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calendar   Friday - April 11, 2014

Heartbleed vulnerability

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Change your passwords. Right now.

No, you don’t need to change your password here at BMEWS.

But at a lot of other places, you do. Facebook. Yahoo. Google. OkCupid. Maybe your online banks and credit card sites.

Follow this link to the list of popular places impacted.

Actually, as long as you can keep track of them, it wouldn’t kill you to change as many other passwords as you have. We should all get in the habit of changing them every other month or so. Sure, right.

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years.

But it hasn’t always been clear which sites have been affected. Mashable reached out some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web. We’ve rounded up their responses below.

Some Internet companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue. This means you’ll need to go in and change your passwords immediately for these sites. Even that is no guarantee that your information wasn’t already compromised, but there’s also no indication that hackers knew about the exploit before this week. The companies that are advising customers to change their passwords are doing so as a precautionary measure.

Then go and read “How to protect yourself” over here, which pretty much tells you to change all your passwords. But to wait until the vulnerable sites have issued an “all clear” that they’ve installed a patch.

The good news is that this seems to be limited to “secure” sites, which all start with that “https” instead of “http”.



another link to look at

and one for sys admins too


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/11/2014 at 02:34 PM   
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Wonder What They Aren’t Telling Us Here?

UK: Hammer Attack Mauls 3



Gun control. Knife control. Now what, hammer control?
This is one of those news stories from the UK where the criminals seem to have more rights to privacy than the victims, so maybe you’ve got to read between the lines carefully.


[ Monday, The Cumberland Hotel, Mayfair district of London, right outside of Hyde Park. One of the very toniest corners of town ] A woman is critically ill and two others suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries after an intruder attacked them with a hammer at a London hotel.

The three women, all in their 30s and from the United Arab Emirates, suffered head and facial injuries during the attack at the Cumberland hotel in Mayfair early on Sunday, the Metropolitan police said. They are treating it as attempted murder.

Officers were called at 1.50am. They believe a man entered a guest bedroom on the seventh floor of the building where the three women and three children were sleeping in adjoining rooms.

It is understood that the three women, who are all from the United Arab Emirates, had deliberately left their door unlocked because they were staying in the hotel as part of a large family group.  They were sleeping with three children, who were unharmed, in two adjoining rooms.

The wealthy family, who had come to London for shopping and sightseeing, arrived in the UK between April 3 and 5 and the women had visited large West End stores on Saturday. No keys were stolen from the hotel and police said there had been no breach of security at the venue. Detectives are scouring CCTV to establish the movements of both the women and their attacker earlier in the day.  The Cumberland Hotel is near Europe’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street, and has 1,000 rooms including a Jimi Hendrix suite.

[ Wednesday ] Police investigating a hammer attack on three female tourists in an upmarket London hotel arrested four people last night.

The women - all from the United Arab Emirates - were attacked at the four-star Cumberland Hotel yards from Oxford Street on Sunday night.

The assault in the 1,000-bedroom hotel has left Khalood Al Muhairi, 36, fighting for her life. She is said to be in an induced coma.

Her sisters Fatimah Al Muhairi, 31, and 34-year-old Ohoud Al Muhairi are recovering at a London hospital.

Police investigating the attack arrested three men aged 56, 34 and 32 in Islington, north London, on suspicion of attempted murder and a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

[ Thursday ] A fifth person was arrested on Thursday by detectives investigating the hammer attack on three Emirati sisters in their London hotel room.

Jaffar Nasser Al Najjar, the 70-year-old father of the three women, spoke to The National earlier this week saying he had been left devastated. “My heart is broken to a million pieces and I can’t do anything except to pray that they return safely,” he said.

The British ambassador to the UAE Dominic Jermey said: “After such an appalling incident, our hearts go out to the victims and their families. This is a terrible time for them and I know that all of us from the British community here in the UAE are deeply saddened at the injuries they have suffered.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/11/2014 at 10:47 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 10, 2014

A fun bit of fluff

The Towel Dance; Cirque du Soleil


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/10/2014 at 09:35 PM   
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Don’t Cross The Streams

As all fans of the old movie Ghostbusters are aware, crossing the streams of the ionizing plasma gun could cause “all live as we know stopping instantaneously, and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light”. Which is about the strongest warning you could make for “don’t do that!”.

It is also well known that some things just don’t mix. Oil and water. Immiscible. Yup, there’s even a word for it.

Yet, a tiny corner of the music world exists where “mash ups” are born. Songs made up of two or three other songs, laid down over each other. And sometimes this works quite well.

One of the more recent trends in restaurant cooking has been fusion cuisine. The tastes of one cultural style of food married to those of another. And sometimes this also works quite well.

Over at American Digest, Gerard Van der Leun, he of the memorable name, gives us a section of his poetic opus The Book of Days; this segment being called The Valley of Shells and Bones.

It’s his own work, but I think I can taste a bit of mash up here. Seems to be a good taste of Shelley with a piquant spicing of Kipling. You’d think those flavors would fight each other, but in Van der Leun they develop into an entirely new taste. Poetic fusion. I like it.

“What scaled and feathered fetish
shakes awake our loamy sleep?
Who opens these sealed vaults
where clotted dust obscures the golden masks
clamped tight upon our dreaming faces
now drowned in tinted musk?
Here where the spiders curl
and chitter in our crystal lockets.
Here as time’s mouth leeches out
our blood and brain and bids
our leather skin to tighten
in on our staring sockets,
and bind our breath that once
laughed and gasped within the dusk?”


      Here is your thin, tin trowel
      and here your sable brush
      for prying loose these mitered stones
      and sweeping off the dust
      that sifts between these shaken dreamers
      like paling ebony snow
      as you squat above the site
      where you worshiped once below.
      Thrust your torch through shattered walls
      and map the stains on stone
      to explicate these distant deaths
      from strewn patterns of bone.


The distance that such deaths define
Is measured by that ageless path
That winds up from the sea’s last limb
Meandering to the blood’s demands,
And, rolling over shells’ sharp rims,
Finally finds its well-worn way
To midnight’s flaming brands
Where vacant, lusting faces stare
From behind masks of whitened clay.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/10/2014 at 03:12 PM   
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/10/2014 at 02:46 PM   
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You Don’t Say

UPDATE: 5 arrested for attempted murder but only the teen gets charged with “hate crime”

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Saffold, Davis, Wimbush : 3 of the 5 arrested

A Detroit teenager was charged with assault and a hate crime today over the brutal mob beating of a driver who stopped to help a boy he had accidentally hit with his pickup truck.

The 16-year-old boy, who has not been named, is the only one of five people charged in the April 2 attack on Steve Utash to face an ethnic intimidation count.

Mr Utash, a 54-year-old grandfather is white, and the teenager and four adults charged in his beating are black.

‘In the case of the 16-year-old charged as a juvenile we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the crimes of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and ethnic intimidation,’ Kym Worthy, Wayne County’s prosecutor, said.

‘In the case of the four adult defendants that have been charged, the facts and the evidence does not support a charge of ethnic intimidation.’

Like hell. But miracle of miracles, a black person has been charged with a hate crime.

Worthy said she ‘would not be surprised’ if police submitted more warrant requests stemming from the attack.

‘This case is still under investigation,’ she said. ‘We are still looking at every avenue and every aspect. We know that there were a number of people involved in this case.’

The 16-year-old is in custody and faces a hearing Saturday in the county Juvenile Detention Center.

Latrez Cummings, 19, was charged Thursday with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17; Wonzey Saffold, 30; and James Davis, 24, were arraigned this week on the same charges and are being held in the county jail on $500,000 bonds pending preliminary examinations on April 21.

And once again, I had to look at the UK news pages to find the latest news and pictures on a “sensitive” story here in the USA. Coverage here has been very “plain brown wrapper”. Um, is that a pun in this situation?


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More accurately, “You Can’t Say”



An essay in American Thinker about the event in Detroit last week, in which a black kid got hit by a pickup truck he ran out in front of. When driver Steve Utash stopped to render aid, a mob of layabout blacks beat him nearly to death. And robbed him. Utash is in a coma, no arrests have been made, and the press is scared to death to label this a hate crime, or a racist incident, or even to mention race at all. In truth, it is entirely about race, and is yet another episode in the ongoing, one directional race war in America.

Let’s get one thing straight: the savage mob attack on a white motorist in Detroit by a dozen or more black men on Wednesday was not a “vigilante style” attack.

Yet that’s what Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones are trying to call it in a joint statement meant to play down the unavoidable racial element.

May I suggest that the members of this ad-hoc mob of neighborhood goons already harbored racial animus long before Utash’s pickup ever entered their neighborhood?  May I suggest that, after a lifetime of being told by community leaders, schoolteachers, politicians, clergymen, and countless other role models, that every one of them is a victim of racial injustice, and every one of them is righteously entitled to racial justice “by any means necessary” – that these punks spotted a chance for racial vengeance and took it?

Well, it’s kind of raw and ugly to put it that way.  And it says more about what’s really going on in Detroit than just a lot of cool restaurants opening up downtown. 

What happened in Detroit on Wednesday is that a black child was hurt accidentally by a white man, and then a gang of racist thugs almost killed him, driven by blind, insane revenge. 



Yeah, no kidding. They’ve been fed the curdled milk of human hatred since they were born. Several generations, poisoned from birth. Such a waste.


Going all Zapruder:
Link to security video that shows the kid getting hit, here; see the hit at 0:35 and the zoomed recap at 0:54, when 4 kids race out onto the high speed road from behind several stopped cars, right in front of the truck. Watch closely and you’ll see at 0:34 that the 2 kids in the middle are in a runner’s crouch, and they start their sprints when the truck is barely 10 feet away. Not too bright a move IMO.

Other thoughts ... if what the uncle says on the video is correct, Utash pulled in to the gas station right behind where the boy was hit. And his beat down was in that same spot. So why is this not on the security tape that covers that area? Oh please, like somebody ran in and stopped the tape? No way. And where is this mob coming from? I don’t see anyone hanging around, and maybe only 1 other pedestrian. Presumably they all came running to get in on the excitement, but from where? The pizza shop across the street? The church next door? This is not an urban density residential area. Were they all inside the gas station’s mini-mart? And again, WHY was the tape cut so short? (as if I need to ask)

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/10/2014 at 10:29 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 09, 2014

a red indian beauty

art on wheels



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Created by Jesse Bassett at the Gasbox in Olmsted Ohio, this customized 1941 Indian Scout is a labor of love ... and the parts bin. An old bike was made new again, but made to look even older ... and somehow a Norton transmission found it’s way on there. Read all about it, plus lots more drool worthy pictures.

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and the actual custom bike shop’s link, Link 3


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Sure, it’s a show bike. But a unique and classy one. And I think you could actually ride this machine, for miles and miles and miles, unlike most of the extreme show bikes out there. Oh, and this one won the trophy. Of course. Everybody loves a classy red.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2014 at 11:19 PM   
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what the doctor ordered?

Beauty AND brains: Cambridge medical student wins place in Miss England final

Carina, 24, is studying medicine at Cambridge’s Murray Edwards College
Crowned Miss Cambridgeshire at the weekend
Will go on to compete to be Miss England
She said being beauty queen is not just about ‘physical attributes’
Being Miss England would enable her to ‘help people in a new way’

http://cambridge.tab.co.uk

She’s 5years into med school I have read. Hope she is really smarter than to believe what she says to pacify the pc crowd.

She said being beauty queen is not just about ‘physical attributes’

Say what? Lets see ... the word beauty in a contest. Hmm. Can not possibly all be about beauty. Uh huh. Right. Come on, is she dumb? All that other nonsense they spout is just to satisfy some ppl who can not abide a beauty contest based on just that exclusively.

How many people actually care if she could read War and Peace all the way through.
How’s she look in a mini, a bathing suit and a pretty gown?  How many would give a damn if she couldn’t read at all?

It’s a damn beauty contest. Nothin says beauty and brain contest.  So here.

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Someone sure dropped the fashion ball with whatever she has on under her armpit in that bottom photo. That can’t be a bra. Can it? Guess it is but it doesn’t look right to these tired eyes. 

Not sure how long I’m back for, but saw this in the morning paper.  Thought you might enjoy it.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/09/2014 at 12:39 PM   
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Hey, It’s ART

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2014 at 11:42 AM   
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Another Ruby Ridge Coming Soon

Put The Cow Down, Step Away From The Prairie

Hundreds of armed federal agents surround Nevada ranch



A two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the owner’s cattle, according to the rancher’s family.

Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., has been fighting a “one-man range war” since 1993, when he decided to take a stand against the agency, refusing to pay fees for the right to graze on a ranch run by his family for centuries.

After years of court battles, the BLM secured a federal court order to have Bundy’s “trespass cattle” forcibly removed with heavy artillery, the family said.

“The battle’s been going on for 20 years,” Bundy told theWashington Free Beacon. “What’s happened the last two weeks, the United States government, the bureaus are getting this army together and they’re going to get their job done and they’re going to prove two things. They’re going to prove they can do it, and they’re gonna prove that they have unlimited power, and that they control the policing power over this public land. That’s what they’re trying to prove.”

Bundy said the government has brought everything but tanks and rocket launchers.

The area that Bundy and his family have ranched on since the 19th century was declared a protected critical habitat for the desert tortoise. Bundy has also refused to pay massive “user fees” to graze his cattle on public lands.

“The story is a lot about the cattle, but the bigger story is about our loss of freedom,” Carol Bundy added. “They have come and taken over this whole corner of the county. They’ve taken over policing power, they’ve taken over our freedom, and they’re stealing cattle.”

“And our sheriff says he just doesn’t have authority, our governor says he doesn’t have authority, and we’re saying, why are we a state?”

“I’m a producer,” Cliven Bundy said. “I produce edible commodity from the desert forage, and all of these things are governed under state law. So, in other words, this type of government has eliminated all of our state law, eliminated our state sovereignty, and has took control over our public lands and even took control over our Clark County sheriff. They’ve taken the whole county over. The whole state, almost.”

“This is just about power of the government,” Carol Bundy said.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R.) voiced his concern about so-called “First Amendment Areas,” designated locations set up by the BLM where citizens can protest the removal.

“Most disturbing to me is the BLM’s establishment of a ‘First Amendment Area’ that tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

Good golly, now that’s a real surprise. Amazing, ain’t it, how once you get outside of college campuses where the indoctrinated mindless juveniles are, actual adults aren’t at all willing to limit their opinion venting to “free speech zones”? Crivens ("Clivens" in this case maybe?). Good for them: the only free speech zone we have starts in Alaska, runs down to Hawaii, then east up to Maine and then down to Florida. We call it the First Amendment. They call it a troubling non-compliance with federal regulation.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2014 at 10:31 AM   
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The Latest Obamacare Major Fail

Remember when the big push was on to pass Obamacare? Remember how Fearless Reader, our great pResident, gave us lectures nearly every single day for a year and a half about how we really had to have this thing? Remember those “43 million Americans without health insurance”?

Well, Obamacare passed, and while the rollout was kind of buggy, we’re told how 7 or 8 million people signed up. Awesome. Some of them even paid the bill. Super. We’re not told much how another 15 or 20 million lost their existing coverage and had to find some new policy at double the price. And hardly anybody is doing the math. Math so simply that even Common Core can’t hide it: 43 million minus 7 million leaves 36 million. 36 million people, without insurance. Nearly 84% of the poor wretched masses that this hideous behemoth was supposed to take care of. And now, since the Open Enrollment period is over, those people CAN’T BUY INSURANCE. Period. None for sale. Oh sure, in theory there are these short term interim policies. Try to buy one. Try to buy one if you haven’t had a “qualifying life event”. You can’t. If you don’t have health insurance right now, you can’t get any. At all. Not until next year. So the real best case bottom line is that 5 times as many people can not become insured right now if they wanted to, than the number of people who Obamacare did manage to get insured. 5 to 1. Loserama.

Before Obamacare, any one of those 43 million folks could buy health insurance whenever they wanted, as long as they paid the bill. I’d call this a major FAIL. A mega-fail. How many billion did this cost us??

Latest ObamaCare surprise: Most won’t be able to buy health insurance until end of year

There is yet another ObamaCare surprise waiting for consumers: from now until the next open enrollment at the end of this year, most people will simply not be able to buy any health insurance at all, even outside the exchanges.

“It’s all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) until next year on January 1,” says John DiVito, president of Flexbenefit which has 2,500 brokers.

John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas adds, “People are not going to be able to buy individual and family policies, and that’s part of ObamaCare. And what makes it so surprising is the whole point of ObamaCare was to encourage people to get insurance, and now the market has been completely closed down for the next seven months.”

That means that with few exceptions, tens of millions of people will be locked out of the health insurance market for the rest of this year.

Only about one in four subsidy-eligible people signed up for health insurance,” says Robert Laszewski of Health Policy Associates. “That means about 13 million subsidy-eligible people have not yet signed up for health insurance.”

13 million of them, and probably 23 million others who aren’t subsidy-eligible. What a crock.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2014 at 10:10 AM   
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One Lump Or Two?

Speaking of natural gas and coal ...

Natural Gas Glut Causes Coal Use And Coal Exports To Soar

Go figure. Ya know, I don’t think anybody really understands real world economics.

[2/14/2014] This wasn’t supposed to happen. Cheap natural gas was supposed to be the answer to our dependence on dirty old coal. But now, it seems, coal is making a comeback. The bitter winter, the coldest in 30 years, has pushed natural gas prices to some of their highest levels in four years, and that has made coal attractive to utilities again.

Electric companies are generating more than 4.5 million megawatt hours a day using coal, the most since 2011, Bloomberg reported, citing government data. As a result, coal’s share of power production rose to more than 40 percent from 39 percent last year.

Cheap and abundant natural gas supplies from the hydraulic fracturing boom had made natural gas a cheaper and cleaner alternative to coal for the past several years. Economics, though, had to catch up at some point. With demand for gas rising this winter, pushing prices as high as $5.56 per million British thermal units at the end of January, coal is looking more attractive.

The downside: the increased coal usage means U.S. carbon emissions are expected to rise this year after falling in 2011 and 2012. 

Actually, what I had heard was that the price of natural gas in the US was so low, that every possible last bit of it got put on ships and sent over to Europe, where it makes a much higher profit. So when more was needed here due to the awful winter we had, there was much less of it around than what we usually had on hand before the fracking boom, so this drove the price up. Shortage during a massive supply growth. Because evil capitalist running dogs sell to the highest bidder, and the marketplace is global.

USA: Natural Gas Boom Caused More Coal Exports
[March 26, 2014] Thanks to the natural gas boom, carbon dioxide emissions dropped in the United States. But those emissions savings were probably completely undone thanks to U.S. coal exports.

That’s the finding from new research by CO2 Scorecard, which looked at how the U.S. coal industry increase its exports in order to deal with the rise of natural gas in the nation’s power market.
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... the coal just went to other countries.

The researchers used data from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) to tease out how much coal-fired generation was displaced by natural gas versus other sources of electricity from 2007 to 2012. They then looked at how U.S. exports of coal behaved over the same period. From 2002 through 2006, those exports remained relatively steady. But then they spiked after 2007, following the arrival of America’s natural gas boom.
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As CO2 Scorecard notes, U.S. coal is relatively cheap on the global market. So it’s possible coal exports from other countries declined in reaction because they couldn’t compete. Unfortunately, EIA data also shows that global coal consumption rose steeply over the 2007-2012 time period, suggesting the primary effect of U.S. coal exports was to drive down the fossil fuel’s global price and encourage demand.

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Don’t worry if the above doesn’t make too much sense. It’s from a progressive greenie AGW web site. To their amazement, the world is hungry for energy of whatever kind they can get; if the USA brings more natural gas to the market it gets sold and used. If we have more coal to sell they buy it and burn it right up. You’d think they know that shivering in the dark while squatting on the morae high ground is good for Planet Gaia, and we’d all be happy to suffer.

Sure, I want cheap and clean energy, just like everyone else. Which is why I’m in favor of building about 300 new nuclear reactors in our country, and pouring all kinds of stimulus cash into the power grid infrastructure, so that we can run as many things as possible on pure electricity. [sarcasm]Well, once those evil greedy capitalist monopolistic power companies cut prices down to the real bone, so that all of us 99%ers can benefit.  Nationalize Now!  [/sarcasm]


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2014 at 09:28 AM   
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A Better Oil?

Petroleum Oil Made From Natural Gas



I mentioned in my 3am post that I’d seen motor oil for sale, labeled “made from natural gas”. I don’t pay attention to the petro world; for all I knew this has been around for years. Actually, it’s been around for about a month. Looks like Shell invented the technology, and the process creates an exact, pure, product. Oil of a precise certain viscosity with almost no other petroleum byproducts in it. This is amazing. And I gather the only reason I saw the “made from natural gas” tag on several different brands of motor oil is because Shell owns them all. Surprise! Less than perfect competition in the marketplace, who’da thunk?


Synthetic Oil From Natural Gas: Nothing Crude About It

[March 07, 2014] Shell announced today the creation of the first-of-its kind base oil made from natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel. It is called Shell PurePlus(TM) Technology, a patented process of converting natural gas into a clear base oil, which is the main component of motor oils. 

Shell PurePlus Technology is now being used to create motor oils that offer complete protection to motorists in the United States.
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“Shell PurePlus Technology is the result of 40 years of innovation starting with the Shell natural-gas-to-liquids (GTL) process that dates back to the 1970s,” said Dr Richard Dixon, Shell North America Motor Oil Technology Manager.

“We then took this technology and ultimately created Shell PurePlus base oil, which has been in large scale commercial development since late 2011. To our knowledge, Shell is the only manufacturer to have produced base oils from natural gas on a commercial scale and it’s exciting to pave the way for others to follow.”

Shell PurePlus Technology base oil is manufactured at the Pearl GTL facility in Ras Laffan in Qatar, a partnership between Qatar Petroleum and Shell. Shell PurePlus base oil is crystal clear due to having fewer of the impurities found in crude oil.

“Shell is unique in having this product, and they are not selling it to others, and it will make a great motor oil, there’s no doubt about it,” said Stephen Ames, managing director for SBA Consulting, which consults for the lubricants and refining industries. “Will it be better than other people’s motor oil remains to be seen.”

Shell’s base oil from natural gas is cheaper than that derived from crude, which Ames said gives the company an advantage.

“Everybody is fascinated, to be honest, at the consumer level,” said Istvan Kapitany, president of Shell Lubricants Americas. “If you look at the base oil, it looks like clear water.”

Producing clear base oil from crude is like trying to filter muddy water, Kapitany said.

“You still have impurities in it,” he said.

A clearer base oil can produce motor oil that keeps engines cleaner and running more efficiently, he said.

“It is, of course, pure and it also offers lower viscosity levels to be achieved which is, in modern engines, becoming more and more important,” Kapitany said.
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Global demand for lubricants was 38.7 million tons in 2012, with the United States accounting for 22 percent of consumption, according to data from Kline & Company, a market intelligence firm.

If the motor oil could be made using natural gas produced in the United States, there could be domestic benefits, said Daniel Whitten, spokesman for America’s Natural Gas Alliance.

Pretty awesome. This means we’ll still have oil, even if we ever run out of oil. I have no idea if they can alter the process to make gasoline or diesel fuel. Wouldn’t that rock if they could?

And now I’m wondering what kind of natural gas it takes to feed the process. Because natural gas comes in several varieties. And some kind of flammable gas can be made from coal. That one’s old school actually; “town gas” has been around a very long time as a byproduct of cooking coal into coke for the steel mills. 

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2014 at 08:57 AM   
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Now We’ll Need “Knife Control”

10 wounded in multiple stabbings at Pennsylvania high school

Ten people were wounded — four seriously — at a high school near Pittsburgh and one person is in custody early Wednesday, emergency officials say.

Sandy Smythe, a spokeswoman for Westmoreland County emergency management, told FoxNews.com that the suspect is in custody following the incident at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, roughly 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

It’s unclear if the suspect and the victims are students, adults, or a mix of both. Four of the victims were taken to area hospitals via helicopter, Smythe said.

“There’s a suspect in custody,” Smythe said. “I know nothing else.”

A person may have ran through the school slashing or puncturing students with a knife or other sharp object, according to early reports cited by The Associated Press.


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The Conran “R tip” anti-stab utility knife, £7.95 from Newport Knives, UK



You know it’s going to happen. “Knife control”. They already have it over in the UK. I wonder what will happen if someone runs amok with a baseball bat, or if some members of a really intolerant “religion of peace” start doing spontaneous public stonings? Will they outlaw wood and rocks? But the wave is rising; more and more people of a certain type are crying out to government to “protect” them from the slightest bit of danger, risk, unpleasantness, or even perceived discomfort. These are probably the same folks who feel completely justified in calling for the firing, imprisonment, torture, or even execution of others whose opinions differ from theirs.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2014 at 08:33 AM   
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