142 Replies to “June 2013 Reflection Thread”

  1. i think there may be an even better correlation between global oil fields discovery and rock music quality as portrayed by Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. i recall Ghawar and some of the other ME supergiants were evaluated and initially brought into production in the mid-1960s to mid-1970s timeframe.

    why the correlation? speculation abounds. perhaps music technology matured about the same time as seismic profiling technology. after all, signal processing for seismic waves is just a matter of longer wavelength from sound waves. perhaps the Fender Stratocaster and multi-channel seismics co-evolved at about the same time as the IBM 360 computer, punch cards, and Fortran programming. seriously, reel-to-reel tape technology was used to record both high-fidelity music and active seismic recordings.

    then again, it might just be a coincidence.

  2. good old 2008, the beginning of the Greater and soon to be known as the Greatest Depression, when the wheels began to come off the global civilization, etc.

    1968 was another pivotal year. the time span between 1968 and 2008 is exactly 40 years. forty years is the calculated lag time between the peak of oil discovery and peak oil production (see the Shock Model of “WebHubbleTelescope” on TOD, although King Hubbert knew this earlier).

    Peak Oil and the Greatest Depression are definitely not a coincidence.

  3. This is exciting. Of course, the odds of getting my picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone have probably never been lower.

  4. There’s a Les Paul/multi-track recording correlation. Meh. Reel-to-reel is just a mechanism. That it is/was more commonly associated with music isn’t surprising.

  5. northern california beaches in summer… hard quartz sand so hot that it blisters. water so cold that your feet numb and turn blue, and your balls shrink and try to re-enter your scrotum to keep warm. dangerous surf and rip currents, with sharp, cutting, barnacle-encrusted rocks everywhere. tar balls get onto everything. the smell of rotting seaweed (kelp) and dead seabirds bloating in the hot sun. biting flies and obnoxious, belching, lazy seals lying about barking and farting and so protected that if you hang around them for very long the police want to fine you and lock you up for harassment.

    at least they killed off the grizzly bears that used to patrol there.

    you can have it. pretty to look at, though.

  6. yeah. i just thought it was kinda funny that cvb came out with a new song and that i kinda like it.

    ns speaks for herself. i guess.

  7. from what i can tell, argentina, like california, is a nice place to be from.

    nancy sinatra was pretty hot way back when. talented, cool dad, too. kinda like jamie lee curtis, only better.

  8. GB? With all this rain upstate its like freakin Ireland right now. Wow green. Dig. Plant. Pick. Eat. Life. Alive.

  9. if it’s a choice between wild wolves and my steak dinner, i’ll take the dinner.

    besides, we could always clone moron wolves. i want a pet dire wolf, and a saber tooth kitty.

  10. Wolves. Funny I was just talking with my daughter about our friend who has two wolves. They sit on the periphery and watch our kids and dogs play and run around like idiots. They love to watch, like they wish they could join in the fun but they can’t and won’t, no matter how much we comfort and pet and encourage them. They just sit and watch all day. This was our experience at a cookout. Beautiful handsome animals. They were good boys but they couldn’t engage and never will.

  11. “They were good boys but they couldn’t engage and never will.” But they did once, a long time ago in southeast asia. all dogs can be traced to a common ancestor there. the wolves that came in from the cold.

    i don’t know how the dingo fits into all of this. it also came from southeast asia. our present aussie cattle dog is part dingo. damn baby snatchers. smart dogs, too.

  12. ghaw, after hanging out here, I need sunglasses to read JHK’s newly rennovated web site. seriously, i had to turn down the brightness control until my eyes adjusted.

    check out his new “my town” pictorial. for a guy that’s into architecture, pictures himself a critic no less, he sure lives in a dump of a town. guess he thinks he can survive better there on wild trout and apples.

  13. yeah, his new site does that weird shit were it hangs off the right side of my screen. i hate that.

    greenwich ny is probably a pretty nice place. i think jhk likes to take pictures of the worst shit possible, i think.

  14. most underrated female singers of the 20th century:

    peggy lee
    patsy cline
    dusty springfield

    most overrated female singers of the 20th century:

    petula clark
    patti page
    tammy wynett
    many others…

    truly appreciated category (as in widely recognized for talent):

    ella fitzgerald
    billie holiday
    aretha franklin

  15. Interesting video interview with him in that link you posted. He says its possible he will be “rendered” by the authorities, as a consequence for his actions. Ouch you know that’s got to hurt.

  16. ren·der (rndr)
    tr.v. ren·dered, ren·der·ing, ren·ders
    1. To submit or present, as for consideration, approval, or payment: render a bill.
    2. To give or make available; provide: render assistance.
    3. To give what is due or owed: render thanks; rendered homage.
    4. To give in return or retribution: He had to render an apology for his rudeness.
    5. To surrender or relinquish; yield.

    i’m guessing it’s nos. 3 to 5 definitions. hummm, such a smart and fine looking fellow. sure will be interesting to compare the freshly caught versus ER arrival pictures of him, ala Boston bomber suspect no. 1.

  17. yeah, he’s (wuz) right, but I like pies, cake (not so much anymoron), pastries, candy (has to be good stuff), ice cream (ditto). how about a little bit once in awhile? i avoid soda pop like it’s poison. however, beer is almost as bad. damn.

  18. Snowden is a real hero, major cajones on that dude. it’s Obama that should have trouble sleeping at night, looking in the mirror, checking his pants for balls, etc., but then, he’s a lying liar sociopath like Bushco. the oreo version of Dubya. resignation is the only honorable path. let’s see what he does. any bets?

    Q: Why did you decide to become a whistleblower?

    A: “The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.

    “I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.”

    Q: Do you think what you have done is a crime?

    A: “We have seen enough criminality on the part of government. It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me. They have narrowed the public sphere of influence.”

    Q: What do you think is going to happen to you?

    A: “Nothing good.”

  19. There’s much more to this story than meets the eye. First, Hong Kong is an interesting choice. Second, this is not “news” – so why now? Who benefits? Third, my take is most Americans could give a shit. They buy the cock & bull story about terrorism and protection.

    I’ve even read where this is Washington factions fighting and Obamas usefulness, such as it is, has waned. This was the signal to start the bus.

    That said, there’s all manner of BS flying around right now and it’ll take a couple of days to see what sticks and what slides to the floor.

    At first blush, Snowden does appear to genuinely be a hero of the first order.

  20. They seem to be successfully making the story about Snowdon himself rather than the issue that has been revealed. A few body slams on Obama and the usual Bush vs Obama comparisons. So far there have been no real surprises, just another news week. Move along.

  21. There has been no boycotts. No beer hall speeches. No burning of hand held devices in the streets. The drones seem rather unmoved.

  22. Doomsky-
    If you haven’t seen former Python Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, you should check it out. The guy was prescient.

    I know you don’t agree with me, but I’m convinced the folks in charge are a bunch of Keystone Kops and that our biggest fears should be about their incompetance and the inevitable screw-ups that will result.

  23. EE, you have a point. however, i don’t like seeing all the manipulations of the public. some of the latest like this recent shit story here:


    Snowden is now known on CNN as “the NSA leaker”. his girlfriend is described as a “pole dancer”. does anyone else see the bias?

    as Bif says, the story has evolved into “it’s all about him” and his “criminal act”. what about the content of what he has to say? what of the crimes being committed at the highest levels of government, the unconstitutional public spying, what about the POTUS lies and coverup? Nixon had to resign or face certain impeachment over far lesser crimes. i guess there’s too much fear now to do the right thing regarding these criminals. shades of creeping Nazi Germany.

    what i don’t like about the “keystone kops” analogy is it fits into their coverup story and smoothes over their blatant, sometimes violent crimes. take a look at the freshly caught picture of Boston bomber suspect no. 1 in custody, completely naked and cuffed behind his back. then compare that to his equally naked picture laid out dead on a table in the ER. what happened to him? the official story is his younger brother ran over him with the getaway car, trying to escape. do those wounds look like he was hit by a car? how did the brother hit him with a car after he was already in custody?

    those are some pretty brutal, mean and violent keystone kops. they also kill innocents en masse in their blatant false flag ops, like the Boston bombing, 9-11, USS Liberty, the Kennedy brothers, etc. it’s a long list.

  24. Change will derail the gravy train or perceptions thereof. Change cannot be non-violent – violence or the threat of is the currency of dying empires.

  25. DD: You and I are of one mind. Vicious Keystone Kops is a perfect analogy–wish I had thought of it.

    GB: Are you being facetious? If not, substitute all of the ubiquitous ducts and paper for cellphones and internet chatter. And for an excellent interpretation of “Brazil” look no further than here: http://thisruthlessworld.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/what-does-this-movie-mean-terry-gilliams-brazil-1985/#fin

    UR: Spot on regarding change. Unfortunate that it has to be red in tooth and claw but nature is what it is and so are we.

  26. EE – wasn’t commenting on Brazil. It does seem to be a work of genius…have to see it some day. Just asking: if you don’t own/have/use a cell or hand held device, are you missing anything of importance?

  27. GB, you’re missing out on the opportunity to become distracted while driving and texting, on rudely taking a call while (a) in conversation with someone in the room, (2) dining out, or (3) making love to that significant other that’s so significant, he/she couldn’t possibly mind the interruption, besides he/she was getting tired, and possibly a little bored, anyway.

  28. “Qatar on Monday offered five cargoes of liquefied natural gas (LNG), worth perhaps $300 million, “as a gift to the Egyptian people during the summer months”.

    It is a small gesture from a Gulf ally which has already lent Egypt some $7 billion in the past year but highlights how tough times are for the 84 million Egyptians.”

    Brother, can you spare some LNG?

  29. Maybe they should buy them a soda.

    I’d like to buy the world a home
    And furnish it with love
    Grow apple trees and honey bees
    And snow white turtle doves.

    I’d like to teach the world to sing
    In perfect harmony
    I’d like to buy the world a Coke
    And keep it company
    That’s the real thing.

    What the world wants today
    Coca-Cola (background)
    Is the real thing

  30. Imagine all the banksters,
    heads on a pike,
    it’s not hard to do.

    Imagine all the people,
    mobbing in the streets.

    wo hoooooo who do…

    I wonder when it’ll happen,
    when they’ll say “enough”.

    then someday you’ll join us,
    and all the world will live in poverty.

  31. uncle,

    anyone with half a brain knows, and has known for a long time, that the nsa, cia, fbi, atm, the national park service….etc., can and do spy on whoever they want to, whenever they want to. they, the various government agencies, are not generally interested in those that don’t even have a half a brain (the 99%).

    snowden seems to be addressing that crowd, the 99% without half a brain. i have no idea of his motives. maybe he is some sorta stooge for the gov. but it dosen’t seem likely to me.

    i guess.

    being within the 99% has nothing to do with money, i’d say, by the way. but money can buy lot’s of information. it’s vicious circle….

    i’d say.

  32. the whole idea of gathering petabytes of data, and then sifting through it looking for key markers seems ludicrous to me. but who the fuck am i?

  33. you have to think, how did the east germans, soviets, and (crudely) the nazis start spreading fear? they pulled in a couple of people and the word got around real fast.

    think of the drug war here (which is largely about enforcing social norms, by the way). your neighbor gets busted for smoking some herb, and suddenly you’re a lot more careful about lighting up…i guess.

  34. just throwing it out there dave.

    “the whole idea of gathering petabytes of data, and then sifting through it looking for key markers seems ludicrous to me. but who the fuck am i?”

    not google.

    searching an ocean or a niagara falls stream of data is nothing anymore. information, stored or otherwise, is not knowledge. data relationships matter. algos can manufacture relationships.

    1984 on steroids.

  35. i think the fear now is if you say or write something that catches the attention of an alphabet agency, like some scathing criticism that happens to land right on target, then the agencies can release their algo dogs on you.

    thank god that they’re just vicious keystone kops, as EE likes to describe them. to be affected, you just have to be unlucky enough to be standing within the kill zone of one of their half-baked false flag ops. if you survive, they cannonize you as a true american hero, sans a few body parts.

  36. yeah uncle, i’m just throwing some ideas around also.

    the petabytes google searches are relatively static. also, users supply markers (tags) specifically for google’s use.

    what we’re talking about here is petabytes, constantly shifting, daily, or something like that. also, anyone with half a brain is going to be doing things like throwing out false markers and using codes and such. so again, the idea of sifting through petabytes for useful information seems ludicrous to me. but again, who the fuck am i?

  37. criticism? like water off a duck’s back. in fact, “they” like criticism; the more the better. makes it harder to sift through the bullshit. i think.

    at some point that’ll change. i think.

  38. well, that’s the fear, of unwanted criticism, or pointing out criminal behavior that could be embareassing or even cause trouble, ala Watergate. it’s like stomping on a dinosaur’s tail. most of the time, it’s hopeless, but once you finally get their attention, watch out below. Snowden’s move got their attention, briefly.

    i wuz thinking of a certain person who hosts this blog, as an example. just kidding, really, who gives a fuck what we think or write or say here or elsewhere?

    btw, it’s been interesting over on america2.0 to see Jay get an updated education on what’s now possible with computers and modern intercept devices and algorithums.

  39. dave I don’t know for a fact that petabytes of a dynamic data can’t be scanned in real time, because if it can’t it most likely soon will be.

    I disagree RE google searches. some data may be static, the Internet as a whole, that is, the place google is indexing for our (and the gov’ts) convenience, is not.

    That it is or isn’t (petabytes of a dynamic data can’t be scanned in real time) really isn’t the point. there is the perception that is based in part on fact. More importantly, that the government is doing it at all in the contexts that have been revealed is the more salient point in my view.

    It is undeniably unconstitutional. It destroys any vestige of trust even the most blind of the sheeple may have had.

    The government is a cult of criminality.

    tick fucking tock.

  40. well, i’ve long said 2 or maybe 3 things:

    1. all governments, in any shape or form, are criminal (if human hierarchies are a crime).

    2. you can’t trust anything they say, or do. (an intelligent person’s best option is to simply ignore them.)

    3. most people (99%) prefer being lied to. believing the lies is their best option.

    anyhoo, back to scanning data… feeding false data, and having the idiots react to it in real time, would be a hacker’s dream come true. i think. heads would be spinning, i think.

  41. well, jay wants to discuss current events on his list. but he says comments that advocate violence are not welcomed. my questions: pending societal revolution is an optional, upcoming event, especially in regards to resource scarcity and creeping totalitarian rule. historically, what revolutions were completely non-violent? has there ever been one example?

    since i suspect there have been zero true, non-violent revolutions by oppressed human masses, i cannot post anything about an important upcoming event that flows from present discussions of current events on that list.

    i can post these points here, but will get censored over there.

  42. “scanning data… […] and having the idiots react to it in real time, would be a hacker’s dream come true.”

    It’s called High Frequency Trading. The false data is usually a code error.

  43. Advocating vs. acknowledging the historical inevitability are not the same. Maybe he doesn’t like the shit used the grease the slippery slope?

  44. uncle, for me it’s a mind trap. i’m a non-violent person. i’ve only been in one fight in my entire life, when a was about 13, and lost. i’ve only killed small animals, mostly for food (quail, doves and rabbits) and “sport” whatever that means (that humans are ignorant, that’s what it really means).

    anyway, when TSHTF, the 99% will have the numbers, and one level of violence usually escalates to the next. we can surmise the ultimate outcome. life afterward will likely be hard on the survivors, but those who die in the process can take comfort in knowing the inevitable outcome for the 1% class and their minions, as a goal and an end. rinse, repeat.

  45. oops, forgot about a couple of fights in high school. i was being bullied by a guy who thought he was tougher than moi, but he was just dumber. hey, i won both of those!

    so, mostly non-violent.

  46. So you’re nominally non-violent in an environment that is nominally non-violent from a human-on-human perspective.

  47. here’s a good one, uncle: i proposed to take the boys to the shooting range here, to get familiar with shooting guns. she’s amazingly against me do this, which for me, it’s like driving a car or riding a bike (also dangerous, btw).

  48. I convinced Mrs. Remus a few years back to get her handgun license, which at the time was known as concealed carry. Now we’re open or concealed carry, if your licensed.

    Anyway, I said look, just go through the courses (I sprung for some additional professional training), process the paperwork and get it. You don’t HAVE to carry a firearm because you have the license, no more than you HAVE to drive because you have a license. But options are good.

    Now she’s comfortable around firearms, knows how to choose a handgun she is comfortable with AND will carry/use (a Sig Sauer in her case). I’m still working on the shotty with her. She is however, a far cry from a “gun nut” or NRA.

    In your case, I might suggest the additional approach of firearms familiarization from a safety perspective, making safe a firearm, proper handling and the non-Hollywood weight and feel of one of the most important tools ever created my man.

    You may not be a tradesman, but you most likely can safely use most hand tools and a variety a power tools.

    As much as JHK may dislike the automobile, Big Oil, the Interstates and suburbs, I’m guessing he still knows how to drive, safely I would presume, and get the fuck out of the way of oncoming cars in crosswalks. I am certain he probably understands what the little white lights on the back of a car are for and the significance of them coming on if you are walking behind said car. I am fairly certain he understands the fuel capacities (and fuel types) of various models of cars, their relative rates of consumption and wide range of consequences of running out of fuel and the environment you might be in at the time that occurs. And it’s safe to say he won’t be hitting the NASCAR circuit in this lifetime.

  49. UR, thanks for the advice. Last I heard, JHK drives a Toyota light truck, probably a second-hand one. It’s like adopting a dog or cat, as opposed to ordering/buying a new one created to sell (not that they weren’t going to make any moron.) He also packs heat, at least around the house.

  50. “Snowden’s father told Fox News that he hoped and prayed his son “will not release any secrets that could constitute treason.”
    The father, Lon Snowden, also said he wanted his son to return to the United States “and face this,” adding “I love my son.””

    that’s some kind of love, gestapo-style.

  51. Pentagon to begin training women for combat roles by 2015

    “Under the schedules military leaders delivered to Hagel, the Army will develop standards by July 2015 to allow women to train and potentially serve as Rangers, and qualified women could begin training as Navy SEALS by March 2016 if senior leaders agree.”


    That is some seriously fucked up shit there.

  52. from kathycassandra over at america2.0 list:


    “…it appeared from his initial video interview with The Guardian that he had learned from pre­vi­ous whis­tleblow­ing cases: he had watched the media and care­fully chosen a journ­al­ist, Glenn Greenwald, with a good track record on the rel­ev­ant issues who would prob­ably fight his corner fear­lessly; his inform­a­tion clearly demon­strated that the intel­li­gence agen­cies were spin­ning out of con­trol and build­ing sur­veil­lance states; he care­fully chose a jur­is­dic­tion to flee to that might have the clout to pro­tect him leg­ally against the wrath of an over-mighty USA; and he has used his inter­net and media savvy to gain as much expos­ure and pro­tec­tion as quickly as possible.

    Plus, he has been incred­ibly brave, con­sid­er­ing the dra­conian war on whistleblowers that is cur­rently being waged by the Amer­ican admin­is­tra­tion. There have been three other NSA whistleblowers in recent years, all also talk­ing about endemic sur­veil­lance. All have paid a high per­sonal price, all dis­played great bravery in the face of adversity yet, sadly, none has achieved the same level of inter­na­tional impact. Were we just deaf to their warn­ings, or has Snowden played this better?

    I think a bit of both. He’s a geek, a young geek, he will have seen what happened to other whis­tleblowers and appears to have taken steps to avoid the same pit­falls. He has gone pub­lic to pro­tect his fam­ily and pre­vent harm to his former col­leagues in any ensu­ing witch-hunt. And he has fled the coun­try in order to remain at liberty to argue his case, which is key to keep­ing the story alive for more than a week in the gad­fly minds of the old media. I know, I’ve been involved in the same process.

    He has blown the whistle to pro­tect an Amer­ican way of life he thinks “worth dying for”. Yet he has broadened out the issues inter­na­tion­ally — what hap­pens in Amer­ica impacts the rest of the world. This, in my view, is cru­cial. I have been writ­ing for years that the US is increas­ingly claim­ing global legal hege­mony over the entire inter­net, as well as the right to kid­nap, tor­ture and murder for­eign­ers at will.”

    Take that Naomi Wolfe….

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