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Policy and solutions / Re: Policy & Solutions
« on: Today at 07:34:07 AM »
Re: "If I had choosen to make my life on 2 acres, I would have starved"

Amen. You know it. There are very few i know that could survive farming for themselves, especially in places with semi serious winter. Including me, and i been doin it forawhile.


Policy and solutions / Re: Policy & Solutions
« on: Today at 07:07:13 AM »
My deplorable neighbours are busy getting on with their lives, trying to survive. They pretty much tune out media drama. But i dunno if they will bother to vote this year.

On the other hand, i didn't think they'd all come out in 2016 ...


CA ? no winter ? Mebbe. 

Ask Mr. Steele, he be from around there ?


Policy and solutions / Re: Policy & Solutions
« on: Today at 04:15:05 AM »
Don't get me wrong, i definitely am not on the farm full time, like i said, we got help. I probably spend more time on the road than most, and probably more than i spend on the farm.  A buncha other people grow for us, we send the fresh oil into restaurants and food service, collect the used oil back before we turn it into biodiesel. Bigger operation than me and a couple guys who got a farm. But that's how it started.

When all is done and dusted, i figure we're doin about a three quarters of a million US gallons of biodiesel outta used cooking oil a year. Drop in the bucket, but what the hell, better than nuttn.

Say 15% of that volume in soaps made outta glycerine that comes out the process (food service workers love it, the glycerine helps their hands from the constant washing)  and a couple thousand tons of food waste that we filter out from the used oil. That gets composted and returned to the land (quite acidic, so you need to neutralize with lime or sumpn ...)

Land got to be rested, cant keep sucking outta it forever without putting it in pasture now and then. (Unless you are happy with turning the soil into a lifeless sterile medium that you inject with fertilizer and poisons. Which i see in the heartlands all too heartbreakingly often)

So you need to rotate grazers in and out, do the fencing right, send the chickens in after to keep the ticks down (another reason for chickens, they wander around all day eating ticks )

As you may imagine, i deal with farmers a lot. All over fifty, kids run away to the cities as fast as they can. (except the Amish, those guys are a different story. Suprprising how many kids come back after rumspringa. They're the only young ones i know, i think. But Amish movin out too, Mexico is a big destination.)

It's a hard life on the farm. Anyone expecting an idyll is grossly misled.


Re: big steel

Seems doable with solar thermal with salt heat storage + PV + wind with mebbe a pet natgas plant or hydro somewhere on the grid

A very silly, but appealing in a Rube Goldberg kinda way, is to hoist my blast furnace to the top of the tower where the focus of the concentrating mirrors are in my solar thermal array


Policy and solutions / Re: Policy & Solutions
« on: Today at 01:57:14 AM »
Farming is very, very hard work. Even with machinery, farming is very hard work. Two acres is doable for survival, but you will be doing nothing else. Will need to run animals, easiest are small like chickens and rabbits. So that means you need a dog or two and a gun for large predators. You will need a barn for winter, that means barn cats. Say goodbye to you weekends, animals don't know it's sunday.

Dawn to dusk, for the rest of your life. Few can handle that.

Me and some pals personally deal with a quarter section, about 160 acres, 80-120 tillable, depending on what you consider tillable, varies from year to year. Got plenty of help. It ain't easy.

Fuel is another can of worms. Average, I figure 1/3 of the land for oilseed production for biofuel, just to cover farm needs. Depends on the crop, canola is the best, but you can crush soy (lower oil yeild), camelina or others.

I think Mr. Steele will reinforce this.


WaPo calls for Brennan to be fired:

" ... start to restore in U.S. intelligence agencies some semblance of responsibility to the Constitution and the public."

Good or bad journalism ? It depends ... on your position ... in 2014 ...


The rest / Re: Poetry
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:04:13 PM »
Tagore is one of my favorite poets: Here is a translation of his poems called "Walk Alone"

If they answer not to your call walk alone
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou unlucky one, open your mind and speak out alone.
If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou unlucky one, trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.
If they shut doors and do not hold up the light
when the night is troubled with storm, O thou unlucky one,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite your own heart, and let it burn alone.

Rabindranath Tagore.

The poem loses a lot in translation. Here is the original song in Bengali:

Tagore, in his own words, flooded the subcontinent with song.


Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:02:49 AM »
Perhaps 2/3 was too large a number. 1/3 is better. Still a huge win.

"Just 55 percent of the world's crop calories are actually eaten directly by people. Another 36 percent is used for animal feed. "

"... in the United States, where just 27 percent of crop calories are consumed directly ... "

" ... It takes about 100 calories of grain to produce just 12 calories of chicken or 3 calories worth of beef ..."


The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: August 18, 2018, 10:54:07 AM »
Re: "They [Russia] go in, they mess it all up ..."

Gee, we were having such a nice war, the headchoppers were gonna get Assad just like Gaddaffi, we'd have nice slave markets and all. But the Russians came in an messed it all up. Hate 'em Russians.


Re: "posting guidelines"

Has Neven endorsed them ?

Re: "Rules for democrats to win"

For some.


Consequences / Re: Qué se ficieron ?
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:53:17 AM »
I give you Lockheed-Martin, an exemplar of bleeding edge technology in the USA. And worldwide. Mostly worldwide.

The bleeding happens to unimportant people far away, well away from the USA.


 ... a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin ...

Of the 51 people who died in the airstrike, 40 were children ...

"I saw the bomb hit the bus," one witness said. "It blew it into those shops and threw the bodies clear to the other side of those buildings. We found bodies scattered everywhere, there was a severed head inside the bomb crater. When we found that, that was when I started running. I was so afraid."


My tax dollars at work.


The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:41:34 AM »
China courts Turkey:

These moves by China remind me of sumo from across the sea of japan: small and almost imperceptible shifts of balance with immense power and weight behind them, calculated and thought out well in advance, leading to irresistible advantage.


Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:07:04 AM »
" reducing world consumption of meat and diary product to the strict minimum"

This. This is a huge win. The fraction of crop harvest going into animals dwarfs human consumption.

This alone would cut agriculture by two thirds.


Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:03:59 AM »
To fill in some detail, kerala is a sliver of the south west deccan peninsula facing the arabian sea. There is a ridge five to eight thousand feet parallel to the coast, against which the monsoon hurls itself yearly. Heavy rain is familiar, what set this event apart was the duration.

I forgot to mention, among its many other admirable products, the coffee is to die for.


The rest / Re: Poetry
« on: August 18, 2018, 06:49:52 AM »
The first three lines remind me of Marvell

"Had we but world enough and time ..."

But refreshingly different. Thanx.


The rest / Re: Unsorted
« on: August 18, 2018, 06:47:40 AM »
Thans for that article by Ahmad at grayzone.

I posted a comment and a reference at,617.msg168061.html#msg168061

I liked Imran Khan when he played cricket, and I have watched his political career over the decades with interest. Bear in mind, tho that the military tipped the scales against Sharif here.

We shall see.


The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: August 18, 2018, 06:46:48 AM »
ivica posted an article by Ahmad at grayzone on Imran Khan's victory in Pakistan:

"In a nutshell, from whatever angle you want to look at it, his victory represents the intensification of imperial decline, since Pakistan was always expected to be a loyal client state of the US."

Recall, the Pakistani military tipped the scales against his opponent, Sharif. That is an even bigger tell, the military is the greatest beneficiary from US aid.


Consequences / Re: Floods
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:32:18 PM »
Kerala is a beautiful land. High rates of literacy, fine marijuana, and the local hooch (arack, made from coconut milk) is surprisingly palatable. Matriarchal society, and a communist state government.

The one saving grace here is that the people are natural watermen, the land has many rivers, and children grow up as much in the water as out. Even so the death toll is quite horrific.


The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:28:12 PM »
By their allies shall ye know them; the list of former intelligence officials protecting one of their own is as fine a rogues gallery of liars, thugs, torturers and war criminals as one might find anywhere.

All of them ought to be in the dock at the Hague.


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:17:12 PM »
Zenko on war crimes over at foreignpolicy:

"America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why"

“I don’t currently know the specific goals and objectives of the Saudi campaign ..."

"There is a simple reason officials from both the Obama and Trump administrations have made no public efforts to justify the material support provided to the Saudi-led intervention: It is unjustifiable. "

Quite disgusting. Unthinking brutality and refusal to know.


The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:10:53 PM »
Those baying for the shutdown of ... disagreeable ... media sources might do worse than reflect on Mencken's quote:

"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all."


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:01:26 PM »
Bellum sine fine. Englehardt in a sorrowful retrospective :

 I began writing about that war in October 2001 ...

I wrote about our Afghan War in 2008 ...  “We have become a nation of wedding crashers," I wrote, "the uninvited guests who arrived under false pretenses, tore up the place, offered nary an apology, and refused to go home.”

 I wrote about Afghanistan in 2009, while considering the metrics of “a war gone to hell”

I wrote in 2010, thinking about how “forever war” had entered the bloodstream of the twenty-first-century U.S. military ...

I wrote in 2012, when Afghanistan had superseded Vietnam as the longest war in American history: “Washington has gotten itself into a situation on the Eurasian mainland so vexing and perplexing that Vietnam has finally been left in the dust ...

I wrote in 2015, thinking about the American taxpayer dollars that had, in the preceding years, gone into Afghan “roads to nowhere, ghost soldiers, and a $43 million gas station” built in the middle of nowhere ...

I wrote last year thinking about the nature of our never-ending war there: “Right now, Washington is whistling past the graveyard. In Afghanistan and Pakistan the question is no longer whether the U.S. is in command, but whether it can get out in time.

... the Pentagon and the country's field commanders seem to be hooked on America’s “infinite” wars. They exhibit not the slightest urge to stop them. The Afghan War and the others that have flowed from it represent both their raison d'être and their meal ticket.

Despite that military’s supposedly apolitical role in this country’s affairs, its leaders are uniquely capable of blocking any attempt to end the Afghan War.

 Every day that the U.S. military stays in Afghanistan is indeed a victory for... well, not George W. Bush, or Barack Obama, and certainly not Donald Trump, but the now long-dead Osama bin Laden.

 Unfortunately, it’s a reasonable bet that, in August 2019, or August 2020, not to speak of August 2021  I’ll be repeating all of this yet again.


Read the whole thing:


The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:48:43 AM »
First the came for Assange and we said nothing, for we were not wikileaks. Then they came for RT and we said nothing for we were not russians. Then they came for Telesur and we said nothing for we were not south americans. Then they came for Al Jazeera and we said nothing for we were not middle easterners.

When they come for ASIF, there will be no one left to stand for us.

I, for one, am not waiting. Public key and onion address available offline.


The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:28:04 AM »
Over at viableopposition, an argument that the USA has learnt little in fifty years:

"Unfortunately, as we've learned in the past, propaganda is a two-way street and the battle for our minds and the minds of our so-called foes can easily be won by our respective leaders, largely because we all tend to forget that "the other guy" is a human being just like we are. "


The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:15:32 AM »
Binney doubles down: DNC hack was inside job; Guccifer 2 was fabricator:


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:08:38 AM »
"The U.S. has an extradition treaty with the U.K. and the U.K. can decide whether to honor Mueller's request ..."

Wait, what ?

1)  I am aware of rape charges in Sweden and evasion of bail in the UK as charges against Assange.
2) There is supposedly a sealed grand jury indictment in the USA against Assange but prior to Mueller
3) Assange has reportedly been asked to testify to US senate.

Is there now an assertion that Assange is facing criminal charges from Mueller for interference in the 2016 US election ? I have seen no evidence for that yet.


The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:58:53 AM »
Clutching your pearls and having a fainting fit because someone points out that real names might lead to further compromise of privacy ignores the elephant in the room.

The NSA already knows your hat size and how long your dick is. (Apologies to the ladies in this discussion.)

Your government can hurt you much more severely than hackers on the net. Careful what you post, citizen.

Remember that line ?

"Hey, NSA, can you see how many fingers i am holding up ? Very good, now can you tell which one it is ? "

Thank heaven for Snowden and Assange. Long before, some of us were aware of SEQUOIA and ECHELON. But now everyone knows.


The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:33:39 AM »
Brennan and Strzok, with some help from the brits were behind the Steele dossier stitch up. They are running scared.

If you strike at the king, you must kill him. They didn't.


The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: August 16, 2018, 09:56:50 PM »
Husseini in the same vein:

" ... the establishment media can draw attention away from their own failures, corruptions and falsehoods simply by focusing on Trump’s."

"[Trump and the media] They are at worst frenemies. More likely, at times, Trump and the establishment media log roll with each other. The major media built up Trump. Trump’s attacks effectively elevate a select few media celebrities."

"None of the newspaper editorials I’ve seen published today mention the likely prosecution of Wikileaks. If there were solidarity among media, the prospect of Julian Assange being imprisoned for publishing U.S. government documents should be front and center today.

Neither did I see a mention of RT or, as of this week, Al Jazeera, being compelled to register as foreign agents."

"Counter to the lofty rhetoric of many of today’s editorials, the promise of an independent and truth-seeking press has frequently been subservient to propaganda, pushing for war or narrow economic and other interests."

"But recently one of his rhetorically tweets stated that media “cause wars“. I would say “push for war”, but that’s quibbling.

Trump is technically right on that point, but it’s totally disingenuous coming from him."

"Meanwhile, much more meaningful collusion that can be termed Israelgate is being ignored as the U.S. and Israeli governments attempt to further mold the Mideast."


The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: August 16, 2018, 09:45:54 PM »
Finley at the Detroit News:

"Donald Trump is not responsible for the eroding trust in the media. He lacks the credibility to pull that off. The damage to our standing is self-inflicted."

"Respected journalists openly question whether remaining objective in the Donald Trump era is a sell-out rather than a virtue. Some have joined the resistance movement, blending journalism with activism."


The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: August 16, 2018, 08:59:05 PM »
Solomon at thehill on notes from Ohr-Simpson meeting:

"Congressional investigators now are scouring them for evidence ..."

"Simpson’s account that he asked Steele to talk with Mother Jones reporter David Corn about their muckraking on Trump and Russia in the final days of the election. At the time, Steele still worked as an FBI source."

"most of what Simpson allegedly told Ohr was not from Moscow — where the alleged plot was supposed to be based — but from a reported Russian in the United States who later seemed to disappear, according to Ohr’s notes."


Hanauer argues the Democratic party must move leftward :

 But “we suck less than the Republicans” just doesn’t cut it ...

 America owes the median family a raise of somewhere between $25,000 and $40,000. Per year.

For you centrist Democrats who have long dominated the party establishment, it is time for you to admit that a “pragmatically centrist” agenda that enjoys neither majority support nor serves a majority of voters, is neither pragmatic nor centrist. In fact, it’s suicidal.

The “centrist” wing of our party (and to be clear, it’s a wing, not the center) isn’t uniformly evil or corrupt. They’re not bad people. They’re just wrong.



Re: "The side of truth and justice."

I thought it was  "Truth, Justice, and the American Way"

I suppose in these gender neutral days, i should include

Is there a transgender super{LGBTQ} yet ?


The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:03:51 AM »
Well, well, well, facebook bans telesur. Liberation for Venezuela draws closer.


The forum / Re: killfiles
« on: August 15, 2018, 06:56:38 AM »
Is it possible for the killfile button to appear on every post ?

i. e. could one ignore every post by somebody by clicking a button on any of his/her posts ?

I suspect, from what i have seen of the code, the answer is no, not without more horrible php hackery

But i also see that many posters are moved to great anger, and might benefit from easily ignoring those who arouse them so.


The rest / Re: Poetry
« on: August 14, 2018, 11:09:44 PM »
Housman is one of my favorites, so here's another from him:

How Clear, How Lovely Bright

Yonder see the morning blink:
The sun is up, and up must I,
To wash and dress and eat and drink
And look at things and talk and think
And work, and God knows why.

Oh often have I washed and dressed
And what’s to show for all my pain?
Let me lie abed and rest:
Ten thousand times I’ve done my best
And all’s to do again.

How clear, how lovely bright,
How beautiful to sight
Those beams of morning play;
How heaven laughs out with glee
Where, like a bird set free,
Up from the eastern sea
Soars the delightful day.

To-day I shall be strong,
No more shall yield to wrong,
Shall squander life no more;
Days lost, I know not how,
I shall retrieve them now;
Now I shall keep the vow
I never kept before.

Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
Falls the remorseful day.

by A. E. Housman


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:49:11 PM »
Strikes on children are just the logical extension of preemptive war. They woulda grown up to be terrorists anyway, and threatened our precious bodily fluids. Kill 'em young. The media ain't gonna say anything about it, no ratings boost in covering dead brown kids.


The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:45:28 PM »
The media would love a nice little war in Central America. Good for ratings. Banging the drums for the liberation of venezuela is a repeat of all the warmongering they have done for centuries.

Watch for a torrent of "anonymous senior officials" decrying the grave threat to stability posed by venezuela, and the urgent need for US action. They'd probably posit weapons of mass destruction, but i think that's past it's "sell by" date.

Right now, Yemen at bat, Venezuela on deck. I'm not that bothered about the Iran situation, looks ike china, russia and the EU have their back.


The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:21:15 PM »
Re: real names on this forum

This has come up before, and my position remains unchanged. I will not participate in a forum that bans anonymous posting.

But the topic ought to be discussed somewhere on the group of threads entitled "The Forum."


The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:54:35 AM »
I see that neven has replied. But let me add my two cents.

To me, a proper course of action if one were "freaked out by the prospect of a Trump Presidency" while serving in a senior position on two major investigations, both intertwined with the Trump election might be something like this:

If you are genuinely conflicted, remove yourself from the investigations. Report your position to your boss.

If you firmly believe that you can really let your freaked outness not affect your analyses , do as Ken White at popehat often points out, shut up, shut up, shut up, shut up, shut up, and finally, shut up. Definitely do not use FBI controlled cellfone to text about your freaked outness to your partner in adultery.

That Strzok did the last, in my view, reveals immaturity and serious lack of judgement. That the FBI lets people like Strzok and Page and DOJ let Ohr wind up at very senior positions exposes the decay of institutional judgement.

All the players seem to be more incompetent than evil.


Antarctica / Re: Potential Collapse Scenario for the WAIS
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:39:26 AM »
Thanx for that reference. I notice that Dutrieux is an author. Nice work, they used soundings from cruise ships among a lot of other things. I attach a section of fig 4 showing 80Gton melt coming off the thing when section mean potential temperature rises to 1.5-2 C above surface freezing point.


Consequences / Re: Decline in insect populations
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:03:58 AM »
tent caterpillars come by every couple three years. As do bagworms and the rest. I used to spray Bt, but now i mostly wait for the starlings to show up and eat em.

starlings are loud tho ...


The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: August 13, 2018, 04:18:49 AM »

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:09:31 PM »
Ames on Naipaul at the Jacobin: As usual, Ames pulls no punches.

"The American right only needs “team players” — shameless, cynical hacks who can be counted on to churn out whatever rank propaganda ordered up by the Heritage Foundation. For that, you need a Rotary Club nihilist like Dinesh D’Souza, someone totally devoid of a literary ego, intellectual curiosity, or a gag reflex."

"If Naipaul wanted to pick up that check from the American right-wing, it wasn’t enough to have fought on the front lines of the ideological battle of the 1970s against the literary Marxists. He’d have to become a lobotomized, conquered version of himself, an Eldridge Cleaver. He’d have to give up everything interesting about himself.

Instead, Naipaul essentially banished himself to the whispered margins of the American right ..."

"At some point, it just couldn’t be ignored: these people were scum; mean, sleazy, boring scum. It became impossible to be near them. They — we — dropped out of the Right, and wanted nothing more to do with it all. But by ruining everything in this country — economically, culturally, intellectually, militarily — the Right essentially chased us wherever we went, poisoning everything they could get their hands on. Until finally there was nowhere to go but leftward. A hardened, mean left."

"Naipaul’s career developed at a time when Western reactionary intellectuals could still be formidable, dynamic and unpredictable; there was space carved out on the Right for reactionary talent like Naipaul. "

" ... the American right has no need of unpredictable talent like V. S. Naipaul, so they’ve driven his species into extinction as well ..."

"Naipaul always despised facile thinking. It was because Naipaul was so committed to merciless observation that he allied himself with reactionary intellectuals of the pre-Reagan, pre-Thatcher era — it was the Left that wore the rose-tinted glasses back then. What Naipaul didn’t realize was how much worse, how much more intellectually stifling America’s right-wing intelligentsia would turn out to be once in power. "

Read the whole thing, even if you disagree:


Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:29:10 PM »
"Do we not, as parents, often give our children pets or other valuable possessions to teach them basic lessons of life and stewardship?"

That sentence tells you all about the author right there.


Consequences / Re: Conservative Scientists & its Consequences
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:25:42 PM »
Thanks for the reference, i was waiting for something like this. I take the liberty of reposting this link in the Wildfires thread.


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