Friday, March 21, 2014

Suspicions

I have to disclaim this post.  I'm not a conspiracy theorist, though this post flirts with that.

Background information:
  • The US has a debt problem.
    • Over 1/3 of the money collected in Taxes goes to pay interest.
      • That's at today's infinitesimal interest rates.  
        • <1/2 what they were in 2000.
  • The US has a spending problem.
    • 5 years of $1 Trillion+ deficits.
    • $300 Billion+ deficits are the 21st century rule, not the exception.
  • The US has made promises it is mathematically unable to keep.
    • US GDP for 2013: 15.7 Trillion
    • US Federal Revenue for 2013: 2.8 Trillion
    • Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid liabilities estimated at 30-128 Trillion depending on how you slice the pie.
  • The US Federal Reserve has carte blanche permission to create trillions of dollars with minimal oversight or accountability from/to Congress.
  • Officially reported US economic data does not appear to correlate with first person observations.
    • Specifically GDP Growth, Inflation, CPI, & Unemployment
  • Precious Metals and Commodity prices are not growing at rates that correlate with GDP, inflation, or market growth.
  • US Financial Markets continue to grow at rates many multiples of GDP growth.
  • Internationally
    • China is executing a significant systematic expansion of its gold reserves.
    • Many countries are forming non-USD based trade agreements and Currency Swaps
      • Brazil Russia India China (BRIC) 
      • Australia & China
      • New Zealand & China
      • ECB (Euro) & China

I have the following suspicions. 
  • The Federal Reserve or subordinate organization is being quietly used as economic special operations group.
    • Acquiring bonds off-book to offset future interest costs of US Debt.
    • Active manipulation of Stocks, Bonds, Forex, and Commodities.
  • The NSA or fed partner organizations are providing real-time intelligence to make these operations market-resistant.
  • China is actively working to become the next reserve currency.
  • The US is taking active steps to punish trade partners early adopting the new reserve currency.


We live in interesting times.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bury the dinosaur: Using compatibility view to get off of Internet Explorer 8

I had a customer question today about Internet Explorer (IE) 11.  They have a bunch (thousands) of PCs that are running XP.  They are reimaging or replacing all of the boxes up to Windows 8.1, but have hit some compatibility issues.  We got their Access 97 "applications" working, but they still had a widespread issue of compatibility with their TimeCards web application.  This is a web app that works fine in IE 8, but shows a blank page on IE 11.

The fix was to enable Compatibility mode 7 for the timecards website.  They'd tried this, but it didn't apply properly in their testing.

To get it to apply properly...
  • a.) Enter only the hostname and fqdn in the GPO setting.
    • Note: Do not enter the URL.  It will not work.  Hostnames or FQDN ONLY.
  • b.) Apply the setting to the Computer Object, not the User Object.




HTH,
Greene



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Book I Read: Havoc (Jack Du Brul)

I finished Havoc, the last of my set of Jack Du Brul novels.  This one was better than River of Ruin.  The characters had more depth and I learned about Natural Nuclear Reactors.

That last part is what really draws me to Jack's books over the average testosterone raged action novel.  I love a book that draws me in to a new subject that I know absolutely nothing about.

Reading now: Ginseng Dreams (Linebaugh Library)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

So Then I Read: Booksplosion!

I finally remembered to bring my Nook with me and this has been a great.  Here is my last couple of weeks. 

Matthew Bracken
  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic
    • This could be a how-to manual for PR and False-Flag operations.  I could read this again.
  • Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista
    • This book didn't have the action or the resolution of the first book in the Trilogy.  It was okay, but I just couldn't connect to the characters.  Also in a Black Hawk vs. Cessna competition, the biggest remaining piece of the Cessna is going to fit in a Zip-Loc Baggie.
  • Foreign Enemies and Traitors
    • Better than the second book, but still not as good as the first.  I can see the US enlisting foreign peacekeepers after a series of major disasters, but I the closing scene in Camp David pushed my suspension of disbelief too far.

      From a technical perspective this introduced several new considerations around modern guerrilla warfare.  I think I grasp a tiny fraction of the terror induced by the US drone program now.

Jack Du Brull
  • Vulcan's Forge
    • The physics is a bit suspect.  My understanding is that heavier elements require significantly more energy to fuse than light ones.  The process of making Bikinium should have taken more energy than the bombs of the day could produce?  Did they have Fission Fusion bombs then?
  • Charon's Landing
    • This book taught me more about the Alaskan Oil Pipeline than anything else I've read.
  • The Medusa Stone
    • I'd like to explore a mining operation one day.  Preferably without shots being fired.
  • Pandora's Curse
    • Ignoring the fact that a WWII U-Boat would likely have rusted practically solid, and that the path to the ice cave would have changed radically due to ice deposition, and that the Diesel fuel would have evaporated, and that the ice would have crushed the facility, and that diesel makes a horrible flamethrower, and  ... Nevermind.

      That said, the world needs more Zeppelins!  +1 for Blimps!

      Mental Note: Look for jobs in Antarctica.
  • River of Ruin
    • I'd read this before, and it was good to read again.   I think this might be based on Lake Guatavita.  I'd like to go scuba diving there one day.  I don't think the political situation in Columbia is particularly conducive to that though.
(I have Havoc, another book in the Phillip Mercer series.  I'm saving it for the plane ride home tomorrow.)
 
Eric Schlosser
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
    • This was great.  The guy took three relatively dry subjects (The history and development of Nuclear Weapons, The development of Nuclear Strategy, and The history of Nuclear Weapon Accidents) and managed to turn them all into a readable and enjoyable story.

      A couple of fantastic quotes in this book.
      "“I’ll tell you what war is about,” LeMay once said. “You’ve got to kill people and when you kill enough of them, they stop fighting.”"

      (Shortly after a Missile Silo Explosion)
      Roberts feared he to pass out. [....] He made his way to the battered pickup near the gate and saw two men in the distance wearing RFHCO suits.  (Sixty pound chemical resistant HAZMAT suits and respirators designed for working with toxic rocket fuels and particularly nasty oxidizers)  He flashed the headlights and honked the horn, but they didn’t see him. And then Roberts saw another truck parked nearby. [...] a man got out, with a flashlight. He was wearing a gas mask and a red bowling shirt.
      Roberts thought, “Great."

      (After reviewing the thousands of first/retaliatory targets in the SIOP strike plan)
      General Butler later recalled. “I came to fully appreciate the truth … we escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion.”

I don't regret reading any of these.  It's been a lot of fun.  I also happened upon a half-priced books store, so I have several new physical books too.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

So then I watched

I just finished the BBC Series "The Boat that Guy built" on YouTube.


It was fantastic!  The BBC makes great TV.  I love it.  In the first season they smelt Iron, cast an Iron kettle, blend tea, make teacups, build a steam powered water pump and hot water system, milk a cow, weave cotton, make a mattress,... it just goes on and on.  I love hands-on stuff.  I watch it and really want to try it!  If you like this, take a look at the BBC's Edwardian Farm, Victorian Farm, and Tudor Farm.  They were great in the same sort of way.

I envy the Brits for the NHS and the BBC.

Cheers!