Thursday, April 26, 2012

Voters may wish to consider a looming contradiction ...Highlighted by The President !

You be the judge...

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"The powerful shouldn't get to create one set of rules for themselves and another set of rules for everybody else," , Obama said, linking the insider trading legislation to one of his key campaign themes: economic fairness.

"If we expect that to apply to our biggest corporations and to our most successful citizens, it certainly should apply to our elected officials, especially at a time when there is a deficit of trust between this city and the rest of the country," he said. WASHINGTON | Wed Apr 4, 2012 Reuters: Obama signs insider trading bill


Why then does not the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), often referred to as Obamacare, apply to congress? "The powerful shouldn't get to create one set of rules for themselves and another set of rules for everybody else," , Obama said.

REMINDER: The Rules


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Unhealthy Submarine Agenda

When was the last documented time that the U.S. Submarine service was referred to by the Navy as the elite submarine service? The last document is dated 1970, which ties in with some interesting connections.:

President Richard M. Nixon nominated surface admiral Elmo Zumwalt to Chief of Naval Operations in 1970. As CNO (1970-74), Zumwalt issued a series of directives known as Z-grams. One of his Z-grams curtailed what had been a legitimate isolation perk and recruiting benefit for the U.S. submarine service during the height of Cold War deployments - occasional steaks and lobsters. Another Z-Gram permitted women to serve on ships. Another Z-gram permitted beards and mustaches, which had previously been discouraged by most Navy leaders.

The Surface Warfare Pin was first proposed in 1972, but not until 1980 (under a CNO appointed by ex-submariner, President Jimmy Carter) were such insignia approved for wear. The current Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, served from 1970-1972, yet his U.S. Navy bio originally had claimed he had earned a Surface Warfare designation. A recent check indicates the Navy's overdue retraction.

The decades-old agenda of the surface navy to rewrite history by minimizing the submarine service (no longer elite, and now, like surface ships, open to the vicissitudes of women) may not have always been transparent, but its repercussions are ultimately likely to render one of our nation's premier naval forces just as bankrupt as USS Solyndra.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Not Science Fiction

Who's submarines would be assigned to protect this $12-billion-plus (copper only cost) undersea UK investment?

Interconnector cables can be laid at over 30km a day. Each kilometer contains 800 tons of copper. "We will be dependent on imported energy." North Sea oil and gas are flagging. The cables "are an absolutely critical part of energy security and for low carbon energy", Hendry said. - Iceland's volcanoes may power UK:

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Energy minister Charles Hendry is to visit Iceland in May to discuss connecting the UK to its abundant geothermal energy. "We are in active discussions with the Icelandic government and they are very keen," Hendry told the Guardian. To reach Iceland, which sits over a mid-ocean split in the earth's crust, the cable would have to be 1,000 to 1,500km [932 miles] long and by far the longest in the world. Hendry has already met the head of Iceland's national grid about the plan.

The web of sea-floor cables – called interconnectors – planned for the next decade would link the UK to a Europe-wide supergrid, which is backed by the prime minister.

There are two existing international interconnectors, to France and the Netherlands, but nine more are either in construction, formal planning or undergoing feasibility studies. The next to open, in autumn 2012, will be a link between the Republic of Ireland and Wales, allowing green energy from the windswept Atlantic coast of Ireland to be delivered to British homes.

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Notes (for comparison):
1. Brazil will spend US$160 million by the end of next year on the development of a nuclear-propelled submarine to protect the oil reserves found recently off its coast, the defense minister said Friday.
2. COPPER PRICE WILL CROSS $11500 PER TONNE

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Incredible, underwater progress for U.S.

The underlying technology is probably unfamiliar to most, but the average beach goer will easily appreciate these seemingly self-powered (no batteries) little jewels.

Sponsored and inspired by Office of Naval Research, developed by teams of researchers at Virginia Tech, the University of Texas at Dallas, and several other schools like M.I.T.

Video, photos and more available in above CNET link (Robotic jellyfish for U.S. Navy powers itself with seawater).

China will attempt to steal the technology unless another Democratic president (Clinton and Lockheed missile guidance) decides to "help" them. Iran and North Korea will provide worldwide drama, but the little jellies will know their every move! This is destined to become the ultimate silicone spy implant.

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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Submarine Questions of the Week - Answers for 4/5/2012

For background to last week's questions go here.

Questions of the Week with ANSWER:

1) What became known as the remedy for Scurvy, a disease that was once among the limiting factors in maritime travel for passengers and crew over long voyages? ANS: Common citrus fruits (lemon, oranges, etc.)

2) Which item on the Alkaline-Forming Foods listing (linked above) will become the submarine dietary remedy for vaginal infections in women submarine crew in long voyages? ANS: An OPEN QUESTION, so far. The submarine community will provide the answer in due course (among each other).

PREDICTION: The answer to this item will eventually be among the first oolies [DEFINITION - Oolie - (Submarine) A difficult question that may not pertain to one's duties, or one that tests one's system knowledge to the limit. due to female sub crew members. source hazegray.org] relating to female sub crew members.

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Submarine Question of the Week: 4/5/2012

Background

"Vaginal infections are common.
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- The Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes, IL (now the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center)

"Although there are only slight differences between the natural pH of men and women, the potential damage caused by a pH imbalance may be more pronounced in women. .
..As yeasts thrive in an acidic environment, eating too many acidic foods may lead to a greater risk of yeast infections by lowering your body's pH. Although you should not attempt to correct for this by eliminating acidic foods from your diet, increasing your intake of alkaline foods may help to prevent and lower your risk of yeast infections." - ALKALINE PH IN MEN VS. WOMEN

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Dietary supplements are relatively poorly absorbed by the human body. Many even have undesirable side effects. What then, are the foods submarines will be introducing to benefit women crew members? A quantitative (per ounce) listing of 'Alkali-Forming Foods' is found here. Submariners know that fresh fruit items in the listing are going to be scarce for obvious reasons. How about Brazil nuts, however? ANS: Just as unlikely as bananas.

Questions of the Week:

1) What became known as the remedy for Scurvy, a disease that was once among the limiting factors in maritime travel for passengers and crew over long voyages?

2) Which item on the Alkaline-Forming Foods listing (linked above) will become the submarine remedy for vaginal infections in women submarine crew in long voyages?


ANSWER: Sunday April 8th (item 1, only).

PREDICTION: The answer to item 2) will eventually be one the first oolies due to female sub crew members.

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