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George Rebane
Naturalized Citizen, Entrepreneur, Professional Engineer and Systems Scientist formally trained in Physics, Complex Dynamic Systems, and Computer Science.
Interests: music, history, friends, community, science/cosmology, future of man, avid reader, camping/canoeing, and family, philosophy, politics, investing, flying, shooting
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re Gregory's 1258pm - looking at the testimonies of EPA head confirms that our federal government has transitioned to running on pure bullshit.
Toggle Commented 1 hour ago on Sandbox - 23may16 at Rebane's Ruminations
re Walt's 921am - Contrary to the lady's protestations that she did nothing wrong and the FBI is just conducting "a security review" of her email shenanigans, today "The State Department’s independent watchdog has concluded that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and months of missing records from her tenure were violations of State Department policies and practices, a rebuke of the presidential candidate’s time as secretary of State." http://www.wsj.com/articles/watchdog-faults-hillary-clinton-email-practices-at-state-department-1464188308
Toggle Commented 6 hours ago on Sandbox - 23may16 at Rebane's Ruminations
Now that Trump has for some time had a clear field for November, and Hillary is still trying to shake off ol' Bernie like some piece of dog poop sticking to her shoe, has anyone noted any contrition from our progressive readers who long and loudly predicted exactly the opposite predicament?
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[What can I say? See the last 'Ruminations'. gjr] Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rebane's Ruminations
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George Rebane Yesterday we returned from a couple of weeks in Europe with friends visiting Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Somewhere I picked up massive cold augmented by the Hungarian Hack that I brought home on a miserable return... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rebane's Ruminations
It appears that there are no new arguments to be had in the Measure W debate. All the old ones are being reported as if they were just presented, instead of including in their citations that the same old barn is being circled once more. IMHO that itself is now the news - the pro/con sides have shot their wads and are just rehashing their long established stances for the latecomers to the party. Maybe what should also be re-emphasized is that neither side has any real data germane to Nevada County that can be used as a stake in the ground from which to expand their arguments. What will be inevitable is another demonstration of how public policy is democratically emoted into place through referenda and initiatives by an uninformed (and uninformable?) electorate - the weak underpinning of pure democracy of which our Founders were painfully aware.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Sandbox - 14may16 at Rebane's Ruminations
Administrivia - Have no idea how Typepad assigns the graphic icons to commenters. It appears that if you have a picture of yourself assigned to some apps on your own computer, then Typepad is able to grab such a picture and attach it to your handle as a commenter - e.g. See ToddJ's and Walt's pics. I don't even know what RR looks like to a visitor since all my interactions are as owner of the blog. Good luck.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Sandbox - 14may16 at Rebane's Ruminations
PatriciaS & BradC - For some years RR has been arguing the benefits of a four party system that added the libertarian and progressive parties to the more traditional Repubs and Dems, the latter remaining the center right and left parties respectively. What are your opinions of the benefits/problems of such a new structure of America's political scene?
Toggle Commented May 15, 2016 on Sandbox - 14may16 at Rebane's Ruminations
[Time for a new sandbox for the weekend. The old one required too much scrolling to get to the most recent stuff. Anybody willing to give any odds on the Comey Vote. Several of you are so sure that Hillary... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Rebane's Ruminations
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This may come as news to some, but setting out carbon goals and building coal-fired generating plants are two separate and independent things a government does. Each is pursued for their own ends, and neither is connected to the other.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2016 on Sandbox - 7may2016 at Rebane's Ruminations
Administrivia - For those unclear on the concept, let me explain about using 'handles' in these comment streams. While we would rather you comment with your real name (see my 'sackheads' post), it all depends on your comment. If you are dealing with ideas, yours or others', then I don't care if you call yourself 'Doorknob' in any given comment thread. But if you go into character assassination, especially of the potentially libelous kind, then you should make your identity known and verifiable, and stand behind your words. In any event, stick to ideas, and if you must, mudballs of the more general kind. Most credit accrues to those able to recall the spirit of Sir Winston himself.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2016 on Sandbox - 7may2016 at Rebane's Ruminations
Joe.sixpack 1109am - I'm afraid you and your kind know nothing about truth. The purpose and objective of RR have been known for years. If you can contend the ideas of any RR commenter, as these pages show, you are more than welcome to do so. But if you as an anonymous sack head make scurrilous allegations about another commenter, especially concerning allegations that have nothing to do with the topic being discussed, then you display yourself as a coward sniping at another's character for reasons that at best can be described as gratuitous. I invite you to man up, make your case in one of the community's public media, and sign your name so that you can be held accountable for the 'truths' that you desire to be made known. Otherwise, shut the fuck up.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2016 on Sandbox - 7may2016 at Rebane's Ruminations
RussS 705am - Thanks for that pick up. I'm in kind of a black hole on news, but the connectivity has improved. What will Comey do now? Administrivia - Would appreciate reports any off topic sexual allegation topics similar to the ones from our recent group of new commenters which I have now been able to block.
Administrivia - Finally got some connectivity, and was able block the sex oriented commenters. Hopefully we can get back to topical discussions and mud balls of the more innocent kind ;-)
Toggle Commented May 10, 2016 on Sandbox - 7may2016 at Rebane's Ruminations
Gregory 549pm - The 'older' figure on top shows how common wisdom stacks the labeled ideologies in the simple one-dim world. My 947am only addressed the lower figure that I drew. And for good or ill, today's self-declared conservatives like to think of themselves as 'classical liberals' even though the equivalence doesn't stand close scrutiny - the ideological jumble is what it is. And given The Donald's advent, I believe that today's conservatives will twist themselves into a pretzel as they attempt to redefine themselves. I'll stick with conservetarian as specified in my credo, and well approximated in Cooke's 'The Conservatarian Manifesto'. But in broader discussions I'll continue to use collectivism-to-individualism as the key (i.e. dominant Eigen) dimension as shown in my figure to distinguish between modes of governance. Hope that helps. [Later]. Apparently I missed a salient point of yours (am on travel, airports are a bummer). My reference to progressives' interpretation of the figure was just that. They too simplify to a right/left spectrum. There was no "revision today". But then again, you may choose to believe what comforts most.
[Administrivia - I will be 'out of the sandbox' so to speak for the next week or so where connectivity may be a mite iffy. I trust that everyone will behave themselves accordingly ;-) gjr] Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Rebane's Ruminations
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Gregory 1140am - Agreed.
JonD 1103am - EVERY former government type who has managed one of our several national security organs, along with technical people very familiar with the hacking of such servers, corroborates the conclusion that ANYONE and EVERYONE with relatively minimal knowledge of the field was able to hack Hillary's email server(s). Who are those who "totally discredit" the potential/actual damage that dissemination of her emails have caused? (No organization who successfully filched her emails will brag about it at this stage of the game; that silence itself supports the conclusion that her 'stuff' is now in unfriendly hands.)
fish 1002am - It is a privilege to work with such accomplished young people year after year - it gives us all hope. I am always amazed at how much each of these students pack into their young lives; they definitely are not 'one trick ponies' but excel in multiple endeavors and have a never ending interest in the life that surrounds them. I also have had the opportunity to tutor some of them, and am currently working on some pretty advanced stuff with one of those pictured. Re "grim visages", those you can see when they taking the test and steam is coming out of their ears - as the slogan on the back of their t-shirts declares, 'TechTest, where the elite compete'. ;-) Gregory 1048am - As TT academic chair Ms Ross communicates with schools, handles publicity, and administers the test. She also coordinates the scoring of the test by individuals (local techies) whom I have vetted beforehand. I cannot say enough for the initiative, enthusiasm, and energy she has demonstrated during this, her inaugural year in the job. And, of course, all of it is made possible by the support we receive from Dr Johnson and the NUJHSD.
Gregory 901am - "forfeit"? in your dreams Gregory. You just don't understand the cited figure as drawn. 1) there is no "ludicrous idea that libertarians are to the right of Conservatives ..." in that figure. The dimension of governance indicated is NOT right/left, but the clearly marked spectrum of collectivism-to-individualism in society. 2) the dimension 'Type of Government Control' actually portrays the TBD multiple dimensions of attribute space that comprise any given type of governance of which the Nolan Chart attempts to capture two. That is why the '-isms' can wander/wiggle in this manifold as the level of collectivism increases. (This manner of indicating high dimensioned spaces is standard in the literature.) Nevertheless, I am sorry that I didn't make that figure easier for you to understand. But I have yet to find a graphic that captures and displays the multiple notions of governance indicated in my figure. Perhaps you can point me to a better one.
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George Rebane Last week we celebrated the tenth anniversary of TechTest at its traditional Survivors’ Breakfast held each spring at Tofanelli’s in Grass Valley. TechTest is a four-hour merit scholarship examination, sponsored by the Sierra Economics and Science Foundation, used... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Rebane's Ruminations
Gregory 843pm - Well thanks for that frank vote of confidence. It looks like a nice place to end this thread.
RussS 312pm & 448pm - Thanks for the relevant review of law. This is the point I have been making in these pages for the last year plus. There is no leeway given to 'intent', if you f&@ked up, you go to jail, period. You and I both lived under that rule for many years.
Gregory 407pm - Have very little problem with your comment (analysis?) save the "snip separating extreme left and right." There I'll stand with the structure I presented in 'Ideologies and Governance – a structured look' here - http://rebaneruminations.typepad.com/rebanes_ruminations/2013/02/ideologies-and-governance-a-structured-look.html We have no modern experience with the anarchistic extreme on the Right (see figure). But we do have plenty of experience with the collectivist extremes of the Left. But it boggles my mind in trying to connect the ultra-individualism of the Right with the ultra-collectivism (surrendering self to serve class) of the Left, no matter what reasonable ideological topologies, including the "old circle model", you might invoke.
Re statewide MJ issues. A correspondent sent me the link to the RMJ initiative that will be on the ballot in CA this fall. http://www.oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/15-0103%20%28Marijuana%29_1.pdf?