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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 10, 2017, 12:58:12 AM »
the problem is cyclical in nature.
it's a very interesting feedback loop.
the rich get richer, then the masses revolt and start something new
and throw out the rich.
rinse and repeat.
Im sure that the studies in chimpanzee societies have seen the same problem.

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 09, 2017, 09:21:28 PM »
  "Luckily there are no large russian popluations in the middle east, or else Putin would be in there big time "rescuing" them from persecution by taking over their govenment."
Russia has always aligned itself with the orthodox christian community, in that area, when they've been threatened by Islam, whether it was the Turks, Arabs or Iranians. Look at what happened to the Armenians when Russia was too weak to help.

Was that not what started the Crimean War?

from wikipedia:

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The Crimean War (French: Guerre de Crimée; Russian: Крымская война, Krymskaya voina; Turkish: Kırım Savaşı, Sardinian: Gherra di Crimea) was a military conflict fought from October 1853 to March 1856 in which the Russian Empire lost to an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. The immediate cause involved the rights of Christian minorities in the Holy Land, which was a part of the Ottoman Empire. The French promoted the rights of Roman Catholics, while Russia promoted those of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Aviation
« on: April 09, 2017, 09:15:14 PM »

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The rest / Re: but but but PUTIN
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:12:40 AM »

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:10:32 AM »
So, the choice is:

a) Syria is client state of Russia
b) Syria is client state of US/Qatar

There is no difference between the two. And all because of oil.

But everyone is using this mess for some end or other.

For Russia, oil is not the driving force, rather it wants the naval/military base on the mediteranean sea to compliment it's black sea power base in the crimea.  Luckily there are no large russian popluations in the middle east, or else Putin would be in there big time "rescuing" them from persecution by taking over their govenment.

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The rest / But, but, but PUTIN...
« on: April 09, 2017, 12:07:27 AM »
Putin is turning into one of the most influential people in the world.  This has implications for economy, environment, peace.

So far he has invaded Georgia (twice .. Abkhazia and South Ossetia)

Ukraine (twice .. crimea and ukraine proper)
   (to see what's going on: http://liveuamap.com/?ll=48.19557945228399;38.102529296874984&zoom=8)

Moldova (once .. Transnistria)

Syria (ongoing)

and threatening the Baltics, Poland and Germany from Kaliningrad (annexed at the end of WW2 with the entire population expelled/murdered/replaced)

He is quite happy with global warming as he sees it as a positive for Russia.

His environmental policies however have not been visible to many (including me) and hopefully this forum will provide information about what he is doing.

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 07, 2017, 11:50:20 PM »
sorry but i could not another place to let you know that life is fine ...


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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 06, 2017, 12:06:53 AM »
the problem i have had in the past with open compost pits is that when the bears are hungry, they come by and clean them out.

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 05, 2017, 12:44:08 AM »
In principle, I love the idea of using tires as a garden construction material, but I'm afraid some of the many toxic chemicals in them may leach out.

a valid point, you could line the tires to prevent any leaching, or use any of of the other interesting ideas:  burlap bags, vertical wooden pens etc.

although i would be much much more worried about commercial manure :O

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 04, 2017, 06:16:03 PM »
A long time ago i read an article about the slum dwellers in Mexico city growing potatoes in rubber tires towers... a) small footprint b) tires warm soil
so i found an article:
http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2009/04/how-to-grow-potatoes-in-tire-towers/

My sister is grew potatoes on her patio last year in a very large dark container following a similar idea.  She lives in northern Alberta canada :)

My mother also used an old rubber tire to grow squash.  Fill the tire with compost, plant squash seeds, again the tire keeps the soild warm and moist.

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 03, 2017, 02:25:32 AM »
For someone who can't bend over you do some beautiful, and creative carpentry work. :)
Terry
PS - That is some view!!
edit: Would it be possible to eliminate some slugs and pests by placing the legs of these elevated planters in cans filled with oil?

I used a workmate, great tool, and novel uses of chairs :O, yes the view is magnificent :) o and the oil would just bring the bears around for a feast

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 03, 2017, 12:32:59 AM »
These are the basis of my fears. When it's accepted that democracy no longer works, what will take it's place?
Terry

This is the goal of manafort, Trumps puppet master.  Anarchy.  Revolution.
Then a re-writing of the constitution under martial law.


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You cannot fix american politics until you get rid of the insane amount of money funneled to the politicians.  Or funneled to sock puppet organizations.


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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: April 01, 2017, 07:03:30 PM »
last year i built a wooden wheeled device upon which i put my container for growing my hot peppers.  I'll build a second one this year.  I cant bend over to garden anymore, and based on the season i need to move the container around on the deck to get more sunshine :).  Also need to get all my containers wheelable :)...   it's finally warming up here again, and i cant wait :O


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Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: March 31, 2017, 03:56:48 PM »
It could be that China will take over building AP1000 like reactors from Westinghouse.....

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Westinghouse has agreed to transfer technology to SNPTC over the first four AP1000 units so that SNPTC can build the following ones on its own. In 2014 SNPTC signed a further agreement with Westinghouse to deepen cooperation in relation to AP1000 and CAP1400 technology globally and “establish a mutually beneficial and complementary partnership”.

with a possible 36 more AP1000 units to be built

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Six more at three sites are firmly planned after them, at Sanmen, Haiyang and Lufeng (for CGN), and at least 30 more were proposed to follow.

http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles/countries-a-f/china-nuclear-power.aspx


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Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:38:33 PM »

The Times attributes the construction issues to inexperience on the part of the contractors, especially given how little new nuclear power plant construction had been underway in the previous decades.

safety regulations passed to prevent terrorist attacks against targets like nuclear reactors forced redesign and relicensing of the two power plants, which “created additional, unanticipated engineering challenges that resulted in increased costs and delays on the US AP1000 Projects.”

https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/03/nuclear-giant-westinghouse-files-for-bankruptcy-after-costs-skyrocketed/

It's a real smawzel..  The construction company hired by westinghouse to build the reactor was a failure and had to be bought by westinghouse and a lot of rework done

After Westinghouse hired Shaw to handle construction in 2008, it wasn’t long before the company’s work came under scrutiny. By early 2012, NRC inspectors found steel in the foundation of one reactor had been installed improperly. A 300-ton reactor vessel nearly fell off a rail car. The wrong welds were used on nuclear modules and had to be redone. Shaw “clearly lacked experience in the nuclear power industry and was not prepared for the rigor and attention to detail required,’’

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-13/toshiba-s-nuclear-reactor-mess-winds-back-to-a-louisiana-swamp

Similar problems in China:

All four Chinese AP1000s were scheduled to be operational by 2016,[39] but are reported to be running over two years late mainly due to key component delays and project management issues.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AP1000




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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: March 27, 2017, 09:07:22 PM »
are slugs edible?

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The rest / Re: Fukushima leak emergency: LIVE UPDATES
« on: March 27, 2017, 05:27:36 PM »


silly humans

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Stupid Questions :o
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:59:38 PM »
All our lady friends might prefer that we make diamonds from the carbon. ;)
Pile upon pile of them. Millions, no billions of them.
If we sink the carbon in the subduction zones, this will work :O, may take a while tho...

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Arctic sea ice / Re: Stupid Questions :o
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:08:43 PM »
Even once we've reached zero carbon energy production you would probably still do more good installing more solar electricity capacity and then linking it up to some gizmo that would scrub carbon dioxide from the air.
excess electricty could be used to:

create methane or methanol (for which we have a good distribution system)

https://www.pipeline-conference.com/abstracts/german-turnaround-storing-excess-electricity-renewable-gas-gas-grid

https://phys.org/news/2016-01-carbon-dioxide-captured-air-methanol.html

or elemental carbon (which can be buryed)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosch_reaction




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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:45:17 PM »
The short video in this article dissects a Tesla battery cell and examines what's inside.  Their testing resulted in 95% capacity remaining after 500 cycles of the Tesla cell, compared with only 70% capacity using Panasonic's "off the shelf" formulation.

Tesla battery cell breakdown shows what is inside and difference with Panasonic’s regular cells
https://electrek.co/2017/03/22/tesla-battery-cell-breakdown/

wow those numbers are really good

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Policy and solutions / Re: Aviation
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:44:38 PM »
better yet to build an electric catapault and fire a glider to land in france :)

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Walking the walk / Re: Gardening
« on: March 19, 2017, 08:25:16 PM »
they work for a while,
but birds are smart and will realize it is not alive
try a motion activated sprinkler :)

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Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: March 14, 2017, 07:20:17 PM »
Small Nuclear Reactors coming closer to fruition:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170313005622/en/GE-Hitachi-Nuclear-Energy-ARC-Nuclear-Announce

http://www.arcnuclear.com/

(interesting 20 year refuling cycle)

Small Size
Small enough that its modularized components can be shipped and installed at the site using regular commercial equipment, such as barges, rail, trucks, and construction cranes.
 
Sodium as Coolant
The use of sodium instead of water as the heat transfer agent in the reactor allows the reactor to operate at ambient pressure.  Its containment vessel is a double walled stainless steel tank rather than a 12 inch thick forged steel containment vessel required for traditional light water reactors.
 
Passive Safety
Effectively "walk away" fail safe and protection of the reactor from a melt down does not depend on extra pumps, operator intervention or any external system in the event a disaster destroys all electric power to the plant site.
 
Re-use of Nuclear Waste
The ability of ARC-100 to recycle traditional nuclear waste and generate energy, burn or transform plutonium that could be used for weapons and eliminate the need to bury or store large quantities of nuclear waste.
 
Twenty Year Refueling Cycle
The proprietary reactor core of the ARC reactor is designed to operate for 20+ years without refueling.


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well we just endured an intense colde weather outbreak here in Ontario, -20C to -30C without windchill.. it's like february was march and now march is like february

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The rest / Re: Article links: drop them here!
« on: March 13, 2017, 02:47:14 PM »
Lab tests carried out by Dutch scientists have shown that some of today's "smart" electrical meters may give out false readings that in some cases can be 582% higher than actual energy consumption.

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/hardware/millions-of-smart-meters-may-over-inflate-readings-by-up-to-600-percent/

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Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: The Nares Strait thread
« on: March 12, 2017, 11:21:33 PM »
It's the MUMMY's foot stomping on the arctic ice
nooooooooooooooooooooooooo,,,...

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Hudsons Bay hit by massive blizzard:

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/churchill-calls-state-of-emergency-after-days-long-snow-storm-1.3321074

and Newfoundland hit with hurricane force winds:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/winter-weather-returns-1.4020934

Canada is falling apart .... noooooooo :)

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The rest / Re: How to secure internet ?
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:05:51 AM »
you cannot secure the internet without physical isolation. ie no internet.
this includes wireless isolation. 
tempus rooms.
sneaker net.
but... stop this:
https://www.amazon.com/Wiseup-Hidden-Listening-Device-Working/dp/B00PVS8AEO

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I think discharging batteries generate heat yes?
Or how about a plug in for electric underwear?

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The rest / Re: Fukushima leak emergency: LIVE UPDATES
« on: February 14, 2017, 02:18:45 AM »
latest press releases by TEPCO

sending in a robot to unit 2 to clear the path of any debris

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2017/1375551_10469.html

updates on unit 1 and 3 and the ice wall

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2017/1375451_10469.html

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The rest / Re: Fukushima leak emergency: LIVE UPDATES
« on: February 10, 2017, 02:55:43 PM »
longwalks1, that's a great find.
great website.

the following is also a great resource:

http://www.unscear.org/unscear/en/index.html

here is their 2016 report on Fukushima:

http://www.unscear.org/docs/publications/2016/UNSCEAR_WP_2016.pdf




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The rest / Re: Fukushima leak emergency: LIVE UPDATES
« on: February 09, 2017, 03:34:47 PM »
This was the first time that they were able to measure the radiation level inside the reactor.....  it is not a "new" spike in radiation. 

Here is the press release:

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2017/1371751_10469.html

details:

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2017/images/handouts_170130_02-e.pdf


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The rest / Re: Fukushima leak emergency: LIVE UPDATES
« on: February 05, 2017, 01:53:53 AM »
latest update from TEPCO, they are sending in robots/cameras to identify how they will proceed in removing the remains of the reactor cores:

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2017/1371751_10469.html

interesting photos.

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Science / Re: Milankovitch Cycles doubts
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:23:10 PM »

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Driving on the Baltic Sea .. Haapsalu to Noarootsi


I seem to recall a story of railway tracks being laid between Estonia and Finland in the winter ...

I wonder if the freshness of the Baltic Sea helps it freeze easier than the saltier atlantic

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ggeorge carlin ...




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The fucking fuckers fucked those fucking fucks by fucking around too fucking much

LOL

my ID is loving it

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oh for fucks sake:
japanese


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Arctic background / Re: Historic Arctic Expeditions
« on: January 21, 2017, 07:12:08 PM »

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: January 12, 2017, 11:36:27 PM »
cross posting from the batteries forum:

Self driving vehicles have a big headache, and that is safety certification of hardware and software ( i work on safety certified software that is in many many airframes).  This includes making the self driving features unhackable (like the sw that FLIES an airplane).

The cost to certify is reasonable for the airlines when looking at the price per unit of a say 787, and the development time.  However for automotive, most systems now are "driver assist" systems not self driving.

While the push is on for self driving vehicles, i guess that they are really about 10-15 years away before hardware and software get to a maturity level where they are certifiable.

otherwise the driver must be behind the wheel, and ready to take over as the safety function for the vehicle.


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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: January 12, 2017, 11:29:45 PM »
Self driving vehicles have a big headache, and that is safety certification of hardware and software ( i work on safety certified software that is in many many airframes).  This includes making the self driving features unhackable (like the sw that FLIES an airplane).

The cost to certify is reasonable for the airlines when looking at the price per unit of a say 787, and the development time.  However for automotive, most systems now are "driver assist" systems not self driving.

While the push is on for self driving vehicles, i guess that they are really about 10-15 years away before hardware and software get to a maturity level where they are certifiable.

otherwise the driver must be behind the wheel, and ready to take over as the safety function for the vehicle.



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Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: January 11, 2017, 12:26:54 PM »
We are building an off-grid straw bale house this year, and are looking at a new type of battery called the Zcell by an Australian company called Redflow. http://redflow.com/ It is zinc bromide based, rather than lithium, and doesn't lose capacity with time. It is also slightly fire retardant rather than combustible, which is important to us in a bushfire area.

It is quite big and heavy (over 200 kg) so not an option for people with restricted space, and it is NOT CHEAP, but we are thinking that we'd like to support a promising new technology in its early stages.

Does anyone here know anything about it? I think it sounds excellent, but am very much a lay-person in these areas.

How about a salt water battery?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_water_battery

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Walking the walk / Re: Heating with wood or pellets ? and air heat pump ?
« on: January 10, 2017, 05:00:22 PM »
I found a link to the kind of stove i think my grandfather made, a masonary heater:

http://www.mha-net.org/what-is-a-masonry-heater/



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Walking the walk / Re: Heating with wood or pellets ? and air heat pump ?
« on: January 09, 2017, 11:53:36 PM »
My Grandfather was a stone mason and built heating walls.
An entire wall of the house was built so that from the central
firehole, the chimney would snake back and forth and heat
up the entire wall.
My mother said, she would build a roaring fire in the morning
and when it had burnt down, the coals would be take out, and
a wooden door put in place to stop the heat escaping.
The wall would heat the room for an entire day.
:)

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