Tips – May 2016

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/2016/03/28/tips-march-2016/.

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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194 Responses to Tips – May 2016

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    Nice one ;-)

    Yes, for some reason TPTB have decided to flood the working democracies with tribal non-integrators; and destroy the working Judeo-Christian ethic and replace it with some kind of a post-modern gaia mumbo jumbo.

    It all ends up in chaos and destruction, despite repeated trials, yet on they go…

    IMHO it will end in a societal collapse of the major flywheels of stability, likely a modest world war, and a bloody mess globally. The only “good news”, if you can call it that, is that most of the mess, death, and destruction will not be in the USA or the UK (or Canada or Australia…) but rather in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and central / southern Europe. Oh, and bits of Latin America like presently in Venezuela ( Bolivia et. al. in the wings, Mexico flirting with drug chaos… Brazil impeaching and then either cycling again, or perhaps continuing the decay… but more riot than war in Latin America).

    The Anglo-Sphere will hold it together longer while the other places take the lead in the plunge (already underway in the Levant and North Africa edging down the coast to Kenya… Greece and Cyprus warming up.)

    When, and I’m pretty sure it is a when, not an if, Putin decides to ‘reintegrate’ White Russia, Ukraine and bits of Slovakia, the moribund E.U with a 1/2 Muslim Germany at the lead will not care, or notice. About 5 years out, I’d guess. Europe will have a new “collapse of the Holy Roman Empire” and a new “Invasion of the Moors” and history will repeat. But will there be a Frankish tribe this time? A Charlemagne? A Spanish Crown fit for purpose? Hard to say, but I suspect not, this time…

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article!
    One thing I find a bit mind boggling is the conscious realization that I am currently immersed in and viewing from the inside as a first person observer, a turning point in history.
    How will history books 50-100 years from now see the present decades and changes in world societies and long standing traditional social structures?

    Will our comments be reviewed by historians to analyze what our generation thought as this re-engineered world by mass migration begins, or will observers like the author of that article be seen as signalmen waving a red lantern on the tracks to stop the train before it gets to the collapsed bridge.

    I like you, think we will some how pull a rabbit out of our hat and avoid the chaos which is surely coming to other countries (insert normalcy bias here) as a result of this intentional breach of social norms. I find it astonishing that those implementing it don’t appear to understand the most obvious logical out come. But I intellectually realize that like the Balkans western countries could be torn apart and permanently fractured into little subgroups bent on destroying each other rather than blending into a coherent whole.

    The entire concept of a “melting pot” culture in America is a rather new and historically rare situation which only can flourish if the tendency or a population to segment into tribal sub communities can be moderated enough to allow blending and acculturation to occur. It can happen over time as we see by the blending in England over centuries of various cultural and genetic stocks (Vikings, Normans, Romans etc.) But it takes time — lots of time and lots of friction.

    It is clear that voting block politics can be lethal to functioning democracies if they become too dominant. I do see hints that the current presidential campaign is showing some evidence that some of the voting blocks are getting torn apart by the current stresses.

    Some unlikely splits are showing up, like blue collar union voters suddenly realizing that the Democratic party may not have their best interests in mind, or the fact that not all Hispanic voters think open borders with Mexico is a good idea.
    There is also a weak and fragile reform movement in Islam in western countries to temper the strict application of Sharia which can only flourish in the openness of western society which is just now breaking out into public awareness. Will we preserve enough freedom of expression to allow that movement to gain traction and grow or will they be swamped with PC driven efforts to marginalize them? If so this could be the beginning of a Muslim Reformation movement which like the reform movement in Christianity took 200-300 years to resolve to peaceful co-existence.

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm does this mean that the current administration has given the green light to lower levels of government to pull the rug out from under Hillary?

    http://www.youngcons.com/state-dept-faults-clinton-for-poorly-managing-emails/

  4. Gail Combs says:

    I had made this comment to Larry elsewhere but the Pickering Post gives the reason why. Nice to know my instincts were correct and I now have the reason.

    >>>>>>>>>
    In response to Larry thinking Islamic culture replacing the decadent EU culture was a ‘good thing’

    Jason, I understand where you are coming from but the Islamic culture is NOT more viable. What they are is VULTURES. They bring nothing to the table and only pillage and destroy. Once they finish looting Europe will there be no 20th century civilization just a primitive goat herding – feuding mess. [As Harry Richardson, noted the fate of the former nation of Rhodesia is what is in store for Europe.]

    My SWAG (and yes Tony [Heller] it is really far out)

    1. We know that Maurice Strong wanted China to be the new super power in the world. China has lots of qualities that the totalitarian elite like. A well cowed, intelligent people that has been beaten and bred FOR submission to authority for thousands and thousands of years. From what I have read, some sources say muslim/africa IQ ~ 85, whites = 100 and Asians ~ 110. (Yeah it is not very PC but that Neanderthal and then Denisovans interbreeding seems to have increased the intelligence as humans spread out of Africa.)

    2. In 1996 the Clintons got bought by China link and some of the Bundy and Hammond ranch clashes are alleged to be about the selling of US resources to China (and Russia) even though they do not actually own the land. The NOT VETTED Scuttlebutt

    3. US businesses and technology and know how has been exported. The infrastructure has gone to pot with bridges collapsing. The US military has been deliberately sabotaged.

    4. Neither Russia or China are taking ‘muslim refugees’ and China has recently shot muslim extremists.

    5. Obummer and Hitlery and Jebby the Twig are all for open boarders and mass migration and muslim refugee resettlement. That leaves the USA further divided with the cities containing an explosive mix of Black Lives Matter and La Raza activists and now muslim refugees are being resettled into small towns and cities. Now add in “Clinton’s plan to increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy sources to 33% by 2027 “ (Rasmussen Reports) plus the Trans-Pacific Partnership and you have economic collapse and fighting.

    Results?

    China bombs the Muslim Caliphate in the EU, Africa and North America back into the stone age and colonizes all the continents. China has ZERO problem with killing people and has been building up their military strength. Who is going to stop them? Putin?
    >>>>>>>>>>>
    I forgot to add the first time round Tim Ball’s “Overpopulation: The Fallacy Behind The Fallacy Of Global Warming” and Opinion: CO2 is the Demon Because Malthus and Ehrlich Were Wrong About Overpopulation over at WUWT that explain WHY the Elite are determined to kill off a large part of the world population and get rid of the troublemakers while they are at it.

    The world focus on CO2 is simply the end objective of a much larger political agenda. The Club of Rome (COR) and then UNEP’s Agenda 21 under Maurice Strong created a political agenda based on certain assumptions all related to overpopulation.

    1. The world and all nations are overpopulated.

    2. All population growth is at an unsustainable rate.

    3. All nations are using up resources at an unsustainable rate.

    4. Developed Nations use resources at a much greater rate than Developing Nations.

    5. Developed Nations achieved wealth using fossil fuel driven industries.

    6. Developed Nations must pay compensation to Developing Nations for benefits gained at their expense and for hardships and adaptation costs involved in dealing with climate change created by CO2.

    7. Reducing activities of Developed Nations and slowing growth of Developing Nations requires a world government.

    8. Once a world government is established population control can progress.

    Global warming and climate change are simply the emotional threats used to confront overpopulation. The problem is the world is not overpopulated…..

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    In response to Larry thinking Islamic culture replacing the decadent EU culture was a ‘good thing’

    I have no clue what this is referring to, certainly not anything I said — did I miss a thread where someone else named Larry made that statement? I can’t find it, or a post by Jason addressing such a comment.

  6. Gail Combs says:

    Sorry Larry it was Jason Calley over at Tony Heller’s Real Climate. I am jumping back and forth routinely between at least five different sites.

    This is what I was responding to:

    Jason Calley says:
    May 25, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Hey Gail! I know that you are familiar with r/K selection theory. The current profusion of r type culture in Europe is the civilizational equivalent of a business being completely insolvent and unproductive. The European craziness is nature’s way of declaring Europe bankrupt and allowing its assets to be redistributed to more functional cultures.

    As a huge fan of freedom and natural law, it pains me to say it, but Islamic culture — even as backward and theocratic as it is — is a more viable culture than what Europe has at the moment. This is perhaps an even larger blow to Western civilization than 1453 and the fall of Constantinople.

    r/K selection theory

    Rabbits are r-strategists, designed to exploit free resources, like fields of grass. The five psychological traits inherent to the r-strategy are docility/conflict-avoidance, promiscuity/non-monogamy, single-mom’ing, early sexualization of young, and no loyalty to a competitive in-group. All help this glut-exploiting psychology to out-reproduce everyone else.

    Wolves are K-strategists, designed for when resources are too limited for everyone to survive. The five traits of a K-strategist are competitiveness/ aggressiveness/protectiveness, competitive mate monopolization/ monogamy, high-investment two-parent rearing, only mating when mature, and high loyalty to one’s competitive in-group. All these traits either help you win, or produce fitter offspring, so they will win.

    Our political battle is one between a glut-exploiting reproductive strategy of rabbits and a shortage-surviving reproductive strategy of wolves. The swings between conservatism and liberalism at the societal level are not the result of logical argument or reasoned debate. They are the result of psychological shifts produced by perceptions of K-stimuli in the environment such as conflict, danger, and shortage, or r-stimuli, such as safety, pleasure, and abundance….

    Of course it doesn’t hurt if your politicians use continuous wars to kill off the Alpha males ( K-strategists) leaving more beta males to breed.

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ahhh thanks yes I am familiar with r/K and find it a very interesting concept as applied to societies.

  8. Larry Ledwick says:

    EMS you will like this item:
    Very old signs of hominid constructing intentional artificial structures possibly for ceremonial purposes more than 176K years ago in France — ie before modern humans and during the time of the Neanderthal.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/the-astonishing-age-of-a-neanderthal-cave-construction-site/484070/

  9. Gail Combs says:

    Someone came up with a really good poster.

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Other than the obligatory ‘ceremonial’ and ‘religion’ hook, a nice article… Why archeologists always run to that fantasy is beyond me. I expect someday they will dig up a W.W.II building somewhere and talk about the High Priest Kilroy who visited it once… or decide there was a “Cult Of The NFL (though no one knows how to pronounce it) that held regular giant religious ceremonies with priests in striped shirts and sacrificial virgins in scant outfits, while a mock battle was conducted for the assembled multitude”…

    Just once I’d like to see a dig where the guys said “We think it was used as party spot away from the wives” or “it looks like they built it just because they liked sculpture” or even “I think it was a market stall”… (that one has been seen in Rome, but only because we have written records saying that is what it was…) Oh Well…

    But per Neanderthals: They didn’t go extinct, they got genetic diluted. I have the link somewhere and an incipient article too long in queue, but there was a giant volcano in southern Europe just at the “extinction” threshold for Neanders. Covered the bulk of their turf in heavy ash. When you live by hunting, having all the prey for 1000 miles around dead is a hard thing to survive. Lungs full of silicosis doesn’t help. Then the remaining few around the edges got swamped by the Cro Magnon as they fled into more hospitable places.

    During their time, though, they were every bit as bright as the rest of humanity, and likely more so. Brains bigger than modern by a significant amount. Vocal cords quite up to the task of speech and with the Cox genes for it. I know I have a load of their genes, as I’m short legged, can’t jump worth a damn, and have a killer grip. Love to grapple, not chuck spears, and don’t feel pain all that much. Oh, and very little “Adam’s Apple” with their smaller vocal cords… The reason Europeans have good top tenors, and great wrestlers, is those Neanderthal genes… IMHO, likely also why we are white. A few hundred thousand years of adaptation to snow country. So not a surprise to me at all that they were building things 140,000 years ago. At the same time, when you can be comfortable in a thin shirt at 10 F ( I’ve done it) or walk barefoot in snow and not mind ( I’ve done that too) you kind of don’t see the point of all that palace building…

    I suspect that “someday” we’ll find things even older, when we bother to dig that deep.

    Solon, talking of the Priests of Egypt, was told by them ( 3000+ years ago..) “Solon, oh Solon! You Greeks are such children, having no history or science that is hoary with age. Many have been the destruction of mankind”… (from memory so might be a bit off). Now think about that a minute. At what we traditionally called the start of civilization, the “big guy on the block” said they were relative newcomers and that many cycles had gone on before… Then we find that the Sahara was once lush and full of people and radar shows roads and riverbeds under the sand. When someday that sand is moved, I suspect we’ll find some of those 10,000 year old cities. And when the next Glacial drops sea levels 500 feet, we’ll find the 100,000 year old cities on the continental margins where rivers once entered the sea.

  11. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. My Physical Chem prof in College was English and could have posed as the ‘Model’ for all those museum paintings of Neanderthals you see. Single eyebrow, sloping forehead, receding chin, large head, short, burly with long arms, excessive body hair and a really wicked sense of humor. I think I got good grades because I was the only one who cracked up at his jokes. Typically English humor with just the twinkle in the eye as a visual signal.

    I would have been interesting to have a sample of his DNA to see just what % was Neanderthal genes.

    I certainly would not be surprized if there were other ancient civilizations we know nothing about.

  12. Another Ian says:

    Gail

    IIRC one reason Rob Roy McGregor was such a feared swordsman was that his arm length was sufficient to pull up his knee socks

  13. Gail Combs says:

    Another Ian, the British Isles very likely concentrated the genes. I remember an article wher DNA drawn from a “caveman” was compared to that of the present day people of the surounding area and most of the same were related to him.

    Here is one of the more current links.
    Because the kids were minors, the original report gave no names so only the teacher is mentioned in these stories.
    https://unlockinglifescode.org/timeline/270

    E.M. covers it in this article
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/neanderthal-vs-cro-magnon/

    There is also thoughts that the cross was like that of the mule or the sheep/goat cross. Mostly sterile but some of the females fertile while most to all males sterile.
    CONTINUED with more links

  14. Gail Combs says:

    This has a lot of info (with many links) on early humans
    http://www.crystalinks.com/earlyhumans.html

    On the fertility of crosses.

    …Interestingly, there is a bit of evidence to suggest male sterility of human-Neanderthal hybrids. A 2014 Nature publication found “Neanderthal ancestry deserts”, in other words location of the genome where DNA from Neanderthals genetic material is absent, indicating that it was not tolerated in the H. sapiens genome context and thus removed by natural selection. The most striking of these “deserts” is on the X chromosome. The X chromosome is loaded with fertility genes, so hybrid males, having only one X chromosome, would have been infertile or have low fertility. Supporting this hypothesis of male hybrid sterility is the observation that genes that encode testes proteins had a a dearth of Neanderthal sequences…
    https://www.quora.com/During-Human-Neanderthal-interbreeding-was-there-a-disproportionately-higher-numbers-of-mating-between-male-Homo-sapiens-and-Neanderthal-female-or-vice-versa

  15. Gail Combs says:

    For your information. The North Dakota unbound delegates have promise themselves to Trump giving him 50% plus one delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination.

    The delegates just listened to the speech by Trump at the Bismarck ND Energy Conference. Trump answered questions by reporters near the beginning of this video and then at around one hour fifty minutes Trump is introduced and give a speech on his energy policy and other things.

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    And this announcement (if followed through on) makes it bullet proof.

    http://www.youngcons.com/marco-rubio-will-attend-convention-and-release-delegates-to-trump/

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on superbug resistant to “last chance” medicines now starting to show up in the US.
    More pressure for newer approaches to antibiotic use and development before we find our selves in a post antibiotic world where simple easily controlled infections could become untreatable with antibiotics.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/26/health/first-superbug-cre-case-in-us/

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is an item on the first analysis of DNA from a Phoenician showing a link to a rare European Halogroup.

    Analysis shows that the man belonged to a rare European haplogroup – a genetic group with a common ancestor – indicating that his maternal ancestry is linked to locations on the North Mediterranean coast, probably on the Iberian Peninsula.

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/05/27/dna-from-ancient-phoenician-stuns-scientists.html

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    IIRC the Bavarian Celt find predates this by a thousand or 2 or so… Sumerians and Ancient Egypt made beer too. So looks like about 2000 years from earliest attested to reach China… My bet is it moved faster and there is more to find.

    But still, nice to see that beer may also be the foundation of Chinese civilization too ;-)

  20. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    FYI

    “Analitik
    May 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm · Reply

    Will California close its last nuclear power plant – Diablo Canyon?

    In a letter to Diablo Canyon’s staff by nuclear advocate, Michael Shellenberger

    The strongest defenders of Diablo Canyon inside PG&E [Pacific Gas and Electric Company – the plant owner/operator] appear to now be resigned to the plant’s closure.

    and

    PG&E is under pressure to close Diablo Canyon to meet California’s renewable energy mandates. A huge amount of inflexible, baseload power on the grid is an obstacle to scaling up solar and wind, which needs the flexibility of natural gas plants to follow load.

    http://atomicinsights.com/diablo-canyon-employees-sold-river/

    And following comments at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2016/05/thats-a-97-consensus-at-shell-that-renewables-are-not-profitable/

  21. Gail Combs says:

    (I would like to post that at Tony’s but can’t figure out how.)

  22. LG says:

    REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE.
    ChiefIO,
    I need to resize an Ubuntu root partition.
    Would you have an idiot-proof step-by-step procedure (short of hand holding) to guide along a newbee ?
    Please advise, either way.
    Thanks for your consideration
    LG

  23. Crashex says:

    You have had a few posts discussing climate issues and the influence of lunar cycles. I saw this blog recently and thought of you. This guy did an analysis regarding the dynamics of sloshing a fluid with regard to lunar cycles and its correlation with el nino/la ninja cycles. Includes a fascinating study on GPS errors with a cyclic beat induced by lunar cycles. A “Dig Here” suggestion that’s part of your interests.

    http://contextearth.com/

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another high security smart phone coming out aimed at the very affluent and high impact players in the business world, entertainment etc. Uses KoolSpan chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption system and other high end features for maximum security for non-military/government users.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/38656146-271f-11e6-8ba3-cdd781d02d89.html

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on the impact of modern technologies on weapon systems and future combat.
    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/era-cheap-drones-us-cant-afford-exquisite-weapons

  26. E.M.Smith says:

    @LG:

    There are several ways… let me think about it… Normally, I’d have said “Yes” quickly, but in reality I just did a ‘cookbook’ resize on a FreeBSD partition and it didn’t work… so I had to improvise via a “copy off, resize, copy back” method.

    One quick question: Do you really need to resize it, or could you just add another partition and copy part of the file system over to it? (For example, if everything is on “/”, and you have 10 GB empty on another partition (or ‘slice’) you could make a new file system on that, mount it as ‘/TEMP_SPACE’, copy, say /var onto it, erase /var in the original (so all that free space ends up on the original / partition) and then umount /TEMP_SPACE and remount it as /var …

    That’s the “old school” way to handle “disk filling up” issues… and it can be easily “cook booked” with low risk.

    @Crashex:

    Looks interesting… Thanks!

    @Larry:

    On CSPAN today was an expert level discussion of weapons systems sales globally. Interesting ideas presented, that the USA specialized in very expensive “Force Projection” weapons while places like China and Austrlia and more just needed “Intervention Prevention” (or something like that) weapons that were much cheaper, so most weapons systems sold are NOT of US manufacture since our industries suck up to specialise in DOD level systems for Force Projection…

    FWIW, I’ve pondered what it would take to put a GPS, couple of pounds of explosives, and detonator onto a $600 drone… You don’t really need the $Million Drones to have “issues”…

    Since many drones have a ‘return to point foo’ feature, just a tiny bit of programatic change, you can load “foo” into the right register, and just let it go. It will “return there” and go boom…

    Once the first on of those happens, I’ll be keeping the shotgun “near” when in the yard… and avoiding crowded or politically sensitive areas… At least until the countermeasures are worked out. (Likely a kW of microwaves frying it’s little brain at a distance… Could likely make a home brew one out of an old microwave oven and parabolic disk. Computer guidance slightly extra ;-)

  27. E.M.Smith says:

    @L.G.:

    Looks like recent Ubuntu releases support live resize of partitions, including root. So the simple answer looks to be “Yeah, just use gparted”… The problem there, of course, is that the details of what slice has which thing in it matter. This posting, for example, as a huge number of slices on the disk (partitions…) and swap is directly after / so they had to turn off swap, resize, then reenable swap:

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/492054/how-to-extend-my-root-partition

    So if you can send a screen shot of the gparted output (or even just a text listing that shows partion numbers, size, use) I can likely give a “steps to completion” using gparted.

  28. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Tip needed, as you’ve been HP computer.

    Model 6460b now W10

    I can’t do a shift printscreen and get it into current OO.

    TIA

    Ian

  29. Gail Combs says:

    Retired Marine Sargent, Al Baldasaro, Kicks the butt of the Clinton Shill who set-up the Vet HATE Trump protest and chases him off…. In front of the press…. Don’t expect to see this reported but the Utube is getting a lot of views.

    The confrontration is around 14:00

    It is SOOOooooo nice to see the Press and the political shills called out.

  30. LG says:

    Re: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE
    ChiefIO,
    Thanks for your willing assistance .
    How would I send a screen for you to view ?
    LG

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    Screen cap it via the “print screen” button or via “scrot” (screen shot command) under Linux. Put it in an email to me. Address is written in words in the “About” box (so spam bots don’t get it) or in the donation box as:

    […]the email address pub4all @ aol (DOT) com (leaving out the gratuitous blanks and putting in a “.” for (DOT) that is in the text here to defeat spam bots).

    Oh, and post a comment to me that you sent it when done. Sometimes I don’t check email for a week or two otherwise ;-)

  32. LG says:

    @ ChiefIO.
    Reminder to check your email for screen capture.
    Tks.
    LG

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    So how much money do you think someone could make if they could front run an announcement or action by the Federal Reserve?

    Same question goes for someone who wanted to trigger some economic event by being able to anticipate actions ahead of time.

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/01/technology/federal-reserve-hack/index.html

    Not a big surprise here but interesting that they are talking about it.

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have continued to poke around a bit on the subject of Otzi the Iceman and his personal equipment and ran across this link. It raises lots of interesting questions. It makes you wonder what the real story of his last days was? A fascinating and incomplete glimpse at violent life 5200 years ago.

    From the brief facts given you could develop a half dozen final days stories which all fit these (known?) facts. Was he a hapless traveler or herder who got ambushed by bandits or someone intent on stealing his herd? Someone who got in a fight with the wrong people and engaged in a 3 day running battle? A hunted criminal brought to justice?

    http://archaeology.about.com/od/iterms/qt/iceman.htm

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm spam filter got my last post I think.

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wow rough day for military demo teams, U.S. Air force crashed one of the thunder bird planes shortly after their demo at the Air Force Acadamy today, and the U.S. Navy Blue Angles lost a plane at their show in Smyrna Ga. about the same time.

  37. E.M.Smith says:

    @larry:

    Nothing in the spam filter but spam…

    Hope they only lost planes, not pilots…

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    Nothing in the spam filter but spam…

    Yep post above my comment on possible spam filter magically appeared a couple minutes later, after multiple page reloads failed to show it. I must have caught wordpress during some backup or maintenance bump that delayed updating comments promptly like it usually does and held stuff in the queue for a bit.

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    This was inevitable but unfortunately now has happened, given the normal progression rate for effective exploits, SCADA manufactures better get on the ball to lock down their systems.
    Because other wise the scenario that Ted Kopple outlines in his book “Lights Out” is just a matter of time, and probably much sooner that folks think likely.

    https://motherboard.vice.com/read/theres-a-stuxnet-copycat-and-we-have-no-idea-where-it-came-from

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    And in the unexpected consequences category of demographics is destiny —

    https://www.rt.com/news/345499-denmark-baby-boom-sex/

  41. Another Ian says:

    Larry

    They could have saved that minor expense and just kept pushing the renewables envelope to where

    “As sure as babies follow blackouts”

    That quote came via Small Dead Animals

  42. Asking for tips…

    I’ve been following the Pi threads, and am getting an itch to try one. But we have no ‘monitors’ in the house (we’ve been 100% laptop and iOS devices for years). We have one TV – Samsung 54″ LCD – which my wife keeps busy with documentaries/crime/health shows.

    Is there any dongle that exists to act as an intermediary between the Pi (VGA port) and OS X?

  43. E.M.Smith says:

    @Regis: IF you are using some other computer for a screen, it isn’t hard at all. I did my original Pi stuff on a Pi B model. First bring up install via a cable to the TV, then used the laptop to connect to it. Here’s an example of me using it in a Starbucks as a “dongle” off my laptop (power via laptop USB, window via the PC screen…)

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/dongle-pi/

  44. Steve C says:

    I just re-read that 2013-05-15 post, and may have another systemd “special” to report after trying a command you mentioned therein (on Mint 17, up to date):

    Entered: df -ks … and got:
    df: invalid option — ‘s’
    Try ‘df –help’ for more information.

    I did, and yep, “s” isn’t on their list of valid options. Maybe you should start a thread where we can find out how many, and which, commands are broken in “New Linux”. Argh! More on how to set up a proper OS, please!

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    Little tidbit on movement of populations in the Americas circa 13000 BPE
    Study implies that earliest movements of humans into the Americas south of the ice sheets was by way of a pacific coastal route not the rocky mountain corridor as the ice sheets melted back from a consolidated sheet as the ice retreated.

    http://www.geologypage.com/2016/06/ice-age-bison-fossils-shed-light-on.html

  46. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steve C:

    I’m working on it at “best rate”… given the demands of life… Right now I’m getting the tablet back to workable (almost there) then I’m back to building My Linux From Scratch. Biggest issue is just deciding: ‘port FreeBSD ports system or use a dedicated script?’

    I can make a kernel, I can select and build user land parts, I can configure and run. Now it is just ‘select detail approach, do it, qa, package & ship, polish, polish, polish…’

    @Larry:

    IMHO, academics need to catch clue that we are the water ape and have had boats for 100,000 years. Then things will make sense…

  47. Steve C says:

    EM, please don’t regard me as any pressure – that was just the exasperation of somebody trying to learn a bit more about Original and Best operating systems, but who keeps tripping up on new-style “features” like switches suddenly not working or what-have-you. The word “Argh!” is the most relevant. Age quod agis!

    Don’t worry, like most of us I have enough ideas and ongoing stuff for at least the next 250 years (apart from learning *nix). I’m currently on a bit of a mechanical jag: I’m re-housing a Carpenter telegraph relay, in the course of completely rebuilding my Morse keyer, and marvelling again at how quick and clean those little beggars were. And then there will be the pleasure of setting up this nice little piece of electromechanism to perfection. And learning to send on my new (2/hand) Vibroplex key so it doesn’t “sound like a Vibroplex” … and 12 or 15 feet of books I still haven’t got round to … and … :-)

  48. E.M.Smith says:

    Didn’t see it as an expedite, just took the opportunity to show order of actions…

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Interesting article, but ignores lots of evidence for human occupation of North and South America as much as 50,000 years ago and more. People arrived via small boats and walking along the shores of both oceans. All those places now 400 feet below the ocean… Even today most folks live near shores whenever possible. Looking out my window in jam packed Silicon Valley, almost all homes near sea level, 400 foot up the hills, scattered larger lots with much of it empty.

    Was surprised to see how large bison horns were just a dozen thousand years ago… wonder what changed… demise of the mega-carnivores?

  50. p.g.sharrow says:

    Enter the Big Game hunters. Giant animals have an advantage in cold climates, with erratic food supplies and places with larger carnivores. A very distinct disadvantage when human big game hunters move in. Clovis point people hunted Big Game and when the big animals vanished so did they or at least they changed their tool kit to hunt smaller game…pg

  51. LG says:

    Re: REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE
    RE: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/tips-may-2016/#comment-68678
    RE : https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/tips-may-2016/#comment-68679

    ChiefIO, I don’t know whether you yet had a chance to retrieve and look at that png ….
    Does that encrypted partition make it hopeless ?
    Please advise
    Thanks
    LG

  52. E.M.Smith says:

    @LG:

    Did you get my email that I Didn’t get your email? OR do I need to check my email for a new second try email?…

  53. LG says:

    EM,
    I did get you email.
    I replied wit a resend.
    Let me know if you got it.

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under “we are running out of oil — not so much”

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-says-colorado-has-40-times-more-natural-gas-thought

  55. Another Ian says:

    E.M.
    Have a look at Traditional Farmer’s comment re power lines now second comment at
    http://www.yesterdaystractors.com/cgi-bin/viewit.cgi?bd=ttalk&th=1712258

  56. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    While you can do limited data com over powerlines, it isn’t very good and takes special hardware. I’ve seen no evidence of such hardware in consumer computers…

    If worried, put a UPS between computer and wall. Data com won’t flow through the battery…

  57. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    I can’t find your comment re Firefox problems and HTTPS, which might be of use to Jo Nova.

    Any chance of reposting it here or relaying it to her “Unthreaded weekend”?

  58. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Will post there.

    Short form is all old browsers subject to problem. Due to SSL exploit, web sites forcing newer encrypition method. Old browsers without it will fail… Most any new browser ought to work.

  59. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Thanks

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Zimbabwe is getting into financial trouble again, starting to get long queues at ATMs and limiting cash withdrawls at banks.
    http://www.politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/zimbabwe-runs-out-of-money

  61. J Martin says:

    https://www.rt.com/usa/346259-tariq-ali-on-contact/

    Short article saying that capitalism will collapse because it isn’t doing enough for the poor.

  62. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Isn’t it always? ;-)

    @J. Martin:

    That is a constant bleat from The Left. It is also always wrong. What makes capitalism work is doing TOO LITTLE for the poor. Money in the hands of the rich increases their marginal propensity to invest, growing capital stock, and improving life for all… Our poor today live better than kings in the 1500s for just that reason. But that won’t stop Socialism from claiming the opposite.

    @Another Ian:

    Yup, the People’s Republic Of Kalifornia … the “land of Fruits and Nuts”… ;-)

    I’ve often wondered why so many who are so lunatic end up here… and somehow the place does not crumble into ruin. I think it is because 0.01% can create massive export earnings (movies, iThings, etc.) to prop it up…

  63. LG says:

    Mark Perry of the austrianeconomicblog.com puts the US $18 trillions economy into perspective:


    MP: Overall, the US produced 24.5% of world GDP in 2015, with only about 4.5% of the world’s population. Three of America’s states (California, Texas and New York) – as separate countries – would have ranked in the world’s top 11 largest economies last year. And one of those states – California – produced more than $2 trillion in economic output in 2015 – and the other two (Texas and New York) produced more than $1.6 trillion and $1.4 trillion of GDP in 2015 respectively. Adjusted for the size of the workforce, there might not be any country in the world that produces as much output per worker as the US, thanks to the world-class productivity of the American workforce.

    Putting America’s ridiculously large $18T economy into perspective by comparing US state GDPs to entire countries

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Given the other discussion topics here is something a bit lighter.

    You ever get the feeling that those training seminars and video presentations seemed to make sense at the time you watch them but 15 minutes later you are not sure what you were supposed to have learned?

    Parody vido of video presentations
    http://digg.com/video/ted-talk-parody

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    Little item on Antarctic record cold yesterday.
    http://iceagenow.info/record-cold-antarctica/

  66. Ian W says:

    The Antikythera Mechanism deciphered. Makes you wonder who built it and when.
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/15/antikythera_mechanism_inscriptions_deciphered/

  67. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ian W:

    Interesting article… I especially liked the link of weather to planetary / lunar mechanism… We may yet get there and let go of our Global Warming nonsense… That it includes a Callippic count implies “after 330 BC”:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callippic_cycle

    and that it is familiar with Greek astronomy implies the Greeks built it.

    Though both of those are “leaps” they are small leaps…

  68. Larry Ledwick says:

    BBC Breaking News ‏@BBCBreaking 23m23 minutes ago
    British MP Jo Cox dies after shooting and stabbing attack in her constituency in West Yorkshire

    Would those of you in the UK please give a bit of background on her (ie) her positions and what the political policies are associated with this assassination?

  69. Pingback: British MP Jo Cox Died After Shooting | Musings from the Chiefio

  70. Verity Jones says:

    Hey E.M.
    long time no contact – sorry. Stumbled on this – reads well but headline is a bit of an exaggeration..
    https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/gut-bacteria-found-to-reverse-autism-related-social-behavior

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    More of the same —
    http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20859953,00.html

    Raises the interesting question about folks who had been lean and then suddenly start gaining weight after an illness, could that be a secondary effect of antibiotics totally screwing up the gut bacteria balance? Hyper processed foods probably don’t help much — “back in the old says” (said in old codger voice) folks would grab a random berry off a bush as they were walking through the garden or snag an apple off a tree and eat it as they walked. Perfect way to introduce a widely varied gut population. Take your kid outside and make him eat some dirt, might be the key to getting rid of some of the modern syndromes.

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes the url really does have 2 commas back to back you will have to cut and paste since word press had a better idea on where the url ended and truncated the url.

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm this puts an interesting twist on Trump his tendency to be quite friendly with Russians and his recent black balling of the Washington Post correspondent for his campaign. There has been quite a number of suggestions his is a bit too closely associated with Russians who are said to be connected to Russian Organized crime.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-trumps-financial-ties-to-russia-and-his-unusual-flattery-of-vladimir-putin/2016/06/17/dbdcaac8-31a6-11e6-8ff7-7b6c1998b7a0_story.html

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    A fun little bit of space news. Seems earth has a asteroid quasi moon that is locked in a dance with the planet earth.
    http://www.space.com/33185-earth-quasi-moon-asteroid-2016-ho3.html

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    Watts Bar nuclear plant goes critical – first new nuclear reactor in the US since 1996

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/06/17/the-u-s-is-powering-up-its-first-new-nuclear-reactor-in-decades/

  76. E.M.Smith says:

    Didn’t know it had gone live… Interesting news, and no protest…

  77. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    English as she are spoke and has always evolved


    Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
    June 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I think it’s fair to say the AGs have “Shuklad” themselves.
    Reply

    ristvan
    June 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    AW7, a great new verb. Karlize data, Shukla yourself. You are on a roll.”

    A comment at

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/06/17/ags-striking-back-at-exxonknew-and-rico20-say-we-can-come-after-climate-alarmists-for-fraud-too/

    Which you’ll no doubt read

  78. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    And folks wonder why I don’t want to use oodles and oodles of email… Between legal fishing expedition laws and foreign hackers, there just isn’t much utility left in it…

    Yet all sorts of folks want everything in email. From Hillary on down to the clerk in the corner…

    Oh Well. At least it keeps a few hundred Russian and Chinese computer types employed ;-)

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related — apparently the Pentagon is finally using some basic red team testing on their exposed systems.
    http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/06/18/hackers-discover-more-than-100-vulnerabilities-in-pentagon-websites.html

  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh goody Dept of Homeland Security is also brain dead about computer security.

    Judicial Watch sought the documents following a Bloomberg News report revealing that 29 high-level Homeland Security officials, including Johnson, obtained exemptions from a February 2014 agency-wide ban on the use of web-based email systems due to increased security concerns. The waivers were granted despite security officials’ warning of the risks of malicious attacks and data exfiltration from webmail use.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/new-homeland-security-records-reveal-top-officials-exempted-strict-ban-placed-web-based-personal-email-accounts-despite-heightened-security-concerns/

  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another interesting bit on the interweb and nation state proxies and false flags.
    http://observer.com/2016/06/false-flags-the-kremlins-hidden-cyber-hand/

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm the plot thickens. Not only did the DHS interfer with enforcement actions, but the guy who bought the guns used in San Bernardino shooting had a Russian non-citizen wife.

    “They wed so she could obtain immigration benefits unavailable to her as a Russian citizen without legal status in the U.S.” Investigators assert Marquez in return received $200 per month to ‘marry’ Mariya Chernykh (sister to the wife of Syed Raheel Farook/older brother to one of the terrorists in San Bernardino shooting).

    If the Islamic State’s hacking army is really a Russian black operation (see link in tips above) was the San Bernardino shooting a Russian provocation action?

    (provokatsiya in Russian), meaning the use of spies and their agents to cause secret political effects that are helpful to Moscow and hurtful to Moscow’s enemies.

    There seems to be lots of interesting connections, and unusual events cropping up here recently.

    http://counterjihad.com/report-dhs-official-protected-san-bernardino-terror-suspect-authorities

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well the next time someone says “Nobody wants to take your guns away!” We finally have an open explicit declaration of that intent from the administration.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/ban-ar-15-civilian-ownership

    To the creator and signers of this petition, I want to say this as plainly and clearly as possible: The President and I agree with you. Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines should be banned from civilian ownership.

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    And more info on the shooter in Orlando as the investigation progresses.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/18/us/omar-mateen-documents.html

  85. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    On debt levels

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2016/06/its-probably-no-386.html#comments

    and link makes the charts more understandable

  86. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Per gun confiscation and banning weapons, see the end of:
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/what-california-teaches-about-assault-weapon-bans-they-fail/

    It is already a fact in California.

  87. Larry Ledwick says:

    I’m aware of that EM. Likewise here in Colorado recent changes make it difficult to buy firearms because of the silly 15 round clip maximum. I can buy a .40 S&W pistol with its standard 15 round double stack clip, but cannot buy the 17 round double stack clip for the same model pistol in 9mm. It comes with only a 10 round version. I was just pointing out that those who claim there is no intent now have to counter an explicit statement attributed to both the vice President and President on that petition. I know they will simply come back with the old saw that “the AR-15 is not useful for any other purpose and that “you can’t hunt with it or target shoot with it” and it is only made to kill people.

    You and I know that the DCM rifle match series requires the use of a rifle which is a direct descendant of an issue battle rifle, and the AR platform along with the M1A and Garrand, plus bolt guns are used in those competitions. Here is a slightly updated response to that statement the AR family is not suitable for target practice or hunting that I posted on facebook recently.

    Sorry you are wrong on most of those counts! You can and most people do, go target shooting with the AR-15. It is a very nice choice for a day on the range. It is cheap to feed, ammunition is readily available, it is accurate, reliable and easy to shoot for even novices, has not objectionable recoil. There are several entire competition matches that require the AR or a similar rifle to compete in them. I know because I went to the national matches for that series. The National guard uses them to target practice and do qualification shooting using a simple conversion kit which allows you to use ordinary .22 long rifle ammo, making them one of the most cost effective rifles a person can buy.
    You can also hunt with them if you use the appropriate caliber. The AR-15 (using the .223 caliber) is illegal to use for deer hunting in Colorado because it is not lethal enough to give a humane kill of the animal, but the AR series is designed so it can function with various calibers, and by merely changing a few parts it can be easily converted to a suitable caliber for big game.

    That is why it is the most popular rifle in America. It can be used to hunt everything from squirrels to rabbits, coyotes, deer, up to larger more dangerous game if you use the right upper receiver. It is a semi-automatic rifle no different in function than dozens of other common rifles that sportsmen and women use every day and no one thinks are at all sinister. It is not some evil killing machine, it is a tool, and like any tool it can be used for many things. More people are killed every year with hammers than with assault rifles.

  88. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    I don’t see anywhere to comment on your “California” item.

    By the way I lost a pretty mint Garand in the Oz buyback, Springfield manufacturel, 6 figure serial, barrel still SA 3 42

  89. p.g.sharrow says:

    comment on https://churchofsacredcarbon.wordpress.com/
    The Summer Solstice is upon us and where is our Chief ?
    oldbrew says; https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/summer-solstice-to-coincide-with-full-moon-for-first-time-in-70-years/
    A full moon that follows the Longest Day! and we, in Northern California, should have clear skies all this week. The streams and woods are full of water and we just had a nice rain. We are looking foreword to a fruitful summer. A salutation and wave offering to all! ..pg

  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    For those who contend banning assault weapons would stop mass killings — we have this item:
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/33-dead-130-injured-china-knife-wielding-spree-n41966

  91. E.M.Smith says:

    The lie starts with the corrupted words. “Assault weapon” to most folks implies militery rifle. To our progressive liars (as put into law in Californis and Chicago and…) it means things as diverse as shotguns and small pistols with 2 grips…

    ANY time “Assault weapon” is said, that protest MUST be made. Call the word the lie it is, every time, or be strangled by it as it is shoved down your throat and into your laws.

  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is encouraging, glad everyone is on the same page in Syria (/sarc)
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/19/u-s-and-russian-jets-clash-over-syria.html

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    This might be related to the Brexit threads or half a dozen other items, but putting it here since it is really hard to choose.

    https://20committee.com/2016/06/20/the-kremlins-football-hooligans-another-face-of-putins-special-war/

    It appears the recent Russian soccer riot in Marseille on June 11, was an intentional provocation operation by the Russian GRU.

    Now the real question is why?
    Lots of possible connections but hard to pin point, given Russia’s recent “adventures” in Georgia, Ukraine, over flights of the Baltic with no transponders, increased naval sorties by their submarines and provocative challenges to various NATO forces aircraft it could fit somewhere in their chess board of special warfare but hard to say.
    Establish a public expectation for violence and disorder and discredit civil authorities?
    Send a subliminal message that Russians should not be messed with.
    Used as an opportunity to map communications frequencies and procedures for a major emergency, and log response times?
    Map communications tree between two governments (Britain and France) ie how long does it take for a major emergency to get pushed to the top of the leadership?
    Misdirection/Distraction to occupy the government in France/Britain while something else was going on?

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Shift in employment participation and decline in lower skilled workers dominates those who have fallen out of the work force.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a5d5a8fe-36f5-11e6-a780-b48ed7b6126f.html

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is probably what you would call “In other news” the web site bellingcat has been doing a marvelous job of using publicly available imagery to counter official government narratives in the Middle east, and areas like Ukraine. Here is an item they put up about the recent bombing by Russian aircraft of troops supported by the U.S. The US tried to warn off the bombing and even sent in F-18 fighters to push the Russians out, but when the F-18’s ran low on fuel the Russian planes came back with additional sorties, so it was very much an intentional “message” by Russia to the US and those we support over there. Interesting reading to see how they take images and piece together a solid case of evidence.

    https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2016/06/21/al-tanf-bombing-russia-assisted-isis-attacking-us-backed-fsa-group-cluster-bombs/

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to the above, ever wonder how they (yes that “They”) find all sorts of obscure images from social media after something news worthy happens? Here is a large clue.

    https://www.bellingcat.com/resources/how-tos/2016/03/01/automatically-finding-weapons-in-social-media-images-part-2/

  97. E.M.Smith says:

    And some folks still wonder why I call “social media” evil…

  98. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    For about a decade now the game has just been ganging together the largest number of bland processors into a giant cluster in a box. It works, but only on an ever smaller problem set of embarrassingly parralel problems.

    For this reason most folks don’t bother with more than 4k processors. .. but if you want bragging rights and have political money, making 8k to 16k processors machines gives you theoretical bragging rights… thus China “winning” as nobody else really cares…

    See prior postings on Amdahl’s Law.

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/amdahls-law-gustafsons-robots-and-jobs/ nice graph showing at 4k processors you must have 95% parallel problems to solve.

    The link in the link says 7000 GPUs and 14,000 “Intel Chips”, which one presumes are CPUs. I’d guess a dual core plus GPU.

    One would be better served with Nvidia GPU boards and a good distributed compiler for CUDA. But that takes more work than gluing together 14000 cpus you can’t effectivly use.

    Oh Well…

    The way we measure “speed” has not caught up with the reality of high performance computing real needs.

    Oh, probably ought to mention that the 95%+ parallel is fodder for things like distributed networked computers, but a million machine cluster doesn’t count as A machine for top500. So you can be effective and limit cpus at 4k to 8k proccessors, then shift to a distributed net basis, or waste money on a 16k cpu bragging rights machine that doesn’t do more than 4 cheaper 4k machines… or 16k machines on a fast net…

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    And as you point out some problems simply cannot be parallel processed if each succeeding step requires the output of the previous steps. Sort of like the days when cpu speed in Mhz was everything then they started tinkering with things like predictive processing and on some problems a slower processor might actually get more done than a faster physical processor with different processing logic, RISC, buss size/speed etc.

    As the saying goes — “It’s complicated”

  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    When folks laugh at you for concern about compute security, seems you are in good company.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3653442/Paranoid-little-Mark-Zuckerberg-covers-Macbook-s-camera-audio-jack-pieces-tape.html

    I taped my camera, and disabled wifi on my most recent laptop before I even powered it up. Not much risk of someone sneaking in and plugging something into my audio, unless there is some remote exploit I am unaware of for the audio jack.

    I wonder if that laptop has an SD card bay and if it too is taped.

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    And on the government administrative changes run amok category we have this item about proposed changes to judicial procedure which would legalize government hacking of just about anybody who used “technological means to protect their computer information.

    This would be a bad thing.

    If they loosely interpret that guideline, anyone using antivirus software, vpn, or other secure transmission methods would be fair game for unrestricted government snooping. Sneaker net here we come, with the online system air gapped from everything. One system to browse on, and a totally separate system used to store and read the data while unconnected to the web in any way.

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/rule-41-little-known-committee-proposes-grant-new-hacking-powers-government

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Big numbers mean small probabilities do not exclude intelligent life in the universe.
    Food for thought.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/opinion/sunday/yes-there-have-been-aliens.html

  103. p.g.sharrow says:

    One could argue that there are several Intelligent species on this planet. Although some may wonder if any intelligence is exhibited by humans. I would posit that intelligent life is fairly common given enough time and the push of evolution. Space is a very large place. the distances are VAST! even at trans- light speeds. Interplanetary visitors would be very rare under the best of conditions. Even more important, modern Humans have been following a “Shoot First” policy for the last few hundred years.

    I’m sure any potential visitor has got the message.
    DON’T MAKE CONTACT! HUMANS ARE DANGEROUS.

    Humans will not be allowed to acquire the ability for true space travel until they quit following warlords and become peaceful toward others…pg

  104. p.g.sharrow says:

    San Andreas fault areas are also moving up and down:
    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/06/22/movement-on-vast-scale-detected-near-san-andreas-fault.html?intcmp=hplnws

    Compression would cause land elevations to rise and stretching cause subsidence. More moving parts to consider…pg

  105. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    More English as she are spoke.

    From a comment in response to my tip at

    http://joannenova.com.au/2016/06/asteroid-kills-90-of-all-mammal-species-anthropocene-kills-one-rat-maybe/

    on

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/06/21/worlds-first-247-solar-power-plant-powers-75000-homes-for-3-hours-per-day/

    “See what happens when you let Pixie Ann Wheatley a journalist write an article on anything to do with electrical power generation. They haven’t a clue, and then don’t even bother to go and check if it’s even close to the truth.

    The actual headline was just the first of the mendacities.

    World’s First 24/7 Solar Power Plant Powers 75,000 Homes

    Nine words, three lies. It’s not the first. It’s not 24/7. It doesn’t supply 75,000 homes.

  106. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Re WUWT and Firefox

    I’ve been back to the bog down on WUWT and getting the “Long running script” message, which seems reluctant to “Stop script”.

    So in full experimental mode, and with no idea of what next, I tried “Debug script”. Not a clue in Hell of what I read except for names, but it stopped at

    “Shockwave Flash may be busy”

    So I explored more and found how to make plug-ins ask.

    And don’t seem to be having problems now when I don’t allow.

    FWIW

  107. You need to rip that bug-ridden, hacker’s paradise out from the roots. At a minimum, I’d set Java to ask (and kill it if not a server developer or using a bank that still uses Swing)…

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Due to Flash being buggy and problem ridden, most folks are moving their browsers to HTML5
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_HTML5_and_Flash

  109. Another Ian says:

    OK. Next question from ignorance

    Does Firefox pick up HTML5 automatically if Flash isn’t in the way?

  110. E.M.Smith says:

    As of 45to 47 depending on your OS. See chart in:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5_video

  111. Another Ian says:

    OK. Seems latest Version 47 does

  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like AI in combat is about to become real.
    Not limited by pilot G force limits and faster response time could be a tough nut to crack and a total game changer. As an AI wingman it would make the human pilot almost impossible to shoot down, and improve his success rate in combat. If turned loose as an autonomous flight of a hand full of AI fighter drones could be a major problem for its opponent.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3662656/The-AI-Gun-beat-military-s-best-Pilots-hail-aggresive-dynamic-software-losing-repeatedly.html

  113. E.M.Smith says:

    I knew it would come, but thought it a decade away….

    Looks like the world has changed. Now put it in a stealth fighter that the other guy can’t get on radar and you have an extreme penetration and air defense defeat system. You have air superiority in one flight of two waves… Damn!

  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    It does raise the not trivial issue of ground based “battle bots” who might be very difficult for human soldiers to destroy. If someone (china) could manufacture a few thousand as an air drop shock force, an AI blitzkrieg becomes a reality.

    Yes the world is changing much more rapidly than human systems can adapt, especially if their leaders are willfully blind to the potential consequences.

    In the old stargate series the “replicators” and the automated AI systems of skynet in the terminator series were seen as unreachable goals in our life time. Everyone thinks autonomous self driving cars are cool. They won’t be so keen on an autonomous self driving tank with fast enough reaction times to defend itself against anti-tank rockets. (see trophy)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophy_(countermeasure)

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

  116. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve pondered some “aware weapons” systems, but avoided telling anyone as they are, er, problematic… One is the self deploying mine… of a couple of types. Another is aerial artillary… It looks like the rest of world has caught up and is “going there”…

    One of the problems with it are just “cheapest biggest manufacturer wins”… We make exceptional small lot expensive. That didn’t work out so well for Germany in W.W.II when we did massive good enough dirt cheep…

  117. Larry Ledwick says:

    Marry AI weapons carriages with something like Trophy and Metal storm and you have a seriously dangerous battlefield combo. Who ever gets this marriage right first will be very difficult to stop, and number of warm body troops they can field becomes a minor secondary statistic.

  118. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Brewing economics

    I’ve just done another batch so figures to hand.

    5 Coopers brew tins plus sugar cost about $A86. This made 120 litres or about 13 cartons of 375 ml bottles equivalent. A carton here is about $A 55.

    Plus electricity to boil five kettles to start and, in this weather, a 120 watt PAR 38 to keep it warm in the brew box for 3-4 days.

    So $A86 makes the equivalent of about $A 715 worth of beer.

    Takes about an hour to get the the brew ready, about two hours to bottle and maybe half an hour to clean up if I’m slow.

    So a hobby I can afford.

  119. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting about malt. I’d never known there were summer and winter barley (just figured it was grown when it was the last resort…clearly a bad assumption).

    Your brew economics are interesting. Bought my first crown caps in ages… was surprised they are about 5 ¢ each. Found an online source at 3 ¢ in higher volume than I need. As the labor is a zero money cost, and the bottles are the cost of a washing, it is the malt and caps that set the cost for me (given my frugal yeast reuse). About 50 ¢ 1/2 liter bottle as a guess. That makes the cap 10% of the cost, or closer to 15-20% for smaller bottles.

    Which means using bigger bottles is a good idea…

    Since the spouse loves sparkling juice that sells for about $2 / large ( 1.5 L?) heavy bottle, I’ll be accumulating a few of those… Also Grolsch 16 oz. costs $2 / bottle in the fancy ceramic/rubber stopper style. Even if you only allow $1.50 for the beer, that makes the bottle 50 ¢ and ten uses pays for it in cap savings.. As I like Grolsch and redirecting my package buys to it doesn’t cost more (I tend to buy imports…), I’m buying Grolsch… besides, I like the flavor :-)

    I already have capacity to bottle one batch in the reusable seal bottles, so use them first. But as I’d like to make some longer aged styles (lagered in bottle in fridge) I need more than one batch bottled at a time…

    I’ve been running about two batches in bottles and one in the Mr Beer as inventory… about 8 liters in a Mr Beer, so about 16 half liter or 24 x 1/3 liter bottles. That’s between 40 ¢ for all big to $1.20 if the 12 oz. just in caps, per dinky little batch. So it is worth it to me to accumulate the larger bottles and the Grolsch bottles.

    Besides, I never drink just one 12 oz bottle, so why package it that way? (“Honest, dear, I’m just having a liter of beer due to the economics of it! 8-) Really I am.”)

    Next up after that will be working out the economics of boiling my own malt…

    It is a lot more fun having a mug of beer when not wincing over the package price… That $-a-bottle to $2-a-bottle commercial cost was just too much. My target is $/L, but we’ll see if I can get there…

  120. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video on RT of the USS Gravely (Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer ) giving a brush back to a Russian frigate in the Eastern Med.

    The action recorded in the video is precisely what Soviet Era intelligence trawlers used to do to us all the time in the Pacific during Vietnam. Crossing path then presenting the stern to the overtaken ship, puts them (the Russians) in the position of fault if there is a collision (sort of like a car rear ending another puts the car in the rear at fault by definition).

    It would be nice to know the greater context, was the Gravely part of a carrier task force and suggesting that the Russian ship was shadowing the task force a bit too aggressively? I think that is highly likely. Given we are conducting flight ops against ISIS from the eastern Med right now with the USS Truman task force. Also the link below lists the Gravely as part of that Carrier Strike group.

    http://wtkr.com/2016/04/29/deployment-of-uss-harry-truman-extended-by-30-days/

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/americas/u-s-military-isis-mediterranean/

    I strongly suspect that this was an intentional signal to the Russians as answer for their provocative flight profiles against American ships recently with both fighters and bombers and a brush back to encourage them to stand clear of the combat operations of the Carrier Group.

  121. Steve C says:

    An interesting link from Tallbloke’s tips, h/t to oldbrew.

    The ‘Worldwide Hum’ is being properly investigated.

    (It started as the Bristol Hum in the ’60s, of course, back when Britain still had a bit of Greatness and we made our own worldwide phenomena … :-)

  122. Larry Ledwick says:
  123. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    Re Grolsch bottles. We used to get the resealables, even bigger ones. But now we’ve been de-globalised and it seems to come in crown seal ones.

  124. Another Ian says:

    E.M.


    JJM replied to comment from Fuel Filter | June 28, 2016 11:52 AM | Reply

    “The problem with Ali is that, despite her knowledge of moslum [sic] society, she actually thinks that Islum [sic] can be reformed.”

    From response I just posted on a similar topic over at Maggie’s Farm:

    “‘Now, Maher did say that he doesn’t support a Muslim ban, but added that the Islamic world needs a reformation similar to what occurred in Christendom.’

    Once again ‘reformation’ is touted. This sort of reference demonstrates just how little people know about the Reformation.

    The Protestant denominations that arose out of the Reformation weren’t suddenly all touchy-feely, liberal, gay-friendly and Unitarian. Indeed, we conveniently overlook that Calvinism, Puritanism and evangelical fundamentalism were all children of the Protestant Reformation. There was nothing particularly ‘New Age’ or sensitive about Martin Luther either.

    It doesn’t seem to occur to any of these clever people like Bill Maher and Ayaan Hirsi Ali that the Reformation aimed at ‘re-forming’ Christianity by taking it back to some perceived stripped-down vision of its First Century manifestation. Back to the basics, as it were.

    In fact, the Islamist jihadists have exactly the same view of Islam: back to the basics. It could be argued that an ‘Islamic Reformation’ is indeed underway and the Islamist State is a manifestation of it.”

    A comment at http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2016/06/the-fraud-that-.html#comments

  125. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Likely a local distributor choice. I’m buying 4 packs of 16 oz with resealables for $9 each.

    They also have several Belgian specialty in ceramic bottles that are crown capped, and have the resealable top too (flopping on the side… why? Perhaps as the taste is so strong you only want one drink, then store it to surprise a mate ;-)

    I didn’t get any of the ceramic ones. First off, 10$ for one beer? Nope. Second, it’s hard to see how full ceramic is when bottling…

    Welch’s Grape Sparkling Juice comes in nice large bottles that take a crown cap, at $3 each, and wife loves the stuff. I bought 4 today… “For her!” of course ;-) I also bought some more Grolsch for me ;-) and a load of Samuel Smith’s UK Beer for the party … Yes, it’s independence day, don’t you know? Even if a bit late ;-)

    @Larry:

    The only right answer to a “close encounter” is to inquire about the first one, politely. Protest the second with a physical “in your face” response. Then shoot down the third… We’re way past the third. (Some folks are slow learners…)

    @Steve C:

    I’d vote for ULF sensitivity. I have tinnitus, it’s way different. (Though I did have a low freq. experience once… it is almost always a high pitch sine wave about 15 kHz) Remember that rock, under stress, can be piezoelectric and generate EMF effects, and that many animals have been shown to have a magnetite mag field sensor. I’ve been known to close my eyes, rotate head side to side, and then point north… I don’t know what the “it” is, but I feel it… kind of like brightness in a direction, but without the light…

  126. Steve C says:

    – Another possible factor turns up straight away … We humans have been found to have an operable magnetic ‘sixth’ sense. It could also plumb in to your ‘subliminal navigation’ ability which you mentioned a while back.

    Tinnitus drives me mad too. Made all the worse as prior to the battering which kicked it off, my hearing was 120% and much used / appreciated. An approx. 80dB pain threshold is equally damnable. And watching audio on the PC screen really ain’t the same.

    An interesting ULF radio fact. When Mike Oldfield recorded ‘Tubular Bells’, no-one noticed that the nearby GBR transmitter on 16kHz was getting into the audio chain at low level. If you play a CD of the album through a very sharp 16k filter, you can enjoy again the sound of a grand old transmitter, now alas long dead. One of Life’s totally unexpected details.

  127. Another Ian says:

    E.M,

    Re Grolsch

    European beer doesn’t travel well to down here and may be well past its best by if imported. So lot of what we get is “local by recipe”. Thus the bottle can be local. Why we used to get the Grolsch resealables and now don’t ???

    Like Guiness used to be produced by the crew that makes Southwark. Not sure of current status.

    I forgot to mention that Coopers (last OZ owned big brewery) does a very nice home brew stout and close to memories of Ireland IMO. Just that those brew kits are bloody hard to find around here.

  128. Jon K says:

    Looks like another “Earth’s running out of…” has been proven wrong. This time it’s helium.
    http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/06/discovery-of-massive-new-helium-reserves-is-game-changer-for-medical-industry/

  129. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    Not exactly a surprise…

    @Jon K:

    Supply rises as price rises for all commodities. Higher prices allow other methods. The limit case for helium is we can freeze it out of the air and or make it via fusion. But yeah, nice they figured out how to find more cheaply… oddly, just after the price started rising ;-)

    @Another Ian:

    One of my favorite down under beers was Steinlager. Unfortunately, no longer in local stores. From New Zealand so both small brand and far away…

  130. LG says:

    A Dual Core Sun ?

    http://www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/2680-irregular-heartbeat-of-the-sun-driven-by-double-dynamo

    A new model of the Sun’s solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun’s 11-year heartbeat. The model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone. Predictions from the model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the ‘mini ice age’ that began in 1645. Results will be presented today by Prof Valentina Zharkova at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno.

    It is 172 years since a scientist first spotted that the Sun’s activity varies over a cycle lasting around 10 to 12 years. But every cycle is a little different and none of the models of causes to date have fully explained fluctuations. Many solar physicists have put the cause of the solar cycle down to a dynamo caused by convecting fluid deep within the Sun. Now, Zharkova and her colleagues have found that adding a second dynamo, close to the surface, completes the picture with surprising accuracy.

    “We found magnetic wave components appearing in pairs, originating in two different layers in the Sun’s interior. They both have a frequency of approximately 11 years, although this frequency is slightly different, and they are offset in time. Over the cycle, the waves fluctuate between the northern and southern hemispheres of the Sun. Combining both waves together and comparing to real data for the current solar cycle, we found that our predictions showed an accuracy of 97%,” said Zharkova.

  131. p.g.sharrow says:

    Two zones of activity’ see:
    https://pgtruspace.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/solar-density/
    a pictorial of Seismic wave speed graph that shows these transition zones.
    Fission/Fusion take place during changes in matter/energy density. Seismic events cause changes in density that result in nuclear events. of Fission or Fusion…pg

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    In other news Russia appears to be getting ready to flight test their new heavy lift ICBM Sarmat over maximum range flights (~ 11,000 km). Expected to make this bird active in about 2018. It is interesting that most of the new military development projects in Russia all seem to have final deployment dates near 2018 – 2020 as if that is some important bench mark for long range plans.

    Have to run this through google translate unless you can read Russian.
    http://izvestia.ru/news/620308

    Related Russia just conducted a major purge of commanders in the Baltic fleet.
    https://russiamil.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/more-details-on-baltic-fleet-shakeup/

    It appears clear to me that Putin is serious about his military modernization program and is aiming toward parity with the west in only 2-4 years by about 2018 – 2020.

  133. Jason Calley says:

    If Putin plans on military parity with the west he better start funding more hormone therapy.
    http://www.militarytimes.com/story/opinion/2016/06/30/new-rules-transgender-troops/86555558/

  134. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, greetings from me on my new Pi 3 computer.

    It is a ‘drop in replacement’ for the Pi 2 (i.e. i just swapped my chip into it and it goes). It would likely (eventually) benefit from a 64 bit set of libraries and kernel (i.e. they need to put ‘multilib’ onto it and recompile a bunch of stuff) but even as it is, seems “snappier”.

    We’ll see how it ‘wears’ and I’ll do a posting “sometime”, but for now I’m just happy to have a little more speed…

    I’ll need to dream up some benchmarks for these guys. I/O will be about the same (same limits as before) and the memory will still limit the same, CPU a little tiny bit faster. After that, it’s down to chipset internals and what gets done in 64 bit without any recompile or new libraries.

    I’ll likely be spending much of the rest of the day doing some “R&D” on it as to what optimizing builds might already exit. (It is why I suddenly stopped posting on Pi 2 new ports and Linux distros… I’d decided to “go for the upgrade” and figured I’d just have to start over in 64 bit land…)

    So now I’ve got 2 x R.Pi 2 for 8 cores to become my core cluster and main backend servers, and one Pi B to be my boundary router / DNS / DMZ / all that infrastructure interface stuff; leaving the Pi 3 to be my “desktop”. Thus it shall remain for a pretty good while. I need to make this stuff all work together at goodly speed before I add more stuff to the pile.

    As long as the Pi3 is “fast enough”, I’m not going to bother with more speed lust. The Pi 2 was just a tiny bit annoying for doing postings (but some of that was likely WordPress… we’ll see). I’ve lived on the Pi 2 as my main desktop for months now, and it is workable. No regrets.

    Eventually (like, maybe in a half year or year or…) I’ll get a newer faster “big compute” box. No idea what it will be, yet, but as the tech moves on with a year-ish cycle, probably something that doesn’t exist yet. It will be dedicated to running compiles (along with the 2 x Pi 2 in a cluster) and hopefully some climate model ports. Not things I feel any pressing need for at the moment.

    With that, I’m off to play some investigate the performance of my new toy this particular bit of equipment and evaluate the fun level what it is suited to and can it resolve the occasional speed issues.

    So far, I’ve had zero ‘typeahead’ in posting this comment despite spell check on, it being long, and there being a dozen other tabs open. I hope this is maintained in the WordPress edit window… if so, then I’m done with hardware discontents.

  135. Larry Ledwick says:

    You might find this item interesting as the many discussions about GMO and other medical issues that appear here show a general interest in such things.

    http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-a-fake-typhus-epidemic-saved-a-polish-city-from-the-nazis

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    The best case for small government I have ever seen stated. People and events are unknowable, ie chaotic, therefore by definition a wise benign all powerful government is still inadequate to the task of predicting and solving problems. Big directed economies and policies will always fail because they not only can’t but never will be able to see all the black swans in the society, weather, government, events politics etc.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437324/neil-degrasse-tysons-rationality-pipe-dream

    Now how do you communicate that to the “elites” who are too smart by half, and overly impressed with their insight of the world.

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    I have a half thought out posting idea about why Central Authority fails. Basically it’s the network communications problem. Look at parallel processing clusters. They eventually discover that the most, best, production and throughput comes in a crossbar network / hypercube. How is government built? In a hierarchy of routers. You just can’t effectively pass enough messages up and down the “chain of command” to ever answer all the questions that need answering, so you get “one size fits all” commandments that don’t work for most and very long lag times on any communication both ways.

    Compare the mesh network of individual buyers and sellers. Each has the information they need to customize their solution for max benefit without waiting for latency of message passing up and down a dozen links. “You want fries with that?” is actually an example! “Yes, I want fries, and the sugary soda, and salt on the tomato on my burger, and hold the pickle.” A government, any government, can never do that. Instead it does “sugary drink taxes” and “salt reduction” campaigns. Yet every day a billion customized orders are taken, each about 10 seconds to place.

    In our family restaurant, we had BOTH dill pickle chips and sweet pickle chips and you could order either one on your burger. (Sadly, almost everywhere now, sweet pickles only come as relish. If you have never had a burger with sweet pickle chips or bread-and-butter pickle chips, do try them; it’s a very different experience). Markets work on CHOICE because your data com path is one deep at full bandwidth (not shared channel). Governments fail because you are at least a dozen hops from The Decision Maker and the datapath bandwidth is shared with a million folks (so only the one with the million dollars gets heard…)

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    Similar story in the book “Secret of the Temple” which details how the Fed screwed up the economy during the Carter Years, and how Volker had to try to fix it by strangling the economy enough to snuff the expectation of inflation which was the cause of behaviors which lead to inflation. (ie buy a house sure that it would be worth more in a few weeks and flip it depends on a certain expectation of rapidly rising prices, and it also creates the pressures that drive those rapidly rising prices.)

    Net result of the story outlined in the book is that :
    1 The Fed is able to strongly influence the economy
    2 They have no clue what they are doing, because even if their theory is correct (which it is arguably not) the information that they use to feed into the models is always out of date, and incomplete.

    It is physically impossible for them to “stabilize the economy” because they are always working with broken data, and they have no clue what the real economy is actually doing. It appears to work when things are going smoothly because the changes in behavior are slow enough that the data lags are not sufficient to get things too far out of phase. In the case or a rapidly changing economy (oil crisis shock) they got into a 180 degree phase shift feed back loop. They clamped down on the economy to stop run away inflation just as the real economy was nosing over into recession. Then when the data told them the economy was grinding to a halt, they hit the gas pedal to stimulate the economy, it was really just starting to naturally recover from their last mistake and starting to take off again. It was like a beginning driver trying to coordinate clutch and throttle and ending up surging and jerky as he always did exactly the wrong thing due to his out of phase inputs.

  139. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    I’m not a cartoonist but this seemed to fit.

    One of our politicians of past note frequently mentioned pulling the economic levers.

    The cartoon would have been his treasurer of that week in a room full of levers and in a lather of sweat saying to him

    “But it might be a bloody sight easier if they had labels on them”

  140. E.M.Smith says:

    As I remember my Macro classes, the rule of thumb is that the Fed has to act on what will be in 6 months, based on what was 6 months ago… except when it isn’t.

  141. Another Ian says:

    Larry
    “Now how do you communicate that to the “elites” who are too smart by half, and overly impressed with their insight of the world.”

    That view has gone “a over t” in the Oz election

    http://joannenova.com.au/2016/07/australian-election-too-close-to-call-and-labor-minority-government-is-possible/

    Turnbull reminds me of the pilot in Len Dightion’s “Bomber” trying to do a copybook spin recovery in a Lancaster over Berlin with half a wing shot off.

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  143. Gail Combs says:

    Contrast this

    With this:

    Don’t like our flag? Don’t like the United Stated of America? Then renounce your citizenship and get the hell OUT!

  144. Gail Combs says:

    I wish to note that while the first video is stirring it is inaccurate. On the other hand I can’t find an accurate discription… I wish Winston Smith would quit rewritting history!

    (Numer of British ships attacking go from 19 to 50 for example.) Also only one prisoner was under negotiation — Dr. William Beanes.

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    Little item on emergent efforts in Venezuela for “victory gardens” to supplement the very limited food rations they can get now as the economy goes toes up and all the supply chains with it.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d99c8e7f8f69418389825e199d8ac282/economic-crisis-bares-hunger-problem-venezuela

  146. cdquarles says:

    Thank you, Gail, even if the video narrator embellished it.

    Unfortunately, each succeeding generation rewrites history like a version of the old childhood “Telephone” game. That’s why old books *must* be preserved, errors and all, as is.

  147. Gail Combs says:

    cdquarles,

    I certainly agree with the preservation of old books. I refused to toss ANY books even dime novels. That if for no other reason is a very good reason to dislike islam.

    Dr Bill Warner, I think in the following vid says the muslim invaders over the centuries intentionally destroyed books (and civilization) since all information is contained in the Koran and that which is not is Jahiliyyah (Ignorance)

    Short version:
    https://www.politicalislam.com/the-islamic-destruction-of-heritage-and-culture/

  148. Gail Combs says:

    Here’s a video/twitter to pass on to your black friends.
    A video from 1996 (Hitlery)
    https://mobile.twitter.com/mtoneyshae/status/731261113845747713/video/1

    OUCH! It seems to be getting a bunch of likes and retweets too.

  149. Larry Ledwick says:

    The space probe Juno has just been captured by Jupiter and is in orbit, the JPL team is now spinning down the probe to its nominal rotation rate and will then turn the craft so it points back toward the sun. Great little 4th of July show.

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well the intimidation worked:
    FBI Director James Comey announced that an investigation has uncovered that while Hillary Clinton “used several different” email servers and numerous devices during her time as secretary of state, the agency is not recommending the Justice Department bring charges against Clinton.

    “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges,” Comey said.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/fbi-recommends-no-charges-against-clinton-in-email-probe-225102

  151. Jon K says:

    All I can say is that, as an Illinois resident, I feel Californian’s “politically stupid” pain.

    http://spectator.org/crumbling-roads-lets-build-bike-lanes/#!

  152. Larry Ledwick says:

    Transcript of Comey’s remarks:
    https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b.-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clintons-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

    From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.

    With respect to the thousands of e-mails we found that were not among those produced to State, agencies have concluded that three of those were classified at the time they were sent or received, one at the Secret level and two at the Confidential level. There were no additional Top Secret e-mails found. Finally, none of those we found have since been “up-classified.”

    It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all e-mails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.

    For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails).

    None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.

  153. p.g.sharrow says:

    Interesting, Comey lays out it all out, yep! Hillary is guilty as hell but I won’t recommend prosecution.

    Guess he decided to ride the fence. At least now Hillary won’t need a presidential pardon. That leaves her exposed to prosecution by the next administration. Once again the Clintons need to win the election or face Federal prosecutors. Can the Democrats steal this election. Depends on how close the vote is…pg

  154. Larry Ledwick says:

    Two observations, I think it is important to note this announcement was made on Monday morning, mid day — that is when you announce something that you want to have some dwell time in the media.

    Comey wanted this to be widely discussed.

    Second his comment “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. ”

    He left out the part about reasonable prosecutors do not make recommendations which amount to political suicide, risk gutting of his agency if she is elected, had any reasonable expectation that the Department of Justice would actually follow such a recommendation — etc. etc.

    He got the info out there in the best way he could and will let other actors deal with her transgressions. Since this came out before the Democratic convention, it will undoubtedly get lots of air time from Sanders and others as the convention proceeds. Perhaps that will be enough to poison her as a legitimate candidate, or poison her chances of winning the election.

    I personally would not have wanted to be in his position, he clearly had only bad and worse options available to him. It will be interesting to see if there is a pattern of leaks about details of the investigation. I also note that he stock market went down slightly (about 1%) on the announcement and has been stable in that range since.

  155. Larry Ledwick says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/05/extremely-careless-and-7-other-comey-quotes-that-explain-the-fbis-clinton-email-findings/

    Comment #4 pretty well states my case:
    rjbeasleyjr
    10:46 AM MST
    From point #5: “Comey’s job is to determine whether Clinton might have broke the law. He decided she hadn’t.”
    No, that’s not what Comey decided. In his own words: “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” That’s not saying she hadn’t broken the law; only that “no reasonable prosecutor” would pursue the case (for whatever reason).
    From point #6: “This is Comey making clear this was a bad, bad thing (just not a criminal thing).”
    Same observation. Comey didn’t say it wasn’t criminal — in fact, he implied the opposite — only that “no reasonable prosecutor” would pursue the case (for whatever reason).

  156. E.M.Smith says:

    My interpretation is “We almost caught her, but she had enough evidence destroyed that the case was weak.”

  157. cdquarles says:

    About Hildebeest skating, again! Imagine what would happen if the prosecution of Federal drug laws (see Title 18!) worked like this.

    Per Rush today, http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2016/07/05,
    and go back to Andy McCarthy’s National Review piece. There are two relevant statutes in Title 18. One has a mens rea element and one doesn’t for it is a criminal negligence statute. Just how corrupt is it? Ordinary Joe gets a perjury charge due to negligence on a tax return. Said Joe gets charged and will likely plea, unless Ordinary Joe has wealthy and/or powerful friends. Bill gets impeached over suborning perjury, but the Senate, being afraid of the Clinton Machine Politics, lets him slide; yet the Federal District Judge does not let him get completely off.

    What’s the Take Home Point? Be a Democrat or support one and if you are in the ‘by lawyers, of lawyers, for lawyers ‘Ivy’ League Leftists First Guild, you can get away with much, including negligent homicide. Sine it is ‘Normal America’ that is the enemy of the Progressives, it is ;Normal America’ that must be destroyed, not her actual enemies.

  158. Larry Ledwick says:

    One other observation on this, If Comey had recommended charges, Obama could have pardoned her at any time between now and when he leaves office. Since charges were not filed, there is no crime or charge to pardon.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/798

    https://www.federalcharges.com/espionage-laws-charges/

    Espionage Statute of Limitations

    Although federal statute USC 3282 provides for a five-year statute of limitation for the vast majority of federal crimes, this statute of limitations does not necessarily stand in the case of espionage prosecution. It is generally agreed by legal scholars that acts of espionage can be prosecuted for at least ten years after the alleged act. Certain executive acts and extenuating factors may provide for prosecution after an even longer period of time.

    It is possible that Comey was of the belief that it would serve no purpose to recommend charges now in a political season with the white house and AG’s office in her corner, (ie the fix was in) and she would either never face prosecution or if she did, a pardon would follow immediately. Not to mention recommending charges could have been very dangerous to him, his family (people who get in the way of the Clinton’s have a habit of having unfortunate accidents)

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-02/un-official-accidentally-crushes-own-throat-right-testifying-against-hillary-clinton

    It could also be dangerous to his organization (I could easily imagine the FBI being reorganized under homeland security or some such).

    However if Trump is elected, the door is wide open for a new Attorney General to file charges on this FBI investigation (and we don’t know if there is some other nugget known to Comey but not publicly divulged yet which could be “discovered” after the election.)

    It is a long shot, but he might be following a course that he feels has the highest probability of eventually leading to prosecution. Backlash on this decision and the public disclosure he made of her crimes might be enough to swing the election a few percentage points, which might be enough to knock her out of the White House.

  159. Larry Ledwick says:

    I may have my last post in spam, I have a copy if it vaporized.
    I have noticed recently that occasionally a comment takes a long time to show up.
    Last time I thought I had something in the spam folder it popped up just after I commented.

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  161. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry:

    If it silently vanishes, the SPAM filter ate it. If it doesn’t show up in the comments, but has “your comment is in moderation” it is in the moderation queue (where I found it…) unless WordPress has changed their behaviour yet again…

  162. Larry Ledwick says:

    It vanished silently, but when I tried to resubmit it on the chance I had not hit the send button, I got a warning banner saying (duplicate post detected – you already said that). I then rechecked and it had not shown up, so I restarted my browser, and now it is showing up ( the comment above at time stamp 10:31. I still have a missing comment I posted to the new hillary thread (about the same time as BobN’s post) which has so far not shown up.

    I am suspecting that these events are burning up wordpress servers and they just have a backlog queue.

  163. Gail Combs says:

    Mark Stoval mentioned a comment of mine went straight to TRASH and not to SPAM. (Word Unimpressed blog)

    Also, The Lamestream Media started bashing Trump on being underfunded and what do you know? All his fund raising e-mails went straight to TRASH and not to spam while my Senator and Congressman and the GOPe general fundraising e-mails during the same time period appeared in the regular mail!

    Note I am on the Trump mailing list so he was already on the ‘good guy’ list. Goolge of course is in the tank for the DemonRats.

  164. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry: Your load sloth theory has legs, I’m seeing unusual lags.

    @Gail: There have been clearly identified efforts to bias searches and I think I’ve seen it in spam filter tuning.

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