Friday, July 31, 2015

American Submarines carry 70% of U.S. present arsenal of nuclear weapons

The advantages of nuclear submarines is people don't usually know where they are. So, if America was struck by ANY country, soon that country would be dust from nuclear missiles from all U.S. nuclear submarines stationed at various places around the world at that moment.

ON PBS Newshour they are talking about replacements for nuclear submarines here in the U.S.
The cost will be about 1 billion dollars per new nuclear submarine (but about 100 billion when you add in the research to build one. So, they are talking about replacing them one by one with 1% of the defense budget for the U.S.

All this information was on PBS Newshour for Friday July 31st 2015.

The Ebola Vaccine Trial

The Ebola Vaccine Trial

Vaccine 75% to 100% effective

7,651 people involved in trial

Quote directly from PBS Newshour today

There is still a lot of work to be done to see if this protection is durable for several months.

Exxon, Chevron Bracing for Dark Times Ahead as Oil Slump Lingers

Part of this is there is an economic World War going on, and there are many elements to it regarding what is actually happening. The U.S. is now the world's biggest producer of oil. This changes everything on multiple levels. For now, the price of oil and gas will stay low. But, at some point in the future (because drillers are stopping plans to create new drilling sites a lot world wide because of the low price of oil) eventually the glut is going to turn into a dirth of oil (not enough). At that point the world will have a worse problem than now of not enough oil. But, it won't be easily solved unless the new oil is all Shale oil because oil wells take a lot of time and planning before oil actually comes out of a well anywhere. And the longer this present oil glut continues the more oil businesses are going to be harmed in catastrophic ways worldwide.

However, the other side of this is this is really hurting countries like Russia, Iran and all oil countries on earth. So, it is hard to understand what is going to happen when the oil glut turns into a lack of oil for the world and prices go up to 10 to 20 dollars a gallon of gas or diesel around the globe. Also, almost everyone who donates to ISIS gets their money directly or indirectly from oil. So, the less oil is per barrel the less money ISIS gets to function on too. So, even Iran and Russia are happy about this.

It is all about supply and demand (the price) when there is a lot of supply like now the price will be low. But, eventually that will not be the case and likely many countries might really suffer, especially the poorest 50% when the price of oil spikes once again.

So, likely we will witness during these spikes major drops in the standards of living of people around the globe because this is what higher oil prices will tend to do with this level of ever growing populations around the globe. 

So, if you are in a poor country converting to solar or wind power might be life saving in the near to far future regarding the well being of your family and friends. Because eventually almost no one might be able to afford gasoline or diesel here on earth because periodic dynamics of the world oil market brought on mainly by Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and most Sunni Run nations on earth. But also the U.S. being the biggest oil producer now on earth has a part in this along with shale oil and higher prices a few years ago. But, this is all going to slowly change to not enough oil because of present dynamics ongoing. And unfortunately, the next time we get to high priced oil it might be so high no one could afford to buy it(which would be much worse than now for the average person here on earth).



Exxon, Chevron Bracing for Dark Times Ahead as Oil Slump Lingers

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., the biggest U.S. energy producers, hunkered down for a prolonged stretch of weak prices after posting their worst quarterly performances in several years. Exxon reported its lowest profit since 2009 as crude prices fell twice as fast as the world’s largest crude…

Exxon, Chevron Brace for Darker Times as Earnings Slump

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Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., the biggest U.S. energy producers, hunkered down for a prolonged stretch of weak prices after posting their worst quarterly performances in several years.
Exxon reported its lowest profit since 2009 as crude prices fell twice as fast as the world’s largest crude producer by market value could slash expenses. Chevron recorded its lowest profit in more than 12 years after the market rout forced $2.6 billion in asset writedowns and related charges. The companies’ shares fell to multi-year lows.
Stung by the worst market collapse since the financial crisis of 2008, oil explorers from The Hague to Calgary to Houston are firing staff, scaling back drilling, canceling rig contracts and reducing share buybacks to conserve cash. Chevron said the slump convinced it to lower its long-term outlook for crude prices.
“This is the beginning, not the end, of the writedown process,” Paul Sankey, an energy analyst at Wolfe Research LLC, said on Bloomberg TV. “The biggest concern is that we’ll see weaker demand over the second half of the year.”
Oil entered its second bear market since mid-2014 this month as a flood of output from North American shale regions, the Persian Gulf and deepwater fields overwhelmed consumption by refiners and chemical producers.

Avalanche of Crude

Exxon and Chevron contributed to the avalanche of supply by increasing second-quarter crude output by 12 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. Exxon expanded oil production in every region where it operates except Australia/Oceania. All of Chevron’s growth occurred in the U.S.
“Oil prices will be under downward pressure until there is evidence the glut is shrinking,” analysts at IHS Energy said in a note to clients. “This will not happen quickly unless prices fall even further from recent levels,” discouraging new drilling.
Exxon shares fell 4.6 percent to $79.21 in New York, the lowest closing price since June 2012. Chevron dropped 4.9 percent to $88.48, the lowest close since December 2010. The companies were the day’s worst performers in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index.
Exxon cut share repurchases for the current quarter in half to $500 million after net income fell to $4.19 billion, or $1 a share, from $8.78 billion, or $2.05, a year earlier, the Irving, Texas-based company said in a statement. The per-share result was 11 cents lower than the average estimate of 20 analysts in a Bloomberg survey.

Spending Cuts

Refinery profits fattened by lower crude costs were more than offset by weaker results in the company’s primary business, oil and natural gas production, Exxon said. The company’s U.S. wells lost $47 million.
Exxon reduced spending on major projects like floating crude platforms and gas-export terminals by 20 percent to $6.746 billion during the quarter, according to the statement. International crude prices fell 42 percent from the previous year to average $63.50 a barrel.
Chevron’s profit dropped to $571 million, or 30 cents a share, from $5.67 billion, or $2.98, a year earlier, the San Ramon, California-based company said in a statement. The per-share result was well below the $1.16 average estimate.
Chevron’s biggest business unit -- oil and gas production - - posted a loss as the second-largest U.S. energy company recorded a $1.96 billion writedown on assets and another $670 million charge for taxes and projects suspended because they no longer make economic sense.

Pessimistic Outlook

“The writedowns will get worse into the end of the year as companies complete their end-of-the-year SEC filings,” Sankey said. “The market still looks very oversupplied with oil and we’re in peak demand season.”
Exxon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson was among the first to shrink spending as the crude rout began more than a year ago. After cutting the budget by 9.3 percent in 2014, this year’s reduction may exceed the original 12 percent target, Jeff Woodbury, vice president of investor relations, said during a conference call with analysts.
Tillerson, an Exxon lifer whose 10th year as CEO began in January, has been pessimistic about the prospects for an imminent oil-market rebound. On April 21, he told a Houston energy conference that the supply glut and low prices will persist “for the next couple of years” at least.
Those remarks proved prophetic: international crude prices that rose 45 percent between Jan. 13 and May 6 have since tumbled 22 percent, inaugurating the second oil bear market in 14 months.
“Chevron was a disaster; Exxon was a disappointment,” Fadel Gheit, an analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. In New York who rates the shares of both the equivalent of a hold and owns each. “A rising tide lifts all ships, but when the tide goes down, all ships go down.”
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Exxon, Chevron Bracing for Dark Times Ahead as Oil Slump Lingers

more notes regarding corporate brainwashing campaign against Global Climate Change

It looks like the corporate brainwashing campaign ...

The good news about this is we likely have more time than we thought because of the Maunder Minimum which is supposed to hit the sun around 2030 until 2060. But, the bad news is in the long run the human race is probably screwed in regard to global warming.

What I think is ridiculous is that people are even arguing still about global climate change. It is like going out in the daylight and saying: "It's still nighttime. The sun hasn't come out yet."

To me, this is how much sense this campaign against Global Climate change makes. No wonder there are so many confused people in the U.S.

Between Being brainwashed and political correctness out of control there is no reality in so many people these days only an artificial politeness caused by enforced political correctness to a level of complete insanity.

Reality does not exist for these people at all. No wonder so many stay drunk or on drugs to mask the pain of their lives?  Or they just commit suicide directly or indirectly because they just cannot deal with the insanity anymore.

I've lived now 67 years and what people have to realize is:

1. the world has always been crazy in ever changing ways of being crazy.

2. if you don't adapt to whatever is going on in your life you need to either move away and do something else or your life basically is over for all intents and purposes.

3. You have to get angry enough to survive the insanity in life. Defend both your sanity and your life.
If you don't your life will be over. If something doesn't work one place try some place else. I did. And I survived the whole mess and was married three times with 3 biological kids that I am close to, 2 step kids, and 2 god Daughters and I'm okay. I survived it all and so can you.

Don't get angry enough to hurt someone, get angry enough to defend your life and sanity. Because otherwise you will just be run over with everyone else's insanity and then your life is over whether you are dead or not.

It looks like the corporate brainwashing campaign against Global Climate change worked

Corporations want to make money so they are not interested generally speaking in climate change. So, they have spent billions of dollars in the U.S. to manipulate minds through television to make people doubt climate change. This prevents people with a high school diploma or less who often don't have the capacity for Critical thought often taught in some colleges to ascertain that they are being brainwashed. As a result look at this map of the U.S. in regard to people who know about Climate change. If you look at the bottom map you can see what I'm talking about. You can see people are educated enough in the U.S. to know about Global Climate change but also have been brainwashed a lot to disbelieve it. So, if you look at the second map you can see how successful corporations have been brainwashing our country. Very Sad.
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a giant underground ocean hidden in the middle of this Chinese desert ?


There's a giant, underground ocean hidden in the middle of this Chinese desert

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(Pravit on Wikipedia) Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
When we think about the deserts of the world, water abundance is one of the last things that come to mind. But that might change for the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China.
While studying the amount of carbon dioxide in the desert's air, a team of researchers were surprised to learn that large amounts of the greenhouse gas were disappearing around a region of the desert called the Tarim basin.
The most likely explanation, they recently reported in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is a massive underground ocean that has more water than all of the great lakes in North America combined.
"Never before have people dared to imagine so much water under the sand," professor Li Yan — who led the study at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital — told the South China Morning Post, where we first learned about the study. "Our definition of desert may have to change."
A basin is, by definition, a valley that collects water from drainage systems, like water that has melted and is running down the face of nearby, snow-capped mountains. Two mountain ranges border the Tarim basin: to the north are the Tian Shan mountains and to the south are the Kunlun Mountains.
But, if you look at the Tarim basin, you won't see any water:

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(NASA Landsat) That's partly because locals collect most of the melt water to irrigate crops. The rest either seeps into the ground or evaporates into the dry desert air.
The team visited nearly 200 different locations across the desert to collect deep, underground water samples. They then measured the amount of carbon dioxide in each water sample, and discovered that it had high concentrations of carbon dioxide — enough that suggested the ground was absorbing about 500 billion pounds of the greenhouse gas each year. (For comparison, 500 billion pounds is about 0.0005% of the amount of carbon dioxide stored in Earth's oceans.)
This qualifies the Tarim basin as what experts call a carbon sink zone, where carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmosphere in significant amounts. Most carbon sink zones are densely populated with plants that absorb carbon dioxide from the air and produce oxygen. Being sparse of plants, deserts are not usually considered for this title.

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(Flickr/dbraaten) An example of a common carbon sink zone in a rain forest of Jamaica.
So how did this desert come to be such an active carbon dioxide sucker?
It dates back to 2,000 years ago when settlers in the region began irrigating the land, the scientists suspect. And the soil of the local farmlands is salty, like the ocean, which dissolves carbon dioxide from the air more readily than fresh water.
"As a result, agricultural development over human history has enhanced the carbon sink," they write in their report.
The team also used their carbon dioxide measurements from underground water samples and compared it with CO2 levels in the surface water to calculate how much water had seeped into the basin over time and overall amount of water underground. They estimate that as much as 10 times the amount in all of the great lakes could be down there, they told South China Morning Post.
The scientists don't advise locals to go digging for it, though, because it's extremely salty and highly carbonated from all of the carbon dioxide it's been absorbing for the last two millennium.
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What the world thinks about climate change? Maps

  • These maps are the first to reveal what the world thinks of climate change, and it's startling
  • These maps are the first to reveal what the world thinks of climate change, and it's startling

    Four in 10 adults throughout the world have never heard of climate change, according to a new Yale-led study in "Nature."
    Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, the researchers looked at what the world's population thinks about climate change and why. 
    “This is the first and only truly global study where we have climate change opinion data from over 100 countries, so it allows us to compare the findings across the world,” lead author Tien Ming Lee, a Princeton University researcher, said in a statement.
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    In general, the main difference was how aware people in developed and developing countries were of climate change:
    In many developed countries (e.g. North America, Europe, Japan), over 90% of the population is aware of climate change. In developing nations though, the percentage is much smaller — although people reported having noticed changes in local weather.
    Co-author Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and study lead, said that the results clearly showed that improving education was vital for public support of climate change. 
    “Overall, we find that about 40% of adults worldwide have never heard of climate change, this rises to more than 65% in some developing countries, like Egypt, Bangladesh, and India," Leiserowitz said.
    The researchers noted that while previous studies had found that Americans' view on climate change was strongly linked to their politics, but that there is little global data looking at how political ideology influences climate change views.
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Would a Solar Storm as big as the 1859 even throw Earth into a financial Depression?

The Solar Storm of 2012 was as big as the 1859 one...

I'm thinking about this and likely the answer would be yes. Recently as I was thinking about how much work our computers do just in the U.S. and my thought off the top of my head is that computers do the work presenty (just in the U.S.) of about 1 1/2 billion people (and more every day).

Now imagine that all or most electrical generating systems in one half of the world that took the full blast. (or if the blast was of long enough duration that most electrical generating stations on earth got fried. So, all needed spare parts to begin operation once again. Imagine how much data would be lost along with programming not stored properly individually and by businesses and governments. Because all magnetic storage on earth might be destroyed or beyond repair at that point. So, all tape storage drives and hard drives might be corrupted. So, unless you had burned your information on a C or DVD or other non-magnetic carrier you might be lost in regard to your information. If you had not created hard copies or DVD's or CDs of all events and data you might be screwed as a business or government or private individual here on earth.

So, would the loss (just in the U.S. of 1 1/2 billion workers throw us into a Great Depression? (the work all our computers actually do)

Quite likely.

But, on top of that it would be the loss of life from presently unimaginable events. If papers were catching on fire in 1859 all over the world in Telegraph offices and the telegraphers had to unplug from their batteries to keep sending and receiving information at all, what would it do to literally everything digital on earth and in space? What would it do to all electrical devices on earth including cars and other vehicles. How many people would die when the GPS died worldwide for days or weeks?

It is an unknown because this kind of event likely goes on for a long time and would affect everything electrical directly or indirectly here on earth as a direct result.

And here is the real problem:


And here is another question I have. It is said in books like "The Day After Roswell" that microchips came directly from the Roswell event. If this is true are microchips a blessing or a curse when this huge solar storm happens to our worldwide civilization?

Because it could also be a potential beginning of the end for mankind because we may be just too dependent upon microchip technologies and artificial intelligence then to not go extinct within a couple hundred years after this event when it happens.

Because only people who live really remotely haven't mostly forgotten how to live without computers and technology and this gets worse every day. I was raised without them so I know but present and future generations might be in trouble when this happens.

788,888 plus visits to intuitivefred888

I just sort of liked this number as it passed today and thought I would share it with you. Originally, when I started this blog I choose the name because Fred is my real name and I do tend to be intuitive and 888 sybolizes to me because 8 is also the symbol for infinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), Brahma Vishnu and Shiva) and Buddha, Dharma and Sangha which are all holy trinities of people in those religions. So, Holy Trinities times infinity three times. Or as many of us like to say it, "One with God is a majority".

To me, I also like to add Spontaneous Accomplishment. When I first studied about Padmasambhava it was in the early 1980s when I really got to know him and this accomplishment is attributed to him. However, as I thought about it it is also attributed to Jesus and many other beings as well. So, spontaneous accomplishment has always interested me.

For example, many Tibetan philosophers will say things like, "Padmasambhava spontaneously manifested out of the void". Also, Padmasambhava is thought to have brought Buddhism as a Mahasiddha to King Trisondetsun of Tibet which started the melding of Buddhism and Bon Po into what is now today "Tibetan Buddhism".

This might not mean anything at all to a western mind. But, to an eastern mind manifesting spontaneously from place to place is a way of thinking about life. It is like saying, "I manifested as a soul as a baby in my mother's womb consciously". So, it is an amazing way to look at things in this way.

So, thanks for being interested in some or all of the things I have been interested all these years now. Have a Great Day!

U.S. focuses on deliberate act to bring plane down

  1. Though it could have been a deliberate act to bring the plane down, I'm thinking it also could have been a lot of bad luck just as easily. Have any of you ever had a really crazy day when nothing makes any sense at all. Imagine you are the pilot and co-pilot and you ask to fly around the storm but are TOLD to fly through a really bad storm. Then that storm almost pulls the wings off your plane and sends it to 45,000 feet, the fuselage ruptures and all the passengers and crew outside of the pilot and maybe the co-pilot are dead within about 1 minute or less from altitude and cold (way below zero). Since there is only a small hole in the plane which lets out all the warm air and might have pulled a flight attendent or something else against that hole the fuselages flying integrity has not been compromised, just it's ability to sustain heat and oxygen inside the cabin. Now, the pilot and co-pilot are getting colder. They want to buy time before they try to land because they are one or both partly incapacitated. So, maybe they reduce altitude and try to stay out of airspace where a lot of planes might be flying. Then, one of them puts the automatic pilot on while he is passing out for the last time only the heading is out into the Indian  ocean at random. This is what I tend to think happened. I think it is the fluke of all this that makes people think the worst. But, possibly I am right about all this. But, no one yet and likely no one ever will be able to prove what actually happened at this point.

  1. A preliminary assessment by U.S. intelligence ... someone in the cockpit deliberately caused the ... about the plane's fate. The intelligence ...
  2. New report suggests deliberate act in MH370 ...
    Jul 29, 2015 · A preliminary assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies ... movements to go off ... someone in the cockpit deliberately caused the ...

PBS: Quote from Miles Obrien on PBS NEWSHOUR today regarding Flaperon

"The way the damage pattern presents itself is interesting. A lot of people have been saying perhaps it fell off when the aircraft struck the water. But,  I have been talking to some experts that have said two things that are interesting: The leading edge (of the flaperon) is not very damaged at all and the trailing edge almost looks like it has been torn like a piece of paper. That would indicate stress damage, in other words it could have been fluttering. And that would suggest that it tore off in flight. And that would suggest that it was diving at a high rate of speed and pieces of it were falling off."

Other reporter: "But that's just speculation at this point."

Miles Obrien: "IT is. But the damage pattern supports that."

end quote from PBS NEWSHOUR

Here is my theory of what likely happened at this point using both facts, logic and intuitiion:

The Flaperon

Cost of Telegraph losses in 1859 Carrington event

Putting religious and metaphysical questions aside, how much did all this disruption cost the US telegraph system? The compilers of these eyewitness accounts note a subsequent assessment by Scientific American that the average telegraph operator was worth about $75 a day to his company. Assuming that half the extant telegraph stations (1,500) were disrupted in some way, the researchers guesstimate a cost of $56,000 to the States, and perhaps $270,000 to the whole world. Combining general telegraph business revenue loss with operator labor revenue loss, they expand the global sum to something in the neighborhood of $300,000.
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However, it might be important to understand that the value of 1cent was worth much more then than now.

For example, when I was little even in the 1950s I could buy a large candy bar for 5 cents (now 1 to 2 dollars). The difference was even more marked then in 1859. So, the value of $300,000 likely would be in the neighborhood (value wise of 100s millions of dollars or more today) to calibrate it to todays values and buying power.

In 1964 at age 16 I could buy a good 1956 ford stationwagon (8 years old) for around 600 to 800 dollars. The minimum wage was around 1 dollar an hour. I had no trouble at all between 15 and 16 of saving enough money to buy this car and to continue pay for gas and repairs ongoing until I sold it and traded it for a 1965 VW bug for college to save money on gas in 1966. Even a brand new VW Bug only was about 800 dollars then and likely I paid around 500 to 600 for a 1965 Bug then used.

Imagine how much a quarter could buy in 1859?

How much would a dollar buy in 1850?

It would buy a 2002 car.
This answer came from:

The Flaperon

I was listening to what Miles O'brien on CNN TV was saying after talking to aeronautical engineers regarding the damage to the flaperon. The engineers had told him that the front edge isn't damaged really at all. But, the trailing edge would be the type of damage from the plane in a dive going straight down into the ocean at some point.

So, this is what I think happened possibly. The plane was directed to fly through a storm (something that wouldn't be allowed here in the U.S.). The plane exceeded altitude because of extreme updrafts inside the storm which were noted by Meteorologists all over the world past 40,000 feet possibly to 45,000 feet which would cause the fuselage to rupture at it's weakest point (wherever that was). note: No passenger plane (that I know of) is designed for above 40,000 feet altitude. Above that there likely would be a fuselage rupture with air going out along with all heat. end note. Instantly (at that altitude) everyone would be dead because of the cold and almost zero air pressure at that altitude. So, maybe the crew flying was quick enough to put on oxygen masks but not the people in the main cabin. So, basically these people would die within 30 seconds to 1 minutes with no air at all to breathe. Also, the air pressure might be so low and the temperature so far below zero that even the crew would get frostbite almost immediately at this altitude and shortly after die. So, even if the crew was alive the passengers were all dead at this point mercifully.

The pilot and co-pilot likely succumbed to either no oxygen or hypothermia which has hallucinations before you die. The plane likely put on autopilot as an emergency response by the pilot or co-pilot went on autopilot until it ran out of fuel and then dove straight into the water with everyone already dead on board for hours. This likely could be how the flaperon then was damaged in this likely 1000 mile per hour drive straight into the ocean. The autopilot wouldn't be able to do much once there was no fuel and might even add to the force of the dive in it's emergency responses. (Unless a plane has engines on) it falls like a rock out of the sky without a pilot to put it in a proper glide path for landing on the ocean like Sullenberger did perfectly after a bird strike that knocked out his engines on his passenger jet.

In fact, in such a dive the flaperon could have separated from the wing and plane in such a dive. After separating it would come to earth more like a feather in the air than the plane which at this speed would completely obliterate the plane sort of like running into the alps. If you ever looked at what that plane did when it hit the alps there was nothing left of it much recognizable. When you hit the ocean at 1000 plus miles per hour, at that speed it is like hitting cement or a mountain. So, likely there would be nothing left of it basically, possibly except maybe the flight recorders. This would be why no other parts of the plane have been found so far and explain a lot. However, my theory though possibly true I don't see how any theory including mine could be proved one way or another in the end. However, this jives with the damage on the back end of the flaperon.

Later Note: The same day I was listening to Anderson Cooper on CNN and Miles Obrien was also on this show too. However, a Boeing engineer brought up another point. Most of the time, (except during landings) this Flaperon is tucked inside the wing surface. So, the only thing exposed most of the time is the trailing edge which was damaged either by falling straight down into the ocean or nearly straight down into the ocean at supersonic speeds or from an impact into the ocean.

My thought is that it more likely came off the aircraft before it crashed because if it was going supersonic straight down most of the plane is going to be obliterated like it hit a mountain or just cement. If you have ever seen pictures of what a passenger jet looks like after hitting a mountain (which is what it is like hitting the ocean fast enough) unless you are gliding in a glide pattern and hitting the ocean slowly at close to landing speeds with the wheels up.

So, imagine the fuel ran out, the autopilot is still on and everyone is dead on board with the autopilot fighting dead engines. I think the thing would fall like a rock and nothing much would be left of it.

***Unless the autopilot was programmed for a glide path and a soft landing on the ocean which I think hasn't be programmed into autopilots (YET). But might be after this crash. But, if they can do this sort of thing for military drones they likely could modify it for passenger planes too at some point. (likely after they do it for all U.S. military planes first.)

The only problem with this kind of technology is it also could be used to turn literally any plane into a drone which might be a problem too in both the short and long run.

Trump:"I'm not known as a politically correct person"

This might be the only thing I completely agree with Trump about. That he is not a politically correct person. However, I also agree that political correctness is destroying this country.

Here is a ridiculous but also true example of this:

Imagine a group of people walking in the dark down the street. Someone in the front says, "There's some "Shit" on the ground here. The next person says, "That's not politically correct. You should say Excrement."  The next person says, "No. The correct way to call it would be feces." The next person says, "Oh No! You can't call it those things, you must call it doggy doo doo."

Meanwhile about 20 people step in it.

This is exactly the problem the U.S. and likely Europe are having regarding such problems(and thousands more). Because there is literally "Shit" everywhere and if you can't call it what it really is everyone following you is going to step in it. And that is just going to make 100 times the work to correct that eventually for everyone.

This is likely why Trump is so popular because he at least calls them as he sees them instead of being afraid of saying anything that isn't politically correct like most politicians are.

Skateboard from Carbon is light and can stop .38 caliber bullet

Someone built a skateboard from the same materials used in rockets

Skateboards, they ain't rocket science....until rocket scientist built one.  Photo: 121C Boards.
Skateboards, they ain’t rocket science … until a rocket scientist built one. Photo: 121C Boards
As of late July, a new high-tech, up-cycled carbon fiber skateboard, named Aileron from 121c Boards has been available via Kickstarter.
The board, inspired by and made from the same materials as rockets, is the brainchild of Ryan Olliges.
When the University of Southern California engineering student started building rockets at his school’s Rocket Propulsion Lab he was just excited to be working with the technology.
But, seeing how much material was wasted during the production of these high-tech projectiles, inspired Olliges to embark on a different type of project.
The former Eagle Scout decided to try his hand at building an up-cycled, high-tech skateboard.
Olliges saw large sheets of carbon fiber being tossed into the trash after small pieces were cut off for use as fins or other rocket parts.
“I’ve always made skateboards and I thought, ‘Maybe I can take this material and press it into a couple of skateboards,’” said Olliges.
An aileron is named after the surface on the back of a wing of a fighter plane that helps the plane maneuver. Photo: 121C Boards.
An aileron is named after the surface on the back of a wing of a fighter plane that helps the plane maneuver. Photo: 121C Boards
He knew it would be challenging because carbon fiber needs to be cured under heat and pressure. Creating a board out of carbon fiber would require a hot press — a tool that applies high pressure while also applying heat at 121 degrees Celsius, which he later aptly named his company.
Olliges picked up a material donation from an aerospace industry ally.
He realized that wasting expensive, carbon fiber was not just a problem at the USC lab. It was an industry-wide problem.
Aerospace-grade carbon fiber is different than the material than you’d find on a high-end bike. The quantity of fibers/filaments in the fabric is higher — the more filaments, the stronger the fiber.
That’s one reason why complete carbon fiber boards from companies like IXO cost well over $1,000.
The carbon fiber material needed to create an Aileron costs more than $500. But, since he was saving it from the landfill, Olliges material was free. A completed Aileron from 121c, therefore, is half the cost of its competitors.
Olliges enlisted the help of one of his professor and fellow students, and created a working press. Soon enough he had produced a few prototypes.
Beta testers shredding on the Aileron.  Photo: 121C Boards.
Beta testers shredding on the Aileron. Photo: 121C Boards.
Aerospace-grade carbon fiber is so strong, the board is actually bulletproof.
Under the auspices of testing, Olliges and co-collaborators even took the material to a shooting range. It stopped bullets from a .38. The material fared less well with bullets from an AK-47, but chances are you would never need to find out for yourself.
And the board’s benefits are more than just Superman-like bullet-stopping qualities.
“It’s way lighter than a wood skateboard and we’ve tailored the strengths so that is has a really fun flex. It’s pop-y,” said Olliges.
The decks are slated to retail for $275, but as of this writing, they’re currently available on Kickstarter for a pledge of $215. Complete sets will retail for $450 and are available on Kickstarter for $380.
The Aileron is built with pieces of aerospace-grade carbon fiber leftover from the production process of products like rockets.  Photo: 121C Boards.
The Aileron is built with pieces of aerospace-grade carbon fiber leftover from the production process of products like rockets. Photo: 121C Boards

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The Solar Storm of 2012 was as big as the 1859 one that hit Earth

However, we were lucky because it's trajectory missed Earth. Had it made a direct hit on Earth we would still be recovering as a world technological society from it and many would likely have died or been injured in navigational technological problems around the world from it. The estimated damage if this had hit earth was in 2013 2.6 Trillion dollars.

The solar storm of 2012

Solar storm of 2012

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The coronal mass ejection, as photographed by STEREO.

The event occurred in 2012, near the local maximum of sunspots that can be seen in this graph.
The solar storm of 2012 was an unusually large and strong coronal mass ejection (CME) event that occurred on July 23 that year. It missed the Earth with a margin of approximately nine days, as the Earth orbits the Sun, and the Sun revolves around its own axis with a period of about 25 days.[1] The region that produced the outburst was thus not pointed directly towards the Earth at that time. The strength of the eruption was comparable to the 1859 Carrington event that caused damage to electric equipment worldwide, which at that time consisted mostly of telegraph stations.[2]
The eruption tore through Earth's orbit, hitting the STEREO-A spacecraft. The spacecraft is a solar observatory equipped to measure such activity, and because it was far away from the Earth and thus not exposed to the strong electrical currents that can be induced when a CME hits the Earth's magnetosphere,[2] it survived the encounter and provided researchers with valuable data.
Based on the collected data, the eruption consisted of two separate ejections which were able to reach exceptionally high strength as the interplanetary medium around the Sun had been cleared by a smaller CME four days earlier.[2] Had the CME hit the Earth, it is likely that it would have inflicted serious damage to electronic systems on a global scale.[2] A 2013 study estimated that the cost could have reached $2.6 trillion. Ying D. Liu, professor at China’s State Key Laboratory of Space Weather, estimated that the recovery time from such a disaster would have been about four to ten years.[3]
The event occurred at a time of high sunspot activity during Solar cycle 24.

See also


  • Williams, D. R. (1 July 2013). "Sun Fact Sheet". NASA. Retrieved 13 January 2015.

    1. Sanders, Robert (18 March 2014). "Fierce solar magnetic storm barely missed Earth in 2012". UC Berkeley News Center. Retrieved 10 January 2015.

    External links

  • Phillips, Tony (23 July 2014). "Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012". Science@NASA. NASA. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  • The Biggest Single Threat to Iran is ISIS

    The U.S. and Europe are not the threat that ISIS is to Iran. ISIS is the sum total of the hatred from all Sunnis around the world (1.1 billion of them versus 165 million Shiites). So, understanding this we also understand why Iran likely cannot abide by the treaty they just signed with the U.S. , Europe and the world.

    So, if people understand that Iran in it's own way is fighting for survival against ISIS first and next against Al Qaeda and everyone else arrayed against them, what Iran is doing will make a whole lot more sense.

    The U.S. has never been Iran's primary enemy. However, politically it was and maybe still is expedient to call American "The Great Satan" because of what happened with the U.S. and European Puppet, the Shah of Iran. The U.S. and Europe wanted Iran's oil so in the 1950s they installed the Shah of Iran to lead Iran and many people living in Iran were very upset about this.

    However, now most voters in Iran were born AFTER the 1979 and 1980 Ayatolla takeover and after the kidnapping of American Embassy workers.

    Iran hostage crisis - Wikipedia, the free...
    Masoumeh Ebtekar, interpreter and spokesperson of the student group that occupied the U.S Embassy in 1979, an Iranian scientist, ... Irania

    So, most of the problems the U.S. has had with Iran is around the kidnapping of "Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981)".

    So, there is still a great deal of anger in the U.S. regarding "Any" nation doing something like this to the U.S.

    And this kidnapping ended the Carter Administration after only one term also.

    So, understanding that presently the biggest single threat to Iran is ISIS as well as all the people in Sunni nations funding and supporting ISIS in any way is important for the world to understand.

    So, the threat of the U.S. is mostly in their minds in Iran but it isn't really a real thing (unless one day the U.S. feels forced to nuke Iran out of existence) because Iran majorly attacked Israel or Europe or something like this. And despite all the rhetoric I think it is much more likely that Israel would attack Iran than Iran attacking Israel.

    However, it is possible that Iran would fund Hezbollah to attack Israel through Lebanon with missiles or a direct attack. So, this is an ongoing problem for everyone. 

    So, the most dangerous things for the world regarding the middle East are potential proxy wars of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Hezbollah potentially attacking Israel. All these proxy wars are flashpoints where the whole world one day might light up in bombs and missiles going everywhere at once. So, this agreement might stop Iran from developing Nuclear weapons for a few more years in this sort of insane process of proxy wars and a new type of Cold War forming the last 5 years ago or so in the Middle East that likely is party a result of Arab Spring. Though a lot of good came from Arab Spring, the resistance to Arab Spring by Iran, Russia and some Sunni nations has made of the Middle East a Blood Bath that doesn't look like it will settle down anytime soon.

    So, the real danger to the whole world is ISIS, Syria, Iraq and Yemen for now, and how this affects oil supplies and oil prices ongoing for the world. 

    The whole world runs on the price and availability of oil. Without oil at a good price the world will fall into an economic depression or worse. So, my concern is the 50% of the nations that are the poorest who might not survive as nations if the availability and price of oil is too high for them to endure.

    Because food also moves on oil and so does the growing of food in most countries.

    Earth Will Only Have 12 Hours To Prepare For Massive Solar Storm(when that happens)

    Earth Will Only Have 12 Hours To Prepare For Massive Solar Storm


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    Trains will be disrupted, power will go out, satellite signals will go wonky - that’s what we have to look forward to when the sun next has a melt down, and we’re unlikely to get more than 12 hours warning.
    In a new government document, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has laid out its Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, outlining the risks of unsettled space weather as well as what it plans to do about them.
    The document explains that the worst case scenario is a ‘coronal mass ejection’ - huge eruptions on the sun which cause parts of its corona to detach. The corona is the pearly glow around the sun that you can only usually see during a total solar eclipse, made up of plasma and rarefied gases. 
    The worst case scenario is based on the Carrington event of 1859, which caused solar-flare related x-rays and radiation storms. In 2015, a similar event could cause the national grid to fail, satellite operations to shut down, increased radiation on flights and upset to electronic systems.
    The report suggests that there are three things the country needs to do to prepare for such an event: improve alerts and warnings, update power and communication infrastructure with failsafe backups and have a plan in place to deal with the effects should they come to pass. 
    As for you: the advice from the government is to prepare yourself for a solar event just as you would for any other natural hazards like floods and storms. 

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    The worst time for this to happen is not now, it would be when there are self driving cars all over the earth who are guided by GPS Satellites that all fry at once (if they are in the direction of the Solar Blast when it happens and hits Earth). So, I see in the short run planes falling out of the sky with all or some electronics fried with no navigation by GPS left available on that side of the planet, with ships crashing into each other in the fog the worst problem in the short run. In the long run it might be difficult if all the power plants on that side of the planet would be fried and not able to generate electricity. However, people with Solar Panels, Wind Generators, or water impelled electricity might still be okay. It Depends. So, in the short run thousands of people dying related to transportation   immediately or getting injured on half the world facing the sun and in the long run and not being able to get food or refrigerate food might be the next big problem on that side of the planet.

    Part of what has already been happening is that GPS satellites have been turning upside down when hit with certain levels of Solar radiation during the last 20 or more years. It is possible some of the newer GPS satellites don't become dysfunctional for minutes or days or forever and unable to transmit GPS coordinates like some GPS satellites have in storms during the last 20 years or so.
    In other words it would be an electronics and navigation nightmare over at least 1/2 of the world.
    Here is what happened in 1859 the last time this happened:(but they only had telegraph poles then) with paper catching on fire near the telegraph operators and people able to read newspapers at midnight  by the Aurora's outside even in places like Cuba.
    1. Solar storm of 1859 - Wikipedia, the free...
      The solar storm of 1859, also known as the Carrington event, was a powerful geomagnetic solar storm in 1859 during solar cycle 10. A solar coronal mass ejection hit ...
    2. 1859’s “Great Auroral Storm”—the week the Sun...
      May 02, 2012 · Richard Carrington's 1859 drawing of the solar flares he identified while sunspot watching. The "intensely bright" patches are marked A and B.