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For the seventh time this morning between 8:30 and 8:48

Norton has blocked Democratic Underground for "Suspicious Webpage Activity."
Most of them were when going to http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=latest_threads
One was when going to http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027149421

I see this on occasion, but today the site is unreadable.

I assume it is one of your ads.

I will drop buy to check on this message.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Sep 8, 2015, 10:52 AM (2 replies)

Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization (whitehouse.gov)

Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization
If we want to want to create a robust civilization in our solar system, more of the energy, raw materials, and equipment that we use in space has to come from space. Launching everything we need from Earth is too expensive. It would also be too expensive to send all of the factories required to manufacture everything necessary to support a solar system civilization.

Ultimately what we need to do is to evolve a complete supply chain in space, utilizing the energy and resources of space along the way. We are calling this approach “bootstrapping” because of the old saying that you have to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. Industry in space can start small then pull itself up to more advanced levels through its own productivity, minimizing the cost of launching things from Earth in the meantime. Obviously, this isn’t going to happen overnight, but I think that it is the right long-term goal.

This 2014 article from whitehouse.gov shows forward thinking by Obama and his administration.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Sep 4, 2015, 12:49 PM (2 replies)

This Giant Fan Really Sucks (Carbon Dioxide)

This Giant Fan Really Sucks (Carbon Dioxide)
Now here is something that really sucks, sucks a lot, but for a good purpose.

Take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it into fuel. This is ​Carbon Engineering's  ambition. The company is aiming the facility at areas where reforestation isn't an option, such as deserts. 

Air is pulled in through the series of fans which feed into a carbon dioxide rich solution, helping to eliminate carbon compounds from the air. That solution is then purified, at which point Carbon Engineering extracts the carbon dioxide for reuse or disposal in underground facilities. The solution is re-purified in the process, enabling it to be reused. 

This is intriguing, though I am not sure if it is real.
Does anyone else know?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Aug 9, 2015, 12:04 AM (3 replies)

Republicans are writing off the Hispanic Vote again.

Bush speaking on careful sentences, and Trump dumping shit out of his hole.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Aug 6, 2015, 08:25 PM (6 replies)

Results of My Totally Unscientific Bumper Sticker Poll

Dr. Ben Carson 2
Rand Paul 1
Bernie Sanders 1
Hillary Clinton 1
Ted Cruz 1
Interstate 56, Interstate 5, and Pacific Beach in San Diego, California.
Time frame: 42 minutes between my home and the beach
Republicans 3 SUV’s and 1 1958 Chevy pickup with a don’t tread on me (teaparty) flag and a confederate flag.
Bernie Sanders 2014 BMW Convertible (Nice)
Hillary Clinton 2012 Toyota Camry
A young (30 something) white male drove the BMW.
Unable to determine the gender breakdown of other participants.
A Romney/Ryan 2012 bumper stick and Obama/Biden 2008 attempted to vote but were rejected. Wrong election.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Jul 16, 2015, 05:09 PM (9 replies)

Nazi 'perfect Aryan' poster child was Jewish

Nazi 'perfect Aryan' poster child was Jewish

When Hessy Taft was six months old, she was a poster child for the Nazis. Her photograph was chosen as the image of the ideal Aryan baby, and distributed in party propaganda. But what the Nazis didn’t know was that their perfect baby was really Jewish.

“I can laugh about it now,” the 80-year-old Professor Taft told Germany’s Bild newspaper in an interview. “But if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive.”

Prof Taft recently presented the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel with a Nazi magazine featuring her baby photograph on the front cover, and told the story of how she became an unlikely poster child for the Third Reich.

The photographer wanted to make the Nazi's look ridiculous, which he did.

This is a great snippet of history.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Jun 12, 2015, 08:54 AM (4 replies)

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Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Jun 10, 2015, 01:16 AM (0 replies)

In 2016, Michigan will hold primary rather than a caucus.

Democrats Planning to Hold Primary in 2016
Party expected to switch to primary after holding caucuses in 3 of last 4 presidential election years.

Many of the state's 152 Democratic delegates will be awarded proportionally depending on how candidates fare in each congressional district.

Many of the state's 152 Democratic delegates will be awarded proportionally depending on how candidates fare in each congressional district. Those receiving less than 15 percent would win no delegates.

I wonder how a sate wide vote will change the race for delegates? Just from my experience, caucuses rely on much more of a ground game and an individual candidates state organization than caucuses.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon May 11, 2015, 01:24 PM (0 replies)

Will Sanders have to register as a Democrat to run in N.H.? Probably

Will Sanders have to register as a Democrat to run in N.H.? Probably
But a few days later, neither Sanders nor the state’s Democratic Party seem too worried about that obstacle. Asked yesterday morning whether he’s given any thought as to how to deal with New Hampshire’s rules, Sanders didn’t explicitly say he would register as a Democrat when asked – but he said, confidently, “We’re going to fulfill all of the rules.”

“I made the decision that the best way to be effective as a campaign, the best way to win is to do it through the Democratic primary process,” Sanders said, before leaving a house party that attracted close to 100 supporters in Manchester. “We will meet all of the requirements of all of the states, including New Hampshire. We will fulfill all of the requirements.”

When a reporter asked again, to clarify whether he would register as a Democrat, Sanders responded, “We’ll do what we have to do.”

“We’re going to be on the ballot in 50 states,” Sanders added. “You don’t win unless you do that.”

This should lay to rest any concern that Sanders will be locked out of running in some states.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue May 5, 2015, 11:37 PM (15 replies)

Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation

Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is taking the reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation while the former Florida governor continues exploring whether he will dive into the 2016 presidential race.

Bush resigned from the foundation late last year after saying that he was considering running for president, and on Thursday he tapped Rice, a member of the foundation’s board for two years, as the organization’s new chairman, the foundation’s Web site says.

Bush’s decision to tap her is all in the family: Rice served as secretary of state for his brother, President George W. Bush, from 2005-2009, the first African American woman to hold the position. She also served as Bush’s national security adviser, prior to becoming the nation’s top diplomat.

Jeb Bush created the Foundation for Excellence in Education after completing his second term as Florida governor to continue his influential advocacy of school reform. As governor, from 1999-2007, he launched a series of controversial reforms that centered around using standardized test scores as the chief metric of “accountability” for schools and expanding charter schools and vouchers. His “Florida Formula” became a model for other states. Bush’s foundation hosts a national school reform “summit” every year that brings together like-minded reformers from the worlds of business and policy-making.

I guess Jeb Bush's foundation must be 100% honest and above board.

Hard to find much about it at all, though this old article form 2012 is interesting.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Apr 24, 2015, 12:48 PM (5 replies)
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