Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Decent Fuel Alcohol Still

Called the Charles 803, not that hard to make. Plans available here or I could loan them to you if you are in Tucson and you send me an email at Making the stuff? A whole 'nother story.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Stuff and Nonsense March

Pish posh, pish posh
Shhhhhhhhhh ha! Shhhhhhh ha!
Pish posh, pish posh
Shhhhhhh ha! Shhhhhhh ha!

Don’t you know the cynical reason
Don’t you know it’s incompetence
Don’t you know that nothing’s possible
To get through a maze of thrilling pretense

Don’t you know that we’re all destined
To be men of crushing weight
Don’t you know that we’re just creatures
Who swim in cash and keep our state

I am not aware
Of any thing you’ll say
See they’ll build my house someday
With bricks of bone ash clay?
You say?

Pish posh, pish posh
Shhhhhhhhhh ha! Shhhhhhh ha!
Pish posh, pish posh
Shhhhhhh ha! Shhhhhhh ha!

Don’t you know though that you’re smart
But topics like this don’t pay the rent
Just perform a few incisions
All sewn up you’re pertinent

Don’t you know that there’re no answers
Don’t you know that it’s all lies
What you say’s against my word
And my consumers are satisfied

Everything’s unreal
I’m your Mephistopheles
A carnival for your freedom
You see forms behind the scenes?
You may know what it means?

Pish posh, pish posh
Shhhhhhhhhh ha! Shhhhhhh ha!
Pish posh, pish posh
Shhhhhhh ha! Shhhhhhh ha!

Don't you know there's room up there?
Spaces to fit like blocks of stone
Stuff to make you the man you think
Trappings of culture you're never alone

Don't you know--oh what's the use?
For all I did you haven't changed
Too invested in your illusions,
Sad but true, but harmless, deranged

I am passing you
I'll leave you your cracked dreams
I'm marching to the front
That's where you hear the screams?
See the pointy toothed gleams?

Pish posh, pish posh

Shhhhhhhhh, ha! Shhhhhhhh, ha!

Pish posh, pish posh
Shhhhhhhhh, ha! Shhhhhhhh...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

When it's extremely important for prompt governmental action (not due to false WMD "intelligence")...

What is national emergency question number one when the president meets with the top government officials about the BP oil spill ? I imagine that it should be "Are there any frivolous or other legal or governmental impediments to the effective mobilization of cleanup resources that the president or congress can help with in this national emergency?" In the last few years, I've seen some incredible things come out of Washington in rapid, panicked, emergency legislation, the bailouts took less than a week if I remember, the "Long War" authorization after 9/11 ( I found out later) took three days. Well prepare yourself, because this is just basic, basic responsibility of governmental office in a national emergency such as this, and not only do they not do anything, they don't even get out of the way!

Red tape keeps prized oil fighting skimmers from gulf, coastline

""We want all the skimming vessels in the world deployed," said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. "This is an oil spill bigger than anything we've ever seen. It's a national disaster. We're at war. If you were at war and in charge, would you deploy everything you had to win the war?""

""We are literally talking about more than a thousand skimmers that are available, but we only have 400 - if this number is correct -- at work," LeMieux said. "It is hard to believe that the response is this anemic; it is hard to believe that there is this lack of urgency or sense of purpose in getting this done.""

"Regarding international skimming vessels, Allen said earlier this month that the government would work to quickly process waivers of the Jones Act, a 1920 maritime law that promotes U.S. shipping interests."

"Sens. LeMieux, Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, have proposed legislation that would temporarily waive the Jones Act for oil spill response vessels. Although there is a Jones Act waiver process for foreign vessels during an oil spill, the law requires that the Coast Guard make a determination that "an adequate number" of U.S. oil spill response vessels "cannot be engaged to recover oil from an oil spill in or near those waters in a timely manner." And the foreign country offering the boats must agree to allow the United States similar privileges in their country."

"As of last week, no Jones Act waivers had been granted. According to the joint information center for the response, six vessels involved in oil containment have applied for Jones Act waivers that are still pending."

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Congressman Grijalva Cosponsors Violation of International Law, International Aggression

If you were like me who thought that we had one of the few best congresspeople who like Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich and a few others would never support aggressive middle east wars like the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan--our congressman Raul Grijalva has sided against these two in a mid-east escalation bill.

I had believed in Mr.Grijalva's position only three or four years ago even as he has continued to support much of the funding for these two wars at the same time he has said he supports a withdrawal from both. But, I thought, he would absolutely never cosponsor a bill bringing an additional third war in the middle east, one that we heard threatened and darkly insinuated many times from former Vice President Cheney only three or four years ago--against Iran.

No, Afghanistan's role in 9/11 was unclear enough, and Iraq was an obvious lie, but Mr. Cheney's war with Iran, no, that couldn't pass my Congressman, not after Iraq's WMD program failed to show up in reality outside of Colin Powell's UN presentation. That would be a line that would never be crossed. So I might have thought.

I feel that that line has indeed been crossed.

On Thursday, June 24th, the Congress voted almost unanimously on "comprehensive" sanctions against Iran intending to harm Iran's economy. The reason why this drastic step was said to be necessary was "to prevent the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability." It is a "serious and urgent...threat" said the bill.

Except that according to even the US Government's best sources, Iran has no such nuclear weapons capability.

In 2007, a report was issued by the US Government's collective intelligence agencies called the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's "Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities." Their findings were that Iran was not pursuing nuclear weapons.

Then, in 2008, several reports about Iran, its nuclear power, military, and potential nuclear weapons programs were released by the Congress's own Congressional Research Service. Their findings corroborated the NIE report and stated that there was no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. One report cites a nonproliferation expert Stephen Hildreth, who says in order to develop a nuclear weapon, Iran would have to test one, and that would be "hard to conceal."

In a previous version of this sanctions bill a few months ago, which was also supported by Mr. Grijalva, no evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons had been cited.

Without proof of a nuclear weapons program, these sanctions are illegal under international law and are an aggressive provocation of another middle eastern country.

After the experience of what happened with the Iraq invasion because of similar WMD "urgent threats," and now with the assurance of the US Government's Intelligence consensus and Congressional Research Service that there is no such threat in Iran's case, one might think that there is abundant evidence to withdraw support from sanctioning Iran. I shared this information with both Mr.Grijalva's and Mrs.Giffords' office months and years before this bill, and they have both subsequently voted "yes" on sanctioning Iran.

As of the end of June 2010, there are reports of US and Israeli warships being sent near Iran presumably to enforce these sanctions and I sit here mulling the hard truth that the Congress is not what I had believed it was.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

This is Power Politics

When in the course of human events
At the point of compromise
The insider who knows how things are
The "powerful" party
Acts towards the other
As if expecting it to turn soft
From the force of their words
"This is real conviction" they say to themselves
Or more like how they earn their money

But from practice
They are indeed talking to themselves
As if in an empty room
Or wearing a wire
Not expecting a response
Except in their brains
A release of dramamine
From previously lost battles

But, miraculously
A faint signal comes through
The "weak" party, though unconvinced does anyway
Turn soft and responds

And, as if
Dropped like a rock crawling with insects
As something a little too real
They are totally ignored

And life continues on for one
After groping with the trashbag in his hand
In the dim light
Finding the wall
After he hit his head on it
Sure that he knew it wasn't there
The garbage thrown over it
Into the yard the other side
That he's never seen

But for the other,
The "soft rock"
The undiscovered yard over the wall
It's like getting off a bus in a wasteland
Dignified after an argument with the driver
Heavy suitcase limply at his side

Like walking into a pool fully clothed
And expecting laughter from
A party around holding their drinks
Instead of irritation and embarassment

This is "power politics"
And it is better
To stand in the wasteland not knowing where you are
Than on the bus
To leave the party soaking and wiser
Than standing around the pool drunk and dry.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Differential Scanning Calorimetry of Red Chips

The red chips found in the dust of the world trade center have been tested and ignite explosively at about 400 degrees.


Friday, February 26, 2010

Red Chip Samples vs Paint from WTC Steel

From Dr. Stephen Jones' presentation in the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth Press Conference Friday February 19th, 2010.