Tips – September 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 as you like.

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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287 Responses to Tips – September 2016

  1. The Quiet Farmer says:

    As a long time lurker and following your previous post, I wanted to say Thank you.
    I have been constantly amazed at the breath of your knowledge and understanding, from bread making to nuclear physics. However, it is your ability to write about such topics in an entertaining and understandable way which I see as a gift.
    As for a “dig here” what about the field of robotics and it’s application. Driverless vehicles seem a waste unless you have a much smaller and compliant population without any desire or need to visit “out of the way places”?
    My interest was sparked by a small drone project I led looking at crop scouting, I’m a farmer and consultant.

  2. erl happ says:

    The Southern Hemisphere exhibits no warming at all in the month of December over the last seven decades. I don’t think it plausible to suggest that the greenhouse effect takes a holiday in December and I can see no countervailing influence that could relate to the southern hemisphere bin December or any other time.
    Here are three ways to look at the data to verify this assertion:

    Conclusion: Greenhouse effect is ‘unphysical’. Non operational. Other factors must be responsible for variations in surface temperature.

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    My interest was sparked by a small drone project I led looking at crop scouting, I’m a farmer and consultant.

    Interesting you should mention that I recall a TV program I stumbled on a year or so ago about potatoes. Seems one of the ways they have increased production on potato plantings is using GPS controlled tractors to do the tilling etc. No human can steer a row as straight at these automated tractors so over the width of a large field they were getting several “free rows” that hand driven tractors would not have had room to plant due to the human tendency to zig zag slightly during the process of working the field. (they also run over fewer plants since the spacing is uniform and rows straight). The tractors are almost autonomous a guy rides along to make sure it does not get confused and drive into a canal or something, and to handle odd situations the GPS automation can’t quite handle.

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video on ISIS and jihad situation today.

  5. Larry Ledwick says:

    And now we have state of emergency declared in NC for the riots @ 21:44 mdt
    Fox News Alert ‏@foxnewsalert 13 minutes ago

    BREAKING NEWS: North Carolina governor declares state of emergency after unrest in Charlotte

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    True story: When I was about 9, the local gossip in my home (farm) town was about one of the local farmers (everybody knows everyone…) who had fallen asleep on his tractor, ploughed a long drifting “row” to the canal, up the bank, and then the tractor ‘fell right over’ (a Firesign Theatre gag). So I’m not so sure putting a person with nothing to do on the robot to keep it from wandering into a ditch is going to work out all that well… ;-)

    BTW, farmer had only minor physical injury since the tractor stopped going forward once it fell over (usual tractor horrid injury is falling off and then run over by equipment…), though his pride was hurt for a year or two… The tractor was essentially fine, after pulled out of the (luckily mostly dry at the time) ditch and stood upright again. Though a goodly chunk of field needed to be dragged and then reploughed…

    @Erl Happ:

    Good stuff! I found something similar when I looked at the S.H. some years back. It’s just pretty stable all the time. I’ve been trying to work up the ambition to dive into the temp data again… but once I knew it was being cooked I kind of had trouble putting in hours on it…

    Still, even with all the adjusting done (even to some of the “raw” data via editing out bits and station selection) they just can’t get the S.H. to play along ;-)

    @The Quiet Farmer:

    You are most welcome, and I ought to thank you for being here!

    Robotic Cars: I’ve thought about it. A lot. Once autonomous, it is the start of a brave new world. I suspect Taxi Driver is a dying field. Add a security camera to assure the passenger isn’t coding out on you and / or tearing up the cab and a “stick your card in to book ride” and give it back at the end, you are pretty much good to go with 100% automated taxi service. I’m not so worried about Truckers, as you will need someone to service the truck (check air, fuel it, etc.) and handle the loading / unloading management. (Don’t want the customer taking more than his share of the load…) It would be a great boon for long haul guys in that they could sleep the mandatory hours in the sleeper cab while the Truck crossed Texas in the interstate… I think they will also be needed to prevent folks from just bracketing the truck with cars, slow to a halt, and stealing the cargo in the middle of nowhere.

    But once we have accepted robots on the road, they will start showing up all over the place.

    Per the drone: I hope you already know that the FAA is being VERY heavy handed about prosecuting folks for flying a Commercial Drone without a license… It’s a fairly new law. So fly your drone to take pictures of crop for fun, no license. Do it for commerce, $10,000 or so fine if no pilot license. (I hope the drone pilot license is different from the very expensive real pilot license…) Now it is unclear to me if “inspecting my own crops” is commercial, or not, since you didn’t get handed money for the flight, but then again, the purpose IS monetary gain… One guy got $50,000 of fines for filming some event for a charity and giving them the film for free. He’s trying to figure out how to ‘fight the ticket’…

    Back on driverless cars:

    My Florida Friend wants one for two reasons.
    1) Bar Hopping without ticket risk.
    2) When he and spouse can no longer drive. The spouse already “has issues’ making it a bad idea other than in an emergency.

    There’s a huge number of folks end up ‘house bound’ due to loss of driving ability. It is a PITA to use “Outreach” or other community sponsored services, and expensive as hell to use a taxi.

    Heck, I’d even like to have one from time to time. In addition to having the car be the designated driver, it would be great to point it at Florida, lay the seat out flat, and sleep through the desert… I’d need noise cancelling earphones though… The spouse would certainly benefit. There are days she doesn’t feel up to driving for health reasons ( nothing serious) but would like to go to work. At present, I play chauffer on those days. She would love to have the car do it and let here hands not need to grip anything vibrating… and not have to put the head on a swivel at corners…

    One of the folks the spouse works with is blind. She is thrilled at the idea that she might be able to buy (and sort of ‘drive’) her own car someday. Now she is 100% dependent on others.

    Then there’s the niece that just doesn’t like driving. Finds it a chore and tension inducing. I know she will be thrilled to just delegate that bother and read her books instead.

    Heck, when I was commuting to San Francisco, it was just 2 dead hours every day. I’d have loved to be able to work on the laptop while commuting and billed 2 extra hours a day. Hoards of sales folks and consultants will buy this by the dozen.

    Then there’s the convenience things you don’t think about much. Things like “send your car to the shop on its own” so “Hey car, drop me off at work then go get your oil changed!” ;-0 Or having the dealer send the loaner over to you when the car isn’t ready before work finishes… Or the spouse sending the car to the grocers (where they already have the grocery order via internet and know what car to put the bags into…) while she gets her hair done. Time saver.

    So there’s lots of reasons why a robotic car is a big feature. Heck, I’d like to be able to load up some of the stuff the kid left here and have the wagon deliver it to Chicago, then wait while I flew in for the holiday week (so no rental car… $400 gas instead of $1600 rental fees… plus anything can be packed in the car, airline luggage not so much). Then have it drop me off at the airport and head home… (the wife’s car could come pick us up at the airport while we wait for mine to get home…) For that kind of thing to work, though, they will need some kind of fueling service; but I expect that will develop pretty darned quick. A special lane at truck stops for autonomous vehicles with an attendant and a 10 ¢ /gallon uplift on price… then eventually a robot to fuel the robot…

    What’s clear is that a lot of folks will want them. What’s unclear is how much this will cost and how will it “go wrong”… What new crimes will sprout and what happens when your car hits another car. Is it you who gets the points and tickets? The maker? The seller? What if you forgot to do the required daily camera cleaning?… In parts of Texas, in summer, one hour on the road at sundown and you have a blinding bug smear on the windshield… I doubt Goggle Car has experienced that yet or that it will turn out well. When it stops in the middle of the road on an East Texas highway, who goes to clean the poor dear’s eyes? At what price? And with how long a wait? Who unsnarls all the traffic and robots behind it? And pays for their delay? So I expect ‘free roaming empty’ to be the last thing allowed or working well.

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting read here, a life long Democrats view of Trump and why he will vote for him.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    That was a remarkably well written article.

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    A primer on Communist/Socialist economics in the real world

  10. Regis Llanfar says:

    Got this in the email last night…I’ve started verifying it, but thought having more eyes on would help:

    People are stunned to learn that the head of the U.S. CIA is a Muslim! Do hope this wakes up some! Until it hits you like a ton of bricks read it again, until you understand! We now have a Muslim government! John Brennan, current head of the CIA converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia.


    Obama’s top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, is a Muslim who was born in Iran where her parents still live.

    Hillary Clinton’s top adviser, Huma Abedin is a Muslim, whose mother and brother are still involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt!

    Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for Homeland Security, Arif Aikhan, is a Muslim.

    Homeland Security Adviser, Mohammed Elibiary, is a Muslim.

    Obama adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam al-Marayati, is a Muslim.

    Obama’s Sharia Czar, Imam Mohamed Magid, of the Islamic Society of North America is a Muslim.

    Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, Eboo Patel, is a Muslim.

    Nancy Pelosi announced she will appoint Rep Andre Carson, D-Ind, a Muslim , as the first Muslim lawmaker on the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, of all things! It would make Carson the first Muslim to serve on the committee that receives intelligence on the threat of Islamic militants in the Middle East! He has he suggested that U.S. schools should be modeled after Islamic madrassas, where education is based on the Quran!!!

    Last but not least, our closet Muslim himself, Barack Hussein Obama.

    It’s questionable if Obama ever officially took the oath of office when he was sworn in. He did not repeat the oath properly to defend our nation and our Constitution. Later the Democrats claimed he was given the oath again, in private. Yeah, right.

    CIA director John Brennan took his oath on a copy of the Constitution, not a Bible??

    Valarie Jarret wrote her college thesis on how she wanted to change America into a Muslim friendly nation and she is a Obama top advisor!

    Congressman, Keith Ellison took his oath on a copy of the Qur’an, NOT the Bible!

    Conservative Congresswoman Michele Bachman, R-MN, was vilified and verbally tarred and feathered by Democrats when she voiced her concern about Muslims taking over our government!

    Considering all these appointments, it would explain why Obama and his minions are systematically destroying our nation, supporting radical Muslim groups worldwide, opening our southern border, and turning a blind eye to the genocide being perpetrated on Christians all overAfrica and the Middle East!

    The more damage Obama does, the more arrogant he’s become!

    Our nation and our government has been infiltrated by people who want to destroy us! It can only get worse!

    In his book Obama said, “if it comes down to it, I will side with the Muslims”.

  11. philjourdan says:

    @Larry Ledwick – I have seen a lot of folks (usually liberals embarrassed by the fact that the democrats are the party of slavery and racism) try to say that if Lincoln were alive today, he would be a democrat (I do not think so as the 19th century America is not the 21st century one).

    However, I truly believe that both Robert and Jack would not be democrats today – at least in what they stood for. JFK’s massive tax cut is an embarrassment to the democrats of today (they ignore it, hide it, or deny it). Yet that was central to his term. I am not saying they would be Republicans, but they are more conservative than most politicians today. Even George McGovern is more conservative than the democrat party of today! And he was a screaming liberal 44 years ago.

    So it does not surprise me that Trump is picking up some old democrats who would never vote “Republican”, but will vote for him. Trump is a true RINO (I hate the term when applied to most republicans as I think it is a misnomer – they are republicans, they are just not conservative). He is hated by both parties.

  12. Gail Combs says:

    Sundance suggests we should be prepared for the Progressives to stage violence and then pin it on Trump supporters in the hopes of proping up Hitlery’s failing campaign.
    Major Tripwire Alert – Prepare For a Massive Racial Onslaught From The Professional Left…

    In the comment explaining what he meant Sundance writes of a possible scenario.

    sundance says:
    September 21, 2016 at 1:22 am

    You obviously don’t know the Clintons.

    Watch for the death of a black, perhaps Muslim, child who was abducted…,

    …..followed by CCTV video of two guys wearing red MAGA hats, and/or Donald Trump shirts, chaining his hands and dragging his body through the streets.

    Somehow the media will discover video from a month earlier where the same two kidnapping/murdering guys were seen at another Trump rally, and possibly had pictures taken with him… This leads to the identification, but not capture, of the suspects. Which leads to the discovery of a manifesto of some form outlining how Donald Trump inspired them to finally act upon their beliefs. CNN and ABC get inside their house and find it filled with Donald Trump campaign memorabilia and nazi symbolism.

    A national manhunt will ensue at just the right time… media will push 24/7

    That’s the Clintons.

    Remember that is just an example of the sort of think the Progressive Globalists might do. There are TRILLIONS of dollars and more power than we can imagine at stake.

    That was last night at September 21, 2016 at 1:22 am
    And sure enough almost 24 hours later at 10:12 PM – 21 Sep 2016 we see this tweet.

    Mike Cernovich

    “There is a group of idiots calling themselves ‘trumps army’ planning on heading to Charlotte and starting shit tomorrow night.”
    10:12 PM – 21 Sep 2016

    Remember Hilary/Soros paid professional agitators in Bernie shirts were caught acting violently and trying to start fights with the MSM waiting to pounce near by. (Some were IDed by commenters at the TreeHouse.)

    Vox Editor: ‘If Trump Comes to Your Town, Start a Riot’

    Given what we have seen of the Progressives, I do not think Sundance is wearing a tinfoil hat unfortunately.

  13. Gail Combs says:

    philjourdan says: “….So it does not surprise me that Trump is picking up some old democrats who would never vote “Republican”, but will vote for him. Trump is a true RINO (I hate the term when applied to most republicans as I think it is a misnomer – they are republicans, they are just not conservative). He is hated by both parties.”

    I think you are looking at it wrong. We no longer have ‘two parties’ we have the Uni-party who are Globalists.

    Trump represents something entirely different A PATRIOT. And boy oh boy do the DC elite HATE patriots.

    BACK-UP for my conclusion:
    First a Department of Defense Document. The whole document was obtained by Judicial Watch as a 133 page FOIA document and is entitled AFSS 0910 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND TREATMENT INCIDENTS (EOTI) LESSON PLAN.

    The whole thing was a bizarre down the rabbit hole readingexperience.. This is from the government of the USA???

    Te document that says:

    D. Extremist Ideologies
    1. Introduction
    • As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.

    2. Ideologies
    a. Nationalism – The policy of asserting that the interests of one’s own nation are separate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations. Many nationalist groups take it a step further and believe that their national culture and interests are superior to any other national group.

    b. Supremacy – The belief that one’s race or ethnicity is superior to all others and should dominate society. Supremacy, as with racial supremacies in general, has frequently resulted in anti-Black and anti-Semitic violence.

    c. Separatism – Setting oneself or others apart based on culture, ethnicity, race, or religion.”

    This explains why Robert E Lee’s Battle Flag, a part of our southern history, was so viciously attacked by the media and the US government. It explains why Trump is called every dirty name in the book including ‘An orange haired hitler’


    “The chief problem of American political life for a long time has been how to make the two congressional parties more national and international. The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so the that American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

    Quote from Tragedy and Hope, 1966 by Carroll Quigley, member of Council on Foreign Relations, mentor to Bill Clinton.

    The Rockefeller File by Gary Allen
    Published June 28th 1976

    “The master planners devised the strategy of a merger – a Great Merger – among nations.

    But before such a merger can be consummated, and the United States becomes just another province in a New World Order, there must at least be the semblance of parity among the senior partners in the deal. How does one make the nations of the world more nearly equal?

    The Insiders determined that a two-prong approach was needed; use American money and know-how to build up your competitors, while at the same time use every devious strategy you can devise to weaken and impoverish this country. [See Chasing the Dragon: Clinton’s China Policy for how Clinton implemented this plan. ] The goal is not to bankrupt the United States. Rather, it is to reduce our productive might, and therefore our standard of living, to the meager subsistence level of the socialized nations of the world.

    The plan is not to bring the standard of living in less developed countries up to our level, but to bring ours down to meet theirs coming up… It is your standard of living which must be sacrificed on the altar of the New World Order….

    Much of the spade work for setting up this ploy is being done by Henry Kissinger, who was a personal employee of Nelson Rockefeller for a decade before Rocky placed him in the Nixon Administration….

    This was validated by Pascal Lamy former World Trade Organization Director-General. He indicates that an European Union like super state has been the goal since the 1930s.
    The world is headed toward greater degrees of globalization — deeper integration, wider cooperation and greater sharing of responsibilities. To govern this globalized world, writes World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy, existing institutions will need to be reformed to ensure they work together optimally.

    Pascal Lamy: Whither Globalization?

    In the same way, climate change negotiations are not just about the global environment but global economics as well — the way that technology, costs and growth are to be distributed and shared…
    Can we balance the need for a sustainable planet with the need to provide billions with decent living standards? Can we do that without questioning radically the Western way of life? …

    Countries claim the right to use national resources as they see fit. But the byproduct can be greenhouse gases or disappearing fish stocks or raw material shortages — which impact the interconnected world we share….

    This raises a final challenge: How to provide global leadership? Mobilizing collective purpose is more difficult when we no longer face one common enemy, but thousands of complex problems
    The reality is that, so far, we have largely failed to articulate a clear and compelling vision of why a new global order matters — and where the world should be headed….

    All had lived through the chaos of the 1930s …including the defeated powers, agreed that the road to peace lay with building a new international order — and an approach to international relations that questioned the Westphalian, sacrosanct principle of sovereignty — rooted in freedom, openness, prosperity and interdependence.

  14. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    1. I hope Gail’s evaluation of Trump is correct

    2. There is free access until Nov 10 to the article by Nick Scafetta et al., “On the astronomical origin of the Hallstatt oscillation found in radiocarbon and climate records throughout the Holocene,” Earth-Science Reviews 162, 24–43, 2016:

    Since the core of the Sun is a pulsar, simple geometry suggests the only thing astronomical about cosmic rays is the assumption that come from outside the solar system.

  15. Gail Combs says:

    I went looking for more info on the ‘Trump Army” headed for Charlotte NC and found this instead:

    Mike Cernovich Retweeted Joe Bruno
    Soros bused in rioters! #CharlotteRiots

    Joe Bruno is a reporter @ wsoc-tv the local Charlotte News Station
    Chief says many of the agitators were from out of the city.

    Not surprising give the millions donated by Soros and now the Ford Foundation. They probably have professional agitators stationed in every state now.

  16. Gail Combs says:

    OH, and the WHY of Hitlery’s sudden cancellation of the Chapel Hill NC event and the race riot diversion.
    Hillary Clinton Cancels Events In North Carolina, Offers No Explanation

    Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton surprised many on Tuesday [sept 20th] by announcing the abrupt postponement of a fundraising event previously scheduled to occur that day in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Her campaign declined to offer a reason for the postponement, saying only that there had been a change in the campaign schedule of some sort, as reported by Raleigh news station WRAL….

    Sundance lays out a nice timeline. Day #4 – The “stonetear” Investigation – Chairman Jason Chaffetz Sends Preservation Notice To Reddit…

    Day #1 – Katica discovers Paul Combetta has on-line alias “stonetear” and full backstory.
    Day #2 – Paul Combetta scrubs his user information, and deletes his July 24th 2014 posting history. The Stonetear Reddit inquiry and the Timeline for Hillary Clinton’s email cover up.
    Day #3 – House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith demands answers from Platte River Network, and interview scheduled with Combetta by tomorrow.
    Day #4 – House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz sends preservation notice to Reddit.

    Summary Backstory – On Sunday September 18th, researcher Katica discovered Hillary Clinton’s email custodian, Paul Combetta, had an alias “stonetear” used on a 2014 Reddit forum asking for assistance in altering archived server records for Hillary Clinton. We published the archive and discovery at 4:30am Monday Sept 19th. Within hours Combetta scrubs his prior posting and attempts to delete his web-footprint. However, the information is viral as the internet shares the story. Tuesday night Sept 20th, Chairman Lamar Smith becomes aware of the issue and sends formal letter to Platte River Network legal team, demanding an interview with Combetta….

    The article is much longer and shows this is the VERY IMPORTANT SMOKING GUN! It shows Mr. Combetta DID NOT ACT ALONE, that he lied and it shows INTENT by Hillary or her group.

  17. PaulID says:

    E.M. this might be of interest to you I find his explanations work in my head even though the math is far beyond me.

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this sounds ominous!

  19. E.M.Smith says:


    And people wonder why I have no “social networking” accounts, avoid email as much as possible, never make “accounts” or “sign ons” for websites if at all possible, and never click on popups or other click bait…

    “For access, please create an account”? Just say no, and find another source…

    IFF forced to make an account I put nothing in it…

    Well, at least this will be fun to watch…

  20. The same reason why I use one of many aliases for all online activity. Only one site – LinkedIn – has mostly correct info and I don’t link to any extended family on it (nor any other social media – that’s what a phone and end-to-end text encryption are for). Fake birthdays and phone numbers for any site that asks too. I have a password manager on my iPhone that tracks it all. Makes the summer birthday drink from Starbucks on an ordinary day brighter…

    Won’t stop TLAs that can track/correlate IPs to aliases (I use a VPN always, but lazily use the same connect paths for aliases I don’t want tied to a region – one alias is specific to MN). But has stopped a tech-savvy stalker from my drug days in college over 30 years ago. He got as close as my wife’s sister’s youngest son’s Facebook account (and from there to my wife).

    I realized back in ’87 during the CompuServe flame wars that would rage for days on their forums that having a real name on the internet is not usually a good thing…

  21. Jeff says:

    (tinfoil hat on) Could the Yahoo thing be a sort of false flag, such that Obama sees the need to protect the elections from “foreign actors”? The breach supposedly happened in 2014; certainly, were it available on the darknet or elsewhere, it would have been “monetized” by now…

    I also wonder why Hillary cancels events, such as fund-raisers, and then a real “event”, shooting or what-have-you, occurs in the city or near by where she was to have appeared. Very convenient for anti-second-amendment propaganda… (tinfoil hat off).

  22. E.M.Smith says:


    We know Hillary get “requests” from Soros.
    We know BLM is a Soros funded organization.
    We know BLM riots are planned and coordinated.

    By the transitive property of coordination we can assume Hillary was coordinated with BLM.

    No tinfoil hat required….

    Per Yahoo: only coming out 2 years later? What the… wonder who had stock options vest and sold last year…

  23. Gail Combs says:

    Things just got interesting.

    Election Commission Ruling: Candidates must stand during first debate.

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    Even burger flippers get drug tested…
    Think we can get a drug panel on the candidates at the debate?

  25. Gail Combs says:

    Snicker…. and a check for ear buds or other audio aids….

    All it would take is a blast of sound on all freq.

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    Face book has been cooking metrics on their videos, now they are going to “new and improved” methods to fix their misleading metrics. Some advertisers are not happy.

  27. Another Ian says:


    September 23, 2016 at 7:48 am · Reply

    It’s enough to make a Greenie turn…uh…green. A new study from the University of Edinburgh finds that electric and hybrid vehicles actually emit more harmful pollution running on streets and highways than conventional vehicles. It turns out that those “zero emissions” from the tailpipe are only part of the story of the pollution emitted by a vehicle as it travels. Chris White of the Daily Caller explains:

    Electric vehicles tend to produce more pollutants from tire and brake wear, due in large part to their batteries, as well as the other parts needed to propel them, making them heavier.

    These pollutants are emitted when electric vehicle tires and brakes deteriorate as they accelerate or slow down while driving. Timmers and Achten’s research suggests exhaust from traditional vehicles is only about one-third of the total emissions.

    A large factor in this weighting of pollutants is the fact that internal combustion engine performance has improved so radically over the past several decades that they actually emit very few pollutants compared to engines of the past. The internal combustion engine is the most highly engineered product on the planet, having been worked on for well over a century by hundreds of thousands of engineers all over the planet. They set a very high bar for electric and hybrid vehicles to beat. The necessity for large, heavy batteries made of toxic materials does increase the weight, complexity, and cost compared to internal combustion vehicles.

    And the Edinburgh study does not even consider the environmental impact of manufacturing the complex, heavy, and expensive vehicles, nor does it consider the emissions of the electric generating stations that supply the juice. Add in these factors, and that “zero pollution” claim becomes a joke.
    Read more:

    A comment at

  28. H.R. says:

    Just saw on Fox news that Ted Cruz endorsed Trump.

    He’ll get some love out of people who were disappointed (P.O.d!) that he didn’t honor his pledge to support the nominee, whoever it turned out to be. Now that he’s come through on his pledge, it should help him in future political endeavors.

    Now… about that Governor John ‘Sour Grapes’ Kasich…

  29. p.g.sharrow says:

    Absentee ballots are a great place vote rigging, but take a lot of work.
    A small town in Alaska got their politics taken over by a union/Democratic group. Their use of absentee votes overwhelmed the locals, so we did the only thing possible. We out recruited them!
    40% more people casted votes then the total population of the town, including the dogs and cats! The mayor’s machine lost control, he and his council members were out.
    Only then did the Feds look into the city administrations criminal activities. As long as the Mayor and his people were elected they were protected by the system. Once “voted” out the mayor and his number2 were prosecuted and went to prison for mail fraud, not vote fraud. The prosecutors insisted, “vote fraud does not exist!” …pg

  30. Larry Ledwick says:

    These are not absentee ballots we have shifted to all mail in ballots, they get mailed to the homes of registered voters, and those who voted in prior elections, and you can mail them back or drop them off. I always physically hand deliver the ballot to the county clerks and elections office and put it in their drop box.
    The scary thing is it is not illegal for some one to come in with a box of 100+ ballots and drop them off (they are assumed to be acting in good faith to collect and deliver ballots from old folks homes etc. but no reason to believe if someone died in the home in the prior year that someone in the office could intercept that ballot and then include it in a batch delivery.)

    It is convenient but they need to run some ballot hygiene on the delivered ballots by screening out ballots from known deceased and those who have moved out of town and filed change of address with the post office.

    There is also no way to prevent a son or daughter of a person who is incapable of voting due to mental illness or other incapacity from intercepting their ballot and submitting it for them.
    You have to sign the ballot but without comparing to signature cards of some sort there is no control over those actually being the true voter.

    with voter fraud laws so weak likely that the strongest way to deal with it is to file mail fraud charges if you can pin down who intercepted the ballot.

  31. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry Ledwick; OMG! that means there is no chance of voting fraud crime as there is no controlling authority. No way to even limit it. A Democratic Dream come true! Only the amount of money available as a limit on the ballot stuffing effort.
    In the old days you had to show up before people that knew who you were and everyone that vote did so on the same day. Hard to commit fraudulent voting while riding a horse. Back then the key to ballot stuffing was in recording the count…pg

  32. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Yes, p.g.sharrow, it seems hopeless. That may be required for the most powerful animals on Earth to discover and accept that a benevolent Higher Power is in total control.

    Throughout recorded history, humans regarded that HP as a Diety, but it may be subconscious awareness of a force that created and sustains every atom and life in the solar system.

    I know that I don’t know, but that I would be very frightened if politicians were actually in control of anything.

  33. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    When Senator Cruz announced he would vote for Trump, I replied “Thank you, Senator Cruz, for making that decision.

    I hope you will be able to help end eighty years of deceitful science that has isolated all humanity from the creator and sustainer of life, not only here, but worldwide”–social-costs-from-overlooking-this-power/

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    p.g.sharrow says:
    23 September 2016 at 10:29 pm

    @Larry Ledwick; OMG! that means there is no chance of voting fraud crime as there is no controlling authority. No way to even limit it. A Democratic Dream come true!

    And people actually ask why Colorado suddenly shifted from red to blue. Under this system students can register on line as soon as they have a Colorado drivers license, and get a mail in ballot while absentee voting in their home state. Chances of getting caught with no follow up voter comparisons between states —- nearly zero.
    Plus after they finish college as active voters they will keep getting mail in ballots to their old address. Any guess how many new students living in the same dorm/apartment are voting for former residents along with their own vote?

  35. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Oliver; I also said a thank you for Cruz doing the right thing and swallowing his pride and declaring for Trump. Besides, I think he has even less standing as a Natural Born American then Obama. That said He could make a great Supreme Court Justice.
    GOD is the soul of the Universe :-) Not some Greek Dude sitting in a cloud LoL…pg

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    You can use multiple types of identification to register. I bet this group could come up with about a dozen ways these rules could be abused by an unethical person intent on stacking the vote..

    Colorado voters must provide a valid form of identification if they choose to vote in person. The identification does not have to include a photo. For a full list of acceptable forms of identification,

    However, since electors can register to vote until the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, there are always some voters that cannot vote by mail ballot. Therefore, Colorado law requires county clerks to open and operate polling locations called Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) starting 15 days before the election through Election Day, excluding Sundays. Eligible voters can visit any VSPC in their county of residence to do any of the following:

    void their mail ballot to vote in person, (what could possibly go wrong)
    register to vote,
    update an existing voter registration record,
    obtain a mail ballot “over-the-counter,” or (what could possibly go wrong)
    vote in person on paper ballots or accessible voting devices.

    For online registration this is all you need provide.

    I especially like the idea that you can walk in and ask for a replacement mail in ballot over the counter, then print a thousand clones with anything you wanted on them.

  37. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well according to this they are doing some checking on Colorado ballots.

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    I hear ominous music when I read this UN report on the world economy:
    ( cut to Jaws theme 3 2 1 ) —

  39. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m pondering that Epic Debt 3rd (way) Leg now myself… I’ll have to hit the link. David Stockman was on Wall Street Week with a similar worry.

    Oh, and I could easily vote in Florida and California… have ID from both… and an address…

  40. Larry Ledwick says:

    So the guy shot by police had a prior record of violence and shooting at police — verrrry interesting.

  41. Another Ian says:


    For your contemplation

    ” philincalifornia
    September 23, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    One version of Hanlon’s Razor:

    “Any sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice”

    My version on this topic:

    “Any sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from conspiracy”

    However Lew, since you brought up the word maybe you should have someone point you to the Climategate e-mails where your heroes are conspiring to rig the peer-reviewed literature. This would be conspiracy fact, not theory or ideation.”

    A comment at

  42. Another Ian says:

    Gail Combs

    O/T but can you please point me to the thread with your comments on patented animals?

    I would like to re-read, didn’t bookmark and can’t find.



  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    John Schindler ‏@20committee 12 minutes ago

    BREAKING: There are serious indications from #CascadeMallShooting that more than 1 shooter was involved & they were not English speakers.

  44. Gail Combs says:

    Another Ian, here you are:

    Happy to help. I just hope the information is still there. If not I copied a lot of it to my private notes and would be happy to post it here.

    (Thank you E.M. for letting us do that sort of thing.)

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting thing just popped up on twitter, some guy back tracing followers of the cascade mall shooting has found a guy (Sunil Bohara) that appears to match the pictures of the shooter, and has only 2 tweets and joined just this month. He is following only the cascade mall shooting the T-mobil cascade mall accounts and one other person named Nelson Barkett who has no tweets and joined in 1911 and has as his handle “cascade mall”.

    Going back to the original guy, and checking his likes they include first an arabic language driving school then a tweet about the cascade mall which references that the shooter might be hispanic and one listing the death toll at cascade mall, hten liked his own picture then all the following likes are arabic tweets.

    It will be interesting to see if this is a valid starting point for investigation. Also it might indicate a way that terrorists communicate. His first tweet was just jibbrish “Dhbgyh” right before the assault (was this and indication he was heading out to make the attack or just a cat walked across the keyboard test to see if his tweets worked? If someone knew to watch for that account it could be a “signal in the blind” that he was on his way to cascade mall, and his second was his picture after the attack occurred.

    This is definitely tenuous circumstantial evidence but will have to watch how this case develops with this in mind.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video analysis of police shootings and racial bias by police. Showed up in facebook but found it at its source.

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    So it seems that technically HRC and Cheryl Mills never had a security clearence because they never signed their mandatory Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement forms.

  48. E.M.Smith says:


    I don’t delete anything for age and consider TIPS to be an open forum and archive for whatever interests a person. So, you are most welcome. I just wish comment search was better for readers. FWIW, I can do text searches in comments (all threads at once) but it is a minor pita, so please keep requests for me to do that “modest” ;-)


    Cascade mall shooting? I’ve lost the plot… is this a new shooting?

    The gibberish might need parsing into 3 letter grroups, vowels added, and Arabic translation…

    SO , anyone who sent (c) info to them is guilty of violations too ?? :-)

  49. Another Ian says:




  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    Shooting at cascade mall Macy’s store at the makeup counter just the other day, killed 4 women and injured a man

    They only have a picture of the suspect and are speculating he is hispanic but because there are not direct clues are discounting terrorism. The MO fits a jihad attack on “vain women” but no physical confirmation of it.

  51. E.M.Smith says:


    Damn! Nothing at all on the TV “news” channels. They seem to think nothing newsworthy happens on the weekends (or really after 5 PM EST) or outside the border of the USA (unless is impacts the election).

    Well, looks like you scouped them!

  52. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like it is going to be big, and folks are using the generic location #tags for now:

    Anthony Gonzalez @AnthoGonzalez56

    🔴🇭🇺ALERTE – Forte explosion dans la centre de #Budapest Périmètre bouclé en ce moment. Cause inconnue. Il y aurait des blessés (témoins)

    Anthony Gonzalez @AnthoGonzalez56

    ⚡️Au moins 2 personnes au sol visiblement blessées après cette explosion d’origine inconnue à #Budapest en #Hongrie

    Strong explosion in the center of Budapest… Curly ( I think curved or circled) perimeter right now. Cause unknown. There would be injured [folks] (control)

    At least 2 people on the ground visibly injured after explosion of unknown origin in Budapest in Hungry.

    Maybe after Trumps speech folks will think it news… ( CNN / MSNBC not so much) This is the kind of stuff I pick up from RT more than US sources.

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    Actually first showed up on twitter an hour ago, ( drudge picked it up 37 minutes ago. That is why I monitor twitter now it seems to be the most reliable early reporter of “important stuff”.

  54. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. I am now pretty good at doing searches. I notice recently that google is now making it harder to do searches for my comments here and at Tony Hellers. It used to be very easy.

    And forget doing a search for a phrase from the comments at ConservativeTreeHouse. I can have the whole paragraph saved and still not find the URL via Google or any of the search engines.

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    If you follow the a large selection of news feeds you get stuff very quickly, every time I get a good lead like this I add that source to my follow list in this case just added the twitter link for

    By the very nature of Twitter it lends itself to breaking news tips so you can chase down better info.
    The UK newspapers seem to do a good job on European news good picture coverage and initial reports.

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    Gail do you use the advanced search option?
    limit search to just the domain you are interested in and the “exact phrase” for your search key usually works very well for me.

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    Something to file away for future reference when folks are talking about slavery in America.

  58. Gail Combs says:

    Larry says “…. speculating he is hispanic.” Sorry Larry, that does not mean a darn thing. Islam is not a race it is a political ideology (some call it a religion)

    A person, especially a person who is a former prison inmate could easily been a Hispanic muslim.

    Radical Islam makes inroads among Latin America’s Native peoples – February 21, 2010

    July 2010 Hezbollah Terrorists On Our Southern Border (The Drug cartel and muslim terrorist have become best buddies.)

    Also islam specifically targets prison populations for conversion. They even wait outside of the prisons to scarf up released inmates according to an old article on Islamberg in New York state.

    Here is a newer article.
    Islam loves American Prisons

    ….Entire communities of former prisoners are popping up in the United States; the most well-known being Islamberg in New York. At the foot of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York lies a 70 acre Muslim compound called Islamberg. For almost two decades Islamberg and its occupants went un-noticed by the world. After 911, concerns began to grow over the compounds proximity to a huge reservoir system that provides New York City with most of its drinking water. Today newly released prisoners who have found Islam are seeking refuge at Islamberg. It has been reported that nineteen other communities for former inmates that have converted to Islam have sprung up as refuges for the Islam’s prison converts….

    And other articles.

    U.S. Prisons Churning Out Thousands Of Radicalized Inmates

    Prisons are breeding grounds for jihadists

  59. Jeff says:

    My take is that the shooter is Syrian, because he has more European features than one would find in a Mexican (not so much facial hair, sharper countours). Living in Germany we often see folks of Syrian descent (and the fake Syrians as well). It will be interesting to see where this fellow is from, as well as his weapon (F&F?). I just hope and pray they catch him soon.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Gail Combs says:
    25 September 2016 at 12:08 am

    Larry says “…. speculating he is hispanic.” Sorry Larry, that does not mean a darn thing. Islam is not a race it is a political ideology (some call it a religion)

    Note “I did not say he was hispanic” that is what the official and media line is, probably to deflect suspicion from the possibility it was terrorist related.

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not sure where to put this so posting it here in tips.

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    More on the Cascade Mall shooting, note the official description of the suspect.

    Based on witness reports and mall surveillance video, Sgt. Mark Francis, of the Washington State Patrol described the shooter as a“Hispanic male wearing gray,” approximately 20 to 25-years-old, with a “skinny build” and black messy hair. The gunman fled on foot toward Interstate 5. Initial reports indicated he was still carrying the rifle, but Saturday morning Associated Press reported the weapon had been recovered in Macy’s.

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    This was first broken on twitter 40 minutes ago by Al Boe not sure who this guy is but he has been really on top of this — down side he might not error check as thoroughly as the big boys:

    Al Boe ‏@AlBoeNEWS 40 minutes ago
    #BREAKING: Person of interest arrested in #Burlington, Washington, mall shooting

  64. Larry Ledwick says:
  65. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, the SF guy had an airsoft “gun” i.e. a toy.

    The “Hispanic” isn’t. But he’s been captured now.

    Still not much on Budapest… I think I need to subscribe to some online European news channels. On weekends, the USA news just stops and turns into “reality” unreal TV dreck and happytalk with the occasional political rant interspersed with endless reruns of whatever was the last PC Coalition Push from Friday… Sigh.

    I remember TV news…. It was pretty good once…

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes I have noticed that the news only does working hours any more, 9 – 5 Mon – Fri with a bit of sports on the weekend.

    I originally was very very reluctant to sign up for twitter, but finally bit the bullet. I think in all the time I have been on it I have only made 18 tweets but have deleted all but the first 2 I sent to be sure it was working, and only a couple friends follow me (serves as another back channel means to communicate with them if other paths like email are broken), all others are rejected.
    You can setup with any alias screen name you want so except for the login profile info, it can be pretty anonymous.

    As I said if you only follow feeds like major media, local law enforcement, local emergency management and a couple other “connected” people, you can get very prompt info on breaking stories. Every time I run across a feed that seems really good I first check out their home page on twitter and if I like what I see I follow for a while. If they start producing slanted crap or uninteresting stuff you can easily unfollow them.

    By following the local law enforcement and fire authorities you often get heads up tweets from them even before the media has a clue about things like fires, bank robberies, streets closed for accidents or law enforcement activity. This morning I was seeing tweets from colorado state patrol on first snow fall on the passes etc.

    I only follow a hand full of news commentators and political commentators but they often retweet sources I would never find otherwise, which leads me to continue following that source.

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    Most of the major media have twitter and often break a story on twitter tens of minutes before the “breaking story” shows up on their main online page.

  68. E.M.Smith says:


    I’d likely use Twitter too, except a ‘reliable source’ told me they put a beacon on your machine, even if you just read their site. I’d need to have a dedicated “twitter only” system, and that would defeat the speed advantage as I’d need to swap chips and boot it up every time I wanted to get Tweets… Or sped a day or so crafting a firewall filter to suppress their information mining…

    That’s the problem with ALL “social media”. It exists for the purpose of profiling and tracking you and then selling your information. I just can’t “go there”. To many decades in the trenches…

    Maybe I’ll get a new dedicated burner smart phone (about $25 last I looked) and set it up as the Twitter Box… Then again, I’m over subscribed already on time issues…. so maybe not.

    I think maybe I just need to take the time to line up a few good online news sources that I can monitor as “pull” sources, and just forget about the TV news.

    Remember that 9-5 M-F is Eastern Time… That’s 6-2 Pacific. Gives me about 6 or sometimes just 4 hours of “news” on the “news” channels. ( I rarely watch local news as it is abominably local. I don’t care At All what the Mayor of S.F. is doing, which streets will be closed tomorrow in Oakland, or what the BART delays are…

    Oh well. I was thinking I needed to plan an orderly retreat from TV. THE major thing that has kept me on it was all the news channels. In the last decade it was an annoyance how it had changed, In the last year or two it has become non-news Opinion Shows and a load of crap on late evenings and weekends. Heck, Fox Business runs infomercials and half our long shows selling pots. Really? They can’t find enough business guys or traders willing to watch the business channel on the weekend? Selling pots is getting a bigger audience?

    I think it’s the NYC mindset…

    Frankly, I’ve started watching more of RFD for news. It’s on “way early” but they have really good long range weather and news that isn’t loaded up with political raw-raw… (besides, I like the tractor shows and the crop production reporting is stellar. Very good grain crop this year, so don’t expect high prices.)

    Well, enough grousing from me… I’m going to go search for some online news channels so I can start ramping down my TV… Maybe I’ll dig out the Chromebox (now that I’ve proven I can live months without it on the Pi_M3…) and set it up as the media center. I’d threatened to do that… and I have already loaded it up with bookmarks for a load of foreign stations. (Irish News for several reasons and Portuguese when I was teaching the Brazilian kids…) Yeah, I like that idea…

    Since I only have one HDMI display, I’m going “off line” for a while as I swap it in…

  69. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; My grandson and have been checking Goodwill and such for computer stuff and managed to pick up a nice LG Flatron wide for $10 so it looks like the cascade of used stuff has reached that level. Lots and lots of SVGA flat screens available. Now I need to get a RasPi- 3 and get with the change over as you have done the proof of concept. nice winter project 8-)…pg

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting read in Russian, need to translate the article

  71. E.M.Smith says:


    Nice idea… but the problem is more the desk realestate… and the need to haul more “stuff” into the house. I’ve got a goal of “de junking”, and that means less stuff… We’ll see how long I can hold to that goal ;-)


    Well, the ChromeBox had a few nice things and one not so nice. “Adblock” now pops a new begging window whenever you use a page with ads… Nothing like an Ad Blocker that shoves an ad in your face… So I’ve uninstalled it. (I think maybe my DNS blocking will be enough. I’d put the Adblock extension in when on the road and without my DNS blocker)

    I also was happy to see the nice set of news shows I’d bookmarked when on the road.
    I was unhappy at how they have changed.

    Aljazeera America had a nice story on hydroponics and is now doing one on the iPhone locking. Now it’s back to the hydroponics story again. is happily covering the news about the Mall in Washington… nothing about Hungary…

    I found a nice list of Hungarian stations… all in Hungarian… ++ for authenticity, but a demerit for not realizing the entire internet does not speak Hungarian… but as a ‘relay’ product for Hungarians on the road, hey, great.

    I’ve got a half dozen Portuguese stations… Wonder if the little Portuguese I’d learned has evaporated in a year and a half… and if they care at all about Hungary…

    I’ve got a half dozen Religious channels… from when the spouse sometimes wanted to ‘attend’ mass without leaving the house in Florida (some of those storms…) but while there is a Catholic News program, it is about 1/2 hour a day, and not now.

    has a nice list of “live news” shows from around the world… Hey, lets search through 50 different languages trying to fine a show about Hungary…

    France24 has news in French, English, and Arabic(!) on different channels, so I’m going to launch it for now: but the commercial was in French… running a news program about… race and shootings in America…


    Clearly the mix I’d selected while “on the road” in hotels and temp rental are quite different from what I want now.

    OK, time to start directed searching…

    Yes, I know, kind of silly to want TV over the Computer, but my work habits are set up to have a regular news show, with choices selected by the Editor, running in the background while I do something else. I’m not interested in clicking something every 2 minutes to say “yes, next story, that one, 4 down and 3 over…” Well, France In English is OK for now, and who knows, might even have some world news…

  72. E.M.Smith says:

    This is what CBS has. Pretty useless:

    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Hungary’s disaster management agency says that two people have been injured in an explosion at a ground-floor shop in downtown Budapest and have been taken to a hospital.

    Police and rescue personnel cordoned off the area late Saturday near the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.

    The blast did not set off any fires at the scene. No information was available about what caused the explosion.

    Something went boom. 2 down. No news in the news…

    OK, I guess I’m going to let go of the Hungarian Bombardy for now and assume it isn’t all that important, it’s only 2 people, and it is far more important to endlessly obsess over a museum on the Washington Mall and one guy who got shot almost a week ago…

    OTOH, the media playing ability of the Chromebox is better than the Pi (more reliable sound), so setting it up for media makes sense. Guess what I’ll be doing more of tonight… Under Arch, on the Pi, it mostly runs videos fine… but sometimes the sound garbles, then works on the same video later… I also suspect the Chromebox has more buffer… it doesn’t seem to ever have a pause.

    OK, I’m going back to work…

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just a comment on the changes in the news. Last night a thought popped into my head that I think explains it. As the large newspapers have crashed in circulation and power as the internet took their major income stream (classified advertising) they closed down lots of news bureaus and cut news staff. At first it was streamlining and cutting excess, but as the cuts got deeper and deeper they started gutting their ability to handle fast breaking news in house and had to start depending on outside sources. One of these symptoms was the elimination of entire departments like the staff news photographers, who got fired so that some random reporter could use a smart phone to take a couple snap shots at a news event. At first they depended on UPI and AP, BBC and other large organizations (we don’t need to have a full news department, we can just pull stuff off the wire from the big guys in real time) but in time they also took the hit as news was no longer the viewer/reader draw that it used to be as younger generations not having grown up in the cold war period were not the news junkies that their parents were. Their focus shifted to All Kardashian all the time and similar celebrity coverage to get viewer interest. I think that shift began about the time that People Magazine first broke into the top of the heap and showed that well done gossip magazines had potential to draw revenue.

    I think the fact that news organizations have recently shifted to the “you report” model of depending on consumers to feed them on the spot video and reports is sort of the last straw in this chain of events. The viewers are now seen as a resource to be used rather than the market to supply, and also to some extent useful fools that if we give them a by-line on their photo they will send us for free what we used to pay big bucks to procure. No longer need to employ staff photographers and street beat reporters, just need a few journalism majors and some folks to cruise the web and pull bits and pieces from other sources and glue them together to make a story.

    The times they are a changing!

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    Speaking of what you won’t hear in the news and our previous posts about Russia and their recent adventures in broad spectrum hacking of everything in sight, and their penchant for special warfare in the Ukraine. Then season with our discussions about intentional provocation operations by Soro’s affiliated groups, it is worth while to take a look back at history and what can be accomplished when someone completely controls the narrative and the opponent is led to believe something that differs substantially from the truth.

    A brief summary of deception operations in WWII prior to Normandy and how they totally owned the German intelligence information flow.

    Click to access tavares_fortitude.pdf

    Now take that scenario and modernize it with Russian hackers having extensive background information on millions of people especially those with military connections, deep penetrations of multiple critical government data systems and their hacking expertise combined with intentional disinformation operations which exploit a compliant media.

    What if our picture of Russia is like Germany’s picture of allied preparations in WWII?
    What if our intelligence community is just as arrogant as the Germans were and is getting systematically played?

  75. Larry Ledwick says:
    Hmm google translate refuses to translate this web page??
    Does translate the text though?

    Polisen utreder explosion i Malmö
    En explosion hördes i Malmö strax efter 20.30 på söndagskvällen.
    – Det ska ha varit en hög smäll. Vi kontrollerar saken just nu, säger Johanna Persson på polisen i Skåne.
    Enligt vittnesuppgifter till Aftonbladet hörde en kraftig explosion i delar av Malmö på söndagskvällen.
    – Det var en otroligt kraftig explosion som spred sig över stan. Jag ringde polisen som då arbetade med att ringa var det var någontstans genom tips, säger ett vittne.
    Enligt polisen har man nu lyckats lokalisera smällen till de södra delarna av staden.
    – Vi har fått in att det ska ha hörts en hög smäll i Fosie-området, säger Johanna Persson.
    Enligt polisen har minst en patrull skickats till platsen för att försöka kontrollera uppgifterna.

    [Police investigating the explosion in Malmo
    An explosion was heard in Malmö shortly after 20:30 on Sunday evening.
    – It should have been a loud bang. We check it right now, says Johanna Persson of police in Skåne.
    According to witness statements to Aftonbladet heard a powerful explosion in parts of Malmö on Sunday evening.
    – It was an incredibly powerful explosion that spread across the town. I called the police, who then worked with the calling was there was någontstans through hints, says a witness.
    According to police, has now managed to locate the hit to the south of the city.
    – We have received it to have heard a loud bang in Fosie area, says Johanna Persson.
    According to police, at least a patrol sent to the site to try to verify this information.]

    It will be interesting to see if this makes the news in the US.

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter second feed picking this up
    Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews 12 minutes ago

    4 people injured after shooting in Malmo, Sweden; police searching for suspects – Expressen

    Several injured after shootings in Malmo
    published September 25, 2016 at 19:10

    Four people have been injured after a shooting at the Censor street in southern Malmö. A major police operation at the site.
    According to information provided to the Evening Post is a person shot in the head.
    – I heard about 20 shots, says one witness.
    Do you know more? Tell the Evening Post!
    Do you know more about the event? Please contact the Evening Post away!
    Contact the editors of or send e-mail, SMS or MMS to the 71717th
    More detailed information on how to get in touch with the editors, you will find here!
    Do you have news tips, you can also call the tip number 040-18 90 90th
    The shooting occurred shortly before 19 on Sunday evening.
    – We have an ongoing operation in the area that you describe, that’s right, say police communicator Ewa-Gun Westford.
    The police announced that four people have been shot damaged. Three of them have made it to the hospital in unknown ways, while one has been transferred by ambulance to the hospital. They shot the people were in a car when they were shot.
    According to information provided to the Evening Post, a person has been shot in the head.
    Police would not at present confirm the task.
    Shell casings found
    As the same time there was a derby match in football headlines between Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF in town, there are many policemen on duty in Malmo tonight.
    – We will of course let police officers from the commanding to help, says Ewa-Gun Westford.
    On the occasion of the football match there was also a police helicopter in the air throughout the evening, which means that the police can now use the helicopter in the search for the suspected shooters.
    – There is a serious offense, and we use the resources available, says Anna Göransson on police control.
    Four people have been injured in a shooting in Malmö. Photo: / FRITZ Schibli
    Police have cordoned off the crime scene and says that shell casings found. There will now be a technical study and a notification of attempted murder has been established.
    – We are currently knocking on doors in the area, says Johanna Persson of police control.
    No one has yet been arrested.
    Witness: “Come two EU mops”
    – I heard between six and ten shots, and it sounded so loud that the cats reacted. They usually do not care so much about when it slams firecrackers, but now they flew up and walked away from the window, says Bo Lövgren staying at the Censor Way.
    He got up and looked out the window.
    – I thought it was firecrackers, but when I looked out, I saw people who fled the scene, he said.
    Another witness to the event, saying it was shot around twenty shots.
    According to information from the site ran two EU mops after a passenger into the Censor Way, which ends in a dead end. On mopeds should there have been people who shot at people who were in the car.
    The police have also released information that the perpetrators may have left the scene on a moped.
    Meanwhile, another witness that the shots were fired from a car.
    – The shots were fired by people in an Audi which then drove off at high speed, said the witness.
    Anna Göransson, the police control center, said that the police have taken a car impounded, but would not say if it is the car that they shot people have found themselves in.
    Explosion in Malmo
    Witnesses have reported that shots were fired in bursts of three rounds, suggesting that it is automatic weapon used in the shooting.
    Manne Gerell was a few hundred meters from the scene when he heard the shots.
    – There were many shots in a short time. I would guess that it was some kind of automatic weapons, or more weapons, he said.
    – It is unpleasant when it will close, of course. Even when it is close, it feels pretty far away, he says.
    According to information provided to the Evening Post, a person should have been shot in the head. Photo: / Fritz Schibli
    Barely two hours after the shooting, just before 21 o’clock, there was a loud explosion at Heleneholm, one kilometer from the Censors Way.
    Police officers have been sent to the site but according to information from the site have not yet found anything.
    If the explosion is related to the shots is unclear.

  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm last source would not translate the page in google translate either, put up a warning about cookies but even if you clicked on the warning the translate did not occur.
    Here is the text which would translate via cut and paste.
    Wondering it google translate is selectively blocking page translations??

    Four people are cared for at the moment of SUS in Malmö after the shooting in Fosie in Malmö.

    Still at 21.30 o’clock it is unclear how injured the four people are.

    – The only thing I can confirm is that the emergency department received four people are under treatment, says Thomas Nilsson, press officer.

    The shooting occurred at 19 o’clock in the Censor street in the southern parts of the city. A major police operation in progress in the area. According to SVT freelance reporter on the scene Mikael Nilsson has been prevented residents to move freely in the area to not disturb the work of the police inside the cordon.

    – Many of the residents may not come out of the houses. I saw a constable to lead a family through the basement door, says Mikael Nilsson.
    Four people confirmed injured

    According to the police confirmed four people being injured by bullets. Three people, said to the unknown way taken to the hospital, and one has been transferred by ambulance.

    – We get the alarm about the progress some sort of gunfire at 18:52 and we send resources there. When we arrive at the location is more than one person injured, says Ewa-Gun Westford police communicator.
    Securing location

    A good hour later, the police still no overview of the injury situation.

    – We are working to secure the site, who have been there, we will keep the initial hearing and make a technical examination. We still have no hindsight this, says Ewa-Gun Westford.

    No suspects are yet to be arrested.

    – Data says that the perpetrators should have left on a moped, says Anna Göransson on police control.
    Crowd outside the emergency room

    Police have cordoned off outside the emergency room in Malmo. There, gathered just after the incident, a crowd of people who appreciate SVT Nyheter reporter reached around 100 people during the evening. Only the very closest relatives were admitted in the hospital.

    A relative of one of the wounded said to SVT Nyheter’s reporter that he learned about what had happened and went directly to the hospital. Injured comes in both private vehicles and ambulances. A person SVT talking to on the spot said to be relative of one of the injured, a 23 year old man.

    – We also need to shore up the SUS in Malmö, in the emergency room, in order to facilitate the flow when several patients come in, says Ewa-Gun Westford.

    During the evening, the police had about ten police vans in place at the emergency room.
    The notification regarding the attempted murder

    Police have found shell casings at the scene. The crime scene cordoned off and technicians will carry out a technical examination. The police will set up a notification regarding the attempted murder.

    Witnesses tell Sydsvenskan that several bangs were heard and that the two people then carried away to two cars left the scene.

    – The feet sticking out the window of the car, said the witness told the newspaper.
    Football Derby

    There are many police officers in the city because there is an ongoing allsvenskt football derby between Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF.

    – We will of course let police officers from the commanding to help, says Ewa-Gun Westford.

    The article is updated

  78. E.M.Smith says:

    Via a simple “Yes” to the question to translate the page in Chrome on the Chromebox (so 100% Google / Alphabet all the way). Seems to match my limited Swedish (picked up while working at Ericsonn… not fluent).

    Four people are cared for at the moment of SUS in Malmö after the shooting in Fosie in Malmö.
    Still at 21.30 o’clock it is unclear how injured the four people are.

    – The only thing I can confirm is that the emergency department received four people are under treatment, says Thomas Nilsson, press officer.

    The shooting occurred at 19 o’clock in the Censor street in the southern parts of the city. A major police operation in progress in the area. According to SVT freelance reporter on the scene Mikael Nilsson has been prevented residents to move freely in the area to not disturb the work of the police inside the cordon.

    – Many of the residents may not come out of the houses. I saw a constable to lead a family through the basement door, says Mikael Nilsson.

    Four people confirmed injured
    According to the police confirmed four people being injured by bullets. Three people, said to the unknown way taken to the hospital, and one has been transferred by ambulance.

    – We get the alarm about the progress some sort of gunfire at 18:52 and we send resources there. When we arrive at the location is more than one person injured, says Ewa-Gun Westford police communicator.

    Securing location
    A good hour later, the police still no overview of the injury situation.

    – We are working to secure the site, who have been there, we will keep the initial hearing and make a technical examination. We still have no hindsight this, says Ewa-Gun Westford.

    No suspects are yet to be arrested.

    – Data says that the perpetrators should have left on a moped, says Anna Göransson on police control.

    Crowd outside the emergency room
    Police have cordoned off outside the emergency room in Malmo. There, gathered just after the incident, a crowd of people who appreciate SVT Nyheter reporter reached around 100 people during the evening. Only the very closest relatives were admitted in the hospital.

    A relative of one of the wounded said to SVT Nyheter’s reporter that he learned about what had happened and went directly to the hospital. Injured comes in both private vehicles and ambulances. A person SVT talking to on the spot said to be relative of one of the injured, a 23 year old man.

    – We also need to shore up the SUS in Malmö, in the emergency room, in order to facilitate the flow when several patients come in, says Ewa-Gun Westford.

    During the evening, the police had about ten police vans in place at the emergency room.

    The notification regarding the attempted murder
    Police have found shell casings at the scene. The crime scene cordoned off and technicians will carry out a technical examination. The police will set up a notification regarding the attempted murder.

    Witnesses tell Sydsvenskan that several bangs were heard and that the two people then carried away to two cars left the scene.

    – The feet sticking out the window of the car, said the witness told the newspaper.

    Football Derby
    There are many police officers in the city because there is an ongoing allsvenskt football derby between Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF.

    – We will of course let police officers from the commanding to help, says Ewa-Gun Westford.

    The article is updated

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    So far only nbc news has anything on this and is just a link provided by “breaking news” one of the feeds I monitor on twitter to a swedish language page I already touched on above.

  80. E.M.Smith says:


    FWIW, Swedish isn’t a very hard language to learn. Structurally similar to English. Mostly a few strange verbs and pronouns and auxiliary words. Many of the rest are similar to English with a transliteration.

    Det enda jag kan bekräfta är att akutmottagningen fått in fyra personer som är under behandling, säger Thomas Nilsson, pressinformatör.

    The only thing I can confirm is that the emergency department received four people are under treatment, says Thomas Nilsson, press officer.

    Jag is “i”, kan is can direct match, det the close enough, is ar like the conjugation in English, fyra four personer persons under=under behandling ~”being handled’ sager said press officer pressinformator… Then you get a few odd words that take a bit more work or a dictionary lookup, like “akutmottagningen”…

    You can load up a basic grammar school ability in about a week.

  81. E.M.Smith says:

    Per Russian Hacking:

    I’m not sure all of it is Russian. A significant part will be people bouncing off Russia, or posing. Were I going to do a high level hack, I’d try to make it look like the landing point was Russia just as that terminates most legal cooperation / hunting and warrants…

    But, that said, the Russians and the Chinese have been on the wrong end of the US effort to assure most every significant electronic product we produce is open to the NSA. They’ve caught on to things like Microsoft have a “3 pass DES” that was really about a pass and a dodge… and NSA ‘advising’ on encryption such that a State Actor with enough computes can break it, but you not so much. They KNOW our TLAs were penetrating them for decades. So… “Turn about is fair play”… China made Kylin as a secure alternative and started inserting backdoors, viruses, and hacks into anything sent over for manufacture in China. (Those cute electronic picture frames? At least one brand was found to be pre-loaded with a MS PC hacking virus to phone home to China… Why I prefer NOT to use ANY China built gear for anything critical if at all possible.)

    Russia took the approach of using those exploits built in to help the NSA, to help themselves. A Knight Fork of sorts. “You can take out the hacks, and make Russia safer, or leave them in and be an open book to us. Your choice.” Can’t blame them. It is the risk many of us, me included, were complaining about in the 1990s when the TLA games gained currency. You can make equipment and OSs secure, or YOU will be exposed.

    Now once you know that the NSA / FBI / CIA are all in on “Total Information Awareness” (which they are), it is perfectly fine to play the Reciprocal Game… and exploit your adversaries tools for your own gain.

    Oh, and the first rule of infowarfare is to gather ALL the information you can. Filter and select later. Now this is best done smartly. Sneak in with small probes. Suck out the very best most important bits without waking up the watchdogs… Then slowly ramp up the flow until cut off. If you get 100%, great… That is EXACTLY what the Russian TLAs do. It is what I would do running one of their agencies (or one of ours). Though I’d likely add the finesse that the first 10% is done with one set of tools, then those are erased, and the second tier tools used for the next 40%, then erased, and the final 50% done with third tier tools. Never expose your best tricks to the volume watchdogs…

    In short, none of this is a surprise. It has been fully anticipated since at least 1990. It is largely avoidable. It is the fault of the deliberate pushing of weak security onto the American domestic market (and internationals buying America) for the benefit of American TLAs.

    Want real security? Use hardware made in somewhere other than the USA and China. Run BSD on it. Add IDS Intrusion Detection Systems and packet sniffers and even things as simple as data volume reports by time of day and “blinkey lights” when logged in. Oh, and if it doesn’t absolutely positively NEED to be plugged into the computer and available, leave it unplugged, and if the computer does not absolutely positively NEED to be connected to the internet RIGHT NOW, disconnect it. Finally, have one machine NOT networked for your really private stuff and another connected for public stuff. ( I actually have about 8 major “images” is use for different purposes, and then rotate what they are with some regularity. Crap may sneak in to the Web Search system, but it just can’t make the leap to the Private Archive system… or the email system… or… The Media Player… or…)

    I first started suspecting the buggering was deliberate when looking at MS being chosen for preferential use in Government… right after Apple declined to make security weak… Confirmed when Apple became “approved” right after joining PRISM…

    Oh Well… those who do not 100% approve, endorse, and push security; will be the victims of their own insecurity… Yin, meet Yang coming right up your own back door…

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Obviously the media cannot “cover everything” but the more of this sort of thing I notice and go digging to find the limits, the more interesting it is to me how different editorial selection regarding what qualifies as news.

    So far the AP has not picked this up, and it is my impression that lots of the US major media are really just mirrors for AP stories, as most of them copy the AP release word for word with byline.

    Perhaps the AP has become the “pool” news provider for the major American media, and they expend little effort to find news themselves.

    The question of importance is how much of this selective coverage is just random variation in editorial choices or adherence to an approved list of topics?

    The Mirror in UK has an item on it (of course being European it is more local to them)

    The does not yet have anything on it.

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    A look at how establishment folks tend to antagonize voters and drive them away during a time when there is a social revolt going on against the establishment. Interesting comments.

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is the sterilized version of the shooting incident in Malmo by the AP, appearing word for word in several outlets. Example from Daily Herald so looks like UK timezone time stamp.
    updated: 9/25/2016 1:56 PM
    4 wounded in shooting in Swedish city of Malmo
    STOCKHOLM — Swedish police say four people have been wounded in a shooting in Malmo, the country’s third-largest city.

    Newspaper Expressen says gunmen on motor scooters opened fire Sunday evening on a car they had been chasing through a neighborhood in southern Malmo.

    Police confirmed four people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds and that the gunmen were believed to have fled the scene on motor scooters. The victims’ conditions weren’t immediately clear.

    Police said they were investigating the case as an attempted murder.

    Like Sweden’s other major cities, Malmo has seen a rise in gun violence in the past decade, often connected to feuds between rival gangs.

  85. Jeff says:

    German media: Four people shot, one critical, one shot in the head (probably the one who’s critical).

    Similar to Hamburg and Berlin, there are “families” of Moslems (mostly Lebanese- and Turks)
    who fight with each other and anyone else in “fighting distance”.

    They divvy up the various “establishments” much as the Mafia are said to do: prostitution, drugs, gambling, petty thefts, car “repurposing”, etc. We’ve had a problem here in north Germany for many years now; it’s getting worse (no) thanks to our new “guests”.

    What Merkel and the “progressive” politicians don’t seem to understand is that these folks tend to be “tribal” as opposed to firstname.lastname (etc.). I know this for a fact as a close family member took a trip to Lebanon and was astonished that he was only identified as a member of the x family, as opposed to his real name. He was good and truly gobsmacked…

    As long as we don’t understand the culture, and “our enemy”, as it may be, we have no chance of understanding the situation, let alone changing it…

  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    Since we are talking about homicide rates in the other thread, here is the most dangerous animal in America.

    The deer (mostly due to their kamikaze attacks on cars)

  87. E.M.Smith says:


    circa 1965 a deer took out the front of Dad’s car, whole family in it, but for being mid landing, so low, would have come through the windshield. As it was, we all walked away. It was at the end of a bridge, so no way to swerve much…

    Then about 3 years ago, I had one jump in front of the SLC in Indiana at night. A very quick swerve kept me alive, but passenger side headlight and fender not so much. Car now gone to others for repair, maybe.

    I worry more when I see a deer sign by the road than anything else. Twice in one lifetime is strong odds… and I’ve already won 2 out of 2…

  88. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. My present truck took out one deer in MA, another in PA, a third in NC and the last in Tennessee. (I am due for another and you can not swerve easily hauling a trailer as I was each time.)

    I really do like a nice solid old truck with a diesel. My truck is high enough the deer bounce of the bumper or the sides instead of coming through a window. With the last one we had to straighten the door some so it would open but other wise my Deer Slayer wears her scars proudly.

    I am about to get out the sand paper and paint for the annual touch-up this week. The nice thing about a black truck is the paint color is not a problem.

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    Link on what’s going on in Europe right now, with interesting video.

    she also refers to some other resources: <- – – – to help her pay legal expenses

  90. p.g.sharrow says:

    My lady took on a BIG mule tail buck with her SEL Mersadies at 65mph in the middle of the day!
    Talk about a kamikaze attack. I watched this deer run below the road for at least a half a mile then as the road slowly turned, he swerved, jumped the fence and landed in the road right in front me in the passenger seat BANG!! Deer went flying over the car and we drove nearly 20 miles to where we could park the car. Kind of mashed the right front and the radiator. Never did discover what happened to the deer. He wasn’t there that evening….pg

  91. Another Ian says:

    E.M. and Gail C.

    Re patented animals
    About here IIRC someone had a go at claiming exclusive use of “basmati rice”.

    But that might have been more down the “McDonalds – the clan can get {naughty bits removed}ed” name grab

  92. Another Ian says:

    E.M. and Gail C.

    A repeat as I seem to have tested the limits on word use!

    Re animal patents.

    IIRC someone laid a claim to “basmati rice”.

    But that might have been down the line of the “McDonalds – the clan can get four-ed” claim.

    Interesting on censorship – I’ve lately met an example where the four letter version of hades got starred out and it let a c-bomb through.

    Consistency – what consistency!

  93. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    Aiming for Truth and missing by a country mile…

    Are they like the ONION???

    ERRRrrr no..
    “The Bullseye is dedicated to professional public interest journalism that results in greater public knowledge and constructive public engagement.”

    Looks like they are dedicated to wiping out the very last little itty bit of trust in journalism.

    Most people have figured out that the press LIES!

    September 28, 2015 Americans’ Trust in Media Remains at Historical Low

    Four in 10 Americans say they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly….

    Americans’ confidence in the media has slowly eroded from a high of 55% in 1998 and 1999. Since 2007, the majority of Americans have had little or no trust in the mass media….

    This decline follows the same trajectory as Americans’ confidence in many institutions and their declining trust in the federal government’s ability to handle domestic and international problems over the same time period….

    Notice the two categories of “a great deal” or “a fair amount” had to be combined. This is new because the historic reporting of just “a great deal” formerly used is now below 10%. (More ‘Hide the Decline’ )

    This year is worse:

    September 14, 2016 Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low

    Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.

    Given Gallop says Obummers approval rating is 54% and the Unemployment is 9.7% (Instead of the more realistic 23%) It makes you wonder just how far the ‘trust in media’ has really sunk.

    Luckily an April 18, 2016 article tells you what Gallup is trying to hide. Only 6% of Americans trust the media – survey

    A survey of more than 2,000 adults released on Sunday showed that trust in the media has dipped to dramatically low levels. About 52 percent of respondents said they have “some confidence” in the press, while 41 percent said they have “hardly any confidence.”

    “Over the last two decades, research shows the public has grown increasingly skeptical of the news industry,” the report from the American Press Institute reads. “The study reaffirms that consumers do value broad concepts of trust like fairness, balance, accuracy, and completeness. At least two-thirds of Americans cite each of these four general principles as very important to them.”….

    The American Press Institute report comes in the wake of a September 2015 Gallup poll which found that only 7 percent of Americans have a great deal of trust in the media, with about 33 percent saying they had a fair amount, and 60 percent claiming they had either little or no trust in the media…

    I wonder how badly the trust has eroded since April.

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting read on the origins and intent of Political Correctness.
    (Gail you may have already seen this if not I am sure you will find it a good summary)
    Warning you have to click on a banner to make it go away to read it, simple reload will not work.

    I stumbled across this looking for information on the origin of Political Correctness as we know it. In thinking about it I realized that those who try to enforce political correctness on others are in fact self appointed political officers straight out of the old Soviet Union, and that periods totalitarian communist governments. I was pondering how effective that tack would be in calling them on their behavior by telling them I do not recognize their appointment to be my political officer or some other way to put that fact front and center. The only thing missing is that with rare exceptions most of them cannot send you to a gulag for not being PC (yet) although this paper above does point out that modern college campuses have crossed that line and are in effect little tiny self appointed North Koreas as far as political correctness is concerned.

    You can’t eliminate Political Correctness until the average person realizes it is simply totalitarian thought control and the first stage toward the kind of oppressive totalitarian rule we saw in the old Soviet Union and other communist governments of the 20th century.

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm have not seen this on the major media?
    Is Paris Burning?

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    Assuming the above video is current video and factual I wonder if this unrest is related to this ?

  97. E.M.Smith says:


    The UK has (politely) stepped over the line to escaping the Soros noose and regain free sovereign nation status. The French population has noticed and is having “Freedom Envy”…

    Remember that France is named for the throwing ax they used to chase invading muslims out of the country…

    The French love their history…

  98. Larry Ledwick says:

    Leak of FBI documents on terrorist contacts in the US. Number much higher than the media would have you believe.

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting note on what really screwed the HRC email investigation.
    If they had found her guilty, they would have also by implication found the President guilty.

  100. Another Ian says:



    JJM | September 26, 2016 11:50 AM | Reply

    Apple is what Scientology would be if it were an IT company.”

    A comment at

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    New FBI statistics on Murder rates

    The FBI reports there were 9,616 murders committed with a firearm in 2015 compared to 8,312 in 2014, an increase of 1,304 or 15.7%. That represents the most gun murders since 2007 when there were 10,129.

    The rate of murders committed with rifles fell from 2014 to 2015 despite the overall increase in gun murders. ,b>Rifles, a category that includes AR-15s and AK-47s, were used in 252 murders. That’s the fewest rifle murders ever reported by the FBI. Knives, blunt objects (like clubs and hammers), and personal weapons (such as hands, fists, and feet) were all used more often in murders than AR-15s, AK-47s, and other rifles.

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the modernization efforts of Russia which makes people wonder about their true intentions.

  103. p.g.sharrow says:

    This reminds me of Nazi Germany, They created lots of low production or 1 of wonder weapons but could not build thousands of of them so they were a waste of scarce resources. Having the biggest or baddest does not win wars. It is the logistics and numbers you can keep in operation that prevails…pg.

  104. Larry Ledwick says:

    It could also just be propaganda fodder, but it raises the question why do they need to dangle this sword over people’s head?
    It could simply be a distraction to take attention and resources away from something else as well.

  105. Gail Combs says:

    Larry says: “….I stumbled across this looking for information on the origin of Political Correctness as we know it…..”

    In the book Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America by Kent Clizbe also goes into Political Correctness. Your article covered the think tank Clizbe covers how the infection was spread.

    The covert influence operations that Clizbe details in his book, were what Khrushchev was referring to when he said:

    “Your children will live under communism. “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”

    Khrushchev would have been well aware of the KGB’s activities in the USA.

    This is a bunch of sliced and diced and mixed passages from his book:

    My thesis is that the KGB, beginning soon after the Communist takeover of Russia in 1917, implemented massive covert influence operations. Their goal was to destroy the core moral fabric of American society. Taking advantage of the intellectual and philosophical climate of the early 1900s, the Soviet intelligence apparatus began what would now be called in intelligence circles, “a preparation of the battle space” to move the world towards the inevitable dictatorship of the proletariat. Covert operatives realized that America’s greatest strengths were its proud exceptionalism and belief that freedom and liberty were part of man’s divine destiny. Our free society also made us vulnerable to covert operations. KGB case officers and their agents had easy access to a wide range of American society. …

    Now Dzerzhinsky, and his staff under OMS cover would have directed the German master of influence [Willi Muenzenberg] to concentrate on the American “market.” Gumberg had made heady inroads with the diplomatic, corporate, and legislative targets in the States: he was running Raymond Robins, and was working his contacts to wriggle deeper and deeper into corporate America. [Think Al Gore’s Senior’s buddy Armand Hammer of Occidental Petroleum]

    Lenin’s vision to bring America to its knees required penetration of the wellsprings of its civil identity, the “transmission belts” of American culture….

    Covert Influence involves inserting a desired message (the payload) into the culture of an enemy. The origin and intent of the message is hidden by using an Agent of Influence. The Agent is usually a native of the enemy culture and has access to the targeted culture’s communications line. If the objective was to influence the American planning for the war strategy conference with the Soviet Union in Yalta, the KGB would seek an agent within the U.S. government who was involved in those talks. The agent of influence, ideally someone close to the planners, respected and knowledgeable, would be provided with the Soviet line. Whenever possible, the agent of influence would argue the Soviet line, as if it was his own. An agent of influence never reveals his true master, and sometimes is not even aware of his being manipulated. Some agents require a “fig-leaf,” an ostensible excuse for their actions. Even though they likely understand the reality of what they are doing, it is sometimes psychologically easier to deny the reality, and maintain independence from the case officer running them. A good case officer understands this, assesses his agent’s personality, and provides the agent with a fig-leaf if necessary.

    page 105
    For example, it’s likely that George S. Counts, an extremely productive covert influence agent, was provided a fig-leaf that masked the true identity of his handlers. He was provided with massive amounts of payload material, which he parlayed into a successful career as America’s premier expert on Soviet education. The payloads he inserted into American education and academia resonate today, in PC attacks on American exceptionalism.

    …Using experienced operatives and highly compartmentalized operations, the KGB sought to insert covert influence “payloads” designed to call into question the fundamental bases on which American society and culture had been built. Many progressives eagerly carried out these covert operations for the Communists. Others not involved in the operations received the covert messages and accepted them as gospel.

    The agents of influence denigrated American patriotism, capitalism, and individualism, and called into question American foreign policy, all of which seemed to form the philosophical basis of an elite attitude, which coalesced during the Great Depression and was nurtured and strengthened by the American transmitters of the KGB’s covert influence operations: journalists, screenwriters, and professors, among others…..

    While most Active Measure operations require human agents to initiate and run, once the operation is moving, it becomes a virtual perpetual motion intelligence machine. The most striking example of the perpetual effects of an Active Measure operation is PC today. PC is a direct result of the communist covert influence operations, which planted their payloads in American academia, education, media, and Hollywood. PC’s accepted anti-American dogma is nearly directly quoted from the messages implanted by Willi Muenzenberg,….

    The goal of the operations was to make Americans feel that their country was bad. The KGB utilized Willing Accomplices to spread the message that America was an evil, racist, imperialist war- monger and that Communism was a benign, noble experiment designed to rid the world of corruption, oppression and injustice.

    Covert Influence Payload
    Babette Gross, wife of KGB agent Willi Muenzenberg, explained the content of the Soviet payload to Stephen Koch:
    * You claim to be an independent-minded idealist.
    * You don’t really understand politics, but you think the little guy is getting a lousy break.
    * You believe in open-mindedness.
    * You are shocked, frightened by what is going on right here in our own country.
    * You’re frightened by the racism, by the oppression of the workingman.
    * You think the Russians are trying a great human experiment, and you hope it works.
    * You believe in peace.
    * You yearn for international understanding.
    * You hate fascism.
    * You think the capitalist system is corrupt.

    This payload exactly matches today’s PC-Progressive message. The message that Soviet covert operators propagated through American Willing Accomplices. The Willing Accomplices, wittingly or unwittingly, spread the anti-American message. And this message bloomed and grew into the pernicious set of taboos and strictures that we call PC today. It is important to note that Soviet espionage simply planted the seeds of PC. The seedlings did not need continued communist cultivation. The Soviets’ American Willing Accomplices nurtured the anti-American message in universities, newsrooms, and in Hollywood.

    After the payloads were planted, the vast majority of the communist intelligence operatives met the fate of most stooges of totalitarian thugs—violent death at the hands of their comrades. ….

    A former chief of Active Measures in KGB headquarters, an experienced case officer who had been the KGB’s COS in Vienna in 1961, in his unpublished memoirs said,

    [Active Measures] did get an early start in Soviet Russia. Lenin’s longtime revolutionaries who took power in November 1917 were so imbued with clandestine tricks that it was second nature to transmute them into government policy.

    The KGB Active Measures specialist, who rose to the rank of general in 1967, said that the goal of KGB Active Measures since 1923 was, “upsetting the counterrevolutionary plans and activities
    of the opposition.”

    As the Soviet Union evolved into Stalin’s dictatorship, the KGB received orders to step up Active Measures. One goal was “weakening or misleading…our adversaries.” …..

    …The KGB had been quite successful in influencing the Americans already. Alex Gumberg was still working in America, continuing to run the operation that he had begun during the heady days of the Revolution in St. Petersburg….

    It is interesting to read this from the point of view of a CIA operative.

  106. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, if you are interested in that stuff (Frankfort School), I found this a very good article:

    These guys are a bit out there but have some decent information:

    I am finding the ‘tinfoil hat brigade’ is not nearly as far out as I once thought. In desperation for something besides the gaslighting MSM I have been watching Alex Jones more and more frequently. His voice drives me nuts, but if you get rid of his ‘filter’ some of the information is good.

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes Gail I am interested in that sort of thing although I don’t dig into the weeds deep enough to be able to quote what date who did what, but want to understand the over all topography.
    I will have to pickup that book by Clizbe, it appears to be as interesting as the book I mentioned “Disinformation”.

    Like you I for a long time thought a lot of these assertions about the source of some programs were really off the wall but over the years you slowly begin to see the pieces of the puzzle fit only one narrative. It is clear that the old Soviet/Communist influence is still a very important factor and has taken root in some elements of society to the point it is to use the health sciences phrase, has become endemic in higher education etc.

    I think it is so deeply imprinted that for many of the unwitting accomplices, it will take a great shock to force them to step back from the dogma they have taken on board uncritically.

    If not then we are talking about a 50+ year program of slowly pushing this back because we have a couple generations of students who have been indoctrinated in this mind set, and deprogramming any significant fraction of them will be a long slow slog.

  108. Larry Ledwick says:

    US intelligence agencies trying to find a secure way to use modern social media devices.

  109. p.g.sharrow says:

    When the Soviet Union collapsed, the Secretariat was moved to San Francisco, California, where it operates to this day funding Left wing NGOs with “Eastern European” money. Where did all this money come from?…………….The KGB? … Communist Party?…….Oligarchs?……….pg

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    Does LA have an accountant on staff?

    They spent $35,000,000 floating 96 million shade balls on this reservoir to prevent the evaporation of 300,000,000 gallons of water which would serve 2700 homes. Works out to about $12,963 / home.
    That was so small a number of homes I doubted the calculation so I looked up household water usage in California.
    This page pegs it at 190895 gallons/household/year if you do the math with the southern household number (ie LA etc.) or 108040 gallons per household per year if you use the northern number (which is apparently what they did because that works out to 2777 households use about 35 million gallons of water a year. Even amortized over a 10 year service life for the balls it does not make any economic sense to me. That same $35 millon spent on raw fresh water transported from the Columbia River by freighter or even a desal plant would make more sense.

    Am I missing something here?

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think this qualifies as an “You have been warned” no punches pulled speech on Islam and European values.

  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is an interesting video with an unexpected twist given its opening scenes.

  113. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Good question, p.g. sharrow.

    Those who control society perhaps know the answer. The rest of us are probably afraid to know.

  114. E.M.Smith says:


    You missed “Who at the plastic ball company contributed campaign money to whom?” or potentially “…was related to which goverment employee?”

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yeah I just was not that interested in the brain damage that would cause.

    By the way you might find this interesting (showing up in a French news source ??)

  116. J Martin says:

    One third of men of prime working age projected to be unemployed by mid century.

  117. Another Ian says:


    I’ve spread that animal patent link some in our ag community.

    We’ll see who bites as to whether more info would help.

    Thanks again

  118. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, the word filter kicked the stronger version into the trash…

  119. Another Ian says:


    Ready made for California to recycle

    “Graeme No.3
    September 29, 2016 at 6:35 am · Reply

    The new pitch for business to set up in SA.
    We have the highest electricity prices.
    We have the highest water prices.
    We have the highest cost taxes and levies.
    We have the highest level of bureaucratic interference.
    Come to SA.”

    A comment at

  120. H.R. says:

    @Another Ian – All you have to add to that list is “All the babies born in SA will be pug-ugly” and you’ll have to build a fence around SA to keep businesses out ;o)

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    Solar storm happening next couple days, the Express goes a little bonkers vs spaceweather which is treating it as pretty normal affair. does not even have a feature on it on the front page.

    GEOMAGNETIC STORM TODAY: As predicted, a high-speed stream of solar wind is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field today. Since it arrived on Sept. 27th, the stream has sparked G1- and G2-class geomagnetic storms and bright auroras around the Arctic Circle. NOAA forecasters say the storms could intensify on Sept. 28th as the stream reaches peak speeds in excess of 700 km/s. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.

  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    Your link throws a warning banner about .au domains by chrome which is interesting since I am using firefox. Have to click on the banner to proceed which is a nogo, how about a summary since you have already seen the content.

  123. Larry Ledwick says:

    Got past the warning by using google on the url and clicking their link.

  124. Larry Ledwick says:

    One step closer to a universal translator. We already have them used by the military and others via a smart phone app, but this appears to go one small step further to have it direct to an earphone device.

  125. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item to file away in the mental library. Not a definitive study but it does indicate further investigation is warranted.

  126. E.M.Smith says:

    Since that “Courier Mail” link was alternately dead slow, and then a PITA with an obligatory PopUp that didn’t even go away when I clicked it, I’m quoting the text of it here where it can be read without the pain…


    Bill shock: Deutsche Bank bailout denials spark 2008 Lehman Brothers comparisons

    September 28, 2016 7:40pm

    THE German government and Deutsche Bank were at pains Wednesday to quash speculation of a rescue plan for the troubled lender, in an effort to reassure investors spooked by a potentially massive US fine.

    The denials came after Deutsche’s share price sank to a record low this week on reports that Germany’s biggest bank had asked Berlin for help after US authorities demanded an unaffordable $US14 billion ($18.21 billion) fine over the subprime mortgage crisis.

    State aid “is not on the table”, chief executive John Cryan told Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper Bild.

    But investors were further rattled when news weekly Die Zeit on Wednesday reported that German and EU officials were working on an emergency plan for Deutsche “if the worst comes to the worst”.

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    Deutsche Bank vs. the FINAL days of Lehman Brothers: …$DB $LEH
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    Lehman chart & #DeutscheBank look very, very similar. Deutsche is about 3-5 times bigger and will bring down Europe.
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    “It All Has A Very 2008 Feel To It” – For Deutsche Bank, The News Just Keeps Getting Worse
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    The #DeutscheBank crisis could take down Angela Merkel – and the euro. Me in the @Telegraph ––and-the/
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    Germany’s finance ministry swiftly shot down any talk of such a bailout. “The report is wrong. The government is not preparing rescue plans. There are no grounds for such speculation,” the ministry said in a statement.

    Reacting to the flurry of news, Deutsche Bank’s shares gained 2.04 per cent by close of trade in Frankfurt, ending the session at 10.77 euros ($15.71), while the DAX 30 index of leading German shares gained 0.74 per cent.

    Uncertainty over the bank’s financial health had seen shares hit a record low on Monday, dropping 7.54 per cent to close at 10.55 euros ($15.39) and ending at the same level on Tuesday.

    Deutsche Bank is traded on the floor of the NYSE. Picture: Richard Drew/AP

    Deutsche has been dominating business headlines ever since the US Department of Justice (DoJ) made its demand for the eye-watering fine earlier this month.

    If Deutsche is unable to negotiate the sum down to less than the $US5.5 billion ($7.15 billion) it has set aside for legal costs and fines, it could be forced to raise fresh capital on the markets, diluting the value of its shares, or weakening its balance sheet.

    “We expect the DoJ will treat us just as fairly as the American banks” that have settled for much less in similar cases, Cryan insisted to Bild.

    Eager to show investors it was working to clean up its balance sheet, Deutsche on Wednesday announced it had agreed to offload its British insurance company Abbey Life to life insurer Phoenix Group for 1.1 billion euros ($1.6 billion), which will provide a slight boost to its capital buffer.


    Cryan insisted to Bild that he had “at no point” asked Chancellor Angela Merkel for a rescue.

    But Die Zeit is to report on Thursday on plans by Berlin “if the worst comes to the worst” to sell off parts of Deutsche to other financial institutions, and possibly buy a 25 per cent stake.

    Some voices in the government favour involving the European Single Resolution Mechanism, set up in the wake of the financial crisis to prevent taxpayer bailouts of failing banks, the newspaper said.

    Deutsche Bank chief executive John Cryan. Picture: Michael Probst/AP
    In that case, creditors and customers would bear a share of the rescue costs — potentially creating fresh chaos on the financial markets.

    German officials believe attempting to intercede with the US authorities could be “potentially counter-productive”, Die Zeit said in an extract sent out on Wednesday.

    Deutsche faces further looming problems in the shape of an investigation by New York regulators into alleged money laundering at its Russian branch.

    The two cases are among the most pressing of some 8000 weighing on Deutsche, and CEO Cryan has promised to resolve them by the end of the year.

    The lender’s woes come as European banks complain of a harsh business environment, confronting low interest rates cutting into their profit margins, anaemic economic growth, fierce competition and high requirements on the amount of capital they must hold as a buffer against future crises.

    European Central Bank president Mario Draghi rejected attempts to blame him for Deutsche’s travails.

    “If a bank represents a systemic threat for the eurozone, this cannot be because of low interest rates,” he told journalists in Berlin after meeting with German politicians.

    In the boss’s chair at Deutsche Bank for a little over a year, Cryan has launched a massive restructuring of the Frankfurt institution and plans to slash almost 9000 jobs worldwide by 2020.

    Shares in the bank have lost more than half of their value since January after it booked an almost 7 billion euro ($10.21 billion) loss in 2015.

    Writing in The Telegraph, financial commentator Matthew Lynn said the Deutsche Bank crisis could take down Chancellor Merkel and the euro.

    “Last October, the shares were at 27 euros. Back in 2007, they were over 100 euros, and even in the spring of 2009, when banks were crashing all across the world, they were still trading at close on 17 euros,” he wrote.

    “For most of this year they have been sliding fast. On Monday, they crashed again, down another 6pc. Its bonds have slumped as well, while the cost of credit default swaps — essentially a way of hedging against a collapse — have jumped. It all has a very 2008 feel to it.”

    Originally published as Disturbing chart sparks GFC 2.0 fears


  127. E.M.Smith says:


    I avoid all tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen products whenever possible. Tylenol is the leading cause of liver transplants (as just a little alcohol with it can blow out your liver) and I discovered that ibuprofen does the same (though was not warned by the doctor or the bottle) after washing some down with wine resulted in the spouse, next day, asking why my eyes were yellow… (recovered by the day after…)

    Aspirin, BTW, protects against that metabolic pathway to liver damage AND the damage of just alcohol on the liver… So taking an aspirin WITH tylenol or WITH wine is a good idea…

  128. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes aware of the issue with Tylenol etc. have a former co-worker who was an EMT in California and he will not touch the stuff. He explained that the toxic dose is so low that people can destroy their liver without even knowing it with routine self medication. I know a guy who I went to school with who recently was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver who does not drink!
    He did however take a pain killer every night before going to bed to get rid of aches and pains (over weight and probably some arthritis).

    The good news is that the liver is one of the bodies most resilient organs, if given a chance to heal it can recover from a lot of damage, but chronic use and as you mentioned the synergistic effect of alcohol can cause severe damage with easily achieved over doses.
    the following NyQuil preparations have alcohol in them as well as Acetaminophen

    – NyQuil Cold and Flu Nighttime Relief Liquid
    – NyQuil Severe Cold and Flu Nighttime Relief Liquid
    – ZzzQuil brand Sleep-Aid from the makers of NyQuil)

    I was not aware of the blocking effect of Aspirin. Aspirin is the only pain killer I use if it is available I occasionally have used one of the NSAIDs but do so very reluctantly and very rarely for exactly that reason. I could easily hold all the NSAIDs I have ever taken in the palm of one hand.

  129. LG says:

    Oh Well ….
    So long Constant Lapse Rate :(

    Calculations of atmospheric refraction are generally based on a simplified model of atmospheric density in the troposphere which assumes that the temperature decreases at a constant lapse rate L from sea level up to a height ht ≈ 11 km, and that afterwards it remains constant. In this model, the ratio To/L, where To is the temperature at the observer’s location, determines the length scale in the calculations for altitudes h ≤ ht. But daily balloon measurements across the U.S.A. reveal that in some cases the air temperature actually increases from sea level up to a height hp of about one km, and only after reaching a plateau with temperature To0 at this height, it decreases at an approximately constant lapse rate.Hence, in such cases, the relevant length scale for atmospheric refraction calculations in the altitude range hp ≤ h < ht is To0/L, and the contribution for h ≤ hp has to be calculated from actual measurements of air density in this range. Moreover, in three examples considered here, the temperature does not remain constant for ht ≤ h, but continues to decreases to a minimum at hm ≈ 16 km, and then increases at higher altitudes at a lower rate. Calculations of atmospheric refraction based on this atmospheric data is compared with the results of simplified models.

    Click to access 1609.08921v1.pdf

  130. Larry Ledwick says:

    Banking stocks continue to take big hits, as Deutsche Bank AG down again.

  131. E.M.Smith says:


    But but but… the science is settled! ;sarc>


    I’d expect more. Which reminds me, I really need to do a financial posting…

    Until then, take a look at:

    D.Bank vs XLF financials vs S&P 500

    That’s a 2 year chart and shows why I’ve not done much for 2 years… because all you had were big dips in a minor rise / mostly flat / prepping to fall… or you could screw up and get a pig like DB and lose. In those cases, it’s just time for a long vacation and prepare to short (or swap to day trading / swing trading the dips… but that’s not for ‘the average guy’…)

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    And the Democrats wonder why background checks don’t seem to work.

    Even if the gun store calls the police to report someone that is spooky who got turned down on background check they police will not even bother investigating.

  133. Larry Ledwick says:

    That low murmur and rumbling sound you hear might be the herd getting ready to stamped

  134. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry: The FT gives nothing but a sales pitch if you have used your taster allowance… so Similar article, I think…

  135. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm showed the full article when I pulled it up, I hate those “quota” systems.
    If you want my traffic and clicks let me see the features. If not? Fine I will go elsewhere.
    David Stockman also has an item on Deutsche bank and European banks.

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting twist — is the situation with Deutsche bank really an attack on Trump???

  137. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh crap!
    You to can edit genes at home in your spare time, but wait there is more — order two an we will throw in this ——

  138. E.M.Smith says:

    Crispr is new and it adds very good precision that was sorely lacking in early methods, but DIY isn’t new.

    My kids made glowing bacteria in high school (commercial kit, lab run by teacher).

    Yeah, bacteria is trivial compared to mammals. .. but still, that was a decade ago…

    I don’t care what laws and ethical rules they put on it, human gene editing is on the way… first to fix obvious metabolic faults, but eventually things like regrowing arms and making blue skin… I just want to know the backup and restore processes works before I get my prehensile tail and opposable thumbs on my feet… Oh, and purple hair… I always wanted purple hair and eyes… and a spare liver wouldn’t hurt :-)

    I’d also like to get the Vit C pathway working like it does in most other animals… Green skin with chlorophyll would be nice too. Goes with purple in an interesting way… and you could just lay by the pool when hungry… or hang from the gazebo by your tail while reading.

    But I wouldn’t want to do anything drastic, like 4 arms or extra eyes looking backward, or a centaure body… but maybe adding bird cones (they have 4 to our 3 types) to the eyes would give a richer color palette and maybe UV vision… and I wouldn’t mind Vulcan ears with ultrasonic hearing to about 40,000 hz… and maybe olfactory abilities like a wolf…

    Yeah, that’s about it. Not all that much, really… maybe…

    It will happen. Just when is in doubt.

  139. Larry Ledwick says:

    Follow up to the recent difficulties of Deutsche bank

    I had speculated earlier that this was really an attack on Trump via Deutsche Bank since they are one of his primary lending sources. Here is another article that suggests it was a political play for a “tough on banks” head line to hook in the Bernie voters but they almost accidentally crashed the bank — Ooops.

    (I can’t find my original comment about this so reposting link about Trump’s use of Deutsche bank)

  140. Larry Ledwick says:

    So apparently Yahoo security is totally inept. They didn’t even know they had been penetrated since 2014 until an outside source told them they had been hacked.

  141. Another Ian says:


    Not much has changed since “The Cuckoo’s Egg” has it?

  142. Gail Combs says:

    More on Deutsche Bank from ZeroHedge

    8/31/2016 Deutsche Bank Refuses Delivery Of Physical Gold Upon Demand

    ….what is Xetra-Gold?

    According to its website, the publicly traded company “provides investors with an efficient instrument to participate in the performance of the gold market. Xetra-Gold’s combination of features – cost-efficient trading and the right for physical delivery of gold – makes it an attractive product.”

    …And yes, Deutsche Bank is involved, as the fund’s Designated Sponsor.

    In other words, Xetra-Gold is an Exchange-Traded Commodity which differentiates itself by “representing that every gram of gold purchase electronically is backed by the same amount of physical gold” and its principal bank is none other than Deutsche Bank.

    And with Germans recently rushing to buy safes or find sound money alternatives in a country where the interest rate is negative, the ETC, it is not surprising that the population has flocked to its offering….

    The article’s conclusion: anyone who wants to easily convert their Xetra-Gold holdings into physical gold – at least for clients of Deutsche Bank – can do so only by selling their shares, and then buying gold coins or bars directly elsewhere. Which leads the author to the logical question: what is the worth of the Xetra-Gold service, which certifies the right to redeem physical gold, if said delivery is no longer possible?

    In other words, what was supposedly an ETC which promised physical delivery upon demand, is nothing more than yet another “paper only” play.

    We, on the other hand, have a more focused question: is the inability to deliver physical gold an incipient issue with Xetra-Gold, or with the company’s “designated sponor” Deutsche Bank, and if the latter is suddenly unable to satisfy even the smallest of delivery requests by retail clients, just how unprecedented is the global physical gold shortage?

    Looks like Deutsche Bank has problems other than Obummer’s DOJ.

    Actually given the Cyprus Haircut it was a really really stupid ‘experiment.’ I already asked Hubby to withdraw all the excess cash in our bank accounts and I am mot about to put it back.

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    Stefan M strikes again:

  144. H.R. says:

    I’m not sure where to put this but Tips is always good for odds’n ends.

    Went river-fishing for big catfish yesterday – Interstate highway for an hour an then 1.5 hours along the ‘river road’ until I met up with my fellow fishing deplorables, which by-the-by are a completely different set of deplorables from Hillary’s.

    I saw more Trump pence yard signs (the small size and several of the 4′ x 6′) than I could count; 50? 75? No Hillary signs.

    I have seen two Hillary bumper stickers to date and no yard signs.

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little back story on the financial crash from Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure

  146. Larry Ledwick says:

    Someone else articulating my question that perhaps HRC’s highly hackable email server was in fact not a mistake but an intentional back door to leak classified information to selected “customers”.

  147. Another Ian says:


    I recently mentioned the trouble with “derogatory statements that don’t derog” re deplorables and the like.

    With the South Australian blackout I realise it can go the other way too. Like

    “Good enough for government work”

  148. sabretoothed says:

    I think Boron (Which raises DHT and turns you into a man!) is the cause of Autoimmune disease, as it appears that Boron is a cofactor for NAD+, and NAD+ low is causing autoimmune.

    U can feel the energy of boron after a few days I find.

    Iodine is critical for the thyroid, but the parathyroids require Boron, which controls the whole calcium metabolism, whereby Boron and Magnesium are more important then calcium.

    Boron makes bones super hard, harder to cut in surgery, maybe has implications in Periodontal disease?

    Raises DHT and phopharates sex hormones to active form.

    Low Boron is the cause of Hillary voters in men :P! Low active Testo! :P

    You can find Boron on iherb

  149. Another Ian says:

    Along with

    “Good enough for government work”

    “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

    Interesting that the first two to come to mind involve “government”

  150. p.g.sharrow says:
    I have read of finds of near the southern end of Chile of charcoal and tools dated to 19,000 years old. Humans have been arriving in the Americas for a long time and from many directions…pg

  151. tom0mason says:

    For those that like arguing the toss over the theory CO2 effect in the atmosphere may be interested in this —

    Dr. Robert D. Cess admits mathematical errors in the AGW theory of the IPCC

  152. Gail Combs says:

    Another Ian says: “Oz msm…. Does this pass muster?”
    No, She is gaslighting you. Trump got the MOST VOTES for a GOP primary candidate DESPITE a field of 17!!! He won over 1/2 the delegates too, despite the cheating.

    Right now the name of the game is to convince voters that although THEY voted Trump no one else did. It is also very important to convince the rest of the world that Hillary can win the election. The illusion of a functional democracy MUST be kept up at all costs especially after Brexit The Movie and Brexit the Vote.

    The collusion among the entire MSM to present the fiction of Hillary as neck and neck is absolutely critical if the the globalists are to steal the election cleanly and give it to Clinton. This is why the MSM is busy using bogus polls and articles like you linked to showing Clinton is a viable candidate while online and other polls show she is losing by a wide margin. WHY? Because we out number them by a YUGE amount AND we have guns AND we have a pretty darn good idea of WHO ‘TPTB’ are and it ain’t the politicians they have been hiding behind.

    The ‘Deplorable Movement’ started with the libertarians (1971) and then with the Tea Party.
    Rasmussen Reports back in 2010 found the voters surveyed actually split to 1/3 (R) 1/3 (D) and 1/3 (Tea Party) This frightened the globalists so badly they moved to discredit (Blair-Rockefeller poll) and infiltrate the Tea Party. And it worked because there was no strong media savvy leader.

    More recently Rasmussen finds just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job “…. Fifty-seven percent (57%) say Congress is doing a poor job, down slightly from 60% in February, but generally in line with previous surveys…. Just 24% think their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job.” Only 28% Say U.S. [is] Heading in Right Direction and Sixty-one percent (61%) of all voters think most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote for either cash or a campaign contribution, and the same percentage (61%) thinks it’s likely their own representative has already done so.

    These numbers, 1/3 OK with the present government and 2/3s disgusted with the US government align with the online Trump polls AND with Real Housewives of NYC impromptu poll.

    8/3/2016 Real Housewives of NYC fan

    …super lib host Andy Cohen has a show called Watch What Happens Live where he has cast members and super lib celebrities on to recap and chat. Last month they did a poll so amazing I saved it to screen shot for CTH but haven’t gotten around to it. He smugly asked on the phone poll who people were voting for, Hillary or Trump. The results? Trump 65% Hillary 35%. He looked totally shocked and so did his guests.

    Cohen was so shocked he said he’d do it every month until the election. So tonight was the follow up poll. Given today’s rounds of false polls I expected a complete reversal, figuring he’d rig the votes. Results: Trump 62% Hillary 38% – so a 3% dip for Trump and gain for Hillary. After the recent DNC, the #KhanJob, Babygate, and naked Melania, on a channel known for it’s pro gay and lib programming, only a 3% gain for Hilldog. Again, shocked guests but the host not as much. Cohen went on to say he would stop making fun of Trump bc his Bravo Real Housewives fans are clearly Trump voters….

    This is Yuge, IMO, because as you say most viewers of the Bravo shows are women and lgbtq.

    Andy Cohen show called Watch What Happens Live update today.

    38% Hillary
    62% Trump

    (August 6th data)
    Yes, the polls published by the media are AGENDA polls with the specific agenda of driving the Sheeple to vote a certain way. Everyone wants to be on the ‘Winning Team’. It is also used to cast doubt and demoralize the opposition. Companies are paid to produce the results desired. We have certainly learned that from CAGW.

    If you use the ‘Social Media Poll’ from early August you get this:

    Facebook Likes
    Trump = 10,174,358 = 65.4%
    Clinton = 5,385,959 = 34.6%

    Facebook Live Stream
    …………….. likes ………. shares ………… views
    Trump = 165,000……….18,167 ……….1,500,000
    Clinton = 11,000…..ZERO…….321,000
    This shows just how much voters lack enthusiasm is for Hillary.

    Youtube Live Stream
    Trump = 30,000
    Clinton = 500

    Twitter Followers
    Trump = 10.6 million =56.7%
    Clinton = 8.1 million = 43.3%

    Reddit Subscribers (the young voters)
    Trump = 197,896 = 71.3 %
    Clinton = 24,429 = 8.8 %
    Hillary for Prison = 55,228 = 19.9 % (Jill Stein/not voting?)

  153. Gail Combs says:

    More on dishonest polls:
    After Reuters polling showed a 17 point swing in the last two weeks of July, to benefit Donald Trumplink There was panic.

    So Reuters made changes to keep the narrative going that Hillary was leading Trump.

    …In a presidential campaign notable for its negativity, the option of “Neither” candidate appears to be an appealing alternative, at least to participants in the Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
    Many voters on both sides have been ambivalent in their support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, complicating the task of the pollsters trying to track the race.
    That sentiment may help explain an apparent skew that recently emerged in the Reuters/Ipsos poll results. Given the choice, a relatively large group of voters opted for “Neither/Other” candidate compared with other major polls, leading to an under reporting of several percentage points for one or other of the two major contenders at times in the race.
    As a result, Reuters/Ipsos is amending the wording of the choice and eliminating the word “Neither,” bringing the option in line with other polls….

    So independents just got tossed into the Hillary bucket…. I am sure the Bernie supporters and other third party voters would love to know that.

    …More recently, the “Neither/Other” option appeared to lead to an under reporting of Clinton’s support in the run-up to the Democratic convention, said Cliff Young, pollster and president of Ipsos Public Affairs, which partners with Reuters on the poll. The pollsters estimated the Clinton shortfall at 2 to 4 percentage points.

    Tom W. Smith, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Society at the University of Chicago, said the earlier Trump numbers in the Reuters/Ipsos poll could have indicated a softness of support for Trump among a relatively small group of conservative voters who had yet to come to terms with his candidacy.
    It is plausible that a similar effect among Democratic voters may be hitting Clinton now when presented with the option of “Neither,” he said.

    While early polls would show less support for Trump BEFORE THE CONVENTION, the exit of bernie voters from the democratic party is happening AFTER Wikileaks showed the corruption in the DNC.

    Since the convention, however, Trump’s support seems to have solidified among wary supporters. Now, the “Neither” issue appears to be affecting Clinton in the survey

    So it was OK if Trump’s numbers were too low but when the shoe is on Hitler’s vote we have to change the polls.

    Shock Poll: Reuters/Ipsos Radically Changes Methodology to Favor Clinton

    Democrat Pat Caddell on ‘Cooked’ Reuters Poll: ‘Never in My Life Have I Seen a News Organization Do Something So Dishonest’

    Pat Caddell: Pro-Clinton Media Bias Is a ‘Terrifying Crisis in Democracy’; ‘Clinton Foundation Is Literally a RICO Case Waiting’

    Pat Caddell: Establishment Can’t Stop Trump’s Populist Candidacy Because They Can’t Recognize Legitimate Concerns Motivating His Voters

  154. Gail Combs says:

    The response of the Globalists to the serfs actually trying to pick their leaders….

    It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses

    WSJ’s Stephen: Trump Must Be ‘Decisively Rebuked’ So Republican Voters ‘Learn Their Lesson’ (Wall Street Journal, like Fox is owned by Globalist Murdoch and his Saudi Prince buddy. Megyn Kelly had orders to take Trump out during the primary debates but it didn’t work.)

    Obama: The World ‘Rattled’ by Donald Trump “The United States, as I said before, is at the heart of the international order, Not that the American citizens were ever told we were footing the bill for our own re-enslavement. And yeah, I just bet the Globalists around the world are ‘Rattled’ when they find the Sheeple actually have a mind of their own and do not WANT the future the Globalists have planned for them and their children.

    Hillary’s response to a free media instead of a propaganda machine:
    What Constitution? Hillary Promises to Destroy Conservative Website as President

    Hillary Campaign Vows To Destroy Breitbart News

    Seems one of the Elite actually ‘Gets it’ and doesn’t want to be facing the pitchforks.
    The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats – POLITICO Magazine

    Someone here already posted a link to an article on just how fragile our peace here in the USA really is. (Sorry can’t find the link.)

  155. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting bit, Russia backs out of weapons grade plutonium disposal agreement

  156. E.M.Smith says:


    Oh Dear… Then again, having bought the uranium mines, keeping tens of thousands of tons of MOX off the market increases profits…

    Personally, were I running a country, I’d never agree to throw away all that enrichment cost and energy by blending down. But that’s just me…

  157. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – that is CYA. They knew (they may not have known the extent at that time). I was warned back then to change my secrets and password (I have a pay for account – $19.99/year). I was not told WHY, but thought they may be INCREASING security (and SOP is to change them frequently).

  158. philjourdan says:

    @H.R. – I saw my first Hillary bumper sticker today, still no yard signs however.

  159. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – Or as we say down south (not as far down south as you!) – “Bless your heart….”

    You can say anything after that, as dirty as you want. And it is never good. And is excused because you prefaced it with “Bless your heart”

  160. Larry Ledwick says:

    As the internet has replaced short wave radio broadcasts by national interest information services, starting to see lots of these on twitter now that I have started actively looking for useful feeds.

    This from Deutsche Welle which used to be the major German english language short wave broadcaster, Now on the web at :

    From twitter:

  161. Another Ian says:

    Thanks for the comments above – I guessed that this was so.

    I’ll have to condense and spread around.

  162. Larry Ledwick says:

    Live video feed for Trump rally in Pueblo Colorado.

  163. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very conversational tone with this rally, not the bombast everyone expects, he is talking to the crowd like they are sitting around the stove in the general store.

  164. Larry Ledwick says:

    Live event is over, as he was walking off the stage had 3758 viewers watching the live feed.
    Full speech should be available soon, so I can catch the very start of the event.
    He directly addressed illegal immigration in front of a crowd in a city which have very high hispanic population and was well received. In that part of Colorado some hispanic families can trace their residence here back before Colorado was a state and even before the US was founded.
    He also directly challenged the drug crime syndicates and told them we were going to shut them down and control the drug problem.

    It will be interesting to see the media coverage on this speech but he used a more conversational style which I think worked very well, like he was talking to a small group.

  165. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like this is the full speech. Big crowd
    video 1:14 run time intro starts at 9:20, trump starts at 19:20

  166. Larry Ledwick says:
  167. Gail Combs says:

    After I moved down here I soon figured out that “Bless his Heart” was a polite southern swear word.

  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    Want to watch a rocket go BOOM!
    Blue origin escape system test tomorrow morning will likely result in spectacular results.

  169. Another Ian says:


    For whatever reason OO is working OK this morning. WTF?

  170. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump loveland rally feed active now. 5,500+ watching now

  171. Larry Ledwick says:

    Camera actively panning to show the event center is full.
    Viewers has climbed into the 7200+ range, 1006 likes 14 dislikes.
    For background Loveland is a northern Colorado community, will draw a lot of rural folks from nearby. The town itself is an older community lots of retired. Not a college town, about halfway between Ft. Collins and Boulder college towns.

  172. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump is on the podium, 14,671 + viewers on the online feed.
    Trump just said that they have set the all time attendance record for the building and people are still arriving. One guy arrived at 04:30 in the morning to get in.

  173. H.R. says:

    @philjourdan – re Hillary stickers – Yup. I usually see stickers l-o-o-ng before this point in an election. I think I’ve seen a half-dozen Bernie stickers since the convention.

    That drive along the river road and all those Trump signs was a real eye-opener. The MSM is really working the polls to support Hillary.

  174. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just broke 23,000 online viewers.
    Standing room only in the arena, good positive crowd.

  175. Larry Ledwick says:

    Max viewers of the live feed about 25,900 just as he wrapped up the speech.
    Pretty much the same speech he gave in Pueblo with local customizations.
    They completely filled the arena. This arena is about 40 miles north of the Denver Metro area and about 45 miles south of Cheyenne Wyoming which has a large military population at F.E.Warren AFB and the missile wings which extend into north eastern Colorado.

    Live stream is over, full speech at :

  176. Jeff says:

    @Larry: HP used to be there, I think other tech companies too (wondering if the retirees are “young retirees”, as it were). What about Longmont (sp?) where Maxtor used to be?

  177. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes you are right lots of IT in that area, more down toward Longmont, HP was a big presence up there

    Seagate Technology is in Longmont and bought out Maxtor in 2005.
    IBM of course has a plant not far south west of Longmont on the diagonal highway into Boulder and many of the workers live up north in Berthoud, Longmont and Loveland, as do many of the workers from the company I work for.

  178. Larry Ledwick says:

    Over flow crowd at Longmont rally, the venue is in the background of this image.

  179. Larry Ledwick says:

    video clip from Fox “On the Record” with Brit Hume regarding the tax avoidance methods used by Trump. Comments from Johnathan Turley basically said used all the time, legal but might be something the public is not happy with and might want to see changed.

  180. E.M.Smith says:

    Tax loss carryforward is absolutely normal, ordinary, and widely used.

    Heck, I used it from the sale of one property at a loss offsetting another at a gain.

    The whole Idea is that you pay taxes on your total income, not just the winning bets (which could have you paying tax on net losses, like that’s gonna work… tax a negative net income…)

  181. Larry Ledwick says:

    New approach to insect control from German research. They attack the protective shell of the immature larva so it fails to form properly.

  182. Larry Ledwick says:

    Are European banks pulling in their horns to regain profitability or are they tightening their belts in anticipation of expected near term down turns?

  183. Larry Ledwick says:

    If any of you are silly enough to be up at this hour.
    Here it is 01:30 in the morning local and I am wide awake for some reason, so:
    live video link for the wikileaks dump.
    Right now 18,972 folks are watching the link for things to start.
    In the time it took to type this viewers have climbed to 21,000

  184. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well so far a half hour of “Gee Wikileaks is wonderful” sales pitch. Obviously taking advantage of the draw of a possible release of HRC dirty laundry to get some free air time.
    52,000 watching this video feed at this time. Some Italian Journalist is droning on about working with wiki as a partner.

  185. Larry Ledwick says:

    The 3:00 am announcement was a bait and switch, basically an advertisement for wiki and announcing some changes they have planned such as increasing media partnerships to better handle the massive number of documents they have and now doing a sales pitch for some books.

    A little bit ago he made a comment to folks in the US that if they were doing a dump on the US elections it would not occur at 3:00 am, of course this is after folks suffered through a pretty amateur PR presentation.

    viewers peaked around 60,000 for this feed but viewers are dropping now that it is obvious they will not be doing the dump now. They are saying they will be doing drops on a weekly basis on several subjects.

  186. Gail Combs says:

    The NY Times hit piece shows why the progressives have been after Trump’s taxes. It would be common knowledge among the globalists that he had losses carried forward and therefore was probably paying little or no taxes. However, except for the yuppies living in nothing but apartments and working for a salary, anyone who has owned more than one house or owned a small business would be familiar with losses carried forward.

    This hit piece only works on the young brain dead SJ Warriors who have no friends in the crafts, music or other small business. And it only works on those not voting Trump in the first place. The Bernie Kids are NOT going to vote Hitlery because of this hit piece. They will vote Jill Stein (who also has probably used this or something similar with her schooling costs link ) OR they will not vote at all.
    All the hit piece does is confirm that Trump is an outsider with the MSM and Congress gunning for him. It might even shift a few more voters in his direction.

    Heck they are even floating a special bill just for Trump. Why didn’t they do the same for Ted Cruz and Obummer who refused to cough up passports, college records…. Things that as EMPLOYERS we would normally be able to see on new EMPLOYEES. (You do not get to see someone’s taxes as an employer.)
    <a href="<"Dem bill would force Trump to prove IRS audit

    (The Hill) A House Democrat has unveiled legislation aimed at forcing Donald Trump to prove he’s declining to release his tax returns because of an ongoing IRS audit.

    Rep. Jared Huffman’s (D-Calif.) bill would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to include a statement from the Treasury secretary confirming whether or not the IRS is auditing their federal income tax returns as part of financial disclosure reports.

    Federal privacy rules prevent the IRS from stating publicly whether someone’s tax returns are being audited….

  187. Gail Combs says:


    I just ran across something in my notes I put up at Tony Heller’s a few years ago when looking at sea level rise.

    On a side note. If you want to know what happened to articles/studies that contradict CAGW, links that were in an article (the basement geographer) that had been wiped from the net.

    Such as this one:

    Isostasy and Postglacial Rebound “This resource is no longer officially part of our collection ….”

    Poking around I found it had been removed by the CLEAN project

    The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Portal was launched in 2010 as a National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of TERC…


    2067 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge, MA
    Cambridge MA sets off alarm bells since a ‘socialist’ would be considered too far right in that town.. (I used to live near there at one point and a communist friend had to register as a republican and work the polls because there were NO republicans to be found in that town.)

  188. Gail Combs says:

    I was looking for this comment earlier thinking it was here but it was at The Treehouse. I wanted to add it to the end of this comment.

    Shadrach says:

    Sundance, you are very likely right. The thing that scares me is that we’re teetering on the edge of mass violence already… If you look at studies of “fragile States” or the relationship between government repression, citizen tolerance of violence, and uprisings, we’re surprisingly far down the curve. Look at the riots in NC…do we look like a first world country? Or do we look more like Somalia in those pictures?

    What the Obama administration, and the Clinton campaign seem to fail to understand is that this never ends well for the government in power (or their citizens). They also seem to think we’re immune to an uprising, as we’re special, we’re the U.S…..but I’m pretty sure Tunisia didn’t think they were in danger either. What is the saying? You know not what you do…

    I tried to find a nice graph to show here, but this reference will have to do. There are countless others, some with pretty graphs.

    Bates, R., 2008, ‘The Logic of State Failure: Learning from Late Century Africa’, Conflict Management and Peace Science 25, pp. 297-314

    Why did so many African states fail in the late 20th century? This article emphasises the material and political needs of state elites, their failure to act in the public good and the short time horizons of and narrow resource base on offer to politicians. Political order is a choice.

    and another comment harvested at the same time.

    “This one is for all the marbles.
    If Clinton loses this election to Donald Trump, her opponent will unite American and push back decades of cumulative effort toward the cause of globalism and liberal ideology. In addition to the compete rebuke of Obama’s legacy, there is a very real possibility that Trump will lay naked all of the corruption and graft in Washington DC and Wall Street.

    There are trillions of dollars at stake.” [Sundance]

    BAZINGA !! Trillion of dollars at risk to the crony FASCIST business model the parasite establishment thrives on !!

    The promise will be the end game of the Cloward and Piven strategy . ” A GUARANTEED ANNUAL INCOME ” to end poverty . THE BIG LIE !!

    “The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”. [1][2]’ ~ wiki
    The global communists INCLUDING THE BUSH NEOCONS will sell this too !!!
    But first they must turn up the economic and ” racial ” heat in the pot of set to boil froggies

  189. philjourdan says:

    like that’s gonna work… tax a negative net income…

    That is what happened to a lot of Dot Commers who got busted when the bubble burst. They had millions in stock options that were worthless, but the IRS still wanted its money.

  190. Gail Combs says:

    Phil, yeah, if you have money stolen from you, YOU not the thief OWE taxes on that money.

  191. philjourdan says:

    @Gail – actually you both do – that is how they got Al Capone.

  192. Larry Ledwick says:

    Minor encouraging news on climate change beliefs in America.
    It looks like the public is slowly but surely internalizing the uncertainty of “climate science”.

  193. H.R. says:

    Everybody in for the VP debate tonight?

    I’ll be watching for more subtle ‘baseball signals’ since the facial signal was outed. I’ll be counting how many times Kaine taps the podium, shifts feet. moves left or right of the podium, stares upwards as if thinking of an answer while Pence is talking, etc.

    Pence, of course, will get no help from the moderator.

    I’ve seen some of Pence’s stump speeches and he’s quite good. However, the traditional role of the VP candidates is to be the attack dogs that let us know what a lying, cheating, child-roasting, kitten-drowning, racist, stupid, person the other Presidential candidate is, and is also known to grease the steps of the Old Folks Home with Vaseline and yell, “FIRE!”

    Pence would do well to blow off every attempt at this strategy with something like, “Well, that’s a nice traditional ad hom, but here’s what [policy/proposal] we should really be talking about.”

  194. Gail Combs says:

    Mike Pence is a really nice guy and smart as a whip. He makes Kaine look like the sleaze he is. So I would expect the unexpected.

    The attack dogs in this campaign are the WOLVERINES, the ‘Deplorable Vulgarians.’

  195. H.R. says:

    Gail wrote:
    “He makes Kaine look like the sleaze he is.”

    Kaine, in public, reminds me of Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver when he was interacting with Ward or June Cleaver; smarmy and obsequious to such an absurd degree that it was laughable.

    I’ll be watching tonight to see if I still get that ‘Eddie Haskell’ vibe.

  196. @Gail That’s an awesome wolverine pic.

  197. Larry Ledwick says:

    On that note saw an hilarious meme on face book or twitter yesterday (can’t find it now) it was a split frame image of Kaine and a weasel. The subliminal association was priceless.

  198. E.M.Smith says:


    I now “snag a copy” of any article or pdf that is interesting to me or jpg that I link too. I’ll just use the online version in the article, but a copy of the original gets archived on MY disk…

    Just too many things getting ‘disappeared’ when linked or mentioned…

    A few TB of disk is about $60 and well worth it.

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  200. Gail Combs says:


    It took me a while but I now at least copy the important part of an article. Too much has been ‘disappeared’

    Luckily a lot of people have been doing the same so copies are often all over the internet. Of course with google making it harder to use a phrase as a search clue that is not as useful as it used to be.

    I find it incredible that I put in a phrase in “…” and google STILL pulls up all the disinfo they want to feed you instead of what you are actually searching for. GRRRRRrrrr

    This has only been going on for the last two years or so. About the same time I noticed Word Unimpresed started blatantly censoring.

    Winston Is alive and well.

  201. Gail Combs says:

    H.R. this is what I thought:

  202. Jeff says:

    I saw someone comment that Kaine looks like Otis the Drunk from the Andy Griffith show.
    Kaine and Unable is great. Maybe Kaine and Unstable as well…

  203. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting observation on Trump vs Hillary on twitter:

    1) DJT search index is 2X HRC
    2) HRC top 5 are negative searches
    3) DJT top 5 are positive/neutral,%2Fm%2F0cqt90

  204. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Energy in the Solar System

    Click to access Frankly.pdf

  205. Larry Ledwick says:

    Harvested from twitter in the last 45 minutes

    Mottster ‏@Mottster 14 minutes ago
    I live here in NE PA. 99℅ Trump signs! Though I have seen 1 H sign, but it was on a back country road.

    ehgafiniNJ ‏@downtownusa1 13 minutes ago
    I live in Southern NJ , only Trump signs and bumper stickers👍

    BIG CHEEF ‏@thacheef1 11 minutes ago Pennsylvania, USA
    Bill I live in Lehigh Valley Pa and in my neighborhood 6 Trump signs And Zero Clinton!

    Deplorable Wiggleman ‏@harleytime1 9 minutes ago
    I live in Tallahassee, FL, the 2nd-most Dem county in FL. Don’t see any Hillary signs here, either.

    Mottster ‏@Mottster 16 minutes ago
    I live here in NE PA. 99℅ Trump signs! Though I have seen 1 H sign, but it was on a back country road.

    manilowgirl ‏@kessmom22 18 minutes ago
    I only see Trump signs in NJ!! Lots of bumper stickers. #MAGA

    Mark Hemphill ‏@psulions1982 34 minutes ago
    I live in Pa and that is defiantly true no Hillary signs to be seen tons of trump signs everywhere

    Deplorable N8 ‏@rausch_nathan 35 minutes ago
    same in Brooklyn NY. Have seen zero Hillary stickers and 4 yard signs. Many more Trump stickers/signs. Brave people

    Mike Bara ‏@mikebara33 42 minutes ago Seattle, WA
    no bumper stickers either. I live in blue Seattle. I literally have seen 2 Hillary stickers in the last three months

    CW ‏@cwitty222 44 minutes ago
    someone on Rush radio show from PA said everywhere u go there r Trump signs! No Hillary signs,

  206. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting look at Trump intended to explain to Europeans what his attraction is and explain some easily misconstrued points.

  207. H.R. says:

    VP Debate note
    OK, I’m not seeing Eddie Haskell in Kaine. I’m seeing a fast-talking used car salesman. He’s talking so fast and interrupting so much as going all over the place that I don’t think anyone is ‘hearing’ Kaine. Pence is measured and making his points, for better or worse, such that no one can remember what the %@#! Kaine said 3 minutes ago.

    Kaine just took a sip of water and he has two glasses. Is the un-fluted glass a signal? I’ll have to check to see if the glasses are the same or not.

    (Thanks for the pics, Gail. Great ones! Thanks for the yard sign update, Larry. It’s all anecdotal and area specific, but everyone drives and sees a lot of cars so the bumper sticker report says a lot.)

  208. Gail Combs says:

    I am sure there are a lot of voters thinking: If Hitlery dies or is incapacitated during her first term this is the guy that will be President?!? WTF!!! YUCK!!!

    More interesting stuff from the Wolverines @ the TreeHouse: VP Debate Debrief – Petulant Kaine Exudes Instability During Vice-Presidential Debate Appearance

    DebbieUK verifies Sundance’s thesis that Kaine’s goal was to show Pence could not defend Trump.

    SUNDANCE – ….The Clinton team had a perfectly scripted plan of attack. The canned narrative was to wedge Pence in a corner and sell the VP-candidate as not defending Donald Trump.

    Remember, they simply repeat the road map they learned from Alinsky: “Isolate, Ridicule, Marginalize”. To wit Kaine had one objective, focus on the “isolation” objective.

    That’s why every response from Senator Kaine was trying to pit Governor Pence against running mate Donald Trump. The MSM had the reinforcing message toward that objective already written in their post debate script and teleprompters. What the MSM needed was a design narrative from the debate outcome where they could instantly refer to the plan and reinforce it.

    However, Governor Pence artfully defended Trump; and not only defended the positions of the campaign, but factually embraced the campaign message as his own. In essence, Pence provided no daylight for the Alinsky wedge. Pence’s approach made the isolation angle impossible, although some MSM punditry (mostly CNN) did try to use it anyway.

    DebbieUK says October 5, 2016 at 3:07 am

    OMG ! I just heard it for myself 20 minutes ago UK radio station linked to an American Commentator and he said Pence was unable to defend Mr Trump! That is their planned spin .I only came in on the end of the item but that’s what I heard .I was so mad I came here to see feedback and its exactly what Sundance has written.
    Mr Pence always speaks up for Trump at rallies and elsewhere. The Dems are desperate.


    “Eric Trump absolutely owned CNN in the after-debate spin put on with Wolf Blitzer”
    The full Eric interview. Again, Trump and Pence stay on message as much as possible and leave the Wolverines to do the Attacking.

    Breitbart does the fact checking on what Kaine spewed and says Kaine wrong on multiple statements.
    ***Vice Presidential Debate Fact-Check Livewire***

    Fact-Check: Pence Did Not Say Vladimir Putin Was ‘Inarguably a Better Leader Than Barack Obama’

    Breitbart also echos Sundance, saying Kaine’s performance reflects on Hillary and causes doubts.
    After Tim Kaine Flops in Vice Presidential Debate, New Doubts About Hillary

  209. Gail Combs says:

    The CREEP factor is strong in this one

    There is no way in Hades I would allow this guy anywhere near a little girl… or boy for that matter.

    MSNBC’s Ruhle Asks Millennial Women If They Feel Connected to Clinton — Crowd Yells ‘No!’


    “I noticed The Cleaner at last night’s debate too.”

    All the cheating didn’t do Kaine/Clinton any good. WaPo, whose owner HATES Trump, declares Pence winner!

  210. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well the good news is — this time they were apparently paying attention to the actions of contractors.
    Man arrested for attempting to steal NSA source code.

  211. philjourdan says:

    @Larry Ledwick – it is kind of like slapping the Bull (Wild Hogs). The second one is never too bright.

  212. E.M.Smith says:


    The article says nothing about him leaking or selling info; only that he had it at home on his private machine (and in his car on some media)… and I thought Hillary showed it is OK to work at home from your private server on classified materials… ; sarc>

    Call it the Hillary Defense… so far he is charged with what she ought to be charged. ..

    Could just be a typical programmer / admin code packrat who didn’t get the memo that only Hillary is “special”….

    Sidebar: Once, on a contract long long ago, I found out the client had NO offsite backups. I spun a set of 8mm helical scan tapes and stuck them in my (several hundred pound) safe at home. THEN wrote up an offsite storage plan, got “buy in” and implemented. First tapes to go in? “My” set from home. So was that unauthorized theft of data, or prudent defending of the client from extraordinary risk? Depends on if the lawyers show up before the fire or earthquake… (there were no policies against it… they didn’t have data policies either… lot of work at that one…)

    BTW, on day two when getting ‘authorization’ to write the plan, I mea culpa-ed the home offsite to the V.P. who gave authorization to continue it until a new safe deposit box at the bank could be arranged for the offsite escrow…

  213. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the HRC front we have this bit — appears she is not paying much attention to Bill and becoming a bit of a loose cannon, which explains a few things.

  214. Gail Combs says:

    A really great video with several well deserved slams at the MSM by a libertarian Brit, Paul Joseph Watson and an anacrocapitalist Canadian, Stefan Molyneux who are rapidly becoming some of my favorite journalists.

    The War For Western Civilization

  215. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm this is an interesting court decision.
    Comes out of the Marianna Islands (US protectorate Guam Saipan Tinian Rota etc.)

  216. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting read an objective analysis of the AGW debate by the Cato Institute.
    22 page pdf

    Click to access cj-v36n3-7.pdf

  217. Larry Ledwick says:

    A short video on the world economy from the english language French 24 news

  218. Another Ian says:


    English as she are used

    October 5, 2016 at 4:47 pm · Reply

    Getting quite a collection aren’t we?

    Bullshark Baird in NSW where people don’t matter but sharks do.

    Desperate Dopey Despot Dan here in Victoria who if there was a chook raffle in a pub, would sell the pub without the owner’s consent and give the proceeds and the chook to his Union mates.
    Here’s Hoping, Hydro Hodgman running out of hydro water, Tasmania
    Palace-chick Pallaszczuk, chief Banshee of Queensland’s SE corner who doesn’t know or want to know that what happens in Brisbane doesn’t extend or apply to Cape York and Burketown or anywhere much elsewhere in Queensland.

    And now

    Whirling Dervish Windmill Weatherill in SA who whirling furiously on the media spot blames towers falling down for no power whereas the towers falling down were a secondary result from the advancing storm front as it swept across SA after his favorite grandiosely hyped “no carbon” equally fast whirling wind turbines cut themselves off to save themselves from destruction as the frontal system arrived, overloaded the Victorian links, blew the connectors out and cascaded the whole damn thing for a thousand kilometres north to SA’s most lucrative economic industries and shut them and most other SA industries down for who knows how long.
    But then what would Whirling Dervish Windmill Weatherill know about storm fronts and etc? He’s only a politician !

    No ratings allowed above as we would all vote for our own premiers as the winner of being the best political SNAFU artists of implacable policy FU’s emanating from an utterly mindless adherence to what is currently deemed political correct by the inner city elite.”


  219. E.M.Smith says:


    The basic problem is that debt really just changes who gets what when in the present, vs the future. It doesn’t and cannot change how much is made in the present or really the future. So politicians and companies promise big increases in production via borrowed money, but ignore the reduced poduction from NOT using that money wherever it would have gone instead.

    There is a maximum fixed production limit set by technology level and constructed physical capital. The only way to get more is improved technical methods or more constructed capital. Do it better or build a factory / mine / farm / ships & rail & roads-trucks. Everything else is supportive or consumption…

    So borrowing money can change which of those you do, but not change total product unless you cut back consumption and increase physical capital stock. Politicians and financial manipulators forget or ignore that…

    @Another Ian:

    Love the Australian way with words… :-)

  220. Larry Ledwick says:

    This news got lost in all the other stuff going on yesterday but Blue Horizon not only validated its crew capsule safety abort system but the main launch vehicle survived and successfully soft landed.
    Video at bottom of article.

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  222. Larry Ledwick says:

    Anyone who wants to keep on top of the Hurricane Mathew developments might find this list of resources useful.

    Looks like Mathew might ride the coast and then loop around because of another tropical storm and come back into south central Florida.

  223. Larry Ledwick says:

    Is everyone up to date on your aircraft recognition silhouettes?

  224. Larry Ledwick says:

    Comment on twitter —
    Stefan Molyneux ‏@StefanMolyneux 14 minutes ago
    The beginning of wisdom: always read anyone and everyone hated by the mainstream media.

  225. Gail Combs says:

    E.M.Smith says: “…. It doesn’t and cannot change how much is made in the present or really the future….”

    Politicians forget that money is nothing but the medium of exchange, money especially fiat bank script, has no other value outside of that. (Toilet paper is actually worth more than bank script without government backing.)

    “The function of money is to facilitate the business of the market by acting as a common medium of exchange” – Mises

    Production goods derive their value from that of their products. Not so money; for no increase in the welfare of the members of a society can result from the availability of an additional quantity of money. The laws which govern the value of money are different from those which govern the value of production goods and from those which govern the value of consumption goods

    Mises defined money as the most marketable commodity. “It is the most marketable good which people accept because they want to offer it in later acts of impersonal exchange” Anything can be money from obsidian arrow heads to Hudson Bay Blankets to gold, silver and copper.

    Money transmits value, Mises taught, but money does not measure value. This distinction is fundamental in Mises’s theory of money. “Money is neither an abstract numraire nor a standard of value or prices. It is necessarily an economic good and as such it is valued and appraised on its own merits, i.e., the services which a man expects from holding cash….

    However to me the most critical point is the economy at one point in time is a ‘fixed pie’ when you increase the supply of money you are not increasing that economic pie, instead you are DECREASING the value of money causing price inflation/wage devaluation. This is why politicians and the Elite LOVE fiat money. It allows wholesale theft from the entire economy with a minimum of effort.

    “It is these losses of the groups [the working class] that are the last to be reached by the variation in the value of money which ultimately constitute the source of the profits made by the mine owners [or printers of fiat bank script] and the groups most closely connected with them.” This indicates a fundamental aspect of Mises’s monetary theory that is rarely mentioned: the expansion or contraction of money is a zero-sum game. Mises did not use this terminology, but he used the zero-sum concept. Because the free market always maximizes the utility of the existing money supply, changes in the money supply inescapably have the characteristic features of a zero-sum game. Some individuals are made better off by an increase in the money supply; others are made worse off. The existing money is an example of a “fixed pie of social value.” Adding to the money supply does not add to its value. [Actually it decreases it’s value over the long term which is why the cost of gasoline or bread has increased dramatically over my life.]

    Economists argue that in a conventional economic exchange, both parties win. One person does not benefit at the expense of another unless there has been fraud. The “pie of social value” has grown because there are two winners. The conceptual problem begins with a fixed social pie.

    Mises argued that the losses of the late-coming losers are the source of income for the early arrival winners. This inescapably identifies the monetary system as a zero-sum game….

    The economic benefits obtained by the early users of new money, even gold, are made at the expense of those who gain access to it after it has altered the array of prices. (Although he never described the reverse scenario, deflation, he would have said that losses suffered by losers of credit-money that has disappeared through default must be the source of the economic gains for holders of coins or currency or credit money that did not perish in the deflation, who soon will face lower money prices because of the contraction of the money supply.)

    Again, here is his [Mises] theory, briefly stated. Money is neither a production good nor a consumption good. Thus, increases or decreases in the supply of money cannot scientifically be said to create or destroy wealth in general. These changes distribute wealth.

    Mises on Money by Gary North

  226. Larry Ledwick says:

    Russia is playing an international chess match like it was a 5 card stud poker game. Lots of hard bluffs and intimidation tactics — so just where is the line that they will not cross and how much do they think they can get away with if they push hard enough.

    The military analysis here fits my feelings very well except that the author clearly believes the Clinton poll numbers and thinks she has a lock on the election. How does this strategy calculus change if Trump wins the election and he refuses to be pushed?

    It is very clear that who ever wins this election cycle, will get seriously tested by Russia in the opening months of their term.

    Obama has allowed Russia to set up check mate moves in Syria and eastern European theater, there will be no easy way to reverse what Obama has given away because of his incompetence and ideological filters.

  227. Larry Ledwick says:

    Most of us here already know this but for the files — comment about Hurricane Mathew and climate change.

  228. Larry Ledwick says:

    One more bit on Russia and Syria — wondering if they could be doing a stealth build up of arms/ammunition for a big offensive?

    They seem to be preparing the battle field for something big (recently installed S-300 anti-aircraft missiles) heavily loaded ships might mean stockpiles of ordinance being assembled. In that part of the world military operations are easier outside the peak summer temperature months such as the Gulf war from August to February, when temperatures moderate. If they were going to do something big the last few months of the current administration would fit that time table perfectly. Since Russia must transport supplies through the Bosporus which can be choked off, they would want to pre-position enough munitions to accomplish the intended end result before they began a major push.

  229. cdquarles says:

    From another link to the blog I will link to here, was this post. I find it compelling, for I came to the conclusion some time ago that information, mainly genetic information, is conserved. See this link for a derivation of Newtonian gravity from the Heisenberg uncertainty principle: I am going to get the paper, found here:

  230. Larry Ledwick says:

    I am surprised California does not do this in the southern part of the state and the San Joaquin valley. – Or – maybe they do and it is not common knowledge. The only problem I see with this is that you side step the filtering process that takes place in slow percolation through the soil to the aquifer.

  231. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh EM side note, when a major disaster occurs insurance companies have to raise capital by selling investments to payout damage claims — might this bump the stock market?

    Same with private parties who have to draw from 401K and similar investments to pay recovery expenses.

  232. Gail Combs says:

    That article Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama is just another Progressive hit piece on Putin (and Trump) to justify the war with Russia that the globalists want. Does Putin hold Obummer in contempt? Oh yes, but he also has a heck of a lot better understanding of Islam than the brain dead progressives. Given Putin was working in Germany, I am also sure he has very complete files on Angela Merkel instigator of the Rapeugee influx.

    The article ends with

    …Not to mention that Putin is surely aware that his window of opportunity is closing soon. The campaign of the very Kremlin-friendly Donald Trump is in free-fall, so Moscow will likely have to contend with an angry Hillary Clinton in the White House in a little more than three months. She knows all too well that the Kremlin has pulled out all the stops to hurt her election chances—between spying, hacking, intimidation, and leaks of Democratic emails—and if the Clintons excel at anything it’s personal vendettas.

    And the next article in Observer Politics has

    What We Can Learn From the Refugee Crisis That Doomed the Roman Empire

    Politicians flounder and demagogues huff and puff over this “unprecedented” immigration pressure. In fact, it all more or less happened 1,640 years ago, on Europe’s—that is, the Roman Empire’s—troubled border.

    Roman assimilation failed, however, when Hun warriors—as feared in their day as ISIS is today—swept into Europe from the east…..

    “Rome’s downfall shows what happens when, instead of accommodating and assimilating refugees, you isolate and abuse them.”

    The author of the first piece is John R. Schindler, who has

    …. been a senior fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University and as well as the chairman of the Partnership for Peace Consortium‘s Combating Terrorism Working Group, a unique body which brings together scholars and practitioners from more than two dozen countries across Eurasia to tackle problems of terrorism, extremism, and political violence. He has lectured on terrorism and security in over twenty countries.

    He is a historian by background, with a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from McMaster University. His books deal with topics like the Italian front in World War I, Islamist extremism in the Balkans, and an insider’s look at how Al-Qa’ida thinks and operates. His most recent book is on the beginning of World War I on the Eastern Front. He’s currently writing a couple books on cool stuff….. XX COMMITTEE BIO

    Given where he trained and where he is now teaching I can guarantee the guy is soaked in Marxism. As Hubby’s Ex-girl friend said, she majored in botany because it was the only non-marxist department in all of Boston University and that was close to fifty years ago!

    That group, XX Committee, has titles such as:

    Clinton Gives Too Much Credit to Putin and Trump on August 30, 2016

    Clinton’s Alt-Right Kill-Shot and Trump’s ‘One-Way Man-Crush’ on August 29, 2016

    The Observer BTW is their outlet.

    On first sniff the XX Committee comes off as a YUGE Psy-ops program aimed at ‘intellectuals.’ Never forget George H.W. Bush was a CIA Director who is now voting for Clinton….

  233. Gail Combs says:

    I have mentioned that reporters are sinking below the status of politicians. This comment seems to show just how low.

    Southern Accents says:
    October 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I can tell you Shep came very very close to getting curb stomped in a French Quarter bar on the Sunday before Katrina arrived. His camera man pulled his sorry ass out in the street as a “biker” (really tall guy) shoved people aside to get to him. Shep was literally in the wrong place to call people morons for not leaving town.

    However it seems Shep didn’t learn his lesson. He is back being a Drama Queem saying “Your all going to DIE!!!

    The sequence is hilarious. Is this a stand up comedian?

  234. Gail Combs says:

    Just saw this at the TreeHouse we all need to ask a hitlery question like why she lied about Benghazi and her server.

    bessie2003 says:
    October 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    This is the site where people can vote for what questions they want asked at the upcoming debate. [ ]

    from what I’ve seen there’s going to be a concerted effort to try to stump Trump with the whole global warming thing, probably to brand him a ‘denier’ or worse. If they can…. link

    (Tony Heller has sent info to Trump campaign BTW)

  235. Larry Ledwick says:
  236. Larry Ledwick says:

    Both Kerry and Obama are stupid enough and ideology blinded enough that they probably actually believe their own spin that they are trying to create peace. What they are really doing is dangling red meat just within reach of a hungry junk yard dog (Putin). All the recent moves by Russia are like the preparing to spring moves of a cat or a wolf, you know he is going to move the only question is when and what the trigger will be.

    He simply cannot pass up the opening. The real motivations of the current administration is debatable, Hillary’s are not she wants to pick a fight. Regardless we are entering a period like during the Cuban Missile crisis or the Berlin blockade where one small miscalculation could loose the dogs of war.

    Putin is a predator ( a smart and cunning predator ) who thinks big and has the audacity to try things others would not. Enticing that sort of leader with a prize he can’t resist almost always ends badly for everyone.

    The author of that Observer article actually has a lot of posts about how to prevent what is and has been happening and on the international strategic front has been almost 100% right, local US politics not so much. Having worked counter intelligence for years he has a much better perspective than most on what really happens vs what people want to happen or believe will happen.

  237. Larry Ledwick says:

    We are seeing the exact same behavior from the Chinese, by their own statements they feel war with the US is inevitable. We are compelled by treaty and historical precedent to keep the sea lanes open in the south china sea, and they are compelled by their history and rising power both economic and military to take control of those sea lanes.

    Obama has always been too little too late and constantly trying to close the barn door long after the horses have gone.

  238. Larry Ledwick says:

    This sort of open saber rattling has been rare until recently but both sides now see windows. The US knows we are much less capable than we were just a decade ago, and must put up a good bluff, and the Russians increasingly think they have enough military capability to run a good bluff on us and that Obama will back down if push comes to shove.

    This is exactly how WWI started.

    Granted some of these moves were typical for the mid cold war, but it is wise to remember we came within a whisker of war on at least 5 occasions during the cold war.

    Suez Canal closure 1956

    Cuba 1961-62 (Soviets had tactical nuclear weapons and authority to release them if attacked )

    Yom Kippur war October 1973 (I was locked down in HQ NORAD Cheyenne Mountain when they bumped the def con to DF3)

    November 1979 false missile launch alert

    1983 Reforger exercise Europe (Able Archer)

  239. E.M.Smith says:


    There are several ponds for ground water recharge about at the border of San Jose and Campbell, it is common in California. (Next to San Thomas Expressway) Also next to the 85 freeway at Almaden for rainwater.

    My neighbor has a ‘dry well’ that his gutters dump into. It avoids waste water one the yard or driveway and recharges groundwater.

    Per insurance cash needs: vastly more bonds than stock, so any effect would be in the bond market… but there a mere $ Billion in a day is small…

  240. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and do note the Russian nuke missiles now in Kaliningrad

    Russia moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad, says Estonia

    and the Philippines saying no to US war games while wanting closer ties to China and Russia…

    Obama has shown profound weakness and the result is circling wild dogs looking for fresh meat…

    I give it about 80% odds of a fresh war by Christmas…

  241. Gail Combs says:

    Latest wikileaks dump HERE

    “John Podesta was Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff and long-term member of the Clinton inner circle. Today WikiLeaks has dropped a database file of over 2,000+ emails from Podesta to Hillary Clinton and various operatives within the Clinton team.”Sundance

  242. Gail Combs says:

    At this point I think the Elite are in a really tough position.

    1. In Europe, despite all the censorship, the rape and terrorism brought about by the influx of barbaric muslims is evident to most citizens including those in the USA.

    2. The blatant propaganda of the MSM has been outed and those who trust in the media is down to ~6%. Meanwhile viewers of Alt-media is skyrocketing esp with Hillary threatening Breitbart and Alex Jones.

    3. Obama has DOUBLED the federal debt with ZERO to show for it except for losing wars and his buddies shovelling ‘stimulus $$$’ into their pockets, all the while crying crocodile tear as their ‘Clean Energy’ companies go bankrupt. Many of the Blacks who were hoping for a better life are P.O. Farrakhan to Obama: Let Trump Do Want He Wants, You Failed Inner City Blacks

    4. You would have to be brain dead not to see that unemployment is up, wages are down, 14 factories a day are closing, the trade deficit is up and the elite in DC don’t give a flying F…. because they are invested in companies that have moved overseas.

    5. The propaganda that the presidential race is a ‘tie’ or Hillary is leading is routinely debunked all over the internet. This means an election stolen for Hillary is NOT going to fly and WILL be contested in one manner… or another. (Remember Law Enforcement Unions now back Trump.)

    6. Despite the Obama admin’s attempt to remove guns from US citizens —– “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out right [gun] ban, I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here” ~ Diane Feinstein —– The number of guns held by Americans esp. democrats has gone up dramatically.

    7. “If you look at studies of “fragile States” or the relationship between government repression, citizen tolerance of violence, and uprisings, we’re surprisingly far down the curve.” The problem for the elite is an intelligent, well prepared and targeted uprising instead of random violence like in Africa. The Norway Utoya Island camp killings, where the next generation of progressive up and coming politicians from all over the world were gathered, is the type of targeted vs random I am talking of. (and no I do not approve and I certainly hope it does not come to that..)

    The last and biggest problem for the elite is the awakening of the Russian Bear and Chinese Dragon who are also NATIONALISTIC —- OOPS.

    The Elites whole plan was based on weakening the USA militarily, monetarily and economically while using American resources to build up the economies of the 2nd and 3rd world. The globalists, with their eyes on their Socialist Utopia, forgot to make sure the countries they were helping were actually on board the Globalist Train and not smiling sweetly while readying the knifes for their backs.

    And don’t forget Saudi Arabia in the Janus faced group. They are funding Hillary while their citizens were part of the 9/11 attack and are behind a lot of the unrest in the Middle East.

    What I am worried about is with Power being as addictive as cocaine and with Trillions of dollars and jail sentences at state, the Elite will go for broke. I think they hope to bull their way to victory (Hillary as president) or hope only the 2nd and 3rd tier suck-ups, the politicians, reporters, and CEOs get taken out while they continue to hide in the shadows.

    At this point they are as dangerous as a pack of cornered rabid rats.

  243. Larry Ledwick says:

    For your entertainment your daily “It’s all going to melt” message from the AGW folks.

  244. Another Ian says:


    Re your presidential election proceedings.

    Way back when I got my masters thesis back after about the fourth rewrite. The message from my supervisor that it was about ready to submit was on one of those tear-off calender leaves – with the quote for the day

    “Conjure up no more spirits than you can conjure down”.*

    In that spirit I suggest a reading of the item “Mussolini” in John Steinbeck’s “Once there was a War”

    I can scan and email if you need it. Unless you have a copy It is likely to be just slightly more available than a copy of Ralph Nader’s attempt to demolish the Beetle – The R & T work over seems to be more available on that.

    That will give an excuse to add to your Celtic collection from another item there-in.

    * That quote has been a handy reminder ever since

  245. Another Ian says:


    Our Bureau of Meteorology summarised

    October 11, 2016 at 5:56 am · Reply

    Weather forecasting is as much an art as science.
    A FLOP is a failure especially in artistic productions.
    PENTA indicates the use of the multiplier of a thousand trillion.

    Therefore this computer has a performance rating of a thousand trillion flops, or failures, before it gets a correct forecast. Thankfully it does the flops very fast, almost too fast to see.

    October 11, 2016 at 6:07 am · Reply

    Oops off by a few billion…

    A PETA is the ability of a computer to do one quadrillion.

    And scientifically a quadrillion is so many more than just a thousand trillion. In fact it’s lots more, so large in fact it can almost calculate the number of mistruths from the Obama/H. Clinton partnership.”

    Comments at

  246. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another little climate change is causing problems item.
    This time blaming increased wild land fire burn area on climate change rather than changes in forest management, changing and increasing human interface with the forests, and a legacy of almost 100 years of aggressive suppression of natural burns.

  247. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think Europe is getting very close to exploding, probably will wait until warm weather in the spring but it is clear that the refugees are using up all their “benefit of the doubt” points and getting very close to provoking major incidents.

  248. E.M.Smith says:

    Found an interesting set of free books while looking for a free Steinbeck. I suspect that particular book has not had the copywrite expire yet…

  249. Larry Ledwick says:

    I love Call of the Wild, my 5th grade teacher would read from that book to the class every day after lunch break for about 30 minutes. It was a masterful display on how to teach kids that books were interesting, and worth reading.

  250. E.M.Smith says:

    Wow… 284 comments on this one, and videos… no wonder it’s starting to take a long time to load… Guess it’s time for an October Tips!

    Next in the series.

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