Tips – July 2015

Since WordPress has decided that comments on Pages, like the Tips pages, don’t show up in recent comments, it kind of breaks the value of it for me. In response, I’m shifting from a set of “pages” to a set of “postings”. As any given Tips Posting disappears or gets full, I’ll add a new one. That will restore the broken function.

I will be keeping the same general format, with the T page still pointing to both the archive of Tips Pages as well as the series of new Postings. With that, back to the Tips boiler plate:

This is an “overflow” posting 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 Tips posting is: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/tips-may-2015/.

The generic “T” parent page remains up top, where older copies of the various “Tips” pages can be found archived. I have also added a “Tips” category (see list at right) and will be marking Tips postings with that for easy location.

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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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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226 Responses to Tips – July 2015

  1. mpcraig says:

    “The committee had held Pachauri guilty of sexual misconduct and abuse of his position as director-general and recommended action against him. But Pachauri had contended, besides other things, that the complaint against him might be backed by “climate sceptics” (those who do not believe in human-induced climate change).” http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/pachauri-ceases-to-be-teri-chief-115072301020_1.html

    Probably just a one off comment but amusing nonetheless.

  2. omanuel says:

    This tip is to ASSURE HUMANITY:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Assurance.pdf

    BIG BROTHER IS GOING DOWN !

  3. Steve C says:

    Just at the moment, it’s nice to see a WordPress site that hasn’t been borked by their latest security, er, upgrade – even if the Tips pages still don’t work aright.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @Sabertoothed:

    Very interesting… Amazon tribes with Australian Aborigine gene types… IMHO, the Americas have had several waves of immigration, starting at least 25,000 and maybe 50,000 or more years ago. There has been at lest 2 by sea ( Japanese to Peru area and Polynesians to islands of California and on down the coast). Then there are the ancient European type that made up the Clovis people and Kenewick man. (With remnants in the genetics of New England tribes).

    Interesting to see that the Austronesians made it too. ;-)

    Might well explain some of the features on the faces of those very old Olmec heads with thick lips and flattened noses…

    @MPCraig:

    Yeah, it’s all the fault of us Skeptics. We made him so nervous and edgy he just had to do some groping to get some ‘relief’… and write a silicious book… and paw after sweet young things… ’cause of his ‘tension’… that was because we were mean to him and didn’t roll over when pushed… (though that would likely have not worked out well in the end if we had… urk…)

  5. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    FYI. A comment from

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/07/wait-til-you-see-these-numbers-on-carbon-capture-and-storage/#comment-1730356

    “Manfred

    July 28, 2015 at 7:15 am · Reply

    The ideologically driven Green extravaganza may well be seen in the clear light of reality, as the unaffordable nightmare it is.


    “The [Chinese] debt to GDP ratio has already doubled to 260pc since 2007, reaching $26 trillion, more than the US and Japanese commercial banking systems combined.”

    “For the rest of the world, it is a tense moment. China consumes 50pc of global coal, 43pc of industrial metals and 23pc of grains, according to World Bank data.”

    “Western banks say they are coming under heavy pressure from Chinese officials to refrain from negative comments. They are effectively gagged if they wish to do business in China.”

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    @Greg:

    Yes… I’ve seen that theory somewhere before (maybe even there, but I think it was another page… saved it in the 70+ tabs open in FireFox on my tablet… got to get those cleaned up…) and intended to make a posting about it… but it’s aged a while now….

    It is a compelling thesis to me. That we became a “multicellular organism” when a bunch of single cells decided to stick together (literally) and that the free swimming form is still buried in the DNA. Waiting for a signal to activate.

    I’ve got a page open (in the tablet again…) that claims the reason cancer is “connected” with things like protozoal infections is that the free swimming bugs exude hormones that trigger our cells to decide to join them in the free living lifestyle and toss of the ‘shackles’ of cooperation.

    It makes a lot of sense… Maybe I’ll dig those out and get them written up tonight… or there is that Pino Grigio calling my name… decisions decisions ;-)

    @Another Ian:

    The China debt load is an issue along with their fantasy that they can control the laws of Economics. If there were ever One Thing I could force politicians and business managers to understand, it is just that you can bend the laws of economics for a tiny little while, but in the end they win… They are NOT subject to political will, the laws of government, graft payments nor bribery. It’s another of those Real Soon Now I Ought To Post things…

    And the same thing applies to “Green Schemes”. Unfortunately, a fast operator can score a few million and move on in the lag time between onset and rebound of the economic laws…

    @Sabertoothed:

    Yeah… but they still make the mistake of “gasses as causal” instead of seeing it as “cold and volcanoes correlate with FOO causal and we don’t know what FOO is…” (But if the FOO bird…. it’s an old joke based on a Spoonerism of “Shoe Fits”…)

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting article on Soviet Era maps

    http://www.wired.com/2015/07/secret-cold-war-maps/

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Not only was that article fascinating, but the immense maps in it actually caused the1 GB of memory in the R.Pi M2 to spill onto swap. (All of 20 KB… but at least I don’t feel like I totally wasted my time adding a swap partition ;-) See:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/raspberry-pi-gistemp-it-compiled/
    for the reference to swap… so a ‘timely’ event to actually get to use it a smidge…

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    As Debbie Harry would say
    One way or another I’m gonna finda One way or another I’m gonna get ya …

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/29/us-russian-hackers-backdoor-idUSKCN0Q31HV20150729?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews&rpc=69

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

    Recent Russian flight behavior, —- what is the motive and intent? Is this just probing and gathering intelligence to recover from the long stand down since the collapse of the Soviet Union or is this an intentional saturation and desensitization operation. A prelude to some overt activity, a not so veiled threat to NATO, a misdirection to focus attention someplace harmless etc. while you are busy prepping another attack cycle in Ukraine or someplace else?

    http://news.err.ee/v/International/766ca24c-4b86-4ec7-adab-6b2c9bc02dad

    I have a bad feeling about where things are going between recent Russian overt aggression of special warfare and our total sellout to Iran in recent negotiations. It concerns me that it appears western leaders are so preoccupied with their economic troubles that they are mostly ignoring or down playing clear signs of storm clouds building.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry Ledwick:

    On the Russian flights:

    It can be several things at once. Remember that we have a fleet who’s job is to cruise all the international waters of the world to assert their continued international character, even waters claimed by other countries (often not in accord with international agreements). I would expect no less of the Russians. So “in international air space” is pretty clear to me… That they also are in transit in many cases between two parts of Russia makes it doubly so. i.e. a ‘domestic’ flight.

    With that said, it can also be used to see and record how NATO countries respond. Measure speed, size, and scope of response. Composition of responding parties. Etc. That it also leads to “response fatigue” is another plus (from their POV). Just like their pilots learning how to operate with the electronics off is a plus. All in all, what’s not to like?

    BTW, we do this too. In the era of the SR-71 Blackbird we basically gave the middle finger to all sorts of countries with flyover at will and no notice. Essentially we said “go ahead and shoot missiles, we’ll just open the throttle a bit and leave them behind”… and they did… and we did…

    So to some extent, this is just Russia saying “we are that important and that good too.” While assuring they are via training… and maybe testing some new gear. (For example, fly a ‘stealth’ craft a few miles from a regular one. IF the response is only to the regular ones, you have an answer. IF the response is headed at the stealth one, you move the regular ones up to provide “cover” signatures for the test…(and I’d have a covered corner reflector on board I could uncover to give a nice sized radar return and ‘disappear’ the stealth aspect at will…)

    Per Hacking:

    Interesting technique. Now I feel justified in never having used twitter nor never having tweeted nor read a tweet. Yes, I’m just not a twit kind of guy ;-) Had I a company under my control, I’d shut off and block ALL social media from any inside location. Sadly, the I.T. guy typically never has control and is forced to open all sorts of things for the clueless demanders in management…

    Flash is known to be full of holes. I don’t run it at all on several of my machines. It will be deprecated entirely with HTML5, IMHO. I also suspect that it is an example of the folly of PRISM.

    Putting in known weaknesses for OUR government to use simply guarantees them to be available to OTHER governments and OTHER hackers too. It just becomes a big treasure hunt for them to find the doors we’ve conveniently provided. It isn’t hard, either.

    Set up a ‘target’ with a name like “LeningradNuclearLab.gov.ru” and put some bait on it. Instrument the network heavily and let folks do things like send email, visit web pages, etc. You WILL be hacked (that’s the purpose of a honeypot…) and then can study what they did. Once you see how they opened the back door, you have it too. Have a nice day with your new US Government Supplied “keys to the world”…

    So since Adobe was on the list of PRISM ‘cooperators’, and flash has holes in it like a sieve, it’s not a big leap to think maybe those two are related. That it then gets used by other government sponsored hacking supports the thesis that what the US Govt puts in, they find and use.

    But woe be to the Director of I.T. who says flash is forbidden at their company… Sigh.

    That kind of problem is why we used heavy network segmentation at some companies. The folks with the exposed desktops were on one network, the internal important servers on another, and the two communicated through a router. Now we didn’t call the router a “firewall”, but it did have access controls, filtering, monitoring, and such…

    FWIW, about a decade+ back I stated flat out that with the use of Java, plugins, and browser clicking: It would no longer be possible to provide a really secure network to a company. The disclosures of PRISM and Snowden just confirmed what I expected. So far experience has indicated I was not wrong…

    So for my own use, I segment the network. Segment my use between machines for different things. REGULARLY do new operating system installs (from read only media often). Tend to have a ‘front room’ and a ‘back room’ layout with a filtering router in between. Have most data on disks that are powered down most of the time (only powered up when needed on the machines where it is needed). Try to do near zero things on line with money / credit cards; and when i do, try to assure it is on a low risk platform like a Live-CD boot or a browser machine only used for probably clean sites – i.e. any risky browsing is done on disposable machines (os’es) that can be reformatted at will, and they are shut down when the more secure machine is brought up (often in a different network..) And generally think the “air gap is your friend” and that “social media” is a giant “hack me” sign.

    Oh, and blinky lights. I really like blinky lights… Right now I’m sitting at a monitor with a row of LEDS on the boundary router just under the left edge. Any packets to / from my machine cause a light to blink. I have ALL automatic updates shut off, so any blinky light needs to match my actions… I’ve found hacking attempts that way before… (though none in the last few years… so am I getting better, or are they? ;-)

    I also avoid Micro$oft at any time humanly possible. Macs are more secure and have fewer people trying to hack them anyway. Linux is in a similar boat (especially if you choose a security oriented release). Frankly, you avoid 90% of the problem just by avoiding MicroSoft, Flash and Google products (with the lion’s share being MicroSoft). Then add in multiple platforms with ‘rotate the shields’ swaps between them and with segmentation of data and networks. Fairly safe. (Though I still cringe whenever I need to boot up a Windoz box for some MS only software or old docs… I hope to convert them to OpenOffice / LibreOffice and / or Wine sometime soon).

    Folks used to make ‘paranoid’ comments… then the degree of hacking came to light. Now they don’t disparage my caution quite so much ;-)

    It is also important to remember that their hackers are just as good as our hackers. In the ’80s the Soviet Government guys were much more pedantic. You could almost see them turning the pages of their “how to break in” recipe book. Just following the cookbook. Now, post USSR, they are much more freelance and creative. Similarly the Chinese. Nearly none in the cold war era as they refused to connect wires… now they are housed in special units with full western access and challenged to be the best. (Thus, as I’ve pointed out before, the Chinese government moving to Kylin once they figured out the PRISM back doors in everything else…)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kylin_%28operating_system%29

    And that is what everyone else needs to do, too. Linux or BSD core. Hardened user land. Just say no to things with known holes in it by design like Flash and other Prism Planet Specials…

    With the discovery of all the Prism Doors, it’s no surprise that the foreign hacker schools would start emphasizing using our own code against us; and using common social media as a comms medium is just another step along that line. Find a service that is ubiquitous and will neither be shut down, nor closely scrutinized (as it is mostly full of ‘social junk’) then encrypt and piggy back. Perfectly rational. Wish I’d thought of it ;-)

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    Agree the Russian behavior does not surprise me at all, as you mentioned it was common behavior when I was in the military. Constantly testing limits is how you define weak points. The issue that bothers me is not that it is unexpected or surprising but the sudden ramp up into behavior that exceeds what they commonly did during the peak of the cold war. Sorties without transponders etc. started very abruptly. As you are saying Putin is saying in very clear diplomatic/military language “I am here and I am not afraid to use my resources”. They have also recently changed their nuclear policy away from MAD, and have openly threatened EMP attacks and openly asserted that there are some tactical battle field situations where tactical nuke are acceptable responses. Those two changes in behavior flavored with recent testing behavior does concern me, sort of a “what is the next step in their plan, what is the objective”,

    I personally think that as America often does we presume rational behavior (by our standards of rational — ie risk avoidence) that is not traditional Russian historical behavior. These are the guys that lined up artillery wheel to wheel on a 100 Km wide front for artillery barrages. They have a long history of favoring very strong overwhelming assaults when they finally make the move, and they also historically have very effective espionage system that is based on over a century of experience of exploiting weaknesses of their opponents. The same goes for the new generation of Russian Hackers, you are combining the resources of a state with a tolerated criminal enterprise working together. As one article I read a while back, totalitarian societies tend to breed smart criminals and underground networks. Dumb blackmarket operators in that environment don’t survive long.

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    I know you didn’t say it, this is directed at the newspaper article:

    You would think they could keep power and energy straight, but they can’t: (Bold mine)

    The Death Star weapon is here! Japan fires world’s most powerful laser to produce energy equal to 1,000 times the planet’s power consumption

    LFEX device produced 2-petawatts (2 quadrillion-watts) of energy
    The energy used for the laser beam itself would only be powerful enough to run a microwave for around two seconds, the Osaka researchers claim
    The high output was produced by firing the beam for just 1 pico-second

    No, it is not a “Death Star weapon” and no, it is not “energy equal to … power”. Flat out wrong.

    So yes, it has 2-petawatts of power but NO it is NOT “watts of energy” that are measured in Watt-hours. That’s the “microwave for two seconds” that tells me it is about 2000 Watt-seconds of energy or about 33 Watt-minutes or about 1/2 of a Watt-Hour. So about 1/14 th the energy of the very old very high energy consumption 7 Watt Christmas Tree bulbs of old. Hardly any energy at all and certainly no threat to anything military. Calling it a “Death Star weapon” is just flat out lying.

    Sigh.

    Though I’m sure there are lots of uses for a petaWatt pico-second laser pulse. Perhaps micro-milling in semiconductor fabs where knocking off 1 atom at a time might be useful…

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    Per the comments lots of the commenters also have difficulty with power vs energy statements.
    I imagine peta watt, pico-second pulses might also be useful for laser induced implosion studies, and certain photography tasks to isolate very high speed events depending on it maximu cycle rate for these pulses.

  15. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article about indoctrination techniques used by radicals, in this case radical Islam, but I can visualize the same application of techniques to cult like behavior of the ultra liberal, ultra conservative and the climate warriors.

    https://www.vice.com/read/isis-mind-control-young-british-muslims-857

    A lot of what Al Gore did with his movie would fit in with this sort of social manipulation of people.
    In the Climate domain you have the same 4 styles of engagement.

    thinkers, feelers, doers, or believers

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I have two Windows XP machines (dual boot mostly Linux) and one HP Laptop Widows 7 (deprecated as the fan is dying) for a reason. And that reason is that everything since has been utter crap.

    Windows 7 was (grudgingly, I admit) a decent operating system. XP wasn’t bad and was generally workable, but W7 was actually decent. I kind of swore at myself about it as I thought it just might derail the migration to Mac and Linux.

    Then WIndow$ 8 showed I had nothing to worry about. As per “10”, well, I’m not seeing any use for me at all. All I need is “legacy” and I have that now. And, as my old Widows formats age, ever more of them do not even need the Windows software and are fine with Linux “support”. The spouse wanted to be “MIcrosoft Certified” for Office, so has a laptop to do that. Interestingly enough, the workplace did NOT want the newest MS… they wanted about Win7 era… so we got her a Win7 laptop with Office 2010 on it IIRC.

    Everyone in the business world seems to be catching clue too…

  17. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Re the cooling fan.

    We’ve got an XP Asus which I need for my dos reference library and at about 12000 odd entries I’m not re-entering. But since I only have to revert to previous career infrequently it will do – not like I’m adding much now.

    But it is a handy link to the “pre-cd” era in my field.

    Anyway the fan started to sound like two skeletons shagging in a tin bucket. And our local IT bloke got one no trouble off the net and at minimal cost.

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Per fan: I mostly need to find that laptop repairman… Most laptops are a Chinese Puzzle to open and experience helps a lot… As it stands, I don’t need the HP Laptop working as much as I’d like the $100 in my pocket ;-) All the data is off of it, and it didn’t have any special software I need. Basically sloth is winning… but should I ever get energized, nice to know parts are easy.

  19. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    You might get lucky – the ASUS fan was pretty easy to get at. Don’t know about HP.

  20. p.g.sharrow says:

    You might find this article on a nutritional test interesting:
    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/08/03/common-oil-that-science-now-shows-is-worse-than-sugar/?intcmp=hphz02
    It would seem that soybean oil would be better used for fuel rather then as food! pg

  21. sabretoothed says:

    Looks like the Out of Africa scam is coming apart :P http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=99257&page=1

  22. LG says:

    For your consideration :
    On the “Relationship Between M8+ Earthquake Occurrences and the Solar Polar Magnetic Fields”

    http://spaceweathernews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Relationship-between-M8-earthquake-occurrences-and-the-SPF.pdf

    Abstract
    The solar polar fields (SPF) data, as measured by the Wilcox Solar Observatory (WSO) , has been studied and compared with the large magnitude earthquake record from the United States Geological Survey . The time period covers the 38 years (+13,600 days) that the WSO has collected the SPF data . This study reveal s a dependence of M8.0+ seismicity on the oscillations of the SPF ; the results and analysis is reported.

    Supplemental materials:
    Space Weather News – The Sun and M8+ Earthquakes: The SPF Trigger

  23. Steve C says:

    @LG: ^^ Interesting paper. Piers Corbyn has been correlating solar activity with ‘quakes (and volcanoes) for quite some time, so it looks as though he may have been on the money all along. I’ve sent him the link too.

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    Don’t forget that quartz (among many others) is piezoelectric. Squeze it, it makes electricity. But that works the other way, too. Put electricity on it, the shape changes ( it is the ‘crystal’ in many radios setting the fequency by the harmonic oscillation of a small chip…)

    Not saying it is causal, but rather that it is an easily overlooked consideration. We have a flux of current through the planet, and a mineral that swells and shifts shape under electric current, and faults that are “locked” being stressed by it all. What happens “at the margin”? The ‘trigger pulse’? It would be interesting to put some ground current sensors near major fault lines…

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    This little note about the Loma Prieta quake and electrical activity created a lot of interest when it first came out. I have not followed it closely since but this at the time led a lot of people to consider electrical effects and earth quake associations, including possible pizo-electric effects.
    Note that they were studying the electrical activity caused by interaction of the solar wind with the earths geomagnetic field.

    http://news.stanford.edu/pr/91/911231Arc1006.html

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now you are going to have to sound proof your computer.
    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/u-researchers-show-computers-hijacked-send-data-sound-101523875.html

    This article is not exactly clear on what they are doing. In one part they talk about vibrations and audio and then the next they talk about picking up the signal with an AM antenna. Not sure if that is just sloppy reporting or a misunderstanding of what they are doing. AM is amplitude modulated radio frequency signals, not audio. That said there have been other atypical ways of capturing computer data. Researchers a few years ago demonstrated that if you could get a clear view of the blinking lights on some computer gear you could actually pickup the binary signal that was passing over the wires. The human eye sees the blinking LEDs as just blinking lights but that is due to persistence of vision, the actual light signal is much higher frequency and is essentially an optical version of the data. Many many years ago when I worked in classified environments I was told that they could capture data being printed by a the audio sound signature of the computer printer. Each key strike of the printer had a unique sound signature for each letter and they could reconstruct enough of the message to figure out the content by recording the sound of the printer.
    You also have in the past capturing the screen image displayed on CRT screens from their electrical noise generated as they scanned the electron beam across the screen.

  27. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Remember that a speaker has a coil in it… IFF they are using speakers, there is not just sound produced, but a VLF electromagnetic transmission as well. I comment on VLF radio here:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/raspberry-pi-m2-unboxing-and-setup/#comment-63410

    So I could see sending bits to the speakers as 18 kHz knowing that most folks can’t hear it at all and it is likely inside the bandpass of the system; and they picking it up with a VLF AM radio… Now they talk about “prongs”, so one might have electric pulses sent to connectors as antenna…

    But yes, the article freely mixed AM Radio with Sound Waves and that’s a clear impossible. There’s something missing.

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    I just remembered that the old avalanche beacons used very low frequency pulses to send their signal, they operated at 2.275 khz ,the newer beacons moved up into the 457 khz band. The old ones were more magnetically coupled than electrical at those very low frequencies and I could check if my beacon was working by using a simple audio op amp and an induction coil since it was in the audible frequency range.

  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the economy issues this is an interesting post, looks like housing may be going into bubble 2.0
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/421990/housing-bubble-2-count-on-the-crash

  30. Steve C says:

    @EM – Re your LF radio comment on the Pi thread, I’ll comment here as this is non-Pi-related. Yes, Spectrum Lab is a wonderful piece of software – be aware that it’s under very continual development, so can gain features almost before you’ve finished downloading it. It’s one of the main programs which keeps at least one of my shack / workshop machines on Windows.

    Another excellent piece of software in the “Essential soundcard progs” category is Visual Analyser. It converts even a very average soundcard into a piece of audio testgear that my younger, audio-obsessed self would have killed for in the 70s – generator, distortion meter, spectrum analyser, etc., all with 16- or 24-bit accuracy. And free. Also has a “ZRLC” feature for measuring components – spot the neat trick in setting the sample rate to 40960 Hz for lazifying the calculations!

    Also, I don’t know whether you’ve ever had a listen to software-defined radio, but if not you certainly should. If you can recall the “immediacy” of a simple direct-conversion receiver, which makes it seem like you’re feeling the band through the seat of your pants, it’s very much like that – very, very clean and nice, but now with facilities a Government listening station would have killed for in the 70s! Need a 50Hz filter to clip that weak CW signal out of the noise? Give the software the numbers and you’ve got it – and with no ringing, which is what really blows the mind of those who know what “real” crystal filters sound like. SDR is truly awe-inspiring stuff.

    The radio bit is essentially just a couple of direct conversion receivers, with their oscillators in quadrature, straight into a soundcard, although there are also commercial offerings in all price brackets. The FUNcube dongle (LF to L-band) is perhaps the most straightforward (and I recommend it because profits go towards the FUNcube project which puts little 100mm cubical satellites up in orbit for schools and amateurs to use). But do take a listen, and be prepared to be seriously impressed by what you hear when you don’t have all the limitations of real-world filters, etc.. Transmission is similar, of course – get the soundcard to generate a couple of weird signals in quadrature, then straight up to working frequency after the mixer pair. It’s radio, Jim, but not as we know it …

    Now, back to the cricket. Our lot are demolishing the Aussies completely, and at a speed unlike any game I’ve ever heard, which is quite an experience when one usually has to apologise for England “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory”. The incessant rattle of Australian wickets as they head for a record low score offers a rare excuse for a generous libation before lunch. (Hic!) ;-)

  31. p.g.sharrow says:

    It appears that the thing works on the RasPi-2 as well:
    http://www.funcubedongle.com/?p=1683
    Quite a capable little USB dongle. GBP 9.42 + shipping not sure how that converts to US dollars ;-) pg

  32. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    $1.55 / pound at the moment:
    http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=GBP&To=USD

    So about $14.60 and don’t forget to add VAT unless it is not applied to overseas shipments…

  33. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Might be of interest re GISS etc

    “gai

    August 7, 2015 at 5:25 am · Reply

    Andrew,

    We are trying to differentiate between engineering models and climate models. (We use models in chemistry/chem eng too.)

    This is from WUWT about a year ago and I think the guy did a really good job pointing out this difference.”

    The rest of this quote at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/08/life-on-earth-more-adaptable-than-models-predict/#comments

    has to do with model verification and validation and the lack of it in climate science modelling

  34. Power Grab says:

    E.M.

    I was just reading a news article about a Kentucky guy who used #8 bird shot to shoot down a drone that was hovering in his backyard while his daughter, her half-sister, and another lady were sunbathing.

    The property owner got hauled in to jail, then released the next day. His court appearance is scheduled for sometime in September. They don’t say who the drone operators were, but the story did say that they showed up at the home and threatened the property owner until he let them know he would shoot again if they came onto his property.

    I’m bringing this up because I read somewhere recently that sound can disable drones, and also comments following the story were made that EMF signals can disrupt communication between the drone and the operators.

    I’m thinking that someone needs to come up with some kind of interference weapon (energy- or sound-based?) to use against drones, so property owners aren’t put in the position of having to use firearms in residential areas to defend their property.

    I wonder if there are already EMF transmitters that can be adapted to a use like this. Got any ideas?

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Lots of plans are already on the internet. All you need to do is swamp their receiver with a stronger signal. Many of the plans are a bit stupid ( like a big motor driven spark gap and antenna that will scramble ANY signals in the area, even cell phones). I’d rather just take a tuned transmitter and parabolic antenna with sights on it and focus the energy in just the right frequency on the drone. Very easy, actually. And not quite as illegal as a broad spectrum noise maker…

    FWIW “a friend” many years back worked for a “defense related company” on radars. They had a special pulse heat resistant front end (a garnet material that was top secret then… now I don’t know) and they had computer power to look at all the reflections and figure out who was transmitting and what they were pointed towards. Then wait.

    When the computer said they were looking AT our radar, a 10 kW pulse would be sent. And smoke could be seen from the radio room of the trawler ;-) Usually they would shortly stop “fishing” and head back to the USSR…

    So that, too, is a well established tech and has been for at least 35 years I know of.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=drone+jammer

    will give you a load of choices: (just to get you started ;-)

    How to Build a Radio/Drone Jammer | From the Trenches World …
    Radiohax Spark gap transmitters are the oldest type of radio transmitter made by man. They were first used around 1888 and remained legal until the 1920s
    [Search domain http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com] fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/how-to-build-a-radiodrone-jammer/34089

    TRC-3 Universal All Remote Controls Jammer Against …
    TRC-3 is our universal remote control jammer that works with three frequency bands at once to effectively protect you from different surveillance drones
    [Search domain http://www.jammer-store.com] jammer-store.com/trc-3-universal-remote-control-jammer.html

    How To Build A Radio/Drone Jammer | Survival
    Note: you would NOT want to leave the jammer on 24/7 or it will likely be detected before you really need it. Turn it on when you believe there is an …
    [Search domain beforeitsnews.com] beforeitsnews.com/survival/2013/06/how-to-build-a-radiodron…

    Camera Drone Jammer: Protecting You From Modern Threats
    Recently invented camera drone may become a nice addition to the movie making equipment or even better addition to spying gadgets. Think about protection!
    [Search domain blog.jammer-store.com] blog.jammer-store.com/2011/10/modern-camera-drone-possible-thre…

    Drones Jammer – Технический портал QRZ.RU
    Drones Jammer A simple drone Jammer designed to hack unwelcomed civilian drones within your backyard range. Designed by: Ahmad Jisrawi Jisrawi@gmail.com
    [Search domain http://www.qrz.ru] qrz.ru/schemes/contribute/security/jammers/drone…

    Drone Jammer – Scribd
    Drone Jammer – Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text file (.txt) or read online for free. A simple drone Jammer designed to hack unwelcomed civilian drones within …
    [Search domain http://www.scribd.com] scribd.com/doc/203622936/Drone-Jammer

    How To Build A Radio/Drone Jammer | Survivalist Daily
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    How to Build a Radio/Drone Jammer – SHTF & Prepping Central
    emergency, emergency preparedness, Survivalism, survival skills,survival kit, survival, shtf, emergency plan, how to, diy, disaster preparedness, bug out bag, food …
    [Search domain http://www.shtfpreparedness.com] shtfpreparedness.com/how-to-build-a-radiodrone-jammer/

    How to Kill a Drone – WiscoDave – Bahnhof
    The jammers likely will cause problems with remotely operated aerial drones, . . . … A radio jammer can also be used to deny the enemy to call in air support …
    [Search domain privat.bahnhof.se] privat.bahnhof.se/wb907234/killuav.htm

    How to down a drone… | stalker
    Jamming the control and navigation signals should be an effective way of disabling the drones – jammers work within a fixed range radius rather than …
    [Search domain crab.wordpress.com] crab.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/how-to-down-a-drone/

    “Drone Be Gone” Drone Jammer – YouTube
    “Drone Be Gone” Drone Jammer. This is an Educational Video on how WIFI and the ISM radio band work. If you must have one of these, please have a qualified …
    [Search domain http://www.youtube.com] youtube.com/watch?v=wUx4_qII26U

    Drone Free Zone: How To Build A Radio/Drone Jammer
    If you ever want to or have to jam drone or radio signals, make one of these. Follow this link to see how step-by-step… How To Build A Radio/Drone Jammer

    And so many more….

    A really “class act” one would have a ‘shotgun antenna’ that has a very narrow acceptance angle. Point at drone and intercept / inspect signals. Analise for center frequency, range, and power needed. Then send a “neutralizing pulse” of a few dozen KW (might only need a single KW… they are not mil-spec…) centered on that frequency from a small parabolic antenna.

    First off, it doesn’t interfere with any other communications. Second, the power is in a tight beam that is highly unlikely to be detected by anyone and in a short pulse that would make localizing it difficult and proving anything harder. Finally, the drone just dies in flight with no apparent damage. “Must have been static” ;-) or “Ball lightning” … 9-}

    But cost would be in the low thousands to build one, so most of the things on line are dumb broad spectrum noise makers that will get neighbors and the FTC upset…

    A “middle ground” would be to scavenge an old microwave oven klystron and make a radar pulse of about 1 to 2 KW and aim it via waveguide at the thing. Much dumber, but ought to work.

    Happy hardware hacking ;-)

  36. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Thanks! Nice to know some of that earlier digging around is seeing some use.

  37. Gail Combs says:

    Another Ian, I read Andrew Bolt’s column and think he has it all wrong. It seems based on the MSMs opinions of the man. Unfortunately I was unable to comment.

  38. Another Ian says:

    Gail

    I’m really pointing out that people outside US are also watching this..

    Like

    http://pickeringpost.com/story/u-s-politics-ain-t-boring/5219

    And some irreverent views from your north also at Small Dead Animals

  39. p.g.sharrow says:

    Thankyou! Another Ian, for the link to YesterdaysTractor.

    I have an old Massey 65 that needs a few parts. I was wondering how to find parts that I might need.
    Thankyou! again…….pg

  40. Another Ian says:

    pg

    No problems!!

    If you have an IH problem then try Red Power. – a link with intent

    http://www.redpowermagazine.com/forums/topic/96111-think-ill-put-this-on-my-grain-truck-this-fall/

  41. E.M.Smith says:

    @J. Martin:

    “Squeeze the rich” never works. For a variety of reasons. Too much to list here. One, though, is “marginal propensity to invest”. Taking money from those who fund your factories and economic growth to give it to those who consume it results in slower growth, eventually a halt to advancement, and eventually a downward spiral into decay and economic collapse. Then there are all the other reasons… Economics is a bitch and you can’t make it pretty with hope, nor can you change it with desire.

    @Another Ian:

    Windows:

    No real surprise. They have been in bed with the NSA for a long time, and see Google making more money by being ever more intrusive and abusive. So just jump on the bandwagon.

    Just use Linux.

    Per Trump:

    IMHO it is a mistake to confuse “campaign strategy” with personality. Trump grew up in the rough and tumble of Queens where if someone looks at you wrong, you deck ’em. Now he did come from a “real estate family” and with some money (can’t go to Wharton without money…) so it’s not like I’m saying he was a street urchin fighting for lunch money. But he was more of a “rich kid bully” from my read of his history.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump

    Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in the borough of Queens in New York City. He is one of five children born to Mary Anne (née MacLeod) and Fred Trump, who had married in 1936. His oldest brother, Fred Jr., died in 1981 at the age of 43. Trump’s mother was a Scottish immigrant, born on the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland, and Trump’s paternal grandparents were German immigrants.

    So Scots German mix (rather like many of is with Celtic / German mix) and a post war “baby boomer”. Has the hounds nipping at his heels having seen the older brother die.

    While living in Jamaica Estates, Trump attended the Kew-Forest School in Forest Hills, Queens, where Fred Trump, Donald’s father, was a member of the Board of Trustees. Some of his siblings also attended Kew-Forest. At age 13, after behavior problems led to his dismissal, his parents sent him to the New York Military Academy (NYMA), hoping to direct his energy and assertiveness in a positive manner.

    From the upscale area just overlooking Jamaica NY (where I once made a wrong turn at night and was driving through what looked like a bombed out war zone with fires in ‘burn barrels” and crumbling brick walls…) so has seen “rough sides of town” too.

    Now note that even at 13 he as an out of control kid and shipped off for more discipline at a military academy. Somehow I think all he learned was about effective use of power and assertiveness to control others…

    Trump attended Fordham University in the Bronx for two years, before transferring to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, because Wharton then had one of the few real estate studies departments in US academia. He graduated in 1968, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

    His folks get him prepped at bit at a school in the Bronx, and then can pay his way into Wharton. ( I was invited to their MBA program after my GMAT scores came in. Had never contacted them, they asked me. Ticket? $50 K / year… I declined, despite the offer of student aid, as I didn’t want 6 figures of debt hanging over my head on graduation and had a job paying well already, so one would need to add a couple of more $100k of ‘forgone wages’. It is a school for the rich or indebted…) So yes, I feel I can say he bought his Wharton degree fair and square… and was smart enough to not get kicked out in the process.

    So I think all of that clarifies his character. Basically a bully type who is disruptive and undisciplined that got “cleaned up” enough with military school to be put through Wharton and found he could make money as a bully driving real-estate deals. No polite personality needed.

    Now he responds to everything in the same way that has always worked for him. Ask a challenging question, that is an attack. Attacks get a stronger counter attack. Question ability? That is treated as an opportunity to counter attack with an “insult to the person” – Things like ‘He is an idiot with that kind of stupid question’.

    While he could easily have dealt with the “Woman Question” by saying something of a quip (the Rosy example) and the follow-up press with “Well, yes, more than Rosy, there is a lot of diversity among women and some aren’t the best people” or even just cut off his answer just before the attack on Megan; it was not in his character. He essentially can not see that “Attacking the cute blond girl” for asking about his being mean to women just might be a lousy strategy.

    You have one of the most beloved women on Fox, in a Fox venue, and think that directly threatening her is a good idea? Then double down on stupid with the Twit Tweets? Frankly, had he just put on is big-boy Military School pants and responded with some discipline and gentlemanly politeness and gotten the digs in with a bit of quip re-direction; he could have doubled his followers instead of paring it down to only the hard core of Grumpy Gusses.

    The only thing I was thinking during the exchange was that Lord Help Us if Putin tossed an insult at him as the Launch Codes would be as quick and easy as a tweet… Well, that, and visuals of the same kind of puffery from Mussolini…

    but I digress…

    @Gail:

    Well, feel free to comment here as we’re linked to that article.

    Or put the link and your comments on the “Trump” posting or the “debate” posting.

    @P.G.:

    Hmmmm…. Wonder if there’s a business to be had from 3-D printing and a load of ‘descriptions’ or scans of old equipment parts…. All you need is ONE to borrow long enough to make the scan, then you can print up more as needed.

    Could likely start it with a central printer / scanner and circulating in the farm and classic car circuits that any suitable broken part needing replacement can be sent in, scanned (fix up the scan for missing / broken bits) and printed… eventually getting an inventory of good original parts / scans or working out the polish from broken parts.

    Eventually have a network of franchise offices each with scanner and printer. Have “deals” where you will print a free $40 part for a scan of a good “IH foo” part… as the inventory of scans builds through the network.

    Hmmm….

  42. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith Emmmmm, not sure 3D printers are up to creating heavy Iron parts as of yet. Most old tractor and farm equipment parts are ether off the shelf or made to order by a machine shop from heavy castings. Nothing like cars that are made from Beer Cans and plastic. ;-) on the plus side old farm machinery is generally simple and tough!. Often sidelined because it is old, weathered and slow. A good crop year means new equipment and the old parked in a fence corner for later repair and use and generally ignored. Just old iron but not quite scrap, often with little real wear to the total machine, but some part that has failed. The one I have is rough and needs the steering and brakes fixed to be useful. Before I break it open to work on it I need a cement slab to work over and a parts line for possible needed replacement parts. I got the tractor for nothing so it just sits in my equipment area. Old farmers are as bad as old computer geeks for accumulating old equipment! 8-) pg

  43. Another Ian says:

    E.M. and pg

    A friend sent me a surprise book. A Haynes owners manual on the Merlin aircraft engine! Interesting reading as one doesn’t usually get to view Rolls Royce as “hotrodders in business suits and bowler hats” but they did reliably more than double its initial horsepower.

    Towards the back there is a section on keeping them flying with a mention on the use of modern engineering scanning etc (not 3D printing though) to reproduce parts. Like a run of new cylinder heads for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    Guess where I got it from… At about 7? Dad found an old John Deer with the 2 front wheels together… just like the model that my first “ride on toy” was… the Classic Look big wheels in back kind. It had died and sat and was getting rusty.

    We “fixed it up” together. I still remember taking the magneto apart and learning about them, and the carb, and… Eventually it ran again and went off to some deserving poor farmer in the area…

    IIRC it was like the John Deer A here:
    http://www.antiquefarming.com/johndeeregp.html

    Though my toy one had rubber tires…

    They went to numbers in the ’50s and as this was old and with issues in the late ’50s, I’m pretty sure it was a letter model.

    Many long and happy hours spent hanging out around old tractors at the John Deer dealer who had a lot of them (and a lot full of them) some taken in trade to be fixed up and IMHO put out there to show that they last forever… They had one with two giant pistons slung under the front. When it ran, you would hear “Whoomph, Whoomph, Whoomph, Whoomph” for miles… each about 1 second after the other, so it seemed…

    Also, UCD where I went to school has the antique tractor parade in April. Been a while, but well worth the visit. Things from old steam on up. Look up “pick nick day”.

    I was thinking more about the “fiddly bits” than the big iron bits. Knobs. Small screws. Carb and magneto parts. FWIW, while folks talk about “additive fabrication” as new, I learned to do it in welding class. You would just weld up the broken off area, then grind it down and polish as needed… But we weren’t robots, so it must be new…

    For big castings, well… I never did get good at casting… but “bronze is your friend” ;-)

    I love old farm equipment and If I could make a living out of fixing it up, I would. Oh Well. Back to the computers…

    @Another Ian:

    Interesting stuff on it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Merlin

    Valve gear
    Two inlet and two exhaust poppet valves of “K.E.965” steel per cylinder. Both the inlet and exhaust valves have hardened “stellited” ends; while the exhaust valves also have sodium-cooled stems, and heads protected with a “Brightray” (nickel-chromium) coating. Each valve is kept closed by a pair of concentric coil-springs. A single, seven-bearing camshaft, located on the top of each cylinder head operates 24 individual steel rockers; 12 pivoting from a rocker shaft on the inner, intake side of the head to actuate the exhaust valves, the others pivoting from a shaft on the exhaust side of the head to actuate the inlet valves.

    Technical improvements

    Most of the Merlin’s technical improvements resulted from more efficient superchargers, designed by Stanley Hooker, and the introduction of aviation spirits with increased octane ratings. Numerous detail changes were made internally and externally to the engine to withstand increased power ratings and to incorporate advances in engineering practices.

    Golly! Stellite valves sodium cooled stems. I first heard about them as “new” in a Mercedes in about 1970? Something like that.

    Ejector Exhausts

    The Merlin consumed an enormous volume of air at full power (equivalent to the volume of a single-decker bus per minute), and with the exhaust gases exiting at 1,300 mph (2,100 km/h) it was realised that useful thrust could be gained simply by angling the gases backwards instead of venting sideways.

    During tests, 70 pounds-force (310 N; 32 kgf) thrust at 300 mph (480 km/h), or roughly 70 horsepower (52 kW) was obtained which increased the level maximum speed of the Spitfire by 10 mph (16 km/h) to 360 mph (580 km/h). The first versions of the ejector exhausts featured round outlets, while subsequent versions of the system used “fishtail” style outlets which marginally increased thrust and reduced exhaust glare for night flying.

    In September 1937 the Spitfire prototype, K5054, was fitted with ejector type exhausts. Later marks of the Spitfire used a variation of this exhaust system fitted with forward-facing intake ducts to distribute hot air out to the wing-mounted guns to prevent freezing and stoppages at high altitudes, replacing an earlier system that used heated air from the engine coolant radiator. The latter system had become ineffective due to improvements to the Merlin itself which allowed higher operating altitudes where air temperatures are lower. Ejector exhausts were also fitted to other Merlin-powered aircraft.

    So does that added 70 HP of thrust make this the first jet engine aircraft? ;-)

  45. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Might be more dig here material for you

    “Jennifer Marohasy, and others, have spent months trying to get answers from the BOM explaining why these massive adjustments were made. Excuses flowed. In the latest round, the BOM claim the changes are necessary to make the Rutherglen record match the trends in the neighboring stations. What the BOM doesn’t say is that there was no warming in the neighbours either, not until after they were homogenized. The order in which stations are homogenized matters, which rather says something important about the arbitrary nature of the adjustments. Anomalous trends from far distant and poor locations can spread through waves of homogenization until better, longer stations succumb to political correctness and show the “correct” result. Small choices about which stations to to use first in the process can make a huge difference to the end result. Another reason the BOM needs auditing.”

    Note “The order in which stations are homogenized matters, which rather says something important about the arbitrary nature of the adjustments”

    More at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/08/the-bom-homogenizing-the-heck-out-of-australian-temperature-records/

  46. omanuel says:

    Thank you, E. M. Smith, for documenting Big Brother’s defeat by REALITY of the Divine Force used in the Creation, Destruction & Preservation of atoms, lives and worlds in the solar system five billion years (5 Ga) ago !

    NEUTRON REPULSION was hidden from the public seventy years (1946-2015) ago, after destroying the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Solar_Energy.pdf

    NEUTRON REPULSION in the core of the Sun was Kuroda’s assurance that worldwide human tyranny would fail.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/The_Begining_of_the_World.pdf

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel

  47. You get points for prescient UEFI paranoia. Windows and UEFI Anti-Theft Mechanism Makes Systems Less Secure.

    Lenovo uses this pre-OS-boot environment to ensure its system management utility is installed. Even if you’re doing a “clean” install with a Windows version downloaded from Microsoft.

    I’ve worked in small & large tech vendors. Can imagine Lenovo’s view that this is good customer service, eliminating all those pesky Support calls stemming from absent or back-level drivers…

  48. Jon K says:

    Thought you might like this engineer’s perspective on why government controlled economies don’t work and the negative effects of taxation and regulation.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/08/progressives_and_free_markets.html

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    @Nick Fiekowsky:

    Well, I’d rather have been proved a paranoid fool that to have been shown right… but there is the consolation prize of being able to say “I told you so….”
    From your link:

    Considering the method by which this is installed, and the difficulty with which it can be removed, Lenovo has instructions for disabling the WBPT entry in desktops and removes it entirely using a firmware update for laptops, this behavior is tantamount to installing a rootkit. The desktop version doesn’t install OneKey, though it does transmit information to Lenovo.

    Why I will not use any system with EUFI bios on it for anything that requires privacy or security…

    This is Microsoft’s fault too

    This is actually what “working as designed” looks like — Microsoft provided a means in WBPT for OEMs to force the execution of a program in Windows without user consent. Concerns about Windows 10’s overreach on privacy settings have been high since it was released.

    Broken and shipped pre-hacked by design. And they wonder how China and Russia can waltz into all those companies and government offices….

    Things are either secure, or they are wide open. Trying to be “just secure enough” is like trying to be just a little bit pregnant…

  50. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Something about folks who like old tractors… but for those who are thinking to not hit that link as they are not interested in old tractors, it is a bit more important than that:

    I came across this info yesterday of use to anyone who is using a later version of Firefox.

    It turns out that newer versions of Firefox do something called “speculative connections”. All you have to do is hover your mouse pointer over a link and Firefox will open a connection to that site. You don’t have to click on a link. So if you’re like me and move your mouse around the page as your browsing, you’ll open up a bunch of links to sites you don’t intend to visit. That can generate a lot of network traffic and computer activity, while it gives sites that track browsing activity a lot more info to work with.

    It’s fairly easy to turn off this behavior. The information below is from the Firefox support site:

    In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter. The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page. In the about:config page, search for the preference network.http.speculative-parallel-limit. Observe the Value column of the network.http.speculative-parallel-limit row. If it is set to 0 then do nothing. If it is set to a different value, double-click on it to set it to 0.

    I typically have several tabs open when I browse, and I’ve noticed a lot of activity on my router after I’ve been browsing for a while. I’ve also noted a ridiculous number of TCP connections when I run the (Linux) “netstat -t” command, and those connections close only when I close Firefox. Since I changed the “network.http.speculative-parallel-limit” setting last night, I’ve noticed a significant reduction in Firefox network activity. Highly recommended.

    I rarely use real FireFox, and more often use the more security oriented IceApe or IceWeasel, but had noticed the “hover and open” thing in FireFox some time back and just got into the habit of “hands off the mouse” or parking it off page at the scroll bar… That way as I’m changing systems, browsers, etc. I’m still OK.

    Sys Admin types are like that. Since often changing what system you are on (the broken box du jour) the habits are the first line of defense…

  51. sabretoothed says:

    LDN works by inhibiting the opioid receptors for short period, making body make more opioid which in turn will regulate the immune system

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    “speculative connections” — thanks for finding that ” about:config ” item, those phantom windows opening for no good reason have been driving me nuts! Who on earth thought that was a good idea? That should be something you have to turn on not turn off!
    I have trouble keeping track of where I am on the page especially when they have stuff constantly loading and then collapsing or popping up “please fill out a short survey” window. (Newsflash for web developers — I will never respond to any pop up survey that jumps up in the middle of content I am trying to read. It is killed as fast as I can click the little x in the corner.)

    I constantly move the cursor all over the page to help me keep track of where I am in the page in case it refreshes while I am reading etc. Now I at least know why I was suddenly getting advertisement videos starting I never clicked on.

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  54. Steve C says:

    Thanks for the “speculative connections” info, which also applies to Pale Moon (another FireFork) – the default value I found was 6. It’s amazing the amount of sneaky crap going on just out of sight – probably the main reason all these modern Giga-everything PCs don’t actually run any faster than the old ‘uns.

    Re Trump, and similar political shows. If you follow UK politics at all, you will know that the two main losing party leaders both resigned after losing in May. The Labour party – nominally, at least, socialist – is currently in a state of complete panic that its current leadership election might result in the next party leader actually being a socialist. Given that the “centre ground” of political life here got dragged far right of sensible twenty or thirty years ago, some of us think that it would be a refreshing change actually to hear an occasional non-neocon opinion mentioned in public.

    Jeremy Corbyn (yes, Piers’s brother) is such a “threat” to the Blairites that the other three candidates are wasting energy squabbling among themselves trying to work out how to stop him, rather than putting forth any good reasons why anyone should vote for them. Meanwhile, by just talking quietly and intelligently about problems rather than parroting approved soundbites, Corbyn – originally only proposed at all as a sop to the party’s left wing! – has surged past 50% support, so may win on the first voting round anyhow. Great free entertainment.

  55. p.g.sharrow says:

    It would appear that after convincing the Obama administration to collapse the American Coal Industry, George Soros is now buying up their shares on the cheap. Standard Soros operation, use government officials to wreak things, scoop up the assets on the cheap and then get governments to repair the damage they caused and then reward him for his position…pg

  56. omanuel says:

    Yes, pg sharrow, our government is rotten to core. Fortunately for society, government deceit contains its own seeds of destruction.

  57. p.g.sharrow says:

    @omanuel; you maybe correct. I suspect that the Clinton Emails that were “erased” were ones where Hillary negotiated for donated funds for her daughters business in exchange for Official favors from the U.S. government. An old game that the Clintons have played from their Arkansas days. ..pg

  58. sabretoothed says:

    Seems like the first Chinese were black, but maybe the eve was actually in China, not Africa and it migrated there later. Why everything is back to front.
    http://www.china.org.cn/china/2009-11/24/content_18944317.htm

    http://thewestsidegazette.com/chinese-scientist-proves-the-first-inhabitants-of-china-were-black/

  59. E.M.Smith says:

    @Sabertoothed:

    A couple of things cause me to take ALL such “proved by DNA” studies with a giant tub of salt and to reject more or less outright any claim that “race war” caused such and such or that albinism is the cause of whites or asian types.

    Simplest one first:

    When you look at skin color in the context of evolution, any time line longer than 25,000 years makes it entirely irrelevant as it is a dependent variable.

    Too much melanin in populations “up north” causes high incidence of Vit. D deficiency. Not only does this cause rickets, but it generally reduces evolutionary fitness ( i.e. a lot of crap happens that makes you sickly). Too little melanin in populations “near the equator” causes a dramatic rise in skin cancer rates. Both are sufficient to change the population average melanin level.

    Now the fun bit.

    You can figure out just how long it takes. Given the mortality from each, and the known math of how that squeezes a gene out of a population, it works out to about 25,000 years. Yup. In 25,000 years, all those Lilly White relatives of mine from England who moved to Australia and New Zealand will be just as jet black as the original Aborigines. Similarly (but for Vit. D supplements and tanning beds these days) all the Blacks living now in Europe will have their offspring be as white as can be in 25,000 years. (Even today, blacks in northern climates have more rickets and related Vit. D problems than whites, so even with supplements, there is some pressure, so might take longer than without, but will still happen).

    And THAT is why there are jet black “Caucasians” in India and Pakistan and why the more north you go the whiter “Caucasians” get. It is also why Asian type tends to be more tan. Facultative swap to ‘white’ in low sun, but tanning nicely with plenty of sun. They have an origin about 1/2 way from the equator to the pole. It does not require ANY special pleading to mixing of white and black ‘races’ or any kind of ‘race wars’ or any kind of mixing of ancestral races. Just sunlight and latitude. Populations that seem to violate this rule have, typically, a clearly “more recent than 25,000 years” origin in their present location, or like the Eskimo, have a clear understanding of the need for Vit D and find a way to get it. (Their dietary ‘rules’ involve things like splitting the adrenal gland of a kill between all family members for Vit. C and an awareness of the potentially lethal levels of Vit. D in bear livers; so they know how to manage this).

    Conceptually simple one, but folks tend to “not get it”:

    Using the Y chromosome DNA or the mitochondrial DNA for whole population origin studies is a fundamentally broken approach. There is NO way to fix it. It is used because it captures the imagination of folks with stories like the “First Eve” and “Asian Adam” and whatever.

    The problem is that ANY sex linked trait is subject to concentration into a single type over time independent of all other genetics due to the math of sexual reproduction. When you find the “Genetic Adam” or find that the point mutations on the Y Chromosome or the mitochondrial DNA all point to an “origin” in some spot 50,000 years ago, all you are doing is tracing the history of that ONE bit of DNA, not the whole package. All the OTHER genes in the person may be (will be) of vastly different ages and from vastly different places. Genes diffuse though a population like dye in a river…

    An example:

    It is easiest to show this with last names. Families with exotic last names will have their last name die out. You see this sometimes in themes in movies and books. The pressure put on the one male heir to have a male child to “perpetuate the family name”. So say your name was Satterstrom and you lived surrounded by 10,000 Smiths. All it takes in ONE generation of all girls and Satterstrom disappears as they marry Smiths. Now say the Satterstroms have lovely Red Hair and that tends to show up in following generations from time to time, and say the Smiths just LOVE red hair… That selection will eventually result in a population with lots of Red Hair (and likely a lot of Satterstrom genes along from the selective pressure free ride) but not a single Satterstrom Y Chromosome will be found.

    Looking back using only Y and Mitochondrial DNA you would conclude that the Satterstom type went extinct and that ALL the modern types were derived only from Smiths and you would be dead wrong as you would be looking at a largely Satterstrom type red haired population.

    The way the genetic math works is that it is inevitable in the absence of strong selective pressure to the contrary ( i.e. if nobody cares much or pushes for a given trait) that the minority gene types in Mitochondria and Y-Chromosomes will be washed out of a population and whatever type is most common (even if only by a modest amount) will come to dominate. It is only a matter of time and the randomness with which families have more or fewer boys and girls.

    For that reason, 100% of the “studies” that find we are all African or we are all “from one evolution of home erectus” or from “one” anything when based on Y-Chromosomes or Mitochondrial DNA are deeply and fatally flawed and entirely bogus.

    The Counterpoint

    There is a simple counterpoint that illustrates this. Look at the evidence for minority contributions of Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA in the modern gene pool. It’s in the single digits, but it is pervasive. More in Europeans, modest in Asians. More Denisovan in Asians that were nearer to them. Less of both in sub-Saharan Africa, but some.

    Those Neanderthals did not get up and walk to South Africa having a race war on the way… Nor did the Denisovans invade San Francisco.

    There was some “mixing event” thousands or tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years ago. Most likely thousands of mixing events. The genes from both species crossed over into the other, and then started to diffuse through the rest of both populations. Coming back now it is very hard to unscramble the current genome and figure out which gene came from whom. It is impossible using Y or Mito DNA. All we can really accurately say is that mixing happened and we’ve got a load of neanderthal DNA floating around in the “modern” gene pool.

    That, alone, stands as proof that you can not say “we all originated in Africa” in the 10s of thousands of years range, since some of us have ancestors from Neanderthal Europe where they had been for a few hundred thousand years…

    That the surviving Y chromsomes or Mitochondrial DNA might well have originated in Africa is entirely a statistical artifact of the number of African type that crossed with the Neanderthal type and the following diffusion of the genes when the Neanderthal Y and Neanderthal Mitochondria would be a minority in the overall modern type gene pool. It is inevitable that they would be lost from the pool unless they had significant (nearly dramatic) advantage (that is pretty hard to get in those genes). Especially if the Neanderthal population pool was smaller (and it was).

    All it takes if for the two groups to share space and get along well enough to have kids together. No wars. No disease theory. No grand superiority of one over the other. Just sharing and having kids. Eventually you get a population with a somatic genotype in about the proportion of the original two population sizes and only ONE of the two providing the sex linked genotypes (that being the larger pool).

    A very specific example:

    My spouse is one of a set of twins. Both girls. The Y Chromosome of her father was not passed on. It is now lost. Yet each of them is 1/2 his genetics. My son and daughter are both 1/4 his genetics. My son has my Y chromosome type. MY mitochondrial DNA dies with me. They both get their Mothers mitochondrial type.

    Looking at those two kids, you would say their Y-Chromosome originated down my line somewhere back in Germany, and their Mitochondrial type originated over in Ireland somewhere. Yet they both carry a chunk of my Mothers non-mitochondrial DNA and my spouses Dad’s non-Y-Chromosome DNA and that comes from all over Europe including up in Scandinavia and down into Hispania.

    So please:

    ANY time you see a study about “origins” that uses Y-Chromosome DNA or Mitochondrial DNA, remember it is deeply flawed. It says NOTHING about all the other genes. (One of those articles even says they chose to use the Y-Chromosome because it was less muddied… so close to seeing the mistake they were making, but so far away…)

    And any time you see “race war” in an explanation of skin color in populations from 10,000+ years ago think “flight of fanciful imagination”.

    It is far far more likely that sex was involved and not wars.

    (There’s an existence proof of that, too. In the areas where the Red Haired Mummies are found in China and up into Mongolia, there are very old graves with essentially pure “white” types. Then you see some asian women showing up in the cemeteries – most likely as some white type women went off in trade to the asian neighbor tribes. THERE IS NO SIGN OF VIOLENCE. It is a long stable culture and things just gradually change. As you go up the time line, the next generations are a little more asian, eventually being a lot asian. Today, you find the same material culture of horses, herding, saddles and all, but in a substantially asian type. All from a tendency to ‘marry out’ with women from a larger asian population nearby. In those same regions, you find asian populations with a tendency to the occasional red-head… most likely due to those who married out the other direction…)

    So like “make love not war”, be sure to “think sex not war” when looking at such changes. It explains things a lot better.

    (Happening now in Brasil where the ‘mix’ is about 10% black and the ‘anglo’ type is getting browner with more woolly hair. Also happening in California where the blonds and redheads are submerging in the dominant 52% or so hispanic genotype. Not a lot of war going on… but man, there was a Cinco de Mayo party to remember ;-) FWIW, happening in my family as my son is married to a woman of mixed Dutch and Puerto Rican ancestry. Their kid (on the way) will be partially Hispanic (and I suspect a bit of Africa, but haven’t cared enough to ask). Though their kid’s Y-Chromosome will be German and the Mitochondrial DNA will be Dutch… from those you would conclude he was a pure German type… but the swarthy skin and dark hair of Maternal Grandad kind of say not so much… )

  60. sabretoothed says:

    That’s what I think. I think Man came from China or Indonesia. Africa just has the fossils. Its interesting that for eg in Phillipines and Malaysia the “native” people are dark skinned. Same with Australia. Maybe we are all Albino types. Sure there were some Monkeys in Africa, but man probably started in the areas which are most heavily populated today… China, India etc..

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    random note on Centos, it seems the update they put out a couple days ago has a bug in the nohup command on ksh, caused things to puke out a core dump or silently fail.
    We just rolled our system back to an earlier version of ksh since a lot of our scripts use nohup in ksh

  62. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry Ledwick:

    Nice to know. I’m very unlikely to do any CentOS upgrades though. Aside from just not being fond of the “frequently connect to the internet and put parts of what gets shoved at you into your OS” style as a general security issue… I’m often running very old (and nearly free ;-) hardware. Occasionally new releases drop support for things like old video cards and such… so the older the stuff you run, the greater the risk any rapid update cycle will kill it.

    Especially on “2nd level in” boxes (behind 2 levels of firewall / router /. NAT) that rarely need things like “modern” (meaning latest bad ideas mandatory) browsers. So with CentOS on the ‘back room GIStemp investigation box’ I’m likely to keep on running the same release for the next 1/2 decade. (It has the needed video driver for this odd box, but no reason to think the latest release does. It was quite a while ago, but I think the 7.x didn’t work well from Live-CD… so I”m on a 6.x release. It is also the last non-systemd and I’m just not “going there” as I’m pretty sure it will be antithetical to the old hardware expectations AND is “just wrong” in how it conflicts with my Systems Admin preferences. (Ever try to grep through a binary log file on a 1/2 dead system to find a message giving clue as to what is sick?…much easier on text log files…)

    FWIW, as ever more things get connected to the binary tarbaby that is systemd, expect ever more brittleness in how the OS acts when something is just a little off. I’d not be at all surprised to find that “nohup” and “ksh” are dealing with such a thing. As complete stand alone things, such bug is hard to introduce, but if “communicating” through a binary “bus” and a single binary tarbaby, there are farm more opportunities for that kind of thing (especially as long debugged and stable code gets re-written to use these “new” interface methods…)

    So I’m going to be way back on the upgrade cycle on anything using systemd instead of init and generally expect I’ll find some other OS to run in the long run. Red Hat (and through it CentOS) is just going in the wrong direction architecturally. (But I’m an old die hard BSD guy so what do you expect me to say ;-) The world hasn’t been right since AT&T came out with System V and SunOS puked itself into Solaris ;-) At some point I’m likely to go through the work of swapping over to OpenBSD and just be done with it.

    @Another Ian:

    OK, I’ll go digging… but after morning coffee kicks in ;-)

    I do find it funny to hear them pushing the same “Jump The Shark” Hottest Evaaa!!!” when the number of places with Autumn in mid-summer and summer snows is so high, and while the Southern Hemisphere is being frozen to death (and this near the TOP of the current solar cycle… just guess what it will be like in a few years at the bottom…)

    Oh Well. We live in a world that is now Central Authority top down driven and “Lies For Effect” the standard mode of operation. That won’t end until the thing collapses as the Just Plain Folks hunker down and stop participating. (Or worse, have a French Haircut party… Cake anyone?…)

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting that this bug was so subtle, we had a couple things suddenly fail which had worked in the past and then just out of the blue had problems. Took a while to trace it back to nohup which as you know is one of those commends often embedded in wrapper and shell scripts. Lead to silent hangs on jobs which appeared to be running but they had really gone toes up silently.

    Goes back to the old “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” dictum.

    I also disagree with constantly pushing updates and you have no reason why or what they are changing. Get it stable and leave it alone until you have a clear reason to update. I’d still be running Windows 2000 on my desk top if some of my hardware would run with it, but you also have constant creep from hardware manufactures which require new “features” to support bells and whistles I really don’t want or even use.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Gee a lot of this article sounds very familiar, I wonder where I read this last??

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/23/tom-harris-global-warming-deceptive-temperature-re/

  65. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Golly! A reporter “with clue”! I don’t know if I can handle that! ;-)

    By Tom Harris – – Sunday, August 23, 2015
    The U.S. government is at it again, hyping meaningless records in a parameter that does not exist in order to frighten us about something that doesn’t matter.

    NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this week that according to their calculations, July 2015 was the hottest month since instrumental records began in 1880. NOAA says that the record was set by eight one-hundredths of a degree Celsius over that set in July 1998. NASA calculates that July 2015 beat what they assert was the previous warmest month (July 2011) by two one-hundredths of a degree.

    But government spokespeople rarely mention the inconvenient fact that these records are being set by less than the uncertainty in the statistics. NOAA claims an uncertainty of 14 one-hundredths of a degree in its temperature averages, or near twice the amount by which they say the record was set. NASA says that their data is typically accurate to one tenth of a degree, five times the amount by which their new record was set.

    So, the new temperature records are meaningless. Neither agency knows whether a record was set.

    @Omanuel:

    A very fascinating link. I may have to learn more about Dostoevsky…

  66. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    This is in acknowledgement of a site tip on the 10 most serious el Ninos from a comment here. What I’ve done with it is fair game – as follows and repeated from

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/08/weekend-unthreaded-89/#comments

    so an Oz perspective.

    “My 2 cents worth

    “No doubt you’ve all heard of the promised “Super el Nino”? The UN climate bunfight in Paris (being referred to as the Paris-ites) in December desperately needs one to help relieve you of a bit more cash – like $100 bil per year.

    BUT
    Have a look at
    http://weather.gc.ca/saisons/animation_e.html?id=year&bc=sea

    Wait till it loads the control panel at the bottom and click the >>/ button to get the latest image. Notice that most of the warm water is north of the Equator and that the water to the south is cold.

    Which is not a normal el Nino situation where it is hot on both sides.

    Which leads me to suspect that all this super-gasp-you-beaut-measuring-gear hasn’t seen a year like this and there is some unskilful blind flying going on

    Then have a “Deeper Look At The Top 10 El Ninos Since 1870” at
    http://sabolscience.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/a-deeper-look-at-top-10-el-ninos-since.html

    it looks to me like 1957-58 has a very similar pattern of Pacific temperatures.

    And these years aren’t mentioned in the list of drought years for our area.

    I don’t have rainfall records for those years for our place but a neighbour found those for his place

    1957

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

    132. 330, 131, 157, 121, 310, 000 40, 000. 13, 46. 478

    1958

    400, 306, 85. 96. 28, 234. 24, 66, 90, 57. 233, 340

    So maybe we have some hope.

    And remember the results of the model predictions of big el Ninos for the last two years v/s what happened.”

    Have at it.

  67. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Looks like the Windows plot thickens

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2015/08/windows-privacy.html

    and link

  68. E.M.Smith says:

    @LG:

    Nice ;-) Familiar with a lot of the tools, but a couple of answers to unknowns were there… like the use of music CDs. Had not occurred to me that they were using seganography in music files… but makes sense.

    FWIW, while at the “Large entertainment company with a mouse” in Florida (not supposed to say the name…) one of the guys had a project to use a R.Pi as a portable Kali station. He got a few interns to wander the “property” while it looked for illicit WiFi stations. A very cool, very legitimate use. So ‘a guy with a backpack’ wandering around is scanning all WiFi it can detect, and figuring out if they are legit company provided, or not; and then making sure they are secure (or collecting enough info to shut them down). All fully automated so no need for the intern to do much beyond walk the property and check battery level at lunch time ;-)

    That’s the kind of thing in house pen-testers must do to keep things secure these days. You can pretty much guarantee that someone, some where, will decide for their own convenience to open a WiFi hot spot to their computer or sub-net; not thinking that this also opens a gaping hole into the heart of the corporate network. So you “scan and close” or “stay exposed”… (Another part of why I would put ALL desktop outlets on a completely distinct network from corporate servers and such… you simply MUST assume that anywhere in the worker or public space has a WiFi dongle plugged in sometime or other…)

    Kali is your friend ;-)

    http://docs.kali.org/kali-on-arm/install-kali-linux-arm-raspberry-pi

    And that is why I like Mr. Robot (though I’ve missed a few episodes… it’s on at an inconvenient time when I tend to be distracted by life… Maybe time for a binge watch session…)

  69. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    An interesting set of cross connections outlined in this comment

    “gai

    August 26, 2015 at 10:27 pm · Reply

    Yes the ClimAstrologists are all connected and what is more they are organized by Dr. Noel Brown.

    >>>>>>>>>>”
    at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/08/talkaboutit-climate-change-sceptics-versus-the-scientists-correcting-abc-mistakes-strawmen-and-misleading-lines/

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    Little note on China dumping treasury bills to support the yuan, might have the unintended consequence of holding up the U.S. Treasury in spite of the recent stock mini melt down.
    That of course calls in question the long term vs short term consequences of their debt dumping, and as they go through that process they slowly but steadily erode their leverage on the U.S. economy as they whittle away a their stock of treasury debt.

    Right now they are estimated to have $3.65 trillion in U.S. Debt but their support operations are depleting that account by about $40 billion a month or almost 1/2 a trillion dollars a year. In 7 years at this rate they would essentially liquidate their reserve so it is not a bottomless pit.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-27/china-said-to-sell-treasuries-as-dollars-needed-for-yuan-support

    what a tangled web we weave . . .

  71. Steve C says:

    For the advanced drone hater (with a generous budget), and apparently a confirmation of EM’s estimated figures above:
    Watch Boeing test radical new ‘silent strike’ laser weapon small enough to fit in a suitcase but powerful enough to blast a drone out of the air

    “It can be assembled in 15 minutes, and then destroy targets from up to 22 miles away with an an energy beam of up to 10 kilowatts.”. Nice.

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    See bottom chart on margin debt vs net credit balance.

    http://streettalklive.com/index.php/blog.html?id=2873

  73. sabretoothed says:

    Explosion at military base in Japan and then this? Is China paying back Japan for something that happened? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-22/radioactive-drone-discovered-roof-japanese-pms-office

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    Will this BS ever stop? Arrrrrrrrgh
    Probably not until the major climate centers are covered with glaciers.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/climate-change-2015-will-be-the-hottest-year-on-record-by-a-mile-experts-say-10477138.html

  75. David A says:

    Gentleman, perhaps some of you physics folk or just more educated then myself folks can comment on the science of this link. My sister is convinced that this “free energy” military tech is being suppressed…
    http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/10/11/multiple-scientists-confirm-the-reality-of-free-energy-heres-the-proof/
    My simple argument was, “I do not believe in any grand plot to suppress “free energy”. This world contains literally millions of millionaires, thousands of billionaires, and dozens of governments that would promote, not suppress such capacity if it was within current technological capacity. One world government is a goal of many, but it is certainly not a reality.”

    However a more technical approach would be appreciated as well.

  76. E.M.Smith says:

    @David A:

    I’ve seen that one a few times before. Always the same story. Something that can be assembled for a $1k or less from common parts, asserted to be proven, but mysterious forces “suppressing” it. Please send money ( or now often ‘send link around to generate ad revenue’).

    First off ALL energy is “free”. Just go pick up a lump of coal or cut down a tree in the yard. And ‘zero point’ energy conceptually is not a perpetual motion machine as the concept is to suck energy out of the physics of the universe. So conceptually not much different from a solar panel (that also harvests ‘free energy’ at exceptional cost).

    Yet the one simple and easy thing that is NEVER done is this:

    Build ONE. Put it on a trailer with pneumatic tires (so easy to prove there is no inductive / conductive power being supplied). Have a nice wire mesh cage around it, with a clear cable to a ground plate that can be connected as desired. (Ground and un-ground the cage and see if the speed changes… if it slows, you likely have a radio based power supply beaming power to it) Have the machine sitting in the middle of the trailer on nice natural wood planks (so, again, induction and conduction isolated). Have it running, and with the power it produces, light a very nice 500 W or so of incandescent lights brightly illuminating the device, the trailer, and the surrounding area. Now leave it parked in a wide open public space, well away from buildings and power lines. Leave it running for a month. Let folks bring all sorts of microwave and infrared detectors to assure no radio based energy supply…

    If it is still merrily making electricity at the end of the month, you have something.

    If it can only run for a couple of minutes at a time, or only inside their building, or only with a ‘small wire’ connected or metal surface under it… well…. Run, do not walk, to the nearest exit.

    Really.

    It is Dead Simple to show a self sustaining continuous power production decoupled from all other power sources and with electromagnetic coupling blocked. You will NEVER see that done. Because that is the proof that it is real, and anything short of that is just showing how good the con is being done.

    (My major complaint about the e-Cat has been the wall power going into it. Set it up self-sustaining, and even if inefficient and only making heat, use a sterling engine to take the heat and make regulated electricity so it IS stand alone. Then there is NO doubt.)

    Anything less than self sustaining net power out for more than a few days, NOT connected to anything metal, and shielded from beamed power: is a ‘good con’. Simply because it would be sooo easy to set up the real deal if it really worked.

    Look, I can pull the cord on my Honda generator, plug in the house, and watch TV with cold beer in the fridge for 8 hours before I need to put gas in it. If the “gas” is “free” and “from the ether”, they ought to be able to do that and let it run forever. So have me sitting in the living room watching TV and with dinner in the fridge and all the lights from one of these things (on a wood deck in a wire cage…) and I’m ready to sign up.

    Until then, “If it’s not Scottish, It’s Crap!” ;-)

    (Punch line from an old joke…)

  77. David A says:

    E.M., thank you as always. Alas I am afraid she will not be reachable as Gaia has spoken to her.

    I will go see if you have yet responded at WUWT to Willis (who btw I have learned a lot from) and his misunderstanding of your discussion regarding averaging T readings. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/28/how-fast-is-the-earth-warming/#comment-2016876

    My only comment, unrelated to your discussion in that post was this to Mike M…
    Mike M says…
    firetoice2014 wrote: “GISS reported an anomaly increase of precisely 0.06oC; NCDC reported an anomaly increase of precisely 0.12oC; and, HadCRUT reported an anomaly increase of precisely 0.15oC.”

    That is incorrect. The anomaly values are not precise, they are approximate. I am not sure what the error estimates are, but it would not surprise me if they are large enough for the various numbers to be consistent with each other.
    ————————————
    David A
    August 29, 2015 at 8:21 am
    Yes, Mike, consistent with each other, but entirely inconsistent with UHA and RSS, and nothing in the physics of the IPCC climate models can explain that.
    ———————————————–
    IMV the divergence from the satellites has become an overwhelming issue, impossible for the physics contained in the IPCC models to overcome. They could run their models from here to eternity, and they will not have the surface rapidly warming while the troposphere is flat or cooling.

  78. p.g.sharrow says:

    @David A I have studied and even built a few devices, no joy.
    Everything feeds on something so no free ride. The same thing can be said about plasma fusion. Great concept but no real net output. Even the Hydrogen Bomb is not an actual hydrogen fusion device. It’s yield is due to the fire storm of liberated Neutrons from heavy isotopes converting to light hydrogen. I’ve even constructed gravity batteries that work. Real voltage, just no flow or amperage. So gravity will distort the dielectric of atoms. Enough gravity caused mater/energy packing and Hydrogen to Neutron conversion should take place, the back half of the atomic equation. So electrical fields should be able to induce the dance of hydrogen-Neutron-hydrogen conversion within crystal lattice structures. The pressure of Aether (0point energy) a perfect elastic, could contribute to that dance that is actually an EMF waveform…

    Not sure if any of that helps. Over unity net yields need to be 10 times input for practical use or cost of plant and operations overhead is not justified. At least not in the real world…pg

  79. David A says:

    Thanks PG, I was hoping you would comment as well.

  80. omanuel says:

    Thanks, p.g.sharrow, for confirming my suspicions that the post-WWII hype about hydrogen bombs was a way of hiding the source of energy in the Sun – <bNEUTRON REPULSION.

    The biggest nuclear explosion was the little-known tsar bomb on the remote island in northern Russia.

    On another, seemingly unconnected topic, is mass immigration anything other than the most inhumane way of destroying national boundaries for the same purpose ?

    https://brittius.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/dr-o-manuel-ph-d-stalins-science/

  81. p.g.sharrow says:

    Mass Migration is caused by things being so bad at home you Have to leave. And the perceived lure of the other place makes it very attractive.
    At present Mexico is a hell for many people and the US is heaven. Nothing new, Mexico has been an organized Hell since the time of the late Maya civilization. A fine example of bureaucrats and criminals working hand in hand to rob the many for the benefit of the few..a cultural problem. Americans tend to be open, friendly and generous towards Others…also a cultural problem. Honor and trust and a helping hand towards Others is an Anglo defect. Nearly all societies treat their own with honor and respect, but, Others are prey to be exploited. Anglos have this built in urge to treat all, even Others, with Fair Play. Kind of makes them targets, as well admired.
    Americans have created a heaven out of a waste land in the last 200 years. Now the GEB are attempting to turn it into a new hell just as they have done elsewhere. To do this they need ignorant people that Community Organizers can isolate and manipulate to gain political power. The American melting pot is being broken up into Ghettos of special interests that only work together only through orders from their Organizers… WE must push for assimilation. If you want to be an American, do it. Speak Western English, learn American customs and legal concepts. You are no longer Africans, Mexicans, Europeans, etc. If you think you must preserve your Special culture then you will exist in your special, self made, Ghetto and will never really become an American
    My French Canadian ancestor realized this in the 1840s when the American Canadian border was established through the Wisconsin area. One day he came home and told the gathered family that they were now Americans! They would no longer speak French, German, or British English in his house. American English only. They would no longer be second class citizens in their own country. They even Anglicized the spelling of their family name when they registered as citizens. pg

    A few of us just have itchy feet and must see what is over the next hill, but after satisfying that wanderlust, we generally go home…pg

  82. omanuel says:

    Thanks, p.g.sharrow.

    I appreciate the culture, talents and energy of many immigrants but I have no use for those using human misery to promote the hidden agenda of a mustached tyrant that held Japan’s successful atomic bomb plant and the crew of an American B29 bomber in Konan, Korea for negotiations to unite nations and national academies of sciences into an Orwellian Ministry of Consensus Science (UN)Truths at the end of WWII.

    https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/obama-travels-to-alaska-to-warn-them-about-global-warming/#comment-537408

  83. p.g.sharrow says:

    parchment pages in 7th century Korean may predate Muhammad.
    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/09/01/carbon-dating-suggests-fragments-world-oldest-korean-may-predate-muhammad/?intcmp=hpbt4
    or at least be parts form His “BOOK” . At least the material the two pages were inked onto are carbon dated to be older then Muhammad. ..pg

  84. LG says:

    Microsoft BACKPORTS privacy-invading Windows 10 features to Windows 7, 8.

    http://www.extremetech.com/computing/213183-once-more-with-tracking-microsoft-backports-privacy-invading-windows-10-features-to-windows-7-8

    Ghacks.net has discovered four KB updates for Windows 7 and 8, each of which is described as an “Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry.” Each is detailed below:

    KB 3068708: This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.

    KB 3068708 is listed as collecting diagnostics about functional issues on systems that take part in the Customer Experience Improvement Program. Determining whether or not you are a member of the CEIP, however, is less than obvious. The KB also notes that “Most programs make CEIP options available on the Help menu, although for some products, you might have to check settings, options, or preferences menus.” This is a recommended Windows update.

    KB 3022345: This update has been superseded by KB 3068708, but previously provided the same telemetry-tracking services. It’s not clear how the two updates differ, but if you want to remove all traces of telemetry tracking, you’ll want to remove this update as well.

    KB 3075249: This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels. What this appears to mean is that MS wants more information about the kinds of applications that trigger UAC in the first place, presumably because it wants to know what they do and why they need that access. This update is classified as Optional.

    KB 3080149: This update is described in identical language to the first two. “This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.” It is provided as an Optional update, even though the first was classified a “Recommended” update.

  85. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    One of my favorite books is “Edible Landscaping”. I’m Oh So Slowly convincing the spouse that it is OK to eat the yard…

    She still wants mowed flat lawn… but I’ve reduced that to about 1/4 of the lot out in front. Back yard garden: Check. Front yard divided into “fenced play yard for kids” and “front yard about the length of the driveway”. Check. Kids gone, convert ‘play yard’ to garden: 1/2 check in that I’ve planted squash that have taken over about 1/2 of it, we are not watering the other 1/2 due to “the drought” and the 4 fruit trees are “just trees” ;-)

    Slowly… oh so slowly… over about 27 years now… ;-)

    Harvested Celery Seed today… and checked on the status of Runner beans (still no visible pod set despite misting) and fed a corn cob with nice kernels to The Bunny… Also looks like Safflower experiment is a success. Harvest “soon”. About time to replace squash with Fava Beans in the garden (back yard) as weather cools, and plotting planning the layout of a barley test grow in the “play yard” since, after all, “the drought killed the lawn, dear” ;-)

    Now if I can just figure out something to do with the “front lawn” after I kill it the drought has killed it that is sort of lawn like …. 8-}

  86. p.g.sharrow says:

    Plant sweet potatoes? nice ivy like ground cover, likes it warm and dry, even poor quality soils. Will live in soils 50F or warmer. Bay area winters, plant peas, great for ground cover and the young vine ends are wonderful in salads as well as stir-fry with the peas and pods. Double crop! as the potato slips can be planted as the pea vines are getting old and will just grow over everything by mid summer! Both will improve the soil fertility and tilth. A plus even if you fail to harvest much and then replant to grass…pg

  87. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    I already have one sweet potato in the middle of the “play yard” squash patch as a test case. Figure it will ‘bite the dust’ about November. Planted a bit late and only about 2 ft on a side as of now. But mostly doing it to ‘learn the plant’. (Yes, I finally got sprouts from a sweet potato… after figuring out they didn’t need water… well, after you told me ;-)

    As the bunny has free run of the Play Yard, beans and peas are not going to survive. She just LOVES young legumes ;-) So those will go in cages in the “garden”.

    I tried to get thyme to grow, but didn’t make it. I think too dry.

    Well, plenty of time yet to work on it. Maybe baby turnips… but bunnies like those too… Hmmm…

  88. E.M.Smith says:

    @John K:

    Burning Man is a fun place to go so several Fed Agencies find an excuse. As it is on national land, Park Service guys get to play undercover nark too. Boosts the ol resume and naked chicks too…. what’s not to like? (from their POV)…

    There has been a fuss made about the drug enforcement, and I sent a suggestion to the organizers on how to stop it (buy your own land and make your own town with your own police…) but not seen anything change.

    But yeah, go to Burning Man and be filmed by Agencies in the presence of Narks and while being hit on by undercovers…. here’s your ticket….

  89. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    A nice terminology IMO

    Comment at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/09/weekend-unthreaded-91/#comments

    highlighting a Lord Monckton term in an article at WUWT

    “doubtingdave

    September 5, 2015 at 9:31 pm · Reply

    Just noticed an article on whatsupwiththat from Lord Monckton “The Pause Lengthens yet again” in which Lord Chris uses the phrase ” THE SURFACE TAMPERATURE DATASETS” When referring to Hadcrut and Giss etc only he could change one letter of one word and yet give a completely different meaning to the land surface data, classic , hope Ken , jennifer and our hostess get plenty of use out of it when talking about BOM adjustments”

  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    These charts make you take a second look. Perhaps a down turn has already begun and it is time to increase the cash cushion a bit.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-02/us-recession-looms-factory-orders-plunge-9th-month-row

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-03/where-us-recession-hiding

  91. omanuel says:

    What’s Up?

    Many of us suspect something, but none of us know what.

    See Jeff Condron’s blog: What’s Up? https://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/a-solution-to-success/

  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    Cool tech and — uhh — thought provoking (talk about data storage issues)

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under human habitation time line for North America.
    Good solid evidence that the northwest was home to stone tool using humans circa 10,000 years ago.
    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/09/13/seattle-dig-unearths-10000-year-old-stone-tools/

    This item shows occupation at 14,300 years which pre-dates the Clovis culture theory migration via an ice free corridor. Perhaps by boat from Siberia following the shore line??
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/04/080403-first-americans.html

  94. Jon K says:

    This is a pretty comprehensive look at the Pacific NW earthquake potential.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one

  95. sabretoothed says:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3298494/

    Women on CP and undergoing other drugs trails will get different results

  96. sabretoothed says:

    Poor climate scientists know they can’t win the science debate against the engineers, geologists, chemists and physicists who are better scientists, better informed, mostly unfunded and unleashed all over the Internet.

    To avoid coughing up the “overwhelming evidence” the climate experts say they have, but can’t seem to find, they are pulling out the Panzers, resorting to pleas for RICO investigations. Treat the skeptical scientists like Racketeers, they say! And what’s their evidence for this conspiracy of corruption… oh lordy, these people are scientists, they must have emails, cheques, tapes and photos. Surely? But no, their evidence are pop-smear-books where the deepest darkest evidence is the common use of “tobacco tactics”! But every activist group under the sun, including honest groups, uses at least some of the exact same tactics. How does anyone point out flaws without “seeding doubt” about them? Either the flaws are real or they’re not, and that’s what a scientist discusses, not “motives”. http://pindanpost.com/2015/09/19/whos-who-of-climates-team-tobacco/

  97. sabretoothed says:

    Scheme for the Mediterranean from the first half of the 20th century, which was seriously considered by heads of state and, at one point, even the United Nations. It was called Atlantropa, and would have involved the partial draining of the Mediterranean Sea and the creation of a Eurafrican supercontinent. http://qz.com/504978/the-un-once-planned-to-drain-the-mediterranean-in-the-name-of-peace/

  98. sabretoothed says:

    Located in the far western extreme of the Democratic Republic of Congo, several dams and hydropower plants would deliver 42,000MW – nearly twice the size of the world’s largest power station, the Three Gorges Dam in China. If built, it would double the electricity production capacity of Africa in one stroke and resolve what Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, calls Africa’s “energy apartheid”. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/207ac48c-34ef-11e4-aa47-00144feabdc0.html#slide0

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    Leading indicator to slow down? Construction equipment orders crater in Russia, China and Brazil.
    Either a slow down due to poor economic conditions of funds are getting redirected to other uses (ie Russia military expenditures??)

    http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/canaries-roosting-on-the-backhoes-jcb-construction-equipment-sales-plunge-in-russia-china-and-brazil/

  100. sabretoothed says:

    In one study, 63 perhaps of women who’d had children were harboring male cells in their brains. http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/the-humans-within-us

  101. sabretoothed says:

    Great video on MTHFR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ie5pLTn7yI

    Great video about how the nutrition of your Grandmother can effect you lol

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    After viewing that link above on Zipf’s law, and how it is universally applicable to almost every natural process, I found this link which shows that wealth in the U.S. is a very close match to Zipf’s law. Nassim Taleb mentions the characteristics of long tailed distributions (non-Gaussian) in his book “Black Swan” and points out very much the same issue.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400063515?

    http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/courses/2006/cmplxsys899/powerlaws.pdf
    See note (j) on page 7 of 27

    That means that forcing a shift in the income distribution would be a highly unnatural change and contrary to the perfectly normal distribution of incomes in all populations. The large income inequality the left is always grousing about, is in fact a perfectly normal distribution of such things and it is very unlikely that any non-totalitarian solution will work to shift that distribution no matter what you do.

    The even more interesting observation in my view is that as you raise the average income of the lower class that high income tail grows exponentially larger, so the only way to reduce the income of the very wealthy is to make everyone poorer.

    Hmmm some how that sounds familiar??
    Don’t you just hate it when well established mathematical laws argue against your dogma?

  103. Another Ian says:

    Re Larry Ledwick says:

    23 September 2015 at 12:58 am

    Seen this?

    http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2015/09/dear-americans-you-are-all-rich.html

  104. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Maybe some more to come from VW on the diesel job?

    http://www.outbacktravelaustralia.com.au/blog/dont-sy-sorry-too-soon

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just a fun read about Einstein and the theory of General Relativity.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/theory-of-relativity-then-and-now-180956622/?no-ist

  106. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    For your socialism file via a comment at SDA

    http://directorblue.blogspot.ca/2015/09/why-socialism-always-fails.html

  107. p.g.sharrow says:

    sabretoothed says:
    28 September 2015 at 9:56 am
    NASA news of December 10 2001 Schmidt, G.A., 2001 paper…pg

  108. Steve C says:

    E.M., in your line of business, you may already know this site, but I found it an interesting watch after coming across a link on Keelynet this weekend. Almost live internet war coverage; who says WWIII hasn’t started? :-|
    http://map.norsecorp.com/

  109. Larry Ledwick says:

    This little item matches up with my personal conclusions on Iran and the bomb.
    I figure it is about 90-95% probability that they have 3 -5 devices which are at least transportable in vehicles (ie nuclear truck bombs) and are probably very close to a deliverable device.

    https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/09/28/iran-deals-premise-is-wrong-they-likely-have-a-bomb/

  110. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2015/09/the-lefts-lates.html

    BTW that was “a different economist”. Thanks

  111. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    And for your diesel file

    “el gordo

    September 30, 2015 at 7:16 pm · Reply

    I picked this up from The Daily Mash.
    ——

    ‘ELEVEN million VW drivers have been recalled to the factory to be fitted with scepticism about man-made global warming.

    ‘The filters, fitted between the brain’s cognitive functions and speech centres, will allow diesel drivers to smoothly and efficiently call the whole basis of climate change into question.

    ‘A Volkswagen spokesman said: “With this new device, they will confidently throw out plausible-sounding observations about NASA’s faked hockey-stick graph and the stability of Antarctic ice cores that will pass 90 per cent of challenges.

    “Otherwise they would just mumble out a load of discredited guff like ‘If there’s global warming then how come it snowed last winter?’

    “The hardware includes a defeat device which shuts it down if the Volkswagen driver is engaged in conversation with anyone who actually knows what they’re talking about.”

    ‘Stephen Malley, who drives a diesel VW Scirocco, said: “Climate change can only pose a danger if we admit that it exists.

    “It’s kind of like the Candyman in that respect.”

    From comments at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/09/green-cars-cause-real-pollution-and-now-cheating-on-fuel-economy-too-half-the-co2-cuts-imaginary/#more-45249

  112. Jon K. says:

    Interesting discovery. Of course, the actual paper is paywalled. Any candidate would get my vote if they vowed to end that practice.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/01/global-cooling-discovery-may-scupper-paris-climate-talks/

  113. LG says:

    Surface of the oceans affects climate more than thought

    Lyon/ Leipzig. The oceans seem to produce significantly more isoprene, and consequently affect stronger the climate than previously thought. This emerges from a study by the Institute of Catalysis and Environment in Lyon (IRCELYON, CNRS / University Lyon 1) and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), which had studied samples of the surface film in the laboratory. The results underline the global significance of the chemical processes at the border between ocean and atmosphere, write the researchers in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

    https://www.tropos.de/en/current-issues/press-releases/details/surface-of-the-oceans-affects-climate-more-than-thought/

  114. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Nice one. 2x heat in a well controlled experiment and conservative assumptions.

    Now they just need to engineer one that it a kW instead of mW so the net gain is clearly not a math error (even if, or especially if, it melts :-)

  115. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Interesting. Has me wondering if it was the cause of my recent spate of router hangs. A reboot would fix it and that story said a reboot removed it. The router SW is in rom so unchangeable and the config is archived for restoration after a hardware reset if ever needed.

    But after running stable for months on end, it needed a reboot to talk to the Internet again about each two or 4 days for a month. Now stable again. As it would hang, I presumed whatever it was was failing to take it over. On my infinite ToDo list is to roll my own router someday… (I’ve done it before, even on Windows as a 5 port router with QOS for one contract. It isn’t hard, really… Near trivial now with OpenWRT). But my internal 2nd firewall router gets a redo first…

  116. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Mileage here methinks in the dance of the thermometers!

    “James Bradley

    October 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm · Reply

    Healthy human body temperature averages 98.6F or 37C. This has been recorded since thermometers were invented in about 1714 and has never changed with modern humans still averaging 98.6F or 37C.

    Why is it that historic meteorological temperature data requires adjusting while historical medical temperature data doesn’t?”

    From a comment at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/10/weekend-unthreaded-95/#comment-1750125

  117. Steve C says:

    Well, it’s a year today since Avast “Anti”-Virus totally borked my finest Windows machine by ignoring my “Do Not Update Automatically” setting, and drove me into the arms of a more Minty OS. Not one problem in the twelve months since (apart from not yet knowing where all the tweaks are!). Anyone else wondering whether to try going Linux – wonder no more and do it. You have nothing to lose except having to buy software!

    @Another Ian – Strange, but British Fahrenheit thermometers marked “Blood Heat” at 98.4°F (36.8 recurring °C), not 98.6. Must be our cooler climate! ;-)

  118. E.M.Smith says:

    “Normal” body temp wanders more than folks think. 98.6 F is just a rough average. My normal, measured continuously for 3+ months in a NASA study, ranged from 97.7 F to 99.3 F IIRC often in the same day. That’s why a fever is usually only called if over 100 F and not a worry until over 101 F.

    But yes, we have not needed to go back and “correct” old medical records (in 1/10 ths! unlike climate data… original recording in full F degrees…)

    IMHO, the whole adjust and “correct” is either an error or flat out fraud.

  119. Another Ian says:

    E,M.

    Re body temperatures

    Allowing for those Gordon Lightfoot lines

    “And they talked about the weather

    98.6 and rising

    Down by Boulder Dam this night”

    And for your hypocracy file

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2015/10/sanctimonia.html

    and links

  120. Larry Ledwick says:

    Back in the 1970’s I took a winter survival course at one of the local junior colleges. One of the first tasks the instructor had us do was to take our body temperatures every hour for a couple days and plot the curve. Turns out everyone in the class had s different characteristic curve for body temperatures. Those of us like me who were late night folks tended to have body temperatures that were slow to rise after waking up, not getting to normal body temp until late in the afternoon. My peak body temp was around 4:00 pm. Then holding near that point until quite late in the evening. The early birds on the other hand had body temps that rose quickly in the morning and peaked much earlier in the day and then fell off toward evening. The reason they were alert and active at 8:00 am was because they were at normal body temp then. I on the other hand was semi-comatose because my metabolism was still stuck in sleep mode with a body temp about 2-3 degrees cooler than ideal.

    He had us do that so we could recognize hypothermia and understand that the body temperature cycles from cool to normal on a daily rhythm.
    Right now it is almost noon and I have been up for an hour and a half. My body temperature is 96.4F

  121. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Greg; It appears to me that the Earth-Luna pair are an after creation.
    First proposed by Immanuel Velikovsky in 1948, the original planet Mu, was a small gas giant that was located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Life originated there as well. Another solar system passed by and ripped the atmosphere and some of the outer crust off to form our present planet with it’s moon. This pair settled into it’s present orbit and the debris left over formed the 2 asteroid belts. One of which follows the orbit of Mu and the other the path created by the errant. Our present atmosphere and Oceans boiled out of the planets crust through volcanism. He was also said that Venus is an errant moon from Saturn that settled into it’s present orbit fairly recently. He was right about the Earth-Luna pair as well as the conditions on Titan. He might be correct about Venus as well…pg

  122. David A says:

    The current US Iran sanctions deal, with zero real capacity to enforce, is worse then useless. Now Russia is selling Iran advance weapon systems!

    The US and Europe should have been actively working to become energy independent of the ME for the past decade. The sanctions against Russia are hurting Russia greatly, yet hurting Europe as well. What the goal was for Obama in the insistence on the removal of Assad is simply bizarre. Certainly Radical Islam would have filled the void as Obama simply deserted Iraq, which was actually succeeding (although not worth the cost IMV) so he would not have exerted the force required to nation build post Assad.I trust only one thing about Obama. His public objective is not his private objective.

    I do not think Obama simply wants the US out of the ME. I only know that there is one thing we cannot allow there; the dominance of one faction of Islamists leading to the attempted destruction of Israel and the establishment of an Islamist caliphate. Other then that, we just need to be independent of that rather messed up world. Is there any signs Obama wishes one faction of Islamists to dominate?

    There was room for support of Russia here which could have prevented strengthening Iran, as well as perhaps teaching the ME that Jihad is dumb policy, and even perhaps easing tension in Europe. There are about five thousand Muslim Russian citizens fighting in the ME. Putin does not want them coming home It is a part of his objective to decimate ISIS and the US supported “moderate” Islamists as they have been flooding Russia with radical Imam’s to help radicalize Russia Muslim population.

    I sure would like to read Obama’s college paper on US Russian relations. I bet Putin has.

  123. omanuel says:

    Today Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur B. McDonald of Canada were awarded the Nobel prize in Physics for saving the Standard Solar Model by reporting that most solar neutrinos oscillate away before reaching our detectors:

    http://nypost.com/2015/10/06/2-share-nobel-prize-in-physics-for-work-on-neutrinos/

    Their findings are contradicted by the experimental measurements in this paper:

    “Solar energy” (17 March 2015): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Solar_Energy.pdf

  124. p.g.sharrow says:

    @oliver this change in “flavors” appears to me to be an artifact of the detectors rather then a change in the partials mass. Neutrinos and photons are the same thing with different internal angular momentum of it’s charge so a different detector signature…pg.

  125. p.g.sharrow says:

    @DavidA; Reverend Wright said Obama was a very good substitute preacher. BUT, he did not think Obama ever understood what being a christian really meant.
    We have seen that Obama is a spellbinding speaker and also a pathological lier. He has said he would stand with the Muslims, also said he would much more flexible when dealing with the Russians after his last election…

  126. omanuel says:

    The Standard Solar Model and Osvillating Solar Neutrinos are LIES disguised as consensus science.

  127. omanuel says:

    I measured the rates of double-beta decay for years and know that the rates of these show no evidence that neutrinos have rest mass and con oscillate. The slowest was 10^24 years for tellurium-128 decay to xenon-128.

  128. p.g.sharrow says:

    Is the Standard Model a lie or just incorrect.;-) Wouldn’t be the first time conciseness is wrong. My point is that much of the “discovered” particles are test equipment artifacts that result from experiment protocols. Great for Nobel prizes but not real discoveries. There is only one thing that can yield all of these results. The fundamental thing, a unit of charge, a force bubble. Aether. The GOD Particle. the fundamental thing that everything else is made up from.
    Man! 10 to the 24 – years is a long time… Even GOD would get bored waiting for that to happen! ;-)…pg

  129. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry Ledwick:

    Spouse is up and running at 5 AM. I’m sometimes getting to sleep then. My temp peak is about 4 PM to 5 PM, hers about 5 AM… It works out… somehow.. ;-)

    The basic problem is that when you are depending on every greater doses of speed to stay awake, when you run out, it’s a bitch. Recently a batch of 10 year? US bonds sold for 0% interest rate. We’re out of rate cut “speed”… and the rest of the world is tanking faster and harder so will having their currency drop against ours making things worse.

    @Another Ian:

    I just wish more non-Muslims would read the Koran…

    @Greg:

    Maybe, but I think it is more likely that the gas never got to hang around as the impactor blew up the proto-Earth into our present Earth / Moon binary system… Too much solar wind pressure. A Venus with air loss is more accurate, IMHO.

    @Sabertoothed:

    At 100 micro Watts it would take about 5 million of them to make enough power to be minimally interesting to me. Once you can power a R.Pi from one, I’ll be impressed…

    FWIW, I think there are better energy harvesters… Start with a large antenna about 50 feet up in the air, and a really good ground…

    Oh, and yes, we’ve been in some kind of currency war with China since they decided to pretend to be capitalists with markets.

    @David A:

    For reasons I can’t explain (though I would speculate $Billions of petro dollars are involved) The West has embraced the notion of a “Christianity Lite Islam” and wants a warm fuzzy “Y’all come!” attitude toward them.

    Russia, OTOH, has been dealing with Chetchins for a long time…

    Obama is in agreement with Putin (remember the “Be more flexible” line caught on live mike?) that Russia ought to run the band of Shiia areas, and Obama is just Fine with the Imams of Iran doing whatever they want. Hey, his Dad was a Shiia, so what’s not to like?

    The EU may be just going along with the whole thing so they don’t freeze with non-functional out of gas cars; or maybe they have a cultural suicide fixation. Who knows…

    What is very clear is that Germany will cease to be German in about 50 years, maybe less, and France is well on their way to precede them by a couple of decades. England / UK stopped being English some time ago, but still fondly remember it…

    The only reason for heavily promoting the importation of so many non-natives to countries all over The West is to destroy the culture so that it is more easily replaced. By whom and with what are open to speculation. The same strategy has been used for a few hundred years by the British Empire, so I’d ask them and their cronies what’s up. IMHO it hasn’t worked out all that well; then again, I’m looking from the POV of the people, not the European Elite…

    From Obama’s POV, Israel is just a yapping little dog in the way and demanding food. Drop kick it to the curb and move on… His actions seem to confirm this. Why any N.Y. Jew would vote Democratic at this point is beyond me. Yet I have such relatives and they do…

    @Omanuel:

    If Global Warming has taught us anything, it is that the Nobel Prize is a Prize of “toeing the party line”…

    @P.G.:

    Strange you should say that about photons… Just after hearing the story on TV I was thinking if Neutrinos might just be variations on the photon… Maybe I’m only 1 or 2 years behind you now ;-)

  130. omanuel says:

    @greg

    IMHO, the solar system formed directly from poorly mixed debris of the solar supernova. Elements with high nuclear stability were close to the pulsar remnant and made rocky planets and ordinary meteorites consisting mostly of iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), silicon (Si), oxygen (O) and sulfur (S).

    These are also the five most abundant elements in the interior of the Sun: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2005/pdf/1033.pdf

  131. David A says:

    PG, true, but other then potentially supporting Iran I have no real problem with what Russia is doing in the ME. As I said, “I only know that there is one thing we cannot allow there; the dominance of one faction of Islamists leading to the attempted destruction of Israel and the establishment of an Islamist caliphate.”

    Everything Obama has done has resulted in greater control by Islamists;
    attempting to promote the MB in Egypt, abandoning Iraq to Islamists when it was under a real semblance of control,
    the same now happening in Afghanistan,
    the promotion of pseudo moderate groups with weapons stolen by ISIS as well as defections to ISIS which, in conjunction with no plan afterwards, if Obama “moderates had won” would have undoubtedly been taken over by Islamic extremists, which they likely were already.
    (It is like he is losing on purpose) The cogent question is (and I hope EM responds to this) is Obama consistently supporting one faction of ME radicals?

  132. David A says:

    EM, I thank you for your response thus far, but think my question above is still cogent. (If there is legs to the idea that Obama wants more then just removing the US from the ME, but actually has an agenda, then those actions outlined would likely show a proclivity to supporting perhaps Shias?

    As long as Europe is hurting Russia with sanctions I think Putin is happy to send more refugees into the E.U. (We had no binding commitment to Crimea, and I really do not know what the people there would really want.)
    I am also certain that Clinton, with Obama’s continued support of expanding NATO into eastern Europe which was against our agreements with Russia, pissed Putin off as well.

    Concerning the flexibility open mike gaff, well it is perhaps hard to know what was meant because Putin appears to be playing Obama like a fiddle. Putin is very pro Russia greatness, but he appears to hate the Bolshevik revolution, and has been actively promoting the eastern Orthodox church, and appears to be actually trying to protect whatever Syrian Christians are left. Putin did more damage in one day to ISIS then we did in months. (That demonstrates that the moderates lost weapons were perhaps not lost, and the moderates Obama supported not so moderate) Obama’s words against ISIS are not matched by actions, as surely we could have done what Russia did, and far more. As I mentioned, “I sure would like to read Obama’s college paper on US Russian relations. I bet Putin has.”

  133. p.g.sharrow says:

    @ DavidA I don’t think Obama is sure of the difference between Sunni and Sheia, Remember he left that life in his 8th year. So I would think Obama believes that the old Muslim world is rightfully theirs and Christians and Jews are interlopers that were moved in later.
    Interesting about your observation that Putin is trying to protect Christians. Prophecy for this time is that Christians would be sorely pressed as the Western World and even the Roman Church would appear to be against them. Only Russia would work to protect them! or so it would seem. A Muslim group will assassinate the head Oligarch to the Muslims great joy. But a great loss to them as he was helping them from behind the scenes. Emmm…. wonder just who that might be. we will know soon. Then the west will get their act together and begin the defeat of radicals.
    Stock up on popcorn and watch the show :-) ..pg

  134. Larry Ledwick says:

    Keep in mind that Obama’s consigliere Valerie Jarrett was born in Iran and has strong family links to communism.
    http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/25/fbi-files-valerie-jarretts-family-was-a-bunch-of-communists/
    There is a reason inside the white house staff she has the nickname Rasputin. If you cross VJ you are out the door like Axlerod and Rahm Emanuel. Rumor has it that Obama does not make an important decision without consulting with VJ.

    Putin is using the Church as an instrument of power and manipulation. The Church in Russia has a long history as one of the key power players, in Russia dating back a hundred years and is a means to bind the populace and legitimize his actions in exchange for their cooperation he lets them build their empire too. It is a symbiotic relationship.

    Russia by itself is not all that impressive militarily ( comparable to Mexico with nuclear weapons) but if you combine them with the military might of Iran you have a formidable military resource. Iran provides the manpower and plausibly deniability for some actions and Russia gets oil an money for their weapons systems to compensate for sanctions by the west. The current military adventures in Ukraine and Syria is also an opportunity for Russia to blood its troops and get operational combat experience with new weapons systems (precision guided weapons).

    I personally suspect Obama is getting handled by the Russians through Jarret and the Chicago communist base (Chicago is the home of the American Communist party). As Sam Giancana said when trying to figure out who is behind things look to who always benefits (or who always loses).
    Russia is playing a long game to destroy US credibility and work their way back into middle eastern affairs after being tossed out following the 1973 war and their departure from Egypt and later Afghanistan.

  135. E.M.Smith says:

    It is too late for me to properly remember the names of all the Syrian groups… but one of the major ones that the USA is supporting was pronounced part of ISIL by ISIL. That group said “Um, no. We’ll stay independent”, thanks. Those Are our allies, so Russia is quite right to call them terrorists. Obama has managed to put thousands of vehicles and untold small arms in the hands of ISIL “by accident”, so to me it looks like one giant wet kiss to all muslim jihadis in the area. ISIL via lost armies worth of equipment, their cousins, our allies, directly.

    At the same time, doing his best to scrub out of existance USA and Bush prior achievements. What Occam tells me is that is his goal. Screw Bush, weaken America, give Putin the middle east, and arm Islam. That is what he has done, so most reasonably was what he wanted. Oh, and sets up Israel for eventual destruction, so score one more for Islam, and he will help peace in the region by making it all pristine Muslim…

    Remember that he is fundamentally a globalist socialist, so eliminating annoying capitalist powers and successes, like the USA and Israel would be goals to him..

  136. David A says:

    This link gave me a basic understanding of the Sunni Shia rift.
    http://r.duckduckgo.com/l/?kh=-1&uddg=http%3A%2F%2Fpjmedia.com%2Fbarryrubin%2F2013%2F05%2F17%2Fwhos-more-dangerous-sunni-or-shia-islamists%2F
    but other reports indicate that the most radical elements in each may be looking for some cohesion, and some Shias are moving towards acceptance of ISIS, (or maybe not as EM post shows in one instance)
    No doubt Obama is a globalist socialist, and if he is not a hidden but active Muslim he certainly has played that to the Arab world, and with his choice of Muslim advisors. I think he understands the Sunni Shia rift very well, and likely wishes to unite them, as this (uniting jihadists from both fronts) is the obvious way to make radical Islam dominant and remove Israel. Looking for signs of such an attempted unity makes sense and Obamas war on ISIS was clearly for show only.

    Larry says, “Putin is using the Church as an instrument of power and manipulation.” No doubt, but there is a long history of Putin have some sincerity in this from his Mother and his dislike of the Bolsheviks is genuine. He appears to want the Old Russia to remerge, with what global role I am not certain. Any dance with China is dangerous, and to dance with Iran and the Sunni dominate ME is not a recommended slow dance either.

    PG, popcorn indeed!

  137. p.g.sharrow says:

    It is correct that the Orthodox Church has been a power base in Russia for over 1000 years and their war with the Muslim world is nearly as old as that religion.
    Nostradamus said “Beware of those of the Orient as they are no ones friends.” To him Persia or the Ottoman Empire was the Orient. At this time Russia is the hope of the christian world.
    Valerie Jarrett Is Obama’s “handler” and has been since his Harvard days. This guy was created to advance the agenda of several different groups and he is conning them all into thinking he is their man. Obama’s drive is to be the indispensable man in the middle of disparate groups, not in uniting them. His time on the world stage is nearly over. As each group nears grasping their dream they no longer need him and will turn on him. Watch! it is beginning now. The ObamaNation is beginning to come apart.
    But GOD’s agenda will win in the end. All the threads of this tapestry follow their own path as the weaver creates his design. We all have a place in the design, even those that are not part of the visible picture. ..pg

  138. p.g.sharrow says:

    If you want another view point on this weeks events that the MSM ignores:
    http://www.eutimes.net/2015/10/putin-orders-syrian-ground-war-to-begin-as-nato-masses-forces/
    or maybe they don’t want you to know!…pg

  139. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.:

    Interesting article. I’d not heard details on the NATO mobilization. ..

    IMHO, Russia is playing for a Russian Client band from the Mediterranean to the Caspian. It’s all Shiia and it all hates the USA, so easy pickings.

    In one move, he gets lots of warm water ports, oil and gas partners in price and supply fixing, isolates European access to eastern oil and gas via control of pipeline routes, NATO is shown to be toothless due to political dithering, and he effectively surrounds the Caucasus for future nibbling… Oh, and embarasses the USA while getting the Sunni to take notice and be more compliant.

    Meanwhile, the USA continues to take orders from The House Of Saud and hopes to gain a Sunni band of Syria and Iraq but instead gets spanked as that land goes to Russian / Shiia joint control. Yemin is a pivot, as it has Saudi looking south, not north… one nicely placed Go stone… In the end, the Strait of Hormuz ends up under Russian air cover and Iranian ships and shore guns. With a base in Yemin in the back side… and Lebanon / Gaza isolating the Mediterranean Sea route for pipelines. Leaving only the Red Sea and an easy sink a ship to block. It all ends up with being one surprize air raid away from zero Saudi oil flowing. Add in some Iranian pipes to the northern route through Russia and it is all wrapped up and done. One “accidental” minor proxy skirmish in the Gulf, and Europe is Putins for the taking… or they can freeze…

    That’s my read on it.

    As to what NATO will do? Under Obama? With the EU collapsing under debt and QE? Maybe defend the border of Turkey… Unless Russia “defends” the Kurds for some asset I’m not seeing…

  140. p.g.sharrow says:

    I would say that looks to be a good read of Putin’s strategy. I doubt that Iran sees the same way. Looks to me this will be a rehash of Hitler / Stalin starting WWII by dividing up Eastern Europe. Iran is the last of the Nazi alliance and looks to dominate the Middle East. A dream that they have pursued for millennia. Once started Iran can easily overrun all Russian positions. They needed Russian cover for their over run of Iraq and Syria. The Kurds will be between a rock and a hard place in time. Not that that is something new. Nato can do nothing at the present. THEY ARE NOT INVITED! maybe the can help the Kurds. I would. Turkey might even allow it as they are supposed to be part of Nato and fear Iran
    I would guess Iran, with Russian cover and supply, will drive east from Syria and west from the southeast Iraq to crush ISIS. maybe try to over run the Kurds as they go. Then pivot south west toward Israel. By this time Putin will no longer be in the picture and the west will come to the aid of the Russians. again…pg
    As to the House of Saud, What a bunch of low life’s. I would let them be eradicated before liberating that area from the Qud.. good place to base the Reformatted Muslim Religion. ;-)…pg

  141. Larry Ledwick says:

    One other item on this topic, there is evidence that Russia has been solving its chechen problem by giving the radicals free passage to the middle east. They could not leave so easily without FSB allowing it. They appear to be setting up a quid pro quo where they let them go do jihad some place else in exchange for a not terrorism in Russia pledge. Under that cover they are also very likely shipping dozens of agents into the radical jihad community.

    Now — people are wondering why they are striking a lot of non-ISIL groups?
    Could it be that they are using those air strikes now to take out those same radicals now that they have assembled and condensed them in a war zone where all the gloves can come off?
    It would not be an unreasonable assumption, the Communists intentionally destroyed the Viet Cong as a fighting unit during the Tet Offensive. They got two good results in one blow, a huge propaganda victory over the US and they wiped out the nationalistic VC and then replaced them with NVA regulars after they had created a power vacuum.

  142. Larry Ledwick says:
  143. David A says:

    Larry, Do you know of any confirmation to the rumor that the CIA refused a FSB terrorist watch list, and the Oregon shooter was on it?

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