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Daily Digest 7/7 - Gentrifying Into The Shelters, The Secret Life Of The Sun

Sunday, July 7, 2013, 10:34 AM

Economy

Debt row: What happens when you can never pay it off (westcoastjan)

The average Canadian consumer debt (excluding mortgage), according to TransUnion’s latest quarterly report, is $26,935.

Gentrifying Into The Shelters (jdargis)

What causes some poor families to fall into homelessness and others to sustain themselves, however precariously, is a difficult question that has challenged social scientists and policy makers for a long time. The vexing inquiry — the inevitable multivariate answers — have made targeted prevention a relatively new endeavor, despite how logical a solution it might seem. It was not until 2004 that the city initiated a program called Homebase, which went into neighborhoods like Bedford-Stuyvesant that send the greatest number of people into homelessness, with the goal of reducing it. Homebase has sought to keep at-risk families out of the shelter system and in their communities with emergency rental assistance, landlord mediation and links to social services.

A Real Live Third Amendment Case (Chris M.)

Whatever the ultimate outcome of this case, it is clear that lawyers and legal scholars should start taking the Third Amendment more seriously. Contrary to conventional wisdom, there is in fact a history of violations of the Amendment, such as the military’s brutal treatment of Alaska’s Aleutian Islanders during World War II (even in wartime, the Amendment forbids the quartering of troops in private homes, except “in a manner to be prescribed by law.”) For a more detailed account of that tragic episode, see this article by Chapman University law professor Tom Bell.

In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. (jdargis)

In the past, that probably would have required a court warrant because the suspicious e-mail involved American communications. In this case, however, a little-noticed provision in a 2008 law, expanding the definition of “foreign intelligence” to include “weapons of mass destruction,” was used to justify access to the message.

Confirmation of anomalous hydrogen generation by plasma electrolysis (Arthur Robey)

During plasma electrolysis, so much vapor and the hydrogen gas are released from the cell that it becomes difficult to determine the heat balance. Measuring the enthalpy of the effluent gas is particularly difficult and complicated, and it has not been done heretofore. It is even more challenging to measure enthalpy removed from the system in excess gas, but it is important to measure the power balance, to be sure one have replicated excess hydrogen, because without it one cannot expect excess hydrogen.

The Secret Life Of The Sun (westcoastjan)

Although it may seem like a featureless, glowing ball in the sky, the Sun is actually a beautiful and dynamic star. Looking at the different wavelengths of light produced by the Sun reveals wildly different layers and processes.

Gargantuan algae bloom fouls beaches of Chinese coastal city (westcoastjan)

The State Oceanic Administration said an area larger than the state of Connecticut had been affected by the mat of “sea lettuce,” as it is known in Chinese, which is generally harmless to humans but chokes off marine life and invariably chases away tourists as it begins to rot.

A Painful Mix of Fire, Wind and Questions (jdargis)

All but one of the 20 members of the team, a highly skilled fire suppression squad known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, lost their lives that day in the mountains 32 miles southwest of Prescott. In the week since, amid tears and tributes, a question has weighed over this shaken community: how could they have died?

Gold & Silver

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China Radio: Gold Supression, role in internationalizing RMB

From ZH, "China Radio: "The U.S. And Europe Have Always Supressed The Rising Price Of Gold"" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-06/china-radio-us-and-europe-have-always-suppressed-rising-price-gold.  

"...China - pragmatic as always - decided to call the "rising gold price suppression" bluff of the US and Europe and do the only logical thing that takes advantage of an artificially suppressed gold price: buy hand over fist."

In addition, the article specifically discuss the role of gold as an international reserve currency, and in supporting the internationalization of the RMB as an international reserve currency.

 
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Faraday''s Law Violated

Vancina describes how a paper by Mizuno, Akimoto and Ohmori entitled “Confirmation of anomalous hydrogen generation by plasma electrolysis” [.pdf] discusses hydrogen generation in quantities greater than Faraday’s Law predicts.

Cold Fusion Now.

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High political stakes as Chinese economy faces hard landing

High political stakes as Chinese economy faces hard landing

 

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Were these results ever verified?

Arthur,

The Mizuno et al. (2003) paper was from a conference presenting preliminary results. Did this ever make it through peer review, and if so was it ever verified by anyone else? The fact that this paper is 10 years old would make one suspect that Japan would be working full bore on this if there were any real net energy to be derived from this process.

Mark

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Arizona fire

One of the things I do is provide research on how wildfires burn and interact with forest managment activities. I've been trying to piece together what happened at the Yarnell fire.

The NYTimes piece is a good article. From what I can surmise the Hotshot team must have been laying out a fire break in front of a backing fire (fire slowly spreading into the wind) . I looked at the nearest RAWS weather data and the winds were steady at 13 mph gusting to 20+ mph south. Basically the guys were chopping and digging out all fuels in front of a relatively slow moving lower intensity fire that was leaning away from them.

The thunderstorms quickly reversed the wind direction nearly 180 degrees and intensified them to a steady 26 mph with gusts >40 mph. In 40 year old shrub fuels there was no chance for them to outrun the sudden head fire. One can only surmise that the meteorologist warning message got missed. Not sure if it would have given time for them to escape even if the team had immediately disengaged. The fire was suddenly leaning into the new fuels and well aerated to maximize the spread rate and burning intensity. The fire line that was in place would be insufficient for holding back the fire under those conditions even if it had been completed.

This is a tragic occurrence but large fires are becoming more prevalent throughout the western US as a function of our legacy of fire suppression, where we build our homes, and worsening climate conditions. The biggest uncertainty for future fire behavior is going to be related to drought and wind. While we have some ideas of how drought frequency and intensity are changing there is currently little understanding of how winds will change with shifting climate conditions.

Mark

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Proof of Cold Fusion? or more Science Fantasy

Regarding yesterday's report: "Vancina describes how a paper by Mizuno, Akimoto and Ohmori entitled “Confirmation of anomalous hydrogen generation by plasma electrolysis” [.pdf] discusses hydrogen generation in quantities greater than Faraday’s Law predict"

The referred to paper appears to be a non-peer reviewed meeting presentation that has not been published in a peer reviewed journal nor reproduced by a second person according to the well established principles of science.  This is prima facie evidence of bull shit.

There seems to be much of this nonsense in this forum.  This forum is an outlet for creative writing in the science fantasy field particularly for fiction writers in the "cold fusion" area.  However, such stuff is good fodder for new conspiracy theories that rely on lack of science knowledge of the reader.

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On Solid state Nuclear reactions.

There is a blanket refusal to publish any evidence of anything to do with Cold Fusion. I Daejeong I was told by the researchers that if you so much as mention Palladium you are shown the door.

Ditto the Patents office. There has only been one patent for cold fusion, and that was issued to NASA. Obviously a special exception to the rule.

What could trigger such defensive behaviour? Follow the money. What would be the consequences to the $US Petrodollar if everyone got cheap plentiful portable energy?

Not to worry. The USA is not the only country in the world.

If you want to peruse the thousands of other experiments I invite you to visit LENR/CANR

I view the resistance to contemplate that the conditions of solid state nuclear reactions as a manifestation of the triumph of the rules-bound model-making Left Hemisphere. Cold Fusion is not in the Left hemisphere's models therefore it cannot exist.

Even Einstein fell for it. He was told by a student that Einstein's theory of relativity indicated an expansion of the Universe. Einstein patted him on the head and saith that while his mathematics was sound, his physics was weak. Of cause the universe was not expanding! And where did Einstein obtain his certainty? From his Left Brain Models. Or in less savoury language he pulled it out of his principle orifice. And therefore it must be true.

True science is an Empirical discipline. It has to remain skeptical of its models. Only the evidence counts. And there is a lot of it.

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