W.O.O.D. 13 March 2019

Intro

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:

https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/w-o-o-d-27-february-2018/
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:
https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/

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?

Venezuela is at the one week point of no electricity. Good lessons in what happens during the chaos of collapse. Folks are now (per Sky News) opening pipes underground (in access holes) to drain what water is stuck in the pipes. Getting buckets of dirty water from concrete lined “rivers” (or drain ditches) in downtown. The ability to export oil has collapsed without any electricity to make it go.

No food. No water. No lights. No communications. No money. No medical care. Yet so far the people are being fairly civil. Eventually this will change…

Brexit: With all of 16 days left, the Parliament has voted to toss T.Mays “deal” yet again, but also voted NOT to leave with “No Deal” (i.e. under the same WTO Rules that work just fine for the rest of the world…). Project Fear is clearly winning with folks calling it “Crashing Out” and “Disaster”. Nobody mentioning that you lose the EU and it’s crazy rules and GAIN North America, The Commomwealth, and much of Asia / Africa / South America. Sigh.

At this point, the best the UK can hope for is that the EU throws them out. It takes all 27 other EU members to vote yes to keep the UK in. Only one is need to pitch the UK out.

The Storm A big storm is rolling over the USA from The Gulf to Canada:

https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/2019-03-11-winter-storm-ulmer-forecast-west-plains-blizzard-conditions

Storm Ulmer

Storm Ulmer

WINTER STORM CENTRAL
Winter Storm Ulmer Intensifying Into a Major Plains Blizzard With Heavy Snow and High Winds
By weather.com meteorologists less than an hour ago.

Winter Storm Ulmer Bringing Heavy Snow and High Winds
Meteorologist Domenica Davis says in addition to heavy snow, Winter Storm Ulmer is producing winds of more than 65 mph.

At a Glance

Ulmer is intensifying in the Plains where it will produce heavy snow and high winds into Thursday.

Blizzard warnings have been issued from northeast Colorado to North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

Travel conditions will be nearly impossible due to the combination of heavy snow and high winds.

The Denver metro area is seeing blizzard conditions.

Widespread high winds will also affect locations not expected to see snow.

Ulmer has already set a preliminary low-pressure record in Pueblo, Colorado.

Welcome to “Global Warming”, don’t freeze to death…

RUSSIA!!!! At Last, Pelosi realizes that the Russia Dog don’t hunt and that whipping it to death makes them look Stooopid. Then the Old Line Corrupt Dims have the New Fresh Idiot Dims chewing them up with the likes of Occasional Cortex both a breath of fresh air AND a laughing stock. Best to tend to their own house for a while.

I know that given a choice between looking at her and listening to her “crazy talk” about RUSSIA!!! or looking at A.O.C. while listening to HER “crazy green talk”, well, I’ll take the one that makes me laugh and doesn’t look like a resurrection a few days too late.

Boeing is trying to decide if their Max airplane is safe, or crashes on a one-a-month schedule with only 70-something flying. Hey, that’s only 1/70 crashing odds per month… Or maybe the pilots can’t handle arguing with some new automation setting that’s “helping” them into the ground (as was discovered to be the issue with the automatic stall recovery on another airliner where, on take off, it nosed over into the ground when the sensor tube plugged up and it “thought” it was in a stall).

Nobody knows, though they are grounding the fleet right and left anyway.

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About E.M.Smith

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133 Responses to W.O.O.D. 13 March 2019

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, while editing this posting on the Pi M3 in FireFox, it would peg one core at 100% for a Very Long Time. So much so this time that I could not get the post finished (I’d pasted in the last one to then edit it as a model, but could not get to the “mark and delete” step…)

    Eventually I gave up and swapped to Chromium (the open source version of the Chrome browser). SOOoooo much faster. Rapidly edited and done.

    So looks like I’m going to swap to Chromium as my default browser on the Pi M3 since FireFox has become enough of a slow fat pig s to be unusable in some cases (editors using java and such, not simply “display page”).

    No, I don’t know why. I suspect it is the “we don’t need to worry about memory anymore” approach of RUST and that it drags in all the LLVM libraries instead of using the ones already loaded for all the stuff using gcc. Or it could just be lousy code. Whatever…

    “Why, don’t ask why. Down that path lies insanity and ruin. -E.M.Smith”

    What is very clear is that FireFox is way too slow and Chromium worked a champ.

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    Blizzard conditions are tapering off n the west side of the Denver Metro area but out on the plains things are not good, Weld County has pulled all its plows off the road (too dangerous to try and plow in zero / zero visibility (risk of hitting stalled cars or going off the road etc.) 40-50 mph winds out east of Colorado Springs lots of major roadways now closed out there. One local news reporter who was out in it was reporting that up to 100 cars were stranded in blizzard conditions near Kiowa / Elizabeth and he said National Guard assistance was being requested. Road out to DIA was a parking lot a little while ago.

    Only 5 inches or so on the ground on the west side of metro area but winds still gusting to 35+ so in places prone to drifting and blowing across the road not a good situation for driving.

    Storm center is now out in western Kansas near Scott City, things will improve a lot in Colorado if it continues to move east quickly.

    Snow fall has mostly moved out east of the Metro area and onto the open plains.

  3. Larry Ledwick says:

    Record all time low barometric pressures in this storm

    @NWSWPC
    8 hours ago
    New preliminary record low pressure set at Pueblo, CO! At 7am MDT Pueblo reported a sea level pressure of 975.5 MB. Their previous record low pressure was 976.6 MB, with records dating back to 1893.

    @NWSWPC
    1 hour ago
    Addendum: Pueblo ‘s pressure continued to fall until 9am MDT at 974.2 mb. @NWSPueblo
    Other preliminary record low pressures have been set by this strong cyclone at: Clayton, NM @11am MDT at 973.4 mb exceeding 983.1 mb (length of record 1948) and Dodge City, KS (currently) at 976.1 mb exceeding 977.0mb (length of record 1893) and is still falling.

  4. Larry Ledwick says:

    Great snow fall numbers out of recent storms as well.
    NWS Grand Junction

    @NWSGJT
    Mar 11
    Ready for more #snow?! We will add more to this graph over the next couple days (thru Thurs AM). The dark blue line is our current SWE for #snowpack at 132% of normal. We have also reached or slightly exceeded the top year of 2017. This is 198% of last year! #COwx #UTwx

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that in the USA about 50 of the Best & Most Glitterati have been busted for attempting to buy, bribe, and cheat their little Rug Rats into all the Right Schools:

    https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2019-03-12/50-charged-in-largest-college-admissions-scam-ever

    50 Charged in Largest College Admissions Scam Ever
    The investigation ensnared celebrities, coaches and the vastly wealthy, and resulted in federal charges of cheating, fraud and bribery.

    By Lauren Camera, Education Reporter March 12, 2019, at 12:45 p.m.

    Actresses Lori Loughlin, left, and Felicity Huffman are among those charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal, indictments unsealed Tuesday revealed. AP

    FIFTY PEOPLE, INCLUDING NCAA Division I coaches, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy parents, were charged Tuesday with bribery and fraud in connection with a sweeping college admissions scandal, according to documents unsealed in federal court in Boston.

    The case – the largest college admission scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice – exposes a long-running racketeering scheme dating back to 2011, in which parents paid an admissions consultant a combined $25 million to help students cheat on college entrance exams and to get them into elite colleges and universities as recruited athletes when in reality they were not athletes.

    Operation Varsity Blues, which began in May 2018 when FBI officials stumbled across a lead while working on a separate and unrelated investigation, involved the work of more than 300 special FBI agents.

    The parents, which Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, described as “a catalogue of wealth and privilege,” include CEOs of public and private companies, real estate moguls, a co-chairman of a global law firm, a fashion designer and Hollywood celebrities.

    All of them knowingly conspired with William Rick Singer, Lelling said, paying him anywhere from $100,000 to $6.5 million and disguising the payments as charitable donations. Most of them paid Singer, who funneled the money through a fake charity, between $200,000 to $400,000.

    So one presumes that the Alumni & Endowments Committees were miffed at someone muscling in on their action and “fully cooperated” with the FBI. What frosts my shorts is that the guy running this scam had “special” SAT sections where the “kids” papers could be corrected prior to submission… As someone who got a stellar SAT test (easily qualifies for MENSA) I don’t like the idea of people buying what I worked for.

    The next question is will the little Glits get tossed or left on the rolls as Mommy & Daddy learn to love Stripes or Orange…

    And they wonder why we don’t care what their opinions are on things like Global Warming..

  6. Bill in Oz says:

    Sorry guys, your big deep freeze is just not really happening. It’s just a collective illusion !

    How do i know this ?
    Well NONE of the MainstreamMedia here in Oz are mentioning it at all. SBS, Guardian, ABC, Fairfax/Nine etc….The only mentions of climate that get a mention are how you are all being cooked by global warming up there in the USA & Canada….The only exception is the BC which is schitzophrenic saying that the UK is being cooked by global warming, while also reporting snow, Freezing temps and ice everywhere… Ummmm ?

    I’m glad that I do not rely at all on any of them for real news about what is really happening up there in the northern hemisphere !

  7. Larry Ledwick says:

    The blizzard winds blew out the pilot light on my hot water heater = no heat.

    Just finished laying in the snow on the balcony getting it re-lit in spite of continuing gusty winds.
    Sort of expected this to happen (similar blizzard a couple years ago did the same thing), so had the heat cranked up to build up a little reserve heat in the house in case it happened.

    They are still getting 65-70 mph gusts out in Limon and east of Colorado springs, only 45 mph gusts here.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    This article says the real reason Venezuela is without electricity is that there was a fire under major transmission lines (due to not maintaining the right of way … gee like PG&E here in The People’s State Of Kalifornia…) and on Youtube was a show highlighting this article that stated that the Engineers who knew how to restart the plant (stay synchronized as load is added) have left the country (seems they wanted to be paid for their work and have food to eat…)

    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/sociedad/causa-del-apagon-nacional-segun-escuela-ingenieria-ucv_274546

    Por EL NACIONAL
    13 DE MARZO DE 2019 04:35 PM | ACTUALIZADO EL 13 DE MARZO DE 2019 16:57 PM

    Más de 100 horas estuvo Venezuela sin luz por un apagón que afectó a todo el territorio nacional desde la tarde del jueves 7 de Marzo. La Escuela de Ingeniería Eléctrica de la Universidad Central de Venezuela realizó un análisis de lo ocurrido en el sistema eléctrico nacional en el que explican cómo comenzo todo: en un incendio cercano a la subestación eléctrica de Malena, ubicada en las orillas del río Orinoco en el estado Bolívar.

    El incendió generó el aumento de la temperatura de las líneas de transmisión que conforman el corredor del sistema troncal. A su vez, provocó la pérdida de potencia eléctrica en la planta de generación de Gurí; el eje de la turbina aumentó y se incrementó la frecuencia eléctrica.

    Los sistemas de control de Gurí se activaron y los generadores se desconectaron gradualmente para controlar la frecuencia eléctrica, pero la magnitud fue tal que obligó al personal de operación de la planta la desconexión total de los generadores, explica el texto escrito por el ingeniero Julio Molina Guzmán, director de la Escuela de Ingeniería Eléctrica de la UCV.

    The google machine translation with a bit of fixing up by me to match my understanding of the Spanish:

    For THE NATIONAL
    MARCH 13, 2019 04:35 PM | UPDATED ON MARCH 13, 2019 16:57 PM
    
    More than 100 hours, Venezuela was without light; due to a blackout that affected the entire national territory since the afternoon of Thursday, March 7. The School of Electrical Engineering of the Central University of Venezuela made an analysis of what happened in the national electrical system in which they explain how it all started: in a fire near the Malena electrical substation, located on the banks of the Orinoco River in the Bolivar state.
    
    The fire generated an increase in the temperature of the transmission lines that make up the corridor of the trunk system. In turn, it caused the loss of electrical power in the Gurí generation plant; the rotation rate of the turbine increased and the electric frequency increased.
    
    The control systems of Gurí were activated and the generators were gradually disconnected to control the electric frequency, but the magnitude was such that it forced the plant's operating personnel to totally disconnect the generators, explains the text written by engineer Julio Molina Guzmán, director of the School of Electrical Engineering of the UCV.
    

    So a known cause from a fire causing the generators to over-speed and the protective action is to shut it down.

    El sistema eléctrico nacional está conformado por las plantas de generación Guri, Caruachí y Macagua I, II, y por los sistemas termoeléctricos. Al desconectarse los generadores de Gurí, se apagó el resto, debido a que trabajan en sicronismo de frecuencia y como se perdió, no tenían la referencia.

    La interrupción del sistema eléctrico en el país ocasionó la intensificación del problema de abastecimiento de agua en el país. También el sector salud trabajó con dificultad, debido a que no todos los hospitales contaban con planta eléctrica. Varios comercios en el país perdieron mercancía por la falta de refrigeración. El apagón, en definitiva, puso en contigencia a todo el país.

    The national electricity system consists of the Guri, Caruachí and Macagua I, II generation plants, and thermoelectric systems. When the generators of Gurí were disconnected, the rest went off, because they work in frequency synchronization and as it was lost, they did not have the reference.

    The interruption of the electrical system in the country caused the intensification of the problem of water supply in the country. The health sector also worked with difficulty, because not all hospitals had an electric power plant. Several stores in the country lost merchandise due to lack of refrigeration. The blackout, in short, put the whole country in check.

    So The Big Plant was the sync engine of the whole system and with it gone, the minor plants could not hold frequency, and shut down.

    They tried once to bring the system back up, and it crashed again, as they don’t have the experienced staff needed to restart without a frequency standard and with a dead fault load (i.e. they need a slow restart and don’t know how to stabilize it.)

    Sound more plausible to me than that somehow the USA managed to shut down a hydroelectric dam remotely in a country with poor infrastructure (i.e. how would we even connect to it, and why would an old dam be on the internet anyway?)

    A fire under the 750 kVA main lines and then destabilization makes a lot more sense. Then that highly skilled electrical engineers would be early to emigrate also makes more sense.

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    Your water heater is on the balcony and also heats the house? W?

    OK, I can see an exterior access door so in case of a gas leak it can’t blow up the flat… And I guess I can see the point of just one place heating water and using it for all uses… Sort of “oversize for heating and you gets long bath times too”… Maybe…

    Or maybe I didn’t get the idea right…

    Well, glad you are done laying in the snow.

    FWIW, we had ‘heater pilot light issues’ for about 2 decades. Even paid a guy who insisted on replacing the regulator (that didn’t fix it). A few years ago I did the DIY thing and realized the replacement thermocouple was not positioned quite right. It was in the flame, but the wrong part of it got most of the flame. At times (depending on gas pressure) it could cool too much. Moved it about 1/4 inch and it’s been fine ever since.

    HOWEVER, along the way we acquired 3 “Oil Filled Heaters” of about 1.5 kW each that you can roll from room to room (with thermostat setting and 600 W / 900 W / 1500 W switches). They are WONDERFUL! When heat would be dodgy, sometimes we’d just fire them up. Other times I’d close off the office or bedroom (and they don’t have their own heater vents… comes in through the open door or nothing…) and just use them to keep that room nice.

    I strongly recommend having at least one as an emergency heater in case the gas goes out, or you just don’t want to lay in the snow at 3 AM and 20 below in 60 MPH winds… One of them even on the 600W setting will keep a room nice. ( 1.5 kW warms the room faster and then you find out 3 on the dial is more than enough and using 9 was overkill ;-)

    May your home be warm and the snow leave quickly…

  10. YMMV says:

    Russia, the designated bad guy, for reasons beyond me since there are so many to pick from.
    Nevertheless, this story will provide an interesting chapter in the re-write of War and Peace.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/03/the_trump_dossier_and_the_poisoning_of_sergei_skripal.html

    hint: Christopher Steele

  11. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes mostly right 3rd floor apartment, natural gas 75 gallon water heater but the heat is provided by shunting that hot water through a heat exchanger. All the hot water heaters are outside the apartments proper in a closet just off the balconies so if the hot water heater springs a leak the water floods outside the apartments (and where it will be easily noticed if you are not home).
    The water heater also does not take up floor space. The heat unit is also an air conditioner which uses an external heat pump (I think) and basically the same heat exchanger and air handling unit.

    It does provide almost unlimited hot water for showers but in really cold weather the use for heat takes the edge off the hot water temperature if you take a shower right after the heater has been running for a while.

    The bad news is in really gusty wind conditions it can blow out the pilot light on the water heater if the burner is not running when the gust hits. Has only happened 2x in 10 years so not a big deal.

  12. philjourdan says:

    Bill in Oz is not far off the truth. Since the storm is hitting fly over country, and not the northeast, it does not exist outside of the local stations there.

    The nets are too busy trying to blame the college scandal on Trump.

    As for me, the college scandal is much to do about nothing. As others have said, there is far more graft and corruption in the whole college scene that gets ignored regularly – because it BENEFITS the colleges.

  13. Another Ian says:

    Another database

    “Report: ICE Agents Given Access to Private License Plate Database….”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/03/13/report-ice-agents-given-access-to-private-license-plate-database/#more-161196

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    I just may have to take a couple days off to see this run.

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/where-can-i-see-big-boy-steam-locomotive

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    With all the oil they have, they could run the whole country on modest sized Diesel Generators and forget the grid and STILL make money…

    I once brought up a data center where PG&E was going to be a couple of week late installing power. We had 3 modest truck sized generators in the parking lot the next day for “bring up” and ran the data center (and the rest of the building…) on them for a couple of weeks until the transformer showed up…

    That’s what happens in Capitalism. You have a need, you wave money, the need is filled.

    Expensive? Sure. But way way cheaper than missing our agreed start date and cheaper than the client missing their agreed service start date (and revenue stream…).

    EVERYONE was happy with the solution… and far better than taking an outage.

    Venezuela is experiencing the opposite of that scenario. “Take the outage and miss the delivery”. On a country wide scale…

    Now they can’t even pump and refine their gas and oil… so folks who DO have generators are going to be SOL about “now”… THAT will mean a restart will begin with importing oil / gasoline / diesel… for the generator that runs the plant that starts the electricity that runs the pumps and refinery that….

    I shudder at the process of bootstrapping an entire economy and infrastructure. After a week of no electricity, and starting now no fossil fuels, so no shipments of anything (and no water or food) so no labor fit to function… The only restart I can see will be with pulling a big ship loaded with supplies AND a big generator into a port somewhere and working out from there…

  16. Larry Ledwick says:

    Accidently stumbled on this while poking around in twitter.

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Michael Mann.

    http://leftexposed.org/2016/07/michael-e-mann/

    This organization seems to be a one stop shopping place for info on the major players on the Left.

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    UC Davis, every April, has “Picnic Day” with a parade of antique farm equipment including some large steam driven units… Great to watch…

    Occasionally a Steam Locomotive visits the central valley. Also fun.

    There has (and hope still is) been a Skunk Train with a very small Steam Locomotive running a tourist route in the Santa Cruz mountains… Yup, still there! Nice photos in the link:
    https://roaringcamp.com/trainschedule

    Per Venezuela:

    Don’t know how Kerala is, but they are reporting the power coming back on in Venezuela:

    https://www.newkerala.com/news/read/112657/electricity-almost-fully-restored-in-venezuela-minister.html

    Electricity almost fully restored in Venezuela: Minister

    IANS (23 hours ago)

    Caracas, March 13 : Venezuela’s Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez has said that electricity has been “fully restored” nationwide after a massive blackout starting late last week affected most of the country.
    “At this time, almost all the electric energy supply has been restored throughout the national territory,” Efe news quoted Rodriguez as saying to reporters on Tuesday.

    I’ll need to check that on YouTube news from Venezuela…

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Most military ships have significant power generation capacity, and on several occasions have been used to provide emergency “shore power” during emergencies. If Russia wants to earn brownie points with Venezuela they could provide both emergency generation and experts to boot strap a black start grid process.

    Likewise Venezuela has some Naval capacity also although it does not appear they have much in the way of large capital ships, with the biggest being 3 frigates and 4 corvettes.

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    This one also says power is back, but no details, just political spin:
    https://www.venezuelanews.net/news/259936899/maduro-declares-victory-as-blackout-ends

    Youtube is not helping. Searching on Venezuela mostly gives stuff a couple of days old. Probably will take a couple of days to find out the truth.

    IF they were able to “build back” from the couple of provinces that did have power, that would be a Very Good Thing. Or if they could just slowly bring up the dam supply while cutting back in bits of the grid. (That is, the generators were intact and so was the distribution, after they fixed the burned transmission wire segment, so it was just ramp up the water flow in stages with adding bits of grid…)

    I don’t really care who runs Venezuela or what system of economics they choose; I just don’t want the people to suffer a needless crisis and be damaged…

    Reality will just happen and if they choose a bad system, well, they will figure that out. (Vis the news now…) and eventually it will correct.

  20. Jon K says:

    This is depressing, but also a good watch on the decline of Western Civilization.

  21. cdquarles says:

    Yawn. A blizzard in an area that gets them? Yawn. Try to top the blizzard of ’93, which happened over an area that mostly doesn’t get them. (LA, MS, AL, GA) I do expect some rough weather from it. Wind’s been howling here, where it mostly doesn’t.

  22. mddwave says:

    Link for Larry’s Union Pacific Big Boy comment. I want to see it too.

    https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ooohh mddwave – thanks for finding that link!

    On the blizzard front – small town folks taking care of business

    https://kdvr.com/2019/03/14/family-of-4-rescued-after-being-in-snowbound-vehicle-in-elbert-county-for-12-hours/

  24. Larry Ledwick says:

    The Senate may be getting ready to reinterpret their rules to end the on going Democratic efforts to block all Trump Administration appointees for as long as possible.

    https://truepundit.com/republicans-to-change-senate-rules-to-stop-democrat-obstruction-of-trump-nominees/

  25. E.M.Smith says:

    Parliament just voted to extend BREXIT.

    So The Government want to have Parliament negotiate a New Deal with the EU.

    Best hope at this point is for the EU to blow raspberries and just let the Crash Out happen.

  26. rhoda klapp says:

    I saw a static Big Boy (4004) in a park in Cheyenne a couple of years ago. That’s an impressive loco.

    I’ve just found I could have seen one in Frisco Tx a couple of miles from where I used to live.

  27. Larry Ledwick says:

    The stupid just keeps getting stronger and stronger – New Mexico Legislators pass bill requiring 100% renewable energy.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/433956-new-mexico-passes-bill-requiring-states-electricity-come-from-renewable

  28. E.M.Smith says:

    The New Mexico economy became dominated by Government Stuff during the W.W.II nuclear bomb push. That resulted in a shift to the “Left + government dominance is good” mind set.. Back in the ’90s we were looking at places to move and crossed off New Mexico when I found out that the city (in or near Albuquerque) has “Lawn Police” who would come around each year and measure your lawn.

    IF you had too big a % of your lawn in the “wrong kind of grass” you would get a nice fat fine… They only wanted small lawns to save water… So you can own the dirt, and you can pay the water bill; just so long as you only do with it what they want…

    So N.M. was crossed off the list…

    They will become the South Australia of the USA…

    California is going to join them.

    The USA Grid is divided into 3 major sections. East, West, and Texas. Yes, Texas is their own grid. They will be the “last grid standing” when SHTF. Most of the Western States are fairly small (read irrelevant demand %) compared with California / Washington. California gets a BIG chunk of power via the Pacific Intertie from Washington and from Arizona (Palo Verde Nuclear).

    That kind of sucks up the excess from those places to stabilize California as they add too much wind and solar. Not much will be left over for New Mexico (and remember that their neighbor Texas is disjoint….) . There has been talk of a Texas intertie to other grids, but I don’t know the status.

    So what will happen when the sun is down and the wind stops? To whom will New Mexico look for power? Arizona won’t help (as California will be sucking it dry…). Colorado? Don’t think so…

    Oh Well, not my problem… I have a generator and I know how to use it… Plus Florida power is plentiful, cheap, and reliable.

    Note To Self: Do NOT build any data centers in New Mexico. Power will cost too much and be unreliable. Ditto California. Use Texas or the South East States…

  29. Bill in Oz says:

    Re : “the South Australia of the USA…” . ???????

    I have lived in South Australia since 2000. There have never been ‘lawn police’ here and no one has ever been fined for growing the wrong type of grass. In the big drought of 2006-2010, when water was in short supply, folks on mains water were sometimes fined for using sprinklers on their lawns. And we were only allowed to water the gardens in the early morning or early evening – to minimise due to evaporation.

    However SA due to Labor party dopey stupidity from 2008-201, became the crash test dummy for ‘decarbonisation’. And expensive unreliables became our main power sources unfortunately. But Labor got dumped in March 2017 by South Australian voters…. At some point the new government will work out that the CO2 scare is a scam and move us back to a sensible electricity supply. I’m certainly doing my bit to acheive this.

    Re Brexit : I guess those dopey UK pollies just want to sit on that barb wire fence for a while longer. Ohhhh well, it’s their pain and embaressment.. Not ours ! Fun to watch stupidity sometimes.

  30. E.M.Smith says:

    That “going dark” in blackouts was the reference. N.M. will start having grid crashes like S.A.

  31. Bill in Oz says:

    The “System Black ” here in SA was a critical moment in the turning of the tide.

    It was the unwanted ‘gift’ of the decarbonisation strategy of the dopey Labor government.

  32. Larry Ledwick says:

    Next few days will be wall to wall anti- white people and guns need to be controlled rants.
    Some nut bar just shot up a mosque in New Zealand and live streamed it on face book.
    He specifically mentions American conservative black activist Candace Owens as someone who inspired his action.

    This really smells like a set up for world wide condemnation of American Conservatives 2nd amendment etc.

    He said “when he was young he was a communist” then goes all justice warrior against Muslims and against the politicians that created the current mass immigration mess.

    Academically it will be interesting to see what the Left does to spin this to their agenda, and even more interesting to see details on his background.

    It certainly will take a bunch of other important stories off the front page for a week or so.

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    For example of stories which should be getting coverage.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1105826567488446464.html

    Indications the Mueller probe is about to wind up etc.

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    On the old demographics is destiny theme – it appears that the effects of living in an affluent and relatively safe society quickly overwhelm high immigrant fertility and that their reproductive rate rapidly drops to levels near that of the native population.

    https://www.wnd.com/2019/03/study-immigrant-birth-rates-plunging/

    This of course assumes that the immigrants merge into the population as a whole and adopt similar life styles.

    Perhaps the way for Europe to deal with their immigration mess is to find a way to bring their immigrant populations into the working pool of the population by cutting off their welfare benefits so they have something other to do with their spare time.

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    A quick survey of news of Venezuela and electricity came up empty. Most recent I can find is a day late and then nothing. I see 2 possibilities:

    1) Power WAS restored, and The News doesn’t think that is news…

    2) Power has failed so bad even The News can’t get any news out (or left the country for dinner..)

    What I found that did say electricity was restored was from sources with a bias, or just way removed from the place (like in India and Russia).

    Agents that ought to be relatively accurate (at least about international stuff) are more tepid:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/13/americas/venezuela-blackout-restored-intl/index.html

    Quoting the government as saying it is restored, but others as saying “so-so”

    Caracus, Venezuela (CNN)Venezuela’s information minister has said that a huge power outage that has left most of the country dark for a week has been completely restored.

    The power failure left many homes without running water and caused chaos in hospitals, as well as disrupting places of work and schools. At its worst, 19 of 23 states were affected, and the capital Caracas was blanketed by darkness.
    […]
    CNN teams on the ground said power has been restored in many parts of Caracas, but not everywhere.
    A doctor from the non-profit organization Medicos por la Salud told CNN on Wednesday that many hospitals across Venezuela were still experiencing intermittent power outages throughout the day. Hospitals in Valencia, Merida, and Maracaibo all reported hours-long outages, and are either relying on generators or transferring their patients to hospitals in neighboring towns.

    The minister said 80% of country and 70% of Caracas now has drinking water.
    Crowds of people who depend on electric pumps had resorted to filling bottles and containers from natural springs, drainpipes and dirty streams.
    Meanwhile, the widespread power outage has left parts of the country vulnerable to vandalism and looting. Images showed stores in a shopping mall in the city of Maracaibo with their fronts smashed and shelves bare.

    But they’ve said that before and it all went dark the same day…

    Maybe there’s a #3 option?

    3) It is being restored, not done yet, and nobody is committing to saying it is over?

  36. Larry Ledwick says:
  37. Bill in Oz says:

    @Larry, New Zealand clearly has lack gun laws – unlike Australia. Military style semi automatic weapons are still available fairly freely. And that is what was used today killing so many people. I’ve seen conflicting reports 26 or 40 killed.

    It was an incident in 1997 at Port Arthur in Tasmania which lead to strict gun control ownership laws in Australia.They were introduced by a conservative government.

    We in Australia have not had any mass shootings incidents since that time.

    But clearly we still have our share of nutters. As demonstrated by the fact that one of those arrested for this massacre was born in Australia.

  38. Bill in Oz says:

    An update ! Lots of info about & by the terrorist who perpetrated the attack at Christchurch in new Zealand, can be found here : https://www.opindia.com/2019/03/terrorist-who-attacked-new-zealand-mosque-said-china-is-closest-to-his-political-and-social-values/

    He claims that the PR of China is the state which he identifies with best !

    ???

  39. jim2 says:

    US oil production, recent milestones:

    U.S. crude oil production hit 12 million barrels per day in mid-February, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report.

    In the past decade, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling allowed oil and natural gas production reach never-before-seen height. The boom propelled the U.S. to become the world’s top oil producer, edging out Russia and Saudi Arabia earlier in 2019.

    While the oil and gas boom started on private and state-managed lands during the Obama administration, it’s gained steam under President Donald Trump. The Trump administration rolled back Obama-era policies it saw as damaging to the energy sector.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/21/us-oil-barrel-milestone-eia/

    (Reuters) – The United States last week exported more crude oil and fuel than it imported for the first time on record, according to data released on Thursday, the same day OPEC ended a meeting without a decision to curb global output to balance out the historic surge in U.S. supply.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-oil-eia/in-major-shift-us-now-exports-more-oil-than-it-ships-in-idUSKBN1O51X7

  40. jim2 says:

    Bill in Oz. New Zealand may not have CONFISCATORY gun laws, but it has more severe laws (IMO) than the US (although in the US it is a state hodgepodge). From the article:

    Gun licences are issued at the discretion of the police in New Zealand provided the police consider the person to be of good standing[citation needed] and without criminal, psychiatric or drug issues as well as meeting other conditions such as having suitable storage facilities. They must be issued for a valid reason[citation needed]. Several different categories of licenses are permitted, with the lowest one permitting access to restricted semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, with limited capacity, while the higher levels which permit fully automatic weaponry and pistols are rarely issued to civilians.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_New_Zealand

  41. H.R. says:

    19 minute video on how the ancients built their monumental stone structures. It seems quite plausible to me and is the best explanation I’ve seen so far.

    It doesn’t address how they handled the large stones, but it seems to be a good explanation of how they worked the stones.


    .
    .
    .
    A year or two back, someone here posted a video on the fellow that built a stone castle by himself using ropes, pulleys, and levers to move some huge stones into place. (Sorry. Can’t recall the fellow’s name and the name of the work.)

    Combine the two methods of working and moving stone and there’s no longer any need to introduce alien technology into the mix.

  42. H.R. says:

    That’s the one I was thinking of, jim2. Thanks.

    There was another video that had more details on the lifting mechanisms used, and I’m not sure if it involved Coral Castle or another one-man head-scratching stone works.

    Anyhow, I’d run across the idea before that some leaf or vine extract ‘melted stone’ and was used by the ancients but there wasn’t anything too specific until I ran across that video I posted.

  43. Larry Ledwick says:

    Getting lost in other news, lots of weather impacts in Nebraska from recent storms.

    https://weather.com/news/news/2019-03-15-deadly-flooding-midwest-impacts

  44. H.R. says:

    @Larry – Yesterday we were hammered by high winds caused by that system. I didn’t look it up, but it appeared we were getting 50+mph gusts and some 3-5 minute periods of about 40mph winds. I thought we might lose a couple of trees at one point.

    It was very warm, pleasant air, though. I was in a t-shirt. It seems the low was pulling up warm air from the south. There was some rain with a few heavy downpours here and there but nothing that lasted long and there were long breaks between the showers and storms. I’d be surprised if we even hit one inch total rainfall for the 24 hour day, yesterday.

    I thought I saw a squirrel fly by the window. I didn’t see Bullwinkle anywhere and we don’t have flying squirrels around here so I concluded that one of the locals lost his grip on a branch ;o)

  45. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting item here on detecting Remote Access Trojan malware active in a system.

    https://www.darkreading.com/proof-of-concept-tracking-system-finds-rats-worldwide/d/d-id/1334175

  46. Another Ian says:

    Re Bill in Oz

    Bill – You’re supposed to read before you leap

    ” I was involved with the NZ Police in the NZ Firearms Licencing contracted with the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council for the licence safety lecture and testing until Nov 2015. I resigned because of health problems.

    NZ’s gun laws were/are possibly the best in the world. They have been adopted since their enactment in NZ, [1982] by both South Australia and Victoria. If you want to see what our laws are like, go look at the laws in those two States. ”

    “MSSA (Military Style Semi-Automatics) are tightly controlled. Want one; first get your general Firearms licence then apply for an E-Category Endorsement for one. You will need a good reason and much improved security to obtain the endorsement.”

    Links in post

    “The NZ Police Arms Code is downloadable from here.
    The 2017 Arms Code can be reached here.
    The Firearms Act is available on-line (NZ Legislation). It lays out what you and the Police must/can do.
    The Firearms Regulations are also available on line. They are `how-it-must-done.’”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/03/greenpeace-lies-to-save-the-planet-erasing-patrick-moore-again/#comment-2118076

  47. Bill in Oz says:

    Well your own PM seems to disagree with the integrity of New Zealand ‘s gun laws.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-16/jacinda-ardern-gun-laws-change-christchurch-mosque-shooting/10907980

  48. jim2 says:

    bill in oz – there is no surprise there that the NZ government, or nowadays any government, will jump at the chance to take guns or make it harder for people to get guns. After none of us have no guns, government will be the only entity with guns and will do to us whatever they want. This incident is no excuse to “strengthen” gun laws.

  49. jim2 says:

    Turns out R. O’Rourke was for a couple of years as a teenager a member of the hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow. Doesn’t buy him any points in my book to be in government. I still think he’s a lying, disingenuous idiot.

  50. Another Ian says:

    In hindsight, quite a trick.

    PRIVATELY AG Lynch (DOJ) tells FBI she will not permit Clinton charges based on “gross negligence”.

    Then PUBLICLY Lynch says she will accept FBI recommendation.

    Then Comey (FBI) says “no reasonable prosecution”

    And that was how it was done. pic.twitter.com/Oh6RB0ebZO

    — TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) March 15, 2019″

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2019/03/15/when-the-fbi-does-it-that-means-that-its-not-illegal-73/#comments

  51. Another Ian says:

    Bill

    Re
    “Bill in Oz says:
    15 March 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Well your own PM seems to disagree with the integrity of New Zealand ‘s gun laws.”

    No points for observation there. Read above and have another guess.

  52. Bill in Oz says:

    @Ian, Here is what the ABC has just published on New Zealand gun laws. As I said above, the current laws are slack especially as regards military style assault weapons.

    I’m glad I live in a country where the ownership of such weapons are severely restricted.

  53. Another Ian says:

    Bill

    “Well your own PM seems to disagree with the integrity of New Zealand ‘s gun laws.””

    I was flagging your assumption in that statement

  54. Bill in Oz says:

    A History lesson :
    There were a series of mass shootings in Australia from 1987-1996. in Melbourne; in Sydney and finally at Port Arthur in Tasmania. Most of that time Australia was governed by the Labor party with a newly elected conservative type government being elected in 1996. Labor did NOTHING about gun laws. Much to my great shame as a former Labor Party member.

    After Port Arthur the newly elected Prime Minister John Howard pushed through major changes in legislation about who could get a gun license an what types of guns could be owned. Military assault type weapons were banned. Pistols were banned. He pushed the state governments into supporting his gun reform program. He also instituted a gun buy back scheme where owners of guns could have them in and be paid up to $750.00 a gun. That saw around 800,000 guns handed in by the Australian people.

    Some objected and did not cooperate. I know one former friend went & buried 11 of his guns in sealed drums in the remote bush in Victoria. Guns which are now prohibited. He is now dead & the knowledge of those drums locations died with him.

    However since 1996 there has not been any mass shootings in Australia. And the number of suicides with guns has also declined. The number of domestic violence incidents involving guns has declined. The number of homicides with guns generally has fallen even though our population has icreased significantly since 1997

    Those are huge benefits to my country.

    But ever since we here in Australia have been under pressure from the global ( mainly Us ) gun lobby to loosen our laws because then they would have a market here. My own opinion is “Scr*w them ! ”

    America can & will, go it’s own way on this issue. It is something for you to work out for yourselves.
    But I have a grand daughter in the Twin cities area. So I do have direct interest.

    My sympathies to all Kiwis affected by this horrific event.

    I write this as a retired farmer who has owned and used guns on farm.

  55. Larry Ledwick says:

    The question here is what is the true tally of deaths and injuries and did the changes in gun laws actually benefit Australia? Although you tout the absence of mass shootings, Australia never had much of a problem with that in the first place. Like most countries the majority of mass killings are 4 – 7 killed for almost 100 years.

    The information we have seen in the US is that the confiscation of guns in Australia just changed the methods of mayhem.

    There have been multiple accounts of how although large mass shootings dropped to negligible, (which they always were) other forms of violence has gone up significantly, now that the criminals have little fear that their victims can fight back.

    The picture and statistics are very mixed to say the least. Firearms deaths in Australia had been falling for 15 years prior to the confiscation and continued to decline at essentially the exact same rate after the bans were in place. While that happened, the non-firearm suicide rate spiked significantly (hanging became the preferred method of killing yourself after the ban.)

    Homicides actually increased after the ban and it was not until the early 2000’s that they returned to the level they were in 1996 (this in keeping with a long term trend in decline of homicide extending back many years prior to the ban – so there is absolutely no clear correlation between the ban and gun homicide rates.) None – zero – zip – nada.

    But the retort will be “But we have had no major gun massacres since 1996”! – well that is true but meaningless observation, you did not have any before 1996 either. It was a one off event out of 100 year time span. Mass killings did continue, they were just done with arson and motor car assault on crowds.

    Add in the fact that other violent crime like home invasion robberies where criminals now unconcerned about being confronted by a gun owner just kicked in the front door while the family was home and terrorized them in their own home increased.

    https://bongino.com/did-gun-control-really-reduce-violence-in-australia/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_Australia

    The biggest issue is this however:
    But ever since we here in Australia have been under pressure from the global ( mainly Us ) gun lobby to loosen our laws because then they would have a market here. My own opinion is “Scr*w them ! ”

    That is not the primary motivation!

    For one thing the NRA is member funded and does not gain any revenue from gun sales. They are a fire arms safety and civil rights group who is focused on gun safety, encouraging recreational shooting sports, and preserving the right of all citizens to effectively defend themselves from those who would attack them.

    Those of us who think Australia made a huge mistake in their gun ban are concerned that you are just in the early honey moon stages of repeating the mistake Venezuela made. It only took them 5 years to go from confiscation to being terrorized by their own government.

    Australia will take longer because they have a government which has been stable and economically viable longer and a relatively long tradition of rule of law.

    But the news coming out of Australia about their draconian governmental control of everything smells to an American very much like 1935 -1937 in Germany and we find it terrifying what is happening to your freedoms.

    Inch by inch they are boiling you slowly. Shutting down free speech and gradually squeezing you in every way. You cannot even trim trees to cut fire danger – do you include wild fire deaths as part of the mass killing tally?

    I (and many other gun advocates) fear you are 10-20 years (or maybe much less) from a sudden spiral into totalitarian government which will strangle your economy and take away the last of your rights – and except for the few who defied the ban, you will have no way to fight your way out of it and take back your government.

    You will be in the same boat as the Venezuelans where your only option will be mass marches in the street at a fearful cost in body count as they try to crush your efforts to regain control of your government.

    To each his own – but at this point just like California it is a case of “you broke it – you bought it”.

    I just hope you can afford to pay the price to get your government back under control.

  56. Another Ian says:

    “Bill in Oz says:
    16 March 2019 at 6:19 am

    A History lesson :”

    Now Bill

    How about the knife crime statistics over the same period?

  57. Steve C says:

    H.R. (and other fellow castle-conscious folk) – you might like to take a look at Guédelon Castle, in France. The aim of the project is to build a modest castle, using only the technology which would have been available to mediaeval castle builders, re-learning some of the skills which have been lost since then en route. Quite instructive stuff. They’ve been at it for a few years, so yes, you do get to see a castle (and yes, if you visit in person, you do get to pay an entry fee … ;-)

    NZ – While ‘every man’s death diminisheth me’, and with every sympathy to those affected, this looks to me less like “extreme right” lunacy and a lot more like transparent anti-gun action. No more nor less than that. We built our Western societies on the basis that most people act responsibly most of the time, and there’s your attack surface. Only when all populations are as disarmed as we are in the UK will it be safe to go for full global fascism.

  58. Bill in Oz says:

    Austraia is Australia mate. We are NOT Yanks.

    Nor are we Venezuelans.. There’s few Venezuelans here in Oz. From personal experience I know they are very happy to out of Maduro’s chaos, poverty and corruption. Even though that happiness is tinged by the sadness at what is happening to friends and family innVenezuela.

    I also know my country’s history far far better than you do in the USA. And refuse to accept misinformation being propagated about my country by you.

    There were multiple mass shootings in Australia prior to the reforms of 1997-8. One happened in Hoddle St in Melbourne ~ 1989. The idiot murderer who did it is still in jail, marked by Victorian state legislation “NOT to be released” .
    Another happened in a big city mall in Sydney shortly afterwards. Then there was Port Arthur where 39 people died and many more were wounded. Martin Bryant is still in jail and I hope marked NOT for Release ever, because we don’t have the death penalty at all.

    I do need to make one correction . There has been one mass shooting since 1996. That happened in Sydney in 2014 where a domestically violent man shot his ex-wife and 2 kids and then shot himself. He had previously got a gun license via membership f a local Sydney shooting club. But he was not supposed to have any gun in his personal care. The Gun club was exposed as pretty dopey in administering the law. That lead to tightening up of Shooting club rules via NSW state law.

    I’ll repeat something : We are Aussies. We are not Yanks. We are a different country, nation and culture. And we object to being told how to run our country by foreigners. We do what works for us.
    And scr*w the foreigners who want us to do it their way.

  59. jim2 says:

    Bill in Oz. It’s not foreigners you have to worry about – it is history and your own damn loony-left government!!

  60. H.R. says:

    @jim2 – Or loony-right or any government. Eventually, all governments wind up being tyrannical. That’s when people with nothing left to lose kill the tyrants and start over.

    Citizens possessing weaponry at least equal to the weaponry possessed by their government stand a chance of staving off tyranny, and when tyranny eventually does arrive on their doorsteps, gives citizens the means to end the tyranny.

    Preventing a few tragedies among the few overlooks the importance of being able to prevent the tragedies which will befall the many under tyranny.

    Freedom isn’t free.

  61. E.M.Smith says:

    @Bill in Oz:

    We are not telling you how to run your country.
    We are telling you what we see in your future, plus pointing out that “other than gun” deaths matter too.

    Had the attacker really wanted to kill everyone in the mosque he could most effectivly have done it with a few buckets of gasoline at the entrances (a night club massacre was done effectively that way).

    The purpose of our 2nd amendment it not hunting Bambi. It is to assure our government can be controlled. FAR FAR more deaths come from governments than any other source. Remember that inW.W. II there was a “gun drive” in the USA to ship something, anything, to Britain as their effectively disarmed citizens were faced by Germany and had no effective Home Guard.

    Australia has put itself in a similar position. All it will take is for the UN and USA to “debate” action too long and Australia can be overrun. (Review the almost success of Japan… remember China is 10x larger).

    I wish you luck in your repeat of historical failures (disarmed people are rarely free for long), but maybe “this time is different!”.

    I also hope my family in Oz can escape should that time come.

    BTW, in large part the gun homicides here are criminal on criminal. I consider that a feature. Some other large number are “crook invaded wrong house”, also a feature. Very very few are “nut job attacks innocents” and the ones I’ve examined had SSRI or similar drugs prescribed. Want to reduce mass killings? Stop drugging large parts of the population with mind altering drugs that have a known percentage of folks go violent crazy.

    (A known percentage can’t metabolize the drug and levels rise very high. Simple mandatory testing instead of just prescribing and asking how they feel would prevent that.)

    IMHO the best way to reduce violent mass attack is to get at that root cause of prescribed psych drugs. Giving drugs that remove concerns and worries also removes concern about consequences of murdering people. That the same drug also cause suicidal ideation in some as a known side effect is just asking for disaster. The disaster will be just as big, or bigger, using a rental truck at a crowd point (see France and others).

    Also note Britain and their present issue of “knife crime”. The nuttyness never ends. One politician seriously wanted to “grind the point off” all knives. Since the preferred weapon inside prisons is the “shiv”, I think it is an existance proof that won’t work.

    THE place were I’ve lived that had the lowest crime rate had nearly 100% gun ownership. We didn’t even have a working lock on the door until I was 18 and my mum was living alone so asked me to install one. On the first day of pheasant season, the high school parking lot was full of “kids” putting on their hunting vests and checking their shotguns after last bell. Not one incident ever, even with dozens of armed kids…

    The point? It is never the object that is the problem. It is the person. Attempts to ban or control the objects just moves the person to a different method. Prior to guns existing, the preferred method by women for dealing with an abusive spouse was poisoning. The penalties for poison crime were raised very high. Still, it was done. Then the shift to guns as lower penalty happened. Ban guns, folks will again discover poisoning. You want to have really huge mass murders? I’m pretty sure it would be possible to do in hundreds to thousands before being caught, using selected sweet tasting poisons.

    I’m far more worried about that knowledge becoming widely known / used than about Gang Bangers in East LA or South Chicago killing each other.

  62. jim2 says:

    So I guess if one person kills 21,484 people, it’s somehow worse than if it’s done by multiple offenders? From the article:

    “Ministry of Justice figures show that some 21,484 knife and offensive weapon offences were recorded for 2018, the highest figure since 2009 — when the country was still in the wake of the financial crisis and unemployment was significantly higher.”

    This sure looks like a “mass” knifing to me.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/03/16/crime-wave-uk-21500-knife-weapons-offences-2018-fifth-offenders-under-18/

  63. jim2 says:

    And one thing no one dares to discuss is how the Muslim SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT does not comport with Western-style democracies. As it happens, their form of government is strongly tied to their religion, as is their social practices. Most Western countries allow their women equal rights to men and do not condone the killing of homosexuals. Most Muslim countries restrict the rights of women and the killing of homosexuals is not only allowed, but encouraged.

    This guy in New Zealand was probably motivated by these issues. Citizen shouldn’t have to take matters into their own hands. The government should just ban the immigration of Muslims.

  64. Larry Ledwick says:

    NZ has cut off access to 4chan, 8chan and wikileaks today, so they are using the attack as an excuse to shut down free access to information. 8chan was the official release point for so called “Qanon” posts.

    Like a tie down strap, just one click at a time on the ratchet and before you know it you are in a sealed environment where the government has total control of information.

    I wonder when pirate short wave radio stations will come back to get info into these countries which have erected PCwalls to shut out alternate view points?

  65. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the congress is totally inept at IT security (I presume intentionally as a method to enable spying by who knows who)

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/14/kavanaugh-doxx-feinstein-doj/

  66. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like NZ is going full totalitarian over this shooting.

    BNL NEWS
    ‏@BreakingNLive
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    JUST IN: New Zealand police says people in possession of the Christchurch massacre video(s) could face up to 10 years in prison.

    12:58 PM – 16 Mar 2019

    Do they not realize that the consequence of this order (assuming it is correct) is that autists all over the world are going to take that video apart frame by frame and dig into it with a microscope. There is literally nothing they could have done that would encourage development of a huge “false flag” and “conspiracy” theme to go viral.

  67. Larry Ledwick says:

    NZ is also banning all semiauto firearms

    Data Bear, PhD

    @dataandpolitics

    BREAKING: New Zealand attorney general @DavidParkerMP announces the government will ban semi-automatic guns.

    8:27 PM – 15 Mar 2019

  68. jim2 says:

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head and faces censure from his fellow lawmakers after sparking outrage by blaming Muslim immigration for the New Zealand mosque shootings.

    Sen. Fraser Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday including one that said, “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?”

    “The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place,” he said in a statement.

    https://www.10news.com/news/australian-senator-who-blamed-muslims-for-new-zealand-attack-punches-egg-thrower

  69. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmmm this is interesting:

    Brian Cates

    @drawandstrike
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    How many of you knew Trump played a role as an FBI informant in taking down the Five Families from 1980-1985?

    Not very many, I bet.

    chrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/trump-docs.pdf

    Now season all that with other things going on – a concerted push to shut down drug epidemic, and significant busts on human trafficking recently, and that just the other day there was a high level Mob hit in New York.

    One news piece mentioned that it was “disrespectful” that he was shot at his home. That is not a word that organized crime figures throw around frivolously.

  70. Larry Ledwick says:

    More on the mob hit
    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/arrest-mob-boss-gambino-staten-island-custody-francesco-cali-507246191.html

    If they go through his personal electronics it might really open up information on the operations of organized crime, if they can crack the phone.

  71. Larry Ledwick says:

    The above link for the pdf “uploads/2017/06/trump-docs.pdf” only works in a chrome family browser like chrome or brave.

    I tracked this back to the original posting:

    https://quodverum.com/2019/03/75/endgame-potus-trump-s-vindication-nears.html

  72. philjourdan says:

    @Bill in Oz:

    the number of suicidesecli…. The number of domestic violence incidents…The number of homicides ….

    Your statements are non starters. I bet if you compared the number of gun crimes today in any country to the number 500 years ago, you would find it has increased everywhere. The reason is self evident as are your statements.

    The real question is what has the total crimes in each category done since the great Oz Gun grab. That would be worth discussing.

  73. Bill in Oz says:

    New Zealand is now going the same way on guns, that Australia did in 1997. Finally !. Two decades & 50 deaths too late.

    And thus a truly dopey Greenist government will be re-elected at the next NZ elections..

    All courtesy of an idiot Aussie gun nutter in NZ from Grafton in NSW.

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well it looks like the Covington affair has opened the flood gates for massive law suits against major media for shoddy reporting and libel, slander, or defamation.

    I bet we see a few more of these as big time lawyers see a chance to reap huge profits and go down in history as the attorney who nailed the media to the wall for their malicious and biased coverage.

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/failed-gop-candidate-don-blankenship-files-12-billion-defamation-lawsuit-against-major-media-outlets/

    Political candidate files $12 billion dollar law suit.

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like things are about to break, Sen Chaffetz has directly accused James Comey of flat out lying under oath.

    https://kagdaily.com/2019/03/jason-chaffetz-just-busted-james-comey-lying-under-oath/

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    Violent crime in the US has been steadily decreasing since 1992. The last time rate of violent crime was this low was back in the 1950’s

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/191219/reported-violent-crime-rate-in-the-usa-since-1990/

    Same holds true for property crime.
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/191237/reported-property-crime-rate-in-the-us-since-1990/

    Fact is America has never been safer, (or had higher gun ownership) ergo gun ownership has no relationship at all to crime rates – unless you are willing to stipulate higher gun ownership results in lower violent crime.

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/01/03/5-facts-about-crime-in-the-u-s/

    The media has entirely fabricated the perception crimes are increasing an guns are responsible with their constant FUD news stories. Due to improved communications we now hear about stories that 50 years ago would have never even been heard of outside the city or county they occurred in. Like the false theme that severe storms are increasing it is exactly the opposite, it is only that the few rare and horrific crimes get world wide coverage if it fits a certain agenda.

    Right now world wide media is doing 24×7 coverage of the killings in NZ, but hardly even mentioned the slaughter of an equivalent number of Nigerian Christians a few days earlier.
    Except for a few media outlets outside the major media cabal no coverage at all. Or is it just unimportant if they were killed with machetes by other Africans.

    https://www.breitbart.com/africa/2019/03/16/nigerian-muslim-militants-kill-120-christians-three-weeks/

  77. Larry Ledwick says:

    Wow !

    Big Q drop analysis on twitter – this reads like a spy novel (which is perhaps what it is).

    Keep in mind while reading this that Facebook had a world wide outage the other day that they blamed on a “server configuration problem”

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/13/facebook-suffers-outage-related-to-core-whatsapp-and-instagram.html

    It almost looks like what we are seeing is the surface ripples of a war between the CIA / Democratic party and the NSA/military intelligence. My money is on the latter to win.

  78. Larry Ledwick says:

    Face book announcement and explanation.

  79. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    No, I have no desire to sample Beto Pooetry…

    But thanks for asking ;-)

    @Larry L:

    NSA are the Nerds Of Tech, Military are the True Patriots. CIA impresses me as the Liars, Cheats and Political Dirty Tricks department.

    I’ll bet on Nerds+ Patriots against Liars, Cheats and Political Dirty Tricks every day of the week…

    Given a choice, I’d work for NSA immediately. CIA, um… about that shoe phone…

  80. Larry Ledwick says:
  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    All of a sudden we are seeing multiple Q analysis threads on twitter fitting the puzzle pieces together. This is getting interesting.

    By they way how many recall during the early part of the Obama administration when someone quietly logged into an early morning conference call where they administration insiders passed out talking points and key phrases to media types so that they all were regurgitating the same tag lines in their coverage? (this was when they were rolling out Obama care and needing to vote for it before you could read it as I recall).

    These morning play book calls apparently morphed in to slightly more secure web chat type distribution system and efforts to hide communications by using burner phones.

    Remember when they discovered a whole lot of those stingray fake cell tower sites in Washington and no one was sure who was tracking who?

  82. Another Ian says:

    “If you’re game to sample Beto poetry”

    “Presidential aspirations poetry” it may be but no threat to Shakespeare IMO

  83. H.R. says:

    @Another Ian – No threat to dirty limericks, either, which most people would prefer over Beto Poetry.
    ;o)

  84. jim2 says:

    On Meet the (De)Press(ed) this morning, they are blaming the internet for white supremacy. Free speech more and more is toast. Judge Jeanine on Fox has been taken off the air for some period of time for discussing the anti-Semitism of Ilhan Omar. She put two and two to together to conclude Omar leaning towards radical Islam. Speak truth to power in the US these daze and see what happens!!!

    Get those VPNs going!!

  85. jim2 says:

    Researchers have warned tech companies for years that online extremism and radicalization results in real-world violence. On Friday, those warnings appeared prophetic again when a shooter with a history of social media radicalism entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and killed 49 people.

    An online manifesto apparently connected to the accused shooter listed a variety of online influences related to the crime, including “the internet” itself.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/new-zealand-shooting-leaves-online-extremism-researchers-hopeless-furious-n983941

  86. cdquarles says:

    I won’t mention how to make it; but it is easy to make. It tastes sweet. L E. This likely caused more poisoning in a certain empire than any other single thing.

  87. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting bit on the shooter’s background.

  88. Larry Ledwick says:

    Handy reference if you want to look up President Trump executive orders:

    https://www.coreysdigs.com/presidential-executive-orders/trump-presidential-executive-orders-current-list/

  89. Larry Ledwick says:

    I love watching this guy’s videos – he actually teaches electronics concepts in an entertaining way.

    (sort of an electronic Tim Taylor the tool man sort of guy — or maybe Mister Wizard with a death wish)

    For a little escape from the imploding world news.

  90. Another Ian says:

    ““Market Bloodbath”: Too many new remote renewables projects means high losses”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/03/market-bloodbath-too-many-new-remote-renewables-projects-means-high-losses/

  91. H.R. says:

    Weather report from H.R. central:

    We had the most beautiful Currier and Ives snowfall yesterday. I’ve only seen maybe a dozen snows like this in my life, if that many. Total accumulation was between two to three inches. There was no snow in the forecast.

    It started out as flurries. The temperatures during the day were around 37F, plus minus a couple of degrees. I just figured there was a cloud with a bit too much moisture that had drifted by, dropping snowflakes that survived to reach the ground where they promptly melted. The pavement was 4-5 degrees above freezing so nothing was going to accumulate there.

    The pace of the snowfall picked up and the flurries turned to large flakes which varied from about 6mm to 25mm across. The snow fell so thick and fast that it built up on the grass and trees despite the air and ground temperatures being above freezing. The snow was insulating itself as it built up on the grass and trees.

    What was so beautiful and odd about this snow was that there was ZERO wind. If you picked out a large snowflake and watched it descend, it fell straight down with only that wobble from the aerodynamics of a large snowflake.

    Every branch and limb, the grass, and any other surface not directly on the ground built up a nice high profile on top all fluffy and puffy, even on the tiniest branches. It was like a fantasy image of the perfect snowfall, except it was very real.

    Right now (10:00-ish am EST), those high thin piles of snow are starting to fall off the limbs of my trees. These are large clumps of snowflakes and still falling nearly straight down. There is just the barest detectable breeze blowing that is enough to dislodge the snow, but not enough to move the snow around on its path to the ground.

    It has been one very fine 18-hour period to look out the windows while sipping some coffee. I may have some pictures to share depending on how my son’s images turned out. (My flip phone images only served to confirm that images of black cats in coal mines all look the same.)

  92. E.M.Smith says:

    Are you sure it wasn’t a white cat in the snow storm, but under exposed?

    ;-)

  93. Another Ian says:

    “Brexit: last week in the UK the elites rose up and overthrew the masses”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/03/brexit-last-week-in-the-uk-the-elites-rose-up-and-overthrew-the-masses/

  94. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the media is trying to stifle discussion of the Q phenomenon – (if you’re taking flack must be over the target)

    From twitter:
    Shirtless Pundit 🇺🇸

    @zachhaller
    1 hour ago

    After years as a Top Writer on Medium, my account was permanently suspended following my #QAnon article that put the CIA & Washington Post on blast.

    Here is the article that got me shut down. Be a shame if the censorship drew more attention to it.

    https://steemit.com/life/@zachhaller/the-washington-post-s-qanon-segment-was-something-out-of-1984

  95. Larry Ledwick says:

    One of the links in that article is this remastered version of the Q video

    Q – The Plan To Save The World
    It presents the theme of what Q is and what it is trying to do.
    Believe it ? Only time will tell if this is real or just another smoke screen.
    I would like to think this is the real story but am old enough to reserve judgment and watch for a while. As we know things are not always as they seem and even the good guys have their agendas.

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    Related to above

    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., hinted Monday the coming release of documents that will “show” U.S. ambassadors conspired with the FBI and the Justice Department to harm President Trump.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mark-meadows-sitting-ambassadors-conspired-with-doj-to-take-down-trump

  97. ossqss says:

    Well, as a distraction, I watched the 1st episode of the Netflix “Lost In Space” . It was pretty good, but at the end, Dr. Smith was introduced as a girl. Oh the pain!

    He could have been Celery or something. Oh wait!

    Changing history or what, and we thought temperature records were important , C’mon man ;-)

  98. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry L:

    I wish I had the time to dig into the whole Q thing, but I’ve chosen to limit my turf to “not that”. I do find it a fascinating either social or political phenomenon, but “A man has got to know his limitations”… and I’ve chosen to not “go there”. Though I’m glad others do and give me reports from time to time ;-)

    I do hope Trump can survive the non-stop assault on him by, well, all the people graft can buy… I’d love to be on staff to him, doing anything he asked, as a trustworthy operative; but I’m just “an old guy with a blog”… Oh Well. Hopefully being a cheer leader is helpful enough.

    @Jim2:

    Having just mad an “emergency run” to the cheap store for some $3 wine as I ran out and was still typing…

    @Osssqss:

    Yeah, I watched some of it too… then lost interest. The NetFlix Originals are a bit too formulaic.

    FWIW, the reason I didn’t get a PhD until a few years back was largely the “ribbing” I got in High School with “Dr. Smith” due to both the show and me being “way too smart”. Just the idea of being called “Doctor Smith” caused my skin to crawl… Sometimes I wonder about the damage mass media can do to people… other times I’m sure…

    But yeah, the New! Exciting! Unexpected! absolutely predictable thing that’s “trendy” now is to invert all the expectations. Amusing the first time boring as hell after the third… Yeah, I got it, ALL the Admirals (who live) on Start Trek Plagiarism are women…. EVERY couple is either Mixed Race or a Gay Couple… OK already… boring… Moving On…. Sigh.

  99. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have made the same choice regarding Q, and don’t spend a lot of time with it, but do watch for what seem to be sensible analysis threads. Some of the folks are going off into the weeds with all sorts of numerology secret codes and such which I have little patience with.

    You can literally take any string of numbers and with an agenda pull out some obscure relationship.
    Sort of like the folks that think the dimensions of the great pyramid are some cosmic truth even though the ancient Egyptians were probably just stone masons trying to fill a contract and used rules of thumb to build things.

    I think there is some basis to it (or at least President Trump is using it) since he has done some things that tend to confirm the Q theme.

    It is one of those things which I check in on occasionally but do not “believe” in the sense of being totally committed to it like some obviously are.

  100. Jon K says:

    I had not watched the video of the NZ shooting, mostly because I didn’t want to, but also because it had been removed from so many platforms and I was skeptical of some of the conspiracies being thrown around. My friend had me watch this video https://www.bitchute.com/video/VRRZI8Pre7oa/ that throws out a major conspiracy and it does raise some questions that I can’t explain. What do y’all think?

  101. E.M.Smith says:

    I think a cyclone in Mozambique may have killed around 1000 people and nobody really notices but a few folks get shot and the world goes bat shit crazy… so it’s politically driven… therefore to be ignored.

    Just the general ‘filter” I use on such things. I’ve skipped every story about the N.Z. shootings. Why waste the time? It will all be the same old same old emotional gush and advocacy for things that do not work and cause government dependency.

  102. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Jon K says:
    19 March 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I have viewed several commentaries of the video like this and I think I have a rather simply explanation for their concerns.

    First they are expecting massive blood explosions from the bullet impacts like you see in slow motion in the movies. That does not happen in real life with a small caliber high velocity bullet like the 5.56 in most cases. In the movies they achieve that effect with a small explosive squib placed behind a bag of theatrical blood and sometimes a small piece of liver, which when the squib fires blows out this fountain of goop.

    A 5.56 makes a very small entrance wound. Even in good light on a target range on a white target the bullet hole is nearly impossible to see and sometime even hard to find all your shots by close up examination of the target. Many of those bullet wounds would be through and through wounds which would just be small punctures on both sides of the body. In the ER sometimes doctors have great difficulty finding all bullet wounds, because non-expanding bullets (the norm for 5.56) do most of the damage internally through massive hydraulic shock turning organs to mush but the entry and exit wounds are most times quite small.

    Secondly most of the victims were wearing traditional loose clothing and that would exagerate this effect.

    Third – massive bleeding stops when the heart stops. It is only over time that the body slowly bleeds out after death. Often time deer hunters for example, using much larger caliber weapons can find little or now blood trail on a running deer. They are bleeding internally, and die a few minutes later but external blood loss is often quite small.

    The only time I have seen massive obvious bullet effects is if the bullet hits something like a bone or joint, then it can cause significant surface disruption but most times bullet wounds are small, and not all that bloody.

    On the disappearing brass – That I believe is an artifact of how video compression works. I think the video algorithm is simply not able to handle the very rapid movement of a very small object and at some point simply decides that is nothing but signal noise and ignores it. Keep in mind this was not shot with a movie quality camera and $20,000 lenses but a cheap POV camera with a tiny lens the size of a small button. Just not going to pick up fast moving small detail. I have seen this effect myself in that sort of image.

    Out at bonneville we use them to shoot wide video of the cars running down the track. It is very hard to pick up a 30′ long car moving at 200 mph that is a half mile away then when it gets closer is just sort of suddenly appears in the video when it gets big enough for the camera to resolve it.

    Same happens with small objects like house flies buzzing around the camera and operator. When they are close to the camera easy to see but as they move out away from the camera they just vaporize and you cannot see them.

    On wall damage – same as the bloody wound issue. It depends very much on the nature of the wall construction. A bullet passing through plywood, wood paneling, or sheet rock just makes a very small divot like stabbing the wall with a ball point pen, which would be very hard to see in that lighting at that distance from a cheap POV camera.

    In some home, or business security video of you see the same thing you never see evidence of the shots actually hitting anything unless it is breakable like a window etc. In other cases you see lots of dust raised by the muzzle blast but that depends a lot on how clean the environment is.

    The one case I have limited explanation for is the magazine on the floor but have one possible explanation for. I have not seen any images showing how he was dressed but I assume he had on a tactical vest with multiple magazines in chest pouches. If so during a reload it is possible to jerk out one magazine and accidentally pull out a second, or to drop a magazine that snags which would fall near your feet. If that happened he could have intentionally or accidentally kicked the magazine out from under foot making is slide several feet down the hallway. In which case he would have temporarily ignored it while he loaded another.

    Likewise it could be an empty or partially empty magazine he ejected from the rifle and kicked out from under foot.

    Tactical reload is where you know the magazine is nearly empty but are about to enter an area where you want a full magazine, you drop the magazine you have nearly expended and put in a fully loaded fresh one. Make entry with the full magazine, and then later on your way out if possible retrieve the partial magazine.

    I am not at all satisfied that commentary proves anything other than folks think a real shooting should be like a Hollywood movie. You can clearly see several of the victims slump or move as they get hit with follow up shots.

    People just standing around – people in shock do funny things.
    Muslims are fatalists and think that all events are the will of Allah. They might have just been praying to Allah and waiting to go to paradise.

    Don’t put much stock in the video, I would put a lot more stock in the body bags carried out of the Mosque and talking to the EMT’s that picked up the bodies, but no one I have seen has actually interviewed the first responders, and I doubt the NZ govt will allow much of that proper journalism to occur.

  103. Jon K says:

    @ Larry,
    You’re right. I thought of a lot of the same things on the first watch. I watched again after your commentary and realized that he had already been inside when the video started, which could explain the mag on the floor and the motionlessness of the victims.

  104. ossqss says:

    @EM, I dont see any resemblance to either of them. Not even in a picture of you and HR with the Flir adapter at Sonny’s. Which I atill have if you want a copy of it. ;-)

  105. Larry Ledwick says:

    Ahhh the fun of buying stuff on Amazon. I got a delivery today – the only two things I am sure of is the package contains seeds and was shipped from the Philippians.

    The seeds are very small like onion or lettuce seeds but I have no clue what plant they produce. There is a very small very crappy picture in the package about one centimeter square that looks like some sort of vegetable, squash, peppers, potatoes not sure. I thought well simple I will just check my orders and see what is listed as being delivered today.

    One item is marked as delivered (I got two envelopes) and this ain’t that package.

    It is probably one of several packages of seeds that are just marked “Expected in xxxx”
    The customs marking says it is a “gift” and the value is 0.49 USD. So it could actually be a trivial thank you gift for some recent order or just using the gift designation to avoid customs problems.

    None of my pending orders have that sort of listed price.

    Anyone know how big true potato seeds are and what they look like?

  106. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well apparently true potato seeds are pretty small.

    But these seeds are even smaller than this illustration but the color and shape is about right.
    These things are like “dust”

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    I have been seeing references to this all day, but finally got a news story on it.
    President Trump has found $12.8 billion in the defense budget which can be diverted to the border wall. Now they are going through that list to see which budget items are appropriate to reallocate.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/pentagon-finds-12-8-billion-for-trumps-border-wall

  108. Sera says:

    Happy Equinox to all you druids out there…

  109. E.M.Smith says:

    @Sera:

    And a Merry Equinox to you!

    @Larry L:

    True potato seeds vary in size with the type of potato and sometimes the individual grow. I’ve had some where they were so small I just squashed the fruit on a bit of paper and let it dry (gluing them to the paper that I could then cut up and plant…).

    Others I just dried the little fruit and stuck it in an envelope.
    If they look sort of like the most amazingly small tomato seed you ever saw, they are likely potato seeds.

    Flat. Brown. Minuscule…

    @OssQss:

    Nope. No resemblance at all. And am I ever glad! ;-)

  110. Larry Ledwick says:

    Your description fits pretty good E.M. I am assuming they are the true potato seeds, have some others coming so will use process of elimination to figure out exactly which order this is.

    I just repacked them in two of the small glass vials (half in each vial and sealed the cap with electricians tape) then stuck the whole mess in a ziploc bag and and stuck them in the freezer. Tiny seeds like that probably do not age well at room temperature. There are about 4 or 5 that did not want to come out of the plastic bag I will try to sprout when I get the chance.

  111. Larry Ledwick says:

    I found this very good article on growing potatoes from true potato seeds (TPS), it includes some of the “tricks of the trade” to make happy potato plants.

    https://www.cultivariable.com/instructions/potatoes/how-to-grow-true-potato-seeds-tps/

  112. jim2 says:

    The collective head of the left (and Lindsey Graham) is exploding because Trump called out deceased John McCain because of McCain’s role in the fake Russia dossier. It doesn’t matter if he’s dead or not, he was still a dirty bastard in this shameful chapter in American history and needs to have it pinned to his dead *ss.

    Of course the left says Trump is deranged because of this. They need to take a good, long look in the mirror.

  113. Power Grab says:

    Re the recent Boeing crashes: Bloomberg had some stories that say that the flight right before the Lion flight that crashed, had an off-duty pilot sitting in the cockpit in the jump seat. When the plane started going nose-down, he told the pilot(s) to disable that engine and they could regain control of the plane. He saved the plane.

    But the next time the plane flew, the crew was unaware of the “fix” and the plane went down.

  114. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2:

    I occasionally listen to a local “News / Talk” radio station that has decent coverage of traffic and weather. That’s ALL I use it for. Well, got in the car and that was the last station used… some “talking head” was interviewing another guy and they were clearly BSC (bat-sh…crazy) with TDS. One claiming Trump was clearly “clinically insane” and the other wondering if a military revolt would prevent Trump from launching a Nuclear Attack (on whom was left blank, as was why…). They were livid about how horrible Trump had spoken about McCain… then played an exemplar clip.

    Now you can be absolutely certain this lot chose THE worst possible clip. What was it?

    Trump saying that he’d approved a big State Funeral for McCain and given fairly nice words in it and that he got no credit for that.

    So that’s the horror? Really? That a guy who gets 1000 gratuitous arrows a day and incessantly bitched at by lesser lights complained that he’d actually treated they guy nicely in his passing but that never gets mentioned?

    Then they wonder why I “click off” to the other station…

    At this point I have no real idea what “horrible thing” Trump may or may not have said. What I know for certain is that McCain kept Obamacare alive and was at best a fence sitter politically between RINO and Dimocrat. His only great accomplishment was being busted up ejecting from an aircraft and then sticking with his buddies in a prison camp when the guards found out he was from the privileged class and offered to send him home. IMHO “Damning with faint praise” is what he has earned.

    Did he represent the wishes of Arizona well? Probably. It has a lot of retirees on government doll and is basically so-so divided between tepid Republican and modest Democrat Left; so about what he was. So, IMHO, “Kudos on McCain for accurately representing his constituency”…

    What is very clear is that once The Left has decided someone is Hero Of The Revolution anyone who states the truth about anything less-than-stellar that person did will be vilified as Evil Incarnate. Just dumb. “Reality Just Is. -E.M.Smith” and must be recognized and respected, even post death of the involved parties. FDR was no Saint. JFK liked his bimbos. Even my hero Jefferson held slaves. Nobody is perfect and that must be recognized. That’s what pisses off The Left.

  115. E.M.Smith says:

    @Power Grab:

    Found a very good video about why that plane has issues. Boeing had to put bigger engines on it as it is larger, but with short landing gear, they would hit the runway… so the engines were moved a little forward and upward.

    The bigger engines, if fully on, will tip the airplane up into a stall position. Normal behaviour in a stall is to add power while putting the nose down. The elevator is too small to force the nose down so an automatic system is added that adjusts the “trim” of the whole stabilizer to get the nose down.

    All that is well and good… unless you are full power high nose angle just after takeoff and the airplane decides you need to go nose down to avoid a stall.. Now mix in the Pilots not having been told about this behaviour change. The assumption is if no training is required, nothing significant changed, yet the basic stall behaviour is dramatically different and trying to sort out “Oh, there is a computer and it is fighting me for elevator control” when it is nosing over into the ground doesn’t work well.

    The Pilot who made the video stressed that doing full throttle was a Big NoNo when nose high and slow on this aircraft and WILL cause problems with pitch control.

    Then, on the nose, there’s a little fin that detects stall. One on each side. If, for some reason, one of them detects a stall and the other doesn’t, you get a particular warning that your instruments might be lying to you (one side gets the warning and stick shake, the other doesn’t and the computer flashes “I am confused and can’t be trusted”). At that point the Standard “Memory Items” list is done:

    The Pilot adds power to about 75% and assumes altitude might be questionable while putting the nose in a normal horizon position. Basically try to go to straight, level, and lots of power.

    Except the Computer may not get that message in the same way… The “MCAS” system decides it needs to “help you” by adjusting stabilizer trim nose down, more than you can change with elevator (the elevator is the little flap on the back of the tail which in total is the stabilizer)

    So the pilot is adding power causing the computer to get nose pitch up signals right when it wants to apply nose down, so starts running the stabilizer down, fast. The pilot is getting nose down right when he wants nose flat to up but pulling on the elevator (yoke) doesn’t do anything as the stall control systems make pulling back harder and the MCAS has more pitch authority.

    In that moment the Pilot must suddenly realize “This isn’t the same 737” and that the new system is fighting him, and turn it off (with a panel switch) or over-ride it (with a thumb trim wheel) while also deciding to over-ride all his training to “add thrust”. All in a matter of moments before he is in a catastrophic nose down plunge with an aircraft not responsive to his control inputs.

    Those who work that out, live.

    It is still unclear if the stall sensing fin was defective, clogged by bird bits, software not able to handle some odd case (wind gusts, hail, abnormal vertical downdrafts…) or what.

    What is clear is that until the Pilots ALL get the message that in a stall approach this aircraft will try to kill them if they shove on full throttle and ignore the automated stabilizer changes happening, so don’t do that with the throttles and “when in doubt” about elevator authority, use the trim control to get it back; things need to stay grounded.

  116. jim2 says:

    EMS – Trump was and is pissed about McCain’s role in the “Russian” dossier. From the article:

    “Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,'” Trump

    tweeted

    , quoting Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated then-President Bill Clinton.

    “He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!” Trump added, referencing the senator’s 2017 vote that helped to sink a Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/17/trump-criticizes-john-mccain-over-russia-investigation-and-dossier.html

  117. ossqss says:

    Hummm, lessons learned this week to share.

    One, take your time when working on electronics. Why? I busted a ribbon cable retainer clip on my now deceased Note pro tablet whilst replacing the non-replaceable battery (4th one) and ultimately shorted out the LED and killed the non-replaceable motherboard that I replaced last year. If I had taken my time, none of this would have happened dangit……

    Two, don’t buy HP laptops. Why? I just finished redoing the Windows 10 on this unit after the crap hard drive died a couple months ago. Then earlier in the week the WiFi quite while my son was taking a test at school, but I worked around that with a USB WiFi adapter since I didn’t want to put a new card in it. Then yesterday the power stopped powering it. I changed out the power port and tested it. Everything was measuring properly until I got to the MOSFET and that was the end of the line for the 19 volts. . Way too small to try and jump it with a wire and solder, and probably not a long term fix anyhow. Sooooo, toss it in the lake or buy a new used high risk motherboard for 70 bucks is the current question. Bottom line, HP has squeezed every profit penny out of manufacturing these new laptops to the point their components totally suck and just about all are integrated onto the motherboard to boot! Of course they all take a crap about a month out of warranty, %$##@%$%^&%

    Is it happy hour yet? >>>>>>>>>> ª¿ª

  118. H.R. says:

    @ossqss – Funny that. My new web surfer with Windoozy 10S 10 is an HP. Got it for $249 at Costco. I like it a lot now.

    Two days ago the Wifi took a dump. I thought it was a hardware failure because it just quit in the middle of nothing in particular; online and then poof! no Wifi. Mrs. geek H.R. didn’t think so and asked for a shot at it before I started on my journey to HP Customer Disservice Hell.

    She went to Devices and deleted the Wifi device, then reinstalled it. Bada bing! Bada boom! Three minutes later and I was off to the races.

  119. E.M.Smith says:

    @OssQss:

    Why yes! It IS happy hour. (Where TBD ;-)

    My solution has been to buy SBCs and so far I’m happy…. I’ve now got 2 “out of service” laptops (one HP bought new years back, the other “inherited” after the SSD died) and I’m not seeing the reason to pony up big bucks for one.

    Polish up your meta or woodworking skills (case) and just put a fast SBC with LCD screen in a slightly fat box. Bluetooth keyboard with trackpad ( I love mine) and you are pretty much set. I’d put the battery on a plug, but you can also install it in your case as you like it.

    @All:

    Looks like Trump is signing an Executive Order about Free Speech On Campus. I suspect it is of the “No Fed Money if you violate 1st Amendment”.

    Prepare for howls and splody heads on the left… and violent demonstrations at Loony Lefty Institutions nationwide…

  120. jim2 says:

    This is from a person in NY. She can’t tolerate that Trump helped her out – I hope she’s a died-in-the-wool Dimowit and not an Independent. If she’s an independent, we have a hard row to hoe ahead of us. From the article:

    One client who benefited from a new deduction for business owners found her unexpected refund disorienting.She looks at me and says, ‘Oh my god, this is wonderful, who can I thank?’” Rosen said. “I said, ‘Trump.’ It was like she saw a ghost. She didn’t want to hear it.

    view-source:https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/trump-tax-reform-causing-freakouts-in-rich-new-york-area-towns

  121. Bill in Oz says:

    E M Interesting notes about the Boeing 737 Maxx…
    I’m glad I don’t have shares in Boeing..
    The Maxx is a huge lemon..Only one company has placed orders for it here in Oz ( Virgin ) and I susepct they will be cancelled. As nobody will want to fly in them here.
    Fundamentally dopey & dangerous engineering in my opinion. Why would anyone want to trust software to rectify an engineering design flaw on a passenger plane ?

  122. ossqss says:

    @EM, try that with a 19 and 14 year old needing PC usage. LOL, ain’t happening.

    Glad you found the fix there HR! Good on ya. Send some this way please.

    How do I replace a daily/business use note pro tablet, all day all the time, when new ones don’t exist.

    Oh the pain!

    I am currently using an older note 2014, 10.1″ edition, with a cracked (fully usable) screen that was allocated to the DJI pro drone control duty, but it ain’t the same as the 12.2″. Just sayin, screen size matters when your old :-)

    Its all about the NITs for anything outdoor viewing.

    Reminds me of a video, but its not about NITS….

  123. Simon Derricutt says:

    I’ll just drop this here as a FYI. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47656933 says that Jordan Peterson was going to be a visiting professor at Cambridge University, and they’ve reconsidered their invitation so now he won’t be. He’s accused of using the wrong personal pronoun for people of non-binary sex (and using “he” or “she” when people want to be referred to as “they”. Can’t have that….

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