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Are We ALL Going to Die?

Most assuredly. But will the Earth suddenly burn up the way that Green New Deal advocates predict (and hope)?  It looks doubtful.

study by MIT researchers in Science Advances confirms that the planet harbors a “stabilizing feedback” mechanism that acts over hundreds of thousands of years to pull the climate back from the brink, keeping global temperatures within a steady, habitable range.

Just how does it accomplish this? A likely mechanism is “silicate weathering” — a geological process by which the slow and steady weathering of silicate rocks involves chemical reactions that ultimately draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into ocean sediments, trapping the gas in rocks.

Scientists have long suspected that silicate weathering plays a major role in regulating the Earth’s carbon cycle. The mechanism of silicate weathering could provide a geologically constant force in keeping carbon dioxide — and global temperatures — in check. But there’s never been direct evidence for the continual operation of such feedback, until now.


Electric Car Jam

A Tesla Wall Connector will give your vehicle a 44-mile range per hour charged, and you can expect a fully charged battery between 6 and 12 hours after you plug in, depending on the model.

I’ve been traveling and at the Love’s Travel Center at Quartzsite, Arizona I noticed an odd long line that I had not noticed before. They were all electric cars, cued up to charge. There may have been 10 charging stations where I hadn’t seen them before. I parked near them after I pumped petrochemicals into my Honda Passport (6 cyl) and the refueling may have taken me 5 minutes at most.

The electric car drivers were angry and the smugness that I usually associate with them was missing as they used abusive language with each other. I laughed at the theater of the absurd. 30 electric cars crossing the desert (now lined up) with a charge time of at least 6 hours each. What a happy bunch of woke travelers.

I found this article.


The Worst Pirate in History — The Forgotten Legend of Bartholomew Sharp

Perhaps one of the worst pirates to sail the high seas, Bartholomew Sharp certainly is not a legendary figure like Blackbeard, Bartholomew Roberts, or Captain Kidd.  The fictional pirate Jack Sparrow, when accused of being the worst pirate ever heard of remarked, “But you have heard of me.”  Unfortunately Bartholomew Sharp was so bad that his name is almost forgotten to history.  In 1639 Sharp set off with a crew of pirates to Panama in search of Spanish treasure.  Unlike most pirates who stalked the Caribbean, Sharp had the idea to raid the Pacific side of the Spanish Main.  It is a wonder why he had this idea, most treasure fleets bound for Europe crossed through the Caribbean, only a few ships, mostly supply ships bound for the Philippines with some treasure ships bound for the Straits of Magellan could be found on the Pacific side.  Regardless, Sharp and his men sailed to Panama, abandoned the ship at the coast, then seized Spanish ships on the Pacific side of Panama.

Bartholomew Sharp and his crew raided several Spanish ships, but none had anything of value.  After two years of slim pickings, his crew mutinied and replaced him as captain.  Fortunately for him, his replacement only lasted three weeks before unexpectedly dying.  Amazingly, the crew voted to restore Sharp as captain once again.  However Sharps luck failed to pick up, that was until he and his crew came across a Spanish treasure galleon, which they captured after a short fight.  However, rather than finding a rich haul of treasure, the ship was loaded with 700 bars of dull grey metal which they thought was tin.  Dejected and depressed, Sharp and his pirates decided to cut their losses and head home.  They threw the bars overboard, saving a small portion to be cast into musket balls.

Sharp and his men rounded South America and returned to the Caribbean.  When they arrived they learned of two pieces of very bad news.  First, Sharp had assumed that because England was enemies with Spain, he would be recognized as a privateer by English authorities.  However the English were not at war with Spain at the time, and arrest warrants had been issued in Sharp’s name for piracy.  Secondly, the men had run out of lead to cast musket balls, and had dug into the stock of “tin bars” captured from the Spanish galleon earlier.  It was then discovered that the tin bars were not tin at all, but in fact, were silver.  The unfortunate pirates had dumped a fortune worth 150,000 English Pounds (millions today) into the deep blue sea. (drat!)

When Sharp tried to make harbor at Barbados, he found a Royal Navy frigate waiting for him.  He then made for Antigua, but authorities there barred him from entry.  Eventually Sharp and his men were captured and arrested, then hauled into court in chains.  In a rare stroke of luck for Sharp, he and his men were acquitted due to lack of evidence, either that or the jury felt bad for him.  After avoiding the hangman’s noose and the gibbet, Sharp settled down on the Danish Island of St. Thomas.  A man who could not lead a successful life as a pirate, Sharp was also a man who could not lead a successful life as a regular citizen.  He died in a debtor’s prison in 1702.

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  1. Sharp- Today he’d be a Democrat politician; somehow managed to gain a high position, incompetent at every level except for dragging everyone around them through hell, and just when something good happens (the proverbial blind squirrel) they somehow manage to screw that up while blaming others for their failure.

    Tesla charge queues- Hahahahahahah, all day to go a couple hundred miles. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

    Heard Antifa is planning to set fire to Tesla dealerships. How is that not domestic terrorism requiring the boys in matching shades to mobilize beforehand to thwart the effort? Guessing Joey Bartholomew Sharp needs another manufactured distraction from his ushered-in “hard Winter” for the little people.

        1. Softball sent, Kle hits it out of the park.

          One only needs to look at the past four or five years to see how things will operate, marching towards Sodom & Gomorrah.

      1. Kle- Since those tasked with that aspect refuse their charter then those affected are allowed to use whatever means to protect themselves and their livelihoods. So be it…let the chips fall where they may.

          1. Set them up on a rotating or chain carousel, like some places had organ (multiple barrels laid side by side for volley fire) guns in the Renaissance period. Blam, rotate, Blam, rotate, Blam, rotate…

            That, and have Bouncing Bettys installed in your sprinkler system. Push Button “B” and you water your lawn in water and blood.

        1. Now that the RNC has reportedly adopted the methods to steal elections, as demonstrated by the Ds, I say the rule of law is well and truly dead and buried. Well, we knew that already but now you have tacit permission.

          Permisssion for what? What else but weapons hot, of course. Act accordingly.

          God forbid that a nat’l org, nor the courts would stand ardently for the rule of law.
          My pronouns are El Supremo/Your Exellency

          Yi yi yi

  2. So will the winning time of the next Cannon Ball Run [Crawl] be measured in weeks or months? Will they make better time than the Pony Express or even the settlers on the Oregon Train?

    By car, most people won’t have enough vacation time to cover a trip of any significant distance. Passenger trains may become viable again, except at night, or on cloudy or windless days.

    At one time, they were looking at the feasibility of electrifying the interstates. Maybe they’ll figure that out. Of course they’ll all be toll roads and you’ll be charged by miles driven.

    1. The purpose of electric cars is to limit and control the freedom of movement of the people, while keeping them under continuous surveillance.

      Why do you think peasants will be allowed vacations?


      1. California was considering or already passed legislation that would set up license plate readers on interstates and state routes (freeways) to mark the cars that pass and record their mileage for taxation purposes. The technology exists and is used for toll roads. It would be a shame if those were vandalized and shot out.

        Kle, most gasoline-driven cars transpond already. It’s not just electric cars. The question of how that data is collected and/or used is another one. I have no idea. I do know that law enforcement has been able to serve search warrants to get the tracking information that the transponders collect because I did it. To get real-time information you need a Title 3 wiretap (Feds). Many states have that capacity as well by having the Feds piggyback their cases. I’ve been out of that game for some time now.

        Outside the USA, the capacity to track and monitor things is greatly enhanced. It was done lawfully in my case. I realize that the Federal government now uses that capacity unlawfully inside the US, but we also keep political prisoners now, so there you are.

        In my time doing those things, there were rules and they were followed.

        1. “Rules were followed”. Comes down to individual character which ultimately percolates to the organization, bottom up, top down. Not anymore.

          1. This book is from my dad’s library. The book, Fenwick Cases International Law – 2nd Edition, was from the library USNAS Barber’s Point.
            More than seventy years later I feel my eyes opened wider. Oh sure, they held great hope in the recently established UN. Apparently, they were, and are, so obstinate as to not foresee the future they wrought.

          2. The westbound 91 freeway in Orange County, CA has a toll trap.
            The #1 lane splits from the freeway to allow the driver to merge onto the 247 (I think) toll road. But if a driver does not want the toll road, the lane merges back to the 91.
            There is no other reason for the merge back to the 91. Traffic from the 247 to merge onto WB 91 takes another route.
            Between splitting from the 91 and merging back to the 91 there is a license plate reader. It is how yours truly received a bill in the mail a week later. Let the unaware be ware.

        2. I know, LL. Even my “new” ’05 car probably transponds, and if it doesn’t the GPS nav system in the aftermarket stereo does. My wife’s ’12 and ’22 cars transpond like crazy, and have insane amounts of sensors.

          The electrics are only a little worse in this regard, you can at least pay cash for gasoline, I doubt you can for a recharge anywhere. Plus, you’re more limited in routes.

          Drives me crazy what they’ve done to cars.


  3. Can’t wait to see the trucking companies delivery and cost performance once they are forced to go electric to save the planet. (or virtue signal). Here’s a helpful link from Volvo Truck showing just how little fuel cost an electric truck has:

    Apparently it costs more to insure, too. One wonders why. I’d also like to know just how much Pilot is making per charging station, or did we have to subsidize those with tax dollars too?

      1. Gov subsidy is the ONLY means for the ‘green’ programs to show solvency. Even when “solvency’ is defined by new & improved definitions, such is gained only by subsidy.

        And what is subsidy other than redistribution of wealth, with cuts to the middlemen, er, writers of law.

  4. I agree with Kle on the purpose of electric cars to control movement.
    I still see see “I Robot”, with the government taking you where you don’t want to go, also.
    Simplistic perhaps, but there you have it.

  5. The whole of EV is a murky mess. FJB et all fail to mention the tax incentives require a percentage of the vehicles must have USA components/labor (UAW finger on the scale?) that the country cannot at this time produce. This includes hybrids. Even the dead Democrat voters will be shocked when the IRS rejects their tax return.

      1. Ja, dis ist how der game ist played. Ve make der money den gif youd da money to pay us da money. Uff, dist so gud, ja.

        A traveller comes into town, to the hotel. I want to check the room before I decide, sez he.
        That’ll be $100, sez the clerk. The traveller hands over a crisp C note and goes upstairs.
        The hotelier rushes out to pay the $100 he owes to the butcher. The butcher goes to pay the $100 to pay the farmer for the hay.
        The farmer goes to pay the $100 he owes to the market.
        The merchant goes to pay $100 to the whore.
        The whore goes to pay $100 to the hotel.
        The traveler comes to the front desk and says, no thanks. He takes his C note back.
        What just happened? Government happened.

    1. Nein, vat chu fail to see ist der vealth transferred from your pocketbook to da udders pocketbook, via der meddlemein.

      I hereby establish a tax on trees, payable to me. Felling a tree is taxable, each successive cut taxable double, to sixteen inches, treble. For warmth, niner times tax.

    1. Or my big stumbling block with electric vehicles and windmills etc. What do you do with all the toxic nastiness when it is time to dispose of this mess?

          1. Imagine what future junkyards will have to be like – you can’t just stack electric cars into teetering piles with a payloader and fork attachment, unless you want a truly amazing fire in the near future.


    2. I recently read that 386 new copper mines are required to meet that need. Recycling knocks that down to 336 new mines.

      How much time (measured in years) to plan to begin, operate, transport, and remediate mine site?
      How many acres per mine?
      How many new right of ways, and railroads, to be constructed?
      How many homes and businesses and currently established townsites to be condemned by eminent domain to establish new right of ways?
      How many smelters, or, shipping ports to receive shipments of unprocessed ore?

      Such questions go on and on and on.

      The thing is, this is reality butting fantasy. The questions are the reality. The truth is, this all is nothing than a money making scheme for the self-indulged, i.e., the chosen, aka the select, aka the elite.

      What bursts my bubble is Sandy, aka AOC, and ‘the squad’ are in some perverse universe more equal than, say the folks at JPL that I know or actual physicists, not to mention myself or the elect who visit the VM.

  6. “silicate weathering” — a geological process by which the slow and steady weathering of silicate rocks involves chemical reactions that ultimately draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into ocean sediments, trapping the gas in rocks.
    I still have a problem with the premise that CO2 is a problem.

    1. Carbon can be a very big problem – see Venus.

      A lot Earth’s carbon is managed through the sublimation process involved with tectonic plate movement. In Earth’s case, CO2 is not a greenhouse gas and the presence of CO2 makes life possible.

  7. That line about we’re all going to die – (may have mentioned this one before) I was taking a college class that was discussing probability 0 and 1. Lots of students had 0 examples but the instructor kept pointing out exceptions to the suggested 1 examples. I finally said “we’re all going to die”, at which point she started stammering and then said “wh-wh-whats th-that thing wh-wh’where they fr-freeze people in the h-ho-hopes of b-b-b-bringing them back to l-life. I replied “corpsicles”.
    I received a lot of strange looks when everyone was walking out of class that day.

  8. Whatever happens will be long after we are in our graves… Re the Tesla line, saw that at a hotel in Utah a couple of years ago. Apparently one of the managers routinely drove a Tesla to work and ‘hogged’ one of the chargers all day. Then one morning she came in and both charger were in use by customers… quelle surprise!!! At one point I walked past the desk and she was having them go through the registration cards looking for who owned the Teslas so she could tell them to move… LOL

    Pirates are gonna pirate, some better than others!

  9. My current attitude is best described as ‘livid’. But not because of what you might think.

    Put that aside, do not let me sway you. Read for yourself and tell me what you surmize. The following is from the preface of a book on international law. The book is a compilatiin of certain court cases for the purpose of instruction to the students of political science and those aspiring to practice law. It is ostensibly for the American (USA) student.

    First Edition 1935
    Second Edition 1951 (from which is quoted)

    “Strictly speaking, such cases are not international cases, but national cases involving international law; they are the municipal court’s interpretation of international law as applied to the conflict of rights arising from the enforcement of national law.

    “But while cases before national courts may thus appear to be unduly prominent, cases before the two great international courts at the Hague, as well as the awards of arbitration tribunals and the decisions of mixed claims commissions find theie due place, in sufficient number to illustrate both the law and the procedure of international adjudication. Here the student will find the rule of law overriding the contentions of a particular government and establishing precedents.”

    A paragraph later, in part;

    “For those controversies (in international law-Rick) mark the transition from the old law of individual self-help to the new law of the collective responsibility of the international community.”

    The circumstance of war is not yet mentioned. What else then do you, the reader, surmize except that of efforts to supersede national sovereignty?

    1. This book is from my dad’s library. The book, Fenwick Cases International Law – 2nd Edition, was from the library USNAS Barber’s Point.
      More than seventy years later I feel my eyes opened wider. Oh sure, they held great hope in the recently established UN. Apparently, they were, and are, so obstinate as to not foresee the future they wrought.

  10. Driving back from Birmingham Ala. yesterday I gassed up at Boligee Ala. between Tuscaloosa Ala. and Meridian MS. This is literally the ass end of nowhere. Putting regular in my F250 I glanced across the lot and saw the funny looking gas pumps, I strolled over and wonder of wonder two rand new electric chargers. Takes a while to fuel the truck so Iwent inside and asked if anyone had ever used them . They thought maybe one time , but they only stayed about 45 minutes.

  11. In Tesla-themed news:
    I’m sure you’ve all heard about Alyssa Milano’s tweeting:
    I gave back my Tesla.
    I bought the VW ev.
    I love it.
    I’m not sure how advertisers can buy space on Twitter. Publicly traded company’s products being pushed in alignment with hate and white supremacy doesn’t seem to be a winning business model.

    In response to which, various people pointed out that Volkswagen was founded by literal Nazis. I’m beginning to think that apparent idiots such as Milano are actually operating on the principle of “Bad attention is better than no attention.” The alternative is that these people cannot be allowed to go outside by themselves in a rainstorm, lest they keep looking into the sky to see what’s hitting them, and they drown from all the water going into their respiratory tract.

    1. Take the IQ of a box of rocks, subtract that of a bag of hammers, the result is Alyssa Milano,AOC, and the squad combined

      1. Alyssa Milano needs to take Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Ceftriaxone, Cefixime, Ciprofloxacin, and Ofloxacin in combination to control the itch.

  12. Ha. Global Warming. How many people know or acknowledge that it was warmer at the beginning of the Medieval Age than now. Almost like warmer temperatures and the corresponding increase in plant life and farmable lands caused human populations to increase rapidly.


    Now here’s the real question. What temperature and gas saturation levels are to be considered normal? Early 20th Century? Mid 20th Century? Late 20th Century? Wait, all three of those were cooling trend periods… Seriously, define and prove your work as to what is ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ and what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad.’ Then look at the unadulterated readings (if they still exist) and then apply said readings to the good/bad/normal/abnormal scale. Can’t? Then it doesn’t matter. Won’t? Then it isn’t science or statistics or anything linked to objective studies. It becomes ‘art’ and therefore subjective, which makes it pure 100% bullshit.

  13. Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore interviewed in points out Earth is currently in an ice age, during which glaciers advance and retreat across the location of Chicago. Previously when Earth was not in an ice age, the poles were forested and populated with camels. Moore has noticed the amount of atmospheric CO2 keeps going down as it is sunk into into sea shells. Moore is worried CO2 will go so low plants will suffocate during the next glacial advance. Historical pattern extrapolated is that today we are at the end of an inter-glacial period and the next step is to slowly get colder.

    “corpsicles” is from SF writer Larry Niven.

    1. Right, much of the carbon on the surface of the earth is held in the oceans (71% of the surface) in various forms. When ocean life dies, it sinks, and the carbon is not introduced into the atmosphere. The atmospheric modeling on Earth must take that into account to be valid. We’ve been pulling out of a snowball for the past 10K years and the ebb and flow of global temperatures may have more to do with the planet (and solar system) passing through areas where there is dust in space, attenuating the solar radiation that strikes the surface than other causes.

      Smugly announcing that human activity is the key to the climate is hubris that is unsupported. Pollution is another matter entirely. We can do something about that. At the political level they’ve found it useful to conflate one with the other and it’s galling.

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