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  • in reply to: Debt Rattle August 11 2021 #83470
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    Thanks to all the cyclist out there. My mt bike is a 28 year old fat chance titanium, less than 20 #s. At 17,800′ weight matters. Three summers I worked at a ski area, 4.5 mile climb, 1800 verticale feet. (16%) Yesterday riding in 90 degrees, I recalled riding that hill in heat and hoping it would rain. My comuter bike is less than 17#s

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 11 2021 #83376
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    “How much more useful is today’s bicycle than a bicycle from 100 years ago?”  Absolutely ridiculous. I’ve ridden the Himalayas numerous times, and to think a bicycle from 100 years ago could do that. (I was one of the first to do it in the 80’s because no bikes could do it before then.)  Bikes from 100 years ago were heavy and one speed, it would be very difficult to do the commutes I’ve done over the last 40 years with a bike from that era.  The bicycle is the only viable transportation for an individual for this century and beyond.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle July 23 2021 #80700
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    The swiss researcher that isolated the lyme pathgen said it was an accidental lab leak, from Plum Island NY, just off shore of Lyme Ct.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42117387-bitten
    Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons
    “A riveting thriller reminiscent of The Hot Zone, this true story dives into the mystery surrounding one of the most controversial and misdiagnosed conditions of our time-Lyme disease-and of Willy Burgdorfer, the man who discovered the microbe behind it, revealing his secret role in developing bug-borne biological weapons, and raising terrifying questions about the genesis of the epidemic of tick-borne diseases affecting millions of Americans today.”

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 21 2021 #77913
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    I still can’t forget Vlad’s quote of Tolstoy, which I’ve read almost all, there is no happiness.
      Happy solstice, here is my arrangement  and playing of J Coltrane’s Equinox. The picture is looking east from my porch.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 13 2021 #77255
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    And Happy Birthday to you V Arnold!

    in reply to: Debt Rattle May 7 2021 #74727
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    Absolute galore, re: Richard Sachs. I owned a bike shop in the 80’s to 90:s. I was one of Fat City Cycles top dealers (Fat Chance) the company that spawned so many frame builders.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle May 6 2021 #74623
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    Michael R, “Greene said neither Muskrat Falls, which is billions over budget, nor the pandemic are responsible for the province’s problems.”
    From my wife’s article: “For opponents, all this waste has become a metaphor for the uselessness of a project that has replaced a gift of nature of immeasurable value with a great big mess that is on track to bankrupting a province.”

    Damming Muskrat Falls: Land and River Protectors in Canada Recharge the Debate on Mega-Dams


    “And this was after Newfoundlanders learned that $120 million had been wasted in the creation of a super “dome” intended to shield the dam’s powerhouse from frigid winter weather during construction. Close to 4,000 tons of structural steel had been fabricated, transported, and installed before the project was abandoned midway, the steel turned into scrap.

    “More millions of dollars of waste piled up at the metal scrap yard in the form of 350 kilometers of aluminum cable that was mined, smelted, fabricated and installed before the flaw in the cable was discovered, and the already installed hundreds of miles of DC conductor wire was dismantled and dumped in piles the size of houses.”

    in reply to: Debt Rattle May 6 2021 #74603
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    Absolute, the horse paste comes in a tube, with a lock ring. Set the lock ring to body weight and press on plunger. I use it on my sheep.
    Who is the frame builder?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle April 14 2021 #73157
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    “On the day that 🇮🇱 Israel launched their💉they were averaging 14 ⚰️/ day.

    Every day after that until 19th March 2021 the average number of ⚰️ was higher than on 💉launch day.

    AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAILY DEATHS:
    Before 💉: 11
    After 💉: 33

    Experts say the coincidence is NOT causal.”
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1373333873103400962.html

    Rather disturbing numbers, and the link includes many more countries.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle April 8 2021 #72760
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    Yesterday’s dog named Sisu, is Finnish for guts, the name given to the war with USSR, fending off an army 30 x larger.   Apex predators.  The traditional way of hunting bears in Finland was to go to a bear den, wake it up, and stand there with a spear behind you, bear attacks and you duck, job done.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle April 5 2021 #72497
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    I didn’t buy from India, I have never gotten a flu, so I probably won’t get this one. If need be I can get this: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/durvet-ivermectin-paste-187-608-g
    I use something simalar for my sheep.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle March 16 2021 #71327
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    “All of us act like communists a good deal of the time. None of us act like communists consistantly. “Communist society” -in the sence of a society organized exclusively on that single principal-could never exist. But all social systems, even economic systems like capitalism, have always been built on top of a bedrock of actually-existing communisim.” -David Graeber Debt The first 5000 years.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle February 11 2021 #69605
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    Wes, and V Arnold, before digital I used a Rolleflex TLR that my father bought before I was born. Mt biking in Nepal I tried to keep it at f16 or f22.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle February 11 2021 #69567
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    V Arnols,”That’s quite a photograph; I don’t feel qualified to critique it, but the depth of field must have been huge…” He shot with large format cameras. and had a f64 club. smaller format cameras couldn’t come close to f64
    lake george thanksgiving 2020

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    in reply to: Debt Rattle November 15 2020 #65620
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    Trump didn’t start any wars?  What utter BS.  Sanctions are an act of war, and no president has used them more than Trump.  
      “Americans have become so accustomed to the concept of sanctions that the policy has become hum-drum and commonplace. Since the violence associated with sanctions is indirect and difficult to see, people don’t put them in the same category as bombs. But the reality is that sanctions, by virtue of their targeting foreign citizens for death, are every bit an act of war as dropping bombs on them.”
      Sanctions against N Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and others.
      Coups against Bolivia, and Venezuela
      Provocations w/ China in the S China Sea, Iran in the Straight of Hormuz, w/ Russia in Syria
    If Iran had assassinated an American general, the US would be at war.  Trump did not get the US into a hot war, but he certainly tried. (Loser)
       FDR started the war with Japan with an oil embargo, that’s why they attacked Pearl Harbour, AND the Philippines, Japan’s major source of oil.
    When did TAE become a MAGA site?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle November 4 2020 #65187
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    Looks like Biden has got the lock on 270. I didn’t think the CIA and FBI would let Trump win. 
    When I met Nate Hagans as a possible tenant, when he was going to the U of Vt., he said, “I saw the light.”  I thought to myself, hmm, I think that’s an on coming freight train.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle November 2 2020 #65123
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    “Has there been a worse candidate in history than Joe Biden? ”
    Yes, and he is running against him.
    “I don’t have to tell you. You read the same newspapers I do. A President who has said if he doesn’t like the outcome of an election, he’ll simply not leave office, and is taken seriously enough that,”
    ” A striking example recently was the firing of the inspectors general when they started looking into the incredible swamp Trump created in Washington. This kind of thing goes on and on.”
    “Trump, but the people around him are essentially creating an international alliance of extremely reactionary states, which can be controlled by the White House, which, of course, has shifted way far to the right, tearing up every international agreement, wrecking everything in sight.”
    “United Nations’ sanctions are reinstituted against Iran. Why? Because he says so. The United States brought it to the Security Council and could get virtually no support. So therefore we reinstitute the United Nations’ sanctions unilaterally. That’s the Godfather talking. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. The same is true of every international agreement. The arms-control regime has been torn to shreds, with great danger to us as well as everyone else.”
    “Well, having an arms-control regime is different than not having one. That’s a break, and it’s a break on one of the two most significant issues in human history. We’ve been living for seventy-five years under the shadow of possible nuclear destruction. The arms-control regime that’s been slowly built up over the years—Eisenhower’s Open Skies proposal, the Reagan-Gorbachev I.N.F. treaty, and other pieces—has mitigated the dangers. Trump has been tearing every piece of it to shreds. “

    in reply to: Debt Rattle November 1 2020 #65117
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    generic, thank you.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle October 29 2020 #64987
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    “Greg Palast does not mince words about the 2020 elections.

    Only the voter fraud he warns about is not by the voters, as President Trump insists. It’s by the vote-stealers in the Republican Party. And they’ve been at it for a long time, unbeknownst to the American people.”

    How to Rig an Election: an Interview With Greg Palast


    The author, Charlotte Dennent is a freind.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle October 29 2020 #64970
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    “His conclusion is that there will be no collective immunity to coronavirus despite earlier hopes. The virus is here to stay for a long while, and while vaccines may give immunity this is likely to be temporary”

    “Despite publicly downplaying it, President Donald Trump and his team of White House advisers have embraced the controversial belief that herd immunity will help control the COVID-19 outbreak, according to three senior health officials working with the White House coronavirus task force. More worrisome for those officials: they have begun taking steps to turn the concept into policy.”
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trumps-covid-advisers-hes-now-pushing-herd-immunity

    in reply to: Debt Rattle October 24 2020 #64787
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    “An especially telling moment occurred on October 13th. According to the Times, two senior White House officials cited, in a background conversation with reporters, the Great Barrington Declaration—a document that argues for the pursuit of herd immunity through widespread infection instead of a vaccine.”
    “Throughout the pandemic, Trump and his team have often denied that they are pursuing herd immunity as a strategy. And yet their words and actions have belied their disavowal. “Once you get to a certain number—we use the word ‘herd’—once you get to a certain number, it’s going to go away,” the President told Fox News, in August. ”
    https://www.newyorker.com/science/medical-dispatch/how-trump-became-the-pro-infection-candidate?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle October 23 2020 #64785
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    slatzman, I hear you, from the oil drum to politics, how did we end up here. I posted a couple of days ago about our predicement, and that politicos either know nothing, or will say nothing.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle October 21 2020 #64671
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    ” Supporters of both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden regularly assert that the nation will never recover if the other side wins.”
    “They are both partly right but miss the larger point namely, that it is unlikely that either oil supply or demand will ever return to 2018 levels on a sustained basis.

    World Oil Growth is Dependent on U.S. Tight Oil https://www.artberman.com/2020/09/03/stop-expecting-oil-and-the-economy-to-recover/

    “Strangely enough, the limit we seem to be reaching with respect to fossil fuel extraction comes from low prices. At low prices, the extraction of oil, coal, and natural gas becomes unprofitable. Producers go bankrupt, or they voluntarily cut back production in an attempt to force prices higher. As the result of these forces, production tends to fall. This limit comes long before the limit that many people imagine: the amount of fossil fuels in the ground that seems to be available with current extraction techniques.”
    Fossil Fuel Production Is Reaching Limits in a Strange Way

    “Population growth, particularly among 1st world and Asian working age populations, will decline / decelerate (respectively) and the likely decline in births will be greater than projected above. Energy consumption will almost surely grow far less than projected above with a fairly good potential for outright decline”

    “So, it’s the growth of the working-age population in the developed world that is critical for the growth of money within a fractional reserve system.”
    I care who wins the election, but I don’t think it will make much of a difference as we are in the greater depression, and politicos don’t know or will admit it.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle October 12 2020 #64343
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    Dr D., a correction, it was not Pulitzer.
    “Among Hearst’s employees was the famed illustrator Frederic Remington. In 1897, Remington became very bored by the lack of anything newsworthy in Cuba and cabled to Hearst, “Everything quiet. There is no trouble here. There will be no war. Wish to return.” In response to Remington’s message, Hearst reportedly replied, “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

    in reply to: Debt Rattle October 9 2020 #64270
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    “We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.” This is straight out of the Sermon on the Mount and Krishnamurti.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle September 28 2020 #63830
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    Trump inherited $450 million.  So at the age of 21 adjust for inflation in 2020, he would be worth $3.7 billion. Forbes reports that he’s worth $2.5 billion, so he’s basically been losing his entire life, so that explains his low tax returns.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle September 22 2020 #63570
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    “In 1772, a judge sitting in the High Court in London declared slavery “so odious” that it could not exist at common law and set the conditions which would consequently result in the freedom of the 15,000 slaves living in England. This decision eventually reached America and terrified slaveholders in the collection of British colonies, subject to British law. The predominantly southern slave-owners feared that this decision would cause the emancipation of their slaves. It did result in some slaves freeing themselves.

    To ensure the preservation of slavery, the southern colonies joined the northerners in their fight for “freedom” and their rebellion against England. In 1774, at the First Continental Congress John Adams promised southern leaders to support their right to maintain slavery. As Eleanor Holmes Norton explains in her introduction, “The price of freedom from England was bondage for African slaves in America. America would be a slave nation.”

    Thomas Jefferson relied on this understanding when carefully crafting the stirring word”

    Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies & Sparked the American Revolution


    Not to mention that England said no more western expansion (genocide)

    in reply to: Debt Rattle September 13 2020 #63198
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    Does it matter if the virus was made in the Wuhan Lab?  We know that the research there was for “gain of function”, that the US was a co-sponsor.  So either way this is what these bat shit crazy researchers were after.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle September 10 2020 #63107
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    I do not understand how Woodward should have acted differently. He is an author and hasn’t been a journalist for a long time.  If he had divulged, his interviews would be over, and when did he become a spokesman for public health?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 20 2020 #62395
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    James Joyce called Jung and Freud tweedle-de and tweedle-dum, and Jung said that Joyce was probably schizophrenic, but intelligent enough to handle it.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 19 2020 #62332
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    Not exactly permaculture, Here is my wife’s blog about our farm, “Usually at this time of year we are lambing on our farm. But we chose not to do this anymore, at least for a while. I did not know, of course, when we made that decision, that come spring, we would be forced to stay at home; that this would be a time when new life would have brought much-needed delight. More life. I look out at the paddock where I should see tiny lambs standing beneath their wooly mothers, their little tails trembling, while the ewes raise their chins into the air, as if whistling a familiar tune. I miss them.”
    https://ewetopia.farm/Reply To: Debt Rattle August 19 2020

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 8 2020 #61936
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    Speed reading.  I took an Evelyn Wood Speed Reading class when I was 17.  I had been a remedial reading student up to then, I think I’m dyslexic.  I graduated the  class with a 1,400 word speed after reading the Old Man and the Sea in 11 minutes.  I was one of the slowest.  I went to a great school which my parents made me transfer out of (Franconia C.) then went to a couple different U’s and was bored to death.  I got a book called This Way Out, a guide to getting a college education without the college.  I read extensively and a lot.  At this point I think college is for the non-inquisitive and don’t like to read.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 7 2020 #61906
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    How is it political to go after such an overtly political organization as the NRA?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 6 2020 #61864
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    “”If we’d lost the war, we’d all have been tried as war criminals,” General LeMay remarked, according to Robert McNamara, who brought maximum efficiency to B-29 bombing during the war and maximum death and destruction to Vietnam as secretary of defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

    He added: “What makes it immoral if you lose but not immoral if you win?”

    in reply to: Debt Rattle July 29 2020 #61607
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    I know of 7 friends and family that have gotten covid 19, despite living in Vermont. “Indeed, Vermont has had the fewest cases of covid-19 of any state in the country: fourteen hundred and two, as of Monday. The state’s hospitals currently house just one confirmed case. Only fifty-six people have died of the disease in Vermont—even though the epidemic raged in neighboring states—and the last of those deaths came more than a month ago, in mid-June.”
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/what-vermont-and-its-history-might-teach-the-nation-about-handling-the-coronavirus?

    in reply to: What? Default? Where? Dollar? #61537
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    Let us not forget that the war on Lybia and Iraq had a lot to do with their avoidence of the us$.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle July 25 2020 #61479
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    Kimo, I’m perplexed that public restrooms do not have seat covers, and no one is proposing/mandating their use. (fecal plume) If I ever hear a flush in a public bathroom, I’m going to hold my breath and get out.

    in reply to: The Bottom’s Falling Out #61060
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    Oh, I should add, yes the bottom fell out, the land lord raised the rent by 70%.

    in reply to: The Bottom’s Falling Out #61059
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    Geppetto, “3 months a year of essentially zero sales. We spend frugally and try to hedge against an ambiguous at best future. Failure is always a possible outcome”
    Sounds very familar, I owned a bicycle shop, and in retrospect, I am suprised I made it through that first winter. After that I closed for a month every winter and went riding somewhere, many times to the Nepalese Himalaya. My shop was doing well with BMX, and then Mt biking started happening, and the bottom fell out of BMX. So I’ve always been paranoid that the bottom might fall out.
    I read “Decline of the West” by O. Spengler back in the 80’s then onto others like The Crisis of our Age, Collapse of Complex Societies, and others. So all that is happening I’ve been anticipating, I know things might get really tough, but not for me yet, for me.
    “Nobody told me there’d be days like these
    Strange days indeed — most peculiar, mama” -J Lennon

    in reply to: The Bottom’s Falling Out #61026
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    Geppetto,
    “Sometimes I wonder if all the armchair anarchists I encounter on the internet have ever added value to anything? Built , created art, made music, built a surfboard, a bicycle, a car, an airplane, a house? I wonder if they have ever had to kill another sentient being to get some protein?”
       As an armchair anarchist, I should say, yes, I play jazz every morning before TAE, and have built guitars. I haven’t built a house, but have replaced almost every window, floor and ceiling.  I own a small farm so yes those sentient beings.  I’ve built hundreds of bicycles.
      I think what most people don’t understand is that anarchy is basically the lack of hierarchy. Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, et al, had a lack of anarchy and an over abundance of hierarchy.  1968 had some anarchy, and it looked like things might get better.  It is hierarchies that wage war, not anarchists. “What ever happened to that peace, love, hippie shit?”  -Pete Townsend
       It is the hierarchy that has failed in the US, and elsewhere, and the anarchists know it.  90% of human history has been anarchic, only the last 10k years hasn’t been.  I think Vico got it wrong when he said civilization  goes from Theocracy, to Aristocracy, Democracy, Chaos.  That last stage, and the beginning of a new one is Anarchy, a far cry from chaos.

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