Site: The Chiefio - E.M. Smith

Slant: Sceptic

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Presently my major muses are the behaviour of the stock markets, the mass hysteria that is the Global Warming panic, and metrology – or how we measure things both present and past. Astrophysics and Stonehenge sneak in from time to time as well; and they are both related to each other and to the earlier topics. (Stonehenge is a giant stellar / planetary observatory for measuring time and space, while the cycle of sunspots has an eerie correlation with stock market cycles). I’m also interested in food related things, good beers and fine Scotch, but who isn’t ;-) And in good Eagle Scout fashion, I have an interest in preparedness, but it’s a minor sidebar.

Recent Articles

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Scribble, Watermarks, and the Vault Leaks

Some comments on "Scribble" and watermarks in documents.

2017-04-28 22:43   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Venezuela – how to collapse an economy in 5 easy lessons…

Some comments on how to collapse an economy using Venezuela as the present poster child.

2017-04-28 21:57   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Time To Buy Wine Futures?

From: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/28/french-winemakers-candles-heaters-helicopters-save-vines-frost-bordeaux-champagne Ran into it here: https://www.iceagenow.info/hard-freeze-france-vineyards-totally-destroyed/ Looks like French Wines just took a hit. Maybe it’s time to buy wine futures ;-) French winemakers deploy candles, heaters and helicopters to save vines from…

2017-04-28 17:39   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Venezuela: Even Fellow Socialists in S.A. Embarrassed

Other South American States think Maduro is a problem... and that's saying something.

2017-04-26 15:01   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Is it hot snow?

Given extensive snow cover, the claim of warmest ever year has some cognitive dissonance.

2017-04-25 07:37   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: French Election Round One

An open discussion page for the French Election, happening now.

2017-04-23 07:50   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: LatAm, Canal 26, Argentina Protests, Venezuelan Mess

A brief look at the status of Latin American news and protests lately. How's that Socialism working out Down South?

2017-04-22 23:05   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Earth Day – The Green Faux Religion Pagan Knockoff Day

Some suggestions for a more traditional celebration of this old Earth, and how to make a real "Earth Day" of it.

2017-04-22 19:51   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Unlimiting Growth

An overview of resources, resource uses, and the whole notion of running out and the Running Out! Scare stories.

2017-04-20 09:44   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Korea – A Legal Context

My understanding of the present context for the N. Korea "event in the making" and what is legal for POTUS to do. But do ask a real lawyer if you have need of anything beyond political banter and chest pounding...

2017-04-16 01:37   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Grab Bag – Tax Day 2017

Some misc. stuff that's accumulated in my browsers but not reached the critical mass for individual postings.

2017-04-15 19:53   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Central European University – C.E.U. Another Soros Ploy

A short look at the Soros built Central European University

2017-04-13 21:16   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Dear UK: Run, do not walk, to the Exit. Now, please.

Per BREXIT: Dear UK, you are in an abusive relationship with a spousal abuser. THE best strategy is to get out fast and THEN negotiate from strength and without FUD Fear Uncertainty and Doubt being tossed at you.

2017-04-11 20:18   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: The (sur)Real News with M.Mann

On the Roku channel "The Real News" there was an interview (or more like a prompt and parrot) with M.Mann. It was an interesting view into an alternative reality.

2017-04-10 23:57   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Can We Stop Calling It Terrorism? It’s Islamists Attacking The West.

It is only "terrorism" if folks are in fact experiencing terror. Near as I can tell, folks are more pissed and angry than in terror. Since all the attacks are made by one group against all the others that refuse to accept their beliefs, perhaps it is time we admit the truth and call this what it is: Islamist Attacks and Islamist Attackers.

2017-04-09 07:39   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: A very simple Z shaped dipole, the Fractal of it, and 5 dB Gain

A Z shaped bent wire antenna and the fractal derivatives of it that give surprising gain.

2017-04-09 02:43   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Truly Braindead “smart” TV Spec and Hack

To to hack a really "smart" TV via a broadcast transmitter without being physically in the same space as the TV, and have the hack be persistent through "factory resets" and other attempts to clear it. Cost? About $200 US and a bit of time. Drone optional, and extra...

2017-04-08 18:35   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: If, But, Lie, Hope, Is – vs Deception

A short examination of words, the world today, and the importance of saying "I do not know" while asking "how to know?".

2017-04-07 20:55   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: New Ice Age Scare? Yes, it DID happen.

A nice little video from the Wayback Time of the History Channel, in which we are told a new Ice Age Cometh...

2017-04-06 09:03   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Pentatonix Pointer Per Perfume

Pentatnoix points me to a group I'd never seen before... Perfume.

2017-04-05 11:55   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Tips – April 2017

The Tips page for April 2017. A place to put random bits of information, observations, or just interesting things.

2017-04-04 10:04   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: LVM Bits – Scraping Saga Continues

Wandering in the land of LVM - adventures in adding and removing disks.

2017-04-02 21:08   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: What Do Folks Think About A Skeptics Channel?

What do folks think of the idea of a Skeptics Climate Change TV channel on Roku (or similar)?

2017-04-01 21:22   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Lessons From South America?

What can Venezuela and Paraguay teach the EU and USA? Will they learn it?

2017-04-01 19:27   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Mechanical Grape Harvester Day!

Let's hear a great cheer for Cesar Chavez and the Mechanical Harvester Day!

2017-03-31 17:23   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Nigeria, Electricity, Power, News – AfricLiveTV Roku

What can you learn from "Local News" from the other side of the planet? Quite a lot. Especially about the ubiquity of what makes private businesses run and how management works, how unstable electricity is a Royal Pain, and that folks will adapt, if they must.

2017-03-30 22:08   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: White House, Trump, Briefing Room, Undoing Regs, and Roku

Little covered, President Trump has repealed 4 more regulation bundles under the Congressional Review Act. Found easily on the ROKU channel "Briefing Room", unedited and without arguing talking heads or sneering news anchors. That, alone, makes the ROKU a positive value for me.

2017-03-29 06:48   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: A Billion Here, A Billion There – pretty soon, talking real oil

A billion bbls here, a billion bbls there, pretty soon you are talking real oil... and that in the middle of an 'oil glut'... So, about that whole idea we are "running out"?...

2017-03-29 04:37   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Trump Exec. Order On Climate Change

Trump has signed an Executive Order rescinding much of the Obama Climate Change energy killing E.O.

2017-03-28 20:02   Click to comment

The Chiefio - E.M. Smith: Vitamin D and Autism (Spectrum Disorder)

Does Autism rate correlate with low Vit D levels? Does raising Vit D levels reduce frequency and / or symptoms? It would seem so, per both epidemiological and laboratory evidence and findings.

2017-03-28 17:47   Click to comment


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