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  • Commented on I can't even
    "But I'm guessing that most of the coal left in the UK is deep." I vaguely recall proposals from decades ago about burning deep coal in situ by pumping down air, striking a match, and using the hot combustion gases...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "Plus, the "big bases" in Germany have been closed or are being closed." Er, Ramstein and Spangdahlem ABs?...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "The GQP began its descent into fascism in the mid-50s. Trump is the result of the idiocy, not the cause." I agree. It's been a positive feed-back loop in which policy leads to electoral results that then reinforce the loop....
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    Perhaps relevantly, the US National Academies just released this. Prudently, they didn't address the election of nutters to lead nations, but you can see how they could have. https://nap.nationalacademies.org/download/26698 Anticipating Rare Events of Major Significance Proceedings of a Workshop The...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/nato-says-all-signs-point-to-sabotage-of-baltic-undersea-pipelines NATO Says All Signs Point To Sabotage Of Baltic Undersea Pipelines by Joseph Trevithick PUBLISHED Sep 29, 2022 5:09 PM [Probably 2022-09-29T21:09Z] Swedish authorities say they have identified a fourth breach along sections of the Nord Stream 1 and...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "A previous article I'd read before posting said it was within Russia's waters. Which is it?" International, near Bornholm. Not very near Russian territorial waters....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "Who do you think bombed the Nordstream pipelines?" This is one of those situations where neither Occam's Razor nor Cui Bono is your best friend. They both point at Russia and that's what I'd put on top of my list...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "The crap this email now gets daily." Yeah. About twenty years ago I sent a modest contribution to a Democratic presidential candidate and am still on the Dems sucker list. Out of morbid curiosity I still look at one of...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    " but in most forms of Christianity Jesus is God. " For present-day Christianity that's right. But it took several centuries to get that hammered out, extending from polemics in the 2nd Century to church councils in the 5th. If...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "the coffin was reported to be oak and lined with lead (hence the eight bearers). Extra protection from solar radiation ??!! " Or to protect the environs from the radiation coming from inside?...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    the Pallas planes fly with their ADS-B transmitters turned on. I'm guessing the Russians have noticed that -- the plane-spotting amateurs certainly have. One of them has tweeted a nice map showing the flights from March to July: https://twitter.com/Gerjon_/status/1552009503394127877...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "Après moi, le déluge" with the U.K. falling apart and the rise of toxic fascism around the world." That should be updated to "Après moi, la frappe d'astéroïde. Then you wouldn't have to worry about toxic fascism arising, at least...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "Diplomatic pouches, or the equivalent?" Another interesting suggestion. In a past life I learned that "diplomatic pouch" can mean things up through large shipping containers placed under diplomatic seal. Such are, indeed, used to send classified equipment to US embassies....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "these planes" Just this past week one of those planes, N96MG, has been doing something different, but no less puzzling. First it flew from Ramstein to Utapao, Thailand via Muscat and the Maldives. It then used Utapao as a base...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "Everytime I've looked there have also been E surveillance planes in the skies." RIVET JOINT and some other similar(*) have been around there, flying up and down the Ukrainian border and doing orbits, some going out to the Black Sea...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "Even the military leaves them on except when flying in a space designated EVERYONE STAY OUT OF HERE or in combat." Yes, I know this is safety-of-life stuff. But, like NOTAMs for NRO space launches which also are public for...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "They are putatively cargo aircraft, that does not make it impossible for them to be carrying people to and from the war zone, covertly or otherwise." That's true. Like the ancestral C-130s, the LM-100Js, though unusually cargo haulers, are multirole...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "Interesting discussion but maybe not a good idea to go into that level of detail just now?" The only actual detail I know comes from adsbexchange.com, and they get it because the Pallas planes fly with their ADS-B transmitters turned...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "So I'm guessing it's raw encrypted Russian messaging, off to NSA or similar. " Perhaps. Whatever is being loaded, either on or off or both, the process goes quickly. The planes typically are on the ground for half an hour...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "Maybe they are flying something out." That's a possibility. The Ukrainians have been scooping up a lot of Russian materiel, some of which would be of considerable interest to Western intelligence....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "so hiring private planes to make some of the flights keeps the munitions flowing" Oh, they're doing plenty of that. 747-400s owned by Kalitta, National, Atlas and sometimes Polar are frequent visitors to Rzeszow. But never to those obscure airports...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "There are 30 NATO countries and the U.S. will have some military presence" And some murkier presence, which relates to something I've been watching for a couple of months. There's a company called Pallas Aviation based in Fort Worth, TX...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    For Troutwaxer: A bit back, IIRC, you recommended emptywheel.net as having worthwhile commentary and comments on current US legal matters having to do with, inter alia, the various Trump affairs. I was just there, saw you in current comments, and...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "Like doctors in the US - get doctorate, then specialty. " Time to point out that MD is nothing like PhD, though they can overlap. Medical school, just by itself, is essentially a very tough and highly demanding trade school....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "Greg: I have been out in the wild with some kind of boffin who carried a mini UV LED torch and kept shining it randomly round and making pigeon noises." When I was growing up in the Upper Sonoran Desert,...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Birdbrains in OZ: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/13/interspecies-innovation-arms-race-cockatoos-and-humans-at-war-over-wheelie-bin-raids Be sure to watch the video....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    or even flimsy plastic wrap-around ones Checking, Amazon carries these as "Roll Up Sunglasses"....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "My experience with photo reactive glasses is they aren't great." Me too. My experience with such is somewhat outdated, but the cost/benefit ratio didn't impress. Clip-on sunshades, or even flimsy plastic wrap-around ones like I get from the ophthalmologist after...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "The Russian army appears to be collapsing. " And a two-star Russian general commanding forces in the Kharkiv region seems to have been captured by the Ukrainians. https://www.newsweek.com/russia-ukraine-sychevoi-capture-commander-1741356...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    NPR reports that POTUS Biden is going to attend the funeral. It will be interesting to see what heads of state/government aren't there....
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