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Russ Steele
Russ is a systems engineer, freelance writer. Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
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Todd@09:00PM Truckee's "stack em and pack em" project will be a Sierra Slum in ten years after it is built and the town will be looking for grant to tear it down. All the built in greenhouse gas reduction and energy saving sustainability devices will be unable to keep up with the growing winter cold and people will not want to live in an icebox after working in the winter snow al day, they will want a warm cozy place to eat and sleep. This "stack em and pack em" palace will not be that place in the winter.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Sandbox - 28jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
Interesting times ahead. The LGBT community, at 3.8% of the population, has wrought major cultural changes on the US population. What happens when the Muslim population in the US reaches 3+% and they use the same tactics as the LGBT community to change our culture, forcing the adoption of sharia law in the US. It gets even more interesting when one considers that sharia law does not make any room for the existence of an LGBT population. More cultural clashes and blood in the streets. This will be a challenge for the left as they now support both the LGBT and Muslim communities, while actively encouraging Muslim immigration. Interesting time ahead.
A new take on the Lord’s Prayer, designed to encapsulate Pope Francis’s message: Our Gaia, Who art in danger, Sustainable be thy name, Thy renewable energy resources come, Thy Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s will be done On Earth as it is in the upper atmosphere Give us this day our daily organic ciabatta Forgive us our carbon emissions Though we can’t forgive those multinationals who emit against us Lead us not into excessive plane travel Deliver us from genetically modified crops For thine is the moral high ground The onshore wind farms and the subsidies For as long as the taxes can be raised. Amen.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2015 on Sandbox - 25jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
Jon@01:32PM Why? Jon@02:29PM Have you ever worked for the government? The rules are stifling, all designed to make sure no new ideas come forward as the bureaucracy does not like change.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2015 on Sandbox - 21jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
Gregory@12:55 Why would a sixth grade hacker have problems hacking government files if "logins and passwords for 47 government agencies strewn across the Web - available for hackers, spies and thieves." OK, maybe it would take an 8th grade hacker to find the log ins and passwords. I did not mention anything about affirmative action. My point was the Obama administration, white, black and green have had six years to address the hacker challenge, and it does not appear that much was done, even after the problem was identified. When I was in the AF and had sensitive security clearances and computer terminal access, I had to change my password every six weeks, and the password had to be 12 nonsense letters, numbers and one symbol. Has to sit in security office and memorize, could not leave the office until the PW as committed to memory. Three tries and users were locked out and had to get a new PW, same routine. Back in the 1970s security was a very big deal. Not sure how the attitude changed.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2015 on Sandbox - 21jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
How to create a well managed government seems to escape the Obama administration: AP Reports: WASHINGTON (AP) -- A CIA-backed technology company has found logins and passwords for 47 government agencies strewn across the Web - available for hackers, spies and thieves. Recorded Future, a social media data mining firm backed by the CIA's venture capital arm, says in a report that login credentials for nearly every federal agency have been posted on open Internet sites for those who know where to look. According to the company, at least 12 agencies don't require authentication beyond passwords to access their networks, so those agencies are vulnerable to espionage and cyberattacks. The company says logins and passwords were found connected with the departments of Defense, Justice, Treasury and Energy, as well as the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence. Your average six grade hacker would not have a problem hacking the government's critical files. This what happens when you have to hire from the bottom of the barrel.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2015 on Sandbox - 21jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
George writes and interesting article that deserves some discussion, and the comment threat is full of non-sense bull sh*t by the "fish" and the FUE. What a waste of bandwidth. Scott, when I was growing up my family alternated between living in Nevada County and Lemhi County, Idaho. I graduated from Salmon High and went to Idaho State for two years before joining the Air Force. I wrote a book about my adventures in Idaho, Cobalt: The Legacy of the Blackbird Mine. Since retiring, we have made more trips to Idaho than any other state. It is a great place to live in the spring, summer and fall, but winters can be a challenge. Many of our friends who live in Idaho winter in Arizona, snow birds in RV parks. One RV resort we visit hosts 20-25 couples from Salmon every year. We considered moving to Idaho, but it was too far from the grandkids in Roseville. Wish you the best of times in the great state of Idaho.
Now it has come to this, another environmentalist wacko green dream goes red: WaPo: Green woes on recycling: Most cities in the red – A ‘money-sucking enterprise’ 'Almost every facility like it in the country is running in the red. And Waste Management and other recyclers say that more than 2,000 municipalities are paying to dispose of their recyclables instead of the other way around.' Read more:
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2015 on Sandbox - 21jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
Remembering my dad Bert Steele: When I was born in 1938 my mom and dad were building the white house on the hill behind the swimming pool at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Dad was a miner at the Murche Mine. We take our grand children to the Empire State Park and show them his picture with all the other miners. During the early days of WWII dad was a welder, building ships in Bremerton Washington and then as a swing shift welding foreman at Colberg Boat Works in Stockton, California, building minesweepers for the Navy. But, building minesweepers was not enough, he wanted to get into the action and enlisted in the Army Air Corp Cadet Program to become a pilot. He was a B-26 Instructor pilot in Texas. He never saw combat, the Air Corp decided he should be a B-26 flight instructor, teaching Chinese pilots how to fly the B-26. When the war was over, Dad wanted to stay in the Army Air Corp, but he would be stationed in Germany and my mother was concerned about the schooling of her three boys, and baulked at a military career for Dad. When the Korean Conflict started, he tried to reenlist in the Air Force, but at top of the age limit with a family of three children the Air Force said no way, we have enough young pilots. He was crushed. After the WWII Dad built a logging truck out of a surplus Army 6x6 and started hauling logs, eventually starting his own logging business, selling logs to local mills. When he brought the 6x6 home he brought a jeep that had come back from the Pacific as ballast on a returning Liberty ship. It had a big shrapnell hole in the back of the jeep. Dad put it in the yard, and told me, age 11, and my two brothers, 9 and 7, that when we got it running we could drive it around the Thomas Ranch. We dismantled the engine and Dad helped us put it back together, and it started! By then we were 12, 10 and 8. My youngest brother could not reach the clutch, brake and gas peddles so we screwed wooden blocks on them so he could drive, and he looked out the missing door to see where he was going. Dad never attended college, but he was very proud of his Army Air Corp Aviation Cadet Qualification Examination score, top of his class, which the Army used in lieu of a requirement for two years of college. After I had two years of college, I followed Dad and enlisted in the Air Force Aviation Cadet Program for Navigators. He followed my 20 year career with great interest. Dad finally saw action during the Viet Nam Conflict. He was a Cummins Diesel Specialist working for Tacoma Boat, who build jet powered coastal patrol boats, with auxiliary diesel engines. When crossing the Pacific the spray shut down the jets and the list of the boats was so great the diesel engine's oil pumps could not reach the oil in the engine pan. The Navy sent him to Viet Nam to supervise rebuilding the engines with a modified oil sump to account for extreme list. While he was in Viet Nam his hooch was mortared one night while he as at the Club, and a diver discovered an explosive charge attached to one of the boat hulls under the water. My dad was known for his resourcefulness and ability to solve complex problems with practical solutions. He was a government concrete inspector on the tallest dam in the US and his expertise in diesel repair and trouble shooting took him to jobs in Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, Chile and Puerto Rico. His two youngest sons built careers in diesel mechanics based on the skills he passed on to them. My dad died in August of 1980, just a few months after I retired from the Air Force. We had too little time to catch up, to share stories over an adult beverage. I still talk to him in my dreams.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2015 on Sandbox - 21jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
Here is a link to the Imitating Machines blog that discusses the issues of Machine Intelligence, and possible future Machine Sapience. Imitating Machines: The Future Of Machine Intelligence, Robotics, And Employment
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Agnosticism vs Atheism at Rebane's Ruminations
If I were Catholic I would be shorting the collection plate until the Pope gets some real science advisors and fires his communist advisors and global warming fear mongering staffers. If the million plus US Catholics that do not believe in AGW all shorted the collection plate, the Pope would soon get the message.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Sandbox - 17jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
My apology for being taken in by the hijacker's low hanging fruit. You are correct, this was an important subject for discussion, and I failed hold up my end of the conversation, unprepared to make a significant contribution.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Agnosticism vs Atheism at Rebane's Ruminations
Obama is "transforming America" more by incompetence than design. Some of the contractors that have helped OPM with managing internal data have had security issues of their own—including potentially giving foreign governments direct access to data long before the recent reported breaches. A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project “was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People's Republic of China]. Both had direct access to every row of data in every database: they were root. Another team that worked with these databases had at its head two team members with PRC passports. I know that because I challenged them personally and revoked their privileges. From my perspective, OPM compromised this information more than three years ago and my take on the current breach is ‘so what’s new?’” Details here: All the encryption in the world would not have prevented this problem when foreign nationals have complete access to the operating system. Snowden proved the danger to security when there is no control over root access. Even an 8th grade Linux hacker knows the power of root access. The question is what is Congress going to do now that their information has been compromised along with all the other common people. China now knows what everyone's security clearance is and all their other secrets.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Sandbox - 17jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
To be more like Oakland, we will have to become more racially diverse. Oakland is 35.5% white, 28% African American, 24.5% Hispanic, 16.8% Asian. I think we have a very long path to Mr Pelline's future, starting with some jobs that can attract our more diverse citizens.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Agnosticism vs Atheism at Rebane's Ruminations
I posted this at Watts Up With That and it seem to be catching on: I am going to send a copy of Climate Change the Facts to His Holiness, Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace 00120 Vatican City. If all of the readers of this blog were to send a copy, it could make an impact when Pope Francis' mail box gets jammed by climate change facts. This in turn would boost the sales of this important book to the top of the sales charts. Here is one comment: Paul Westhaver 4 hours ago Russ, I would say that your suggestion is the most productive and helpful comment here. Let us send the book! If the 1,000 of Anthony's readers send books, the Pope might take notice.
This is for Steven Frisch and his fellow travler warmers. America’s Most Advanced Climate Station Data Shows US In A 10-Year Cooling Trend Data from America’s most advanced climate monitoring system shows the U.S. has undergone a cooling trend over the last decade, despite recent claims by government scientists that warming has accelerated worldwide during that time. The U.S. Climate Reference Network was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide “high-quality” climate data. The network consists of 114 stations across the U.S. in areas NOAA expects no development for the next 50 to 100 years. The climate stations use three independent measurements of temperature and precipitation to provide “continuity of record and maintenance of well-calibrated and highly accurate observations,” NOAA states on its website. “The stations are placed in pristine environments expected to be free of development for many decades.” In essence, NOAA chose locations so they don’t need to be adjusted for “biases” in the temperature record. More here: This is cooling trend is being ignored by the political goons in Sacramentos, who insist the planet is warming and that if the citizens of California just pay enough cap and trade taxes, the world will be saved from global warming climate change. Only the warmers believe that.
If you are a climate skeptic and feeling down and in need of a lift, Mark Steyn's presentation at the International Climate Conference in Washington DC will give you multiple smiles, and even a belly laugh or two. The first 20 minutes of the video is my friend Anthony Watts, who writes Watt's Up With That, getting a Climate Science Communication Award. He has the most viewed climate change site in the world, and was recognised for his Surface Weather Station Project, which Ellen and I supported during our travels across CA and US. Photographing the weather station used to calculate the US surface temperature history. Back to the real reason for this comment - Mark Steyn
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2015 on Sandbox - 11jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
Where are the liberal crickets?
If the government does not have the money, do they have to pay the promised pensions? New Jersey's top court sided with Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday in a legal fight with public worker unions over pension funds, sparing a state budget crisis this month but leaving unanswered questions about how the state will pay for the promised pensions as Christie prepares to announce whether he'll run for president. The state Supreme Court overturned a lower-court judge's order that told the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature to work out a way to increase pension contributions for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. A decision in the unions' favor likely would have sparked a contentious scramble to come up with billions of dollars that Christie has repeatedly insisted the state doesn't have, while drawing additional attention to New Jersey's fiscal problems, which Christie's rivals are sure to point to often if he chooses to run. In a 5-2 ruling, the court said that state constitutional provisions calling for an annual budget process trump a 2011 law requiring high pension contributions from the state. Bottom line, if State does not have the money, they do not have to fund the pension plan. The question is, could this same ruling apply to California pension holders. If I were a Nevada County government employee, I would be worried.
BREAKING – EPA: Fracking poses no ‘widespread, systemic’ harm to drinking water Ouch, that’s going to leave a mark. Via Politico – A much-anticipated EPA report on hydraulic fracturing hands a victory to the oil and gas industry by concluding that the extraction process has “not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources,” according to a draft copy of the agency’s release obtained by POLITICO.… This will not sit well with our local lefty cohort of progressives.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2015 on Sandbox - 1jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
Ben Emory, get a cup of coffee and then explain your charge that George, "gave way more information when . . . in the military." My guess is that you have never been in the military. Only a clueless person would make that claim. Explain yourself!
Hey Walt, FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over cities... Planes carrying video, cellphone snooping technology... Hidden behind fictitious govt 'front' companies... Details at Drudge:
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2015 on Sandbox - 1jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
George@12:59PM I did an update and posted a link as you suggested. If Mr Boardman would like more information on AGW he can also visit Watts Up With That and do a search on the term. However, I recognize that he gets to choose the science he believes in, right up to the killing frost in June and July snow storms.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2015 on Sandbox - 1jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations
George Boardman destroys his credibility in latest Union Column. Details here:
George Boardman destroys his credibility in latest Union Column. Details here:
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2015 on Sandbox - 1jun15 at Rebane's Ruminations