Saturday, September 9, 2017

Russia's Rehearsal For World War

Source: Time Magazine

Zapad drills, Russia’s premier military exercises ...
Among other drills, Zapad typically includes a simulated nuclear strike against a European nation. In 2009 the hypothetical target was Poland; in ’13 it was Sweden. ...
Poland warned that the drills could be used as cover for an invasion, ...

Thursday, July 6, 2017

We’re a Cheap Battery Away From Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

Source: VICE Motherboard

We’re a Cheap Battery Away From Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels are the most widely used source of energy because of base load power, which means they provide energy at all times, night and day. In contrast, renewables have faced the 'intermittency' challenge—the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't always blow.
By 2050, these irresistible technological and market forces could make oil, gas and coal seem too costly and cumbersome, leading renewables to account for "100 percent of global energy demand."
...There will be an immediate impact within just three years.
"Solar storage is pitched to become so cheap it will make relying on natural gas peaker plants pointless…It will lead to rapid adoption of solar by businesses, local governments, and households—not because people are environmentally conscious, but simply because it will make more economic sense." --Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor, chairman of Lightsource—the biggest solar energy company in Europe

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn - Bloomberg

Source: Bloomberg


The background here is important. Three people once affiliated with Trump's presidential campaign -- Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone -- are being investigated by the FBI and the intelligence community for their contacts with the Russian government. This is part of a wider inquiry into Russia's role in hacking and distributing emails of leading Democrats before the election.


But that's all these allegations are at this point: unanswered questions. It's possible that Flynn has more ties to Russia that he had kept from the public and his colleagues. It's also possible that a group of national security bureaucrats and former Obama officials are selectively leaking highly sensitive law enforcement information to undermine the elected government.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Scout must ascribe to the declaration of religious principles, and express belief in a higher power

Back in 2013, the national organization changed its policy to one of accepting gay Scouts while keeping in place its ban on openly gay Scout leaders

On July 27, 2016, the National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees.

On Jan 30, 2017 the Boy Scouts of America announced that "Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application."

But the Scouts still discriminate against non-theists.

Source: Scouting Magazine

The first BSA Handbook for Boys, published in 1911, says “no boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God.”

beginning Jan. 1, 2016, every rank from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout (plus Eagle Scout palms) will include a “duty to God” requirement.

a Scout does have to ascribe to the declaration of religious principles, and express belief in a higher power. This condition of membership is acknowledged by the parent or guardian’s signature on the BSA Youth Application.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

​Have a verified Twitter account? WikiLeaks might track you

Source: CNET

"We are thinking of making an online database with all 'verified' twitter accounts & their family/job/financial/housing relationships," the WikiLeaks Task Force said on Twitter

Source: Twitter

"The blue verified badge  on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic.

We approve account types maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas."