Tips – February 2017

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:

Note that “pages” are the things reached from links on the top bar just under the pretty picture. “Postings” are reached from the listing along the right side of any given article (posting).

Since WordPress has decided that comments on Pages, like the Old Tips Pages, won’t show up in recent comments, it kind of breaks the value of it for me. In response, I shifted from a set of “pages” to a set of “postings”. As any given Tips Posting gets full, I’ll add a new one.

I have kept the same general format, with the T page (top bar) still pointing to both the archive of Tips Pages as well as the series of new Postings via a link to the TIPS category.

This is the next posting from prior Tips postings 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. The Tips category (see list at right) marks Tips postings 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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235 Responses to Tips – February 2017

  1. David A Anderson says:

    Larry, world Hijab day??

    Wow, not hip to a day celebrating women saying, “its ok to beat me lightly if I do not sleep with my husband”.

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes the absurdity of some of these protest actions never ceases to amaze me. I think the suggestion by I believe Scott Adams to discuss this sort of thing by focusing on the actions not the key word is important.

    If you say something like “we can’t allow Sharia” and you instantly throw up a wall of resistance from folks married to the politically correct view that opposing Sharia is discrimination against a religion.

    Where on the other hand if you focus on the results of Sharia – – –
    “Oh so you support wife beating to keep women in a subordinate role?”
    “Heavens No where did you get that idea?”
    “Well that is what Sharia law advocates and endorses as proper behavior for men.

    Fill in the blank with honor killings etc.
    “So you endorse parents killing their children when they don’t obey them about what clothes they should wear?” etc etc etc.

  3. philjourdan says:

    If you say something like “we can’t allow Sharia” and you instantly throw up a wall of resistance from folks married to the politically correct view that opposing Sharia is discrimination against a religion.

    And yet those same people will condemn Catholics (and some other christians) for “daring” to make abortion illegal, which is the exact same thing! The hypocrisy is mind boggling.

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    Slowly Europe is also waking up to changes in the military balance in the region and absorbing the lessons learned from the Little Green Man invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

    View at

    The old model that NATO was founded on (massive long lead time invasion) has been replaced by rapid mobilization and quick snatch and grab operations by Russia of vulnerable areas they can muster some sort of dubious claim to before the opponent is even able to put their shoes on.

  5. David A Anderson says:

    Exactly. What are you discriminating against. State the act, the tennant, and simply say anybody that supports beating women because they do not sleep with their husband is not welcome. Anybody that supports establishment of religious rule is engaging in sedition.

    Eventually you say Islam is welcome when the Legal Islamic jurisprudence councils of these nations reject religious rule, subjugation of non muslims, FGM, 2nd class status for non Muslims, etc. Yet, as here, here and here, according to this nations legal ruling, they do support these crimes, so we will not accept any immigrants from these areas, or from any religion or group that avocates criminal behaviour.

    The idea that “religion” is an excuse for murder, is beyond absurd.

  6. Power Grab says:

    Obviously, their information sources are not telling them the whole truth about sharia law.

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the Soros news front, looks like setting up for opposition against Trump from the Democracy Alliance.

  8. Gail Combs says:

    David A Anderson,

    That is why I like the site Politcal Islam. What is Islam?

    Dr. Bill French aka Dr Bill Warnerholds a PhD in physics and math from NC State University, 1968. He has been a university professor, businessman, and applied physicist, with a life-long interest in religion and its effects on history. He has studied the source texts of the major religions for decades. Even before the destruction of the World Trade Center he had predicted the war between Islam and America. The day after 9/11 he decided to make the source texts of Islam available for the average person. link

    I have been called an Islamophobe. Now, what does that mean? A phobia is an irrational fear, but what is the Islam I am phobic about? Islam is the doctrine found in the Koran and the Sunna of Mohammed.

    What am I afraid of in the Koran? Certainly not anything found in the early Koran of Mecca, since all it says is that I am going to hell, since I am a Kafir. But in Medina the Koran tells me about “fighting in Allah’s cause”, killing Kafirs in jihad. As a Kafir, should I be afraid of jihad? Or is that a phobia?

    The Koran says that Allah will terrorize Kafirs. So am I phobic to fear terror? The Koran says that as a Kafir I can be beheaded. I see pictures of Kafirs being beheaded around the world. Should I be afraid or is it phobic to fear beheading?

    Reading the Sunna of Mohammed, I find he ordered his critics to be assassinated. Is it phobic to fear assassination?

    The Koran says that I can be crucified. Should I fear crucifixion? Or is that phobic?

    Mohammed killed each and every person who opposed him. I oppose Islam, which includes the Sunna of Mohammed, should I be afraid or is that phobic?

    I am afraid of violence from Islam. Am I reasonable or am I phobic? What about you?

    A Lesson on Free Speech and Sharia in Knoxville shows just how much Islam now governs the USA and how afraid muslims are to have the opposing view made public.

  9. David A Anderson says:

    Thanks for the links Gail. Yes, per the PC any crime is protected if done in the name of religion.

  10. Ian W says:

    Considering the power that the 2 or 3 RINOs have due to the small majority of the Republicans in the Senate have over the Democrats, seeing this:
    and one of its graphics ‘Orders – Guess who’s giving them’. I feel we should be quite concerned.

  11. Chuckles says:

    From across the pond, we’re really rather pleased that the ‘Invoke Brexit’ bill has passed, 498 votes to 114.
    Clearly, quite a few members of parliament are keen to get re-elected next time round…:)

    Still got the House of Lords to negotiate, but roll on 31 March

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to the sharia items above, although it should not be a surprise to the peaceful protesters here that they stuck their fingers in a hornets nest, the final comments in the video are precisely right. The local authorities are creating an environment like the intefada in the middle east where all they have to do is throw a few rocks and they get what ever they want.

    His action should have been balanced, ie cite a couple people for assault for throwing the rocks and ask the other protesters to disperse. ( I realize the local police might be totally out manned in this situation but it is a situation created by long standing failure to act appropriately early when they had control of the situation.)

  13. Glenn999 says:

    What is the historical relationship between Ukraine and Russia, and how long have they been separate?

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very complicated as I recall, in the middle ages it was a powerful country in its own right, by the 14th century it was under the control of 3 different rulers, Poland, the Mongols and Lithuania. The Mongols were kicked out and it fell under Polish/Lithuanian commonwealth. That got diced up and Ukraine was controlled in part by Tzarist Russia and Austria in the late 1700’s. After the Russian Revolution Ukraine had its own civil war and became an internationally recognized nation of its own but that was crushed in 1919 by the bolsheviks Red Army in late 1919. Part of it when they created the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1922 and became one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union. In the 1930’s an effort was begun to “Russianize” Ukraine, this is when 4 -5 million Ukrainians starved to death. Then Germany invaded in WWII and Ukraine tried to fight off both Germany and Russia (some Ukrainians sided with the Germans – hence the Russians labeling them Nazis.). It remained in the USSR until 1991 when it re-emerged as an independent country after the collapse of the USSR.

  15. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Glenn999;”How long has the Ukraine been separate from Russia?” Hmmm…. Wrong question, Please reform the question…. Ukraine and Russia have always been separate. BUT!,the Ukraine is easily conquered and hard to hold. The Rus, eastern Vikings, have plagued the Ukraine’s for over 1000 years. Small wonder Ukraine and Russian fear and distrust one another…pg

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on cyber security and Russian cyber activities, seems the Russians and arrested a couple FSB officers and a person connected to kaspersky for espionage related activities.

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    One solution to the immigration surge.

    One way plane tickets a lot cheaper than paying welfare and other social costs for the life time of the immigrant who does not want to (or cannot) conform to the local social patterns.

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Apparently the man who killed the RTD (regional Transportation District) security officer in Denver last night has connections to radical Islam.

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article on national IQ and how it effects prosperity in countries.

  20. Glenn999 says:

    Thanks Larry and p.g.sharrow,
    I had heard recently somewhere, that Russia and Ukraine had separated ‘recently’, but did not specify how long they had been together before the ‘recent’ split. Probably just propaganda.
    I was pondering on the Russia/Ukraine situation. Would it not make the Russians uneasy if Ukraine was part of EU or of NATO. Would the US allow Russia to make Mexico part of it’s defense block? Or would it make the US uneasy, to put it mildly? Also wonder what deal could Trump make with Putin, in order to turn Putin towards the light?
    Peculiar about Kaspersky. I thought it was the other way around, unless…

  21. Ian W says:

    Read the link below and ask yourself – if you were a high profile person and this was a skeleton in your cupboard and an extremely rich person with demonstrably zero scruples or ethics wanted you to do things for him………

    Would you be the proverbial puppet on a string?

  22. sabretoothed says: Copper and Brain

    Also temperature and disease : Iodine serves two purposes – it kills pathogens inside us and also increases the body temperature which helps keep them at bay….

    ‘The human body is like a salt water aquarium. You can see the fish,but what you don’t see are the billions of other smaller life forms that exist in that same environment. Humans have 10 times more germs than human cells. Like the aquarium,if you don’t maintain your internal environment,these germs will overgrow. The most successful germs are mold/yeast/fungi. This is because they don’t need oxygen like human cells in order to produce their energy. They need moisture,sugar,and the right temperature. Those conditions exist in the soiled diaper. If the diaper is left on too long,a rash from yeast overgrowth will develop. This can happen anywhere in or on the body if the conditions are right. One of the biggest factors is your body temperature. Yeast like a cooler temperature. As temperatures start to drop from declining thyroid levels starting around age 27,then yeast starts to overgrow. Low levels of hydrochloric acid will allow yeast to overgrow. Destroying “good” bacteria by taking antibiotics will allow yeast to overgrow. This is why women get vaginal yeast infection after taking antibiotics. There are some other factors God put in us to stay healthy in an environment where we breathe in fungus with each breath but these are the big three-thyroid,hydrochloric acid and good bacteria. I can “cure” most people without using any drugs by getting these back in balance.’

    ‘Why does every cell in your body need iodine? Because your body is full of critters-always. Ever wonder why fish can live in a big toilet without getting sick? Capturing iodine is one reason. Here,you see petri dishes I plated with Candida yeast.Candida is white when it overgrows. Normally,Candida exists as single celled organisms that are what we call “symbionts”. These single cells are not mobile. They stay in the colon. They help us break down waste in the colon and get nutrients from that waste.
    However,when Candida overgrows,it forms chains called “hyphae”. These hyphae are mobile and will invade other organs,especially the liver where their favorite food,carbohydrates,is stored. They will ferment the carbohydrates into alcohol and cause the immune system to respond with inflammation. This is the number one cause of liver transplants in the U.S.One thing that prevents Candida overgrowth is iodine.
    The white areas in the dishes represent Candida overgrowth. You may want to rethink that morning orange juice and Cokes. Electrodine is a liquid iodine solution similar to Lugol’s. Note how it looks like an atomic bomb has been dropped on the Candida?
    You can get iodine by adding seaweeds to your diet. For most of us,its easier to take a supplement like Iodoral or Iodorx. Its important to take a supplement containing both iodiNe and ioDide. These are molecular siblings. Some cells prefer one over the other.’

  23. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Associated Press, citing a transcript of the conversation it obtained, reported earlier that Trump made the threat in a phone call.

    The Mexican government Wednesday denied reports that President Trump threatened its president that he would send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military acts, The Los Angeles Times reported.
    “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told President Pena Nieto, according to the excerpt seen by the AP. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

    The Mexican website, Aristegui Noticias, on Tuesday published a similar account of phone call, based on the reporting of journalist Dolia Estevez. The report described Trump as humiliating Pena Nieto in a confrontational conversation.

    More attempts to sow discord by the Soros machine?. Expect to see LA Raza riots in the Southwest…pg

  24. philjourdan says:

    must read for all! –

    I think Gail will especially appreciate the viewpoint from across the pond.

  25. Gail Combs says:

    I really like Pointman, just don’t have the time to read everything I would like.

    BTW here is another goodie:
    COZY: BLM leader lives in home owned by Soros’ Open Society board member

    #BlackLivesMatter leader DeRay Mckesson may claim to be leading a grassroots revolution for racial and economic justice, but he has close connections with the privileged and elite.

    Mckesson lives in a home owned by philanthropists James and Robin Wood in Baltimore, Maryland.
    The Woods have owned the home since 1996 and are wealthy donors to the Baltimore chapter of George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Robin is so active that she was made a board member of the far-left non-profit back in 2008, according to the OSI’s website….

  26. E.M.Smith says:


    When does it go to the House Of Lords? Just wondering when that vote happens…


    Per Ukraine and Russia: Note that their languages are like British English vs American English in relationship and the culture is very similar. In many ways they are one people separated by many years of wars (think American Revolution and 1812 on steroids). Ukrainian having more old forms in the language than Russian.

    Russia had a larger influx of Vikings, and a more war-like cultural history (domination of neighbors). Ukraine has been overrun by Germans, Polish-Lithuanians (when they were the big empire), Austro-Hungarians (when they were the big empire) and now The E.U. (since they are the big empire…)

    NEVER forget that Khrushchev (of Ukrainian extraction) “gave” Crimea to Ukraine and royally pissed off a lot of Russians; but owning the KGB and all power at the time was not challenged. The idea that Russia “stole” Crimea from Ukraine is a modern invention… and forgets deep Russian history. (That Russia under the Czars stole it from an earlier empire is a longer story).

    In many ways the Ukrainians see the Russians as like their cousins who are brash and abusive and gone off the deep end a bit. Russians see Ukraine as like their confused old uncle who just needs them to take over their affairs and “protect” them into an institution… Family, but at a distance… and family feuds can be very rough.

    Oh, and do note that Bielorussia (Belarus) is in a similar situation vs language and culture, but as “White Russia” identify much more strongly with Russia. Thus their run to embrace Russia when questions pop up in the E.U.

    How to fix it? Good luck with that… It’s like a fight between an abused spouse (Ukraine) and a drunk abuser (Russia); getting in the middle of that is THE highest risk to a cop… you can end up with both sides whacking you.

  27. cdquarles says:

    @sabretoothed, I have a quibble. The human peroxidases in peroxisomes can use pretty much any halide, with activated oxygen, from the family known as superoxide dismutases to help control microbial numbers. Yeasts, in particular, are more of an issue for the human immune system because they have counters to it that some other forms don’t have. Pure anaerobic bacteria are all vulnerable (that’s why these organisms like abscesses to hide in … local anoxia, and their spores are highly resistant to oxidatively induced dysfunction). Since chloride forms are the most abundant, chlorides are the ones most used and useful. Iodides are next. Then bromides and fluorides, but the fluorides are the trickiest chemically. These metalloproteins can use a wide variety of cations, mostly transition metal 2+ states, but can use 1+ or 3+, so deficiency diseases due to these are not common, yet do happen.

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    Yes, I’m going to leave a ‘tip’ for myself… Not enough for a posting, don’t see a decent posting to hang it under ATM…

    I’ve built a RAID array on the Pi M3 out of 3 disks off 1TB each raid-5. That gives me a 2 TB usable space with parity for Error Correction. OK. (After unloading another 1 TB disk into it, I can add a TB and grow it by that much, rinse and repeat…)

    This all uses the mdadm command. Quick and easy.

    However… (Doesn’t it seem like there is always a ‘however’?) it starts with 2 disks in the array and treats the third one as a ‘spare’ and the array as ‘degraded’ and then ‘rebuilds’ into the third disk. OK, I don’t care much and don’t really want to know how it works down inside…. BUT, in doing this process of making all 3 disks be the ‘clean’ raid, it will take 20 hours to “rebuild” (per the status check).

    So at this time the RAID experiment has been fun, but I’m wondering about how much benefit I’ll get from it, vs the need to leave the Pi up essentially 24 x 7 during the build, rebuild, and any disk adds. Oh, and I get a pile of disks on my desktop…

    Is this really “safer” than having 4 out of 5 disks powered off and in a drawer at any one time?


    So not sure what I’ll do next, but I have 20 hours to decide to keep it, or not…

  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    An interesting followup on the CNN hit job on Monica Crowley and her alleged plagiarism.

  30. E.M.Smith says:



    From a legal standpoint, these were woefully insufficient – both in number and scope – to support an allegation of plagiarism. Of course, writers understandably want credit for their ideas, and for their words even if the ideas they are expressing are not unique; thus, they tend hold other writers to a higher standard than the law does – which is as it should be. That said, though, Monica’s missteps are overwhelmed by the valuable work she does. As Ms. Chu concluded: I found CNN’s splashy “plagiarism” accusation to be ill-supported—a heavily exaggerated, political hit job. Instead, after reading texts side by side with footnotes, I came away impressed by the very high quality and care taken by Ms. Crowley in her writing, scholarship and research overall.

    Looks like Ms. Crowley was assaulted with lies for essentially some minor errors in a few footnotes out of many…

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ooops cyber security R us fails again.
    Five IT contractors arrested. They apparently had full access to almost all the House of Representatives computer systems.

  32. tom0mason says:

    I note that the increased solar winds that Larry Ledwick noted last month is making its way though the atmosphere. JMA shows the stratospheric warming appearing at the North pole. .
    Not exactly sudden stratosphere warming as the polar winds have not reversed but this is a very significant amount of warming.

    More disruption to the jet stream and more wild weather, look out for the AGW advocates saying this solar initiated event is due to global warming and is melting the Arctic.

    More wood need cutting before the weather moves in?

  33. LG says:

    U.N. Official Admits Global Warming Agenda Is Really About Destroying Capitalism

    A shocking statement was made by a United Nations official Christiana Figueres at a news conference in Brussels. Figueres admitted that the Global Warming conspiracy set by the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, of which she is the executive secretary, has a goal not of environmental activists to save the world from ecological calamity, but to destroy capitalism. She said very casually:
    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”
    She even restated that goal ensuring it was not a mistake: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

  34. E.M.Smith says:


    Link now updated to say not arrested, but investigated…

    Seems they are shocked to discover folks with administrative rights have administrative access… and nobody had set up limited administrative domains or narrow rights.

    The real story is that the scam seems to involve what was being bought (unless “procurement” had that other meaning ;-)


    Yeah, the chutzpah of claiming it’s the first change ever is a bit rich too. How about the transition from Royalty and Royal Monopoly grants to open capitalism? From Feudal Lords to competition? Or maybe when the whole USSR & China went to “Command Economy”?

    We’ve, globally, shifted the development model many times. It is just that Capitalism keeps winning as it works best. (BTW, that’s basically the only reason I like it. It has LOTS of failings. But, like democratic republics, it is crappy but better than all the rest…)


    I really need longer days… I’d like to get more into that whole solar wind / polar / winds interaction, but I’m just soo underwater on time right now… Anyone have a link to a summary of how it works?

  35. p.g.sharrow says:

    An attempt by another good Muslim earning his way to paradise?

    tall thin dark man with heavy beard tosses explosive device into Pasadena Cheese Factory restaurant last night. Lucky it fizzeled…pg

  36. LG says:

    This is test post, changing over to a different email.

  37. sabretoothed says:

    Democrats organized riots?

  38. llanfar says:

    @sabretoothed What am I missing here? Comparing your link to WalMart for the Lugols 15%: $79/1oz
    WalMart online (shipped by JoAlle corp): $79/8oz

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the uncontrolled immigration front, this sign says it all.
    If you have to put up signs like this you have a problem you need to deal with promptly!

  40. Jeff says:

    Bureau of Land Management, or the other one?

    Wrt. (supposed) plagarism, we’ve seen a lot of accusations, and some resignations here in Germany due to it. Oddly enough, it’s only the conservatives (CDU/CSU, and FDP) who have fallen victim to it.
    Seems that the liberals (Greens, Die Linke, and SPD) don’t usually have advanced degrees…..

    Most of these “scandals” centered on poorly-footnoted (OK, probably not a word, but it’s late)
    dissertations, or perhaps a few passages not cited. Then again, for the liberals over here, even perfection is not enough. Ironically, the Education Minsterin, moving Baden-Württemberg, one of the strictest states, in terms of education, and best, in terms of results, to Berlin, was accused (successfully, though probably not fairly) of plagarism, and so left her post.

    It’s frustrating how much “progress” is made here by sliming others, rather than by excelling. “Nattering nabobs of negativism” comes to mind…

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    Summary of the UC Berkeley riots and the black block ANTIFA agitator squad.
    (these are basically private shock troops like the SA in Germany who’s function is to enable the riot by both creating the environment and preplanned tactics and equipment)

    A functional security group would have stopped them and taken away their weapons or turned them away.

  42. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah… like every college student always had 100% perfection in footnoting…

    The “pick any trivial thing and treat it like murder” gets very tiresome. Folks need to just stand up, point out the tactic and the stupid in it, and refuse to accept it. When called “plagiarizer” simply say “And you, sirah, are a nit-picking shill, but I don’t hold that against you. Yes, in college while writing a class paper I was sloppy with some footnotes. So what.”

    BTW, per “what is a word”?:

    Every single word was invented at one time. It is a normal and expected function of language to invent words. We even have a word for that… neologism. Look in any good dictionary and you find the word stock has dates of origin dating from “don’t know lost to time” all the way up to “just now”. Consider “Sea” and “smartphone” . One comes from a proto-language before English, lost to time but NOT Indo-European in origin (I.E. uses mare or mar or similar roots as in mariner). The other pops up about a decade back.

    Furthermore, English is an odd mix of part inflected (from Indo-European roots) and part agglutinative (and nobody is really clear how that happened – but likely a natural response to loss of case endings… but perhaps part due to that proto-language). This means we are moving ever more to a ‘kit of parts’ from which each word form is created on-the-fly as needed and not per an inflection chart. Or, in short, In English, every verb can be nouned and nouns can be verbed… (Also adverbs, adjectives, etc… English teachers may hate it, but there it is…) So folks use Facebook, to do facebooking, and have facebooked their day and say “I’ll facebook you on that” and more…

    Compare English of just 50 years ago with now, and it is different. Look back to Chaucer and we need to teach it almost like a foreign language. Heck, most folks need a good period dictionary to even know what Shakespeare wrote.(“Girl” then meant a young boy or young woman…)

    For all those reasons and more I have little patience for spelling nazis and grammar police. They fight the tide of time…and drown in human nature… Oddly, when programming, I can be 100% on spelling of variable names as “it matters” there. Then again, much of programming simply consists of creating new words with a scope of only that program and with painfully precise definitions, so maybe I just revolt against my own spelling nazi and grammar police modes. But do realize that a programmer must create a few words per day to do their job right… so being told it is ‘wrong’ to create words is kindof a non-starter.

    So we have a noun, “footnote”. That means we also have “footnoting” and “footnoted” and “to footnote” and even “footnoterer” and things like “unfootnote” and “non-footnoted” and so much more. If not in the Dictionary, all that means is you are a change agent and at the front of the parade while the folks taking notes and complaining are at the back of the parade of words. And if they don”t like it, they can email or text me ;-)

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little video (10 minutes) on the back story on the unemployment numbers.
    It implies a very basic structural change in work habits which has been taking place continuously since the 1960’s, and is not driven by the economic or business cycle.

    My sense is that this is mostly a case of social acceptability of being a non-working male in the prime earning years. In my fathers day it would have been that someone who just sat around and did nothing constructive / productive would have been ostracized. Today folks see it as a life style choice to just tune out, and turn on with some mood altering chemical. It implies there are 10 – 20 million useless parasites slowly bleeding their host dry and society at large does not particularly care.

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting look at how ISIS is conducting “remote control” attacks world wide by using online communications to groom, train, encourage and manage willing Jihadists to make so called lone wolf attacks using their local knowledge of suitable targets.

  45. Gail Combs says:

    Larry from that brietbart article in the comments:

    One commenter mentioned “… Eric Linsker CUNY professor, he was arrested at a protest with a bag of hammers in his backpack, the same hammers that the Black Bloc and other violent protesters use….”

    So I checked.

    Dec 15, 2014 – ENGLISH PROF ARRESTED at NY Protest: Charged w/ Assault on Police, Rioting – Had Backpack Full of Hammers

    Black Bloc armed with Crowbars and Hammers..

    Another Interesting Comment:

    James Bennett Ham

    My buddy was there.
    There were 50 – 70 officers standing in front of the auditorium where the metal barriers were.
    According to his account, there were on 20-30 core ‘ninja’ agitators (who he contends were not students).
    The music was diffidently [sp=?definitely?] not playing for this situation to get out of hand.

    Around 6:00 – the officers started to leave – as though under order to do so.
    It should be known that the Berkeley Campus Police Station is right next door to the auditorium – very close…

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    A comment on the rioters and the new perception that the Progressives are pushing that violent protest is just vigorous free speech.

  47. E.M.Smith says:

    Just a followup on my earlier tip to myself per RAID:

    Got it set up and working with 3 disks: single 1 TB disk and 2 x 1 TB partitions on 2 differemt 2 TB disks. The process starts as a 2 disk “degraded” raid then adds the third as a spare and “rebuilds”. Takes about 3 minutes to set up, then spends about 20 hours rebuilding… all at full USB disk saturation of IO channels….

    The next day… put some files on it and played around. Reasonably fast and effective. About 10% of one CPU used by raid to operate.

    Then added a 4th disk. Easy and about 1 minute. It then “reforms” the raid array… That has been going on for about 14 hours now with about 40 more to go… (could drop to about 25 if I did nothing on the machine… it varies with competing IO needs)

    .Well, I’ve decided that tying up a Pi3 for a day or two on normal disk maintenance events, while diving the whole IO stack and disk farm hard for a couple of days, is as likely to cause issues with data as it is for RAID to fix them.

    Also, one slice of the RAID shares a disk with /usr /var /lib and swap. Another has user space in the other 1/2 disk. Writting to the other half user space takes long head seeks from RAID land and is significantly slowed during times like raid reform. System activity to swap or /usr show a seek lag too. Bottom line is that sharing part of a disk with the RAID causes sloth artifacts…

    So I’ve moved swap to yet another disk and I’m going to move the 300 GB of data I’d put into the RAID, off of the RAID, then shut it down.

    FWIW, mdadm is easy to learn and use, and the RAID works very well. But, it involves high disk activity (and thus wear on cheap consumer USB disks) and significant system sloth for days at a time on maintenance tasks.

    So I’m going back to discreat disk mostly unplugged and powered off.

    Someday I may move to RAID, but only on dedicated matched disks on a dedicated file server where doing background IO things for a couple of days doesn’t impact my desktop. Oh, and with the disks in a rack, not scattered on the desktop…

  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    Paul Joseph Watson video (some of his usual “colorful” language – not work safe audio)

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, while setting up a RAID with mdadm is pretty simple, removing one is a PITA.

    The “magic sauce” comes in when you want to just nuke the sucker, you can’t. Then even if you do, it tries to ‘reassemble’ at boot time (and your boot fails).

    Key bits: mdadm –stop /dev/md0 stops the RAID, but can’t work if you have already removed the disks (i.e hardware nuked them).

    Eventually you end up with the mdadm –zero-superblock /dev/sdxn done on the raid drives, and it still doesn’t stop at boot.

    Eventually after more eventuallies you end up finding that dpkg-reconfigure mdadm must be run again and select “no” for all the “do stuff for you?” choices.

    At that time, you can now boot again, but need to assure to remove the mount of /RAID from /etc/fstab (and the fsck number for it) or again you hang, but that is ordinary.

    Then finally you get to a fished and complete boot.. but it still looks for /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf file (which I’d set aside) to decide to assemble a RAID, and doesn’t find it so ‘moves on’.

    But essentially you must UN-do every step you did to get it to go, and in exactly the reverse order, but adding in manual removal of the superblock entries (that let it self-assemble the raid at boot time by inspecting superblocks) with the –zero-superblock option and even then it’s still lurking, just not trying to assemble the raid since it doesn’t see a disk with RAID marked in the superblock nor find a mdadm.conf file nor have any dpkg-reconfig options set to do anything… Yet it is still there looking at boot time…


    I guess the next level is to deinstall the package and see if that locks up the initramfs at boot time as the program no longer exists… (Wonder if something removes it from initramfs…)

    At any rate, just be aware that “I’ll toss a raid on the box, play for a while, and remove it” has dragons at the ‘remove it’ step…

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    If those are remote USB drives could you just plug them into a windows system and format?

    I hate it when you have to jump through hoops to uninstall something!
    It should have an uninstall -f option that forces the removal without playing around for a hour or two.

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    Since 2 of the drives were only using one partition for the RAID, I’d rather not reformat the whole thing and lose the other 1/2 of data… and I’d also be using Linux and gparted (or just mkfs as some of the guides suggest) BUT formatting wasn’t the big issue. I’d quickly done a removal of the disks. No, the “issues” is that mdadm INSISTS on trying to make a RAID array at boot time…

    (It looks like a lot of work went into getting it to ALWAYS spin up the RAID early in the boot so things dependent on it would not hang, and also like once you go to RAID, of course you would never go back… so not much help there…)

    So long after I had the disk partitions formatted, the superblocks raid flag zeroed, even the disks unplugged and in a drawer, it still failed boot while trying to make array md0…

    Finally doing dpkg-reconfigure mdadm and shutting off anything I could got it to succeed in the boot process. but at boot time initramfs still launches a mdamd check to try launching a RAID but now it doesn’t hang (with dpkg-reconfigure done and mdadm.conf set aside)…

    I’d do the apt-get deinstall of it as a last resort if I really wanted it to not even try at boot time, but since it does now boot, I’m OK with losing a second or so to a “check and nope”…

    But yeah, every program ought to have a “Run, Don’t Run, Go Away Entirely” simple choice set.

  52. sabretoothed says:

    Apparently according to Canadian study 10% of females having HPV vaccine (which doesn’t really work anyway, especially if you had sex) end up in ER within 42 days lol ‘Of the women who received HPV vaccine 958 were hospitalized and 19,351 had an ED visit within 42 days of immunization.’

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now if they could just get that pesky high power electrical system on the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) sorted out to run these things, we will see operational laser weapons in the fleet very soon (aside from the current test system on the USS Ponce LPD-15)

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    By the way if you folks have not seen it Google has redefined fascism as an extreme right wing philosophy.

    noun: fascism; noun: Fascism; plural noun: Fascisms

    an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
    synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy; More
    Nazism, rightism;
    nationalism, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism;
    jingoism, isolationism;
    neofascism, neo-Nazism
    “a film depicting the rise of fascism in the 1930s”
    (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

    Mussolini who founded the term, was a socialist, also the Nazi Party in Germany was properly named the National Socialist German Workers Party. I used the feed back at the bottom of the definition to teach them some history 101.

  55. E.M.Smith says:


    Just don’t try that with red rich candle light….. Maybe I need to make some red translucent pants :-)


    Not really a surprise. The American Progressives have been trying to run away from their socialist fascist roots ever since W.W.II when the stole th Liberal name (that in Britain still means a libertarian conservative sort).

    Lying from the Progressivve Left is just SOP. Especially about their history and goals.

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    China is making substantial strides in computing and AI development.
    The US may not long have a technological advantage over them (and other advanced countries) as the technology becomes ubiquitous.

    At some point progress is driven by who controls the largest number of high quality brains which can be tasked to a problem. That means it will be very difficult for relatively small countries US, UK and Europe to compete with India and China as their can smother us with manpower – once their general skill level begins to match ours it becomes the same problem you see in high school foot ball, the biggest schools dominate their league just because they have a larger manpower pool to draw from.

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    This sort of thing makes you just want to cry – another huge data breach and more importantly it apparently includes some very dangerous code if it gets into the wrong hands.

    So how long does it take to down load 75 TB of data – asking for a friend?

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    Based on my personal experience copying 1 and 2 TB disk images that would take about 35 days of around the clock down loads at USB2 speeds to move 75TB. (about 840 hours of data transfer), at gigabit data rates much faster but you would think direct down load of that size would trigger some sort of an alert in monitoring.

  59. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m presently moving TB scale lumps between disks on a USB 2 IO system on a R.Pi.

    I’m regularly getting roughly 1 GB / minute. So 75 TB would be roughly 75,000 minutes. Or 1250 hours. Or 52 days. Or 2.3 “work months” sitting at your disk 8 hours a day while it ran non-stop, or closer to 4 months if you need to be a little discrete about it and not leave it running on lunch breaks and meeting times and such…

  60. philjourdan says:

    @E.M. – Re: Raid

    That is pretty much why I do not like software raid. You get the fault tolerance, but it is at a cost. A HW raid off loads the processing and the data path to a daughter chip/card.

    And the rebuild is the most stressful event of a raid. Indeed, that is why they came out with double parity because of that. I have had Raid 5s fail catastrophically when the new disk was inserted and the rebuild began, and a second drive failed.

    They do have Raid boxes now that do most of the processing and data path on the box (that connects to the computer via either a SCSI, SATA or USB port). And they are not that expensive.

  61. E.M.Smith says:


    Well, I bought a 4 TB disk for something like $120 (so $30 / TB) with the idea that I could park a lot of stuff on it while trying a RAID out of the small disks. The ‘fallback’ is just to keep on having duplicate copies of data on separate disks. At $30 to $40 / TB, that “mirror in a drawer” is a pretty good solution for most things.

    I’ve run RAID at worksites and generally like having it; but that was on Damn Fast Dedicated Controllers or things like NetApp boxes. I knew it would be slower on the Pi, but wasn’t quite ready for just how slow. (figured the Model 3 might be “different this time” ;-)

    Ah, well. Back to the “manual mirror method’ ;-)

    I will likely do a RAID 0 on the data scrape system, or an LVM. Something to strap together 8+ TB out of a few disks as one filesystem image, but that’s a couple of months away.

    For now, just tossing out the trash and making a single clean copy with a single clean mirror-in-a-drawer will likely be my best path, leaving a RAID5 or 6 for “someday” with SATA or similar drives on something with faster I/O channels.

  62. llanfar says:

    Current congress critters having the initials mentioned (House followed by Senate – didn’t think to merge the 2 before performing a bunch of regex on the names). List pulled from option tags in :

    CES – Charles E Schumer
    NP – Nancy Pelosi
    BF – Bill Flores, Bill Foster, Blake Farenthold
    MB – Marsha Blackburn, Mike Bishop, Mike Bost, Mo Brooks
    TK – Trent Kelly, Tim Kaine
    DF – Deb Fischer, Dianne Feinstein
    JM – Jerry McNerney, Jeff Merkley, Jerry Moran, John McCain
    LG – Louie Gohmert, Lindsey Graham

  63. llanfar says:

    No edit :/

    Adding to above including any middle initial…

    BF – Brian K. Fitzpatrick
    MB – Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Michael C. Burgess, Michael F. Bennet
    JM – James P. McGovern, John R. Moolenaar
    LG – Luis V. Gutierrez

  64. Another Ian says:

    “Dear Climate Alarmists, we will never forget…

    Got ten years of frustration after being mocked, scorned, and treated like dirt for talking about data?
    Adam Pigott unleashes some mockery back at the parody blog XYZ:

    Dear Climate Alarmists, We will never forget nor forgive.

    “…here’s the thing. Once this all unravels, and it will unravel very quickly as soon as the money stops flowing, those of us on the side that is ludicrously described as being “deniers” are not going to forget. We are not going to let you bastards off the hook.”

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    Social unrest in France which is not being mentioned here in state side news that I have seen.

  66. A C Osborn says:

    “llanfar says: 7 February 2017 at 11:53 pm FBI Analyst Says, High Level Pedophile Arrests Coming Soon”
    It has gone pretty quiet on here about pizzagate.
    I followed that link and was shocked at how may videos there are on Youtube about it though.

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    From Twitter:
    Fox News ‏@FoxNews 22 minutes ago

    MOMENTS AGO: @POTUS meets with @intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who says the company will invest $7 billion in Arizona semiconductor factory.

  68. philjourdan says:

    Interesting statistic from Berlin –

    Want to bet the percent is not far off for the US either?

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    You will need to run this through or similar, story about school in Malmo that received a peace price for admitting the most immigrant children is now plagued with fights and it now has to use security guards and barbed wire like a prison to maintain control.

  70. p.g.sharrow says:

    Larry, The biggest problem was the academicians cancelled the vocational programs to redirect money to their Socialist Liberal Progressive brainwashing. The very same thing that Western Educators have done to their institutions over the last 50 years. Add thousands of students that have NO academic future, no vocational training and you get thousands with no future except welfare and riot! When We went to school in the 1950s vocational trainning was the most important and valuable preparation we got for life as adults. I can remember when the drive for exclusive academics began in the California schools. At that time California had the finest Public schools in the world, managed by local boards and teachers had the RIGHT to WORK. Now the Democrat Unions and State Bureaucrats control everything and the school systems are in a freefall of failure in preparing young people for their future lives…pg

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    Shop class was a primer on how real jobs worked.
    You got a job assignment, you decided what materials you needed, scheduled your work and some one (the teacher) like a foreman, came around and checked on your progress and you went to them if you had any questions about how to proceed.
    Then you took it to the foreman (teacher) for final QC (your grade). If it was unacceptable, you got to do it all over again, or at least get pointed out where you made mistakes.

  72. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Why am I not surprised…. “Dispatchable” needs to be widely taught… and will be over time, one way or another…

    Oh, and on the “never forget”: Um, since it has consumed about a decade of my life I would rather have used elsewhere, caused me to realize my first love of Science was now an old whore with a crack problem looking for another money-fix, and shown me the world is being driven mad by an insane Hungarian Troll, yeah, I’ll never forget…


    Pardon my jaded nature, but I’ll believe powerful folks will be arrested when I see it on the Nightly News and CNN as “Live Video” of the event with the news anchors sputtering…


    Why I watch RT, BBC, France24, etc. etc.: The USA YSM thinks the world consists entirely of the USA, Paris conferences of the Anointed, immigrants (who appear magically from places they can’t pronounce but need a nice suburban home on my credit card) and have no clue what “international desk” means; so I must go elsewhere to find ANY coverage of ANYTHING other than when HM The Queen puts on a show or Algore goes somewhere. Not surprised the current social collapse in Southern France and Germany is not getting coverage here. Hell, they hardly cover “Flyover Country”… You would think the USA consists of NYC, LA, and Miami from how the news goes… (With sporadic murder counts and riots from some place called SHE-cah-Go)


    This is a surprise how? Folks with a job and a mortgage don’t have time to riot and are NOT fond of having more tax money taken from them and given to freeloaders, no matter what basement they live in…


    Ain’t that the truth…

    My Mexican Friend and a few of us were out driving his jeep at the river… well, the gravel pits (left over form dredger mining) are not known for their forgiveness and he slid into one of the the (several foot deep) ponds on a too fast turn. (Late to class for a the group… it was a lunch time romp…)

    Well, teaching moment and all… he spent the rest of the year, in shop, taking his jeep to pieces, cleaning and dewatering them all (including inside the engine, transmission, and transfer case), and putting it back together… Later upon enlistment in the navy, he was made a Jet Turbine Mechanic due to his mechanical experience, and spent several years at Moffett Naval Air Station (during the Viet Nam War… so ‘good duty’ as compared to jungle cannon fodder or riverboat rat) making airplanes go. Likely the result of dumping his jeep into the drink…

    Me? I took “radio class” and “welding” and we built up (tube) radios from scratch with a bin of parts. I ended up a computer jockey, partly after building one of the first ‘kit’ personal computers from parts (soldering not being much but a specialized type of welding…)

    Without those “shop” classes would either of us have gone anywhere interesting? Somehow I don’t think so…

    It is essential to disassemble the Federal control of States AND the State control of Counties. State Senators need to be appointed by the Counties again (as it was about 1960 when California was a decent State…)


    Yup! My Son was benefited by one of the last shop classes around. It was limited to woodworking, but he can now use saws and planers and more to make things from a Bathroom Cabinet (to my left as I type) to a watch in a wood surround to make it a pocket watch (in the bedroom) and more. From that he learned he can create things, and that it isn’t easy… and that destruction is evil.

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Why the Islamist groups hate us in their own words – they obliterate the concept of Islam is a religion of peace, and explicitly state that ISIS and those of like mind will not quit hating the west until we accept Islam.

  74. A C Osborn says:

    Over at Climate etc they have been discussing the Rose/Bates expose of the Karl Paper.
    At the bottom of the comments commenter Peter O’Neill has posted some tables about the Changes that have been made to the Irish Temp Raw Data by NASA/NOAA in their GCHN database.
    This could be a very big expose indeed.
    Nick Stokes is trying his best to down play it.

    Unfortunately I can’t ask any questions as I do not have any of the required input methods for Climate etc.

  75. Gail Combs says:

    A C Osborn says: “…It has gone pretty quiet on here about pizzagate….”

    Why give the S.O. B.’s a heads up we are LOOKING at you? With luck Sessions as AG will be all over it as soon as he is in place.

  76. Gail Combs says:

    p.g.sharrow says: “…. The biggest problem was the academicians cancelled the vocational programs…”

    Now we have illegals doing the stuff that vocational programs used to train the lower ‘academic IQ’ higher ‘mechanical ability’ kids to do and the mechanical ability kids are left feeling useless and angry so they turn that mechanical aptitude towards less civilized behavior.

    I am all for vocational training.

    When I was forced to take Home-Ec instead of shop in Jr High, I intentionally flunked it. When I had to go to the principal’s office to explain, I blasted him. As far as I am concerned kids should get a mandatory ‘life skills class’ that includes changing tires, spark plugs, oil and a light bulb; How to make a simple wood box; balancing a check book, understanding credit and mortgage rates; simple cooking skills including how to read a cookbook and use a meat thermometer; how to do laundry, iron a shirt and to NOT MIX bleach with ammonia cleaners.

    Given the number of broken one parent homes this is more necessary now than ever.

  77. Gail Combs says:

    On the Pizzagate scandal
    David Seaman was the guy that Huffington Post fired for daring to look into Hitlery’s illness. He!! hath no fury, like a real journalist scorned.

    PIZZAGATE LA: 474 Arrested in Massive SoCal Child Trafficking Sting I really hope someone rats out Pelosi. link

    Norway: Authorities in “Operation Darkroom” arrest 51 in pedophile child-sex ring, arresting lawmakers and teachers.

    The Reddit Kids: link

    I wonder what side the ‘FBI Whistle Blower’ is on? This could be looked at as a threat to keep Sessions from being confirmed. Of course the that works both ways. If you are a Reboob and DO NOT vote for Sessions you get the smear…

    February 9 2017 FBI Whistle Blower Reveals: Pizzagate Pedophile Ring Arrests Are Now Imminent

    ….The coming week will be a tough one for those who were involved in the sinister acts as you’ll start to see the arrests being made. More than 30 politicians, and over 40 other individuals throughout DC, VA , and also a handful in NYC.

    This comes after the sex trafficking/child pedophilia ring arrests that were recently made in California. The FBI whistleblower declined to release names of those on the list to be arrested by the FBI. However, the insider revealed that the Democrat and US Senator, Chuck Ellis Schumer, was one of the high-profile names that will be arrested, as well as Senator Tim Kaine and the former Attorney General of Connecticut Richard Blumenthal….

  78. Gail Combs says:

    From A C Osborn

    Gail, I just posted this over at Paul Homewood’s forum, but it should be one here and as many Forums as possible.
    It totally vindicates Tony [Heller] regarding what they have been doing to the data.

    “Paul, sorry this is off topic.
    Over at Climate etc they have been discussing the Rose/Bates expose of the Karl Paper.
    At the bottom of the comments commenter Peter O’Neill has posted some tables about the Changes that have been made to the Irish Temp Raw Data by NASA/NOAA in their GCHN database.
    This could be a very big expose indeed.
    Nick Stokes is trying his best to down play it.

    I have also sent you an email regarding this, unfortunately I can’t ask any questions at Climate etc as I do not have any of the required input methods.

    E.M. you might want to take a look see and add what you can.

  79. Jeff says:

    I suspect Schumer will be crying real tears now…..

    Great idea about the “life skills” classes. It’s astonishing anymore how many people don’t have the basic skill set to run a “beginning” single household without help.

    The Greens and SPD are busy ruining our schools here in Germany as well. In Baden- Württemberg and Bayern, the last hold outs of the more rigorous three-track system (Gymnasium, Realschule, and Hauptschule), a lot of pressure is being put by them to move to “Gesamtschulen”, which is supposedly somehow an equality gesture, but ends up with no one’s needs being addressed.

    Add to that what passes for “mainstreaming” for special needs students and you have a recipe for disaster. Maybe that track leads to “Master of Disaster”, don’t know. So far they haven’t done much damage yet, and it’s no shame to go to Hauptschule, and go into a trade. More so because almost every endeavour, requires special training known as an “Ausbildung” (like an apprenticeship, but with theoretical traiing too).

  80. Gail Combs says:

    The schools I went to here in the USA had ‘multi-track’ back in the 1950s and 60s. You had a university track (regents in NY) and a track with classes like, book keeping, typing, shop and drafting and such. And a track for the not so bright. Special needs kids were placed in an entirely separate school.

    I think those kids and teachers were a lot happier because the teaching could be more focused on the needs of that particular group.

    Unfortunately School Desegregation/ INTEGRATED SCHOOLS and Equal Educational Opportunity started with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling. But it took the enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the federal government threatening and sometimes using fund termination enforcement provisions to move innercity blacks (and underaged drug pushers) into suburban schools culminating in the the Supreme Court’s 1971 decision that cast desegration in stone. Also in 1971 the Supreme Court gave Latinos (and others) the right to bilingual education.

    The Federal Department of Education was founded in 1979 by Jimma Carter. And the idiotic “No Child Left Behind Act” was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Jan. 8, 2002.

    The result of all this one size fits all ‘social engineering’ in the USA?

    …the U.S. ranks 21st out of 29 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in mathematics scores, with nearly one-quarter of students unable to solve the easiest level of questions….In 2000, 28 percent of all freshmen entering a degree-granting institution required remedial coursework…

    … Surveys of corporations consistently find that businesses are focused outside • the U.S. to recruit necessary talent. … One respondent to the survey even noted, “If I wanted to recruit people who are both technically skilled and culturally aware, I wouldn’t even waste time looking for them on U.S. college campuses.”

    No teacher, but every textbook, left behind.
    An exasperated William Bennetta explained why so many teachers accept inferior textbooks from these publishers, “[T]he major schoolbook companies… have long recognized that the teacher corps in America includes some desperate dumbbells, and the companies have learned to produce books that the dumbbells will like.” Alistair B. Fraser, a professor of meteorology who runs web sites exposing bad science in textbooks, concluded bleakly, “Apparently, most teachers believe everything they teach.” To which I add, why not? Cornell professor Donald Hayes, quoted in the Grandfather Education Report, reported on results of sampling 788 textbooks used between 1860 and 1992: “Honors high school texts are no more difficult than an eighth grade reader was before World War II.”……

    Grade Inflation for Education Majors and Low Standards for Teachers: When Everyone Makes the Grade

    Students who take education classes at universities receive significantly higher grades than students who take classes in every other academic discipline. The higher grades cannot be explained by observable differences in student quality between education majors and other students, nor can they be explained by the fact that education classes are typically smaller than classes in other academic departments. The remaining reason-able explanation is that the higher grades in education classes are the result of low grading standards. These low grading standards likely will negatively affect the accumulation of skills for prospective teachers during university training. More generally, they contribute to a larger culture of low standards for educators. …

  81. Gail Combs says:

    That is not the worst of it. Schools bore bright kids silly and then drug them when they fidget or act up. Children as young as first grade are labeled ADHD and routinely put on drugs by the school’s tame doctor. No parent needed. Parents have even been threatened by the schools with ‘Child Abuse’ charges and having the child removed by social services if they try to take their child off the medication.

    A peer reviewed paper:

    ADHD among American Schoolchildren: Evidence of Overdiagnosis and Overuse of Medication
    …The Jensen et al. (1999) sample involved individuals between 9 and 17 years of age. By excluding a large proportion of children in the age group (i.e., ages 6 to 9) most affected by and/or treated for the disorder (Cohen et al., 1993; Safer & Zito, 1999; Safer et al., 1996; Scahill & Schwab-Stone, 2000), the study may have yielded an artificially low rate of ADHD and its treatment

    Findings from this study were consistent between two racially, economically, and socially diverse school districts. In both school districts, the rate of ADHD medication use was highest among white males and lowest among black females; 17% of white males and 3% of black females received ADHD medication in school.

    At least 35 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs

    READ ==> Violence in Schools? It’s the Prozac and Ritalin Stupid!

    The Real Suicide Data from the TADS Study Comes to Light

    ADHD: Ritalin – Brain damage, heart attacks, hallucinations & liver damage

    (Some of the links may be stale since I have been collecting this information on schools for years.)

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Does this mean we are in an economic down turn when the fashionable foodie set, starts cutting their spending?

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just because I find this interesting, no big hidden message other than governments starting to recognize that things change and a bird in the hand – – –

  84. cdquarles says:

    Life skills class? That’s called parents and families and churches (and neighborhoods, back when ‘thug’ behavior was not lionized). Sheesh. I guess there is a small need for such a thing, these days.

  85. E.M.Smith says:


    Wonder why the talk of shipping and relocation instead of sales in NY and buys in Germany… Given the gold price fix in London and central bank preferential market access, I would think any price delta would be less than shipping costs.

    Given world annual production about 2500 tons, a sell / buy of 200 T/year ought to be easy…

    Maybe they don’t want the bookkeeping on bar serial numbers… or their gold is “special”,

  86. Jeff says:

    @Gail, yep, I was part of that disaster in California, in the SF Bay Area growing up in the late 1950s early 1960s. Thank GOD they didn’t have Ritalin, because I’d have been pumped full of it.

    Seems I was a little too “troublesome”, i.e. skeptical. My primary school (grades 1-6) had three sections of each grade, yet they were heterogenous in terms of ability spread. This seemed odd/inefficient to me, so I went to the principal and asked, “why do you have the classes mixed? Why don’t you put all the smart kids in one section, the average kids in another section, and the slow kids in the other section?” (this, from an eight-year-old).

    This insouciance earned me some more time with the principal to, erm, adjust my principles. Actually, I spent a lot of time there. We had field trips and presentations on subjects like “how is bread made”, “the benefits of truck farms”, “how peanut butter is made”, and even “how water heaters are made (thanks to A.O. Smith Corporation).

    The fellow from WonderBread explained in great detail about factory breadmaking, including how they carefully removed the wheat germ (bitter, he said) from the grain, bleached the flour (to make it a “pure” white), and then added nutrients to the flour before making it into bread. I of course asked the questions my teacher had hoped I wouldn’t: “Q: What is in the wheat germ that you removed?”
    “A: Vitamins and minerals” “Q: Why do you take them out? Then you wouldn’t have to put them back in?” “A: They’re bitter, and people wouldn’t like it” [B.S., but I was already in trouble] “Q: Why do you bleach it? Doesn’t that remove stuff, maybe vitamins too?” “A: People want their bread to be white, and we do add many vitamins and minerals into the flour.” I was pulled aside for asking too many questions. And the principal had some questions of his own for me…..

    Similar adventure with Skippy. The fellow from Skippy was explaining “how awful” it was to have that puddle of oil on top of the peanut butter, and how difficult it was to always have to stir the oil back into the peanut butter. (I thought it was great fun; another opportunity to experiment, and as an added bonus, make a right mess of things). He explained further about the process of hydrogenation which (I think) he said they invented. That they modifed the oil(s) to make them mix with the rest of the peanut butter, and stay that way. Nibs again, btw: “Q: Why do you remove the nibs?” “A: They’re bitter, and people don’t like that” (must’ve spoken to the WonderBread guy)….
    “Q: Are the nibs nutritious?” , “A: (irritated) Yes, but they’re bitter”, “Q: Does your peanut butter have sugar in it? (he saw where I was going with that…)”, “A: Yes, but the nibs would still be bitter”, “Q: Does the hydrogen-something process take anything away from the peanut butter?”,
    “A: (almost chewing on his teeth) No, the process makes it much better and the people like it that way [Argumentum ad Populum rears its ugly head]”. Another trip to the principal’s office….sigh.

    Similar experiences with the truck farms (my teacher that time was from back east, and had been fully indoctrinated with the wonders of corporate as opposed to family farms – this was before the mass migrations of the braceros). A.O. Smith water heaters was interesting, and I got good answers to my questions about how the elements are laid out, is gas better, why do the elements corrode (my Dad had just had to swap out our water heater, so I was curious), etc. I still had to ask why they can’t make them so they don’t corrode, and why they can’t be cheaper….

    My principal had some ideas on those two, too…..

    What joy to be a born skeptic. Especially with all of the tree-planting, UN/UNICEF “adoration”, and liberal indoctrination [“Silent Spring”, “The Quiet Crisis” – yet my Dad often used DDT as it was so effective – hmmmm] going on.

    My many trips to the principals office, some of which were due to my cutting up in class (after finishing my work very, very early) resulted in my, erm, faculties being questioned, and being subjected to intelligence testing. Results didn’t seem to square with a kid they classed as a “screw-off”, so tests were repeated. Same results (better, as I knew what to expect). “OK (parents) we could skip your son a few grades, but he’s difficult, (blah, blah, blah, socialisation), or give him extra work, to keep him interested and broaden his experience”.

    I suddenly knew how peanut butter felt in the process of being hydrogenated….. I ended up doing 4th, 5th, and 6th grade curricula in the 4th grade…. got to 5th grade, and was rewarded with doing the same drill. My parents pulled me from that school at that point. Seems I was right, from the beginning. They had no interest in taking care ot the top students, nor the slow students, who were languishing at the bottom of the heap in the same room(s) with the rest of us.

    Even back then, almost sixty years ago, the only concern of my school district was conformity, filled seats, and low truancy rates. Problem avoidance as opposed to problem solving.

    Here in Germany they (Greens, Die Linke, and SPD) appear to want to repeat the failures of single-track schools. Focus Magazine had a cover showing something like Calvin’s transmogrifier machine, where all manner of diverse students are dumped into a hopper, and out the bottom of the machine depart the human equivalent of “Legosteine”: different colors, but all the same, and all interchangeable.

    The libs never seem to understand that what works with toy bricks, and indeed, machines, does not work with humans. As the song goes, “They would not listen, they’re not listening still
    Perhaps they never will”….. (Vincent, Don McLean)

  87. Jeff says:

    @Cdquarles, Yep the “life skills” were also a big part of Scouting, back when they were interested in building character rather than redefining it into political correctness. “Tender Feet” were toughened up and educated over the miles and the years into self-sufficient, if not always happy, campers…. and we had a lot of fun, took a lot of risks, sometimes got hurt (or accidentally hurt others), but we all survived, wiser for the experience.

    It breaks my heart to see what has become of the movement(s), though now there are some alternatives. Still have to laugh about sending a newbie to the next camp to get a “left-handed smoke-shifter” or a “left-handed bacon-stretcher”. Would be great to see an SJW snowflake struggle with that :)

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    Maybe they don’t want the bookkeeping on bar serial numbers… or their gold is “special”,

    This started some time ago when there were rumors that US gold reserves had been secretly sold off and during the first cycle of collapse in Greece, and when adulterated ingots started showing up on the market with tungsten bars embedded in them (ie fake gold ingots). The Germans wanted to hold Physical gold rather than certificates for it stored some where else. Given German tendency to be precise and detail oriented their gold ingots might be stamped with their own symbol. Thus they would know the bars were “real” and not have to worry about doing a buy sell swap for physical gold and getting physical gold which might not be what it appeared to be.

    Just speculation on my part, but back then there was talk that US Ft. Knox gold had been secretely sold off or gradually depleted without proper accounting (push to audit the Fed and Ft. Knox).
    The last full physical gold audit in Ft. Knox was supposedly in 1953 under Eisenhower.

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    E.M. your comments on what reduced volatility means to you? Not sure I trust analysis by the business reporting community but also don’t have a good handle on if / when volatility in the market is good or bad. Obviously for someone trying profit on volatility like machine trading that works the margin between quotes it would be a bad thing for the market to be too stable as the ability to jump around taking small skims off of lots of quote differences goes toward zero as volatility dries up.

    My inclination is that lots of investors are just sitting on their hands after getting into the post election rally and waiting for a clear picture to develop on what is going to happen on trade, taxes etc.

  90. E.M.Smith says:


    Sounds similar to some of my experiences (the questions and looks…) but without the trip to the principle (for that at least ;-)

    I certainly would have been drugged up the wazoo in the current system. Can’t have a 4 sigma person screwing up things for the -1 sigma teacher corp… and “causing trouble”…

    Lucky for me, we DID still have tranches when I was in school. X W & Z groups IIRC. There was that time in 4th grade that they moved me down from the X group into the middle group… then rapidly figured out it was a serious mistake… next year bounced back up. Making “bored silly” even more “bored sillier” is not a good solution; but I had a good time with easy assignments and got to know a whole different bunch of kids more. By High School they figure out I was a bit on the brighter than the average bear side, and I did great in Chemistry, Physics, Math, etc. Got a BofA Scholarship award and a State Scholarship (all of $200 / quarter, but it covered the UC tuition then). We ran out of Algebra to learn in the Advanced Math Class, so started in on Calculus in the last month of school Senior year, just for fun… All 12 or so of us. Made my first calculus class at UC sort of a cakewalk…

    There was a ‘summer school enrichment class’ for the really bright kids they tried one summer (my 5th grade year). We did interesting field trips to banks and even the State Capitol where some US Treasury building was destroying old money… got to see a bail of currency shredding… On review of our workbooks, the teacher admonished me: “WHY have you got no notes in your workbook!” My answer of “Well, I just remember everything.” didn’t go over well. What followed was an ersatz grilling for about 10 minutes, and when I was able to recite not just the name of the banker, but describe his clothing, the interior of the bank, what the signage on the windows looked like (and read it from the inside in mirror order…), where the other kids were standing, what he had said, verbatim, how far it was from the school, what bus we took and more… He never asked me about notes again… But I got downgraded to a B+ for lack of notes…

  91. Gail Combs says:

    cdquarles says….

    Not all parents are good at everything. Mom had me fixing stuff from the time I was 8 because I was a better handy man than my 16 year old brother and Dad was a salesman on the road all the time.

    Also there has been a breakdown of society (INTENTIONAL) so the support systems of family, church and community are no longer there. As EM has said we are itinerant workers now with no real home base as we move from job to job.

  92. philjourdan says:

    @E.M. I did not say it was a surprise (except that it was reported). The survey of OWS revealed the same kind of parasitic relationship.

  93. Gail Combs says:

    Jeff, I was in school from 5th through 9th in Westchester County N.Y We had the VP of Nestle up the street a couple miles and the Rockefellers, Cabot-Lodge, members of the New York Philharmonic…. They were not about to let THEIR children get the crappy teaching methods the serfs got. AND they were not about to pay for private tuition if they could get the US government to pay instead. (The quality of the school is why my parents chose the town.)

    So we had a really great school. You should have heard the musicals our junior high put on with all that music talent in school. (We won all state band awards regularly)

    My street had ordinary people. We called it Peasants Perch and believe me the rest of the kids didn’t talk to us pleebs. Blacks? Hispanics? NO WAY! I can remember when the first Asian family moved in.

  94. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – Whole foods closing 9 stores, including 2 in Colorado:

    Yep! hard to pay top dollar for food when you spend so much on weed.

  95. Gail Combs says:

    I checked out Whole Foods and was not impressed at all. There is a food co-op that does organic that looks like a much better option although at the rate our neighborhood is going we will just grow most of our own and swap.

    The second problem is Whole Food is openly left so may be getting the Trump train boycott though I have not seen them listed yet.

  96. E.M.Smith says:

    We have a Sprouts about a mile from the Whole Foods. Every time I compare prices, Sprouts is cheaper, for the same holistic organic fru-fru stuff. Doesn’t take long to learn that and react accordingly…

  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is sort of outside the Trump Transition thing, so thought I would put it here in tips.

    I stumbled on this via twitter (did not even know “hotep” existed as black fringe group). Has some interesting points that clash with common views on the racial divide — makes you think about common assumptions and the prevailing cultural divides.

  98. LG says:

    FAKE SCIENCE! Another Climate change Myth Busted re Gas hydrates

    USGS : Gas Hydrate Breakdown Unlikely to Cause Massive Greenhouse Gas Release.

    The new review concludes that current warming of ocean waters is likely causing gas hydrate deposits to break down at some locations. However, not only are the annual emissions of methane to the ocean from degrading gas hydrates far smaller than greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere from human activities, but most of the methane released by gas hydrates never reaches the atmosphere. Instead, the methane often remains in the undersea sediments, dissolves in the ocean, or is converted to carbon dioxide by microbes in the sediments or water column.

    “Our review is the culmination of nearly a decade of original research by the USGS, my coauthor Professor John Kessler at the University of Rochester, and many other groups in the community,” said USGS geophysicist Carolyn Ruppel, who is the paper’s lead author and oversees the USGS Gas Hydrates Project. “After so many years spent determining where gas hydrates are breaking down and measuring methane flux at the sea-air interface, we suggest that conclusive evidence for release of hydrate-related methane to the atmosphere is lacking.”

    Professor Kessler explains that, “Even where we do see slightly elevated emissions of methane at the sea-air interface, our research shows that this methane is rarely attributable to gas hydrate degradation.”

    Virginia Burkett, USGS Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change, noted, “This review paper provides a truly comprehensive synthesis of the knowledge on the interaction of gas hydrates and climate during the contemporary period. The authors’ sober, data-driven analyses and conclusions challenge the popular perception that warming climate will lead to a catastrophic release of methane to the atmosphere as a result of gas hydrate breakdown.”

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    A look at future development and capabilities of China’s Navy and their ability to dominate the south west pacific, and the South China Sea. While reading this keep in mind at the height of the Vietnam war the US fleet size peaked near 847 ships then declined to 538 ships by the early 1980’s. This led to the goal of rebuilding to a 600 ship navy during the Reagan years as the cold war reached its end stage just before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    The ship count contemplated in this article for China of 500 ships would compare with the world wide resources of the US Navy in the early 1980’s right after the Vietnam war ended, all concentrated along the relatively small defensive area of China’s maritime interests rather than the world wide distribution of the US fleet at that time. Today we have a fleet size of 308 ships and are strapped to keep a carrier group in the waters of the Middle east year round due to maintenance and crew rotations.

    A modern 500 ship Chinese Navy would be dominant in their area of operations and would ensure they could do most anything they wanted to do in that AO and Japan and the US would be very limited in our ability to contest their actions.

  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmm what could go wrong?

    Laws of robotics (may require some subtle extensions)
    A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.[1]

    This item implies that AI needs to have some ethical construct in it to allow it to determine when Predatory behavior is appropriate. (ie if the opponent agent is an enemy or a friend judgement and then a decision to “do no harm”

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmmm something about this does not sound right?

    Why would a pro-trump supporter use the word “comrade” to refer to his friend?

    Perhaps a subtle way to get out the word the ANTIFA is beating up pro Trump supporters to increase the effectiveness of their street violence campaign, and at the same time raise some money.

    More interestingly at the bottom of the page:


    I see no way to “vet” the person submitting the request for bounty (no personal picture or link etc.) so it is in effect a blind donation to who knows who.

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    This item may deserve a thread of its own as it it not directly tied to what is happening this week in the Trump train, but rather the entire infrastructure and strategy of the Trump and kindred movements to take down the existing corrupt order, and do a major league house cleaning on old power structures (which could get very messy or even dangerous depending on how the chips fall).

    View at

  103. llanfar says:

    @Larry Nice article. and the first reply provides a good counterpoint.

  104. Larry Ledwick says:

    An interesting read about a Soviet KGB “illegal” agent – how he came to America from Germany and some interesting insights about it all.

  105. Ian W says:

    You may find this rant (I believe from the Antipodes) on climate alarmists to be amusing

    Unfortunately, the ‘bearded freak’ referred to will be Science.

  106. A C Osborn says:

    LG says: 10 February 2017 at 12:29 pm
    Which leaves it all there to be exploited by us humans when conventional gas gets more expensive to produce.

  107. A C Osborn says:

    Larry Ledwick says: 10 February 2017 at 4:56 pm
    Those 500 Chinese ships in a relatively small area is know as a “target rich environment” to Subs, Aircraft, Drones and Cruise Missiles.
    So they will need state of the art defensive systems.

  108. H.R. says:

    E.M. – On the way home from errands last night I followed a silver-gray Mercedes 300SD Turbodiesel from the late 70’s until my turn-off for home and thought of your banana boat.

    That car could move! I was following in the wife’s Cadillac CTS and he was obviously enjoying the drive and putting his foot into it – not all the way – but I had to put some boot into the CTS to follow. I’m impressed with the performance as the American-made cars of the 70’s and 80’s were doggies.

    Oh. In our state, if your vehicle is over 25-years old, you can buy historical plates and they are good for as long as you keep your car. It’s about $50 and that’s it! No annual license fee until the car is sold. The Mercedes had ’em which, along with the bumper, helped me narrow down the year to the half-decade.

  109. Larry Ledwick says:

    Those 500 Chinese ships in a relatively small area is know[n] as a “target rich environment” to Subs, Aircraft, Drones and Cruise Missiles.

    Which they do as their anti-ship missiles out range ours,(including nuclear capable which can take out an entire carrier task force), they have local logistics from nearby land, rather than a 9000 mile logistics train. They are also ahead of us on hypersonic maneuverable warhead development and are bringing several new ballistic missiles and aircraft on line. While only about 1/3 of our carrier aircraft are operational. They are also building new lines of nuclear attack submarines to create a wide area submarine threat.

    Other than that it will be a turkey shoot.

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article on the Drudge Report, including video of a speech he made at the Press club years ago in 1998.

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like my last post on resignation of National Security Advisor, got held in the spam queue.

  112. Gail Combs says:

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  113. E.M.Smith says:


    This is just a ‘note to self’ so that if I forget what I did to make this go a year from now, I’ll be able to find it quickly again…

    While I love the Mac look and feel, and enjoy the ‘security’ level it has, sometimes they just fiddle with things too much. I’ve just lost an hour attempting to get an NFS server to mount onto the Mac. Why? Because Mac OS has mutated the process over time and now there are a half dozen pages with different formulas that may or may not work.

    Well, I’m “back level” on a MacBook Air from about a half dozen+ years back (and with a dead RAMdisk to boot, so running off an SD card that periodically puts in looooong pauses as it writes a load of stuff… but hey, it was free…) and being backlevel doesn’t help.

    Well, I finally got it to work. I think I’m on Lion something or other at 10.7.5 release level (and that’s as far as this machine can go). So there were pages saying to use this application in the apps folder, that wasn’t there, or do this or that command to start things, that were already started (those pages being for an even older version than this one…). What finally worked?

    First off, the ‘showmount’ command with a machine name or IP address will show you what you have available to mount:

    bash-3.2# showmount -e
    Exports list on

    Great, you think, I can mount all three of those. So you try one:

    bash-3.2# mount /WD2/ext
    mount_nfs: can't mount /WD2/ext from onto /WD2/ext: Operation not permitted

    OK…. So I can mount it per the showmount command but I can’t mount it…

    Well, dig around long enough and you find that the NFS on the Mac doesn’t want to use the usual and expected reserved port. It’s “special”… BTW, this doesn’t improve security in the real world.

    So you must tell it to behave like it ought to behave to play well with 99.99999% of all NFS servers in the world…

    bash-3.2# mount -t nfs -o resvport /WD2/ext
    bash-3.2# df
    Filesystem           512-blocks       Used Available Capacity  Mounted on
    /dev/disk0s2           29587600   23467392   5824336    81%    /
    devfs                       360        360         0   100%    /dev
    map -hosts                    0          0         0   100%    /net
    map auto_home                 0          0         0   100%    /home 3780177776 3034347296 553808464    85%    /WD2/ext

    OK, well, at least I got it to work…

    Next up I’ll be trying to set up a more permanent mount / link so that I have more than 32 GB of SD card available as storage… Seems that if you, say, use the terminal windows on it to access login shells on various machines, they save the history into your ‘scroll back’ space. This is NOT erased if you exit, it just gets saved for your next session. This, then, fills up “all memory” if the “use all memory” choice was ever set in ‘terminal’… and THAT means the Mac makes “swapfiles” in /private/var/vm

    bash-3.2# ls -l /private/var/vm
    total 8388608
    -rw------T  1 root  wheel  2147483648 Feb 14 18:45 sleepimage
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel    67108864 Feb 15 11:36 swapfile0
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel    67108864 Feb 15 13:35 swapfile1
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel   134217728 Feb 15 13:35 swapfile2
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel   268435456 Feb 15 13:35 swapfile3
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel   536870912 Feb 15 13:35 swapfile4
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel   536870912 Feb 15 13:35 swapfile5
    -rw-------  1 root  wheel   536870912 Feb 15 13:35 swapfile6

    It keeps doing this until ALL available “disk” space is used up, then nags you to get a bigger disk…


    So I need somewhere to offload anything like, oh, downloaded files and all to keep my dinky SD card from filling up every time I sneeze. Oh, and changed the config on the terminal program to only save 1000 lines of text.

    Well, now I’ve got the ability to easly shove stuff off to the file server in any case, even if manually mounted.

    Given how much more time is now spent overcoming “enhancements” designed to “help me”, and the rate of increase, I project that in about 4 years computers will become entirely unusable as I will have been “helped” into ossification so severe that it can’t even boot and let me login…

    I’d like to put a /sarc; on that, but I just can’t…

  114. E.M.Smith says:


    The SD Turbo of the `70s was fast, but my favorite fastest was the SDL of the mid ’80s. That had a 6 cylinder turbo engine and with no real smog gear on it, was faster than the big gas engine cars of that year. It literally was THE fastest Mercedes in that time. (Before was faster due to big gas engines without smog gear, and after was faster with gas engines as they figured out better ways to reduce smog while making HP with better catalysts, but in that moment, the Diesel was king.)

    The only problem with them, IMHO, is that they put an aluminum head on that engine. IF you ever spring a leak or have low coolant, the head cracks or warps, and that’s an expensive fix. The old iron head engines took a punch better… but OK, watch the temperature gauge and never drive it low on fluids…

    But for a truly fun experience, drive a 1987 Mercedes SDL … Sedan Diesel Long S Class with Turbo 6… something like 120 MPH top speed (acceleration tame by modern supercar standards, but still nice at: 0-60 mph in 12.1 sec, 0-100 km/h in 12.9 sec and quarter mile time is 18.5 sec.)

    That in a “limo” sized sedan…

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting way to frame the question of Islamic terrorism and immigration ban by a Muslim scholar by showing the consequences if other religions did the same thing that Islam did.

  116. Gail Combs says:

    To go with what that Muslim scholar said.

  117. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting note to self:

    I’ve set up a 2nd account on the MacBook (that is missing its SSD and running from an external SD card) that has it’s home directory on an NFS server.

    It actually is working nicely and without the sporadic long pauses as the SD card takes a long write.

    The Mac writes a LOT of crap into the hidden “Library” directory, and this moves those frequent writes off the slow SD card. Nice.

    This makes it much more usable as a laptop workspace around home. Now I’m wondering how many Macs with a dead SSD are available for dirt cheap since the SSD from Apple costs as much as a used Mac that works… Craigslist anyone? ;-)

    I’m using the Odroid as the NFS file server. I tried using the Orange Pi first, as it is up 24 x 7 with that perpetual ncdc site scrape… but it was so busy being I/O limited that the NFS mount had timeouts the Mac didn’t like. The Odroid has faster I/O and faster CPU and near zero load and the Mac is liking the file service speed ;-)

    Well, back to work…

  118. Another Ian says:

    February 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm · Reply

    For those interesting in the renewable EV salvation that is Tesla

    two months later we went back to him and said “Elon, you’re totally screwed. The Germans are building a gigafactory twice as big as yours, the Chinese are building four of them bigger than yours, the Japanese are building two and the Koreans are building one. So unless you’re willing to pay to buy our cobalt and our nickel at whatever the price may be in the future, you’re not going to be able to build any batteries in your own gigafactory and your whole company is going out of business, and we’re going to make money shorting your stock.”

  119. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Resource Economics seems to baffle most folks. I don’t know why. I think it is because selling a good scare story is easy and “running out” is a historical issue with food (so might be genetically coded as an innate fear…).

    So “running out” sells. But when it comes to natural resources, we really never run out. (For a large number of reasons). The most important is “resource substitution”. So there are Li batteries that don’t need Cobalt at all. Then there are sodium batteries and potassium batteries and…

    The other biggy is that:

    Supply depends on cost. When prices rise, there is more supply.

    So just how unobtainium is Cobalt? The scare stories say 70% or 80% or “almost all” of the Cobalt comes from one country in Africa. And the Chinese are buying it!!!! (GASP!). So? In reality the bulk of cobalt is a byproduct of copper and nickel mining. ALL over the world.

    Then there are those “manganese nodules” all over the sea floor. They have gobs of Cobalt too. Raise prices a little bit, all that stuff become economical to mine and thus an available resource.

    Now if a $40,000 Tesla has a 400 lb battery pack of which 4 lbs is cobalt (just to make up some numbers to play with) and that Cobalt goes up by $2 / lb (which would be a lot) that adds $8 to the cost of the Tesla. Think anyone will notice? How about if it adds $80? Or even $800? Nope, lost in the noise of “options” and special wheels and custom paint and insurance… So there’s a couple of orders of magnitude cost of Cobalt Tesla can absorb and not really notice.

    But where would it come from?

    Sources of Cobalt

    Cobalt is not a particularly rare metal and it ranks 33 in abundance. It is however widely scattered in the Earth’s crust but is found in potentially exploitable quantities in several countries, 17 of which currently produce.
    Cobalt is only extracted alone from the Moroccan and Canadian Arsenide ores. It is normally associated with copper or nickel. >50% of World production is from Africa, mainly the D.R.C, where cobalt is largely a copper by-product.

    Table 1 – Where Cobalt is Mined – shows the current situation. Significant resources of cobalt are also present in the deep sea nodules and crusts which occur in the Mid-Pacific and are speculative and estimated resources of >120million tonnes of cobalt (source USGS). At a world production level of around 92,000 tonnes, this is nearly 1,400 years of usage. More realistically the current land sources are estimated at over 100 years, so no long term shortage is in sight.


    Now about that one country in Africa:

    Table -1 Where Cobalt is Currently Mined and/or Refined (2014)
    Country         Mined   Refined Approx. Refined Qty
    Australia	Yes	Yes	5,400
    Brazil	        Yes	Yes	1,400
    Belgium	 	Yes	        5,850
    Canada	        Yes	Yes	5,250
    China	        Yes	Yes    39,300 (mainly imported raw material)
    Cuba	        Yes	 	 See Canada
    France	 	Yes	          220
    Finland	 	Yes	       11,400
    India	 	Yes	          100
    Japan	 	Yes	        3,650
    Madagascar	Yes	Yes	2,950
    Morocco	        Yes	Yes	1,400
    New Caledonia	Yes	 	 
    Norway	 	Yes	        3,600
    Russia	        Yes	Yes	2,300
    South Africa	Yes	Yes	1,350
    Uganda	 	 	            0 (ceased operations 2014)
    D.R.C.	        Yes	Yes	3,300
    Zambia	        Yes	Yes	4,300
    ~92,000 (Tonnes)

    So lots of places. Just Africa has near zero labor costs and mining rules…

    I’m not worried about ‘running out’…

  120. Gail Combs says:

    I was cogitating on the reason city folk tend to be liberal. I think it is because they do not own property.

    It occurs to me this is the big difference between the city folk and the small town folk. Small town folk are more likely to own property and have the accompanying responsibility for caring for it. With the Tea Party Protests, the areas were left cleaner than when the protestors started. With the Occupy Wall Street crowd tons of garbage and vandalism was left. This shows the completely different mind set. One takes responsibility for their own actions and the others figure it is always someone else’s responsibility.

    If you rent all your life, you can trash the place, move out and leave the landlord with the mess just like you did with your Mom. If you OWN the property it is YOU who pays for it if you do not care for it properly.

  121. David A )Anderson says:

    Just one minor point to add to the cobalt story. When a new source is required, then that source often becomes less expensive in development. Examples; cracking and natural gas, Russian sanctions , etc.

  122. David A )Anderson says:

    Fracking, not cracking, LOL. Although the principle likely works in the drug world as well.

  123. Larry Ledwick says:

    A discussion of how Russian provocations in eastern Europe have actually been counter productive. The former Soviet Bloc states are rapidly rearming and building competent military forces on their own dime, including in some cases holding training courses for civilians on a war of resistance.

    This is going to change the cost equation drastically for Russia if it tries to make any more “appropriations” of their former buffer states, and also steadily shifting public opinion in the region away from Russia.

    Putin got what he absolutely had to have (Sevastopol Ukraine and its harbor facilities along with a buffer zone nearby )

    Larger bites of territory will get progressively more expensive. He has also given away his tactical surprise advantage of quick mobilization, and those countries are now aware how quickly he can form an army on their door step and are learning what to watch for as precursors of those moves. They will no longer be a total surprise although they will still retain the tactical advantage of first movement, but their governments will be better prepared for rapid counter mobilization if it happens. Like all military advantages (blitz krieg, stealth aircraft etc.) Those advantages are only temporary as others learn effective ways of dealing with them.

  124. David A says:

    Larry, are there indications that Putin is going after the former Soviet Bloc states?

  125. David A says:

    Between the sanctions and Putin’s Islamic problems I am guessing Trump has deep leverage with Putin and Iran.

  126. Larry Ledwick says:

    Generally yes, Russia has always liked having compliant buffer states on its boarder, what they call the Near abroad. He is a Checkist,

    There is some debate over whether Russia (aka Putin) thinks the Near Abroad states are properly legitimate buffer states to Russia or just that his actions are “messages” to the west that they are entering an area of high sensitivity to Russia and they will brook no further NATO expansion.

    Recent actions but Putin suggests that he is at least interested in causing conflict and discord in NATO if not trying to break it up outright as the EU comes unglued.

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another item on the changes in Russian perception of their country and its future.

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  129. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m having trouble getting any response from:

    Even specific links like:

    Give me:

    Unable to connect

    Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at

    The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments.
    If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer’s network connection.
    If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

    Other sites all work fine.

    So can someone try them and see if they work for you?

    I see two possibles.

    1) They are having issues. Perhaps technical, or perhaps being taken off line.

    2) I screwed it up. I was testing a wget script to make an offline readable copy of the website so I could read things when away from the internet, and many sites will quash automated copy; so perhaps that was done on a whole network basis?

    At any rate I need outside input to know if “It isn’t about me”, or maybe it is… ;-)

  130. A C Osborn says:

    Both links work for me on Firefox.

  131. David A says:

    My phone connected just fine to both.

    Larry, both your links, ( regarding Russia) appeared heavy on internal power control, but light on foreign agenda.

    I do however note that the US deep state issues almost appear to be a replication of the claims and observations of Russian Intelligence control of society, opinion and policy. It is almost like the O observed Putin, and set up to establish similar control of the US.

  132. Gail Combs says:

    Please remember it was the European Union/NATO that made the first moves going after Poland The Battle to Save the Polish Countryside: Julian Rose exposes the scandal of EU’s deliberate policy to get rid of family farms for the benefit of the corporations

    And then ousting the ELECTED president to install a EU friendly person in the Ukraine.

    George Soros told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria over the weekend he is responsible for establishing a foundation in Ukraine that ultimately contributed to the overthrow of the country’s elected leader and the installation of a junta handpicked by the State Department.

    “First on Ukraine, one of the things that many people recognized about you was that you during the revolutions of 1989 funded a lot of dissident activities, civil society groups in eastern Europe and Poland, the Czech Republic. Are you doing similar things in Ukraine?” Zakaria asked Soros.

    “Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now,” Soros responded.

    It is well-known, although forbidden for the establishment media to mention, that Soros worked closely with USAID, the National Endowment for Democracy (now doing work formerly assigned to the CIA), the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Freedom House, and the Albert Einstein Institute to initiate a series of color revolutions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia following the engineered collapse of the Soviet Union.

    “Many of the participants in Kiev’s ‘EuroMaidan’ demonstrations were members of Soros-funded NGOs and/or were trained by the same NGOs in the many workshops and conferences sponsored by Soros’ International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), and his various Open Society institutes and foundations. The IRF, founded and funded by Soros, boasts that it has given ‘more than any other donor organization’ to ‘democratic transformation’ of Ukraine,” writes William F. Jasper.

    This transformation led to fascist ultra-nationalists controlling Ukraine’s security services. In April it was announced Andriy Parubiy and other coup leaders were working with the FBI and CIA to defeat and murder separatists opposed to the junta government installed by Victoria Nuland and the State Department…. link

    If China did this to Mexico and Canada would the USA sit by and ignore it?

  133. Gail Combs says:

    This is something of a follow up on the ‘Lets You and He fight’ on the part of Russia and the USA while China sits back and builds a massive navy.
    Don’t EVER forget Christiana Figueres, disciple of Al Gore, and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention said:

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution… democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China is the best model. link

    Former World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy tells you point blank that the EU is the template for the desired World Government and it has been in the plans since the 1930s.

    All had lived through the chaos of the 1930s — when turning inwards led to economic depression, nationalism and war. All, including the defeated powers, agreed that the road to peace lay with building a new international order — and an approach to international relations that questioned the Westphalian, sacrosanct principle of sovereignty… (wwwDOT)”

    Lamy is quite blunt in stating national sovereignty is passe.

    …more than half a century ago that the Frenchman Jean Monnet, one of the shapers of post-war Europe, said, “The sovereign nations of the past can no longer provide a framework for the resolution of our present problems. And the European Community itself is no more than a step towards the organizational forms of tomorrow’s world.” His assessment was as valid then as it is now….

    Lamy indicates that an European Union like super state is the goal.

    So we KNOW what the goal is, a ‘Third Way’ aka Fascist Totalitarian world government that is run by the central bankers via Transnational Corporations. Financial Core of the Transnational Corporate Class based on the 2011 Swiss study The Network of Global Corporate Control

    Do not forget Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were pushing The Third Way as was Anthony Giddens former Director of the London School of Economics A Third Way for the European Union Link giving Whose Who in pushing the Third Way HERE.


  134. Gail Combs says:

    I have not really been following this but FBI Anon seems to be the real deal since he had advance knowledge in a number of cases per other commenters a few months ago when I first stumbled across him..

    A small snippet

    ANSWER: If the plans of the shadow government come to fruition: World War with Russia.
    It’s being pushed very hard right now and they are trying to make Trump the Martyr.
    If Clinton had won it would have been a smooth transition.

    The initial plan was:

    Escalation of civil disorder
    Gradual disarmament of civilians
    Displacement of existing civilian populations
    Bogeyman Russian
    Divorce of the US and it’s government
    Deployment of Continuity of Government under benevolent guile
    Revocation of rights and freedoms for the “good of the nation”


    QUESTION: 1) what did he mean by this? (Mr. McCullough testifying before Judiciary Committee)

    [video src="" /]

    2) what about depopulation, was that really part of the plan?
    who put up the georgia guidestones?

    ANSWER: 1) Nice catch. You’re very clever.
    2) ORCON mostly, plus see 1)
    The world war is the depopulation program.
    Look at how many people died in WWII.
    Now with the technology we have today, the death toll would be immensely more….

  135. Gail Combs says:

    We also know the Elite want to curb/reduce the population. After all just how many serfs do they really need?

    As Ted Turner, founder of CNN and the UN Foundation bluntly put it during an interview with Audubon magazine.
    “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” – Source: The book You Don’t Say, by Fred Gielow, 1999, page 189.

    Worse are the results of the nuclear bombing and nuclear disasters from the point of view of the general population. Essentially nuclear bombs are great at killing people but do not have long lasting effect that preclude colonizing the area afterwards esp. if you do not give a darn about the long term health of the serfs.

    “The conclusions of this 2005 Chernobyl Forum study (revised version published 2006i) are in line with earlier expert studies, notably the UNSCEAR 2000 reportj which said that “apart from this [thyroid cancer] increase, there is no evidence of a major public health impact attributable to radiation exposure 14 years after the accident. There is no scientific evidence of increases in overall cancer incidence or mortality or in non-malignant disorders that could be related to radiation exposure.” As yet there is little evidence of any increase in leukaemia, even among clean-up workers where it might be most expected.”World Nuclear Organization

    The Effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombs

    The devastating effects of both kinds of bombs depended essentially upon the energy released at the moment of the explosion, causing immediate fires, destructive blast pressures, and extreme local radiation exposures. Since the bombs were detonated at a height of some 600 metres above the ground, very little of the fission products were deposited on the ground beneath. Some deposition occurred however in areas near to each city, owing to local rainfall occurring soon after the explosions. This happened at positions a few kilometres to the east of Nagasaki, and in areas to the west and north-west of Hiroshima. For the most part, however, these fission products were carried high into the upper atmosphere by the heat generated in the explosion itself. The majority would have decayed by the time they landed around the globe….

    In Hiroshima, of a resident civilian population of 250,000 it was estimated that 45,000 died on the first day and a further 19,000 during the subsequent four months.

    From the estimated radiation levels, however, it is apparent that radiation alone would not have been enough cause death in most of those exposed beyond a kilometre of the ground zero below the bombs. Most deaths were from blast injuries or burns rather than the radiation. Beyond 1.5 km the radiation risk would have been much reduced (and 24 Australian prisoners of war about 1.5 km from the Nagasaki ground zero survived and many lived to a healthy old age).

    To the 103,000 deaths from the blast or acute radiation exposure at Hiroshima and Nagasaki have since been added those due to radiation induced cancers and leukaemia, which amounted to some 400 within 30 years, and which may ultimately reach about 550. (Some 93,000 exposed survivors were still being monitored 50 years later.) There was an increase in leukaemia beginning about two years later and peaking at four to six years later, and other cancers beginning about ten years later. There was no evident to suggest an increase in leukaemia at less than 500 mSv acute dose. At an acute dose of 100 mSv, an increased cancer risk of 1.05 times normal was calculated. There was concern about ingestion or inhalation of radionuclides, but fires released far higher levels of non-radioactive carcinogens.

    Teratogenic effects on foetuses was severe among those heavily exposed, resulting in birth deformities and stillbirths over the next nine months. Beyond this, no genetic damage has been detected in survivors’ children, despite careful and continuing investigation by a joint Japanese-US Foundation…..

    Both cities were rebuilt soon after the war and have become important industrial centres. The population of Hiroshima has grown to over one million and that of Nagasaki to 440,000. Major industries in Hiroshima today are machinery, automotive (Mazda) and food processing, those in Nagasaki are associated with its international port, particularly Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, now a major nuclear reactor supplier…..,-nagasaki,-and-subsequent-weapons-testin.aspx

    Health Impacts [of] Chernobyl Accident, Appendix

    Finally, it should be emphasized that although those exposed as children and the emergency and recovery operation workers are at increased risk of radiation- induced effects, the vast majority of the population need not live in fear of serious health consequences from the Chernobyl accident. For the most part, they were exposed to radiation levels comparable to or a few times higher than the natural background levels, and future exposures are diminishing as the deposited radionuclides decay. Lives have been disrupted by the Chernobyl accident, but from the radiological point of view and based on the assessments of this Annex, generally positive prospects for the future health of most individuals should prevail….

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    I am not forgetting Poland but setting “blame” for who did what first gets pretty dicey in that region. The “Elected” leader of Ukraine was a Russian Stooge that they had engineered to create a compliant buffer state to help secure the Crimea and Sevastopol. The “protests” in Ukraine were very clearly assisted and perhaps engineered by Soros but were built on legitimate discontent and protests, some of the very expensive slick TV spots like ” I Am A Ukrainian” were paid for by Soros’s funding. But there is also a legitimate divide in the country. The western half is very pro-europe, the eastern half very pro-Russian. That natural divide has been manipulated and used by both sides. It is not as simple as saying XYZ is at fault.

    It is a classic case of a natural ethnic and historic split in preferences of associations. This is partially driven by an intentional effort by Russia and the Soviet Union to “pack” the eastern end of the country with Russians after Stalin starved millions of Ukrainians in the Holodomor. There is a fraction of the Ukraine that remembers that atrocity and still considers Russia a mortal enemy 80+ years later. This is a legitimate split with very deep historical roots, and part of the reorganization of Europe post USSR collapse still underway. Ukraine was also a key manufacturing center for the USSR and the Russian, the RD-180 rocket engines we buy from Russia were built in Ukraine. (gives both the US and Russia very strong interests in how this split turns out)

    I am a Ukrainian video

    CNN graphic on Ukraine

    Poland tried to join NATO because of their history of domination by Russia. You can just keep chasing that critter back 1000 years if you want to. The bottom line is it is complicated. There is a lot of legitimate interest in Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine etc. to keep Russia at arms length. Without NATO backing, or at least favorable treatment from the EU and NATO they will never achieve full independence from Russia.

    Russia wants all that territory back and preferred access to the output and industrial output of that region plus its strategic buffer for very old historical reasons. By the same token, the EU and US/NATO would prefer that region be more independent and not in the back pocket of Russia. Dominance of that area by European empires and then Czarist Russian and Soviet empires goes back centuries, this is not a recent conspiracy of domination dreamed up by globalists but a long standing divide with a modern influence by the dogma de jour of the EU and globalism which is much younger than the origin of this divide. Armies have sloshed back and forth across that region for 500 years every few decades since European armies helped drive the armies of the Ottoman empire out of Europe when they broke the first siege of Vienna in 1529 and again in 1683 at the battle of Vienna and Kahlenberg mountain with one of the largest cavalry charges in history with some eighteen thousand horsemen under Poland’s Sobieski who lead the charge.

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    hmmm…. I still can’t connect to it. It had let me connect before I ran my prototype script.

    I think the ‘working conclusion’ is that they have an anti-site-scraper filter set up, and if even just once you look like a scraper, they blacklist your IP. (I’ve used 3 different machines with 2 different operating systems now, and a couple of browsers, so it isn’t browser nor OS nor hardware related. That doesn’t leave much…)

    Oh Well. I was just going to snag a copy of the web site so that IF they get nuked it would be preserved, and so that I could read it offline on my tablet while waiting for the spouse (usual Sunday ritual, she goes to Mass and I do other things, that often consists of sitting in the car taking notes in my workbook…)

    I was following the model here:

    wget --mirror --convert-links --adjust-extension --page-requisites --no-parent

    Explanation of the various flags:

    –mirror – Makes (among other things) the download recursive.
    –convert-links – convert all the links (also to stuff like CSS stylesheets) to relative, so it will be suitable for offline viewing.
    –adjust-extension – Adds suitable extensions to filenames (html or css) depending on their content-type.
    –page-requisites – Download things like CSS style-sheets and images required to properly display the page offline.
    –no-parent – When recursing do not ascend to the parent directory. It useful for restricting the download to only a portion of the site.

    Alternatively, the command above may be shortened:

    wget -mkEpnp

    I used the short form, and got some ‘rejected’ errors after a short bit ( I need to wander that file tree to see how many files / directories are in it, if any), then subsequently was consistently rejected.

    I tried adding “-U mozilla” to tell it I was a Mozilla browser, not a scraper, but looks like it was too late.

    Linux Journal has a similar recipe:

    If you ever need to download an entire Web site, perhaps for off-line viewing, wget can do the
    job—for example:

    $ wget \
         --recursive \
         --no-clobber \
         --page-requisites \
         --html-extension \
         --convert-links \
         --restrict-file-names=windows \
         --domains \
         --no-parent \

    These folks used the -U flag and not at all the same kind of “read me offline” settings:

     wget -r

    But many sites do not want you to download their entire site. To prevent this, they check how browsers identify. Many sites refuses you to connect or sends a blank page if they detect you are not using a web-browser. You might get a message like:

    Sorry, but the download manager you are using to view this site is not supported. We do not support use of such download managers as flashget, go!zilla, or getright

    Wget has a very handy -U option for sites like this. Use -U My-browser to tell the site you are using some commonly accepted browser:

      wget  -r -p -U Mozilla

    The most important command line options are –limit-rate= and –wait=. You should add –wait=20 to pause 20 seconds between retrievals, this makes sure you are not manually added to a blacklist. –limit-rate defaults to bytes, add K to set KB/s. Example:

    wget --wait=20 --limit-rate=20K -r -p -U Mozilla 

    A web-site owner will probably get upset if you attempt to download his entire site using a simple wget command. However, the web-site owner will not even notice you if you limit the download transfer rate and pause between fetching files.

    I think they have a confused definition of the ‘no parent’ option that I’ve not quoted. It means “Do Not go UP to the parent directory, then back down searching other folders” while their description makes it sound like “Do Not go into lower folders”…

    At any rate, I’d not put in the “wait” or “limit-rate” options either, was just going to sneak up on them and see when it worked at full speed, but it looks like they are very sensitive… Wonder why…

    OK, I’ll give them a 48 hour window and see if it times out, or if my IP is on a permanent ban list. That would be unfortunate as I’d have to either power up my “Hot Spot” or go to Starbucks ;-)

    It does open the interesting possibility of visiting places with public WiFi and blocking the GISS site from them with one quick script run (took about 20 seconds to start issuing fail messages ;-)

    BTW, used the “short form wget script” to download my own blog site, so it seems to work as advertized. (That is, changing only the target URL in the script let it work fine.)

    Oh Well. To quote Gump “Stupid is as stupid does”…

    ( I do wonder how long it will take for the Stupid Amin Tricks folks to catch on that allowing any connectivity allows all connectivity; at most you can delay the inevitable and impose a cleverness test.)
    So this is what ought to work:

    wget -U Mozilla --wait=20 --limit-rate=20K -mkEpnp

    If anyone else wants to see if they can be blacklisted too, or get a personal copy for offline reading…

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    Have you tried there going through a proxy to get a different IP?
    Links work for me too.

  139. Larry Ledwick says:

    It appears some sort of Nuclear incident occurred in north west Russia or North east Europe in the last few days. Radioactive iodine is generated by a “criticality” incident, either a burp from a nuclear reactor or a nuclear weapon test or similar. It is a fission by product (daughter product or nuclear fission decay).
    It has a half live of 8.02 days so the incident likely happened in the last 2 weeks.

  140. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video interview with an Islamic Scholar (I found it easier to watch by muting the sound and just reading the captions)

    Islamic Scholar Mullah Krekar in Norway

  141. Larry Ledwick says:

    From Twitter:
    Fox News ‏@FoxNews 7m7 minutes ago

    Breaking News: @POTUS​ announces Gen. H. R. McMaster will take over the role of national security adviser after Gen. Michael Flynn resigned.
    [ note Rugby players are reputed to have leather balls]
    Any officer who spoke out about the faults in leadership in Vietnam gets some browny points from me.

    McMaster was passed over for promotion to Brigadier General in 2006 and 2007, despite his reputation as one of “the most celebrated soldiers of the Iraq War.”[10] Though the rationale for promotion board decisions is not made public,it is generally agreed that McMaster was held back because of his tendency to argue against the status quo.

    Looks like an agent of change in temperament.

  142. E.M.Smith says:


    Not done the VPN thing yet. I have it set up on the Tablet, but not on the scraper Linux (Orange Pi). So a bit of work with it, and that board is busy doing “other things” at the moment that I’d rather not interrupt… And since the last trial of heavy NFS loads from it while it is scraping away had nfs timeouts, I can’t really see using the big /LVM target as the destination from a different board, either… A set of bad choices.

    So I’m likely looking at setting up the Odroid to VPN, and putting a 1 TB empty disk on it as local target, and trying again… now that daily errands are wrapping up… and it is raining too much to fix the fence…

    But I’ll likely try a simple “read a page” on the tablet after lunch…


    While out and about, the local PBS station was interrupted TWICE with Emergency Broadcast Warnings for flash floods down near Hollister and up toward Alameda (which makes me wonder if us in the middle are: a) Lucky. b) In those areas but don’t know it as they didn’t show the lines on the radio. c) Just waiting 10 minutes for the next announcement. So I’m a bit reluctant to do too much that depends on stable power and low water for the next few hours. I ought never have complained about our “flooding drought” and suggesting that if it got any worse I’d need a boat. I think it heard me… Now where did I leave that old inflatable dinghy?….

    BTW: Good synopsis on Ukraine. Pretty much sums it up.

    Wonder what went FUNT! in the night in N. EU/Russia… Not a good place for FUNTS! to happen… IIRC, Russian Nuclear Subs and Russian Nuclear Ice Breakers work out of there. Perhaps an unscheduled venting?…

    “Give blood, play Rugby”… FWIW, I always liked Rugby far more than American Football or that wooossy sport of soccer. Pads? Helmets? What where the Americans thinking? Can’t use your hands? That’s just silly, how can you do a good right cross or left hook without hands? Now if they would just put blades on their feet and let them carry sticks… ;-) Ice Rugby! Now THAT would be a sport! (Survivors will advance to the finals…)

    Well, time to make a cuppa tea and plan what part of my infinite list of ToDos gets done…

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more on the nuclear “event” in Russian arctic or nearby areas.

  144. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting read on famine response efforts in countries of Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan where they are on the brink of severe famine.

    I found it interesting that they were dropping cucumber seeds so poked around a bit and apparently cucumbers are a highly nutritious food that might be considered important in a disaster “victory” garden along with squash.

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    In boot strap high tech warfare category we have this item on local solutions developed in Ukraine to compete on a high tech battlefield against Russian supported rebel forces. They are developing home grown solutions to their needs for cost effective drones.

  146. philjourdan says:

    Have you tried there going through a proxy to get a different IP?
    Links work for me too.

    Going through an intermediary would work, but I suspect he does not want the over head associated with the endeavor. While browsing a webpage through a proxy introduces such a small additional delay as to be unrecognizable for most folks, for any type of massive download, the time will really add up.

  147. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, wait a day or two… another day another data…

    Today I can once again connect to so looks like their robot detect blacklist has about a 24 to 48 hour timeout.

    This script (one line script… command line?) works fine:

    chiefio@orangepione:/$ bcat getgiss
    wget -U mozilla --wait=10 --limit-rate=50K -mkEpnp

    (Oh, and “bcat” is my command to “print out this command from my ~/bin directory”… saves a lot of time when you want to develop and / or review just what some command you wrote is doing…)

    It will be a lot slower than a quick scrape, and given political winds, I hope it completes before they “go out of business” as I’d like to preserve that bit of historical / scientific POV, but hey, it will be what it will be. In a couple of weeks, if they are still in business, and after the supberghcnd TB of data are done downloading, I may re-try it with no limit-rate and see if the faux browser type and –wait are enough… But for the next week or two, the superghcnd scrape has priority for me anyway…

    I like I’ve said many times, if you allow any connectivity you allow all connectivity, it just changes the rate and adds a cleverness test…

  148. E.M.Smith says:


    While efficiency was a consideration, the bigger one was just not wanting to sink a few hours into setting up a VPN on Linux (it is trivial on the tablet, not hard on a Cisco Router, and I’ve done Windoz too, but I’ve not done it on a Linux) and especially not wanting to play around with network configuration while the board was committed to a different scrape (“only” 16 more days to go…) Yeah, maybe only an hour or two of time, but those add up.

    I also didn’t want to set it up on a different board, as then THAT board is tied up for who knows how long, AND it either gets Yet Another Disk (so someday I have a data copy to do that can take hours) or it uses NFS that was prone to “issues” when serving the Macintosh home directory WHILE a scrape was heavily using the card.. Decisions Decisions…

    So the “easy lazy way” won: Just wait a day or two and see if their lock-out expires.

    Which it did.

    So near zero time cost to me, the scrape is now running on the same card and over the same network as the other scrape, and it’s all “good to go”.

    After a while in this business you get a sense for when to “push it” and when to just “give it a day”… Yeah, I could have “pushed it” (and would have if, for example, I was on a schedule with a client and needed whatever it was “pronto”…) but I had plenty of other things to do, and “whatever” was blocking was likely to go away in a day, and 24 x 7 of a dedicated wire catches up with “few hours at a time at Starbucks” or even “slow link through outer Mongolia” pretty quickly. So you push that task down one day in the work queue, and go take down that broken section of fence ;-)

    (Yes, I took down a few panels of fence. Well, really, the wind and rotted posts took it down, I just reduced it to boards and rails… Now comes design and rebuild…)

    But in a way, yes, you were right. A random VPN to “wherever” is likely to be slow, has potential data corruption issues, might “come and go” and need tending, may dump you if you are on for more than a few hours at a time, etc. etc. Fine for a 2 hour browsing session, maybe not so much for a 1 week data scrape…

    So I took the “lazy way” (or most “management approved resource-efficient use of labor” way, if couching it in workplace jargon ;-)

  149. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the totally different topic of illegal voting a quick summary in Washington Time.

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wow this is going to really stir the Progressive pot, and irritate the SJW types.
    Nothing so dangerous as actually identifying the doctrine of the enemy and telling the public what is going on.

  151. Larry Ledwick says:

    Rioting in Sweden last night, Police attacked by stone throwing rioters, felt sufficiently threatened that one of the officers shot at the stone throwers. Several cars burned out.

    Have to use google translate or similar:

  152. Gail Combs says:

    German Intel Clears Russia on Interference

    Exclusive: Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

    By Ray McGovern

    After a multi-month, politically charged investigation, German intelligence agencies could find no good evidence of Moscow-directed cyber-attacks or a disinformation campaign aimed at subverting the democratic process in Germany.”

    “If BND President Bruno Kahl thought that his own analysts could be depended upon to follow their American counterparts lemming-like and find evidence…to support the U.S. allegations, he now has had a rude awakening….

  153. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to above, commentary on the situation in Sweden. Until free speech returns to Sweden and other northern European countries were these issues can be discussed openly it will only get worse, especially if rapid influx of immigrants who cannot assimilate to Northern European standards of behavior.

  154. Larry Ledwick says:

    More on data leaks/computer security failures under Obama and the recent arrest of three administrators of Congressional computer systems.

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  156. Larry Ledwick says:

    Zero Hedge is picking up the Sweden riot story now.

  157. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the comments section of the Zerohedge link above:

    Haus-Targaryen Manthong Feb 21, 2017 1:54 AM

    I’ve repeated this story often enough on ZH for most to have seen it, but for those of you who haven’t:

    A few months ago I was doing a deal and had to meet a team of Swedish attorneys representing the banks for a Swedish sub in Hamburg. There were five of them, plus our German team and then the UK and US teams were there as well. It was before the election and politics was getting discussed over dinner.

    The partner there at the Swedish firm was an older guy, mid 50s or so.

    When the topic of finance and immigration came up (a very scary thing to think about if you are in France, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Belgium or the Netherlands) he said very directly and “matter-of-factly”

    “The next Holocaust happens in Sweden.”

    The table fell quit, and someone asked him to repeat it, so he did.

    “The next Holocaust happens in Sweden.”

    Some idiot US attorney, shocked asked “How can this be”

    To which the old guy responded:

    “When the next finance crisis arrives and the average Swede’s quality of life is reduce to just north of surviving, they are going to want someone to blame. At the same time, the social services which keep these immigrants from starving to death will become insolvent. They will begin to riot and the average Swede will have their scape goat. Those who don’t leave on their own accord will get extermination. The next holocaust happens in Sweden.”

    The other Swedish attorneys at the table agreed completely.

    Sweden is going to boil over.

    Like most of Northern Europe, we’re just waiting for the next financial crisis to “get this party started.”

  158. E.M.Smith says:


    I once worked for a Swedish company and got Swedish tapes and study materials so as to try puzzling out the office memos. Now, some 20 years later, I am suprised that I could still get the sense of that article, even though a lot of specifics were unclear.

    There is a spelling trick or two to learn, and some unique words, but much in common with English after that. It isn’t a hard language to learn.

    FWIW, I also looked at the two Norwegians and Icelandic. Norwegian is more like a dialect variation. Icelandic calls to me, being basically old Norse, but I didn’t follow it up. Maybe I ought too… it is basically what my Viking ancestors spoke, with some modern vocabulary added.

    Swedish lost gender and case endings, like English. Icelandic kept 4 cases and all 3 genders, IIRC. So a bit more like German ( only without the crazy bits :-)

    Icelandic is similar to Latin in some grammer structures, but I’ve been seduced into Latin by the assertion it is strongly similar to the now lost mainland old Celtic (one writer asserts that some old text states Gaulish was similar enough to Latin that they could understand each other, which would explain why French is so similar to Italian… and the family is now called Italo-Celtic)

    But I wander…

    I really ought to just pick one and get really good in it…

  159. Larry Ledwick says:

    First person journalism from Sweden with discussion of what is really going on.
    (english language link)

  160. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Trump and Mattis are re-asserting US Naval presence in the South China Sea, as an opening move in the chess game with the Chinese.
    It should be interesting to see how this develops over the next few weeks and how China reacts.

  161. E.M.Smith says:

    I want to be laid off in Sweden… (or would that be laid on?…)

  162. E.M.Smith says:

    The WTO ATF Agreement On Trade Facilitation enters into force now that enough countries have ratified it. This is Yet Another Trade Agreement, but mostly seems to just say “play the same way and reasonably” on tariffs and customs procedures. I’ve read the text and didn’t see anything too evil… See here if interested:

    Click to access 931.pdf

  163. Larry Ledwick says:

    We can expect to see continued aggressive push back from Russia against western media and governments in the information domain. In addition to significant efforts to rearm its forces with new hardware, it has formed a branch in the military dedicated to information warfare and counter propaganda efforts.

  164. Larry Ledwick says:

    A bit more info on the three IT employees who were fired after improperly accessing congressional computer systems.

  165. E.M.Smith says:

    Per the “Three Cabal-yahoos…” and folks wonder why I think hauling in cheap H1b visa folks from south Asia is a bad idea … India supplies most of the H1b I.T. folks, and India has a very large Muslim population. What could possibly go wrong with loading up the entire national computer infrastructure with folks from there, desperate for money, and with little allegiance to the U.S.A…

  166. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting look at unintended consequences in computer coding when bots designed to manage wikipedia pages get into a wrestling match over changes to the same page. Also has implications about AI (artificial intelligence and applications like stock market algorithms [flash crashs perhaps])

  167. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting split in American’s view of Russia (friend, ally, opponent, enemy)

  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting look at farming, and the consequences of high efficiency production methods.

    What is not stated, is that China has a very real need to not hurt US trade when they depend so much on our food production. They may make a lot of noises but they probably will not push control of the South China Sea too far until they can feed themselves at an adequate level to avoid riots in the streets if US farm exports were suddenly cut off.

  169. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick says:“Very interesting split in American’s view of Russia…”

    There is a bit of a problem with that poll. It is an NBC News|SurveyMonkey Poll

    In other words it is a survey of NBC readers most of whom are NOT Trump supporters. Because the YSM constantly is bashing Trump there has been a CUT THE CABLE ‘movement’ among Trump supporters. (Of course that will never make the news.)
    The YSM has been losing support for years.
    June 15, 2010 — Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters describe themselves as at least somewhat angry at the media, including 33% who are Very Angry. and it has gotten a lot worse in the last 6 years.

    February 23, 2017 Most GOPers Favor Trump’s Criticism of Media; Democrats Disagree

    Most Republicans remain angry at the media and strongly support calling out specific members of the press by name, while Democrats and unaffiliated voters are far less critical of the media than they’ve been in the past.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters are at least somewhat angry with the media,…

    Also since it is an online survey it is open to ‘Correct The Record/Soros manipulation.

    Here is another rather unbelievable NBC News|SurveyMonkey Poll

    …A majority of Americans give thumbs down to the job President Trump is doing, while a majority now approve of the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans and Trump vow to repeal, according to a new NBC News-Survey Monkey poll.

    The poll found that 43 percent of Americans polled approve the job performance of their 45th president, while 54 percent disapprove.

    The Affordable Care Act is enjoying a surge of popularity, especially as Republicans founder on finding a replacement and the public realizes that repeal could mean loss of health insurance for 20 million Americans…..

    Rasmussen on the other hand says 23% favor all-out repeal, while just 15% want the law kept as is. Sixty percent (60%) think Congress and the president should fix the law a piece at a time. according to a January 10, 2017 survey of 1,000 voters.

    Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    February 23, 2017

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.

    The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 38% who Strongly Disapprove.

    I have a VERY cynical view of surveys especially when conducted by Media Psy-ops organizations.

  170. Larry Ledwick says:

    Never said it was valid just that the division it illustrates is interesting. ;)

  171. Chuckles says:

    [Reply: It would be nice to put a one line description on links so folks know what mihht interest them… This one is about a diabetes reduction via periodic fasting via regenerating the pancreas. ]

  172. Ian W says:

    A sysadmin who was convicted of criminal damage to his employers computer system appeals as he was authorized by the company to do everything that was done.
    “I was authorized to trash my employer’s network, sysadmin tells court
    Michael Thomas’ appeal will send shockwaves through IT industry if successful”

  173. Larry Ledwick says:

    Measure – counter measure in Ukraine.
    Russian heavy assistance allows Russia to blood some of its troops and commanders (like Hitler did in Spain to sort out the kinks in their new style of warfare) and Ukrainian Manpower shortages force Ukraine to get creative with technology to give them a force multiplier to their limited manpower reserves and lack of outside support against the Russians and their proxies in Eastern Ukraine.

  174. Gail Combs says:

    Tony Heller’s CPAC presentation:

  175. E.M.Smith says:


    That “authorization” thing could be the cesspool they describe, or the court can simply find that while the CEO of a company is “authorized” to do damn near anything he also has a “fiduciary responsibility” to do no harm, and that same reasoning applies to systems-admins. Just like your doctor is “authorized” to do surgery on you, but would be up on charges if your vasectomy turned into a sex-change operation…

    There is a difference between “authority within a domain” and “authority to a given action”…

    Though I doubt the courts will find that way, as it does not maximize lawyer employment and paychecks…

  176. Larry Ledwick says:

    This article gives a better description of the armor, it is a sandwich material with a boron carbide strike plate (same stuff currently used in strike plates, supported with a metal foam layer backed by a kevlar layer on the back side.

    Current strike plates weigh in at 6 – 8.5 pounds depending on the panel shape and size so the whole deal (front and back strike plate with carrier is around 18-19 pounds.

    The boron carbide strike plate is incredibly hard but might need to be thicker that really necessary to defeat the bullet in order to keep from fracturing (blowing out a plug of the ceramic on the back side)

    It appears to me that they are using the metal foam as a high strength backing for the ceramic to keep it from failing in shear and to absorb energy by crushing with less total plate weight than a thicker piece of ceramic.

  177. E.M.Smith says:

    Ceramic is hard, but prone to fracture.
    Metal is prone to deformation instead of fracture, but is very heavy and doesn’t disrupt the projectile as well as a harder ceramic.

    Composite Armor layers these materials to alternately disrupt the projectile (break it) and then absorb the energy of the bits, while limiting propagation of fractures. The final layer of Kevlar catches the final bits and absorbs their energy preventing penetration of the body by them.

    Were I making this stuff, I’d try to form the metal foam over ceramic spheres… or I’d layer it in about 1/2 inch layers….

    Might also be interesting to try forming ceramic plate over metal spheres to also limit fracture propagation…

  178. Larry Ledwick says:

    Or you can borrow technology from mother nature:
    One way to get very high strength from hard materials is a matrix of very thin plates and a tough binder. For a projectile to penetrate the plate it has to initially initiate a new fracture on multiple very thin plates. It takes a lot more force to initiate a crack in a new undamaged surface than to extend an existing crack in a thicker plate of the same thing.

    To build on their design, instead of a monolithic strike plate of boron carbide have a top layer of millions of very thin boron carbide plates bonded together with a tough adhesive, and backed by metal foam.

    One other technique is momentum sharing of ejected fragments. If the design generates a “splash” of lots of small fragments they each carry away energy that does not need to be absorbed by the plate backing. A top layer of very small ceramic balls bonded to a secondary plate surface (think BB sized ceramic balls) might accomplish both. A smooth sphere is very hard to fracture and if blown off the front face of the plate as the bullet disintegrates would add to the mass accelerated by the bullet away from the plate backing carrying energy away. The ideal would be for the small ceramic spheres to weigh about the same as the projectile they are trying to stop, so you get maximum sharing of momentum between the projectile and the secondary fragments in the top layer.

    Current ceramic plates are covered with a tough top coat of material similar to Rhino coat that helps redirect bullet fragments and crushed ceramic away from the user as it forms a small shallow crater who’s up turned edges redirect the bits to splash back away from the user instead of at right angles as they would on a smooth ridged surface.

  179. E.M.Smith says:

    Hey, Larry, want to make a new kind of body armor? Between us I think we can “get ‘er done!”… I’ll provide the guns and ammo fo testing and some wild and crazy ideas….

    It seems between us we have enough clue to “go there”…

    Just sayin’…

    FWIW I’ve contemplated Chobham a bit…

  180. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have spent some time thinking about “expedient” body armor, looking at all sorts of possibilities and historical examples like the Chinese paper armor made of small “plates” of paper folded over and over.
    Paper is very tough, (being a felt lay of the fibers {ie random direction} strength is omnidirectional } about 7″ – 9″ of readers digest will stop a 7mm Remington magnum at point blank range. It uses all its energy up shredding paper. Throw in some modern high strength but readily available materials like carbon fiber, or e-glass fiber and who knows what your favorite back yard mechanic could come up with.

    Click to access Chinese%20Paper%20Armour.pdf

    Paper armor would certainly work for “riot armor”, Bruce Lee wrote about the punks (himself included) in Hong Kong who would stick a life magazine inside their shirts when they went out to confront other gangs for protection against knife attacks.

  181. E.M.Smith says:

    A 2012 paper about making the metal foam

    it talks about strength increasing with the rate of force application, but only measures that at low speeds compared to bullets. Looks like that trend continues…

  182. Larry Ledwick says:

    As I noted above Russia is to some extent using Syria as an opportunity to test military weapons and systems under real world conditions, and expose their underlying weaknesses and possibly unrealized strengths. (The US does the same thing as combat pushes a learning cycle like no other environment) Weapons systems like bunker busters and thermobaric (fuel air) high sustained over pressure weapons used to attack troops in tunnels came out of or were proofed in Iraq, and Afghanistan.

  183. E.M.Smith says:

    Also lets you know if they are “G.I. Proof” and / or how to make them so…

    I’ve saved some links to interesting new Russian gear. Anyone think it worth a posting?

  184. Gail Combs says:

    “I’ve saved some links to interesting new Russian gear. Anyone think it worth a posting?”

  185. Larry Ledwick says:

    I concur it would be nice to have some additional Catagories for topical posts for things like this that crop up periodically but not frequently enough to sustain an active commentary.

    Items like:
    advancements in military technology
    Developments in computer technology
    computer security threats and issues
    Military posture in various countries (ie China build up, Russia re-arming, Iran Nuclear/ballistic missile developments)
    Materials science (new materials and applications like the foam metal armor, basalt fiber post etc.)

    As a result some very interesting comments on those areas, end up getting shuffled in with the topics of the day that they most closely fit.

  186. cdquarles says:

    Something triggered me to look into supercritical water. Now, back in the dark ages of the 1970s, the two most fascinating material substances’ chemistry were (and are) water and carbon. I found this site: What do you all think. Am I off track in thinking supercritical water would allow for fossilization and rapid fossilization? Forget nearly everything you know about water at ‘normal’ temperatures and pressures. Think high temperatures and pressures. Think altered solubilities for ionic related, such as normal salts and ‘hydrophilic’ compounds and ‘hydrophilic’ ones. Think altered reactivities. As an additional note, look into supercritical carbon dioxide, too (and maybe supercritical hydrogen sulfide, ammonia & etc.) plus silicates/carbonates/aluminosilicates and zeolites.

  187. Larry Ledwick says:

    I guess we file this item under “You say wha??”
    Global Hawk surveillance drones have been flying with transponders on so that they can be tracked live on line using aviation tracking services. Bad security, intentional “message”, way for the folks on our side to quietly de-conflict themselves, just plain careless and stupid, intentional leak of information to bad guys?

  188. cdquarles says:

    Hmm, it seems that I missed some stuff in this thread.

    Anyway, there are a lot of +3 sd and higher people frequenting this blog and it is such an eclectic mix.

    @Jeff, I am one of those ‘lucky’ few who’s local school system was excellence oriented. Everyone in the system that I knew of were subjected to the Stanford-Binet standardized tests in school. This being the 50s and 60s, mind you, until ‘discrimination’ forced changes. The school system ‘segregated’ people by ability, not skin color, though we are talking about Alabama. The local ‘dual’ system was ‘integrated’ very early and without too much trouble, unlike others not too far away. ‘Bright’ kids who wanted the ‘college’ track were all grouped together. Those who wanted ‘business’ orientation were grouped together. Those who wanted trade orientation were grouped together. It sure seemed like a better system. Drop outs were frowned upon and were placed in ‘alternative’ settings.

    Now about Scouting, that was a very popular thing locally. When my youngest got interested, we let him sign up. Some of the changes shocked me, given the 30 years difference between the Scouting I knew as a young child. He lost interest.

    Another thing that I recall from those ‘dark’ ages were the door-to-door encyclopedia salesmen. Everyone in the neighborhood bought them, I think; and the neighborhood was not a ‘wealthy’ one, if your only criteria for determining wealth was ‘money and/or stuff’.

    What I was told, years ago, was that I was the youngest graduate from the local system ever. Given that you can’t skip children these days and that the calendar cutoff changed (kept my youngest one back a year, though he’s a September baby). that record, if true, may stand for a long time. My sister, who is a lot like Gail ;), once told me that my S-B scores were the highest they’d seen. I do not know if that’s true. What I do know is that both of us knew how to read, write and calculate before we started formal schooling. We were taught by grandparents with ‘little’ formal schooling. Recall Jim Crow and that neither one were born in the area they lived in when our mom was born (who passed 11 months ago).

  189. Gail Combs says:

    cdquarles says…
    I still think that is the correct way to teach kids because it optimizes interest and learning and plays to the skill set of the child.

    I have been listening to some of the Cpac video and one of the ladies (black BTW) made a critical observation.

    Conservatives are concerned with the liberty [and opportunities ] of the INDIVIDUAL

    Progressives are concerned with putting everyone into a box… or basket.

    By placing people into the groups THEY define, the progressives hope to control people. This is why ANY black, or Hispanic or woman or gay… who is NOT a democrat is vilified.

    Milo of course completely horrifies them because he teaches college students to climb out of the box the Progressives are trying to stuff them into.

  190. Gail Combs says:

    I should add:
    Although Progressives CLAIM to be for ‘diversity’ they are actually tribal in thinking since they are always trying to figure out what Basket/Tribe you belong in and will aggressively attack those who do not conform COMPLETELY to their tribal codes.

  191. E.M.Smith says:


    I’ve experienced that in a work setting… We were all trotted off to the Left Wing Mandated Victimization Re-education Camp ( i.e. ‘diversity training’) where we were essentially told that as a white or male (or worse, a white male) we were responsible for all things bad and that blacks and women were always the victims of unfortunate circumstances and discrimination from whites and / or males or most likely white-males.

    I had the audacity to ask about Irish Americans and point out that some of use still remembered the existence of “No Irish Need Apply” signs in New York City… and indentured servitude.

    The silence was deafening… After a minute, they decided to grant me the “victim sympathy” flag for past evils, but then wanted to return to script. I then found a point a bit further on in the indoctrination to ask why they thought an oppressed group like my Irish ancestors who arrived as indentured servants (barely a 1/2 step above slave) ought to be paying reparations for what our oppressors did? More silence as the difficulty of sorting out “reparations” sunk in…

    I did also collect a LOT of dirty looks (and likely some notations in my Employee File as the HR Urchin seemed prone to notes…) from some of the assembled indoctrination staff…

    ‘How Dare He, a white-male, present a case for why people ought not be binned by color’… while being harangued about the evil of binning folks by color… while being binned by color…

    Women Conservatives and Black Conservatives get it even worse, from what I’ve observed. Lord help the woman who says she wants to stay home and raise kids (something I’d rather have done too, btw, but for the need for money…) or the black who says they want lower taxes and less welfare state…

    Charles Payne has shared a story of his early life. How, as a kid, he just wanted to be a businessman. His family (Mom IIRC) worked hard at low wages to buy him a briefcase as a small move toward his dream. Local black bullies destroyed it (as it was a symbol of not staying in his place).

    I can relate to that, as I had local bullies harass me for wanting to escape their brand of stupid. (Though in that case it was white on white). I’m quite happy that both of us eventually made it out. But Charles clearly felt he was embedded in a culture that strongly vilified anyone wanting to escape the box…

    FWIW, he has a good show and his financial advice is sound. It is on my regular programmed rotation (so the satellite tunes it in no matter what else was being watched…). I hope he as a deluxe high end all calf skin leather briefcase now ;-)

  192. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting bit out of Australia on Islam and the effort to moderate it and the Wahhabi influence and money aimed at setting up states within states supporting the most oppressive forms of Islam.
    video embedded

    Australian News segment

  193. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting look at at the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did it save lives — no so much according to this summary it had no significant (ie unmeasurable) impact and may have actually increased mortality.

  194. Larry Ledwick says:

    Under advanced robotics, and autonomous operations we have an interesting new “critter” from Boston Dynamics named Handle it is a hybrid with the ability to walk upright on “wheels” or zip around on the wheels on suitable surfaces at up to 9 mph. That is the steady state speed of a collegiate cross country runner or world class marathoner on a moderate training run (6:36 per mile). It can also ambulate on all four and pickup and carry loads up to 100 kg.

  195. cdquarles says:

    Government medical care is a bit of an oxymoron. Ask my vet grandfather or my vet great-uncle about the VA. Sorry, you can’t, they’ve been deceased for 40+ and 30+ years now. Ask current elderly about fighting with Medicare, or their physicians, to get a ‘covered’ item covered and paid. Ask the same of the ‘poor’ about Medicaid. Then ask yourself why physicians would rather not deal with insurance at all, if they can. Remember the $1000+ Lasik and other ‘cosmetic’ procedures? Many of them are in the few hundreds now, since the providers do compete on a cash basis. So why would any person, not dazzled by leftist’s premises, think that the ACA would do anything useful? /rhetorical Unfortunately, many physicians can’t take the financial bullet and thus fight the bureaucracies in order to provide the best care they can, while being threatened by ‘personal’ injury trial lawyers on one hand and criminal prosecutors on the other, with the ‘public’ thinking that doctors should be slaves.

  196. E.M.Smith says:


    THE fundamental problem is that medical treatment costs are predictable. They rise exponentially with age, and once you have any of a large list of illnesses, it is known you will be consuming far more medical treatment than the average.

    The secondary problem is that there is an infinite demand for medical treatment ( I hesitate to call it ‘care’ as it usually isn’t…) especially when faced with dire outcomes (and especially EOL leading inevitably to death).

    The tertiary problem is that, due to occupational birth control by the AMA on medical schools, astounding levels of bureaucracy installed by both government and insurers, and massive litigation enabled by lawyer friendly congresses, costs are astounding for even trivial things.

    Generally speaking, nobody can afford all the medical treatment they will want over their lifetime. Almost all that cost will arrive toward the end when they have the least income or earning potential.

    This inevitably means you MUST ration medical treatment.

    Now you can ration it by how much money the sick person has. It was like that for most of history. Folks decided that wasn’t “fair” and implemented all sorts of welfare and medicare and such systems.

    You can ration it by excluding coverage for as much of the known expenses as possible. That is, not cover pre-existing conditions and fobbing off the EOL folks to a socialism system like Medicare and Medicaid and MediCal.

    You can ration it by government Fiat. (This is the system used in much of the world with “free” single payer medical treatment. In the UK they just tell you you will die soon, so don’t need things like a knee replacement… That was what my Aunt was told. She didn’t die soon, but did end up having a stroke and being bedridden, so still didn’t get the knee fixed. An interesting question is did the difficulty of dealing with the knee lead to the stroke…)

    Or you can ration it via making the process a PITA to use. This one is added to all the others by most government and HMO organizations (done to the extreme by the V.A.)

    Now were it up to me, I’d just set up a bunch of medical and nursing schools and clean out the liability-as-social-welfare-lawfare system and drive the costs down dramatically. But the lawyers and politicians are in charge, not me…

  197. Maybe some people will find this article on how to get cheap power interesting. It took me a long time to find the loophole in thermodynamics, but once seen it’s obvious. Some heretical physics.

  198. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, it’s an interesting idea, and yes, it can work. (The “trick” being that electrons do not have a temperature so once you turn IR into electrons you can do work with them at a higher energy state and return that waste as heat at the original level).

    One Small Problem….

    Getting that rectanna for IR…

    Robert Bailey, along with James C. Fletcher, received a patent (US 3760257) in 1973 for an “electromagnetic wave energy converter”. The patented device was similar to modern day optical rectennas. The patent discusses the use of a diode “type described by Javin (sic) in the IEEE Spectrum, October, 1971, page 91”, to whit, a 100 nm-diameter metal cat’s whisker to a metal surface covered with a thin oxide layer. Javan was reported as having rectified 58 THz infrared light. In 1974, T. Gustafson and coauthors demonstrated that these types of devices could rectify even visible light to DC current[6] Alvin M. Marks received a patent in 1984 for a device explicitly stating the use of sub-micron antennas for the direct conversion of light power to electrical power.[7] Marks’s device showed substantial improvements in efficiency over Bailey’s device.[8] In 1996, Guang H. Lin reported resonant light absorption by a fabricated nanostructure and rectification of light with frequencies in the visible range.[8] In 2002, ITN Energy Systems, Inc. published a report on their work on optical antennas coupled with high frequency diodes. ITN set out to build an optical rectenna array with single digit efficiency. Although they were unsuccessful, the issues associated with building a high efficiency optical rectenna were better understood.[5]

    In 2015, researchers fabricated a solar energy collector that can convert optical light to DC current. Baratunde Cola, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, led the team that developed this optical rectenna using carbon nanotubes.[9] The team grew vertical arrays of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on a metal-coated substrate. The nanotubes were coated with insulating aluminum oxide and altogether capped with a metal electrode layer. The small dimensions of the nanotubes act as antennae, capable of capturing optical wavelengths. The MWCNT also doubles as one layer of a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) tunneling diode. Due to the small diameter of MWCNT tips, this combination forms a diode that is capable of rectifying the high frequency optical radiation. The overall achieved conversion efficiency of this device is around 10−5 %.[9] Nonetheless, optical rectenna research is ongoing. Future efforts have been undertaken to improve the device efficiency by investigating alternative materials, manipulating the MWCNTs to encourage conduction at the interface, and reduce resistances within the structure.

    Oh Dear. 10^-5 % efficiency… That’s gonna be a problem…

    OTOH, since it is shown to work, now it’s “just an engineering problem” ;-)

  199. E.M.Smith says:


    Tips was spending time trying to load “something”. Opera was giving me blocked notices. I suspect that between my DNS blocking and Adblocking and popup blocking, something was grumpy.

    Looking up the name, it is “SteamRail”. (Even more interesting, it seems to have given up on me now – an hour or two later, but the same tips page…)

    What is SteamRail? per, they do “interstitial” video and “in banner” ads. Along with “InSlide” ads that slide in from the side. (and InTop and InText and…) Looks like a new one to add to the DNS Blackhole…

    Glad my existing set blocked them, but more efficient to quash it at the DNS lookup…

  200. EM – at the bottom I linked to the longer version that had a lot more words and covered the history, and at the bottom of that I linked to a doctoral thesis on how to make a nantenna for IR radiation such as you find at room temperature. Her data implies also 1E-5 efficiency (or 1E-3% if you prefer that) on page 134 – not a useful amount of power in real terms. However, I chose the nantenna as an example because we know it exists, they’ve been made, and they undeniably work. I think I can reach around 10% efficiency with a PV structure instead, but I don’t know the rate of emission and reception of IR photons inside an opaque solid. No-one has ever measured it….

    We’ve thus gone from a total denial that perpetual motion of the second kind is possible at all (it’s an axiom) to an admission that yes, it’s been demonstrated to work. It’s therefore an engineering problem to make it into a useful power-source that doesn’t need fuel to run.

    Thanks for seeing the argument. One more bit of “stuff” we’re not going to run out of, since the energy-store in the earth and atmosphere is massive and in any case most of the energy that is “borrowed” is quickly returned as heat from the work done. Now we’ve got to make it work.

  201. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not really new (the govt has been trying to setup radiological alert systems for 30+ years).
    DARPA doing tests with radiological testing equipment installed in emergency equipment, like license plate readers someday this sort of thing will be common in major cities.

  202. E.M.Smith says:


    Oh Boy! More fun to be had with selected Nevada dirt…. or that old pile of smoke detectors….

    Aint I a stinker?!…

  203. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting study on “moral outrage” and virtue signalling behavior and feelings of self guilt.
    Seems folks who harbor feelings of self guilt are most aggressive about being outraged at others on behalf of third parties.

    So why are the folks on the Left feeling so guilty? They clearly are far more prone to going orbital over imagined offenses against other parties all across the spectrum.

    Do they really recognize at a deep level that they are using minorities to sell a self interested agenda without helping them to solve their problems?


  204. E.M.Smith says:

    Is that really news? I thought it was well understood that the Democrats, who were staunch supporters of slavery, had more guilt to haul around than the Republicans, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation… All those Southern Democrat Plantation owners and their families for generations are just soaked in that guilt trip. Me, not so much.

    Most of my family only got here after that whole episode was history, and those that were here were farmers and petty craftsmen “up north” in Ohio, Iowa, etc. Honorable Mention to the First Smith in our line who got off a boat in Virginia in the middle? late? 1700s. He was a Blacksmith by trade, and had a large nose. That’s really all we know about him. Eventually his clan ended up in Iowa, so somewhere between 1700s and 1800s they covered that distance. Perhaps “running north” to escape some of the “troubles” brewing down south? Who knows… But the other several lineages came over at different times and stayed north. Ohio for the Amish IIRC, Mum direct from England. Irish via boat to “up north” somewhere in the Potato Famine eventually moving west to Iowa. etc. Not much guilt in that group. Just working folks looking for a place to make a better life.

    Unfortunately, we’re also not prone to thinking in terms of leveraging other folks to get things for ourselves. Not very good at manipulating folks, nor enslaving them. Guess when you are on the bottom of the heap, the idea of standing on your neighbors to get one rung up from there just seems wrong… That whole shared “barn raising” thing from the Amish side and Catholic “communal” social structure from the Irish side. Then the smith just expects to take orders and make things, maybe hire an apprentice or two, but that’s about it for scale in a smithy. Hard to get into the “guilt habit” when you spend all day tending fire and pounding iron. The farmer branch of the family was all family farms, so you earned what you sowed, literally. It was just you and yours. Hmmm… never thought about it in terms of “social guilt” but that likely explains why we have never bought into that whole guilt trip. Wasn’t us what done it… didn’t even have hired hands. (Why would you when you have a dozen kids! ;-)

    Also hard to get your “moral outrage” up about someone else claiming “injustices” when you are soaking in them yourself. “No Irish Need Apply” signs. Amish to this day treated like an amusement park display and made fun of. “Dirt farmer” an old pejorative. Tend to think, instead of guilt or moral outrage: “We all have shit to deal with”.

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