W.O.O.D. – 9 April 2018


This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)

Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).

Canonical list of old ones here:

So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”

What’s Going On?


Still cold. Nice fat snow storm ran over the East Coast. Rain has stopped in California (for now). Wonder if spring is here “This Time, For Sure!”?


Now the “Russia Bashing” has moved on to Syria Gas Attack – despite the only ones likely to gain from such an attack are the Western Powers (as Russia / Syria were already winning hands down in the are with conventional forces). Something just smells fishy in all this remote 100% certainty that Russia / Syria did chemical weapons when they are the ones who gain nothing from it.


Still doing that “going down thing”. SMA stack fully inverted. Lower highs. Lower lows. Bouncing off the SMA stack to the downside. Classical down market. News, of course, attributing this to Trump Tariffs… despite there being no tariff in place yet.

Now The Fed having new leadership and doing repeated rate hikes, that can’t possibly be the cause. Just because all money management and investment theory states rising rates depress stock prices… /sarc;

The Swamp Bites Back

FBI raided Michael Cohen’s office (Trump’s personal lawyer). Stormy Daniel’s emails and other records taken. So tell me again just why the FBI can raid their boss? Oh, because Mueller said so… Fed Election Laws being trotted out in regards to the $130,000 payment. How paying money to hush up a money hustle has bearing on the elections TBD.

Looks like a lot more swamp draining needed.

Global Trends

In Hungary the anti-EU anti-immigrant party was re-elected. You’d think the EU folks would notice that the people in their constituent countries are not happy with being overrun with aliens who have no interest in assimilation; but no.

Poland called up to congratulate. One suspects an Eastern Block will form as those folks seem to have their heads screwed on straight compared to the old EU (Germany / France).

Wall? WALL? We don’t need not steeinking Wall! We got Marines!

So with most of the border States sending National Guard forces to the border (under Federal funding but Governors control) one wonders what will happen in California with “Moonbeam” Brown. I suspect there’s going to be a few dozen more lawsuits as The Feds demonstrate who controls the border. Might be interesting to just see The Feds close all the legitimate border crossings in California and declare it a sealed border…

Censorship By Corporate Coercion

Facebook (Faceplant?) is now apologizing for not having censored enough. Calling it “self regulation”.

Since when are private corporations put in charge of what is legitimate speech in public?

This is going to get far worse before it gets better.

Then again, we have Political Weenies bleating that THEY want to be the censors…

This is going to get far far far worse before it gets better.

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193 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 9 April 2018

  1. jim2 says:

    I think Trump should roll the dice and himself fire Mueller right now. Tell him that all documents generated by the investigation be turned over to a friendly at the DOJ or risk obstruction of justice.

  2. llanfar says:

    …which is exactly what the Dems hope for…

  3. jim2 says:

    Maybe so. But the Dims don’t control Congress, not that the ReDimowits are much more reliable.

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    There is no upside for Trump in his firing Mueller. Mueller and his crew are all a part of the deep state crew of 7th floor operators. Mueller is their leader, not their flunky! 3 of his crew are still running the FBI. Trump should IGNORE Mueller and company. Sessions should instruct Mueller to wind up his investigation and issue his report. All in, All done. Then the Justice Department should open a full investigation of the 7th floor crew that gave Hillary and the Clinton machine a free pass on real criminal actives…pg

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like the Trump Lawyer Raid is dual tracking on two threads. Here and Here:

    My question is just “What happened to Lawyer / Client Privilege?”

    Trump was still a “private person” when the payment was made and not an elected official of any kind. Does getting elected remove all prior privilege from communications with your personal lawyer?

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Sitting on the patio at night, 2 dogs patrolling the yard (with a survey their domain attitude), cup of fresh coffee in hand.

    It is rather pleasant, this whole “cooking on the camping stove” business.

    So far I’d been doing it indoors on the alcohol burner. But today was actually nice weather and tonight is about perfect.

    Unfortunately, the weather report is for rain tomorrow, so shortly I have to pack up the stove, call in the dogs, and go back to being a couch potato instead of a wanna-be camper ;-)

    Bur for now, it’s almost like being in the country. Not even much traffic noise in the distance, and nobody leaving / landing at the airport right now.

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  8. p.g.sharrow says:

    Cooking here as well. After a day of weeding the gardens, I just HAD to make cookies!
    Happiness for me is fresh cookies in the cooky jars… 8-) Oatmeal for breakfast and Peanut after supper.
    It was a very nice day, today, after 7 inches of rain last week. The mountains around here are very wet and every little rivulet is leaking. The hills are green with rampant growth. Good thing I cleared a lot of encroaching brush this winter and burned off the debris…pg

  9. philjourdan says:

    @P.G., Jim2 & llanfar – I agree with PG and llanfar – there is no upside to firing Mueller. But think outside the box. Why would Mueller do it? There is no there there. He knows it. This will be a big stink for a long time to come, and will darken Mueller’s reputation. So again, why do it?

    If you hold nothing, what is your last gambit? You martyr yourself. Mueller WANTS to be fired! That is the only way Trump even comes close to being impeached. Mueller, after a year (and 2 years for the rest of the swamp) has nothing. Process crimes and gray areas of dispute, but nothing tied to Trump or the campaign. Mueller knows it. So he is hoping to trigger Trump and get himself fired, which will cause a backlash against Trump (or so the thinking goes).

    That is what the raid is all about.

    Trump is a hot head. But he speaks in haste. He does not act in haste. And that is Mueller’s downfall. Mueller still is playing a critical role in Trump’s strategy. Anyone heard about Sessions investigation yesterday?


  10. llanfar says:

    @philjordan Exactly.

  11. Russ Wood says:

    On ‘Faceplant’ – did anything ever come of the idea that if they DON’T censor, they are a ‘common carrier’, while censoring or selecting makes them a ‘news organisation’ ? And as the latter, are therefore subject to slander and libel laws if anyone has the nuts/wallet to take them on.

  12. cdquarles says:

    Indeed, phil. Those inside the leftist Democrat-Media complex do not know how this looks out in ‘flyover’ country. It is apiece of the politics of personal destruction that has been waged for decades against normal-Americans.

  13. E.M.Smith says:


    Hmmm…. Post rain cookie compulsion? I was out in the yard at the patio stove as the spouse was making cookies too… Chocolate Chip ;-)


    Maybe… or maybe he thinks Trumps lawyer can be charged with election interference by suppression of critical information (Stormy’s rant) and that slimes Trump or just makes him more irritated, distracted, and error prone.

    I gave up long ago trying to figure out the tortured path of lawyer think… by “martyr” never seemed in evidence…


    Interesting point… Somehow I’d missed that, but it does cause thinking…


    Yeah. It looks like a coup d’etat in progress to the folks in the center of the USA. You know, the places with the most military bases and guns…

    Were I in charge of an Army Base in Texas, I’d be wondering what side to land on when the coup moved for the take down…

    It really does paint the Globalists and Democrats as anti-Democracy and coup plotters. It is sand in the teeth to think of that level of depravity in my USA.

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    Things may be heating up in Syria – stay tuned for events in that area in the near future
    From twitter:

    Wael 🇸🇾
    Day two
    6:30 PM #Syria/n time
    #Russia/n #RuAF jets carrying anti-ship missiles broke the sound barrier and they were flying at low altitude over #Tartus #Latakia.

    ELINT News
    30 minutes ago
    #UPDATE: Reports that multiple RuAF warplanes carrying anti-ship missiles broke the sound barrier over Tartous and Latakia just now

    Lucas Tomlinson
    45 minutes ago
    After Trump cancels South America trip, Mattis follows suit. Defense chief will not travel to Nevada & San Francisco this weekend: officials

    56 minutes ago
    BREAKING NEWS: British forces are now mobilizing at their bases in Cyprus for possible strikes against Syria. It appears to be very likely that the US, France and the U.K. will strike Syria in the next 24 hours – local reporter

  15. Larry Ledwick says:

    Charles Lister
    1 hour ago
    In addition to USS Donald Cook, the U.S has now dispatched USN Carrier Strike Group 8 to the Mediterranean/#Syria:

    – USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier
    – Carrier Air Wing VII
    – USS Hué City missile cruiser
    – x6 Arleigh Burke-class Destroyers
    – x1 Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate

    Jack Posobiec
    1 hour ago
    Everything I’m hearing says that a decision on Syria is within the hour

    CivMilAir ✈
    3 hours ago
    26,000ft off the #Syria coast
    US Navy
    P-8A Poseidon 168439

    Within Syria
    11 minutes ago
    Replying to @AngeloJohnGage
    Within Syria Retweeted Wael 🇸🇾
    Russian warplanes are already armed with anti ship missiles and patrolling the Syrian coast

    Wael 🇸🇾
    Follow @WaelAlRussi
    #RuAF Su-34 carrying what seems to be two Kh-35 missiles

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    We are also entering a favorable moon phase period now, and into next week will be dark of the moon, with today’s moon rise coming at 2:54 am and only a 27% crescent moon today in Syria.



    It is now 19:30 PM in Syria.

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    Instant Reporter
    18 minutes ago
    US, #UK and French forces are being mobilized for imminent attack on #Syria. Warships have been ordered to move towards Syria. UK Air bases on #Cyprus have been put on alert. #Russia #Turkey

    ‏ @AlSuraEnglish
    #BREAKING – #Russian early warning and control aircraft are now circling #Syrian city of #Latakia nearby the Russian airbase and naval fleet. #Russia has stated it will not accept aggression against #Syria as the #US prepares a ‘collective military response’ very soon.

    [ AWACS type aircraft would be useful for monitoring incoming cruise missiles ]

    AFP news agency
    13 minutes ago
    #BREAKING US President Trump, UK Prime Minister May will ‘not allow’ Syria chemical attacks to continue, White House says

    Tom Rogan
    Follow @TomRtweets
    Trump canceling trip to Bogota and Lima indicates preference for more significant retaliatory options vs. Assad. If not, could have fired some missiles and then headed off to S. America. Staying suggests WH preparing to deal with significant post-strike after effects.

    9:58 AM – 10 Apr 2018

  18. Rhoda Klapp says:

    It seems to be dangerous to go to war over 70 people who could have been killed by artillery with no outrage. It’s out of proportion. Personally I suspect we are being led into it by a slick propaganda effort from this particular group of rebels, who are surrounded and who could save all the civilians by surrendering.

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    Warning issued to aircraft operators for possible military action near Syria next 72 hours

  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    World-Events Live Retweeted
    17 minutes ago
    BREAKING – Saudi Arabian FM confirms support for strikes against Syria, making KSA first Middle Eastern state to join the US-led trans-national attack. UK and France have pledged forces to strike over alleged chemical weapons usage. Attack expect in next 24 hours.

    The Intel Crab
    Follow @IntelCrab
    Possible tanker swarm in the making, with 30+ tankers airborne over the continental US at this morning.

    10:47 AM – 10 Apr 2018

    [Note that yesterday was a very active day for emergency action messages on HF also]

  21. E.M.Smith says:


    My feelings exactly. Smells too much like a ‘set up for effect’ or False Flag.


    You are better informed than any of the YSM / MSM!

    Maybe the world TLAs ought to just contract to you for intel services ;-)

    (Yes, I know you are just reposting what was already posted by others so “just the messenger”… but the TLAs with $$$ don’t have to know that! ;-)

    This also fits in with Trump’s statements when his lawyer was arrested; about all the military crap going on in the world right now. There wasn’t that much active when he said it, but maybe he was telegraphing what was already given a “Go!”…

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, a survey of ABC CBS NBC Reuters France24 RT… only thing I’ve found is a statement by Trump on Monday saying a decision “soon” but something will happen in 24-48 hours. NBC Today excerpt saying inside 48 hours for “decision” so likely about 24 from now. Further reported Russia jamming US Drones “seriously” impacting our ability or goals (ambiguous what they meant). Saying might see something as early as ‘by today’.

    MSNBC has report Syria military is “on alert” over expected “US Action”. Then more on Russia jamming drones (stated “started several weeks ago”). So mimic of GPS signal as interference. They stated the larger drones are encrypted but this is more impactful on “smaller drones”. Seems to me someone cheaped it on the small ones and needs to incorporate standard Diffie-Hellman handshake.

    Does look like folks getting ready for “in your grill” actions.

    The Urinalists of the YSM are mostly all over Zuckerberg and testimony to Swamp Central…. Sigh.

  23. E.M.Smith says:


    Drone GPS depends on nano second clock sync. Could a drone GPS ability, even encrypted, be defeated by receiving the valid signal, then rebroadcasting it much much more strongly, but with an inherent time lag? It would be a valid signal…

    A defeat for this would be multiple satelites signals including a time sync signal and any out of sync being tossed… maybe…

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    As night falls in the region twitter chatter has pretty much dried up, not sure if that is just the normal time of day ebb and flow or if everyone monitoring things are just sort of holding their breath and watching.

    Thanks EM, I enjoy culling out those little tidbits and weaving them together to try and get a picture. Over time you find folks who retweet useful stuff and add them to your feed and eventually you get this geometric progression of folks who throw a pretty wide net over the worlds news sources.

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some additional odds and ends from twitter:


    Some twitter folks are speculating nothing will happen until after the UN vote. Keep in mind this is just random twitter chatter so no vetting of the sources.

    Follow Follow @usafshortwave
    Standby for high precedence traffic noted on 8992kHz @IntelCrab

    CWWStaff Retweeted
    intel doge
    23 minutes ago

    CWWStaff Retweeted
    intel doge
    1 hour ago
    #RUMINT: Russian Ministry of Defense has asked Iran to provide access to the 3rd Tactical Figher Base in Hamedan to deploy heavy bombers and to use it as a refuelling point for fighter jets which are supposedly being deployed to Syria.

    Joyce Karam
    2 hours ago
    More Joyce Karam Retweeted العربية عاجل
    #Saudi Crown Prince announces “readiness to work with allies on any military response in #Syria if needed”. Conversation moving to a coalition led by US.

    The Intel Crab
    3 hours ago
    Keep an eye on the status of pentagon press reporters this evening. Will be the first official indication we get that significant military action is underway.

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    AFP news agency
    7 hours ago
    #BREAKING US requests UN vote at 1900 GMT on Syria chemical attacks inquiry

    It is currently 20:41 UTC so vote is likely over or in progress

  27. Larry Ledwick says:

    And so it begins?
    World-Events Live

    3 minutes ago
    #RUMINT: Coalition flights across #Syria-#Iraq border reported

    The Intel Crab
    19 minutes ago
    The Intel Crab Retweeted tahtakuslar
    Numerous US and French aircraft are airborne over Jordan.

    Strategic Sentinel
    17 minutes ago
    Strategic Sentinel Retweeted Michael A. Horowitz
    Heavy flight of coalition aircraft noted airborne near the #Syrian #Iraq border. Recall President #Trump spoke with #Iraq, we assume that was for permission to use their airspace among other things.

  28. Larry Ledwick says:

    It is 2:00 am local time in Syria, flight monitors show no commercial aircraft over the entire county of Syria

    Michael A. Horowitz
    13 minutes ago
    Coalition warplanes are, according to al-Jazeera, flying over al-Tanf the US-controlled base in southern #Syria. No other outlets have confirmed such overflights.

  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    Follow @sondakika1921
    Akdeniz’den Suriye’ye füzeler ateşlendi.

    Translated from Turkish by Microsoft
    Last minute missiles fired from the Mediterranean to Syria.

  30. Larry Ledwick says:

    Michael A. Horowitz
    Follow @michaelh992
    Russian warplanes are still in the air according to pro-opposition sources reporting airstrikes in the Idlib Province #Syria

    5:15 PM – 10 Apr 2018

  31. E.M.Smith says:

    So it’s started…

    BTW, that 5:15 PM time stamp probably needs a time zone… It’s 4:24 PM Pacific, so I presume that was MT? (note the blog runs on GMT so 11:19 PM GMT at posting time).

    Find it interesting that NOTAMs has Syria sky cleared before the attack. Interesting ‘tell’ for future use…

    What will be quite interesting is what happens if a Russian Jet gets mixed up with a “Coalition” fighter… and just what side will Turkey take…

    FWIW, ATM the broadcast via Roku Al Jazeera is nattering about Facebook… sigh.

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    That time stamp is my local time Mountain Daylight time, on my twitter feed. same for all the relative times (ie 2 hours ago)


  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    1 minute ago
    #BREAKING: FoxNews reports on Live TV an imminent announcement on #US action in #Syria

    (Source: FoxNews)

    We are ten minutes from local moon rise over syria, strikes have probably already taken place.
    5:43 MDT

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Intel Crab Retweeted
    تحيا الثورة أنقذوا درعا
    46 seconds ago
    According to Activists,Regime and Iranian Officers are leaving Deir Ez Zor Airbase

    Strategic Sentinel
    13 seconds ago
    .@FoxNews is reporting live that an announcement on US actions in #Syria is “imminent.”
    5:47 MDT

  35. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Intel Crab
    1 minute ago
    The Intel Crab Retweeted كوزمو Kramersson
    Very unconfirmed rumor from a variety of mouthpieces claims #Assad and other high ranking regime leadership have fled #Damascus for #Lebanon.

  36. Larry Ledwick says:

    If the above is true, we might see a back room deal where Russia gets a sphere of influence in Tartus after some face saving chest beating and a stabilization operation takes place until the Syrians can elect a new leader acceptable to the rest of the world.

    Just my gut instinct.

  37. Larry Ledwick says:


    Interesting comment – if anything is happening the Pentagon press is not in the loop.

    The Intel Crab Retweeted
    Paul Antonopoulos
    1 minute ago
    Pentagon Correspondent @HansNichols: “Rest easy, world. The Pentagon Press Parking Index (PPPI) indicates that strikes against #Syria tonight are unlikely,”

  38. Larry Ledwick says:

    Jacob Wohl
    Following @JacobAWohl
    JUST IN: The Pentagon is preparing to make a statement about their decision in regards to military strikes against Syria

    6:25 PM – 10 Apr 2018

    32 minutes ago
    Some local reports claiming that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has left the capital Damascus in a Russian military convoy and is heading towards the Syrian-Lebanese border. This has NOT been confirmed!

    The Intel Crab Retweeted
    15 minutes ago
    A large number of #FSA Maghawir al-Thawra fighters were depoloyed in the northern countryside of #DeirEzzor inaide US backed Kurdish SDF militia held area. Its also worth to mention that these FSA fighters were transported with helicopters from US tanf base to northern DeirEzzor


    24 minutes ago
    #BREAKING: US backed #FSA troops published a statement saying, they will attack and enter the Syrian army held #DeirEzzor city. This FSA group (Jaish Maghawhir al-Thawra) coordinates with the international alliance

  39. E.M.Smith says:

    FSA? Free Syrian Army?

    Do we know who’s side they are really on? ISIS, ISIL, Iraq, Iran, House of Saud, Sunni, Shiia?…

    As in ‘we’ve been supporters of all sides as long as they fed us the right lies”…

  40. jim2 says:

    I saw a bit of video from this alleged nerve agent attack. Some people were running around in what looked like smoke, and probably was considering there was a fire in the background. That was followed by scenes of people washing children’s heads with bare hands. Probably not recommended if a nerve agent is involved. I haven’t seen any other video of that or looked into it further, but if that’s it, you can paint me skeptical.

    The Middle East isn’t fixable in any civilized way, shape, or form. We can beef up Israel, but otherwise need to just get the hell out.

  41. Larry Ledwick says:

    To be honest with you I have no clue, the Saudis have also expressed a willingness to assist in this (they are motivated to take down the Iranian influence in Syria) So for all I know this could be undercover Saudi troops being branded FSA, clearly something big is going on if most of these reports are substantially true.

    As always though we will have to wait and see.

    World-Events Live Retweeted
    5 minutes ago
    #BREAKING – #Italian KC-767 aerial refueling aircraft now entering #Jordan from #Saudi Arabian airspace. Provides logistics for jet fighters which are expected to launch cruise missiles towards #Syria very soon as part of #US-led transnational attack on Syria.

  42. Larry Ledwick says:

    Syria chatter had almost completely disappeared from twitter, it is 05:00 am in Syria now, an as noted by this post, looks like nothing happened tonight other than positioning the chess pieces.

    The Intel Crab
    56 seconds ago
    Nautical dawn will begin in fifteen minutes for those in #Syria. Odds of military action occuring tonight are, at this point, slim to none.

  43. E.M.Smith says:

    Rattle the cages to see what responds… poke the defenses to see what launches and where radars light up? Give everyone a sleepless night so next day they are less functional…

  44. ossqss says:

    I found this an interesting read earlier this month. I have yet to vett it all, but much makes real sense.


  45. E.M.Smith says:

    The basic problem is the ideology that pushes for growth of Islam by any means over all else; so promoted (and promotes) lots of kids and lots of praying and lots of “traditional occupations” and very little actual economic growth and productivity. Then, as noted, layers on generally non-demcratic or democratic-and-corrupt government interested in self promotion not economic development. Then season it all with too much socialism / welfare / support systems for the economy to support, especially given the growth of non-productive population.

    The result is poverty and economic stagnation leading to political collapse and far too often war.

    Compare with Capitalism where if YOU have too many kids YOU suffer, so folks tend to limit to what they can support. They also strive to make more money whenever possible so push greatly for increased productivity and higher levels of industry. The net result is expanding wealth and prosperity. (At least until Government gets the idea to start growing too much – faster than productivity gains – and starts supplying lots of “welfare for votes” support for non-productivity. Then you end up transitioning to the Socialist collapse model…)

    So the article generally has it right. Only gross error I saw was stating it was NOT due to too many kids then siting a non-middle eastern slow birth rate in Japan as evidence. It is not a GLOBAL birth rate issue, but it very much IS an excessive birth rate in poor Islamic countries issue with what are still quite high fecundity rates that are not supportable by their level of industry. You end up with millions of young men doing nothing productive and social collapse / wars.

  46. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yep I suspect you are right, repositioning assets, making trial runs, perhaps of actual attack vectors perhaps to precondition the other guys to expect that move but not the move you actually plan. Checking what ECM (electronic counter measures) and radar are active and profile them, try out some of your own ECM toys and see who you can spoof into doing what.

    Since it is a coalition of perhaps French, British Israeli, and Saudi assets (perhaps Jordan) working in tandem with US assets, a bit of drilling together to make sure everyone can communicate to each other, and work out time to target and other attach timing issues.

    As you say, just wear down the opponent, perhaps do this a couple nights running so on day 3 – 4 they are pretty well fried, and have reached the point some of their equipment is down for maintenance.

    It might just be a colossal bluff to worry the crap out of the Russians and get them in the mood to talk about acceptabel solutions, maybe even give them a face saving encounter that they can sell to their home crowd about how they forced the other side to stand down as they talk out a solution like:
    Give Assad asylum, in exchange for a Russian sphere of influence over Tartus and their key military bases they have built recently, and a trainable puppet nominal Syrian leader in exchange for dealing Iran out of the power structure (or set Iran up for a show down that will cost them dearly and Russia can quietly “not be available” when they are needed.

    Regional players also have to put up enough bluff to give Turkey pause about what their next move might be.

    I would be really surprised if some back channel negotiation was not underway to either convince the Russians to stand aside but allow them to make enough fuss to save face.

    We will know in a few days, tomorrow and the next couple days will be better for attack anyway.
    (darker moon longer with moon rise near 5:00 am close to Nautical dawn) .
    The weather forecast for the next week is going to be clear and warm so no overcast or bad weather in the mix right now. Perfect clear weather to do laser guided precision munitions drops.

  47. J Martin says:

    It’s pretty clear that the chemical attack film was propaganda and entirely fake. It’s also clear that the US neoconservative deep state intends to use this as an excuse to weaken the Syrian army so as to allow their surrogate SDF rebels to gain from this with the ultimate aim being regime change.

    Syria is a secular country, and as such we should be promoting secularism as a form of peaceful coexistence that could serve as a model for other Islamic countries to follow, not destroying it.

    One side effect of US involvement in the middle East is ever more Muslims in Europe which will lead to the destruction of Europe before the end of the century.

    I almost hope that the US accidently strike a Russian base and Russia responds by sinking an aircraft carrier or two. Maybe the US neoconservative need to learn a hard lesson. It might be better for world peace in the long run.

    WW3 over a fake chemical advert ? Crazy. WW3 just because 70 people got killed, no matter how, even if true, still not a reason for an insane attack on Syria.

    What will it take to bring the renegade US military to see sense and stop causing chaos in the world. If they avoid a conflict with Russia we can all breath a sigh of relief for a while, but for how long.

  48. E.M.Smith says:

    @J. Martin:

    When “nothing makes sense”, one of the things I do is ask “For whom would it make sense?”. So who benefits from alienating Russia and flooding the EU with Muslims?

    First off, the Aristocrats running the EU as a colony. “Keep the Americans in, and the Russians out”. Plus the ethnic chaos keeps “The German (people) down”. Then there’s the UK still playing the old Crimea Great Game.

    Now season that with the House of Saud being “on side” with selling lots of oil to the UK / EU and buying up much of the stock and real estate… so they would be fine with flooding in their excess population from the region. The UK & EU Masters would see it as a cheap payment for lots of gas and oil access, plus cheaper labor and better market access to the Muslim World. Win-win-win.

    Only folks losing are the European Peasants, but since when have the Aristocrats ever cared about them? Just because having colonial domination of foreign land has gone out of style, doesn’t mean you can’t continue to have colonies… just import them. Besides, helps break up that whole Middle Class Democracy and Voting problem…

    So what do you do? Bust up any alternative power center in the making (stir pot in any country of the Muslim World attaining stability and wealth and NOT signed on to your agenda – can you say Iran, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria…) and allow in enough “refugees” to make your own Middle Class Voters distracted and compliant – and afraid. Fearful people are much more easily herded. Make sure to blame anything and everything on Russia and Iran as they are “not playing along” with the Agenda.

    Don’t know if that’s what is really happening, but it fits the question “Who benefits”…

  49. Larry Ledwick says:

    Since everyone needs education let’s learn about graphite.
    Learning about graphite

    This video sparks all sorts of interesting ideas (most of which in involve flames and destruction) some of which might be useful for a post disaster situation.

  50. p.g.sharrow says:

    Don’t really know who carried out this “gas attack” It was very low tech and in an ISIS controlled area. Would not be the first time they caused the death of locals to gain propaganda effects. In this case get the Americans to reduce the pressure on them from the Syrians and Russians. I am sure that the US military has enough assets on the ground to know “whats up” in this case and are advising Trump in-spite of the “noise” from talking heads. Actually the Military is reluctant to risk assets without a sure game plan…pg

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    Since real “Gas attack” consequences are things like dead bodies and folks unable to move while they collapse into an inert pile; the video of people standing, walking around, and generally looking unhappy while being hosed off with cold water looks a lot more like tear gas than nerve agents.

    I once was “up close and personal” with some real MACE (sprayed on a wall and we had to put our nose about 2 inches from it in training) I can assure you it has similar effects. I did a face plant in the water fountain and even 10 minutes later had red sore eyes and wheezing. That was WITHOUT touching it…

    I’m firmly in the camp of “No evidence seen of military gas attack”.

    It would take me about 20 minutes (most of it rounding up folks willing to participate) to put folks in a room, dump a gallon of ammonia water into a gallon of bleach, generate chlorine gas, and then fling to door open to the filming and washing station and get the EXACT SAME SYMPTOMS on video.

    Now, were I one of their soldiers, and I knew I could get a coalition bombing raid or two out of it, I’d do that so fast it would make your head spin.

  52. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ammonia and Clorox produces ammonium chloride gas – bad stuff can put you in the hospital or the morgue. There are other ways to produce chlorine though from easily available store purchased products. I have seen several comments that it looks like chlorine rather than any of the common war gases but still in principle it is a prohibited gas attack. Chlorine was used in WWI and was able to make troops in the trenches military non-effective which was the intent.

    Given how easy it is to buy a can of pocket mace or bear / dog spray as you say a trivial effort required to induce public panic and trigger a response.

    The other cui bono is that it is an intentional cover by the anti-Assad folks for attacks on something they don’t want to publicize. A red herring for public consumption to create the public support for a larger attack than would otherwise be acceptable.

    At this point I simply don’t have the info to make an informed decision one way or the other.

  53. Larry Ledwick says:

    So far tonight twitter is pretty quiet about Syria, there have been some bursts of EAM (Emergency Action Messages) – so called Skyking messages which are high priority one way communications broadcast on HF.

    Some reports that the Assad leadership may have flown to Iran ( 3 commercial planes flew from Syria to Iran and have not returned)

    Report that RAF assets are on standby in Cyprus, and that Russia and Hamas have relocated their assets away from the key air bases likely to be struck.

    Babak Taghvaee
    24 minutes ago
    BREAKING: In past 48 hours, #Syria|n Air Force has relocated all of its airworthy & operational combat aircrafts from #Dumayr, #Shayrat & #Tiyas / #T4Airbase to safe locations while the none-airworthy examples are transferred out of the bases & are covered by camouflage nets.
    19:11 MDT

    There are also comments that US and Russia may be working behind closed doors to work out a non-kinetic solution to tensions.

    29 minutes ago
    Some reports that the United States and Russia are working behind the scenes to deescalate tensions over Syria.
    19:11 MDT

    We are in the peak window for any action this evening local time in Syria is 04:00 am.

  54. p.g.sharrow says:

    looks like last years strike and a Trump Tantrum is paying dividends as Syria and Russia work to defuse the situation thru negotiation. It generally helps if the opposition thinks you are a little unstable, reduces their leverage on you…pg.

  55. jim2 says:

    I’ve made chlorine gas by electrolysis of concentrated salt solution – using the carbon rods out of D cells :) Platinum wire would be better, but more expensive. I didn’t make much and didn’t want to. Cl2 shreds lung tissue in short order.

  56. E.M.Smith says:

    OK, you need to acidify it to get chlorine… Consulting my local poison gas adivice site Government Safety Nanny site:


    Mixing Bleach and Ammonia

    When bleach is mixed with ammonia, toxic gases called chloramines are produced. Exposure to chloramine gases can cause the following symptoms:

    Mixing Bleach and Acids

    When chlorine bleach is mixed with an acid, chlorine gas is given off. Chlorine gas and water combine to make hydrochloric and hypochlorous acids.

    Chlorine gas exposure, even at low levels and short periods of time, almost always irritates the mucous membranes (eyes, throat, and nose), and causes coughing and breathing problems, burning and watery eyes, and a runny nose. Higher levels of exposure can cause chest pain, more severe breathing difficulties, vomiting, pneumonia, and fluid in the lungs. Very high levels can cause death.

    Chlorine can be absorbed through the skin, resulting in pain, inflammation, swelling, and blistering. Hydrochloric acid also causes burns to the skin, eyes, nose, throat, mouth, and lungs.

    Acid Products

    Products containing acids include vinegar and some glass and window cleaners, automatic dishwasher detergents and rinses, toilet bowl cleaners, drain cleaners, rust removal products, and brick and concrete cleaners.

    So make that Vinegar and Bleach to get Chlorine, or just accept that chloramines are bad too and just as effective…

  57. jim2 says:

    I’ve held 36% HCl in the palm of my hand, no problem. There are no hair follicles there. On hairy skin, it stings, but it is one of the more tame lab acids. You don’t want concentrated sulfuric anywhere on your body. Nasty stuff.

  58. E.M.Smith says:


    from that link:

    A Justice Department official told Fox News that the memo’s redactions had been “narrowly tailored to protect the name of a foreign country and the name of a foreign agent… These words must remain redacted after determining that revealing the words could harm the national security of the American people by undermining the trust we have with this foreign nation.”

    So some foreign agent says Bad Things About Trump and THAT’S enough to put this whole Special Prosecutor persecuting All The Presidents Staff in motion?

    We give the power to hound and harass the elected president to A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND AGENT?

    Oh Gawwd…

  59. p.g.sharrow says:

    “redactions had been “narrowly tailored to protect the name of a foreign country and the name of a foreign agent”
    What a joke! we already know where and who this material came from. A British MI6 agent working for the Clinton DNC machine and the FBI.
    The Dark State is everywhere The US State Department and the CIA have been operating this world wide enterprise since the end of WWII. Every Western government is infested with these people. They are the Elite that MUST rule the world!…pg

  60. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very interesting read on the differences between the major wings of our society.
    It gives a background that I was missing many pieces to and fills in some of the blanks that did not seem to make any sense.

    The differences between the Jacksonian view of the world and the Progressive view of the world and Americas roll in the march of history.


  61. jim2 says:

    The YSM continues to push the idea that Trump is an unpopular President, but he is doing no worse than Obama by some polls. Better, in fact, to a small extent.


  62. A C Osborn says:

    p.g.sharrow says: 12 April 2018 at 4:41 am
    This looks like this is not the Steele version of the FISA, this is the Australian Alexander Downer and Papadopoulos.

  63. philjourdan says:


    looks like last years strike and a Trump Tantrum is paying dividends as Syria and Russia work to defuse the situation thru negotiation.

    Reminds me of the episode where Richie was trying to stand up to bullies. Fonzie gave him all the advice, but in the end told him he forgot one important thing – “You had to have hit someone before.”

    Trump did that early. So I do not think we have to worry about fake red lines now.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    Not a big surprise to me but glad some folks are actually catching on that working outside your natural sleep cycle is stressful.


  65. E.M.Smith says:


    Yeah, nice they finally notice. Too bad a lot of is phrased as “Those broken night owls need special care” instead of “Shut up the G** D*** morning people so we can get some sleep…”

    I had a “Morning Person” boss who insisted we gather for a 7AM “pep talk” once a week and an 8 AM Sharp start time every other day. He was CERTAIN that would get the “sweet spot” hours of best performance out of us for the company; after all, he KNEW he was at his best between 8 AM and 11 AM, fading after lunch. Clearly anyone starting at 9, or GASP! 10 am was only giving you one or two good hours.

    The problem is that I’m strongly a Night Person. My body temperature and productivity peak about 3 PM to 4 PM. A couple of days ago I took BP, heart rate, and temperature at about 8 AM and an hour after waking up (spouse is an early riser, and I do mean early… try 4 AM…). Well, heart rate was 52 bpm, just 2 or 3 beats above clinical bradycardia worry point. Body temperature was 97.2 F. Yes, a full 1.5 F below “normal”. I stayed basically a slug until after noon when things picked up and I got rolling. Pulse 72 / temp 99.0 F and highly productive.

    Leave me alone and I’m fine.

    Insist I be at a 7 AM meeting, I’ll be there; but I will remember nothing of it, contribute nothing, drink lots of coffee to seem awake, suffer through to noon, when I’ll have a tepid lunch. Briefly, in the afternoon, I’ll have some productivity from about 1 PM to 3 PM, then I’ll go home. At home, I’m likely to take a nap and try to get my head working better…

    What is it that’s causing the Night Owls to be sicker? The Morning People who keep disrupting our sleep and causing us no end of metabolic disruptions…

    FWIW the NASA study I was in was all about circadian rhythms. They played with our light cycle and measured performance. The goal was to get answers to questions like “All sleep the same cycle or keep one person off cycle for emergency decent pilot?” What they found was that waking folks like me up at minimum body temperature gave a spectacularly lousy performance on the flight simulator. Whoever was at peak body temp was best to put in the seat. The other thing they found was that “night people” when on free run (same light intensity 24 x 7 for a few weeks no clocks) naturally drifted to a longer than 24 hour days. I’m set to 25.5 hours / day. Morning people drifted to shorter than 24 (so one roomie was a 23 hour / day person). ONE person becomes the dominant cycle setter, so either the short day person gets kept up past bed time, or the long day person gets woke up too early. Whoever is “out of sync” has the issues of too little sleep. ( I was the clock setter in our group, so I had no problems ;-)

    We had telemetry gear on and medical exams, so this wasn’t just “who feels good today?” (though we did have daily teleconferences with a shrink).

    So why, IMHO, did they find “Night Owls” had more health issues? ‘Cause our culture doesn’t accept that getting up at an hour later every day is a good thing… and the Morning People set the standard of everyone get up and be bouncy at 8 am (and that’s killing us… literally).

    The good thing is that I found a career path that let me work odd hours and stay up late. Get in to work at noon and work until 9PM some times, but that was a “good thing”.

    One other FWIW: My clock seems to be in sync with a lunar cycle. WHEN I’m awake at odd hours, if I go outside and look up, I’m very likely to be seeing the moon almost exactly over head or a little past that. Often a full or nearly full moon. This would be a big advantage to folks gathering food along the shores (tides cycle) or sailing (‘sails on the tide’ any time of day or night). My ancestors come from both sides of the English Channel, but by the shore; Mum had 3 generations (that we know of) of sailors in her Dad’s line. Don’t know which way the selection ran, but I’m pretty sure I’m selected for “sailing on the tide”…

    My spouse takes some joy in poking fun at me when I attempt to function at 5 or 6 AM. I’ll do things like pour the coffee water into the filter and discover the coffee isn’t there yet; or be patiently waiting for the kettle to boil and have not pushed the “ON” button on the AEK Stove (the gas camping stove has been a great help with that one… it reminds when it is on and is silent and sulking when I’m wondering why the coffee is taking so long…). On one occasion I was waiting for the kettle to whistle. Checked cup – yes, coffee in filter, filter on cup. Cup empty so water in kettle. Turned to check kettle. Why is that OTHER burner glowing orange?…. OH, yeah, remember to set kettle ON burner… I’m a lizard until about 10 AM, best at noon onward.

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have had almost the identical experience.

    At work they keep scheduling training before noon, I am finally old enough nobody gives me grief if I just don’t show up for morning training meetings. They also know that I often stay up until 2:00 – 2:30 in the morning to keep production running because I leave tracks in various ways by putting notes in turn over emails, doing things that leave records in logs, late at night or occasionally waking dba’s or sysadmin folks up at O-dark-thirty to tell them a server is not happy.

    Folks notice it enough now, that I occasionally get comments from co-workers like “do you ever sleep?” or “Did you get any sleep last night”

    Once I figured out you need to leave tracks in logs or other documentation like email that servers so and so is filling a file system but I think it will wait until morning, people quit bugging me and finally realized it was a feature, as I help them avoid going to a full 24 hour shop.

    Same applies to primitive man, it was late sleepers like us that kept the fires burning and kept the tigers away until the early birds started to wake up. It was a survival advantage for a group to have a mix of sleep schedules so there was almost a 24 hour watch without screwing with people’s sleep schedule.

  67. beththeserf says:

    Ditto and like to go outside and look at the moon. Have memories, as a toddler, often getting out of my cot to look at the moon, climbing out the open window, and taking a walk down the back lane. Parents never knew.. Now I like to read ‘n write and check out blog comments, ) late at night.

  68. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting note here, a blight on a very important food crop in Africa, Cassava. Replay of the Irish potato famine in Africa? Probably not that bad but could have a huge impact on desperately poor people there.


    Throw in a couple other food crop insults at the same time due to cold etc. and it could significantly disrupt the world wide food economy.

  69. Another Ian says:

    E.M, FYI

    “Years ago a self-described feminist told me to F*ck Off for the heinous crime of opening a door for her. In my mid-twenties at the time, I was deeply confused by this. Later I told a friend of mine, a clinical psychologist, about the incident. His advice was simple:

    ” If this ever happens again, look the woman straight in the eyes and say, “Just because you’re a feminist, doesn’t stop you from being an asshole.” Then walk away.”

    More here plus comments


  70. jim2 says:

    Chris Wallace has been a bit too far to the left for my taste lately, but this constitutes a bit of redemption.

    “Friday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Chris Wallace, the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” described former FBI Director James Comey’s forthcoming book as “bitchy,” adding there weren’t any new bombshells in the book and instead a lot of “unpleasant” opinions.”


  71. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Back when “Rabid Feminists” were doing that kind of thing, I adopted the habit of saying “I hold the door open for men, too, it’s just polite; but for you I’ll make an exception and let it slam in your face.”… The looks I got often indicated a glimmer of understanding happening that “common courtesy” was NOT a gender oppression issue…


    From what I’ve heard of his “Hit Piece” it can, at most, illustrate that Trump was very very right to fire a 5th Columnist…

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    Coming soon about 15 minutes 6:45 MDT

    Bret Baier Retweeted
    Michael D. Shear
    ‏Verified account
    3 minutes ago
    BREAKING — @realDonaldTrump will make a statement about Syria tonight at 9pm from the Diplomatic Room at the White House.

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    President Trump’s Syria announcement
    Video on Right Side Broadcasting

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    Short summary strikes are in progress now 04:00 am Syria time, combined op British French and US effort.

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    From twitter:

    The Intel Crab
    1 minute ago
    The Intel Crab Retweeted Leith Aboufadel
    This was a MUCH larger strike than anyone here imagined.
    Wave after wave of cruise missiles hitting Syria; it is not stopping. Over 40 minutes of cruise missiles.

    Conflict News
    25 minutes ago
    BREAKING: Huge blasts heard in Syria’s capital – @AFP

    Conflict News
    9 minutes ago
    SYRIA: Multiple unconfirmed reports of Syrian military bases around the capital being hit by missiles

    World-Events Live
    3 minutes ago
    #UPDATE: #Russian anti-air reportedly engaging air targets in #Syria

    Jacob Wohl
    4 minutes ago
    Assad’s entire airforce will be non-existent by the time the sun comes up in Syria

    Danny Makki
    6 minutes ago
    4 known locations hit

    Mezzeh military airport

  76. E.M.Smith says:

    So it’s on. Just wish I didn’t feel like the MI-x folks or the Syrian Rebels were not putting one over…

  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    The tale will be told by the Russian reaction whether it is lots of words or kinetic response.

    So far only verbal:

    Lee Ferran
    27 minutes ago
    Sputnik: “By conducting strikes on Syria, the US violate all international norms, and #Russia views this as an act of aggression, says Alexander Sherin, chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee.”

    Josh Caplan
    28 seconds ago
    MATTIS: “U.S.-led strike involved “a little over double” the number of weapons used when compared to last year’s attack, which involved 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles”

    44 minutes ago
    #BREAKING: Lebanese #Hezbollah HQ has been hit by several cruise missles in the town of Qusayr in northern #Homs. -Local sources

    World-Events Live
    14 minutes ago
    #UPDATE: #Russians were notified to empty airspace but not notified on ground targets

    Jacob Wohl
    ‏Verified account
    15 minutes ago
    Iranian IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) HQ South of Damascus just got NAILED by a US JASSM missile

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    Conflict News
    2 minutes ago
    BREAKING: Russian Ambassador to the US says in response to strikes on Syria, “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences” – @ABC

    The Intel Crab liked
    M. Bilal Kenasari
    ‏Verified account
    48 minutes ago [ref 8:37 pm MDT]
    There are reports that Russian Airforce jets took off from #Latakia just now.

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    Syria claims they downed 13 cruise missiles, per Gen Mattis more than 2x 59 were used, so if that is an accurate number they took down 13/118 cruise missiles.

    It is after sunrise in Syria now so little chance of any direct Russian response via aircraft at this time, although other options are available.

    I suspect that they first want to analyze bomb damage assessment info and other data sources to determine exactly what was struck and how effective the strike was. Unknown to the west also is what their true capabilities are in theater and how serious Russia is of retaliating. That retaliation might come in some other theater like the Ukraine.

  81. E.M.Smith says:

    Somehow I missed that in February the USA killed a bunch of Russians…


    It was inevitable. Russian “mercenaries” attacked a forward base in Syria where they knew American advisors were stationed. It was a test. And our military passed.

    Let’s hope the administration passes, too.

    see also
    US reportedly killed as many as 100 Russian fighters in Syria attack

    The most important thing about this attack on our troops is that it couldn’t have happened without Vladimir Putin’s personal approval. Nye vozmozhno.

    The core of the attacking force came from the Wagner Group, Russia’s version of the American thugs who worked for the company formerly known as Blackwater. But while the media refers to the Russians as mercenaries, the Wagner Group functions as an auxiliary of the Russian military — it previously gave command performances in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. It exists to give Moscow (barely) plausible deniability.

    It also allows the Kremlin to avoid reporting formal military casualties. Putin remembers the popular disaffection in the 1980s because of the “zinky boys,” the young Russian soldiers returning home in zinc coffins in large numbers.
    And somewhere between several dozen and 200 of these Kremlin auxiliaries were killed, with hundreds more of the attackers wounded. We may never know the precise number, but the interesting point is that the higher casualty figures come from unofficial Russian sources.

    What happened? Last week, a Russian-directed task force with tanks and artillery crossed the agreed deconfliction line separating Assad’s turf and that liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces — our guys. The Russians knew our advisors were there because we told them. After about 5 miles, the Russians, thinly cloaked as regime forces, attacked.

    It was a very bad idea.

    Our ground-attack aircraft and drones struck back promptly to protect our troops. And the crucial difference between our pilots and Russians jet-jockeys is that we hit our targets. It was not a banner day for Mother Russia.

    This, plus the current Syria raid, must have Putin looking for payback…

  82. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes the mainstream media almost black holed that incident, it was actually worse than that we almost wiped the unit out killed and wounded were probably in the 200+ range.

    We got on the deconfliction line and told them to stop the attack multiple times they responded those are not our troops so we pulled the trigger and did a highway of death routine on the unit.



  83. p.g.sharrow says:

    Putin must thread the needle here. A slap back without starting a real war. If his slap back fails he will lose real face. As far as Russia and Iran in Syria, this strike will help to cement their connection to the Syrian government, so no real loss to them. If Putin launches any strikes against Allied ships he will lose his Med. Fleet. I would expect a lot of noise and bluster but no real military action. He has too much to lose. He will look for a softer target…pg

  84. Steve C says:

    I woke up this morning to the appalling news of this latest piece of western terrorism, and my blood ran cold. While it was initially promising that Trump, pre-election, seemed to favour actually talking to Russia, news like this makes me think that the deluded psychopaths of the neocon swamp have now drained all the sense out of him, it is so completely insane. Let us pray that Putin has more wisdom than the maniacs he faces. The evidence is encouraging, at least.

    This definitively adds May to the list of war criminal traitors we’ve had “running” this place (into the ground) this century – wow, two in less than twenty years. With such vermin in power, fixated on WWIII as they appear to be, I’m only glad that I’m near the end of my life anyway, as “my” government seems so intent on destroying at least the country, if not the world. Those just embarking on life’s journey in these conditions have my extreme sympathy.

    FWIW, for measured, sensible analysis of matters Syrian (though not a realtime rolling news channel!) read Moon of Alabama, often recommended by Paul Craig Roberts of recent favourable mention here. (I have a lot of time for PCR. God knows, it’s bad enough having to watch your country being destroyed from “street level”. For someone like him, who has flown high and honourably in “the system”, it must be a million times worse.)

  85. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry; that “thedefencepost” read was very interesting, particularly the last part.
    Private armed companies being sent in under Russian Military protection to seize assets for their Oligarch sponsors, Shades of Imperial Rome! When are Russian troops not Russian troops? When they are private contractors working for companies…pg..

  86. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes Russia today, is essentially an organized crime syndicate pretending to be a country.

    Their Intelligence and security services morphed into a crime family when the USSR collapsed.

  87. p.g.sharrow says:

    Russia, a vast northern country, mostly wilderness. 60million people, mostly just getting older and surviving, With a Gross National Product about half of California. Guided by the Boss of Bosses, Putin! Who has aspirations of being the leader of a World Super Power based on the remnants of the old U.S.S.R military.
    I’m glad we have Trump on our side, He is well versed in dealing with mob bosses and crooked politicians. An IRON fist, of the only real Super Power, in a Velvet Glove that can tell you where to go so nicely that you would look forward to the trip. ;-) with contempt toward the flattery and threats of yammering politicians.
    The only real power that Putin has is the threat of delivering Nuclear weapons, But if he uses them he is done, ended. At best, a backwater of China. For Putin there is no up side of a war with America, Putin is a bully but no fool, he is a survivor. He will continue to play this game of thrones looking for a new point of advantage…pg

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes another way of describing Russia is Mexico with nukes, satellites and an excellent foreign intelligence service.

  89. Another Ian says:

    “This week’s “innovation” contracts from the EU – tens of millions of Euros for absolute bullshit”


  90. David A says:

    EM says, “So it’s on. Just wish I didn’t feel like the MI-x folks or the Syrian Rebels were not putting one over…”

    Yes, and I find the objectives ( of the non ME nations involved difficult to cipher…
    Trump ( claims that post WW1 lessons, we simply cannot allow chemical warfare and reiterates we are not trying to change the outcome in Syria)

    Humm?? well a WAG at ulterior motives may be that Trump has very serious negotiations upcoming with Russia, and he is showing sticks before offering carrots. Long term objective – weaken Iran via weakening Russian relationship with Iran – carrots to come – removal of sanctions and greater trade. Weaken Russian relationship with China. Secure Security of Israel. – a true buffer to the Islamists.
    ( Trump appears to really believe that Assad perpetuated this, against all logic on why Assad would jeopardise a winning hand when Trump was getting ready to withdraw. ) I simply cannot see how Assad could possibly see ANY advantage in doing this. Perhaps Trump hired Bolton just to augment the stick side of his own game in the M.E. – one he appears to be sharing with the Saudis, a game he thinks will
    bring greater peace and prosperity while undoing whatever the he’ll Obama was doing. Trump appears to not hesitate to appoint positions ( economic, domestic, and geo-political) based on specific objectives, and change the actors when their specialty is realized.

    Britain -France – the EU? – is it really about not allowing Russia greater oil revenue and market share of European energy requirements? Do they share the concerns of Iran developing greater influence and threat capacity in the M.E.?

    So what do we really know? How real is the Iranian threat? How does this action decrease that threat? Are we the bad guys. What does Trump know that we do not? Can we know? Are RT claims correct?

    Pick a subject Geo politics, economics, etc; and one can find ” experts” on every side of most every issue. What is Iran’s real goal? Are we simply choosing not to let any Islamists have the majority of power and keeping them at each other? Certainly Trump knows that if our so called Islamic allies, or if Iran assumed greater control of Syria, the remaining Christians in the region would be in severe jeopardy.

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    Summary of attack assets used in Syria last night. Total of 105 missiles fired, none successfully engaged by Syrian forces, (although they did fire 40 antiaircraft missiles after the attacks finished apparently on simple unguided ballistic trajectories [PR effort to look like they were doing something ? ])
    No evidence that Russian air defense assets were used or even attempted defensive measures.

  92. Larry Ledwick says:

    If you ever wondered what it was like to be near the designated impact point of a cruise missile strike here is your front row seat video clip.

    Front row seat view of a cruise missile strike

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    The people in the street of free Syria are very pleased with the US response, the respect that President Trump did what he said he would do.


  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Occasional chatter on twitter tonight, that apparently some low key covert ops are taking place tonight against Iranian bases in Syria, local time there now is 01:40 am right now so just entering prime time for such strikes. Not clear if it is just aircraft strikes or perhaps come on the ground covert strikes.

  95. jim2 says:

    “It’s the never-ending winter. Or at least it feels like that in Edmonton.

    The city’s winter-weary residents may be forgiven for griping about the lingering chill this year after they broke their record for most consecutive days of temperatures at or below freezing.”


  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    If you have twitter access, this twitter feed has a very detailed summary of the recent events over the last 48 hours or so. He appears to have direct sources in Syria.

    Per his latest posts, looks like Hezbollah and Iranian units are also being directly targeted.

    Heshmat Alavi Retweeted

    Eva J. Koulouriotis
    10 hours ago
    Source confirmed to me that #USA and #Israel have placed a list of 40 #Iran-ian military positions and #Hezbollah militia in the Syrian territory that will be targeted from today and in the coming days.
    #Syria #Trump #Russia

  97. jim2 says:

    “He even shared a glaring example of one difference between California and business-friendly Texas. “I tried to start flying out of Santa Monica, California. And they sued me because I was trying to bring a service to the city,” said Wilcox. “When I got to Dallas, literally, people in City Hall were like, ‘How can we help you?’””


  98. E.M.Smith says:


    The difference between California DMV and Florida is striking.

    In Florida, the County Tax Assessors office runs car registration (DMV is drivers licences). It’s run as a store front business. Get in, pay, get out. Fast and efficient. I’ve walked up to the window and said “I have THIS and I need to register it. What do I do?” and had a cheerful “No problem, we can get that done. Tapping on the computer for about 45 seconds, pay the trivial – by California Standards – fee, the clerk walked me out to the car to read the VIN on the car, then back in, here’s your plate and registration. Only “kink” is you must present proof of Florida Insurance. So only ONCE did I get sent away to get the insurance first, then come reg the car. (They offered to just have me call the insurance company and do it over the phone! but I wanted an in person process and a copy of paperwork and check not charge). The general approach is “We want to get this done, lets work together to get all the boxes checked. Here are your choices.” Since they want the money, and that only comes at the end, and the Assessor is an elected position.. it’s all about fast, efficient, comfortable and, dare I say it, service.

    Compare California: First off, you are registering a CAR, how evil of you. Why aren’t you riding the bus? In general, the process consists of finding reasons to send you away to do something you have not done. “You need THIS. Next!” There’s a draconian and ever worsening “smog test” required ( I have one car parked off road that no longer passes the test. Has the same numbers as when new, but the test is now ‘tighter’…) The goal being to have cars removed from the street and destroyed (since they are evil after all). There’s the insurance hurdle too. Then the fun begins. All sorts of fees get listed. Various things having nothing to do with cars, but PC Approved, plus a healthy dose of Property Tax. Lord help you if you are 2 hours late on renewal, that’s about a double… I’ve essentially never had a “reg on the spot out the door” experience. (One, where the seller had already done the smog check). THEN you get to wait a couple of weeks for things to arrive in the mail (some times – it isn’t clear when that happens vs when I can get it OTC. In Florida it’s a $10 or so “uplift” offered to you at the counter to get plate / reg now vs in the mail so you get to choose faster or cheaper). For comparison, an old car that I’ve registered in both places cost me $35 / year in Florida, and somewhere (variable) about $200 in California. First reg in Florida had a $200 “out of State smog impact fee” but no endless smog check / denial process; and that’s a one time only and you are issued your plate and out the door…

    After a while, the whole California Abuse Cycle wears you down. More so when you have seen and experienced the alternative…

    I’ve run a business in California. It was not a comfortable process. I’m unlikely to ever do it again. Other States are a better choice.

  99. jim2 says:

    EM – The libtards seem to be well funded, have penetrated positions of power, and well organized. Witness Trump and this idiotic gun kerfuffle. Things appear hopeless. I hope not ;)

  100. Sera says:

    Swedish submarines use Stirling engines.

    Now I have to go find my little toy engine and try to fire it up…

  101. Larry Ledwick says:

    Thanks to the clearly biased fact checkers on the web, we now have a fact checker to check the fact checkers facts to make sure that the facts they check are really facts.


  102. jim2 says:

    My wife’s been watching a certain PBS show. I sat in for a couple of episode. My synopsis is “A middle-aged woman (head of the department) and youngish India guy (detectives) go after a bunch of nasty old, white men for forty-year-old crimes.” Lot’s of women and younger men on her staff.


    To me, it’s just a bunch of propaganda. But the wife likes it. She gets irritated when I make fun of it ;)

  103. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Leftists Propagandized “Fact” checker, meet thy petard…

    Now I know where this is going to end up. I’m there. See, I’m not left wing nor right wing. I’m staunchly “middle of the bird” (or as I like to sometimes say “Heart of the Eagle”…)

    So I’ve had the inestimable joy of having rocks tossed at me by both sides. NOBODY likes to have their pet beliefs shown to be bogus BS. EVERYBODY has some bogus BS beliefs. (Even me. I’m fairly certain we’ve had Space Aliens visit our planet. No, not a bit of hard proof. Just the weight of “reasonable”. Billions & Billions of planets and all that. I’m also pretty sure they put up a Galactic Warning Beacon a light year or two out saying “WARNING: PRIMITIVE VIOLENT LIFE FORMS. AVOID ALL CONTACT.” )

    So what happens when you are “in the middle”. Someone decides you are a friend and fellow traveler as you “supported” them on item A. (Say, pointing out Keynesian stimulus DOES work in the context of a sever depression when limited to a couple of years.). Then maybe months or years later, they come to hate you as you “threw them under the bus” (Say, but pointing out Keynesian stimulus DOES NOT WORK if used longer than a couple of years and causes massive inflation and eventually getting stuck in a liquidity trap.)

    So who’s right in that kind of situation? Well, that’s where it gets fun. One guy says “Keynes works!” and is correct, in a limited way. The other says “Keynes causes inflation and stagnant economic non-growth” and is equally correct in a different limited way. But both of them will hate you for telling them they are only right in a limited context and wrong in the other.

    This is the realm of “debate” and it will eat the “Fact Checkers” alive…

  104. Another Ian says:


    “This is the realm of “debate” and it will eat the “Fact Checkers” alive…”

    They just plain won’t like that

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Financial collapse and hyper inflation in Venezuela April 2018


  106. Jon K says:

    Wow, this reads like a fictional thriller. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/16/soup-to-nuts-smart-take-on-big-picture-of-inspector-general-report-of-andrew-mccabe/

    Andrew McCabe really is rotten to the core. Off to get the popcorn a poppin!

  107. philjourdan says:

    So I’ve had the inestimable joy of having rocks tossed at me by both sides. NOBODY likes to have their pet beliefs shown to be bogus BS. EVERYBODY has some bogus BS beliefs.

    Or you can be a jerk like me who just hates being wrong more than I love being right. So while I KNOW I have some bogus pet beliefs, I usually double check them and then discard them once I am confronted with the reality.

    But it does piss off those who thought they were on your side.

  108. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmm this item seems to validate a premise stated here many times that prices for rare resources drive discoveries to find new sources of those resources or substitutions.


  109. Another Ian says:

    Re computer insecurity

    “Hackers once stole a casino’s high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank”


  110. Another Ian says:

    For the code writers here

    “This Guy Should Be The Patron Saint of Coders”


  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is going to burn!
    How are the Democrats going to spin it if the two Koreas announce a peace settlement?


  112. Larry Ledwick says:

    The crack down on leakers is starting to have effect as well.


    I have a feeling that they are just about to the point where they can yank the rug out from under this whole Never Trump Coup cell of conspirators.

  113. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the black swan event category we have a new surprise close encounter asteroid event this last Sunday (April 15 2018).


  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died.

    Free Beacon
    4 seconds ago
    Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92.

  115. jim2 says:

    I’m sorry about B. Bush dying. Of course, she had a full life and we all have to go there.

    I’m not so happy with the Bush “dynasty” in general for the way they have treated Trump. Although I understand some of them called the President to express appreciation for the Libby pardon. That should have happened many years ago.

  116. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hannity strikes back at the media and their “cozy” relationship to the Obama administration and their collective short memory in that regard while they freak out over Hannity asking a friend who is a lawyer for his view on legal issues.


  117. Larry Ledwick says:

    How the FBI dropped the ball every time it came their way on counterintelligence problems while Mueller was in charge.


  118. jim2 says:

    Mueller and Comey are both bad actors. I think Dimowits are more prone to noble cause corruption because of their sanctimonious belief that they know what’s best for everyone.

  119. jim2 says:

    Comey is on the view pushing his book. I think he is building a nest egg for legal defense. I also think that is why Netflix hired Susan Rice. They are girding for the Dimowit Apocalypse.

  120. E.M.Smith says:

    That burning tree always got me. I mean, it’s just so obviously hideously evil. in a “destroy the forest in order to save it” kind of way.

    So here you have loads of living trees, busy extracting CO2 from the air to the tune of 10s of tons / acre, and you cut them down and BURN them? Liberating tons of CO2 / acre burnt AND removing that CO2 extraction capacity.

    Just so so so wrong. You would expect to see something like that in a Bond 007 film and Dr. Evil doing it…

  121. p.g.sharrow says:

    I generally follow “dead and down” in my forest for fuel and timber collection. Generally the bigger the tree, the faster it grows and becomes more useful. But, young plants do create more bio-mass tons per acre. I would wager that I burned more BTUs of energy this winter, as brush clearing, then I will buy as electricity to run the farm for the year. 8-( We really need to examine this waste of resources. Trouble is it would cost us $20,000 up front to do that.
    Feeding DRAX is just a part of the Ecoloon madness that takes advantage of governmental mandated requirements that steal money from the poor to enrich the wealthy..Imagine, the Americans get charged for the carbon used in the harvest and transport of their bio-mass harvested and the British get “0” carbon charged for burning the fuel to generate electricity. The Americans get no credit for their forest sequestering the CO2 out of the atmosphere, but they do get Charged for the credits used on the fuel they produce…pg

  122. cdquarles says:

    Are people really not aware of tree farming and coppices? Tree farming, locally, is as old as I am, if not older. Please give me a break.

  123. philjourdan says:

    A pine (softwood) takes 20 years to reach maturity. Hardwoods take longer (up to 50 years). Tree farming is fine. But do you really think they can replace the trees they are “burning” fast enough to maintain their supply of wood pellets?

    Not even close.

  124. p.g.sharrow says:

    @philjourdan: I don’t know about your forest but in mine 20 years is just enough time to make fire wood, 50 years barely will be big enough to saw 2x4s out of. Generally Long Leaf (yellow) Pine requires 100 years to maturity, Short Leaf (white) pine 200 years. That is about 120 feet high, 24-30 inches dia. at breast height. Oaks and other broad lief timber types about the same. We get over 30 inches of rain and have a plus 200 day growing season. About equal to the conditions of the central swath of the United States…pg

  125. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m well aware of coppice, it is a great way to make poles. Tree farming is familiar too. There’s many of them here on the west coast as well as across The South. Georgia Pacific uses them widely for making paper AND as publicity stunt when they say they plant (whatever) 4 or 10 trees for every one they cut down. That is used to hide that they are cutting down mature trees in forests and planting what will be harvested as 2 or 4 year old poles, high density sapling farms.

    Nowhere have I seen any assertion that Drax is burning coppiced poles or farmed saplings. IF they are doing so, they are keeping it hidden. Feel free to demonstrate otherwise…

    Update / Add:

    Oh, and the farmed lots are not called forests, as they are not. They are a mono-cropped dense thicket at best. Usually a very fast growing species like poplar as the pulp wood is harvested at about 2 to 3 inches and that’s just a couple of years for a black poplar. That’s for the stuff grown by Georgia Pacific. Out here, we’ve got some pine and redwood tree farms, but more Christmas Tree farms. The problem is that your crop cycle is at minimum 25 years and best at 50 to 100 years. Few companies can plan that far ahead or survive if they do. One, Pacific Lumber, had their President give a speech to one of my Econ classes. Very proud of his 25 year timber planed rotation on cuts. In a stock market downturn a few years later a hostile takeover happened as the “standing trees” were way undervalued in the market. The buyout plan included clear cutting the old growth rapidly to pay off the loan. That’s when Pacific Lumber became a pariah locally… They’ve been under protest and in court ever since…

  126. Another Ian says:

    E.M. FYI

    “Delingpole: Trump Must Stop U.S. Hardwood Forests Being Burned for UK ‘Biofuel’”


  127. Another Ian says:

    Medical matters

    ““The idea that you could start with a bad antibody and make it good just hasn’t been in anyone’s lexicon.” ”


  128. cdquarles says:

    Locally, EM, these some of these lots are called forests. One of these is nearby and covers parts of 5 counties. Some of them are indeed monoculture (pine) and some are not. True, I’m not as aware of what DRAX is doing specifically, I am aware that media reports are not to be trusted without verification. Rotating clear-cutting, leaving the stumps, and rotating selective cutting happens every year. Also, every year where conditions permit it, the forest is burned, selectively. I want to say that the Forest Service has been doing this here for nigh-on a century. I’m not certain about that, though.

    I’m also further south than phil is, where specifically bred pine, for specific tree-farming, reaches harvest size in 10 to 15 years. Other kinds take 30 to 40 years. Some of those old plantations now have century old stands on them.

  129. E.M.Smith says:

    Language has very large regional variation, and I don’t mean just accents. I’d not doubt that many times tree farms are called forests by various folks. I’d also not complain if they really are burning tree farm slash and ends, or poles. I’d be bothered if they are burning up perfectly good board pine driving up my lumber costs…

  130. jim2 says:

    PBS is having a seemingly never-ending program about “climate change.” Lot’s of Bill Nye the Clueless guy. They also let Joe Bastardi discuss it. But, as you can guess, the show largely pushes the apocalyptic version. One precious part show Bill Nye talking to an incoming class at Penn State. Says right now we can power the world with wind and solar – if only we cared to. Barf.

  131. p.g.sharrow says:

    I once offered to sell 3 logging trucks of red Oak by way of a logger that was working the adjoining property. These were trees that would go 3 – 32 ft logs to a load. The best offer that I got was a bio-mass chipper at $50 per ton delivered! The logging would cost more then that.
    The trees stayed in the forest. One fell down a few years ago , the bowl or trunk is 36 inches in diameter at 40feet! I cut up the tops for firewood. don’t know what to do with the rest as it is TOOOO! heavy to move. too fine a log to make firewood out of…pg

  132. Larry Ledwick says:

    I was tempted to post this in the “Thus Trump” thread but it equally applies to threads about gun control or Islamization of Europe, or the gradual growth of resitance to smoking to the current leftist push labeling normal conservatives Nazis.

    It has very disturbing implications, and shows for example why the NRA’s uncompromising defense of the second amendment is absolutely necessary to prevent creeping destruction of that Constitutional right.

    The summary conclusion is that compromising with the intolerant is actually surrender. The left understands this the right and the libertarian center do not.

    View at Medium.com

  133. Another Ian says:

    Banking in Oz



  134. E.M.Smith says:


    Interesting history. I remember anxiously waiting to buy one of these so I could assess it and maybe find ways to contribute to the “movement”.

    The schedule slips and price hikes were lethal to the process. This often happens with “Tech Visionaries”. Everyone loves the idea. Then it hits reality.

    Over the years I got what I wanted, but not from them. The “solution” I drifted to is what I think will really give a computer to every kid on the planet. The Raspberry Pi and clones.

    Issues with OLPC:

    1) A LAPTOP? The most expensive form factor to build. Unitized, so any failure the whole thing is a hunk of junk. Compare the SBC based system: Every part individually replaceable, changeable, source-able. Highly flexible. Compare the laptop: ONE function set. Fixed features.

    2) Due to cost & availability limits, the laptop ends up being used as a shared desktop machine anyway. Skip that step.

    3) Folks often go for a TV first. They are nearly everywhere to some degree. Now you can add a computer to it for about $50 including keyboard… Leverages the “Dad Purchase” of the TV…

    4) The mesh network is a nice idea, but it is a dynamic infrastructure that can not be depended on to exist. It melts away as folks go home. Compare the Pi based infrastructure: it IS infrastructure and it stays in place, reliably, for years. Put one Pi in the center of a group of huts, you can have WiFi to all for $35. (Heck I did that at home when my AT&T internet router / connection died).

    5) Cranks are electro-mechanical things prone to dying. Better is to have the power generation a distinct option. Buy it IF you need or want it. Offer hand crank, battery, or wall power options. I have battery and wall power for my Pi gear. I don’t need a crank as I have a car inverter…

    So now I’ve got my own infrastructure built on Pi SBCs. I have flexibility of ISP (and have swapped variously between Telco, Wireless, and Starbucks via the “Dongle Pi”). I can make whatever kind of network matters to me at the time. (Spouse has her iPhone connect via my infrastructure… along with her Mac). It’s very generally useful and teaches a lot of important and generically useful tech skills.

    I’ve got desktops that do just fine. One reuses a 20? year old DVI interface monitor that otherwise might be headed to the trash heap. The other got a new TV (so I can watch HDTV in the office) as monitor. It’s small. $89? Something like that. So for less than a OLPC machine real price, I get HDTV, and a desktop machine that can also do infrastructure stuff if I want… I’m still using the first R. Pi I ever bought, too… but now as DNS server / proxy server / etc.

    NOW I’m ready to make that leap to laptop… (I’d have done it already but inherited a broken MacBook I could salvage…) Still not sure if I can beat the price / performance of just taking a $179 Chromebook and putting Linux on it though…

    And that, in fact, is what I think is the final issue with the OLPC product. The world “moves on”. So IF I want to “build it in my country”, I can get SBC and parts bits and just do it. If I don’t, I can buy a similarly priced but much higher feature set laptop and swap the OS for one that doesn’t demand lots of high speed internet to work. That doesn’t leave much space for the OLPC kit. (And a chunk of that is taken by the nearly-free cell phones flooding the world…)

    So while I loved the idea, and wanted the product, the reality passed them by. We flowed down a different set of paths. Cell phones subsidized by selling your information and a monthly bill. SBC based computing for the DIY, minimal cost, and flexibility markets. Chomebooks for the “cheap and mindless”. Leaving not much for the overly complex laptop only low function slow to market world…

  135. pouncer says:

    I wouldn’t advise you or anyone else to go seeking the OLPC XO-1, but if you were offered one, (as you were, the broken MacBook) you might decide to accept it, and (being you) then to load up a distribution of Linux hand-crafted for the platform:


    I’m not as prone to reject the laptop (or any all-in-one) form factor as you seem. The “appliance” concept where the whole thing works out of the package has attractions. The first Apple MAC, for another example. It’s like any other system – a rack of component stereo gear versus a boom box , or a well-equipped wood shop versus the “ShopSmith” gadget, a full and real gym versus a Nautilus machine, a tool belt versus the Swiss Army Knife … Piecing together exactly what you need and changing out bits as your needs evolve is clearly the best long-term strategy for the person. Piece-mealing, though, is not necessarily the way to introduce the advantages of a system to a whole bunch of new potential clients, each of whom has slightly different and poorly thought through needs. Get clients used to the use of the general tool, then sell them the first upgrade that’ll be quite different, and more useful to them. The OLPC as a tool was about USING a device rather than MAKING one. The Raspberry rather the opposite.

    It’s a loss that the SUGAR operating system designed for the OLPC is not (AFAICT) ported into R-Pi Linux distributions the way Linux has been ported to OLPC. SUGAR has some interesting features — primarily in that the goal of the project is put first, then the tools come later. Making a comic strip, say, might involve words and pictures and a panel-presentation-system … and on the typical Windows platform one might script in Word, draw in Paint, and put into sequence in Powerpoint, relying on Windows to tie things together. Sugar is … well, upside down, and presents un-learning problems to those of other experiences. But it’s quick to the kids for whom it’s designed. Or so I have observed. On the other hand, those kids reach the ends of the project and toolkits just as quickly. Then THEY have the re-learning problem. Though kids re-learn more quickly than I do … *sigh*.

    Anyhow, it’s been an interesting chapter in tech history to have lived through, and it’s been nice to see the back ground details all laid out in the article I just cited.

  136. E.M.Smith says:


    I’m not inherently against the laptop. It’s my preferred system to use. What I’m against is the design CHOICES made in almost all laptops for “low end users” as the target market.

    1) Small & light over all else.

    Of necessity that brings very expensive and hard to fix. Unitary “goes together never apart” assembly choices. Higher priced parts.

    2) Closed hardware.

    Early laptops let you change bits. In the quest for lighter and cheaper, they are not largely “never open never change” lozenges. For an entry level, this means on obsolescence in a year or two it is trash heap fodder. Can’t even add memory or bigger disks for some of them.

    3) ALL or nothing.

    Any given laptop is a given set of features. No changing, near no upgrading. You WILL pay for all the features, need them or not. This is limiting for the nearly no money folks. Then when you DO scrape together your pittance, and a year later want to move up a notch, it’s all sunk cost and you start over.

    So I could easily see a sort of “portable desktop” approach where you have a basic (larger) case which was ‘easy open’ with standard connectors to add / swap parts. Want to use a cheap old TV, use the HDMI port on the SBC. Want a laptop with screen: Put the expensive LCD in that panel / lid and connect the LCD connector. Change the disk? Open the cover and swap it.

    Now you have open hardware, incremental buy of features, upgrading at the margin, much lower cost parts (as you can choose external USB or internal small but not micro-sized disks).

    At what cost? A thickness about like the laptop of 2000. Hardly a hardship.

    In fact, whenever I can’t stand the lag on “swap to SD card” or the MacBook fully dies, that’s likely to be exactly what my next “laptop” will be. Currently showing “unavailable” but this is the idea:

    Just so I have control of the security and software side of it completely. (The competing notion is a Chromebox reloaded as Linux…)


    BINGO! NOW I get it! “Sugar on a Stick” IS the Sugar OS… an obvious link that ought to have been there / been made but my brain didn’t “go there”… I knew about Sugar On A STick – honest I did! ;-0

  137. jim2 says:

    EM – if Sugar on a Stick is your biggest problem, you are doing just fine.

  138. Larry Ledwick says:

    7:45 duration restored video of New York in 1911.
    (sound added later originally shot as silent footage)


  139. jim2 says:

    Well, after what seemed like a Millennial, I finally got some help from AT&T and now have DirecTV Now, lowest tier. I’ll let you know how it works out. I’m watching on the roku stick. So far, so good, but of course made a deal with the devil. Wondering if the devil changed his stripes for this offering. Ever hopeful ;)

  140. Another Ian says:


    I’ll be interested to read E.M’s answer to the question posed in the first comment there

  141. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item on weather bell from Joe Bastardi
    This April is the third coolest April so far in the satellite era behind 1983, and 1997
    He makes some interesting observations about the impacts of moisture and off shore sea temps in the eastern Pacific.

    (go to the Saturday summary from one day ago video clip scroll down)

  142. ossqss says:

    Was not 1997-8 the prior big EL Nino year?
    So many questions about stuff….. just sayin

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes he mentions that as part of the discussion about how moisture generated by off shore warm water affects both night time lows and day time highs (increased cloudiness).

  144. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like youtube’s censorship and demonitization of conservative content is going to bite them in the butt. Alternatives are popping up to take that traffic.

  145. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Which are you talking about? The “Maybe Microsoft ought to stop making browsers” one?

    Personally I think Microsoft ought to just quit.


    Please do let us know what your DirecTV over Internet experience is like. Is it really the price advertised, or loaded with hidden fees? as one example you can answer after your first bill…


    Folks forget that from the very beginning as a DARPA project, the internet protocols were designed to just flow around any beach of communications. (It was intended to keep communicating to Armies in time of war…). Many folks building on top of that have the same beliefs, and it has soaked into the culture.

    IMHO it simply is not possible to “censor the internet”.

    Thus my statement that: “If you allow ANY communications, you allow ALL communications. All that changes is the data rate. -E.M.Smith”

    Encryption. Steganography. Onion Routing. VPNs. Tunneling. It’s a big tool kit… and lots of “folks like me” working to keep the bits flowing. “Back off! I’ve got a keyboard and I know how to use it!!”

  146. Another Ian says:


    ” Edward B Hanley
    April 22, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Bloomberg intends to violate the Logan Act. A felony. viz.,

    Ҥ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.

    Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.” ”


  147. Another Ian says:


    That was it.

  148. H.R. says:

    @Larry: Thanks for the 1911 New York Video. Fascinating!

  149. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Ooooh! That’s a Big One…. It would be fun to see Mr. Bloomberg in court trying to argue that as a politician and presidential wanna-be he wasn’t in violation of Logan, and that giving money to the UN in contravention of the present government was not involving a “controversy” nor “defeat” of a current government measure…

    And yeah, he’s wussing out with the $4 Million. We were supposed to be filleted out for about $100 Billion IIRC (though the number was prone to wander and inflate. Variously $80 Billion and up to $200 Billion / year at various times).

  150. Larry Ledwick says:

    Regarding the DNC lawsuit they may have stepped in it big time, apparently the DNC did not check with HRC and the folks involved in the cover up but President Trump is gleefully rubbing his hands together and says he will countersue.


  151. E.M.Smith says:


    From your link:

    She said PSOC activities were rated high risk because they take place in remote environments with poor cell phone service, and sometimes far from emergency services.

    Must be inside 10 minutes from ambulance and police responders and have 911 on speed dial?

    I guess nobody ought to ever go backpacking, go far from any city, walk in the desert southwest, drive from El Paso to Van Horn Texas, take a boat out to sea, or do anything that involves being outside the urban core…

  152. Another Ian says:

    “I guess nobody ought to ever go backpacking, go far from any city, walk in the desert southwest, drive from El Paso to Van Horn Texas, take a boat out to sea, or do anything that involves being outside the urban core…”

    To say nothing about living rural!

  153. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian – Rural? my sister lives 20 minutes outside of a MSMA (1m). And has no cell service at her house!

    I worked in a (relatively) new building in the middle of the same city and had NO cell service from my carrier (who happens to have the widest coverage in this country).

    Might be a good idea. How do you get rid of snowflakes and Antifa? Hold a rally in a dead cell zone!

  154. Larry Ledwick says:

    I guess nobody ought to ever go backpacking, go far from any city, walk in the desert southwest, drive from El Paso to Van Horn Texas, take a boat out to sea, or do anything that involves being outside the urban core…

    Inculcating that sort of risk aversion into the young students is exactly what you would want to do to set the stage for an Agenda 21 type agenda where all people are slowly moved to dense metropolitan areas and the “wild areas” become no go zones (except for the elite). It will take several generations to get there but they are slowly conditioning folks to never get outside cell phone coverage or cable coverage areas.

  155. H.R. says:

    Thought I’d move the fish talk over here.

    This guy has several videos of different fishing outings in Florida. Check out what he uses for bait!
    Here’s a good one.

  156. p.g.sharrow says:

    If the DATA is not public then it is myth and not Proof of anything. Theory based on myth is religion not science…pg

  157. Larry Ledwick says:

    I guess the hidden moral of that ramp monster video is if you want to catch big fish use big bait or big lures. The size of the bait never crossed my mind as being important to what sort of fish you catch, of course what little fishing I have done it was mostly in mountain streams and using salmon eggs, or beaver ponds and small spinners, so never much consideration of bait choices.

    If that is a sound conclusion than perhaps in a survival fishing situation if you catch a small fish you should use it as bait for a larger fish rather than a 2 bite lunch.

  158. E.M.Smith says:


    While I didn’t do the detail that McIntyre did, I observed some of the same things and came to similar conclusions. Much of it just looked staged. “Injured” looking too healthy and more confused than panicked, being hosed off and nobody getting cross contaminated, no dead and dying. Range of supposed injuries too small. Foaming at the mouth that looks like detergent, not the flat stuff of spittle. Bodies just too…placid and yet emotionally laden “story” positions. Canisters that crash in, but lay there on the lower surface. Looking remarkably like one prop moved about. Folks running around where “nerve gas” was supposedly fresh, with no protective gear AND no problems. One or two guys with gas masks for visual effect,then somebody walks buy without.. “CUT! – Call Ahmed in continuity…”


    Yes, every fish has preferred bait and size. Big fish need big baits. And big hooks.

    In a survival ( or just want lunch…) scenario, best thing is to remove the fillets, then use the head+guts+skeleton & fins with thin meat layer; as more bait.

    In some places there are restrictions on bait species and what you can do. (so no baby bass as bait since they are below legal, and some fish can’t be filleted as then the ranger can’t tell size and variety – some types needing ray counts in fins for variety determination…) Also, any land animal caught makes bait. Muskrat guts get nice catfish… so fur trapping inedible (by people) species is prep for fishing… aged one day makes better “stink bait” especially with blood in it.

    Often folks will “jig” for bait fish. Wiggle a long line of small flies to catch finger sized bait… that can be used to catch hand sized bait… that… look up sabiki rigs.
    I typically have a couple in any survival fishing kit.

  159. jim2 says:

    I say we jail these basdards!

    “EXCLUSIVE — Research: Google Search Manipulation Can Swing Nearly 80 Percent of Undecided Voters”


  160. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim 2:

    While I’d like that, I think the reality is that TPTB like that power… so we’re most likely going to need strong “Light Of Day” on it, along with competitive products for “our side”.

  161. Larry Ledwick says:

    In the not too distant past we were talking about building antennas for local TV reception cell coverage etc. I stumbled across a HAM radio utility web page that is ideal for that task.

    It allows you to plot the terrain between any two points so you can see where the obstructions are and how/where you would have to move to get clear line of sight path.


    Fun to play with to see exactly where the highest point in a given path is with high resolution.

  162. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like just the tool for P.G. to find out where to put his TV Antenna and Cell Phone Repeater ;-)

    ( If you are in the boonies enough you could likely put up a cell phone repeater and nobody would notice. To the Cell Tower you would just look like a cell phone “on that hill” and to you down in the valley, well, who’s looking buy you? ;-)

    Maybe one of these


    or for CDMA this repeater looks nice


    Just run the outdoor antenna wire up the hill…

    The gsm one is cheap! $60

    Looks like there’s lots of them to choose from. With a “hotspot” this would give a non-satellite remote WiFi ability.

    Depending on run to the antenna might need another booster in line at some point for feel line losses…

  163. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think this qualifies as the biggest privacy invasion of all time.

    The Associated Press
    Following @AP
    BREAKING: Prosecutors say they used online genealogical sites to find DNA match for suspected California serial killer.

    What if any use permissions are guaranteed when you submit personal DNA for private purposes?

  164. ossqss says:

    Ha! Wait till the poor folks that did that are positioned as predisposed for a mental or physical medical condition by virtue of their interest in their DNA composition by the insurance companies and governments. Just sayin

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  166. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to above on use of DNA registries to narrow search for ciminals.


    In essence you could be fingered for a crime you committed by some unknown relative who wanted to find out if they were part Indian, or if they came from Ireland.

    A strong family similarity to the criminal’s DNA could narrow down suspects to just one or two individuals who had direct familial connections to the DNA registry match and also lived in the area of the crime. Like face recognition technology or license plate reader info, deep data allows much more invasive tracking than most people realize. It is basically becoming impossible to be anonymous if the big government folks some how become interested enough to query those large data libraries with a targeted search.

  167. E.M.Smith says:

    I’ve mentioned before, but it is worth repeating:

    Think what this means for future employment “issues”. Want to be a CIA agent? What happens when the Other Guys run a sample of your DNA from that beer mug and find you have a relative in Ohio, and did NOT come from Ukraine? Or when Iran finds you have Jewish markers?

    There’s a GIANT gaping chasm in front of all the secrets of the world…

    It isn’t just the folks finding out their parents “fooled around” or that their great great granddad was a Jew but had to hide that fact then so pretended to be a Mennonite.

    What about adopted kids? So by default the culture has decided it’s 100% “must tell they are adopted”. What about artificial insemination ’cause Dad was not fertile? Or surrogate moms? Or just that hidden 1/32 black ’cause the ‘ol Plantation Owner wasn’t all that racist after all (at least when it came to sex…)?

    My Sister recently was “surprised” by a contact who was about 1/4 related. She was wheedling about maybe Dad having fooled around. I got to inform her that no, it was me, as I was a sperm donor; and oh, BTW, there’s 18 more of them somewhere… Now what if she had NOT called me?

    Now layer on another one. Dredge the Ancestry places for family of your employee or proposed hire. THEN dredge the “23 & me” like places for the genetics of them. Well, looks like a gene that predisposes to { you pick it: Colon Cancer, Psych Issues, Sociopaths, weakness of muscles, early heart failure,…} Well, don’t want to take that medical risk onto the corporate insurance so no job for YOU (despite you not having those issues and having good odds of never being debilitated by them).

    So what makes this SOOO horrible is that YOU don’t get to choose to participate. ANY family member opts in, you are in too. Then add that some governments and some agencies are demanding DNA against your will and it’s a police state in the making. (Some State, I think it might be California, demands DNA on any arrest. Not conviction. Just a random arrest. It’s gone off to court so who knows how it will end. But think what this means for folks “peacefully assembling” and then being told it’s an “unlawful assembly and they are under arrest”… Or even just the guy sitting on the park bench when the “rent a mob” floods and and they all get dredged together. Even though video might later show him just feeding pigeons at lunch time, his DNA and through that all his near relatives, is now in play.

    So places ( I’ve forgotten where) have started advocating that ALL newborns have a DNA sample taken and the scan stored… Which leaves me wondering who will be able to become an undercover cop or CIA / FBI / NSA / TLA agent when they are one napkin away from being outed.

    Just crazy, IMHO. But my opinion doesn’t matter. Only my sibling’s mattered… It is only the “Yes, sign me up” vote that counts…

  168. philjourdan says:

    It is California. (any arrest – DNA). Which is kind of surprising given the stance on illegals. They are creating the database to make sure illegals cannot hide.

    But then far be it for me to call liberals intelligent.

  169. Larry Ledwick says:

    Very good article on the DNA harvest and capture. (for some reason the UK media still do good topical articles with copious pictures and story, rather than just the click bait snips we see in US media)


  170. jim2 says:

    Unfortunately, it’s not just liberals in the US. When it comes to mass surveillance, Dimowits and Redimowits as well stand and shout in unison, “I love Big Brother!”

  171. jim2 says:

    Check out this DIY seismometer.

    “Shows 0 to 50 Hz.) I can see all sorts of low-frequency signals from highway construction nearby (or so I assume) using Spectrum Lab from a couple of Hz to 10 Hz. There’s also a resonance band at about 13 Hz that just might be the nearby highway bridge. It shows all sorts of “fine structure” perhaps as cars and trucks cross.”


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