Posts by NelsTandberg

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  • It's Time to Criminalise Serious Scientific Misconduct

    09/15/2014 3:52:24 PM PDT · 45 of 60
    NelsTandberg to tomkat

    Don’t know her political or philosophical leanings. Nuwer is simply relating the opinions of Richard Smith, who according to the article, “ ... edited the BMJ from 1991 to 2004. He is a founding member of the Committee on Publication Ethics, a former trustee of the UK Research Integrity Office and author of The Trouble with Medical Journals (CRC Press, 2006)

    Rachel Nuwer appears to be a free-lance science writer, associated with Sci. American blog network, NYTimes Greenblog, the Smithsonian, Tech Page One etc. so I would not be surprised if she has a liberal’s word view. She’s posted a bio at:

    She apparently started out as I did - researching fish. I was a comparative zoologist doctoral student specializing in air-breathing fish. Then I fell into bad company and became a biophysicist and biomedical engineer.

    I have once-removed acquaintance with an infamous fraud case - perhaps a major reason why I have no tolerance for scientific dishonesty. In 1968 I had an American Heart Association fellowship to work in Robert A. Good’s lab at the University of MN. In general terms, I was one of many working to elucidate the phylogenetic development of the immune response.

    One of the Good’s staff was William Summerlin, later infamous at Sloan-Kettering (to which Good and a number of his people moved) for his “painted mice”. See Hixon, Joseph, “The Patchwork Mouse” and Good’s obituaries at:

    I barely remember Summerlin; as a 17-year-old I was working mostly with young post-docs and newly-minted residents.

  • Stolen Secret Military Reports from Wiki Leaks: Leaked Cable Describes The Mad Scramble To Find Form

    06/09/2014 4:54:28 AM PDT · 15 of 28
    NelsTandberg to bronxville

    Here is the first link within the WikiLeaks


    There are updates logged through 10 July.

  • Texas -Cop shoots 72-year-old dead in his home (Wrong address, no charges)

    01/30/2014 12:34:00 PM PST · 56 of 133
    NelsTandberg to dragnet2

    Perhaps someone with access to Lexis/Nexis could do a search. I remember an incident in Minneapolis where a man shot a police officer who had entered his apartment w/o properly identifying himself.

    I believe the apartment dweller was not charged, after review by the DA and much publicity. I think the officer survived but with spinal-cord injuries. Incident was sometime between 1975 and 1983.

    It was a subject of great discussion by my police acquaintances.

  • 22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

    06/05/2013 5:32:17 PM PDT · 138 of 223
    NelsTandberg to bgill

    You nearly caused a keyboard accident. I had no idea that it was possible to snort home-made lasagna! “Pee-can”, indeed.

    In my corner of Florida, I, an ex-Minnesota carpetbagger, hear “puh-cahn” when my neighbors talk about the nut crop.

  • Looking for a good air rifle, suggestions? ~ Vanity

    05/23/2013 12:42:59 PM PDT · 55 of 73
    NelsTandberg to GraceG

    I agree with earlier poster. 50+ years of experience shows that inexpensive peanut butter, mixed with “raw” oatmeal in a 2:1 ratio, draws in red & grey squirrels & chipmunks.

    The combination is sticky-enough that only very trap-wary rodents can lick or nibble it off the trap pan without dropping the doors.

    - - -

    May I suggest squirrel stew?

  • FLOODED IN, West of St. Augustine, Florida

    05/03/2013 5:11:53 AM PDT · 8 of 24
    NelsTandberg to SWAMPSNIPER

    Stay dry. I saw the flash flood warnings before dawn. If you do not already know about this link, see:

    Real-time weather coming at you from the SW (Hastings) courtesy of the UofFL Experimental Station. 4.96 inches in the last 12 hours anmd 6.08 in the last 24.

  • Using sales taxes as a gun control tool [ $25 tax on every firearm....]

    04/09/2013 10:58:20 AM PDT · 30 of 32
    NelsTandberg to Sub-Driver

    Florida state senator Arthenia Joyner [district 19, Tampa] introduced a bill (SB 1234) which would impose an additional 4% sales tax on firearms and ammunition sales by licensed dealers. Fees collected to be deposited into the Behavioral Health Intervention and Treatment Trust Fund.

    It is currently in the Criminal Justice committee as SJ 91.

    Joyner also introduced FL’s ‘assault weapons’ & magazine bill; SB 1670. It prohibits possession of ‘assault weapons’ and possession of magazines or magazine components with > 10-round capacity - with certain exceptions. After 1 July, 2013, such items must be turned in without compensation. After 31 Dec, they may be seized without compensation and possession may result in felony charges.

  • NPR Host Presses Jake Tapper to Describe Horror of 'So Many Lies' by Swift Boat Vets....

    03/23/2013 3:25:37 PM PDT · 39 of 53
    NelsTandberg to ClearCase_guy

    I should not do this - one martini down on an empty stomach.
    I’m a Floridian and ex-river rat (TC monitors, etc. diverted to Ft. Sherman, Panama). I would have liasoned with Kerry’s units.

    Visited Arlington National Cemetary on 4Dec12, intending to visit Tomb of the Unknowns, Pershing’s grave, etc. - carrying my luggage because I refused to pay $20/bag to check @ Amtrak station (BTW Biden doesn’t have this problem).

    I asked the man behind the National Park desk what restriction I should expect, and if I had to drop off my bags. He (demeanor of E-7 or above) said I should just be courteous and respectful.

    I said that was not a problem as Kerry was not yet buried here, and I didn’t feel as strongly about Ted Kennedy. He squinted, screwed his face up, paused a few seconds, and then laughed. Said it wasn’t a problem sir, we’ll see when you get back.

  • Does Obama eat pork? (Vanity)

    10/20/2012 7:13:02 AM PDT · 18 of 21
    NelsTandberg to Trteamer
    Just about the sole good thing this son-of-a-camel-flea has done. An article in Iowa's Quad-City Times turned me on to brined pork chops. I've been brining poultry for years but bever thought to try pork. After lots of tedious testing, I have two favorites: "Cider-brined pork chops" and "Brined pork chops with apples".
  • In surprise move, Florida GOP opposes Supreme Court justices’ retention in November

    09/22/2012 6:56:54 AM PDT · 32 of 47
    NelsTandberg to deport

    And for those of us with long memories:

    Anstead, Pariente, Lewis and Quince concurred with

    “The Petition of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney for Stay of this Court’s Order Pending Review of Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court is hereby denied.”


    I’ve been voting against them since 2000.

  • Top 50 Cities In The World Ranked By Murder Rate

    06/05/2012 6:33:58 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    NelsTandberg to chainsaw

    You made me curious. I went to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report hoping to get 2011 data. Only the prelim report for the first half of 2011 is available.

    The 2010 murder rate is given as 7.90/100,000: 213 murders in a population of 2,695,598. There were 184 murders in the first half of 2011. If the population was similar and the rate continued unabated, they’d have had 368 murders. The 2011 rate would be 13.65/100,000.

  • Medtronic to cut 1,000 jobs, including 250 in Twin Cities

    05/24/2012 6:07:51 AM PDT · 30 of 31
    NelsTandberg to Pelham

    Wrong division. The ICD was inhouse Medtronic(Fridley, MN) development. Avecor made disposable medical devices for heart and lung bypass surgery and long-term respiratory support. Goodies such as blood pumps, filters, and oxygenators.

  • Medtronic to cut 1,000 jobs, including 250 in Twin Cities

    05/23/2012 7:04:41 AM PDT · 18 of 31
    NelsTandberg to okkev68
    I was the systems engineering manager/sr. research fellow for MDT’s dual chamber bradycardia, and their tachyarrythmia devices in the very late 1980s. I don't know what current LBMs might be, and don't care to find out.

    I'll suggest that you are looking at the cost to you or your insurer after several markups.

    Fully-burdened, 1990 costs for a dual-chamber IPG ran ca $120. Two leads at about $150 ea, depending on electrode material (more if a biological sensor parameter were included.) Then add literature, sterile packaging, etc. The cost for the system to a clinic/hospital was ca $5k.

    The final cost to a patient for the system - including cath lab/OR and physicians’ fees, was typically $15k.

    - - -

    R&D development times often exceeded 2 years involving teams of 20-30 people. Then came FDA submissions and clinical trials - typically another 12 to 18 months waiting for ‘approval’

    There is considerably more than cell-phone technology inside these devices. Nor is the battery chemistry trivial.

    - - -

    And as usual, I'll ‘hang up’ and ignore the posts from the hams who tell me how they really work! Freep-mail me and I can recommend a decent book describing the industry as it was through about 2000.

  • Prosecutor's statement and charge statement

    04/11/2012 7:07:21 PM PDT · 1 of 101
  • The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog is Now Online!

    12/17/2011 7:19:21 PM PST · 21 of 23
    NelsTandberg to Calvin Locke

    This may help. I used to maintain a database when there were only a dozen or so exoplanets. I’d plug the RA and DEC into “Dance of the Planets” and Celestron’s “The Sky” and then go look with my Questar. Now, with over 700 of them I don’t have the time.

    Download the database in CSV format (about 1.2 MB) from:

    The help file is at:

    You will find the stars’ J2000 RA & Dec coordinates, and Draper, Bright Star, Hipparcos, and SAO catalogs names. Some of these must work with your telescope.

  • David Cameron's US 'supercop' blocked by Theresa May (wanted US cop to run Scotland Yard)

    08/06/2011 6:56:19 AM PDT · 4 of 6
    NelsTandberg to markomalley

    I generally feel sorry for the law-abiding people of London. It would have been interesting to have seen who was most enraged by Bratton.

    I know what I think of him and his anti-second amendment stance. A sampler:

    “High-capacity ammunition magazines were designed as weapons of war,” Bratton says.

    “They were designed to kill as many people as possible in the shortest period of time. ... They simply do not belong in untrained civilian hands.” “Anything less then a ban on these bulk bullet clips, like the ban proposed in bills before Congress, is reckless ... and wrong,” Bratton says

    Police oppose bill to shield gunmakers, dealers from lawsuits

    “The police campaign began last week when Chief William J. Bratton of the Los Angeles Police Department held a news conference denouncing the bill. Bratton and 80 other police officials then signed a letter to the Senate expressing their opposition. At the same time, a full-page advertisement featuring a photograph of Bratton and paid for by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence appeared in the Washington Post. The advertisement is expected to appear soon in other major newspapers and on television, and Bratton said he would go to Washington to lobby senators.”

    But ...

    Liberals were outraged when a variant of New York City’s ‘Broken Windows’ based COMSTAT was instituted in the Minneapolis housing projects.

    Before New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani forced his resignation in 1996, “Big” Bill Bratton was known to critics as a braggart and a hardnose with persistent visions of grandeur. His marriage of zero-tolerance philosophy with computer technology—called COMSTAT in New York—was considered revolutionary. It landed him not only a six-figure book deal and job offers from South Africa to New England, but the adulation of thousands of cops across the country.

    I wonder how the Lord Mayor would have reacted. Incidentally, I thought that legislation in 2008 already mandated that the Met Police Commissioner be a British citizen.

  • Pirates disrupting climate change research

    07/14/2011 8:47:50 AM PDT · 33 of 34
    NelsTandberg to Little Ray

    and to echo Jonascord - it is the rules of engagement. Lifted from the Jacksonville Times-Union this very morning... The newspaper was interviewing returning members of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 11. Here is Navy Lt. Overn’s story

    “It was also Overn’s first deployment and his first taste of combat conditions.

    It was his helicopter that intercepted pirates attempting to hijack a Filipino merchant ship, the M/V Falcon Trader II, in the Arabian Sea on March 24.

    Overn’s Sea Hawk arrived over the ship just as two pirates had gotten aboard with a rope ladder and two more were scurrying up it from their boat. Overn’s air crew fired heavy machine gun rounds into the water near the boat, convincing the two to climb back down. The two already aboard jumped into the ocean.

    As the helicopter then ushered the pirate vessel away, some of the pirates took pot shots at them. The aircraft returned fire, purposely missing the perpetrators but convincing them to flee the scene.

    “Our hearts were racing,” Overn said.”

    Read it at:

  • Nicolas Cardinal diCusa was right where Galileo was wrong.

    07/02/2011 6:34:16 AM PDT · 8 of 25
    NelsTandberg to dangus

    Let’s give Galileo a break. As a retired engineer/scientist who is an amateur astronomer and ex-high-power shooter, I’m puzzled.

    Stellar parallax is observed, and would prove that the stars are not all at the same distance from earth. But doing so took optics designed by Fraunhofer in the 1820s. Credit for the first measurement is given to Friedrich Bessel for an 1839 measurement of 61 Cygni.

    The parallax for the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is ca 0.77 arc-seconds. Admittedly, this is a half-angle of the observed shift but an arc-second is darn small.

    Ca. 1/60th of a marksman’ minute-of-angle, and equivalent to 1 part in nearly 1.3 million or a dime at 3.7 km.

  • Nearly half of Detroiters can't read

    05/08/2011 6:09:59 PM PDT · 44 of 77
    NelsTandberg to alice_in_bubbaland
    Thrown into the sewers. I remembered these pictures but found I had already moved them to backup storage. I don't know who owns the copyright so I apologize ahead of time. Merely search for images with the key words "detroit tree book depository".

  • Sen. Schumer proposes "no-ride list" for Amtrak trains

    05/08/2011 5:49:44 PM PDT · 66 of 76
    NelsTandberg to Fred Hayek

    They, or the local constabulary, are already doing so. You may read accounts in the professional photography or rail fan magazines.

    Rail fans taking pictures are routinely stopped,; sometimes cameras are confiscated. Many are having problems even when carrying printed notices either from the railroad management or political hacks insisting that there is nothing criminal in taking pictures of what is routinely visible from public thoroughfares.

  • Risks and Benefits of a Gun in the Home

    04/30/2011 7:28:47 AM PDT · 1 of 66
    Full article available at:

    I expect the Hemenway article to become another round in the belt used by anti-gunners defending their position. It is thorough - 101 citations - and focused on accidental injury and suicide, but snarky. For example, in his conclusion:

    "There are real and imaginary situations when it might be beneficial to have a gun in the home. For example, in the Australian film Mad Max, where survivors of the apocalypse seem to have been predominantly psychopathic male bikers, having a loaded gun would seem to be very helpful for survival, and public health experts would probably advise people in that world to obtain guns. However, for most contemporary Americans, the scientific studies suggest that the health risk of a gun in the home is greater than the benefit."

    And the last sentence, "Indeed, after weighing the scientific evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) decided that guns do not belong in households with children ..."

    Ironic, given that the Florida senate passed Thursday a bill (HB155) designed to keep pediatricians from routinely entering data on firearms possession into the medical record.

    ArsTechnica has a very recent, balanced review of the article, but rules don't allow an excerpt or even a link.

  • New Condensation Tech Captures Drinkable Water From Diesel Exhaust

    04/19/2011 8:00:56 AM PDT · 13 of 16
    NelsTandberg to B4Ranch

    The EPA ought to be happy we’d be recycling a potent greenhouse gas. Actually, the water comes from the fuel. I had to run an estimate as I didn’t believe the quoted value:

    If diesel ~ cetane, then weight is .645 lb/gal
    and cetane (C15H34) is 12.93 moles/gal
    or 439.7 moles H/gal

    This means 219.8 moles H2O produced, or 3.98 kg water
    or 0.899 US gallons.

    Don’t really know what composition of #1 or #2 diesel is, but it is denser at about 7.3 lb/gal.

  • Felon Lands State Job With Access to Confidential Records

    04/15/2011 6:35:08 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    NelsTandberg to WOBBLY BOB

    The KSTP article doesn’t give me a sense of why the reporter is outraged. The affair is curious.

    I knew Grant Kruger when he was head of the Military Vehicles and Arms Museum of Minnesota, back when I was involved in WWII re-enactments (I was a lowly German light-infantry Gefreiter carrying a Mauser) Had I the money at the time, this sort of thing was the only way Minnesota would allow one to possess a Thompson.)

    Kruger fell in with a group who stole vehicles - many of them museum pieces - from Ft. McCoy in WI. There is a little about the affair at:

  • Tim Pawlenty: GOP 2012 field goes from serious to Hulk Hogan [disses SP]

    04/13/2011 7:43:29 AM PDT · 38 of 44
    NelsTandberg to 724th

    I agree. I’m a former Minnesotan who escaped to FL over a decade ago, but I still discuss local politics with friends and family who remain behind. One friend has literally chased Pawlenty around at fund raising events trying to get answers on light rail, outstate tuition breaks for UofMN students, support for professional sports stadiums, etc.

    If his stories are true, the guy has more problems than just that of rolling over on Franken.

  • The Walmart Inflation Barometer Just Went Up 10% In a Week

    02/13/2011 10:53:25 AM PST · 67 of 103
    NelsTandberg to E. Pluribus Unum

    Oops - I was so involved in getting the images and data source reference over I forgot my other point. Look carefully at the packaging. I tend to avoid WalMart poultry now because the packaging contains ca. 15% water “for flavoring”

  • The Walmart Inflation Barometer Just Went Up 10% In a Week

    02/13/2011 10:51:08 AM PST · 64 of 103
    NelsTandberg to E. Pluribus Unum
    I worry about inflation and the conversion of corn to ethanol (good bourbons get a pass). I decided last month to look at long-term commodity prices for corn and chicken. Using World Bank data for the period Jan 1980 through Sep 2010, I found a very weak relationship. Chicken, ready-to-cook, whole, iced, FOB Georgia Docks Maize, US number 2 yellow, FOB Gulf of Mexico The correlation coefficient was 0.396. Perhaps I should have looked at beef, in as much as the energy costs of keeping chicks warm might mean more than feed costs, but I also assumed that with shorter time-to-market, the prices would track more closely. I hope these graphs make it through - I just signed up for a flickr account to get these online. scatterplot2 dual plot
  • Duluth News Tribune and Other Papers Endorse Horner(I-Mn, Not Just Taking Democrat Votes)

    10/18/2010 11:43:10 AM PDT · 11 of 24
    NelsTandberg to ken5050

    Local papers in Oberstar’s 8th district are reporting that during the last reporting period he got only a single campaign donation from a resident. All other monies came from outside the district or outside the state.

    A map of his district is at:

  • Floridians holding house parties to promote amendments (Janet Reno honorary co-chair)

    08/29/2010 5:32:52 AM PDT · 21 of 33
    NelsTandberg to Cincinatus' Wife
    Obviously, we need more of these/s. I live in a little corner of this, Florida's 3rd Congressional district. The map doesn't do it justice. Here it is about 1/2-mile wide.

    Corrine Brown

  • “Let’s make the Vets wait for care until they all die”

    05/26/2010 8:14:00 PM PDT · 11 of 16
    NelsTandberg to Mike Darancette

    I’m disappointed in Dr. Roth’s article. My father, a WWII vet of the Ardennes and Patton’s 3rd Army, died today in the Mpls VA at age 91. Over the last 3 years, the care he received was good-to-very good. Yes, there were irritating SNAFUs, and records nightmares - most dealing with audiology and hearing aids - and some curious lack of communications between the medical staff, but I have to give the Minneapolis VA a high passing grade.

    I think I’m qualified; being as a retired biomedical engineer and cardiovascular physiologist. In fact, the VA staff went out of their way to be helpful and to provide services.

    I will be circumspect so as to not get anyone in trouble. Several times my father was prompted to describe ailments as service-connected so he would not have to pay for the therapy. Being old-school, he said, “Hell no, they are not.”

    An aside - as a army veteran from 1971-1973, I have not enrolled in the VA system so have no stories of my own.

  • Dean Black announces challenge to Corrine Brown (FL 3rd district)

    03/21/2010 12:18:52 PM PDT · 1 of 4
  • Volcano erupts in Iceland, hundreds evacuated

    03/21/2010 7:47:36 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    NelsTandberg to Kartographer

    And in typical AP fashion - no editors took math - the AP’s correspondents write, “Authorities initially feared the eruption occurred below the 100-square-mile (160 square-kilometer) Eyjafjallajokull glacier and could have...”

    Area is such a difficult concept, and to then bring in unit conversions. Oh my!

    Last time I did this in my head, 100 miles^2 was slightly larger than 256 km^2.

  • Tax move by Brazil risks US trade war

    03/08/2010 5:45:49 PM PST · 8 of 9
    NelsTandberg to Gay State Conservative
    I'd hate to pass this up.

    Build the house - check. Build the shop - OK, that's next. Bring the SAR cutter back into shape - sometime soon. Fly the plane back from Brazil ...

    More at:

  • Islam Is … Blocked By ‘Bug’ In Google Suggest

    01/11/2010 6:28:36 AM PST · 15 of 27
    NelsTandberg to ConservativeMind

    Thanks for the information. Just looked Ixquick up on Google in preparation for switching over. Something poetic about that...

  • Roboboat?

    12/15/2009 7:51:18 PM PST · 1 of 11
    The article's comments are interesting. My apologies if this was covered in September; I found nothing with a title search.
  • Chris Matthews "Deeply Apologizes" For Calling West Point the "Enemy Camp" - Video

    12/02/2009 5:15:07 PM PST · 76 of 78
    NelsTandberg to Kartographer

    Consider the source. I submit some of Kipling’s “Tommy”. Stanza 3 is apt.

    ‘I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
    The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
    The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
    O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
    But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-’alls,
    But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
    But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
    The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
    O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

    Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
    An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
    Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?”
    But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.


  • Starve the Beast (You know who I mean.)

    12/02/2009 5:13:48 PM PST · 5 of 5
    NelsTandberg to timesthattrymenssouls

    Consider the source. I submit some of Kipling’s “Tommy”. Stanza 3 is apt.

    ‘I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
    The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
    The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
    O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
    But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play,
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins”, when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-’alls,
    But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
    But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
    The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
    O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

    Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
    An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
    Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?”
    But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.


  • Dept of the Army Pam 600-15 "Extremist Activities"

    11/11/2009 3:35:19 PM PST · 1 of 3
    I found this today, by accident. I don't remember pablum like this in the regs and pams prior to 1973 when I left the army as a company-grade officer. This DA Pam was issued during the Clinton era - its words might as well have been crafted by Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder. In fairness, it should have been updated during Bush's administration.

    I'm ashamed to note that page 6 is given over to a flow chart, "Figure 1–2. EXTREMIST TATTOO DECISION SUPPORT MATRIX"

  • Nerve gas detection in a fraction of a second

    10/04/2009 6:03:38 AM PDT · 5 of 7
    NelsTandberg to HiTech RedNeck
    My first thought as well. But instead of photo-catalysis, they must be trying to show the difference in fluorescence spectra after the precursors and products are excited.
  • Megan Fox Says Directors Wanted Her On The Casting Couch

    06/06/2009 6:48:22 PM PDT · 80 of 100
    NelsTandberg to Perdogg

    I can’t resist throwing this into the melee. She is photogenic, but her character judgement seems a little off.

    Los Angeles (E! Online) – Megan Fox has a thing for President-elect Barack Obama!

    “I think he’s very sexy,” the sultry starlet said at last night’s party celebrating GQ’s annual Men of the Year list (Obama is among the honorees). “And God help me because I hope I don’t get in trouble for saying this, but I think he’s so articulate and so intelligent and so charismatic when he delivers speeches, that there is something very sexy about that—very! And he’s also very slim and lean.”


  • GPS signal under threat - A few years of reduced precision might affect scientists worldwide.

    05/24/2009 7:54:47 AM PDT · 13 of 22
    NelsTandberg to org.whodat

    The more I dig into this, the more confused I am. The previous administration’s budget for FY 2009 directed the migration of LORAN-C to Dep. Homeland Security from the USCG, and the implementation of an enhanced LORAN system (LORAN-E) as a replacement. A good summary can be found at:

    For a primer on LORAN-E capabilities, see:

    Coast Guard Commandant Allen’s thoughts on shutdown of LORAN-C are here:

    What this administration does probably won’t be settled until the Air Force and the Goast Guard fight over funding, and congress critters pass the FY 2010 budget.

    Cmdr Feigenblatt of the Coast Guard’s e-navigation Branch is quoted as stating, “Enhanced Loran (eLoran) does not exist in the United States. There is neither the funding nor the authority to modernize Loran-C to eLoran. Significant additional government investment of hundreds of millions of dollars would be required to transform the Loran-C system into eLoran to potentially serve as a systemic Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) backup for GPS.”

    I’ve seen performance data on the UK LORAN-E prototypes in evaluation. Other references claim an upgrade to the US system would cost $400,000,000. The cynic in me says nothing will happen until broadcast communications and GMD cell phone service is degraded due to poor GPS satellite performance. Or we’ll contract with the Chinese for access to their system.

  • Lose your property for growing food?

    03/17/2009 5:32:59 AM PDT · 63 of 176
    NelsTandberg to Man50D

    In the interests of accuracy. This from an email I sent friends on 9 Mar. -

    Some highlights:

    The bill’s author gets large amounts of PAC money from agribusiness $2k from Cargill, $4k General Mills $4.5k Kraft Foods $5k Land O’Lakes, but most from various sugar producers -$28K

    Also from AgriMark $11k but I don’t know what that really is.

    You’ll probably read that her husband works for Monsanto - not really - but he has them for a client. Greenberg is a political scientist/pollster. He is in business with James Carville, among others.

    Monsanto gives primarily to Republicans.

    All 39 co-sponsors are Democrats

  • Why Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio must go - and soon (illegal alien lover BARF-fest)

    03/13/2009 2:30:23 PM PDT · 22 of 60
    NelsTandberg to pissant

    I just sent Mr. Ruiz, the columnist, an email reminding him that John Conyers represents Michigan’s 14th district. Minnesota has enough problems ...

    I wonder about the remainder of Ruiz’s data.

  • Study: Pacemakers at danger from hackers

    03/12/2008 4:27:03 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    NelsTandberg to calex59

    I wish it were a load of crap... For over a decade I was was a technical fellow/senior staff scientist at the company in question. One of my responsibilities was systems engineering on the AICD and dual-chamber pacing products.

    I’ve just no reviewed the full pre-print of “Pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators:Software Radio Attacks and Zero-Power Defenses” by Jalperin et al, available as a download at

    In Section IV (pages 8-10) authors claim they were able to maintain transmissions, and initiate triggered stimuli and reprogram parameters and change stored data with no magnetic field present.

    It seems to me that our old safeguards for battery longevity and also for security have been negated...

    I suspect the young engineers or outside consultants have lost track of the reasons why things were done, and are too lazy to use state diagrams to keep track of the firmware specifications.

  • Jump right into the jury pool

    01/19/2008 3:13:56 PM PST · 31 of 31
    NelsTandberg to SAJ

    Pretending to be hard-of-hearing or deaf might not work. I was empaneled eight years ago in St. Paul, MN on a civil case (despite being engineer/scientist). One of the jurors was profoundly and congenitally deaf. There were two sign language interpreters while we were in the jury room, and three during time in the courtroom.

    N.B. I had always wanted to be a juror and still do; my personal crusade to bring reason to the process.

  • Ho-ho-no: McDermott votes against Christmas

    12/15/2007 4:30:11 PM PST · 36 of 36
    NelsTandberg to bigfootbob

    The roll call vote for H resolution 847 is available at:

    The 10 house members answering “present” are listed, as are the 40 who did not vote.

  • National Defense will be history (Norway)

    11/06/2007 4:01:31 PM PST · 21 of 21
    NelsTandberg to Kurt_Hectic

    Darn, you beat me to the post by 20 hours.

    Something else is going on here - it is not as simple as those who write that Norway is abandoning its military or depending upon the US. I haven’t had a chance to ask relatives in Norway. But if you read an article in today’s “Aftenposten”, the Defense Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen is sending additional Norwegian troops to Afghanistan -

    ’ “It is completely necessary to increase the military presence in the area in order to create security,” Strøm-Erichsen said after the meeting with the parliament’s foreign committee on Tuesday morning. ‘

    and arguing that the troops might even be deployed to hotter areas in the south!

  • USS Eisenhower & USS Truman in exercise with HMS Illustrious

    08/01/2007 4:58:31 PM PDT · 1 of 13
    Nice photo in a blurb about the new Voyage Management System for navigation. This is day 7 of the exercise off the Florida coast.
  • New Vent: NBC’s Emotional Terrorism

    07/03/2007 7:53:32 PM PDT · 4 of 12
    NelsTandberg to freemike

    The story is months old.

    Here is a DOD briefing on the matter, with a short excerpt.
    I don’t know if the link is still valid:



    Okay, the one question I wanted to clarify before I throw it open for your questions is, the question was: Why did we issue a Safety of Use Message in March of `06 prior to this test?

    Well, as I said in my chronology, I took over as PEO Soldier in — on 15 May 2006. We started conducting this test on 16 May 2006. My frame of reference was this test. The Safety of Use Message was issued in March of `06 prior to my arrival by my predecessor, Brigadier General James Moran, and approved by Major General Mike Laniers (sp), and put out in theater by the combatant commander of Central Command. The basis for issuing that Safety of Use Message was a series of limited developmental tests leading up to the Safety of Use Message, and I will tell you what they were.

    Dragon Skin failed ballistic testing in May `04 at H.P. White Laboratories. We encouraged Dragon Skin to go back to the drawing board and try to solve their problems because we’re very interested in these types of armors, we’re very interested in these flexible armors. If we can get the problems shaken out of them, we think they offer great potential. That potential has not yet been realized.

    Later, from July to December of `05, Army Test and Evaluation Command conducted another developmental test; again the results were inconclusive. And then, in February of `06, Dragon Skin failed an Air Force ballistic test. At that time, we started receiving reports that soldiers and families were starting to buy Dragon Skin with their own money and shipping it into theater, and we wanted to ensure that our soldiers had the best protection available. Therefore, my predecessor issued the Safety of Use Message up the chain of command and it was approved.


    This reminds me of the testing procedures, with ‘do-overs’ associated with the M-14.

  • 15-Year-Old Byrnes Outsmarts NASA’s Global Warming Alarmist James Hansen

    06/07/2007 8:54:21 PM PDT · 60 of 75
    NelsTandberg to IncPen
    NOAA has at least 110 data buoys that acquire met data over water. I've seen many of them during my travels. Here is a picture of a 3-meter buoy. You may find a list of NOAA's stations at: Station Description and the current data from one, as an example, at: 41010 data
  • Frigate "Roald Amundsen" Delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy

    06/01/2007 9:36:24 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    More information on the Fridtjof Nansen class of Aegis-equipped, anti-submarine ships is available at: