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  1. 747 on conveyer

    No. If a person is moving at the same rate as an escalator hes essentially standing still. On the other hand if the person in the same example was wearing a wind suit and there was sufficient air moving over him to provide lift then, yes, he might fly. The plane in the example is not provided any lift to overcome gravity. The speed needed to gain loft is nullified by the counter rotating conveyor. The better question is why does it matter? https://blog.xkcd.com/2008/09/09/the-goddamn-airplane-on-the-goddamn-treadmill/ Holding my breath for merjets answer. ;)
  2. Donald Trump

    I'll remember Spicer for his contention on the inauguration "spectacle". I heard him. He also said , "Covfefe" wasnt a typo. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/05/31/sean-spicer-says-covfefe-wasnt-typo-trump-knew-exactly-what-he-meant/102355728/ And then as if things couldnt get tough enough for Spicer, Conway threw him a life preserver, and said the inauguration facts werent falsehoods but alternative facts. But Mooch loves him a man. I heard the presser. I had a sense that if Trump were listening, he would approve. Mooch was called and offered the job and then went steadily on his way to erase of his tweets, deny his affiliations. Skip to :30 Otherwise hugely deft handling by a comer. He might do well, he wont have to face the constant barrage of directly addressing the press. But hey, he was one of them or at least as he said he played one on TV.
  3. Remember and don't forget

    On that day, my friend, Henry Romanek, was there. We interred his ashes at his wifes grave site at West Point cemetery on May 9, 2008. This excerpt is taken from Lars Andersons’ book “The All Americans“. He writes for Sports Illustrated and included Col Romanek because of his storied football past and miltary background. D-Day The young man stood on the deck of the USS Garfield, looking across the English Channel into darkness. It was just after midnight on June 6, 1944, and the defining hour of Henry Romaneks life was at hand. The Garfield, a transport ship, had just left the coast of England and was motoring south across the channel, its destination the waters off northern France, about ten miles outside of a quiet, enchanting beach the Allies call Omaha. As Romanek gazed onto the black horizon, a cold wind dusting his cheeks, beams of moonlight filtered through the clouds to reveal an armada of ships so vast that it took his breath away. Over 5 thousand vessels were plowing through the whitecaps, the column of ships stretching as far as Romaneks eyes could see the east and the west. The day of reckoning, D-day, had arrived. “Good God,” Romanek said softly to himself, “Lord have mercy on us.” The 24 year old Romanek was a platoon leader in the 149th Engineer Combat Battalion. Like all the soldiers in his company, he was dressed for battle. ---On the ring finger of his left hand was his graduation ring from West Point, his dearest possession. Romanek had received the ring a year earlier, and now as he looked down on it, the black onyx stone glittered in the moonlight. Romanek was in charge of a platoon of forty-five men, and they were constantly asking him to tell stories from his days at the military academy, especially what it was like to be an Army football player. Romanek had been a two -way standout at the Point in 1941 and ‘42, playing tackle on both offense and defense. The game he was most questioned about was the ‘41 Army-Navy contest, which was played before 98,942 screaming fans at Philadelphia’s Municipal Stadium. As Romanek drew closer to what he knew would be the bloodiest fight of his life, that game was still alive in his mind, its details burned into his memory. Romanek looked at his watch. It read 6:30 a.m. Though his LCM was scheduled to land in a few minutes, they were still about six hundred yards from shore. Romanek eyed his men. Almost all of them were seasick, their faces as white as milk. They had been on the landing craft for about four hours and nearly everyone had vomited at least once.. Romanek and his men couldn’t wait to get to the beach. Anything, they figured, was better than this. --Directly in front of Romanek, up on the cliffs, he saw a cherry red flicker of flame. A moment later there was a loud explosion on the beach, a black burst of smoke, then dozens of soldiers sprawled on the ground, all dead. --The square faced ramp on the ECM came down. Everyone yelled Go, go ,go! But several German machine guns and artillery batteries were concentrating their fire on the ramp exit. Romanek and his men were still in the back of the LCM and now they could see their fellow soldiers being ripped apart by bullets. Blood and limbs and intestines flew through the air, the men falling forward in heaps. --All the planning, all the months of training, all the miles they had traveled, it had all been done for this moment. But now? Now, even before Romanek had gotten off his LCM, more than half of his engineers and more than half of the infantrymen he’d been riding with were dead. Order was slipping away. --Weighed down with forty pounds of equipment and gear, he jumped as fast and as far as he could into the five feet of water. --The bullet pierced the left side of his chest even before he hit the water. It momentarily paralyzed him and robbed him of breath. IT was as if a burning rod had just been shove through his lungs. He couldn’t focus on time, place or purpose. His thoughts drifted through years of memories, with no order, like random dreams. He knew that today was June 6, 1944. If there hadn’t been a war- and if his course load hadn’t been cut from four years to three at West Point, it would have been his graduation day. It seemed so long ago when Romanek and Olds took on Navy and their star tailback Bill Busek. Romanek and Olds were the biggest sports stars in America, as most of the nation tuned their radios. Thinking about West Point caused Romanek to realize that he didn’t want to lose his class ring, not here, not in five feet of freezing-cold water off the coast of France. His ring was a important to him as oxygen. He looked at his left hand in the water, saw the gleam of the thick gold band around his finger, and clenched his fist. I can’t lose my ring, he thought to himself. I can’t lose it. And I don’t want to die here today.” -- He tried to move his arms and legs and make his way to shore. But his strength left him. His body wouldn’t respond to what his brain was telling it to do. --A navy corpsman spotted him. --Dragged him 200 hundred yards to the shingle, a natural dune, out of harms way. --Moments later, Romanek was silent. He went into full-blown shock. He was swallowing his tongue and shaking violently, -- The corpsman saved his life, Romanek went to Suffolk England for a 3 month recovery and was back on the battle field in Germany in 5 months fighting again. The corpsman didn’t see the end of the day.
  4. Snowden and Galt

    Thx, Mark. Yes, I became aware of the timeline. The dates dont connect Snowden to those CIA deaths but reframes the question over his innocence/guilt into one that asks at what cost. I suppose we could say CIA is responsible for its own agents and they know the risks. More than anything the IC is full of holes and they know it. Its their bed and they can lie in it. I think it was Binswanger and Schwartz who claimed the breach gave up human assets. Their reliance on news relating to Clapper (a liar) was astonishing. Thx for the link.
  5. Snowden and Galt

    I'll limit myself to the article at the moment, thanks. Its as puzzling a piece as trying to figure out where you stand on it. Since you have an opinion, opine, please. It seems odd you arent posting an opinion other than to say what the article is not about. Again, I dont like movie biographies, theres dramatic license considerations that can change anything to something its not. While theres usually another medium to find the facts. The articles (author) question seems strange, while the answer doesn't worry me. Ask the man or the director, theres no need to wonder. Is there? It's wishful fantasy to discuss something unknown to us. What is the basis of his reporting on something unknown to him other than sheer conjecture? As a reporter he should be able to provide an answer at least a few relevant questions, dont you think?
  6. Snowden and Galt

    The author doesnt say if the reference to Rand was a device used by Stone or something Snowden actually said. I also havent seen the movie to know whether Stone is sympathetic to Snowden or what his point might be. After seeing JFK I wouldnt be using his movies as biographical references. The author seems to interpret a Randian influence on Snowden despite that he too has trouble verifying it. He says Snowden surely signed off on the biographical content. Who knows why Stone wants to depict this character this way other than perhaps wanting to be faithful to the material provided. And after finding a conclusion to Snowdens motivation he suggests, "if Im right about this Rands influence is making the world a freer place." Uh, no, if anything it is less free. The author says, "He (Snowden) followed the example of John Galt. Instead of shutting off the motor of the world that he invented, Snowden sought to shut down the motor of the state that he was helping to build. And he did it because it was the right thing to do." He didnt shut down the motor of the state and his motivation wasnt because it is morally right, rather it was his conclusion that he was doing the right thing. The value Snowden did is found in the increased public awareness and the opportunity to voice an opinion by voting their choice. The author is trying to hard to equate a fictionalized character with the supposed motivations of Snowden. He could have done better by first interviewing Snowden then Stone to find out, first hand what was intended rather than create hoopla out of whole cloth.
  7. Motivational Stories of Hard Work Leading to Prosperity

    That would have been depressing, an unfit environment for a kid. Geez, I do hope your Mom recovered. Thx, I appreciate the empathetic response. It was presented as inspiring, it may have been simply a downer of a way to grow up. I guess that would depend on your perspective though. I was describing how truancy led to a hospitalization not mental illness. The tragic thing is how little has changed in regard to treatment. Mental hospitals, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers in those 45 yrs with the exception of independent cognitive therapists are terrible. The result of prescription psychotropic use has emptied the warehouses into the streets. Instead of severing connections to the brain with a surgical procedure, as with prescribed pre-frontal lobotomies, chemical substances are used with often dangerous effects, meant to change brain function which results in alterations in perception, mood, consciousness and/or behavior. Imagine, well of course, you cant. I'll try. Ever read a story about fear, imprisonment and forced drugging? Betrayal by a parent capable of taking your freedom/childhood away? I was stripped naked in an isolation cell and forced to take cocktails of assorted powerful chemicals until after a year 1/2 when I met a set of "professional" criteria allowing me to leave. The criteria were don't be violent or verbally abusive, see a psychiatrist, take the drugs and go to school and pretend that everything is A OK. I could count on one hand the times I spoke about or was asked about my upbringing and why I was beaten or made to feel lower than scum. I skipped school. Hows that for a comeback story? )
  8. Snowden and Galt

    Try this. fee.org/articles/snowden-s-muse-was-ayn-rand-s-john-galt/ As to the article, I view what he did as being of value to me. If its a value to him, great. I'm not so sure what it makes him. Perhaps he knows. Im conflicted because Im sure there were some aspects that may have gotten some killed. Have you heard that in Obamas reign that 12 CIA agents were killed by the Chinese? That was the result of a major outing. By whom? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/world/asia/china-cia-spies-espionage.html Thats why I reserve my judgement on Snowden. And what is known and unknown and quite possibly unknowable. I see him now as serving a fundamental purpose for our enemies that represents the chink in our intelligence armor.
  9. Motivational Stories of Hard Work Leading to Prosperity

    Who knows? I'll try, for what its worth. I started in the computer industry after a 4 yr. stint in carpentry. My future wife loaned me money to attend school. Two years earlier I had attempted to take my life. My future wife had also been my land lady. I came to know her in a mental hospital, my fourth stay. The first time was 10 yrs earlier at 17 for a year and a half at long term Shepard Pratt, in Baltimore Md. One year and 7 months earlier, after a lifetime of malevolence (while this is germane to any inspiration one might gain, its hopefully sufficient to say physically and mentally vicious) by the sperm donor, on r&r from Nam, retrieved me from a detention center and drove to Walter Reed for a psych evaluation. Under the impression that telling lies is always wrong I answered, "yes", to the Drs inquiry about taking LSD. This paved the course I was to take. So unwittingly, off I went with the Colonel who provided the transportation to Alexandria Mental Hospital. This was essentially a guaranty that I would no longer bother him but is to be construed rather as someone who did not care but was the agent nemesis. I spent the first week fighting orderlies who administered high end psychotropics, Stelazine first and then Thorazine with the accompanying side affects. I was kept in seclusion until I appeared as a caged animal and came around in a cold wet sheet pack. From that point my mother was convinced something could never change the schizophrenic stripes I had been labeled with and devoted her limited means to that end. She never realized how damaging her behavior was or could be. I learned later my father, had spent 3 months refusing to get up from bed, growing a beard and checking out at a similar age, just before he received an appointment to West Point. His doting parents assisted that process. I later attended the graduation of a nephew at West Point and dug up year book entries in an attempt to understand the mind of the person who raised me. I readily identify with the term Comprachico though his attention to detail was lacking. Finally I wrote to him detailing his failed relationship and forever breaking off with him where he characterized his behavior as something better off forgotten and as a self pitying attempt at blame for my own circumstances, a fantastic rationalization when I had sought acknowledgement. He told me I was solely responsible for my own present and future. The longer I nursed grudges and fretted over real or imagined problems of the past, blamed others for my situation and refused to accept responsibility for my own life, the more of my life I waste; unsatisfying and unenjoyable. He said you cant be insulted or put down by another person unless you accept the insult or put down. If I accepted it, theres no use blaming the other person. He closed with maybe we could proceed in an adult relationship. Uh huh, perfect, tell that to a boy after he's been flattened. Fat chance. On my own dime and time I studied hard and was rewarded with industry accreditations which ushered in the most challenging, rewarding, highest paying job ever had. A complimentary example from a former boss, said, "Geoff, over the years, has shown himself to be one of the most dependable employees on our team. This dependable strength of his has driven him to be the most productive employee on our staff. Overall Geoff's value to the next company he works for will be very high. If business decisions would have been different here at 'X", his future was rock solid." Thank god I had read Ayn Rand at a tender age before any of the consequences of my youth caught up and reared its ugly head. I credit my resolve in part to her, my earnest desire to betterment, an understanding about hard work paying off that I learned playing sports in my youth and an unrelenting style characterized by starting things and finishing them, by not allowing what I felt at the time to interfere with what I had started. In fact, it was only after many years, that I learned how good I was at compartmentalizing and parking bad experiences in favor of better ones. I paid a heavy price for that. I took a large measure of personal inspiration from enlisted Sgt Frank Kuwea, my 7th grade baseball coach who found me (I didnt know how)under house restriction waiting on family orders to leave Germany. I heard his voice through the wall speaking to the Colonel in steadfast tones. You can imagine. But it resulted in restriction being lifted for the time it took to play a final season game where I pitched and won. That man! I hope that I have or can extend that sort of generosity to another in need. Come to think of it I have. A granddaughter of the man whose life I probably saved called me and thanked me for doing it.
  10. Fake News

    While all of that is very interesting something occurs to me. Voters, average voters, you know, the sheeple, will carry their biases forward. It is quite an ordeal to become a critical thinker. What Ive found is that when I unravel a thread that leads to questioning a long held belief, Im more likely to blame myself for either believing bull crap or not being responsible enough to look for supportive facts. Theres a bit of wishful thinking in the theory that uncritical thinkers upon learning the "truth" are going to turn on their handlers. These outcomes come from our own projections. Victims are likely to cling to their flawed thinking and find a convenient scapegoat rather than blame themselves or their group. Theres safety in group think. And the media seems to always come up with a way to confine a narrative which allows an uncritical thinker to blindly continue their ways. Whatever mental disruption occurs over being made to feel one is led down the prim rose path, uncritical thinkers will not question their fundamental beliefs to their or the groups detriment. I mean ask yourself when was it and how did it occur to you that one day you were in need of changing your mental operations. It either came very young or was the result of an unsettling, threatening personal anxiety. People seem to compartmentalize their thinking about public spectacles especially those that they really have no control over other than voting, differently than they do their personal lives. Even when being confronted over having an irrational thought I think most people will dig in because validation of a truth comes from either knowing or from a trusted source without which it causes uncomfortable anxiety that most will avoid. Thats why psychological issues are so difficult to treat, it requires the help and determination of the person who's suffering. Try and tell a person theyre suffering under a delusion and expect blow back in some irrational form. When you say, "in one way or another", any aha moment is unlikely to redown to a benefit that takes the form of changing a mindset. Especially in lieu of the political chaos ensuing at the moment. I wouldnt expect anything rational such as the media calling for the heads of politicians or for that matter voters axing pols who otherwise have common interests. It makes for a great revenge theme though. ;)
  11. In praise of pessimism....

    I dont understand what that means. I get the idea of pessimism in the sense of recognizing the human trait of casting market trends into painful experiences and making counter productive movements based on feelings. That kind of pessimism, though, is based on an erroneous context of market swings, profits and losses and the way in which a unprepared person handles losses. Lets call it what it is. Pessimism is a belief in bad outcomes based on often erroneous thinking habits. A bleak outlook; a loaded word. It comes from the Latin pessim(us), suppletive superlative of malus bad + -ism. When a person characterizes themselves as having personal pessimism I interpret that as an outlook which negatively affects their behavior. Pessimism can also be a fleeting feeling and not be a central characteristic of a persons attitudes. I grew up with a suffocating amount of badism. It was only after attempted suicide that I met a person who was capable of assisting my rescue from the past. She is an optimist at heart. My mother portrayed an upbeat person in my youth, always smiling, the life of the party, optimistic of others outcomes. Inside though she was a seething pessimist. It took me a long time to square the way she presented herself with what she must have felt like inside. Humans have a natural tendency to recall negative experiences more vividly than they do positive ones. But, its been my experience, that most unhappy people project themselves outwardly as being relatively more content than they truly are because very few of us are attracted to unhappy people. But perhaps Im mistaken, Bob, I had you pegged as a brainiac all along, someone who cuts themselves off from and/or doesnt respond well to emotions. Now to see that you use tactics to respond to bad feelings, reveals a part of you as just, well, another human. ;)
  12. In praise of pessimism....

    I resemble that remark. ;) Give my namesake a break, Donald aint gettin any! )
  13. In praise of pessimism....

    Ever live with a pessimist? It leaves a mark. Maintain an elevated mood, avoid anxiety (feeling of helplessness) and stay disciplined. Above all act. "The best opportunities come in times of maximum pessimism." Sir John Templeton, about the market. Pessimistic investors often base their decisions on despair while smart investors look at the bottomed market and find reasons to buy. Who wins in a pessimistic market? Read Templeton or ask Buffet.
  14. Donald Trump

    I see what the media is doing. But does it stick beyond massaging perceptions? Probably not but the medias battle for the narrative isnt going to change many minds wither. It will ensnare the unsuspecting and charge up the opposition base but beyond that, probably nothing much. For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction, meaning the loyalists to Trump will stand their ground. We are ruled by politicians posing as lawyers. They dont have what it takes to make charges stick. First theres no evidence, then his antagonists have to have standing in a court, not the court of public opinion. Although thats why they keep hammering away. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/16/gregg-jarrett-comeys-revenge-is-gun-without-powder.html "If he now accuses the President of obstruction, he places himself in legal jeopardy for failing to promptly and properly report it." Since he probably isnt out to commit career suicide his intent is meant not as a legal broadside but as innuendo that wont escalate beyond the medias narrative.
  15. Donald Trump

    "Trump has "worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Truman." Heres an interesting thing. On Inauguration Day, 2017, the Trump administration instituted a federal hiring freeze.[ Heres how that worked out. By April 17th, he ended the freeze. Despite the earlier order, the federal government added 2,000 workers in February and 4,000 in January, according to Labor Department figures. Several departments, including the State Department, were granted exemptions from the hiring freeze after voicing concerns. Agencies can hire, but they must submit plans to make their offices more efficient. Oh good, government bureaucrats can now make their offices more efficient. Im jaded and unimpressed as of yet as to how much good Trump has done. Or how much bad. I heard $3B were saved due to his actions. But CBO is always wrong. Its going to take a superman to sweep me off my feet. Bonnie Tyler, I Need A Hero 1984