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Google is “the good censor” protecting civility by censoring conservative badthink

“Lucky us” Google has appointed itself as the unelected Decider Of Truth (and hopefully election results)

Google says it is unbiased, but a leaked memo explains to staff that free speech can be “a political weapon”, is a “utopian idea” and “users behaving badly” will allow “crummy politicians to expand their influence”.  And we can’t have that.

For your own safety, you are not encouraged to think, judge or read the wrong views.

‘THE GOOD CENSOR’: Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for ‘Safety And Civility’

by Allum Bokhari

The 85-page briefing, titled “The Good Censor,” admits that Google and other tech platforms now “control the majority of online conversations” and have undertaken a “shift towards censorship” in response to unwelcome political events around the world.

It acknowledges that major tech platforms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter initially promised free speech to consumers. “This free speech ideal was instilled in the DNA of the Silicon Valley startups that now control the majority of our online conversations,” says the document.

Research into what? Good excuses?

Responding to the leak, an official Google source said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.

One of the reasons Google identifies for allegedly widespread public disillusionment with internet free speech is that it “breeds conspiracy theories.” The example Google uses? A 2016 tweet from then-candidate Donald Trump, alleging that Google search suppressed negative results about Hillary Clinton.

(Trump’s suspicions were actually correct – independent research has shown that Google did favor Clinton in 2016).

That it panders to Big Gov, is an entirely predictable outcome for a group that desperately doesn’t want Big-Government to hit it with anti-trust rules, break it up, or remove its legal immunity, and treat it like a publisher, which it obviously is. It would also kinda like to be the approved spokesengine for the Chinese government.

Shocking Internal Google Docs Prove Their Orwellian Goals and Desire to Squash Free Speech, by Cassandra Fairbanks.

Google explained that in some cases this freedom has had positive outcomes, using the Arab Spring as an example. The document then goes on to list the negative outcomes that have “undermined this utopian narrative,” listing the 2016 election (along with a photo of President Donald Trump), the trolling of actress Leslie Jones, YouTuber Logan Paul, and the rise of the alt-right as some examples of where free speech has went wrong.

The company followed that up by saying “as the ‘we’re not responsible for what happens on our platforms’ defense crumbles, users and advertisers are demanding action.” This seems to be an admission that they should no longer be protected under section 230.

Google determines that the problem is that users, governments and tech firms are all behaving badly.

It lists the ways in which users are “behaving badly” as hate speech, reprisals and intimidation, trolling, cyber harassment, cyber racism and venting. …

One of the “problems” that they found is that “everyone has a voice.”

 Spread the word. Google is filtering your search results.

h/t David E and Willie Soon.

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202 comments to Google is “the good censor” protecting civility by censoring conservative badthink

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    Just yesterday Google failed by saying my own blog did not exist, went to bing and straight to it. Google is a partisan left promoting search engine site only to me.
    Never again.

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      Sceptical Sam

      Or Duck Duck Go.

      Which is my engine of choice.

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        OriginalSteve

        Duckduckgo.com is the go.

        Its a refreshing change.

        I use google for finding mainstream commercial tat, but for actual research, it seems to do active filtering, shall we say…..

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          Ted O'Brien

          It seems to me ddg is more global, while Google filters somewhat for local stuff.

          But in my view Google’s service has deteriorated a lot, probably in pursuit of the dollar.

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            Leonard Lane

            Ted, certainly the dollar is an important, e.g. agreeing to let China censor its network. But the radical left who run Google, Facebook, etc. were surprised and dismayed that President Trump won the election and they have a never again philosophy. They do not want equal freedom for radical leftists and conservatives. But, there is a movement growing to regulate them similar to the press with regard to libel laws and as monopolies subject to antitrust laws. Hate to see the government start regulating them, but they chose to become political partisans and try to govern the political rights of of the free countries they exist within.

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            sophocles

            Ted O’Brien @ #1.1.1.1

            Google’s service has deteriorated a lot,probably in pursuit of the dollar.

            Could be. I didn’t bother running an ad-blocker in my browser for quite a while, but I noticed late last year that advertising was becoming more and more intrusive and all the intrusive ones were from Google. When those ones started covering content, I added an ad-blocker. Of course, this broke some other sites which immediately started complaining about my ad-blocker. For the first few times that happened, I checked the content using an alternative browser. None of those sites had any content I could be bothered with and wouldn’t miss, so I now fix their complaint(s) by killing that browser tab and moving on. It’s their problem, not mine.

            I knew something was going down: one of my search engines, Dog Pile, over recent weeks has begun to require more carefully crafted search terms. I’ve been getting the “Sorry: can’t find that.” message almost every time for general terms. I have to refine it and try again. Firefox allows me five search engines which I can switch between easily, and I do. For some reason, Google is hardly ever chosen or used, except by aggregating search engines like Dog Pile. How strange.

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              Annie

              They have become very intrusive and I hate that one with flashing lights on WUWT. I haven’t so far used an ad-blocker but am sick to death of it all. What blockers do you recommend? I am wary, wondering if there would be more trouble.
              Google asks why one has tried to turn off an ad but never gives one the opportunity to say that the flash, flash, flash of some ads is exceedingly annoying; endlessly moving images are very annoying and spoil reading enjoyment and even when one has pressed the exit button the nearly blank area remains to muck up the text. It’s shocking with the DT (UK); especially so as we subscribe to it.

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          Another Ian

          https://www.mojeek.com/

          is getting a mention for non tracking and non biased

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            Another Ian

            One suggestion I’ve had is to use Google to find DDG

            Then start DDG from there, thereby giving Google the finger

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            Curious George

            For a search term “climate change” (without apostrophes), mojeek presents wattsupwiththat.com as the first hit. Dog Pile does not present it in the first five pages. Google used to sort results by a number of links to that web page, apparently no more. Do they use a secret private sort these days?

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        Latus Dextro

        I use DDG, but am uncertain whether a (Google) SEME is not employed. DDG may well not track you but I am unconvinced they do not manipulate the results of searches, particularly those with politically relevant key words.

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      Peter C

      I just tried Duck Duck Go entry for Pindanpost, which gave me nothing useful, then Google which put the Pindanpost as No 1.

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        yep google puts it at one. Harder to find if you try “Tom Harley blog” ie if you didn’t know the title.

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        robert rosicka

        Peter I had it at no 2 using the duck if the blog was the one you were after the no one spot was pindanpost the weather .

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          Curious George

          A minute ago, pindanpost.com came as #1 at duckduckgo. I wonder how Peter C evaluates what is useful.

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    Don Hevey

    The reason I also changed my search machine to Duck Duck Go long ago, I don’t need my searches being censored and restricted to whatever Google thinks is politically correct.

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    el gordo

    Mind Control

    ‘Google plans to substantially expand its currently minimal role in the Chinese market—through the potential launch of a censored search engine code-named Dragonfly …’

    Foreign Policy

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      el gordo

      Taking this a little further …

      ‘In almost every part of the world, the Dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization. The change that is often referred to has its source in mental and emotional maturity and understanding the deeper meaning of life.’ wiki

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      el gordo

      ‘In remarks to a policy institute on the Trump administration’s Chinese policy, Mike Pence said almost in passing, “Google should immediately end development of the ‘Dragonfly’ app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers.”

      Fortune

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    Bulldust

    Google owns YouTube. YouTube has been soft censoring right-leaning individuals for ages. First came demonetisation, then limited state for offending videos, and more recently outright bans for the likes of Alex Jones. Aussie Gary Orsum was the latest to get hit with the ban stick in the last day. Bitchute is looking like the best alternative right now for video, and Quilette is a great online magazine for free thinkers.

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      Bulldust

      Incidentally, this is nothing new. Google was fricking around with ClimateGate search results almost 10 years ago. Once the term went viral the autosuggest removed it as a suggestion for quite some time. Error of the search algo or deliberate act? You be the judge. Bear in mind that both Brin and Page were (and presumably still are) major investors in renewables, and Al Gore was a special advisor to the company as well. And they are turning the frogs gay! Yeah, OK, that bit was made up… or was it?

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      Bulldust

      Computing Forever (Dave Cullen) has a video up on this topic:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4JwQjCe_6w

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        Bulldust

        Black Pigeon Speaks also has a video up about the topic. As always he is clinical in his dissection of the issue.

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      Bulldust

      Wondering why my initial comment is still trapped in moderation.

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      Louise

      They’re watching us Bulldust, no joke. I posted a comment to a Hannity YouTube clip about Google’s senior leadership meltdown over Trump winning. Wow, the video shows them as one very politically active organisation prepared to throw whatever resources are needed to achieve their ‘right’ outcome. My comment was along the lines of will they still support Clinton if she finally gets indicted, now that we know from the Peter Strzok and Lisa Page texts that the reason she got off was to help her out politically, not because she wasn’t guilty – having an illegal server or for sending classified documents via it or for compromising security because she got hacked via the hapless Podesta, or for shredding those emails (evidence) after they were subject to a formal subpoena. I’ve been watching the senate hearings and she out and out lied about all of it.

      Will Google stand by their gal if she is indicted? Just shows you how dumb it is for corporates to take sides like that. But do Google care or are they turning into something sinister and willing to use their pervasive almost monopolistic power towards anti-democratic outcomes? In comparison they make the Russians attempts to interfere in elections look like meddlesome mischief making. I said in my comment that I would switch my search engine (and I did to DDG). Just after I posted my comment I saw that someone from the company Google had stalked my LinkedIn profile… It scares me that I unfortunately have a gmail account and now need to go through the process of changing that too.

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    David Maddison

    Apologies if a little off topic but related, Alex Turnbull, former PM Turnbull’s son, who is heavily invested in unreliables, says unreliables are now cheaper than coal blah, blah, blah.

    https://www.facebook.com/100015190260523/posts/503782426804762/

    Is he completely stupid or just completely greedy? If unreliables are so cheap they don’t need subsidies do they? Let coal and gas compete on a level playing field and see which is cheaper. Give me coal, gas or (gasp!) nuclear any day. It shows you what this is all about doesn’t it, the greedy elites making a fortune at the cost of among the world’s most expensive consumer electricity prices.

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    robert rosicka

    The Arab spring was a good thing ? Not sure the good folk of Syria see it that way .

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    PeterS

    Boy I missed the good old days of IT. When I was at Digital we developed a search engine called Altavista. We were so proud of it as it gave honest unbiased results, until the bean counters took over and lost ground to Google. Eventually Yahoo bought the search engine and then closed it down.

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    Greg in NZ

    Who needs go ogle censors when we’ve got your preachers on our shores and on our airwaves –

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018666010/understanding-the-ipcc-climate-report-and-its-impact-on-new-zealand

    “Australian National University’s climate change institute director Mark Howden has been involved in the report from the start… unprecedented changes are needed in energy consumption, travel, building methods and the food we eat [i.e. everything!] … ones that say yes are on the front foot and will be making money out of this very quickly.” So, Mark, it’s not about ‘saving the planet’ after all?

    “University of Canterbury political science and international relations researcher Bronwyn Hayward was the only New Zealand contributor to the IPCC Special report… ‘We are a huge player. And individually our carbon a greenhouse gases [sic] are very significant’.” A prime example of ‘where free speech has went wrong‘? From a radio interview today – perfectly timed as snow, ice, freezing temps, road closures, avalanche warnings, cancellations, etc. sweep their way north up our Chilly Isles. And the article has the obligatory picture of back-lit stacks spewing steam into the air. Con-vincing or con-niving – or simply con-censoring?

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      Latus Dextro

      A perfectly good civilization is going to waste…
      Greg in NZ, I forced myself to endure those interviews, musing that it would be music to gullible NZ eco-globalists, who will drink it up like limbic nectar.
      On reflection, in the end there is simply no way these globalist ideologues clad as eco-fanatics, or using them as useful idiots, will be allowed to destroy a perfectly the economy and cultural identity of a healthy functioning society, though they may well come close.
      I awoke to frigid driving sleet this morning and smiled.

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        sophocles

        The rain has arrived, but so far it’s not freezing yet in Auckland.

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        Greg in NZ

        L D, you did WHAT!? My humblest apologies – the link was merely intended as a reference point. I can’t lisssssten to RNZ’sssssss morning hosssssst anymore ssssince her sssspeech-bot was implanted last year… or she attended elocution class, darlink, and her linguistic pronunciation went haywire [there's a disease spreading amongst media voices lately where certain letters – s, i, c, k, – are hissed and clicked and I'm intrigued as to their subliminal audio effect; I gave up TV years ago, radio for me].

        I also don’t subscribe to Stuff’d yet their mumbo-jumbo churnalism is a great source of laughter and, again, a reference for friends/associates who believe in cAGW/cCC/UN but not that it’s freezing and snowing down South in October…

        https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/107786839/stormy-friday-with-snow-heavy-rain-thunderstorms-120kmh-gusts

        Anyways, it always snows in October… smile and enjoy your drive home.

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          Latus Dextro

          Thank you Greg in NZ, most generous. No apologies necessary.
          On the principle that small homeopathic inoculations of the narrative may only make one stronger, on occasion I convince myself to listen. Unfailingly, at the end of it one feels unwell and a touch disturbed, much as many might after their ‘flu jab. I console myself that this is surely how the Left feel all the time. Little wonder then they are presently in an unhinged meltdown across the board. They are losing badly and they are losing because they finally emerged from their rancid closet. Like vampires in the sunlight they are in terminal trouble.

          I have never read anything from Stuff.co.nz. And as for the euphemistically self-described and self-advertised News Hub, I spurn their transparent self-aggrandising propaganda and advertising much as I would a rabid dog.

          The resurgence of and growing populist conservative nationalist politics of Europe and the US finds fertile ground because there is a solid identity and history that precedes globalism.
          While the US is young by nation standards, it has the US Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution as foundational documents. These are truly outstanding pieces of literature and statements of identity, rejecting an old world order. Regrettably, in Canada, Australia and New Zealand younger still, neither have such foundational documents nor identities. I wonder whether this may be a reason why these countries have been so easily led into the globalist ideology of the Rainbow Cult and whether they possess sufficient identity and culture to ever become independent, free and prosperous …

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      Another Ian

      In his early days Mark Howden also grew some pretty spectacular mulga trees via computer

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    David Maddison

    During the US Presidential election it was discovered that Google was manipulating search results and auto-complete suggestions to favour Clinton.

    https://youtu.be/jtn7cb8Esqg

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      OriginalSteve

      Didnt do them any good…ha ha…sucked in, google….

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      Latus Dextro

      Absolutely, David M. Published in PNAS 2016 Epstein et al. the search engine manipulation effect (SEME) is well established. It has only been lately, due to Breitbart and the useful idiots engaged in their absurd rush Goolag to lock China down to the Goolag while implementing their modified search engine in China (thanks to beta testing in the US), that the topic has gained traction.
      Dump Goolag, Twatter, YouToo and FarceBook. #WalkAway
      BitShute and Gab:AI offer alternatives.
      Better still, finding a real life should be considered as a viable option.

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        The Deplorable Vlad the Impaler

        Spot on, LD!!! I do not own a cell phone (of ANY flavor, and Praise The Lord for that), and the most responsible thing someone could do today is dump anything and everything associated with YouTwitFace. The end-game for just about all of it, as far as I can see is, “We are Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

        My half-pfennig on all of this.

        Regards to all,

        Vlad

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    ExWarmist

    At what point does the developed world apply anti-trust legislation and break up corporates (finance/technology/media) that represent a threat to civil society due to the concentration of power that they represent?

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      ROM

      Exwarmist @ #10
      .
      I asked that question myself a couple of days ago so did a bit of research.

      A singular characteristic of the monopoly created by one or a very small tight group who co-operatively control a market, it is always a market of some type, is that this type of grand controlling monopoly seems to appear whenever there has been a major jump or change as a new technology emerges onrto the scene.
      As the technology spreads and matures, the political pressures applied by the citizens who get fed up being manipulated and ripped off so that a tiny cartel or even an individual familuy becomes insanely wealthy through their exploiting of the citizens through their control of the new technology. then the political systems begin to get both very nervous despite the brown paper bags regularly coming their way and finally as the newer political players appear on the scene , the politicals move in and break the monopoly up permanently.

      Some examples I came up with [ using DDaGo but I also have used Yandex, the russian search engine ] ; You can follow these up using the links and expand your knowledge on this rather pertinent subject today

      A History of United States Monoplies

      The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 was the key that gave congress and the Amaerican nation the legal ability to break up corporations that had become too large and monopolistic and too arrogant and hubris laden so as to have a considerable contempt for the interests of the general public.
      Characteristics that are becoming obvious in Google, are grossly rampant in Facebook and are being steadily acquired by Amazon today.
      ;
      International Harvester monopoly

      The Americans make a great deal of their advances in mechanising grain harvesting in the middle to late 19th century.
      The truth and it is a full on truth is that the Australian inventors and Australian farmers were about 15 to 20 years ahead of the Americans in harvest mechanisation in the middle of the 19th century and kept a technological advantage in grain harvesting equipment until around 1920 when the sheer size and power of the american industry overwhelmed Australia’s small agricultural machinery manufacturers who lacked the scale of the american farm scene.

      I wrote a post on this for the international Combine Forum back about a decade and got some very surprised american reaction but was backed by a couple of american farm historians ;

      Hopefully go to post 84 mid page in this this link to the relevant pages in the Combine forum will get you to the post on the advances in Australian agriculture as compared to the same period in the 19th century in American agricultural machinery advances I wrote amongst a number on the Combine forum a decade or so ago.
      [ Some of the links quoted might be broken by now ]
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      American tobacco
      .
      Rockfeller’s Standard Oil company ; broken up in 1911
      .
      US Steel
      .
      AT& T [ American Telephone & Telegraph ] otherwise known as “Ma Bell “. Broken up in 1982.

      Microsift had a couple of major court cases go against it which trimmed its influence right back

      The Europeans are somewhat more subtle in that the major corporations sooner or later seem to become a part of the State and are then broken up and sold off by later generations of politicians.

      International Harvester began at the technological advance of the mechaisation of agriculture.

      ‘American tobacco at the changes from the settler owned , slave powered tobacco farm to a more industrialised system that needed much better distrubution and processing of its products on a mass scale to fit in with the huge shift from rural areas to cities that took place in the 19th century.

      US steel just got done over by smaller and more nimble competotirs as the very big advantages of a single major steel supplier for the American WW2 efforts was passed.

      AT&T was broken up to allow a far more competitive field just as communicatrions at every level were about to rapidly advance unless held up by very powerful forces as the transistor and fibre optic systems for long distance communications began to appear.

      Google, facebook, Amazon and other near monopolies have all literally appeared using models of operation that simply could not and did not exist until the advent of the World Wide Web and its Internet protocols.

      They are totally reliant for their entire modus operandi on the Web and the net will soon begin to collapse under the weight of the contrasting demands made on them and/ or will be broken up probably quite acrimonously by the politicians who will see them as becoming too powerful and more than influential, dictatorial behind the scenes maybe in the operation of a nation’s political structures and its economic and social structures.
      .
      Ten years from now we may all be wondering , like Enron today, what ever happened to Alphabet ; nee Google , Facebook,[ For some reason from the moment I first laid eyes on Zuckenberg , my reaction was I wouldn't trust that so and so as he would tell you that the fires of hell were just luke warm if he thought that he could make a buck out of you with that claim ] Amazon will still be there but under the whip plus other similar internet based near monopolies.

      So all in all, i think that Alphabet’s Google search engine plus Facebook and a couple of other internet reliant in their totality, monopolies of today are getting near to being taken down sometime within the next decade, either by competition and / or serious missteps on their own accord and maybe both by major political plus legal means as well.

      [This was probably trapped in moderation by its length. I see no problem with it and its approved. Do remember that shorter comments are more likely to be read than longer ones.] AZ

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      Roy Hogue

      At what point does the developed world apply anti-trust legislation and break up corporates (finance/technology/media) that represent a threat to civil society due to the concentration of power that they represent?

      I think the answer to that depends on this, at what point will enough people wake up and realize that Google et al represent a threat. That public recognition leads to direct pressure to do something. Law enforcement obviously depends on judgment of the federal or state’s attorney. I can’t speak for anywhere else but here they always have an overflowing plate from which to choose and it’s not necessarily antitrust cases. So there’s a threshold above which a case gets attention and below which it doesn’t — no threat or insufficient threat, no action.

      Then there’s the problem of fighting in court with corporation that has deep pockets. Google has money a prosecutor can only dream about.

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      Andrew McRae

      [trigger warning: contains libertarian fundamentalism]

      The solution to poor service is more regulation?
      Next you’ll be telling me the solution to free speech is censorship.
      Or perhaps that bakers must be compelled to bake any cake I ask of them regardless of whether they like me?

      When will people who talk like they’re right wing actually learn that the right wing is about freedom from coercion?

      What? The banks were too big to fail and now Google is too pervasive to ignore?

      Facebook is not the only social network in the world.
      Google is not the only search engine.
      Android is not the only phone operating system.

      I do not claim that switching from these behemoths is easy or quick, only that being muzzled by the unaccountable is what got us into this mess in the first place so that is not the solution. Google has no power other than what we give to them voluntarily each day. Whenever it is wrong to muzzle and coerce the average person, it is still wrong to do it to the rich and powerful – even Google. To say otherwise is the way of the redistributive social-justice warrior.

      Change my mind. (sips coffee mug)

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    Yonniestone

    The only reason I use Google is to see what my enemy is up to, as with the msm, or .most government narritave.

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    There’s no longer much of a distinction between media and permanent state. This applies to most alternative and new media as well as all legacy. It’s not that one controls the other. State and media are meshed. This doesn’t mean we are given uniform thoughts and information. We are given a controlled diversity of thoughts and information. If Western governments want a war to be invisible, the media know just how to report on that war so that you don’t notice it or give it much weight. And if there’s a fab Prime Minister you really should have right away…

    How many people know that the BBC gets a wad of cash from the EU? £2.3million in funding from the European Union in three years. You might say that’s chicken feed against the Beeb’s budget…but consider it a sort of Christmas card to someone you like in a family you don’t like. If there is a debate about Brexit on the BBC you can bet a conservative Brexiteer will get a hearing…and that he or she will look suitably isolated and comical. Even though the Beeb would do it for free, that £2.3million is a way of saying: Love your work, Auntie.

    WaPo and CNN are direct mouthpieces of state agencies. Amazon, owned by the owner of the WaPo, has a whopping CIA contract.

    And those glitzy genealogy sites that take your DNA and tell you you’re descended from Charlemagne? Duh.

    Then we come to Google, who gets you where the other don’t. How many people, even if they have avoided the obvious trap of Facebook, will go to the trouble of using a reliable VPN, an encrypted mail service which is not Google, and how many will resist signing in to YouTube and eBay? Not lazy me. And it’s too late now anyway. Years of mail, searches, eBay shopping and YouTube viewing have already given a pretty complete picture of my thoughts and leanings. What Google missed, Amazon didn’t. I use Linux, Vivaldi, DuckDuck etc…but that security means next to nothing against just my eBay and YouTube history, however wholesome.

    Would they dare to use it, risk getting broken up, regulated? Standard Oil and U S Steel only sold stuff. Google is selling the contents of billions of minds. There may be honest people in government who still want to bust the trusts. Trouble is, Google knows far more about them than anyone ever knew about Rockefeller, Morgan or Carnegie. But God bless the elected representative who dares to try. You’ll be a man, my son.

    The situation isn’t hopeless, just dire. We can do something. Discussing it here is not nothing. JoNova is not nothing. If you’ll forgive me sounding like a bolshie just this once…We are many, they are few!

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    aussiepete

    Obviously freedom of speech is important but it is worthless without freedom of thought.

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    Roy Hogue

    Google, Facebook and a number of others all have the ability to manipulate the digital world we live in. That’s a lot of power over our lives and it doesn’t surprise me that they were taking advantage of it.

    What does surprise me is how long it took the world to discover what’s going on. Think about it. When everything you search for or say online goes through a central point the ability to hide, modify, prevent or simply modify something to suit Google or that little would be dictator Zuckerberg, is a trivial problem to insert into the code. How long could they resist the temptation?

    Honesty requires someone or something to provide an incentive to be honest or we won’t have honesty. And society has worked steadfastly to throw out the incentives of shame and disapproval that once were the bottom line first level of defense against dishonesty. And as you will soon realize if you sit in on any criminal trial or even better, are a juror, laws do no better.

    I watched as Microsoft made it easily possible for one computer program to talk to another. Bill Gates was a master at pleasing his real customer base, business. He sold the Internet Explorer*** as part of Windows at no additional charge because his best selling and much more profitable product was server software that can only be useful if the prospective customer has a way to talk to your server. And now that the Internet provides what they all wanted they discovered what I’ve called digital AIDS. It wasn’t so wise to let your computer get in bed with just any other computer.

    It’s been equally unwise to let ourselves be in bed with a single provider of any service on the internet.

    Now that Google and others have established their power to hurt us it’s going to be difficult to stop them.

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      Roy Hogue

      *** How many know that Microsoft built into Internet Explorer an easy way that employers can monitor and record everything their employees do online on a company computer. While you’re browsing away it will look completely normal, exactly as it would if you were doing it at home on your computer. You won’t be talking to xyz.com to but to a company server acting as a proxy for xyz.com. The proxy passes your traffic through and you can’t tell.

      I’m not passing judgment on Microsoft or your employer. The trouble is that if your employer can spoof xyx.com, so can others and it doesn’t take a loophole in Internet Explorer. It can be done to you no matter the browser. It’s particularly troublesome when you connect to a secure site, HTTPS where you expect security and don’t have it, your bank for instance.

      I give the designers of Google Chrome a lot of credit for building in an ability that will let you easily detect this proxy operation for a secure site where it can do you the most harm — if you know how. Go to grc.com (completely safe) and click on “shields up !!”. Then scroll down and click on, “HTTPS Interception Detection”. By the way Steve Gibson has the most comprehensive site for checking the vulnerability of your devises all the way around. He will also push his particular products for sale but I’m sure everyone can resist impulse buying. ;-)

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        Kneel

        Anyone can (and many do) install a transparent proxy on their LAN – I have deliberately set this up to limit traffic for a companies employees during work hours. After hours it was open to anything, during hours limited to only supplier catalogues, price lists and other info. Customer was very happy with that.

        Your ISP *could* transparent proxy your DNS too – that would mean that all the “banned” sites would stay banned, even when you use public nameservers (or think you are). ATM, my ISP doesn’t do this and with geo-unblocking services, they are unlikely to want to – how many complaints would they get if suddenly US netflix was no longer available to Oz users?

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          Roy Hogue

          You point out the major flaw in almost anything we humans are doing. Getting it right depends on everyone being honest.

          Whether it’s the Internet or government, honesty counts. And for many, if honesty was dynamite they couldn’t blow their noses.

          We could round up all the usual suspects but it won’t help. The birth rate around the world exceeds our speed at entering their names in the suspect list.

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        sophocles

        How many know that Microsoft built into Internet Explorer an easy way that employers can monitor and record everything their employees do online on a company computer.

        Network proxy servers can be used to limit a network’s access to the internet but their primary purpose is to limit the Internet’s access to just one point on the LAN. The proxy server, rather than all exposing all the machines on the LAN.
        Microsoft’s desktop and server operating systems were so insecure, and so much software from the Internet was trying to find those insecure machines to pervert them into becoming infected by virus, trojan, and worm software to use the machine so infected for other nefarious purposes, that proxy servers were necessary. MS wouldn’t secure their systems.

        From their pronouncements at the time, they apparently just didn’t recognize how vulnerable their software was. Their PR insisted it was the user’s fault, not MS’s. So over the late 1990s worms and similar like Code Red were deliberately targeted at MS vulnerabilities. In the end, MS brought in USD250,000 rewards to nail viral code authors rather than fix their binary scat. When that failed after scoring one scalp, they turned around and purchased Kaspersky Labs for their antiviral and security software.

        Why didn’t they harden and fix their software? Because, with Kaspersky Labs they could make money out of their rubbish and sell software to plug their holes. So you pay MS twice for the privilege of using MS’s vulnerable and insecure—holy (pun intended) software and a second time to purchase the software to plug those holes. Aren’t Windows users mugs? Yes, the latest Windows have Windows Firewall. It doesn’t stop that machine being infected but it does stop the infection being passed on. You still have to detect the problem and disinfect the affected machine.

        I run a small network of Linux machines using OSS or Open Source Software. My network connects to the Internet through a machine running OpenBSD (cf: https://www.openbsd.org/index.html) and the Squid proxy server software.(https://www.squid-cache.org ). Squid logs information about every connection or connection attempt in both directions.

        At regular intervals, I check the log files. There are scripts out there which continuously try to connect to every IP address and then run through huge lists of known operating system vulnerabilities, trying to `break in’ to the system behind that IP address. Almost all of the vulnerabilities they are looking for are those in unprotected MS systems. Some of those on the lists are over 20 years old, which always amuses me.

        I have to keep my web browsers, the Squid proxy and all my operating systems up to date to maintain their security, which I do regularly.

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          Roy Hogue

          The kind of proxy server you describe is at least not intended to masquerade as something else. My Internet router is such a device for my small home network. It drops all connect attempts from the outside world into the bit bucket. But that leaves my computers vulnerable to sites I intentionally go to. So I have something much better than the Microsoft firewall. I’ve paid for it for years just as you have and consider it to be part of the price of being connected.

          To keep my printers safe from attack — and you’d be surprised how vulnerable some of them can be — I run a separate LAN with static IP addresses. All it takes is an inexpensive ethernet switch and a second network port on each machine, a small price to pay for being completely invisible to the router. That lets me solve another problem too. Since we put in FiOS TV along with Internet and phone the router has an open port that I can’t control and there is also port forwarding to each of my 2 set top boxes. And since Frontier will not tell me what they can do with that open port (I don’t blame them) on the router my second LAN lets me set up firewall rules that prohibit all connect attempts from anything on the network run by the router and my computers can talk to each other without restriction on the other LAN without restriction. Shortly after Frontier took over from Verizon they downloaded different firmware which was very obvious because suddenly the Frontier logo is at the top of every screen when I connect and log in. In the process of firmware upgrade they changed some of my settings and since then have been in at least twice to change my selection of time server. Once I made it clear that I would simply restore my choice of server they got the message and have left me alone. Clearly that open port will let them do anything I can and maybe more. Needless to say, I find no reason to trust Frontier.

          I can see Internet activity on the router indicator light when I know everything om my side is off and out of the picture. If I enable logging of ignored connect requests the log is soon filled with attempts from all over the world. It became too much to continue it so I went back to logging only successful connections. They all come from legitimate Frontier sources so far — tracert and a WhoIs search are valuable tools. But you gotta feel vulnerable in today’s digital world. Be paranoid about security because there are people out there trying to get you.

          When I first tested that open port on the router it was visible from the internet and I complained, several times, until Frontier got the message and made it invisible from their end. I don’t know what kind of security there is for that port but it shows up as a request for user name and password and is still visible if I try to connect locally from the browser.

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            Roy Hogue

            I keep wondering if they will go in and update the daylight saving time start and end dates for me once DST is over. That would be nice if I could count on it but it’s easy enough to do myself.

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            Kneel

            Look for “TR069″ and “remote support” or “remote assistance” options in the modem.
            Turn it/them off.
            Hole plugged.

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        Kneel

        “… It’s particularly troublesome when you connect to a secure site, HTTPS where you expect security and don’t have it, your bank for instance….”

        Web proxies don’t perform a “man-in-the-middle” style attack for HTTPS, they just pass on your encryption negotiation and all encrypted traffic, direct, just like a router or a radio repeater. Only difference is, the proxy lets you “see” the server, while your router stops you seeing it directly (hence the radio repeater analogy). It can be no other way – IPSec and TLS have ways to detect “man-in-the-middle” attempts to compromise your security, and won’t connect if the connection doesn’t pass muster (although I have to say, the lid isn’t nailed down to the max in standard form).

        I have way too much IPSec stuff floating around my head ATM! DH parameters, phase 1, phase 2… Arrgh! Make it stop! :-)

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    Greebo

    It’s staggering how much money can be made by providing nothing at all. Alphabet and Facebook revenues are stupendous, and what do they actually provide? Never mind the old ‘license to print money’, these guys have a license to own whole economies. In doing so, they manipulate entire cultural “thinking”. And every one of my grand kids see this as the norm.

    Shrek was right. “Grab your torch and pitchfork”. It might be our only hope.

    PS, all this comes from an Apple tragic…., but at least Apple creates product, nor advertising. Global leaders they ain’t, but better than Google. Maybe.

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      Kneel

      With no more Job’s at Apple, they will continue down the path of other providers of similar products/services.
      Already Apple are starting to lose their place as a tech driver without those founders, who pushed innovation.

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    Ruairi

    Big techs now sound the death knell,
    By bans and search engines from hell,
    Through their censorship might,
    On those who lean right,
    For free speech, and free thinking as well.

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    pat

    will get on to Google, but…

    11 Oct: CarbonPulse: Australian minister attacks industry for forming plans to tackle emissions
    Australian Resources Matt Canavan on Thursday attacked the energy sector over reports that major emitters are discussing among themselves how to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in the absence of a government policy.

    Resources Minister Matt Canavan tells big business to leave climate policy to Canberra
    The Australian-12 hours ago
    Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan has warned big business not to form its own policy on greenhouse gas emissions in the wake of the dumping of the National Energy Guarantee…

    11 Oct: AFR: Business defiant as government attacks energy plan
    by Phillip Coorey, Simon Evans, Peter Ker; with Ben Potter
    The federal government has slammed plans by business to go it alone on climate and energy policy but industry leaders are holding their ground and have the backing of Labor and the Greens.
    Energy Australia chief executive Catherine Tanna, who is also a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, said the policy vacuum created by the government abandoning its commitment to the Nationalergy Guarantee was “not in Australia’s national interest”.
    Ms Tanna backed the idea of creating an independent RBA for the energy market, saying “years of policy paralysis interspersed with intense bursts of market intervention have not led to good outcomes”.

    “The concept of asking independent institutions to guide energy tends to attract scepticism, even ridicule. But the blame-game isn’t getting us anywhere and we’re running out of time and people to trust,” she told The Australian Financial Review Energy Summit on Thursday.
    “Just as the RBA is responsible for monetary policy, our independent energy institutions might take charge of delivering carbon policy. For example, the Australian Energy Market Commission might do this with advice from the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Australian Energy Regulator.”…

    The go-it-alone initiative is being led by the Business Council of Australia and involves more than 20 companies that comprise the BCA’s Energy and Climate Change Committee, including energy generators and retailers, manufacturers, mining giants and gas and oil multinationals.

    The revelation sparked a backlash from the government with Prime MinIster Scott Morrison suggesting it was unnecessary and Resources Minister Matt Canavan, who backed the NEG, accusing business of lacking humility and getting ahead of itself.
    “We have a way of resolving fraught political dispute in Australia, it’s called democracy, and I don’t think the corporate sector is a replacement for democracy,” Senator Canavan said. “I don’t think some kind of corporatocracy or technocracy is a better outcome than democracy.”

    He said disagreements between political parties were “a healthy thing” in a democracy but they should be “resolved through elections and the emergence of governments who do have a mandate from the Australian people”

    Mr Morrison rejected suggestions the unilateral action by business showed energy policy was out of control.
    “No, I think that’s rubbish,” Mr Morrison said. He said the government still backed the states adopting the NEG’s reliability mechanism and the government was committed to the Paris targets of reducing emissions by 26 per cent to 28 per cent over 2005 levels by 2030, albeit passively.
    “What I don’t accept is that there’s any lack of certainty about what the emissions reduction commitments of our government is. Everybody knows what they are and we are meeting them,” he claimed…

    Labor energy spokesman Mark Butler said Senator Canavan’s attack on business was “extraordinary” and had “risen to a new, unhinged pitch”…
    “It’s hard to imagine a government being more against action on climate than one which attacks business leaders for wanting to take action when government fails to,” he said.

    Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said her home state of South Australia was “being let down by the Liberal Party, with even its big business allies now abandoning the Morrison government and having to go it alone on taking climate action”.
    Alinta Energy chief executive Jeff Dimery said he wasn’t surprised at the go-it-alone approach because the corporate sector knew where the future was headed. “At a business level we’re all headed to the same space,” Mr Dimery said.
    He said companies were taking matters into their own hands and were moving faster than government policy at the moment. “All of us are getting on with it,” he said, referring to the transition to a lower-carbon economy which was under way at various speeds around the world…

    Shell Australia chair Zoe Yujnovich said the transition to a lower carbon economy would be less painful if a single mechanism was created and embraced by all players.

    “Undoubtedly I do believe that we need a signal from government to help draw consumers and businesses closer together with a market mechanism that balances the tensions before us of affordability, reliability and emissions. A government led market mechanism sends a clear, coordinated, consistent signal to businesses that can allow us to continue to invest in solutions,” she said.
    “Anything that creates a market mechanism that is more collaborative will help to accelerate and decrease the pain associated with the transition that is before us,” Ms Yujnovich said.
    https://www.afr.com/news/politics/business-defiant-as-government-attacks-energy-plan-20181010-h16h9e

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    11 Oct: BBC: Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east
    The third-strongest storm in recorded history to hit the mainland US has battered north-west Florida, flooding beach towns and snapping trees…
    Only the unnamed Labor Day hurricane, which hit Florida in 1935, and Hurricane Camille, which struck Mississippi in 1969, made landfall with greater intensity.
    The Labor Day storm’s barometric pressure (the lower the number, the stronger the storm) was 892 millibars and Camille’s was 900, while Michael blew in with 919…

    Michael was so powerful as it swept into Florida that it remained a hurricane as it moved further inland.
    Its rapid intensification caught many by surprise, although the storm later weakened.
    Unusually warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico turbo-charged the storm from a tropical depression on Sunday…

    Travis Brooks, director of Seminole County’s emergency management agency, told ABC News there was “complete and total devastation”…
    Michael earlier reportedly killed at least 13 people as it passed through Central America: six in Honduras, four in Nicaragua and three in El Salvador…
    The coastal city of Apalachicola reported a storm surge of nearly 8ft (2.5m).
    “There are so many downed power lines and trees that it’s almost impossible to get through the city,” local mayor Van Johnson was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency…

    “We are catching some hell,” Timothy Thomas, who rode out the storm with his wife in their home in Panama City, told the Associated Press news agency…
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45818960

    CarbonBrief: According to Reuters and the Hill, Michael was actually a category four storm when it came ashore. “Its sustained winds were just 2mph shy of an extremely rare category five,” notes Reuters. It is the third most powerful storm to hit the mainland US, according to Time. Michael was later downgraded to category one and then to a tropical storm as it reached central Georgia, says Reuters…

    It’s projected path will take it up through the US east coast today. 840,000 homes are threatened by the storm, says E&E News, and damages are likely to reach as much as $13–19bn. Evacuations of oil & gas staff and shutdowns of platforms has reduced 42% of daily crude oil production in the Gulf and nearly a third of natural gas output, says Reuters.
    The intensity of the hurricane – and the speed of intensification – was likely a result of the very warm sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, reports another Reuters article. Michael’s wind speeds increased by 72% in less than 33 hours, notes the Associated Press.

    The New York Times reports on how “scientists are increasingly confident of the links between global warming and hurricanes”. And New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof looks back at some of the past comments by Florida politicians on their scepticism about climate change.

    Meanwhile, Reuters reports that hundreds of thousands of people have been left without power in India after tropical cyclone “Titli” hit its eastern seaboard last night.

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    pat

    the CAGW mob are on a roll:

    11 Oct: BBC: ‘Flexitarian’ diets key to feeding people in a warming world
    By Matt McGrath
    Food waste will need to be halved and farming practices will also have to improve, according to the study (LINK).
    Without action, the impacts of the food system could increase by up to 90%.
    Fast on the heels of the landmark report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) comes this new study on how food production and consumption impact major threats to the planet…
    The authors say that the food system has a number of significant environmental impacts including being a major driver of climate change, depleting freshwater and pollution through excessive use of nitrogen and phosphorous.

    The study says that thanks to the population and income growth expected between 2010 and 2050, these impacts could grow between 50-90%. This could push our world beyond its planetary boundaries, which the authors say represent a “safe operating space for humanity on a stable Earth system”…
    “Feeding a world population of 10 billion people is possible – yet only if we change the way we eat, and the way we produce food,” said Johan Rockström, director designate of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who is one of the authors of the study.
    The study has been published in the journal Nature.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45814659

    11 Oct: New Scientist: Old homes around the world must be retrofitted to meet climate targets
    By Michael Le Page
    An incremental approach, such as insulating lofts or installing more efficient gas boilers, is not enough, says the report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Instead, the aim should be to completely transform houses to make them “net-zero”.
    That means insulating an entire house to a very high standard, and installing sustainable…

    11 Oct: Daily Mail: British homes need ‘deep retrofits’ with solar panels and triple glazing installed nationwide if UK is to meet carbon target
    Nationwide scheme recommended to retrofit 25million homes across Britain.
    By Colin Fernandez
    The IET report calls for a nationwide project to retrofit 25million homes – creating economies of scale which it describes as ‘like throwing a duvet over’.
    It suggested the retrofit on each house in Britain would take two weeks – and families may not have to move out…

    10 Oct: ClimateChangeNews: World Bank dumps Kosovo plant, ending support for coal worldwide
    The Kosova e Re lignite plant could not compete with renewables on price, said bank president Jim Yong Kim
    By Karl Mathiesen
    The World Bank has abandoned the last coal project on its books, with its president publicly dumping the Kosova e Re plant on Wednesday.
    Speaking at a town hall event in Bali, Jim Yong Kim was asked by civil society representatives from Kosovo whether the bank was still considering guaranteeing loans to the plant.
    “On the Balkans, yes, we have made a very firm decision not to go forward with the coal power plant,” he said.

    Climate Home News reported in June that World Bank officials had met minister of economic development Valdrin Lluka, amid rumours that a bank review had rejected the project on the grounds that there were cheaper options to solve Kosovo’s energy crisis.
    On Wednesday, Kim said: “We are required by our by-laws to go with the lowest cost option and renewables have now come below the cost of coal. So without question, we are not going to [support the plant].”…

    It is unclear what the withdrawal of the bank’s guarantee means for the financing of the project, which has long been a centrepiece infrastructure project for the Kosovo government…
    Lluka and ContourGlobal did not immediately return requests for comment…

    Dajana Berisha, founding member of the Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development (Kosid) said: “We’re happy that our efforts, work has been proven to be right. But now another battle will probably begin, because we don’t know whether the government will continue searching for other investors to come and support the project.”…

    Years of war and slow reconstruction have left Kosovo with a power sector based entirely on the tiny country’s abundant lignite resource. Two Tito-era power stations, just outside the capital Prishtina, are notorious for breakdowns, black outs and air pollution.
    In September, Joseph Brandt, founder and CEO of ContourGlobal, announced several bids for contracts to build and operate the plant. He said it was “crucial to the future of Kosovo’s energy supply”…
    http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/10/10/world-bank-dumps-support-last-coal-plant/

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    pat

    behind paywall:

    9 Oct: WSJ: U.N. Ignores Economics Of Climate
    New Nobel laureate William Nordhaus says the costs of proposed CO2 cuts aren’t worth it.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-n-ignores-economics-of-climate-1539125496

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    10 Oct: Smithsonian Mag: Polar Bears May Soon Feast on Whale Carcasses. Global Warming is to Blame.
    This scavenging strategy saved sleuths of bears in the past, but it’s not sustainable as temperatures climb at unprecedented rates
    By Katherine J. Wu
    And, as Craig Welch reports for National Geographic, humans are to blame. The planet’s rising temperatures are steadily melting northerly sea ice, which Arctic polar bears depend on to access their favorite seal-flavored suppers. During the warmer months, when the ice sheets shatter, some bears simply fast on land, waiting until hunting bridges freeze again…

    ***As the planet continues to shift, these changes in behavior probably won’t stop here. Unable to hunt their typical prey—fatty ringed seals—polar bears may turn to scavenging the Arctic equivalent of roadkill: whales…
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polar-bears-may-soon-feast-whale-carcasses-global-warming-blame-180970506/

    11 Oct: WUWT: McIntyre: ‘a reductio ad absurdum of tree ring chronologies as useful temperature proxies’
    by Anthony Watts
    Steve McIntyre has a look at the “revised” PAGES2K temperature proxy dataset that includes tree rings and river sediments. He finds the usual ridiculous problems from the past, such as upside down data and river sediment accumulations that have more to do with building a dam than climate…READ ON
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/10/11/mcintyre-a-reductio-ad-absurdum-of-tree-ring-chronologies-as-useful-temperature-proxies/

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    Lionell Griffith

    Google long ago gave up their mantra of “Do no evil”.

    We, the humble masses, have the audacity to believe that we are to have choice in the matter to make up our own minds about an issue. NO! According to them, we must only adhere to the thoughts authorized by our all wise and all knowing masters. This is anything but liberal or progressive. It is a regression to the many ages of the dark past during which the central authority (aka government. the church et.al.) had an absolute and arbitrary power of life and death over its collective subjects, their thoughts, actions, and meager property. It makes no difference if the so called central authority is a theocratic or secular. The results are always the same: Poverty, despair, suffering, and death.

    It is the anti enlightenment: anti-mind, anti-man, anti-life – wish for death. They do not mean well. It is not that they want to live at your expense, they want you do die even at the cost of their own lives.

    If we value our lives and the lives of our loved ones, we must learn how to say NO! to this monstrosity. Using Duck Duck Go is a good start. Not using any Google “free” product is a good continuation. Ultimately, we have to learn how to stop feeding them. If we do, they will soon consume themselves and no longer be a problem. They and their ilk are nothing be parasitical thugs living off of our productivity and have no ability to produce for themselves.

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    UK Sceptic

    Looks like I’ll be swapping my search engine PDQ. If it wants to be a swamp of SJWism then let’s see how far they get with such a stupid, one-sided echo chamber.

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    Latus Dextro

    So, like the rest of the globalist Left, The Goolag has finally decided to come out of the closet. It’s only because their hand has been forced, they’ve been discovered and there’s no longer any point.
    The game was up ages ago.
    Use another search engine (DDG), dump FarceBook, Twatter, YouToo.
    Go to BitShute and Gab:AI if you must.
    Better still, focus on savouring a real life.

    A Method for Detecting Bias in Search Rankings, with Evidence of Systematic Bias Related to the 2016 Presidential Election.
    Epstein R, Robertson RE, Shepherd SJ,& Zhang S.
    EMBARGOED until March 14, 2017.
    Summary of papers to be presented at the 2nd biennial meeting of the International Convention of Psychological Science, Vienna,
    Austria, March 24, 2017, and the 97th annual meeting of the Western
    Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA, April 27, 2017.

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    John F. Hultquist

    I use DuckDuckGo 97% of the time.

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    Another Ian

    More attempted censoring


    UPDATE – BOMBSHELL: audit of global warming data finds it riddled with errors
    Anthony Watts / 3 hours ago October 11, 2018

    I’m bringing this back to the top for discussion, mainly because Steven Mosher was being a cad in comments, wailing about “not checking”, claiming McLean’s PhD thesis was “toast”, while at the same time not bothering to check himself. See the update below. – Anthony”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/10/11/bombshell-audit-of-global-warming-data-finds-it-riddled-with-errors/

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      robert rosicka

      I’m amazed this report didn’t get more coverage (any) on the conservative media like Sky .
      Not amazed or surprised by the attacks , deflecting and misinformation dished out by trolls and brainwashed leftists.
      As for the last IPCC reports I wonder if it would be legal for someone who lived or owned land hundreds of kilometres inland to start selling it as sea front property , or claim that it will be in 30 years ?

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      el gordo

      Morrison could run with this, but first the Sky newsroom need to give him a goading. Do we need an audit of BoM?

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        Sceptical Sam

        Is the Pope a Catholic?

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          el gordo

          * chuckle *

          This close to the election Morrison would probably think its not a good idea to rake over the entrails, unless we are ready for another climate war. Bring it on I say, but they will play it safe with a look over there moment ….

          ‘Outlook Conference: Moving migrants into the regions and smaller cities would help fight climate change, Alan Tudge says.’ Oz

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    Robber

    Simple test. Search for JoNova on Google, and Jo’s site is #1 listing.
    But under that:
    Jo Nova: climate science denier (from 2014)
    JoNova Takes a Classic Climate Denial Myth on SkyNews Outsiders
    Joanne Nova – SourceWatch (from 2014)
    How Jo Nova doesn’t get past climate change – Skeptical Science (from 2010)
    Now Google, please explain how that is balanced search findings.

    Compare with Bing:
    Article
    Facebook
    Jo Nova: climate science denier (from 2014)
    LinkedIn

    And on Duckduckgo:
    Website
    Wikipedia
    Facebook
    And then:
    Jo Nova’s salon in Minnesota
    Jonava is the ninth largest city in Lithuania

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      robert rosicka

      Tried to download DuckDuckGo on my iPad and an error message said it’s incompatible, is that incompatible with their ethos , software or ability to manipulate what you’re searching for I wonder .

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        Greebo

        Which iOS are you using? I have DuckDuckGo on my iPad and both iPhones, with one old iPhone and the iPad on iOS 10, and one iPhone on iOS 12. I have no problems at all.

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          robert rosicka

          Says 10.33 and up to date but hasn’t wanted to update for about two years .

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            Greebo

            Older devices are stalled at iOS 10. Apple says they are incapable of running the later version. DDG for iOS 10 is available from the App Store.

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        G’day rr,
        My initial attempt was also unsuccessful, when I tried to access it via the App Store, but when I did a Safari (still google) search I got a result with DuckDuckGo giving me just three steps:
        1. Go into Settings,
        2. Select Safari,
        3. Select Search Engine and select DuckDuckGo.

        I followed those instructions, and have just done a search which gave a result similar to robber’s above, when I tried “jo nova”.
        Mine is an iPad2.
        Cheers,
        Dave B

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          robert rosicka

          Thanks it worked and I see what you mean ,no filter just what you select .

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            robert rosicka

            Also it exposes google for what it is , I typed in ” is the ocean really becoming more acidic” and instead of the garbage google serves up , the no 1 suggestion was our friends at WUWT .

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    David Maddison

    It has to be understood that even though Google, Farcebook etc. use technology they are really in the media business and subject to the same Leftist biases as any legacy media.

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      OriginalSteve

      Actually, farcebook and gurlge seem to be in the intelligence gathering business. You cant manufcature meaningful pre-crime prosecutions unless you understand fully on how people think and whom is realted to whom, and thier beliefs, aspirations and activities.

      Now factor in th emessaive push to put everything in some form of cloud, where you dont own it, but gummints and corporations can crawl all over your data and own you.

      Now put very advanced AI over the top that can anlayze and know you better than you do….it can predict what you do, where you go, who you know,w eher you will be.

      They own you.

      Solution – Get out of any cloud based storage, take back ownership of your data.

      You can own a smart phone, or have privacy, but not both….
      A thought https://www.punkt.ch/en/products/mp02-4g-mobile-phone/

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    David Maddison

    Dr Peter Klein: Why is the tech industry so far Left?

    https://youtu.be/EASKB4bk7X4

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    Bruce of Newcastle

    I also use DuckDuckGo now.
    It’s not as good as Google.
    But also not as evil.

    I’ve also deleted Chrome.

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      Greebo

      It’s not as good as Google.

      Based on what? DDG does not return “sponsored” hits. It does not return hits based on results being financially manipulated. Sure, this results in less hits, but IMO it makes DDG actually far better than Google.

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        Bruce of Newcastle

        Greebo – DDG doesn’t have enough bots circulating, and they miss a lot of pages, especially recent ones. Secondly, and most painfully, DDG is really bad at time/date related searching. That makes sense since it needs some seriously good software to pick out the time and date of publication of many web pages. Google is very good at it. DDG tends to use the time and date when their bot spotted the page.

        I use DDG for maybe 99% of searches, but sometimes I have to go to Google. That is becoming less and less though, which is a very good sign that DDG is getting better and better.

        On the other hand Google is now so political that you can’t believe a lot of the search results, especially lack of results – which you can immediately see when you put the same search terms into DDG.

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          Greebo

          I agree entirely, but if DDG misses something, how would I know?

          I think my point would be that I do not trust Google. Never have. Something that captures the imagination in the way Google and Facebook have done with the masses cannot be a good thing. Joseph Goebbels would have adored the two. He wouldn’t have needed to do anything. The people would have done it for him. Extraordinary.

          Search engines are like most things though… eggs, baskets… When searching for commercial sites, Google is the only choice, but when searching for real information it must be the last.

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    Bodge it an scarpa

    http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5292691/no-chance-of-a-restart/
    OT, but for the benefit of Tdef who was of the opinion that Hazelwood could be recommissioned.

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      Greebo

      If you read the article through, you will see that it CAN be recommissioned, it’s only a matter of money. IIRC, Tony Abbott was championing an injection of funds to modernise Hazelwood, prompting “I’ll never do anything Abbott suggests” Malcolm to announce Snowy 2. If in 44 days Andrews is defeated (

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        Greebo

        Hmm. Something went wrong.

        If Andrews is defeated then coal royalties could return to normal. Don’t tell me Engie would turn down Federal money to get Hazelwood back on line. They’re not AGL.

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      robert rosicka

      Wouldn’t that mean it would be cheaper than a new one ? And if the tax slug Herr Andrews dished out was gone it would have the next 50-60 years to pay for itself .
      Just look at what the big battery has made in $$$$$ since it was installed and it doesn’t even generate electricity it’s a parasite that feeds off it .

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      David Maddison

      I would imagine that the only way to “recommission” Hazelwood is to build a new power station as demolition is advanced. Ultra supercritical would be the way to go due to lower operating costs, lower emissions are irrelevant as CO2 is not a pollutant.

      The following items can be reused:

      Open cut brown coal mine.
      Cooling pond which used to have tropical fish.
      Power lines for distribution of the electricity.
      Access roads.
      Land.
      Nearby workforce. (A local told me the average payout for retrenched workers was about $300,000).

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        robert rosicka

        Try again , post comment is stuck in a loop .

        Given all that David and the fact it’s already zoned for a power station it would still be way cheaper

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        Greebo

        I would imagine that the only way to “recommission” Hazelwood is to build a new power station as demolition is advanced.

        Still it would have to be cheaper than building a new one. Pretty much everything is still in place. Of course, it all depends on the election in a tad over 7 weeks. If my “fellow Victorians” decide to re-elect Andrews it’s all moot.

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    4 Oct: InsideHigherEd: Publishers Escalate Legal Battle Against ResearchGate
    American Chemical Society and Elsevier are again suing academic networking site ResearchGate in an attempt to stop it distributing copyrighted research papers
    By Lindsay McKenzie
    ResearchGate, a popular for-profit academic social network that makes it easy to find and download research papers, is facing increasing pressure from publishers to change the way it operates.
    On Tuesday, the American Chemical Society and Elsevier, two large academic publishers, launched a second legal battle against the Berlin-based social networking site — this time not in Europe, but in the U.S…

    The court documents (LINK), obtained by Inside Higher Ed from the U.S. District Court in Maryland, include an “illustrative” but “not exhaustive list” of 3,143 research articles the publishers say were shared by ResearchGate in breach of copyright protections. The publishers suggest they could be entitled to up to $150,000 for each infringed work — a possible total of more than $470 million.
    This latest legal challenge is the second that the publishers have filed against ResearchGate in the last year. The first lawsuit, filed in Germany in October 2017, is ongoing. Inside Higher Ed was unable to review court documents for the European lawsuit…

    Many authors do not realize that they transfer their copyright to publishers as part of the manuscript submission process.
    “I’ve heard more than one author say that they were ‘tricked’ by a publisher,” (Lisa Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator of information literacy services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) said.
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/04/publishers-accuse-researchgate-mass-copyright-infringement

    Wikipedia: Elsevier publishes more than 430,000 articles annually in 2,500 journals. Its archives contain over 13 million documents and 30,000 e-books. Total yearly downloads amount to more than 900 million.
    Elsevier’s high profit margins (37% in 2017) and its copyright practices have subjected it to criticism by researchers…
    During 2017, researchers submitted over 1.6 million research papers to Elsevier-based publications. Over 20,000 editors managed the peer review and selection of these papers, resulting in the publication of more than 430,000 articles in over 2,500 journals…
    Editors are generally unpaid volunteers who perform their duties alongside a full-time job in academic institutions, although exceptions have been reported…
    In 2013, the five editorial groups Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis and SAGE Publications published more than half of all academic papers in the peer-reviewed literature…
    Elsevier employs more than 7,200 people in over 70 offices across 24 countries…
    Lobbying efforts against open access…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsevier

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      I always use researchgate where I can. I get annoyed about paying for research papers, which should really be freely shared.

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    comment in moderation re: 4 Oct: InsideHigherEd: Publishers Escalate Legal Battle Against ResearchGate

    followup:

    AUDIO: 26Mmin29sec: 12 Oct: BBC Science in Action: Roland Pease: Will Earth Run Out Of Food?
    With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announcing that we need to keep global warming under 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, Science in Action explores the impact of food production on the environment. A new study calculates the current and predicted impact of land and fresh water use, fertiliser pollution and the change to more Western meat and dairy-based diets by 2050 and concluded that our current mitigation measures are not going to be enough. And that our planet will not be able to sustain this level of environmental cost.

    Windfarms and Warming
    A study of wind power generation across the continental United States calculates that the warming effect of wind turbines, due to possible circulatory changes in the atmosphere at night, could be enough to cause a 0.24 °C rise if the US switched to wind power for all their energy demands. It’s a small change, but coupled with other environmental impacts of sustainable energy production, it has to be factored in.

    ***Science Publishing and Copyright
    Two scientific publishers (American Chemical Society and Elsevier) are suing the academic networking site ResearchGate for breaking copyright laws. ResearchGate asks scientists to publish papers and articles on their site. The claim is that they are not putting enough checks in place to stop work that is copyrighted to pay-walled science journals being uploaded. Is social media, and greater connectivity on the internet, changing the way science publishing works and how profits are made?

    Drugs from Fingerprints
    Illegal drug-use often has a contributing factor in cause of death. Testing for drug-use in both living and dead people relies on detecting the breakdown products (metabolites) for drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, opiates or amphetamines in bodily fluids (blood, urine, saliva) or tissue samples. These are invasive and take time. Now a University of East Anglia spin out company “Intelligent Fingerprinting” have developed a device called the fingerprint drug screening cartridge that can detect metabolites of illicit drugs in the sweat found in fingerprints. And furthermore they can do this on dead bodies as well as living people.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/w3cswmq1

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    theRealUniverse

    The truth has been around for a few years if you know where to look. The global criminal masters have decided you shouldnt be able to ‘accidentally’ find any of it in a search. Its certainly a coordinated attack on free speech and opinion. Go(CIA)ogle, f..book, Twiitter etc.

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    Another Ian

    Related

    “Facebook just shut down the ‘Right Wing News’ page with its 3.1 million followers ”

    Via http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2018/10/11/social-disease-6/#comments

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    PeterS

    Sorry for being OT:
    Just heard Alex Turnbull, Malcolm Turnbull’s son, say that the Liberal Party has been taken over by extremists and that Wentworth voters must place Liberal last. So he is calling Morrison and the rest who have voted for him to be leader as right wing extremists, and that voters should vote for the Greens or ALP. Of course that’s utter BS but the problem is a lot of people will now believe what Alex has said is true. Morrison has to respond and denounce Alex as a left wing Labor ALP+Greens supporter, and if his father does not openly and categorically disagree with his son and also inform voters at the coming Wentworth by-election that Alex’s plea for the voters to place Liberal last is not only wrong but a disgrace then he has also has to be considered as a left wing Labor ALP+Greens supporter. Time for the real LNP to stand up and be countered. Morrison, over to you.

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    OriginalSteve

    Meanwhile, in the la la land inhabited by Obama administration refugees…..

    What disturbs me is that she makes a big deal about no interruption to supply – ah – hang on, that should be a given…..does that mean its a bonus if the lights stay on, like in some 3rd world backwater?

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/energy-chief-says-electricity-would-continue-uninterrupted-if-coal-phased-out-within-30-years-20181011-p50937.html

    “One of the nation’s top energy officials says electricity supplies in Australia would continue uninterrupted if the coal industry shut down within 30 years, contradicting the Morrison government’s warning of devastating blackouts if it adopts the dramatic plan.

    Australian Energy Market Operator chief executive Audrey Zibelman also said renewable energy, storage and gas will be the cheapest ways to replace electricity capacity lost when ageing coal plants close.

    The United Nation’s climate body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on Monday said radical emissions reduction across the world’s economies, including a phase-out of coal by 2050, was required to avoid the most devastating climate change impacts.

    The Morrison government dismissed the findings. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg insisted this week that “coal is an important part of the energy mix”.

    “If we were to take coal out of the system the lights would go out on the east coast of Australia overnight. It provides more than 60 per cent of our power,” he said.

    Ms Zibelman, whose organisation operates the nation’s largest gas and electricity markets, said if Australia was to make an orderly transition to low-emissions electricity generation “then certainly we would keep the lights on”.

    Ms Zibelman said coal assets should be maintained “as long as they are economically viable and we should have a plan to replace them with resources that are lowest cost”.

    Those options comprised gas, renewables, pumped hydro and other energy storage, she told ABC radio.”

    Under the Paris treaty the government has pledged to lower emissions by 26 per cent by 2030, based on 2005 levels.

    Labor would increase the goal to a 45 per cent cut – a policy Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last month would ” shut down every coal-fired power station in the country and … increase people’s power bill by about $1,400 on average for every single household”.

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    rollo

    Windows 10 is also very censorious. I’m in the throes of setting up a new computer and it’s not letting me replace the Edge browser with Chrome. Grrr!#***%$

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      Greebo

      Chrome?? Google’s own? Why not try Puffin? I believe there is a version for Windoze. I use it on my iPhone and it’s great. Or, there’s Firefox.

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      If a computer is old and you are thinking of ditching, keep Linux in mind. A box on its last legs is the best way to come to Linux. A nifty little Linux distro like Peppermint, Lite, Mint, Manjaro etc can fly for years on an old computer. That’s all I ever use. Took a bit of learning, but not much. When I have to use another system away from home, especially Windows, I do it with a groan.

      I store everything off the computer by Dropbox and spare drive, my browser is synced, and a spare used computer is sitting right by, already loaded, signed-in, synced etc in case the other blows up.

      While I usually browse with Vivaldi, I keep Firefox for certain purposes (though it’s now pretty ugly on Linux). Brave is a good browser, very big on privacy, and it has a built-in sync, at least in beta. One good tip is to keep Opera for its free VPN function. It’s not as good as Vivaldi for my taste, and the VPN slows it down a bit, but if I ever want to browse or interact with more anonymity I can just open up Opera. (I actually don’t feel the need now, but good to know. A Proton Mail account checked through Opera with VPN turned on is pretty good privacy if you ever need it.)

      The world is full of old computers and laptops just waiting for a second life through Linux. Curiously, this is one conservation measure which does not enthuse Bill Gates.

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        Greebo

        (though it’s now pretty ugly on Linux)

        I think that that is Linux’s biggest problem. I run a couple of Linux versions via emulation on my Mac, and what they lack is elegance. Most folk these days expect their OS to do a little more work. However, I’m prepared to give Linux a little more time. I am using Ubuntu and Fedora. Do you have any suggestions for another? Any Unix base is worth ten times the antiquated DOS based systems.

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          Actually, it’s just Firefox which looks ugly. I keep it for it’s in-built sync and YouTube downloader.

          Vivaldi running on a light Ubuntu derivative like Peppermint 9, Mint, Lite etc is great. Peppermint is my fave distro. I just don’t like the direct-from-Debian distros I’ve tried. Solus was a downright nuisance. As for the Red Hat and Arch based stuff…maybe. Really, I’m so happy with Peppermint there’s no need to muck about.

          Most people assume Linux is hard or limited or somehow backward. While I don’t mind Mac, Windows seems awkward to me now. I suppose I’m used to the little things that put newcomers off Linux so I don’t notice the difficulty any more.

          I can honestly say that the hardest part of Linux is the ten minutes I have to spend with Windows while I install Peppermint on some old computer I’ve just bought. (That creepy music and cheesy screen! Ew.)

          My first experience was running Lubuntu on a little flash drive and finding it better than the creaking XP I had on the main drive. Next I did the timid thing and ran a dual install. Then I ditched Windows and installed all Linux. Lastly I painted my face blue, lifted my kilt and started yelling FREEDOM! (Actually, I made up that last bit.)

          This was years ago, and Linux is all I’ve used since. Fast, stable and free. No nagging, no need for all that anti-virus molasses. Even the sound is better (for a tech reason I don’t understand).

          Really, while I’m not enough of a drongo to swallow the climate beat-up, I’m not much chop on counting change, making tomato stakes stay up or lacing shoes. If I can use Linux, and use it a lot for a very long time, anyone can use it. Even Gatesy.

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    robert rosicka

    OT but this had me thinking .

    I was reading up on tyre temps and found some random blog with some remarkable answers but one quote really struck me in that it can also be used for world temps .

    What good is measuring the average temp of a lit match when your able to hold one end !

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      PeterS

      I had a similar thought some time ago. What’s the point of measuring the average temperature when the daily ranges typically exceed the long term average change by orders of magnitudes? It would be like trying to measure the average height reached of a bouncing person on a trampoline down to a nanometre to determine if that person is getting tired or not. The wind alone would have an impact at that sort of resolution. If measured for a long enough time even the motion of the sun and moon would have an effect.

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      Sceptical Sam

      Is the average temperature of a lit match proportional to its length?

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        robert rosicka

        At a guess I’d say no but a thicker match that would be a different story or did you want a more philosophical answer .

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        PeterS

        It would depend on who is holding it.

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          Another Ian

          Now if it is being held by a climate scientist and it is under a thermometer – -

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            PeterS

            Yes that too. I was thinking more along the lines that if a climate scientist was holding it the temperature would be higher due to the heat generated by his/her violent and angry behaviour unlike a calm, cool and collected real scientist.

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    theRealUniverse

    Facebook too https://sputniknews.com/us/201810121068814924-Reporters-Pages-Shut-Down-By-Facebook/
    “Facebook purged hundreds of pages from its platform on Thursday. But instead of the usual targets – namely Russia and Iran – Thursday’s ban shut down accounts operated by independent American reporters and activists, Sputnik News has learned.

    Facebook said the pages were “working to mislead others about who they are, and what they are doing,” but the co-founder of one of the pages, The Free Thought Project, tells Sputnik News Facebook’s claim couldn’t be further from the truth.

    Most of the pages that were banned and viewed by Sputnik News were independent media outlets and pages that advocated for marijuana legalization or shined a light on police brutality. “

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    pat

    jo includes:

    Google explained that in some cases this freedom has had positive outcomes, using the Arab Spring as an example. The document then goes on to list the negative outcomes that have “undermined this utopian narrative,” listing the 2016 election (along with a photo of President Donald Trump) – Cassandra Fairbanks, Gateway Pundit, 9 Oct “Shocking Internal Google Docs Prove Their Orwellian Goals and Desire to Squash Free Speech”

    consider Google shutting down Infowars’ YouTube channel.

    Infowars has interviewed Donald Trump, who they supported in 2016; Nigel Farage, Marc Morano, Christopher Monckton and even progressives like Jim Higtower. some have been interviewed multiple times.
    Infowars does not believe in CAGW, and was pro-Brexit.
    and yet it can be banned from YouTube?

    one of the most important revelations from Infowars. I remember well when Paul Joseph Watson reported “live” on what the Grove staff told him about Google boasting about how they organised the utterly disastrous “Arab Spring”:

    May 2013: Infowars: Google-Berg: Global Elite Transforms Itself For Technocratic Revolution
    Authoritarian, anti-democratic power networks are being re-branded as trendy, philanthropic-style forums
    by Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
    This past weekend, Infowars reporters Paul Joseph Watson and Jon Scobie visited the luxury Grove Hotel in Watford, UK, site of the 2013 Bilderberg Group conference set to take place June 6-9, a clandestine annual gathering of over 100 of the world’s most influential power brokers in the fields of politics, academia, technology, business and banking.
    The investigation was prompted by our sources, who advised us to visit the Grove in advance of Bilderberg 2013…

    Put simply, Bilderberg is merging with Google under the stewardship of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, a regular Bilderberg attendee. Google’s annual Zeitgeist conference, which has been based at the Grove since 2007, immediately precedes the Bilderberg Group conference by a matter of days.
    Backed up by prior research, we were able to confirm in conversations with hotel managers and others that the Grove is now a central base for Google’s agenda to control the global political and technological landscape…

    The talk in the Grove is not of Bilderberg, that is barely a footnote, the real excitement centers around Google Zeitgeist, which was described by the London Independent as, “a cuddlier version of the Bilderberg Group, the supposedly shadowy network of financiers that holds a private annual assembly, recast in the image of our new tech masters.”

    Bilderberg is indeed being recast as ‘Google-Berg’ – partly because of efforts on behalf of activists to tear away the veil of Bilderberg’s much cherished secrecy, and partly as a means of re-branding authoritarian, undemocratic secret gatherings of elites as trendy, liberal, feel-good philanthropic-style forums like Google Zeitgeist and TED.

    ***In reality, behind the scenes Google is using such forums as proving grounds on which to form the consensus that shapes the globe.
    We were told directly that the organizers behind the so-called “Arab Spring,” which began in Tunisia and Egypt, which as we have documented is in fact a series of contrived western-backed color revolutions masquerading as organic uprisings, were recruited by Google and subsequently attended the Zeitgeist conference at the Grove.

    It’s also well documented that the man responsible for kick-starting the “revolution” in Egypt, which led to the installation of a Muslim Brotherhood dictatorship which the west can now use as a justification for further intervention, was Google employee Wael Ghonim (LINK).

    Google’s growing influence within both the British and American governments is also well documented. Eric Schmidt was a campaign advisor and a major donor to Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. He was also reportedly offered the post of Treasury Secretary within the Obama administration. In Britain, Google representatives have met no less than 23 times with Conservative Party officials since the general election in 2010. David Cameron addressed the inaugural 2006 Zeitgeist conference before going on to become Prime Minister four years later. British Chancellor George Osborne paid a visit to Zeitgeist just weeks before he also attended Bilderberg 2011 in St. Moritz, Switzerland…

    The crossover between Zeitgeist and Bilderberg has deepened in recent years, with the London Telegraph comparing the power of the Google confab to the World Economic Forum in Davos, “attracting figures of global significance to talk and to network.”

    Former US President Bill Clinton, groomed by the Bilderberg Group, has also given speeches at Zeitgeist, as has fellow Bilderberg attendee Prince Charles. Another Telegraph report described Zeitgeist as, “one of the most high-powered gatherings of business leaders, thinkers and those that are considered to generally shape the global future.”…

    The Grove Hotel is a perfect staging ground for such machinations given its role in World War 2 as a “secret wartime HQ for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway” named “Project X”

    The direction in which this is all heading can clearly be surmised from remarks made by Eric Schmidt himself, who has repeatedly made it clear that he thinks privacy is a relic of the past and plans to turn Google into the ultimate Big Brother that makes George Orwell’s 1984 look like a children’s fairy tale…
    ***READ SCHMIDT’S QUOTES
    https://www.infowars.com/google-berg-global-elite-transforms-itself-for-technocratic-revolution/

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      OriginalSteve

      None of this surprises me – gurgle is probably has a relative choke hold on global information and can shape public opinion should it so choose. And the reality is that most people are on farcebook too, so…

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    comments in moderation.
    followup to Infowars/Google comment:

    Feb 2011: CNET: Google proud of Wael Ghonim’s role in Egyptian protests
    CEO Eric Schmidt expressed pride in Google employee Wael Ghonim, who has been credited with helping organize the protests that eventually brought down the Mubarak government.
    by Lance Whitney
    Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Schmidt addressed the topic of Ghonim, Google’s head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, who used Facebook and other online tools to help spark the protests in Egypt…

    Until recently, Google management had been silent about Ghonim’s leading role in the protest movement, leaving some to wonder about the company’s position on the matter and whether Ghonim would be allowed to return to his job. In an interview Friday, Ghonim told CBS News’ Katie Couric that he and Google mutually agreed it would be best for him to take a leave of absence during his participation in the protests. (CNET News is published by CBS Interactive, a unit of CBS.)…

    In a separate interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Ghonim also credited the Internet and social networking as the keys to the revolution.
    “If there was no social networks, it would have never been sparked,” he told Harry Smith. “Because the whole thing before the revolution was the most critical thing. Without Facebook, without Twitter, without Google, without YouTube, this would have never happened.”…

    Ghonim had been arrested and detained by the Egyptian government for more than two weeks before being freed early last week. In his “60 Minutes” interview, he credited Google with fighting for his release.
    https://www.cnet.com/news/google-proud-of-wael-ghonims-role-in-egyptian-protests/

    15 Apr 2011: Infowars: It’s Official: “Arab Spring” Subversion U.S. Funded
    by Tony Cartalucci
    Either in an act of absolute hubris or to spin emerging evidence that the US indeed has been funding and preparing the ground for the “Arab Spring” for years, New York Times has recently published “U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings.” (LINK)…
    Essentially throwing these activists under the bus, New York Times exposes that the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, and Entsar Qadhi of Yemen amongst others, received training and financing from the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, and the Neo-Conservative lined Freedom House.

    The New York Times goes on to explain that these organizations are in turn funded by the National Endowment for Democracy which receives 100 million USD from Congress while Freedom House receives most of its money from the US State Department…

    Also conceding involvement is the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), chaired by various Council on Foreign Relations and Brookings Institute alumni. POMED claims that they helped protesters develop skills and to network. Such training has taken place annually under Movements.org starting in 2008 where Egypt’s April 6 movement among many others, learned techniques to subvert their government. Movements.org of course is sponsored by a conglomerate of corporate and government agencies including the US State Department, Google, MTV, the Edelman public relations firm, Facebook, CBS News, MSNBC, Pepsi, and others…

    Of course, one needs only remember the feigned ignorance exhibited by the US State Department, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, along with the litany of lies purveyed by the mainstream media to see a disingenuous plot in motion. This is because everyone from the US State Department and the corporate owned media had been involved, for years, preparing to bring the “Arab Spring” to fruition. With open admissions now being made by a global corporate-financier mouthpiece like the New York Times, one must consider the serious implications of what may come next.

    Behold the circus that is the mainstream media. MSNBC feigns ignorance and confusion over unrest they had been involved in engineering since at least 2008.
    Surely this information is going to incite a counterrevolution…
    (This post first appeared on Tony Cartalucci’s blog, The Land Destroyer Report)
    https://www.infowars.com/its-official-arab-spring-subversion-u-s-funded/

    above links to:

    15 Apr 2011: NYT: U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings
    By RON NIXON
    A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington, according to interviews in recent weeks and American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks…

    ***Some Egyptian youth leaders attended a 2008 technology meeting in New York, where they were taught to use social networking and mobile technologies to promote democracy. Among those sponsoring the meeting were Facebook, Google, MTV, Columbia Law School and the State Department…

    Columbia Law School: Columbia Law School Hosts Alliance of Youth Movements Summit
    COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL HOSTS DIGITAL MEDIA GIANTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AT ALLIANCE OF YOUTH MOVEMENTS SUMMIT
    December 4, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School Professor Matthew Waxman kicked off the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit today with welcoming remarks that were simulcast around the world. The summit, a collaborative effort that has brought together titans of digital media, staples of popular culture, international human rights organizations and the U.S. government, is hosted by Columbia Law School…
    The goal of the conference, which has been almost two years in the making, is to produce a field manual for youth empowerment. That manual will teach individuals, organizations and governmental bodies how to harness digital media tools, like Facebook, Google and YouTube, to tap into the power of young people.
    ***Howcast Media, which produces how-to videos and guides, organized the three-day conference, with additional support from Facebook, Google, YouTube, MTV, the U.S. Department of State, Access 360 Media and Columbia Law School…
    https://www.law.columbia.edu/media_inquiries/news_events/2008/december2008/youth_summit

    ***Wikipedia: Howcast Media: The site currently has over 100,000 videos in its library and works with partners like Playboy, JetBlue, Nestle and the US Department of State…
    Howcast.com was launched on February 6, 2008 by co-founders and former Google employees Jason Liebman, CEO, Daniel Blackman, COO and Sanjay Raman, VP of Product Development and Darlene Liebman, VP of Production, with offices in New York City and San Francisco…
    Howcast partnered with Facebook, Google, YouTube, MTV, the Department of State and Columbia University to host the Alliance of Youth Movements Summit in December 2008 that brought 17 youth movements that had used social media to combat oppressive regimes…

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    Apr 2016: The Intercept: David Dayen: The Android Administration
    Google’s Remarkably Close Relationship With the Obama White House, in Two Charts
    The Intercept teamed up with Campaign for Accountability to present two revealing data sets from that forthcoming project: one on the number of White House meetings attended by Google representatives, and the second on the revolving door between Google and the government…

    Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, was an enthusiastic supporter of both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and has been a major Democratic donor…

    CHART: 427 Meetings between White House and Google employees

    Between January 2009 and October 2015, Google staffers gathered at the White House on 427 separate occasions. All told, 182 White House employees and 169 Google employees attended the meetings, with participation from almost every domestic policy and national security player in the West Wing…

    The “revolving door” data, displayed in the above visualization, reveals 55 cases of individuals moving from positions at Google into the federal government, and 197 individuals moving from positions inside the government to jobs at Google…
    https://theintercept.com/2016/04/22/googles-remarkably-close-relationship-with-the-obama-white-house-in-two-charts/

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    11 Oct: InvestmentWatchBlog: Facebook Engineer That Decried Company’s Intolerant Leftist Culture Quits
    by Chris Black
    Motto: No one is allowed to be unhappy in the Brave New World. People who are unhappy are shot. It is Paradise.
    Brian Amerige is a Facebook engineer who is well known in big-tech circles after he wrote a memo attacking the company’s so-called “political monoculture”. That’s a nice choice of words for a leftist hive oozing group think, political correctness and social justice, but let that go. Basically, Brian Amerige is the Facebook equivalent of James Damore, the software engineer who used to work at Google until he wrote an internal memo decrying the company’s identity politics obsession, which destroys meritocracy as it hires people based on their skin color or gender, not their competence.

    See, this story writes itself. According to an article from Business Insider, Brian had quit working for Facebook on Wednesday, and, prior to him leaving the company, he posted a final message to his co-workers which reads:
    “These problems can be solved — just not by me, not any more, at least. I care too deeply about our role in supporting free expression and intellectual diversity to even whole-heartedly attempt the product stuff anymore, and that’s how I know it’s time to go.”…

    Brian wrote a memo back in August, denouncing Facebook and Silicon Valley’s intolerant monoculture. He wrote:
    “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views … we claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology”…

    Facebook&comp keeps running off conservatives from their staff and from their user base. Pretty soon it will just be an echo chamber of hate filled losers. And truth be told, it already mostly is.
    http://www.investmentwatchblog.com/facebook-engineer-that-decried-companys-intolerant-leftist-culture-quits/

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    Bodge it an scarpa

    Sorry OT again. Does anyone here know if MT Gellibrand Windfarm near Colac Victoria has been brought online yet ? Was supposed to have been completed and switched on in July, but my partner who drives past it to and from work 5 days per week says she rarely see more than one or two turbines rotating, and it has been totally becalmed all day today !

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      pat

      don’t know what the first two article have to say.
      behind paywall:

      Winds farms a source of pride and income
      The Weekly Times-1 Oct. 2018
      WHEN the opportunity to have wind turbines on my property for the Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm in Colac arose … But now, with the wind farm up and running, I can confidently say it was the right…

      Wind farms facing blow back after renewable energy boom in Geelong …
      Geelong Advertiser-27 Jul. 2018
      Blades are now turning on the slopes of Mt Gellibrand, with the first of the $258 million wind farm’s 44 turbines turned on last month

      21 Jun: Renew Economy: Blades now turning at Acciona’s Mt Gellibrand wind farm
      Press release by ACCIONA
      Commissioning process under way
      Full production scheduled for August
      The first turbine has now been switched on and the blades have started turning, generating the first megawatts of renewable energy at ACCIONA’s Mt Gellibrand wind farm in Victoria…
      As the 44 turbines come online, energy production will ramp up to around 66MW in July, and the full 132MW capacity in August. Total output will power approximately 60,000 homes…
      https://reneweconomy.com.au/blades-now-turning-at-accionas-mt-gellibrand-wind-farm-98876/

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        Down the bottom of this story they say Mt Gellibrand is still in its ‘commissioning phase’.

        https://reneweconomy.com.au/acciona-to-add-battery-storage-to-south-mortlake-wind-farm-after-vret-win-38984/

        Intuitively I would say they are looking at batteries before start up.

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          Bodge it an scarpa

          Aren’t the bearings on all those stationary turbines suffering Brinnelling damage ?
          Thought they needed to be powered up when the wind isn’t blowing to prevent said damage.
          Being clearly visible from a busy highway, often stationary turbines are not a good look from a PR viewpoint.

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            Technically speaking its ‘false brinelling’, found this at Motioncontroltips.

            ‘False brinelling often develops on wind-turbine parts where bearings in pitch-control mechanisms can remain in one set position for long periods of time. In such situations, the lubricant film is gradually displaced, allowing metal to metal contact. The vibration in the joint causes this contact to produce physical damage. Purposely inducing small amounts of relative motion can be helpful, but the benefit is limited since the lubricant can be pushed aside in either direction.’

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      theRealUniverse

      ” she rarely see more than one or two turbines rotating, ..”
      More proof they are useless edifices.

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        Bodge it an scarpa

        I just drove past the WindFarm on my way back home and Lo and behold, I counted 20 turbines rotating. No noticeable increase in wind since earlier today, so were they generating or were they being powered up ?

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    excellent piece. lengthy:

    11 Oct: Fox News: Gregg Jarrett: Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein should leave their top Justice Department jobs soon
    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/gregg-jarrett-jeff-sessions-and-rod-rosenstein-should-leave-their-top-justice-department-jobs-soon

    Simpson self-censors:

    11 Oct: The Hill: Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke ‘constitutional rights not to testify’: lawyers
    By Olivia Beavers
    Lawyers for Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, told the head of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that his client will “invoke his constitutional rights not to testify,” defying a GOP-issued subpoena seeking to compel him to give a closed-door deposition.
    The lawyers told Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) in an electronic letter that Simpson will not participate in the committee’s inquiry because it “is not designed to discover the truth.”…

    The letter quickly stoked anger among Republicans on the committees.
    “It is very telling when Glenn Simpson has talked to multiple reporters and multiple individuals at the Department of Justice over the last two years. When the day of reckoning is on the horizon, he chooses to lose his voice,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), one of the staunchest critics of the FBI and Justice Department, told The Hill…
    Congressional investigators are expected to interview Nellie Ohr next week.
    https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/411062-fusion-gps-co-founder-will-invoke-constitutional-rights-not-to

    extraordinary exposure of the Deep State:

    45min50sec to 51min30sec: Kristin Fisher, Fox News, on Rosenstein refusal to come in for questioning, “until terms are set”.
    questioning of FBI Director, Christopher Wray, on why redacted docs have not been produced.
    Wray: “in many cases, we’re talking about situations that involve ***foreign partner relationships, tradecraft and all kinds of other things we need to be very careful about protecting”.
    plus Devin Nunes interview:

    Youtube: Sean Hannity, Fox – 10 Oct 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELqQ09JizZg

    below is the WaPo article (based on anonymous sources) mentioned in the video.
    the coup plotters arguing amongst themselves.
    did Rosenstein leak this to WaPo, some are asking?
    as WaPo has been reporting so little on the intricacies of this story, the article makes little sense. just another attempt to suggest “legitimacy” for the Mueller investigation:

    10 Oct: LMT Online: Rosenstein-McCabe feud dates to standoff in front of Mueller
    by Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post
    https://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Rosenstein-McCabe-feud-dates-to-standoff-in-front-13297588.php

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    John in Oz – comment #46 on Jo’s “Lindzen” thread – wrote about the following ABC prog with guests Richard Lindzen & David Karoly, but he didn’t provide a link or audio.
    here they are:

    AUDIO: 28min26sec: 11 Oct: ABC Between The Lines: IPCC report: Can the world afford to decarbonise?
    Presented by Tom Switzer
    The latest report from the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) says the world must completely phase out coal-generated electricity by 2050 if we are to avert a climate catastrophe. Is that goal economically possible? And if not what should we do?
    We hear two views:
    GUESTS:
    Emeritus Professor Richard Lindzen, meteorologist and atmospheric physicist, MIT.
    Professor David Karoly, leader of the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, CSIRO
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/betweenthelines/ipcc-report/10364708

    best bit is when Switzer reads NYT on China building more than 700 new coal-fired plants in China and around the world, some in countries that at present have little or no coal; would expand world’s coal capacity by 43 percent.
    Karoly: in China and India emissions per person related to fossil-fuel-generated electricity is substantially lower than in US or Australia. what is a fair allocation of finite resources? Australia & the US need to dramatically reduce their emissions, so that their per person allocation is much the same as in China and no higher than the global average.

    funny how, of we built just ONE, we’d be destroying the planet!

    I thought Switzer did a great job with both guests. Lindzen wrongly claimed $200bn per year for GFC. never mind.

    Switzer had a run-in with Turnbull’s son-in-law, James Brown, when both were with the US Studies Centre at Sydney Uni.

    11 Apr 2017: AFR: The remarkable parallels between the PM and his son-in-law
    by Aaron Patrick
    (Turnbull son-in-law James) Brown also got drawn into a public spat with foreign affairs commentator Tom Switzer at the US Studies Centre, an academic body at the University of Sydney where the former army-officer has attracted jealousy for being appointed to the plumb position of research director despite slim academic credentials.
    Switzer, who isn’t allowed to talk about his recent departure from the centre, was unlikely to win a fight with Brown, whose mother-in-law, Lucy Turnbull, is its patron…

    27 Mar 2017: SMH: Top US studies centre rocked by ‘war of independence’
    By Daniel Flitton
    To kick it off, (John) Howard gave the United States Studies Centre a $25 million “one-off” gift from the public purse and board of politically connected luminaries to guide its objectives of “balance and objectivity”.
    Sydney lord mayor Lucy Turnbull was appointed chair. Former premiers Kristina Keneally and John Olsen also eventually joined the table. Later, Malcolm Turnbull’s son-in-law, James Brown, won a full time job as an adjunct associate professor.

    Now, as the centre comes back again to ask government for what is understood to be $15 million more, it is riven by personality clashes, sudden resignations and the complaint that academic freedom has been crimped.
    On one side of the argument is Brown, a former army captain and international affairs specialist who is married to the Turnbulls’ daughter, Daisy.
    On the other is conservative commentator, Radio National host and Fairfax Media columnist Tom Switzer. Switzer this week resigned as a senior fellow at the centre in a blaze of acrimony.
    The disagreement flared after Brown published a Quarterly Essay, called “Firing Line”, last June.

    The essay, published just prior to the federal election, reported that staff in former prime minister Tony Abbott’s office had considered deploying a brigade comprising up to 3000 Australian and Dutch soldiers to Ukraine after the shooting down of MH17.
    Switzer, a one-time adviser to former Liberal leader Brendan Nelson, called the story “crap”.
    “For the record, the James brown [sic] scoop is no such thing,” he wrote in emails to a group of former diplomats in January.
    “The story is crap and is widely debunked by the people in the know, and not just Abbott and his former [chief of staff]. The reality is that Abbott never committed troops. Even if he harboured such ambitions, he never did it. That shows the system worked.”

    Switzer’s most damaging claim, though, was the last: “The consensus was brown [sic] was doing his father in law’s bidding,” Switzer wrote.
    “James is not a historian or journalist; he’s a former army captain who I believe is carrying a brief for the prime minister.”

    Switzer declined to discuss the claim made in the emails, other than to say he “disagreed profoundly” with Brown’s thesis.
    According to others at the centre who declined to be named, Switzer has also complained he was told to tone down his regular critical comments about the Turnbull government in the Fairfax press…

    It’s not the only controversy involving the centre. After its supposedly “one-off” funding from government, it was supposed to attract enough corporate sponsorship to keep it going. It has failed to do so, despite being given charitable status and winning tax-deductible donations from News Corp, building material company Boral and aerospace corporation Northrop Grumman. The global financial crisis is blamed for corporate parsimony.
    The centre has returned to government repeatedly with the begging bowl…

    The centre’s operation was recently reviewed by former foreign affairs boss Peter Varghese and another senior former diplomat, David Ritchie, whose unreleased report, completed in January, is understood to have seen government funding as the only viable source of income to support the centre…
    Varghese found the centre “deserves to be supported”, ***particularly since the election of Donald Trump, which meant “the need for a United States Studies Centre has never been greater”…

    However, former Labor leader Mark Latham and conservative commentator Gerard Henderson have recently strongly criticised the centre for failing to anticipate the success of Mr Trump…
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/us-studies-centre-caught-up-in-war-of-independence-20170327-gv7d79.html

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    12 Oct: NBC: A last-ditch global warming fix? A man-made ‘volcanic’ eruption
    Scientists and some environmentalists believe nations might have to mimic volcanic gases as a last-ditch effort to protect Earth from extreme warming.
    by James Rainey
    This kind of revolutionary “solar geoengineering” — known by some as the “Pinatubo Strategy,” after a volcano whose 1991 eruption shrouded the planet in a sulfurous cloud — was once relegated to a far corner of academia. But a number of scientists and environmental advocates said this week that the IPCC report — punctuated by Hurricane Michael, which hit the Florida panhandle and may have been intensified by global warming — argues for speeding up the study of the once unthinkable…

    VIDEO: World has 12 years to prevent climate change disaster, experts say

    “The politics of this were impossible a few years ago. But not so much now,” said Rafe Pomerance, chairman of the environmental alliance Arctic 21 and a four-decade advocate of increased action on global warming. “If we think the problem of climate change is catastrophic, how can we say that we can’t at least consider this as an option?”

    That view was seconded this week by the “grandfather” of modern climate science, by the founder of the Harvard laboratory that is a center of geoengineering research and even by scientists who have raised serious reservations about human tampering with the Earth’s singular climate system.
    “I think it makes sense to have a substantially larger research effort on solar geoengineering,” said ***David Keith, the professor of applied physics who leads Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program. Like others who have looked at the unusual alternative, Keith believes that humankind’s primary focus should be on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by cutting coal-powered energy, shifting to non-fossil-fuel burning vehicles, and many other changes…

    The veteran scientist, dubbed the “grandfather” of climate change research, said he does not see the kind of “heart” and political will needed to sustain “a World War II-scale effort” to limit greenhouse gases. “So far, actual action is small,” Broecker said. “So I am convinced that, at some time, we will have to get into geoengineering.”…
    “If you took a vote, there would be a lot of opposition to trying this, because people don’t want mankind to start fooling around with climate,” Broecker said. “They are right. But maybe we are going to have to.”
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/last-ditch-global-warming-fix-man-made-volcanic-eruption-n918826

    ***NBC mentions David Keith leads Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, yet this was not mentioned by any MSM I’ve seen who reported on the Harvard wind turbines cause global warming study he co-authored. different kind of solar, but nonetheless it should have been mentioned since he was criticising wind compared with solar.
    BBC’s Roland Pease in his intro to Keith says “he backs solar power”.

    Wikipedia: David Keith (scientist)
    He is also executive chairman of Carbon Engineering…
    Keith has worked on solar geoengineering since 1992, when he wrote one of the first assessments of the technology and its policy implications…
    In 2013, Keith released a book, A Case for Climate Engineering, detailing a controversial strategy for slowing climate change…
    He has also contributed to assessments focused on geoengineering. Keith was a member of the working group for UK Royal Society’s 2009 report as well as the Bipartisan Policy Center Report…
    Keith is the co-director, with Gernot Wagner, of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program founded in 2017…
    He is bullish on solar energy.

    Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program
    Funding
    https://geoengineering.environment.harvard.edu/funding

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    David Wallace-Wells, who was mercilessly mocked last year for his alarmist NY Mag piece “The Uninhabitable Earth”, doubles down:

    10 Oct: NY Mag: UN Says Climate Genocide Is Coming. It’s Actually Worse Than That.
    By David Wallace-Wells
    None of the above is news — most of that data is drawn from this single, conventional-wisdom fact sheet. In fact, nothing in the IPCC report is news, either; not to the scientific community or to climate activists or even to anyone who’s been a close reader of new research about warming over the last few years. That is what the IPCC does: It does not introduce new findings or even new perspectives, but rather corrals the messy mass of existing, pedigreed scientific research into consensus assessments designed to deliver to the policymakers of the world an absolutely unquestionable account of the state of knowledge.

    Almost since the panel was convened, in 1988, it has been criticized for being too cautious in its assessment of the problem — a large body of temperamentally cautious scientists zeroing on those predictions they can all agree on (and which, they may have hoped, policymakers might find workable). The panel’s Wikipedia page has separate subsections for “Outdatedness of reports” and “Conservative nature of IPCC reports.”

    Which is why it is so remarkable that the tone of this report is so alarmist — it’s not that the news about climate has changed, but that the scientific community is finally discarding caution in describing the implications of its own finding…

    They have also, thankfully, offered a practical suggestion, proposing the imposition of a carbon tax many, many times higher than those currently in use or being considered — they propose a tax of up to $5,000 per ton of carbon dioxide by 2030, growing to $27,000 per ton by 2100. Today, the average price of carbon across 42 major economies is just $8 per ton. The new Nobel laureate in economics, William Nordhaus, made his name by almost inventing the economic study of climate change, and his preferred carbon tax is $40 per ton — which would probably land us at about 3.5 degrees of warming. He considers that grotesque level “optimal.”…READ ON IF YOU CAN BEAR IT
    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/un-says-climate-genocide-coming-but-its-worse-than-that.html

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    Dave

    Sort of on topic!

    I’ve been following the Night Parrot sightings in SA!

    And guess what?

    The Australian Wildlife Conservancy removed all info regarding this parrot sighting!

    Seems it is a FALSE sighting from AWC and the bloke has been sacked or gone back to UNI!

    This is the ABC reporting of the investigation!

    SMELLS like Parrot Poo, it probably isn’t if Tim Flannery is a DIRECTOR of the this group!

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      Gee Aye

      thanks Dave. I know quite a bit about this and Penny Olsen is a friend and colleague. She’s handed on the DNA side of things.

      The early hype on this made many uncomfortable but there was little to go on one way or the other. The initial published findings were very thin on detail. Apart from the academic processes of investigation and cross checking there was a lot of very good other info coming in. Twitchers are possibly the best and biggest group of field scientists.

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    heard a bit of the Wind Commissioner tonite on ABC. his answers were not too enthralling. he’s just been asked to extend his term when the initial 3 years runs out this month.
    the Commissioner answers questions from ABC listeners who had heard the previous week’s program, see second link below:

    7min04sec to 20.24 (with a brief break for Sinead to update a couple of news items):

    AUDIO: 12 Oct: ABC Australia Wide: Tassie salmon farmers use beanbag bullets on seals
    with Sinéad Mangan
    •National Wind Farm Commissioner Andrew Dyer answers listeners questions discusses concerns over existing sites, developments under construction as well as noise and health issues.
    •In a sign of the worsening drought, a third east-coast port has completely overhauled is usual operations to start importing grain. Australia is normally a grains exporter, not an importer. But east coast farmers are running out of feed. Brisbane and Newcastle begun importing grain in August to meet shortfalls. And now Port Kembla, South of Sydney has started receiving grain.
    http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/australia-wide/australia-wide-seals-shot-with-beanbag-bullets/10345260

    from 4min15sec to 14min14sec:

    AUDIO: 3 Oct: ABC Australia Wide: Acceleration of wind farms in regional Australia
    with Sinéad Mangan
    •The energy from existing wind farms and those in the works are set to power more than three million houses across Australia. But there are still serious issues with the approval and compliance. Australia Wide sits down with National Wind Farm Commissioner, Andrew Dyer.
    http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/australia-wide/australia-wide-national-wind-farm-commissioner/10309388

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    CAGW overkill:

    12 Oct: CarbonBrief: Exclusive: BBC One to show first primetime film on climate change since 2007
    by Leo Hickman
    Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content, said in a speech last night that the new film will be called “Two Degrees”. She added:
    “We want it to be the definitive film on climate change. To cut through the confusion, tell audiences the facts without any other agenda, explore what a dangerous level of climate change could really mean. It will be unflinching about the potential catastrophe that’s unfolding. And offer the facts about what can still be done.”
    “Because, for all the uncomfortable truth, the message…is, ultimately, a positive one: we have the power to do something. We hold the future in our hands.”

    No further details about the film have yet been provided by the BBC. However, Carbon Brief has exclusively obtained more information.
    The 90-minute film is scheduled to air in a primetime slot on BBC One at the end of March next year. It will be part of a week-long series of environmentally themed programmes called “Blue Planet Live”…

    The new film’s executive producer is Jonathan Renouf, who made a 2008 series on climate change for BBC4 called “Earth: Climate Wars”. The film’s series producer is Serena Davies and it will be directed by Kate Dooley.
    BBC Studios has been commissioned by BBC Factual to make the film and it will be sold outside the UK by BBC Worldwide.
    The film entered pre-production earlier this month, with filming due to take place between November and January across multiple locations (yet to be decided) around the world.
    Carbon Brief understands that the film will be narrated rather than “presenter-led” and that Sir David Attenborough will not be involved.

    The film will likely be structured around three distinct parts across its 90 minutes.
    The current plan is to focus part one on the fact that the world has just experienced a year of extremes weather events, such as the “Beast of East” cold spell, wildfires and record-breaking summer heatwaves. This has triggered public discussion about the contribution played by human-caused climate change…
    This first section will also include a “Where are we now?” and short history of climate science. There will be testimonies from those affected by the extremes, as well as interviews with scientists in the field.

    Part two will be themed, “Where are we going?”. There will be a focus on “tipping points” and why 2C of global warming matters as a threshold. It will not just concentrate on the science, but also pan out to cover the economics and politics.

    The concluding part will focus on, “How do we save ourselves?”. But Carbon Brief understands from a source involved in the planning that this section will “avoid cliched case studies of renewables, etc, and focus instead on surprising advances and innovations which showcase human ingenuity”. It will avoid the narrative of “sacrifice”. It will allow the interviewees to explain the politics and how the “incumbency is resisting change”.

    ***Carbon Brief understands that the film will adhere to the new guidance and that it will, therefore, not be “balanced” with contributions from those who do not accept that humans are causing the climate to change. The film will not challenge facts such as humans are causing the world to warm and the impacts of that warming will be overwhelmingly negative.
    The film will be advised by scientific consultants – as is normal for a film such as this – but they have yet to be named.

    1 COMMENT:
    Paul Matthews: How is this a Carbon Brief “Exclusive” if it was announced in a speech yesterday and is up on the BBC website?
    REPLY:
    CarbonBrief: However, Carbon Brief has exclusively obtained more information.” Including, among many other details, that it will be shown in primetime, hence the headline.
    https://www.carbonbrief.org/exclusive-bbc-one-show-first-primetime-film-climate-change-since-2007

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      C. Paul Barreira

      I have for many years been of the view that the most influential individual of the twentieth century was Joseph Goebbels. His personal fate was less than memorable but his authority has proven incalculable.

      At least the idiotic episode of Spooks (series 5, ep. 10) that boosted “climate change”, like the puffers of South Australia in the mid-1830s, was less than an hour long.

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    too silly to excerpt further:

    11 Oct: Scientific American: Hot Planet: Slaying the Climate Dragon
    A fairy tale whose ending, still unwritten, is by no means guaranteed to be happy
    By Kate Marvel
    (Kate Marvel is a climate scientist at Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. She received a PhD in theoretical physics from Cambridge University and has worked at Stanford University, the Carnegie Institution, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, On Being, and Nautilus Magazine)

    Once upon a time there was an enchanted kingdom, full of magic and fairies and tame dragons that slumbered safely under the mountains. The people of this kingdom lived in great happiness and prosperity, for out of the ground bubbled a magical elixir that could make their every wish come true…
    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/slaying-the-climate-dragon/?amp

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    11 Oct: Daily Caller: Senate Confirms Trump’s Head Environmental Attorney After Sitting On The Nomination For 16 Months
    by Tim Pearce
    The Senate confirmed Jeff Clark to lead to the Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) Thursday after sitting on his nomination for more than a year.
    President Donald Trump tapped Clark in June 2017 to serve as an assistant attorney general and lead the administration’s court battles over environmental laws. The Senate confirmed Clark 53 to 44 with Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri joining the 51 GOP Senators in favor. Three other Democrats did not vote

    “Jeff Clark is one of the leading environmental litigators in the country, and has been counsel in many of the most significant environmental and natural resource cases of the past two decades, both here at the Department of Justice and in private practice,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “It should not have taken us 16 months to get him confirmed.”…

    Clark has extensive experience navigating administrative law, according to the White House. His time working in the DOJ under Bush had him involved in nearly every significant environmental case of the federal government in that time.
    “The Senate’s confirmation of Jeff Clark … after a disgraceful delay of 16 months — is great news for the President’s deregulatory agenda,” Competitive Enterprise Institute’s energy and environment director Myron Ebell said in a statement. “We are confident that Jeff is up to the job of defending the administration’s withdrawal of major Obama-era environmental rules from legal challenges.”…

    Environmentalists have opposed Clark’s nomination for months, arguing his nomination would gut environmental regulations in favor of industry activity…
    “Clark is the exact opposite of who we need leading our Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division,” (Sierra Club federal lobbying and advocacy senior director Melinda) Pierce said.
    https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/11/senate-environmental-attorney/

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    12 Oct: Reuters: Chinese solar projects facing closure amid subsidy backlog: government report
    by David Stanway and Muyu Xu
    Solar power projects in the northwest Chinese region of Ningxia are struggling to maintain operations and face “bankruptcy risks” because of long subsidy payment delays, according to an investigation by regulators.
    The warning follows rapid growth in China’s solar sector, which has led to a subsidy backlog of 120 billion yuan ($17.4 billion), with prices for solar power varying wildly from region to region.

    China wants to bring down renewable energy costs to allow wind and solar projects to compete subsidy-free with coal-fired power. It has already capped the number of new projects this year in a bid to ease its subsidy burden and help the sector focus on efficient supply.

    The National Energy Administration’s (NEA’s) bureau in charge of northwest China said the payment backlog had forced many Ningxia projects to take high-interest loans to stay afloat, with some unable to afford basic maintenance…

    “Local authorities in Ningxia should further control the capacity of renewable projects and strengthen supervision of subsidy distribution… in order to prevent widespread bankruptcy in the industry,” said the report…

    However, wind and solar projects in western regions like Ningxia and Xinjiang still find it difficult to compete with cheaper coal, even though grid firms are legally obliged to source as much power from renewable sources as they can.

    The regulator admitted solar and wind power generation and transmission projects in Ningxia were “very expensive”, with data earlier this week showing the grid in Ningxia paid just 255.5 yuan per megawatt-hour (MWh) for coal-fired power last year, compared to 871.6 yuan for solar.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-solar-subsidies/chinese-solar-projects-facing-closure-amid-subsidy-backlog-government-report-idUSKCN1MM0F2?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews

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    pat

    stop streaming:

    12 Oct: BBC: Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?
    By Reality Check team
    A virtually endless supply of film, music and TV can be streamed and downloaded almost instantly.
    But at what cost to the environment?
    Vast amounts of energy are needed to keep data flowing on the internet and demand will only increase as our reliance on digital services grows.
    Some of that energy is generated from clean energy sources, but much of it comes from burning carbon-based fossil fuels, which scientists believe is a contributing factor to rising global temperatures…

    “How we power our digital infrastructure is rapidly becoming critical to whether we will be able to arrest climate change in time,” says Gary Cook, IT sector analyst at Greenpeace…
    Watching video over the internet at home is roughly the same as having two or three old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs on, say Prof Chris Preist and Dr Dan Schien, of the University of Bristol’s computer science department…
    (Huawei Technologies Anders) Andrae says data centres being built across the world need to be fed by renewable energy to minimise these emissions…

    The European Commission-funded Eureca project found that data centres in EU countries consumed 25% more energy in 2017 compared with 2014.
    The lead scientist, Rabih Bashroush, calculated that five billion downloads and streams clocked up by the song Despacito, released in 2017, consumed as much electricity as Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic put together in a single year…
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45798523

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      Roy Hogue

      If my Netflix account is a problem to anyone they are welcome to come tell me about it. I might even listen. But I’ll keep on watching Netflix.

      They show signs of wanting to control my home, my thermostat, appliances and everything else here in the Golden State TinHatState. And someone’s going to convince me that my TV watching via NetFlix is worse than ordinary commercial TV???

      The solution is not more research or renewable energy it’s to build more generators.

      Otherwise solve the problem by shutting down the Internet. The world got along without it for millions of years. And the postal service would be happy. Children might actually be outside playing more and there would be a lot less distraction to take us away from things that matter more than the Internet.

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        Greebo

        Indeed.

        Anyway, they should be happy. Netflix, which comes to me via the phone line, has got me to ditch Foxtel, which had to be beamed to me via satellite.

        Idiots.

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          Roy Hogue

          My access is FiOS at 75 mbit up and down and 802.11n wifi which is more than fast enough to deliver beautiful 1920 X 1080 progressive scan video to my blu-ray player which passes it right along to the TV. Every now and then Netflix has a problem and hangs up or the player tells me it’s not connected to the internet. There are so many possibilities for a cause that I can’t even guess, including possible flaws in the players third party Netflix app. But I have spent so many hours of good commercial free TV watching in the evening that I couldn’t begin to complain.

          A TV Bought today instead of a few years ago would handle the Ethernet connection directly though I’m not certain if all of them could handle wifi. But it wouldn’t make sense not to because, as in my case, the required cable connection would be a problem of circuitous cabling going from the router back away from the living room into the adjacent bedroom closet, up into the attic then out into the garage, down the wall and into the living room and the from there to the TV. I haven’t even tried to estimate the cable length required because I’ve already crawled through my attic one time too many.

          The player will save it’s entire setup and configuration details on a USB flash drive so if I make a change and don’t like it I can get back the way it was in seconds.

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    Betapug

    It is reassuring that Google employs people with such tolerance of diversity.

    UX Design Lead Dave Hogue for example:

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    Betapug

    ⚜️ Dave Hogue ⚜️‏ @DaveHogue

    You are finished, @GOP. You polished the final nail for your own coffins.

    FUCK. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL.

    I hope the last images burned into your slimy, evil, treasonous retinas are millions of women laughing and clapping and celebrating as your souls descend into the flames.
    2:21 PM – 6 Oct 2018

    [I think not. We can do without such a quote.] AZ

    [Actually, with a link for context it becomes very topical. I think more should be said about the fine folks at Google. https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/10/google-exec-blasts-gop-over-kavanaugh-claims-party-is-finished/ ]ED

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      Betapug

      Apologies for not being able to provide the link to the same info as legalinsurrection in my post. Intelligent, university educated friends have been repeatedly calling in Facebook posts for Trump’s assassination by shooting or poisoning and for Kavanaugh’s public castration.

      It gets to you after a while.

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    pat

    12 Oct: Washington Times: Stephen Dinan: Hillary Clinton loses security clearance after server scandal
    Hillary Clinton has given up her security clearance in the wake of the scandal over her handling of secret information on her email server, the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed Friday.
    Chairman Charles E. Grassley also revealed top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and four others no longer have clearance.
    Mrs. Clinton’s clearance expired at the end of August. The others lost their access privileges in September.
    The State Department, in a letter to Mr. Grassley, had said Mrs. Clinton and her aides retained clearance in order to conduct research after she left office.
    The names of the four additional aides besides Ms. Mills were redacted from the State Department letter that the committee released…

    10 Oct: Judicial Watch: Judicial Watch Uncovers More Classified Material on Hillary Clinton’s Unsecure Email System
    (Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch announced today that it received 288 pages of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were transmitted over her unsecure, non-“state.gov” email system, three of which contain classified information…ETC
    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-uncovers-more-classified-material-on-hillary-clintons-unsecure-email-system/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=press%20release

    back to GOOGLE. not everything at TruePundit is worth reading, but it’s timely to re-read this:

    12 Sept 2018: TruePundit: Hillary Clinton & GOOGLE Created Covert Server to Hide Classified Benghazi Emails from Congress; FBI Never Probed
    by Thomas Paine
    NOTE: Since the Right-wing media has been asleep on this story for over two years — but suddenly Google’s collusion with Hillary Clinton is newsworthy, we at True Pundit wanted to highlight a story we broke in JUNE and SEPT. 2016, detailing Hillary and Google’s election collusion. That was 26 MONTHS AGO. Also notworthy, in this story True Pundit stated that China had hacked Hillary’s emails, per FBI sources. That also has recently “come true” so to speak in the ‘news’ recently. We broke it two years ago. We are proud that our national scoops always stand the test of time, despite misguided and partisan critics who are two years behind our reporting. Here is the original story from 2016….READ ON
    https://truepundit.com/hillary-clinton-fbi-never-probed/

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    13 Oct: The Intercept: Google CEO Tells Senators That Censored Chinese Search Engine Could Provide “Broad Benefits”
    by Ryan Gallagher
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai has refused to answer a list of questions from U.S. lawmakers about the company’s secretive plan for a censored search engine in China.
    In a letter newly obtained (LINK) by The Intercept, Pichai told a bipartisan group of six senators that Google could have “broad benefits inside and outside of China,” but said he could not share details about the censored search engine because it “remains unclear” whether the company “would or could release a search service” in the country.

    Pichai’s letter contradicts the company’s search engine chief, Ben Gomes, who informed (LINK) staff during a private meeting that the company was aiming to release the platform in China between January and April 2019. Gomes told employees working on the Chinese search engine that they should get it ready to be “brought off the shelf and quickly deployed.”

    According to sources and confidential Google documents, the search engine for China, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed to comply with the strict censorship regime imposed by China’s ruling Communist Party…READ ON
    https://theintercept.com/2018/10/12/google-search-engine-china-censorship/

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    AUDIO: 11 Oct: Breitbart: Christie-Lee McNally: Google Does Not ‘Worry About Legislation’ Because They ‘Bought’ Congress
    by Robert Kraychik
    Christie-Lee McNally, executive director of Free Our Internet, warned of large technology companies’ procurement of political influence via lobbying efforts in Washington, DC. She offered her remarks in a Thursday interview with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily…

    “They control over 90 percent of the internet, so they don’t need to capitulate to us, they don’t need to capitulate to the Senate [or] the president. They don’t need to capitulate … because they’ve bought them all. The amount they pay in lobbyists — if you look at FEC reports and how much they pay in lobbyists [and in] Washington, DC, they don’t have to worry about legislation.”

    “Clearly they lied last month when they went up there,” said McNally of Twitter and Facebook executives’ denial of political censorship across their digital platforms during testimony before congressional committees.

    AUDIO 24 MINS

    The top recipient of Google’s lobbying spending in 2014 was the Podesta Group, founded by Clinton loyalist and founder of the Center for American Progress and its subsidiary ThinkProgress…

    Marlow described the threat to free speech and expression posed by large technology firms as “100 times the threat” posed by left-wing news media outlets such as CNN…READ ALL
    https://www.breitbart.com/radio/2018/10/11/christie-lee-mcnally-google-does-not-worry-about-legislation-because-they-bought-congress/

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    10 Oct: American Thinker: Now we know what Strzok meant in that ‘insurance policy’ text to Page
    by Mark Wauck
    It turns out that John Podesta didn’t just pull the Russia Hoax out of thin air right after the election. It was a key part of a contingency plan that was already in place…

    Finally, we know what Peter Strzok meant when he texted his paramour Lisa Page on August 16, 2016, about an “insurance policy ” in case Trump got elected…
    And note: this was a bipartisan plan, and it was hatched by “senior staff in the Obama White House.”…
    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/now_we_known_what_strzok_meant_in_that_insurance_policy_text_to_page.html

    12 Oct: American Thinker: The Russia Hoax As Contingency Plan
    by Mark Wauck
    Fast forward a couple of years and here we are in October, 2018, just about two years after Trump’s electoral triumph, and for reasons best known to themselves Ben Rhodes and Jen Psaki have decided to reveal to New York Magazine that the Russia Hoax was a key part of the Obama Administration’s — and presumably the Clinton campaign’s — contingency plan to, well, steal an election: Obama Had a Secret Plan in Case Trump Rejected 2016 Election Results (LINK). We’re all adults — right? — so there’s no need to quibble over the meaning of words like “results.” Here’s what Rhodes and Psaki are saying…READ ALL
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/10/the_russia_hoax_as_contingency_plan.html

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    pat

    it’s not only CAGW that drives Liberals crazy! very funny:

    12 Oct: Newsbusters: Politico: ‘Trump Anxiety Disorder’ Is Driving Liberals Crazy
    by P.J. Gladnick
    In case you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s now official: President Donald Trump is driving liberals crazy. The October 12 edition of Politico Magazine told us what we pretty much already knew. And if you were somehow unaware of this, liberal antics in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation should have enlightened you…

    Politico editor John F. Harris and intern Sarah Zimmerman are now revealing the sad truth of the extreme mental affliction now affecting mass numbers of liberals in “Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast.” (What’s with this “Us” bit, Kemosabe?)…READ ALL
    https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/pj-gladnick/2018/10/12/politico-trump-anxiety-disorder-driving-liberals-crazy

    12 Oct: Politico: Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast
    Psychologists’ couches are filling up as Americans seek relief from Trump Anxiety Disorder.
    By JOHN F. HARRIS and SARAH ZIMMERMAN
    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/10/12/donald-trump-anxiety-disorder-pscyhologists-221305

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    pat

    TWEET: Glenn Greenwald. The Intercept: I can’t remember an episode that has produced more crude, contemptuous, reckless, stigmatizing and harmful discourse about mental health issues than the partisan anger, primarily emanating from cable news & social media, over the last 48 hours due to Kanye West’s WH visit.
    - 12 Oct 2018

    12 Oct: The Intercept: Mental Health Professionals Denounce CNN and Don Lemon’s Show for Mocking and Stigmatizing Kanye West’s Hospitalization
    by Glenn Greenwald
    https://theintercept.com/2018/10/11/mental-health-professionals-denounce-cnn-and-don-lemons-show-for-mocking-and-stigmatizing-kanye-wests-hospitalization/

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      VIDEO: 30min04sec: 3 Aug: Daily Caller: Watch Hispanic And Black Faith Leaders Thank Trump One-By-One For ‘Empowering’ Them
      by Benny Johnson
      This week, President Trump hosted urban pastors at the White House for a roundtable on religion.
      ***No networks covered the event, but the White House posted footage of the remarks on youtube afterward.

      Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s niece, said she was honored to “pray right here in the White House.” King told Trump, “You’ve done so many things that were great… this administration will continue to make history. It’s going to be a lot of positive changes. Great things are on the horizon, I promise.”…
      https://dailycaller.com/2018/08/03/hispanic-black-religion-leaders-trump/

      3 Aug: WaPo: Black pastors not likely to change black Americans’ low approval of Trump

      18 Aug: USA Today: Trump at 36 percent approval among African-Americans, new poll finds
      by William Cummings
      “Today’s @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 36%,” Rasmussen said in a tweet. “This day last year: 19%.”
      That is a staggeringly high number for a man who only won 8 percent of the African-American vote in 2016…

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    12 Oct: Daily Caller: Teacher Who Said Stephen Miller Ate Glue As A Child Under Review By School
    by Neetu Chandak
    A teacher who said President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller ate glue as a child is under review by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in California for disclosing information of the former student…
    The school placed her on “home assignment,” which means Fiske is not at work but retains employment status, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) spokeswoman Gail Pinsker told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Pinsker emphasized that Fiske “is not suspended.”…
    The (Hollywood Reporter) article recounting Miller’s alleged behavior as a third grader has received push back since its release.

    “What kind of teacher goes to an entertainment newspaper with gossip about an 8-year-old boy?” Becket Adams wrote in The Washington Examiner Wednesday. “Hell, forget that she’s a teacher. What kind of human being does that?”
    William Jacobson, a Cornell University professor and founder of the blog Legal Insurrection, said The Hollywood Reporter’s focus on a teacher “badmouthing” was meant to bring down Miller.
    “It’s meant to dehumanize Miller, to suggest he is brain damaged,” Jacobson wrote Thursday…
    https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/12/teacher-stephen-miller-glue/

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    pat

    one more to add to the “Examiner” list below:

    Turkey releases US Pastor Andrew Brunson in a big win for Trump
    International-Vox-13 hours ago

    12 Oct: Washington Examiner: Trump’s list: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping
    by Paul Bedard
    The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on…
    THE LIST
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/trumps-list-289-accomplishments-in-just-20-months-relentless-promise-keeping

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    pat

    GREAT work by Jeff Carlson.

    it would be fascinating to have the ABC staff, including the idiots who put together “Planet America”, who have devoted the past 2 years to reporting every detail, no matter how trivial, that US FakeNewsMSM has manufactured on Donald Trump, PUBLICLLY answer questions on what role the people in the Infographic played in Spygate, and whether or not ABC reported any of it.

    12 Oct: TheEpochTimes: Spygate: The True Story of Collusion [Infographic]
    How America’s most powerful agencies were weaponized against President Donald Trump
    By Jeff Carlson
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/spygate-the-true-story-of-collusion_2684629.html

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    Kneel

    heh.

    Concerned about google manipulating you with search results, eh?

    How about Intel?

    Did you know that since about 2002 (or is it 2012?), Intel have been embedding a small CPU, flash and RAM inside its x86 and x86_64 series CPUs. This hidden processor can access all memory and devices attached and can “stall” the “real” CPU indefinately if required. It leaves NO TRACE for the “standard” OS to pick up – even if it DID, it can later hide it so you can’t find it and don’t know your logs have been changed. It’s part of the UEFI secure boot process too, so in theory anyway, it can prevent you booting another OS to recover/wipe your data. With this “hack”, the DNC (or the GOP for that matter) could have lost their entire server and had NO WAY to find out who did it (if they even noticed).

    AMD (Intel’s only real direct competitor for the desktop and laptop markets) uses the same tech in their CPUs, so no escape there.

    Yes, it’s encrypted. Yes, only Intel has the official keys. These things leak – always do. And once you are in, you can change the keys too, and then even Intel can’t get you back in without the right keys, which they no longer have.

    If, as has been in the news lately, China has been “fiddling” chips, and they fiddled this bit… well, no-one can say they are safe if they run on x86(_64)!

    Only way out is to go with a non-x86(_64) machine – something like a Raspberry Pi – and load it with Linux built from sources.

    If you’re worried about it, that is.

    Me – not so much. Because whoever can use this is likely more interested in what they can scam from a bank, or Amazon, or some other big business, and not little ol’ me! So I may still get hit, along with the rest of us if someone scams the big banks or whatever, but they are unlikely to come after me while such juicy targets remain available… and afterwards, I’m unlikely to have much left anyway, let alone something they want…

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    Kim

    Censorship always destroys those who censor. It’s the primary cause of corporations, large organisations and countries, destroying themselves from within. Their staff, members and citizens, ask the question “Why bother?” and they don’t. They keep their heads below the parapet even if it means that the corporation \ organisation \ country goes belly up.

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