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  • Saturday Lecture Series: Energy Markets and Intelligence

    by coldwarrior ( 107 Comments › )
    Filed under Energy, saturday lecture series at January 20th, 2018 - 7:16 am

    Good Morning All and happy Schumer Shutdown Saturday! And welcome to the Return of Saturday Lecture Series!

    Today’s lecture is on a topic that I had not considered, how energy markets can be a useful insight for intelligence on a given country. The link below is to the full PDF and it is well worth the read. So grab some coffee and get started!

     

     

    Intelligence Today and Tomorrow

    The Potential of Energy Data
    A Guide to the Application of Energy Data for Intelligence Analysis
    Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Ph.D.

    US government agencies and many foreign governments track energy data from around the world for a variety of reasons, some obvious, some less so. The numbers provide material to forecast energy trends, including energy demand and supply, prices, and energy trade flows. Less obviously, intelligence agencies apply energy data to political and economic forecasts, such as estimates of the impact of energy revenue trends on the stability and foreign policies of energy-producing states. Such data is especially important in forecasting political and economic outcomes in major oil and natural gas exporting states, most importantly in the Middle East, where study of energy data trends can contribute to predictions of broad economic trends and assessments of the likelihood and timing of anti-government activity. The purpose of this article is to provide analysts in intelligence or other government agencies a guide to understanding how energy data can be applied to the analysis of a range of issues in countries around the world.

     

    This could also be applied to water and food as well…

    Happy Reading!

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    107 Responses to “Saturday Lecture Series: Energy Markets and Intelligence”
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    1. rain of lead
      1 | January 20, 2018 8:46 am

      morning y’all


    2. eaglesoars
      2 | January 20, 2018 9:17 am

      rain of lead wrote:

      This could also be applied to water and food as well…

      morning. Looks like it’s going to be gorgeous today

      This could also be applied to water and food as well…

      ALSO?? It always has been. I’m old enough to remember when the USSR used to release the figures on its grain harvest and it would always be a headline item on the evening news. They’d release these bucolic photos of the young revolutionaries volunteering in the fields to bring in the record (it was always a record) harvest. Ukraine, the bread basket of the Soviet! Then they’d bring on some analyst to debunk the whole thing. The seemingly constant starvation in Bangladesh was always presented in a military context.

      Food has been used as a weapon and a strategic asset since human civilization began. Until mechanization, food and water were the only sources of energy.

      It’s why I’ve always said there’s no reason to nuke Mecca, all you have to do is take out the desalination plants

      There’s a pretty good book on the subject “The Taste of War”. I’ve found a few errors in the citations, but it still is fairly comprehensive.


    3. rain of lead
      3 | January 20, 2018 9:47 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      proof of the old phrase “be careful what you wish for as you just might get it”

      https://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2018/01/20/ruh-roh-dem-heads-continue-to-explode-after-ap-counters-liberal-shutdown-narrative/


    4. lobo91
      4 | January 20, 2018 9:47 am

      California Democrats Want Businesses To Give Half Their Tax-Cut Savings To State

      SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are targeting the expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require businesses to turn over half to the state.

      A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.

      “Trump’s tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase,” Ting said in a statement. “It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals. This bill will help blunt the impact of the federal tax plan on everyday Californians by protecting funding for education, affordable health care, and other core priorities.”


    5. eaglesoars
      5 | January 20, 2018 9:49 am

      This is a completely off-topic PSA

      Bill Kristol:

      With 2018 featuring a shutdown followed by further partisan squabbling and a nasty election campaign; and 2019 likely to see total war between a Democratic House and the Trump Administration—could conditions be better in 2020 for a possible independent, national unity candidacy?

      uh huh.

      Keep an eye out for so-called statistical analysis of Russian influence on social media from an org called “Hamilton 68”. It’s a front for the Kristol, et al, group to influence policy under the guise of a ‘think tank’. They’ve got ‘former intelligence analysts’ doing stand-up as the number crunchers. Their offices seem to be co-located with those of the George Marshall Institute/Foundation. One name you’d recognize is Mike Chertoff and Mike Morell MAY be involved also. Twitter is apparently taking direction from Hamilton 68 on who to deactivate/shadow ban, etc. Yep, Bill Kristol thinks he runs twitter


    6. eaglesoars
      6 | January 20, 2018 9:51 am

      @ lobo91:

      those people are going to get themselves lynched.


    7. eaglesoars
      7 | January 20, 2018 9:54 am

      rain of lead wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      proof of the old phrase “be careful what you wish for as you just might get it”

      https://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2018/01/20/ruh-roh-dem-heads-continue-to-explode-after-ap-counters-liberal-shutdown-narrative/

      don’t you just love how they’re still trying to use the ‘majority party’ ruse?


    8. Deplorable Bumr50
      8 | January 20, 2018 9:57 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      The dog is SO HAPPY.

      I think she’s at an age where the bitter cold (or any extreme weather changes) is REALLY starting to bother her. Gonna ask the vet if I can start giving her something for arthritis.

      She’s like a puppy again now.


    9. eaglesoars
      9 | January 20, 2018 9:58 am

      @ Deplorable Bumr50:

      tumeric. just a sec, I’ll get the link for you.


    10. Deplorable Bumr50
      10 | January 20, 2018 9:59 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      What a disingenuous line, “national unity.”

      What about the entire half of the country that voted for Trump, Bill?


    11. eaglesoars
      11 | January 20, 2018 10:02 am

      here.

      https://www.amazon.com/Nupro-Spyce-Healthy-Immune-Response/dp/B00HNRTVL2/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1516460373&sr=1-1&keywords=Nupro+Lyfe+Spyce+Healthy+Immune+Response+-+1+Lb

      This is the one I use, there may be others. I use this because it has the black pepper needed for absorption AND safflower oil for extra. And Bonnie’s internist cleared it.

      tumeric is a fabulous anti-inflammatory


    12. Deplorable Bumr50
      12 | January 20, 2018 10:05 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      Thank you!

      Bailey will be happy.


    13. eaglesoars
      13 | January 20, 2018 10:06 am

      Deplorable Bumr50 wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      What a disingenuous line, “national unity.”

      What about the entire half of the country that voted for Trump, Bill?

      yeah, well, Bill is a disingenuous kinda guy. It’s a rare thing to see someone go from a reasonably respected ‘thought leader’ to someone who gets pilloried on a regular basis by Britt Hume, who isn’t someone known for taking snark shots.


    14. AZfederalist
      14 | January 20, 2018 10:37 am

      lobo91 wrote:

      “Trump’s tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase,” Ting said in a statement. “It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals. This bill will help blunt the impact of the federal tax plan on everyday Californians by protecting funding for education, affordable health care, and other core priorities.”

      I’m sure they know better, but they don’t come across as very bright to anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together. The fact is that corporations don’t pay taxes; it is their customers, the people buying their goods, who pay their taxes. So, therefore, these two California assemblymen are actually the ones punishing the poor and middle class because they will force corporations in the state of California to keep their prices high so that the taxes can be paid.


    15. AZfederalist
      15 | January 20, 2018 10:39 am

      Deplorable Bumr50 wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      What a disingenuous line, “national unity.”

      What about the entire half of the country that voted for Trump, Bill?

      Sounds like lines out of the old Soviet or the Red Chinese public announcements.


    16. Deplorable Bumr50
      16 | January 20, 2018 10:56 am

      Air Force cancels games due to government shutdown

      The Air Force Academy has canceled all athletic events due to a federal government shutdown that began overnight.

      “Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been cancelled until further notice,” the academy said in a statement. “In the event a solution is reached, the Academy will work to reschedule as many missed events as possible.”

      Among the events scheduled for Saturday were men’s and women’s basketball games against Fresno State. The Falcons also had been set for competition in men’s swimming, women’s swimming, men’s ice hockey, men’s gymnastics and rifle.

      Neither the Army nor the Navy has announced how it will handle the shutdown, which began at midnight ET when U.S. Senators could not reach a resolution to continue funding the federal government. Last-gasp negotiations crumbled when Senate Democrats blocked a four-week budget extension.

      http://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/22159896/air-force-falcons-cancel-games-due-government-shutdown

      That’s ridiculous. REMOVE the leadership there.


    17. eaglesoars
      17 | January 20, 2018 10:58 am

      AZfederalist wrote:

      Sounds like lines out of the old Soviet or the Red Chinese public announcements.

      Here is the classic twitter war between Hume and Kristol. Note Kristol’s verbiage for Trump supporters: ‘simpleminded’ ‘collaborators’ ‘fellow travelers’ ‘true believers’.

      Kristol’s condescension reeks and he has the terminology down pat

      https://www.mediaite.com/columnists/brit-hume-spars-with-stephen-hayes-and-bill-kristol-over-bizarre-weekly-standardanti-trump-editorial/


    18. Deplorable Bumr50
      18 | January 20, 2018 11:02 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      Haven’t seen Steve Hayes for a while.

      I remember as Trump was winning the primary he had this funny look on his face, and he seemed to get “stuck that way,” like our mothers’ warned…


    19. eaglesoars
      19 | January 20, 2018 11:09 am

      And this is where Kristol’s true ugliness shines bright. He flat out accuses Tucker Carlson of rationalizing slavery. Tucker went ballistic.

      https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-17/tucker-carlson-obliterates-bill-kristol-says-hes-glued-social-media-slot-machine-jun

      Kristol: They started by rationalizing Trump. They ended by rationalizing slavery

      (he then suggested Tucker would also rationalize anti-semitism)

      Carlson: Hysteria has supplanted rational debate, where the purpose of political argument is to no longer explain your beliefs, but to highlight what a morally upstanding person you are, what a virtuous guy you are, usually by contrast of your opponent, who is by definition, evil. It’s childish, obviously — but for many people it’s pretty tempting. Even 64 year old men with Harvard degrees fall for it, apparently. Now he just goes on Twitter and he stays on Twitter, all day, every day — dashing off little thoughts and impressions, scoring tiny little points against strangers in cyberspace — keeping obsessive track of his likes and retweets. At an age where he could be spending his time with his grandchildren, Kristol is glued to social media like a slot machine junkie in Reno.

      At that point no one was aware that Kristol was developing his Hamilton 68 group to try to infiltrate and control social media.


    20. eaglesoars
      20 | January 20, 2018 11:15 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      Alliance for Securing Democracy is the new think tank group Kristol and Chertoff have started, forgot to give the name


    21. Deplorable Bumr50
      21 | January 20, 2018 11:24 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      It seems that Team Mormon would be a likely ally.

      The official LDS out of Utah HATES Trump, and there are enough GOP Senators to throw a monkey wrench into anything they want.

      Senator Romney is all but assured.

      Are McSally and Ward running against each other in AZ, or are they vying for each seat?


    22. Deplorable Bumr50
      22 | January 20, 2018 11:24 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      Russians!!


    23. Deplorable Bumr50
      23 | January 20, 2018 11:32 am

      @ Deplorable Bumr50:

      Standard disclaimer – NOT trying to slander lay Mormons, just questioning “Official Church Doctrine” which is heavily anti-Trump.

      I’m Catholic. My Pope is currently running around tying climate change to theology…


    24. eaglesoars
      24 | January 20, 2018 11:33 am

      Deplorable Bumr50 wrote:

      It seems that Team Mormon would be a likely ally.

      good point. McMuffin has been issuing really moronic tweets lately, even for him. People have been wondering where the funding for this comes from. I should ask Sharyl Attkinnson how to look, she’d probably know. She dis-articulated just about every PAC in the 2016 election cycle


    25. eaglesoars
      25 | January 20, 2018 11:36 am

      Deplorable Bumr50 wrote:

      Are McSally and Ward running against each other in AZ, or are they vying for each seat?

      They’re running against each other for Flake’s seat


    26. 26 | January 20, 2018 11:45 am

      @ rain of lead:
      Unfortunately a poll a saw had most respondents putting the blame on Republicans. I don’t know if they polled all or likely voters. Or if it had anything to do with voting.


    27. eaglesoars
      27 | January 20, 2018 11:47 am

      My life is complete

      My new single is out. Inspired by the Women’s March and dedicated to those who #Resist. Mika and I salute you

      Stand. A song by Scarborough on Spotify

      https://twitter.com/JoeNBC/status/954714261095317509

      gotto go meet life,late


    28. eaglesoars
      28 | January 20, 2018 11:48 am

      @ eaglesoars:

      check out the hair………….


    29. Deplorable Bumr50
      29 | January 20, 2018 2:27 pm


    30. coldwarrior
      31 | January 20, 2018 5:53 pm

      its pretty clear that the LDS elders and jerk-offs like bill kristol hate a strong middle class.

      why is that.

      go read your marx, he’ll tell you why…a strong middle class is resistant to revolution and does not need demagogues and ideologues as leaders because a strong middle class is then content, and powerful.


    31. coldwarrior
      32 | January 20, 2018 5:56 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      Bill Kristol thinks he runs twitter

      bill kristol is taking the CJ route?

      not a good idea.


    32. 33 | January 20, 2018 5:56 pm

      @ right_wing2:
      And rightly they should. The Republicans control the House, the Senate AND the White House. Why haven’t they passed a budget? Trump should be screaming “YOU’RE FIRED” to the Republican leaders.


    33. coldwarrior
      34 | January 20, 2018 5:58 pm

      …salt mines…


    34. Deplorable Bumr50
      35 | January 20, 2018 6:24 pm

      @ PaladinPhil:

      There aren’t enough Republicans in the Senate.


    35. eaglesoars
      36 | January 20, 2018 6:29 pm

      rain of lead wrote:

      wait, WHAT…..?

      http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/wow-reporter-suggests-robert-mueller-just-hired-fusion-gpss-glenn-simpson-investigate-president-trump/

      I doubt that. Seriously.

      coldwarrior wrote:

      bill kristol is taking the CJ route?

      yep. here’s how it works from Hamilton 68’s website

      The list includes the following types of users:

      Accounts likely controlled by Russian government influence operations.

      Accounts for “patriotic” pro-Russia users that are loosely connected or unconnected to the Russian government, but which amplify themes promoted by Russian government media.

      Accounts for users who have been influenced by the first two groups and who are extremely active in amplifying Russian media themes. These users may or may not understand themselves to be part of a pro-Russian social network.

      Did you catch that last part? YOU MIGHT NOT EVEN KNOW IT!! Then they alert Twitter and you get a letter like this

      Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period. This is purely for your own information purposes, and is not related to a security concern for your account.

      during the election period. That was over a year ago. Nobody cares. This is just a gentle nudge to let you know they’re watching.

      But if they decide they don’t like you, forget the letter, you just disappear. wintergirl93 and morningspew are both gone, Thomas Wictor was suspended for 12 hrs to teach him a lesson. It’s a real open house over there.


    36. eaglesoars
      37 | January 20, 2018 6:38 pm

      some poor schmuck made a bet he could go to the Women’s March and get laid.

      https://twitter.com/HeatherWhaley/status/954837719645081600


    37. 38 | January 20, 2018 6:50 pm

      @ PaladinPhil:
      We need 60 votes in the Senate to pass the budget and don’t have that many. We HAVE to have Democrats on this.


    38. lobo91
      39 | January 20, 2018 7:07 pm

      White House: No Amnesty Deals For Illegal Aliens When Government Of Lawful Americans Is Shut Down

      White House officials insisted there will be no negotiations on including DACA amnesty into the government funding resolution despite Senate Democrats’ shutdown of the government on Saturday.

      “We will not negotiate over the status of people here unlawfully while Democrats shut down the government of the millions who are here lawfully,” a White House aide told Breitbart News on Saturday.

      White House director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short and White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney confirmed the sentiment in a briefing with reporters at the White House.

      Short said that while they were open to further discussions on a DACA deal, they did not want a deal attached to the continuing resolution to fund the government.

      “[W]e’re not going to be held hostage and let our troops be held hostage over this,” he said. “When they reopen the government, we will continue the discussions.”


    39. 40 | January 20, 2018 8:00 pm

      @ Deplorable Bumr50:
      @ right_wing2:
      So the Democrats are still controlling the narrative. :/


    40. eaglesoars
      41 | January 20, 2018 9:06 pm

      BREAKING: ANTIFA THUGS Crash Conservative “Night For Freedom” in New York City (VIDEO)

      http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/antifa-thugs-crash-conservative-night-freedom-new-york-city/

      I think they had to move the venue for this once already


    41. 42 | January 20, 2018 9:39 pm

      I’d love to see what percentage of these ‘Tide pod challenge’ idiots are also members of Antifa or back Sanders, Hillary or some other leftist vs to the number of Trump supporters.

      I’ll bet I know the answer.


    42. AZfederalist
      43 | January 20, 2018 10:30 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      some poor schmuck made a bet he could go to the Women’s March and get laid.

      https://twitter.com/HeatherWhaley/status/954837719645081600

      With somebody like this: https://www.weaselzippers.us/371863-womens-march-are-we-watching-a-movement-or-just-group-therapy-for-trump-haters/#disqus_thread


    43. Deplorable Bumr50
      44 | January 20, 2018 10:37 pm

      @ PaladinPhil:

      I certainly can’t fault Trump.


    44. eaglesoars
      45 | January 20, 2018 11:01 pm

      oh. my. god.

      If you have a twitter account, search on the hashtag #AboutStrzok. Tweets from HousatonicITServices

      Peter Strzok’s entire family is involved in this. This goes way beyond spying on Trump. This goes back to stuxnet and maybe further.

      1. Strzok is a rare name. There are only 100 people in the country with it

      2. Strzok Sr, his father, was an expert on nuclear activity in Iran

      3. Peter Jr’s uncle, (Peter Sr’s brother) is Mark Strzok. He works for Mammoet. Their expertise is moving nuclear reactors

      4. Devin Cartwright Strzok is Mark’s son and Peter Jr’s cousin. He is 29 yrs old and lives in DC

      5. Devin is married to Kristen, who is in the military

      6. Marianne Strzok is Mark’s wife and Devin’s mother. She is the daughter of General James Cartwright

      7. General Cartwright was pardoned by Obama on his last day in office. He had apparently leaked info on Stuxnet

      8. James Strzok is another brother to Peter Sr and Mark Strzok. He is a Jesuit priest in Kenya and appears to have a military background

      9. Kristen Strzok had late night meetings (9;30), lasting several hours, in the West Wing in March 2015

      10 The meetings may have been with one Osbald Cantu (???)

      11 Our Peter Strzok is married to one Melissa Hodgman who just happened to be promoted as a director in the SEC around the time Comey was drafting his exoneration/no exoneration memos

      12 Peter Strzok is the agent who requested the back up server w/Hillary’s emails and the last person known to have seen it (Oct 2015)

      13. In her role as SEC director, Hodgman was apparently involved in some action against China

      ok, that’s the best I can do right now, culling from his TL, which he doesn’t know how to roll up into a thread. Read it here if you like

      https://twitter.com/HousatonicITS/status/954182738956955648


    45. eaglesoars
      46 | January 20, 2018 11:02 pm

      @ AZfederalist:

      boy, is she going to live to regret that


    46. Deplorable Bumr50
      47 | January 20, 2018 11:07 pm

      @ eaglesoars:


    47. eaglesoars
      48 | January 20, 2018 11:09 pm

      @ Deplorable Bumr50:

      I am now much more open to the idea that Justice Roberts was blackmailed and that this memo we’re all waiting for is about a helluva lot more than that stupid dossier


    48. eaglesoars
      49 | January 20, 2018 11:26 pm

      CNN: Gov’t Shutdown Risks an Undetected Asteroid Strike

      ‘It will have a real cascading effect on the economy’

      these people are just desperate for another missing plane

      https://news.grabien.com/story-cnn-govt-shutdown-risks-undetected-asteroid-strike

      ok, nite


    49. Deplorable Bumr50
      50 | January 20, 2018 11:29 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      ‘It will have a real cascading effect on the economy’

      “That damned great economy…”

      Nite, eagles.


    50. Aussie Infidel
      51 | January 20, 2018 11:45 pm

      @ coldwarrior:
      As you were saying about failure the launch mate ….

      HEH!

      🙂

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg5234BOED8

      Worked perfectly to day and not a snapper fishing boat in sight!. Apparently the boat that held up the launch initially yesterday, got a goodly haul of big juicy Snapper., and should give one to the launch crew at Mahia

      🙂

      🙂


    51. Aussie Infidel
      52 | January 20, 2018 11:51 pm

      I noted that it was Peter Beck who did the final countdown.I’d recognise his voice anywhere. I guess if it’s been your ‘baby’ for the past 6 years then you get to decide to do the count yourself!

      🙂


    52. lobo91
      53 | January 20, 2018 11:52 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Detected or not, what the hell are we going to do about an asteroid strike anyway?


    53. Aussie Infidel
      54 | January 21, 2018 12:02 am

      lobo91 wrote:

      @ eaglesoars:

      Detected or not, what the hell are we going to do about an asteroid strike anyway?

      You mean you haven’t got your mineshaft allocation sorted yet?

      The deepest in South Africa and pretty pricy but for a reasonable price I could do you a great stub shaft at level 21 in Utah with a great view of an ore seam. Now you might have to join the Mormons as well but it’s doable!

      🙂


    54. Deplorable Bumr50
      55 | January 21, 2018 12:08 am

      @ lobo91:

      Blame Trump.


    55. eaglesoars
      56 | January 21, 2018 10:47 am

      Maria Bartoromo looks like she brushed her hair with a lawnmower


    56. lobo91
      57 | January 21, 2018 11:30 am

      Check out the White House voicemail message:


    57. Daffy Duck
      58 | January 21, 2018 1:57 pm

      @ lobo91:

      “Duck & cover?”

      / and kiss yer sweet ass goodbye!


    58. eaglesoars
      59 | January 21, 2018 4:50 pm

      The FBI is destroying docs now. msgs between Strzok and Page

      ————
      Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in releasing the new texts that the FBI “failed to preserve” five months worth of text messages between Strzok and Page at a critical juncture of the election.

      The FBI had told him that technical issues meant it could not recover texts between the two from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017. He demanded answers in his letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/fbi-lawyer-warned-holy-sha-clinton-trump-race-unbelievable/article/2646625


    59. Deplorable Bumr50
      60 | January 21, 2018 4:57 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      May 17, 2017

      The day Mueller was appointed.


    60. Deplorable Bumr50
      61 | January 21, 2018 4:58 pm

      @ eaglesoars:
      @ Deplorable Bumr50:

      This is all very Clintonesque. With so many crimes being committed, everything gets lost in the wash.


    61. eaglesoars
      62 | January 21, 2018 5:01 pm

      Deplorable Bumr50 wrote:

      eaglesoars wrote:

      May 17, 2017

      The day Mueller was appointed.

      nice catch!!


    62. Deplorable Bumr50
      63 | January 21, 2018 5:21 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Wasn’t me, but I’ll take credit!!


    63. AZfederalist
      64 | January 21, 2018 5:57 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      The FBI had told him that technical issues meant it could not recover texts between the two from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017. He demanded answers in his letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

      Funny how such potentially critical information just seems to go missing, isn’t it?


    64. coldwarrior
      65 | January 21, 2018 6:00 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      The FBI is destroying docs now. msgs between Strzok and Page

      ————
      Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in releasing the new texts that the FBI “failed to preserve” five months worth of text messages between Strzok and Page at a critical juncture of the election.

      The FBI had told him that technical issues meant it could not recover texts between the two from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017. He demanded answers in his letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/fbi-lawyer-warned-holy-sha-clinton-trump-race-unbelievable/article/2646625

      bullshit.

      its on a server somewhere.


    65. 66 | January 21, 2018 7:19 pm

      Well FUCK…. As if it hasn’t been a totally fucked enough year already. My brother is in the hospital, he had a heart-attack, and nobody bothered to tell me at fucking all.


    66. Deplorable Bumr50
      67 | January 21, 2018 7:21 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      Sorry, Dorian.

      Prayers for you and yours.

      Is he OK?


    67. 68 | January 21, 2018 7:23 pm

      Deplorable Bumr50 wrote:

      @ doriangrey:

      Sorry, Dorian.

      Prayers for you and yours.

      Is he OK?

      Honestly, I have no idea. His wife hasn’t said a god damned thing to me yet, and his son said it as if I was suppose to have already known.


    68. 69 | January 21, 2018 7:27 pm

      1 day away from what would have been my moms 81st birthday (She died Sept 15th 2016), and 15 days away from the 1 year anniversary of my brother cliff’s death (Feb 6th 2017).


    69. Deplorable Bumr50
      70 | January 21, 2018 7:32 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      Do what you can.


    70. eaglesoars
      71 | January 21, 2018 7:37 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      oh jeez, dorian!


    71. 72 | January 21, 2018 7:46 pm

      Ok, just talked to my brother on the phone, heart attack was caused by a blocked artery. He’ll be in the hospital for a few days (well, that’s what he thinks anyways).


    72. eaglesoars
      74 | January 21, 2018 9:17 pm

      @ lobo91:

      just out of curiosity – wtf do they think they’re celebrating?


    73. eaglesoars
      75 | January 21, 2018 9:22 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      Check out the White House voicemail message:

      Well, don’t get too big fer yer britches, plebe….

      The political and partisan phone message you get when you call the White House is wildly inappropriate. I also wonder about legality. You can’t use White House facilities for partisan political purposes, and there are limits on career employees doing explicitly partisan things.

      Thurston Howler the Turd

      https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/955257661049790464


    74. eaglesoars
      76 | January 21, 2018 9:40 pm

      lobo91 wrote:

      Pelosi Invited Dems To Celebratory Meal, While Military Doesn’t Get Paid And Can’t Eat $58 Steaks

      I saw an image of the menu somewhere. Somebody should email it to all our troops that aren’t getting paid


    75. lobo91
      77 | January 21, 2018 9:50 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      There’s a picture of the menu at the link


    76. eaglesoars
      78 | January 21, 2018 9:55 pm

      @ lobo91:

      well, there ya go!

      god I suck……


    77. lobo91
      79 | January 21, 2018 10:02 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      LOL

      I just sent you an email, BTW


    78. eaglesoars
      80 | January 21, 2018 10:47 pm

      @ lobo91:

      replied


    79. lobo91
      81 | January 21, 2018 10:53 pm

      @ eaglesoars:

      Got it


    80. eaglesoars
      82 | January 21, 2018 11:08 pm

      this is hilarious, read it

      https://twitter.com/SKYRIDER4538/status/889389129523314693

      I’m reading about intelligence services again. Did you know Kim Philby’s father was a convert to Islam? And that the Saudi King gave him a slave girl as a 2nd wife? No hint on what he actually did with her, I suspect he didn’t take her back to the UK when he left India


    81. eaglesoars
      83 | January 21, 2018 11:34 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      No hint on what he actually did with her, I suspect he didn’t take her back to the UK when he left India

      I guess he did. He was already divorced from Kim’s mother. This man led a fascinating life. He was also an intelligence officer who betrayed his country. His loyalty was with the Saudis, period, full stop, and he was an anti-semite and anti-zionist. The idea that the Cambridge 5 were in part motivated by adolescent rebellion against Daddy doesn’t stand in this case.

      bedtime, nite.


    82. Aussie Infidel
      84 | January 22, 2018 3:23 am

      Hi guys, great launch yesterday… Rocketlabs …Go you good things!

      100% Kiwi …except for some of the later funding. And I mean EVERYTHING. They even designed the circuit boards themselves. Spun the carbon fibre rocket bodies and 3D printed the engines for the first few rocket before moving the 3D printing to Florida at Rocketlabusa (Florida). When I escorted the Chief of Israeli Aerospace Industries to Rocketlabs old facility, years ago, she was incredulous and at that stage we didn’t know about the development of the 3D printed Ruterford Engine, the carbon fibre cryogenic tanks, the high energy density batteries, the direct drive pumps, the nano-sat technologies and the $5 million price tag. (down 95% from then standing pricing), that would have REALLY blown her socks off. She offered Rocketlabs an Israeli 5 tonne booster but Peter Beck (the then 28 year old CEO of Rocketlab) just smiled and said that he’d get back to her a little further down the track! 🙂

      Almost all of the initial funding support came from NZ sources including up to $50 million of government funding. Then Richwhite got involved and he too provided both funds as well as the use of Mercury Island in the Bay of Plenty as the initial launch site. Phase three was the development of both the Aeta 1 and Aeta 2 sounding rockets and at that stage Rocketlabs went commercial and started a LOT of launches of sounding rockets for universities and research establishments in Europe. Money flowed in but still not enough so Rocketlabs invented ‘Quick-Look’ a rocket powered tube that looked like a parachute flare that launched a rocket powered video camera to 3000 feet and gave 2-3 minutes video coverage as it descended under a parachute. Then the Rocketlans chief chemist a 28 year old Auckland University graduate began serious propellant research, especially thixotropic admixtures ( solid and storable buy turns to liquid when given a shock such as launching) That attracted DARPA as Rocketlabs were also researching Ring and Slab combustion chambers that had been tried in the US in the 1970s-90s but not pushed. Then Rocketlabs decided that they needed a serious practical project that would bring them serious funding. They had been using the 1960s AA-2 Sidewinder anti-aircraft mission as a test bed because it was old and just about everything was known about it and it was VERY reliable. It was also old and couldn’t ‘foot it’ with lower more manoeuvrable fighters. The missile literally ran out of Kinetic (speed) Energy as the aircraft turned and burned and got away. The problem was that the Sidewinder was solid fuelled and once lit burned for just 2.3 seconds accelerating to Mach 2+ and then coasted to its target. You can’t relight a solid ending… typically either one or off. But with their new thixotropic hypergolic fuel instead of just a nominal solid fuel engine in the Sidewinder it was all different. Rocketlabs fuel was more powerful that the 1960s vintage solid engine grain (fuel) so the speed of the Sidewinder after a typical 2.3 second burn was about Mach 2.3 but the real kicker was that there was still propellant left because using the Thixotropic fuel it was controllable like liquid fuelled engines and you could turn the engine back on for an additional 1.1 seconds for very close in terminal manoeuvring. Now when the target tried to dodge the missile the homer on the missile nose calculated and re-fired the engine and the missile turned under full power and didn’t lose energy and killed the target. The US now had what was a brand new close in missile system at no cost except for a bit of research money from DARPA and the US Navy.

      With regular launches of the Atea1 and Atea 2 for up to 30 different university sounding rocket programs coming in and now totally supported by DARPA and the US Navy. Rocketlabs started developing the Ruterford engine and the Electron rocket. Back in 2008 during the 3D pristine revolution Rocketlabs ‘headhunted’ two US based experts, brought them to Auckland and started them researching complex 3D printing extremely fine tolerance structures in plastic. What was happening was that Rocketlabs were covertly planning to 3D print all of their engines that would reduce costs by about 95%. By 2012 they switched to printing in metal using electron beam melting technologies. They were able to punch out a whole rocket engine in just a week per 3D printer. The 3D printing was not scalable so Rocketlabs produced the largest engine they could and called the Ruterford. There are 9 Ruterfords that power the first stage of the Electron rocket system, and a single Ruterford configured with a very large bell chamber for in vaccuo operation for the second stage. Whilst all of this was going on Rocketlabs had employed some of the Kiwi Americas Cup technicians who had world class materials manufacturing knowledge and put them to work learning how to spin rocket bodies out of carbon fibre. The Rocketlabs chief chemist then a new form of epoxy that is resistant to cryogenic temperatures so now the Electron rocket could also build the cryogenic oxidiser tank for the liquid oxygen out of very light strong carbon fibre as well. He also discovered that the epoxy was also a fantastic ablative material for satellites reentering the atmosphere and that got DARPA attention again. By now private funding was flowing into Rocketlabs from Silicon Valley as well as NASA, Lockheed-Martin the US Navy and others. Another innovation from Rocketlabs that totally slashed the cost was the development of low cost high energy density batteries like the Lithium Polycarbonate units in the Electron. Instead of massive run of heavy plumbing with prone to failure welds at cryogenic temperatures in a high vibration environment Rocketlabs directly powered the Fuel and Cryo-pumps directly with electric brushless DC motors. Another massive innovative advance.

      Rocketlabs had to be registered in the US before any further advances were made because most of the prospective users would be US based, RocketlabsUSA was formed and the 3D printing of the Ruterford engines was shifter to Florida. That’s not as bad as it sounds as that is now a mature technology. A launch site was looked for as the Mercury Island launch site had outlived its usefulness. A coastal site was looked at just south of Christchurch but discarded for local council reasons and the current Mahia Peninsula site leased and $50 million spent building Launch Base One. Mission Control remains out by the Airport in Auckland where the Main Rocketlabs base is located. The NZ location for launches into Polar orbits is perfect and the lack of traffic in the South Pacific and Antarctic Oceans between NZ and Chile means virtually no commercial problems with traffic. Rocketland asked and had granted a license to launch rockets into space under NZ Law and also has registration internationally and with the FAA to launch.

      The satellites launched yesterday and proposed revolve around a basic 100 mm cube-sat that can be stacked in three dimensions to get large units. A basic unit costs about $50,000 to place in orbit. Payloads are in the 150Kg to 300Kg range depending on which orbits are selected. There are already 40 firm buyers for a ride and two risked their satellites on yesterday’s test flight because of their confidence in the Electron rocket system as test #1 had 15000 channels of information available and the system worked perfectly. Something unheard of in the world of new rocket systems testing. There was one ‘glitch’ last May when the first test was just about to stain orbit the Canadian team contracted to do the launch at Auckland Mission Control lost communications. The Mahia crew still had the rocket looking OK, but conservative flight protocols were such that any problem and the engine was to be shut off causing the test to fail to reach orbit and the rocket to re-enter the atmosphere and burn up. The data after the event showed a ground base error and all channels from the rocket were rock solid. Rocketlabs considered doing the second test management themselves however it was decided that the Canadian contracted company had not transgressed massively and they stayed aboard for test#2 that successfully flew yesterday.

      Rocketlabs mow have over a hundred orders on their books and are planning to launch once a month during this year, 2-3 times a month next year and weekly by 2020. Nano-satellites based on 100 mm building blocks are the new standard for high density specialised integrated circuit units at a launch cost of just 5 million rather than $100 million and with a wait between delivery of a satellite for integration to launch to just 3 months instead of 2 years by the established players. Sometime this year Rocketlabs will launch ‘a special’ that will carry a small satellite to a soft landing on the moon for a private US based contractor and hopefully pick up the additional US$ 5 million prize for the first private moon shot.

      Go Rocketlabs and the 120 great staff here in Auckland.


    83. Buckeye Abroad
      85 | January 22, 2018 4:32 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      @ Deplorable Bumr50:

      I am now much more open to the idea that Justice Roberts was blackmailed and that this memo we’re all waiting for is about a helluva lot more than that stupid dossier

      I heard similiar rumblings from people I know and they mentioned it’s the calm before the sh*t storm.


    84. Buckeye Abroad
      86 | January 22, 2018 4:35 am

      @ coldwarrior:

      The NSA will have copies.


    85. eaglesoars
      87 | January 22, 2018 7:53 am

      Buckeye Abroad wrote:

      @ coldwarrior:

      The NSA will have copies.

      um…

      NSA erased surveillance data related to pending lawsuits: Report

      <emSurveillance data the National Security Agency vowed to preserve related to pending lawsuits has been erased, and the agency did not take several precautions it told a federal court it would take to ensure the data did not get deleted, court filings reveal.

      Court orders from 2007 have required the NSA to maintain the data related to certain surveillance efforts that were under scrutiny, after it was revealed President George W. Bush directed warrantless wiretapping among international communications following the 9/11 attacks. The NSA has provided updates to the court regarding how it has followed the orders.

      But the NSA informed U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White that the agency did not keep content of internet communications seized from 2001 to 2007 under the Bush administration in a filing Thursday night, and in a submission last year, according to Politico. Additionally, the NSA said backup tapes were deleted in 2009, 2011, and 2016.

      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nsa-erased-surveillance-data-related-to-pending-lawsuits-report/article/2646542

      don’t get your hopes up…

      although there may be one source. The OIG. They requested the same recs from FBI and said they had them. If that’s correct, then the FBI ‘glitch’ occurred later.


    86. eaglesoars
      88 | January 22, 2018 8:43 am

      good lord. This is from Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood

      To my fellow white women: We have got to do better. It is not up to women of color to save this country from itself. That’s on all of us. #PowerToThePolls @womensmarch

      I never met her mother, Ann, but something tells me she’d bitch-slap her daughter into next week

      https://twitter.com/CecileRichards/status/955166522296688641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitchy.com%2Fsamj-3930%2F2018%2F01%2F22%2Fawkward-cecile-richards-calls-on-white-women-to-save-this-country-trips-over-margaret-sanger%2F


    87. 89 | January 22, 2018 8:47 am

      Buckeye Abroad wrote:

      @ coldwarrior:

      The NSA will have copies.

      The Deep State aka, the FBI/DOJ/CIA/NSA haven’t started turning on each other yet, so the NSA undoubtedly does have them, but will deny it.


    88. eaglesoars
      90 | January 22, 2018 9:14 am

      @ doriangrey:

      how’s your brother?


    89. RIX
      91 | January 22, 2018 9:39 am

      Greetings from Las Vegas where I am at a conference.
      I was downtown Saturday to see Hamilton. I agreed to go under duress. The cast is talented, but it seemed
      silly to me, hip hop Thomas Jefferson.
      The Women’s March was going on. Lots of women and guys wearing pink pussy hats, carrying signs and
      screaming.The part that bothered me was all of the little kids being exploited. One Tweener girl carried a sign
      “F#ck Trump!” Nice/
      Lots of the marchers at Hamilton sitting with their signs.


    90. RIX
      92 | January 22, 2018 9:53 am

      https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/01/21/video-eagles-fan-to-tom-brady-imma-fck-your-wife/
      @ Twitchy
      Intellectual Eagles fan threatens to “f#ck” Brady’s wife, and then invites his mom to the Super Bowl.


    91. eaglesoars
      93 | January 22, 2018 10:19 am

      @ RIX:

      The Eagles culture has always been low-rent from the team on down. They used to have a player that was so rotten, Andre Waters, famous for ugly hits. Everybody called him ‘Dirty’ Waters


    92. RIX
      94 | January 22, 2018 10:46 am

      @ eaglesoars:
      Yeah the Eagles have never been a bunch of “good sports.”


    93. 95 | January 22, 2018 11:56 am

      Good morning everyone! I have a heart catheter procedure this afternoon at 15:30 hours Eastern Time. They have to go back in to check a blockage which was discovered two years ago, prior to my bariatric surgery. They elected not to put in a stent because I was under the bariatric surgery journey, and it would have delayed everything for a year.
      So, if the stent goes in, I’m OK with that, and so are my oncologist, cardiologist, and bariatric surgeon. In any case, Chemo Session #2 will be inpatient at the hospital…they want to make sure they can monitor me for any sign of chest pains, which happened due to arterial spasms. Thank God it wasn’t a heart attack.
      A fun-filled week ahead.

      NOT!


    94. eaglesoars
      96 | January 22, 2018 12:08 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      although there may be one source. The OIG. They requested the same recs from FBI and said they had them. If that’s correct, then the FBI ‘glitch’ occurred later.

      doesn’t look like it

      ————–

      Update: DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Flores tells me that IG does not have the 5 months of missing Strzok texts. “The [DOJ] letter [to Sen. Johnson] spells out the text situation—the IG does not have additional texts.”

      https://twitter.com/ChuckRossDC/status/955484787355119616

      —————

      Ross is with The Daily Caller


    95. 97 | January 22, 2018 2:47 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      @ doriangrey:

      how’s your brother?

      Just got back from the hospital, they ran a toilet auger up his femoral artery to his heart and put a stent in. He should be out of the hospital tomorrow or the next day (most likely tomorrow).

      Scared the living crap out of me.


    96. eaglesoars
      98 | January 22, 2018 2:51 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      I know the feeling, believe me. I’m glad he’s ok. I’m glad YOU’RE ok.

      so Trump wins again by – doing nothing.

      Schumer thought he’d get the upper hand by knocking Trump’s negotiating skills as ‘jello’ and the next thing you know, Trump just waits him out and the Dems are wondering whose blood is on the floor, cuz it sure ain’t Trump’s.

      Next up. Davos


    97. 99 | January 22, 2018 4:20 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      I’m glad YOU’RE ok.

      Ok is a very subjective term here. I am not ill or dying, but other than that, I most assuredly am not OK. Most of my family died over the last 2 and a half years (Sister, Mother and 1 Brother) to have my only remaining family member suffer a heart attack the day before my mothers birthday? (Yea, its moms birthday today) No, I am not ok, not at all.


    98. eaglesoars
      100 | January 22, 2018 7:04 pm

      Utah State Student Hospitalized After Eating Tide Pod

      https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/01/utah-state-student-hospitalized-after-eating-tide-pod/#sthash.lmj1tc4P.uxfs

      When I first saw this I assumed it was a male frat boy moron. When I read the piece and found out it was a female, my thinking changed to ‘wants the attention’

      not sure what that says…..


    99. 101 | January 22, 2018 7:25 pm

      eaglesoars wrote:

      not sure what that says…..

      It merely confirms your internal gender bias and belief that girls are incapable of being as stupid as boys.


    100. eaglesoars
      102 | January 22, 2018 7:48 pm

      @ doriangrey:

      there’s definitely a bias, but I think my value system is that ‘needs attention’ is morally worse, because stupid can’t be helped.

      😆


    101. Calo
      103 | January 22, 2018 8:36 pm

      @ Deplorable Macker:
      Macker,

      Let us know how you are doing post cardiac cath from earlier today, please.


    102. eaglesoars
      104 | January 22, 2018 9:46 pm

      This is one of the most terrifying videos I’ve ever seen. A surfer caught a monster wave in Portugal and actually managed to ride it

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5298959/Surfer-takes-giant-wave-coast-Portugal.html


    103. RIX
      105 | January 22, 2018 11:22 pm

      @ eaglesoars:
      Wow, that guy has grit.


    104. Aussie Infidel
      106 | January 23, 2018 5:08 am

      eaglesoars wrote:

      This is one of the most terrifying videos I’ve ever seen. A surfer caught a monster wave in Portugal and actually managed to ride it

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5298959/Surfer-takes-giant-wave-coast-Portugal.html

      Stupid enough to get onto it.

      Too afraid to fall off

      I agree that he has grit. Totally out of his mind but certainly gritty

      🙂

      🙂


    105. 107 | January 23, 2018 6:51 am

      https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2018/01/23/lives-at-stake-tsunami-warnings-issued-after-8-2-earthquake-southeast-of-kodiak-alaska/

      8.2 earthquake in Alaska prompts Tsunami warning down west coast


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