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The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: Today at 04:29:51 AM »
On another topic: Chinese influence in africa and elsewhere

While the USA runs military ops in 50 african countries

China is pouring money in. Hre is a speech by a Chinese Ambassador. Once you get past the posturing and propaganda, he lays out some truths that are hard to deny:

"The American friends are worried about Africa's debt crisis on the lips. But they have no willingness to issue loans to support Africa’s development, or to encourage their investors to Africa."

"Africa needs huge amounts of capital to develop its infrastructure to realize self-sustainable development. "

And here is China opening a port in Brazil, treading on the Monroe doctrine.. Neocons will be mad.


The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: Today at 04:03:57 AM »
"I gather your question is about who would benefit who is also in a position to stoke tensions. "

No, I did not intend to limit those questions to only those in a position to influence relations betwwn the UK-USA and Russia.


The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: Today at 01:47:37 AM »
Over on another thread, the question was raised: who benefits from destabilized relations between UK-USA and Russia ? I'd like to explore that question and and a related one here.

Clearly, one beneficiary is the worldwide arms business. Another might be China as the Russians turn to alternate routes for money and goods.

The other, perhaps more interesting question is, who loses from destabilized relations ? Russia and the USA-UK block certainly, but is there a downside for China ?


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: Today at 01:24:53 AM »
This is almost believable: America's finest new source details Mueller closing in on Trump Organization finances:

" they are beginning to perceive the full scope of the secretive business dealings ... namely the Dairy Queen just down Marshall Hill Road from the paintball supply shop "

" Trump did briefly own a minor share of a Pizza Hut on Long Island, but it apparently went bankrupt in 1997."


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: Today at 01:22:14 AM »
America's finest news source on Facebook's war on fake news:

"by making the inaccurate stories on the social media site actually happen"

“For example, if you read about high-level Democrats running a child sex ring out of the basement of a D.C.-area pizzeria, we will go to that restaurant, dig a basement if there isn’t one already, and get that human-trafficking operation up and running. That’s how dedicated we are to factual accuracy at Facebook.”

"reportedly corrected those mistakes by ordering its in-house team of assassins to kill Kirk Douglas, Bob Barker, Robert Redford, Carlos Santana, Paul McCartney, Jackie Chan, Mark McGrath, and others."


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: Today at 01:05:22 AM »
"The death of a Russian double-agent won't rattle a single saber"

Disagreed.  The murder attempt has already empowered the russia hawks and cold warriors. Here's one shill who has been beating russia wardrum for a while. Now he has more ammunition and might even get some more toys.


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 17, 2018, 10:38:36 PM »
Re: stupidity of military-industrial complex

They are not stupid. Iraq for example. The made serious coin from one of the greatest strategic blunders ever made. Killing Skripal and laying a russian trail benefits warmongers.


Leftward motion on health care in the Demmocratic Party ? Jilani is more hopeful than I am.


I have previously referred to Gilens and page ( doi:10.1017/S1537592714001595 ),1068.msg125889.html#msg125889

 showing the irrevelance of the poor in policy choice of legislators of the USA. Another discussion on the same lines proceeds in the "Economic Inequality" thread, albeit in a more global arena.


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 17, 2018, 07:57:02 AM »
Kill people and can't even own up: we see nothing defense.


I've made KOH from wood ash for bioD, it's a pain. Compost the thing, great for neutralizing dogshit and catshit, like lime. Also can use it with woodchips in humanure. If you have a lot you can remediate acid soils.

I don't think you need to worry about toxics picked up by trees from the air. Much bigger problem it what they pick up from the ground and the water.


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:06:01 AM »
From America's finest news source: Russian election moved up, Putin's a busy man:

"I’m completely swamped with planning and denying this whole assassination thing, so there’s no way that I’ll have time to go to celebrations and give triumphant speeches. "

"At press time, an increasingly exasperated Putin insisted this was the last time he would put up with “the expensive, inconvenient time sink” of even holding elections."


The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:56:14 PM »
Parramore on the disappearance of the middle class in the USA:

"In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the “FTE sector” (named for finance, technology, and electronics, the industries which largely support its growth). These are the 20 percent of Americans who enjoy college educations, have good jobs, and sleep soundly knowing that they have not only enough money to meet life’s challenges, but also social networks to bolster their success ... count themselves as lucky to be Americans. "


"The FTE citizens rarely visit the country where the other 80 percent of Americans live: the low-wage sector. Here, the world of possibility is shrinking, often dramatically. People are burdened with debt and anxious about their insecure jobs if they have a job at all. Many of them are getting sicker and dying younger than they used to ... While members of the first country act, these people are acted upon. "


Consequences / Re: Population: Public Enemy No. 1
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:51:42 PM »
Lawler details census underprojections of mortality and overpredictions of immmigration and household growth in the USA. The last will have significant impact on the real estate market, which is why CalculatedRisk and Lawler are analysing it. There is also impact on preditions of working age population.

"What this means, of course, is that if one were to incorporate the higher “actual” death rates the US has recently experienced into population projections over the next several years, the result would be substantially lower projections in the size of the “working age” population "

"Obviously, an updated population projection from those from 2014 produces slower projections for labor force growth, and significantly slower if one uses “realistic” growth rates. Similarly, household projections using 2014 projections are a LOT higher than those using updated assumptions and realistic death rates. E.g., from mid-2018 to mid-2020 a reasonable projection for annual household growth using the 2014 population projections of about 1.455 million. Using the “raw” 2017 projections would, using similar headship rates, produce an annual household growth forecast of about 1.345 million. Adjusting the 2017 projections for more realistic death rates, however, would (using same headship rates) result in an annual household growth forecast over the next two years of about 1.245 million, or about 210,000 a year less than one would get using the old C2014 projections."


The very generation of earths magnetic field is poorly understood. Magnetic pole reversal is even less well understood. The impact of changing tectonics in response to ice unloading is also poorly understood and it's influence on magnetic field generation is not understood at all.  I am aware of no literature suggesting that ice unloading will cause magnetic pole reversal, and i consider the notion quite farfetched.


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:17:12 PM »
"There is actually a very narrow case for torture: While it fails as a generic method to extract truth, there is one exception: The Quran (or whatever) allows Islamic terrorists to speak after some torture, when they have exercised/suffered sufficient jihad. Then they are no longer regarded a traitor. Allah is most merciful..."

Am i really seeing an argument for using torture on "Islamic terrorists " on this forum ?


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:12:27 PM »
Larry Kudlow has been wrong for a very long time ...


Jaffe on the progressive caucus strategy within the Democratic Party, with valuable insights from Europeans:


"They didn’t care that people like Tony Blair said a socialist like Corbyn was unelectable. They followed that move by calling for nationalizing railroads, scrapping tuition fees, taxing the rich, and other proposals that they had been told, she said, they’d be crazy to run on. On that platform, they made historic gains in the June 2017 elections—in the face of near-constant attacks from the mainstream and tabloid press, the Tories, and within Labour itself."

"Abbott pointed out that Corbyn’s predecessor as Labour leader had tried pandering to the right with “Controls on Immigration” and lost badly, while Corbyn picked up seats in districts that had both the highest Leave percentages and the highest Remain."


"Yet in Greece and, this past election, in the U.K., there was another anti-establishment option: the left. People voted for these parties, as Abbott noted, not even because they agreed with everything they stood for, but because they saw them as genuine."

Ellison makes radical noises:

"He even suggested a form of “maximum wage”—taxing executives more if they made more than, say, 20 times more than the people who make the products and perform the services at their companies. “This idea that you can leave people in poverty as you are stacking up dead presidents like nobody’s business has got to come to an end,” he said."

Read the whole thing.


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:41:46 AM »
Sanders and others are pushing a bill to stop the war in Yemen. The war party have their own counter bill, intended to defang Sanders supporters. Watch this one, it will expose those paid by warmongers.

That is how wars are sold. Buy the legislators, then the war sells itself.


"  ... an entire legislative agenda can't be delivered in the first half of a Presidential term ..."

Decades of betrayal, not just half a presidential term.

The obama voters who switched to Trump did so because they have waited for decades for the Democrats to grow some spines. A lot of these guys voted straight democratic tickets for decades coz the unions told them too. Stuck with the Democrats thru the Reagan years, the Clinton years, the Bush years and the Obama years.

They saw what the Peace President did, let the bankers free, let the torturers walk, and destabilized a couple more countries.

Oh, and did i mention, lost their jobs, houses families along the way.

They just didn't understand how the sausage was made. Not sophisticated enuf. I guess the Corporate Democrats need a more discerning voter, content to starve in the gutter, but still vote for corporate democrats.

Guess what, that game's done.


Bankers win in Senate, house wants to give em even more: watch out for the reconciliation conference and see which democrats were bought:

None of Warren's amendments got a hearing. Guess it would really have exposed the banker democrats and republicans. Can't have that.


Bernie lays it out: go after every constituency, fight everywhere.

This country will not change if the Democratic Party continues to ignore half the states in this country, including some of the poorest.
We're not going to transform the politics of the United States by just doing fundraisers with wealthy people in New York and California
 And we now see a growing majority in this country who understand that health care is a right, not a privilege. We also see more and more people who want a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.

Sing it, Bernie.


The rest / Re: A must read
« on: March 13, 2018, 09:23:45 PM »
Rob Urie on the faux duopoly of politics in USA, pointing out the hemorraging of votes from both parties and the growing independent vote.

He brings up an idea

"a strategy of systemic legitimation in that it implies choices outside of the duopoly Party system that don’t exist."

that links to Wolin's "Inverted Totalitarianism" but does not here explore it further. I would have liked to see more on that line.


Road wear goes as fourth power of axle load. Freight haulers pay far less than their fair share of road repair. And I say this as someone who runs a buncha trucks, hauls a lot of weight, and puts a huge beating on the roads.


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:49:39 PM »
Trump ups the ante: will tax EU cars if EU retaliates for steel,aluminum tariffs:




The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:08:37 AM »
Warning, satire:

"Still, Nicholson is hopeful, he told reporters, that “we are on our way to a win” in Afghanistan, echoing a similar point made by Gen. David Petraeus in 2010, Gen. John Allen in 2013, and Gen. John Campbell in 2014.

Nicholson is widely believed to be in contention for a seat on the board of directors of NASCAR, where he could potentially join other fans of turning corners, ..."


Policy and solutions / Re: Carbon Fee & Dividend Plan
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:03:49 AM »
Costs of rock weathering at $60-$100/metric ton. Best places are in undeveloped countries:India, Brazil, South-East Asia and China. I dont think they'll happy about it.

open access. read all about it.


Sanders on the warpath:

" Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is telling the congressional campaign arm of the party to stop working against progressive candidates in contested primary races this election season."


Warren has a list of amendments to expose the banking lobby:

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) vowed Wednesday to not let the bill sail through without forcing votes on a series of amendments aimed at showing Americans whose side their lawmakers are really on."

Go, Warren, go!


Background on democrates voting for the banks:

 “nine of the twelve Democrats supporting the deregulatory measure count the financial industry as either their biggest or second-biggest donor.”


Knife fight in the trenches, Warren not happy.  Some of those that voted for the banks also blocked Sanders attempt to import cheaper meds.


ice discharge is a product if ice depth at grounding, ice velocity at grounding and width (modulo some ice shelf melt delay.) As such it is not coupled to melt directly except in so far as bed lubrication and uplift causes seasonal acceleration.

As far as catchment precip goes, i don't think there is a trend, but a lot more of the preacip is coming as rain rather than snow, especially in the ablation zone. I susect it runs away to sea quickly as opposed to the past when it was snow and stuck around.


Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: March 10, 2018, 05:27:23 AM »
Round trip efficiency was indirectly addressed :

" ... was able to store in electrolysis (charge) mode very nearly 1 wt% hydrogen, and release on
discharge 0.8 wt% in fuel cell (electricity supply) mode ..."

They got a way to go. I understand a great many problems arise from degradation of the PEM separator, in this case a membrane called Nafion 117. Made by Chemours, a company that has poisoned many.


Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: March 09, 2018, 10:38:38 PM »
I attach fig 1 and some excerpts from the Heidari carbon wayer battery paper.

"The storage electrode employed is an activated carbon fabricated from phenolic resin with a high BET surface area. An additional design innovation is to soak the electrode in a liquid-acid proton conductor to act as an ionic bridge between the nafion membrane of the reversible PEM cell and the ultramicropores in the activated carbon particles."

"The oxygen side of the reversible cell is similar to a PEM URFC with titanium felt as the gas diffusion layer (GDL) and a mixed platinum/iridium oxide catalyst. Nafion 117 membrane is used as the proton conductive medium and the carbon-based electrode is directly in contact with the membrane on the other side to the Pt/IrRuO2 catalyst layer"


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 09, 2018, 10:16:32 PM »
Tariffs announced, canada and mexico get a pass during NAFTA renegotiation. That's something Trump wants to hold over their heads to extract concessions.


Walking the walk / Re: Managing PV + battery system
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:28:09 PM »
"River hydro could be curtailed, don't know if it is done or not."

It is done, but dams also have water control responsibilities which sometimes override all else.


Warren: Democratic votes for bank bill were a "Stab in the back"

“It is so hard to fight against all the money and all the lobbying. It is so hard to fight when we fight and lose. It’s worse when some of our teammates don’t even show up for the fight,”

They don't even show up. They didn't show up to jail the bankers. They didn't show up to bring the troops home. They didn't show up for single payer. Waiting for them to show up is going o be a long haul.


The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:36:37 AM »
And the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau : Trump appointed Mulvaney who has just requested zero dllars in budget for it.

Warren will be very mad. That's her creation.

The former director, Cordray, is tunning for governor in ohio.



Policy and solutions / Re: Carbon Fee & Dividend Plan
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:47:12 AM »
Hansen's latest: celebrates legal victories, mentions college republicans, calls for a third party and more


The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 08, 2018, 02:12:57 AM »
The reason that the Pentagon cannot be audited, is of course, money.

Englehardt at tomdispatch spells it out. Defense expenditures are welfare for the arms makers, who buy the lawmakers, who in turn never insist on an accounting. The gift that keeps on giving.


"I want the Dems to win, massively. Now. I want the GOP destroyed. Now."

And I want a unicorn.

Thos "old war horses" have, over the long, bitter decades, taken the USA "one baby step at a time" to this nightmare. To the glue factory with them.


Consequences / Re: Near Term Human Extinction
« on: March 08, 2018, 02:03:30 AM »
A picture from imgur ? Gee, now i'm convinced.



The rest / Re: US intervention in foreign lands
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:10:36 AM »
Meanwhile the US Navy and Marines are sad that China is "weaponizing capital." Sure sucks to be on the receiving end. Which leads me back to the point that US power is often excercized through financial weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile, the costs of forever war are not only unknown, they are unknowable. The Department of Defence is unauditable. There has never been an audit. Bob Corker asks plaintively, why the Pentagon can turn countries into craters but can't pass an audit. That sonofabitch never met a war he didn't like, but when it comes to dollars his concern is so palpable.

And here is a DoD accountant laying out the problems:

"If all those sources of information are faulty, how can modern auditors balance the ledgers? They don’t! "

Why don't they fix it ? Because of those sweet, sweet dollars:

"In the world of Congressional appropriations there’s a thing called the “expired appropriation.” And once the appropriation hits that date funds can’t be obligated or spent. The caveat to this is when their accountants can find an old error, or a cost that was not recorded properly. In those cases, they can bill current expenses against the old expired appropriation act. They’ll go back years and say “hey, this charge from 2012 never went out, that means we can use the money now.” Essentially, the dysfunctional accounting status quo allows them to squeeze more money out of the system."

"I think in the audit community it’s kind of a joke because it seems like things are never going to be fixed ... "

Damn, I'd like to be in a business where not only i couldn't be audited,  and there were no penalties to pay either. Except for that bit about killing children and other innocents, torturing people, and living with myself.


Consequences / Re: Near Term Human Extinction
« on: March 08, 2018, 12:58:29 AM »
" ... If 60 percent of the world’s fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have disappeared in the last 45 years,  ..."

Of the thirteen citations provided, which ones support this claim ?


The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:44:07 PM »
There's a bit in the Mayer article on Steele memos that supports the insider theory on DNC emails:

" Steele’s sources claimed that the digital attack involved agents “within the Democratic Party structure itself,” ..."

Thats what Murray, McGovern and a bunch of others have been arguing as well.


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