20 Replies to “No Skin”

  1. Meh. What do you want from me. It was that or a rant on snow melt and dissolved phosphorous concentrations coming off corn and soybean fields,.. and toxic blue green algae, out the wazoo. You’re welcome.

  2. you forgot to end your second sentence with a question mark. that is simply unforgivable.

    folks are gonna miss all that phosphorus when it’s gone.

  3. “Everyone I see is missing something.” Yeah – it’s call “the big picture”.

  4. we were just discussing in the lab the other day that if we wanted to make whatever really well, we’d get the germans to make it.

    krauts to make the prototypes and types, then get the production models made in china.

  5. And it will look exactly the same, but cost a lot less, and lack the quality and precision.

  6. The quality might actually be there. But the track record is poor enough that you can’t be sure.

  7. the trick is to know what you can get made without the high precision, and what you can’t. for example, grade 2 titanium is cheaper than grade 5, but grade 5 is harder and won’t scratch as easily. scratches across your o-ring shelves will drive you nuts with resurfaces, or you can just ignore them and watch the internal pressure rise as your instrument slowly fills with saltwater.

  8. from america2.0

    “Thanks I think, for this article about the nuclear waste problems at Hanford. There are some lurking questions in my mind about knowing more than I want to or need to know, and the impact of such on my own mental well-being. The older I get, the more I realise that in the past, we have been led into our plight by people who were stark raving insane, lunatics who would be banished and relegated to mental health care in healthy and positive human societies which valued futures, life, environment. In a sick society, these people were listened to, and followed. The persuasiveness of psychopaths and sociopaths and others with issues enables them to fool the good people who haven’t studied, have not listened and learned and who have approached the world without scientific, rational or common sense capabilities. As a result, decisions were made or imposed, the good people acquiesced, and bad processes started – which have led to insoluble problems . . . and the nuclear mess is only one. After Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, and after Hanford, and many other leaks and problems, at least to me it appears there are no easy and no difficult solutions – we must endure the continued destruction that we let get started – similarly the military industrial complex, the pollution of the globe, and the failure of the financial systems. I sure don’t have answers, and perhaps don’t even have the proper questions, but where we go from here and how we get there – like Lenin’s classic “What is to be done” booklet, these are the questions that need to be considered – there is no point to contributing to or supporting continued destruction. bob g”

  9. ditto source:

    “Pessimism of the Intellect means, simply, be a scientist: see the world as it really is, not as you might like it to be. Try to identify and, if necessary, overcome hidden biases or prior assumptions. Always ask yourself: What assumption am I making? What if it is incorrect? How do I know what I know? In many cases, the correct answer is: I don’t know. Never be afraid to admit you don’t know.

    Optimism of the Will means, have the courage to attempt difficult things. Sometimes, Will can overcome the odds.”

    “If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
    — A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

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