Tips – June 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 – June 2017

  1. Larry Ledwick says:

    From the previous tips:

    So someone finally admitted we have functioning hypersonic aircraft. Sheesh. We’ve had them since the X-15, fer crissakes… Maybe now the DOD will let the Aurora out to play with others and / or at least let the hypersonic suborbital transports be built. I was looking at a hypersonic jet engine design in the Engineering library (in a text on jet design) in the 1970s(!) so it isn’t like this is a new idea…

    The key here is the engine design. The x-15 as you know was a rocket plane, the SR-71 was an air breathing turbojet/ram jet hybrid, but it reached its maximum possible speed near mach 3.2 which was the design point of the engine. The unclass maximum speed was listed at Mach 3.3 but was probably a bit higher. (this was the same speed range planned for the XB-70 Valkyrie, which was intended to be a Mach 3-3.2 aircraft)

    From the XB-70 wiki page

    This work led to an interesting discovery. When an engine was optimized specifically for high speed, it burned perhaps twice as much fuel at that speed than when it was running at subsonic speeds. However, the aircraft would be flying as much as four times as fast. Thus its most economical cruise speed, in terms of fuel per mile, was its maximum speed.

    At that point (mach 3.2) the engine actually got more efficient as it went faster but began to run into physical limitations. To give the fuel time to burn, they used the inlet spike to create a shock wave that rode just inside the intake nacelle of the engine, to slow and help compress the airflow enough that they could sustain combustion with their special magic kerosene (very high flash point).

    This has been the stone wall to hypersonic aircombustion jet engines now for 45 years or so, how to get the fuel to burn fast enough to complete the combustion while still inside the engine.

    The Aurora aircraft was ground tracked by sonic signature at approximately Mach 4 to Mach 5.2, and appeared to use an impulse ignition (ie a series of explosions rather than sustained combustion). Indicated by the donuts on a rope contrails spotted. In theory (thermodynamic) detonation combustion would be more efficient than continuous combustion – but I suspect that other problems cropped up.

    My gut instinct is that they got the impulse combustion system to work, but probably due to heat cycles or vibration, and metal fatigue due the pressure cycles or some other secondary effect it has problems.

    The scramjet is supposed to be uniform sustained combustion of hydrogen fuel (the only fuel that burns fast enough to complete combustion inside the engine at those speeds) It is supposed to be a true ram jet (ie no moving parts = high reliability if they ever get it sorted out) and much higher upper speed limit before they have problems with blowing the flame out.

    Current designs use a “wave rider” nose that creates compression by riding its own shock wave like a surf board, without the problem of the movable air spike on the SR-71 and I presume eliminates or minimizes the problems of “unstart” when the shock wave required to slow and compress the inlet airflow in the SR-71 would occasionally jump outside the nacelle.

    This caused something like a flame out on the SR-71 and the unstart resulted in a massive drop in thrust and increased drag on that engine which caused violent yaw of the aircraft. (sufficiently violent to slam the pilots helmet against the canopy). All the aircraft losses of the SR-71 were due to sudden loss of control at high speed. One failure mode was the unsymmetrical thrust from an engine unstart and the other was massive sudden nose pitch up which would tear the plane apart at speed.

    Bottom line air breathing ram jet would be far superior to a rocket powered hypersonic vehicle, due to increased range (uses atmospheric air rather than oxygen in the rocket fuel so about a 5x increase in effective fuel payload since they are using free oxygen). Plus hydrogen could be produced anywhere with electricity and water, so no exotic fuel logistics.

  2. omanuel says:

    A simple logical error in atomic, nuclear and particle physics was at the base of the false AGW fable, as shown in the booklet published yesterday to celebrate President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the UN’s Paris Global Climate Agreement:

  3. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – You point out a very important limitation of jet engines – the speed of fuel burning. I think we have pushed this technology as far as it will go. Eventually someone will create the next breakthrough that will allow faster speeds, probably at a more efficient fuel to mileage ratio as well.

  4. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Interesting trash talk from SocGen and ZeroHedge about no longer using debt to drive the economy, heh.

    Needless to say, for an economy in which debt growth – either public or private – has been a primary driver of overall economic expansion, this is a stunning development. So what is driving it.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  5. E.M.Smith says:


    There’s a British design with an onboard air liquefaction / LOX extraction system… Intended to reach orbit. Since, at speed, heat management is one of the big issues, using liquid H2 fuel lets you use it as coolant before burning. IIRC, the SR-71 did the same thing with their fuel. JP-7? Something like that. With an additive. It was run through the hot spots then to the engines. ( I think I’m remembering that right… but don’t quote me ;-)

    The design I saw in the 70s was a ‘wedge’ on the body. Long lead in, steeper exit. Fuel injected along the ridge. Essentially 1/2 of an aerospike with the tail of the wedge taking the trust and making 1/2 the combustion chamber, and the other side of the ‘chamber’ containing the combustion zone being the shock wave compression off the wedge ridge… Don’t know if they ever made one.

    Looks like the current wave riders use a similar idea, but have a flat plate opposite the wedge so as to give more control of the combustion zone, or at least one I looked at did that.

    BTW, I lived under the SR-71 take off / landing approach and got to watch them fly by at various speeds and times. At night, they were two giant blue cones out the back… BUT, the cones had bulges in them. Not quite donuts on a string, but sort of “donuts in a cone”… It was beautiful to see. I suspect they may have had a more than 3.2 ability…


    One of the key benefits of the hypersonic suborbital, in addition to the “90 minutes to anywhere on the planet”, was that fuel needed dropped A Lot. Since 3/4 or more of the trip was in near zero air… Not likely to be a big hit with most passengers as a lot of folks get, um, queezy in zero gee, but great for mail and air freight… (My solution would just be to up the speed to the point where you get 1/10 negative G and fly upside down. Everyone gets a great view, you hold it in that arc with the aerodynamic down force in near zero air, and you get there even faster… with only a minor exotic move as you hit zero G and need to flip over and gun it some more ;-)

    For some reason most folks don’t like my idea… But hey, if you have a failure, you just end up popping up into orbit until the tow plane arrives ;-)

  6. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m sure folks have seen it, since the news if 4-walling it, but at 3 PM Eastern, Trump is going to pop the cork on his Paris Agreement Decision.


    Well, maybe it has something to do with debt NOT driving overall economic growth…

    You can not cause physical growth from rearranging ownership holders. Physical growth comes from physical building. It matters little if the owner is funding it via debt, equity, personal investment of cash, or retained earnings. The only ways debt is of interest is as a way to get faster growth of one company (via money injection) than can be achieved by retained earnings, BUT that comes at the expense of less growth in some other place that did not get the money that went to debt instead; or as a way to avoid liability of direct ownership.

    So you can use it to focus money on a fast growth new technology area at the expense of an older more stagnant one, but that same growth could be achieved with an equity offering, or with a Money Bags investor.

    let go of the notion that debt causes growth. It doesn’t. Somebody has to build something.

  7. cdquarles says:

    Larry, did they discuss how rough hydrogen is on metals once atomic hydrogen gets incorporated into the metal, either as a solid solution or an alloy (still, from the chemistry point of view, how much of a difference is there between alloys and solid solutions? Maybe internal chemical reactions and thus the alloy is a solid solution of a metal and a metal’s compound, but then think of water solutions, where the solute forms a form of a compound with the water via hydrogen bonding.)

  8. cdquarles says:

    Yep. debt, by itself, can’t cause growth. Neither does saving (they’re two sides of the same coin, where the difference is in the time discount preferences). Yes, someone needs to build something, but even that isn’t enough. They have to build something useful to others, whether tangible or not.

  9. philjourdan says:

    I suffer from Acrophobia. But that does not extend to airplanes. I like your idea!

  10. Larry In Hiding says:

    For those using onelogin services their data has been hacked

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hydrogen embrittlement, its tendency to leak out of everything, the ridiculous pressures needed to store it in useful quantities as a compressed gas, the difficulties of storing it as a cryogenic liquid, and the weight and difficulties recovering it as a gas involved in storing it as a metal hydride are all part of the hurdles involved in using it. Lockheed actually did a lot of research on hydrogen during the period they were developing the SR-71

    One of the breakthrough technologies in rocket propulsion and of the space shuttle was the use of cryogenic hydrogen as a fuel in its rocket engines.

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have something in moderation about onelogin please nuke the goofy user name and replace it with my normal user name

  13. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief- let go of the notion that debt causes growth. It doesn’t. Somebody has to build something.

    I have always understood that. I posted the article (did you read it?) to highlight Banks are now acknowledging FED easy money an debt growth are ONLY driving GDP numbers and asset valuation, with companies borrowing cheap to buy back their stock rather than expand production and the real economy of Stuff. The number of new business starts is lower than 1990.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  14. Another Ian says:


    Re bubbles and rumours etc currently highlighted in TDS. An example –

    “In the bubble in which she lives, in the world in which she travels, in the frame of reference in which she nestles like a baby nestling in a Moses basket, it must have seemed to Kathy Griffin that there could be no way she could go too far if the object of her unspeakable provocation was Donald Trump.”

    In re-reading John Steinbeck’s “Once There Was a War” there is the contrast of troopship rumours that he lists in ” Somewhere in England June 23 1943″ and “Mussolini” – a troopship being a pretty good information bubble with almost complete radio silence.

  15. jim2 says:

    Speaking of living in a bubble. It appears the Left is in the process of abandoning HRC. It’s way past time, but it might have been good to have her run again as a loser. Several articles “out there.” Even the Congressional Clown Franken is telling her to move on.

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm… RT has Megyn Kelly hosting a discussion at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum with some world leaders… including Putin . He was careful to be discreet, but I think he took some interested looks at her… then again, she’s a looker…

  17. jim2 says:

    I’ve seen a few “ads” casting Kelly as someone with “problems.” I’m pretty sure it’s just hype to get people interested in her again. While she does look good, I hope her next venture is a failure.

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @Well, different strokes I guess.

    She was one of my favorites as a “blond bombshell” who was good at asking smart questions. I like an interviewer who can do smooth trap questions… then again, I don’t care if an interview is biased, as long as counter bias is available to expose the other side…

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wow, looks like the open source browser “brave” just went big time. Seems there is interest in an inherently secure browser.

  20. wizz33 says:

    that was HOTOL which failed thanks center of gravity issues (all engines in the back)
    the new one is called Reaction Engines SKYLON
    do not belief in scramjet it is a RAMJET in disguise and cost the taxpayer billions

  21. E.M.Smith says:


    Well, had I seen it go live on the ICO I’d have likely tossed ’em a $20…


    Right! That was the name… You would think they would have figured out the balance issue before spending money. Usually every pilot does a “weight and balance” paper calculation before attempting to take of. Ought to be one of the first things looked at.

  22. jim2 says:

    I’ve been looking at Qubes. Pretty impressive. The only potential problem is that it’s picky about hardware. v4 is even more picky about hardware and apparently isn’t fully baked yet. I’m thinking about getting it but would upgrade hardware first. As long as chromium doesn’t keep my cookies in the cloud i can run separate environments for different activities and not see what I just bought pop up on the next web page I visit.

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    wizz33 says:
    do not belief in scramjet it is a RAMJET in disguise and cost the taxpayer billions

    scramjet is a ram jet but operating in a different domain (different physics in play), “scramjet” stands for “Supersonic Combustion RAMjet”.

    The trick is figuring out how to maintain stable reliable combustion in a supersonic flow regime.

  24. E.M.Smith says:


    It looks like the “crime” was someone flashing their real govt ID while playing security guard.

    There is nothing illegal about a private police force. You do need to do all the right gun permits, swearing in, etc. Etc. And not represent yourself as more than you are: but lots of folks have uniforms, badges, and guns while being private security. You just can’t represent yourself as a government person nor as government police. Private security licencing requirements vary by State, IIRC.

    In my Eagle Scout Troup, we were law enforcement focus. Had distinctive uniforms (bought at the local air base, beige dress MP w/o their insignia), arm patches, and did traffic control at the jamboree. No guns when on duty though… but had them at home :-) our scout master, the sheriff, taught us combat judo too. Like sport judo, but with the leathal parts left in… We could do citizen’s arrests and were taught the Miranda requirements and proper verbage for a citizen’s arrest. Also told what would happen to us if we ever claimed to be police without being sworn in.

    Got to swim on the bottom of a canal once looking for a dead kid. It was a large group of folks called out and I had fins and mask and swim like a fish. An adult with scuba gear working under the weir found the body, shoe caught on some rebar…

    Swearing in can take all of about 5 minutes. The old west “swear in a posse” is still valid. Most of the police and sheriff spouses were sworn in reserves, so the emergency police force was about double the employees. And that housewife buying peanut butter was a sworn office with a Walther in her purse… which occasionally caught some folks doing stupid things by surprise…

    Probably not as much of that now given the sue happy lately, but 45 years back it was that way in the country… pretty sure the law hasn’t changed.

  25. Paul Hanlon says:

    Very interesting alternative to drudge report. Same format, but with proper conservative news

  26. jim2 says:

    I got the “97% of climate change papers are warmist” argument thrown in my face the other day. The original Oreskes study surveyed the abstract of about 1200 papers. It would be interesting to do that again but this time rate them WRT certainty.

    Assign a 0 for no certainty, a 1 for “may, can, might, could, etc” conclusions, and a 3 for “will, has, etc” conclusions. Then, count the papers in each certainty category.

  27. E.M.Smith says:


    One also needs to be sensitive to the huge number of papers of the form:

    “ASSUMING warming is happening, FOO will follow”.

    That was one of the things that set me off. Folks would say things like “Global warming shown to cause extirpation of mountain shrews”, and I’d look in the paper and it was one giant hypothetical. Lots of nice study of the mountain shrew (a hypothetical in this example…) and their temperature sensitivity and ranges. But the only real climate endorsement of AGW was an assumption.

    I would bet dollars to donuts that the original study counted all them as affirming Global Warming…

  28. Larry Ledwick says:


    The Army is celebrating the fact that they have come up with a modification to the stinger missile (change from an impact fuse warhead to a proximity fuse warhead) so it can be used to shoot down small drones. This is an improvement because instead of using a $3 million dollar Patriot missile, they now have the ability to use a much cheaper $38,000 dollar missile to shoot down a $200 drone.

    We live in wonderful times

    PS – Dear US Army you might want to look into a 12Ga version of chain shot used in the 1700’s to do this job. 00 buck with kevlar cord connecting them would work nicely at close range. (similar to bolo rounds or net capture systems )

    Personally I think the cheapest drone counter measure would be another drone “fighter” with live video feed just keep the target drone in the cross hairs and ram it.

  29. E.M.Smith says:


    FWIW, in the old family restaurant, folks would sometimes bet “dollars to donuts” (or as Mum would do it “dollars to doughnuts” – a spelling I still prefer but folks look at me funny ;-)

    At the time, a donut was about a dime, IIRC. And they were in the display case. So one could literally bet a $ against a promise of a glazed donut… So sometimes you would have a bet of “You buy me that donut if I win, or I’ll give you a dollar if I don’t”.

    Now what I don’t know is which came first. Did the phrase arise from folks doing that? Or was this a much later after the phrase cultural flourish? One would need to be sitting in early 1800s American restaurants with doughnuts to observe and find out; but we have no recordings from back then…

    Given the “colorful” people from that place in that time, my bet is that it was a cultural flourish for emphasis after the phrase was in common use; but that is only a guess.

    Sidebar on spelling: I generally prefer the older spellings of words. If I misspell something, it often turns out to be an ancient spelling that was once “right”. (and / or a spelling from a language I’ve learned sometime or other like French or Spanish… can never keep straight the ending ‘e’ or how many repeats of consonants in some words like appartement apartment …. whatever…) Spelling nazis hate me since I just don’t care and use them interchangeably. I just point them at Mark Twain and Chaucer (and sometimes the KJV Bible) and ask what era is their limit… Sometimes I use Shakespeare as the foil… Is not “Ye Olde Inne” valid? One wonders… So sometimes I type donut, others doughnut, but I’d be OK with doughnutt or doenutt as well, since there is nothing that is a close map for them but the right meaning. Oddly, when doing chemistry were every letter matters, I have no trouble keeping ethane and ethyne separate (but note that ethine is a synonym for ethyne… acetylene…) or butylene vs butalene. Go figure…

  30. E.M.Smith says:


    A small drone is hard to distinguish from a large bird. Seems to me we’ve had bird shooting technology for a long time now.

    I’d go with your shotgun approach. But I’d make it a 10 gauge ;-) Then mount it on my own drone… Range is limited, but hey, you can likely get a $10,000,000 contract to invent a computerized sabot for greater range that holds it together until 100 ft from the target then fragments letting the shot disburse…

    For maximal fun, make very small autonomous rockets. About an inch diameter and a foot long. ALL they do is take a GPS download at time of firing, head that way at high speed, and terminal guidance with onboard sensors into “whatever” is near there… Like a very smart bullet… A couple of ounces of C4 can really mess up a small drone… Just sayin’…

  31. jim2 says:

    In other news, HRC invites Kathy Griffin for a sleep over.

    [Reply: Do you really think they will sleep much?… -E.M.Smith ;-) ]

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think I need to order this book

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the South China Sea President Trump is sending signals that he will not accept China’s unilateral effort to annex that sea as a Chinese possession.

  34. E.M.Smith says:

    I think I recognize the pattern in Trump’s negotiations. He’s been in business a long time and knows the ropes well. He’s also dealt with Chinese so knows how they play too.

    1) You learn more if you ask questions, listen politely, and STFU.
    2) Be polite and personable in all meetings and discussions. Save the hardball for the battle.
    3) NEVER compromise your principles, but don’t let your opponent know that.
    4) Probe for the opposition desires, needs, and weaknesses; offer hypotheticals for information gain in the response, but don’t offer the real deal until the battle is engaged.
    5) Always say you might be “open” to a particular offered hypothetical. It confuses their information gain process while leaving your options entirely “open”…
    6) NEVER signal your intent. Just act at the right moment.
    7) Squeeze an opponent’s needs and weaknesses and desires, even if you don’t care. Measure how much they are worth to them, and raise their awareness of that worth, while costing you nothing.
    8) Never show any concern when they hit what you want, need, or desire. Be “open” to pissing it away in your response.
    9) When the time is right, whack their needs and desires, but leave them a path out that just happens to be through giving you what you want, need, or desire. Try to have them not notice you are getting what you wanted. Cool out the mark. Give them things of no worth to you.
    10) Once you have won, praise them for their skill and character in the engagement.

    So, for China, Trump wants some things, what is not really clear (point #5 & 8). He knows China has the hots for the South China Sea, so put a thumb in their eye ( #4, #7). He’s already had a personable meeting with the Premier of China ( #1, #2, #3) and waited to just have this even happen blind ( #6). By my count that leaves us as 9 & 10… Though their could be more probing and shopping over time to flesh out the menu…

    I suspect someone in China is discovering that POTUS Trump is a skilled and formidable player.

  35. Another Ian says:

    “Bring me the President’s severed head. Bring me Barbara Walter’s personal lubricant. “This moment is what I live for so bring it”. ”

  36. Another Ian says:

    “Breaking: Toyota Divorces Tesla….

    Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said on Saturday it had sold all shares in Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) by the end of 2016, having canceled its tie-up with the U.S. luxury automaker to jointly develop electric vehicles.”

  37. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like a new terror incident in London, van hit multiple pedestrians on London Bridge

    From Twitter:
    dwnews‏Verified account @dwnews 1 minute ago


    Many hurt after van runs over pedestrians on London Bridge

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    More than one attack location:

    From twitter
    dwnews‏Verified account @dwnews 57 seconds ago

    dwnews Retweeted Metropolitan Police

    Police confirm a second incident is ongoing at London’s Borough Market.

    More as we get it
    Metropolitan Police‏Verified account @metpoliceuk

    As well as #LondonBridge officers have also responsed to an incident in #BoroughMarket. We have armed police at the scenes.

  39. jim2 says:

    @Another Ian says:3 June 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I’d appreciate a trigger warning if something in your link features Obummer talking.

  40. Cyberzombie says:

    And the first candidate for removal from the daily briefing proudly declares President Trump’s Terror Tweet: ‘Info is Unconfirmed’

  41. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Eric Prince said that the United States should deploy an “East India Company approach” in Afghanistan.

    The country, he wrote, should be run by “an American viceroy who would lead all U.S. government and coalition efforts – including command, budget, policy, promotion, and contracting – and report directly to the president.”

    Not a bad idea. At least we’d know where the money went, heh. or gst a new Viceroy.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    The US Supreme Court has just set a dead line of June 12 for challenges to President Trumps travel ban from selected countries. On the evening of the London Bridge Attack I hope they blow the lower court rulings out of the water as complete judicial policy making and not valid legal precident.

  43. jim2 says:

    Another stellar day for US MSM. But some of the comments are spot on.

    “NBC News Throws Shade on President Trump’s Terror Tweet: ‘Info is Unconfirmed’”

    Some comments:

    GeorgePorgie1 Pollard • 13 hours ago
    Mentioning Allah while murdering people means nothing to the MSM. They want a signed statement.

    Kary GeorgePorgie1 • an hour ago
    But ONLY if it is on something they don’t support. No signed statements required on the Russian “interference”.

  44. Paul Hanlon says:

    Wow, even if only half the stuff on this site, about what goes on in the underbelly of US Politics, is true, then what we have been seeing to date is just the tip of the iceberg. The articles look to be well researched but, as always, caveat emptor. Oh BTW, I’m loving the Brave browser, as fast as Chrome, and less resource hungry.

  45. jim2 says:

    My utter and total frustration with the left is exacerbated by the fact they can’t look at the UK and see what will happen in the US if immigration from the Middle East isn’t strictly controlled. Why do they believe what happens in the UK can’t happen here? They are such morons in so many ways.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the key characteristics I have noted of the left is their total inability to effectively assess risk, and anticipate outcomes. They see things as they want them to be, not as they are. In short they have very poor ability to imagine a logical series of events or outcomes from an initial condition.

    They write a law or regulation and then are totally surprised when people take simple logical measures to avoid the regulation. It never crossed their mind that someone would actually want to avoid a tax or a penalty by using some back door loop hole, yet they use loop holes and exceptions to accomplish every thing they do.

    They tend in my view to operate at the mental ability of a 12 – 13 year old where consequences of actions are seldom even considered – they just do what feels good, but have very poor self control or self regulation of behavior.

  47. Larry Ledwick says:

    The problem with Islam in Europe – many of its practitioners (and mosques) are more zealous and strict in their view of Islam than the more tolerant beliefs of new arrivals which were raised in a less oppressive and more open style of belief in their home countries. (much like Western Christian churches where the person can take his/her own message from the faith rather than the dogmatic and punitive interpretation of the Wahhabi and Salafi versions of Islam.)

  48. jim2 says:

    From Sharyl Attkisson’s show today, a French coal mining town is now growing. They don’t allow immigrants! I can’t understand the name of the town. So if anyone can, I would like to look it up.

    Segment begins @11:40

  49. Richard Bellew says:

    @jim2: My best guess is Hénin-Beaumont in the Pas de Calais (top left-hand corner on the map of France). It’s coal mining country (or was). According to the town’s website one of the Deputy Mayors is called Christopher Szczurek which, pronounced by a Frenchman pretty much sounds like my guess at his name from the TV show (which was Zourac) but the gentleman seems to have put on a little weight since his photo was taken for the town’s website! Apart from that, it seems a good fit. You’ll find it on Google Maps by searching on the name above. I watched the entire segment with interest, but there seemed to be a disconnect: Early on the voice-over said that the town was turning around and things were getting better, but never asked the key questions Why? and How? As EM would say, sounds like a clear Dig Here! Which I’ll have a go at, and post anything I find. Regards. Richard Bellew

  50. Larry Ledwick says:

    Might be useful a chronology of terrorist attacks in Europe.
    (Note it ignores the prior cycle of terrorism – Munich Olympic games 1972 , massacre in Rome and Vienna airports 1985, a half dozen hijacked aircraft blown up by terrorists etc.)

  51. Larry Ledwick says:

    A topic which has been discussed (and lived) by several of us here. How do you as a society handled gifted children and their education.

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting read (I have no clue if all this is true or not but it does present a case for how President Trump might be waging war on the Deep state. I would file this under watch and see if any of this pans out over time). Clearly taking apart the Deep State will take some sort of power base and this might work (remember Teddy Roosevelt broke up Standard Oil who at the time was the silicon valley of its time)

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not sure what is going on in the middle east but tweets like this have been popping up for the last few minutes.

    Conflict News‏ @Conflicts 22 seconds ago

    BREAKING: United Arab Emirates has joined Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar – @zaidbenjamin

    Seems the bottom line is that they are accusing Qatar of interfering with internal politics.
    One mentioned original reporting of these has been from pro-Iranian sites.

  54. Larry Ledwick says:

    Stratfor’s take on the dust up between Qatar and other Arab states.

  55. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Update on GCC fuster cluck …“The_GCC_States_Led_By_Saudi_Arabia_Will_Collapse_Into_Oblivion”/58931/0/38/38/Y/M.html

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  56. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little more in depth commentary on the Arab states efforts to cut off relations with Qatar.

    If Qatar is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, (ie Hamas) than here in the US CAIR will likely be pushing a view supporting Qatar and contrary to Saudi Arabia, given that CAIR is a creation of and branch of Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood.

    It will be interesting to see if this eventually leads to the US declaring CAIR and related Muslim Brotherhood front organizations as terrorist organizations.

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting summary discussion of the misuse of intelligence data by NSA regarding US Persons.
    This is the first coherent discussion I have seen that really gets down to the root issues being addressed by the FISA court and the intentional knowing abuse of the process by the Obama administration.

  58. Larry Ledwick says:

    India takes a major step toward having an indigenous heavy space launch capability (ie ability to but heavy payloads including humans into orbit), with a launch placing a heavy communications satellite in orbit with their Indian built GSLV Mk III rocket.
    The 43-meter (140-foot) rocket blasted of from the Sriharikota launch pad southeast in India on Monday, placing a 3,136-kilo (6914-pound) communications satellite into orbit.

  59. Larry Ledwick says:

    How they got her

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Antifa is getting completely out of control, only a matter of time before the kill or cripple someone if this sort of nonsense continues.

    From twitter
    Makada 🇺🇸‏ @_Makada_ 23 hours ago

    BREAKING: ANTIFA terror attack foiled by police in Portland, terrorists on rooftop had bags filled with bricks.

  61. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    I plan to go to attend conference in Nepal in AUG 2017 to present this paper as a “Scientific critique of atomic, nuclear, and particle physics and cosmology “ on the simple logical error in human minds that hid the elegant simplicity of the Creator’s Mind for eighty-two years (1935-2017):

    Anyone else here interested in attending the Fifth International Conference
    SCIENCE AND SCIENTIST — 2017Working Together Toward a Spiritual Science of the Conscious Self August 17, 2017 — August 18, 2017
    Nepal Pragya Pratisthan, Kamaladi – Kathmandu, Nepal

    I hope to get a discussion going on the possibility that the fundamental vibration sound AUM or ommmmmm is caused by the Sun’s pulsar core [See Thomson, D.J., Lanzerotti, L.J., Vernon, F.L., Lessard, M.R. and Smith, L.T.P. (2007): Solar modal structure of the engineering environment. Proceedings of the IEEE, 95 (5): 1085 – 1132. See also the report in ESA Space Science News, See also the report in ESA Space Science News, “Moving to the rhythm of the Sun.”

  62. jim2 says:

    I hope the loser Winner gets put away for a very long time. You just know the Libtards will fight to the bitter end to get her off. The government needs to make is as expensive for them as possible.

  63. Larry Ledwick says:

    This should be interesting Judicial watch files lawsuit over UC Berkely’s failure to control violence

    The complaint can be found at Klayman had this to say on the filing of the lawsuit:

    “Kiara Robles is a brave woman who was assaulted and severely harmed for simply exercising her constitutional and other rights. This cannot be permitted in civilized society, and that is why she courageously brought suit. It’s time that the vicious and destructive actions of the left and its enablers such as UC Berkeley are held to account. Thanks to Kiara, justice will be done and these alleged destructive acts, which have been seen across California and the nation, as mostly recently in Portland, Oregon, just last weekend, will cease.”

  64. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Remember The old saying if something sounds too good to be true.
    If only we had some really solid documentation that the ruskies hacked the voting process then we would win.
    Said the zombie Clinton one more time.

    This sounds like a red herring that floated to the surface just in the nick of time. It sounds like the resistance is getting desperate and working overtime haha.

    Excerpt …

    The charges were announced less than an hour after The Intercept published a top-secret document from the U.S. National Security Agency that described Russian efforts to launch cyber attacks on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and send “spear-phishing” emails, or targeted emails that try to trick a recipient into clicking on a malicious link to steal data, to more than 100 local election officials days before the presidential election last November.

    article …

    then dot trap …

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    Things to come in cyber warfare, and electronic warfare against forces with advanced technology.
    Looks like even civil data networks are in the targeting plan. Things like actively suppressing cell phones and wifi systems, and disruption of critical infrastructure.

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    Al Jazeera might get involved in this Middle east GCC disagreement with Qatar.
    from twitter

  67. LG says:

    Model Replica Helping Oroville Dam Spillway Reconstruction Project

    “Model Replica Helping Oroville Dam Spillway Reconstruction Project “

  68. Another Ian says:

    An awakening market

    “Electric car industry wants subsidies to grow Australian market (current national sales = 4 cars a week)”

  69. philjourdan says:

    I hope the loser Winner gets put away for a very long time. You just know the Libtards will fight to the bitter end to get her off. The government needs to make is as expensive for them as possible.

    And the biggest kicker of the whole scandal? She is being charged under the same statute as Comey said Hillary violated.

    No wonder Trump got rid of Comey! Or this little snowflake would have walked.

  70. jim2 says:

    Well, I’m more conflicted than I let on.

    I generally approved of Snowden and the Entity Named Guccifer. I approved because they were giving me information that implies the US Government is trampling several of our Constitutional Rights, no matter what the courts might think.

    Loser Winner OTOH was playing politics with our intelligence in an attempt to disrupt or bring down Trump.

    I would be interested what others think of the two cases.

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    Same here, both are traitors, and I have no sympathy toward either regarding what becomes of them. Snowden did great damage to the US, and our intelligence systems, not to mention made things much more difficult for the grunts on the ground fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq after they got tipped off to how we were listening in on their activities. It would have been nice for them to have stayed in the dark for much longer.

    However there was a minor good outcome in the long term in that the average person got a wake up call on how exposed their personal communications and information is and that has slightly shifted the debate from bag of rocks stupid to just poorly informed. Most still have no clue about good digital security practices but I figure a step in the right direction is small positive outcome from that whole affair.

    Things are seldom black and white, and the intelligence community and government in general also got a wake up call on how careless they have been, but so far with not a lot of improvement.

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to Qatar and GCC is this story about Russian efforts to increase friction between US and our allies (Snowden’s release did the same thing so might be part of an ongoing long term effort in that regard)

    The key question is was Snowden a knowing agent of Russia or did he get played or a well-intentioned naive idealist who got in over his head?

    This story pitches the idea that the Russians inserted fake news into a foreign news agency resulting in the current conflict. (fact, more fake news, propaganda to sell the Russia is evil meme?)

  73. jim2 says:

    @ Larry Ledwick says:6 June 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Yes, I’m getting suspicious because Russia is being blamed for so many bad acts when many people know that bad acts by entities public and private are ubiquitous. Russia appears to be a convenient whipping boy. I’m thinking all this bluster about Russia is to distract from the Dimowits own wrongdoings.

  74. jim2 says:

    I didn’t see Kelly interview Putin, but my understanding is that a pussy-grab put her down in the first round.

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter: something going on in Iran
    Al Boe‏ @AlBoeNEWS 4 minutes ago
    Replying to @AlBoeNEWS

    #BREAKING: The attackers have closed all the gates of Iranian parliament, prevent MPs from moving out of the building – Kurdistan24

    BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 6 minutes ago
    Shootings reported at Iranian parliament and shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran – Iranian media

    Al Boe‏ @AlBoeNEWS 9 minutes ago

    #BREAKING: At least one dead in Iranian Parliament Building attack – Kurdistan24

  76. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Heres an interesting link supposes they know about Bilderberg discussions. Support your local terrorist group haha. There is a pro – daesh group and a pro-muslim Brotherhood group. Place your bets ladies and gentlemen, game starts in 10 days.

    FLASH – just saw tweet Iran parliament buildng locked down.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  77. jim2 says:

    Rep. Ted Poe says:

    “”The spying by our government on Americans cannot be tolerated, and it is being tolerated,” Rep. Ted Poe, a conservative Texas Republican, said in a telephone interview.

    Poe blamed the National Security Agency for overreaching its authority, and said he would not be surprised if the agency’s employees were surveilling people like himself, a former criminal court judge.

    “Nothing would surprise me about what the NSA does. Unfortunately, they cannot be trusted,” said Poe, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee that will weigh reauthorization.

    Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, others also fretted about temptations for intelligence community employees to turn the surveillance apparatus on Americans.”

  78. pearce m. schaudies says:

    This just in … standby for DefCon 1, heh.

    Lavrov had a comment earlier on RT …

    Earlier today …

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting clue that the Iran deal was not in good faith. Iran hacked State Department as the deal was being approved.

  80. Another Ian says:


    “Any question as to what the face of the Deep State looks like? What is this guy doing in the U.S. embassy in London, and who put him there?”

  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Qatar dust up just continues to get more weird every day, is this a distraction or is the Arab world really going through a re-alignment?

  82. jim2 says:

    PBS is trying to make hay with the Comey testimony, but there isn’t much new. They are doing their best, nonetheless.

  83. M Simon says:

    Larry Ledwick says:
    6 June 2017 at 11:13 pm

    During the ‘Nam war the US supported opium growers in the region.

    We are guarding the opium fields in Afghanistan.

    Can you see a trend? Prohibition turns a pile of vegetables into a pot of gold.

    Some details of the people behind American Prohibition. (Deep State all the way)

  84. M Simon says:


    Don’t understand what is going on? Well first the big news. The Saudis are getting out of the terrorism business. Mostly. Why? There in lies a tale of competing gas pipelines. Some details here:

    What you are seeing is the jockeying for final position. And ISIS et. al. are not included. because they are too disruptive. That interferes with business.

  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    More info coming out on the Fast and Furious scandal.

  86. LG says:

    Two papers look into the basic physics of atmospheric greenhouse gases.

    This study examines the concept of ‘greenhouse gases’ and various definitions of the phenomenon
    known as the ‘Atmospheric Radiative Greenhouse Effect’. The six most quoted descriptions are
    as follows: (a) radiation trapped between the Earth’s surface and its atmosphere; (b) the insulating
    blanket of the atmosphere that keeps the Earth warm; (c) back radiation from the atmosphere to
    the Earth’s surface; (d) Infra Red absorbing gases that hinder radiative cooling and keep the
    surface warmer than it would otherwise be – known as ‘otherwise radiation’; (e) differences
    between actual surface temperatures of the Earth (as also observed on Venus) and those based on
    calculations; (f) any gas that absorbs infrared radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface towards
    free space. It is shown that none of the above descriptions can withstand the rigours of scientific
    scrutiny when the fundamental laws of physics and thermodynamics are applied to them.

    A recent study has revealed that the Earth’s natural atmospheric greenhouse effect is around 90 K or about 2.7 times stronger than assumed for the past 40 years. A thermal enhancement of such a magnitude cannot be explained with the observed amount of outgoing infrared long-wave radiation absorbed by the atmosphere (i.e. ≈ 158 W m-2), thus requiring a re-examination of the
    underlying Greenhouse theory. We present here a new investigation into the physical nature of the atmospheric thermal effect using a novel empirical approach toward predicting the Global Mean Annual near-surface equilibrium Temperature (GMAT) of rocky planets with diverse atmospheres. Our method utilizes Dimensional Analysis (DA) applied to a vetted set of observed data from six celestial bodies representing a broad range of physical environments in our Solar System, i.e. Venus, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Titan (a moon of Saturn), and Triton (a moon of Neptune). Twelve relationships (models) suggested by DA are explored via non-linear regression analyses that involve dimensionless products comprised of solar irradiance, greenhouse-gas partial pressure/density and total atmospheric pressure/density as forcing variables, and two temperature ratios as dependent variables. One non-linear regression model is found to statistically outperform the rest by a wide margin. Our analysis revealed that GMATs of rocky planets with tangible
    atmospheres and a negligible geothermal surface heating can accurately be predicted over a broad range of conditions using only two forcing variables: top-of-the-atmosphere solar irradiance and total surface atmospheric pressure. The hereto discovered interplanetary pressure-temperature relationship is shown to be statistically robust while describing a smooth physical continuum
    without climatic tipping points. This continuum fully explains the recently discovered 90 K thermal effect of Earth’s atmosphere. The new model displays characteristics of an emergent macro-level thermodynamic relationship heretofore unbeknown to science that has important theoretical implications. A key entailment from the model is that the atmospheric ‘greenhouse effect’ currently viewed as a radiative phenomenon is in fact an adiabatic (pressure-induced) thermal enhancement analogous to compression heating and independent of atmospheric composition. Consequently, the global down-welling long-wave flux presently assumed to drive Earth’s surface warming appears to be a product of the air temperature set by solar heating and atmospheric pressure. In other
    words, the so-called ‘greenhouse back radiation’ is globally a result of the atmospheric thermal effect rather than a cause for it. Our empirical model has also fundamental implications for the role of oceans, water vapour, and planetary albedo in global climate. Since produced by a rigorous attempt to describe planetary temperatures in the context of a cosmic continuum using an objective analysis of vetted observations from across the Solar System, these findings call for a paradigm shift in our understanding of the atmospheric ‘greenhouse effect’ as a fundamental property of climate.

  87. LG says:

    2017 June 7 Update. More Blasting, First Pour.

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    As we all know President Trump got a lot of news play recently when he said the new electrical (he called it digital) catapult system on the new Ford Class carriers was a loser and needed to revert back to the proven steam systems.
    Here is a little summary about the systems design problems with the new Ford Class Carriers.

  89. p.g.sharrow says:

    Good catch Larry. As a one time Navy Electrican I see several OMG, what are they thinking!
    If president Trump said “Hold everything”! I would agree. This does not look to be a good design for a naval capital combat ship. As a “one of” test bed the Ford is a maybe OK, but as a class lead, No Way. Way too expensive and too many new systems to commit a class to. Specially at $13 billion a pop. A Super Carrier Group has a tremendous strategic value when conducting diplomacy, if the carrier is dependable. Tactically, in real combat, once it’s air wing is committed, it is expendable. Just a big target in a huge ocean.
    It would appear that the designers of this concept have never lived on and operated a real combat ship on the high seas in real conditions of war. Have no Idea of the tactics of operations that are needed to keep a combat group on station for extended periods of time.
    I too would YELL STOP! …pg

  90. Jason Calley says:

    Hey LG! Thanks for posting the Oroville Dam Video. I noticed something right in the first minute where they show two views of blasting. There are bright pixel flashes that accompany the blast, apparently moving just ahead of the shock wave. I wonder what they are… Camera artifacts? Electrical interference? Something similar to the reported light flashes that precede an earthquake?

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    There are bright pixel flashes that accompany the blast, apparently moving just ahead of the shock wave. I wonder what they are…

    That is the initiators for the blast, (shock tube or det cord which triggers the actual blast in each down hole), there is a slight delay as the initiator turns and runs down the bore hole before the explosive in the bore hole goes off.

  92. jim2 says:

    All I can say is WOW!

    ““Mr. Comey is describing an FBI director who essentially answers to no one. But the police powers of the government are awesome and often abused, and the only way to prevent or correct abuses is to report to elected officials who are accountable to voters. A director must resist intervention to obstruct an investigation, but he and the agency must be politically accountable or risk becoming the FBI of J. Edgar Hoover,” the Wall Street Journal wrote.”

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under computer security No No (AKA greedy bastards) – seems some ISP’s in an effort to monetize web search error pages, are intentionally running a man in the middle attack on their customers and breaking dns resolution.

    If you typo a url and it throws an error page not found they intercept the error and serve you a list of sponsored links that they think are related to where you wanted to go. They earn click money if you follow their links.

    One of our staff ran into this today with Cox ISP service when this barefruit intercept broke DNS to our vpn.

    Memo to ISP’s don’t screw with basic internet services to make a few cents. You are exposing your customers to huge security risks!

  94. tom0mason says:

    UK Prime Minister is likely to lose Tory confidence vote, and therefore resign as PM, as the UK Conservative party heads for a very narrow win in numbers of seats but no overall majority in the election. The results thusfar indicate Conservative party may have to form a coalition government to stay in power. BREXIT II looks to be on the books!

    Could the socialist Corbyn end up as PM with his party gathering a larger coalition together?

  95. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    “napoleon32 says:
    June 9, 2017 at 6:54 am

    The House passed H.R. 10 yesterday, largely gutting Dodd-Frank especially for smaller banks.

    Amongst other things, the bill:
    – It kills the Volcker Rule.
    – Eliminates the ability to designate certain institutions as “systematically important” (aka too big to fail).
    – Guts much of the authority of the CFPB.

    Read it here:

  96. jim2 says:

    Instead of letting banks handle our money AND carry on investment activities, it make sense to separate them again, even if it costs a bit more for us.

    On another topic, looks like the MSM want to discuss Comey’s accusation that Trump is a liar rather than all the previous lies distributed against Trump by the MSM. It appears the thrust of the Dimowits is to just keep the pot stirred.

  97. Jason Calley says:

    Hey Larry! “That is the initiators for the blast,”

    Thanks for that. The resolution on my screen was low enough that I could not see the det cord, only flashes that seemed to be in midair.

  98. cdquarles says:

    @ jim2, no, that failed before, so why wouldn’t it fail again? What we need to do is free the banks from the Federal Reserve (which is a GSE that nationalized them. Of course ‘progressives’ wanted that!). Once freed from the Fed, we can require that banks never be allowed to lend against demand deposits.

  99. jim2 says:

    Glass–Steagall didn’t fail, it died due to lack of enforcement. That isn’t a problem with the concept of that law, it’s a problem with the enforcement of it.

  100. cdquarles says:

    Glass-Steagall did fail. It failed because it was a ploy. It didn’t address the economic facts that 1. ‘progressives’ desired destruction of markets. which the Fed did by nationalizing banks and 2. governments want power and ‘legally’ removing the generally desired forms and substituting national back notes would do just that. Then 3. Glass-Steagall could not and did not address the fundamental issue, which was forcing fractional reserve banking nationally through forcing lending against demand deposits.

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    Glass-Steagall worked FINE right up until it was REMOVED under Bill Clinton.

    Congressional efforts to “repeal the Glass–Steagall Act”, referring to those four provisions (and then usually to only the two provisions that restricted affiliations between commercial banks and securities firms),[4] culminated in the 1999 Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA), which repealed the two provisions restricting affiliations between banks and securities firms.[5]

    By that time, many commentators argued Glass–Steagall was already “dead”.[6] Most notably, Citibank’s 1998 affiliation with Salomon Smith Barney, one of the largest US securities firms, was permitted under the Federal Reserve Board’s then existing interpretation of the Glass–Steagall Act.[7] In November 1999, President Bill Clinton publicly declared “the Glass–Steagall law is no longer appropriate”

    Had it been kept in place and in force, then a failure of any investment bank would not have spread to depository banks nor insurance companies. The three were forced separate by Glass-Steagal.

    That “ignore then repeal”, coupled with the CRA (Community Redevelopment Act) also a “Clinton Deal”… directly lead to the housing crisis and the financial crisis. Period. Full stop.

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    A new look at Greenland and settlement there and how they lived.

  103. E.M.Smith says:


    I will, but that one depends on inspirations… ATM, I have too many obligations to be inspired, but I am doing my best to slay them.

  104. p.g.sharrow says:

    Ah, yes, it is hard to be inspired when you are up to our waist in alligators of obligations.
    Every day they seem to become more ravenous. Once in a while I put them on ignore to regenerate and adjust my altitude before diving back into the swamp. Inspiration comes at the darn-est times…pg

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hump back whales return to New York city area first time in 100 years. The article does not mention this possibility, but I wonder if this could be an indicator of local sea temperature or current changes?
    They are crediting pollution control efforts, but I doubt there have been any huge changes in water quality in the last 20+ years, most of the worst pollution was tackled in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

  106. pearce m. schaudies says:

    ZeroHedge says 4-6 weeks to recession. I expect Mad Dog to have us in war boost mode in 3 wks, heh.

    Then heres another narrative of how we got to this point … Mont Pelerin Society formed 1947. hmmmm

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  107. jim2 says:

    pearce m. schaudies says: 11 June 2017 at 12:26 pm.

    The renegade paper is for a large, sugar-daddy government. I’m not seeing the attraction.

  108. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Jim2- said ‘ The renegade paper is for a large, sugar-daddy government. I’m not seeing the attraction.’

    My intro to article –

    Then heres another narrative of how we got to this point … Mont Pelerin Society formed 1947. hmmmm

    They explain how neoliberal economics destroys democracy and creates wealth imbalance, among other problems. I read again, saw no reference to large sugar daddies, heh. If you dont like the article, write the author. i thought it interesting and posted it.

    Excerpt …

    The global financial crisis of 2008 and the bailouts that followed was a nail in the coffin of democracy. It signalled to the world that government exists only to support the private sector, triggering a wave of disillusionment which allowed neoliberalism to complete its task: the complete and utter destruction of democracy, replacing it with a market society in which economics permeates every facet of modern life, from education to healthcare to law and order.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  109. cdquarles says:

    No, EM, Glass-Steagall did not work. It was a ploy/ruse. Tell me, then, why did the S&Ls go bust in the 1980s? That was the impetus behind getting rid of Glass-Steagall in the 90s.

    Still, the fundamental problem with banks isn’t how they’re organized. The problem is allowing fractional reserve banking. Pure private banks can’t get away with it, particularly when people realize how risky that is. To get a national panic of that sort, it takes nationalized banking and the force of law that mandates every bank use fractional reserves.

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well Lockeed is finally beginning to dribble out some info on the SR-72 successor to the black bird.
    Based on prior history, I suspect that the “Aurora” was the research air frame to develop this new engine (the technology is mature!). That means they have probably been flying prototypes for something like 10 years or so now.

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    Obviously good teaser for his book but this might be a hint about who organized crime sees jihadist terror – its just business, to clean up the neighborhood.


  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just for a chuckle.

  113. Power Grab says:

    Here are some lyrics:

    “There’s no people like show people. They don’t run out of dough. Angels come from ev’rywhere with lots of jack. And when you lose it there’s no attack. Where could you get money that you don’t give back? Let’s go on with the show!”

    Hmmm…. I never noticed those lyrics before. They’re from Irving Berlin’s “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from the musical “Annie, Get Your Gun.”

    There are so many things going on these days that I don’t like, but that apparently are empowered by that philosophy. Is that what happened to the money that went to Enron? to other so-called “green energy” projects? I’m sure those only the tip of the iceberg.

    You know, it’s one thing to watch a show. If you go to a show, you expect to applaud the performers and go on your way. But what if the performers lose themselves irretrievably in the characters they were paid/motivated to portray, and they lost their way back to reality? Do they have a right to accuse their audience of being “intolerant” if they don’t applaud long enough and loudly enough? Do they have a right to call for their audience to have their head blown up if they don’t play the game of make believe properly?

    Or, perhaps the misdirection takes the form of pretending you’re a member of one of the new “protected” segments of society? How should the rest of society deal with that pretense? Should society as a whole encourage people to pretend they’re a member of a “protected” minority, knowing they will have made themselves eligible for some kind of perks that “regular” majority folks can’t have?

    When can the audience say, “We’re tired of this game. Stop it. Let’s find something productive to do.”?

    Is that permissible?

  114. LG says:

    A live streaming webcam has been adding at the top of the Oroville Dam Spillway.

  115. jim2 says:

    “The 2016 attack on Ukraine’s power grid that deprived part of its capital, Kiev, of power for an hour was caused by a cyberattack. ESET researchers have since analyzed samples of malware, detected by ESET as Win32/Industroyer, capable of performing exactly that type of attack.

    Whether the same malware was really involved in what cybersecurity experts consider to have been a large-scale test is yet to be confirmed. Regardless, the malware is capable of doing significant harm to electric power systems and could also be refitted to target other types of critical infrastructure.”

  116. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Does anybody have any tips or techniques for killing a 10-foot cobra.

    Two days ago we had one show up in our back Garden. We have a 5-foot fence all around the property so he can’t get out. One website said to try the spray wasp poison.

    Last year in January we had a 3-foot juvenile come out from behind the refrigerator. We whacked him with a stick. I don’t want to get that close to a big one. Haha.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  117. llanfar says:

    @pearce I imagine the right tool for the job would be a snake handler…

  118. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item here on an alternate view about what is going on in Washington and how the Trump team is playing the major media and flooding them with tidbits that they are chasing like a cat going after a laser pointer that they are completely missing what he is actually doing with little fanfare.

  119. E.M.Smith says:


    Well, I have been waiting for Fireball, or something like it, ever since Java and Javascript enabled browsers were announced. Surprised it took this long. It looks as horrific as I expected.

    Once you allow any remote sourced code to be executed by a user click, the rest follows of necessity.

    I really do think we need a new computer paradigm, based on an old one. The B6700 had a 56 bit word with some privilege bit in each word. Only words with executable bits set could ever be executed. They could only be set by programs with supervisor bits set. Those bits could only be set by a particular reserved language and OS function. Unless your program had all the magic bits set, it could not run nor do privilege escalation. Basically, you had to be root to get root…or give it.

    Yet from Intel to Microsoft to Java, every step has been to expose and open to attack. Someone needs a secure platform startup kickstarter…

    @Jim2: etherium looks interesting. Will need to see it develope. Looks compute intensive…


    I’m on a slow response schedule start of this week. Working remote via tablet. Obligations…

  120. E.M.Smith says:


    Glass-Steagall did its job. It was NOT to prevent all losses or financial risks, or even issues in a sector. What it did, and was designed to do, was prevent SPREAD. S&Ls had a problem, but it did not threaten global, or even national, financial stability.

    Investment banks (brokers) were isolated from monetary banks were isolated from insurance companies. Contagion could not spread and the financial effects were far far smaller than the 2008 debacle. Failed institutions were punished and banking went on fine without a $ Trillion infusion. Insurance didn’t notice at all. Nothing was “too big to fail”.

    By definition, borrowing short (term) to lend long will always be subject to risk of a run and collapse. Much more so when politicians encourage loose lending practices and cause bubbles. Different laws address that (regulations on banks, lending standards, Fed as lender of last resort). What G-S does is keep that process local to the lenders and out of the insurance and investments sectors. It quarantines the risk and tells the lenders only their money (and heads) are at risk.

    It worked well at that and it needs to return. Chop up the too big to fail into bits that hurt those taking the risk.

  121. cdquarles says:

    Which again, EM, is the story being told, but that story is false. Glass-Steagall did not prevent spread at all. And, in fact, the late 80s crash from the S&Ls did threaten global finance. What stopped it was prompt asset sales to stronger banks. Still, the underlying problem is still there. That problem is global fractional reserve banking.

  122. E.M.Smith says:


    The ISP hijack of DNS and web searches was one of the early drivers for me to have my own DNS server, block IP addresses in my routing, and sometimes resorting to a VPN to a friendlier site.

    I’ve not yet needed to do the full monty of always using a VPN to a secure relay with local DNS et al, but I can see it from here…

    On the slow todo list is a PiStack Lunchbox with full services that my computer uses, and it makes the ISP connect wherever I am, then just VPNs to a known outlet.

    Yeah, I hate ISP wars…

  123. E.M.Smith says:


    You have a very odd view of the world. First you want democracy, despite it being unstable, antagonistic to minority rights, and subject to emotional fads. Then you denigrate markets, a fundamental necessity for freedoms and common in democracy.

    Please pick one side. Cental Authority (lacking in freedoms and markets) or Democracy (with tyrany of the masses). Me? I’ll take Representative Libertarian (Classical Liberal) government with markets wherever possible (maximal wealth creation and liberty for all, with prevention of abuses).


    The only thing that could cause a recession in weeks is nuclear war. It taks a few quarters of negative growth to meet the definition anyway, and we can’t get there for a few quarters… by definition.

    I think you need to study definitions and properties of things more, if you wish a tidy mind. Logical consistency would also help.

    Oh, per Cobras: I’d use .38 bird shot in my Marlin rifle from at least 20 feet away, but a shotgun will do if noise is ok… a .22 bird shot is quieter, but marginal on one that big. They don’t allow guns? Why would anyone stay in a place with toxic vermin and no self defense…

  124. E.M.Smith says:


    I lived through the S&L crisis and Dad sold realestate at the time. I know it well.

    Yes asset sales were done, and fast. Yet nobody was worried their car insurance might fail or that the S&P 500 was headed to zero. It was a much lesser beast.

    Yes, also, there are issues with fractional reserve banking and lending short money long.

    Conflating G-S with those issues is not productive. It is like complaining that having a vegetarian option on a menu doesn’t make a vegan restaurant. It is still a step in the right direction that does much good. (Or like requiring seatbelts and airbags doesn’t eliminate car deaths… they still do a lot of good).

    I will not let The Perfect become an excuse for killing The Good.

  125. Zeke says:

    Democracy as used by the Founders meant a Republican form of government. The three chief requirements for a Republican form of government are:
    1. Rule of law
    2. No hereditary titles or positions, ie monarch, titled aristocracy, titled nobility
    3. Popular rule

    The lack of any of these three criteria renders a gov’t un-republican.*

    I note that popular rule combined with election of representatives allows for rule of law. A pure democracy, or direct democracy/libertarianism, would make rule of law impossible. But representatives must be held accountable once in office and there are legal ways of doing so through referendum.

    *ref: heritage foundation, Guarantee Clause

  126. Zeke says:

    And a titled aristocracy also refers to those who have immunities and privileges different from or above others. The rule of law means that all laws apply equally to all citizens, including the representatives.

    They like to create separate educational, health care, controlled wages etc. systems, which are compulsory — they then grant wavers to themselves and their supporters. This is totally unconstitutional and opposed to rule of law.

  127. Zeke says:

    My condolences Chief. We are very naughty commenters and you run a fine blog.

  128. llanfar says:

    @Zeke The USA is not strictly a democracy. We are (were) a Federat Republic… “popular rule” need not apply.

  129. Zeke says:

    I appreciate the purists who say that. I think of “democracy” as short for democratic republic, as opposed to an aristocratic republic (Rome).

    Very nice link. I would like to point out that I was posting regarding the Guarantee Clause, which guarantees each state a republican form of government, and I was only giving the shorthand notes for what a republican form of government means. I should have left the ref. link. Sorry for the misunderstanding.!/articles/4/essays/128/guarantee-clause?wptouch_preview_theme=enabled

    And we do have popular rule. Since when does the Governor, Congressman or mayor who gets the least votes take office? With the exception of the Electoral College, which ensures that the votes of the cities and a few of the most populous states are not the only votes needed to win the Presidency. And also, there are various ways that the people can act directly, not through a representative. We even elect our judges but it is next to impossible to find out who these guys really are. If we knew what judges were up to at all times, there would be impeachments. Some governments allow the supreme leader to appoint judges, so it could be worse!

  130. Zeke says:

    I am not so sure this is representative gov’t…

  131. jim2 says:

    If anyone is in the US Aristocracy, it’s Kamikaze Comey. I hope the Rule of Law catches up to him real soon now.

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    Massive fire in an apartment building in London tonight, with people jumping to escape the flames.
    The thought that it might be terrorism is unavoidable given recent events.

  133. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting read which includes a lot of truth. People forget that the agendas of the right and the left (nominally the Democrats and Republicans) are not the only tribal agendas in play in a large bureaucracy. This leads to marriages of convenience and enemy of my enemy alliances driven by all sorts of motivations, (personal gain in the pecking order, power and influence of the department, some pet personal agenda or the agenda of some sugar daddy donor). It is a mistake to fail to account for these other possible drives. They could just have an agenda which is totally unknown to you and me and irrelevant to the party politics of the major political parties. Could be as simple as burning an enemy or blocking some program which is personally or institutionally threatening and the greater political ramifications are very much second order considerations.

  134. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief: first let me clear up one possible source of misunderstanding. I spend about 8 hours a day surfing the web and reading interesting stories, news, Etc. Something that seems like might be interesting to others I post on your tips column. The articles I post are not necessarily my viewpoints, merely interesting. I’ll try posting a warning next time, heh.

    Opinions and beliefs expressed in the following article are not necessarily those of the person posting. Please be aware.

    In my brief bio I claimed to be a minarchist. I do not favor democracy because I would probably be in the 49% most of the time with no recourse. On my Little Island either rock or floating, ten thousand minarchist would practice direct democracy with a cell phone like Gadget. 1000 citizens could propose a law. The remaining 9000 would vote on it with their Gadget. If the law passed by 55 – 59% it would have a Sundown limit of one year. If it passed by 60 – 69% it would have a Sundown limit of three years. And so on. There would be no lawyers. All disagreements would be decided by binding arbitration.

    There would be no Central Authority. Defense would be by volunteers. A single person would be nominated annually to represent the state in international Affairs and sign documents. If a citizen found too many laws to be disagreeable they could clear their debts and leave. No problem.

    Regarding the cobra. Here in Thailand it is very difficult to legally have a firearm. I left a Beretta Model 92 15 shot 9mm double action pistol in America along with a Ruger Blackhawk 45 Long Colt and a mini 14. I used to hand-load 200 – 300 nine millimeter rounds every two weeks and my cousin and I would go to his East Texas hunting camp shoot them. If I had the Beretta i could probably kill it with one or two shots at 15 meters. The good news is we have not seen it for two or three days possibly it ate all the little frogs around left. There’s supposed to be a three-man snake team at the local fire station but we’re very far out and the local fire station closest does not have a team for snakes.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  135. beththeserf says:

    West London Tower Inferno – Wouldn’t you think, post 911 there’d be
    serious planning for external fire escape designs and implementing to
    overcome past problems? Who’d want to live in these high-rise fire-traps?
    Never ferget, late night, watching television seeing 911 as it was happening…
    Then people jumping.

  136. Zeke says:

    Beththeserf says, “serious planning for external fire escape designs”

    Israel is the country to look to for those innovations. They developed inflatable escape slides that can be deployed from top floors. I will try to link it later; I saw it many years ago.

    I just realized, after reading an article about why the Palestinian Authority will never accept a two state solution, that the PA wants one state under Sharia law.

  137. beththeserf says:

    Zeke, I will check it out. My last blog post, ‘ Hidden Valley’ earthquake
    concerns rope ladder exodus. Second floor tower escapes, throw
    down rope ladders. Anything beats 40th floor jumping to escape
    the flames.

    Sharia one state; closed society versus open society, one ring to rule the world.
    beth the serf.

  138. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Shots fired at Republican baseball practice!

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  139. cdquarles says:

    EM, my beef with Glass-Steagall is that it was akin to a bandaid on a bleeding aorta. It was a ‘feel-good’ law (like the drug laws and anti-trust laws) that do more harm than good; and worse, are fraudulently sold the public as being something that they aren’t (akin to Social Security).

  140. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Heres a longish interesting historical note on vigilantis, the Bald Knobbers …

    Opinions and beliefs expressed in the following article are not necessarily those of the person posting. Please be aware.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  141. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting little tale here about changes in small town America.

  142. Zeke says:


    I so thoroughly enjoyed your short story, “The Hidden Valley.”

    That from someone who never reads fiction! It’s a timeless enough theme that I was first picturing the setting in Australia, then perhaps N. America, and then that it might be Magyar or something. It is just a detail but it worked really well. Really neat experience. Cheers.

  143. beththeserf says:

    Thank you Zeke. I imagined it sort of prehistoric Europe. )
    I was influenced by Jean Auel’s ‘The Clan of the Cave Bear.’
    and also my thing about open society, which most of my posts
    are about.

  144. catweazle666 says:

    “USA is not strictly a democracy.”

    I don’t think that strictly speaking there is such a thing as a ‘democracy’ per se.

    There are administrations that purport to run on democratic principles, which are more than slightly flexible, ranging from the Swiss to the North Korean models.

  145. Steve C says:

    Update on the London fire: Parts of the tower were still burning a day later, and the latest figure I’ve seen for deaths is 17. Having said that, it appears that everyone on the top three floors is unaccounted for, so there is surely worse to come.

    The fire, once started (latest, apparently, a faulty fridge in the 4th floor home of an Ethiopian taxi driver), appears to have been greatly facilitated by the smart new exterior cladding with which the tatty old 1970s concrete was covered in an “upgrade” last year. Installed to improve energy efficiency as much as to improve the aesthetics, this appears to have consisted of:
    1) 6″ of (ahem) flammable plastic foam;
    2) 2″ airspace; and
    3) “aluminium composite” outer cladding, the composite, apparently, also flammable when exposed to high temperatures.

    So once the fire got inside that little chimney, the conditions were perfect for spreading the flames efficiently over the entire building – some of the photos show the flames spreading diagonally up the side of the block. Plus, as the tower block was one of the monstrosities we put up in the 70s, it had … one staircase. And local fire officers had expressed concern over the safety of the building.

    So, all told, a thoroughly crappy (and known crappy) building, tarted up to paper over the cracks, with none of its real issues addressed despite its being in one of the most exclusive areas of London, Kensington and Chelsea. The people who managed that block should be put inside it before it’s blown down.

  146. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is really hard to eliminate regulations and procedures in government even long after the original purpose has lost its meaning.

    Beautiful example of how bureaucracy is strangling government and the economy.

  147. Larry Ledwick says:

    Oil may be making a come back too fast. Resources are flooding into Texas and New Mexico as the recovering oil industry scrambles for profits following the price squeeze a few years ago.

  148. Jon K says:

    Maybe this belongs in the conspiracy post… This guy has been forecasting China going to war for a while now. Reaching on some things, but gets the mind turning.

  149. jim2 says:

    Swamp critters beware …

    “We need a regulatory reset to bring the current process under the rule of law. Giving unelected bureaucrats nearly absolute power threatens the civil liberties of Americans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We encourage the president to push Congress for legislation limiting the enforcement authority of federal agencies to laws passed by the people’s elected representatives, not a federal agency’s rule, interpretation, guidance letter, or other document.”

  150. Jon K says:

    Article on the CIA hacking routers. Some of it goes over my head as I haven’t properly educated myself yet, but I thought some here would find it interesting.

  151. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ran across an interesting link to wiki that might be relevant to the current Democratic program Resist!

    Otpor! was the program that eventually brought down Slobodan Milošević
    interestingly enough the translation of Otpor is “Resistance!” and their tactics have become a template for European youth movements.

    It it perhaps more than just a coincidence that the Democrats are using the catch phrase “Resist” and “Resistance!”?
    Is this the template of what they have in mind for this summer to weaken delegitimize and take down President Trump?!#Tactics.5B24.5D

  152. tom0mason says:

    The unsettled earth …
    Volcanoes off the Sea of Okhotsk seem to be quite active lately…

    A major explosive eruption took place at Russia’s Bezymianny volcano this morning (16 June 2017), propelling ash to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. It is the strongest eruption of this volcano since September 2012.

    Bezymianny, now considered one the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted for the first time in recorded history in 1955. Within six months, it produced a total volume of eruptive products over 3 cubic kilometers (0.72 cubic miles).

    For comparison, the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens produced 1.3 cubic kilometers (0.3 cubic miles) of ash.
    A major eruption started at Russia’s Sheveluch volcano on June 14, 2017. propelling ash to a height of 12 km (39 360 feet) above sea level.

    KVERT warned that explosions up to 15 km (49 200 feet) could occur at any time. The Aviation Color Code was raised from Orange to Red.

    Sheveluch volcano (also spelled Shiveluch) is one of Kamchatka’s largest and most active volcanoes.
    Meanwhile … some other active volcanoes

  153. Larry Ledwick says:

    On a similar topic, Yellowstone is seeing an earth quake swarm right now.
    These are not particularly unusual, but worth noting given the volcanic activity in the above post.

    (take a memo the total eclipse of the sun totality track in August 21 of this year will pass through Wyoming just south of Yellowstone, crossing the boarder with Idaho just north of Jackson hole about 90km south of West Yellowstone.

    It will be interesting to see how Yellowstone seismic activity reacts to the tidal forces of a perfect alignment of the sun and moon during the totality. Perhaps a test for those that support the tidal effect on earthquake activity theory.

  154. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Those Rooskies were always up weird sh*t. This about balanced ternary computer uses tryts instead of bits, heh.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  155. Larry Ledwick says:

    In support of the theory that ancient navigators could have (and probably did) go most anywhere in the world.

  156. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sweden continues to have problems with their self inflicted wound.

  157. jim2 says:

    Unfortunately, this initiative is of the EU and not the US, but it’s a step in the right direction none-the-less. However, I suspect this is an EU attempt to enhance attractiveness as many EU countries are not happy with it.

    This could force countries to adapt radically different methods to deal with terrorism. Maybe, for example, ban immigrants from terrorist countries for a change.

    From the article:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, end-to-end encryption enters the halls of the European Parliament. Amendment 116 ships end-to-end encryption, the strongest available to mankind mode guaranteeing confidentiality of communication. In this mode, only end users have access to communication – the providers (software, or ISP even upon the request of external parties) are unable to peek into the contents of communication.

  158. Larry Ledwick says:

    We finally have some context to the collision at sea between the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and the ACX Crystal.

    View story at

    (source for the above images-

    This image clearly shows the bulbous bow that would have struck the Fitzgerald below waterline when the ship was riding low at full cargo weight

    (source for the above picture)

    (editorial note to the media if you ever read this : when reporting on US Navy ships always include the ships designation and number (DDG-62), there are some ships with very similar sounding names but the number and designation is unique)

  159. jim2 says:

    It’s very difficult to understand how a military ship with what appears to be a half-dozen radomes could collide with anything, much less a 29,000 ton freighter!

  160. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Looks like trouble in Paradise. Maybe time to Short petro-dollars. The Saudi IPO may also be in big trouble. Stay tuned.

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    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  161. pearce m. schaudies says:

    There are no rules when you are fighting for the survival of your group. It is always the winner who writes history anyway. Look for Walmart to have a big discount on body armor.

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    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  162. Larry Ledwick says:

    China experiment on quantum encryption sets new record for how far photons can be transmitted without breaking quantum entanglement.

  163. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Quasi Geostrophic Global …. anyway, have a shot of bourbon and two aspirin BEFORE opening link, heh.

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    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  164. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some might find this interesting, a web archiving site that preserves a permanent version of a web page which might be subject to change. is a time capsule for web pages!
    It takes a ‘snapshot’ of a webpage that will always be online even if the original page disappears.
    It saves a text and a graphical copy of the page for better accuracy
    and provides a short and reliable link to an unalterable record of any web page
    including those from Web 2.0 sites:…

    This can be useful if you want to take a ‘snapshot’ a page which could change soon: price list, job offer, real estate listing, drunk blog post, …
    Saved pages will have no active elements and no scripts, so they keep you safe as they cannot have any popups or malware!

  165. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms that There is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment

    Now will this immediately result in action against all government supported groups like Colleges who assert they can prohibit speech that some consider offensive?

  166. philjourdan says:

    @Larry – Government supported is not government. While I think colleges that support these bans are morons, I would hope that no one tries to define them as government. Government already exerts an inordinate amount of influence on colleges as it is. That needs to stop.

    Let the idiots be idiots. We do not need government involved to make it more idiotic.

  167. jim2 says:

    @Larry – Just cut off Federal funds until they recognize free speech.

  168. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Larry – Just cut off Federal funds until they recognize free speech.

    Exactly – also cut off federally supported educational loans to students going to those institutions, and bar them from getting Federal funded research grants. That would get the administrators attention immediately

  169. Larry Ledwick says:

    File this under best come backs category:

  170. Another Ian says:

    “What is the sound of a dying planet?

    A new climate forcing, let’s call it Musikiness, will change the upper trough-o-sphere:

    Climate change data is being transformed into beautiful symphonies

    What is the sound of a dying planet? Translating hard facts into feeling is the issue of our age – and it is the task Climate Symphony have appointed themselves. A collective of artists and scientists, the London-based team are inspiring action by transforming climate change data into music.”

    Not the misic of the spheres methinks

  171. Jon K says:

    @ Larry,
    That picture is too funny. Thanks for the laugh!

  172. E.M.Smith says:


    That SCOTUS ruling is huge. At last, someone recognizing that offence is easily created for the purpose of supression and created by the “offended”.

    We just got our freedom of speech back…

  173. E.M.Smith says:


    Since the USA is drowning in gas and oil for the foreseeable future, we don’t need to send $ US to Saudis. That is a good thing, not a bad thing, for the $. The only reason it was beneficial for Saudi to recycle $ into treasuries was to prevent the mountain of $ they get each day from smothering the economy. Now that we don’t need their oil, they need not buy treasuries, and that is OK.

    That they have an overspending problem with $50 oil, is their problem, not ours, and not very important either. Lybia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Iran, Kuwait, Qatar, etc. Will all be sunk long before Saudi is even significantly uncomfortable. None of them has the reserves lifetime, volume, or low cost to produce of Saudi (with the exception that Venezuelan sour heavy deposits are similarly gigantic, if expensive to ship and refine, and especially unusable when the government has driven out the companies that can handle it and produce it).

    Saudi has a literal mountain of gold, too, BTW. So I’m not worried about their solvency.

    There simply is no shortage of oil, energy supplies, or fuels. That’s a good thing. There is also no shortage of Saudi money, nor any $ US nor US Treasuries. Or buyers for them.

    BTW, any article that regularly uses graphs that only show the peak (with the axis start NOT at zero, but at 200000, with 280000 peak) is indulging in visual lying with statistics and that makes them highly suspect right out the gate… They have a product to sell, and that product is FUD. Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt. Whenever you see FUD being pushed, grab your wallet and back away…

  174. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some observations about at sea collisions between ships and why / how they happen, from someone with 4 years command experience on a similar class war ship USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), and 21 years Navy service.

  175. Larry Ledwick says:

    Really interesting article on where American Voters really are ( libertarians hardly exist as a viable voting block when you look at the actual beliefs of voters)

  176. E.M.Smith says:

    Lived on my sailboat a year or two. The SF Bay can be crowded.

    Even with a fast to respond boat, there were times my control inputs were incompatible with what the other guy did and approximation continued. Usually fixed by a dramatic shift of course…

    Now make both ships big with oodles of inertia, add a young Navy crew who may not have 20 years experience in big ships… easy to be distracted, discover you are in a bad configuration, both correct wrong, and end up inescapable.

    Once was trying to take a reef in the sail in blowing mist.. BIG THING that was tanker or cargo appears from the mists inside their ability to slow or turn. IF they even saw me… I realize I’m flotsam to them… was very glad of the rapid start of the Diesel…

  177. jim2 says:

    @EM – situational awareness should be pretty high up on the “to-do” list regarding just about anything military, I’m thinking.

  178. E.M.Smith says:

    The problem isn’t awareness of the other ships, it is a lifetime of experience in fast response cars getting in the way of understanding that you must THINK several minutes in advance because your ship WILL go a couple of minutes that way before any control response will have much effect.

    So you gun it to clear in front, but nothing is happening in time, then you slam the helm over and that just oh so slowly put your midships at a 45 instead of a 90…

    My guess would be the experienced hand was filling his coffee or reading a map and the helmsman didn’t realize he was in the doo until it was impossible to get out. A slow-mo collision unfolding over 2 minutes is a gut wrenching lesson in thinking ahead… and realizing that what looks motionless or near so and a mile away is your dance partner…

    Like folks who have sit-ins on railroad tracks and expect the train to stop in 100 feet. One guy here lost his legs due to not understanding the deceleration rate of trains…

  179. jim2 says:

    That’s why oil tanker pilots train on simulators. Surely the Navy uses those??!!

    Not primarily wanting to argue, I’m just flabbergasted it happened.

  180. pearce m. schaudies says:

    The USS Fitzgerald has lots of explaining to do. They have a lot of radars and cic is just off of the bridge. Entering or leaving port or in heavy traffic areas bow and Stern Lookouts are required. One incident was reported at 1:30 a.m. and another at 2:20 a.m. . What’s going on here. Maybe they had a little bump at 1:30 and exchanged verbal insults and went on their way and then the container ship turned around came back and rammed them good and hard as payback for some insult. Anyway it never should have happened.

    @Chief- I agree there is no shortage of oil, gas, minerals, etc. However, the Law of Diminishing Returns always holds!

    Saudi foreign reserves falling and petro- dollar system in trouble. Russia, China, and some others trade oil for national currencies.

    If no other countries buy, or hold, Treasuries, the dollar starts weakening, falls. This has been happening, trending, for more than a year.

    Something strange and regime threatning going on behind scenes in House of Saud, causing increasingly panicky behavior. I believe their reserves are running dry, prompting them to try and steal Yemens, which isnt working, so try and get Qatari gas fields. Next expect them to invade S.E. Syria, set up Wahabbistan.

    And in other news … the sky is blue …

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  181. Larry Ledwick says:

    I am inclined to think it, as most accidents is due to a combination of several errors. The time the accident occurred was right in the middle of the midwatch 00:00 – 04:00 about the time you begin to get bored and everyone has difficulty staying alert at that time of the morning, even with the help of caffeine. It is the time of day your body clock has all body systems slowed for sleep.

    A little inattention on both ships and they begin evasive action a little late. The full investigation will certainly dig out what all was going on, perhaps the Fitzgerald was preoccupied trying to avoid another ship in the area or some other complicating factor was involved, but most likely both ships made mistakes.

  182. pearce m. schaudies says:

    In the late 60s United States had 2 Pilot programs thorium reactors. They developed both of them but they did not produce plutonium which was necessary for weapons. So the thorium projects shut down mid 70s I recall.

    Now they have some proposed thorium projects that look more promising.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  183. E.M.Smith says:

    The “law” of diminishing returns is stronly violated when dealing with resources and tech advance.

    It is a fundamental truth that very little pure resource exists, and massive dilute resource exists, for all things mineral. Any advance of tech to extract a more dilute source increases “reserves” exponentially. That has been happening with oil too.

    Thus the present oil glut, not shortage.

    Until you get that point right, all the rest will be “exactly wrong”…

    Concentrating on Saudi “foreign exchange” reserves is a broken approach as well. It ignores little things lije their global holdings of companies, land, banks, etc etc. They have pulled down $Billions a day for decades and invested it. I’d guess they own about half of Europe, for example.

    But, since it is hidden behind corporate veils, nobody can show it to you.

    Yes, during oil glut they get cash flow stress. That says zero about their financial stability…

    They didn’t just buy US Tresuries… especially during times of political stress, like the 70s…

    Worry that Saudi is running out of money is like worry that yhe Queen doesn’t have enough to eat…

  184. E.M.Smith says:


    Be careful with Zerohedge. They like promoting things on thin premises and they always push The Story…. “There is always a Story- -E.M.Smith” came from reading folks like them.

    So now they have discovered Thorium. Yawn. It can be used in regular LWR and one company has fuel bundles in final approval and running in reactors. Nothing magical. It also works in molten salt reactors, but so does Uranium. I’ve talked /posted about both for decades.

    Contrary to popular belief, you can easily make U233 boom stuff from it and make bombs (we had one tested, and India made and tested one). I suspect the reason Th was sidelined was that U233 has a chemical enrichment and was a huge proliferation issue, so the USA tried to make it look like a failure path. Seems to have worked, too.

    BTW, the CANDU also can run Thorium, and the USA tried to talk it down too. A CANDU type reactor was used by India to make their boom stuff… just look at what the USA promotes and discourages, then do the opposite…

  185. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief- you say …

    Any advance of tech to extract a more dilute source increases “reserves” exponentially. That has been happening with oil too.

    SO …

    Yesterdays tech 10 yrs ago delivered Grok to market for $10 per blob, with estimated reserves of 50,000,000 blobs. Today with old tech, Grok costs $20 per blob, 25,000,000 in reserve. Then mr. Smith develops new tech, which is (always) more expensive, usually more efficient ( now have 40,000,000 reserve) but delivers Grok at $18 per blob ( a $3 loss) for a year, driving old tech into bankruptcy. Then price goes up to $23 per blob to make up for last yr loss, heh.

    Alas Sensei, I still dont see how diminishing returns fails. A new, more efficient extraction process would certainly increase reserves, but would require new hardware and more energy to increase concentration, plus abandoning the old tech.

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  186. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Chief- Yeah, ZeroHedge likes clikbait stories, some interesting as in ‘ make one think’.

    The oil flow, price, reserves, depletion issues we keep discussing are a waste of time. I believe by 2020 the ‘true’ picture will be obvious. I read about the Railroad Commission. They were like OPEC.

    Nu topic- would a small feature phone with built-in Hardware encryption be a best seller today? Encryption would be strong enough that NSA couldn’t crack it for 12 hours minimum.

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    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  187. pearce m. schaudies says:

    California may be repeating old stormy wet cycle from 8.2 kya … lets watch, heh.

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  188. Larry Ledwick says:

    If you are wondering what Antifa is up to, here is a link to browse.

    (from twitter)
    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸‏Verified account @JackPosobiec 14 minutes ago
    Jack Posobiec
    🇺🇸 Retweeted Official Antifa
    BUSTED: Main Antifa Website Run by UC Berkeley Professor!
    They name the professor as James Anderson-Fergeson UC Berkeley Plant and Microbial Biology

    Official Antifa‏ @OfficialAntifa
    Our message to members of the media and law enforcement community:

    Reading materials that endorse “militant tactics” and “imposing our needs on society without debate”:

    Work, Community, Politics, War
    “Whenever this kind of working class resistance breaks out, politicians try to extinguish it in a flod of petitions, lobbying and election campaigns. But when we are fighting for ourselves, our activity looks completely different from theirs. We take property away from landlords, and use if for ourselves. We us militant tactics against our bosses and ed up fight with the police. We form groups where everyone takes part in the activity, and there is no division between leaders and followers. We do not fight for our leaders, for our bosses or for our country. We fight for ourselves. This is not the ultimate form of democracy. We are imposing our needs on society without debate — needs that are directly contrary to the interests and wishes of rich people everywhere. There is no way for us to speak on equal terms with this society.

    Seems like these goof balls are going to continue pressing for disruption and violence in the streets.
    There agenda is clearly to cause a major break down in social norms and the inevitable out come if they get to run free, is large scale riots in the streets. So far for the first time they are getting direct push back from citizens on the street even though the progressive politicians have pretty much given them a complete pass to do what ever they want.

    Last night a pro Trump activist was ambushed and stabbed 9 times in the street as he walked back to his car. So far the major media is completely ignoring this attack.

  189. pouncer says:

    “Then mr. Smith develops new tech, which is (always) more expensive, usually more efficient ( now have 40,000,000 reserve) but delivers Grok at $18 per blob ( a $3 loss) for a year, driving old tech into bankruptcy. Then price goes up to $23 per blob to make up for last yr loss, heh”

    I don’t see that unless Old Tech had gained an absolute monopoly on Grok supplies. When Grok is a typical commodity there will be several competing producers (refiners, manufacturers, whatever). A typical industry tends to have about 3 major producers — one with a majority of the market, two splitting the almost all the rest of the market more or less evenly, and a few little players entering and exiting, perhaps producing Grok as a sideline to other activities.

    Mr Smith’s new tech and loss-leader pricing is going to destroy the little players and the weakest of number 2 or 3. Grok-maker number one and the surviving competitor are going to price-match and, temporarily, take a loss on the product to divide the disrupted market — and get into a bidding war to buy Smith’s process, reverse-engineer that process, or ( having the inspiration and existance proof), go crazy and invent a whole different way of making Grok more cheaply.

    We saw this with farm implements, sewing machines, different technologies of telephones and phonographs, and automobiles. Most recently the news is covering my scenario with regard to oil fracking. You might also consider container-ship building in light of the new, wider, Panama canal and end of “PanaMax” limitations on the width of that class of ship.

    The value and profit of disruptions don’t automatically flow to the disruptor, is all I’m saying.

  190. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like a correction is due on the Professor believed to be running the Antifa website.

    Kiara Robles ಠ_ಠ‏Verified account @kiarafrobles

    Kiara Robles ಠ_ಠ Retweeted

    Correction: Anderson-Ferguson was a potential match, but we later learned that it is not him. Real guy is adjunct prof in Cal but not UC.

  191. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm are we on the way toward having a 5th military service branch?

  192. Larry Ledwick says:

    These researchers need not be puzzled. This is classic military tactics that humans have used for thousands of years. It appears “nationalism” and protecting territory is hard wired in primates, (see Robert Ardrey’s book “The Territorial Imperative” written in 1966), and routine perimeter patrols any military veteran would recognize has very very old roots.

    According to Robert Audrey almost every species on the planet does it in some manner. They have rediscovered something described in detail 51 years ago.

  193. Another Ian says:


    IIRC Fort St Vrain used thorium fuel

  194. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting book (I just ordered a copy) sounds like it covers many of the discussion topics here regarding the future of Europe as we know it.

    The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam Hardcover – June 20, 2017
    by Douglas Murray (Author)

  195. Larry Ledwick says:

    Another Ian says:
    20 June 2017 at 9:56 pm


    IIRC Fort St Vrain used thorium fuel

    Yes it did the fuel pellets included thorium, it was in that sense a partial breeder reactor as it created more fuel as it ran.

    From wiki @

    Unique features of the design
    Refueling floor at Fort St. Vrain Generating Station

    The Fort St. Vrain HTGR was substantially more efficient than modern light water reactors, reaching a thermal efficiency of 39-40%, excellent for a steam-cycle power plant. Operation of the HTGR design could be readily attenuated to follow the electrical power demand load, rather than be required to generate its nameplate power all the time. The reactor was also comparatively fuel efficient, with a maximum burnup of 90,000 MW days thermal (compared to Light Water Reactors with burnups of 10,000 – 40,000 MW days thermal). The basis of this improved run time is that the core design “fertilizes” the thorium pellets within the fuel with neutrons, and then burns the bred fissiles through normal neutronic processes without requiring removal from the core. Like all HTGRs, the Fort St. Vrain precluded the possibility of major core damage or radioactive releases in such a quantity that could seriously threaten public safety, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission allowed operation with much smaller safety zones compared to LWR designs. It was also notable that plant personnel received negligible exposure to ionizing flux during the course of operations. Further, the PCRV reflected an innovative RPV that had the potential to be substantially less costly than the metallic RPVs then in service, which were made of expensive nickel-manganese superalloys (e.g. Inconel, Hastelloy, and Monel) in the case of PWRs or surgical grade stainless steel 316L in the case of BWRs. The fuel, by omitting Zircalloy sheathing (allowed due to the inert, non-aqueous core) was made far less expensive.

    Fort St. Vrain worked, and once debugged, it worked well for a first of a kind facility, demonstrating a promising new concept for the future. However, the problems that occurred leading to its debugging led to its early demise.

    Fort Saint Vrain Generating Station was built as Colorado’s first and only nuclear power plant and operated as such from 1979 until 1989.[1] It was one of two high temperature gas cooled (HTGR) power reactors in the United States. The primary coolant was helium which transferred heat to a water based secondary coolant system to drive steam generators. The reactor fuel was a combination of fissile uranium and fertile thorium microspheres dispersed within a prismatic graphite matrix. The reactor had an electrical power output of 330MW (330 MWe), generated from a thermal power 842 MW (842 MWth).[1]

    The plant was technically successful, especially towards the very end of its operating life, but was a commercial disappointment to its owner. Being one of the first commercial HTGR designs, the plant was a proof-of-concept for several advanced technologies, and correspondingly raised a number of early adopter problems that required expensive corrections.

  196. Larry Ledwick says:

    You have to ask yourself what the inside – back story is about this sudden change in the house of Saud?

    Conflict News‏ @Conflicts 47 minutes ago

    BREAKING: Saudi King strips Mohammed bin Nayef of Crown Prince post, names son Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince – @zaidbenjamin
    10 replies 75 retweets 36 likes

    Conflict News‏ @Conflicts 36 minutes ago

    MORE: Mohammed bin Nayef has been stripped of all titles, his aides in Interior Ministry have been sacked – @zaidbenjamin

  197. jim2 says:

    Did the Great Negotiator get to the HoS? What about the “tech titans?” Did the GN extract commitments for US jobs in exchange for a better deals (for the TTs) on visas?

    On another topic, I read somewhere speculation that the USS Fitzgerald might have been piloted by an Oozelum. But again, I would think there would always be more than one pair of eyes on the navigational situation. So, if that were the case, there would have to be collusion.

  198. jim2 says:

    The End of Car Ownership.

    Why is this such a big push from the “elites?” Could it be if we don’t have cars it’s much easier to herd us into cramped hi-rises in the cities?

  199. llanfar says:

    Had a brief discussion with an ex-navy sub guy yesterday. His thoughts were that it was probably shadowing the tanker to reduce its radar signature, and that it may have been tracking an NK sub…

  200. jim2 says:

    I find this insulting and I do not want IoT in my house. Yet, this supercilious a$$wipe says I will have to buy IoT whether I want it or not! Am I alone in this feeling? If not, how to fight back?? From the article:

    “Hypponen says IoT is unavoidable. “If it uses electricity, it will become a computer. If it uses electricity, it will be online. In future, you will only buy IoT appliances, whether you like it or not, whether you know it or not.”

  201. jim2 says:

    On second thought, this IoT BS will probably represent a huge business opportunity for new manufacturers of “dumb” devices. We should ensure these businesses are US-based!

  202. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the house of Saud it appears that the new King is looking to modernize the country at a functional level not just lots of pretty buildings. It appears he realizes that eventually the oil will run out or they will lose their keystone position in the world oil market and have to build a more diversified economy that does not rest on just one source of revenue.

  203. A C Osborn says:

    Jim2, or businesses to remove the IOT.

  204. Larry Ledwick says:

    Observations on the recent changes in Saudi Arabia and leadership.

  205. Larry Ledwick says:

    Will be interesting to see if this actually happens!
    China and US agree on complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

  206. pearce m. schaudies says:

    I wonder how long the cognitive dissonance between fighting terrorists and supporting them lasts before going crazy …

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    Wolves at Door

  207. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some interesting reading on the future of conflict between the US, China and history. Has China’s rapid growth already planted the seeds for it to struggle just to survive as a country? What happens if its rapid growth fatally poisons its economy, and environment and it suffers a huge internal collapse like the Soviet Union did as it destroyed itself from the inside out as it ran itself to exhaustion trying to keep up with and surpass the west.

  208. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter: (looks like another Antifa Effort to cause disruption this summer)
    Jack Posobiec
    🇺🇸‏Verified account @JackPosobiec

    Report that Antifa plans to attack Gettysburg on July 1

  209. Larry Ledwick says:

    Antifa continues in their advocacy of violent protest.
    From twitter:
    Official Antifa‏ @OfficialAntifa

    Here is Feb. article from that encourages leftist “radicals” to get armed and redirects to .

  210. Larry Ledwick says:

    On that note, new sniper long range shot record.

    TAC-50 fires the .50 BMG and is capable of 0.5 MOA (minute of angle) accuracy with match grade ammo. That means at this range it was likely to put a shot inside a 19.35 inch radius circle, (.49 meter) which is approximately the same width as the military standard silhouette target. That means the shooter made absolutely perfect correction for ammunition temperature, air temperture, wind drift, spin drift, Coriolis effect, Eötvös Effect etc.
    Very impressive shot with a 10 second time of flight!

  211. llanfar says:

    The bullet had to slow quite a bit…the speed of sound is ~5s/mi…

  212. Larry Ledwick says:

    Obviously they gave a ball park value for the bullet flight time.
    It depends a bit on what exact round he was using, the standard .50 BMG round for sniper work has a Muzzle velocity of 2800 ft/sec for the M1022 Long Range Sniper round.

    According to ballistics tables from JBM ballistics, The .50 BMG Hornady AMax 750 grain at a muzzle velocity of 2800 ft/sec, and at a range of 3450 meters, has a terminal velocity of 876.7 ft /sec and a flight time of 8.341 seconds for that range and muzzle velocity.

    The round actually travels considerably farther than the line of sight distance, due to bullet drop of about 539.8 inches 44.98 ft over that range, so to hit the target, the hold over is 254 minutes of angle (4.23 degrees elevation), looks like maximum height of the trajectory above line of sight is about 3999.8 inches ( 331.32 ft ) at a range of 2100 meters.
    At that range, a 10 mph wind would require a correction of 19.1 minutes of angle (755.2 inches or 62.9 ft of wind drift)

    Like I said a very impressive shot!
    I would not be surprised if the shooter took several test shots at targets at approximately the same range prior to the final shot to dial in the exact correction necessary.

  213. p.g.sharrow says:

    Burning aromatic woods and Blackberry Brandy wave offerings
    Blue Wizard Celebration of the changing of the seasons a Strawberry moon followed by the summer solstice. A blessing to all and may you enjoy the fruits of the marriage of carbon and sunlight…pg

  214. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    “If You Follow President Trump’s Healthcare Path Here’s What You Get…”

  215. philjourdan says:

    Anyone been following Dilbert this week? Scott Adams is harpooning the whole Russia collusion thing AND Mueller!

  216. Jon K says:

    While the YSM is droning on about Russia, obstruction, and what not, Trump is quietly reshaping the Judicial branch.

  217. jim2 says:

    AC compressor stopped working. Removed start cap, checked it, was dead. Called around. No one would sell the part. Called AC repair. ~$200 (and that was discounted due to my work). Found cap at Amazon for $16. Ordered one. I think I’m going to check other stuff around the house that uses caps and get those also.

  218. E.M.Smith says:

    “Alas Sensei, I still dont see ”

    Not my problem.

    I can only point in the correct direction. When you then choose to practice an error, you end up, as my Sensei said, “achieving perfect error”.

    So first, before creating counter examples full of faults, instead study closely what Sensei does and each move of it. Practice THAT, until you have mastery of it, then practice more to perfection. Once you become Sensei, then may you advance the art.

    So said my Sensei Marty… “We do not practice error to achieve perfect error”.

    I’ll give you one more correct example to practice and ignore your error example for now:

    Oil rose to over $100/bbl on shortages of “conventional oil”. At the time, folks knew about shale oil and oil shale, but it was uneconomic, so not a resource. For a couple of decades, folks worked on the tech. Several systems now exist. From earth movers with retorts to insitu steam extraction to injected solvents and even insitu oxidative heating. The result?

    Non-conventional hydrocarbons as oil now account for many hundreds of billions, perhaps even trillions, of bbls. Cost to extract crossed under $50/bbl a decade or two back, and many now claim profit as low as $35/bbl, even ignoring that the dollar today is a not as valuable as the one before.

    Natural gas from such fields (shale) is so cheap it crashed the price from $12 to $3 per unit and known reserves have exploded from a couple of decades to over 100 years. Oil is in global glut, and is $40-something/bbl. Supply for the forseable future assured (usually at 30 to 50 years booked reserves companies stop looking and stop new drilling…)

    Oh, and the USA can tell OPEC to to go suck their own oil, we don’t need it…

    BTW, it isn’t all rosy. The Gulf States that budgeted based on shortage and $100+ oil to the horizon, and Venezuela that did similar, are learning basic budgeting skills at $60, and increasingly, “riot control” at $48/bbl…

    Yes, new tech gives an exponential increase in recoverable reserves, usually at modest increase in cost OR a reduction in costs. It has already proven an effectively unlimited supply of Uranium from seawater at very acceptable prices. ($100 -$200 / kg IIRC but essentially irrelevant as a reactor cost factor, though higher than land source at present.)

    So once you have functionally unlimited nuclear power for geologic time scale future time, can use that to lift oil ( for any given “empty” field today, half is left in the ground…waiting a newer or cheaper lift, like nuclear heating and pumps…) or to make oil from ANY carbon source, including coal, trash, dead bodies, lawn clippings, etc etc) AND do so at an acceptable price about $120/bbl (that we did ok with before); it is just a bit more than a bit daft to fret over oil “running out” or the price ever becomming catastrophic. It has a hard lid at acceptable level of price for a 100,000+ year time horizon using nuclear process heat from seawater Uranium.

    AND all that is ONLY using proven in-hand technologies right now. The future tech will be better and cheaper.

    But for now, the new tech of directional horizontal drilling and hydrofracing has increased oil and gas supplies so much AND driven price so low that all those $100/bbl nifty tech options sit,on the shelves unused… folks just doing more R&D to get costs down to $35/bbl or less…

    Now master that understanding before cooking up errored hypotheticals.

  219. E.M.Smith says:


    Per cell, phone:

    Already a project for it. PGP based. Slow progress. Most of the public don’t think about security, or understnd it, or care. Until aftrr they are cracked or arrested…

    There are others

    Haven’t done an update in a few years to see if it is OTC yet.

    Per: 8.2 KY Event: That was a Bond Event. IF my speculation that the LIA was a half Bond event and that we are up for a real Full Bond Event this Solar Grand Minimum holds valid, I’d expect the same weather patterns, modulo different precession and obliquity effects.


    BINGO! Can’t have your farm animals making their own decisions and going where they want when they want… Need proper pens and guard dogs….


    Yeah.. Saud has me head scratching… internal, whacking Qatar (demanding the death of open Arabic news from Al Jazeera), external (Yemen, remove Turkish base from Qatar).

    I do wonder what Trump said to them… Trump said the Qatar thing was “a family issue”….

  220. E.M.Smith says:


    I can still buy old wash tub wringer washers… As long as there are Amish, there will be non-electric and non-computer choices… worst case, DIY as 3D printing kicks in..


    UNFORTUNATELY, and against my will… I’m trying to get the dish washer working right again (removed about a cup of “scale” so far, and run several times (2 gal vinegar so far…) after building bookcases and fixing… sigh. It all goes at once…

  221. jim2 says:

    If “we” started a dumb appliance company, it could be named RTR – Right To Repair. So, dumb appliance but smart move to buy it :)

  222. jim2 says:

    E.M. – that happens around here also. There seems to be some sort of cosmic grouping of break-downs of various sorts.

  223. pearce m. schaudies says:

    John Fogerty was right –

    I see a bad moon rising.
    I see trouble on the way.

    We may not run out of stuff, instead run out of workers to buy it.
    And thx for oil study tip.

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  224. Steve C says:

    I wonder how many of these breakdowns are the result of officially mandated lead-free solder? I’ve had three motherboards die in the last five years or so, and all were “lead-free era” boards, i.e. not “old junk”. Meanwhile, the old 486, and in fact just about all the “old junk” from last century, just keep on truckin’.

    I seem to recall reading a few years ago that both military and medical equipment – i.e. where reliability is definitely to be preferred – were exempt from the lead-free legislation, which suggests that the bureaucrats writing the laws knew well enough what they were about.
    Less reliable consumer tat –> more profits.

  225. E.M.Smith says:


    Don’t know of anything saying Tin is a worse solder than Lead, but then again, I’ve not looked. Tin does make a few types of semiconductor in different forms and oxidation changes the conductive properties ( Tin Oxide being a common clear conductive coating).

    Well, in my case, the failure isn’t electrical; it’s scale build up clogging screens and jets… I think it is back to cleaning dishes properly again… which means I need to run most every pot, pan, and dish through it again as I’d not noticed that it was “sporadic” in where it cleaned until some un-clean things were back on the shelves…

    Guess what I’m doing today… Yup, running the dishwasher. One load of dishes, one load of de-scaler, another load of dishes, another…

  226. Steve C says:

    Agreed, the soldering isn’t going to influence gunk … I’ve noticed the last week that the freezer thermometer is creeping upwards, so you’re not alone there! Washing machines are the worst.

    The problem with tin is “tin whiskers” – the metal literally grows long, thin crystals at room temp, which can then grow over time into another random solder island and bang! Gear no go, usually at all and usually suddenly like my PCs. The whiskers can “travel” millimetres, so you can’t ignore them forever. (Tin is weird stuff. It has crystal state changes around room temp, so it’s not as inactive as it seems.)

    Adding a few percent of lead is the metalworker’s solution, of course, whatever the dictate from above. I think I’ve stockpiled enough proper solder to see me out, plus a scrap lead bucket with about 30kg of “lead futures” in it!

  227. Zeke says:

    Inre dishwashers. There’s this:

    Cleaner for the Environment, Not for the Dishes – The New York Times
    Sep 18, 2010 – Dishwasher detergents contribute just a fraction, but environmental … The first significant regulatory rumblings came in Washington State in 2006. … Cascade customers had not noticed any change, Procter & Gamble was …

    Dishes Still Dirty? Blame Phosphate-Free Detergent : NPR
    Dec 15, 2010 – Detergent makers reworked formulas to comply with laws in 17 … Environment … Dish detergent makers changed their formulas because of …

    Changes in Automatic Dishwasher Detergents › Clean Living
    Consumers may have noticed a change in their dishwasher detergents. Recently … So, is reduced phosphate dishwashing detergent better for the environment?

    Procter & Gamble touts ‘win-win’ of cutting phosphates in all laundry … › Guardian Sustainable Business › Brand
    Jan 27, 2014 – Procter & Gamble, which makes Tide detergent, says all of its detergents … So the change, which has been in the works since 2005, will likely have … phosphorous can cause environmental damage, including algae blooms, … Ciserani says P&G will comply with any regulations on dishwasher soap and will …

    The dish on dishwasher soap | Queen of Green | David Suzuki … › Blogs › Queen of Green
    Jan 18, 2011 – Last year, Canada banned phosphates in dishwasher soap. … Although companies are not required by law to disclose their ingredients, some …

    Finish vs. Cascade: The phosphate ban and the great dish detergent ……/finish_vs_cascade_the_phosphate_ban_and_the_great_dish_deterg...
    Dec 27, 2011 – Paquin handles the account for the Finish dish detergent brand—a … less sleepy in July 2010 when, for environmental reasons, several states banned … Most consumers had no clue about the new anti-phosphate legislation.

    Lawn Fertilizer (NYS Nutrient Runoff Law) – NYS Dept. of … › Chemical and Pollution Control › Water › Keeping Water Clean
    Jump to Dishwasher Detergent – The Nutrient Runoff Law also includes provisions regarding … There is no change to the phosphorus limits for detergents used to … Text of Nutrient Runoff Law – Environmental Conservation Law, article …

  228. Zeke says:

    Part of the war on Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorous, aka fertilizers.

    Oh and explosives.

    So the hippies get a twofer when they win that. Destroy agriculture, make the country unable to defend itself. Peace in our time.

  229. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Heres some more political action grups with some background. Almost as good as a scorecard, heh.

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  230. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sweden is about to the point where the wheels come off the apple cart.

  231. Larry Ledwick says:

    And the final body count for Ramadan is:

  232. jim2 says:

    A lot to like here …

    Special session agenda items will include:

    Sunset legislation
    Teacher pay increase of $1,000
    Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices
    School finance reform commission
    School choice for special needs students
    Property tax reform
    Caps on state and local spending
    Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land
    Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects
    Speeding up local government permitting process
    Municipal annexation reform
    Texting while driving preemption
    Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues
    Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers
    Pro-life insurance reform
    Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise
    Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders
    Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud
    Extending maternal mortality task force

  233. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think I just came up with a new name for the classic main stream media.
    The Democratic Party Press (DPP) aka Democratic Party Pravda

  234. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just because I am tired of the political nonsense – a little Pink Floyd played by the Royal Philharmonic orchestra. Put on your head phones and crank it up!

    Symphonic Pink Floyd

  235. pearce m. schaudies says:

    Jim Rickards explains several upcoming opportunities to initiate economic disasters. Not as bad as an asteroid but like a slow-motion train-wreck haha.

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  236. Steve C says:

    To keep everyone up to date, the UK’s local authorities up and down the country have (understandably) been testing their high-rise blocks for fire safety.

    We hear on the radio news this morning that every single block they have tested has failed. There’s a whole giant can of worms opening up here. Every one.

  237. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Supreme Court just lifted the lower court blocks on the travel ban

  238. Larry Ledwick says:

    More on above:

  239. E.M.Smith says:

    @Steve C. & Larry:

    The “Solid Gasoline Plastic” panels supposidly were banned by existing regulation, yet are pervasive. The were NOT what the plans specified.

    Somewhere between plans and as-built there’s someone with a fat wallet hopefully headed to prison AND some government inspectors with trinkets to join them…


    I like the way the “90 day” gets approval and the review of the complaint comes more than 90 days away…

    @Beththesurf ( wax that board :-) Nice article, even if it does worry me rather a lot…

  240. pearce m. schaudies says:

    The Ministry of Truth learned some trix from the French. Based on Dimocraps rants, themes, and many college campuses, the lessons were effective!

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    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  241. pearce m. schaudies says:

    @Beth- that is chilling. And Mencken knew back in the 30’s. Neurolinguistic programming for fun and profit. All you drones listen up now …

    Thanks for warning.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  242. philjourdan says:

    Re: Lifting of TRO

    What I cannot understand is how it got a 9-0 vote. Buzzy is getting senile, but what is Sotomaier’s excuse?

  243. E.M.Smith says:


    Perhaps the law is so absolutely crystal clear (and it is…) that the embarrassment of trying to write something that was not obviously and completely and transparently just a political hack job devoid of any actual legal thought was too much to contemplate in a dissent…

    They do talk “in the back room” you know…. a small “what about…” trial balloon being met with mirth, laughter and looks of “have you lost it?” can cause even the most rabid ideologue to have a lucid moment…

  244. jim2 says:

    Talk about hack jobs. There’s an article linked on Drudge that Flynn wrote a supporting letter for a female in the FBI? who lodged a sexual harassment charge against high flier in the FBI and this Russian stuff is just payback against Flynn.

  245. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well apparently you need to be careful about what you have on your personal electronics if you go to Canada –
    Arrested for “smuggling hate speech?”

  246. E.M.Smith says:

    Well guess I’m not going to visit Canada…

    I collect all sorts of things as “examples” and that does not mean I endorse them. Guess that’s not allowed either. Last night I was doing research on dish soap. Turns out there’s a way to make explosives out of it. Curious Me saved that as a potential article idea. Doesn’t make me a bomb maker. Having a copy of the Koran doesn’t make me a Muslim either (nor does it make me a hater of The Infidel… though it does make me wonder how “slay them where you find them” isn’t “hate speech” under Canadian law…)

    Oh Well. Folks will suffer such insanity until they don’t any more.

  247. beththeserf says:

    ‘…it does make me wonder how “slay them where you find them” isn’t
    “hate speech” under Canadian law…’ There are some who read Orwell’s
    ‘Animal Farm,’ not as a warning but as an instruction manual.

  248. A C Osborn says:

    I don’t know if you guys are aware of this one.

    For “resign” read jumped before being pushed LOL.

  249. pearce m. schaudies says:

    This reeks of another CIA false flag attack. Today the BBC also posted a notice if Assad attacks his people with chemical weapons we will be right there with United States to punish him.

    If we went to a limited War there would be no problem eliminating the budget ceiling haha. and the Dimocraps would have some more resistance material since they lost the recent four replacement elections.

    The entropy is rising fast. Go south young man.

    Opinions and beliefs expressed in the following article are not necessarily those of the person posting. Please be aware.

    Pearce M. Schaudies.
    Minister of Future
    Falling Skys &
    Wolves at Door

  250. tom0mason says:

    There appears to be a new cyber attack on banks and oil companies starting
    This attack appears to have started in Russia/Ukraine but is now starting to affect companies in Europe…

  251. Larry Ledwick says:

    This item from infowars has some really spooky video from France of migrants trying to jump on a truck.

  252. E.M.Smith says:


    It has made it to the USA. A ransomware attack, again. Reported to be known from a year ago so mostly hitting folks with backlevel security patches. Given the nature of it, I’m assuming it is Windowz specific and not going to hit my world. I’ll likely leave any Windows machines off, not boot any important Linux box, and leave the data archive shutdown for the next few day. Basically willing to run on the Android Tablet (with auto-update – one of the few boxes where I do that…) and one disposable Pi Image Chip. Not really any impact on my life.

    Any institution running on Microsoft Windows ought to be locking down their backups, validating their patch levels, and restricting internet access for a while. I’d have my I.T. department set up with 2 computers each. One of them isolated from the network… to be used in recovering the others…

    You would think the major industrial companies would catch a clue on that, but they don’t. They are strongly addicted to shipping money to Microsoft for mediocre security…

    Oh, and I’m likely to use the Macbook too. It’s immune to the Windoz specific crap too, and I don’t have any data on it that matters anyway. It’s running off an external chip (after the SSD died) so mostly just used as browser and editing platform. I can ‘reflash’ the chip from the offline image in about 4 minutes anyway…

  253. Larry Ledwick says:

    Comments on the ransom ware attack from major container shipper Maersk.

  254. Larry Ledwick says:

    from twitter
    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸‏Verified account @JackPosobiec 29m29 minutes ago

    Psst @CNN – this is what a real hack looks like #Petya

  255. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:
    Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸‏Verified account @JackPosobiec 3 hours ago
    Merck Pharma under global cyberattack – demanding bitcoin payments

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  257. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Not a surprise. Raise minimum wage, the effects are well known and easily predicted from basic econ theory.

    The new higher cost for labor in those jobs will cause an immediate reduction in demand for folks to do those jobs. For some jobs, they no longer yield a profit so are simply discontinued (or later, automated). Naturally Low wage jobs become fewer and more scarce.

    Folks who had been “a step or two” above minimum wage prior are now back in the minimum wage tranche. This causes them self esteem drop, so they go pushing for a return of their prior status as a ‘step or two above minimum’. More jobs go away, and some of the folks move to a higher pay bracket.

    Those two combine to raise the prices of, well, just about everything. Minimum wage tends to dominate in things like food, gas stations, and retail; the places everyone shops. (I have worked in all three, BTW, so know them very personally… at one time I was a guy “who wears the star” at a Texaco station… yeah, that long ago…) With rising prices comes reduced buying. More jobs lost as stores reduce staff to stay in alignment.

    Amazon wins big, though. Why pay for a $15 store clerk to ring up your stuff and put it in a bag if you can get it done by computer at Amazon and the whole thing shows up in a computer routed box the next day?

    Similarly, I stopped eating “fast food lunches” some time back. When they crossed over $5 for a bun-thing and sugar-drink. Last I looked it was running about $8 and pushing $10. They have also gone to “serve yourself” automatic drink dispensers to cut down staff needed to fill drinks. Oh, and we DO occasionally eat at fast food places, but they are now for “dinner out” instead of the higher end places with table service. At the now nearly standard $30 / head to get anything worth eating (and nearly $50 for better places) they are now priced out of my interest level. So we’ll do KFC as a ‘dinner out’ (since we both like it) and skip Fish Market… but don’t do KFC lunches anymore. Some bread and stuff to put between them does nicely and is very easy to do. I also keep a set of a half dozen ceramic microwave lunch tubs in the freezer full of “leftovers” (where I deliberately cook extra for dinner so I can pre-make the lunches). So lunch “at work” is nearly free. I figure about $1/2 each for many means, a whole $ for the expensive ones. Better food than the “fast food” places, faster to heat and eat, avoids the driving, and I “make” about $8 / meal on the avoided costs.

    Too bad about the folks expecting me to be funding their $12 to $14 / hour burger flippers…

    You can go right down the line, and that’s basically how it works. Folks buy less of the product, fewer folks are needed to supply it, labor is “let go” and a new equilibrium is reached with fewer folks employed, but they make a higher wage (that means they pay more taxes and spend their raise on higher costs for the things they buy… )

    But the politicians can claim they “gave a raise” to “the poorest”…

    Longer term, folks start inventing grape harvester machines and automated french fry cutters and cookers, and even the “roomba”. In our family restaurant, one of my jobs was to peel and cut potatoes into fries. Nobody does that any more. It is now done in a factory and shipped to you frozen. (Well, not nobody. IIRC In-N-Out still does it). So more work moves into those giant inhabited robots we call factories, where much more machinery makes money and much fewer labor hours are needed. So much cheaper that it even covers the cost to freeze and ship…

    Similarly, “checkers” at retail no longer work a 10-key. Union wage demands lead to the adoption of scanners just about universally. Further price hikes have stores now installing “DIY” price scanning stations. I use them for modest numbers of things in the cart. The next step? Amazon bought Whole Foods to join in on the online grocery craze. I know some folks who only shop for groceries that way. They place the online order and the bucket shows up. No “checkers” needed and a lot of the “pick and pack” automated.

    Fundamentally, the effect of raising the minimum wage is to remove jobs for any activity naturally costing below that price point. It really ought to be named the “eliminate jobs that are worth less than $12” act ( at least, I think Seattle was $12 / hr… something like that).

    The spouse now buys most stuff from Amazon. I still buy groceries “the old fashioned way”, but mostly shop at Walmart instead of the nicer store that’s closer. Had to do something to make the budget fit… so a second effect is to promote stores like Walmart… and put pressure on higher end stores. Oh Well. I’m planning to experiment with online groceries in a few months, maybe. At least for the “regular stuff” like canned goods and packaged goods. ( I still want to pick out my own celery and assure the milk stays cold door to door ;-)

    It will be interesting to see, over time, what damage is done to Seattle as a whole due to the driving out of poor people and the destruction of low wage jobs. Heck, it might even work out for them. Drive out the poor and minorities, gentrify the place, become a New York West with $Million apartments. Robot cleaners and self driving delivery drones for the groceries. I’d not want to live in a place like that, but heck, that’s the land that invented $5 coffee, so I guess that’s their goal…

  258. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    It is unlikely Tawhidi will live long once he gains visibility. In the USA ( I think it was California) we had a similar Imam / Cleric with a similar message and a reformed peaceful Islam that he taught. Woke up dead one day. Looked like an “honor killing” by more “traditional” muslims who didn’t like his “blasphemy”… He had been warned a few times to stop, but stood his ground. Now he is buried under it.

    I’d love to see someone like Tawhidi make a success of it, but I’d not want to stand within a meter of him… some folks don’t aim so well…

  259. Larry Ledwick says:

    Under cool tech we have this announcement of a possible technology demonstrator project for a supersonic aircraft which does not produce a sharp sonic boom at supersonic speeds but a much quieter “thump”

  260. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like a new tack in the effort to move toward a global govenment by asserting that the real power is in the cities. Oh goody moving back to City States like Athens and Sparta.

  261. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the most succinct discussions of the sub groups within Islam I have seen.
    Those that uncritically accept the assertion that Islam is peaceful recognize what she calls the Meccan Muslims, and refuse to even acknowledge the existence of the Meccan Muslims as she calls the hard cored strict Sharia advocates. Without acknowledging all three subgroups you cannot have a rational discussion about Islam and if it can fit into a modern constitutional republic like America or even a social democratic Europe. Those that wish to preserve western culture and governments need to recognize the “reformist” modifying Muslims and encourage their efforts to strip the political and militant dogma out of Islam.

  262. cdquarles says:

    I’ve worked at fast food places. They have a lot of turnover, even the management. It is a tough world and food costs often exceed labor costs, so when you raise both of these, something *has* to give, and usually price increases are not easily done. Anyway, I wish people would stop calling the grill master a burger flipper. These grills cook on both sided at once. You do *not* flip them. You don’t have to flip them. What you do is work hard to keep the darned things clean, so the burgers don’t stick to them.

  263. E.M.Smith says:


    Some places, like In-N-Out, still flip ’em. I think Burger King has the double side ‘fire grill’. I’ve not seen the actual grill in a Jack-in-the-box, but their breakfast sandwiches at a minimum require a grill (ring fried egg…) So there can’t be a single generic term (flipper vs machine scrubber…) which means any term will be wrong, but also if only one term is to be used, all are equally “accurate” (or “stereotype for communications only” inaccurate..)

    Long way to say “Sorry, but I’m going to keep using burger flipper”… having been one…


    Looks like they just put a very very long nose on it so the cone shockwave encompasses the wingspan. Maybe they could just make one named Narwhale… and be done with it ;-)


    Looks like a mouse in a rattlesnake… Or like the cable swallowed a USB stick…

    It would be nice for use in those hotels with established wired ports (largely legacy now what with most folks using WiFi in their portables). For me, I’d rather just get one of the many “stick” computers that plugs into the HDMI port. Forget the wire.

    I was “checking them out” when I decided to just go with the Pi / Odroid boards instead. Mostly due to cost considerations. ( I.e. $35 is more attractive than $95 )

    Essentially they come in two forms: ARM based and a few Intel based. Some sort of Linux like OS (where Android is a Linux like derivative). IIRC some can run a hobbled kind of windows, but I really wasn’t looking for them.

    I’ve thought of doing an update on that market segment again, but “other stuff” got in the way. Hopefully prices are coming down there. I’m also contemplating the Amazon Fire stick (since the spouse has gone and signed up for Prime…) and considering folks have done a jail break on the Fire so you can use it as a Real Computer ™…

    There’s also some dinky SBCs that wrap around an Ethernet socket. Lets you put your own “rat on a rope” together if you like. Small size meant poor heat dissipation so limited computes; which is the only reason I didn’t buy one. They are cute little suckers!

    So for me, the “built into the wire” isn’t that much of a feature, but for the intended use, in hotels, it would be. As something for “the kid’s room” or even a dedicated simply added smarts to a dumb TV (IFF you already have wired eithernet) I could see it too. But I’ve essentially gone wireless outside my “server and router” pile.

  264. Larry Ledwick says:


    Looks like they just put a very very long nose on it so the cone shockwave encompasses the wingspan. Maybe they could just make one named Narwhale… and be done with it ;-)

    My understanding is that they intentionally create several shock waves at the right interval so that they phase cancel at the ground. Lots of little shock waves instead of a very sharp nose and tail shockwave.

  265. pouncer says:

    All y’all are much more techincally competent than I am, and have no interest in and so may skip the following follow up about a very cheap windows tablet:

    The Naxa-9003 ( ) was $47 at the big box electronics store. A 9 inch touch screen, one USB two way (OTG) port, no HDMI port, no VGA port, no separate DC in power port, one audio out port, front and rear cameras of very humble resolution, Bluetooth 4, WifI upto the N standard, and a USB minature keyboard in a faux-leather case, all wrapped around a Intel Z3735G (quad core) processor and supported by 1 Gbyte of System RAM. 1 Gb met the MS Windows 10 spec when that OS was released, but falls short with current updates. (Hence the price reduction.) Even so, compared to a PI which would still need a monitor and keyboad, it seemed some kind of deal. I spent birthday money.

    I nearly bricked the sucker the first day trying to download patches, update Windows and fit 2 pounds of OS (offensive sh*t, I suppose) into a 1 pound bag. Naxa customer support directed me to a hidden image file on day two, and I was able to restore to factory “out of the box” configurations and proceeded more carefully from day three and forward. Added a memory stick and micro SD card, as well, and have the image file and day 1 (actually day 3) backup slotted into a partition on the SD card ready for the next, no doubt imminent, Windows disaster.

    The single USB port is a challenge as the tablet can’t be charged with the keyboard or other device is plugged in. The OTG configuration doesn’t support power into the device from other master PCs or powered hubs. A powered hub does support multiple other USB slave devices such as a full sized keyboard (Much more comfortable than the miniature keys in the case) a printer, a mouse, more memory sticks, etc. The nine inch screen seems tiny on a table top with all the other periphreal clutter, but it’s HiDef color. I once had an Apple MAC plus with a nine inch, black and white, screen, and this is better. (Wonder if it’s worth it to mock up a MAC style box and put the tablet in?)

    With and ONLY WITH a USB mouse in the loop, a handy little virtual machine OS — DOSBOX — fires up and runs. I had previously created a bunch of zip or other archives of favorite old programs from the 1990s. So my tiny little tablet happily runs — one at a time — Lotus 123, WordPerfect, Maniac Mansion, The Incredible Machine, and a few other “apps” for which I have absolutely no climb remaining up the learning curve. Considering that I earned a nice living using these tools on a 1 M (not G, M)byte machine with 32M of storage back when, the emulation and access to 3000 times more storage works out fine. The DOS and the programs reside on a memory stick rather than the tablet itself.

    Similarly a suite of more modern programs packaged under the “PortableApps” brand runs fine from a different USB memory stick, without having to load anything (as far as I can tell) into the very limited memory of the tablet itself. The PA collection includes– YAY! — virus checkers and spyware removal, a familiar collection of things like the word-processor “Geany”, video player VLC, image manipulator GIMP, etc that seem to be identical to the tools available under Puppy Linux or other beginners’ intro/distros. These DO have a learning curve for me, but at least for tasks like writing text, and having a more familiar tool to fall back on, it’s worth the time to play with them. I learn slow but I do learn, even now in my dotage.

    The native Windows 10 apps include Skype, so I can talk with my 21st century daughter sometimes, while doing everything else in my own sweet last century time-warp. Skype is about the only thing I do — with this particular machine — that exposes my files to the net and cloud and world at large. Since those other files are on removable media — very low risk.

    The whole thing is almost certainly not internet safe by our host’s rigorous standards. But it does “work” for a broader range of tasks than I’d feared. Plus it confirms my and his negative opinion of Win10 so there’s that.

    ANYHOW, if anyone (else, beside me) is envious of the PI projects described here, I report on this alternative. None of us is locked into the default machines and apps from Best Buy and Target.

  266. E.M.Smith says:


    As I’ve just had someone ask me if I’m set up for Skype, and looked at my old XP boxes without cameras… the idea of a $50 “yes” is attractive to me…

    I’d be buying one right now if my “quicky” search for a linux for it had not been discouraging. I generally like any Windows box / tablet I buy to be able to be ‘re-purposed’ once Microsoft updates them to death… (For a few decades, ALL my personal computers came to me via MS Update Death as folks dumped them dirt cheap or free….)

    It would also be, as you pointed out, a low end way to get some familiarity with Windows 10. Since companies expect folks to be on whatever crap is currently being pushed, it isn’t an option to say “I have never used it” in an interview… Were I still “actively looking” I’d buy one just for that. To be able to say “Oh, yeah, I have a Windows 10 tablet at home” and then just shut up ;-) Worth well over the selling price ;-)

    So while I bleat about how horrible MS Windows is, I do use it “professionally” and have generally kept something around for both backwards document archives and forward skills status. (Heck, if it had Outlook on it, I’d get one just to unpack the ancient email archive…)

    So “no worries” on not being a “Pi Guy”. Toys are toys and all toys are welcome in the play pen…

  267. E.M.Smith says:


    Interesting map. Gee, I’m presently living in one of the few States where Smith isn’t in the top group. Mn and N. Dakota have Swedes dominating. New Mexico and California Mexicans. Hawaii Asians. Then there is Smith Land all around ;-)

    Kinda makes a guy feel at home ;-)

  268. Zeke says:

    “Kinda makes a guy feel at home ;-)”

    It makes me feel at home too! I like watching all these guys who make zinc and aluminum ingots with their wives’ muffin pans in the back yard. I guess they can’t help it. I’ll meet you half way that there may be some epigenetics at work. But that is it. (:

  269. Another Ian says:



    “EU Fines Google in a Dose of Net Neutrality Schadenfreude”

  270. Larry Ledwick says:
  271. Larry Ledwick says:

    Antifa is now entering the stage where they are starting to use intentional sabotage tactics to disrupt businesses that they object to. Just like the tree spikers from a few decades ago in the Pacific northwest and the Greens who were blowing up high tension power towers etc. this will probably continue to escalate until folks start getting hurt.

    From twitter:
    Official Antifa‏ @OfficialAntifa

    Here we endorse crimes like pouring concrete on train tracks. We also include a how-to video at bottom of article:

  272. jim2 says:

    So, what, are the intelligence agencies too busy spying on Christians to pour some “concrete” on these groups?

  273. E.M.Smith says:

    Souther Poverty Law Center established the precedent that you can suck up all the assets of any organization you don’t like via suit. (Take down of some Klan groups, IIRC) so if any Antifa folks have facilities anywhere, anyone “threatened” can sue them until they have no stuff left.

    Don’t have to show individual responsibility, just that the organization was promoting it.

    BTW, it has been my experience that it is a Very Bad Idea to mess with Rail Roads. They have a private army of security and don’t mind knocking heads in the boonies…

  274. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item I happened to stumble on while looking for something else, seems that many cell phones can function as a broadcast FM receiver. The UN is supporting wide spread implementation of this feature to ensure folks can get information during emergencies when their broad band connection is down.

    You apparently need to down load an app and use an earphone.
    Has anyone here played with this?

  275. Larry Ledwick says:
  276. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:

  277. Larry Ledwick says:

    Confirmation of a bit of info that has been floating around for a while. It has been confirmed that former CIA director John Brennan converted to Islam.

    Last week, former CIA Station Chief Brad Johnson publicly confirmed that several people inside the CIA made him aware that John Brennan converted to Islam.

  278. Larry Ledwick says:

    Research on comparative religions confirms the obvious.
    An enormous study involving in-depth interviews with 45,000 respondents led by former German minister of Justice, Christian Pfeiffer, casts light on this subject. The many interviews showed that Islam is distinguished by being the only religion that makes people more prone to violence, the more religious one becomes.

  279. Larry Ledwick says:

    More coverage on how unaffordable housing is becoming in silicone valley – not seeing this in US media much.

  280. Another Ian says:


    Larry Ledwick says:
    29 June 2017 at 3:45 am

  281. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the new California gun law is getting challenged. Part of it (magazine size limit) is being blocked by a Judge.

  282. Zeke says:

    Cardinal George Pell is in the news, accused of very serious crimes he may or may not have committed.

    Yes, this Cardinal Pell:

    Cardinal George Pell criticises Pope Francis over climate change stance
    Jul 19, 2015 – Cardinal George Pell has publicly criticised Pope Francis’ decision to place … Cardinal Pell, a well-known climate change skeptic, told the …

    Kevin Rudd blasts George Pell over climate change
    Nov 10, 2015 – Kevin Rudd blasts George Pell over climate change … accusing Australia’s most senior Catholic of being a “radical climate sceptic” and saying …

    Climate scientists slam George Pell’s ‘utter rubbish’ claims – Crikey
    Oct 28, 2011 – In one section of the speech, Pell cites several climate change sceptics as proof that the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, which …

    Pell vs Pope | Herald Sun
    Oct 13, 2015 – Cardinal Pell, a well-known climate change skeptic, told the Financial … including Australia’s George Pell, warning the Pope in a letter that the …

    Now back to June, summer, tax cuts, and Energy Dominance

  283. Another Ian says:


    Electricity price news. South Australia No 1

    Lack of reserve forecast for next week so things are getting very interesting

  284. M Simon says:

    Wind farms vulnerable to hacking.

    A Raspberry Pi is used.

  285. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting CNN not only is black holing all their reports that mention Antifa (have been doing that for weeks now) but now you cannot find any reference to articles that mention Russia using their on site seach function:

    From twitter
    Wow‏ @wowhowstupid

    @ScottAdamsSays Just did a word search for Russia on CNN’s front page and got exactly zero hits. Looks like someone is feeling the heat.

  286. Larry Ledwick says:

    For clarification that is only a “cntl F” word search on their main page, a search on their full site archive does return hits. The full search on their archive for Antia now returns only 3 results and they are not results that deal with any of the major violent Antifa protests like Berekely.

  287. Larry Ledwick says:

    If you are looking for a CNN meme image you might find this amusing.

  288. E.M.Smith says:

    @M. Simon:

    The Pi is a great hacking platform. Many OS choices, full *Nix tools, all “evidence” can be obliterated with one $9 chip in an ashtray (pyro formula optional) and WiFi via a $8 dongle similarly disposible, so zero mac address or injected markers to trace. Owning one, entirely innocent (how many millions sold?) and most poluce told to “collect all computers” wouldn’t know it was one, especially if in a shoebox in the closet…


    I think I’ve seen the first signs of shock setting in with 4 Democat Full Fail elections including the most expensive ever in Georgia. They got Bitch Slapped and it stings… Believing their own BS, they expected their propaganda push to deliver wins… Now they are starting to realize it just puts red siting dots on them… Dear Pelosi: Keep it up! We need the targeting info…

  289. Larry Ledwick says:

    Here we have Antifa taking credit for sabotage with explosives of an Exon facility in Mexico.

    From twitter:

  290. Another Ian says:

    Rises in minimum wages explained diagramatically

  291. Another Ian says:

    And some interesting comments there too

  292. Another Ian says:

    The wondering! The anticipatiion!

    Will Tips still be on “Recent Posts” by the end of the month?

    First time in a while that it is.

  293. E.M.Smith says:

    Not this tips by the end of this month.

    If you want more postings, come build my fence and shingle the roof… it is finally summer, and a whole lot of fair weather work needs doing… took down a tree, two weedy shrubs, and a backyard of weeds yesterday… shed creaning and repacking tomorrow. Rat hunt Monday (somebody nesting in the garage I think)… then the patio needs cleaning and the BBQ area made ready… then…

  294. Another Ian says:


    Sounds like ranch life.

  295. Another Ian says:


    Re the “Tips Stakes”

    ‘Tis said Australians would bet on two flies crawling up a wall—2-flies-crawling-up-a-wall?post_id=526671109#flvWelcomeHeader

    I’ve noticed a couple of other blogs your side have been slower for June.

    Must be something else to blame on Trump? (/s)

  296. Another Ian says:

    Re Zeke says:
    30 June 2017 at 2:04 am

    Pickering’s take

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  298. jim2 says:

    EMS, take note:

    “Your place or mine? Texas liberals and California conservatives swap states”

  299. Larry Ledwick says:

    I’m sure you all know about President Trump’s recent move to bring in a Federal task force to Chicago to help shut down the gang violence and shootings there. We—ll interesting twist today, and FBI agent left his vehicle running while gassing it up, and someone jumped in and drove off with it (including the guns in the car)

  300. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    That it is… I ran this as a small toy farm, in many ways. Large garden, seed saving processing, fruit trees, even had “ruminants” in the bunnies.

    I’ve discontinued the animal portion as the last ones aged out. Now the garden has been neglected for 2 years as I was “on the other coast” and the kids didn’t take to gardens. It is now a large weedy tree and shrub patch with occasional herbaceous weeds… Thus my recent foray to thin the mess. I’ve still got 4 “weed like” trees (those Bay Laurels I was puzzling over). Two smaller bush sized ones right up against the house (about 2 feet from the wall.. since they grow to 30 feet around, I’ll need to take them out too… once their summer shade isn’t a feature…) and two larger ones in the middle of the “garden”. I’ll likely keep one of them, as it is nicely placed as a shade replacement for the fruitless pear that has fireblight in it. So “someday” the pear comes out as does the companion smaller bay laurel. The one which is “up sun” growing much faster than the other, so a posting about it on my mind. I have photos… They started at the same time, one now about 2x the size of the other… Kinda puts a dent in that whole “cold controls growth rings” thing…

    Also, I’m “de junking” the garage and sheds. The hope is a final more permanent move to Florida in about a year. We’ll see how it goes. Sorting through 30 years of collected junk is a very slow process… 2 old Mac Plus type computers. A real typewriter… so much more… Even an old line printer for the Mac. It is like an archaeological dig of Silicon Valley… even a Sun 10? Some little flat desk top thing. Wonder if it still works… Some years back I put racks in the garage (long story about a twin needing a place to stay during marital “issues” and putting 6 people in a house for 4…) and well, never taking them out again. “Stuff” accumulates. I have stuff like my old cross country and downhill skis from a decade+ back last use. My boots are long gone (lining failed) and I don’t even know if they make boots for that binding type anymore. I’m also pretty sure I’m not in condition to ski and that I’m unwilling to pay the $100 for the privilege of finding out. (It was a $1300 weekend at Heavenly with the teenaged kids that was my last run… when they had to wait for me to catch up, I figured that was likely it… that, and I can’t see spending that kind of money to slide down a hill…)

    But yeah, it’s a very old very “lifetime of junk” filled micro-farm in the process of being turned into a Silicon Valley Air-B&B able space… I figure a year or two is just about enough time to “get ‘er done”…

    @Per Stakes & Betting:

    Well, I’d assert than any “fee” on betting needs to also be assessed on anyone buying or selling stocks and bonds. It is the largest open air casino in the world… anyone who thinks it isn’t all about placing bets and trying to rig the game has never played it…

    Besides, I’ve got a well trained and coached fly that will beat yours silly… It is a “horse fly” from out in the country and it can go faster than any git you’ve got! £ on the table, ye sissy!

    June: Well, for me, it isn’t so much about June as it is about realizing the game is rigged and that we’ve just shot the guy doing the rigging…. metaphorically, that is.

    So at first, I was all “Gung Ho!” on the Science and Math and Computer Crap of it all. Did a few years of postings on that. Showed their stuff was shit. Nothing Changed. Then the temperatures didn’t change and Nothing Changed. Then it became clear it was Agenda 21 and Globalist Socialist Wet Dreams and that the “science” was just window dressing and a whore to be paid and screwed. Well, what’s the point of complaining that a whore is being paid and being screwed? Might as well say the sun is rising in the morning…

    Then it was about the politics. OK, we “whoooped their asses” and Trump is doing what I’d hoped he would do. EPA on the ropes. Paris a distant memory of a drug addled weekend. 4 Democratic Full Frontal Losses in a row, including the most expensive ever in Georgia? I think it was.

    Now: So I’m having a bit of a “crisis of motivation”. If the “science” doesn’t matter since Politics is driving all anyway, WTF reason is their to do anything on the Science front? It’s really pointless window dressing on a pig anyway and the True Believers don’t care anyway while those who know it’s BS on their part already know it is BS. So why, again? Hours, days, months, spent bashing my brains against theories and code and computers for nothing? Doing it all for free? (Hint hint…. A nice fat $Million NSF grant would be nice… but only the other side gets those…)

    Political angle? But Trump is doing everything pretty much fine. Even the UK is getting the F out of the EU swamp. I’m not really a Politics guy anyway…

    So yeah, I’m wondering what I’m doing now, other than providing comedy relief and some light entertainment to those who are already clued in… and is that more important than getting my life cleaned up, moving to my retirement destination, writing that Novel I’ve always dreamed about…

    Yet, The Other Side has a “never give up, never surrender” attitude. They will NOT go quietly into that good night. So I feel like I ought to “keep up the good fight”… But after 8 years of doing it solo and for free: really? Is that what saves freedom and civilization from a predatory / parasitic philosophy of plunder? A “few good men” (and women – Jo and Digging…) being obstreperous at zero in return… Is that Really what free and individual oriented liberty depends on to survive in a world of self dealing self aggrandizing globalists? Is there no organized opposition willing to make it “worth my while” other than my own obstinance? What happens when “time to take a rest” comes around, eh? I do not have unlimited funds, ability, nor time. The clock ticks for us all, my funds are hopefully enough to live a comfortable middle-class life to the end, and ability is going to fade as time “is the fire in which we all burn”…

    @Per Austin & @ Jim2:

    Well, the Dimocrats idea is to create local pods of themselves in places via a college takeover and a Tech Center cultural assault. (Seasoned with cultural swamping via immigrant swarms). Now I’m deeply embedded in that whole Tech Culture thing, being from Apple in Silicon Valley. It is very possible for a conservative Country Guy to “pass” in that space, but you must be very good at hiding what you actually believe and sucking up when the sucking in good.

    Apple set up shop in Austin and moved a lot of folks there from California. I wanted to go when they set it up, but didn’t have what was wanted there. It was made into a ‘Tech Mecca” for a reason, and that was NOT to do with tech… The Left is very well versed in genetic swamping, cultural swamping, propaganda Guilt Tripping and more.

    So, finding that they have a parasite in their belly, do I begrudge the State of Texas for their efforts to expel it? Not one bit.

    Full Disclosure: I am a Texan-by-marriage and have spent many nights in the guest room of my Texas Uncle. He’s the one who was a Prison Guard / Employee at Lompoc IIRC and was the same one who, in the “receiving line” for my engagement said “I’m your uncle Ken, I’d like to let you know that if you eva’ do anythin’ to hurt that little girl, I’m gonna hunt you down and kill you boy. Welcome to the family, son.”

    Now I love my “Uncle Ken” and we’ve shared many a beer. I grew up a “little bit country” and I understood where he was comin’ from. It was his duty and the family elected him to deliver the message. Oh, and I have zero belief he would not have done exactly as promised had I turned out not to be a good guy.

    So to say I have a “soft spot” in my heart for Texas is to be way understating things.

    I’m 100% ready, willing, and able to become a full fledged Texan and defend it against all the outside crap being shoved at it. While my present expectation is that we’re about to become Floridians, I’m entirely open to moving to Texas instead. If that means some trees in Austin die, so be it. If that means some Jihadis discover that Texans can shoot fast and straight, I’m up for that too. And if that means Texas is the “Last Best Hope” for the America I grew up in, well, “Remember the Alamo!” is close to the tongue…

    Principles are not negotiable. Texas is a place of principle. We have guns and we know how to use them, but we also have words, and as Uncle Ken demonstrated in the recieving line, that can be an effective thing too… So I’m going to “self sort” to somewhere more hospitable to my and my beliefs. If that eventually ends up being Texas, well, I’m OK with that. They have good BBQ so what’s not to like?…

  301. E.M.Smith says:


    Well, the FBI can learn…. even if a bit slowly… ;-)

    (What kind of idiot leaves the keys in the car and walks away… forget about gas running while the motor is running, that is it’s own kind of stupid… and guns, left in the car? Really”? I thought the Left had made that cause for personal incarceration, death, lashings, public berating, and castration, at a minimum… /sarc;)

    FWIW, I lock my car when I leave it to go to the “store” at the gas station, then unlock it upon my return to pump gas… and I don’t even have anything of interest in my 35 year old pile of ugly… I only unlock it as that unlocks the gas cap cover… The keys never leave my hand / pocket…

  302. E.M.Smith says:

    The “Tips” conversation / threads continue here:

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