Friday, December 30, 2016

The Bone wrapped in a little Silk.

In light of all the hullabaloo over supposed Russian hacking, it might be entertaining to remember this little incident

Giant gas pipeline explosion in Siberia engineered by CIA through allowing the Soviets to "steal" bad software.

An explosion that was so big it could be readily seen from space, and fooled some into thinking there had been a nuclear detonation.

A CIA operation to sabotage Soviet industry by duping Moscow into stealing booby-trapped software was spectacularly successful when it triggered a huge explosion in a Siberian gas pipeline.

Leaked extracts  describe how the operation caused "the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space" in the summer of 1982.
Mr Reed writes that the software "was programmed to reset pump speeds and valve settings to produce pressures far beyond those acceptable to pipeline joints and welds".
After securing President Reagan's approval in January 1982, the CIA tricked the Soviet Union into acquiring software with built-in flaws.
"In order to disrupt the Soviet gas supply, its hard currency earnings from the West, and the internal Russian economy, the pipeline software that was to run the pumps, turbines and valves was programmed to go haywire after a decent interval, to reset pump speeds and valve settings to produce pressures far beyond those acceptable to pipeline joints and welds," Mr Reed writes.
The project exceeded the CIA's wildest dreams. There were no casualties in the explosion, but it was so dramatic that the first reports are said to have stirred alarm in Washington.
The initial reports led to fears that the Soviets had launched a missile from a place where rockets were not known to be based, or even had detonated "a small nuclear device"
Now, of course, the current Russian Republic is not the Soviet Union, and relations are much better, even at their worst, but this is the sort of "hacking" that someone might legitimately complain about. Phishing Podesta's email password, and then revealing that information, all of which is admitted to be completely accurate, is hardly a big deal, even if it really was the Russians that did it. Given their Siberian experience, they could hardly expect us to complain if they only help the Obama administration in meeting its pledge to be the most transparent in history!

Friday Open Road

Donald Trump movie cameos. He's everywhere.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Eternal Flame Falls

The Eternal Flame Falls is a small waterfall located in the Shale Creek Preserve, a section of Chestnut Ridge Park in Western New York. A small grotto at the waterfall’s base emits natural gas, which can be lit to produce a small flame. This flame is visible nearly year round, although it can be extinguished and must occasionally be re-lit.
Geologists from Indiana University Bloomington and Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology studied Eternal Flame Falls in 2013 in an effort to better understand how natural gas emitted from naturally occurring hydrocarbon seeps contribute to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They found that the 'macro seep' at Eternal Flame Falls had higher concentrations of ethane and propane (about 35%) than other known natural gas seeps, which typically contain a greater proportion of methane.  They estimated that the seep at the falls emits approximately one kilogram (2.2 lb) of methane per day.
The researchers also noted the presence of numerous other 'micro seeps' in the area of the falls. By comparing the gas emitted by these seeps with gas from wells in the area, they determined that the gasses originate from Rhinestreet Shale approximately 400 meters (1,300 ft) below the surface. Tectonic activity likely opened faults in the shale, allowing the gas to reach the surface.

Cabin Porn

Rogaland (Troll Country), Norway

How the press was dealing with waiting to have Obama replace Bush back in 2008

They weren't dealing with it very well at all.  In fact, they wanted their savior sworn in right damn now!!

This makes nauseating reading now that we know how the Lightbringer performed in office for eight long years, and how much bed wetting they are all experiencing now that Trump is on the way.

“We can’t afford to waste an hour, much less a day or a week or a month. And this business of being a lame duck President and saying, you know, ‘Adios. I’m going to the ranch. I’m just not going to do very much during this period.’ We can’t afford it....We’re in possibly, possibly the biggest crisis we’ve been in since December 7, 1941, and maybe since the time of the Civil War. So, we can’t afford to have this interregnum.”
— Ex-CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, December 5.

“If I had my druthers right now, we would convene a special session of Congress, amend the Constitution and move up the inauguration from Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day....Just get me a Supreme Court justice and a Bible, and let’s swear in Barack Obama right now — by choice — with the same haste we did — by necessity — with L.B.J. in the back of Air Force One. “
— New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, Nov. 23.

“Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning. Seriously....Just to be on the safe side, the Vice President ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become President until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.”
— New York Times columnist Gail Collins in her November 22 column, “Time for Him to Go.”

Host Gwen Ifill: “Maybe what people are beginning to say is that this President-elect should be President now? ...”
New York Times reporter Peter Baker: “That’s right, exactly. People voted for change and [there’s] this strange, odd 77-day waiting period that we impose, in effect, between our election and our inauguration.”
— PBS’s Washington Week, December 5.


Kuznetsov NK-12  soviet turboprop, the most powerful engine of its type ever build, having a power output of 11,033 Kw, which drives huge eight-bladed (four per propeller) contra-rotating propellers 5.6 m (18 ft 4.5in) in diameter. 
It’s best known application it’s the Tu-95 bomber series and her derivatives.

I wonder if I could use this as a sort of personal webcam.

Set it up somewhere in the mountains that has phone service, access the info from the cloud?  It's said to be weatherproof, but how weatherproof?

And they were yummy!

Thumbing his nose at a million years of evolutionary impulse to stick with the herd, little Bobby couldn't resist it when the wolves invited him to shinny under the fence and "join the meat eaters."

René’s kitchen built of driftwood, Northern California, 1970s Photo by Lloyd Kahn

Reminds me of a similar kitchen I used to know.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pvt. Doris Elkington, a member of Michigan Wing 63 of the Civil Air Patrol, turns the propeller of her airplane before taking off. (1943)

Hawaiian snow

Nearly every year, the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes are temporarily dusted with white. Satellites captured such events in 20142015, and most recently in December 2016, pictured here.
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured these natural-color images of the snowy peaks on December 25, 2016. A storm on December 18 brought not only snow, but bouts of thunder and lightning. While snow in Hawaii is not unusual (it can even fall in summer), thundersnow is less common.
The storm was reportedly associated with a Kona low. This low-pressure system brought a change in wind direction, such that winds that typically blow out of the northeast shifted to blow from the southwest. The winds from the leeward or “Kona” side drew moisture from the warm, tropical Pacific that ultimately fell as snow over the high elevations.

The kid and I were snickering about the near identical appearance of Mike Pence and cartoon character Race Bannon

Virtually twins.

Fighting frogmen with Jonny in prep for being VP.

A more mature Race/Pence.

Freaky question

Port Gaverne, Cornwall, England

Now that's a snow pack!

Rock and snow fall on Mount Cook, New Zealand.

Amazing how far down the slope that goes.  Time to get off the mountain.

Temblor? Yep, it was.

A little shaking at the house just now, but nothing yet on recent California earthquakes. 

If that wasn't a quake, I'd like to know what it was.  The house shuddered nicely twice, separated by about two minutes.



A moderate earthquake occurred at 0:18:00 AM (PST) on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.
The magnitude 5.8 event occurred 29 km (18 miles) WSW of Hawthorne, NV.
The hypocentral depth is 19 km (12 miles).

That's about 228 miles away from me.

We usually don't feel the coastal quakes here unless they are on the larger side, because the alluvial of the central valley absorbs the energy.  It's these east side quakes that make our little ranch jump around.  That one is on the bigger side of what usually happen over on the other side of the Sierra.  It'll make the news tomorrow morning, and it might have been quite the ride out in Hawthorne, Nevada.

Another shake at 1:15! Jiggly fun here in California tonight!

Way more than I'd have the nerve to do.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cabin Porn

There are thousands of us out there...

Rest in paradise, princess.

You've heard of Roof Koreans? Now they are bringing that attitude to their airline.

Korean Air Lines said it will allow crew members to “readily use stun guns” to manage violent passengers, and hire more male flight attendants, after coming in for criticism from U.S. singer Richard Marx over its handling of a recent incident.

I'd wager passengers with a penchant for troublemaking fly another airline after this.  A flight is no place for hysterics or attention seeking behavior from self absorbed idiots.  Now, if you play stupid games on a Korean airline, you'll win stupid if electrifying prizes.


How cute

Asked Santa for a reactive target, and he sent this.  Strange that there is no mouth.

Wow. Stay away from drunken lumberjacks!

Claimed to be a news item from the early nineteen hundreds.