lundi 20 novembre 2017

Hitler Hideout in Argentina Big Maybe!!

Sadly, the Science Channel is at it again (not about Mythbusters): Recentleyish a compound was found in a jungle/forest area in Argentina - had Reich time coins and relate, Nazi phrases on walls, etc. The Science Chunnel has a show on it coming up in the near future - watch it if you must. The article was well done though: A sample of the writing: " During World War II, it's believed the Nazis had a secret project building hideouts in hard-to-find places like desserts, mountains and jungles such as Teyu Cuare, Schavelzon said "

I was impressed how they could hide Nazis in sweet treats, but ..............

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The Groper Thread

Post the latest fool caught groping, fondling, inappropriate speech, just about anything else. But please if you know, add their political leanings.

I’ll start
Charlie Rose- leftists

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Missing Argentine submarine

I'm surprised there's not a thread already.

The sub has been missing since Wednesday. The US and others are searching for the sub with 44 crew on board.

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Perry. Got any?

I don't know where this post goes, but I want to know about perry (the fermented beverage made from pears).

About 25 years ago, I dated an English girl from Lincolnshire. She gave me a six-pack of perry as a Xmas gift. I don't remember a thing about it except that it was delicious, and I can't find anything like it in the USA.

All I can find here is pear cider, and it's nothing like I remember perry being.

Can someone recommend a true perry that is available to us Yanks?


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The yearly Thanksgiving Double Speak

Okay people make up your minds. Is Thanksgiving a horrible racist remembrance of the genocide of an entire continent of people or such an important American holiday that asking people to work the day "after" it is a horrible sin. Because it can't be both.

Because right now the narrative coming out of the left/progressive side is "We're mad at evil big business for making workers work the day after the evil racist holiday we are also mad at."

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Forbes: GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington

Originally Posted by Forbes
... If it's enacted, the GOP tax cut now working its way through Congress will be the start of a decades-long economic policy disaster unlike any other that has occurred in American history.

There's no economic justification whatsoever for a tax cut at this time. U.S. GDP is growing, unemployment is close to 4 percent (below what is commonly considered "full employment"), corporate profits are at record levels and stock markets are soaring. It makes no sense to add any federal government-induced stimulus to all this private sector-caused economic activity, let alone a tax cut as big as this one.

This is actually the ideal time for Washington to be doing the opposite. But by damning the economic torpedoes and moving full-speed ahead, House and Senate Republicans and the Trump White House are setting up the U.S. for the modern-day analog of the inflation-producing guns-and-butter economic policy of the Vietnam era. The GOP tax bill will increase the federal deficit by $2 trillion or more over the next decade (the official estimates of $1.5 trillion hide the real amount with a witches brew of gimmicks and outright lies) that, unless all the rules have changed, is virtually certain to result in inflation and much higher interest rates than would otherwise occur.

The GOP's insanity is compounded by its moving ahead without having any idea of what this policy will actually do to the economy. The debates in the Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees and on the House floor all took place before the Congressional Budget Office's analysis and, if it really exists, the constantly-promised-but-never-seen report from the Treasury on the economics of this tax bill.

Of course, most of the Republican Congressmen are not actually insane; they know full well who this bill helps -- their donors, who will see fantastic returns on their investment -- and they simply don't care who it hurts. But they know we do care, so they are simply lying through their teeth about what the bill does -- lying so blatant and so destructive to honest debate that I can't think of any real precedent in my 5 decades of watching Congressional maneuvering. It surpasses the previous record so recently set by their lies about Obamacare "repeal and replace," but only by a little.

How can any intellectually honest Republican not be ashamed of these bait-and-switch con jobs?

2018 needs to be the year that this version of the GOP dies an ignoble death, and good riddance.

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Upsurge in earthquakes predicted in 2018

When I first read this headline I was pretty skeptical. The Daily Mail said:

"Deadly earthquakes could hit a BILLION people next year because of Earth's slowing rotation"

Smelled like scaremongering. Sure, it could happen. But a lot of things could happen. Is it really significantly more likely to happen next year than it was this year or last year?

Then I saw a similar headline in the The Guardian:

Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows


Scientists say number of severe quakes is likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation

. . .

Although such fluctuations in rotation are small – changing the length of the day by a millisecond – they could still be implicated in the release of vast amounts of underground energy, it is argued.

The link between Earth’s rotation and seismic activity was highlighted last month in a paper by Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick of the University of Montana in Missoula presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.

“The correlation between Earth’s rotation and earthquake activity is strong and suggests there is going to be an increase in numbers of intense earthquakes next year,” Bilham told the Observer last week.

In their study, Bilham and Bendick looked at earthquakes of magnitude 7 and greater that had occurred since 1900. “Major earthquakes have been well recorded for more than a century and that gives us a good record to study,” said Bilham.

They found five periods when there had been significantly higher numbers of large earthquakes compared with other times. “In these periods, there were between 25 to 30 intense earthquakes a year,” said Bilham. “The rest of the time the average figure was around 15 major earthquakes a year.”

The researchers searched to find correlations between these periods of intense seismic activity and other factors and discovered that when Earth’s rotation decreased slightly it was followed by periods of increased numbers of intense earthquakes. “The rotation of the Earth does change slightly – by a millisecond a day sometimes – and that can be measured very accurately by atomic clocks,” said Bilham.

Bilham and Bendick found that there had been periods of around five years when Earth’s rotation slowed by such an amount several times over the past century and a half. Crucially, these periods were followed by periods when the numbers of intense earthquakes increased.

“It is straightforward,” said Bilham. “The Earth is offering us a five-year heads-up on future earthquakes.”
Interesting finding if true. Still doesn't show exactly where and when any particular major earthquake will occur. Does this pass the sniff test?

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