Busy day today - cinder blocks

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A friend of mine is moving and she had a bunch of cinder blocks that she no longer needed. I dug out the old flatbed trailer and we loaded up. Lulu's son came out to help.

The flatbed had been sitting for a while and one of the tires was soft. Needless to say, the trip home was done at 5MPH running that tire on the rim and the other three (dual axle) were sweating. We live less than two miles away so it was not a big deal.

Unload it tomorrow, take the wheel in to get a new tire. Next use is for a scrap iron run into town. Got a flank steak marinating for dinner tonight. Shopping run tomorrow.

The Republic of Bill

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Bill opened his show Friday with this video - just posted to his website: The Republic of Bill


I find it wonderful that he is advocating Thorium as an energy source. Makes a lot of sense. Safe, small, cheap, efficient and safe. Did I mention safe? 

Time for dinner

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Spent a lovely day working around the farm. Ran about 40 feet of conduit - 1.5" from the main panel to a distribution box in the shop. Also, I had a trailer loaded sky-high for a trip to the dump but never drove it off the property. Some of the pieces would have been too large to shift once I arrived at the dump.

With renting the dumpster, it suddenly get a lot more manageable as I could use a sawzall to chop up the larger crap and use Buttercup the Tractor to load them into the dumpster. Got the trailer fully emptied this afternoon and planning to use it to pick up some cement blocks tomorrow (using them for a garden project).

Lulu's son is coming over to help.

Lulu is feeling a bit under the weather -- running a 99°F temp which is hot for her. Having a salad and some chicken fried rice and a baked potato for dinner tonight.


Dinner and then surf for a bit...

Lazy day today - I feel the power!

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We both slept in to about 9:00AM this morning and was about to get up when the power went out. Someone had run into a pole yesterday evening and the utility company was out this morning to replace it. Went back to bed ...

The power was restored about an hour ago. Heading out to the shop to do the wiring for the 200 Amp service. Looking at around four days for this - lots of wire to be strung and getting service to the power hammer will be fun since it is sitting out in the middle of the room.

A bit of schadenfreude for Mr. Al Gore

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File in the OMFG we are all going to freeze to death department.
From the London Daily Mail:

Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7 million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now
The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.

Mr. Gore - you are a sex-crazed poodle and an utter buffoon.

Our sun drives our climate and it is a variable star entering a cooling phase and there is fuck-all we can do about it. End of subject.

From Associated Press:

Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member

A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member.

Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other details were immediately available.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, whose agency is involved in the investigation, said the incident occurred on private property and it appeared the man had permission to be there. He was not arrested, Lucio said.

But the border is secure:

But Lucio said, "We really don't need the militia here." He recognized they have the right to carry weapons, but noted that with the Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement, there are enough agencies working to secure the border.

Two observations:
#1) - bias from Associated Press - these are absolutely NOT immigrants. These are people breaking the law - they are illegal; and
#2) - what caused the agent to have to pursue a group of illegals if the border is so secure.

This is a direct violation of rule two and rule four. Thank God that the agent was incompetent enough to also violate rule three...

And now a couple days of rest

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Just got back from the Car Show - 98 cars registered which is really good considering the lousy weather forecast. Fortunately, the rain held off all morning and only started when the prizes were being handed out. Nobody was going to leave then.

A lot of interest from the tourists passing through - this was the fifth annual show. I ran the PA system and did the announcing. Had a lot of fun.

The library was having its sale today too - scored two cartons of Dover clip-art books. I do a lot of desktop publishing and will scan these when it is not busy at my store and give the scanned pages to the local elementary school for kids to color on.

Fixing dinner, Outlander is showing tonight and then up tomorrow and start working on wiring up the shop.

Bill Whittle live

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Holy crap was that a great show. Bill talked for about two hours and had a nice 30 minute panel discussion with two local conservatives: Ed Kilduff - a licensed hydro-geologist and engineering geologist and Tom McCabe, head of our local Freedom Foundation. They talked about local issues and mentioned that McCabe has been taken to court by a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior.

The event was well attended - the lower floor seats about a thousand (the hall total with balcony is 1,509) and it was well over half full.

Big day tomorrow witht he car show but still pumped up from tonights session - surf for an hour and then to bed. Setting the alarm as I don't quite trust myself to wake up on time - normally, I get up at 8:00AM or so but need to make sure of it tomorrow...

A terror two-fer

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Times are dire. First - from Judicial Watch:

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source.  “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

September 11th is only 13 days from now - not planning to be in any city for the next couple of weeks.

And it's not just here - second from the UK Telegraph:

Britain facing 'greatest terrorist threat' in history
Britain faces the “greatest and deepest” terror threat in the country’s   history, David Cameron warned as he pledged emergency measures to tackle   extremists. 

The UK threat level was raised to “severe” — its second highest — meaning that   a terrorist attack is “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from   British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria. 

The Prime Minister said that the risk posed by Isil (the Islamic State of Iraq   and the Levant) will last for “decades” and raised the prospect of an   expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the Mediterranean”.

Just wonderful.  I am reminded of these lines from Julius Caesar (Act 1, Scene 3)

And why should Caesar be a tyrant then?
Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf
But that he sees the Romans are but sheep.
He were no lion were not Romans hinds.
Those that with haste will make a mighty fire
Begin it with weak straws. What trash is Rome,

(A hind is  a female deer - a male deer is a stag)

The Ushikubi Pongee Silk Factory

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Four minutes of Zen

On the road again...

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The person who normally does our Friday buying run was ill so I just got back from town.  Unloaded and heading back in again for the Bill Whittle event at 8:00PM - grab a light dinner and run a few errands first.

One of the things I love about owning a grocery store in a resort area are meeting the people from out of town who are visiting. There was an extended family (eight people) from the Netherlands who took an interest in Grace when I pulled in.  Spent about 20 minutes with them explaining about the Shiloh breeding program and the sorry state of today's German Shephard Dog with hip and cardiac problems.

Take care of a couple of things and then back to town for the show...

Feeling like a school-kid seeing a live big-name rock band. Bill Whittle is doing a show at our gorgeous Mt. Baker Theater tomorrow night.

I am soooo stoked... Here are a few of his earlier speeches - good stuff.

Very cool technology - Structure

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Check out this site: Structure

This is going to have a very large impact on graphics, CAD, 3D modeling, games, architecture, etc... Price is $379 to $499 - affordable to anyone serious about working in 3D.

I could not embed the video but it is worth going to the site and watching. This is a game-changer and you know the technology is just going to get better and better...

A bit too much fun in Seattle

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Someone must have been thinking about the old Volkswagen commercial (YouTube at the end of this post) - from the Seattle Post Intelligencer:

Man drives car into Ship Canal, refuses rescue
Police recovered a man's body Thursday morning after he drove a Nissan Sentra into Seattle's Ship Canal at high speed overnight then refused to be rescued by a police boat, officials said.

About 11:30 p.m. Wednesday officers were looking for a car that was seen speeding on Queen Anne, said Neil Low of the Seattle police. The car is thought to have been stolen from Phinney Ridge.

As they were investigating, they saw a cloud of dust off Ewing Place, and witnesses pointed them to where a car was seen driving through a gate and into the water at high speed.

"The officers went down to the water -- saw the car in the water, lights in the water," Low said.

The driver of the car came to the surface of the water but refused to be rescued by a police patrol boat. 

Officers in the harbor unit threw him a rope four times, but the man wouldn't grab it, police said. He also pushed away an officer who tried to grab him.

He then went underwater. 

 Thining out the gene pool a little bit...


Yikes - do not drink the water

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Being on our local water board, I am sensitive to stories about other water systems. This one takes the cake.

From the New Orleans, LA CBS affiliate WGNO:

St. John Parish drinking water tests positive for brain-eating amoeba
More than twelve and a half thousand people in St. John parish are at risk of a brain eating amoeba detected in the water system.

A water sample taken two weeks ago by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals tested positive for the potentially deadly amoeba called Naegleria fowleri.

Residents in Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy have been advised to take precautions.

Talk about poor water quality - they should have been monitoring a bit more closely. With our little system (200 houses and 30 businesses) we are checking every couple months and regularly flush the pipes.

10,648 neodymium magnets

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Someone with a bit too much time (and money) on their hands - looks fun though...

Hat tip Mental Floss.

Stunningly bad science at the EPA

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Quite the scandal rearing its ugly little head - from Rod Adams writing at Atomic Insights:

How Proposed EPA CO2 Rule Rewards States for Replacing Nuclear With Gas
On August 20, 2014, Remy DeVoe, a graduate student in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee, published an earthshaking piece on ANS Nuclear Cafe titled Unintended Anti-Nuclear Consequences Lurking in the EPA Clean Power Plan. Unfortunately, there has been a bit of a delayed reaction; so far, only the most carefully tuned instruments have noticed any movement.

In his article, Remy described how he and Justin Knowles, another UT nuclear engineering graduate student, chose to spend part of their summer in the very “nuclear” activity of digging deeply into a mathematical model to find out the basic assumptions underlying its results. The model they chose was the formula that the EPA has described as a “consistent national formula” for calculating each state’s existing CO2 intensity (CO2 mass per MW-hr) — using 2012 data.

Aside: Please forgive my use of the underline format for a phrase that is not a link. Though underlines generally indicate the existence of a link here on Atomic Insights, I wanted to reproduce the phrase exactly as it appears — including text formatting — on EPA Connect: The Official Blog of EPA’s Leadership in a June 4, 2014 blog post by Janet McCabe titled Understanding State Goals under the Clean Power Plan End Aside.

Remy and Justin entered a hypothetical scenario into the model in which each state with nuclear generating stations shut down all of their nuclear plants and replaced their zero emission electricity generation with natural gas fired generation. Remy and Justin uncovered a starting fact. In 15 states the carbon intensity in pounds per MWhr as calculated by the EPA’s spreadsheet model decreased.

That result made no sense to them. They thought that someone had to have made a mistake somewhere in the formulas used in the model that had not been caught by any of the reviews that must have taken place inside the EPA before the rule was issued for comment.

Much more at the site. The comments are worth reading

From WeatherBELL founder Joe Bastardi writing at Watts Up With That:

Bastardi: warm water brings potential for East Pacific hurricanes
Joe D’Aleo and I have noted that one of the analogs showing up is 1976 with the type of ENSO coming on. In fact, with Tom Downs analogs thrown in, for winter, 76-77 got ranked 2nd as of Aug 10.  We look each month and update.  But  that was one heck of a year for Mexican tropical cyclone hits. We were saying back in spring, the interior  southwest was going to get wet as this pattern evolved and it has, right in the heart of the perma-drought area and back west.  But the September-Oct rain idea was because we have felt the SE pac would be the site of recurring tropical cyclones that can hit Mexico and dump a lot of rain.

The winter went wild that year, we all remember ( the winter of the ice age scare) and for good reason  the SST  by December was similar to what is forecasted this  year  warm water off the west coast and the ENSO event.

Joe compares the sea conditions of 1976 to those of today (very similar) and cites the four hurricanes that hit Mexico. He concludes with this:

The pattern is such that this area will be of concern going forth in Sep. and Oct.  So if ( when???)  it does occur,  the AGW propagandists have been warned.. we are setting it up already to a similar pattern evolution  that in the  following winter people wound up screaming ice age.  We did it with Arthur, so let see if there are a couple of recurves that make headlines, if they take the bait.  ( They will, they have no qualms about walking into traps, no matter how foolish)

They scream about storms out in the middle of nowhere, so certainly the trap is set for them if it occurs.  It happened before, and there is a good chance its about to happen again.

Its a dirty job, but someone has to do it

Heh... It will be interesting to follow.

The times they are a-changin' and some industries are not keeping up. From Billboard:

Album Sales Hit A New Low
As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind.

This week's 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It's also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.

Last week was fairly slow for the top releases. The top album, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood, debuted with sales of 90,000 units, a figure below the first-week sales of many other top debuts of 2014. Three other albums debuted inside the top 10 but averaged only 31,000 units apiece. And the Frozen soundtrack is no longer moving in excess of 100,000 units per week.

To compare, a year ago this past week (ending Aug. 25, 2013), 4.88 million albums were sold. But sales have been losing steam all year. The weekly average number of album sales fell from 4.75 million units in the first quarter to 4.55 million units in the second quarter. In the first 8 weeks of the third quarter, the average has fallen further to 4.2 million.

Any business will be in a constant state of flux and not keeping track is a guaranteed avenue for failure. The music business has been deeply entrenched for way to long - time to shake things up a bit. It used to be that the music industry controlled the recording studios but now, you can set up an amazing facility for under $2,000 in your own bedroom. 

Industrial Music

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Fun stuff - sampling industrial sounds and using them to create music. Nothing new but Matthew does it well.

More here: Soundcloud

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