Tips – March 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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294 Responses to Tips – March 2017

  1. Larry Ledwick says:

    Tesla autopilot still has a ways to go ( this sort of merge can confuse human drivers too!)
    Maybe the construction folks should have removed the lane markings heading into the barrier?
    But driver failed to notice any warning signs of an upcoming construction squeeze change in lanes available.

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    Recent Amazon cloud outage explained — human error typo took too much capacity off line at one time.

  3. Another Ian says:

    “Climate Change will suck the flavour from your daily bread”

  4. philjourdan says:


    Amazon took down parts of the internet because an employee fat-fingered the wrong command

    At least they are getting the technical jargon correct. :-)

  5. philjourdan says:

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

    I think it is just one word.

  6. Another Ian says:

    “DiCaprio, Bono, and Al Gore: flying eyebrow artists for the planet”

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Fed signals likely interest rate hike in March — could this be an attempt to smother recent stock market gains and hobble the economy before it really catches its wind and starts to produce results?

  8. philjourdan says:


    could this be an attempt to smother recent stock market gains and hobble the economy before it really catches its wind and starts to produce results?

    Yes and no. It is needed, but the timing is to short circuit Trump

  9. Another Ian says:


    WRT iodine

    March 4, 2017 at 8:11 am · Reply

    Great video. But go to Alex Jones website which hosts the video and you’ll see advertising for “Survival Shield X2 Nascent Iodine”, the latest health supplement cure-all. A 30 ml dropper bottle of this stuff costs around $60 AUD. Nascent Iodine? Iodine in this highly reactive form would have a very short life. How the purveyors of this expensive iodine supplement can claim that the iodine in “Survival Shield X2 Nascent Iodine” is in a nascent state is surely a case for the rort squad.”

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another ian:

    My guess is that it is the usual KI solution with I2 added that dissociates into a complex ion. Sold as cololess iodine. About $3 a bottle at Walmart. Technically it isn’t molecular anymore, nor is it simple salt solution…

  11. llanfar says:

    I ordered a bottle of Lugol’s 7% solution (7% I2, 14% KI) from Amazon on the 28th. Midst of the flu so I didn’t want to go anywhere. $14 same day delivery.

    Used 1g BHT BiD to minimize the flu symptoms (now upping my B12 which BHT tends to deplete).

  12. Richard Bellew says:

    @llanfar: Please explain “…1g BHT BiD…” TIA!

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    The only BHT I know used as a medicine is: BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE

    While BID is common on prescriptions: 2x a day.
    “It is an abbreviation for “bis in die” which in Latin means twice a day.”

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    This computer stuff gets complicated some times. New upgrade of the Airforce’s E-3G airborne radar planes had some glitches, so they are halting testing and further upgrades until they fix the problems. Meanwhile they will continue to use 1970’s vintage systems which are not as vulnerable to hacking and out perform the new systems.

  15. llanfar says:

    E.M. has the right of it. BHT is most commonly a food preservative, but it is lipophilic. Lipid-coated viruses (including influenza) get ‘eaten’ by it. I was taking it as a normal supplement in the past, but it started interfering with my fingernails (B-12 deficiency), and I didn’t want to deal with figuring everything out given I like the occasional illness (keeps the system primed). So I save it for when I’ve already gotten the virus and use it to knock it down.

    Click to access BHTbook-StevenWmFowkes-100903.pdf

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting test of using DNA as a storage medium. Ideal storage with four code bases gives very high density coding.

  17. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, don’t know how the notion of “newer is always better” got stuck in folks heads. The old Tube amps and radios I had were wonderful things… My new computerized plastic cased phase locked loop things tune a SSB signal better, but just don’t sound as good and can’t seem to pick up faint stations as well. (A single tube regenerative detector with stochastic resonance can pull out a remarkably faint signal… but at the cost of a lot of extraneous nearby interference signals. A good tube amp at full volume does NOT have the cascade noise of the transistor jobs…)

    Why any military gear is connected outside a dedicated military only mesh is beyond me… and as I’ve said before: IF you don’t want it hacked, don’t connect it. Put a person between the screen and the network… For automated fire control, all the related gear needs to be on an isolated network of “just them” and no outside connectors.

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes makes you wonder where we would be with vacuum tube technology if transistors had not been invented when they were. Or more interestingly what other switching and amplification paths were never even investigated because of transistors explosive adoption in the 1960’s.

  19. p.g.sharrow says:

    Back in the good old days…;-) parents bought a fine huge color TV to watch “Bonanza” in COLOR! A Mortorola, tube set on printed circuit board. After a number of years the thing failed due to board failure. The heat of the tubes slowly cooked out the board under the tube sockets. Add to this the self destruct nature of the vacuum tubes of the day as well as their expense, meant they were a dead end for most applications.
    I built my first transistor radio in 1957, mt first tube set in 1958 followed by quite an array of crystal sets. Kind of backwards in progression, but much easier for a preteen with no instruction help. The creation of those, no power or self powered, crystal receivers was a good excursion into the realm of EMF. One was so powerful that the entire 6th grade class could listen to the baseball game during study hour. IF they were quiet. :-)…pg

  20. sabretoothed says:

    Nascent isn’t good, use Lugols.

    I find its safer to use 50-100mg + but have to use companion nutrients b2/b3, vit C and celtic salt

  21. sabretoothed says:

    How come Apollo used gold foil but now we need this? Did we go to the moon?

  22. Larry Ledwick says:

    An interesting read on the philosophy of the left, from a Leftist who suddenly woke up to the endemic hate it lives on.

  23. Jeff says:

    @Larry and p.g.: Do you remember “Fluidics”, which, according to Popular Mechanics, was going to be the next big thing? I think it was in the mid-60s that they wrote on it (need to run down the articles). I always enjoyed PM’s take on things, even if it wasn’t always (or ever) right :)

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes I do and have commented on it several times. It was an attempt to create non-electronic computers, when they first realized how vulnerable solid state electronics were to EMP.

    Of course by modern gigahertz clock rate electronic chips, switching with fluid flows would be hopelessly slow, but back then when a 4 kb memory computer was the size of a large refrigerator and they were fiddling with 2-3 mHz clock rates it was worth a try for systems that would be hard to protect from ESD and EMP.

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    Until recently, fluidics was the way automatic transmissions worked. (Many still are) GM started putting silicon based computing into them about the late ’80s (with the result being if you slipped a clutch at all it would reset once, then if again, blow it’s brains out… supposedly to save you getting stuck somewhere or something). I still prefer the all hydraulic ones.

  26. Power Grab says:

    So…my favorite neighborhood college student has received a summons for jury duty. They don’t seriously expect that a full-time college student will be able to do that, do they!?!?

    Got any advice?

  27. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. Here is an interesting important Target for folks to take potshots at haha.

    UBI (universal basic income) Explained at a Kindergarten Level, suitable for government economists, Harvard MBA’s, and Talk Show hosts.

    First some basic definitions an concepts:

    1. Stuff – physical objects we have been trained since birth to consume. Some have short lives, like crude oil, coal, food, cannabis, cappuccino latte, or big Macs. Other stuff is long lived, lasting 3 to 15 years, like houses, cars, malls, bridges, or office buildings.

    2. Fluff – non physical, often digital bits in a computer with some assigned value related to physical cash or gold.

    3. Economy- the physical exchange of a consumers (voter) Labor for Stuff, facilitated by cash or Yoobi- Doobie Green. Brokers churning Fluff accounts or Banks lending each other Fluff don’t count.

    4. The govt has a giant tank of green liquid Yoobi- Doobie, valued at $1 per ml.

    5. When the Yoobi- Doobie is exchanged for Labor or Stuff, it turns blue an flows back to a govt recycle center.

    6. Production of Stuff- H-stuf made at home, A-stuf from the A-factry, B-stuf from the B-factry, etc.

    7. City 18yo- a large village of only 18,19 year olds, probly living w/ parents. May have job, vehicle. A,B,C- factrys present.

    8. City 20yo- a large village of only 20,24 year olds, probly living w/ group in apartmnt. Probably have job, vehicle. A,B,C- factrys present.

    7. City 25yo- a large village of only 25,34 year olds, probly living w one other. Definitely have job, vehicle, possibly baby. A,B,C- factrys present.

    7. City 35yo- a large village of only 35,44 year olds, probly living w one other. Definitely have job, vehicle, baby or two. A,B,C- factrys present.


    1. City18yo- all receive 1500 ml Yoobi- Doobie Green per month. This is not a living wage but it will help them learn to manage money and get into the job market. The 29% unemployed still generate Yoobi- Doobie Blu flowing back to govt. Some make H-stuf, or attend B-factry night school, where they are short skilled workers.

    2. City 20yo- all receive 2000 ml Yoobi- Doobie Green per month. This is not a living wage but it will help them learn to cross train and get into the job market. The 19% unemployed still generate Yoobi- Doobie Blu flowing back to govt. Some make H-stuf, or attend C-factry night school, where they are short skilled workers, or move to another city needing their skills.

    3. City 25yo- all receive 2500 ml Yoobi- Doobie Green per month. This is a barely living wage and it will help them
    start a saving plan, lease a vehicle, or home business. The 15% unemployed still generate Yoobi- Doobie Blu flowing back to govt. Some make H-stuf, or attend D-factry night school, where they are short skilled workers, or move to another city needing their skills.

    4. City 35yo- all receive 3000 ml Yoobi- Doobie Green per month. This is a living wage and it will help them
    start a saving plan or home business, or cross train or lease a vehicle or robot, 3D printer. The 11% unemployed still generate Yoobi- Doobie Blu flowing back to govt. Some make H-stuf, or attend C-factry night school, where they are short skilled workers, or move to another city needing their skills.

    Any questions? Take two tokes, wait 15 minutes and reread, heh.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  28. pearce m. schaudies says:

    oops. insert after Talk Show Hosts …

    The main Benefit of a universal basic income is it keeps money flowing throughout the economy even when some portion is depressed. The velocity of money from 1960 to 1985 was approximately 1.75. The velocity increased to about 2.15 from 1995 to year 2000. Since that time it has been falling constantly and is now less than 1.5. Time to wake up. Call your Congress Critters today and tell them Universal basic income is a good idea. It’s the right thing to do haha.

  29. llanfar says:

    Former AG Loretta Lynch Calls For Political Violence? Stefan Molyneux

    Interesting turn near the end when he notes that under POTUS Trump child trafficing/sex arrests have gone up 45x. What does Lynch know that she’s calling for violence?

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Have the student show up for jury duty. When they ask the group per hardships, the student states that it is a hardship to lose a semester and can result in expulsion (provided their school has attendance or “progress” rules like units / year). That ought to get them out.

    If that doesn’t; during voir dire (lawyer jury questioning / packing) have them ask “Will we be instructed about the right of Jury Nullification?” One of the two lawyers will usually bounce you then. They hate Jury Nullification AND anyone smart enough to know about it.

    As a last resort, when asked if you have conflicts with anything that would conflict with your ability to be impartial; just say “yes, I believe the Police are” then pick one of “always right” or “biased and trap people” and “can’t set aside my belief or bias”. Then the Judge bounces you (or they will have a mistrial claim by the loser…)

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    There has been a long low intensity war on THE most fuel efficient transport fuel in private cars for decades (at least here in the USA). Periodically, new “requirements” are announced that “they” expect to kill it. The Engineers get busy and find a way… Rinse and repeat.

    A cynic would think they were deliberately trying to increase use of oil… (Gee don’t the Saudis influence the Democrats a lot?…)

    So new Diesels have a pee tank where you put blue urea stuff to meet crazy NOx limits. Oh Well.

    I plan to just keep my zero smog laws old Diesel for the remainder of my life. Someone wants to ban it from their city, fine with me. I’ll just take my money elsewhere.

    FWIW, in the 70s the small Honda got 50 MPG. Now, the similar car, gets about 35 MPG. The difference is the fuel cost of smog laws. The ’70s Honda was quite clean, btw… Want a 42% increase in MPG? …

  32. philjourdan says:

    A while back I made a post where I said I did not like the word “truth”. I do not recall which article it was on. The reason I do not like it is because the word has different meanings as demonstrated by this quote from M. Courtney over at WUWT:

    Truth is a value judgement. It is believed. It is believed to be the closest approximation to reality that the believer can express, sincerely. But it is not reality.

  33. E.M.Smith says:


    Some of us see truth as an absolute. Something is true, or it is some form of lie or error.

    I may believe fully that I am of Irish ancestry, then if documents show up proving my “Irish” ancestor was really an adopted Greek refugee from WW1, it would never have been true that I was Irish, only an error. The truth would be genetically Greek, raised by Irish and with some Irish culture. The truth would also include that I had belived I was Irish (though from ignorance).

    Yet none of that would make me a genetically Irish derived of the Irish lands.

  34. … unless of course that Greek refugee was descended from an Irish emigrant who liked the sun in Greece!

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    English needs a word that expresses the concept of the difference between (perceived truth – what you believe with good reason to be true) and Objective truth (a demonstrably true fact based on reliable physical evidence). Depending on your personal standards of “proof” the two can be very similar or widely different. A true scientist who understands the limits of proof might never accept any “objective truth” as proven only highly likely to be true, where a partisan person with low standards for truth might take almost anything as “proven true” with nothing more valid that regurgitating the assertions of someone that they trust.

    Especially when it comes to historical events “Proven facts” are often just the preferred story line adopted by the power structure and as such they constantly morph as culture shifts their Perceived truth with the local biases of the day.

    This is where we are now with lots of historical events, things that I lived through and observed as they happened were judged by me to be one truth but the newer generation brainwashed by schooling to serve another agenda have an entirely different view of the same historical events.

    For Chinese who have never heard of it, did Tienanmen square occur? In their world view it would be a crazy tin foil hat wing nut claim even though millions watched the news coverage of the tanks in the square and the Goddess of Democracy statue.

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on shot spotter technology (not new but probably unknown by a lot of folks)

  37. Another Ian says:


    Maybe diesel is not guilty if washing streets reduces particulate polution

    and subsequent

  38. A C Osborn says:

    Another Ian, there was a study recently in London, the particulates were Brake dust, Tyre dust, Road dust (dirt, cement etc), Diesel particulates and Wood Burning particulates.
    Diesel is being demonised based on crap EPA studies & science.

  39. Larry Ledwick says:

    Video 1 hr long
    Sweden Dying to be multicultural
    Sweden dying to be multicultural video documentary

  40. llanfar says:

    “Above the fold on Drudge” – looks like this one is a doozy…

  41. philjourdan says:

    @E.M. – Many of us see truth that way. However, my objection initially, and then the evidence given, is that, when writing, your audience may not see it that way. The author of the comment is (at least from his writing) an honorable person, that I simply disagree with on most subjects. So I think his understanding of “truth” is honest in his own mind. Even if I do not agree with it.

  42. cdquarles says:

    I am going to say it again. There is Truth, of which there are some that are objective; and others are conditional. Take an automobile crash. There will be witnesses of varying degrees. The wreck happened. That is an objective Truth within our material universe. Each witness will see things from their own perspective and their memories colored by their experiences and the decay that occurs over time.

  43. Another Ian says:



    “The whole NCSE march on April 22nd is devoted to a strawman:

    The National Center for Science Education was one of the first organizations to endorse the march, and we are encouraging our members to take part. Why? Because we believe that the marches will be a powerful and positive reminder that there is something that virtually everyone agrees on: the value and importance of science.

    There is no public debate saying science is not important. It simply does not exist. So why march? According to Ann Reid, biologist, science is important for farming, water quality, and beer-making. No kidding. Load up the strawmen.”

  44. E.M.Smith says:

    Yeah, that Wikileaks CIA thing is going to be huge…

    I’ve said many times before that just about any tool that has been used and found ends up with a life of its own. Folks take it apart, then add it or a variant to their warz bag… That various reports said the tools found on Hillary’s box were “an older Russian” told me immediately it wasn’t current Russians doing it. It was someone with older copies of their kit.

    Now we have the C.I.A. (among others) being fingered as an active Masquerade… Gee, I wonder why the Intelligence Agencies are So Strongly shouting about Russia… (No No NO! Look at my LEFT hand when I wave it around…)

    This is likely to get a lot worse before it gets better; but at least one of the boils has now been lanced, even if not drained and peroxided…

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting bit on Neanderthals and their diet and medicinal plant knowledge.
    (did the Neanderthals in Spain go extinct because they were vegans – – /sarc)

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    On international Women’s day perhaps it is appropriate to recall this item in the American Thinker.

  47. Jon K says:

    Very interesting story. NYU recreated one of the presidential debates, but with reversed gender for the candidates. Results were surprising…

  48. p.g.sharrow says:

    An interesting new asset form has been created from a very old one:
    a bit out of my price range ;-) …pg

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting story coming out of Europe about ships going Dark for a while and possibly smuggling something picked up in the waters near ISIS controlled areas.

    Hundreds of “ghost ships” are sailing into British ports after carrying out suspicious manoeuvres near terrorist hotspots, it has been revealed.

    While out at sea, vessels and other large cargo ships are routinely switching off their GPS tracking so they can disappear from radars and veer off course for hours at a time, an investigation by The Times has found.

    It is not always clear what the purpose of such detours are. However, it has raised security concerns and caused speculation that the ships are “going dark” in order to smuggle weapons, drugs and people.

    In its investigation, the newspaper worked with maritime data and analytics company Windward to examine thousands of journeys across busy straits all over the world.

    In January and February of 2017 alone, there were 2,850 occasions when vessels switched off their automatic identification system (AIS) before entering European waters.

  50. philjourdan says:

    Ah, the compassion of the left continues to shine through at every mouth that opens!

    I still wonder why she is on the air. She is not funny, and seriously mentally impaired. I guess the left just likes the Howard Stern type in drag.

  51. E.M.Smith says:


    Couple of years back I got a chuckle or two from some of her shows. Then something changed.

    Don’t know if it was me waking up, being sensitized, or her getting meaner; but the penny dropped that it was all just mean bully behaviour and taunting. I’ve been unable to watch the show since. I’ve tried a few times, but my tolerance has dropped each time. Now I even hit JUMP (swap channel) if one of her commercials comes on.

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some climate scientists (no the real ones) pushing back on the assertions that 2016 was the warmest year on record (by a statistically insignificant 0.01 C).

    Now if we can get the perpetually alarmed to actually read this.

  53. Jeff says:

    @Larry Ledwick says:
    10 March 2017 at 2:30 am

    Makes me think of the Al Stewart song “On The Border”. Seems the Moors were also smuggling way back when….. excerpt from the album “Year of the Cat”

    The fishing boats go out across the evening water
    Smuggling guns and arms across the Spanish border
    The wind whips up the waves so loud
    The ghost moon sails among the clouds
    Turns the rifles into silver on the border

    On my wall the colours of the maps are running
    From Africa the winds they talk of changes coming
    The torches flare up in the night
    The hand that sets the farms alight
    Has spread the word to those who’re waiting on the border

    Oddly appropriate in today’s world. Catchy tune, too (and ostinato).

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    Under cool tech we have a significant improvement in high energy density storage for Navy railguns. Doubling the energy density of the pulsed power modules.

    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has developed a High Energy Pulsed Power Container (HEPPC) that provides twice the energy density than existing railgun pulsed power solutions, the company announced in a March 9 release.

  55. philjourdan says:

    Now I even hit JUMP (swap channel) if one of her commercials comes on.

    So do I. I cannot say I saw an entire early show of hers, but they seemed less offensive back then. Now I do not even tolerate her commercials.

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    Also in the high tech weapon domain – China gives a look a their high tech war plans vs satellites.

    (article also has a couple short videos on US rail gun technology)

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    So crowd sourcing can be very powerful, sort of like the crypto challenges, if enough eyeballs are pointed at a problem it can be solved pretty quickly.
    This just cropped up on twitter:

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is interesting – I have no knowledge about the credibility of this link so take it for what it is worth.

  59. E.M.Smith says:


    The town of Ashland, Oregon has “Lithia Park” with fountains high in lithium salts. Older homes had 3 faucets: Hot, Cold, Lithium water. My daughter and Old College Roomie visit there once a year, at least. I’ve enjoyed the fountains in the park (A bit bitter, then you don’t care…)

    I say “Go Lithium!”…

    (Claim it is because you love Shakespeare… )


    As I’ve often said: IF you allow ANY communications, you allow ALL communications.

    And: Communications blocks only impose a rate limit and an intelligence test.

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article on Ukraine and how its people are trying to build a new country.

  61. E.M.Smith says:

    The interesting thing about anti-sat weapons is that all you need to do is put a barrel of BBs in an reverse orbit. 2 x 17,000 MPH closing velocity means even one little BB messes up your day.

    The hard part is avoiding a cascade of fragmentation making space off limits to all for a century.

    A laser anti-sat weapon would be nice on a supersonic jet with something like a 50 mile / 250,000 foot zoom height, so you bounce up, zap, and fall back.

    More interesting would be a Space Garbage Truck that just wanders around picking them up and filling the hopper…

    Fun bit would be a robot sticking a roman candle on each one and lighting it. Pointed straight up, the orbit goes way elliptical and the air drag at the perogee gets it, similar if pointed down. Pointed in direction of orbit, drops the orbital height (or raises it if adding to velocity). Ground control, having no idea what is happening,can spend all their station keeping fuel while they learn. Everybody gets a fun show… Might cause a bit of chaos with the other satellites though ;-)

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Dutch vs Turkish getting messy, Dutch blocked Turkish ambassador from going into embassy, now turkey is said to be going to take Dutch officials into custody.

    From twitter:

    Voice of Europe‏ @V_of_Europe 2 hours ago

    Pro-Erdogan Turks shout Allahu Akbar in #Rotterdam protest and block streets in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. #turkijerel

    ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG)‏Verified account @anadoluagency 2 hours ago

    Turks in Rotterdam protest Dutch anti-democratic stance
    Vocal Europe‏Verified account @thevocaleurope 1 hour ago

    BREAKING | Mayor of #Rotterdam has issued order to vacate city’s center, where #Turkish protesters are situated – @spectatorindex

    Conflict News‏ @Conflicts 35 minutes ago

    UPDATE: Turkish Minister has been put into another vehicle and is reportedly being escorted to the German border.

    MENA Observer‏ @middleeastwars

    #Rotterdam: Turkish Family Minister Dr. Betül Sayan Kaya will be ‘escorted’ to the German border by Dutch police.

    AFP news agency‏Verified account @AFP 12 minutes ago

    #BREAKING Dutch police use water cannon, horses to break up Turkish rally

    BreakingNews‏ @BreakingNLive

    BREAKING | Turkish police on the way to detain #Dutch diplomats based in #Ankara – (Turkish police chief: Tbc)

  63. sabretoothed says:

    DMSO similar to MSM

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just because it is cool, video a snow boarder shot of a moose on the ski slope with her here at Breckenridge Colorado. The Moose reintroduced into North Park in Colorado have been repopulating the whole state slowly a few miles south each year. They started appearing south of I70 just recently.

    About 5 years ago I saw one swimming in Lake Eldora and it was the first time in my life I had seen a moose in the wild here in Colorado.

  65. E.M.Smith says:


    Any idea why the Turks are “demonstrating” in Holland and why the Dutch are pitching out ambassadors?

    Is it just the ongoing decay, or did something go bump in the night?

  66. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, looks like the ambassador was campaigning for a Turkish vote inside Holland.

    Erdogan wants more power so pushing a vote to give him more, and Holland saying that influencing elections in another country is bad (or is that only if The Russians do it? :snark/) so don’t campaign inside Holland.

    Maybe they just need a small enough Turkish population so that it doesn’t come up as an issue…

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes I found it odd last night, there were things showing up on twitter about Dutch vs Turks but almost nothing in the major media, I actually had to search around to try to figure out what was going on. Apparently there is a fairly large Turkish population sub group which would be legal to vote in the Turkish election that Erdogan was trying to mobilize, hoping they would vote for him. The Dutch said no thanks no electoral activism for an election in another country please leave.

    Looks to me that Erdogan is trying to split NATO up or at least get brownie points for standing up to NATO, and perhaps create a pretext to toss the US military out of Turkey and stop allowing us to operate in Syria from Turkey. I have seen some comments in the recent past that Erdogan is trying to walk a fine line with helping NATO, being friendly with Russia, help crush ISIS and end up inheriting the Caliphate designation as ISIS goes down ( in short he is perhaps trying to re-assemble the Ottoman Empire).

  68. Jeff says:

    Erdogan is also interfering in Germany, and wants to get non-EU nationals (of which I am one, but he means TURKS) the “right” to vote in German (and probably Dutch and EU) elections. The Greens and SPD (both far left) seem to be in favor of it, but the CDU and most of the rest of the government have told them to go take a Volksmarch…..

    Sorry, Erdogan. Have to be here eight years to apply for citizenship, sign a loyalty oath, and give up dual citizenship (unless one or both parents are German, which then would make it odd to have Turkish citizenship).

    We have demonstrations and street fights all the time here in Germany, in particular between the Turks and the Kurds, and the many flavors of Lebanese-xxxxx gangs and motorcycle groups as well.
    We are also starting to have DAILY stabbings, axings, etc.

    CTH has an article about it, as well as Breitbart. The Lügenpresse are covering it, but only the comments (e.g. those at show the true picture…

  69. p.g.sharrow says:

    It would appear that Erdogan aspires to be the Head of the Islam-o-Nazi Army’s conquest of Europe. Soon the American and Russian must again unite and crush another would be conqueror…pg

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the topic of oil prices and glut we have this item on a new oil find in Alaska.

  71. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry; back in the winter of 74-75 I was in an Alaskan bar swapping lies with an oil well worker just down from the slope. He had been working on well number “7”, the last exploratory well in what is now Anware Refuge. He said he had worked on wells all over the world and number”7″ was the oiliest hole he had ever worked on. Over 600 feet of oil! The drill records were sealed by the oil company and government, top secret! There is more oil across north slope of Alaska then in all of Arabia…pg

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    If anyone is interested, Bellingcat has a kickstarter campaign and on that link a quick intro to geolocation and what they do to crowd-source and verify news items.

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Ingrid Carlqvist‏ @ingridcarlqvist 5m
    Are you wondering what that gruppvåldtar in Sweden? Here is a summary. Click to go to the judges. Spread!

    Google translate:
    This is a map of all gang rape as Patrik Markström want to help the dark from publishing in

    Map showing locations of gang rapes in Sweden

  74. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – Re: Geek Squad

    I find it difficult to swallow. Having dealt with their “work” (after the fact), I question their competency.

  75. E.M.Smith says:


    It is very easy to teach the two things they wanted:

    1) look for jpg. png, and gif files and look for kiddie porn (that many of them likely already do…)

    2) Clone the disk and send it to us. (one command and a prepaid postage box.)

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    CO2 and climate change vs Trump and his new EPA administrator.
    It is the Media that does not understand “climate science” not the skeptics.

  77. philjourdan says:

    @E.M. – that is about the total extent of their “expertise”. But I guess anyone availing themselves of the “Geek Squad” are even more obtuse than the Geek Squad, so would not see their ham handed dealings to gather the information.

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    An interesting article on why so many top ranking “capitalist” CEO’s do not really support individualism and are prone to be progressives who believe in a command and control view of the world – which interestingly enough makes them feel kinship with big government, and regulations rather than the small entrepreneur. Their social agenda virtue signalling has become a major part of their image campaign.

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    Theresa May FINALLY wins the power to trigger Article 50, expected to pull the trigger at the end of the month.

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  81. Jon K says:

    Interesting take on the global impacts of the shale revolution. I don’t buy all of it, but there’s enough evidence to make you go “hmmm”.

  82. llanfar says:

    @Jon K interesting article.

  83. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jon K:

    Yeah, I have the same response. “Interesting article” and “I don’t buy all of it”. Some things are stated as near certainty that I think of as highly conditional. Like a Russia vs Europe war. More likely IMHO is a slow nibble advance. Then Europe can get sucked into a “protect Saudi” role. The USA highly likely to protect oil tankers to Japan / Taiwan just to keep China from being the big guy on the seas.

    But also “yeah” something is going to blow up. Just not real clear where goes first.

    IMHO it is also a bit too focused on oil and US Shale. Shale is all over the world. Even Israel has a load of it. And Britain. IMHO the big push to keep it in the ground comes from the Saudi bought and paid for political influence. I could easily see more of a “Saudi vs World” blow up if oil vs shale wars got going.

    To me, while oil and economics matter, it is usually a long simmering hatred that leads to wars. For that I look at North Korea vs (Japan, USA, etc.) and them preparing to drop a nuke on someone. We are “one bad day” away from them doing it, or someone else flattening them just to end it. Similarly both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers AND fighting over turf (that China also claims). Again “one bad day”… Finally the Israel vs Islam problem. Islam can’t wait forever (Allah told them they MUST re-take any land EVER consecrated to Islam… Spain, watch out…) so at some point the Levant goes up again.

    In all of that I could see Europe and Russia “cutting deals” and NOT being first to fire.

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    I worry that N Korea is really just a proxy for China, (ie doing some contract nuclear testing for China and or Iran) and possibly they could be encouraged to fire the first shot at Japan then China would be “forced” to intervene after Japan was neutralized as an economic power.

    Like you said half a dozen trip wires China/Taiwan, India/Pakistan, Korea/Japan, Turkey split with NATO and Europe over Iran/syria/kurds etc, or Iran vs world oil shipping and or Saudi Arabia when they get their nukes sorted out, Toss in slow inchworm advances by Russia over 2 decades to take back or get proxy states on its western boarder, and there are plenty of things that could go bump in the night if some one some where makes a bad decision.

    China openly states in some of their doctrine papers that they think conflict with the US is inevitable, and their recent military modernization and massive increase in the manpower of their marines implies they are not far from pushing for either the Senkaku Islands or Taiwan or both.

    Given the strategic advantage to having control of the Senkaku Islands islands before making a move on Taiwan I suspect that move will happen first.

  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    People wonder why some of us are worried about sleeper cells and a hidden cadre of military trained men coming in via immigration.

    I wonder who was going to make use of this weapons cache?
    I doubt very strongly that this is a unique score for the police. With all the hand grenade attacks and such going on in no go zones there appears to be a major arms smuggling logistics train moving weapons into Europe. Who is funding it and for what purpose?
    What were the sources for these weapons – did the come from Libya and their weapons stocks after the country collapsed? Spain is just across the Med from them.

  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    Boston Globe article on why climate models fail to predict future climate and how the new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt accurately summarized our lack of precision.

  87. Larry Ledwick says:

    Roger Stone injured (but ok) in suspicious hit and run car accident, his car was T-boned by a car with tinted windows which sped away after the crash. By his description it was an intentional accident.

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmm Does the blue line in this chart look like an electronic circuit about to go into run away feedback (ie oscillation which gets bigger on each cycle). The pattern appears to have a cycle period of about 20 years during the last two cycles but much shorter in the 1970’s when it was closer to 10.

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    I guess the interesting question is what happened between1994 and 2000 that stretched the cycle?

  90. cdquarles says:

    Fallout from the 1930s era inflation and proliferation of GSEs, primarily Fannie and Freddie, where the disintermediation from the hidden inflation killed the S&L’s in the late 80s, followed by their reorganization into the early 90s. Add to that the late 80s and early 90s tax hikes, individual and ‘business’. In my opinion, governments must keep their mitts off businesses, force or fraud excepted. Once you buy into the premise that governments can tell a business what line it can be in and how successful it can be, well then you’ve just reinstated ‘crown monopolies’.

  91. sabretoothed says:

    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today held that foreign governments are free to spy on, injure, or even kill Americans in their own homes–so long as they do so by remote control. The decision comes in a case called Kidane v. Ethiopia, which we filed in February 2014.

  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    This has to be Saudi Arabia I am thinking. Only they would not blink an eye at burning a multi-million dollar missile to down a $200 drone.

    I am surprised that no one has fitted a gopro with real time broad cast video to a cheap RC airplane Kamakazi drone hunter (RC-K), like the early generation TV guided man in the loop missiles. Manually fly it to near the drone then acquire the drone on the on board camera and simply fly into it and ram one of the rotors of the drone, maybe have it trail a couple metal rods so it was easier to knock it down without direct impact on the RC aircraft. With some of the new light foam wing designs which are held together with rubber bands it would be a cost effective solution.

    They are also coming out with RF jammer/zapper weapons for drones and special shot gun shells for drones (only legal for military and police I assume ) as the FAA has taken a dim view of the few home owners who have downed a drone with a shot gun.

  93. David A says:

    Larry, I read your link to the NR article on why so many Corporate heads are leftists.
    My thoughts; Interesting. I think a little more emphasis on the global nature of international companies, and the inherent protectionism in one world government, as well as the nature of facism; government wedded to corporate power, would have been additive.

    In addition greater emphasis on the inherent leftism statism taught in our Ivy League schools, as written about by David Horowitz would have strgenthed the narrative.

    Finnaly, please do not let the left determine the lexicon. They are not ” progressives” but leftists, or statists, for amore accurate reflection of their ideology.

  94. Another Ian says:

    Latest developments in the South Australian power shambles

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    The hysteria for global warming is in full spring bloom again.

    USA today says February is the hottest on record and blew away the previous record, NASA says it is the second warmest on record — Umm that sounds like a miss match to me??

    Now about those error bounds on the estimates?
    Is this asserted high temp even statistically significant?

  96. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. Ready Player One? Here is an interesting timely article in the Atlantic about what happens to Manhattan with two small nuclear bombs. Do they know something we don’t?

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    You can do your own damage simulations here:

    Of course the particulars of the weapon and how it is uses is also important. There is a big difference between the physical weapons effects of a 10 kt detonated at ground level (ie back pack bomb) and the same device detonated in a helicopter at a couple thousand feet near optimum burst height for a 10 kt weapon to maximize 5 psi over pressure area.

  98. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. WireTap – using the old boy Network Obumer can call his buddy Hannigan and ask him to make transcripts from telephone number XY and z in the Trump Tower from August 2016 – January 2017. Using data they now have access to at our local NSA Branch haha.

    Robert Peter Hannigan CMG (born 1965) is a senior British civil servant who previously served as the Director of the signals intelligence and cryptography agency theGovernment Communications Headquarters(GCHQ). He announced his resignation as Director on 23 January 2017.

    Hmmm. Only 3 days after Trump inauguration. Nothing to see here folks. Just move along. That’s it keep on going.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future


  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    If anyone doubts the agenda for civilization Jihad by Islam this is about as plain as it gets.

    AFP news agency‏Verified account @AFP 6m6 minutes ago

    Erdogan tells Turks living in Europe to “have five children, not three,” as they are “Europe’s future”

  100. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to the above we have this item where Turkey threatens to dump massive numbers of refugees on Europe.

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    By the way related to above this guy (Tim Pool) is an independent journalist who has been covering some stories the major media ignore, like things going on in Sweden. He is currently in France and will be reporting from there in the near term.

    Tim Pool @timcast
    Independent journalist

    current video

    His youtube channel
    his youtube channel

  102. E.M.Smith says:


    Perhaps you could put a word or two (beyond “OMG”) on links and videos saying what the topic might be? As it stands, I have no idea what makes it OMG and since Facebook is a ‘serial privacy offender’ I’ll not be looking to find out…

  103. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting page on fractal antennas with some plots for VSWR and efficiency for a simple fractal design. If you go up to his .com level he has other pages on other antenna designs.

    The video noted as “OMG” is an item on “acidified water” in the arctic ocean on RT direct video link here:

    RT video on acidified water in arctic

  104. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. I didn’t / dont check facebook either, but alpha lipoic rang a bell …

    Dr. Ben Treadwell and Dr. Bruce Ames found that two little-known nutrients, acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) help “fire up” aging cell mitochondria. In fact, they are the two best nutrients to fuel your mitochondria and protect your body from the ravages of Father Time.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  105. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. This is plot intro for Luc Besson 2004 film. Some US cities going bankrupt may take this solution to survive a few more years. Be aware. If you see razor wire going up in your neighborhood, make sure you’re on the outside, heh.

    In 2010, social problems have overrun the poorer suburbs of Paris; especially Banlieue13, commonly referred to as B13: a ghetto with a population of some two million. Unable to control B13, the authorities construct a high wall topped by barbed tape around the entire area, forcing the inhabitants within to survive without education, proper utilities or police protection behind the containment wall. Police checkpoints stop anybody going in or out. Three years later, the district has become overrun with gangs. Leïto (David Belle) is a fighter of such gangs.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  106. sabretoothed says:

    The above was some nonsense that there was a body of more acidic water in the arctic (probably pH 7.35 lol)

    Lithium Orotate – essential element being ignored (B12 / Folate entry cofactor in brain)

    This is in accordance with reports that lithium inhibits crucial processes in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.

  107. sabretoothed says: same post but not Facebook for Acidic water :P

  108. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. The FIRE economy passed the manufacturing sector in 1986. We need to chop up and restrict the 7 biggest banks or we all die, heh.

    This article about Michael Hudson verry interesting …

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  109. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter a little bit of historical trivia:

    On this day in 1969, U.S. B-52 bombers are diverted from their targets in South Vietnam to attack suspected communist base camps and supply areas in Cambodia for the first time in the war. President Nixon approved the mission–formally designated Operation Breakfast–at a meeting of the National Security Council on March 15. This mission and subsequent B-52 strikes inside Cambodia became known as the “Menu” bombings. This bombing of Cambodia and all follow up “Menu” operations were kept secret from the American public and the U.S. Congress because Cambodia was ostensibly neutral.Although the New York Times broke the story of the secret bombing campaign in May 1969, there was little adverse public reaction.

  110. E.M.Smith says:


    Now you have me wondering if the sell lithium pills at the drug store ;-)

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    Army is coming out with a new ballistic helmet which includes face protection similar to a motor cycle helmet or an airsoft/paint ball rig. I have wondered how long it would take for the military to go this route. I anticipate some issues with interpersonal communication with the face gear in place but maybe they have already considered that or figure it is bypassed by radio systems.

    From a signals security point of view low power interpersonal communications systems will create a vulnerability when facing high tech opponents who can detect changes in the local radio environment, and to RDF (radio direction finding) in almost real time with Phase delay system

  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    Also interesting item here on the possible legal blow back against twitter (and facebook I suspect) regarding their shadow banning and view suppression tactics to hide posts from those that don’t match their preconceived notions about politically correct.

    Since Mike Cernovich is a lawyer I see this as a shot across the bow to twitter to stop this nonsense of burn up a few million dollars in court costs.

  113. Zeke says:


    What if PCBs were really good fire suppressants and banning them caused a lot of fires, and what if three way catalytic converters were bad for the car and fuel industry, and what if the ozone hole crisis was just a ginned up case for banning CFCs….

    All this week I have been looking at catalytic converters. Your comment earlier was an encouragement that I was into something interesting:

  114. Another Ian says:


    “Bizarrely, and unlike almost every other industrialized country, the US has fuel efficiency standards for cars. Each corporation (Ford, Chevy, etc.) has to meet certain fuel economy standards called the CAFE standards.

    Let me start by saying that I think that this is governmental over-reach. In virtually every other part of life we let the market decide the required efficiency. We don’t have required efficiencies for gas-fired power plants. More efficient plants occur as a result of the market. We also don’t have required efficiencies for cell phones. If they burn through the batteries, they don’t sell. The market has always handled efficiency quite … well … efficiently.

    So I object to ANY automotive fuel standards as both totally un-necessary, and worse, market distorting.

    Here’s one important way it distorts the market. “Fuel Economy” is measured in a very curious way. Work efficiencies are usually measured per pound or per kilogram moved. Efficiency would relate to how much energy it takes to move say a hundred kilograms a distance of 10 metres horizontally. If you can move the same weight at the same speed using less energy, you have a more efficient setup.”

    And more

  115. Larry Ledwick says:

    60 Minutes is doing a Piece on H1B Abuse, tonight Sunday, March 19, 2017
    Featuring Attorney Sara Blackwell

  116. Larry Ledwick says:

    Attorney Sara Blackwell if filing RICO charges in the H1B abuse cases.

    This should be fun to watch!
    If IBM gets tagged on this one I might be part of the class ;)

  117. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item about the SPLC and how they made their millions. (they have a $300 million bank roll) to fund their legal terrorism.

  118. Larry Ledwick says:

    So I object to ANY automotive fuel standards as both totally un-necessary, and worse, market distorting.

    True to an extent, but when fuel is cheap enough no one puts priority on fuel efficiency so the market ignores it.

    As long a folks can drive about 300 miles on a tank of fuel, and can afford a fill up, other things like performance, appearance, comfort completely dominate fuel efficiency.

    In the 1970’s after the oil embargo and fuel prices jumped the market acted as you suggest because the public demanded fuel efficiency, but market forces only act on things the buying public cares about.

    So in a nit picky sort of way free market forces will not do much for fuel economy as long as fuel prices stay below about $2.50 a gallon gasoline prices in 2015 dollars. That is why SUV’s and pickups were so popular just before fuel prices spiked in the early 2000’s and fuel prices jumped into the $4.00 range in some areas.

  119. p.g.sharrow says:

    I buy vehicles for a needed purpose, Don’t remember ever considering fuel economy as a reason for choice. Fuel is a cost of operation to get the job done. If the cost is too high that job is not necessary. My time is valuable to me even if I don’t get paid. ;-) …pg

  120. philjourdan says:


    Erdogan tells Turks living in Europe to “have five children, not three,” as they are “Europe’s future”

    Which makes Rep Steven King’s statement all the more true –

    What I find amusing is the faux outrage by the left. I would suggest to them they ask Native Americans how unchecked immigration affected their culture.

  121. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Greece is finally beginning the transition into an alternate economy where workers are paid in kind rather than cash and blackmarkets begin to thrive as the official economy locks up.

  122. E.M.Smith says:


    Yup, always wondered why they didn’t have a “motorcycle helmet” configuration with eye protection and a good chin bar.

    BTW, I might have some standing in the Blackwell case… but only on the fringes as I was a contractor who was let expire when they did the conversion to H1B folks…

    Guess it is time to look at Greece again. Faux Currencies are a late stage thing…


    “Demographic swamping” is a well known way to destroy a given nation, culture, group, whatever. It is no surprise that it is being used as an objective weapon of destruction of the West. What IS surprising is how few folks seem to notice or care.


    Per fuel economy:

    When fuel is nearly free, as it was, it really IS a waste of time to bother with economy.
    When fuel is expensive (or enough to notice) markets WILL give it the right weighting.

    The one failure mode is when there is an entrenched elite indulging in Cartel and Monopoly Practices. Which, unfortunately, we had. GM destroying the trolley systems. Oil Companies and Automotive Companies with multiple board cross-members. Etc. etc. They had a clear motive of increasing the “fleece per customer” for both of them.

    In those circumstances, a countervailing force is needed. That force comes from Government, generally. ( I’d rather it came from private suit, but even that relies on Government setting the playing field).

    This problem is one of the major unsettled areas of economics. Now to make sure markets are “free and fair” from both Government Interference and Collusion / Corruption / Monopoly Practices. So far, there is no good solution, so we rotate through the bad ones as the corruption of any one gets too intense.

    In some ways, the oscillation from Free Markets to Socialisms and back is driven by that same set of contexts. Trying to outrun the corruption of Markets (via Monopoly Practices / Cartels ) vs the corruption of Government under Socialisms. The current fad of “3rd Way Market Socialism” just making sure both coordinate so well that you stop the rotation and get the worst of both corruptions…

    Oh Well.

  123. philjourdan says:


    Army is coming out with a new ballistic helmet which includes face protection similar to a motor cycle helmet or an airsoft/paint ball rig.

    Paint it white and you have Imperial Storm Troopers.

  124. Larry Ledwick says:

    So all they would need then would be a phaser weapon that the user can’t hit the broad side of a barn from the inside and we have the whole setup?
    /sarc ;)

  125. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting idea about “branding” the media for what they are – the propaganda arm of the Democratic party.

  126. sabretoothed says: Video of the year guy threatens alligator dressed up as T Rex

  127. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chiefio. This is a couple of articles showing how our government gets influenced by bankers and consultants and Lobby groups that have connections to insiders in the government. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you angry (not free).

    The 10 yo old plan to partition Syria got shut down by russkies. So mor creative crony capitalists hav a new project … partition Iraq. Could be a totally benign effort to correct the 100 yo Sykes – Picot damage, heh.

    This is a somewhat long Read detailing the players and the plan to subdivide Iraq into different Bitesize profitable and marketable pieces.

    This Is a medium length list of bankers from Wall Street and their legal firm Consultants and relatives and cronies who have controlled American foreign policy since before World War II.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  128. Larry Ledwick says:

    Article on new historical information regarding large earthquakes near Seal Beach area in California. Study shows 3 very large earthquakes in a 2000 year period, and clear evidence of the beach area subsiding quickly by about 3 ft during those quakes.

  129. philjourdan says:

    We use to call it the melting pot –

    Now they call it cultural appropriation and try to kill you over it.

  130. p.g.sharrow says:

    A.Rossi’s latestoffering:
    the newest patent! …pg

  131. philjourdan says:


    My time is valuable to me even if I don’t get paid. ;-) …pg

    That is the economist showing. Almost everyone makes the same decisions, they just do not realize it. We place a value on our time. If that value exceeds the value of the task, we hire someone else to do it – change your oil, mow the grass, paint the house. We do not get paid for doing those things, but it takes our time. And if we do not feel it is “worth” our time, we pay others to do it so we spend out time doing something else. Even if it is nothing (leisure). As that is also a valuation of what we think our time is worth. It is a basic economic principal that is the driving force in a market economy.

    Almost everyone can make butter, sew clothes, or even tune an engine (pre-computers). But we choose others to do it because they are better at it, or they are faster, or they charge less than what we perceive our time is worth.

  132. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chiefio. Here is another link to some more mystery history from the October surprise in 1979 that put Carter out of business haha.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  133. Larry Ledwick says:

    There is a lot to be said for 3 engineers and a sketch on a napkin to get something off the ground quickly.

    Now the Navy just needs to marry this concept to a rail gun launcher to get the thing up to ram ignition speed quickly without a rocket motor and they have a long range interceptor missile that will have a low unit cost and long standoff range.

  134. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Larry. – they already have 16″ gun with 25 mi range, heh.
    Minister of Future

  135. Larry Ledwick says:

    A) those guns are on ships which are no longer operational they were taken out of service following the turret explosion on the USS Iowa in April 1989
    B) By long range we are talking 300-400+ miles

    China has recently developed some very long range anti ship missiles capable of 2000+ mile range which makes them able to stand outside the US Navies strike range and kill whole carrier battle groups. Our Navy fighters don’t have enough combat range to even make contact with the Chinese mainland where the DF-26 would be launched without the carrier task force being well within the attack range of this missile.

    Their YJ-18 antiship missile is capable of a 140-340 mile range. It is currently deployed on the Type 052D destroyer and will equip the future Type 055 destroyer. It may already be carried by the SHANG II-class nuclear attack submarine. All these missile systems out range all our counter attack systems short of a nuclear missile launch from a boomer, or a cruise missile if they are polite enough to remain stationary during its hour plus flight time.

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    By the way Firefox is beginning the process of dropping Java right now. Support for it has been dropped with this latest update 52.0.1 64 bit no longer supports java. To continue to have use of Java if you need it you have to upload an ESR release (Extended Support Release).

    The Brave browser has issued an update and is getting a bit better. Last night I used it for a task which required java after firefox did their latest update and broke it, and it worked quite nicely.

  137. E.M.Smith says:

    Why on earth are they dropping Java? It is in something like 90% of anything active…

  138. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Chrome gone the same way and for “security”:

    Alex Russell, works at Google Chrome
    Written 26 Nov 2013 · Upvoted by Jeff Nelson, Invented Chromebook, Former Googler
    First, Java is already disabled by default because it has been such a security nightmare for users: Blocked plug-ins

    Next, note that the NPAPI deprecation UI allows users to activate plugins manually (Java appears this way for most users today) and will allow IT admins to white-list plugins in the 2014 deprecation period: NPAPI deprecation: developer guide – The Chromium Projects

    As I’m on the Chrome team at Google and don’t have any specific knowledge of Oracle’s plans, I can’t comment on what they might do, but I can say the we would welcome a more-secure (perhaps Pepper/NaCL based) Java experience for users.

    I think maybe I’m confounding Java and Javascript…

  139. llanfar says:

    @E.M. Java is used by the majority of non-Microsoft servers. But as a client, there are issues. Google’s GWT is typically used in lieu of Java Swing…

  140. philjourdan says:

    @Sabretoothed – I think it is a girl. Or a metrosexual. It has painted toe nails.

  141. philjourdan says:

    And Trump was right –

    I do not buy the incidental part. Obama saw an opportunity and took it. He broke the law.

  142. Another Ian says:

    Now why wasn’t this solution more obvious?

    Webley Silvernail | March 22, 2017 1:43 PM | Reply

    For Ontarians, the income tax forms include an area where you can “donate” extra cash (ie. pay even more taxes than required) to help the government with its essential duties – chief among which seems to be turning your dollars into toilet paper. They even have a list of tick boxes, so you can select exactly which black hole you’d like to toss your cash into for destruction.

    One wonders who’d be stupid enough to actually do this, but then, one recalls that there’s an outfit called Bullfrog Power in Ontario, which will sell you certifiably “green” power at rather more than the already exorbitant rates that the Ontario government charges. Somehow, there seems to be enough of these virtue-signalling morons around to make the company a viable concern. Go figure.”

    From comments at

  143. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chiefio. Other lesson from Mystery history haha. They do politics different in China than we do in the west that’s for sure.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  144. Another Ian says:


    A fine example of playing with words from Rowley Sussex’s session on ABC (Oz) today which was on military English. A phone-in had this example, where a sandwich made with sausage like salami or stras was a Vera Lynn – “Wheel meat again”!

    Incidently she has just had her 100th birthday

  145. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – Yes, I have already started using Brave in a limited way as well. But I also use Pale Moon which has not followed suit yet on banning JAVA. My job requires it, so it looks like I will be replacing Firefox with Brave (I prefer 3 or more browsers only so that I can switch between them and test issues that may just be browser specific).

  146. Larry Ledwick says:

    For the short term you can still use Firefox if you down load the 32 bit ESR version (extended support release) which will retain ability to use JAVA for a while. I wonder if this will finally push Oracle to make an effort to fix the JAVA security issues? You would think they would have done that a long time ago if they planned on retaining it though.

    Interesting thought while I was typing this, just think of all the 100’s of thousands of man hours that are going up in smoke as a result of this. Millions of folks who learned how to code in JAVA are going to be like COBOL programmers and becoming obsolete, wiping out years of experience as the language dies and becomes an obscure niche language and a bit of legacy maintenance coding being the only market for their skill set.

    It seems to me that the concept of JAVA was a good idea. It seems useful to have a hardware agnostic way to code. The other option would be Oracle is letting JAVA die because they are working on a replacement that has better security built in.

    But Oracle’s business model has puzzled me for some time, although I guess they are still making money.

  147. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item on coming inflation expectations from the FED.

    The 2.0 percent goal is a global norm for central banks, a recognition that a modest but steady rise in prices is actually healthy for the economy overall.

    They left out the follow up statement:
    Because that level of inflation allows us to steal your savings without you noticing our hand is in your pocket.

  148. llanfar says:

    @Larry Don’t confuse Java the language with the part of Java that Oracle needs to secure to allow it to run in a sandbox in your browser. It’s the #2 language used in the world (behind JavaScript…though both Tiobe and PYPL have Java at #1)

  149. Larry Ledwick says:

    From Twitter:
    Heritage Foundation‏Verified account @Heritage 2 minutes ago
    It is difficult to overstate the impact that immigration is having on our nation’s schools.

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    @llanfar It is easy to confuse when you have never heard a sane description of the differences you mention. Java, Java beans Java scripts — beats the crap out of me where one stops and the other starts – why they chose such similar names strikes me as really stupid branding decisions.

    My point was that if browsers quit supporting those java applications which have become so ubiquitous on the web, one of two things will happen.

    If no one can use them because browsers do not support them, they will go away, and along with that the people who write them and support them will also go away.


    Someone will figure out a way to make those browser applets safe and browsers will start supporting them again. They wouldn’t be so common if they were not useful, but now as folks clamp down on JAVA, there is lots of web content that I simply never look at because it requires JAVA and I have no way to screen those to be sure they are safe other than the reputation of the hosting site.

    Can HTML5 replace those – I have no clue. I have one application I use to remotely connect to work systems that has two options one uses JAVA the other uses html5. The JAVA version has always worked better, the html5 is usable but has problems with lots of minor user interface issues that make remote work much more difficult than it needs to be. Due to security concerns with JAVA, I have used an explicit allow for just that one usage to that one location. Otherwise I just don’t go to web pages that need JAVA to function.

  151. llanfar says:

    Okay – I see your confusion…

    There are very few browser-based Java applications. They are not ubiquitous. There are many more Flash applications…an even worse security concern.

    The programming language used by all browsers (HTML is a scripting language) is JavaScript, not Java.

    Java is used on the ‘back end’. I.e., when you click on the link to bring up your checking account activity, your browser makes a call to a server, which is often routed through one or more Java application servers.

  152. E.M.Smith says:


    California is well on the way to being majority Hispanic. Likely there already if you counted up all the illegals. That’s why I fairly regularly use some modest Spanish phrases when shopping or dining… In my part of the state, it is already about 54% Hispanic. In some of the farm towns, closer to 80%. I’ve had times in some of them where if you didn’t have SOME Spanish, you were not able to shop or function, really. In one hardware store (in somewhere south of Salinas – Gonzales?) the clerk was able to speak English, but clearly ESL and heavily accented. She was surprised when “Old Blue Eyes” shifted over to Spanish… Yesterday, dinner at a Hof Brau, the server was not able to immediately answer “Where’s the butter?” but “Donde esta la mantequilla
    ?” was understood. In A Hofbrau..

    Which is a bit different in N. Cal. so for those who are not here:


    Hofbrau is a cafeteria-style food service found in the United States, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the namesake for various restaurants and restaurant chains in the U.S. that feature this kind of food service. The name is derived from the German term Hofbräu, which originally referred to a brewery with historical ties to a royal court. Such breweries often have beer gardens where food is served. However, Northern California-style hofbraus differ in both food and service from such traditional German establishments, and commonly do not offer any German food. Instead, freshly carved meat is central to California hofbrau cuisine.

    This one has a very nice bar with lots of beer, and does serve some German dishes, along with the more California “cuisine”…

    So even in German Themed restaurants, it is very helpful to speak Spanish here, or when dealing with anyone stocking shelves or otherwise not expected to be mostly customer facing…

    Per Java:

    Java Beans are containers for Java code. They let you connect several objects into one new thing. (A “class” that lets you glue “objects” together into a new “object”) so really just a sort of standard of coding practice.

    Java itself is just a language that runs in a Java virtual machine. Nice, efficient, portable. I doubt there is any way to make it truly safe. Once you allow the running of any arbitrary code, even in a sandboxed VM, you are letting it see the keyboard, mouse, monitory, something, or it would be useless. Any arbitrary code that has access to interfaces or hardware (even if abstracted) can be used for something nefarious. Just a question of exactly what and creativity needed. (Limit case, a phishing scam where you are limited to interacting with the VM, but it can still phish you…)

    Java Script is where it goes off the rails on branding. A “whole ‘nother language” with almost the same name. Largely used to do html like things in browsers. Often confused with Java (at least by ‘casually acquainted” folks like me ;-)

  153. tom0mason says:

    Ref – Raspberry Pi Linux
    You may be interested in Plop Linux ( ). Yes it is another compile from source (using the author’s build scripts, or not — it’s optional) distribution, however there is this on the site —

    Optional: Install systemd

    You find the systemd package in the ploplinux-src-4.3.2.tar.gz archive in the directory 99-optional/systemd/ or as direct download here.
    You compile systemd like the other programs. See Build Tools Sources and Compile Scripts.

    I tried systemd, but finally I was not happy with this system. I prefer the simple clean style of SysV.

    Also note that this author distributes bootloaders/managers for all types of systems.

    The Plop Boot Manager is a small program with unbelievable many features.
    Here is a list of features, but you can do more…

    USB boot without BIOS support (UHCI, OHCI and EHCI)
    CD/DVD boot without BIOS support (IDE)
    PCMCIA CardBus support to enable boot from USB PC-Cards
    Floppy boot
    Different profiles for operating systems
    Define up to 16 partitions
    No extra partition for the boot manager
    Hidden boot, maybe you have a rescue system installed and the user should not see that there is another system installed
    Boot countdown
    Hide partitions
    Password protection for the computer and the boot manager setup
    Backup of partition table data
    Textmode user interface 80×50
    Graphical user interface 640×480, 800×600, 1024×786, 1280×1024
    MBR partition table edit
    Start of the boot manager from harddisk, floppy, USB, CD, DVD
    Starting from Windows boot menu
    Starting from LILO, GRUB, Syslinux, Isolinux, Pxelinux (network)
    It can be used as PCI option ROM in your BIOS
    Access the whole USB hard disk (up to 2TB) even when the bios has a 128 GiB limit
    You can run the boot manager over the network
    Start the network card boot rom from the boot manager to boot from the network

    No I have not tried any of these products. However I do note that the site (with Plop boot managers) have been going for some time, and that it has recently updated its Linux distribution.

  154. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve used the PLOP boot manager.

    His stuff impresses me as a kindred spirit. Direct minimalist design, gets all the crap out of the way, doesn’t like folks getting between him and the hardware.

    I’ll have to give his Linux a spin…

  155. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting TED talk on computer security and potential hacks of consumer devices, including some really unexpected vulnerabilities. (16 minutes)

    All your devices can be hackedt

  156. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sorry got interrupted (Janitors set off the security alarm)

  157. Larry Ledwick says:

    Really interesting twist in the middle east if true:
    Seems there is circumstantial evidence that the Israelis has the missile codes for the new S-300 antiaircraft missiles in Syria.

    The middle east is like a nesting doll every time you peel back a layer you find something new and interesting.

  158. llanfar says:

    Follow-up on Java. I forgot about Android in the mobile world. Apps written for that platform use Java… (he is anti-JavaScript, pro-Smalltalk…but worth following with those caveats if you’re a software developer).

  159. sabretoothed says:

    Dr. Terry Wahls (MS) took 300 mg of lithium orotate (12mg elemental) twice daily and she did have a remarkable recovery.

  160. Jon K says:

    Related to, and possibly legitimizing, some of the pizza gate stuff.

  161. philjourdan says:

    On the “Awesome” side of things –

    Technology to the rescue! I think this is just so cool! Now if we can invent one for fleas on cats and dogs….

  162. G. Combs says:


    Bill would allow government to decide what is or isn’t ‘misleading’

    For the text of the “California Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act,” see:

    Read the article at

    This could be bad news for both E.M. and Anthony Watts.

    (Hope you got his computer problem taken care of.)

  163. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m on standby for if the local guy can’t fix it.

    FWIW I am still something of a Florida resident and can have an RV and be there in about 2 months, tops. Good luck with California asserting their laws apply to a Floridian… Yes, I’m physically in California at the moment, but…

    Then there’s that whole First Amendment thing…

  164. Another Ian says:

    “Taxing a basic molecule of life on Earth was never going to be easy.

    Leaked paper exposes EU abuse of climate loophole

    EXCLUSIVE/ European Union countries exploited loopholes in United Nations forestry rules to pocket carbon credits worth €600 million and the equivalent of global-warming emissions from 114 million cars.

    That’s slightly more cars than exist in Germany, France and Italy combined.”

    More at

  165. Larry Ledwick says:

    Long but very interesting article on AI and where it is headed and more importantly can we control it, or even predict where it is going. We may have already created Skynet and not know it, or simply be working on Jarvis 2.0 from Ironman.

  166. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to the above as the US Army tries to link up all soldiers on the battle field even down to the the individual patrol level.
    Sort of a cyber warrior 1.0 Beta

  167. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think this has been mentioned before here, but there is a group of leftists who are now marching open carry. Obviously the major media has made no mention of it.

  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to the AI item above, and the problem of AI being a black box algorithm meaning we really have no idea why a predictive machine learning system selects what it does. Because it is trained by data we feed it, it might actually be selecting on some totally irrelevant criteria which just happens to appear in the data it was trained with. This sort of hidden bias is already showing up in google searches and face book selections of what it shows to users.

  169. E.M.Smith says:


    Until the machines can fix a broken generator on their own, and find then drill for oil, I think we’ll be OK.

    ;-) a little bit…

  170. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes there are actually two different problems here:

    1.) As long as the machine does not have total control of all its necessary support it is vulnerable.
    For example, as you point out unless it has complete control of the power supply from generator to data center and the ability to repair and protect those key resources it cannot become “skynet”.

    But it can become very powerful as long as a sufficient support group chooses to maintain it. For example google. com cannot build and maintain its data centers without human intervention. Someone has to make the disk drives, someone has to ship them to the data center, someone has to install them and do basic config setup etc.

    2.) Individual devices on the other hand for the duration of their battery life and critical supplies could be unbeatable by human opponents. Take for example the “Trophy” Israeli tank defense system that can shoot down incoming anti tank rounds on the fly. (sort of like a land based version of Phalanx) One of the areas automated systems excel in is persistent watch, precision of attack and rapid reaction. In those cases the only option would be to use a big gun kill like antitank gun that can survive the trophy neutralizer buckshot blast or to simply run them out of ammunition with a high volume of attack. This would effectively make tanks immune to simple infantry antitank weapons

    Automated killbots for the battle field would greatly increase the lethality of a relatively small human army and greatly mitigate the supply problems involved in feeding, training and equipping an army in the field. The time horizon to this being technologically possible is within our life time and some other country may not be constrained by ethical or legal limitations.

  171. Larry Ledwick says:

    On a more mundane level, total control of banking and currency in an automated electroic economy would make it very hard for a citizen to get outside the grid and untouchable by the “system”. In practical terms we are not far from that now, as in the movie “Enemy of the State” the capability already exists to wipe out a persons electronic identity in the blink of an eye. With street cameras, license plate readers, persistent stare surveillance from balloon stats etc. All the technology exists to make it darn near impossible for a single individual to go anonymously about their business. Right now the only defense is the sheer expense, manpower and difficulty to task all those resources to a single individual. With AI assisted facial identification and merging of those assets into a coherent surveillance system it is technically possible to do it now, just not legal or cost effective. At the rate we are going the logistics issues will disappear in the next 10-15 years, just like dash cams went from only in special applications like police cars to over the counter accessories for average drivers.

    Not that I am “afraid” of any such oppressive surveillance showing up in the next few years, I recognize intellectually that the technology threshold to accomplish it, has already been crossed. As you know if it can be done some one some where will try to do it.

  172. A C Osborn says:

    Larry Ledwick says: 28 March 2017 at 6:17 am
    The only problem with any automated systems is they rely on electricity, Radio and Radar.
    All of which can be blanked, overloaded, taken over (hacked) or EMPed.
    The worst case would be the “hacked” as the weapons could be turned against the original user.

    For instance how would the Isreali tank defence system work against a massive Chaff window drop at the same time as the missile attack?
    It may work fine against local terrorists, but not against an advanced opponent with an Air Force.

  173. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Larry … said – time and some other country may not be constrained by ethical or legal limitations.

    Hmmmm. and that constrained country would be ?? Yemen? methinks they have not existed since 1914. sad.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  174. E.M.Smith says:


    What makes you think an ethically constrained country existed in 1914? (Gas attacks et. al….)

  175. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chiefio. you may be right. The assassination was 28 jun 1914. Not sure when gas in trenches used. My main point is STATES, having a monopoly on use of force against their citizens, are seldom constrained … by anything … except superior force. I’m a MinArchist by the way, heh.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  176. p.g.sharrow says:

    I once told a young man that was worried about government excesses that his computer skills and the internet was far more powerful then any gang of gunmen. That was before the World Wide Web was created. What Smith’s band of wise old people do is very important for the birth of the new age “When a Net Covers the World”. Keep posting, this pen is mightier then the gun. Now the World is listening…pg

  177. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @PG. A couple of Quotes come to mind.

    Invading armies may be resisted but not an idea whose time has come.
    by Vic Hugo

    Ideas are bulletproof. by. V

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  178. Larry Ledwick says:

    Maybe the climate chickens are coming home to roost?
    Judicial watch files FOIA request for all communications between Thomas Karl and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren due to whistle blower who indicated the report violated the agencies own rules and used flawed data to serve a political agenda.

    A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

  179. Larry Ledwick says:

    In this item some interesting new military tech is discussed as the Marines review some new concepts and low cost solutions to new generation military challenges.

  180. philjourdan says:

    Is this what it is going to take?

    That is what I have been saying all along. Now some raging snowflake finally got the message when it hits home.

  181. E.M.Smith says:


    Interesting to note that link on the T.G.Bath issue causes my FireFox ESR to crash. Tested it a half dozen times. I’d guess it is using some feature that works well with Windoze but not so well with an arcane ARM chip / router oriented systemd containing release of Linux…

    I’ll have to try other browsers and OSs and see what else gets a belly ache.

    UPDATE: On the android tablet, it hangs Opera, but only after displying the text of the top page. I’m starting to suspect some kind of intrusive video thing… Next stop other browsers on the tablet… Since the tablet has had very recent updates, it ought not be a missing update thing…

  182. E.M.Smith says:

    Works on FirePhoenix, but puts up a “play on SoundCloud” banner / button not seen on the others.

    OK, most likely that SoundCloud thing is the culprit.

    Everything else on the page looks familiar. Maybe I need to put a block on SoundCloud in my DNS…

  183. Larry Ledwick says:

    DNC getting ready for a major staff overhaul, Perez is asking for resignation letters from all staff so he can build his own organization. Given how far left he is it will be very interesting to see what he builds.

  184. E.M.Smith says:


    Well, given the wisdom that “They must hit bottom before they will go to rehab.” my sense of it is that the Democrats have not hit bottom (yet…).

    They are cleaning house in all the wrong places. What needs to go is the old anti-American guard. Start with the incredible Stupid of Pelosi, the Criminal Clintons, Slandering Schumer, etc etc. Build a new party focused on the American Worker, not imported dirt cheap labor competition, then put forward the J.F.K. tax plan. Create a positive message of hope and put the negative scare tactics of Running Out, Climate Change, and Bad Russians in the trash bin.

    Oh Well… maybe after they lose even more seats in the next election…

  185. Larry Ledwick says:

    More on Judicial Watch they are setting the table for some big reveals.

    Judicial Watch Sues to Force Damage Assessment of Hillary Clinton’s Mishandling of Classified Emails

  186. Larry Ledwick says:

    Secondary result of the executive order to back out the privacy regs, increased interest in VPN.

  187. E.M.Smith says:

    Yeah, that and more rigorous use of clearing cookies, using https encrypted links, TOR, etc. etc.

    Frankly, I’m thinking that for whole swathes of folks, the “data” they get will be pretty darned useless anyway. Take me: I watch music videos in at least 4 different languages on a more or less regular basis, more if they are stumbled upon. I regularly do web searches on a constantly mutating kaleidoscope of things, including LOTS of diseases nobody in the family has, and products I will NEVER buy. I visit a range of information sites that is dramatically large, due to the links folks put up in blogs I read. And I use at half dozen systems regularly in 3 or 4 browsers each, so piecing together which of those is “me” is going to be fun to watch…

    It will be a very big Dogs Breakfast of junk.

    Then if I leave the Guest Network open when I’ve shut down my computers, they can get whatever the neighbor kid does in their bucket of misleading links too…

    But OK, I never really trusted my internet service provider anyway, so nothing new. Trust The Death Star AT&T? In bed with the NSA and who knows how many other TLAs? You’ve got to be kidding…

    I do need to actually get encrypted email set up, though…

  188. Paul Hanlon says:

    At the time Java came out, there weren’t really that many options for coding *comparatively*. You either had to be adept at a compiler, or you got a stripped down language like Visual Basic. But you couldn’t run a Visual Basic program on a Mac or Linux.

    So that was one of the reasons for Java. Another was that it was a *pure* OOP (Object Orientated Programming) language. Another was that it had this thing called applets, that allowed you to run things in the browser, and if it had to do a round trip to the server, the page could be updated without a full refresh. It also gave you full access to the GUI, keyboard, databases and other resources.

    I think about a year after it came out, the browser wars were heating up between Microsoft and Netscape, so Netscape launched LiveScript, which gave you limited functionality within the Browser. Livescript was written by a chap called Brendan Eich, who seemed to have a passion for LISP, and wanted a more LISP-like language, while at the same time keeping as close to the C type syntax that most programmers were used to (something Java also did).

    Shortly after launch the name was changed to Javascript. It was done to help bolster up both platforms’ marketability, and they shared a passing resemblance to each other (syntax-wise). Nobody foresaw the confusion that this would produce later on, and in fact Javascript is now called ECMAScript.

    For a long number of years, Javascript was considered a bit of a joke, useful for highlighting things when you rolled your mouse over them, that sort of thing. But gradually more and more support was built in to the browser for Javascript, and they started introducing “standards”.

    What finally did for Java applets was a thing called XMLHTTPRequest (or AJAX, Asynchronous Javascript and XML), which was actually a Microsoft tech. Now you could update the server without having to refresh the browser page load, so now you could have programs that looked just like Desktop programs, except running in the browser, best example of which was probably Gmail, at that time.

    There are still some applets running out in the wild, just like there are still Flash programs out there, partly because why fix something that ain’t broken, and also because they could be deeply integrated with the Java running on the server.

    HTML5 will eventually replace both, if the programmers are willing to migrate over to it. It’s still raw, but it provides access to most aspects of your computer, microphone, camera, other sensors, GPU so that full blown 3D compilations can be created and viewed in the browser, etc. Of course, that introduces a whole new level of “issues”, including security related, but that’s for another comment.

  189. philjourdan says:


    but there is a group of leftists who are now marching open carry.

    Future Gerald Loughners.

  190. j martin says:

    “the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid (and other health programs), and net interest payments will exceed all income, payroll and corporate tax revenue in roughly 15 years. The federal debt, which doubled under President Obama and doubled before that under President Bush, will rise to a staggering $91 trillion by 2047”

  191. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting story on a reverse brain drain going on as foreign workers get called back to their home countries after working here in the US. Focused on China but applies to other countries too.

  192. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item here on a couple topics, seems a company based in Switzerland that is owned by a Russian billionaire is planning to build large storage batteries in North Carolina to allow energy companies to store excess generation? (boondoggle or enabling technology for wind power and solar, or a money pit to use for money laundering?)

  193. Larry Ledwick says:

    Russia is apparently ready to up the ante on hypersonic weapons as their new missile called Zircon is apparently due for a live fire test soon sometime this spring.

  194. philjourdan says:

    Build a new party focused on the American Worker, not imported dirt cheap labor competition, then put forward the J.F.K. tax plan.

    That party would compete for my vote! So it will never happen. Their base would not allow it. Their base is pure socialism, and that is what they got for the past 4 elections. It is hard to dump your base to try to win an election (however Trump managed to do it – but I see no Democrat Trump).

  195. Larry Ledwick says:

    Full details of the State Department Employee who had a TS clearance, being charged with felonies for extensive contacts with foreign intelligence services (China). Looks like the current digging into all things involving foreign influence and a dept of Justice who actually wants to prosecute folks who expose classified data that a lot more of these situations might be going public over the next few years.

  196. Larry Ledwick says:

    It appears that the leftist group in Phoenix the other day who appeared in a public protest with firearms may have been using airsoft guns (ie hoax)

  197. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is interesting – It appears to be clear evidence that Obama wanted to torpedo HRC and see Trump in the white house.

  198. A C Osborn says:

    Larry Ledwick says: 29 March 2017 at 11:20 pm
    “This is interesting – It appears to be clear evidence that Obama wanted to torpedo HRC and see Trump in the white house.”

    I didn’t see it that way at all, to me he wanted more Security Depts to buy in to give it more credence.

  199. Larry Ledwick says:

    A look at the basis for the Obama environmental regulations finds that the statistical models used are not supported by good science but rather are a reflection of a preconceived agenda.

  200. cdquarles says:

    Hey sabretoothed, that’s an interesting study. It is a bit small, though. so I’d like to see it replicated in as large and diverse sampling as possible. The physiologic foundations are sound.

    One thing to note with reference to blood vitamin levels, we don’t know how well tissue levels correspond and, in the past, getting them done in a timely fashion hasn’t always been feasible, let alone getting the two big Ms in the USA to understand the value of them. For many years the mantra has been that MDs overuse tests of dubious value. Today’s overemphasis on costs and underemphasis of targeted cost/benefit analyses is a big thing where so much is government bean counter dominated.

  201. cdquarles says:

    Since vitamin enrichment became a thing a century ago for processed foods sold commercially, vitamin deficiency diseases are quite rare and supplements common. I wonder how many young docs have ever seen a case of Beriberi, or niacin neuropathy, or B12 dementia? /rhetorical. [My guess is none, so they wouldn’t be prepared to look for it, without patient prompting, or curiosity to say, “What if … ?”.]

  202. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chiefio. Since oBummer said nuke 1st strike now an option, I wonder how many furrin Gubmints hav brought in nuke firework pieces, assembled, an hidden in 25 th floor rooms in major cities, set off by garage door remotes? hmmm. Another lone Wolfie, eh Lew? I saw an old movie like that few months ago, early pierce brosnan. he got shot holding the remote. As world leaders get more paranoid, expect reealy weird sh*t next year. especially with egodan off his meds again! Can you say ‘schizophrenic paranoid megalomaniamegalomaniac ‘ kiddies?

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  203. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chiefio. In 1989 I read ‘Smart Drugs & Nutrients’ and have been taking 1 mg Hydrine and 5 mg Selegeline HCl daily. Now healthy 73.4, heh. Parts of me are still under warranty!

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  204. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ooops FBI director had a secret twitter account, it took a journalist 4 hours to find it.

  205. Glenn999 says:

    It seems to me youtube would be simple to compete with. Other people make content, you run a server farm?
    What am I missing?

  206. Power Grab says:

    My newest computer has Windows 10. But I usually read this blog on an XP machine. I just tried to bring up one of your pages on the new computer. There were numerous ads on the page. There were 2 video ads that played continuously. As I scrolled to read the article and comments, the page kept snapping back to the 2 video ads that were playing. GRRR! I ended up using the Snipping Tool to grab the screen content that I wanted to read so I could avoid the video ads.

    When I brought the same page up on the XP computer, no ads were present, so the annoying video ads weren’t a problem.

    It’s puzzling that the newer computer seems to have less protection against unwanted commercial content than the older computer. I guess I will have to take it up with our support guru.

  207. llanfar says:

    @Power Grab I assume you’re using the Edge browser (default browser for Windows 10). I’m not sure how to (or if) add black/white lists… I stick to the Firefox browser with AdBlock and Noscript plugins (at a minimum). I’m sure Chrome has something similar…

  208. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Most likely the new system has a browser that supports HTML5 while the old one does not. HTML5 based video is the current “standard” while “Flash” was the old one. To the extent sites have moved to HTML5 (and / or you didn’t have flash installed in the past) the outcome will be what you experienced.

    It is an ongoing battle to block such stuff.

  209. cdquarles says:

    Edge most certainly does have means of ad/cookie blocking. It has come a ways, too, since there are extensions for it. Edge has teething problems, so if you don’t need to rely on it, get another browser that you are comfortable with using.

    About the only browsers that I don’t want on my system, today, are Safari and Chrome. Firefox is flaky, but Brave’s looking really nice now. It may supplant Opera, though I will keep using that one, for now.

  210. llanfar says:

    I use Safari on my iOS devices using the 1Blocker app to keep the ads out. Firefox on my MBP, office Win7 box. I’ll run the UI through Chrome and IE to verify a clean experience, but no more than that…

  211. jim2 says:

    Anyone know anything about the security of this VPN service?

  212. Larry Ledwick says:

    That vpn has been recommended to me by one of our system admins.

  213. llanfar says:

    I’ve been using IPVanish for a couple of years as it had high reviews at the time. Haven’t checked the current state of affairs. It runs $10/mo.

  214. Larry Ledwick says:

    This fills in some blanks about the unmasking of US persons by the intelligence community and the details of how/why Rep. Devin Nunes ended up using a SCIF on white house grounds to review information about the intelligence spying on Trump and his campaign staff.

    Some of the challenges to the validity of his information have been based on why he used a SCIF that was not at the intelligence agency that made the disclosure or the one available to his committee. This article shows it was likely to protect his sources by using a SCIF where their meeting with him would not be public knowledge to all their coworkers or gossips in the congress.

    It also hints that the person that unmasked (or created such weak masks) for the Trump staff was a former high level person in the intelligence community. That narrows the suspects down to a very small handful of folks likely to have had the visibility on the intelligence, the clout to do the unmasking (or have it done) and are no longer in that leadership position but was during the later part of the Obama administration (or perhaps had left so recently that he could still pull strings)

  215. Power Grab says:

    @ llanfar: No, I avoid Edge. I did get exposed to it on first Win10 machine I used, but I didn’t like it. I didn’t spend much time with it. I just hunted for the link to IE and downloaded Chrome because I’m more familiar with them. In this neck of the woods, we don’t allow Java on Chrome, but we do on IE. So if I need Java, I use IE. Otherwise, I use Chrome.

    The last time I asked our guru about Edge, he said he couldn’t recommend it as being better for anything. I am occasionally nagged by Win10 to use Edge, but if I can go without ever owning a Beatles record, I can go without using Edge. (The nagging feels the same. “It’s better!” “It’s faster!” “It’s safer!” /cue screaming fans) Meh.

    These new things like Edge and the picture viewer (whatever it’s called) strike me as being ugly and dumbed down. The fonts have no class. What are they doing? Trying to just develop the program once and assume it can be run on any size screen by people with fat fingers?

    While I’m on a rant…I also hate it whenever I go to save a new file in Excel and it devotes the entire screen to that graceless assortment of choices of drives/directories, and the first set are those worthless cloud-based things. It just feels like a slap in the face every time I’m ready to type in a file name and press Enter, but I have to take hold of the mouse [YET AGAIN!] and click on the directory I just saved a file to. And I never know if the keyboard shortcuts I’m accustomed to will work properly. The newest applications feel like they were developed with the intention of slowing the worker down. (What else is stuck in my craw???) Oh yeah, and when I am ready to resume work after having locked the screen, I have to WAIT 5 to 10 seconds for the login screen to appear. What’s up with that? Are they logging my resumption of work time back at NSA headquarters before they’ll let me in again? Or are they logging it in Oz? Sometimes the delay feels like the amount of time it takes for Australian blogs to come up!

  216. Steve C says:

    Starting to clear a path through the detritus of years, I came across a clipping I saved from the Guardian’s ‘Diary’, twenty-odd years ago when they were still fun. Enjoy! :-D

    Seven Spanish teenagers have been hospitalised after attempting to mug a defenceless woman in Alicante. Herminia Alvarez, as the boys have since discovered, is a circus weight-lifter, the centre-piece of whose act is supporting eight people on one shoulder.

  217. Larry Ledwick says:

    And now – – – slowly the people begin to mobilize against the Hijra ( Islamic immigrant invasion ). It started with individuals who understood the math of population growth, and were willing to hear the open declarations of this silent war by the Imams and spokesmen of the Islamist movements.

    In spite of the media and government globalist propaganda messages the citizens are beginning to awake to this existential threat. They may not be able to articulate, it but in their bones they recognize the threat of a demographic invasion and the imposition of foreign values on their society.

    It saddens me when I think about what the inevitable conclusion to this silent invasion will be.
    The subsequent response that will come with some final provocation but the fuse is now burning – it is only a matter of who and when. Once these dogs are loosed there will be no calling them back.

    Did any major US media report about this movement in Poland Hungary and other countries who are finally waking to the threat?

  218. Steve C says:

    It’s OK for you lot. You’re armed, at least.

    Incidentally, if you don’t already know the name Coudenhove-Kalergi, it leads to the part of the international swamp which is responsible for much of what’s going on in contemporary Europe. His Prize amounts to a traitor’s crown.

    John Derbyshire wrote an interesting article on comparing how Britain and Japan have fared in terms of invasion, concluding that the Japanese were right. the British were wrong. He coins an apposite word – “ab-similation” as an opposite to “assimilation” – for the radicalisation of second- and third-generation members of incoming families, who not only don’t integrate with the host nation but actively attack it.

    I can also recognise his description of England then vs England now, btw – it’s the country I grew up in and loved and it’s been taken to bits. The present multiculti mess is not fit for purpose, and there’s an awful lot that will still need fixing post Brexit. Starting perhaps with a Prime Minister whose idea of a “Great Repeal Bill” involves fully enshrining in British law every EU diktat of the last four decades, then picking out bits in secret that they want to keep to use against us.

  219. tom0mason says:

    From the selling your privacy file —
    House Rep. Pushing To Set Back Online Privacy Rakes In Industry Funds

    Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), sponsor of anti-privacy measure up for vote in Congress, has had a career financed by internet service providers which the House has passed with a vote of 215-205.
    So now Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.

    The House of Representatives passed a resolution overturning an FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers’ permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. These old rules required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.

    Is your Internet history going up for auction?

  220. E.M.Smith says:


    Just checked, and both Yahoo and DuckDuckGo are HTTPS URLs in my browser, so my ISP in not going to see my searches. The the actual browsing is mostly encrypted as well. Don’t know if Google is similar as I redirect it via DNS. That give the MITM cert warning, so I know my ISP can’t intercept it without my knowing. Oh, and my DNS doesn’t point at them, so they can’t see that either.

    All I need to add is a VPN or just use Onion Routing more. I suspect that as soon as this passes, there will be a kind of Onion Light where folks can randomly route via any other participant but with white lists to block spammers using it. Basically a many to many special purpose VPN with bad site filtering and only one or two hop latency. Not NSA or other TLA proof, but a PITA to casual snoops.

  221. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steve C:

    BTW, in Karate class was a Brown Belt woman who outranked me by only one belt. She could point on me any time she wanted. Women have very fast hands and feet. In a knife fight with a woman, my name is Tartare..

    More womem need to know that and take classes… though it was annoying to the guys in class when the women would just whack them and grinn…


    I’ve seen some reference to Hungary (in the pejorative, of course), Poland not so much.

    Things are fine, until they blow up…

  222. sabretoothed says: Pineal gland calcification – why women can’t work out directions :P?

  223. Another Ian says:

    G | April 2, 2017 2:08 AM | Reply

    April fools day,from Russia with love:
    The audio is first in Russian, then English:

    ‘You have reached the Russian embassy, your call is very important to us. To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1. To use the services of Russian hackers press 2. To request election interference , press 3 and wait until the next election campaign. Please note that all calls are recorded for quality improvement and training purposes.’

  224. Larry Ledwick says:

    Twitter is cooking the comments to make older comments negative to trump appear in the top slot ahead of more current but positive comments.

  225. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting book, (I have ordered it but not read it yet) this 1:35 video is interviews with the author.
    He breaks down the false assertion that the Muslims in Spain were tolerant of the Christians and Jews in the lands that they conquered. In fact the Christians and Jews were dhimmi the existed only on the good will of the Muslim rulers and their willingness to submit to the restrictions place on them and paying the jizya tax (protection money)

    The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

  226. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm 8 minute video that asserts that the Wall Street Journal used photoshopped screen shots of ads in an article that resulted in major sponsors pulling advertising from youtube.

    His evidence looks good to me, perhaps grounds for a really large law suite against WSJ
    video includes some strong language near the end and discusses advertisements which used the “N word” in their title.

    Is Wall Street Journal trying to destroy youtube with fake news articles including doctored screen shots?

  227. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting video about worldwide (the old world) civilization collapse around 1177 BC (circa 3200 years ago), where all the major civilizations collapsed over a very short period of time near 1200 BC. Resulted in a 200 year dark ages as the world “rebooted”
    1:10 video lecture

    Civilization collaps 1177 BC

  228. E.M.Smith says:

    Start of the Iron Age Cold Period. Variously dated to about 1100 BC to 900 BC but rather unclear as there is little preserved anything cultural or literary.

    One theory has Phoenicians mining copper in North America then that collapses in the cold and bronze age civilization collapse. Only recovers when iron working by smiths gets good enough.
    (You’re welcome! :’)

  229. Zeke says:

    You heard that the Canadian Parliament passed m103, a resolution against Islamaphobia.

    I found this remark on an MPs website helpful.

    “What I fear is that MP Iqra Khalid, who tabled M-103, may understand Islamophobia to mean what its original promoters, the 56 Muslim-majority bloc of the United Nations known as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), say it means. The OIC wants to see the Cairo Declaration on Human rights become the template for Islamophobia policies everywhere. The Cairo Declaration asserts the superiority of Islam and defines freedom of speech according to Shariah law, which considers any criticism of Muhammad blasphemy.

    The OIC is inching ever closer to realizing that goal. Many EU countries are seeking to criminalize Islamophobia by using “racism and xenophobia,” “public order” or “denigration” laws, which are essentially proxies for the Cairo Declaration.

    Is this motion a first step towards restricting our right to criticize Islam? Given the international situation, and the fact that jihadi terrorism is today the most important threat to our security, I think this is a serious concern we have to take into account.

    Free speech is a fundamental Canadian value. We should reaffirm everyone’s right to believe in and criticize whatever belief they want, whether it is Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, atheism, or any other.”

  230. Zeke says:

    Chief says, “One theory has Phoenicians mining copper in North America then that collapses in the cold and bronze age civilization collapse.”

    The Phoenicians are the Canaanites of the Hebrew Bible; there are a lot of passages about Tyre and Sidon in the Old Testament as well.

    Some say there are Canaanite inscriptions in Australia.

    Rockin history Chief
    Now you are all getting somewhere

  231. p.g.sharrow says:

    The nation of Atlantis was a sea going trading confederation. It’s seaport colonies became the seeds of later nation states. It was never a landed power…pg

  232. E.M.Smith says:

    It looks like Late Bronze Age collapse is the accepted name

  233. Richard Bellew says:

    Another one for the ‘If you believe this, you’ll believe anything’ file. Drudge this morning has a link to an report on the Atlanta I-85 bridge collapse. According to the AP-originated story
    “The fire was started by a man smoking crack under the bridge in an area north of downtown Atlanta where the state of Georgia stores noncombustible, construction materials, authorities said. It rapidly grew with smoke billowing high above the city’s skyline. It didn’t take long before chunks of concrete weakened by the high heat began flying off the bridge, leaving firefighters to scramble away for safety. No one was injured.”
    After 9/11 there was discussion about if jet fuel burned hot enough to weaken structural steel. Well, clearly burning ‘noncombustible, construction materials’ burn hot enough to collapse rebar concrete! Either that or it must have been the world’s biggest crack pipe! I watched some of the YouTube video of this fire and it was a monster. I wonder what was really burning in there.

  234. E.M.Smith says:

    On RT: There has been a bomb blast on a train in St. Petersburg, Russia. ALL trains and stations evacuated, a 2nd device found and defused. 10 dead, 37 wounded so far.

    Still waiting for “who did it”.

    I expect we are going to see a lot more counter Islamist Radical action from Russia…

  235. E.M.Smith says:

    Didn’t catch the “who said it” as I was switching from SD satellite to HD Roku for RT, but someone (perhaps a European rep as they are covering other folks condolences) said that it was unfortunate that “Russia is suffering the same kind of attack as Europe and the USA have experienced” as a rough quote.

    This is interesting as it shows the formation of a realized common cause, destiny, and potential allies. It has begun.

  236. Larry Ledwick says:

    Given the Russian FSB blew up apartment buildings in Sept 1999 and blamed the attacks on Chechens, it would be wise not to take public pronouncements on this bombing at face value.

    A little historical background on Sept 1999.

  237. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on natural gas from Israel to Europe and new NG finds by Isreal.

  238. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Sharyl Attkisson‏Verified account @SharylAttkisson 3 minutes ago
    Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump becomes first US President to donate his 1st quarter salary $78,303 to Park Service.

  239. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is interesting Fox News is broken, getting this error on two different browsers:

    Brave browser
    Attempting to load an URL resulted in too many redirects.

    Pale Moon browser
    The page isn’t redirecting properly

    Pale Moon has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

    This problem can sometimes be caused by disabling or refusing to accept cookies.

    [Reply: Worked for me on Safari… -E.M.Smith ]

  240. Larry Ledwick says:

    They fixed it a few minutes later.

  241. Zeke says:

    From Another Ian’s link:

    “The Islamic Research and Educational Academy (IREA) …press release urges media to avoid “Bigotry, scare mongering Journalism & Obnoxious Islamophobe narrative”.”

    This fits the template set in UN and Human Rights definitions of Islamaphobia by the 56-country Mus11m bloc. It is very well organized at an international level and within the target country — in this case Australia.

    In the article, the sheik and imam have been involved in attacks in Syria and against Israel. Israel haters may find out in real time just how Mus11em victimization stories really work. I see something behind them tapping them on the shoulder.

  242. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile schools are openly teaching Muslim doctrine as part of their class room teaching while banning any equivalent reference to other religions.

  243. Zeke says:

    More about Another Ian’s links:

    Hirsi Ali was prevented from delivering her talk in Australia after threats by Mus11m groups, and on charges of Is1amophobia.

    The Canadain Rebel Media has picked up the story. This video includes the Australian ad campaign launched against the Somalian critic of Is11m, accusing her of white su8remacism. This you have to see.

    “Hirsi Ali cancels Australian visit after threats” duration 3:31

    (My only criticism of the video is the language involving “human rights” rather than “civil rights.”

    A stable, self-governing nation can develop and protect civil rights if it chooses — while Human Rights are the globalist counterparts, and are often the weapon used to eliminate civil rights. For example, the human right not to have your religion insulted or blasphemed is the opposite of the right of freedom of worship guaranteed in the Amendments of the Constitution of the United States.)

    (And that really bugs me.)

  244. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another data leak vector identified. Some android applications work together to leak information to the Internet, For example one app which does not use an Internet connection might capture geolocation information then share it with a app that is not permitted to acquire geolocation information directly. Bug, incidental exploit of another application, or intentional collusion to gain access that the user has intentionally blocked?

    It is interesting who funded this research.

  245. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Russian hack of the State Department was “hand to hand combat”, involving direct tit for tat efforts where the defenders would shut down one path and the hackers would immediately open a new path.

  246. Larry Ledwick says:

    Cernovitch explains how he broke the story RiceGate unmasking scandal:

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  248. E.M.Smith says:

    A bit late getting it posted, but the April tips page, and the conversation, continues here:

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