Solar System 2.0 - the helical model, by DjSadhu
13 hours ago
|Hail by the side of the road|
|Decker Truck on the way to Iowa.|
|Harleys parked in front of the Holiday Inn in Sioux City|
|Sioux City, the morning after|
|March 13th, 1613: The Land Assembly of the people chooses Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov as Tsar.|
Because before people realized the extent to which the US government was co-opting industry to be part of the spy apparatus, people had no real understanding of the issue.Via Detroit Steve.
Since every US firm is covered under the Patriot Act which says "we can demand your data in secret", now that we know just how untrustworthy US firms are, buying from US firms is idiotic because it's patently obvious there can be no trust.
Snowden didn't cause this, per se, but if he hadn't made it so damned plain that the US government and US firms can't be trusted, then people would still be oblivious, and the NSA could spy in secret.
Honestly, I think US firms deserve to lose truckloads of money as they're no longer welcome to try for certain kinds of business.
Because hitting America in the pocketbook seems to be the only way to affect change.
But make no mistake, on a global scale, the US and all US industry are no longer trustworthy entities. And we no longer buy your narrative about the defenders of liberty, democracy, and freedom
... you're petty fascists who demand the world bends over for your security.
We don't give a damn about your security if it means giving up our rights. In fact, if it means giving up our rights, the world is increasingly saying "fuck your security".
So, boo hoo, people will stop buying your products. That's your problem.
|Biking in MPLS|
|Wright Brothers engine: The spark that ignited the gasoline was supplied by a set of electrical "points" inside each cylinder. The steel arms of the points tipped with tiny amounts of platinum to forestall corrosion. As the engine runs, the points momentarily close, making an electrical connection, and then open again breaking the connection and creating a spark. This was called a "make-and-break" ignition system.|
|Write Brothers engine, camshafts, valves and ignition.|
The intake valve is red, the exhaust is blue, and the ignition is green. The piston can be seen moving through the hole in the center.
|6th of October Bridge from the East bank of the Nile River to Gezira island in central Cairo, Egypt.|
|Korean War Refugee with Baby|
I caught about a half hour of a WWII documentary last night. Couple notes:
1. Lots of boomers talk about the sense of unity and duty that Americans felt during WWII, common purpose, etc. In fact most Americans were bitterly opposed to involvement all the way up to Pearl harbor. FDR has to frequently skirt the legislature, supreme court and public to implement lend-lease, start building an army, etc.
2. Current references to Islamist radicals as "an existential threat" are patently absurd compared to WWII. How can we feel like we're fighting for our lives when we haven't seen so much as a sugar ration, let alone wholesale re-engineering of the economy and society as seen during the 40's?
(Nevertheless, I am fully in support of wiping out Islamist radicals.)
For every hawk that demonizes the adversary, there's a rational humanist arguing for restraint and understanding. Human emotions are easily stoked, and often the call for "action" wins out over "restraint" or "understanding." I mean, this is axiomatic.
Consider that maybe the causality is reversed. Rather than a handful of conspirators plotting a war, and tricking people into supporting it, as a means of gathering war profits, consider perhaps that random events occur which stoke an ignorant and impulsive populace to call for war ("Remember the Maine!"). This creates opportunities for journalists and arms dealers, who naturally take advantage of them.
Everyone knows and agrees that "war is bad," and has know and agreed on this throughout 10,000 years of modern human history, yet war has been a constant feature of history over that period, continuing into today.
I think conspiracy theories about "who starts wars" are pointless. You have to feel sorry for the schmucks who get drafted and sent into battle, but there's never a shortage of people to feel sorry for. It's a full time job.
If one feels strongly enough about it, one can join an anti-war movement. Personally I like to try to be aware of what's going on and try to avoid getting caught up in any trouble.
Considering that it's a regular feature of the human experience, maybe war is natural. I mean, it's hard to say that "People have always engaged in this activity, regularly and repeatedly for thousands of years, and it's completely abnormal and unnatural." Perhaps war serves some cleansing or cathartic purpose on a macro level. Macro levels don't care about individuals.
|1915 Cadillac V8 eninge with aluminum crankcase|
|Replica of the engine Charlie Taylor built for the Wright brothers|
Browsing CLFS (craigslist for sale)There was a full page ad in the Sunday paper from morning (day off from wrk) the 5th item was a Shipmate wood stove for 200. I bought it for $208. It's old but works; I fired it up the first day and burnt my fingertip All needed parts included. No stove holder or removeable grate shaker handle.a company that wants to set up a propane export facility at one of the Port of Portland's terminals. It was all about jobs and how clean burning propane is. No mention, naturally, of how dangerous it can be. It's not dangerous if it's handled properly, but any time you have a long term operation there are going to be times when somebody slips up. It's pretty remarkable that our industrial operations maintain such a good safety record.
It's this model:
|Shoppers walk past empty shelves in the refrigerated foods section of a Makro supermarket in Caracas(Jorge Silva/Reuters)|
The official exchange rate is about six bolivars to one US dollar, but Venezuela's spiralling inflation makes locals desperate to get rid of their bolivars; rates of 400 to one are not unheard of.The IB Times story has a several great photos, besides the dismal one I posted above.
Venezuela's largest denomination note is 100 bolivars (officially valued at about $15, but worth as little as 25 cents on the black market).
In contrast with tourists, Venezuelans' purchasing power has fallen. Wage rises cannot match the inflation rate, which was 68% in 2014. It is widely forecast to hit triple digits this year.