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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

Journal Archives

Elizabeth Warren grills Yellen about the Banks' 'Living Wills' - plans for orderly bankruptcy which

.. they are supposed to create in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform legislation..


WASHINGTON — While the legislative process in Washington seems to be broken, congressional oversight shows occasional signs of being alive and kicking.

Case in point: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., skewered Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen at a hearing in July on the subject of living wills that large banks are supposed to be submitting — credible plans on how bankruptcy of these behemoths could be handled in a rapid and orderly fashion without taxpayer bailouts.

Warren wanted to know -- yes or no -- if the Fed had found these plans credible, as they are bound by law to do. Or, failing that, whether regulators were ready to invoke the authority given them by the Dodd-Frank financial reform to order these banks to streamline their operations or even liquidate some assets.

Every time Yellen tried to duck the question with comments like "the living will process as I understand it is something that's intended to be iterative," Warren came back, insisting that the legislation was pretty clear that regulators are to determine each year whether these plans are credible or not.

President Obama, for Christsake, begin immediately air campaign to eradicate ISIS.

CNN: Journalist James Foley beheaded by ISIS.


Move ALL AVAILABLE ASSETS TO AREA TO COMPLETE THE JOB. A 4 to 6 week saturation bombing campaign should do a pretty good job.

New NSA Autonomous Weapons System Intercepts Threats and Retaliates Automatically



They could just as easily have called it Skynet, the computer network of Terminator franchise fame that eventually led to the destruction of the modern world.

Though not as advanced just yet, MonsterMind is a new autonomous cyber weapons system developed by the National Security Agency and according to Edward Snowden is capable of not only intercepting every single digital communication within the United States, but it can automatically detect and launch retaliatory strikes without any human involvement if a threat has been identified.

During the interview Snowden explained a previously unrevealed NSA cyber weapon called “MonsterMind,” which has the capability to detect incoming cyber attacks and retaliate automatically without any human supervision. Such a program has dangerous global reactionary implications, according to Snowden, who said such cyber-attacks are often routed through computers inside innocent and unsuspecting third-party countries.

“These attacks can be spoofed,” Snowden said. “You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting back at a Russian hospital. What happens next?”

Beyond the possibility of mutually assured cyber-destruction, Snowden explained that for the weapon to work, the signals intelligence agency would have to compromise the privacy of “virtually all private communications coming in from overseas to people in the U.S.”

“The argument is that the only way we can identify these malicious traffic flows and respond to them is if we’re analyzing all traffic flows,” Snowden said. ”And if we’re analyzing all traffic flows, that means we have to be intercepting all traffic flows. That means violating the Fourth Amendment, seizing private communications without a warrant, without probable cause or even a suspicion of wrongdoing. For everyone, all the time.”

The military is actively working to build robotic soldiers and pilots that, like “MonsterMind,” would be capable of making autonomous decisions.

Hamas stopping human shields from getting medical treatment in Israeli Field hospitals: USA Today


Hamas is not permitting Palestinians to be treated at an Israeli military field hospital and its blood bank politely declined Israeli blood donation offers.

... An Israeli women's organization that is donating large amounts of items for new mothers and their babies did not want its name mentioned for fear Hamas officials who govern Gaza will reject the contributions if they know they were donated almost entirely by Jewish Israelis. So they are being delivered by a third party.

Record Corn, Soybean harvest expected this year. Corn price $5.15/bu has fallen 39% since July 2012

Corn is lower than it was in Jan 2008 ... $5.25 per bushel.


Ethanol producers supplied 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol in 2013 & expect to supply comparable quantity in 2014.


26 million Priuses needed to achieve Ethanol’s current GHG emissions reduction

Ethanol currently represents approximately 10% of our light vehicle fuel supply. With GHG reductions of 34% (Argonne National Laboratory - 2012) Ethanol, at 10% of the fuel supply, in total produces a 3.38% reduction in the GHG emissions of the entire Light Vehicle fleet. So how many Toyota Priuses would it take to achieve that much of a GHG emissions reduction? We must convert the 3.38% GHG emissions to an equivalent number of cars and light trucks. To do this we apply Ethanol’s aggregate GHG emissions reduction (i.e. as a percentage of the GHG emissions for the entire fleet) to the total number of vehicles comprising the entire fleet of automobiles and light trucks, or 250 million vehicles. Thus, 3.38% of 250 million vehicles would be approximately 8.4 million vehicles. Since the Prius reduces gasoline consumption about 32.6% compared to a Toyota Corolla (a vehicle of comparable weight and payload), dividing 8.4 million vehicles by .326 gives you slightly more than 25.7 million Priuses which would be required to produce the same amount of GHG emissions reduction as Ethanol currently does, for the entire light vehicle fleet.

maybe nobody cares about this, but what's happened to all the birds? Over the last few years I have

noticed the number of birds falling off dramatically. This year I hardly see or hear any birds. This is just a WAG but I'd say their numbers are down about 90%.. I don't know if anybody cares but what if this is a canary in the coal mine thing?? You used to hear them making a racket in the morning chirping to beat the devil. NOw, nothing!

I used to hate it when they shit on my car (especially right after i washed it!). But hey, they are a part of nature after all.....

Anybody else notice this??

nano-antennas promise much higher conversion efficiencies than current solar cells -

.. Nano-antennas, arrays of antennas each about the size of one fourth the diameter of a human hair, offer much greater efficiencies than current solar cells. One big hurdle to clear is the development of rectifiers that can handle teraherz frequencies of the a/c coming from the nantennas. Once that is achieved, then of course, you have the challenge of getting the cost of manufacturing these things down to be commercially viable. But the researchers sound hopeful.

Research is being done on this technology at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory....

A new breed of electronic solar cells that harvests power from heat could double the output of conventional panels - New Scientist

SOLAR cells that work at night. It sounds like an oxymoron, but a new breed of nanoscale light-sensitive antennas could soon make this possible, heralding a novel form of renewable energy that avoids many of the problems that beset solar cells.

The key to these new devices is their ability to harvest infrared (IR) radiation, says Steven Novack, one of the pioneers of the technology at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. Nearly half of the available energy in the solar spectrum resides in the infrared band, and IR is re-emitted by the Earth's surface after the sun has gone down, meaning that the antennas can even capture some energy during the night.

Lab tests have already shown that, under ideal conditions, the antennas can collect 84 per cent of incoming photons. Novack's team calculates that a complete system would have an overall efficiency of 46 per cent; the most efficient silicon solar cells are stalled at about 25 per cent. What's more, while those ideal conditions are relatively narrowly constrained for silicon solar cells - if the sun is in the wrong position, light reflects off a silicon solar cell instead of being absorbed - the antennas absorb radiation at a variety of angles. If the antennas can be produced cheaply, the technology could prove to be truly disruptive, says Novack.

Unlike photovoltaic cells, which use photons to liberate electrons, the new antennas resonate when hit by light waves, and that generates an alternating current that can be harnessed.

Harvesting the Sun's Energy with Antennas

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory, along with partners at Microcontinuum Inc. (Cambridge, MA) and Patrick Pinhero of the University of Missouri, are developing a novel way to collect energy from the sun with a technology that could potentially cost pennies a yard, be imprinted on flexible materials and still draw energy after the sun has set.

The new approach, which garnered two 2007 Nano50 awards, uses a special manufacturing process to stamp tiny loops of conducting metal onto a sheet of plastic. Each "nanoantenna" is as wide as 1/25 the diameter of a human hair.

Because of their size, the nanoantennas absorb energy in the infrared part of the spectrum, just outside the range of what is visible to the eye. The sun radiates a lot of infrared energy, some of which is soaked up by the earth and later released as radiation for hours after sunset. Nanoantennas can take in energy from both sunlight and the earth's heat, with higher efficiency than conventional solar cells.

"I think these antennas really have the potential to replace traditional solar panels," says physicist Steven Novack, who spoke about the technology in November at the National Nano Engineering Conference in Boston.

Quantum leap in lasers brightens future of quantum computing


Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light. The laser may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are predicted to eventually outperform today's most powerful supercomputers.

The study appears in the journal Physical Review B.

The new laser is the first to rely exclusively on superconducting electron pairs. "The fact that we use only superconducting pairs is what makes our work so significant," says Alex Rimberg, a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth. Superconductivity is a condition that occurs when electricity can travel without any resistance or loss of energy.

"The artificial atom is made of nanoscale pieces of superconductor," says Rimberg.

Commercial scale production of ethanol from wood waste & other vegatative matter attained by INEOS


After months of frustrating delays, a chemical company announced Wednesday that it had produced commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and other nonfood vegetative matter, a long-sought goal that, if it can be expanded economically, has major implications for providing vehicle fuel and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The company, INEOS Bio, a subsidiary of the European oil and chemical company INEOS, said it had produced the fuel at its $130 million Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla., which it had hoped to open by the end of last year. The company said it was the first commercial-scale production of ethanol from cellulosic feedstock, but it did not say how much it had produced. Shipments will begin in August, the company said.

The process begins with wastes — wood and vegetative matter for now, municipal garbage later — and cooks it into a gas of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Bacteria eat the gas and excrete alcohol, which is then distilled. Successful production would eliminate some of the “food versus fuel” debate in the manufacturing of ethanol, which comes from corn.

“Biomass gasification has not been done like this before, nor has the fermentation,” said Peter Williams, chief executive of INEOS Bio.

WaPo factchecker is a GOP Toady. He attracts a lot of TP Nutjobs. It would be nice if some rational

.. people would provide more critiques of his GOP friendly 'Factchecker'..

Obama’s claim that the GOP has ‘blocked every serious idea’

He gave Obama three Pinnochios for his statement. In his column he 'forgot' about the fact that this year the Repugnants have been obstructing the Highway Trust Fund bill - without replenishment this will cost about 700,000 jobs. The GOP - since this is not a tax cut for wealthy people - want 'offsets' to cover the cost of replenishment of HTF. GOP Proposed offsets: stopping mail deliveries on Saturdays, tax cuts for corporations repatriated foreign profits (an old standby of the Corporate Lobbyist Party).

Kessler also forgot that the GOP this year has continued its opposition to extending Unemployment Benefits to long term unemployed - unless 'Offsets' are found - (preferably cuts to programs helping the poeple most hurt by the GOP's Trickle Down - Deregulation disaster.

It would be nice to see more vigorous criticism of this toady from rational people. there are too many screwball comments on there from TP psychos.

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