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Daily Digest 10/21 - Good News Friday: Gold’s Secular Bull Market Continues, The Virtue Of The Educated Voter

Friday, October 21, 2016, 12:10 PM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

The Virtue Of An Educated Voter (jdargis)

To sustain their republics, American leaders felt compelled to reform the morals and manners of the nation’s citizens. “We have changed our forms of government,” Benjamin Rush declared, “but it remains yet to effect a revolution in our principles, opinions, and manners so as to accommodate them to the forms of government that we have adopted.” Having grown up in colonies ruled by an empire committed to monarchy, the founders wanted the next generation of Americans to master a new culture of republicanism. Schools needed to produce well-informed protectors of republican government. “If the common people are ignorant and vicious,” Rush concluded, “a republican nation can never be long free.”

Work Feels Better If You're Part Of A Team (jdargis)

Work should not be a hostile environment; at the very least it should be neutral. Sitting down at your desk and typing your emails and writing your reports or whatever else it is one does should be fine, at the very minimum. Anything else is a fun bonus. But, that sense of “we-ness” is nice because hey, we’re all in this together, might as well make the most of it. No need to become best friends with everyone you work with, but being able to tolerate them enough to not hide from them when you see them headed for the kitchen is a good thing, indeed.

How we reconstruct our evolutionary past (jdargis)

Sometimes, you do have odd features that seem to cause trouble for a nice tree, such as the fact that both snakes and whales only have vestigial legs even though they don't seem very related otherwise. It's possible to solve issues like this by looking at enough features. The number of things that make whales distinct within mammals is smaller than the number of features they share with other mammals. You can see an example of the sort of groupings of traits in the chart below.

Gold’s Secular Bull Market Continues – 50 Amazing Charts (Taki T.)

Global market changes dynamically and hence, a traditional approach to financial markets and management of assets would not be rational. It is important to understand the current global economic situation to pick or hold investments The devaluation of currencies have also created new stories such as fall of Euro due to Greece crisis and Brexit. Hence, financial markets require effective implementation of monetary policies by the central banks. Prudent and rational investors should assess the repercussions of inflation and deflation. If we look at the gold prices, in 2008, the price of gold was USD 800, since it witnessed a great rise till September 2011, when it reached its all-time highs at USD 1,920.

New Process Discovered to Convert CO2 to Ethanol (Arthur Robey)

The team was studying how to use nanotechnology to control chemical reactions. I their work they came across a method using a copper nanoparticle catalyst that allows them to take carbon dioxide and convert it into ethanol. They say this discovery was actually an accident since they were actually expecting to produce methanol.

Finalists in the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards (jdargis)

The finalists in the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced.

8 Fall-Blooming Flowers Friendly to Bees, Birds, and Butterflies (jdargis)

Just like the turning leaves, the appearance of dusky yellow goldenrod blossoms is a sign that fall has arrived. There are a variety of native goldenrods found throughout North America, which are easily adapted to garden conditions. Growing 2 to 3 feet tall in sun or part shade, goldenrod is highly drought tolerant and nearly foolproof, making it a popular choice for wildflower gardens. Grow from seed or potted plants. (Note: goldenrod is often blamed for hayfever, but is actually non-allergenic; hayfever is caused by ragweed, which blooms at the same time, but has small nondescript flowers).

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Russia Wants To Monitor "Rigged" US Presidential Elections

The irony of the situation is rich. Who says that Putin doesn't have a sense of humor!

 

Russia Wants To Monitor "Rigged" US Presidential Elections

In what can only be described as an epic attempt to troll both Obama and Hillary, and an apparent move to embarrass the United States over Trump's claims of that the upcoming presidential election will be "rigged", Russia has asked to send monitors to US polling stations for the Nov. 8 vote, according to reports by Russian media.

However the US State Department was not amused, and promptly rebuffed the request with one state election official threatening criminal action if Russian monitors showed up, according to state-controlled Izvestia daily and broadcaster RT. State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner called the Russian effort a "PR stunt."

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What's PP.com's IP address?

In light of today's cyber attacks, I'd like to know PP.com's IP address in case that's the only way I can log on to connect with this community and keep up with unfolding events. Adam?

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PP.com IP Address

PP.com IP address is: 104.25.78.12. But it won't do you much good because the site is blocked from direct access by 'cloudflare' some kind of firewall.

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A Tunnel for Members?

After today's attack on the DNS servers, I changed my PP bookmark to the IP address, only to find out the cloudflare firewall blocked direct access.

Thinking about it, I wonder if the firewall could be made permeable for members? I would certainly like to be able to access this site in any emergency which included the shutdown of DNS.

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That's A Good Idea

Our IT team has its hands full today dealing with ripple effects of the ongoing DDOS attacks across the US. When they come up for air, I'll ask them about a direct access solution.

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Reminds me of need for ham radio

I have heard that communication is a "force multiplier" when a team is trying to get some task done.

Without internet our home is totally shut off.

Does anyone have a suggestion or two for ham radio equipment?

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Re: Cloudfair & IP address

It mght work if you add the ip address to your machines localhost file with the fullly qualified domain name.

 

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My God, but we are beautiful!

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Russia can't monitor? When it comes down to a choice...

... between saying

  "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about"

to a citizen (say, about the NSA, or police searches), or to a government (say, about monitoring rigged elections), it seems to me that our politicians just signed a confession.

I am unimpressed.  What would our rulers do about Aleppo?  Well, Johnson for one is unaware of Aleppo.  Others, though, might view Aleppo as "a good start to world domination.  They've shown how it can be done."
 

I just wonder what's going to happen.  I have no imagination about WHICH people are the good guys.

 

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Michael_Rudmin wrote: ...
Michael_Rudmin wrote:

... between saying

  "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about"

to a citizen (say, about the NSA, or police searches), or to a government (say, about monitoring rigged elections), it seems to me that our politicians just signed a confession.

I am unimpressed.  What would our rulers do about Aleppo?  Well, Johnson for one is unaware of Aleppo.  Others, though, might view Aleppo as "a good start to world domination.  They've shown how it can be done."
 

I just wonder what's going to happen.  I have no imagination about WHICH people are the good guys.

 

Who hacked Merkel's smartphone???

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Thanks, Arthur

Glorious!!!!!

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Thanks, Arthur

Glorious!!!!!

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suggestion or two for ham radio equipment

Sand Puppy, regarding your query "reminds me of the need for ham radio" :

ham radio equipment has become extremely cheap, many are buying  Baofeng brand hand held transceivers. (in particular UV-5R+ look on Amazon).  Your local ham club likely will have its own repeater (to transmit over a hill into further distances)  And, "short wave" or "HF" (from 2 to 30MHz)  is used for long distance depending on the ionospheric conditions.  The major hamfest is held on the May 20 weekend in Dayton Ohio, where you can find all kinds  of equipment and learning opportunities.

However:
1. ham radio transmissions are public and for non-business use 

2. the government monitors the transmissions quite easily (so we  can enjoy great safety protection provided by our govt) except for some high sensitivity text techniques, which unfortunately dont benefit from govt safety protection....

3. low bandwidth

If you become interested in slow speed digital text world wide please contact me.  I have a long term interest in inter-community communications through long distances via slow speed text, using a 100watt regular transceiver (not the Baofeng, but a standard type such as ICOM or Yaesu running at lower frequencies and higher power).  It is surprising how one can communicate directly with others on other continents with the same energy as that from a room light bulb.  A fascinating sport for those with interest in radio  waves. 

Mots  AK4VO

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Suggestion for ham radio equipment

All depends if you are a licensed ham or not. Many people do not know that with the proper licensing and equipment it is possible to send photo's, e-mails, track locations of vehicles, send radio versions of telegraph messages, use voice or digital modes to communicate locally or worldwide all with a ham radio.  Check out  https://amrron.com.  On the right side of the page you can scroll down and click a link to a you tube video describing Amrron.  Since the video was made membership has doubled, doubled again and again and keeps growing. Their website has plenty of links to get started with equipment recommendations. The founder (John Jacob Schmidt) is a former Army Special Forces communications specialist who is one of the most knowledgeable people I have found on disaster comms.  May not be your cup of tea but I have found the people involved to be very helpful and informed when it comes to communications. There are way too many variables to recommend certain equipment without knowing your abilities and goals. If you need assistance getting started with licensing, let me know, it is not very hard to do. Hope this helps.

 

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Re: Suggestion for ham radio equipment

BarnBuilder,

Has there been any progress to increase the transmission data rates for Digital Ham communications? I believe there is only  AX.25 which IRCC is limited to about 1200 bps. Perhaps OK for transmitting short "twitter" type messages, but pretty slow to transfering any significant data. I was hoping that a successor to AX.25 with much better data rates, would replace it.

I know there has been some work creating WIFI community mesh networks, using 802.3 broadband with directional antennas, in regions with limited internet access. I suspect this will likely become the primary system to provide wireless digital communications, simply because of licensing, data rates, and the accessiblity of inexpensive equipment. 

Everyone,

Another useful tool are SDR's (software defined radiios). The advantages of SDR is that you display a waterfall (digital broadcast map display) over a large frequency range so you can quickly spot active transmissions. SDRs can also be use to capture digital transmissions and decode them, such as NOAA weather satillites that prrovide a fax quality weather map. SDRs can also be used to decode digital voice communications such as P25 used by police and fire. Although SDRs usually have lower preformance with weak signals (at least for the lower cost SDRs I've tried). You can purchase cheap USB DVB tuners for about $20 and use SDR software, but the performance of these untils is pretty poor. The next step of SDR transcievers is in the $200 to $300 range, these offer better performance than the cheap $20 USB DVB tuners. Then there are SDR tranceivers that cost thousands of dollars.

I purchased a handheld HAM for mobile use  The adavantage of a HAM over a handheld radio is that you can listen to emergency services which might be useful in emergency.A handheld radio would be useful if you need to get home, or get out of a area in a emergency, You could listen in to emergency services either avoid areas or move to an area where emergency services can provide help. HAMs can usually tune to any frequency broad cast AM (ie 700 Khz to 1600 Khz) all the way up to about 900 Mhz. 

Most handheld HAMs can be set up in a scanner mode so you can monitor dozens of channels Unfortanately, most of the emergency services (Police, Fire, etc) are switching to P25 Digitial communications, which prevents an analog radio from decoding them. Hopefully Ham radios will begin to include support for P25 decoding. If you decided to purchase a handheld radio, I would keep a lookout for models that support P25 decoding. Note, You may not able to listen into all P25 transmission because P25 supports encryption, but I don't believe the majority of emergency services use P25 encryption. For home setups you can connect a HAM radio output to a PC soundcard to perform P25 decoding. But this wouldn't be practical in a field/mobile situation.

I also own a low cost SDR tranceiver (HackRF One) which is OK, but not great compared to a HAM transceiver for reception of weak signals. 

 

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TechGuy wrote:

BarnBuilder,

Has there been any progress to increase the transmission data rates for Digital Ham communications? I believe there is only  AX.25 which IRCC is limited to about 1200 bps. Perhaps OK for transmitting short "twitter" type messages, but pretty slow to transfering any significant data. I was hoping that a successor to AX.25 with much better data rates, would replace it.

I know there has been some work creating WIFI community mesh networks, using 802.3 broadband with directional antennas, in regions with limited internet access. I suspect this will likely become the primary system to provide wireless digital communications, simply because of licensing, data rates, and the accessiblity of inexpensive equipment. 

Everyone,

Another useful tool are SDR's (software defined radiios). The advantages of SDR is that you display a waterfall (digital broadcast map display) over a large frequency range so you can quickly spot active transmissions. SDRs can also be use to capture digital transmissions and decode them, such as NOAA weather satillites that prrovide a fax quality weather map. SDRs can also be used to decode digital voice communications such as P25 used by police and fire. Although SDRs usually have lower preformance with weak signals (at least for the lower cost SDRs I've tried). You can purchase cheap USB DVB tuners for about $20 and use SDR software, but the performance of these untils is pretty poor. The next step of SDR transcievers is in the $200 to $300 range, these offer better performance than the cheap $20 USB DVB tuners. Then there are SDR tranceivers that cost thousands of dollars.

I purchased a handheld HAM for mobile use  The adavantage of a HAM over a handheld radio is that you can listen to emergency services which might be useful in emergency.A handheld radio would be useful if you need to get home, or get out of a area in a emergency, You could listen in to emergency services either avoid areas or move to an area where emergency services can provide help. HAMs can usually tune to any frequency broad cast AM (ie 700 Khz to 1600 Khz) all the way up to about 900 Mhz. 

Most handheld HAMs can be set up in a scanner mode so you can monitor dozens of channels Unfortanately, most of the emergency services (Police, Fire, etc) are switching to P25 Digitial communications, which prevents an analog radio from decoding them. Hopefully Ham radios will begin to include support for P25 decoding. If you decided to purchase a handheld radio, I would keep a lookout for models that support P25 decoding. Note, You may not able to listen into all P25 transmission because P25 supports encryption, but I don't believe the majority of emergency services use P25 encryption. For home setups you can connect a HAM radio output to a PC soundcard to perform P25 decoding. But this wouldn't be practical in a field/mobile situation.

I also own a low cost SDR tranceiver (HackRF One) which is OK, but not great compared to a HAM transceiver for reception of weak signals. 

 

 

Sorry It took me so long to respond.  Did not know this response had been posted.  I  am a retired law enforcement officer who enjoys sustainable agriculture, food preservation of all types, and working with my hands. Hence I am a carpenter not a technologist but I do have an attraction to communication technology because it is the last portion of the Army I was in's mantra of " shoot, move and communicate."  I think you are confusing a ham radio which requires a license and gives you specific authorization over certain designated frequencies with a programmable all band or scanner radio. There are quite a few "ham" handheld radios that will let you monitor many frequencies but only allow you to transmit on your authorized frequencies. As for the speed of data transfer on digital modes, I asked someone much more knowledgeable  than me. His response:

Based on the information given, it seems like there is 'mixing' of the terms. You can send as much "data" as you want as long as you legally ID every 10 minutes. The limitations in ham radio are what are commonly referred to as "symbol rates" (aka baud rate, expressed in bits per second) which is how "fast" data can be sent over a channel. Like: how fast you can download a file over the communication channel. Much of what I'm covering here is on the General exam (http://www.kb6nu.com/2015-general-class-study-guide-section-g1c-transmit...)... on the HF bands on frequencies below 28 MHz (10 meters) the maximum baud rate is 300 baud. Above 10 meters, 1200 baud. 2m: 19.6 kb. 220, 440: 56 kb. I'm pretty sure it goes up from there when you start taking about things like mesh networking. I'm just not finding information above 440 which a couple quick Internet searches. All the base/mobile radios that have a digital port have a setting for 1200 or 9600. Most packet and APRS is 1200 but there are 9600 systems out there. Hope this helps.

 

So I hope this answered your question. I don't really think we'll be needing to send massive amounts of data over radio in a bad situation.  I can send you a very clear photograph in less than a minute that might be able to help you repair a piece of equipment you have, show you what a finished recipe should like, or help you identify a new arrival in your community that claims he is from mine.  That is just for slow scan TV.  For text I can send this total message including all attachments in less than a minute and that could be local or intercontinental depending on the need.   Fast enough for what I personally think we will need.  Thanks for your question because it made me dig for the facts myself and try to understand this present digital age which I am still trying to catch up on while staying with my manual analog world which I happen to like very much. Best Regards my friend, Barnbuilder.

 

 

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