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The rest / Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:49:52 AM »
The most terrifying example I've seen was an autonomous sniper rifle that was fed a large number of facial recognition files. When it recognised a face it aimed and shot the individual.

The technology should be illegal, but it's our governments that are developing and deploying it. Rather than asking if it will fall into the wrong hands we should accept that the wrong people are those that develop such devices.

This is the stuff of nightmares, not dreams.

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: November 14, 2019, 07:42:35 AM »
To be totally & terminally terse - YES :)

No "conspiracy" required, simply another rather overt example of a coup d'etat to wrest away the resources of another weak country for the enrichment of powerful oligarchs.

Are examples really required at a time when The Trumpster boasts openly of stealing Assad's oil, and Bank of England refuses to return Madero's gold deposits even as they covet his oil deposits? Evo left his country, unwilling to meet Gaddafi's fate or plunge his country into years of conflict.

General Butler understood that it was all a "racket"generations ago. More recently John Perkins' "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" is an excellent short read that offers many contemporary examples of legitimate democracies overthrown when their policies came in conflict with greed of international corporations.

Consequences / Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« on: November 13, 2019, 10:05:27 PM »
I've spotted the very camera shy Nessy. Who knew that she'd been hiding in Venice!

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:59:52 PM »
The future for Li-Ion batteries looks rosy as just days after announcing an end to Bolivia's lithium "deal", Evo Morales the countries 1st indigenous leader was deposed and fled to Mexico.

Morales had never been popular with the European Elites who traditionally governed the impoverished country. He was hugely successful at raising over 50% of Bolivia's poor above the poverty level, and it was the poor that objected to selling cheap lithium ore rather than manufacturing and selling batteries. This however could take years to develop and industry needs lithium now.

Since Bolivia's lithium will be primarily used in the manufacture of EVs, a greater good is assured. The fate of a Socialist Regime in a poor nation, and the future of some millions of impoverished indians is just one of the myriad costs of doing business in today's fast paced marketplace. :'(


Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: November 13, 2019, 02:21:39 AM »
Yea Only Kia, and Toyota, and Jaguar, and Mazda, and Tesla, were able to win over the German competition this year.

Of the 10 prizes offered for vehicles, 5 were won by the Germans, and 5 by foreign competition. Almost like one prize for everyone that participated. The best car in show & best compact were both won by BMW and Audi also won in 2 categories. Skoda, and the above listed each won in a single category.

See KiwiG's post above.

Other countries haven't settled for lower care levels, or longer wait times, they simply supply better care at lower cost. American voters aren't particularly stupid, they just grew up in a propaganda bubble that is making a few of them obscenely wealthy even as it reduces everyone else to penury.

I was told by Nevada's best doctors that I had <6 months to live. I promptly sold everything and came back to Canada for a final look at the country of my birth. That was in 2004!

In my first week back my cancer had been confirmed and the operation completed. It was a few months before my neurological problems came out of remission and could be treated - a treatment that was simply far to expensive for my HMO to offer. Within a few months I left my cane behind and could actually run - not too far or to fast, but running, not hobbling on a cane!

At the moment it's been 10 years since the cancer has last reappeared, and my CIDP hasn't raised it's head for even longer. I'm still a very long way from being healthy, but I've outlived the majority of my peers in Las Vegas & I'm sure that when my time does come I will have had the best care available anywhere, and my family won't be out a nickel.

I've been very ill in both countries. I've experience with both plans. Anyone voting for the status quo in the US is simply the victim of a very evil propaganda campaign & the successful lobbying efforts of Big Pharma and the AMA.

Keeping people healthy is much less expensive than trying to keep them alive for a few weeks or months after years of neglect have taken their toll. Don't fall for any of the BS that's being fed to you.

Consequences / Re: Conservative Scientists & its Consequences
« on: November 10, 2019, 07:30:17 PM »
Remember that the "Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences" is awarded by "The Svergies Risbank Prize in Economics in Memory of Alfred Nobel", a very conservative group that has no connection to the Nobel Committees that chooses actual Nobel Prize winners. There is no "Nobel Prize in Economics".

The name of the prize was obviously intended to deceive.

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: November 10, 2019, 06:15:38 PM »
And Killbot Hellscape has lapped the field!! :'(

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: November 10, 2019, 05:05:00 PM »
Asimov is spinning in his grave. :-\

The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: November 10, 2019, 04:17:16 PM »
Some may recall my post in June about a friend, now dead.,1482.msg207954.html#msg207954

I went by an stuck my head in the door, found her crying. They're coming after his wife for the medical bills. the only money left is from a life insurance policy, and the couple had some equity in the house. Both together fall far short of the bills. They gonna put her on the street.

What really worries me is that there are firearms in the house, and she might use one on herself.  I might have to go over and take em away, tell her that i'm gonna get them appraised. Hate to see another death of despair.

Jesus - I'm sorry for him, sorry for her, sorry for you, sorry for their friends & fearful for any family they might have. - are they now in line for the bill(s)?

When I left 15 years ago the misnamed Health Care System was broken. I watched friends die from botched procedures, misdiagnosis, & suicide after botched procedures and misdiagnosis took their toll. Almost all had comprehensive HMOs & at least no one went after their modest estates.

I "saved" a neighbor from suicide, but I'm unsure that I did him a favor. He died 2 operations and 5 years later, after adjusting to pooping into an odiferous bag taped to his side.

I hope this isn't too goolish, but would they have escaped this outcome if he'd survived until 63, or whatever the minimum age is for Medicare/Medicaid? Would lowering the minimum age for these programs help in a case like this?

Stay busy sidd.
Know that your posts are very much appreciated. You've opened many eyes, and many hearts.

The rest / Re: Brexit...
« on: November 09, 2019, 01:57:01 AM »
I'm saddened seeing the EU weakened and Britain being drawn further into the American camp.

I think Europe will swiftly recover, in part thanks to her growing cooperation with Asian markets. Britain's influence on the world will fade, particularly if the EU tightens the screws. The gigantic moat that once protected the Island Nation will increasingly serve to isolate her from a prosperous  Eurasian continent.

American influence in Europe is waning. NS2's completion will demonstrate just how far Europe has gone in rejecting American demands. Europe's adoption of Huawei's 5th generation internet is another milestone marking Europe's integration with Asia, and her rejection of American edicts. Britain & America are again missing the boat.

Getting Hungary and Poland on board will be a formidable task, but a sufficiently high carbon tax and pressure to meet the Paris Accord's goals will eventually lead to their rejection of coal generation. Pricing pressures will then wean them from American LNG.

Britain I hope will once again muddle through. Not as the world leader she once was, & not as the regional power that she presently is, but hopefully as more than the lesser partner in a crumbling Atlantic hedgenemony.


I'm 73 and moved back to this part of the world after a 41 year absence. I was more aware of the changes than those that slowly adjusted to the change. That said the oldsters have memories of when things were different, young people just read it in books.

As far as muscle mass, I think total mass - mainly the accretion of fat -  is the best insulator. I'm considerably larger than I was earlier even though my muscles have certainly atrophied. Personally neurological problems make determining temperature changes difficult. Saves lots in proper winter attire. ;)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 06, 2019, 11:23:06 PM »

California's largest gain seems to be in "Non-Coal Imported Energy".

Over the last 20 years California has become increasingly less capable, or less willing to produce the electricity she consumes. Shutting down large Nuclear facilities in an earthquake country makes perfect sense, and coal needs to go - but importing electricity to fill the gap(s) is going to be increasingly expensive as the producing states find their own needs expanding.

Importing additional electricity will require more long distance, high voltage lines. The kind that may ignite fires that generate GHG even as they destroy lives and infrastructure.

Cutting back on electrical use is the only way to mitigate the problem that I can see, but will more efficient appliances, thicker blankets of insulation and low wattage lighting have any effect if EVs flood the market?


Policy and solutions / Re: Electric cars
« on: November 05, 2019, 03:20:20 AM »
Only in a retrograde, stagnant society would individuals still be expected to provide their own hardware for something as basic as transportation. This is the way things have been done since the earliest days of horse and buggy. The expense of owning, maintaining, and garaging a family's cars can take substantial chunk out of many family budgets, money that could be put to better use.

Think of the efficiencies that would be realised by municipalities if personal vehicles, except for mobility scooters, were eliminated.

China is just now breaking this ancient paradigm by providing E-Buses, Trollies and HSR so that within decades cars, garages, and parking will seem as outmoded as oxcarts, harnesses and carriage houses.

Progress, ain't it wonderful! :)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 03, 2019, 03:15:54 AM »

Here in Canada high rise living has been promoted as an ecologically responsible choice. Many buildings cater to Boomer empty nesters who want to do the "right thing", as long as the view from the rooftop atrium isn't affected.

Convenience is more of a concern than cost. While AGW is worrying, this is normally expressed in elevator conversation or possibly at the voting booth. Mexico and the US are sometimes seen as too violent to visit, so many are flying to southern Europe rather than driving to Arizona. Not less expensive or ecologically defensible, but a convenient choice that maintains the tradition of heading to warmer climes during winter.

Renewable energy is appreciated, as long as no turbines or solar panels mar the view. Hydro is still the prefered source for electricity & the building's boilers run on western gas. With energy costs wrapped with the rent there is no incentive to conserve. ACs whir and rumble for 24 hours all summer and balcony doors on the upper floors stand open through the winter.

In Ontario we've ended coal generation, but the only wind turbine that I regularly see has been locked horizontally for the 15 years that I've been here. The only large solar array is on the roof of a local trucking company warehouse. I suppose they sell it back to the grid.

I was born in '46 when the Baby Boomers first arrived, by 2034 the last of us will be 70 and others will be taking over the reigns. Before then something needs to be done to shake us from our complacency.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 02, 2019, 11:27:32 PM »
What can people in cities who live in 'poor' neighbourhoods in high rise flats do? The minorities, what can they do?

Not a Problem!

First any number of pulleys are strung from windows and balconies to ease the delivery of water and food.
2nd The government delivers needed food/milk on a daily basis so no refrigeration is required.
3d Windows that can't be opened are broken out, then replaced with blankets during cold periods.
4th Children join their classmates and hike to and from school under the leadership of an adult.
5th Children are fed 2 nutritious meals at their year round schools.
6th Freight tricycles provide light transportation. Ox carts are utilized for heavier loads while bicycles move the masses.
7th Each building develops a health team/fire team to provide care & isolate structural deficiencies.
8th Urban gardening/vertical gardening to reduce transportation & refrigeration.

The above were but a part of the adjustments Havana made during the 'Special Period'.
Surely we can do as well. ::)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 02, 2019, 05:25:02 PM »
Do you also mean me with "Can You Survive Off-Grid with Tesla Solar & Powerwalls?" ?
What an enormous house.
I see 3 garage doors.. wow.
Tt seems to me another commercial for the well-off.
Not quite a commercial. Commercial advertisements risk legal action when they make false claims for their product.

BTW, is that 3d garage door sized to fit a Hummer?

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 01, 2019, 12:41:47 AM »

You've described a 100 amp service that at ~230 V can handle a ~23 kW load. If your base load, including water heater, HVAC, clothes dryer, oven, stove, pool pump, hot tub heater, microwave, toaster, reefer, garage door opener, lighting, flat screen and whatever other doo dads you're powering doesn't exceed 75 Amps or <~18 kW, then charging an EV at 5 kW won't cause a problem (unless a few motors start at ~ the same time).

If the 25 Amp circuit you've described runs to the garage you won't even need to call an electrician!

The electrical service you've described has apparently been overbuilt by ~25%. It's unlikely that any utility company will have left such wide margins when building their infrastructure.

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:19:47 PM »
I'm amazed that there is only a single pork abattoir in all of So. Cal. Would there be any upside to forming some type of co-op with a slaughterhouse available only to small herds, or possibly only for closed herds?
A friend's chicken hatcheries were threatened by Newcastle back in the (70s)? and I remember the strain he was under.

This too shall pass

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:28:57 AM »
Any chance of this bug infecting long pig?

On a more positive note, Bruce may soon be wearing a top hat. ::)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:16:56 AM »
At home, I have a 40 Amps 3phases 230V breaker (120 Amps altogether), and behind that, I have 30 x 16 Amps + 4 x 10 Amps breakers, or 520 Amps. On the road, we probably have a similar ratio based on the fact that all houses don't use electricity together, and the fact that electical motors need much more power to start than to run. When loading EV, you use many Amps (typically 3x16 Amps) and if each house loads an EV at the same time, there is no way for the network to provide that power in addition to the usual needs.
I've lived in American homes with 60 Amp, single phase service. The whole subdivision's electrical service was/is designed for this modest load. Upgrading the neighborhood will be both time consuming and very expensive. Upgrade the city, the state and the country & it will beggar the consumers.

Will the poor family in the middle of the block pay the price for these upgrades?
Will the aging coal generating plant be retired when the need is so great?

PG&E is having problems just maintaining what infrastructure it has. Who will pay for the massive expansion required should EVs live up to their promise?


Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: October 31, 2019, 09:37:53 AM »
A million RoboTaxis - and just the beginning?


Musk was dream-chasing again. It's in the nature of the beast. Not a big deal - unless people were dumb enough to take it seriously given the known actual and planned production capacity of Tesla.

Meanwhile - I note Tesla has a website just for its solar roof and is taking orders. I wait for news on actual real live installations before raising a muted hurrah.

Unfortunately many are "dumb enough to take it seriously", which makes it a serious concern for everyone.

Tesla has quite a history of taking orders (& deposit$) for products that have never made it out the factory door. Your muted hurrah, should it come, may be drowned out by roars of appreciation voiced by Hollywood extras hired by the hour. :(

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: October 31, 2019, 07:17:05 AM »
Beware any research by the Atlantic Council. Their purpose is misdirection, not research.

Remember the fantasies of Bellingcat?

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:07:23 PM »
Your optimism is noted.

Have you seen any of Gerontocrat's charts?

Consequences / Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:10:29 AM »
Doesn't sound possible for someone who very recently, and under oath told the court that he had liquidity problems.
Is Kimbal somehow involved?

The rest / Re: Archaeology/Paleontology news
« on: October 30, 2019, 06:33:14 AM »
Some additional forests on Ellesmere Island that had been frozen, not fossilized, 2 to 8 MM yrs ago.

Earlier today on a different thread mention was made of ongoing coal mining at Spitzenburg. Spitzenburg was a coaling station in the early days of steam. I wonder how long ago those swamps turned to coal, and how the trees and ferns survived the 6 months of darkness.

Another article today featured huge coal deposits in Alaska, again above the polar circle & I recall a large coal seam in the NWT that has been burning ever since it came in contact with a seam of sulfur some millenia ago. Again, how could these plants have survived and flourished with no insolation for 6 months, and how old are they.


Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 29, 2019, 08:09:26 PM »
Richard, i'm talking about biomass plants for energy production. You (and i think Terry too) are talking about homeowners burning wood for warmth, right?

While I am very concerned about homeowners burning wood in the winter, I'm equally concerned with municipalities burning trash to generate electricity.

Biomass is also covered by Wiki.

The above I see as negatives because of the CO2 released.

I'm very much in favor of utilizing waste to generate and capture methane by fermentation or anaerobic digestion & see this as a step forward whether done on a farm or on a municipal level.

I was involved with developing/marketing broad spectrum enzymes back in the 1970s. While I was concerned primarily with septic tank/leach field & sewer uses, the same products can and are used to effect the anaerobic digestion of any carbon based waste into usable bio-methane.

The gas can then serve to heat your home, cook your food, or to generate electricity.

We may have been talking past each other because of different definitions of a Biomass Plant/Biomass Generating Plant. :)

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: October 29, 2019, 02:09:19 PM »
Max Blumenthal was picked up in a SWAT raid and held without access to a lawyer over the weekend.

Journalism, particularly by journalists that don't toe the government's line, is an increasingly dangerous occupation in the US of A.

Free Assange

The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: October 28, 2019, 08:49:51 AM »
Thanks sidd for all your great posts here regarding horrors of the USA.

For all the poor people at the receiving end, it really is HELL.
Social security? Safety net? Nope. Just trying to survive in HELL.

Put in jail, just because of being ill and poor. What a dystopia. Imagine it happening to you!

Do empathy and social cohesion still exist?

Although it's the elderly and enfeebled that initially are effected, their relatives and prospective heirs will ultimately foot much of the bill. Those directly affected are too weakened to put up much of a fight, but once the heirs understand that they have been robbed a backlash may occur.

Fear that "others" will be advantaged is often what drives voting white Americans. That and $Billions well spent on propaganda.


Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 28, 2019, 06:02:29 AM »
TVO presented a documentary his evening on the importance of natural forests. A few of the takeaways were:

All of the largest Redwoods had been logged out by 1870. Some had lived for >4,000 years.
The larger a tree is the faster it's growth, and the more CO2 it sequesters.

In Japan the fisheries industry has been the primary support for reforestation after findings that without mixed forests the ocean's productivity is decimated.

Northern Boreal forests are capturing 1/4 to 1/3 of the CO2 that is being sequestered.

Lichen on the floor of boreal forests takes ~100 years to grow.

Northern forests are being clear cut, then replanted as monoculture wood lots harvested for biomass & pellets. :P

My rants against burning wood for heat or electrical generation are apparently being validated.  ;)

Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 27, 2019, 03:44:41 PM »
Has the velocity of the Santa Ana winds been increasing due to AGW? They were fierce back in the '60s & will make California living more difficult/dangerous if so.
I was once blown across 3 lanes of freeway by a sudden gust when coming out of Orange County.

Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: October 27, 2019, 03:08:42 PM »
I fully understand why XR Police is nonsense, but what on earth is wrong with XR Landlords? Lots of people can't afford to purchase a residence & plenty more just don't want to be tied to a property.

I've been renting since 2004, but I've been a landlord since I was 17.

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: October 27, 2019, 02:29:21 PM »

Perfidious Albion now obstructs Spanish investigation into CIA's spying on Julian!

If enough Brits & Ausies wrote to their MPs it might have an effect.

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: October 27, 2019, 11:22:12 AM »

John Pilger is also a witness to this growing malignancy that has already destroyed the rule of law in three "democracies".

When we cheered as "The Law" violated Trump's right to Attorney/Client confidentiality we should have realized that our own heros rights would soon be violated.

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:53:03 AM »

Craig Murray's observations of the last public trial Julian will receive in Britain.

If your favorite news source has not been advocating for Julian's release, it's time to find a new source.

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:40:14 AM »

Assange isn't fighting the law. The law is fighting Julian Assange.

Punishing Julian makes a mockery of democracy.

The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: October 26, 2019, 05:25:13 PM »
Thanks Vox

That's both unexpected and more than a little disturbing.
I would have expected an intellectual/educational divide, but not one based on wealth/income.


Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 24, 2019, 08:19:55 AM »
Re: solar does not rotate

Now i am thinking of windmill blades covered with solar panels. (No not seriously. Yet.)

Re: power the houses down the street

if there's a neighbour within reach i sling em the female end of an outdoor rated extension cord ... was in philly during sandy, managed to save refrigeration for neighbours on either side. Had to resurrect an old china diesel with italian alternator delivering 8 odd KW. Renewable ? Well, we ran the thing on biodiesel.

Out in farm country everybody's got a generator or a power takeoff from the tractor driving an alternator. If all fails, you can get a neighbor to run out with a genny in the pickup, run your refrigeration forawhile.


To continue:

Now i am thinking of Huge  windmill blades covered with solar panels,  mechanically driving a bi-directional mini-hydro turbine/pump that alternatively tops off a raised farm pond or feeds power to an inverter that provides needed power to the farm as water is released into a lower reservoir.

It'd be hard to find a time when a system with this level of redundancy couldn't be counted on to power each family members electrical toothbrush, or recharge my Vaping pipe. ;D

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 23, 2019, 11:53:47 PM »
Terry, If I knew that this was an option I would have probably purchased the less expensive inverter  instead of my rather pricey batteries. You could use the outlet to charge the phone and computer and some batteries for lights when the sun goes down.
 The batteries do provide 100%solar power to run your home and that relieves the utilities of running gas peaker plants.
 My powerwalls did go on “storm watch” during the recent wind event here in S.Cal.  During “storm watch” the powerwalls get charged to 99% and stay that way in case the grid goes out . So during “storm watch” you run on grid power after the sun goes down.
The powerwall & solar have provided all my power for over a month now except on the two days it went over 100F and the air conditioner used lots of power. The “storm watch” also forced my system to use utility power.
That's magnificent!
Keep us informed as the seasons progress.

The "Inverter Refrigerator" that KiwiG informed us of, and that I referred to, will still require 110V, 60 hz AC power from the grid or your solar/battery inverter, but rather than operating the refrigerator compressor at these specs this inverter (which is built into the unit) converts the 110v/60hz to a 3 phase circuit with variable voltage and variable hertz enabling the compressor to run at different speeds as the load requires. - Brilliant!

This is a major breakthrough in refrigeration technology (and one that I had been totally unaware of). It should cut the total wattage draw and eliminate the very high draw that the starter windings have required, causing far less wear and tear on the compressor motor itself!

All I've seen at present are domestic refrigerators, but the technology should be easily transferable to commercial refrigerators and freezers all the way up to walk in box sizes. I've barely checked the internet yet and large commercial use products may already be available.

Smaller battery pacs and inverters will be able to handle the compressor because there won't be any starter load to contend with. The 3 phase circuit eliminates the need for start and run capacitors and the large start up surge formerly required by the starter windings.

The above has a brief overview of the system.

I expect to be researching this further and I'll try to keep everyone informed.

This won't be available as a modification to an existing refrigerator so the whole unit will need to be replaced. The economics may not make sense while your present refrigerator is running, but if a replacement is required this technology is a no brainer.
This requires fewer parts and unless the licensing costs are excessive should cost less to manufacture

Hats off to KiwiGriff!

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 23, 2019, 01:03:17 AM »
I understand why PG&E is forced to do what they are doing. That said it's a huge burden on all of their customers.

Many of us lived through the blackouts and brownouts that made Enron such a big player in the energy markets. Is another company now planning to profit from these locally devastating blackouts?

What will the backlash look like when only the wealthy have refrigerators and freezers while their neighbor's children swelter without even a cool drink to relieve the heat? Solar panels are large and fragile - besides there won't be any streetlights to scare away vandals.


Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 23, 2019, 12:41:55 AM »

- Propane stoves and refrigerators.  Oil lamps.  A huge selection is available for campers and Recreational Vehicles at a wide price range.

Propane refrigerators are enormously inefficient, and isn't the object to get away from fossil fuels?

In California using gas, or propane for home lighting has been illegal for decades, again it's just not an efficient use of energy. Household fires and death by asphyxiation are a common byproducts.

The less affluent will simply do without, even as they become even less affluent.

The rest / Re: Archaeology/Paleontology news
« on: October 23, 2019, 12:09:42 AM »
The evidence just keeps building.

In the deserts of the American Southwest the "Black Mat" is easy to identify, but it's significance will not be officially recognised until professors of my generation have died out.

It's the way science advances, unfortunately.

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: October 22, 2019, 10:09:09 PM »
The destruction of Assange by America and her vassals will be remembered long after Obama, Trump and Hillary's names have been lost in the fog of history.

Whenever I'm inclined to excuse an American politician of either party, recalling Assange's plight snaps me back to reality.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: October 21, 2019, 11:23:35 PM »
Thanks so much for alerting me to the survey!

The rest / Re: Archaeology/Paleontology news
« on: October 15, 2019, 03:03:38 PM »
The chisel design appears unchanged over the last 3k yrs. An amazing find!

Permafrost / Re: Arctic Methane Release
« on: October 11, 2019, 02:33:59 AM »
Until others are willing or able to spend the months at sea that are required, replication will prove difficult.

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:47:55 AM »
I've long believed that those mining and transporting coal are as guilty as those that burn it. If there were real teeth in environmental law, coal dealers would be dealt with as harshly as drug dealers, and coal smuggling would carry a heavy criminal penalty.

Otherwise we're just playing games.

Consequences / Re: Drought 2019
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:27:32 PM »
I remember a lot of desert land around Coolidge AZ that had once been cotton fields.
After ~ a decade of diminishing returns they found that even native cactus had difficulty making a comeback.

Science / Re: Trends in atmospheric CH4
« on: October 08, 2019, 12:36:20 AM »
Possibly related to S&Ss latest findings from Siberia.

"the scientists did not need special plastic cones that were prepared to collect methane. Water "boiling" with methane bubbles could be scooped up with buckets."

"It is manifested by an increase in methane concentration in air up to 16 ppm (millionths of a share), which is 9 times more than the average planetary values. No one has ever registered this before! "

Hat tip to Kassy

Re: Arctic Methane Release
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Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: October 05, 2019, 11:52:13 AM »
I'm not certain that Tesla Motors will go into receivership, though I certainly hope that it does. Crime shouldn't pay, but it so often does.
There are Billion$ floating about seemingly unconcerned with getting any return on their investment. Many families have invested a substantial portion of their nest egg into this venture. These dollar$ have been mixed in with the floating Billion$ and they can't now be separated.

When Lord Black gained control of a corporation he and his partners would suck the life out of it by overpaying the Board (themselves), paying far too much for unneeded "services", (provided by other corporations they controlled), and making unwise investments in companies that the Board members owned.
Corporations with long histories of profitability crumbled in years.
Lord Black went to jail - but emerged with more money than we'll ever see. Those that piled on for the ride weren't so lucky. Many of the middle class that had been heavily invested before one of Black's takeovers are now dependent on welfare, and the communities where the factories once flourished were devastated. I live not far from one of them & it may never fully recover.

Read about the compensation package that Tesla provides to their board members, compare it to what other corporations pay.
Read about Tesla's bailout of SolarCity. Compare the names of the board members.
What value has Elon's brother brought to Tesla, or Solar City? Are Elon's cousins experts in automotive manufacturing?

Many of the Tesla board members cashed out their stock options last year, not for $Millions but for $Billions. What did they see written on the wall. Why did they cash in their chips?

Greta sails across the Atlantic to address the UN as Elon's private jet hops from airport to airport to stay close to its owner - yet Elon claims he's going to provide a technical fix for AGW, and an escape plan to Mars when his fix becomes untenable.

GST mentioned Elon tearing out his factory's rail head. If the Billion$ float cared anything for their "investment", they'd have found a way to stop him. Shipping by truck has cost them $Millions, or $Billions. Elon promoted fake solar roofing tiles to justify bailing out SolarCity - a corporation in which he owned most of the stock.  Is there any possibility that the intertwined boards weren't aware of what was going on? The Boring Company, at that time a pet project of Elon's, used Spacex's property, parts and personnel to dig it's LA tunnel. When it was exposed Elon gave Spacex 5% of the Boring Company.

If the Devil's greatest trick was convincing the world that he didn't exist, then Musk's greatest trick has been convincing investors that he doesn't really care about money. While his huge investors are content with the "float", Elon wants MOAR.
Sorry about the rant. :-[

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