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calendar   Monday - August 03, 2015

Stay Cool, Go To Hell

How Hot Is It?

“Heat dome” in Iraq sends effective temperatures north of 164 degrees

The Middle East is trapped under a brutal “heat dome” that has brought apocalyptic weather and a heat index that makes it feel like 164 degrees in one Iranian city.

For more than a week, Iran and Iraq have endured scorching temperatures, prompting Baghdad to declare a four-day “heat holiday” and leaving the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr dangerously close to breaking the all-time record with a heat index of 164 degrees on Friday.

“That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world,” AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Sagliani told the New York Post.

The heat index, which takes into account actual temperature as well as humidity, is often referred to as the “feels-like” or “real feel” temperature. The index for Bandar Mahshahr, a city of 100,000 people in the Khuzestan Province of southwestern Iran, fell mercifully shy of the record high from July 8, 2003, when the heat index was recorded at 178 degrees in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Residents dive into the Tigris river to take a swim and cool off in northern Baghdad’s Adhamiya district. A searing heat wave through Iraq prompted the government to declare a four-day “Heat Holiday.” (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)

In Iraq, temperatures exceed 120 degrees for the eighth straight day, which led to the mandated holiday.

The hellish weather is likely due to what is known as a “heat dome,” a type of high-pressure ridge that develops in the upper atmosphere, causing air below it to sink while sending the mercury soaring.

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Looking like a poor photoshop, a man plank dives off a poorly maintained single string Bailey bridge in Basra
You didn’t think I’d post this pic and not ID the bridge, did you?



Current, it is 54° F in Hell. (Hell, Norway that is)


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/03/2015 at 08:34 PM   
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Still Waiting

What Goes Up, Must Come Down. Unless It’s Gas Prices.

Hey, remember early this Spring, when the price of gas dropped like a rock for a few weeks, and you could actually get a tank or two of regular for $1.89/gallon? That was because the price of crude dropped below $50/bbl. Then the oil price rose again, and we heard about scheduled maintenance, and the usual seasonal BS about switching from winter blend to summer blend, even though the switch is actually done in mid-May, not early April.

Right. But crude for under $50, right? You mean, like right now?

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Ok. Gas prices have dropped a bit here, from around $2.69 to about $2.39 for a gallon of regular. But they’re not dropping anywhere near as fast nor as far as they did in the Spring, when crude actually cost a bit more.

Why? Who knows? Which crock of crap would you like to hear this time?

Follow this link for a whole basket full of well reasoned petro-bromides, none of which I believe for a second. The price of gas isn’t falling because they’ve got you by the shorties, and you’ll pay. Period. So take a spoonful of petro-bismol and shut up.

Oh, and have you noticed that it’s only Regular (which is the 87 octane crap they used to call Economy, but worse; at least old school Economy gave you 87 octane from gasoline. Today’s “87 octane” “Regular” derives at least 5 points from all the ethanol in it [damn you Booosh!!], so the gasoline part of it is utter piss) 87 octane gas that’s cheap? Step up a miniscule 2 points to 89 octane Plus and the price jumps 15¢. Yikes. It’s only half that to take the next step to 91 octane Super, and another nickel or so to reach lofty 93 octane Premium, which is going for around $2.75 at even the discount stations.

$1.49 for 87, $1.59 for 89, $1.79 for 91, and $1.94 for 93. With no ethanol in any of them.  That’s what gas ought to cost.

UPATE Looks like my crystal ball still works. Headline today at Drudge: Oil Falls Below $50

Oil sinks to six-month low amid weak data, slump in gasoline
Oil sank to six-month lows on Monday with Brent crude falling below $50 a barrel on sluggish U.S. and Chinese economic data and bets for weaker gasoline consumption in the United States after tearaway demand earlier in the summer.

Evidence of growing global oversupply and a stock market collapse in China, the world’s largest energy consumer, have weighed on oil for weeks, leading in July to U.S. crude futures’ largest monthly decline since the 2008 financial crisis.

On Monday, the rout deepened as U.S. gasoline fell its most in a day in 10 months.

Supply worries aside, traders pinned the latest losses on sluggish U.S. and Chinese data.

U.S. consumer spending advanced at its slowest pace in four months in June as demand for automobiles softened. Growth in Chinese manufacturing, meanwhile, unexpectedly stalled in July.

“Economic weakness has set the tone,” said Matt Smith, director of commodity research at ClipperData, a New York-based energy database.

“But the gasoline crack spread is also unraveling,” Smith said, referring to the difference between gasoline and U.S. crude prices, which sets the profit margin for refiners.

Brent , the global benchmark for crude, was down $2.35, or 4.5 percent, at $49.86 a barrel by 2:05 p.m. EDT. Brent’s session bottom of $49.52 was the lowest since Jan. 30.

U.S. crude was down $1.75, or 3.7 percent, $45.37.
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Gasoline fell about 5 percent, its most in a day since Sept. 2. The gasoline crack, or spread with U.S. crude , narrowed to below $26, its lowest in more than a week.

So now we can add “Chinese stock market crash” to the other floaters in the big crock of reasons.

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The market is still open so the daily graphs aren’t up yet. But the price is down. Time to start watching the pumps?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/03/2015 at 01:16 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - August 02, 2015

Sunday Retro


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/02/2015 at 02:37 PM   
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BULLETS WOULD BE A LOT LESS EXPENSIVE AND SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

Anyone surprised? Why wouldn’t the free loading mud people want to come here? 

Say what you will about the French, but from what I hear, they are not so generous.
Anyway ....  these insects have rights. Really.  Rights to your money being the least of it.

Some (lefty) jerks have made a big deal over the death of as few as 11 who have fallen under trucks or fallen off the tops.
Too bad the figure is so low.  1100 would give me much joy.

Any they keep on coming.

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Hundreds of migrants who have smuggled themselves into Britain from Calais are being put up in hotels at taxpayers’ expense.

Stowaways who have illegally entered the country on lorries or trains through the Channel Tunnel are being transported across England and given their own hotel room, three cooked meals a day and a cash allowance of £35 a week – all within days of entering the UK.

They are being accommodated in hotels boasting pools, gyms and spas even before claiming asylum, because official reception centres cannot cope with the recent surge in illegal arrivals.

But their presence has angered paying British guests, who have taken to posting reviews on TripAdvisor warning other holidaymakers that otherwise reputable hotels all over the UK have been turned into impromptu ‘refugee camps’.

After a week of chaos in Calais that has seen thousands of migrants trying to sneak into Britain – and hundreds succeeding – critics said the decision to house new arrivals in hotels was further evidence that Ministers have lost control.

The Government pays private companies £150 million to accommodate would-be asylum seekers after they have been caught by the police entering the country illegally.

But private contractor Serco has admitted that 100 recent immigrants are staying in hotels as an emergency measure because the country’s six dedicated immigration centres, built to accommodate 1,200 people, are already full.

Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke said: ‘It is outrageous that asylum seekers are being put up in hotel rooms at public expense. It’s this sort of soft touch that makes this country so attractive to migrants. The message should go out that they will be detained in disused military camps.’

In other developments last night:

The Home Office rushed out plans to strip failed asylum-seeking families of their benefits, in a bid to stop Britain being seen as a soft touch.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/02/2015 at 01:15 PM   
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Audiophile Rock

The Wall Of Sound

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A 75 ton, six channel, line array, 28,800 watt stereo for the band to play through, using early prototype phase inverted noise canceling microphones. 650 speakers, all powered by glorious blue McIntosh 300w tube amps. In 1974. Because getting the sound right was important. Right meant clean and clear. Alive. Not just loud, but effortlessly dynamic.

How right was it? On a clear night you could stand half a mile away and hear every note and nuance. For real.

Who built it? Who else but the Grateful Dead? (officially retired now as of last month, 50 years in the running, and 20 years since the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia)

There had been nothing quite like it. The Wall’s scientific base was seemingly so far ahead of its time that everyone interviewed for this story, including some of the Wall’s many original engineers and crew members, said that most everything about this particular system has gone virtually unmatched ever since.

“The tones of the instruments—the clarity of the instruments—has not been matched,” said Turner, who worked for Alembic ... indispensable in conceptualizing and building the Wall from the ground up. “It’s just as simple as that.”
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Still, at nearly 28,800 watts of continuous power in its loudest iteration, the Wall was the most powerful sound system built to that point by a considerable margin. On-stage Wall levels once registered around 127 decibels. That’s about as loud as a military jet taking off at a standing distance of 50 feet. But few people who caught a Wall show, or who were involved in designing and perfecting the system as it evolved, would say the system roared like an F-16. The Wall emitted such a clear mix ... that it simply didn’t seem loud. The fidelity was that high.

Here’s a link to a bootleg tape made from an audience recording of a 1974 concert. The sound is so clean you’d swear it came straight from the mixing board. Except there was no mixing board. Because getting the sound right also meant giving it completely to the performers.

“A straight wire with gain” is what all audiophile systems strive for. “Needs to be delivered by two semi trailers” isn’t usually part of the description, but was for this purist monster.

McIntosh is still in business. They still make lovely tube amps with the big blue illuminated meters, and they still cost a fortune.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/02/2015 at 03:50 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 01, 2015

man shoots down drone over his property, man arrested. watcha think of this bmews?

A comment on America from Scotland.

Stuart, Edinburgh Scotland, United Kingdom

When i saw drones freely on sale all i could think was the wheels of common sense had come off the world then i remembered Obama is in charge of America...

I hadn’t really thought about a disabled drone flying into anything or endangering other people, so I guess a case can be made against this guy.
But heck .... first degree crime?

How do you guys read this?


Father who shot down drone hovering over his house as his daughter sunbathed is arrested - sparking new privacy debate

William H. Merideth, 47, shot down the $1,800 drone hovering over his sunbathing daughter

The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend’s house

The FAA is still scrambling to design rules about drone use and control

They have yet to come up with a satisfactory set of regulations

By Dailymail.com Reporter

William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment.

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The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend’s house, when Merideth shot at the device, sending it crashing into a field near his yard last weekend.

‘My daughter comes in and says, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here flying,’ ‘ he told WDRD.

‘I went and got my shotgun and I said, ‘I’m not going to do anything unless it’s directly over my property,’ ‘ Mr. Merideth said, noting that the drone briefly disappeared when his daughter waved it off.

‘Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn’t shoot across the road, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences, I shot directly into the air.’

Four men were about to confront him after the drone was shot out of the sky, but he says they soon changed their minds when they saw his personal firearms.

‘I had my Glock on me and they started toward me and I told them, ‘If you cross my sidewalk, there’s gonna be another shooting,’ ‘ Mr. Merideth told the station.

The police arrested the homeowner soon afterwards.

CONTINUED


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/01/2015 at 12:25 PM   
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‘This sums up everything that is wrong about our immigration system

Just another reason to make Britain your next home.  Especially if you’re criminal minded and ,,,, if you’ve ever killed anyone ,,,, go to the head of the line.

Old subject ,, recent article. How could they have allowed this insanity to continue?  How could things have become so routine?

Oh and btw .... his legal aid paid for by ????  You get five guesses cos I know this is a hard one.  These pop quizzes aren’t supposed to be easy ya know.


Sex attacker allowed to stay in Britain because of his right to family life… despite walking out on his wife and children

The sex attacker known only as AB appealed an order for his deportation

The illegal immigrant spent 16 years trying to avoid being sent to Morocco

The man was deported in 2000 but managed to sneak back in to the UK

He was able to challenge his latest deportation after five court attempts

By Ian Drury for the Daily Mail

A foreign sex attacker cannot be deported because of his right to a family life – even though his wife says he has left her and their children.

The 52-year-old illegal immigrant, who has cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds, has run rings around the Home Office as he has evaded attempts to boot him out of Britain for 16 years.

The Moroccan, who can only be identified as AB, was last night accused of making a mockery of the immigration system, with critics branding a judge’s decision to let him stay in the country ‘idiotic’ and ‘flying completely in the face of common sense’.

In a further slap in the face to the public, the shameless criminal is claiming a five-figure sum in legal aid to fund his battle to stay in the country, which was revealed in court papers seen by the Daily Mail. Five years after slipping into the UK in May 1991, AB was convicted of a serious sexual assault on a 61-year-old woman.

A deportation order was issued in 1999 and he was deported in June 2000 after serving four years in prison.

However, in a move branded ‘inexplicable’ by a judge, border guards allowed him back in on Christmas Day that year.

AB subsequently had two children, aged ten and nine, with an English citizen identified only as Ms S, who he married in 2009.

Now, after four unsuccessful legal challenges between 2006 and 2012, he has thwarted Theresa May’s latest bid to remove him – successfully arguing it would violate Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to family life. In October last year immigration Judge Jeremy Rintoul ruled the Home Secretary acted ‘unlawfully’ by failing to give sufficient weight to the ‘harm’ his removal could cause the children and quashed the deportation order.

However, the illegal immigrant’s wife told the Mail that AB had not lived at the family home in Luton since January.

She said: ‘He’s been gone for a good few months since the beginning of this year and he doesn’t live here anymore.

‘He went of his own accord and we haven’t seen him for a while. I’ve not heard from him either.’

In total, AB’s case is estimated to have cost hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money in detention, legal challenges and paperwork.

Last night critics were outraged. Conservative MP Philip Davies said: ‘This sums up everything that is wrong about our immigration system and how lax our border controls are.

‘It is scandalous that a foreign criminal can play the system after committing such a serious offence.

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come on ....  it wasn’t this piece of worthless scum who ran rings around the system.  How about treasonous, filthy, money mad lawyers who don’t care one bit what harm they do to the country they live in.

Have you noticed that even in the USA, in spite of a lot of publicity a few years ago, in neither country is there a well organized and funded and dedicated patriot militia who are trained well and able to quietly take out the vermin and their enablers.  Who multiply by numbers I can’t even imagine. 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/01/2015 at 11:53 AM   
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Thank Some More White Folks

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Canadian Developed Ebola Vaccine 100% Effective When Tested On Thousands

A vaccine, not a cure.

Merck & Co.’s vaccine for Ebola is “highly effective,” according to an interim analysis from a panel of experts who recommended that a late-stage trial should continue.

The vaccine was 100 percent effective when it was tested on more than 4,000 people who were in close contact with Ebola patients in the African nation of Guinea, according to a study published today in the Lancet medical journal. The trial of the vaccine, called Ebola ca Suffit—“Ebola, that’s enough” in French—began on March 23.
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The vaccine was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and licensed to NewLink Genetics Corp. In November, Merck entered in an agreement to research, develop and distribute the vaccine. Charles Link, NewLink’s chief executive officer, said the company doesn’t intend to make any significant profit in Africa or developing countries from the potential Ebola vaccine.
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In the trial, researchers vaccinated anyone in the close circle of contacts of a newly infected person, targeting those most likely to get the disease after a new case. The Lancet called it the largest-scale trial ever performed in Guinea.

People in the study were protected against the Ebola virus within six to 10 days of vaccination. The late-stage trial is continuing, and other studies are in progress, with the goal of submitting the vaccine for regulatory approval around the world.

To create the vaccine, scientists removed a gene from another virus, vesicular stomatitis, and replaced it with an Ebola virus gene that can’t cause the disease alone. That could let people who get the vaccine develop antibodies against Ebola.

It’s still unclear how significant or long the immune response to the vaccine will be, Merck said.

Well, yeah, that’s why it’s still in testing. But mon Dieu, this is far more than just “looks promising”. It’s half an inch from grasping the gold ring, even if the immunization only lasts a few months or turns out to be 97% effective. Thanks Canada!

GlaxoSmithKline is also getting great results with their vaccine.

And the third to enter human testing is made by Johnson and Johnson together with the company Bavarian Nordic.
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Johnson and Johnson announced the start of their vaccine trial at the beginning of 2015. This uses a different approach still - two separate jabs will be given in the hope the second one boosts the effectiveness of the first.

Vaccine company Novavax has recently announced the start of an Australian trial designed to investigate another potential immunization on healthy human volunteers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is also evaluating developments in Russia and Japan.

So 6 vaccines rushed through development, 4 already in human testing, with highly positive results back on 2 of them so far. Developed and made in Canada, USA, Bavaria, Australia, Russia, and Japan.  The palest corners of the world.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/01/2015 at 04:24 AM   
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must be YTs fault

Baltimore Murder Rate Highest In Nearly 50 Years

Because #blacklivesmatter. Not #alllivesmatter you evil honky cracka, just #blacklivesmatter. And only when you damned YTs are involved. The rest of the time, that ain’t none of your bidness.

Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

Police reported three deaths — two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals.

With their deaths, this year’s homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July’s end in 2014. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July’s total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The seemingly Sisyphean task of containing the city’s violence prompted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to fire her police commissioner, Anthony Batts, on July 8.

“Too many continue to die on our streets,” Rawlings-Blake said then. “Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I. Recent events have placed an intense focus on our police leadership, distracting many from what needs to be our main focus: the fight against crime.”

But the killings have not abated under Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis since then.

Baltimore is not unique in its suffering; crimes are spiking in big cities around the country.

But while the city’s police are closing cases— Davis announced arrests in three recent murders several days ago — the violence is outpacing their efforts. Davis said Tuesday the “clearance rate” is at 36.6 percent, far lower than the department’s mid-40s average.

Crime experts and residents of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods cite a confluence of factors: mistrust of the police; generalized anger and hopelessness over a lack of opportunities for young black men; and competition among dealers of illegal drugs, bolstered by the looting of prescription pills from pharmacies during the riot.

Federal drug enforcement agents said gangs targeted 32 pharmacies in the city, taking roughly 300,000 doses of opiates, as the riots caused $9 million in property damage in the city.

Perched on a friend’s stoop, Sherry Moore, 55, said she knew “mostly all” of the young men killed recently in West Baltimore, including an 18-year-old fatally shot a half-block away. Moore said many more pills are on the street since the riot, making people wilder than usual.

“The ones doing the violence, the shootings, they’re eating Percocet like candy and they’re not thinking about consequences. They have no discipline, they have no respect — they think this is a game. How many can I put down on the East side? How many can I put down on the West side?”

But hey, why even report this as news? What’s important is that a trophy hunter killed a lion on the other side of the planet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/01/2015 at 02:16 AM   
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Late Night Grilling

Taking my chances here with a nice chunk of tenderloin. About 2lb I think. 8 minutes a side over low heat, with the grill heated to a touch over 400? We shall see.

Anyway, we played a bit of a drinking game while watching the final episode of season 3 of the Western mining camp adventure show Deadwood. Lucky me, I drew Tolliver, and she drew Swearengen. We debated having to drink whenever our chosen character said any variation of “fuck” or “cocksucker”, but settled instead on drinking whenever they did. Alas the episode focused mostly on Swearengen, so she had to down about 6 shots, even though I gave her a break of 1/2 for her to every 1 of his. Tolliver hardly put in an appearance. If we went by dialog, both of us would be dead - the series set records for profanity. It’s a pretty rough show, full of murders and debauchery and constant swearing. And that was it for season 3. And the series. No real closure to the story arc, but several more cherished characters killed off. It sure was involving though.

We also finished off Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, an odd little miniseries fantasy about an alternate England in the Napoleonic Era wherein magicians have great power, but eventually have to use it to fight the evil Fairies from The Other Side. Simplistic, but some nice CGI from time to time.

Summer TV. Whatchu gonna do? Now it looks like we’re down to following Under The Dome again, a Stephen King adaptation that should have run its course in one season but has been extended to last forever. IMO, not only has the shark jumped, but it did a triple backflip through burning hoops and spiked the landing. At least Dome’s got 3 redheads worth looking at. Mostly.

Otay. So the Filets Mignon should be ready to eat now. And it’s only 10:30.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/01/2015 at 01:10 AM   
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