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Question about G-7 summit at Doral

So Trump's corruption is just in-your-face now, not even trying to hide it ...

Trump has awarded next year’s G-7 summit of world leaders to his Miami-area resort, the White House said

The US has laws banning giving bribes. And before we turned into a 3rd-world dictatorship, they were actually enforced (at least when abuses were discovered).

My question: how many of the other G-7 countries would be prohibited by their own laws from attending the summit, given that they would be publicly giving money directly to Trump?

Cheap hydrogen?

I know I know ... yet another hopeful article on cheap energy. But this seems pretty cool to me.

Scientists extract hydrogen gas from oil and bitumen, giving potential pollution-free energy
News article on phys.org

Scientists have developed a large-scale economical method to extract hydrogen (H2) from oil sands (natural bitumen) and oil fields. ... The process can extract hydrogen from existing oil sands reservoirs, with huge existing supplies found in Canada and Venezuela. Interestingly, this process can be applied to mainstream oil fields, causing them to produce hydrogen instead of oil.
The researchers have found that injecting oxygen into the fields raises the temperature and liberates H2, which can then be separated from other gases via specialist filters. Hydrogen is not pre-existing in the reservoirs, but pumping oxygen means that the reaction to form hydrogen can take place.

Of course the headline is awful (the production isn't pollution-free, you'll need a lot of oxygen), but it sounds like this might have potential. I just hope the oxygen they pump into the ground doesn't explode.

Andrew Romanoff running for Cory Gardner's seat!

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm really pleased to see this, I've been a fan of Romanoff for a long time!

In his campaign announcement, Romanoff set early themes, including supporting Medicare for all, the so-called “Green New Deal” to move toward renewable energy and an immigration reform plan that includes a pathway to citizenship. Also, he has vowed not to take contributions from special-interest groups.

“We’ve seen our planet plundered by an industry that puts its profits ahead of our survival,” Romanoff’s statement said. “And just as troubling, we’ve seen politicians do the bidding of billionaires, catering to their corporate benefactors while sticking the rest of us with the bill. I’m running to change that.”

Colorado Sun story: Democrat Andrew Romanoff announces run for Cory Gardner’s seat

His campaign site: Andrew Romanoff For Senate

Go Andrew!!

It's time to discuss banning cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin (et al) have been havens for speculators and criminals, and little else.

Given the massive risk, fraud, and unregulated nonsense that's going on, I'll assert it's time to seriously evaluate shutting them down.

Nicholas Weaver made no bones about it: he really, really dislikes cryptocurrencies.

Speaking at the Enigma security conference in Burlingame, California, last week, the researcher at UC Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute characterized bitcoin and its many follow-on digital currencies as energy-sucking leeches with no redeeming qualities. Their chief, if not only, function, he said, is to fund ransomware campaigns, online drug bazaars, and other criminal enterprises.

Meanwhile, Weaver said, there's no basis for the promises that cryptocurrencies' decentralized structure and blockchain basis will fundamentally transform commerce or economics. That means the sky-high valuations spawned by those false promises are completely unjustified. He also said investors' irrational exuberance just adds to the unviability of cryptocurrency.

More at Fire (and lots of it): Berkeley researcher on the only way to fix cryptocurrency

And this jaw-dropping story of $137 million basically disappearing because one person vanished (he died or absconded to India and faked his death):

A cryptocurrency exchange in Canada has lost control of at least $137 million of its customers’ assets following the sudden death of its founder, who was the only person known to have access to the offline wallet that stored the digital coins. British Columbia-based QuadrigaCX is unable to access most or all of another $53 million because it’s tied up in disputes with third parties.

The dramatic misstep was reported in a sworn affidavit that was obtained by CoinDesk. The affidavit was filed Thursday by Jennifer Robertson, widow of QuadrigaCX’s sole director and officer Gerry Cotten. Robertson testified that Cotten died of Crohn’s disease in India in December at the age of 30.
Robertson testified that Cotten stored the cold wallet on an encrypted laptop that only he could decrypt.

More at Digital exchange loses $137 million as founder takes passwords to the grave

Certainly fraud and mismanagement is nothing new, but that begs the cost/benefit question. Are cryptocurrencies worth trying to save?

Enough is enough. I for one am getting tired of extortion requests showing up daily in my inbox demanding payment in Bitcoin. If there was a good use for it, I'd write it off as a cost-of-doing-business. But ... there's no good reason for them!

Btw, my background: 45 years of Arpanet/Internet use and a masters in Computer Science. I'm not a Luddite just pissed at the technology.

The first question from every reporter to every public figure.

Every reporter in every interview, their first question should be if they are calling for the immediate impeachment and removal of our so-called President.

There is no need to wait for the Mueller report. The numerous instances of criminality in plain sight are overwhelming. Nor is there a need to wait for more GOP senators to break from his cult. The tide will turn with enough people demanding his removal.

This one tweet is classic witness tampering and obstruction of justice and should be enough to impeach.


For the twitter blocked:

Kevin Corke, @FoxNews “Don’t forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars....” Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!

I've lost count of the number of impeachable acts he has obviously committed. There is no need to wait for Mueller when so much is in plain sight.

Congress needs to step up and do their job. And the press needs to point out that playing it safe and stalling (waiting for the Mueller report) is incredibly dangerous to us all.

Yes, we should fund a wall!

I think the Dems should absolutely fund a wall. Or rather, a fence. Actually a Cristo fence.

Similar to the "Running Fence" he did in 1976:

But ... instead of white, we need him to use the rainbow colors of LGBT pride this time.

Think we could get a quote from him on how to do a few miles of the southern border?

And as long as nobody tells Trump it's an art project, he'd probably go along with it!

More images: https://christojeanneclaude.net/projects/running-fence?images=completed
Posted by CloudWatcher | Mon Jan 7, 2019, 08:17 PM (4 replies)

Diet Headlines

These are all recent headlines (and links to the stories). I call 'em diet-headlines for obvious reasons.

Russia fires on Ukrainian vessels in Black Sea; 2 wounded

US makes preparations to sail warship into Black Sea amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

Mikhail Gorbachev: George H.W. Bush and I Ended a War Together. But Peace Is Now in Jeopardy

Trump names new Joint Chiefs chairman

John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Leave White House

Brutal week: Dow plunges 1,150 points

I'm sure someone could do a series just on global warming and turning the planet into Venus before our kids grow old, but this is what's keeping me up nights.

Now ... what was that about not wanting to impeach Trump right away? The GOP support of Trump in the Senate has already started to fracture, and they are not known for staying on a sinking ship. Once they start throwing him under the bus, it'll be amazing how quickly they turn on him.

Oh yes, here's the clip from Galaxy Quest that I think best describes the GOP:

Posted by CloudWatcher | Sat Dec 8, 2018, 05:12 PM (7 replies)

How does anti-matter fall?

So does anti-matter fall up or down? CERN is trying to find out ....

Also ...

New antimatter gravity experiments begin at CERN

If it falls up, I hope they call it Upsidaisium!

Posted by CloudWatcher | Sat Nov 3, 2018, 06:45 PM (4 replies)

also ...

> And when was domestic violence decriminalized?

Feb 7, 2017 https://themoscowtimes.com/news/putin-signs-law-decriminalizing-domestic-abuse-57070

Also earlier ...

In June 2016, Putin signed legislation that decriminalized several kinds of “simple battery,” but that law made an exception for violence among “close family members,” introducing the concept of domestic abuse into Russia's criminal code. Social conservatives were aghast, however, complaining that mothers and fathers who use force to raise their kids still risked two years in prison “just for a spanking.” In his yearly press conference in late 2016, Putin sided with Russia's conservatives, saying that parents shouldn't be sent to prison just for slapping their children.

Btw, I'm finding this really interesting so far ... https://mothersanddaughters.themoscowtimes.com

yes ... it was widely reported ...

There was lots of coverage of the existence of the Russian 456 rules, but I almost gave up on finding the actual list. I'd wanted to know too and was hoping someone else had found it

Btw, I found one story that was pretty cool,


She sued to be able to captain a boat and got mixed results in the courts. The "court recognized her rejection of employment as discriminatory" but then refused to order any change in behavior by her employer. So she won a symbolic victory but didn't get the job.

One thing I thought was interesting is that all of these 456 jobs are basically "dangerous" and women can legally be hired into them if the job is made safer. But the culture there is that it's just fine for men to work stupidly dangerous jobs, but not women. Crazy!
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