Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America who Got Away is recommended

July 29, 2021

Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got AwaySleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away by Ann Hagedorn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Terrific book about the “sleeper agent” who infiltrated the US Manhattan Project and escaped back to the Soviet Union before being caught. I particularly enjoyed the historical setup from the 1930’s on Jewish life in USA and the Soviet Union, leading George Koval’s parents to relocate from the Soviet Union to Souix City, Iowa in the early 1930’s during the Great Depression. Recommended.

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Recommended reading “American Marxism”

July 29, 2021

American MarxismAmerican Marxism by Mark R. Levin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book is surely one of the best and most up-to-date summary of Marxism in USA and elsewhere. Mark has shown the history and lead-up to the current situation and in the last chapter gives guidance on what could be done to counter this movement at this point in history where the movement has more power and influence in USA than probably ever before. The book probably is more “academic” than many readers may prefer, but worth reading and digesting, none the less.

I do wish that Mark had a chapter discussion (speculating?) who are the actual people running this offensive.

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Daniel Silva’s latest “The Cellist” is poor, in my IMO

July 28, 2021

The Cellist (Gabriel Allon, #21)The Cellist by Daniel Silva
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The author trying too hard to inject his political bias into the story-line at the expense of a weakly-described spy-craft by Gabriel Allon and his team. I devoured his previous books but this now draws the end of a relationship as his credibility is destroyed.

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My Energy Policy

July 28, 2021

My position on a viable and “best” Energy Policy is simple:

Here I suggest mandated uses. The list of “approved” uses is not at this stage finalised, but you should get the point.

  • Use Oil for refining into gasoline/diesel for transportation, jet fuel, asphalt, and feedstock for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.
  • Use Gas for heating, cooking, and feedstock for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc. Resist using gas to generate electricity or produce hydrogen.
  • Use Uranium for generating electricity. Use modular/modern reactors close as possible to consumers. Continue research into fission and fusion.
  • Use Wind in limited circumstances (e.g. there is reliable wind field sufficient to “harvest”) to generate electricity when the consumption is “near-by” and not fraught with distance-related losses
  • Use Solar only where the sun shines for hot water heating, electricity (if below a prescribed latitude)

Stop:

  • Taxpayer “investments” into wave and tidal power production.
  • Planning to use Hydrogen for anything other than a feedstock for other products
  • Government subsidies to wind, wave, and current for investment encouragement.
  • Use Government funds for as-required regulation. Eliminate unnecessary regulations.
  • Ensure adequate supplies of resources before expecting them to be adequate, e.g. Rare Earths.
  • All development and implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) until proven safe, not requiring subsidy (privately funded), that an “optimal” atmospheric carbon-dioxide target value is agreed and tested and “proven” and guaranteed delivery of measured improvements to weather are promised. [Less than a certain amount and we kill all life on earth!]

Finally, all “changes” to energy system policy have to be signed off with named people held “accountable” for the promised results. I’d like to think under penalty of law or something other than “hope” and virtue signaling.


Michael Shellenberger Evicerates Peter Gleick – Watts Up With That?

May 28, 2021

Michael Shellenberger Evicerates Peter Gleick – Watts Up With That?:


Facebook: People Are Now Permitted to Speculate Covid-19 Leaked from a Laboratory – Watts Up With That?

May 28, 2021

Facebook: People Are Now Permitted to Speculate Covid-19 Leaked from a Laboratory – Watts Up With That?:

If this doesn’t get people’s attention about the dangers of propaganda, “fact” checking, etc. spread by “Big Tech” …


Really Automatically Delete Gmail Trash and Spam

May 17, 2021

I don’t know why, but all of the sudden my Gmail account is being deluged with spam. Awful stuff, frankly. About a hundred a day, but at any time could get worse. Google does a great job of detecting it and moves it all into the Spam folder. Thank you. But the mail gets downloaded to my mail applications on all my devices. Yes, still in the spam folder but awful stuff. I can “select all” and delete and it goes into Google’s Trash. And there it sits until Google’s 30 day limit passes when it’s automatically removed from Trash, or I manually delete.

WTMW. Way. Too. Much. Work.

I consider any spam in Gmail is really spam as I don’t use the address for anything important, but important enough I don’t want to stop using the account. I tried very hard to find a way with my Gmail account to change how spam is handled after detection. Best I could find is to make a rule “is:spam” then “delete” to trash. But there it sits for 30 days, accumulating into the thousands unless I do something. I tried to find a way to delete trash more frequently but Google doesn’t provide that.

I searched the internet for “automatically delete gmail trash” and found lots of hits. Most all the hits I actually looked at which advertised “automatic” deleted explained how to manually doing it by bulk select-all, then delete. Not really as advertised.

I changed my search to “automatically delete gmail trash python” hoping to find something where I could use my favorite programming language with which I have achieved a lot of automation over the years and found a top link to:

http://radtek.ca/blog/delete-old-email-messages-programatically-using-python-imaplib/

Perfect. I took that code and modified it just a bit:

  • removed the bit about moving old messages to trash as not needed
  • kept the part to delete Trash emails
  • added a command to delete spam emails

Run this little program [actually] automatically once every hour via a cron job schedule on my Mac. I’ll move it to my Synology NAS in due course. Probably a way to run this automatically from a Windows machine but I didn’t bother as it’s so easy to do on Mac.

The result is that less spam email accumulates on my devices and it’s [actually] automatically taken care of. Happy camper.

#!/usr/bin/env python
# coding: utf-8

# gmail_deletetrash.py
# From: http://radtek.ca/blog/delete-old-email-messages-programatically-using-python-imaplib/

def connect_imap():
    m = imaplib.IMAP4_SSL("imap.gmail.com")  # server to connect to
    print("{0} Connecting to mailbox via IMAP...".format(datetime.datetime.today().strftime("%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S")))
    m.login('GMAIL_LOGIN_ID', 'GMAIL_APP_PASSWORD')
    return m
def empty_folder(m, folder, do_expunge=True):
    print("- Empty '{0}' & Expunge all mail...".format(folder))
    m.select(folder)  # select all trash
    m.store("1:*", '+FLAGS', '\\Deleted')  # Flag all Trash as Deleted
    if do_expunge:  # See Gmail Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> Auto-Expunge
        m.expunge()  # not need if auto-expunge enabled
    else:
        print("Expunge was skipped.")
    return
def disconnect_imap(m):
    print("{0} Done. Closing connection & logging out.".format(datetime.datetime.today().strftime("%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S")))
    m.close()
    m.logout()
    #print "All Done."
    return
if __name__ == '__main__':
    import imaplib
    import datetime
    m_con = connect_imap()
    empty_folder(m_con, '[Gmail]/Spam', do_expunge=True)  # can send do_expunge=False, default True
    empty_folder(m_con, '[Gmail]/Trash', do_expunge=True)  # can send do_expunge=False, default True
    disconnect_imap(m_con)

The Dawn Of The E-Vehicle Battery Environmental Disaster …Discarded Even Sooner Than Expected – Watts Up With That?

April 20, 2021

The Dawn Of The E-Vehicle Battery Environmental Disaster …Discarded Even Sooner Than Expected – Watts Up With That?:

A post by P. Gosselin.

The article covers the lefts reaction to the disaster we now face, and will only get larger, related to batteries.

I especially liked the closing points:

  • They’re convinced it’s a brilliant idea
  • Ignore signs and warnings there is a disaster
  • Play down the disaster as it emerges
  • Acknowledge the disaster, but insist solutions are coming
  • Move the goalposts when solution don’t arrive
  • Deny the disaster no matter what. But if you can’t:
  • Then admit there is a disaster
  • And then insist it was never your idea to begin with
  • Hope it will be forgotten
  • Blame it all on others if it isn’t

This doesn’t even cover the two deaths in Texas with a self-driving Tesla which caught fire, killing two, and the fire fighters were unable to douse the fire.

Horror Autopilot Tesla Crash Kills Two, 30,000 Gallons of Water Before Firefighters Gave Up – Watts Up With That?:

A horror Tesla crash in Houston involving an auto-pilot Tesla car has claimed two lives. According to firefighters, the high energy batteries kept re-igniting – firefighters attempted to douse the battery fire for four hours, pouring 30,000 gallons of water onto the fire, before giving up and letting the fire burn itself out.


Sadly, Coronadoom Is Not The 2020 Leading Cause Of Death – William M. Briggs

April 3, 2021

Sadly, Coronadoom Is Not The 2020 Leading Cause Of Death – William M. Briggs:

From the source paper and commented on my Briggs at the above link. Sort of says it all.

Leadingdead

It’s true many thought the doom was the only, or largest by far, cause of death, and that all others were too small to mention. That’s just ignorance, of the kind the media excels at.

It’s also true many thought the doom was going to kill everybody unless “something” was done. It was enough for most that lockdowns, the purposeful jamming together the sick and healthy to more efficiently spread disease, and mask mandates were issued. The government was doing “something”, and “something” was all that was needed in people’s minds.


Climate change has slashed global food productivity by more than 20% in the past 60 years, study claims | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

April 3, 2021

Climate change has slashed global food productivity by more than 20% in the past 60 years, study claims | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:

Oh Gosh. Thought we invented “science” a few centuries ago.

Original posting on the MSM “Mail Online” with commentary by Paul Homewood on the above link.

The original is the worst junk science I’ve seen in … days (since there is so much of it now).