Been working with a new torch and some different ways to capture the fire. So I stepped back behind the torch and handed my 7D to a lurkin lizard by the handle of Leftwingconspirator. He is expert with the camera, and we do enjoy partnering up on projects like this and my recent purple gold video.
Look at the following two block quoted paragraphs. Who should we think is telling the truth? If one examines this via politics and advocacy it’s a pretzel. Energy company killing eagles=Bad. But wait it’s a renewable energy company. Good. The Eagle advocate claims it’s a blank check. Bad. But Interior says permits for careful attentive applicants only. Good.
“Instead of balancing the need for conservation and renewable energy, Interior wrote the wind industry a blank check,” National Audubon Society President David Yarnold said in a statement. “It’s outrageous that the government is sanctioning the killing of America’s symbol, the bald eagle.
“The new regulations would extend the permits to a maximum of 30 years and be issued only to “applicants who commit to adaptive management measures to ensure the preservation of eagles,” the Interior Department said in announcing the rules.
So, maybe lets stop looking at this via politics, parties and raw advocacy.
I have two points to make. It’s time to stop making the perfect the enemy of the good on energy and our environment. Two, to get there, we have to start telling the truth. Stop the sour sound bites. Start disseminating the real data. Stop catering to ratings. Start showing some loyalty to the facts.
Lucky to be alive.
We’ve seen some pretty terrifying stuff captured on action camera before, but this one ties with the skydivers who got hurled into empty space when their planes collided. It was uploaded by a BASE jumper who, on November 24th, took a leap that was almost his last.
The BASE jumper in question goes by the handle Subterminallyill on Vimeo, where he recently uploaded footage captured on his action cam during the fateful fall. Viewed in bone-crunching slow motion, we get to see him smash into the wall mere seconds after pulling his chute, and then scrape and tumble all the way down to the ground the rest of the way.
I am just not sure if this is a serious concern or trivial. But the more ISP’s and companies like adobe that get hacked, well I am considering doing much more to keep my data, computer and net traffic private.
If Wired is right, and I see no reason to doubt this point-Emails, credit card data, passwords to online banking are all at risk.
In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data, or even tamper with it on the fly.
The traffic hijack, they showed, could be done in such a way that no one would notice because the attackers could simply re-route the traffic to a router they controlled, then forward it to its intended destination once they were done with it, leaving no one the wiser about what had occurred.
Now, five years later, this is exactly what has occurred. Earlier this year, researchers say, someone mysteriously hijacked internet traffic headed to government agencies, corporate offices and other recipients in the U.S. and elsewhere and redirected it to Belarus and Iceland, before sending it on its way to its legitimate destinations. They did so repeatedly over several months. But luckily someone did notice.
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Disclosure-My day job is tightly related to gold sales to the jewelry biz. And that pendant is made by a good friends company. But hey, I sell raw materials not jewelry.
I just think that since gold got so hard to afford in the last few years, it’s worth bringing up when it’s a much better price. Rings and earrings and chains are far more affordable. Most of these things will far outlast a tablet or smartphone.
The big brand stores offer terms and a wide inventory. Sometimes a sale or two. Big name designs.
The smaller independent stores are more likely to be responsive to recent drops in the gold price. Those places that do custom work are certainly more closely tied to the day to day price of metals. “Buy Local” works for jewelers too.
For anyone that bought gold coinage in recent years, let me suggest that you can take one or two or three of those coins and have something made. Many jewelers really will take your gold and use it or at least take it in trade. Turning a 1 year old coin into beautiful custom jewelry for yourself or your loved one adds great sentimental value.
This is me not surprised.
One month ago, the Swiss laboratory announced “moderate support” for the poisoning idea. Then the Russians declared that their tests were inconclusive. Today, the French scientists declared that they saw no signs of poisoning, that when Arafat died at age 75, he was just an ailing elderly man vulnerable to spreading infection.
In fact, this isn’t as much of a mixed message as you might think.
Before the French published their findings, the Swiss lab’s results had been called into question by a number of scientists, including the Belgium-based medical investigative reporter, Dr. Rudi Roth. You can find Roth’s inquiry here at his publication, Joods Actuel and translated here. As the translation reveals, Roth asked the head of the Swiss research group why their report lacked the standard margin of error calculations for polonium and was told that the lab had not based the numbers on “any specific evidence” but on their belief that the consistency of polonium levels in the samples was best explained by the supposition of poison. Unlike the French they also discounted the fact that the grave was contaminated with naturally occurring radon, which includes polonium in its decay chain. The inclination to see poisoning in these results also led Nicholas Priest, the former head of biomedical research at Britain’s Atomic Energy Authority, to dispute the findings and suggest that the laboratory was too closely allied with Al Jazeera.
Note to my fellow shooters-We can trust our own in this instance to be showing us the truth of the matters at hand.
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Ad Agency Rejects ‘Uncomfortable’ Photo of Muslim Woman Embracing a US Soldier From Its Times Square Billboards
*Sigh*. we have got to become more welcoming of diversity and young couples breaking boundaries in the right ways.
Media giant Clear Channel recently stirred up some controversy when it decided to flat out reject an advertising image of an American soldier embracing a veiled Muslim woman from its Times Square billboards due to its ‘uncomfortable’ nature.
The photo is part of an advertising campaign for SnoreStop, a line of over-the-counter snoring remedies. The company has already placed the image on a billboard in Los Angeles, with the pitch: “If we can keep this couple together, we can keep anyone together.”
Clear Channel executives rejected the ad for its Times Square billboards, however, citing it “sensitive nature” and “uncomfortable imagery.”
The ACLU has the moral high ground. Will the church respond well?
But are they negligent if they fail to merely inform a pregnant woman that abortion is the safest option when her health is in danger and her fetus faces certain death? And that if she wants an abortion, she should seek help elsewhere?
That’s the crux of the issue in a negligence lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Tamesha Means, a Michigan woman whose local hospital treated her with Tylenol and sent her home twice after her water broke 18 weeks into her pregnancy. The suit alleges that the hospital, the only one within 30 miles of Means’ home, did not tell her that her fetus was doomed, nor that inducing labor and terminating the pregnancy was the only way to reduce the risk of a dangerous infection.
But there is a twist in this case.
Instead of filing suit against Mercy Health Partners, the Muskegon, Mich., hospital where the incident took place, the ACLU took the unusual step of suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which sets the rules for Catholic hospitals on many aspects of care, including abortion.
Few of us realize the engineering and design implications of our power grid. The paragraphs quoted below are just a couple points to take in. My point is I’m all for renewable energy. Been reading up. I had no idea how tough that would be on the hardware side.
I was fully briefed on a possible medium size installation of solar at a business. The entire power system from pole to computers would have to be replaced and upgraded greatly. It was too much in that instance to go with. The panels, boards, regulators and controllers one must add so the solar panels can work were a big hint how right the guys at Caltech are on this.
It’s going to be important to be able to filter energy profit influences from engineering reality. Case in point-San Onofre, where an engineering failure has shut down a nuclear power plant, there is a huge political/design/engineering/argument between SoCal Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy about who is responsible. While they all argue, rate payers pay the bill. And that was a steady source of power.
What will follow is a lot of similar debates about design and costs and engineering for a multiplicity of unsteady providers. Wind, solar vary too much moment to moment for existing systems.
I strongly suggest you go on to read the whole thing. We will want these facts in mind as we shift our energy sources.
From the LA Times
Making a green energy future work will be “one of the greatest technological challenges industrialized societies have undertaken,” a group of scholars at Caltech said in a recent report. The report notes that by 2030, about $1 trillion is expected to be spent nationwide in bringing the grid up to date.
The role of the grid is to keep the supply of power steady and predictable. Engineers carefully calibrate how much juice to feed into the system as everything from porch lights to factory machines are switched on and off. The balancing requires painstaking precision. A momentary overload can crash the system.
But regulators are desperate to move past the status quo. Already, power grid operators in some states have had to dump energy produced by wind turbines on blustery days because regional power systems had no room for it. Officials at the California Independent System Operator, which manages the grid in California, say renewable energy producers are making the juggling act increasingly complex.