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  • Citizen Volunteers Build Defenses in Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia & Kherson(Video)

    09/19/2014 5:01:18 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    docbnj to

    This is really pitiful. They are trying to dig 60 km of trenches with a small number of people with hand shovels. That will stop nothing.

    Then 300 civilians have signed up and trained to be partisans (guerrillas) to oppose a Russian invasion. They will last about 15 minutes in serious combat.

    It is touching to see their dedication, but I think that they need some realism.

    As for the US, under Obama we will not even give them military supplies.

    The only hope for Ukraine is a change in Russia; but the more a bully Putin is, the more he is liked at home, because he typifies the Russian character: a bully.

  • Ukraine must stop ongoing abuses and war crimes by pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces

    09/11/2014 4:32:20 AM PDT · 15 of 30
    docbnj to Navy Patriot

    Amnesty International has been going downhill since they decided that capital punishment was a human rights abuse.
    They attack mostly pro-Western countries, and are quiet about Hamas. When this is pointed out, they then dredge up from their internal files a mild rebuke to Hamas “excesses,” or some such thing. But all their real publicity is likely to favor the extreme left.
    I personally know of one of their apparatchiks in the States who (when I knew him) was an admirer of Mao and Tito.
    They often rely on recycling rumors and propaganda from the left, and are at best easily manipulated.

  • DNA tests ‘Prove’ that Jack the Ripper was a Polish Immigrant named Aaron Kosminski

    09/08/2014 5:12:35 AM PDT · 34 of 47
    docbnj to lbryce

    This evidence looks very good, but of course should be substantiated.

    The suspect if not a new one: he has been ranked about the first most likely, even at the time of the police investigations. He also fits a profile: violent, woman-hater, schizophrenic.

    As for his being an immigrant, this would be a secondary but interesting aspect. Immigrants typically are over-represented in criminal activity, and this goes even for major immigrant groups in the United States. The Irish, as newcomers, were most of the criminals in their time, followed by Italians. We tend to take a rosy picture of immigrants because some of our early immigrants were unusual: the New Englanders of the Great Migration were not coming here because they were losers economically back in England. In fact, many were what we would call middle class, such that they had to learn farming and fishing when they got here. Many of the Virginia settlers were upper-class to begin with: if not already personally wealthy, they came from successful families, and had connections even sometimes with aristocracy. This was not the “wretched refuse” period if immigration. Except maybe in the case of Georgia.

    Having said that, we cannot judge groups by schizophrenic individuals, who are clearly outliers in any population.

    If the recent DNA test had come up with a completely new suspect, and an unexpected, improbable one — one would naturally be more suspicious. But this new evidence applies to the prime suspect of the police at the time. It is not what a fraudster would be most likely to contrive, if selling books were the main aim of a conspiracy. But if you had worked on this case for well over a decade, of course you would want to write it up somewhere.

    There is a Wikipedia article on the suspect. Quite a bit is known about him, and there are living relatives.

  • Excerpts from Judge Feldman's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

    09/04/2014 4:07:56 AM PDT · 3 of 8
    docbnj to matthewrobertolson

    This Judge, like many others, is misreading the equal protection clause. How can someone who has years of training, and obvious native intelligence, make such a simple error? It has always amazed me.

  • GOP, Are You Ready to Reach Out to Blacks Yet?

    09/01/2014 7:01:44 AM PDT · 29 of 65
    docbnj to rktman

    I have wondered the same thing that Lloyd mentions, and I think that I know how it happened that the Republicans have been neglecting Blacks.

    It has been going on for many, many years. First, we should recall that before the Depression, most Blacks were Republican. They were largely blocked from voting in the South, and in the North (believe it or not) most of the big states were rather solidly Republican, so the GOP had not much need to reach out to the minorities.

    The Democrats, on the other hand, worked like beavers in the North to get new constituents. The best yields they got were among the hordes of Irish immigrants, whom they corralled under the wings of big-city machines.

    The Depression changed everything. FDR, unable to really do anything about the economic situation, and being a person of weak principles anyway, allowed himself to be turned by a coterie of left-wing advisors into a defender of the “little guy.” In other works, this pampered scion of a family rich through the opium trade, managed to pull this off (and parallel trickery has been pulled off since).

    Blacks saw themselves not just as an ethnic group, but as poor. Forgetting by this time the primacy of freedom, they turned through the class appeal. Well, why not? Most of the intelligentsia of the day favored statist solutions for all problems: the Progressives (both Republican and Democrat), socialists, most European intellectuals, &c. A good proportion of whites fell also for the New Deal line. The Blacks have been cultivated and “played” ever since by the left.

    I recall a Republican campaign rally of around 1960, at which I found myself talking to a Black couple. They complained to me that the Republican leaders never bothered to come to their neighborhood, but they knew why: the GOP did not expect to find much support there, and they felt that as a matter of short-term strategy, it was better to leave those neighborhoods alone, and hope for a low turnout there.

    Well, there is one big thing which has changed now, and that is that the Black turnout in elections is high, often higher proportionately than any other group. There is no use hoping that they forget to vote. Paradoxically, this may eventually lead to a change in Black voting patterns, at least marginally. Also, TV ads reach everyone, so there is much less validity to the old GOP strategy.

    How patient should the GOP be in waiting for some signs of alertness in the Black electorate? Well, I think forever would be justifiable. After all, it is a sad fact that most people do not vote their intellect: they are more influenced by group identity, by family traditions, and by propaganda. That is true of just about everyone. The second most solid voting block in the country is probably the Jewish vote, which rather consistently votes against its own interests. We are still waiting! Some very important Jewish intellectuals have become conservatives, and even leaders in the conservative intellectual movement. There are few better; and yet some 80% will continue to vote liberal-democrat, like zombies.

    The ethnic identity factor is difficult to change, and often it is very irrational. Why should so many Irish vote for liberals? Why do more Italians vote Republican than do the Irish? Why do Asian-Americans support the Democrats overwhelmingly, when all their interests, and even their cultural predispositions, would seem to be conservative? Why should Poles and Slovaks vote Democratic: not all of them, but why any?

    Politics is a difficult business, but we must continue the effort, or die off as a nation.

  • Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says top UN official

    08/29/2014 5:50:58 AM PDT · 17 of 27
    docbnj to SeekAndFind

    Would a ban on killer robots cover Russian soldiers?

  • Now lawyers involved in 'Bless you' sneeze fight

    08/28/2014 5:33:30 AM PDT · 13 of 26
    docbnj to docbnj

    This calls to mind the incident recounted by Roy Campbell in his autobiography “Light on a Dark Horse.” He tells of a young recruit in the leftist “Republican” forces in the Spanish Civil War, who was brought before his commander for violating the order that all religious greetings be replaced by “Salud” (health).

    After a lecture admonishing the young soldier, and warning of punishment for future infractions, he waved him away, saying, “so let’s hear no more of this! Adios!”

    Adios, of course, is short for “go with God.”

  • Now lawyers involved in 'Bless you' sneeze fight

    08/28/2014 5:19:49 AM PDT · 10 of 26
    docbnj to Cowboy Bob

    Saying “Bless you!” after a sneeze is not even very religious. In any case, it is not sectarian.

    Should we also be banned from saying “Good-bye”? That is probably more religious, because it literally means “God be with you” (God by ye).

  • Anti-stress law moves step closer in Germany

    08/28/2014 5:02:30 AM PDT · 19 of 21
    docbnj to Olog-hai

    Yes, Germany is imploding.

    First, no one can really believe that mental health has increased 80% in a few years. This is obviously a result of changing the definition, expanding it to include minor symptoms. It also is probably a result of giving more benefits to those claiming emotional “mental” diseases. “I feel fatigued!” (and that sort of thing.)

    Note that probably no country in the word has such a record of hypochondria as Germany. Often the cure is to go on vacation at a designated Kur-Ort (cure locality), which benefits by this sort of sickness-tourism.

    Where is the work ethic in Germany? If it is such a great, socialist-welfare system, why are so many people going crazy, (or at least claiming to be “mentally ill”)??

  • Russia has offered it's version of association between Ukraine with EU

    08/28/2014 4:49:11 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    docbnj to wetphoenix

    Who would trust the Russians now? (When should anyone have ever trusted the Russians?)

    The best would be for all Western nations to suspend all trade and diplomatic relations with Russia. It is a fallacy to think that we can ever deal with them.

    This will not happen, because Angela Merkel and those following her are carefully insuring that Western Europe is dependent on Russian fuel supplies.

    In view of this, my prediction is: inevitable war with Russia, and the reoccupation of Eastern Europe by the Russians. What will Rand Paul do about this?

  • Warren Buffett's Burger King Move To Canada Reeks Of Hypocrisy

    08/27/2014 7:30:06 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    docbnj to SeekAndFind

    Wikipedia has a good article on hypocrisy. It points out that hypocrisy is more extreme in people with powerful positions.

    The solution would seem to be to limit dictatorial power in society. The more one has big government, the more the hypocrisy.

  • “Kismet,” “Are These Our Parents?” (Movie Reviews-8/23/44)

    08/23/2014 7:19:37 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    docbnj to Homer_J_Simpson

    This film showed recently on TCM. It is good, and fun to watch. The review was accurate.

  • Germany Is Telling Ukraine To Back Off Crushing Pro-Russian Rebels Or Else Putin Will Get Mad

    08/22/2014 10:51:31 AM PDT · 9 of 17
    docbnj to wetphoenix

    Let’s see: if you win a war, it might make the losers angry, and so actually they will win.

    I will have to think about that a while. The logic is beyond me.

    Angela means, I guess, that you should throw the match, and then your opponent will be so impressed at your fine sportsmanship, that ... what?

    This is the sort of thing EU people believe? I am beginning to think that Western Europe is a lost cause.

  • British woman vows to become first female to behead western prisoner in Syria

    08/22/2014 3:58:32 AM PDT · 11 of 30
    docbnj to markomalley

    The media, including even relatively good outlets like the Telegraph, keep up a charade by identifying these people by the passports they may once have carried. It is strictly avoided to identify by ethnicity.

    What kind of British woman has the name Khadijah, after all? And her “Swedish” husband is Abu Bakr? And she is a mother on one: how cute. She is a female would-be killer, as vicious as a man: what a great blow for woman’s rights!

    All these things avoid the point that these are fanatics and would-be murderers who never should have been let into Europe in the first place. In any case, they will have to be dealt with wherever they are.

    London is now down to about 45% English. The country is about past the tipping point.

  • ‘We Prefer to be Killed Rather than Convert’

    08/21/2014 5:15:27 AM PDT · 6 of 11
    docbnj to markomalley

    Christianity took real hold in Korea through the effort of Protestant missionaries, mainly Presbyterian and Methodist. Catholicism had very little to do with it, and represents a very small minority of the Christian population of Korea.

    It is notable that Pyongyang was once called the Jerusalem of Asia, because Christianity was the most active religion there. That was before the Russian-backed communists came in. Most Christians were killed, suppressed, or fled to the South. The remaining Christian churches in the North are fakes: showpieces by the regime, fooling only a few gullible foreign visitors ( including, sorry to say, Billy Graham and his family).

    Putin’s Russia remains friendly with North Korea. So much for the Christian presences of the Putin dictatorship!

  • Bigger government makes for more satisfied people, study finds

    08/18/2014 4:25:40 AM PDT · 30 of 44
    docbnj to pluvmantelo

    The study includes only rich countries in Europe, plus Japan and a few others, and the differences in indexes are rather slight. This is not a significant study.

  • Autopsy: Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times

    08/18/2014 4:18:16 AM PDT · 32 of 98
    docbnj to Enterprise

    It says AT LEAST one or two feet away. That is vague, but just means that the shots were not closer than that. That they were in the front means that the deceased was not fleeing.
    The heading for this item as posted in FR is misleading.

  • Ukraine Says It Destroyed Russian Armored Vehicles Seen Crossing Border

    08/15/2014 2:09:58 PM PDT · 1 of 17
    This was perhaps the first probe of a Russian invasion, covered by the “humanitarian” truck convoy.
  • Obama's Greatest Flaw, America's Greatest Cost (Part 1)

    08/05/2014 5:47:16 AM PDT · 6 of 26
    docbnj to Kaslin

    I am not impressed by the assessments of these professional psychologists.
    Obama is not easy-going and compromising. He is lazy, but that is not the same. Actually, another of Obama’s characteristics is lack of any expertise (he is a complete beginner), and his willingness to be manipulated by behind-the-scenes managers.
    The latter characteristic he shares with FDR in his last stages of decline: for FDR was almost totally controlled by his aids, with his “great initiatives” being fed to him by socialistic ideologues.
    Obama is uncompromising because his handlers want him to stick to the line; but also because he would not even know how to strike a reasonable deal. He is not oriented toward any sort of compromise. Narcissists see no reason for compromise! He is a rule or ruin politician, and even if he rules (gets his way), ruin will be the result.
    Obama is a complete disaster. The narcissistic personality almost always leads to the same end.

  • Obama's own unbelievably shocking words...WOW!!!! (Bad Fake Alert)

    07/28/2014 8:40:04 AM PDT · 18 of 32
    docbnj to dgkb

    I agree: this is a complete fake, phony, fraud. The words don’t match the lip movements, and the camera is off 0 during the most volatile parts of the statement.

    So who is responsible? Is this from Lyndon Larouche, from other conspiracy theorists, or from some German nut-group?

    We don’t need fakery, when the reality itself is clear enough.

  • Cuomo’s Office Hobbled N.Y. State Ethics Inquiries

    07/23/2014 3:18:52 AM PDT · 1 of 11
    Apparent interference with an ethics violation.
  • Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Israeli Embassy

    07/22/2014 5:51:27 PM PDT · 20 of 28
    docbnj to nickcarraway

    In Islam, suicide is considered an “unforgivable sin.” Strange that this does not stop suicide bombers, or would-be self-immolators like this chap.

  • Wave of anti-Semitic rallies hits cities across Germany

    07/22/2014 5:45:13 AM PDT · 21 of 25
    docbnj to markomalley

    Germany has a large muslim population now, many Turkish in origin. They are very radical, the young more so than their parents. I saw some of these people demonstrating in Köln during a visit a few months ago.

    The Marxist left tends to support anti-semitism also, which is very much worth noting. Too long people have mistakenly believed that Marxists were protectors of the jews: this is a misunderstanding. During the Hitler-Stalin pack, the Soviets obligingly turned over bJews to the Nazis. It was only a tactical ploy to pose as protectors later. Just before he died, Stalin was preparing a new round of anti-semitism in the USSR.

    Most Germans are no more anti-semitic than other Europeans. Norway is rated by one survey as the most anti-semitic country in Europe! France is notably so. This does not refer to the total populations, because their are good people everywhere.

    In France, during WWII the best protectors of Jewish refugees were not the reds, but more frequently Catholics and also members of the tiny population of French Protestants. Look it up!

  • Ron Paul Says U.S. May Share Responsibility for Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 1:27:20 PM PDT · 29 of 34
    docbnj to Tailgunner Joe

    That’s it for me. I have lost all patience with Rand Paul. He has some good positions, but defending the West is number one role for the government, and anyone who cannot understand who Putin is, is too dull for the job of President.

    We can’t stand two unqualified Presidents in a row. In fact, we can’t survive ONE in a row!

  • White House Upholds States’ Rights, At Least For Marijuana

    07/16/2014 11:06:54 AM PDT · 3 of 63
    docbnj to ConservingFreedom

    Last I checked, DC was not a state.

  • Aid to Africa: donations from west mask '$60bn looting' of continent

    07/16/2014 5:54:45 AM PDT · 9 of 14
    docbnj to docbnj

    Note that the biggest trading partners of wealthy countries are: other wealthy countries! Trade with Africa is minor: way down the list.
    The fact is that to have something to trade, you must be able to produce something. Since Africa has very little manufacturing (except in South Africa), what they have to trade is raw materials, and in some cases agricultural products.
    Africa has also a big problem with internal corruption and modernized tribal warfare. So do other countries around the world, which is either very discouraging, or very hopeful, which ever way you look at it.

  • Aid to Africa: donations from west mask '$60bn looting' of continent

    07/16/2014 5:47:34 AM PDT · 7 of 14
    docbnj to docbnj

    If the NGOs quoted (anonymously) in this article should have noticed, is that if lack of foreign investment is a good thing, then Eritrea and Somalia should be the richest parts of Africa.

  • Aid to Africa: donations from west mask '$60bn looting' of continent

    07/16/2014 5:43:50 AM PDT · 6 of 14
    docbnj to AppyPappy

    This is a completely erroneous evaluation. After all, profits come from somewhere: mainly industry. They are part of the size of an industry. Not mentioned is the wages, the licensing fees, &c., paid by the companies.
    If an African country really believes what these NGOs are saying, then they should clamor to cut off all foreign connections. Instead, they welcome foreign enterprise, even from China.
    The Guardian is just a fount of warmed-over communism: this article makes the same “imperialism” argument that Lenin and his buddies promoted, and which has done more harm in developing countries than anything (including even malaria).

  • “Why Not One? Why Not Zero?” Gov. Christie Vetoes N.J. Magazine Ban

    07/12/2014 11:34:22 AM PDT · 18 of 23
    docbnj to PoloSec

    Weeks ago I had a chance to speak to Gov. Christie about this issue, and he asked that I keep his response confidential until after he acted, but he said that he would never sign the proposed magazine limit. He said not to worry, that the limitation on magazine size was just “show time” by its proponents.

    I think that he is exactly right, and he did what he said he would.

    The liberals who propose these things are NOT interested in any real solutions, because that would eliminate the issue. They wish to keep issues alive forever. That is why they do not really want a reduction in race, class, or gender rivalries (real or imagined): that would ruin their game.

    Another example is the minimum wage. IMHO it is unconstitutional at the federal level, and anywhere it is a restriction on the freedom of contract. It causes unemployment at the low end of the pay scale, interferes with the chance for beginners to get experience, interferes with jobs for the disabled, and is totally uneconomical. If it is such a good idea, why do the proponents only ask for a $10/hr minimum? Whey not $20, or $100 and hour. Hey, why not $1,000/hr, which would make everyone rich?

    But politically the minimum wage is a great “show time” issue. It helps politicians posture; and costs them very little, as the harm is not clearly traceable by the public back to the legislative perpetrators.

    Christie’s own approach is based on the reality, which is that the notorious attacks such as at Sandy Hook, CT, were by young men with clear symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is quite common (rates estimated at almost 1% of the population) and shows up with maturity (very late teens and 20s). It is not curable: it is slightly treatable but not curable by psychiatry, but can only effectively be handled by medication. Patients often feel better, and quit their medication; or feel worse, and quit their medication. Or they just forget. A small proportion of schizophrenics can become very violent. They obviously should not have access to guns, or (for that matter) cars, alcohol, or any blunt or sharp objects.

    Christie’s proposal is to tighten up on access to weapons by such individuals. The liberals, on the other hand, are for patient’s rights, even if the patients are dangerous individuals.

    Clearly, on this issue, and in the New Jersey context, Christie is the conservative, on the side of principle and practicality.

  • Cleveland chosen to host 2016 Republican National Convention

    07/10/2014 7:30:59 PM PDT · 212 of 242
    docbnj to chrisser

    Cleveland is one of the worse crime-cities in the country.

  • Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims

    07/09/2014 2:07:16 PM PDT · 16 of 24
    docbnj to PoloSec

    I get annoyed whenever these articles state that all 50 state now issue carry permits. There are several “may issue” states which in practice do not issue permits: NJ is notorious, and MD is about the same. MA has been getting more restrictive, and NY apparently depends on which county one lives in.

    NJ has a pretense of issuing permits, but in practice does NOT.

    CT is also a “may issue” state, but they actually DO issue permits, though the procedure is somewhat complicated and time consuming, and requires three checks to different agencies. But if one persists, and has no criminal record, the permit finally comes through.

  • Chelsea Clinton paid $75,000 a speech,more than Colin Powell,but all goes to the Clinton Foundation

    07/09/2014 1:43:39 PM PDT · 30 of 66
    docbnj to COUNTrecount

    This is a scheme to funnel funds into a foundation which then supports causes the Clintons like, and they then will get return favors. Right now it is a parking place for Clinton loyalists. Why else do they have their own foundation, instead of just contributing to charity? They are gaming the system, which has big loopholes like this which favor the wealthy and the brazen. Most of the things they support are of course directed at more government control.
    It is difficult to have a foundation like this with political aims if your aim is actually to limit government.
    I am getting more and more radical in my thinking about scams like this. The root of the problem is making the tax distinction between profit and non-profit organizations. Why? It assumes that a profit-making organization is somehow less worthy than a non-profit, even though they work just the same. Having worked in a non-profit for most of my career, I can testify that people are no better in motive there than in most any other occupation.
    We pay for these non-profits by our own taxes, and yet have nothing to say about their operations. I cannot use Clinton Foundation funds for my favorite causes.
    The whole thing is a scam, mistakenly legal under our tax laws.

  • Bosnian Serbs unveil statue honoring Archduke Ferdunand's assassin

    06/28/2014 7:29:24 AM PDT · 19 of 59
    docbnj to GOPsterinMA



    Think about it. We did not “win” WWI: just tipped the balance a bit at the very end. And when one considers the result, we surely did not attain our stated goal: a “world safe for democracy.” Instead, out of WWI came the Soviet Union, and eventually Hitler. Some victory!

    We clearly lost WWII. The winner was Stalin, who conquered Eastern Europe, and just a few years later the communists took over China, the largest country in the world. We may have fought well, but we certainly did not “win” that war.

    The United States has not won a major war since the Spanish-American War, which was probably totally unnecessary, anyway. We did win the mini-war in Antigua under Reagan, which was short enough that we could hold out for the victory.

    It may come as a shock, but we are not a war-winning country. Certainly not now!!

    The clearest victory we ever had was in the war with Mexico. Then we were out-numbered in every single battle, and yet did not lose a single one. But in today’s comparison, we cannot even get the Mexicans to release a lone American soldier from jail. We let them overfly our border, and they “invade” by the millions. We are not even alert enough to stop large busses of illegal immigrants from calmly driving across the boarder full of whole families of illegal aliens. We don’t even have any effective military presence, and not even effective border agents.

    And our rulers are mostly jerks.

    So please spare me the rah-rah stuff.

  • Bosnian Serbs unveil statue honoring Archduke Ferdunand's assassin

    06/28/2014 7:12:10 AM PDT · 18 of 59
    docbnj to allendale

    No. Attila the Hun was really far preferable to this assassin. Atilla has been given a bad rap by historians.

  • President's reach over Chipotle's sneeze guard sparks discussion

    06/24/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT · 20 of 39
    docbnj to NCjim

    I wouldn’t want to catch whatever he has.

  • Jihad by sex (72 VIRGINS in Heaven is so 2001)

    06/23/2014 5:33:10 AM PDT · 9 of 38
    docbnj to winoneforthegipper

    1. This could be a fraud, a forgery. It comes out of Pakistan. Why Pakistan (which is some distance away)? At the least, one should look for evidence from some more reliable source.
    2. If it is true, the ISIS will surely loose ultimately, for there is no possible way to engender hatred than this sort of policy. Check the survival manuals for the US armed forces: a number one rule when among local people is leave their women alone.

  • Arizona's public school chief admits he anonymously blogged racist rants

    06/22/2014 6:45:11 AM PDT · 2 of 12
    docbnj to TigerClaws

    What is “racist” about these comments?
    They are somewhat extreme, but a ref mild compared to many postings on websites. They don’t attack any particular race.

  • Regulators to Force the Metric System on Natural Gas Fuel Customers

    06/18/2014 10:30:43 AM PDT · 8 of 39
    docbnj to DoughtyOne

    ”Exactly! I believe they sell gas by the liter in Europe.

    That way you can raise the price and it still seems low.

    $1.50 per liter sounds cheap. Then you realize that’s about $6.00 per gallon.”

    You mean that is enough to fool you? I can tell you that whatever system you use, most people can tell when the price goes up. It takes about a day to get use to fuel prices in liters, even if they are in Euros.

  • Regulators to Force the Metric System on Natural Gas Fuel Customers

    06/18/2014 10:27:08 AM PDT · 7 of 39
    docbnj to alloysteel

    BTU is not a metric unit, but a clumsy engineer’s archaicism. Nor is a kilocalorie a true metric unit, but a metric-derived unit which has the additional disadvantage that there is nomenclatural confusing over the term.

    The metric unit of energy is the Joule. To use the Joule in commerce would be a problem, because all the mechanisms for dispensing the fuel would have to sense the energy content, which surely is impractical. It is better simply to adjust the price according to the energy content of the fuel, just as we have different prices for Regular and High Test gasoline.

  • Regulators to Force the Metric System on Natural Gas Fuel Customers

    06/18/2014 10:15:58 AM PDT · 6 of 39
    docbnj to shove_it

    Why should this be a problem? The metric system is used everywhere in the world except the US and few obscure, economically unimportant backwaters. The time to begin most easily is before natural-gas cars are common.

    There is nothing sacred about the old customary units. The important thing about a unit-system is, are the units standardized, and do they help with communication. Obviously, the metric system is the best for international communication, and it is the standard worldwide in science.

    As far as the difficulty of learning it, anyone who has trouble understanding the metric system might as well give up on education at the start. But just to make things even easier, here is a short tip.

    For temperature: don’t go memorizing conversion formulas. Just remember that 0°C is freezing, and 20°C is room temperature. If you wish, you can also add 37°C is normal human body temperature. If you know those three, whenever you hear any weather-temperature in Celsius, simply relate it to those three: 0, 20, 37.

    A kilogram is about 2.2 pounds. But it is better to just get a kilogram weight, heft it, and use that as your standard. Nobody sees a kg (or a cu ft) of gas anyway, because it is in a tank or a pipe. The mass of gas (kg) is more important than its volume. You really pay for it by mass, so why state the quantity in cu. ft. (which must be specified at temperature and pressure, which changes the volume of a gas)?

    Measuring gas by mass (in kg) would be the way chemists would most often do things.

  • Ukraine minister under fire for swearing about Putin

    06/15/2014 6:51:30 AM PDT · 10 of 25
    docbnj to McGruff

    Calling Putin a “dickhead” is wrong, so wrong.

    He is a sly, conniving, narcissistic, murderous, dangerous, lying psychopath. After all, the KGB never recruited humanitarians.

  • Climate Change Induced Corn-mageddon? (Another stupid environmental wacko theory)

    06/14/2014 6:16:25 AM PDT · 13 of 58
    docbnj to Kackikat

    It’s spelled Khrushchev.

    At any rate, about 40% of the US corn crop is now used to make ethanol in order to dilute your gasoline (which gives you higher gasoline prices, lower mileage, and more engine wear). (By comparison, 45% of US corn is used to feed livestock, half of what it used to be, which is why meat prices are rising.) It would be difficult for a minor climatic change to produce a worse result than that!


    The moral is that socialism is a much more dangerous threat than minor climate change. Further, the damage from socialism is a certainty, whereas the future of the climate is uncertain.

    Would you want the same people who run our government messing with the Earth’s thermostat, even if they really could? These are people who cannot balance a budget.

  • World's largest water reservoir found deep in earth

    06/13/2014 5:53:48 AM PDT · 19 of 31
    docbnj to rjbemsha

    The article is totally misleading. There is no way to get at this water, and it has never been directly sampled.
    In fact, it is not even water, but just OH, which is part of water and could be made to recombine to produce hydrogen and water — however, all this is far beneath the surface of the Earth, in the middle part
    of the mantle, hundreds of km down. By comparison, humans have never even drilled through the mantle of the earth, which is as thin as 5 km in ocean basins.
    It is as even more impossible and impractical to get at this water directly as it would be to ship minerals here from the moon, which is another nutty idea one occasional sees featured in journalism of the grocery-store check-out-line level.
    The mineral ringwoodite (mentioned in the article) is stable at pressures around 20 GPa. By comparison, the atmospheric pressure at the Earth’s surface is 100 kPa. So ringhwoodite exists at pressures about 20 million times that of the surface (if I have my zeros right).

    But perhaps it would be fun to start a movement against fracking for ringwoodite-water, just to divert those who fear fracking in the crust of the Earth, or those afraid of genetically modified organisms.

  • Court upholds Walgreens’ firing of pharmacist using handgun

    06/12/2014 12:53:52 PM PDT · 6 of 11
    docbnj to aimhigh

    So Walgreens has a ‘non-escalation policy,’ and self-defense is considered escalation? This is what happens when committees or lawyers make policy. It has little connection with reality: in this situation, who is to say what is escalation? If the police arrive, would you say that they are escalating the conflict? If a woman resists rape, is she escalating violence?

  • McCain Calls for Obama's National Security Team to Resign Over Iraq

    06/12/2014 12:47:41 PM PDT · 12 of 50
    docbnj to don-o

    McCain is right. The trouble is, there will be no resignations.

    It also has been reported that our intelligence services saw this Sunni attack coming many moths ago. It is the whole 0bama crew which is responsible, and we are pretty much stuck with them for three more years.

    What will the world look like then?

  • US VP Biden: Germany is 'xenophobic'

    06/12/2014 5:44:44 AM PDT · 18 of 29
    docbnj to markomalley

    How chauvinistic is this: to call everyone else xenophobic!

    Biden is such a big ass, but he serves a function for the administration. He is worse even than Obama, so if Obama is removed from office, Biden takes over.

    Either way, America is screwed.

  • 7 Reasons You Should Be Troubled by the FDA’s Cheese-Aging Regulations

    06/11/2014 7:25:25 PM PDT · 32 of 46
    docbnj to nickcarraway

    Cheese is a great discovery, and a sure sign of civilization, like the discovery of wine and beer, or the growing of rice.

    It is controlled spoilage which acts a method of preserving food. The principle is that good, selected microbes keep out the others, and help prevent the total degradation of the food. Korean fermented kim-chi uses the same principle, and enabled the ancient Koreans to have a preserved source of Vitamin C all through the winter.

    Good, smelly cheese is a delight. Artificial “processed” cheese (which I am ashamed to say is sometimes called American cheese), especially that coming in separately wrapped slices, is simply not the real thing.

    Try Liederkranz from Wisconsin. Let it age for about four to six weeks after you buy it, until it starts softening and turning yellow. It is one of life’s great pleasures.

  • Study Finds Women Don’t Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 7:05:26 PM PDT · 5 of 54
    docbnj to ansel12


  • Rep. Peter King fears Ted Cruz, Rand Paul stronger

    06/11/2014 7:01:28 PM PDT · 28 of 76
    docbnj to lilyramone

    King has been great on some issues, but has a disgraceful past as an admirer of the IRA (which was/is basically a semi-domesticated terrorist organization).

    A strong-minded individual, King has the weakness of not listening to the wisdom of others. He is very unreliable.

    But anyone replacing him would be worse. After all, he is from New York State, in an area where Republicans are rare.

  • Study Finds Women Don’t Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 6:55:16 PM PDT · 1 of 54
    The author thinks it strange that those advising the army on the use of women in combat are basically anti-military radicals. This is an interesting Israeli view, because the experience of Israel is often cited as evidence by those pushing for a feminized military in the United States.