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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: Today at 02:17:37 PM »
This Section (CAB) looks very prone to melt- out (or flush- out) for me.
Something, that has never- ever happened in the last couple Million Years.

The Eemian took place around 120K years ago, so let's not exaggerate.


Would a slimy corporate Democrat seek to overturn Citizens United?  Yes, because while that Dem might get 60% of the total spending by corporations, his Republican opponent might get 80%.  He'll be happy to make do with less corporate money, if his opponent nets even less.

I might be a European purist, but this seems a bit naive to me.

You may view it as Red Team vs Blue Team game, Steve, but I think that many politicians on both sides of the aisle are working for Team Me. Money corrupts. Always has, always will.

And again, first come the idea(l)s, then comes the strategy. You're still arguing the other way round. Maybe that's the best way to win, but nothing will ever change that way. Which means you lose.

Arctic Background / Re: Pen Hadow's Arctic Mission
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:24:05 PM »
I've seen the footage of both SĂ©bastien Roubinet's attempts to sail to the North Pole from Alaska, using a special catamaran that can sail over flat ice. In other words, he and his companion can pull it out of the water and then pull it over the ice. You can't do that with a yacht. Even so, Roubinet's attempts failed, mostly due to bad luck, but also because conditions were intensely tough. They had to be evacuated by chopper.

So, at face value, this idea sounds pretty insane. They can't pull the yacht out of the water, so if they're unlucky, they'll be stuck for weeks in the same spot. Never mind when things get really rough in September and October.

I'm going to try and read more about this tonight. Hadow is an experienced Arctic explorer. I can't imagine he's stupid, so maybe he's just gambling on the ice retreating very far north. Which would be stupid.  :D

Thanks for opening the thread, Jim.

Here's Cenk Uygur on the possibility of Sanders running again in 2020, and the reaction of Corporate Democrats:

Is Bernie Sanders Running In 2020?

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Final bit:

If you actually cared about the Democratic Party, if you actually wanted to resist Donald Trump, you wouldn't be putting hatchets in the back of the most popular guy in the country who's on your side. You would be helping him. But you don't care about the Democratic Party. You don't care about resisting Trump. You never cared about beating Trump. That's why you ran a candidate we told you was encumbered and had terrible polling. But you did it anyway because you wanted to get rich off of her. And now that Bernie Sanders is likely to run, almost certainly going to run, you're scared to death that he's going to overturn your apple cart. To which I say: Can't wait.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Latest PIOMAS update (mid July update)
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:53:52 AM »
Oh boy, this is getting exciting.  ;D 8)

Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:54:47 AM »
Given that the decrease is picking up again in the AMSR2 data set, it should be possible to squeeze a couple of century breaks out of JAXA until the end of the month, especially after that ridiculous 10K drop.  :)

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 24, 2017, 11:21:02 PM »
P.S. Why is seaicesailor a guest??  ???

We're looking into it.*

In the meantime, please, don't re-kindle the fire. We're all worried about AGW, and everyone will be equally excited when the ice suddenly melts out massively, despite weather conditions. We simply don't have perfect data to predict when, although it would've been more obvious if a lot of melting momentum had been built up this year during May and June, and snow would've melted faster.


* Seaicesailor, have you noticed any changes in your profile recently? Sorry to have to ask you here, but I can't seem to PM you.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: July 24, 2017, 09:41:55 PM »
Good to see you again, Ivica. I had to think about you the other day. The song you post would also fit in here.

PS the audience needs singing lessons  ;)

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 24, 2017, 08:15:40 PM »
Here's the Buoy thread, Clenchie.

SST anomaly for today's date last year vs this year:

Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:04:30 PM »
If you want to take this elsewhere, please, do.

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:07:30 PM »
The Investigation Into Trump Just Got Serious, Here's Why

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Home brew AMSR2 extent & area calculation
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:04:55 AM »
Over on the blog, back in 2012, there was a commenter who then used those images and tried to make them even more cloud-free (see here and here, for instance)

Science / Re: "climate porn" vs. "not alarmed enough"
« on: July 24, 2017, 12:00:02 AM »
I don't know if this has been posted already, but here's a RealNewsNetwork video with an interview with Michael Mann on this issue, published on YouTube today (click 'no longer available' if the window doesn't show):

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Arctic sea ice / Re: 2017 sea ice area and extent data
« on: July 23, 2017, 11:55:28 PM »
One final off-topic post (as it happened in this thread): I've been having some PM conversations with some of the folks involved, and have stressed again that it isn't the 'going out on a limb' that is the problem per se, but the reaction to the push-back that inevitably follows. I've asked again to refrain from sarcasm and Galileo-arguments. At the same time I want to ask those who are annoyed by it (including myself) to try and be less annoyed by it.

Given the seriousness of Arctic sea ice loss and AGW, I'm afraid this dynamic will remain part of the ASIF for a while to come. I will try and keep a balance as best as I can. I've always stressed that to me the over-all atmosphere on the Forum is most important, while allowing room for heated debates, frustrations and the occasional insults, of course. It's not a hospital.

Anyone wanting to discuss more, might do so on the 'climate porn vs not alarmed enough' thread. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to follow or participate in that discussion.

Okay, back on-topic now. I think we'll know more in one-two weeks from now, as more data comes in during this period where a persistent cyclone should cause something of a stall.  Let's watch together and analyze as it happens.

The rest / Re: Favorite songs about Nature
« on: July 23, 2017, 10:46:00 PM »
And here's one from another Boston band that was heavily influenced by Talking Heads and then went on to basically influence everybody back in the 90s. The song isn't really about Nature either, but there are a couple of lines that are 100% about melting permafrost:

And the ground's not cold
And when the ground's not cold
Everything is gonna burn
We'll all take turns
I'll get mine too


Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven

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The rest / Re: Favorite songs about Nature
« on: July 23, 2017, 10:42:34 PM »
Here's a Talking Heads song that somehow I feel has to do with the ozone hole:

Talking Heads - Air

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The rest / Re: Favorite songs about Nature
« on: July 23, 2017, 10:38:07 PM »
Not really about Nature, but there are some references to environmental destruction and its causes (click the 'no longer available' if no YouTube window is showing):

Jeff Buckley - The Sky is a Landfill

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Arctic sea ice / Re: 2017 sea ice area and extent data
« on: July 23, 2017, 10:06:28 AM »
Why is everyone getting so upset? It's important that all sides are heard.

And I'm not at all convinced that anyone has more evidence on their side -- it comes down to interpretation. I do agree that we should try to keep a spirit of camaraderie, but it's hardly consistent to accuse someone of ruining this right after you yourself put them down.

I think it takes guts to go out on a limb and make non-conservative projections.

Let's all respect one another.

I don't have a problem with people going out on a limb, per se. If they do it using data that is highly unreliable, I will say so. What I do have a problem with, is this atmosphere that is being created that some who are going out on a limb are being ridiculed and oppressed, but then, of course, they turn out to be right, and everyone glosses over it and acts as if they agreed all along. That is what magnamentis is doing every now and again, and it gets my hackles up.

He does it again in his reaction to my comment:

even though i did not go that far the entire story is not about who is grasping what but about the various reactions of people who as well only go out to a limb without evidence but are repeatedly proven wrong while some of those who are ridiculed have often if not mostly been spot on.

i won't go so far to collect all the post but it's there, in writing and yes there are people who have an eye for the bigger picture and nothing is wrong with it.

This is both vague and generalizing. Who is being ridiculed, but has often if not mostly been spot on? What purpose does it serve to even talk like this? Who is implying there is anything wrong with 'people who have an eye for the bigger picture'?

It's almost impossible to be spot on all the time when forecasting a melting season. Every year since 2012 we have people going out on a limb, saying the ice never looked worse (without comparing to previous years) and this will be the year, every year the poll results are way below the final number, but so far, no year has even come close to beating 2012, quite simply because weather conditions prevented it.

One year someone going out on a limb, will be right, but I think the data will point to it as well, and so many will be going out on that limb. It's the number one thing everyone here is on the look-out for! But the important thing will be that Arctic sea ice records are being broken again, not who said it first (and was then mocked, blah blah blah).

Or take this:

but one thing is totally clear and not disputable, to mock someone because he uses LOL or emphasizes a compliment by the use of several nice words instead of one is clearly
OT, unnecessary and clearly based on aversion which from the text one can see is
based on an inferiority complex and i dont' mean you, hope that's clear.

Who is mocked because he uses LOL? By whom, by the whole Forum community? And even if he is, so what? Is it relevant to what we're doing here as a collective?

This vague generalizing, about one group of clairvoyants being ridiculed by the masses, is polarizing poison for a forum. It creates an atmosphere of 'told you so' and forces people to get entrenched in opinions. So, going out on a limb is fine, but there's no need for the arrogant, pre-triumphant tone and the persecution Galileo-complex. This isn't WUWT, or some forum full of sceptics.

Arctic sea ice / Re: 2017 sea ice area and extent data
« on: July 22, 2017, 11:22:21 PM »
I don't think many have truly grasped what happened between this past winter and this year; the Arctic went from an environment that produced swirly cones of thick, layered multi-yr ice, to a place where ice that survived the previous season barely made it into the next one, while 1-1.5M of bad-quality ice formed alongside it, some of it not even making it through the winter.

BTW now the two of us used LOLs let's see who will complain this time hehe...

I will complain this time.

You don't think many people grasp what? Seriously? No one but you has noticed that the Arctic just had a second record warm winter in a row, and volume was lowest on record by far according to PIOMAS?

What do you think people have been discussing here since 2013, and before that on the ASIB since 2010, and before that, elsewhere on the Internet (RealClimate, Hot Topic, Rabett Run, etc, etc) since 2007? Do you really think this is some conservative congregation of lukewarmers whose only interest is to stress that all is just dandy, and just a select/chosen few really grasp what's going on? Even though we're all looking at the same data?

There is a difference between 'grasping' something and going out on a limb without any direct evidence or facts. Yes, records are going to be broken again at some point, and yes, the Arctic will go ice-free at some point. Maybe soon, maybe later. Practically everyone in this community agrees with that. Don't act as if only a few are seeing something.

This next paragraph is more directed towards magnamentis, as his nudge-nudge reply to bbr2314's comment is what really got my hackles up, and not for the first time:

To go out and state that only you see things that almost no one else sees, when it is actually just speculation, is not only insulting to other members or simply a strawman, but also a delusion of grandeur. It's alarmism for the sake of feeding the ego, and in essence not that much different from denier mentality. The arrogant tone is highly polarizing, as I've told you before. This 'whose dick is biggest'-atmosphere and 'told you so'-anticipation is taking all the fun out of witnessing and discovering something together.

Cut. It. Out.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 22, 2017, 09:50:39 AM »
And as of today, HYCOM is: 404

Prepare for something BIG going off.

In what sense?

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 21, 2017, 05:22:24 PM »
2013 was very cold, relatively speaking, both air and sea surface temperature. When it comes to sea level pressure, 2017 is somewhat similar, though I'd venture to say that 2013 was more cyclonic (I'd have to look it up to be sure). But temperature is the big difference between the two.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Home brew AMSR2 extent & area calculation
« on: July 21, 2017, 09:51:07 AM »
Even if we all know it's coming, it's still going to be surprising/astonishing to witness the moment when conventional wisdom goes out the door and the ice melts, no matter what the weather conditions are. Again, I'm not convinced this will be the year that happens. But you never know. I do expect something to happen, ie some of the ice to go despite the weather.

Once the piggy bank ice is gone (Baffin and Kara mainly), we'll see if there is a stall or not. Around this same period, back in 2012, I remember the decline didn't slow down when the weather turned. That was such a moment of astonishment, even though it made perfect sense.

But again, just like last year, I think it's safe to say that the Arctic dodged a bullet. Was it the snow on land and ice this time? Is there some negative feedback? Or will that disaster melting season come sooner or/than later, as long as there's no real recovery?

Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 21, 2017, 06:50:55 AM »

7.194, -96K.

If this keeps up 2017 takes lead tomorrow or next day and then begins putting distance with 2012, which is still at 6.03M as of 8/2.

That means 2017 has 13 days to melt 1.164 million KM2 of ice in order to be ahead of 2012 by the end of its relative plateau, requiring an average melt of 89K KM2 or greater per day.

Given we are coming off over a week of century breaks and almost matched that today, 2017 seems poised to put over 100K KM2 of distance between it and 2012 come 8/2 (IMO).

If 2017 keeps up its numeric rate of melt for the last 7 days, it will be at just over 5.8M KM2 come 8/2, for what it's worth (or over 200K below 2012).

2012 had some huge drops in the coming week (including a double century break mentioned earlier), but then a handful of slow days, before seriously dropping off during GAC-2012. But given that there is still some 'piggy bank' ice, like TT says, and the decrease has picked up again in other datasets, 2017 might indeed be able to keep pace with 2012 until the end of the month, and then with 2007 during August. There might be another couple of century breaks in the works in the next 10 days.

Which would be quite amazing, given that the weather hasn't been anything like 2012, let alone 2007. Evidence, of course, that PIOMAS has it right with regards to ice being thin.

Arctic sea ice / Re: 80 degres F in Northwest territories
« on: July 21, 2017, 06:40:56 AM »
Please, don't open threads that can just as easily be posted as comments in appropriate threads. And while you're at it, post a link to the map you mention, and pay attention to spelling.

Sorry, didn't mean to sound like your mom.  ;)

Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: Greenland 2017 melt season
« on: July 20, 2017, 10:26:49 PM »
Maybe the difference has to do with DMI being about surface mass, while NSIDC is about surface melt? Or maybe one interpreted precipitation as rain and the other as snow. I have no idea, I don't follow Greenland melt all that much. But there could be another spike, as the forecast is for warm, sunny weather over much of Greenland in days to come.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:56:39 PM »
I also have this feeling that holes could start to show up in the ice pack real fast, once they get going. But for now, this year isn't looking anything like 2016, 2015, or even 2013. Here's a comparison using Uni Hamburg AMSR2 sea ice concentration maps:

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:53:03 PM »
would be good news if it were true while the exact opposite is the case IMO. looking at the entire remaining ice as a whole, compactness is poorest ever and meltponds are water ON ice and for that the ice most be relatively homogeneous and "compact" which it is not and besides other factors meltwater is often draining throuch fissures and holes.

ice is fragmented like never before which is the opposite of compact.

i will happily stand corrected but let's see.

You're not correct and need to do more comparing. Start here, Uni Bremen comparison maps for July 19th. Look for yellow and green in 2012, 2007, 2015 and 2016. Now compare to this year.

BTW it would be nice if we could have a link of the source for "high compaction" for further assessment of accuracy and reliability of that source.

Here's the Regional Graphs page on the ASIG, which contains a Wipneus graph with Uni Hamburg, JAXA and NSIDC compactness. As you can see, this year is highest for NSIDC and JAXA, but third highest for Uni Hamburg (highest resolution), not much above 2012.

This makes interpreting NSIDC area/extent tricky at best. It is entirely possible that reduced melt ponds due to increased fragmentation may be a negative feedback, slowing melt. Or, it may be the opposite. I haven't seen anything beyond speculation to resolve this important question.

Conventional wisdom tells us that years with high compactness ratios generally don't break records. At some point conventional wisdom no longer applies. We don't know if that point has been reached this year. Doesn't look like it to me, but you never know (volume is still record low, according to PIOMAS).

The current weather forecast is perfect for ice retention. Conventional wisdom says that at some point this will cause hiccups in extent decrease. Greenland surface melt may show a spike though:

Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks on the Bernie Sanders' wife investigation. BTW, I didn't know that the FBI opened this investigation after some Trump idiot in Vermont claiming that there had been fraud. And then, of course, journalists from the Washington Post and NY Times run with that BS because they're Hillarybots. It's exactly the way climate risk deniers operate. Disgusting.

Any Merit To Investigation Of Bernie Sanders's Wife?

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:43:01 PM »
I don't know if Greenwald's arguments have been superseded by new revelations, but I always find it interesting to listen to what he thinks:

Glenn Greenwald: Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails Aren't a "Smoking Gun" or Evidence of Criminal Collusion

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Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:11:59 PM »
I wonder if we'll see another century break tomorrow and the day after, given the 'stall' in the Uni Hamburg AMSR2 and NSIDC data as reported by Wipneus. JAXA is less jittery, but if there are no big drops reported elsewhere today, the series may come to an early end (never mind the fact that yesterday didn't see a century break, still 6 out of 7).

No big drops reported elsewhere, so JAXA will probably follow suit.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Stupid Questions :o
« on: July 18, 2017, 07:09:19 PM »
Mind you, by an ironic conincidence, "less than 1 million km2 of ice extent"  is almost exactly 15% of the average 1990s summer minimum...

Ha, I was wondering about that. Thanks, Peter.

this currently widely spread interpretation has IMO been made up by people who cannot wait till it happens and hence bended the rules/terms to their liking.

1 mio km2 is definitely NOT ice-free, no matter what anyone tries to tell us.

I like to say 'ice-free for all practical purposes', after hearing Walt Meier putting it like that once.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Glossary ... for newbies and others
« on: July 18, 2017, 04:17:44 PM »
Well, I'll be. Don't know how we managed to forget about those. Thanks, Tor. GAC and PAC added now.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Stupid Questions :o
« on: July 18, 2017, 02:46:32 PM »
From the Melting Season thread:

Given that <15% SIE represents an Ice Free Arctic, can anyone tell me what the actual figure would relate to 15% and how much was year 2012 greater than this figure.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 18, 2017, 09:28:19 AM »
I've been noticing those holes on the Atlantic side for a couple of days now, and am quite amazed by it. It must be the effect of the cyclones so far, as that's the kind of weather this part of the Arctic has mostly seen. Very similar to last year.

Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:35:11 AM »
I wonder if we'll see another century break tomorrow and the day after, given the 'stall' in the Uni Hamburg AMSR2 and NSIDC data as reported by Wipneus. JAXA is less jittery, but if there are no big drops reported elsewhere today, the series may come to an early end (never mind the fact that yesterday didn't see a century break, still 6 out of 7).

I think you are probably correct.  But I stuck with the 3.75-4.25 range out of sheer inertia. 

Thanks to all those century breaks (which you predicted!) the predict-o-matic is back down into the area of overlap between your guess and mine. But I would bet that within a few days it will have drifted back up out of "my" range.

This is fun.

Thanks to the overlapping bins, we can both be right.  ;)

But I can't wait to see if the century breaks keep rolling in, despite that persistent low over the CAB. Uni Hamburg AMSR2 and NSIDC suggest no for now, but my impression is there's still a lot of weak ice on the periphery.

Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 17, 2017, 09:52:54 AM »
... what?  This forum's OK with casual racism now?

I don't know if it's racism, but it's certainly a failed attempt at humour.

In the meantime we await that triple century break.  ;)

Edit: Upon further reflection, after reading the complaints people sent me, I've decided to redact the offensive part of Hyperion's post.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:21:50 PM »
The forecasts keep shifting, which is why I haven't posted them recently. One thing that keeps coming back is high pressure on the Siberian side of the Arctic. I can't remember high pressure being so dominant over there (although I'm sure it's happened more often over the last 10 years, I just don't remember it). Usually that's where cyclones dominate.

But here's today's 12Z ECMWF forecast (Tropical Tidbits) for the coming six days. The high over the Beaufort Sea is said to disappear on D3, and high pressure over the Siberian Seas should start to diminish 1-2 days later, with low pressure dominating much of the CAB.

But this forecast could change again tomorrow morning. Either way, high pressure over Beaufort, Chukchi, ESS, Laptev and Kara is going to mean bye-bye for a lot of ice.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:02:51 PM »
Hi Neven, did you have those images saved, or is there a way on the site to get the image for 2016? (high quality)

Some I have saved, others I have retrieved from ASI updates over the years on the blog.

I like DMI SST maps, because they're quite detailed and make it possible to compare with other years.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 16, 2017, 01:17:59 PM »
I think the heat is on now on the pacific side of the CAB. This doesn't look like a "mood" for me of the Bremen graph, there's too much green already.

No, this is real, Uni Hamburg AMSR2 shows it too. There's a lot of melting potential there, and given the 'piggy bank' ice in the Kara Sea, Laptev Sea and Baffin Bay, I'm expecting the series of JAXA century breaks to continue for a while longer.

Here's a comparison of DMI SST anomalies for 2012 (left), 2016 (middle) and 2017 (right) for July 15th. I would say that 2017 is well ahead of 2012 on the Pacific side, slightly behind on the Atlantic, and I'm somewhat surprised that no red still hasn't shown up in the Laptev Sea this year. The story for 2017 vs 2016 is the same, except that 2016's lead on the Atlantic side was much larger. But given the current forecast, with persistent high pressure on the Siberian side of the Arctic, 2017 might still catch up.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:20:54 AM »
At this rate the Northern Sea Route could be open before the month is out.

Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 15, 2017, 10:04:19 AM »
I wonder whether the series will be continued, or if we're going to see some 'unflashing'.

Well, the lawn never had a lot of nutrients to begin with (as it used to be a corn field), but I use the clippings as mulch around bushes and trees. But not every time. Like Sigmetnow, I also use a stick to keep the back flip open.

And on around half of the mowing area I just let things grow and only mow twice with scythe.

Policy and solutions / New ideas for carbon capture
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:31:25 AM »
This thread was opened by Jontenoy in the wrong category. I wanted to move it here, but accidentally removed it. Fortunately it was still in my cache. Here's Jontenoy's text:


Most discussions seem to be about reducing emissions. This is all fine except it is not going to happen fast enough. I think a possible solution would be to develop a vegetable with the following attributes :
* Has deep roots
* Produces food (grains, leaves, stalks etc)
* Keeps growing downwards
* Spreads rapidly

This would produce a vast tangle of treadlike roots which would capture and store carbon. If it died, a new plant could continue and grow around the old roots. Clover fixes Nitrogen. This would fix Carbon in the soil as biomass.  Some grape vines and Olive trees have roots greater than 40 metres deep.
The same idea could be considered for the ocean whereby algae would form, reproduce and die on a continuous basis.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: July 13, 2017, 11:18:26 PM »
You can say that again, Comradez (nice video again, BTW).

Here's from Wipneus' AMSR2 thread:

And this animation:

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: July 13, 2017, 11:09:20 PM »
There was nothing specific about the material.

Right, thanks.

-- But Goldstone made clear the Russian govt is behind it. So, we have reached the point to discuss the legal definition of treason.

As far as I know the US isn't at war with Russia, and so you'll have to use another word for this. Or not you, the media rather.

But are the Trumps corrupt to the bone? No doubt about it.

Most likely the "but her emails" thingy we all keep hearing about.

Where do you keep hearing about that? I don't believe the MSM really discussed the content of the leaked mails much, or for a stretched period of time. Not that they have to talk about it now. The election is over, so no one has to choose between Trump and Clinton. They're all corrupt, as far as I am concerned. We live in an oligarchy/kleptocracy.

I just wondered if 'dealings with Russia' was referring to something other than the uranium deal.

The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:48:31 PM »
I've just watched some of the news stories on this, and I have a possibly stupid question: In that e-mail to Junior that Goldstone guy said they have some confidential material that would 'incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia'. So, what dealings are they talking about? Is that the uranium deal thingy?

Speaking of which, I'm quite satisfied with my Makita EV lawnmower (I promised to report). It seems a bit less strong than it was at first, but maybe that's because it's been raining a lot over here, causing the grass to grow a bit too high.

But there are a lot less stalls compared to the corded Makita I had before (because of grass getting stuck). It's much lighter, I can easily carry it. And it's made of plastic which makes it easier to clean. The corded Makita was made out of painted metal, with of course the metal wearing off (getting who knows where).

Downside is range, meaning I have to stop and wait for the batteries to get charged again. Buying an extra set of batteries is a bit too expensive for me right now. And the thing in the back that catches the grass, fills up halfway and then things get clogged, so I have to move the grass back in order to fill it up completely.

But all in all I'm very satisfied, and I just hope the EV lawnmower does its job for at least 3 years. Maybe next year I'll buy an extra set of batteries. It'd be cool if I could also use those batteries for an E-bike or something (Makita has one, but it's a bit small).

PS Makita also has a battery-powered leaf blower, numerobis.

The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:18:58 PM »
This is the kind of stuff that can bring Trump and the GOP down:

Congressmen Repealing Obamacare Now Buying Health Insurance Stocks

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Thanks for further explaining where you're coming from, pileus. I still feel that you are contradicting yourself somewhat, but then again, who doesn't.

Whether there is a physical uprising/revolution or just a political one, it has to start with indignation and anger, and then this anger/indignation needs to be channelled towards something productive. My fear is that the Democratic Party, as some say, is only there to absorb this energy and then neutralize it.

Hence the need for Corporate Democrats to be removed from their positions, and the need for drastic reform of how the Democratic Party functions.

This is probably the fastest way to change and some real opposition to the GOP.

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