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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Massive Cyper Attack

May 15, 2017 contrarian 0
Cast Iron wrote:
An interesting article and different point of view.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-1 … an-assange

The article was poorly researched. WannaCry DOES attack modern computers, up through 2012 Server. It is also misleading in that it implies that XP is an attack vector to a specific class of victims but governments and companies world wide all still use XP including the US. Finally, Microsoft has release a patch for the vulnerability for even XP.

I have a lot of respect for Assange, but certainly not because of the ZeroHedge article which would be better used in the garden. . . .

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Mon May 15, 2017 7:30 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Massive Cyper Attack

May 15, 2017 contrarian 0
Cast Iron wrote:
An interesting article and different point of view.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-1 … an-assange

The article was poorly researched. WannaCry DOES attack modern computers, up through 2012 Server. It is also misleading in that it implies that XP is an attack vector to a specific class of victims but governments and companies world wide all still use XP including the US. Finally, Microsoft has release a patch for the vulnerability for even XP.

I have a lot of respect for Assange, but certainly not because of the ZeroHedge article which would be better used in the garden. . . .

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Mon May 15, 2017 7:30 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP and Stored Data

April 28, 2017 contrarian 0

Driven, good points about gamma radiation that are supported by https://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q11162.html “Simple equipment (like motors, switches, incandescent lights, wiring, and solenoids) is very radiation resistant and may never show any radiation effects, even after a very large radiation exposure. Diodes and computer chips (electronics) are much more sensitive to gamma radiation. To give you a comparison of effects, it takes a radiation dose of about 5 Sv to cause death to most people. Diodes and computer chips will show very little functional detriment up to about 50 to 100 Sv. Also, some electronics can be “hardened” (made to be not affected as much by larger gamma radiation doses) by providing shielding or by selecting radiation-resistant materials.

Some electronics do exhibit a recovery after being exposed to gamma radiation, after the radiation is stopped. But the recovery is hardly ever back to 100% functionality. Also, if the electronics are exposed to gamma radiation while unpowered, the gamma radiation effects are less.

Ionizing radiation breaks down the materials within the electrical equipment. For example, when wiring is exposed to gamma rays, no change is noticed until the wiring is flexed or bent. The wire’s insulation becomes brittle and will break and may cause shorts in the equipment. The effect on diodes and computer chips is a bit more complex. The gamma rays disrupt the crystalline nature of the inside of the electronic component. Its function is degraded and then fails as more gamma radiation exposure is received by the electronic component. “

If I get zapped by gamma, I’m not going to worry about my electronics. The rest – non-ionizing damage – I can shield against. Maybe not perfectly but sufficiently.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:40 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: If a Nuclear Bomb Hit NYC

April 18, 2017 contrarian 0

Some puffery going on in the video. Generally speaking the circumference of the immediate kill zone for radiation, blast, and pressure are all about the same. The Circumference for 50% kill, 10% kill etc are also similar for the 3 killing variables. The vid much exaggerates the zones and conflates the 10% kill with certain kill.

That said, a sizable number of people would die and many more suffer but it wouldn’t mean the end of all of NYC and the “could cause chaos throughout the world possibly setting humanity back thousands of years” conclusion is frankly bull.

I’m far more concerned about an EMP and the long term impacts of recovering from that. But of course, I don’t live any where near NYC so I do have a rather cynical perspective on that.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:29 am


Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Where to Run, If a Nuclear Bomb is Dropped

March 20, 2017 contrarian 0

There’s two general nuclear scenarios one can consider. First is the “all out war” with much destruction on each side. That is the scenario most of the maps are generated around and they are useful for planning on where to live before such a war. After one it might help you find safer places. This scenario is also quite unlikely because of the destruction on both sides. Much more probable is the rogue actor scenario. ISIS and North Korea fit in this category. They have very limited strike abilities so the “map” approach helps only in understanding both blast and radiation distribution. Avoid downwind and don’t be too close when it goes off. If you are too close, you’re dead. If the blast didn’t get you, the only remaining concern is the radiation.

In my little mind the rogue actor is the concern but they will target something with very high visibility. In the US, that’s a major city, military installation, something of national significance, or infrastructure. It is an attack on infrastructure, specifically the grid, that is my concern but radiation and burst aren’t the killing aspects to worry about with an attack on the grid. ISIS can’t do that because you’d need a high altitude burst and they don’t have the launch capability. Honestly, nukes not one of my top concerns.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:50 am


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Food & Water • Re: Ghee???

March 13, 2017 contrarian 0

I started using it about a year ago and have found it quite useful for high temperature cooking as it has a high smoke point, The flavor isn’t the same, It caramelizes during the making and has a nutty flavor, A pound if unsalted butter will reduce to about 12 fluid ounces of ghee.

Most folks will recommend straining out the particles firmed, Use a metal mesh strainer and cheesecloth for that, I melted my plastic strainer in my first attempt.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:38 pm


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Food & Water • Re: Ghee???

March 13, 2017 contrarian 0

I started using it about a year ago and have found it quite useful for high temperature cooking as it has a high smoke point, The flavor isn’t the same, It caramelizes during the making and has a nutty flavor, A pound if unsalted butter will reduce to about 12 fluid ounces of ghee.

Most folks will recommend straining out the particles firmed, Use a metal mesh strainer and cheesecloth for that, I melted my plastic strainer in my first attempt.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:38 pm


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Financial Issues • Re: Home loan Education and Interest Rate Quotes.Free 4 Prep

March 10, 2017 contrarian 0
rickdun wrote:
What Swamp said, we put our home in the kids name, with a memorandum of understanding that we live in it, keep it up and pay the taxes until we are both dead. We had an attorney do the paperwork, only cost me $150.00, that was done abut 5 year ago. Now the kids, after we’re dead can do what they want with it and not pay any inheritance taxes.

There are down falls to this method, if one of the kids gets in a bad accident and they are sued for big time money, well you know the rest. If they would separate from their spouse, not a problem, that was put in the memorandum, inlaw doesn’t count and they signed paperwork to that affect.

Another tool we can use to manage our estate with much lower risk to all of us from law suits, government confiscation, and such is to use Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) to own your property. If you have multiple members (the kids) it becomes much more difficult for those assets to be stolen by the government.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:42 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Online data collection and privacy

March 10, 2017 contrarian 0
Murby wrote:
<SNIP>With all that, the government could still track me but it would have to do so intentionally and target me specifically, and for that, they’d need a court order.. <SNIP>

I do understand the sentiment but sadly the government does what it wants now and doesn’t bother with such minor irritations. NSA and CIA have both been shown to spy on us. Given the history of the FBI, I seriously doubt they are any more innocent. “The government” can easily figure out who we are if they chose.

For those of you who are concerned, the EFF has great resources. There are a number of other privacy advocates as well that one can follow. Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy said there is no privacy on the internet, get over it. I, for one, will not. We need to keep up the good fight for our privacy. Not because we have any thing to hide but because some things are private.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:39 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 3, 2017 contrarian 0
RayMac1963 wrote:
IMHO you guys are way out over your skies even talking about this one. A peaceful transition of power is a founding pillar of this democracy. Its going to take an awful lot to break that straw.

Historically it has been peaceful Ray but this election “feels” different. Don’t remember opposition as bad as this in any election. Many of us were disgusted with Obama but didn’t put up this much resistance as I’m seeing.

If anyone knows of reliable statistics I’d sure love to see them.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:04 pm


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions

February 16, 2017 contrarian 0

There are means to tracking satellites at launch. Once launched within hours they have been tracked enough that prediction of where they will be in 6 months to high accuracy is pretty easy. If anyone wanted to achieve a surprise, it would have to be during the first orbit after launch and even then I suspect we’d know it’s orbit. NK isn’t the group I’d worry about because we would return the favor. It’s non-governments we would worry about ISIS or such is much more of a risk.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:22 pm


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Home School • Re: Home school Pros Vs. Cons…The dumbing down of our chil

February 11, 2017 contrarian 0
Gunns wrote:
My sister home schooled all three of her kids. Two of them went on to college but had to take 3 years of classes just to catch up. They both were in college for over 6 years.

So home school isn’t all that unless you can teach everything that a public school or charter school can teach. As far a public schools now days it shouldn’t be all that tough to out do them.

I’ve met a lot of homeschoolers over the years. In one instance I saw happening what you described — because the parents weren’t teaching, inspiring, or pushing the children. Rather they wanted the kids as a labor source and didn’t care about their education. Another possible flaw might be in a parent or child where their personality is such they are able to work with each other. Some parents aren’t suited to teaching whom they parent (I wasn’t) some children can’t separate the parent role from the child role and so on.

Can failures happen in homeschooling? Sure, but I think the failure rate is much higher in the public school. Why do some kids succeed in a public school? Same reason homeschoolers are generally more successful — involvement of the parents.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:37 am


General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Shall we play a game, III?

February 5, 2017 contrarian 0
terrapin wrote:
The libs don’t want a civil war.
Not the violent, physical type.
They would lose…and they know it.
The libs want to brow-beat us into submission.

Stop fighting them on their own turf.
You can argue with a fool…
and, bring yourself down to that level.

Or not.

No “Or not” for me. I understand their game too. Should any of them get out of line, I’m still fine but as long as they are just shooting their mouth off, that’s easy to handle too.

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:42 pm


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Guns • Re: My ‘from the box user ready’AR-15 thread

January 31, 2017 contrarian 0
Major French wrote:
They have so many good features that they can be trusted from the start to run well as is. My M&P 15 Sport II, but I chose to pimp royally before even shooting the thing. Runs 100% so modified. The SP-1 is the semi-junk AR-15 that gave the Civilian AR-15 a bad name.This is totally separate from the Vietnam M16 ammo failures that got people killed. with jammed weapons. In 1982 however, Eagle Arms introduced today ‘s AR-15. A sturdier and much more reliable weapon that changed many minds-mine included -bout Armalite.

So a question, similar to the OP, I’d like to get a base lower that I can then modify. In my case I’m interested in a 308 upper as a choice. What are reliable Makers for such a dual-use system

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:02 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Inauguration Protesters Plan To Destroy Property And Dis

January 18, 2017 contrarian 0
RayMac1963 wrote:
<SNIP>We have something similar here called the Metro Times. very left wing mostly in politics, but its more arts and entertainment.

RayMac, could you get the URL of the site for me?

For everyones info, I looked up the owner of backpage.com:

Domain Name: BACKPAGE.COM
Registrar: ASCIO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. DANMARK – FILIAL AF ASCIO TECHNOLOGIES, INC. USA

I’m wondering if there are any similarities

Statistics: Posted by contrarian — Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:43 pm