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Climate Change / Re: Apocalyptic Humor
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:37:11 pm »
A Few Ways This Collapsing Planet Has Lost Its Damn Mind on March 22, 2017  


Humptydumptytribe   
 
Published on Mar 22, 2017

For today's edition of my End Times Headlines Roundup rant, I flip through the mainstream media for more evidence of how this planet is careening into a giant methane crater at 67,000 mph while clueless morons are painting the planet white.


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Knarf, there is no doubt at all in my mind that i am a wanderer even mendicant sort of person.  My supergo likes to imagine I'm a cosmic viking sort of character exploring the unknown edges.  A million bucks in the bank account i'd be go on an expedition every year or so, have a farming homestead, huge library, shop and crazy off grid tinkering projects.  Its what I have shot for in my trajectory, sometimes feeling like i was getting close to it.  My previous girlfriend wanted something similar and was already on a grass fed dairy milking cows.  I clashed with her family, and then her and ulitmately felt controlled and left.  I've held decent paying gigs like an engineer at a power plant, and idealistic jobs like installing renewable energy.  But I always blow out of my path because it doesn't seem fast enough or giving the desired results.  My addiction to the frackers has been no different. From the start i thought it would just take two or three years to stash away enough.  Then the crash came and I just sort of subsisted on intermitent working not saving a fraction of what i'd hoped after three years.  I think part of what has caught me off guard, or at least is scaring me is that for the first time in my life at 34 years old I feel a bit out of gas and energy and ideas and also the wave of external reality hitting me. 

I think the only cause worth dieing for is to help create systems that empower people to drop out and become self sufficient real human beings again.


We are all one, Roamer. It's not about me and it's not about you. I urge you to stop thinking so much and just treat your neighbor as yourself as well as treat all living things as you think will ultimately benefit them.

As Ka says, and I agree,


May God Bless and reveal Himself to you.

AG, I know I've been selfish, but i felt compelled to out of survival instincts...  I really do hope to build or do something useful for people once i figure out what.


If your entire motivation has always been survival, you have never actually been selfish. I think you have a good heart and do not now, or ever have before, enjoyed the possibility that others must suffer for you to live well, even if everyone around you claimed that "that's the real world".

The "survival of the fittest", dog eat dog meme has been proven, BY EVOLUTIONIST Scientists, to be an irrational and perverse fig leaf for the defense of the failed evolutionary dead end "apex" predator that eats up his food supply, instead of protecting and nourishing it in order to perpetuate his species.

Unthinking predation exists, but is always subordinate to altruism in defense of the herd in nature.

Of course, Wall Street tries to pretend that truth about how nature ACTUALLY harmoneously works is not so.

 The behavior of a turtle dove doing the broken wing act to save her offspring, even though she may get killed in the process, is altruistic, even if it is instinctive altruism. The mother grizzly that eats her cubs when the food supply is sparse is also NOT selfish because she is acting to preserve her species (she can get pregnant again - if her cubs and her die of hunger, the species suffers).

You have been taught many things that are propaganda about the meanest, smartest most callous individuals being the ones that come out on top in this world. Yes, some of them do. But all of them pay for their behavior sooner of later, despite what you may have heard to the contrary.

I know you don't dig the Bible, but I think, under your current mindset and circumstances  ;), you would get a kick out of reading Ecclesiastes.    

It's a short book allegedly written by King Solomon, although some claim that other authors were involved. As you know, King Solomon was loaded, so he pretty much tried EVERYTHING. He was a logical fellow that methodically observed human behavior and cause and effect. He pretty much figured out what makes us tick.  8)

Here's a snippet:

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Ecclesiastes 9 (KJV)

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

Nick, I think you will do great good in your time.
   

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Renewables / Re: Wind Power
« on: March 22, 2017, 01:34:05 pm »



Researchers create mesmerizing tornado simulation :o algorithm [with video]


Article:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/math/tornado-simulation-algorithm-20032017/

That was absolutely fascinating AG!     

RE


  Glad to be of service.       

Those tornados will get stronger and stronger, thanks to all the free energy the trapped IR heat in our atmosphere is generating from the burning of fossil fuels. The only upside to such a turbulent atmosphere is that average wind speeds will increase all over the planet (bull market for VERY STRONGLY BUILT wind turbines    - and underground houses  :D ). But seriously, some ships (bulk carriers and even TANKERS!  :o are installing vertical roller wind turbine cylinders to save on fuel. With a lot of wind around those cylinders are a good deal in the sea AND on land where HIGH winds are the norm.

Rotor Sails under testing - they make them MUCH BIGGER than that for large ships like bulk carriers and tankers (see below).



Here's a new data point I just learned in our march toward Catastrophic climate Change:

The Oceans Are Heating Faster

Big Picture Fact Of the Day...

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!
Thom Hartmann
Mar. 20, 2017 5:57 pm

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Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:50:59 pm »
The Oceans Are Heating Faster

Big Picture Fact Of the Day...

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

Thom Hartmann
Mar. 20, 2017 5:57 pm

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Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:50:41 pm »


Peru El Nino Lima flooding damage destruction. A dog stands among the debris of a destroyed home in Huachipa, Lima, Peru, March 19, 2017

The rapid and unusual warming of the waters off northern Peru has unleashed the deadliest rainfall the South American country has seen in decades.

Significant amounts of rain have fallen over relatively short periods of time in some parts of the Andean country.

The downpours have overwhelmed riverbanks and caused mudslides.

We've never seen anything like this before," said Jorge Chavez, a general in charge of organizing the government's response,

From one moment to the next, sea temperatures rose and winds that keep precipitation from reaching land subsided," Chavez said.










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General Discussion / Re: Weird Science
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:01:39 pm »
 


Researchers create mesmerizing tornado simulation :o algorithm [with video]


Article:

http://www.zmescience.com/science/math/tornado-simulation-algorithm-20032017/

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Who CAN you trust? / Re: Corruption in Government
« on: March 21, 2017, 04:25:27 pm »
What do the members of the Trump Administration ENJOY?

SNIPPET:

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They thoroughly enjoyed the look of horror on people's faces when the White House budget was revealed last week. The dismay of poor and working-class people, people of color, environmentalists, educators, artists, activists and, frankly, most Americans at the priorities put forth in that document is music to our supposed leaders' ears. It is all part of what passes for bedrock conservative ideology these days: "Make the liberals angry." That is all they have: cruelty for cruelty's sake.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, told us that Meals on Wheels and after-school lunch programs for students have to go because they don't actually accomplish anything. This was perhaps the filthiest, most brazen lie yet told by a member of this administration, and friends, that's saying something. Meals on Wheels serves more than 2.4 million elderly people, including 500,000 veterans, to demonstrably beneficial effect. A fed student is a focused student, but just the simple act of filling the stomach of a food-insecure child is a towering victory all by itself.

Compared to the appropriations for Defense and Homeland Security, the money required to fund programs like these is so small as to be practically nonexistent. Cutting them will do nothing to lower the deficit; hell, they could be funded in a year if Trump would only stay one weekend a month in the nice white mansion we have set up for him in Washington, DC instead of flitting off to his golf course or his skyscraper on the taxpayer's dime. There is no plausible explanation for taking such programs away from the most vulnerable among us beyond a hatred and greed that beggars description.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017 

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

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Trump  Promises To Bring Back Coal...: Speaking at a rally in Kentucky Monday night, President Trump told the crowd his administration is "preparing new executive actions to save our coal industry and to save our wonderful coal miners from continuing to be put out of work." The president also promised to "turn the EPA from a job-killer into a job creator." The timing of the executive order in question, which reportedly includes ordering a rewrite of the Clean Power Plan and threats to the social cost of carbon, was pushed back again by the White House on Monday. The president will reportedly sign the order by the end of this month. Speaking of job killers versus job creators, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed vowed Saturday to oppose the Trump budget's proposed cuts  :o  ;D to the Appalachian Regional Commission, which helps with economic revitalization in areas devastated by coal's decline. (Trump rally: Reuters. EO: Politico Pro $, The Hill, Washington Examiner. McConnell: AP, E&E $. Commentary: The Hill, Dan Cohan op-ed)

...But Coal Hasn't Gotten the Message: Hours before Trump's rally, electric company Dayton Power & Light announced plans to close two of its coal-fired plants in Ohio by next June. The company announced in a statement that, "without significant changes in market conditions," the J.M. Stuart and Killen plants would not be "economically viable beyond mid-2018." The plants, which sit at the heart of a region Trump promised to revitalize, generate 3,000 MW of energy and employ nearly 500 workers. In a settlement reached earlier this year with groups including the Sierra Club, the company will invest in 300 MW of solar and wind projects by 2022 and provide a $2 million fund for the communities affected by the plants' closures. (Reuters, The Hill, Dayton Daily News, Dayton Business Journal. Commentary: Axios, Shane Savitsky analysis)

Where Are Your Emails, Wayne? The Massachusetts attorney general's office sent ExxonMobil a letter Monday ordering the company to preserve all executive emails, including emails sent from "alias" addresses. The letter specifically calls out the emails sent by then-CEO Rex Tillerson under the "Wayne Tracker" moniker, reminding the company that "Exxon is required to preserve all potentially responsive documents" under the subpoena issued last year by New York and Massachusetts AGs seeking information on how much the company knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change. In a separate order, lawyers for the 21 children and teens suing the government over climate policy also asked the company to turn over the Wayne Tracker emails Monday. Exxon admitted last week that Tillerson's emails under the Wayne.Tracker@exxonmobil.com address may have been deleted. (MA AG: AP, InsideClimate News. Climate kids: Reuters. Deleted emails: Buzzfeed)

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You are welcome, Eddie. Check that dude out, if you can. He is having some marital problems but he seems like a straight shooter. Who knows, he may become a bona-fide Doomstead Diner. He has a following on U-tube of about 3,500 subscribers. I think he could use some help from a fellow Texan, even if it's just moral support.

I dropped a note on his utoob page and he invited me to meet him sometime soon. I think he's going to be out-of-town for a few days, though.  I'll let you know how it goes.


Great!  I learned from watching his screeds that he used to be a Real Estate salesman and made some big bucks for a while until the crash. It appears he has struggled for about a decade. I watched the way he deals with and handles his dog. That alone told me he is a good, caring man. He cusses up a storm but considering the present situation, I cannot blame him.  8)


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Who CAN you trust? / Re: Defending Wildlife
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:20:55 pm »
This Man Has Spent 40 Years Re-Planting Forests Lost to Cattle Ranching in Brazil

Natasha Brooks   
March 21, 2017 

Few stories are as inspirational as this one about Antonio Vicente, a man who has dedicated the past forty years of his life to reforesting the precious natural ecosystems of Brazil.

As one of fourteen children raised in a farming family, Vicente saw firsthand the adverse effects of clearing forests for farmland. He saw his father chop down trees at the order of wealthy landowners for the production of coal and cattle. Eventually, the natural water sources were depleted and the land dried up.

Far ahead of his time, Vicente saw this as a giant warning sign and made it his mission to re-plant the trees lost to deforestation. Beginning at a time where Brazil’s government encouraged the expansion of farmland, most people laughed at Vicente for his proposed initiative. However, no one’s opinion stopped Vicente from acting out his mission.

It is estimated that in the past four decades, Vicente has planted over 50,000 trees on 77 acres. His Serra de Mantequeira property on the mountainside in Brazil is a beautiful sight. Seeing images of this towering lush green forest, it can be hard to believe that Vicente grew each and every tree from seed. 

When asked by the Guardian what has motivated him over the decades, Vicente replied, “I didn’t do it for money, I did it because when I die, what’s here will remain for everyone…People don’t call me crazy any more.”

Check out this video to see Vincente in action:
 


If you are inspired by Vicente and his applaudable mission, please share this story with friends and family. If he has inspired you to act even further, consider taking his example and plant trees in your own home and neighborhood. Planting trees not only connects us with the earth, it also helps ensure a brighter future for the planet. 

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/man-re-planting-forests-lost-to-cattle-ranching-in-brazil/

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I like this Texan.        


I was surprised I don't know this guy. I bet money I know somebody who knows him. LOL. Thank you!

You are welcome, Eddie. Check that dude out, if you can. He is having some marital problems but he seems like a straight shooter. Who knows, he may become a bona-fide Doomstead Diner. He has a following on U-tube of about 3,500 subscribers. I think he could use some help from a fellow Texan, even if it's just moral support.

RE, you may want to give him a holler too.  ;)

The problem with multi-hull boats is they are not self-righting.  So if you get rolled over or pitch poled, you are seriously **** and SOL.  If the trimaran folds, you can right it if the seas calm, but you cannot right a flipped cat in any way. Trimarans have the serious problem of a lack of room in the main cabin, not a great living space in general.

I experienced two flying jibes.  One not too bad on a small daysailer boat, it only pulled out a couple of cleats.  The other one worse, the boom got ripped off the mast on a 32 footer.  Very ugly, and expensive repairs for dad the pigman.

RE

I hear ya, RE, but I want to tell you about something I saw that you will find hard to believe. I certainly found it hard to believe. I was at the beach watching a dude sailing a Hobie cat. Of course that's a bit small for a catamaran but it IS a catamaran. Well, it FLIPPED! And the dude, WAY out over 200 yards away from the beach, stood on a pontoon and UNFLIPPED IT!.  :o  The mast came out of the water. After some scurrying around, he was sailing again. That guy knew his stuff!

A Hobie Cat in action

Of course you can't do that with a full sized catamaran but I like em' anyway!  ;D

 

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Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:20:08 pm »

You can keep that cruise ship travel.
I must have drowned in a previous life.


Same here. A brother of mine took me for a ride on his sailboat (37' Westphal Dualer) once. Well, we got to the mouth of the harbor and the seas were a bit on the choppy side. THEN we experienced what sailors call an accidental jive (NO FUN AT ALL!  :o). The sheets were loose and the main mast was busy trying to knock us into the water.


After a few minutes of mayhem, my brother managed to start the auxiliary engine and bring us back into the harbor away from the chop and back to a level footing.

After that, I told my brother I would only ride on a sailboat again when they started making them with gimbaled cabins.   Of course nobody makes sailboats with gimbaled cabins.

 I had watched the gimbaled sink remain upright while all the gyrations were going on and I thought that was kind of neat.    At any rate, give me a catamaran or a tri-maran any day over a single keel sailboat. I DO NOT like to have to lean sideways all the time.  :P I expect sailors to call me an old fuddy duddy. That's their problem!
   

Great story. It's jibe, fwiw.

I have done everything wrong, so I can't criticize. It does sound like your brother might have been learning his own way around boats. Live and learn, as they say. I have had similar experiences. It helps greatly if you know what you're doing. :)


Eddie said, "It's a jibe".
I stand corrected.  :-[ I ain't no sailor but I remembered part of the word, anyways. I didn't mean to jive ya.  :icon_mrgreen: Sailors have strange words. I always thought sheets were something you covered yourself with in bed, not a line or a rope.  ;)

Yeah, my brother (an airline pilot) had just bought the boat (1973-74). It's a wonder he didn't sink it.  :P

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Who CAN you trust? / Re: Corruption in Government
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:08:59 pm »
A Trumper propagandist commenting on an article that exposed Trump's love for the Wall Street bankers, as opposed to the opposite that he had claimed before the election, recently disingenuously asked, "If Trump is so bad, how come Democrats have not explained why so many white women voted for him?".


I answered:

You don't believe a thing the Democrats say, Trumper. So, your question is more of the "Obama was worse" pitch you trumpers never tire of throwing out there.

Nevertheless, for the benefit of readers here, I will tell what Chris Hedges says. Neither he nor I supported Hitlery Clinton so please don't try to label us as Dumocrats. We, unlike you, are part of the reality based community.  ;D

QUOTES FROM: A Last Chance for Resistance by Chris Hedges

Published on Monday, March 20, 2017  by Truthdig

"There are three institutions tasked in a functioning democracy with protecting the truth and keeping national discourse rooted in verifiable fact—the courts, the press and universities. Despots must control these three to prevent them from exposing their lies and restricting their power. Trump has not only attacked the courts but has also begun purges of the judiciary with his mass firing of U.S. attorneys. The Trump White House plans to fill 124 judgeships—including 19 vacancies on federal appeals courts—with corporatist lawyers such as Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch who are endorsed by the reactionary Federalist Society. By the time Trump’s four-year term is up, Federalist Society judges could be in as many as half of the country’s appellate seats."

"The current administration’s budget proposes to give the war industry, the domestic policing agencies, the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street, billionaires and the national security and surveillance agencies more than they could have imagined possible before the election. These forces, as in all fascist states, will be the pillars of the Trump regime. They will tolerate Donald Trump’s idiocy, ineptitude and unbridled narcissism in exchange for increased profits and power."

"There is an emotional incapacity among any population being herded toward despotism or war to grasp what is happening. The victims cannot believe that the descent into barbarity is real, that the relative security and sanity of the past are about to be obliterated. They fail to see that once rights become privileges, once any segment of a society is excluded from the law, rights can instantly be revoked for everyone.

There is a hierarchy to oppression. It begins with the most vulnerable—undocumented workers, Muslims, poor people of color. It works upward. It is a long row of candles that one by one are extinguished. If we wait to resist, as the poet C.P. Cavafy wrote, the “dark line gets longer” and “the snuffed-out candles proliferate.”"

FULL ARTICLE:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/03/20/last-chance-resistance


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Who CAN you trust? / Re: Corruption in Government
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:55:16 pm »
The Billionaire Coup D'état  >:(

Does Trump Have A Deep State Of His Own?


Greg Palast, The Guardian/Rolling Stone Magazine/The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Donald Trump has spent the past few weeks warning his supporters about a "deep state" conspiracy against him. Does Trump have a deep state of his own?

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com.

Mar. 17, 2017 5:06 pm
By Thom Hartmann

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Climate Change / Re: Apocalyptic Humor
« on: March 20, 2017, 07:51:47 pm »
Trumpers in a huff about a Prophetic Billboard Warning for the USA


   



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