W.O.O.D. – 24 May 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/2019/05/11/w-o-o-d-11-may-2019
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?

I finished the GHCN v3.3 vs v4 Africa graphs.

BREXIT, The EU, and MEP Elections

The EU Parliament elections are underway and The BREXIT party is polling in the lead.

T. May has had to postpone the vote on her 4th “bite at the Apple” (perhaps a poisoned apple?) and moved the vote on her Not-A-Deal Satrapy Treaty to some future date, hopefully infinitely away.

The rest of the EU is also voting, but not with quite the overtones of Britain; though Italy, France, and some others ought to be interesting.

Austria has had the government collapse, sort of, due to a politician being caught on camera selling government contracts. Hopefully other politicians will learn from this not do be quite so corrupt. (Though I suspect they will just learn to send interns to do the negotiating and offering…)

Venezuela

“God Only Knows” continues. Makes real the old joke of “What if they gave a war and nobody came?”, so we have a Revolution, that isn’t a revolution and a President (or two) where one is a despot and not longer valid and the other is a wannabe and not yet valid; while the rest of the world pretends to care.

Will it resolve? Will anyone notice?

Speaking of Coups

The Democrats stacked great bonfires worth of fuel for their hatred of Trump to fire the Witch Hunt. Now POTUS has started lighting that stuff on fire… with Democrats on top of the piles. Declassifying documents, blowing off Political Subpoenas. Calling dirt, DIRT.

The Dimocrats continue to hunt witches… Seemingly oblivious to how stupid they look. After 2 years, $MILLIONS of “investigation” and they got nothin’. Now The House wants to do more of that? Just OMG dumb. They completely missed the motif of the prior election. “Drain The Swamp” got Trump in, and Hillary out. Now they are doing their best to put on “Creature From The Black lagoon” costumes and profess their love of the swamp. Just OMG level of clueless.

So the question is going to come down to which happens first: Will the House issue articles of impeachment first, or will they be tossed into prison for treason first? It’s a race condition, folks, place your bets…

Space X

Has launched their first batch of “Internet Satellites”. IIRC, about 60 of them on one rocket. It is just the first trial batch, so you can’t start signing up now. Some folks are a mite worried that the use of thousands (the eventual number is many thousands) of satellites beaming strong 5G signals at the Earth 24 x 7 in just the same bands as weather radars and other satellites might screw up some data. Other folks think it might screw up some people. As I had to turn off 5 Ghz on the household WiFi to eliminate family insomnia, the idea of beaming it from space “has issues”… not the least of which is mounting evidence for a microwaves / cancer connection. But they are flying now, so “Guinea Pigs R Us!” (Anyone know where I can buy a Tin Foil Suit? Including hat?)

There are a few other companies with similar plans. I saw numbers that make the total of all the planned “constellations” somewhere up near 100,000 satellites in LEO. Going to make finding a launch window continuously harder. Then what happens when some of them whack each other and start to break up. We’re putting so much stuff in orbit that a Cascade Failure into a rubble field starts to be more probable than just possible. I just got a bad feeling about this…

Oil, Global Warming, And Big Green

I wonder if the push by Big Green to make oil and coal forbidden energy sources has anything to do with Europe not having much at all (and that being used rapidly) while Russia and the USA have lots and lots. So if you can’t stay competitive selling products on the world market against folks with lots of cheap energy, why not convince them not to use it to “save the planet” and get some competitive advantage back? It fits all the known facts and is about as minimal an explanation as I can think of.

So figure the Aristocracy of Europe & The EU want to dampen the power of the Oil Rich like Russia, Saudi, and USA and maintain their ability to sell goods and rip off poorer nations. How better to do that than get Oil & coal forbidden? Just an idea…

Not so sure how the Saudi’s figure in to the whole “Embrace Islam as Christianity Lite” motif being steamrollered over the Western World, but maybe they just spread enough money around Europe they have bought up all the mind-share? How else to explain the endorsement of the EU Leadership? Then they use Big Green to sell the stories…

There’s some part of this puzzle that’s missing, and I think it is in some MI-# groups of the UK… (MI-5, MI-6, what happend to 1-4?) perhaps in cahoots with the TLAs of the USA and some other EU Member “Agencies”. They sure, collectively, don’t like Nations being run for the benefit of the people of those nations by nationalists.

The Weather:

It has been cold and wet all over the place. FEET of snow in parts of California. Will we have snow on the Memorial Day Weekend? (Official start of outdoor BBQ here in the USA).

How anyone can continue to try selling this as “Hottest Ever!!” just amazes.

The delayed planting and continued flooding will not be good for food production.

India

Had a big election and elected a Nationalist Government. Oh Dear, Globalists not popular there either.

In Conclusion

It does look like the Globalist Cabal has suffered a big string of losses. Yet they do not change their objectives nor methods one iota. Can they not sense the mood of the people, now that they’ve caught on to the scam? Or do they just figure it doesn’t matter?

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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212 Responses to W.O.O.D. – 24 May 2019

  1. erl happ says:

    Re Australian Politics. Big funk by Labor Government in Queensland after the voters demonstrated a preference for coal and jobs over ‘Climate Action’ saving the endangered Finches habitat from the rapacious activities of the Indian Coal miner Adani. The labor state Premier with the unpronounceable name ups and tells her cabinet ministers that ‘enough is enough’ and let’s have a timetable for approvals to be issued.
    So, the election that was supposed to settle the countries direction in respect of embracing action to reverse climate change has backfired on the Labor Party and the Greens.
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison who brandished a piece of coal in parliament saying that there was nothing to be afraid of is most surprisingly returned with a working majority.
    The polls have been indicating that Labor was preferred over the Coalition of the Liberals and the Nationals over the entire period since the last election.
    So, looks like the voters are unimpressed with the climate change clamoring. Its been a great week.
    Apparently even Michael Man is saying that Australia is lost to the cause.
    Strangely, the Greens gained votes in the upper class suburbs of the capital cities. They retained their single seat in the House of Representatives. Melbourne is ‘different’.

  2. Another Ian says:

    “Melbourne is ‘different’.”

    The saying up here is that “You can tell a Victorian but you can’t tell them much”

  3. H.R. says:

    Theresa May–be-maybe-not is resigning next month. I’m not linking to the YSM sources because it will be all spin. I didn’t read anything but the headline because I’d like to hear from the UK wing of the Chiefio Blog membership for the real scoop.

    It seems PM May was likely in on the coup attempt against President Trump, giving the OK to Brit spies to lend a hand to our Deep State. Devin Nunes (R-Ca) gave President Trump some questions related to the coup to ask PM May during his upcoming visit. I don’t know how that will actually play out and if it is in any way related to her resignation announcement, but I believe that President Trump does want to speed Brexit along so the US can cut some bi-lateral trade deals. May is standing in the way.

  4. Jon K says:

    E.M. ” It’s a race condition, folks, place your bets…”

    I’ve got $5 on impeachment first. Swamps drain slowly and there aren’t many dwellers that want anyone to see what they’ve hidden in there.

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    @Erl Happ:

    Thanks for that synopsis!

    I knew the election in Oz had tossed the “Climate Change” pants wetters, but didn’t know the players nor any of the nuance. For some reason I’ve found it difficult to keep up on Oz politics and politicians (the US news is a bit thin on it, and the ones that make the news all seem to be saying the same things.)

    What seems to have been forgotten is that most people are very busy trying to keep body and soul together while tending a family. Tell them you will make the world better while helping them do that, you pretty much get a free pass. Tell them you are going to put rocks in their shoes, break one arm, and eliminate their job “to make the world better” and you become a tosser.

    The political class also seems to forget that roughly 1/2 the population are “Above Average” and they are not all politicians or lawyers. We’re not so dumb as to buy their stupid lies for long. Somebody checks up on it, then starts talking to friends… It may take time, but eventually the game is up and they are caught / tossed.

    One just hopes it happens fast enough…

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Sky News has video of T. May announcing she will step down as leader of the Conservatives Party on June 7, but remain P.M. during the contest to replace her.

    So how fast does the UK replace a P..M. then? And who is on offer? Anyone better?

    What does this mean in terms of amount of mess?

    UPDATE: The news crawler says mid-July for a final conservative party choice of P.M. Then again, the Talking Head (Alistair Burt MP) is making noises about a “General Election” along with other potentials like rescinding BREXIT and / or a 2nd referendum. Does this really toss it all open, or is that wishful thinking?

  7. jim2 says:

    The Brexit party will turn all things political on its head, IMO. Like here in the US, there was an entrenched political class working against the will of the people and the people finally got fed up. I’m happy to see a peaceful resolution down the pike, in body of the Brexit party. It is already polling very well.

    WRT the US, I was happy to see Trump’s pushing the declassification of Russia-related documents. Once those hit the light of day, there will be no taking them back no matter who gets power in the future. The political consequences could be significant, meaning that hopefully a bunch of independents see that the Dimowits are the worst of the two evils. And in my heart hope shines eternal that black and hispanic voters will see what party is best for their prosperity in the long haul. Same hope for unions and blue collar workers in general. We still have about a year and a half for some good developments – or not.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    From the WIki:

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

    The incumbent Premier of Queensland since the 2015 election is Annastacia Palaszczuk of the Labor Party.

    OK, so “Anastasia” is easy enough to get… “Palazuke?” “Palaskzuke?”… Yeah, that’s an issue…

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    Now that we have declass coming a host of other problems are going to bite the Dems.

    @gspatton007
    BREAKING NEWS. YUGE👇👇

    Svetlana Lokhova has sued for $25 million, Stephen Halper, NYT, Post, NBC for Defamation++

    (warning some “creative language” included)

  10. Larry Ledwick says:

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Fox News has started putting things up on YouTube. I’ve not watched much Fox stuff in the last couple of years as they want a “cable subscription” to activate their Roku Channel and the whole idea of Cord Cutting via the Roku is NOT to have a “cable subscription”. So “it’s been a while” for me & Fox.

    Watching their reporting, the Democrats they have on video are calling the disclosure of information is a “cover up” by Trump. Just “crazy talk”. So Trump tells Barr he can declassify and publish information and that is covering up information? I think the Dims have taken the Communist/Socialist Method of “accuse your opponent of what you do” a bit too far…

    The Democratic Leadership needs to get out of their Telegraph Circle, exit the DC Echo Chamber, and spend a little time with regular folks in Reality Land. Maybe get breakfast in a Denny’s in Omaha, or attend a Country Fair in West Texas and try a corn dog and beer lunch with the locals… Or heck, just watch a MAGA Rally on Right Side Media.

    They need to catch some clue that increasingly large number of Regular Folks have caught on to The Big Lie method and it just doesn’t sell well anymore. Look at the ratings on CNN, MSNBC, etc. and the ever declining circulation of politically biased newspapers. Propaganda no longer sells. At least outside D.C.

    There’s more to life than Political Smear Strategy, and they clearly don’t realize that. Trump is doing a good job for the people, the people see it. Smearing that doesn’t work. Claiming that publishing information is a cover up of information doesn’t work. Lying to my face after having been caught too many times lying to my face doesn’t work. Telling me it is the Hottest Ever!!! when I’m dealing with too cold to grow tomatoes and snow in May, doesn’t work. Maybe they ought to try honesty and truth for a change…

  12. Larry Ledwick says:

    Some of the media and govt antics are now getting exposed in the UK too!

  13. Steve C says:

    Well, in our Euro-constituency yesterday I was faced, sure enough, by exactly the dilemma I mentioned a week or two ago: both a Brexit Party candidate and a UKIP candidate splitting the vote. In the end, I went with the noise that Farage can generate, although I don’t trust him much and although UKIP have better policies overall. (Mainly by having policies other than exiting the EU …)

    And no results yet, not until everybody across Europe has voted, so we can’t influence one another. But I do hope we send a good wedge of disruption to Brussels. Looking on the positive side, if Boris Johnson does finally succeed in becoming the leader of the Conservative Party, they should by then be only an insignificant rump and unable to do too much damage.

    And, in town today, a small crowd of brainwashed children in front of the Council House, chanting some tosh about climate change which was, happily, thanks to the adults bellowing through megaphones to lead them, largely unintelligible. There was also a lady who looked old enough to know better running a modest stall proclaiming “Socialist Change Not Climate Change”, handing out leaflets. Oh, and Unicef chugging away just up the road so’s they can go and scare kids in poor countries too. An uneventful day in the once-industrial Midlands.

  14. Steven Fraser says:

    I didn’t see this topic mentioned, so I will: From my perspective, there is an issue building because some states’ Legislatures have voted to, treat the national vote winner as their state’s winner for purposes of the Electoral College, the so-called ‘Popular Vote Contract’.

    According to the description at https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/written-explanation ,
    the contention is that the ‘Winner-take-all’ approach chosen previously by many states has skewed the results in an undesirable way. In my opinion, this current initiative will skew them in a different, also undesirable way, one which was deliberately avoided when the Founders defined the Electoral College Process.

    It seems to me, that if the issue was with ‘Winner-take-all’, that states could have changed to ‘proportional choice’ of electors. Hidden in this current initiative is an even more profound ‘winner take all’, where the winner is chosen by an aggregated, multi-state total, but one which does _not_ require a majority of the votes nationally, but simply the ‘most votes’, amongst however many candidates there are… the plurality wins. Its still ‘winner-takes-all’, but with 2 differences: For those participating states, its not their State’s ‘winner’, its determined by the aggregated States’ ‘winner’.

    Aside from the questions of Constitutionality (see Article I, section 10,) for me, the biggest issue in the implementation of this initiative is a procedural one. Article III of the compact states:

    ‘Prior to the time set by law for the meeting and voting by the presidential electors, the chief election official of each member state shall determine the number of votes for each presidential slate in each State of the United States and in the District of Columbia in which votes have been cast in a statewide popular election and shall add such votes together to produce a “national popular vote total” for each presidential slate.’

    Key to the nuance is the phrase ‘each member state’. This is inclusive of the States which are members of the agreement, and EXCLUSIVE OF ALL NONMEMBER STATES.

    The effect of this is then, not a National Popular voting system, but rather a Cabal of States that are agreeing among themselves that the winner of the most popular votes AMONG THEM, (even if not a majority of the popular votes among them) will be their choice for President.

    To make this further interesting, the compact only goes into effect when the participating states control a majority of the count of electors… in other words, THEIR plurality winner will become the President. Until such time as this compact achieves the required number of electors, it means nothing at all, other than risk. It does not go into effect for an election if not achieved by July 20 of that year. However,if and when it does, then it will have to be litigated by a non-participating state, or within a state by the inhabitants whose votes are being aggregated with those the other member States.

    Now, how is this not a ‘winner takes all’ system? Oh, its really ‘OUR WINNER TAKES ALL’, and that winner does not even need a majority of ‘their’ votes… only the ‘most’. The stated rationale for doing this is to ‘make all the votes count’. Really, this is to increase the importance of the votes within the group. Where do you think candidates would spend their time if this goes into effect? Why, in the states party to the compact.

    Another of the effects of this agreement is to completely circumvent and make moot the Constitutional role of the House of Representatives in the resolution of non-majority situations in the Electoral College. This system would completely prevent such a circumstance. In a close election, with 2 (or worse, 3 or 4) candidates closely matched, a plurality of a small number of votes within the participating states would elect the President.

    You may read about this in the news. Some of the particular details are missed in those representations, particularly, the scope of the states included in the ‘Popular Vote’. In an article about Nevada, this forms the major idea of the first paragraph:

    ‘Well, the Nevada State Senate has decided to go the way of Delaware, Colorado, and a dozen other states in allocating its electoral votes to whoever wins the national popular vote.’

    It glosses over (or simply misrepresents) what the ‘national popular vote’ is, as defined within the agreement.

  15. philjourdan says:

    @EM – Re: Europe trying to stigmatize carbon based energy.

    I had never thought of that, but the more I think of it, the more I like it (as a working hypothesis). The problem is the clowns doing that thinking (and the reason I am leaning towards it) are socialists and do not understand the dynamics of water. It matters not how many holes you patch in a sieve, water will find the one you miss. Thus the lesson of carbon energy, As long as there is a supply, there will be buyers. And the sellers will sell it, and if the price is cheaper than the alternatives (and it will be), the socialists will be the Maduros of the next 20 years. They will be all wind and sun, and prices to match with the reliability of a politicians promise. They will lose. But they do not have the intelligence to see beyond their “wiley-E-Coyote” schemes.

  16. H.R. says:

    @Larry L re Svetlana Lokhova lawsuit:

    OMG! Right off the bat! That really made me laugh out loud.

    (Admittedly, I’ve not been to Law School, but I suspect ‘Rat#ucker’ is not a classical Latin legal term. Just a hunch.)

  17. Larry Ledwick says:

    There is a foot note on that colorful term at the bottom, that shows it draws from the Nixon era and inside DC is a well recognized “political” term for a political dirty trickster.

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    Hmmm interesting discovery of massive underwater volcano.

    https://www.livescience.com/65545-largest-underwater-volcano-seismic-hum.html

  19. Paul, Somerset says:

    Palaszczuk is easy. The ‘z’ is just the character the Polish language uses to modify the preceding consonant. In English we use the character ‘h’ for the same purpose. So, her name is pronounced ‘Palashchuk’ (Palash-CHOOK).

    Basically, European languages use a squiggle to modify a consonant. In some languages that squiggle is represented by the character ‘z’; in others by an ‘h’; Czech uses the hacek as well as the ‘h’ (the Czech word for ‘Czech’ is Čech); Spanish modifies the letter ‘l’ with a squiggle represented by a further ‘l’.

    Two interesting Scottish names are Gillan and Gilzean. They’re of identical origin – it’s just that the modifying squiggle gets represented in two different ways. Originally both names would have been pronounced something like Geeyan. So, the singer out of Deep Purple (Ian Gillan) and the Scottish footballer Alan Gilzean have effectively the same family name, even though each is now pronounced exactly how it’s spelt (i.e. Gillan and Gil-zean).

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R.: I believe “Rattus Potator” is proper Latin….

    @Paul, Somerset: Thanks for that! I’ll now be properly “squiggled” ;-)

  21. Graeme No.3 says:

    According to someone named Vladimir the name of the Premier of Queensland is pronounced Poleshchook.
    Apparently Palacechook isn’t correct (along with a lot of other things she’s been called).
    Politics in Australia has 2 main groups. The Liberal + National Party coalition which has just won its third election in a row. The Liberal name originally meant conservative, but was getting to mean the same as it means in the USA, until the then leader Turnbull was (finally) dumped last year. The National Party are agrarian socialists, always wanting handouts. They are losing votes to the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers party. There are other small parties on the right. The Katter party, is a one-man band but he keeps getting back into Federal parliament (represents far north Qld. which gets lots of comments those less inclined to the Right). There is a Liberal Democratic party which is unrepresented in any parliament. Their leader (and formerly lone Senator) would be right at home in the National Rifle Association. Then there is One Nation which gets the odd member or three into parliament before falling into pieces over some stuff-up e.g. just before the recent Federal election they were exposed (by a sting operation) in the MSM as trying to get millions from the NRA. Then there is the Australian Conservatives Party which (in their words) didn’t trouble the scorer in the recent election (they have one Senator who admires Trump but isn’t a clone).
    And the opposition comes from the Labor Party which has got
    2007 43.38% of the vote in the Federal elections they won
    2010 37.99% when they were saved by 2 ‘independents’
    2013 33.38 lost in a landslide
    2016 34.73 narrow loss to Turnbull
    2019 33.69 lost
    That they get into or close to winning is due to the australian preference system of voting in which unsuccessful candidates are eliminated and their votes are distributed according to a second or third or fourth choice by the voter. Enough votes go to The Greens (and flow on when they are eliminated) to get Labor members into Parliament in greater numbers than the primary vote would indicate. The Greens make your Democrats look (almost) reasonable. Think Occasional Cortex without the intelligence and charm.
    Both sides on the Left hate each other and slug it out for inner city seats in State & Federal parliaments. Labor has been dragged left to try and counter The Greens.
    The Greens main support comes from the upper middle classes, the ‘environmentalists’ and those in favour of more government spending on Health, Education (State only) and the Public Service.

    And you thought you had troubles in the USA.

  22. YMMV says:

    Another Ian pointed to
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/05/24/rees-mogg-warns-parliamentary-stitch-up-appointing-new-pm/
    So that’s how May got the PM job!

    It was at the latter end of this process that the system fell apart nearly three years ago. A leadership election was triggered when former Prime Minister David Cameron resigned the day after he lost his campaign to keep the UK in the EU in the June 2016 referendum.

    Five Tory MPs stood for the top job of party leader: leavers Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom, and Liam Fox; and remainers Theresa May and Stephen Crabb. Likely frontrunner Boris Johnson announced he would not be running after Gove declared his candidature.

    After a number of voting rounds, Fox and Gove were knocked out and Crabb resigned, leaving May and Leadsom as the two candidates to appear on party members’ ballots.

    However, Mrs Leadsom pulled out leaving Mrs May the last man standing, automatically resulting in her becoming party leader and prime minister, cutting party members out of the decision process entirely.

    The Tory membership is, however, in the majority Brexit-supporting with the last poll on the subject in January finding party members backed leaving with no deal over May’s deal over two to one.

    Now the same process starts again, with some of the same candidates.
    Here’s your racing form:
    https://www.foxnews.com/world/theresa-may-leadership-election-conservatives-boris-johnson

    And after that, what? This looks like a good review of the options, mostly pointing to the no-deal exit, sooner or later.
    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-scenarios/the-uk-after-may-no-deal-new-deal-socialism-or-no-brexit-idUKKCN1ST23F

    With political dramas like this to watch (and the others mentioned above), who has time to bother with GoT?

  23. Jeff says:

    Back in the days at SoCal, RF meant a mean or mischievous prank or practical joke. Especially if you were rushing a frat (even a geek one)… But that has to be one of the most interesting “case studies” out there. A few twitter threads had incredible comments; waiting for the lawyers to chime in (Eugene Volokh, whaddya think?)(from the HP3K days).

    Also interesting is the article on Mammoth (had to use “tools” to see it here from Germany… grrr…).
    Seems the “warming trend” is actually a cooling trend:

    After receiving a record amount of snow for May, Mammoth Mountain on Friday announced it would be extending its ski and snowboard season into August.

    With one week left in the month, Mammoth has already received 29 inches of snow, the most ever recorded in the month of May. The total beats the previous record of 28 inches, set in May 2015.

    The latest storm brought an additional 9 to 10 inches of snow to the snow, including another three inches in the past 24 hours.

    Hmmm. Highest two amounts only four years apart. 2015 and 2019.

    Must be weather…not.

    We’re getting Gorebull warming by the hundreds and thousands of litres. Also being downplayed by Meer-Kuh and her ilk, but the farmers are good and truly cheesed-off, because they’re getting rain and cold when they should be getting their crops started in warm and sunny weather…

    Hmmmm. Must be all that CO², and the cowfarts… Or maybe the emissions from politicians…

  24. Jeff says:

    P.S. These guys have a lot of great tips on BBQ, even in the snow, if you get tired of skiing, or all the Gorebull warming (be sure to have a jug of Everclear or White Lightning to help light yourself and the fire up :) )

  25. philjourdan says:

    @Graeme #3 –

    Think Occasional Cortex without the intelligence and charm.

    I am sorry, but I have no idea who you are referring to. The closest name I can discern is AOC, but she is neither intelligent nor charming. She is ignorant and brash.

  26. Steve C says:

    UKIP continues to crumble. Now it’s leadership battles, spreading divisions within the party and further weakening them. With hindsight, I think I voted right: Farage may be a single-issue sledgehammer, but until we get out of the EU that is what we need.
    https://www.politicalite.com/ukip/breaking-ukips-hookem-fights-to-become-top-dog/

    And “Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is just one point behind the leading Labour Party in the latest opinion polling for a future Westminster parliament election”. Things definitely seem to be falling apart.
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/05/24/latest-national-polling-shows-brexit-party-head-head-race-labour/

  27. Another Ian says:

    philjourdan says:
    25 May 2019 at 3:15 am

    I think he’s referring to “the Chook”

    Also known as “Empress Anaesthesia”

    (In case – chook is a descriptive of fowls)

  28. Another Ian says:

    Better check supplies of beer and popcorn

    “When The FBI Does It, That Means That It’s Not Illegal”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2019/05/25/when-the-fbi-does-it-that-means-that-its-not-illegal-93/

  29. Graeme No3 says:

    @ philjourdam & Another Ian:

    No, I meant to imply that the typical Green in Australian political circles is inferior to AOC in intelligence and charm. I am influenced by several people I know referring to R. DeNatali (the Greens leader) as poisonous, loathsome and nasty bit of work. These weren’t conservatives, rather typical members of the public, so it gives you some idea why, faced with increased Green influence in the Government, so many ordinary australians didn’t vote the way the ABC, the Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald told them to vote.

    Changing the subject, I heard a brief bit on the ABC replaying the National Broadcast program from the USA where the speaker explained that Impeachment was only a matter of weeks away. Given that the crap when heard from that source causes a reflex push of the off-button, I missed his target but I assume he meant the President.
    I understand that in the USA that any official, not just the President, could be impeached. Could it be possible for the Administration to move that obviously guilty officials be brought before the Senate?

  30. Graeme No.3 says:

    Sorry, National Public Radio, usually delivered by a canadian accent. I don’t listen to their waffle, but it suits ‘our’ ABC just fine.

  31. jim2 says:

    Steve C. said: Farage may be a single-issue sledgehammer, but until we get out of the EU that is what we need.

    I’m happy to see you came around. That was my thought exactly. After you are separated from the EU Tar Baby, the issues for a free country will naturally emerge and take the spotlight.

  32. Graeme No.3 says:

    @philjourdan.
    Our Green mob have nothing to learn from AOC. My dislike is widely shared as I have heard comments recently about their leader as “poisonous”, “vile” etc. And they weren’t people normally interested in politics.
    The rest of my last comment has disappeared into the ether, must be due to Climatechange© !
    It was that I heard a snippet of the National Public Radio All things Considered program on the ABC before I could hit the off button. The commentator was assuring someone that Impeachment was certain within weeks. Given the bias shown when I did bother listening to some of it I assume he meant the President.
    I understood that in the USA impeachment can be used against any public official. In that case could the President send certain adversaries to the Congress?

  33. Larry Ledwick says:

    An appropriate look at Memorial Day holiday preparations at Arlington National Cemetery.

  34. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like an interesting business opportunity

    scared shitless fitness

  35. E.M.Smith says:

    philjourdan says:
    25 May 2019 at 3:15 am (Edit)

    @Graeme #3 –

    Think Occasional Cortex without the intelligence and charm.

    “Occasional Cortex” is ms A.. Occasio Cortez (sp?)

    This is a classical bit of British Style humor / slam. You pick an object of the cut that has some bad property, then say they are like another one that has none of it ether, only they have even less.

    Like saying your opponents Lawyer is reminiscent of a mob hit man, but without the the morality and good character… Think of it as a fancy form of “He’s worse than dirt” as an insult…

  36. Dave Halliday says:

    SystemD – tried to post this here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/more-systemd-follies/ but it looks like comments have been closed. Anyway, interesting article on Slashdot:

    https://linux.slashdot.org/story/19/05/25/0538206/systemd-now-has-more-than-12-million-lines-of-code
    Systemd Now Has More Than 1.2 Million Lines of Code

    No wonder it’s so craptastic… 1,400 different authors.

  37. Larry Ledwick says:

    Video by Lauren Southern getting censored by youtube, view this while you can, (or capture a copy if you know how)

    Borderless(2019) emergency backup

    Borderless(2019)

  38. erl happ says:

    @ Graeme No.3
    Love the Palacechook and your guide to politics in Australia.

    Thanks EM Smith and Paul Somerset for the spelling and pronunciation corrections.

    There is an interesting analysis of voting trends in the ‘Weekend Australian’ by John Black, a former Labor senator for Queensland that can be accessed here: http://www.elaborate.net.au/category/election.profiles
    Highlights:
    Labor’s campaign fell flat in working class seats across the outer suburbs and provincial cities across the country.
    The seats with the biggest swings to the Labor party were top heavy with goat cheese circle (richer Australians living within a bike ride commute of their CBD office job, mother back in the workforce in a semi-professional job to accelerate the mortgage repayment and send a child to the same private school that their wealthy parents chose for them) and coming of age stereotypes (just pressed graduates of the socially aware tertiary education system that can be called upon to attend a demonstration in favor of real climate action now). This cohort is small and explains why the Greens vote is stuck on 10% of the total.

    The seats with the swings against Labor have a high proportion of people who have formerly voted for Labor including families with a skilled blue-collar dad and a white-collar Mum amounting to about one in four workers and from further out in the newer suburbs, semi-skilled and unskilled workers who face unemployment due to digital disruption in banking and retail plus the active Christians impressed with the genuine appeal of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Plus, the pensioners who don’t like low interest rates, have long memories, lots of experience and to a man don’t believe in AGW. Quite spectacularly, angry coal miners, desperate for work drove down the Labor vote in Queensland and New South Wales Hunter valley.The out of work across the country voted for Morrison who promised jobs and economic responsibility.

    Let’s not forget that the housing price bubble has burst with a 40% correction on the cards, so there is increasing mortgage stress that tends to focus the mind. The proportion of household debt to GNP is mind boggling. The construction industry is reeling.

    The Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk (Anastasia Palacechook), divined immediately that the ‘climate change agenda’ killed the Labor vote in Queensland where a higher proportion of people live outside the capital city than in any other state. Straight away, she tells her ministers that she wants a deadline for the approval process of the Adani coal mine that has been trapped for nine long years in the environmental steeplechase.

    A couple of months ago, the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority decided, off its own bat to take the north west miners to the cleaners over their carbon emissions. That initiative was nipped in the bud by the local Labor Premier when the export focused mining barons hammered on his door.

    It seems that somewhat belatedly, democracy is working.

    The real crunch in terms of a stock market debacle can’t be far away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05kVaFnHXw0

  39. philjourdan says:

    @Graeme #3

    R. DeNatali (the Greens leader) as poisonous, loathsome and nasty bit of work

    See, now that I recognize as AOC. I guess her name was changed to accentuate the guilty? :-)

    @EM – I knew who he was trying to refer to, I just could not attach the description to the person. Some idiots do, most do not.

    @Steve C – a liberal (read: Trump hater) said recently that Trump is not the president that America needs, but is the US president that China needs at this time (it was actually a compliment for Trump). In his eyes, Trump was necessary at this time to correct the imbalance of trade terms with China, and no one else could pull it off.

    So apply that logic to Farage. He may not be the prime minister Britain needs, but he he is the PM that Brexit needs. And even those who do not like him are starting to realize that. He has a shot.

  40. Bill in Oz says:

    @Erl Happ & Greaeme Nmber 3, I read that article as well Erl. It’s pretty good on the big picture. But offers no answers as why here in the Adelaide Hills of SA Australia, a good long campaign by Georgina Downer to win the seat back, failed. And instead a ‘Center’ ( but in reality Green ) Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie was re-elected. A week later & I am puzzled & perplexed. And I have lived here in Mayo for 20 years.

  41. erl happ says:

    @ Bill in Oz. Are South Australians convinced that ‘renewable energy’ is the way to go? Perhaps its an endorsement of Rebekha Sharkie’s green stance? In WA we had Julie Bishop exit the Curtin electorate and the Liberals put up Celia Hammond as a candidate. Initially Celia rejected the idea humans are the main cause of climate change. I wrote and congratulated her on her stance. But following an outcry, like Tony Abbot, she was forced to retract. Celia was elected. Perhaps if Georgina Downer had talked about the desirability of stabilizing the electrical grid with 24/365 hour despatchable power generation such as that from Leigh Creek and suggested that humans might not be responsible for all the climate change we observe, she might have been elected. I think the tide of opinion is turning. But, is it turning in South Australia?

    @philljourdan I think that Trump needs Yukon Huang as an adviser. He has the background to know whats what, in China. See:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IfAzGKaSkA
    I think Trump is making the same sort of mistakes that Johnston made in Vietnam. Bad mistake for Australia to go ‘All the way with LBJ’.

  42. Graeme No.3 says:

    @Bill in Oz
    Not the place, but I think most people thought she had been a good local representative.
    Sure, she is a complete dill regarding Climate Change, but with so many like that in Parliament what difference does one more make.

  43. Another Ian says:

    Erl

    “Bad mistake for Australia to go ‘All the way with LBJ’. ”

    As the Rigby cartoon caption had it “All the way for SFA”

  44. Bill in Oz says:

    Thanks Erl & Graeme for those replies. My gut feeling is that most South Australians have not bought into the Global warming BS. However a good proportion of the Liberal party has here in SA. That was indicated in march 2018 when the Greenist renewable Labor party was given the boot up it’s arse.

    But the Liberal party ? Georgina Downer I met a couple of times to discuss issues in the campaign. But she never wanted to discuss global warming or renewable energy etc.. Either she believes the crap or more likely the party here in SA told her not to engage on this issue as a candidate for Mayo. So for the entirety of the campaign Sharkie was pushing the global warming BS and Georgina Downer was not replying – leaving a vacuum. And possibly giving many folk the impression that the Global warming crap is ‘true’.

    My own thinking is that she would have done better if she had fought the good fight on these issues and made it a major point of difference with Sharkie. Shown Sharkie as the greenist naive dope she is. But I was not managing or directing the campaign.

    And Graeme this is exactly the place for a discussion about this issue. It is sufficiently remote from Mayo as to not attract attention from greenist propagandists as happened in my Fcaebook group page Mayo For Mayo..

  45. corsair red says:

    The Democratic Leadership needs to get out of their Telegraph Circle, exit the DC Echo Chamber, and spend a little time with regular folks in Reality Land. Maybe get breakfast in a Denny’s in Omaha, or attend a Country Fair in West Texas and try a corn dog and beer lunch with the locals… Or heck, just watch a MAGA Rally on Right Side Media.

    What? You mean actually get acquainted with the people they ( supposedly ) represent? What a concept! But those peasants are, you know, revolting! / sarc off

  46. Steve C says:

    @philjourdan – Yep, quite agree re. Farage. Whatever else may be said about him, I think (hope) he’s about to show TPTB that we were serious and we’re not going away. And, Nige, me ole mucker, p’raps you shouldn’t walk away after victory quite as naively as you did in 2016, please.

    @jim2 – More a continuation than a coming round, really. Voted UKIP in the last EU beauty contest and we succeeded in electing the excellent (now retired) Roger Helmer – I’m pleased to say I have an established record of voting incorrectly. ;-)

    The thing I’m wondering is what happens when a party with just the one policy wins a General Election, though to be fair no other policies at all sounds like a great improvement on the last two or three decades. A ‘breather’ before setting to the task of dismantling many years’ worth of rotten legislation, perhaps. Well, we can dream … ‘s about all we can do, it sometimes seems.

    Some of what’s coming out is truly vile:
    https://kippercentral.com/2019/05/26/rotten-remoaners-veteran-brexiteer-should-plunge-to-their-death/

  47. David A says:

    E.M. says – “Will the House issue articles of impeachment first, or will they be tossed into prison for treason first? It’s a race condition, folks, place your bets…”

    IMV the democrats are boxed in either way. If Barr is legit, then indictments will follow regardless. If the Statists really attempt to impeach, the public hearings and questions they will face, backed by the declassification, will condemn them more quickly then a Grand Jury. They are rightly dammed no matter the route they take.

    Just as they really do not want Mueller to testify in a public questioning by those few Patriotic representives, they really do not want to face the public reveal of impeachment proceedings. I think Pelosi, in her increasingly inarticulate manner, is trying to tell this to the “useful idiot” young statist ideologues of the radical left.

  48. E.M.Smith says:

    France24 is saying Merkle’s party wins with 28%? projected… how does that work where you win with only 1/3 behind you?

  49. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like Austria and Poland had the Nationalist right win, France has Macron’s party 2nd to (someone they didn’t name) but somehow that isn’t too bad for Macron… (Update: The crawler says it is Marine Le Pen in first).

    I don’t know if France24 is spinning things or if European election processes are just some strange beast from an American POV.

    I think I’ll try Sky for a bit to see if they have more clarity…

  50. E.M.Smith says:

    DW (Germany) news is crowing about big gains by the Green Party in 2nd place with 20%, so looks like Germany is in the lead of The Idiots Parade….

    Sky News was navel gazing about statistics in prior elections. Looks like some rule is preventing them from actually reporting until an hour later than others.

    With Germany going more loony while Eastern Europe says no to the lunacy, and Italy too, is this setting up for an EU crisis?

  51. E.M.Smith says:

    France24 reporting a big win for the Brexit Party, but no numbers….

  52. E.M.Smith says:

    Greece is calling a snap election after losses in the EU election. So looks like the first fallout is hitting.

  53. jim2 says:

    Ms Le Pen declared victory following exit polls showing the RN winning around 24 per cent of the vote, compared to Macron’s La Republique En Marche! (LREM) who, according to projections, has come in second with 22.5 percent of the vote, French newspaper Le Figaro reports.

    Declaring victory, the RN leader said, “The trust we have been given by the French in designating us as the first party in France but especially as that of the future alternation is an immense honour.”

    She went on to call for Macron to dissolve the French parliament, saying “it is up to the President of the Republic to draw the consequences” and calling for fresh elections, stating that Macron put his own presidency on the line in the vote.

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/05/26/le-pen-triumphs-over-macron-in-eu-election-exit-poll/

  54. Bill in Oz says:

    I’ve been looking at the BBC’s new website.
    Brexit has emerged as the most popular party in the UK with the largest share of the UK’s European MP seats. The Lib Democrats are the next most popular with the second largest share of the UK’s European MP seats.

    Brexit took a huge number of votes from the Conservative Party in former Conservative heartland areas, because of popular dissatisfaction with May’s Brexit stuff-up. And Brexit has done the same in Labor heartland areas like the Midlands and the North West of England.

    The Lib Democrats also seems to have taken a large share of ‘professional, educated’ votes from the Labor party in some areas such as London and the South West
    .
    So the Conservatives and Labor are now squeezed between Brexit and the Lib democrats.

    What will happen now ?

    If the Conservatives and Labor parties have any political nouse they will back a complete Brexit. Brexit once done will be done & dusted.

    A brexit denied by the remainers will just cause more rolling instability as the Brexit party and section of the British people, who want out will not give up..That will cause major instability in the UK government and parliament itself..

    The Conservatives & labor will lose hugely in that process..As demonstrated by the collapse of their EU parliamentary vote.

    But do they have that political ‘nouse’ ?

    That I cannot answer.

  55. E.M.Smith says:

    I guess we’ll see if the UK Parliament can “get over themselves” enough To just declare the UK out and move on; or if they are so sold out to the Globalists that they keep trying the “delay and deny” game?

    I’ve not hear what, if anything is the state of Spain & Portugal in this election.

    It’s starting to look to me like the rift between Germany and the Med. Nations is set to get wider, along with there being an Eastern Europe vs West stacking up too. A re-polarization.

    The French dynamic is a bit curious too. Can Macron just not call any elections and let things keep on as usual for a couple of years, despite the EU vote? European news acts like that’s the situation, but not being familiar with how parliaments work there, it would be nice to have it stated. If that’s the case, then the Marine Le Pen vote is essentially just symbolic?

    Well, if nothing else, ti’s fun to watch ;-)

  56. Bill in Oz says:

    I think that in France they have fixed term elections though the president chooses the prime minister and can dismiss him/her at his discretion.

    I notice a pattern in the MSM I’m reading. They are all reporting how well the Greens did and down playing or ignoring how well the nationalists/populists have done… Apart from the Brexit party which it is impossible to ignore.

  57. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is mighty interesting, I wonder if this in effect pricing for a change in Euro value if Brexit finally gets done?

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-23/bankers-stunned-as-negative-rates-sweep-across-danish-mortgages

  58. I note that some here are commenting that Farage has no policies. They should look at some of his YouTube videos where he talks about all sorts of issues especially democracy (ie more referendums as in Switzerland) and the climate crap. There are two good videos when he was in Australia (in Melbourne I think). He was an the adviser, and in the stockbroker game and understands economics (I think he has a degree from the LSE). He has rubbished the bureaucrats in the EU, particularly the Presidents (statements such as “you could not believe the stupidity in a fiction story but here it is in real life). Those that think Farage is a one policy man are accepting the crap in the MSM. The Elite in EU and Britain hate him and try to shut him up because they know he talks sense to the ordinary thinking voters. He could be a good PM if the media would shut up and people opened their mind to listen. Beside everything he presentations have a lot of humour.

  59. A C Osborn says:

    cementafriend says: 27 May 2019 at 7:31 am
    I couldn’t agree more.
    He wants to re-establish democracy, do away with the current House of Lords, remove the BBC’s Licence, get rid of HS2.
    Their fear of him led to the 2016 referendum in the first place and they have made it 10 times worse for themselves, one of the biggest backfires in UK history.

  60. A C Osborn says:

    E.M.Smith says: 27 May 2019 at 2:32 am
    The French situation is interesting in that the demostrations against Macron are not going away, but they are being deliberately under reported by the whole of the European MSM.
    I don’t see how he can survive.

  61. tom0mason says:

    @matteosalvinimi: “It is not only Lega that is the first in Italy, in France Le Pen’s National Rally, Nigel Farage’s BREXIT is first in Britain. It is the sign of a Europe that is changing, of a Europe tired of the powers of the elites and multinationals. Tomorrow, we will have to redouble our efforts!”
    Just about says it all.
    People throughout the EU are getting tired of the crony capitalism of the EU rulers.
    Also from https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage,

    Nigel Farage:
    “We will contest all 650 seats across the country at the next general election. I will not stop until the job is done.”

    Said on BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ program 27 May 2019.

  62. Bill in Oz says:

    Tom ,it’s not just those countries.It’s also Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria…All these nations have governments which are disapproved of by the EU bureaucrats..

  63. jim2 says:

    Bill in Oz says: 27 May 2019 at 3:52 am

    I noticed that also. I read one article after I searched hawking the Greenies, then read no more. The bias is so obvious. How do you fire the media? They are un-elected partisans. How do we chock them off? (Clowned-Up might kill off a few :)

  64. E.M.Smith says:

    Were I to characterize this, it looks like increased polarization as Soros and the Gang Green push their drek on the weak minded (and get a few percent more… since when is 14% a “major victory”?) while a huge chunk of people spread over at least 1/2 the countries of the EU have gone running away from them off to “The Nationalists”.

    Losers are the “go along to get along” middle who were so busy “going along” they didn’t notice they were selling out their nation and The People. (Or noticed but the payoff was worth it…)

    So that would make the question a simpler one:

    Which percentage is greater: Those who will buy the Green Propaganda or those who see through the Globalist Land Grab?

  65. Another Ian says:

    But

    “OVERTHROWN: Austrian Government Collapses After No Confidence Vote”

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/05/27/overthrown-austrian-government-collapses-after-no-confidence-vote/

  66. llanfar says:

    https://www.neonrevolt.com/2019/05/24/operation-charlemagne-the-silent-ones-and-eyepyramid-italys-role-in-framing-trump-spygate-qanon-greatawakening-neonrevolt/

    From the (very long) post:

    Members of Italian intelligence were approached by Hillary Clinton, the Obama Administration, and the Deep State in order to frame trump by PLANTING EVIDENCE on American servers to force Trump to step down from office.

    In other words, members of Italian intelligence found a target in Occhionero, a Republican-sympathizer who had two servers for his company, Westland Securities, located in America. One was in Washington State, and the other in West Virginia.

    The plan was for Italian Intelligence to hack into these servers, plant classified emails from Hillary’s servers inside these servers on American soil, and then alert the FBI.

    The FBI would then raid these locations, “discover” these e-mails, investigate, link these servers to Trump…

    And then force Trump to resign.

    Do you understand the implications of what I’m saying here? This is like a policeman planting evidence to fabricate a crime. And if the Italian Intelligence actually has ACTUAL classified e-mails from Hillary Clinton, that’s another crime in-and-of itself.

  67. Another Ian says:

    Help needed

    One site I visit that still autofills has acquired an entry in the “Website” box that I need to get rid of (Firefox and WordPress involved). Suggestions please for where I get rid of same?

  68. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    I don’t know how to nuke just one. I generally just move to a new system ;-) But what I’d likely do is to just fill in some bogus value and let it save that.

    In FireFox there’s a place to turn off “autofill” and it ought to be that togging it off, exit the browser (so any cached stuff goes away) and then on relaunch turning it on again OUGHT to have everything blank. IF it does not, then FFox is a huge security hole.

    This says it is stored (login info) in cookies:
    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/where-are-my-logins-stored
    so you might be able to just nuke the cookie for that one site.

    Per Austria:

    That creeps me out as much as the attempted Trump “take down”. Why?

    1) It worked.
    2) They held it in the bank until the European elections. This was not for news, this was for “regime change”.
    3) This is NOT “journalism” nor is it “partisan politics” – it is flat out Political Dirty Tricks. With TLA style tactics if not fingerprints all over it.

    ANYONE to the “right” of Democratic Socialists needs to FILM every interaction they have AND make sure there is never anything they do remotely shady. Any meetings with Russians need to have the player vetted with a call to the Russian Consulate about their status (journalist, government agent, private party…) and have your lawyer present.

    I really don’t like the notion of NGO Free Lance Regime Change…

    @All:

    Well, when the holiday is over I think it will be time to start on the Europe graphs…

  69. Bill in Oz says:

    Re Austria, Agree completely with you EM. The government has fallen in a no confidence vote. But will thre be new elections of a reformulated government with the naive idiot out of the sidelines ?

  70. Bill in Oz says:

    This is really really good. Serious comedy about BREXIT !

  71. Another Ian says:

    E.M.

    It was in the Firefox cookies section. Thanks.

  72. Larry Ledwick says:

    Major tornado damage in the north east side of Dayton Ohio and the area near Wright Patterson AFB.

    Reed Timmer

    Verified account

    @ReedTimmerAccu
    1h1 hour ago
    More
    SIX active tornado warnings across populated areas of western and central OH! Including Dayton and Springfield, OH areas. Large dangerous tornado on the supercell just southeast of Dayton @breakingweather @accuweather

  73. Larry Ledwick says:

    Evan Millward
    ‏@EvanMillward
    24 minutes ago

    DAYTON TORNADOES: A picture from @whiotv crew in Celina (north of Dayton) #ohwx

  74. Larry Ledwick says:

    RadarOmega
    ‏@RadarOmega_WX
    23 minutes ago
    More
    Unfortunately we are dealing with a major disaster situation in the Dayton Ohio area as a long track tornado has impacted a heavily populated area. Here is a very preliminary look at the track of the tornado.. #Tornado #Dayton #OHwx

  75. Larry Ledwick says:

    Snow plows being used to clear debris from roads so emergency responders can get into the area.

  76. Larry Ledwick says:

    Weather guy gives listeners an ear full for complaining about the storm coverage.

  77. E.M.Smith says:

    Isn’t Ohio a bit far north for Tornadoes?

  78. E.M.Smith says:

    BTW, there was an 8 earthquake in Peru on the Amazon side. Quite the mess, but in the boonies of a “3rd World Country” so nobody doing much to cover it.

  79. Larry Ledwick says:

    Generally yes but very powerful large tornadoes can occur all the way to Chicago, and Indianapolis area during major outbreaks. The tornado activity starts in the south and then slowly migrates toward the north as cold weather retreats. It is the clash between warm moist air masses and colder air masses that produce some of the worst tornado activity (see Xenia Ohio)

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

  80. Larry Ledwick says:

    Xenia Ohio 1974 (only a few miles from Dayton by the way).

  81. Larry Ledwick says:

    Approximate tornado tracks – they got hit by two back to back tornados.

  82. E.M.Smith says:

    Just a minor Tech FYI as I work out the details:

    CBS All Access channel on the Roku is NOT compatible with PiHole SPAM / ad blocking.

    I’ve not figured out yet just what is causing it to barf. There was an om.cmsi…. record being blocked, and I whitelisted it, but that didn’t help.

    Turning on an entirely new WiFi channel without PiHole DNS and it works.

    The spouse reported that CBS had some kind of blocking on the use of VPNs with their service, and I suspect this is a side effect.

    So “some research required”…

    I’ll post more once I have more figured out. For now I’m just running the spousal TV on a “TV” Guest Network as she watches a lot of CBS. The other TVs not so much so left as is pending a more generic solution.

    This all had sudden onset a few days (week?) ago. I figured it was just some transitory thing. Nope. FWIW CBS “Tech Support” had the spouse watch it on her phone to show the account was working (She is now thrilled at TV on her phone ;-). They then asserted it wasn’t there problem and had to be the Telco. (Expect everything ELSE works…) So I figure about a week back they did a “push” of whatever is theirn VPN blocking stupidity and it breaks other things too. Maybe.

    So there you have it, the “Here there be Dragons” comment on CBS on Roku with PiHole.

  83. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, adding these two to the “Whitelist” gets to where the ap launches the show. But then it says “Unfortunately, an error ocured during playback. Please try again”. So something more needed too.

    Whitelist
    
    api.taplytics.com
    om.cbsi.com
    

    Unresolved is what taplytics is and why it might be a bad thing to let them in…

  84. YMMV says:

    Larry Ledwick’s link has this generic diagram of the jet stream causing tornados.

    Weather Underground has this diagram of the jet stream today.

    Looks like a match. BTW tornados go into the Canadian prairies too. Mostly smaller ones than in the US, but there are a few F4 and one F5 tornado.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tornadoes_by_province_(Canada)

    And people think they can fix the climate and the weather.

  85. Larry Ledwick says:

    On a different topic – beware of falling rocks in the spring time.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48415293#

  86. beththeserf says:

    Re EM comment, 27th May, 3.45pm … those who do and those who don’t see through the globalist land grab.
    I keep pushing info on the Wildlands Project, part of the UN, Trilaterals Commission, (Soros et Al… Bill Clinton) design to transform land from public control and private ownership to large tracts of no- go wilderness managed by them, each eco-area protected by ‘buffer zones’ and with designated corridors linking human habitation areas, (cits herded into cities). In 1993 the Clinton Administration adopted U.N.Agenda 21 Wildlands Project Plan and here it is, easily available on the Internet.

  87. philjourdan says:

    @EM – Xenia – 1974. Same general area.

  88. cdquarles says:

    Too far north? Heck no. All 50 states have had them, if I am remembering correctly. The main paths move north from the Gulf coast and southern California as winter goes to spring (main season here is Feb/Mar/April and secondary Nov/Dec/Jan) into the traditional Tornado Alley as spring goes to summer and then into the Northern Plains/Canada in Summer. It goes back south as summer transitions into autumn and autumn transitions into winter.

    An exception: tornadoes associated with tropical systems as they hit land. Then, you may see more hit the southern tier than the northern tier in late summer or early autumn.

    As Phil says, Xenia OH’s hit was associated with the big spring outbreak in 1974, which affected most of the center of the US, from the Gulf coast to MI, I think. That, by the way, was the same year we saw a near record cold overnight low in the week before Memorial Day.

  89. ossqss says:

    Another Ian, to clear autofill and other stuff, go to privacy or security settings and clear the browser cache. There should be an autofill selection in addition to other selections for cookies and passwords etc..

  90. Larry Ledwick says:

    As usual the best photo series coverage of the Dayton Tornado comes from the UK

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7076851/Extremely-dangerous-tornado-touches-Ohio.html

  91. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like Indiana and Ohio are in the center of the target for today’s severe weather.

  92. Another Ian says:

    “Declassification: It’s not national security they’re worried about. It’s their own.”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2019/05/28/when-the-fbi-does-it-that-means-that-its-not-illegal-94/

  93. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is interesting if it checks out in followup studies.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095213.htm

  94. Graeme No.3 says:

    Re 5G I pass this on as possibly of interest.
    http://humansarefree.com/2018/10/britains-first-court-case-against-5g.html
    There are links to videos etc.

  95. PaulID says:

    E.M. According to my favorite fiction book series MI4 is the agency in the U.K. that keeps the existence of monsters (vampires, werewolves, ect) secret so that the public doesn’t panic and the old ones stay in their own dimension, Monster Hunter International is the first book of the series the anthology that talks about MI4 is the Monster Hunter Files story by John Ringo title The Case of the Ghastly Spectre if you want a fun read (think B monster movies but with smart and armed protagonists) it is very well done :)

  96. Larry Ledwick says:

    Just for future reference – 1934 drought picture of the US.

    Chris Martz Weather

    @ChrisMartzWX
    3 hours ago
    Replying to @SteveSGoddard
    1934 had exceptional drought across the country coast to coast. The current drought monitor shows that there is almost no drought across the U.S. Just a little in NW Washington, the Southeast, and New Mexico.

  97. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well this is encouraging, apparently the new generation of climate models are less fit for purpose than the old models they are replacing – way to go guys – good job!

    DonKeiller
    ‏@KeillerDon
    1 hour ago
    More
    Dr John Christy (Director of the Earth System Science Center, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science Alabama State Climatologist, University of Alabama). “The models are getting worse. This is a real problem”.

  98. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry, at least this proves, not only are their models wrong, but everything that the modelers know about the causes of climate change is wrong. Now that the effects of the quiet Sun are beginning to take hold they will be even more wrong.
    Time for the next batch of post doc’s to write “Ground Breaking” papers about Human Caused Global Cooling! OH! My God! the Ice Age is upon us! Hummmmmm. I remember that song and dance from the 60s. Human caused Aerosols are shading the Earth and causing cooling. WE must stop all modern human activities to save the world from an induced Ice Age!
    A Einstein said: “Science only advances at the rate that old professors die!”
    For the last 150 years the “Science of Climatology” has been wrong. It should be called by it’s real name “The Religion of Climatology” and it’s practitioners have been wrong for 6,000 years…pg.

  99. Another Ian says:

    Re beththeserf says:
    28 May 2019 at 8:14 am

    Beth

    Have a look at the Queensland Regional Vegetation map and wonder

  100. beththeserf says:

    My reply to you at Jo Nova… Yes Ian. Therefore requiring Agenda 21 action. http://www.galileomovement.com.au/docs/gw/Agenda21inAustralia_2.pdf

  101. jim2 says:

    Now even Dershowitz has come to realize Mueller is a partisan hack. From the article …

    Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system. [emphasis added]

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/29/alan-dershowitz-mueller-suggested-trumps-guilt-to-help-democrats-seeking-impeachment/

  102. Graeme No.3 says:

    E.M.S.
    All you NEVER wanted to know.
    MI1: Director of Military Intelligence, also Cryptography shut down 1919
    MI2: Responsible for Russia and Scandinavia After WW1 role changed to handle Russian and
    Scandinavian intelligence. These functions were absorbed into MI3 in 1941.
    MI3: Responsible for Germany and Eastern Europe. After WW1 this was changed to Europe.
    Absorbed into MI6 in 1945
    MI4: Aerial Reconnaissance
    Its designation as MI4 officially ceased on 8 September 1947, but
    after WW2 MI4 took responsibility for hiring of premises in various
    parts of the British Empire, disposal of armaments and military
    equipment no longer required. MI4 officers were also sent to Cairo,
    their main role being to dispose of post war Military equipment,
    including demountable camp sites, and armoured vehicles. The role of
    the officer was to ensure that the buyers of ex-military equipment
    were not likely to use it against British interests in the region.
    In 1948-52 there was usually only one full-time MI4 officer stationed
    in each locality including Egypt, Mauritius, and Kenya

    One key role that the data from MI4 still performs is the avoidance and
    removal of land mines, as they were heavily mapped in conjunction during World War II
    MI5: Domestic Intelligence and Security
    MI6: Foreign Intelligence and Security
    MI7: basically Censorship. Closed after WW1
    As a branch of military intelligence, paperwork was routinely
    destroyed to maintain strict security. A further large-scale destruction of papers was organised
    when MI7 was closed down at the end of WWI.
    However, some documents from MI7(b) have survived because they were retained by one of
    its operatives, Lieutenant Jame Price Lloyd. In 2012, relatives discovered after his death, when
    his property was being sorted and cleared, that he had kept up to150 files from his time at MI7.
    (A.A. Milne served in MI7 after recovering from wounds sustained at the Battle of the Somme)
    MI8: Interception/Interpretation of Communications. Merged into MI6 1941.
    MI9: Originally Postal Censorship. In WW2 Clandestine Operations (distinct from S.O.E.?)
    MI10: Weapons and Technical Analysis
    MI11: Field Security and Police. Disbanded at the end of WWII.
    MI12 Liaison with censorship dept. in Ministry of Information, military censorship
    MI13 Not used
    MI14: German Specialists
    MI15 Air defence Intelligence. Aerial photography moved 1943 to Air Ministry
    MI16: Scientific Intelligence
    MI17: Secretariat for MI departments
    MI18: Not used?
    MI19: enemy PoW interrogation from 1941 (transferred from MI9)

    It appears a classic example of Parkinson’s Law. The amount of in-fighting and territorial disputes must have taken up a lot of resources. Note that being disbanded didn’t mean much (see MI4)
    A far cry from the original small group of Officers in Military Intelligence in the late Victorian era (1870 – 1890) when there were a maximum of 12. Incidentally (and further useless info) one of them was Lionel Darwin, son thereof. He left (as Major) to become (briefly) a Member of Parliament.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directorate_of_Military_Intelligence_(United_Kingdom)

  103. Power Grab says:

    A.A. Milne of “Winnie the Pooh” fame?

    No kidding!

  104. E.M.Smith says:

    IIRC Milne was in the military in a unit that adopted a cub bear… that grew up with them. On one occasion, unloading a truck, the bear joined in the line and carried boxes. Along with being yhe inspiration for Poo the bear is still on their unit patch.

    There’s a long and fun story of it somewhere… especially some of the rule bending involved with getting papers to transport him. I have a vague memory, perhaps embelished, of the bear being given a field commission to get him on a boat for home…. or somewhere….

    Also, I think he ended up in a zoo and loved visits from his old mates along with kids….

  105. E.M.Smith says:

    Looks like I’ve conflated two bear stories:
    https://www.history.com/news/the-true-story-of-the-real-life-winnie-the-pooh

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojtek_(bear)

    Wojtek was the one unloading trucks and on the unit patch….

    Ah, for the days when lads going to war could take their bears with them….

  106. Russ Wood says:

    On a ‘cascade’ of disasters in orbit, there’s an SF by Neal Stephenson “Seveneves” about a mother-of-all cascades.

  107. Larry Ledwick says:

    The public funded wall just got its permits renewed and is back building wall funded directly by the public.

    Brian Kolfage
    ‏@BrianKolfage
    5 hours ago
    More
    WINNING!! @WeBuildtheWall was given the green light yesterday afternoon by the city of Sunland Park to resume construction, and our permits were re-issued. From the start We Build The Wall, Inc complied with all regulations as required by law as we stated.

    We build the wall video clip

  108. E.M.Smith says:

    Just a minor status report:

    I’ve got the draft Europe GHCN v3.3 vs v4 comparison of Europe posting body written, and 5 countries graphs loaded. (Those that were in the random pick overview posting). That just leaves 50 countries (or 100 graphs) to create, upload, and inspect / comment. Yeah, “just”…

    So for the graph making I get to leave my wonderfully fast Odroid N2, and move back onto the Raspberry Pi where the matplotlib makes the right headings ;-)

    I’ve made all the program copies (still need to edit them to the right country codes / names) and will be running them starting this afternoon. With luck I can start loading them into the draft and commenting in a day or two ;-)

    It will be a great relief when Europe is done. I’ll then make a small “index posting” that ties all the various posts together with one entry point.

    For now, I’m going to take a ‘news break” with a warm cup of something or other ;-)

    Oddly, I’ve noticed that even France24 and Sky have started showing less news and more political spin pieces. It is now the case that I get first and fastest and most accurate news from Youtube channels (the surviving “conservative to middle moderate” ones that were not killed off in the Great Political Purge). I’ve started to just bring up YouTube on the Roku and look at “Recently Posted”. Whenever something big happens, a story about it shows pretty quick. RT is still pretty good, but have a bit too much self promotion “spots” in their slate. They have also been a bit more obviously slanted on stories involving Russia or the USA.

    So basically the News Desert continues to spread.

    Oh Well, just a bit more time for me to do other stuff, I guess.

  109. Power Grab says:

    I’d like a show of hands, please.

    If you’ve ever had your car’s dealership write and ask to buy back your car from you, please raise your hand….

    Here is what my letter said:

    “I need your Toyota Avalon

    “Thank you for trusting xxxxxx TOYOTA with the maintenance and service of your vehicle. Your vehicle happens to be on our list of highly requested pre-owned vehicles and we would like to buy it back from you.

    “We prefer to purchase vehicles for our pre-owned inventory from customers like you. Pre-owned vehicle values remain high and because our certified technicians have cared for your Avalon, your vehicle has more value to us.

    “Plus…if you are ready to trade up, one of our courteous representatives will work with you in order to get you the absolute best deal on your new vehicles.

    “Please contact us immediately to schedule a 20-Minute Vehicle Appraisal.
    “Once presented with your offer, you can:
    1. Sell us your vehicle and take the cash
    2. Trade for a new vehicle and get up to an additional $100.00 toward your purchase

    “There is No Pressure and No Obligation.”

    So……..is this just a come-on? I probably have a little more than $3000 in it so far. $1500 to the seller (they were asking $2000), and the rest in repairs I didn’t want to wait to have done.

    I’m wondering what advice the Village Elders might have for me.

  110. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Power Grab; considering our previous discussions, you wanted a dependable modest cost vehicle with NO payments. You have apparently achieved that with your Avalon so why “Trade Up”.
    They are looking to make more money on 2 sales. On the other hand if they offered to pay me cash $5000 for a car that I had $3000 into, I might take their money and go back to shopping for another private sale.. ;-)…pg

  111. philjourdan says:

    @Power Grab – it is legit and it is a come on like PG said. They can give you $10k for your car – but they will get the difference between the real value and what they are “giving you” with the markup on the car you are buying.

    When buying a “new” car always negotiate the car as a cash deal. Get your own financing if necessary. And only after that offer the trade in. You will find out what it is really worth then (and can then play that off with a place like Car Max).

    The last vehicle I bought for myself, I basically played off 3 dealers against each other. My final price was “under” dealer cost, but they get rebates so I know they did not lose any money on me. But I got about 20% off of their “bottom line” price.

    That is also why I ignore all the sales. They are not really sales.

  112. Power Grab says:

    Thanks, p.g.sharrow and philjournan!

    One of my relatives said that the dealer would come out ahead, whatever happened.

    Another relative said this:

    “Dealers really love to sell cars. It is a gimmick to get you to look. The chance of finding a buyer is part of it, but another chance of getting (enticing) a buyer to pay twice for the new car. (Interest on their loan is the main idea.)

    “They force you to give their financial officer your personal info, so they can pressure you to buy, and to get you locked in on payments.”

    I have many years’ experience resisting the temptation to get locked in on monthly car payments. I am curious about what they might think the car is worth–at least as a trade-in. But the idea of handing over my financial information to someone I someone I don’t want to be snookered by…maybe I’ll just pass. Phil’s idea of taking the money and finding another individual-owned car does interest me, however.
    Another relative said they are always receiving letters like that. So maybe this is just a well-worn marketing ploy.

    I have another mechanic I prefer to have do my repairs and maintenance. The only reason I went to the dealership was to get a couple of spare keys. They have to be programmed. The seller only gave me 1 key, and I always like to have a spare with me and give another spare to my kid.

  113. H.R. says:

    @Power Grab – p.g. and phil already gave you the straight goods on those letters. I get a couple of those letters per year from the dealer I bought my 2013 Honda Fit from. They just need to move cars. They always make a little (or a lot from the unwary) on every transaction or even if it’s just some money from the finance action. So more feet through the front door and more cars out the back door mean more money in the till. It’s a volume game to make as much as possible, or at least a little something, on a lot of transactions.

    If you want to know the current value of a car in your area, use NADA or Kelly Blue Book (hence the term Blue Book value) online service. It’s what the dealers use as their starting point.

    N.B., you will get asked for your zip code because the prices of cars vary by region. For example, Priuses will command a higher price in metro areas and some luxury vehicles will sell for a lot less in rural areas where people want pickups instead of BMW 750iLs.

    Next time, use that to your advantage if you want a lower price. There may be some towns a few hundred miles away where the car you want sells for less due to lower demand. Or… you can check for cars you like that have low demand in your area.

    Enjoy the ride!

  114. Larry Ledwick says:

    Action – reaction
    Trump’s tariff change for Mexico has already got them asking for a meeting.

  115. E.M.Smith says:

    I avoid dealers at all costs. FWIW the last new car I bought at a dealer was 1986 Honda. Used the AAA fleet discount price (after negotiating a lot at other dealers to see if I could beat it). It amounted to something like $100 over theoretical best. Worth it just for the time saved.

    If you have AAA ask them about it. If you don’t, find a friend who does and offer them a free lunch for letting you tag along while they price your car and a new replacement. Only then talk to the promo dealer….

    Personally, between the California 9% sales tax on both cars and the hassle of reg and insurance changes, once I have a car I like, I keep it until it can’t be fixed or becomes structurally unreliable and in a way that can’t be fixed or costs a fortune to fix. I usually get 15 to 20 years out of a car. I rarely pay more than $3000 to buy one. That’s sbout $200 a year capital cost. Insuance or gas or mantenance all cost more. So I care more about maintence costs and condition or insurance costs (so buy boring cars….) than any “deal” on offer.

  116. jim2 says:

    Kalifornia has apparently chosen to inconvenience and otherwise hinder its citizens rather than apply rational forest management practices. From the article …

    State regulators Thursday approved PG&E Corp.’s plan to impose blackouts this summer across vast stretches of its territory to prevent major wildfires — and told customers they can’t count on reliable electric service as the fire season gets underway.

    The Public Utilities Commission approved PG&E’s “wildfire mitigation plan,” in which blackouts could conceivably hit every one of PG&E’s 5.4 million electric households and business customers during times of gusting winds, low humidity and other risky conditions. The plan also calls for PG&E to spend roughly $1.8 billion on ramped-up tree-trimming efforts, fire-resistant power poles and other programs aimed at avoiding a repeat of a major disaster like the Camp Fire.

    https://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/fires/article230992148.html

  117. H.R. says:

    Well, jim2, it looks like PG&E will have to destroy the village in order to save the village.

    @Larry re Mexico tariffs: I didn’t know you read over at CTH. I always read the articles as they are very good and I used to read the comment threads, as some commenters are quite astute. But now the threads are too long so I skim through selectively.

  118. cdquarles says:

    @Power Grab, I have. That’s just the latest technique to get potential buyers into the dealership. One of my local dealers has been using that line for about a year, now.

  119. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jim2 & H.R.:

    Believe it or not, PG&E was already doing that last year when the Camp Fire happened. Just a little more selectively at not where it needed to be done (i.e. where the fire started…)

    But Wait! There’s MORE!!

    Consider This Lunacy… The State is MANDATING that we go all in on “Wind and solar”, but the power consumption will be shut off when it is windy or “hot & dry” – i.e. sunny summer days…

    Say what? Did you read that right? Um, yuppers! When it is windy you can make electricity, just not use it. When it is hot, dry and very sunny, you can make electricity, just not use it. Just Oh My God Stupid.

    Now, yes, I do “get it” that the problem is trees in the wires and PG&E needs some time to trim the trees so “until then” you mitigate by chopping power when the danger of fire is greatest, BUT: They have been aware of this “need to trim” for at least 3 years now and had “an effort” on the books for at least 2 years. Sure looks line one of:

    1) Regulatory Stupid On Steroids (mandating must trim but refusing money to trim and mandating it go to wind and solar expansion).

    2) Corporate “Greed” (in quotes as they were driven to bankruptcy by the regulator so may just not have the money) in not hiring a hoard of independent tree trimmers to get to it.

    3) Agenda 21 / 30 driven “drive them off the land” creeping in to the power supply chain / regulators.

    4) Spite. “Management” saying, in essence, “If you won’t let me make money to run the system right, then screw you, we’ll just shut it down to reduce our liability”.

    We went through all the “rolling blackouts” under Governor Grey “out” Davis, who’s butt we tossed… Looks like it is returning, but mostly in rural areas. I’ve not needed to run my generator in about a decade (and then only briefly during a storm outage), but maybe it’s time to do maintenance on it… I’m not rural, but you never know…

    Sigh. If EVER there was a Poster Child for how “government regulation” can screw up a well running private company it is the sorry state of electric utilities in California. Some of the most expensive and least reliable electricity in the country. About 30 years ago, we had LOTS of big data centers (that take LOTS of electricity and want it to be reliable), but after Grey “out” Davis and then the PUC price hikes of “Gang Green”, new data centers started being built “out of State” where power was cheaper and more reliable. For years I’d made a living in the fitting out and filling up of local data centers. Then I ended up working in Florida on contracts…. Just sayin’…

    Were I building a major “cloud center” or “Disaster Recovery” Co-location facility, it would NOT be in California under any circumstance. Power costs alone would be enough, but add in crazy high regulatory burdens, high wage rates (a lot of which ends up in taxes anyway), high property costs, and dysfunctional infrastructure; it is just all around not a place to be.

    I was on a major freeway about a week ago. This is one that’s a major commute line. Over the decades I’d used it to get to work many years. Gradually the “lock up” window has expanded. In prior years IF I got on it before 6:30 AM, I could be at work rapidly. Then it would lock up in a traffic jam until about 9 AM. Then that became 10 AM, and it was open until 3 PM (when the “carpool lane restrictions” kick in and the freeway gets one lane smaller…). So 10-3 was a pretty good window to gets stuff done. Last week it was still coming to a halt (though starting to break up) at a bit after 11 AM. Later, at 2 PM, it was already clogging again. That’s only 2 to 3 hours of “open and moving” window during the day. On a weekend, I could not get out of Silicon Valley on the main freeway on a Saturday. Think about it… AFTER the Friday Rush, the Friday Exodus, the Saturday Morning “going to recreation”… on a Saturday afternoon the freeway was jammed.

    So the Cities, in their Agenda Stupid mode, are rabidly approving 4 story apartment blocks in “urban renewal” but NOT adding road capacity. We’re all supposed to walk, take buses (that are not there…) or trains (that are not near). The net result is just increasing grid lock.

    So what person with a brain would build a business in a place where your employees can not get to work during normal business hours and trucks can only really move at night? Water is restricted to “not enough” and electricity is a ‘sometimes thing”?

    It will take a long time for the existing stock of investments / businesses to be run off, but it will inevitably happen. One spreadsheet and one decision at a time.

    Can the State survive on retirees in 4 story flats on pensions and government transfer payments, all taking their scooters on the bus or train? I don’t think so.

    Oh, and a couple of days ago we (me and spouse) hit MacDonalds for lunch. A “Quarter Pounder” meal and a “Fish Meal” both “medium” sized. Just a few cents shy of $20. Not doing that again… The impact of a mandated “living wage” is no more business from me. At those prices, folks take their lunch to work instead of getting a “burger and fries” because an extra $200 / month of costs is $400 of work time ( as you have a total of about 50% marginal taxes) which is 26 hours at the $15 / hour “living wage” rate. Few people will work over 3 days a month just to get lunch out while working.

    Oh Well. It’s painful to watch the slow motion implosion, but it is what it is. As long as the Tech Titans are raking in the money it will continue; and then it will very suddenly stop. (Vis. Detroit as a model of the “suddenly stop” aspect).

  120. Larry Ledwick says:

    @Larry re Mexico tariffs: I didn’t know you read over at CTH.

    I don’t “go there” but often see links to their stories on twitter (which is how I end up reading their stuff.) I let others curate their threads (just not time enough to actually go through all the forums and web pages I would like so let others bring them to my attention).

    I first saw comments about the tariffs on twitter.

  121. YMMV says:

    E.M.: “I was on a major freeway about a week ago.”
    There’s a song for that, “LA Freeway”. The version I know best is by Jerry Jeff Walker, but it is a Guy Clark song. Also covered by Steve Earle. YouTube has several to choose from. I chose this Guy Clark version because it is done live.

    For those of us who pine for good old days of California (now gone forever), there is fortunately a clone which survives: Chile.

  122. Another Ian says:

    Fun and games in Canada

    First there was Bill C71 – “Liberal government’s firearms bill clears Senate, despite Tory attempts to gut it”

    Which has now been copyrighted

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2019/05/31/cold-copyrighted-hands/#comments

    Explanation in comments there

    ”MikeM_inMD
    May 31, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    The Canadian Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling that states private individuals and corporations may own the copyright of any piece of federal (and provincial?) law that they wrote for the appropriate legislative body. That means they can collect payment from anyone who reproduces the covered law, or deny them permission to do so — treating that portion of law as if it were book of poetry. Details can be found at https://www.restorecsa.com/lawsuit. ”

    Biter bit – we’ll see where this goes!

  123. Another Ian says:

    Latest Pointman

    “Playing the long game and now it’s revenge time.”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/playing-the-long-game-and-now-its-revenge-time/

  124. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well now the fun is about to begin with big tech.

    Ryan Saavedra
    @RealSaavedra
    BREAKING: The U.S. Justice Department is preparing an anti-trust investigation of Google and is expected to examine its practices related to search

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-is-preparing-antitrust-investigation-of-google-11559348795

  125. Ossqss says:

    On a lighter note, I plan on seeing this tomorrow, as the debut viewing was interrupted with alligators and sprinklers tonight which prohibited things. Yep, rogue sprinklers hitting lake water can attract things that like your pets, momentarily.

  126. philjourdan says:

    @EM – I hate dealers as well. I never met 2 of them. I only met the one I bought the car from I played them off on line. This IS the 21st century. :-)

  127. Larry Ledwick says:

    Twitter humor:

    Tim Pool
    @Timcast
    6h
    Hey
    @elonmusk
    why the hell haven’t you built yourself an Iron Man suit yet?

    Elon Musk
    @elonmusk
    4h
    Working on Starship

  128. p.g.sharrow says:

    Yeah! we got that PG&E notification too, They may cut off the power for up to 48hours at any time. Same thing they had last year. They had planned to cut off the power early the morning the Campfire Started but complaints about the previous shut off a few days before by inconvenienced politicians convinced them to leave it on. No good deed goes unpunished! Guess I should lay in more fuel for the generator and do some modifications to my own electric grid…pg

  129. jim2 says:

    How is it licensed?

    The Wolfram Language has multiple licensing models depending on usage scenario. It is available free for certain casual use in the cloud, in CDF Player and on systems such as Raspberry Pi.

    http://www.wolfram.com/language/faq/

  130. jim2 says:

    When Republicans => Redimowits. This is one big reason why we still have an immigration problem, the Redimowits can’t punish employers for hiring illegals – it would be political suicide, I guess. From the article:

    A study by Syracuse University finds few people have been prosecuted for hiring illegal aliens in the past 12 months.
    Only 11 individuals have been prosecuted for knowingly hiring illegal aliens in the past year, despite nearly 86,000 people getting prosecuted for illegal entry into the country during the same time period.
    Immigration hawks argue that nationwide implementation of E-Verify, a program that checks a worker’s immigration status, would alleviate the problem.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/31/hillary-chelsea-clinton-production-company/

  131. cdquarles says:

    @Jim2, don’t forget that the EEOC can and will destroy a company that “discriminates” and illegals can’t be asked to incriminate themselves. If E-Verify were an affirmative defense against EEOC actions, then sure; prosecute employers for knowingly hiring illegals. As it is, employers have to take, as true, whatever ‘documents’ and statements are given to them. They, generally, can’t do a background check beyond “Have you ever been arrested for a felony?”. Never mind that illegals are criminals by definition. At least that’s what it was like when I ran my own business and needed employees.

  132. E.M.Smith says:

    Just an FYI:

    I’ve completed all the graphs for Europe. That means I’m DONE making graphs for v3 vs v4. At Last! OK, still need to load them up into the outline posting, look at all of them, ponder what they mean, make some short comment, and post it… so likely not going to be done today, but maybe before the weekend is over…

    Right now, I’m off to a coffee break, some garden time, and then a review of comments and what all you folks have been up to while I was up to my eyeballs in Python, SQL, and Graphs ;-)

  133. Another Ian says:

    But the science is settled /s

    “New finding: Phytoplankton are much bigger players in CO2 levels than realized”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/06/new-finding-phytoplankton-are-much-bigger-players-in-co2-levels-than-realized/

  134. p.g.sharrow says:

    A cursory look, the thing that jumps out at me are the adjusted, “non-adjusted” records of early heat being cooled and the recent cool being warmed. next to the records that are unchanged over the same time period. and I still don’t get anomalies verses actual records as a way to do science. Sounds like “Techno-Babble” to dazzle with BS.. (Bad Science). My experience with physicists over the last 60 years is their “Science” is nearly as bad as that of the AGW Climatologists. Thet seemed to do their “Science” backwards. They create their answer first and then find the results that prove their theories. That is “Scientific way” that they tried to teach me back in the 1960s. A road map to Fraud …pg

  135. Bill in Oz says:

    Enjoy the coffee break & garden time EM

  136. Larry Ledwick says:

    meanwhile back in DC the house of cards is coming down one card at a time.

    CIA admits they hacked congressional computer systems.

    https://thehill.com/policy/technology/213933-cia-admits-to-wrongly-hacking-into-senate-computers

  137. Bill in Oz says:

    The link posted by Another Ian above is excellent. Actual science done by a scientist. I had no idea that the humanity’s contribution of CO2 to the atmosphere in just 4%.

    And we are expected to reduce that 4% so we can ‘stop’ global climate change ?

    What a bloody JOKE !

  138. Power Grab says:

    @ HR:
    Thanks for the ideas. I hadn’t considered the fish-out-of-water aspect yet. I did take several looks at some cars about an hour away from me. Those were almost all being sold by small dealers. When I looked at their reviews, I was unimpressed. More than once the reviewer said that they had gone to the dealer on the basis of a car that was on their web site as being available. However, when then traveled to the dealer, they were told that they had “just sold that one.” Yeah, right.

    @ EM:
    I do have AAA. I wonder if they never mentioned their car sales service because they didn’t have anything in the 21-year-old range. ;-)
    One time I was filling out a survey and they asked what was the average length of time I kept a car. IIRC, it was 5-10 years. I drove my 1991 Buick 12 years. It cost $1,000 to purchase from some friends. It didn’t need any repairs to begin with. IIRC, the first repair was the auxiliary fan. Up to then, everything worked on it. They used the same mechanic and tire dealer that I use now, so the maintenance was done well.
    The Avalon I bought is very pleasant to drive. The AC is nice and cold, too. Even though I could spend another $1,000 or more on maintenance (according to my mechanic and the dealer), it’s a nice ride.

    @ cdquarles:
    I thought their offer was too good to be true. Thanks for confirming that hunch. :-)

    Thanks to everyone who took the time give me feedback. I truly appreciate it!

  139. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    What got me when I first started looking at “Global Warming” was just how dodgy things like CO2 accounting were. I found (and posted) an interesting video that showed liquid CO2 “bubbles” oozing out of the ocean floor (liquid due to the pressure) and surrounded by living things including shell fish. That was a “what?” moment for me and the whole “ocean acidification / shells dissolving” thing. Then later found that fresh water clams live in water up to 4 pH so very acid…while the ocean is actually alkaline.

    Essentially there is no real idea how much CO2 goes into the bottom of the ocean from various seeps of liquid CO2, volcanoes, etc. Then season that with no clue about what the actual photosynthesis is in huge areas of the ocean and season with no idea how it varies with solar cycle / color changes. It’s all just a guess and grant grovel.

    @P.G.:

    That is the thing that sticks in my craw the most. They have such un-tidy minds that they can’t even keep the “UN-adjusted” data free of adjusting. It is diddled more than a choir boy in Boston or a 10 year old girl at a Democratic Jet Getaway Island,,,

    Then follow up with just a simple cursory “Sanity Check” like “Are the countries all warming at about the expected 1/2 C?” and find that there are some with 3 C and some with nothing. Or “Are these two neighbor islands acting the same?” and you get not just a “no” but a “Hell No!”. That right there means your data are NOT showing a CO2 climate shift, but local siting issues. Finally, that large numbers of countries have NO warming until about 2000 then a ‘step function” jump up… during “The Pause” in the satellite measurements…. Just smells of either fraud or instrument change; and certainly puts the lie to the notion it is CO2 gradually accumulating.

    FWIW “Spoiler Alert”… On Europe, just looking at the graphs while I made them, my impression is that it is just more of the same. There are some differences, but a lot of it is by now very familiar. Step Function late in the series. Cooled past / baseline. Changes in the “Newest Best Data!” of a couple of C range. Sigh. Has nobody else ever done this “look”?

    Per Anomalies:

    It is a valid technique. I do think far too much faith is put into the idea that it fixes all ills, but it can let you do some good things.

    So say you have a known adiabatic rate. You live up in the hills a couple of thousand feet, and the news reports the temperature down in the valley.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapse_rate

    When the air contains little water, this lapse rate is known as the dry adiabatic lapse rate: the rate of temperature decrease is 9.8 °C/km (5.38 °F per 1,000 ft) (3.0 °C/1,000 ft). The reverse occurs for a sinking parcel of air.

    So in dry air, you ought to run about 10.7 F cooler than the valley. They announce it is going to be 100 F this afternoon, you can figure on about 90 F.

    So let’s say you wanted to average those two to get the “average warming”. You can’t just add together 100 and 90 and divide by 2 for 95 F, then subtract your temperature from that the next day. But what you can do is take the temperature the next day (say it is 102 F and 93 F) and say the valley is (102-100 = 2 F) warmer and you are (93-90 = 3 F) warmer and the “average warming” was 2+3=5 5/2= 2.5 F so 2 1/2 F average warmer today than yesterday over that whole area. Now say down the road is a place that was 88 yesterday, you can make a pretty good estimate that today it will be 88 + 2.5 = 90.5 F based on the “anomaly” of 2.5 F in the average of the other sites.

    Where this goes off the rails is when folks ignore that word “dry” in the definition and when weather fronts move through or there is different cloud cover. Essentially the process is good, but then ignoring the error bands is not good…

    @Bill in Oz:

    I did, thanks! See the newest posting for an update on what I was up to ;-)

    I’m not going to get anything done on the graphs loading today as I spent the day being “off duty”, but maybe tomorrow ;-)

    @Larry L:

    I saw an interview with Barr where he basically said “~We hope to finish up the investigation of Hillary and have something actionable soon”.. He also said he didn’t think the things the Deep State folks at the FBI did amounted to “treason” as they likely thought they were doing a good thing and defending the country… So was that just to not get them all moving to Argentina prior to indictment? Or was it addressing the “intent” aspect of many criminal law statutes?

    So it does look like the Justice Dept. is up to something and maybe “soon”… One hopes. Maybe.

    BTW, saw a video of Barr going to the boonies of Alaska… in a jump seat in a cargo plane looking out the back with the ramp down at altitude and speed. No biz jet with champagne cocktails for him! I like his style ;-)

    @PowerGrab:

    They just don’t seem to ever talk about it. I had to ask about it even when we were looking for a new car. Dealers don’t talk about it as they don’t make big bucks off of it. FWIW, some local AAA regions have an inspection service where you can take your car and for some nominal price (like $80?) have it gone over and tested then they tell you what really needs repair. I know a lot of folks who take a prospective purchase through that prior to delivering the cash…

    We all benefit from the sharing of experiences, so glad to be of help!

  140. Another Ian says:

    Willis E. has been tallying

    “What Senators Do … And Don’t”

    https://rosebyanyothernameblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/01/what-senators-do-and-dont/

  141. Bill in Oz says:

    E M, Glad you enjoyed the coffee…And the gardening..
    Here it’s too wet & cold & miserable to be out there in the garden..But it will survive a while without my attentions..

    Meanwhile I think once you get the Europe charts up, you have earned a nomination for a Nobel iin some branch of science..

  142. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the charges for Assange may be dropped on the vault 7 release (sign of a pending deal), just responding to legal realities? Who knows but things are changing.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/02/julian-assange-cia-leak-1349425

    Knowing President Trump, I suspect he would give up the vault 7 charges to nail HRC.

  143. Larry Ledwick says:

    FYI to all:
    Lots of chatter on twitter about folks moving to parler. It from my view started out of the blue a few days ago when a few people posts comments like the following:

    “Rumor has it that President Trump will be moving to Parler, several big names (list of folks banned by twtter) are already over there. Sign up now incase twitter shuts us all down.”

    I checked it out and something about the terms and conditions bothered me so I held off to investigate. It also smelled a lot like a spear fishing campaign to draw conservatives off of twitter.

    A few others are getting the same sense, as there has been no confirmation from Trump officials or well connected folks that that “rumor” has any validity.

    This showed up on twitter today.

    B’s Brain
    ‏@Brain1Rn
    2 hours ago
    More
    For all of you who are moving to Parler….
    Please be aware that it is owned by Amazon and you cannot Deactivate your account once it started
    It’s just another way for the deep state to track you…

    Beginning to think this is an Amazon marketing scam rather than a spontaneous development of an alternative to twitter other than gab.

  144. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Parler Guy; got on Fox Business Friday for an interview. Nothing was mention about this being fronted be Amazon. Good catch Larry…pg

  145. Larry Ledwick says:

    We Build the Wall updates

    Brian Kolfage
    ‏@BrianKolfage
    22 hours ago
    More
    Our wall climbs 310 vertical feet, up a mountain! That’s equal to a 31 story high rise building! And cuts off a main smuggling route! DONATE TODAY!

    Foreman Mike update 1

    Foreman Mike update 2

    Brian Kolfage
    ‏@BrianKolfage
    16 hours ago
    More
    Look closely. Mexico is on the left side of our wall. We filled the property with 30’ of dirt on the back side of our wall making the entire barrier nearly 50’ high!! That’s how you stop people.

    DONATE! Project 2 begins soon! http://Gofundme.com/thetrumpwall

    Foreman Mike update 3

    Foreman Mike update 4

  146. Larry Ledwick says:

    The gofundme account for the private wall effort

    https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall

  147. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like the gofundme link above has a case issue, the working link is:

    https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall/

  148. Another Ian says:

    E’M.

    For your C12/c13 file if not there all ready

    “Only two years ago, Ralph Keeling et al had to “introduce” an additional variable in order to achieve an acceptable match with the most recent atmospheric δ13C trend (2017 paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/114/39/10361). Here is a quote from the abstract:

    “Using updated records, we show that no plausible combination of sources and sinks of CO2 from fossil fuel, land, and oceans can explain the observed 13C-Suess effect unless an increase has occurred in the 13C/12C isotopic discrimination of land photosynthesis.”

    This is not settled science.”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/06/new-finding-phytoplankton-are-much-bigger-players-in-co2-levels-than-realized/#comment-2144067

  149. Another Ian says:

    And the comments there

  150. Another Ian says:
  151. Power Grab says:

    @ EM:

    “FWIW, some local AAA regions have an inspection service where you can take your car and for some nominal price (like $80?) have it gone over and tested then they tell you what really needs repair.”

    I wasn’t aware of that. It certainly opens up a way to get an inspection for those cars that were several hours away from me.

    Thanks!

  152. Power Grab says:

    @ EM

    “Has nobody else ever done this “look”?”

    Probably not. I get the impression that the newer tools used by data geeks don’t lend themselves to the kind of slicing-and-dicing that you (and I) do. They seem to just want to use what I call “big brush” techniques to shove the data from one or more systems (that are probably dissimilar) into a graphic made by one of those Windows-compliant user-interface tools.

    The inhabitants of the C-suite no doubt love those pretty graphics. But I suspect it would take an exorbitant amount of work to dig out the longitudinal detail for one particular location.

  153. E.M.Smith says:

    Well I have all the graphs loaded and about 1/4 with comments. Don’t think I’ll finish tonight as my eyes are starting to see spots everywhere :-)

    But I can see the end from here…

  154. Simon Derricutt says:

    For Power Grab, an update on my car story. Looks like the value of my old R5 Diesel is now 100 euros. Not too bad since it cost me 1100 euros 12 years ago and I suppose I’ve spent less than 1000 euros in spare parts/tyres in that time, but up till last year it had retained its value since that’s about what it costs here for any car that still passes the test. My local “dealer” (a field full of battered cars and a workshop) had a Nissan Micra from 1984 that looked pretty sad but, once started (and it started straight off), was purring happily. Off the road for maybe 2 years, but apart from some bodywork irregularities (OK, dents) looks good enough. Also, by chance, 1100 euros once running again. Around 218k kilometres on the clock, 1 litre 16-valve fuel injected (petrol/gasoline), and 54 horses which is quite reasonable for an 800kg or so car. Only real problem is a bit of noise from one of the CV shafts at the front. Not the outer joint but probably the inner one. A pair of new shafts cost around 240 euros (just delivered while I was writing), and the dealer will likely put them in for me free since he recognised there was a noise but couldn’t find the cause, and offered to change the shaft (at his expense) if it got worse. Yep, not quite the normal car-dealer and more of a friend in keeping old cars safely on the road.

    No salt on the roads in winter here, so rusting out isn’t a problem. Could be I’ll have this one quite a long time as well. Only problem would be changes of the regulations. By the time this one dies it’s likely that either electric cars will be cheap and useful or I’ll be using some other means of travelling. Or be dead, of course.

    I’ve been thinking about the old R5 for EM, but the cost of getting it to the USA is likely to be way more than it’s worth. As such, I’ll likely take the 100 euros for it and call it quits. Shame really, since it’s got “character” after 30 years of life, and has been very reliable. Yep, it’s battered and looking old, but then so’s its owner.

    Possible problems with the Micra are related to the electronics (dry joints mainly, but maybe sensors feeding the ECU), but this one seems free of those. May be climate-related. An actual timing chain, and not a timing belt, and that rarely fails. A sweet little car, but may not be at home in the USA and those large engines that are more traditional over there. Consumption probably somewhere around 40 miles/US gallon. Not as good as the R5, but not too bad.

    OK, it’s not a car I would have thought of buying if it hadn’t been there in front of me at the right price, but looking at the reliability records and having driven it for a week or two now, it’s got a lot going for it. More comfortable than the R5, too. Maybe worth EM’s consideration if one turns up there and he needs something to get around town with. Maybe not enough legs for long distance comfortably, and not arranged for being able to sleep in it during long trips, but adequate for normal use and cheap on fuel. Then again, with the R5 I did do a 2000km round trip (used 80 litres of diesel) over a couple of days going up and 1 day back some years back. Does the job.

  155. H.R. says:

    @Simon D. re E.M.’s naps on the road.

    After the Chiefio Blog Winter Gala and Dodgy Proceedings meet in January this year, we headed out to the parking lot to have a look at some fishing gear in my F250 truck. Done with all that, Rhoda and I walked E.M. to his car to send him off to California.

    I, along with several others here, had at times expressed concern about fatigue on his marathon trips. However, one look in his Mercedes with the passenger seat already set in full sleep mode dispelled any worries. My Goshamighty! That seat fully flattens and the seat padding is fairly plush. It would deliver a good roadside snooze and not some fitful, half-reclining nap. After seeing that, I’ve never given E.M.’s possible risk from fatigue another thought.

    Anyhow, I see you recognized the problem (“[…] and not arranged for being able to sleep in it during long trips, […]’). Personally, I suspect E.M. likes Mercedes because you’re getting a bed equipped with a motor, steering wheel, and brakes ;o)
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    I’m sorry to see that you have to let the R5 go. Over here in the States, I think every State allows cars 25 years and older to be designated as Historical Vehicles. With that, you can get a life-time license plate and are only held to the safety and emissions standards in place when the car was made. You’d be driving the R5 today if you were here in the U.S.

  156. E.M.Smith says:

    Europe graphs and commentary is up.

    I’m taking a break ;-)

  157. Simon Derricutt says:

    H.R. – my father-in-law (Heinz) had a Mercedes C1 a while back. AFAIK the seats weren’t flattenable and somehow they were very stiff and hit my back wrong. I did a fairly long run in it and was almost-crippled getting out – not at all good for my back. Maybe they had different interiors for the US market. Seems the Nissan fits my back OK, so I’m happy.

    So yep, OK for day-long trips, but not overnighters without having a tent or a proper bed.

    The R5 is 30 years old, and Heinz’s (petrol) R5 is only 28 years old and just passed its inspection. He bought that after driving mine and realising that a small car can still be nippy. Heinz’s car is prettier than mine, though, with no major dents and much nicer paintwork. Still an option maybe later on if it gets worth sending an old car from France to the USA, but again it’s not a car you’d want to sleep in.

    That “historic vehicle” loophole used to be available in the UK too, but they put a definite year on it rather than an age. At that time I had a Ford Transit that would have been “historic” the year after. Oh well. That was good to sleep in – you could get a proper mattress in if needed.

    I’ve also owned an MG Midget and MGB. No hope of sleeping in them comfortably, though I did move house using the Midget. Around 93 million miles of headroom, after all. Surprising to be able to get a wardrobe in there. It was only a 20-mile or so move, so not really that excessive.

    Still, these days I want a car that goes well and stops well, and doesn’t need fixing often. Also something I can fix rather than paying a garage. Much the same as computers – whereas I used to enjoy fixing them, and was a sysprog for a while, now I just want them to work. What I’m doing using them is more important than getting the latest additions or fastest. I’ll do the required maintenance, but I expect the design quality to be such that things don’t fail without due warning and only after a long service. Looks like the Nissan is one such, and where the standard problems are easily fixed (from looking at the various fora looking for standard problems), which is why I figured it was worth talking about. Also, this one was made in the Sunderland UK plant, which has a better quality record than the Japanese plants. Since it’s not one I’d have considered before it turned up, could be others here would also not consider it. Strangely, it seems a cheerful car.

  158. E.M.Smith says:

    FWIW, the different Mercedes have dramatically different seats.

    Most comfortable I’ve ever owned: a 420 SEL. Basically the limo.

    The one I now use cross country: The 190E but only because the seat does lay flat and makes a bed (passenger side)

    The W123 models (300 TD , 240D) seats do not recline, but nice if firm ride.

    Horrid cross country: 1980 SL class. Thin seats and you are sitting way low. Stiff sport suspension. No reclining.

    Honorable Mention: The W123 Banana Boat 230 T wagon. Put a matress in the back! :-)

    California changed from “25 years old exempt antique” to fixed year of, IIRC, 1977 or so. Bannana boat just missed it.

    Biggest advantage of Mercedes cross country is lower vibration and road noise so far less fatigue.

  159. Larry Ledwick says:

    Really interesting video – by the author of the book “Lightning Strike” the secret attack to kill Admiral Yamamoto. Gives an interesting look at how history gets written.

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?186775-1/lightning-strike-secret-mission-kill-admiral-yamamoto

  160. Another Ian says:

    “At 3pmET, it appears that Google Cloud (affecting Gmail, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, and Facebook among others) mysteriously (and almost unprecedently) went offline. ”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2019/06/03/social-disease-28/

    And speculation in comments

  161. Larry Ledwick says:

    Looks like reality is finally beginning to dawn on at least some of the progressive folks who thought renewables would solve all energy problems.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/05/06/the-reason-renewables-cant-power-modern-civilization-is-because-they-were-never-meant-to/

  162. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Larry Ledwick;
    “The reason renewables can’t power modern civilization is because they were never meant to. One interesting question is why anybody ever thought they could.”

    I was once in the alternative energy business back in the 1970s when it was a real business before the government put it’s massive weight on the scales of ROI. It was very difficult to justify the cost of these things except in very special circumstances. As an engineering person I ran the numbers, always with the same result. Wind, Wave and Solar could NEVER power modern Industrial Society. It always required far too much in resources to produce too little net energy.

    This wonderful Idea that was being sold to the masses was a scheme to enrich a few while strangling modern industrial society and convert the masses into slavery to the State. First was the prevention of continued creation of massive Hydro generation. Then Atomic power plants were the target to stop, Later the push to destroy those already in operation.. Only if the real solutions to the need for Industrial power producers are eliminated could people be forced to use and pay for Wind and Solar generated power. A forced rape of society to enrich and empower the connected few being done by the Educated Elite by brainwashing “The People”.

    “The world will be destroyed! if you don’t convert to our Religion.” The oldest con game in the book.
    But the World Wide Web is allowing the truth to get out. There is no “End of the World” due to Human Industry. Humans create more wealth then they consume if the cold deadly hands of Government.bureaucrats are removed from their throats. We don’t need them…pg

  163. Larry Ledwick says:

    Yes if you crank the numbers it makes sense in certain fixed light load situations or cases like sail boats or mountain cabins where they carefully manage their energy usage but for modern first world energy gobbling life style you just can’t get there from here. It can be a minor contributor or emergency fall back for boot strap power to support essential needs.

    Current consumer panels are getting to about 22-24% electrical efficiency (minus all the resistance and storage losses). In terms of pure energy conversion, dirt cheap thermal solar panels are far more efficient storing heat and as an augment to energy usage that would be a better usage in many locations, especially cold winter clear sky locations like the inner continental mountains that get brilliant clear skies after the snow falls.

  164. Ossqss says:

    I would suggest, if you can, take a peek at this series, considering the up-and-coming day soon.

    It proved quite revealing on some fronts. The link may prove to be difficult, but the title ” WWII in colour” not my spelling, can get you there via other sources.

    https://www.netflix.com/title/70254851

  165. Larry Ledwick says:

    Sad commentary on our body politic and the public perception of certain candidates.

    There appears to be a consensus on where to look for the likely villain in this murder.

  166. Another Ian says:

    And they keep coming

    “End of Civilization coming: 31 years til lethal hothouse ” beyond the threshold of human survivability” ”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/06/end-of-civilization-coming-31-years-til-lethal-hothouse-beyond-the-threshold-of-human-survivability/#comment-2145091

  167. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile in Arkansas they sealed the police records on the murder investigation.

  168. cdquarles says:

    @HR, maybe via post-marketing studies (I’ve been a part of those, in the past)? My neurologist wants me to take Exelon (an acetylcholine esterase inhibitor, so a neurotoxin in high dose) as I am beginning to show clinical memory loss. I don’t want to take it, for I am already on a sack of medicines and supplements in pharmacological doses, given the risk potential and the cost … since the two hospitalizations in the last 12 months, my med costs are 3 to 5 times what they were just a year ago, at this date.

  169. cdquarles says:

    Hmm. Given the fact that medical research so often does not pan out. So, if the story is correct, they thought it couldn’t be confirmed, then why spend the several billion going down a blind alley. Don’t blame Pfizer at all, given that. The drug, in question, is an anti-inflammatory drug, so the question is “How is it doing what we think we are seeing?”, followed by, “Are we fooling ourselves?”; so don’t be too cynical, HR. If they are not correct about it being a dead-end, they’d make a fair amount on the “off-label” use of it. Sometimes, later, things change and what looks like a poor cost/benefit ratio becomes favorable. This may spur more study, by Pfizer, and by others.

  170. H.R. says:

    @cdq re Alzheimers drug: I was being ironic, not cynical.

    How funny would it be if the Alzheimers researchers’ memories were so far gone that they forgot they had discovered a possible cure for their own affliction?
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    You are right to mention off label usage. Some drugs are sometimes quite effective for an off label application whereas they are just another run-of-the-mill solution for their stated use.

  171. ossqss says:

    Just a thought as I pass the beach today.

  172. Larry Ledwick says:

    Interesting info showing up on twitter today, this rollup is probably the simplest way to get a summary posted.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1136722600531570695.html

    If the information I saw yesterday about the former Oklahoma Senator is true this was not a suicide as suicide victims very seldom wrap themselves up in blanket or rug after killing themselves.

    https://abcnews.go.com/US/arkansas-state-senator-reportedly-found-shot-death-inside/story?id=63522663

  173. H.R. says:

    @ossqss – Thanks for that D-day reminder today. It is important to remember both the carnage and the success of that landing. Most, if not all of those young men knew their chances of making it through alive were slim, but they went anyway.

    They don’t make many of them like that nowadays.
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    @Larry L – If it’s anything like an Arkancide, she’ll not only have rolled herself up in a blanket, but will have shot herself twice in the back of the head before doing so.

    Hard to say if it’s political, love/jealousy, or money motivated. As you pointed out in your first comment on this, it’s very strange how the authorities are handling the case.

    We’ll see. Or maybe not, if it’s going to embarrass someone in power.

  174. Larry Ledwick says:

    Morning all – I am working on the new dissenter browser this morning from gab.
    So far absolutely painless install and easily imported bookmarks from other browsers I have installed.

    If you are interested in a browser that is security conscious and anti-censorship give it a try.

    https://dissenter.com/#download

    I have not messed with the dissenter comment extension yet but it provides a comment portal on any web url you visit, so users can comment on web content that has comments turned off.

  175. H.R. says:

    Thanks for the tip, Larry. I was looking to change browsers and was going to go back to that posting where more than a half-dozen choices were discussed. I think I’ll start with dissenter.

    But right now, I have to go mow the lawn. This cool, wet Spring has me mowing about every 3-4 days instead of the usual once per week.

    Oh, and the garden is just about ready for pictures. The beans have started up that cattle panel arch and will make a really nice picture… I’m guessing in about two weeks.
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    Note to E.M. and others: Burpee makes a tomato and vegetable fertilizer that has calcium, magnesium, and Sulphur as well as the other usual nutrients. I don’t know where I got that bag of Burpee fertilizer. I found it in the garage while looking to see what I had before going out to buy a tomato fertilizer. I think MiracleGro has pushed out Burpee in a lot of places. All I recall seeing is MiracleGro when I was puttering through the garden sections this Spring.

  176. Larry Ledwick says:

    I use brave for most daily browsing (has native ad blocking) and am now am trying out Dissenter.

    Dissenter is an opensource fork of the Chrome open source, looks much like brave browser. It is done by gab.ai the folks that are trying to create a censorship free twitter like forum. Strongly oppose censorship and promote free speech. That is why the Dissenter browser includes the ability to comment on any url on the web, even pages that have there comments blocked.

  177. Larry Ledwick says:

    Meanwhile in Glacier National Park the glaciers are not listening to the warmers and are growing.
    Park service quietly removes signs saying that they are melting rapidly.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/06/06/glacier-national-park-quietly-removes-its-gone-by-2020-signs/

  178. Power Grab says:

    @ Simon Derricutt:

    I think you and EM have got me beat on the frugality score. ;-)

    I’ve been trying to find out what an R5 looks like. Is that a VW or a Renault or ???

    I did find the Nissan Micra. It is amazing that it could start right up after sitting for 2 years! Did they drain the fuel so it wouldn’t varnish up, then fill it with fresh fuel?

    I took your 80 liters/2000km and converted it to mpg. It calculated 58.81 miles per gallon! I remember when the so-called “oil crisis” hit in the 1970s, car manufacturers came out with these tiny little vehicles that got insanely high MPG. I never see cars with MPG that high anymore. My ex used to have a little pickup that got around 40 MPG. I think it was diesel, too.

    I remember when Obama came out with the Cash for Clunkers program. Dealers advertised their cars as having really great MPG…but it was only 30-32 mpg most of the time. My 1991 Buick got 28-29 on the highway. And it was paid for. I never could see any justification for participating in that program. I also didn’t like the way they would ruin the engines with liquid glass. It makes me sick to my stomach to just think about it. :-(

    I wonder whatever happened to all the ruined clunkers (RIP, clunkers).

  179. Power Grab says:

    Hey, all, I have a new question.

    For the second time in about as many years, I have been asked to find out data to support the claims of a former associate who is now seeking work with some TLA or other. The first request involved finding data from 1973. We don’t have any of the old time-cards to support our answers. Also, the mainframe has been changed out twice since then–not counting software and OS upgrades. I’m afraid I wasn’t much help that time.

    Today, I heard from our departmental HR person that another TLA dude is doing another inquiry, and he has already talked to the overall HR folks and was told that the former associate hadn’t been/done what he said. However, the mainframe software has been totally replaced by a newer one. IMHO the transition left something to be desired. Lots of data I formerly accessed every day was no longer available…at least not until now (we’re 2-3 years down the road). Also, the overall HR folks (the ones who are not in my department) are short-timers. I would not be surprised to find out that either they don’t yet know their way around the software, or whoever set them up with their access didn’t give them all the screens they needed to do their job competently.

    Anyway, the TLA dude is making noises like he wants to come to our department and pick our brains about the applicant.

    My questions is this: Should we meet with this dude with several witnesses present? Right now, our departmental HR person and I would probably be sufficient to answer his questions and provide actual data that prove what the applicant said was true–even though the other HR folks told him none existed. How much can we make available to him without breaching security and ending up in trouble down the road?

    We do still have a couple former supervisors of the applicant who could speak first-hand about what kind of worker he was. I’m sure the TLA dude would want to talk to them as well.

  180. Power Grab says:

    @ cdquarles:

    Personally, I avoid meds like the plague. I especially dislike the idea of lowering my cholesterol. However, I was able to lower the score by about 30 points by reducing my intake of starch and sugar.

    I think one of the big problems with taking cholesterol-lowering meds is the way they can cause serious memory problems in some folks. In other folks, they cause serious muscle problems. And so on. Here is something I observed:

    My ex used to like to eat a whole box of Morningstar Farms soy patties at a time. Whenever he was on his own and had to find something to eat, he would put the boxful on a plate and nuke them. Easy-peasy! :-P

    Well, eventually he began complaining CONSTANTLY of brain fog, cold hands and feet, dry skin, etc.

    In my reading about nutritional subjects, I discovered that soy causes all those symptoms.

    So I gave him an article to read and told him I was no longer going to buy those soy patties for him. Instead, I began making him 3-egg omelets for breakfast with fresh veggies, turkey bacon and toast, and also starting putting cod liver oil in his orange juice.

    Well, it was sort of like creating a monster. When his rich uncle died and he thought the relatives weren’t handling the probate correctly, he started going the library and digging into the case law on his own, and filed some pro se motions. He also no longer complained about brain fog and other symptoms. It was quite a turn-around.

    My kid and I both experienced greater strength, more stamina, and more energy when we switched from 2% milk to 4% milk. (I don’t know if you can tolerate milk, but it has been good for us.) I also was able to get rid of heel spurs after switching milk and adding cod liver oil to my diet. It also helped my kid’s temperament improve (that’s another story). Well, vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, and also a known mood-elevator. Not only that, but if you don’t have enough of the fat-soluble vitamins, your body won’t handle minerals right.

    Now, I’m not saying I think soy caused your memory problem, but I do believe in my ex’s case cholesterol helped fix the problem, in combination with stopping the soy. I’m guessing they have you on one or more meds to lower cholesterol, among other things.

    Here is an interesting story about memory loss and Lipitor:
    https://spacedoc.com/articles/my-statin-story

    This is one of my personal favorite sources for information about this subject:
    https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/modern-diseases/dangers-of-statin-drugs-what-you-havent-been-told-about-popular-cholesterol-lowering-medicines/

    This is one of my favorite rules of thumb:
    “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/248774.Hippocrates

    Finally, it was great fun watching a Nova Now program about centenarians on PBS. While we were watching it, and they were showing their faces up close and having them talk about how they spent their days, and how they had fun, I started muttering, “Cholesterol. They all have high cholesterol.” Finally, the announcer said that the only thing researchers could find that they had in common was high HDL cholesterol.

    Sorry for the sudden brain dump. Hope it’s not offensive. I’m not a doctor. This is just what I have observed and decided works for us.

  181. Bill in Oz says:

    @Larry, have you found any bugs with the Dissenter web brouser yet ? I am tempted but am reluctant to be a first in user and then find it is a beta event.
    Bill

  182. Another Ian says:

    I see that you are now invited to join Breitbart via Parler

  183. Larry Ledwick says:

    Bill in Oz says:
    8 June 2019 at 7:01 am
    @Larry, have you found any bugs with the Dissenter web brouser yet ?

    So far no big issues except it throws an error when it checks for updates. That might be an antivirus issue I have to unblock or white list them. Simple solution is to just periodically check to see if the down load version is the same as the installed one and re-install with the newer down load when it becomes available. To some extent I see this as a feature, as I have had automatic down load updates break things. I like to know when the browser is doing an update and give it formal approval to do the update.

    So far I have not invested any time in trouble shooting this issue as I am not worried about it since the work around of doing a re-install is so simple.

    Other than that it behaves the same as the Brave browser ( in fact if you go to the link to get help on an issue it sends you to the brave browser pages so it appears dissenter is essentially a fork of brave with the gab.ai tweaks for dissenter comments on any url.

    Have not used it long enough to really give it a good test just want to shuffle the deck on browser usage a bit and give them some usage share in web stats.

    Install was absolutely painless just click and go then import book marks from other browsers.

  184. Simon Derricutt says:

    Power Grab – It’s a Renault 5 GTD if you wish to search a picture. Not particularly rounded or streamlined, just a box on wheels. The 80 litres for 2000km was chacked by filling to the brim before I started, and then filling to the brim when I came back and adding up the fills on the way and the final fill. Might be 1 litre out. The 2000km was taken from the map, not the odometer, since the recorded mileage is dependent on tyre wear and those tyres were getting a bit worn. Speedometer reading a full 10% over true speed, rather than 5-7% high. Also note that the speed limit then was 90kph or 55mph, so I wasn’t exactly speeding.

    As regards “insanely high mpg”, since most cars use around 10kW at around 50mph then using an engine of around the 40kW peak output is fine for most things. Takes longer to accelerate, but efficiency drops when the used power is too much below the optimum. Hybrids ought to be better than they are, since there the engine drives the generator at a fixed load for peak efficiency, maybe around the 10-20kW rate, and the electric motor drives the car at somewhere around 95% efficiency. Generator efficiency around 95%, and batteries around that level too, with a bit of luck, so you only lose around 15% in the electrical system which is around what you’d lose in the gearbox/transmission anyway. As far as I’ve calculated, we could be driving cars that give 1.5l/100km (around 154 miles/US gallon) if we reached the Carnot limit for the engine, and that looks possible.

    Still, get an engine that is a lot more powerful than you normally need, and it costs you in fuel consumption. Fuel here is around 1.40 euros a litre (around $1.58) so it’s useful to use less than a US car would do. For some US states you’d buy a gallon for what we pay for a litre.

    Things could be better. I’d figured that there wouldn’t be a market for a more-efficient ICE, but maybe I’ll do some work on that anyway in the next few years. I spent a while on that in 1986, but didn’t have the skills to make one then. Looks like we’ll be using oil for longer than I’d expected, so might as well reduce the amount we use while still getting the same power out. One problem with the different gas-cycle that needs (constant-pressure) was that it’s not good at changing speed quickly, but with a generator attached that’s not a problem.

    Good points on the cholesterol – I think our bodies need it, and adjusting it externally seems like a bad idea.

    Meantime, for the Micra the audible problem on the front half-shaft was annoying, so I bought a couple of new ones (around 250 euros) and the guy is installing them for me free of charge. He’d have bought and installed one as part of the deal anyway, and said his guarantee for that would be extended over his normal 3 months since it was a known problem, so I could have had that one put right free of charge. Still, I bought the R5 from him around 12 years ago, and I expect to have this car as long, and the major cost normally with these things is the garage costs and not the parts, so since he’s happy to change both shafts that I’ve supplied (and new differential seals) I figure we’re both better-off by doing this. I shouldn’t need to change them again in the remaining life of the car. Total cost so far for the car is around 1500 euros (about 95 euros tax in that), and there are no foreseeable faults that will need to be fixed. Insurance cost is a bit over 15 euros/month, and the car itself probably costs a bit less than that per month when maintenance costs are added to the capital cost and then amortised. I see “deals” on buying cars that come to 150-300 euros/ month and it seems most people are paying way too much. By the time this car finally bites the dust, I expect technology will have advanced by enough that a new vehicle may be quite a bit different to what we’ve been used to. Maybe autonomous flying cars by then, where you tell it where you want to go and sit back while it takes you there. Chuck in a gram of Thorium every year to fill the tank.

  185. Larry Ledwick says:

    Well just maybe, the social justice through intimidation trend has been brought up short, and organizations will realize that the public has had just about enough of getting beaten over the head with a SJW club for doing perfectly legal and normal activities.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/06/verdict-jury-awards-gibsons-bakery-11-million-against-oberlin-college/

    At least now council for business have an object lesson to point out to their clients that yes Martha they can take you to the cleaners for being a##holes.

  186. Larry Ledwick says:

    Criminal referral has been made for criminal investigation of Comey, Clinton and McCabe

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gop-reps-refer-comey-clinton-mccabe-for-criminal-investigation

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  188. Larry Ledwick says:

    If anyone wants to poke around in the FBI vault release for Clinton.
    It is a huge PDF file with lots of pages containing little or no useful info but some of them do make interesting reading about how the investigation was conducted and what limits were placed on certain activities and data usage.

    https://vault.fbi.gov/hillary-r.-clinton/hillary-r.-clinton-part-33-of-33/at_download/file

  189. E.M.Smith says:

    Per me and cars:

    With any luck, I’ve bought my last car. I’m currently downsizing the fleet. The intent is to move us to Florida and only 3 cars will “make the trip”. The 2 that are 4×4 (Subaru, 4Matic Mercedes wagon) and the 240 D (that is a rock solid Diesel of the kind that can go 400,000 miles and has about 175,000 on it ;-). NOT going is the old Mercedes Wagon (2 wheel drive gas) and “going but not keeping” will be the 190 E. The intent is to drive the 190 out and it is the “Florida Car”. IF we are not there and a hurricane takes it while we’re packing up stuff in California, Oh Well…

    Then a load of Stuff gets sent out (we’re likely renting for a while) from here, and I drive the 4Matic to Florida. We set up the (rental) there with our stuff and spouse and dogs. I fly back to California… Final fix up, toss out, ship, prep-n–sell “whatever”. As needed, at some point, I drive the Subaru to Florida (then fly back to California).

    The old gas wagon and the 240 D stay here as “fly in” cars. Now either party can fly either way and have a car ready. The Diesel can sit for a year and start right up…

    Whenever the house sells, I drop the old gas wagon with someone who wants it, and drive the Diesel to Florida with any final personal “travel kit” stuff.

    At that point, we’re looking to buy something nice in Florida with the funds from the sale. Then everything gets moved again (UG! but will be a much smaller load by then and some may just be stored in “pods” anyway) and I’m likely to drop the 190 from the fleet as all we really want are the 4×4 capable cars in Florida and the Diesel as the “EOTWAWKI” and “restoration” vehicle.

    So most likely an ad in Craigslist or sale to a friend. I DO like the car, and it is great for the cross country w/bed effect; BUT I want those days to be over and I’m not planning on driving back to California… IF I need to do that, it’s more likely to be hotels or air mattress in the back of a wagon.

    Why bother with all the car shuffling?

    a) I KNOW these cars. Don’t want a knew “pig in a poke” (sack).
    b) I LIKE these cars. Unlikely to get as good in Florida with zero salt exposure.
    c) Logistics. It avoids a LOT of rent-a-car issues while looking for rentals and / or dealing with “stuff” on the Florida end and on the California end later to depot a car at each end. Cheaper in the end too.
    d) I don’t mind driving.
    e) Selling them is not going to get much money at all. I can sell one for maybe $1000 and then spend $1600 on a rental car the first trip to look for a rental in Florida… Or drive it out for $600 and never deal with rental cars.

    I’d actually expected to have one car there already, but the Florida Friend is moving to a smaller hose with the kids gone, so that is on hold for a while.

    And, of course, all this is subject to change without notice as any given car might decide to die and then I’m keeping a different one…

    In any case, by the time we’re in Florida (maybe a year? two?) and some of the fleet is run off, we’re still left with 3 cars and likely not a lot of driving left to do. Already I’m down to filling up the gas tank “once a quarter”. So any one of them is “all the car we really need” and likely to last our remaining driving lifetime. Essentially at that point as cars die, they exit the fleet, and we eventually likely end up with the one 4×4 wagon and a nice restored Diesel (that is happy running on lamp oil or jet fuel if The Gang Green manages to ban Diesel…) I’m certain that, baring hurricanes or some impossible repair (no parts and nobody who can make one) that car will last longer than me. It does need paint (or it will rust in Florida) but no way I’m driving another 200,000 miles in it. (My prior 240D went to about 450,000 miles before becoming uneconomical to repair)

    Long winded way of saying “I don’t see any need to buy another car” ;-)

    @Bill in Oz?

    Nobel? Hyperbole I think ;-)

    Though clearly one can get the Peace Prize for doing nothing at all… so maybe that one ;-)

    @Power Grab:

    My favorite mechanic had about 3/4 of his shop for rebuilding transmissions and only a small “service cars” part. At one time he even said “I only get repairing cars to keep my customers happy”. Well, “Cash For Clunkers” resulted in LOTS of good transmissions in junk yards (with ruined engines). THAT then ruined the market for rebuilt transmissions…

    He recently complained that he no long can make any money on rebuilding transmissions and that most of his inventory (parts and rebuilt ready to go) is now stagnant / worthless.

    Government simply can NOT “fix a market” without breaking things.

    Per the TLA question:

    That’s a very sticky one. As your corporate lawyer.

    If you don’t have one, you have 2 strongly competing interests:

    1) Self Preservation.
    2) Being fair to the employee.

    Last “Managers and the Law” training I had was 20 years ago. Then, in California, basically all you could say was “Yes they worked here. It was from STARTDATE to ENDDATE”.. Any statement like “we fired them for FOO” gets you in trouble. Any statement of “And we loved them but they left” has the potential for a problem if they don’t work out at the new place. Official Legal Advice we were given in class was ‘don’t go beyond the minimum” ,

    Now, that said, you really don’t want to be in TLA Guy’s notebook with the note “Asses who were paranoid and clammed up”, nor do you want to “Damn with nearly non-existent praise” someone who did a good job.

    And this is where it gets very murky….

    TLAs are kinda sorta “Defense Related” and all sorts of Defense stuff has special exemptions from various laws. So it is likely you can share stuff with them that Managers And the Law would frown on.

    Biggest thing to ask yourself is just “Did the person do a good job, and are they a good person?” IF the answer is yes, personally, I suck it up and give them a recommendation / answer questions. I’ll pick some minor thing to “pick at ” as a complaint so it isn’t entirely a rave (enhances the veracity too). So for one guy it was “I had to put it in his review to take a vacation. I could not get him to take time off.” For another it was “catches my mistakes and that’s a little embarrassing, but I guess it’s better in the long run.”. IF the guy is just a piece of work and you really think it is a bad idea to hire them, you say “He worked here from STARTDATE to ENDDATE. I can’t say anything more than that.”. The message gets across….

    IMHO it is a good thing to stay in the good graces of TLAs. I’d do the interview, stay close to the script of “just the facts”, and not offer any opinions. Answer questions accurately and correctly and you are usually pretty save (truth is often an accepted defense) but avoid any “deal killer” answers that would create liability for you (then it’s just the minimal Star-to-End and no more). But that’s just me.

    Per Soy & Cholesterol:

    Soy Beans are for feeding pigs and chickens.

    Or bodies make cholesterol. It is used to transport fats. I just did a BIG dive into heart disease. What I found was that it is NOT cholesterol. It is vitamin C shortage. We make a protein “goo” that is a temporary patch on leaky arteries when our Vit C is too low. It gets us through winter to the spring fruit season. Except modern diets are in perpetual winter.and low on Vit C. So we make lots of “patch” that then makes plaque and eventual heart attacks, stroke, etc.

    It takes about 2 GRAMS of Vit C / day (for a big guy like me. Then you don’t need to make the patch.

    The thing that sold me on it was that they took mice, knocked out their Vit C making and inserted the human “patch” gene. On a low Vit-C diet they got heart disease…

    Similarly, great apes on 6 grams Vit C / day from their high leaf diet do not get heart disease (they too do not make Vit. C). On a low Vit C diet, they get heart attacks just like people… On their normal diet (about 1 gram Vit C / 100 pounds) they do not get heart problems.

    I did a posting citing this some time back. that includes a video of the researcher who did the study.

    Per Vit D:

    IMHO the rampant use of sun-screens and folks no longer eating a lot of fish oil (think sardines and cod liver oil) cause a lot of problems. We’re much better with more sun time and more fish.

  190. Power Grab says:

    @ EM:

    Thanks for the notes about dealing with TLA folks.

    Myself, I don’t remember the former employee, but I can provide detailed data that shows he was here like he said–even though the HR people up the food chain said he wasn’t.

    I wonder if it’s politically inexpedient to prove the other people gave the TLA guy the wrong answer?

    We still have 2 former supervisors of his who can discuss his performance, even though I can’t. I wonder if I should urge the others to have one meeting of all 4 of us with the TLA guy all together? Do you think that would be good? I’m just thinking we could have each other’s back.

    There’s probably very little chance this deal would get any of us into trouble after it’s all said and done, but with the political climate like it is…and policies and procedures that have served us well seem to get trashed if you make just one VIP mad.

    It is creepy to see so many long-established institutions and people being destroyed, sometimes on totally trumped-up “evidence”.

  191. E.M.Smith says:

    @PowerGrab:

    One big meeting so there’s lots of corroboration / witnesses.

    The TLA guy won’t mind that someone in HR was clueless, as long as he gets straight answers.

    I had one former employer say I’d never worked there on a background check. After 3 tries, I had my accountant pull my IRS Transcript and it proved I had worked there. I got the contract…

    (They had reversed my first and middle names when I was there, and despite my directly telling them that and to look under the reversed set, they were idiots and still couldn’t find me…)

    Your role of “here is proof of employment” is limited and valid so you are not at risk near as I can tell. As per higher up being politically embarrassed: I doubt the TLA guy will go tell them… And since you are correcting an error with a TLA “that’s a good thing” ;-)

    The only ones with risk, that I see, are the former supervisors. They are at risk of suit for disparagement if they “talk dirt” about him. So IF there’s a negative, it needs to be presented softly at most. “Damning with faint praise” style. Like if asked about attendance and punctuality “He got here on time often enough, most of the time” is a firm “he’s a dolt on time” but without the legal risk as it is phrased as a “yeah, it was acceptable” sort of way. So to be butt covered, the old supervisors need to present his positives clearly and the negatives in a circumspect way (and NEVER say “don’t hire the guy”… or you pay his salary for years to come…) When in doubt, a firm “I don’t remember” works. So a vague “yeah, he was a good honest worker.” then TLA says: Did he ever act in an unprofessional way toward co-workers?” and you can skate with “I don’t remember”…. (So “It was years ago and I don’t remember anything like that.”)

    For a full Butt Cover get an OK for the meeting from HR first and have one of their people present. I doubt you need to go that far though. Phrase any “correction” of their goof up as “We found these additional records after a longer search in the archives”… to give them an out. Though I would not personally go that far unless the company has strong internal politics with petty GEBs looking for people to stomp on. Most folks are happy if the guy just gets his answers and goes away happy.

  192. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, and TLA guy may want to do it over the phone, if so, a conference call works.

    BTW, for Security Clearance calls they put a voice stress monitor on the phone call to spot folks probably lying. One friend reported that everyone had shown some stress on the “does he do drugs?” question, but not much stress and we all gave the same “Nope” answer. Mine was a “Not that I know of” … after all “What IS knowing?” ;-)

    So I avoid phone screens for TLA background checks if possible.

  193. Power Grab says:

    @ EM:

    Thanks for the great insights!!

    I had no idea they used “voice stress monitors” for phone interviews. I wonder if they work right if the interviewee has a strong foreign accent…?

  194. Power Grab says:

    The TLA guy showed up this morning and made the circuit in my area, interviewing the people in my department.

    I think I was the last person he interviewed in our building. When I first introduced myself, he seemed really burdened and somber, like he was having trouble scraping up valid information. I just wore my friendly-and-confident hat and took him to my office.

    I told him that I didn’t know the applicant, but I was going to show him several years of data straight off the system that proved his applicant had done what he said for the years he said had.

    After he saw the data and made some notes, he stood up and said he was now confident that he could report back that the guy told the truth about his time with us. He seemed a lot less burdened.

    Thanks, EM, for your advice. It felt good to send him away happy. :-)

  195. H.R. says:

    @Power Grab – Of course you were the last person he interviewed. You always find what you are looking for in the last place you look. It happens every time ;o)
    .
    .
    When you first wrote about the TLA guy and the problem at your company of elusive evidence and newbies at your company with no memory of the time in question, it reminded me of my job hunting times. My career was in manufacturing and spanned the time of the ‘Giant Sucking Sound’ as manufacturing moved to Mexico and then later to Asia. I have been tossed out on my tush at some of the finest manufacturing companies in America far too many times (about 14 +/- several) and thus have a lot of experience with job searches.

    Anyhow, at a few of the large corporations, they wanted official college transcripts, not copies, and I also had to bring my original college diploma. There was a lot of lying about college credentials going on at the time; probably still is.

    One job required a security clearance as well as the transcripts, so I had to list all my previous residences with actual addresses. I was living at my 15th residence at the time, but at that time my memory was still nearly perfect so I was able to give accurate info on that.

    A couple of places (big corps, natch) wanted a complete work history, not just the last few relevant jobs, and a complete salary history. Fortunately, I had long ago gotten into the habit of saving my 1st and last paycheck stubs from any job as a) proof that I worked at the place, 2) proof of my starting and ending salary, and iii) proof of dates of employment. Fortunately, I never had to produce my ‘evidence,’ but it made it easy to make a list that I could include with the application and write “See Attached” in the employment history section.

    Soooooo… I can sympathize with the person that the TLA guy was checking out. Many people go from job to job and move from place to place without really thinking about it… until they hit that corporation or agency that insists on accurate info and you’re subject to ‘no hire’ or immediate dismissal if there is an inaccuracy. The TLA guy’s subject owes you a really, really nice lunch, but I’m guessing the subject probably will never learn what you have done for them. At least you have the satisfaction of knowing you had the knowledge and wherewithal to do the right thing for that person. Good job!
    .
    .

    Afterthought: I have been cleaning out my home office and have pitched almost all of the stuff I mentioned as well as many years of other career-related papers. At this point, if I need a job, I hear Home Depot and Walmart are desperate for people and I won’t need any proof of anything more than ‘Proof Of Life’ for employment there ;o)

  196. p.g.sharrow says:

    Hey HR! don’t know if you should brag about not being able to hold a job. ;-)
    I have watched much of the electronic industry be stripped out of America for Japan and then China. What a loss! All of my customers for fume exhaust pollution control just disappeared…pg

  197. cdquarles says:

    What do the denizens here think of this: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/06/the_emrealem_lesson_of_watergate_ignored_in_john_deans_testimony_and_media_commentary.html?
    I remember the hearings. It was “history” in the making, so my high school’s history class wheeled in TVs and made us watch. Being a teenager, and not really knowing how movies/TV/news was made; but aware of what was attributed to Mark Twain (and George Orwell) about newspapers, and remembering how Barry Goldwater was treated, found these fascinating. Now I know that someone there, at the time, dug into it all. We are reliving it, again; with the same philosophical actors playing on the stage, some 46 years later.

  198. H.R. says:

    @p.g. – I just thought I was jinxed. Every company that hired me went under or got shipped overseas a year or two after I was hired.

    I never did put on my resume, “Hire me and it’s the kiss of death for your company,” but I probably should have given them fair warning ;o)

    I finally got lucky and wound up working for a company that was a supplier to a U.S./Japan joint venture (Deere-Hitachi) so my job actually came from overseas to the U.S.. It gave me a 12-year run working for the same company. There was never a day that I didn’t get up and look forward to going to work at that company.

  199. Power Grab says:

    @ HR:

    “The TLA guy’s subject owes you a really, really nice lunch, but I’m guessing the subject probably will never learn what you have done for them. At least you have the satisfaction of knowing you had the knowledge and wherewithal to do the right thing for that person. Good job!”

    Thanks! :-D

    What a great idea! Keeping your first and final pay stubs…

    I’m going to suggest that my kid do that. My kid just started their first full-time job yesterday. And it wasn’t even quite a month after graduation…. As I understand it, this is the first regular job my kid ever applied for.

    I told my kid that, even though the duties right now are lowly, this is an important learning time–AND they’re paying my kid to learn (instead of the other way around)!

    I said that I never felt that those years were wasted when I was doing lowly things for pay. They gave me insight into other, more creative duties.

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