• SteveInNC commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Smoke and Mirrors and Islamophobia by lauraw.

    2014-10-14 09:36:17View | Delete

    Excellent summary. Thank you for writing these. BTW, I found the “Legislating Fear” report here: https://vc-cair-ok.s3.amazonaws.com/files/2013-09-17-16/legislatingfearreport.pdf (using duck duck go).

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post DO NOT Vote for These People! by Big Al .

    2014-09-19 09:34:55View | Delete

    Well, my useless conservaDem senator (Hagan) voted for this. I had been considering holding my nose and voting for her just because of the sheer awfulness of her opponent (Thom Tillis), but I can’t do it. I will just have to withold my vote in the senatorial race. OTOH, Tillis can probably do less damage [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post Warning to War Supporters by David Swanson.

    2014-09-10 09:57:53View | Delete

    In the short term I have to agree with you Al. War, particularly this war, stirring the Middle-Eastern hornet’s nest as it would be, is the immediate threat. In the longer term though, ending war and stopping climate change are complementary goals. The policies one needs to stop climate change, policies that require global cooperation [...]

  • If people are treated like combatants for long enough, eventually they will start acting like them. This is unlikely to improve matters.

    I’m still up in the air, though, over whether this is actually strategy, or simply the eminently predictable yet somehow unforeseen consequences of wretchedly poor policy and governance. The policies are largely the result of various Shock Doctrine/looting strategies of our elites, and those economic consequences are certainly intended; I’m just not sure they truly understand the social and physical consequences of their strategies, and that they will not be untouched by those consequences.

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post So, I Asked the Russian Ambassador What He Thinks of NATO by David Swanson.

    2014-08-28 10:01:18View | Delete

    Yes, we could withdraw from Europe, Africa, and Latin America today with few negative consequences for anyone other than defense contractors. I support that without reservations. Leaving Southwest Asia (ME) would cause yet more turmoil, but at least it could start to stabilize and heal without us subverting their institutions and fomenting wars (as long [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post #MH370: Important update on sign off and search effort by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-02 19:00:00View | Delete

    Thanks for the link. Certainly at some point the signal would be too weak. I’ll push lack of cellphone contact a few places down the list of sketchy events associated with this.

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post #MH370: Important update on sign off and search effort by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-02 09:44:52View | Delete

    Has there been any consideration of cellphones in determining where the plane went? It’s pretty much a given that out of several hundred passengers, a few had forgotten or otherwise not turned off their phones. If the aircraft flew over any country in the area save North Korea, those phones would connect to any towers [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post Sunday Train: The Solar Photovoltaic Price Evolution Revolution by BruceMcF.

    2014-01-27 10:37:18View | Delete

    Point taken regarding the fluoridated gases, commonly used in the manufacture of semiconductors of all sorts BTW. But, I think it unlikely that the existing process is the only way to make solar cells; greener processes are physically possible. All we need is funding. OTOH, oxidizing fossil fuel for energy, whether in a boiler or [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post Over Easy: West Virginia Chemical Spill – Update and Questions by Crane-Station.

    2014-01-15 10:33:03View | Delete

    Regarding hazmat diamonds: The left-hand blue square is the health rating, the upper red square is the flammability rating, the right-hand yellow square is reactivity, and the lower square is a space for other safety information. The NFPA ratings run from 0 to 4, with zero being no significant hazard in that category, and 4 [...]

  • I find history both fascinating in itself, as well as useful in understanding the present and in contemplating the future: how can you predict where you’re going if you don’t know the path you’re on? In particular, your article frames nicely a concern I have with our present-day situation. Numerous people, on this site and [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post An idea that dried up like a raisin in the sun. by mikebar.

    2013-05-14 09:17:38View | Delete

    Extracting CO2 from air takes either energy or time. Refrigeration is very energy-intensive. Cyclic adsorption/desorption would be more efficient, but you’ve still got to concentrate it afterwards by chilling or compressing. The slow way is much more efficient: grow plants. This has the added benefit of breaking up the CO2 in addition to extracting it, [...]

  • All based on an Israeli allegation, mere days after getting their political house in order, forming a new government, and Obomber’s visit. Not suspicious at all.

    It would be sort of sickly ironic if the CW actually turned out to be something like phosphorus or tear gas that is perfectly fine to use on Palestinian schools and the like. /s

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post The Day That NPR Lost Me by Quasit.

    2013-02-18 10:47:41View | Delete

    NPR lost me several years ago. I had noticed the continual rightward drift of course, but one evening on the way home they took one step too far. The topic of discussion was the torture/”enhanced interrogation” program, and who did they have on to discuss it? None other than John Yoo himself. Even that wouldn’t [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post Our current Normal is not new. Just Normal…… by cmaukonen.

    2013-01-30 10:29:37View | Delete

    I’ve listened to the whole set (Early, High, and Late) Middle Ages. Some of the parallels to the present are quite eerie.

  • If I may leave the political aspects of climate change and personal sniping aside for a moment and focus on the actual experiment: The greenhouse effect is so named because unheated greenhouses will become significantly warmer than the atmosphere outside. This warming occurs because the glass or plastic of the greenhouse is more transparent to [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post Global civics – whether we like it or not. by cmaukonen.

    2012-12-11 10:46:18View | Delete

    This was one of the ideas that got me thinking in a more progressive manner years and years ago, during the Clinton health care debate to be precise, and it is still a powerful idea because it can cut through the right-wing memes: microbes are equal-opportunity killers, not caring that you’re rich/white/famous/holy/etc. This fact can [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post Taser grounding chainmail? by zooxibbit.

    2012-09-27 10:01:18View | Delete

    The voltage may be high enough to arc a short distance, but to Synoia’s point, the darts do need to be at least very close to, if not in contact with, the skin. What might work would be a fine metal mesh or mat of wire sewn into a thick jacket: the bulk of the [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post Signs of the Times in NE Ohio, and an Invitation for Your Own Observations by Ohio Barbarian.

    2012-09-27 09:25:42View | Delete

    Interesting. I’d been noticing something similar here (Raleigh, NC). A lot of signs for local races, especially the judicial ones, some for state races, but very few signs for the presidential candidates. There are a scattering of bumper stickers, but not like 08. (I got rid of my Obama sticker in 09). As for me, [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post A message to our leaders by Synoia.

    2012-04-20 09:50:11View | Delete

    I’ve been noticing an increasing frequency of little statements like this in some of the higher-end mainstream news sources over the past year or so. For example, the Buttonwood column in this week’s Economist discussed the problem of “extractive elites”.

    There are two potential candidates for extractive elites in Western economies. The first is the banking sector. The wealth of [...]

  • SteveInNC commented on the diary post Closing In On Dark Matter by Masoninblue.

    2012-01-11 13:11:15View | Delete

    Ah OK, the galaxy you’re talking about is hidden because it itself is largely dark matter. So there are at least two sorts of nearby but difficult to detect galaxies, as the other sort of normal-but-obscured galaxy exists too.

    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Spitzer-Finds-Hidden-Dwarf-Galaxy-Around-Milky-Way-179454.shtml

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