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The forum / Re: [Solved] How to embed a video ?
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:23:03 PM »
I can now see these videos even without being logged in.

Posted a video in 'humor'.  One of the best parody music videos ever: 'The sound of science'.,1197.msg131954.html#msg131954

The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:19:48 PM »

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 17, 2017, 03:56:26 PM »
A  quick reply to many of the questions and comments recently posted.

I am not a lawyer but have an interest in law that used to be purely academic.  I can say no more at this time because of the sub judice rule and my reluctance to find out if prison food is good or bad. :-)

US administrative and constitutional law seems to support web freedom of speech, expression and opinion.

I am not aware of any test case, but case law on the mails seems to apply to the web: there is a 1st amendment right to receive information.  That case law supports the idea that freedom of speech is infringed if freedom to read / listen is infringed.  It goes back to the McCarthy era when the US government wanted to obstruct / monitor the flow of communist propaganda by mail.  The US Supreme Court ruled:

The regime of this Act is at war with the "uninhibited, robust, and wide-open" debate and discussion that are contemplated by the First Amendment. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U. S. 254, 376 U. S. 270.

Lamont v. Postmaster General 381 U.S. 301 (1965)

As to Pence: he may well be helping to give Trump enough proverbial rope ...   Nasty man!  Would be a worse POTUS than trump, and that's saying a lot.

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:02:45 PM »
I believe it's evident that Awan had access to DNC information that some would find to be of value.
I believe it's probable that Awan had access to government data that a different set of actors might have seen as valuable.
I think it's possible, but unlikely, that Awan is/was a foreign spy/contract spy, probably for his native Pakistan.



Not that staying strictly on-topic is all that important here, but I have to ask again: what does Awan have to do with Russiagate? It seems to me that, even if the most outlandish right-wing conspiracy theories about Awan and the DNC somehow proved true, it doesn't in the tiniest bit absolve the GOP and the Trump administration from working with Putin and his underlings to throw the 2016 election. Just curious...

Awan may have been a Russian agent.

Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 12:45:15 PM »
I've finally figured out how the Daily Scar and Daily Excess work: cherry pick the scariest data point and write as if it's the mean or median.

Whatever the red-tops say is true ain't.

Red-top says expect 25 deg C weather UK.  Met office says 'may exceed 24 in isolated areas'.

Temperatures across large parts of southern and eastern England will become increasingly warm over the weekend and are expected to exceed 20 °C on Monday, with isolated spots possibly reaching 24 °C or higher.

Met Office

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 15, 2017, 12:21:29 PM »
falsifying a loan application, (a crime that every member of the jury is guilty of)

There are many shades of that.  Here in the UK giving false insurance data is probably the most serious crime of that kind.  The duty of uberrima fides - utmost good faith - applies.  Just ticking a box which ought not to be ticked is enough to invalidate insurance, or perhaps justify a criminal prosecution, depending on the big picture.

The rest / Re: Arctic Café
« on: October 15, 2017, 12:10:31 PM »
ivica - I like your "amnesia force".  Shades of Star Wars.

I'd like to use this on twitter, with h/t to you if that's OK?

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:55:15 AM »
From Logicman Patrick in response #2956: .....

Donnie is at the helm of the cruise ship Planet Earth.  It is a duty of all people, not just the crew, to put the captain in a strait-jacket.

Reminds me of Bogart in the "Caine Mutiny". Captain Queeg: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers... 

When you see Moron Don with ball bearings in his hand, you'll know the end is near!


Love that movie.  Captain yellowstain.  But when Donnie is seen with his balls in his hand, will only Larry Flynn dare to publish the photos?

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:50:01 AM »
Patrick, how do you make that screenshot with Windy ?

There are two ways.  The first is to use, as magnamentis says, the O/S built-in screen capture.  In windows, I just hit shift+ print screen.  This captures the screen to the copy buffer and I can paste it into any image processing app.

The other method, which I also use, is to fire up an image processing app and use its built-in screen capture.

The image above was produced this way: I used the windy slider (bottom of page) to predict a couple of days ahead, captured whole screen with shift-print, then cropped and annotated in Paint Shop Pro.

You can do some very arty infinite regression with shift-print.  :-)

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 14, 2017, 05:07:58 PM »
Archimid - so glad you're OK.

We get off lightly in the UK.  Great storms are very rare + much less damage than even a cat 1.

Projected for Monday, my location, approx :-

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 14, 2017, 04:56:35 PM »
Loyalty to country doesn't mean that he goes down with the ship.  Loyalty to country also means that he can get off the ship....tell people there is a gaping hole in the ship, and if it doesn't get fixed the ship will, indeed, go down.

Whether he try's to push that story from inside till Donnie releases him... or...thinks ge has more freedom to do that out of office.  But his loyalty to country doesn't mean he has to stay with ship.  The country is much bigger than the ship.

When the cruise-ship skipper is aiming for the rocks and opening the sea-cocks, duty demands the crew stay on board and try to protect the passengers.

Donnie is at the helm of the cruise ship Planet Earth.  It is a duty of all people, not just the crew, to put the captain in a strait-jacket.

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 14, 2017, 04:38:31 PM »
Here's how it works, broadly speaking. :-

If an agency believes that a foreign national  actor may be involved in a serious crime, one of the first things to do is to follow the money.  Find any infraction of regulations sufficiently serious to deny travel rights and / or to obtain warrant /subpoena etc.   If the suspected crime is really serious, get a habeus-corpus-proof detention authorisation.

Armed with warrant / subpoena conduct a more thorough investigation.

In the case of classified matters, detain on a non-secrets-related crime such as fraud / theft / money laundering to prevent ongoing high crimes.

Awan has been a very naughty boy.  He appears to have been passing classified information for financial gain.  The case I pointed to demonstrates sufficient probable cause to show that he has obtained a financial benefit through dishonesty.  Softly, softly, catchee monkey.

PS - a court seals orders, i.e. makes them secret, to prevent public knowledge of names in family proceedings and matters of state secrets.

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 14, 2017, 06:20:02 AM »
Is Trump losing his marbles?
Comments on twitter about Jekyll and Hyde when POTUS 1st tweeted about withdrawing aid from PR and next day said he will always be with them.

He also spoke about meeting the president of the Virgin islands.

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 14, 2017, 06:12:55 AM »
Re: Awan case reporting

I would welcome sources other than the daily caller. Unfortunately Luke Rosiak one of the few reporters following all the court proceedings that i can find. And if anyone has links to the legal filings, please do post them.


Not a lawyer, but I do a little law as an academic sideline.  Will this do you?

United States v. AWAN

Arctic background / Re: Historic Arctic Expeditions
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:53:32 AM »
may be worth including Nansen as well
Today's Google doodle, the Wikipedia page is quite interesting reading.

Already done :-

1888 - Fridtjof Nansen = Greenland Expedition
         - Nansen, Nobel Prize, book: Furthest North
         - more of Nansen's books, Fram Museum

1890 - John Muir Third Alaska Expedition

1892 - Robert Peary Greenland Expedition

1893 - 1895  - Fridtjof Nansen = Fram Expedition
        -  See also 1888.

Once my current court case is done I hope to have more time to spend on the ASIF.

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:45:34 AM »
Some of Trump's supporters are not quite the mental giants they think they are.  I just tweeted this :-

What sort of #drongo posts a pic of a German model train as a US patriot train? It's a Marklin Bellingrodt Edition No. 2, BR 45 2-10-2 LOL

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 10, 2017, 04:25:56 AM »
What were people looking at or listening to during the campaign?

Botnews: fake news disseminated by bots.

See my comment in Russiagate thread.

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 10, 2017, 04:21:18 AM »

NYT - How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

Rather than construct fake grass-roots support behind their ideas — the public relations strategy known as “Astroturfing” — the Russians sought to cultivate and influence real political movements, Mr. Kelly said.

“It isn’t Astroturfing — they’re throwing seeds and fertilizer onto social media,” said Mr. Kelly. “You want to grow it, and infiltrate it so you can shape it a little bit.”

Oxford Releases Shocking Findings on 2016 Election & Twitter Bots

While it has become quite apparent that Russia had influenced the 2016 presidential election to some extent, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, still seems to be in denial over any such influence, especially when it’s suggested that such actions helped him win the election. With that said, Oxford University has just released their findings regarding the 2016 election and the Twitter bots which clearly had an impact on the results.


Clearly these Russian Twitter bots targeted those who could influence the election results the most, showing that a clear strategy was in play when these bot accounts set out to begin influencing the American electorate. The entire report from Oxford University can be viewed here.

Map from Oxford pdf below :-

Arctic background / Re: Another new time series of Arctic sea ice extent
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:58:16 AM »
Here is a similar article, going back to 1850


That 'bump' is a geek/nerd response to a post or comment suggesting that it deserves a wider readership.  Thanks for the link, and a very belated 'muchas gracias' to diablobanquisa.

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:44:16 AM »
FOX is NOT a news channel.  And deserves every Emmy nomination and award they got this year:  ZERO...NADDA....ZIPPO.  Same as last year.

They won a cigarette lighter;D

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:41:11 AM »
Re: Trump's connections to the Putin mafia.

There are some very interesting links to names of people and firms which keep cropping up in connection with Trump.  If I can stumble across so many links while looking for some unrelated legal info, then I expect the professional investigators must by now have reams of documents sufficient to impeach Trump. But -
But there is a huge difference between the resources and experience that people such as Krasner and Machitsky have at their disposal and those available at most information services.

Russian mobsters have bought up, not only the aluminium industry of many former soviet bloc countries, but electricity companies as well.  These same people have invested or created shell companies in many countries.  They have also long since turned to property investments.  Now, who do we know in the USA who brags a lot about his property investments?  ;)

Links (some duplication between sites):

The next site has English options, but this article is in Romanian.  Google translate is reasonably accurate for this page.

Permafrost / Re: Arctic Methane Release
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:43:10 AM »
That is why leaks of LPG can be smelled over a relatively large area, sometimes for days.

And here I was, thinking it was me.  ;)

*sorry, couldn't help self'

ROFL    ;D

Permafrost / Re: Arctic Methane Release
« on: October 08, 2017, 11:34:09 PM »
Some thoughts on methane release and feedbacks.

Localised, I stress: localised methane release on land may incorporate a localised positive feedback.

In sunshine, the ground warms and releases methane.  Until dispersed, the methane will linger in the local atmosphere.  The atmosphere is only well-mixed in the larger scales of time, land area and gas volume.  In the short term and over a relatively small geographical area it is not well-mixed.  That is why leaks of LPG can be smelled over a relatively large area, sometimes for days.  It also accounts for the 'smell of the sea' ranging for miles inland.  (Actually the smell of rotting seaweed).

Given the fact that methane concentrations in the air above a seepage must be higher than the global average: it follows that the local air/ground temperature will be higher and will decay more slowly at night than the global average.

It seems to me that methane seepage rates on land are likely to increase over time as GHGs increase globally and are supplemented by methane seeps locally.

Any thoughts, comments, rebuttals?

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 08, 2017, 11:03:58 PM »
OK White House Press Corps.....time to STRAP ON YOUR BIG BOY PANTS and start to hold Babbles (Sarah Huckabee) accountable for LYING to the American people.

She is going to have her work cut out for her in coming days and weeks.

1). Looks like Trump is purposely holding back on aid to Puerto Rico

2). Sounds like Donnie lied about what transpired between him and Bob Corker over the past couple of weeks.  Would Love to have Bob Corker come out and call Moron Don a liar PUBLICLY.

3). Don STILL hasn't done anything regarding his supposed declaration of the opioid crisis as an emergency.

4). Donnie continues to lie continually and Babbles continues to lie for him.  Got to start to hold her accountable for her lies.

5). Mikey Pence lied today by posting a picture from 3 years ago at the Indianapolis game...

Come on your job.

"Would Love to have Bob Corker come out and call Moron Don a liar PUBLICLY."

Maybe you missed this :-

It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:58:10 PM »
Nice ones, Wili and Patrick. How about a song about Dotard Don?


The 1st one is to the tune of

This 2nd one is blatantly plagiarised from

I've been sitting here all day tweeting
  Same old thing in ev'ry way tweeting
Now i've got the blues, thinking of fake news
  Thoughts of crowd sizes and me.

Limousines roll down the street, gliding
 Fake news that my core support's sliding
Sell a load more Trump brand hats
 Tweet about some this and thats
All presidential things

Dotard, Dotard you're ugly
 That's what we all think of you
Dotard, Dotard grins smugly
 That's what we all think of you
Dotard, Dotard

Airforce One up in the clouds, flying
 People hit by hurricanes, dying
Throw another paper roll, go to golf course for a stroll
 Sit down and tweet out again
Family I keep around, near me
  They're the only ones to trust, clearly
Now what's on my mind?
 Everyday I find, thoughts of my wonderful self

Dotard, Dotard you're ugly
 That's what we all think of you
Dotard, Dotard grins smugly
 That's what we all think of you
Dotard, Dotard

Dotard, Dotard

Dotard, Dotard

(pace Clive Dunn)

The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:29:59 PM »
from Moron Don twitter feeds -

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 05, 2017, 05:46:36 PM »
Thanks for that link, sidd.

Buddy, maybe someone could make it into a song that could become a hit, perhaps:

"Don, Don, Don
Don, Don, Moron"

To the tune of "Barbara Ann" ?

Best I could do at such short notice :-    :)

Big Bad Don

Every day at the golf-course you could see him arrive
  He stood six-foot-two and weighed two-fifty-five
Kinda narrow at the shoulder and tiny of the hand
  And everybody knew ya couldn't understand big Don.

Big Don, big Don, Moron Don.

Nobody seemed to know why Moron Don ran
  He just drifted to the hustings as a little-known man
He didn't say much, he preferred to twitter
  And every day, he just grew more bitter, Big Don.

Some people said he stood for the likes of us
  And others said he'd throw us under the bus
But a load of crap from an alt-right press
 Let this raving mad moron get us into a mess, big Don.

Big Don, big Don, Moron Don.

Then the media gave their honest views
  But Big Don tweeted 'MAGA' and 'hoax' and 'fake news'
America was prayin' and hearts beat fast
 And everybody hoped they'd impeach at last, Big Don.

Through smoke and mirrors and Putin's help
  America elected a know-nothing whelp
Who never met the man in the street
  And all he knew was how to tweet, Big Don.

Big Don, big Don, Moron Don.

With writs and subpoenas they tracked him down
  To Mar-a-Lago, his golfing ground
And then foul words belched out of that mouth
  'cause he finally knew it was time to go south for Big Don.

They regreted electing that little brain
  (You can bet your bottom dollar they won't do that again)
Now these few words are in the history book
 Trump was a moron: a liar and a crook was Big Don.

Big Don, big Don, Moron Don.

(pace Jimmy Dean)

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 01, 2017, 05:49:35 PM »
Loads of commenters on YourTub don't understand the word 'trending'.

Are they the same people who deny climate change?  Are they all Trump supporters?

Very funny trending SNL video, in which Alec Baldwin tells it like it is -

 :-)   I don't do twitter.  Anyone care to start a new hashtag -  #AB4POTUS ?

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 01, 2017, 04:07:20 AM »
US Army says with more rain falling, engineers are trying to stabilize the Guajataca Dam spillway on Puerto Rico which "continues to erode".
More info at the link.

From NHC


Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
800 PM EDT Sat Sep 30 2017

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
2. A tropical wave interacting with an upper-level low is producing a large but disorganized area of cloudiness and showers extending from the eastern Caribbean Sea northward across the Leeward Islands, Virgin islands, and Puerto Rico to the nearby Atlantic waters.  Environmental conditions are not favorable for development and tropical cyclone formation is not forecast.  This system is expected to move west-northwestward to westward at 10 to 15 mph during the next few days bringing locally heavy rainfall over portions of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and the Greater Antilles during the next several days.  A Flash Flood Watch in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through late Sunday night.

More 'Potentially Life-Threatening' Rain and Flooding Threatens Puerto Rico
Just more than a week after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, another round of heavy rain threatens to worsen the already dire situation.

According to an alert issued by the National Weather Service on Friday, the U.S. territory is in risk of "potentially life-threatening flash flooding" in areas around the damaged Guajataca Dam and heavy rainfall up to four inches is expected across the island.

The rest / Re: Hello from Croatia, and Thanks for all the Fish
« on: October 01, 2017, 03:56:09 AM »

glad for any help to improve my english skills, sometimes i think i never get there, ...

I notice that the last paragraph of your page The Concept of Validation is in German.  I don't claim to speak German at all well, but I am a linguist.  I hope this helps you:

At this point, I would once again like to recommend reading all the sections and texts of this book, as well as those sections which do not apply to you or which do not seem to be of primary interest to you. It would otherwise have been necessary to write a separate book for each paragraph of each theme. What is meant by this is that many statements are intended to explain a particular value of a subject, are philosophical common knowledge, and are conducive to the general understanding of cosmic processes. Such explanations are occasionally given in the context of the book, and are not repeated every time without any connection. Therefore, a complete reading is in principle essential.

Your original -
An dieser Stelle möchte ich noch einmal empfehlen sämtliche Abschnitte und Texte dieses Buches zu lesen, und zwar esplizit auch jene Abschnitte welche auf Sie nicht zutreffen oder für Sie nicht von primärem Interesse scheinen. Es wäre ansonsten notwendig gewesen zu jeder Ziffer jedes Themas ein eigenes Buch zu schreiben. Gemeint ist damit, dass viele Aussagen zur Erklärung eines bestimmten Wertes eines Themas, philosophisches Allgemeingut ist und dem allgemeinen Verständnis von kosmischen Abläufen förderlich ist. Solche Erklärungen kommen in diesem Buch gelegentlich im Konkreten Kontext verteilt vor, und werden nicht jedesmal zusammenhangslos wiederholt. Deshalb ist eine vollständige Lektüre im Prinzip unumgänglich.

Note: Google translate did the 1st draft which I did my best to render more accurate.

The rest / Re: Hello from Croatia, and Thanks for all the Fish
« on: October 01, 2017, 01:29:19 AM »
magnamentis  (a very apt name) -

"BTW there is an anti dope against the magic"

Minor typo there:

BTW there is an anti dope (sic) against the magic.   ;D

I know what you meant, but 'anti dope' is so much better when speaking of politicians of a particular type.

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 01, 2017, 01:23:49 AM »
Thanks sidd.
The first sentence says it all :

The pressures of the presidency have pushed Trump to the edge, but is he crazy enough to be removed from office?

Wouldn't it be nice if ... ?

If Trump ever faced any criminal charge whatsoever, his mental capacity could be investigated, either on request by the Attorney General or of the court's own motion.  Now, I don't see the AG claiming that the guy who gave him his job is as mad as a brain-damaged banana, but ...

Source: Cornell Law School

One of many relevant laws -

U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part III › Chapter 313 › § 4241

18 U.S. Code § 4241 - Determination of mental competency to stand trial to undergo postrelease proceedings [1]

(a) Motion To Determine Competency of Defendant.—
At any time after the commencement of a prosecution for an offense and prior to the sentencing of the defendant, or at any time after the commencement of probation or supervised release and prior to the completion of the sentence, the defendant or the attorney for the Government may file a motion for a hearing to determine the mental competency of the defendant. The court shall grant the motion, or shall order such a hearing on its own motion, if there is reasonable cause to believe that the defendant may presently be suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense.

(b) Psychiatric or Psychological Examination and Report.—
Prior to the date of the hearing, the court may order that a psychiatric or psychological examination of the defendant be conducted, and that a psychiatric or psychological report be filed with the court, pursuant to the provisions of section 4247(b) and (c).

The hearing shall be conducted pursuant to the provisions of section 4247(d).

(d) Determination and Disposition.—If, after the hearing, the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant is presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense, the court shall commit the defendant to the custody of the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall hospitalize the defendant for treatment in a suitable facility—

(1) for such a reasonable period of time, not to exceed four months, as is necessary to determine whether there is a substantial probability that in the foreseeable future he will attain the capacity to permit the proceedings to go forward; and

(2) for an additional reasonable period of time until—

(A) his mental condition is so improved that trial may proceed, if the court finds that there is a substantial probability that within such additional period of time he will attain the capacity to permit the proceedings to go forward; or

(B) the pending charges against him are disposed of according to law;
whichever is earlier.
If, at the end of the time period specified, it is determined that the defendant’s mental condition has not so improved as to permit the proceedings to go forward, the defendant is subject to the provisions of sections 4246 and 4248.

(e) Discharge.—
When the director of the facility in which a defendant is hospitalized pursuant to subsection (d) determines that the defendant has recovered to such an extent that he is able to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him and to assist properly in his defense, he shall promptly file a certificate to that effect with the clerk of the court that ordered the commitment. The clerk shall send a copy of the certificate to the defendant’s counsel and to the attorney for the Government. The court shall hold a hearing, conducted pursuant to the provisions of section 4247(d), to determine the competency of the defendant. If, after the hearing, the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant has recovered to such an extent that he is able to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him and to assist properly in his defense, the court shall order his immediate discharge from the facility in which he is hospitalized and shall set the date for trial or other proceedings. Upon discharge, the defendant is subject to the provisions of chapters 207 and 227.

(f) Admissibility of Finding of Competency.—
A finding by the court that the defendant is mentally competent to stand trial shall not prejudice the defendant in raising the issue of his insanity as a defense to the offense charged, and shall not be admissible as evidence in a trial for the offense charged.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 855; Pub. L. 98–473, title II, § 403(a), Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 2057; Pub. L. 109–248, title III, § 302(2), July 27, 2006, 120 Stat. 619.)

[1] So in original. Probably should be “stand trial or to undergo postrelease proceedings”.

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: September 29, 2017, 01:20:42 AM »
The Trump zoo:

It's all yak, yak, rabbit, rabbit on twitter using weasel words as a means of saying 'look, a squirrel' so we don't notice DT screwing the pooch while at the same time jumping the shark and flipping the bird to the world because he has bats in the belfry.

I can't wait for him to go, just as soon as the Russian chickens come home to roost, and he can take his nest of vipers with him.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: September 29, 2017, 01:03:57 AM »
While Puerto Ricans suffer, DT prattles on about 'taking a knee'.  (As an aside, 'to take a knee' is an ancient tradition showing much greater respect than to remain standing.)

What every American needs to know about Puerto Rico’s hurricane disaster

Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States since 1917 ...

The island does not get electoral votes in general presidential elections. It also does not have voting representatives in Congress.

The Jones Act

... getting goods from the US mainland to Puerto Rico is much more expensive than sending them to Texas or even to other Caribbean islands as a result of a century-old man-made disaster that’s been crippling the island’s economy for a long time.

Meet the Jones Act, an obscure 1920 regulation that requires that goods shipped from one American port to another be transported on a ship that is American-built, American-owned, and crewed by US citizens or permanent residents.

I used to believe that the USA held in highest esteem this notion: No taxation without representation.

The rest / Re: Hello from Croatia, and Thanks for all the Fish
« on: September 29, 2017, 12:27:20 AM »
nothing much changed in all this years. howdy?
hope, you are well :)


I'm glad you bumped this thread - I hadn't read it before.  Your thoughts on 'magicians' are spot-on.

I, with no offence intended to any other nation, would argue that GB has the best magicians in the world.  Not only can they make public money vanish, but private money also.  Better yet: there are some magicians who specialise in making whole binders full of important documents vanish without a trace - for a fee.  In the one case the fee is called 'postage', in the other it is called a 'court application fee'.

The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:48:54 AM »
Climate scientists seeking opinion of stupid idiot to complete study

OTTAWA – Scientists are nearing completion on another planet-wide study on climate change, but say they require the opinion of a “real stupid idiot” in order to complete their work.

“We’ve spent months conducting research and analyzing the data,” explained Dr. Naomi Prashad. “So we’re nearly there. We just need the assistance of a total brow-furrowing goddamn dolt to point out any shortcomings in our work.”

The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:36:49 AM »
Adding to "the rambunctious fray of unreasoned confusion" (I like that phrase!) -

Jared Kushner used private email account for official business

Lock him up.  Sorry - should be Trumpapologist style: LOCK HIM UP !!!!!!!!!

Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: September 21, 2017, 04:47:47 AM »
Solar roadways are most effective when not used as roadways.

The hexagons have about 50% active solar panel area.

Traffic, whether pedestrian, cyclist or vehicular throws shadows.

Shadows have greater area the further North or South from the equator.

Shadows consist of umbra and penumbra, so the shadow area is always greater than the geometrically projected area of the object casting the shadow.

Any single cell in a series which is shadowed acts as a resistance to all the other cells, rather like an aged battery in series with new ones.

Road panels are laid flat.  The further from the equator the lower the efficiency.

A better design: An open-sided shelter.

Solar panels should be placed above the road, forming a roof.
The side towards the prevailing wind should consist of open mesh or louvres.  The other side is best left open.

The panels are fixed, oriented to about 12 local time and midway between local max and min zenith angle.  This makes for a simple design with no need for motors to move the panels.

The open mesh or louvred side will actively reduce the impact of wind, rain or snow on road users.

The streetview image linked below shows how the Swale crossing and the louvres keep rain off the ground to such an extent that the soil is bare of plants.

Swale crossing

I am currently installing solar panels in my garden to power my fridge.  I can confirm by direct experiment that if a part of a panel is in shadow, then the whole panel acts as if in shadow: the power drop is significant.

The forum / Re: Login broken [update: should be fixed now]
« on: September 21, 2017, 04:12:36 AM »
Thanks a bunch, looks like it is fixed. I just logged in with the login fields at the top on main page.


Ditto.  Thanks, DM.

The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: September 18, 2017, 10:49:16 PM »
Guardian - Trump in Moscow: what happened at Miss Universe in 2013 ?

The Guardian has learned of additional, previously unreported, connections between Trump’s business partners on the pageant and Russia’s government. The ties are likely to attract further scrutiny by investigators who are already biting at the heels of Trump associates.

A full accounting of Trump’s actions in the Russian capital as that autumn turned to winter may be critical to resolving a controversy that has already consumed the first eight months of his presidency.

“Our committee’s investigation will not be complete unless we fully understand who President Trump met with when he was over in Russia for Miss Universe, and what follow-up contacts occurred,” Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said in an interview.

Trump’s attorney, John Dowd, declined to answer when asked whether the president’s team accepts that the Miss Universe contest is a legitimate area of inquiry for investigators. “Fake news,” Dowd said in an email.

The forum / Re: *** LOGIN IS BROKEN - But There is a Workaround
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:47:17 PM »

Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:43:33 PM »
I assume people know about individuals who start nonprofit organizations and get people to donate money for some good cause.

And then pay themselves a nice big salary for running the nonprofit, spending only a small portion of the collected money on the cause.

When I see an idea without a lot of logic or data behind it and no venture capitalists or corporations showing interest I wonder if the goal isn't about creating an income.  Even when the people know that they've got nothing valid.  That makes me very wary until I see some reliable data.

I get like that when I see a YouTube video about over-unity magnet motor-powered anti-Niburu flying saucers.  ;D

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: September 18, 2017, 07:35:05 PM »
"Floodwaters contain a cocktail of pathogens and parasites, including E. coli, Salmonella, typhoid and cholera. ..."

Not to mention stuff from the badly-named superfund sites aka heavily polluted sites.  Google map of poisoned places.  Note very many in path of effects of Jose.

Seen a few posts regarding the potential issue with EPA Superfund classified sites and just wanted to clarify the actual risk associated with these areas.


Yamatin: many thanks for your input.

Given that floodwaters tend to be fast in, slow out, would you agree that it is likely that there would be a gradient of pollution around a contaminated flooded site rather than dilution over a substantial area?  I have seen this effect for small scale flooding: a foot or two of water lingering for a week or two.  I have no experience of anything deeper or longer lasting. (For which I am eternally grateful)

Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Agreement - Paris 2015 and beyond
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:25:33 PM »
Press regulator censures Mail on Sunday for global warming claims

Mail on Sunday criticised by Ipso for article claiming global warming data had been exaggerated to win Paris climate change agreement
A small step in the right direction.

Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:15:20 PM »
Dave, most excellent and enthusiastic video blogger, trustworthy source on all things electronic:

Published on 19 Jun 2014

Dave debunks the Solar Roadways project that generated over $2.1M on Indiegogo, as well as almost another million dollars in US government funding.

Published on 6 Nov 2014

Dave yet again debunks Solar (Freaking) Roadways. This time the prototype SolaRoad solar cycleway path installed in Amsterdam in Netherlands.
Dave shows how to go about doing ballpark engineering feasibility calculations for such a project, calculates the expected payback period, and SPOILER, shows why Solar Roadways will never be a viable technology. This time using real measured data from the Netherlands cycleway prototype, and real measured solar insolation data for the Netherlands

An off-the-cuff Video Blog about Electronics Engineering, for engineers, hobbyists, enthusiasts, hackers and Makers
Hosted by Dave Jones from Sydney Australia

Highly recommended blog if, like me, you dabble in electronics.

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:02:35 PM »
"Floodwaters contain a cocktail of pathogens and parasites, including E. coli, Salmonella, typhoid and cholera. ..."

Not to mention stuff from the badly-named superfund sites aka heavily polluted sites.  Google map of poisoned places.  Note very many in path of effects of Jose.

The forum / Re: ***LOGIN IS BROKEN - But There is a Workaround
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:51:28 PM »
Bumpitty !

Well done Sigmetnow.   8)

The forum / Re: Login broken
« on: September 17, 2017, 01:18:34 AM »
Neven, would you post a link to this thread somewhere prominent on your blog and the fron page of this forum ? I notice a bunch of regulars have not posted in some time.


Perhaps make this thread sticky until the bug is sorted?

The forum / Re: Login broken
« on: September 16, 2017, 09:51:49 PM »
Hunh.  Thought it was just me...  :o

A couple weeks ago, one morning I got a (405?) error trying to access the forum (server not found, or something).

Sept. 8, I kept getting "Forbidden - You don't have permission to access / on this server".

And since last night, the "your session timed out while posting" message.

Got in now using the lower login screen, as others have described.  At least persistence pays off!

Sigmetnow:  I tried to join in with those who were thanking you for your tremendous input here, but my comment got buried in an avalanche of messages.  So:thank you!

As you said: persistence pays off.  ;D

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