Tips – August 2016

About “Tips”:

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.

The History:

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:

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.

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About E.M.Smith

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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205 Responses to Tips – August 2016

  1. Another Ian says:


    Apt phraseology IMO

    “Harry Passfield
    August 18, 2016 at 5:44 am · Reply

    Ah yes, NASA, who landed a man on the moon, but then hadn’t the nous to check that a UK uni had not confused imperial and metric measurements: RIP Beagle.
    That said, NASA is to NASA GISS as Rolls Royce is to British Leyland.”

  2. Steve C says:

    E.M. – There were a couple of programmes on BBC radio a week or so ago which you might find interesting. Title to look for: “Promises, Promises: A History of Debt”. (Not, notice, of money, hence the interest.) The programmes are 2 x 1-hour, and the Beeb originals are labelled “Omnibus”. (= 5 x “quarter hour” slots from the preceding Mon – Fri, rolled into an extra Omnibus edition to serve as a free one-hour’s schedule filler. Cynical? Moi?)

    So far, I’ve only caught “bits” of one of the progs myself, off-air, but have d/l’ed the files to listen to properly later. So if you can’t find a listenable copy I Am Sure Something Can Be Arranged … ;-)

  3. Gary says:

    You have an interest in the way things work. Ever look into the work of Adrian Bejan and the Constructal Law? It’s his take on organization and design in all systems being an inherent feature and a primary law of physics.

  4. omanuel says:

    Humans are like other animals that have lost their “frame of reference.” We will perish, or we will restore human contact with reality.

    Deep down in every man, woman and child is the fundamental idea of a “Higher Power” that controls everything. After that primary source of energy was revealed to the public by the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 AUG 1945, frightened world leaders united nations and national academies of sciences on 24 OCT 1945 to hide the source of energy in atomic bombs – NEUTRON REPULSION – the same source of energy that sustains our lives, powers the Sun and the cosmos.

    This futile effort to hide reality from mankind is probably the root cause of worldwide insanity, despite many other UN benefits.

    This recently published manuscript, NEUTRON REPULSION – Powers beyond the dreams of scientific fiction,” shows evidence of neutron repulsion indelibly recorded in precise rest masses of all atoms:

  5. E.M.Smith says:


    The Constructal Law stuff is interesting, but I haven’t had time to decide it if really is some fundamental insight or just a restatement of the essential impact of known physics…

    Like the whole thing about athletics leading to taller slimmer form for things based on speed. Well Duh! Just like the fastest boat is the longest; for any displacement hull. (“hull speed” where you start to rise up the bow wave is directly proportional to length). So yeah, bigger faster football players win more easily and taller faster basketball players win.

    Yet look at gymnastics… To do spins at an RPM rate in the air, if you are 1 meter vs 2 meter tall, the 2 meter person has double the diameter of spin. Pi x D means 3.14 the circumference (and tangential velocity) yet the same rotations per minute… so 3.14 the rim velocity… or V is 3.14 vs 2×3.14 and energy goes as M x V ^2 so you have 3.14^2 vs (3.14 x 2) ^ 2 and M is roughly proportional to linear dimension cubed, so M is roughly a ^3 more… suddenly the energy needed is, for L, giving MV^2, going to 2L giving M*8 x (Vx2)^2 … or a whole lot more energy to generate inside a constant sized mat diagonal run… Consequently ALL world class female gymnasts tendency to be 4 foot something and none 6 foot… (Were it not for the hight of the balance beam, horse, and bars requiring a leap up, one might expect 3 foot somethings…)

    So is it really the case that some ‘constructal law’ says everyone gets bigger and slimmer, or just a consequence of the game design being linear / surface not rotational / volume? Hmmm?

    So while I find it an intriguing idea, I’ve not had time enough to work through it in enough cases to see how often it is “confirmation bias” driven case selection vs a real fundamental if applied properly… But those jumping jellybeans of women’s gymnastics remind me “has issues”…

    @Another Ian:

    I’ve known folks at NASA. I’ve attended lectures at NASA Ames (silicon valley). I was in a NASA sponsored study that involved living in a box for 3 1/2 months with 2 other guys no outside access (set the personality profile used for shuttle era astronaut selection). I know something of the old NASA. The NASA of today is not that NASA. It has become just another large government agency driven by political whim. Some good science gets done, but often despite the organization… much of it is now just not all that important, and some of it isn’t very good. It would benefit from a big reset button of its own… as would all government agencies more than 20 to 30 years standing.

  6. David Ball says:

    Regarding Nasa GISS; Having watched this circus from ringside for over 35 years now, one of the most pivotal moments for me was when Gavin Schmidt walked away from a debate with Dr. Roy Spencer on the John Stossel show. ( one is current head of GISS, while the other is a former employee of Nasa ).
    I had suspected that Gavin was trying to baffle with bullshit all along, and had no cards in his hand. It was at that point that I knew that Gavin had nothing. I also realized that Gavin knew it, too.

    How can they rationalize the damage they are doing to science? In revolution, something is always lost, as is gained, but the credibility of science is not worth the cost of an ideology ( the cause ), especially if that ideology is misguided to begin with.

    Thanks to EM ( our host ) for the wonderful post!!

  7. Gail Combs says:

    David, I think the damage done to the reputation of science is one of the things that makes me the angriest.

    Speaking of which, do not miss E.M.’s article

  8. David Ball says:

    Wow. Thanks, Gail. The ensuing discussion was worth reading as well. Cheers.

  9. Gail Combs says:

    David, there are many great discussions on a wide range of topic here. That is why we like it here better than at WUWT.

  10. Gail Combs says:

    From WIKI
    In 1872, Victoria Woodhull ran for President of the United States.

    In 1884, Belva Lockwood was the first woman (or second, depending on one’s opinion, after Victoria Woodhull) to run for President of the United States. Her running mate was Marietta Stow. Stow was the first woman to run for vice president of the United States.

    In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States, and the first woman ever to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

    Dr. Jill Stein was on the presidential ballot in 2012 and is the presidential candidate of The Green Party for 2016.

    There are others. Hillary is just one in a rather large crowd.

  11. Glenn999 says:

    Gail Combs,
    Thanks for reminding me of the link to EM’s isms, ocracies and ologies. I remember reading it, or perhaps being short on time, only skimming it. Yesterday I dove in completely; even the comments provide a fascinating discussion. Today I’m on to Socialism, Utopia, Workers Paradise. There are other links that I will explore.
    Once again EM, I must thank you!!! The story that must be told; I am only beginning to see the shadows of the characters, the stages, and plot structure.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    @Glen999 & David Ball:

    Thanks & you are most welcome!

    That isms article is an example of what I call a “data dive” or sometimes just a dive. Pick a thread and pull. When the ravel gives new threads, pull them too. Keep going until you can reknit it, but with understanding…

    I think I first got that from Mum, who taught me to knit. We’d knit something, I’d ask how some part was done, she’d unravel it, slowly, then we’d redo it. Eventually you see all the threads, not just the knitting…

    The only hard bit is knowing when to truncate a path… all is connected, so some limits need to be chosen. too tight, you don’t learn enough. Too loose, you get a tangle of yarn and confusion. Just enough, you learn how to add a stitch per row to make bigger, or drop one to make smaller… or how to join a sleeve to body…

    I miss knitting… It’s been decades… maybe I need to raid the spouses knitting bag ;-)

    FWIW, the first programming language I ever saw was that used in knitting books to describe making {anything}… IIRC, it was a sweater with both knit and pearl patterns in it. Marvelous idea, that language… I was about 6 or 7? Introduced me to the idea of subroutines and function calls.

  13. Gail Combs says:

    On the subject of Censorship.
    The easy one FYI:

    Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign has issued a threat to a major conservative website that should have all conservatives — and anyone that believes in the First Amendment — very concerned.
    The Daily Caller reported that Clinton’s campaign sent out a fundraising email with a serious threat to conservative news site Breitbart News. The email essentially said that the site has no “right to exist,” and threatened that if Clinton is elected, she will work to take down Breitbart, sites like it, and presumably their readers.
    The Democrat party is truly an enemy of free speech. Whenever Democrats are challenged with logic and facts, they throw around words like “bigot” and “racist” to try and silence dissenting voices.

    Below a video by Paul Watson (Yeah, info wars) elaborating on that article. Please note that Fox is the ‘Controlled Opposition’ owned by foreigners like Murdoch and his good buddy Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. If there is any doubt about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal deep friendship with Murdoch this 2013 Vanity Fair piece puts that to rest. — The Stockholder in the Sand

    …Rupert Murdoch-Open Borders: The link is that the Rupert Murdoch (Chairman/CEO News Corp, Owner of Fox News) is co-chair of the open borders group, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE). PNAE was one of biggest supporters of Marco Rubio and the Gang of 8 Immigration Reform Bill/Amnesty push. They flooded the airways and media with pro immigration reform propaganda. Fox News was also devoid of unbiased reporting of this bill….

    Murdoch and Ailes support of open boarders and the Gang of 8 immigration revamping has never been disclosed by Fox News ….
    Murdoch has also stated: “We need to do away with the cap on H-1B visas, which is arbitrary and results in U.S. companies struggling to find the high-skill workers they need to continue growing. “

  14. Gail Combs says:

    This is the one I do not have the knowledge to judge, however it could impact all of us esp ‘Deniers’
    U.S. Plans To Give Up Some Control Over The Internet (to the UN) – Fox Report

    It is control of the domain names that Obama is giving to the Unite Nations
    Obama Admin Plans To Give Global Control Over Internet Domain Names – America’s Election HQ — Fox News

  15. Gail Combs says:

    A third vid with more info by an independent.

    Obama’s Internet Surrender: ICANN GIVEAWAY

    Someone mentioned “Once Obama hands over the ‘Root Zone File’ for the internet…it’s over.
    There is no getting it back.’
    Is this as bad as it sounds? We know China tries to censor and we know the MSM is nothing but propaganda that now censors comments. Paul Watson mentions keeping track of that censorship and has some examples around 6 minutes. Watson also mentions that people pay more attention to the comments and discussion than to the MSM article. (Info wars sometimes stumbles onto decent info and actually has a few decent reporters like Watson. Jones on the other hand drives me nuts.)

  16. E.M.Smith says:


    Well, it is and it isn’t as bad as it sounds…

    OToneH, it does give ultimate “control” to the holder of the root file.
    OTotherH, it isn’t much real control and it nominally is only on the high order name space.

    So, as presently laid out, there are massive delegations. Each “national” qualifier is run by that nation. .us by the USA and .uk by the UK, etc etc. Then there are the functional names. .mil by the US Military and .gov by the US government. Yes, in theory an uber-agency could decree that the .mil domain is obsolete and those users must transition to (similar to what all other countries in the world must do). Would that really matter? Nope. Just a minor PITA at best.

    Could the Central Authority demand control of all the lower level domain names? Like taking control of {whatever}.us? Maybe, but the pushback from the ROW would be horrific. Then there is the simple fact that the USA providers could just ignore them and leave their routers set to route as-is and their DNS servers set to serve as-is.

    You see, DARPA designed this protocol to survive. Survive what? Anything. It is plastic and adaptive and “information just flows” as long as someone wants it to flow. The intent was to have a design where even if nuclear bombs blew up whole areas, central control was destroyed, and USSR had infected a variety of router nodes, information could be just flowed around it…

    So all real authority is local. I can set up my router to route however I like, to recognize whatever DNS server I like, and to use whatever wires I like. In any real disaster, that lets the surviving nodes reform into a working net very swiftly. It also lets me and mine make a ‘dark net’ if we wish (such as the “illegal” .onion domain) and flow our information as we see fit.

    Now putting a hostile entity at the top of the nominal authority chain for DNS would be a bother, but no more bother than it presently is with a hostile US Authority doing everything it can to stamp out darknets. But they can’t. Or China trying to prevent access with The Great FireWall Of China, but they can’t. They can slow it down, but not prevent things like tunneling.

    So, as a trivial example, when running Apple Computer, someone before me had just picked a number space out of a hat and we were using, IIRC, 17.x.x.x internally. Again, IIRC, that was “owned” by HP per ICANN. What was the impact? We, internally, could not do a DNS lookup on HP and get to THEIR internal numbers. So what? It was all behind a firewall at their side, and our side was all behind a NAT-firewall too. There was a tiny space of the HP public server we might want to contact for email exchange or web pages, and that was a minor annoyance (once web pages came into existence… yes, that old…) so eventually we did an internal ‘renumber’ to an officially assigned IP range.

    FWIW, to avoid that issue, most places now use “non-routing” number blocks internally. That set of things like 192.168.x.x and 10.x.x.x (and a few more). This, then, goes through a NAT Network Address Translation firewall / router to their officially assigned external number (often gotten from their Telco provider for small companies). Most of the “official” number space was owned by a few large companies who got on board early. This was causing grief when everyone else wanted to grab a block… so IP version 4 was replaced (really more like augmented) with IP v 6 that adds oodles of new addresses. 128 bits long instead of 32 bits.

    So since somewhere in the late 1990s the internet has, in theory, been “transitioning” to IPv6. (In practice, only a few large companies really have and all the small guys stay IPv4 with NAT)

    What does all this have to do with ICANN? Well “someday” they believe NAT goes away (and with it some IP hiding ‘features’ for some of us) and everyone is an IPv6 that is unique (and therefor more traceable) and the entire Idiot Of Things, or pardon, Internet Of Things connects the whole world openly… and someone in Peking can turn on your heater in Orlando in August… In reality, there will be all sorts of things to block that. But, again in theory, ICANN could mandate a quicker move to IPv6 and a more “open” tie of IP to person and thing and even force names to change (like to to some extent. Does that really matter? I doubt it. Do I want the UN in charge? No way. But that’s just a personal thing.

    IFF the UN went nuts with it, nothing what so ever prevents me from using any number I want in my router, connecting with friends as we see fit, using any domain names we like, and setting up our own network / service paradigm. A ‘darknet’ even if done in the open. That is, after all, how the first internet grew… Similarly, we can tunnel our traffic through just about any communications methods available and have it encrypted end-to-end in the process. So the old internet partly started on UUCP Unix to Unix Copy over telephone lines and modems (or over leased lines or just ethernet between machines). I could do the same thing today with WiFi if desired, though there are a lot more better ways to do it now. In my own office, I have 3 different networks on 3 different address blocks and my own DNS server. Cost was about $100 all told and it is highly extensible. (My DNS server says I own the IP addresses that ICANN says belong to the SPAMMERS and Advertizers of the world, I ignore them and ‘ground’ those addresses…) So it goes. So IFF it was ever needed, I could, for example, use my WiFi Hotspot to set up a router link (encrypted) to, say, P.G. and you, and we could use our own domain name inside the encrypted tunnel (say .freenet) and have our own internal DNS servers that only assign .freenet to our machines and our own routers that only route .freenet between our locations. ICANN can do nothing about that. Oh, and nothing would prevent us from growing it to continental scale.

    The bottom line is that the internet functions on individual cooperation and individuals can just choose not to cooperate with Central Authority and instead cooperate with each other.

    What CAN be done, damaging, by ICANN? It can be disruptive by capricious change. For NOOBS and folks with no tech friends, it can block their access to things by downing their names and IPs. It can, basically, censor the “average person” and make it a PITA for a shunned company or group to get international exposure to those people. But if it does too much of that, the V and Anonymous folks of the world will just build around it… (router classes to begin shortly… film on youtube…)

    You see that already done by groups shunned by the USA. The whole .onion domain and various darknets. Known to darknet netizens, but not to the general public… So to some extent it is just “who do you want doing the shunning?” as opposed to “a whole new shunning”…

    Hope that helps explain why my panties are not in much of a bunch over this… it really is just a question of “Which Evil Bastard Central Authoritarians do you want in control?” and not a question of “good vs evil” in control….

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    Some info on .onion as an example darknet (bold mine):

    .onion is a special-use top level domain suffix designating an anonymous hidden service reachable via the Tor network. Such addresses are not actual DNS names, and the .onion TLD is not in the Internet DNS root, but with the appropriate proxy software installed, Internet programs such as web browsers can access sites with .onion addresses by sending the request through the network of Tor servers. The purpose of using such a system is to make both the information provider and the person accessing the information more difficult to trace, whether by one another, by an intermediate network host, or by an outsider.
    WWW to .onion gateways

    Proxies into the Tor network like Tor2web allow access to hidden services from non-Tor browsers and for search engines that are not Tor-aware. By using a gateway, users give up their own anonymity and trust the gateway to deliver the correct content. Both the gateway and the hidden service can fingerprint the browser, and access user IP address data. Some proxies use caching techniques to provide better page-loading[4] than the official Tor Browser.[5]

    An interesting note is that unlike other Top Level Domain names that are ‘unofficial’, the .onion domain was used so much ICANN had to cave…

    Official designation

    The domain used to be pseudo-top-level domain host suffix, similar in concept to such endings as .bitnet and .uucp used in earlier times.

    On 9 September 2015 ICANN, IANA and the IETF designated .onion as a ‘special use domain’, giving the domain an official status following a proposal from Jacob Appelbaum of the Tor Project and Facebook security engineer Alec Muffett.

    So basically ICANN agreed that they would not assign .onion to anyone ‘official’… not that it really mattered…

    A reasonable ‘starter’ is here:

    Note the use of “overlay network” to avoid the emotional loading of ‘dark’…


    A darknet (or dark net) is an overlay network that can only be accessed with specific software, configurations, or authorization, often using non-standard communications protocols and ports. Two typical darknet types are friend-to-friend networks (usually used for file sharing with a peer-to-peer connection) and privacy networks such as Tor.

    The reciprocal term for an encrypted darknet is clearnet or surface web when referring to search engine indexable content.

    Originally coined in the 1970s to designate networks which were isolated from ARPANET (which evolved into the Internet) for security purposes, darknets were able to receive data from ARPANET but had addresses which did not appear in the network lists and would not answer pings or other inquiries.

    The term gained public acceptance following publication of “The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution”, a 2002 paper by Peter Biddle, Paul England, Marcus Peinado, and Bryan Willman, four employees of Microsoft who argued that the presence of the darknet was the primary hindrance to the development of workable DRM technologies and inevitability of copyright infringement.

    Yes, it was MicroSnot and Digital Rights Management who wanted to quash darknets…


    Journalist J. D. Lasica in his 2005 book Darknet: Hollywood’s War Against the Digital Generation describes the darknet’s reach encompassing file sharing networks. Consequently, in 2014, journalist Jamie Bartlett in his book The Dark Net would use it as a term to describe a range of underground and emergent sub cultures, including

    Social media racists
    Self Harm communities
    Darknet drug markets

    Note the lack of recognition for “good” uses? Folks wanting free and private communications, folks desiring to overturn oppressive dictatorial governments, freedom fighters, etc. Can you say bias? I knew you could…

    As of 2015, “The Darknet” is often used interchangeably with the dark web due to the quantity of hidden services on Tor’s darknet. The term is often used inaccurately and interchangeably with the deep web due to Tor’s history as a platform that could not be search indexed. Mixing uses of both of these terms has been described as inaccurate, with some commentators recommending the terms be used in distinct fashions.


    Darknets in general may be used for various reasons, such as:

    To better protect the privacy rights of citizens from targeted and mass surveillance
    Protecting dissidents from political reprisal
    Whistleblowing and news leaks

    Computer crime (hacking, file corruption etc.)
    Sale of restricted goods on darknet markets
    File sharing (warez, personal files, pornography, confidential files, illegal or counterfeit software etc.)

    Main page: Category:Anonymity networks

    All darknets require specific software installed or network configurations made to access them, such as Tor which can be accessed via a customised browser from Vidalia, aka the Tor browser bundle or alternatively via a proxy server configured to perform the same function.

    Note how many darknets there are, and have been, that are known to wiki. (There are many more closely held very private ones…)


    Tor (The onion router) is an anonymity network that also features a darknet – its “hidden services”. It is the most popular instance of a darknet.

    I2P (Invisible Internet Project) is another overlay network that features a darknet whose sites are called “Eepsites”.

    Freenet is a popular darknet (friend-to-friend) by default; since version 0.7 it can run as a “opennet” (peer nodes are discovered automatically).

    RetroShare can be run as a darknet (friend-to-friend) by default to perform anonymous file transfers if DHT and Discovery features are disabled.

    GNUnet is a darknet if the “F2F (network) topology” option is enabled.

    Zeronet is open source software aimed to build an internet-like computer network of peer-to-peer users of Tor.

    Syndie is software used to publish distributed forums over the anonymous networks of I2P, Tor and Freenet.

    OneSwarm can be run as a darknet for friend-to-friend file-sharing.

    Tribler can be run as a darknet for file-sharing.

    Riffle is a client-server darknet system that simultaneously provides secure anonymity (as long as at least one server remains uncompromised), efficient computation, and minimal bandwidth burden.


    Turtle F2F

    See also

    Private P2P
    Internet privacy
    Virtual private network (VPN)
    Dark web

    So in essence we already have several groups “working around ICANN” (and related) and doing all that is needed to ignore them and make their own freeweb areas despite official shunning by major governments and corporations.

    As oppression increases, they grow. As it abates, they shrink.

    Then there are all the folks doing things entirely out of sight…

    So essentially the “officials in charge” are already irrelevant to the folks who want real privacy and real anonymity and real freedom of communications.

    Feel free to join in…

  18. Gail Combs says:

    E. M. Says “…The only hard bit is knowing when to truncate a path… all is connected, so some limits need to be chosen. too tight, you don’t learn enough. Too loose, you get a tangle of yarn and confusion….”

    Boy isn’t that the truth! I think more in a tangle of threads pattern vs linearly and that makes it very hard to express my thoughts and how I got there.

    In the Silly Wild A$$ Guess category, some of my reading makes me think the Autism continuum may be the expression of Neanderthal genes and I seem to have my share.

    I know I have a very visual type of thinking and a bit of a problem with verbal skills. I have a tough time hearing/differentiating sounds and learning by word of mouth vs the written word.

    An interesting study:

    …According to Zaidel, the new study provides support for the idea that people with autism are highly sensitive to incoming sensory information. Moreover, he suggests, they are predisposed toward relying more highly on external stimulation – with less use of prior knowledge – when interpreting the world around them….

    Certainly an excellent adaption to a people who were domesticating and herding animals.

    The Neanderthal theory of Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD…


    In the past there have been numerous theories for the cause(s) of neurodiversity conditions like Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Social phobia, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Tourette and Dyspraxia. Most of these theories can at best explain small parts of these diverse syndromes. Many of them extend their findings in spectacular ways to be able to claim to explain larger parts of neurodiversity with little success.

    This theory approaches the problem from a new radical viewpoint. Instead of approaching neurodiversity conditions as disorders, brain defects or the result of poor socialization or parenting, it claims that neurodiversity is fully functional human variation.

    All the areas that are central to neurodiversity are related to species-typical adaptations that vary widely between species. These include nonverbal signals, social organization, sensory acuteness, perception, motor skills, general preferences, sexuality, courtship, physical traits and biological adaptations. Some of this diversity is poorly understood and virtually unresearched and therefore is not published in peer-reviewed journals. Because of this lack of research, Aspie Quiz, an online questionnary, is heavily referenced for these traits.

    Recent genetic research have demonstrated that Neanderthals contributed at least 1-4% to the non-African genome. Aspie Quiz have demonstrated in a large survey in the US population that Afroamericans have only 1/6 of the autism incidence of non-African groups.

    Principal Component Analysis (PCA) of Aspie Quiz yields axes that seems to be related to the first Eurasian Homo, the formation of modern humans in Africa or South Asia and the hybridization between modern humans and Neanderthals in Eurasia. In Caucasians, these axises seems to be 1.8 million years, 150,000 years and 33,000 years. In Asians, they seem to be 1.8 million years, 130,000 years and 44,000 years.

    This passage is rather interesting

    All domestication of animals took place in Eurasia and America, and none in Africa. Of 14 domestic species, 13 originates in Eurasia, and one in America. All the mitochondria DNA lineages also go back more than 100,000 years. This means Neanderthals are the prime candidate of original animal domestication or symbiosis. Autistics show a preference for animals over people and they claim to be able to sense the feelings of animals….

    I do not know about ‘sensing feelings’ but I can certainly ‘read’ my horses, goats and sheep and find dogs dead easy to read in comparison to a horse. (Read as in read the body language) I also really hate phones because I dislike not having the visual clues to go with the spoken words.


    Cooperation with wolves were most likely a key to the ability for Neanderthals to survive in the cold Europe. Genetic research shows that dog and wolf parted 135,000 years ago. They also reveal that the dogs ancestor is the European grey wolf. There are wolf remains close to Neanderthals, but not with the prey. This probably means the wolf had a special relation with humans. There are also big similarities between Neanderthal prey and wolves prey. Some people incorrectly believe that dogs must change morph to be dogs and domestic. The main problem with this reasoning is that there is no evidence for a special dog phenotype older than 14,000 years, and analysis of American historical dogs claim they have an Eurasian origin. They must then have been brought with the settlers that crossed the Bering strait at least 15,000 years ago. It’s also unlikely that the common dog psychological traits can have evolved in just a few thousands years. It’s quite interesting that dogs are sensitive to human cues, and that some humans (probably autistic mainly) are sensitive to dog’s cues. This tells us that the original relation between dogs and humans was not as domesticator / domesticated, rather like a symbiotic relation…

    Got me in these characteristics too…

    Pastoralism, hunting and diet

    Neanderthals had a high protein diet. There is some evidence for this in autistic preferences. Autistics have an urge to climb and an urge to jump over objects. These peculiarities might be related to Neanderthal hunting techniques. Supplements of L-carnosine, carnitine and taurine, that is naturally occurring in a high-meat diet, has positive effects on autistic children. Interestingly the therapeutic dose of L-Carnosine would be present in a diet whose main source of calories was meat….


    Most of the finds of Neanderthals are from caves. It’s possible that Neanderthals spent a lot of time in caves, or maybe they hibernated there during winter. Autistics have a fascination for caves.….

    Climb on everything — yes (and gave Mom a heart attack from standing on high chair tray)
    Jump over everything and anything — Yes including racing down mountains full of scree by jumping from rock to rock. (and giving my climbing buddies the vapors)
    Meat eater who hated veggies — yes
    Caver — yes

  19. Gail Combs says:

    More on the Neanderthal
    Tests on 45,000-year-old Siberian bone rewrites human history

    It was eventually confirmed the remains were about 45,000 years old, and the oldest ever found in the world. Two years ago it also emerged the bones held DNA fragments, allowing further analysis to take place.

    Among the first results of the new study was that the remains belonged to a man who had larger amounts of Neanderthal DNA than the population living today in Eurasia. That meant the man lived soon after the first interbreeding of Neanderthals and our direct ancestors.

    First Love Child of Human, Neanderthal Found

    The skeletal remains of an individual living in northern Italy 40,000-30,000 years ago are believed to be that of a human/Neanderthal hybrid, according to a paper in PLoS ONE………..

    The genetic analysis shows that the individual’s mitochondrial DNA is Neanderthal. Since this DNA is transmitted from a mother to her child, the researchers conclude that it was a “female Neanderthal who mated with male Homo sapiens.”

  20. Gail Combs says:

    Which population in the 1000 Genomes Project samples has the most Neandertal similarity?

    The Human Genome Project was an international research effort and found information the Globalist Elite did not like and had the funds axed. (They did not like finding nationalism and race have genetic components.) I did not save the link but it seems the Project ran into Political Correctness.

    Here is a bit about the problem of Political Correctness taking precidence over science:

    Stanford University News Service: /web(DOT)

  21. Gail Combs says:

    Both studies suggest the mother as the ‘carrier’ It is interesting that with hybrids like mules and sheep/goat it is the female that will be fertile and the male ALWAYS sterile. This is thought to be the case with the Neanderthal-human cross link

  22. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. Smith “….So essentially the “officials in charge” are already irrelevant to the folks who want real privacy and real anonymity and real freedom of communications.

    Feel free to join in…”

    My concern was not within group communication (the ‘goats’ will ALWAYS find a way around the herd dogs) but the goats communication to the sheeple. We are already seeing a lot of censorship. Twitter, Facebook and Google manipulate the hierarchy of listings to bury information they do not want to reach the Sheeple. The Trump run for president is making this clear in spades. I thought I was cynical but I am seeing stuff that really raises an eyebrow.

  23. Jason Calley says:

    Hey Gail, fascinating info re the Neanderthal/autism/Asperger link. Like you, I read that and kept thinking, “me, yeah me, oooh, that’s me too!”

    Love of animals, intense visual thought processes, weaker verbal, etc.

    As for the climbing, jumping, caving parts — yes, yes and yes. I did broad jump in track, and then later vacations were spent alternating rock climbing and caving. As for your comment, “including racing down mountains full of scree by jumping from rock to rock”, that activity has a name, “talus running”, and “yes” to that also. Talus running is one of the most exhilarating, frightening, and crazy things a person can do. It requires intense concentration just as much as physical speed and quick reactions. It is also a wonderfully efficient way to break bones! Luckily, I never sustained any serious injuries.

    The one thing that I did not match on was the high meat diet. I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since 1969, but just started to eat fish a couple of weeks ago, so far just sardines. I have found that as I have gotten older I am putting on extra pounds and am modifying my diet in hopes of adapting to an older metabolism.

    Anyway, very interesting info about the Neanderthal link. Thanks!

  24. Gail Combs says:

    Talus running… I never had any problems with it. It was just completely natural and a heck of a lot easier than walking down a talus slope. I absolutely loved jumping and would even jump over park benches as a kid.

    I am on a high meat diet because veggies and some fruits give me all sorts of problems from a mild sore throat, to sneezing to sitting on the throne half the day. Wheat gives me a real bad case of acid reflux. The paleo/low carb diet seems to work the best for me. Stay away from the carbs and stick to grassfed/organic. I much prefer raw veggies to cooked too. It was the only way Mom could get them in me. The one grain I can eat is Basmati rice (brown) and that has a strange bioactive profile that cause it to be digested in the intestines and promotes ‘good bacteria’ I find it gets my gut settled back down pronto if I have problems.

    This guy seems to have the opposite view of Basmati rice.

    And this commenter has a lot of links HERE (I agree with him based on the reaction of my gut to rice.)
    RS = Resistant Starch

    I’m afraid you’ve got it wrong with respect to resistant starch and SIBO. It’s not as simple as “giving bacteria food to ferment”- first of all, resistant starch selectively feeds beneficial bacteria in the gut, and the fermentation process does not happen until the starch reaches the colon. Since the RS is not used as an energy source by bacteria in the small intestine, it does not contribute to SIBO (standing for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Not only does it not feed the bacteria in the small intestine, but many strains of pathogenic and all tested strains of beneficial bacteria that I have seen have shown to adhere to the starch, thus carrying them out of the small intestine and into the large intestine where they can be excreted in feces. So it reduces levels of pathogens, is selectively used by beneficial bacteria, reduces levels of bacteria in the small intestine, increases butyrate production, and restores the integrity of tight junctions (if leaky gut develops from your SIBO, which is likely). Additionally, the SCFA (short-chain fatty acids) produced by RS digestion increases the frequency of peristaltic contractions of the ileum, which would again probably aid in the expulsion of bacteria from the small intestine. For some reason, it seems that everybody “knows” that RS is bad for SIBO, and yet I have yet to find a single scrap of information to support this claim, and plenty to think that such a claim might not be true at all. Notice that all the sites that (WWWDOT) uses as references simply advocate a FODMAPS diet, which actually does not contraindicate starches at all!

    Again, to recap: RS removes bacteria from the small intestine and selectively feeds beneficial bacteria which results in butyrate production and proper function of tight junctions (thus relief from leaky gut).
    [links follow]

  25. Gail Combs says:

    HMMmmm, This study on Cholera is interesting.

    Keeping the patient hydrated is a major life saving intervention. They were using a electrolyte/ glucose solution. The glucose-based ORS recommended by the World Health Organization may paradoxically increase fecal fluid loss. This caused people to refuse to use it. So they were looking at a way to actually remove the bacteria instead of feeding the bacteria.

    …Adherence of V. cholerae O1 to other starches. The six different types of starch used, cornstarch, high-amylose cornstarch, waxy maize starch, rice starch, instant starch (soluble starch; potato), and wheat starch, were tested as possible surfaces on which V. cholerae O1 could adhere when suspended in the modified ORS. From Fig. 1, it is clear that different starches show diverse interactions with V. cholerae. These starches differ in their plant sources, chemical compositions, and other physiochemical properties but are similar in terms of particle size and total surface area (Table 1). In contrast to the marked effect of cornstarch on the number of CFU in V. cholerae found in the supernatant of the starch suspension (only 2% unbound CFU), granules of the instant starch did not bind V. cholerae in a significant manner. High levels of bacterial adhesion were also detected in suspensions of rice starch, waxy maize starch, and high-amylose cornstarch. Poor adhe-
    sion was detected when wheat starch was used

    Click to access 4850.full.pdf

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is interesting that one of the recommendations for ORS preparation is to mix it with rice water (rice boiled to the point it forms a solution of starch particles rather than discrete rice grains)

    I use a modified version of ORS to maintain hydration (my home made version of Gatoraid type drinks).

    High binding of the bacteria with certain starch solutions might be useful to increase the amount of bacteria eliminated by the diarrhea. Perhaps a combined treatment of a flushing solution high in corn starch to lower bacterial count followed by intake of the ORS to maintain hydration.

  27. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting analysis of Putin’s motives / strategy over the next few months

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    Also on the China front you see more moves toward a more global influence. It is as if Russia and China realize that if they both move together (even if not in any formal alliance) that the US can’t really do much to block or interfere with their growing presence and influence world wide. Too many fires not enough buckets for the US to deal with all these little inch by inch assertions of power. Buy lots of real estate or sign contracts for foreign resources and you instantly create a national interest in events in the region that would be recognized by the UN and others. That gives you plausible cause to create foot hold bases, which in time gives you plausible cause to create more facilities and staffing. In time it gives you the ability to influence on the ground events in these foreign locations.

    The world wide monopoly on global influence that the US has enjoyed since WWII is rapidly coming apart. It was probably never likely to last 50+ years in the first place but it is being systematically disassembled by innumerable small incremental actions by several international players. Over time you will see again the same sort of sphere of influence frictions that the old colonial empires developed as multiple players achieve the ability to take large scale foreign actions to support their own national goals, rather than being limited to just diplomatic and foreign intelligence efforts.

    Not that anything is wrong with various nations trying to improve their international presence and influence but in this case, our influence and international standing are being eaten alive piecemeal because the current administration has no willingness or interest in defending or protecting our own foreign influence and power. That makes us weaker and more vulnerable to various problems which other nations can use to influence the course of events around the world to their advantage.

  29. Larry Ledwick says:
  30. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another item on China’s moves in to North sea oil. Why is china expanding oil production into an already glutted market? Is this economic warfare, trying to break the back of high cost producers and drive them out of the market or a plain jane move to gain oil supplies they have control over in a region of the world which is relatively untroubled compared to the middle east and Africa?
    Or — are they just another foot hold operation to gain access and justification for a large presence.

    Perhaps a variation on a theme developed in WWII by I.G. Farben and how it used its international operations as cover for Nazi foreign intelligence and industrial espionage prior to the war, under the cover of conventional business activities.
    ( Max Ilgner, director of the I.G. Farben N.W. 7 office in Berlin, i.e., the Nazi pre-war intelligence office.)

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    A minor bit of good news in space and NASA as they reestablish communication with STEREO-B solar research satellite after about 22 months of silence.

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    Surveillance all the time is now becoming possible for cities willing to fly observation platforms over their cities.

  33. David Ball says:

    One might say E.M.’s blog is a “Buffet for Thought”. Thanks to all. Great reading.

  34. Gary says:

    Regarding your comments on the Constructal Law, Bejan contends that it’s more than just getting bigger. It’s that all persisting systems tend toward increased efficiency in their flow. What is “efficient” in terms of flow is not static. It can change as the system changes. For runners, gymnasts, basketball players, etc. there currently are different body types that are more successful. It isn’t universal across all sports or even within sports such as football with its division of labor (linemen v wide receivers, for example). Change the rules, however, and the body types will change.

    A crucial element of CL is that the patterns of system growth over time — branching, sigmoid growth curve, unequal channel sizes — hold for both natural and human organizational systems. I’ve analyzed the evolution of academic programs at a university over a 125 year span and it has the same patterns of development as river deltas and an oak trees. Bejan has found many more examples.

    Yes, it seems a rather obvious restatement of previous observations, but the primary point is that there’s a universality in the patterns, which hasn’t really been made before now. While the idea borders on teleology, Bejan won’t go quite that far, only saying that inherent “design” is a feature of functioning systems.

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bejan contends that it’s more than just getting bigger. It’s that all persisting systems tend toward increased efficiency in their flow.

    Interesting that your example of river flow in deltas is a classic example of exactly the opposite. A new water course is fast and straight, and tends to cut through the landscape creating a deep channel of fast highly efficient flow. Over time it will always try to degrade to a meandering river course which slows and moderates the flow, channel length becomes much longer and it wanders across the flood plane over time and at its terminus into a larger body of water, will create a wide slow flowing multi branched delta where the flow breaks up into numerous slow flowing rivulets and backwaters.

    River flow tends to revert to the slowest possible flow and longest possible channel length that can be created over the terrain. Sort of like congressional action reverts to the slowest possible progress in governance and the worst possible assortment of regulations (until the next major flood which washes away the meanders and cuts a new highly efficient channel — in politics a flood it usually referred to as a revolution some peaceful some not)

  36. Another Ian says:


    A couple of FYI’s

    August 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm · Reply

    David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz @ # 44.1

    I wonder what would be a good collective noun for “a collection of Democratic attorneys general”?

    My entry; “A daesh of Democratic attorney’s general”

    “Daesh” translated into english by an Arabic / English translator becomes;

    That daesh is an Arabic word in its own right (rather than an acronym) meaning ‘a group of bigots who impose their will on others’

    Probably the most accurate definition of those Democratic attorney generals one could hope to find”


    August 26, 2016 at 9:41 am · Reply

    Jo’s mob here is certainly well on the way towards developing a very good line in collective Sarcasm and targeted Derision when it comes to the alarmist climate science troughers and Climate Clowns [ h/t Will ] of every stripe and colour if the posts of the last few weeks are any indication.

    Surely a Sign of the end of climate alarmism when derision and sarcasm become the norm for describing anything associated with climate alarmism!

    It is always a sure sign of the end in any other situation when Sarcasm and targeted Derision are used in the description of a situation and the people involved.”


  37. LG says:

    For your consideration:
    A USB stick as a file server

    It’s a USB stick with WiFi built in and is intended as networked storage for mobile devices. The idea is that you’ll load the stick full of music and movies, then install the companion app on your iThing or Android and then point their WiFi at the stick. And all without touching on the precious internal memory capacity of your mobile device, or burning through mobile download allowances.

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting bit on modern battle field and how our dependence on electronics, GPS and space is becoming a vulnerability as well as a asset which can be denied at any time by a technologically sophisticated opponent.

  39. Another Ian says:


    “Obamacare Death Spiral”

    Maybe the moral is to see what is in it before voting?

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    Since these stories tend to get lost in the noise, another item about how peaceful immigrants are rapidly assimilating in Sweden. The problem is that the assimilation is going in the wrong direction they are normalizing outrageous behavior that used to be rare and exceptional in Sweden.

    Too bad the mainstream media and government officials can’t talk about this in public.

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting read — makes you ponder what you can do to avoid getting hit by this train wreck:

    What I find scary is the possibility that one way for them to use their over capacity and keep people employed is in massive defense spending, and ship building. But what do you do with a huge navy and parking lots full of armored personnel carriers, tanks, trucks, combat bridges, missile transport carriers, oil depots and supply depots for a massive army ( armies are a handy way to suck up the unemployed in a pinch). The logical outcome of that is massive asset destruction by combat over some nearby nation (India, Japan, Taiwan etc.)

    It will be the only safety valve of massive consumption they can use to keep people employed and not rioting for rice in the end.

  42. Gail Combs says:

    War has always been a good way for dictators to distract the population and to kill off the fighting age males who are the most dangerous to them.

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item here on activity in Europe, any of our continental residents able to confirm any of this?

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another item with an “end of the world flavor” but worth being aware of. I always take these sort of reports with a large bag of salt but like to keep track of them because sometimes they serve as leads to useful information that the major media completely buries/ignores.

    I know some of the eastern European countries have been worried all summer for a major action by Russia in this same time frame. As always only time will tell.

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another item on the Soros leaks, and the true depth and intent of all Soros supported groups to break down our social structures and introduce broad spectrum confusion, conflict, disruption and failure of traditional institutions and social conventions. In other words to create chaotic conditions where normal peaceful existence and governance is impossible due to saturation systems by all manner of problems.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    New York times article on the new and more sophisticated efforts of Russian use of Disinformation techniques to confuse and misdirect public debate and muddy understanding of events in Europe and elsewhere.

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the world economy and central bankers view of what it takes to get back to growth.–business.html

  48. Richard Bellew says:

    Hi Chiefio,

    Back in early July I posted a query about the performance effect of an R Pi with Pi Hole on a satellite connection to my ISP, to which you kindly replied.

    Well, I’ve now got all the ‘Ducks’I need, but I’m having a little trouble getting them to stand in a nice neat row. So here, if I may, are a couple of follow-up questions:

    1. How do I move the Raspbian swap/page file onto the WD USB drive I bought? I’m a Unix/Linux novice (although I have had some experience of command-line interfaces in a previous lifetime) and the kind of Intro to Linux books I’ve got don’t cover that kind of thing.

    2. Can you suggest a good (better!) Linux intro book for novices?

    All the best,

    Richard Bellew

  49. E.M.Smith says:


    Use gparted to create a swap partition on the disk (shrink the ntfs paertition – very very slow, don’t think it dead and interrupt it) then add a type swap partition and type ext4 for your linux fike partition. Put entries in your /etc/fstab file to mount them (I can post examples if needed, but may alredy have in priorPi postings).

    Haven’t gotten a new intro book in years… the internet and dire ted searhes works well…

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    Odd meeting between Finland’s & Sweden’s prime ministers & Finland’s President Niinistö late on a Sunday evening, no announced agenda or purpose, no photo opp.

    Very interesting! May be nothing important to the world at large or only make sense in the future.
    Will need to use google translate or similar unless you speak Swedish.

  51. Larry Ledwick says:

    Seems Russia has begun a very large Military Exercise ( last time a similar scale exercise was in 1968 prior to their move into Czechoslovakia ) No telling if this is related to above items or just random political noise but since it popped up on twitter about the same time, putting it in the same bucket.

    Also needs translate for this link:

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Need translate :

    About 20 Il-76 aircraft began to transport troops to the south of Russia in the framework of checks
    The army and the military-industrial complex
    August 26, 12:43 UTC + 3,
    Sudden inspection readiness takes place in the Russian Armed Forces from 25 to 31 August

    MOSCOW, 26 August. / TASS /. Military Transport Aviation videoconferencing RF commenced the transfer of personnel and equipment in the framework of a sudden inspection of combat readiness, involved about 20 Il-76 aircraft. This was reported in the press service of the Defense Ministry.

    August 25th Army and the defense industry
    Why Russian army raised the alarm

    “The crews of military transport aircraft carried out transfer of special forces from the north-west of Russia in the Southern Military District, the polygons … Just transfer of units that perform tasks within the sudden check combat readiness of troops, involved about 20 Il-76 military transport aircraft” , – said in a statement.

    Sudden inspection readiness held in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation from 25 to 31 August. It involved forces of the Southern Military District, part of the troops of the Central and Western regions, as well as the Northern Fleet, forces the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla, Aerospace forces and airborne troops. Testing is carried out in preparation for strategic exercises “Caucasus-2016”, which will be held in September.

    Подробнее на ТАСС:

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    This item is really ugly if true!
    It is difficult for me to get my head around the possibility that these people are that absolutely evil.
    Is the agenda just making money or the wholesale destruction of viable governance world wide?
    If this is substantially true it puts Clinton in the same company as notorious dictators who have slaughtered millions to achieve their ends. So far the conflict in Nigeria has resulted in the deaths of at least 25,000 at the hands of BoKo Haram and approximately 1.5 million displaced persons.

    This link below if you read between the lines sounds like the tactic might be to create so much turmoil that all the population will move into the cities and out of the bush which sounds very much like the agenda 21 goal of concentrating people in the cities.

  54. Another Ian says:


    FYI. A couple of economics type emails sent.

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    It’s a sad day when a journalist feels he needs to put out an “I’m not suicidal” video after stepping on the toes of a political candidate by publishing a factual article.

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the flight to cash is beginning to take hold in Germany, as people resist paying fees on savings and lose trust that their funds will be available if they need them.

  57. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m surprised noone has yet posted the news that Hillary Clinton closest aide Huma Abedin, announces she is done with Weiner…

    Hey, somebody had to say it …

  58. Another Ian says:


    A lot of Clinton stuff coming up here

    Apparently there is something like $24 mill at least of Oz taxpayer funds contributed in seemingly dubious circumstances

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    An item on Clinton’s dubious connections to Russia and giving away American technology to them via poorly conceived efforts to improve relations — Oh by the way she also made a lot of money in the process.

    There seems to be a theme developing here that the Clinton Foundation is a table at a street fair selling inside connections and access to the whole world to anyone who is willing to pay the fees.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on the watergate investigation / scandal which is very interesting from both an historical point of view and perhaps a possible hint about current events (ie who does what to whom). It appears the CIA was up to its eyeballs in watergate in the 1970’s. Makes you wonder what the future narrative of today’s events will look like in 40-50 years, and who will have fingerprints on recent political events.

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is interesting!
    Seems the Clinton name has come up in yet another mysterious death.

    Of course you have to ask is this becoming a meme like is Elvis alive where if you look around long enough you can find a Clinton connection to any suspicious death.?

  62. Gail Combs says:

    That Sun UK story looks like they used the Clinton name to sell papers. I saw nothing in the story that connected to the Clinton’s.

    The murder of Seth Rich who worked for the DNC and could have been the WikiLeaks hacker has a lot more meat to the story.

  63. Gail Combs says:

    Now here is a real surprise from a Black Panther Leader via Diamond and Silk

  64. Gail Combs says:

    I keep mentioning push polls or agenda polls used to shape opinion or in a pinch used as a cover for massive voting fr@*d….

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    If this is a real email, it makes you wonder what HRC’s internal “accurate” polls are showing.

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    Why does this give me a bad feeling?

    Right now the Home Land Security has responsibility for these 16 critical infrastructure sectors.
    Chemical Sector
    Communications Sector
    Dams Sector
    Commercial Facilities Sector
    Critical Manufacturing Sector
    Defense Industrial Base Sector
    Emergency Services Sector
    Food and Agriculture Sector
    Government Facilities Sector
    Healthcare and Public Health Sector
    Information Technology Sector
    Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
    Transportation Systems Sector
    Water and Wastewater Systems Sector

    If you add elections that basically makes them the one stop shopping point for everything important in the country. How ever Home Land Security goes, so goes the entire countries economy and critical functions. The only critical infrastructure they don’t currently control are actual flight services (FAA) and the banking/financial sector (The Fed and SEC) but the do control the infrastructure that those systems use. It sounds a lot like looking for an excuse to put control of elections entirely under one branch of the Federal Government — what could possibly go wrong?

  67. E.M.Smith says:


    Oy Vey!! er, I hear NOTHINK!

  68. Larry Ledwick says:

    On polling issues this item has an interesting video between Bill Mitchell and Stephan Molyneux that discusses skewed poll samples.

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related above the history of Trump supporting Minority outreach in the work place.

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    A summary video of Trump over time. (27 minute)

  71. pg sharrow says:

    I was over at Fox News and this paragraph was just a small thing that I found amusing ;-)

    ArsTechnica: “[Jennifer Youngman of The Plains, Va.] had just returned from church one Sunday morning and was cleaning her two shotguns … on her porch. She had a clear view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and neighbor Robert Duvall’s property (yes, the same Robert Duvall from The Godfather). Youngman had seen two men set up a card table on what she described as a ‘turnaround place’ on a country road adjacent to her house. … ‘…I was cleaning away … and I heard the ‘bzzzzz,’’ she said, noting that she specifically used 7.5 birdshot. ‘I loaded my [20-gauge] shotgun and took the safety off, and this thing came flying over my trees. …I blasted it to smithereens.’ … ‘They got in their fancy ostentatious car—I don’t know if it was a Range Rover or a Hummer—and left,’ she said. … ‘[Duvall] is a national treasure and they should leave him the [expletive] alone,’ she said.”

    Ha Ha………..PULL ! Shooting the Drone!………… sounds like fun. Real Sport!…pg

  72. Gail Combs says:

    Seems it is not the first Drone shot out of the sky.

    … Last year, a Kentucky man ended up in county jail after he blasted a device he said was spying on his daughters. Another such incident occurred in California….

    It’s unclear for now what the law is when it comes to taking action against drones hovering over private property. On one hand, some academics argue the law frowns against “self-help,” and shotgun owners can face mischief or vandalism charges if they open fire. But at least one academic argues that “robotic intrusions” pose a special kind of danger that justifies “violent self-help.”

    In the Kentucky case, prosecutors dropped the criminal charges, though the drone owner is still pursuing civil charges in federal court…

    This is certainly an area to watch. As far as I am concerned it is spying and unauthorized trespass so BLAST AWAY!

  73. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Something’s brewing: Putin apparently announced he would visit Japan in December, before the Japanese government announced Putin’s invitation to the public.

    Relations between Russia and Japan have been strained by territorial disputes for many decades.

  74. E.M.Smith says:

    Per drones:

    The FAA now requires a pilots license for Any Commercial use of a drone, no matter how small. Fines are in the multiple tens of thousands of $. Anyone in trouble for nailing a drone ought to get them on tape describing intended monetary gain (now ‘damages’… just ask what money damages they expect… and why). Then phone the FAA…

    Me? Valid hunting licence.. “I thought it was (local pest species with open season)”. Eliminates intent needed in many cases… So at most you or your insurance buys a drone.

    Though if I lived where it was a real problem, I’d just make a microwave cannon and fry its brains leaving no evidence… Microwave oven guts, wave guide, tight antenna, sights… or look up MASER for real reach….


    Interesting… I wonder what he’s up to…

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    And just a reminder that Katla in Island is making some noises — (too early to tell if anything will come of it ) but for those interested in such things:

  76. Gail Combs says:

    Katla in Iceland

    Following Monday’s large earthquakes, the volcano remains relatively calm seismically, with only small swarms of deep to shallow earthquakes occurring under the northern flank. According to experts, there is currently no sign of an eruption being imminent.

    A good site to watch:

  77. Gail Combs says:

    My favorite site on Iceland geo – activity

  78. Regis Llanfar says:

    Good choices on volcanoes that I visit daily. The only other site I would add to that list is – and mainly for the comments which are very active.

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    None of the current threads are really directly relevant to this, although the trump alt-right discussion is close, I thought this item should stand alone, as it is a more broad based issue of years standing.

    Obviously technological developments and the internet, streaming video, photo manipulation etc. have really weaponized the sorts of manipulative games Russia has used for decades to turn the media into a potent adjunct to their intelligence apparatus and greatly enhanced their ability to manipulate public opinion and the direction of public discourse to their benefit and to diminish and cripple the ability of the west and specifically America in the area of public perception and the ability to effectively communicate to the people and be seen as a trusted voice (ie the old Voice of America days)

  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    In a way this is related to the above, as our political correct society repeatedly shoots itself in the foot, and destroys basic elements of open and free expression.
    It will be interesting to see if youtube sees a back lash and people move to perhaps vimeo or create other video outlet channels to provide open discussion of important social topics.

  81. Gail Combs says:


  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Space-X launch pad fire video is out.
    Fun starts about 1:07

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another exposure of HRC under federal record retention laws, puts her in jeopardy for federal violations regardless of the classified issues.

    Each email transmission of a government document that was not preserved or turned over to the State Department from Mrs. Clinton’s tenure could theoretically be considered a violation of the Federal Records Act, the main law governing preservation of government records and data.

    Other federal laws make it a felony to intentionally conceal, remove or destroy federal records as defined under the Act, punishable with a fine and imprisonment of up to three years. A single conviction also carries a devastating impact for anyone looking to work again in government because the law declares that any violator “shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”

  84. pg sharrow says:

    Hilary is mentally incompatent and can not be held responsable for her actions. She has no concept of right from wrong. Only ME win! …pg

  85. Gail Combs says:

    Hillary = Sociopath

  86. Gail Combs says:

    Hurricane: Road at Alligator Point being washed away.

    Be safe people. Glad E.M. got away before this hit!

  87. pg sharrow says:

    Myth has it that Bill was origninally an honest man but after marrage she turned him to the “Dark Side”. Ambition without conscience can be a thing of great evil.

    Those that have had to cater to her whims tell of Hillary’s distain for those below her.

    Trump on the other hand has a reputation of careing for those that work for him.

    I will risk going with Trump. I fear him less then I fear the Clintons, Who are known international racketeers…pg

  88. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick about that Hitlery exposure under federal record retention laws…..

    Zero Hedge New Hillary Emails Expose Bill Pushing Meetings With Foundation Donors, Requests For “Diplomatic Passports”

    ….Judicial Watch just released another 510 pages of State Department emails from Hillary’s tenure as the “inconvenient facts” just keep piling up for the Democratic nominee. Per Judicial Watch, the new disclosure includes 37 Hillary email exchanges that were not turned over as part of her initial 55,000 page submission to the State Department. Obviously, these new discoveries continue to contradict Hillary’s claims to Congress that she turned over all of her government emails to the State Department.

    The new release includes, among other things, Clinton Foundation executive, Doug Band, reaching out to Huma Abedin to help facilitate “diplomatic passports” for himself, Justin Cooper (member of Bill Clinton’s personal office) and one other person referred to as “jd”. The emails also reveal Bill Clinton pushing the State Department for a meeting between Hillary and the CEO of Dow Chemical, a $1-$5mm donor to the Clinton Foundation. Emails also reveal Hillary forwarding classified information to Huma’s email account and a request from Newsmax CEO, Chris Ruddy, for a State Department favor.

    But we’re sure Donna Brazile, the new DNC chair, will see these various “requests for favors” from the Clinton Foundation and others as just another attempt to “criminalize normal behavior.”…..

    So that is 37 counts @ 3 years each…. Consecutive sentences, Oh PLEASE….

  89. Gail Combs says:

    pg sharrow,

    I do not think we have any choice but to vote for Trump, pray and hold our Congress Critters feet to the fire. Other wise we completely lose this country and Western Civilization with it.

    I really really do not want to witness the descent of the next Dark Ages but that is what we will see if the corrupt elite get Hitlery into office.

  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    Two contrasting items:

    First Purdue University supports free speech and introduces students to the essential need for unrestricted exchange of ideas as incoming students.

    Trump campaign uses an over the top non-disclosure agreement for volunteers which basically binds them for life to not say anything that Trump “persons” might find offensive etc.
    I understand and have signed non-disclosure agreements, but this seems a bit excessive in its coverage for just random support volunteers. Perhaps appropriate for a major participant in the campaign operations.
    The agreement posted on line:

  91. Gail Combs says:

    “…Trump campaign uses an over the top non-disclosure agreement for volunteers which basically binds them for life to not say anything that Trump “persons” might find offensive etc.
    I understand and have signed non-disclosure agreements, but this seems a bit excessive in its coverage for just random support volunteers….”

    If we had a country under the Rule of Law I would agree but we do not. We are in a very very dirty nasty fight where people have been hurt and almost killed by the Hillary/Soros team at rallies. Trump has had major problems with lawsuits and it is only getting worse. He has every right to take whatever legal measures are necessary to protect himself and his family. (Do not forget the press went after his wife and is now having to back down.)

    The lawyer for Melania Trump has notified news agencies, including The Daily Mail and Politico, of potential legal action against those who have defamed Mrs. Trump as “having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s,” attorney Charles Harder said in an email statement to CNN.

    The Daily Mail, The Week, Politico, Inquisitr, Tarpley, Before It’s News, Liberal America, LawNewz, Winning Democrats and Bipartisan Report were the publications addressed in the email warning…

    Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan Threatens To Sue Donald Trump As The GOP Ship Continues To Sink over immigration wher the law and Constitution are on Trump’s side.

    Senate Democrats ask Cruz to investigate Trump, potential Russian interference in election

    Also do not forget how very very vindictive our would be Masters are. During and after the civil war the Russian Czar warned off England and France who wanted to retake a weakened USA. As repayment his entire family was killed off by the US/European banker financed Bolsheviks.

    Trump is taking these people head on and the danger to him is very very real.

  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on polling errors due to voters reluctance to state their real preference from Rasmussen.

  93. Gail Combs says:

    Next up SWEXIT?

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Switzerland is not in the EU but they have some agreements with the EU, I suspect it would be more of a STUFFIT vote if the Swiss were asked to vote on those rules.

  95. Gail Combs says:

    Oh, My

    I really like Larry his cartoon after the Pam Geller cartoon contest was great.

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    New twist on an old discussion regarding web connected everything.
    Using the USB port in a rental car to charge your phone may be leaking your personal information for others to access.

  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit of a counter action to the recent Russian largest “exercises” since the pre 1968 build up for invasion of Czechoslovakia and troop build up on the border of Ukraine.

    The northern countries in that buffer zone like Estonia are quite concerned that Russia might make a move on territory in the next few weeks. This is probably part of the messaging, but by doing it not in Ukraine it sends a message but is a bit less provocative.

    The interesting thing I noticed a couple days ago is that the moon phases this week are absolutely identical to the moon phases when the Russians made their move into Georgia. Russia did pre-assault build up in the dark of the moon and made the quick sharp assault move on the first quarter moon (which will be Wednesday of this coming week in Ukraine)

    Only time will tell.

  98. Another Ian says:


    Re wheat prices. Check out comment #13

    September 5, 2016 at 5:20 pm · Reply


  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    Apparently this anonymous article by “Publius Decius Mus” is stirring up the political class and becoming the focus of a lot of discussion.

  100. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Thank you for the information. I agree humanity is at crossroads. May the London GeoEthics Conference on Global Climate Change on Thursday and Friday expose the root problem: Arrogant world leaders will not admit reality and powerlessness–social-costs-from-overlooking-this-power/

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now this is an interesting but long read on the Russian Mob in America and the collapse of the Soviet Union and ascendancy of the former KGB. There are some mentions of important American connections.

  102. Regis Llanfar says:

    @Larry Ledwick-11:21

    Excellent article!

  103. p.g.sharrow says:

    Maker of Cadmium-free Quantum Dots Calls for Cadmium Ban

    Despite its zealousness in many arenas, the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive temporarily exempts certain substances critical to the electronics industry. For example, the directive assigned cadmium a maximum allowable level of only a tenth that for mercury and lead. However, because makers of quantum dots and other display technologies consider cadmium critical to product performance, the European Parliament voted to exempt the metal from complying through 2018. Now, efforts to extend the exemption have run into a snag. A company that makes cadmium-free quantum dots contends that the special treatment is no longer necessary and has called on the EU Parliament to allow it to expire, claiming comparable performance without the toxic exception.

  104. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now if they can only get it to market — long lived battery accidentally developed.

  105. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, expect it to get buried. There is no profit in it.

    I dated a metallurgist who worked on an addition to a 1985 carburetor type big V8 engine and got 50 MPG out of the big boat on a test run. (We went out to dinner to celebrate)

    So 30 years later where the heck is that invention??? The four cylinder compacts are only getting about 35 MPG. Heck that is not much better than my 8 cylinder 1976 Cutlass S (28 MPG) with a carburetor.

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    Fascinating video of successful genetic mutation. How an organism adapts to a challenge.

    Success and dominance requires two things, sufficient fitness to cope with the new challenge and access to a new niche that allows the organism to exploit that higher fitness.

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    This generational shift could break our banking system (in a good way – sort of)

  108. Gail Combs says:

    Hitlery may have advanced Parkinsons disease.

    This doctor makes a pretty good case that Parkinsons disease is consistent with the weird symptoms seen in videos. (He is not her doctor so it is only his suggestion.)

  109. E.M.Smith says:


    I researched this over the last few days. Had the spouse review the vids too (special ed type with severly emotionally disabled and related experience… I.e. seen a lot of various kids with issues).

    Was planning a post on it…but at the risk of blowing my punch line..

    It looks more like post concussion syndrome with micro seizures subsequent to her concussion and brain bleed / clot in the transverse fissure. There are also photos of her handler holding an autoinjector of the type used for diazapam, an anti seizure med.

    Basically, just the kind of brain damage you get from the known injury she had.


    Drat! You have to eat them together… I do ginger with sushi and also eat chili, but on different days…

    Maybe time for Gun Pow (der) Chiken with a ginger garnish…

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not necessarily, you just have to eat them often enough so that both are biologically available at the same time (think blood levels). Foods take a couple days to traverse the gut, and things that bind to receptors have a biological half life before they get cleared, so might not matter.

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting Stephan M. video on Saul Alinsky.

  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    Gee this gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling about our exposure to cyber issues.

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    update of an item I posted in the wrong thread yesterday on N Korean nuclear tests, fox just put out an interesting summary that shows the probable yield after accounting for energy coupling to the cavern the test was held in.

    Bottom line is N. Korea is one test away from a militarily significant weapon (ie Hiroshima class yield)

    On the North Korean nuclear test today, they are showing steady progress as yields are increasing with successive shots.

    The estimated yield in tons of TNT vs the recorded seismic signature.
    Note there are ways to “decouple” the blast energy from the surrounding earth, so those energy yields do not necessary represent the actual energy yield of the device, only the energy successfully coupled to the surrounding earth.

    Ton TNT Magnitude
    42.5 = 4.3
    169.2 = 4.7
    673.6 = 5.1
    1,344.0 = 5.3

  114. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick says: ” Interesting Stephan M. video on Saul Alinsky.”
    Yes it is I watched it the other night. Now that I have ‘found’ Stefan, I like to watch him if I wake up with insomnia/allergies.

    E.M. On the vid about Hillary and Parkinsons disease there are three other bits of information.

    1. The supposed SS leak to Biggs.
    2. Fall #1 A February 1st 2005 fainting spell during a speech in Buffalo where Hillary disappeared for a bit during the speech to take off her jacket and then claimed dizziness from dehydration (WTF???)
    2. Fall #2 When she fall hard enough to fractured right elbow in June of 2009.
    3. Fall #3 December 2012. This is when she got the concussion and not before the other falls.

    She has had some sort of problem for over ten years and it is NOT from the 2012 concussion. It is something that seems to have gotten worse over time and now she has a medical attendant on hand.

    Hillary is only a couple years older then I. Also I live in the south and work outside. That Feb 2005 fainting spell makes no sense. Dehydration?? She was 57 years old and not doing physical labor. She is always seen drinking at the podium so dehydration WITHOUT a medical problem makes no sense yet she has used that explanation more than once.

    Again I am near Hillary’s age and thanks to a bout of high blood pressure had a dizziness/fainting problem yet I never ever fell. I just sat down rested and drank some water.

    Is Dr Oladotun A. Okunola MD from the Neurology group, Neuroscience Center of NJ Hillary’s medical handler? Here he is holding something:

    Also what appears to be a biopsy of some kind to remove the growth.

    That woman is one sick puppy.

  115. E.M.Smith says:


    We are rapidly posting the core of my anticipated posting …

    Oral cancer, some ill described instability disorder leading to falls and eventually her concussion, followed by a brain clot in the transverse venous sinus. Then apparent sezuire disorder (petit mal or related) and a general sensetivity to noise and flashing light with a medical attendant with diazapam (valium) injector… and a tendency to uncontrollable cough (fits both oral tongue cancer and seizure). Yeah, one very sick puppy..

  116. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. You missed the surgery on her throat (thyroid?) It shows in the picture of the ear bud. Her doctors do admit to a problem with the thyroid.

    I seriously doubt that she (or Bill) will be alive in four years.

    The National Enquirer has an ‘interesting’ photo of Hillary. Some paparazzi got paid big bucks for that photo.

    I think I will buy a copy just for fun if they are not already all sold out.

  117. Gail Combs says:

    It occurs to me that Hillary is only in the race because she was promised the presidency after Obummer had his turn and by god she is going to go down in history as the first woman president or blow all the secrets wide open. (It has been her dream since childhood.) Once elected I do not think she gives a flip about actually running the country. That is what Huma is for and we have seen how great Huma is as her Chief of Staff as Sec of State. (Rolls Eyes)

  118. Gail Combs says:

    I think I am going to be sick. I just saw this: G Q — Why Obama Will Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents

    That writer is one empty headed idiot. I looked at a couple of other pieces by him and if I was his English teacher I would give him a D– on all of them. What absolute twattle!

  119. E.M.Smith says:


    I didn’t mention it as it is stated by her doctor that she is hypothyroid, so a thyroidectomy and thyroxin replacement therapy is probable. A fairly common thing these days. Now IF we knew the thyroid was gone due to a metastasis from the tongue cancer, that would be news and interesting, but we don’t know that… leaving what is known as pretty dull. Scar on neck, taking thyroid hormone. My mother-in-law did that for a decade or two…

    I suppose it ought to be mentioned for completeness, but you had already mentioned it before, so I thought “Why waste the space?”… Oh Well.

    Yeah, she was promised this was “her turn”… The Power Brokers wanted to run her vs Jeb so “one of theirs” wins in either case. Then they got Trumped ;-) Now it’s a cat fight and they only have one horse to back. Thus just about everyone else in The Establishment tossing anything not nailed down at Trump.

    Oh, and I’d expect that photoshop was involved with the Enquirer photo… They do a lot of that. Add space aliens sometimes. Show Elvis 90 years old somewhere…. So I’d not waste money on their Mag. Just get any public photo of The Hillery and use Photoshop (or the free GIMP) to make it as you like it.

  120. Gail Combs says:

    Is Hillary’s problem an addiction to POWER?

    Power, especially absolute and unchecked power, is intoxicating. Its effects occur at the cellular and neurochemical level. They are manifested behaviourally in a variety of ways, ranging from heightened cognitive functions to lack of inhibition, poor judgement, extreme narcissism, perverted behaviour, and gruesome cruelty.

    The primary neurochemical involved in the reward of power that is known today is dopamine, the same chemical transmitter responsible for producing a sense of pleasure. Power activates the very same reward circuitry in the brain and creates an addictive “high” in much the same way as drug addiction. Like addicts, most people in positions of power will seek to maintain the high they get from power, sometimes at all costs. When withheld, power – like any highly addictive agent – produces cravings at the cellular level that generate strong behavioural opposition to giving it up.

  121. H.R. says:

    Gail asks: “Is Hillary’s problem an addiction to POWER?”

    Absolutely. Money and power, and as we all know, Money = Power.

    FWIW, my guess, which is worth nothing in the absence of facts, is that Hillary had some experience (bullied? didn’t get invited to the popular girl’s birthday party? screw being a princess – she wanted to be the queen? molested?) as a very young (sociopathic?) girl and made up her mind that she would someday get revenge for whatever it was. Being a bright girl, she knew she needed power and not being a trust fund kid, she knew she needed money to get power and politics is where the money and power are. And who has always been considered the most powerful person in the world? The President of the US.

    I have no trouble imagining a determined young girl, after some major traumatic experience or a series of minor slights, saying, “I’ll show them! Someday, I’ll be the most powerful person in the world and I’ll make them sorry!”

    Now, over her public years, she has the reputation of never forgiving and never forgetting. Also, my understanding is that she is known for exacting revenge on people who have crossed her by destroying their careers and/or their personal lives; she’s an expert in the politics of personal destruction. That’s why the “Clinton Machine” is feared and effective.

    So I answered “Absolutely” because that study you quoted regarding the addictive nature of power has been known throughout history. It’s nothing new. Hillary’s actions indicate she has always been after more money and power and perforce is addicted to power.

    I’m just speculating that her quest for power, and thus her addiction to power, started much earlier than some would consider.

  122. bruce says:

    The one thing you can be sure of, Bill and Hillary would not head into a storm if they didn’t have protection. That is why I never thought anything would come of investigations into her deeds.
    In that sense she is untouchable. In balance though she has none of the charm Bill had, and that is why Trump has a chance. The percentage of the population that isn’t bothered with paying attention to detail but to appearances rule this election. So, I guess, who understands the whim of fashion this year will determine president.

  123. Gail Combs says:

    Hubby just gave me this article that I think you might like. Of course the guy will have to be very careful not to go the way of Gaddafi who tried the same thing.

  124. omanuel says:

    Does anyone here have contact information for any members of the Millennium Group that reported “Cosmic rays from the Sun”?

  125. Oliver Manuel says:

    Found the Millennium Group under Gary D. Goodwin:
    I informed him TMG’s 1998 paper was right: Cosmic rays come from the Sun.

  126. omanuel says:

    I located The Millennium Group under Gary D. Goodwin:
    and informed them their 4 July 1998 paper on solar cosmic rays is correct:

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    Random little item on the possibility that humans can taste starch as a primary taste sensation.
    It might explain why some foods like potatoes are very satisfying and even small amounts will quiet the hunger sensation. For example I have found an ideal food for myself to help me go to sleep without eating too big of a snack. A small glass of milk a single slice of bread with honey on it, and I am a happy camper and can go back to sleep without the problems sleeping on a full stomach often causes.
    Combination of a quick hit of sugar from the honey and lactose and the followup of slower digesting starch from the bread and protein from the milk for me are just the right balance for a light snack at night.

  128. E.M.Smith says:


    The family tradition was Pobs or “midnight stew”. Slice or 2 of bread, cubed. Sprinkle on sugar or drizzle honey. Fill to top of bread with nice warm milk. Eat, then sleep in about 15 minutes…

  129. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item to follow up on the the post I made above on Sept 5th regarding Russia possibly mobilizing under cover of an exercise near Ukraine.

    9/11/16 2:57 MDT

    from twitter:
    Conflict News ‏ @Conflicts 28 seconds ago

    UKRAINE: Heavy clashes being reported across frontline in SE #Ukraine tonight despite renewed ceasefire attempt.

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now here is a funny video take down of the 911 conspiracy folks who claim jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel. You don’t have to melt it only reduce its structural strength enough that it can’t resist the load it is carrying, then all that potential energy (gravitational potential energy) stored in the upper floors does all the work.

  131. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the Green party fights technology category we have:

  132. E.M.Smith says:


    Nice tech, but the spin of two men mixing genes ignores the reality that the X chromosome has essential genes not on the Y, and double Y males are somewhat defective even with an X present (XYY males are more frequent in prison, for example). It would require making a haploid with X from one of the men… so one would have to be “mom”… and when you have a haploid with X cell, is it still ‘male’?

  133. Another Ian says:


    “How the 9/11 Attacks Would Have Been Reported Today”

  134. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hang on to your hats kids!

    WikiLeaks Verified account

    678.4 MB of new “DNC documents” from @Guccifer_2 Magnet: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:ED9C54D8CE543F9A45D180FD58B4C56CF2A3FC1E

    Pass: (GuCCif3r_2.0)

  135. Larry Ledwick says:

    John Schindler Retweeted
    Live Monitor ‏@amlivemon 2 minutes ago

    I guarantee you Wikileaks new dump has malware … be cautious @20committee can tell you all he chicanery they pull

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    First poll results after collapse gate.

  137. E.M.Smith says:


    That’s a nice example of why I like to have several ready-to-go “chips” for the R.Pi. You can stick one in, do the bittorrent / download / whatever, look over the stuff, and then if it tried to infect the “box” you just take the chip out and format it… (or roll it back with the boot loader…)

    I usually do such things on an isolated subnet (i.e. not sharing a network with the family systems) or at a public WiFi where it’s already wide open to “issues”.

    Between being Linux, and having some added firewall wrapped around it, near as I can tell I’ve avoided being hacked. (Yes, an Intrusion Detection System is on my ‘someday’ list of Pi Projects. I’ve got pages marked, but not implemented and no posting… yet…) I do feel a bit nervous doing it without a running IDS checking the network traffic, but given all my other safety behaviours, it likely isn’t really much risk.

    For malware in links in the actual email or attachments, that would just show how exposed the folks doing that email were… and normal “don’t click unknown links” ought to be enough protection. For malware more deeply hidden:

    BTW, IMHO it isn’t Wikileaks putting the malware in. I’d expect it’s a US or UK based TLA inserting it into traffic as it crosses their router in the backbone… Who has a desire to contaminate Wikileaks and give it a bad reputation that keeps folks away: Wikileaks itself, the USA Government, the UK Government? When you point out that the government TLAs have buggered routers all over the planet in support of PRISM, think maybe those same folks might know how to use that buggerage not just to copy data out of links, but to add things in?… Just sayin’… (We know US TLAs use DNS buggerage to ‘redirect’ targets to their own ‘special’ versions of websites when “investigating’… it’s a short step from that to other ‘insertions’…)

    That’s why so much effort goes into defeating “Man In The Middle” attacks. But even there, it’s hard to do when the TLAs have access to the Cert sites AND the networks…

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little genetic study about inheritance of intelligence, and genes which only become active if they are inherited from the proper gender parent.

  139. Larry Ledwick says:

    A Popular Mechanics summary of the intelligence data mining process revealed by Snoden’s leaks,
    and follow up investigation into the world of data mining. (circa 2013)

  140. Another Ian says:


    From an email that just arrived. Sounds about right

    “Last month, a world-wide telephone survey was conducted by the UN.

    the only question asked was:

    “Would you please give your honest opinion about possible solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?”

    The survey was a complete failure because:

    In Eastern Europe they didn’t know what “honest” meant.

    In Western Europe they didn’t know what “shortage” meant.

    In Africa they didn’t know what “food” meant.

    In China they didn’t know what “opinion” meant.

    In the Middle East they didn’t know what “solution” meant.

    In South America they didn’t know what “please” meant.

    In the USA they didn’t know what “the rest of the world” meant.

    And in Australia , New Zealand, Canada and Britain everyone hung up as soon as they heard the Indian accent.

  141. Larry Ledwick says:

    You have covered this in part scattered through out various of your threads, just thought I would throw out a suggestion for a specific topic and comments on the topic.
    It would be nice to hear your views on the “essential tool kit utilities” every computer savvy user should have on hand.

    Over on another thread you recently recommended

    I recently had an “incident” that reinforced this. It happens periodically (so far 3 times) where I do something wrong when I am in a hurry bringing up one of my USB remote drives. If you get a bit ahead of yourself and plug in the USB drive/or power it up while the system is still booting it can bork the drive where the system sees it as a new drive with nothing on it and helpfully asks you if you want to format it.
    I have a utility that I have used now all three times (and another photographer I know has used it on my recommendation to recover a drive or files) In those four instances it has worked flawlessly and recovered everything important on the drive (sometimes it even finds things that were deleted but not over written.) It is called “Recover my files” by Getdata ( )
    One of the things I like about it, is you can download a trial copy of it and see if it recovers your file. If it does, you then pay the fee and it will let you save the recovered files to a new disk drive.
    I decided the first time I used it, to buy the standard version when it saved my bacon and it was a very well spent $70.00 as it has now recovered about 6-7 Tb of images due to these little user glitches and how windows handles NTFS file systems.

    (it takes 24-30 hours to walk a 2TB drive and index all the files it finds, then about the same amount of time to write them out to a recovery drive.)

    The last few days have been computer maintenance days where I have been updating backups and following your suggestion regarding “systemrescuecd” I grabbed iso images of the following from source forge.

    Do you have any other suggestions of utilities that should be in the emergency recovery and maintenance files on hand already burned to CD’s for those 2:00 am “oh crap” moments?

  142. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on how old civilizations are, figurine found from a city which dates back about 8000 years (date of figurine) and 9000 years for the city making it one of the earliest cities known.

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    Four studies that show no observable sea level change due to global warming, all the observed sea level changes are well within known cycles such as warming from the little ice age. Sea shore land area is actually increasing, rather than shrinking as would be expected with significant sea level rise.

  144. E.M.Smith says:

    I think they will find a lot more, and older, below the water line and under the mud.

    Likely after the next Glacial is well underway and sea level drops 400 feet again… and rains wash the mud away…

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under uneasy NATO allies and eastern European “buffer” countries taking measures to not tempt Russia to push too far, with a too easy victory from a quick military movement.

  146. E.M.Smith says:


    Now that’s interesting… Sweden taking nervous response military steps… it being surprise cold up there… and Finland trying not to look busy… Hmmm….

    Perhaps the Europeans around the Baltic are worried a Russian Push during the last months of the election cycle would have no response from Obummer and toss a win to Trump… sort of a “win-win” for them…

  147. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile on the other side of the planet we have the same dance different partners.

  148. Gail Combs says:

    And all that dancing thanks to Soros and the Clintons. Chasing the Dragon — Clinton’s China Policy And of course you can also add in the Middle East unrest.

    Once you understand that the Great Granddaddy Bush/Rockefeller/Saudi Arabia oil ties, you can see the Clintons and the Bushs are on the same side with the globalists like the Rockefellers, Soros and the Rothschilds. Check out the Rothschild and Soros names in the Clinton Wiki dump.

  149. Gail Combs says:

    What worries me is they Elite are now playing their games with the Chinese who hold human life cheap AND hate our guts — China’s century of humiliation and China Picks at the Scab to Keep the Wound Fresh — AND hold the leash on the crazy North Korean attack dog now testing out nukes.

    Not to mention the islamic terrorists.

    Remember it is the American politicians that have continually destabilized and terrorized the Middle East and provided them with modern weapons.

    Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright dropped 9.45 tons of nuclear waste on Serbia (In the comment by Propaganda are links to other reports “…NATO [link], US War Veterans [link], World Health Organizaton [link]. Read between the lines. Or not….” ) and now March 2015 Pentagon Announces U-turn on Use of Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Iraq and Syria

    Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright says 500,000 dead Iraqi Children was “worth it” — wins Medal of Freedom (She is actively supporting Hillary)

    Obama has been bringing in islamic ‘refugees’ and seeding them in small towns throughout the USA. He will meet his goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees. Hitlery says she wants to increase that number by 550%. This is DESPITE the Syrian Ambassador [saying] 20 Percent of Muslim Migrants May Have ISIS Links also terrorists are slipping over the Mexican border.

    Judicial Watch [Drug] Cartels Help Terrorists in Mexico Get to U.S. to Explore Targets; ISIS Militant Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir Among Them

    Mexican drug traffickers help Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks, according to information forwarded to Judicial Watch by a high-ranking Homeland Security official in a border state. Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso, Texas. Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year, according to information provided by JW’s government source.

    Now Khabir trains thousands of men—mostly Syrians and Yemenis—to fight in an ISIS base situated in the Mexico-U.S. border region near Ciudad Juárez, the intelligence gathered by JW’s source reveals. Staking out U.S. targets is not difficult and Khabir actually brags in an Italian newspaper article published last week that the border region is so open that he “could get in with a handful of men, and kill thousands of people in Texas or in Arizona in the space of a few hours.” Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz, Mexico’s top diplomat, says in the article that she doesn’t understand why the Obama administration and the U.S. media are “culpably neglecting this phenomenon,” adding that “this new wave of fundamentalism could have nasty surprises in store for the United States.”

    This disturbing development appears on the Open Source Enterprise, the government database that collects and analyzes valuable material from worldwide print, broadcast and online media sources for the U.S. intelligence community….

    What is the US government response???
    Calling any anti-islamic speech – HATE SPEECH and bringing charges against the pers…..

    Who is that knocking down the doors?

  150. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW a bomb was set off in NYC about 9pm local time. 25 injured, no fatalities.

    This after a pipe bomb at 9 AM in NJ at a scheduled run (nobody hurt).

    Interesting to note that the NYC bomb was likely a large sized pipe bomb size (per witness descriptions) while the NJ one was “one of 3 or 4” where only the first in the string went off. Leaving lots of good stuff for the forensics guys to pour over

    Amusing point, the NJ run was delayed due to a…. unattended backpack… so I’d expect a lot of sporadic start times for runs from here on out..

  151. H.R. says:

    Well, E.M., you screwed up and mentioned you went fishing in Florida on the Polk Co., Florida – Mosaic thread. You should be well aware how much I’m into fishing.

    Here’s something related to fishing and pushing the age of technology back another 7,000 years. Tuck it in the back of your head when that topic comes around again.

    23,000 years-old fish hooks found on Okinawa.

  152. Larry Ledwick says:

    Stefan Molyneux on Trump (debunking the media message)
    videos are about 1:20 each were produced early in 2016

  153. E.M.Smith says:


    Yup, I’m a fisherperson… fond of perch /bluegill and related. Love California cool water catfish, but the Florida ones taste of algae and yuck…. Bas are nice, but take too much gear these days (I.e. boat).

    Like the old fishhhooks… I’ve often said my thesis is that boats were early in human spread, and that implies fishing. I think we will find most very early history in the mud where old rivers hit seas and oceans about 400 feet below current sealevel.


    Yow! That is a holy crap! breach…

    And folks wonder why I hate sharing information with anyone… especially govt agencies.

    It is because they are incompetent at protecting it.

    BTW, I presently have a year of some credit fraud monitoring service “for free” as The Feds were hacked and I was in the goods, since I had been security cleared to do work for them… so in The Fed. Govt. employee database even as a contractor.

    Thus my having no credit cards and only an indirectly loaded debit card… with nearly nothing on it most of the time…

    It isn’t paranoia when they are actively attacking you now.

  154. Larry Ledwick says:

    Okay this is such a good short quip I just have to share it from twitter.

    Stefan Molyneux ‏@StefanMolyneux 4 minutes ago

    Immigrants from Somalia and Afghanistan launching terrorist attacks on US soil. Does that count as doing the jobs Americans just won’t do?

  155. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, That Twiiter from Stefan was so good I had Hubby read it to his brother in Boston MA.

  156. Another Ian says:


    Cop this!

    “Here is the guy who wiped Hillary’s server asking about how to do it on Reddit. Yes. Seriously. He also asks how to replace real emails with fake ones.”

  157. Jeff says:

    Looking at that URL, this popped into my head…

    When a Clinton meets a Clinton
    Comin’ through the lie…

  158. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another “hacking” related first world problem, regarding the new electronic keys for cars.
    Not really news criminals have been hijacking garage door openers and key fobs for cars for a long time just a slightly different vector.

    Now then need to come out with Credit Card wallets that are not only RF proof for the new chip cards but have a pocket for your smart key.

  159. E.M.Smith says:


    I guess this is OK to say… the statute of limitations ought to have run out ;-)

    Once, many years ago, a local semiconductor company where I was an employee put a cyber lock on all phones for long distance. You had to input “your own code” on your own phone to get long distance service. (IIRC, the rumor was that janitors were making late night long distance calls to home in Asia / Mexico / wherever…)

    Well, I found this annoying AND a challenge. It was a 4 digit code, so possible to “brute force” if patient. I knew mine, and IIRC, a workmate shared his. They had the same first two digits… Working late one night, I brute forced another. (Search starting in the same 2 leading digits) It was in an oddly familiar range. I sat for a ‘bit of a think’… a couple of iterations later, the next phone tumbled (with a much faster search). A bit more of a think… scribble scribble…


    Then 3 or 4 phones in a row tumbled…

    They had, stupidly, assigned everyone’s “secret” code via a fixed formula. It was something stupid like your phone extension plus 3000 plus 100 – 4 or similar level of dumb. Phone extensions were grouped by area… A couple of people in one area, sharing, breaks the first part of the formula…

    From that point forward, I could walk up to any phone in the place and call long distance…

    I didn’t tell anyone that formula, but did inform my boss I’d cracked the phones.

    Oh, and sometimes, when forced to work late, I’d pick a phone from someone I didn’t like and place a call to Army Recruiting … in Wash. D.C. ;-) I don’t know if they ever asked him why he was calling them so much … “leave a message at the beep!”….

    The idea that ANY electronic system is secure beyond breakers and hackers is busted. The only questions are how long and how much money.

  160. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item here, an effort to create a conservative orientated social network alternative to face book.

    They say they use strong encryption for data in transit and data stored — good
    They say they do not monetize personal data — good (but who pays the bills and why?)
    I did not get past the “pledge page” — BS virtue signaling in my view (and what really happens when you click that button — am I becoming too much of a digital media cynic?)

    Sounds to me like a way to harvest contact info for conservatives (ie the value received by them), not monetization in the commercial sense but very significant value to someone who wants to reach that cohort. There are some other possible “payoffs” that would not be monetization in the commercial sense, but someone has to pay the bills and that means someone sees some sort of pay back for running the site.

  161. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. here is one for your wife. (My brother was very socially maladjusted (no empathy) thanks to two years in the hospital.)

    Why Social Justice Warriors Are So DEMENTED

  162. Gail Combs says:

    On the Codias Conservative Social Media Network….
    A bit of looking found this:

    Cody Brown is the founder of Codias. Cody has worked on Rick “Santorum” Santorum’s campaigns.
    “Brown is founder of Codias, an organizational design company that designs and builds startups for entrepreneurs and candidates…. Brown holds a B.S. Degree from Northwestern College, J.D. degree from Hamline University School of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.”

    Cody was a Congressional Staffer and is now an Arlington, VA attorney.
    Codias M. Brown (Cody), Congressional Staffer – Salary Data

    Then when you go to Rick Santorum you find “Santorum scores 100% by US Chamber of Commerce on business policy.” (The Chamber of commerce is pushing open borders, amnesty and the Trans-Pacific Partnership)

    Bloomberg: Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum: I’ve Always Supported Fast-Track Authority… (He doesn’t like giving it to Obummer and would prefer seeing who is the next president.)

    As far as I am concerned the Constitution says EXACTLY how treaties are to be handled and ‘Fast-Track Authority’ is directly opposed to that method. It makes the president a ‘king’ with few breaks on his authority when it comes to treaties.

  163. Gail Combs says:

    I forgot to add I would be happier if people like E.M. and Tony Heller got together and formed the network instead of a Campaign Team Member/Congressional Staffer/Arlington Lawyer….

    The stench of the District of Criminals is coming wafting towards me.

    Just some random bits and pieces from the internet to get a handle on who this Cody Brown actually is and whether he is a friend or Trojan Horse. (I lean Trojan Horse due to his DC political connections)

    The Lange campaign [2012 Iowa congress bid] press release of February 27, which announced “the addition of several key members to his 2012 campaign team”: Cody Brown of CODIAS LLC as advisor, Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies as pollster, Ron Butler of Creative Direct LLC as direct mail consultant, Jake Braunger as director of operations, Kate Maloy as finance director, and Greg Torgerson as treasurer.

    And more recently Senior Advisor for Rick Santorum — Cody M. Brown

    (announced July 6, 2015) Currently founder and principal at Codias, an organizational design company. Iowa state director on Santorum’s 2011-12 Iowa caucus campaign. Managed Ben Lange’s 2010 congressional campaign in CD-1. Senior counsel and chief of legal research for the Project on National Security Reform. Legislative counsel for a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. Majority staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. B.S. from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN, J.D. from Hamline University Law School, and LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. Author of The National Security Council: A Legal History of the President’s Most Powerful Advisers.

    A book on the National Security Council??? The president’s most powerful advisors??? That doesn’t sound very good.

    The National Security Council (NSC) is the President’s principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials. Since its inception under President Truman, the Council’s function has been to advise and assist the President on national security and foreign policies. The Council also serves as the President’s principal arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies.

    The NSC is chaired by the President. Its regular attendees (both statutory and non-statutory) are the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the statutory military advisor to the Council, and the Director of National Intelligence is the intelligence advisor. The Chief of Staff to the President, Counsel to the President, and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy are invited to attend any NSC meeting. The Attorney General and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget are invited to attend meetings pertaining to their responsibilities. The heads of other executive departments and agencies, as well as other senior officials, are invited to attend meetings of the NSC when appropriate….

    Does anyone have a better feel for Rick Santorum and this Codias M. Brown? Supposedly Brown was a Congressional Staffer but so far I can not find out WHO he was a staffer for.

    From Vote Smart on Santorum:
    Rick Santorum’s Voting Records

    Voted against (Nay) Making it illegal to hire undocumented immigrants.
    Vote Smart’s Synopsis:
    Vote to adopt a substitute amendment that requires an Electronic Employment Verification System to be implemented and used by employers to ensure that undocumented immigrants are not employed and makes it illegal to hire or continue to employ undocumented immigrants.

    However voted for (YEA) H-2C Visa Program Amendment
    Replaces the three-year admission and three-year extension period with five years.
    Allows Secretary of Homeland Security to “grant a temporary visa to an H-2C nonimmigrant who demonstrates intent to perform labor or service in U.S.”

    Voted against (NAY) English as Unifying Language Amendment
    Vote Smart’s Synopsis: Vote to adopt an amendment that states all services or materials provided by the U.S. government be expanded to exclude any language other than English. (This cost $$$.)

    Voted FOR (Yea) Debt Limit Increase Resolution (May 2005)
    Vote Smart’s Synopsis: Vote to pass a resolution that increases the public debt limit to $8.97 trillion.

    Vote Smarts Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) shows that Santorum likes to dance the dance instead of giving straight answers.

  164. Gail Combs says:

    Regis, I generally disregard anything with the word ‘illumina’
    However you might be interested in this from my very old notes (2008 to 2009). It deals with direct sources so you can’t toss a ‘tinfoil hat’ over it and scream ‘Conspiracy’


    …The Patenting Sentinel and Action Service (PSAS) is an important initiative of the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) as regards patenting in the animal sector. This is an issue which is of uttermost importance for the future of all organizations involved in the sectors of animal recording and genetic evaluation. The latest developments in this field and the future prospects are causing increasing concern among industrialists and breeders, thus stressing the need for continuous updating on the progress of animal patenting issues worldwide and raising the awareness of professionals regarding their possibility to take action towards the protection of their professional interests.
    Based on the above concerns, the Board of the International Committee for Animal Recording has considered ways to positively support ICAR member organizations and other interested entities in confronting the issue of patenting in animal breeding. The result of the deliberations is the ICAR Patenting Sentinel and Action Service, formed in March-April 2006.
    The service is based on an international network for the exchange of information, comprising initially those ICAR Member Organizations who expressed their interest in this initiative, and potentially open to other organizations worldwide. A contact person in each MO is responsible for sending information to the network, with the aim to create a centralized, ICAR-managed pool of patenting-related information from a wide range of countries worldwide. ICAR has the task of collecting all information and placing it on this website. Furthermore, additional information is collected by an appointed technician and by the ICAR Secretariat, so as to ensure a continuous monitoring of the international developments in the animal patenting sector.
    The PSAS website is managed by the ICAR Secretariat and is under the direct supervision of ICAR’s Secretary General, Dr. Andrea Rosati.
      The mission of the ICAR Patenting Sentinel and Action Service (PSAS) is to:
    constantly update its members on patenting application legislation in the animal sector, so as to lead to a deeper knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of this issue;
    monitor specific patent applications worldwide, which are of most interest to its members;
    possibly take action in a rapid and effective way in relation to specific patenting applications.

    Animal Patents:


    As the animal recording and evaluation industry evolves, so will ICAR membership. The recently revised by-laws provide the opportunity for expanded membership and a broader level of participation… Various industry sectors (by species as well as activity) will participate in ICAR as members in order to participate and access the global network, expertise and exposure that ICAR provides. ICAR will continue to build on its strength of neutrality and integrity as related to standards and guidelines for animal recording, evaluations and equipment approvals. This will include further strategic alliances with international organizations including EAAP, FAO, IDF, OIE, ILRI, WAAP and ISO.
    Patent Questions and Answers by EFFAB (ex FAIP),com_docman/task,doc_download/gid,18/Itemid,38/

    The concept of “Patent”: “A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.  In order to be patentable, the invention must fulfill certain conditions…” read more at the website of the World Intellectual property Organization.   
    Relation between Patenting and Intellectual Property: Patenting is one of the different forms of Intellectual Property. The latter “allows people to own their creativity and innovation in the same way that they can own physical property. The owner of IP can control and be rewarded for its use, and this encourages further innovation and creativity to the benefit of us all.” read more at the website of the UK Patent Office. 
    General Overview of IP Protection Tools by the IPR Helpdesk. Go.
    General Information Concerning Patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Go. 
    IP protection in animal breeding: “The field of animal breeding and genetics, especially as it relates to farm animals and livestock, encompasses a broad range of species, traits and processes. A simple laundry list of those items that might directly affect our field and require IP protection include, but are not limited to, genes and markers for genetic improvement, statistical methods for genetic improvement, transgenic and cloned animals, methods to measure traits (e.g. use of ultrasonic probes), electronic methods to identify animals, computer software and other written materials. Allied fields like nutrition and veterinary medicine will also have methods or processes such as vaccines, feed supplements or specific treatments.” read the entire article by Rothschild M.F., Plastow G., Newman S.: Patenting in animal breeding and genetics. (2004) In: WAAP Book of the Year 2003 – A Review on Developments and Research in Livestock Systems, Eds: A. Rosati ,A. Tewolde and C. Mosconi, 269-278. 
    Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) by WTO (World Trade Organization) Full text or Article 27.3b on traditional knowledge, biodiversity or Progress on Article 27.3b



  165. Gail Combs says:

    Last comment got tossed by Word Unimpresed (too many links)
    Continuing on the subject of Animal patents for Regis.

    State fair market animals:DNA typing will be required: Are Animal patents NEXT?

    The fairs and 4-H Shows (ag department sponsered) use this company:

    IDTRAK™ is a DNA banking system designed for livestock owners. All animals have a unique genetic profile. IDTRAK™ allows livestock owners to maintain that unique genetic profile as a historic record. These records can be needed for a variety of situations where you need to trace the identity or parentage (family tree), breed or association registration, trace back due to later event (sales, siring, disease, or reproduction issues) or even to use for future genetic testing. Right now, genetic companies are working hard to discover genes that affect economic traits in livestock, such as meat quality, disease resistance, reproduction, and others.
    Randy Ingram, President & CEO
    Randy has held senior management roles with major agricultural life science companies for over fifteen years. These experiences include the use of DNA markers in plant genetic applications for over a decade. He was raised in central Iowa

    The USDA just took the gloves off and is making NAIS premises ID mandatory.  It is the first step in complete control of the US and World food supply.  The FDA has a similar program in the works for crops, so the big ten ag companies will control our food from “Farm to Fork” and it will soon be illegal to grow your own food.

    “USDA recently issued a memo to its “Veterinary Services Management Team” that requires NAIS premises registration for various disease program activities. (Veterinary Services Memorandum No. 575.19, posted on our Government Documents Page at “)

    Also the USA and the UK hospitals were keeping DNA samples of newborns. I have that info somewhere too.

  166. Gail Combs says:

    Sorry, E.M. now the first comment on animal patents shows up.

    What is interesting is the drug companies stopped all work on wormers (internal parasite control) several years ago and told us farmers suck it up — no more wormers. When the parasites develop immunity to these you are SOL. This was at a seminar at a local feed store. The drug company vet also told us that the FDA forbid them to work on vaccines for certain disease too. (A new disease that had just shown up on the east coast. Sorry I can not remember the name but it is transmitted by birds and kills humans too IIRCC.)

    Kind of forces people either to develop immune herds (which is what I am trying to do) or BUY patented animals from Monsanto and the like. And yes Monsanto already has animal patents.

  167. LG says:

    Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

    Hopefully the list of servers and countries will increase.
    Win, Mac and Linux flavors available.

  168. Gail Combs says:

    Larry on rigging voting machines I have an entire folder.
    This is the best site.

    I posted the map. Click on a state and you can look at the voting machines by county within that state. Go to the top and look at the pull downs and it gives you details on each type of machines.

    Other interesting websites:
    How Widespread is Voter Fraud? | 2012 Facts & Figures

    Inside A U.S. Election Vote Counting Program By Bev Harris*
    * Bev Harris is the Author of the soon to be published book ” Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering In The 21st Century ”

    The Evidence – Computerized Election Fraud in America

    Who makes the vote-counting machines?

    How To Rig An Election In The United States

    Diebold/Premier ‘fesses lost OH votes

    What Is a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT)?

    How to Vote on an Electronic Voting Machine

  169. Larry Ledwick says:

    My county still uses paper ballots fed through an optical reader system to tally the votes, so they have a paper backup to compare against if anything hinky is going on.

    In the same vein, they just announced a successful hack of the Tesla S automobile allowing some functions to be take over from up to 12 miles away. Bug fix supposedly in progress.

    Keep your car software updated everyone! (aren’t you glad Microsoft does not do auto control software!!)

  170. Gail Combs says:

    The big problem is even with paper ballots the ballot reader is very easy to hack.
    Intellectual froglegs: Who’s Watching the Watchers? Get your ass involved! (VIDEO)

    Volunteer to be a Trump Election Observer – Watch the Watchers

    Commenter Judy says

    Go a step further & call your election commission & sign up to be poll manager. Here, in S.Carolina, we train for a day, work polls from 6am til last voter, work our own precinct, get paid $120 (before taxes). We can CONTEST ANY vote for any reason. That vote is set aside for later verification. Poll watchers represent the candidate. They can contest votes, also, as any registered voter can. It’s a long day but lots of fun.

    Rodger Stone is trying to organize poll watchers to prevent the fraud but even I can see, after watching a couple of his videos, he really doesn’t understand computers and could use some expert help (HINT HINT)

  171. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh look something shiny!
    Totally random item I just ran across regarding rat control.

  172. Larry Ledwick says:

    If there is a market some one will fill it
    iPhone security just got a whole lot weaker

  173. Regis Llanfar says:

    Larry, that security hack is only up to the 5c (not the 6 – the article is wrong). Starting with the 5s, Apple incorporated a custom hardware chip to handle TouchID. A portion of the key is your password. But the other part is a unique key hardwired into every chip. You might be able to decode the memory without the chip, but it won’t be easy (i.e., on the order of millions of years).

    I think Apple is using an elliptical curve algorithm…and I think I’ve seen a security article identifying a weakness. Not sure…

    In any case, if you’re concerned with security, you want newer iPhones. My suspicion is that iOS10 (just released) will be the last version to support the 5 and 5c – starting with the 5s, the CPU is 64-bit.

  174. Gail Combs says:

    ” “After the next holocaust, rats [,cockroaches] and Twinkies will be the only things left.”

    Loretta Mayer is not much of a biologist if she forgot cockroaches.

    But maybe we can use ContraPest© on Progressives and other Soros backed terror-RATS….

    HMMMmmm The stuff sort of reminds me of Epicyte’s contraceptive corn

    Jul 13, 2012

    ….after researchers discovered a rare class of human antibodies that attack sperm. By isolating the genes that regulate the manufacture of these antibodies, and by putting them in corn plants, the company has created tiny horticultural factories that make contraceptives.

    Announcing his success at a press conference, the president of Epicyte, Mitch Hein, pointing to his GMO corn plants and announced, “We have a hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies.”

    If innercity birth rates drop like a rock we will know “…Are your taco shells safe? What of your cornmeal or cornflakes? Is this killer cereal already turning up on our breakfast tables..?”

    Don’t Forget the Tyson Foods Inc. that ignored corn testing positive for Listeria*, are good buddies of the Clintons. LINK

    * A friend who was a biologist at Tyson here in NC said they were told to ignore the Listeria found in cord. I had several goats die from it because we had a bad infestation here in NC in our local corn crop.

    Tyson was finally forced to recall food contaminated with listeria.

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