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Russ Steele
Russ is a systems engineer, freelance writer. Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
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A Happy Thanksgiving to All. This year the all the family is gathering at our house for the traditional dinners, though we are doing one of the turkeys on the grill this year. Check your scanner for more details.
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Good morning Paul, some news your can use: A new Gallup poll finds that President Barack Obama's approval rating with working-class white Americans has fallen to just 27 percent, a record-low for his presidency. Among whites who've graduated college, Obama's approval stands at 41%, also a new low in the Gallup poll.
Paul, Yea, we saw how successful the moderates were in capturing 2012 Presidential spot, when 3 million conservatives decided to stay home and not vote for Romney. We need a Republican that can clearly articulate the conservative principles, much like the newly elected Republican Governors did, as did the Republican elected to State Legislatures.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Scattershots – 26nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
Senator Schumer's belated insight is an attempt to split the Democratic party, to create a Party of Clinton (jobs and experience) and the Party of Obama (Obamacare, immigration, and inexperience) Then there will be concerted effort to build up the Democratic Party of Clinton while diminishing the Democratic Party of Obama over the next two years. This was the first whack at the required split. It is going to a horrific bloody political battle, with snippers on both sides. I recommend the Republican become studious observers and not get drawn into the battle.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Scattershots – 26nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
fish@11:31AM You have not attended enough of our Council and Board Meetings to understand the depth of our deficit!
George@11:35AM Exit Question Answer: No!
Ebola Bio-weapon?? Thieves In Guinea Steal Ebola-Infected Blood Samples From Minibus. Spreading this blood around in a crowed airport lounge, or a train platform could create havoc.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Sandbox - 16nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
George@08:51 Billy T, according to the UN IPCC that bad CO2 hangs around for over a 100 years. Here is a list of studies that demonstrate there are multiple other points of view. The science is not settled, as claimed by the local left. http://c3headlines.typepad.com/.a/6a010536b58035970c0120a5e507c9970c-pi
JoeK, Here is some home work reading for you Antony Davies, Unintended Consequences of Raising the Minimum Wage Antony Davies is a Mercatus Center–affiliated senior scholar at George Mason University and associate professor of economics at Duquesne University. He also is a member of the Research Program on Forecasting at George Washington University. Conclusion: Conventional wisdom suggests some apparently compelling arguments about the benefits of a minimum wage. Such arguments, however, are based on a miscon- ception that wages are levers that set value, rather than metrics that reflect value. Clearly, earning a higher wage is better for the employed worker than earning a lower wage. The important question is whether the trade-off—an increased likeli- hood of unemployment—offsets the increased wage. After comparing historical changes in unemployment rates among workers of varied educational attainments to changes in the minimum wage, I estimate that the pending increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase unemployment among workers without a high school education (by approximately two percentage points), increase unemployment among workers without high school diplomas in general (by approximately one percentage point), and have no effect on unemploy- ment among college-educated workers. I also find no evidence that increasing the minimum wage will improve income equality in New Jersey, and some preliminary evidence that increasing the minimum wage will result in more income inequality. Full Study is HERE.
George@05:42 and Todd@03:21 We often read on Lefty Jeffie's blog and YubaNet about how Steven Frisch is presenting his lefty philosophy to the Board of Supervisors and City Council Meetings, spreading his progressive havoc across the political spectrum in Nevada County. He thinks he is a "biggee" and that is of concern to everyone interested in the truth.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2014 on Sandbox - 16nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
All of #GruberGate in Two Minutes http://youtu.be/kDomkBtJC7Q
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Sandbox - 16nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
For a WH that does not know anything about Jonathan Gruber, go to the WH web pages and type in Gruber's name. Hurry before they take it down.
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George@02:04 I am worried that we will see organized riots in cities all across the nation, the trigger being Ferguson. They may grow out of control and the Obama solution will be Marshal Law. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2014 on Sandbox - 16nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
Did Facebook and Twitter know about the fakery in the Obama Facebook and Twitter accounts? Were they in on the Grubering? If they are, it is time for honest people to pick up and leave Facebook and Twitter.
Grubering All The Way Down Obamacare Facebook page comments mostly from small group of supporters: 60 percent of site’s 226,838 comments attributed to fewer than 100 unique profiles. Organizing for Action declined to comment to The Times when asked whether it hired paid commentators to post on the site during high-traffic days or tried to spur online conversation through volunteers. Organizing for Action also handles the president’s Twitter feed. This summer, it was found that nearly half of the president’s 43 million followers at the time appeared to be fake, according to researchers at Barracuda, a computer security company in Campbell, California. Organizing for Action also declined to comment at that time. More details HERE. Unable to deal with the truth the left goes to great lengths to create their own version of reality.
Sweden has a problem: With well over 100,000 more Muslims arriving every year, Sweden is changing rapidly. There is no chance that the country can integrate so many Islamic refugees and immigrants, and as a consequence, they create their own settlements with their own values. More Jihad Watch articles on Sweden here. Translated by Nicolai Sennels, via 10news.dk (click for more news and donations): A new report from the Swedish National Police Board shows that the number of criminal networks are increasing. And now they are no longer only in major cities, but in 55 areas spread across 22 cities. They are especially in vulnerable areas where many immigrants live. It is very bad in the southern suburbs of Stockholm, for example, Sodertalje (Muslim-dominated area), but also Northeast Gothenburg (Muslim-dominated area) is subject to this phenomenon. Common for such areas is that the criminals are trying to take control of or affect the citizens and the surrounding area. … Here is another story about the problem: In the first seven months of 2013, over 1,000 Swedish women reported being raped by Muslim immigrants in the capital city of Stockholm. And that’s the numbers only for Stockholm! Over 300 of those were under the age of 15. The number of rapes is up 16% so far this year compared to 2012 numbers. A large proportion of the increase include rape of young [pre-teen] girls.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2014 on Sandbox - 16nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
A domestic EMP story. When electronic ignition systems were first introduced in the US, I think it was Volvo, it was very vulnerable to CB tranmissions. Truckers often bought illegal high powered CB amplifies, 100 to 200 Watts out put. If one of these vulnerable vehicles was next to a truck with a high powered CB and the driver keyed the mike, it disabled the ignition system and the vehicle had to be towed to the repair facility and new system installed. A three letter agency approached a company I worked for to develop an EMP device that could be used to safely stop a vehicle they were chasing. Safely was the problem. It is possible to disable a modern vehicle with it's computer driven systems with a high powered pulse of energy, but it was hard to target a specific vehicle and not impact other near by vehicles, and the impact was instant which could lead to an unsafe crash. The three letter agency want a way looking for another solution. I recently read about a government request for technology to take control of a fleeing vehicle to bring it to a slow stop at the road side. No idea if any company responded. That raises the question about the Aegis destroyer. Was it the only ship in the region and the only ship that was damaged? Nearby US ships should have detected some radiation from an EMP device if they were present. The US ship was being shadowed by a Russian destroyer, could they have been working together? We need more information.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Sandbox - 16nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
Eric Worrall writes at Watts Up With That: The Guardian, a green British newspaper, has published yet another green sneer at democracy, with reference to the recent climate agreement between China and America, contrasting the efficient obedience of the Chinese government, with the “difficulties” Obama will encounter, when he faces the democratically elected representatives of the American people. According to the Guardian, “While Chinese apparatchiks will, presumably unquestioningly, jump to realize President Xi Jinping’s order to reduce carbon emissions in an ambitious deal with the United States, Barack Obama will come home to a newly elected Congress that will probably tell him to neuter his climate change agenda or be prepared for the kind of knock-down, drag-out fight that could potentially end with a government shutdown.” Democracy is wonderful when we are allowed to apply it for the good of the nation. Unfortunately, Omama will once again attempt to use his executive power and the toads at the EPA to force greenhouse gas reduction. In the mean time the climate will continue to cool and sanity may eventually return to the democratic process, at least for the climate change issue. It is hard to argue for global warming when shoveling snow off the walk and a cold wind is blowing up your skirt. Global warming is currently at the bottom of the list of issues that most American families are concerned about, and eventually it will fall off the list all together. Except in California where we have too much AB-32 money on the table, and the politicians have to keep the slush funds brimming with cash to buy critical votes in support of sustainability, the code word for UN Agenda 21.
How the Chinese view their own climate agreement (Also Posted in the Sandbox) Both sides put out their joint statement, the U.S. issuing it via the White House and China releasing it through the official Xinhua News Agency. But whereas one side gave it a high gloss, the other seemed to be trying to bury it under the rug. The top story on the website affiliated with the Communist Party flagship paper The People’s Daily was about Xi and Obama meeting the press – but the article made no reference to the climate agreement. Other stories on the homepage touched on the climate statement but tended to relegate it to the latter half of the article, and omitted the American-style superlatives. The popular Beijing News, a state-run paper known for gently testing the editorial boundaries, also didn’t mention the climate deal in its Nov. 12 cover story on the APEC meeting that brought Obama to China. It focused instead on the meeting’s anti-corruption accord and progress on plans for a pan-Asian free trade zone spearheaded by China. Here is one reason why: Beijing is under fire domestically for its unsuccessful efforts to curb local air pollution, noting that people were furious that authorities managed to clear the air for the visiting APEC dignitaries but can’t do it on a daily basis for their own citizens. ” There may be worries that focusing on climate change rather than air pollution doesn’t meet the public’s main concerns,” Seligsohn said via email. That is all from a good piece by Alexa Olesen at Foreign Policy. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/11/12/china_us_climate_deal_enthusiasm_gap? H/T to Tyler Cowen at the Marginal Revolution
How the Chinese view their own climate agreement Both sides put out their joint statement, the U.S. issuing it via the White House and China releasing it through the official Xinhua News Agency. But whereas one side gave it a high gloss, the other seemed to be trying to bury it under the rug. The top story on the website affiliated with the Communist Party flagship paper The People’s Daily was about Xi and Obama meeting the press – but the article made no reference to the climate agreement. Other stories on the homepage touched on the climate statement but tended to relegate it to the latter half of the article, and omitted the American-style superlatives. The popular Beijing News, a state-run paper known for gently testing the editorial boundaries, also didn’t mention the climate deal in its Nov. 12 cover story on the APEC meeting that brought Obama to China. It focused instead on the meeting’s anti-corruption accord and progress on plans for a pan-Asian free trade zone spearheaded by China. Here is one reason why: Beijing is under fire domestically for its unsuccessful efforts to curb local air pollution, noting that people were furious that authorities managed to clear the air for the visiting APEC dignitaries but can’t do it on a daily basis for their own citizens. ” There may be worries that focusing on climate change rather than air pollution doesn’t meet the public’s main concerns,” Seligsohn said via email. That is all from a good piece by Alexa Olesen at Foreign Policy. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/11/12/china_us_climate_deal_enthusiasm_gap? H/T to Tyler Cowen at the Marginal Revolution
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2014 on Sandbox - 12nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
In reference to the 10 Nov Update; The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, demanding answers about the origins of the nearly $1 million taxpayer-funded project to track “misinformation” on Twitter. The Truthy project, being conducted by researchers at Indiana University, is under investigation for targeting political commentary on Twitter. The project monitors “suspicious memes,” “false and misleading ideas,” and “hate speech,” with a goal of one day being able to automatically detect false rumors on the social media platform. The web service has been used to track tweets using hashtags such as #tcot (Top Conservatives on Twitter), and was successful in getting accounts associated with conservatives suspended, according to a 2012 book co-authored by the project’s lead researcher, Filippo Menczer, a professor of Informatics and Computer Science at Indiana University. Menczer has also said that Truthy monitored tweets using #p2 (Progressive 2.0), but did not discuss any examples of getting liberal accounts suspended in his book. It appears that only conservative tweets are considered to have misinformation. Now the left want Google to stop indexing skeptical climate change academic papers. They are trying to control the flow of information, especially information that they cannot refute with a cogent argument of their own, like the fact there has been no global warming for 18 years and one month.
Obama Virus Discovered - Causes Stupidity in Humans A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US. The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness. Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the discovery when they were undertaking an unrelated study into throat microbes. Surprisingly, the researchers found DNA in the throats of healthy individuals that matched the DNA of a virus known to infect green algae. So far, there is no evidence that "Going Green" Democrats are more vulnerable, more study needed. Details, it is a real virus: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/virus-that-makes-humans-more-stupid-discovered-9849920.html
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2014 on Sandbox - 7nov14 at Rebane's Ruminations
President Obama lives in an imaginary world where he controls the levers, like the man behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz. He does not know how to deal with the real world, where events are not under his control. He keeps moving the levers and nothing that he desires happens, all the while the real world just keep intruding in his imaginary world. When the levers do not work he acts like a spoiled child, pretending it was some one else fault for the failure.
More on the great divide between urban and rural in Thinking Out Loud Here a sample from the blog post: The Atlantic magazine took up this theme in a November 2012 article, that the US political divide was a rural-urban one: The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside. Not just some cities and some rural areas, either -- virtually every major city (100,000-plus population) in the United States of America has a different outlook from the less populous areas that are closest to it. The difference is no longer about where people live, it's about how people live: in spread-out, open, low-density privacy -- or amid rough-and-tumble, in-your-face population density and diverse communities that enforce a lower-common denominator of tolerance among inhabitants. The voting data suggest that people don't make cities liberal -- cities make people liberal. [My emphasis.] This divide is how things are trending: This divide between blue city and red countryside has been growing for some time. Since 1984, more and more of America's major cities have voted blue each year, culminating in 2012, when 27 out of the nation's 30 most populous cities voted Democratic. According to Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections and The New York Times, the 2012 election marked the fourth time in the last five federal election cycles that voters shifted away from the party of the sitting president. Despite that constant churn, one part of the electoral map has become a crystal clear constant. Cities, year by year, have become drenched in more blue. Everywhere else is that much more red. Moreover: For years, this continues: Urban and rural counties jostling with a small pool of counties which go back and forth every couple of elections. There's no real realignment, just a constant tug of war as the nation grows further divided.
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Our two lefties, Ms Cheryl Cook and Ms Judith McCarrick, should take notice: Bang! For the first time, a growing — and already substantial — majority of Americans now believe having a gun in the home makes it a safer place to live. Put that in your chamber and cock it. Gallup, which has been surveying the politically volatile question for a generation, announced this morning a new poll revealing that nearly two-out-of-three Americans (63%) now say having a firearm there makes a home safer. That’s nearly twice the number who said that just before 9/11. And the explosion of support has come across all political boundaries. Back in the fall of 2000, barely a third thought that (35%), while a majority (51%) said guns made homes more dangerous. But the number who say guns increase home safety has been steadily increasing while the number who see them as increasing danger has been steadily declining — from 35% in 2000 to 42% four years later to 47% in 2006 and now a jump all the way up to 63%. The more guns I add to my collection the safer I feel.
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