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Posts by gleeaikin

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  • Iraqi offensive to retake Tikrit underway

    03/03/2015 4:29:45 PM PST · 130 of 140
    gleeaikin to Uncle Miltie; 2ndDivisionVet; caww; All

    This is a chance to eliminate a whole lot of psychopaths and sociopaths who have flocked to enjoy raping, beheading, and burning those with different opinions. ISIS/Daesh fighters have spit on Geneva Conventions and will pay the price if others succeed.

  • New York: Muslim suing Costco for religious discrimination (Cashier won't accept pork purchases)

    03/03/2015 11:45:26 AM PST · 31 of 57
    gleeaikin to Ruy Dias de Bivar; All

    In several large stores I have visited the cashiers are wearing rubber gloves so they can safely handle all that dirty (germs) money.

  • Obama Makes the Worst Trade in US History: Israel for Iran

    03/03/2015 11:39:21 AM PST · 4 of 13
    gleeaikin to fredericbastiat1

    Iran/Israel ping

  • Obama "Very Interested" In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action

    03/03/2015 1:22:02 AM PST · 61 of 75
    gleeaikin to Gritty; All

    I guess after Florida, Dems might have figured turn-about-fair-play.

  • Obama "Very Interested" In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action

    03/03/2015 1:11:14 AM PST · 60 of 75
    gleeaikin to Captain7seas; amnestynone; All

    Funding infrastructure projects would help push poorer people farther from the desirable places to live and work, but keep it cheap enough so businesses would be able to get cheap labor if they haven’t already gone off shore to get even cheaper labor. So I think liberals are NOT the only ones who might like mass transit infrastructure projects.

  • Obama "Very Interested" In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action

    03/03/2015 1:06:15 AM PST · 59 of 75
    gleeaikin to plain talk; Blood of Tyrants; amnestynone; All

    I think the strongest arguments he may use will be the fact that some corporations manage to fix their books so that they pay no taxes whatsoever (sort of like Greece?).

    A second argument he has is the extremely high salaries that CEOs and other high executives earn. Personally I was outraged when my GE stock was dropping from $50 to $5 a share, and then I saw that the top seven executive were paid from $11 to $22 million a year during and after that whole debacle. Stockholders of Goldman Sachs were similarly outraged in 2008 (remember the bank failures and economic crash of 2007), when they learned the top 3 executives each earned over $65 million. In fact they were so angry that 43% of them voted for a Proposal for a Stockholders’ Advisory on Executive Compensation. The following year the CEO’s salary had dropped to a mere $25 million and after that it became very hard to find that information. Check out Forbes CEO Compensation at Google to see more about just how outrageous CEO salaries have become.

  • Sadd Al-Kafara ... the oldest dam in the world [2700-2600 BC]

    03/02/2015 7:41:43 PM PST · 31 of 33
    gleeaikin to Eric in the Ozarks; grania; infowarrior; All

    Well nobody likes to pay the government to do things, but on the other hand, without state fishing and hunting licenses, how would the fish restocking, picking up road kill, removal of invasive species of plant and animal, maintenance of dams and shorelines, etc. get paid for?

    Regarding fire resistance of organic thatch, I suspect there would be little or no difference. Glad your home is a keeper.

  • Sadd Al-Kafara ... the oldest dam in the world [2700-2600 BC]

    03/02/2015 11:00:42 AM PST · 21 of 33
    gleeaikin to grania; Eric in the Ozarks; All

    People once took pride in what they built and were directly connected with what the did. Now corporate millionaires in high rise towers plan projects far away, get their big contracts, often from the government, and only care that they not get caught doing something flagrantly dishonest. Remember the term “planned obsolescence”. The goal is to make everything good enough to sell, but weak enough to wear out quickly and continue the make, sell, make money, get rich, hire low paid workers (often overseas), and repeat the cycle as these things wear out much quicker than in the old days. Your see it on a small scale in the fashion industry where every year there has to be a new style so the industry can survive. If you did not tear down perfectly good old buildings, how would construction companies stay in business.

    I first became aware of the failure of modern items as my clothing began to come apart at the seams. Modern thread was not holding up as well as older thread. At first I thought this might be part of planned obsolescence, but then got a surprising clue. I read that thatchers in England (the guys who put straw on roofs, not the PM), were complaining that straw raised with chemical fertilizers only lasted about 5 years. Older organically raised straw lasts about 10 years. So I concluded that cotton thread, which is now grown with a lot of chemicals, probably has the same problem. Now, if I sew or mend, I only use synthetic thread; clothes last longer. So it appears that both deliberate and accidental forces are both at work.

  • Europe's Solar Power Industry Braces For Solar Eclipse

    03/02/2015 10:39:18 AM PST · 34 of 35
    gleeaikin to palmer; All

    Not even the most rabid pro renewable energy supporters have been suggesting that renewables can carry the whole load except in small scale, isolated cases like survivalists. Currently, however, it is now common for cities with electric companies required to have a renewable component to only be using 5 or 6 percent renewables including also hydro, biomass and geothermal (in volcano country), in addition to solar and wind. Surely, we can do better than that. Why waste money importing oil and/or burning up our carbon based resources that our posterity will need for important things like plastics and industrial chemicals? We could use so much more of our own wind and sun to save our resources and money.

  • How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

    03/01/2015 10:06:32 PM PST · 79 of 81
    gleeaikin to Greetings_Puny_Humans; blam; SunkenCiv; All

    My older son, the larger, heavier one who is in Special Forces had 6 wisdom teeth. When we went to have them extracted the nurse asked if he had any esquimo ancestry. He is also dark eyed and dark haired. Do you have some native American ancestry? What tribes and percentage? The thing the puzzled me at first was that while my husband had light clear blue eyes, and I had greenish hazel eyes, both my sons had very dark brown eyes. Since the light blue eyes are supposed to be completely recessive, the only thing I can figure, is that I have oriental dark eye recessive gene from my Prussian German petty nobility ancestors on my mother’s side. The mongolian tartars conquered as far west as Poland and East Prussia which is where her parents came from.

    If you do end up with Alzheimer’s you will have to be watched after you can no longer find your way home but before you become physically disabled. For my husband it was about 2 1/2 years in that phase. While his mother had dementia around the same age, my husband had received several several blows to the head which some feel can be a contributing factor. I think his symptoms started a bit earlier than hers.

  • Europe's Solar Power Industry Braces For Solar Eclipse

    03/01/2015 9:45:08 PM PST · 31 of 35
    gleeaikin to dfwgator; palmer; All

    Tell that to the railroad who were subsidized with so much free land along their original rights-of-way, or the oil companies who have been getting tax breaks for 100 years. Is there a good reason why solar and wind should not get similar consideration, or why oil shouldn’t have to stop sucking tit? Do we believe in fairness here?

  • Europe's Solar Power Industry Braces For Solar Eclipse

    03/01/2015 9:34:53 PM PST · 30 of 35
    gleeaikin to GreyFriar; All

    Not much, but tomorrow when it is partly cloudy and in the 40’s it will be a lot better. DC and other cities need the most electric power during air conditioning season, and DC is generally quite sunny then. We will always need a mix of power sources, but neglecting to make use of free sunshine and wind is not logical. This will be an interesting test of grid changeover capacity.

  • How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

    03/01/2015 12:51:20 PM PST · 71 of 81
    gleeaikin to BroJoeK; SunkenCiv; blam; All

    Nevertheless, there were a few who lived to a ripe old age, also I don’t know if people dying from early onset Alzheirmer’s would behave the same as my husband and others I have known of who had later Alzheimer’s. Remember, average life expectancies include the many who died early. In fact, in my husband’s case, his grandmother or great grandmother, not the Cree Indian line, lost 4 of her 8 children (lived in southern Illinois, 1800s) around the age of two in August or September. Probably a result of death from weaning in the hot weather with no refrigerated food or milk.

    At any rate I should think that any Neanderthal who lived to be that old would be especially strong, smart, and capable. If the Alzheimer’s genes are carried in the female line, then she could be the mate of such a successful male, live longer, and have more surviving children with all his good genes too. In other social group animals, it seems that the alpha male often is mated with the alpha female in the group.

    In the case of my husband, I don’t know if he would have brought any food back if he had found some. I do know that as soon as I fed him, he was happy enough to sit and watch TV. He did retain a desire to put things away. I was repairing the roof on our little cabin, and he kept trying to put the ladder away. As soon as I saw it move I would have to crawl to the edge, and ask him to put it back because I was still up there. He could only remember things for 10 or 15 seconds at a time.

  • How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

    03/01/2015 12:12:36 PM PST · 69 of 81
    gleeaikin to ansel12

    I tried to include you in my list of FReepers for Comment #67, but I kept being told that they have no record of ansell2. Opps, I now see it is ansel12. Anyway, appreciate your thoughts on #67.

  • How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

    03/01/2015 12:09:45 PM PST · 68 of 81
    gleeaikin to BroJoeK; struggle; All

    I would appreciate your thoughts on my Comment #67. Nice map.

  • How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

    03/01/2015 12:04:41 PM PST · 67 of 81
    gleeaikin to Greetings_Puny_Humans; tbw2; SunkenCiv; blam; All

    I think my husband was more than 4% Neanderthal. He was a light blue eyed redhead and body, very strong, long torso, short legs, very hard head (in more ways than one ;-) ), faint brow ridges, receding chin, crystaline hard teeth, very hairy including one shoulder, quick temper, warrior temperament, superb hunter. He was 1/16th Cree (Canadian) Indian, and most of the rest was Scottish. I don’t know if much population DNA study has been done on outlying groups like Canadian natives or Scots, but it makes sense that Neanderthals might have survived longer in such places. In fact many Scots and neighbors have what is known as the “ginger gene” which would improve utilization of the sun for Vitamin D formation and better female pelvic structure for childbearing.

    He died at age 75 from Alzheimer’s. After caring for him throughout his decline and death, I have a hypothesis for one aspect of Alzheimer’s. Some information: There appear to be several genes associated with Alzheimer’s. One aspect of the condition is the tendency to wander. This was a real problem for 1 or 2 year, but in the last year when he was more helpless it stopped. There is some evidence that it is more likely to be transmitted in the mother’s line. His mother had dementia. She was 1/8 Cree Indian. In the last 3 years if he wandered off he could not find his way home. However, until the last 2 months, he could do repetitive jobs like sweeping the sidewalk, raking the moss, and sawing a piece of wood if I started the cut (we built a small cabin together). He was most likely to wander if he was hungry. I really had to watch him while fixing meals, and give him a little plate of snacks and keep him in the kitchen.

    I have heard stories saying that elderly Indians were very altruistic because in the winter/starving times, they would go off and die, thus leaving more food for their families and the tribe. My hypothesis is this: The wandering behavior resulted in elderly tribal people wandering off to find food or pee, and then they could not find their way home and died, especially in cold winters. Although this result would not be motivated by self-sacrifice, it would still result in more food for children and grandchildren, and thus if it was genetic be passed on.

    I would be very interested in any thoughts or experiences related to this idea, as I think about ways to research this.

  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    03/01/2015 1:45:02 AM PST · 186 of 266
    gleeaikin to BeadCounter; caww; 2ndDivisionVet; All

    I looked up Litvinenko and found out all kinds of strange connections, including bin Laden’s deputy, Zwahiri. Quite a read.

  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    02/28/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · 184 of 266
    gleeaikin to elhombrelibre; no-to-illegals; All

    A few days ago I heard about a demonstration in Moscow supporting the rebels in Ukraine. I think they said 38,000 people. It will be interesting to see how many come out for the demonstration tomorrow in Moscow to support the assassinated Russian. Today’s news reports suggest perhaps 15,000. I hope they get over 100,000. That would send a message to dictator Putin.

  • Gates and Pearson Partner to Reap Tens of Millions from Common Core (a re-post)

    02/28/2015 11:57:34 AM PST · 6 of 6
    gleeaikin to yoe

    Common core ping

  • A lawmaker who believes saltwater and baking soda can cure cancer

    02/28/2015 11:51:40 AM PST · 26 of 80
    gleeaikin to Hot Tabasco; ifinnegan; rey; All

    People near death or with long term illnesses not helped by conventional medicine certainly need the right to experiment. The reason this treatment needs legislation is that it involves entering the body by mechanical means to effect treatment. Forty-five years ago I testified on the Hill when there was an effort by FDA and the drug industry to make readily available supplements be over-the-counter medicine. This would have made them more expensive and harder to get/use. There was a great successful outpouring from both left, right and center to save our supplements. I educated myself on non medical treatment through diet and carefully chosen supplements. Now I am 76 years old, healthy and active, and have two sons in their 40’s who have only had one cavity each.

    Conventional medicine, like surgery or radiation of large tumor masses is likely to be needed. However, an effective immune system can often fight the growth of small areas of cancer, thus preventing the metastasis which is so often fatal in cancer. Years ago there was controversy over treatment with Leatrile which had some cyanide, perhaps organic. I then discovered that some seeds, like apple, have small amounts of organic cyanide which may kill isolated cancer cells. [Don’t eat large quantities of apple or other non traditional dietary seeds] I do eat the seeds of each apple I eat, as well as the seeds of my oranges, grapes, and watermelon. Doesn’t hurt, and might even be doing some good. I also try to eat a fair amount of traditional diet seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and nuts.

    Regarding the use of intravenous sodium bicarbonate to affect yeast, I have no information. Cancer is a derangement of cell division. However, anyone with systemic yeast is not very healthy. And about a third of the population has systemic yeast. They can do wonders for their health by following a yeast elimination diet and taking appropriate supplements. This information can be found at Google. I had signs of yeast infection with toenail fungus. When I went on the very low carbohydrate phase of the 4 part Atkins diet called “Induction”, not only did I loose 30 pounds, but my toenails grew out clean of fungus during that period.

    Once I was called to help a man who was dying of a fungus brain infection. He was delusional and not eating much. I looked in his refrigerator to prepare him a few days worth of food. There was only ONE item of 23 that was NOT yeast food. That was chicken, so I made him chicken soup. He died 3 weeks later, but I always wondered if he could have lived if he had started early on a yeast elimination diet.

  • House Democratic campaign arm fundraises off shutdown that didn't happen

    02/28/2015 11:23:15 AM PST · 6 of 7
    gleeaikin to smoothsailing; 2ndDivisionVet; caww; All

    Wow, a whole week. Then everybody gets to look like a bunch of fools all over again. Is the world laughing yet? What does ISIL think, are they worried?

  • (Exempt) Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    02/28/2015 11:18:52 AM PST · 9 of 18
    gleeaikin to VerySadAmerican; All

    Both major parties are acting in ways that are fostering/will foster the growth of other parties like tea party and green.

  • Putin's 'Hybrid' Great Terror (Nemtsov assassination)

    02/28/2015 11:14:30 AM PST · 6 of 33
    gleeaikin to kristinn; 2ndDivisionVet; Gondring; All

    I noticed the reference to investigating the apartment bombing that brought Putin to power. At the time I thought it was very suspicious and politically useful. If the old Moscow rulebook as been torn up, then perhaps Putin will need to watch his back more than before. With all these frightened, very rich oligarchs, what is to prevent someone from hiring assassins for a multi-million dollar hit. There must be someone out there with terminal cancer who would like to leave a fortune to family and wouldn’t mind a quick cyanide pill death if caught. If not planned by Putin, this could have been like the murder in Britain of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. The story is that King Henry II said something like, “Will nobody rid me of this meddlesome priest,” which 4 of his nobles took as an order and acted upon. Becket was trying to prevent the King from taxing church lands or some such thing.

  • Scott Walker, God's Gift to the Democratic Party

    02/28/2015 12:44:36 AM PST · 117 of 134
    gleeaikin to forgotten man; HotHunt; All

    What on earth are “cankles”? Regarding a thin Democrat bench, I have been seeing a lot of Kerry on TV lately. Does that mean anything?

  • DC Mayor Says City "Exploring" Suing Congress Over Marijuana Legalization

    02/27/2015 2:38:05 AM PST · 49 of 49
    gleeaikin to Marie; ConservingFreedom; All

    It has been over 6 weeks and I am wondering how you are doing. You speak about drugs and medicine, but I wonder if you have tried therapeutic nutrition and supplements? You can find information with Google. Enter the disease/symptom or your choice and add “nutrition and supplements to treat”. Good books to read can be found at Amazon and Ebay. I started out with books by Adelle Davis 40 years ago. At 76, I am on the whole in better health than I was 40 years ago.

    You speak of massive fungal infections. Have you ever tried the Atkins diet (also on line), especially the induction phase. I once was called to help a friend rescue his friend who was dying of a brain infection. He had not eaten for a while, and when I looked in his refrigerator to prepare him something to eat, only ONE of 23 items in it was NOT a systemic yeast food. That one item was chicken, so I made him chicken soup. If you have not tried therapeutic nutrition, there is a real chance you could get a lot better than you are now. Feel free to private message me if you wish. For ten years I counseled people who had not been helped with conventional psychotherapy and medicine.

  • DC Mayor Says City "Exploring" Suing Congress Over Marijuana Legalization

    02/27/2015 2:16:15 AM PST · 48 of 49
    gleeaikin to W.; Jim Noble; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Robert357; Vaduz; SunkenCiv; All

    Yesterday was the first day for legal pot in DC. The mayor is not going to stop people from doing what the voters approved. DC has a bigger population than Vermont and Wyoming and is growing by 1,000 people a month. Seventy% of the voters approved legal marijuana for people 21 and older. It can only be smoked in private homes, 6 plants (3 mature and 3 young) can be grown, but only indoors (or double for 2 or more residents). Public housing forbids it, and apartment owners can forbid it. One can carry up to 2 oz. outside, but it cannot be sold, and thanks to Congress it cannot be taxed. Also, it cannot be used in public buildings or anyplace on Federal property which DC has lots of. Driving under the influence is illegal. I’m not sure why it has increased homeless immigration into Colorado since it is taxed and expensive. On the other hand in DC it will be free for the moment as soon as people start growing it, but the homeless will have no place to grow it. So will panhandlers become pothandlers? ;-)

    Regarding crime, Point Barrow in far northern Alaska had a 70% decrease in crime when they outlawed alcohol. A wine loving couple who had their wine flown in challenged the prohibition and won, and the crime rate went up again. How many bar room brawls have been pot related or are likely where pot is legal for public smoking, as compared with alcohol? Ah, federalism, the ferment of state experimentation. Can’t wait to see the various results.

  • Obama, pitch perfect (Islamic press loves their Sheikh)

    02/27/2015 1:51:04 AM PST · 5 of 13
    gleeaikin to Paladin2; 2ndDivisionVet; All

    We really need to be calling those barbarians Daesh as those Muslims fighting against them do. Daesh is doing a good job of alienating the world, destroying Muslim texts in Museums, Persian statues in museums, and Christian Egyptians in Libya. And I used to think the Taliban was bad.

  • [From September 11, 2014] Russian Journalist Detained Following 'Federalization' Interview

    02/27/2015 1:37:16 AM PST · 3 of 19
    gleeaikin to WhiskeyX; All

    This might be in retaliation for Ukraine ejecting two Russian journalists covering far right demonstrations in Kiev. Like in the old days when we would eject Russian diplomat/spies from their embassy in the US, and Russia would eject American diplomat/spies? from our embassy in Moscow.

  • Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (but Google has a good idea)

    02/27/2015 1:32:26 AM PST · 7 of 38
    gleeaikin to hreardon; All

    What I heard was that for profit corporations will not be able to slow down our service or give sweetheart deals to preferred groups. Why are we against that?

  • Senate Panel Backs Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

    02/27/2015 1:22:24 AM PST · 61 of 75
    gleeaikin to eyeamok; All

    Democrats are on those committees now because when Democrats are in control there are Republicans on the committees. The chairman of the committee is from the majority party whichever that is.

  • Watch: ISIS fighters destroy ancient sculptures in sledgehammer rampage

    02/27/2015 1:16:33 AM PST · 28 of 30
    gleeaikin to NorthstarMom

    What are dispentational believers? I was doing research on early American settlement patterns and learned about Scotch covenanters? What group does his family come from?

  • Watch: ISIS fighters destroy ancient sculptures in sledgehammer rampage

    02/26/2015 9:26:36 PM PST · 24 of 30
    gleeaikin to NorthstarMom; All

    Muslims, and unfortunately many Christians cannot accept the equality of women. Not to say that the sexes are identical. They fail to note that Jesus was very positive toward women, very advanced for his period. These Christians make the same mistake that most Muslims make by trying to live with the knowledge and cultural beliefs of 2,100 or 1,400 years ago. They also choose only one of the TWO creation stories told in Genesis. One story is that God created man and woman from the earth. This would make them co-equal. The other story is the more popular one (especially among men), that God took a rib out of Adam and made it into Eve. Thus she was subordinate to him. Many good Christians do not realize that these TWO different stories exist with their very different implications. Good luck with your husband. Perhaps you can relate better if you show him the part where God created man and woman together at the same time.

  • Fossil Found In Asia Could Be A New Species Of Human

    02/26/2015 9:09:52 PM PST · 78 of 78
    gleeaikin to Tudorfly; All

    First of all let me say I am very glad your son was rescued. However, as I said in my comment, we only know what humans who wrote the words in the Bible say that God told them. We have no way of knowing as a fact if that is true. We only have belief that they truly think that God was communicating with them. Jesus did not write the Bible. It was written by men who wanted to convey his words and message as strongly as possible, which they have done very successfully. So this is not Jesus’ guarantee, but the guarantee of people who say they are quoting what Jesus said, which they believe God communicated to Jesus, and in some cases never even met Jesus or talked with his original followers. I’m sorry, but I simply would never consider signing a life and death contract with someone who was two or more parties removed from the originator. In that case, who would be the guarantor?

    I repeat, belief is belief, and fact is fact, but they are often not the same.

    I and several people I know have had very intense extrasensory communication in times of death and danger, and in those cases we did not react religiously. When you sensed your son’s danger, as a very religious person, your reaction was religious. That type of communication has occurred to a number of people, who did not react in a religious way since that is not their primary reaction to a sense of danger. I don’t believe it makes that sense of communication any less real, but I would certainly not be able to guarantee it was true, merely that I and my friends believe what we felt.

  • Rats reprieved as giant gerbils are blamed for the Black Death

    02/25/2015 11:32:24 PM PST · 50 of 53
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; All

    I have seen plenty of nocturnal gray (Norwegian) rats in NE US cities. I occasionally see one in daytime, but usually it is young, or sick. I was once walking at night when a huge rat looking creature ran in front of me. I screamed, but then realized it was an urban opossum. I once read that 17 western states had endemic bubonic plague among their rodents, especially the prairie dog colonies.

  • Rats reprieved as giant gerbils are blamed for the Black Death

    02/25/2015 10:52:46 AM PST · 37 of 53
    gleeaikin to SteveH; SunkenCiv; blam; All

    The disease may have started with gerbils, but it spread to rats, and the rats aboard ships almost certainly carried the infected fleas west to Europe. Another problem is that the vector in Europe was most likely the black rat which lives in the upper part of houses and buildings. The gray Norway rat is a cellar and sewer dweller and probably not as big a danger to people should it be infected by fleas.

  • A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia

    02/24/2015 11:41:12 PM PST · 37 of 38
    gleeaikin to blam

    I have now checked into Darwin Central, looked up your name and found you had messages in November wishing you a Happy Birthday. Someone wondered if you had checked out the new improved DC. I got the impression it was majorly revised back in September.

  • President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

    02/24/2015 10:32:48 PM PST · 93 of 114
    gleeaikin to dayglored; All

    Thank you for the information. I find it hard to understand why rational people do not favor developing all our power resources, not just the carbon based ones.

  • President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

    02/24/2015 10:29:48 PM PST · 92 of 114
    gleeaikin to thackney; All

    Actually, except for a few off grid hippies and survivalists, most solar or wind energy is fed into the major electric grids where it is balanced with feedstocks of coal and natural gas, and other renewables. An electric car owner can have an electric outlet in his garage or yard to plug in his electric car. Also, charging stations are beginning to appear at commercial locations. Renewables are a useful addition to power needs. Some day when oil supplies are low people will be screaming because all the useful plastics and other things produced from petroleum are in short supply and very costly.

  • V.A. Secretary Apologizes for Embellishing Record

    02/24/2015 3:19:02 PM PST · 28 of 31
    gleeaikin to punchamullah; NRx; 2ndDivisionVet; All

    I am an American mother with a son who started out in Army moved to 82nd Airborne (which included service in Gulf War 1), then transferred into Special Forces (with 2 tours in Afghanistan). I understand that Special Forces is a distinct entity, but in general I have also though of special forces as including the 82nd, Green Berets, Seals, Delta Force, etc. So, do we know if he was saying Special Forces, or special forces since he was not reading from a script or applying for a job?

  • President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

    02/24/2015 2:03:19 PM PST · 59 of 114
    gleeaikin to JPG; caww; no-to-illegals; All

    Yes, we have just had another train derailment in West Virginia. Apparently these were carrying the highly flammable ND Bakken oil in the newer cars with 1/8 inch additional steel cladding. On the other hand only about a tenth of the cars in the train burned, so perhaps the extra steel helped. No one died. However, pipelines are not a guarantee of safety either. The 6 ft diameter pipe that split crossing a Kalamazoo River tributary and ran for 24 hours before being discovered has cost at least $1 billion for cleanup and is still not cleaned. That tar sands dilbit is a bitch to clean up, much worse than regular oil. I guess a lot of people are glad they got those clean up jobs. ON the other hand, the dozens of people who lost their homes permanently are not so happy.

    Most people have not heard of the major pipeline explosion in Qingdao, China in late 2013. It killed 62 people. Even more than the 47 killed in Lac Megantic shown in your picture. About a mile of pipeline blew up. Here is a link:

    Does anyone have any information on major Solar or Wind energy disasters?

  • President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

    02/24/2015 1:49:03 PM PST · 56 of 114
    gleeaikin to Dog; All

    Maybe they will be less upset when they realize that there are at least 200,000 wind and solar jobs out there to organize. Also those numbers are increasing about 20,000 per year, so I am not going to shed any tears for the unions, since I am sure they will come to realize that renewable energy workers are a potential gravy train for organizers.

  • Calico: A 200,000-year Old Site In The Americas?

    02/24/2015 1:37:34 PM PST · 152 of 156
    gleeaikin to ancientscribe; blam; SunkenCiv; All

    I’m glad Waters is willing to consider that peopling of the Americas may go back as far as 25,000 years ago. On the other hand there is no reason to think it may not go back much farther than that. After all, with Ice Ages striking roughly every 100,000 years, who knows how many times huminoids built up to a relatively advanced cultural state and then were blown away by some catastrophe, or centuries of unsurvivable climate, and then had to start all over when conditions finally improved again. I’m glad that people are finally looking under water, considering that many people settle by the water and so much that was exposed previously is now covered by melt.

  • Calico: A 200,000-year Old Site In The Americas?

    02/24/2015 1:27:53 PM PST · 151 of 156
    gleeaikin to blam; SunkenCiv; Fred Nerks; Coyoteman; JimSEA; PIF; All

    I have a friend who manages two web sites. One is a meet-up and the other a subject matter blog, kind of like a ping list. He had to eject one person for persistent malicious language, and was concerned about some rather insulting arguing that was going on among others. He finally prepared lists for each site of appropriate and inappropriate conduct/language which he enforces. He is going to send these to me for my own information. I am wondering if something can be resurrected from the ashes of these past banishments. Would Jim be willing to let people back on after a year of banishment if they agree to follow some code of appropriate commentary? Would past members want to come back if this were done?

    I remember participating in some rather lengthy arguments here (ggg) regarding Noah’s Ark and some evolution ideas. It is a shame that people don’t understand the difference between belief (faith) and evidence (science). It is hard enough to have to argue with people about evidence who stick to one point because they have not looked for additional evidence (Clovis comes to mind); and then in addition have to deal with people who don’t understand that belief is NOT the same thing as evidence, and thus deserves to be ignored in such arguments. As I said earlier, it is a shame that so much interesting discussion and information has been removed from our circle, and I hope perhaps some of it can be restored.

  • Calico: A 200,000-year Old Site In The Americas?

    02/24/2015 12:47:39 AM PST · 147 of 156
    gleeaikin to Fred Nerks; blam; SunkenCiv; All

    Why were so many of the PhDs and others banned? How did you avoid the same fate? Feel free to private message me if you don’t want to tell the world. I’ll be discrete.

  • A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia

    02/23/2015 12:43:08 PM PST · 35 of 38
    gleeaikin to blam; SunkenCiv; Fred Nerks; Coyoteman; no-to-illegals; All

    I had meant to post the lines below here, but had clicked from one interesting link to another, so these lines ended up at a 2002 FR post. I thought they were important enough to repeat here at this current site.

    I am really enjoying reading the comments from this 2001 FR post. I came to the GGG ping list 5 years later, and see I have missed a lot. I also get the impression that the quality of comments has deteriorated over time. An occasional joke line is fine, but comment after comment with no content, and the link becomes boring. What a shame.

  • Calico: A 200,000-year Old Site In The Americas?

    02/23/2015 12:35:30 PM PST · 144 of 156
    gleeaikin to blam; SunkenCiv; Fred Nerks; Coyoteman; All

    I am really enjoying reading the comments from this 2001 FR post. I came to the GGG ping list 5 years later, and see I have missed a lot. I also get the impression that the quality of comments has deteriorated over time. An occasional joke line is fine, but comment after comment with no content, and the link becomes boring. What a shame.

  • A New Theory on How Neanderthal DNA Spread in Asia

    02/23/2015 12:28:00 AM PST · 31 of 38
    gleeaikin to BroJoeK; tbw2; SunkenCiv; blam; no-to-illegals; All

    I hope they will do some DNA studies soon on the Kow Marsh (Swamp?) people from Australian sites, who resemble Heidelbergensis types rather than homo sapiens sapiens, even though the remains are only 12,000 years old.

  • Star Blasted Through Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

    02/23/2015 12:06:10 AM PST · 110 of 114
    gleeaikin to blam; SunkenCiv; BenLurkin; All

    I clicked your link and found that your Comment #15, last line mentions the Argentinian impacts. I also decided to Google Ipuwer and have found this entire text of his report on the disaster.

  • Star Blasted Through Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

    02/22/2015 9:20:59 AM PST · 107 of 114
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; blam; All

    I looked at the 4th post listed, which was from 2008, and saw your comment #49 which mentions an event 10,000 years ago. There is also an event from 10,000 years ago mentioned for Argentina, Rio Cuarto I think. You have already posted in the past about the 2 mile wide crater in the Iraq Marshes which was around 2,000 BC. As we know from the Shoemaker/Levy event recently on Jupiter, it is quite possible that there were multiply events worldwide for both these time periods. Now back to the other 3 posts (after lunch ;-) ).

  • Star Blasted Through Solar System 70,000 Years Ago

    02/22/2015 1:39:47 AM PST · 105 of 114
    gleeaikin to SunkenCiv; blam; BenLurkin; All

    I Googled and first entered “Argentine Impact Craters” where there are a number of interesting listings. I determined that the one I had noticed before was the Campo del Cielo field, so added that to the first title. Here is one of the articles posted there. It seems that testing of burned wood samples under meteorites gives an age of 2200 to 2700 BC, which is about right for Ipuwer’s time.

    Have fun checking out these sites, and they also have material related to other parts of South America.