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Geological & Cosmological Events / MOVED: Out of this World
« on: April 01, 2012, 03:58:20 AM »
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The Kitchen Sink / Musings from The Last Great Frontier
« on: March 31, 2012, 11:53:35 PM »
The creation of the DD Blog and Forum has been a big project and has changed many things for me in my daily routine of reading and commenting on the spin down of Industrial Society.  I'm so busy with the tasks of going out into the blogosphere to Plug DD I haven;t had time to write much new.  I'm fortunate I have a huge bank of material already written I can put up each day to have something new on the Blog for visitors to read.

Thing is, I don't want to Clog the Blog (lol) with just typical CRAP I write every day, reactions to the latest bullshit I read regarding Greece or whatever.  The Blog is the "Big Picture" analysis.  So I really need someplace to write all the rest of the crap and get it out of my head and onto a disk somewhere before I croak.  So I am starting this Musings Thread for that purpose.  Its kind of a Blog within a Blog, a Nested Blog if you will.  Since I run this show, I can Sticky the Thread, which I will after finishing this initial post.

So, onto today's Musings.  First off, we seem to have hit a Lull period, a kind of Calm before the Storm.  The problems of Greece have been "Solved", at least as far as the Banksters are concerned for the next few weeks.  The Spanish problems are being mentioned and debated, but so far the Spics aren't on the precipice of default that would cause the Troika SWAT Team to go in and take over Da Goobermint as they have in Greece and Italy also.  It seems likely that something will occur in this regard soon, but it has not happenned yet.

Big Juggling Act going on here, and as far as the Newz is concerned, its always Sequential.  Greece is the problem today, Iceland yesterday, Spain tomorrow.  None of these problems ever seem to hit the media at the same time, even though all the economies are collapsing in tandem.  Why is that?

In my estimation, its because of overall Central Control, and the fact that our Illuminati Masters cannot handle more than one problem at a time.  Funny Money is being shovelled out all over the place to keep the Wheels on the Bus in some places, while one by one problem economies are focused on in the MSM. One wonders WTF is propping up Municipalities these days in the FSofA, between Pension Obligations , Decreasing Tax Revenues and increasing Debt Service obligations, HTF could they be positive on a Cash Flow basis?  They are not, therefore Funny Money must be flowing toward these economies somehow, posponing their Dayof Reckoning until the Illuminati get round to considering what to do with each individual problem.

At this point I do not think the "recorded" Federal Deficit has much meaning.  I think the Federal Reserve is psuhing out money off balance sheet that nobody sees except in its effect on keeping the markets propped up.  Real Estate developers SHOULD be going belly up on a daily basis here based on droping property values, but they are not.  Their Loans are being rolled over, and the money to roll them over has to be coming from the Federal Reserve.  Its why Donald Trump has not yet gone BK.  Long as he can still access credit and roll over the loans, he remains RICH, and so it goes for all the top 1% folks.  At the bottom level though, credit is contracting here and so many are losing their McMansions to foreclosure, although some are staying inside them living the Extend and Pretend game.

Its real hard to say how long this game can last here, its not on the financial end or numbers end it really quits.  Its at the social level as enough of the bottom 99% fall off the cliff that the system fails eventually.  A Fast Crash of the markets seems unlikely right now, TPTB can prop them up as necessary here.  The REAL economy though is in shambles already, and the political problems this creates eventually must be realized in some way.

A major economy will eventually BREAK here, we cannot know where or when this will  happen but it will.  I suspect it will be the Japanese.  They are far gone, more even the the PIIGS.  I do not think there will be any papering over of that when (not if) it occurs.


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The Kitchen Sink / Pestilence, Disease and Epidemics
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:59:36 PM »
March 29, 2012 12:04 PM PrintText CDC sees autism rate rise 25%
(CBS News) One out of 88 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the latest estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Complete Coverage of Developments in Autism

Previously the CDC estimated autism's prevalence at about an average of 1 in 110 U.S. children. The new estimate suggests autism is more common than previously thought - about 25 percent more common - and may affect more than one million children and teens in the U.S.

"One thing the data tells us with certainty - there are many children and families who need help," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a written statement. "We must continue to track autism spectrum disorders because this is the information communities need to guide improvements in services to help children."

For the CDC's study, researchers looked at autism prevalence estimates from 14 areas in the country. Since every state is not included, the CDC warned the rate "should not be generalized to the United States as a whole." But the data do show that autism diagnoses continue to increase. It's published in the March 29 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Boys are still about five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism in the U.S. than girls, according to the CDC report. It estimated one in 54 boys have autism, while one in 252 girls do. The number of children identified with ASDs ranged from 1 in 210 children in Alabama to 1 in 47 children in Utah. The largest increases were among Hispanic and black children.

Some of this increase may be due to the way children are identified, diagnosed and served in their communities, although exactly how much is due to these factors is unknown, the CDC said.

Study results from the 2008 surveillance year show more than 11 out of 1,000 8-year-old kids have been identified as having an ASD, about a 23 percent increase since the last CDC report in 2009. Some of this increase is due to the way children are identified, diagnosed and served in their communities, although exactly how much is due to these factors is unknown.

"To understand more, we need to keep accelerating our research into risk factors and causes of autism spectrum disorders," said Dr. Coleen Boyle, director of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

The study also shows more children are being diagnosed by age 3, an increase from 12 percent for children born in 1994 to 18 percent for children born in 2000. "Unfortunately, 40 percent of the children in this study aren't getting a diagnosis until after age 4," said Boyle. "We are working hard to change that."

The CDC has a "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign that provides checklists for parents of developmental milestones. If a child does not reach these milestones, a parent should check with their child's doctor.

"This information paints a picture of the magnitude of the condition across our country and helps us understand how communities identify children with autism," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, said in the CDC statement. "That is why HHS and our entire administration has been working hard to improve the lives of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families by improving research, support, and services."

For 2012, the National Institutes of Health invested $169 million in autism research to improve screening and diagnosis, develop effective services and resources for families, identify potential risk factors in the environment that may cause the disorder, and for testing potential treatments.

The CDC has more on autism.

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The Kitchen Sink / Starvation Under the Orange Trees
« on: March 28, 2012, 02:53:36 PM »
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The Kitchen Sink / Bojangles RE
« on: March 28, 2012, 01:17:23 AM »
I've been accused by Ashvin on TAE of Tap Dancing around my arguments with respect to debtor issues.  I don't think so, but even if true, Tap Dancing has a lot of value :-)

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Bugout Plans / Cool Bugout Equipment
« on: March 25, 2012, 12:34:32 PM »
While I was looking for a Pic to use as the Feature Image for the Hierarchy of Bugout Plans article, I came up with a few cool items you might consider for your Bugout package.

The Sea Kayak pic I used is one.

If you are Coastal or near a Navigable River, you can go mighty far in a Sea Kayak, and probably carry enough preps for at least a couple of months.  Sea Kayaks also come in Folding Versions that are easier to transport around than the Fiberglass versions.

These Kayaks are direct descendants of Inuit Kayaks that were made from Bone frames and sealskin  hull surfacing.
You can even get Trimaran Sailing Rigs to fit onto these Kayaks

On Land, there are some really cool Bicycle Trailer combos possible.

Here is an Electric-Recumbent combo that is very efficient

The Trailer also can be a Mini-RV in itself

Nice thing here is it keeps your Tent off the ground and sets up and folds down with no stakes necessary.

If you are working with a Partner, you can pull a lot more also with a tandem bike

Recumbents are the more efficient style of Bike over the road and also more comfortable.  Better choice for your Human Powered Bugout Machine.  Off-Road though, traditional style BMX Bikes are probably better.

Readers are welcome here to submit their own finds as far as good Bugout Equipment is concerned.


The Kitchen Sink / Banana Republics: The Ex-Pat Thread
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:35:07 PM »
Discuss the Ex-Pat Scenarios in this thread

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The Kitchen Sink / GM Goes MTV to sell Volts
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:14:51 AM »
Do these folks just not get it? UE 20-somethings just don't have MONEY to buy cars.  Are they this stupid? Really?

To Draw Reluctant Young Buyers, G.M. Turns to MTV Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times
Ross Martin, left, of Viacom's creative strategy unit, is working with General Motors to help revive interest in cars among young consumers. Mr. Martin and John McFarland of Chevrolet are shown in G.M.'s headquarters in Detroit.
Published: March 22, 2012

. DETROIT — Ross Martin, 37, is a published poet and a former drummer in an alternative rock band. Wearing Nike high tops and loosefitting jeans, he is the kind of figure who wouldn’t attract a second glance on the streets of Brooklyn, where he lives.

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But on a chilly afternoon here last month he managed to attract a few odd looks as he walked across the 24th floor of General Motors’ global headquarters. Mr. Martin is the executive vice president of MTV Scratch, a unit of the giant media company Viacom that consults with brands about connecting with consumers.

He and his team are trying to help General Motors solve one of the most vexing problems facing the car industry: many young consumers today just do not care that much about cars.

That is a major shift from the days when the car stood at the center of youth culture and wheels served as the ultimate gateway to freedom and independence. Young drivers proudly parked Impalas at a drive-in movie theater, lusted over cherry red Camaros as the ultimate sign of rebellion or saved up for a Volkswagen Beetle on which to splash bumper stickers and peace signs. Today Facebook, Twitter and text messaging allow teenagers and 20-somethings to connect without wheels.

“They think of a car as a giant bummer,” said Mr. Martin. “Think about your dashboard. It’s filled with nothing but bad news.”

There is data to support Mr. Martin’s observations. In 2008, 46.3 percent of potential drivers 19 years old and younger had drivers’ licenses, compared with 64.4 percent in 1998, according to the Federal Highway Administration, and drivers ages 21 to 30 drove 12 percent fewer miles in 2009 than they did in 1995.

Forty-six percent of drivers aged 18 to 24 said they would choose Internet access over owning a car, according to the research firm Gartner.

Cars are still essential to drivers of all ages, and car cultures still endure in swaths of suburban and rural areas. But automobiles have fallen in the public estimation of younger people. In a survey of 3,000 consumers born from 1981 to 2000 — a generation marketers call “millennials”— Scratch asked which of 31 brands they preferred. Not one car brand ranked in the top 10, lagging far behind companies like Apple and Nike.

The five-year strategic vision that Scratch has developed for Chevrolet, kept quiet until now, stretches beyond marketing to a rethinking of the company’s corporate culture. The strategy is to infuse General Motors with the same insights that made MTV reality shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom” breakout hits.

Mr. Martin calls the G.M. headquarters the “Death Star,” after the Star Wars headquarters of Darth Vader. He says he understands the unlikely melding of cultures he is trying. “We know we’re people who don’t fit in here,” he said.

The partnership is intended to transform things as diverse as the milieu at the company’s steel-and-glass headquarters, the look of its Chevrolet cars, the dealership structure and the dashboard technology. Even the test drive is being reimagined, since young consumers find riding in a car with a stranger creepy, Scratch said.

Automakers are realizing that if they do not adjust to changing youth tastes, they “risk becoming the dad at the middle school dance,” said Anne Hubert, senior vice president at Scratch, who leads its consulting practice and works closely with G.M.

Last summer, Mr. Martin and his team temporarily transformed part of the G.M. lobby into a loftlike space reminiscent of a coffee shop in Austin or Seattle, with graffiti on the walls and skateboards and throw pillows scattered around. As part of its “Millennial-Con,” Scratch brought in viral video stars like Sergio Flores, known as the Sexy Sax Man, a musician with a mullet and a denim jacket.

Mr. Martin has recruited what he calls “insurgents,” young Chevrolet employees who are willing to change things from the inside and report to him on skeptical executives.

“How do you embed the voice of a generation in a company the size of G.M.?” Mr. Martin said, sinking into an armchair near a communal coffee maker. “It’s like moving a crater.”

But G.M. was determined to be moved. “It was the early days after bankruptcy, and we said, ‘What are we really going to do differently in the next five or 10 years?” said Mark L. Reuss, president of General Motors North America.

He lined up meetings with Viacom. He asked executives how the company could apply MTV’s research and programming strategy to Chevrolet, which makes up 70 percent of G.M.’s sales in the United States and was, in the halcyon days of the car, a youth brand. The companies homed in on several of Chevy’s small models like the Sonic, Cruze and Spark.

Founded in 2010 as part of MTV, Scratch now taps into audiences that watch other Viacom cable channels like Comedy Central, Spike and VH1. It is a new source of revenue for the media company outside traditional advertising.

“We used to use research in a very proprietary way, but it became clear advertisers were hungry for our insights,” said Philippe Dauman, Viacom’s president and chief executive.

G.M. hired John McFarland, a 31-year-old marketing executive who previously worked at Procter & Gamble, to oversee the company’s MTV-ification. Mr. McFarland said it had been a challenge to prove to his bosses that young consumers had money to spend ($170 billion in buying power, according to the market research firm comScore), and did not just rely on their parents.

“There’s been a lot of pessimism in the auto industry towards this generation,” said Mr. McFarland over a plate of brisket at Slows Bar BQ in Detroit’s Corktown district.

But signs of change are there. On a recent Tuesday morning in the General Motors Technical Center, which was designed by Eero Saarinen, a couple of car executives huddled around a “persona board” in the color and trim laboratory.

They studied a collage loaded with images of hip products like headphones designed by Dr. Dre, a tablet computer and a chunky watch. The board inspired new Chevrolet colors, like “techno pink,” “lemonade” and “denim,” aimed at “a 23-year-old who shops at H&M and Target and listens to Wale with Beats headphones,” said Rebecca Waldmeir, a color and trim designer for Chevrolet. This rainbow of youthful hues will be available on the Spark this summer.

Still, any turnaround will not be quick. Car designs have around a three-year lead time. The paint has to dry (colors are baked in the Arizona desert for a year before they are approved and introduced to consumers). And the car industry, from assembly line to union to smooth-talking dealer, revolves around a powerful and entrenched culture.

It is also unlikely that G.M. will adopt some of Scratch’s advice. After installing “secret shoppers” at select nationwide Chevrolet dealerships, Scratch recommended that salespeople abandon the hard sell and that the traditional system, based on commissions, be reimagined. Young buyers, they realized, are used to the Apple store, where salespeople do not push products. (Joel Ewanick, G.M.’s global chief marketing officer, said the automaker was training dealers on how to adapt to young car buyers.)

“We tried to teach dealers how to calibrate conversations,” Mr. Martin said. “Stop trying to be cool and give them the fist pump. They can tell you don’t get it.”

The Kitchen Sink / Birdman of the Netherlands: Daedelus LIVES!
« on: March 21, 2012, 10:33:06 PM »
OK folks, of all the Wild Science stuff out there of late, this one is the BEST.

Jarno Smeets, a Dutch Engineer claims to have finally achieved the legendary Bird Style Human Powered Flight of Daedelus.  Here is the Video.  Rumours are flying its fake CGI.

Looks real to me.  Opinions?

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Economics / Theory of Everything
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:54:23 AM »
Discuss the Feature article here

Geopolitics / Mr. Peabody Visits Japan
« on: March 16, 2012, 03:43:54 PM »
Discuss the Feature Article here

The Kitchen Sink / Sonic Booms over Yuma
« on: March 15, 2012, 01:58:08 PM »
I've been sitting on the Balcony of my Luxury Hotel Suite here in Yuma doign my usual blogging, with the significant difference to my normal situation that about every 10 minutes another Military Jet goes ZOOMING across the sky, sometimes at supersonic speeds.

Not being a regular Yuma Resident in a Border Bugout Machine, I'm not sure if this is normal or if they are upping training missions or if they suspect an Imminent Invasion from Mexico, but they sure are burning a lot of jet fuel up there right now.

Overall, between my travel down here over the commercial airlines, my border crossings and now this, it is apparent to me that we are increasingly getting on a War footing.  There just is way more obvious military activity going on then I have ever witnessed in my lifetime, and that includes the Vietnam era, though granted I was still a boy for most of that and also spent time out of the country.

Have any of you seen obvious signs of increasing militarization in your own communities?


Energy / Lawrence of Arabia
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:25:41 PM »
Discuss the Feature Article here.

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