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  • A New Fed Playbook for the New Normal

    09/21/2014 1:37:44 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    palmer to Kaslin

    This article was pretty good. I would go a little further and say that the Fed purchases are really just printing money and giving it to politicians to spend. The other subsidies go to the large banks to pay for ridiculously overvalued mortgage securities. This has not produced inflation yet here since a lot of the handout money goes to China in exchange for their crap. China has some inflation because of it. The banks turn their money around and buy up assets as the author implies. The asset purchases put a veneer of prosperity over an otherwise dismal economy.

  • Syrian Kurds warn of mounting crisis as ISIS advances, takes more villages

    09/21/2014 12:38:14 PM PDT · 16 of 18
    palmer to tobyhill

    Moderate Islamists are the ones with enough money to fund the others.

  • Bloggers trash Central Park cyclist

    09/21/2014 12:34:00 PM PDT · 63 of 89
    palmer to Fred Hayek
    “Fred” is a disparaging term for a rider with no bike handling skills...
    posted on September 21, 2014 at 2:17:16 PM EDT by Fred Hayek

    Irony alert

  • Syrian Kurds warn of mounting crisis as ISIS advances, takes more villages

    09/21/2014 7:36:06 AM PDT · 2 of 18
    palmer to tobyhill

    Too bad that Turkey is siding with ISIS.

  • CRYING RAPE: False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

    09/21/2014 5:54:01 AM PDT · 78 of 81
    palmer to AAABEST; goodwithagun
    "If the female gets off on the roughness..."

    goodwithagun, you seem to be basing this on one case which I've never heard of, some "training" you had following that case, and some internet searches which you keep telling people to do, as if the internet contains no misinformation. In other posts you admit there are gray areas. Here is the problem with your claim: there are rapes without your specified evidence. There are non-rapes even with your specified evidence. They may be rare but they exist. I require only common sense to know that, not an internet search.

    If you post claims like the quote above, you are claiming, falsely, that there is a forensic formula for roughness. We all agree that getting a victim to a medical exam will lead to better outcomes in such cases. But nobody agrees with you that it is a sure thing. Nobody agrees with you that there is formula for rape roughness vs consensual roughness, except for general guidelines. Perhaps if you link an actual site, I will look, but most likely it will be a categorical screed like your "training".

  • First Complex Attack by ISIS in Baghdad

    09/20/2014 2:20:03 PM PDT · 12 of 22
    palmer to Logical me

    You are correct.

  • First Complex Attack by ISIS in Baghdad

    09/20/2014 2:19:37 PM PDT · 11 of 22
    palmer to Vermont Lt
    On the side of Iran.

    There are many more Sunnis than Shiites. The traditional balance of power was between the Sunni rulers of the oil states and the Shiite rabble in the slums in those states. Saudi, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE are all set up like that. Libya was, and Iraq was to some extent. The exception was Iran where the rabble took over and formed their own fundamentalist state although more modern in many ways. When you see a medieval Muslim beating his wife with a stick think Sunni. When you see a modern Muslim with a cell phone blowing himself up, think Shiite. Oddly the Shiites will beat themselves too.

    Next the Sunnis invent ISIS which is essentially Taliban on steroids funded by the Sunnis in Qatar and elsewhere. ISIS is fundamentalists with knives slicing up the fundamentalists with cell phones. ISIS will use cars but only to get to new places faster to kill more people. The Muslim brotherhood is Sunni. Obama is Sunni like his masters in Saudi. Obama did not want to make a serious effort to degrade ISIS since he is on their side.

    The problem for Obama is that ISIS is a bit like Nazi Germany taking over swaths of territory and making his religion look bad. He is being forced to ally with Iran to degrade them if there is political pressure to do that. If he does and Shiite Iran emerges victorious (along with their ally Russia), then we will have new cold war with a nuclear Shiite Iran. Iran will fund terrorist Shia rabble in places like Turkey and Pakistan against the Sunni majority and rulers there.

    Obviously we don't want a strong nuclear Iran as an outcome. But we also don't want a nuclear ISIS centered in Syria and Iraq. There is no good solution but waging a large war on the side of Iran is one of the poorer choices.

  • Turkey, Azerbaijan break ground for Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline

    09/20/2014 1:08:58 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    palmer to DeaconBenjamin

    The diagram shows gas going north. They reused the map from the 14th century Muslim invasions.

  • Texas court throws out 'upskirt' photo law

    09/20/2014 10:56:35 AM PDT · 2 of 101
    palmer to SMGFan
    Wasn't there a right to privacy?

    Yes, it protects the killing of unborn babies.

  • Bay Area 2nd wealthiest area in nation — but prosperity eludes the poor

    09/20/2014 9:27:48 AM PDT · 19 of 24
    palmer to OpusatFR

    And the Barrios in Herndon and Sterling.

  • Why I Hope to Die at 75

    09/20/2014 9:03:25 AM PDT · 67 of 88
    palmer to Sherman Logan

    Most of the comments here are ad hom and the man and his brothers well deserve that. But his arguments against medical intervention are valid. Most of the “life-prolonging” treatments that he will forgo are hack and slash and irradiate followed tons and tons of drugs. None of those things are good for holistic health and quality of life.

  • Feds funding efforts to create single Internet password

    09/20/2014 6:09:19 AM PDT · 14 of 37
    palmer to markomalley
    The down-side is that everybody else would have very little concern that somebody could falsely do something in your name (therefore, you would effectively lose anonymity).

    A related downside is that if the implementation is flawed (which is likely) the unencrypted and unhashed version of "what you are" will end up in a big list on a Russian hacker website. Since you cannot change "what you are" you will be preclude from using that system forever.

  • The HRC Is Inciting Fear and Hate

    09/20/2014 6:00:34 AM PDT · 4 of 14
    palmer to Kaslin
    I thought they were talking about this HRC:
  • UKRAINE Crimea: Massive Searches Announced: Looking for "Subversive" Books to Destroy Them

    09/19/2014 7:29:33 PM PDT · 55 of 84
    palmer to 1rudeboy

    Find a personal attack by me, Mostly I attack neocon logic.

  • UKRAINE Crimea: Massive Searches Announced: Looking for "Subversive" Books to Destroy Them

    09/19/2014 7:27:39 PM PDT · 54 of 84
    palmer to Greetings_Puny_Humans
    I came to Virginia from Mass but had already shucked the Mass liberalism then. I am a 25 year subscriber to Chronicles.

    The reason I asked was the "we" in one of your comments last week. Sounded to me like your Ukrainian relatives or something like that. If that's the case, fine, but I would like to know.

  • UKRAINE Crimea: Massive Searches Announced: Looking for "Subversive" Books to Destroy Them

    09/19/2014 7:04:25 PM PDT · 49 of 84
    palmer to Greetings_Puny_Humans
    It is easy to conclude that you are not honest, Vatnik, since you are a Russkie who compares Freepers to Russian Stalinists...

    Since you are so interested in disclosure, why don't you tell us, in general, who you are. I am not interested in specifics whatsoever, but I would like to know your nationality and political affiliation.

  • Scottish independence: First referendum results declared

    09/19/2014 6:00:50 AM PDT · 230 of 262
    palmer to the scotsman

    Congrats on your vote to stay part of Great United Kingdom of British England! Just kidding, thanks for the info above.

  • Airborne Transmission of Ebola is a Possibility

    09/18/2014 7:22:29 AM PDT · 7 of 22
    palmer to null and void

    I was an airborne Ebola skeptic, and I don’t doubt that the virus will infect via a lung. Also someone pointed out on the Ebola thread that if you smell the excretions from the victim you have just breathed in viruses.

  • Airborne Transmission of Ebola is a Possibility

    09/18/2014 7:17:46 AM PDT · 4 of 22
    palmer to Black Agnes

    ping

  • Airborne Transmission of Ebola is a Possibility

    09/18/2014 7:15:04 AM PDT · 1 of 22
    palmer
    This may be old news, but it is the first I heard of it.
  • It's Time for a Prepper Reality Check!

    09/18/2014 7:05:14 AM PDT · 38 of 64
    palmer to Lazamataz

    If you need another kludge hacker to help write the software and run the servers, I am available.

  • It's Time for a Prepper Reality Check!

    09/18/2014 6:21:32 AM PDT · 26 of 64
    palmer to 2ndDivisionVet
    I am getting finger exercise just bumping the article. He didn't specify what to do with the cats. Years ago I had an automated feeding machine. The cats would get the food if they learned, better than the skunk, when the food got dispensed. Sometimes you can even share with a skunk but in an SHTF situation that idea might go out the window.

    Anyway, survival is just a means to an end. My bugout supplies include raspberry pies (not edible) plus spare parts and portable power (solar plus battery). Granted I will get shot and maybe eaten, but I will get some code written before that.

  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    09/18/2014 5:26:12 AM PDT · 2,149 of 2,320
    palmer to Axenolith
    Hey Ax,
    That's because you live in one of the most third world parts of America. As California leads the way, we'll all get there some day, but essentially we're talking about the kind of squalor that can only exist under leftist socialism. Where taking a dump in the street is a basic human right and telling someone not to do that is a hate crime.
  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/18/2014 5:14:48 AM PDT · 74 of 98
    palmer to EEGator
    Just like people on bitcoin/gold threads have a vested interest in those threads.

    Hey now. Just because I happen to like my very small stash of shiny metal and know a thing or two about the blockchain doesn't mean I am wearing a vest. I think vests look stupid.

  • African ship carrying sick crewmen to dock in New Orleans

    09/18/2014 5:00:38 AM PDT · 111 of 130
    palmer to South Hawthorne
    I second what you said. Also there is a lot of clamoring for "quarantine". That works, but it works like this: if someone in a community is suspected to have Ebola, then stay away from them. Call the authorities, they come and take that person to a containment unit.

    This is how it doesn't work: declare some large area with thousands of people as "quarantined". Or declare a whole country as "quarantined". It does make sense to limit travel out of Ebola countries, but "quarantine" is a mirage. No borders of any sort can be that secure and abandoning any populated area to uncontrolled spread is simply stupid when it can be easily contained person by person.

  • Global Warming Could Cause More Cold Snaps ("Warm globally, cool locally" alert!)

    09/18/2014 2:24:51 AM PDT · 21 of 35
    palmer to samtheman
    Wonderful. Now, how about the fact that THE SEA ICE IS NOT SHRINKING!!!

    In this type of science they certainly have no use for facts like that. The recovering ice spits out a little extra warmth during the refreeze each fall: http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php You may need to click on some prior years to see that. But that is about it and the only possible effect would be in the early to mid fall. By late fall the temperatures vary naturally.

    There are two mistakes in this "science". First the weather determines the arctic temperature above the ice during the winter and therefore the weather determines whether the polar vortex "distends" or not. The second mistake is that climate models are fairly unambiguous in predicting the opposite of the conclusion in this "science". Not that anyone should believe the models, but if you do, then you would see a stronger, flatter polar jet in winter. The fact that these "scientists" have not studied those models is no surprise. The global warming catastrophe crowd is full of morons who ignore prior science and try to fit whatever catastrophe they can find into any new theory they can invent.

  • Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

    09/17/2014 5:16:06 PM PDT · 16 of 20
    palmer to ryan71
    They can’t and they know they can’t.

    They can't because it will pop the US govt bond bubble (and the US mortgage security bubble). But keeping rates low hollows out the US economy making the inevitable crash worse.

  • African ship carrying sick crewmen to dock in New Orleans

    09/17/2014 4:54:03 PM PDT · 53 of 130
    palmer to dforest
    The only way to stop this is quarantine where it comes from

    The West Point slum was low hanging fruit since it could be isolated. But in the end the better approach was to go in there, find the infected people and quarantine each one of them.

    Of course sending them here is a bad idea (for us) whether by boat or plane. But when they get here (not if), we will treat is like malaria and wipe it out before it spreads as we do routinely with malaria cases that make it here.

  • Can the U.S. Army Degrade and Destroy Ebola?

    09/17/2014 4:44:34 PM PDT · 54 of 64
    palmer to DannyTN
    Ebola is the biggest threat out there right now.

    It is. Also it is fairly easy to deal with given the right infrastructure. The countries involved do not have the infrastructure to fight it quickly. We can build that infrastructure quickly with a low risk to our soldiers.

  • Investors buy German debt at negative rates

    09/17/2014 4:36:56 PM PDT · 12 of 15
    palmer to 1010RD

    Yep you nailed it. There is no incentive to tie up money in any long term productive investment so you can either go with short run safety and lose a little short run, or take a short run gamble in the casino. Even a lot of “buy and hold” equity is ending up in short term speculation beneath the covers instead of long run investments in higher productivity.

  • Cooking stove use, housing associations, white males, and the 97%

    09/17/2014 8:12:26 AM PDT · 30 of 36
    palmer to palmer

    Hmm, I may have the wrong Wendy. Wendy is also the name of John Cook’s wife. Since John really worships Dana the pseudo-scientist, the Wendy must refer to his wife rather than some other fiction author.

  • Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

    09/17/2014 8:10:02 AM PDT · 52 of 83
    palmer to mmichaels1970

    Potheads are less likely to get angry, but I am talking about unpredictability. It’s hard to even tell if they are angry and about to take a swing. Also they will laugh even when they are angry. I do not like unpredictability and stoned brains can get that way.

  • Cooking stove use, housing associations, white males, and the 97%

    09/17/2014 7:56:58 AM PDT · 28 of 36
    palmer to sourcery
    Nice expose. I read about half and need to read the rest

    After alerting his raters to the latest misinformation from their enemies/participants - the apparent fable that climate science has texture - Cook observed: "This underscores the value in including the category "humans are causing >50% of global warming" as I think it will be interesting to see how many papers come under this option (yeah, yeah, DAWAAR)." Well... (FYI, I have no idea what DAWAAR means - anyone know?)

    It stands for "Dana and Wendy are always right" Dana is Dana Nuticelli (sp?) who is basically an idiot from Australia who thinks he knows everything about climate science when in reality all he has is blind obedience to the mantra of doomage. Wendy is Wendy Carlisle who apparently knows even less about the science but is a prolific author of screeds of doom. Needless to say, a person (like Cook) would have to be pretty stupid and biased to think those two dofusses are right.

  • Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

    09/17/2014 7:18:19 AM PDT · 48 of 83
    palmer to JCG
    From what I've read, MJ is a far better choice for things like pain relief, nausea, etc., than opiod narcotics like Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet

    Chronic pain maybe. Surgery or injuries, no way. The way the opioids become harmful (in some cases) is continuous use.

  • Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

    09/17/2014 7:13:25 AM PDT · 47 of 83
    palmer to wrench
    Pot is hallucinogenic, alcohol is not, it is a depressant.

    When it comes to violence and crime I would much rather have to fight off a drunk than deal with an angry pothead. Of course there are worse drugs in that regard than those two. But the average angry drunk is much easier to control.

  • Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes

    09/17/2014 7:09:47 AM PDT · 46 of 83
    palmer to FreedomStar3028
    But I would say marijuana is superior to other drugs compared to what drugs do to people.

    Not for kids. There is enough mind numbing going on (media, gaming) that we don't need to encourage more. Kids could also get drunk, but there are more consequences to that. Vomiting is the turnoff. Smokers might get a headache the next day but not much more than that. It's just too easy to be stoned all day and I don't want to make it easier.

  • 'Ratings shopping' makes a comeback in the US

    09/17/2014 2:31:25 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    palmer to Lorianne
    America has been hijacked by the financial scam artists, trial lawyers, and their pet politicians and LIV moochers and enablers. Instead of innovation and hard work the big rewards go to conniving and officially sanctioned looting. The liberal class pretends to be noble by giving OPM to the welfare class. The welfare class collects entitlements and plays the lottery as a career strategy. Immigrants flood into the country not just to cuts lawns off the books, but to live the American dream which now appears to be creating the biggest scam possible.

    As Freeper CNN points out over and over, we all pretty much fail at keeping Americans gainfully employed. We aren't buying American goods and we aren't voting for politicians who want to strengthen American industry. Instead we "invest" in a market that is constructed from financial scams especially the largest one of all and perhaps the largest in human history: the wholesale printing of our currency to fund the scam mortgage market and the politicians boondoggles.

    Nothing good will come from all of this. The dollar is being propped almost solely by the destruction of other currencies. We do that by the carry trade (creating boom and bust destruction in marginal economies), the exporting of our toxic financial products, the willful sabotage of other economies by means that should be reserved for just warfare and the massive funding of the largest US banks which pours money into numerous short term scams.

    The solution to all of this is ridiculously simple, cut the federal government. This is seemingly impossible yet it will inevitably collapse. The working class will be taxed into oblivion and forced into the welfare class which will allow the inflated currency to be distributed directly to large numbers of people Zimbabwe style. The preeminence of American technology will disappear with our manufacturing and eventually the IT sector, as it is all replaced by the financial scam sector. With our copious resources we may end up more like Nigeria than Zimbabwe, but the 1% (by then 0.1%) will own all of that.

  • Obama's '97 Percent' Climate Consensus: Debunked, Demolished, Staked through the heart

    09/16/2014 5:58:44 PM PDT · 5 of 14
    palmer to TurboZamboni

    Hard to imagine a topic less consequential and less interesting than the bumping of CO2 concentrations back closer to what they were (and ought to be) before we entered the current period of CO2 starvation (bad for many plants) and almost continuous ice ages.

  • 'Extremely dangerous' survivalist named suspect in Pennsylvania state trooper ambush

    09/16/2014 5:26:50 PM PDT · 121 of 243
    palmer to lightman
    He wants to draw the Troopers onto his territory to engage them on his terms.

    He's going to draw a couple of dogs and get his butt chewed.

  • The Oceans Ate Global Warming?

    09/16/2014 3:52:25 PM PDT · 50 of 50
    palmer to Thermalseeker
    Yes, air is a terrible heat sink, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hold heat or can't be heated.

    What amazes me in all of this is how everyone assumes the output of our star is static. That is complete and utter nonsense.

    I certainly assume no such thing. The star put out an extra 1.5W/m2 during the Medieval Warm Period and again in the second half of the 20th century. More importantly the frequency spectrum shifted to higher frequencies with various effects on weather and climate.

    we are very likely in for a century or more of cooler than “normal” temps

    Maybe. The sun is hard to predict but we will have lower solar activity for at least 20 years, and probably more. The thing about it is that it will be somewhat offset by increased CO2 warming. The concentration is now 400 ppm, up from 270-280. The extra CO2 is generally a good thing to have around right now even if the warming from it is only modest.

  • The Oceans Ate Global Warming?

    09/15/2014 6:26:12 PM PDT · 43 of 50
    palmer to Pox
    But, at a certain height in the atmosphere, the temperature was modeled to increase in temperature as a result from the increased CO2 levels in the lower atmosphere.

    True, one such predicted effect was the hotspot in the upper tropical troposphere. It has not appeared and is now mostly buried in the memory hole. The climate models have changed in the meantime and the hotspot has mostly disappeared from the model output.

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 11:55:50 AM PDT · 68 of 70
    palmer to LogicDesigner
    I figured the car was 75, I knew the subsidy is 7.5 plus any state subsidy.

    I don't believe in any subsidies right now. The R&D of things like batteries is important so we should give money to national research labs or places like that right now. Economy of scale for batteries is a joke. We are using up lithium, not scaling up. The more we waste on overkill like the Tesla, the more expensive it will get.

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 10:09:28 AM PDT · 66 of 70
    palmer to palmer

    Not secondary, primary. Our primary interests were not about oil, oil was secondary.

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 10:06:42 AM PDT · 65 of 70
    palmer to LogicDesigner
    (just ask anyone who lived through the 1973 oil crisis)

    Hmmm, 1973. Why does that year stick in my head? Ah now I remember. It's because we had other interests that were decidedly secondary to getting oil. If all we cared about was oil it would be plentiful, no shipping lane protection and no 1973 oil crisis. Not to mention we had just closed the gold window.

    Which is the main reason I think switching to electric cars (even if it means a little government help) is a very good idea.

    Ugh. If a little is good then a lot should be even better. Why subsidize $75k electric cars for the privileged when we could double or triple the subsidy and get them $150k electric cars?

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 8:40:24 AM PDT · 63 of 70
    palmer to LogicDesigner
    How about we eliminate the $7,500 electric tax credit right after we add a gas tax that will cover that $50 billion per year? Also don't forget to add in the hidden costs of all the geopolitical entanglements that oil causes.

    Oil is sold on the market. I don't see Singapore or Luxemburg sending out warships to get their share of the oil. Nor would we have to, but we want to defend other interests.

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 8:37:43 AM PDT · 62 of 70
    palmer to LogicDesigner
    You didn't mention the rest of the rest of the NY Times road-test story that they published a few days after the one you linked, entitled "Problems With Precision and Judgment, but Not Integrity, in Tesla Test". The editor admitted the original writer was imprecise in his measurements and used bad judgment during his "test". Whether or not he did so in order to write a sensational story is up to the reader to decide

    Then you should also mention that Musk attacked the writer and the NYT and caused the backpeddle. Musk can be a regular ahole when he's defending his toy cars.

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 8:34:41 AM PDT · 61 of 70
    palmer to logi_cal869
    I'm not going to debate why you're on FR propagandizing Tesla

    The Tesla fan club is worse than the Apple fan club, although that's my perception because I use a Mac and happen to like it. One difference is that I didn't get a government subsidy to buy my mac.

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 8:31:16 AM PDT · 60 of 70
    palmer to Fresh Wind
    What happens on a rainy holiday weekend and Tesla drivers are lined up at the solar-powered supercharger, especially once cheaper Teslas start to proliferate?

    There's no such thing as a solar powered supercharger. They all require fossil or nuclear to supply the high current.

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 8:29:36 AM PDT · 59 of 70
    palmer to Reaganez
    On mine zero since it is powered by natural gas electric plant.

    That's wonderful for you, but doesn't work here. Hope you like your toy and the subsidies that we taypayers gave you for it.

    You're welcome.

  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/15/2014 8:28:07 AM PDT · 58 of 70
    palmer to Reaganez
    With that electricity used to drill and refine that one gallon of diesel you can drive 20-25 miles.

    With no transmission losses, no charging losses, and no battery degradation. Fundamentally the battery suffers from low energy density and there's not much we can do about that.