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So is anyone else suspect like I do that Trump is doing everything he can to avoid talking about the mission in Niger that got those soldiers killed?

He didn't say anything about the event for almost two weeks, no Tweets, no public statements or bothering to contact the families until it became a PR issue. Which seems a little unusual for someone who talks smack all the time and boasts and struts about military action and whatnot. He's been asked about it and deflected to some other crap or kept moving without reacting to questions.

Then it came out that a white house press statement had been prepared by someone in the administration right after the incident occurred. That it was signed off on by his security council, apparently it had been shared with the pentagon and some others as well, and was then passed on to Trump who didn't sign off on its release and let the whole thing die. Someone, I forget who, tried to contact the main author of the statement who immediately hung up the phone when asked about it.

So far there's been no explanation at all about what happened in Niger whatsoever. Not even a general one, like, total radio silence. Which in this case is slightly more than unusual (to me) given that there's nothing in Niger that could make this about some massive need for secrecy. There's no action against nuclear installations or theft/destruction of high technology to keep covered up. Seriously, what the hell is in Niger that you have to keep 100% silent about any action there?

[.....]

Smells like oil and $$$ and Russian favors  August 2017:  http://tass.com/defense/959862


Niger the country, not the river.

US is there since 2013 because the first (al-quida?) attacks in Mali that took over the top (Sahel) half of Mali and marched on the lower half forcing a French intervention.  Since then the French and US have been training and arming the defense forces of the Sahel region countries so that, at a minimum, they can defend themselves against radical militias like Boko Haram and Al-Quida.  The US role is supposedly non-combatent. 

ETA:  Haha, your edit took out the Niger Delta article.   :ohmy:
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The fact is, there is no inertial reference frame in which the belt is not rotating and you trying to ignore this fact when you say the top of the belt is stationary in some inertial frame.
Heinz,
Is this belt rotating?

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Heinz,
If what you say above is true then your equations for the cart on the belt must include an angular velocity/momentum component.

Can you show me where this is included?

You know damn well that what I am saying is correct, there is no inertial reference frame in which the belt is not rotating! I don't need to use the fact that the belt is non-inertial to explain how the cart operates. But, you and the rest of the Cargo Cult DO need to claim the belt is at rest in an inertial frame of reference in order to make your silly crackpot claim of how YOU THINK (or how you WANT to think) the cart operates, and then extrapolate that wrongness into your insane claim of ddwfttw.
So that's a "No." then?  You cannot show me how you incorporate angular velocity/momentum into your equations as you claim?
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Science / Re: A blue halo
socrates has discovered what 250 million years of evolution can create
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I suppose that's part of his usual destructive-blackmail strategy: "Whoops, I keep blowing everything up and setting it on fire, such a shame, wouldn't it be great if we all came together and stopped things from being blown up and on fire? Think about it while I shoot this puppy".
The third Piranha Brother.  Doug, Dinsdale and Donald.
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I guess we'll see if 5 of 9 Supreme Court Justices agree.
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Anyways Dave,  I'm disappointed in you for not being actually concerned with truth when you go all soapbox about it. There's a reason fundamentalist Christians are so reviled by the rest of us. Your ethics are disturbing. You lie to yourselves and to those around you and want to tell other people what to believe based on only your assertions. Well, your assertions are retarded and your lies in their service would only be funny if they weren't so damaging to humanity.

Fundy Christians. Can't live with 'em, can't feed 'em to the lions anymore.
You're an idiot.  Of course I'm concerned with truth.  And one of the biggest truths around is ... there was a Global Flood.

The only truthful comment in your reply is calling Testy an idiot.  Which, IIRC, Testy holds as a badge of honor.
:unsure: maybe more of being willing to accept the facts as they present themselves.
Go fix your sarcasm meter.  I have to stroke Dave's ego every once in a while.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I wonder what happened there.
I think the most obvious explanation is he has no idea what he's doing.

Trump responds to the latest whisper in his ear.  The magic is to get ANOTHER whisper in his ear before he impulsively takes action on the last whisper.
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Science / Re: Direct Down Wind Faster Than The Wind
Linear kinetic energy is frame dependent.
Is rotational kinetic energy frame dependent? :dunno:



RR finally asks a good question!
I have brought this up before. The Cargo Cult says the treadmill is exactly the same as a cart in the wind.
They claim there is an inertial frame where the belt is stationary and the air is the "wind".

I have pointed out there is no such inertial frame! The belt is always rotating in any inertial frame and it always has rotational kinetic energy it can transfer to the cart!

The Cargo Cult says, but what if we make the belt bigger and BIGGER, then what?
That is not relevant. All the carts run on small treadmills and the belts are ALL rotating in any inertial frame of reference. That is just ONE more reason why the supposed treadmill "evidence" is bunk and this claim is pure fantasy, or a hoax or an outright fraud.

So RR, are you finally ready to look at a high frame rate video to see the cart porpoising on the belt?
Heinz,
If what you say above is true then your equations for the cart on the belt must include an angular velocity/momentum component.

Can you show me where this is included?
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You can also draw air from the outer shroud of the chimney, this air is preheated by the stack.  Put a vent angled down above your roof line to get fresh air and then run a fan inside for preheated air.  You can use this air for combustion (making your flame hotter and your fireplace more efficient) or for just home heating.
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Science / Re: Direct Down Wind Faster Than The Wind
Linear kinetic energy is frame dependent.
Is rotational kinetic energy frame dependent? :dunno:

Pretty sure it is.  If your frame is the edge of a rotating wheel then ....
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According to this, I should be able to get about 2 cords per year from my 2 acres just from dead and fallen timber ... https://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/woodlot-firewood-management-zmaz70mazkin

But that topic has more to do with making the house tight / energy efficient.

My focus at the moment is learning how to manage the actual stove better.
It may not seem obvious, but having all your air coming from below or from one area is not always the best, especially with wet or non-seasoned wood.  If you see vapor or smoke pouring off your logs then you need more air, but sometimes the best addition is just above this vapor/smoke since this is a sign of incomplete combustion.  If you add air above or right at these smoking points then flame will "advance" into the smoke area of the log and finish combustion.

Dry or seasoned wood doesn't have this issue as much since the water content is low and combustion continues whether in excess oxygen or even starved of oxygen.  This answers your OTHER question, if an area of seasoned wood is starved of oxygen then you are basically making Coke from your wood.  That's why when you open up the flue and get air moving again, any residual embers will light up the coke in the pile quickly.
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Anyways Dave,  I'm disappointed in you for not being actually concerned with truth when you go all soapbox about it. There's a reason fundamentalist Christians are so reviled by the rest of us. Your ethics are disturbing. You lie to yourselves and to those around you and want to tell other people what to believe based on only your assertions. Well, your assertions are retarded and your lies in their service would only be funny if they weren't so damaging to humanity.

Fundy Christians. Can't live with 'em, can't feed 'em to the lions anymore.
You're an idiot.  Of course I'm concerned with truth.  And one of the biggest truths around is ... there was a Global Flood.

The only truthful comment in your reply is calling Testy an idiot.  Which, IIRC, Testy holds as a badge of honor.

Otherwise, your hypothesis of a Global Flood as described in the christian bible has no evidence to support the story.  Everywhere we look in detail the evidence is lacking.
Geology?  No direct evidence of a global flood in any layer when examined.
Radiocarbon Dating?  The Global Flood's worst enemy.
Archeology?  No flooding noted in any find.
Geography?  No flooding results that are not BETTER explained by other phenomena; and definately no global impact noted.
Physics? Nope.

So all this trope of "LOOK AT THE BOOOOONNNNEEESSS!!!" is just that.  Trope.  You need not ONLY evidence but a preponderance of evidence to make such a bold claim as a Global Flood 5,000 years ago.
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Probe her butt.
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Doobie,  I hope you threw out your laptop after searching/copying these items.

Although I did learn today that Extinct Dinosaur beast porn-sex is a thing; I didn't really want to know that now that I'm faced with it.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Comic relief thread
Looks like a Dutch hack to me.
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Science / Re: Neutron star collision detected
Hahaa, I remember a guy in high school who thought "eyebeams" were a thing.  He asked the teacher, "Mr. Jehlik, when you look up at something, how fast does that go?".  Mr. Jehlik explained that the light was entering your eye the instant you look in that direction.

I had quite a time getting a friend of mine to "visualize" the concept that he wasn't actually seeing me directly but his brain was detecting what bounced off of me and that was just the stuff my body and clothing didn't absorb, colors, etc.

TBF, we were pretty "lit" at the time but once I turned the lights in the garage off while taking another explanatory tack, the "lights went on" so to speak. It was a pretty cool moment actually. Went on to talk about color shifting in soap bubbles and other mediums, refraction, and stuff like redshift. I miss those days.
This is how they should teach physics classes.  Now that states are MJ legal ...
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TBBT is just the latest episode of Cheers/Friends type franchise.
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Air infiltration.

Focus.
Into your Head?  Into your ideas?  Into your bloodstream?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the problem of landing on the moon had to be solved in people's heads before doing it live, did it not?
This is where you slip up Dave.  During the decades that ALL of us have discussed the Global Fludde of Noah, no one but YOU seems to have "solved" the problems of the flood.
We've given these problems time and effort to investigate and do NOT find the flood history in any type of historic record.
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Holy crap ... I made a big math error ... forgot to convert to lbs of water ... ok yeah ... 5 gallons x 8.3 or whatever x 130 = ~ 5200 BTU
Don't forget to subtract 10°F from your temperature difference.  Heat exchangers work that way unfortunately.
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Here's one a guy made from junk parts ... http://www.instructables.com/id/outdoor-wood-boiler-from-junk/
...

Also, like you mentioned to borealis, any flue gas heat exchanger cannot have any creosote build-up.  If you use aged wood (1-2 years in a dry pile) then this will reduce your flue build-up and extend the life of your heat exchanger.  But, as a rule, since your heat exchanger usually has cool parts (heating cold water to hot water typically) then the cool zones will preferentially have deposits.

A simple system is to just make your fire grate out of thick pipes and blow air through them.  The pipes wrap around into the flue (or are the shell of the flue itself for a little bit).  THEN have the air blow through your heat exchanger (an old radiator from a car).  No flue gas build-up and a heat exchanger built for higher temperatures.
I agree that boilers can be scary.  Hold on.  Blow AIR through the pipes?  You're talking about heating my inside AIR directly?
Pretty simple really, and it takes your heating medium (air) away from your dirty flue gas and creosote.  That way your heat exchanger equipment stays clean.

 
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Yeah I could do that, but I'm a bit interested in heat storage in a dense medium and since it's a bit impractical for my "semi-permanent" house design to render the walls or stack bricks on the walls or whatever, I thought the next best thing might be storing heat in WATER as they do with those outdoor wood furnace / water stove contraptions.
From the set-up above you can direct the hot air through whatever heat exchanger you want.  Also, to get more heat out of the system you could bend the pipes so they run through your stack (you could do this in stages; grate heating to heat exchanger to pipes in the flue to another heat exchanger).  Your efficiency loss here is more for safety, reduced cleaning requirements and increased up-time of your heaters.
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I gave this a try on a small scale last night with a 5 gallon bucket as my water storage tank and my instant hot water heater as the heat source.  Worked well.  I LOVE my little Taco circulator pump ... it's almost completely silent and I think only uses about 80 watts.  Also my kick plate hydronic heater is very nice.  Also very quiet and I think it puts out about 9000 BTUs per hour at full temp.  So last night it was about 40 degrees outside and I got my 5 gallon bucket as hot as I could get it ... probably about 180 degrees or so ... then turned on the circulator and kick plate heater.  The way I have things set up at the moment, I captured ALL the heat generated during the water heating cycle because my flue exhaust is inside my bathroom so that gave a bit of pre-heating
Wait, your exhausting combustion flue gas into your bathroom?  You better have a CO detector, but really you should NOT do this.  Death by improper handling of flue gas is pretty common.  If you want the last little Btu's of heat then use an air-to-air heat exchanger attached to the flue gas.  DON'T exhaust your flue gas into your house.  BAD!!!
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... then once the water got up to temp, I shut off the heater and flipped on the circulator and kick plate heater.  It got quite nice inside.  5 gallons X 140 degrees temp diff = 7000 BTU.
Not quite.  Water is 1 Btu/lb/°F.
5gal * 8.34 lb/gal * 140 °F * 1 Btu/lb/°F = 5838 Btu.
Also, you usually reduce that temperature difference with a 10°F approach temperature, so you probably only have 130°F of temperature difference available for heating. 
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If I can get my heat loss figure down to 3500 per hour or less with improvements in sealing the house, then that would be 2 hours worth.  The main goal with this system is to keep the house above freezing while I am gone all day at work.  If I get started early enough in the evening, I would build a fire in the wood stove and have the water system come on automatically just before I get up in the morning.  If I get in late, I would probably just run it for an hour before bed and not bother with the wood stove.
Another feature of the fireplace type system above, if there is no fire and the air is circulating through the tubes, the hot water system is now heating the air instead of the flue gas system heating the water.  So you don't have to change anything except maybe the flowrate of water (install a throttle valve in line somewhere).
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Some future possibilities with this water system ... (1) spot heat like under my dad's easy chair because he gets colder than me or my mom (2) spot heat on the bathroom floor and potty seat (3) heated "water floor" pathway between my bed and the bathroom ??  One obvious simple solution for water heating if I'm going to use propane anyway would be to just buy a nice, efficient propane hot water tank and set it outside wrapped in insulation.  A 50 gallon water heater would hold 70,000 BTUs of heat - probably enough for my house for 24 hours or more if all I'm doing is keeping things from freezing.
You can buy the propane hot water tank for storage for your indoor heating system anyway.  Then just use propane only when absolutely needed.
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Here's one a guy made from junk parts ... http://www.instructables.com/id/outdoor-wood-boiler-from-junk/
Dave,
Anything related to pressure vessels, even a hot water tank, needs to be designed correctly with proper pressure relief and coded welders.
Backyard boilers that build any type of pressure are a real no-no and you can kill things with them, including yourself.

I've designed and installed natural gas package boiler systems, wood boilers, biomass boilers, landfill gas burners, anaerobic waste gas burners, etc. for industrial applications for the last 15 years.  Plus turbine cogeneration sets (7MW and 12MW systems) and also an underground steam supply line (175psig for 3 miles).

Even atmospheric steam is a killer and I highly recommend homes don't use that type of system since the piping and controls that are needed are usually above the skill set and cost of what is needed.  Your gas insta-heater is about the limit of home installed systems that usually won't injure or kill you.  Hot water above 160F is bad enough.

Also, like you mentioned to borealis, any flue gas heat exchanger cannot have any creosote build-up.  If you use aged wood (1-2 years in a dry pile) then this will reduce your flue build-up and extend the life of your heat exchanger.  But, as a rule, since your heat exchanger usually has cool parts (heating cold water to hot water typically) then the cool zones will preferentially have deposits.

A simple system is to just make your fire grate out of thick pipes and blow air through them.  The pipes wrap around into the flue (or are the shell of the flue itself for a little bit).  THEN have the air blow through your heat exchanger (an old radiator from a car).  No flue gas build-up and a heat exchanger built for higher temeperatures.
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What I'm saying is (a) there is massive evidence of a recent global flood and (b) any kind of uniformitarian analysis is therefore fucked from the get go ... even Brown's analysis is not correct although it at least attempts to take into account a massive perturbation.

So to be honest, I don't know how you make models and predictions about such a massive cataclysm.  I suppose it can be done, but it's gonna be difficult.
Dave,
Do you realize that for the "massive perturbation" to be detected is has to have data?  And every time scientists go out and take measurements of items that cross over your proposed date(s) for this "massive perturbation", they find no perturbation whatsoever.

All creationists have done is create a "story" (i.e. a hypothesis) about how the things we see today appeared during a "massive perturbation" that you call the Flood of the Bible.  Stories (and hypothesis) are NOT data.  And NO data result that support the "massive perturbation".

You can dance and sing all you like about millionsofthingsburiedinlayersbywaterallovertheearth, but that is ONLY your hypothesis, NOT data.
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Arts and Entertainment / Re: Rick and Morty
anime owns

As a broadly accurate principle, after you reach a certain age (say 30), it's best if adults don't say this.
Other adults will think less of you for it.

Imagine the headlines if the Japanese reported their mysogonist, underage rape culture the same way we are doing at present.