Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I think the sane bug-out plan/insane bug-out plan thing may turn into my next rant on the blog, after I make today's writing target ... Please keep writing! But a bug-out divertissement would be amusing if you wanted to do...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Here in L.A. they fly out of Van Nuys or Santa Monica or Torrance, or maybe Long Beach, On the other side of the USA, there's Naples, Fl: APF...
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    including everything necessary to manufacture full-auto receivers for AR-15s to turn them into M-16s In the circumstances in question, I suspect that semi-automatic would be preferable to full automatic, for reasons of the availability of ammunition and casualties per shot....
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    Once again utterly unrelated to the present thread, but amusing. The CIA had a TS/SCI pigeon project in the 1970s aimed at flying birds over the Sudomekh shipyard in Leningrad. https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/FEASIBILITY%20RESEARCH%20ON%20A%5B15688715%5D.pdf...
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    AFAIK "liquidate" in the sense of "kill" comes from 1920s Soviet era Russian ликвидировать and was used in a mass sense. Just how it acquired that meaning IDK. (CIA's term of art is reported to be "terminate with extreme prejudice"...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    For example, a soldier could submit a swab, and the DNA would only get read if there was a need to ID the soldier's body or if they were suspected of a crime that had DNA evidence. Aren't there...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I think the DoD destroys the military service members DNA samples after their ETS In the current state of the art, are physical samples needed for matching, vs the data obtained by sequencing (or whatever it's called)? Paranoid that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    One of the things X-37B seems not to have used its wings for is aerodynamic plane change. The maneuver is a bit sporty, so perhaps the owners want to save it for later in the program. https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/602669.pdf...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    So then, they executed him *after* they'd already taken him prisoner? He was in US custody for most of 2004. It would not be totally astonishing if a DNA sample were obtained during routine medical care then....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    But I don't like to think of the state his intimate garments would have to have been in to provide a useful DNA sample. Caveat lector: I don't know much about this stuff beyond the Scientific American level. That said,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Meanwhile, playing international accounting games to avoid paying taxes isn't money laundering. Actually in France it is money laundering. And in other places: https://www.laestrella.com.pa/cafe-estrella/cine/190828/panama-papers-pelicula-inspirada-lavanderia I think Panama may be getting a slightly undeserved bad rap on this, but the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "Elves vs. Cthulhu on the Planet With the Blown-Up Moon" I'd pay $15 to see that at the local cinema. I'd double that. Of course, we haven't been to a movie for the past three years, so it would fall...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    the business itself doesn't care if the book's unedited and full of typos (as Kindle Unlimited demonstrates) Yeah. I've gotten a few Python books on Kindle and it's amazing how badly written they tend to be. Not just bad...
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    But I think she unfairly dismisses decoherence theory by interpreting "decoherence" in the narrowest possible sense. It's probably just a difference in preferences as to how to phrase things, but it appears to me as if decoherence doesn't so...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Sabine Hossenfelder is currently discussing the quantum measurement problem: https://backreaction.blogspot.com/2019/10/what-is-quantum-measurement-problem.html Me, I've long thought that the principal problem with the Copenhagen interpretation is that it relies on an act of magic....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    An of-topic note for Heteromeles: https://menafn.com/1099166276/October-Rainfall-in-Canal-Basin-Lowest-Ever Summary: It may be that climate change is starting to cause problems with the water supply for the Panama Canal. Not good for the Canal, and doubly not good as the 2e6 people in...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Countless individual birds were vaporized If you look at the very early time fireballs in atmospheric tests (e.g., Castle Bravo) there are many fleeting flashes just outside the fireball. I suspect that those were birds exploding in the intense and...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Costa Rica is a fascinating example, thanks Greg. Sadly it looks as though they're now faced with the "we will send peacekeepers to help you revisit that decision" scenario. Eh? Costa Rica, like Panama, still seems to be in pretty...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Exercise for the reader: why? It's hard to drive from CONUS to Hawaii?...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Yes, why don't we look at the history of neutrality during WWII. On the face of it seemingly Switzerland, Ireland and Sweden all stayed neutral and managed not to get invaded by any of the sides fighting WWII. I suspect...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The much-discussed phone call looked like a pile of nothing much in the not-really-a-transcript record that's been publicly released. Not that it's directly relevant to impeachment, but the transcript does raise some questions relating to 52 USC § 30121 and,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The figure of merit I've seen for German grid solar output is 12% of dataplate annually... That seems right. Even sunny Arizona doesn't do better than 30%. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacity_factor#Photovoltaic_power_station...
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    To be honest once it gets below 50F (10C) or so I get very uncomfortable. With us, that's more like 60F. Below 70F is getting noticeably chilly....
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    > Aruba Also https://www.caribjournal.com/2017/06/01/new-8-9-million-solar-project-launches-aruba/ https://www.google.com/maps/place/Aruba/@12.4328768,-69.8906332,833m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8e8538cfe25a77db:0xf16a8a3e89818c2f!8m2!3d12.52111!4d-69.968338...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    WRT solar panels, I just happened across this: https://www.freezonearuba.com/free-zone-aruba-news/solar-park-airport-aruba-completed/ [EXCERPTS] The solar park at Aruba Airport is completed... More than 14.000 solar panels are installed and cover the entire parking lot at the airport. The solar panels produce 3, 5...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    >Which also ignores that people have different temps that they feel comfortable in. Yeah. Where I'm sitting the breeze coming in through the window is 80 F and feels pleasantly cool. We'd be fine in terms of personal comfort if...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The reason molten salt is favored for breeders is that there is nothing breakable in the highest flux zone. That, and the possibility of quickly removing the desired bred material from the neutron-rich environment before it can get transmuted to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    > Dorian The GOES-16 IR loop shows that Dorian stalled right on Grand Bahama for several hours. https://www.weathernerds.org/satellite/?initsatsrc=On&initsatname=GOES16&initsattype=ir&initcscheme=ir1&initimdimx=724&initimdimy=780&initrange=29.944444444445:-81.600000000040:21.222222222235:-71.666666666690&initloop=True&initnframes=200&initlightning16=On&initlightning17=Off&initltngfed=Off&initltngtoe=Off&initinterstates=On&initwarnings=On&initlatlon=Off&initascata=Off&initascatb=Off...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Going back to the Nyonoksa incident, there's this: https://www.norsar.no/in-focus/incidents-reported-in-north-russia-article1815-863.html Incidents reported in North-Russia NORSAR’s analysis of seismic and infrasound data confirm two separate events of explosive nature near Archangel in North-Russia. The first event was registered on the 8th of...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    My guess -- the missile being tested had an radioactive heater element, a similar idea as the BAOR's nuclear land-mine chickens[0], to prevent the rocket's electronics and actuators from freezing up in a really cold winter and when the rocket...
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