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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

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It’s time for an octane boost


Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require automakers to manufacture vehicles that will achieve average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. That’s more than double the actual average of 24.3 mpg in 2014. Automakers are responding to these aggressive standards by exploring a broad range of technologies that can boost fuel economy. ....

Accordingly, the auto companies are pleading for more octane. Just two weeks ago at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit, GM’s vice president of propulsion systems underscored that “Higher octane is necessary for better engine efficiency. It is a proven low-cost enabler to lower CO2.”

There are a variety of options for increasing the octane rating of gasoline, but one octane source stands out from the crowd: ethanol.

Made from the starches and sugars in crops, waste and other biological material, ethanol is a renewable fuel that reduces CO2 emissions and has an incredibly high octane rating of 113. That compares to an octane rating of 84 for base gasoline produced at the refinery. In addition, ethanol costs less than other octane enhancers produced by oil refineries, many of which are toxic in nature.

Research by automakers and the Department of Energy confirms that gasoline blends containing 20-40 percent ethanol can provide the necessary octane boost for high-compression, turbocharged engines, while delivering better fuel economy than today’s gasoline. In the words of a Mercedes-Benz engineer, ethanol-based high octane fuels can provide “ridiculous power and good fuel economy.”

A plea for sanity — and seriousness — in judging the debate - Ezra Klein

(emphasis my own)

I spent the weekend trying to figure out how to start this piece — how to ground my sense that this presidential debate is beginning in a bad place — and then MSNBC put up this graphic:

This is the Donald Trump curve. Hillary Clinton needs to answer every question perfectly and make people laugh while she does it. Trump needs to stop lying and bragging so much. It defies parody. But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

MSNBC is simply echoing the conventional wisdom. Clinton “faces higher expectations than Donald Trump when the two square off for the first debate on Long Island,” reports Politico. This is the conclusion of Politico’s “insiders poll,” which surveys a select group of political elites. The responses — Politico provides anonymity to participants in the survey — are darkly comic.

“To win the debate, all Trump really needs to do is meet expectations, keep his cool, and look presidential,” says one Republican.

THere's one thing I hope Hillary gets said: "IF you want another trickle down disaster, vote 4 him..

He's pushing the same policies of cut taxes for the wealthiest and deregulate every business sector you can. THis will bring us another Trickle Down disaster."

People in Ohio and Pennsylvania need to be reminded of this - they seem to be in a dream state or something.

Donald Trump, a real-life Manchurian candidate - Brent Budowsky, The Hill (really!)


With Republicans facing the growing prospect of a landslide defeat that could return control of the Senate and potentially the House to Democrats, 50 leading GOP national security figures announced on Monday that they refuse to vote for Donald Trump because they consider him a danger to American national security.

For many months I have written in The Hill that Trump, now the GOP nominee, has a strange and disquieting habit of offering sympathy and praise to foreign dictators who wish America ill. He has favorably tweeted the words of Benito Mussolini, the Italian fascist from darker days. He has had kind words for Kim Jong Il, the mass murdering dictator of North Korea. And the words of mutual praise exchanged between Trump and former KGB officer and Russian strongman Vladimir Putin will someday be legendary in the history of presidential politics.

Republicans, independents, swing voters and GOP members of the House and Senate who are staking their reelection campaigns on their support for Trump to be president and commander in chief should thoughtfully reflect on the recent op-ed in The New York Times by former acting CIA Director Michael Morell.

The op-ed is titled “I ran the CIA. Now I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton.” Morell, who has spent decades protecting our security in the intelligence business, offered high praise for the Democratic nominee and former secretary of State based on his years of working closely with her in the high councils of government. But Morell went even further than praising and endorsing Clinton.

a very prescient article from 2010: Republicans plan McCarthyite persecutions


In June, I warned in my column in The Hill that if the Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives, there would be a wave McCarthyite abuses of Congressional committees through abuse of subpoenas and abuse of the Congressional investigative process.


This is the arrogance of power by those who do not have power, who are so consumedby the politics of persecution and character assassination and so dependent on the support of extremist political forces that they are bragging about the abuses of power they will pursue if they get said power.

The Republican plan is to abuse the power of multiple Congressional committees, abuse the power and the process of subpoena, by hiring a fleet of partisan Republican lawyers and partisan Republican staff at taxpayer expense to pursue a politics of vendetta and persecution.

Remember the abuses of power of Republicans in Congress when they launched bogus attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton during the Clinton presidency, culminating in a de facto attempted coup d'etat through an abuse of process that culminated in an attempt to impeach President Clinton while he was creating jobs and balancing the budget?

Make no mistake, the party of Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy is planning a new era of Nixonian and McCarthyite abuses to repeat the politics of persecution it attempted against the Clintons when Republicans had control of Congress.

thanks goes to the Joanne98, whose post lead me to the above article.

CNN commentator Lewandowski remained on Trump payroll in August


CNN commentator and former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was paid $20,000 in August by the campaign for what it described as “strategy consulting,” raising anew the conflict of interest issue that has dogged the cable network’s hiring of Lewandowski.

CNN has said previously that Trump’s payments to Lewandowski and his consulting firm were “severance” for his employment by Trump. It began introducing his appearances on the air last month by mentioning that he receives severance from Trump.

But the payments continued in August, according to Trump’s campaign expenditure filing released Tuesday night. The description used by Trump’s campaign in the filing — “strategy consulting” — also suggested that Lewandowski is playing a more active and current role in the campaign than “severance” would suggest.

If so, it would put CNN in the position of employing a person who is also compensated by the campaign and the candidate he comments on — a conflict that most journalistic organizations prohibit.

Trump Is Recruiting an Army of Poll Watchers. It's Even Worse Than It Sounds.- Mother Jones


Donald Trump's campaign website implores voters to "Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!" by signing up as observers. He warned people at an August 12 campaign event in Altoona, Pennsylvania, that Clinton could win the state only by cheating, and he asked supporters to "go down to certain areas and watch and study, and make sure other people don't come in and vote five times." Less than a week later, Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, encouraged a crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire, to help ensure a fair election by serving as poll watchers because "you are the greatest vanguard for integrity in voting."

No one knows how many of the Republican nominee's supporters will heed his call to stand in polling places on November 8 and challenge some voters' credentials—but past experience suggests that a wave of partisan poll watchers could create confusion and discourage people who have a right to cast ballots.

The potential impact of poll observers varies by state, depending on each state's rules about who can monitor voting, what credentials a voter needs to get a ballot, and what a citizen must do if challenged. Adam Gitlin, counsel for the Democracy Program of New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, said an influx of inexperienced watchers could create bottlenecks, particularly if they raise systematic challenges based on voters' race, religion, or ethnicity.

"There's actually a risk that, in a more disorganized way, people are going to be showing up to the polls, they won't know the law, and they'll be engaging in discriminatory challenges," Gitlin said. "That can create the potential for a lot of disruption, longer lines because each voter takes longer to vote, and potentially discouraging and intimidating voters from coming to the polls."


trump's military experience

ISIS suspected of mustard attack against US and Iraqi troops

Source: CNN

ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials.

The shell was categorized by officials as either a rocket or artillery shell. After it landed on the base, just south of Mosul, US troops tested it and received an initial reading for a chemical agent they believe is mustard.

No US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/21/politics/mustard-gas-us-troops/

Please, can we have the election sooner than Nov, so we can get hillary in there sooner. I would suggest a large input of A-10's with Gatling gun cannons. Great way to clear out an area of anything moving (e.g. ISIS terrorists).

a real businessman on Trump. Remind people what Bloomberg said about tRump

.. post on Facebook and everywhere else you can think of to remind people what Bloomberg said of Trump when he appeared at the Democratic Convention...

(all emphases my own)

“Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, and thousands of lawsuits and angry shareholders, and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel they've been ripped off,” said Bloomberg, who became a billionaire building his eponymous financial news service -- without, he pointedly noted, the $1-million stake Trump received from his father.

“Trump says he wants to run the nation like he runs his business. God help us! I'm a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one," Bloomberg said, drawing a thunderous roar from the crowd.


"Whatever our differences may be, I have come here to say we must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue."


"Together, let's elect a sane, competent person," Bloomberg concluded, an ad lib that drew a thunderous did-he-just-say-that roar inside the convention hall. "Let's elect Hillary Clinton."
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