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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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Gregory 535pm - Interesting counter focused on arguable failures in the use of our country's military. These don't really address my overall thesis. However, then you conclude with a seeming reversal by identifying a type of military service of which you approve, one that also puts young men on the ramparts.
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fish 306pm - Donner und Blitzen; was für ein Mahlzeit ist das??
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Administrivia - The brand-spanking new 27apr15 sandbox is open for your contributions.
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BenE 1012am - Thanks Ben. Communicating with me through FB is not a reliable method. Besides my offline activities, RR, emails, texts, ... keep the day pretty much filled. I don't yet do social media like FB and Tweets.
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[For the record, 27apr15 The Union published my letter critiquing Mr George Boardman's column. The letter was also copied into the 23apr15 sandbox's comment stream as its opening comment.] Continue reading
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BenE 926am - Your heartfelt and sincere comment responds to whom? Whose question do you refuse to answer? Your omitting attribution makes this a private comment thread to all but those willing to wade through all the previous threads in this comment stream. (Taxonomical note: Each original post on a blog is, hopefully, followed by a *comment stream* which may then turn out to contain multiple topic-specific *comment threads* that are interwoven by the discussants into the developing comment stream. Starting all responsive comments with an attribution tuple of who/when makes following individual threads possible without having to dig through irrelevant threads.)
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fish 901am - Control and ownership of all infrastructure and means of production of all goods necessary for survival, then why stop with pharmaceuticals and not proceed to food and fiber, and ... ? As maintained here for years, socialism is a slippery slope that ratchets up state ownership. Exceptions like Maggie's privatization are only tried when there are examples of better performing economies that beckon and show what is possible with private ownership. The Left's objective of A21 globalization leaves little room for that.
fish 748am - Without attribution we have no idea who said it, where and when; in short, no way to evaluate it and decide whether it deserves response. It just appears as an empty statement from an anonymous and benighted mind.
DonB 211pm - Good pick up, but sadly that observation (RussS can probably cite the report) has already been ignored by the True Believers because 1) they simply refuse to acknowledge it, or 2) they attribute it to the work of the Great Corporatist Devil as an attempt to deny their devoutly embraced epiphany. Such reports only confirm our understanding of the science, and count not smidgeon to deter them on the road to A21.
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Raisins are pretty much fungible. So the govt confiscating your raisins and then selling them elsewhere does NOT increase demand, and therefore the price, for raisins in the US.
Re Himalayas rising - "The Himalayas are still rising by more than 1 cm per year as India continues to move northwards into Asia, which explains the occurrence of shallow focus earthquakes in the region today. However the forces of weathering and erosion are lowering the Himalayas at about the same rate. The Himalayas and Tibetan plateau trend east-west and extend for 2,900 km, reaching the maximum elevation of 8,848 metres (Mount Everest)." This interpretation seems to be in error. The mountains are made of some pretty stuff (granite) that does not weather at 1 cm/yr. However, this EQ probably raised the mountains in the order of a foot (or 25 cm). We await the official word.
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RussS 822am - Notice that your pick up of the BBC report did not identify the tectonic plate nature of the EQ and relate it to the big international debate (also in these comment streams) on whether fracking causes dangerous EQs - see my 606pm. Such perspectives by the lamestream would contribute greatly to the public's understanding of how such EQs differ and give rise to a more reasoned dialogue. Too much to expect, especially from the left-leaning Beeb since it proudly editorializes its news reporting.
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George Rebane The lamestream has been extra silent about the Raisin Takings. You do, of course, know about Horne v. USDA that started wending its way through SCOTUS last week? This is where the government trucks pull onto your farm... Continue reading
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For the confused reader - today's Nepal earthquake was just the latest seismic event of the Indian tectonic plate migrating north ramming against the Asian plate. This slow motion push has given rise to the Himalayas over the eons, and continues to raise the height of that mountain range. I will not be surprised to now see reports of a significant increase in the heights of mountains like Everest and K-2. The smaller fracking EQs are undoubtedly caused by settling of the fracked strata, and has nothing to do with earthquakes emanating from fault lines related to tectonic plate movements. No one knows yet if fracking done over naturally occurring tectonic faults would set off a big tectonic EQ triggered by a smaller fracking EQ. The causal sequence is plausible but yet unproven.
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Gregory 238pm - I wish her the joy of greener pastures.
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Walt 1141am - Wasn't asking you to the sums, original research, and all that. Such a number totaling natural geologic CO2 emissions is no doubt known, it just needs digging up. And if it isn't known, then you can tot up the contributors and publish an original paper giving the econuts something to chew on. That'll put a feather in your cap, er, hard hat ;-) re RussS 100pm - And such reports should make it clear to even the most dedicated progressives that man does not come close to knowing the dimensions and magnitudes of earth's CO2 cycle, but don't hold your CO2-ladened breath.
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JoeK 1031am - Pray tell where did "corporate interests" (vs private property and constitutional interests) enter your cited frays? It seems such interventions are of exactly the same kind that legal organizations such as unions, ACLU,... , and eco-NGOs perpetrate against individuals, private businesses, and communities. As long as they operate within the law we can and should gripe, but our real efforts should instead go into changing laws that we consider unjust. Walt 1041am - a good addition to your comment would be to dig up the tons of CO2 one such eruption dumps into the atmosphere compared to man's ongoing activities. And as we know, global volcanic activity also comes in waves since the earth's shifting tectonic plates are all connected.
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re Walt 945pm - The latest crop of medieval minds who believe in and tout "settled science" have not even the mental equipment to perceive information that counters their sclerotic assessments about man-made global warming. These are the ones who then burned new and conflicting ideas at the stake, and today seek criminal injunctions against voices who counter those who do not fall into line.
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Re Singularity - An interesting update of these pre-Singularity years in the Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2015/04/23/the-coming-problem-of-our-iphones-being-more-intelligent-than-us/
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BenE 832pm - You may have misunderstood my 457pm. I was requesting a link to the Professor Mark Z. Jacobson and University of California-Davis researcher Mark Delucchi study you referenced, but only provided a link to a piece that briefly reported their study. Did you see the Jacobson-Delucchi study or just read about it?
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Any country that advocates the Bastiat Triangle of rights is and will always be a target for the bad guys. Liberty does not come free, therefore to enjoy it EVERY fit male should spend time on the ramparts as part of his coming of age process. It's not a hard concept to understand, but we have had two generations that have been 'educated' out of that notion. An all volunteer 'professional' military ultimately becomes a Praetorian Guard.
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Jon 1154am - ToddJ's geologist bro-in-law did not refute OK's EQ studies. Attacking a hill not defended? BenE 324pm - Your link does not really provide the numbers that could be analyzed for confirmation. I am very interested in the numbers and hope you will provide the link; I will report on my analysis. BTW, I am more than happy to see you again in these debates vigorously contending your ideas. I take it to mean that your treatment is progressing satisfactorily to give you the energy and enthusiasm to join in the good fight. Prayers answered.
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Jon 1154am - Your contention is uncontended, and OK should continue monitoring them to the extent that they portend a danger for which there is yet no evidence. This kind of EQs tend to diminish and disappear as the ground settles and compacts. *** I recollect that Walt has been harshly taken to task by our liberal readers. But I have noticed that his posts, like his 1201pm and 1211pm, go largely unanswered. Both of these are important points in this discussion; sending crickets to respond does discredit their veracity.
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Jon 1013am - Am glad that we some concord. But the second half of my 1114pm reply was only sarcasm to the extent that in frustration it explicates the precise reality of how this administration abrogates the US historical role that has given rise to Pax Americana. Please gird yourself for the continuation of such sarcasm in these pages, for after all, the thesis here is that America is heading in the wrong direction. And I'm not sure what you found unacceptable about ToddJ's 656am sober report from his geologist bro-in-law. *** On another matter, returning to the local progressives' irritation about my and other AGW skeptics' technical rebuttals and literature citations countering the administrations headlong rush into unsubstantiated economic cum geo-strategic disaster, I want to respond to their continued accusations that these views are held by a small minority of poorly/un educated extremists here in the mountains (one particularly prominent and prominently frustrated naïf even suggested a novel use for my doctorate diploma). A short perusal of the actual record - from the most recent IPCC report to the published findings of now thousands of qualified and skeptical scientists - contradicts almost every tenet of their devoutly held views on both climate change and AGW. A summary piece regarding this fervor (and the blatantly ignorant arguments of the local True Believers) by Lamar Smith, chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, entitle 'The Climate-Change Religion' is found in the 24apr15 WSJ. Its citations are noteworthy. http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-climate-change-religion-1429832149 I do not submit this as the skeptics' summa, but merely as one in a stream of entries into the public record to debunk the basis of the local arrogants who can only parrot the politically correct line, claiming 'consensus' without any understanding of the difficult hurdles that science has yet to surmount to substantiate the hurtful public policies already set in place and contemplated.
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BenE 751am - Obama's fossil fuel policies aside - I think his talk doesn't match his walk - can you point us to an analysis of America's economy and our quality of life were the energy policies you recommend come to pass? That would give everyone something definite to debate and discuss. Without economic (and related geo-strategic) consequences, most of us would like to see renewables become the nation's energy source.
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