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Posts by Gandalf_The_Gray

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  • The legacy media scrambles to protect Reverend Obama

    02/07/2015 12:57:06 PM PST · 30 of 40
    Gandalf_The_Gray to DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
    The idiot. The Crusades, for all their problems, were a reaction against Muslim aggression. The Muslims started these attacks, and yet he is trying to make them look like the victims. Disgusting.

    If I recall correctly Jerusalem and the Holy Land surrounding it were central to the Jewish and Christian religions which predated the establishment of Islamic influence by some 600 years. The Knights Templar were founded for and fought to preserve Christian access to the Holy Land which the upstart Mohammedans were claiming after the fact.

    Denial of this chronology is an admission of grossest stupidity on the part of the man child who struts and preens, confirming his own lack of knowledge.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • The legacy media scrambles to protect Reverend Obama

    02/07/2015 12:11:29 PM PST · 23 of 40
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Paladin2
    Zer0 is NOT a Koranic Scholar nor a history buff, much less a Constitutional Scholar.

    Our two term resident doesn't know shit from apple butter.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Aircraft carrier steams through a rainbow

    02/06/2015 8:13:21 PM PST · 41 of 56
    Gandalf_The_Gray to iowamark
    Philadelphia Experiment?

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Scott Walker will be expected to take a stand on ethanol for Iowa push (Cruz won't pander to them)

    02/02/2015 8:58:41 AM PST · 34 of 38
    Gandalf_The_Gray to bray
    It is time to stop making ethanol from corn. Let’s see which candidate is willing to take on that corruption.

    Making ethyl alcohol from corn is a ridiculous waste of food and is nothing less than a government subsidy for agribusiness, an enormous waste of water, which results in a poor excuse for an engine fuel (all petroleum products have an energy content of 18,000 BTU per pound, alcohol has 12,000 BTU per pound). Petroleum products have good film strength and are lubricious which reduces friction on moving parts. Alcohols have poor film strength and tend to increase wear rates on moving parts. Alcohols chemically attack certain commonly used elastomers (gaskets and seals).

    When ethyl alcohol is produced by agribusiness they use the same methods that the good old boys down in the deep south use to produce "grandpa's sipping whiskey". They ferment a mash of corn and distill off the resultant alcohol leaving the spent mash that requires disposal. That is ignoring a much more efficient method using a chemical synthesis developed in the 1930's by Shell oil.

    Natural gas is a mixture of several gasses (methane, ethane, ethylene, helium, carbon dioxide). Before the NG is pumped into the distribution system it is liquefied and then processed through fractional distalion to separate the mixture into methane which is sold as NG and several other gasses which are used as feedstock for producing various plastics. Shell developed a process using ethylene, steam, and a catalyst to synthesize ethanol in one step. The only impact results from diverting some of the ethylene that would ordinarily be used to produce polyethylene (Most of which winds up in the land fills anyway).

    That begs the question do we really want to produce more crappy engine fuel? If we must, we really should use the most efficient method and stop pouring tax dollars into a method that destroys food and unnecessarily drives up food prices.

    Regards,
    GtG

    PS BSME W/ AAS in internal combustion engine design & minor in fuels and lubricants

  • ISIS Escapee Says That They Want To Do Something Bigger Than 9/11

    01/31/2015 8:47:18 PM PST · 30 of 31
    Gandalf_The_Gray to ProtectOurFreedom
    And the media will once again be wailing and gnashing teeth about the phony “backlash” against the Muslim enemy.

    But only after starting their non-stop drumroll pushing the "inside job" Meme.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • White House going nuclear on Netanyahu

    01/25/2015 8:56:52 PM PST · 47 of 61
    Gandalf_The_Gray to NFHale
    Bibi Netanyahu is a Man, and a leader.

    Our clown... well... not so much not even close.

    There that's better!

    Regards,
    GtG

  • The Dark Urges Of Chris Kyle's Haters

    01/23/2015 6:36:07 AM PST · 8 of 23
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Kaslin
    A liberal friend told me Kyle’s compulsion to defend his nation and protect his SEAL brethren made him seem “like a psychopath.”

    You need better friends!

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Missing Woman Unwittingly Joins Search Party Looking for Herself. Really.

    01/14/2015 9:43:56 PM PST · 20 of 23
    Gandalf_The_Gray to BigEdLB
    Iceland. Pretty natural blonde women, cold weather, volcanoes, they eat a lot of fish... Don’t know much else about Iceland.

    Me either, I have heard that there are only a dozen or so last names (probably giving them the thinnest phone book in the world!). It seems that everyone is related to everyone else. Great place for a geneticist to open up a practice.

    How did things go at the office today dear?
    You know, same oh same oh, what's for supper?
    Fish...
    Oh God, I'm gona go out of my mind...

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Amazing picture of brothers with hair on end minutes before they were hit by Lightening

    01/12/2015 12:05:31 AM PST · 56 of 69
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Neidermeyer
    The hair on end is created when the channel/path for the return strike is created.

    Close, but not quite right. Lightning is caused by an electric charge which builds up in rain clouds under the correct conditions. One necessary condition is the formation of hail within the cloud, near the top where it is held by powerful updrafts. Water condenses on the hail particles, freezes causing the hail to get heavier and fall. As the hail drops it encounters warmer air which melts some ice from the particle. When enough is melted the updraft mill cause the lightened ice to return to the cloud top.

    This lifting and dropping acts to separate static electricity (generated by the turbulent up & down drafts) into positive and negative areas at the top and bottom of the thunder head cloud. Electric charges of the same polarity repel each other, thus the bottom of the cloud is evenly covered with charged particles of the same polarity.

    As the surface winds move the clouds sideways relative to the earth, the charged bottom (which may be several acres in extent) is mirrored by a similarly sized sheet of opposite polarity traveling along the ground. This happens because unlike charges attract. The charged bottom of the cloud and the charged mirroring it on the ground move along together because of the electrostatic attraction. The distance between these two charged areas (air gap) serves to keep the charges separated. As the cloud moves along the charges keep trying to annihilate the potential difference between cloud and ground.

    As the cloud moves you might notice short leaders jumping from the ground upwards toward the cloud above (St. Elmo's Fire). The leaders are trying to make a connection and will form on anything that reduces the air gap. If they are visible it's time to lay as flat as possible.

    If you are near a tall tree or metal tower they will always attract lightning and should be avoided because of secondary effects.

    A strike is initiated when a leader from the ground reaches upward and joins a leader from the cloud reaching down. The areas of charge on the cloud bottom and on the ground are both spread over a large area. When the leaders make contact, they establish a very narrow path by ionizing the air in the gap which may be a foot or so in diameter. Once the arc is started all of the charged particles on the cloud bottom (several acres in extent) rush to join in the current flow through ionized leader path to ground. Currents in the million amp range may flow and heat up the air which causes it to violently expand and produce thunder.

    Often missed by people discussing lighting are secondary effects. Once the strike is passing a very large current (a million amps) which is flowing sideways from the edges of the charged area to the ionized connection. This is also a current, mirrored by the charges flowing through the ground. Now you have a million amps flowing sideways through the ground This will generate an extremely strong electromagnetic pulse. Any metal objects (telephone wires, stove pipes, copper pipes, electric fence wires &c, &c fiber optic cables no problem) will act as an air core transformer and induce a charge of several tens of thousands Volts as the charge eventually dissipates. (My brother had a private well with a submersible pump. The pump stopped working after a thunder storm passed through the area, the motor was burned out even though it was 85' below ground and under water!)

    The actual voltages are not DC nor AC as such because there are inductive and capacitive elements which produce a damped oscillation.

    PS trees are very bad Ju-Ju as a lightning strike will pass through the bark and burn a conductive path through the sap, which boils to steam and is known to cause a nasty explosion.

    Regards,
    GtG

    PS Hope that clears everything up...

  • The world's biggest ship - for 53 days

    01/10/2015 3:58:26 PM PST · 27 of 62
    Gandalf_The_Gray to St_Thomas_Aquinas
    I watched “On the Waterfront” recently and noticed that containers weren’t standardized even in the 50s.

    Container sizes are standardized by ISO (International Standards Organization). The design applies to rail, truck and air transport.

    I know that JetWay Inc. was working on support equipment to load standard containers into 747-Fs. I would think that air service would require lighter materials to keep fuel consumption reasonable.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Wernher von Braun: The Father of Space Flight

    01/06/2015 5:33:37 PM PST · 81 of 87
    Gandalf_The_Gray to fishtank
    Wernher von Braun: The Father of Space Flight

    Following the first successful launch and flight of a prototype A4 (V2), Walter Dornberger supposedly turned to Von Braun and congratulated him.

    Von Braun was said to have muttered under his breath "It a pity we hit the wrong planet."

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Russians Usher in New Era of Warfare with Battle Bots [Video]

    01/02/2015 4:10:52 PM PST · 20 of 22
    Gandalf_The_Gray to itsahoot
    MetalStorm showed off their remote guns several years ago.

    Metalstorm has made outlandish claims as to it's cyclic rate of fire, but they never say what the rate is after the last tube has run dry.

    Who on God's green earth is going to hump enough ammo to keep up? Consider that the "ammo" consists of a rifled barrel of the correct bore size, filled to the top with powder and projectiles.

    It is a solution looking for a problem. I expect that it costs more then a Claymore mine and once it's shot it's wad it anin't worth diddly squat.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Russians Usher in New Era of Warfare with Battle Bots [Video]

    01/02/2015 3:54:04 PM PST · 19 of 22
    Gandalf_The_Gray to DesertRhino
    Oh,, and 10 uninterrupted hours of 50 cal fire? Dude,, seriously.

    Pure, unmitigated, Ru-ski Bolshevitski!

    I should think it relativity easy to blind sensors w/ lasers, rf noise, EMP, or similar. I would guess that if these things are supposed to operate autonomously that they will have an integral kill switch to prevent "friendly fire" incidents. (food for thought!)

    When we capture one or two it should be easy to reverse engineer the C&C software/hardware and then send these machines back where they came from with new targets designated.

    Oh please, please turn your spanking new killing machines loose. I want to watch the "end game". We can field generations of juvenile delinquents weaned on video games and hacking operating systems. (It should be fun to watch...)

    Regards,
    GtG

  • THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX SLAVE RINGS

    12/31/2014 2:22:06 PM PST · 31 of 32
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Shimmer1
    They don’t have the right to be crucified like Jesus Christ.

    Impaled on a sharpened iron bar then?

    Regards,
    GtG

  • This Street Cat Had Contracted A Virus And, Left With One Eye And Only Four Teeth...

    12/31/2014 11:37:43 AM PST · 41 of 41
    Gandalf_The_Gray to QuisCustodiet1776
    Misplaced compassion and a relative waste of money. The cat should have been put down and the money sent instead to a deserving orphanage or similar organization. For that matter it could have been sent to the local militia.

    Compassion is never misplaced; "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?" Luke 12:6

    How someone choses to "waste" their money is not a subject polite people entertain. Perhaps if the shoe were on the other (your) foot you might understand the nature of charity.

    Regards,
    GtG

    PS Vets do not "put down" old animals for free. Paying them to kill an old friend is truly a waste. I have made the effort to sit by the fireside and gently hold my elder cats as they passed. If your militia comment was meant to imply "to be used for target practice" you should look to your soul, as your comment hints at a youth spent pulling the wings off of flies.

  • What was the lowest gas price you can remember both as a young person, (non-driver) and as a driver?

    12/29/2014 3:34:12 PM PST · 166 of 207
    Gandalf_The_Gray to nikos1121
    $0.17/gal

    I remember Milwaukee had a gas war which ran on for over thirty years.

    My first paying job was an attendant at a Gulf station near Iron Mouintain MI, pumping gas and handing out the free glasses and S&H green stamps for $0.75/hour, (late 1950's). I also did oil changes, grease jobs (Pontiacs had 16 Zerk fittings!), tune-ups and made change for the ladies doing their laundry at the attached laundromat.

    When things got dull I worked on my high school home work.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Grizzly vs. Electrified Deer Carcass

    12/28/2014 1:34:17 PM PST · 26 of 41
    Gandalf_The_Gray to llevrok
    They said my carrion had to fit in the above bin or below the seat in front of me.

    Ouch!

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Airbus’s Flagship Plane May Be Too Big To Be Profitable (A380 ‘Super-Jumbo’)

    12/28/2014 12:37:45 PM PST · 26 of 36
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Olog-hai
    Apparently the biggest problem for double-deck passenger aircraft is the need for customized jetway bridges to access the plane.

    I seem to recall that the Japanese were asking Boeing for a triple-deck 747. The idea they were perusing was a short haul, high capacity commuter plane to speed up inter-island transportation.

    The proposed layout would extend the first class lounge all the way back to the rudder, and the cargo deck would be converted to a carry passengers as well.

    I don't know if Boeing talked them out of it or the Japanese rethought the logistics of embarking/debarking passengers by the thousand lot, needles to say it "never got off the ground!"

    Regards,
    GtG

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

    12/21/2014 12:16:26 PM PST · 22 of 31
    Gandalf_The_Gray to proxy_user
    If they ever get them to work reliably, they would be most useful for people who are too old to drive safely.

    Not very likely as by then they will have forgotten where they were going...

    Oh they'll never return,
    yes they'll never return,
    for their fate is still unknown,
    they may ride forever on the streets of Boston,
    their fate sealed until the fuel runs dry...

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Editorial Should non-citizens in the U.S. vote?

    12/21/2014 11:54:17 AM PST · 39 of 64
    Gandalf_The_Gray to The_Media_never_lie
    Is lunacy contagious?

    Yes, parents get it from their children...

    Regards,
    GtG

  • VANITY: Teaching Readin

    12/17/2014 7:47:42 PM PST · 42 of 58
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Blood of Tyrants
    In fcat, you can siltl rogneczie wdros eevn if tehy are wertitn in the wnorg oerdr.

    It's "pattern recognition", it works even if you substitute numbers that resemble individual letters.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Lame Duck Dems Push Anti-Gun Murthy As Surgeon General

    12/16/2014 11:01:03 AM PST · 11 of 20
    Gandalf_The_Gray to USCG SimTech
    A cabinet position cannot issue an ordinance that is illegal and/or unconstitutional. Laws are changed/created through the legislative branch in regular order.

    Laws are laws and then there are Federal Regulations which freely spring from the faceless bureaucrats. Their intent seems to be seizing control of every aspect of our lives. They do not need congressional approval to become a major pain in the butt.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Stinky revenge: Couple tricks holiday package thief into stealing box of dog poop

    12/12/2014 12:41:27 PM PST · 30 of 30
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Lou L
    I'd settle for covering them with just dog feces!

    As I recall, pig poo is by far the worst!

    Regards,
    GtG

  • (Floiduh) Library's tale of woe: Bedbugs biting patrons

    12/11/2014 4:04:03 PM PST · 8 of 13
    Gandalf_The_Gray to trisham
    The author of that book (Rachel Carson) is responsible for the death of millions.

    So is Ralph Nader although he has said it (pushing to ban DDT) was the worst mistake of his life. Very little comfort to the millions that died...

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Mass Rapes at UC Berkeley?

    12/08/2014 9:24:35 AM PST · 40 of 91
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Da Coyote
    I’ll start listening when libs do some homework on Dead Ted and Bubba Clinton.

    You forgot JFK and his twerp little brother.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • The Most Disappointing Travel Destinations on Earth

    12/07/2014 1:40:30 PM PST · 191 of 333
    Gandalf_The_Gray to cripplecreek
    I could spend all summer, every summer in Michigan’s upper Peninsula and do it at a fraction of the cost of globetrotting.

    The UP isn't what it used to be twenty or so years ago. The developers have scooped up all the available real estate and parceled it out to the "flat land tourists" who build ticky-tacky cabins.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Medal of Honor campaign continues for black sergeant who saved troops

    12/07/2014 1:31:41 PM PST · 32 of 36
    Gandalf_The_Gray to DWaves
    All I see through the mist in my eyes is a United States Solder who did more that give some, He gave all for his friends, fellow solders and his country!

    AMEN!

    In Highest Regard,
    GtG

  • The New American Civil War

    12/03/2014 8:33:04 PM PST · 14 of 24
    Gandalf_The_Gray to The_Harlequin
    There can be such a thing as a non-shooting “cold war” just as once existed between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. To be sure,...

    People by the hundreds died during the "cold war". It might not have been a formally declared shooting war but dead is still dead.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • MSNBC COLUMN: Why I can’t believe Darren Wilson

    11/28/2014 2:03:47 PM PST · 86 of 93
    Gandalf_The_Gray to navyguy
    Michale Brown had a gunshot wound to his hand that autopsy and forensics have shown could only occur if his hand was 1/4 inch or less away from the muzzle.

    If Brown had succeeded in pushing the slide out of battery Wilson would not have been able to fire. I wonder if Brown knew that and was attempting to take the firearm out of the fight??

    Regards,
    GtG

  • The A-10 is back in the Middle East

    11/28/2014 9:19:19 AM PST · 61 of 115
    Gandalf_The_Gray to fhayek
    I believe that depleted uranium is not radioactive (at least to a harmful degree).

    That's true, it's started it's long strange journey back to lead.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • The A-10 is back in the Middle East

    11/28/2014 9:11:04 AM PST · 58 of 115
    Gandalf_The_Gray to FreeAtlanta
    We need to restart the A-10 production lines, not scrap the ones we have.

    Great idea, if we only could...

    Seems like some pencil-necked geek of a cost account scrapped out all the tooling used to build new A-10s!

    That's why crew chiefs were scrambling to cannibalize useful parts from older, shot-up hulks to keep newer, airworthy planes flying.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • The Vanishing White Democrat

    11/19/2014 10:32:44 AM PST · 17 of 89
    Gandalf_The_Gray to goldstategop
    The Democratic coalition consists of young single women, angry feminists, p*ssed off blacks, militant gays, intransigent enviro nazis and pampered gentry liberals. A true rainbow coalition.

    You missed the Hispanics, there may be another 5,500.000 on their way north even as we speak.

    Regards.
    GtG

  • Republicans Lawmakers Split On How To Prevent Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

    11/14/2014 11:13:05 AM PST · 40 of 40
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Jim Noble
    He played football for his Catholic high school and in college.

    That begs the question:
    Did he wear a helmet?

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Sikh student sues U.S. Army, says ROTC enlistment blocked because of his faith

    11/14/2014 10:54:47 AM PST · 42 of 74
    Gandalf_The_Gray to greatvikingone
    Beards get in the way of the best health of the soldier.

    Beards aren't worth diddly squat if you need to wear a gas mask!

    Regards<
    GtG

  • Scott Walker to GOP: You know where to look for 2016 talent, right?

    11/10/2014 3:00:15 PM PST · 18 of 74
    Gandalf_The_Gray to House Atreides
    Scott Walker is close behind Cruz and would make an outstanding VP pick.

    Maybe yes, maybe no. It has been said by previous occupants of the "second chair", the job ain't worth a bucket of warm spit.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Fawn Liebowitz Obit [Rumor]

    11/09/2014 12:15:50 PM PST · 31 of 84
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Eddie01
    “We’re all gonna die” lol

    That's pretty much established fact. The only open questions are when, where and how.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • I’m Terrified of My New TV: Why I’m Scared to Turn This Thing On — And You’d Be, Too

    11/05/2014 3:23:49 PM PST · 65 of 81
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Blood of Tyrants
    I imagine black electricians tape would do it.

    But I don't know any black electricians...??

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Why did the cat sit in the circle? No idea, say dumbfounded vets, but this is one trick that even th

    11/04/2014 11:38:22 AM PST · 48 of 48
    Gandalf_The_Gray to smokingfrog
    Which direction is the cat spinning?

    Schrodinger's cat is spinning both ways at the same time...

    Food for thought?

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Pakistan Mob Kills Christian Couple Over 'Blasphemy'

    11/04/2014 10:37:49 AM PST · 20 of 30
    Gandalf_The_Gray to iowacornman
    Can you believe we did nothing? are we cowards?

    You break it...you own it!

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Antares Rocket Explosion Initiated By Self-Destruct Order

    10/31/2014 2:22:02 PM PDT · 25 of 33
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Bogey78O
    Do they normally detonate over a launch pad?

    We had a string of bad luck back using Navy Vanguard Rockets in the early days of the "race into space", not so much now...

    "To counter this unexpected Soviet achievement, which was followed by their launch of Sputnik 2 on Nov. 3, 1957, a bold decision was made to attempt a satellite launch aboard
    the next available Vanguard rocket, a "Test Vehicle" called TV-3. This launch would occur prior to the conclusion of the test series originally intended to prove the worth of the
    Vanguard rocket. Vanguard TV-3 exploded on Launch Pad 18A before the eyes of the world on Dec. 6, 1957. The first American attempt to launch a satellite had failed dramatically."

    I think the Vanguard first stage made it to three feet before it all came crashing down leaving the orbital package pathetically beeping from the concrete surface of the launch pad after the fire was extinguished.

    The project was then handed off to Von Braun and the Army missile people. They succeeded on their first shot in an embarrassingly (for the Navy) short time.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis

    10/30/2014 11:08:09 AM PDT · 19 of 22
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Theoria
    Operation "Paper Clip"?? Scooped up the weapons designers!!

    Our German Scientists are better than Your (Russian) German Scientists, Na na na Na!!

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Seattle Socialist Party demands $20/hr minimum wage; ban of part-time jobs

    10/28/2014 9:43:06 PM PDT · 42 of 42
    Gandalf_The_Gray to jsanders2001
    You can’t rationalize an incorrect answer,

    Sure you can, if you use Common Core to do the math there are no incorrect answers!

    Regards,
    GtG

  • State Department Plans To Bring Foreign Ebola Patients To U.S. (Infected Doctors & Medical Aides)

    10/28/2014 9:30:38 PM PDT · 31 of 33
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Ann Archy
    WTF are those???

    Bush meat, today's special;
    Rat on a stick!

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Miss Hitler 2014

    10/19/2014 6:32:54 PM PDT · 18 of 24
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Ouchthatonehurt
    Think he(?) might have a hard time landing that position in Human Resources?

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Miss Hitler 2014

    10/19/2014 6:29:24 PM PDT · 17 of 24
    Gandalf_The_Gray to skeeter
    I thought most Russians hated Hitler, too.

    Not true, the NKVD (internal police) were positioned behind the Russian Army regulars to shoot deserters. The deserters took to surrendering to the German troops, seeking asylum. Significant numbers of Russian troops were formed up into all Russian units which served as front line shock troops, supporting the German invasion. The defecting Russians made a critical mistake by circulating claims that "It takes a Russian to kill a Russian!". These claims did not go unnoticed by German officers who called in SS units to quash the embarrassing rumors.

    Bad news for the Russian troopers as there was no place left for them...

    Regards,
    GtG

  • Miss Hitler 2014

    10/19/2014 5:05:12 PM PDT · 8 of 24
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Jan_Sobieski
    ...a regime that killed more than six million people.

    There are basically two schools of thought when it comes to the number who died at Stalin's hands. There's the "Why doesn't anyone realize that communism is the absolutely worst thing ever to hit the human race, without exception, even worse than both world wars, the slave trade and bubonic plague all put together?" school, and there's the "Come on, stop exaggerating. The truth is horrifying enough without you pulling numbers out of thin air" school. The two schools are generally associated with the right and left wings of the political spectrum, and they often accuse each other of being blinded by prejudice, stubbornly refusing to admit the truth, and maybe even having a hidden agenda. Also, both sides claim that recent access to former Soviet archives has proven that their side is right.
    Here are a few illustrative estimates from the Big Numbers school:
    Adler, N., Victims of Soviet Terror, 1993 cites these:
    Chistyakovoy, V. (Neva, no.10): 20 million killed during the 1930s.
    Dyadkin, I.G. (Demograficheskaya statistika neyestestvennoy smertnosti v SSSR 1918-1956 ): 56 to 62 million "unnatural deaths" for the USSR overall, with 34 to 49 million under Stalin.
    Gold, John.: 50-60 million.
    Davies, Norman (Europe A History, 1998): c. 50 million killed 1924-53, excluding WW2 war losses. This would divide (more or less) into 33M pre-war and 17M after 1939.
    Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago,
    Intro to Perennial Classics Edition by Edward Ericson: Solzhenitsyn publicized an estimate of 60 million. Aleksandr Yakovlev estimates perhaps 35 million.
    Page 178: citing Kurganov, 66 million lives lost between 1917 and 1959
    Rummel, 1990: 61,911,000 democides in the USSR 1917-87, of which 51,755,000 occurred during the Stalin years. This divides up into:
    1923-29: 2,200,000 (plus 1M non-democidal famine deaths)
    1929-39: 15,785,000 (plus 2M non-democidal famine)
    1939-45: 18,157,000
    1946-54: 15,613,000 (plus 333,000 non-democidal famine)
    TOTAL: 51,755,000 democides and 3,333,000 non-demo. famine
    William Cockerham, Health and Social Change in Russia and Eastern Europe: 50M+
    Wallechinsky: 13M (1930-32) + 7M (1934-38)
    Cited by Wallechinsky:
    Medvedev, Roy (Let History Judge): 40 million.
    Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: 60 million.
    MEDIAN: 51 million for the entire Stalin Era; 20M during the 1930s.

    Reflection on the two dictators gives Stalin a 9 to 1 edge over Hitler in overall deaths. Stalin decimated the entire Ukraine by enforced starvation, a very nasty way to go.

    Regards,
    GtG

  • The German Army Is Getting a New Machine Gun

    10/19/2014 1:37:47 PM PDT · 88 of 107
    Gandalf_The_Gray to SunkenCiv
    Hitler didn’t understand warfare from either a strategic or a tactical sense.

    True, but that handicap is shared with our CiC, no?

    Regards,
    GtG

  • VIDEO: Judge Judy has zero tolerance for moocher used to Obama era mentality

    10/19/2014 12:15:13 PM PDT · 18 of 28
    Gandalf_The_Gray to fatnotlazy
    I’ve allowed myself some credit, but when I could no longer work, I ditched almost all of my credit cards and I don’t borrow for anything.

    Sounds great but there is a problem with that strategy, if you never borrow you will never establish a "credit history". If you really need money (health emergency, car falling apart, fire damage to the kitchen, &c, &c) you'll find it hard to find lenders who will trust you to pay it back on time.

    A better strategy is to limit yourself to one or two credit cards. Use them regularly for everyday things (gas for the car, groceries, things that you need and can afford). When the statement arrives, pay the entire balance before the 'due date' and you will not have to pay any interest.

    If you are able, double up on your mortgage payments, the first payment includes interest, the second all goes toward reducing the principle. (cuts a 30 year mortgage to way less than 15 years)

    If you follow through with this strategy you will establish a credit history with a "triple score" in the 800 range and you will have preferential treatment from financial people (bankers, loan officers, &c) who will now look at you as a favored customer.

    Regards,
    GtG

    PS I have followed this plan since I was 18 and now I can borrow at 1% under prime rate if I want to buy a new car.

  • Too stupid to roast marshmallows

    10/19/2014 11:06:39 AM PDT · 38 of 44
    Gandalf_The_Gray to Zakeet
    You can't be too careful with that stuff because it (gasp) explodes!

    Now you've gone and done it! EXPLODES is a key word that will guarantee the NSA, FBI, BATFE, HOMELAND SECURITY, CIA, DIA (& others whom I am not at liberty to mention) will be intercepting all of your electronic communications forever more, until the end of time!!!

    Ah crap, now I'm on the list too...

    Regards,
    GtG

  • A cavalier attitude toward Ebola

    10/13/2014 9:46:13 AM PDT · 17 of 18
    Gandalf_The_Gray to hal ogen
    If ebola pierces the white hut, how would that be handled?

    Nail the doors and windows shut and set fire to the place!

    Regards,
    GtG