expunged, and the sea change in attitudes has begun. For everyone who expunged their guilt over slavery in the last election, it is now a case of the content of your character, not the color of your skin. Conduct and ideas that were overlooked because it was known they would be excused will now be examined. But most of this will take place in private – the “chink in the armor” of those assessing our opinions for profit is that public expressions of our feelings are very suppressed. But the voting booth is a private place. Simply put: lots of folks last time voted for Barack, because voting for a black candidate made them feel virtuous, and expunged the guilt assigned them by progressive opinion manipulators. That was a tipping point for this group, but I think their new direction is not well assessed by polling or the press. Last quadriennium’s idealist is this ones unemployed but he has been trained to keep his thoughts to him/herslef lest they be smitten by the thought police. We may know much less about the electorate than we think we do. the seeds of cultural revolution may have been planted but the growth to come has not yet escaped the weeds.

  14. Jason Calley says:

    @ E.M.
    “FWIW, I’ve noticed a ‘discomfort’ from the laptop if left on top of any particular part of the body for too long. ”

    You may be crazy, but at least you are not alone! I have a similar uncomfortable feeling in my hand if I use my Blackberry too much. If you wish to try some quick and easy shielding, here is a good source of mu metal: http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G18646

  15. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. It´s the ELECTRIC UNIVERSE!….as we begin to see it everywhere. That´s the catalyzer, the new paradigm which will make a change of ERA.
    Buy more popcorn!

  16. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: Not only “dig in the garden”…but walking on it barefooted…just to discharge yourself to ground..

  17. adolfogiurfa says:

    Mayans knew that business of discharging excess electricity from clouds/atmosphere, as a means to avoid earthquakes. In the following video watch the cloud above:

  18. George says:

    “Mayans knew that business of discharging excess electricity from clouds/atmosphere”

    And look where it got them! (/sarc)

  19. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/02/21/welcome-to-eurogeddon-via-poland/#axzz1nLhWVnkK Can make some serious money off this soon!

    Actually I see one way for Greece to get out of it’s mess, attack Cyprus for it’s new gas deposits? I mean it has that massive army due to Germany/France/UK selling it all the weapons

    http://www.cyprus-mail.com/israel/our-view-closer-israeli-ties-are-about-gas-not-defence/20120221

    [ Is this REALLY a "tip"? Or more like an ongoing crusade about M.E. vs Russian Gas that really belongs in the Iran Closing Hormuz thread? Think about 'context' please. -E.M.Smith ]“

  20. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cJqM2tFOxLQ

    Bit confusing?

    Rep. Alan Grayson asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that the IG does not know and is not tracking where this money is.

  21. Pascvaks says:

    Out and about looking for what I could find on any effect Kuiper/Oort objects seemed to have on observations, if any. (Or what we might be “detecting” of the “cloud” as we looked through it at distant objects;-) Found a page that gave a “current” picture of objects we think we have a feel for. Not bad.

    http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/lists/OuterPlot.html

  22. Pascvaks says:

    @Adolfo-
    They do look alike don’t they? Wonder what the ‘cloud’ around a gallaxy looks like? Or a cluster? Or a miniverse? Bet there’s more black ice in the universe than anything else, watch yer’ step;-)

  23. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TwNju_G9SoI#!

    Interesting Video

    [ could use a bit more 'description' of why someone would want to watch a 1 hour 55 minute video. It's about Quigley and the New World Order idea:

    website of Alan Watt: http://cuttingthroughthematrix.com
    Alan Watt : Cutting Through the Matrix, One Radio Interview... Scientific Dictatorship, technocracy, energy credits, global "smart"{?} grid, united nations, trilateral commission,"manufactured consent", crisis-creation-solution, totalitarian state, automation -- Alan Watt Interview: One Radio Network

    Yes, it's interesting, in a Conspiracy Theory kind of way.
    -E.M.Smith ]

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P.:

    Per sleep: Many animals are ‘crepuscular’ or active at dawn and dusk. Sleeping twice in between each. I would expect that we are similar and historic sleep patterns show that as well. From the old European ‘two sleeps’ per night to the more recent Latin Siesta.

    I tried it once and it was a bit nicer than 8 hours straight, but not dramatic.

    @Adolfo:

    Interesting photo, but I’d like to see a repeat before jumping on board. There are lots of programs that let you change data on cell phones, and I’d prefer a more rigorous forensics before jumping to conclusions.

    That said:

    I wonder to what extent the pyramid might be used to focus ground energy into a non-lethal discharge instead of having lightning strikes… In the background of one image was a lightning bolt not too far away… but it looked ‘air to air’.

    Having a technology that is both impressive to the masses to see, AND protected from lightning deaths, would be, er, useful… One also wonders what would happen to a person on top of the tower and might that have started the whole sacrifice thing…

    At any rate, wouldn’t take much instrumentation to capture it if it repeats nor measure voltage changes. Looks to me like “during approach of storms” would be most productive.

    OH, and I almost always go barefoot in the garden (and anywhere else I can ;-)

    I once went barefoot for an entire year (not once wearing shoes). I was in college at the time… The biggest challenge came when I was about 3/4 of a year into it… riding my bike that had bare metal pedals to class each day… and it SNOWED (that only happens once each several decades)… Took some “pluck” to walk over (slight) snow and put feet to metal pedals… I was really glad when summer came ;-) 8-)

    And yes, I feel better when barefoot in the garden.

    @Pascvaks:

    Oh Dear…. Where’s the “Mind The Gap” sign? ;-)

    I’ve sometimes wondered if there is a similar ‘probability map’ of where nucleons would / might be. A similar equation. It would be interesting if so, and then one were to plot the distribution for a single P or a PN pair of hydrogen or deuterium when bonded to a metal nucleus where we know the bond length puts it inside the electron shells… if at any point it was localized to ‘in or near the metal ion nucleus’ you have your cold fusion model…

    And if our P didn’t ‘mind the gap’ it could end up sucked into the larger nucleus…

  25. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.kickoutthejams.net/2012/01/lost-world-discovered-but-is-nasa.html

    Deep Hot Biosphere – but NASA busy with Climate Hoax

  26. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    When collated and analysed the manuscripts revealed an increase of cold events in the first half of the 10th century. This included a significant drop of temperatures during July 920 AD and three separate recordings of snowfall in 908, 944 and 1007. In comparison the only record of snow in modern Baghdad was in 2008, a unique experience in the living memories of Iraqis.

    “These signs of a sudden cold period confirm suggestions of a temperature drop during the tenth century, immediately before the Medieval Warm Period,” said Domínguez-Castro. “We believe the drop in July 920 AD may have been linked to a great volcanic eruption but more work would be necessary to confirm this idea.” http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/w-aaw022312.php

  27. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  28. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Does not make sense, when we have South American complex structures older or equal to these times?

    http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-anthropologists-clarify-link-between-asians-and-early-native-americans

    Calculating how long the mutations they noted took to arise, Schurr’s team estimated that the southern Altaian lineage diverged genetically from the Native American lineage 13,000 to 14,000 years ago, a timing scenario that aligns with the idea of people moving into the Americas from Siberia between 15,000 and 20,000 years ago.

  29. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Re the “interesting video” it was interesting. About the future control of the internet, and the “Personal Computer” is not really a personal computer anymore, with cloud computing everything will be external to your hard drive soon. So you will be dependent on someone else for your data soon.

    [ Folks will only be dependent on 'the cloud' if they choose to be. You can still have a local disk and local storage. -E.M.Smith ]

  30. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Looks like we are using 10 years of Data to make alarmist statements.

    Traditional estimates of Earth’s ice caps and glaciers have been made using ground measurements from relatively few glaciers to infer what all the world’s unmonitored glaciers were doing. Only a few hundred of the roughly 200,000 glaciers worldwide have been monitored for longer than a decade.

    One unexpected study result from GRACE was that the estimated ice loss from high Asian mountain ranges like the Himalaya, the Pamir and the Tien Shan was only about 4 billion tons of ice annually. Some previous ground-based estimates of ice loss in these high Asian mountains have ranged up to 50 billion tons annually. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-036&cid=release_2012-036

  31. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Discovery of the oldest civilization ever existed on the face of earth in IRAN (Persia).

  32. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Regarding Cloud

    http://go.bigpond.com/emailupdate/index.jsp

    We are being forced onto it. Eg Bigpond, Australia’s largest internet provider is moving there normal email which goes to your harddrive to Microsoft’s servers. So the majority of email users in Australia will have their emails stored on Microsoft computers in USA. Apple is moving as much as possible to cloud. First by trying to encourage you to back up your photos and music, then all data will be going there.

    I think give it 2-3 years and there won’t be a hard drive in the computer anymore, it’ll be all clouded, which will reduce the size of the computer and weight as well. Once cloud is majority of data storage everything is available for search and control as well. Soon we’ll have super thin ipads the thickness of a paper.

    http://asia.cnet.com/crave/facebook-denies-accessing-users-text-messages-62213624.htm You can see Facebook also is snooping around. Other apps including Youtube on smart phone can even access camera microphone and camera lol.

    Cloud means more control and data mining. Once they own all your data they can charge for the privilege of them storing it as well ;) Though just holding it is very valuable.

    Information is the most important aspect of the universe. He who holds information has all the power in the end ;) That’s why the shareprice of Google is so high :P

    By 2030-50, computer power and data storage might be getting high enough to “download” all the “data of our brain onto a harddrive. http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2010/08/aipowered-simulation-of-human-brain-by-2030-video.html

  33. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  34. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P.:

    There are many different points of view on the levels of contamination in Japan. It’s not a settled issue. For a Japanese perspective on it, see:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/nuclear-contamination-seen-japanese-humor

    BTW, a 100 GB local storage can be all electronic and about the size of your fingernail (including thickness…) so I don’t see ‘thickness and weight’ as being the drivers… I have a 4 GB storage chip (micro-SD form factor) used for “special things” and could have bought a 16 GB had I needed that much. I DO have to use 2 adapters to get it up to physically large enough to connect to the computer, though. (micro-SD to SD-card, then SD-card to USB). OTOH, the chip is small enough to fit under a postage stamp, if need be… (speaking of ‘hiding in plain sight’…)

  35. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.testosteronepit.com/home/2011/9/12/dont-try-this-at-home.html I guess if you know you have some Caesium in you, just have some sashimi for a quick fix? ;)

  36. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    In regard to SD cards, I have a friend who works for electronic companies (eg Sony) and he says to just use the SD card as a disposable entity. I’m starting to take his advice, I’ve had so many SD cards corrupt or fail. The faster more expensive cards could be worse, as they use a high voltage and if there is a change of voltage in your camera you will get problems.

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P:

    I don’t have an opinion on volcanoes and the ozone hole. Not thought about it much. Generally, though, volcanic releases get spread out into a downwind line. Ozone holes don’t look like that.

    Per S. American genetics vs structures:

    Easy. One group is in America earlier and builds structures. Later group arrives and wipes them out… Now you have older structures with newer DNA…

  38. E.M.Smith says:

    SD cards have limited cycles of read / write. I once put an active unix file system on one just to see how long it took to fail. About a week and I started having errors. Things that don’t change much work better ;-)

    IIRC ‘typical’ is about 10,000 rewrites. Not good for ‘swap space’ ;-)

    So used to move files and photos or longer storage of redundantly copied things.

    Oh, and I have a very old (6 year?) real hard disk drive of 8 gb on a Flash Card. About 5 mm thick and 43 x 36 mm IIRC. 10 gm weight. NOTE: It is a real spinning hard disk inside… Not Flash…

    I use it for things that matter and change alot. Have a USB adapter for it. Easily fits under the wrapper of a cigarette package…

    Basically, the same tech that makes mass shared storage cheap makes private storage very small and light…

    Looks like Seagate has a 12 GB model now:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdrive

  39. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Re ozone

    http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2011/EGU2011-6512.pdf

    http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/ash_plume.html

    Then the Hole suddenly “expanded” “Naturally” due to the “wind” lol

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/oct/03/arctic-ozone-layer-hole-expands?CMP=twt_fd

    Also
    The eruption may have affected atmospheric carbon dioxide levels by fertilizing oceans with iron. According to the Nordic Volcanological Center at the University of Iceland ash samples contained 8 to 12% iron oxide. Observations at the Mauna Loa Observatory show increased carbon dioxide absorption for each of the three months following the eruption compared to the 30 year mean for the same months. Over May, June and July 2010 atmospheric carbon dioxide decreased by a total of 2.40 ppm. The thirty year mean for the same months is 1.66 ppm with a standard deviation of 0.52ppm. The probability of a chance result is less than 8%.

    http://cfc.geologist-1011.net/ some more ozone info

    http://scienceblog.com/11657/huge-volcano-blast-tweaked-world-weather/
    Novarupta affected India weather patterns (but this was a larger explosion and maybe different composition to Iceland’s)

    oh and So the southern one WAS worse then the northern one, but now it isn’t, but the south is due to spray cans and the north which just appeared out of nowhere is from “the wind”???? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13161265

  40. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Greece seems to be getting a bit racist at the moment, this is how wars used to start in europe

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17177200

  41. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Looks global

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-latin-america-17149812?SThisFB

    Relatively mild drought conditions may have been enough to cause the collapse of the Classic Maya civilisation, which flourished until about AD950 in what is now southern Mexico and Guatemala.

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-ancient-arabic-scientists-piece-climate.html

    When collated and analysed the manuscripts revealed an increase of cold events in the first half of the 10th century. This included a significant drop of temperatures during July 920 AD and three separate recordings of snowfall in 908, 944 and 1007. In comparison the only record of snow in modern Baghdad was in 2008, a unique experience in the living memories of Iraqis.

    “These signs of a sudden cold period confirm suggestions of a temperature drop during the tenth century, immediately before the Medieval Warm Period,” said Domínguez-Castro. “We believe the drop in July 920 AD may have been linked to a great volcanic eruption but more work would be necessary to confirm this idea.”

  42. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-mysterious-electron.html Earth’s magnetic field 1000 bigger then thought, according to computer though

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-preview-forthcoming-supernova.html

    Massive Global Cooling coming soon

  43. Pascvaks says:

    @Scarlet-

    You’re like a supernova. All kinds of stuff all over the place. Do you actually ‘think’ about and form an interesting opinion on even 5% of what you splatter around as links? Tell us more about what “YOU” think is really interesting. Please? Pretty please with sugar on top? It’s really tough to see if EM or anyone else has replied to, or commented on, a comment when it’s nothing but Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet on the “Recent Comments” list. You’re like a guy doing Mach XXVI in a 20 mph school zone.

  44. Pascvaks says:

    @Scarlet

    PS: No, to answer your obvious question to my last, I didn’t look at the recent comments list before typing my last. See, I know whereof I speak;-) If the shoe fits…

  45. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Some interesting videos about earthquakes
    Pre earthquake events (including the sun)

  46. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Looks like they have a new HAARP in europe

  47. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

  48. adolfogiurfa says:

    @SP:http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/gms.htm

    ["EARTHQUAKES AND GEOMAGNETIC STORMS

    VUKCEVIC on WUWT 10th March 2011 ( 8 HOURS BEFORE JAPAN'S EARTHQUAKE )

    Currently geomagnetic field is getting seriously shaken" -E.M.SMith]

  49. P.G. Sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; a while back you asked about the Egyptian “light bulb” and later here you had a link here to waterjournal.org about a “rain cloud antenna”

    “There is that image of a “Lotus Blossom” aka Egyptian Light Bulb with an arc down the middle.”

    Did you read about The “light bulb” a few paragraphs above. It needs only to be stroked to glow.An interesting clue perhaps.

    http://waterjournal.org/volume-3/demeo#the-orgone-accumulator

    Charged by only needing to be stored in a “condensing box” pg

  50. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/5-big-volcanic-eruptions-alaska-history?page=0,0

    Nice article on Alaska eruptions. She’s been pretty quiet lately (on the mainland)

    http://www.avo.alaska.edu/volcanoes/volcinfo.php?volcname=Churchill,%20Mt

    Can Another Great Volcanic Eruption Happen in Alaska?

    http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs075-98/

  51. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Who were these red-haired giants that history books have ignored? Many Native American tribes still relate the legends of the red-haired giants and how their ancestors fought terrible, protracted wars against the giants when they first encountered them in North America thousands of years ago. Others, like the Aztecs and Mayans recorded their encounters with a race of tall blonde giants when they ventured out on exploratory expeditions, or that built their pyramids and monuments..

  52. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/Daytona-500-Juan-Pablo-Montoya-crash-ignites-huge-fire-022712

    It’s a massive emergency, we must CUT CARBON, so why is this not banned then?

  53. adolfogiurfa says:

    @SP: Perhaps those red-haired people had to emigrate because politicians in their home land were ruining their lives….History repeats itself, ya know…

  54. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G.: Let us don´t be confused in a soup of letters: It doesn´t matter if Ki, Chi, orgonic, or whatever: It´s CHARGES and its movement and manifestation follows the Law of three and the Law of the Octave.

  55. P.G. Sharrow says:

    @Adolfo; That charging box is most interesting to me. Reminds me of a condenser or an Ark. Layers of conductor and Dielectric, surrounding a space. In side this space things acquire an increase in total energy. I would suspect that the average molecular energy level is increased due to reduced random discharge, therefor the molecules tend to reach their highest stable level together without discharge. pg

  56. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Security giant G4S is the second-largest private employer on earth

    With more than 625,000 employees, this listed security giant is the second-largest private employer in the world (behind Wal-Mart). While some of its business is focused on routine bank, prison and airport security, G4S also plays an important role in crisis-zones right around the world.

    In 2008, G4S swallowed up Armorgroup, whose 9,000-strong army of guards has protected about one third of all non-military supply convoys in Iraq (it’s also notorious for its wild parties and for having Afghan warlords on its payroll).

    But the combined group has a security presence in more than 125 countries, including some of the most dangerous parts of Africa and Latin America, where it offers government agencies and private companies heavily-armed security forces, land-mine clearance, military intelligence and training.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bi-mercenary-armies-2012-2?utm_source=inpost&utm_medium=seealso&utm_term&utm_content=2&utm_campaign=recirc#security-giant-g4s-is-the-second-largest-private-employer-on-earth-1#ixzz1nkfXpHtP

  57. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Could there be an earthquake coming???

  58. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.livescience.com/18614-rare-earth-element-tellurium-ancient-stars.html

    Are stars electric? If they are made out of Superconductors ;)?

  59. George says:

    If you have a child, grandchild, or some other child you might want to introduce to electronics, this has been great fun with my son and I:

    http://www.crystalradiosupply.com/1/index.html
    http://www.techlib.com/electronics/crystal.html

  60. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    Oh Golly! I have very fond memories of my first crystal radio ;-)

    @S.P.:

    A 68 year old man dies, The autopsy says “disease”.

    Think maybe that happens to people all the time?

    Think, just a little bit, before citing that kind of thing as (snide / implied) evidence of a conspiracy. Please. All it does is make you look foolish and wastes my time.

    He was an earthquake guy, for crying out loud. Nobody is going to get any advantage out of bumping off earthquake guys on the street… (But a heck of a lot of 45 to 75 year old men will suddenly drop dead from stoke and heart attack…)

    I’ve worked in a hospital, in a town of about 20,000 folks, and can tell you it happens every day. We had a couple of ambulance runs per shift most shifts for various kinds of sudden death, incapacitation, or accident. (That was in addition to the surprisingly often “walk in” with a coronary in progress…) In the Old Folks Home where many ‘late 60s to 70s’ folks lived they had a ‘bed’ open up fairly regularly…

  61. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G. Sharrow:

    Strange, and interesting, article on water. I’d like to think there was something to it, but it does seem a bit ‘odd’. Then again, Silver precipitation modulating with the moon seems odd but we know it’s a real effect. I vaguely remember “Orgone” from long ago…

    @S.P.:

    Per the “LOFAR” in Europe:

    It doesn’t look at all like a HAARP to me. HAARP is high power transmission. This looks like a low power receiver using fractal antennas ( An interesting thought, that. I’d wanted to try some ELF listening but the miles of antennas was always an issue… using a fractal on it could make it just ‘yard sized’…)

    At any rate, I once hired a guy to work for me. He was from Scotland and had a Ph.D in Astronomy. We tried to kid him about astronomy and cloud covered Scotland … and he pointed out it was a Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy…

    So what I think you have found is that folks in the cloudy part of Europe are doing radio astronomy… Not a surprise. In the background of one of the arrays you can see a traditional optical observatory…

    BTW the frequencies for ELF are well populated with pulsars. 10 hz to 100,000 hz. and the larger the antenna array, the better the image you can get. So a Pan Europe massive array of elements would be a radio astronomers dream… and likely to learn things that can be found in no other way.

    Extremely Low Frequency transmission is done (as it does go a few 10s of meters into water and dirt) but the baud rate is way low. Mostly just a signal to “come to shallow depth and get a faster message” messages. That also means they are likely not encrypted (though likely are coded). Part of why I’ve thought of making an ELF receiver. (Audio amp and antenna works for 20 hz to 16,000 hz or so ;-)

    Common antenna designs are typically a wound tank coil ( it’s hard to get a 3000 mile wire strung up…) and that makes them a bit ‘peaky’. But fractal antennas are very broad spectrum and very compact for any frequency…

    I think I’m going to go look at them again with ELF frequencies in mind.. Cell phones use one about the size of a postage stamp and ‘common’ frequency radio is about the size of a house window, but with more ‘kinks’ you could shrink it a lot more. Hmmm…. Wonder if I could make a ‘tuned’ one at about 60 hz and put it out near the back fence under the power lines ;-)

    Just did a search on LOFAR. Yup. Low Freq Radio Astronomy:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LOFAR

    Yawn…

    Not even an ELF, despite the Low in the name:

    “The mission of LOFAR is to survey the Universe at radio frequencies from ~10–240 MHz with greater resolution and greater sensitivity than previous surveys, s”

    MegaHz? They are calling 240 Mhz LOW frequency? Oh, the shame…

    27 Mhz is CB radio. FM radio is about 88-106 Mhz (that traditionally was called High Frequency…)

    This ought to be called a “High Frequency” system… But I guess in the days of Ghz radars they are being post-modern and trendy…

    Sigh. So those are likely just dipole arrays at 10 m to 2m sizes. Sigh.

    Well, at least I have a neat idea for an ELF Fractal antenna…

  62. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Great collection of Global warming links

    http://www.akdart.com/warming21.html

  63. Jason Calley says:

    @ E.M. “Wonder if I could make a ‘tuned’ one at about 60 hz and put it out near the back fence under the power lines ;-) ”

    Of course you could! Would you get enough power to make it worthwhile? Probably a more difficult question. You may already know the story of the farmer who had high tension AC power lines running by his barn. He wound a giant coil around the inside of his loft and added enough capacitance to get a resonant frequency of 60 cps. He then proceeded to run his barn lights from his free power. Supposedly after some time of this, the local power company somehow noticed that his monthly bill was anomalously low even though his barn was always lit up. They investigated and found out about the coil, and took him to court for back charges (no pun intended) on his bill. The court found him guilty and he had to pay.

    This actually makes sense, at least in that his use of the coil produced a back-field that made it more difficult for the power company to send power. Still…. he didn’t ask them to produce an oscillating EM field on his property, and they didn’t ask if they could.

    I think the subject of “crossed field antennas” http://www.rexresearch.com/xfldant/xfldant.htm has come up before. I keep thinking there may be something worthwhile there.

    Here’s an idea. Want a very odd ELF antenna? Position a loop on a rotating mount with a variable speed motor. Use commutator rings to attach the rotating antenna. RPMs equals the “resonant” frequency. Yes, I know, this is not really resonance, but I don’t know what else to call it. Directionality is a function of phase angle between the loop rotation and the received signal. Transmit by rotating a magnet or a charged dipole. Same RPM and phase rules apply.

  64. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M: @P.G. Sharrow:

    Strange, and interesting, article on water. I’d like to think there was something to it, but it does seem a bit ‘odd’. Then again, Silver precipitation modulating with the moon seems odd but we know it’s a real effect. I vaguely remember “Orgone” from long ago…>/i>
    You should revisit :John Michell´s “The New View Over Atlantis” to remember all what those “red haired” guys knew.

  65. George says:

    “Would you get enough power to make it worthwhile?”

    It’s been done before. There was one fellow who had a rather large coil in the loft of a barn near high tension cables. He was discovered and charged with theft. The power company actually noticed an unusual anomaly between two towers and when investigating the loss, discovered his barn, had a look inside, and discovered his apparatus for “skimming” power from the lines through induction. Power companies these days have people who are trained to find this sort of activity. It really isn’t worth it.

  66. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Irish Banker can’t answer the question LOL

    BTW Climate Change will cause you to cheat

    http://news.discovery.com/animals/birds-climate-change-promiscuous-121602.html

  67. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    For all the Peak Oil Believer Suckers https://www.citigroupgeo.com/pdf/SEUNHGJJ.pdf

  68. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    may may may may may may may may (next time I do an maths exam, I’ll write, may be the answer, 1+1 may = 3?) http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/bromine20120301.html

  69. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Scarlet Pumpernickel (20:56:22) : The best evidence that humans´ manufactured “chemicals” cannot cause any ozone hole it is the fact that only one year ago there was a big ozone hole at the south pole, which, by the changing global magnetic field, decided to move upwards, to the north pole following the path of many “wetbacks”, leaving us longing for it. So it´s now your turn for using special suntan creams and lotions next summer.
    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/MF.htm

  70. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://rt.com/usa/news/saudi-arabia-911-attacks-633/

    Both Bob Graham and Bob Kerrey, two former senators for the states of Florida and Nebraska, respectively, have filed statements with the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York in which they suggest that the Saudi government had a substantial role in the 9/11 attacks. Senator Graham previously served as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 9/11 and Kerrey was a member of the bi-partisan National Commission on Terrorist Acts Upon the United States, commonly referred to as the “9/11 Commission.”

    Explaining his renewed involvement in the matter, Senator Graham says, “I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia.” Graham adds that an “…issue deserving of further attention and investigation concerns the involvement of Saudi based charities in the provision of financial and other support to al Qaeda, and the precise character of the relationships between those charities and the government of the Kingdom.”

    In a statement filed with the court this week, both senators say the US was too quick to exonerate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi High Commission from involvement in the terrorist attacks. The District Court in New York will hear arguments later this month to see if it is viable to reintroduce the Saudis as a defendants in the In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 litigation. That case, which concluded in 2008, ended with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, several Saudi princes, a Saudi banker and a Saudi charity being removed from charges that they were involved in the terrorist attacks.

    Despite allegations of Saudi involvement in 9/11, the US government has remained close with the country since they were exonerated from any connection. As recently as this past December, the Obama administration announced plans to move $30 billion worth of fighter jets and other weaponry to the kingdom. Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, told reporters at the time, “This sale will send a strong message to countries in the region that the United States is committed to stability in the Gulf and broader Middle East.

  71. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  72. George says:

    One thing that has fascinated me about the pattern of earthquakes in the Western US is the circular pattern that seems to go around Southern Idaho:

    http://i42.tinypic.com/2cnim9e.gif

    That is a picture of US earthquakes and here it is with the area I am talking about highlighted:

    http://i43.tinypic.com/2z3vr0n.jpg

  73. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/releasedate/2012-02-29-18-obl-s-body-transfered-to-delaware-with-cia.html

    Guess what, they didn’t throw the body into the sea for “respect” lol

  74. Chuckles says:

    I agree with Richard N. Total game changer here? I am tempted to make ‘certain gestures’ towards parts of the Middle East, while muttering ‘peak what?’

    http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2012/03/game-changer.html

  75. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P.:

    Read the article that you linked… IT says folks were building boats and the islands were islands even back then.

    My Neanderthal ancestors were building boats WAY long ago… It’s in our DNA… I got on a sail boat and was instantly at home. Navigated from near San Francisco, past Angel Island, north to the outer marker of a Port of Sonoma (far from land or landmarks) all by thinking “I want to go THERE” and just doing it… Visibility was poor (misty) and I hit the outer marker “spot on”. I looked at a chart prior to departure, but while underway did not look at a chart, though I did look at the compass a couple of times. (Well, I looked at it after passing Angel island, but once lined up on San Rafael Bridge just kind of stopped looking at it. I knew which way to go and it wasn’t contributing anything to that…)

    I’d not sailed to that spot before… having not crossed under the San Rafael Bridge (i.e. did the Marin to Oakland and south, not north, and out to the Golden Gate).

    So after an all day slow sailing in a boat with loads of leeway (sideward drift under sail) and poor visibility I was within a couple of hundred yards out of 30 miles or so. Something is built into the brain… as I wasn’t doing this by ‘thinking it through’ or doing left brain analysis tasks…

    The more “Modern Type” guy with me was constantly ‘fretting’ about how we were going to find the place. Several times I just said “It’s thataway!” and pointed at it. When, about 6 hours later, we saw the outer channel marker coming out of the mists he just looked at me… and glared a little… but stopped fretting.

    The Outer Marker is a couple of miles from the port and marks the ‘safe’ channel as it’s nearly a mud flat on each side for miles… Miss it, you can end up stuck in the mud…

    It was the first time I’d realized that I was different in how I sailed a ship…

    So I think we’re going to find out that the Neanderthal Contribution had a lot of water arts in it. In Africa if you swim you are called “Gator Bait”, “Crocodile Lunch”, “River Blind Jack”, or “GImpy”… Folks had to be in the Temperate Zone to play with floating logs and rafts and not be “lunch”… Later, after decent sized boats existed, the tech could move back into Africa…

    I’d also point out that those folks with a larger Neander type shape have larger lungs, lower density though larger sized bones, and more bouyancy from higher body fat levels. In short, I float well, my black friend sinks like a rock. I can take 40F water immersion for hours (have done it, though I came out lobster pink and shivering and stayed shivering for several hours) . He was optimized as a Runner Of The Plains and I’m optimized for not drowning. He didn’t like swimming (and who would if it makes you crocodile bait) while I’ve loved it since I was about 3 when I learned by having my Dad toss me in the pool… My daughter was swimming before she could walk… or more of a dog paddle, but on her own in 5 foot water… “Teaching” consisted of slowly lowering her into the water…)

    So, IMHO, we’ll find out that the Sea People are folks with a lot of that Neander type in them. Middle East up to Iberia and beyond…

    The world record holder for Arctic swimming (female) is your typical Neander type. Heavy build. Decent “pudge” for insulation and fuel. Big lungs. She can swim several miles in freshly melting icewater in Arctic Ocean and Antarctic Ocean contexts.

    Consider this: Rivers are the major “highways” of Europe and Asia for most of ancient history. How did Neaderthals get spread over everywhere from the Middle East to Iberia if they didn’t cross the rivers? IMHO, we’ve been using boats for about 1/4 million years, at least. Swimming for
    longer…

  76. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    Hmmmm…. I’d not seen it as a gap, but I’d noticed the energy split into two paths. Coastal a bit inland along the volcano lines and inland toward the SuperVolcano site… Not going along the more usual San Andreas slip lines, but even what is going ‘near there’ a bit more inland on the Hayward Calaveras Rogers set.

    Yeah, I’m thinking volcanoes way inland and Oakland / Bizerkly get a great quake… I give it about a decade…

    Per Middle East “reset::

    Were I president, I’d have let a $1 Trillion “stimulus” package that was 100% of: build Gas to Liquids plants, Coal to Liquids plants, convert vehicles to CNG, Drill baby Drill, nuclear plants for cheap eCar charging, and more. Right about now I’d be saying “As the first plants are now coming on line, we are withdrawing from the Middle East. We will sell any armament (one level down from OUR best) to anyone there who has gold with which to purchase. It doesn’t have to be the new US Gold Dollars, any .999 fine Ounce will do…

    But nobody asked me…

  77. Bruce Ryan says:

    having sailed in a pea soup fog I can tell you its a wonderful ability you have.

    regarding the neanderthals, I just saw where they now think your gene-ies made it to the new world about 30,000 years ago.

  78. Witch sacrificed because of the glacier? http://voices.yahoo.com/was-tzi-iceman-witch-10261631.html

    re the boat thing. The whole pacific and South America thing doesn’t make sense, the whole history. Interesting, we say NZ was not inhabited till about 1300 years ago eg, but the supervolcano there would have cleaned them out Taupo had some eruptions, all these areas in the pacific are all volcanic, like PNG, Indonesia, Philippines, etc, so the evidence and people keep getting wiped out.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Taupo

  79. Jason Calley says:

    Regarding ancient man and the sea, this may be the article http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-evidence-suggests-stone-age-hunters-from-europe-discovered-america-7447152.html that Ryan mentioned. Looks like the scholars are finally starting to recognize that water is a highway, not a barrier.

  80. George says:

    Also note that in this case “Eastern Shore” has a very specific regional connotation. It is the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay or what is known as the DelMarVa peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, and a bit of Virginia at the Southern tip).

  81. R. de Haan says:
  82. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Jason Calley (03:27:40) : Have you seen how they explain, just by looking at a few remnants like one jaw bone, a piece of wood and a small pebble, by doing a long dissertation about hundreds if not thousand of details of the way of living, beliefs, culture, etc?. It sounds to me like those art critics in front of an abstract painting, which any of us would classify as trash, extensively interpreting such a “piece of art” with a lot of non sense empty words. It´s a lie, we all know it, but it´s cool to accept it.

  83. Jason Calley says:

    @ adolfogiurfa
    “Have you seen how they explain, just by looking at a few remnants like one jaw bone, a piece of wood and a small pebble, by doing a long dissertation about hundreds if not thousand of details of the way of living, beliefs, culture, etc?”

    There is some truth to that. I am reminded of Mark Twain’s skeptical essay about Shakespeare http://www.online-literature.com/twain/is-shakespeare-dead/4/ “It is the very way Professor Osborn and I built the
    colossal skeleton brontosaur that stands fifty-seven feet long and
    sixteen feet high in the Natural History Museum, the awe and
    admiration of all the world, the stateliest skeleton that exists on
    the planet. We had nine bones, and we built the rest of him out of
    plaster of Paris.”

    Let’s hope that the link at (03:27:40) is better founded. Having a glacier come through and scrape and stir things up makes archeology a little more difficult in North America. There is always a battle between insightful interpretation and fantastic imagination. It is sometimes not certain for many years whether the scholars are Great Men or Great Fools. Actually, I hope some day to come visit down in Peru. Now THERE’S some neat archeology to look at!

    @ E.M. Oooooh, here’s a book that E.M. might like, “How To Think Like a Neandertal.” http://www.amazon.com/How-To-Think-Like-Neandertal/dp/0199742820/ref=wl_mb_hu_m_5_dp

  84. Jason Calley says:

    @ George
    Neat link, much better article!

    Of course many archeologists will discount the mastodon tusk and blade.

    “This is very simple to explain without invoking imaginary, ancient, sea-faring people. What obviously happened, is simply that a mastodon in Europe was wounded by paleo-hunters. Still bearing the blade within his wound, the mastodon climbed into HIS boat and sailed westward seeking treatment…”

    :)

  85. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Jason Calley: Neanderthals had thick bones…..

  86. George says:

    many archeologists will discount the mastodon tusk and blade.

    Yes, which is why it is important to put it into context with the growing number of other artifacts that are now being found. The trouble is that the majority of them will be offshore because the coastline was many miles East of where it is now. Anything in less than about 300 feet of water was dry land at that time.

  87. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting….

    In “playing about” I reloaded this page. The embeded YouTube links look like they wanted to sniff something about me (blocked by my boundary router). I wonder if this is part of the new Google “what security? we dredge everything” snooping?

    Warning
    “http://www.youtube.com/embed/_gUkFH64lLY?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent”

    A page on the public Internet requests data from your private intranet. For security reasons, automatic access is blocked, but you may choose to continue.

  88. Verity Jones says:

    Very nice look and the text is much easier to read.

    Google keeps asking to add my location to everything :-(

  89. j ferguson says:

    Some of you may remember occasional whines (whinges) from me over the last several years about the decline in my vision. Catatracts. I have always been very myopic (-9 correction until 2 years ago, -t peaked at -13).

    Interestingly, the protein make-up of cataracts affects the refraction index of the eye lens such that it tends toward increased myopia. if you are already far-sighted, this may not be a problem, but if you are at the fragile edge of uncorrectability, then you can only be corrected to maybe 20-30 or worse. Well it was worse, for me. Yesterday, i had the old lens removed and replaced by a new one, and today i have very close to 20-20 unaided in the left eye. I have worn glasses since my myopia was discovered at the age of 7. I knew how to read when I got to school and must have somehow faked whatever I needed to fake until they tested everyone’s vision in 2nd grade and I was caught.

    I am lucky enough to be able to type this with my hp in my lap as well as see things I haven’t been able to see clearly for 3 or 4 years and then with the pop-bottle bottoms. I should note that the cataracts were detectable by the Ophthamologist, but it took visits to three different guys to get one to agree that having vision only correctable to 20/30 (at the end it was more like 20/50) was sufficient reason to get the thing done. I couldn’t read road signs. Driving was a bit like flying years ago where the right seat reads the road signs, instead of the radio-altimeter on short final.

    I have amblyopia on the right eye which means image recognition problems having nothing to do with optical resolution. It seems not to bother me that the resolution of the repaired eye is so much better than the other that I may not have the surgery done on the other. i

    I apologize if this is irrelevant to the areas of interest more typically addressed here, but thought that someone who has eye problems such as mine might be encouraged by my results and informed by the resistance I ran into (not at all cost related) by the prospective surgeons.

    It is true, that if the job on my left eye had gone badly, i would be legally blind because of the amblyopia, but I was willing to take that chance.

    And many thanks to the several frequenters here who encouraged me to press on with this over the last several years.

    john ferguson

  90. adolfogiurfa says:

    @John: That was great: Congratulations!, you will have a lot to see in these “interesting times”, even the new CHIEFIO´S WINTER BANNER (above), though we´ll always miss the Chaiten Volcano banner.

  91. E.M.Smith says:

    @J. Furguson:

    Glad to see things are looking up ;-)

    @Adolfo:

    it came by default with the larger wider theme… I’m working on the bit map image of Chaiten as it much match exactly the bit size above to work… So hang in there…

  92. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    There are lots of sites in the America’s that are 50,000 years old, but are discounted….

    Archaeological sites that predate Clovis that are well documented include the following:

    Pedra Furada, Piauí, Brazil (55,000 yr BP ABOX)[22][23][24]
    Topper, (50,000 yr BP) South Carolina, US[25][26]
    Meadowcroft, Pennsylvania, US (16,000 yr BP)[27]
    Buttermilk Creek Complex, Salado, Texas, US (15,500 14C yr BP)[4][28][29]
    Cactus Hill, Virginia, US (15,000 yr BP) [30]
    Saltville, Virginia, US (14,510 14C yr BP)[31]
    Page-Ladson prehistory site, Florida, US (14,500 to 12,500 yr BP)[32]
    Taima-Taima, Venezuela (14,000 yr BP)[33]
    Monte Verde, Chile (14,800 14C yr BP)[34][35]
    Tanana Valley, Alaska, US (14,000 yr BP)[36]
    Paisley Caves, Oregon, US (14,300 yr BP)[37]
    Lapa do Boquete, Brazil (12,070 ±170 14C yr BP)[34][38]
    Connley Caves, Oregon, US (13,000 yr BP)[39]
    Nenana valley, Alaska, US (12,000 yr BP)[40]
    Tibitó, Colombia (11,740 ±110 14C yr BP)[34]
    Tagua-Tagua, Chile (11,380 ±380 14C yr BP)[41]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clovis_culture

    New Evidence Puts Man In North America 50,000 Years Ago

    ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2004) — Radiocarbon tests of carbonized plant remains where artifacts were unearthed last May along the Savannah River in Allendale County by University of South Carolina archaeologist Dr. Albert Goodyear indicate that the sediments containing these artifacts are at least 50,000 years old, meaning that humans inhabited North American long before the last ice age.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/11/041118104010.htm

    I mean we have axes 1.8million years old in Pacific islands http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrajJ2xVkbs

    Maybe the China man is really the first man, not Africa man. People were first white and then became black later on as they went to Africa?

    Then there is Dr. Virginia Steen-McIntyre is profiled – she is a geologist who dated the age of spearpoints found in Mexico at 263,000 years and was subsequently censored by her academic peers because her findings were inconsistent with accepted theories of man’s arrival in Mexico.

    See below

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hueyatlaco

  93. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Remember you ice worm story. What about the Gold mine worm :)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/03/gold-mines-unearth-worms-hell_n_870915.html

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20534-goldmine-worm-shows-animals-could-be-living-on-mars.html

    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v474/n7349/full/nature09974.html

    “Our results expand the known metazoan biosphere and demonstrate that deep ecosystems are more complex than previously accepted. The discovery of multicellular life in the deep subsurface of the Earth also has important implications for the search for subsurface life on other planets in our Solar System.” ummmmmmmmmmm dirrrrrr over 90% of all life on earth is underground, because there is just more surface area there, 4km+ all around the whole earth full of bacteria…

    http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110601/full/news.2011.342.html The presence of multicellular life in the harsh environment of the mine walls — oxygen-starved, hot and inhospitable — not only expands the sphere in which life might exist on Earth, but on other planets as well. “Now the deep subsurface of Mars looks very interesting,” says Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. “The Universe might have many more habitats than we thought.”

  94. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    NASA discovers gigantic structures 25,000 light-years tall at center of milky way: More At This Link Here

  95. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/basic-space/2012/02/29/how-ufos-curb-black-hole-growth/

    Something unusual has been spotted lurking around several galaxies’ central black holes. Astronomers think it may be limiting the growth of the black holes – and stars elsewhere in the galaxies, too.

    Astronomers studying nearby galaxies have found a new type of outflow called an ultra-fast outflow, or UFO.

  96. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  97. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/multimedia/pia15231.html The VIMS images cover 2006 to 2009, when Titan was transitioning from northern winter to northern spring. In 2006, the north polar cloud appeared dense and opaque. But in spectrometer images obtained around the 2009 equinox, when the sun was directly over Saturn and Titan’s equators and northern winter was turning into spring, the cloud appeared much thinner and patchier. It allowed scientists to see the underlying northern lakes and seas on the surface, including Kraken Mare (at the end of the red arrows). The northern seas and lakes, made of liquid hydrocarbons, look like dark jigsaw puzzle pieces in the false-color images.

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20120223.html
    Cassini first detected the cloud, which scientists think is composed of ethane, shortly after its arrival in the Saturn system in 2004. The first really good opportunity for the spectrometer to observe the half-lit north pole occurred on December 2006. At that time, the cloud appeared to cover the north pole completely down to about 55 degrees north latitude. But in the 2009 images, the cloud cover had so many gaps it unveiled to Cassini’s view the hydrocarbon sea known as Kraken Mare and surrounding lakes.

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20120123.html 7 year season, but why are things changing faster then?

    CLIMATE CHANGE????????????

  98. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

  99. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Obama not authentic again

  100. Jason Calley says:

    @ SP “Dr. Virginia Steen-McIntyre is profiled – she is a geologist who dated the age of spearpoints found in Mexico at 263,000 years ”

    I was not familiar with that site — and it sounds like there is good documentation for the date of 263,000 (give or that a few 10,000s of years.) I can understand researchers saying “There is not enough evidence to convince us of such ancient humans in the Americas. We are aware that there is always the chance for human error in dating, or that natural process which we are unaware of have altered the site, etc., and in the end we need more evidence to change our beliefs.” What surprises me — especially in scientists! — is the visceral, seemingly emotional response of “NO! Those artifacts CAN’T be that old! This violates everything we believe!”

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jason Calley:

    An open mind that is evidence based and goes no further than that evidence, will change easily with the evidence. A belief based mind will fight all attempts to break its beliefs…

  102. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Meanwhile, while the media is worrying about Climate Change http://rt.com/news/paint-asteroid-earth-nasa-767/

  103. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P.:

    Hmmm…. from that link:

    NASA confirms the 60-meter (197-feet) asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, has a good chance of colliding with Earth in eleven months.

    The rock’s closest approach to the planet is scheduled for February 15, 2013, when the distance between the planet and space wanderer will be under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is lower than the geosynchronous orbit kept by the Google Maps satellite.
    [...]
    But if the entire asteroid is to crash into the planet, the impact will be as hard as in the Tunguska blast, which in 1908 knocked down trees over a total area of 2,150 sq km (830 sq miles) in Siberia. This is almost the size of Luxembourg. In today’s case, the destination of the asteroid is yet to be determined.

    Maybe it will land on Iran… or DC…. either one might make the world a better place ;-)

    Just don’t hit Florida or California, that’s all I ask….

  104. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    That has been functionally true for quite a while. There is a border check station on Interstate 10 somewhere near east Texas. I’ve been stopped there many times going to / from Florida with Immigration Agents peering into the car and checking my accent…

    Went through once with a gang of 4 of us (headed to a work site somewhere or other) and due to the ‘cultural mix’ got some added Q&A. The Black Friend opened his laptop and started talking to the hispanic guy next to him about some obscure tech-babble stuff and the agent looked at me and heard my California Accent and I said, roughly, “We’re headed to base [foo] and the guy with the laptop is [rank bar] for a work contract”. or some such. At that point he did one more glance at the old Mercedes wagon and figured while it was old and worn, none of us had a Spanish accent and the laptops were way too new ;-)

    You drive a few hours from El Paso before you get to this “border station”…

    It does make a nice choke point for the major highways, but I’m pretty sure that a few minutes with a map would get you around it. (Once, headed back from Nevada to a similar California Ag Inspection station, I decided to see how hard it was to ‘bypass’. I had a legitimate purchased at the grocery store banana or nectarine or some such and that meant I’d have to answer ‘Yes’ to “Do you have any fruit” and would likely get the 20 minute pull over search. It’s a dice roll once you say yes… sometimes simply saying “bought at STORE in TOWN” or just handing it over gets you a pass… but I didn’t want to give it away nor eat it Right Now. Took me about 3 minutes to plot the course, move to a parallel highway, and back, and the whole thing was likely less time lost than the lines at the station can consume.

    Checkpoints only catch the stupid or the newbies.

  105. j ferguson says:

    E.M. I bet they do catch people at these obvious checkpoints.

    One of the amusements of living in Miami was the stream of indictments of local politicians caught doing things we couldn’t believe could ever have been thought could be gotten away with. (There must be some way to make the above into a recognizable sentence, but for the life of me, I can’t come up with it.)

    For example, one county commissioner found himself in deep doo doo after installing sculpture in his front yard by an artist who he had just selected for a public works project – no proof of purchase.

    There was the famous “suit” case in which local politicians were treated to expensive suits for VERY competitive prices in an upper room at a local motel. They (gasp) didn’t pay any sales tax either. This went on until the haberdasher from whom the suits had been stolen recognized one. Janet Reno was State’s Attorney at the time and was unable to muster the investigation needed to prosecute the multiple cases of receivers of stolen merchandise.

    I always thought she was the example that disproved the Peter Principal. She rose far beyond the level of her incompetence.

    Spouse says she can see froth on my lips. time to quit.

  106. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Did the earth cool at all after the blast in Siberia 1908?

    Check this out

  107. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    home.comcast.net/~onichelson/ONichelsonTUNGUSKA.pdf Tesla’s death rays

  108. George says:

    What the government can do if you don’t use an SEIU union caterer:

    http://www.adistinctiveworld.net/?p=6091

    Sign the petition.

  109. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    There is some kind of Central Government push for Control Of All Food. There have been attempts to make seed sharing impossible, to privatize the ownership of all seed genetics, and to forbid the growing or your own food (via such things as demanding licensing for ANY farm animals, even a rabbit or two, that would take tens of thousands of dollars to comply).

    ( A huge number of heirloom seeds was smuggle / shipped to America to escape Europe when the law was past there to require only licensed seed production and the destruction of seeds that did not comply. Some varieties have already been lost.)

    There was a bill that was only averted at the last minute to REQUIRE ALL farm animals be “chipped” and all “premises” to be federally licensed. The information you had to divulge about yourself was onerous, to say the least. It would have meant, for example, that I could not have my 3 bunnies in the back yard without paying a bundle to get a farm license and regular inspections.

    There is a push to require ALL produce to be Federally Inspected and certificated (at large cost and with central control).

    We’re just seeing the first Waco Wacko Moments of that particular power grab.
    It will continue the rest of your life.

    Signing a petition is a nice step, but before this is done it is far more likely, IMHO, that it will require Civil Disobedience and a load of folks going to jail for their beliefs. ( I could see, for example, a private share farm ejecting the Fed Inspector… )

    I don’t think the Central Control Freaks understand just how much the Free Private Farmer and access to their own chosen foods matters to the average Joe and Jane. It’s been 2 generations since my family lived on a farm and I’m dead set against anyone getting between my fork and the dirt. Period. Full stop. No negotiations. No compromise.

    There is a planned effort to REQUIRE a Fed license, approval, inspection, and fees (along with control) for you to go buy a basket of cherries from a stand next to an orchard, or a single egg from a neighbor’s chicken. It is at best stupid, at worst evil. It is also very offensive to pretty much all of Rural America (and their kids living in the cities…)

    There is a deliberate war on Individual Free Farmers. It is being waged behind closed doors by BOTH the Agribusiness Giants who want a monopoly / oligopoly and the “Progressive / Left / ASo-Liberals” who want government control and Agenda21. “Drive them off the land” is one of the tenets of Agenda21…

    Per Iran / N.Korea:

    The article is a bit disjoint. Hard to tell if they are saying “It happened” or “it is a lie”.

    At any rate, I could easily see Iran sending a set of plans to N. Korea and saying “will ship thousands of tons of oil if you tell us if this will work with 90% enriched U”.. No need to ship any materials, just buy the U from them for that test. Maybe send an advisor or two to observe the fabrication and test to assure it was done and done correctly.

    Do I think it WAS done? Heck, I’d expect that N. Korea would have given them the plans for one that was already proven in exchange for discount oil… and likely ship the Special Nuclear Material as long as the price was right and the target was “The West”…

  110. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. Land property in the hand of nationals it is contrary to global governance. Land means survival, economic independence, liberty… and that “right” should be in their hands too. Of course you will be able to be a farmer but…with the sole condition they will provide the seeds and they will market production, you will be the employee in charge…

  111. adolfogiurfa says:

    Saint Peter don´t you call me, cause I can’t go, I owe my soul to the company store…”, once again..
    Time to build …

  112. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  113. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Records of Immigration and Naturalization Service cards filled out by airplane passengers arriving on international flights originating outside the United States in the month of August 1961, examined at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. are missing records for the week of President Obama’s birth, including the dates Aug. 1, 1961 through Aug. 7, 1961.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/time_for_new_look_at_2008_obama_passport_breach.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook#ixzz1oE5VgxIa

  114. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Interesting on the moon hoax landing lol, whatever your opinion is it’s still an interesting watch…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NX-laeKljTo

  115. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Foreign fighters again

  116. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Planet X moving the moon a bit, unexplained movement ?

    http://arxiv.org/pdf/1102.0212.pdf

    http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011MNRAS.415.1266I
    A potentially viable Newtonian candidate would be a trans-Plutonian massive object (Planet X/Nemesis/Tyche) since it, actually, would affect e with a non-vanishing long-term variation. On the other hand, the values for the physical and orbital parameters of such a hypothetical body required to obtain at least the right order of magnitude for ? are completely unrealistic: suffices it to say that an Earth-sized planet would be at 30 au, while a jovian mass would be at 200 au. Thus, the issue of finding a satisfactorily explanation for the anomalous behaviour of the Moon’s eccentricity remains open.

  117. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Comets have a special type of ice that never melts

    “I’d guess the comet’s core must have been at least 500 meters in diameter; otherwise it couldn’t have survived so much solar heating,” says Matthew Knight of the Lowell Observatory and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. “A significant fraction of that mass would have been lost during the encounter. What’s left is probably much smaller than the original comet.” http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/16dec_cometlovejoy/

  118. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/02/27/mysterious-siberian-blasts-warned-point-to-rapid-pole-reversal/

    An unsettling report prepared by Viktor Seleznyov, director of the Geophysical Institute at the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS), on the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Tyva Republic in Russia’s East Siberia earlier today warns that more seismic activity should be expected within the coming weeks and that this event is part of an ever increasing body of evidence pointing to a “rapid” shifting in our Earth’s magnetic poles.

  119. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://english.cntv.cn/20120305/116843.shtml

    China going to beat USA to the Helium 3?

  120. Jason Calley says:

    @ adolfogiurfa “Land means survival, economic independence, liberty… and that “right” should be in their hands too. Of course you will be able to be a farmer but…with the sole condition they will provide the seeds and they will market production, you will be the employee in charge…”

    Hmmmm… that sounds a lot like something I remember from my boyhood in the deep South of the USA.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharecropping

  121. tckev says:

    Here is a link to about geology and in particular isostacy. A subject of which I was very ignorant.
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/03/new-questions-on-isostacy-and-mean-sea-level/

    I’ll cut to the chase – the last graph of this article shows that global sea-level air pressure has been declining for nearly a century. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Have you?
    I am not sure how this graph was constructed but if true is remarkable.

  122. http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-theory-extraterrestrial-impact.html
    Interesting this impact 13,000 years ago and soon after the sea rose 100m didn’t it

  123. adolfogiurfa says:

    @SP: “Weird”…in the “pebbles universe” of the known professor “Fred Flintstone” but easily explainable for the EU.

  124. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-05/boom-era-property-speculators-to-get-foreclosure-aid-mortgages.html

    Obama going to increase the debt again with his bail out the private sector with tax payer money technique?

  125. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    China is eating up all these mining companies, first Gold One in South Africa, now Siberia One.

    http://www.gold1.co.za/

    http://en.rian.ru/business/20120306/171787815.html

  126. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2110523/Whats-causing-mysterious-sounds-coming-sky-loud-set-car-alarms.html Weird sounds coming from the sky

    http://rt.com/news/sci-tech/cosmic-ray-data-theory/

    In a paper published in Science magazine, the authors say the energy spectrum of the particles detected by PAMELA is too wide for all of them to have come from supernovae. The scientists speculate that at least some of the cosmic rays must have come from different sources somewhere closer to the Solar system. These sources may be stars similar in size to the Sun, but with higher activity, which can produce cosmic rays with lower energy that those produced by supernovae.

  127. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:
  128. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Admission we know nothing about undersea volcanoes “Because so little is known about the deep ocean, the researchers say it’s likely that further hybrid or “mosaic” ecosystems remain undiscovered, possibly featuring marine life specialized to live in such an environment.” http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-unknown-species-juncture-hot-cold.html

  129. adolfogiurfa says:

    Dust we are and to dust we shall return
    http://youtu.be/T6ADWYHJpqg

  130. adolfogiurfa says:

    What does comet Lovejoy, that crossed the Sun´s atmosphere and survived, prove?
    Behind the “clouds” of the Sun it hides a small of mostly iron sphere, a cathode of the galactic current, as small as 8477.30 kilometers.
    http://www.giurfa.com/unified_field.xlsx

  131. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P.:

    The Youtube video links now show up on my screen as Big Black Blobs. ( This started right after the “new privacy policy” form Google / YouTube and is a change from the “blocked for requesting private info” message from my boundary router)…

    The point?

    If you could put a couple of lines of text saying: What is the video, why it is of interest.

    That would be a Very Good Thing.

    Basically, I’m not going to just randomly click on black blobs with a “Play Me” triangle on them. I suspect I’m not the only one. So some “why bother” would be helpful…

  132. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: You are the only one. Hope you not encrypt yourself… :-)
    http://youtu.be/T6ADWYHJpqg

  133. adolfogiurfa says:

    Troubles again:
    The only possibility: Search it in Youtube as “Elenin and the Mystery of Exploding Comets”
    Watch carefully the case of the Lovejoy comet.

  134. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    I’ve added a ‘space’ after the URL so it now shows as a working link.

    I guess Google / Youtube are still working out how much of your privacy they can steal before folks boundary routers treat them as a threat ;-)

    Yesterday my router was griping about ‘external requests for info’ and displaying an error. Now it just displays a black box and no active controls. Maybe tomorrow they will get embedded links to work again…

    BTW, on CNBCWorld the news crawler says that 40% of the Greek Bond Holders have agreed to the debt swap deal. This is being pushed as evidence of how good things are going. I’m seeing 60% saying “No Deal – we want out”… I think the Spin Meisters are in full dress…

  135. p.g.sharrow says:

    @All; I almost will not click a video as they take up too much band width and we are bit limited by our service provider. Loading up those pictured links is also very limiting to my ability to load pages. Please , please, please, just site the URL and explain a little of it. STOP plugging up my computer and net connection. pg

  136. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Invisible tanks must be around now, check out the invisible Mercedes

  137. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Pyramids and Hieroglyphics in America B.C. – Secrets not taught in Public School Pt-6

  138. R. de Haan says:

    Watched a documentary today about Alzheimer, googled and found this information from 2011:

    Houston, Texas:
    Alzheimer could be spread in a similar way as a prion infection like Kreuzfeld Jacobs disease.

    Infection sources: mother milk, blood transfusions.
    http://www.uthouston.edu/media/story.htm?id=3541058

  139. Jason Calley says:

    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/120803-vortex-radio-waves-could-boost-wireless-capacity-infinitely

    Looks like some scientists in Europe have figured out a new way to transmit many different signals simultaneously on the same frequency. If this works in practice as they think it will, then radio spectrum will be able to handle massively more data than at present, and access to spectrum will drop in cost.

    Can anyone explain what relationship (if any) this has to circular polarization?

  140. adolfogiurfa says:

    The following must be seriously considered:

    “We shall lose the West unless we can restore the use of reason to pre-eminence in our institutions of what was once learning. It was the age of reason that built the West and made it prosperous and free. The age of reason gave you your great Constitution of liberty. It is the power of reason, the second of the three great powers of the soul in Christian theology, that marks our species out from the rest of the visible creation, and makes us closest to the image and likeness of our Creator. I cannot stand by and let the forces of darkness drive us unprotesting into a new Dark Age.”

    Lord Monckton
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/10/moncktons-schenectady-showdown/#more-58770

  141. George says:

    Another 3.x near Panguitch, UT. Keep an eye on that area. It’s been volcanically active there within the past 1000 years or so.

  142. tckev says:

    Jason Calley
    Vortex radio waves

    It looks like the wavefront of a circular polarize radio signal has a flat plane. The vortex signal has a delay mechanism built in that give a spiral shape to the wavefront. Think it is better explained here -
    http://www.nature.com/news/adding-a-twist-to-radio-technology-1.10160

  143. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P.: The Enterprise is sailing under US flag. Nothing False about it. Please constrain ‘tips’ to factual points and hold the imaginings for discussions.

    @Jason Calley:

    It looks like it is unrelated to circular polarization. Polarization is just a planar orientation, circular polarizing is a rotation of that planar orientation. This is actual “spin” of the photon that makes up the radio wave. A different physical property.

    Though I can see that from the math / explanations, I can’t turn it into an intuitive explanation…

    But think of the polarization as the energy swapping between a E-field and an M-field. These will exist in planes. If it’s all in one plane, it is polarized (H or V) where if it is in one plane, but rotates over time, it is circular.

    In comparison, the actual photon can have a spin-moment. This information is carried in the EM Field, but is not the E or M polarization (though exactly where it is I’m not sure ;-)

  144. Jason Calley says:

    @ tckev Ah! Much better explanation at the link you posted. Thank you. Maybe between you and E.M. I can get enough information in my head to jump start some understanding!

    I was a bit intrigued by this ending line: “So rather than manipulating objects just a few millionths of a metre across, twisted radio waves could be used to manoeuvre objects several millimetres long. Conceivably, he says, this could allow small toxic or radioactive objects to be handled remotely.”

    Hmmm….You know, in various parts of the world, old myths have claimed that giant stones were, in the past, moved by sound. Twisted sound waves, combined with constructive interference and all focused at the same point… hmmm…

  145. pyromancer76 says:

    Given the new paper presented on WUWT re impact at Younger Dryas, are you interested in submitting your fascinating work on the dating and orbits of cosmic objects? I would be delighted to read the additional scientific (and other) comments pro and con.

  146. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: May I ask you: What if that thin upper atmosphere, that shiny and stormy “corona” of the Sun just disappears, as the end of the fifth sun draws near?

  147. E.M.Smith says:

    @Pyromancer:

    I have some ‘catch up’ to do at WUWT it would seem ;-)

    I presume the dating you speak of is the 3000 ish cycle of Taurids? (And related…)

    @Adolfo:

    I donno…. as I understand things, it would be hard to get the corona to ‘go away’ as long as the sun was still working…

    OTOH, there are a lot of strange things in the universe…

  148. George says:

    A lot of press today on China’s trade deficit, like this one:

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-03-12/chinas-big-trade-deficit-may-kill-yuan-appreciation

    Thing is, most people greatly misunderstand the word “deficit” and believe a trade deficit is a bad thing. It isn’t. About the only time a country runs a trade surplus is when its own economy is depressed. What a trade deficit means is that the population of your country can afford to buy more than it produces. A trade surplus means that it produces more than it can afford to buy. For a long time China was in the latter category. It produced a lot but the people couldn’t afford to buy any of it. This trade deficit says that the Chinese consumer is gaining strength. A lot of strength.

    In explaining trade deficits I often used a “plastic poop” analogy. A country has a trade surplus when it produces a lot of plastic novelty poop but can’t afford to buy any of it. It runs a trade deficit when the people can now afford to buy a lot more plastic novelty poop than the country produces. The country has become more affluent and the plastic poop manufacturers have moved on to the next depressed economy to make their wares. The people now have disposable income to purchase novelty goods but make too much money now for plastic poop factories to be profitable there. If you want to know what the current depressed market is where they are taking advantage of rock bottom labor prices, look at the tag of a bag of plastic poop and note where it is made.

    The Chinese are now starting to buy a lot of their own goods and more.

  149. Mr. E.M.

    I searched here and saw you’ve never done a post on graphene. suyts space (James Sexton) has one. You might like it. Interesting topic!

    http://suyts.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream-for-graphene/

    Intro video

  150. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    Generally you want a trade balance. Buy too much “plastic poop” and the poop makers end up owning the place….

    China has a balance of trade problem mostly because the USA and EU have slowed way down on buying their stuff as our economies falter. That IS an issue for China. Add the secondary news that their production was down due to weaker than expected demand, it says the world is not all rosy like the Eurocrats and US Kleptocrats are trying to tell us.

    Metals prices for industrial metals are falling. That isn’t because China is using more of it’s own goods, that’s because China is making less for everyone as we stand around looking at empty wallets and saying “What?…. “

  151. Chuckles says:

    One for the data resources file

    http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/

  152. E.M.Smith says:

    @Chuckles:

    Interesting one.. looks like it’s only recent quakes, but has a 4.1 off the coast of Oregon… more on the Cascadia it seems…

  153. Jason Calley says:

    Of course, not all trade deficits are equal. Nor are all trade surpluses equal.

    What is the cause of the surplus? Is the nation running a surplus because its workers cannot afford to buy foreign goods? As George points out, that is a bad thing, in that it means the people are poor. On the other hand, it also means that the people are, as a nation, accumulating capital which may (if they are smart) be used to modernize production and increase standard of living in the near future. That is a good thing — unless (if they are not quite so smart) the capital is being spent on consumables instead of for modernizing the factories, in which case it is bad. On the other hand, perhaps the surplus is caused by having prosperous workers who choose to save for future consumption, like retirement, or an even better life for their children. That is good. On the other hand, that means that they are entrusting their future welfare and prosperity to the hands of another nation, a nation that may resent having to work harder to help support those from whom they received goods earlier. That might be bad.

    Same thing with deficits. Is it caused by lack of production? Is it a result of purchase of consumables after a period of excess wealth accumulation? Is the money spent for imports money that was saved from earlier, or is it borrowed? Or was it just printed? If it was borrowed, are there realistic plans to repay it? When? At what interest? Maybe it will be repaid by selling rights to vital national resources. If just printed, will the loss from inflation be less than the value of the imports? Good. Bad. Good. Bad. The Devil is in the details.

    Long term, neither surplus or deficit is a stable or desirable state, and short term neither state is really a problem. The important thing is the ability of a nation to produce excess wealth. Do we create more wealth than we consume? The next important thing is how efficiently do we utilize that excess wealth. Do we eat our wealth now? Do we save it for hard times? Do we trade it for a better tractor or more land? That decision is what shows whether a nation will rise or drop.

  154. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    CNN tsk tsk

  155. Chuckles says:

    And yet there is more!

    Never heard of them, but this is seriously cool
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/14/wave_gliders_record/

    http://nighthacks.com/roller/jag/

  156. E.M.Smith says:

    @Chuckles:

    Wonder if they could be scaled up to transport goods? Autonomous shipping with zero fuel is an interesting idea…

    BTW, Japan had a 6.9 quake off shore. I’m expecting then to sprout volcano activity in a couple of years. If Greece goes first, that would be a pretty big deal. IIRC, Etna is coughing too…

  157. George says:

    Jason, about the only time a “developed” country runs a trade surplus is during recession/depression. People don’t understand balance of payments. If you are running a trade deficit, then you are running an investment surplus. If you are running a trade surplus, then you are running an investment deficit. When China was running a huge trade surplus, you saw them buying large amounts of foreign debt and foreign assets. Now they are running a trade deficit and you see their foreign debt holdings in decline.

    These would be rather instructive reading:

    http://www.cato.org/publications/trade-policy-analysis/americas-maligned-misunderstood-trade-deficit
    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americas-record-trade-deficit-symbol-strength
    http://www.cato.org/publications/trade-policy-analysis/tradebalance-creed-debunking-belief-imports-trade-deficits-are-drag-growth
    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/truth-about-trade-deficits-jobs

  158. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    Generally true, but one can also take the trade surplus and use it for Mercantilist purposes or buy non-foreign investments. So, for example, China could use that BOT Surplus to buy American Land, to buy GE (and move all production and patents to China) or to buy loads of gold that get sent to China. Not exactly that rosy picture of BOT deficit “no problem”…

    What you want is a balance of trade… only transitory surplus or deficit. Otherwise “crap accumulates” until something breaks…

    (In fact, China used the money to by land in other countries, that then use the dollars to buy parts of America, especially Africa and Latin America. They were not always happy with this as often the food gets exported to China despite local market needs… China also tended to buy smaller intellectual property than GE, but buy it did, and it’s been quite happy to solicit US companies who must give a controlling interest to China. Oh, and gold. Tons of the stuff… So that trade deficit on our part is quite clearly a giant transfer of wealth to China. “Not good”…)

  159. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.6156 Interesting that the pollutants last so long

  160. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Tax farming manual

  161. Jason Calley says:

    @ George
    “Jason, about the only time a “developed” country runs a trade surplus is during recession/depression. People don’t understand balance of payments. If you are running a trade deficit, then you are running an investment surplus. If you are running a trade surplus, then you are running an investment deficit. When China was running a huge trade surplus, you saw them buying large amounts of foreign debt and foreign assets. Now they are running a trade deficit and you see their foreign debt holdings in decline.”

    Hey George, thanks for the Cato links. I was especially intrigued by the second article, even though I had some disagreements with it.

    You say: “If you are running a trade deficit, then you are running an investment surplus. If you are running a trade surplus, then you are running an investment deficit.”

    I think that is a good rule of thumb, but again, details matter. There will be some cases where the two do not equal, or where they equal over a long term (years? decades?), but where shorter term inequality may be a serious effect. Here are a couple of possible scenarios which I think might point out why I say that.

    1) We buy widgets from Freedonia. (Trade deficit)
    Freedonia invests their profits in US Treasury Bonds (Investment surplus)

    Did we buy Freedonia widgets because the US widget factory was overregulated to the point that it no longer is competitive? Have we just driven more Americans into unemployment? Are the widgets simply consumed and then thrown into a land fill? Are they instead used to increase our productivity? Are the bonds short term or long term? How will their sale affect the interest rate for private investors in private businesses? Will the US taxpayer be able to repay the bonds? Will the bonds be dumped on the market at some future date, lessening our ability to raise funds when they are perhaps needed more desperately? Etc. etc.

    2) We buy widgets from Freedonia. (Trade deficit)
    Freedonia buys private US businesses and intellectual property rights. (Investment surplus)

    Are profits from Freedonia widgets used to support the Fredonia military (like shipping profits from COSCO)? Are the widgets needed as part of our own military forces (like certain flat screen displays used in US military equipment but not manufactured in the US)? Are the companies and patents bought vital to US defense efforts? Is the trade surplus a testament that the US market is so strong and sound that everyone wishes to invest here? Or is it a testament that US businesses are desperate for funds that they are willing to sell for pennies on the dollar? Even with no military factors involved, is it wise to pass control of companies here in the US to foreign interests? A couple of decades back, as the employee of a major US computer firm, I saw what happened in such a case. One result was the restructuring of accounting procedures in such a way that US taxable income became effectively zero while the overseas taxable income was shifted to a low tax puppet partner of the new foreign owners. Etc. etc.

    3) We buy widgets from Freedonia. (Trade deficit)
    Freedonia sits on the profits for later use. (No short term investment surplus)

    Unlikely? There was a report on NPR this morning that claimed (not that I trust NPR) China had 3 trillion dollars in held surpluses. Let’s take something closer to home. Various South American nations have trade surpluses with us (ie, we have deficits with them) from sale of drugs. You have probably seen or heard reports of massive amounts of US currency literally warehoused by drug cartels. What we have in such a case is the effective export by the US of some portion of the inflation which we would have seen if that cash were circulated. As soon as that money returns (someday!) to the US it brings the lost inflation with it. A billion dollars is not a problem, but a trillion? As E.M. says, quantity has a quality all its own, and at some point dollars removed from circulation become a weapon which may be used against us in the future.

    4) We buy widgets from Freedonia. (Trade deficit)
    Freedonia circulates profits either within its own borders or in some third country. (No short term investment surplus)

    One consequence of having the US be the world reserve currency is that in many places, US dollars circulate along side local currencies. Just as when profits are set aside for later use, at some point the amount of currency circulating abroad becomes a potential weapon if ever repatriated. Etc. etc.

    I don’t want to beat what seems to me (though I may be mistaken) a dead horse, but there are so many variables that a blanket statement about deficits and surpluses is difficult to do. Which deficit? What surplus? For what reason? With what downside or benefit? These all matter.

    In the long run — and I am speaking of decades or centuries now — the only way to make a people more prosperous, with a higher standard of living, is to produce more wealth, more useful stuff, more efficiently. Not more dollars, not more numbers on a chart, but more tangible wealth. If dollars and balance sheets made us wealthy long term, then Zimbabwe must be paradise. Short term, running a trade surplus may be good or bad. Investment surplus may be good or bad. Yes, they mostly balance out, but how, and when? Not all investments are fungible, just as not all trade sales are fungible. They may be good or bad. The details matter and only a look at actual effects on the standard of living will tell you what is happening.

    I appreciate your ideas, but either I misunderstand them (certainly possible), or I just disagree.

  162. Jason Calley says:

    I honestly do not know if this is Photoshopped or not, but I just had to interject a little humor here… :)

    photo/1

  163. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Jason. If dollars and balance sheets made us wealthy long term, then Zimbabwe must be paradise…
    Wise words, indeed. But too many Zimbabweans around….thinking that the distribution of printed paper is the best way to end poverty. “There is no free-lunch” guys……

  164. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Alex. Wanna something for free?, Gotto work buddy!

  165. Mjminal2 says:

    To Chiefio
    From Pascvaks
    Subject HELP!

    Testing, One, Two, Three, (last try went to Mexico or someplace;-)…

    First I was all for it. Then I was sure it would never work. Now I’m kind’a in-between. I really do think it’s all up to the Mexicans; what we want doesn’t hold much water or sway. (and the water issue is a very big part of life and death in northern Mexico, I think California would be in a bind if Mexico insisted on a fair share of Colorado River water in exchange for better anything) I don’t have faith in Sacramento or D.C. –it’s sort’a 1861 deja’vu all over again time. Don’t we need something more than a driver’s license now to get into Canada too? (Haven’t been back since the Montreal World’s Fair)

    Testing, One, Two, Three, (and he says a Hail Mary as he pushes the button…
    _____________________

    And once again it dies in transit and the new page at
    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/wp-comments-post.php
    says
    “That email address is associated with an existing WordPress.com account, please log in to use it.”
    __________________
    Somebody up there hates me today. I enter my gravatar link, copy my entry that I saved and hit enter, and…
    __________________
    No luck!!!
    Sooooooooooo… I go to Chiefio and search for “Log In” and click it and the page opens at
    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/wp-admin/
    and I get the message
    “Error Accessing Dashboard
    You are logged in as “pascvaks” and do not not have the necessary privileges to access the dashboard for “”http://chiefio.wordpress.com””. Please ask an administrator of the site to “http://en.support.wordpress.com/adding-users/”.
    Hummmmmm… this is getting tiresome and aggrivatin to say the least. I sip some cold (once hot) tea, I count to ten, I scratch my head, I say to myself, “Self, how do I get Chiefio to let me in?” No answer.. hummmmm… I think, “NOW WHAT?” I goe to T4, put an old name/address in the log in blocks, copy this record for Chiefio to figure out and try to make sense of, add my usual handle at the top of the entry, hit enter and … oops need to copy everything first.. hit enter and …

    [ Changing a "user name" is risky business. FWIW, it has nothing to do with "Chiefio" or what I want. WordPress has its rules and its ways and just does what it does. So here you are changing your username, and WordPress is saying 'no fair highjacking someone else's name!' and it goes off to some queue. I found this one in 'moderation' and I'm going to approve it (and perhaps that will give it 'approval' more generally...) BUT, as I'm fond of pointing out "It's not about ME." ;-) -E.M.Smith ]

  166. Mjminal2 says:

    EM-
    Pascvaks again.. you’ll probably never see this since I’m in ‘moderation’, but on the off chance that you do find it someday, you’re the greatest, nice knowing you while I had the chance, I guess I’m toast, no more opportunities to try to say something ‘whatever’, life sure is a beach, sometimes you get washed away without ever really knowing why or how it happened… damn!

    Oh yes, the entry I was remarking to in my last cmt, above, was regarding your
    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/texmexifornia/
    tell everyone I said Good-Bye, they’re a great crew.

    Don’t let me die this way, please! Take a vote, OK? And I promise not to make more than 3 comments a week, OK? 2? 1? Pretty please?

    [ As noted in the other comment: "It's not about ME." I see everything that goes to 'moderation'... eventually... It's more a matter of you moving yourself to a 'new' ID that requires new 'cart blanch' approval... until then, the new ID goes to moderation and I get to it when I get to it... Usually once a day, sometimes every other day... -E.M.Smith ]

  167. Mjminal2 says:

    Thanks EM, all the problems I’m sure are in this thing under the desk, it’s about to go kauptski, then I’ll have to see if it’s worth repairing my son’s old laptop. The ‘blow-by-blow’ above is pretty much the blow-by-blow; it was about nappy-time when I finished the second entry so I just closed down. Thought it prudent to make one last entry using this old login before trying to go back to Pascvaks. Again, thanks for checking so soon. Best to ya! One… two… three…

  168. Jason Calley says:

    @ Pascvaks

    It is not just you. I had something very similar happen to me today when I tried to access Real-science.com I am guessing it is fun and games from Word Press.

  169. p.g.sharrow says:

    Yes! WordPress servers have seemed to have issues over the last 2 or 3 days. Hughes satellite as well. I just figured the the bit flipping has been erratic due to the Solar CMEs of the last few days pg

  170. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.Sharrow:

    I suppose it could be…

    About a decade ago, some personal computers started to be offered with ECC memory (Error Correction Code). An extra bit per word for use in detecting and correcting errors.

    The reason was that memory cells had gotten small enough that the occasional cosmic ray was causing some memory ‘flips’. Higher end machines, like Sun Servers and some HP Servers had ECC memory and reporting functions (and I looked and say some occasional bit flips…)

    Since then, more machines have smaller more dense memory, but not all of it is ECC.

    So I’d fully expect a cosmic ray burst to cause more sporadic behaviours. A reboot ought to clear them, though…

  171. David says:

    More evidence for the Laffer curve from Calif, curtsey of Gov. Moonbeam.
    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/03/california-tax-revenues-plunge.html

  172. E.M.Smith says:

    @David:

    Interesting article. Pretty much matches the ‘facts on the ground’ I’ve seen. I’m only looking for employment ‘out of state’. (If something in state fell in my lap, I’d take it; but given any choice at all, well…. Texas looks mighty good…)

  173. R. de Haan says:

    Berthold Klein’s view on the Greenhouse Theory
    http://www.slayingtheskydragon.com/images/PDFs/BERTHOLD-KLEIN.pdf

  174. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: I had a Nokia cell phone which was an excellent CR detector, it happened at noon.

  175. adolfogiurfa says:

    @R. de Haan says:
    16 March 2012 at 10:28 am
    Reviving the dead, here we go again!! They insist in keeping that zombi alive:
    http://www.earthsummit2012.org/
    ( A lot of “garotinhas” waiting!)

  176. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    https://rt.com/news/peninsula-saudi-grand-mufti-701/

    Guess only important when Iran says this?

  177. E.M.Smith says:

    ARRgggeee….

    Over on WUWT I’ve been bit by the same “ID is used for a WordPress Account, log in to use it”, so I logged in, and got the message again.

    I suspect a new security “feature” that has bugs… Hopefully I can post at my own blog when logged in already…

  178. E.M.Smith says:

    @S.P.:

    Again with the sniditude?

    No, it doesn’t only matter when Iran says it. That the Grand Mufti has said all churches on the Arabian Peninsula ‘must go’ is a very worrying thing. It means that the strain on the US / House of Saud relationship is rising, and we’re likely headed for some kind of ‘breakdown’ (either between us and them, or between the House of Saud and the Grand Mufti; or maybe some other combo…)

    A statement a bit more along the lines of “The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia says ‘All Churches on the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed’. I find that worrying.” would have worked much better and not been flagged as ‘snide’…

    Look, we “got it” that you have a hang up on Saudi and love Iran. Flog that horse if you must, but realize that it colors perceptions of you. “Just the facts” works a lot better; then opinion if desired. Like a news program where the ‘straight news’ is best done in one segment and the ‘editorial’ in another. It’s enough just to take a breath between the two, sometimes. But “snide and dig” just irritates and looks so ‘high school’…

  179. Another Ian says:

    E.M. For a change!

    Seems to me that the Laffer curve is around the area of the 80:20 rule.

    I’d be interested in your comments.

    Thanks in anticipation

  180. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    I tried to post this on “Rumours” where it wouldn’t let me paste.

    And won’t here

    Have you been WordPressed too?

  181. Jason Calley says:

    Here is a very interesting article concerning the Aymara Indians, their language and cultural attitudes of time.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/06/060613185239.htm

  182. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    http://sedonanomalies.weebly.com/geomagnetics.html

    Interesting article, humans can sense magnetic fields and see light with their skin as well?

  183. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    Japan, if this was really a 9.0 why was there no damage in structures? This guy has a point…

    PS I don’t love Iran. They are on equal per with rights with Saudi, I’m just saying they are no different really. I think we should leave them all alone. I guess the only problem is the US has an embargo on Iran, so our oil companies can’t work in that country.

    The fact is. Saudi pays Shell $1.50 bbl to extract a lot of their oil, then sells it for $106 currently. Some oil fields in Iraq were costing 4c bbl to extract, then in the new bidding was changed to $3, which was what the Iragi government paid the oil companies to extract, then the government sells it for current market price. Its funny how people dislike the oil companies, but they are not the ones making the big bucks, the governments are…

    Tullow Oil is worth a look at. They are the ones that took over Hardmann (An Australian company) which I had for a while and rocketed up. That Uganda deposit looks gigantic. And they are finding more and more in Africa all the time…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/mar/16/tullow-oil-major-find-ghana

  184. Scarlet Pumpernickel says:

    You should do a piece on the warmings 6000 years ago, when the sea was 2m higher. Tree lines and lots of evidence point to Minoan and Holocene Climatic Optimum to much much warmer then today…

    Danish researchers analysed ancient pieces of driftwood in north Greenland which they say is an accurate way to measure the extent of ancient ice loss.
    Writing in the journal Science, the team found evidence that ice levels were about 50% lower 5,000 years ago. ttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14408930

    Funny how this journal has blocked this article to free access ;) http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/35/1/61.full

  185. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    See Jo Nova “Ground zero” item.

    I still can’t paste the link.

  186. E.M.Smith says:

    @All:

    I need to ‘catch up’ with the set of comments here. But… it looks like a combination of some W.P. updates and security features along with a cosmic ray burst caused flaky things for a while. As this list is a bit long, I’ll likely make a “T5″ in the hopes that will help speed up things too.

  187. George says:

    Recalling the thread from a while back concerning an oil pipeline across Saudi Arabia, I happened to notice this article yesterday:

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/iraq-considers-disused-oil-pipelines-case-hormuz-closed

    Apparently Iraq has a couple of pipelines that are no longer in use that they are considering putting back into service. One goes to Saudi Arabia, one crosses Syria and they are considering expanding the existing pipeline into Turkey. That presents an interesting possibility when one considers that it allows a situation much like Iran has with Russia. Saudi could sell oil for pickup in the Med at a Turkish port. The delivery is met with Iraqi oil shipped to Turkey. Saudi then repays Iraq by shipping oil North on the pipeline between the countries.

    Iran and Russia do the same thing. One pay purchase “Russian” oil for pickup in Iran. Russia then ships Iran oil on a pipeline between the two countries.

  188. George says:

    This looks like a pretty dumb idea to me. It is one thing for most people to use cards in their transactions. It is something completely different to lose the ability to use cash completely. That puts an economy one solar flare, power outage, or network disruption away from a complete halt. There needs to be a physical, mechanical backup and cash is it.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57399610/sweden-moving-towards-cashless-economy/

  189. E.M.Smith says:

    @George:

    While I agree it’s a bit onerous, it’s also likely to be the only way to continue “Fiat Currency” going forward. The quality of print technology available is such that just about anyone can make currency that passes casual visual inspection. The more difficult techniques (holograms, embedded threads, etc.) are moving from “nations only” to “Joe’s Marketing Shop” with surprising speed.

    Basically, the encryption / signing of digital transactions are more secure against counterfeit at this point. We’re talking $Hundred Billion per year level of counterfeiting as it stands with more to come.

    Add to that the desire for nations to do things like eliminate cross border money flows, track payments for drugs, and be able to “freeze” (i.e. confiscate) your money at will…

    IMHO, there are only 3 possible end games.

    1) “Digital Cash”.
    2) Physical based money. Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, Precious Stones, etc.
    3) Digital Signature “paper” money. An embedded encrypted signature strip with online validation.

    #3 is a hybrid. Anyone can have a scanner that reads the digital signature on a bill and validates it against the online treasury system. Withdrawn bills or bills “in two places at once” get tagged and deactivated. Police show up to talk to you ;-) So you have your “currency”, but it gets fed through a digital reader some times. You can still hand it to a friend (or drug dealer) BUT, it can also be easily checked for counterfeits and tagged as “do not accept” for banks.

    My vote would be for #2 or #3.

    #1, as you point out, is way risky. But worse, how would you like knowing that the local political power bosses could call up a “Friendly Agency” and have all your money evaporate?

  190. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve added a new T5 page:

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/t5/

    FWIW, I’ve also picked up a copy of Michael Creighton’s “State Of Fear”… That sucker is nearly 800 pages long(!) … so I’m going to read it and see if I can “channel” him ;-)

    I’ve already read Andromeda Strain (many years ago). Oh, and the “what the author believes” part of State Of Fear is pretty much exactly where I ended up, so I think we think similarly.

    We’ll see… I’ve started, and failed to finish, several books of about 1,000 pages long. I’m usually starting to have the mind wander at about 400 to 600… (And really think you can get most things done in less than 200…)

    At any rate, don’t be surprised if I’m AFK for a while (if I suddenly get sucked into it… I’ve been known to read Heinlein and Asimov ‘cover to cover non-stop’…

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