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Daily Digest 10/11 - Sparks Fly In CA Over Electric Cars, The Race To Stop The Next Mass Shooter

Sunday, October 11, 2015, 10:23 AM

Economy

Americans Are Feeling Pretty Glum About Obama and the Economy (jdargis)

On the broadest measure, the share of adults saying the country “is headed in the right direction” dropped to 23 percent, the lowest since late 2013. The portion saying the country is “seriously off on the wrong track” reached 62 percent. That marked a continued deterioration from last February’s poll, which found 33 percent expressing a positive view and 54 percent have a negative assessment of the country’s direction; those numbers eroded in the May survey (27 percent positive, 59 percent negative) and tumbled further in the latest sounding.

Turkey Bombs PKK After Ankara's Deadly Blasts as Unrest Persists (jdargis)

Turkey started bombing PKK targets in Iraq in July after dozens of activists, mostly Kurds, were killed in a suicide bombing in the town of Suruc. The attack, which was blamed on a militant with ties to Islamic State, also triggered Turkish attacks on the al-Qaeda breakaway group.

Afghan Taliban’s Reach Is Widest Since 2001, U.N. Says (jdargis)

Afghan officials in many districts currently under attack by the Taliban depict a dramatically different situation. Even Highway One, a ring road connecting all of Afghanistan’s main cities, has long suffered repeated Taliban ambushes and roadblocks in southern Afghanistan; over the past two weeks the insurgents repeatedly cut the highway in the Doshi and Baghlani Jadid districts of Baghlan Province — long an uncontested government stronghold. Few government officials now use the highway along much of its route.

By evening, a hospital. By morning, a war zone. (jdargis)

The U.S. military, whose own account of what took place changed in the initial days after the attack, has said that the hospital was “mistakenly struck” in an attempt to support Afghan security forces. But the military has declined to provide full details of the incident while its investigators examine what occurred in the worst example of errant U.S. air power in recent years.

Why It’s So Hard to Know How Much Retirement Savings Is Enough (jdargis)

The arguments from those Wisconsin economists, John Karl Scholtz and Ananth Seshardi, are often used to justify policies that would limit the expansion of Social Security and prevent the formation of a universal pension system. Because these policies have far-reaching implications, it’s worth inspecting Scholtz and Seshardi’s argument, which essentially boils down to this: Spending a lot of money to raise children is good preparation for retirement.

Inside The Race To Stop The Next Mass Shooter (jdargis)

When Ayala graduated in 2002, the school-based team handed off his case to the local adult threat assessment team, which included members of the Salem Police Department and the county health agency. Ayala lived with his parents and got an IT job at a Fry's Electronics. He grew frustrated that his computer skills were being underutilized and occasionally still vented to his buddies, but with continued counseling and a network of support, he seemed back on track.

The two teams "successfully interrupted Ayala's process of planning to harm people," Van Dreal says. "We moved in front of him and nudged him onto a path of success and safety."

A radical experiment at Zappos to end the office workplace as we know it (jdargis)

Although Hsieh did not found Zappos—he was an early investor and joined the company as CEO in 2000—he encountered the same sense of connection and tribal identification in running the online shoe company that he had once felt at raves. His new company became his tribe, and although there were some tough times during the early years—the dot-com crash, layoffs, salary reductions, and extremely long hours—Hsieh's focus was always about making the company culture as positive and caring and fun as possible.

In California, Electric Cars Outpace Plugs, and Sparks Fly (jdargis)

More public chargers are the obvious long-term solution. About half of the 330,000 electric vehicles in this country are registered in California, and Gov. Jerry Brown wants to increase that number to 1.5 million by 2025. He has pledged a sharp increase in charging stations.

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Short discussion of the pile-driver explanation

This is a 6 minute video made by the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth taking apart the official explanation of why the North Tower collapsed. 

The official explanation for the collapse of the Twin Towers is called the pile-driver theory (PDT).  It states that the upper block of 12 floors began to fall when the plane and fire damaged floor gave way.  This falling upper block then crushed all of the floors beneath it all the way to the grounds.

David Chandler, a high school physics teacher, shows some pictures of the building's construction and goes through videos that show that this pile driver activity is NOT actually occurring.  He explains how Newtons Third Law would cause the upper block to be crushed at the same rate as the lower block is being crushed by the upper.  Review of the rate of fall, shows that the lower building is being cleared from beneath the upper block rapidly.  (This implies explosives.)  [He has other videos that show a wave of demolition moving down the building partially hidden --and partially visible-- beneath the falling debris canopy.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=371&v=u3keULhBlQc

 

 

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A quote a day club.

I'll start.

When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.
 
Niccolo Machiavelli
 
 
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/niccolomac125080.html#b3IghTUjHb3dEJhY.99
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And why awareness, critical thinking and preparation matter...

Excellent video, SP.  I really appreciate all the fact-based arguments you make available to us on 9/11, and why the official version of what happened that day deserves to be questioned.  It's helped open my eyes.

There is another take-away from that horrific event, for all of us.  And that's just how much one person's awareness, critical thinking, pro-activeness and preparation can matter, in a world blinded by normalcy bias.  May we all have such courage.

http://news.yahoo.com/a-family-remembers--hero-of-9-11-gave-life-to-save-thousands.html

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911 truthers explanation

911 truthers explanation bothers me, a lot.

If in fact this was an intentional controlled demolition, we as a society are in big trouble.

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Explanation bothers me (aka cognitive dissonance)
phecksel wrote:

911 truthers explanation bothers me, a lot. If in fact this was an intentional controlled demolition, we as a society are in big trouble.

You have no idea.

(but you'll get there) www.ae911truth.org

Morpheus wrote:

"You are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison...for your mind."

 

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phecksel wrote: 911
phecksel wrote:

911 truthers explanation bothers me, a lot.

If in fact this was an intentional controlled demolition, we as a society are in big trouble.

My feeling is that we are, indeed, in big trouble.

Is there a specific aspect of the explanation that you find unbelievable?

For me, personally, all I have to do is go back to a video of building 7. It clears up any doubt that may have crept back into my mind.

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phecksel wrote: 911
phecksel wrote:

911 truthers explanation bothers me, a lot.

If in fact this was an intentional controlled demolition, we as a society are in big trouble.

I believe it was Walter Cronkite who was anchoring a live feed of the towers after the planes had hit.  When the first one went down, Walter commented, "That looks like controlled demolition."  I was watching the newscast live when the tower went down.  I was thinking it looked like a demolition event, just as Walter said it.

Even so, it was two or three years before I succumbed to curiousity and looked at the accumulated non-mainstream evidence.  

If you don't want to go down the rabbit hole, the trick is, not to look.  

The veneer is so thin that a casual honest, review of 9/11 outside the government and msm reports, forever changes your opinion.  

It's not just the towers, it's the Pentagon, what Bush was during the attack, how Bush reacted when he was notified of the attack, how long it took to scramble air defense and the repeated changes in the explanation for why various air defense resources didn't either get airborne in time or arrive in time.

I'm not at all sure what happened, but I am certain that we didn't get anything remotely resembling the real story from the government or the press.

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Quote of the day

Here's a nice one. I disagree with it slightly, but it makes a nice story. ;-)

"We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories."

Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/905142-we-are-as-a-species-addicted-to-s...

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Dupe of the day

N/T

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For Pete's Sake, shut up.

I was going to say something glib about getting the left brain to shut up. To do that I had to first check which area was responsible for all that chatter, Broca or Wernike's. Turns out the more we know for sure the less certain we become. I managed to extract that the thinner the cortex the more lucid the communication. 

I am quite prepared to abandon positive Materialism. It looks as though the neuro anatomists are studying the TV program by seeing what happens when various parts of the TV are damaged. 

In other words the chatter we are trying to suppress comes from somewhere other than the brain. This is a very unpopular view amongst those brought up on a diet of Materialism. Shocking,  even. The battle between Church and Science tilts back to the Church. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broca%27s_area#Function

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernicke%27s_area#Function

I hope I have disturbed someone's tranquility. 

 

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Not Cognitive Dissonance. If

Not Cognitive Dissonance.

If some govt entity can bring down a building like WTC, we really are in big trouble.

 

From a technical standpoint, I can buy the metal weakening from burning jet fuel.  What I can't accept is the manner and apparent secondary explosions.

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Burning jet fuel
phecksel wrote:

From a technical standpoint, I can buy the metal weakening from burning jet fuel. 

Yeah. Some interesting information...

  • 1535ºC (2795ºF) - melting point of iron
  • 1510ºC (2750ºF) - melting point of typical structural steel
  • 825ºC (1517ºF) - maximum temperature of hydrocarbon fires burning in the atmosphere without pressurization or pre-heating (premixed fuel and air - blue flame)

Diffuse flames burn far cooler. Oxygen-starved diffuse flames are cooler yet. The fires in the towers were diffuse -- well below 800ºC. Their dark smoke showed they were oxygen-starved -- particularly in the South Tower.

So the maximum jet fuel burn temperature is 825ºC, and at that temperature it's going to burn off pretty quickly. FEMA/NIST concurred - most of the fuel was consumed by the initial impact.  You can see that for yourself in reruns of the impacts - the huge fireball out the opposite side of the building.  Temperature needed to melt structural steel is 1510ºC, so nowhere near there.  Approaching yield strength...maybe, depending on the specific alloy, then you would expect buckling of the structure near/along the yielded point.  But there's a precedent for that - for these exact same buildings.

Quote:

On February 13, 1975, the WTC North Tower was beset by a fire, which "burned at temperatures in excess of 700°C (1,292°F) for over three hours and spread over some 65 percent of the 11th floor, including the core, caused no serious structural damage to the steel structure. In particular, no trusses needed to be replaced."

The 1975 World Trade Center Fire

And yet all three buildings collapsed to dust in their own footprints.

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