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216. BaltimoreBrian
2:38 AM GMT on August 28, 2014
A New Reason to Question the Official Unemployment Rate

I am curious what VaBeachHurricanes thinks of this, with his economics background.
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215. BaltimoreBrian
2:36 AM GMT on August 28, 2014
An interesting Russian news article about the possible coverup of Russian soldiers' deaths in the Ukraine.

Following is my translation:

A number of questions hang in the air about the dead and detained on the territory of Ukraine as Russian troops reached a critical mass. Will there be war if Russia is in Ukraine and, if so, on what grounds? If not, who is in the fresh graves and who is giving testimony under interrogation in the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)?

Sergey Krivenko and Ella Polyakova of the Presidential Council on Human Rights appealed to the Investigation Committee with a request to check the information about the death of nine contractors of the 18th Motorised Brigade allegedly on the ground in the Rostov region. Allegations of involvement by the military of the unit in the fighting in the south-east of Ukraine appeared in the Ukrainian media in mid-June. The deaths of nine soldiers on August 9 in Snizhne (Snow), on the border of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, was confirmed to chairman of the publication Gazeta.ru by the committee of Soldiers' Mothers of the Stavropol Territory Lyudmila Bogatenkova. Possibly they also wrote about Dagestani newspaper "Draft"; the newspaper's sources say that all of them reported the soldiers as dead during exercises or dismissed from the armed forces with no further information available.

According to several media reports, on 24 August in the Pskov region soldiers (conscripts and contract) of the 76th Pskov Airborne Division. On Monday, were buried. Leonid Kichatkin and Alexander Osipov - as previously reported by Ukrainian media, personal papers of people with such names were found in the captured Ukrainian military BMD-2.

Finally, announced yesterday, the capture of the SBU 10 soldiers 331st Regiment of the 98th Airborne Division and the Svir published video interviews of four of them. Russian Defense Ministry mouth "source" suggested that the paratroopers got lost patrolling the border.

Russian soldiers detained by Ukrainian security officials were in the Ukraine by accident, says the Russian Defense Ministry.

Reports are that several dozen troops tried to enter Ukraine during the previous week. Russian military officials have categorically denied any involvement in the fighting, but did not tell the parents of missing children - this is, for example, yesterday told a press conference in Saratov to a mother of another contractor of the 76th Division, Ilya Maksimov, who was also "on the border of Rostov" and whose documents are also found in a captured Ukrainian military armored vehicle. Parents of the missing Russian soldiers have been told nothing since August 16.

Silent or vague official comments only enhance the atmosphere of suspicion and bring to mind unpleasant examples of Russian and Soviet history. The country did not know about the secret operations of the Red Army in Afghanistan in 1929 and in Xinjiang in 1930. Their members were forbidden to write home about its present whereabouts, writing after watching the censors went to places of permanent deployment. Similarly, the Kremlin hushed up part of the Soviet military in combat in Korea and Vietnam against the United States, Egypt and Syria - against Israel.

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Vedomosti is an independent joint venture of Dow Jones, The Financial Times and The Moscow Times.

The BBC also has an article about the secret burials: Russian reporters 'attacked at secret soldier burials'

From the article: Later, two Moscow-based reporters visited the village to investigate the reports.

Vladimir Romensky and Ilya Vasyunin say they were approached by two men who told them that they would "never be found" unless they boarded the next train back to Moscow.
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214. etxwx
10:53 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Hi Brian, it's good to see you check in, and I hope things are going well for you. We all look forward to your return and I'm happy to contribute while you are gone - it's a lot easier than having my own blog. :)

From Yale Environment 360:
Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water
Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war.


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213. BaltimoreBrian
3:06 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
etxwx thanks so much for all your article links!
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212. etxwx
2:16 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Yup. This will work out well because we can always eat the oil, right? After all, doesn't the "O" in Cheerios stand for oil?
Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil
FARGO, N.D. — The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills. The backlog is only going to get worse, farmers said, as they prepared this week for what is expected to be a record crop of wheat and soybeans. “If we can’t get this stuff out soon, a lot of it is simply going to go on the ground and rot,” said Bill Hejl, who grows soybeans, wheat and sugar beets in the town of Casselton, about 20 miles west of here.
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211. etxwx
1:23 AM GMT on August 26, 2014
Editorial from today's Washington Post: A climate for change: America should not wait while the world warms
For more than a century, scientists have understood the basic physics of the greenhouse effect. For decades, they’ve realized humans can affect the climate by burning coal, oil and gas. But the country’s leaders remain divided on the need to curb greenhouse emissions, let alone how to do it. Among mainstream scientists, this paralysis is mind-boggling.

There is now no doubt that the world is warming.


More here.
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210. etxwx
7:12 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
From BBC
'Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off US coast:
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News
Excerpt: Researchers say they have found more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast. The unexpected discovery indicates there are large volumes of the gas contained in a type of sludgy ice called methane hydrate. There are concerns that these new seeps could be making a hitherto unnoticed contribution to global warming. The scientists say there could be about 30,000 of these hidden methane vents worldwide. Previous surveys along the Atlantic seaboard have shown only three seep areas beyond the edge of the US continental shelf.

More here.
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209. etxwx
3:04 PM GMT on August 24, 2014
A little Sunday reading...

Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

(Reuters) - Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their gardens rather than a promising source of rubber for tires. "People just think of it as a horrible weed and ask how can you get enough material for tires from just a small root," she said. Her research team is competing with others across the world to breed a type of dandelion native to Kazakhstan whose taproot yields a milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles in it.
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208. etxwx
7:13 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Atlantic slows warming, temperature rises seen resuming from 2030: study
OSLO,(Reuters) – The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises, scientists said.
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207. etxwx
5:25 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Texas Buys Conservation Land with Oil Spill Money
by Neena Satija Aug. 21, 2014 Texas Tribune
Excerpt: A deal that was decades in the making has finally closed on the largest conservation land purchase in Texas history: Just over 17,000 acres of undisturbed coastal prairie in Calhoun County for $50 million. A large portion of that funding, $34.5 million, will come from criminal penalties paid by BP and Transocean after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster — welcome news for state officials amid frustration that Texas has lagged behind in taking advantage of hundreds of millions of dollars that became available in the wake of the oil spill.
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206. etxwx
4:03 PM GMT on August 18, 2014
And here's something else to think about while you are at the grocery store:
Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
By Kimberly Kindy August 17, 2014
Excerpt: The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply.

And in hundreds of cases, the FDA doesn’t even know of the existence of new additives, which can include chemical preservatives, flavorings and thickening agents, records and interviews show.

“We simply do not have the information to vouch for the safety of many of these chemicals,” said Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food.
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205. etxwx
3:38 PM GMT on August 18, 2014
Good article in today's Washington Post with an overview of the California drought situation and agriculture: West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis

On a side note, we took calves to the sale barn a couple weeks ago. We got an average of 2.20 a pound on the hoof (live weight). That's the highest we've ever gotten. You can do the math on how that will translate into beef prices in the grocery store a few months down the road. (A ball park figure is 40-48% yield from live weight in marketable meat.) Current high cattle prices are still partly a product of the 2011 drought in Texas. Now with the drought in CA, there isn't going to be any relief at the grocery store.
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204. ScottLincoln
6:59 PM GMT on August 16, 2014
Brian:
Not sure if you noticed but we had a recent (not sure if temporary) jump in moderation on Dr. Rood's blog over the last week or so. Not sure if it is like the other times but it has been much more sane as of late.
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202. Astrometeor
1:33 AM GMT on August 16, 2014
Not saying this is Brian, but:



Comments are hilarious.
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201. Astrometeor
2:30 AM GMT on August 11, 2014
Numero 101 Brian will like this one.
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200. Astrometeor
5:18 AM GMT on August 08, 2014
Quoting 199. MaxWeather:

Does anyone know when Brian's gonna be back with us?


He approximated Mid-December, but things can change.

Of course, he can always visit (through the internet) when he has break time over there.
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199. MaxWeather
3:12 AM GMT on August 08, 2014
Does anyone know when Brian's gonna be back with us?
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198. Astrometeor
1:00 AM GMT on August 08, 2014
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197. Astrometeor
2:31 AM GMT on August 06, 2014
My 100th Blog!!!
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196. etxwx
12:25 AM GMT on August 05, 2014
From the Guardian:
World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers
Monday 4 August 2014
Excerpt: Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming.

Public relations firms have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions – as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives.

Now a number of the top 25 global PR firms have told the Guardian they will not represent clients who deny man-made climate change, or take campaigns seeking to block regulations limiting carbon pollution. Companies include WPP, Waggener Edstrom (WE) Worldwide, Weber Shandwick, Text100, and Finn Partners.
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194. Astrometeor
3:50 AM GMT on July 31, 2014
So Brian will see this:

Found something for yoboi:

proof that cows are behind global warming


Humor Website
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193. Astrometeor
4:57 AM GMT on July 30, 2014
Yo BB, any truth to this?


Link
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192. Astrometeor
4:05 AM GMT on July 30, 2014
Another blog for Brian and etxwx to read: Link

The next one is my 100th blog.
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191. Astrometeor
3:42 AM GMT on July 29, 2014
New blog out
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190. Astrometeor
5:02 AM GMT on July 28, 2014
Quoting 664. DonnieBwkGA:

7 a.m. EDT July 28th is exactly 100 years from the start of World War I, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia


Do soldiers do anything when military anniversaries come around (not to make light of war)?
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189. Astrometeor
8:35 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Affront to religion:

Aine the Athiest is smarter than Theo the Christian (obviously).
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188. etxwx
2:13 PM GMT on July 27, 2014
Interesting - if somewhat convoluted - piece about food chains, refrigeration, and their connection to climate change:
What Do Chinese Dumplings Have to Do With Global Warming?

Off topic, but sometimes it's just nice to read about something nice. Looks like the spirit of the fictional Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry lives on:
Jasper Police and Hollis Tire Company help cancer patient
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187. MaxWeather
2:33 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
182. WOW... Hi everyone btw

*picking up my jaw
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186. etxwx
1:17 AM GMT on July 24, 2014
Love it, Astro! LOL! That's a hoot!
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185. Astrometeor
12:55 AM GMT on July 24, 2014


Link
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184. Astrometeor
11:47 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
YAY! Pictures!

(P.S. You missed a birthday. Cody had his yesterday)
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183. etxwx
11:14 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
Looking good Brian! NICE Ducati!! Mr etxwx will be jealous - after his knee surgery he had to convert his Goldwing to a trike. :)
Hope all is going well. Take care!
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182. BaltimoreBrian
9:20 PM GMT on July 23, 2014
For Nathan :)

Note the ISAF patch



The Africa patch when I was in Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, two years ago:



My older brother, dad and me:



Some helicopter photos:

All aboard!



Takeoff:



Sunset:



Looking back:



My Ducati. Maybe someday I'll let Trent borrow it. Maybe.



Me leaning against a friend's beamer:



Skin Diving:



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181. etxwx
3:30 AM GMT on July 23, 2014
Off topic but of local interest:
Eight-foot alligator captured between daycare and elementary school

*heads off to bed humming "Imagine me an alligator"...*
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179. Astrometeor
3:33 AM GMT on July 21, 2014
I hope Brian has a camera with him, I would like to see some pictures when the Mr. Military gets an opportunity to chat with us.

:)

Hope everything is well over there.
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177. ronnm
8:12 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
Regarding China it has recently introduced a mandate that says the majority of its governmental vehicles will be part(hybrid) or full electric.
They are trying a bit, but still are under the constraints of the wishes of the populace, as in a democracy. The difference being, if things go badly economic wise, they will see change in the form of revolt, civil unrest, and the push for autonomy for some of their composite regions.
So it is jobs as opposed to environment, in many cases, as it is in the US.
They are still depending inordinately on coal for their power, and even their new sources of power.

A step in the right direction is however they have started to discourage or overtly close down many of the most environmental degrading steel mills. Steel is in great demand so any entrepreneur with a mind to and a buck, in the past, could open a steel mill. The problem being most of these low cost providers of steel overtly damaged the environment due to the burning of cheap coal in manners which blanketed the regions with smoke. And the quality of the steel was subpar.

Imagine the situation if in the US, a steel mill being closed due to environmental concerns. In todays environment of recession type economy, who would put up with that in the US? Such was our history in the 1950's when things got so bad we had to make regulations. So we did, but as consequence many of those mills are gone and the towns that provided the labor, a bit like ghost towns.
So they learn our lessons in a way.
If only we did not at times have to relearn ours here in the US.

Now if only we could get China to stop the export of their steel. But at least now, with some environmental safeguards being made in China, our companies can compete in a more direct manner oon a level playing field.

Peoples think the Koyoto protocol and all global environmental proposals are job loosing for the US. Really if all the other countries had to submit to the same environmental rules that we do here, our manufacturers would be much more able to compete.
It is not just about low paying wages. Companies relocate due to lack of environmental regulations as well, in many countries.
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176. BaltimoreBrian
7:41 PM GMT on July 17, 2014
We know that the missile was launched from Chernukhino, an area under rebel control.

The Buk antiaircraft missile system as designed to target both low and high-flying aircraft, to a maximum height of 72,000 feet.

Buk means 'Beech', as in the tree. Pronounced like 'book'.

You can find out more about the Buk Missile systems and their capabilities here in the Rosoboronexport - Aerospace Systems Catalogue

Rosoboronexport is the Russian arms export monopoly. Their snappy logo:

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175. barbamz
11:24 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Greetings to you Brian. Hope you're still fine ...
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174. etxwx
10:21 PM GMT on July 16, 2014

Google-gas: mapping cars search for pipeline leaks
Excerpt: WASHINGTON %u2014 Environmentalists have teamed up with Google to shine a spotlight on natural gas leaking from pipes buried under city streets in Boston, Indianapolis and Staten Island.

Using sensors and other technology on Google Street View mapping cars, the Environmental Defense Fund and researchers at Colorado State University collected 15 million readings over thousands of miles of roadway.

The result of the venture is a new website and interactive maps that allow people to pinpoint the natural gas leaks, which generally pose no immediate safety threat but send more of the powerful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere.

The maps vividly illustrate the extent of natural gas leaks from the nation%u2019s aging pipeline infrastructure, going well beyond traditional, routine monitoring by utilities that doesn%u2019t generally reveal how much gas is actually escaping. It also demonstrates the pervasiveness of even small natural gas and methane leaks that may wait years to be repaired.

Read more here.
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173. etxwx
2:47 PM GMT on July 16, 2014
Interesting segment on BBC Business Daily this morning:
Listening link: Elemental Business: Sulphur
Sulphur is in abundant supply thanks to its extraction from sour oil and gas, in order to prevent acid rain pollution. But does the world face a glut of this devilish chemical element, famed for its colour and odour? And if so, what uses can it be put to?
Justin Rowlatt has his hair cut as Prof Andrea Sella of UCL demonstrates sulphur's surprisingly plastic - and acrid - qualities.
He travels to the leafy London suburb of Twickenham to find out about Joshua Ward, the charlatan who set up the world's first sulphuric acid factory.
We hear from Richard Hands, editor of Sulphur magazine, about the element's many industrial uses, as well as the gigantic heaps of unwanted sulphur piling up in Canada and Florida.
Mike Lumley, who leads efforts at Shell to find uses for the oil giant's sulphur bi-product, explains why the end of acid rain has opened up a surprising new source of demand.
And finally, Justin speaks to Dr Robert Ballard - the man who located the shipwreck of the Titanic - about why he actually considers a sulphur-linked oceanic discovery to be his greatest achievement.
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170. etxwx
2:02 AM GMT on July 13, 2014
Quoting 169. Astrometeor:



"hurled a haiku". That would be Brian's job, lol.

Yes indeed it would. - *grin* - I hope he drops in again soon.
I also like how the one guy trash talked batters by telling them how hard it is to get published. :)
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169. Astrometeor
1:44 AM GMT on July 13, 2014
Quoting 168. etxwx:

Two off topic features from this morning's radio listening:

This one is interesting - and quite eye-opening - especially this part: "In Kentucky, $100 million might pay for a year’s salary ( $49,730 the average teacher salary in Kentucky in 2011-12) for 2,011 public school teachers."
Link: What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

This one is just plain fun...and because I know Astro loves lit class. ;p
Vermont Hosts Battle Between Prose And Poetry


"hurled a haiku". That would be Brian's job, lol.
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168. etxwx
6:52 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
Two off topic features from this morning's radio listening:

This one is interesting - and quite eye-opening - especially this part: "In Kentucky, $100 million might pay for a year’s salary ( $49,730 the average teacher salary in Kentucky in 2011-12) for 2,011 public school teachers."
Link: What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

This one is just plain fun...and because I know Astro loves lit class. ;p
Vermont Hosts Battle Between Prose And Poetry
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167. etxwx
6:34 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
In reference to #165 posted by Astro.
I agree with you, Astro, Being a valedictorian or salutatorian is an honor and a privilege, not a right.
I kind of wonder if the same groups would be equally outraged if the school censored references to non-Christian deities in a student's speech, like if the valedictorian thanked Vishnu or Allah for their academic success. It would be an interesting test to see if these defenders of religious freedom are truly standing on principle or just want their own religious preferences to have free expression rights.

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166. MaxWeather
5:07 PM GMT on July 12, 2014
** Military salute **

Hello everyone in Colonel Brian's blog... I have been absent for quite some time
Visiting everyone today....

take care all
:)
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