T8

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. The most immediately preceding page is: http://chiefio.wordpress.com/t7/.

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

If something else is interesting you put a “tip” here.

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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297 Responses to T8

  1. R. de Haan says:

    “Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Psuedo-Scientists and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism”.

    http://climategate.nl/2012/09/16/robert-zubrin-vernietigt-merchants-of-doubt-met-tegenboek/

    Watch the interview with Zubrin by the Austrian AV Club

    I have ordered the book immediately after watching the interview.

  2. R. de Haan says:

    8th largest US corn crop on record: How is that possible during a drought? http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/eighth-largest-us-corn-crop-on-record/

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    @R.de Haan:

    Well….

    I’ve often said that GIStemp is “dumber than a tomato”… as my tomatoes accurately report if it is warmer than the past (more tomatoes) or not (marginal production). So far they are still saying “hottest in 40 years was 1998, but only by a bit, and it’s all colder since.”

    I guess now I’ll need to add corn for the precipitation gauge.

    There are some ‘confounders’ in using crop quantity as a gauge. How much fertilizer is used. What varieties were planted. Did farmers change the acreage this year due to other economic issues (i.e. swapping corn for soybeans due to ethanol mandate subsidy).

    But usually those things change at modest rates. Fertilizer rates are usually put near the optimal level. Varieties are generally limited by seed production. A farm set up with corn drillers and harvesters isn’t going to swap to soybeans (of vice versa) without some costs. So it can be relatively accurate over a several year span.

    At very long terms (decades), changes of cultural practice and variety have generally raised yields per acre with a fairly dramatic slope to the line. So comparing 2012 harvests with 1930 harvests just isn’t possible. Neither in total production, nor in yield / acre. Basically, the corn of today is a very different plant to the corn of 1930, the way the land is used is very different, and the use of fertilizers is enormously different. But…

    Over that length of time, there’s another way to see the different drought level. In the 1930s we had the “dust bowl”. It was so dry that the sky became black from tons of dust blowing all the way from Oklahoma to Chicago. Looking at the midwest today, not seeing a dustbowl.

  4. Jason Calley says:

    When consideration of the current wintery fiscal and political climes get you down, consider these encouraging quotes from Catherine Austin Fitts, former under-Secretary of HUD.

    “Here is my prediction for the New World Order. I don’t know when. I don’t know where. I don’t know how many satellite systems, electromagnetic weapons, subliminal programming broadcasters, computer hackers, bio weapons labs, cocaine plantations and how much environmental destruction they will enlist along the way. I don’t know how many patents on fundamental life process that Monsanto will claim sufficient to not let me cough without paying them a fee. I don’t know how many people the New World Order will reduce to poverty, assassinate and torture before they fail. I just know that they will fail. Because ultimately large complex systems cannot be held together by greed, technology and fear alone. Suspicion, lawlessness and smallness of mind ultimately cause implosion from within. Seeing the New World Order as they are accelerates their failure, particularly as it inspires withdrawing our resources from their control and shifting investment to alternatives to govern our global resources on a responsible, wealth creating basis. That is why we gather power for life as we withdraw from people, organizations and efforts that are not authentic and shift our social affirmation, our time and attention, our currency and deposits, and our investments and our donations to authentic people, enterprises and decentralizing solutions.”

    http://www.dunwalke.com/18_Through_the_Via_Dolorosa.htm

  5. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Jason Calley Yes, big systems always got entangled and impossible to control. BTW We are not all idiots, the fact is that “they” take our patience wrongly for idiocy….until it´s time for them to take that train to nowhere…People can make very bad things when they have nothing to lose.
    Just be careful kids!

  6. adolfogiurfa says:

    There is always a convenient Armageddon for every Dinosaur out there.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jason:

    From her lips to God’s ears…

    @Adolfo:

    Ditto…

  8. Jason Calley says:

    Here is an article by Wendy McElroy dealing primarily with the method whereby politically correct speech interferes with ability to think clearly, but which also, in my opinion, applies to “post-modern” science. The comments are worth a read also.

    http://lfb.org/today/the-war-on-words-and-facts/

    One quote from Ms McElroy reminded me very strongly of conversations and postings by CAGW enthusiasts. ” It sounds bizarre to reasonable people but they pathologized the world so that disagreeing with them is not a discussion but an indication of political illness.”

  9. Pascvaks says:

    An interesting subject, says I, for some “careful” discussion by a Chief and some Elders might turn on “Propaganda and Modern Political Campaigns in the Western World”. We’ve come a long way since Goebbels & Co. wrote the book, though I think the DNC found his diary and have finetuned it to perfection in 2012. Given the Web and “your very own MSM” one seem to be able to run circles around anything and anyone. Sieg Heil, Y’all! Onward and Upward Man! The Chicago Mob didn’t steal America, it was handed to them on a Silver Platter. (I’m getting more curious, it’s like the KGB and all the old Soviet propaganda offices are in charge of everything at the DNC these days, they’re fast; too fast; something is rotten in too many places and no one smells anything? Obama should fall as Carter did but I’m not seeing it at the moment –I know, still early, just like Carter-Reagan– but something’s very different. What?;-)

  10. Jason Calley says:

    Possible Lunar volcanic eruption caught on video?

    This is something I ran across that MIGHT (just might!) be of actual importance, scientifically speaking. I think it is an amateur video of the moon which just happened to catch a lunar volcanic eruption. First though, a warning. Do not be put off by the label of the video. This is embarrassing, but the video is labelled “Alert! Alien Base on the Moon!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XsYlI-q0hk&feature=youtu.be though a better (magnified) version is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtyFQRkhW9g&feature=youtu.be On the second version, you can see a group of specks moving from a bright crater and out into space, starting at about 0:45 seconds.

    Now, why would I be so crazy as to think that this video is real? That bright crater happens to be Aristarchus — a location that has been the site of literally hundreds of reports of anomalous lights and hazes over the last couple of hundred years. Back during the 1960s (IIRC) some Soviet astronomers made a series of observations, reportedly including spectroscopy, that indicated active volcanism in the region.

    Any astronomers out there? Is it possible to analyze those spots and see whether they are moving appropriately for the gravitational field involved? Maybe it is time to dust off the old lunar volcano theory of tektite origins.

  11. Jason Calley says:

    @ Pascvaks “I’m getting more curious, it’s like the KGB and all the old Soviet propaganda offices are in charge of everything at the DNC these days”

    No one seems to remember these things any more, but in 2004, Markus Wolfe, the former head of the East German STASI, was reported hired as a consultant by the Department of Homeland Security.

  12. Pascvaks says:

    @Jason-
    a. Not impacts? I remember they said they located ‘water’, steam venting maybe? Can’t see (with what I know;-) there’s any ‘lava’ on that rock; that would take internal heating and that would imply atomic/geothermal heating, right?

    b. Thanks for feedback on my last. Not suprised the DHS would have picked up an E.German (in and of itself I see nothing wrong). Get the impression from various things in the last 4 years that DHS and other Departments and Agencies have picked up on W’s outreach program significantly and –this is what bothers me– that there’s no barrier between anything under Executive Control and the DNC and a number of other “special groups”; absolutely nothing, all our laundry is out there, everything Uncle Sugar ever collected on anyone is open to unofficial political movers-and-shakers. Proof, none to speak of; but if DOJ is passing info and requests to attack dog hack outfits to bite FoxNews minutes after they broadcast a story, I’m kind’a sure there’s a hell of a lot more of where that came from and they’ve got ‘special people’ pushing the envelope on the full spectrum of Federal Data Bases; DHS and IRS and FBI being just the icing on the cake. I imagine after they win this election we’re all going to feel like the Duchess of Cambridge.

  13. Jason Calley says:

    @ Pascvaks “this is what bothers me– that there’s no barrier between anything under Executive Control and the DNC and a number of other “special groups”; absolutely nothing, all our laundry is out there, everything Uncle Sugar ever collected on anyone is open to unofficial political movers-and-shakers.”

    Again, this is ancient history, I guess, but how many people remember the missing 400 FBI files from the Clinton administration? Files on Congressmen, Senators, other high level governmental employees were (illegally) taken by the Whitehouse. Odd how reticent the Senate was later to convict Bill when he was impeached… yes, very odd, uh? I have no doubt that both Bush (or his underlings) and now Obama have done the same thing

  14. Jason Calley says:

    @ Pascvaks “Not impacts? I remember they said they located ‘water’, steam venting maybe? Can’t see (with what I know;-) there’s any ‘lava’ on that rock; that would take internal heating and that would imply atomic/geothermal heating, right?”

    I think not impacts, only because it is the one crater on the moon with the most anomalous light and haze reports — in fact it has three times the number of reported odd phenomena as the second runner up. It is also reported to be thermally anomalous. Now, maybe steam? Hmmmm…. could be, but if I understand correctly, most of the reported ice has been nearer the poles and Aristarchus does not have much in the way of dark and continuous shadows suitable for keeping ice around. Which brings us to lava. Yes, it is a long shot, but the scientists are now saying that no, the interior of the Moon is not solid, it is liquid, but just barely, a very thick and viscous sort of lava. Maybe it is a bit more liquid than they think! As E.M. would say, this is nothing more than a “dig here!” and may turn out to be nothing. Still, it is a nice mystery and worth thinking about!

  15. Pascvaks says:

    @Jason – Thanks!
    — Politics: The first GW warned us about political parties from the get-go. Yep! We got problems, right here and now, but as you say ‘nothing new’. (I still think the Death Penalty has a deterent effect, don’t you;-)
    — Moon: That old ‘liquid’ lava must be pretty hard ‘plastic’ by now if nothing new’s been added to the mix; either that or there was a ‘recent’ impactor –before the telescope came along?– in that area that perhaps had some ‘heavy’ reactive material that’s been cooking away and is hot enough to cause an occassional ‘release’? Yes, very interesting.

  16. Pascvaks says:

    @Jason: Ref my last, a heavy nickel-iron impactor would be gradually forced by gravity to the center of any larger andheavier body like the moon or one of the planets, this does seem more likely than a liquid center since the effects seem to be localized. The idea of a recent impact event appears to answer most of the questions (from an old 8thGrade science point of view;-)

  17. Jason Calley says:

    @ Pascvaks It does, in fact, seem unlikely that the Moon would have enogh heat internally to still hold a liquid core, and yet there is evidence for it. http://spaceports.blogspot.com/2011/01/apollo-data-discloses-moon-with-liquid.html What they are saying, is that it is similar to Earth’s core, where the very center is solid, but there is a second layer which is liquid, a more viscous layer above that, and then a solid mantle. So how has that heat been maintained? More impact energy? Atomic decay? Tidal force heating? Maybe it is just younger than we thought? Maybe regolith is a better thermal insulator than we realize? Hey! Maybe the more has one extra CO2 molecule for every 10,000. :) I know I tend to be a bit more “out of the box” than most, but I still suspect volcanoes at Aristarchus. If someone will fess up and give an accurate time for when the video was made, scientists might be able to check the lunar seismic record and see whether there are traces of impact waves or volcano type shock waves.

  18. Pascvaks says:

    @Jason –
    I’ll keep my eyes open;-)

    (Funny, we don’t ‘hear’ things anymore, we ‘see’ things; no wonder I’m going deaf;-)

  19. Jason Calley says:

    @ Pascvaks By the way, an old Chinese joke from the days of British colonialism. “Why do the British wear a lens in one eye (I.E. a monocle instead of spectacles)?” Answer: So they don’t see more than they can understand.

    :)

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    OK, I’ve done a quick read of comments back to my last comment (on various threads). Don’t have the time to respond to it all right now… Sigh. I’ve determined that I *WILL* get a financial post update done and nothing else can get in front of that…

    But one quick comment :-)

    On the volcano thing: Stop thinking it must be molten ROCK. We’ve got all sorts of volcanoes on the outer planets and moons. Water, sulfur, heck, even nitrogen. All it takes is some substance that is liquid at those temperatures, and below the surface. So ‘take the temperature’ then consult your periodic chart and table of small molecules…

  21. Pascvaks says:

    Sparrows
    I’m probably going to see more than I want the next few weeks and all the other birds will disappear, but I’ll risk it to get a reaction –
    I sometimes notice things. Rare, but it does happen.
    I’ve noticed an apparent decline in sparrows. Really!
    I’ve noticed an uptick in other species like Carolina Wrens and other small colorful birds.
    For years we had sparrows building their nests around the house, this year no sparrows, the wrens were here instead.
    Went looking via google, only found this from India –
    _____________________________

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-08-23/mumbai/33341701_1_citizen-sparrow-sparrows-in-different-places-house-sparrows

    Decline of house sparrows documented
    Linah Baliga, TNN Aug 23, 2012, 03.45PM IST
    Tags:Decline of house sparrows|Bombay Natural History SocietyMUMBAI:
    “The decline of the house sparrow has been noticed both by experts as well as by the general public. Although it is among the most widely-distributed birds in the world, its numbers in many places have dropped sharply in the last several decades. To document the current population and distribution of sparrows and compare this with the situation in the past, nature and conservation organisations across India have joined efforts with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) to launch an online survey called Citizen Sparrow (www.citizensparrow.in). Anyone with past or present information about House Sparrows is encouraged to participate. An interesting aspect of this survey is that it even seeks information about the absence of sparrows. Because sparrows live side by side with people, the lack of sparrows in any place is of particular interest. Participants in the survey are asked to mark locations on a map and give simple information about their sparrow sightings from those locations, including sightings from past years and decades. With such information it is possible to compare population changes of sparrows in different places, and this is expected to point to particular threats or problems.”
    _____________________________________

    Anyone else perhaps noticed, or not, a difference in the local presence of sparrows (or any other birds –w/wings;-)?

  22. adolfogiurfa says:

    That sparrow thing must be caused by global warming!, call big brother right now!

  23. Jerry says:

    Franken-corn brought to you by Monsanto (so you know it’s yummy). Study says it causes cancer but is looking at the corn and the weed killer so that does not really inspire confidence for me.

    http://www.france24.com/en/20120919-france-orders-probe-after-rat-study-links-gm-corn-cancer

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jerry & R.de Haan:

    Within minutes of each other, and inside the wordpress time lag…

    I find it a bit odd that the study found the same effect for GMO corn AND for Roundup. Roundup does chelate a lot of metals, and that matters to many processes, but I thought it had been cancer tested… maybe it, too, was just a 60 day kind of test…

    Me? I’m sticking with my ‘buy organic’ decision until the fat lady sings… or dies of cancer ;-)

    I figure we’ve got about another decade before any big statistical bump starts to show up in US data, if anything is going to happen. (Then again, we’re already getting ramps in a variety of disease stats… of unknown origin.. And given the nearly no calories in sugarwater, I’m thinking it isn’t a 24 vs 16 ounce soda doing it, either…)

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    @Pascvaks:

    I’ve had less sparrows the last 2 years. 3 years ago, they stripped the Amaranth seeds. This year, all are still there on the plants. I just figured they migrated early. We did have some kind of sparrow like thing nest under the awning. Sorry, I’m not real good at bird identification… it was like a sparrow, only smaller.

    Not as many colored finches this year either. Some early, then it’s like they left. We do have the usual compliment of crows, doves, and hummingbirds though.

    Several of the grasses around here seemed to make fewer seeds this year. (Less sun or less water or?…) So maybe there’s a solar connection?

    Hope that helps…

  26. Over this last year, there have been many fewer birds here in SW France. The crows are still there, but only occasional swallows (housemartins, actually) rather than the normal dozen or so and a nest or two in the barn. Whereas I used to see a kestrel most days, this year it’s been two or three times total. Starlings normally get flocking around November, so I can’t report on that yet, but in general I’m not seeing many starlings daily. It could just be a normal variation, since last Winter was particularly cold and for an extended period, and maybe the numbers will pick up again. Deer and wild boar have also been less frequently seen (no boar yet this year).

  27. Pascvaks says:

    SarcOn- Think maybe it’s that Monsanto-GE-Roundup thing like the DDT days and the shells are cracking under the weight of the nesters?SarcOff I wonder?

    Anyway, when I start seeing less Armadillo Road Kills I’ll know something’s changed either in the climate or the ecosystem, so far, no change –except the sparrows. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard many canaries in coal mines lately either;-)

    PS: Asking everyone to keep your eyes open. Nature will almost always provide warnings if we but have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Think like a caveman!

  28. Jerry says:

    @E.M. Re: twin posts – seems you have your bird dogs trained well. :) BUT, that being said, R.de Haan and I have been talking and the three of us really need to have a conversation about about these damn shock collars coming off, like NOW!

  29. Pascvaks says:

    Ref my last – “GE” or “GM” what’s the diff?;-)

    Different Matter:
    Just read post and cmts at

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/wsw-thursday-20-sept-2012/

    what went through my mind was more suited here and not there.

    The Market Crash of 1929 always fascinated me and I’ve been getting more of those ‘deja vue moments’ lately as my confidence in the rotted wooden, concrete, and steel bridge we call our Federal Government has diminished daily in the last 5 years or so. If I had the money to dabble, as they say, I’d be more interested in all the specifics of your WSW posts EM, as it is, I’m a poor generalist and just try to keep up with the tidal ebb and flow of the market and not the ripples and waves of the stocks and bonds –so to speak; to me, The Market is more a barometer of the economy. Right now, I don’t trust the reading I’m getting from the daily stock numbers covered by a 2 second pop chart on the nightly news. Couple that ’feeling’ with the economic and political environment nationally, the latest news from the Middle East, the games China is playing in the South China Sea, an inherent distrust of Russia’s 007-KGB President, and the historical stupidity of Europeans, I guess you could say: I come to you requesting a glimpse, of sorts, of what you ‘perhaps’ see in your Short Term Crystal Ball -Worst Case, Best Case, Likely Case (Hell, Any Case! I’ll take anything ya’ got;-) As you do on your WSW posts (or not); curious what you think is around the next corner or five. The country and the world seem to be operating under the illusion that a hope is a plan, I know you think otherwise. If our glorious leaders keep going the way they have been, and the world keeps falling apart the way it has been, I see every reason to suspect that October or November 2012 might turn out to be October 1929 all over again. (After all, only those who learn from history avoid the pitfalls of the present; I can’t see that the ’leaders’ we have today have learned much of anything in their lives.) You have a gifted mind and keen perceptions, very curious what you think the ramifications would be if we had another crash. A BIG 1929 (adjusted for inflation, population, and whatnot of course) ALL OVER AGAIN CRASH. (Hurry, please; not much time; October right around corner;-)

  30. Jerry says:

    @Pascvaks The armadillos may just be heading out into the Gulf to those asphalt
    volcanoes and road like seeps.

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/theres-oil-on-that-ocean-bottom/

    That much asphalt and no 18 wheelers has got to be Nirvana for an armadillo. Those little guys have been around awhile and I will bet some of them remember where the gills are. :)
    And seriously the fire ants are taking a toll on all sorts of ground nesting animals -mammals, birds and reptiles, including deer and alligators and turtles.

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw242

  31. Pascvaks says:

    EM-
    Re my last: Maybe a piece of ‘fiction’ with a disclaimer that any resembalence to actual persons, places, events, things, countries, banks, politicians, and armadillos is purely accidental. Fiction is fiction, what you write depends on the market anyway, right?;-)

  32. Another Ian says:

    EM.

    FYI – I just got this in an e-mail

    “10 years ago the USA had
    Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, Johnny Cash.
    Now they have no Jobs,
    no Hope
    and no Cash!”

  33. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, Another Ian, you almost got me to spray the keyboard ;-)

  34. adolfogiurfa says:

    We have to find what you have instead: It would be something like: Goldman-Sachs, George Soros and the New World Order ?

  35. adolfogiurfa says:

    An important testimony:

  36. Pascvaks says:

    FYI – “Photo: Vanguard Cave”
    Imagine, you’re a Middle Aged Neander, in the market for a big cave with a fantastic view and some great fishing near by, a nice place where you might macht platz with the Little Frau and die kinder for a while as the earth decends into a deep freeze, endures same, and slowly cometh back. Might this location be one of the final three that you and your little family select? Call “Ice Age Real Estate”, Anytime, Anyway You Can, Remember Our Motto: “Buy Med or Freeze Dead! Beach Property is Drying Up and Only Getting Higher!”

    http://johnhawks.net/weblog/hawks/travel/vanguard-cave-mediterranean-2012.html

  37. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    FYI there is a line of Steve Jobs cartoons around, including the one where he tells Bill Gates about heaven.

  38. What are the charges for the Church of the Sacred Carbon? I never knew that German churches are supported on an extra tax, which you can avoid by not being in their church. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19699581

  39. E.M.Smith says:

    @Simon:

    The Church of the Sacred Carbon has NO tax. Any value given must be given freely and voluntarily every single time.

    What the Germans do is often quite insane, so I can say nothing about why they do what they do. (I can call it insane since many of my ancestors are Germans / Germanic…)

    @Another Ian?

    That’s a cartoon? ;-)

  40. Pascvaks says:

    There is definitely something cyclic to human crazy, it must be related to solar somethings or other, and water quality (or maybe the water is just the vector for the solar somethings?). Don’t Germans still eat rye bread? (Sun–Rye–Water–Bread–Crazy;-)

  41. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: There is definitely something cyclic to human crazy
    We spend the highest energy we produce in imaginary sufferings, in endless worries,( we can not change many things as they would be substituted by other in the psychological realm), but one we can change it is The Non-expression of unpleasant emotions,be it to the outside or inwardly. The hardest thing is to free ourselves from “suffering”.
    We should see the two videos I posted in

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/im-hispanic-who-knew/

    in order to know that these craziness you talk about, such a “lunacy” comes from the necessity of the Moon (Luna) to channel to itself the energies produced by organic life on earth.

  42. Pascvaks says:

    @Adolfo –
    I find I can take the ‘crazy’ easier if I don’t hate, dispise, loath, the person acting crazy, but when I am ticked off at the crazy and hate the person acting crazy it’s nearly impossible to stand; like you, anything that adds to the strain of the moment –and that definitely includes the Moon– is going to make things that much more unbearable;-)

  43. p.g.sharrow says:

    Something to watch:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/11/private-city-in-honduras-will-have-minimal-taxes-government/?intcmp=obinsite

    New, New, new idea. Actually as old as governments. Local warlord, king, etc., grants land to group for area of reduced regulation and tax for improved local commerce ( that his friends have a stake in). But they can’t stand the idea of doing it for the whole country. Control of everything is much too important a thing to risk in exchange for improving the lives of all of the people. pg

  44. j ferguson says:

    Guys,
    If you didn’t see this: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/an-epidemic-of-absence.aspx , you should. The idea is that we are organisms evolved for an environment which includes a lot of things, like worms, and various bacteria which aren’t there any more. Our immune system is contrived to do things which no longer need doing, so being the responsible system that it is, it goes out in search of useful work and screws up other things producing the recent increases in asthma and other afflictions.

    We are suddenly able to modify our environment faster than we can evolve to fit it. Maybe this is something more worth worrying about than a few degrees C.

    Having a system which addresses its environment can fit shorter periods too.

    Maybe 6 months into retirement, I started to have scary nightmares involving construction projects. They always involved the people and firms I worked with, were always realistic problems, but never anything which had actually happened. Usually they were phone calls, the type you hope not to get very often.

    “John, forms are done, steel is set, concrete trucks are lined up and we’re ready to pour. Bob just checked the survey again and he thinks we’re eighteen inches into the neighbor’s property. What should we do?”

    This is where I’d wake up. The answer, of course, is pour. I’ll explain why if anyone is interested.

    This is an example. Others would be where I’d screwed up the geometry of something involving LARGE components which would all have been fabricated in accordance with approved shop drawings but which now could not be made to work together. Or the locomotive wouldn’t fit through the tunnel because even though it fit the clearance templates, the fact that it was a chord passing through a curved section hadn’t been taken into account.

    These nightmares were weekly for about 2 years, then started to space out to monthly for another 3 years then infrequently. Thank God.

    In asking around, I’ve found that retired surgeons have this problem. Guy who did trouble-shooting for a re-insurance company had same problem, only his nightmares had actually happened. He was the guy who ran their QA program in an attempt to make certain the guys they were covering had understood the risks they had assumed. I guess they hadn’t always.

    My doctor said that his dad, the doctor had exact same problem. We decided that 30 to 40 years of confronting awful problems led your brain to develop means for dealing with them. And when they quit showing up due to retirement, the brain made up new ones to feed the system.

  45. Pascvaks says:

    @JF – Ditto! Before, I guess, we were too hyped, tired, busy, whatever, to remember, though I have a feeling we had as many if not more of those dreams then; now the ‘professional’ screws are off, but we still deal with life’s ‘issues’ the way we trained when young and mastered in middle age. Well, that’s what I tell myself; it’s not new, it’s just that now they register more often for some reason. Though they ‘seem’ to be reruns of days gone with the wind, they’re new resolutions in old clothes and scenery; well, like I said, that’s what I tell myself;-)

  46. j ferguson says:

    Pascvaks,
    I forgot to mention an important thing. I never had work-related nightmares while I was still working. Then they were more related to the university, the usual, I guess, discover that I hadn’t really dropped economics and need to learn the whole thing by final tomorrow. this is an apparently universal nightmare among the educationally afflicted.

    that’s one.

    Another was discovering that I needed to move suddenly from Saint Louis to Chicago and not being able to remember where all the VWs I owned were parked – really odd.

  47. Pascvaks says:

    @JF – Yep, next time I see my Old Man I’m going to get a few things off my chest; now it may be that I wasn’t listening, but I think it’s more likely he didn’t tell me all the crap you go through when you get older. But… come to think of it… his Old Man probably didn’t tell him anything and he probably thought that’s the way the Irish are supposed to rear their kids. Well if that’s the way it’s supposed to be I guess I better keep the scary stuff to myself and not say anything to Junior. Don’t want to scare the fun of life out of him, or make him try to do everything I didn’t. You know, one thing my Dad always said to me, always, it was like.. very strange.. “Youth is wasted on the young!” Another one had something to do with “Throwing pearls before swine..” Damn! Maybe he was trying to say something after all! Hell, I can play that game, next time I talk to Junior I’m going to tell him “Youth is wasted on the young and it’s like throwing pearls before swine to boot!” If he can’t put 2 and 2 together by now it ain’t my fault, right; and it’ll probably be enough to keep him from having too much fun before he starts to fall apart in about 30 years.?;-)

  48. j ferguson says:

    Hi Pascvaks,
    I’m sure i was well-served by almost everything my parents imparted, but i was encumbered by some. One in particular was that if I was having trouble with something, it was very likely my fault. While this is likely true in most cases, it wasn’t always.

    It never occurred to me that i could have trouble learning something because it was badly taught. The worst thing to do if stuff isn’t intuitive is to take a course where the text was written by the professor. I did this twice and had trouble both times. It didn’t occur to me to get someone else’s text until I was almost sprung. After that it was easy.

    I also didn’t pick up that I couldn’t absorb much in a single reading until I was in class with a bunch of guys who could get it the first time and where the reading load was hundreds of pages a week. One of the highlights of my retirement was finding that Edward Gibbon (Decline and Fall) had the same problem and wrote about it – I wasn’t the only one.

  49. Paul, Somerset says:

    A brief and readable summary, with links, of recent papers on the effects of the Sumatran earthquakes of April this year.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19732681

    This particularly caught my eye, as it seems to make deducing the causes and effects of prehistoric or unrecorded seismic activity very difficult indeed.

    “This April 2012 earthquake triggered many larger and potentially damaging earthquakes around the world, and with a time delay of hours or up to several days. That effectively extended the aftershock zone to the entire globe.”

  50. Pascvaks says:

    @JFerguson – “It never occurred to me that i could have trouble learning something because it was badly taught.”

    I had the opposite problem;-)

    Ref. “Nadine”
    Probably much better data out there about the effects this little girl has had on lowering N.Atlantic heat content, but I thought a few SSTA Charts might be interesting –can’t see much in these tea leaves– but I have to think that these type of storms have an impact, over time, on “excessive” heat in the Arctic too.
    Another idea of sorts for the General Store Pot Belly Philosophers Circle (the GSPBPC) is that the lower the overall ocean heat content, the more storms form nearer to Africa and Mexico (more impacts in California and Europe). The pattern changes as the Earth cools and warms, as does the global ocean conveyor. Problem is you have to be able to live 300-600 years (if not longer) to see anything at all.

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?5-daynl#contents

  51. Pascvaks says:

    Correction: make that the General Store Pot Belly Stove Philosophers Circle (the GS PBS PC), better ‘ring’ to it;-)

  52. Pascvaks says:

    FWIW – A short, general, discussion about Viking Funerals (sort’a;-). Worth a brief look-see when/if not inclined toward anything else more interesting. Gives one pause, if you know what I mean. I trend toward the Bon-Fire As Honor School and think it was more for the high-brows and not the lowly of the day. About burying the recently departed under the house, I think it was a good idea in it’s day. About letting the body waste away in the open air for a year and then going back to collect the bones and pileing them inside a cave, that too seems like a good idea for folks to honor the departed. Anyway, just a little brain food for a quiet moment on how far we’ve come in a couple thousand years –or not;-)
    Re: The Rise and Wane of the Cremation Ritual (Anthropology)

    http://dienekes.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-rise-and-wane-of-cremation-ritual.html

    “A thought occurred to me recently as I was reading about the Urnfield culture and the two components of the Andronovo horizon, the Alakul and Fedorovo cultures which contrasted in their practice of cremation vs. inhumation. It seems that the cremation ritual rose to prominence during the Bronze Age and then largely waned during the Iron Age. Of course, this did not occur everywhere, not was it an entirely linear process. For example, most of the patrician Roman gentes practiced cremation into historical times. The Greeks, on the other hand, who mostly practiced inhumation during the Bronze Age, seem to have adopted cremation during the Dark Age, and this was the custom immortalized by Homer. Of the Indo-Iranians, one branch leading to the modern Hindus adopted a cremation ritual, while another, leading to the Zoroastrian Persians adopted the well-known exposure ritual…”

  53. Pascvaks – have you ever had the suspicion that cremation started as a barbecue, since people didn’t like raw meat?

  54. P.G. Sharrow says:

    At least you could eat the good parts and burn up the rest. ;-0 pg

  55. J Martin says:

    From a comment at WUWT.
    “I guess Lazy hasn’t noticed that the new Socialist French president is raising income tax rates to 75%.”

    Presumably that’s just the top rate of tax. Even so…

    Found this;

    “In an attempt at showing their caring, we’re-all-in-this-together sides, some 16 rich French business types last year signed a petition demanding higher taxes for the likes of them.
    Well, yesterday, François Hollande proved he was listening. Not only did he give them a higher tax, but he slapped them with one of the highest rates of tax in the western world – 75 per cent.”

    “…the earnings limit for the new tax set at €1m or more”
    “…a new 45 per cent tax was imposed yesterday on those earning more than €150,000.”
    “France has not yet commenced the really tough austerity that the Right say he must do. But he has declared €10bn of spending cuts this year alone – enough to hurt millions of his voters. There are plenty of sneakier tax rises in his budget too”

    From;

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/jim-armitage-mon-dieu-french-tax-hikes-a-bit-rich–but-could-it-throw-country-a-lifeline-8190385.html

  56. Pascvaks says:

    @ J Martin –
    Idiots who think they can save their “System” by using a publicity stunt regarding high tax rates for rich taxpayers are worse than stupid, they’re downright dangerous (and may I add, “very suicidal” to boot). All they’re doing is passing gas, making smoke, and waving mirrors. They don’t even buy any time with this crap. I used to think the Soviets put something in the water that made everyone so stupid, I’m shifting to the Chinese –after all, so far in the Game of Global Craps, they’re winning and in the best position to collect (or ‘push’) down the road. Damn! And hear I thought WWI was the “Great Stupid”. (Well, should have known my ESP genes were kind’a flakey, I thought Carter was going to hold onto his title as the Dumbest Stump in the Forest for at least another 50 years;-)

  57. P.G. Sharrow says:

    Carter was,is, as dumb as a wooden post. The Obamanation is not dumb, it is corrupt thru and thru. This is deliberate. pg

  58. J Martin says:

    Whilst I would prefer to see Romney elected, it isn’t looking too likely. That being the case, there is perhaps one benefit of Obama getting re-elected, if a little painful for car drivers.
    If fuel prices double, it will encourage more people to buy cars that do the sort of miles per gallon we already get here in Europe. I get 52 mpg ( 63 mpg UK gallon ) from my 2.2 litre diesel.

    If that leads to a reduced demand for fuel, then that must surely be good for America’s balance of payments and insane debt mountain.

  59. E.M.Smith says:

    @J. Martin:

    The EPA has decided Diesel is evil and are doing their best to kill it.

    As a long time Diesel driver, I have often lamented the (roughly) 35% of excess fuel being wasted by the US hostility toward Diesels.

    The VW Rabbit of back in the ’80s got over 50 MPG. This isn’t a hard thing to do… Heck, the old Honda of the ’70s got just over 50 MPG. Were we to loosen some of the smog laws / EPA regs just a tiny bit (so little the air quality would not materially change) we could recover about 20% of fuel economy from gasoline cars too. I’m not talking “dead in the streets and massive smog”, I’m talking “clean air like we had in the ’80s”. We are way into the ‘exponential cost for log gain’ end of things and a minor relaxing would have a major fuel gain.

    @P.G.:

    A whole lot of things sure look deliberate to me (like the excess fuel burn above). What I’ve not worked out are the details of “who and why”… So far it looks like a consortium of folks in power for their collective gains. “Flock of thieves”… some capitalists, some socialists. All evil.

    @Pascvaks:

    Not “stuff in the water”, but stuff on the fabric. I’ve got a ‘posting in the works’ that I’ve not made enough progress with, just for you. Turns out mandated fire retardants ’cause issues’…

    BTW, watching birds and worms eat a relative is not going to sit well with a lot of folks, so I figure a big fire was done to ‘get it over with’ fast and NOT have the bugs and birds win… Cooking takes a different set of circumstances, and is clearly not what was done in cremation. Those bones show clear knife marks… So: Digging is hard work. Birds and bugs is gruesome. Fire is easy and fast (and has that whole ‘spirit rising to heaven in the smoke’ fantasy too…)

  60. Pascvaks says:

    FYI – Short BBC Item Re: Mapping Brain Genes
    21 September 2012
    “Human brain gene map shows striking similarities” By Katia Moskvitch

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19674768

    “Human brains follow the same basic molecular pattern despite different individual personalities, a 3D map of where our genes are expressed suggests. The map draws on more than 100 million gene expression measurements found in three human brains cut into 900 pieces. Researchers from the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle and Edinburgh University said the project might help understand how genetic disorders cause brain disease. The study appears in Nature journal. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7416/full/nature11405.html The human brain is the most complex structure in the world, composed of 100 billion cells, but it is still not fully understood. Prof Ed Lein, from the Allen Institute for Brain Science, one of the authors of the paper, said this atlas could provide vital information in the general understanding of “brain function, development, evolution and disease”. The team says that the majority of genes in the human brain are expressed in patterns very similar from one brain to another – showing that despite different individual personalities, our brains are in fact strikingly similar…”

  61. adolfogiurfa says:

    …..however some brains may be under the hypnotic influence either of drugs or the media, others may have not reach its optimum because the processes in our body could be spending unnecessarily too much energy in worries, unpleasant emotions or excessive sex.
    At the time of our death we inevitably shall encounter the Big Accountant, not as to give us a reward or a punishment, but for us to receive what we have built, if anything, during our lives.
    Have we increased our “pitch” or we just followed the easier way, following the “law of falling”?
    Is it the Sun waiting for us or are the cold realms of the moon where our crying and gnashing of teeth will be heard by no one for the etarnity?

  62. E.M.Smith says:

    Not to mention that the hardware can be remarkably similar, yet not wired up quite right, running on the wrong voltage, or have corrupted software… Of all of those, I worry most about the software as there are clearly large groups devoted to spreading as much broken software around as possible…

  63. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: Yes!, too much broken software out there. :-)

  64. Pascvaks says:

    @Adolfo & EM –
    More and more I find tid-bit news items of “The Quest” as exciting as the 3″ Headlines of “The Discovery”, of course there are a lot more tid-bits –maybe a lifetime of tid-bits has made me a fan, like grits; there’s this urge to eat something brainworthy on a regular basis and regardless of how small, they do sustain;-)

    PS: Funny, now that we’re speaking of gritty little tid-bits, I’ve found many a sustaining morsel here at “Chiefio”. Many!!! Thanks again;-)

  65. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: Perhaps you could make a software like this one:

  66. adolfogiurfa says:

    BTW: Once I saw in a documentary made in Australia a gun which was SOLUBLE IN WATER:
    This can be made by making it of an alloy 1 part of Aluminum metal and 0.852 of Sodium metal. Nice, isn´t it?. If submerged in water it would dissolve in it forming Sodium Aluminate (NaAlO2).

  67. Eric Barnes says:

    Hey EM,
    It looks like USHCN is about to spit out a new version of USHCN …

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/ushcn/

  68. E.M.Smith says:

    @Eric Barnes:

    Oh boy… just what we need… more modifications of the changes to the interpolations of the homogenizing of the pairwise adjustment of the ‘data food product’…
    /sarcoff>;

    @Adolfo:

    What a fascinating idea… Don’t hold it with sweaty palms though ;-)

    On the printing bit: That’s interesting too… only going to get worse. FWIW, I know several ways to make “DIY” guns and more. No way that info can be eliminated, and it doesn’t need computers or machinery. No, I won’t share (other than in person and to people I know are worthy and responsible.) Being a Smith, well, the old smiths made everything… only later did they break up into goldsmiths and tinsmiths and gunsmiths and locksmiths and…

    It really isn’t a very hard tech. Heck, an 1800s era cannon is just one large casting. Mostly it takes a lot of metal and some heat (and the ability to make a moderately decent mold). Think a 4 pounder can do something?…

    So how to stop THAT? Well, guess we can’t let people have nickels (mostly copper) or any other coins, copper pipe, brass fittings, or stoves / propane torches… Interesting thought…. wonder how long it would take to go from “found objects” to working cannon? One weekend?

    Ah well, won’t stop stupids from being afraid and more stupid..

  69. Chuckles says:

    Non of that wimp performance here. Some interesting capabilities cooked-in in that design

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/07/adapteva_epiphany_parallel_computing_kickstarter/

  70. Pascvaks says:

    Just a thought –
    Checked out EM’s latest post at http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/gentoo-love-hate-relationship/ and was immediately struck by the penguin pic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gentoo_Penguin_at_Cooper_Bay,_South_Georgia.jpg –I know, it’s not hard to be struck by the penquin pic it’s the only pic and it’s BIG. It wasn’t the penguin. It was the beach rocks. Smooth and rounded. Wave action. That was the thought. Nothing but that.
    Then I went to find the pic link Chiefio had in his entry and had to go all the way to the wiki article on Gentoos to put it in the little thought I had above. Had to read the article in wiki. Short, interesting. From rounded beach rocks I was now drawn to Gentoo penguins who apparently diverged from another penguin about the time earth started getting cooler.

    (a’la Wiki) “The Gentoo penguin is one of three species in the genus Pygoscelis. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA evidence suggests the genus split from other penguins around 38 million years ago, about 2 million years after the ancestors of the genus Aptenodytes. In turn, the Adelie Penguins split off from the other members of the genus around 19 million years ago, and the Chinstrap and Gentoo finally diverging around 14 million years ago.[3] Two sub-species of this penguin are recognised: Pygoscelis papua papua and the smaller Pygoscelis papua ellsworthii'”

    The “14 Million” bounced off a nerve about climate change on the planet about that far back as things got cooler. Then I read more about rocks and nests.

    (Wiki) “Gentoos breed on many sub-Antarctic islands. The main colonies are on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Kerguelen Islands; smaller populations are found on Macquarie Island, Heard Islands, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The total breeding population is estimated to be over 300,000 pairs. Nests are usually made from a roughly circular pile of stones and can be quite large, 20 cm high and 25 cm in diameter. The stones are jealously guarded and their ownership can be the subject of noisy disputes between individual penguins. They are also prized by the females, even to the point that a male penguin can obtain the favors of a female by offering her a nice stone.”

    14 million years ago. gradual climate change. antarctic getting cooler. penguis move north to warmer locations for nesting. rocks and habit and habitat. glacials and interglacials. etc., etc., etc. Like I said, it wasn’t about the penguin, I just thought about the rocks, and then I thought about the penguin and other stuff.

  71. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: Timing/Dating is a doubtful issue if we take in consideration Velikovski´s hypothesis of a not so quiet neighborhood.

  72. Pascvaks says:

    @Adolfo-
    Yhep! Neighborhoods do change. It’s either the climate or the fauna or a few dozen other things, but nothing and nowhere ever stay the same long. Those rocks say a lot. The sands of the Sahara, and those along the US East Coast from Virginia to Texas, and those from Matarani to San Diego, and the pebble beaches that pop up all over the place, and the black volcanic beaches there and there, and all around the globe everything is different, and still very much the same. They all tell a story of time and energy and fauna and flora and ups and downs and hots and colds. The dates may not be very accurate, but remember the readers of the yardsticks aren’t too smart yet. Give them time, we are still very young;-)

  73. Pascvaks says:

    @Adolfo –
    PS: How is the “Corredor Vial Interoceánico Sur Perú-Brasil” coming along? The wiki link is dated and in need of updating. I came across mention of this project when looking at “Matarani” in wikipedia for my last comment on beach sands; thought the Peru-Brazil Project connecting Pacific-Atlantic via the Amazon sounded great on paper and good that it seemed to be proceeding OK even if it was a little behind schedule. Can you say or is it off your radar?

  74. Pascvaks says:

    Went off to check News since I was making a pest of myself with comments but once I saw this I had to come back and tell y’all FWIW –
    ________________
    TO GET THE FULL DRUDGE REPORT EXPERIENCE,
    View iDrudgeReport on a mobile browser or official APPS or
    on the desktop at drudgereport.com.
    SPEECH: Romney rips Obama’s foreign policy…
    Team O: To the right ‘of even George W. Bush’…
    *** IMAGE ***
    ‘HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY’
    _______________

    obviously the ‘Hope is not a strategy’ is what caught my attention, it sounded familiar, and it occurred to me that the Romney Campaign had be using some material from this website, I wonder…;-)

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/8/romney-to-slam-obama-on-warfare/

    PS: nope, haven’t read it yet, going there now;-)

  75. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: That project (The corredor vial inter-oceánico) was finished time ago and it´s working.

  76. E.M.Smith says:

    @Pascvaks:

    Interesting about the rocks. Rounded stones mean a lot of water based erosion. One tends to think of Penguins and glaciers, not running water, so “there’s a story in that loose end”…

    Per “Hope is not a strategy”: If they did pick it up from me: Dear Romney Campaign, you have my complete permission to use the phrase for any purposes you deem useful. A ‘foot note’ someday in the history would be appreciated, but is not required. ;-)

    FWIW, I’ve noticed an ‘odd parallel’ with some of the points I’ve raised and some particular news sources having similar stories a day or so later. Don’t know if we’re both just looking at the same stuff, or if they are picking up ideas here. Fine with me in either case. “Flattery will get you anything” and I would find it a kind flattery. (But I’m not so ego driven as to think it anything beyond a coincidence of comon interest absent any confirmation.)

    Looks like I’m needing to find out what the Peruvian corrredor is too…

  77. Pascvaks says:

    EM-
    I have to think (I JUST HAVE TO!;-) that there’s some little group of Federal Nerds somewhere that tries to keep in touch with the ground. Can’t imagine that you aren’t on the list of websites they monitor on a regular (or constant) basis to see what’s really happening out here in the Real World. If I were the Secretary of anything, I’d have my own little office; I don’t think I’d be able to trust something some other department or agency put out, would you;-)

  78. sabretoothed says:

    So if sea water is full of viruses and water came from comets, didn’t life come from comets? http://www.futurity.org/earth-environment/millions-of-marine-viruses-ebb-and-flow/

  79. Pascvaks says:

    @Sabretoothed – Maybe the comets are only the vectors? How about viruses (or their building blocks) forming via a Supernova ‘somethings’, mixing with water vapor, freezing in the cold of deep space, drawn by gravity to stars and planets, and Bingo! on the right ones? On the other hand, maybe it takes something more unique, like a pulsar, or a Black Hole to mix things up in the right proportions? Or something quite common, like a deep sea volcanic vent?

    Looking through the Wiki article on Viruses, and seeing the different theories on origin, and the different classifications of viruses, had the thought that there’s no common origin; that they can form via a number of different circumstances, and once the get started (as long as their environments are sypathetic– there’s no stopping them. Chemistry run wild.

    But I too do think that comets brought the little buggers here.

  80. sabretoothed says:

    “If the dust input is around 200 tons per day, then the particles are being transported down through the middle atmosphere considerably faster than generally believed; if the 5-tonne figure is correct, we will need to revise substantially our understanding of how dust evolves in the Solar System and is transported from the middle atmosphere to the surface,” said Plane.

    The metals injected into the atmosphere from evaporating dust particles are involved in a diverse range of phenomena linked to climate change.

    “Cosmic dust is associated with the formation of ‘noctilucent’ clouds – the highest clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere.

    The dust particles provide a surface for the cloud’s ice crystals to form. These clouds develop during summer in the polar regions and they appear to be an indicator of climate change,’ said Plane.

    “The metals from the dust also affect ozone chemistry in the stratosphere.

    The amount of dust present will be important for any geo-engineering initiatives to increase sulphate aerosol to offset global warming.

    Cosmic dust also fertilises the ocean with iron, which has potential climate feedbacks because marine phytoplankton emit climate-related gases.” http://www.messagetoeagle.com/codita.php

  81. E.M.Smith says:

    @Simon:

    Interesting article… Also interesting that the comments are showing a lot of folks “aware” of the issues…

    @George:

    Yup. IMHO we need a “Gore Tax”…

    @Sabertoothed & Pascvaks:

    I think we’re going to find out that life has had far longer than 4 Billion years to evolve, that a lot of ‘odd stuff’ is in space, and that it’s all connected…

    @Pascvaks:

    There are LOTS of intel agencies. Dozens of them. It’s more a question of the “flappers” that are between the intel and the decision makers….

    OTOH, today I heard speech by Romney where he clearly said “Hope is not a strategy!”… ;-)

    Made my little hart go pitty pat ;-)

    I would love to allow myself the small conceit of thinking I originated it, no mater what path it took to get there… (though I also know it is a rather obvious conclusion, and so likely to have many parallel inventions…)

    FWIW, there are automated widgets that suck down all sorts of text and voice and scan it for ‘interesting bits’ and then flag for a human to read / listen. For a while one of my friends and I liked to stuff in lots of spurious “filter triggers” just to cause some crap to go through to the people… Later decided maybe that wasn’t really doing much of value.

    Then again, one friend worked at a DOD funded company on secret electronic gear. (During Soviet Cold War era). We KNEW all his phone calls at work were monitored, so just for fun we’d call up and say, in Russian “Hello {his name} how are you today?” Which of course would cause him to say “Don’t DO that!” and we’d say In a bad Russian Accent “Sorry. Will not to be doink again that.” or similar. About 2 more sentences into it we’d swap to plain ‘Merican and ask if he was going to the movies with us or whatever… After a dozen times or so we eventually stopped, figuring that “Clarence Clearance” as we dubbed the Listeners would have become bored with the joke…

    So bottom line: Yes. I’m quite certain that there are a dozen agencies from the US side alone monitoring all sorts of stuff, and probably 3 times that from the rest of the world…

    I suppose now, though, it would be Arabic that would trigger the Listeners… Too bad I can’t speak a peep of Arabic nor type any… I know a couple of Senators I’d like to call ;-)

  82. j ferguson says:

    naming a domain w*e*e*t*a*b*i*x*j*h*a*d provoked an enquiry, apparently to discover what the connection between the two might be.

  83. Pascvaks says:

    FWIW – Calling All Neanderthals! Calling All Neanderthals! ;-)-
    The latest in Post Modern Survival Cutlery via John Hawkes Anthropology Blog: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/images/images_2/rodrigo/10_october/09_amidov/01.jpg
    I’m told that the blades are easily replaceable but that they do require a little Old Fashioned know-how to fashion from scratch.
    Other interesting items at http://johnhawks.net/weblog if you haven’t dropped by in a while.

  84. Pascvaks says:

    EM- “I think we’re going to find out that life has had far longer than 4 Billion years to evolve, that a lot of ‘odd stuff’ is in space, and that it’s all connected…”

    I too have a funny feeling that one day we’ll find that we live in an insignificant average sized Universe in an insignificant part of a Major Universe that is an insignificant average sized Major Universe inside an insignificant… y’know, if we’re supposed to last a little while, I have a feeling that we’re never going to discover the true size or age of it all, it’s going to be hung out there just beyond our grasp for a long, long time; which reminds me of an old cartoon I once saw of a farmer who had a donkey hitched to a cart, and had a carrot tied to the end of a stick that he dangled out over the donkey just beyond his eyes, nose, and jaws –anyone else starting to feel like a jackass?
    ;-)-

  85. adolfogiurfa says:

    Pascvaks: I have told you, you wanna see a universe from the outside?….just watch yourself naked on a mirror. Believe or not this is true!

  86. Pascvaks says:

    @Adolfo –
    Now that’s the first time you said anything about being naked. Everytime I went in to brush my teeth I kept trying to see what you were talking about. Is there a trick to how far back you brush?

  87. adolfogiurfa says:

    Very polished surfaces happen to reflect waves, almost 180 degrees….If the universe it is composed of waves and these are reflected, the conclusion is obvious.

  88. P.G. Sharrow says:

    @Adolfo; you need to point out that strong EMF fields also reflect light.We may be actually looking a reflections as in a house of mirrors. 8-) pg

  89. Steve C says:

    EM, you like economics stuff: There was an interesting little post by Dominic Frisby on the (UK) Independent’s blog last week, pointing out that the root of the problem is fiat money (I agree) –

    http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/10/12/what%E2%80%99s-killing-our-economy-money/

    I can confirm all the prices he mentions for 1971, having been there (here) at the time. It’s hard to imagine these days that the “pound” started off its life as one pound weight of Sterling silver, when you need two or three of the shrunken fiat impostors to get a cup of coffee in town.

  90. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G.Sharrow: You just said it: Those strong EMF fields we call them “matter”, then polishing a surface…..

  91. adolfogiurfa says:

    Why is it so that condensers condense electricity….and also heat, as in a thermos.

  92. E.M.Smith says:

    @J. Ferguson:

    So, what IS the connection between them?!

    @Pascvaks:

    OMG, I want a SET! Can you imagine what happens in 1,000,000 years when some archaeologist digs one of THEM up?!

    @Pascvaks:

    At the end of the edge of where we can see, the Universe continues… We are limited by expansion of the universe as it interacts with the speed of light. This means that we can never really know how big the universe is, or where it ends. We could just be a tiny little dot in the ultimate size of things…

    @Adolfo:

    Well, I always KNEW I was the center of the universe… or are you saying I’ve not got my weight under control as much as I thought I had? ;-)

    @P.G. Sharrow:

    IMHO, all matter is made of photons. Whack particles hard enough, you get smaller particles and photons. Repeat. The smallest bits end up being all photons. IMHO this is an existence proof of a sort that “that’s all there is”. Just that as some light slows down, it can get glued on to other light particles and condense into what we call ‘matter’. ( I think under THAT, we’ll find that photons can photons strongly orbiting each other induce, via that spin, what we call ‘gravity’… but that’s just speculation… but as momentum must be conserved, turning linear momentum in light into angular momentum might explain a lot of things…)

    @Steve C.:

    Yes, inflation is a fundamental evil…

    @Adolfo:

    Because surplus electrons like to get together with holes ;-)

  93. P.G. Sharrow says:

    A photon is one of the EMF signatures of the fundamental thing or god particle. Other signatures are, electron and neutrino as well as others as needed by physicists to win Nobel Prizes for their”discovery”. I call this stuff Aether. pg

  94. Steve C says:

    Here’s a treat for the mind. We now have a planet with four suns (it orbits a binary, with a couple of extra suns gravitationally linked). And picked up by “mere amateurs”, too. Wow.

    http://blog.planethunters.org/2012/10/15/ph1-a-planet-in-a-four-star-system/

  95. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Another Ian:Time to buy Gold was a few years ago. If you buy now, will you sell it within a few years at US$500/oz? See: There are suspicious strikes in south african gold mines, while the governor (president) of a region in Peru (SA first gold producer) opposes the opening of a new gold mine (Newmont´s Conga project), just to keep prices higher than normal. These actions are usually well paid….

  96. p.g.sharrow says:

    Computer wars heat up:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/19/iran-expanding-arms-race-to-cyberspace-say-experts/

    Article on Iran attacks against the rest of the worlds computer systems. I guess They really want to be world class. with the Americans and Chinese. They also want to be outside the WWWeb. pg

  97. tckev says:

    E.M. Have you heard of these loonies?-

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

    Looks to me that they are more left than Marx in advocating degrowth of Western economies.
    Frightening.

    And in the USA

    http://transitionvoice.com/2012/10/degrowth-offers-alternative-to-global-consumer-culture/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TransitionVoice+%28Transition+Voice%29

    Transition Voice (at http://www.transitionus.org/ ) appears to be the mouthpiece of this ‘back to the dark ages’ movement.

  98. Pascvaks says:

    FWIW – Some think that there is no such thing as ‘coincidence’, as in ‘meaningless coincidence’. I’ve come to think that there isn’t anything really meaningless about coincidence. I’ll probably go all the way pretty soon and drop the ‘really meaningless’ part. Long story of googleing short: Made a comment a few days ago about this being “EM’s Old General Store”, got a second and a laugh, and was pretty close to dropping it forever when it occured to me to find a funny pic or cartoon of what I was thinking and trying to say. Went looking! Here’s the results:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_P9QwSL6YLdQ/SY8p3xfxn9I/AAAAAAAAA88/z5xzWWyuvSA/s1600-h/untitled.bmp

    Here’s the funny part if you have any Smith blood in your veins, I found a couple three of the pics at the same site written by a guy who’s family ownd an Old General Store in West Virgina and his name is Smith, I’m writing this on a weblog owned by a guy named Smith, and –by the way– my grandmother on my mother’s side was a Smith. Ain’t that a hoot?

    The site doesn’t look active anymore but here it is for a quick look-see: http://potbellytales.blogspot.com/

    Coincidence? (Well there IS something “Smithy” about it;-)

  99. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Pascvaks: Now there is not any OGS but anonymous WM/Mall where nobody knows nobody. Local economy/life/liberty has been swallowed by the insatiable greed of the few.

  100. Zeke says:

    Adolfo says: “Local economy/life/liberty has been swallowed by the insatiable greed of the few.”

    Let’s look at this a little differently. Just for fun.

    Suppose EM Smith installed a small widget on his WordPress weblog which showed our locations as we posted. Likely, the stars would light up on every continent, at varying times which coincided with the daylight, waking hours for that region. The result, of course, is a publication, followed by a conversation about the subject by people from around the world.

    Each poster here had a choice about whether to go down to the “local” coffee house and sit at a counter with others, who were either from the neighborhood or traveling through on their way somewhere else. The conversation at the local countertop would likely have very different considerations and subjects.

    But this is not the choice we made. We chose to come here instead of going down to the corner cafe. Perhaps our technology is teaching us something about ourselves. Perhaps the internet has allowed us to talk with “locals” who are “local” to us in another way. We share something in common and this draws us to talk together. Over time, we may not meet face to face, but have nevertheless shared some very important events and thoughts, such as Climategate, or an earthquake.

    This does not remove the “local” corner cafe from us. It adds another kind of “local” conversation – one that is “local” in the sense that it is based on similarity, rather than outward proximity.

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    The “Smith” family name for my bunch of Smiths traces back to the 1700’s when a guy working iron for a living got off a boat in … Virginia….

    So anyone in Virginia named Smith who’s been there long enough to inherit a General Store is likely a relative… Just say’in….

    (BTW, ‘back then’ there was no “West” vs regular Virgina… that came out of The War Between The States… where I had family on both sides…)

  102. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Zeke: You are right of course, but I am sure you have realized I was referring to face to face contact, or rather heart to heart…not forgetting the “Brave New World” design: Millions of people living in small cubicles in giant cities, and absolutely dependent from the government for surviving, through an implanted chip, or, what is more sophisticated and which has become real: The government “face-book” identifying your face “signature” and providing according to your degree of fidelity to it.

  103. adolfogiurfa says:

    ONCE AGAIN LORD MONCKTON AGAINST “GLOBAL WARMING” :

  104. Pascvaks says:

    FWIW – Interesting little link to other links in the field of anthropology:

    Ever hear of the term “mampires”? I hadn’t either until today. I didn’t know I was one, not by that new term, but when you take a moment to think of it, it’s perfect. Have to tell my son he’s a Mampire, my daughter is too but my son will appreciate it more I think;-)

    http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/links/2012-10-23-links.html

  105. Zeke says:

    Adolfo says: “Millions of people living in small cubicles in giant cities, and absolutely dependent from the government for surviving,”

    Yes, I see what you are referring to, Adolfo. I am startled at the legislative micromanagement of food which is slipping in under the guise of “safety.” Laws which restrict the use of jam jars, or chicken coops, or buying raw milk from a farmer, or using unapproved seeds in a vegetable plot, or banning high yield grains – what is the purpose of this but to persecute people who can feed themselves?

    But there are people who believe that either we have imports and big growers and big stores OR we have local everything. And I used our use of the internet to show that it is a both/and outcome, which adds choices, and does not take choices away. It is not ideal to have to prefer “local” conversations, just because they are local. It does not destroy local conversations, just because I am talking to someone in Peru about Gurdjieff, instead of talking with someone here in Washington about weather.

    But I find these conversations on the internet to be something of a new frontier, equal to discovering AC power generation, or finding a new continent. The reasons are interesting to think about.

  106. adolfogiurfa says:

    “It´s a mad mad world” ….and our @E.M. one day or the other will be uploaded somewhere else by their new computers…

  107. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    For your Amish collection

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Nice ;-) (Smiley face with a beard ;-)} and a bigger beard :-)}> …

    But I think they are more likely Mennonites than Amish… Those modern progressive Mennonites use machines powered by infernal combustion or steam… Amish not so much… (Though there are some more modern Amish that do these days. It’s so hard to stem the tide of corruption ;-{)}> (that one with mustache, and beard… )

    Not all machines are forbidden, but most of the time they are supposed to be powered by horses. Don’t know what the ‘rule’ is on wood / steam power though… but I think it’s not in the Bible… Heron invented a kind of a steam engine, but it was in about 100 A.D. IIRC. Don’t know if that makes it too ‘modern’ or ‘English’ though…

    Wonder if there are any Amish Steam Punkers…. Hmmm 8-{O}> (Eyes large and shouting to be heard over the steam engine ;-) with mustache and beard…)

  109. boballab says:

    Having fun with Sandy here in Ocean City Md. You can watch the waves live from the various webcams here:

    http://oceancitylive.com/

  110. adolfogiurfa says:

    @boballab: Watching the US TV from outside the US it seems that all of you really WANT a big storm. What is the business about it?…So much propaganda about that “sandy” that we better call it “the joker”. Who was the meteorologist in charge? Al Baby? :-)

  111. boballab says:

    @Adolfo

    If you lived within 1 mile of the bay like I do you would realize just what is at stake. Also you have to realize that the area from Washington DC to Boston Mass is the 5th largest concentration of Human lives in the world. Right now the flood waters are within a half mile of my house and low tide is just 45 minutes away. The link I provided earlier is down now but here is one to the US 50 drawbridge heading into Ocean City:

    http://www.misteroceancity.com/OCTrafficcamroute50draw.html

    The water is all the way up to the bottom of the bridge and the east end has flooded earlier. Normally at less that an hour from low tide you would see 8 to 10 ft of space between the bottom and the surface of the water.

    Here is a link to another location half way up the Ocean City near the Route 90 Bridge:

    http://www.fagers.com/

    Click their webcam link but note the picture in where you click since that is the shot you see in the camera. Notice that the water is about 8 ft higher than normal (it has gone down about a foot in the last 45 mins, it was all the way to the top of the railing).

    Now think on this: The storm is still at least 8hrs away and one prediction has it hitting at tonights high tide. Now think about where that water is going to go.

  112. boballab says:

    Atlantic City NJ is already flooded and the storm hasn’t arrived yet:

  113. adolfogiurfa says:

    @boballab: Let´s wait for the announced cold front; if it is cold enough it will freeze storm Sandy on the spot, turning all that turning around water-vapor (as a tropical storm) either into zillions of tons of snow or rain. If such an encounter is of a more graduated way then it will rain/snow for many days.
    Hope to see the scene of NY like “The Day after tomorrow” movie, that would be great, that would be the nature´s version of an “occupy WS” movement. :-)

  114. boballab says:

    @Adolfo

    The snow has already started to fall in western Virginia and in West Virginia. You can see a photo here:

    http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/hurricane-sandy-midatlantic-20121028

    Also there is two photos of Ocean City, one showing the inlet parking lot underwater and the other of streets. The waves this morning destroyed the historic pier down there:
    Ocean City’s pier has been virtually washed away by Sandy’s relentless waves. The pier is a venerable part of Ocean City, visited by thousands of tourists and locals each year.

    “It’s kind of like an icon in Ocean City,” says Tracy Lind, a front desk worker at a hotel in Ocean City. “It’s the closes people can get to the ocean without getting in.

    Lewes Delaware is also under water and the bad thing is, is that the wind is now out of the west causing the water of the bay to come up into the beach towns and the surge from the storm isn’t even here yet.

    The kicker is going to be New York when the surge comes in. Last year when Hurricane Irene hit the surge stopped inches away from flooding the NY subway and Sandy is expected to be many times higher than Irene. Just think of the NY subway tunnels completely full of water.

    On top of this we are expected to get up to 10 inches of rain and that water will have nowhere to go. I think Gov. Christie made the smart call when he ordered days ago for New Jersey’s reservoirs to be lowered to help prevent flooding.

  115. adolfogiurfa says:

    FrankenStorm is Exaggerated – Piers Corbyn

  116. E.M.Smith says:

    @Boballab:

    Best of luck to you and yours!

    @Adolfo:

    This is NOT over done. The water is already as high as at the peak of Irene and the storm is both gaining strength and 8 hours or so out. It’s going to be bad.

    Wall Street is closed. NO financial activity. Think about it. Month End (and all the futures based on it) can’t happen until it re-opens. So lots of companies postponing earnings announcements. Can’t let the market ‘clear’ if there is no market and the market makers are running for the hills.

    We’ve not had a big New England Hurricane for a while, but they can be very very bad.

    Adding a snowmageddon on top of it will not help.

    Oh, and all the trees are still in leaf, so 100 mph winds will just rip them up and make missiles of them.

    As per our ‘fascination’ with such things: It’s just human nature. Look at all the gawkers at any car wreck. Look at how much “chiller” movies gross. Doesn’t mean you want “The Slasher” or “Freddy” or “Zombie Attack”… just means folks like to watch; from a safe distance …

    Basically, since it’s been about 1/2 century since this kind of storm hit that part of the USA, we will find out what has been added in the wrong places and / or not nailed down well enough. Right now the news is showing a very high rise crane that’s blowing down. That’s the START of the EARLY winds… We’ve got 8 hours to landfall, then several more hours after that to leave…

    Garbage cans, cars & vans, small animals and children ;-) will all be flying in the wind…. And it’s not in Kansas anymore ;-)

    Think about the amount of glass in high rise buildings added in the last 50 years. Think about a 100 MPH garbage can… or chunk of a crane…

    Looks like M and Tu shutdowns for markets. Wednesday set to restart. (Some folks are wondering why markets didn’t do a ‘fall back’ to full electronic, as they are supposedly built for it; but the discussion is that the Major Brokerage Houses chickened out on doing the failover…)

  117. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    There are a couple of interesting articles on anomolies at

    http://diggingintheclay.wordpress.com/

  118. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Thanks!

    Looks like Verity has done something I’d wanted to do, but didn’t get ‘a round tuit’… Some time back I’d carped about the anomaly processing ignoring long cycle changes of the relationship, but then was a lazy bum and didn’t do the work. I guess Verity is more disciplined than I am ;-)

    Looks like a couple of good articles:

    http://diggingintheclay.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/the-trouble-with-anomalies-part-1/

    http://diggingintheclay.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/the-trouble-with-anomalies-part-2/

  119. E.M.Smith says:

    OK, I’ve read the articles by Verity. They are VERY worth the read. IMHO it’s the ‘smoking gun’ on how the deed is done…

  120. p.g.sharrow says:

    An article on replacement of a Prius battery and the costs:

    http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1077652_replacing-a-2001-toyota-prius-battery-pack-what-it-cost?

    Be sure to read the comments as well. pg

  121. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.Sharrow:

    As I understand it, the “pack” is mostly some industrial quality D cells (large capacity / volume and solder tabs). In theory, I could just order cells and solder up my own…

    There’s a local ‘club’ that turns Prius into “PHEV” via a battery swap and control changes. Clearly folks can Roll Their Own on that. For some years I’ve been thinking it would be a reasonable idea to wait for the batteries to start failing and pick one up ‘dirt cheap’ as the battery was toast… then do a DIY conversion … Maybe that time is near? Hmmmm….

    Then again, sinking $3k or $4k into a 12 year old car is ‘no fun’…

  122. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; yes there are several sizes of tabbed cells as well as tabbed cells with charge/discharge limiters to prevent runaway explosions!
    I have a “Fiero” in my junk yard that I often speculate for an electric conversion. Trouble is I almost can’t get in or out of it! ;-( pg

  123. adolfogiurfa says:

    That´s what happens to “Al Baby” followers!. BTW Now it is impossible to visit the page:
    http://www.green-agenda.com
    Try it and you´ll get the following message:
    Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

  124. boballab says:

    Well we made it without losing power and the water got no closer than a 1/4 mile from the house, but the back yard next to the road turned into a 5ft wide creek. The town of Ocean City flooded and left debris everywhere, but luckily not as bad as Chincoteague which is still flooded or even worse what happened up in NJ. Here is a collection of aerial photos from there:

    http://photos.nj.com/njcom_photo_essays/2012/10/aerial_photos_of_sandys_destru.html

  125. E.M.Smith says:

    @Boballab:

    Glad to hear that you and yours made it OK. Nice to see you have ‘connectivity’ too (which implies power). Hope the next one is another 100 years away…

    Off to look at photos now… Thanks.

    UPDATE: I’m back. Wow…. just Wow… Houses either just gone, or moved around like Monopoly pieces… the shot of the bay cutting a river to the ocean near the bridge is impressive too… guess the water had to take some path and the road was the low flat one…

  126. boballab says:

    @EM

    That happened in Ocean City MD also (the picture is from NJ) but it traversed all asphalt once it got past the boardwalk and met the bay. It is also how the Ocean City Inlet was made in 1933 when a hurricane hit then:

    The Great Hurricane of 1933, which struck 75 years ago tomorrow, wreaked havoc from Norfolk to Atlantic City and killed 13 people in Maryland. It wrecked Ocean City’s boardwalk, flooded the town, demolished whole blocks and cut off its rail and road links to the mainland. Damage was estimated at $7.5 million in today’s dollars.

    But after the wind stopped, residents emerged to discover their new inlet at the south end of town.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/eastern-shore/bal-75anniversarystorm,0,2661132.story

    Here is a series of photos from there in 1933 after the hurricane:

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/eastern-shore/bal-1933storm-pg,0,6378003.photogallery

    After you look at them tell me if you see the resemblance to what you see in NJ coastal towns today. In almost 80 years it seems like not much has changed. Then look at the ones in the slide show here:

    http://www.wusa9.com/news/photo-gallery.aspx?storyid=227412

    Picture #148 looking east into Ocean City from the bridge that replaced the causeway destroyed in 1933 and also just north of where the inlet was cut shows the water almost to the bridge. During the storm you could see the water from the traffic cam running all the way up onto the bridge and the bay.

  127. boballab says:

    For any that still think Sandy was over sold take a look at what the USA Today has especially in it’s pictures:

    http://www.usatoday.com/topic/9ddb23d5-5e50-466a-a258-3a239811b49f/hurricane-sandy/

    One section of New York City burned down because firefighters couldn’t reach there. Hoboken New Jersey still is completely flooded and with 20,000 residents trapped in their homes. Then there is the power problem. Sandy has caused more damage to power than Katrina did:

    Nearly 6 million homes and businesses in at least 15 states and Washington, D.C., remain without power — down from Tuesday’s 8.5 million — as an army of more than 50,000 utility workers from across the country and Canada arrived to make repairs. For power companies, the scale of the destruction was unmatched – more widespread than any blizzard or ice storm and worse than the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/31/superstorm-sandy/1670691/

  128. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: Look at this hot spot on the sea in front of the east coast, it seems that Sandy didn´t remove all its heat; that energy must release anytime, be it like a meteorological event or as an earthquake……

  129. p.g.sharrow says:

    Check out the aerials. Sandy is still spinning, centered right over New York City, very strange. pg

  130. sabretoothed says:

    This is pretty weird hey, so far away? The complexity of Uranus’s weather is puzzling, Sromovsky explains. The primary driving mechanism must be solar energy because there is no detectable internal energy source.

    “But the sun is 900 times weaker there than on Earth because it is 30 times further from the sun, so you don’t have the same intensity of solar energy driving the system,” explains Sromovsky.

    “Thus the atmosphere of Uranus must operate as a very efficient machine with very little dissipation. Yet the weather variations we see seem to defy that requirement.” http://www.messagetoeagle.com/uranuswhatishapp.php#.UJUDg2cw-RN

    and this is weird that happening at the exact same time as Sandy pretty much

    This is pretty weird hey, so far away? The complexity of Uranus’s weather is puzzling, Sromovsky explains. The primary driving mechanism must be solar energy because there is no detectable internal energy source.

    “But the sun is 900 times weaker there than on Earth because it is 30 times further from the sun, so you don’t have the same intensity of solar energy driving the system,” explains Sromovsky.

    “Thus the atmosphere of Uranus must operate as a very efficient machine with very little dissipation. Yet the weather variations we see seem to defy that requirement.” http://www.messagetoeagle.com/uranuswhatishapp.php#.UJUDg2cw-RN

  131. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G.: Is it someone playing the haarp? :-)

  132. p.g.sharrow says:

    Maybe it is the Bloomburg slime in the sewers as in “Ghost Busters” ;-) LoL pg

  133. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    FYI. Appears your take on our health payroll actually got to the minister.

    Thanks

  134. Ian W says:

    You may find this interesting – a news company in this case ABC has a protest outside its offices and does not report it as it is ‘not on message’ for their candidate Obama.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/11/media-blackout-on-black-chicago-protesters-marching-against-obama/

  135. DirkH says:

    Accidentally stumbled across an older cold fusion device. Looks similar to Rossi’s e-cat.

    Patterson Power cell, patented, Nickel-based

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

    occurs in this documentary

  136. sabretoothed says:

    Guess what, Cosmic Rays cause Titan to Glow in the dark, but hey they do nothing on Earth
    “Scientists’ best guess is that the glow is being caused by deeper-penetrating cosmic rays or by light emitted due to some kind of chemical reaction deep in the atmosphere.”

    http://www.astrobio.net/pressrelease/5119/titan-glows-in-the-dark

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    @DirkH:

    It’s my thesis that Rossi was just doing a ‘Rip off” of the Patterson patent (likely making some gratuitous change) not expecting it to work, but angling for a scam; then the sucker up and worked…. leaving him struggling to figure out what he did having no technical clue about it all…

    It fits all the known facts while being pretty simple…

    @Another Ian:

    Er, your welcome! (Any link / source / pointer / clue?)

    @All:

    Looks like the Post Storm bitching has begun…

    I do find it amazing how many folks expect someone else to provide them with food, power, water, etc. after such a disaster. LOADs of street shots of dark houses with cars parked all over. Not one of them with a little power source plugged into all those “self mobile generators”:

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/minimalist-emergency-power/

    Folks complaining about lack of warmth, shelter, food just a couple of days after the event, yet not having bothered to store any food, space blankets, even a simple camping tent and stove:

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/crisis-kits-and-preparedness-packs/

    I’m sure they have a lot of empty cans laying about. So why isn’t there someone conducting classes in making a DIY emergency stove:

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/beer-cans-will-save-the-world/

    Frankly, one can be made from a bit of metal pipe of the kind used for all sorts of vents in homes. Given the rubble about, I could have a stove up and running in about 20 minutes, using the various wood bits for fuel. I’d have a ‘lean to’ shelter built, stove running, power for lighting from whatever car was nearby and be cooking dinner (from a waterpoof jar) while being warm and comfy in my space blanket within an hour or two of the water receding / storm ending.

    But I guess that’s just me… Never was much of a ‘city person’ at heart.

    We’ve had power failures here (many during the Gov. Grey (OUT) Davis years..) and got to where we just didn’t really notice much.

    I laid ‘drop cords’ along the perimeter of the living room (behind the couch and entertainment center – that was plugged into a 1 kw UPS) and when power would fail, we would notice due to the ‘chirp’ from the UPS on the entertainment cluster and the lamp (it was on a 250 watt unit). Then I’d go to the back porch, and if things had not recovered inside 5 minutes or so, I’d start the generator and ‘unroll’ that extension cord to the pre-laid one in the living room and run two more from there (where they were stored under an end table) to the bedrooms and to the kitchen fridge. Inside 10 minutes, max, we had the fridge on the generator and the whole house on full lighting and entertainment systems.

    Only things NOT supported were the electric stove / oven and the washer / dryers. OK, wash dishes by hand and don’t do laundry for a day or two. Heater / AC too, but this being California, that didn’t matter much. Fire in the fire place in winter. In summer? Well “party on the patio!” ;-)

    On one occasion in about 20 years we had a several day outage, so I fired up the Big Generator ( 5 kw Surge, 4 kW continuous) and ran the AC and washer / dryer too. It was very noisy and basically not worth it, so sold that to a friend about 5 years back. Haven’t missed it. The little 1 kW Honda is whisper quiet and runs everything we need (and then some).

    So I’m of two minds about the folks in Jersey and NYC.

    On the one hand my heart goes out to them and folks need to do anything possible to help get them right.

    On the other hand, if each person had spent on preparation the money they spend on one weekend party, they would all be happily watching TV, eating warm meals, cooking on a simple camp stove or using inverters from cars, or camp lanterns. Maybe living in a tent in the yard, but NOT suffering.

    (Other than those where their whole place was completely destroyed. While packing emergency supplies ‘right’ can have them survive such an event, if the whole house is sucked out to sea it’s kind of useless… those folks ought to have evacuated with a ‘car kit’ anyway… so sympathy is due, but they need to plan better next time…)

    Don’t know a polite way to say “We will help, but next time, think more and you will bitch less.”…

    I think a program to emphasize ‘self rescue’ and ‘preparation’ would be in order…

  138. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    It is back up the T’s a bit – might even be T8. I’m informing you without waving a flag if that fits?

  139. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Would that be the point that it takes more than 2 folks to support one retired person in a nursing home? That there just are not enough ‘young working’ to do all the ‘care giving’ ?

  140. adolfogiurfa says:

    @sabretoothed : Don´t they know what CHARGE is?. That is the fourth state of matter: Plasma. Period.

  141. p.g.sharrow says:

    @DirkH; thanks for the “Patterson” patent link. It is nothing like the “Rossi” patent application device.
    The Patterson cell looks to be physically an operable layout but I am not pleased with his wet chemistry approach to achieve fusion conditions.
    The Rossi device is dry and uses external heat for activation and control. I like the dry nano powder and hydrogen but find the use of external heat to create fusion pressures to be a piss poor design. Guess there is still room for improvements in this field. ;-) pg

  142. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Ah, on T7, the FUBAR discussion, got it. ;-)

    @Ian W:

    What, you expect them to carry a story not in line with their fantasy editorial policy? ;-)

    @Sabertoothed:

    So you are saying it’s interesting and I ought to inspect Uranus? Maybe next month ;-)

    @Adolfo:

    There was a small quake in New Jersey…

    @Adolfo and P.G.:

    Yes, very strange…

    @Boballab:

    Thanks for the links / info. Building on sand bars is just silly…

  143. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: …Very strange…and the hot spot it´s still there, waiting for:

  144. p.g.sharrow says:

    Quakes off Washington and Oregon coast:
    MAP 6.3 2012/11/08 02:01:51 49.185 -128.528 16.6 254 km (158 mi) WSW of Campbell River, Canada
    The Oregon quake 4.2 rock and roll, new moon tomorrow. pg

  145. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G. Sharrow:

    AND a 7+ off Guatemala…

  146. p.g.sharrow says:

    Wrong on new moon! new moon Tuesday. Jez, old timer brain fart! pg

  147. DirkH says:

    Found an interesting interview with
    Dr. Eugene Podkletnov – Full Length Uncut Fixed (2004)
    (Russian; found magnetogravitic effect in rotating superconductors in 1992)

  148. Richard Ilfeld says:

    Here is an answer to why Obama was reelected: But I’m not sure how I would got about proving it. Suggestions?
    We are a predominantly center-right nation. But 15%-20% live Republican but vote Democratic. We support public policy sets we would not allow in our own households. And I don’t mean the “Disagree on one issue but support otherwise” crowd.

    How many parents would reject every premise of “Julia” for their own Daughters, demand choice to keep them from the public schools, complain about high taxes and bad services, personally resent losses to affirmative action and preferences, and vote the big D.

    It may be voting is an emotional experience somehow disembodied from real world consequences. Maybe It’s just my circle of friends. But I keep finding myself saying “But you voted for him…..”.

  149. adolfogiurfa says:

    @Chuckles: Remarkable that Whonix, it looks like @E.M.´s arrangement.

  150. Richard Ilfeld says:

    From LA Times

    “Bullet-train planners face huge engineering challenge
    The 141-mile section from Bakersfield to L.A. will travel over two mountain ranges and more than half a dozen earthquake faults. Experts see it as the project of the century.”

    The train from nowhere to nowhere that no one will ride on will be the biggest engineering project in history. It is fully expected to come in on time and on budget. It is fortunate that trains, unlike aircraft, are inherently resistant to seismic forces. Otherwise the project would be much more difficult

    Your federal Highway taxes at work.

  151. Richard Ilfeld says:

    Hey — wordpress dropped my “sarc” tags

  152. p.g.sharrow says:

    That is OK Richard. Everyone Knows that “The Train To Nowhere” is a big”Joke” pg

  153. adolfogiurfa says:

    That strange HOTSPOT still menacing NE coasts:

  154. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Chuckles says:13 November 2012 at 10:01 am

    Not sure I like the “Whonix” solution.Looks to me that are way too many opportunities for a backdoor hack. I prefer EM’s dedicated terminal solution. pg

  155. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    Beyond unbelievable… it’s not possible for people to move like that! If it were not from before the era of digital special effects I’d expect it was doctored… Heck, not just doing a ‘toe touch’ where your head reaches your feet, but doing it BACKWARDS?! and then keep going a couple of feet?

    AND they can sing while doing it?… OMG!!

    (Song is in English but has some amount of the Jazz Scatt syllable stuff in it. Didn’t realize you could do that with the syllables of “potato salad” ;-)

    Makes a Chinese contortionist look lazy…

    @Richard Ilfeld:

    WordPress interprets a matched set of angle brackets as an html directive that it is to steal and use. So just leave off the opening one. like: /sarcoff>;

    But yes, we’re also (thanks to Governor Moonbeam) going to dig a multi $Billion tunnel under the Bay Delta (since voters have regularly rejected a bypass canal to ship water from the north to LA) since that way it isn’t the rejected “peripheral canal”. Never mind that it will cause the Sacramento River to flow backwards, raise salt levels in the delta, and likely be forced to shutdown once in use due to environmental impacts….

    So we’re going to have a Damn Fast train, that you get to on very very slow bus from each end of nowhere, and a Multi-$Billion hole in the ground to put a river underground against the will of the people.

    Can’t make this stuff up…

    @Chuckles:

    I’ll take look at it.

    @P.G.

    Every release has some good ideas to eventually roll into the final product (or does something bad to know to avoid…)

    @Jerry:

    Looks like time to move to Texas…

    @Tckev:

    Yup, definitely time to move to Texas ;-)

    I’m sure that the internet as we know it will end up moving ‘underground’ via a variety of encryption and tunneling techniques. It is already a ‘done deal’ for some “despised” forms of traffic (porn and copyright breaking among the most obvious). There’s even a couple of decentralized DNS bypasses in use.

    As a completely legal and moral user of the internet, I find myself learning their methods and starting to get skilled in their products simply from the news flow. So on thousands of computers all over the planet the software already exists to bypass most all of the snooping and interference. All that does not already exist is the ability to bypass the telco hardware (so you can still do a 100% shutdown of all communications).

    But if you leave open any communications, it is possible to tunning secret communications through it. So, for example, right now I have a Safer Appliance Computer running doing BitTorrent serving. Right now it is just some hard to find older Linux releases. NOTHING prevents me from putting up an encrypted bag of bits, and then sending a ‘torrent’ file to someone. They, then click on it. The encrypted block now moves. As it can go via many folks, the ‘torrent’ file can be sent to a dozen folks in different countries. They all start their torrent client and each picks up part of the encrypted file from me, but then share what they have with each other.

    Anyone ‘snooping’ at all those countries will only see PART of the encrypted file at any one time, and all coming from other places / countries. BitTorrent includes an encrypted link facility AND can be set to use TCP or UDP and swap what port it uses at each boot time. It includes a facility to ‘discover’ who is sharing what bits of a file, so you don’t need a central server to manage the torrent files (as was in the first version).

    So now you have an encrypted block of data, flowing automatically through whatever path works, with only parts of it visible at any one midpoint, and inside encrypted links in multiple protocols and using any / all ports as desired or randomly chosen automatically.

    Don’t see any way for a government or a telco to figure out what’s inside that from the internet POV. (They can see who is talking to whom and they can sign up for a torrent themselves and participate – so get the file… which is why it needs to be encrypted too. But it can be fun to send around chunks of wiki pages with weak passwords ;-) There are processes developed to bypass those faults as well ( OneSwarm being one of them).

    In the limit case, I break out the old 56 kb modem and just do ‘point to point’. Unless you shut down telephony, it’s a fools errand to think you can shut down communications. Hobble it, yes.

    Heck, we’re rapidly reaching the density where ‘wi-fi to wi-fi’ swarms can be built in any urban area just out of laptops and personal hotspots. No telco needed. (Folks have made their own 802.11 links for years via ‘can antennas’ and good for a couple of miles. So all you need is one hardware savvy geek per ‘few miles’ for long distance links… and not THAT savy… many wi-fi repeaters have a removable antenna so it’s mostly just put the antenna in a can reflector and attach a wire).

    But yes, for the non-tech folks it will be a PITA and problem. Which is why I’m being more or less public about the techniques I’m learning so others can know as well.

    Take, for example, the Libyan Army confiscating cell phones at the border to prevent pictures getting out. OK, now I know to take the mini-SD card out of the phone and put in an empty spare under such circumstances. As the mini-SD is about the size of my little fingernail and about as thick, it’s trivial to hide. Heck, put it under a bandaid on your bum… or between teeth and lip (they look reasonably likely to survive water).

    So while I think it would be best to avoid the UN Stupid, they can’t stop communications…

    Heck, even in the days prior to the internet they couldn’t stop micro-dots and other methods…

    @Another Ian:

    Thanks for the update…

    @Richard Ilfeld:

    My Texas Uncle is a lifelong Democrat. He’s about 80 now, and can’t bring himself to vote for a Republican. (Why isn’t clear, but has something to do with the Republicans vs Democrats about the ’50s or perhaps even Lincoln winning the War Between The States ;-)

    He’s a retired prison guard, so ‘rather conservative’ ;-)

    Last I talked to him about things it was pre-Obama… so don’t know if he voted Dem or Rep this time.

    There are a lot of people who just vote the party ticket so they don’t have to think about ‘issues’…

    Or, like my Daughter, vote “one issue” and take the rest of the package without looking.

    @DirkH:

    Interesting… Rotating supermagnets, eh? Hmmm….

    @Adolfo:

    The two are not mutually exclusive. The Whonix is a good addition. Just needs to be run inside a secure host environment. Having just read the ‘blurb’ on it, it’s a layer that isolates flash and such from host info like IP number and GPS info. So still subject to ‘leaks’ if the host is hacked, but does some good things. The “solution” then, is to put it inside a ‘fresh secure boot’ each time. Rather like having a ‘boot from CD’ that runs a Privatix inside a Virtual Machine (that is the approach I’m testing “soon”.)

    I think that the ‘provably clean’ boot from CD and use of TOR via Privatix or TOR Browser is enough for most needs, but having something like Whonix for use on devices like cell phones where you can’t do that is helpful. I don’t really need Google selling my location to folks who want to shove ads down my throat (or heck, come running out of the restaurant with my photo in hand to explain they have my favorite Carnitas Burrito… and I must be hungry since it’s been 5 hours since I bought ham and eggs for breakfast… a theoretically possible scenario, BTW. If you have cell phone purchasing AND location info AND preference info… it’s an easy ‘do’).

    Part of why the spouse keeps complaining that my cell phone is left turned off ;-)

  156. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmmm….

    If I changed my name, legally, to “Someone Else”, what would be the odds I’d be elected to national office? ;-)

  157. p.g.sharrow says:

    @DirkH says:9 November 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for the link to Dr. Eugene Podkletnov and the experiments on rotating magnetic fields that he was involved with. I read his report on the first experiment in 1992 and was never able to rediscover him and his partner’ work. During the 1990s they disappeared and it was claimed that the experiment never took place! Their report of unexpected effects from their experiment with ceramic super conductor disk had bearing on my own research to manage mass/inertia. pg

  158. Chuckles says:

    And this just in –

    This has been unreported by the MSM, but the petition for California to secede has millions of signatures.
    Unfortunately, ALL of them are from other states.

  159. tckev says:

    THE must have gift for every American at this time of year is
    The People’s Cube. Get yours before you’re found out.

    http://thepeoplescube.com/store/the_peoples_cube.php

  160. adolfogiurfa says:

    @tckev: That´s the NWO cube!. Surprising!

  161. E.M.Smith says:

    @Tckev & Adolfo:

    Damn! I ought to have thought of that!! ;-)

    @Another Ian:

    Ah, yes, the attraction of power brokering and ‘manged markets where I get a cut’ to politicians everywhere…. Not surprised, somehow…

    @P.G.:

    Fascinating, but not unexpected. As I’m married to a twin, I’m quite interested… The two are “the same but different’ in several key ways.

  162. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    Per the N.E. “hotspot”, watch the WUWT-TV videos when they are up. There’s a discussion of ENSO / La Nina / El Nino that explains why it’s there. I think it was by Tisdale.

    @Chuckles:

    Cute, very cute… Though I’d actually suggested that the “Red States” instead of seceding toss out the blue states ;-) But my latest posting shows why that can’t happen….

    @DirkH & P.G.Sharrow:

    Finally getting to watch that Podkletnov video… very interesting….

    High Frequency rotating magnetic fields influence gravity… Hmmm…. So what do we have in the sun? Lots of rotating magnetic fields….

    And “shades of spinning mercury fluids” in the UFO genre…

    Wonder what happens if you stack a dozen of them, one above the other? At 5% each, do you get 60% total? Or .95^12 ? Or???

    Claims it can be easily tested in any Laboratory. Anyone have access?

  163. Zeke says:

    The differences between monozygotic twins are sometimes actually understood better as “variations on a theme.” And their similarities have been found to increase over time, even in cases where the identical twins have not met for 20, 30, 40 and even 60 years.

    These results are being misused as evidence that all is genetically determined, since twins with completely different upbringings share so many life events and personality traits. Even the EEGs of identical twins are as alike as the EEGs of the same person taken at different times. Believe it or not, this is being used to argue that brain wave frequencies are genetically determined. Rediculous!

    Surely there may be some third option, besides “nature v nurture” – perhaps they are in a resonant state based on similarity in which they amplify and offset each other. It is a very special thing.

  164. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G. Sharrow

    FWIW, one of my ‘crazy ideas’ has been that all matter is just photons, ‘condensed’. That if you can get photons to stick together, they become matter. This is based on the fact that as we break particles up, various photons fly off and, well, mass=energy …

    The major thing to deal with is ‘conservation of momentum’. In theory, the photon is ‘massless’, yet conservation of momentum requires that momentum to ‘go somewhere’.

    But pressing on…

    Say that, in turning from photons to mass, we turn an infinitesimal ‘something like mass’ at incredibly high velocity into very low near zero velocity. We’ve still got to put that ‘momentum’ somewhere, again.

    My ‘bright idea’ to dodge this is just that linear ‘momentum’ in the photon gets turned into ‘spin momentum’ as the photons get glued together into particles. That, then creates mass (that we see as gravity).

    Or, as a question, “Do spinning photons make gravity?”

    If there’s any truth to that, then taking collections of photons, even embedded as electrons or the magnetic field that is the other half of the electromagnetic force, and spinning it ought to give more, or less, gravity…

    Never thought I’d ever see anything that might let me test that ‘crazy idea’…

  165. p.g.sharrow says:

    Back when Flieshman & Pons work and the Podkletnov et.al. paper was published, another paper was published by a researcher that worked with Lawrence Labs to evaluate over 10,000 “track” records from the Berkeley and Livermore Radiation Labs. The researcher claimed that electrons, photons and neutrinos were interchangeable. That is, when they collided they changed from one “particle” to one of the other “particles”. The only real change was the different EMF signature. Can anyone out there locate that paper? Published in the late 1980s. I have never been able to rediscover it.

    @EMSmith: Have you been reading my blog? ;-)
    Do spinning photons make gravity? I don’t think so. The AM (Angular Momentum) of a spinning body creates mass/inertia, not gravity. But most of what you have speculated looks true to me. The Aether of space is/has charge (negative), Matter, protons, have a lack of charge,(positive) Gravity is caused by dielectric warpage between the two levels of charge.
    The summer chores are done and I must return to my experiment. pg

  166. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    I read it a little bit, when time permits ;-)

    I like your Aether / Matter strain / warpage idea; but I’m not going to let that stop me from pondering spinning photons ;-)

    There’s something attractive about the notion of Speed Of Light photons losing their forward motion by entering a spin instead. Then being spit out at the Speed Of Light when spalled off as a consequence of turning that spin into linear motion. They never have to ‘come to rest’ nor do they need to ‘change’ into something else. Just ‘condense’ together and orbit each other, or not…

    Haven’t quite worked out the details for things like wavelength vs energy vs quanta … but then again, quantum mechanics and classical physics have their disconnects too ;-)

    Perhaps if there really is an Aether, photons are just defects in the Aether being propagated along. Then mass would just be what happens when a lot of those defects get mashed together in one place, mutually reflecting and refracting in an ‘orbit’ of each other. Potentially to be spit out again if some other energy / defect arrives to break the dance embrace…

    In that case, putting ‘strain’ on that Aether / Matter interface could create / release all sorts of things. From electrical to matter to photons to even gravity effects. But figuring out how to make that happen is the hard bit…

    Personally, I’d be really interested in seeing what happens to a laser light beam shone onto a spinning superconducting disk… and what the light does to the disk. Does the magnetic / light interaction change? Does the particle / light interaction change? Does changing the direction of the light relative to the direction of rotation change any results? If ANY of those are different from the rest frame version or from the non-magnetic version or from the non-superconductive version, you’ve found something interesting… Then put a circulating electric current in the rotating disk and repeat the tests… ANY change is interesting… as then light is interacting with electromagnetic force. ( or ‘electroweak’ if you like). I strongly suspect that light ought to have such an interaction, just likely under some odd conditions. (Other than just direct surface heating or reflection).

    As I understand it, even the basic idea of an absorbed or reflected photon involves interaction with the wave function of the matter. So finding an ‘edge case’ where that interaction is more ‘interesting’ seems like it ought to be a possible…

    Somehow I feel like I need a big tank of liquid nitrogen and some big magnets, motors, and lasers ;-) Oh, and a Tesla Coil or two… even if just for ambiance ;-)

  167. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. The Max Planck energy equation it is a general equation from which I learned its scalar part was removed, making it practical but a kind of “averaged” as to apply it as an heuristic way of almost politically simplifying wave phenomena, where it was included a “factor” (straightening of any curve between two limits), the so called Planck “constant” which it is not really constant: It varies as the sum of sine+cosine, of the angle of the two primeval interacting force: 1 and 0; the “force” and the “void”.
    Please read my

    http://www.giurfa.com/unified_field.pdf

    as it was made as the product of a kind of “infused knowledge”(call it: a revelation) which I experimented (really “suffered” it).

  168. p.g.sharrow says:

    The key is the concept that Aether is the fundamental unit.It has charge and is in chaos. Electrons, photons, neutrinos and others are just different descriptions of the same thing based on EMF caused signatures. The different signatures are caused by the EMF energies created by the spin, in 3 dimensions, of the charge unit. This also causes the effect of mass/inertia. A thing moving on one axis gains mass/inertia in one dimension. A bullet or a gyro has a change in effective mass/inertia in one direction when powered. A photon is a unit of Aether that has most of its’ energy involved in travel with spin and some tumble. An electron has most of its’ energy in spin and little in travel and tumble. A neutrino exhibits little spin or tumble as it travels. All, a unit of charge in motion. A proton is made up of 1280 units, more or less, based on its’ mass/inertia, that are organized and no longer in chaos. When this happens the Charge becomes a force field shell that pushes against the Aether. pg

  169. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith: “Somehow I feel like I need a big tank of liquid nitrogen and some big magnets, motors, and lasers ;-) Oh, and a Tesla Coil or two… even if just for ambiance ;-)”

    The liquid nitrogen was needed to cause super conductor effects in the ceramic disk being tested. This effect was reflected magnetic fields as in a Hall effect. The disk was levitated on a solenoid field from below and was spun or motored by side electro-magnets, This was a test of sintered ceramic supper conductors. During the test the spinning disk was discovered to effect gravity above and below the spinning disk for a number of meters. Fairly low tech. I believe the solenoid magnet and the motor magnets were powered with frequency generators so that they could be varied. pg

  170. sabretoothed says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y&feature=colike Interesting video. Did it cause the fall of Rome? Interesting how they controlled most of Italy for a long time.

  171. sabretoothed says:

    Ancient Solar Flare did it hit Peru ? http://youtu.be/GROz4ZgGWyQ

  172. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; for the secure net appliance project . The RaspberryPI-2 looks to be nearly available from Allied Electronics in the US $35.00. Cases and many other accessories also available.
    A neat spread sheet on small, cheap ARM computer boards at:

    http://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/low-cost-arm-boards

    Also this blog site comment thread on “Competitors ” for the Raspberry is a good read:

    http://www.element14.com/community/thread/19997?start=0&tstart=0

    12 pages of comments, worth the time to read all. pg

  173. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    For your weather files (maybe!)

    http://joannenova.com.au/2012/11/catalyst-climate-astrology-in-your-very-own-backyard/

    I heard a promo on ABC radio prior to the event, which suggested that it was likely to be this bad!

  174. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; link to RaspberryPi supplier as well as home support for Element14 :

    http://www.newark.com/

    All kinds of cool toys, parts, kits and support for R&D.
    I must go back and drool over the wealth of neat stuff. ;-) more fun then Fryes pg

  175. adolfogiurfa says:

    A curious issue:

    [REPLY: Curious indeed. I get "this video does not exist" when I try to view / screen it. -E.M.Smith]

  176. Judy F. says:

    I want to wish you, EM and all your readers a Happy Thanksgiving. I so enjoy stopping by and reading what you have to say and getting to know all your friends who also frequent this blog. I know that you have an international audience, but to me, Thanksgiving is the quintessential American Holiday. So, to everyone out there, no matter where you live, enjoy Thanksgiving Day in the spirit it was envisioned: good food, good friends and thanks for all the good things in our lives.

  177. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.Sharrow:

    I’ve gotten to the point where it’s about time to start the ‘software on the target hardware’, so looking at picking up a couple of boards about now. Nice to know there are some available.

    @Judy F:

    Thanks for the holiday wishes. FWIW, I just put up a Thanksgiving posting:

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/turkey-day-2012/

    in a similar spirit. Speaking of spirits… I’ve got a rather ‘cheap jug wine’ that I bought ‘on a lark’ thinking I could always cook with it if need be, that I’ve found I rather like. Carlo Rossi “Paisano” at about $10 / 4 liters. In a real glass jug. What used to be a ‘gallon jug’, but looks like they made it a bit bigger in the metric transition. Some folks have the right idea ;-)

    It is a very pleasant drinkable wine. Not a heavy brutish thing needing years in the bottle to be acceptable to the palate. No, this is a ‘drink me now’ dinner wine. Easy to drink, a nice but understated fruit flavor with enough tannin to be interesting but not so much as make you think it ought to spend any more time in the bottle. Strong enough to have with a nice lasagna, while not upstaging it; yet soft enough to drink with a bit of buttered bread, or just alone.

    Really a pleasant surprise. It’s from the Central Valley of California (near Modesto, IIRC). A place that grows a LOT of ‘jug wine’ grapes. It’s considered a bit too hot for full flavor (the added heat causes more sugar, but less tannins and softer flavors). Perhaps the recent cooler temps are making it more interesting ;-)

    These folks have some comments about it:

    http://articles.mcall.com/1997-02-08/entertainment/3133767_1_italian-wine-wine-industry-napa-valley

    California’s Wine Industry Traced To Italian Roots
    GRAPEVINE
    February 08, 1997|by ALTON LONG (A free-lance story for The Morning Call)

    One does not have to look very hard to see the incredible influence that the wine makers with Italian backgrounds have had on the California wine industry.

    Some of the earliest California wineries were founded by Italian immigrants and, in many cases, they are still operated by their descendants. Italian names abound in any list of California wineries, whether it be Napa Valley or Sonoma. And that doesn’t count the wineries named for “local” geographic sites which have Italian wine makers.
    [...]
    Several of the bulk producers have generic Chianti-styled wines. There is one in the State Stores, but you can bet there are none of the classic Chianti grape varieties in it. Carlo Rossi produces Paisano, long recognized as a friendly mate to “sweetish” tomato gravy (sauce) on pasta but heaven knows what grapes are in it! Moderately priced at $5.99 for 1.5 liters, it is simple and pleasant and goes well with a meatball sandwich, manicotti and even pizza. But it does not equate to any serious Italian wine.

    You can see our Wine Snob heritage in this article. Loving the wine. Thinks it goes well with traditional foods. Nice price. But Oh The Agony!!! You might not know exactly what grapes are in it!!! AND it isn’t “serious” enough!!!

    My god, man, it’s a nice, tasty drinkable everyday wine. SHUT UP AND POUR A GLASS! ;-)

    Yes, it will never sit on the shelf or 1/2 decade to ‘mature’ like a BV Merlot. Yes, it will never have that lingering tannic ‘bite’ and that deep fruit / chocolate that goes so well with Prime Rib and Horseradish. So What?!

    So something I bought thinking “Feah… maybe I can cook with it”, turns out to be a nice informal party with pasta wine. Sooo Italian. I find myself wanting a refill, to kick off my shoes, have a bit more lasagna, and watch someone dancing to a mandolin…

    So if your local supermarket ( I got mine at Lucky’s) happens to have a jug of this, you just might want to try it. Not only that, it took me a while to ‘remember how’ (too much ‘box wine’ Merlot and high end bottles with corks ;-) but it was also fun to remember how a ‘traditional jug’ works. Hook the index finger through the hole, swing on top of bent arm a-la-wing, and touch the glass to the neck just behind the ‘drip ring’ (to avoid drips from the pour), then watch the wine flow into the glass mere inches from your nose and eyes… I’d forgotten that simple pleasure. I’m glad someone is still making the “glass jug”…

    So, with that, time to go move the cooled bread into the bread boxes and prep the stuffing for tomorrow morning… Salude!

    http://www.carlorossi.com/the-wines/TheWines.html

  178. Jason Calley says:

    @ P.G. and E.M.
    You may remember a lady physicist, Ning Li, who had a grant to do antigravity research for NASA at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. My memory is that she was going to replicate Podkletnov’s experiment. Initial reports were that they were having problems fabricating a large (half meter diameter or so IIRC) superconducting platter. Then reports that they had made some good platters — then no reports — then reports that Ms Li had left the university and was starting her own company to do gravity research and development. Then, no reports since…

    http://discovermagazine.com/2006/apr/cell-phone-stress

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ning_Li_%28physicist%29

  179. Just for interest on the current budget problem in Euroland. The countries that pay in want the budget to stay the same or get smaller (except for France); the countries that are net receivers say this is spoiling the idea of Solidarity and want the budget increased. No agreement yet….

  180. sabretoothed says:

    Thoughts on RIMM. Apple looks like its peaked. Apple could be like Nokia, remember when everyone had Nokia and you’d buy another one because everything is exactly the same on the next Nokia you buy, the same for iPhone. I think Galaxy and Blackberry are going to start taking more market share of Apple now. The novelty is wearing off. Blackberry has still been making money it just didn’t grow as fast as Apple did, p:e 2 http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/quickchart/quickchart.asp?symb=rimm&insttype=&freq=1&show=&time=8

    Other techs like DELL, AMD, SNE also look interesting on lows. Intel looks like more to fall?

  181. crosspatch says:

    Holy cow, we have some SERIOUS rain coming. Total accumulations according to the GFS model for some areas of California are 10 to 20 inches (most seems like between Chico and Redding). Warm storm so it will be mostly rain. Even Santa Cruz looks like it gets 7 or 8 inches of rain. Better get those leaves raked up so they don’t clog the storm drains! Rain starts Wednesday.

    photo/1

  182. E.M.Smith says:

    @Crosspatch:

    Thanks! That gives me tomorrow to get the roof patched ;-)

    Wonder if it’s the start of the Maya Rain Dump 4 weeks early….

    And so much for my slowly building thesis that we might have a cold drought year this year… in California, at least…

  183. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. Watch this:

  184. p.g.sharrow says:

    Yes, It appears that we will be blessed with a little rain over the next week. 18 to 24 inches! Good thing I live on top of an 80 foot high hill, 2000 feet above the valley. pg

  185. crosspatch says:

    Just saw this come across Twitter: Ryan Maue @RyanMaue: California storm will be historical for rain totals. Late-autumn Bering Sea blocks + Gulf of Alaska lows focus downstream atmospheric river

  186. crosspatch says:

    Solar flares 10x to 20x stronger than Carrington event possible? http://www.space.com/18667-ancient-solar-flare-tree-carbon.html

  187. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Crosspatch; You should have noted this event was in 774-775, also a commenter brought up a mention of a historic reported “red crucifix” seen in the sky in 774 widely reported in June of this year. The chiefio may find the date important. ;-) pg

  188. E.M.Smith says:

    @Adolfo:

    I got through about 1/2 hour of it. I’ll try the rest later. Largely like the “new age” stuff my Mother In Law believed. Akashic records, reincarnation, and all… I’ve got her books somewhere. Very imaginative, but not a lot of evidence…

    @Crosspatch:

    We live near a variable star. That’s known. We have no idea how variable. We haven’t been looking long enough to know. Be we have seen other stars suddenly shift gears in unexpected ways. Some of them were of classes that were supposed to be more steady…

    I would not be at all surprised to find that we can get 10x Carringtons as events. ( I’ve just coined the new unit of measure for CMEs… the “Carrington” is one of the size so named ;-)

    An uncontrolled fusion reaction with gravitational and magnetic oscillations and orbital perturbations of gravity ought not be expected to be stable…

    Per the rain:

    Probably time to do an article on the massive California flood of 1800(mumble…) 1856? Something like that. The whole place was a large lake. Nothing like it since. Sacramento was flooded for months IIRC. Most of the Central Valley was a lake…

    But this will be hailed as “unprecedented” since we don’t have one like it on video tape… and anything pre-YouTube didn’t happen…

  189. p.g.sharrow says:

    It seems that as the sun goes quiet for sunspots CMEs increase in size. Global cooling may not be the worse thing in-store for the future. pg

  190. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G. Our friend Vukcevic seems to be the Sun´s cardiologist at the ER:
    It looks that we are living “interesting times” :-)

    http://www.vukcevic.talktalk.net/LFC6.htm

  191. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G.: That´s why the Schumann´s frequencies are increasing, it will have consequences in the Circadian cycles (blood pressure), labyrinthitis, headaches, etc.

  192. sabretoothed says:

    Looks like those Squashed fish and dinosaurs are making oil again in space? http://scitechdaily.com/astronomers-find-hydrocarbon-in-the-horsehead-nebula/

  193. Ian W says:

    A real Greek tragedy as described by a rather blunt blogger in UK – you thought California finances were bad.

    http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/greece-fleeced-how-the-athens-elite-has-been-taken-for-a-ride/

    The Golden Dawn (extreme nationalist) party is rapidly gaining ground in Greece. This will not end well.

  194. Jason Calley says:

    Very good post here from Lubos Motl http://motls.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-234-bit-gene-that-turns-ape-into-man.html concerning the genetic difference between humans and other apes. I was especially pleased by the paragraph below:

    “Nature stores the information in a much less predictable, more noisy way. This “holographic” feature of the DNA code is what makes it both impenetrable for a human reader as well as natural. On the other hand, the impact of pieces of software is much easier to be reconstructed which is why software is less subtle and man-made. Nature doesn’t care about transparency and comprehensibility which is why it may afford obscure DNA codes whose importance isn’t immediately clear for the DNA code’s readers (She always understands Herself, She knows what to do, and She doesn’t have to care for others).”

  195. sabretoothed says:

    Oh Mighty World Bank Save us My Lord as We have Sinned http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/11/26-0

  196. p.g.sharrow says:

    You are the physical representation of the holographic image created by your DNA/RNA and fulfilled by your cells, each one attempting to do its’ part, as best it can, in the place it occupies. You really do have a soul. Physics is connected to psychics. GOD and the universe really are connected. pg

  197. David says:

    These calculations demonstrate quantitatively that, under appropriate conditions, a planetary-scale nuclear fission reactor can operate throughout the entire period of geologic time as a fast-neutron breeder reactor. Moreover, the calculations show that production of helium with 3He/4He ratios within the range observed from deep-mantle sources is an expected consequence of deep-Earth nuclear fission.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CDwQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pnas.org%2Fcontent%2F98%2F20%2F11085.full&ei=PPO5UKrBOcbtiQKo7oDIDA&usg=AFQjCNGMW8HzMmMrH3RTF9V3BUw2CS4VFg&sig2=Bs8m6Tm4JCRWrzUr5wZHsw

    Oh, and E,M, with your genetics background I thought you could cipher this far better then me, plus it has a cool video.

    Cool biotech advancements may be nearing comercial application,

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.investorsinsight.com%2Fblogs%2Fjohn_mauldins_outside_the_box%2Farchive%2F2012%2F11%2F17%2Fone-biotech-ring-to-rule-them-all.aspx&ei=gYuvUNCCHa_EiwLZhYFw&usg=AFQjCNFUCGtKFPqz6lDzqJ08wN71p_v8wQ&sig2=HVTBbkJWlZ-prLFhqNiicg

  198. Ian W says:

    An interesting diagram – not sure the conclusions are necessarily correct correlation and causation being different – but it does lay out ‘climate change’ for warmists

  199. sabretoothed says:

    What are your thoughts about these Aids guys, they are still arguing that Aids is something else???

    http://www.theperthgroup.com/PG_Statement.pdf

    http://www.theperthgroup.com/index.shtml

    [Reply: I don't think about it much at all. Having a relatively clean life sytle, and having family and friends in the same group, AIDS is just not something I've had much reason to think about in the last 20 years or so (since it was new and interesting). FWIW, reading their stuff, they are not so much saying "AIDS isn't caused by HIV" as they are saying "the work showing the connection has holes in it and isn't complete". As it's damn hard to show a retrovirus exists and is causal, that's not a surprise. Their other point, that the antibody test may have high false positives is true, but it's the best we have right now. False positives happen on most any antibody test. So while I believe we've had folks demonstrate that HIV causes AIDS and is a known retro-virus (actually, several variations); I also think a bit more proof would be nice to have. And as various tests can easily be 'made wrong' for a vast number of reasons (including what you eat - like poppy seed bagels and opiate falses...) they, too, always can use improving. Best thing, though, is just not to sleep around a lot and put the little rubber raincoat on "Mr. Happy" if going outside a monogamous relationship. Oh, and IMHO we ought to pretty much test everybody at their regular physical exam. In Africa heterosexual transmission dominates and in western societies it's catching up. The whole 'gay stigma' aspect just needs to be forgotten. So, in short, I don't care if it is the known retro-virus or they find it's some prion and the antibody test was not working as well as desired. The transmission path is clear, as is the prevention. -E.M.Smith ]

  200. adolfogiurfa says:

    @David: Hope those calculations may help you in due time….

  201. jim2 says:

    CHICAGO (AP) — The now familiar term “Asperger’s disorder” is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But “dyslexia” and other learning disorders remain.

    http://news.yahoo.com/aspergers-dropped-revised-diagnosis-manual-233900974.html

  202. p.g.sharrow says:

    @jim2; I’m glad I can still claim dyslexia, although after 60+ years it is not as difficult to deal with. Can I still claim autism and ADD? or do I need a new excuse for my strange behavior? ;-) pg

  203. NickS says:

    http://www.messagetoeagle.com/earthmagneticfield41000.php#.ULsrt3fNsRF 41,000 year old loss of magnetic field event could be closer?

    http://www.messagetoeagle.com/mystancientradiation.php#.ULsr9HfNsRE 1200 years ago radiation burst hit earth and still unknown where came from

  204. NickS says:

    http://www.mythopedia.info/aurora.html Recent interdisciplinary studies raise the possibility that the earth experienced a high-energy-density auroral storm towards the end of the Neolithic age, possibly peaking at around 3100 BCE, which human cultures have recorded in the form of petroglyphs, geoglyphs and a class of rituals and myths conveniently described as ‘creation myths’.

  205. DirkH says:

    NickS says:
    2 December 2012 at 10:36 am
    “raise the possibility that the earth experienced a high-energy-density auroral storm”

    see also here

    Symbols of an Alien Sky – Episode One
    (Electric Universe)

    Stick figures in cave paintings are depictions of PLASMA DISCHARGES a thousand times
    stronger than todays northern lights (seen during pole switches?)

  206. jim2 says:

    Crowdfunding

    Our goal is to build a powerful, True Linux Tablet, one free of Android’s restrictions, at a reasonable price. This requires some new software and lots of integration of the existing software. Our main goal is to complete the tablet related features and provide a simplified framework for new users to get started with Linux on Allwinner devices.

    More Information

    http://www.pengpod.com/

  207. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    There’s already a few versions of Linux running on Tablets (or even cell phones for that matter). Many are based on Android (often with the bogus bits stripped out). In some way, that’s a similar project to what I’m doing (though I’m doing a ‘disposible system’ on cheap hardware – and they are doing an installed system on Tablet hardware; the software will not be that different.). In fact, I started with a look at Android and the Linux on which it is based along with cell phones / tablets as the hardware. (Since “old” cell phones are now plentiful and often are “linux friendly” with built in keyboards too…) The “port” to that hardware is a bit harder than I’d like, and the hardware a bit less disposbile than I’d like… Thus my effort. ( I also wanted a bit more security ;-)

    Still, this looks like a useful effort. If you do a web search on it, you can find Raspberri Pi (and similar) DIY “tablets” already in play (as development stage and early testing stage demonstrators). Linux is like that. You want it? Then it’s typically already done and free, or someone is working on it and you can join the “barn raising”, or you can just “roll your own”…

    Sidebar:

    I’m back to using “CrunchBang!” as my “daily driver” disposible system. Why? I’m still fighting the “runaway CPU consumption” bug in IceWeasel / FireFox browser on Privatix. It doesn’t do it in secure TOR routing mode, so I’m booting Privatix if I want to test secure browsing / contraband access things, but for general things like “posting comments to the blog”, you either take the TOR performance hit, or have CPU consumption peg at 99% and dog slow performance… Though, fair warning, even with “check spelling as I type” it’s not doing a spell check in IceWeasel… so expect lousy spelling for a while ;-)

    That means my “need” is to do a “roll your own” distribution of those features of Privatix that I like, along with the ones from CrunchBang! that I like, in a stable non-runaway browser distribution. Thus my downloading all the Debian stuff (as it is the base for both, and for Knoppix that is the base under CrunchBang! that makes installs easy – and may underlay Privatix). Layers on layers… So I’m learning how Debian does packages ( apt ) and how to customize a release under it. Then will add the “peculiarities” of Knoppix. Then the security of Privatix and whatever I like from others like CrunchBang. At the end of that effort, I have a “build script” that builds MY distribution just my way (and can find out what I need to do to shrink to fit on a CD… probably just squashfs ;-) At that point, it ought to be just a swap to the ARM libraries of Debian to do the Raspberry Pi version of it, but will most likely also involve some fair amount of finding ‘rough edges’ in the ARM code as it’s a less thoroughly tested / abused set of code…

    FWIW, I’ve also run the “Cluster Knoppix” on one (master) node. Looks clean and stable. So also on my “todo” list (though at lower priority) is to find out how to make a build of it (likely from the newer followon / replacement of PelicanHPC). Why? Well, it knows how to ‘make a cluster computer’ from whatever is laying around on your network running it… It would be very nice, for example, to have my ‘disposible machine’ able to pick up some added storage and compute power from otherwise ‘brain dead’ hardware… And anyone who boots those nodes just finds generic “slave nodes” with a minimal OS (and maybe some encryted disk… that ‘someday’ won’t even be intact files… tcfs lets you spread a file all over the place and crypto hidden… but I’m likely a couple of years away from that step…) So that ‘end game’ has NO single node, nor even ‘less than a quorum’ of password opened nodes, able “to be used against you…”. Further, as tcfs has some redundancy, you can lose nodes and not lose the data. So the “post end game” is to put enough of the data on ‘distributed data stores’ via shared crypto space that any given set of machines can be “taken”, and you just put a (downloaded) CD copy into some fresh hardware (or SD card) and boot up again… then enter some passwords and ‘all is good’… Basically, I’m looking to break the link between hardware and any particular data. Data becomes tied to a pass phrase and not do any particular place or machine… Sad, really, that it’s come to this. A “white hat” finding ways to prevent governments from doing “black hat” things… Maybe I need a V face mask… ( “anonymous” uses them too… it’s that sort of French looking moustached white faced mask…)

    @All:

    I’ve spent much of today rearranging my office so that the computers are in a more stable place and the major work area is cleared for “project” use. I’ll be trying to catch up on the rest of the blog sometime this evening most likely. Until then, you’re on you own, so keep each other entertained ;-)

    With this re-arrange, I think I can effectively move off of the laptop (that I’m increasingly uncomfortable with in terms of security… almost certain it can be hacked by scripted attacks at this point) and “we’ll see”… If nothing else, I can now concentrate more on the Linux production as I’m not spending most of my time on the Windoz laptop.

    At any rate, now that I’ve shown the computer works in it’s newly installed location, time to get back to cleaning up / putting away all the stuff I moved to make this space clear ;-)

    Oh, and I’m making another loaf of bread… I’ve tested ‘cheap flour’ and it makes a more white fluffy crumb that’s closer to ‘store bought’ white bread. I’m now testing “cheap bread flour” to see how it does. One thing I found in the loaf from yesterday: Using plain old vegetable oil is NOT nearly as good as using coconut oil… That coconut oil just adds a lot to a loaf of bread. Even at just one Tbs ( 15 ml ). I think that the ‘tropical oils’ (coconut / palm) matter to flavor. I’ve also used butter and it’s ‘way yum’, but expensive (and you need unsalted or to adjust the salt level). In short, don’t use polyunsaturated grain oils in your bread… And over on Lubos site, he’s much better now. He has found that one of the short chain fatty acids in goat fat and coconut oil is antifungal, so that may explain why my bread hasn’t had any mold problems too. (Or else we’re just eating it way too fast ;-) But it can’t be TOO ‘anti-yeast’ as the bread does rise nicely… so that’s an interesting area for future investigation… perhaps caprylic acid is selective and only whacks candida albicans… So eventually expect a ‘catch up’ bread posting with some ways to lower the cost / loaf while still getting decent bread from the cheap flour…

    For now, back to doing “maid service” ;-) and finishing the clean up of the office…

  208. DirkH says:

    Sounds like I gotta try coconut oil.
    I’m using dark Sesame oil, Olive oil and Rapeseed oil, often a little bit of all three added to dishes that can use oil. (in my case, that means everything)

  209. p.g.sharrow says:

    New plastic light, said to twice as efficient as florescent and is more sunlight like:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20553143

    “What we’ve found is a way of creating light rather than heat”
    Prof David Carroll Wake Forest University

    “The new light source is called field-induced polymer electroluminescent (Fipel) technology. It is made from three layers of white-emitting polymer that contain a small volume of nanomaterials that glow when electric current is passed through them.”
    Next step? pg

  210. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G. That page gives a 404 Error.

  211. E.M.Smith says:

    @David:

    Well, after getting power back, and getting the house straitened up again, and getting the office put back together, I finally got to read your links.

    The “Nuke in the earth” is mostly just a numerical analysis demonstration of the prior theory that I’d already embraced. So “nice to know” but not new (to me). I think it’s pretty well proven that we’ve got a nuclear reactor core. (Though I note that the didn’t point out that gravitic separation will be lower AT and NEAR the core, as gravity is then nearing zero… (equal ‘earth’ on all sides so no ‘down’…) It adds an interesting element to the process, as heavy stuff sinks faster up high, then doesn’t sink at all at the center…

    On the biotech stuff:

    It reads like the typical ‘hype story’ you get with startup biotechs. They rarely mention that the patent can run out before you get a product that works, is tested, and is approved by the FDA. Nor that as soon is it is known, folks start sticking on non-functional or slightly-functional added groups of atoms to make a ‘new variation’ that bypasses the patent… Nor that often the company just get bought by someone else.

    Speaking of which, the guy doing the patent buying from his old company is one I’ve watched for a few years. He has a long history of “miracle cure just around the corner”… First noticed in the context of a cancer that took down some friends. Still waiting for that Miracle Cure a couple of decades later…

    “There’s ALWAYS a story. -E.M.Smith”

    OK, so the Story is that it’s a way cool biotech. Miracle drugs. Going to save the world. (That’s almost always The Story, BTW…) Might even be true. The actual biochem they talk about looks correct. The precursor technologies are known to me (what has come before HAS come before). The metabolic pathways discussed are correct, near as I can tell from the ‘folksy’ article.

    So what’s missing?

    Drug side effects? Intolerance issues? FDA approval? Licencing requirements? Acceptance tests / clinical trials (schedule, results, hopes, fantasies…) LIABILITY questions? Prior Art patents they depend on but may not own? And, the biggie, now that Obama has taken over the medical industry: Will Obamacare PAY for it? And at a rate that delivers a profit?

    So while I find the articles really interesting from a technical point of view, and might even benefit from some of the proposed drugs, I’m not seeing much that is an ‘investable vehicle”… IFF it is on a publicly traded exchange, one can do charts and fast trades, but realize that thinly traded biotechs are more volatile than Third World ETFs or metals… I traded the Good Doctors prior company for a couple of years and never really made any money off of it. Whatever I’d make would evaporate when some other day I woke up to find a new headline that cut the stock price in half. Then a few months later it would double on another rumor. Repeat…

    So, IMHO, it’s better to handle biotech via a basket ETF that dampens the news driven event risk and averages out the “Story” changes…

    Though I will suck on a tobacco leaf tomorrow and particularly notice if my joint inflammation decreases. Yes, I know I’ll get a nicotine buzz from it too and will need to ‘look past that ‘ to see if the other alkaloids do anything. No, I won’t get addicted. I sucked on some dried leaves a couple of years ago to ‘see what the attraction was’ and to find out if my allergy to tobacco was to the plant, or a smoke product. It looks like it is to a smoke product. After two days ‘trial’ it took about a week to get back to normal full function. It ‘juices’ mental function for a while, but if done longer term various brain receptors atrophy and you need to wait for replacements to be made… Just didn’t pay any attention to ‘joint pains’ at that time or I’d already have the answer.

    But yes, a quick web search on Anatabloc and the specific chemical name from the article showed it seems to work and is somewhat better than acetaminophen. (not hard to do, IMHO. stuff is nearly useless to me.)

    Oh, and the stem cell stuff:

    Yes, it’s likely to prove a fountain of youth and cure many (all?) degenerative diseases. We’re in a ‘race condition’ with aging. Unfortunately, I think it will take about 20 to 30 years to complete and that I likely don’t have that long. Not that Socialized Medicine would pay for it anyway…

  212. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Adolfo; I just hit that BBC link and it works for me. It’s in the BBC Science News web site. pg

  213. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Nice. Very nice. I left a comment… It’s very well written. Basically the kind of experience that caused me to close my business. Everyone else was making more money than me, and I had all the headaches…

    @Adolfo:

    It worked for me. Do a web search on ‘fipel bulb’ and get more links.

    @P.G.Sharrow:

    I like that inventor guy… He can speak plainly. A gift for an educated person:

    What we’ve found is a way of creating light rather than heat”

    Prof David Carroll
    Wake Forest University

    This article:

    http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/goodbye-leds-hello-plastic-bulbs/7167

    claims efficiency beats LED and can any color you like. Might cure that LED Blues ;-)

    Though these are rather neat:

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/29/philips-hue/

    Your iPhone lets you change their color to suit your mood…

    Now I just need to wait 20 years for the LED bulbs and my stock of “Curly Bulbs” to be used up… ( I bought a few dozen ‘curly bulbs’ on ‘subsidy’ for as low as 50 cents each, figuring the subsidy would end when the incandescent was banned… which it did. Now going for $5+ each…) but I’ve got a ‘lifetime supply’ of IC and CFL, so I can wait for these bulbs to come to market…

    That, and I’ve got 3 or 4 LED bulbs taken from service due to the blue stimulating the ‘reset the bio clock’ problem. Going to take a long time to ‘use them up’ in the places I’ve got that are only used when a bio-clock reset is not a problem…

  214. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: No solution for the financial Black Hole!:

    [Reply: Interesting and fun. Remember, though, that Russia has a large interest in selling metals and a not very robust currency. (Though whose is robust these days...). So take that metal hype with a large chunk of salt. Also, they treat inflation and deflation as near synonyms, when the are, by definition exact opposites. So the assertion that near zero interest rates is causing deflation has cause and effect backwards. Deflation pressures cause central banks to drop interest rates in an attempt to stop them via inducing an inflationary pressure. It just fails if 'too little to late' or if the deflationary force is too large. What is that deflationary force? Everyone selling every asset they can to try and purchase consumption goods... The popping of the housing bubble (deflation of real estate) and reduction of wages due to competition from China (wage deflation). But other than the confusion of cause and effect, an interesting presentation. -E.M.Smith ]

  215. NickS says:

    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/earthquake-swarm-reported-at-californias-coso-volcanic-field/ Volcanoes in CA are waking up maybe? It’s been about 100 years since the last eruption

  216. NickS says:

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

    Island Park Caldera
    2012.12.04 17.45.07 1,8 0,80 km
    2012.12.04 17.34.40 1,8 6,50 km
    2012.12.04 17.31.57 1,7 1,80 km
    2012.12.04 17.44.53 1,3 2,30 km
    2012.11.29 09.52.03 1,1 4,80 km
    2012.11.26 06.03.28 1,4 3,20 km
    2012.11.21 15.48.48 1,2 13,60 km
    2012.11.16 05.28.51 1,2 12,60 km
    2012.11.16 21.37.52 1,5 5,90 km

  217. E.M.Smith says:

    @NickS:

    Oh Boy! I’ve only been waiting about 1/2 century for a little volcano in California…. Maybe my wait will end soon ;-)

  218. crosspatch says:

    M7.3 off the coast of Japan.

  219. crosspatch says:

    Tsunami expected to hit eastern Japan’s Miyagi prefecture at 0840 GMT

  220. crosspatch says:

    FLASH: Tsunami 1 metre high hits Miyagi prefecture in Japan – NHK

  221. sabretoothed says:

    Just because you can’t see them, people forget about the biggest volcanoes on earth, only 1% ever explored and how this relates to climate change. Why are lakes staying the same pH and the sea is slightly changing hmmmmmm. There is a ridge that spans the whole earth and it has no effect and always stays the same hey ;)

  222. boballab says:

    Just in time for the holidays is a new Econstories video: Deck the Halls With Macro Follies

  223. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    Heard of the idea in the update at the end of

    http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/19255

    ?

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  225. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I presume you mean the “platinum coin” update? If so…

    Not really any different from printing paper bank notes, that they can also do at will ( at whim?).

    Yeah, different ‘tricks’ take different enabling directions / legislation / whatever, but nothing at all prevents an infinite expansion of the money supply.

    Heck, The Fed could just drop the “reserves requirement” toward zero and every bank in the nation can create as much money as it wants thanks to how “Fractional Reserve Banking” works.

    ( I deposit $100. If “Reserves Requirement” is 20%, I can loan out $80. That gets deposited somewhere which can then loan out $64, that gets deposited… Change reserves to zero, that becomes and infinite series of $100, deposit $100, deposit $100… )

    So there isn’t really anything but people and trust standing between the Government and infinite money creation.

    So what’s different?

    In the Reserves Buggery the money shows up in banks all over the nation. Folks are flooded with cash. This leads to massive inflation and “the debt” becomes a distant memory. (It also destroys savings and causes a load of folks to go out of business…. and mis-allocate capital to ‘hard goods and collectibles’ instead of investments.) EVERYBODY gets a debt forgiveness… Oh, and “adjustable rate mortgages” skyrocket while “fixed rate” folks smile…

    In the Print Paper scenario, only The U.S. Treasury wins. At present, they must issue bonds to The Fed and then get credited back the “deposits”, so it comes under the “debt limit”, but in the past The Treasury has just printed up paper and circulated it. To the best of my knowledge, this doesn’t require a change of law, just an Executive Order (but I could be wrong… not like the Law has stopped Executive Orders, though…). So The Treasury could just dust off one of their old $100,000.00 note plates, and crank out 10^7 of them (or just add some zeros) and walk them over to The Fed, deposit them, and start writing checks.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_denominations_of_United_States_currency#.24100.2C000_bill

    (I find it telling that the $100,000 note has Woodrow Wilson on it ;-)

    So yeah, they could make Platinum Coins. Heck, they could make a gold coin and call it $1T or even one from Aluminum. It is fiat money, after all…

    They have the power to “regulate the value thereof” to anything they like. And, thanks to The Supreme (idiots) can now force you to buy anything they want and confiscate any property, metals, wealth, or money you might have.

    It’s called Slavery, Get used to it.

    Then there’s always this choice:

    http://www.wisebread.com/obama-eases-treasury-costs-with-at-home-money-printing-stimulus

    Recent reports have shown the US Treasury to be in trouble financially. This from USA Today:

    For the first time in U.S. history, the cost of manufacturing both a penny and a nickel is more than the 1-cent and 5-cent values of the coins themselves. Skyrocketing metals prices are behind the increase, the U.S. Mint said in a letter to members of Congress last week.
    The Mint estimates it will cost 1.23 cents per penny and 5.73 cents per nickel this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The cost of producing a penny has risen 27% in the last year, while nickel manufacturing costs have risen 19%.

    You don’t need to be a financial genius to know that this is just throwing good money down the drain. And plans are already afoot to do away with smaller currencies and ask retailers everywhere to round prices to the nearest 10 cents. This will also stimulate more money for small business, as $2.99 will round to $3.00, giving the store or business an extra penny on each purchase.

    However, a plan that is being implemented immediately is the At-Home Money Printing Stimulus. All it requires is a computer and a printer, and you can basically use your home office to print out all the money you need, with your printer being the new ATM.

    Using a simple software installation, you will log into your bank account and make a withdrawal, as you would from an ATM. Instead of getting traditional cash, you will instead receive image files (PDFs) that contain the money. For those of you wondering about fraud, each new note will have a unique barcode. See sample below.

    We could just skip all the middle man problems and let everyone in the country print their own money. Then the US Government just issues a ‘special tax’ for, oh, $200 Million / head, we each print it up and send it in, presto! No deficit…

    Easy Peasy…

    (Hey, it worked for Zimbabwe to print $Trillion notes… what could possibly go wrong?…)

    Oh, my bad, it was a HUNDRED $Trillion dollar note:

    http://collectpapermoney.com/Zimbabwe-100-Trillion-Note-detail.htm

    (The problem isn’t the mechanics of buggering the currency. There’s plenty of ways. The problem is that no matter which one you choose, you end up in the same failed collapsed economy and with no monetary system that works well. It all rests on the integrity of The Government. So “be afraid. be very afraid.”… Platinum or not.)

  226. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.: What you describe it is like programming an endless loop and running it.

  227. P.G. Sharrow says:

    Interesting date on that print your own money article. ;-) pg

  228. Jason Calley says:

    Here is an interesting approach to analyzing reported crime, which seems to show that the commonly held belief of a high Hispanic crime rate is not correct. http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/hispanic.htm It would be interesting to see a similar analysis broken down by household income.

  229. Jason Calley says:

    @ E.M. “The problem isn’t the mechanics of buggering the currency. There’s plenty of ways. The problem is that no matter which one you choose, you end up in the same failed collapsed economy and with no monetary system that works well.”

    There is a question which I sometime ask when I run across a hard-core Keynesian or Krugman fan. I have yet to get what I consider to be a coherent answer. “If having the government create money from nothing and spend it into circulation is good for the economy, then why do we have such rigorous enforcement of the counterfeit laws?”

  230. jim2 says:

    ” U.S. patent office declares ‘the Steve Jobs patent’ entirely invalid on non-final basis

    For the second time in less than two months, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a first Office action tentatively declaring a key Apple multitouch patent invalid. In late October, a first Office action in a reexamination proceeding stated the preliminary conclusion that all 20 claims of Apple’s rubber-banding (overscroll bounce) patent are invalid. Back in August, a California jury held Samsung to infringe that patent, and according to interviews jurors gave later didn’t make much of an effort to ascertain its validity. This week, the USPTO issued a first Office action rejecting all 20 claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949 on a “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics”, which has been referred to by many people, including Apple’s own lawyers, as “the Steve Jobs patent”. Here’s the header of the Office communication (click on the image to enlarge):”

    http://www.fosspatents.com/2012/12/us-patent-office-declares-steve-jobs.html

  231. jim2 says:

    The minority that put Obama back in power. Hint: Not Hispanics.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/nation-singles_664275.html

  232. jim2 says:

    Now that Obama has been re-elected, the real push for global warming based regulation is coming back with a vengeance. NRDC is pushing for a carbon tax and they are well organized. Even though the article referred to by the link does not say so, they are pushing a carbon tax. I just saw their rep on MSNBC who said so. (I am finding MSNBC highly enlightening!)

    http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution-standards/

  233. jim2 says:

    Oh, I forgot, the NRDC makes the vacuous claim that their “solution” will reduce electricity bills. That has been proven wrong in so many cases, it is more than fair to say they are lying through their collective, sniveling teeth.

  234. jim2 says:

    Re the MSNBC show this morning, Grist was represented:

    http://grist.org/article/the-moral-logic-of-climate-communication/

    One white guy on the panel pointed out that if you look at the night satellite view of lights, Africa is dark. Why is that? He runs a org that bring solar to the poor in Africa. That seems like a worthy project as long as private dollars fund it.

    The host of the show took global warming, the arbitrary 2 C limit, and other fantasies as fact. The bottom line is that the “progressives” are organizing a “grass roots” movement to push carbon legislation. How grass roots is that really. I mean, how many people woke up one day and thought, “Hey, I’m really worried about global warming, I think I’ll write my Congressmen.” ? The are not grass roots movements. They are instigated by left-wing, tax payer funded NGOs that scare the crap out of people who don’t know better.

    Oh well. Bill McKibbon will probably win HIS battle on the political front while we debate how many photons can dance on the head of Al Bore.

    The show:

    http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/12/07/saturdays-guests-dec-8-the-environment-fracking-oil-and-gas-productions-resurgence-renewable-energy/

  235. jim2 says:

    Well, this IS a full frontal assault. I subscribe to emails from the League of Women Voters so I know when special elections are held – you know, the ones where they commit to bond sales or new taxes. At any rate, I got email from them today:

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    Tell President Obama to Lead the Climate Change Fight

    “Climate change is not a hoax. More drought and floods and hurricanes and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And we can do something about it.”

    These are the words of President Obama during the 2012 campaign, and we couldn’t agree more. People are dying because of climate change. Our families, our communities and our planet are all threatened by it.

    Join the League by calling on the President, to take the historically necessary step of controlling industrial carbon pollution from new and existing power plants. The President can use his existing regulatory authority to make this happen.

    The world has known about climate change for decades, yet little has been done to address the issue. The U.S. came close to enacting a comprehensive climate change bill in the early years of your administration when a good bill passed the House, but it was blocked by special interests in the Senate. With the current gridlock in Congress, it seems impossible that any legislative action will be taken to protect our health and our planet.

    If President Obama doesn’t do it, it won’t get done. If the United States doesn’t lead, the rest of the world cannot follow.

    Tell the President that saving the world is a legacy worth fighting for.

    http://participate.lwv.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6903

  236. adolfogiurfa says:

    Better, like in computing: FORMAT *.*

  237. sabretoothed says:

    http://phys.org/news171643486.html Solar panels –> Just use trees instead!

  238. R. de Haan says:

    Must see video of Ron Paul: Is this reality of just a bad dream: http://www.ronpaul.com/2012-12-11/ron-paul-is-this-reality-or-just-a-bad-dream-2/
    What he says fits as a glove and is not only limited tot the USA but Europe as well. I agree 100% with every word he said.

  239. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Comment from a friend (business, with ag economic training) on “86 Billion”

    “For those advocating inflation to inflate away debt….Most of the debt is
    in future social security pensions etc. Now you might inflate it away but
    that leaves your population without the benefits…what are you going to
    do…let them starve? In essence you still have the same obligations. Sure
    we will pay less social security because we simply won’t be able to pay
    more.

    The answers lie back in time!”

  240. P.G. Sharrow says:

    It appears that the hot fusion gravy train is slowing:

    http://www.nature.com/news/laser-fusion-put-on-slow-burn-1.12016

    Funding is being reduced and programs put on slow walk even if they are fronts for weapons research. Maybe they realize that superheated hydrogen REALLY does not want to fuse. pg

  241. Jason Calley says:

    @ Another Ian “Now you might inflate it away but
    that leaves your population without the benefits…what are you going to
    do…let them starve?”

    Yes, we let them starve. Just like we always let them do in the past, we let them starve.

    No wait… we never did let them starve, did we? Instead we had a mixture of approaches, differing solutions based on what was most desired and practical for the people involved. Some older people lived with their children or grandchildren, some moved in with brothers, sisters, nephews or nieces, some with old friends or with other members of their church congregation. Some saved money and invested in annuities. It seems to me that far to many people look at the Social Security problem and think the choices are either maintain the current system or let people starve in the streets, just like they (never) did. False dichotomy.

    False dichotomy or not, it really IS a problem though. We have restructured both our culture and our expectations so the the traditional solutions are no longer popular or expected, and the SS system itself is broke. Broken and broke. Sure there are the US Government IOUs sitting in a file cabinet in Virginia that technically make the system solvent, but that solvency is just sophistry. The real, deep down and simple, problem is that the wealth which was taxed away into the system has been spent and squandered away on things that did not increase the productivity of the country. So now we have millions of retiring people who have very real, very tangible and very physical requirements, requirements which cannot be satisfied by pieces of paper, and we no longer have a nation which produces enough excess wealth to support those needs. We expect some governmental genius to pour ten pounds of sugar from a five pound bag — but it is not going to happen.

  242. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M.Smith: Have you seen these Korean CELTS celebrating the successful launch of a satellite?:

    [Reply: What in the world causes you to call Koreans Celts? They aren't. (Wrong genetics, language, arts, etc. etc. Nice folks... just not Celts, or even close...) OK, so Korea has managed to reach 1950s technology. Now they are only 60 years behind instead of 80... -E.M.Smith]

  243. adolfogiurfa says:

    Typo:please change “your” by “you”. Really surprising the celt music

    [Reply: OK, done. The music? Other than a reed horn like sound, not exactly Celtic... -E.M.Smith]

  244. sabretoothed says:

    Very interesting article on Deep Microbe that managed to travel across earth? Or maybe its just everywhere http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/3892-deep-dwelling-microbe-found.html

  245. sabretoothed says:

    [Reply: I don't know why, but your two last videos show as 'video does not exist', yet when I copy the URL and past into a new page, they load and play. I even tried picking up a new copy of the "link" from the "share" button to 'fix them' (as the 'ice quakes' is interesting ...) but that didn't work... Though it looks like 'hand editing' the link to look like a typical youtu.be type did work. I think the youtube embed is giving the wrong link type.. I've left in the broken ones so you can compare and contrast, if desired. -E.M.Smith. ]

  246. Steve C says:

    If you can teleport into the UK (for BBC iPlayer reasons) this week, while away an hour watching ‘A Very English Winter: The Unthanks’ and enjoy some of the more unusual celebrations held in England over the darker months. The Unthanks, if you don’t know them, are folk-singing sisters of repute, hence their parallel interest in folk customs.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pdsvd/

    I mention it mostly because I grew up in Lewes, in Sussex, whose Bonfire Night celebrations are quite well covered in the programme. Attendance at Lewes on Bonfire Night constitutes volenti non fit injuria – you are deemed to have accepted any risk of injury or damage whatsoever, and no claim in respect thereof will lie against the organisers. Not a lot of celebrations need that warning, but survivors are guaranteed a night to remember. (About 10 mins in, if you want to go straight to it.)

  247. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steve C:

    I’ll take a look… My Mum taught me to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with a bonfire ;-)

    We’d pretend to be burning down parliament with the excess shrubberies… Back before it was illegal to dispose of yard waste via rapid oxidation….

  248. E.M.Smith says:

    As this one has reached nearly 300 comments and with videos too, it’s getting slow. New stuff can be continued in T9, here:

    http://chiefio.wordpress.com/t9/

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