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Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: October 14, 2018, 05:44:39 PM »
It seems so obvious that when you fuse together two atoms of oxygen to every carbon atom you are actually sequestering oxygen for hundreds to thousands of years. Maybe the ultimate climate problem will not be global warming? Our biggest challenge might be removing just the carbon and returning the oxygen to the environment. It goes without saying we should stop burning fossil fuels ASP.
Here is where we are now:

Oxygen Loss, Our Worst Environmental Nightmare Unfolding But … OpEd
By Dr. Michael A. Bengwayan

An environmental crisis is slowly unfolding globally but the human race is hardly aware of it. If some are, they are not doing anything to arrest the trend because they hardly understand why. By the time the whole world realize it, the crisis may have reached nightmarish proportions.

We are losing our oxygen.

The earth’s oxygen level in the earth’s atmosphere, especially over oceans and shorelines, has fallen by over a third compared to thousands of years ago.

Worse, in polluted cities, especially those in China, India, East Asia, California in the US and some European nations, the oxygen decline has reached about 50 percent.

The trend of oxygen falling is about two to three times faster than what we predicted from the decrease of solubility associated with the ocean warming.

Death in Eight Minutes Without Oxygen

On the average, the US National Institute for Health (NIH) estimates humans normally breathe air that is 20 to 21 percent oxygen by volume under normal atmospheric pressure conditions. If this level is decreased even slightly by one to two per cent, it causes ill effects to the human body. As a result, people will not be able to work normally especially in doing strenuous work.

In oxygen environments of 15 percent to 19 percent, movement and coordination are affected. With oxygen depletion down to only 10 percent to 12 percent, respiration increases, lips turn blue and judgment is impaired. Fainting and unconsciousness begin to occur at 8 percent to 10 percent oxygen. Death occurs in 8 minutes at 6 percent to 8 percent oxygen, NIH stressed.

But this is what get after the latest ICPP report:
In fact, higher CO2 levels in the air actually boost plant growth, functioning like airborne plant food. Bast and Ferrara studied the impacts of predicted crop gains due to higher CO2 levels, arguing that they are likely to be significant enough to offset predicted harms.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Global sea ice area and extent data
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:50:54 PM »
A new visualization tool called PolarGlobe was just released.
PolarGlobe is a large-scale, web-based four-dimensional visualization tool allowing climate data access to anyone with an internet connection. It’s capable of illustrating changes in the atmosphere vividly in real time.

Designed specifically for polar scientists seeking to understand the ice caps, the tool is also useful for high school science teachers and weather fanatics.

The technology is called m-cubed: “Multi-dimensional, multi-faceted, multi-variate.”

Historical data in the tool goes back to 2010. Current data is updated every six hours. The tool uses artificial intelligence and machine learning so it continues to learn on its own as new data is generated.

It’s a huge amount of data: 350 terabytes

Maybe someone will find it useful in predicting polar ice conditions.

Walking the walk / Re: Pat yourself on the back
« on: September 25, 2018, 11:40:34 PM »
What's your public Enphase URL

My system is also listed on PVOutput where it ranks as # 855 from a global population of 31,374 PV systems and according to their calculations I have offset 60 tons of CO2.

Since the PVOutput API doesn't support my eGauge energy monitor they can't show how much I have exported but it's over 12 MWh since I turned it on.

Consequences / Re: The Holocene Extinction
« on: September 25, 2018, 05:57:29 PM »
The question is: Do mosquitoes as a species have to go extinct for that?

Indeed, that is the most worrisome part.
About 15 years too late to be asking this question. Killing off a few species of bugs is collateral damage. This won't be last either.
European genes found in wild Atlantic salmon cause alarm
Allan Lynch
September 25, 2018
A study into the wild Atlantic salmon population of Canada’s Inner Bay of Fundy is raising alarm among conservationists concerned about the impact the local aquaculture industry may be having on the species.

A newly released study that reviewed data collected over the past 15 years found a breed of hybrid salmon have taken root in the waters of the Inner Bay of Fundy.
Of course the fish harvesting industry sees this differently.
New Genetic Research Shows the Legacy of Fish Farm Escapees
“Once it happens,” he adds, “there’s not much you can do.”

What we absolutely don't want to do is screw up the plankton and zooplankton populations. Protecting the base of the food web should a #1 concern to civilization but that will require a global commitment. A one world government?

The politics / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: September 25, 2018, 02:52:51 PM »
Maybe Neven can comment on this development.
Austria’s interior ministry lists ‘critical media’

An email sent to the police accused several domestic media of ‘one-sided and negative reporting.’

A four-page email sent to the police includes a list of “critical media” — specifically naming Falter, Der Standard and Kurier — which, according to the ministry, “have unfortunately (…) operated a very one-sided and negative coverage of the interior ministry and the police.”

The mail, seen by some of the media under attack, including Der Standard, suggests “minimizing the communication with those media” as far as legally possible, and urges against “enabling exclusive coverage.”
Austria’s interior ministry, headed by the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), has accused several domestic media of “one-sided and negative” reporting, and advised the police which media to talk to and how to communicate with them.

The mail, sent under the name of interior ministry spokesman Christoph Pölzl, also lists media “that are willing to cooperate” and approves talking points such as migration.

Seems to be a real shift to the right in Europe these days.

I visited Austria back in 2001. A beautiful country with some amazing architecture. Especially some of those churches and castles. My father was a POW at Stalag XVII so I had to make a side trip to see it too. Nothing there now but a few small monuments and sculptures to the thousands of Russians who died there.

Consequences / Re: The Holocene Extinction
« on: September 25, 2018, 03:19:34 AM »
First they came for the Mosquito, but I was not a Mosquito so I said nothing...
Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive genetic modification through a complex species.

The scientists used the revolutionary gene-editing tool known as CRISPR to engineer mosquitoes with a "gene drive," which rapidly transmitted a sterilizing mutation through other members of the mosquito's species.

After mosquitoes carrying the mutation were released into cages filled with unmodified mosquitoes in a high-security basement laboratory in London, virtually all of the insects were wiped out, according to a report in Nature Biotechnology.

If one chooses a optimistic outlook then one day we will target human genes to improve and enhance our genome and so begins Homo Sapiens 2.0.

The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: September 24, 2018, 05:44:32 PM »
Looks like Mueller's old boss Rob Rosenstein is about to be replaced.

Is it time to open the betting pool to see if/when Trump decides to classify the Mueller report as 'Top Secret' - not to be opened for 50 years like the FBI files on JFK, MLK and the secret Ronald Reagan Alzheimer medical files?

I'll bet 5 Quatloo* he redacts all the incriminating bits leaving the parts that paint his accusers as part of a criminal conspiracy to commit treason against the Office of the President.

*Ooops, it turns out a Quatloo is actually a 'thing' now since some crazy bitcoin guys have invented a crypto coin called a "Quatloo Coin".  ::)

Science / Re: ESA’s Aeolus satellite: Mission status and discoveries.
« on: September 24, 2018, 04:45:33 PM »
Multiple ground stations are being used to validate and calibrate the Aeolus satellite's Lidar sensors.
The Andøya Space Centre is a dedicated multi-instrument atmospheric observatory 300 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle. Data gathered here will play a key role in calibrating and validating the wind measurements from space. ​It's a unique place.

​"If you look at our location, with this observatory at 69 degrees north, there are no observatories able to take measurements together with Aeolus. So this is the one and only station doing Lidar measurements on wind velocity and wind direction at this latitude in the northern hemisphere," says the Andøya centre's Director of Science Michael Gausa.

​Two telescopes from the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics work in a similar way to the Aeolus satellite, using lasers to observe the wind. ​That means ESA Project Scientist Anne Grete Straume can rely on them and measurements from other ground stations for comparison throughout the Aeolus mission.

​"It’s very important to understand or to check that the satellite measurements that we do are correct for all types of weather, that being storms coming in, that being good weather conditions. We need to have the comparison with these good quality ground measurements for all types of weather conditions, and this is why it’s important not to measure once and compare, but really to keep on measuring over time," she says.

​Other kinds of data are also used to gauge the accuracy of Aeolus's instruments, including readings from weather balloons.

​Here the team launches balloons twice a day. They gather precise local measurements of wind speed, temperature and humidity.
"With this we get in situ measurements of wind, which is very important thing in calibrating and validating the measurements from the satellite. So we can know that we’re measuring in approximately the same area. Of course the balloon will drift off with wind, but we will know that we have the same general coverage, and we can compare the measurements from the satellite and the balloon," says Staff engineer at Andøya, Ingrid Hanssen.

​Aeolus is not alone - other weather satellites observe temperature and humidity and have done so for decades.​ However there is no global system to measure winds around our planet. ​We can estimate the wind from the clouds and sea surface, but not the air moving in the atmosphere.

​Wind is the missing piece of the weather puzzle, as Lars Isaksen, from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, the ECMWF, explains:
​"Some of the largest forecast errors we have had the last 5 years have been linked to our lack of understanding of the winds in the tropics. You don't have any wind information over the oceans, the southern Pacific, no wind information at all. Even in the Atlantic you have very little information about wind," he says.

​All the new data from Aeolus will pass through the ECMWF to be processed and corrected against other weather data before before being passed on to forecasters.

There are so many ways this new wind data will improve forecasts. It may even fill in some of the missing information on the ENSO phenomenon and ultimatly be able to forecast the strength and duration of ENSO events.

Policy and solutions / Re: Energy Efficiency: The “First Fuel”
« on: September 23, 2018, 10:20:23 PM »
Amazing number of sensors in this system. We should stuff one into a cube-sat!
<Insert joke here> ;D

Let's not overlook this is <almost> the ultimate surveillance device too. Thermal/audio/air quality/humidity/air pressure/?? If the right kind of thermal sensors are used then it can 'see' in IR so it's even a camera too.
I might want to wait till you can be sure your data is protected and can't be shared.

Policy and solutions / Re: Energy Efficiency: The “First Fuel”
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:07:58 PM »
Speaking from experience, switching from a whole house HVAC system to a zoned heating and cooling system was the single biggest factor in reducing my yearly electricity use. Now a company has introduced a retrofit system of replacement air vents that can achieve much the same thing with the added benefit of it being able to adapt it's behavior based the home owner's life style, daily schedule and ambient weather conditions.

Alea Air™: An Intelligent Vent System For Room-by-Room Climate Comfort, Improved Air Quality, and Substantial Reduction in Home Energy Usage
Energy-harvesting smart vent is first to control both comfort and air quality in buildings

Alea, a smart home technology company disrupting home and office climate control, is unveiling its intelligent air management platform called Alea Air. Alea Air transforms basic HVAC systems by replacing standard registers with smart vents that track and adjust temperature, monitor air quality, and sense other environmental variables. The Alea Air platform uses machine learning and predictive analytics to dynamically allocate air based on users’ room-by-room temperature preferences.
Alea has developed a system that consists of DIY-installable, state of the art vents that are loaded with 11 sensors, robotic louvers, and an innovative energy-harvesting unit. Vents work together, via a cloud-enabled, machine learning system that analyzes data and sends instructions to vents based on room-by-room preferences, weather forecasts, occupancy, room size and orientation, and time of day. The system generates a thermal profile of the entire home, allowing it to run central heating and cooling systems (which typically account for over 50 percent of home energy expenses) at far higher efficiency, saving money and conserving energy.
Alea Air incorporates a host of sensors to construct an accurate model of rooms’ thermal profile and airflow throughout the home:

    Infrared sensors to accurately track temperature in each room
    Air quality sensors to measure volatile organic compounds
    UV and ambient light sensors for room environment monitoring
    Pressure sensors to monitor static pressure in the ductwork and protect HVAC systems from air pressure damage
    Humidity sensors to accurately measure moisture and ‘feels like’ air temperature
    Audio sensors to monitor and eliminate annoying “whistling” sounds
    Bluetooth and long-range wireless for easy setup and reliable long-range connectivity to a central AirhubTM.

The Alea Air starter kit, which includes three vents and the connectivity AirhubTM can be preordered today for an introductory price of $379. Additional vents can be ordered for $119 each, for a limited time. The Alea Air system is controlled by an innovative smartphone application that allows room-by-room temperature preferences, air quality monitoring, and remote access.

This seems to do everything the other smart thermostats like "Nest" do plus a whole lot more.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:35:15 PM »
The “residual value” of used ICE cars, declining in the face of increasing EV sales, is starting to be seen even now.  As more electric SUVs and pickup trucks become available, the effect will widen.

<< Been waiting for this data for a while. Vehicles are the worst investment ever but many count on resale value to calculate total cost of ownership. When they realize the resale of ICE vehicles, especially luxury, are going down the toilet it really is the beginning of the end.

Albert King - Cadillac Assembly Line

Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Agreement - Paris 2015 and beyond
« on: September 22, 2018, 05:36:32 PM »

The EIEO of a solar panel installation (from construction through 20 years of use to recycling) must be better than a conventional power station. The same for wind.

Since I dispute the basic assumptions of the paper, the paper has zero value? Rather it may be the case that energy and most transport (being electricity powered) will be cheaper. It is that is therefore likely to increase demand on other resources being consumed beyond the planet's ability to supply.

I am very interested in this EIEO issue as it relates to PV panels. I was listening to a podcast from the founder of a company that has been in the solar panel business since 2003 as he discussed the coming crisis of recycling all the solar panels that will be reaching their service life. He has started a new business focused exclusively trying to make recycling of PV panels economically viable. He was not optimistic. Given current technology and material prices, recycling used PV is not economical. It's only going to get worse as tens of thousands of tons of obsolete panels flood into the waste stream in the coming years. A few companies have created a total life cycle program in an attempt to address the issue but by his calculations it's only a tiny fraction of the installed base of PV panels.
I have read research that offered some solutions but without a some kind of national or global policy to deal with the problem we are not putting the right price on PV renewable energy.

With the enormous growth in the development and utilization of solar-energy resources, the proliferation of waste solar panels has become problematic. While current research into solar panels has focused on how to improve the efficiency of the production capacity, the dismantling and recycling of end-of-life (EOL) panels are seldom considered, as can be seen, for instance, in the lack of dedicated solar-panel recycling plants. EOL solar-panel recycling can effectively save natural resources and reduce the cost of production. To address the environmental conservation and resource recycling issues posed by the huge amount of waste solar panels regarding environmental conservation and resource recycling, the status of the management and recycling technologies for waste solar panels are systemically reviewed and discussed in this article. This review can provide a quantitative basis to support the recycling of PV panels, and suggests future directions for public policy makers. At present, from the technical aspect, the research on solar panel recovery is facing many problems, and we need to further develop an economically feasible and non-toxic technology. The research on solar photovoltaic panels’ management at the end of life is just beginning in many countries, and there is a need for further improvement and expansion of producer responsibility.

Another article from business magazine Forbes:
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2016 estimated there was about 250,000 metric tonnes of solar panel waste in the world at the end of that year. IRENA projected that this amount could reach 78 million metric tonnes by 2050.

Walking the walk / Re: Pat yourself on the back
« on: September 21, 2018, 10:58:22 PM »
Thanks to everyone here for their conservation efforts and commitment to make a better future.

I just did the math on how much CO2 emissions I have saved since I installed my solar panels (Jan. 2012) and it comes out to 45.6 tons (67.3 MWh) according to my Enphase statistics. Since I use Green Mountain Energy that uses 100% renewable energy to supply my grid electricity they show I have offset 17.2 tons of CO2. Add them together and my total CO2 offset is now 63.7 tons. Not sure how to calculate my CO2 offsets from my Volt but I have driven about 9,000 miles since I bought it (used) and 90% of that was in electric mode. The onboard computer says I have a lifetime rating of 78 MPG by dividing total miles (since new) by total gasoline used. I'll have to do some more calculating to figure out how many KWh/CO2 that works out to.

I have accumulated a nice quantity of RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) that might be worth something someday if they ever put a price on carbon.  :)

*Details of my PV array, photos and a screen shot of a recent utility bill are at:

Policy and solutions / Re: Solar Roadways
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:18:39 PM »
Thanks vox_mundi
This had to be publicity stunt. Any 1st. year physics student could have told them the math just doesn't add up. What a waste.

Reminds me of one of Trump's border wall prototypes that had solar panels mounted almost vertically.  ::)

The politics / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: September 21, 2018, 07:45:29 AM »
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange could be seen in his final video before Internet and communications were cut off at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London last March. 

Of course if you were really 'knowledgeable' and had 'wisdom' you would know he still online on a encrypted IRC.

Did you know the deep web is between 300 to 500 times bigger than the HTML internet that you can access via DNS? Most all of it's not indexed so Google/Bling/DuckDuckGo are useless.

The politics / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:29:58 AM »
Before the Dawn - Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
Brian Fagan - Cro-Magnon
David Suzuki - From Naked Ape to Superspecies
Jared Diamond - Collapse - How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed
Jared Diamond - The Third Chimpanzee
Jared Diamond - The World Until Yesterday
Light At The Edge Of The World A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures
Malthus and the Third Millennium
Michael Pollan -- Omnivore's Dilemma
PREHISTORY - Colin Renfrew
Sex at Dawn - The Prehistoric Origins.of Modern Sexuality
Sue Hubbell - Waiting for Aphrodite
TTC - Peoples and Cultures of the World
William Carlsen - Jungle of Stone

Alan Weisman - The World Without Us
Peter Daughtrey - Atlantis and the Silver City
Susan McCarter - An Introduction to Archeology
TTC - Classical Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

Alex Filippenko - Understanding the Universe
Astronomy Earth, Sky and Planets
Brian Greene - The Elegant Universe
Carl Sagan
Pale Blue Dot
Dava Sobel - The Planets
David Weintraub - How Old Is the Universe
Jack Arnold - Origins of the Universe
Janna Levin - How the Universe Got Its Spots
Jim Bell - The Interstellar Age
Marcia Bartusiak - The Day We Found the Universe
Michio Kaku - Parallel Worlds
Mike Brown - How I killed Pluto
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Death by Black Hole And Other Cosmic Quandaries
The Pluto Files_ The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet
Richard Panek - The 4% Universe
Stephen Hawking
A Briefer History of Time
The Grand Design
The Universe in a Nutshell
TMS - Stars Galaxies & the Universe
TTC - Dark Matter, Dark Energy
TTC - My Favorite Universe (Neil Tyson)
TTC - The Search For Life In Outer Space
TTC - Understanding the Universe

Craig Nelson - Rocket Men
David McCullogh - The Wright Brothers
Donald L. Miller - Masters of the Air
Gavin Mortimer - Chasing Icarus
Lawrence Goldstone - Birdmen
Matthew Brzezinski - Red Moon Rising
Michael D'Antonio - A Ball, a Dog, and a Monkey-1957, The Space Race Begins
Michelle L. Evans - The X-15 Rocket Plane Flying the First Wings into Space
Rick Houston - Wheels Stop The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011
Stephen E. Ambrose - The Wild Blue

Biological Anthropology
Biology of Belief
Bruce Lipton - The Wisdom Of Your Cells
Carl Safina - Voyage of the Turtle
Carl Zimmer - Evolution - The Triumph of an Idea
Charles Darwin
Darwin, Darwinism, and The Modern World
Darwin, Darwinism, and The Modern World guidebook
Janet Browne
Darwin's Origin of Species
Voyage of the Beagle
David Hone - The Tyrannosaur Chronicles
Edward Larson - Evolution - The Remarkable History Of A Scientific Theory
Frans de Waal - Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are
Frans De Waal - The Age of Empathy
Fungi - The Fifth Kingdom
Jacques Cousteau - The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus
James Watson - DNA The Secret of Life
Jared Diamond- Why Is Sex Fun
Jennifer Ackerman - The Genius of Birds
Jerry A. Coyne - Why Evolution Is True
John McPhee - The Founding Fish
Lewis Thomas
The Fragile Species
The Youngest Science
Matt Ridley - Nature Via Nurture
Michael Crichton - Next
Michio Kaku - The Future of the Mind
Neil Shubin - Your Inner Fish
Rachel Carson - Silent Spring
Richard Dawkins
River Out of Eden
The Ancestor's Tale
The Blind Watchmaker
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Selfish Gene
Sam Kean - The Violinist's Thumb
Sean B. Carroll - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Sean B. Carroll - Remarkable Creatures
Stephen Jay Gould
Bully For Brontosaurus (1991)
Dinosaur In A Haystack (1995)
Eight Little Piggies (1993)
Evolution And Extinction
Hen's Teeth & Horse's Toes (1983)
Leonardo's Mountain of Clams & The Diet of Worms (1998)
Rocks of Ages (1999)
Susan Casey - The Devil's Teeth
The Medusa and the Snail - More Notes of a Biology Watcher
Thomas Hager - The Demon Under The Microscope
TTC - Biology And Human Behavior
TTC - Biology The Science of Life
TTC - Darwinian Revolution
TTC - Origins of Life
TTC - The Developing Adult - Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives
TTC - Theory of Evolution - History of Controversy
William Souder - On a Farther Shore - The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson

Hugh Aldersey Williams - Periodic Tales
TTC - Chemistry

Computer Science:
Andrew Blum - Tubes
Cory Doctorow - Information Doesn't Want To Be Free
Daniel May - Hatching Twitter
David Locke Hall - CRACK99
Fred Kaplan - Dark Territory
How Google Works - Eric Schmidt_Jonathan Rosenberg
Jamie Bartlett - The Dark Net
Jane Smiley - The Man Who Invented the Computer
John Brockman - What to Think About Machines That Think
Parmy Olson - We Are Anonymous
Ray Kurzweil - The Age Of Spititual Machines
Ray Kurzweil - The Singularity is Near
Virginia Heffernan - Magic and Loss
Worm - The First Digital World War (2011)

Coal - A Human History
Peter Tertzakian - A Thousand Barrels a Second
Ted Koppel - Lights Out
Tom Zoellner - Uranium

Alec Wilkinson - The Ice Balloon
Anthony Brandt - The Man Who Ate His Boots
Apsley Cherry-Garrard - The Worst Journey in the World
Charles C. Mann - 1493 - Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Donnie Eichar - Dead Mountain The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
George Michelsen Foy - Finding North
Hampton Sides - In the Kingdom of Ice
James Tabor - Blind Descent
Ken Ilgunas - Trespassing Across America
Laurence Bergreen - Columbus-The Four Voyages
Laurence Bergreen - Marco Polo, From Venice to Xanadu
Laurence Bergreen - Over the Edge of the World, Magellan's Circumnavigation of the Globe
Lewis and Clark - Landon Jones
Stephen Petranek - How We'll Live on Mars
The Lewis & Clark Journals

Assembling California
Charles Fishman - The Big Thirst - The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
David R. Montgomery - Dirt, The Erosion of Civilizations
Donald R. Prothero - Catastrophes! (2011)
Sara Wheeler - Terra Incognita  Travels in Antarctica
Simon Winchester - Krakatoa
Susan Casey - The Wave - In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
Susan W. Kieffer - The Dynamics of Disaster
T Rex and the Crater of Doom
The Control Of Nature
The Seashell On The Mountaintop

History of Science:
13 Things That Dont Make Sense
Alan Gurney -  Compass
Alan Turing - The Enigma
Amir Aczel - The Riddle of the Compass
Amir D. Aczel - Uranium Wars - The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age
Annie Jacobsen - Area 51~ An Uncensored History
Annie Jacobsen - Operation Paperclip (2014)
Area 51
Ben Goldacre - Bad Science
Ben Miller - Its Not Rocket Science
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson - At Home
Carl Sagan
The Demon Haunted World - Science As A Candle In The Dark - By Carl Sagan - Unabridged
Diamandis-Kotler - Abundance The Future Is Better Than You Think
Donald A Norman - Design of Everyday Things
Edward Dolnick - The Clockwork Universe
Electric Universe
Galileo A Life
Hiawatha Bray - You Are Here
How To Think About Science [CBC Ideas]
Ian Mortimer - Centuries Of Change
J.G. Crowther - Six Great Scientists - Copernicus,Galileo,Newton,Darwin,Marie Curie,Einstein
James Burke - The Day the Universe Changed
James Gleick - Faster (1999)
James Gleick - Isaac Newton (2003)
James Gleick - The Information (2011)
John Bemelmans Marciano - Whatever Happened to the Metric System-How America Kept Its Feet
Jon Gertner - The Idea Factory
Kevin Kelly - The Inevitable
Kevin Kelly - What Technology Wants
Kim Zetter - Countdown to Zero Day
Kitty Ferguson - Stephen Hawking
Leonardo - The First Scientist - Michael White
Mary Roach - Packing for Mars
Massimo Pigliucci - Nonsense on Stilts
Max Brockman - What's Next
Michael Hanlon - The Science of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Michael Pollan - In Defense of Food
Michael Shermer - The Borderlands of Science - Where Sense Meets Nonsense
Michio Kaku - Visions
Peter J. Bentley - Why Shit Happens
Randall Munroe - What If - Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Richard Dawkins - The Magic Of Reality (2011)
Science in the 20th Century
Scott Woolley - The Network
Stephen L Sass - The Substance of Civilization
The Education of Henry Adams
The Reluctant Mr. Darwin - David Quammen
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas S Kuhn
Tom McNichol - AC~DC
Tom Standage - The Victorian Internet
Tom Standage - Writing on the Wall
TTC - Great Principles of Science
TTC - Great Scientific Ideas that Changed the World
TTC - History of Science - 1700-1900
TTC - History of Science - Antiquity to 1700
TTC - Philosophy of Science
TTC - Science Wars
TTC - Skepticism 101
TTC - The Joy Of Science

Amir Aczel - The Mystery of the Aleph
Calculus Made Clear
Gary Smith - Standard Deviations
Linked by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
Nate Silver - The Signal and the Noise
Prof Scott P. Stevens - Games People Play
Sharon Bertsch McGrayne - Bayes' Rule - The Theory That Would Not Die
The Joy Of Thinking
TTC - Calculus
TTC - Meaning From Data
TTC - The Joy of Mathematics
TTC - Zero to Infinity-A History of Numbers
Zero,The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife

Andrew Weil - Why Our Health Matters
Antibiotics vs. the Superbugs 1999
Atul Gawande - Complications
Benefits of Breathwork
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz - Dr. Mutter's Marvels
Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year
David James - Abortion & Euthanasia
Eric Schlosser - Fast Food Nation
Francis S. Collins - The Language of Life - DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Joe Dispenza - Your Immortal Brain
Joel Fuhrman - Super Immunity
Joel Fuhrman - The End of Diabetes
John Barry - The Great Influenza-2006
Landmark - The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law
Libby H OConnell - The American Plate
Marcia Angell - The Truth About the Drug Companies
Melanie Warner - Pandora's Lunchbox
Michael Moss - Salt Sugar Fat - How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Morton A Meyers - Happy Accidents
Moyra Smith - Investigating the Human Genome
Norman Doidge  - The Brain That Changes Itself
Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010)
Richard Preston - Panic in Level 4
Siddhartha Mukherjee  - The Gene
Siddhartha Mukherjee - The Emperor of All Maladies
Telepathy with Animals
The Tell-Tale Brain - VS Ramachandran
TTC - Doctors - The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography
TTC - Human Body - How We Fail, How We Heal
TTC - Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process
TTC - Understanding the Brain

Bill Nye - Unstoppable
Cherie Burns - The Great Hurricane - 1938
Clint Willis - Storm
Field Notes From A Catastrophe (2006)
James Hansen - Storms of My Grandchildren
James Lovelock - The Vanishing Face of Gaia
Jan Deblieu - Wind - How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and The Land
Naomi Klein -This Changes Everything - Capitalism vs the Climate
Nicholas Stern - The Global Deal
NOAA_NASA 2014 Climate Call_011615
Tim Flannery - The Weather Makers
TTC - Earth's Changing Climate
TTC - Energy and Climate

Alan Lightman - The Accidental Universe
Amir Aczel - Gods Equation
Amir D. Aczel - Present at the Creation - The Story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider
Brian Greene - The Hidden Reality
David Bodanis
Electric Universe
David Kaiser - How the Hippies Saved Physics
Entanglement - The Greatest Mystery in Physics
George Musser - The Complete Idiots Guide to String Theory (2009)
John T. Sanders
Einstein's Revolution
The Story of Electricity
Lawrence Krauss - A Universe from Nothing - Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (2012)
Lawrence Krauss - Einstein's Biggest Blunder
Lawrence Krauss - Life, The Universe and Nothing
Lawrence Krauss - The Physics of Star Trek
Louisa Gilder - The Age of Entanglement
Michio Kaku - Physics of the Future
Michio Kaku - Physics of the Impossible
Partical Physics for non-Physicists
Pedro G. Ferreira - The Perfect Theory
Physics Lectures(1998-2003)
Richard Feynman
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From The Beaten Track
Pleasure of Finding Things Out
Quantum Man - Richard Feynmans Life in Science
Quantum Mechanics
Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman
The Character of Physical Law
The Feynman Lectures On Physics
Principle of Least Action
Solutions Maxwells Eqns Currents Charges
The Meaning of It All
What Do You Care What Other People Think
Robert Oppenheimer - American Prometheus
Sean Carroll - The Big Picture
Steven Weinberg - Dreams of a Final Theory (1992)
The Fabric of The Cosmos (2005)
TTC - Albert Einstein - Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian
TTC - Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution
TTC - Great Ideas of Classical Physics
TTC - Impossible - Physics Beyond the Edge
TTC - Modern Physics for Non-Scientists
TTC - Particle Physics
TTC - Physics in Your Life

That's just the non-fiction list. I also have copies of the collected works of Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe and many of the most famous authors in history.
Your turn.

The politics / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:28:45 AM »

A. Brad Schwartz - Broadcast Hysteria
Antonio Damasio - The Feeling of What Happens - Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness
Christakis and Fowler - Connected The Surprising Power Of Our Social Network
Dan Ariely - The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
Dan Ariely - The Upside of Irrationality
Daniel C. Dennett - Consciousness Explained
Daniel Goleman - Social Intelligence
Daniel Kahneman - Thinking, Fast and Slow
David Linden - The Compass of Pleasure
Deep In Hate - Origins Of Inequality
Derren Brown - Tricks of the Mind
Dini von Mueffling - The 50 Most Romantic Things Ever Done
Dr.Tim Cantopher - The Curse of the Strong
Eric Weiner - The Geography of Bliss
Evan Wright - Hella Nation - Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America
Jonah Lehrer - How We Decide
Kevin Dutton - The Wisdom of Psychopaths
Loneliness - Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection
Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point
What the Dog Saw
Michael Shermer - Why People Believe Weird Things
Musicophilia - Tales of Music and the Brain
Nick Tasler - The Impulse Factor Why Some of Us Play It Safe and Others Risk It All
Patricia B. McConnell - For The Love of a Dog
Paul Bloom - How Pleasure Works
Sebastian Junger - Tribe
Shawn Achor - The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology
Steven Johnson - Mind Wide Open
Steven Pinker - How The Mind Works
Steven Pinker - The Better Angels of Our Nature
Stuart Sutherland - Irrationality
Sway - The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
The Definitive Book Of Body Language
The Noonday Demon - An Atlas of Depression
The Psychopath Test - A Journey Through the Madness Industry
The Red Queen - Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
The Wisdom of Psychopaths
Theories of Human Development
Thomas R. Klassen - An Introduction to Sociology
Thomas Szasz - Psychiatry - The Science of Lies
Tom Butler-Bowdon - 50 Psychology Classics -  Insight and Inspiration From 50 Key Books
TTC - Abnormal Psycholoy
TTC - Explaining Social Deviance
TTC - Love & Vengeance
TTC - Psychology of Human Behavior
TTC - Roots of Human Behavior
TTC - The Developing Adult - Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives
TTC - The Great Ideas of Psychology
TTC - The Life of the Mind
TTC - The Life of the Mind - An Introduction to Psychology
TTC - Theories of Human Development
Viktor Frankl - Man's Search for Meaning
You Are Not So Smart

Chris Hedges - I Don't Believe in Atheists
Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens - Arguably, Essays
God is Not Great
Hitch-22 A Memoir
The Portable Atheist
David Mills - Atheist Universe
Evidence for God  William Lane Craig vs Lawrence Krauss
Irreligion -  John Allen Paulos
Penn-Jillette - Every Day is an Atheist Holiday
Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion
Sam Harris
Letter to a Christian Nation
The End of Faith
The Moral Landscape_ How Science Can Determine Human Values
The View from The End of the World
Waking Up
Sean Faircloth - Attack of the Theocrats
The Munk Debate - Is Religion A Force For Good In The World
Bart D Ehrman - Did Jesus Exist
Bart D Ehrman - Forged-Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
Bart D Ehrman - Misquoting Jesus
Bart D Ehrman - Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene
Bart D Ehrman - The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History
Bart D Ehrman - The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot
Bart D Ehrman - Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code
Bart D Erhman - God's Problem
Bertrand Russell - Religion and Science
BR1 What I Believe (Russell)
BR2 Why I Am Not a Christian (Russell)
BR3 A Free Man's Worship (Russell)
BR4 Religion and Science (Russell)
Book of the Tao
Tao Te Ching  - Stephen Mitchell
The Second Book of the Tao Te Ching - Stephen Mitchell
Buddhism Plain and Simple
Dalai Lama - eight verses for training the mind
The Naked Buddha - Adrienne Howley
Three Pillars of Zen - Philip Kapleau
TTC - Great World Religions - Buddhism
Chris Hedges American Fascists The Christian Right and the War on America
Confuscius - The Analects
David L. Lewis - God's Crucible
David Shipler - Arab and Jew - Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
Barry Cunliffe - The Druids
Elaine Pagels & Karen L. King - The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity
Everything You Know about God Is Wrong - Volume 2
Bernard Lewis
What Went Wrong - The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East
Koran - Arabic English Translation (by Qari Waheed Zafar Qasmi)
Lesley Hazleton - After the Prophet The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
Quran In English 3 Surahs concerning Jesus & Moses
Sean Barrett - Muhammad - His life based on the earliest sources
Jason Berry - Render Unto Rome
John Lawrence Reynolds - Secret Societies
Jonathan Miller
Atheism Tapes Interviews
Brief History of Disbelief
Joseph Campbell
Julia Sweeney - Letting Go Of God
Karen Armstrong - A History of God
Karen Armstrong - Myths
Kevin Phillips - American Theocracy
Martin Marty - The Christian World
Neil Wenborn - Religions of the World
Nicholas Wade - The Faith Instinct; How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures (2009)
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Essays on Spirituality
Religion, Scriptures & Spirituality
Confucianism and Taoism
Judaism - Part 1
Native Religions of the Americas
Orthodox & Roman Catholic Christianity
Protestant Christianity
Skepticism & Religious Relativism
The Religion of Small Societies
Religions of India
TTC - The Religions of India - Diana Eck
St. Augustine
St. Augustine - Confessions
The Bible and the Roots of Western Literature
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
The Evolution of God
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Reformation - Patrick Collinson
The Wisdom of the Gnostics
Thomas E. Woods, Jr - How Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
Thomas More - Utopia
TMS - Eternal Chalice-The Grail in Literature and Legend
TMS - God Wills It! Understanding the Crusades
TMS - Heaven or Heresy- A History of the Inquisition
TMS - The Quest -The Historians' Search for Jesus and Muhammad
TTC - American Religion History
TTC - Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Then
TTC - Augustine - Philosopher and Saint
TTC - Between Cross & Crescent
TTC - Book of Genesis
TTC - Can The Modern World Believe In God
TTC - Era Of The Crusades
TTC - Europe & Wars of Religion 1500-1700
TTC - Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity
Fall Of The Pagans And The Origins Of Medieval Christianity
TTC - Francis of Assisi
TTC - From Jesus To Constantine
From Jesus to Constantine
TTC - God and Mankind - Comparitive Religions
TTC - Hinduism
TTC - Historical Jesus
TTC - Introduction to Judaism
TTC - Jewish Mysticism
TTC - Lost Christianities
TTC - Philosophy Of Religion
TTC - Popes
TTC - Popes and the Papacy
TTC - Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World
TTC - Religions of the Axial Age
TTC - Science and Religion
TTC - The Apostle Paul
TTC - The History of the Bible
TTC - The Religion of our Founding Fathers
TTC - The Terror of History
Understanding the Crusades
Why Bother With the Bible
William James - The Varieties of Religious Experience


The politics / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:27:40 AM »
I am convinced you never spent enough time studying and comprehending the value Philosophy, Human Logic, Human Psychology, Morality or Ethics.
I think you are mistaken as I have spent thousands of hours reading and researching those subjects.
This is a partial list of books, videos and audio recordings I have read, watched or listened to.

A.C. Grayling - The Good Book
Adam Nicolson - Why Homer Matters
Alan Watts
Alan Watts lectures
Philosophy of Alan Watts
The Tao of Philosophy
An Introduction to Metaphysics
Ancient Greek Philosophy by Tom and Hugh Griffith
Anu Partanen - The Nordic Theory of Everything
Aristotle - Politics
Aristotle - Rhetoric, Poetics and Logic
Baron De Montesquieu - The Spirit of the Laws
BBC - Plato - The Last Days of Socrates
Bertrand Russell
Religion and Science
What I Believe
Why I Am Not A Christian
Bertrand Russell - History of Western Philosophy
Christopher Hitchens - Letters to a Young Contrarian
Confucius, Lao Tzu, & Chinese Philosophy
Dr. Mary Mahowald - Lying, Secrecy, & Privacy
Dr. Quantum - Meet the real creator - You!
Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth (2008)
Existentialism and the Meaning of Life
Friedrich Nietzsche
Beyond Good and Evil
Henry Louis Mencken - The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
Giants Of Philosophy
Greg McKeown - Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Hegel-Introduction to the Philosophy of History
History Of Philosophy, without any gaps
Classical Aristotle
Socrates and Plato
The Presocratics
Indian Later Antiquity
Ancient Christianity
Hellenistic Philosophy
Late Antiquity
Medieval Philosophy in the Islamic World
Andalusia Formative Period
The Eastern Traditions
Hugh Griffith - Aristotle - An Introduction
Immanuel Kant - Critique of Pure Reason
James Q. Wilson - The Moral Sense
John M. Shanahan - The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time
Jostein Gaarder - Sophie's World
Julian Baggini - The Pig that Wants to be Eaten And Ninety-Nine Other Thought Experiments
Karl Marx Wage Labor and Capital (1847)
Ken Wilber - A Brief History of Everything
Ken Wilber - Integral Operating System
Ken Wilbur - Kosmic Consciousness
Kenneth C. Davis - Don't Know Much About Mythology
Machiavelli - The Prince
Matt Ridley - The Evolution of Everything
Morality in Our Age - Richard DeGeorge
Paul Johnson - Intellectuals From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky
Paul Kennedy - Rene Descartes
Plato - Apology
Plato - Symposium
Plato - The Trial & The Death of Socrates
Plato and a Platypus walk into a Bar
Plato, Socrates
René Descartes - Meditations on first philosophy
Richard Tarnas - The Passion of the Western Mind
Rick Roderick - The Self Under Siege
Robert A. Segal - Myth - A Very Short Introduction (2004)
Ronald Wright - A Short History of Progress
Russell Shorto - Descartes' Bones - A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason
Socrates The Man and His Thought
Susan Jacoby - The Age of American Unreason
The Enlightenment - Invention of the Modern Self
Thomas R Flynn - Existentialism - A Very Short Introduction (2006)
Timothy Leary
TMS - Ethics, A History of Moral Thought
TMS - Ethics - A History of Moral Thought (Guidebook)
TMS - Faith and Reason - The Philosophy of Religion
TMS - Ideas that Shaped Mankind
TMS - Philosopher in You
TMS - The Enlightenment - Reason, Tolerance, and Humanity
Toltec Wisdom of Don Miguel Ruiz
TTC - Birth of the Modern Mind
TTC - Consciousness And Its Implications
TTC - Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement
TTC - Ethics and Public Policy
TTC - Ethics of Aristotle
TTC - From Plato to Post-Modernism
TTC - Great Ideas of Philosophy
TTC - Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition
TTC - Great Philosophical Debates - Free Will and Determinism
TTC - Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise - Dante's Divine Comedy
TTC - Heroes, Heroines, and the Wisdom of Myth
TTC - Introduction to Greek Philosophy
TTC - Machiavelli in Context
TTC - Mind of the Enlightenment
TTC - Natural Law and Human Nature
TTC - Nietzsche and the Post-Modern Condition
TTC - Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Rawls and Foucault
TTC - No Excuses - Existentialism
TTC - Origin Of The Modern Mind
TTC - Passions-Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions
TTC - Philosophy and Human Values
TTC - Philosophy and Religion in the West
TTC - Philosophy as a Guide to Living
TTC - Philosophy of Mind
TTC - Philosophy of Religion
TTC - Plato's Republic
TTC - Power Over People
TTC - Practical Philosophy - The Greco-Roman Moralists
TTC - Quest for Meaning - Values, Ethics, & the Modern Experience
TTC - Questions of Value
TTC - The Search for a Meaningful Past
TTC - Thomas Aquinas - The Angelic Doctor
TTC - Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment
TTC - Will to Power - The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
TTC - World Philosophy
Voltaire - Candide
Walter Kaufmann
Will Durant - Historian
Al Franken -Lies And the Lying Liars, Oh, The Things I Know, The Truth with Jokes
Al Gore - The Assault on Reason
Alexander Cockburn - Beating The Devil (2002)
Anarchism - A Very Short Introduction
Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
Andy Andrews - How Do You Kill Eleven Million People
Anne C. Heller - Ayn Rand and the World She Made
Arianna Huffington - Third World America
Arundhati Roy - Come September [In Conversation With Howard Zinn]
David Mendell - Obama - From Promise to Power
Barack Obama- Dreams From My Father
Janny Scott - A Singular Woman (2011)
Bill Clinton My Life
Bill Press - The Obama Hate Machine
Bob Woodward
Bush at War
Obama's Wars
Plan of Attack
State of Denial
The Price of Politics
Chaozhu Ji - The Man on Mao's Right From Harvard to Tiananmen Square
Charles Pierce - Idiot America
Chris Hayes - Twilight of the Elites
Chris Hedges - American Fascists The Christian Right and the War on America
Chris Mooney - The Republican Brain
Christian Parenti - Taking Liberties, Prisons, Policing & Surveillance
Corporate Media - Corporate Rule
Craig Unger
House of Bush, House of Saud
The Fall of the House of Bush
Dana Milbank - Homo Politicus
Dana Milbank - Tears of a Clown
Daniel Ellsberg - Secrets
David Brock - The Republican Noise Machine
David J. Rothkopf - Superclass The Global Power Elite And The World They Are Making
David Von Drehle - Triangle The Fire That Changed America
Decision Points - George W Bush
Dick Gregory -The Light Side The Dark Side
Dmitri Volkogonov - Lenin
Doris Goodwin - FDR - No Ordinary Time
Doris Kearns Goodwin - Team of Rivals
Edward J. Larson - Magnificent Catastrophe - The Tumultuous Election of 1800
Eric Alterman Why We're Liberals
Eric Hufschmid
Fareed Zakaria, Future of Freedom, The Post-American World
Fergus M. Bordewich - The First Congress
Francis Fukuyama, The Origins of Political Order from Pre-human Times to the French Revolution
Frank I. Luntz, What Americans Really Want
Fred Kaplan - Daydream Believers - How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power
F-U-B-A-R America's Right-Wing Nightmare
Game Change
George Dubya Bush
George Humphrey - Uncommon Sense
George Lakoff, The Essential Guide for Progressives (2004), Whose Freedom
George Tenet - At The Center of the Storm
Giants of Political Thought
Greg Palast, Armed Madhouse, Election 2000
GW Bush - From The Mind Of A C Student
Gwen Ifill - The Breakthrough - Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
Harry G. Frankfurt - On Bullshit
Henry Butterfield Ryan - The Fall of Che Guevara
Henry David Thoreau - Walden
Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States_ A Lecture at Reed College
Artists In A Time Of War
Heroes and Martyrs
Stories Hollywood Never Tells
Inside WikiLeaks (2011)
Ira Basen - Spin Cycles
IRS Fraud on America
James Bamford - The Shadow Factory
James K. Galbraith - The Predator State
JFK, Historic Conversations on Life with JFK - Jacqueline Kennedy
Jon Meacham - Franklin And Winston
JFK Assassination
The Kennedys
Vincent Bugliosi - Reclaiming History - The Assassination of JFK
Jim Hightower - Let's Stop Beating Around The Bush
Jimmy Carter, Christmas In Plains, Our Endangered Values, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
John Mearsheimer The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
John Perkins, Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
The Secret History of the American Empire
John W Dean, Broken Government, Conservatives Without Conscience, Worse Than Watergate
Jon Meacham - American Gospel
Jon Stewart, America
Joseph Cummins - Anything for a Vote
Joseph Nye - The Future of Power
Joshua Ramo - The Age of the Unthinkable
Kate Andersen Brower - The Residence - Inside the White House
Lenin  Two Tactics of Social-Democracy in the Democratic Revolution
Two Tactics - Lenin
Malcolm X
Mark Crispin Miller, Fooled Again
Matthew Stewart - Nature's God - The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
Maureen Dowd, Are Men Necessary
Max Blumenthal - Republican Gomorrah
Michael Moore, Dude, Where's My Country, Will They Ever Trust Us Again
Michelle Alexander - The New Jim Crow (2012)
Molly Ivins, Bushwhacked, Shrub, Who Let The Dogs In
Nemesis The Last Days Of The American Republic by Tom Weiner
Nick Davies - Flat Earth News
No Way To Pick A President By Jules Witcover
Noam Chomsky, Failed States The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Noam Chomsky, Making the Future (2011)
Noam Chomsky - Capital Rules - For A Free Humanity - For Anarchy - 1997
Noam Chomsky - Case Studies In Hypocrisy
Noam Chomsky - Class War
Noam Chomsky - Drugs, Guerillas, and Counterinsurgency
Noam Chomsky - East Timor Analysis - 1995
Noam Chomsky - Free Market Fantasies - Capitalism In The Real World - 1999
Noam Chomsky - Hedgemony Or Survival
Noam Chomsky - Human Rights and American Foreign Policy
Noam Chomsky - Imperial Presidency
Noam Chomsky - Iran
Noam Chomsky - Linguistics & Philosophy
Noam Chomsky - Manufacturing Consent
Noam Chomsky - Marijuana
Noam Chomsky - Propaganda & Control of the Public Mind (1998)
Noam Chomsky - Prospects For Democrasy - 1998
Noam Chomsky - reviews and corrects George Bush
Noam Chomsky - The Clinton Vision - Old Wine, New Bottles - 1997
Noam Chomsky - The Emerging Framework of World Power (2003)
Noam Chomsky - The New War On Terrorism
What We Say Goes
Paul Krugman, The Conscience of a Liberal
Peter Baker - Days of Fire - Bush and Cheney in the White House
Peter Navarro - The Coming China Wars
Planetary Biology and the Anti-Capitalist Revolution
Presidential Campaign Songs
Rachel Maddow - Drift
Richard A Clarke, Against All Enemies, Breakpoint, The Scorpion's Gate
Richard Wolffe - Renegade - Making of a President
Rick Shenkman - Just How Stupid Are We
Rise of the Warrior Cop (2012)
Robert A. Caro - The Years of Lyndon Johnson Volumes 1 - 4
Volume 1 - The Path to Power
Volume 2 - Means of Ascent
Volume 3 - Master of the Senate
Volume 4 - The Passage of Power
Robert Anton Wilson
Robert B Reich
Robert Baer - See No Evil
Robert Dallek - An Unfinished Life-JFK 1917-1963
Robert G. Kaiser - So Damn Much Money
Robert Greene - The 48 Laws of Power
Roger Penrose - The Emporer's New Mind
Ron Paul - The Revolution A Manifesto
Ron Suskind, The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty, The Way of the World_ A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism
Sasha Abramsky - American Furies Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment
Scott McClellan - What Happened
Scott McClellan - What Happened Part 01
Scott McClellan - What Happened Part 02
Seymour M. Hersh, Chain of Command_ The Road from 9_11 to Abu Ghraib
Stephen Colbert, I Am America And So Can You (2007)
Stephen Kinzer  - Overthrow (2006)
Stephen Kinzer - All the Shah's Men
Ted Sorensen - Counselor - A Life at the Edge of History
Teddy Roosevelt
James Bradley - The Imperial Cruise
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn - Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
The Age of American Unreason - Susan Jacoby
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Book on Bush - How George W. (Mis)leads America
The Daily Show and Philosophy
The Dark Side - The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
The Economics of Fascism
The Post-American World
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
Thom Hartmann - Screwed - The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class
Thomas Ayres-That’s Not in My American History Book
Thomas Paine - Common Sense
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
TMS - Political Theory- The Classic Texts
TMS - The People and the Ballot
TTC - Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights
TTC - Cycles of American Political Thought
TTC - Ethics of Public Policy Lecture
TTC - Freedom - The Philosophy of Liberation
TTC - History of Freedom
TTC - Ideas In Politics
TTC - Power Over People
TTC - The Conservative Tradition
TTC - What Does It Mean To Be An American
Uncovering Clinton - Michael Iskoff - Roy Carson
Voices of Black America Historical Recordings
Voices of Black America_ Historical Recordings 1908-1947_ Disc 1
Voices of Black America_ Historical Recordings 1908-1947_ Disc 2
W. Cleon Skousen - The 5,000 Year Leap
William Cooper, Behold a Pale Horse


The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: September 21, 2018, 05:29:52 AM »
"Today, the world still exists, but Petrov himself is a ruined man. A man who, in his own words, is not a hero and who went against all protocol, relying on his own instinct instead of the computers."

Is that supposed to be an argument for AI - ML and your unbridled faith in all things Tech, Dr Strangelove?  ::)
Not at all. That sentence was copied from a critics review of the film. I'm guessing you haven't seen the film. I think you don't have a clue as to the type of computers and software the Russians were using back then. I don't need to search the internet to know the answer to that question because I was working for the defense industry from 1976 through 1998. We are still alive today because those computers are still running our nuclear defense systems but nobody has pushed the 'GO' button, yet...

The politics / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: September 21, 2018, 04:59:55 AM »
I don't claim to be superior to anyone but I am fairly familiar with a few knowledge domains. I have aerospace engineering background with a degree in computer science so I do have a bias toward technology. AI is here to solve problems people are interested in and not to subvert the human race. But as AI gets more and more powerful, faster and faster, there is real danger it will change our reality and there is no guarantee we will adapt to it without major disruptions to economies and societies.

As Yoda says, "Use the force Lurk".

Did you know people actually trust machines more than they trust their fellow humans? You might think that's a flaw in human nature but it's not.

The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:17:30 AM »
Insubordination, Mutiny, Treason?

What's the proper term when federal employees are instructed to not obey direct orders?

Ya know sometimes it matters...

The Man Who Saved the World

"Stanislav Petrov was a lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. On September 26 1983, Russian radars intercept five nuclear missiles on their way to Russia. The decision that would start World War III rests on his shoulders. Should Russia fire nuclear missiles at the United States in defense?

Today, the world still exists, but Petrov himself is a ruined man. A man who, in his own words, is not a hero and who went against all protocol, relying on his own instinct instead of the computers."

Great documentary film.
Stanislav Petrov sadly died last year largely unknown to the billions of souls he saved.

More to the point of your angst about unclassified government documents, we all agree the president should immediately classify and seal the Mueller report as soon as it's released. /sarc

PS: zerohedge has been predicting the imminent collapse of (money/oil/europe/etc.) forever so by the law of large numbers they will surly hit the jackpot someday and they will be here after the SHTF to tell us they saw it coming. ZH seems to be a mecca for nihilist and neo-libertarians. I check it every few days just like Drudge Report just to see what's trending.

The politics / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: September 21, 2018, 12:24:18 AM »
One thing that never seems to be revealed in all the video/audio/image evidence is the audit trail.

Who is creator ? who had possession of it ? where are the affidavits attesting to creation and transfer? where are the checksums showing the evidence is unaltered ?

Each of these would be necessary in a court of law. But, of course in a propaganda war, none of the rules of evidence need be applied.

Sorta like the claims of various "senior officials" and "intelligence agencies" that we have heard forever. We were attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin. We do not assassinate foreign leaders. We do not torture. Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. We do not intercept millions of calls without warrants. There is not enuf evidence to prosecute torturers. Or bankers. The 2008 crisis was caused by irresponsible borrowers. ...

The litany of lies goes on, and the powers that be actually expect us to believe them. Alas, their illusions are fraying.


This is a comment I forgot to post earlier but it points to possible solutions to these 'trust' issues.

It was new to me too till I saw a news segment on PBS News Hour.

This was on their website:
[Civil] seeks to eliminate the possibility of one company or a small group of investors exerting power and influence over a journalistic organization and compromising its mission.

You will find several opinion pieces from well several well known institutions like Columbia Jounalism Review, The New York Times, TechCrunch etc.. that can explain it much better than I can.

Many of the 'news rooms' they have started cover a variety of subject areas. Most seem to have a local  flavor but there are some that are topic specific.

I didn't see anything that actually used blockchain to verify sources but I think it could be done.

The politics / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:48:42 PM »
The Long Now Foundation has a new lecture out on a relevant topic.

Soldiers and Scouts: Why our minds weren't built for truth, and how we can change that

An expert on rationality, judgement, and strategy, Julia Galef notes that "our capacity for reason evolved to serve two very different purposes that are often at odds with each other. On the one hand, reason helps us figure out what’s true; on the other hand, it also helps us defend ideas that are false-but-strategically-useful. I’ll explore these two different modes of thought — I call them “the scout” and “the soldier” — and what determines which mode we default to. Finally, I’ll argue that modern humans would be better off with more scout mode and less soldier mode, and I’ll share some thoughts on how to make that happen.” Galef is founder of the Update Project and hosts the podcast Rationally Speaking.

I have found some really great seminars at their website. Most are about science topics but there are plenty of talks on other subjects like economics, history and geopolitics.

The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:28:41 PM »
This is completely anecdotal but it could be a proxy for Republican turnout.

The National Rifle Association is traditionally one of the most powerful and financially intimidating interest groups in Washington. But a new third-party audit of the group’s finances obtained by OpenSecrets raises questions about its long-term fiscal health.

The document offers the first look at the NRA’s finances in the wake of the 2016 elections. It shows that for the last two years, the NRA saw plummeting income from dues-paying members, and that has, in turn, fueled growing deficits.

Just like the melting polar ice caps are a proxy from AGW this may show there are signs the hard core Trump base is loosing enthusiasm. Other GOP analysts have been sounding the alarm that the base is becoming complacent. It's a version of the old saying 'too much of a good thing' and it may be sapping the energy of the right wing. If the GOP reverts to their normal tactics we should see increased emphasis on immigration, racial division, and religious freedoms to stoke up fear and loathing.

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:10:01 PM »
Refrigerators are kind of a inverse battery  :)

What would be really cool (pun intended) is solid state (magnetic?) refrigeration. In Texas it's the #1 user of electricity. Solid state refrigeration could cut emissions of refrigerants gases, reduce electrical demand, potentially last longer and provide affordable A/C and refrigeration to developing nations.
Magnetic cooling systems work by exploiting the magnetocaloric effect – which basically means that certain materials will change temperature when exposed to a magnetic field. The technology has been around almost as long as conventional fridges, but has never really taken off because device complexity can ruin energy efficiency. The problem is often the superconducting magnets used, which require their own cooling system.

To get around that problem, researchers from Technical University Darmstadt and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in Germany used a unique combination of magnets and special alloys. The magnets contain the rare-Earth metal neodymium, as well as iron and boron. The alloy is a mixture of nickel, manganese and indium.

That combination is key to making the system practical. Those magnets are the strongest permanent magnets currently known, capable of generating magnetic fields 40,000 times stronger than that of the Earth. That particular alloy, meanwhile, will cool down when exposed to a magnetic field and, in addition, it can return to its original shape after being deformed.

While this is overkill for commercial use it does show the potential.

All-solid-state cryocooler becomes a reality
Markus Hehlen and collaborators have — for the first time — demonstrated an all-solid-state optical refrigerator that operates at cryogenic temperatures and has no moving parts.

This might go in the category of things like affordable fusion power and flying cars but technology marches on.

The politics / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:00:01 PM »
Screaming for Bill Clinton's head on a platter virtually assured his re-election to a second term.
Screaming for Donald Trump's head on a platter will surely end his dream of a second term.
Those who recall history are doomed to repeal it 8)
You are not telling the whole story. Leading up to the 1996 election there was a big corruption scandal for the Republicans.

Nov 7, 1998 - Speaker Newt Gingrich, who orchestrated the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and presided this year over what at times seemed like ...

This was a major factor in the Dems winning the 96 election.
Eighty-four ethics charges were filed by Democrats against Gingrich during his term as Speaker. All were eventually dropped except for one: claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. On January 21, 1997, the House officially reprimanded Gingrich (in a vote of 395 in favor, 28 opposed) and "ordered [him] to reimburse the House for some of the costs of the investigation in the amount of $300,000". It was the first time a Speaker was disciplined for an ethics violation.

Additionally, the House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented "intentional or ... reckless" disregard of House rules. The Ethics Committee's Special Counsel James M. Cole concluded that Gingrich had violated federal tax law and had lied to the ethics panel in an effort to force the committee to dismiss the complaint against him. The full committee panel did not agree whether tax law had been violated and left that issue up to the IRS.

As to how this affects Trump in the 2020 election I have no idea. He at least can count on the 'so called' religious right because they are actually a cult of hypocrites and trully are the dregs and deplorables of the US electorate.

Arctic sea ice / Re: Northern Sea Route thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 04:59:01 PM »
A commercial container ship has for the first time successfully navigated the Northern Sea Route of the Arctic Ocean, a route made possible by melting sea ice caused by global warming.

With help from Russia's most powerful nuclear icebreaker, it followed the Northern Sea Route up through the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska, before travelling along Russia’s north coast and into the Norwegian Sea.

Maersk Line, the world’s biggest container shipping company, told The Independent its ship, Venta Maersk, was expected to reach its final destination of St Petersburg next week.

The new ice-class 42,000 ton vessel, carrying Russian fish and South Korea electronics, left Vladivostok, in the far east of Russia, on the 23 August.

They hide the punch line at the end:
“Currently, we do not see the Northern Sea Route as a commercial alternative to our existing network.”

The politics / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:16:53 PM »
This guy knows how to drain a swamp.

Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday hailed steps by the new Congress to cut the salaries of government officials, part of a raft of measures he promised to battle corruption and inequality.

Lopez Obrador vowed to cut his own salary to 40 percent of what outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto earns to 108,000 pesos ($5,718) per month - a sum well below many high-paying government jobs in the current administration.

He has also promised to waive his bodyguards and sell the presidential jet as well as a fleet of government aircraft.

Local media have reported the cuts could hit around 35,000 officials currently earning more than Lopez Obrador’s proposed wage.

On Friday, Lopez Obrador also said the bill would allow him to fulfill another campaign promise - to end generous pensions enjoyed by former Mexican presidents.

Lopez Obrador, who takes office on Dec. 1, won a landslide victory in July after pledging to save billions of dollars through anti-corruption and austerity measures to fund scholarships for students, pensions for the elderly and infrastructure projects in Mexico’s poor south.

The politics / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: September 19, 2018, 06:12:00 PM »
Maybe there is another way to get good journalism?
Civil is building the new economy for journalism.
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We built our careers at places like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, The Guardian, El Pais, Politico, NPR, The Atlantic, The New Republic, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, and DNAinfo."

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: September 19, 2018, 05:32:19 AM »
How fast can you deploy a life saving device like a defibrillator, EpiPen or critical drug?

Drone company Flirtey completed its first delivery flight under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot program in Reno, NV, the city announced.

The multi-drone delivery demonstration was conducted under the FAA’s Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP), which gave 10 local governments the authority to fast-track regulatory approvals for drone delivery in order to collect data for more widespread implementation. During the test, a single pilot simultaneously flew several Flirtey drones to deliver automated external defibrillators.

The tests used the company's next-generation drone, designed for heavier payloads over long distances. Flirtey founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny said in a statement that the test was a "major milestone toward scaling drone delivery nationwide," and touted the potential for delivery of medical supplies and equipment in emergencies.

While not exactly like having a ambulance deliver the same service I do know it costs thousands per trip to use our local EMT service.

This website seems dedicated to reporting on cities dealing with the challenges of our changing environment and evolving technology.
Major topics include:
Energy & Utilities, Transportation, Buildings & Infrastructure, Environment Resilience, Governance, Tech & Data

A recent article:
Seattle, Atlanta first winners in American Cities Climate Challenge
Sept. 17, 2018
Dive Insight:

Both Seattle and Atlanta have been leaders in fighting climate change at the city level, and their efforts have been rewarded with this honor from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Atlanta was the first city in the southeast to pass a law around clean buildings, according to MyAJC, and plans to use this challenge to expand its charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and pass a Complete Streets ordinance to help make its streets safer for all users.

Seattle, meanwhile, released a climate action plan earlier this year, and will look to use this challenge to create green jobs and further study congestion pricing, among other initiatives. "Seattle has suffered from both increasingly destructive wildfires and extreme rainstorms. Tackling climate action isn't just about investing in the future — it’s about protecting our communities right now," Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. "In Seattle, we’re excited to be part of the solution, pioneering innovative policies that will both reduce our carbon footprint and benefit our city."

This initiative represents a major investment from Bloomberg, who has already donated from his personal wealth to make up for a funding shortfall in the Paris climate accord, which President Trump withdrew the United States from last year.

This is one of a family of websites that provide focused coverage of major segments of the (mostly) US economy.

The complete list is at

The rest / Re: Mueller Investigation & Cohen Investigation
« on: September 18, 2018, 11:38:00 PM »
If Trump classifies the Mueller report I can't think of anyone who could or would stop him. In fact I could name a dozen high ranking politicians who block anyone who tried.

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:02:20 PM »

EPA: There Isn't Sufficient Evidence
Pruitt had sat on the petitions, along with a similar request from the state of Connecticut, for months without acting. Federal courts ruled four times this year that such delays were illegal—most recently on June 13, when a federal judge in Maryland ordered the EPA to act on that state's petition.

In the notice signed by Wheeler on Friday, the EPA said that it does not have sufficient evidence that upwind states and sources are significantly contributing to the downwind states' problems with ground-level ozone, or smog. ...
If you think the EPA is in the pocket of big business now... well it's going to get a lot worse.
Now the Rs have the opportunity to put in a industry compliant toadie should we should worry?
6 to 1 odds it will be a former industry lobbyist or CEO.

The politics / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:18:15 PM »
I have simply never trusted establishment narratives, and probably never will.
That must, by definition, include global warming too.
PS: We don't have free will either.  ;)
PPS: bellingcat's Mexico drug war coverage is excellent but I can't vouch for their middle east coverage.

Consequences / Re: The Holocene Extinction
« on: September 18, 2018, 07:00:44 PM »
It might be that there could still be a few bacterias or viruses running around, the oldest living elements on earth, more than 3bn years of experience, able to outwit the now "pretentious" human ingenuity to master and rule the environment
Indeed, a global pandemic must be in the top 5 risks. The most lethal biological agents in the world are made by humans (mostly governments) but your point is well taken. Leaving out a human source, we would probably be most vulnerable just after a massive solar CME knocked out the global electrical grid.

Consequences / Re: The Holocene Extinction
« on: September 18, 2018, 06:25:44 AM »
Yeah there are people out there that think we can engineer our way out of the worst effects of global climate change. Truth is they might be right.
Engineering biology through DNA's environment
NSF awards $16 million to understand and control epigenetic effects.

"Precise regulation of cells, thanks to a combination of advanced techniques from engineering and biology, may allow us to combat disease, engineer crop improvements, and design organisms that can remediate environmental problems or adapt to environmental change," said Dawn Tilbury, NSF assistant director for Engineering."
Chromatin -- a combination of DNA, RNA and proteins within a cell's nucleus -- can be modified by attaching additional molecules. This can cause altered gene expression without actually changing the cell's DNA. These so-called epigenetic changes can alter an organism's traits, or phenotype, and may even be passed to offspring.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:35:14 AM »
Cross posted from a comment on the The 2018 melting season thread.

Although aimed at solar energy production (and some other environmental issues) I found it useful for a number of other things solar energy related.

Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2018 melting season
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:31:19 AM »
Everything you need to track the Sun.


Although aimed at solar energy production (and some other environmental issues) I found it useful for a number of other things solar related. Not sure about how good it is for polar ice watching or if the data is useful for other global observations but it is pretty cool.

I will cross post this in the renewable energy thread since it's main purpose seems to be for solar energy.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:08:04 PM »
Please give me an example of that radical thinking that will save us.
Ok. This is pretty radical.,2305.msg172996.html#msg172996

Consequences / Re: The Holocene Extinction
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:04:22 PM »
Radical solutions?
If homo sapiens are the source of the problem then maybe let's fix that first?

<begin mad scientist mode>
Lets genetically modify the human genome in three specific areas.
1) Raise the intelligence or cognition of the human brain. The better the species is able to understand it's effect on the environment the more effective proactive solutions will be. Generally higher IQs will likely accelerate technological solutions.
2) Delay fertility till the late 20s or early 40s (male and female). Consider longer gestation periods to limit maximum births during fertility periods, maybe 2-3 years between births. Alternatively, we could shorten fertility to the early twenties. Limit the number of years the species is fertile to a max of 5-7 years.
3) Turn humans from carnivores into herbivores. Just like lactose intolerance make some humans allergic to milk. There are proteins in meat that could be targeted to produce similar results in humans.

This is all feasible with genetic engineering using technologies like CRISPR and Gene Drive. Option #1 is potentially the most dangerous since there is a chance it could lead to a split in the genome resulting in multiple homo-sapiens derivatives and greater inequality.
Before you pass judgment on these ideas take note that we are already doing this to other species.
Is this solution ethical, humane and moral? More importantly, would it help solve the problem of over population and the resulting strain on the environment?

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:49:58 AM »
Several of the Volt owners had purchased their cars used, as well.

Thank you, Sustainable Tallahassee!
Thanks for the trip report Tor. We have a group here in DFW that sponsors EV days and solar home tours too.

I think I made a Volt sale yesterday. The lawnmower guy working across the street came over and asked me a lot of questions about my Volt because his wife wants one. I gave him ride in my car and he seemed pretty impressed. I emailed him the names of some good websites to shop for used and lease returns and told him the best deals are seasonal and linked with annual lease promotions.

Earlier this year Consumer Reports said the Volt has the single highest customer satisfaction rating-- 93% of any car in the market, even higher than the Porsche 911 with 91%. I guess I should enjoy it while it lasts as Chevy hasn't committed to Volt production beyond 2022.

PS: I have a 1500 watt AC pure sine wave inverter I can plug into my Volt and run my critical loads if the grid fails. Unfortunately my solar panels shut down if the grid goes down so this is still not optimal solution. A work in progress.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: September 15, 2018, 05:31:37 PM »
Long term solution is to genetically modify the human species. I'm thinking of things like CRISPR and Gene-Drive.
The experiment is the first step in a three phased programme to develop “gene drive” mosquitoes - a project that has received $70 million of funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 If we can raise intelligence, lower fertility and turn us all into herbivores we might last another 200-500 years. By then our technology will have altered reality so much we will have a completely different set of problems.  ;D

Science / Re: Cube-Sat Payload - Suggestions?
« on: September 15, 2018, 05:10:17 PM »
How long can a string of high strength material (carbon fiber?) be deployed from a cube-sat? If the length is long enough and the tensile strength is high enough it could provide valuable data in developing a space elevator. This might have already been done before but there might be new materials available now.

Physics tells us a space elevator is feasible so we are just waiting for technology to make it happen.

and a  vet
I personally don't care for ex-military politicians. Too easy for them to fall back to 'military solutions' that justify huge defense budgets.

I nominate Beto O'Rourke. He's got Willie Nelson doing a benefit concert (his first ever for a politician!) for him in Austin on Sep. 29th.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:09:50 PM »
Heating with wood would be an easy way to make it renewable without having too much electricity used.

I heat with wood.  There is little "easy" about it, but I can't get enough electricity into the house, let alone cheaply enough, to heat the house fully.  Pellets are better for that and I will be moving to pellets in the next 12 months, however they use a lot more CO2 to produce and distribute.

Lurk is dead right on the downsides of Solar today, I investigated that to an end a decade ago and would have had to oversupply by 400% to make it work.  €5,000 +++ for a system which could only heat water was never going to fly. It was solar PV or nothing. After the EU tariffs on Chinese solar, that turned into nothing..
I installed a forced air fireplace insert that puts out 40,000 BTU but it is a pain in the ass to feed and clean it. Compared to my old electric central heating unit it costs about 1/10th as much to operate since I have access to free wood. Most of the time I use zoned heating - I only heat the rooms I'm using with space heaters and I close off the rest of the rooms.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:28:29 PM »
Solar Broke Records All Over Europe This Summer
In the U.K., solar broke the record for weekly output between June 21 and June 28, producing 533 gigawatt-hours of energy. The spike in output led solar to take over from gas as the number-one energy source in the country, said the European PV industry body SolarPower Europe.

In July, solar also reached a new high in Germany, with a record 6.17 terawatt-hours of production, SolarPower Europe said. Further north, Denmark registered 361 hours of sunshine in May. This led to an increase of 33 percent in solar electricity production, smashing previous records.

And in the Netherlands, a sunny July saw 75 percent more solar power generation than in the same month last year.
In France and Germany, coal and nuclear power plants had to be powered down as they could no longer use the huge volumes of water needed to cool their power stations, resulting in intermittent supply.

To be fair, peak electricity demand in Europe is in the winter when solar output drops to it's seasonal low.

Also note that thermal power plants face two problems in a warmer world. One is the lack of water during drought conditions and the other is the temperature differential AKA Carnot/Rankine Cycle efficiency limits. Both of these problems could be solved by building closed loop cooling systems but that will raise the costs.

Science / ESA’s Aeolus satellite: Mission status and discoveries.
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:57:54 AM »

12 September 2018

Just one week after ESA’s Aeolus satellite shone a light on our atmosphere and returned a taster of what’s in store, this ground-breaking mission has again exceeded all expectations by delivering its first data on wind – a truly remarkable feat so early in its life in space.

Looking forward to seeing this data merged with other global climate data sets.

The politics / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:38:04 AM »
One of my old favorite sites that track the US war machine:

Through July 2018:

29,948 Coalition strikes
14,316 Strikes in Iraq
15,632 Strikes in Syria
1,494 Days of campaign
6,575 Minimum civilians estimated killed by Coalition
108,462 Airdropped bombs and missiles

The politics / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:27:21 PM »
You remind me of someone...
In another time and another place you could have been this guy:

"I am an individualist because I am an anarchist. I am an anarchist because I am a nihilist.
I call myself a nihilist because I know that nihilism means negation.
Negation of every society, of every cult, of every rule and of every religion.
I do not renounce life, I exalt and sing it." - Renzo Novatore (b1890-d1922)

Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2018
« on: September 12, 2018, 07:00:09 PM »
The US Environmental Protection Agency plays a crucial role in cleaning up contaminated water, mitigating chemical and other spills after a storm. But Trump’s all-out war on the agency that he promised to destroy while he was on the campaign trail has decimated its ranks to levels not seen since the Reagan administration, as the Washington Post reports, with a net 1,200 fewer workers in the past 18 months.
Weakened chemical and factory regulations

The Trump administration has rolled back rules that related to chemical manufacturers, power plants, and others in industry, which could make it harder to identify toxic spills, environment experts say.

Texas shows the way on how to deal with toxic pollution: Ignore it!
The report also found that Texas’ benchmarks are significantly weaker than those used by the federal government to determine whether a site is eligible for Superfund status.

“On average, for all chemicals targeted by Texas and the EPA, the strictest Texas benchmarks tolerate soil pollution at a rate nearly 14 times greater than the benchmarks used to score potential Superfund sites and groundwater pollution at a rate nearly 35 times higher,” according to the report, which emphasizes that the disparity is particularly stark for carcinogenic contaminants.

While Texas benchmarks for pollutants that are not thought to cause cancer are 4.5 percent stronger than federal Superfund thresholds, the report found that they are 1,682 percent weaker for known carcinogens.

“It is fair to say that the more dangerous a pollutant, the less emphasis Texas puts on cleaning it up,” the report concludes.

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