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Advances in Health Care / Re: COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE with Emphasis on Vermont
« Last post by AGelbert on March 23, 2022, 12:14:36 pm »
March 23, 2022

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE with Emphasis on Vermont

SOURCES for the Stats: 🦉
COVID-19 Vermont Public Dashboard
COVID-19 Dashboard by CSSE at Johns Hopkins University

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY:

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Sound Christian Doctrine / Dinosaur Soft Tissue Expert | Dr. Mark Armitage
« Last post by AGelbert on March 22, 2022, 10:59:46 pm »

Young Earth Creation 19.4K subscribers

Dr. Mark Armitage joins Team Standing For Truth for a presentation and discussion on Dinosaur Soft Tissue. Must-Watch!

"Mark H. Armitage earned a BS in Education from Liberty University and an MS in Biology (parasitology), under Richard Lumsden (Ph.D. Rice and Dean of Tulane University’s graduate program) at the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego, CA. He later graduated Ed.S. in Science Education from Liberty University and is a doctoral candidate there.

Mark grew up in a military family and lived in Venezuela and Puerto Rico for 15 years. He became a Christian when he was a college senior, studying plant pathology at the University of Florida, and his family withdrew support from him. 🥺

His experience in the business sector includes Olympus Corporation of America and Carl Zeiss. In 1984 he founded a microscope sales and service company and has been in business for 29 years. He was awarded a US patent for an optical inspection device in 1993.

Mark’s micrographs have appeared on the covers of eleven scientific journals, and he has many technical publications on microscopic phenomena in such journals as American Laboratory, Southern California Academy of Sciences Bulletin, Parasitology Research, Microscopy and Microanalysis, Microscopy Today and Acta Histochemica, among others. His career in teaching at educational institutions includes Master’s College Azusa Pacific University and California State University Northridge.

Mark managed a working electron microscopy laboratory (SEM and TEM) at the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego. In 2003 he moved his laboratory to the Creation Research Society Van Andel Creation Research Center in AZ. His lab is still vibrant and is still producing publications.

Until recently, Mark served as the Manager for the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Suite in the Biology Department at California State University Northridge. Mark was suddenly terminated by the Biology Department when his discovery of soft tissues in Triceratops horn was published in Acta Histochemica. 😠

He is currently seeking relief in a legal action for wrongful termination and religious discrimination by the University.

Mark’s other unique discoveries include the discovery of two new species of trematodes and the reporting of new hosts for several trematodes. He also discovered short half-life radiohalos in clear diamonds and the first-ever discovery of soft tissues inside a Triceratops horn from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana.

He is a lifetime member of the Creation Research Society where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2006. Mark is a member of the Microscopy Society of America, the Southern California Academy of Sciences and the American Society of Parasitologists."
https://creation.com/mark-h-armitage
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Who CAN you trust? / Re: Corruption in Government
« Last post by AGelbert on March 22, 2022, 07:38:48 pm »
It is time to take on corporate greed.


Mar 22, 2022

Senator Bernie Sanders 204K subscribers

At a time of unprecedented greed, the Senate is right now debating giving $53 billion to the highly profitable micro-chip industry and a $10 billion bailout to Jeff Bezos so that he can launch a rocket ship to the moon. I'm LIVE on the floor to oppose it.



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A close look at Roy Spencer's claims on global warming



potholer54 226K subscribers
CORRECTIONS:
1:47 GRL paper is 2019, not 2020
2.52 RSS is 5 degrees short of worldwide, N & S latitiudes
10:15 date should be 85mya not 50mya


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Chii Suigintou 1 hour ago
Not that my comment matters much,
but just observing winters in Belgium over the past 20 years,
one could also work out a warming trend.
No actual calculations needed,
when it suddenly doesn't snow during winter
and people start planting tropical plants in Belgium within their gardens,
this bc the trend is going towards even warmer winters.
One might already think that the end of the Ice age will also be seen.
(and yes, anyone with at least some knowledge in the matter understands that we're currently in a interglacial period,
known as the holocene
and that the end of the Plestocene marks the end of a glacial period, not the the ice age.)
Tbh, not looking forward towards geological evidence of Europe being just a collection of shattered islands.
Even though a hotter climate may sound nice,
damage towards personal property will be catastrophic.

Luckily I myself will never see this happening within my life time,
I hope?
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CleanTechnica


March 21, 2022 By Steve Hanley

Electricity Prices Are Up, But An ⚡ EV Is Still Much Cheaper Than A 🦕Conventional Car

SNIPPETS:

The EPA says the average new vehicle sold in the US in 2020 (the latest year for which information is available) had a combined fuel economy rating of 25.7 miles per gallon. Therefore, driving 100 miles in an average vehicle would use 3.9 gallons of gas. The EPA also says the average MPGe rating for 2022 model year EVs sold in the US is about 97. MPGe estimates how far an electric car can travel on 33.7 kWh of electricity — the amount deemed equivalent to one gallon of gasoline. Therefore, driving 100 miles in that hypothetical average electric vehicle would use 34.7 kWh of electricity.

The rest is simple. Calculate the cost of 3.9 gallons of gasoline and 34.7 kWh of electricity over time, then compare them to see which is cheaper. The result? Driving a conventional car 100 miles costs $14 for gasoline on average, but only a little over $5 using electricity. The data also shows the 😈🦖 turbulent price of gasoline versus the relatively steady price of ⚡ electricity . Even in San Francisco, where the cost of electricity is the high, the cost of “fuel” for an electric car is still about a third of an equivalent amount of 🦖 gasoline. ... ...

I saw a T-shirt recently that said, “If you voted for Biden, you owe me gas money.”
📢 Wrong. If you bought a 🦖 gas guzzler, that’s on you.

Full article:
https://cleantechnica.com/2022/03/21/electricity-prices-are-up-but-an-ev-is-still-much-cheaper-than-a-conventional-car/
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Renewables / The Subaru ⚡ Solterra is quiet, EVEN for an Electric Car!
« Last post by AGelbert on March 19, 2022, 03:24:19 pm »


MARCH 18, 2022 by ROBERT DUFFER



First drive review: 2023 Subaru ⚡ Solterra sheds Toyota’s skin off-road 🤠

SNIPPETS:

Bridging sun and earth, the 2023 Subaru Solterra arrives late to the electric party, and makes more inroads for the brand than it does for the EV marketplace. Built in partnership with Toyota and mechanically and cosmetically related to the Toyota BZ4X, which is also Toyota’s first mass-produced global electric vehicle, the Solterra lives in the shadow of its twin.

But the Solterra sheds Toyota’s skin doing what Subaru’s are known for: taking its off-road prowess on trail. Getting to the access roads beyond Scottsdale required more everyday driving, and Subaru’s dual-motor system proved adequate if not anodyne. Each 80-kw motor powers an axle, and the 249 lb-ft of torque has a variable split, shifting torque 40/60 between front and rear axles under heavy acceleration, and 70/30 when braking to prevent understeer.

From a stop, it can accelerate to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds and it’s lighter than some rivals, topping out at 4,505 lb in top Touring trim (the base Premium weighs 4,365). When it comes to acceleration, there isn’t much difference in the normal, Eco, or Sport drive mode settings that can be activated with a simple button push on the console. 

It’s not just remarkably quiet for a Subaru, whose flat-4s can run loud with a CVT, it’s quiet for an electric car , lacking any motor whir. It’s well-insulated from the road as well, with only a bit of highway noise coming from the all-season tires wrapped around the tester’s 20-inch wheels (18s are standard). It rides quietly and composed as well, with MacPherson struts up front and a double-wishbone setup in back, but it can be willowy on undulating terrain. I wasn’t pushing it hard on the paved 90-degree intersections outside Scottsdale, but Solterra owners won’t mistake this for an autocross car, unless or until the STI performance department gets a shot at it. Steering doesn’t provide much feedback, but the small-diameter wheel points and goes where directed. ... ...



Some other oddities about the Solterra, which has Toyota’s DNA all over the cockpit, is that there’s no glovebox and the instrument cluster sits at the end of a plastic tray extending from the front of the dash until it nearly touches the windshield. It feels as distant as a head-up display, and the small power meter alongside Toyota’s even smaller vertical menu bar for vehicle info is an odd use of real estate. The top of the wheel can block some of the display, but seat and steering wheel adjustments resolve it. ... ...

It all felt very Toyota, until the pavement ended 🤠 and the access road descended into the desert valley. Even with all the traction control settings active, the rear tapped out and went a bit sideways on the loose dusty gravel.



It corrected itself quickly, proving its Subaru system, and turning off the first level of stability control gave power back to the driver. The higher-speed off-roading was the highlight of my time in the Solterra, and it proved itself equally capable on more challenging terrain.




With X-Mode set to the Snow/Dirt setting, it climbed up uneven ascents strewn with loose rock and all the dusty desert dirt. A third X-Mode setting called Grip Control behaves like an off-road cruise control so drivers can focus on the obstacles, not the pedals, both uphill and downhill. Three settings between 3 and 5 mph can be controlled through a toggle in the console, and the driver can override the setting with the accelerator, then the system will reactivate once below the threshold. It works well, but must be activated from a stop with the gear setting in drive. When one wheel slipped, or articulated off the ground, the other wheels pulsed and grabbed until it righted itself. It would help newcomers get a taste for deeper off-road terrain and instilled confidence in its abilities. 



Full article:
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1135358_first-drive-review-2023-subaru-solterra-sheds-toyota-s-skin-off-road

Agelbert NOTE: Green Car Reports has a seriously flawed comment moderation algorithm . SEE comments on their moderation policy, after the happy talk boilerplate, HERE . If you try to complain to a poster that attacks you that he is violating the commenting policy with ad hom, YOU get YOUR post "under moderation" while the abusive 👿 poster's post is left to stand.

So, while the articles are good reading, the comments largely favor a group that says whatever abusive or ridiculous baloney they wish to come up with while everyone who challenges them is "put in moderation".

Enjoy the articles but don't waste your time responding in the comments section.

Agelbert added NOTE: March 21, 2022 UPDATE on irrational, biased, just plain stupid,  "moderation" at Green Car Reports. Today this comment I made two days ago, was removed: 
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AGelbert > john1701a  2 days ago Removed
Mr. Briggs is not, as you can see, objective, knowledge based or reasonable. Thank you, John1701a, for your excellent objective, knowledgeable and reasonable comments.

If the above "violates" any moderation policy anywhere, I'll eat my hat. Mr. Briggs is the 👿 author of the sarcastic and demeaning reply to me that was left to stand.
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Mar 16, 2022 14:59PM by  Paige Bennett  EDTBUSINESS

Federal Court Rejects Exxon’s Attempt to Halt Climate Change Investigations

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court denied ExxonMobil’s attempt to stop the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts from investigating whether the company lied about its knowledge of climate change.

The decision was handed down by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, which said Exxon couldn’t sue Massachusetts’ Attorney General Maura Healey because it was already doing so in the state court system, as reported by Reuters.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected a 2018 lawsuit Exxon had filed against New York, claiming the state violated the company’s rights for its investigations.

ExxonMobil first sued New York and Massachusetts in 2016, when it received subpoenas for shareholder communications and documents related to climate change. The company has since tried to prevent the two states from moving forward with the investigation.

“During the pendency of this appeal, the New York Attorney General closed the New York investigation and commenced an enforcement action, which resolved in Exxon’s favor and is not being appealed by the state. Because these events have mooted Exxon’s claims against the New York Attorney General, we lack jurisdiction over those claims,” the court explained in its decision. “As to Exxon’s claims against the Massachusetts Attorney General, Exxon could have pursued the relief it now seeks in an earlier Massachusetts state court proceeding arising from the same events that underlie the present suit; its claims against the Massachusetts Attorney General are thus barred under the doctrine of res judicata.”

The oil giant wanted to appeal the lower court decisions to revive the case, ultimately to have its documents that had been given to New York for the state investigation either returned or destroyed. The new decision stops Exxon’s attempt to prevent these investigations.

“We are pleased with the Second Circuit’s decision today, which rejected Exxon Mobil’s baseless attempts to challenge state law enforcement efforts,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said. “We will continue our efforts to protect New York consumers and investors from any harm or deceit.”

Chloe Gotsis, spokeswoman for Healey, said their office looks forward to obtaining the required documents and continuing the investigation.

This is just one of many lawsuits Exxon has been facing, as it has tried to minimize how its fossil fuel products impact climate change to boost profits and assure investors.
https://www.ecowatch.com/exxon-climate-denial-lawsuits.html
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March 15, 2022 by Greg Palast for Buzz Flash


How 😈🎩 Billionaires Picked Putin as “Russia’s 🦍 Pinochet

Vladimir Putin did not arrive from outer space on an abalone shell.

Putin went from the virtually unknown Deputy Mayor of Saint Petersburg to Russia’s President and potentate by winning a weird competition organized by Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky who sought a “Russian Pinochet” to succeed Boris Yeltsin as President.

The competition, dubbed “Operation Successor,” went so far as to send Russia’s “Larry King,” Mikhail Leontyev, to interview General Pinochet for Russian TV while Pinochet was under indictment in Chile on murder charges. Russians were treated to the old dictator’s advice on choosing a leader who could imitate Pinochet’s “strong hand,” a police state, while promoting a hyper-capitalist economy.

And Putin fit the Pinochet profile.

To understand how Russia became, in effect, a military-corporate dictatorship, we have to go back to the 1990s when the former USSR, after the Wall fell, went along with the scheme known as “shock therapy” 😖 — substantially crafted by the 😈 man who would become 🐵 Clinton’s Treasury Secretary, Larry Summers. Yeltsin’s oligarchs grabbed 60% of Russia’s state assets for peanuts — including the world’s largest producing oil fields.

The “therapy” was ☠️ deadly. The US-designed smash-and-grab pushed 60% of Russians into poverty and half the population into starvation: calorie intake per person fell by almost half. Russian men, who had a longer life expectancy than Americans under the USSR, literally died by the millions — their life expectancy dropped to 57 years.

The suffering and resulting Pinochet fever hit its apotheosis with Russia’s 1998 default on its debts. Ben Judah, author of the must-read Putin biography, Fragile Empire, explains the repercussions:

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“It was the moment when the elite got scared and moved over further toward authoritarianism. According to Grigory Satarov, Yeltsin’s former aide, it was then that [Yeltsin] ditched the idea of [“reformer” Boris]] Nemtsov as the successor and decided Russia needed a robust, military man. Intellectuals began to debate the need for a ‘Russian Pinochet’ to defend the market.”

The chance that Yeltsin, a notorious drunk, could get re-elected, was close to zero.

Berezovsky and other oligarchs, in Davos, Switzerland, attending that mating event of the rich and powerful, were horrified that the monied elite were giving their affection to Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the newly re-branded Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Polls showed Zyuganov was certain to defeat Yeltsin in upcoming elections.

Berezovsky and other oligarchs, panicked that Zyuganov would seize their ill-gotten gains, formed what they called the “Davos Pact” to re-elect Yeltsin — at all costs. And that cost a lot: they bought up all the media, all of it, and iced out Zyuganov. Bill Clinton jumped in, sending in an army of US elections and PR consultants.

While Yeltsin wanted to pick one of his US-trained free-market economists as his running mate (for Prime Minister), the oligarchs told him they’d found that Russian Pinochet, the little-known apparatchik named Vladimir Putin. They groomed Putin by having Yeltsin promote him rapidly through several posts including chief of the FSB, the successor of the KGB, where Putin had started his career.

But even that wasn’t enough to reelect Yeltsin. Yeltsin’s “victory” required what in Russia are called, “administrative resources” — wholesale vote theft. Dmitry Medvedev, later Putin’s Prime Minister is quoted in Fragile Empire, saying he didn’t know who won that election, but “it was not Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin.”

In 1999, Russia was falling apart. Literally. While big hunks of the USSR had years earlier scampered away (Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Ukraine and others), smaller regions were now declaring independence, including the Muslim region of Chechnya.

Yeltsin ordered a military expedition to recapture Chechnya. It failed disastrously.

But then Putin took charge, invading Chechnya. But this time, Putin took a page from Pinochet’s playbook: mass slaughter of civilians. When Chechens resisted the Russian invasion, Putin simply leveled their capital city, Grozny, killing, according to Reuters, 25,000 to 50,000 Chechens, most civilians. Notably, 14,000 Russian soldiers died — yet Putin’s popularity soared.

This is a sobering reminder for those who think Putin can’t withstand too many Russian body bags returning from Ukraine.

It is beyond strange to me that some of my progressive friends are playing Putin as a victim, an innocent man “provoked” by US expansion of NATO. Oh, come on! Ukraine applied for NATO membership 14 years ago — and it was laughed off by NATO members.

No doubt, expanding was diplomatic malfeasance, but it never constituted a real threat to Russian sovereignty, certainly not from the non-NATO Ukraine. Let’s not forget that Ukraine transferred all its nuclear warheads to Russia, hardly an act of aggression. (And let’s not forget, as Joe Biden seems to have forgotten, that as part of the transfer of Ukraine’s nukes, the US and Russia guaranteed the safety of Ukraine against all acts of aggression.)

Putin’s power originated from manipulation of an election. Whether you call it, “administrative measures” or “vote suppression,” it’s the endless story of the moneyed at war with democracy.

When, in 1999, Yeltsin was finally pushed to invite Putin to become prime minister, there was still the formality of having to get elected. Yeltsin said that Putin told him, “Elections, I just hate them.”

That surprises no one, least of all the ghost of Pinochet.

Me? I kind of like elections. I stand with democracy. I stand with Ukraine.
https://www.gregpalast.com/how-billionaires-picked-putin-as-russias-pinochet/

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Advances in Health Care / COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE with Emphasis on Vermont
« Last post by AGelbert on March 16, 2022, 02:20:22 pm »
March 16, 2022

COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE with Emphasis on Vermont

SOURCES for the Stats: 🦉
COVID-19 Vermont Public Dashboard
COVID-19 Dashboard by CSSE at Johns Hopkins University

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY:

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Who CAN you trust? / Leopard trapped in a 70-foot deep open well
« Last post by AGelbert on March 15, 2022, 01:57:12 pm »
This four year old female leopard was trapped in a 70-foot deep open well in Otur located in Pune district, Maharashtra. Quick-thinking villagers alerted Wildlife SOS and the Forest Department, and she was saved from certain death. This photo was taken by staff photographer Akash.

Wildlife SOS is tackling the problem of open wells head-on. In Maharashtra, 95 leopards died in open wells in just the first six months of 2021. The number of open wells in India is massive, so our project is identifying the most dangerous wells, and initially covering 40 or the wells known to have trapped wildlife. Learn more about our project to cover open wells here.

Trapped Leopard Rescued from a 70-Ft Deep Well in Maharashtra


Mar 2, 2022

Wildlife SOS 59.2K subscribers

An approx. 4-year-old female Leopard was found trapped in a 70-feet-deep uncovered well in Otur located in Pune district, Maharashtra.  #Wildlife SOS & the Forest Department rushed to the rescue and carefully extricated the leopard in a harrowing 2 hour long operation.

The incident took place just days after a male leopard was rescued from a 50-feet-deep well in Alkuti village, Ahmednagar district.

Wildlife SOS is in the process of working with farmers and the Forest Department to cover open wells in Maharashtra and to protect leopards. You too can be a part of the change by donating to this effort: https://give.wildlifesos.org
 

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