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Three careers. First was in engineering, second was in TSE species work, and third as a writer.

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  1. 8 days ago on Wizard of Id

    One of Herod “the Great”‘s contemporaries said that he’d prefer to be one of Herod’s dogs, than one of Herod’s family. Herod was… slightly paranoid… and executed a number of his family and others to stay on the throne.

  2. 8 days ago on Pickles

    A lot of years ago, I worked a summer for a USFS siliviculture lab and one of the scientists as a joke had a diagram of a tree made to look like a diagram of cuts of meat. Lumber, paper, toothpicks, etc.

    Scraps are used for toothpicks. When trees are cut and milled, only part of the tree can be used for lumber, boards, moldings, etc.. But no part is wasted. The bark is used in everything from landscaping to fiber. (Or even chemicals, like the taxol that used to come from Pacific Yew). The non-merchantable pieces of wood are cut up into pieces and used for chipboard, chunkboard, and other uses. Even the sawdust is used for things like masonite.

    What about paper? Trees such as alders and cottonwoods are made into pulp, with the non-fiber fraction being made into different things. Various chemicals are derived.

    Unlike poor-quality fiber plants like cannabis sativa (almost all fiber-type hemp is actually Manila Hemp, which comes from the plantain family, not from pot) that rot very quickly and would make lousy paper as opposed to the cotton and flax lint that used to be used prior to using trees for paper, a forest or tree farm is not a monoculture like pot is, nor does it require the immense amounts of fertilizer and pesticides that pot does.

  3. 8 days ago on Bird and Moon

    Don’t like sea ice numbers because they’ve shown massive increases in ice cover and thickness since 2004? Just ignore 85% of the data (that was actually done by a former agency of mine.) Never mind that the Baltic has frozen over several times, as well as the Thames, things that hadn’t happened with regularity since the Little Ice Age. The Russians built a new fleet of nuclear icebreakers just to deal with the ice. And the problem of methane clathrates in polar pipelines? Look that one up.

    Don’t like temperature numbers? Just change them. Add three degrees to the numbers so they look worse. Get rid of most rural temperature stations so that only the urban data shows, and with the heat islands created by more and more concrete and asphalt, the city temps have gone up, even as rural temps have crashed.

    The cold has affected plants across the northern hemisphere, resulting in many plants not surviving, thus causing many plants’ ranges to change.

    What’s changed? The sun. Read up on sunspots vs. temperatures. (Took me three weeks to compile just sunspot data for a book.) There’s a direct correlation between sunspot numbers and the actual temperatures recorded. For example, about 2/3 the way through 2004, sunspot numbers crashed, the total solar irradiance dropped by 10w/m2 and we started not having spring weather here in the northwestern U.S. Winter lasts for months longer than it used to. Many of the summers have been too cold for traditional crops to be grown. (Look up pears and what the cold did in the Rogue Valley area.)

    I could go on for hours, but I’m absolutely tired of avoiding the real problems. We have messes all over the place and they are just being ignored because people blame CC/GW instead of their own actions.

  4. 8 days ago on Bird and Moon

    As a former endangered/threatened/sensitive species ESA/NEPA/CWA specialist with degrees in biology, geology, and two engineering degrees and having worked for 3 different Federal Departments and at one point having been up for SecAg, I strongly object to the religion of global warming/climate change.

    It’s a dodge for responsibility. (Hear me, Mr. Gore? When you plagiarized part of my book, the definitive work on the subject, picking the parts you liked??)

    Bad decisions and poor land practices and oceanic practices are not going to be fixed by claiming that CO2 is a problem.

    Take the recent California had their genesis in 1977 when Carter signed away sustained yield. That threw open the national forests and BLM O&C lands to wholesale cutting. From 1977 to 1989, almost all public forestlands in the western states were clearcut.

    Forests regrow. Almost no money was allocated by Congress. Small trees smashed together. Eco groups sued to prevent any sort of returning the forests to a natural state. I know it personally because I used to try to build consensuses with such people and they get their information from bongs. The result is one high-intensity fire after another, frequently turning soils to glass, meaning flooding and landslides.

    Illegal pot farming has massively polluted and dried up streams in California, Oregon, and Washington, with the cartels running the pot trade in those states to the tune of a billion dollars in Oregon alone in 2017.

    And every other problem blamed on CC/GW is a similar dodge for miserable use of resources. From rivers flooding from all the riparian vegetation being removed to species change from overgrazing and overharvesting.

    Every problem conveniently blamed on CC/GW has a real reason for it and reducing CO2 is just a means to try to avoid any responsbility for the problem.

    Corals from aspergillus from soil runoff, overfishing starving the polyps, dynamite fishing, and chemical and sewage runoff? Just blame CC/GW.

  5. 10 days ago on Gasoline Alley

    We don’t know what Christ looked like. Given that David and Esau are both recorded as redheads in the Bible, and Solomon as a blonde with a “head of finest gold” and ivory skin in the Bible, most people really don’t even know what most Hebrews looked like back then. They just assume the groups that invaded the Levant later on are what they looked like.

    The two largest groups of Hebrews, the Ashkenazi, and the Sephardic, come from very different groups. The Ashkenazi are the original Hebrews genetically-speaking, and tend to have white skin and hair that goes from white blonde to darkest black, and eyes of blue, green, and brown, but when the various invasions of Israel and hybrid groups like the Samaritans came about, the Sephardic group came about. (One wonders how many peoples Solomon alone introduced into Israel when he married 700 “chieftesses” and 300 concubines. Solomon’s wife in Song of Solomon from the town of Shulem asked to not be despised because she was dark from working in the sun.)

    Both groups were dispersed in the Diaspora and went from one country to another. When Israel became a nation again back in 1948, there was initially a rivalry between the groups, but it went away (along with the 70+ other nationalities that were of Hebrew stock or had become Jewish in religion) when the Arabs invaded in the War for Independence. They fought alongside each other and that made them one people in a real sense, despite coming from so many groups.

  6. 3 months ago on Adam@Home

    It doesn’t have to slow down. About 5 years ago I took an engineering exam despite not having worked in the field for almost 20 years. I ended up with the high score.

    Barnes Wallace, of “bouncing bomb” fame, was working on a supersonic aircraft design when he died at 92.

  7. 3 months ago on Broom Hilda

    What little I’ve eaten reminds me strongly of some of the odors that plastics have.

  8. 3 months ago on Dilbert Classics

    What about Terri Comer having the highest BAC ever recorded by a drunk driver in the U.S.? .720!

  9. 3 months ago on Frank and Ernest

    Like what kind of union to use to put two pipes together?

  10. 3 months ago on Garfield Classics

    It’s not uncommon. Mafia types, socialists of different kinds, and many other criminals against mankind showed a very different face to their families than they did to those they murdered.