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Another wave of bank
failures in multiple states has our attention this morning, but
that may not be nearly as significant in the long term as the
report from an Australian source that government there is
working on some civil engineering projects that plan for a
10,000-year flood. Not a happy thought to
contemplate while we wait for more earthquake aftershocks in
Haiti and Chile, is it....but is it actionable intel?
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Gnawing the Jobs Report
Let's start with the
payroll employment was little changed (-36,000) in February,
and the unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment fell
in construction and information, while temporary help
services added jobs. Severe winter weather in parts of the
country may have affected payroll employment and hours;
however, it is not possible to quantify precisely the net
impact of the winter storms on these measures. For more
information on the effects of the severe weather on employ-
ment estimates, see the box note at the end of the release.
Household Survey Data
In February, the number of
unemployed persons, at 14.9 million, was essentially
unchanged, and the unemployment rate remained at 9.7
percent. (See table A-1.)
Among the major worker groups,
the unemployment rates for adult men (10.0 per- cent), adult
women (8.0 percent), whites (8.8 percent), blacks (15.8
percent), Hispanics (12.4 percent), and teenagers (25.0
percent) showed little to no change in February. The jobless
rate for Asians was 8.4 percent, not season- ally adjusted.
(See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
The number of long-term
unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) was 6.1
million in February and has been about that level since
December. About 4 in 10 unemployed persons have been
unemployed for 27 weeks or more. (See table A-12.)
In February, the civilian labor
force participation rate (64.8 percent) and the
employment-population ratio (58.5 percent) were little
changed. (See table A-1.)
The number of persons working
part time for economic reasons (sometimes refer- red to as
involuntary part-time workers) increased from 8.3 to 8.8
million in February, partially offsetting a large decrease
in the prior month. These in- dividuals were working part
time because their hours had been cut back or be- cause they
were unable to find a full-time job.
What used to be the easily
found A12 table with alternative measures of labor
morphed into table A15, U-6 now and we find that (purported)
"unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor
force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a
percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally
attached to the labor force" improved from 18.0% in January to
17.9% in February, but help me here...isn't this is the
statistical noise level?
But what was most
interesting about this morning's numbers was that I couldn't get
the CES Birth-Death Model numbers since that page wasn't updated
with February data as it usually is when the unemployment rate
comes out.... which means, we don't know how many jobs were
'estimated into existence' for the report.
So, a call to the Labor
Department...and they're trying to get it for me...and
I will keep clicking
here to see the details, but a Labor spokesman called me
back to tell me the CES number was +97,000 jobs (not seasonally
adjusted), so that accounts for how
But the real bummer?
100-thosuand jobs were in professional and business services
(51k) and temporary help (47.5k)...so many of the claimed jobs
are of the temp/short term variety I reckon...
Not Exactly the 1970's BUT...
More than a thousand showed up to march at UC Berkeley over
proposed budget cuts. Students want their
educations...but say, if there aren't lots of jobs, what's the
point, know what I mean?
Best I can tell the only
real high payback education left out there are Master Gardener
programs... MBA's are what, three for a dollar here lately?
Just because the jobs
picture is a little gloomy, that hasn't slowed government
It's already running $655 billion in the hole for the first five
months of this year according to reports.
We'll just sit back and
watch as the purveyors of the right/left politics scam try to
convince us that one, or the other, is responsible for the mess.
The republicorps point at the democorps (and visa-versa)
but somehow, I think
most people figure
there's plenty of blame to go around. Oodles and heaps, in
Emotional Relief Valves
Don't know if you have
noticed the number of crimes and attacks that happen just at
propitious moments in the market. For example, the timing
of 9/11 when the country was about to notice that the internet
bubble had collapsed and we stood on the verge of a second
depression by late 2001. Yet, as history shows, that event
created an overnight industry -- security) and provided time for
a new bubble (no doc loan real estate) to be founded and the
game of musical chairs continued again.
So with this in mind, I
somehow sense that
the Pentagon shooting incident overnight might be
lumped in a similar 'relief
valve' context that our friend Bob Hitt noticed a year or
three back in his studies of the astro timing of events and mass
shootings. Is the market near an inflection point?
So yeah, terrible tragedy
and all, but funny how this could be a scapegoat (along with
'winter') for the market's reaction to the jobs report.
Bothersome Quake Trend
A friend of ours up in
Oklahoma sent this note overnight:
"I hope this doesn’t
bode a really big quake for Chile, but yesterday they had a
6.0, earlier today a 6.1 & a few hours ago a 6.3. I don’t
think a run of steadily building aftershocks is a good
What’s up with NA? The OK 4.1 is
STILL the largest recent EQ. Now, for the last 6 days &
counting, nothing bigger has shown up. Strange.
Yeah, we noticed. And
then just a short time ago,
Chile pops off with a magnitude 6.6 this morning. So will
the next one be a seven something or just a 6.8-6.9???
More details about just how
far "Uncle" goes in snooping the 'net have come out in a paper
National Security Council on the "Comprehensive National
Key part: deployment of a
government-wide system called "Einstein3":
"This approach, called
EINSTEIN 3, will draw on commercial technology and
specialized government technology to conduct real-time full
packet inspection and threat-based decision-making on
network traffic entering or leaving these Executive Branch
networks. The goal of EINSTEIN 3 is to identify and
characterize malicious network traffic to enhance
cybersecurity analysis, situational awareness and security
response. It will have the ability to automatically detect
and respond appropriately to cyber threats before harm is
done, providing an intrusion prevention system supporting
dynamic defense. EINSTEIN 3 will assist DHS US-CERT in
defending, protecting and reducing vulnerabilities on
Federal Executive Branch networks and systems. The EINSTEIN
3 system will also support enhanced information sharing by
US-CERT with Federal Departments and Agencies by giving DHS
the ability to automate alerting of detected network
intrusion attempts and, when deemed necessary by DHS, to
send alerts that do not contain the content of
communications to the National Security Agency (NSA) so that
DHS efforts may be supported by NSA exercising its lawfully
authorized missions. This initiative makes substantial and
long-term investments to increase national intelligence
capabilities to discover critical information about foreign
cyber threats and use this insight to inform EINSTEIN 3
systems in real time. DHS will be able to adapt threat
signatures determined by NSA in the course of its foreign
intelligence and DoD information assurance missions for use
in the EINSTEIN 3 system in support of DHS’s federal system
security mission. Information sharing on cyber intrusions
will be conducted in accordance with the laws and oversight
for activities related to homeland security, intelligence,
and defense in order to protect the privacy and rights of
Since a lot of domestic
surveillance is done offshore (places like Menwith Hill, England
and Alice Springs, Australia come to mind) we'd expect a little
more traffic in the outback so workers not in the USA can
surveil us "legally"...
Pappy always taught me an
"honest man has nothing to fear" but that may be one of those
concepts that expired when machine-reading of email came along.
Oh well, see you in the camps,
One more reason to live in
the outback where trash is handled by humans not machines.
you see where chips have already been deployed to 2½
garbage cans in the UK to weigh what people throw out?
Presumably what follows is a trash tax or pay-as you throw
Freakin' lovely. But it gets
Stamping Out Mail
The Post Office which is looking at about a $240-billion pit of
red ink by 2020 may be forced to cut mail service back to as
little as three days a week.
I'm still buying "forever" stamps
just assuming rates will go up since they have been getting much
higher over time.
1975 the minimum wage was about $2.35 and a
first class stamp was a dime. So, work an
hour and back then you could buy 23-24 stamps, with me?
new federal minimum wage is what? $7.25.
So now, for an hours work you can only buy 16.8 stamps for
an hour's work.
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Chemtrails, HAARP and ET's
from the 1960's and 70's, Lan Roberts had a wonderful idea
way back in the day. An organization of just regular
folks with smart minds and the ability to ask questions in
an unusual - almost time monk-like way with a real sense of
detachment in order to be led to whatever the improbable truth
of a situation might be.
He even went to far as to
come up with a name for such a responsible group of citizens
which we might as well hijack since no one else seems to be
interested in the concept. he called it the "Private
Responsible Organization Bringing Effect
- or PROBE for short.
Every once in a while, I
get an email from someone who is not an 'insider' in the
usual sense, but who has knowledge not commonly spread amongst
'the peeps' too widely. When an email or tip like that
comes in, I immediately think back to Lan's "PROBE" concept and
wonder "Gee, why hasn't anyone else put out the call for
citizen-research to be sorted through?
The good (and bad) about
the PROBE concept is that it doesn't take very long to sort
through all the crap on the 'net and figure out that it's mostly
a bunch of 'me-too' postings where 8-gazillion people take a
single factoid and then run off with cross-postings on several
dozen forums (fora) such that in the end, only someone with a
clear-headed/research-oriented approach can really weed through
available data and ask original questions based on data that's
staring all the sheeple in the face, but because it's so heavily
cross-posted, the real cream research, rather than rising to the
top, sinks to the bottom and any breakthrough thinking gets lost
in the fabric of cross-postings.
As an example, here's what
a PROBE Call for Research might look like:
OK, want to really come
up with a hell of an episode for a teevee fiction/sci-fi
show? Here's a starting point email:
Here's a fascinating link to
a recent (26 Feb 10) article:
There are gems of great
interest there-in offering hints at what might actually
be going on here (and no, it's not pole shifting or
death rays) if that be 'more' than the article claims.
(Disclaimer) I have
absolutely zero official knowledge of HAARP. But with my
background, reading some articles and books and doing
some homework . . .
Look at one of the
interesting 'side-effects' of the high-freq ionospheric
stimulation -- the pulsed emission of 'light.' Light is
the visible part of the electro-magnetic spectrum. At
both ends of the 'visible' spectrum are the 'invisible'
ranges -- X-Rays past the UV end and Microwaves at the
infra-red end. If HAARP activity emits light, then it
surely emits in the invisible spectral ranges as well.
Both X-Rays and Microwaves
have important 'properties' that enable valuable
'information gathering, "scientific, peaceful or
[following me? Good, because
this next part is key -- I think]
Satellites in the optical
range are expensive to build, launch and operate, yet
they become generally useless for intel gathering
shortly after launch due to their ephemeral data
becoming known and over-flight times calculated after a
mere one-or-two orbits. Info gathering satellites
traditionally emit various electro-mag frequencies
and/or collect them for reasons known only to the
What if something else did
the emitting, and in multiple 'useful' ranges over a
large surface area all at once? Satellites, or any other
'collecting' device you can possibly think of, would be
able to pick up the EMF 'bounces' of interest in the
desired spectral or hyper-spectral ranges.
Just postulating, but I
think it far more likely than some of the Wujo HAARP
But, of those things Wujo,
the creation of 'shielding' plasma in the ionosphere is
the one I find most plausible. Shielding from what, you
ask? EMF going out or coming in? That's the ga-zillion
dollar question, whether that be extra-solar beams of
cosmic (or other) energy, Photon torpedoes, or
Runner-up, IMHO, for most
plausible Wujo explanations is controlled
'electro-magnetic' signals from Earth to "somewhere not
on Earth." As the HAARP pulse and the ionospheric plasma
emits EMF, the illuminated ionosphere turns the Earth
into one giant, controlled pulse signal lamp (think the
morse code type used on naval ships). Now, who exactly
is being signaled, and precisely what is being signaled?
Obviously, I can't tell
you who this reader is, but he's the "real deal" in his
field. Sooo...here's what PROBE (the private,
responsible organization bringing effect) needs in the way
of additional citizen research.
PROBE: Call for Contributions
1. Chemistry &
Physics: Given that the content of chemtrails is
fairly well documented. Some of the chemicals involved
have been noted by Wikipedia as:
versions of the chemtrail conspiracy theory have
circulated through internet websites and radio programs.
In some of the accounts, the chemicals are described as
barium and aluminum salts, polymer fibers, thorium, or
silicon carbide. In other accounts it is alleged the
skies are being seeded with electrical conductive
materials as part of a massive electromagnetic
superweapons program based around the High Frequency
Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). "
PROBE is seeking expert
input from chemists and physicists who have specific
knowledge of particle-level and larger physical effects on
such materials when subjected to high-energy radio frequency
(RF) in the spectrum 1 MHz to 15 Mhz at in the pressure
ranges associated with sea level to space vacuum.
In particular, we are
interested in any light-pumping, excitation, or plasma
effects as well as oscillations at other frequencies both
above and below visible light spectrum. Reflectivity
indices of various particulates to both infrared to
terahertz waves and ultraviolet and above frequencies is
Engineers (RF): PROBE is seeking estimated field
values for RF intensities and their interactions with the
Earth's magnetic fields. In particular PROBE is
interested in densities which could be associated with
low-density particulates from sea level to 250,000 feet AGL.
An analysis of HAARP beam headings, target areas
with a particular emphasis on recurrences of earth-facing
sky objects (such as planets/stars, etc) correlated to HAARP
An analysis of HAARP transmission durations and
encoding (as best determined) with particular emphasis on
recurring transmission patterns over time, especially those
which may be masked by "seasonal auroral research". Time of
transmissions may be matched to earth-facing sky objects if
responsive data is received.
Ophthalmologists/Optics Experts (including fiber):
In the event we encounter emission pumping capability
(research point #1) in findings, we will need sensing
equipment for optical effects both above and below human
Additionally, input is
solicited on possible relationships between anne3cdotal
reports of increased nocturnal luminescence
(see Sobral, et al) and RF-pumped particulate residual
radiation in the optical and near optical spectra.
Based on available
information, it is remotely possible that high
altitude particulates are being RF-pumped perhaps akin to a
planetary emergency locator beacon designed and built
to signal off-planet targets. Planetary sociopolitical
leadership's involvement in such a massive project would
invole some quid pro quo and there may be a link to
nonresponsive government and elitism/globalism's highest
And a modification of
this thesis would be that pumped particulates could shield
earth from nonoptical off-planet scanning systems (a
kind of 'shields up') for Earth for reasons that are
A second hypothesis is
that high field density RF particulate pumping causes a
relatively stable ionized mass at high altitude which may
then use used as a semi-stable reflector
for terahertz wave or far-infrared light propagation (or
other waves, depending on findings of research point #1).
PROBE estimates that
there must be a minimal 10X payoff on any investment in
HAARP in order to justify its expense vis-à-vis other budget
demands on government. We therefore are seeking a
payoff schema of more thank US$2.5-billion.
and reference materials ONLY may be sent to:
research contributions (questions) may be sent to
prioritized as follows: 1) Research 2) Peoplenomics
subscribers 3) all others.
Submission of data to
PROBE confers your consent to publish, however
author/contributor identities are held strictly
Anyway, that's an example
of how PROBE could work. Essentially, the idea is to get
good brains and research in a publicly accessible platform and
try to push the knowledge frontiers out a ways. We the
People don't have to be as bright as the PowersThatBe...but we
need a better coordination of research rather than the
multiplicity of circular cross-postings that passes as
There Goes Any Spare Time
Don't know if you're aware
of it, but Popular Science has done a really ballsy thing:
they've put their
entire 137-year history of issues up online for free
All I can says is Wow!
Just go do a simple article
search on a little word like "gravity" and get back to me when
you've read everything on the subject in the PS archives.
Don't expect I'll be hearing from you for a while, LOL...
Fish 'n Fishy
OK, the obvious about the
mercury in fresh water fish is what?
Looks like its the first study
of its kind...
"The study is the first to focus
on mercury contamination of streams, rather than lakes,
reservoirs, wetlands or oceans. The researchers found the
highest mercury concentrations in fish from the coastal
blackwater streams of the Southeast. Apparently the
combination of pine forests and wooded wetlands found in
these regions transforms mercury very effectively into its
more toxic organic form (methylmercury). Mercury
concentrations were also high in streams fed from areas with
a history of mining."
But I suspet that its a 3
pronged approach. scare the heck out of people away from a
natural food source powerplants are bad -global warming new
type of study
refer back to "with friends like
That's kinda what I was thinking...
coming originally from the Pacific Northwet (sic) I don't
usually think about coal-fired energy plants since so much of
the PNW is run off hydro...but I get it, I get it. Wanna
go fishing this weekend anyway?
Pour Me/Pour Us
The 'monster pour' of concrete was done in record time
Thursday, more'n likely because we've never had a hand-mixed
pour that big in our history so anything would be a new
Still, we put in about 2½ pallets
of 80 lb bags (42 per pallet) so about 8,500 pounds of
concrete for the base of the self-supporting 55 crank-up
ham radio tower.
Then, since it went much faster than expected (by mixing two
bags at a time) we had enough energy to pour a new well house
foundation, a foundation for stairs off one of my new decks, a
pad for the entrance to the office expansion/library/filing
room, and still have a shot of rum by 2:45 PM.
The second shot of rum was devoted to a spirited discussion of
what size Cat would be needed to dig out the concrete base in
case we ever needed to...we agreed a D9 could do it, but
we then got into debating whether a D6 could do the job,
depending on if it could dig down around the whole thing.
Not that we're planning to move it (although I woke up in a
sweat from the OMG we put the base in wrong dream...).
Did I mention that time included digging up an repairing
a buried water line which the concrete pallet lift broke, too?
Oh yeah, things are moving along at break-neck speed now.
Figure that today we will get the electrical finished being
roughed in, the roof sealed up and tested and then insulation
into the sidewalls and roof ready to sheetrock next week; the
floor insulation was done before the CDX decking went on.
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Time Travel & Financial Markets
With the arrival of either the first -
or with Haiti's large loss of life, arguably our second - "Great
Quake" in Chile Saturday morning, I find myself compelled to jot
down a few notes about time travel and financial markets, perhaps
because in a very particular way, time 'is short' for all of us and,
in another, because quite literally time is money and to the
extent that you can accurately forecast what happens over some
period of time correctly, your fortunes should improve.
However, fortunes are not just limited to a big pile of 'paper
assets' or even silver & gold. The real fortunes are those
between your ears. Still, it seems a worthy project to better
understand the future and how it foreshadows its own arrival...since
there may be a method to its apparent madness. Oh, did I
mention 2012 has moved?
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Thursday March 4, 2010
Scary Implications of
Say, not to be a Grinch
here, but you have seen this morning's Productivity numbers from
the Labor Department?
business sector labor productivity increased at a 6.9
percent annual rate during the fourth quarter of 2009,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The gain
in productivity reflects a 7.6 percent increase in output
partially offset by a 0.6 percent increase in hours worked.
(All quarterly percent changes in this release are
seasonally adjusted annual rates.) From the fourth quarter
of 2008 to the fourth quarter of 2009, productivity
increased 5.8 percent as output declined 0.2 percent and
hours fell 5.7 percent (table A). The annual measure of
productivity increased 3.8 percent from 2008 to 2009.
Labor productivity, or output
per hour, is calculated by dividing an index of real output
by an index of hours of all persons, including employees,
proprietors, and unpaid family workers.
Unit labor costs in nonfarm
businesses fell 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009,
the result of productivity increasing faster than hourly
compensation. Unit labor costs decreased 4.7 percent from
the same quarter a year ago, the largest four-quarter
decline since the series began in 1948 (table A). The annual
average index of unit labor costs declined 1.7 percent from
2008 to 2009, the largest decline in that series (table D).
BLS defines unit labor costs as
the ratio of hourly compensation to labor productivity;
increases in hourly compensation tend to increase unit labor
costs and increases in output per hour tend to reduce them.
Of course, the 4th quarter
was when unemployment was hitting new highs. Which means
what by implication?
Not only did productivity
soar (since there were only 13 people left with jobs to produce
for all the rest of us) but since more workers doing the same
amount of work would lower productivity, I can't think of
a good reason for hiring (and a job recovery) to take place yet.
Inventory numbers aren't bad...so where's the job growth gonna
Jobless claims were down a
bit last week...but the 800 pound gorilla is tomorrow with the
job report for February...which reminds me, is this...
Our First Winter?
I can't remember there
ever being this much economically-tied talk about this
phenomena called 'winter'. Oh sure, you just think
we have them every year. But no, here lately seems
everyone from Summers to every other season seems to be
rediscovering seasonality like it's a first. Take the Fed
Beige Book out yesterday:
improved slightly in many Districts since the last survey,
but severe snowstorms in early February limited activity in
some Districts. Tourist activity was reported as
increased or mixed, with some improvement in hotel
occupancies. The demand for services was generally positive
across Districts, most notably for health-care and
information technology firms. Of the five Districts
reporting on transportation, three characterized activity as
improved over the previous survey. Manufacturing activity
strengthened in most regions, particularly in the high-tech
equipment, automobile, and metal industries. Residential
real estate markets improved in a number of Districts,
although several Districts noted that activity softened or
remained weak partly due to extreme winter weather. Most
Districts characterized commercial real estate and
construction activity as weak or having declined further,
but some Districts noted slight stabilization and a few
signs of modest improvement. Loan demand remained weak, and
lending standards remained tight across the country. Harsh
weather continued to negatively affect agricultural
activity, although some Districts reported favorable crop
conditions. Districts reporting on energy activity said it
continued to strengthen, particularly drilling for natural
So is this a really, really
big deal winter? Not hardly. Take the headline from
an ABC affiliate in Florida: "Coldest
winter ever? Not even close..."
So why all the blaming of
winter? Thought you'd have figured that out by now:
The weather's not able to do a talking-head standup on the 6:30
news and rebut such stories, near as I can figure. Makes
it a perfect scapegoat as we continue to play the what?
The Blame Game
While the whole world
teeters on the brink of another financial implosion from (take
your pick here) California, Greece, Ireland, the US getting its
debt rating whacked, California finding the last possible cut,
and so forth, nice to see the blame game is underway.,
"NY's Cuomo is 'father
of subprime crisis:" Bove" was on CNBC Wednesday.
I don't buy it (although
Bove's no doubt a lot smarter than me...). To my
simple-minded way of thinking, the whole general paper products
explosion in finance (yeah, derivatives, et al) is like filling
a house up with natural gas. Then along comes just one
tiny little spark and the house goes kah-blooey! Was the
'spark' just Cuomo, Madoff, Iceland, or what? Heard a
zillion ideas and not a single one holds water in isolation.
The problem is systemic.
Who do you blame? The
person with the rubber soled shoes who set off that tiny spark,
or was the blame a little more general...like the community-wide
effort to fill the house with gas, or in finance, the community
effort to sell as much paper as possible to as many greater
fools as could be found?
Seem to me the gas
salesmen on The Street (Wall, Fleet and whatever) will, of
course, say "Wasn't our natural gas that blew up this
house...nossir...it was so & so wearing rubber soled shoes
walking on the carpet..."
No, of course it
wasn't. No blame for the greedy SOB's at the printing
presses...why of course not. Have another quadrillion
cubic feet more paper/gas and all our troubles will be over for
running low on houses...
Tax the Net Crap
You did notice that the
swirling (as in sharks smelling blood) around the internet is
coming back here in D2 (depression two) just as
there was a massive power/control grab for Radio in the Great
Depression of the 1930's.
Latest little fin to stick
out is "Microsoft
exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity
programs"? (Don't even say 'with friends like
What everyone inside the
brain-function-impairment zone (the Beltway) seems to forget is
that we are all paying for cybersecurity already with the
gazillion different antivirus, firewall, anti-malware, and
If they're going to tax the
net for 'cybersecurity' we gonna get some mercy on
antivirus/malware protection? Hell no. This is what?
A grab, of course!
Same kind of "make pay for
it once, then make 'em keep paying for it' (like governments are
doing with toll roads and then handing over revenue streams to
offshore countries). Makes me wanna puke.
Say, did this hit a hot
button? Hand me the BP cuff...lemme check. Your
wallet & mine is the blood to the revenue thieving sharks behind
"more government". Just remember when the next 'terror'
event comes, look for a big web component to stampede the
sheep... it will only be a coincidence, of course.
Meds, please? Another
Depression and oh look! Another grab for freedom of speech
just like in '34...just a damn rhyme, ain't it? And social
networking is just CB texted, but you're bright enough to figure
What do you do if you're a
president and it looks like the healthcare bill is in trouble?
How's about buy a vote maybe by appointing an undecided
democrat's brother to a plum federal judge position?
But that's how politics works, isn't it? Did for the
republicorps, does for the democorps...it's just 'binness' as
Spending Limit Jokes
Jeb Hensarling from this part of East Texas and Mike Pence are
pushing for a spending limit. They can't be serious:
Congress just raises the limits at its convenience so
besides a little grandstanding, let's get real, huh? I
don't call this slapstick government without a reason. As
soon as business started outbidding the folks back home through
PAC's it was over...now it's just a matter of time till we
return to the Constitution...but that could be a wild ride to
watch...so we opt to do so at a distance.
Republicorps trying to
limit the democorp majority...Hahaha....good one! Crack
A number of readers have
been noticing that the price of gold seems to be going up again
helped along, in part, by articles like the one this week's in
signals gold bubble as Goldman predicts record..."
One reader sums up recent
developments: "So while Soros is blasting gold on public
television his firm is simultaneously accumulating huge
positions in the metal. Unreal… " Uh huh..
Politics of Roswell
New mayor is on the way in Roswell, New Mexico. Is
While the search goes on
for the that family of four that went missing in SoCal, another
case of "disappeared" is interesting. It's
the case of Lachlan Cranswick, an Australian nuclear scientist
who's gone missing in Canada.
63 dead (maybe more by now)
a lunch at a temple in India turned into a stampede for freebies...
Why, just the other day I was reminded "even when there's no
price, there's still a cost to most things..." as here.
My filing system gets
clogged up when I see headlines like
"Israel, Palestinians set for indirect talks".
My "Fixin' To Get Ready"
files fill several rooms...
Something Fishy Going On...
The report that "100
percent of fish in US streams found contaminated with mercury"
has me scratching my head. the story goes on to report
that about 2/3r'ds of the fish had mercury higher than EPA
limits, too, but that's not what's bugging me.
The question I'm sorting
through is "Where's the mercury coming from? People
busting fluorescent lights and tossing 'em in fresh water?
Ideas and research welcome but unless this is the first time
fish have been tested, or there's been a breakthrough in things
like mercury detection technology, something just isn't adding
up here. Scare plan to further cut people off from natural
food sources. maybe? Danged if I know, but something
smells (wait for it) fishy.
You Are What You Eat, Still
WebMD has a good story on
FDA continuing to find misleading labels from some major
multinational food outfits.
Say, you don't think those back-to-basics people who won't eat
it unless they grow it, milk it, collect it, or skin it
themselves may be onto something?
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Coping: HAARPing on
Not sure what to make of
the continuing rumor about the 'net that the High Active
Auroral Research Project (HAARP) has anything to do with the
earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, but consider this....
I noticed that bush and clinton
were fundraising for haiti so i became suspicious and
searched to see if the quakes and haarp are related. Sure
enough there is abundant material includung footage of
auroral ring over the quake in chile that bears evidence
that the quakes are being triggered by haarp technology.
Aristeed of haiti was jailed by bush in 2005 because he had
geologists in haiti identifying natural resources to help
the economy of haiti. Now with the quake the us military is
taking haiti by force even blocking aid from other countries
just like katrina and fema. Its plausible that quakes will
be triggered from south america up to washington state and
marshal law declared in california then the US. Not a pretty
picture but there is real evidence that this may be
happening. Check rense.com Google haarp chile ring on google
Don't know if you have read
much in the subject area, but a good starting point is the book
"Angels Don't Play This Haarp: Advances in Tesla Technology
by Nick Begich.
Way back in the day, when I
was in charge of sales for a US HF radio manufacturer, we
supplied some radio gear to the project and I remember thinking
at the time "Hmmm...this is a kind of strange endeavor...."
Since everything has a
'cost/benefit ratio', I keep asking myself "Where's the
benefit?" The Wiki entry on topic notes that as of 2008,
the project had spent over $250-million (quarter-billion
plus) on it's objectives. Which is what?
HAARP project aims to direct a 3.6 MW signal, in the
2.8-10 MHz region of the HF band, into the ionosphere. The
signal may be pulsed or continuous. Then, effects of the
transmission and any recovery period can be examined using
associated instrumentation, including VHF and UHF radars, HF
receivers, and optical cameras. According to the HAARP team,
this will advance the study of basic natural processes that
occur in the ionosphere under the natural but much stronger
influence of solar interaction, as well as how the natural
ionosphere affects radio signals. This will enable
scientists to develop techniques to mitigate these effects
in order to improve the reliability and/or performance of
communication and navigation systems, which would have a
wide range of applications in both the civilian and military
sectors, such as an increase in the accuracy of GPS
navigation, and advancements in underwater and underground
research and applications. This may lead to improved methods
for submarine communication and the ability to remotely
sense the mineral content of the terrestrial subsurface,
among other things. One application would be to map out the
underground complexes of countries such as Iran and North
Korea. The current facility lacks the range to reach these
countries, but the research could be used to develop a
Speculation about HAARP has
run the gamut from weather modification to mind control on a
regional or even global scale to inducing earthquakes, looking
for underground bases in Afghanistan (and the rest of the
'sandbox' and to even further-out possibilities like opening
"star gates" and as means to disable anti-alien propulsion
Wild speculation, all.
BUT the one thing that I thought I knew was that there's some
truth to be found in 'investments' in basic science. In
other words, in most rational human endeavors there's a
multiplier applied to the cost of R&D.
So the way I figure it is
pretty damn simple, really: One of the three following
possibilities must be true.
1. This is a 'normal'
project (as is claimed) and that fact of all the .dot mil and
defense contractors being involved isa only because they so like
spending money on basic research.
2. The project really
has some hidden payoff that would be worth some multiplier of a
quarter billion in spending. For example, with a
payoff of four times research cost, is there a 'billion dollar
baby' in here somewhere?
Sure seems to have some of
the characteristics of
old Russian Woodpecker which was thought to be variously
either an over-the-horizon-radar or something else (fill in your
pick of conspiracies here).
3. HAARP is an out of
control research project with grandiose schemes run wild with
ineffective budgeting easily slipped past public scrutiny.
You're welcome to speculate
to your heart's content, but
here's a like
to a video (be patient while it appears). I did a
fairly good study of weather way back in my flying days and this
whole thing over the past few years of circular clouds appearing
doesn't seem to have much precedence...haven't found any photos
made of the phenomena pre-HAARP, for example.
No, of course that doesn't
prove anything. Just a coincidence, I'm sure.
2012 Will Be Early Department
The hints that 2012 may
show up a year (or more?) earlier than expected keep popping up.
For example, Carl Johan Calleman's website has an article "Why
the Creation Cycles do not end December 21,2012 but October 28,
2011" that several have shared as worthwhile.
If I occasionally slip and
mention phrases "sooner than we think" or "So much to do, so
little time..." this is the kind of thing that's going on in
Buying a Shortwave Follow-up
I bought that Grundig 750
shortwave radio I mentioned earlier in this week's column about
getting a good shortwave radio. Mine came in (from Amazon)
and worked great - for a couple of hours) and then died.
No amount of resetting and
phone calls to Grundig could resolve it, so it's being returned.
Don't know what I'll try next. Nice while it played....
But it reminds me to
mention that if a modern piece of equipment is going to fail, it
will usually do so in the first few hours of operation which is
why whever I buy anything that has electronics in it, I turn it
one and let it run for a couple of days straight through.
This 'breaks early or runs
forever' phenomena is ,called "infant part failure.
Usually happens to components like
and occasionally, solid state devices.
In the short term, I have a
most excellent 30-40
year old Drake SW-4A that was given to me by a member of the
Drake family that will go back into service. No product
detector for SSB, no FM coverage, but for just tuning in AM
signals from the low end of broadcast to 30 MHz, the radio is
fine if you don't mind the glow of a few tubes...and besides,
some old radios have collector value as long as the global
economy hangs together. The old
Transoceanic (another oldie but collectable) is a little on
the large side according to the resident interior decorator...
Peoplenomics Rollover, Redux
subscribers are r0olled over - happily - to the new logon and
account management system. Here's a good one...
"Wow George I just
updated my subscriber logon and for someone who went to
college at Slow Learner University it was simple. I however
never made it to the main campus so I stayed at Burning
Stump University. Never managed to graduate though there was
always too much smoke in our eyes. We had a great chemistry
class. We studied the effects of mass consumption of Crown
Royal, Two Fingers tequila, Rum, Vodka, Gin, And any other
cheap booze we could find. We even had a class on chemical
mixing and were graded on the outcome. Something called
Jungle Juice. Well that was a long time ago and memory has
faded over the years....
Been known to take their
distance learning program, now and then myself, but no degree
yet. Keep working on it, though.
Science at the WuJo
More WTC-7 Analysis
By the way, speaking of
yet more data coming out recently (hadn't seen this) but there's
a dandy video up on the physics of the WTC-7 collapse which,
according to nongovernment experts, WTC-7's physics give away
that the building didn't collapse without help....
But, of course, if you want
to believe the "official version" no problem.
know who to pass this on to in the "new electrics" regime,
but I thought maybe you would. It happens that just a few
days ago I was researching atomic clocks, and apparently
there have been recent developments which are allowing for
very small (e.g. chip scale) atomic clocks to be developed (http://tf.nist.gov/ofm/smallclock/Welcome.html).
I just realized something potentially important in
conjunction with the temporal anomaly you wrote about
today. It would be possible to place these small atomic
clocks inside and outside a modest-sized pyramid, in a
similar way to the precision clock crystals that SRI was
using. *IF* they exhibited the same temporal anomaly, one
would have more than simply a confirmation of the original
results. Because the atomic clocks are based on wavelengths
associated with quantum events, they should be immutable.
If someone can demonstrate a difference, then it seems that
either (a) the supposedly "quantum" events have a previously
unknown continuous nature, or (b) the speed of light is
different inside and outside the pyramid.
Now, in the latter case, there is a precedent -- the
difference in the speed of light is used to account for
differences in refractive index. But if this proved out, it
would suggest that it is possible to change the refractive
index of 'uniform' space using the pyramid. And *that*
seems like it could be relevant to the "new electrics"
Pass it on, if you know someone who might find it useful..."
A reader at the big
airplane company that likes skunks (got it?) sent in this
correction to the quake magnitudes...
"George, I have to
point out that by using average earthquake energy, you are
masking the total energy involved. It’s like hiding a 500 lb
man in a class of first graders and comparing their average
weight to an NFL team and concluding based on the averages
alone that the heaviest guy could not be in the first grade
group. You also need to look at the total energy involved,
and the 2004 Boxing Day Quake far exceeds the energy output
of the Chile and Haiti Earthquakes combined. The Haiti
Earthquake released ‘only’ 31.6 megatons of energy
(Magnitude 7.0), compared to the 15.8 gigatons for Chile
(Magnitude 8.8). Note that that is 15,800 one megaton bombs
going off just for that earthquake, not the 900 one megaton
bombs of earthquake energy for the year your second graphic
described. The Boxing Day quake by comparison released 89.1
gigatons of energy (Magnitude 9.3) , almost 6 times the
energy of the Chile Earthquake. The 1964 Anchorage
Earthquake was Magnitude 9.2 and released 63.1 gigatons of
energy, and the largest earthquake on record, the 1960
Valdivia Earthquake (also in Chile) was Magnitude 9.5 and
released 178 gigatons, over an order of magnitude larger
than this year’s Chile Earthquake. What was much more
telling to me was the graphic that showed the number of
earthquakes going down while average magnitude going up. If
the trend is toward few, but larger earthquakes while total
energy remains the same, it means that we could have six
more Great Earthquakes (by definition Magnitude 8.0 or
greater) and not exceed that total energy output of the
Boxing Day Earthquake. A Magnitude 8.0 quake is ‘only’ 1
gigaton, while 8.5 is 5.6 gigatons of energy.
We sit corrected.
Oh...and my mention of
Taiwan as a quake worry-spot?
You saw they had a 6.4 overnight?
OK, off to the concrete
mixing festival so I can put my ham radio antenna up...about
7-hours of mixing four pallets worth of concrete ahead...
Wednesday March 3, 2010
Record Earthquake Energy Year
- In Just Two Months!
A couple of readers asked a
very interesting question after yesterday's report that yes,
there may be something bigger than the economy to worry about: A
dramatic increase in earthquake activity lately. Several readers
asked if Tony Ring could run out the numbers and instead of just
magnitudes, give us some idea of the total energy involved:
The last time I looked at
calculating mean energy it took me a lot of extra effort and
the resulting data didn't show much, so I abandoned it.
This time I took the time to
create a method that can be run in minutes as part of my
I used the formulae available here.
Hold on to your hat when you
look at the resulting chart. Last month we hit the highest
average energy on record at close to 450,000 tons of TNT.
That's more than double the previous highest ever. Sheesh!
Interesting that your other
reader was inspired to ask for this data just now. Universe
using us all?
OK, so much for the
monthly...what about the annual trend here? I combined the
monthlies for each year and came up with this composite look:
My, that's reassuring,
Ah, from fault lines to
default lines, where
the top story of the day may turn out to be the boss of JP
Morgan rightly says that California is a bigger risk to the
global economy than Greece.
Let me see here...the
GDP of Greece is $357 billion while the GDP of California is
2008 it was $1.85 trillion so even with a little
backsliding yep, the JP Morgan guy's not blowing smoke...
While the whole world
shakes and jitters about Greece -
and this morning's $6.5 billion 'austerity plan' as the
latest Grecian formula - it's only
about half the budget for CalTrans, as long as we're
comparing things here.
Sorry Charlie Watch
Rangel's wrangle wangle tangle mangle jangle...
Without the Means, won't me much ways, huh?
Check Out Howard
My friend and former Wall
St. whiz Howards Hill has an interesting take on
Milton Friedman's role in the Chile 'economic miracle' -
good thinking material.
Desperation Sets In
Since it may be occurring
to people in Washington (as it occurred here months back) that
there's no real jobs recovery yet they seem to be getting
desperate to get a national healthcare plan passed.
Latest dodge seems to be
what some are calling an "Abuse of Power" procedurally,
in order to get around normal democratic processes.
Just remember who does what
in the House when lever-pulling time comes this fall.
It's again noted, by a
nonpartisan group, that another
financial crisis is on the way as the country suffers through
the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Yeah,
like it wasn't obvious to readers of UrbanSurvival since what,
Been really fun watching
the buck-passing trying to delay the inevitable. Kinda
like watching people at the beach yelling at an incoming tide.
ADP jobs report sucked again - saying another 20,000 jobs were
shed...and no, they didn't make as big a deal about winter
as Larry Summers has been...say, there's a convenient phrase to
pop up for you...has been.
Challenger job figures out
are improved with
only 42-thosuand some in February versus 71-thousand something
in January. But let me see: it was a shorter month, no
more after Christmas layoffs, and seems like this plane is still
headed toward the what?
Pickpockets Rising Department
time you eat out,
check the tab for a new "health" charge being tacked on in
places like SF and Chicago so far...
What most people
don't think through is that whether healthcare comes from a
national healthcare system and a series of taxes, or whether it
comes down the private pipe, the costs may not be that much
In the end,
people pay for everything one way or the other.
So I don't get terribly worked up about these debates in the
closing hours of globalism. Just a matter of time and I
may be around to see it...
To watch our
behinds: Productivity numbers are due from slapstick economics
tomorrow and then jobs on Friday.
Much being made of a report
Astonishing rise in anti-immigrant, anti-government groups."
Just so we're clear about
this: Around here we're not 'anti-government' by any
means. We just remember that government is supposed to be
by and for The People. Not buy and for corporate interests
which now have more rights and deeper pockets than humans.
When it becomes (as I think
it should) a crime to send money to any out of state campaign
for anything other than the presidential contest, just
count me as a third party guy who votes "none of the above'
every chance he gets.
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Down at the WuJo, ODM's
While it's no secret that
I'm 61 (Elaine's age is classified) most people can't believe us
when we (seldom) reveal my age. Got to thinking
about why that might be...luck of the gene pools? Or, when
we were young, did we sleep in pyramids during that 'pyramid
power' meme that went around in the 1970's?
Reason I mention this is
that I got an email yesterday which definitely fits into the
WuJo arena...where reality meets esoteric on the mental mat.
Check this story out...
Here is a chilling, or warming
story, depending on where you situate yourself in
metaphysical and physical terms... An ancient science
story... (this an authentic story communicated to me in
person, no BS, and never published of course)
Hidden Secrets of the Ankh and
This story came to me in the
early 90's personally from a very well placed silicon Valley
chip designer whom I worked closely with for years
(including building chips and systems for spacecraft), whom
is not prone to pranks whatsoever. And this is most probably
just part of a much larger, still hush hush story.
A dear old friend of mine who
was and remains quite esteemed in the high tech world for
over 40 years, was informed by a trusted friend of his,
about rather secret experiments that were performed at
Stanford research Institute for the military in the late
80’s, to identify if there were in fact any such thing as
ODM’s, so-called "Operator Dependent Machines". This was on
the heels so the east-west psychotronics arms race begun in
the late 70's. They wanted to know if any machines actually
changed how they instrumentally and measurably worked (in
objectively measurable terms) based on the presence of human
consciousness (hands free and in a controlled setting). This
was very hush hush stuff.
They apparently discovered that
three things had this fundamental ODM special property in
spades. One was the La Warr camera invented by George De La
Warr. The other two were the Pyramid and the Ankh! What they
discovered literally blew their minds. They found that even
without conscious operators present, that the Pyramid and
the Ankh were doing something quite odd. When an operator
consciousness was nearby in proximity, the effect was
Placing tiny highly-match tuned
high-frequency crystal oscillators inside and around
different spatial locations of the classic 52 degree angle
Cheops like pyramid, when it possessed a copper sheathing,
that physical "time", as measured by tuned crystal
oscillator relative detected induced differentials, actually
slowed down inside the pyramid and equally and oppositely
sped up above the pyramid. Then they carefully mapped it.
The pyramid creates a natural
temporal dipole - a vertical figure eight shape with its
nexus at the point of the pyramid. Turned out time is more
"dense" or relatively and locally running "faster" above the
capstone and less dense or slower below the capstone – and
the height of this effect was centered in what is known as
the Kings Chamber. Then they discovered that this temporal
dilation or acceleration effect increased when the pyramid
was oriented along the north south direction, and finally
also noticed that even then the degree of temporal dipole
effect changed cyclically with the day cycle, and over the
seasons. They decided to try to isolate the effect by means
of a secret Shuttle mission, where they placed a pyramid
array satellite out in space, which they oriented and fixed
closer to galactic than solar or planetary motion relative
spatial positioning, and they found that one particular
orientation of the Pyramid with crystal oscillator detectors
array produced more temporal dipole effect than any other
directional orientation they tried.
That was when it was pointed in
the direction of the star system Sirius! Isn’t that the
direction the shaft in the Cheops pyramid is pointing at
some point in its past?
But then for a real chill, they
also discovered that the Ankh does the same thing, and it
operates like a “portable pyramid”, and that it is optimized
when the two arms of the Ankh are constructed with lodestone
material so they are naturally magnetic (a "portable"
north-south effect), and the expanding handle or dress stem
of the Ankh was constructed with a set of stacked
micro-pyramids with the capstone of each successive pyramid
optimally located in the stem of the Ankh terminating at the
point of where the Kings Chamber would be. Apparently this
gave credence to the developing theory that Ankhs were used
by priests to engage physically effective metaphysical
action. What better way to direct intention than to give it
a temporal energy acceleration boost, since sending
intention through the Ankh circle was going through the
temporal speed up zone.
I wonder how that rather cosmic
revelation affected the world view of the scientific
// added note...
And this also actually explains
the old Pyramid power delayed decay trick is not a trick at
all! Bacterial decay is seriously slowed down in actual
relative temporal fashion when a fruit is placed in the
region of the Kings Chamber. Times slows down for real right
Want to build one and test it?
Are the Ankh and the Pyramid actually spatio-temporal
effective radionic geometric forms? Could this story be
true? Obviously if this story is true, there is no question
the information remains, shall we say, "undisclosed".
Some discovered key
A pyramid (or pyramid array, or
pyramid embedded stacking) must have a copper sheath but no
bottom copper sheath. Mu-metals prevent the effect. The
volume must contain a non-magnetic, or fully magnetically
permeable material, like gypsum or limestone. There are
other points of construction to pay attention to if you
actually want to ever experimentally test these ideas.
Thought you might find this little esoteric tidbit rather
Heck yes! Send along
the rest of the esoterica about construction if you can find 'em
and I'll post them. Still, very interesting...makes me
wonder if cones would work (coneheads?) but even more so, I
wonder if a copper-clad pyramid worn on the head would somehow
of which gets me around to speculating if some of my 'pyramid
experiments' I did in the 1970's had some long-term
effect...Elaine doesn't recall sleeping in a homemade pyramid,
but doesn't rule it out as could have been something tried
From an acupuncture
standpoint, there's one other thing that might hold a clue to
whirling dervishes spin counterclockwise when viewed from above
as shown in this video.
Every once in a while I do
a few spins in the shower...and some subtle energy researchers I
know say this has something to do with 'spinning up' of one's
chakras. One theory is that if you physically spin
counter clockwise, the apparent rotation of your chakra energy
will increase relative to your body since
purportedly spin clockwise.
Like I said, I've never
done a real study of people who look especially young for their
age, but I do remember that the kid I grew up with (who lived up
the street) had frequent 'spinning contests' with me to see who
could spin the most before falling over.
Later on in Life, I
discovered rum or sake could do the same thing. Ozeki for
Another Young Sailor
A reader (from down-under)
sent me a note politely admonishing me for not being aware of
adventures of Abby Sunderland, another 16-yeaqr old woman
who is in the midst of a 'round-the-world-solo' cruise.
What's interesting about
this (I mean besides the number of 16-year-old females involved)
is that the Sunderland boat appears the much faster of the two.
Her boat is a tad longer than the S&S 34 which Jessica Watson
http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/) is driving around.
If you've never engaged in
the fine art of sailboat racing (not that this is a race, per
se, but the definition of a race to sailors is two boats going
anywhere near the same direction), you might think that since
the Sunderland boat has a longer waterline, that it would be the
one to bet on.
T'ain't necessarily so.
The way sailboat racing works is this: Different sailboats
have different racing 'ratings'. These
ratings (which can be enough to give sailboat race committees
headaches) are touched on here.
So, the way this works is
Actual Time by Boat Rating =
So, you can be the first
one over the line in a sailboat race and still have your butt
handed to you because you didn't win on corrected time.
Since most of my racing was
under the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club
in Seattle (known about equally for their fish & chips and
their winter on Puget Sound Iceberg series) I occasionally would
be up around 2nd or 3rd at the finish line and still lose on
corrected time because the Hunter 40 carried a relatively
fast rating of 102. The faster the boat (all things
equal) the lower the rating, the faster the boat.
All comes down to sail
dimensions and displacement plus a little woo woo, near as I can
figure. But, trust me, the Sloop race committee never
bought into my argument that since I was living aboard and had
maybe 1,500 pounds of extra gear aboard, that I should have
raced with a more realistic (to me, anyway) rating. The
boat's rating was 108 and that was that.
I can see the problem, of
course: If the Magic Elf had been granted an exception for
'liveaboard weight', then it wouldn't be long before some of the
ULDB (ultra-light displacement boats) would be arguing that they
should have a slower rating (which would improve their corrected
times) because the two foredeck gorillas brought along six
sandwiches and a Thermos. Doggone integrity of 'the
If you have nothing to do
all day, you might cobble up estimated ratings for both the
Sunderland and Watson boats, do some course & time figuring and
send in your estimate as to who is ahead on corrected time at
The Peoplenomics access
system finally got rolled over yesterday with (knock on wood) a
limited number of problems.
A few people discovered
that if they changed their password, they would have to wait for
a few minutes (while the system caught up) and close their
browser session then restart it, so as to clear the existing
session cookie from their computer's cache...that was one minor
Then, a few people didn't
understand that by
to the new member logon page that a) they can send their
access information to the email address they signed up with and
b) that if you go into the site that way, you'll be asked to put
your logon in twice.
But, overall, it went
pretty well, I think. The object of the change was to get
more responsive to subscribers. The system allows for
resending username and password information without having to
wait on me to look it up and send it back (provided my email
filters didn't lose the request, which happened more than it
should have) and to see that the process of signing up could be
done mon-the-fly. Now, instead of waiting for my
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Around The Ranch:
I can't do everything
by myself it turns out. 30 acres, a multitude of projects,
and a tight clock toward certain events in our future, have
driven me to actually hire some local folks who are genuine
whizzes at all things construction-wise.
That said, in the past
week, the crew has managed to complete the water well, layout,
foundation, frame, and roof a 10 X 24' addition to my office.
They figure today it will have the siding up which means
tomorrow, while the crew is doing a hand mix of 160-bags of
concrete for the tilt-over ham radio tower, Panama and I ought
to be able to run the wiring for the addition.
Which means on Friday, the
crew ought to be able to insulate and sheetrock the addition,
and finish off a couple of small pours of concrete (a stair
landing for one of the decks, a handing for the new build, and
then next week, they'll be able to finish the sheetrock
taping/mudding and paint.
The hand mix & pour
festival tomorrow would have been a simple 3½
yard pour of premix. But, that was before the local premix
emporium advised me that if their truck (all 45,000 pounds of
it) got stuck due to the ground being somewhat soft from recent
rains, guess who'd be responsible for the wrecker to pull it
out? Oh...and paying $60/hour wait time until the wrecker
arrived and...well, no thanks. The guys will be doing the
hand mix and frankly, I'd rather pay them their hourly and do a
'continuous pour' rather than gamble with the unknown factor on
the premix truck, or paying wait time while I run
tractor-buckets of mix over to the pour from firm ground.
Cost is about the same either way.
Good guys, too. One
of 'em used to work for a restaurant chain as an operations
troubleshooter, as I understand it. But after moving
something like nine times in 4 years, he hung that up and
decided to do contracting work locally.
His partner's a fellow who
has done just about everything people do in Texas, construction,
welding, wildcatting, and a fair bit of CDL/over-the-road.
You have no idea what a
pleasure it is to pay people who intuitively 'get it'.
"I'd like to have the well
automatically feed the house if the rural water ever goes
off..." Only to have the crew tell me "Oh, yeah, we did
that on (so and so's) property...used a 24 volt RV pump to
backfeed the house, so just one valve to shut off...."
With the solar system set up for 24V this is about perfect, near
as I can figure.
I'm buying an antenna from
the estate of a friend who passed away a few months back... the
crew will be handling both ends of that, too.
Yup, competent fellows -
and it reminds me again that as much as I like the many projects
around here, no shortage of them anyway, sometimes hiring some
talented local folks is a dandy use of resources especially when
you're trying to buy time for what's ahead.
Tuesday March 2, 2010
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A Bigger Problem than the Economy?
Disturbing Quake Trends
Tony Ring has been slicing and dicing earthquake data
again...and his latest charts give all the more reason to expect
that our "4-5 more Great Quakes" forecast for this year will
come to pass.
Consider these charts,
starting with the count of quakes is going down:
BUT! While the
count is going down the Average Magnitude is going UP!
But the MOST worrisome is
the number of 6.0 and is going where?
I hope you saw where the "Chile
quake may have tipped Earth's axis" which obviously could
set off a whole series of follow-on quakes, so the linguistics -
which may have seemed far-out in January when I told you about
them - are now coming into focus as something to get serious
about planning for. have you done any real quake prepping?
And then there's the ugly
question I should repeat: How many countries can be severely
shaken without busting the global economy? What would an
8.0 do in India, Taiwan, or Japan...nations that the US depends
on to support its formerly lavish lifestyle that's already
Remember the Chilean quake
may have agricultural and food impacts when you're debating
about whether to put in a garden this year.
Also, we're hearing
back-channel (informally) from relief group sources that a
number of countries which said they would step up with
aid for Haiti are not coming through on their promises, but the
MSM isn't saying anything about it because it would not be 'PC'
and might embarrass a few countries. As it should.
Chile is scrambling to get aid distributed. The good
news: Thanks to good engineering of buildings, the Chilean
quake which was what, 500 times larger than Haiti's? Has
only resulted in around 700-800 deaths, at least so far.
Friends up in Okie-lahoma
are wondering about
the 4.1 shaker up at Sparks on Saturday. My
imagination, or is something moving in mid-continent?
We still have either four
or five great quakes to go this year (either Haiti-sized loss of
life or over 8.0) depending on how you read the predictive
linguistics. But headlines cause a certain kind of
'echo-effect' too, so wer;ll just count as they come.
You Know It's bad When
I see that Larry Summers,
White House economic [insert your own favorite adjective here],
is coming out preemptively announcing that "Winter
storms may distort the jobless figures" when they're
released Friday morning.
This means a couple of
things: first, it hints that the figures might show an
increase in the 'offishul' (sic) unemployment rate...my
guess is somewhere over 10% again from the last reading of 9.7%.
I take it as an article of faith that someone in the Labor
Department has the job of calling Summers and giving them a
'heads-up' when bad news lurks. Still, don't remember it
being stated publicly like this in the past.
Not that it matters.
Should be a fine time for B-school students to document the old
adage "Buy the rumor, sell the news" though. The
application I'd expect would be a run-up to the Friday morning
report and then a decline following. But, seeing as the
Obama administration would really like to get the Dow rolling (a
shot at 10,800 or so might be in the cards if they can get a
weekly close over 10,500) maybe this is just gaming.
You saw where Donald Kohn
sent in his resignation as a Fed governor Monday?
This leaves Tim Geithner and the aforementioned Summers looking
for a replacement.
My suggestion: As a
showing of solidarity with the real people, please pick someone
who is currently unemployed and an outsider to the Washington
apparatchik. (Obviously, they won't, but it would be good
form, don'tcha think, comrade?)
No really 'big' economic
numbers due this morning. Commodity traders will get some
dairy products and energy stocks numbers today while Auto Sales
will be out this afternoon. thanks to Toyota's problems, I
expect domestic sales will be up for the next couple of
Whose Money's in Opel?
How good is your memory?
Remember the bail-out of GM? Remember the mid 2009 stories
about how the federal government was "making
available about $30bn of additional federal assistance to
support GM's restructuring plan..."?
So comes this morning the
headline that "GM
to triple funding for Opel restructuring" to the tune of
$2.6 billion US) going into Opel & Vauxhall in Europe.
WTF? Have I missed
something, or have we - the US taxpayers who've had our asses
kicked all over the economic block - just been pawns to
bailing out of a couple of EuroZone companies?
Hand me the
ViceGrips...time to start pinching myself again.
All That Glitters...
You know about the story
bouncing around the 'net that there are some 'glod' bars that
have been turning up with much of their contents found to be
tungsten which is right next to gold on the periodic table?
Well, a story over at ZeroHedge claims "German
ProSieben TV Channel Finds 500 Gram Tungsten Bar At W.C.Heraeus
Gold Foundry With Bank Origin..." Seems the foundry
was melting a bar and....
All of which brings me to
mention several things. First, weight along will not
always tell the tale on gold bars. Second, it has been
suspected by many (OK, including me) that the price of gold
should be twice what it is. And thirdly, that if you think
owning an EFT that tracks the gold action represents real
gold you oughta read about how legal weasel words are used
that can be read to mean there's no metal underlying some funds
and that they only mirror the price performance and pay off
Wonder what the payoff of
'paper non-gold equivalents' will be if the tungsten-in-gold
goes viral? Real gold, one would think would go up, but
any time the words counterfeit are used values go down.
So, is this stuff which long ago linguistically tracked to China
The "R" Word, Again
Under the headline
"A world away from Texas" along comes the discussion of
"Cascadia" again. This is something that has kicked around
the Northwest ever since I can remember (which goes back to
about 1976, or so). The main idea is that Oregon,
Washington, and British Columbia are really6 separate places -
intellectually and politically, anyway - from the rest of the
All seems to come back to
the Tenth Amendment:
powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are
reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Not to be a rabble-rouser,
(no, you're no rabble) but if you could kindly point me to where
States empowered the government to bail ouit private
insurance companies like AIG or water down the money by
subcontracting money creation/value-setting to the bankers, I'd
sure appreciate the help in my studies. Thank you.
reliance on government at all-time high" says the Washington
Times. A coincidence of chaos or by design?
Doesn't matter if you're homeless and hungry, does it?
An incident at the IRS building in Weaver County Utah making
headlines on Salt Lake TV... non-hazardous, we hear, but is
it our first 'copy-cat' after Austin?
The Myth of Growth
From the IRS "Winter 2010
Statistics of Income Bulletin" I thought this was
interesting...since it doesn't quite square up with jobv and
savings numbers pouring out of other government agencies:
"Taxpayers filed 142.4
million individual income tax returns for 2008, which was
0.5 percent fewer than the 143.0 million returns filed for
2007. Adjusted gross income (AGI) also declined between 2007
and 2008, falling by 3.7 percent to $8.2 trillion. This was
the first time since 2002 that AGI decreased from the
previous year. Also between 2007 and 2008, taxable income
decreased 5.1 percent to $5.6 trillion, total income tax
decreased by 6.2 percent to $1.0 trillion, and total tax
liability fell by 6.0 percent to just under $1.1 trillion. "
Something to think about -
will the incomes be down again when the figures come out for the
'recovery' we're statistically experiencing now? Hmmm...
The president's health is
in the spotlight with headlines like "Barack
Obama should drink less alcohol and try hareder to kick his
smoking habit, doctors say." Shouldn't we all?
The presidential cholesterol of 209 is a tad on the high side
but then again, I tend a little toward 50 wt instead of 30 wt
Speaking of Self
A new study being released
today says that
"Teen pot, alcohol use rising". Which doesn't exactly
come as a shocker. But if you take this story, and match
it up with the report that more seniors are doing a little 'home
baking' so to speak, you might - and this is just a sociological
dart-throw here - you might infer that the reason people
are doing more self-medicating is that the times suck.
Check me on this:
If everyone could find a job, had a little dough in the bank,
had enough money to vacation, had employer-provided healthcare
and lower taxes - in other words if social pressure was
generally lower - would the use of controlled substances not
also be lower as well, everything else being equal?
More coffee - oh I see you
have brownies & Prozac, too?
Trials of Democracy
Hmmm...a $1.3 billion
bankruptcy and 20,000 unemployed was the body and cash count
from the Enron collapse, right? But now,
looks like Jeff Skilling may get a new trial because of concerns
over jury bias. Seems two jurors had been victims in the
Still got them ViceGrips
handy? Need to pinch myself...the surreality of the world
is getting a bit much.
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Still, There Are Dreams
Hard world out there:
It's almost like the country is being force-fed Toyota coverage
on teevee instead of the real news: quakes ascending, imminence
of global bankruptcy, the decline of jobs in America so workers
overseas can have what were once our jobs at a fraction of the
working wage here, and all the rest.
But, every so often, along
comes a story that is honest at its core: A story about being
young and about reaching for a dream.
Starts with a reader
passing along a note from a blog website...and in this case it's
the blog and the adventure behind it that's refreshing.
The site is
http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/ nd it chronicles the story of a
16-year old girl who is sailing a well fitted-out S&S 34 foot
sailboat *non-stop* single-handed around the world.
No, girl is not the right word for her: I figure somewhere
in this solo sailing odyssey the 'girl' goes away and the
'woman' appears in her place.
Jessica Watson & boat
passed the 15,000 nautical mile mark a couple of days ago and
she's been able to keep in good communications with family,
friends, supporters (and teevee in Oz) via satellite internet
several good video's to watch on this page.
If, after watching the
videos and reading about the project you feel just...what?
A little less smug in your accomplishments in life? Maybe
challenged to go at your Life's work a little harder, reach a
little further for the brass ring?
I dunno how to capture it
in words, but when I read about the adventures of Ella's Pink
Lady it took me back to our boat and what it's like to be
offshore - even a ways. There's something about it that's
hard to put your finger on - a cross between the ultimate
responsibility (since there's no one out there to bail you out
if you fail to plan for all possibilities) and the sense of
personal accomplishment at some deep-down/changes you level that
comes from seeing land rise up from the horizon or appear like
an apparition out of the fog. Land, right where it oughta
Much as I've done in life -
no matter how many personal skills and competences I collect,
there still comes a story now and then - like this one -
that reminds me I haven't done enough and there are people who
are facing down bigger fears and placing bigger bets on the
table than my small wagers with Life. Humbling might be a
good description of it.
Ever wonder where some
people get their 'energy and drive' from? Maybe it comes
from looking at the accomplishments of others - like Watson's -
and not being satisfied with how we measure ourselves in
comparison, then doing something to even that up a bit.
This kind of competition in life is not specifically with
others, and no, I'm not going back to a sailboat - it's just
that their adventuring and demonstrations of human spirit
provide references marks as to what can be done;
bearings; and brings up the question what have we done
that's as good?
A moment of coffee, some
fond memories of three oceans dredged up, and a few word for
Fair winds and following
Monday March 1, 2010
Well, March Fool's Day, I see.
And like almost all Mondays lately, the futures are pointing
Partly because largely public-owned AIG is selling an Asian
division and there's Grecian formula happy-talk again.
But it will be a numbers-driven week. Last week's drop in
housing numbers were perhaps just a foretaste of what's to come,
but reality means nothing here in the Land of the Free,
and home of perception management.
Overseas, there seems to be
some optimism that a bailout for Greece will be cobbled up,
so at this rate, you'll want to advise the kids of a new
long-term profession: bailing out multinational companies that
are 'too big to fail' - seems a surer bet than medical school
going forward. Bailing out Greece I reckon will cost about
the same as medical school.
The story this morning that Warren
says health care costs hurt US economy" and his apparent
support of public healthcare misses the mark, as I see it.
From where I sit, it looks like
cheap overseas labor rates have applied so much downward
pressure on working people's wages here in America that business
is not able to pay the working class benefits that were common
until a decade or two back. Benefits have been declining
since cost-cutting geniuses are running most companies and they
don't want to raise prices to provide honest (and hard fought
for by organized labor) health insurance as part of a worker's
You saw the headline that
"Apple says children were used to build iPhone, iPod"?
in China, and so I'll ask again for the benefit of the deaf
globalists: "Why aren't we imposing a wage-adjustment tariff so
American workers aren't cut off at the knees by nickel-an-hour
Too damn simple: That would pay for
unemployment and balance the federal budget...and then if we
could onshore jobs...anyone listening?
So, what's a globalist to do?
You'll notice that a lot of the Third World crap that's shoveled
into America's consumer economy comes from countries where
workers don't get healthcare as a part of employment, so as the
playing field gets leveled among globalists, guess who lost the
benefits that organized labor fought for? (go look in a
mirror for clues)
No, I'm not particularly bitter
about it, but let's consider that European workers still manage
to get (in many cases) 6-weeks of vacation and more, and why?
because they are willing to strike and because of the European
tradition of a strong labor movement. No worries, it's
being regulated and processed out of existence, too. Why
do you think the EuroElite are all in favor of immigration?
Same as here: New, cheap labor with lower benefits. Duh.
It's against this
background (visualize a crooked playing field where your on the
field being tilted by rich guys looking to profit) that we turn
our attention to the first number of the week: Personal
Consumption and Expenditures. May I have the envelope,
income increased $11.4 billion, or 0.1 percent, and
disposable personal income (DPI) decreased $47.6 billion, or
0.4 percent, in January, according to the Bureau of Economic
Analysis. The decrease in DPI reflected an increase in
federal nonwithheld income taxes. Personal consumption
expenditures (PCE) increased $52.4 billion, or 0.5 percent.
In December, personal income increased $41.2 billion, or 0.3
percent, DPI increased $40.3 billion, or 0.4 percent, and
PCE increased $26.4 billion, or 0.3 percent, based on
Real disposable income decreased
0.6 percent in January, in contrast to an increase of 0.2
percent in December. Real PCE increased 0.3 percent,
compared with an increase of 0.1 percent.
Private wage and salary
disbursements increased $16.1 billion in January, compared
with an increase of $2.3 billion in December.
Goods-producing industries' payrolls increased $5.2 billion,
in contrast to a decrease of $3.2 billion; manufacturing
payrolls increased $5.0 billion, in contrast to a decrease
of $1.5 billion. Services-producing industries' payrolls
increased $10.8 billion, compared with an increase of $5.5
Government wage and salary
disbursements increased $6.1 billion, compared with an
increase of $2.7 billion. Pay raises for federal civilian
and military personnel added $7.1 billion to government
payrolls in January.
Personal outlays -- PCE,
personal interest payments, and personal current transfer
payments -- increased $53.0 billion in January, compared
with an increase of $21.6 billion in December. PCE increased
$52.4 billion, compared with an increase of $26.4 billion.
Personal saving -- DPI less
personal outlays -- was $367.2 billion in January, compared
with $467.9 billion in December. Personal saving as a
percentage of disposable personal income was 3.3 percent in
January, compared with 4.2 percent in December.
No, I cannot explain that ridiculous
personal savings number, unless they counted bankster bonuses
for the month OR they figure that since your car has been
repo'ed and you don't have a house anymore, you must have a
lot of dough to salt away, now that you're living in an
Obamaville or under an overpass...
So much for numbers -
lot's more due this week including the 800-pound gorilla...the
unemployment number on Friday. Oughta be a real
knee-slapper from the Creative Department at Slapstick
Truly: If you believe
the numbers, It's March Fool's Day for sure.
linguistics that had suggested in January that we would see at
least six "great quakes" with most coming after July 7/8 is off
to an early fulfillment with the Chilean Quake this weekend.
millions of people have been impacted and there have been
continuing aftershocks not only in the immediate area of Chile,
but elsewhere, too. A
scan of the USGS near-real-time list here shows a disconcerting
amount of activity.
Not to bring up an
impolite/ugly thought here, but what not many seem to be
cognizant of how the Chilean quake will impact foods consumed by
North Americans. Elaine noticed at breakfast Sunday that
"Did you see where these blueberries we're having are from
Just in case the go-juice
hasn't kicked in yet, here's the deal: Blueberries are
just the leading edge. IF the linguistics are right and we
get four or five more Chile-sized quakes this year, ask yourself
"Can quakes and Ma Nature bankrupt the global economy? Why sure!
But don't blame Ma Nature - it's a path the banksters put us on
when they did away with honest money in the Bankster Coup of
And on that, you see
the IMF is starting its power-grab with BS hype about a new
Still, quakes will likely
speed up the collapse.
Bait And Switch Department
the whole IPCC report crumbling...meaning global warming may
be global hoaxing with Al Gore still insisting in a NY Times
op=ed piece this week that we "Can't
wish away climate change".
No, we can't. We
can find bad science, though, and ask who benefits besides the
new Carboneers, among which I'd count Gore as a pied piper.
Police State Notes
You saw where the
everyone in the Washington power circle seems to have signed off
on continuation of the misnamed Patriot Act for another year.
Land of the Free, Redux
As if elections aren't
enough of a gamble, I see where up in Idaho "Police
break up senior center poker game."
Don't know about you, but
around here, Poker is honored as a game of skill.
If our fellow patriots in
Idaho want to bust up a $20-buy in poker game, I'd suggest that
we are as a nation totally screwed.
If you want lyin' &
cheatin' look to Washington, not the local poker games.
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Quest for the Right Shortwave
Some things in life
always seem to boil down to one word: compromise. Just as
in grad school, business geeks like (care to guess who?) have
concepts like "One Best Way?" discussed for hours on end
followed by wasting half a stack of paper writing the learned
discussion of it, turns out that there is only a 'best way' for
this company in a particular condition (or set of conditions)
that is likely unique and so too, therefore, must the managers
response, yada, yada...wake me up.
Same thing applies in
human relations, too; whether it's picking a spouse, finding the
best mix of benefits, pay, prestige, benefits and so on - it's
that way in job-finding as well.
But in perhaps no other
two endeavors are the compromises so clear as they are in
picking the 'perfect' sailboat design, or, in this morning's
discussion, picking the right 'radio'.
I won't go into the
full-blown ham radio discussion, because buying the "best' ham
radio from an all-out performance standpoint really boils down
to nothing more than writing the biggest check.
Some day, I'd like to be able to write a check for an Icom 7800.
This beast not only has every bell and whistle known to
man...but several not done before. And, since you forgot
my birthday, you can send me
a late birthday present by clicking here to order one...for a
mere $10,499.95. Hell, I'll pay for shipping...is that
a deal, or what?
The Icom 7800 is a
transceiver - which means it is both an incredible receiver
and a best-available kind of transmitter. Overkill?
Hardly! Just depends on how good your ears are and whether
you can hear the difference in third-order intercept points, or
Most people just flipping
across a crowded ham band casually listening to SSB
(single sideband) conversations would have no concept of the use
of completely independent receivers, or being able to tap into a
digital IF datastream so you could whip up outboard
processing...let alone having a clue about FGS-1045 - FS-1051
ALE standards (and their
reliability for long distance frequency-agile work discussed in
part here) and nuclear-survivable store & forward low baud
order wire capability using multifrequency modems. We'll
Golay interleaving and some of the grown-up discussion
points until you get at least your General Class ham ticket -
and since that no longer requires Morse Code, you have
absolutely no excuse for not having at least some basic radio savvy. The whole
American Radio Relay League
is there to get you started, but if you want to be a bump on
the sidelines, so be it...
Still, for the
person who is just looking for a passable emergency radio, it's
like finding the 'perfect sailboat'., In other words:
there just isn't an ideal radio receiver out there at
Let's consider the high
points of what you're looking for.
The radio should have a
fairly small footprint.
It should have a clear
Putting frequencies into
memory, recalling them, changing, and deleting should be
straightforward and not be based on a an esoteric year at The
Radio Monastery to learn.
The lighting at night
should be adjustable from invisible on a moonless company (or
light sensitive spouse) to bright even in direct
sunlight. No radio I have found is adequate in this regard
and it bugs Elaine no end when I use a radio with dial lights
on for late/in the middle of the night shortwave listening.
It should have at least
two clock options: Local time and
The radio should have
rubber coverings over all jacks and the whole radio should be
waterproof and immersible to 3-meters for 30 minutes.
The radio should run for
at least 40 hours on one set of batteries.
The batteries should be
either AA or D sized.
At the user's discretion,
they should be NiCad or NMH rechargeable through an onboard
charging system that should be selectable to optimizer each
battery type and, long as we're at it, let's make that
temperature compensated since charging profiles vary by
The radio should have a
built-in set of solar cells sufficient to provide 12-hours of
operation on a sunny day.
The speaker should be
large enough to provide listenable fidelity and be moisture
resistant or waterproof.
A hand crank should
provide power for at least 1-hour when necessary.
A built in LED flashlight
is a nice touch, too. Cellphone charger would be a bonus.
In approximate order of
importance, although your list will vary) the radio should cover:
NOAA Weather channels
AM broadcast band
FM broadcast band (with
All shortwave bands
Aircraft Band (108-135
Low VHF public services
High VHF (450-500
TV audio channels for all
V and low U channels to 500 MHz.
Some people like the idea
of longwave coverage, but I have never found much of interest
there. That hunk of spectrum is mostly inhabited mostly by aircraft beacons
while somewhat useful if you're doing propagation studies,
from the shortwave listening perspective, you're likely to get
more useful information out of a little MFJ HF beacon receiver
here). About $100 but only worth it for its special
purpose. Nothing else.
With this modest set of
specs, to the best of my knowledge, I have eliminated every
portable radio made. Nothing I'm aware of meets these
practical requirements. So, as you go shopping, if you
find one, let me know.
If it's meeting a good
number of the basic frequency specs you're after,
the VHF VX-8R
ham radio transceiver made by Yaesu will get you the waterproof
and much of the DC-to-daylight coverage you're after, but ham
radio gear that is this complicate is not necessarily intuitive
(Also nearly $400 by the time you get batteries, shipping, and
option it out a bit) which is why you might want to
gin up the $25 for 'short' 22-page cheat sheet...darned
useful it you're trying to program Blue Tooth options or the
automatic satellite position transponder options, but is this a
casual shortwave emergency radio?
No solar panels, no
crank, no flashlight...but a kick-ass radio for its intended
A shortwave radio needs
to have a good frequency read-out to at least 100 Hz.
Its tuning steps should
also be (at the user's option) 10 Hz and faster (1 would be better) so as
to make listening to ham conversations easy.
Both USB (upper sideband)
and LSB (lower sideband) should be marked on the front panel.
The detectors should
include: Synchronous detector for conventional AM which reduces
selective fading (a long conversation we'll pass on), a product
detector for SSB, and FM detector with stereo decoding.
Looking ahead, a radio
that incorporates a strategy for decoding
Radio Mondiale (DRM) would be nice, too.
Memories and scanning
should make some sense - many don't or require the
aforementioned time at the Radio Monastery to learn 'the way'.
Antennas and Performance
Before you spend the
first dime on a good quality shortwave radio, go around the
house with a cheapo radio tuned to the high end of the AM band
(1650 AM, or so) not tuned into any particular station, but
turned up a fair bit so you can zoom in local noises sources
that will ruin even the best radio's performance.
Generally, the cheaper
the radio the better and a built-in ferrite loop antenna is best
since it has a null - or direction you can twist the radio so
that the noise will be reduced. Knowing this trick, you
then simply follow the null to the noise source.
Handy Survival Tip:
If you ever need to hijack a sailboat, he3ad offshore and
look for contrails by day if jets are flying and use an AM
radio's null at night as a general indication of the bearing of
that faraway station. It's not instant celestial
navigation, but radio direction finders are easy as pie.
Over the course of
50-years of noise-sniffing, I've seen just about everything
imaginable cause shortwave issues (except on VHF and other FM
modes which by the nature of their detectors (ratio or
discriminator) are less susceptible to external noise.
A noise blanker is just
that: When a noise pulse comes in (as off a lousy dimmer
for the living room, for example) the radio just 'shuts off' for
the duration of the noise pulse. Key thing in noise
blankers is therefore what? Adjustable so you can
'tune' out the width of the noise pulse.
Most radios have a
built-in AM antenna, so rotating the radio may help reception.
Some high-end radios have it built in.
Most have cent
selectivity and sensitivity to where the limiting factor in
performance will likely be the antenna you're using.
"Active Antennas" are a nice thing if you're not able to throw
35' or more of plain old insulated wire up under the eaves or
out to a tree, but again, they are a compromise. They will
amplify the local signal which if you're in a noisy house
with computer gear (often noisy) or a television and some
dimmers going) wi8ll still mostly suck.
On the other hand, 100
feet of wire thrown up in some trees with a good grounding rod
and lightning protection away from the house 50 feet, will
likely give decent listening with all but the cheapest of cheap
Specs for sensitivity on
the AM band night be 10 microvolts for 10 db of quieting, but 3
microvolts is better, one is likely more than you'll ever need
since you will be hearing radio stations all over the AM band at
night with that kind of radio.
10 microvolts is not
enough sensitivity on the shortwave bands...you'll want 1
microvolt or better. Competition-grade ham gear is 0.25
microvolts and less which will generally get you down to the
atmospheric noise floor.
Decent FM sensitivity is
nice, but the limiting factor on FM and higher is line of
sight so once you get down to a millivolt or two on FM,
height's more important than anything else.
Some Shopping Ideas
Just ordered (for my
birthday) a Grundig Satellite 750 AM/FM-Stereo/Shortwave/Aircraft Band Radio with SSB (Single Side Band), Black
for about $300 (list is $399 or so). Haven't gotten the
radio yet, so I'll do a review of it when it comes in and I get
a chance to wring it out.
A couple of good radios
come to mind in the
$150 price class...depending on what you want. One that
has a pretty good street rep is the
Sony ICF-SW7600GR AM/FM Shortwave World Band Receiver with Single Side Band Reception.
Even though it doesn't
have shortwave, the
C Crane Co CC2T Radio-2 AM FM/Weather and 2-Meter Ham Band (Titanium)
has enough features that it rates a mention, even thought we're
I had a Kaito 1100 -
series radio on the boat and it was an excellent inexpensive
radio with many of the features I was looking for. Amazon
has the Kaito KA1102 - Worldband radio
for about $70.
No shortwave, but a lot
of other features are in the Etón FR150 Microlink Solar-Powered, Self-Powered AM/FM/Weatherband Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger (Black)
which for under $40 is a lot of capability, especially since it
had the solar and hand crank with a cell phone charger.
A couple of years ago, I
was on Steve Quayle's
show and put up a presentation on
some of the
basics of ham radio. That's still available if you
have more interest.
I guess the bottom line
to this short overview is that there is no perfect radio.
A lot come close, but not have the whole list of 'dream radio'
features outlined here nailed down. Don't know whether
it's a matter of cost, or what. But I think there are
plenty of people who would pay $250 and up for a radio that
handles all the aspects outlined here. The Grundig
Millennium 800 and the more recent 750 series show there's a
niche there, but no one's likely to listen because to get it
'all' right would likely be a ground-up effort.
Read before spending
Passport to World Band Radio, 2009 Edition
World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH) 2010: The Directory of Global Broadcasting.
OK, back to work.
Once upon a time, a long while ago, I observed during my quest for
'truth' in economics, that the PowersThatBe, the talking heads on
the teeve, and the other information sources that actively engage in
the programming of humans not to think, had conveniently swept
several trillions of dollars that disappeared in the Internet
Bubble's bursting (since spring 2000) under the rug. Surely,
it wasn't unnoticed by the thousands of people who called brokers
and said "Where is my money?" "Gone, but hang in there as
you're a long term investor!" was about all they heard back.
So one of our
charts for Peoplenomics subscribers oughta be widely circulated - it
shows that if you line up the peak of the Dow in January 2000 with
the peak in early September of 1929, we're on a very very close
replay track. Much closer than even the chart shows if you
were to back out inflation, and put in the effects of 1929
deflation, but that'd be real work, and I'm sort of lazy if the
truth be told.