Tips – December 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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345 Responses to Tips – December 2016

  1. Jeff says:

    Not sure if this belongs in TT minus 8 weeks or here, as TT is kinda huge, too. Anyway, it looks like “the wall” has claimed its first “victim”. The head of Mexico’s Central Bank has resigned.

  2. p.g.sharrow says:

    Gail complains that her old computer bogs down on the over FILLED comment page, Meanwhile she bombs the thread pages with massive dumps of links and comments. Ha Ha Ha, We love you Gail, but you are your own worse enemy. Yesterday my own Pi-2 Netcruzer locked up on the November Tips Page… :-) …pg

  3. Jeff says:

    @pg, more Gale than Gail? (sorry)

  4. llanfar says:

    Regale Gail’s gale.

  5. Jon K says:

    Not sure if this is old news, but I found the diamond batteries interesting.

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    No Worries, we’re entering a new week for the TT pages too…


    FWIW, I’d started gritting my teeth at “November Tips” back about Thanksgiving. I run, generally, on “very small hardware” and it shows the pain first. (This behaviour is by design…) So some time back the ARM Zynos chip Tablet was having “issues” with sloth loading Tips. This is largely due to the very high memory demands of the large number of videos in that particular batch.

    Now one browser helps solve this by just limiting you to 10 tabs. Period. But I like lots of them open as temporary place holders. This sucks up memory, which spills to ‘swap’, that on the Tablet (and the default Pi config) spills to SD card or slow secondary memory chips acting as “disk”. “Flash memory” or similar. This is slow. Swap being slow causes large page loads to be Very Slow causes it to look like the page is “hung” when “it’s just thinking a bit”… It also makes the bottom of page “jitter” back and forth as a video loads, the whole lot gets offset by 480 pixels or ‘whatever’ and needs a redraw, that causes that code to be swapped back in, that causes something else to be swapped out, that… The end game of this is called “Thrash Lock”, when your system is either hung, or just seems to be hung and it will get back to you ‘real soon now’ in about an hour… which is effectively hung (except the screen flickers sometimes and occasionally things may make noise if you have a Real Disk…)

    That’s the point when I start to plot the next “Tips” page. Which for me was about a week ago. Last Nigh For Sure! But “sleep happens!” sometimes ;-) And I’d put it off to this morning. Hey, Dec, 2nd is almost Dec. 1st…

    Besides, technically it was already Dec 2nd when I gave up and slept instead.

    Now, “Things you can do” if you are NOT on a closed system tablet like device.

    1) Add more swap space. Often a crash is from running out of swap entirely. On a R.Pi, adding a real USB disk with swap on it is a great gain, as swap to MMC (SD Card) is horridly slow, prone to bit rot, and just wrong. I do this on every system I use for anything big.

    2) Close some tabs. I know, really I do, I have 72 tabs open right now on a tiny little tablet running Android with ARM cores. I just can’t help myself ;-) But really, bookmark them or cut / paste the URL into a document or just about anything. Clearing those pages clears their memory and lets your browser “do more” on the other pages.

    3) Try a different browser. I have 4 browsers just on the tablet. Each of them handles size differently. One just denies the attempt. The other, my favored one, lets me go ahead and ask for the page, and just takes exponentially longer to fetch and display it as the number of tabs open and size / complexity of pages increase. 2 others have other behaviours in between those. Firefox / Ice Weasel / Sea Monkey family seems most robust (including Pale Moon). The default in the tablet is most cranky. (It has a gear like symbol… Kongqueror? derivative?) In between are Opera and Mercury and others. Some, like Midori, are based on low resource use / efficiency.

    4) If running several applications, close those that are just sucking up swap space while you browse.

    5) IF really desperate, try “variety operating systems”. I’ve noticed very different behaviour in terms of memory usage by different operating systems. MS Windows is horrid. Apple MacOS likes memory, but is robust to shortage, though it slows. Linux? Varies with the flavor. Some, like Ubuntu, suck up memory like chocolate ice cream. Others, like Alpine, hardly use 1/10 th of the installed memory. (Has to do with compile time flags, optimizer settings, using “busybox” to avoid multiple library loads, buffer pool size choices, etc.)

    6) If all else fails, take solace in knowing I’m running on dinky boxes too and experiencing the same thing, so “feel your pain” and I’m likely working on it, or will be soon.


    Did it really “lock up” or just enter thrash lock? I always keep a terminal window open with “top” running in it. Both as a personal security monitor (if a process runs, I know it…) and performance monitory (has nice list of memory, swap, and CPU usage stats.) IF you see the swap daemon running overtime, memory full, swap at 200k and your process taking 100% of a core, but with not much happening, it’s likely a thrash lock or something like it. IF nothing is happening and it doesn’t refresh as usual, you likely have a really hung machine. That is extraordinarily rare. I’ve used SSH to get into systems that were “locked up” and shut them down gracefully many times…

    Now especially on a very slow link, loading those video panels will kill response behaviours.

    (BTW, it isn’t text or embedded text links that’s the issue, it is embedded videos with their huge data demands).

    With that, I’m back from “running errands” and can now catch up some more things…

  7. philjourdan says:

    I have 16gb on my computer – but smaller is always better!

  8. philjourdan says:


    It was recently announced that over one million google accounts have been compromised by a Malware campaign called “Gooligan.”

  9. p.g.sharrow says:

    There ain’t nothing in space!:
    Additional proof of the concept that space is packed full of something…pg

  10. sabretoothed says:

  11. p.g.sharrow says:

    @EMSmith; yes, I do get the Trash Jitters and slows. This is an IO lock, no inputs or refresh of video. My guess is memory overload. I’m just running Raspbian/Chromium on this Pi-2B “out of the box” no optimization. It happens everywhere when I have several tabs open with several video links in them. No USB sticks yet, as I need to get to a store and buy a few SD chips and USB sticks. I am amazed just how well this little thing works even while being abused. I just kill power, reboot, shut down and then reboot and go back to surfing. Still way faster then the XP and no worries about picking up malware. the worst that can happen is ruining the SD chip…pg

  12. E.M.Smith says:


    Yup, sounds like a memory / swap issue. If you can, get a USB Hub (mine was $25 at Best Buy) and a USB Real Disk ( about $50 at Walmart et. al.). Then put a real swap partition on it, (In gparted, shrink the native ntfs partition to about 100 MB, add a 2nd partition of 2 GB type linux-swap, make the remainder ext4. I label mine with “Disk_type”, so “WD_swap” for the second partition, used for swap, on the Western Digital disk…and SG15_ext4 for the SeaGate 1.5 GB disk with an ext4 (linux native) file system on it.

    Doing this is a huge improvement in your life style. Adding a /etc/fstab entry to put swap on it automatically, or just doing “swapon -s” to see what swap is set up, then “swapon /dev/sdb2” (or whatever disk partition it is) gives you 2 GB of ‘real swap’ that is MUCH faster than ‘swap to chip’.

    There is even an argument for not having ANY swap being better than swapping to the chip, though I’m not sure I buy it… Oh, and setting “swappiness” is a good tuning parameter to learn about first.

    Let me know when you have a disk hooked up and I’ll post more details…

    FWIW, the hub also lets you have keyboard, mouse, USB drive, etc. all in one “thing” that can move from machine to machine with one plug… So my “Pi” has that plugged in, power, monitor, audio, and optionally network cable – the M3 has WiFi built in and the hub can support a WiFi dongle for the M2. Moving to another Pi (or even another PC) is just unplug the hub USB from the Pi, plug it into the other, and move any {monitor, network, audio) as needed.

    This also means you can easily make dd images of your chips in the Pi, which makes restore and recover trivial. Some chip gets attacked, you can just boot a different one, then dd the prior image from your USB disk to the SD card in an adapter (the $10? Targus “Micro SD/T-F” works fine, while the larger one that takes memory sticks, compact flash, and xd does not. Go figure. It does have a power connector, so maybe it wants more power than the Pi can supply? At any rate, the one that looks like a half of a black plastic tongue works fine…)

    And yes, I know it means I have more money tied up in the hub and adapter than in the Pi itself… kind of like a girl friend… it isn’t the getting one that’s expensive, it’s all the accessories and things you buy to fancy it up later that costs you ;-) (Don’t talk to me about shoes… )

  13. philjourdan says:

    @E.M. – SSDs are still a little pricey, but they have gotten a lot better. Still there is a size issue with them, so I have not gone to them yet.

    But then I never thought about the swap space being on an SSD! D’OH! That would help immensely any computer that uses VM! Thanks for the great (if now obvious) tip!

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    Often I would just like to post the video URL without wordpress “helping me” by making it an embedded video for that very reason (old modem habit I guess). If I want to view a video I am smart enough to cut and paste the url or click on it, no need to have wordpress open it as an embedded video and slow the page to a crawl as it paints all that stuff.

    Is there a simple tag you can use to suppress embedded videos and just keep them as links?

  15. sabretoothed says:

    Funny interview from the EU/UK :P

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  17. Gail Combs says:

    sabretoothed, thanks for the videos.

    I got up at 3 AM to watch Glutathione and Oxidative Stress on Hubby’s computer. WOW is that guy good.
    Unfortunately Hubby is now awake and kicked me off so I have to wait to watch the others.
    Ok guys, I will embed the rest of the videos I find….

  18. cdquarles says:

    I got a 120 GB SSD a year ago for $50. This year, 250 GB SSDs are about $50 to $75. 500 GB ones are $150 to $200 and 1TB ones around $300. Almost in my price range. I’m looking at a PCIe one.

  19. sabretoothed says:
  20. sabretoothed says:
    New study BisA and rat
    Selenium level (SOD/Glutathione) and Lymphoma

  21. tom0mason says:

    You maybe interested in this news snip I’ve copies fro Pat a commentator over at JoNova’s site —

    “3 Dec: Zerohedge: Tyler Durden: House Quietly Passes Bill Targeting “Russian Propaganda” Websites
    On November 30, one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news”, with 390 votes for, the House quietly passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017″, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.”
    A quick skim of the bill reveals “Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries”, whose Section 501 calls for the government to “counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”
    The section lists the following definitions of media manipulation:…
    ***Curiously, the bill which was passed on November 30, was introduced on November 22, two days before the Washington Post published its Nov. 24 article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected…
    While the bill passed the House with a sweeping majority, it is unknown if and when the bill will work its way through the Senate and be passed into law, although one would think that it has far higher chances of passing under president Obama than the President-Elect…
    Those interested can read the full “H.R. 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017″ at the following location” bill that may soon proclaim much of the internet to be criminal “Russian propaganda” at the following link…READ ALL

    But they are gunning hard for RT…

    ““RT disputed the findings of the researchers in an e-mail on Friday, saying it played no role in producing or amplifying any fake news stories related to the U.S. election.” RT was quoted: “It is the height of irony that an article about ‘fake news’ is built on false, unsubstantiated claims. RT adamantly rejects any and all claims and insinuations that the network has originated even a single ‘fake story’ related to the US election.”

    It must be noted that the Washington Post article fails to provide a single example showing how the actual facts of a specific news event were rewritten or distorted by a Russian agency to produce a news event with a contrary political message.

    Will the Whitehouse impose a Chinese style digital wall preventing you from see unapproved news?

  22. E.M.Smith says:


    There are dozens of ways past any “digital wall”. The simplest and most direct is just a VPN to a remote server in a free country. The more private is TOR and darknets. Then there is “site scraping” in a free land, followed by shipping an encryped archive (or just mailing via snail mail the DVD…) and putting it on a darknet or private cloud server inside the border routers. Then there is steganography for small lots, mesh networks via laser links (works even over border fences and walls and rivers) and link equipped drones, or Ham Packet Radio and even balloon based repeaters.

    “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tape” was a common saying in the ’80s. I’d update that to “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a SUV full of 5 TB USB disks” today. It is a long time between packets, but man, when that packet arrives!

    BTW , one of my favorites is a crypto filesystem where each password gives different data. IIRC, it had up to 9 levels, so if forced, you give the password… to the top level cover data… It also let you set quorum levels, so, for example, any 3 of 5 can open a layer, but not one or two. Capture the carrier and the target, and their passwords, you still get nothing… And it is not possible to know how many layers, or any, exist… So maybe your TB disk “only” lets you ship 500 MB of private space… I’m ok with that.

    BTW, I’ve been setting up crypto VPN links between company locations since about 1985 or so. This isn’t new, just costs have dropped from $1/2 million for an urban high speed private microwave link, to free for an internet based VPN. Right now, I could set up a private encrypted VPN from the R.Pi on my desk, to anyone anywhere that IP Traffic flows. Then we both can see each others view of the internet… and nobody can see inside the tunnel.. Look up ‘stunnel’… so you can block ALL data flow, but if you let ANY flow, data can tunnel… For all their efforts, China still can’t stop access to outside. They can slow it, and keep unmotivated folks from connecting, but can’t stop it.

    Look at drugs. They take physical transport and still can’t be stopped. At best, blocking the internet can make a great black market in 128 GB mini-SD cards, preloaded… Just think how many fit in a shoe heel or soupcan…

    Also note that about 2 years after governments (Egypt) started shutting down telephone and internet services during demonstrations, major smartphones and tablets are now supporting self making mesh networks for continued communications in a crowd even if services are shut down. (Each one WiFi or bluetooth to those near it. Everyone passes packets one step closer to their goal… not superfast, but works… Similarly, when police started confiscating cell phones and erasing their videos, streaming apps apeared to upload video immediatly to the internet or cloud. Take my phone, it is too late to erase, and your take is uploaded by those around me… The Net can not be stopped, only slowed. That was an original DARPA goal for IP. Now combine that with mesh, and your video can end up on my PiLunchbox, and a copy a continent away tomorrow by several means.) Basically. P2P and things like torrent magnet links already had to deal with massive blocking and policing, so the tech all exists and free sw means millions of copies of the source code exist. I have several.

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just a note for the Navy folks, yesterday they Christened a new Virginia class fast attack submarine.
    The USS Colorado (SSN-788), she will be the fourth US Navy vessel to carry the name Colorado.

    Terra marique indomita Untamed land and sea

  24. H.R. says:

    Here’s an interesting bit of click-bait I found.

    Note that the FBI does not prosecute anyone. I’m reasonably certain this is one of those polls where the results will be used as fuel for more gaslighting. So, I’m trying to figure out if that wording was intentional and the narrative of the results will use some other wording to interpret the results, e.g. “X% want Hillary in jail”, or if the person wording the poll is just that ignorant.

  25. H.R. says:

    Oops! Found something when I clicked on the link to make sure it worked.

    The ad says Should the FBI prosecute, Hillary Clinton? [VOTE]

    but the voting page text I linked to, which I didn’t notice until I checked the link, says
    Should Hillary Clinton be indicted? [VOTE]

    I didn’t catch that difference when I raised my original question. Perhaps someone is polling to see if the electorate is not on the ball? Hard to say. Perhaps the pollster is not all that sharp.

  26. Gail Combs says:

    I think that is just typical ignorance and loose use of the language.

    Trump BTW is very very good at making use of that fault in the Progressives.

  27. sabretoothed says: Jet lighting, something is going on with all the earthquake and volcanic activity and cooling worldwide. Either cosmic ray or solar?

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    Occupy Democrats propaganda site pushed a meme on face book almost an hour before Reuters and AP reported on twitter that the Corps of Engineers have denied the easement for the Standing Rock Pipeline to “explore alternate routes”.

    That means they knew about it hours before it was announced to prepare the graphics used.

  29. sabretoothed says:

    Click to access vitaminc_titrating_to_bowel_tolerance_2_.pdf

    High dose Vit C requirements for various conditions

  30. E.M.Smith says:


    So are you surprised that the “demonstrators” get orders, er, directions, um, guidance, ah, leaks, yeah, that’s it, leaks, from The Administration? IMHO it’s just another Obama Wet Kiss to “his base” on the way out the door. We’ll see how fast Trump has the Corps decide it’s the best route after all.


    Since the first symptom of too much Vit C is ‘loose bowels’, that ‘titration’ is just “Take as much vitamin C as you can while not getting the runs”…

    It’s a LOT, as I’ve taken up to 10 grams / day and not even gotten close.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not surprised at all, just circumstantial confirmation it was a political move (especially given the decision was made on a Sunday in time for the evening news cycle).

    Now they can spend all day Monday blowing Trumpets and lauding Caesar for his benevolence.

  32. sabretoothed says:

    Yeah I think most of the population must have a high need for Vit C due to constant stress and toxins. Also the food probably doesn’t really have much in it anymore.

    PQQ and aging too

  33. David A Anderson says:

    Re ND pipeline, was this the plan all along; have pipeline co. waste
    millions building 85 percent, stop it, shut down US improvements, and prevent reduced cost of tracking?

  34. Paul Hanlon says:

    For the white hat hacker. Pay what you want to learn how to hack ethically.

  35. Eilert says:

    God does have a sense of humor.
    Jeep Carrying Fidel Castro Ashes Breaks Down Mid-Funeral:

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article by Scott Adams (Dilbert creator) and global warming/climate change.

  37. Gail Combs says:

    Congress targets Alt-media and Russian Times.

    The bill has ALREADY passed Congress here in the USA. It will be voted on in the Senate THIS WEEK

    By targeting Russia they cut out the blog sites and places like Breitbart while leaving the MSM in tact.

    US Congress Quietly Passes Bill Targeting “Russian Propaganda” Websites

    On November 30, one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news”, with 390 votes for, the House quietly passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017“, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.”….

    Actual bill H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
    (Click on Summary)

    Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

    This bill authorizes FY2017 appropriations for the conduct of intelligence and intelligence-related activities of: ….

    The ODNI must submit a five-year investment strategy for outreach and recruiting efforts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that includes cybersecurity and computer literacy. Higher minimum pay rates may be established for positions that require STEM expertise.

    The bill establishes an executive branch interagency committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments. It places travel restrictions on personnel and consulars of the Russian Federation in the United States.….

    The bill also revises or sets forth requirements for:

    the ODNI to participate in fundraising events for nonprofit organizations that support intelligence community employees and their families; CIA employee death and retirement benefits; publication of the logos of terrorist organizations; space-based environmental monitoring missions and acquisition programs to meet national security requirements for cloud characterization and theater weather imagery; an evaluation of aerial imagery technologies that can be used to share intelligence with other countries as a replacement for the current regime of observation flights; a declassification review of intelligence reports regarding past terrorist activities of detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and a concept for a combined interagency space operations center and an updated strategy for national security satellite systems.

    Text of bill

    V Matters relating to foreign countries

    501. Committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments
    (a) Definitions

    In this section:
    (1) Active measures by Russia to exert covert influence

    The term active measures by Russia to exert covert influence means activities intended to influence a person or government that are carried out in coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly, including the following:

    (A) Establishment or funding of a front group.
    (B) Covert broadcasting.
    (C) Media manipulation.
    (D) Disinformation and forgeries.
    (E) Funding agents of influence.
    (F) Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
    (G) Assassinations.
    (H) Terrorist acts….

    Who voted for it. (Everyone in North Carolina)
    Vote: H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

  38. Gail Combs says:

    Someone please send that information to Sundance at ConservativeTreeHouse since I can not.

    Contact Info:

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    In fairness the current administration has slowly and quietly shut down efforts to counter Russian media manipulation. This included both overt efforts to counter their propaganda by putting out alternate message, and letting VOA (Voice of America) atrophy and die on the vine through mismanagement.

    We are a major world wide battle of how the media is used by governments and how governments can manipulate through media in a more subtle way than the old line propaganda of the Soviet Era.

  40. Gail Combs says:

    Progressivism truly is a mental disease. That has now been confirmed.

    Top EU Official Solicited for Refugees at Funeral of Daughter Brutally Raped/Murdered by One

    Maria Ladenburger, the daughter of a high-ranking EU official, was returning from a party in the university city of Freiburg in Germany when she was viciously assaulted on a cycle path. DNA tied the rape-murder to a 17-year old Afghan migrant who was allowed into Germany…

    She was brutally raped and then drowned. The doctors weren’t sure if she died from internally bleeding from the rape or the drowning/choking.

    The migrant pleaded guilty to the attack and will be sentenced next year….

    The dead girl’s father is Dr. Clemens Ladenburger, a lawyer who works as the right hand man to the legal director of the European Commission. He is also an elected representative of the Germany Catholic Church. In that position he advocated refugee issues….
    If you think he learned to be more cautious, you would be wrong. At her funeral in Brussels, Belgium, her father solicited donations for two charities, one for Muslims in Bangladesh, the other for local Muslim refugee illegals inside Germany….

    ….his other daughter, Barbara Ladenburger, who is currently on a Catholic mission in Latin America. It doesn’t appear that she went home for the funeral (which was in Brussels), nor does she even mention Maria in her posts after her rape and murder:

    However the German government is taking action:

    The German government are more concerned that this might stimulate “Islamophobia”, and warned that facebook posts about the murder will be examined for any hints of anti-immigration sentiment.

    “We will not allow incitement after such violent crimes, no matter who commits them,” said Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel link

    ” Gabriel called to hunt down and lock up anybody protesting uncontrolled mass immigration. He refers to nationalists as “lowlife scum, unworthy of being called German” and implied that any refugee is more German than a nationalist could ever be.” link

    Reuters isn’t quite so nice: Germany’s Gabriel compares anti-immigrant AfD party to Nazis

    EU Threatens US Tech Giants with New Laws If They Fail to Crack Down on ‘Hate Speech’

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    An item on China, growth, debt load and the economy.

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    Take a memo it is now winter and you need good snow tires and an extra helping of caution.

  43. sabretoothed says: Fake US embassy part of this? Read last sentence in the article :P

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    Under the banner of political correctness we have Tim Allen’s take on PC culture.

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    Social network providers plan to set up black list based on content signatures so they can coordinate removal of objectionable “extremist” content material.

    (first question extremist or objectionable to who?)

    If based on simple hashes of the content this should be able to be easily defeated. For example Meme images. Any change to the image would change the hash, resize it slightly, change the meta data etc.

    For text just include some random change in punctuation or capitalization of the content, enter a word twice in the text, insert a hash of some random string of text you found on the net as part of the text. A human could easily recognize the random characters of the hash and over look them but it would totally change the hash of the over all document.

  46. llanfar says:

    @Larry That won’t work for much longer. AI recognition is improving rapidly…

  47. llanfar says:

    The offshore team didn’t have their scrum today… “A seven-day period of mourning has been declared in Tamil Nadu. The central government in Delhi has declared Tuesday a national holiday as a mark of respect.”

  48. tom0mason says:

    @sabretoothed 4 December 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Yes high doses of vitamin C can be beneficial if you are particularly lacking, malnourished, or ill. The body does not store very much of the essential vitamin (there a lot in the brain!). However if you consistently take high doses of vitamin C your body will quickly tell you when it is too much as it impacts greatly on kidney function. Also when on sustained high doses the body acclimatize to the regime, excreting more (mostly via the kidneys) of the unused portion. You may end up actually absorbing less going to a high dose.
    Problems can occur when the high doses stop. Apparently the body is slow at adjusting to a sudden lowering of intake, and continues the high dose excretion rate even though the intake is lowered. In extreme cases the early signs of scurvy have occurred with people on very high doses suddenly quitting. So like so many things in nature it is best to taper up to your max and then if reducing again taper back down, thus give your body time to adjust.
    (Scary info here — )
    Personally I no longer take a single high dose, instead I use 100% vitamin C crystals. I sprinkle slightly less 1/4 teaspoon onto freshly sliced lemon (or lime) , put in a sealable container container and use throughout the day in lemon tea (6 to 8 cups/day sometimes a lot more). This way it stops a sudden stress on the body with one big hit and distributes the dose more evenly over the day. Note 10 of wikipedia Eighty percent of the world’s supply of ascorbic acid is produced in China.

    A reasonable write-up is here —

  49. Gail Combs says:

    Contact info for US Senators:

    Please call about the “Fake News” scam.

    Note it is ONLY aimed at Russia. Not China or Iran, Saudi Arabia, Quatar or anyone else.

    Also where the heck was Congress on this issue for the last 100 years???

  50. Jason Calley says:

    Anyone have any ideas about this? Thunderstorm asthma?
    Also in Kuwait:

    I live in one of the thunderstorm capitals of the world — but I have never heard of thunderstorm asthma. Very odd.

  51. Jason Calley says:

    Hey Gail, “Also where the heck was Congress on this issue for the last 100 years???”

    As for fake news, wasn’t there a court ruling a couple years ago that the press has no legal responsibility to tell the truth in their reporting?

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Anyone have any ideas about this? Thunderstorm asthma?

    Just a localized name for normal weather induced asthma crisis. High winds stirring up pollen and dust, and long been associated with sending people who have severe asthma in to crisis. Now they just have a catchy new climate related name for an old problem.

    During the dust bowl days they had “dust pneumonia” due to people inhaling lots of micro pulverized dust (sort of like miners and black lung or silicosis for hard rock miners). They just came up with a new syndrome name that they can make money off of, and stir up anxiety about weather related problems.

  53. A C Osborn says:

    There is also the possibilty that air ionisation could provoke breathing problems in asmatics as well.

  54. A C Osborn says:

    How about in asthmatics as well

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to the guardian item above about building a black list of “offensive” images for social media, here is an interesting item from bellingcat that shows a way to do some image harvesting for evaluation of image meta data. It mentions some tools that I did not know off as part of the building blocks for the project to scrape the wayback machine for images of a certain kind for examination.

  56. cdquarles says:

    Thunderstorm asthma? Sure. Lightning creates ozone (that ‘It is going to rain/storm smell in the gust front, well known to us that live far away from the big cities).

  57. llanfar says:

    Reminds me of my youth. Tampa Florida, 5th grade. We decided to do an Indian dance around a palm tree to summon some lightning during an approaching thunderstorm…

    …fastest run in my life back to my house. And VERY lucky only the noise and tingle…tree was scarred.

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    So apparently some of the Colbert shows were created at the behest of the Clinton Foundation??

    Not a big surprise but nice to have it documented.

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    Reports of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in northern Sumatra just breaking on twitter

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting study on the genetics of reproduction success, (ie relatively large numbers of women reproduced compared to men thousands of years ago).

    I think they are looking for too complicated an explanation, I suspect the answer is that 8000 years of brutal slavery and male centric battles tended to cull out many male lines, but the women who stayed home and reproduced were far more likely to have their maternal genetic lines survive over the long term.

    On a related note a video by Stefan Molyneux (audio is not work safe)
    Why Women Can’t Complain About Men

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    When are children imprinted with a life long sense of their self worth/self esteem?

  62. Paul Hanlon says:

    Just saw over on the President Elect’s Facebook page that Softbank are to invest $50bn producing 50,000 new jobs.

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes softbank is the owner of Sprint, I have not seen anything yet that specifies exactly what sort of investment they have planned but presumably it will be through Sprint given their relationship.

    Just a guess here but perhaps a build out effort with Sprint infrastructure to match its competitors.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oil Market is changing as the combination of lifting of the oil export prohibition from the US to foreign users, and the recent cut in production by OPEC, suppliers are trying to work out the logistics of shipping US fracking shale crude to Asia.

  65. Jason Calley says:

    RE thunderstorm asthma, yes, it would make sense that some people would be more sensitive to ozone, or that thunderstorms could stir up more pollen, but the sheer magnitude of these two examples (Australia and Kuwait) seem odd. In Melbourne there were about 8,500 people so affected that they had to go to the emergency rooms, and 8 deaths. Kuwait? Only about 800 or so, but with 5 deaths.

    Well, the world is a dangerous place… I suppose the latest outbreaks will be blamed on CO2!

  66. Jason Calley says:

    Hey llanfar! ” We decided to do an Indian dance around a palm tree to summon some lightning during an approaching thunderstorm…”

    Glad you were not fried!

    Some years back I had just finished mounting an antenna on a sailboat mast and was sitting on deck wiring up the co-ax cable that connected it. There was a thunderstorm off on the horizon, maybe four or five miles away but still clear where I was so I kept working. There was a stoke of lightning in the distant clouds and simultaneously I got a good shock from the cable I was holding — not life threatening, but about like an electric fence. My assumption is that the EM pulse from the stroke induced a voltage in the cable. I decided to quit for the day. :)

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    Cracks beginning to form in France government over the violence of immigrants and lack of media coverage. The media can only hide this sort of coverage for so long, eventually everyone in the country will know someone who was directly affected or witnessed these attacks then just like in our recent election there will be a public backlash against controlled news coverage. (reload the page to clear the banner message)

  68. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit on the US debt and efforts to control waste to avoid getting caught in a debt interest trap as interest rates go up.

  69. Jeff says:

    There is a huge hue and cry over here in Germany about the “Lügenpresse”, in particular the ARD (first channel) not covering or even mentioning the rape and murder of a young woman in Freiburg. She was raped and drowned, and yet Merkel &co. persist in saying “don’t be prejudiced, don’t make assumptions, and we’ll prosecute you if you do (Sigmar Gabriel, SPD)”.

    There is a second rape/murder from the same area which they’re still working on, yet it is suspected that the same perp did the dirty deed.

    The presstitutes, aka the Lügenpresse, are instructed to neither speculate nor reveal names, nationalities, familial situations, etc. Privacy laws restrict naming to firstname last initial, so folks here immediately go looking to the UK press, who interestingly enough have not only the entire name, but pictures, background articles, and speculation to boot.

    Fortunately (or sadly) the local newspapers fill in the gaps. As do the commenters on the online dailies. I wish I could translate these quickly enough to post some of them, as they are infuriatingly true, damning, and funny (who said Germans can’t be subtle, sarcastic, or ironic?). For anyone who wants to read, look at,, and (going from left to right on the political spectrum, though Die Welt (the world) can hardly be considered really conservative, as their daughter publication is Politico…..

    The people here in Germany are really cheesed off. My wife was walking home from the store this afternoon (yeah, old skool :) ) (or alte-schule) and spoke with a number of our neighbors who happened to be out and about, and they were quite supportive of Donald Trump, which was a pleasant surprise to both of us. Not only because of his pro-life stance, but because of his patriotism, and his desire to get the USA’s monetary madness under control, and bring more jobs to everyone.

    And they think we could use a lot of that here.

    I think (and hope, and pray) that we may be looking at MGGA here.

    Especially if we can rid ourselves of the Greens and the “Energiewende”. Pierre has a good article on it at (we have a HUGE dependence on the auto industry/world, especially here in Süddeutschland – Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and all the associated companies/industries/JOBS).

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article that discusses the origin and legacy of historic measures to limit government surveillance on American Citizens and the relationship it has with the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    View at

  71. Larry Ledwick says:


    There is a huge hue and cry over here in Germany about the “Lügenpresse”, in particular the ARD (first channel) not covering or even mentioning the rape and murder of a young woman in Freiburg.

    I think you are seeing the same thing in several western countries that the average citizens are waking up to how manipulated and controlled the news, and government talking points are.

    I can remember in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when folks took it for granted that if it was government approved that was a good as gold certification ( kind of like the good housekeeping seal).
    Same of some media, we trusted Walter Cronkite and the BBC and VOA to cover the important stories of the day, perhaps with a bit of slant, but back then editorials were still labeled as editorial comment rather than being blurred into the “news” content of the coverage.

    Even though we knew certain news papers leaned Left or Right we generally trusted them to at least cover the important stories so we knew they were going on.

    I think all of that began to die in the 1970’s with the hard anti-war slant many in the media adopted, and finally died when the Soviet Union died and we assumed there was no longer reason to worry about overt propaganda like Pravda produced in the hey day of the cold war.

    What we did not realize is that all the major media gradually became Pravda as they pushed the anti-war in vietnam meme and the anti-government (anti Nixon) meme in the 1970’s

    At first they were subtle and made an effort to hid it realizing it sold out their jouralistic ethics but they were in their mind, “doing it for a good cause”! and justified it as a service to the people.

    But over time they became the trusted guard dog of freedom that everyone feared. At first they suspected it was a bit too aggressive then they saw the dog turn on people that it should not have but they explained it away as they did something to antagonize the dog or maybe it knew something we did not. Finally this election cycle ( and in Europe the past couple years) they suddenly realize the dog is out of control and everyone is afraid of the dog and walking on egg shells to avoid triggering it.

    That pervasive fear leads to only 2 possible reactions, everyone withdraws and goes silent or someone gets the courage to run over the dog when the opportunity arises. The media has no figure out that they are that dangerous untrustworthy dog in everyone’s mind.

  72. Gail Combs says:

    What is also missed is that in third world countries at 12 to 14 you are a MAN, often with your own wife and kids. When you die at 30 to 35, you start your families young at peak fertility. Only in the West is ‘childhood’ extended well past puberty.

  73. Gail Combs says:

    I have not been able to find the URL again, however Bosch Fawstin mentioned, as a kid, watching a relative casually kicked his wife down the stairs as he and other men in the family gossiped. This was here in NYC. If they treat their women that way why would we think they would treat our Christian dhimmi women better than that?

  74. Another Ian says:


    Email -check the cartoon

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    7.7 earthquake in the Solomon Is area ( 68km WSW of Kirakira ), possible Tsunami warning next 3 hours.

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    From the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

    WEHW40 PHEB 081748
    748 AM HST THU DEC 08 2016
    0748 AM HST.
       ORIGIN TIME - 0739 AM HST 08 DEC 2016
       COORDINATES - 10.7 SOUTH  161.4 EAST
       MAGNITUDE   - 8.0  MOMENT
                         0256 PM HST THU 08 DEC 2016
  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hawaii Standard time is Pacific Standard Time – 2
    Estimated time of arrival in Hawaii of first wave (if it is significant early reports not confirmed yet) would be approximately 4:56 PST

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    Good news they have canceled the Tsunami watch for Hawaii

    836 AM HST THU DEC 08 2016
    AT 0836 AM HST.
       ORIGIN TIME - 0739 AM HST 08 DEC 2016
       COORDINATES - 10.7 SOUTH  161.4 EAST
       MAGNITUDE   - 7.8  MOMENT
  79. philjourdan says:

    @Jason – Yes there was. I do not recall if it went to SCOTUS (I do not believe so), but the lower courts did make that ruling.

  80. A C Osborn says:

    The earthquakes seem to be ramping up.

  81. Gail Combs says:

    A C Osborn, I was thinking the same thing. Ice Age Now follows the major volcano/earthquake events as well as the major cold/snow events. It is a nice source for that type of news since they do their best to vacuum up the local news that never makes it to the US propaganda news reports.

  82. Gail Combs says:

    Those are some nasty earthquakes.

    This is the site I like for Iceland:

    Note they use 3 as the cutoff between minor and major.

    North Atlantic has one >3
    Actually pretty quiet in Iceland.

    Sun’s Activity Linked to Largest Earthquakes and Volcanoes by John Casey
    Casey is some guy out of Florida who is a bit weird. link

  83. Another Ian says:

    With E.M. OTR he mightn’t get to see the cartoon referenced in the email above. As I don’t have a link to source here’s a description. May be findable from there.

    A picture of Santa Claus with the caption

    “Before you make fun of children believing in me

    Remember, there are still adults who still believe in socialism”

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Little item in the Wall Street Journal about the decline in upward progress for the middle class, using the relative earnings at age 30 of children and their parents at the same age.

  85. sabretoothed says:

    Undermethylator meaning high histamine more likely to abort etc.

    Interesting chart in there, so if you have low histamine because overmethylator then you will produce less ascorbate. Also L-Histidine amino acid is used for arthritis, so these people are just overmethylators producing not enough antioxidants?

  86. sabretoothed says:

  87. Larry Ledwick says:

    On Chinese missile developments (anti-satellite test likely coming soon)

  88. sabretoothed says:

    Last month, weird looks like the whole thing is a giant lava dome?

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes looks very much like the lava dome in the Mt St. Helens Crater only bigger wonder if that is a super volcano crater so big that it is not obvious like Yellow Stone.

  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not a big surprise to anyone who regularly visits here or pays attention to the trends in major social and economic forces in Europe, but an item on preparations in Europe for major social unrest in coming months as some of these problems reach critical mass.

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    I kind of like this comment I found on twitter:

  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oops forgot to credit the source:
    Sar Haribhakti ‏@sarthakgh Dec 7

    Pure gold by @naval via @tferriss’ Tools of Titans.

  93. Paul Hanlon says:


    That article is spot on, albeit a touch hyperbolic.
    Even though Ireland is considered one of the biggest cheerleaders for the European project, there is open talk of IREXIT. Couple of reasons, one is the upcoming rules on tax harmonisation, and the other is Brexit. We do more trade with Britain and the rest of the world, by quite a margin, than we do with the European mainland. But it is not just that. There are 47 rules governing toothbrushes, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It is impossible not to break some law in Europe.

    France have their presidential elections coming up and Hollande isn’t even running. The two main candidates are both nationalists, LePen and Fillon. Germany have their elections as well, and Merkel is backtracking on the sheer lunacy of the Islamic invasion that Germany initially cheered on. Talking about banning the burkah. But that won’t stop the AfP, a nationalistic party, from making major inroads. The Netherlands are having their elections, and the nationalistic party, led by Geert somebody or other, look set to be the main party there. Oh, and by the way, far right over here means centre right over in the US.

    There used to be talk of a two speed Europe where a core of six countries, including the above three would move towards further integration, basically a United States of Europe, and the rest would catch up in their own time. No more. I honestly can’t see how it can prevail at this point, and I don’t know what we’ll be left with when it is all over. We might manage to keep the free trade part, but I think the Euro and the political union are dead men walking.

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the computing security and intelligence community file we have this interesting article on how the Intelligence community has contracted with Amazon Web Services to have them build a private cloud data system for all the intelligence agencies to facilitate sharing of information and to bring cutting edge commercial technology into their infrastructure in near real time so they can keep up with commercial developments on an ongoing basis.

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well I guess you need to plug in laptops more often than once every 18 months. I bought a couple Toshiba laptops a while back brand new on sale, did all the updates and then set them aside as backup systems to be used in an emergency. Put them in a protective case and sort of forgot about them.

    Seems it was a bit longer than I thought it was, as the last update date on one of them was 8/24/2015, its battery was at 7%, the other one I just put on the charger, its battery was at 1%, so it looks like I need to have a maintenance cycle of about every 6 months or so on them.

    That result was not too unexpected but I have been fighting all day to get the first one to do updates. The windows update just sits there forever and never gives me a list of updates to install. It appears if you go too long between updates the update agent gets sufficiently out of date that it can no longer perform the update function. This system is a 64 bit Windows 8.1 OS, I might just switch this one over to linux if it keeps being a pain. I am not a fan of the windows 8 user interface any way, but the intent was to be able to use it to do 2 TB disk backups without tying up my primary systems since it takes about 24 hours to do a full copy of a 2 TB drive on one of the external USB docking stations.

    Now if I could just figure out how to get update to work short of doing a fresh OS install that would be nice.

  96. E.M.Smith says:

    Un fortunately “I don’t do windows” applies to me here. No idea how to force update to update other than poke arround in settings.

    My suggestion, given your use case, would be to try a knoppix CD or USB Stick as your OS. It boots fast and *nix tools are great for backups (Fat32 is a pain for permissions preserving and ntfs not much better while slower, but a compressed tar archive is universal fast and preserves everything)

    I leave Windoze in place for the off chance I’ll need some MS doc or app compatibility, but generally just bypass it with a 2nd OS for any real use.

    BTW, computer hardware is generally best thought of like fruit. It keeps for a while, but really doesn’t store well… Lion batteries die losing some kinds of memory and software, electrolytic capacitors consume themselves (if slowly), and CPU chips are obsoleted in 18 months. Part of why I tend to not buy new computers anymore, but bottom feed on used gear being dumped… a Linux install extends the life past the Microsoft software obsolescence date / cycle by about 2 to 4 years and into the hardware degradation cycle.

    Though lately the R.Pi has me running new hardware :-)

    FWIW, I do all my backups using a Linux Raspberry Pi and USB disks.

  97. llanfar says:

    @E.M. “…and CPU chips are obsoleted in 18 months…”

    Not true. I buy laptops at the top end as I don’t like having to replace them frequently. This 2011 17″ MBP is still my main box. Only thing it has had done is a (free) motherboard swap last year when the AMD GPU solder melted (Apple had known about that issue due to a fuss raised by many in 2012).

    My next purchase will either be a new MBP 17″ (which they don’t make any more – one can hope), or perhaps an iMac or Mac Mini “portable”…

  98. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another country (Venezuela) in financial distress wants to pull notes from circulation, to combat crime.
    Inflation is already pushing people to use electronic payments to avoid carrying sacks full of money.

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well I am a happier camper now, I am posting this on a tor browser in tails from a usb stick on one of the toshiba systems that refused to update with windows update. I was a major league pain to get here but learned a few things (windows sucks – – – Oh wait I already knew that!)

    This is a bit slow but it is nice to know it will work on this system even if I bork up windows 8.1

    I created the USB entirely on windows for what it is worth as a path for those who do not have a working linux system it is possible.

  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    Moving over to my windows system for this since all the info is over here.
    Creating a linux tails bootable USB drive on a windows system.

    Down load and install the universal usb installer here:

    Then run it.
    It gives you a very simple pull down tab config menu
    for doing the bootable USB creation.

    First you select the linux version name you want it to give to the USB, then you browse to your local copy of the related iso image which I down loaded from here:

    Then you tell it which drive letter the target USB drive is (be very careful with this!)

    Then you have to beat the laptop into submission so it will acutally do what it should do from
    the factory and boot from USB when you tell it boot from USB first.

    In BIOS – set boot order so that USB is the first device (top of the list)

    control panel – power options – shutdown settings – turn on fast startup
    change that setting to disable fast startup

    get back into bios (hold F2 down while hitting power button on my toshiba laptop)

    Advanced – system configuration (enter)
    boot mode – change from UEFI to CSM boot
    (this must be switched back to get it to boot back into windows)

    Then power down and put the USB tails image in the usb drive and power up.
    It is a bit slow to boot, but it came up after a short wait.

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well – – – Bill Gates can kiss my ***
    (no I am not quite ready to do that will let that happen through normal aging and attrition of the current windows OS’s on my other systems. If they give me grief they’re history)

    More good news, the changes in the BIOS and power setting made on that Toshiba to get it to allow booting from the USB, made an install of Linux – Mint off a DVD iso image trivial (just like it is supposed to be).

    Put it in the CD tray hit the power button and an hour later after answering a half dozen questions and after doing updates and upgrades 3 x each to be sure it was up to date, we have a working linux laptop that will boot tails and using the tor browser from usb if so desired.

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    May be another big ice year in Hudson bay and the Great Lakes given early ice build up trends.

  103. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, that is from July 2015. A newer one from July 2016 cites Tony Heller’s blog.

    With Brietbart, Drudge and now the Daily Caller citing Tony, I am sure he will make the Fake News listing.

  104. E.M.Smith says:


    I usually have two distinct boot images (CDs or USBs) where one is Tails and the other isn’t. Tails is nice for a privacy enhanced computer, but passing packets through many systems slows it down a lot, so sometimes things like videos have problems. I don’t really care if someone knows I watch funny cat videos on youtube, so use a generic non-Tails OS for that. You may find some of the slowness you observed is from Tails, rather than Linux.

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    I agree that was my conclusion also, just the nature of the beast with multiple paths/nodes to transit in TOR and a not particularly fast USB stick for the tails OS. Not really that big an issue to me as I don’t normally do things that require much bandwidth. It is just nice to know you have an option that is more secure than a typical browser. If nothing else your TOR traffic helps anonymize other TOR users by increasing the size of the haystack of TOR traffic on the net.

    I don’t do anything that “needs” to be anonymous but it is a technology tool worth learning just to understand the limits of the technology and the educational process of playing with multiple different systems.

    I wonder if it would be worthwhile to use tails/TOR for things like financial transactions to your bank, credit card account balance queries and other personal financial transactions like that just as a good security practice? Probably not much risk of a legitimate man in the middle problem for normal daily traffic of that sort but as malicious hacking gets more and more invasive it seems to me it would be one more layer of the security onion that would reduce the chance your accounts would get compromised.

    I am going to try rebuilding the tails linux stick on the fastest USB device I can find and see what if any difference that makes. Since compact flash cards like used in cameras are just about the fastest storage you can use on a USB system that might be worth tinkering with too in a USB 3.0 card reader.

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    By the way on the subject of high security communication I found this interesting link that is sort of a tutorial on how it is done in journalism when they need to talk to confidential sources. Provides a view of some of the ways you can leak identity information by being careless.

    Has quite a few embedded links for things like public jabber servers which can be used for Off The Record chat sessions.

    One thing that does require high security communication in every day business is things like sending user credentials to FTP accounts to remote users, and similar “keys to the kingdom” type info that if compromised would leave a huge back door in your system. Especially if your business deals with personally identifiable information, high dollar financial transactions like contract proposals and other things. Most users opt for convenience over security on that sort of data transfer and it is a constant battle to get every step in the chain to maintain good practice when handling information like user passwords transfer to remote users, and similar account setup information.

    Strange as it seems in today’s electronic world common snail mail might be the most secure way to transfer that info that is inherently secure against hacker interception.

  107. p.g.sharrow says:

    For those in Northern California, A heavy laden train of moisture is headed our way. Up to 10 inches of rain on saturated ground over the next 3 days Snow levels to start around 5,000 feet and then rise over the storm run, so lots of runoff into already swollen streams and rivers. Put on your highest boots and get out the boats for flooding in the low lying areas because the Sacramento River is going to be “Blessed” with a little more rain!…pg

  108. Gail Combs says:

    P.G. Sounds like mudslides coming your way….

  109. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Gail; we live on top of a hill over looking the great valley 2 thousand feet below. ;-)
    the 2 small local streams are 80 feet below our compound. While we live in a wet spot there is no danger of us flooding and very little danger from wild fires. There was once an Indian village here so it must be a fairly safe spot…pg

  110. Gail Combs says:

    Glad to hear that P.G. though I was thinking of California as a whole.

    We also live on a ridge on what was once an Indian site. I have quite a collection of artifacts and I haven’t even been looking! They are on permanent loan to a forest ranger who takes them around to various schools. Unlike most amateurs I find any worked stone so I had awls and choppers and other implements he normally doesn’t see often. I also had artifacts over a long time span, ranging from the finely worked archaic to the cruder more recent stuff.

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is sort of funny in its own way, climate researchers are in a panic over Trump possibly shutting down climate research and they are trying to archive climate data so it can’t all be deleted.
    (Memo – these are the guys that threw out original data and did not document adjustments and now they suddenly get religion to preserve data??)

  112. p.g.sharrow says:

    I wonder if they are worried about saving their Adjusted Data or the actual recorded data that they have claimed is no longer available? Maybe we will have arguments about who’s data is the real thing! I think that these people are late to the party and don’t even know it. The most of the older data, pre-adjustment, has been saved…pg

  113. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Gail; Interesting that you note that the more recent Indian stone work artifacts are cruder made made then the much earlier Clovis and Folsom work. Something that I have also noticed over my 70 years of crawling the Earth. The deeper buried stuff is much finer made then the surface stuff and the styles are much different. We do not deliberately dig but stuff does show up…pg

  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    Poking around in the realm of web browsing cookies found another addon that looks like it might be useful for a low exposure system.

    Self destructing cookies addon for firefox browsers, automatically nukes cookies from a site when you close its active tab in the browser. It also watches for and deletes tracking cookies based on their behavior (not signature based).

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related a list of anonymous email providers

    Here is an interesting secure chat application
    (EM would appreciate your observations on this and their security strategy)
    It sounds like a good implementation but I don’t have enough experience in this area to see a subtle hole in their logic/plan.

  116. philjourdan says:


    Strange as it seems in today’s electronic world common snail mail might be the most secure way to transfer that info that is inherently secure against hacker interception.

    Just not immune to disgruntled Postal employees

  117. E.M.Smith says:

    US Govt scans all outsides of mail to build a “contact trace” database, so to avoid that you would need to leave off the return address or have a pseudo one… Also what is inside is subject to wareant search, so strong encryption, please… Oh, and must use x-ray tolerant media…

    By that time, a strong encryption file via anon shared cloud server and open wifi hotspot connect with knoppix fresh live system will beas secure.

    Oh, and for snailmail, use work gloves to handle it, seal with tap water (no saliva DNA please… stamp too) and package it somewhere away from home without cameras…

  118. E.M.Smith says:


    Reading their tech page crypto cat looks good. It would take reading the source and thinking a few days to assure the do what they claim, but being open source, it is unlikely nobody has done that yet.

    Only issue I see is the device identity and contact trace exposure leaks info about who (and through that, where), but if you want ongoing authentication of “who” it is hard without that.

    I’d use it with a dedicated Pi chip and wifi dongle, and from public wifi spots, to mask real identity and home location. (So someone finds out an “unknown” uses it from the library…) and I’d not tie all my “devices” to it as that leaks all my devices identity and links them to me. A convenience feature for casual users that is a risk for real “risky business” uses.

    But if you are not on a watch list or running contraband, it looks ok (I.e. keeping interspouse messages private…).

  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not worried about high end issues like DNA, if you are into something that requires that level of paranoia then you might want to re-think what your are doing. That said as an intellectual exercise it is worth while to keep up with the technology and understand what the leakage paths are. It helps to establish good practice behavior that limits exposure to hackers and all other data security threats.

  120. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – “Frantically copying climate data”

    LOL! Like the raw data that no longer exists? They are free to waste their time and diskspace. But they already destroyed real data.

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    I guess I should have clarified, on the above comment about snail mail, secure from who –
    If you are worried about some random hacker getting into your business, snail mail is pretty much absolutely secure. If you are concerned about government snooping and have done something that gets you on their radar, than obviously other measures would be necessary and more appropriate.

  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    For those of you who pack rat data (Gail) an interesting chart image.

  123. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the financial front the FED made a .25 interest rate increase signals they will likely make 3 this year.
    The question is this:
    A sign that they are taking advantage of the stock market and Trump bounce to make an increase while they can?

    A legitimate sign that they see a stronger economy under Trump?

    Or an effort to poison the well and start the process of pulling the plug on the economy so the Republican party takes the heat for the collapse rather than the folks who broke it.

  124. Gail Combs says:

    Larry, I use Yahoo as my ‘spam’ e-mail address. They are perfectly welcome to my thousands of spam mails. snicker

  125. Gail Combs says:

    I think the Fed wants Trump tp take the fall for the economy they trashed.

    I was expecting it.

  126. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the same topic Venezuela is seeing reverse runs on the banks as people with 100 Bolivar notes try to deposit them in the bank before the deadline.

  127. sabretoothed says: Selenium and cancer, why the rise in cancer worldwide, deficiency?

  128. Gail Combs says:

    sabretoothed says: why the rise in cancer worldwide, deficiency?


    Remember we now have mostly monoculture farming and adding animal manure back on the field is now considered a major NoNo. Therefore most commercial fields are low on organics and micro-nutrients since commercial fertilizers are just N-P-K. Heck with mandated ethanol in gas even the remains of corn plants are now removed from the fields and used to make ethanol. As one environmentalist put it, we are now ‘mining our soil’ International corporations do not give a rats rear whether or not the farm is viable twenty years from now unlike independent farmers who expected to pass a farm to their children and grandkids.

    My farm had over two feet of loam per a 1950s geo survey. When I bought it it had nothing but inorganic clay and would not grow anything but weeds. After twenty years as horse pasture it now has about a foot of good black loam again. (Horses are pretty rotten at building soil due to their grazing/pooping habits)

    Also there has been a push to REMOVE ‘EXCESS’ selenium from animal feeds.


    Selenium is a trace element that is essential for vertebrates and involved in series of vital metabolic functions. Considering the purity of the L-selenomethionine (L-SeMet) under application and the metabolic pathways of SeMet, the FEEDAP Panel considers the use of L-SeMet as safe for all animal species, provided that the maximum total selenium level authorised in feed is respected. The use of in animal nutrition is expected to result in a similar increase in selenium deposition in animal tissues/products as that resulting from other sources of SeMet. To ensure consumer safety from consumption of food originating from animals fed L-SeMet, the FEEDAP Panel concludes that dietary selenium supplementation from the additive should not exceed a maximum of 0.2 mg Se/kg complete feed. In the absence of specific data, the additive should be considered as an irritant to skin and eyes, as a skin sensitiser and as potentially harmful by inhalation. The FEEDAP Panel considers that the use of L-SeMet in feed does not pose an additional risk to the environment, compared with other sources of selenium for which it will substitute, as long as the maximum authorised content in feedingstuffs is not exceeded.

    This gives an idea of the high vs low selenium areas in the USA Selenium in Animal Feeds, Proposed Rule Making: Environmental Impact Statement

    I should also add that after I added a 0.2 mg Se mineral salt to my already 0.2 mg Se feed, my horses, goats and sheep are doing much much better. Glossy coats and sheep/goats have not been wormed in over a year but the eyelids are dark red.

  129. philjourdan says:

    The rate hikes are long over due. But the purpose is not what is happening or will happen with the economy. It is meant to sabotage the Trump Presidency. Yellin is an Obama puppet.

  130. llanfar says:

    @Philjordan In light of the stock market, housing market, Carrier, IBM, etc., how could anything Yelin does actually harm the economy? There has to be something I’m missing here…late first cup of coffee…

  131. E.M.Smith says:

    The present world economy (meaning mostly EU / USA) is barely not crashing as the ZIRP shows (Zero Interest Rate Policy). They’ve pushed the Monetary Policy Pump as far as they can, and we’re still barely not dying yet…

    Now Trump is saying “Let’s do Fiscal Policy instead”. (That’s the right answer, BTW). That’s all well and good, but will take about 2 years for the effects to reach the streets. Until then, to dump the ZIRP / Monetary Policy angle will cause lots of monetary strain.

    Jacking up interest rates will raise the cost of doing business, raise the cost of Federal Debt, and generally cause things to slow down. Normally you do this when rising above full capacity demand and over frictional real unemployment rates (about 2 to 3 %). We are presently way under utilized in our production and have a real unemployment rate closer to 20%+ and maybe as high as 30%.

    So Obama was given a $Trillions blank check of more debt (gee, thanks Ryan…) for his last term. Trump is going to be handed an economy slowing series of rate hikes before he can get the Fiscal Policy changes in place. This is to reduce the money available to him, and reduce the chances of an economic upturn as the Fiscal Policy benefits kick in.

    The fight will be based, roughly, on “We just can’t possibly cut taxes and government spending when the economy is slowing down”. Along with “We can’t possibly let debt continue to rise for 2 years while you implement your plans”. Both designed to block Trump for making the changes he desires to make.

  132. Gail Combs says:

    Look into how the Federal Reserve caused the Great Depression.
    (Check the comments)

    ..As a result of examining more closely the key years between 1929 and 1933, Friedman and Schwartz first concluded that the Great Depression was not the necessary and direct result of the stock-market crash of October 1929, which they attribute to a speculative investment bubble. (The popping of the “bubble” may have been instigated by the Federal Reserve’s raising of the discount rate—the interest rate the Fed charges on loans to commercial banks—in August 1929. The cause of the speculative bubble that led to the crash is a somewhat controversial topic. Whereas Friedman and Schwartz accepted that the bubble was caused by investors, seemingly endorsing—at least partly—the Keynesian “animal spirits” explanation, Austrian economists have argued otherwise.) In fact, they believed that the economy could have recovered rather rapidly if only the Fed—the central bank of the United States —had not engaged in a series of disastrous policies in the aftermath of the crash….

    The Fed, comprised of the Big Banks, stood back and watched their smaller rival banks go under thanks to ‘bank runs’ instead of doing what they should have, functioning as the lender of last resort. The bank runs were ‘contagious’ and more and more people took their money and stuck it under the mattress causing additional banks to go under. In a Fractional Reserve system removal of deposits has a multiplier effect and causes a monetary contraction. A monetary contraction means no money available for loans for business or housing or anything else. That means spending goes through the floor and the whole economy contracts.

    E.M. can correct me if I have this synopsis wrong.

    Do not forget that the FED has pumped huge amounts of money into the economy over the last decade and that has shown up as rising stock prices.

  133. Gail Combs says:

    It looks like Trump maybe thinking ‘outside the box’ and doing an end run around the Fed.

  134. Larry Ledwick says:

    At the current time with interest rates near 0 we are spending 6% of Federal Revenue on debt service (interest on our debt). When the base amount is near zero even very small increases in interest could blow up that percentage of income paid to service debt. The effect would be to suck money out of the tax revenue just when you are trying to pay down the debt so higher interest rates won’t send you into a death spiral of ever increasing debt service payments you cannot cover by growth.

    It is like the local loan shark suddenly jacking the interest rate on the note you can just barely afford to pay. By doing that he intentionally is pushing you into default so he can break your knees.

  135. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the fake news front, Facebook announces how it will flag “fake news” sites.

    The question of course becomes which 3rd party sources will they use to validate the stories.
    I also wonder what will happen when conservatives start reporting every major news media article as fake news.

  136. philjourdan says:

    Raising interest rates dry up available credit. That is why she held them at zero for the entire Obama term. Trying to eke out SOME activity (but cash merely piled up due to uncertainty and the lack of economic growth – no one wanted to borrow to expand when the future was a crap shoot). The Fed sets the interest rates that banks charge through their interbank lending rate (that is the rate they charge to banks – banks have to get bridge loans on occasions to mitigate currency flows).

    In past years, the Fed would “tweak” the interest rate to keep Inflation in check. A tweak is a 1/4 point change here and there. Until Greenspan tried to run the economy from the fed and basically broke the mechanism. So it cannot do what it was intended to do, but like a scalpel in the wrong hands, it still can do a lot of damage. And she is going to try to do exactly that. It gives the progressives the cause celebré they want – Trump wrecked the economy.

  137. tom0mason says:

    EM and others may be interested in some old Usenet commentaries that have been saved.
    I found this site while searching for info on “Gordon Dobson Ozone” — most informative exchanges of how people were run out of projects for not holding the ‘consensus’ science view on atmospheric ozone and the causes of the ozone hole.

    Also on ozone and the infamous ozone hole is this

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting evening tonight had my car totaled by a guy texting while driving on my way home from work. He hit me in the rear at about 40 mph and shortened my Subaru Forester by about 2 ft. I’m okay but an interesting ride.

    I saw him coming and braced for the impact by pushing back hard into the seat just as he hit me.
    Looks like I will be car shopping soon.

  139. p.g.sharrow says:

    Glad to hear that you are uninjured. Things like that can ruin your day…pg

  140. H.R. says:


    Glad to hear you are OK. Does the air bag go off when you are hit from the rear or is it a one-direction trigger?
    Hey! Wanna bet me a dollar that whatever the guy was texting about wasn’t worth more than the accident? He could have been closing a million dollar deal… but I doubt it. Probably more like, “Honey, I’m running late from work.” Little did he know…

  141. Larry Ledwick says:

    His air bags went off, but not mine. As I understand it air bags don’t go off (at least front and rear) unless you are going more than about 12 mph. The side bags I think can be triggered when you are stationary, but he hit me straight in the rear while I was sitting there waiting for a light to change.

    He got a royal ass chewing from the State patrol officer plus a careless and distracted driving citation. The officer explained to me that not long ago he had to pull an 8 year old girl out of the windshield of a car in a similar accident and let the guy know he was very very lucky everyone walked away with no major injuries. I am a bit sore, kind of like after playing a rough touch foot ball game, slightly tender over the left iliac crest of the hip bone from the seat belt, Right after I got home, you could see some very faint raspberries from friction rash from the shoulder belt on my upper left chest. My back and neck muscles are just a bit sore from resisting the violent body motion but all in all just an interesting experience. I had about 2.5-3 seconds warning, just enough time to mentally say F*** and brace.

  142. tom0mason says:

    Larry Ledwick good to hear you’re OK, good that could walk away from it.
    Now for the difficult time — insurance processing time…

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    Insurance should not be a big problem I have comprehensive coverage (forgot to reduce coverage after I paid it off) he is absolutely at fault (I was not even moving stopped waiting for a light to change) so assuming he has insurance should be no problem.

  144. Gail Combs says:

    I am glad you were not hurt. Just make sure your neck is OK. That damage shows up a day or two later.
    BTDT. The guy came over a hill at ~50MPH and managed to push my car (Chevy Vega) into the car ahead even though I had both feet on the break. Four cars were involved but at least he did not push anyone into the intersedction. To add insult to injury I had just mailed the last car payment a 1/2 hour before on the way home to work.

    Now I drive big Bad A$$ full size pickups with frames.

  145. philjourdan says:

    @ Larry – I echo others in being glad you are unharmed. My daughter recently suffered the same type of accident. She is having issues with her back, which I can only hope subside with time.

  146. Gail Combs says:

    Phil, your daughter might want to see an Osteopath. A MD type doctor crossed with a chiropractor.

    A final year Osteopath kept me from going under the surgeons knife. She were going to The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV and was also a caver who joined the trip I was on to cave in W.V. I was too darn stubborn to quit caving even though I was in a lot of pain from an auto accident a couple years before.

  147. Larry Ledwick says:

    We have a good healthy polar out break going on today.

    It was in the low 50’s yesterday here in the Denver Metro area mid morning, then temperature dropped like a rock, dropped to -5.6 F here where I live in the western suburbs last night.
    Now at noon we have 5 inches of snow on the ground, and a temp of +6 F with just a bit of sun.

  148. Gail Combs says:

    We had ice pellets and freezing fog today. Had a party in the late morning. We saw over a dozen cars that had slid off the road on I-540 going around the north of Raleigh. They even blocked off an exit that is an aerial spaghetti monster.

  149. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under new technology really cool stuff.
    3D printer for carbon fiber components as strong as metal.

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    follow up on the 3D embedded fiber printer (can do both fiberglass and carbon fiber)

  151. Larry Ledwick says:

    More on production advantages of 3D printing in low volume applications of very complex parts.
    Also metal powder sintered printing.

  152. tom0mason says:

    As the cold covers 48 states and winter low temperature records are being broken all over the place, people must be reminded that 2016 is officially (according to NASA) the hottest year ever! And remind them that somehow global warming causes snow but no-one can properly explain it. Somehow burning fuel moves the jet-stream, etc, etc.

    Add the line “NASA says 2016 — hottest year ever”, to greeting cards, and emails.

    This winter is a gift! Use it!

  153. Gail Combs says:

    Tony Heller is now working for a Global Warming Skeptic with a really great line of products you guys should check out.

    …For the past few months I have been doing contract work in Boulder for Jonathan Sawyer at a very aggressive radio startup called Xetawave…..

    Xetawave designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of radio products intended for use in remote wireless networking applications. Some of the large and growing list of applications include wind farms, power line maintenance, oil and gas (note the text on the electric vehicle above) and military training exercises. Xetawave products are widely used by people needing reliable, secure, low power and low cost remote control of industrial equipment….

  154. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the category of Chinese economy cratering:
    Makes you wonder how the real numbers look to the Chinese government vs what the people believe.

  155. Gail Combs says:

    I smell CENSORSHIP coming….
    Obama: We Have to Change ‘Wild West’ Media Landscape

    …“We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” [cue Soros funded NGOs] Obama said at an innovation conference in Pittsburgh.

    “There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world,” [cue Correct the Record] Obama added.

    His remarks came amid an election campaign that has seen Republican candidate Donald Trump repeat ideas and take on key staff from right-wing media outlets.

    They also come at the end of an eight-year presidency in which Obama has been plagued by false scandals over his place of birth that have forced him to play media-critic-in-chief….

    Obama Calls for ‘Truthiness Tests’ for Media Companies

    …Throughout his presidency, Obama has repeatedly complained about the existence of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, causing division amongst Americans and making his job difficult, but he rarely offers a solution.

    This time, Obama floated the notion of a media test during at a speech at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on Thursday…

    Obama’s interest in regulating the internet is not new, however.

    During a press conference in China, Obama called for an international agreement to regulate the internet to avoid starting a cyberspace arms race.

    “What we cannot do is have a situation in which suddenly this becomes the Wild, Wild West,” he explained in September.

    This is a typical training method. Keep raising a minor step forward until people/animals are ‘desensitized’ implement then advance to the next step.

    The totalitarians desperately want control of information back.

  156. sabretoothed says:

    Great pic :P

  157. Jeff says:

    @Gail, sounds like Hegelian Dialektik to me, of which Merkel and her predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, are masters (of disaster). Schröder or one of his officials would propose something utterly outrageous; the peasants would rage; the idea would be withdrawn, only to resurface a year or so later in a slightly modified, less objectionable, but equally problematical form. The peasants, having been duly innoculated, wouldn’t protest as much, and the poisoned proposal(s) would pass.
    We’re seeing the foul fruits of this now with the “Energiewende”. And our “guests”, of course.

    Funny thing, my grammar-bs detector went off with the word “truthiness”. Reminded me of “beingness” and “havingness”, and a host of other -nesses birthed by L.Ron Hubbard in his various ventures. Seems that although a “word of the year”, it is not really a word at all, having been coined by Stephen Colbert one evening whilst pontificating.

    For goodness’ sake, Obama, there are already enough words in the English language. Then again, when you wish to foment non-truths, a non-word is rather a tempting tactic.

  158. Larry Ledwick says:

    For those of you interested in educational issues, a very interesting piece (he says while typing on a computer key board)

  159. sabretoothed says:

  160. sabretoothed says: It’s interesting, maybe its a cause of Autoimmune disease via changes in electrons in the body cause antioxidants to fail ?

  161. sabretoothed says: Vit C increases Non-Heme Iron Absorption

  162. sabretoothed says:

    Selenium RDI might be too low with those who have high H202 levels? 400-600ug might be better with upper limit of 1200ug as in Greenland. Be interesting to test Hashimotos and other autoimmune disease levels in Greenland/Brazil population :P

    Alopacia due to low selenium?

    We found that under 20% O2 DHT stimulated TGF-β secretion, as previously published (Inui et al. 2002), whereas 2% O2 negates and in some cases may even reverse DHT-stimulated TGF-β secretion by DPCs. Moreover, by using hydrogen peroxide to chemically induce oxidative stress, we observed an increase in the amounts of TGF-β secreted by the DPCs. These data suggest that oxidative stress may exacerbate the onset of androgenic alopecia by affecting TGF-β secretion, a known inhibitor of hair follicle growth and inducer of catagen.

  163. sabretoothed says:

    Turning hair from grey to black again with Tyrosine and L-Methionine, basically too much H2O2 in the body due to oxidative stress patterns.

  164. Seen on the BBC first, but the source is here:

    It seems Turkey is trying to lock down its net access and is quite effective at doing that. This is probably the cue for a really dark net to appear using peer-to-peer temporary nets.

  165. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting social dynamics going on in France as women try to take back free access to public spaces in predominantly Muslim suburbs.

    News flash to European women — Use it or Lose it!

  166. Larry Ledwick says:

    Scott Adams on “cognitive blindness” in the climate debate.
    I have a couple friends who fit this description exactly they simply refuse to look at good references on the anti-warming side of the argument. They are so convinced the arguments are weak that they will not lower themselves to even read them (sort of like fake news) they see their decision as being rational when it is in fact the exact opposite.

    Sometimes they latch onto any suitable “excuse” to avoid reading the material. In one case I suggested a friend look at the posts on WUWT and he saw the word “climate gate” in the top banner of the web site and used that as an excuse not to “read that trash”.

  167. Jeff says:

    More news from “the religion of peace”:
    Russian Ambassador to Turkey assassinated at an art gallery (both shooter and, sadly, Ambassador dead), and just a few minutes ago, a truck bomb/hit at a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) here in Germany, at least one dead…..

  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    We also have Brussels in lock down as they respond to another threatened attack.

  169. sabretoothed says:

    One rule for the Liberals, another rule for everyone else. No sentence and IMF might keep her WTF!

    $576 million negligence and smile

  170. sabretoothed says:

    Sultan of Turkey wants WW3 because Isis lost in Aleppo

  171. sabretoothed says:

    In Mosul Isis is bad, in Aleppo Isis is good :P

    Can’t this girl go to Mosul, since Isis is there she’ll be more happy :P?

  172. sabretoothed says:

    Only in USA can you be a serial rapist and still be in the electoral college lol

  173. Larry Ledwick says:

    Under category of “just because we can”

    The EPA says that burning one gallon of gasoline produces about 19.4 pounds of CO2.
    If you drive your SUV 15,000 miles a year and get 24 mpg then you will burn about 625 gallons of gasoline
    (ignoring idle time)

    Producing 12,125 pounds of CO2

    If the volcano Yasur puts out CO2 at a rate of 42,000 tons per day which equals 84,000,000 pounds per day, its daily output during this erruption was approximately equal to the
    yearly CO2 output of 6928 SUVs driven 15,000 miles a year. If we account for time spent idling, let’s just round up and we assert a volcano during its active phase produces at least as much CO2 per day as Yasur did or 7000*365 SUV’s do, or 1 volcano eruption day is about the equivalent of 2,528,660 SUV driving days.

    Now remind me how many volcano eruption days do we have every year world wide?

  174. Gail Combs says:

    President-elect Donald Trump Issues Statement Following Three More Terrorist Attacks
    So where is Obummer’s statement or is he in hiding again?

  175. Larry Ledwick says:

    Coming to a city near you soon in Europe.

    By the way might be a useful news source to watch.
    Seems to focus on the stuff the mainstream media in Europe avoids like the plague.

  176. Gail Combs says:

    Even Santa Hates bat-chomping bird-slicing eco crucifixes.

    Merry Christmas Guys and a DEPLORABLE New Year. Yesterday I got my big Christmas present and I am still grinning.

  177. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on sleep and light for the human biological clock.

  178. Larry Ledwick says:

    Detail on the Berlin truck attack driver believed to be 23 year old Pakistani refugee.

  179. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile they are also saying they have the wrong man in custody (need to run translate on this)

  180. Larry Ledwick says:

    Commentary on the Democratic party election antics and their failure to accept the outcome of the election or more importantly to understand the voting block that rejected HRC.

  181. Gail Combs says:

    Someone got a REAL picture of Merkel.

  182. sabretoothed says:

  183. Gail Combs says:

    Snow falls in the Sahara.
    Snow falls in SAHARA DESERT for only second time in living memory

    One of the niffty pictures.

  184. Gail Combs says:

    Here is a dig in the Sahara:

    I think that it was Dr. Bill Warner who said prior to Islam the Sahara had farms. The farmers were killed and the goat and sheep herds wiped out the fields and trees and grass. The loam ended up in the sea.

  185. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like car inventories are gettting bloated and manufactures are dialing back production to avoid a glut.

  186. tom0mason says:

    @Larry Ledwick
    20 December 2016 at 1:18 am

    WRT volcanoes there is this

    Where they say

    Even more incredibly, it even seems that some volcanoes which are considered inactive, in terms of their potential to ooze new land, can still make some serious additions to the atmosphere through diffuse CO2 release. Residual magma beneath dormant craters, though it might never reach the surface, can still ‘erupt’ gases from a distance. Amazingly, from what little scientists have measured, it looks like this process might give off as much as half the CO2 put out by fully active volcanoes.

    Incredible for some…

  187. tom0mason says:

    Makes me wonder about all the CO2 locked away in the Antarctic. When after a few hundred years it is finally sloughed off the land by force of the weight of new accumulations of snow and ice in the interior of Antarctica bearing down from on high — how much previously withheld CO2 enters the water with it, and how much bubbles straight up to the atmosphere?
    Also Antarctic, Greenland, and glacial ice are subjected to evaporative ablation when the humidity is low. During this process any gasses held in the ice goes straight into the atmosphere.
    Also see —

    Click to access ollierglaciersnov2007.pdf

  188. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the developing military technology field we see more evidence that Russia and China are moving aggressively to develop the ability to put key US satellite assets at risk. Technical capability in military arms is a very temporary asset.

    Which raises an interesting question what would happen to civilian communities which have become highly dependent on GPS if it suddenly went away. I know 20 something kids who have never used a physical map or compass and would be completely lost without GPS in their phone, having never developed a sense of direction and spacial concept of the world around them.

    Not to mention the complete paralysis of things like industrial tracking of delivery trucks, and construction which use high precision GPS now to build bridges and bore tunnels.

    I have noticed recently that physical maps are getting hard to find in stores.

  189. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, I get ribbed for my big bag-0-maps… and compass… that live in my bugout bag.

    The simple fact is that it is near trivial to kill off satellites. The only hard part is doing it without taking down your own… Basically a BB gun mounted on a satellite in a retrograde orbit is enough. ( 17,000 x 2 MPH on a BB is a heck of a punch…) couple with radar aiming and ranging and a good computer for trajectory and you are pretty much done.

    IIRC the Chinese test was essentially a load of ball bearings and an explosive center that spit out fragments all over the place. Dirties up the space horridly, but high probability of takedown of all sorts of things. As they have little ‘up there’ they only cared about the big take down. Over time they will be more precise…

    We have a sat killer launched from jet fighters at max zoom height (something like 100,000 feet). So can take down a sat as needed and in theatre.

    Then there’s that whole laser weapon and high energy radar approach… How many solar panels can take a megawatt 10 second shot at frequencies tuned to their average wire trace length?

    The simple fact is that to dominate space, you must be able to prevent others from having access, and access is becoming very very easy… Once you have access, even a tiny pellet is enough to kill an orbiting bird… (Geosync a bit harder – you need a small booster phase…)

    I taught my son to have a good sense of direction. His sister got a phone too early 8-( but can still navigate some if forced to do it.

    BTW, one ‘device’ I’ve thought up:

    The P2P GPS

    The basic idea is a set of ground based stations that ‘knows where it is’. This can be from prior Sat based GPS samples, from being over a USGS marker (or equivalent) or just a “best guess I’ve got”. Essentially, you have some ground nodes with a ‘pretty good idea’ where they are. (Kept up to date while sats are working, able to go it alone if they lose sat contact).

    Now all your other GPS devices base off of them. They then ‘share forward’ their location to any others out of range of the base. Planes, missiles in flight, tanks, trucks, heck, a guy in a tent on a hill. Each takes in GPS info from the net of peers, figures out the best it can where it is, computes a quality metric (hops x quality of each x veracity…) and then says “I know within FOO that I am at BAR” for anyone wanting to base off of it. (I’d add a silencing feature for when you don’t want any sigint to spot your transmissions… and an IFF feature when in battle).

    Essentially your GPS becomes a mesh of vehicles in flight, drive, or float mode, some well qualified base stations, and a mesh net between them.

    I’d sat on this idea for a decade or two now, and clearly I’m not going to do anything with it at this point, so here it is for the world… The main feature is that taking out the sats degrades the accuracy a little, but not much, and it projects forward along with your force projection forward.

  190. Another Ian says:

    E.M. Try this

    “Awesome Web Site – Radio Around the World”

  191. sabretoothed says: Deficiency in a certain protein in the gastrointestinal tract has been shown to lead to both inflammation and abdominal fat accumulation in mice. The discovery provides yet another piece of the puzzle of how humans are affected — or not — by the large quantities of intestinal bacteria we carry with us.

  192. sabretoothed says:

  193. Larry Ledwick says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    21 December 2016 at 8:06 pm

    What you describe on GPS is just a modification of relative GPS that they use for high precision survey work. Back in the day when they were still dithering GPS signals with random variations survey crews would place a fixed GPS receiver and a known location like a survey bench mark and then do their survey work and correct the readings of the other GPS readings with the known deviation from true lat long that the fixed GPS was reading.

    That is one of the reasons they dropped dithering and opened up the system is it was easily defeated. Even without the relative GPS during that time you cold just leave a GPS unit at a fixed location and average out the random variation over time and get the true lat long to +/- 4 ft or so where the instantaneous reading would be +/- 15-20 ft.
    All you would need to do is set up a mesh system that would broadcast those correction factors in real time over a local wifi and you could get almost all your precision back. In many navigation problems you don’t need to know exactly where you are as much as where you are relative to a known location.

    Take as an example a situation where someone dropped you off 200-300 miles from home and only gave you a bearing back home accurate to +/- 20 degrees. (easily achieved with simple geophysical cues like where the sun rises, or key night time stars) That would still work as you would quickly using local landmark info correct that bearing to perhaps +/- 5 degrees and once you got into known territory you could refine that down to just a degree or so error until you got within a couple miles of you home location.

    And this is ignoring the value of using linear features like the beach or inland mountain ranges or major highways to refine your location. Sure you might end up walking 30% farther than you absolutely had to but a person who is aware of general terrain would still get the job done without those features.

    The only time this would fail if, like after a wild fire or major earthquake or F5 tornado, most landmarks are reduced to rubble. Then it does become problematic to get fine location fixes to locate a specific house or obscure road intersection.

  194. sabretoothed says:
    Conformation biases in Fake science :P

  195. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another look at the power of social media and forensic search by the folks at bellingcat as they track down bread crumbs on social media left by the suspected German truck attack driver.

    Sharing this, since the power of this method requires wide distribution and some of our regulars are in Europe and might see something they recognize.

    The hive mind knows!

  196. Jason Calley says:

    Scientific American is now being cautiously optimistic that LENR phenomena may be real.

  197. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wow it only took Bellingcat 1 hour to geolocate that image. Picture was taken in Friedrichsplatz about 50 km south of Mannheim.

  198. Larry Ledwick says:

    First effective vaccine for Ebola-Zaire? A step in the right direction, although some questions about safety, length of immunity provided, how stable it is in storage I assume is also a question, but it at least provides an immediate stop gap defense in case Ebola gets active in a major population center again.

  199. H.R. says:


    I’m sure the Clinton Foundation will be willing to make sure the Ebola vaccine (diluted version of course) will be widely distributed at a mere $8,000 per dose, of which 4% is the cost to make and distribute. The other 96% is for restocking the liquor cabinet administrative costs. 3-4 million doses ought to do it.

  200. Jason Calley says:

    Hey H.R.! Selenium supplements have been shown to drastically reduce the death rate in Ebola and related fevers. A Chinese paper published in 1993, based on use of selenium in field hospitals for hemorrhagic fever cut the death rate from 22% to zero in less severe cases, and from 100% to 37% in severe cases.

  201. H.R. says:

    Hmmmm… so the Clinton Foundation will be happy to hand out selenium supplements for $8,000 per diluted dose ;o)

    I’ve been making sure I’ve been getting my selenium. Now all I have to do is avoid Ebola like the plague.

  202. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article on the upcoming Christmas weather/blizzard, it has a neat little time lapse video clip of the “sea smoke” over the great lakes as the cold weather and warm water do their thing.

  203. Gail Combs says:

    And Then there are Somalis….
    Judicial Watch: U.S. Customs, Homeland Security Records Reveal Somalis Given Security Briefings, ‘Community Engagement Tours’ in Secured Areas at Major U.S. Airports

    Judicial Watch today released 31 pages of records from U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealing that the Department of Homeland Security has given Somalis “community engagement tours,” including security briefings, in secured areas at least three major U.S. airports – Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Columbus, Ohio.

    The records came in response to a May 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which sought records, documents and communications regarding a “Community Engagement Tour” in Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on February 18, 2016.

    The briefings provided to the Somali groups were so sensitive that in 14 instances the agency redacted portions of the records under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption (B)(7)(e), the law-enforcement “risk circumvention” exemption…

    In another instance, Customs and Border Protection exempted under (B)(7)(e) a portion of a February 16, 2016, “Minute by Minute Agenda” provided during a tour/briefing of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The material that was withheld from Judicial Watch as too law-enforcement sensitive – but provided in full to the Somali group…

    Notes from the February Minneapolis St. Paul Airport tour include: “Current CBP and TSA job vacancies were discussed. Attendees responded with requests for DHS outreach efforts during Somali community events to further advertise these positions to interested individuals.”

    The documents show Customs officials reporting that one of the invited individuals had given “CBP Chicago a hard time” following the last tour and noted three of the invitees had had investigations against them, which had since been closed. Another invitee had an active investigation pending.

    “Logically, information that is too sensitive to provide to Judicial Watch and the public should not have been given to a ‘community engagement tour,’” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The U.S. government has been aware for years that Minnesota is a hotbed of Somali terrorist-cell activity. The behind-the-scenes tours and security briefings of the Minneapolis airport very well could have created a threat to public safety.”…

    The special security tours not offered to any other group occurred at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after Department of Homeland Security roundtable meetings with local Somali leaders to obtain feedback for ‘modifications to practices that would allow for operations to be more culturally sensitive.’”

    So Homeland Security gave TOURS and information not available to the general public to POTENTIAL TERRORISTS!

    I agree with Knight 99 over at Small Dead Animals.

    We are long past “the insane running the country” shtick. They are actively importing death and chaos into the western world – with FULL knowledge of the damaging consequences.

    These are treasonous acts by government officials, full stop.

  204. Larry Ledwick says:

    So apparently climate change (you know that thing that causes hottest year on record) is causing record cold in Mongolia.

  205. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just for grins here is an english language Chinese news page on line.

  206. Larry Ledwick says:

    Reuters on Trump’s recent remarks about our Nuclear forces.
    It is obvious the politicos are having trouble getting their head around typical business negotiating tactics where you have an opening position in negotiations and a final position and they are never the same. Ask for what you think you can get (or will put necessary pressure on the opponent) and accept what you must to get the deal or walk away if the deal won’t work. Previous administration was all carrot and no stick in all their foreign negotiations, never pushing for concessions, or being willing to leave the table even for a short breather.

  207. Larry Ledwick says:

    This could be all wild supposition, or some TLA disinformation feed, but throwing it out there for people to consider. Could be just confirmation bias for folks looking under rocks and fitting pieces into a preconceived scenario but – – – – there are also other possibilities.

  208. E.M.Smith says:


    Since Redits are known to suddenly evporate, I’m posting that page contents here. (BTW, not endorsing… it seems a bit over the top to me… then again, much of geopolitical warmongering seems over the top to me, yet it happened in the past…)



    Angela Merkel and those within the EU and German government who are aligned with her are knowingly allowing ISIS operatives to infiltrate the EU, set up networks and stage attacks on European citizens. The goal of allowing this to occur is to create a crisis which will artificially deepen the need for greater European integration into the EU, which is of course mostly controlled by Germany and allows them to control Europe without firing a single shot (so far). Once the crisis has been created, Merkel will use it as an excuse to use the newly formed EU Army to occupy European nations. This army seems to currently be supplied by NATO and NATO officials who are in a position to discover this are showing up dead.
    I. German Intelligence is knowingly neglecting to deal with ISIS operatives

    In Wikileaks’ recent BND-NSA Inquiry Exhibit, there was a cache of files from the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) or Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Firstly, the language of the original German in this document is highly un-PC, showing just how little Eurocrats really care about racial sensitivity behind closed doors. They prefer to use it as a foil to coerce others into submitting to their agendas. The document covers tips that BAMF gives to German intelligence agencies looking to recruit informants from among refugee populations:

    Click to access MAT%20A%20BAMF-1a.pdf

    The significant portions of this document are as follows:

    On page 14:

    We’re looking for accomplices or candidates involved in terrorist activities that have not yet become perpetrators

    They are specifically looking for Taliban defectors from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan as well as civilians born in Afghanistan and Egypt as well as a few other Middle Eastern countries.

    On pages 15-16 they list tiers of individuals they are looking to recruit from:

    Tier 1: Males with the following personal features: Aged 18-45, single, lower-middle-class to poor background, lived in refugee camps for a while, poor occupational and societal prospects, sketchy CV, Muslim belief, doesn’t support UMMA (collective community of Islamic peoples).

    Tier 2: Individuals with knowledge about suspected terrorist organizations

    Tier 3: Individuals that resided in or have knowledge about Al-Azher University, Cairo or the El-Haramein Institute of Culture which is founded by Saudi Arabia and used to promote Wahabbism.

    This is highly alarming, because it proves that German intelligence is aware of the fact that there are many individuals among the refugee population that have knowledge of terror organizations, are “defectors” from them or have been exposed to radical Islamic ideologies at certain educational institutions. Why are they not simply arresting these people and preventing them from 1) committing attacks and 2) radicalizing even more males from the refugee population?

    This discovery was followed today with another which has not yet been widely discovered by the public: Moroccan government officials have stated that they tipped Germany off to the fact that Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri was planning to execute a terror event on German soil:

    The article explains that Spanish and French authorities has successfully dismantled terror cells based on information passed to them by Moroccan intelligence. Why did Germany not act? It is because Angela Merkel has a vested interested in creating a crisis by allowing ISIS attacks to occur in the EU.

    This apparent policy of letting a wild dog like ISIS run rampant does come back to bite them occasionally however. An German intelligence official working for ISIS was recently arrested for helping plot an attack the headquarters of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Bundesverfassungsschutz (BfV):

    It is very strange that Germany would be allowing this kind of thing to happen. Unless of course, one views it from the perspective that they might want incidents to occur as a result of neglecting to crack down on known and potential extremists.
    II. Germany allows ISIS events to occur to justify occupying Europe with the EU Army

    A. The EU Army

    Merkel was already trying to form an EU Army before Brexit occurred and accelerated the need to create some kind of force that would allow them to militarily pressure countries into abandoning plans to leave as well. European Union allies of Merkel were lobbying for this force to exist even before Brexit. What people do not realize is that it has already been partially set up:

    Already EU technocrats are letting on to the public that the EU Army will be formed “much faster than people think”:

    Just a few months ago, Jean Claude Juncker was requesting the establishment of a headquarters for the EU Army to operate out of. An operations center is unnecessary if there is not already a military force to run out of it:

    B. NATO arms/vehicles are being used to covertly equip the EU Army

    There has been quite a bit of media attention given to recent NATO efforts to posture itself militarily to “stand up to Russian aggression.” A lot of weaponry and heavily machinery has been moved into the EU and Eastern Europe/the V4 (Visegrad Group):

    Here is another example of German military assets being moved into Eastern Europe to “counter Russian aggression.” Notice how they mention Trump’s election as an incentive to form an EU Army? Merkel was hoping her friend Hillary Clinton would win power and collaborate to make this project easier:

    The Russia narrative is a cover story for the formation and equipping of the EU Army. NATO’s shipments of weapons and vehicles to Europe are not for the purpose of arming the alliance against Russia, but to give that gear to Merkel for her new EU force. Most of this stuff is surplus American military gear, think for example about how many unused tanks we have sitting around due to supposed Congressional incompetence.

    There is ample indication that NATO is indeed engaging in this covert supply operation with the EU. The current Secretary General of NATO is Jens Stoltenberg, who allegedly was bought the position by a $584 million bribe from Norway to the Clinton Foundation. He is also alleged to be connected to the recent corruption scandal uncovered in part by the FBI. Here are some sources on that:

    Given his ties to corruption and the Clintons, it is plausible that Stoltenberg is willing to collaborate with Angela Merkel, another ally of the Clintons. He is responsible for massively increasing NATO’s budget over the last few years:

    Most damning is the recent death of Yves Chandelon, the Head Auditor of NATO. He was found dead 140 kilometers from his work and 100 kilometers from his home in the Belgian city of Lens. Despite owning three registered weapons, the gun used to kill him was unregistered:

    His death was ruled a “suicide” but his family refuses to believe that conclusion. He had told them that he had the feeling that he was being followed and had also received strange phone calls. His further revealed that he was a happy person and had made several plans for the new year. Not the profile of someone who kills themselves:

    Why is his death significant? One of the jobs of an auditor is to make sure goods are actually delivered to their destination. Revenue cannot be recognized until service is performed. What did Chandelon find about weapons and vehicle deliveries that caused him to be murdered? Where would these lost shipments be going, if not to equip and supply another army? The EU Army?
    III. How ISIS provides Merkel with an excuse to occupy Europe with her new army

    With an EU army formed, Merkel would only need to look for a good excuse to deploy it. The most likely cover story would be to diffuse some kind of “humanitarian crisis.” What exactly might that crisis look like? There could be a number of reasons, such as fighting “far right racism” against minorities for example.

    I personally believe that given the evidence I have uncovered about Germany’s complicity in allowing Islamic extremists to enter the EU, the evidence indicates that they are possibly hoping ISIS will stage a major terror incident in one or two locations in the EU, or perhaps across the entire Union. The militaries of multiple countries would inevitably engage in an immediate crackdown following such a severe event and this would most likely focus solely on migrant heavy areas and “no go zones” inhabited by the Muslim minorities in Europe. This would give the EU a perfect humanitarian excuse to justify violating the sovereignty of multiple European nations and centralize power with the EU government, which is mainly German controlled.

    A conflict in the EU anywhere would be very bad for the United States. Look at all the locations of our military bases across Europe. We would be sucked into any kind of European conflict:

    Breitbart, I reached out to you guys this week and expressed my desire to bring my networks and the work I do to your publication but you seemed a little nonplussed about it. Andrew didn’t found your company so that you could spend your existence trolling the internet to repost stories broken by other news corporations. I’m on the market, think you have a lot of potential and want to help you guys be the ones who create breaking news.

  209. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    OMG! It ought to be obvious that it’s a bad idea to put Windows in submarines !!! ;-)

  210. Larry Ledwick says:

    Nice to have confirmation of an often observed behavior. Political beliefs are like a religion and challenging them challenges the self image of the owner of those beliefs. They therefore resist changing beliefs based on “facts” that counter their beliefs.

    One of the keys to persuasion is to break that direct challenge to self. I think many of these strategies can help convince people “entrenched” in a political belief to acknowledge that changing their mind or even just acknowledging that all might not be what it seems will not make them a “bad person”.

  211. H.R. says:

    Here’s a tip for y’all…

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    And for those not of any religious persuasion in particular or at all, have a Merry Christmas Day, anyhow. You’re free to overlook the religious aspects, but to paraphrase Alinsky, Never let a great holiday go to waste.
    I’ve been reading here but have been light on posting. Mom fell – nothing broken – but there was a gash in her elbow that allowed a nasty infection to be introduced. She was in the hospital last week while they kicked out the infection with IV antibiotics. Now she’s in a nursing home/physical rehab center to get her strength and balance back up to snuff. She’ll be there 2-3 weeks and then she’ll have to decide if she wants to move into an assisted living arrangement or go back home. Not a bad outcome I’d say.

  212. Larry Ledwick says:

    Merry Christmas wishes to all from here as well!

    H.R. Sorry to hear about your Mother, hope she has a quick and full recovery.

  213. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is such a sad commentary on Merkle’s Germany – I am quite frankly astonished that German men are not literally up in arms over all this. But at least someone is making money off the chaos and giving women an alternative short of getting arrested for properly arming themselves and taking the sick bastards out.
    I am also surprised that the German Police are not doing decoy busts.

  214. Another Ian says:


    Justin takes out “Climate Prat of the Year”

  215. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick says: “Reuters on Trump’s recent remarks about our Nuclear forces….”

    That is hilarious. They can not even figure out that is probably aimed at Iraq and China and NOT Russia. They are SO focused on getting a war with Russia they can’t think straight.

    Come to think of it, It will also scare the crap out of the Demon-Rats agitating for war with Russia.

    OH what fun.The Demon-rats and Ministry of Truth are playing checkers while Putin and Trump are playing 3-D chess!

  216. Larry Ledwick says:

    Lost in the Christmas season and breaking news smoke screen:
    Judge demands further information about super secret search engine that allows law enforcement to pull up phone records almost in real time, without a search warrant since it is a “commercial service” provided by AT&T

  217. Gail Combs says:

    On the Reddit stuff, certainly sounds possible. I heard Germany et al really really wants an EU Army before this. Thanks for archiving E.M.

    H.R. Sorry to hear about your Mother. Make sure she is getting as much exercise (walking) as possible. Muscles start to atrophy fast ~wk and bones start losing calcium in ~ 24-48hr IIRC.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all and a very happy, productive and joyous New Year.

  218. llanfar says:

    Merry Christmas everyone :)

  219. Larry Ledwick says:

    An interesting historical look at what did and what could have happened between the West and the Soviet Union over the last half of the 20th Century. It dredges up some uncomfortable history on both sides and perhaps serves as a looking glass into our current world situation.

  220. Gail Combs says:

    Just ran across: “Donald Trump graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and anthropology. “

    I knew about his degree in economics but not the anthropology. Nice to know he has a degree in a math and a science. No wonder he thinks CAGW is B.S.

  221. Another Ian says:

    and in comments

    “Psalmon says:
    December 26, 2016 at 5:11 am

    The Federal govt (we) own 47% of California’s land. How much is each Sequoia worth…to China? How much would Qatar pay for Yosemite? Shasta Dam (largest reservoir in CA) would cost $50B to build now…we want $200B.

    I’m thinking we could get $20T for OUR half of California. With CA’s GDP of $2.5T, that’s 12x Revenue + $5T separation bonus to pay for national security etc over the years. National Debt solved.”


    In case you’re still in Calif.

    Testing because this won’t show on TT5

  222. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under just because you don’t like it does not necessarily mean you need to fix it.
    (aka law of unintended consequences — are you sure that genetic variant that has survived for millennia is bad for the human genome??

  223. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick,
    I agree with that author. We have already discussed here the ~4% Neanderthal genes that may cause autism/asperger but also leave us with some interesting traits since we, are more geared towards the visual. (Neanderthal’s had larger brains than us and human brains have shrunk since the introduction of farming.)

    There is also this: Native birds might restock poultry industry’s genetic stock

    And this is just from line breeding and not from gene manipulation.

    ….Purdue University animal sciences professor Bill Muir was part of an international research team that analyzed the genetic lines of commercial chickens used to produce meat and eggs around the world. Researchers found that commercial birds are missing more than half of the genetic diversity native to the species, possibly leaving them vulnerable to new diseases and raising questions about their long-term sustainability…..

  224. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry & Gail:

    I’m less worried about gene editing. Most of the 6+ billion on the planet can’t afford it, and the egocentric millionaires have been doing odd things forever. Even without gene editing.

    Then figure most folks will focus on obvious broken genes, not marginally questionable ones, season with “folks like me” who would like more Neanderthal genes, not less (plus a few chimp genes, a few from lemures, and…) I think our genetic diversity is not at risk…

    (I’d like a prehensile tail like lemures, the power / pound of chimp muscles, their ability to live on leaves and rough plants [long gut length, stronger teeth and jaws] oh, and ability to make my own Vit C like most animals… plus some cosmetic bits… Oragutan fur always looked nice to me… with violet cat eyes and low light vision… and the 4 cones broader color palette of some birds… UV vision if we can swing it… but it has issues with retina status… That’s the big lumps… oh, and opposable thumbs on my feet. I don’t like running :-) and maybe tiger ears with eyespots on them and mobility to point rearward… )

  225. sabretoothed says:

    Muddled thinking of Al Gore and Democrats is just hypothyroidism in mass numbers?

  226. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is an interesting site, which allows you to generate random numbers, randomize lists, etc. using true randomness derived from atmospheric noise. Might be useful if you want to insert random text or number strings in passwords or similar uses.

  227. Gail Combs says:

    Speaking of Muddled Thinking…

    This is an article from Inside Higher Education.

    In the middle of the article the author states:
    “Nonprofit colleges and universities are prohibited by law from officially endorsing or opposing particular political candidates; they are compelled by mission to be places where a wide range of views, even those that are unpopular and provocative, can be expressed.”

    With that in mind Brian Rosenberg, president of Macalester College, goes on to say.

    Donald Trump, as the likely nominee of a major political party for the presidency of the United States, raises questions heretofore unimagined….

    If any doubt exists about the fact that the Trump situation is unusual, consider that some students viewed the recent chalkings of “Trump 2016” on the Emory University campus — absent any other language — as an act of intimidation. And the university’s president, James W. Wagner, observed that “the students with whom I spoke heard a message, not about political process or candidate choice, but instead about values regarding diversity and respect that clash with Emory’s own.” That is, some people considered Trump’s mere name as equivalent to an offensive epithet.

    While such sensitivity might in part be a sign of the times in which we live, it is nonetheless true that Trump is more or less a walking violation of the mission statements and codes of conduct at most American colleges. Were he a student at Emory who engaged in some of his characteristic behaviors in a classroom or residence hall, he would likely face severe criticism and even disciplinary action. Few college presidents would hesitate to condemn a member of their community who, for example, clearly appeared to mock a person with a physical disability, insulted more than one religious and ethnic group en masse, and habitually belittled women….

    Mock a person with a physical disability??? WRONG! That was looked at closely and found to be the usual Media Propaganda smear as are all the other smears the ‘president’ names in the article. But then Brian Rosenberg writes for Huff & Puff so he should know all about how to create Media Propaganda smears by twisting words and editing.

    Near the end Rosenberg gives his reason WHY he hates Trump.

    …Trump presents a special challenge because the policies and the personality seem so deeply interwoven and because both the policies and the manner in which they are expressed represent such a clear challenge to the work of higher education. Banning the entry of all Muslims into the United States, for instance, would have a direct impact on many international students and faculty members on campuses across the country. Forced deportation of undocumented residents would remove many students from those same campuses.

    Afraid it might hit your school in the pocketbook do you Mr Rosenberg?? Afraid it might remove Democrat voters from the voter rolls?

    And then to add insult to injury considering the violence and temper tantrums we have seen instigated by the DNC.

    I might go further and argue that the incitement to violence and the encouragement of fear and anger also undermine the academy’s commitment to civility and rational discourse….

    If these two ‘presidents’ represent US colleges and universities, and Milo’s Dangerous F…got Tour shows they are, then it really is time to clean house.


    The True Story: Donald Trump Did Not Mock a Reporter’s Disability

    Even MORE Video Evidence Trump Did Not Mock Reporter’s Disability

  228. Larry Ledwick says:

    It will be interesting to see how this case works out, although I doubt a jury will buy his excuse of it being an accident.

  229. LG says:

    In case you had not yet seen this.
    Here’s the link to George Webb’s youtube’s channel where he’s been chronicling the disappearance of Eric Braverman from the public eye.
    Some gems sprinkled here and there.

    Pasted below are some of his source material.
    George Webb Resources

    Click to access s_2016_209.pdf

    Click to access guccifer-drumheller-blumenthal-memos.pdf
    George Webb Resources

    Click to access s_2016_209.pdf

    Click to access guccifer-drumheller-blumenthal-memos.pdf

  230. Gail Combs says:

    On The weapons deals, don’t forget the 1917 Congressional Record. We lost our independent press in 1915 and JP Morgan and buddies have been in control ever since.

    U.S. Congressional Record February 9, 1917, page 2947

    The CHAIRMAN: The Chair will recognize the gentleman from Texas, a member of the [defense appropriations] committee.
    Mr. CALLAWAY: Mr. Chairman, I ask unanimous consent to insert in the Record a statement that I have of how the newspapers of this country have been handled by the munitions manufacturers.
    The CHAIRMAN: Is there any objection?
    There was no objection.
    Mr. CALLAWAY: Mr. Chairman, under unanimous consent, I insert into the Record at this point a statement showing the newspaper combination, which explains their activity in the war matter, just discussed by the gentleman from Pennsylvania [Mr. MOORE]:
    “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, ship building and powder interests and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press in the United States.
    “These 12 men worked the problems out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought….

    Seems in 100 years nothing much has changed. War is a very very lucrative business and who the heck cares how many peons get killed.

  231. Larry Ledwick says:

    A strong case could be made that the influence of the media predates WWI as they were directly involved in the pot stirring that lead to the Spanish American War.

    William Hearst, and Joseph Pulitzer used the agitation for war as a way to sell newspapers while Theodore Roosevelt encouraged the war to unite the nation and to build a world class Navy.
    That media coverage was the origin of the term Yellow Journalism which is very evident today in our modern major media. Want to pump up cable news ratings stir the pot and get lots of people agitated.

  232. p.g.sharrow says:

    I hate to burst your bubble but, journalists have rarely been just reporters of fact. Most can not separate fact from their own personal opinions of what the facts should be. After reading papers and contemporary writings of events over the last few hundred years as well as modern history book of those eras events, I have a low opinion of many journalists and historians…pg

  233. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under internet of things IOT and unexpected results of advanced technology
    Amazon Echo devices may have recorded evidence of a murder and other smart devices in the home may also provide clues to events.

  234. Larry Ledwick says:

    A fun little commentary on why you should not be worried about sea level rise and global warming.
    (hint it will take a long long time to raise the ocean enough to be a problem even if it is true, and take a whole lot of energy – a lot more than people think)

  235. Larry Ledwick says:

    There has been a concentrated swarm of small earthquakes recently between Hawthorn Nevada and Bridgeport California, not far from Mammoth lakes Calif. Interesting!

  236. sabretoothed says:
    Dark matter is dead :P

  237. Gail Combs says:

    p.g.sharrow says: “I hate to burst your bubble but, journalists have rarely been just reporters of fact….”

    Agreed pg but at least they were more or less independent so you got a lot of different views. Now we see the MSM using the exact same wording just mixed up a bit.

    Hubby’s great-great-granddad was a preacher, journalist and abolitionist who lived in the same town, Alton, Illinois, as Elijah Parish Lovejoy. After Lovejoy’s murder by a pro-slavery mob, he burned all his papers for fear of implicating others in the Underground Railroad so we lost all that history.

  238. j martin says:

    Most economists claim that free trade is good for workers. These two economists from the 1960s beg to differ. A really interesting article.

  239. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article by George Soros posted on zerohedge.
    I guess the caveat is to read between the lines to figure out what sort of misdirection he is trying to accomplish and tease out his real agenda.

  240. sabretoothed says:

    3 Interesting charts, why eventually we can’t keep taking immigrants

  241. sabretoothed says:

    Afghanistan used to be Buddhist and when is Islam giving North Africa?

  242. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little look at some history I was unaware of regarding efforts of Republican administrations to bring Hispanics into the main stream of government and business.

  243. E.M.Smith says:


    Just a small note that I’m trying to keep up on all the interesting links and pointers you are providing, but it is a flood larger than my capacity to both follow and comment about. Just know that I’m not ignoring the stream of fascinating links… Just that I can read them but to read, ponder, and contemplate, and comment exceeds what time I have right now…


    Yes, that’s the basic problem. The folks who are the best and brightest and richest do not reproduce. Those who are the less bright and most needy reproduce to excess. “Demographics is destiny” and that destiny is “not good”.

    (No, that is not a racist statement. It matters not what race is measured. Women who are college educated have fewer children. Those who are not so bright have many. Men, sorry to say, are not relevant to the issue… The end point of massive education is a stupider and less able population. That’s just the facts…)

  244. sabretoothed says:

    All the people with muddled thinking have thyroid problems

  245. sabretoothed says:

    Mike Moore definitely has a goiter, his crazy thinking is thyroid related

  246. sabretoothed says:

    Michael Moore is probably the best example of untreated thyroid person with goiter lol

  247. sabretoothed says:

    I reckon there is a clear link between crazy Democrat thinking and hypothyroidism

  248. E.M.Smith says:


    Sir, you argue from “Facts Not In Evidence’ and I must protest!!

    “Michael Moore” and “muddled thinking”. Really? That implies he has a BRAIN! Not in evidence, sir, not In EVIDENCE!!!!


  249. sabretoothed says:

    The “health problem” Clinton had, even the weird “allergies” and collapses are just hypothyroidism, as well as the irrational thinking. Why she was so dangerous.

    She was on the right track with NDT hormone instead of T4, but problem is her doctors would have been too conservative and scared of making her hyperthyroid, they would have left her TSH at 1 which would have left her hypothyroid. Her TSH should be zero and she probably never had any treatment for her hashimotos so that’s what all her weird health concerns were.

    ‘Mrs. Clinton’s physician, Dr. Bardack, is an internist who graduated from medical school in 1990, and does not appear to have a holistic or integrative practice. Yet her patient, Mrs. Clinton, is being treated for her hypothyroidism using a medication that is not considered the “standard of care,” according to the controversial 2014 Hypothyroidism Guidelines, published by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American Thyroid Association (ATA).’

    She should have seen an Integrative doctor. But see that the T4 is rubbish as even she wasn’t using it. She should have gone on full T3 therapy instead with selenium and iodine and other cofactors :P

  250. Gail Combs says:

    j martin says: “Most economists claim that free trade is good for workers….”

    Apples and oranges.

    First economists work for industry and industry wants lots of workers without jobs competing for fewer jobs this lower wages and let them pick and choose the best of a large lot and stifles complaints about bad working conditions. This is why the US Committee on Economic Development targeted US independent farmers for eradication starting in the 1940s and driving farm families into cities to compete for jobs.

    Second Africans (IQ~ 85) are no comparison for Asians (IQ ~110) and then you also have severe malnutrition and illness. (I think this is the correct Utube: )

    Third Cost of Regulation and cost of energy are major factors in driving factories overseas.

    5-10% is energy cost (The paper I looked at pulled a switch showing petroleum, mining, refining and metal forming as high in energy cost but not carrying that forward to the industries those costs would then impact. )

    ~13% labor costs (cars)


    This study estimates the costs of U.S. federal government regulations as of 2012.

    U.S. federal government regulations cost an estimated $2.028 trillion in 2012 (in 2014
    dollars), an amount equal to 12 percent of GDP.

    Manufacturing firms overall incurred an average cost of $19,564 per employee in 2012, roughly double the cost on businesses economy-wide. Small manufacturing firms incurred an average cost of almost $35,000 per employee—about three times the cost incurred by small businesses economy-wide….

    Cost estimates calculated from survey data only include the direct cost of federal government regulations….

    Businesses bear other indirect costs as well. Respondents noted that regulations introduce uncertainty into planning and affect business operations, the consequences of which include delaying employment and investment decisions, moving operations off-shore and stifling growth opportunities to avoid regulations that apply to larger firm sizes.

    Click to access Federal-Regulation-Full-Study.pdf

  251. G. Combs says:

    sabretoothed says: 28 December 2016 at 10:37 am

    Millenniums :P

    He is still blaming others. It is NOT up to a corporation to play Mommy and Daddy. From what I saw in industry, continuing to cater to the milenniums is not going to help them grow up.

    He does ID the problem but the solution has to be WITHIN the person.

    If you want to actually correct the problem start with the rotten parenting methods and rotten schools that were DESIGNED to produce the problem in the first place as I have show over and over.

  252. Glenn999 says:

    Brendan Eich fired for PC reasons. Good to support people who exercise supposed freedoms. Good to reject those who will fire people just for PC bullshit.

    Brendan Eich who was fired from Mozilla for donating to a DOMA group, has launched a new browser called Brave.

    Brendan Eich received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science at Santa Clara University.[1] He received his master’s degree in 1985 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Eich started his career at Silicon Graphics, working for seven years on operating system and network code.[5] He then worked for three years at MicroUnity Systems Engineering writing microkernel and DSP code, and doing the very first MIPS R4000 port of GCC.[5]
    Netscape and JavaScript

    He started work at Netscape Communications Corporation in April 1995. Having originally joined intending to put Scheme “in the browser”,[6] Eich was instead commissioned to create a new language that resembled Java, JavaScript for the Netscape Navigator Web browser. The first version was completed in ten days in order to accommodate the Navigator 2.0 Beta release schedule,[6][7] and was called Mocha, but renamed LiveScript in September 1995 and later JavaScript in the same month.[8] Eich continued to oversee the development of SpiderMonkey, the specific implementation of JavaScript in Navigator.[9]

    In early 1998, Eich co-founded the Mozilla project with Mitchell Baker, creating the website that was meant to manage open-source contributions to the Netscape source code. He served as Mozilla’s chief architect.[10] AOL bought Netscape in 1999. After AOL shut down the Netscape browser unit in July 2003, Eich helped spin out the Mozilla Foundation.[11]

    In August 2005, after serving as Lead Technologist and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation, Eich became CTO of the newly founded Mozilla Corporation, meant to be the Mozilla Foundation’s for-profit arm.[11] Eich continued to own the Mozilla SpiderMonkey module, its JavaScript engine, until he passed on the ownership of it in 2011.[9]

    On March 24, 2014, Eich was promoted to CEO of Mozilla Corporation.[12] Gary Kovacs, John Lilly and Ellen Siminoff resigned from the Mozilla board after the appointment,[13] some expressing disagreements with Eich’s strategy and their desire for a CEO with experience in the mobile industry.[14][15] Critics of Eich within Mozilla tweeted to gay activists that he had donated $1,000 to California Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California[16][17] until 2013, when it was declared unconstitutional and marriages were allowed to resume.[18] Eich stood by his decision to fund the campaign, but wrote on his blog that he was sorry for “causing pain” and pledged to promote equality at Mozilla.[13][19] Gay activists created an online shaming campaign against Eich, with OkCupid declaring they would block access to the Firefox browser unless he stepped down.[20][21][22] Others at the Mozilla Corporation spoke out on their blogs in his favor.[23][24] Board members wanted him to stay in the company with a different role.[25]

    On April 3, 2014, Eich stepped down as CEO and resigned from working at Mozilla; in his personal blog, Eich posted that “under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader.”[26][27] Andrew Sullivan said of Eich’s departure that “there is not a scintilla of evidence that he has ever discriminated against a single gay person at Mozilla”[28] and the episode “should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.”[29][30][31] Conor Friedersdorf argued in The Atlantic that “the general practice of punishing people in business for bygone political donations is most likely to entrench powerful interests and weaken the ability of the powerless to challenge the status quo”.[32] In an article for The Huffington Post, Michelangelo Signorile stated those arguments were “a complete fallacy,” noting Eich’s history of financing right-wing politicians, the fact Eich had “actually worked to strip a group of its rights,” and comparing the situation to Donald Sterling: “like Donald Sterling, [Eich] believed one group of people to be inferior to others, and he made it known to the public, since political contributions are now considered speech in addition to being actions. And, as the face of the company, he stood by that speech when asked to clarify it.”[33]
    Brave Software

    Eich is the CEO of Brave Software, an internet security company which has raised $2.5 million in early funding from angel investors.[4][34] The company’s co-founder is Brian Bondy, who worked on Firefox and Khan Academy. The company’s employees include Marshall Rose, a network protocol engineer, and Yan Zhu, who worked on SecureDrop and Tor.

    On January 20, 2016, the company released developer versions of its open-source Brave web browser, which blocked ads and trackers and included a micropayments system to offer users a choice between viewing selected ads or paying websites not to display them.[35] A recent update added inbuilt integration of 1Password and LastPass password managers.

    I added all of the extra gunk from the wiki. I know you like details. I was also assuming, for some reason, that you would know all about this guy. Anyway, I think I’m going to be a guinea pig and replace my firefox with brave. If anything weird happens, I’ll report.
    Once again, thanks for you and your wonderful blog.

  253. Larry Ledwick says:

    FBI assessment document outlining the justification for attributing the DNC hack to the Russian Intelligence Services.

    Reference Number: JAR-16-20296
    December 29, 2016
    GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

    Click to access Report-on-Russian-Hacking.pdf

  254. sabretoothed says:

    I’m confused to why the Saudi Agents Huma and Podesta get to stay but now its Russians lol

    Michael Tracey @mtracey:

    « US Govt. tolerated a Russian “spy base” 60 miles from DC for 44 years, but Podesta’s gmail hack was the final straw? »

  255. sabretoothed says:

    US DoS at odds with White House line: calls the two ‘banned’ Russian ‘spy’ properties ‘recreational compounds’

  256. David A Anderson says:

    Regarding the competing pipelines…
    How is war worth this effort? ( Ignoring the moral implications) The EU, sans the “green” shackels, could easily develops more fossil fuel based energy internally, and making energy less expensive and more abundant, ultimately lowers prices for all.

  257. Larry Ledwick says:

    How is war worth this effort?

    To answer that you need to know which interest you are asking about.
    The pipeline manufactures (valves and other hardware)
    The sellers of the natural gas or the purchasers (if better deal than current supply source or less risk of cut off)
    The arms makers who would profit from the military build up and replacement of equipment.
    The govt bureaucrats who would get side deals for promoting the pipe line.

    The biggest problem I see with many of these discussions is that there is an unspoken assumption that the powers that be are all on the same page. You can have the effect of a huge conspiracy and the appearance of a conspiracy or the development of some “master plan” when you have multiple players who are all working to serve their own self interests (often at the expense of some other players) with little real coordination, and in fact much competition.

    When viewed from the outside and only based on the successes it looks like some big coherent operation when in fact it is a bunch of hungry dogs all trying to get their share of a carcass.

    I think it is a big mistake to assume that there is a single coherent objective, but rather many similar objectives which all are moving more or less in the same direction, and each trying to elbow others out of the way in the back room.

  258. sabretoothed says: Scientists edge closer to bringing back from the dead the fabled aurochs, giant wild cattle that once roamed Europe’s forests

  259. David A Anderson says:

    Arry says
    “”””””I think it is a big mistake to assume that there is a single coherent objective, but rather many similar objectives which all are moving more or less in the same direction, and each trying to elbow others out of the way in the back room.”””,

    I tend to agree with that, and even more convoluted it likely is. The Shia Sunni divide, the geo political realties of the ME and NA, all come into play. Political expediency is hard to gainsay.

    The reality is the costs far exceed any gains, but who, besides the dead and their relatives are counting the costs? Perhaps the indebted public that finances the destruction?

  260. David A Anderson says:

    Larry says ( edit, Damm keyboard)

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  262. E.M.Smith says:

    And the next TIPS posting is up as this one is just too full and I don’t want to be writing a posting on Dec 31 for obvious reasons ;-)

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