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Marathon Man Newz / Re: The Gray Champion
« on: Today at 07:58:12 AM »
Nice to see I could create some agreement on the board. lol

Your strong negative reactions make me think Biden probably does have a chance to be a great President.....because great men are not born...they rise to the occasion when they’re called. Such things seldom look likely going in......that’s what I think, anyway.
Is the idea of a grey champion a generational thing? It seems to me that you have to have some sort of saviour ideology to start with to go looking for it. I do not see much of that thinking in most people my age or younger. The US is more religious so maybe that bleeds into younger people more then here. I find voters here far more pragmatic and incrementalist then what I hear from my us family and friends. We will vote for a flawed party understanding that it's not perfect but it is better...

Knarfs Knewz / Re: European Investment Bank Chief Admits 'Gas Is Over'
« on: January 21, 2021, 12:01:40 PM »
"There's nothing clean about gas—it's not a 'transition fuel' or a 'bridge fuel,' it's a dirty fossil fuel just like coal and oil," said Greenpeace EU. "It's time to stop bankrolling the #ClimateEmergency and stop public money back gas projects."

Noted author and co-founder Bill McKibben was among the first to celebrate word that the president of the European Investment Bank on Wednesday openly declared, "To put it mildly, gas is over"—an admission that squares with what climate experts and economists have been saying for years if not decades.

Dr. Werner Hoyer, president of the EIB—the investment bank publicly owned by the European Union's member states—made the comments while presenting a review of the institution's 2020 operations at a press conference in Luxembourg.

Calling a future break with fracked gas "a serious departure from the past," Hoer added that "without the end to the use of unabated fossil fuels, we will not be able to reach the climate targets" to which the EU states—and therefore the bank—have committed.

McKibben and others responded to the comments as the most recent promising signal that the financial world is catching up with the climate science that demands a rapid and profound shift away from fossil fuels.

"President of the EIB, Werner Hoyer, clearly knows what's up," tweeted Oil Change International. "We agree. Time to #StopFundingFossils."

Greenpeace EU also heralded the news and stated: "There's nothing clean about gas—it's not a 'transition fuel' or a 'bridge fuel,' it's a dirty fossil fuel just like coal and oil.  It's time to stop bankrolling the #ClimateEmergency and stop public money back gas projects."

    The EU aims to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and is expected to adopt a new carbon reduction target of -55% for 2030. However, gas has remained a grey area, with the  European Commission saying it will still be needed to help coal-reliant EU member states transition away from fossil fuels.

    Under their climate bank roadmap published in 2020, the EIB plans to use 50% of its activity to support climate and environmental sustainability, unlocking €1 trillion for green funding by 2030. It will also ensure that all activity is aligned with the Paris Agreement.

While many European climate groups and financial watchdogs have criticized the EU member states and the EIB itself for not moving forward fast enough with proposed reforms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Hoyer said Wednesday that the shift away from fossil fuels is paramount and that even the Covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc across the continent must not act as a roadblock.

"We have achieved unprecedented impact on climate, preparing the ground for much more," Hoyer said in his remarks. "But the risk of a recovery that neglects climate and the environment remains."

"The fight against climate change cannot wait until the pandemic is over," he added. "The [Covid-19] crisis is not a reason to stop tackling the climate and environmental challenges facing humanity."
the new house is all electric. The new generation air to air heat pumps can function down to -30 farenheit in a heating function and give you a 3 to 1 advantage over using just a resistive heater. The simple version of that is there is no longer an advantage to heating with natural gas. For ontario that means a nuclear future with wind and solar as window dressing.

Marathon Man Newz / Re: PPP Loan Round Two
« on: January 20, 2021, 12:00:28 PM »
As a not employed person.

I'm hoping 2022 will be a good year.
I wish you a good 2021... Does it taste like velveta? Food banks are very busy here as well.

Marathon Man Newz / Re: PPP Loan Round Two
« on: January 20, 2021, 09:36:51 AM »
Under the bill Congress just passed, the new PPP amount (which is forgivable) will be 2.5 months of payroll expense.

Your business qualifies if you were down 25% or more y.o.y. in any quarter of 2020 (compared to 2019). They do not require proof of that for the smaller size loans, but they will ask for proof when you ask for forgiveness.

I’m always behind on accounting so I had to check....but no problem..we were down 57% on the 2nd quarter and 46% on the 3rd quarter, compared to the same quarters in 2019. Kinda made my stomach lurch....the bailouts made it fairly painless while it was going on....and the debt service hasn’t started we’re still in Wile E. Coyote the cliff, but not falling yet.

On the up side, I probably overpaid my income tax, even with the PPP forgiveness tax issue.
nothing new payment wise for me. As a self employed person I was eligible for CERB which was 2000 a month for 7 months but that expired last august. There might be another round but since I've moved and am only working on the house probably nothing else... hard to complain. There are still a lit of wage replacement incentives and they lowered the requirements for employment insurance. Still a lot of pain out there.

Doomsteading / Re: The new 'Stead
« on: January 19, 2021, 05:32:21 PM »
Lots of dotting "I's" and crossing "t's" this week. Today it was building all the beam pockets that will take the beams for the floor. The basic idea is you layout, cut out, build a beam form to keep concrete out of the space and foam it into place. Fun carpentry tasks. The only tough part is remembering to think in reverse as the foam block represents the space where you DO NOT want concrete...
Cheers,  NF

The Trump White House on Monday released the report of the presidential “1776 Commission,” a sweeping attack on liberal thought and activism that calls for a “patriotic education,” defends America’s founding on the basis of slavery and likens progressivism to fascism.

President Trump formed the commission in September, saying that American heritage was under assault by revolutionary fanatics and that the nation’s schools required a new “pro-American” curriculum.

Its report, released on Martin Luther King’s Birthday, denounces the charge that the American founders were hypocrites who preached equality even as they codified slavery in the Constitution and held slaves themselves. “This charge is untrue, and has done enormous damage, especially in recent years, with a devastating effect on our civic unity and social fabric,” it says.

The report argues that “distorted histories” of the United States “labor under the illusion that slavery was somehow a uniquely American evil,” and that the institution must “be seen in a much broader perspective,” including “the unfortunate fact” that slavery “has been more the rule than the exception throughout human history.”

“Historical revisionism that tramples honest scholarship and historical truth, shames Americans by highlighting only the sins of their ancestors, and teaches claims of systemic racism that can only be eliminated by more discrimination, is an ideology intended to manipulate opinions more than educate minds,” the report says.

The report is the product of the 18-member commission, which is chaired by Larry Arnn, a Trump ally and president of the conservative Hillsdale College. Other members include Charlie Kirk, a conservative activist, and Mr. Trump’s former domestic policy adviser, Brooke Rollins.

The document asserts that the civil rights movement evolved into “identity politics,” which it said “teaches that America itself is to blame for oppression.”

It also said that progressives had created a “fourth branch of government” or “shadow government” which operates with no checks or balances, and likened American liberals to the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini, who it said “sought to centralize power under the management of so-called experts.”

The commission and its report are in part a rebuke to The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, which reframes American history around the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans. The report denounces the project, as did Mr. Trump in his September speech announcing the commission.

This report is spot on and could not be more timely when Biden just appointed the first transgender person to his Cabinet as assistant Sec. of Health. What has she done to earn that position? She shipped Covid-positive patients back into a nursing home while removing her own mom from a nursing home at the same time.
You forgot to mention :
A graduate of Harvard and of Tulane Medical School, Levine is president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. She has written in the past on the opioid crisis, medical marijuana, adolescent medicine, eating disorders and LGBTQ medicine.
A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide.

She won past confirmation by the Republican-majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hmmm that took all of 30 seconds. It's almost as if, usually such a fierce defended of professional pedigree, you chose to overlook this out of bias.

Marathon Man Newz / Re: Melatonin
« on: January 18, 2021, 08:02:25 AM »
You might not need it if you turn lights down an hour before bedtime. If you don't have dimming light, turn it off and use a candle. If you're reading off a screen, or watching TV, put the brightness right down

I have a partner who likes to (a) stay up late and then (b) sit in bed and work crossword puzzles.....this is an issue, because I do like darkness.

But....the thing is that I never felt like I needed a sleep aid at all. I only started to take the melatonin because it’s part of the I-Mask+ COVID prophylaxis protocol.....the effect on my sleep was just something I’ve noticed and thought was worth mentioning. I’m not, generally speaking, someone who puts great faith in vitamins that don’t come as part of a healthy diet, meaning pills....but I am taking them now to try to stay alive.–-A-Guide-to-the-Management-of-COVID-19.pdf

I’m not taking quite as much vitamin C as they recommend (2 gm/day) or as much melationin (6mg/day) as the Marik prophylaxis recommends....but the vitamin C I take is food based, and I think probably better absorbed than the typical mega-dose....and 6mg of melatonin seems like a huge dose to me.
I know for me it was not quantity of sleep but quality that was running me down. Darkness, blue light blockers on the screens has done wonders for me. There was a report about shiftworkers wearing yellow uv cancelling glasses.

Marathon Man Newz / Re: Melatonin
« on: January 17, 2021, 01:20:42 PM »
I'm very interested in this. There is so much to our chemistry we have no clue about. The costs of a sterile environment, artificial light, lack of trace minerals, a diet of limited variety, food that is too cleaned. How can you harness the physiological robustness of our ancestors without throwing out the benefits of our modern world...
I know I use a blue light blocker on my screens and spend probably about half my waking hours outside. I try to cook from basics and eat much more fats and proteins then seems to be popular right now. I've lost 25 pounds in the last 18 months. I try to avoid caffeine past noon and sleep pretty well now. My partner and I are experimenting with seperate beds and the results have been amazing so far...
I'll have to read more deeply the links above.
Cheers,  NF

The Kitchen Sink / Re: What's the new guy up to? - The Golden Hoe
« on: January 16, 2021, 06:28:51 PM »
So I cleaned up our hoe today. Basically just took the rust off with the grinder and wire wheel, then sharpened and oiled it. The mystery to me is the weld on the back. It's a brass or gold-ish color, which is different from the grey I'm used to. A quick google mentioned stainless steel welds being gold sometimes but I don't think this hoe is made of stainless. One pic is dirty and the other is clean.

Any ideas?
Phil is right it's brazed. It used to be pretty common before wire feed and tig caught on. It's great for joining thin stuff or dissimilar metals together. Exotic bike frames were usually brazed, stuff like that. I had an oxygen acetylene rig until a while ago. I sold it as I only used it for cutting. I had to do a welding course for trade school. Carpenters used to do a lot of tilt up panels with metal plates at the bottom that needed welding so we learned to weld.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: January 15, 2021, 01:15:04 PM »
There is also the problem that both sweden and South Korea are extremely socially cohesive countries with really good public health care systems and a population that tends to listen to its government's suggestions. I think that makes a difference. We have done ok with a combination approach here. It has not been perfect but it was done decisively. It's a war, mistakes get made and are easy to tear apart on the internet when you dont have to answer to anyone.

Sweden also has a much lower population density than UK, France, Germany and Italy making transmission easier to control. In addition Sweden has the largest percentage of single person household in Europe. They also have a propensity towards large personal spaces meaning their environment and culture are more conductive to limiting spread. Most countries cannot simply adopt the Swedish strategy and hope for the same outcome because most countries do not have these same properties. It should also be noted that compared to other Scandinavian countries Sweden has performed poorly when you look at the number of cases and deaths. The Swedish option sounds appealing because on surface it is the option that doesn't seem to require effort or sacrifice. In places like London with high population denisty and high use of public transport it would be a disaster even if we had better hospitals than Sweden which we don't. Could possibly work in Alaska but do people in Alaskans have the discipline of Swedes?

I like how everyone country that does relatively well without lockdowns is just "more disciplined" or "better listeners" or yadda yadda. Basically you guys are saying, no matter what scientific studies are done, no matter how much data is collected to do rigorous comparative studies, you will never believe that massive lockdowns were not necessary and do not continue to be necessary. It will never happen. WHY is that?

It's easy to say "mistakes get made" (nearingsfault) in "war" when you are not one of the wedding parties getting drone striked. That's the logic former presidents use while they are on book tours. We should have a higher standard for ourselves.
oh cry me a river. You never seem to give a rats ass about oppressed people unless it advances an argument of yours. Personally lock downs are driving me and mine slowly batty. I think in hindsight a better policy could have been implemented. Did I have a better plan at the time? No. Did I run for office, gain the trust of my constituents and implement the best strategy I could? No. I like you am watching from the sidelines. The difference is I am willing to say that flawed humans were elected by flawed humans to make decisions I do not want to make. They made the best decision they could at the time and we have to make the best of it. You, seem to have a pathological need to blame and quite honestly hate.

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« on: January 15, 2021, 11:03:14 AM »
There is also the problem that both sweden and South Korea are extremely socially cohesive countries with really good public health care systems and a population that tends to listen to its government's suggestions. I think that makes a difference. We have done ok with a combination approach here. It has not been perfect but it was done decisively. It's a war, mistakes get made and are easy to tear apart on the internet when you dont have to answer to anyone.

Doomsteading / Re: The new 'Stead
« on: January 13, 2021, 12:14:02 PM »
It took a lot longer then it should have but the blocks are up, openings cut out, braced, scaffold planks in, ready for inspection. Covid has all that fucked up but maybe early next week. Hopefully not too much snow before then... picture is viewed from the west side on the far side of the garage.
Cheers,  NF

Knarfs Knewz / Re: Angela Merkel attacks Twitter over Trump ban
« on: January 12, 2021, 03:32:54 PM »
Russian dissident Alexei Navalny echoes criticisms levelled by German chancellor’s spokesman

Angela Merkel with Donald Trump in 2017. Through her spokesman, Germany’s chancellor said free speech was a ‘fundamental right of vital importance’

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   Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has sharply criticised Twitter’s decision to ban US president Donald Trump, calling it a “problematic” breach of the “fundamental right to free speech”.

Twitter suspended Mr Trump’s account last week in the aftermath of the riots at the Capitol Building, citing “repeated and severe” violations of its civic integrity policies. Facebook has taken similar action.

But Ms Merkel said through her spokesman that the US government should follow Germany’s lead in adopting laws that restrict online incitement, rather than leaving it up to platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to make up their own rules.

The intervention highlights a key area of disagreement between the US and Europe on how to regulate social media platforms. The EU wants to give regulators more powers to force internet platforms such as Facebook or Twitter to remove illegal content.

In the US, technology companies have traditionally been left to themselves to police their own sites, though momentum is gathering behind political moves to curtail their regulatory freedoms. Several members of Congress are working on bills which would limit the legal protections social media companies have from being sued for third-party content posted on their sites. Others are pushing for a new federal data privacy bill that could mirror the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

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   witter’s share price fell more than 7 per cent on Monday to about $48, as investors were spooked by the renewed debate into the prospect of tighter social media regulation.

Ms Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said free speech was a “fundamental right of vital importance” that could be restricted, “but only in accordance with the laws and within a framework defined by the legislator — not by the decision of the management of social media platforms”.

He said for that reason the chancellor found it “problematic” that Mr Trump’s accounts had been indefinitely suspended.

Mr Seibert referred to a German law on online hate speech that came into force in 2018, putting the country at the forefront of global efforts to police the internet.

The Network Enforcement Act requires social media to remove potentially illegal material within 24 hours of being notified or face fines of up to €50m. It is considered one of the western world’s toughest restrictions on online content.

Ms Merkel’s criticism of the ban was echoed by France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire. He told France Inter on Monday that he was “shocked” by Twitter’s move. He added: “Digital regulation should not be done by the digital oligarchy itself . . . Regulation of the digital arena is a matter for the sovereign people, governments and the judiciary.”

The ban has also come under attack from Alexei Navalny, the prominent Russian blogger and dissident. He called it “an unacceptable act of censorship” that would be used by the Kremlin to justify his own blacklisting by state media.

“The ban on Twitter is a decision of people we don’t know in accordance with a procedure we don’t know,” he said in a Twitter message, adding that the decision was “based on emotions and personal political preferences”.

“This precedent will be exploited by the enemies of freedom of speech around the world,” he wrote. “In Russia as well. Every time when they need to silence someone, they will say: ‘this is just common practice, even Trump got blocked on Twitter.’”

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   Mr Navalny is recuperating in Germany after he was poisoned by a nerve agent in an attack he says was orchestrated by the Russian secret services.

He said if Twitter wanted to block people, it could “create some sort of a committee that can make such decisions”.

He added: “We need to know the names of the members of this committee, understand how it works, how its members vote and how we can appeal against their decisions.”

Twitter’s move against Mr Trump was also condemned by Vladimir Soloviev, one of Russia’s leading state media propagandists. “So it is argued that the US Constitution is lower than the internal documents of the Twitter company?” he wrote on his Telegram channel.

“Is it permissible for private companies to create zones free from the American constitution?” said Mr Soloviev, who hosts a weekly television show dedicated to what Russian president Vladimir Putin has done that week. “This is not just a story about Trump.”

Separately, Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman militant leader of Chechnya, remarked that he and Mr Trump were now united in censorship, after his accounts on Facebook and Instagram were blocked.

“Now I have something in common with Donald Trump: whereas previously he blocked my accounts on social networks, now the Almighty God has restored justice, and, as a result, the accounts of the mutinous Donald Trump were also blocked,” Mr Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram channel.

Mr Seibert said that while objecting to outright bans, Ms Merkel had no objection to Twitter or Facebook warning users that some content — say, certain tweets by the US president alleging electoral fraud — was misleading.

He said social media companies bore “a great deal of responsibility for ensuring that political communication is not poisoned by hatred, lies and incitement to violence. And it’s right that they don’t stand idly by when content is posted on certain channels that falls into such categories.”

On Sunday, Parler, a niche Twitter rival popular among the far-right, was forced offline after Amazon withdrew its cloud services to the platform, citing its repeated failure to clamp down on content that incites violence. That followed similar moves by Google and Apple which banned the app from their app stores over the weekend on the same grounds.

“I never thought we’d be living in a country . . . where you could get co-ordinated companies cancelling what you’re doing,” John Matze, chief executive of Parler, told Fox News on Monday.

He added that his “billion-dollar company” had contacted other “big tech players” in order to find an alternative web-hosting provider, but been turned down.

Parler, a self-described “unbiased social media network” that purports to champion “free speech”, received 9.6m installs globally in 2020, about 7.8m of which were in the US, according to data from Sensor Tower.

Europe is full of free speechers who call the Twitter ban a blow against free speech. It isn’t, and we should discuss why it isn’t. I think people should have a voice.....but keeping Trump off Twitter is a good idea....he needs to be kept off it until something happens to lessen the threat he represents. (Which is real and immediate.)
its all so new... I like to think that with time humans will come to terms with these powerful tools we have invented in the last few decades. I think it was an over reaction. Personally I would have liked to see a temporary ban or probationary stance to extend past the transition. Hard to walk this one back. I would not be surprised to see the big hitters broken up like bell or standard oil. Their positions are similar it seems.

K-Dog Off Leash Newz / Re: Michael Mann: RS Interview Special Edition
« on: January 11, 2021, 06:28:34 AM »
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Turns out we are pimps of doom porn.  Doom porn enters the convo five minutes in and at the end. 

Seems all we have to do is stop using fossil fuels.  Do you think so?  I'd fall off my chair laughing but carbon dividends coming back as a national UBI are a carrot of mine.  I hung on to my seat.  Climate change doomers are going ape shit over this video.  They are accused of sitting on their can and doing nothing.  Former peak-oilers can get what Michael Mann says right away.  Some climate change people take doom and gloom serious but they still think if the right app drops into the play-store it will be all good.  Listening carefully Michael is talking about mainstream people mostly; hard core climate doomers are another animal.  Our doom porn is art.

About halfway through the hopium pipe comes out but Michael is walking a tightrope.  He knows not to push things too far.  Smart move.  Torch up the pipe.  But I think Michael did great.  Carbon dividends are what we need.  Feeding 8 billion with less carbon is going to be hard to do. 

We had better learn how to do it now.
that sounds like a great idea. This site could use a whole lot more of that kind of content in my opinion.

The Kitchen Sink / Re: What's the new guy up to?
« on: January 02, 2021, 01:33:35 PM »
you are talking about a crow bar. Not what most people think of when they say that. Most of the time people mean prybar. A crow bar is one of these:
Mine is 20 years old and still going strong. It's great for wedging out rock when you dig. High carbon steel that is surface tempered.

Interesting. In the few times we have used pry bars we've used the words pry bar and crow bar pretty much interchangeably. So an experimental crow bar is what I will try to make.
have fun. Happy New Year Cam...

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