Friday, July 31, 2015

Marijuana Farming is Worsening California’s Drought… The Nature Conservancy, California

Illegal Mexicans do a lot of this.
She says big government is needed the fix the mess.
But didn't big government cause the mess?


Marijuana is the biggest cash crop in California, and it's growing.

The drug has an estimated overall value of roughly $16 billion--more than double the sales of milk and cream.

Though exact stats are hard to come by, government estimates suggest California produces roughly 60 percent of the marijuana consumed in the U.S.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists found that in the last five years Northern California watersheds have seen marijuana acreage under cultivation increase by 55 to 100 percent. Most marijuana is cultivated outdoors in Northern California, where it increasingly saps already stressed streams and rivers.

Marijuana cultivation is a largely unchecked industry.

Sites go up on a whim in hard to access, remote locations.

The State Water Resources Control Board estimates that there are 50,000 grow sites in Northern California.

However, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has only enough resources currently to inspect less than one percent of those sites.

Redding, California and onto Highway 299 for an hour before turning off onto a paved road and then up a forest road for another hour before they came to a remote stream near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. They pulled over next to a diesel generator that was set up to pump water through plastic piping that ran up a hill. Hundreds of feet of irrigation tubes ran up to ten bulldozed areas where marijuana had been planted. Broken furniture, tents, rotten food, clothing, fertilizer and fuel tanks sat in piles next to abandoned cars. A bulldozer had cut roads straight up the hillside to the different plots. In the one relatively dry winter since the roads were built, dirt had already washed down off the roads and filled in smaller streams and clouded bigger pools. If it rains hard this winter, biologists worry that much of the exposed soils, along with fertilizers and pesticides abandoned on site, will wash down and further damage the watershed. "The effects of this relatively small site were pretty stark,"

Pollution is another big problem. Forest clearing, land terracing, and road construction often occur right next to streams and rivers and lead to erosion. Fine sediment runs directly into streams, damaging spawning and rearing habitat for endangered species like coho salmon and steelhead trout. Pesticides and herbicides contaminate the water. Diesel often leaks from generators set up to pump water to plants, polluting streams and further stressing fish and amphibians.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Healthy lake electrons, bacteria, sunshine. cooling trend forecast.

Do they adjust temperature higher to make tourists happier or to deflect attention from global cooling?    I did not get hot despite warnings by the liberal news media.  I walked and waded in the shade mostly but sun was not that hot either.  A hot day actually does not feel hot compared to many places I lived in California where temperature is often 10 to 20 degrees higher.  

Sunshine produces Vitamin D and Nitric Oxide that is needed to dilate blood vessels, etc.  Sweat out poisons.  

I can feel the electrical benefits from wading.  Plugging 2 feet into water recharges the whole body.  Wade 30 minutes and really feel the difference.  Soreness goes away.  Lakes are filled with electrons that provide energy and counteract oxidation, aging, brittleness.  Excellent article:

Further, lakes are filled with needed bacteria that populate skin forming a barrier from bacteria that cause human illness that you pick up from places that humans frequent.  That is why I left San Francisco.  Queer diseases and TB third world diseases get all over everything leading diseased bankrupt sheeple to clamor for Obamacare.   My feet feel much better after several years of wading.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

arthritis cure, MS cure, IQ boost by uric acid,

Armenian Evanescence copycat, fairly good:

I noticed increase in IQ and creativity from uric acid induced joint pain. Particularly 1998 and 2015.

Too little uric acid causes MS, Too much causes joint pain. Seems to say.

I have been running experiments and it seems that red meat is the main cause of joint pain. Made worse by sugar. I eat lots of melons in the summer. If I don't eat too much the kidneys clear out the excess uric acid. It is a matter of quantity, balance. I would rather give up meat than fruits. I also need to reduce fish. Says to increase dairy which I like anyway!

Lower serum values of uric acid have been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS)

High levels of uric acid is called hyperuricemia and can lead to gout

Causes of high uric acid

• Diet may be a factor. High intake of dietary purine, high-fructose corn syrup, and table sugar can cause increased levels of uric acid

• Serum uric acid can be elevated due to reduced excretion by the kidneys.

• Certain drugs, such as thiazide diuretics, can increase uric acid levels in the blood by interfering with renal clearance.


Excess serum accumulation of uric acid in the blood can lead to a type of arthritis known as gout

This painful condition is the result of needle-like crystals of uric acid precipitating in joints, capillaries, skin, and other tissues.

Kidney stones can also form through the process of formation and deposition of sodium urate microcrystals.

A study found that men who drink two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day have an 85% higher chance of developing gout than those who drank such beverages infrequently.

Hyperuricemia is associated with components of metabolic syndrome.

A study has suggested fructose-induced hyperuricemia may play a pathogenic role in the metabolic syndrome.

This is consistent with the increased consumption in recent decades of fructose-containing beverages (such as fruit juices and soft drinks sweetened with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup) and the epidemic of diabetes and obesity

• In humans, purines are excreted as uric acid.

Purines are found in high amounts in animal food products, such as liver and sardines.

A moderate amount of purine is also contained in beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood.

• Examples of high purine and Fe sources include: sweetbreads, anchovies, sardines, liver, beef kidneys, brains, meat extracts, herring, mackerel, scallops, game meats, beer, and gravy.

• Moderate and even high intake of purine-containing vegetables is not associated with an increased risk of gout.

One serving of meat or seafood (3 oz = 85 g) mildly increases risk of gout, while two servings increase risk by at least 40%.

Milk products reduce the risk of gout notably, whereas total protein intake has no effect.

Correlations with creative output

Havelock Ellis found in his A Study of British Genius (1904) that there was an unusually high rate of gout among eminent men in his study, and gout is associated with higher volumes of uric acid in the blood.

He therefore suggested that it might have something to do with it. Later investigators have examined this relationship, and there is indeed a correlation.[57]

A review is Jensen & Sinha (1993),[58]which found only a slight correlation between IQ and serum urate level (SUL), however there was a stronger correlation between SUL and scholastic achievement, even after controlling for IQ.

Another study found a correlation of +.37 between serum urate level and publication rates of university professors. Jensen speculates that it may be due to uric acid's having a similar chemical structure to that of caffeine, and thus acting as a natural stimulant

Macro Economic Theory, the University of Minnesota Workshop

The rich 1% get richer by listening to the right people.

Probably the most distinguished summer meeting of experts.

The Minnesota Workshop in Macroeconomic Theory is a workshop on dynamic macroeconomic theory sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the University of Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

It is held on the campus of the University of Minnesota every summer in late July/early August.

The 2015 conference will last for four days, from Tuesday, August 4 through Friday, August 7.

The schedule will be quite intense, with about 15 talks. There will also be ample time for informal discussion among the participants.

We hope that all participants will stay the entire week.

We welcome papers in a variety of areas. Examples of topics of interest include:

Asset Pricing from a General Equilibrium Perspective
Credit and Fluctuations
Demographic Evolution and its Economic Determinants
Depressions and Crises
Dynamics of the Income Distribution
Dynamics of the Labor Market
Dynamics of Housing
International Trade and Macroeconomics
Monetary Theory/Policy and Welfare
Politics and Growth
Positive Theory of Policy
Search and Matching
Technological Change and Growth
Theory of Organizations

We welcome papers in other areas as well.

The final topics will be determined in large part by the interests of the participants.

It is important to note that while the title of the Workshop includes "Theory," investigations of data that are guided by theory are more than welcome.

1-106 Hanson Hall

1925 Fourth Street South - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tuesday, August 4

10:30 Registration and Coffee

11:15 Political Economy of Sovereign Debt: Cycles of Debt Crisis and Inequality Overhang

Alessandro Dovis
Penn State
Ali Shourideh
Mikhail Golosov

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Growth through Learning

Boyan Jovanovic

3:15 Break

3:45 A Tractable Model of Monetary Exchange with Ex-Post Heterogeneity

Pierre-Olivier Weill
Guillaume Rocheteau
Tsz-Nga Wong
Bank of Canada

The Barbecue

Wednesday, August 5

9:00 Coffee

9:30 Nonparametric Counterfactual Predictions in Neoclassical Models of International Trade

Dave Donaldson
Rodrigo Adao
Arnaud Costinot

10:45 Break

11:15 Liquidity Traps and Capital Flows

Sushant Acharya
New York FRB
Julien Bengui
Université de Montréal

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Globalization and Synchronization of Innovation Cycles

Kiminori Matsuyama
Iryna Sushko, Institute of Mathematics,
National Academy of Science, Ukraine
Laura Gardini

3:15 Break

3:45 No-Bubble Condition: Model-Free Tests in Housing Markets

Matteo Maggiori
Stefano Giglio
Chicago Booth
Johannes Stroebel
New York Stern

Thursday, August 6

9:00 Coffee

9:30 The Aggregate Implications of Regional Business Cycles

Martin Beraja
Erik Hurst
Chicago Booth
Juan Ospina

10:45 Break

11:15 Dispersion in Relative Prices: Evidence and Theory

Leena Rudanko
Philadelphia FRB
Greg Kaplan
Guido Menzio
Nicholas Trachter
Richmond FRB

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Capital Allocation and Productivity in Southern Europe

Loukas Karabarbounis
Gita Gopinath
Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan
Carolina Villegas-Sanchez
ESADE – Universitat Ramon Llull

3:15 Break

3:45 Firm Entry and Exit and Aggregate Growth

Timothy Kehoe
Jose Asturias
Sewon Hur
Kim J. Ruhl
NYU Stern

The Dinner

Friday, August 7

9:00 Coffee

9:30 Decomposing Duration Dependence in a Stopping Time Model

Katarína Borovičková
Fernando Alvarez
Robert Shimer

10:45 Break

11:15 Demand Stimulus, Inflation and Marginal Costs: Empirical Evidence

Iourii Manovskii
Marcus Hagedorn
Jesse Handbury

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Leverage and Disagreement

Franҫois Geerolf

3:15 Break

3:45 Fiscal Policy and Debt Management with Incomplete Markets

Anmol Bhandari
David Evans
Mikhail Golosov
Thomas Sargent

Saturday, July 25, 2015

sun. fracking Arkansas chicken shit

Finally sunshine.  Good for plants.  Some rain is good for plants but too many clouds block needed sunshine. Balance is needed sun + water.

North West Central Arkansas seems environmentally ok as a somewhat remote hospitable SHTF survival location. Not so much chicken shit, fracking, coloreds, and agriculture as in other parts of the state.  

Far North West Arkansas University Walmart area is quite busy and diverse.  May be hard to get much quiet for work and some areas are very expensive.  

robot auto attack UCSD UW Seattle

I figured out a way to greatly reduce security problems on the internet.
Involves getting rid of excessive fanciness and complications and waste of electricity.
Back to the basics circa 1993.

Horses do not have this problem, and are natural, organic, and do not need fossil fuels.

A team of researchers at UC San Diego and the University of Washington, Seattle, has just published a paper "Comprehensive Experimental Analyses of Automotive Attack Surfaces".

they bought a modern reasonably-priced car with lots of fancy features and did a serious reverse-engineering exercise to determine whether it had any security vulnerabilities.

It's the most comprehensive study of its kind.

the really exciting attack focuses on that built-in cellular phone interface. You see, that means that every Generic Motors car has a phone number and it turns out you can call it. an attacker can thus take over your car without being anywhere physically near it.

a criminal agency tracks all of the Generic Motors cars in the city. When a garden variety criminal wants car, he phones up the agency and asks where such a car might be and what it's owners' habits are. For a suitable fee, the agency directs the criminal to the car, helpfully unlocks the doors, and starts the engine

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Really Big Earth Quake

Two good articles.

I wonder if the destruction of Seattle and Portland would trigger quakes that would take out San Francisco and Los Angeles and Alaska?   The tidal waves may take out Tokyo and other Japanese cities.

Pacific Northwest, the area of impact will cover* some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America. FEMA projects that nearly thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. Another twenty-seven thousand will be injured, and the agency expects that it will need to provide shelter for a million displaced people, and food and water for another two and a half million. , the science is robust, and one of the chief scientists behind it is Chris Goldfinger. Thanks to work done by him and his colleagues, we now know that the odds of the big Cascadia earthquake happening in the next fifty years are roughly one in three. The odds of the very big one are roughly one in ten. Even those numbers do not fully reflect the danger—or, more to the point, how unprepared the Pacific Northwest is to face it. The truly worrisome figures in this story are these: Thirty years ago, no one knew that the Cascadia subduction zone had ever produced a major earthquake. Forty-five years ago, no one even knew it existed.

Great subduction zone earthquakes are the most powerful earthquakes known to occur, and can exceed magnitude 9.0. 

They occur when enough energy (stress) has accumulated in the "locked" zone of the fault to cause a rupture known as a megathrust earthquake. 

The magnitude of a megathrust earthquake is proportional to length of the rupture along the fault. 

The Cascadia Subduction Zone, which forms the boundary between the Juan de Fuca and North American plates, is a very long sloping fault that stretches from mid-Vancouver Island to Northern California.

Because of the great length of the fault, the Cascadia Subduction Zone is capable of producing very large earthquakes if rupture occurs along its entire length. \

San Andreas Fault connection

Studies of past earthquake traces on both the northern San Andreas Fault and the southern Cascadia subduction zone indicate a correlation in time which may be evidence that quakes on the Cascadia subduction zone may have triggered most of the major quakes on the northern San Andreas during at least the past 3,000 years or so. 

The evidence also shows the rupture direction going from north to south in each of these time-correlated events. 

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake seems to have been a major exception to this correlation, however, as it was not preceded by a major Cascadia quake.[11]
Earthquake timing

The last known great earthquake in the northwest was the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. Geological evidence indicates that great earthquakes (> magnitude 8.0) may have occurred sporadically at least seven times in the last 3,500 years, suggesting a return time of about 500 years.

 Seafloor core evidence indicates that there have been forty-one subduction zone earthquakes on the Cascadia subduction zone in the past 10,000 years, suggesting a general average earthquake recurrence interval of only 243 years.

 Of these 41, nineteen have produced a "full margin rupture," wherein the entire fault opens up.

By comparison, similar subduction zones in the world usually have such earthquakes every 100 to 200 years; the longer interval here may indicate unusually large stress buildup and subsequent unusually large earthquake slip.

There is also evidence of accompanying tsunamis with every earthquake. 

One strong line of evidence for these earthquakes is convergent timings for fossil damage from tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest and historical Japanese records of tsunamis.

The next rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone is anticipated to be capable of causing widespread destruction throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Trump, rich 1% borrow money smart

Trump is an interesting candidate probably more interested in self promotion than actually winning office.  He is not afraid to say what is politically correct.   He indicates that finally the rich may have figured out that huge numbers of illegals may be hard to manage.  I could have told him that decades ago.  Slaves, peons may help profits in the short run but too many sets the stage for crime and revolution later that may swamp what little profits they make in the short run.

Trump put out some interesting financial statements which is hard for a rich person who must hire expert accountants to manage his businesses properly.  Rich People know how to borrow money correctly so as to help them get richer in the long run.  A slave revolution may wipe out some of those riches so look for something to prevent California problems from spreading all over.  

11 Great Reasons to Carry a Big, Long Mortgage.   Many people misunderstand or misrepresent the benefits of mortgages, and they get the key points wrong. If you read my book The Truth About Money with an open mind, then by the time you finish, you will agree that you should have as big a mortgage as you can get and never pay it off.

Reason #1: Your mortgage doesn't affect your home's value.   You're buying your home because you think it will rise in value over time. (Admit it: If you were certain it would fall in value, you wouldn't buy it — you'd rent instead. In fact, your home's value will rise and fall many times during the next 30 years — you just won't get monthly statements showing you how it's doing.) Yet, the eventual rise (or fall) in value will occur whether you have a mortgage or not. So go ahead and get a mortgage: Your house's value will be unaffected. That's why owning your home outright is like having money buried under a mattress. Since the house will grow (or fall) in value with or without a mortgage, any equity you currently have in the house is, essentially, earning no interest. You wouldn't stuff ten grand under your mattress, so why stash $400,000 in the walls of the house? Having a long-term mortgage lets your equity grow while your home's value grows.

Reason #2: A mortgage won't stop you from building equity in the house.     Everyone wants to build equity. It's the main financial reason for owning a house. You can use the equity to help pay for college, weddings, and even retirement. Mortgages are bad, many people say, because the bigger the mortgage, the lower your equity.   They're wrong, and here's why. Say you buy a house for $300,000, and you get a $250,000 30-year 4% mortgage. Your down payment ($50,000 in this example) is your starting equity, and you want that equity to grow, grow, grow.   Figure 8-3 shows what happens: By making your payments each month, your loan's balance in 20 years will be just $117,886. This supports the contention that equity grows as you pay off the mortgage and that, therefore, the faster you pay off the mortgage, the faster your equity will grow.  But this thinking fails to acknowledge that this is not the only way you will build equity in your house. That's because your house is almost certain to grow in value over the next 20 years. If that house rises in value at the rate of 3% per year, it will be worth $541,833 in 20 years! You'll have nearly a quarter million dollars in new equity even if your principal balance never declines!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

more rain. Gas $2.30. University of Illinois crop duster poisons

I drove thru several cloudbursts today but in between there was sun and weather is somewhat warm.
I found an apartment I like in the big city, Springfield, a busy central area, good location. 
Not sure if I want to leave the lake district, better air and water quality and aesthetics and more quiet!
If I go to the trouble of moving, may be better off professionally at the University of Illinois.  
I have a great idea for a new internet company - safe and secure is actually not very difficult.
Needs some engineering, law, and business contacts that Illinois is good on.  
But weather is colder in Illinois with the worst credit rating of any state.
Missouri is AAA great credit, less expensive, many areas almost no pesticides or agriculture chemicals.
Illinois has crop dusters spraying poisons all over and bad water.  
Unless you move to Chicago that has a high murder rate ⅓ blacks and Obama neighborhood students get mugged all the time and cell phones stolen.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

40 acres Arkansas survival SHTF Hilary Clinton, Bill Presidential White Water

Good place to live even if times are not bad. Quiet, good for thinking work. The rugged Ozarks Missouri and Arkansas is poor quality land for farming so it is cheap. Not much population nearby, equidistant to 3 large cities. I sometimes think I could fairly easily raise all my food in a quiet place. Maybe lots of berries, bees, eggs, vegetables, fruit trees, and an assortment of cows, pigs, sheep, goats. There are patches of green pasture, relatively flat, where people raise can cattle. But nobody got rich due to the poor quality of land. I searched on within 25 miles of Harrison Arkansas for houses with 5 acres or more. Found 521 properties. These 2 are near Clinton White Water Scandal Flippin

rain. blood pressure. chromebook sale.

Rained twice today but I did not get wet.  
Dark clouds everywhere.
Governor Nixon requested the federal government declare a major disaster for 70 Missouri counties as a result of the prolonged severe storm systems that have generated tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, hail, flooding and flash flooding across large portions of the state since May 15.

I went shopping and found google chromebooks for $129 at Best Buy.
A great deal. I may get one.  Chrome book is all the computer most people need.  
I want to utilize separate machines and emails and clouds for major ecosystems in order of priority:
1.  Google learn apps, internet, use most for everything I am a google fan.
2.  Apple  Music, Media, Movies maybe.  C programming. 
3.  Microsoft  Office, business networking maybe.
4.  Linux for highly secure banking maybe, and serious work, number crunching. 
5.  Raspberry Pi may replace all of the above for $50 if I am clever enough.

I checked my blood pressure at Walmart and shopped and made it to the car before the 2nd downpour:

Your SoloHealth Station® Screening Results

93 Systolic
66 Diastolic
64 Heart Rate
You are at LOW risk for developing Hypertension which may contribute to Heart Disease, Artery Damage and Kidney Failure.
© 2015 SoloHealth All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

auto debt deflation of wealth and health

Debt can deflate your wealth.  
Auto debt can deflate your health too.  
Oversized people often have oversized boats and vehicles. 
Waste of fossil fuels and causes smog.  
Get a rowboat and get some exercise! 
Cool, wet, not much sun today.  

Iran oil price drop. rain

Iran nuke peace deal will probably lower the price of oil and gas.  
This benefits the poor who use a lot of gasoline and home heating.
Will help some of the rich too, who sell stuff to the poor or who use lots of oil.  
Will hurt some stocks but help other stocks so will help smart people who bought the right stocks.
Stock prices continue to rise but maybe if interest rates rise that will put downward pressure on stock prices.
Probably will be continued downward pressure on commodity prices.
China has already done a lot of the building they were going to do so demand is weakening for commodities.

I tried to email yesterday but a big thunderstorm blew in and had to turn off computer to prevent electrical damage.
Blew over a small tree right across the street from where I live.  
Today, another big black cloud just blew in and started raining.
50% rain is the forecast for all week.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

99% extermination by Politically Correct Re: 20 Mainstream Nutrition Myths (Debunked by Science)

I have noticed that most people do not learn much after they leave college.
That includes professors, MD doctors, nurses, bankers, etc.
Professors usually teach what is in the most popular textbooks.
So textbook writers have enormous influence but they are rarely the best people in their field.
They are often not actively doing or even reading the research.
They sort of go along with popular opinion sort of like fancy journalism for people who have higher than average IQ.
It is easy for good ideas to get lost or never get encountered by textbook writers or even researchers.
Financial pressure can force some ideas to get covered or drowned out by noise.
Journalists just repeat what they think is the learned opinion from their limited sources of information.
Voters and lay persons are completely at their mercy, mostly lacking scientific training.
Government repeats what journalists are paid to write and what often well-funded professors say.
Ignorance can be manipulated in sinister ways often to the detriment of the ignorant.
It is impossible to determine how much of these myths were due to ignorance or propaganda.
But it is clear the modern epidemics of degenerative diseases are due to such myths and resultant public policies and corporate product offerings.

The practical solution is for individuals to keep learning basic science.
Move to within walking distance of a quality university and take classes every semester.
Learn how to use the libraries and research tools.
Develop contacts in each field and bounce ideas off them.
Move to a state with a top K-12 educational system such as Minnesota or Massachusetts.
Discourse is greatly improved if everybody in the room has sufficient basic knowledge.
There is a reason why the rich 1% hoard cholesterol, inflation, Ivy League degrees, residences in white suburbs, tennis club memberships, New York Times subscriptions,…
They share information and culture while they let the poor 99% babble nonsense fueled by sugar, gluten, GMO, CAFO, TV, heroin, meth, fossil fuels, computer games, mideast wars, Iraq, ...
I have watched this dance for decades as the poor get marginalized, exterminated and replaced by Mexicans, Muslims, and other willing victims of future exterminations.

It is amazing why the poor don't educate themselves.
Around here they enrich the rich by buying ridiculously fancy time-shares, boats, condos, and hot rods on credit cards and other debt.
Rich 1% get richer off those loans and the stock of companies that make the products.
When the poor can't pay their debts, the rich repossess or buy the assets for pennies on the dollar and resell them for big profits to the next round of suckers.
And they hound the bankrupt buyers for the rest of their life until they pay double or triple what they borrowed.
And they sell the personal data of the bankrupt to collection agencies or worse.

Most colleges offer enough classes on health and wealth for anybody to learn about hazards to be avoided.
Takes about 10 hours per week to stay superficially current with the research (starting at age 16 advanced placement classes).
Mistakes will still be made but many can be avoided as generation after generation of rich have proved.
French cooking has not changed much in hundreds of years, loaded with fat and cholesterol very healthy and good for keeping girls slender.
Chinese food has not changed much in thousands of years.
Most cities I can find the Chinatown and eat in the locals restaurants, preferably vegetarian.
Their idea of dessert is half of a small orange, and alcohol is rare.
Their grocery stores are good too if you learn what is what.
Working in downtown Chicago I was struck by whites eating in restaurants and the blacks eating in Burger King.
I found Chinese restaurants cheaper than Burger King and probably a lot healthier and funner.
I tried Burger King a while but noticed I immediately started gaining fat weight around the waist.
Went back to Chinese and lost the weight.
Mostly I have eaten Chinese since 1980.
2 deviations to "standard American" have been a disaster.
High fat French cheese, butter, cream, eggs, help me, though.
Chinese don't use dairy, otherwise they are ok.
Rich people seem to prefer French and Chinese and similar depending on east versus west coast.
Casual observation over the decades.
Probably a carefully engineered diet is best for a particular person, not a generic ethnic diet.

Beyond diet, there is infection, noise, lack of sleep, electronics use, and chemical exposure.
Poor get clobbered by chemicals in agricultural areas, inner cities (Port of Los Angeles), etc.
Big factor in their higher mortality.
Poor drive more, use more gasoline.
Poor watch more TV and use more phones and electronics.
Poor also get more HIV AIDS, Hep, TB, and all sorts of infections.
Bad diet, infection, electronics, chemicals, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and all are positively correlated and feed off each other in a downward spiral toward extermination.

> Ron wrote:
> Joe,
> I have questioned medical professionals about some of these issues and most admit to the facts stated herein but don't elaborate. Their medical practices appear tightly scripted.
> Oncologists have admitted to me that sugar is like fertilizer for cancer cells. Sugar (glucose) is combined with Barium in pre PET/CAT scan drinks because sugar travels immediately to cancerous cells if any are present. Still low fat sugary snacks are presented to patients during chemotherapy sessions.
> Patients placed on a low salt diet have a higher mortality rate than similarly situated patients with a regular salt intake.
> Persons on "low cholesterol diet" have a 60% greater increase in neurological diseases such a Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Cholesterol is used to form a protective sheath at neural synapses in the brain. Reports of cholesterol lowering statin drugs decreasing analytical thinking ability are common.
> A lead Oncologist with an undergraduate degree in Physics from MIT admitted to me that D3 intake (blood level at least 75ng/ml) greatly reduces risk of cancer especially rapid aggressive cancers.(Large Spanish studies show a 60% reduction in return of breast cancers among women using D3 to bring blood levels up.) It is thought that D3 (a pro hormone) alters DNA programming within all cells in the body.
> Ron
> On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:25 AM, Joe wrote:
> hereMainstream nutrition is full of nonsense.
> Despite clear advancements in nutrition science, the old myths don't seem to be going anywhere.
> Here are 20 mainstream nutrition myths that have been debunked by scientific research.
> Myth 1: The Healthiest Diet is a Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet With Lots of Grains
> Several decades ago, the entire population was advised to eat a low-fat, high-carb diet (1).
> At the time, not a single study had demonstrated that this diet could actually prevent disease.
> Since then, many high quality studies have been done, including the Women's Health Initiative, which is the largest nutrition study in history.
> The results were clear… this diet doesnot cause weight loss, prevent cancer OR reduce the risk of heart disease (2,3, 4, 5).
> Bottom Line: Numerous studies have been done on the low-fat, high-carb diet. It has virtually no effect on body weight or disease risk over the long term.
> Myth 2: Salt Should be Restricted in Order to Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Heart Attacks and Strokes
> The salt myth is still alive and kicking, even though there has never been any good scientific support for it.
> Although lowering salt can reduce blood pressure by 1-5 mm/Hg on average, it doesn't have any effect on heart attacks, strokes or death (6, 7).
> Of course, if you have a medical condition like salt-sensitive hypertension then you may be an exception (8).
> But the public health advice thateveryone should lower their salt intake(and have to eat boring, tasteless food) is not based on evidence.
> Bottom Line: Despite modestly lowering blood pressure, reducing salt/sodium does not reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes or death.
> Myth 3: It is Best to Eat Many, Small Meals Throughout The Day to "Stoke The Metabolic Flame"
> It is often claimed that people should eat many, small meals throughout the day to keep the metabolism high.
> But the studies clearly disagree with this. Eating 2-3 meals per day has the exact same effect on total calories burned as eating 5-6 (or more) smaller meals (9, 10).
> Eating frequently may have benefits for some people (like preventing excessive hunger), but it is incorrect that this affects the amount of calories we burn.
> There are even studies showing that eating too often can be harmful… a new study came out recently showing that more frequent meals dramatically increased liver and abdominal fat on a high calorie diet (11).
> Bottom Line: It is not true that eating many, smaller meals leads to an increase in the amount of calories burned throughout the day. Frequent meals may even increase the accumulation of unhealthy belly and liver fat.
> Myth 4: Egg Yolks Should be Avoided Because They Are High in Cholesterol, Which Drives Heart Disease
> We've been advised to cut back on whole eggs because the yolks are high in cholesterol.
> However, cholesterol in the diet has remarkably little effect on cholesterol in the blood, at least for the majority of people (12, 13).
> Studies have shown that eggs raise the "good" choleserol and don't raise risk of heart disease (14).
> One review of 17 studies with a total of 263,938 participants showed that eating eggs had no effect on the risk of heart disease or stroke in non-diabetic individuals (15).
> However… keep in mind that some studies have found an increased heart attack risk in diabetics who eat eggs (16).
> Whole eggs really are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and almost all the nutrients are found in the yolks.
> Telling people to throw the yolks away may just be the most ridiculous advicein the history of nutrition.
> Bottom Line: Despite eggs being high in cholesterol, they do not raise blood cholesterol or increase heart disease risk for the majority of people.
> Myth 5: Whole Wheat is a Health Food and an Essential Part of a "Balanced" Diet
> Wheat has been a part of the diet for a very long time, but it changed due to genetic tampering in the 1960s.
> The "new" wheat is significantly less nutritious than the older varieties (17).
> Preliminary studies have shown that, compared to older wheat, modern wheat may increase cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers (18, 19).
> It also causes symptoms like pain, bloating, tiredness and reduced quality of life in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (20).
> Whereas some of the older varieties like Einkorn and Kamut may be relatively healthy, modern wheat is not.
> Also, let's not forget that the "whole grain" label is a joke… these grains have usually been pulverized into very fine flour, so they have similar metabolic effects as refined grains.
> Bottom Line: The wheat most people are eating today is unhealthy. It is less nutritious and may increase cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers.
> Myth 6: Saturated Fat Raises LDL Cholesterol in The Blood, Increasing Risk of Heart Attacks
> For decades, we've been told thatsaturated fat raises cholesterol and causes heart disease.
> In fact, this belief is the cornerstoneof modern dietary guidelines.
> However… several massive review studies have recently shown that saturated fat is NOT linked to an increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke (21, 22, 23).
> The truth is that saturated fats raise HDL (the "good") cholesterol and change the LDL particles from small to Large LDL, which is linked to reduced risk (24, 25, 26).
> For most people, eating reasonableamounts of saturated fat is perfectly safe and downright healthy.
> Bottom Line: Several recent studies have shown that saturated fat consumption does not increase the risk of death from heart disease or stroke.
> Myth 7: Coffee is Unhealthy and Should be Avoided
> Coffee has long been considered unhealthy, mainly because of the caffeine. However, most of the studies actually show that coffee has powerfulhealth benefits.
> This may be due to the fact that coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables… combined (27, 28,29).
> Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of depression, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's… and some studies even show that they live longerthan people who don't drink coffee (30, 31, 32, 33, 34).
> Bottom Line: Despite being perceived as unhealthy, coffee is actually loaded with antioxidants. Numerous studies show that coffee drinkers live longer and have a lower risk of many serious diseases.
> Myth 8: Eating Fat Makes You Fat… so if You Want to Lose Weight, You Need to Eat Less Fat
> Fat is the stuff that is under our skin, making us look soft and puffy.
> Therefore it seems logical that eating fat would give us even more of it.
> However, this depends entirely on the context. Diets that are high in fat AND carbs can make you fat, but it's not because of the fat.
> In fact, diets that are high in fat (but low in carbs) consistently lead to more weight loss than low-fat diets… even when the low-fat groups restrict calories (35, 36, 37).
> Bottom Line: The fattening effects of dietary fat depend entirely on the context. A diet that is high in fat but low in carbs leads to more weight loss than a low-fat diet.
> Myth 9: A High-Protein Diet Increases Strain on The Kidneys and Raises Your Risk of Kidney Disease
> It is often said that dietary protein increases strain on the kidneys and raises the risk of kidney failure.
> Although it is true that people with established kidney disease should cut back on protein, this is absolutely nottrue of otherwise healthy people.
> Numerous studies, even in athletes that eat large amounts of protein, show that a high protein intake is perfectly safe (38, 39, 40).
> In fact, a higher protein intake lowers blood pressure and helps fight type 2 diabetes… which are two of the main risk factors for kidney failure (41, 42).
> Also let's not forget that protein reduces appetite and supports weight loss, but obesity is another strong risk factor for kidney failure (43, 44).
> Bottom Line: Eating a lot of protein has no adverse effects on kidney function in otherwise healthy people and improves numerous risk factors.
> Myth 10: Full-Fat Dairy Products Are High in Saturated Fat and Calories… Raising The Risk of Heart Disease and Obesity
> High-fat dairy products are among the richest sources of saturated fat in the diet and very high in calories.
> For this reason, we've been told to eat low-fat dairy products instead.
> However, the studies do not support this. Eating full-fat dairy product is not linked to increased heart disease and is even associated with a lower risk of obesity (45).
> In countries where cows are grass-fed, eating full-fat dairy is actually associated with up to a 69% lower risk of heart disease (46, 47).
> If anything, the main benefits of dairy are due to the fatty components. Therefore, choosing low-fat dairy products is a terrible idea.
> Of course… this does not mean that you should go overboard and pour massive amounts of butter in your coffee, but it does imply that reasonable amounts of full-fat dairy from grass-fed cows are both safe and healthy.
> Bottom Line: Despite being high in saturated fat and calories, studies show that full-fat dairy is linked to a reduced risk of obesity. In countries where cows are grass-fed, full-fat dairy is linked to reduced heart disease.
> Myth 11: All Calories Are Created Equal, It Doesn't Matter Which Types of Foods They Are Coming From
> It is simply false that "all calories are created equal."
> Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have direct effects on fat burning and the hormones and brain centers that regulate appetite (48, 49, 50).
> A high protein diet, for example, can increase the metabolic rate by 80 to 100 calories per day and significantly reduce appetite (51, 52, 53).
> In one study, such a diet made people automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day. They also lost 11 pounds in 12 weeks, just by adding protein to their diet (54).
> There are many more examples of different foods having vastly different effects on hunger, hormones and health. Because a calorie is not a calorie.
> Bottom Line: Not all calories are created equal, because different foods and macronutrients go through different metabolic pathways. They have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.
> Myth 12: Low-Fat Foods Are Healthy Because They Are Lower in Calories and Saturated Fat
> When the low-fat guidelines first came out, the food manufacturers responded with all sorts of low-fat "health foods."
> The problem is… these foods tastehorrible when the fat is removed, so the food manufacturers added a whole bunch of sugar instead.
> The truth is, excess sugar is incredibly harmful, while the fat naturally present in food is not (55, 56).
> Bottom Line: Processed low-fat foods tend to be very high in sugar, which is very unhealthy compared to the fat that is naturally present in foods.
> Myth 13: Red Meat Consumption Raises The Risk of All Sorts of Diseases… Including Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Cancer
> We are constantly warned about the "dangers" of eating red meat.
> It is true that some studies have shown negative effects, but they were usually lumping processed and unprocessed meat together.
> The largest studies (one with over 1 million people, the other with over 400 thousand) show that unprocessed red meat is not linked to increased heart disease or type 2 diabetes (57, 58).
> Two review studies have also shown that the link to cancer is not as strong as some people would have you believe. The association is weak in men and nonexistent in women (59,60).
> So… don't be afraid of eating meat. Just make sure to eat unprocessedmeat and don't overcook it, because eating too much burnt meat may be harmful.
> Bottom Line: It is a myth that eating unprocessed red meat raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The cancer link is also exaggerated, the largest studies find only a weak effect in men and no effect in women.
> Myth 14: The Only People Who Should go Gluten-Free Are Patients With Celiac Disease, About 1% of The Population
> It is often claimed that no one benefits from a gluten-free diet except patients with celiac disease. This is the most severe form of gluten intolerance, affecting under 1% of people (61, 62).
> But another condition called gluten sensitivity is much more common and may affect about 6-8% of people, although there are no good statistics available yet (63, 64).
> Studies have also shown that gluten-free diets can reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, schizophrenia, autism and epilepsy (65, 66, 67, 68).
> However… people should eat foods that are naturally gluten free (like plants and animals), not gluten-free "products." Gluten-free junk food is still junk food.
> But keep in mind that the gluten situation is actually quite complicated and there are no clear answers yet. Some new studies suggest that it may be other compounds in wheat that cause some of the digestive problems, not the gluten itself.
> Bottom Line: Studies have shown that many people can benefit from a gluten-free diet, not just patients with celiac disease.
> Myth 15: Losing Weight is All About Willpower and Eating Less, Exercising More
> Weight loss (and gain) is often assumed to be all about willpower and "calories in vs calories out."
> But this is completely inaccurate.
> The human body is a highly complex biological system with many hormones and brain centers that regulate when, what and how much we eat.
> It is well known that genetics, hormones and various external factors have a huge impact on body weight (69).
> Junk food can also be downright addictive, making people quite literally lose control over their consumption (70, 71).
> Although it is still the individual's responsiblity to do something about their weight problem, blaming obesityon some sort of moral failure is unhelpful and inaccurate.
> Bottom Line: It is a myth that weight gain is caused by some sort of moral failure. Genetics, hormones and all sorts of external factors have a huge effect.
> Myth 16: Saturated Fats and Trans Fats are Similar… They're The "Bad" Fats That we Need to Avoid
> The mainstream health organizations often lump saturated and artificial trans fats in the same category… calling them the "bad" fats.
> It is true that trans fats are harmful. They are linked to insulin resistance and metabolic problems, drastically raising the risk of heart disease (72, 73,74).
> However, saturated fat is harmless, so it makes absolutely no sense to group the two together.
> Interestingly, these same organizations also advise us to eat vegetable oils like soybean and canola oils.
> But these oils are actually loaded with unhealthy fats… one study found that0.56-4.2% of the fatty acids in them are toxic trans fats (75)!
> Bottom Line: Many mainstream health organizations lump trans fats and saturated fats together, which makes no sense. Trans fats are harmful, saturated fats are not.
> Myth 17: Protein Leaches Calcium From The Bones and Raises The Risk of Osteoporosis
> It is commonly believed that eating protein raises the acidity of the blood and leaches calcium from the bones, leading to osteoporosis.
> Although it is true that a high protein intake increases calcium excretion in the short-term, this effect does notpersist in the long-term.
> The truth is that a high protein intake is linked to a massively reduced risk of osteoporosis and fractures in old age (76, 77, 78).
> This is one example of where blindly following the conventional nutritional wisdom will have the exact opposite effect of what was intended!
> Bottom Line: Numerous studies have shown that eating more (not less) protein is linked to a reduced risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
> Myth 18: Low-Carb Diets Are Dangerous and Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease
> Low-carb diets have been popular for many decades now.
> Mainstream nutrition professionals have constantly warned us that these diets will end up clogging our arteries.
> However, since the year 2002, over 20 studies have been conducted on the low-carb diet.
> Low-carb diets actually cause more weight loss and improve most risk factors for heart disease more than the low-fat diet (79, 80).
> Although the tide is slowly turning, many "experts" still claim that such diets are dangerous, then continue to promote the failed low-fat dogma that science has shown to be utterly useless.
> Of course, low-carb diets are not for everyone, but it is very clear that they can have major benefits for people with obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome… some of the biggest health problems in the world (81, 82, 83, 84).
> Bottom Line: Despite having been demonized in the past, many new studies have shown that low-carb diets are much healthier than the low-fat diet still recommended by the mainstream.
> Myth 19: Sugar is Mainly Harmful Because it Supplies "Empty" Calories
> Pretty much everyone agrees thatsugar is unhealthy when consumed in excess.
> But many people still believe that it is only bad because it supplies empty calories.
> Well… nothing could be farther from the truth.
> When consumed in excess, sugar can cause severe metabolic problems (85,86).
> Many experts now believe that sugar may be driving of some of the world's biggest killers… including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer (87, 88, 89, 90).
> Although sugar is fine in small amounts (especially for those who are physically active and metabolically healthy), it can be a complete disaster when consumed in excess.
> Myth 20: Refined Seed- and Vegetable Oils Like Soybean and Corn Oils Lower Cholesterol and Are Super Healthy
> Vegetable oils like soybean and corn oils are high in Omega-6polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
> But it's important to remember thatcholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, not a disease in itself.
> Just because something improves a risk factor, it doesn't mean that it will affect hard end points like heart attacks or death… which is what really counts.
> The truth is that several studies have shown that these oils increase the risk of death, from both heart disease and cancer (91, 92, 93).
> Even though these oils have been shown to cause heart disease and kill people, the mainstream health organizations are still telling us to eat them.
> They just don't get it… when we replace real foods with processed fake foods, we become fat and sick.
> How many decades of "research" does it take to figure that out?

Friday, July 17, 2015

much water after dry days

Sunny and warm but still the lakes are quite full.  
Usually this bridge is high above the water.
Now water is very close to the bridge.
Bull Shoals Lake (lots of big catfish).

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

sun yesterday, clouds come back today.

Got some sun yesterday but clouds came back today holding temperature in the 80s.  
It is hard to get a heat wave with so much water around so I doubt the forecasts for high in the 90s. 
Water evaporates to form clouds that block the sun and create thunderstorms that cool off.
Rain grows plants so herbivores are having a feast and carnivores eat the herbivores.
Fish are getting fat from all the worms and grubs flushing into the lakes.
Lots of oxygen from all the plants is good for people (oxygen burns cancer cells).
Yesterday was great wading in the very full lake next to the trees in this photo that are normally high and dry.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

beef arthritis, melanin, rain

I started eating a few ounces of beef per week a month ago and promptly started feeling arthritis in toes and fingers.
Now I stop beef and pain seems going away.
Supposedly gout, uric acid purines caused by meats, sugar, etc.
May be true in my case - it happened before when I discovered beef in 1997.

Sunshine, melanin, sun tan is important to health.
Melanin is in eyes, brain, hair, skin.
Deficiencies related to mental diseases such as multiple sclerosis, parkinsons, etc.
Deficiencies occur in apes. People have the most neuromelanin.

I have a lot of Pheomelanin - the red variant of melanin, which is why they call Native Americans Red Man.
When I get really dark I get redder and redder, like I am burned, but it feels good.
I think I had red hair but had so much melanin that it was so dark could not see the red very much.
Technically known as auburn, it is common on the British Isles and North Europe.
A fairly yucky color in my opinion.
But a lot of redheads have freckles and I don't have a single freckle - I tan thoroughly.
Now my hair has turned the whitest stage of white, so I feel like a platinum blonde.
So in 1 life my hair has ranged from about as dark as possible to about as light as possible.
And during the year my skin gets about as light as possible in the winter and very dark in the summer.
Can I get paid for being a freak?

It stopped raining 36 hours ago but lake levels still raining, flooding parts of my favorite shady lakeshore walk. This was dry when I arrived early AM but flooded when I left. Great wading place, not crowded like the beach.

Friday, July 10, 2015

sunny. water overflowing, earthing positive charge electrons from wading in the lake

I may do some traveling if no storms.  Quit raining for 12 hours now.  Hazy sun all day.  But so much rain the lakes are overflowing.  Usually I walk down the ramp to get to the boats.  Now I wade up the ramp to get to the boats.  Trees underwater.  Water was cooler than usual but very nice for wading.  I can really feel the difference, feel a lot better when I absorb electrons from the water.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

University of Illinois Law School, Cyber Security

Illinois is #2 in accounting, even better than their engineering school that I need to be close to.

Illinois  Law is #41, Chicago is #4.  Chicago is famous for Mafia and corrupt politicians (I went to high school with 1 of their offspring).  

Probably a great place to study corruption related Laws.   Professors always like to write articles and I got great material for a case on corruption.  

The Law school is in Urbana, in the cornfields a 2 hour train ride from downtown Chicago.   I am getting excited as I already know a lot about accounting, computers, business law, cyber security, etc.  It will probably not be hard to learn the related laws.  Much easier than math, especially as one gets older.  Mostly just common sense and uses computer stuff well known 30 years ago.  I may even go to work for the FBI after I get the appropriate credentials.    I may even get a law degree and pass the bar exam.   

Law 638: White Collar Crime

This course will focus on the federal statutes commonly invoked in corporate and white collar prosecutions, including those used in prosecutions for conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, RICO, extortion, bribery, tax offenses, obstruction of justice, and false statements. 

Students will examine reported cases, case studies, hypothetical problems, and other materials to investigate the theoretical and policy framework for individual and institutional responsibility in our criminal justice system. 

Students will also explore emerging theories of corporate criminal liability and the principles undergirding the sanctions imposed for white collar crime. Prerequisites: This course is appropriate for law students who have completed introductory courses in criminal law and procedure.  Some students have found it helpful to complete the course in Business Associations I (Law 633) before taking this course.

Law 605: Criminal Procedure: Investigations

This course deals with selected aspects of the administration of criminal justice. Primary emphasis is placed on the limitations imposed upon the criminal justice system by the Constitution and its amendments. The course focuses on those portions of the criminal justice system relating to the investigation of criminal activity; in depth study of the procedures employed in the processing of criminal cases is postponed until the course in Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (Law 679). The primary matters considered in this course may include the following: (1) the concept of due process and its relation to the investigation and prosecution of criminal activities; (2) the right to counsel; (3) constitutional limitations on arrest, search, and seizure; (4) wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping; (5) police interrogations and the fifth amendment; (6) the entrapment defense; (7) pretrial identification procedures; and, (8) the scope and administration of exclusionary rules intended to deter certain police activity. 

Through ICSSP, Illinois engineering and law students receive hands-on training from the nation's top legal and computer science experts and join an emerging field in which there is a significant shortage of knowledgeable workers with multidisciplinary backgrounds. College of Law students at Illinois who have completed one year of coursework and have a STEM undergraduate background or are willing to acquire the requisite computer science background through additional coursework. These requisites include:
CS 125  Intro to Computer Science
CS 225  Data Structures
CS 233  Computer Architecture
CS 373  Theory of Computation 

Law 651: Tax Exempt Organizations

This course will cover the rationale and technical tax requirements for exempting charities from federal and state taxes. Subjects covered will include the rationale for exemption, qualification rules under I.R.C. Section 501(c)(3), the Unrelated Business Income Tax, and if time permits, the charitable contributions deduction.  Prerequisites: Income Taxation (Law 647)  is required but may be taken concurrently with professor permission.

Bison, Blackberries

I think natural animals and plants should be used more.  Learn to hunt and gather.  Probably much healthier for consumers.  And better for the environment.  Bison thrived before herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and other chemicals became necessary.    People can do some work on the natural environment to increase yields.  For example, I like blackberries, black walnuts, persimmons, wild garlic, etc.  It would not be hard to plant some more.  They grow all over here naturally.   Bees can help pollinate natural plants.   I never tried beekeeping but I bet that bees are easier than Bison!  

Bison thrive on the Illinois prairie; 14 calves born

CHICAGO • Love is in the air for bison on an Illinois prairie.

The Chicago Tribune reports that after being reintroduced to the Nachusa Grasslands, there are obvious signs the bison are introducing themselves to each other.

Fourteen bison calves were born this past spring at the 3,500-acre grasslands about 95 miles west of Chicago that's owned by The Nature Conservancy. The births bring the number of bison in the area to 44.

"They're doing well," Nachusa project director Bill Kleiman said of the growing herd, which grew a bit more Wednesday with the birth of another calf. "They look just like they belong, which they do."

The project started in October when bison were trucked in from Broken Kettle Grasslands near Sioux City, Iowa. It is one of several efforts dating to the 1900s to restore the bison after hunting and mass slaughter nearly wiped out the bison population throughout the United States in the 1800s.

Today, an estimated 450,000 bison live in this country, and the project is one of a few that has brought bison back to Illinois and other areas east of the Mississippi River nearly two centuries after they were last seen there.

The bison are apparently helping to bring other wildlife back to the region. Nachusa restoration ecologist Cody Considine said researchers are seeing more mice and voles building nests in bison hair. And he said the insects attracted to the bison are, in turn, attracting swallows that he said can be seen hovering over the herd.

The bison also are helping to bring something else to the area: money. The conservancy's Illinois director, Michelle Carr, said that since the bison arrived, the number of donations has increased 50 percent. That money has just about covered the $1.3 million it cost to bring the bison to Nachusa and prepare the prairie for them.

It also is bringing lots of visitors, with Considine saying he is "swamped with giving tours" to individuals and groups such as the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club.

Bison thrive on the Illinois prairie; 14 calves born 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

stock market collapse. Lo 73 Hi 72 Rain, flooding

The China stock market collapse may spread to USA if China long investors have to sell USA stocks to make up for losses they made in China, etc.  Portfolios are so convoluted with derivatives that it may take them awhile to figure out they are losing money or are in a cash bind.  Investors may sell ahead of Federal Reserve boosting interest rates.  Rising interest rates push down stock and bond prices.  

Counteracting this is "fortress America".  Investors may sell off all Asian stocks and invest in the USA before they lose more money in Asia.  

Nobody cares about Greece.  They have been borrowing too much.   Now Greeks will have to borrow less and repay some of the excessive money they borrowed.  If they have to retire at 60 instead of 50 and buy a VW instead of a BMW then that is what they deserve.  Better yet — Greeks should walk more or work more to pay off debts faster and get healthier from the increased exercise.

Temp dropped and it rained 6 inches in 3 hours while I walked in the nearby shopping center minutes after I took this photo.  Roads closed 300 yards from my home.  3 cars swept away, 1 down the creek 40 yards from my home.  

I sometimes use the post office in this beautiful small town nearby, now with water flowing down main street:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

protect electronics, CME, EMP, attacks,...

Wrap your house in chicken wire and steel cables.
Aluminum foil wallpaper every room.
Ground everything.  
This will protect against lighting, Coronal Mass Ejections, Electromagnetic Pulses, etc.
Get off the grid - use solar, wind to generate your electricity.
Don't depend on the electric companies, or fossil fuels (that get pumped by electricity).
Minimize use of electronics, TV, radio, computers,..
Get rid of batteries, wifi, cordless, etc.
Electronics are dangerous to your sanity and health even in normal times without crisis.

The reality of protecting all electronic equipment against EMP from a nuclear explosion over our shores is becoming imminent. We now live in perilous times. 

The information to follow on building "Faraday cages" is timely indeed. A single atmospheric nuclear detonation releases enough electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to equal 100,000 volts per square centimeter on the ground. A single detonation 200 to 400 miles over the center of the continental United States would fry every unprotected computer chip from coast to coast, and from the middle of Canada to the middle of Mexico. And we are now into Solar Cycle 23, with solar flares common and expected to continue until the first of next year. CME's are capable of extreme damage to modern computerized equipment! Sure, we have our windup BayGen radio's and spare lap top computers, but unless electronic equipment is protected from an electromagnetic pulse, they will be fried! 

When Einstein and the others first refined and purified uranium, they took time off and studied its properties. That is when they discovered the "rays" that were harmful, as well as the phase transformations. In the course of their work, one of the scientists discovered that simply covering an object with a grounded copper mesh would stop virtually all electromagnetic radiation, whether proton or neutron. Obviously, they had to protect their monitoring equipment! Thus was born the "Faraday cage." 

The copper mesh, like 1 inch chicken wire, worked well in large uses, like covering buildings, and it is still in use today: FEMA headquarters buildings are dome-shaped earth-bermed structures, and under the earth is a copper mesh that extends out from the base and is secured by grounding rods. 

As an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) travels to earth, whether from a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or a nuclear detonation in the atmosphere, it hits and runs along electrical power lines as well, building up voltage and amperage, which is what happened during the last solar storm a dozen years ago, blowing out transformers and leaving 6 million people in eastern Canada without power for weeks. 

To prevent that problem, if you have a hard-wired generator, the wiring from the generator to the house should run in conduit that is grounded. The generator itself can have the frame grounded for added insurance, but that ground wire MUST be insulated and run to a different ground rod well away from the ground rod for building and conduit! 

With radio's and smaller appliances, a Faraday cage can be built by using two cardboard boxes: one should fit tightly inside the other, and the item to be covered should itself fit reasonably well inside the smaller box. That is about the most work involved--finding the right size boxes! The outer box is then covered with aluminum foil or Mylar, as from a cheap "space blanket." A grounding wire is then taped to the foil. I then cover the foil with black 6 mil plastic, taped securely in place, to protect the foil from ripping. At the end of the ground wire I attach a cheap small alligator clip from Radio Shack. The item to be protected is placed inside the inner box, which acts as insulation from the outer box, and any EMP hitting the foil and is bled away by the ground wire. 

Some medium sized electrical equipment can also easily fit into boxes covered with foil for EMP protection. My laptop computer, for example, fits easily into a Faraday box made from a box that held reams of paper: the entire lid is removable, allowing easy access to the laptop in its case, but is safely stored when not in use. 

For larger items which cannot be boxed, such as living room TV sets, etc, I tape a Mylar space blanket to a piece of 6 mil black plastic sheet, using double-sticky tape every foot or so to make sure the Mylar stays in place (it is slippery). I leave a 2 inch edge of black plastic showing all around the space blanket, and while taping down the edges I put on a short lead of ground wire. When it appears that EMP or CME's are on the way, the blanket can be draped over the appliance, the alligator clip attached to a small, unobtrusive ground wire behind the cabinet, and any electromagnetic radiation will be diverted to the ground wire. Very cheap, simple, and once done, items can be "draped" for protection very quickly indeed. And the plastic blankets fold up neatly for storage, ready for use when needed. 

The time to build Faraday cages or blankets is NOW, as when they are actually needed it will be far too late. Each box should be labeled on the ends and the top for the exact appliance they were built for, to eliminate any confusion when they must be protected in a hurry. Any electrical appliances not in use should be stored in the Faraday cage, where they will be kept clean, neat, in a known location, and protected against any sudden EMP surge

While you didn't see it, feel it, or even read about it in the newspapers, Earth was almost knocked back to the Stone Age on July 23, 2012. It wasn't some crazed dictator with his finger on the thermonuclear button or a giant asteroid that came close to wiping out civilization as we know it, though — no, what nearly ended us was a massive solar storm. Almost two years ago to the day, our most bounteous and fantastical celestial body — the Sun — kicked out one of the largest solar flares and coronal mass ejections ever recorded. And it missed Earth by a whisker. "If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," says Daniel Baker, who led the research into the massive solar storm.

A solar storm is a generic term for increased activity in the Sun. In this case, the solar storm of July 2012 consisted of a massive solar flare, followed by a colossal coronal mass ejection (CME). A solar flare is initiated by the sudden release of energy stored in the Sun's corona, causing the Sun's plasma to heat up to tens of millions of degrees, accelerating and kicking out all sorts of radiation, and often creating a solar prominence or filament (eruption). In a large solar storm, the same energy from the corona can also cause a coronal mass ejection — a much slower-moving billion-ton cloud of plasma (electrons and protons).

Suffice it to say, but it's bad news if the energy and plasma from a big solar flare or CME hits the Earth. Much like a man-made electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon, the solar energetic particles strike the Earth with such force that it ionizes the atmosphere, creating a vast cloud of energetic electrons that bounce around inside the atmosphere destroying electronics and fusing conductive wires everywhere. It would probably take out a few satellites in Earth orbit, too.

Prior to the July 2012 storm, the largest recorded storm was the Carrington Event of 1859. A massive solar flare and CME struck Earth, destroying much of the Victorian telegraph network in Europe and North America. Other solar storms have hit Earth since then, but fortunately we've only been hit by one large storm during modern times, which caused the 1989 Quebec blackout. The July 2012 storm was roughly twice as large as the event that caused the Quebec blackout — but fortunately, thanks to the sheer expanse of space and the Earth's relatively large orbital distance, we dodged the bullet. "In my view the July 2012 storm was in all respects at least as strong as the 1859 Carrington event," says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado. "The only difference is, it missed." [Read: Finally confirmed: An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.]

Rather luckily for science, though, the July 2012 solar flare and CME did hit NASA's STEREO A satellite square on the nose. STEREO A and B are solar observation satellites that have been orbiting the Sun since 2006, providing us with all sorts of delicious imagery and science. The video above uses footage captured by the two STEREO satellites. The image at the top of the story, of a solar flare with the Earth photoshopped in for scale, was captured by NASA's newer Solar Dynamics Observatory. Using data from these satellites, and from historical solar storms,

The interdependency of different systems in the US. If the power fails, so does everything else.

Power systems that would be affected by a large geomagnetic storm in the US
If the solar storm had hit Earth back in 2012, the total economic impact is estimated to be around $2 trillion, or 20 times the cost of Hurricane Katrina. It's not just about money, though: As I covered in our feature story The Machine Stops, it would take time to fix up the world's power grid. You can't just magically replace dozens of giant transformers and substations. There are only so many diesel generators to fill the gap. If a giant solar storm hit the Earth, large parts of society could be without power for months or years.

Pete Riley, a physicist who looked at extreme space weather events for the last 50 years, says there's a 12% chance that a Carrington-level storm will hit Earth in the next 10 years.

What it looked like when the solar flare at the top of the story hit the Earth's atmosphere: Aurora borealis!
It isn't all bad though: When we inevitably get hit by a large solar event, the resultant geomagnetic storm that wipes out most of Earth's electronic systems will also generate some beautiful Aurorae. The Carrington Event was so powerful that the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) were seen as far south as Cuba, and the Southern Lights (aurora australis) were seen in Queensland, Australia.

At least the anarchic post-apocalyptic Earth will have a nice backdrop, then…

Summer days July 4. Move to the best weather, finances

Walked/waded 11 miles mostly sunny, temperatures running 85 day / 65 night
Some clouds but no rain today so far.
Clouds block sun so heat does not feel nearly as hot as temperature indicates.
Some empty parking places at Table Rock Dam but huge crowds in town, fireworks tonite 
Stay indoors more and get some work done.

Just found an interesting website that seems accurate.
Big differences between states finances.
Big spending differences, taxing differences,…
Some have big deficits, some have surpluses.
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In 2013 the largest single portion of Arkansas' budget was dedicated to Medicaid at 21 percent, smaller than the portions of its neighboring states. 
Arkansas also dedicated a smaller portion of its budget to K-12 education and transportation than its neighbors.

State spending by function as a percent of total expenditures, FY 2013

State    K-12 edu Higher edu Public assistance Medicaid Corrections Transportation Other
Arkansas        15.6% 15.4% 2%          21% 2.1% 5.8% 38%
Louisiana        19.3% 10.3% 0.5% 25.1% 3%         6.2% 35.7%
Mississippi 16.4% 16.1% 5.9% 26.1% 2%         6.7% 26.7%
Missouri         22.8% 4.8% 0.7% 35.8% 2.7% 9.4% 23.8%
Oklahoma 16.2% 22.7% 0.9% 23%         2.6% 7.1% 27.5%

Source: National Association of State Budget Officers

Note Other" expenditures include

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), 
institutional and community care for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, 
public health programs, 
employer contributions to pensions and health benefits, 
economic development, 
environmental projects, 
state police, 
parks and recreation, 
housing and 
general aid to local governments."