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Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: December 09, 2019, 11:54:48 PM »
A scam is a scam.
Some still operate by moving the ante and changing the game, rather than delivering a winning hand.

You can't lose following this Blackjack System, but it takes a while to deal all the cards so buy into this Texas Hold'em game - EZ Winnings, but while they're settling in, bet the Wheel, a no brainer.

You say you aren't cleaning up yet at the Blackjack table? Look at how well things are going for the Craps shooters - let me tell you a thing or two about those dice. We've the best odds on College Football you've ever seen. Texas Hold'em always been hard, and it's a shame about your Blackjack, but we've a new improved Slot Machine strategy that will knock your socks off.

Not enough time yet for the winning Poker game to have paid off, I said an hour, but it looks like it may take 2 hours, my bad. - Don't miss that Keno Runner, she's been paying off like clockwork & before you know it our Blackjack parlay will pay off big!

It's not gambling, it's gaming - and you are the game that's being hunted.

Don't bet on the Y until S X & 3 are profitable. Don't invest in CyberTrucks until Roadster 2 & the much hyped Semi have shown a profit.
If they can't make money at home, why do you think they'll do better in China - or Germany.

It's nothing new, it's a rolling scam and they all end the same way. All of the principals but one have left the tables, with bundles of cash - who do you think is going to take the fall?

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: December 09, 2019, 11:02:16 PM »
When all of the breaks all fold in one direction the game is fixed. ;)

Find a new table or lose your stake.

Formerly of Las Vegas, and witness to many fixed games. 8)

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: December 09, 2019, 10:55:54 PM »
Who made up those rules?

Dig into the selling of London Bridge to see how that was done.
Didn't follow any of your rules & was an amazingly effective scam.

A venial buyer and an unscrupulous seller are all that are required.

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
W. C. Fields - American Philosopher of some repute.

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: December 09, 2019, 10:29:49 PM »
It was that damn "Pedo Guy" trial that slowed the whole process down.

How could The Elon have known that he'd need to take a week out of his very valuable time, and a $Million out of his "illiquid funds", to defend the right of all Celebrity Billionaire$ to defame Heros who have the temerity to publicly embarrass them?

"Several Months", needs to be extended to 2 months + 1 week, in the interest of fairness. ::)


Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: December 09, 2019, 09:58:49 PM »
And... Elon has promised that in 3 weeks GF1 will by powered solely by PV tiles installed and produced by his own GF2 facility!

In a now aged link from 2016 The Elon explains how the GF1 roof will be the Largest Solar Installation in the World at 70 MW. 7 times larger that the (then) largest rooftop solar installation.

Contains an artist's rendition of the completed building completely covered in solar tiles, and a link to an article about Tesla offering their Solar Tiles at 800 Home Depot stores!


Policy and solutions / Re: Electric cars
« on: December 03, 2019, 12:39:37 AM »
Sorry about my misinterpretation. I was aware that you had been driving a CNG vehicle prior to your EV purchase. Good to know it's still useful, producing new vehicles is wasteful.
LiFePo batteries are a prudent choice, but 35k for a conversion seems damn expensive!

If I could convince the local government to buy 1 EV bus, they'd save more GHG in a year than I produced in a decade.

It's something I work toward.

Policy and solutions / Re: Extinction Rebellion
« on: December 02, 2019, 11:21:41 PM »
Those were particularly dark days in Harper's Canada.
As a recently returned citizen I was devastated.

Policy and solutions / Re: Electric cars
« on: December 02, 2019, 11:14:45 PM »
Yesterday you wrote that you were driving an inherited CNG powered vehicle "excessively". Can I ask why you're driving this in preference to your EV?
Not meant as any kind of criticism, but you'd expressed such elation when you'd purchased the EV that this seems counterintuitive.

I won't chime in on your recent quandary as you probably know what my recommendation would be, but I am curious re. the preference for your father's CNG.

All the best Always

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: December 02, 2019, 10:48:05 PM »


In the hands of properly vetted Patriotic Militia Movements these Defensive Tools will prove to be no more dangerous than the tools seeking to deploy them.

Thinking was never their forte, so acquiring arms that require less oversight and make the difficult attack or investigate decisions on their own is truly a no brainer. These bots will allow the heroic defenders of American Freedom more freedom to pursue their personal goals, perhaps of separating dusky bar girls in border bordellos from their husbands & brothers bent on rescuing them from gangster gringo pimps.

Their use in countries without 2nd amendment protections must of course be restricted to American Troops, or possibly Nato troops under proper American Leadership. Suicide chips that explode the weapon whenever it's handled by non-aryan skin might restrict their usefulness somewhat, but would provide some level of security. I'm unsure how effective this would be when confronted by Commie Rooskies, but perhaps other sensors can be incorporated.

Every White American Patriot should sleep soundly tonight. Secure in the knowledge that these Intelligent Partners in Border Protection will utterly destroy any Brown Son of a Bitch foolish enough to attack our Southern Border or attempting to pick our crops.

The AI weapons in Australia or England don't matter because Real Patriots never leave home without their Uniform. 8)

Peering through the mists of Niagara Falls, hoping to learn what they'll be up to next.

Policy and solutions / Re: Electric cars
« on: December 02, 2019, 05:13:04 PM »
Name one other EV maker which does not sell FF vehicles, sells World wide and produces circa 90,000 EV's per month.
This manufacturer's largest stock holder borrows heavily on those stocks, calls hero's "pedos", and vie's for the title of having California's largest personal CO2 footprint. - None of which have any more to do with profitability than his hair plugs - or the 3 mileposts you claim are somehow relevant to profitability.

If Chinese EV manufacturers can make a profit making and selling EVs this should be celebrated by EV proponents. It demonstrates a proof of concept, proof that it is possible.

If not, then the race is still on and the outcome still unsure.
Tesla is a lot of things, but profitable isn't one of then.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: December 01, 2019, 11:07:12 PM »
In Western Australia too much rooftop solar may cause blackouts by 2020.


Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: December 01, 2019, 08:25:21 PM »
A confidant optimist!

Now if we could just locate a competent one. ::)
[size=78%]Terry [/size]

Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: December 01, 2019, 06:43:46 PM »
Perhaps their historians could begin with studies of the Egyptian City of Thonis or Heracleion. Another port city on the Mediterranean once famed for her bridges and canals.

About 10 meters below the waves at present.


Policy and solutions / Re: Electric cars
« on: December 01, 2019, 06:18:24 PM »
Who will be the first to manufacture and sell personal EV's at a profit?


Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: November 30, 2019, 05:18:34 PM »
With no business taxes the police are let go, street lights removed, and the sidewalks crumble.
I've seen plenty out West. Not from failed farms so much as the impact of a Walmart opening within an hours drive or Amazon vacuuming up the retail.

Even when viable mines or farms remain, without retail towns rapidly become modern ghost towns.

Once vibrant communities reduced to a struggling service station, a bar and sometimes a cafe. In the space of a decade.

Such is Capitalism

Policy and solutions / Re: But, but, but, China....
« on: November 30, 2019, 04:43:37 PM »
An Autonomous Solar Powered Boring Machine that can identify olivine could extract (and pulverise) a tunnel through a vein of olivine then exit at the far end. This pulverised dunnage can be used as paving material, compressed into bricks, or otherwise profitably deployed at either of the adits.

A large solar/battery fan is installed at the least accessible adit & the ASPBM is reprogrammed to widen, and/or deepen, the original tunnel until the entire vein has been tunnelled, pulverised and exposed to the CO2 laden air that the solar/battery powered fan draws through the now air permeable dunnage left behind the ASPBM.

If the olivine swells and blocks the passage of air as it absorbs CO2, additional tunnels may need to be drilled through the rubble, and enough olivine dunnage extracted to restore airflow. This would be used to expand parking, maintain access roads or compressed into bricks to facilitate additional housing, recreation facilities, or office complexes.

By using the about to be available million cycle batteries, a very long lasting EV style motor for the fan, and a second ASPBM for those periods when its mate is in need of digger/pulverizer head resharpening or renewal. The site will require minimal human intervention. Possibly a site manager, his secretary, a janitor/chauffeur/mechanic and a maid/cook.

Once in operation the site could run continuously until such time as all of the available ovaline had been processed. When this occurs the buildings and parking gravel can be packed back into the holes, both ends sealed and the site restored to its original pristine state.

The fan, solar panels and ASPBMs can then be transported to the nearest promising ovaline vein and the process repeated.

Many of these can be used concurrently, with startup costs coming from fines levied against major emitting businesses. The costs of operations should be minimal but for management costs, and additional fines will relieve every country from fiscal responsibility.

My firm will oversee every aspect of the operation from locating the olivine deposits, certifying the results and inspecting the final cleanup/restoration of the sites. When it comes to CO2 remediation We Really Suck.

By reading this you have sworn to Never Disclose the Contents or Concepts Discussed.
Our lawyers are standing by the phones. NOW

Thank You for Your Valuable Time
An agent will contact you shortly to collect the signed contracts and collect our initial fees

Willie Dewitt
Founder, Inventor & Boring Scientist
We Suck Continuously Co.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars Part Deux
« on: November 30, 2019, 10:08:05 AM »
Europe 'Takes one for the boys', while America turns its back on her commitments.

Do the unemployed blame America, the EU, their government, or immigrants competing for work?
Some French reacted badly to modest fuel tax increases. Can Germany afford enough circuses to placate her idled workers?

I don't see any way for this to end well. - and this is the beginning, not the end.
It's both too little too late, and too much too soon.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 30, 2019, 04:44:15 AM »
Apologies for making it personal. My bad.

I think that the reason they're letting EV's slide is to encourage their adoption, Soon a tax will be levied based on miles driven. Your odometer will determine your share. - at least in N America.

Paving is billed to the developer building a subdivision, with individual property owners responsible for improvements and widening of roads fronting their properties, with the exception of State and Federal highways (I'm sure there are many other exceptions). Maintenance depends on the jurisdiction with funding coming from fuel taxes paid to the County, State and Federal Government. - cities may also levy a fuel tax charged at pumps in their jurisdiction, or they receive a percentage of the county or state's share.

The Interstate System in the States was paid for by the DoD, never know when they're going to need to drive a bunch of tanks across the country - that's why the overpasses are so high.

Truck mileage taxes have been charged at the state level on interstate trucking based on weight, even if the truck never leaves the Federally funded Interstate System. They base it on the truckers log book and the number of axles. The Feds also get their share & toll roads have been making a comeback in recent decades.

Every vehicle should contribute IMHO. Keeping EV subsidies visible is to everyone's advantage. EV's are usually heavier than comparable ICE's, therefore causing additional wear on paving and bridges.

I've nothing to add to my position re. Solar/Grid financing.

The rest / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: November 30, 2019, 03:23:27 AM »
I didn't have a problem with Hillary's personality until she was working as Secretary of State during Obama's first term. Whether she had been better at hiding her true identity, changed during the interim, or whether I just hadn't been paying attention is moot. She'd been widely praised, at least by Democrats until that appointment. She had an approval rating of 65% at the time of her inauguration.

She'd put up a good fight for single payer healthcare during her husband's administration, and apparently had put up with a good deal from her husband. A sympathetic figure that was a popular NY Senator.

She lost to Obama because Obama was a phenom that came out of nowhere. Maybe she grew bitter, maybe her true personality came out, but by 2016 she'd changed, or my perception of her had changed.
The "brillo pad personality" won the popular vote in that election, but surplus votes in California won't win the presidency.

I don't think blaming the loss on Hillary's personality is much more valid than blaming foreign intervention. The DNC lost the election when they abandoned their base. They're doing nothing to win them back, and they could do the unthinkable and lose another one to Trump.

Science / Re: 2019 Mauna Loa CO2 levels
« on: November 30, 2019, 01:20:08 AM »

The rest / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: November 30, 2019, 12:40:14 AM »
I suspect it will stay that way after he loses New Hampshire also.

He never won a primary before, you know that, right? Why would he this time? What's different now (despite him being senile)?

He has the support of black voters, including an ex-president.
So did Clinton, and she also had the women's vote tied up. ???
I fear that the Trumpster has a winning record against Corporate Democrats, and that they haven't learned a thing since writing off their last loss to others - rather than accepting their own shortcomings. You can't learn from mistakes until you've learned to accept that mistakes were made. 8)
What mistakes did the Clinton campaign make that Biden's campaign won't repeat?

Consequences / Re: Health Effects of Climate Change
« on: November 29, 2019, 11:09:56 PM »
A link to a good Climate Insider News article with an embedded link to the Lancet Report. There is also a  link to a related article exploring Vermont's increasing reliance on burning wood (pelletized & cord wood) for heating, and the effect this could have on health & on atmospheric levels of GHG.

I don't hold out much hope of the world swerving rapidly away from fossil fuels, but avoiding the pitfalls of reliance on wood burning for heat will have a positive effect not only on health, but on the accumulation of GHG in the atmosphere.

I'll post a link to that article in the proper thread.
Meanwhile a direct link to the Lancet Report can be found at

Lancet believes that it's still possible to hold global temperature increase to "well below 2C", and that doing so will have a positive effect on the health of a child born today. I've no doubt that their prognosis is correct, but I don't see the path to achieving that very ambitious goal.

Thanks sig, I haven't checked in at Climate Insider News for some time.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 29, 2019, 10:58:02 AM »
You've presented me with a bit of a Gish Gallop with 5 bullet points plus a few paragraphs of additional questions, assumptions of my motivation(s) followed by a terse one sentence paragraph in which you state your opinion of a strawmanized version what of I'd argued and 3 independent, quite forceful statements expanding on your beat down of the strawman.

It's been a few years since I've encountered/countered a "gallop", and don't recall the recommended strategy for responding.
The strawman occured when you altered my statement of "As for a $40/mo charge for those who are on the grid but using solar ..."
To your strawman of "... a $40 monthly charge just for those who install residential solar"
My bolding, which you ignored, was bolded in the original.

What had argued was who should pay the "fixed transmission & distribution costs" 
incurred by Northwestern Energy in running power lines and transformers to new "solar" customers, who will be using their grid for backup power, which is not the purpose for which Northwestern Energy had built their grid, and for which Northwestern Electric couldn't be expected to break even without charging for this service.

Northwestern Energy was apparently prepared to eat the expense for those customers who had already invested in solar, rather than blindside them with an unforeseen expense, but they wanted permission to bill new solar customers using their grid a fixed rate to cover the installation, repair & maintenance of their residential grid connection. The $40/mo fee would apparently be a one size fits all that treats 60Amp, 100Amp, or 200Amp service, as well as various sized solar or solar battery systems. all at a single fixed rate, not ideal, but a reasonable compromise.

The alternative is to charge every customer a fee, hidden or explicit, for expenses incurred by the relatively affluent who can afford to invest in solar.- either that or they join PG&E.
No fee proposed for anyone who has already invested in solar.
No fee proposed for anyone living off grid.
No fee proposed for commercial solar.
And no additional costs for their customers who may consider investing in LED, insulation, efficient appliances or simply darkening unused rooms and cutting back their AC or Heat Pump temperatures.

The proposal isn't 'Terrible", it's the best option available under trying circumstances.
The proposal makes sense economically as the expense is borne directly by those that benefit from the service.
The proposal is a wash ecologically. Those who can afford solar can also afford new appliances, better insulation and LEDs. In a pinch they, might even wear sweaters in the winter & restrict usage of their 80" TVs. They're apparently motivated to "do the right thing", they just don't want to pay for it.

I'm not happy that you believe my advocacy for the poor is some kind of beard for some hidden agenda you believe I have against "new technology". Inequality is the greatest sin of our culture. I haven't done enough to address the problem, but the 3 politicians I support get an earful with each donation - and they already have a good track record or I'd find others to support.

Does your accusation mirror something in your personality where you're more concerned with the latest tech than whether a "bum" has a warm coat? Toss last winter's jacket to someone shivering on the corner. It feels better than buying this season's smartphone.

"NorthWestern Energy tried to get permission to add a demand charge of $40-$45 a month to the utility bills of those with new rooftop solar systems. Those with existing systems would not have the additional charge. The utility tried to justify the charge as a way to recoup fixed transmission and distribution costs."

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 29, 2019, 12:15:40 AM »

Elon's GF1 will be fully powered by rooftop solar panels in just another 33 days, and may even be pumping energy back into Story County's grid before then. Since millions were spent running lines to the relatively remote location, I'd want some of the expense of those soon to be stranded assets paid for by his company. Otherwise everyone else would be forced to pay for power lines that no one will be making use of. Doesn't this seem fair and equitable?
If these lines are supporting the factory during periods when solar doesn't meet demand and feeding power into the grid when it exceeds demand then it's hard to see it as stranded assets.

The reference to Australia is a plan in place where social housing has solar and powerwalls fitted to lower the bills for the residents but also supplies energy back into the grid from the virtual power plant this scheme creates

If the government is footing the bill for the panels and the batteries it's a good plan that should be widely emulated. Governments have an obligation to all of their citizensresidents, and that responsibility includes providing more than walls, a roof, food & (clean) water. Electricity is no longer a luxury for the affluent, it's a basic necessity.

In Cuba when electricity wasn't always available 24/day gentlemen delivered fresh food every morning to every home in the country, so that nutritious meals could be prepared even without reliable refrigeration.
Our countries are affluent, yet little thought and less money is given to the needy, and what is provided is given grudgingly - as if they deserve nothing, and should be grateful for our scraps.
Flick off your main breaker and leave off off for just one day. Imagine.


The rest / Re: Unsorted
« on: November 28, 2019, 11:36:21 PM »
I've witnessed strange structures growing in the icy winter mists off Niagara Falls, but there is something haunting and unearthly about BKraft's photo. Your video presented an explanation while his left the mystery alive.
It's like a magician revealing his secret. We want to know how the illusion was done, yet in learning we may have lost sight of the illusion.

The Cree by the Eastmain project worship a goddess who lives in the mist of a huge and powerful waterfall. She disappeared when the river was diverted some years before I arrived. She'd disappeared, but I was told she could still be seen sometimes at night, when the moon light was at the proper angle.

Who was I, a stranger, to argue?

Science / Re: 2019 Mauna Loa CO2 levels
« on: November 28, 2019, 11:09:08 PM »
And you Sam may be an optimist!

I love your term "evolutionary reset". So accurate, so precise - yet it doesn't scream with horror at where we're marching to. The wife did her dissertation on the poetry of WWI soldiers. Much of it felt like what you've written.

2nd & 3d derivatives may serve as diversions. I rail at Elon's presentations, pretending that it matters. A dear friend is gifted a carpet, & keeping his toes warm may be as important as anything that Trump, or Hansen, or Mann have said or done today.

Thanks for your message, I think.

The rest / Re: Unsorted
« on: November 28, 2019, 10:32:42 PM »
I'm not sure. That second photo that BKraft posted is so magical that it might well own my thoughts - or at least lease some of them.
It's difficult to pull my eyes away.

A hoary castle risen from Atlantis?
An Arabian, veiled consort?
An Indian Potentates crown?
A Viking Queen trailing her train?


The rest / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: November 28, 2019, 10:03:01 PM »
For many of those reasons, I feel that Biden is the only candidate that can defeat Trump.
Defeat him in what way?

A contest in fathering the most compromised son?
A contest in leering at the youngest girls?
A contest involving the most Ukrainian support?

Biden is most certainly a winner, or did spellcheck screw up on whiner again.

Terry ;D

Might want to reread the post.  Who has been least involved in partisan politics, most involved with economic expansion since the last recession, and might look best to those Christians?  The issues you stated did not appear on their radar.
I give up - Jimmy Carter has another 4 yr.s left, but he's a little long in the tooth even for this crowd. ;D

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: November 28, 2019, 09:54:43 PM »
We prefered pupfish. Vicious little fellas about half the size of a small sardine, but territorial as hell!

When I was learning to knap stone I was told that the easiest way to halt a project was to save my debitage and dump it where it would be noticed. ::)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 28, 2019, 09:44:32 PM »
The burden of those "fixed transmission & distribution costs" will presumably be born by those who can't, for one reason or another, install a solar system.

The rich get richer & the poor are picking up the tab.
So do you support the proposed $40 monthly charge on those with solar?
South Australia (with the assistance of Terry's favourite hero Musk(?)) have a scheme to plug lower-income households in social housing into the grid from their own solar power.

It seems to be working well. But such help to low-income households no longer fits the perverted economic model as implemented in the Anglo-Saxon world.
Could you reword the bolded. I'm sure it's a wonderful program, but can't make out what you're saying.

As far as a $40/month charge for those who are on the grid but using solar. If $40 is what it costs, then that's ~ to what they should pay. I put the wiggle room there to accommodate reasonable profit/ROI and/or a reasonable adjustment to encourage solar use.

When electrical providers can't charge enough to perform needed maintenance, bad things happen (see PG&E). Any elements not paying their fair share are part of the problem - not part of the solution.

Elon's GF1 will be fully powered by rooftop solar panels in just another 33 days, and may even be pumping energy back into Story County's grid before then. Since millions were spent running lines to the relatively remote location, I'd want some of the expense of those soon to be stranded assets paid for by his company. Otherwise everyone else would be forced to pay for power lines that no one will be making use of. Doesn't this seem fair and equitable?

Just as the thousands arriving in Dodger Stadium via Elon's once Hyped tunnel shouldn't be forced to pay for parking places that they won't be using, those not using solar shouldn't foot the bill for those who do.

As an aside.

Elon's trial starts this Tuesday and is expected to last through the following Monday. Musk has stated adamantly that he will not settle and that he will be in court ready to testify when called. Since Musk has always been a man of his word I expect nothing less of him. Backing out at this late date would brand him a coward & only serve as encouragement to the other ~799 awaiting their turn.
Direct links from the courtroom are unlikely, but Lin Wood has been surprisingly open regarding the content of the depositions, and even his strategy. The bar is set very low as Unsworthy has been found not to be a "public figure". All that's required is a preponderance of evidence that Musk was "negligent", his intent is now immaterial, & only 75% of the jury need to find for Vern.
If conflicts should arise about who said what, the court stenographer's record should set things straight.

I won't be holding my breath waiting for Elon's entrance, but all of his fans should at least make an appearance and give him a rousing hero's welcome - Hell, he could show up in the Cyber Truck!

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: November 28, 2019, 05:48:01 PM »
I wonder if that aged double barrel 12 gauge is still packed away somewhere.

Blowing an android in half isn't murder, it's simply disassembling a machine. A civil tort, not a criminal case. Even an AI Lawyer could win this one!
This isn't my future. If it was I might consider seditious thoughts, thoughts that undoubtedly would trigger the internet's autonomous bots to flag me for increased scrutiny. Scrutiny that would inevitably expose past instances when actions I'd taken could be construed as anti-authoritarian.

I'd continue, but I might end up scaring myself.
This thread has morphed into a trailer for Sci-Fi Horror flicks not penned by Asimov.
New York City's Robocop Dogs seen chasing Fedex MailBots down the streets while nipping at their axles.

Unsmiling Humanoids with tape on their neck are escorted from the table by Steve Wynn's scantily clad SexBot/Security Droids.

Interwired criminal TriNets challenge Macau Triads for control of Adelson's Gambling Dens from their hardwired Opium Den.

The DoD's Cyborg Soldiers prepare to battle Schwarzenegger Terminator Clones in a Death Match at Madison Square Gardens, unaware that Putin's Su-24 flies overhead, preparing to blind the winners.

Terry 8)
Don't let them see the retina of your eyes!

Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: November 28, 2019, 03:54:40 PM »


I wonder if the World Bank could be enticed to refuse our offer to mine its databases. Seems as though we would have made a few B$ in the endeavour.

We'd have president on our side when we demanded arbitration, but we could probably settle with them, if proper compensation was forthcoming. ::)

It's only gambling when either side can win. This is robbery.

The rest / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: November 28, 2019, 03:17:35 PM »
For many of those reasons, I feel that Biden is the only candidate that can defeat Trump.
Defeat him in what way?

A contest in fathering the most compromised son?
A contest in leering at the youngest girls?
A contest involving the most Ukrainian support?

Biden is most certainly a winner, or did spellcheck screw up on whiner again.

Terry ;D

The rest / Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« on: November 28, 2019, 03:07:21 PM »
Much of that linked above should be required as a Thanksgiving Dinner Reading. I'd be inclined to omit references to the Pilgrim's "Rampant Sodomy" from the children's table as they might not understand that sodomy was once frowned upon, especially among the pious. ::)

It contains many exciting first hand accounts of the events that molded the nascent nation's relations with those whose antecedents were foolish enough to have settled in land that our god had manifestly reserved for our exclusive use. :P

My Canadians further north in NewFoundland proved to be much truer friends to the First Nations they encountered. Find me just one Beothuk that can dispute this claim. :-[

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 28, 2019, 11:19:47 AM »
The burden of those "fixed transmission & distribution costs" will presumably be born by those who can't, for one reason or another, install a solar system.

The rich get richer & the poor are picking up the tab.

Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars Part Deux
« on: November 28, 2019, 11:08:05 AM »
Car-free housing development in Arizona
A new housing development has broken ground in Tempe, Arizona, which won’t allow residents’ personal cars to be driven or parked on site, Curbedreports [via the Wall Street Journal]. It will be finished next year. Or, as Culdesac puts it, “1,000 residents, 0 private cars.”

Culdesac Tempe, a 1,000-person rental development, will instead use the space that would have been set aside for residents’ parking for retail, a food hall, green space, and other features.

The development is next to a light rail that connects to downtown and Arizona State University, and the developer was able to negotiate its way out of the required parking spots by prioritizing other, more green-friendly transportation options like ride shares, scooters and bikes.

If the development is successful, Culdesac will be looking to bring the concept to other US cities.

There was a similar, but slightly larger development in California ~50 yrs ago. Had a private lake & was well stocked with golf carts. Largely inhabited by retirees eager to leave school taxes behind them. The homes were privately owned, not leased & they must have used Norco's fire and police services. They were tied to Norco's sewer & water system but somehow avoided the majority of their municipal restrictions and regulations.

It was surrounded by pine trees which blocked the view & had gated access from a county highway ~ a mile to the west. I was in there once, though I can't imagine why. Very small homes on tiny lots, but well sited around the lake and nicely landscaped. A smallish pub and general store were the only businesses other than a real estate office. I suppose everyone was retired or commuted to LA.

Parking was in the unpaved, unsheltered desert & a second fence and gate kept the vehicles well back from the homes. Golf carts were used as private transportation from there.

They finally extended I-60 north of Corona and the development was paved over by 4 lanes of traffic & an interchange. No idea what they did with the lake.

I don't recall the name, but it wasn't "Paradise". ???

Walking the walk / Re: Zero-Carbon Farming and Living via the Acorn Path
« on: November 28, 2019, 08:18:59 AM »
Well worth putting up with that damnable format for.

"Trail of the Black Walnut" is a now aged account of the early white settlers trek to the the village I grew up in.
In the early '50s the matriarch of a local clan kept her husking tools and a mound of walnuts in a rudimentary open sided shed nestled between the caged skunks that she raised as pets (and for their pelts).
Guard skunks were apparently traditionally employed to protect isolated walnut hoards in Southern Ontario. Kept off the ground and protected from the worst of the weather the nuts would last through the season if rodents (and neighbors)? could be discouraged. A practice handed down from the Mennonites? or perhaps from the Iroquois or Anishinaabe with their lined storage pits?

The traditional walnut harvest described in your link is reminiscent of the pine nut harvests that brought native families together in Nevada. A fish festival in spring and the pine nut harvest in the fall were the only opportunity many had for finding a mate who wasn't also a (very) close relative. The seasonal bounty allowed much larger temporary groupings than the country could otherwise support.
Looked forward to by the young no doubt. ::)

In Northern Ontario the practice is reversed with families living most of the year in isolated hunting camps and/or fishing camps, but returning to their village for annual feasts and festivals. An intermediary between a migratory and a settled lifestyle perhaps?

In Chisasibi, (Northern Quebec) we were never invited into anyones home, but it seemed as though every second person invited us to their hunting or fishing camp. We'd arrived on "Goose Day", the most important day in their calendar. A time when plentiful food was assured, and everyone was back in the village.


Science / Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« on: November 27, 2019, 11:53:02 AM »

I miss the old pool halls & beer bars, though I've entered exactly one in the last 30 years. The wife and I were driving back from Reno and noticed a car we recognised in front of a cowboy bar in the desert south of Tonopah.
We stopped and ran into half a dozen kids we knew from an archaeological class we'd attended at UNLV. They were far from their base and headed to a petroglyph site reported by crews expanding the Tonopah airport.

I played a few sticks, eschewed the proffered brews, and we continued our journey home. I'd quit drinking a decade earlier, but the atmosphere, and the unexpected meet up made a welcome break on the drive. It's amazing how rapidly our skills deteriorate!

I don't know how to rekindle the trust of those whose lifetime of experiences have taught them not to trust. Once it's has been lost, it's damn hard to win back. It's something we need to succeed in if any progress is to be made.
How do you convince someone that this time it's different, that this time we won't take advantage?

The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 27, 2019, 11:01:35 AM »
Raw Men!!
Terry ::)

The rest / Re: Good music
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:53:08 AM »

You are not alone in feeling like giving up. I have an increasing amount of thoughts about ending my life soon. The world is a worsening hell to me and to the degrading living nature around here, and I am under high tech attack for almost two years now with increasing severity (and nobody believes me of course).


Could you expand on the bolded?
I occasionally find high tech baffling, often frustrating, but can't say I've experienced an "attack".

Your communications pass through the internet apparently unscathed & you appear to be fully cognisant of other's postings, at least on this forum.

What's the meaning of a "high tech attack", and what are the effects of being under high tech attack for 2 years?

Stay Healthy - and possibly work on some defensive moves :)

Policy and solutions / Re: UN Climate Agreement - Paris 2015 and beyond
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:21:30 AM »
Flaming guano on the porch gets my vote - we can still vote can't we?

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: November 27, 2019, 10:04:44 AM »
On the flipside, Elon's lawyers, (the team defending him for calling a long married hero of the British Empire a pedophile, publically betting a signed dollar that he was in fact a "baby rapist", and questioning why his victim didn't sue him if he wasn't in fact a "pedo"), announced that Musk will be taken before a jury December 3 rather than settling with the victim.

Vern's legal team will be calling Musk to the stand, and have promised they would be questioning him under oath for at least a full 2 hours.

Musk's earlier deposition is available on line & includes hours of detailed, sworn testimony. Musk will need  an almost photographic memory to avoid the numerous legal traps that were set during the deposition. Skills he didn't appear to possess at the time of that deposition, when on more than one occasion he was reduced to lashing out and attacking his interrogator's personally and his choice of profession, a tactic unlikely to be appreciated by the presiding judge, or the jury.

It's a civil case so only 9 of the 12 jurors need to be convinced of Musk's culpability. The makeup of the jury can't be known at present, but it will be 12 Angelenos unable to avoid jury duty who will be ruling on the guilt or innocence of an immigrant from Apartheid South African who grew up in a luxurious restricted community, largely afforded by proceeds extracted from to a family emerald mine in Zambia. The victim in this case was given a medal by the Queen of England for his heroic actions leading to the rescue of a young Taiwanese soccer team. A rescue whose progress was followed by millions.

Musk's lawyers will probably try to exclude minorities from the jury, but this may be impossible in Los Angeles County. Less affluent unemployed or retirees are said to vie for jury duty as no working hours are lost and the state pays a per diem. Recent racial strife concerning both black and hispanic workers at Musk's New York facility is being publicly discussed, and everyone will be aware of the racial makeup of the rescued soccer team.

This is not a trial about race, but racial prejudices will play a role.

Musk is also a Billionaire, and some salivate at the thought of being in a position where they can lash out at the wealthy elite.
I've no idea at who will determine the size of the penalties if Musk's defense isn't successful.
The legal fees can be ~ accurately assessed, determining a dollar amount to adequately compensate for the victim's present and future humiliation, pain, and loss of stature in the community offers much wider latitude, and whether a punitive fine is called for leaves that door wide open.

My guess is that Musk will lose, should it actually come before a jury, and that the penalties could set records. I've no doubt that Musk will appeal, but in California the entire amount is demanded and held in escrow by the court until the appeal(s) have been heard.

Musk's braggadocio when he scoffingly paid a mere twenty million $ fine levied by the SEC may come back and bite him in his nether region, hard. Especially if Elon's claims of insolvency are true.

Once this act of legal theater has ended there are ~799 more cases waiting in the wings.
Fortunes will be built arising from Elon's legal fees. Other fortunes may be built by those who claim that Musk, or one of his corporations has caused them an actionable injury.

Happy Rubbernecking, this is a slow motion wreck that no one can take their eyes off.

Science / Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« on: November 27, 2019, 02:02:38 AM »
Important before the election because even the few Deplorables that don't presently subscribe to these Learned Journals appreciate it deeply when those that do subscribe meticulously, and at great length, explain to them just how and why they are wrong, and have always been wrong, then back it with indisputable, often indecipherable scientific ponderings. :-\

The 8 ball emporiums in every rust belt city will be abuzz with this important new information, particularly as the players recognize the gravitas that each Journal's editor wields. :(

The election results now are surely a foregone conclusion. Pass the Braised Brie & Party Like it's 1963! ::)

The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 27, 2019, 01:18:56 AM »
I think my spellcheck would start smoking with that!
How much would would a spell check check if a spell check could check would?

A spell check would check as much would as a spell check could check if a spell check could check would.


The rest / Re: Good music
« on: November 27, 2019, 01:07:40 AM »
Well, there is Tom Lehrer - Pollution - YouTube
I mean, how do those "monoxides" get you (besides, of course, the short term effects)?
After as short a period as 3 minutes your body will adjust completely to monoxides and will enter into a state of equilibrium with the new environment. ::)

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: November 27, 2019, 12:50:59 AM »
Made me Smile ;D  Graveyard humor, or worse. :-\

The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 27, 2019, 12:37:56 AM »
That is simply were he stands politically.
You mean where he stands?
Yes.  Isn’t spellcheck wonderful?
Dependent on whether weather where we're waiting wears out our outer wear. ???
Wearying wearing wording, wow!
Stick that into your spellcheck & smoke it. 8)

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: November 26, 2019, 09:24:21 PM »
I'm afraid I'd prefer a palanquin :)

the elephant for me, looking down with a derisive sneer at the posers in their Urban 4 wd Tractors.
I rode an elephant once, just for a short distance but the motion was amazingly relaxing. I'd swap my palanquin for your elephant, unless fuel became a problem.
4 rice bowls/day is pretty economical.

The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: November 26, 2019, 09:11:29 PM »
There is a vast deposit of mica just beneath ground level level south of Rubidoux California. The ground is covered with high end homes and a golf course, but if they were removed there's a sizable deposit readily available.
It might cost a bit to remove the overburden, labor in California can be expensive, and regulations might appear onerous - but that might be preferable to the child labor they're now exploiting.

Is it rarity that leads to these abuses, or simply the drive to whittle away at every expense?
When will Bolivia's lithium be exploited? Was a coup the only way to gain access - or was it simply the cheapest way?

The rest / Re: The problem of social media
« on: November 26, 2019, 08:51:37 PM »
& down with Facebook's guardians of the truth - or at least the truth as they'd prefer it.

I've no following, but have been called a bot.
I actually had to refer them back to my years here above the line before they admitted that OK, perhaps they were wrong in this particular instance.
My ideas may seem strange to some, but they are my ideas.
I'm sure the same can be said for Craig and his ideas.

I don't "follow" Craig Murray, but I have interacted with him and I'm much more convinced that he's an actual person than I am that Ben Nimmo shares that distinction.

The internet started out with such high hopes, some actually saw digital commerce as an evil to be avoided - what we did on the internet we did in the interest of the community, eschewing personal reward. - How things have changed. How disastrously for the most part things have changed.

TGF Neven, and a few of his kind. Still more interested in facts than solely in financial gain.

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