Off to town again

| No Comments

Got the critters taken care of and heading out for coffee and then into town - picking up some coffee for the store as well as a few things I forgot yesterday for projects out here.

Mount Baker Amateur Radio Club meeting tonight at 7:00PM so minimal posting today...

From Miranda Devine writing at Australia's Perth Now:

Miranda Devine: Perth electrical engineer’s discovery will change climate change debate
A MATHEMATICAL discovery by Perth-based electrical engineer Dr David Evans may change everything about the climate debate, on the eve of the UN climate change conference in Paris next month.

A former climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office, with six degrees in applied mathematics, Dr Evans has unpacked the architecture of the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.

He has found that, while the underlying physics of the model is correct, it had been applied incorrectly.

He has fixed two errors and the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.

It turns out the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has over-estimated future global warming by as much as 10 times, he says.

“Yes, CO2 has an effect, but it’s about a fifth or tenth of what the IPCC says it is. CO2 is not driving the climate; it caused less than 20 per cent of the global warming in the last few decades”.

But our computer models?

His discovery explains why none of the climate models used by the IPCC reflect the evidence of recorded temperatures. The models have failed to predict the pause in global warming which has been going on for 18 years and counting.

“The model architecture was wrong,” he says. “Carbon dioxide causes only minor warming. The climate is largely driven by factors outside our control.”

My thought all along - it's the Sun

Dr Evans has a theory: solar activity. What he calls “albedo modulation”, the waxing and waning of reflected radiation from the Sun, is the likely cause of global warming.

He predicts global temperatures, which have plateaued, will begin to cool significantly, beginning between 2017 and 2021. The cooling will be about 0.3C in the 2020s. Some scientists have even forecast a mini ice age in the 2030s.

If Dr Evans is correct, then he has proven the theory on carbon dioxide wrong and blown a hole in climate alarmism. He will have explained why the doomsday predictions of climate scientists aren’t reflected in the actual temperatures.

Exactly! Sunspots are a great proxy for solar activity and sunspots can be seen and counted without the use of a telescope. Records go back to early Chinese times (PDF file). The sunspot records have always had low numbers during periods of colder weather. These include the Maunder and Dalton minima as well as the little ice age, the Wolf and the Spörer - all periods of low sunspot activity and colder than normal temperatures.

Considering the low state of our Sun these days and this proposed explanation for the periodic cycles, we would be much better off if we were preparing for an extended cold period than wasting all our efforts on something that would be an annoyance at worst and would result in more crops at the very least.

Tip of the hat to Don Surber for the link!

Back from town

| No Comments

Got back in from town 45 minutes ago - had a couple phone messages to process and spoke with Lulu.

Grace has a bit of the runs so got her some Pumpkin Pie filling - a great remedy. She must have gotten into something at the farm.

Back in for a meeting tomorrow - the local amateur radio club. Talked to the members a lot on the air but this will be my first face-to-face with them in the two years I have been on the air.

Surf for a bit and then to bed - long day tomorrow.

Saw this sign when driving through Bellingham, WA this afternoon:


Gotta love L’accent aigu over the final 'e' - that is Mister bow-Zay to you...

Reminds me of the always wonderful W.C.Fields in The Bank Dick with his character of Egbert Sousè.

Rainy day

| No Comments

The rain is softly coming down - not the downpour we had the other day. Fall is definitely here - the leaves are a gorgeous orange and red. 50°F outside - almost time to think about the first fire of the season...

Heading out to pick up the pastries for the store and some coffee and then driving Lulu into town for a few days. I have meetings tomorrow and Wednesday so will be keeping busy in her absence.

On the air

| No Comments

Been checking in to a couple other radio networks - a lot of fun and a very good community.

Spending this evening in the radio room. It was fun yesterday with the power outage - I had a catalytic propane heater to take the chill off and was running the rig from a couple car batteries that I keep on float charge. I can operate for almost a week with the three batteries and have a 100 Watt solar panel to top them off if there is no power.

Our EPA in the news

| No Comments

From Investor's Business Daily:

Does EPA Need Guns, Ammo And Armor To Protect The Environment?
The Environmental Protection Agency spent millions of dollars over the last decade on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books.

The report raises questions about why EPA's enforcement division employs well-armed "special agents" who appear to be conducting SWAT-type operations on American businesses and households it suspects of wrongdoing.

Illinois-based Open the Books scanned tens of thousands of checks written by the EPA and totaling more than $93 billion from 2000 to 2014.

The audit discovered hundreds of millions of dollars of questionable expenses, including high-end luxury furnishings, sports equipment and "environmental justice" grants to raise awareness of global warming.

It also revealed that seven of 10 EPA workers make more than $100,000 a year and that more than 12,000 of its nearly 16,000 employees were given bonuses last year despite agency budgets that were supposed to be constrained by budget caps and sequester cuts.

EPA's $8 billion budget also found room for more than 1,000 attorneys, which would make the agency one of the largest law firms in the nation.

A bit more: 

But the eye-grabber in the report is the agency's ongoing military-type purchases. Some $75 million is authorized each year for criminal enforcement, including money for a small militia of 200 "special agents" that appear to be snooping on industry and preparing to use deadly force to enforce EPA edicts.


Asked for comment on the Open the Books findings, EPA said purchases of armaments are necessary for "environmental crime-fighting."

"For more than 30 years," it said, "there has been broad, bipartisan agreement about the importance of an armed, fully-equipped team of EPA agents working with state and federal partners to uphold the law and protect Americans."

The equipment is needed to "access potential crime scenes as quickly as possible," it added.

One former EPA administrator with more than 30 years at the agency says of the Open the Books report: "EPA has been increasingly captured by the environmental left, and the purchases of military-style armaments has increased accordingly."

They are a rogue agency and need to have their funding cut by 80% - let them get back to their core competencies.

The report is here: Open The Books Oversight Report - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

From The Washington Post:

In the U.K., Deloitte will stop looking at what school job applicants attended
Resumes say a lot about job candidates: where they've worked, what they've accomplished, how long they've stayed put on the job and, of course, where they went to school. While employers may think that last piece of information tells them something about applicants' intelligence and capabilities, it also creates a huge potential for bias about the person's background and level of affluence.

To try to correct that problem, Deloitte's U.K. business announced Monday that it will begin using a school-blind hiring process to help address unconscious bias. As it recruits its next crop of 1,500 entry-level employees and junior associates out of school—roughly half of the 3,000 employees it hires each year in the United Kingdom are new graduates—the professional services firm plans to "hide" education pedigree from its recruiters and interviewers up until an offer has been made, unless the applicant actively chooses to disclose it.

Deloitte also plans to use software from the diversity recruitment firm Rare to compare applicants' grades against standardized data. The software, which is already in use in the U.K. at more than a dozen major law firms, reveals how applicants performed relative to their peers within their school, an effort to help better contextualize candidates' abilities.

All Hail Diversity!!! I wonder how long they will keep this practice in place - the ability to get into a specific school shows a lot about a person's drive to succeed. If I was hiring, I would want the best people I could afford. The idea of muddling everything into a dull monochromatic gray has no appeal. This has happened before in our fire departments with poor results. (here and here).

Our political betters - Hillary

| No Comments

This could get interesting - from the New York Post:

Clinton’s camp says she ‘could have a serious meltdown’
Hillary is furious — and while Clinton advisers think that may save her, it’s making the lives of those who work for her hell.

“Hillary’s been having screaming, child-like tantrums that have left staff members in tears and unable to work,” says a campaign aide. “She thought the nomination was hers for the asking, but her mounting problems have been getting to her and she’s become shrill and, at times, even violent.”

A bit more:

Bill Clinton and Hillary’s campaign team are concerned that her anger may surface at the wrong time. They are concerned that she could have a serious meltdown in front of TV cameras, which would make her look so out of control that voters would decide she doesn’t have the temperament to be commander in chief.

Now that would be fun to see! I am still waiting for Hillary supporters to name three things she accomplished either during her run as Senator or in her position as Secretary of State. And those three things are?





About those guns

| No Comments

Another excellent video from Bill Whittle:

Out and about

| No Comments

Went out to get coffee and check in at the store - a large number of trees were knocked down by last night's storm. Gusts up to 40MPH here and almost two inches of rain.

Back home fixing some Chicken and Corn chili (with the usual obligatory recipe tweaks) for dinner and leftovers... Have my emergency communications radio net tonight so need to check in at 7:00PM for that.

le déluge

| No Comments

We had qute the rainstorm last night - knocked out power for eight hours.

Here is the flow of our little river - the Nooksack:


Assault Rifles - some numbers for 2014

| No Comments

People want to ban the sale of rifles - specifically rifles that have been given the scary name of assault rifles even though there is no such thing. These are just rifles taken to the next stage of development. I own one and Eugene Stoner's design is wonderful - accurate, reliable, easy to use and to take apart for cleaning. From an engineering point, this design is pure rifle perfection.

Some interesting numbers for 2014 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation - from Shooters Log:

FBI 2014 Data: Hands & Feet, Knives, and Clubs Beat Out Rifles in Deadliness
The FBI just released its 2014 Uniform Crime Reports “2014 Crime in the United States” summaries, and there are some notable statistics gun owners might find interesting:

The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 0.2 percent in 2014 when compared with 2013 data, according to the FBI figures released Sept. 28. Property crimes decreased by 4.3 percent, marking the 12th straight year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.

The 2014 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 365.5 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the property crime rate was 2,596.1 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. The violent crime rate declined 1.0 percent compared to the 2013 rate, and the property crime rate declined 5.0 percent.

Lots more numbers at the site but the numbers for rifles are especially interesting:

Because of ongoing calls to ban or restrict the capacity of AR-style rifles—or what some gun illiterates refer to as “assault rifles,”—it’s worth noting that murders by all rifles (as reported by the FBI) totaled 248.

“Other weapons,” aka clubs, bats, rocks and so on, were used in 1,610 murders.

Knives or cutting instruments were cited as the instruments in 1,567 murders.

In fact, the total number of murders committed by assaulters’ hands and feet totaled 660—more than double the homicides committed by all rifles.

Heh - the numbers do not fit their narrative. Does this stop them from crying out against the evil assault rifles? No. When someone presents me with compelling evidence that I am mistaken, I educate myself and change my mind. What do the progressives do? Hold to the same narrative because it fits their utopian religion. Stalin used the wonderful term: "Useful Idiots"

Now what could possibly go wrong?

| No Comments

From the St. Louis, MO Post-Dispatch:

Disaster plan developed in case fire reaches nuclear waste
Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet.

Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially "catastrophic event" that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city's main airport.

Although the fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning since at least 2010, the plan for a worst-case scenario was developed only a year ago and never publicized until this week, when St. Louis radio station KMOX first obtained a copy.

County Executive Steve Stenger cautioned that the plan "is not an indication of any imminent danger."

Sure - an I have a bridge you might be interesting in buying. It's a great investment.

The cause of the fire is unknown. For years, the most immediate concern has been an odor created by the smoldering. Republic Services is spending millions of dollars to ease or eliminate the smell by removing concrete pipes that allowed the odor to escape and installing plastic caps over parts of the landfill.

Directly next to Bridgeton Landfill is West Lake Landfill, also owned by Republic Services. The West Lake facility was contaminated with radioactive waste from uranium processing by a St. Louis company known as Mallinckrodt Chemical. The waste was illegally dumped in 1973 and includes material that dates back to the Manhattan Project, which created the first atomic bomb in the 1940s.

And this is not uncommon:

At least 98 underground mine fires in nine states were burning in 2013, according to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

I grew up a couple hundred miles from the Centralia fire - it was in the news a lot when it first broke out.

Few underground fires can match one in Centralia, Pennsylvania. In 1962, a huge pile of trash in the town dump, near a coal mine, was set on fire, and it has burned beneath the town for more than half a century. Only a few people remain in a community that once had 1,000 residents.

This will be fun to watch - the discovery process in a trial can be a bitch.

From Breitbart:

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of an exercise band that he claims “broke or slipped” while “mounted to a sturdy object in his bathroom” as he used it on January 1, causing injuries that blinded him in one eye.

“The lawsuit is really going to open the doors if the company’s defense counsel wants to go after Harry Reid,” an attorney and expert on product liability tells Breitbart News.

“Through the discovery process they can get access to his bathroom (where this allegedly happened) medical records, records from his protective detail and much of Reid’s personal information such as bank records,” the expert says.

The civil liability complaint in which the 75-year-old Reid and his wife, Landra Gould, are suing Hygenic Intangible Property Holding Company, The Hygenic Corporation, and Performance Health, LLC, three intertwined corporations that manufacture and distribute the TheraBand exercise band, was filed in Clark County, Nevada District Court by Reid’s attorney, James M. Morgan of the Las Vegas law firm Lanzone, Morgan LLP on Wednesday.

It is an “action for damages which exceeds the amount of $50,000, exclusive of costs, interest, the expenses of this litigation, and attorney fees.”

The general theory is that Reid was beaten up by some people he was screwing over. He was injured over a much larger area of his body than a simple resistance band could cause, even if he fell after the accident. He entered the Senate with very little money and is now very wealthy through property deals in the Las Vegas area.

Must have stepped on someone's toes a little too often... I hope the TheraBand lawyer is a pit-bull and starts digging deep. The bank records will be interesting to say the least.

Try Nature

| No Comments

Love it!

Remember - results may vary. Golf is not Nature.
WARNING: Nothing in Nature is clickable.

Some researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have succeeded in making a rectenna that works at light frequencies:

From Hack-a-Day

Using multiwall carbon nanotubes, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created what they say are the first optical rectennas–antennas with rectifiers that produce DC current. The work could lead to new technology for advanced photodetectors, new ways to convert waste heat to electricity and, possibly, more efficient ways to capture solar energy.

A paper in Nature Nanotechnology describes how light striking the nanotube antennas create a charge that moves through attached rectifiers. Challenges included making the antennas small enough for optical wavelengths, and creating diodes small enough and fast enough to work at the extremely short wavelengths. The rectifiers switch on and off at petahertz speeds (something the Institute says is a record).

It takes billions of rectennas to produce significant current and the efficiency of the devices is less than one percent. However, researchers believe that a rectenna with commercial potential may be available within a year. Given that the devices are made with vapor deposition nanotechnology techniques, they might be hard to make at the local hackerspace. On the other hand, hackers are a resourceful bunch and who knows what we might see in the future?

This has great potential - commercial solar cells hit an efficiency wall at around 23% - if these arrays can be scaled up successfully and cheaply enough, the efficiency could be a lot higher and solar power could become viable without the current huge government subsidies...

Very cool!

Quite the list

| No Comments

Sean Hannity has compiled a list of laws that Hillary Clinton has potentially violated:

Here’s The List Of The Laws Hillary Has Potentially Violated
As new details about Hillary Clinton’s email servers trickles out, the number of potential criminal violations she has committed continues to pile up.

Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani now estimates that Clinton has run afoul of 13-15 federal statutes. The list potentially includes the improper transmission and handling of confidential information, mail fraud statutes, wire fraud statutes, and obstruction of justice.

 “The case is getting so strong now that it’s going to be really hard to have an intellectually honest decision and walk away from it,” the former federal prosecutor claimed on Thursday’s Hannity adding that, “she has also proven that she is completely grossly negligent in the handling of sensitive information, and we want someone like this for President of the United States?”

Sean lists the big four and the penalty: 

Unauthorized Removal And Retention Of Classified Documents Or Material
18 U.S.C. § 1924
Class: A Misdemeanor
Possible Penalty: Imprisonment for 1 year and/or $100,000 fine
Text: “Knowingly removing materials containing classified information of the United States with the intent to retain said info at an unauthorized location without the authority to do so”

Gathering, Transmitting Or Losing Defense Information
18 U.S.C. § 793
Class: Felony
Possible Penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years and/or $250,000 fine
Text: “Allowing [by means of gross negligence] any document relating to the national defense to be removed from its proper place of custody or destroyed –or- willfully retaining unauthorized documents relating to national defense and failing to deliver them to the United States employee entitled to receive them –or- failure to report that unauthorized documents relating to national defense were removed from their proper place of custody or destroyed”

Concealment, Removal, Or Mutilation Generally
18 U.S.C. § 2071
Class: Felony
Possible Penalty: Imprisonment of no more than 3 years, a fine, or both
Text: “Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same”

Destruction, Alteration, Or Falsification Of Records In Federal Investigations And Bankruptcy
18 U.S.C. § 1519
Class: Felony
Possible Penalty: Imprisonment of no more than 20 years, a fine, or both
Text: “Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States”

And, of course if it were one of us, we would be in jail already. If this was a Republican, the media would be up in arms and the lynch mob would be outside their house.

Hillary? Not a peep.

Off for a bit

| No Comments

Farrier came and went - heading out to pick up pastries for the store and get a mid-afternoon coffee. Check the mailbox too.

Got a couple of steaks thawing for dinner - oven roasted taters and some frozen corn.

A new Coen Brothers film - Hail Caesar

| No Comments

Looks like a lot of fun:

October 2015

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Environment and Climate
Cliff Mass Weather Blog
Climate Audit
Climate Depot
Green Trust
Jennifer Marohasy
Planet Gore
Science and Public Policy Institute
Solar Cycle 24
Space Weather
Space Weather - Canada
the Air Vent
Tom Nelson
Watts Up With That?

Science and Medicine
Derek Lowe
Junk Science
Life in the Fast Lane
Luboš Motl
New Scientist
Next Big Future
Ptak Science Books
Science Blog

Geek Stuff
Ars Technica
Boing Boing
Don Lancaster's Guru's Lair
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
Hack a Day
Kevin Kelly - Cool Tools
Slashdot: News for nerds
The Register
The Daily WTF

The Argyle Sweater
Chip Bok
Broadside Cartoons
Day by Day
Medium Large
Michael Ramirez
Prickly City
User Friendly
What The Duck

Awkward Family Photos
Cake Wrecks
Not Always Right
Sober in a Nightclub
You Drive What?

Business and Economics
The Austrian Economists
Carpe Diem
Coyote Blog

Photography and Art
Digital Photography Review
James Gurney
Joe McNally's Blog
The Online Photographer

A Western Heart
American Digest
The AnarchAngel
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
Babalu Blog
Belmont Club
Bayou Renaissance Man
Classical Values
Cold Fury
David Limbaugh
Defense Technology
Doug Ross @ Journal
Grouchy Old Cripple
Irons in the Fire
James Lileks
Lowering the Bar
Maggie's Farm
Marginal Revolution
Michael J. Totten
Mostly Cajun
Power Line
Questions and Observations
Rachel Lucas
Roger L. Simon
Sense of Events
Sound Politics
The Strata-Sphere
The Smallest Minority
The Volokh Conspiracy
Tim Blair
Weasel Zippers

Gone but not Forgotten...
A Coyote at the Dog Show
Bad Eagle
Steven DenBeste
democrats give conservatives indigestion
Cox and Forkum
The Diplomad
Priorities & Frivolities
Gut Rumbles
Mean Mr. Mustard 2.0
Neptunus Lex
Other Side of Kim
Ramblings' Journal
Sgt. Stryker
shining full plate and a good broadsword
A Physicist's Perspective
The Daily Demarche
Wayne's Online Newsletter

Recent Comments

  • mike: You got that right - someone has even identified the read more
  • Karma: Do you have an update on wasisco's girlfriend who burned read more
  • Larry Boykin: Haggens bought 3 stores in Tucson and closed 2 of read more
  • Lulu Halliday: Amen sister read more
  • mostly cajun: I built a pair of support towers a few years read more

Monthly Archives


OpenID accepted here Learn more about OpenID
Powered by Movable Type 5.2.9