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FB post I just made ...

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Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Heads rolling (figuratively) I hope.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/nsa-whistleblower-bill-binney-tucker-carlson-nsa-spying-branches-government-video/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Binney_(U.S._intelligence_official)
G.W.BUSH!!!   :whyyou:
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We need the potential tree hungers to meet the stand-your-grounders on a dark night with firecrackers.
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You really should learn how to use punctuation properly. Given your superior DNA, this should not be too much of a stretch.

And, on reflection, I agree that my words were not appropriate for a staff member. Please accept my sincere apologies. What I meant to say was: go fuck yourself with a frozen pineapple.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42oucm_lj50
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Dave,
For years the one clear crime in Watergate was only the break in, until the leaks from Deep Throat followed the money to discover the cover-up.

I would not object if they found the leaker and prosecuted them, that still doesn't exonerate Flynn for what he did.
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Osman is training to be a Six Sigma Black Belt.
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Games / Re: Image Association
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It's also why his 2005 tax return looked a little bland.  All the Russian money shit started in 2006 and later (remember Manafort moved into Trump Tower in2006 after he was contracted at $10MM per year for his Kompromant contract).
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Arab/Middle Eastern:  Even if everything IS A-OK, don't give the OK hand sign of making a circle with your thumb and forefinger with the other three fingers extended.

Australia:  The nuance between a peace sign and "not" a peace sign is as simple as palm in or out.
Peace (or Victory): 

NOT Peace: 
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Talkshow host Bill Mitchell...

"So the IC "incidentally" spied on Trump and "incidentally" disseminated it around DC and "incidentally" said he lied when he caught them."
See, that's a perfect example of the "spin" you claim to hate so much from the MSM.   Trump did not "catch" the intelligence community picking Trump transition members under FISA surveillance.   He didnt know about it until Nunes told him yesterday.   But it fits your narrative that the "President" was right about Obama spying on him, so the order of events doesn't matter, right?
Bullshit. Trump caught them in the sense that he knew he was being surveilled as of early March.

 Yesterday was simply official confirmation of this.
Dave,
Trump and his sycophants have changed his story so many times over the last few weeks that if someone told Trump that two people were in the room with him yesterday and only one was talking, the other person was OBVIOUSLY listening and thus suveilling the conversation with Trump.

Therefore, Trump was right about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower during the campaign.

Even though Obama wasn't present,
even though it wasn't a wiretap,
even though it wasn't in Trump Tower,
even though it wasn't during Trump's campaign time.
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I wonder if Dave can put 2 and 2 together for what Nunes did yesterday.
The "information" he shared has a certain value.  But at what eventual cost?

Dave,
Do you understand the eventual repercussions of Nunes actions?
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So Nunes leaked classified information.
What did all the GOP House Intel Committee memebers (like Gowdy) say about what should be done to leakers of classified information?
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Guess where Paul Manafort resides when in New York?

Meet the notorious characters who call Trump Tower home

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Paul Manafort, Floor 43
Trump's former campaign manager, who resigned in August, has lived in Trump Tower since 2006. Manafort transferred the apartment from an LLC to his name in 2015.
Wasn't 2006 when he started getting paid $10million a year from the Russian oligarch?

There's also messages from Manafort's daughters about him and Trump meeting up and spending time together over the years in Trump Tower.
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Welp, Paul Manafort has his daughters against him too.

Donald Trump's former campaign manager accused of playing part in Ukrainian mass killings

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Hacked texts stolen from Paul Manafort's daughters reveal their suspicion of their father's involvement ....

Last month, Mr Manafort's daughters Andrea, 31, and Jessica, 34, were hacked and several text messages were stolen from them, spanning between October 2012 through September 2016.  The texts have been posted to a "darknet" hacker website, according to Politico.

In one text, Andrea Manafort said to her sister, "don't fool yourself, that money we have is blood money."

Ms Manafort may have been referring to her father's alleged role in the February 2014 Kiev police shootings which resulted in the death of approximately 100 people deemed as pro-West protesters.

The incident preceded Mr Yanukovych's escape to Russia by mere days. He has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The New York Daily News reports that Andrea said in another text to her sister, "do you know whose strategy that was to cause that, to send those people out and get them slaughtered[?]"

So Manafort recieves $12 million from Yanakovich.  And his payment is revealed on a black list from a Yanakovich slush fund.
The above talk could be nothing more than ... talk.  But here's another part that gets real interesting ...

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One text, with an attached email, was sent to one of his daughters from a third party. It appeared to ask for Mr Manafort to respond to a mail.ru email account used by Ukrainian MP Serhiy Leshchenko because the latter had damning evidence of Russian ties against Mr Trump and Mr Manafort.

Mr Leschenko has alleged that Mr Manafort had received millions in payments from the Party of Regions, a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
So now Manafort is being blackmailed too.

And there is further talk and discussion about Manafort's girlfriend during his stays in the Ukraine and her "spending habits".

Apparently CNN has copies of all this but has not yet verified all the stuff.
Also, the hackers have written to the House Intelligence Committee with this information as being pertinent to the ongoing investigation.

It's like getting swept into a whirlpool of sleazy shit.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Westminster attack
It turns out that "vig with car" is a pretty deadly combination.
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They exempted Keystone XL since the pipeline company(s) had already purchased miles of pipe from around the world and stockpiled it.
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If I were to predict outcomes here, I would look at Manifort and the manipulation of the GOP platform at the convention.

But that is really beside the point here, the real win from this whole kerfuffle is that the demand for Trump to release his tax returns will become a subpoena.
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Dave,
Although Taibbi was correct on March 8th, it's now March 22nd and we now know after Comey's testimony that the FBI have an ongoing "counterintelligence operation" that includes investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

It is possible that Clapper was not briefed on this ongoing counterintelligence operation by the FBI since it was still open, and the FBI is not fully beholden to the White House to reveal this information (only after the investigation is closed).

FBI director confirms investigation of possible collusion between Trump campaign and Russia

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Director James B. Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities during the 2016 election campaign.

Comey said the investigation was examining whether "there was any coordination" between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Comey suggested that the case was not a criminal investigation but was being conducted as part of FBI's "counterintelligence mission," aimed at preventing Russia intelligence operations against the U.S.

"I can promise you we will follow the facts wherever they lead," he said.

The FBI does not usually publicly confirm its investigations. Comey said he had been authorized by the Justice Department to confirm the investigation in this case.

"I cannot say more about what we are doing," Comey said.

Although the FBI investigation has been reported for weeks, the FBI has not previously confirmed it. He did so in the first congressional hearing into Russia's role in the presidential race.
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Methane combustion is ~120 lbs CO2/MMBtu.  Coal varies but is ~225 lbs CO2/MMBtu.  However, direct Methane emissions to the atmosphere are 20x to 25x (depending on whose number you use) the effect of CO2.

Since spilled coal doesn't contribute to emissions but spilled Methane does there is a certain loss rate where Methane emissions (combustion + leaks) equal coal, and that is around 5%.

The EPA doesn't calculate spills/leaks in their emission profile unless it's reported, and there is no real rule to report minor leaks.  The emission of methane from combustion is pretty small (part per million) so a UAV doing sniff tests above an operating turbine WILL pick up leaks and that is why you have this large multiplier for methane emissions (120x reported).  I would guess a leak rate of 0.5% to 1.0% total in a large plant that isn't well maintained, but you can easily cut that rate by 50% to 75% with good maintenance.  If you have mercaptin traced natural gas then detection is on the order of 0.05% (500 parts per million) versus a non-scented gas stream where a gas detector is 10x less sensative.
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A grass plant is a carbon grabber, that is, it grabs carbon out of the air to build itself.  Many grass plants in my area are fully mature by May and if nothing eats them, then they stop growing.   But if something eats them, then they regrow, grabbing more carbon out of the air.   Then they become mature again and if the paddock is allowed to rest for enough time, then something eats them again, and they regrow yet again.  This cycle can probably be repeated three or four times in my area throughout the year.   So the synergy of herbivores and perennial grasses can be a pretty nice little carbon grabbing engine if managed correctly.
So you and I agree that a perennial grass will have more growth if grazed than if left fallow.

So now it's a matter of degree.  would you read and respond to this then?
Ooooo, good catch on the rotational grazing method and my percentages.  If a field is ready for grazing and you say there is a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 mix of eat, trample and leave.  PLUS the section of field is grazed three times per year, then the only variable left is how much more growth from grazing occurs rather than fallow growth.  I'll put a number out there of 30% just as a guess.

Fallow field = 100% carbon.

Grazed field = 130% carbon potential
= 130/3/3 (visited three times and 1/3 is eaten or trampled) = 15%.
Goat poop = 3*.15*.4 = 18% of carbon in poop on the field.
Trampled = 3 * .15 = 45% of carbon trampled

So a fallow field has 100% carbon available for sequestration while a trampled and grazed field has ~63% carbon available.

The question remains:  Does a trampling action impart MORE carbon to the SOM in a field than a fallow field?  I would say yes.
Does this increase in SOM from trample and graze make up for the less carbon available to begin with?  Good question.

Which is why you have to take SOM samples of your property for years to figure this out.  And not just grazed land, take samples from your fallow areas too as a control.

Dave?
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reportedly, the president spent the weekend chillin instead of whipping votes or negotiating details to win people over

this is his first major legislative push and a top priority for him
Yeah, but who wouldn't want to play a $3 million dollar round of golf (the cost for a Mar-a-Lago trip to the taxpayer) every weekend.
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In support of Dave here:

The reason that it isn't as simple as you guys are making out is that the goats, when they EAT the grass, poop out dead leaves which is then replaced by live leaves stuff.  And those life leaves pull out more carbon from the air.

So the goats are effectively forcing the plants to keep making more plant stuff from CO2, while burying most of what they have already produced in the ground.

Without the goats, goes the argument, the grass will grow to maturity, and make seeds, not keep producing new chorophyll-filled leaves.

This is WHY soil in pasture or savannah really can have have more SOM than forest soil, even the the forest contains more carbon per unit area. - because the grass has to keep on producing more leaf-stuff to replace the stuff the goats have converted into dead OM.
Ooooo, good catch on the rotational grazing method and my percentages.  If a field is ready for grazing and you say there is a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 mix of eat, trample and leave. PLUS the section of field is grazed three times per year, then the only variable left is how much more growth from grazing occurs rather than fallow growth.  I'll put a number out there of 30% just as a guess.

Fallow field = 100% carbon.

Grazed field = 130% carbon potential
= 130/3/3 (visited three times and 1/3 is eaten or trampled) = 15%.
Goat poop = 3*.15*.4 = 18% of carbon in poop on the field.
Trampled = 3 * .15 = 45% of carbon trampled

So a fallow field has 100% carbon available for sequestration while a trampled and grazed field has ~63% carbon available.

The question remains:  Does a trampling action impart MORE carbon to the SOM in a field than a fallow field?  I would say yes.
Does this increase in SOM from trample and graze make up for the less carbon available to begin with?  Good question.

Which is why you have to take SOM samples of your property for years to figure this out.  And not just grazed land, take samples from your fallow areas too as a control.
C'mon Pingu, don't feed Dave's demon here.
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By the way Dave.  What I just did is not "Octohatter gobbledy gook."  It's simple math that any landowner should do to evaluate the effectiveness of their investments (of time, money, honesty, etc.).  You've put a lot of time into your venture but haven't measured or evaluated the ACTUAL results, all I've seen are hand-waving claims and repetitions of what "SHOULD" occur.
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Ooooo, good catch on the rotational grazing method and my percentages.  If a field is ready for grazing and you say there is a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 mix of eat, trample and leave.  PLUS the section of field is grazed three times per year, then the only variable left is how much more growth from grazing occurs rather than fallow growth.  I'll put a number out there of 30% just as a guess.

Fallow field = 100% carbon.

Grazed field = 130% carbon potential
= 130/3/3 (visited three times and 1/3 is eaten or trampled) = 15%.
Goat poop = 3*.15*.4 = 18% of carbon in poop on the field.
Trampled = 3 * .15 = 45% of carbon trampled

So a fallow field has 100% carbon available for sequestration while a trampled and grazed field has ~63% carbon available.

The question remains:  Does a trampling action impart MORE carbon to the SOM in a field than a fallow field?  I would say yes.
Does this increase in SOM from trample and graze make up for the less carbon available to begin with?  Good question.

Which is why you have to take SOM samples of your property for years to figure this out.  And not just grazed land, take samples from your fallow areas too as a control.