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2017-07-25 - LaBonte Lake spewing hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide in Laramie (Wyoming):
http://www.kgwn.tv/content/news/The-City-of-Laramie-Parks-and-Rec-department-is-making-efforts-to-stop-the-odor-from-LaBonte-Lake-436514043.html
http://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/the-stench-about-stink-lake-hot-weather-lack-of-rain/article_cc55218c-71b7-11e7-a512-d3fc2d5f5dbd.html

Quote: "The temperature of the lake has exceeded 50 degrees and eliminated the thermocline that would have been responsible for keeping decaying material found at the bottom of the lake from surfacing. This decaying material is the source of the odor as it is releasing both carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide."

Note: The same things is happening to the oceans as they heat up. The difference is that the oceans will ultimately spew enough hydrogen sulfide to exterminate most life on the surface of the Earth, just as has happened before in Earth's past. Bugs, weeds, bacteria, jellyfish, fungi - that'll be the stuff that survives best. Higher life forms will mostly all die. Human beings are one of THE most vulnerable species to extinction events like the current one, so there's basically no chance of human beings surviving on this planet. Anybody could already drop dead or burn to death by tomorrow, and things are only going to get worse from here on out...
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Floating Turbines  for Hywind Scotland Offshore Wind Farm in Transit

July 20, 2017

By Renewable Energy World Editors
 offshore wind


         
Five floating turbines for the Hywind offshore wind farm this week began their journey from Stord, Norway, to Buchan Deep, 25 km east of Peterhead in Scotland, according to Abu Dhabi-based Masdar, a co-owner of the project.

The 6-MW turbines, which are placed on top of ballasted steel cylinders, were assembled outside Stord this summer and now are being individually towed to Scottish waters, the company said. Each turbine’s journey takes four days of sailing across the North Sea. Final installation procedures will take two to three days per turbine, with installation scheduled to be finished by the end of August. 

In addition, the loadout of the cables for the project will begin in Halden, Norway, the company said. An installation vessel will go to Kristiansand, Norway, to pick up vertical anchors and buoyancy modules before heading to Peterhead for pull-in of the export cable. The cable will then be laid out in Buchan Deep with the second end connected to one of the floating wind turbines. After installing the export cable, the remaining four infield cables will be installed by the end of September.

Earlier this year, Masdar acquired a stake in the Hywind project, which is majority owned by Statoil :o  ;D.

Lead image credit: Masdar

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/07/floating-turbines-for-hywind-scotland-offshore-wind-farm-in-transit.html

Agelbert NOTE: It's nice to see that a Fossil Fuel Corporation (i.e. Statoil, NOT the U.S. Big Oil IDIOTS) can se the Reneable Energy writing on the wall and has begun the transition.  ;D May any Fossil Fuel Corporation that doesn't transition away from fossil fuels to Clean Energy GO BANKRUPT SOON!   
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Doomsteading / Re: The Mystery Prep Challenge Contest
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 11:40:54 AM »

What did I do to piss you the fuck off anyway.....
That's not Stepford wife quality equipment. That's 2 & 1/4 Stepford wife.....
I need something I can neatly fold & put in the closet,  NOT a Crisco laden heifer ! PAAAALLEEEEEESSEEEE  :emthdown:

Hey AZ, I spent five whole minutes looking for her.

OK then, you can have this one that we had in the back. Slightly used:




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Surly Newz / The SurlyZone 7/27
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 11:32:50 AM »
An afternoon edition.



The SurlyZone 7/27

A collection of articles and notes of interest to one particular cynical observer.
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http://ahtribune.com/economy/1803-bolivia-morales-world-bank-imf.html


Bolivia’s President Declares ‘Total Independence’ from World Bank and IMF

JULY 23 ,2017

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has been highlighting his government’s independence from international money lending organizations and their detrimental impact the nation, the Telesur TV reported.

“A day like today in 1944 ended Bretton Woods Economic Conference (USA), in which the IMF and WB were established,” Morales tweeted. “These organizations dictated the economic fate of Bolivia and the world. Today we can say that we have total independence of them.”

Morales has said Bolivia’s past dependence on the agencies was so great that the International Monetary Fund had an office in government headquarters and even participated in their meetings.

Bolivia is now in the process of becoming a member of the Southern Common Market, Mercosur and Morales attended the group’s summit in Argentina last week.

Bolivia’s popular uprising known as the The Cochabamba Water War in 2000 against United States-based Bechtel Corporation over water privatization and the associated World Bank policies shed light on some of the debt issues facing the region.

Some of Bolivia’s largest resistance struggles in the last 60 years have targeted the economic policies carried out by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Most of the protests focused on opposing privatization policies and austerity measures, including cuts to public services, privatization decrees, wage reductions, as well the weakening of labor rights.

Since 2006, a year after Morales came to power, social spending on health, education, and poverty programs has increased by over 45 percent.

The Morales administration made enormous transformations in the Andean nation. The figures speak for themselves: the nationalization of hydrocarbons, poverty reduction from 60% to less than 40%, a decrease in the rate of illiteracy from 13% to 3%, the tripling the GDP with an average growth of 5% annually, the quadrupling of the minimum wage, the increasing of state coverage on all fronts, and the development of infrastructure in communications, transportation, energy and industry. And above all, stability, an unusual word in the troubled political history Bolivia, of which today, with the economic slowdown experienced by many countries in the region, is a real privilege.


Didn't Butch & Sundance hole up in Bolivia until the heat was off ?


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/RdqWlW4-dDg&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/RdqWlW4-dDg&fs=1</a>
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Bannon Wants to CON us into believing he wants to Tax the Real Rich

I don't agree with much of Steve Bannon's alt.right agenda, but I love this idea. Raise the marginal income tax rate for people who make more than 5 million bucks a year, to 44% instead of 39.5.

At least Bannon understands the difference between the real rich and the merely affluent, something most people don't get, and no politicians care to recognize. This is something I've bitched about for years, as everyone on the Diner knows.

This idea will be DOA with the Republican Congress, I can tell you that.


STEVE BANNON  PUSHING FOR 44 PERCENT MARGINAL TAX RATE ON THE VERY RICH 

Ryan Grim
July 26 2017, 3:25 p.m.


TOP WHITE HOUSE adviser Steve Bannon is pushing for tax reform to include a new 44 percent top marginal tax rate, hitting people who earn more than $5 million a year, with the revenue paying for tax cuts for the rest, according to three people who’ve spoken to him recently.

The top rate is now 39.6 percent and most Republicans have been planning to lower it significantly as part of tax reform. The plan Trump put out previously would have only three brackets, with the top one brought down to 35 percent.

Raising taxes on the very rich has been a rare policy that President Donald Trump has publicly espoused throughout much of his life. On Tuesday, he told the Wall Street Journal, “if there’s upward revision it’s going to be on high-income people.”

“I have wealthy friends that say to me, ‘I don’t mind paying more tax,’” he said. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed on Trump’s comment at a televised briefing Wednesday, and said that further specifics of the plan would be released shortly, with an emphasis on tax cuts for the middle class.

Axios previously reported that Bannon was looking to raise the top marginal rate to “something with a four in front of it,” but the 44 percent bracket for those making $5 million and above is a more fleshed out proposal. Bannon has described himself as an “economic nationalist” and has pushed a populist agenda both through his previous outlet Breitbart News and and as an adviser to Trump. That contrasts with what Bannon calls the “globalist” wing of the party, made up by people like economic adviser Gary Cohn (though both Cohn and Bannon come from Goldman Sachs).

When the broad outline of the tax hike was reported earlier, Breitbart covered it favorably. The hike on the very rich would face stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, but find favor with Democrats.

According to IRS data, just over 43,000 people filed tax returns for the year 2014 claiming income of at least $5 million, accounting for $600 billion in taxes, or 8.8 percent of the total taxes paid.

The new rate would only apply to about a third of that money, as the 44 percent kicks in at the $5 million level. Still, the hike would pull in around $18 billion per year, or $180 billion over 10 years.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/26/steve-bannon-pushing-for-44-percent-marginal-tax-rate-on-the-very-rich/

I don't believe a WORD that Bannon says. Anyone that does is kidding themselves. The guy is a wedge issue EXPERT.         


For example, Bannon was HAPPY about all the protests against the Immigration ban because, even though he KNEW it would probably not make it to law, he WANTED the white population of the US to get stirred up against the immigrant HISPANICS when they went out in large numbers on the street!   

That's right, he EXPECTED AND PLANNED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HATE BY BIGOTS.  He explained calmly that he set all this up so it would appear to Trump's base that Trump was "keeping his promises" to them.

But there's more. Bannon firmly believes that MOST Americans (Bannon's definition of "American" = person of white European descent  ;)) are racist, which is the "logical" way to be, according to Bannon, despite his claims of "not being a racist".

So, making the HISPANIC immigrant population more visible in the eyes of "Americans" is a great method of strirring up hatred and consolidating power for the "good" of "Americans". It is a mere coincidence that this gives Bannon and Trump more and more despotic power. Bannon is counting all those "good Germans" out there to help Trump and Bannon DO their THING.

In Germany, they know EXACTLY what Trump and Bannon's THING is (see below):


Here's an article that is rather clear to anybody possessing a shred of objectivity:

SNIPPET:
Quote
Steve Bannon, Michael Savage and Alex Jones (among others) are now in the cockpit of national power, while the nation's major newspapers and television networks are doing their very best to "normalize" avowed bigot and fascist (using Mussolini's definition of the word) Donald Trump. Bannon is Trump's chief adviser. ...

 ...Bannon's ex-wife has even testified in court that Bannon has 'said he doesn't like Jews' and didn't want his children to go to school with Jews."

Bannon and company are some of the most talented practitioners of the dark arts of political propaganda in this country, and they all came together like beads of mercury under Trump's banner. It's essentially a Kristallnacht waiting to happen: the murder of a policeman by a black man or undocumented Hispanic, or a Muslim suicide bomber will fuel weeks of media melodrama in their hands as they continue to create an alternative reality for cable news while driving a policy agenda dictated by petro-billionaires.
https://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2016/11/big-trump-media-story-bannon-and-crew-dangerous-propagandists-are-cockpit-national-powe

He is VERY clever, in a satanic sort of way. What ICE is doing was started by Obama. But Bannon and Trump have increased it for propaganda purposes, NOT to improve working conditions or add jobs for the poor in the USA! Bannon and Trump USE wedge issues to stir up HATE so they can gain more POWER, period!

A Veteran ICE Agent Speaks Out: ‘We Seem to Be Targeting the Most Vulnerable People’

Now this "taxing the rich" BULLSHIT he is peddling is MORE smoke and mirrors to make Trump's base believe that Trump is "keeping his promises" to "poor downtrodden whitey red blooded Merikans". And even the poor among the minorities might fall for this sucker play.

Eddie, do not be fooled by this. Here is a video interview with Joshua Green, a man that met, talked with and studied Bannon IN DEPTH that explains Bannon's MO and WHY Bannon's ideology provides inspiration for him to cook up this kind of clever sleight of hand swindle to SUCKER people so the racist wealth worshiping fascsists can continue consoliditating their power in the USA.   


Joshua Green wrote a book titled, "Devil's' Bargain", where Trump and Bannon's methods are objectively exposed.  In this interview, he explains why Bannon DOES what he DOES.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tTBq7knVUUI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tTBq7knVUUI</a>

The rich are the LAST people that are worrying about this SUCKER PLAY. Bannon wants to "Tax the RICH" ??

The system is GAMED in favor of he rich crooks that have slowly, silently STOLEN EVERYTHING THEY HAVE from we-the-people. The process began with inflation fun and games. It proceeded from there to make an artificial tax rate distinction between "earned" and "unearned" income. If Bannon really wanted a just tax reform, the FIRST thing he would have to do is ELIMINATE the distinction between "earned" and "unearned" income, including that ridiculous term called "Capital gains". BUT HE HAS NOT SAID ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING ABOUT ADDRESSING THAT SOCIALISM FOR THE RICH WELFARE QUEENS GIVEAWAY. His silence on that says it ALL!

You are crazy if you think Bannon has ANY plans to change that socialism for the rich ONLY SCAM that Trump and Bannon wholeheartedly SUPPORT!  That will only get WORSE under Trump and his wrecking crew.


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Doomsteading / Re: The Mystery Prep Challenge Contest
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 11:07:06 AM »
OMFG.

THESE MAGNETS ARE BEYOND BELIEF!  :o

I can break two of them off the stack by hand because I have enough leverage.  I get it to 90 degrees then twist and pull at the edge.  It is still hard to do though.

Down to 2 magnets, it's IMPOSSIBLE to do by hand, unless you were Arnold Schwartzenegger with really small fingers.  The only way to pull apart the last 2 magnets is with pliers.

Your next problem is anything at all on your desk that is ferro-magnetic.  It all gets SUCKED IN to the magnetic Black Hole of the cylinder of magnets.  Knives, Screwdrivers, flashlights... whatever is on your desk gets SUCKED IN to the Black Hole of Magnetism!  This wall extends a good 2 feet around the magnet when all 8 of them are together.

There is no fucking way a tarp will come off SaVANnah with these thing holding it on, even in a Cat 5 Hurricane.

RE



A cat 5 will blow YOU, Your Rig including the tarp into oblivion.
Cat 5's uproot large trees.
Cat 5's mean get the fuck outta' Dodge.
Other than that scenario, life should be peachy  :icon_mrgreen:
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Doomsteading / Re: The Mystery Prep Challenge Contest
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 11:01:08 AM »
Now where's my damn doll ?

In fact Ed & Bob get one as well. We all want stepford wife quality equipment, no chessie carnival crap either.

All righty, then. Congrats!



Just tell RE where to ship it.


What did I do to piss you the fuck off anyway.....
That's not Stepford wife quality equipment. That's 2 & 1/4 Stepford wife.....
I need something I can neatly fold & put in the closet,  NOT a Crisco laden heifer ! PAAAALLEEEEEESSEEEE  :emthdown:
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Knarfs Knewz / Re: All Things Die
« Last post by RE on Today at 11:00:42 AM »
For me, this all is just the reality of facing the fact all things die.

Once I die, in this reality I will have no cognition of other things which die after me.  I am not disturbed by the idea of "extinction".  Extinction is a guarantee, it is only a timeline question on when it occurs.  If all Homo Saps are dead in 10 years or in 1000, what's the difference? ???  :icon_scratch:

The main thing is to live as long as you can and enjoy your time walking the Earth in a Meat Package, if you can.  Many Meat Packages suffer a whole lot while above ground.  You want to avoid as much of that as you can, if you can.

I consider myself quite lucky.  I got 60 pretty good years on this go round with very little suffering.  Last days are not too good of course, but they could be a lot worse.

RE

Yep, I have a very similar way of looking it.

Great minds think alike.  :icon_sunny:

RE
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Bannon Wants to CON us into believing he wants to Tax the Real Rich

I don't agree with much of Steve Bannon's alt.right agenda, but I love this idea. Raise the marginal income tax rate for people who make more than 5 million bucks a year, to 44% instead of 39.5.

At least Bannon understands the difference between the real rich and the merely affluent, something most people don't get, and no politicians care to recognize. This is something I've bitched about for years, as everyone on the Diner knows.

This idea will be DOA with the Republican Congress, I can tell you that.


STEVE BANNON  PUSHING FOR 44 PERCENT MARGINAL TAX RATE ON THE VERY RICH 

Ryan Grim
July 26 2017, 3:25 p.m.


TOP WHITE HOUSE adviser Steve Bannon is pushing for tax reform to include a new 44 percent top marginal tax rate, hitting people who earn more than $5 million a year, with the revenue paying for tax cuts for the rest, according to three people who’ve spoken to him recently.

The top rate is now 39.6 percent and most Republicans have been planning to lower it significantly as part of tax reform. The plan Trump put out previously would have only three brackets, with the top one brought down to 35 percent.

Raising taxes on the very rich has been a rare policy that President Donald Trump has publicly espoused throughout much of his life. On Tuesday, he told the Wall Street Journal, “if there’s upward revision it’s going to be on high-income people.”

“I have wealthy friends that say to me, ‘I don’t mind paying more tax,’” he said. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed on Trump’s comment at a televised briefing Wednesday, and said that further specifics of the plan would be released shortly, with an emphasis on tax cuts for the middle class.

Axios previously reported that Bannon was looking to raise the top marginal rate to “something with a four in front of it,” but the 44 percent bracket for those making $5 million and above is a more fleshed out proposal. Bannon has described himself as an “economic nationalist” and has pushed a populist agenda both through his previous outlet Breitbart News and and as an adviser to Trump. That contrasts with what Bannon calls the “globalist” wing of the party, made up by people like economic adviser Gary Cohn (though both Cohn and Bannon come from Goldman Sachs).

When the broad outline of the tax hike was reported earlier, Breitbart covered it favorably. The hike on the very rich would face stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, but find favor with Democrats.

According to IRS data, just over 43,000 people filed tax returns for the year 2014 claiming income of at least $5 million, accounting for $600 billion in taxes, or 8.8 percent of the total taxes paid.

The new rate would only apply to about a third of that money, as the 44 percent kicks in at the $5 million level. Still, the hike would pull in around $18 billion per year, or $180 billion over 10 years.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/26/steve-bannon-pushing-for-44-percent-marginal-tax-rate-on-the-very-rich/

I don't believe a WORD that Bannon says. Anyone that does is kidding themselves. The guy is a wedge issue EXPERT.         


For example, Bannon was HAPPY about all the protests against the Immigration ban because, even though he KNEW it would probably not make it to law, he WANTED the white population of the US to get stirred up against the immigrant HISPANICS when they went out in large numbers on the street!   

That's right, he EXPECTED AND PLANNED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HATE BY BIGOTS.  He explained calmly that he set all this up so it would appear to Trump's base that Trump was "keeping his promises" to them.

But there's more. Bannon firmly believes that MOST Americans (Bannon's definition of "American" = person of white European descent  ;)) are racist, which is the "logical" way to be, according to Bannon, despite his claims of "not being a racist".

So, making the HISPANIC immigrant population more visible in the eyes of "Americans" is a great method of strirring up hatred and consolidating power for the "good" of "Americans". It is a mere coincidence that this gives Bannon and Trump more and more despotic power. Bannon is counting all those "good Germans" out there to help Trump and Bannon DO their THING.

In Germany, they know EXACTLY what Trump and Bannon's THING is (see below):


Here's an article that is rather clear to anybody possessing a shred of objectivity:

SNIPPET:
Quote
Steve Bannon, Michael Savage and Alex Jones (among others) are now in the cockpit of national power, while the nation's major newspapers and television networks are doing their very best to "normalize" avowed bigot and fascist (using Mussolini's definition of the word) Donald Trump. Bannon is Trump's chief adviser. ...

 ...Bannon's ex-wife has even testified in court that Bannon has 'said he doesn't like Jews' and didn't want his children to go to school with Jews."

Bannon and company are some of the most talented practitioners of the dark arts of political propaganda in this country, and they all came together like beads of mercury under Trump's banner. It's essentially a Kristallnacht waiting to happen: the murder of a policeman by a black man or undocumented Hispanic, or a Muslim suicide bomber will fuel weeks of media melodrama in their hands as they continue to create an alternative reality for cable news while driving a policy agenda dictated by petro-billionaires.
https://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2016/11/big-trump-media-story-bannon-and-crew-dangerous-propagandists-are-cockpit-national-powe

He is VERY clever, in a satanic sort of way. What ICE is doing was started by Obama. But Bannon and Trump have increased it for propaganda purposes, NOT to improve working conditions or add jobs for the poor in the USA! Bannon and Trump USE wedge issues to stir up HATE so they can gain more POWER, period!

A Veteran ICE Agent Speaks Out: ‘We Seem to Be Targeting the Most Vulnerable People’

Now this "taxing the rich" BULLSHIT he is peddling is MORE smoke and mirrors to make Trump's base believe that Trump is "keeping his promises" to "poor downtrodden whitey red blooded Merikans". And even the poor among the minorities might fall for this sucker play.

Eddie, do not be fooled by this. Here is a video interview with Joshua Green, a man that met, talked with and studied Bannon IN DEPTH that explains Bannon's MO and WHY Bannon's ideology provides inspiration for him to cook up this kind of clever sleight of hand swindle to SUCKER people so the racist wealth worshiping fascsists can continue consoliditating their power in the USA.   


Joshua Green wrote a book titled, "Devil's' Bargain", where Trump and Bannon's methods are objectively exposed.  In this interview, he explains why Bannon DOES what he DOES.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tTBq7knVUUI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tTBq7knVUUI</a>

The rich are the LAST people that are worrying about this SUCKER PLAY. Bannon wants to "Tax the RICH" ??

The system is GAMED in favor of he rich crooks that have slowly, silently STOLEN EVERYTHING THEY HAVE from we-the-people. The process began with inflation fun and games. It proceeded from there to make an artificial tax rate distinction between "earned" and "unearned" income. If Bannon really wanted a just tax reform, the FIRST thing he would have to do is ELIMINATE the distinction between "earned" and "unearned" income, including that ridiculous term called "Capital gains". BUT HE HAS NOT SAID ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING ABOUT ADDRESSING THAT SOCIALISM FOR THE RICH WELFARE QUEENS GIVEAWAY. His silence on that says it ALL!

You are crazy if you think Bannon has ANY plans to change that socialism for the rich ONLY SCAM that Trump and Bannon wholeheartedly SUPPORT!  That will only get WORSE under Trump and his wrecking crew.


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