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Thank you AG. For your time and your excellent reply. Lots to think about there, and I will. Thank you again.

You are welcome.



There will be a lot of pieces to put back together, all at once, when he is gone.

Can the Republic Recover from Donald Trump?
here will be a lot of pieces to put back together, all at once, when he is gone.

Yates asked the assembled: What is going to happen when this administration is finally, blessedly over? It is a very good question and there is no very good answer to it.

This is a rhetorical question. Yates, and Charlie Pierce both are smart enough to figure out the answer.

It isn't Trump that's the worst problem. At some point he will be gone. The real problem is that the worst of the worst Americans, the Kochs, have finally captured the Executive branch in the same way they have successfully captured the Congress and state government.  It's game over folks. Checkmate.

Will you vote for President Pence, or President Scott Walker?  Or maybe President Greg Abbott.  Maybe Bob McDonnell of Virginia will run, now that his several criminal convictions have been reversed. They all know where to get the money. America's good Christian community will support them all the way.

They will lower taxes for any unfortunate point O-1 Percenters still left with a tax bill. They will make it legal to mine for coal where your house sits. They will drill for oil in Coral Bay, and bomb Turkey.[/size]

The USA is a disguised military dictatorship. Military dictatorships are the worse kind of parasite on an economy. Their main products are death and pollution.

We are toast.


You are absolutely correct AG. Because Trump and/or Clinton and/or Pence and/or any others that Eddie just named are merely symptoms of the lack of morals and integrity in this whole society which no longer is unified by any values but the worship of money and hedonism and selfishness. The entire world is being murdered and destroyed by these Satanists. They are Satanists because they are out to wallow in the destruction of everything even including themselves. Can God prevail? Or must he start over?

If God is God, then He/She/It cannot do anything but prevail. Most readers here at the Doomstead Diner either are atheists who disdain the "psychololigal weak minded crutch" of worshipping the Deity OR do not really give a fork as long as said Deity does not require worship and obedience to any moral code. The former claim to be "ethical".  Their only "ethics" based behavioral code is "might equals right" (Orwell lives!). The latter are an egotistical bunch that cannot, and will not, accept any constraints on their behavior by some uppity Deity that never asked them permission to be born into this plane of existence.

I KNOW that God IS God. I may never prevail, but God will prevail. Though for many years I was angrily frustrated about the lack of justice in human society, I now finally realize and accept the fact that no human has the mental equipment to question God's apparent lack of name takin' and ass kickin' on this planet.

Yeah, we've been trying to do that for a long, long time (see below).

Jeremiah 12 King James Version (KJV)

1 Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?

2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins.

Jeremiah was thoroughly bent out of shape when he wrote this. The next few passages has him asking for God to slaughter the bad guys with all sorts of colorful blood and guts mayhem.

3 But thou, O Lord, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.

I've been there with that. Many readers here, whether they worship themselves or the Law of Conservation of Energy  ;D, also want to kill off all the bad guys.

True, blessed are those folks who hunger and thirst for justice. So, I will not judge harshly those who want to kill off all the bad people making life difficult to miserable for the rest of us.

Their logic is sound as long as there is no afterlife.

I firmly believe there is an afterlife. I firmly believe this portion of human existence is an embryonic proving ground.

What comes after is as different as a majestic Sequoia tree is from a tiny seed.

Due to the inherent limitations of  a seed versus a tree, I can understand why so many other seeds around here think I am full of horse poopy.

Another analogy to the self-limiting modus vivendi of these seeds is Plato's Cave. I've seen what's on the outside of that cave. Nothing that goes on inside the cave compares to it. The cynical wishful thinkers that firmly believe that this cave of shadow boxing baloney is all there is are DEAD wrong.

I used to be just like them. But I finally got to a place where the real water of life cleared things up for me.

I still get depressed and I still rant about injustice, but I know all this is temporary. God IS God. I am not now, or ever will be, God. My job is to obey He/She/It, whether I like it or not. Seeds should never presume to know what it is like to be a Sequoia.

Geopolitics / Re: Genocide
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:21:29 pm »
‘Killing Gaza’: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege

May 18, 2018

In their new film “Killing Gaza,” journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal capture the harrowing stories of Palestinians who survived the 2014 Israeli assault, and their struggles to recover and persist under a crippling blockade. Watch video https://vimeo.com/ondemand/killinggaza/255266362


Geopolitics / Re: War Provocations and Peace Actions
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:02:09 pm »
US-North Korea Peace Talks: Trump 🦀 Threatens Kim with Gaddafi’s Fate

May 18, 2018

Col. Larry Wilkerson: Trump’s threats, Bolton’s inexperience, combined with the military exercises in the region is putting the North Korean peace talks at risk. It is inexplicable form of diplomacy, unless you want the talks to fail


Renewables / Re: Sustainable Farming
« on: May 19, 2018, 07:29:35 pm »
Next World TV

Sand to soil Innovation in China
Reducing desert land

China is developing technology that turns deserts into productive land. 

One quarter of China is covered by dry, desert-like land and one third of its citizens are effected.

Reversing the growth of desertification.

China is bringing this technology to Africa too. 


Agelbert's  Mini-Catamarran Folly

Posted May 19, 2018

I promised to write about this a while ago. 😇 Today, I'll see if I can set my experience down in print.  ;) 

Way back in 1975 I was an air traffic controller who had FINALLY gotten through three years of grueling training to reach the journeyman radar controller level. I lived in a simple $26,000 home I had bought in 1972. Now that I didn't have to worry about being washed out by some bigots from Indiana on my ATC crew (they had moved back to the "world" after their two year tour of fun and games with Puerto Ricans) in the FAA, I had a bit of time on my hands on weekends...

Idleness is the devil's workshop, they say. I don't know about that. Sometimes doing stuff gets you into a whole lot more trouble...

You see, I didn't know beans about sailboats (that hasn't changed much  :D). I have related here about my mishap on a 34' sailboat my airline pilot brother bought.

I hated sailboats. I said I would not get in one again until they had gimbled cabins. :icon_mrgreen: Going sideways was not my idea of getting from point A to point B in a boat. BUT, I had observed that there is a sailboat type out there that did not go sideways. 🧐 This is called a catamarran. Yes, the smaller ones like the Hobie Cat can have a pontoon get airborne if you are not careful. But, generally speaking, they do not go sideways.

So, I decided to build one. I mean, how hard could it be? I had an airplane pilot's license with single, multi-engine and instrument commercial (plus flight and ground instructor tickets) ratings in addition to knowing how to add and subtract, so what's the big deal with sailboats? Why do they cost so much? I looked at all the sandwich fiberglass stuff and keel weight and hull speed design and all that.  BORING...

Also, I wasn't going to spend all kinds of money and rile up the neighborhood by building a big boat in my yard. Besides. I was on a budget and didn't want to spend more than a hundred bucks or so.

But all that said, I wish to be brutally honest with you. I had an excess pontoon problem.

Now, what in tarnation is an "excess pontoon" problem?

You see, my airline pilot brother (Gilbert - he is seven years older than I am so I had the mistaken idea that he knew what he was doing) had decided on a get rich quick scheme. This involved marketing Aquaskims.
Aquaskims are pontoons that you put your feet into like giant shoes and swish over the water with.

Gilbert thought they would make a great replacement for dingies that sailboat owners used while they are anchored to get to shore for suppllies. This was a really dumb idea for many reasons but Gilbert didn't think so.

Gilbert claimed Aquaskims were more portable than a dingy and lots of people would love them just to walk on water. So, he bought a BUNCH of them.

No, it wasn't for the "volume" discount. You see, they would not sell him one or two pairs. He had to buy a sufficient quantity to fill a 40' long standard shipping container.  :P

You can put a lot of them in a 40' shipping container.

Gilbert thought they would sell like hotcakes. They didn't. Despite our best efforts to sell them here and there, people had trouble maintaining their balance so they did not go for them.

Aquaskims were made of foam with some plastic flaps beneath to help you move over the water surface. I practiced a lot on a lake with them. You need strong legs and a keen ability to balance. You have to keep your center of gravity in exactly the right place or you flop into the water. Getting back on is impossible once you are in the water, even if the water is dead calm.

In ocean conditions with any wave action whatsoever, it is impossible even to walk on them.

I nearly made it all the way across the Condado Lagoon (coastal ocean lagoon about a quarter mile wide with fairly flat seas) as a publicity stunt but fell in the water a few feet short of the dock.  Below is a picture of the Condado Lagoon:

I started out from the dock next to the third building (left to right) towards the ocean side of the lagoon and walked to nearly where that obelisk thing is now on the near side.

My legs just kept opening (doing a split) and I no longer had the strength to keep them together. The muscles you use to do this are almost totally NOT used when walking or running on the ground because the friction of your feet with the ground keeps your legs from sliding apart. Slip-sliding on water to move forward on pontoons is very slippery business. We got a few sales that day but nothing to brag about.

People found it was dangerous to try to get into them in a swiming pool because if you fell sideways or backwards you could hit your head on the pool concrete side. Sailboat owners could not easily carry groceries in bags while balancing on the Aquaskims, even in dead calm waters. I could carry stuff but it was tricky. What I would do to try to sell somebody is that I push a 14' Boston Whaler I owned off a dock at the Levittown lake and let it go out 50' or so. I would then get on the aquaskims, walk to the boat, and tow it back in with a rope. People were not impressed.

I had already tried water skiing with them. THAT was nightmare! The pontoons want to go anyway but straight (those fat foam hulls zig and zag continuously  :() when the boat towing you tries to pick up to normal speed. Of course you can be towed along at 5 mph. :D That is something you certainly can't do with regular water skies, but I was pretty sure that wouldn't catch on as a fad. People like to go fast and all that.  8)

Gilbert's get rich quick sheme was dead.

Guess who was elected to store most of them?

So, as you can see, I had an excess Aquaskim pontoons problem.

This is when I got the strange idea that you could make a tiny catamarran with the Aquaskims.

Experienced sailors know something I was not too clear on (to put it mildly). Sailboats need TWO, not just one, connnection with the water beneath them in order to steer them AGAINST the wind.

Yeah, you need a sail. However, the sail just creates leverage on the mast to move the boat with the wind, period. If you stick a rudder in the water you will not get the boat to point in the direction you want to go unless you have something in the water for the rudder to exert leverage on. That thing is called a keel or a centerboard in a normal sailboat.

In a catamarran it's a bit more complicated. The pontoons can be a sort of a leverage point, but they have to be sticking well into the water and they need a certain design (as in the Hobie Cat). Aquaskims are rounded and stubby. They are designed for maximum floatation. This is no good for leverage traction in the water.

But I hadn't figured that out yet. Experience is really a very good teacher.  :laugh:

I had all these pontoons and I needed to make somehting with them. I figured a cheap mini-cat would sell and I could get rid of all those pontoons I was storing.

So, being a methodical fellow , I went to a hardware store and bought a bunch of PVC pipe, a grommet kit, some grommets, "sail" cloth (blue shower curtain plastic), some eye screws and some cord and began my project.

This is what those Aquaskims look like:

I made this PVC frame with some patio furniture straps for the deck: The four support points beneath would be just pushed into the pontoons through the top foam.

Next I added the rudder and began attaching the rigging eye screws.

I then grommeted the sail and attached it to the PVC mast with line and some rigging to be able to raise and lower it. The PVC large pipe ring at the top of the mast could be raised or lowered with the line through the eye screws. I know, VERY CRUDE. But that system actually worked. True, I only took the boat out once and none of this rigging (or any other part of this PVC mess contraption) was built to last, but it goes to show you how cheap you can really go in a pinch.  :D   

Finished with my Mini-Catamarran Agelbert Folly, I took it to the Levittown lake for a shakedown cruise.

I lowered into it from the concrete dock and sat in the middle, more or less. You've got to do that so the pontoons don't upend in the front. The pontoons sat a little lower than I expected in the water.  Well, I had a bathing suit on so having a wet ass was no problemo. 

Of course I considered that my ass dragging through the water would slow me down a bit, but I was not going to sweat the small stuff. Onward and forward!

I raised the sail, held the boom position with my right hand with an attached line and held the rudder with my left hand. The wind was behind me so I moved off the dock and enjoyed running with the wind.

I said to myself, IT WORKED!   

I was wrong. Eddie can tell you all the stuff I did wrong, but I will mention a few.  :-[

When I tried to tack, I could not tack. The boat just slid along sideways, no matter what I did with the rudder. I could run with the wind and slightly at an angle, but that was it. I needed a keel of some sort. I did not have it.

Also, had the wind been any stronger than the light breeze I had that day, the PVC thin mast would have bent too much or broken. I had some rigging to keep it steady (not shown in my 3D sketchup file screenshots - I had a line on either side to the frame), but it was not enough for the stiffness needed to propel the boat in a reasonable wind.

My sailboat would not tack.👎 The mast was wiggly.  :P The mini-cat was a failure. :-[ I was stuck with a lot of pontoons.  :(

But, it was quite educational. I hope you enjoyed this anecdote.

We live and we learn.

Wonders of Nature / Re: The Fabulous Plant Kingdom
« on: May 19, 2018, 01:14:53 pm »
Do Leaves Get Hotter in Sunlight?

Botanists used to assume that the temperature of a photosynthesizing tree leaf would be the same as that of the surrounding air. But a 2008 study published in the journal Nature showed that tree leaves have a built-in climate control system that keeps them at a constant 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit (21.4 degrees Celsius) while they are in the process of converting sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into food. This temperature stays about the same, whether they are located in frosty Canada or the toasty Caribbean.

A leaf's inner thermostat:

Biologists at the University of Pennsylvania studied 39 tree species that grow within a range of 50 degrees of latitude across North America, between Puerto Rico and Canada.

“To think that a black spruce in Canada and a Caribbean pine in Puerto Rico have the same average leaf temperature is quite astonishing,  :o” said researcher Brent Helliker.

Plants use several mechanisms to adjust their temperature, from changing the angle of their leaves relative to the sun, clustering leaf growth, or altering evaporation rates.


Advances in Health Care / Re: Healthy Eating
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:32:00 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: This short video has very interesting info about how we got the type of flour we now mostly use.

The Western Pattern Diet

Planet Earth FilmsPRO

John Downes explains the nature of the Western Pattern diet.

History and Culture

Planet Earth FilmsPRO

Legendary Australian sourdough baker John Downes on the history and culture of sourdough bread (Part 1).

Hydration 💧

Planet Earth FilmsPRO

Not all fours are the same. Here John demonstrates how to hydrate flour grown in the the hot South Australian Wheatbelt before baking a wholemeal loaf with it.

Making Wholemeal Pt 1 😋

Planet Earth FilmsPRO

Part 1 of John's wholemeal sourdough bread baking tutorial.

Renewables / Re: The Big Picture of Renewable Energy Growth
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:15:11 pm »

May 18, 2018

#Energiewende #Renewables

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

100-percent renewable German energy system possible – study

Powering a large country like Germany entirely with renewable energy is possible, and could even be cheaper than conventional energy sources, according to a study by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Technical solutions for all of the well-known problems that come with “a full energy transition” already exist, says co-author and physicist Tom Brown in a KIT press release.

Blackouts are not a problem either, Brown says, as renewables could be used to create hydrogen or methane gas reserves stored for emergencies or times of low output from wind and solar power plants.   

Find the study in English here.


Geopolitics / Re: Genocide
« on: May 18, 2018, 07:55:09 pm »

Jewish Americans Condemn US 🦀 Gov. Support for Israel’s 👹 Massacre of Gazans

May 17, 2018

Activists from Jewish Voice for Peace NYC and Jews Say No! held a Gaza solidarity protest outside the office of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, condemning US support for Israel’s massacre of Palestinian protesters – Ben Norton reports.


Geopolitics / Re: Money
« on: May 18, 2018, 06:35:19 pm »

Economic Update: Another Gilded Age  💵 🎩 🍌

Friday, May 18, 2018

By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment 🔊



Renewables / Re: Electric Vehicles
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:47:06 pm »
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DAF Trucks Partners With VDL Groep On A Fully Electric Class 8 Truck

May 17th, 2018 by Kyle Field

The competition in electric trucks is quickly heating up as the flood of products developed in response to Tesla’s Semi reveal last year continue to be unveiled. This time, DAF Trucks has revealed its new CF Electric truck that it developed in partnership with VDL Groep.

The beautifully normal truck comes with a 100 kilometer range with fast charging that makes it a great option for short haul routes that require fast turnarounds. To that effect, it has been equipped with high power charging capability that allows it to quick charge in just 30 minutes in order to recharge while being loaded or unloaded. A full charge of its 170kWh battery pack takes a bit longer at 1.5 hours, which is still extremely rapid, considering how massive the battery is.

Tasked with propelling the truck down the road is a 210 kW electric motor which runs whisper quiet. The fast charging and silent operation make DAF’s new CF an attractive alternative for operations that need to run 24/7 without the hassle of noisy diesel engines or the emissions they generate.

The first round of CF Electric trucks will be delivered to key customers this year 💫in a 4×2 tractor configuration developed for up to 40 ton distribution applications within urban areas in which single or double axle semi-trailers are the standard.

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Geopolitics / Re: Genocide
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:29:23 pm »
The World Will Not Mourn The Decline Of US Hegemony 🦍😈 👹 💵 🎩 🍌 🏴‍☠️

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:25

Authored by Paul Street via TruthDig.com,


There are good reasons for any good progressive to bemoan the presence of the childish, racist, sexist and ecocidal, right-wing plutocrat Donald Trump in the White House. One complaint about Trump that should be held at arm’s-length by anyone on the left, however, is the charge that Trump is contributing to the decline of U.S. global power - to the erosion of the United States’ superpower status and the emergence of a more multipolar world.

This criticism of Trump comes from different elite corners. Last October, the leading neoconservative foreign policy intellectual and former George W. Bush administration adviser Eliot Cohen wrote an Atlantic magazine essay titled “How Trump Is Ending the American Era.” Cohen recounted numerous ways in which Trump had reduced “America’s standing and ability to influence global affairs.” He worried that Trump’s presidency would leave “America’s position in the world stunted” and an “America lacking confidence” on the global stage.

But it isn’t just the right wing that writes and speaks in such terms about how Trump is contributing to the decline of U.S. hegemony. A recent Time magazine reflection by the liberal commentator Karl Vick (who wrote in strongly supportive terms about the giant January 2017 Women’s March against Trump) frets that that Trump’s “America First” and authoritarian views have the world “looking for leadership elsewhere.”

“Could this be it?” Vick asks. “Might the American Century actually clock out at just 72 years, from 1945 to 2017? No longer than Louis XIV ruled France? Only 36 months more than the Soviet Union lasted, after all that bother?”

Full article (which will reveal to you why I posted this in "Genocide"):


Renewables / Re: Electric Vehicles
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:45:59 pm »
Cool video!  

Notice that some of this video shows Electric buses being stacked on on top of the other, so it's something that can be used for any sized vehicle, private or public transportation, manually driven or automated.

Renewables / Re: Electric Vehicles
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:55:40 pm »
How does an Electric Car work ? | Tesla Model S


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Electric cars are making big waves in the automobile world. These noise-free, pollution-free and high-performance vehicles are expected to make their I.C. engine counterparts obsolete by 2025. This video will unveil the hidden technologies behind the Tesla Model S, which recently became the world’s fastest accelerating car. We will see how electric cars have achieved superior performance by analyzing the technology behind the induction motor, inverter, lithium ion battery power source, regenerative braking and above all, the synchronized vehicle mechanism, in a logical, step-by-step manner. The working and features of Tesla car is explained here with help of animation.

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