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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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RussS 744am - Thanks for that important input which continues to corroborate the assertion that our government has now embarked on a police state mentality in which it views the greatest threat to its new brand of governance coming not from across our borders, but from its own citizens within. Many of us believe they are correct in their assessment. We can and will defeat America's foreign enemies, but our own government going rogue, with its technologically manifest and far reaching agencies, bureaus, and commissions training their sights on us, is another matter. Perhaps we too are yet another silent flock of lambs.
George Rebane [This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 30 August 2014.] It is now twelve years since WSJ Asia bureau chief Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by Muslim terrorists. Since then countless thousands... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rebane's Ruminations
Didn't our recent attempt to open up a level of the Empire Mine to tourists for the 'mining experience' fail because of some lawyer related factor?
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For some years now (starting in the 1970s) when California’s water came up for review over a glass of wine (or stronger stuff), I have brought up the prospect of importing water from Oregon and/or the Columbia River. After the usual chortles about the craziness of the idea, we usually got down to a back of the envelope noodling on the costs. The northwest has more water than they can use, and we have the demonstrated technology to bring it into either the Klamath or Sacramento River drainage basin, and then use the Sacramento River to bring it to the delta where existing transport would take over. The California Aqeuduct is an extremely complex system of pumps and open waterways going from the delta down to soCal’s various reservoirs. It was built in the 1960s spanning a distance of about 450 miles at a cost of $6.3B (which is about $50B today). The Oregon aqueduct would be of similar length but wouldn’t have to be as complex. But it would have to pump the water over higher mountains than the Tehachapis, so let’s make it an easy comparison and say the damn thing would cost somewhere between $50B and, say, $75B to build. Why couldn’t that be a priority that exceeds the low speed train to nowhere that nobody will ride? We know that the Northwest’s water would be valuable throughout California and be put to good use during the coming years (decades?) which promise to be drier than in the recent past. Apparently people have discussed such an approach, but it has never caught the public’s attention for some reason. Here are a couple of links of past considerations of this idea; one even discussing an undersea pipeline from the Columbia River.
fish 1112am - Well, as the astute reader can quickly figure out, I'm not a "closet Romney fan", and I can advise you to vote for him if he runs again just for the reason you outline - to avoid "waiting for Hillary and the end." But I'm most interested in hearing your vision of the end that Hillary's reign would usher in.
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While the Repubs have trouble bringing up the 'i-word', I am not so encumbered. In an ongoing exchange with correspondents on the unbelievable utterances coming out of the White House, yesterday's hubristic announcement by Obama was brought up (how in hell could you keep it down?). I replied to a question of whether we had seen it - "No, we saw Obama's proud pronouncement yesterday that 1) he had no Mideast strategy, and 2) that it was "too early" to develop one. We went slack-jawed. I think that such a statement in time of a national security crisis is an impeachable act, if for nothing else, then prima facie evidence of clinical incompetency. And to add insult to injury, this administration's fetish with attempting to pass more crippling climate change legislation was highlighted by John Barrasso's 'Six Threats Bigger Than Climate Change' this morning in the 29aug13 WSJ.
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[Apologies for delaying the trip to get fresh sand ;-) ] Continue reading
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Administrivia - Looking at the volcano thread that has erupted in this comment stream, I guess the old sandbox is again full. Russ Steele does a fine job covering the hot time in Iceland - Perhaps interested readers could take the volcano discussion there, or put it into the new 29aug14 sandbox. I sure would like to focus on water issues in this post (please).
ToddJ 537pm - That is a most interesting point Todd. Can you dig out some citations in precedence or code for groundwater being classified as a mineral, and therefore coming under the legalities of mineral rights?
For your pleasure and further discourse on the matter of California's water and the rights to it, I draw your attention to a dedicated post on the matter. It seems that diverting the topic of Union's editorial board to California's water problems - an important issue on its own merits - was a bit of a stretch. Go for it.
George Rebane Water, water everywhere, but not a drop is yours. California’s drought induced by nature and amplified by government has migrated from reasonable discussion to political expedience. This ongoing problem in our state has drawn much interest from RR... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rebane's Ruminations
JoeK 140pm - Well, I think you've put your finger on 'fair and balanced' with your 3% of people believing 'climate change' is a hoax. 99% of the people don't know enough about weather, climate change, global warming, and anthropogenic global warming to have any kind of a coherent understanding that supports reasoning about the issues involved. All they can do is emote, and you have even misquoted the statistics of that. But then you have the right to be biased, and contrary to the oft-quoted statement by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, you even have right to your own facts as you sail on into the great unknown. And to the extent that we don't share the verity of facts, we cannot hope to derive any profit from our communications.
BradC 1056am - do you really think that such hyperbolic attribution of Walt's thinking 1) is correct, and 2) contributes to your debate?
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JoeK 940am - of course the NCRWF is biased, and so is everyone else - and one has to be especially mindful of those who claim to be 'fair and balanced'. My manifold biases are here for all to see. But what many light thinkers miss is the distinction between being biased and being right or correct; and being biased with recourse vs being afflicted with sclerotic biases. For example, I am biased to the extent that I am a child, student, and defender of western civilization. And I, like all others, claim my biases to represent both a correct and useful view of the world. Useful to whom? - why, people who share my western culture, no matter their origin or where they live. ToddJ 1049am - Perhaps that Janus-like behavior is in their nature.
BradC 1002am - and I am even more sorry that you are ignorant of my thoughts and reasoning, since it is a purpose of RR to make you cognizant of such things about me. There is a long public record of my thoughts, and I have even posted a detailed credo for those still confused. I believe the Union 'wins' when it reports local news, promotes its own editorial line, and allows people from all sides to take the inevitable pot shots at it. Therefore, IMHO the Union is a winning newspaper.
stevenfrisch 845am - Didn't mean to communicate alarm over the composition of The Union's editorial board. It's a private enterprise, and they are free to compose that board as they wish. But it is the sum and stuff of RR to comment on their socio-political tilt, and especially how that tilt is interpreted from various quarters. There never was any "fear" that we would run out of things to talk about here. As most readers know, local affairs coverage here is a bit thin because there are so many other blogs where that is the main focus. At RR we start hyperventilating with ideas and issues arising from Sacramento to inter-galactic space ;-)
BradC 728am - You are no doubt correct in that assessment Mr Croul. Now I like our local newspaper and am a subscriber, and I don't think that "The Union is a liberal rag". But I definitely think its editorial policy leans more Left than Right. I base that on a recent multi-month survey of published items done by the NC Republican Women Federated. A delegation of these women met recently with the newspaper's management to present their case. They were well received and given enough consideration so that now the editorial board includes three members who would call themselves conservatives. In these days of rampant liberal bias in the media, this was a welcome turn of events. For the other interpretation of the paper's bias, I have found no factual basis nor has any been presented. The cries of the progressives are heard whenever a single piece appears that promotes conservative or libertarian ideas and/or interpretations. The nature of the opposition is always the same - either prohibit the publication of such "extreme rightwing" ideas or 'balance' them with yet more progressivism. Truth be told, the liberals do have an innate advantage with the lightly informed in the public forum. They are the predominant members of groups which pass themselves off as being non- or apolitical, organizations that promote environment regulations, restrict public land use, beautification of parks and streets, homeless ordinances, medical marijuana, ..., and, of course, countless NGOs with deceptively neutral names and strong Agenda21 objectives. Their messages always appear in a vanilla format and constitute a constant and pervasive drizzle of the collectivists' soft sell. But then, you knew that.
RLC 830pm - Bob, I'm not sure how to connect your obvious displeasure at letting the little girl fire the Uzi with current political polling and the upcoming election. Did I miss something equally obvious?
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George Rebane Today’s (27aug14) Union published the bios of its new fifteen-member editorial board that has been penetrated by three, count them, three conservatives – Rachel Helm, Norm Sauer, and Stan Meckler. From what I have seen, the remaining members... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rebane's Ruminations
As a former military and current civilian range safety officer, after viewing the video I conclude that the 'instructor' supervising the child about to fire an Uzi submachine gun on full auto for the first time was somewhere between inexperienced and incompetent. All such weapons have a strong tendency to 'climb' or 'walk' (the unbalanced recoil moment moves the muzzle usually up and to the left) when fired in full auto. A strong, experienced adult can control the weapon for the short bursts for it was designed. But even then a first firing is recommended to be within a muzzle frame or the gun tethered by a line so it cannot swing uncontrollably. The little girl was totally freaked out by what happened when she 'pulled' instead of lightly squeezing the trigger. Her clenched finger froze and the over-powering Uzi did the rest. The instructor, as a minimum should have had his hand on top of the receiver forward of the ejector port to control its direction and ascent. He paid with his life for his oversight, and the little girl now lives with a lifelong trauma.
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KeenO 1220pm - Good points. First, the cause of Depression1 has been widely understood (including by Bernanke) as having resulted from the nostrums that Hoover and the Fed put in place limiting (actually cutting off) the cash supply to banks which needed cash beyond reserves to make loans to faltering businesses that needed added debt capital to continue post-1929 operations. FDR made it worse by declaring bank holidays to keep people from withdrawing their savings, and thereby causing the complete loss of confidence in our banking system. Recall that nothing worked to halt Depression1 as attested by SecTreas Morgenthau in 1939 when unemployment was as it had been in 1933. Regardless, I come from the school that does not give government a pass just because special interest lobbyists do what they are paid to do. If govt passes laws so complex that it no longer can interpret them or their impact without input from obviously biased lobbyists, then they have already gone off the rails, and the ensuing catastrophe is govt's fault. No elected representative or unelected bureaucrat can point a finger and say 'The dibbil made me do it.' Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, California's AB-32 are just recent examples of lobbyist crafted legislation that allows the electeds and their mindless agency minions to then raise their hands and claim innocence. I invite you to join me in not cutting them slack on this, and instead insist that they competently do the job they have sworn to do and for which they collect a regular paycheck.
Re more incoming on Depression2, I call your attention to the 27aug14 update to this post.
fish 351pm - 'Putz', spot on! Any literate person who compares RR to scooplets realizes that the involvement of the FUE in these comment threads is literally cheap entertainment, and most certainly the least significant topic brought up here. However, I do think that RR readers are over exercising themselves on too easy of a buffoon. As to who benefits most from these exchanges there is no doubt. One only needs to tally FUE's posts about RR and the number of visits he and his make here, compared to what has been posted on RR about his attempts at relevant blogging (recent sandbox repartees notwithstanding). As many RR readers have pointed out, he is desperate for traffic, and RR readers are kind enough to provide him that service. The real question is what would he do if you all stopped enjoying yourselves at his expense.
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BillT 1239pm - the link (URL) to any web page is in the address bar of your browser. Just select and copy that, then paste it into your comment.
From a correspondent - Does anyone remember Detective Melvin Santiago? He was a Jersey City police officer who was shot to death on July 13th. Santiago was white. His killer, Lawrence Campbell, was black. Does anyone recall Obama appearing before national television and calling for justice for Officer Santiagos family? Does anyone recall Eric Holder rushing to Jersey City to see that justice was done? How about Officer Jeffrey Westerfield. He was a Gary, Indiana police officer who was shot to death last month on July 6th. Westerfield was white. His killer, Carl LeEllis Blount, Jr. was black. Where was Obama? Where was Holder? Or Officer Perry Renn? He was an Indianapolis, Indiana police officer who was shot to death just last month on July 5th, the day before Officer Westerfield was killed. Officer Renn was white. His killer, Major Davis, was black. I don't recall any mention by Obama about the untimely death of Officer Renn. And, I doubt that Eric Holder rushed to Indianapolis to make sure justice was done. Or, maybe I just missed it. Vermillion Parish Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares was gunned down by two men just last June 23rd in Louisiana. Deputy Bares was white. His two killers, Quintlan Richard and Baylon Taylor, were black. Was Obama outraged? Did Eric Holder rush to Louisiana to make sure that the family of Deputy Bares found justice? Detective Charles Dinwiddie of the Killeen (Texas) Police Department was murdered by Marvin Lewis Guy, a black male. Officer Dinwiddie was white. This happened on May 11th, just over two months ago. I don't even recall seeing anything about that on the news. Certainly, the white citizens in Killeen didn't take to the streets to loot and burn businesses. Again, I don't recall any mention by Obama or Holder. Then, there is Officer Kevin Jordan of the Griffin, Georgia Police Department. He was gunned down just two months ago on May 31st. Officer Jordan was black. His killer, Michael Bowman, was white. This was a white man murdering a black police officer. Where was Jesse Jackson? Where was "The Reverend" Al Sharpton? Was there looting and burning on the streets of Griffin, Georgia? No. In fact, I don't recall hearing about this one in the news, as well. Why? You can draw your own conclusions. Over the past 60 days, there have been five reported deaths of police officers by gunshot in the US. Of those, four were white officers who were murdered by black men. Blacks complain that white officers treat black men more aggressively on the street. You can draw your own conclusions on that one, as well.
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