Tips – April 2017

About “Tips”:

While I’m mostly interested in things having to do with:

Making money, usually via trading
Weather and climate (“Global Warming” & “Climate Change”)
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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340 Responses to Tips – April 2017

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry, per:

    ” I got IT people in every major news room in this country. The IT people see every email so that’s how I knew it.”

    Why it pays to be nice to the I.T. Guys ;-)

    Though I’m proud to say that nobody on my teams ever spent time reading other folks email unless it was a failure to deliver and they had to figure out how to get it delivered, and nobody ever used email against the company or other employees. It was one of those Duty & Honor things…

    Heck, we even tried to get folks to use encryption so we couldn’t see it, even accidentally, but folks just didn’t care enough to bother…

    Per the “hand to hand combat” link on Hacking: It is often that way. Heck, back in about 1983? at Apple we had a suspected Russian bouncing off our boundary router (he could not get past our honey pot…) and then on into a US Military base in Hawaii. We called the FBI and said we had a live one presently active and we were watching his moves… (also contacted the Military base – after we opened their router and found their contact info in it ;-) They were not amused … ) So “live” and “hand to hand” have been around a long time.

    I also don’t agree with their characterization that private industry isn’t as good as the Feds… Depends entirely on the shop…

  2. philjourdan says:

    @Larry & E.M.

    Here’s another reason that your mail is not your mail. My boss left. Unfortunately, he also left without moving all the subscriptions (Domains and IP Ranges) to someone else, so when it came time to renew them, they wanted a confirmation from the email account of record, his! So I had to basically take control of his email account, and impersonate him. WHich gave me complete control of his email. But as he had about 30k emails, I was not at all interested in what the rest of them were about (besides, that was the beginning of my year from hell – so I had no time to snoop).

    I left a year later, and I will bet I did not transfer all the accounts either. So someone probably had to grab my mail account as well. Unless you are very interesting, no one probably reads it. But they can.

  3. Paul Hanlon says:

    Interesting video uploaded to Youtube yesterday. Robert Steele (ex-CIA who called PDT the accidental president). Has some good ideas, although I wouldn’t buy into everything. Particularly interesting is the OSINT stuff.

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well it looks like the EU is bound and determined to destroy itself. They tell Poland and Hungary to accept migrants or leave the EU.

    I suspect the response will be Polexit and Hungexit along with a big middle finger. They are demanding that the two modern countries most responsible for saving Europe from being over run by Muslims at the Gates of Vienna with a demand to undo that victory. I don’t think the Pols have any intention of selling out the legacy of King John III Sobieski who led the cavalry charge that broke the siege of Vienna in 1683. That battle set the stage for the recapture of Hungary so both have deep historical reasons to resist the modern Hijrah of massive immigration.

  5. Another Ian says:

    “It’s Not Wiretapping When The Democrats Do It”

  6. Lars P. says:

    Breeding domesticated foxes:

    “Belyaev was curious as to how dogs first became domesticated. He decided that to fully understand the process, he must attempt to replicate the early days of domestication.”

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Lars P:

    I want one! ;-)

    FWIW, I’ve not got a few Raccoons who, when I’m a bit slow putting the food dish on the shelf under the window, will reach up and “pat” the window sill that I open when I put the dish out…

    A couple of them (that were a bit nervous and left the first time we moved while they were eating) now watch us through the window as a kind of ‘floor show’ with dinner.

    I’m pretty sure that if this continues another year or two, and I were to leave the window open, they would just ‘move in’ to the living room and be domestic ‘friends’ in short order.

    I had some rabbits in the back yard that I let form a natural warren under the ground near a tree. Then, about 3 generations later, I managed to befriend one of the wild born ones. Took about a year before she let me touch her, and a few more months to reach the ‘pet and scratch’ stage. Then she would come out and ask for bean leaves when I was working the garden ;-) Rabbits have only been ‘domesticated’ about 200 years and are really just smart wild animals still, at heart.

    Similarly, when the ‘day food’ is out, I’ve got a crop of squirrels that only retreat a few feet when I put more food out. One has come up to an empty bowl and also reached up and ‘felt’ the window sill… Kind of a “Hey, open up, where’s the food?”

    Overall, I’ve come to the conclusion that most all mammals have a basic “friend zone” and once you get there, it’s cool. We call that “domestication” and I suspect they think of it as “well trained host”. Oh, and some birds too. I’ve got a couple of doves that have learned to look in the window when the bird feeder is empty… On one occasion at a local park, a Pigeon landed on a guys shoulder and wanted to ‘hang out’. He gave it to a veterinarian, who was my neighbor, and somehow I ended up with him. Took him to the park to ‘let him go’ and he had a good fly around with his friends. When we were leaving, he came along and got into the truck and sat on the seat to go home…

    On another occasion, a wild Raven / Crow was watching my son wash the car. Came up to observe. Well, eventually it ended up with all 4 of us around him, and tossing a coin and keys that he would then fondle and play with. Let us lightly pet his back a few times too. After about 10 minutes, he learned whatever he wanted about us and flew off…

    IMHO, it all comes down to perception of threat. IF you are perceived as a threat, animals are very sensitive to that. IF you are clearly “safe”, they eventually domesticate you ;-)

  8. omanuel says:

    I am pleased to share the galley proofs of this paper celebrating the Centennial birthday of Dr. Paul Kazuo Kuroda (1 April 1917-17 April 2001) and hopefully an end to eighty-two years (1935 – 2017) of quantum mechanics that altered the human awareness of reality (God):

    Click to access HIGHER-POWERZ.pdf

  9. llanfar says:

    WordPress ate my post?

  10. omanuel says:

    In 1935, Chadwick’s Nobel Lecture and the publication of Weizsacker’s model of “nuclear binding energy” exposed why modern physics is deeply flawed.

    They assumed the validity of Quantum Mechanics as an excuse to disregard Rutherford’s (1920), Ono’s (1929) and Chadwick’s (1932) earlier conclusion that the neutron is a compacted electron-proton pair:

    Click to access chadwick-lecture.pdf

    Kuroda realized their mistake following Aston’s lecture at the Imperial University of Tokyo on 13 June 1936.

    The total energy released in every beta decay over the past 82-years has disproven the 1935 assumption by Chadwick and Weizsacker

    new paper will hopefully end eighty-two years of deception that isolated humanity from reality:

    Click to access HIGHER-POWERZ.pdf

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under new interesting conclusions about the geography of Britain and France and the formation of the English channel. Brings to mind a visual of multiple Niagara falls across what is now the English channel as the chalk land bridge was breached by flow from a huge glacial lake.

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh goody, Harvard grad school is developing an instruction program in how to sell the progressive movement and resist the efforts to move the government back toward the center and make it less ideologically driven.

  13. R. de Haan says:

    Snow in Saudi Arabia….in April….Not the first time this winter:

  14. R. de Haan says:

    Wacky Magetosphere…..????

  15. Larry Ledwick says:

    The key to Mexican illegal immigration. It is an off the books form of foreign aid that the Country of Mexico can ill afford to shut down, and the only way to get ahead for large numbers of Mexicans. If Trump successfully shuts down illegal immigration (voluntary de-immigration and restrained immigration has already cut the numbers significantly), it will in time lead to major stress in Mexico.

    Mexico has no social or economic reason to shut it down. Given that a second aspect of illegal immigration is the drug funding and profiteering off the immigrants, Mexico’s organized crime also will strongly resist.

    To really solve this problem Trump would need to find a win win way for Mexico to deal with this problem and still shut down the exploitation of the US taxpayers who are paying this back door extortion bill to Mexico to keep their government from collapsing into chaos. Given some of the recent blatant actions of resistance against the Mexican Government by the organized crime cartels, this may be closer than many people think.

  16. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    “An abundance of rain and snowfall this winter has teed up what’s expected to be a bountiful year for hydroelectricity production in California, as reservoirs recover from five years of drought.
    But the projected rise in hydropower could force the state to sharply cut back on the amount of power produced from other sources, particularly renewable energy, according to the California Independent System Operator, the organization that manages most of the state’s vast energy system.”

  17. R. de Haan says:

    Brexit causing stress in the Euro Parliament and finally results in War Threats over Gibraltar,

    Incredible speech of Nigel Farage.

  18. R. de Haan says:

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just because we have all gone to a meeting like this.
    an engineer goes to a meeting where no one is communicating

  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    An item on demographics (which you discussed what a year ago?), the media just figured out that Muslim births will out number Christian births and Muslims will become the largest religious group in Europe by about 2060 if current rates continue.

  21. Jason Calley says:

    Hey Larry! Catherine Austin Fitts (who was the Assistant Secretary of HUD during the time of Bush Sr.) has been shouting for decades that HUD was actually being run as a way to fraudulently shift billions of dollars into the pockets of the well connected. Any quick google or youtube search will yield many interviews she has given over the years. The people who have controled HUD are not incompetent. They are extraordinarily competent — competent at stealing.

  22. Larry Ledwick says:

    Apparently not all of Hollywood are complete idiots when it comes to Brexit

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Jason Calley says:

    The people who have controled HUD are not incompetent. They are extraordinarily competent — competent at stealing.

    Oh it has been clear for a long time that skimming government programs is an occupational specialty of a vast majority of the “in crowd”, Clinton, Gore, Obama are the poster children for it but the Republicans have done their share but generally not as blatantly illegal – they tend to milk the sacred cow of the defense industries while the left milks the sacred cow of social programs, and both milk Wall Street and foreign governments and their kick back machines.
    Until a few CEOs and top level government hacks become room mates of Bernie Madoff nothing will change.

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    My instincts on Syria and Trump. Tillerson today mentioned that efforts are under way to create an international agreement or remove Assad from Power following the nerve gas incident. (possibly a false flag by Russia on a back channel agreement to oust Assad in exchange for some compensation. What they want above all else is continued control of Tartus and the harbor/military facilities. If that were some how guaranteed to Russia like Gibraltar is to the UK, and the Panama Canal is/was to the US (don’t kid your self the Panama canal is still owned by the US. and if we needed to we would take it back in a heart beat during war time) Russia would do most anything.

    My bet is that Russia will grant him asylum (or some other country will under a secret protocol) and in exchange Russia will get a 60-100 year lease on the port facilities it covets in Tartus Syria.

    Russia and a coalition with the US and possibly Turkey will guarantee safe havens for refugees and then go all in to destroy ISIS and violent Jihadis.

    Or I could be wrong and it just becomes a big smoking hole.

  25. p.g.sharrow says:

    Keep in mind the ending scenario.
    Man to man combat in the heights of Golan near the place of Megiddo.
    The Brothers of the North will unite to Enforce a Pax to end war,

    I wonder what scenes will play out before we get to the end of this play. Likely will need more popcorn…pg

  26. llanfar says:

    Stefan Molynieux and Mike Cernovich had a different take on it this afternoon – a deep state false flag to redirect from Susan Rice…

  27. llanfar says:

    btw, has anyone heard from Gail lately? I miss her posts.

  28. Zeke says:

    Cheif says, “FWIW, I’ve not got a few Raccoons who, when I’m a bit slow putting the food dish on the shelf under the window, will reach up and “pat” the window sill that I open when I put the dish out…”

    We had a fearless feline who could not stand raccoons walking around on our patio. She used to growl at them from inside and then run up and whack the sliding glass door, in an effort to get them to move along. One raccoon found this very amusing. I saw him reaching up and patting the glass and looking right at her. She ran at the window again for a bigger hit, and with a real twinkle in his eye patted the window again.

    The raccoons and crows are very polite neighbors here. They never take anything that belongs to the hens, and they do not try to bother the girls or get eggs. No crow lands in our back yard, but they do occasionally raise a racket if there is a hawk. Our neighbors hate all the raccoons however so we never deliberately feed them. They sometimes pick all the grapes if we leave them, leaving perfectly bare grape vines.

  29. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. In the vital security interests of the Imperial state of America Emperor Trump has called a cruise missile strike on the air base in Idlib Syria. The last time Damascus was a threat to North America was 8000 years ago they sent a fast camel attack train to California to plunder the gold. It never arrived. Two American destroyers in the Mediterranean sent 60 cruise missiles to wipe out the base. This was approximately 60 million dollars to wipe out a 20 million dollar Air Base. In other news in 9 months expect a peek birth rate among neocons globally haha.

    This may be the beginning of World War 3 or just the end of Life as We Know It. If there are any historians Left Alive we can read about it in 5 years.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  30. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. This written in 1900 by Mark Twain about Philippine War. I updated title, heh.

    Battle Hymn of the NeoCons

    Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
    He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger’s wealth is stored;
    He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
    His lust is marching on.

    I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
    They have builded him an altar in the Eastern dews and damps;
    I have read his doomful mission by the dim and flaring lamps—
    His night is marching on.

    I have read his bandit gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
    “As ye deal with my pretensions, so with you my wrath shall deal;
    Let the faithless son of Freedom crush the patriot with his heel;
    Lo, Greed is marching on!”

    We have legalized the strumpet and are guarding her retreat;*
    Greed is seeking out commercial souls before his judgement seat;
    O, be swift, ye clods, to answer him! be jubilant my feet!
    Our god is marching on!

    In a sordid slime harmonious Greed was born in yonder ditch,
    With a longing in his bosom—and for others’ goods an itch.
    As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich—
    Our god is marching on.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  31. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. I suggest everyone visit their favorite prepper website today. As a minimum you should get fresh batteries for your Geiger counter. also you might want to review how to make a decontamination event plot. Don’t forget one gallon of water per day for each Survivor. Also three weeks of dry food would be nice. hmmmm, mabe 5 rolls toilet paper each also.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    This was far more than a punitive strike on Syria.
    It was a message to both Putin, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Korea and Iran to name 4 countries.
    It was a gentle slap at Russia for not eliminating chemical weapons in Syria like the said they would do 4 years ago.
    It blunts the message that Trump might be a pawn of Russia if he is willing to “Go Downtown” on an airbase where Russian troops are stationed (and took measures to properly de-conflict them). It would be really nice to know how exactly they were warned.

    There is a difference between a message like “we have decided to strike Shayrate airbase at xx:xx please see that your personel stay under cover and or leave the base by that time.”

    And a message “Missiles are on the way to Sharate airbase if you troops stay on the south end of the field near the barracks they will not be involve. Your radar should pickup the incoming weapons on a bearing of xyz in approximately 10 minutes.”

    All sorts of subtle messages can be sent by the type manner and timing of such a warning.

    What Trump has established by this attack:
    Chemical weapons use is unacceptable and we will respond to their use any where in defense of the general international prohibition over their use.
    He will deconflict our military actions with other major nations, but he won’t talk about it for a week on the nightly news first.
    Trump does not talk about what he is going to do ahead of time, he says he is considering action and that is it. Rounds on the way 24 hours later.
    Russia and China now know he is willing to pull the trigger with little warning with the right provocation.
    The size of the attack, he did not send a token 5 or 10 weapons he used 59 missiles who usually carry 1000# warheads. That means he totally obliterated the target area chosen.

    The fact that he did the attack while having dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping created a situation where the two of them could meet face to face during the announcement with I am sure will be greatly appreciated by Xi Jinping as he will have been able to take the measure of Trumps demeanor when he made the announcement. That will greatly improve Trumps leverage (assuming he came across as a deliberate but forceful leader) when he talks to Xi Jinping about Korea.

    Almost every president in modern history has been tested by crisis in the first 100-200 days of his administration by other power players in the world. Trump did the test on his own terms not theirs.
    Seasoned by the recent changes in rules of engagement for US forces this adds credibility to our use of force and as Teddy Roosevelt, sends the message that Trump walks softly but carries a big stick and is not afraid to use it appropriately. If that message was properly crafted and delivered by this action, it significantly reduces the chance that some crisis will be forced on him by others as he answered most of the questions that sort of “testing crisis” are intended to determine.

    What we don’t know is what happened behind the curtain. It is entirely possible that this helps set the tone of how Putin treats Trump and vice versa. Especially if there was a quiet back channel plan for this action just between the two of them about how this would play out. Russia may in fact be wanting to disengage from Syria and if so this could serve as the public reason for them to toss support of Assad (they did just recently say that they were not unconditionally supportive of Assad). Yet they do highly value the base in Tartuse, a win win for them would be to have an agreement to keep those basing rights, and otherwise mostly disengage from Syria (they know they can’t afford another Afghanistan adventure of never ending conflict)

    This could lay the ground work for a move to exile for Assad and some sort of partition of Syria security among several regional powers to go after ISIS and control Iranian influence in the region.

    This also puts Iran on notice not to get too frisky.

    There are many wins in this action beyond the nominal issue.

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter (in support of my comment above)
    Dana Regev‏Verified account @Dana_Regev 11 minutes ago
    Syrian observatory says airbase hit by #US airstrike is “almost completely destroyed,” @Reuters reports.

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    It appears this was a time on target attack, all 59 missiles impacted within 3-4 minutes so a detonation about every 4 seconds for the duration of the attack. Much like the shock and awe strikes on Baghdad.

  35. Zeke says:

    Partition Syria to get a Russian eastern Mediterranean base?

    But you have to wonder why.

  36. Zeke says:

    The bombs you see, and the bombs you cannot see.

    “NO to Bill 89! Parents tell Wynne: Leave Our Kids Alone” dur. 10:48

    Canadian bill greatly expands the power of the state to remove children for a variety of reasons, including gender identity.

    Apparently parents can not deny their children hormone suppression drugs, when children want to be a different gender.

  37. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Larry. Cry Havoc! Loose the dogs of war! This is certainly a significant message to Korea and China. Kim will make public bluster but his military might find a new Dear Leader. China will take it as confirmation of psycopathic neocon short sighted irresponsibility. Turkey, the Joker, is wild. His military may replace him soon also.

    The dogs of war are hard to control after tasting blood.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  38. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. Thinking a little bit like a chess player this first strike seems like the beginning of a new Gambit. Opening the door for one or two other moves. Stay tuned haha.

    This from Ru MoD …

    On April 7, at the time between 3:42 and 3:56 a.m. Moscow time, a massive missile attack by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles was carried out from two destroyers of the US Navy (Ross and Porter), from the Mediterranean Sea, near the island of Crete, targeting Syrian airfield Ash Sha’irat.

    According to the Russian data recording technology, only 23 cruise missiles reached the Syrian airbase. It is not clear where the other 36 cruise missiles landed”.

    “It is evident that the US cruise missile strikes against a Syrian airbase have been prepared long before today’s events. A large system of measures of reconnaissance, planning, preparation of flight tasks and bringing the missiles to launch readiness needs to be carried out to prepare such an attack”.
    Welcome to the new and improved US foreign policy …

    Wild, crazy, and out- of- control. Like Jack Ruby when he killed Oswald. Jack said he had ‘psychomotor epilepsy’, means I do whatever I want, whenever I want. hmmmm, sounds a bit like Dear Leader, eh Lou?

    The only reason North Korea has not been invaded in all these years is it has nothing worth invading for haha.

    Mor L8r, heh.

  39. Jeff says:

    Scott Adams also says this has a lot of wins, with no appreciable downside.

    (Not surprising, the libtards who were decrying the “Syrian Atrocities” are now whining that Trump is trying to start WWIII).

    @llanfar, I’ve been wondering where Gail is, and miss her posts, too. She posted on treehouse (aka CTH) yesterday, referring back to “Tips” here. Something about Vitamin C.

    Have to say the number of “concern trolls” is exploding there, at BB, Drudge, and elsewhere. Soros &co. must be burning through a lot of cash. My son told me that Soros has started a German version of corrupt-the-record :) called Korrekt (Korrektur?). Nothing like a little projection to start the globalists’ day…

  40. Jeff says:

    Actually it’s spelled Correctiv. Soros just pumped €100,000.00 into it… In other words,
    C orrupt
    T he
    R ecord…

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    Obviously lots of different views in the region on the Syria strikes.

    Interesting comments from Nassim Nicholas Taleb regarding the secondary messages sent by the strike and their impact on the players in the region as I noted above.

    View at

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the US China meeting, I find the body language of this image very interesting. It appears that both leaders are comfortable with each other and not building invisible walls between each other.
    It appears to me that they are connecting as equals willing to listen to each others views.

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    This image also shows the same sort of body language, note the very slight leaning of both men toward each other. If their was friction or tension between them they would likely be sending the opposite body language signals by leaning away from each other, or turning slightly away from each other. or creating blocking body positions. In the image above note the way Trumps legs are crossed and his arm is extended along the back of the couch, that is a closure gesture that creates a private bubble of personal space between the two men as they engage with each other.

    In the picture below I see no body signals that show blocking between any of them.

  44. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting tid bit on the Syria gas attack.

    12:40 p.m.

    Senior military officials say the U.S. is looking into whether Russia participated in Syria’s chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

    The officials say Russia has failed to control the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons.

    They say a drone belonging either to Russia or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack Tuesday after it happened. The drone returned late in the day as citizens were going to a nearby hospital for treatment. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was bombed.

    The officials say they believe the hospital attack may have been an effort to cover up evidence of the attack.

    The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. They say they’re still reviewing evidence.

    -Lolita C. Baldor

  45. philjourdan says:


    WordPress ate my post?

    Are you trying to imitate Climate scientists? :-)

  46. Another Ian says:

    Another ingredient in the mix

    “Hey, did anyone else notice that last week, very quietly, every single staffer at the DNC was fired? ”

  47. LG says:

    Oroville 6 April Update The ‘New’ Spillway Design Revealed!
    Interesting note at the end of the Video: The findings of the root cause of the failure might not be fully released to the public.

  48. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wikileaks – Guccifer 2.0 says DNC leaker was Seth Rich.
    This raises the question about should his death be investigated as a hit rather than random street violence?

  49. llanfar says:

    Refreshing – David Knight doing the interview rather than Alex Jones… Dr. Steve Pieczenik: Syria Strike Was A Message To China And North Korea

  50. sabretoothed says:

    Nuclear waste barrier so no tunnels :P NUCLEAR WASTE

    Clayton Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh proposes storing nuclear waste along the wall in trenches that are at least 100 feet deep.

    Money already collected by the U.S. Department of Energy from people who benefit from nuclear power would help pay for the wall.

    The bid includes an option for hardware to convert the nuclear waste to energy.

  51. sabretoothed says:

    Its got the Solar Panels for the Global warmings, and then the Nuclear waste safely under the wall next to the Rio Grande and fixes immigration at the same time, with view points

  52. Jeff says:

    Another upside would be with nuke waste stored under the wall, any perps who dug their way through in the dark of night could be easily tracked by “the glow of their being”… (sorry)

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting article in Politico outlining all the close connections between President Trump and his family, and Jewish organizations which also have close connections to Putin and Russia.

    The question is how many of these connections are inevitable due to the relatively small world of wealthy power players in New York and developers like Trump. You obviously cannot succeed in the high end real estate development world without meeting and associating with other powerful wealthy individual, many of which have interesting connections to all sorts of deals and power players in the world.

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    A local Police agency introduces a real time GPS tracking dart that can be fired from the patrol car, and “sticks” to the car being pursued, so they can break off high speed chases.

    I wonder what their removal prevention technology is ? Electrical shock?

  55. philjourdan says:

    @Zeke – We have a big problem with rabies around here, so while we have some very “friendly” racoons (a kit was born under our shed and never developed a fear of man), we still keep a door between us and them. Even though the only symptoms they display is their lack of fear.

    We had a cat door when we had outside cats and the racoons figured out how to open it even when it was set to one way. But they are not too quick, so I had to beat a couple with a broom when I found them in the cat room. They never came back. Possums however are not that smart.

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    3D printed metal parts go full on commercial. This used to be technology only utilized in very special niches like F1 racing where cost is no object and strength to weight trumps all other considerations. If approved for aircraft manufacture it will open the door wide for other less demanding applications where extremely complex parts could be manufactured more cost effectively than with traditional methods.

  57. E.M.Smith says:


    I think you mean “Mechanical 3D Printed” … I learned how to “3D print” metal surfaces onto the teeth of power shovels in High School Welding about 45 years ago ;-)

    Really what is called “additive manufacture” has been around much much longer. Dad taught me how to weld two constructed parts together via hammer welding a long time ago, and that technique was known at least 1000 years back. It is the ROBOTIC ability to do additive manufacturing that is new. Ask any potter…

    @Pearce per Prepping:

    I usually do my ‘refresh’ on ever minor Earthquake and / or Hurricane (depending on which cost I inhabit that year ;-), but yea, it’s time for a ‘check your gear’ moment.

    We have an carrier battle group headed to straighten out N. Korea. This could get way ugly way fast.

    BTW, I don’t think you need a Geiger counter. IF you know a detonation happened, just watch the clouds and the wind. If you DON’T know a detonation happened, I doubt you are in any place that needs to worry …


    Nice summary of the costs, benefits, and ‘show’.

    I’d only add that images of the damage show the missiles exploded INSIDE the arches.

    Can you say “And we can fly them suckers right up your ass.”

    Hypothetical: Trump, to Putin: “If you keep your guys in their part of the field they will be fine, we’re going to detonate inside the arches so your folks ought to be OK outdoors…”


    So The State wants to give minors decision rights superior to their adult guardians? Oh dear…


    I doubt Trump did much more than say: “General, please strike the airbase from which the gas attack was launched. Don’t hurt any Russians.” A simple “tit for tat”.

    FWIW, I think the “missing” missiles are more likely the result of Russian radar not able to sort out 2 flying 100 feet apart and the near simultaneous explosions on the ground.

    That has almost zero downside for him, and far less downside than upside. As he was asking China to “fix N. Korea” right then too, having this go off while saying “OR I WILL FIX IT” has gravitas beyond the ordinary… Expect China to spank Kim, or expect to see The Dear Leader Parade Traditional Missile Launch have spectacular fireworks accompaniment…


    Hypothetical: Trump to XI: “Hey, we’ll have a fireworks show with dinner tonight. Here, let me turn on the color video from the satellite over Syria… oh, wrong channel, that’s North Korea. (off stage shout) General! You sure we got the right one for this week?”…


    Yeah, what you said ;-)

    Gail is just applying attention where it is most needed, that’s all…

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, but the question is “What will replace them?” Soul searching or scorching?


    I’ll need to watch that one later…


    Now that’s odd, since both KCl and KC03 ought to reduce to ions in the stomach…

    Per nuclear waste: I’m pretty sure that was a tongue in cheek response and perhaps deliberately done to drive a news cycle by the left…


    The 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon comes to mind. With 6 links, you can connect anyone to Kevin Bacon (or anyone else in the world for that matter…)

    I imagine they don’t need any anti-removal strategy. The chopper just follows the GPS till it stops and then the dozen cars on parallel roads turn and converge…

    @Phil Jourdan:

    The Raccoons are the smartest things I’ve dealt with up close short of monkeys, and their disposition is vastly better than monkeys… They can figure out now to open the twist off top of a jar on FIRST exposure to it. That without opposable thumbs. Heck, I know people who need help with that!

    They also seem to clearly understand transparency in glass and reflections. That puts them ahead of cats and dogs. I’m tempted to put out a mirror and see if they are up with elephants and chimps…

    I’ve noticed in looking at them that they have “measured fear”. They are aware of the risk I pose, but don’t just run away like other animals. They back off to an estimated safe distance, then look, watch, gather data, and evaluate. Spooky in a way. Had one stay at the end of the shelf outside the L.R. Window and watch me take in the food bowl, fill it, and set it back… Knew I wasn’t a threat to where he was (body below the edge, face poking over) but not ready to approach yet either. THAT’S thinking.

  58. jim2 says:

    It seems to me a great application for robots would be to set up a human habitat on Mars. It would be a good test of the technology, would provide a “habitable-ready” base, and also test the robots. Some 3D printers would probably come in handy and the robots could try growing various crops.

    Actually, robots will eventually take all our jobs, including programming which I do.

    OTOH, I have to laugh at the attempts by my company to use “business intelligence” suites for use by business analysts and is supposed to greatly minimize the need for code. Not one has been implemented successfully – i.e. FAIL.

    But eventually, robots and automation will take our jobs. How will the free market and capitalism be viable? Capitalism is failing us as far as job creation goes already. Yes, there are more jobs, but more and more they are things like Uber driver. And for the “tech titans” and outsourcing company owners, the wage gap hasn’t been this bad since Carnegie’s time (That would be a SWAG on my part.)

  59. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. Just started reading way cool climate change theory by Elec Engr, 350 replies already! enjoy …

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    From Bellingcat and twitter:

    This may be the missing link that ties the Russians to the chemical attack in Syria.

  61. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump is laying down the law that all chemical weapons are unacceptable in the Syrian conflict and use of them will result in a US response.

    This could restrain Assad/Russia or could become a hook to draw the US deeper into the conflict, only time will tell what the long term strategic plan is here but it is clear that Trump is saying:
    “knock it off, don’t make me stop the car!”

  62. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like a good time to short grain commodity stocks. (or make fuel with grain again)

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    A commentary on why Assad used chemical weapons on April 7 with a short historical look at the conflict.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Colorado law working its way through the legislature to make jurisdictions legally liable for sanctuary policy actions and their consequences. This will be an interesting wrestling match between conservative rural Colorado districts and urban liberal districts.

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    The administration has released an unclassified report on the Sarin attack in Syria, full text is available here:

  66. LG says:

    Oroville 2017 9 April High Country Snowpack Update

  67. David Au says:

    Larry, I missed in the link why Assad used Chemical weapons, or how he benefited.

  68. philjourdan says:


    I wonder what their removal prevention technology is ? Electrical shock?

    To remove it, you have to stop and find it. I suspect it is fairly easy to remove as it probably is not very obvious, and they just want to see where they are going, not track them for a long time.

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well they imply it is some sort of active measure rather than just a really tough adhesive.

    Obviously if the cops are only 5 minutes behind you, not much time to remove it, but there are counter measures depending on how aggressive the bad guy wants to be.

    1. stop the car run around to the back and slap a piece of aluminum foil over the bug, and then move before the following police can establish visual (a smoke grenade might help here).

    2. if a premeditated get away, install a gps jammer on the rear of the car, and turn it on when you see the tail car drop back and loses visual contact. Or use a taser or cattle prod on the device to fry its circuits

    3. I bet a 12GA shotgun would remove it no matter how good the adhesive is or if it had anti-handling technology like electric shock.

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    Zero hedge is posting an article that says China has issued a warning to NK that if their actions threaten north east China, that China would take it upon themselves to strike NK nuclear facilities.

    I wonder if there is a pre-arraigned chain of events waiting in the wings?

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    One more fragment of information on the settlement of North America. 14,000 year old village found in British Columbia on a small island. (sea farers following the ice margins?

  72. E.M.Smith says:


    (Hypothetical) Trump to XI over hole 12: “Say, what would you say to you taking over the north half of Korea and calling it China? We’d be OK with that as long as you declare peace with S. Korea…”

    Or, alternatively:

    “You know Xi, can I call you Xi? If you were to make North Korea a Chinese Protectorate and put someone in charge who was more reasonable, I think we both would be better off…. you could get coal cheaper then too. Can you be back here for the Masters? I have front row accommodations… “

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Since everyone seems to be hypersensitive to the world strategic situation right now, an item on the current status of nuclear warheads in the US vs Russia according to documents recently released as part of the START treaty declarations.

  74. tom0mason says:

    A lady in Scotland has started a new field of research in to Parkinson’s. From

    “Scientists are investigating whether it may be possible for doctors to diagnose Parkinson’s disease by smell.
    Their study stems from the case of 65-year-old Joy Milne, a retired Scottish nurse who claims to have detected the onset of the disease in her husband when his smell changed. Milne has since been dubbed a “super-smeller” by the media after she went on to identify people with Parkinson’s by smelling T-shirts they’d slept in.

    Although the idea might sound far-fetched, previous research has focused on whether some diseases, like cancer and diabetes, might be detectable by smell.

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    Japan will be joining in with the US Carrier task force as it enters Japanese waters to add weight to the “message” being sent to NK.

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Conflict News‏ @Conflicts 45 minutes ago

    BREAKING: Xi Jinping says any use of chemical weapons “unacceptable”, urges “one voice” of security council on Syria – @XHNews

  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting discussion (20 min video) with Paul Joseph Watson and Jack Posobiec regarding probability of a Trump administration considering a pre-emptive strike against NK, because sources think NK leader Kim Jong-un thinks the only way to prevent regime change is to use the limited nuclear capability he already has.

    We know he almost certainly has several crude nuclear devices with possibly up to 20 already assembled and available. At least some of them are probably too heavy for ballistic missile delivery, but that is an unknown.

    This does not block him perhaps using them in a vehicle or ship delivery mode, or perhaps just as an open air test to prove he has the capability. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are not worried about weapon throw weight and device efficiency there is practically no limit to the yield even a crude device could achieve, going well into the megaton range once you cross the threshold in to thermonuclear yield. It would be relatively easy using 1950’s technology to build a multi megaton device inside a ship or a rail car. (28 February 1954 Bravo test at Bikini atoll 15 MT yield)

    If Kim Jong-un is really that crazy, then it is better to force the confrontation now than let him get farther into the development cycle where anything is possible. Obviously this is a devils choice that should have been avoided by taking action a long time ago.

    PJW and Jack Posobiec video

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    Lavarov press statements are interesting:
    From twitter
    dwnews‏Verified account @dwnews 5 minutes ago

    Lavrov: We have agreed to designate special envoys from both sides to discuss Obama-era “irritants.”

    Lavrov: Russia and the US have a particular responsibility when it comes to military safety of the world.

    dwnews‏Verified account @dwnews 10 minutes ago

    Lavrov: We are willing to achieve an absolute defeat of ISIS, as well as other terrorist organisations in #Syria

    dwnews‏Verified account @dwnews 13 minutes ago

    LIVE: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Sec of State #RexTillerson hold joint press conference in Moscow

    Fox News‏Verified account @FoxNews 14 minutes ago

    Lavrov: “There are certain issues that have been inherited, so-to-speak, as time bombs from the… Obama Administration.”

  79. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, yet another person not bothering to stand up for their rights and instead just deciding to “duck for legal cover” when folks make noise. Ever talk to a Russian? Better register as a foreign agent. Hey, maybe I need to register as a foreign agent, after all, I listen to RT news and sometimes fine it useful in writing articles, that must benefit Russia some how… /sarc;


    That fits what I think is the Trump Pattern. Toss the opening gambit “firebomb” in public, then in private say “Look, we both have things we want. How about we cut a deal where we each get something?”

    Deals are all about showing the other guy how he wins too. Where from what I’ve seen, most of Politics seems to be about pissing in the other guys coffee and advertising it. Just stupid, IMHO. So these foreign leaders, after 8 to 16 years of “crap in their face” are finding a guy who says “Tell me what you want, and I’ll see what we can do. I’d like this in exchange. Deal?”

    I suspect he’s cut some deal with China, and now we’re having the show of “You fix it or I will” to give them cover for a takeover / replace cycle, leaving them with a N. Korea buffer and letting us reduce troop costs in S. Korea. Both to deescalate and get more stable clients, both to later cut costs. Just don’t know if the end game goes all the way to One Korea and nobody based there.

    Per Nukes:

    The hard bit on U gun type bombs was 4000 fps “assembly” rate. Modern tank guns can now do that. Anyone with a modern tank has all they need to make a bomb out of SNM U (Special Nuclear Materials Uranium).

    Now, once you have a bomb, any bomb, you can start adding layers of enhancers. Yet More U or Pu or even Th (if pushed) along with moderators and eventually a reflector. BTW, water is a very good reflector… so build it in the bottom of a big ship you get your reflector for free… IF you really want to get into the fusion thing, you need to focus X rays (via styrofoam, I kid you not…) and use it to implode a LiD or Li-Tritium secondary. It is really more a Lithium Bomb than a Hydrogen bomb… Not hard, but much harder than just putting another foot of Uranium metal around your “assembly area”…

    The “magic” is making a bomb that will still explode when fired from an 8 inch gun… For that, you need Pu or U233 from Th… (Yeah, I was an interest of mine once… “The Curve Of Binding Energy” by McPhee is a good layman’s start.

    Though now you can find plans to make your own on-line, so what’s the point… Even the “nuclear trigger” that is really just a neutron source when whacked. Oh Well. (The Russian one is particularly nice and easy. Beryllium coated Po IIRC. Oh, Golly! Looks like now “there’s a wiki for that!”:

    The initiator used in the early devices, located at the center of the bomb’s plutonium pit, consisted of a beryllium pellet, and a beryllium shell with polonium between the two. The pellet, 0.8 cm in diameter, was coated with nickel and then a layer of gold. The beryllium shell was of 2 cm outer diameter with wall thickness of 0.6 cm. The inner surface of that shell had 15 concentric, wedge-shaped latitudinal grooves and was, like the inner sphere, coated with gold and nickel.[2][3] A small amount of polonium-210 (50 curies, 11 mg) was deposited in the grooves of the shell and on the central sphere: the layers of gold and nickel served to shield the beryllium from alpha particles emitted by the polonium. The whole urchin weighed about 7 grams and was attached to mounting brackets in a 2.5 cm diameter inner cavity in the pit.[4]

    When the shock wave from the implosion of the plutonium core arrives, it crushes the initiator. Hydrodynamic forces acting on the grooved shell thoroughly and virtually instantly mix the beryllium and polonium, allowing the alpha particles from the polonium to impinge on the beryllium atoms. Reacting to alpha particle bombardment, the beryllium atoms emit neutrons at a rate of about 1 neutron each 5–10 nanoseconds. These neutrons trigger the chain reaction in the compressed supercritical plutonium. Placing the polonium layer between two large masses of beryllium ensures contact of the metals even if the shock wave turbulence performs poorly.

    Well, one more thing I no longer need to be circumspect about ;-)

    So yeah, given access to SNM, a clean room and machine shop (and lead underwear ;-) I’m pretty sure I could cobble together a device that would work “first time” in a “ship sized object”…


    MCU? MIcro Controller Unit? Looks like a fun toy!


    I’d love to drive up in the hills above Oroville, but just don’t have the time… Sigh. The snow ought to be a real sight…


    But but butbut… The Food Shortages!!!! ;-)

    Yeah, we’re not running out of food. Who knew…. /sarc;

    And if it was 14,000 years ago and on a small island now, better look 400 feet down for the real city under the flood waters …


    Dogs can smell cancer, and anyone can smell diabetic keto-acidosis (fruity acetone smell).

  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    It looks like that scenario with Korea is taking shape, Kim Jong-un has ordered evacuations of Pyongyang at 06:20 this morning their time.

    From twitter:

    Looks like Kim Jong-Un is getting nervous (great distraction for him to use to take the publics mind off of how bad NK sucks, and to help him consolodate power)
    It is possible China and the US have worked out a deal to take him down before he becomes a region wide nuclear threat. He might have worked a deal, you help us put him in a bottle and I will guarantee no moves into NK by SK. China is really worried about getting a couple million NK refugees coming across the Yalu river if things go south.

    It could be staged as a strike by us to take out his nuclear capability and then a move by china to “intervene to restore peace” all pre-planned and stage managed for the news cycle.
    If he gets deliverable nuclear capability he will be a huge risk to lots of folks. China does a lot of trade with SK too so they don’t want it turned to a cinder either.

    Rumor is SK folks are really wound tight right now.
    Problem is NK has long range artillery in massive amounts near the border, they could bombard SK on a moments notice. Only reasonable solution to that, would be a massive cruise missile strike to take out the artillery units and their ammunition. Supposedly an Ohio class cruise missile submarine is joining the party so they could bring a lot of ordinance into play very quickly once that carrier task force gets on station.

    The bad news is the enemy always gets a vote and things do not always work out like you want.

  81. E.M.Smith says:


    Watch for China “invited” in to “help”… but staying in their own camps outside of and away from N. Korean military installations…

    I’d expect things to happen when N, Korea launches their demo missiles. The USA then launches counter missile missiles claiming self defense (and plausibly covered since N. K. DID launch..) and then tosses in an area denial massive Big-Bada-Boom!! claiming it is justified given the N. Korean constantly stating they would in fact shell anyone and everyone.

    China then quietly has their troops “help” by taking over and the USA and China “declare peace”… Later we all go home…

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    NK may be just days away from another nuclear test shot.

    If this is a really big one (ie MT class) it would certainly be a handy excuse for action.

  83. Larry Ledwick says:

    Jack Posobiec: Will Trump Strike North Korea?
    6:15 video
    NSC have submitted a strike plan for N Korea

  84. Larry Ledwick says:

    Trump and timing.
    Gave Xi Jinping the information about the missile launch during dessert.

  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    It appears the quid pro quo between Trump and China was economic.

    Part of all this is expediency, of course. The gravest national-security problem Mr. Trump faces is the North Korean quest for more nuclear weapons and the missiles that could deliver them over long ranges. And China happens to be, far and away, the country best able to help stop that threat.

    It’s clear that the North Korean problem occupies a huge spot in the middle of the burgeoning Trump-Xi dialogue. In fact, Mr. Trump said he has offered a kind of big deal to Mr. Xi: You help stop the North Korean nuclear threat, and we’ll give you a better deal in looming, and potentially tough, trade negotiations.

    The message on North Korea, Mr. Trump said, is: “If you don’t help us that will be absolutely fine. We will solve the problems by ourselves. But your trade deal will not be the same as if you helped us.”

  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter, a speech HRC gave to Goldman Sachs on Korea.

  87. Larry Ledwick says:

    Burger King has ad designed to trigger google devices which have voice controlled search enabled.

  88. David A says:

    Larry, interest in talk by HRC.

    Trump appears to have taken better and immediate advantage of this rift.

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    A quick look at the internal challenges in Russia. It is still struggling against internal problems dating from the collapse of the Soviet Union as it tries to re-invigorate its military its economy is not healthy.

  90. E.M.Smith says:


    The major economic problem for Russia (outside of sanctions) is that they don’t manufacture much that the rest of the world wants to buy. Essentially they are a resource exporting country that is also an arms merchant. (Oddly, the USA is drifting that way too as China takes manufacturing, but we have a large media and tourism component as well).

    One can not export some whole sectors of an economy ( Real Estate and Construction, Health and Medicine, Security Services…) so you either must have some large internal growth drivers ( like population growth or lots of invention ) or you are left to make economic gains off of what you CAN export. That tends to be materials ( minerals, oil, coal, metals – and refining, timber and wood products) or things you can make from them. That means manufactures.

    For that to work, a country must have things they make that others want to buy. Either an exceptional marketing / quality angle (French perfumes and clothes, wines and cheeses) or a robust and high performance product (German cars, chemicals). Russia is not known for either. That leaves them with niche things where others just can’t make it or can’t buy from the other vendors ( Black Sea Caviar, Russian design munitions, launch services).

    The Russian Engineers are as good as any in the world, as are their workers. ( Russian guns just flat out work. I’ve never had a malfunction. Just never.) What is missing is the management and marketing, and the governance ( so things like getting sanctions gone, eliminating corruption, …)

    I’m hopeful that “someday” Russia will become the economic powerhouse it could be; but don’t expect to see it in Putin’s lifetime. Or mine. It will likely take a generation replacement for the people and politicians to forget the past enough to embrace a free and fair future. For now, they still move too slowly from fear of stepping on the wrong toes. (For example, last time I went looking for real B&W Film for my 35 mm camera, I only found Russian film… they still made it… but where is the high quality digital camera from Russia?… )

    IMHO, they could easily become a major provider / seller of ships, planes and trains. Lots of the raw materials and energy needed inside their borders and with low shipping costs. Good skill at making those things. (Would benefit from a European or American touch on ‘amenities’ though…) They could have a vibrant tourism industry as well (just need a bit more marketing, amenities, attractions and an easier time for the tourist). Then there is space. So we have a half dozen folks planing to build a space hotel Real Soon Now while Russia already has some tourist flights. With their heavy lift ability, they ought to have a 5 Star space hotel already under construction. They could also be leading the way on low cost high reliability modular nuclear power plants, but are not. That area is wide open, with the USA industry mothballed, France focused on One Size Fits All, and the UK & Germany out of the business. Japan also packing it in lately.

    Oh Well. I’m not their Minister of Exports…


    Well, and “near me” too! I hope it lives in more than just one cave, or the ‘requests’ for ‘exemplar samples’ for museums will wipe it out…


    Interesting HRC POV…

    And yeah, Trump seems to have said “Curb Korea and get a good deal or don’t, and we’ll ‘fix’ it and you get squat.” Probably in more friendly tones, though…

    I’m in the “watchful waiting” stage on N. K. IFF the Dear Kim is dumb enough to have a parade and launch party, something will be blowing up right quick IMHO. If he doesn’t, the back-down will be spectacular…

    My expectation is he grew up believing his own bull shit and will go ahead with the show (though with more push for FUD via angst in the population). Then the question becomes: Trump or China shooting things ‘inbound’? …

  91. LG says:

    @ E.M.Smith.
    A couple of Zerohedge articles Re North Korea, posted earlier in the week.

    China Threatens To Bomb North Korea’s Nuclear Facilities If It Crosses Beijing’s “Bottom Line”

    The editorial in the military-focused Global Times tabloid, owned and operated by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper, said that North Korea’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China, and that if the North impacts China with its illicit nuclear tests through either “nuclear leakage or pollution”, then China will respond with force.

    “China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China… If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back. By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own.”

    This, as the editorial puts it, is the “bottom line” for China; should it be crossed China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back,” warned the editorial.

    China Warns North Korea Situation Has Hit “Tipping Point”, Threatens “Never Before Seen” Measures

    And today we see another Global Times editorial somewhat supporting US and increasing its threats to North Korea…

    Washington’s latest threat to Pyongyang is more credible given its just launched missile attack at an air base in Syria. The Korean Peninsula has never been so close to a military clash since the North conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

    If Pyongyang conducts its sixth nuclear test in the near future, the possibility of US military action against it will be higher than ever. Not only Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises.

    Now the Trump team seems to have decided to solve the North Korean nuclear crisis. As the discussion runs deeper, a situation of no-solution will not be accepted.

    A new nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile test, if conducted by Pyongyang at this time, will be a slap in the face of the US government and will intensify the confrontation between North Korea and the US.

    Presumably Beijing will react strongly to Pyongyang’s new nuclear actions. China will not remain indifferent to Pyongyang’s aggravating violation of the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

    More and more Chinese support the view that the government should enhance sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear activities. If the North makes another provocative move this month, the Chinese society will be willing to see the UNSC adopt severe restrictive measures that have never been seen before, such as restricting oil imports to the North. Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program is intended for securing the regime, however, it is reaching a tipping point. Pyongyang hopes its gamble will work, but all signs point to the opposite direction.

  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sharyl Attkisson on how the intelligence community can setup the circumstances for incidental surveillance or simply out flank normal processes to establish surveillance US citizens.

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    Preview of the upcoming Party (aka riot) tomorrow at MLK Civic Center park in Berkley Ca.

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    And you wonder why the abusive immigrants in Europe don’t pay any attention to laws against their behavior. Why the Europeans have not shifted over to street justice I have no clue but you can bet it is coming as more of these outrageous incidents become public knowledge.

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    A quick look at the demographics in Japan. They are now firmly into population decline, which does not bode well for their economy as their tax base implodes as their population declines.

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bluff or orders to their agents?
    Korea transmitting code groups again. Appears to be a book code, which is a pretty simple code easily cracked if intelligence agencies can figure out the book being used.

  97. jim2 says:

    “It is by far the most powerful cache of exploits ever released,” Matthew Hickey, a security expert and co-founder of Hacker House, told Ars. “It is very significant as it effectively puts cyber weapons in the hands of anyone who downloads it. A number of these attacks appear to be 0-day exploits which have no patch and work completely from a remote network perspective.”

  98. LG says:

    Oroville update by Ron Brown of blancolirio.

    Informative commentary as the spillway re-opens.

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    Re: Antifa and Berkley protests today, so far several scuffles started. Police issued a hand out telling folks all the things (clubs, shields, pepper spray ie “implements of riot” ) that they could not bring into the park.
    So the people moved into the street. Several short video clips showing up documenting folks getting assaulted.

    If you can play this (not sure if you must be on twitter to see it) note the tactics used by the Antifa crowd, once an assault starts they drag their opponent into their group and surround them to fend off any supporters he/she might have. This is an intentional riot tactic, Trump supporters should keep this in mind and have some folks ready to break these violent scrums up before they can seriously injure the person they have picked out to attack.
    If you have twitter, lots of first person coverage by Tim Pool (@timcast )

    News coverage of the confrontations at MLK park

  100. E.M.Smith says:


    I note they left out shin and arm guards (as in hockey) and helmets. So my suggested kit still works. Also missing are a long list of traditional tools… (though likely would come under the last entry despite being unlisted…). Odd too is calling out specifically wood. So a plastic pipe is just fine… Can you say “sand filled PVC”? I knew you could…

    That’s the problem with all lists of banned weapons. Folks are creative ;-)

    OK, I’ll just show up with my aluminum crutch for my weak ankle… wearing my motorcycle helmet, “neck brace” and leathers with studs… and my steel toed boots… and my chain belt… Sigh. The stupid is strong in them what “govern”…

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little after action report from Lauren Southern short video.
    Battle of Berkeley 4/15/17 after action

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    Video from Milo Yiannopoulos Berkeley cops just chillin in their car while folks are fighting in the streets. Having trouble reading the body language of these officers is it that they really don’t give a crap or their hands are tied by command and they are tired of answering these same questions without getting in trouble?

    cops unconcerned by rioting

  103. pearce m. schaudies says:

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    Criticism, feedback welcome
    x. x. x. x. x.

    To: Mr. Elon Musk (Please Forward)

    Dear Mr. Musk. . . 3 Apr 12,017 HE

    I have read about your plans for Mars and KSR’s Mars Trilogy. I have stood beside a Saturn C5 booster outside Houston. My proposal is a project to provide a continuous pool of socially and culturally integrated colonists 1.5 m height, with cross trained skill sets, and screened for genetic defects. They would also have to pass US submarine service psychological screening. They would pay for their Mars ticket by two years of indentured service.

    Basically a floating island- city, named ‘Arrakis’, 350m x 100m x 40m self powered, steel barge- like structure, for open ocean cruising at 10 kph, where1800 crew and 200 guests may pursue life, liberty, and community. Preliminary cost estimate – $364 Mn.

    If Arrakis can claim to be the capitol city of Republic of Arkon (small 500 m2 piece of sovereign dirt with flag I designed), zero coupon govt bonds could be issued for construction.

    Denominations of $1000, 5000, 10000, 50000, 100000; paying 4% in 15 yrs.

    Otherwise a huge bank loan paid off by residents in 25 yrs, like a mortgage. Then residents would own the island. If a resident went to Mars after say 2 yrs, they would be given credits for rent paid they could spend in Barsoom, Mars capitol and spaceport, while a new resident took over their cabin. There are a number of enterprises residents might engage in to raise cash.

    It will be self- sufficient by raising pigs, goats, chickens, and hydroponic veggies. There will be 3 methane digesters in the bottom, each running at 60% capacity, in case one fails. A solar powred still will provide fresh water.

    Nothing like having to face the common danger of an open sea and storms to make people focus on cooperation for survival and develop survival reflexes for emergencies.

    This is an idea I have had for many years, even a website at one time, with no response. Mabe the time wasn’t right. I have several notebooks of ideas and sketches.

    The following two links describe reality TV shows where they took volunteers, gave them psychological screening, and then put them in a remote location with some starter materials. Unlike other reality TV shows they did not have any contest or fake conflicts. Their only goal was to make a community that could survive in the wild. Not surprisingly they did not succeed.
    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

    scroll down for

    brief bio
    x. x. x. x. x. flag
    x. x. x. x. x.
    Sandy, Minister of Future (aka pearce m. schaudies), born and raised in south Texas, where i did a lot of camping in the Scouts. BsEE 1969 Univ of Texas Austin, major in Computer Design, spent career as Reliability Engineer, Predicting and Testing when things will fail. Served on USS Strong DD758, 1965-67. Married 1963, two kids, friendly divorce 1980. While at Motorola created 2 new Hi-Rel jFET’s, helped rewrite MS-750, did the pre-cap visual on power microwave transistors used on Voyagers. Held Top Secret clearance 20 yrs. Moved to Silicon Valley, lived in SanJose 11yrs, did some touring on Suzuki GS850. Retired to Bangkok 1992, married a Thai girl in 1996. In 2003 started a website promoting a New Country, morfed into SeaStead, now Arrakis floating city. Political MinArchist. Having fun. I’m 73 now and Parts of me are still under warranty!
    telephone confirmation code:
    Do you like Apple pie?
    x. x. x.

  104. E.M.Smith says:


    I think it looks like dozens of other escape dreams. While in university, a half dozen of us also looked for Pacific Ocean rocks that could be called a country. The problem is that it is a closed club and the current members want no new players and have very big guns.

    The maintenance and operations costs of a ship at sea are very large. A barge is unsuitable. It requires a ship built for 30 kts (to outrun cyclones) and built sturdy enough to take a 100 foot wave (“rogue wave”) or you are just wating for the day you sink.

    Many critical details are left out (like energy source ) while largely irrelevant ones are emphasized (poo digesters, hight of 1.5 m, zero coupon bonds vs just bonds) which often is the case for personal fantasies. In large part, the “manufacture space crew” aspect just looks like a manufactured justification for the ocean escape colony idea. Why bother? Just rent a warehouse somewhere cheap and set up a test facility. I lived in a box for NASA for 3.5 months to establish the test criteria for astronauts. Now we can just do a psych screen and know who will make it. (At the augmenter end of the augmenter reducer scale with low social need strength IIRC)

    So while I’m all for floating City States, and politically free space colonies, joining the two seems a big stretch for little gain. Easier to just flag a supership under a flag of convenience and sell suites for the ship (being done now) for one and get an exploratory team to Mars to bootstrap the tech for the other (being planned and prepped).

    Please don’t take offense at my rain on this parade. You asked for critique and I must give it honestly. It does look like a fun idea, and I would love to give it a go with life at sea and interment on Mars my end state. Just realize both are very harsh places that require different adaptations and equipment. The Pacific in particular having chewed up Halsey’s aircraft carrier deck and sunk Navy ships in W.W.II would eat a slow barge and not notice… the catamaran evolved there to outrun tropical cyclones as that is the only viable strategy. 10 kts means you sink. 10 kph is worse. Barges in big waves have horrid seakeeping and worse stability with breakup probable. They do work well on large rivers and calm lakes, but even there the Great Lakes bottoms are littered with barges and ships… I’d not leave port on your slow barge, but would buy lotto life insurance on the occupants… While space needs low weight and radiation shielding. Very different problems.

  105. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief.Thanks for the feedback. I know about rogue waves, my destroyer was in a North Atlantic storm and we had one come over the signal bridge. Had to get fresh coffee. I read about the Draupner wave, documented 1 Jan 1995, typ wave height 12m, rogue 25.5m. I think weather radar will spot a storm cell at 30 to 40 kilometers and if we make a right turn at 10 kilometer per hour we will avoid it. Most storm cells proceed along a somewhat predictable path at 15 kph. The 40 m hull will protect from most rogues. The length – width ratio of 3.5 is very stable compared to a destroyers 7. We came within 1 degree of rolling over (45) during big swells from a storm. At the end of WW2, three destroyers rolled and sunk in WestPac storms. The main power source will be diesel plus solar and wind.

    Yeah, I left out a lot of details for brevity and marketing. I read about the guys piling sand on somebody’s reef, and the retirement cruise ship.

    Anyway, thanks again for feedback.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  106. sabretoothed says:

    BP and Cholestrol

  107. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief. I don’t want you to think this is a square, blunt bow. The first 15 m are 30 deg, the next 15 m are 45 deg, the last 15 m are 60 deg, followed by 300 m of ‘city.’

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  108. Larry Ledwick says:

    I pondered the idea of a sea city a while back and because of the sea keeping issues decided on an alternate possibility of a long vertical tube where most of the city is well below the surface so that surface waves were trivial. Make the upper layers strong enough to be able to take a wave over the top under storm conditions, and the rest of the structure would just see relatively minor motions. Bad news is that design would have large maintenance issues like a oil drilling platform to keep the structure sound (divers or robots). I eventually decided that those maintenance issues were not sustainable in the long run due to things like barnacle build up etc.

  109. E.M.Smith says:

    The ocean is just a very harsh place to put a metal home.

    OK not rally a barge but a very large low profile ship… Better. I think you will find the cruise industty has pretty much settled on optimal designs.

    I’d be happier if it could do a 30 knt burst for an hour or two. Maybe a diversion of ship electricity to electric pod manuvering motors. Azipods?

    As per economics and power, harvesting plastic would sell well to a certain investment crowd, but most of it is disbursed dust in meters of water. Fishing and rental suites would get more money. Think of specialized eco-tourism. Fly folks by seaplane to the ship as it does arctic to antarctic circles…

  110. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief. I did consider the big german azipods, but wanted the motors inside in case need repair. Also remembered more, with my reliability hat on. The 2 electric motors, extreme port an starboard, will do 10 kph for an hr, an just inboard 2 diesels will also handle 10 kph for an hr. The methane digesters will power conventional gas engines driving generators for ships power. I have a seasteading PDF on seakeeping parameters for barge an 2 other hulls but can’t find it. Being this big an heavy it will be ok, heh.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  111. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief, @Larry. The plan was to get a marine architect on board, have them recommend a wave tank lab, put a model in test. Cruise ships have roundish bottoms, roll a lot. My grade school buddy served on nuke subs, said even down 100 ft in bad storm, still broke plates in galley, heh.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    That was the reason I chose a tube that extended into the water some distance, high stability. Even large changes in wave height would make almost no change in submerged displacement. To create a self stabilizing hull shape you want one (like a catamaran) that rapidly increases displacement on roll on the down side and rapidly decreases displacement on the lifted side. The combined effect is a strong dampening torque to any roll. In a long tube displacement would hardly vary with wave height and the long lever arm of the tube would provide very strong resistance to rolling.

    Put a beer or soda can 2/3 full of water in a pond and watch it as waves hit it. Even with an open top they are hard for a kid to sink by throwing rocks at them (many experiments of this kind conducted by me and my friends at around 8 years old).

    The problem is that it could only be moved very slowly and would tend to drift with the surface currents it was embedded in. Grounding would be a big problem if it ever got into shallow waters.

    Bottom line sounds good but too many problems unless you have cubic money for covering maintenance etc.

    Now a very large catamaran would have some possibilities because of its self stabilizing hull form, although they do have problems with torsional distortion if one side of the hull gets significantly different sea height than the other.

  113. Zeke says:

    Here is another piece of the puzzle Larry was working on inre Berkley.

    The video analyzes a reddit thread and highlights calls for a “leader,” weapons, and recruitment from minorities in other parts of town. Some cussing. He notes the irony of the anarchists calling for an authoritarian structure…

    Here is the video if anyone needs the actual quotes.

    Antifa Reddit Admits They Lost Berkeley Battle with Trump Supporters, dur. 7:10

  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is an interesting question, what is China going to do with a tens of millions displaced workers?

  115. j martin says:

    @LL. Turn them into soldiers and look for a war.

  116. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Zeke says: 16 April 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Very interesting, the logical/reasoning disconnects of Antifa are simply staggering.
    1. By definition anarchists do their own thing and are not centrally organized, they are implicitly recognizing that their entire concept of governance cannot work but can’t see the big bunny in the middle of the room.

    2. Part where they discussed being armed — take a memo you bring hand guns and you won’t like the result, because folks will show up with level 4+ body armor and bigger guns and way more ammunition. Please don’t go there idiots — please please please don’t be that stupid!

    3. By their jargon (comrade) they are clearly communist wannabes but are too stupid to realize it, and too historically ignorant to understand what happens when “Leftists get organized” and find a “Leader” (you know Holodomor (intentional famine to destroy enemies), gulags, purges, meat grinder conflicts and all that stuff)

    4. Funny that they completely miss the fact that they started the escalation of bringing weapons to these things (flag poles, pepper spray, M-80’s)

    In one of those videos of the riots someone threw an M-80 at Lauren Southern and it bounced off her helmet before it exploded at her feet. Have these guys no clue what a M-80 can do in close contact to someone’s face? You want to see homicidal fury, hurt her and the guys who were her “meat shield” will feed you your socks (from the wrong end).

    I am not sure how many of them are really totally clueless and how many realize that they are trying to start a civil war. The bad news about having a “uniform” (black get up) is it makes you easy to target if folks every decide they have gone too far. Good to see the “Normals” are gearing up to protect themselves, but by mid summer this could get really ugly, especially if Antifa succeeds in recruiting street thugs from aggrieved minority groups. Guys who make a living mugging people will be a whole different kettle of fish to deal with.

  117. Larry Ledwick says:

    @j martin
    My feeling exactly given they have one child tidal wave of young adult males to burn not good.

  118. Zeke says:

    LL says, “I am not sure how many of them are really totally clueless…communist wannabes but are too stupid to realize it, and too historically ignorant to understand…”

    Some may be sincere, silly middle class kids but it is clear that others are militarizing the movement and they know exactly what they are doing. I also did not know that this group is international. For example, there are Ant1f0 in Sweden, etc..

    “Someone needs to look into who is funding this.” DJT

  119. Larry Ledwick says:

    I really like this guy, he is an independent journalist doing streaming videos politically he appears to be liberal but he is honest and fair – can’t ask for more than that.

    Berkeley after action video #1

    Berkeley after action video #2

    He has also gone to Sweden for some work on immigration in Europe, and gave the same fair minded coverage.

  120. Larry Ledwick says:

    If you dig around there is a lot of info on BlackBlock tactics and they have been in use for a long time. As you mention the core groups what organize this stuff are professional agitators and actually pretty good tactically. It is used more in Europe than in the US but since Seattle a few years ago, it has becoming more endemic to Antifa.

    There are entire manuals on BlackBlock tactics out on the web and it would behoove people to read up on their tactics so they can be countered. In large organized groups, they are a formidable opponent to civil society and law enforcement.

    The MAGA folks and others opposing Antifa need to understand what they are up against and act accordingly not to feed into their tactics and as noted in the comments above, break up their tactics to avoid having them burn a city down this summer. They use the legal system and civil behavior against society, and walk right on the edge of provoking a major police crackdown and try not to step over. Incrementally they normalize street violence in protests and gradually usher in chaos.

    They can be expected to perform that escalation process over coming months and during the heat of the summer try to provoke a huge protest riot someplace.

  121. Zeke says:

    Yes, professional agitators using tactics from a manual; escalation in cities; and I might helpfully add, a fawning and complicit local news media and radio stations that can’t get enough of the protests!

    Also, why would any real “Trump supporters” bother to do anything in Berkley CA? You would just be talking Martian. I suspect that some of them might be plants, or at any rate that would be the first thing I would look up in BlackBlock.

  122. Larry Ledwick says:

    And for your daily chuckle to counter act the more serious news.

  123. Larry Ledwick says:

    On a more serious note, back to Berkeley and the Antifa vs “normals” riot.

  124. Another Ian says:


    A fair bit on the Trump hackings in posts here

  125. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here is a weird physics result — a fluid (Bose-Einstein condensate) which has negative mass?

  126. Larry Ledwick says:

    Where your tax dollars go.

    Heritage Foundation‏Verified account @Heritage 1 hour ago
    Heritage Foundation Retweeted Heritage Foundation

    Entitlements and interest on the debt are set to consume every dollar of taxes paid in just over 20 years.

  127. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry, nice catch.
    Nice experiment, Wrong conclusion. Standard modern scientific method.

    Every action causes an opposite reaction from the fabric of space or Ether. This is the same stuff that makes a air coil transformer work, also, is the basis for inertia/mass reaction.
    They pump energy in and then stop and the reaction kicks the condensate back at them. this is not negative mass/inertia. This is a reaction from the actual cause of mass/inertia…pg

  128. E.M.Smith says:

    Per potholes: Photoshop much? :-)

    Per Antifa:

    I, briefly, considered attending as an olg guy with a cane… and 6 years of karate training… but thought better of it. Let the new Marine ROTC take care of it…

    It looks to me like a fair number of skinny vegans without martial training vs competent hunters shownig great self restraint. WHEN, restraint turn to “defend” mode, guess who wins… I think we have turned that corner…

    Oh, and I noticed the ban list does not understand flexible weapons. Bolo sash anyone? Good for foot trapping a dash and smash attacker for further “inspection”…. a couple of those blackbag boys need to be culled and carted off so as to educate the others. Bring in some county or State law enforcement (not subjects of Regents) to take custody of them, probably need to be undercovers…

    Hmmm… old guy with cane and Driving Scarf… big medical sunglasses to block sprays … need to work out a non-obvious hardhat… I think somebody makes one that looks like a cowboy hat…

    I think that would look OK on camera…. 8-)

  129. Another Ian says:


    The evolving of teaching


    “Pangloss at April 17, 2017 11:37 AM

    “Anyone have webpage skills? It’d be a lark to have a webpage in which people could insert almost any text and have something as unintelligible as that come out.”

    I think you could manage it with a slight tweak to this page:

  130. E.M.Smith says:

    Had to change browsers to read the neg mass story (the crappy one in Android didn’t cut it).

    I agree with PG. Wrong conclusion. Don’t know what the right one is though… does sound like a rebound to me.. “Whack the ball and it bounces back” does not shout negative mass to me…

  131. p.g.sharrow says:

    Hmmmm…. half bind / half deaf old man as bait for Soros ninga, what could possibly go wrong?
    One on one the Soros ninga would lose, but they like to work in packs. You will need backup…pg

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    I like the idea of a bait person disguised as feeble old man, but would need something that would make the antifa idiots bite, like a Trump T shirt or loud mouth or something, then as you say, a small crew of wing men that lurk back a few yards away to cover in case the bait person gets mobbed.

    For low profile head cover, generic bike helmets would not be seen as particularly threatening since almost everyone bikes now. I have one of these.

    Generic Bell Bike Helmet grey

    That is why I commented about understanding black block tactics. If you understand the way they are “trained” to act, you can trap them in their own tactics.

    For example they mob the bait character in a small scrum, if the wing men for the bait are ready for this, then can immediately envelop the scrum with enough people to make them panic and try to get out of the encirclement. The guy in the center would obviously need to be geared up to protect himself long enough for the trap to be sprung, but this would round up about a dozen of them in one step..

  133. E.M.Smith says:

    Support would be nice, but we did many on one drills and sparring. There are ways…

    The real battle is for the cameras and the courtroom… so weak old guy fumbling with sash and hat… just ignore the throat strikes and arch breaks and subtile Aikido throws… just trying to escape…

    “Every strike is a block and every block is a strike” Sensei…

  134. E.M.Smith says:


    From what I’ve seen of those twirps, none of them is a martial artist. Poor cover of attack point, wide open stances, poor tactical awareness.

    They are just a mob depending on mass attack against suprised peaceful folks.

    Now take away surprise, insert trained defence, season with coordinated small teams.

    Not one of the scum seems to be aware of their wide open throats, or their kidneys and livers… then their knees were open to side snap kicks… those hoodies make a great grab and throw or entangle surface… and don’t get me started on what would happen in a grapple…

    Just make sure the camera only sees defending…

    Maybe I need to try Drunken Man Style :-) designed to look like you are just flailing and falling…

  135. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmmm… old design new materials….

    80 lb test kevlar fish line is cheap, available and hard to see. Also impossible to break by hand. Add two or three, 1/2 oz or even 1/4 oz, fishing sinkers and a mini bolo tripping device…

    Twirl about a foot of it to throw and let a couple of feet more hang down during the twirl…

    I wonder if anyone has already invented the mini bolo…

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    A summary of the methods in the new generation warfare.

  137. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little video by Gavin McInnes (12 min) regarding Berkeley and the Antifa tactics they used (ie did not go through security checks and waited outside the venue for the Normals to finish their event then tried to ambush them as they left (after the cops disappeared – can you say setup? I knew you could)

    A little bit of strong language but not overly offensive.

    short interview with 5 of the free speech event participants about what really happened

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    Russian robot FEDOR is being taught to fire guns with both hands to “improve motor functions, and decision making”

  139. E.M.Smith says:

    The robot would be more impressive without the tether… where and how big and what tech is the powersupply…

  140. Larry Ledwick says:

    I imagine that is still a work in progress. The Big Dog pack mule robot started out on a tether too, the gradually became autonomous, as have some of the others.

  141. Larry Ledwick says:

    Antifa is slowly creeping across that line into lethal violence.

    Just saw a video clip on twitter documenting that at the Berkeley Free Speech event riots that some of the rocks they were throwing were almost softball sized.

    Now this. showing someone encouraging them to get these concealed knives.

  142. Larry Ledwick says:

    Tim Pool video ( run time 10:41) editorial on the Berkeley Free Speech event and the violence.

    Editorial on Free Speech Rally

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    Who to believe? WND expands on the tapping of Trump and associates via foreign intelligence partners.

    When dealing with shady government operations I tend to operate on the assumption that if it is possible it will be done unless there is a strong internal culture to not go there. In this case every single indicator suggests the agency culture in Obama’s administration would have been to push the envelope and do what ever was necessary for the “cause”.

  144. Larry Ledwick says:

    National Review also has an item on “weaponized intelligence” for political gain under Obama.

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    National Review article on the risks and rewards of Trump recent efforts to show he is no Obama and will respond to provocations which risk America’s interests and try to restore peaceful orderly behavior of the worlds major powers and over zealous minor powers.

  146. jim2 says:

    I’m betting there isn’t much Gov. Moonbeam would like more than to point to Trump supporters after they have mortally injured multiple libiots.

  147. E.M.Smith says:


    That is why you must remember to play to the camera as victim… you don’t kick the guys knee out, you fall into it when pushed (touched..,).

    Watch some soccer and basketball for pointers :-)

  148. Larry Ledwick says:

    More world class stupidity by Antifa, posted an admission he used a padlock in a scarf as a sap during the Berkeley demonstration to clock one of the Free Speech protesters.

  149. Larry Ledwick says:

    video of incident I think – this is why folks are wearing helmets.
    Antifa using weighted flexible weapon

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    Attack at 0:15-0:18 at the start of the video, fully blacked out guy in back of crowd stepped in between other antifa protesters and with no warning swung a flexible weapon over hand, clocking the free speech protestor in the head, looked to me in stop action like a lock in a sock or something similar.

  151. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the left is booking more protests coming soon to an area near you.
    April 22: March for Science
    April 24: Holocaust Remembrance Day
    April 29: People’s Climate March
    May 1: Protests against the attacks on immigrants

  152. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve added a new “Page” (those things up in the bar under the banner photo) as a place to gather links to the various Unlimiting Resources or Not Running Out postings:

    It will be a work in progress for a while as I find all the old ones and add links, plus write some new ones.

  153. jim2 says:

    If we send illegal immigrants back to their home countries, attacks on immigrant will go way down.

  154. philjourdan says:


    they really don’t give a crap or their hands are tied by command and they are tired of answering these same questions without getting in trouble?

    And their hands will remain tied until some snowflake gets their skull busted and the finger is pointed at the fascist mayors. They will then DEMAND a no tolerance policy, and the cops will wind up busting the mayor’s friends. Then all hell will break lose (politically).

    Stock up on popcorn.

  155. Larry Ledwick says:

    This puts a context on the Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election cycle, that sounds reasonable to me.

    Folks forget that Russia has always tried to steer US political movements and it would actually be odd if they did not try to gain some advantage from the election outcome.

    It is also worth noting that Trump would not have needed to be involved at all in this effort, they could have for their own purposes been clearing land mines for him and setting land mines for HRC. Given Hillary’s close ties to Soros and those of similar inclination they would very likely have seen her as the worst possible candidate of any match up she was paired with for President.

    That said some of his advisors may have been either witting or unwitting influence agents but in spite of over 6 months of probing, so far I have seen no evidence that there was knowing collaboration on the part of the Trump organization to “get in bed” with Russia and his actions since the election don’t look to me to suggest that is true, he would have to go a long way to be softer than Obama on Russia.

    As we have mentioned here on multiple occasions HRC was untrustworthy and crazy with her foreign policy decisions (not to mention likely not healthy) which would have left her succession to that fruit loop Tim Kane.

  156. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting and ironic twist, one of the people killed in the shooting in Fresno was into Antifa
    From twitter:
    Reactionary Tree‏ @r_altright
    guy who was killed by Muslim who hates White people was an Antifa

  157. Larry Ledwick says:

    Regarding the item above on Russian interference, this also puts a different spin on it, that perhaps there were other malicious actors involved trying to spin the events to taint Trump rather than just a self serving effort by Russia for their own advantage.

  158. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Antifas*holes just keep going deeper into the darkness here. Now they are using graphics reminiscent of the old Soviet Era propaganda posters to advocate violence against Trump supporters.

  159. Larry Ledwick says:

    Undercover video by Joey Salads behind the Antifa lines during the Berkeley Free Speech rally.
    A little bit of discussion about tactics used by Antifa and how the Trump supporters tried to maintain a safe zone to treat their wounded. Video proof that the Antifa chucked some good sized rocks capable of causing serious injury.

    (7:45 duration)

    undercover video behind Antifa lines

  160. Zeke says:

    My son informs me that it would be possible to find one of Shakespeare’s plays in Pi.

    People just pick stuff up when they’re young.

  161. Jeff says:

    @Larry: Note the “one-eye” look in the posters. That’s no accident. Have a look at wrt one-eye. Symbolic pics of the month leads to a lot of background

    The elites have a lot more going on at their “parties” with their “cooking” than we think.
    I went to uni with one of them (red shield). A worm/weasel in every sense of the term.

    April 22 and May 1 (also April 30, Walpurgisnacht) will likely be “difficult” nights…..

  162. Jeff says:

    @Zeke: By extension, that would make Shakespeare’s plays irrational…
    (just kidding)

  163. Zeke says:


    Good fun! Wait… does that mean since his plays are not irrational, they are not encoded in Pi

    Oh well, it’s just that certainty based on statistics and infinity that bugs me. How is he going to turn out?!

  164. Jeff says:

    @Zeke: Yes, since his plays are written in very early Modern English, it would appear
    that they are nowhere nearly as easy as pi…

    Mark Twain said, “there are lies, damned lies, and statistics”. So I see them as
    a “John-Cooked-Books” sort of entity.

    Infinity seems to have been parsed into the Aleph series, thereby having degrees of
    infinitude (i.e. Aleph-1, Aleph2, Aleph-3,…usw).

    I can only say, Aleph my heart, in San Francisco…
    (I moved over here to Germany years ago – still miss my old stomping grounds).

  165. Zeke says:

    Ha (:

    Well maybe with a little quantum help from one of those Alephs, we can get Midsummer Night’s Dream or something. I guess.

  166. E.M.Smith says:

    @Zeke & Jeff:

    Here, let me put my math skills to work for you and solve this conundrum:

    The Play might be found in a substring of Pi rather than 100% of pi itself. Demonstrable by the fact that the first part of pi ( 3.1415926) bears no relationship to a play…

    Pi is irrational, but parts of it ARE rational: 1415926 is a rational integer.

    Therefor a Shakespeare Play play found as a subset of the irrational number Pi would itself be rational.


    Glad I could help clarify a completely fluffy point of hypothetical…

  167. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ref the guy with Antifa who was clocking people with a bike lock at the Berkeley Free Speech rally (apparently one of those big horseshoe style locks) per twitter the autists at /pol/ have identified him.
    /pol/ News Network‏ @polNewsNet 1 hour ago
    The AntiFa rioter who attacked people with a bike-lock has been identified: SFSU Professor Eric Clanton.
    /pol/ got him – they always do.

  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is just too funny:
    his okcupid profile

    My self-summary
    I’m interested in philosophy, humanity, and all things wild. I’m interested in helping to precipitate the end of civil society.

    I spend a lot of time thinking about

    Currently a professor at Diablo Valley College

    Faculty – Philosophy, Pleasant Hill Campus

    Eric has been teaching at DVC since 2015. He teaches introduction to philosophy with a background in teaching ethics, critical thinking,,/b> and comparative philosophy East/West. His primary research interests are ethics and politics. His work in political philosophy also centers on mass incarceration and the prison system. He is currently exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective.

    is faculty directory listing

    He apparently still needs to do some work on that critical thinking part of his resume.

  169. Larry Ledwick says:

    The more I see of the work from Tim Pool the more I like it. He is a true journalist in the old mold trying to give you honest reporting, and this short video has a very good summary of why modern media does what it does.
    Tim Pool on modern media and why it is becoming hyper partisan

  170. E.M.Smith says:

    While he might need more work on his critical thinking, I suspect hell be getting more time to work on this part of his “interests”:

    His work in political philosophy also centers on mass incarceration and the prison system.

    With emphasis on the “inside point of view” and hopefully his relationship with his new room mate “Bubba The BF Eebba”…

  171. Another Ian says:

    Various “Putinisings” in link and comments

  172. Larry Ledwick says:

    This if literally true ( I have strongly suspected such back room pressure was going on in some of these ultra liberal cities) then that explains the behavior of the police.

    Berkeley police insider spills the beans

    Now the question is, if true is this grounds for the FBI to start taking down such police department officials and city government officials extorting the police not to do their jobs? If the Justice department gutted the leadership of one of these departments and sent some officials to jail for official corruption, abuse of power, black mail/extortion, labor law violations etc. this problem would collapse over night.

  173. Zeke says:

    inre: LarryLedwick’s state of journalism by Tim Pool

    If you look at the demographics and target audiences, it would seem reasonable that the journalism would be directed and specific. But with my own kids I saw there was a huge problem in the way they were allowing themselves to drift along the surface of the news, skimming, getting impressions, trusting entertainers and known figures — and sometimes reading thoroughly too.

    The first thing I did to try to address this was to teach them the difference between what the neuroscientists are calling “top-down” and “bottom-up” attention. To illustrate the difference, I used the example of the trip to the park. In one case, you would go to the park with the specific idea in mind that you would watch birds, and you may have some idea of what kinds of birds would be there. You may be surprised to see a new species which you have never seen before. In the second case you would go to the park with no idea in mind about what you would do but, in the general experience of a day at the park, all kinds of different things would catch your attention. Both types of experiences are good. You need to use both kinds of attention in life. It is fun to browse sometimes. But to be a good citizen, you also have to be proactive and deliberate in what you read in the news. You have to follow issues you care about, and in the process you will see the deficiencies of what you may have thought were automatically trustworthy sources. If you just allow yourself to drift along you will be “tossed around by every wave and wind of doctrine,” and the way to prevent that is to use top-down attention to follow the issues that matter most to you. And the video did acknowledge that as the saying goes, newspapers are great unless you already know something about the subject. Then they are full of errors.

    But integrity and the ability to be accurate are not just old-fashioned virtues and passe marketing styles. Being accurate and not mischaracterizing anything is not only a way we show respect for each other and for God, but it is a way we can be of genuine service to others.

  174. Zeke says:

    Also, to teach them critical thinking, I make sure they do not learn from only one generation. We use sources from different decades and different centuries. Otherwise, everything is very centered on what the Boomers want you to think. They have been very dominant in all media and academia for 50 years. To get around it, we use encyclopedias from the 1700’s onward.

    And sometimes, you can cut out the middle man altogether. A lot of historical figures and eye witnesses have written their own accounts and books. So kids need to know about using primary and secondary sources.

  175. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oh this is just getting too funny – ref the College professor that /pol/ outed as the Antifa bike lock assault.

    From twitter:
    /pol/ News Network‏ @polNewsNet

    /pol/ hacked into Amazon account of AntiFa Rioter who beat people w/ bikelock, Eric Clanton.

    They sent him 14 bikelocks w/ 1-day shipping.

  176. Zeke says:

    Julian Assange Hints towards running for MP

    (in UK snap election)

  177. Larry Ledwick says:

    How to play the media and culture guardians to earn big money and get famous.

  178. Another Ian says:

    “Special Report
    Confirmed: John Brennan Colluded With Foreign Spies to Defeat Trump:”

  179. Larry Ledwick says:

    Jack Posobiec calls for Antifa to be declared a domestic terrorist organization.
    Jack Posobiec video on Antifa

  180. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little more common sense commentary by Tim Poll on the violent escalation being triggered by Antifa.

    double standard left vs right by Tim Pool

    Not just today Berkeley has announced they will re-invite Ann Coulter to the event (sucker play to set her up for a riot? or an honest attempt to respond to criticism?) time will tell, but I tend to suspect the first option that they are probably setting up a bigger riot.

  181. Larry Ledwick says:

    Great illustration of the US financial situation.

  182. Larry Ledwick says:

    Also on the economy the velocity of money stopped dropping after the election of Trump and has been nearly flat for the last couple months.

    And since January, inflation has been running in the mid 2.x % range. How much of that is driven by oil prices, recent Fed bumps in the prime or increased business optimism is hard to say.

  183. Larry Ledwick says:

    Something to watch in machine learning – Google thinks they have made a major advancement in machine learning with an in house ASIC chip tailored to machine learning applications.

  184. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – Notice now similar the Antifa artifacts are to the old Nazi SS equipment in color and style?

    Seems they are using the same playbook.

  185. llanfar says:

    @Will- article didn’t mention, but suggested NoKorea may do another missle launch 25 Apr, mil holiday.
    Stay tuned, heh. Also Russian troops gathering NoKo border.
    Minister of Future.

    Very small border between NK and Russia… and I don’t see anything here that could be interpreted as against the USA – we opulent send in troops.

  186. p.g.sharrow says:

    It appears that google is attempting to get a jump on Moore’s law;
    Tensor Processing Unit, LOOK at the size of its heat sink/radiator…pg

  187. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting bit on unemployment rates here in Colorado. In March we reached the lowest unemployment rate on record since 1976 of 2.6%. Would be interesting to see the break down on labor participation rates and similar other stats to see if this number is cooked.

  188. E.M.Smith says:


    Don’t get too excited. It is just a bunch ( likely 256 ) of 8 bit processors, seemingly limited to multiply math, on one die. They just figured their machine learning problem was very low precision anyway so why bother with all those transistors and power for 64 bit, 32 bit, or even 16 bit math… or things like addition, subtraction, and division…

    From the TPU wiki:

    The TPU is an 8-bit matrix multiply engine, driven with CISC instructions by the host processor across a PCIe 3.0 bus. It is manufactured on a 28 nm process with a die size ≤ 662 mm2. The clock speed of 700 MHz and has a thermal design power of 28-40 W. It has 28 MiB of on chip memory, and 4 MiB of 32-bit accumulators taking the results of a 256×256 array of 8-bit multipliers. Instructions transfer data to or from the host, perform matrix multiplies or convolutions, and apply activation functions

  189. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting story about the origin of the US Coast Guard’s ID racing strip slash on their cutters and other assets.

  190. Another Ian says:

    “21 Apr: Federalist: Robert Tracinski: The ‘March For Science’ Shows How Carl Sagan Ruined Science
    The organizers of the ‘March for Science’ follow the legacy of substituting a political narrative for the distinctive language and methods of science.
    All you really need to know about the “March for Science” is that it is scheduled for Earth Day. The organizers may say the march is nonpartisan and has a variety of goals, but it’s mostly just about global warming. It’s not just about whether global warming is actually happening, or whether it is caused by human activity, but about a specific political program for dealing with global warming…

    The “March for Science” is an attempt to equate the Left’s political goals with Science Itself, claiming the intellectual and moral authority of science for the Left’s agenda…READ ON

  191. Larry Ledwick says:

    A strategy to defeat Antifa black block tactics. Forward this around and get it viral exposure.

  192. Another Ian says:

    Trust in self driving cars – link at

    and comments

  193. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well here’s an interesting twist , the Mayor of Berkeley is a member of a group affiliated with Antifa.
    Video from twitter @Sargon of Akkad‏ (duration 10:51)
    A bit of strong language so not work safe on speaker.
    video linking Mayor to Antifa

  194. Larry Ledwick says:

    From Twitter:
    Jack Posobiec Retweeted
    DEPLORABLE MEDIA‏ @correctthemedia 12 minutes ago

    BREAKING: New book “Shattered” reveals the Clinton Campaign hatched the Russia narrative 24 hours after her loss to cover for their failure

  195. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another short video giving background on Antifa
    Antifa Exposed

  196. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting bit on a very large American Indian settlement named Etzanoa near Arkansas City, Kansas which might have housed 20,000 people between 1425 and 1700.

  197. Another Ian says:

    “Please, God, Stop Chelsea Clinton from Whatever She Is Doing”

    Link at

    And the punch line there

  198. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this explains a lot – seems about 1/3 of adults are completely incompetent at basic tasks (ie are parasites which depend on others for fundamental life skills). I presume that this survey would apply to residents of many urban cities not just the UK and London.

  199. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry, I find one MAJOR drawback of being able to do everything well. People expect ME to do Everything! Seems that my plate of things to do is always full. Now I just need to convince them to compensate me…pg

  200. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wikileaks releases info that claims that Seth Rich was the DNC leaker (ie inside job), raising suspicion he was murdered for leaking the info.

    It would be very interesting to know what “on going case” he was supposedly assisting the FBI with.

  201. Larry Ledwick says:
  202. Zeke says:

    Thanks Chiefio
    We can all pop open bottles of QED to that! (:

  203. Zeke says:


    You can’t use your email notifications to reply to comments that are way upstream. Got it.

  204. Zeke says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    22 April 2017 at 11:44 pm “Wikileaks releases info that claims that Seth Rich was the DNC leaker (ie inside job), raising suspicion he was murdered for leaking the info.”

    The C I aa is also able to hack cars, according to the leaked documents, which would enable undetectable assassinations. Many are looking at the death of a young reporter named Michael Hastings as a deep st8 car hacking death.

    dur 5:05
    car crash footage @1:15

  205. E.M.Smith says:

    @Zeke :

    You are most welcome. Just glad my math and formal logic education finally found a suitable important problem to solve.


  206. Another Ian says:


    For your pyramids file

    and a couple of replies

  207. Another Ian says:


    A list of 124 years of failed climate predictions at

  208. Zeke says:

    Sorry about the trashy last 2 minutes of the video above. I am really sorry.

    That’s another thing. On youtube, the only channels that cover Vault Seven are pretty loony in some aspect or another. The coverage is very scant. But I was glad to see that Pompeo’s visceral speech against Assange was not received well.

    Grids, cars, personal devices, and planes are all vulnerable to the hacking and cyberweapon arsenals of the C i aa — plus they deal drugs, assassinate people, start wars and even debase cultures deliberately.

    I bet the Fl# earth is aC i aa operation. Well I may have lost you all on that one (:

  209. Larry Ledwick says:

    A tribute to one of the greatest planes ever built (and still in operation), the do anything C-130.

  210. E.M.Smith says:

    I like the Ghostrider variation… but agree with the General that a laser would be a nice addon to customise it and make it stand out from all the other Generals…

  211. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. Looks like cobalt a good bet on NYSE or CBOE … shortage now an growing.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  212. E.M.Smith says:


    ANY element or material shortages are at best short term fast trades, not trends.

    Cobalt is no different.

    That is why it is so important to internalize the point that we never run out of resources and resource substitution is ubiquitous.

    Cobalt free Lithium Battery electrodes:

    Just like sodium and potassium can substitute for lithium…

    “There is always a story… -E.M.Smith”

    Be highly skeptical of “story stocks” and expect at most a pop and drop pump and dump scheme where you can piggyback on the scam.

  213. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief. Good point about cobalt. I’ll try to restrain my enthusiasm in future. We won’t run out of resources or substitutes, but may run short of time to develop them, heh.

    Minister of Future

  214. E.M.Smith says:


    Since molluscs have copper based blood instead of iron based (speaking of resource substitution…) to get more copper you can just be sure to eat your clam chowder, oyster stew, or escargo!

    Octopus sushi would also be good, but it is very chewy… watch out for the live exotic variation as those suckers like to grab inside your throat…

    My preference is a nice oyster stew. One 8 oz can oysters, with canned fluids, into a pot with a bit of butter. Salt & pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer, then add one can (8 oz) of milk. Return to the simmer, and serve. A little onion or garlic powder can add zest to it, but is a bit of an acquired taste…

  215. Zeke says:

    Bringing clam chowder to an office or church potluck is an automatic success. They will go on and on about how good it is. You just say, “Mm Hmm,” because the reason is that most people are seafood deficient.

  216. E.M.Smith says:


    Note that link is from 2009. Lithium iron phosphate batteries are already marketed…

    The alternatives are usually developed in parallel as other companies look for ways around the first mover patents.

    The lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery, also called LFP battery (with “LFP” standing for “lithium ferrophosphate”), is a type of rechargeable battery, specifically a lithium-ion battery, which uses LiFePO4 as a cathode material. LiFePO4 batteries have somewhat lower energy density than the more common lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) design found in consumer electronics, but offer longer lifetimes, better power density (the rate that energy can be drawn from them) and are inherently safer. LiFePO4 is finding a number of roles in vehicle use and backup power.
    LiFePO4 is a natural mineral of the olivine family (triphylite). Its use as a battery electrode which was first described in published literature by John B. Goodenough’s research group at the University of Texas in 1996, as a cathode material for rechargeable lithium batteries. Because of its low cost, non-toxicity, the natural abundance of iron, its excellent thermal stability, safety characteristics, electrochemical performance, and specific capacity (170 mA·h/g, or 610 C/g) it gained some market acceptance.

    Its key barrier to commercialization was intrinsically low electrical conductivity. This problem was overcome by reducing the particle size, coating the LiFePO4 particles with conductive materials such as carbon, or both. This approach was developed by Michel Armand and his coworkers. Another approach by Yet Ming Chiang’s group consisted of doping LFP with cations of materials such as aluminium, niobium, and zirconium. Products are now in mass production and are used in industrial products by major corporations including Black and Decker’s DeWalt brand, the Fisker Karma, Daimler AG, Cessna and BAE Systems.

    After seeing this pattern basically on every Resource Story, I’ve ended up very skeptical and jaded about Scarce Resource Stories. They can be nice fast trades as the rubes get enthusiastic, but be quick to exit. We’re talking weeks usually, sometimes less…

    So I appreciate your new awareness and I’m glad I could help. Just look for alternatives already known and often being sold by a competitor. When the patents expire, the products usually converge on the cheapest best alternatives, but the alternatives are still known and available if ever needed… Like the Edison Cell (Fe Ni KOH) that has fallen from favor but still works. BTW, it is a nice DIY cell…

  217. E.M.Smith says:


    Nice analysis and writeup about cobalt here:

    Click to access cobalt-conference-2015-presentation.pdf

    As usual, Canada and Australia have a bunch but at low demand, 3rd world places produce most (Congo and China in this case).

    I’d bet on Australia to gain from increased demand. In the USA Idaho is positioned well, but time to develop mines in the USA can be painfully long (though Trump may be fixing that what with pruning the dangly bits from the EPA…)

    Overall, not seeing a supply problem. At most a short term rate problem until an engineer at the car company decides to spec ferrophosphate cells instead.

  218. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting look at how machine vision can be disrupted by intentionally injecting noise into the video input. Not a workable hack in the real world but shows that there may be unexpected vulnerabilities in automated systems that have life safety impacts.

  219. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is cute. (note to cops) A forearm strike by one of these folks could be lethal.

  220. tom0mason says:

    A total of seven shots were fired into our National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) building here at UAH over the weekend. All bullets hit the 4th floor, which is where John Christy’s office is situated….

  221. Jeff says:

    @Larry: Wonder what some (somewhat) portable, extra-high-power electromagnets would do? Or maybe something that would “excite” the metal wrenches and heat them up?
    Maybe another *cough* type of Tesla (scrambling their ergs, so to speak; they’d be dyne to find out [OK, too small a scale])?

    Hmmm. Sounds like a science fair project :)

  222. Another Ian says:

    Something to think about

    “Nearly 10% of USDA scientists believe their work has been tampered with”

  223. Another Ian says:

    “kenji | April 24, 2017 3:28 PM | Reply

    Fat is essential for proper brain development and function … which is why more vegans “believe” that Co2 is a pollutant … than do meat eaters. The vegans lack a fully developed, fully functional brain”

    Plus other comments at

  224. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now this is spooky. App that lets you synthesize anyone’s voice from just a minute of audio.

    Big trouble for phone scams me thinks.

  225. LG says:

    OROVILLE Dam Incident : 3 Reports Released by
    California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD)
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC),
    and an
    Independent Board of Consultants (BOC)

    Click to access BOC%20Memo%201_031017.pdf

    Click to access BOC%20Memo%202_031717.pdf

    Click to access BOC%20Memo%203_033117.pdf

  226. Larry Ledwick says:

    Life will find a way.
    The Common wax moth larva can eat and digest plastic bags.

  227. E.M.Smith says:

    I find the worty over polyethylene kind of silly. In sunlight, the UV breaks it down… plastic returns to nature sll on its own… that a bug can eat it doesn’t surprize me. It also makes s great fuel.

  228. Larry Ledwick says:

    True a milk jug left out in the sun turns into a very brittle plastic and easily breaks up after only a year or so of sun exposure (I assume the same happens with common plastic bags since trash bags also degrade in the sun).

    How ever it is a proof of existence of biological break down (ie proof that polyethylene is biodegradable – you just need the right bio conditions). We also know that there are bacteria that feast on oil – dramatically demonstrated by the oil platform explosion in the gulf where massive amounts of oil simply disappeared after there was a huge bloom of the suitable bacteria to eat it up.

    Presumably the same thing is happening in the ocean gyres where plastic bits are collecting, in time some critter will figure out how to eat the stuff as fast as it collects.

  229. sabretoothed says: Interesting article iodine and the brain
    Pregnenolone is made from cholesterol, and cholesterol is made from LDL. So anytime the body is stressed or inflamed, it up-regulates cholesterol production to make more lifesaving hormones. It requires T3 and vitamin A as cofactors to complete this step. Blocking cholesterol production will increase cellular stress. This is why biochemically, to me, no statin drugs have ever made any sense under any circumstance in medicine. Moreover, this is why there is a chronic association of cancer to low cholesterol levels in the literature. If your cholesterol levels are low, you can not proper construct a mitotic spindle to pull apart your chromosomes correctly. This is why cancer rates have been shown to be higher in 11 studies on statins.

  230. E.M.Smith says:


    Those ocean masses of plastic, when you look into it, are mostly tiny bits of nearly microscopic size floating in the top 10 meters of the water column. Yes, it is ‘collecting’ in the gyre, but it is also breaking down into dust and eventually to the molecular components. To an observer, the water looks like (and substantially is) just normal ocean.

    New plastic tends to enter the oceans at the continental shelves. It takes years to reach the center of the gyre, and by then it has substantially broken down. That is left out of the scare stories that often show patches of bottles and bags in some bay near shore. Few reporters (or their editors) willing to pay for a one month trip out and back to 5000 ocean miles away to see “not much” and nothing at all that shows up on camera ‘happening’…

    What would be good to do is to identify those kinds of plastic that are very slow to break down and assure those types are prevented from entering the oceans. Rubbers (think tires) for example can take decades instead of a year or two. (Though tires themselves sink and all sorts of things like to live in that artificial reef… so maybe they are a bad example…)

  231. E.M.Smith says:


    Some of that EMF / sports injury article read a bit like a flaky crystal earth mother type; OTOH, both my spouse and I have noticed, and commented, that our health and general energy levels were higher in Florida (when we were in the sun daily at the pool, even in winter) than in California (where winters are largely indoors and the major Pacific storms can have it cold and overcast / dark for a week+ at a time. Our “sun time” is lower in winter even here, so folks in Chicago?…)

    At any rate, it is a novel thesis. Would be nice to have more formal evidence and less “human battery needs connecting to the Earth” touchy feeling musing. Kind of odd how the guy wobbles back and forth between biochem and New Age Babble…

    FWIW, my rather simplistic belief is that we have so many sports injuries now simply because the nature of the training and the pace of the game have dramatically been kicked up. I’m over 100 kg and I’m (now) too small for Football (by a lot…). When I was a kid, guys my size were more common in US Football. Now take the physics of a 150 kg guy, who can sprint like the wind, and figure out the added stresses from that combo of size and speed. The square and cube functions start to bite hard. (muscle force goes up as the cube since mass is a volume function, tendon strength goes up as the square since it is the cross sectional area that takes the force – why elephants and rhinos are squat and fat limb types, to get enough cross section on bones and tendons…) Eventually those linear / square / cube functions cross over and things just break.

  232. Larry Ledwick says:

    Japan publishes a disaster response guide for citizens in case of attack in response to recent tension over Korea.

    Click to access protecting.pdf

  233. Power Grab says:

    I also think the idea of feeding your elite athletes a vegetarian diet has impacted on their tendency to get injured easily. Back when they were encouraged to eat steak, eggs, and whole milk, the combination of natural fat and protein were known to help their bodies repair tissues faster and build muscle.

    I had a conversation once with the son of a head football coach at a Big 8 school. He had been helping out as a personal trainer for the players. We were talking about how eating traditional high-fat/high-protein foods had helped make my family members stronger and happier and healthier. He said that the guys he was training were not eating that way (due to the school’s rules for eating) and were not achieving the muscle and strength gains they wanted. On the other hand, he and his family were not restricted by those rules and could eat the traditional way.

    I was like, “Until now, we have been following the Food Pyramid rules, but now that we’re not, we’re overcoming health challenges.” He was like, “Yeah. That’s how we’ve always eaten.” In other words, they never abandoned the traditional steak, eggs, and whole milk.

  234. Another Ian says:

    Jo Nova on

    “Save the planet, get “biggest investment op in history of world” ”

  235. Another Ian says:

    “The European Union may be planning to demand the United Kingdom pay a €2 billion customs fraud charge before agreeing to a Brexit deal, on top of a mooted €60 billion “divorce bill”. ”

  236. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting study on salt (sodium) intake and blood pressure and heart risk. It suggests that low sodium diets actually increase heart risk.

  237. Larry Ledwick says:


    If this is true it explains a few things, perhaps including fast and furious gun deals.

  238. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    As I have some family & friends who are vegetarians and vegans, I’ve gotten familiar with it all in great detail (and watched the results of on and off…) Latest iteration is looking into L-Carnitine and how it gives an energy lift or a shortage of it leaves you a bit slow. ( it is hightest in Red Meat and Red Bull ;-) really some energy drinks in general…)

    The bottom line is that it is modestly hard just to stay alive and healthy on a vegetarian diet. Most folks lose weight (that can be a feature to some) and muscle mass. There are a lot of things that get harder as you go from “Pescavore” to “Ovo Lacto” to Vegetarian to Vegan… I’ve got a book on it written by an MD that takes you step by step AND lists what you need to do to get the thing you just left out (like essential fatty acids and B12 and such). Basically, it’s a good idea to like flax and brewers yeast… but it’s more complicated than that.

    We (meaning me) did it for a while too. Just trying to keep everything in the right amounts was taxing (and I’m pretty good at biochemistry and cooking…) The committed vegetarians will, at this point, say “Oh it isn’t hard, I’ve been doing it for years eating what I wanted”. That ignores things like long term slow depletion of Omega 3 fatty acids can take years to get clinical and the symptoms can be generalized and non-specific.

    We’re doing something of our own “twin study” BTW, as one is Vegan and the other not. The Vegan has had a half dozen illnesses this year. The non-Vegan has a weight issue to be worked on, but not dropping to bugs every other week or three. IMHO ideal is likely a “modest meat” diet with more fish and vegetables and a generally Ovo Lacto OK mix.

    Were I in charge of an American football team, there’s no way I’d be picking up vegetarians in the roster… (Baseball maybe… soccer um… sure… if they show the skill.)

    At the end of about 30 years of “working diet issues” from this cluster, IMHO, the bottom line is this: Eating fish, eggs, and vegetables in unlimited quantities is fine. Birds too. When you add Red Meat, it ought to be in modest amounts. Like 8 ounces / day, average, not a pound at every meal. Grains are OK in moderation, directly tied to calories burned. Couch Potatoes skip the cereals… hard working? Go ahead and have a second helping. That includes breads. Dairy depends a bit on which one. A bit of milk is fine, a quart a day is likely to have issues depending on the person. A quart of ice-cream? You better be a football player mid-season. Cheeses? Modest amounts. Maybe 1 oz a day average.

    As for salt:

    My own experiences show it isn’t an issue unless you have something specific wrong with you. When working tossing 50 lb cases of peaches at 400 / hour for a 12 hour shift in 100F+ weather, we’d eat salt tablets like candy. My sweat then became salty enough to burn when it got into my eyes as the pores just excreted the stuff. I stopped them and the sweat became nearly like fresh water. We auto-regulate salt via sweat. Having a mix of 1/2 to 3/4 regular salt and the rest KCl seems to be both acceptable in flavor and makes me think I’m doing something nice. I have no evidence it actually does anything.

    Near as I can tell, my blood pressure has zero connection to salt intake, from nearly none up to several grams a day. (I’ve been known to eat a rabbit salt lick over the course of a week or two… about the size of a hockey puck… it just tastes so good ;-)

    Blood pressure does go up if I’m not breathing much and goes down if I hyperventilate a little. It seems that blood pressure varies with the inverse of oxygenation – pumping more if oxygen levels are low. Also stress raises it, while being relaxed drops it. None of that changed by salt.

  239. Glenn999 says:

    I sent an email. I’m not sure if you got it. Just checking to make sure it is still the same.

  240. Larry Ledwick says:

    More on the medical front and how the “consensus” on such things if often completely wrong.

    In fact this might be the best example of why you should “doubt science” since we have innumerable examples of widely accepted “facts” and “medical science” which over time turns out to be misguided, misinterpreted, flat wrong, or created to serve an agenda (ie sell certain classes of drugs).

  241. Larry Ledwick says:

    A commentary on Antifa and their progression of violence and the inevitable reaction when it goes too far.

    View at

  242. David A says:

    I had a vegetarian diet for about five years, including my last two high school years. In my early twenties some co-workers told me how weak I would become. My response was to ask; have you ever seen a weak gorilla?

    The point is it can work, but as noted, it takes knowledge and effort.

  243. Larry Ledwick says:

    It also helps if you eat all day and live inside a natural salad bar ;)

  244. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. Our Favorite topic on declining resources with possibly Rising prices and a gap before a substitute is found.

    Like the Oglala Aquifer? Got water (substitute)?

    If the gap is not too long the activity requiring the missing resource might start up again successfully. However if the Gap is a little bit too long then the activity may have decayed or disappeared and no longer needs the resource. So the time and energy to develop the alternative would have been wasted. Unless you come up with another activity needing the resource replacement haha.

    Here is a link to interesting Richard heinberg article with lots of internal links.

    One blog I read said the war in Yemen conducted by the Saudis and supported by America and British bombs, is really about Saudi oil is hitting depletion and Yemen has 5 times Reserves Saudi claims to have.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  245. E.M.Smith says:

    Gorillas also have much more massive jaws and teeth to effectively macerate leaves all day long, and a much larger and longer gut to ferment them… oh and they eat the bugs on the leaves too… along with not having had a few hundred thousand years of evolution shifting their biochemistry to more dependance on non-leaf foods…

    Even chimps eat occasional meat and may have some depenence on it.

    Basically, you can’t make cross species diet comparisons. Cats MUST get taurine from their diet. Cows have gut bacteria to ferment straw. Rabbits can eat onions like we do, but they are toxic to other animals. There is even some evidence for the folks in India having more ability to synthesize more amino acids than others due to centuries of limited diets. Perhaps thousands of years. I can drink milk as an adult while it sickens many from other races due to my race farming cattle and sheep for a few thousand years.

    Each one of us is different, and some tolerate a vegetarian diet better than others. I can do it for about a year if needed, or can eat only meat (have done both while “supporting” friends on crazy diets. Actually found all meat harder… very boring and benign dietary ketosis is a bit unsettling at the entry… plus needed added vit C in pills).

    So yeah, it can be done, but with lots of effort for full on vegan and with weight loss in everone I’ve seen make the move. If you miss a trick, it can be very de-energizing. I’ve known a few who had their Dr. tell them to add fish or not get better (from various complaints). They didn’t get the amino acids and essential fatty acids right very long term… it took a decade, but it caught up with them.

    I’ve cooked vegetarian, and reccomind it for anyone wanting to sharpen their skills. You learn a lot of better dishes to make. OTOH, you can’t just eat veggy burgers and rice stuffed tomatoes and stay healthy. It takes specific attention to particular nutrients or you will get sick. Toss in just a fish friday or eggs and cheese, it is a whole lot easier…

  246. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. I understand geomagnetic storms to affect 90 degrees north down to 80 degrees north latitude if small, like a yarmulke. If they are stronger, disturbing down to 70, 60 degrees latitude.

    So the disturbance blackout in San Francisco, New York would be expected to cause a problem in Chicago, Detroit, and Boston.

    So also the disturbance blackout in Los Angeles would be expected to cause a problem in Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, and Alabama.

    The other disturbances didn’t happen so I am concluding this was a false flag Cyber attack test run, by our friend at C and I and a, ha ha.

    Or aliens?

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  247. Zeke says:

    The brain requires a lot of Na ions to support all of that electrical activity.

  248. E.M.Smith says:

    Water is trivial, and in several ways. Here in California we use reverse osmosis desalination in some parts. Highly modified rivers in others, groundwater recharge too.. L.A. uses a massive concrete ditch and giant pumps to take a river from Northern Calif. South. There are solar greenhouses that make water for use in coastal deserts (just add seeds and fertilizers). At U.C. when I left they had experiments with salt tolerant plants (last update a decade or two back, tomatoes were growing in 1/2 to 3/4 sea water fairly well. Some buckwheat too. And that was before genetic engineering). San Jose uses cleaned up sewer water for plant irrigation as do other places. I’ve seen plans for putting a tributary of the Mississippi into a canal to get it to Arizona. Then there is steam distillation if needed.

    Easiest, of course, is to just avoid needing the water. Buckwheats from the west and tepary beans don’t need added water, for example. There are also some low water squashes from the southwest and an Indian corn with a tap root from the sonoran desert tribes.

    There’s more, but I’m starting to be a bit longwinded… but just one more… I just saw a writeup of a drinking fountain that condenses drinking water out of the air..

    People have been making water resource systems and modifications of them for millenia.

    It is NOT a question of running out of water, it is a question of willingness to create the soultion.

    Per your worry about timing of builds: As a Project Manager, that’s the whole job. Making sure things happen on time, coordinated, and without surprises. Done a million times a year all over the planet. PERT Charts, GANTT Charts and all. Only governments really screw that up. Oh, and farmers do it instinctively, though planting calendars help, they have to adapt to weather a lot.

  249. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Well alrighty then. The Oglala depletion is just an opportunity waiting for some idle capitalist to fix, heh.

    Minister of Future

  250. E.M.Smith says:


    I have no idea what your electric comment is about. The power outages were well explained by pedantic things. For SFO IIRC it was a substation fire in a very old one scheduled for fixing due to being an old mess.

    One need not invoke solar storms nor the CIA, just governments being too cheap on real repairs vs nameplate new projects benefiting big donors. They push power systems to stupid limits then seem surprised when they break. Heck, the whole solar and wind boondoggle fiasco is exectly that.

    So no, not a CIA Plot nor a mystic occurance. Just politicians ignoring the engineers for personal gain over public reliability.

  251. E.M.Smith says:

    Yes. Hire some decent water systems engineers, then actually do what they tell you to do.

    As any given problem gets specific and different solutions, all I can do is list examples. However, my rate is $800 / day if you want a solution designed for any given place and need. Engineers hired separately at their respective rates, I’m just a management contractor who manages engineers for a living.

    BTW, the whole aquifer thing goes away at glacial onset anyway as the ice wall makes it moot. As that is near certain inside 300 years, any imagined issue further away than that is a farce.. so step one is plot water use schedule to empty.

    If over 300 years, bill for one day work and go home. Write “no solution needed” on the bill

    Between 100 and 300 years out, write “In 75 years, reasses” on your bill for $800 and go home.

    Between 50 and 100 years write “In 25 years, reasses and begin design work on ditch”, bill for one day and go home.

    If less than 50 years, plan a one year design and proposal cycle with emphasis on the use of northern river water in a very large ditch for groundwater recharge OR a very large pipeline (like built by Mulholland in LA near a century back) to bring Canadian lake water down for groundwater recharge.
    Submit the $800 bill along with the proposal for 1 year P.M. work at about $250,000. Then go home. Check phone and mail daily for acceptance notice.

  252. E.M.Smith says:

    OK, read the “postcarbon” link page.

    Yet Another Running Out Panic bedwetter.

    Tries dressing up thin gruel economic theories as evidence. Trots out an even worse version of the EROEI Canard. All in all a waste of space out of touch with real resource economics. Their treatment of supply and demand elasticities is sophomoric at best. The citing of price volatility, as indication of validity of their thesis of end game behavior, is sad. Oil has ALWAYS been price volatile. Look up the history of The Texas Railroad Commission set up to stabilize prices. That is what happens when (short term) inelastic supply meets inelastic demand.

    We will still be pumping oil in 100 years. Why? Because it will take that long to pump it all.

    Even IF Hubberts Peak passed in 2000. It is a basically a symmetrical bell curve. As long up as down. It has been over 100 years getting “up”.

    Then they cite low searching as some indicator of end stage. Just silly. E&P companies ALWAYS reduce rig counts when prices drop and increase them when prices rise. You don’t go increasing supply when prices are already depressed from oversupply.

    I swear, that page reads like some humanties professor who has never seen an oil rig nor traded any exploration and production stocks. All hairbrained theory and no reality.

  253. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. Your assessment very likely true. The only ‘known unknown’ being 3 classes of reserves, heh. Class A for bankers when need loan, Class B for your finance minister, and Class C whisper in King’s ear, heh.

    Minister of Future

  254. E.M.Smith says:


    And class D, the drillers logs kept by the company… you know, the only accurate copy ;-)

  255. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ref vegetarian diets and protein.
    From twitter:
    Mike Cernovich
    🇺🇸 Retweeted
    Thirty Days To X‏ @XDays 11m11 minutes ago

    As a vegetarian, people always ask me how I get enough protein.
    Easy, make a large salad and top it with one pound of grilled meats.

  256. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi All. It’s ‘Remember Guernica Day’ …

    The bombing of Guernica (26 April 1937) was an aerial bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. It was carried out at the behest of the Spanish nationalist government by its allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion and the Fascist Italian  Aviazione Legionaria, under the code name Operation Rügen. The town was being used as a communications center behind the frontline.

    The attack gained infamy because it involved the deliberate targeting of civilians by a military air force. The number of victims is still disputed; the Basque government reported 1,654 people killed at the time, while Spanish figures claim around 126.

    . . . now a little dark humor …

    Good Morning Citizen Jones. We’re from the Attitude Adjustment Bureau. We noticed your tweets and blog post indicate increasing agitation and dissatisfaction with the establishment. We have a little van out front to administer the Mark 7 mod 2 lobotomy upgrade. The previous one in the drinking water is no longer effective. At this time there is no charge. However if we have to go to the FEMA work camp there will be a one-time hundred-dollar deduction from your ATM. The choice is up to you Citizen Jones.

    x. x. x. x. and …

    In other news it seems one of the long-term side effects of continuous Fentanyl use for pain killer causes death of the hippocampus. The benefit of this is you no longer have any short-term memory. So the argument you had yesterday or any problems from yesterday are gone. Hooray. Everyday has a new day with a clean slate, Citizen. Always Better Living Through Chemistry haha. Remember, just keep calm and take your meds. Oops, I forgot, you can’t remember, hahaha.

    . . . Back to our regular programming …

    Interesting little article by Nick Taleb, the guy who invented black swans, haha. Basically every decision maker, specially for public policy, should have skin in the game. In other words if the policy works you should get some small reward, likewise if the policy fails you should get some scratches and bruises and bleed a little bit.

    As a learning exercise we should airdrop all the neocons into the middle of the desert in Libya hahaha. Put their skin in their game!

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  257. E.M.Smith says:


    Per infamy and targeting civilians: odd how Guernca is so labeled yet there are others ignored.

    Might want to ask the folks from Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, …. what they think of it.

    Oh, wait, we won that war so we get to afix evil to the opposition and nobility to our side; even it the behavior is the same….

    BTW, not saying our bombing was evil. The nukes on Japan saved about 50,000 US lives and likely over 100,000 Japanese. My father in law among them (101st Airborn with order to redeploy from Europe for Japan in hand…) so my kids and spouse get to be…

    Just saying that selective application of moral upset ought to be avoided and that applying standards of now to 75 years ago is revisionist history. Better to just let it enter history gracefully for both sides.

  258. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi Chief. I did not feel any moral upset about bombing Guernica, just posted as notice this was first bombing of civilians. I believe anything goes in defense of one’s Homeland. I do not believe we should have any wars of aggression or humanitarian intervention or other meddling in other countries. We have a secretary of defense. Not a secretary of aggression, sigh. I believe our entering World War 1 & 2 was justified.. Since then the meddling has not been justified in my mind. Just sayin …

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  259. LG says:

    Juan browne of BlancoLirio : Oroville 26 April DWR Reports Explained
    Review of design specs for new Spillway

  260. Power Grab says:

    @EM re salt and BP:

    Last summer when the nurse was coming several times a week and taking vitals, etc., I made a point of telling her that I don’t avoid cholesterol or salt…and she could see how normal my BP was.

  261. Tony Hansen says:

    …”just posted as notice this was first bombing of civilians”
    London was bombed by airships in 1915.

  262. David A says:

    The first bombs delivered to their targets by air were launched on unmanned balloons, carrying a single bomb, by the Austrians against Venice in 1849,[3] during the First Italian War of Independence.

  263. LG says:

    Trying again.
    Juan Browne of BlancoLirio : Oroville 26 April DWR Reports Explained
    Review of design specs for new spillway.

  264. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like just about every side bombed the other side cities in W.W.I

    I think the idea Guernca was first is looking like an urban legend…

  265. Larry Ledwick says:

    Tim Pool on Berkeley and the on again off again speech by Ann Coulter tomorrow.
    Makes some good comments about free speech.

    He suspects there will be an event but no details available yet.

  266. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi All. Oops! Sorry I misquoted my first post …

    Second- and just posted as notice this was first bombing of civilians.


    First- The attack gained infamy because it involved the deliberate targeting of civilians by a military air force.

    Thanks for info on balloon bombing. Man’s creativity at killing is amazing!

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  267. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting crowd source effort to shut down Antifa street rioters

    Click to access VIOLENT.SOLUTIONS_Press%20Sheet.pdf

  268. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Antifa college professor who was whacking people with a bike lock put up a go fundme account for his legal defense — did not get any response at all before it was taken down.

  269. Larry Ledwick says:

    National Review commentary on Ann Coulter and Berkeley for canceling her speech.

  270. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like an event will happen anyway

    From twitter:
    Lauren Southern‏Verified account @Lauren_Southern 10m10 minutes ago

    Cancelling sends the message that violence works. This is why I’ll be at MLK park tomorrow @ 2pm w/ @Gavin_McInnes & more.

  271. Paul Hanlon says:

    I hope people don’t mind me posting a direct link, but this was too good to make people go to another site. Everything From Mud (plus a few sticks and stones). Just over fourteen minutes.

    There is a shorter version (about five minutes)

  272. David A says:

    Balloons droping a bomb on a city are pretty much targeting civilians.

  273. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the bombing civilians question, a distinction has to be made that prior to the later part of the Vietnam war precision strike was simply impossible (although precision weapons were being experimented with they were not militarily effective). The US would not have wasted time and effort with the Norden bombsight for high precision bombing (by the standards of the period) if their initial strategy was to just flatten entire cities. We lost an awful lot of aircrews trying to prove that precision military targeting was possible, eventually suffering loss rates which were unsustainable as German antiaircraft guns and fighters reached their peak effectiveness. Once that happened, area bombing became the only option. For a short period bomber losses in day time precision raids were so high that there was a legitimate risk of destroying the entire allied bomber force in a matter of weeks if tactics did not change.

    The British knew that to survive their bomber crews had to fly at night, and as a result had no choice but to engage in area bombing as the technology for location simply did not support night time precision bombing, it was physically impossible. The US shifted to it later in the war as they realized that they could not stay in the fight until the P-51 made long range bomber escort possible, the early versions of radar bombing and radio location through the British Oboe system and also LORAN was still too crude to allow precision bombing in overcast daylight conditions. (accuracy was on the order of 1-2 miles)

    As a result during WWII by necessity, to hit many legitimate military targets, civilian areas got pounded simply because there was no other way to take out those targets. Both the Japanese and Germans dispersed manufacturing into home workshop production to avoid targeted strikes, as a result municipal areas which were producing war material in small workshop factories became legitimate military targets.

    At that time, there was also a theory that bombing of cities destroying infrastructure could break the will of the people. In post war analysis it was found to mostly do the opposite until the cities were literally reduced to rubble). The Japanese did attempt random bombing of the US with balloons, with no specific military target. In the early stages of the war Germany did not “intentionally” attack civilian targets in Britain, the first bombing of civilian non-military targets was actually accidental as German bomber crews got lost and hit a purely civil area by accident. The British then responded in kind to this “unprovoked attack on civilians” which justified wholesale attacks on metropolitan areas by both sides in a tit for tat. Hitler then responded in the same way with directed attacks against any targets including area bombing of London (including the V1 and V2 attacks which were totally random area weapons and had no capability to do anything close to specific targeting). It was a classic example of escalation due to both technological limitations and later revenge attacks for what was perceived by both sides as illegitimate targeting.

    Both sides got it wrong, but in the beginning most attacks were attempting to avoid unnecessary civilian casualties, but the combined effects of technical limitations, intentional efforts to hide military production in civil areas and response in kind for what were perceived as intentional civil attacks gradually changed the rules.

    Due to the very high bomber losses of the Allies early in the strategic bombing campaign they really had no choice but to move to area bombing, although the fire storm in Hamburg was unintentional it did demonstrate the effectiveness of incendiary bombing campaigns and late in the war, especially in Japan, wholesale fire bombing of entire metropolitan areas was an intentional (and militarily necessary) method to try to cause enough destruction to force Japan to the peace table through pressure on the civil population and hopes it would result in the Japanese Army losing support for its fight to the death mentality.

    At the end of the war, the war changed into a war of attrition where both sides needed to use all means necessary because they both realized they could not sustain long term the losses both were suffering, it became a matter of survival to do as much damage to the enemy as possible to try to end it quickly before you were bled dry by your opponent.

  274. Glenn999 says:

    Hello EM
    I sent you an email or at least I tried. Perhaps it is in your Spam folder.

  275. A C Osborn says:

    Larry Ledwick says: 27 April 2017 at 11:55 am
    There was limited high accuracy bombing, both during the day and night, especally by the Mosquito squadrons and 617 Lancaster Squadron.
    Losses were high in some raids, apparently up to 100% in one Mosquito raid..
    By high accuracy in the case of Mosquitos we are talking taking out single buildings and similar sized targets.

  276. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very true but those were not strategic high altitude bombing missions with upwards of 500 planes over the target at one time. Putting a single bomb through a prison compound wall (Mosquito) or missions like the Dam Buster attacks were the work of some very brave, highly trained small units.

    Large wings of bombers were not survivable at low altitude due to AAA fire and if hit no time to bail out so they were inherently very high risk. The kind of missions my Uncle flew over Berlin when he was shot down in a B-17 in spite of the then state of the art Norden bombsight were limited even in daylight by the high altitude they had to fly and were lucky if they could put most of their bombs within the same square mile as the intended target.

    Beam guided bombing (where bombers followed radio beams) could deliver a high altitude stick of bombs to with in 100 yards either side of the beam axis and with a length of the impact zone being several hundred yards long. By the end of the war to hit within 25 yards of a target required drops from 15,000 ft altitude or lower, with units like the 617 being able to hit single buildings using downward looking radar and other precision bombing aids, such as their attack on the Michlin factory where they hit the shops but left the cafeteria nearby undamaged.

    The daylight strategic bombing raids from high altitude flew in box formations to provide mutual gun protection from fighters, they then conducted bomb release simultaneously so that made it inevitable that the bombs dropped would cover a sizable area. In actual combat conditions only 20% of bombs dropped by those wings landed within 1000 ft of the nominal aim point.

    In the summer of 1944, 47 B-29’s dropped 376 bombs on the Yawata steel plant, one plane actually hit the target with one of its 500 pound bombs. To hit a 400 x 500 ft square target in a power plant required 108 B-17 bombers crewed by 1,080 airmen, to drop 648 bombs, to ensure 96% chance of 2 bomb hits inside the target rectangle.

  277. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting white paper on the current understanding of what “Free Speech” means and where it allows it as understood by young American adults. Makes some interesting observations of how they self define the right to Free Speech, vs the traditional long standing broad absolute right to free speech advocated by the founders.

    Click to access WhitePaper_Herbst_FreeExpressionOnCampus.pdf

  278. philjourdan says:

    BTW, not saying our bombing was evil. The nukes on Japan saved about 50,000 US lives and likely over 100,000 Japanese.

    From the estimates I have seen, you are missing some zeros.

  279. Another Ian says:

    “How The Left Is Changing the Meaning of Words to Reduce Freedom — The Phrase “Incite Violence” ”

  280. Zeke says:

    Pearce M says. “So the disturbance blackout in San Francisco, New York would be expected to cause a problem in Chicago, Detroit, and Boston.

    So also the disturbance blackout in Los Angeles would be expected to cause a problem in Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, and Alabama.”

    I would not rule out hacking.

    Also, there is always the possibility of another Carrington Event, or geoeffective X-class flare such as the one that knocked out Canadian power in 1989.

    Yes that one generated electrical currents which ran along pipelines in the North, along with telluric currents which I think surprised a few people.

  281. Larry Ledwick says:

    Big hype story about super computer named “Cheyenne” in Cheyenne Wyoming, and NCAR forecasting technology. It is the 20th fastest super computer, 72,000 processors, 5.34 quadrillion calculations/sec.

    ( memo – just throw computing power at the problem and we can solve it – even if it involves chaotic systems, of closely coupled non-linear equations, and questionable input data of suspect accuracy and precision, and poorly understood relationships )

  282. E.M.Smith says:

    Yeah, the world of supercomputing has hit a bit of a wall and in general only a few geeks noticed, so the news gets more “Stupid Stories” about more total computes despite the fact you can’t actually use them effectively on almost all problems and can only use them badly on some of the rest…

    Long ago we ran out of significantly more compute speed per processor. Roughly in the 1980s. Then Cray began going multiprocessor. Eventually leaving the 4 CPU world and heading into boxes stuffed with hundreds to thousands of processors. Then someone had to figure out how to make them work on problems together. That doesn’t work for all problems, and Amdahl’s Law says once you chop out that part, the remainder is limited to the single CPU.

    Anything using over about 4096 processors is only needed for a very small set of the problem space. Down in the low single digits. Due to Amdahl’s Law. That’s why most actual production supercomputers are now made with about that many (and a few with double that … mostly so they can run two problems at once…)

    So as soon as you see anything with a processor count radically higher than that, you know it’s a bit of a farce OR is usable on a very very very limited specific problem. Chaotic systems isn’t one of them, as the math makes the added precision and depth meaningless. You just get further from reality faster… Sigh.

    Oh Well.

  283. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Hi All. The Mention Of telluric currents above brings back memories from the summer of 1965. I was an undergraduate assistant at the University of Texas working in the geomagnetic and electrical geophysics lab. We had a contract from AFCRL (air force Cambridge research lab) and NOBSR (naval ordnance bureau ships research) to conduct a Pacific field trip. This involved setting up giant antenna in the ground to measure micro pulsation in the Earth magnetic and electric field Due to variations solar pulses. The antenna was two electrodes spaced one kilometer apart on a north-south axis and one kilometer apart on an East-West axis. With five sites, Hawaii, Austin, Boston, Puerto Rico, and the altiplano interior of Peru. Needless to say Hawaii and Puerto Rico took most of the grad student. Only one grad student was going to Peru and since I had helped assemble the equipment I got to go to and help run the recording for 6 weeks. I also learned Spanish. I had to get 6 shots at Bergstrom AFB, yellow fever, cholera, black plague, dpt, terms… Those were the days …

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future

  284. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is almost getting comical. A few days ago members of Antifa were discussing they needed to get armed and adopt the position of the John Brown Gun Club (leftist folks who think armed rebellion might be a good idea)

    So the folks at /pol/ on 4channel have now identified the gun range where they shot the images.

    Their facebook page =
    They are a branch of the “redneck revolt”

  285. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the interesting results of this examination of the range site the Antifa folks were using was evidence that perhaps they are getting support from law enforcement or represented themselves as law enforcement to others.

    From twitter:
    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸‏Verified account @JackPosobiec 46 minutes ago

    According to new evidence, police in Phoenix may be training Antifa or possibly joined them

    In they trash they found a food receipt for the same day as their shooting event which listed a 10% police discount, and close examination of the video showed a person wearing Sheriff’s department uniform in close association with the group.

    I am sure more will follow as this is just being presented on twitter.

  286. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Antifa plans to blockade entrance for an event in Harrisburg tomorrow.

    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸‏Verified account @JackPosobiec 3 minutes ago

    Oathkeepers: 300 Antifa Plan to Block Entrance to Trump Rally Tomorrow in Harrisburg

  287. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting question, is organized trolling of a web site technically a denial of service attack?
    This is a public university teaching students how to deny free speech and troll on the internet, is that the kind of thing universities should be teaching? (how many credit hours is this course and for what major)

    /pol/ News Network‏ @polNewsNet 6 hours ago

    Anon found this on his sister’s laptop. To protect her, he’ll only say it’s at a University in California.

    The coursework is to raid /pol/.

  288. philjourdan says:

    The Antifa college professor who was whacking people with a bike lock put up a go fundme account for his legal defense — did not get any response at all before it was taken down.

    It demonstrates the left in 2 ways. That he will not pay for his own defense, and that those who think like him will not use their own money for their convictions.

  289. Another Ian says:

    The daily Murdoch

    “The Press Council has considered whether its Standards of Practice were breached by a print article in The Sunday Mail on 16 October 2016 headed “KNOCKERS COME OUT”.

    The article appeared during the 2016 United States presidential campaign and reported that, in addition to six women who had already made complaints about sexual misconduct by then candidate Mr Donald Trump, two further women had come forward to make complaints.

    The article was set out over two pages with the headline running across both. The left page featured a large photograph of Mr Trump and a sub-headline “NUMBER OF TRUMP ACCUSERS SWELLS”. It reported on the two most recent allegations, a denial of one of them by Mr Trump’s campaign office, and Mr Trump’s statement that they were “phony accusers” making allegations “for a little fame”. The right-hand page included photographs of the eight female accusers and a summary of their allegations.”

  290. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is interesting, a “bank run” in Canada tied to mortgages and health care?
    What could possibly go wrong?

  291. LG says:

    Oroville Update 28 April “DWR Grilled in Gridley” – Dam Seep?

    A 5-hour community meeting.
    Hangry farmers.
    A frustraded citizenry.
    There was airing of grievances.
    All summarized in a 28-minute report by Juan Browne of BlancoLirio

  292. Larry Ledwick says:

    Today at Trump’s rally he read the lyrics of the song “The Snake” and dedicated it to the folks on the Boarder Patrol and ICE tying the lyrics to the immigration of people we know are going to bite the hand that feeds them.

    The Snake by Al Wilson

    So just play this little tune in the back ground every time someone goes on and on about how we “Must take in refugees and immigrants regardless of their merit”

  293. Another Ian says:


    Nutrition not settled department. Looks like salt is OK this week

    “Hold the consensus.

    Consuming fewer than 2,500 milligrams of sodium daily is actually associated with higher blood pressure, according to the Framingham Offspring Study report, given today. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily, equal to a teaspoon of ordinary iodized table salt.”

    More at

    and link

  294. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter
    ack Posobiec
    🇺🇸‏Verified account @JackPosobiec

    “These migrants are linked with terrorism. We will not accept them.” – Beata Szydło, Prime Minister of Poland

  295. E.M.Smith says:

    The Poles are very aware of foreign invasion, domination, and cultural assault. I think they will do well…

  296. Another Ian says:

    Oh dear!

    “BBC reports Indians furious over Aust immigration changes “They are giving jobs to Australians and not Indians” ”

  297. Larry Ledwick says:

    China trying to recruit Korean / Chinese translators — Hmmmm

  298. Another Ian says:

    “NY Times furor due to half-skeptic — Mass subscription exodus? Best thing!”

  299. Larry Ledwick says:

    Novel water purification system which uses bacteria which generate electrical currents to help break down contaminants in water.

  300. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting take on Trumps comment recently about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War.
    According to this historian, there is some basis to the comment, although as he notes, “history is complicated”.

  301. Jeff says:

    Intel’s AMT (Big Brother on a chip) has a critical flaw, as reported in El Reg, “semi-accurate”, and
    by Intel themselves. As El Reg said, “For years now, engineers and infosec types have been warning that, since all code has bugs, at least one remotely exploitable programming blunder must be present in Intel’s AMT software, and the ME running it…” has been fulfilled. Seems they’ll be yelling “Mayday, Mayday” if the bits hit the fan.

    Although Intel says it’s only a problem for business platforms, others (Charlie Demerjian and numerous commentards on El Reg) beg to differ, as do I. AMT and its “overseer” brethren running at ring -2 may be a help to admins, but can (and possibly will) be a world of hurt for those affected by this “errata”:

    El Reg:

    Intel’s statement on it:

    and from Charlie Demerjian:

    And (as usual :) ) AMT and friends were covered here first in

    Now I can go back to polishing my tinfoil hat :) Next up, ARM security (would that make a phone hacker a one-ARMed bandit?) [gets me coat…]

    From Intel’s release:
    Intel Active Management Technology, Intel Small Business Technology, and Intel Standard Manageability Escalation of Privilege
    Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00075
    Product family: Intel® Active Management Technology, Intel® Small Business Technology, and Intel® Standard Manageability
    Impact of vulnerability: Elevation of Privilege
    Severity rating: Critical
    Original release: May 01, 2017
    Last revised: May 01, 2017

    There is an escalation of privilege vulnerability in Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel® Standard Manageability (ISM), and Intel® Small Business Technology versions firmware versions 6.x, 7.x, 8.x 9.x, 10.x, 11.0, 11.5, and 11.6 that can allow an unprivileged attacker to gain control of the manageability features provided by these products. This vulnerability does not exist on Intel-based consumer PCs.
    There are two ways this vulnerability may be accessed please note that Intel® Small Business Technology is not vulnerable to the first issue.
    • An unprivileged network attacker could gain system privileges to provisioned Intel manageability SKUs: Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT) and Intel® Standard Manageability (ISM).
    o CVSSv3 9.8 Critical /AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
    • An unprivileged local attacker could provision manageability features gaining unprivileged network or local system privileges on Intel manageability SKUs: Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel® Standard Manageability (ISM), and Intel® Small Business Technology (SBT).
    o CVSSv3 8.4 High /AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

  302. E.M.Smith says:


    Oh Dear…

    I’ve muttered under my breath about the “management engine” and DRM crap taking control of MY computer away from me. Now chicken roosting time has come…

    “The ME is a black box that Intel doesn’t like to talk about too much, although it is partially documented on Chipzilla’s website. It freaks out privacy and security conscious people: no one quite knows what the engine is really doing, ”

    Yeah, that about sums up my position on it….

    I suspect some of that stuff was inserted at the request of TLAs, but there is no way to know. One man’s bug is another Agency’s feature… Thus my interest in a non-Intel desktop chipset…

    But isn’t it comforting to know this particular 747 sized security hole only exists in the very high end systems used by substantially all businesses globally, and not by most home systems? You are “safe” from it at home as long as you don’t use any external services or the internet. /sarc;

    Starting about 1990 there were things being done that caused me to have a series of WTF “why would anyone do THAT” security paranoia moments. For years, everyone else was ‘fine with that’ and I was out in the cold… Over the years, one by one, those things have hit the news as an Aw Shit vs Fan moment. At least now I can enjoy the smugging… after a couple of decades of being snickered at… and no longer in contact with the snickerers…

    FWIW: the idea or running random downloads of JAVA on my machine, even inside a Java sandboxed virtual machine, still causes me a little heartburn… yet “everyone does it”…

    Between the two (ME, JAVA), you have code running both below and above your OS that you do not control. What could possibly go wrong… /sarc;

  303. Jeff says:

    Yep. HP (and probably other companies) have various flavours of COE (common operating environment) tools, to enable remote desktop (and some mainframe!) management (manglement?). Top-tools, etc., were based on AMT and its predecessors, as were some of the networking and diag tools (at least internally).

    With all that power comes risk (no RISC no fun), and hubris (cf Intel) won’t help. One would have thought the div bug would have taught them a lesson… and Lenovo got bit pretty hard when some of their ultra-low-level pointers (aimed at adware and junkware, methinks) ended up pointing off into nowhere…

    Here’s a good presentation/article about attacking Intel TXT:
    Thursday, February 19, 2009 – Attacking Intel TXT: paper and slides

    Charlie Demerjian has been on about AMT, etc. for quite some time:

    As someone said, “Holy shucking fit!”

    SANS is following this closely:

    Finally, apparently AMI BIOS has some hooks in it (probably Phoenix, etc. do too) which caused an open-source laptop project a world of hurt:

    “The best explanation we have so far is that the factory BIOS has an SMM hook on the S5-state transition (shut down), which gets part of the old BIOS to execute, verify if the BIOS settings it has in memory are still matching the values in the ROM, if it doesn’t match, then it writes them back again. Because why not. And the reason the data is displaced by an offset of 128KB is probably because that same BIOS code will not find the NVRAM storage at its usual 0x200000 offset, so it decides to leave that area intact and instead just write it in the 0x220000 offset).”

    (from article “Preventing AMI’s BIOS from interfering with coreboot flashing on the Librem 13
    – April 14, 2017”)

    Ironic how “Big Brother” always devolves into nothing more than Big Bother.

    [In other news, here in Germany the wholesale electricity prices went deep negative over the weekend as high winds and sunny days flooded the net for a RARE case of too much juice. So ratepayers (that would be me :( and others over here) were treated to paying for the 41 MILLION Euro shortfall. Pierre at NoTricksZone has the depressing details…sigh…]

    Another case of hubris (Energiewende and the idiot EU/EC) driving us down the drain…

  304. Jeff says:

    Here’s an article that should get folks clutching their perls (and tinfoil hats) and throwing them
    in the microwave in frustration. I always hated easy access to “Privmode” (though I often wrote privmode code, being a systems/database/compiler type) – professionally paranoid. AMD also have similar negative-ring instructions/utilities, but so far there are no publicised exploits.

    March 8, 2014 by Brian Butterly

  305. Jeff says:

    Also, a thought-provoking post from insinuator about medical devices (could well apply to IoT, as well). Seems I’ll have to leave my fridge, washer, dryer, dishwasher, oven, freezer, robot vac and lawnmower all offline… No problem, as all my kit is too old. Sometimes it pays to keep old stuff running…

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