This is an “overflow” page from prior Tips pages as they had gotten so large it was taking a long time to load. Same idea, just a new set of space to put pointers to things of interest. The most immediately preceding page is: The observant will notice that this page, tD, is really T13, but in Hexadecmal, for those prone to worry to be kept comfortable ;-)

I’ve added a generic “T” parent page where older copies of the various “Tips” pages can be found archived.

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Making money, usually via trading
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This ought not to be seen as a “limit” on what is “interesting”, more as a “focus list” with other things that are interesting being fair game as well.

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295 Responses to TD

  1. Another Ian says:



    Had in mind to tell you a story, so will anyway.

    A friend, from whom I got quite a bit of wisdom across the bar at the local gun club, produced this –

    For translation – Hungerford is a one-pub, very small town in the far west of Queensland.

    “Had to go to Hungerford a while back and I’ve had a bit of time to think about it”
    A drink of beer
    “And I reckon if you were given a week to live you’d have to go to Hungerford – it’d feel like a fortnight at least”
    Which was a bit like my feelings were getting on T12.
    And why do I have to type this in single space and keep arrowing to the bottom of text in your version of WordPress when I don’t at say Jo Nova or Jennifer Marohasy?

  2. adolfogiurfa says:

    Comet Ison, as driven by conscious beings, changed direction . Now it is shown accompanied by two objects, taken by China´s space radar:

  3. J Martin says:

    US health care compared to the rest of the world. Makes me glad I don’t live in the USA.

  4. crosspatch says:

    So I have been playing with my BeagleBone Black and it has these expansion boards called “Capes”. One cape that I am particularly interested in is this one:

    I’m not really interested in the aircraft info so much as I am having a stratum 1 GPS synchronized master NTP server. Now I just have to find one of the buggers.

  5. Zeke says:

    Invitation to attend a live online event:
    Supreme Court Preview of the 2013 Term
    Tuesday, September, 24
    Some of the potentially big cases are:

    Already on the docket are challenges to the Clean Air Act (American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation), to biennial limits on campaign contributions (McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission), to the disparate impact theory under the Fair Housing Act (Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.), to the constitutionality of President Obama’s recess appointments* (NLRB v. Noel Canning), to Congress’s ability to expand its own power to enact legislation using the Treaty Clause **(Bond v. United States), and to a court ruling that a state violates the Equal Protection Clause by amending its constitution to prohibit race-and sex-based discrimination or preferential treatment in public-university admissions decisions (Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action).

    Complete details regarding this event are available online at:
    Sign up and get a reminder.

    *Lunch, recess. Same difference. (:
    **Small Arms Treaty with the UN, oh boy!

  6. Steve C says:

    Crosspatch – Nice one. You’d be wanting one of these in there as a backup, of course.

    (In my case, I just really want one, but can’t think how to blag myself one for The Right Price ;-)

  7. adolfogiurfa says:

    M 7.0 – 46km S of Acari, Peru

    2013-09-25 11:42:43 UTC-05:00
    15.851°S 74.562°W

  8. adolfogiurfa says:

    I did´t feel it. Curiously enough there has been no major material consequences. Richter scale measures Energy while Mercalli scale measures destruction. Now it seems both far apart, as these New Age EQs. are more high frequency energy displays than low frequency destructive events.

  9. Jradig says:

    YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST – the sins of homogenizing temperature data, now the subject of an excellent guest post by a field biologist at Watts Up With That,

  10. R. de Haan says:

    New Island emitting flammable gas emerges after Pakistani quake:

    This is not the first time an island appeared after a quake. The islands don’t last long and are washed away by the sea.

  11. R. de Haan says:

    What? A flammable gas emitting island? That’s a disaster. Where is GreenPeace when you need them?
    Don’t you love this?

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Well, someone, some long time ago, told me about someone else who (circa 1700?) noticed that time seemed to be slower when they were bored, and were most bored in church; so they decided to make their life longer by spending all their waking time in church…. Somehow I think they missed a bigger point…

    Per Single Space: No idea. Maybe just hit the space bar twice at the end of line ;-)


    Physics and Chemistry make it a near certainty that there are billions of planets with life in the Universe. The big question isn’t “Is there life in the Universe?”, but instead “Why would intelligent life ever visit here?”….


    So the Supremes are going to rule (most likely badly) on a bunch of stuff and stir the pot; yet most of us don’t notice or care…. ok… So why do I care given that we have ample evidence that they are over thinking idiots?


    So, you want to answer the question “Does anyone really know what time it is?” with “why, yes, me, to a few nano-seconds…” OK… But does the time standard used by the boards really reflect reality? Hmmm….

    @J. Martin:

    An interesting bit of broken propaganda, but not very enlightening…. I could spend a good 4 hours talking about the really crappy UK health care I got vs the paranoid of defensive health care I got in the USA vs what worked that an old German Doctor told me to do and the stuff I’ve done on my own that worked better than Kaiser in the USA and….

    Medical care is screwed because they use dodgy pseudo science in their methods and because lawyers love to sue; oh, and because many special interests act in bizarre ways to use the USA as a bank to fund costs for other places…. So the US consumer is thought of as willing to pay $10 for what sells in Africa for a nickle so the USA is used to do a socialist subsidy of drug costs in other countries… That does not mean US medicine is worse, only that other places figured out how to raid our piggy bank…

    Something very similar is at work in hospital billing. Something I know a bit about as I worked in hospitals and did billing to put myself through college. It is treated as a socialist enterprise. The folks with private health insurance get billed $100,000 for a hospital stay to pay for the 10 folks who show up indigent and pay nothing for a $10,000 procedure. In short, for at least 40 years that I personally know of, US medical and hospital charges have been completely divorced from reality due to the failure of markets to be real markets. Insurance and “social goals” have made it a non-market based price model. Obamacare just takes this to an extreme case.

    In short, the video is well done on production values, but clueless about real economics.

    IMHO, US healthcare beats the pants off UK health care (based on personal experience of both).

    But the video is a nice bit of propaganda…. It would take a few hours to just sort out the variety of bogosities in that few minute piece. It’s largely crap.

    But well constructed crap….


    Interesting point about the frequencies and destruction vs power. The recent 7.7? in Pakistan also had lower deaths than I’d have expected. “Something is different. Different, is good.”…

    @Steve c:

    So an atomic clock on a chip… Nice. ;-)


    Homoginizing data is crap. Need one really say more than that?

    Well, I guess so ;-)

    @R. de Haan:

    Well, yes, I do love it. That “Natural Gas” is seen as evil and not natural is rich… very rich…

  13. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. Why?…Would you be interested if a Solar System is having a total transformation as the one in a LENR reaction, where a small atom (Hydrogen: A proton and one electron around) interferes with a Nickel atom, turning it into Copper?. I am sure you would. That´s why. This phenomenon does not happen every day in this galaxy, so all the E.M. around are coming to watch it and will surely make a new post in their blog….
    Well, it entails a little of troubles for us, like those 300,000 people who suddenly flew away in december 2004, while being at the beaches of Sumatra..and WE DID NOT CARE about it; well …funny enough but there is a free “neutron” out there straightly falling in our direction: it measures 12 miles long and half a mile width….

  14. Jason Calley says:

    One more productive individual goes Galt:

  15. Another Ian says:



    From comments at

    Tom G(ologist) says:
    October 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    I have been in the water resources business for 30 years, much of which has dealt with groundwater. That segment of the industry has been hijacked by groundwater modelers in much the same way. Groundwater models are no more in touch with reality than climate models but they are the cornerstone of decisions for groundwater remediations. In the absence of an IPCC, EPA is the mover and shaker of the model-driven basis of groundwater reality in the U.S., and if you think they are draconian with climate policy, you should spend some time working on a CERCLA (Superfund) Site and dealing with that branch of the agency. If a model says something is a certain way, then that’s it – no arguments. The premier journal of groundwater science “Ground Water” has become a paper forum for modelers to throw computer codes around and there are virtually no actual studies of groundwater in the real world. ”

    And more!

  16. adolfogiurfa says:

    What do you think of this?

    Would it be about this guy?:

    Which is causing all this trouble?:

  17. crosspatch says:

    If you want to look at earthquakes in California and are frustrated with the USGS site being down due to government “shutdown”, Cal Tech has the information here:

    But hey, it’s nice to know that the really essential sites are still up and running:

  18. crosspatch says:

    Got a Wandboard Quad today. It is a quad core ARM with 2G of RAM, a SATA disk interface, two micro SD slots, lots of i/o options (built in wifi, too) measures 3.5 inches square and costs less than $150.

  19. tom0mason says:

    I wonder if you have seen this website before. It is certainly an interesting theory on how our climate works –

  20. tom0mason says:

    This paper on ‘Interplanetary magnetic field influences mid-latitude surface atmospheric pressure’ appears to fit with the climate site I referenced above.

    Click to access 1748-9326_8_4_045001.pdf

  21. H.R. says:

    Correlation is not causation but I was pondering the possible effects of ultrasound on the undeveloped brain of a fetus and it struck me; is there anything to the coincident rise of autism and prenatal ultrasound scans?

    A couple of years back on this blog we were kicking around chemical causes of autism (nutrition and vaccines) but near as I can tell, no one has been looking at mechanical causes.

  22. crosspatch says:

    Found a great little power supply for the Wandboard Quad. It is a fully regulated switching supply with the correct adapter plug. It would provide much more stable power under varying load conditions than the typical wall wart.

  23. crosspatch says:

    OOps, thats 12v! Won’t work. Needs 5V

  24. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. As being a south american who has experienced what you are about to experience, starting on this october 17th. could you explain your people that it will really mean to bailout banks and the elite for their bad businesses they did in the recent past? You know, as an economist, that the americans are about to become “economists” from one day to the other :-) , while they will have to ponder how they did accept to lower their salaries/ wages, say in a 30% to 50%, or even more, just in an altruistic move to help poor bankers, speculators, etc. instead of taxing them or oblige them to give you back the real “price” of your personal WORK, which is the actual backing for any currency in the world. You lose, they never do it….why?

  25. tom0mason says:

    EM, just for information, I have 2 comments awaiting moderation

    [Reply: I’m doing my moderation now. Once a person is white listed they don’t wait any more. An unfortunate side effect of the change to white listing is that I’ve become lazy about moderation queues… E.M.Smith]

  26. adolfogiurfa says:

    Current affairs on earth and space weather, and why things are changing:

  27. J Martin says:

    Can a new mathematical model predict the endgame of empires? Peter Turchin says his work shows why the US is in crisis, and what will happen next


  28. adolfogiurfa says:

    J Martin: Ask Soros…and the people who will profit from it, all of them are already living in Shanghai.

  29. P.G.Sharrow says:

    An article about “accounting?” artifacts found in ancient Mesopotamian digs. Decorated clayballs that contain shaped materials;
    Researchers now use CT scans to non-destructive examine the contents of the balls. Anybodies guess as to the meaning of the devices. pg

  30. Another Ian says:


    Obamacare sounds like our Queensland Health Payroll problem on steroids!

  31. philjourdan says:

    Japan is rocking and rolling –

    Near Fukishima.

  32. R. de Haan says:

    For what it’s worth, Fukushima is here:

  33. Jason Calley says:

    I just thought that some of the regulars might be interested in updating their scientific knowledge with these new courses:

  34. R. de Haan says:

    I watched this video (with 2 pounds of salt) about 9/11 presented by a lady called Judy Wood who makes a case of explaining where the all the rubble of the buildings went, more to the point how entire steel beams and concrete simply got “dustified”, how cars were “toasted and flipped around, blocks away from the site and observations about people taking of their clothes before jumping and her observation of tons of dirt being transported into the site over the years to come.
    Just watch it and if possible let me know your comments:

    Her claim: 9/11 wasn’t a repeat of “Pearl Harbor” but the new “Hiroshima” because of tritium levels found in the dust samples pointing at a nuclear process.

  35. R. de Haan says:

    Here Wood’s site:

  36. Steve C says:

    Sussex’s Bonfire Societies get a mention in the Independent: .

    R. de Haan: I came across Judy Wood’s site a little while back. Fascinating stuff. As for that salt, as G. K. Chesterton is said to have said, “The danger is not that, if people cease to believe in a God they will believe in nothing, it is that they will believe in anything”. When practically all the “conspiracy theories” are far more informed and believable than the official story, it’s hard to know quite where the truth lies.

  37. Steve C says:

    EM – A link back to your “superchiasmatic” post last summer – you seem to be a long way ahead of the pack on this one!

    I’ve just been listening to “Digital Human” on BBC Radio 4, which is (as its name implies) about various aspects of the relationship between us and our toys. Amongst other things, they discussed today a little piece of free software, which aims to adjust the colour balance on your monitor or mobile phone continually during the day, to make it better reflect the varying light conditions in the real world to which your eyes are acclimatised. Their specific intention is, in the evenings, to reduce the “blueness” which brightens screens during the day, to avoid overstimulating the optics and understimulating the body’s melatonin generation. Thought I’d heard something like that before … ;-)

    I haven’t tried it myself yet (d/l’ed but not yet installed), but thought it was worth a mention. “f.lux” (pronounced “flux”, of course) can be found at – various versions for different OSs available, Windoze one about 600K. I’d suggest that any of us trying it report back here – I’m going to try it on the machine I use late in the evenings, as the best test.

  38. p.g.sharrow says:

    Humans HAVE to believe in something. That is the anchor that they weave their grasp of the the world around. Control that and you can manage their thoughts and actions. For over a century the Liberal Progressives have controlled academia and the education of the Elites. They as well have worked to break connections to Religion, Family and Patriotism. For the last 50 years Parroting the Liberal Progressive line was the only way to advance in the System. Now their overreach is destroying their credibility with the masses that they have lied to for all these years. The true believers will push this to the last as they are dedicated to their “Religion”. In the end “Liberal Progressive” will be as cursed as “Communist”, “Nazi” and “Fascist”. The pendulum will swing the other way. A new “Joe McCarthy” will hunt them down. pg

  39. R. de Haan says:

    I never felt the urge to believe anything and I think people can do very well without any “believe”. In fact I never use the word “believe”. I think, observe, think again,study, share and discuss matters that have my interest. Just like I stumbled on the video that put a light on the observations from this Woods lady. Believing is something you do in a church. Well, I have thought about that too and concluded that visiting a church for other reasons than admiring the often impressive architecture and the colored glass window panes is a wasted on me.

    I can very well live with that.

  40. R. de Haan says:

    J Martin says:
    9 October 2013 at 8:02 pm
    “Can a new mathematical model predict the endgame of empires? Peter Turchin says his work shows why the US is in crisis, and what will happen next


    After the failure of the climate models some specialists like peter Turchin bail ship and look for another funding to tap.
    And because you can proof anything with a computer model the hunt for greenbacks is on.

  41. p.g.sharrow says:

    @R de Haan; I know that you have a very strong belief structure. I have read many of your comments over the last few years.
    Churches are just creations of men, religious dogma or buildings, they are all man made. Some are impressive in complexities and pomp. Organized religion is not needed for a belief in the concept of GOD. Organized political parties are not needed for the belief in the need for Kings, Emperors, or Elected Leaders. I have encountered people that were desperate for someone or something to believe in as they felt at a loss for direction or justification in their existence. These are fodder for manipulators to further their own aims. Whether Pope or Saboteur, they all want to control OUR lives to further their greed for power. They all use this need for belief in something or someone to follow. Only a few of us are so solid in our core belief structure as to ignore the demands to “Join” and follow the leader. pg

  42. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Sera; Thankyou for the link to the Forbes page, both the article on darklink and the Rand quoit on civilization. ;-) pg

  43. Sera says:

    @ p.g.sharrow

    “ Civilization is the progress of a society towards privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. “— Ayn Rand

    Forbes’ Thought of the Day (I forgot about that)- Thanks!

  44. Sera says:

    @ R. de Haan:

    Deloreans for sale-

    Just add Mr Fusion and Flux Capacitor…

  45. R. de Haan says:

    @ Sera, Thanks for the Delorean link. They even have a copy the original movie car for sale.

    @ p.g.sharrow,
    “I have encountered people that were desperate for someone or something to believe in as they felt at a loss for direction or justification in their existence”.

    Yes, there are a lot of sorrow asses roaming the planet. Never learned to think for themselves.
    Lost, even in the era of GPS navigation.

    As for the subject of churches, I love this one:

    Big fan of Gaudi architecture.

  46. R. de Haan says:

    One other youtube with stunning images from Israel.

  47. R. de Haan says:

    @ Steve C“The danger is not that, if people cease to believe in a God they will believe in nothing, it is that they will believe in anything”.

    It’s just as easy to make the case for the contrary, that people who believe in God will believe anything. Take Aurellio Peccei, the founder of the Club of Rome.

  48. p.g.sharrow says:

    Link to article on multi-tailed asteroid;
    Asteroid with comet like tails of gas or dust. pg

  49. J Martin says:

    If a thorium powered car became a reality then where would the government shift the missing fuel tax load ?

  50. J Martin says:

    And forgot to say thanks to R de Haan for the Thorium car link. Surely a much better way to spend research dollars and subsidies than battery powered cars. When you get home, plug the car in to the house and power the household hot water, heating and electricity needs.

  51. Steve C says:

    @ R. de Haan: Aye, there’s truth in what you say, though I think Chesterton was not wrong when applied to the general populace (which I believe his original comment was). By the time arrogant little specimens like Peccei get a taste of power, it doesn’t seem to matter much whether they think they’re God’s own warriors, savers of the planet or whatever, the only thing that matters to them is that the rest of us kowtow to them and worship their stupid ideas. Alas, human arrogance is almost as widely distributed as human stupidity.

    – – An update on f.lux and its operation:

    I did have some problems with setting the software to my location: it locked up several times before I eventually persuaded it to “move”. Having said that, it certainly does what it says it does. During the day it leaves the screen image at full brightness, then as evening draws in the blue is steadily reduced and the image becomes “warmer”. There is an override provided for those who might want to watch movies (etc.) in the original colours, and there are adjustments for both the speed with which f.lux operates and for the upper and lower colour temperatures between which it adjusts. So yes, if (like Mrs. Smith) your superchiasmatics are a bit sensitive, and if you “must” use a PC right before bedtime, f.lux will probably help.

    Having said that, I’ve uninstalled it now I’ve had a play. My blue sensitivity is obviously pretty low, and I tend to put the PC to bed some time before retiring myself, so I don’t really need the adjustment. I also found that I was looking at the (strangely coloured) screen in the evening and just thinking “Yeuch” – I spent ages, years ago, setting the colours of everything to just the way I like it, and with my aging eyesight I do find it much easier to read black on white than black on sort-of-pinkish-colour. This may be less of an issue for those with younger eyesight.

    The software appears to adjust Windows’ colours somewhere in the “Theme” area. I noticed when I was setting everything back that “My Current Theme” had become “My Current Theme (modified)”, but restoring the original “Theme” seems to have restored the status quo ante. Overall verdict: If you think it would help you, it probably will, and as it’s free software you can’t lose. Interesting.

  52. R. de Haan says:

    The Thorium Problem (US MADE and MAINTAINED)

  53. J Martin says:

    @ R. de Haan. Excellent video.

  54. R. de Haan says:

    It’s not only an excellent video, It also shows how humanity has been kept in the dark for a period of more than 50 years. We see how Nixon betrayals the American public and the world, we see how Obama betrayals the American public and the world.

    We have this great opportunity to harvest rare earth materials and Thorium. we have the opportunity to clean up the tons of nuclear waste piled up everywhere we have these stone age nuclear power plants. We can power the entire world at a price of USD 250.000 per Megawat, sufficient power to serve 1.000 people = USD 250 pp.

    What do we get instead? 50 years of betrayal and a pending bloodbath that will pale everything that happened in the past century.

    We have to go after the spin puppet players who set us up.

    No use to play the political game because the politicians are just hired to do their dirty work.

    We are at war.

  55. R. de Haan says:

    Sera says:
    7 November 2013 at 8:26 am
    Interesting article over at Forbes…

    You can use that web site to order your Thorium so you can build your own personal reactor.

    Isn’t it a beautiful world?

  56. R. de Haan says:

    But the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LTFR) is also a great way to go

    Click to access poster_82.pdf

  57. R. de Haan says:

    LTFR advantages in a a minute:

  58. R. de Haan says:

    Canada also involved in Thorium projects:

  59. R. de Haan says:

    Just like Norway which has the third biggest stack of Thorium and the sufficient coal to power the world for the next 3.000 years:

  60. R. de Haan,
    Thorium power is the solution to so many problems. It would be wonderful if the USA decided to lead in this field but that seems unlikely given the corruption of our ruling elites.

    Will it matter? Not at all for humanity at large but the baton of leadership will pass to a nation with more honest government. Iran has the capability to develop Thorium based MSRs. So has Pakistan, India, the Czech republic, the People’s Repubic of China plus several other nations.

  61. Chiefio,
    As a Brit I know that you are right to doubt the quality of the British health care system. In 1965 I had a varicose vein removed from my left leg (long saphenous) in the Meriden hospital in Warwickshire. The hygeine of my recovery ward was so gross that I discharged myself against my physicians advice and vowed never to enter a British hospital again.

    Since taking up residence in the USA I have had only two hospitalizations and both were highly satisfactory. In 1995 I endured major spinal surgery at the Duke University Medical Center. The surgeons were Dennis Turner (Neuro) and William Richardson (Orthopedic). These folks were amazing and a couple of years later my wife had similar surgery at DUMC. Even though the surgeons did not offer a family discount we were delighted.

    In spite of these highly positive experiences I am not in favor of the American approach to health care. Many of the issues raised in the video cited by J. Martin are valid:

    In the fall of 1970 I visited the USA to exhibit electro-optic equipment at a trade show held in the New York Coliseum. On this, my first trip to the USA, I experienced more than just culture shock owing to arriving just in time to experience a hurricane; the Attica prison riots; plumes of smoke rising every day as apartment buildings were torched; dreadful roads; Carnegie Hall and other famous buildings falling apart. American gangster movies were quite popular in the United Kingdom back then but that did not prepare me for the reality of organized crime.
    Two large crates containing the equipment and literature needed for the show were sent over 3,000 miles by air from the United Kingdom to New York. My first task on arrival was to arrange transport for the crates from JFK to the New York Coliseum, a distance of 35 miles. The first trucking company quoted a price that was close to what I had paid for air freight across the Atlantic. The cost was so outrageous that I spent an entire day trying to get a reasonable quote from a dozen trucking companies until someone took pity on me and explained that there was only one price and it was set by La Cosa Nostra (LCN).

    In 1982 I emigrated to the USA to work in Manhattan. The freight rates out of JFK were still unreasonably high, a clear indication that the LCN had managed to retain control throughout the 12 years since my first visit. How was such a thing possible when it was common knowledge to everyone who did business via the New York airports? Over time I was to learn that the freight out of JFK was just a minor part of LCN operations involving 250 trucking companies supported by labor unions that controlled garbage collection, concrete, the garment business and much more.

    Although the services controlled by the LCN appeared to be run by independent companies there was no effective competition so from a customer’s standpoint it was like dealing with a monopoly. Consumers could complain though nothing would be done as long as the LCN was intimidating competitors while greasing its connections in government and law enforcement. The situation could have continued indefinitely if the FBI had not decided to mount a series of high profile operations targeting the Luchese crime family in the 1980s.

    While organized crime is still flourishing it is under increasing pressure from a variety of law enforcement agencies that use the publicity from prosecutions of major crime figures very effectively.

    Sadly, a new Mafia has risen up that poses a much greater threat to the people of this country than the old one ever could owing to its immense scale and the fact that it is not regarded as a criminal conspiracy. Nevertheless it involves the corruption of government at all levels and the exploitation of the general public, especially the most vulnerable of our citizens.

    If goods and services cost far more than is reasonable it is usually a sign that corruption is present. Corruption costs money and the cost is passed on to consumers. According to the National Coalition on Health Care medical expenditures in the USA amounted to $1.7 trillion in 2003 rising to an estimated $1.8 trillion in 2004. Our expenditures per capita are typically double those of our major trading competitors and comparisons are far less favorable with low cost providers of health care such as many Latin American countries. The rate of growth is even more alarming. In 1950 medical expenditures accounted for 5.2% of the GDP rising to 9.4% in 1975. By the year 2000 expenditures had risen to 15.4% of the GDP or roughly four times what is spent on national defense. If the country is not capable of radically reforming the health sector the spending could well exceed 20% of GDP by 2025.

    To reduce this to things that matter to individual consumers I made comparisons of medical procedures for an uninsured person in Sarasota, Florida with comparable procedures in Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia. Knee replacement surgery costing $46,000 in the USA can be had for under $10,000 in Costa Rica. A cranial MRI scan costing $700 in Sarasota not only cost much less in Bogota ($102) but involved much less hassle than one gets in the USA.

    How did things get so bad? According to several experts we are suffering from a perfect storm caused by the alignment of many powerful forces capable of manipulating the health care market to benefit themselves.

    The American Medical Association ensures high salaries for doctors by limiting the number of people trained in this country and placing barriers for foreign doctors who wish to practice here. The drug companies prefer developing products that will make money (e.g. Viagra) to working on ones that reduce human suffering.

    The Federal Drug Administration is a wholly owned subsidiary of the drug industry, working hard to prevent people from obtaining cheaper drugs. Health Management Organizations exist to make money while dragging down the quality of service experienced by the general public.

    Trial lawyers drive up the costs of malpractice litigation, getting rich while smugly pretending to be standing up for the victims of the medical colossus.
    The legislators produce laws that drive costs up while achieving little of value for anyone other than the lawyers and HMOs (remember HIPAA?).

    What can be done? The present system appears to be beyond hope of reform. The conspiracy is so huge and its members so powerful that there is no hope of it being declared a criminal enterprise. The medical industry will continue to increase its share of our GDP, pauperizing pensioners and destroying once mighty companies such as General Motors. At some point there will be a revolt; let it be soon.

  62. R. de Haan says:

    Great and well written contribution Galloping Camel.
    What corrupts our entire society is the size of our Governments, no matter if you’re in the USA, the UK or Continental Europe.

    In Europe the costs to register a new prescription drug is about 3 billion euro.
    EU regulations and procedures require the process to start with the filing of a patent and a minimum of 7 years research in vivo. That leaves a very short period of time to retrieve the initial investment. In countries with traditionally low medicine use like the Netherlands the insurance companies don’t allow for the introduction of new health products and/or treatments and they continue to lower their costs by bulk purchase of generic drugs produced by third parties at the lowest possible price.
    In the mean time markets are flooded with parallel imports (a.o the UK, but also China, Turkey and the former East Block countries.
    Big farma is demonized by the establishment, health insurance premiums require a personal contribution that increases every year and depending on income requires a substantial contribution as part of the income tax. At the same time the amount of services covered by the insurance is reduced every year. More effort is done to promote prevention.

    That is one of the big reasons why we see a decline of in the introduction of prescription drugs.

    At the same time in other fields like the micro and bio industry new developments take place but what we see is a combination of corruption, taxation, the implementation of Agenda 21 generating a total rip-off of patients and don’t forget the health care workers who are stripped from income, benefits and job security. This only to line the pockets from the people gaming the entire system.

    You are right, we need some kind of revolution to change this but the most efficient way is to reduce government. an restore the democratic process.

  63. p.g.sharrow says:

    @All; The “Revolution” has all ready begun! Brainwashed young people are wakening and they are pissed at the idea that they are hostage to the costs of the Liberal Progressive dream of their predecessors.
    The Obamanation will attempt to rule by decree and regulation as they have lost popularity due to overreach and incompetence. The followers of the philosophies of “Moore” will be so discredited that “Liberal Progressive” will be a curse. The Democrats and “RINOs” must change or retire as the pendulum swings to the right quite forcefully. Just as the swing to the left has gone on for 120 years, the swing is now to the right will be hard to stall. The “New In” is self reliant. The “Old Way” is to depend on government. The communication of people through the Internet will get things done quickly, as needed, without the cost and interference and delay of bureaucrat greed and well connected insider payola.

  64. pg,
    I love your message but I suspect you are wearing rose tinted eye glasses.

    When I arrived in the USA in 1982 it was demonstrably the greatest nation in the world. Probably the greatest nation that ever was. I was hoping to make some small contribution to making it even better. Instead I have witnessed a relentless decline evidenced by abandoned leadership in manufacturing, space exploration, nuclear technology and much more. Increasing unemployment created by a suicidal urge to drive manufacturing industry overseas.

    On arrival in 1982 I was expecting to find some vestiges of the “Frontier Spirit” embodying self reliance but instead I found the “Entitlement Mentality” that destroyed my homeland, the once great United Kingdom.

    Nations become great through the virtue of their citizens empowering great leaders like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today we are seeing our lack of virtue elevating weak leaders like George Bush and Barack Obama. The price we pay is economic decline relative to other nations.

    Today we fear the Republic of China that has replaced the USSR as our nation’s primary adversary. Personally I am not worried as China’s success is not likely to be sustained given the lack of virtue of its ruling classes (aka corruption).

  65. R. de Haan says:

    The only dangerous development I see in regard to China is that they develop IP’S for Thorium technology and from that moment on become the sole proprietor of all Thorium based power generation and The hawks in the USA starting WWIII which will end our civilization.

  66. R. de Haan says:

    Thorium is the only fuel that is able to make us overcome the onset of the next ice age.

  67. R. de Haan,
    Thanks for those links on Thorium that I had not seen before. I am still struggling to get the sound codec working for that CFACT presentation.

  68. R. de Haan says:

    Gallopingcamel, you’re most welcome.
    Good luck with the CFACT presentation.

  69. Another Ian says:


    On a lighter note you might have inadvertently unlocked the coding of MG sports cars with the title of this thread –

    Post war

    TC, TD, (No TE as it could have been pronounced “Tee ‘Ee”), TF

  70. Jon says:

    I came across this interesting article on the current polarity of the sun.

  71. R. de Haan says:

    From the article:

    “If so, the decline in magnetic activity could ease global warming, the scientists said. But such a subtle change in the sun—lowering its luminosity by about 0.1%—wouldn’t be enough to outweigh the build-up of greenhouse gases and soot that most researchers consider the main cause of rising world temperatures over the past century or so”.

    “It may give us a brief respite from global warming,” said Dr. Hathaway. “But it is not going to stop it.”

    Scrap the article. It’s total crap.

  72. Jon says:

    I have come to ignore all the AGW fluff that they add to most articles these days – it gets me too iritated to pay attention anymore. What I found interesting was the out of sync polarity for an extended period of time. It just got me thinking about what kind of balancing forces it would take to maintain the “two south poles” for so long and what effects might occur if they remained as currently positioned. Just a curiosity, nothing more.

  73. R. de Haan says:

    Right, I share your curiosity. Lots of articles about the polar magnetic reversal, not only about our sun but also our planet plus another huge pile of alarmist stories that talk about a period during the reversal where the planet is extremely vulnerable or “deadly” radiation from the sun and space.
    I think this matter is much more complex and I don’t think we are going to be “grilled”.
    Anyhow I don’t think we can expect anything constructive from the “alarmist scientists” but I remain open to any serious finding that expands my horizon. There’s still a lot to be learned.

  74. p.g.sharrow says:

    The next time you have a geomap of the earth up, look how the continents are laid out and have moved. The earth is an oblate spheroid (egg shaped), the northern areas are 11feet low and the southern areas higher then an equal spheroid would be. This is due to warpage caused by magnetic lines of force flow out and up in the south and down and in the north. The continents have flowed down hill toward the northern “low” areas.The earths’ magnetic fields are caused by circulations of material below the mantel and are more or less chaotic. At times aligned in a more organized strong north / south arrangement and other times in chaos. Earthquakes and Volcanic activity are most active as stress is relieved. Strong organized magnetic fields lock the continents under stress. As the earths’ field becomes chaotic, earthquakes and volcanic activity will become more common. This will also cause a bit less drag on the Earths’ rotation by the Moon, as a strong north / south field causes a slight wobble in the moons orbit as the earth spins.
    As to radiation hazards from more chaotic magnetic fields that result in less protection from the solar wind of charged particles. I would be more concerned about the onset of Ice age caused by a massive volcanic outburst. Just one cold summer of unmelted snow in the north could do it, as the solar system “Goldilocks” zone is moving in toward the sun. Our host has postulated that we may be near or at the tipping point.
    “Ice age” is too slow moving to cause psychic image in prophecy so there are none to my knowledge. But large volcanic outburst creates images to the point of overload. As there is little context it is difficult to pinpoint time and place. A large outburst near Rome is foretold very soon that will destroy much of that city. Rome is built on a vast volcanic ash deposit. Maybe it will be resurfaced. pg

  75. R. de Haan says:

    Thanks for your posting PG, We have quite some volcanic activity already although I realize we have more information at our hands today compared to the pre-satelite and pre-internet era. So it remains difficult to detect a trend. Besides that we observe today is this new phenomena that some scientific cluster suppress the effects of solar and volcanic activity in order to keep the AGW hoax afloat.
    From a statistic view the a big one could erupt in the oceans where we find more volcano’s than we have on land. From an historic point of view Indonesia, South America and the Med and Iceland have been the area’s where volcanic eruptions caused huge regional, even global fall out. Most eruptions taking place during periods of low solar activity.

    As I said before, his is an observation that is downplayed by the AGW proponents.
    According to we have 34 volcano’s erupting right now.
    Iceagenow came with the news of six volcano’s erupting within hours after each other

    Spectacular views from Mt. Etna including a video of small volcanic rock raining down on the local towns 20 miles from the top:
    Of course that’s nothing compared to Toba eruption that covert entire continents with a thick layer of volcanic dust:

  76. R. de Haan says:

    Nice to read in the daily mail article that life continues as usual for the people who live near Mt Etna, despite the fall out from the volcano but life in the UK has come to a standstill just from a little snow.
    The normal weather trend in Western Europe is that an early cold period in October or November followed by a relative mild winter period. I think this will be different this year. We have extensive snow from the Spain, France, Italy, the Balkan Area, Turkey, Russia, Southern Germany and the Alps with an early opening of all the ski area’s. Just like the US and Canada. I think we will see serious blocking high’s over the Atlantic and Greenland causing the Jet Stream to penetrate far South transporting Arctic air masses for weeks to come.

  77. Zeke says:

    Cheifio, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  78. R. de Haan says:

    When I looked at the Vostok Ice Core I noticed the red graph representing the amount of dust in the atmosphere.

    What is interesting that the peaks in particulate concentrations coincide with the lowest temperatures of the ice ages. This is an interesting phenomena.

    It means there is a mechanism that triggers a period of intensive volcanic activity followed by a (slow) rise in temperature.
    I really wonder what that “trigger” could be. The weight of the ice and snow deposits? Maybe.

    Any idea’s?

  79. R. de Haan says:

    One think is clear. It is not volcanic activity that triggers an ice age. But at the lowest temperature cycle of the ice age it is volcanic activity that precedes the ascend towards the next interglacial.

  80. R. de Haan says:

    Apart from the almost identical pattern from ice age to ice age (you can almost adjust your watch to it) it is also interesting to observe the steep ascend from cold to warm and the relative slow, stepped descend to deep cold. The slow descend can be explained by the heat captured by the oceans and the slowly declining biosphere. The steep ascend that is preceded with a spike in volcanic activity however must be contributed the sun entirely.

    I had a look at the latest rapid melting of glaciers at the end of the Little ice age and the reports of an ice free arctic ocean around 1850 and thought about the Carrington Event of September 1859.
    I wonder if similar events are responsible for the rapid ice melt that brings us the short lived inter glacial.

    One thing is sure, the fact that we have icecaps on both the SH and NH, including Greenland which as the name says was green and covered with forests when the Vikings established their farming communities around the year 1000 AC until 1.400 AC when plummeting temperatures, ice and snow made Greenland inhabitable and agriculture impossible, tells me we the next ice age already has begun.

    What really makes me wonder is why the established NASA solar scientists continue to defend their view that our sun is a “non variable” constant factor (ample variation of TSI) while in reality our sun controls the weather, the position of the high and low pressure area’s, the track of the jet stream and the water cycle.

    For the same reason I have to smile at the folly of the Greens and the Warmists who claim humanity, more precise, the modern life style of humanity is responsible for the warming of our climate.

    The powers that make our weather and bring us ice ages are much bigger than anything humanity can throw at the planet. To claim human civilization is can influence the weather, let alone the climate is absurd.

    Human civilization is nothing more but a fly on the ass of a donkey. Period

  81. R. de Haan says:

    L and S radio waves grilling your car electronics possibly new police weapon to stop your car:

    Those old timers look better every day.

  82. p.g.sharrow says:

    @R. de Haan says:”What is interesting that the peaks in particulate concentrations coincide with the lowest temperatures of the ice ages. This is an interesting phenomena.”

    I believe the “dust up” is caused by the desertification of the lands near by, due to the great reduction in ocean levels in the depth of the ice age. As precipitation decreases from cold, smaller oceans, the snow falls on the great ice mountains nearly ends and the lands nearby become cold and dry. Great dust storms blow and cover the lands and ice with fine soil that builds up, as we see in the creation of Loass soils just south of the glaciated areas of the north. this turns the ice mountains into tundra with soil and vegetation over the frozen ice that slowly melts from below. The Ice Mountains become wet cold prairie for the great herds that migrate over them. and the Earth warms quickly as the Ice is covered and melts slowly at first, as it is insulated from the warming sun. The existence of permafrost of great depth overlain with productive soils in the far northern prairies is an indicator to me that this is an important part of the mechanics of the ice age inter glacial.
    A cold summer or two where the heavy snow from warm oceans fails to melt off and the albedo change tips toward colder as the sun weakens. Dry, dirt covered snow and a sun that strengthens allows the earth and oceans to warm quickly from reduced albedo. Solar variability is just one part of the equation. As EMSmith has posited, we are in a long term “Ice Age” with short term inter glacial.breaks. The Earths’ position in the “Goldilocks” zone changes due to variation in the solar output. Inter glacial periods have other causes due to Earth surface changes.
    Mars, once in the “Goldilocks zone” is now covered with dust and debris over permafrost. Examination of surface photos of Mars looks to me to be much like permafrost surface of the far north of earth.
    It is interesting that a quiet sun results in an increase in earthquakes and volcanic activity. Earth cooling from a quiet sun is made worse by large eruptions. A weakening sun also means a weakening earth magnetic field. The earths’ shape is an oblate (egg shaped) spheroid due to its’ magnetic field. A change in field location and strength causes a change in the shape of the earth and results in stress changes in the surface and mantel below. Far too many moving parts for a “Climatologist” to keep track of. ;-) pg

  83. R. de Haan says:

    Thanks for he comment P.G, the desertification link explanation seems solid at first sight. Just didn’t think of it because even today we have massive dust storms picking up millions of tons of material that that is transported from Africa to South America and around the planet.Many times Southern winds bring the Sahara dust way up North.
    If you know how many times I had remove Sahara dust from my car over the past year you wouldn’t believe it. Then it hit me that 7000 years ago there was no Sahara desert at all and the entire desert theory doesn’t fit.
    So I looked for continental maps with sea levels lowered by 300 ft and noticed the increase in landmass is incredible. The North Sea retreats connecting the current UK including Ireland with the Continent, the East Sea fall dry including the Barentz Sea and the Kara Sea as well as the Med connecting Africa with Europe. In Southern America the landsize of Florida more than doubles and… well here is an article with some maps and if you leave out the parts about the warming qualities of CO2 it makes for a bearable read. But this is all NH talk. The Vostok Ice Cores is SH and the only landmass in the vicinity is South America where a drop in sea level doesn’t result in any dramatic increase in landmass at all. This means that the source of particulates must be Patagonia simply because there is hardly any other source. Besides the fact that this kills your suggested theory of nearby deertification there is this difficult to answer question. Looking at the graphs of the Vostoc Ice Core there is this harmoinous connection between the dust graph and the ice and CO2 graph. Now if we assume that the source are for the dust is indeen South America there must be periods of sustained West South Westerly winds responsible for the particulate build up in the core graph. So why do we only see this happening during the coldest periods in the record? I have been thinking about the ice cap blocking the ocean currents around the Southern part of South America triggering a change in wind patterns. Maybe..

    I digged up some more reports but non of them, after a fast read scan, provides any answer to my observatons so I will give it a slow read when I find the time and do some more searches.

    Anyhow, I still think there is a lot of explaining to be done.
    One of the links I am looking for is a scale that combines the length of the ice core with the time tables of the Vostoc Ice Core Graph.

    I found a PDF about Tephra layer anaysis in the Vostoc Icecore, 160.000 years of SH volcanism: Antarctica/ AJUS/ AJUSvXXIVn5/ AJUSvXXIVn5p98.pdf

    Next I found a PDF containing an analysis of the dust particles and their origin: and

    As I said, will have a close read of these PDF’s but a quick scan didn’t provide any satisfying explanation by what mechanism the increase in dust particulates spikes in such an harmonious way compared to the ice and CO2 graph’s in the Vostoc Ice Core, especially because the concentrations show such a high peaks over such designated periods of time.

  84. R. de Haan says:

    PG, forgot to post this link:
    Sorry for typo’s, misplaced my glassed once again.

  85. R. de Haan says:

    Stumbled on this incredible video from times when engineers were true magicians and new aircraft with new technology were invented, prototyped and readied for series production in only 1/10 of the time we currently need to build the Joint Strike Fighter which IMO has turned into a lemon, made by politics. Enjoy the video:

  86. R. de Haan says:

    This is the crap you get when you send an ice core to Cambridge:

  87. p.g.sharrow says:

    The desert areas of 20,000 years ago are not in the same bands as those of today as the Hadley Cells move with the contraction – expansion of the atmosphere caused by the changes in solar output. Southern deserts of today are rather small as the bands are over narrow continental areas. The largest southern continental area is Antarctica which has a dry cold desert at its’ heart. If the sea levels are dropped 300ft, and the Hadley Cells banding move, the Antarctic Desert would greatly expand. Stephen Wilde as well as EM Smith have described this movement of Climate Bands caused by contraction or expansion of the Earths’ atmosphere under the influence of changes in solar output. As you have pointed out the habitable lands greatly increase with the lowered sea levels. Doggerland, the Baltic and the North Sea now cover what was once a great, well watered, valley of forest and plains. Ancestral home to the Red Headed Celts? Your observation of the reach of Saharan dust is a good demonstration of how far dust can travel. Australia has great expanses in the Outback that are wind polished stone stripped of all soil and dust. As great grandma observed “Sometimes you dust and sometimes you ploughed” the front room of her house, in the Central Valley of California, “depending on the wind direction”. 8-) A few thousand years of dust accumulation can become many feet thick. A map of the Earths’ surface 10,000 years ago would be greatly different from todays’ map. Climate, vegetation cover would be greatly changed. The southern ice covered polar region has existed for the entire Ice Age and just changes a bit in size. The Northern one comes and goes due, in part, to local northern causes. pg

  88. Sera says:

    And then I lernt to spell Chiefio…

  89. Another Ian says:

    A SWAG

    If Chiefio is in the sorting out of Obamacare I’ll guess time here will be very limited

  90. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Another Ian; Now, that would certainly be a challenge for his talents. Fixing that web site turkey would keep a large crack team busy for some time. Job security? ;-) on a cost plus contract. pg

  91. Steve C says:

    Well, no-one else has mentioned it here, so I will.

    You can now buy yourself a Rossi E-Cat installation, if there’s a big enough figure in your bank account ($1.5M buys 1.5MW). No tabletop version (still less a kit (E-Kit?) ) yet.

    EM, it’s coming up to Christmas. Don’t forget to hack yourself a few days off!

  92. p.g.sharrow says:

    I made an offer to Rossi to purchase one of his small units two years ago. After following developments on his blog I have come to the conclusion that it’s not going to happen. His investment principals have locked up things and will slowly cause things to be shut things down. The DoD is part of this “contract” that he is supplying 1.5mw water heaters to. They (D of Navy) have also helped in the development of high temperature, 800F, steam heaters. Regulations will not allow for private use. Commercial use only. I am very disappointed. :-( pg

  93. bruce says:

    p.g.s. are you saying he has a working unit that the Navy has? If that is so I am flabbergasted.

  94. Steve C says:

    As might be gathered from my comment about the missing “E-Kit”, I’d be much more tempted by a bit of info on “How it Works” and a suggested experimental setup than by an undoubtedly expensive “Do Not Open” commercial unit, As a radio amateur, I have come across several antenna designs (etc.) on sites which state something like, “This design is copyright and you may not use it commercially. The principles are explained here to allow experimentation.” An “E-Kit” which gave, say, 550W out for 500W in would be plenty enough to keep me interested, while not threatening anyone’s profits. If it had a tendency suddenly to try and produce 50kW instead, well, so much more interesting ;-)

    Could be PG is right – it’s been bought up and is being closed down: the involvement of (anybody’s) DoD is not a good sign. The last thing “They” want is bucketloads of free / cheap energy for the plebs, as we’d be independent of “Them” then and “might” rebel against their “enlightened” arrogance. If I’d developed this technology, there’d be designs for Cats all over the “zero-point” sites, and no more limitation than a requirement to refer to the process by my name – so, close that down, then …

  95. p.g.sharrow says:

    Z@Steve C;
    If you wish, go to:
    for information that I have gathered on details on the construction of the Rossi device. Read through all my comments. OR, enter search, Rossi, for all the information that I have gathered in the last 2 years of following this story.
    The patent work as well as the gathered details should give a least 95% of the information needed for the creation of a working device.
    This is an energy amplifier that uses hydrogen and unstable Nickle isotopes to generate a great deal of excess heat energy. It needs energy applied to cause the Hydrogen-Neutron-Hydrogen dance that yields the energy produced. The same dance that GOD uses to power the universe. The accepted explanation involved in E equals M x C square is not correct. Even Dr. Einstein knew this. It is just a usable approximation. Mass and energy are convertible, not matter and energy. pg

  96. p.g. & R. de Haan,
    I enjoyed your discussion above.

    My take on the last 7 glacial cycles is that temperature drives CO2 in sharp contrast to what “Consensus Science” says:

    I hope you will agree when I say that temperature drives CO2 rather than the reverse hypothesis. If you do agree, can you say what caused the temperature swings that we call glaciation cycles? The obvious answer is orbital variations but I am not convinced. If Milankovitch theory was dominant it would be a simple matter to predict the start of the next Ice Age.

    Please enjoy my new gallery of camels (horses designed by a committee):

  97. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Camel; Ok I bit. Your web site has SOME eye candy! nearly overloaded my crappy old computer & connection. ;-(
    The percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere is set by the pressure on the oceans’ surface and its’ temperature. There are are enough salts in the ocean to precipitate out any amount of excess carbonation in the deep ocean. Wind and wave acts as a Great Fume Scrubber to clean and oxygenate the atmosphere as well as aircondition the temperature of the Earths’ surface. We enjoy a class “E” planet atmosphere due to our great “dirty” oceans.
    As to our position in the “Goldilocks” zone. At present we seem to be in the outer band of the zone and at one time, long ago, were in a much warmer orbit. I don’t know if we have moved out or the sun has cooled. Solar “experts” claim that the sun is stable or has warmed, that doesn’t work! The suns’ energy in “wind” and angular momentum of its’ rotation may be accelerating the Earth out. Stephen Wilde and EM Smith posit that surface temperature is determined by surface pressure so changes in atmospheric depth causes changes in surface temperature, but that would change the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere in the wrong direction. Although they are somewhat correct about surface pressure, density, as an average temperature determinate. I lean toward orbital changes as the main cause of the present Ice Age with local causes for the present interlude. Due to Angular Momentum increase from solar activity. All the facts known to me point in that direction. What ever the cause, Mars seems to be afflicted as well and in lock step with the Earth. pg

  98. adolfogiurfa says:

    Dear E.M.: Please take a time to give us a new post from you!

  99. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Adolfo; used your link to examine information in articles’ attached links. The only thing I can see at present is this is a “black box”. Even the patent applications have no useful information. pg

  100. R. de Haan says:

    Very convincing article Adolfo. What really makes it trustworthy is that they have been arrested for the theft of two electricity meters.

    I am sure we will hear more of these guy’s.

  101. R. de Haan says:

    I had another look at Burt Rutan’s analysis of the records he grabbed from the web to produce his own, a.o. slide 5 and 64 from his presentation:
    What a fantastic analysis he did and what a punishing experience for the climate alarmists.
    Every slide in this presentation is a killing bullet, several of them multiple killing bullets.
    Nice to hear him comment his on his own presentation:

    I especially liked the response from Anthony Watts when Burt Rutan tells him that we haven’t had any warming since 1997. Watts thinks he makes a mistake but he didn’t.

  102. R. de Haan says:

    Gallopingcamel, have visited your site. Nice work. Only the camel. It looks like it has run into a brick wall en joined the Weight Watchers club on a triple shift (LOL)

    Reminds me of all the BS in the press right now about peak oil and the end of Saudi wealth (meaning back to the camel again and up into the desert.

    Even Rutan is pessimistic about our oil reserves.
    Saudi Arabia is an immense country with incredible landscapes and they will have oil an other resources for a long time to come..

    For a birds-eye view watch “Arab Winds”, Stemme gliders undertaking a cross country flight:

  103. R. de Haan says:

    Rutan’s best plane:

  104. R. de Haan says:


    Great characters.

  105. adolfogiurfa says:

    @P.G. You will like these:

    And the improved model:

  106. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Aldolfo; I can’t get much out of these links. My old computer is not up to the job. :-( looks to be salt and copper cells with NaCl and Mg sulfate chemistry. pg

  107. sabretoothed says:

    Is Chiefio Ok? Miss his blog

  108. Jason Calley says:

    @ sabretoothed Yes, I think we all miss the Chiefio and his wonderful brain-box of ideas. I suspect that he is just busy with life and the associated time constraints. I have thought to myself, “What if E.M. never comes back? What if he has decided that life is too short to invest the many hours it takes to keep a blog like this going?” The fact is, E.M. deserves a life and each of us has only so much time allotted.

    Well, I, for one, would be sad — but at the same time I would be (and am now) enormously grateful for the huge body of posts which he had done over the last years. His work in sorting out the GISS fraud is invaluable. I have had more “hmmmmm… I never thought of THAT!” moments reading E.M., than any other single source I can think of. Yes, I would miss him.

    What concerns me even more than the possibility of his not returning is the question of what happens to the accumulated work that he has collected here at his site? It really does need (in my opinion) to be kept intact as a reference source for thinkers and researchers. How does WordPress handle these things? If Chiefio (God forbid) has fallen down a man hole and is lying in a hospital coma ward, will WordPress eventually delete his account and erase this blog and all its postings? I hope not.

    Here is a metaphorical toast to E.M. Smith. “May we hear from you, and may we know that you are in good health. And mostly, most of all, THANK YOU! Thank you for all the magnificent ideas, the wonderful lines of thought and the thousands of hours of labor which you have given so freely for all these years. Many good works go unrecognized, but please know that at least a few of us realize what a gift you have been to so many.”

  109. p.g.sharrow says:

    May the Chief IO “Live long and prosper” \\// pg

  110. sabretoothed says:

    Yep, I think he was one of the best blogs on the web. If he was just one person it is amazing what he came up with on such diverse topics.

    Hopefully he’ll come back, but if he doesn’t we all enjoyed his posts a lot!

  111. Sera says:

    If he doesn’t come back soon, we’ll have to go back to reading stories about foot underwear.

  112. p.g.sharrow says:

    SEE: “Improved Capacitor Using Amorphous RuO2” pdf
    I think that this is a paper on construction of capacitor similar to the video you posted a link to. pg

  113. p.g.sharrow says:

    Does this mean the end of the world approaches;
    The French kilo, the bases of all metric weight is losing weight or all the other copies are gaining weight!. No one knows why. 8-o
    The French can’t even store a small piece of Platinum/Iridium without some of it getting lost. ;-) pg

  114. p.g. and R. de Haan,
    Many thanks for visiting my pathetic web site. At least it has some eye candy thanks to a students at one of my classes on fiber optics.

  115. Jason Calley,
    You have voiced our worst fears. What if our beloved Chiefio has been overwhelmed by the need to earn a crust?

    I was hoping that he would call with the aim of meeting one Sunday here:

    Failing that, maybe “Charlie & Jakes” for an adult beverage:

  116. Sera says:

    @ gallopingcamel:

    He’s not been here either…

    Maybe his employer read the phone encryption thread and told him to ‘lay low’ for a while.

    We could start a fight just to see if he comes back to back scold us. Maybe someone could unload a carping comment?

  117. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. : From Jason Calley: Here is a metaphorical toast to E.M. Smith. “May we hear from you, and may we know that you are in good health. And mostly, most of all, THANK YOU! Thank you for all the magnificent ideas, the wonderful lines of thought and the thousands of hours of labor which you have given so freely for all these years. Many good works go unrecognized, but please know that at least a few of us realize what a gift you have been to so many.”

  118. Jason Calley says:

    Hopefully E.M. is still just busy trying to pay the bills during this period of wintery economic clime. I suspect that most of us can empathize with that. I would suggest that anyone who can afford to do so, send him a contribution of what you can manage. I am doing so. In the past I have sent a couple of contributions, but honestly, I do not think I ever gave an amount even nearly equal to what I received. Even if E.M. has moved to greener pastures and never comes back, any payment on my part will be only an attempt to pay back an already outstanding debt.

    Here is a cut and paste from one of his replies to a comment over on the “Thoughts on pirvnurt” thread:

    D. J. Hawkins says:
    22 October 2013 at 3:40 am

    I’ve had comments “in moderation” for a week now. Any hope they might soon be released from durance vile?

    [Reply: Unfortunately, due to the need to grub for money, I am unable to service the blog daily. I hope to change that in the next couple of months, but only increased efficiency in money grubbing will determine what happens. I tried doing this all based on donations, but not enough cash showed up. Sorry. So once a week (or sometimes two) I get time to ‘service all the demands’ after work and life maintenance is satisfied. I’ve set up “white lists’, so once someone is ‘vetted’, their comments will show immediately. But sometimes folks first comment may sit for a long while until I hit the queues. That is the price paid for being a totally free and low contribution level site. I do what I can, but this is entirely a one man unpaid show. -E.M.Smith ]

  119. philjourdan says:

    I was going to post that I saw EM (Mr. Ground hog) pop his head out over at WUWT, but I see he has not abandoned his flock of followers either. ;-)

  120. Jason Calley says:

    Hey philjordan, just to make sure I was not too ambiguous in the comment immediately above yours, the reply from E.M. is one that he made in October and that I copied and pasted above. I just wanted to re-enforce that he had already told us that he needed to cut back on his blog time so that he could concentrate more on his paycheck.

    Glad to hear that he has been seen at WUWT. That at least lets us know that his absence is not health related.

    By the way, is there a simple way (short of opening and saving every individual page) to copy and save the entire blog here, all postings and comments?

  121. philjourdan says:

    @Jason Calley – Thanks for the clarification. I thought he had popped over here as well.

    As for the saving, Steve Goddard may have a clue. I know he moved his site away from WordPress and then back to it. And kept all his data.

  122. Zeke says:

    E.M.Smith says:
    December 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Hit a key and suddenly a long comment is gone into the ether…


    A lot of things conspired against me… including that I’m now the Senior Guy at work after 2 folks have moved on… so I’m suddenly not just picking up crumbs but leading the effort…. BTW, I intend to be at Grandma’s Kitchen about 2pm this Sunday if all works out….

    I am trying to get my blog activity back up. We’ll see.”

  123. Zeke says:

    EM Smith says, “The planets stir the solar system (most of the angular momentum is in the planets) and it all moves in correlated patterns due to Orbital Resonance. That causes a (likely too small to matter) change in TSI and a larger (and might be enough to matter) change in UV vs IR (so the solar energy ends up in different places – UV in the ocean deeps, IR in surface evaporation). At the same time lunar tidal movements change where the water is on the planet. At the same time atmospheric tides move the air around. At the same time crustal tides change the degree of volcanic activity. At the same time GCR change as the solar changes happen.

    It’s all a big correlated mess that can not be disambiguated by time of happening. So pick your favorite Hobby Horse and put your hat on it. I choose Lunar Tidal, but it’s just a guess…. ”

    It’s Hobby Horses all the way down! (:

  124. R. de Haan says:

    Just watched a nice documentary about a research project about gravity waves on a Dutch television program.
    Einstein predicted the existence of gravity waves, ripples in space, which would be triggered by colliding stars, black holes and exploding stars.
    A gravity wave hitting the earth according to the scientists involved would be able to affect the position of the earth and therefore it’s trajectory around the sun.
    The basic concept to measure gravity waves is to synchronize known pulsars, read clocks with our atomic clocks.
    Any divergence in time synchronization could be an indication of a gravity wave passing by = proof of existence. New measurement technology able to measure the smallest distortion of time and space is now up and running.

  125. Zeke says:

    I think space is filled with [hobby horses].

  126. pyromancer76 says:

    EM, so good to hear from you and of your “success” at WUWT. I’m sure you already know, but there is a new publication at Tallbloke’s Talkshop on patterns (resonances) in physics. Happy reading in your spare time.

  127. R. de Haan says:

    Great map LG, bookmarked it. Tanks

  128. J Martin says:

    Found this on WUWT. garymount says: December 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    One thing often missed about the Laffer Curve is that less than optimal tax revenue will be more optimal for long term growth.

    When pundits say that future governments might have to increase taxes to pay for expenses such as pensions, what they should be saying is : Taxes Should Be Decreased, to pay for such and such.

  129. R. de Haan says:

    LG, thanks for this link too, a fantastic presentation of the global jet stream patterns. What hit me instantly, the two area’s where air masses are moved from the NH to the SH and from the SH to the NH. So much for the common idea that the equatorial area functioning as a an insulating buffer.

  130. R. de Haan says:

    This means that a SH volcanic eruption can and will effect the NH visa versa and it also means that a nuclear conflict on the NH will generate NH fall-out.

  131. LG says:

    @ R. de Haan,
    On that site , if you click ‘earth ‘ on the lower left hand side,
    a java script configuration panel will appear.
    You can adjust various settings like ‘Height ‘, ‘Projections’ and ‘Control’ which gives past and some future projected runs. I hope the author implements a movie feature .

    You may also be interested in this geophysics daily news update:

  132. Zeke says:

    That channel is the property of the main perpetrator of the Haarp/chemtrail crowd. It is also rich in UFO and Planet X cults. You are all adults so I am sure you can deal with that; I have deeply regretted visiting anything associated with that site and its subghettos, which has 155,000 subscribers. Notice the suggestions you get and be sure to cleanse your browser when you are finished.

  133. Zeke says:

    Then again, if you are interested in these subjects, you can attend a Thunderbolts/Electric Universe Conference in New Mexico and see for yourself. I can provide the link.

  134. Zeke says:

    And you can also always look forward to Haarpy/chemtail threadbombs on WUWT (see John Morpuss) and possibly here as well – but it isn’t very pretty and the novelty wears off quickly.

  135. p.g.sharrow says:

    Zeke; any time I hear “chemtrail” I look for escape! No sense wasting time on cultists. They are “true believers” and can not be re-educated. Although at times I try to explain condensation in the atmosphere caused by engine exhaust and turbulence from aircraft passage in the stratosphere. ;-) pg

  136. Zeke says:

    @PG, I have learned a lot about the obsessive, pathological nature of theories in the psychology of the human mind, through all of this. Both Bacon and Popper warned about it. Youtube provides a constant warning of the potential to become addicted to and under the control of a theory.

    It can happen to any one.

    And I do like individuals with alternative theories, and scepticism. But that is different.

  137. Another Ian says:


    Good to see you back in action on blog.

    For Xmas reading on blog power try this

  138. Steve C says:

    @PG – Thanks for the pointer to your Rossi collection, most interesting. As you say, there is (temptingly) almost enough out there to have a go: I probably would were I still in the school lab. Unfortunately, now I am a mere pleb again, I’m not allowed to buy even common chemicals lest I hurt someone, even myself, so I’m reduced to being an onlooker. So kind of all these unelected EU dipsticks to take care of us … I do look forward to the day when we “take care” of them.

    E.M. – Good to see you’re still around, if overly busy. Best wishes (in fact, to all regulars here) for a peaceful Christmas (maybe that should be “Carbonmas” ;-) and a successful 2014.
    Workwise, may all your error codes be “Error -41”!

  139. Chiefio,
    I think congratulations are in order even though it has diminished your blog activity!

    “BTW, I intend to be at Grandma’s Kitchen about 2pm this Sunday if all works out….”

    It would have been a blast to join you. Hopefully there will be another Sunday soon! Right now I am in Chapel Hill, North Carolina doing research on charter schools, returning on December 22. I hope to have coffee with Nicola Scafetta later today.

    I have lost my contact information for Gail Combs. I hope she sees this and drops me an email at info(at)

  140. p.g.sharrow says:

    “Error-41” LoL :-) pg

  141. R. de Haan says:

    Zeke, thanks for the info.

  142. LG says:

    ScientifIc misconduct in paleontology ?
    Behavior somewhat reminiscent of the ‘Team’.

    Dr. Myhrvold said he contacted Dr. Erickson, asking for the original data. While Dr. Erickson answered some questions, he said the data was on a computer he had gotten rid of and later that he did not have time to answer more questions, Dr. Myhrvold said.

    Dr. Myhrvold was able to obtain some of the data from other researchers and thought he could do a better statistical analysis. Last year, he submitted a paper with his calculations — a fairly esoteric scientific disagreement about how best to extract reasonable generalizations from a limited number of fossils.

    Dr. Erickson was one of the reviewers and argued strongly against publication. While praising Dr. Myhrvold’s accomplishments and saying the calculations appeared to be numerically correct, Dr. Erickson said the paper would not advance scientific understanding.

    “In fact it will hurt our field by producing inherently flawed growth curves, misrepresenting the work of others, and stands to drive a wedge between labs that are currently cordial with one another,” he wrote.

  143. Zeke says:

    It is an extremely unfortunate business. :( Further, there appears to be a strong similarity between Heaven’s Gate (the UFO cult which ended with the deaths of the 39 members), and more recent Planet X/Nabiru/UFO movements.

    For example, they both teach that UFOs/aliens are hiding behind comets. Heaven’s Gate taught that an alien spacecraft was tracking behind the comet Hale-Bopp. Notice Adolfo Giurfa’s first post on this thread: he claims that UFOs are being spotted behind comet ISON; likewise the Nabiru planet also supposedly has alien life forms which can and will communicate with humans telepathically. Both teach there is a coming “recycling” or cataclysm as a result of this encounter.

    One of the Heaven’s Gate members, whose pen name is Rio DeAngelo, did not commit suicide in order to “carry the message on,” and he published a book as recently as 2007. Personal transformation to the Next Level through the help of aliens was a hallmark of this cult.

    Re chemtrails, I believe the assertion is that chemtrails are warming the planet in order to melt the ice caps, in order to access the oil. Apparently this is done through salts, so that the chemtrails 1. do not reflect light back to space, and 2. they also are specially responsive to various kinds of electromagnetic controls. (!) And, one more thing, sulfate spraying/geoengineering apparently would negate the effects of the chemtrails. (!)

  144. p.g.sharrow says:

    In that case, the makers of the “Chemtrails” have been a failure as “warming” is a bust. LoL :-) pg

  145. Sera says:

    My brother works for an aircraft engine manufacturer (helicopter and jet). Any one of these chemtrail clowns who claim that they put chemicals in the fuel is a deranged tool. Testing the fuel before fueling happens all the time, and these engines will fail if you add anything to the mix. Pilots can get very persnickety about the fuel before takeoff.

  146. R. de Haan says:

    Skunk Works: cheap energy for all:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

  147. Another Ian says:


    Seasons greetings.

    A temperature update – +49C on our front verandah (facing north). Not in a screen though. Oregon Scientific shows 44.2C on an eastern verandah.

    Bloody hot anyway

  148. Verity Jones says:

    E. M. Best wishes for the coming year.
    This is likely to be of interest with your Celtic roots: although I think you’ve already posted on some of this (the origin of the red hair gene).

  149. Verity,
    Thanks for that interesting link which leaves me puzzled about the source of red headed people in Ireland.

    Probably totally irrelevant is the existence of blond haired people in Spain. When Cortes left Tenochtitlan in 1520 he left Pedro de Alvarado in command. This gentleman was called Tonatiuh by the Aztecs as he had a mane of blond hair.

    On his return to Tenochtitlan, Cortes was forced to conduct a 75 day siege of the city using cannons mounted on boats to outflank the defenses along the causeways leading to the city, in order to rescue Alvarado and his garrison.

    Rather than murdering his troublesome rival as Pizarro would have done, Cortes sent him to explore the lands to the south. Thus it was that Alvarado established his dominion that is now called Guatemala.

  150. Steve C says:

    Here’s an unexpected way to add security to your peecee, if you think They might get at it and compromise your privacy and security. Ladies, okay, you already knew about this, so please just smile indulgently at us slower males while we catch up.

    The secret? Glitter nail polish. Of course.

  151. Dear E.M. tell us what is this?:

    [ Looks to me like someone is making more “crop circles” and trying to make a hidden message game out of them. The folks who started making crop circles in the first place have admitted it and shown their technique on camera. It’s just a man made game. -E.M.Smith ]

  152. p.g.sharrow says:
    Is this the wave of future political action?
    This may get the legislators out of their penthouses and onto the streets. It will be very hard to herd this many pigs! ;-) pg

  153. E.M.Smith says:

    Not working on anything governmental nor climate related. “Entertainment” industry.

    Finally got through the holidays, the spouse move out here, fetching a car from Chicago (son got tired of the Banana Boat…), and more. Oh, and getting spouse hired as a short term English as a Second Language teacher… So hopefully with a bit of luck can get to about 2 posts a week and maybe even a bit of personal research.

    I want to dry downloading some daily data and seeing what happens when you have NO averaging done at all. Take Max and Min and just do a First Differences ( dT/dt style) on the dailies. Is there any trend at all? Ought to see the annual ripple. but nothing else much. Also want to get FORTRAN and some climate analysis codes running on a Raspberry Pi… just to torture it ;-)

    Lots of interesting stuff posted in this thread (and I am catching up reading it all) but it will be a while before I can respond to any of it (like the dust levels at the bottom of an ice age – it gets dry when it gets cold and things do desert like. I have a link to a map of it “somewhere”… )


    I actually think I’ve worked it out… I’m lunar tidal following. I wake up about moon rise and get slow about moon set. First noticed that if I was having “insomnia” the full moon was up. Then realized that the full moon is, by definition, opposite of the sun. Then noticed that “good days” were when near a new moon. Moon near sun so rising with sun / setting with sun. Then I sleep at night… Now, realize that there are two tides / day, and the “nap time” urge makes sense too…

    (I have a set of links to places to get lunar phase calendars and such, but haven’t made a posting of them yet…)

    @Steve C:

    One day, 12/25. Don’t get paid time off ( I’m a contractor…) so not taking a lot of time off. At least not until the bills are caught up and some is set aside…

    Per the ECat: An article I recently read said they were working on making it run hot without blowing up…. Let’s see, D.O.D. and something that blows up… Expect “issues” with public availability… Looks like there is an instability mode, and the hotter it is the closer to a runaway point, so need to run very cool, or have some kind of rapid automatic quench on an excursion.

    @Sabertoothed & Jason:

    Nothing more life threatening than bills to pay and a job. Oh, and a relocation to the other side of the country on one week notice… Oh, and learning a brand new job. Oh, and I joined with 2 senior folks running the group. One “moved up stairs”… so we hired another junior / new person. Then the other senior person got a job “back home” in Ohio… so I’m now the Senior Guy (with all of 6 months doing this job / work…) and it’s all on me and the newest person now… Oh, and a “surprise” fly to Chicago and drive the Banana Boat (Mercedes wagon) back) one weekend when I thought I’d be making postings…. Oh, and that was after I bought a second car when I got here (for the spouse) and my car had picked up a “deer strike” on one fender / headlight on the way out… Oh, and…. Well, you get the idea.

    Toss your whole life up in the air, double the cars and houses you are maintaining, have a sudden very large increase in job workload, and spend a bucket of money making it all work while you wait for the first paycheck to show up….

    At any rate, I’m now (again…) hopeful things have settled down enough that I can get some stability back in life and a bit more “me time” for “thinking my thoughts” (that end up being postings…)

    The spouse has a job now (as of today) so less “Spouse has nobody else here so I have to provide all social needs and entertainment”. Also a bit more money to reduce the time needed to juggle stuff and time needed to make cheap meals that taste good.

    The “transition” at work has settled down and I’m pretty sure I know what I’m doing now, and can do it faster than before.

    I still need to work in some car repairs (and find a decent not too expensive Mercedes mechanic here) but have a ‘spare car’ now, so not as much juggle to make it work out. May even have money to pay for it in a month ;-)

    Housing has stabilized, as have shopping and food prep “stuff”.

    Holidays are out of the way. (big time sink gone).

    Oh, and the “experiment” with the Tablet is pretty much done. I’ve pretty much proven I need a real keyboard to do posting / comments. I can get out about 5 lines of painful crimped text on the tablet in the time I can type a small novel on a real keyboard. Giving Up on using the Tablit for making postings has lead to the two most recent postings… Only bit left is to buy a keyboard for the tablet and see if that helps “enough”…

    Per the blog “future” in case of my demise: My son will be given the password and asked to archive / maintain it.

    To those wondering: There is, and always has been, only one of me. (And a lot of coffee and beer ;-) So all this was made by only me.

    Oh, and on Thorium: It can be run in a CANDU reactor right now. Nothing at all needs to be invented to start burning Thorium. (In fact, it was used in some early US reactors, and is in use in India already. They have lots of Thorium, and not so much Uranium…) So while LMTR and other exotics are nice to have and fun, you can make Thorium rods today and it’s all fine. Some are even being run in Russian style reactors.

    Thorium cars? Um… about that crash proof radiation shielding and the Nuke Rated Yahoo at the local dealership…


    A lump of stuff can have a dozen “poles”. When the poles swap, the earth (or sun) get a lot of sporadic poles all over. Right now we sporadically have a loop of mag field that pops up a weak pole in the Bermuda Triangle area (thus the compass issues). It will get more mixed until a swap happens. It’s not a big deal

    There is a command that a blog owner can issue to create an archive copy. Last time I tried it it crashed part way through… (slow link?) There are web crawler codes floating around that likely work better…

    Time for a cup of tea, back in a minute to finish the thread comments.

  154. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Gotta watch out for those Michael Smith’s… ;-)

    Tend to be a bit stubborn, morally centered, and rather single minded about “making things right” if someone is dumb enough to use a power play to mess with them…. Sort of “The Right Stuff” types… (After all, a Michael Smith was pilot of one of the shuttles that blew up…)

    Wonder if it comes out of the Smith background of actually making things by hand, that had to be both technically and esthetically right, while half into the fire in the forge… Not the kind of place where fears are tolerated… and a very reality centered place.


    Nice. Yes, I’ve covered some of that. From the Mil de Espania origin to the wider origin of Irish Celts. (Since Irish originated from the Iberian Peninsula, they can claim to be Hispanic under the U.S. description… thus my posting about “I am Hispanic. – who knew…” And don’t forget the ones that showed one of the Pharaohs was a red head and possibly Celt and that Celt armies were in Egypt in ancient times as mercenaries. (And that Irish myth says they originated in a daughter of a pharaoh who ran off with a soldier from up near Thrace – that also has a lot of red heads…)

    Nice to see folks looking into it with a bit more depth.


    My pet thesis is that the red head gene is a hop over from Neanderthals. The “origin” is just about the time Neanders and Cros were living together…

    It is known to have been around in Thrace in the Roman Empire era, and in Egypt at the start of civilization. It’s helpful for getting enough Vit D in low light, harmful if in tropical sun a lot.

    At any rate, Celts and Redheads have been running around Europe and N. Africa, and even into central Asia since the earliest recorded. More prominent in just those areas with Neander population overlap…

  155. Ralph B says:

    My daughter was asking about seasons and the calendar so I turned her onto your blog. Which turned her on to henges and metrology. We have been working on a pendulum but bumping into the friction wall, starting to look at clock mechanisms.

    For some reason comments are closed on those older posts

  156. Steve C says:

    @Ralph B

    You might enjoy a look at

    Some Czech amateur radio enthusiasts are running a time station, using basically a precision pendulum, a Linux computer and a 10 watt transmitter. They have a vacuum chamber to deal with the friction wall! Photos of the gear, graphs of how an earthquake affected it, etc. An excellent and eccentric project. (The best type!)


    Good to see you back, and to hear that things are beginning to stabilise a bit. I think we all really hope you’re able to find the time to stick around indefinitely, if not necessarily “full time”. Sounds like you’re set fair for a successful 2014, so have a good time!

  157. E.M.Smith says:

    @Ralph B:

    Use of nylon fish line makes for a low friction pendulum. (Metal wire is a tad better but a lot harder to get and work with…)

    Comments on anything over about 6 month are auto-closed since I found that I’d not notice when a comment was made on one of them (nor would anyone else) so a person would get a “talking to the wall” effect. Figured it was better to have topics brought up anew with comments here, or as an OT on another thread, and if the interest was high enough, make another small posting that mostly covered the question and linked to prior articles.

    If folks would rather have stale threads be comment enabled, it’s a “one click option” to turn off the “auto – close” (and then a “one article at a time” click to re-open comments on each article.

    For example, on one of these threads someone asked about a learner Linux. So I’m thinking of opening a Food Fight Melee thread where folks could advocate for their favored flavor… (but I need to find that comment again first ;-)

    For seasons and a calendar, get a couple (few?) of sticks. Put one in the center as your site pole. Have another that you align with the rising sun each day. It will move north until the summer solstice. Use a second one to align with the setting sun. Now do the same with rising and setting but using a move South. They move until Winter Solstice. Now you have Summer, Winter and a box with East / West sides. Make the corners right angles and you have a North / South line set too. At the 1/2 way point of the sides you have the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox (more or less… it’s a tiny bit off due to orbits not being perfectly round, but it’s in the error bars for backyard field expedient…) IMHO, that’s the core of a Henge. The rest is elaboration.

    With this “sticks and box” method, you can get a rough season reading even if sunrise is behind modest cloud.

    Alternatively, you can make a large sundial with “seasonal adjustment” lines and get seasons off that too. Put a pole in the ground. Mark the end of the shadow at equinox and solstice rise, noon, set. Those stones then become a reliable season (and modest calendar) markers. There are a lot of pages showing sundials with marked months; though generally these are to let you adjust the shadow to get more accurate time, you can also use time to get an accurate month…

    The pendulum is only really needed to get more precise small time increments and / or a measurement standard. FWIW, I tend to look at natural tree and building shadows to get a time / season reading. I’m not the only one. Some places use buildings to make very large sundials ;-)

    A lot more here:
    If you have a free standing pole or tree, just putting some potted plants out at the end of the shadow, say one a month, on particular hours, will eventually give you the season lines for each hour…

    It can be fun…

    Or if you have a pole out from a wall, the wall can be marked to show season lines and hours.

    See pictures here:

    It’s a large vertical conical space that you can stand inside and see the time / season…

    No strings and no friction involved…

  158. Ralph B says:

    We are having fun following your instructions on the pendulum and making an English foot. Already worked through the poles and sunrise/set. It really does get a kids mind thinking when they see first hand how simple tools can get you quite far and also realizing how smart the ancients really were.

  159. philjourdan says:

    @E.M. Smith- Re: Older articles – I have also noticed that other blogs that do not autoclose (such as Climate Audit and The Air Vent) get lots of spam postings on the older articles – probably for the same reason. They do not watch them either.

  160. Ralph B says:

    I didn’t know vultures ate bread. My neighbor tosses out a loaf of bread every morning for the birds. We have a flock of seagulls, a murder of crows and several vultures out back grabbing their daily bread. I just love watching the vultures fly…what grace they have.

  161. R. de Haan says:


  162. pyromancer76 says:

    You might want to check out tallbloke here : Maybe nothing new, but…..

  163. bruce says:

    brilliant post over on “wuwt” EMS, a kiss just isn’t in the cards though.
    to parents, in case you have a worry wort child who needs a dose of common sense… quoted from an EMS post, (might be hard to find later at Watts)
    “I see some of the Running Out!!!! Casandras are starting to fret. OK, you have shown you can put an exponential next to a linear growth curve and show the exponential grows faster. Now you ought to take a look at the real world.

    In the real world, resource demand does not grow exponentially. It grows in an S curve. In the real world, population does not grow exponentially (or even linearly…); populations grow in an S shaped curve too.

    Now the start of an S shaped curve can LOOK like an exponential, so it’s understandable that you get mislead; but do look further.

    Now, resourseS are NOT LIMITED. Any given resource can have a limit (such as easily mined copper) but the total resource pool constantly changes. New things become resources, old things stop being resources. It’s all very dynamic. What is a resource, and how much of it we “have”, is a direct function of price. As easily mined, harvested, or manufactured resources rise in price, we find more and better ways to make it and, presto! There is more economic resource created. So, for example, the price of oil rose and TRILLIONS of barrels of “oil” became available. It was always there, only it turned from a non-resource into a resource. (There is actually a pedantic difference between a resource, a reserve, a … but since nobody but a few Engineers and Economists seems to care, I’m skipping over that. In this usage “resource” is being used to mean ‘economically recoverable’ or ‘reserve’ as most common use is that way.)

    One simple and one complicated example:

    Copper. When we have “used up” all the copper, where did it go? It didn’t leave the planet unless we put it on a rocket. The simple fact is that the copper didn’t leave the planet. It is all still here. That copper can be used until the end of the planet. As often and as long as we like. The ore being used today was NOT a resource in the past. Over time, we find ever better ways to get copper out of ever more dilute source at an economic return. Heck, as of now, we can get more energy from a ton of granite than from a ton of coal. (U vs C) We don’t do it because the coal is cheaper to mine; not because the Uranium is unavailable to us.

    Hydrocarbon: Above we have the usual EROEI argument, but hiding without the name of it used. This ignores the point that petroleum products are the desired result. It does not matter if we “waste” energy creating them. The EROEI of an oil refinery is negative. LESS energy comes out in the products than went in as crude.

    We simply do not care that the “Energy return on energy invested” is negative. Similarly, oil in California is pumped with electric motors in many cases. Until recently, they used a lot of nuclear to make that power. Now it is in ever larger amount based on hydro, solar, wind, etc. etc. So that gasoline and oil product I buy has an ever larger component of solar and wind in it. Do I care? Nope. I would be quite happy to have a negative EROEI as long as the gasoline is cheap enough as a product to give me the transportation service I desire.

    In fact, we could look at the carbon and hydrogen from those hydrocarbons and realize that they don’t “go away” either. They get recombined into new HC compounds by plants. The whole biofuel industry is an existence proof that the H and C didn’t go away.

    So we can re-create those petroleum products by any of several means whenever the prices justify it. Biofuels can be run through zeolite catalysts and turned into real gasoline. We do not need to re-make all our cars to use methanol or ethanol; nor do we need to put up with sputtery engines and fuels that are more corrosive than hydrocarbons. We can take coal, or tar sands or oil shale or natural gas or land fill trash and turn it into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, plastics, “whatever”. ALL that technology exists today and much of it is in use, or has been in use at some time in the past. It is just a question of what is cheapest and most reasonable to do at this time.

    Now this inevitably causes the Energy Casandra’s to start moaning about “running out” of energy and limited energy supply. There is no limit on energy supply unless we choose to put one in place politically. Yes, that’s a big statement. It is also true.

    Nuclear power is functionally unlimited. Doesn’t matter if you are talking Uranium or Thorium. (I’m fond of Thorium, but it doesn’t need whole new reactor designs to work. Like the MSR. It can be put into CANDU reactors today – and has been.) The limit case is using up all the relatively cheap land based Uranium Ore. What happens then? Well, remember that granite? The world has a lot of it. It erodes. The U washes into the oceans (as does Th). Some clever Japanese have figured out a way to extract it using plastic mats. It is HIGHLY positive on energy gain, and only slightly uneconomical at present due to very low yellowcake prices. Let the U ore rise just a bit, total “Uranium Resources” become infinite for all practical purposes. ( More U erodes into the ocean each year than would need to be extracted each year to power the entire planet).

    Now realize I am NOT advocating for a Uranium driven total energy system. (I think a free market driven one is better with a lot of supply diversity). I AM pointing out that functionally infinite energy is available at about present retail electricity prices for much of the world. With that, we can make all the “fresh water” we want, all the gasoline and Diesel fuel we want (even if from trash as is presently being done near Los Angeles), all the plastics we want, and with that make all the greenhouses we want to have food for another 20 Billion people.

    The fantasy of “running out” and “overpopulation” is just that. It is an unfounded fear.

    Now, per King… I’ve read his stuff. He very clearly stated that the advance of future technologies was an unknown and that the curve would need changing over the years as tech developed. Even made a couple of suggestions about how the predictive method might be changed. He also clearly understood that if we ever found a way to extract shale oil that would be a new “field” and start a new curve. It is a bit wrong to paint HIM with the brush of “being wrong”. It is the folks who seized on his work about predicting production curves and warped it into a “running out” scare, and promoted it as a proof of “limited resources” that were wrong; and they DO deserve the ridicule. That comes close to happening in pointing out that I really don’t care if my gasoline comes from conventional or unconventional or even synthetic oil.

    But though I would defend the man as not deserving of the attack, the attack on Peak Oil as commonly pushed is well justified.

    In essence: We will never run out of “stuff” or of “energy” or energy products as long as Engineers are allowed to work and politicians are kept in check. If you would like a decent life, reward the Engineers and tell the politicians to shut up and sit down. Like your modern conveniences and cushy life? Kiss an Engineer…

  164. p.g.sharrow says:

    Left on their own, humans create more wealth then they consume. Whether welfare cheat or Greedy Evil Bastard, government bureaucrats are needed to steal from those creators to enrich the drones. It makes no difference, whether bureaucrats steal the wealth with taxation or prevent its’ creation through regulation, the result is the same, Everyone starves. Wealth creators can evade the tax man enough to succeed. Regulation happens before wealth production begins and will prevent progress. Bureaucrats always strangle the society that they regulate. ALWAYS! If you are a bureaucrat, it is safest to say NO! as you can only get into trouble if you say yes. If you are a bureaucrat you must regulate, control, or prevent any activity within your purview.

    The creation of ENERGY is the MOST IMPORTANT need of our civilization. Given energy, all other things can be created in abundance and the environment improved as well. With energy, there are no other shortages. This has been well known since the 18th century. Only people that want the return of the stone age want to curtail energy production. Even the GEBs want to control and profit from energy use, not eliminate it.

    So far the only way to control bureaucrats is to eliminate them when they become too obstructive. This generally only happens when everything collapses. A bad outcome for everyone, but it works for a couple of hundred years. I would prefer to “starve” the bureaucrats rather then allow them to starve everyone else. Just don’t pay them! put them on welfare, At least then, the rest of us can go back to work creating wealth. pg

  165. Jason Calley says:

    Does the Alpha Centauri star system influence the Sun electrically? Interesting posting at Tall Bloke’s.

  166. LG says:

    New layers added to Earth Wind Map:

    New overlays so far: Temp, Total Precipitable Water, Total Cloud Water, mean Sea level pressure.

  167. p.g.sharrow says:

    @LG; Wow! that is some visual. Must be very dense pixalation as it nearly plugged ou my old computer.
    Click on “EARTH” lower left corner to get to nomenctature and “About”. I hope, in the future, that they allow you to select overlays and increase the kinds of overlays. What a research tool to tease out gravity, magnetic, and pressure areas connections! pg

  168. Steve C says:

    @pg – “my old computer”:

    10/10. Quite glorious.

    And: I know just what you mean. My own current hardware isn’t that far from his 2008 spec. :-(

  169. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Steve C; That steampunk pc is majorly retro!. Gives a new meaning to having nothing to do and all week to do it in. Even my junkyard exploits don’t hold a candle to this guys work. 8-) nice clean job too. pg

  170. Steve C says:

    Glad you liked it, pg. It’s always a pleasure to come across someone who believes in doing a good job, and if it’s in an unexpected direction it can have that much more of an impact. I went to his site following a link on a page dedicated to Morse code (one of my own less mainstream passions), where they mentioned a fellow who received incoming RSS feeds on his PC by converting them to Morse, then sending them to a home-made sounder … :-D

    An interesting (but despair-inducing) article in today’s Independent reveals the astonishing news that ‘password’ is no longer the most popular computer password. I won’t spoil it for everyone:–but-what-is-9073969.html
    Read ’em and weep. Folks like EM and a few others, who understand these things better than most, agonise endlessly about matters of security and privacy, then you release half-decent encryption software to Joe Public and … Ye Gods and Little Fishes, we’re doomed.

  171. J Martin says:

    Coal contains 13 times as much energy as we extract from it by burning it !

    Chris said on January 24, 2014 at 3:49 pm from WUWT

    Throw in that the Thorium and Uranium in coal contain 13 times more extractable energy than burning it, the benefits of the Kerrick process of extracting smokeless semichar coke, oil, plastic feedstock, pharma and fertilizer, plus water gas and electric cogenereation, and it has yet to see it’s full potential.

  172. Sera says:

    Purple tomatos for my garden, woo hoo!

  173. Another Ian says:


    FYI re the place of CO2 in the scene of global warming

    “IR Expert Speaks Out After 40 Years Of Silence : “IT’S THE WATER VAPOR STUPID and not the CO2″ ”

    More at


    And note this comment

    jmrsudbury says:
    January 26, 2014 at 3:07 am
    So a quick check netted the following links:


    They both say that the infrared telescopes are built on mountains to try to escape the effect of water vapour. A quote from the second link says the following:

    “The principal limitation on infrared sensitivity from ground-based telescopes is the Earth’s atmosphere. Water vapor absorbs a significant amount of infrared radiation, and the atmosphere itself emits at infrared wavelengths. For this reason, most infrared telescopes are built in very dry places at high altitude, so that they are above most of the water vapor in the atmosphere.”

    Nothing there about CO2.

    The file says, “Another problem to be overcome by ground-based observatories was the absorption of infrared radiation by gases such as water vapor and carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Fortunately, in the near-infrared and mid-infrared regions, from 1 to 10 μm, there are some clear atmospheric ‘windows’. From observatories on high mountain peaks, astronomers are able to use these ‘windows’ to investigate the infrared sky at certain wavelengths.”

    That is the only mention of carbon dioxide in the file. The rest is about water vapour like, “However, even the Mauna Kea site is not high enough to allow far-infrared observations. In order to rise above the bulk of the water vapor and the atmosphere, astronomers have turned to placing telescopes on balloons, sounding rockets or high-flying aircraft.”

    There is also the following paragraph from the second page:

    “However, a much larger, more powerful successor is scheduled to become operational in 2002. NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will fly on board a modified Boeing 747-SP aircraft at an operational height of 12.5 km (nearly 41 000 ft). From this altitude, SOFIA will be above 99.9% of the infrared absorbing atmospheric water vapor that limits ground based infrared observations.”

    They are working hard to get above 99.9% of the water but they don’t care to mention carbon dioxide.


  174. Sera says:

    @ Another Ian:

    That post at Steves confused me. I thought that the warmists were claiming that CO2 was causing nighttime temps to rise, but that would be upgoing thermal (not incoming solar). And the only wavelength that CO2 absorbs, in that scenario, would be the 15 micron. But no one mentions that in the post. What am I missing?

  175. Zeke says:

    Here is another post by an infrared astronomer from WUWT:

    Mike Sanicola says:
    January 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I’m a professional infrared astronomer who spent his life trying to observe space through the atmosphere’s back-radiation that the environmental activists claim is caused by CO2 and guess what? In all the bands that are responsible for back radiation in the brightness temperatures (color temperatures) related to earth’s surface temperature (between 9 microns and 13 microns for temps of 220K to 320 K) there is no absorption or radiation by CO2 at all. In all the bands between 9 and 9.5 there is mild absorption by H2O, from 9.5 to 10 microns (300 K) the atmosphere is perfectly clear except around 9.6 is a big ozone band that the warmists never mention for some reason. From 10 to 13 microns there is more absorption by H2O. Starting at 13 we get CO2 absorption but that wavelength corresponds to temperatures below even that of the south pole. Nowhere from 9 to 13 microns do we see appreciable absorption/radiation bands of CO2. This means the greenhouse effect is way over 95% caused by water vapor and probably less than 3% from CO2. I would say even ozone is more important due to the 9.6 band, but it’s so high in the atmosphere that it probably serves more to radiate heat into space than for back-radiation to the surface. The whole theory of a CO2 greenhouse effect is wrong, yet the halls of academia have gone to great lengths trying to prove it with one lie and false study after another. I’m retired so I don’t need to keep my mouth shut anymore. Kept my mouth shut for 40 years, now I will tell you, not one single IR astronomer gives a rats arse about CO2. Just to let you know how stupid the global warming activists are, I’ve been to the south pole 3 times and even there, where the water vapor is under 0.2 mm precipitable, it’s still the H2O that is the main concern in our field and nobody even talks about CO2 because CO2 doesn’t absorb or radiate in the portion of the spectrum corresponding with earth’s surface temps of 220 to 320 K. Not at all. Therefore, for Earth as a black body radiator IT’S THE WATER VAPOR STUPID and not the CO2.


    I know he has posted before because I have been to his website here:

  176. R says:

    Watch Obama’s SOTU Tuesday and weep.

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  178. Sera says:

    WOW- Look what I found over at Warren Meyers (Coyote Blog)…

  179. Zeke says:

    The Electric Sun, the quiet sun, and cooling temps on earth:

    “Our Changing Climate and the Variable Sun”

    This video features some absolutely beautiful graphs, comparing solar activity (TSI, sunspots, etc.) through the Maunder and Dalton Minimums to temps. There are also some interesting questions about the correlation between the sun’s magnetic field cycle and the sunspot cycle, and why that is. Don Scott says it is because they have a common external cause.

    I’ve been a bit too hard on the Electric Universe earlier on this thread. This is a guilt offering. But I think everyone here will enjoy the presentation by Wal Thornhill and Don Scott. Towards the end of the video they look at volcanic activity, solar activity, and world avg. temps. EM Smith has looked at this connection in

  180. Another Ian says:


    I reckon you’ll know what Mobil 1 is. So check

    Check the comment by IHRunner early on page 1 in

  181. Zeke says:

    LG says.

    Those are the ones! Except may I prevail upon you to look at the one at 7:57, with the lower and middle troposphere and lower stratosphere temps and monthly sunspots. There are two eruptions there. It is missing Mt St Helens though.

    Thank you LG. So can I twist your arm Chief to look at that. (:

  182. LG says:

    @ Zeke.
    “En deux temps trois mouvements” I stumbled onto this:

  183. Zeke says:

    Thank you LG. Now allegro let us consider if the Electric Universe is correct, periods of low solar activity result in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of greater intensity and possibly frequency, and more powerful responses to comets in the neighborhood of the earth. Think of Russia last year.

    That is because the Electric Universe says that each planet is effectively an electret. This charged body is seeking electrical equilibrium with its surrounding space environment. As the planet adjusts to lower charge conditions in the solar system, that means there will be a greater response to sudden changes in charge, such as a CME, flare or a comet. Remember Feb 14th of last year, Russia. Responses include underground lighting (volcanos, earthquakes) and sparks in response to charged rocky passersby.

    In the Electric Universe, the earth responds to a nearby comet just as a doorknob responds to an outstretched hand on a cold and windy day.

    It is no time to decrease output of grain, nor to restrict the use of internal combustion engines. Worldwide shipping and abundant electricity from coal are the best defense at this time. The volcanoes considerably lower temps and cold snaps historically wipe out crops in a region.

    History, possibly, by proxy:

  184. LG says:

    :D :) :D
    Wanda Gershwitz (From a “A Fish Called Wanda”) had better not be reading this thread..

  185. p.g.sharrow says:

    This just popped up on Fox News. Ex Federal official brakes silence to say; Last April a PG&E substation was knocked out in and planned attack:
    First that I have heard of this. Main report on Wall Street Journal.. paywalled pg

  186. R. de Haan says:

    Scare mongering all over the place.

    Stumbled on this article at Mother Jones about how to keep the NSA out of your computer. Don’t think it will help much. Every network can be infiltrated.

    By the way E.M if you read this, try to get in touch with me if you have the time. I have sent you my contact info by e-mail

    [ Reply: I will… but some things came up. I’ve been invited to a hockey game, for one. One of my cars is in the shop, another had the red brakes need service light come on, anniversary of proposal is next week and I have no prep done, etc… I never realized how much time it takes to be working in a recreation paradise ;-) But I will contact. -E.M.Smith ]

  187. R. de Haan says:

    OK, take your time.

    In the mean time scientist find North Star Polaris getting 2.5 times brighter?

  188. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Adolfo; The artist impression is incorrect. According to the ancient writings these people had long earlobes! They were called long ears, regular humans were called short ears. This band was probably the last of the hybrids of the creation myths in very early writings. Easter Island has tales and the statues that were created to entice these gods to return. Head bindings and lobe enhancements of many tribes were an attempt to give the impression of connection to this ancient linage of “gods” Modern humans won that evolutionary battle because they breed much faster and not because of brain size. ;-) pg

  189. Jason Calley says:

    @ Adolfo Very neat!! The elongated skulls seem to pop up in the strangest places — but certainly Paracas and the surrounding areas have the largest number. I remember that the long-skulls were a subject of discussion here at Chiefio’s a few years back, but this latest DNA analysis (if confirmed!) will add a lot of new interest to the subject. Kudos to Brien Foerster. I recommend his YouTube channel to any who follow such subjects.

  190. LG says:


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  191. adolfogiurfa says:

    Red haired people:

  192. adolfogiurfa says:

    Explosive revelations made by World Bank whistleblower:

  193. Zeke says:

    adolfogiurfa says:
    17 February 2014 at 12:40 pm “California Volcano!:”

    Thank you AdolfoGiurfa, interesting article about a recent swarm of earth quakes in a very old caldera.

    “Now, the possible magmatic intrusion highlighted in the deformation of the soil. Raising detected by GPS stations (USGS): P630, SHRC or MWTP, next to the area, where there was the earthquake swarm.”

    That is how volcanic activity is monitored on Mt St Helens, WA – they don’t rely so much on seismic signals, but on GPS sensors which show deformation.

  194. R. de Haan says:

    Somerset floods caused by mismangement of the water way’s, rivers and channels (no dredging for two decades) triggered by EU policies and green hack at the Environmental Office:

    Somerset is Tory land.
    The people there will sew the Government untill they turn blue.

  195. j ferguson says:

    I found the announcement of the discovery/invention of twisted polymer mono-filament “muscles” most exciting. Here is something new that one might try at home.

    My immediate thoughts were their use replacements for electro-mechanical servos in very small autonomous aircraft of the sort that I’ll start building when I get done with the re-commissioning of our boat – hopefully in late March – there was far more needed than I had realized.

    There are some unasked questions of this new technology – maybe they are answered in the article. What can the cycle times be? What temperatures?

    It looks like these things can be made up on the kitchen table with minimal and likely self-made equipment.

    It’s been a very long time since something as revolutionary as this seems to me to be was so accessible. Has anyone else looked farther into this?


  196. Steve C says:

    That’s mindblowing. That easy?

  197. j ferguson says:

    It certainly looks like it. I intend to find out, but not until April. My biggest interest is to see what the cycle rate might be. I wouldn’t need maximum excursion if I could get maybe 30 hz short tugs. It would also be useful if extension s could be “held.”

  198. j ferguson says:

    I should clarify that. Not 30 Hz. 2 second cycles.

  199. p.g.sharrow says:

    Ever wonder about the quality of peer reviewed published scientific papers;
    A fatter paycheck may be the driver, not the science. pg

  200. j ferguson says:

    those are just the ones intended to be gibberish.

  201. RobL says:

    an amazingly effective speed reading app plugin, free for chrome (also available for mobile devices):

    Highlight text in webpage then right click to run the app, flashes the words sequentially in front of you at same location and with increased size if want, pauses for punctuation. I found I could immediately read at twice my normal speed.

  202. R. de Haan says:

    The discussion about what drives C02…..

    Warmer temperatures promote plant growth, boosting life on the planet, this in return boosts Co2.
    You can have 395PPM in the atmosphere and the best lands to grow anything you like but if plants remain in the cold, forget about your tomato’s.

    C02 levels IMO opinion is an indicator how life is flourishing. Those determined to reduce atmospheric CO2 undermine life and nature in general and follow a doctrine that has been infected with the idea that 500 million human inhabitants is the sustainable level this planet can bear.

    These people are seriously wrong and their lethal doctrine has to be stopped.

  203. pyromancer76 says:

    Lots of earthquakes lately. Glad you are safely in Florida where it seems like some intelligent election decisions have been made. Hope all is well, just want to let you know how much I miss the daily (even weekly) wisdom and sanity of your blog. Hope things are going well in your venture. You deserve a huge success.

  204. Sera says:

    Anyone else think that flight 370 landed in Yemen? It’s just within range, no other radar in between, and the Yemenese (sp) are mad at the Saudi’s for demanding they pull Al Jazeera off of the air (and other reasons, too).

    With the info so far, I think that it landed somewhere- ransom or flying bomb?

  205. J Martin says:

    “Hekla volcano, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, could be close to erupting, a University of Iceland geoscientist claims.

    Bulging ground on the northern side of the volcano indicates that magma (molten rock) is rising under the volcano. According to GPS monitoring, there is now more magma beneath Hekla than before the volcano’s last eruption in 2000, said University of Iceland geophysicist Páll Einarsson yesterday (March 17).”

    The above from

    plus link to MSM story

    “During Hekla’s last eruption, in 2000, it took just 79 minutes from the first warning earthquake until the volcano exploded … ~ … Media reports warned of similar surface swelling at Hekla in 2011 and 2013, without a subsequent eruption.”

  206. adolfogiurfa says:

    @E.M. You are the expert: What does this mean and how can it be used?:

  207. LG says:

    Parallella: Supercomputing for everyone

  208. R. de Haan says:

    He guy’s, a friend of mine engineered a fiber optic broadbandnetwork especially suited for rural area’s, 1 Gbit/s up/down.
    He also developed a software kit that calculates the digging distances, the best locattion for the PoP and the shortest (most economic) way to connect to the backbone.

    In the Netherlands where we have about 1 million people without any broadband connection in ruaral area’s he came up with a concept where people living in a rural area take care of the collection of customers for the network. The moment about 60% of the households, companies, farms, institutions, schools and government outlets have signed up he rolls out the network.

    I wonder if any of you is interested in introducing his architecture in the USA.

    Just let me know. His Dutch site:

    P.s the average costs of a connection depends on the average distance between each connection and the distance to the backbone which has to be divided by the total number of connections.

    In the Netherlands where the average distance from connection to connection is 125 meters the costs average 3.000 euro = about 3.900 usd one time costs. The monthly fee of course comes with the ISP and the services you sign up to (most of the time tripple play, tv, internet access and phone services.
    In the Netherlands a broadband internet connection determines the value of the real estate and in the rural area’s this one time investment in fiber optics increases the real estate prices by 10 to 15%. At the same time we see an increase in economic activity. The outflow of young people stops, new business come in. There are still companies that like the rural area’s for the space.
    The same goes for families who are fed up with the city life but still need a broadband connection to do their job and educate their kids etc..

    Anyhow, just let me know.
    I’m told in the USA 125 million people have no broadband access.

  209. R. de Haan says:

    what higspeed broadband can do to a community:

    Just waiting for Google, Verizon, AT&T to deliver isn’t an option. Sometimes a community has to initiate a project like this themselves. All they need is the expertise and support.

  210. philjourdan says:

    @R. de Haan – the first thing the US has to do is break up the Cable monopoly. That, more than any other thing, is holding back high-speed internet in this country. The monopoly is not a federal one, but a local one. Each locality has granted a cable company (more and more it is one – Comcast) exclusive rights within their jurisdiction. And that both jacks up cost and limits choice.

  211. R. de Haan says:

    Thanks philjourdan. Do they have cable in rural area’s? In the Netherlands rural area’s don’t have cable, just the ancient copper network delivering 128kbit/s at most.

  212. philjourdan says:

    @R. de Haan – cable is slowing moving into rural areas. But most now have only either copper (as you indicated) or Satellite. Satellite has improved with 6mb download speeds being common for about $50/month. But that is about the top end for Satellite.

    Google of course is wiring several cities for 1gb speeds. Since I am not in one of those cities, I have not researched it much. But given the price points, I suspect they are breaking the Cable Monopoly where they are going in./ But at 2-3 cities per year, I suspect I will be dead before it reaches me.

  213. R. de Haan says:

    Phil, The concept my friends developed is that people stop waiting for external parties or government to do the job but instead found a cooperation and initiate the roll out and connection of a Gigabit network themselves as a community effort. Do you get the picture. The problem we have today is that people have been depending on Government too long. Big telecoms first grab the low hanging fruit because they only think about their profits. Rolling out a Gigabit/s network is no rocket science and if you regard a broadband connection as maintenance of your home there is no problem to invest a few thousand USD for a fast internet connection.
    A fiber grid by the way has the same status as real estate which means that you can finance the grid in the same way as real estate or simply put forward 2.500 usd and get the connection yourself.

    All that is needed is a minimum of 60% participation of the households and businesses in a certain region (cluster). The moment that 60% is reached the roll out is feasible.

    In the Netherlands local initiatives have become the major driver behind fast braodband networks in rural area’s simply because this is the only way to get it.

  214. philjourdan says:

    @R. de Haan – I did not mean to slight your solution, which is admirable and a good one. I was merely pointing out the obstacles that would be faced here. Even if a group of residents decided to take that course, they would have to use the local jurisdictions easements, which would be fought by the monopoly and probably acquiesced to by the local government. The local jurisdictions are getting kickbacks (all legal) in the forms of their own privately wired networks as well as cable plant maintenance. This saves them a lot of money so they do not want to “piss off’ their sugar daddies.

  215. R. de Haan says:

    Yes, I understand. I appreciate your input very much. The entire political system is rotten and porked up. I now has become a major breal on development, mill stone around our necks. At least wow we really know who is in control of the Republic don’t we?
    I think I have to dig into this more.

  216. pyromancer76 says:

    E.M., I hope you will let us know how you are doing. Perhaps a Spring Break update? We wish you and your family well — and care very much. When you are ready, we are receptively waiting.

  217. R. de Haan says:

    right, second that.

  218. Steve C says:

    – – – – AN OPEN LETTER – – – –

    To: The Employers of Mr. E. M. Smith

    Gentlemen, [1]

    Firstly, may I say that we, the commentators and readers of Mr. Smith’s blog “Musings from the Chiefio”, salute you for the decision you made to employ him. You evidently recognise an excellent employee when you encounter one, and in our opinion you have employed one of the best. Congratulations.

    However, we are becoming concerned about Mr. Smith’s well-being: it is now almost two months since he last found the time to post new material on his blog. Given (as will become evident if you browse through his blog posts) that his is a high level intelligence which ranges over many aspects of human knowledge and interest, we feel that it is an unfortunate limitation upon such an intelligence to restrict it to matters of work and survival. That this is happening would seem to be undeniable, as his previous blogging schedule would normally have covered at least half a dozen – interesting – subjects in that time, rather than none.

    Accordingly, we would wish to suggest to you that, should it become possible for you to allow him a little more free time, you should do so. [2] This would, naturally, benefit us, in that we would once again benefit from the intellectual stimulation offered by reflection on his perennially interesting articles. However, we feel that it would also benefit you: the man you decided to employ was the E. M. Smith whose wide-ranging interests and perceptions were reflected in those earlier blog posts, not an E. M. Smith whose whole time is taken up with quotidian matters of survival. There would appear to be a clear danger of this very capable mind becoming bowed down with work matters, possibly to the exclusion or impairment of its focus on the wider range of interests which keep it honed to perfect sharpness. Should that happen, the excellent fellow who so impressed you might become duller, maybe even ordinary. It is even possible in extremis that his mind might literally explode. [3]

    Please, therefore, consider this plea in the spirit in which it is made. You have one of the best on your team now, and really should do whatever is necessary to keep him at that pitch of excellence, both in your own interests and those of society in general (if I may expand our modest numbers to take in all those who do not yet realise what they are missing by not reading his blog). It is precisely when Mr. Smith is “musing” on matters of archaeometrology, stock market movements, home thermodynamics experiments or whatever that the elusive answer to some thorny work problem is most likely to occur to him: that’s how keen minds work. As our ancestors rightly observed, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Heaven forfend that that should happen to “E. M.”: you would lose an excellent worker and we would lose an excellent source of inspiration, which would benefit none of us.

    With my cordial regards, and every good wish for your success, [4]

    Steve C

    [1] With all due respect to 50 years of feminism, this is still, I fear, the way to bet.

    [2] Not, of course, to the extent of terminating his contract. That would be an appalling overreaction. If you are in any way offended by anything I have written here, please ask Mr. Smith for my email address and feel free to abuse me directly via that route. He didn’t put me up to this.

    [3] You may have missed the shocking recent news that the Oxford English Dictionary has added to its definition of “literally” a new meaning, to whit: “figuratively, not literally”. Accordingly, and much as it pains an English speaker to have to admit it, my usage above is correct, inasmuch as the word “literally” now has any meaning at all.

    [4] I rarely offer cordial regards to complete strangers, but since Mr. Smith’s discretion has protected your identity I will make an exception here. I think I mentioned that you’d found one of the best; such a level of discretion surely confirms that.

  219. Steve C says:

    And, to all “commentators and readers of Mr. Smith’s blog”, a peaceful Easter.

  220. philjourdan says:

    @Steve C – I hope you had a wonderful Easter as well.

    But I cannot fault his employer from utilizing his many skills to their advantage. That is in essence how they are such a profitable and going concern. You do not make money with marginal people. You make it with exceptional ones. Our loss is their gain.

  221. Steve C says:

    @Phil – Yes thanks, including a visit this afternoon from a friend I hadn’t seen for a while.

    Re EM, well, yes, maybe, but I stick to my point about “all work and no play”. Time off for your own projects allows the mind some space to step back from the problem at work, which IME often helps find a solution. Just the space for a post most weekends would satisfy my selfish desire to see which bit of human knowledge is under his microscope at the moment. ;-)

    I notice that the “Recent Posts” sidebar thing isn’t updating with these TD posts, although Oliver’s comment on the Sensitivity Training thread (a day after my two above) appears as normal. Curious. (Having said which, I shan’t be surprised if mentioning it makes it start working again …)

  222. Steve C says:

    To return to our sheep, this looks interesting (pdf).

    Click to access Geologic-Sensemaking-Simultaneous-Impacts-10May2013.pdf

    In a nutshell, the view put forward is:

    The simultaneous impacts of two massive,
    eastward-moving, energetic objects

    • Separated land masses and configured the continents
    • Created major mountain ranges, ocean basins, Mid-Atlantic Ridge
    • Created the seasons by tilting the planet
    • Created boundaries that remain seismically active
    • Event time measured in minutes
    • Extinction event
    • Length of “day” likely to have been affected
    • Likely to have cratered the Moon
    • Likely to have affected the Earth’s orbit and induced planetary “wobbles.”

    The illustrations (from Google Earth, so I guess you could easily go to check it out yourself) make his argument look distinctly plausible. The theory seems to have resurfaced following the NASA astronauts’ “Earth Day” statement about asteroid events being 3 – 10 times as likely as we thought they were. (Comforting to reflect, as one’s species goes rapidly extinct, that at least we hadn’t underestimated the probability of it happening. ;-) )

    [Postnote: No, “Recent Posts” seems to have given up on TD.]

  223. Steve C says:

    Brain out of gear in previous comments: it’s “Recent Comments”, not “Posts”, that isn’t updating on TD.

  224. LG says:

    Piers Corbyn @ EU2014
    The Reality of Long Range Weather and Climate

  225. DirkH says:

    MIT LENR / Cold Fusion JAN 2014 lexture 4 hours; first half hour: excess heat production can be triggered by inducing phonons via a laserpointer into the lattice; phonons seem to pump the system and stay for weeks after laser removed. If I understand correctly.

  226. DirkH says:

    sabretoothed says:
    4 May 2014 at 9:23 am
    Out of Africa Hoax”

    Could explain the origin of the story of the Nephilim.

  227. Ian W says:

    I am not sure if you want to read this or not ;-)

    John Ward convinced that around now we are about to see a choreographed collapse.

  228. LG says:

    Believing Six Impossible Things before Breakfast, and Climate Models. Christopher Essex, Ph.D.

  229. sabretoothed says:

    Why after 400 years of La Niña precedence, did periods of El Niños dominance start in the 20th century? And why did the two periods of strong El Niño dominance in the 20th century occur during a period when the CO2 concentration was rising? Is there a link between rising CO2 and the El Niño – La Niña balance? But if there is such a link, why did El Niños become less prevalent than La Niñas from 1941 to 1976 and be in balance after 1998?

  230. Ian W says:

    @sabretoothed Well 400 years of La Nina seems to fit quite well with 400 years of Little Ice age. As the Earth warms out of the Little Ice Age it gets to a level of ocean heat content where the El Ninos start as a negative feedback. El Ninos are a loss of heat from the ocean to space. So the reason the Little Ice Age ended is that the Sun became more active. All that is being watched is a natural thermostat operating to maintain the homeostasis of the planet.

  231. LG says:

    Planetary harmonics in the historical Hungarian aurora record (1523-1960)


    The historical Hungarian auroral record extends from 1523 to 1960 and is longer than the sunspot record. Harmonic analysis reveals four major multidecadal secular cycles forming an approximate harmonic set at periods of 42.85, 57.13, 85.7 and 171.4 years. These four frequencies are very close to the four major heliospheric oscillations relative to the center of mass of the solar system caused by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Similar frequencies are found in solar radiation models based on long cosmogenic isotope records (Steinhilber et al., 2012) and in long records of naked-eye sunspot observations (Vaquero et al., 2002). Harmonic regression models are used to reconstruct and forecast aurora and solar activity for the period 1956–2050. The model predicts: (1) the multidecadal solar minimum in the 1970s that is also observed in the sunspot record; (2) a solar maximum in 2000–2002 that is observed in the ACRIM total solar irradiance satellite composite; (3) a prolonged solar minimum centered in the 2030s. These findings support a hypothesis that the Sun, the heliosphere and the terrestrial magnetosphere are partially modulated by planetary gravitational and magnetic forces synchronized to planetary oscillations, as also found in other recent publications

    Click to access 1302.2190.pdf

  232. Another Ian says:


    In return for trusting you on the place of butter in the kitchen

    And I’m bloody well appauled at this act

    and at WUWT, the Bishop, WUWT etc

  233. LG says:

    Evidence for solar wind modulation of lightning


    The response of lightning rates over Europe to arrival of high speed solar wind streams at Earth is investigated using a superposed epoch analysis. Fast solar wind stream arrival is determined from modulation of the solar wind V y component, measured by the Advanced Composition Explorer spacecraft. Lightning rate changes around these event times are determined from the very low frequency arrival time difference (ATD) system of the UK Met Office. Arrival of high speed streams at Earth is found to be preceded by a decrease in total solar irradiance and an increase in sunspot number and Mg II emissions. These are consistent with the high speed stream’s source being co-located with an active region appearing on the Eastern solar limb and rotating at the 27 d period of the Sun. Arrival of the high speed stream at Earth also coincides with a small (~1%) but rapid decrease in galactic cosmic ray flux, a moderate (~6%) increase in lower energy solar energetic protons (SEPs), and a substantial, statistically significant increase in lightning rates. These changes persist for around 40 d in all three quantities. The lightning rate increase is corroborated by an increase in the total number of thunder days observed by UK Met stations, again persisting for around 40 d after the arrival of a high speed solar wind stream. This result appears to contradict earlier studies that found an anti-correlation between sunspot number and thunder days over solar cycle timescales. The increase in lightning rates and thunder days that we observe coincides with an increased flux of SEPs which, while not being detected at ground level, nevertheless penetrate the atmosphere to tropospheric altitudes. This effect could be further amplified by an increase in mean lightning stroke intensity that brings more strokes above the detection threshold of the ATD system. In order to remove any potential seasonal bias the analysis was repeated for daily solar wind triggers occurring during the summer months (June to August). Though this reduced the number of solar wind triggers to 32, the response in both lightning and thunder day data remained statistically significant. This modulation of lightning by regular and predictable solar wind events may be beneficial to medium range forecasting of hazardous weather

  234. Steve C says:

    More “suprachiasmatics”, this time from Dr. Briffa (no, really!). He provides references, although you may need to work out where you can get your hands on, say, J Clin Endocrinol Metab, or Chronobiol Int.
    Light – A double-edged sword for sleep
    If, for some reason, you need to sleep in the “wrong” light, take heart: “In one study, the use of orange-tinted glasses 3 hours prior to sleep improved both the quality of sleep and subsequent mood.” Good to know that modern medicine is keeping up with the E. M. Smith Research Department!

    Another health item, this one about salt: how’s this for an opening sentence?
    “One of the most pervasive and stupid things that we are currently told to do is to reduce salt intake.” Perhaps the Romans had it righter than modern medicine when they paid their soldiers their “salarius”. (Declaration of interest: whenever I’m eating cheesy biscuits, crisps, etc., the first thing I do is to tip in a bit more salt. Junk food is getting too bland!)

  235. Sera says:

    Time to clean up the TD page and start a new one? This one takes a while to load.

    View at

    Found that over at SDA- for the IT geeks…

  236. R. de Haan says:

    Busy volcano map showing practically all red:

  237. Jason Calley says:

    More on the subject that LG mentions above, solar wind and lightning:

    I thought this quote was interesting: “Also notice that most of the weather is restricted to the more electrically conductive oceans which themselves experience a diurnal electrical charge modulation from the Pollack effect where infrared radiation causes the formation of surficial EZ, or liquid crystal, water on the oceans surfaces.” I seem to remember that E.M. had some posts on the subject of water surface molecules undergoing spontaneous self-organization and being resonant at IR frequencies.

  238. J Martin says:


    May 31, 2014 at 8:43 pm · Reply

    There are pros and cons, yes calorie restriction is useful in starving cancer of glucose and can reduce the building blocks that cancer needs to metastasize but (and it’s a big but) cancer can kill by blocking the citric acid cycle effectively starving patients to death. Such cancer causes calorie restriction but doesn’t manage to kill itself off. Also in late stage cancer lack of nutrients will exacerbate problems such as bone density, significantly shortening a sufferers life. On balance I think calorie restriction is bad for cancer patients who need to be as strong as possible to survive.

    Instead, one can look at numerous studies related to effects of food related molecules on cancer, and from that you can build a diet that on the balance will discourage tumor growth and encourage regrowth of normal tissue when cancer cells die. Substances such as malaeluca, capsaicin, green tea, onion/garlic, sulphanes from broccoli sprouts, red wine, antioxidants from many herbs, and strangely cyanide from bitter almonds are all are known to preferentially kill cancer cells in a test tube. Restricting glucose reduces activity, and certain androgen blocking substances like the alpha 5 reductase inhibitors in saw palmetta can inhibit growth in testosterone sensitive cancers. But a vegetarian diet high in carbs is VERY, VERY bad – do not eat VEGAN it’s very bad for you since most vegan diets are high in phytoadrogens eg soy that actually encourage cancer growth.

    Substances known to reduce metastasis are daily aspirin, high dose vitamin D, omega 6 fatty acids, DMSO from cabbage, garlic. In short anything that thins the blood or helps break down clots, preventing circulating cancer cells from getting a grip in other places, your aim is to prevent cells “sticking” anywhere before they can make it to your liver to be extracted. Papain from papaya and pomegranite is metastasis preventing by helping to prevent fibrin formation from anchoring a new tumor. Sodium bicarbonate also neutralises lactic acid build up around cancer which prevents the cancer from protonating ( breaking down ) treatments (including all the mentioned natural anti-cancer substances), this can particularly reduce survival rates for circulating cancer cells. There are interesting articles on combinimg sodium bicarbonate with radiation and chemo potentiating the treatments. An easy way to get bicarbonate is to drink only alkylised bottled spring water. In my opinion the only way to really beat cancer is by blocking metastasis, and science has only just begun to look at that, most tumors are not harmful, and as long as there are only one or two you will outlive it.

    So, what a cancer patient really needs to do is not apply some fad diet, or just restrict calories, but eat a low carb, possibly slightly ketogenic, but high nutrition, acidosis preventing diet with the right foods in it, those scientifically established to inhibit cancer.

    I stress, even this won’t cure the cancer, but by discouraging the tumor from many sides, and providing a lot of nutrition to normal cells it will help you live longer (in my opinion)

    PS. I take no responsibility for what anyone does with this information, many of these foods can badly interact with other medication, particularly the cyanide in bitter almonds, sodium bicarbonate, and blood thining food like garlic, vitamin D and DMSO containing foods. Get advice from a qualified person.

  239. LG says:

    Live demonstration of car hacking.

    “In this episode of “Phreaked Out,” we met some of the top security researchers at the center of the car hacking world. The goal isn’t to make people crash: They highlight security holes in order to highlight flaws in car technology, intended to pressure auto manufacturers to be a few steps ahead of their friendly foes.

    Information security researcher Mathew Solnik gave us a first-hand demonstration on how to wirelessly send commands to the car and remotely tell it what to do. With a little over a grand and about a month of work, Solnik found time outside of his full-time job to reverse-engineer a car’s computer system to make it ready for a takeover. “

  240. Another Ian says:


    A “way with words” FYI for you


    Steve Keohane says:
    June 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    For example, the assessment tells us that global warming will increase mental illness in our nation’s cities.
    It certainly has in the White House.”

  241. J Martin says:

    @ Steve C. Where did you get

    Click to access Geologic-Sensemaking-Simultaneous-Impacts-10May2013.pdf

    Who are the authors ? Their names are not shown on the pdf.

  242. Jim Coyle says:

    I recieved a comment link from a reader of yours about the Drake Passage which he said he retrieved off your site. I was trying to locate it so I could correspond with the author and get more details from him. If you or anyone else on this site can help out I would appreciate it very much!

    Reply: I suspect you are looking for this: ]

  243. Jim Coyle says:

    Steve C. I went oer your posting on 4-27-14 about the three impacts–2 events happening approx 65mya. The drake Passage opened approx 34 mya in the vast majority of scientific papers and I know there is some debate about the accuracy of C-14 dating but I don’t think it’s off by 30 million yrs. My theory about the opening of the Drake Passage is that it was faciitated by a multiple impact event that broke the Andes mountain connection between Antarctica and South America, created the Scotia Plate and the Sandwich Islands. On Goggle Earth you can see 4 deffinite impact sites and possibly 2 more all in the same general area. The main impact seems to be the one that carved the trench that pushed the Sandwich Islands. Also visible is the sea floor disruption that goes almost all the way to Africa. I don’t know about the Indian continent being moved by this event, not sure of the timing, but it might be possible. 34mya is when the glaciation of Antarctica began and there was a large extiction event at that point as well as a large spike in co levels globally. This impact also pulled the sea floor from the Pacific Ocean through the Passage and into the Atlantic basin. There have been no magentic anomolies found in the Passage area suggesting the imacts were of the Airburst variety though the trench suggests differently. This is my theory and I’m sticking to it, for now. Any and all info and comments are welcome.

  244. adolfogiurfa says:



  245. philjourdan says:

    @Jim Coyle – I have no idea if your theory is correct. But it certainly is plausible. And interesting.

  246. Jason Calley says:

    Here is another interesting scientific blog I just ran across:

  247. pyroimancer76 says:

    Just thinking about you. Hope all is well with you and your family (and the new additions). I see that others have alerted you to the posts authored by David Evans; now there are four parts and many, many comments. Do you have time to give this a look?

    Best wishes. I hope Florida is being good to you; I keep hoping that California denizens will wake up to their “internment” by the elites. At least in Southern California out in the garden (and I recently acquired a community farm plot — not enough all-day sun in my too-often shady garden) it is so beautiful each day. Life is good.

    {Reply: Well, all IS good… perhaps too good… Last night, for example, I was at the birthday party for my Florida Friend’s son. Spent the morning in the pool at the resort where I’m living (with spouse) as we alternated hot tub and pool. Nice job of getting the spine back in line. Incidentally, since I’ve been here doing that, the sciatica is completely resolved. After about 3 months of tub and pool, one day the hip bone just moved back where it belonged while I was floating. BUT, the practical effect is that I did NOT spend yesterday doing research on some topic, nor writing up the dozen or so where I’ve got notes in ‘pending posting’… So my “problem” is that I’m trying to remain disciplined and productive in a vacation wonderland of party time. Sigh. Only “fly in the ointment” has been car issues. Out of three cars (including one bought here) exactly one works (the old reliable Banana Boat Mercedes Wagon ’79) and it has no A/C at the moment. But we hope to fix that this week. So “no worries”, but too much fun and sun for productivity. -E.M.Smith ]

  248. pyromancer76 says:

    Check out the latest Tallbloke. Summary of JoanneNova-David Evans” material and “resonances”.

  249. J Martin says:

    Truecrypt development stopped, announced as no longer secure.

  250. Zeke says:

    PLS commented on Test.

    This was originally posted by Salvatore Del Prete at June 28, 2014 at 8:45 am. I though the data was important
    enough to repost in a better format.

    Table 1.Volcanoes of greater than or equal to VEI of 5 from 1650 to 2009.
    This list of large volcanic eruptions since 1650 was used as the baseline list for
    comparison against solar activity, i.e. periods of reduced sunspot count to determine
    any apparent associations.
    5* = a class five VEI with potentially large date uncertainty,
    P* = plinian large class eruption, assumed >VEI 5.
    The study did not include activity associated with geological hot spots or caldera (super volcano) sites.
    Source: Smithsonian Institute.


    1.ShiveluchKamchatka Penninsula16505
    2.Long IslandN.E. New Guinea16606
    3.UsuHokkaido, Japan16635
    4.ShikotsuHokkaido, Japan16675
    5.GamkonoraHalmahera, Indonesia16735*
    6.TongkokoSulawesi, Indonesia16805*
    7.FujiHonshu, Japan17075
    8.KatlaSo. Iceland17215*
    9.ShikotsuHokkaido, Japan17395
    11.PagoNew Britain1800P**
    12.St.HelensWashington State, USA18005
    13.TamboraLesser Sunda Islands,Indo.18157
    14.GalungungJava, Indonesia18225
    16.ShiveluchKamchatka Penninsula18545
    19.OkatainaNew Zealand18865
    20.Santa MariaGuatemala19026
    21.LolobauNew Britain1905P*
    22.KsudachKamchatka Penninsula19075
    23.NovaruptaAlaska Penninsula19126
    24.AzulCerro Chile19325+
    25.KharimkotanKuril Islands19335
    26.BezimiannyKamchatka Peninsula19565
    27.AgungLesser Sunda Islands, Indo.19635
    28.St. HelensWashington State, USA19805
    31.HudsonCerro So. Chile19915+


    Of the 31 eruptions documented since 1650 with a VEI greater than or
    equal to 5, a total of 25 occurred during a reduced period of sunspots
    if not a major reduction in sunspots or a solar hibernation, e.g. the
    Dalton or Maunder Minimums. This preliminary study showed 80.6% of
    the largest eruptions took place during extended solar activity minimums.
    Significantly, the following list of the eight largest volcanic eruptions
    globally (VEI>6) since 1650, shows all but one took place
    only during a solar hibernation, or significant reduction in solar
    activity as measured by sunspot count.

  251. Steve C says:

    @J. Martin (3rd June – apologies, I haven’t been back to this page for a while)

    I had to scratch around a bit, but I’m fairly sure it came from this comment on WUWT. It definitely wasn’t on, and I note the MalagaBay link I get is from you again. Unfortunately nobody seems to know who wrote it (something of a major omission in the original pdf, that!).

    Sorry I couldn’t be more help, but it looks like an orphan idea.

    That’s sad news about Truecrypt, too. Not sure I’d ever trust a “lookylikey” product from MS, even if I were likely to continue using their OSs (which I’m not).

  252. Steve C says:

    Boulder have an instrument on Hubble which has revealed that the universe appears to missing rather a lot of light. It’s about 400 – 500% out, so something’s definitely screwy here. Another crack to paper over!

    May I be the first to name it “dark light”, to go with the similarly coloured matter and energy.

  253. Steve C says:

    Also an intriguing study from Wyoming Institute of Technology claims that wind turbines are slowing the Earth’s rotational force, which is directly negatively affecting climate change on a global scale. Indeed, “This directly impacts climate change, contributing more toward increasing global temperatures than any other manmade source.”

    Eek! We’re all doomed! (again) O_O

  254. E.M.Smith says:

    New Comments can go on the next page in the series:

    As this one has gotten a bit over long…

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