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10 December and the California rainy season is under way. Wet years generally follow dry ones and this one has started wet, at least in our part.

 At right is a new picture, the construction of the FRP condenser is done, I hope I got this close enough to right to work, what a project this has been. Testing has started. See post on the testing. :-( no joy.  pg

Shell condenser

PG working on his experiment.

A light wood and paper covered dish to be covered with fiberglass polyester skin and metal foil.   Condenser shell construction seen in Working on the shell condenser   At hand is a homemade high voltage condenser to be used with the Tesla coil spark gap. When I first energized my great coil, it was with trepidation that I waved bare 8 foot fluorescent tubes in my naked hand,  they lite up, and there was no apparent effect on me.  pg

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“The new age will begin with a net that covers the world”

Hopi Prophecies

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Welcome to the new age, Physics and Psychics, GOD and the Universe are connected. Aether is the god particle, Everything originates with Aether. That is the foundation of all things. pg

“To be  able to appreciate god-like qualities in the force that sustains our lives and the vibrant universe, Is to acquire understanding of the true nature of the Universe.”  pg

“We must assume behind this force [in the atom] the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. ” –Max Planck, accepting the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1918

“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.” Das Wesen der Materie [The Nature of Matter], speech at Florence, Italy (1944) (from Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Abt. Va, Rep. 11 Planck, Nr. 1797)

 that real force is both benevolent and powerful.” Oliver Manuel

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“At the point reality collides with wishful thinking, wisdom must prevail or disaster will result.” pg

“Wisdom, is knowing the difference between reality and wishful thinking.” pg

  “Those that can, will learn. Those that can not, must be taught.”pg

http://www.teslauniverse.com/nikola-tesla-quotes  An other place to explore and use.

http://www.rossilivecat.com/all.html  Good place to find A.Rossi comments on Ecat.

Post and comments on Andrea Rossi and his Ecat device.  Lots of gleaned information in comments

The new era begins

The Church of the Sacred Carbon “Praise be to Carbon, foundation of life, giver of health and happiness!”        E.M.Smith

Financial Times on BitCoin

I will be adding to both the posts and category pages.  Something new nearly every day, often updates to existing stuff.  So snoop around, explore.  Be sure to click on the pictures for more information as well as a better view.  Ask questions, Comment! Please, It’s easy.   8-)  pg

USNavy has a new toy

Navy declares laser weapons ready to protect ships in Persian Gulf
By Kris Osborn
Published December 11, 2014
Military.com

The laser weapon system (LaWS) is tested aboard the USS Ponce amphibious transport dock Nov. 15, 2014. (REUTERS/John Williams/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters)
The Navy’s 30-kilowatt solid-state laser aboard the USS Ponce is now being fired in operational scenarios by sailors in the Persian Gulf, marking the first-ever deployment of a sea-based directed energy weapon.
“We’ve tested it in the lab we’ve tested it operationally at sea. Now, we are not testing it anymore. This is operational,” said Rear Adm. Matthew L. Klunder, chief of naval research at the Office of Naval Research. “They are using it every day.”
If a small or large attack boat, missile or aircraft launched an attack upon the USS Ponce, sailors are equipped to destroy an approaching threat in seconds with the new laser weapon.
“If we had to defend that ship today, it will destroy any threat that comes in-bound. We have the ROE (rules of engagement) to support that,” he said.
The Navy’s Laser Weapon System, or LaWS, uses heat energy from lasers to disable or destroy targets fast, slow, stationary and moving targets. The system has successfully incinerated drones and other targets in tests shots, and is now operational aboard an amphibious transport dock, the USS Ponce.
The scalable weapon is designed to destroy threats for about 59-cents per shot, an amount that is exponentially lower that the hundreds of thousands or millions needed to fire an interceptor missile such as the Standard Missile-2, Klunder explained.
While at sea, sailors have been using the LaWS for targeting and training exercises every day.
“They’ve used it to disable and destroy some targets,” Klunder said. “The sailors on the ships are using the time with this weapons system to hit fast moving targets, slower targets, ones that are larger and ones that are smaller. They have gone through the paces regarding what they might see in terms of not only speed of the target, but also size of the target.”
Navy sailors and engineers have discovered some unanticipated intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance value from the laser weapons system by using its long-range telescope to scan for targets, Klunder added.
“LaWS is ISR capable. Not only are we using the directed energy to quickly and effectively disable and destroy threats, we’ve also using it on an everyday basis for targeting and identification of potential threats,” He said. “We’re picking up things at long ranges with a high degree of resolution. The large aperture telescope provides power and magnification.”
Navy leaders said the LaWS system is effectively integrated with the ship’s radar systems and weapons such as the Close-In-Weapons-System, or CIWS, a technology designed to fire small interceptors able to defend the ship against approaching enemy fire.
“So far it has exceeded expectations. Went to sea in September and the laser has been operational since. It has been integrated with the ship’s navigation systems, radar and Close-In-Weapons System. We put it in a demanding marine environment,” said Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller, deputy commander, ship design, Integration and naval engineering at Naval Sea Systems Command.
While laser weapons offer new levels of precision and speed for naval war fighters, Navy officials said they also bring increased safety for ships and crews, as lasers are not dependent on the traditional propellant and gunpowder-based ordnance found on ships. Lasers run on electricity and can be fired as long as there is power.
Klunder said the system is durable and able to function in various weather conditions. He explained that the LaWS functioned extremely well following a dust storm in theater.
Along with analyzing data from the weapon’s operational use, Navy officials are also working on a much more powerful, next-generation 100 to 150 kilowatt laser weapon to be ready by 2016 or 2017, Klunder added.
Although future specifics are still being determined, the Navy is confident it will be putting laser weapons on a wide range of ship platforms to possibly include the destroyers, cruisers and the Littoral Combat Ship, among others.
“We’ve done analytical work and we know what ships we can put it on. Frankly it is a lot of them in the naval inventory. We’re talking through which ones we might want to do in the future, specifically those more suited to the higher power 100 to 150 kilowatt laser. That is the one we are really targeting for more extensive use,” he said.

E-Petition to roll climate fund donations into foreign aid budget

p.g.sharrow:

Roger needs your help. Get this out world wide. Every Brit needs to know and sign. pg

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

After Mark Reckless MP’s spirited defence in parliament of what most people want (66% say no to 0.7% of gdp being earmarked for foreign aid, only 7% in favour), I considered our recent story on £1Bn of our climate fund donations being used to build coal fired power stations in Indonesia, and decided to set up this petition on the govt’s e-petition system.

I don’t for a moment think it’ll achieve enough signatures to force a debate, but at least it might have made some govt person think for a minute while they decided whether to approve it. Click the image or visit the link.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/72814

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NO JOY

Shell condenser   Testing brings no joy.

It appears that I have a major error in the coil lay out design.

The outer ring of the disk seems to be a short in the field that limits the rim to 485vac instead of the 80,000 that I was aiming for. The design of the coils was for a 600 volt per turn field. 485 volts is about right for the coils fully loaded sag.

 

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Tesla remarked in his “Boulder Colorado Notes” that with air coils, any 3rd coil aligned with and within the influance of the primary field would react with the same per turn voltage as the primary.

Note that this drawing of Tesla’s transmitter, the top toroid is covered with dimples. In the Wycliffe design the dome was covered with “scales” that did not touch but were connected in a star pattern at the center of each panel to prevent current circulation.

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Pictorial schematic 03

Guess I should have paid better attention.

My present layout has all the power coils in axial alignment with the disk.  The skin of the disk acts as a short.

The naked main coil would light up florescent tubes 3 feet away.  The unpainted Disk over the coil limited the tubes lighting up to about 6 inches. The metal paint seems to be preventing enough radiation to cause any light up of the tubes. To solve this problem all the coils will be removed and used remotely for testing while a new coil system is designed.

A poly phase coil driver set is contemplated.  Most likely star configured and laid out axially between the frames 90 degrees from the disk axis.  pg

 

Impossible EM Thruster

An interesting “TOY” I stumbled on.  Reminds me of a device that T.Townsend Brown described in the late 1920s. His was a HV dc charged Crooks tube that moved in the direction of the positive charge during charging. Also described in a paper by Biefeld&Brown. pg

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NASA confirms ‘impossible’ thruster actually works, could revolutionize space travel
By Drew Prindle — August 1, 2014

Shawyer EM Drive test device

Shawyer EM Drive test device

When Roger Shawyer first unveiled his EmDrive thruster back around 2003, the scientific community laughed at him. They said it was impossible, that it was based on a flawed concept, and couldn’t work because it goes against the laws of conservation of momentum. But somehow, despite all of the reasons it shouldn’t work, it does. Shawyer’s engine provides thrust by “bouncing microwaves around in a closed chamber.” That’s it. There’s no need for a propellant of any kind like rocket fuel. When filled with resonating microwaves, the conical chamber of the thruster experiences a net thrust toward the wide end. These microwaves can be generated using electricity, which can be provided by solar energy. In theory, this means that the thruster can work forever, or at least until its hardware fails. Initially, the idea was met with criticism because it flies in the face of Newtonian physics, which dictate that no closed system can have this kind of net thrust. Shawyer, however, says that net thrust occurs because the microwaves have a group velocity that’s greater in one direction when Einstein’s relativity comes into play. But can it really? Apparently, yes. The idea was by a group of Chinese scientists back in 2009. They built their own version of Shawyer’s thruster and were able to produce 720 mili newtons of force — but even then, nobody really believed it.
Scientists at NASA just confirmed it;
Abstract: This paper describes the eight-day August 2013 test campaign designed to investigate and demonstrate viability of using classical magnetoplasma dynamics to obtain a propulsive momentum transfer via the quantum vacuum virtual plasma. This paper will not address the physics of the quantum vacuum plasma thruster, but instead will describe the test integration, test operations, and the results obtained from the test campaign. Approximately 30-50 micro-Newtons of thrust were recorded from an electric propulsion test article consisting primarily of a radio frequency (RF) resonant cavity excited at approximately 935 megahertz. Testing was performed on a low-thrust torsion pendulum that is capable of detecting force at a single-digit micro newton level, within a stainless steel vacuum chamber with the door closed but at ambient atmospheric pressure. Several different test configurations were used, including two different test articles as well as a reversal of the test article orientation. In addition, the test article was replaced by an RF load to verify that the force was not being generated by effects not associated with the test article. The two test articles were designed by Cannae LLC of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The torsion pendulum was designed, built, and operated by Eagleworks Laboratories at the NASA Johnson Space Center of Houston, Texas. Approximately six days of test integration were required, followed by two days of test operations, during which, technical issues were discovered and resolved. Integration of the two test articles and their supporting equipment was performed in an iterative fashion between the test bench and the vacuum chamber. In other words, the test article was tested on the bench, then moved to the chamber, then moved back as needed to resolve issues. Manual frequency control was required throughout the test. Thrust was observed on both test articles, even though one of the test articles was designed with the expectation that it would not produce thrust. Specifically, one test article contained internal physical modifications that were designed to produce thrust, while the other did not (with the latter being referred to as the “null” test article). Test data gathered includes torsion pendulum displacement measurements which are used to calculate generated force, still imagery in the visible spectrum to document the physical configuration, still imagery in the infrared spectrum to characterize the thermal environment, and video imagery. Post-test data includes static and animated graphics produced during RF resonant cavity characterization using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software application. Excerpts from all of the above are included and discussed in this paper. Lessons learned from test integration and operations include identification of the need to replace manual control of the resonant cavity target frequency with an automated frequency control capability. Future test plans include the development of an automatic frequency control circuit. Test results indicate that the RF resonant cavity thruster design, which is unique as an electric propulsion device, is producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon and therefore is potentially demonstrating an interaction with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma. Future test plans include independent verification and validation at other test facilities. Publication Date: Jul 28, 2014 propulsive momentum transfer via the quantum vacuum virtual plasma. This paper will not address the physics of the quantum vacuum plasma thruster, but instead will describe the test integration, test operations, and the results obtained from the test campaign. Approximately 30-50 micro-Newtons of thrust were recorded from an electric propulsion test article consisting primarily of a radio frequency (RF) resonant cavity excited at approximately 935 megahertz. Testing was performed on a low-thrust torsion pendulum that is capable of detecting force at a single-digit micronewton level, within a stainless steel vacuum chamber with the door closed but at ambient atmospheric pressure. Several different test configurations were used, including two different test articles as well as a reversal of the test article orientation. In addition, the test article was replaced by an RF load to verify that the force was not being generated by effects not associated with the test article. The two test articles were designed by Cannae LLC of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The torsion pendulum was designed, built, and operated by Eagleworks Laboratories at the NASA Johnson Space Center of Houston, Texas. Approximately six days of test integration were required, followed by two days of test operations, during which, technical issues were discovered and resolved. Integration of the two test articles and their supporting equipment was performed in an iterative fashion between the test bench and the vacuum chamber. In other words, the test article was tested on the bench, then moved to the chamber, then moved back as needed to resolve issues. Manual frequency control was required throughout the test. Thrust was observed on both test articles, even though one of the test articles was designed with the expectation that it would not produce thrust. Specifically, one test article contained internal physical modifications that were designed to produce thrust, while the other did not (with the latter being referred to as the “null” test article). Test data gathered includes torsion pendulum displacement measurements which are used to calculate generated force, still imagery in the visible spectrum to document the physical configuration, still imagery in the infrared spectrum to characterize the thermal environment, and video imagery. Post-test data includes static and animated graphics produced during RF resonant cavity characterization using the COMSOL Multiphysics® software application. Excerpts from all of the above are included and discussed in this paper. Lessons learned from test integration and operations include identification of the need to replace manual control of the resonant cavity target frequency with an automated frequency control capability. Future test plans include the development of an automatic frequency control circuit. Test results indicate that the RF resonant cavity thruster design, which is unique as an electric propulsion device, is producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon and therefore is potentially demonstrating an interaction with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma. Future test plans include independent verification and validation at other test facilities. Jul 28, 2014

Now, American scientists at NASA have given the EmDrive a go, and once again confirmed that it actually works. The test results were presented on July 30 at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and astonishingly enough, they are positive. The team behind the drive still doesn’t know why it works, just that it does……………By Drew Prindle — August 1, 2014

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Theory    EM Drive home site.
Principle of Operation
At first sight the idea of propulsion without propellant seems impossible. However the technology is firmly anchored in the basic laws of physics and following an extensive review process, no transgressions of these laws have been identified.
The principle of operation is based on the well-known phenomenon of radiation pressure. This relies on Newton’s Second Law where force is defined as the rate of change of momentum. Thus an electromagnetic (EM) wave, travelling at the speed of light has a certain momentum which it will transfer to a reflector, resulting in a tiny force.
If the same EM wave is travelling at a fraction of the speed of light, the rate of change of momentum, and hence force, is reduced by that fraction. The propagation velocity of an EM wave, and the resulting force it exerts, can be varied depending on the geometry of a waveguide within which it travels. This was demonstrated by work carried out in the 1950’s. (CULLEN, A.L. ‘Absolute Power Measurements at Microwave Frequencies’ IEE Proceedings Vol 99 Part 1V 1952 P.100)
Thus if the EM wave travelling in a tapered waveguide is bounced between two reflectors, with a large velocity difference at the reflector surfaces, the force difference will give a resultant thrust to the waveguide linking the two reflectors. If the reflectors are separated by a multiple of half the effective wavelength of the EM wave, this thrust will be multiplied by the Q of the resulting resonant cavity, as illustrated in fig 1 below.

Shawyer EM drive figure 01

Shawyer EM drive figure 1

Fig 1. Diagram of an engine concept.
The inevitable objection raised, is that the apparently closed system produced by this arrangement cannot result in an output force, but will merely produce strain within the waveguide walls. However, this ignores Einstein’s Special Law of Relativity in which separate frames of reference have to be applied at velocities approaching the speed of light. Thus the system of EM wave and waveguide can be regarded as an open system, with the EM wave and the waveguide having separate frames of reference.
A similar approach is necessary to explain the principle of the laser gyroscope, where open system attitude information is obtained from an apparently closed system device.

A Cold Letter to Obama

A H/T to Salvatore Del Prete for this:

 

Space and Science Research Corporation
P.O. Box 607841 * Orlando, FL 32860
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President Obama Warned about Dangerous Cold Climate

Monday, April 28, 2014 Press Release 2-2014 8:00 AM ET
The Space and Science Research Corporation (SSRC) delivered a letter to the White House this morning for President Obama, in which it warned of the dangers expected from the ongoing climate change to decades of record cold weather.
This predicted historic event is caused by a rare, yet repeating 206-year cycle of the Sun which the SSRC calls a “solar hibernation.” During these hibernations, the Sun dramatically reduces the energy by which it keeps the Earth warm. In past occurrences of these solar hibernations, the Earth was struck by two of the worst cold climate periods ever recorded, each of which witnessed global crop devastation, civil and political strife, and warfare. One historian classified the last hibernation from 1793 to 1830, as the world’s “last great subsistence crisis.” That period was also called the Dalton Minimum, because of the scientist who kept track of temperatures then and the reduced energy output of the Sun as measured by a low number of sunspots during that period. The previous hibernation from 1615 to 1745 was called the Maunder Minimum and was far worse than the last hibernation both in terms of the depth, and extent of the cold epoch but also in the global crop devastation. Russian scientists are saying we are heading into another Maunder class solar hibernation starting this year.
The issuance of this press release and the letter to President Obama coincides with the seventh anniversary of discovery of the 206-year cycle that led to the formulation of the ‘Theory of Relational Cycles of Solar Activity,’ or the ‘RC Theory.’ The RC Theory creator and SSRC President Mr. John Casey, has since been leading the effort in the United States to alert the US government, the media, and US citizens about the dangers associated with this regular, albeit ominous cycle of the Sun. The SSRC record of major climate predictions using the RC Theory has been recognized as one of, if not the best public record of climate prediction in the US. That includes a successful record of predictions better than NASA, and NOAA, and by far exceeds that of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN-IPCC).
According to Mr. Casey, “There is overwhelming evidence that global warming no longer exists and that the use of CO2 and the greenhouse gas theory by the UN and our own government represents what I and other scientists believe is the greatest scientific fraud in history. Sadly, even though the Earth is now cooling rapidly, we still see the current US administration and other countries trying to force-feed this bad science on their citizens. The record winter of 2013-2014 along with others in the past six years is but one example of how this recently started solar hibernation will continue to make the Earth much colder. The SSRC’s Global Climate Status Report, now shows that of twenty-four global climate parameters that we monitor, eighteen are showing a cooling trend is in place.
“I am also particularly concerned how the President’s climate policies will hit African Americans, other minorities and the poor the hardest, in terms of higher energy bills they will be paying and that they will be totally unprepared for the cold climate ahead. That matter is also addressed in the letter the White House received today.”
Click Here to Download a PDF File of the  A Cold letter to Obama . pg

Wind Fraud in California?

Federal Bureaucrats and

Elected officials suppressed key report

Failed to halt project or recover taxpayer dollars “It was heartbreaking to see this project desecrate such a historically and culturally significant landscape, and it’s even worse when you find out that it was built on false claims by the developer, and with the assistance of the BLM. “– Anthony Pico, Chairman, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.

By Miriam Raftery April 30, 2014 (Ocotillo)

– An international wind energy expert has concluded that Pattern Energy appears to have defrauded the federal government in order to obtain lucrative tax subsidies for a wind energy development in southern California that has failed to live up to the developer’s claims. “I believe we have a clear case for the False Claims Act,” Nicolas Boccard told East County Magazine, after reviewing full first-year wind production data for the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility on U..S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public land.  The project produced only about half of the energy that Pattern claimed it would produce—far below levels deemed viable for a wind project, a second expert confirms. These dismal results are no surprise to Boccard, who predicted in a report written before construction of the project was  completed that Ocotillo lacks sufficient wind speeds to sustain a viable wind energy project.

A H/T to Anything is possible  over at Tallbloke’s Talkshop.

For article continuation  Pictures and a lot more information to read. pg

Arab Spring

Jehadi score card

This very good article should give you a clearer idea the layout of the Muslim Holy War against all others.  Remember, The people they hate worse then non Muslim Infidels is Apostates.

The Muslim world must be bathed in blood until they get so tired of their own blood shed they forswear it. pg

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This spring, the Middle East gears up for ‘End-of-time battle’ foretold by the Prophet Mohammed
Special to WorldTribune.com

This is Spring,
And this is the hand of Spring
Wiping the blood off his face.
Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said Esber, a Syrian poet and essayist, born Jan. 1, 1930.)

By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs
It is Spring in the Middle East. The rising temperatures and the end of rain and snow make fighting more pleasant. The stifling heat and humidity of the Summer are yet to begin.
Ultimately, the fighting and trauma have markedly exacerbated the profound mistrust between Shi’ites and Sunnis. At the crux is the role of Shi’ite Iran in the new-old Middle East.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, left, from the National Counterterrorism Center. At right is a more recent photo released by the Iraq Interior Ministry. /AP
Back in Summer 2012, the jihadists interpreted their imminent triumph in Afghanistan and Pakistan, coupled with the ascent of Iran, as the beginning of the fateful “End-of-Time Battle” for the Middle East.
According to the Sayings attributed to Prophet Mohammed, the establishment of the Islamic Emirate of Khorasan (which encompasses the Central Asian republics, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Iran) would create conducive conditions for Islam’s triumph in the “End-of-Time Battle”. According to the Prophet’s sayings, jihadist forces would then arrive in the Middle East from the East and wage the fateful victorious battle for the liberation of Bilad al-Sham (history country of Syria) and al-Jazira, and the establishment of the Mosque of al-Aqsa in Jerusalem (Islam’s original Qiblah — that is, the direction of prayers — in 610-623) as the center of a new Caliphate.
Since the outbreak of the Arab intifadas or “awakening”, the jihadist shura has been working on laying the ground for Islamist-jihadist ascent in the Middle East. Extensive organizational, financial, and security support has been provided to the various Islamist-jihadist entities throughout the Middle East by teams of highly-trained jihadist operatives called “the Son of the Soil/Land” (Ibn ul-Balad) which operate within non-state regional and heritage frames of reference.
As well, special and terrorist operations have been conducted jointly by teams of the revitalized “Shadow Army” (Laskhar al-Zil) which had been trained in Afghanistan-Pakistan and Chechnya, and élite jihadist networks of the various localized “al-Qaidat Jihad” (the Foundation of Jihad) movements throughout the region which are also organized along heritage lines since the middle of the first decade of the 21st Century. The outcome of this effort is now apparent in the growing presence and influence of foreign volunteers in Bilad al-Sham and al-Jazira (Syria-Iraq), the Sinai Peninsula, and Libya-Egypt.
The dramatic transformation of the Sunni jihadist trend has influenced the realignment of the Turkish-Iranian grand strategy.
Since the original outbreak of the Arab intifadas back in late 2010, both Ankara and Teheran have been torn by conflicting vital interests. Both powers have always had a common end objective: to suppress the possible ascent of traditional Sunni Arabism hailing from Bilad al-Sham and al-Jazira. However, they have differed on the regional posture that would contain this ascent of Arabism.
Ankara has been determined to expand its regional hegemony to the detriment of the traditional power system originating from the Arabian Peninsula by establishing a north-south Sunni Wedge which would absorb the House of al-Sa’ud. Teheran has been loath to give up on its east-west Shi’ite Crescent with Lebanon’s HizbAllah and Iraq’s Shi’ite Government which gives Iran access to the shores of the Mediterranean. Presently, the common denominator of both powers remains the determination to quickly dominate the Sunni heartland between central Syria and western Iraq. At the same time, the fierce Iranian-Turkish competition on implementation and supremacy remains the key to the escalating fratricidal war in Syria.
This is why the ascent of DI’ISH (aka The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant or al-Sham, or ISIL, or ISIS) and its Emirate of the Euphrates Valley is so problematic for both Ankara and Teheran.
The power struggle between DI’ISH and the various jihadist groups affiliated with Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Al Qaida (such as Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, etc.) is really about whether the Sunni jihadist movement being neo-salafi — and thus inherently anti-Shi’ite — can secretly cooperate with Iran and receive comprehensive assistance via the IRGC’s Quds Forces (weapons, funding, guidance, shelters in Iran, etc.)
The conflict became vicious and vindictive in late-February 2014 after the assassination in Aleppo of Abu-Khaled al-Suri, Zawahiri’s personal emissary to Bilad al-Sham and Abu-Musab al-Suri’s closest friend. The assassination not only resulted in escalation of the fighting between jihadist forces in northern and central Syria, but also started a profound theological debate about whether the jihadist movement should uncompromisingly confront all apostates and Shi’ites, or cooperate with some of them in the expedient pursuit of such higher goals as the establishing an Islamist Caliphate in the greater Middle East.
In mid-April 2014, DI’ISH escalated the dispute with a major symbolic step of great significance.
DI’ISH’s Abu-Muhammad al-Adnani set the tone with a fierce communique. “Al Qaida today is no longer a foundation of jihad,” he wrote. “Its leadership has become a hammer to break the project of the Islamic State.”
The threat could not be tolerated because “the leaders of Al Qaida have deviated from the correct path [of anti-Shi’ite zeal]. They have divided the ranks of the mujahedin in every place.”
In late-April 2014, DI’ISH escalated the theological struggle by introducing “the Khorasan Pledge”. Muhammad al-Adnani explained that drastic steps were imperative because “Al Qaida deviated from the rightful course”, and therefore “it is not a dispute about who to kill or who to give your allegiance. It is a question of religious practices being distorted and an approach veering off the right path.”
Nine prominent Al Qaida emirs from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran declared their allegiance to the new “Emir of the Faithful” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurashi, the emir of DI’ISH. The nine are Sheikh Abu Ubaidah al-Lubnani, Abu al-Muhannad al-Urduni, Abu Jurair al-Shamali, Abu al-Huda al-Soudani, Abdulaziz al-Maqdisi (brother of Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi), Abdullah al-Punjabi, Abu Yunus al-Kurdi, Abu Aisha al-Qurtubi, and Abu Musab al-Tadamuni. Simply put, the emirs accepted “the Khorasan Pledge” over their bayat (secret oath of allegiance) to Zawahiri and Mullah Omar.
The nine emirs published a lengthy theological thesis in which they explained the urgent imperative to adopt “the Khorasan Pledge” in the context of the history of the jihadist struggle in the Middle East and beyond.
They analyzed the dispute over the takfiri quintessence of the jihad and especially the dispute between Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi and Zawahiri over the jihad in Iraq in the first decade of the 21st Century.
This theological dispute is even more prevalent in the current war in Bilad al-Sham “where it was the duty of DI’ISH to reach out and provide support for its people, to defeat the conspiracy of the two armies: the Syrian Army and the Free [Syrian] Army”. Believing in the inevitable triumph of the jihadist forces, the nine emirs explained, “the forces of infidelity and apostasy quickly sowed the seeds of hypocrisy, using new groups under Islamic sounding names to be a rival and an obstacle to the Islamic State”.
The emirs allude to the Al Qaida affiliates which were guided by Abu-Musab al-Suri into secret cooperation with the Quds Forces in order to sustain their jihad. They refused to accept the excuses of Al Qaida leaders that “the groups did not have any courage to enforce judgments over those who disobey sharia, under the pretext of avoiding a clash with the people or due to their inability and incapacity, although they enforced in secret more than they did out in the open”.
On the contrary, the nine emirs stressed, the tacit and expedient cooperation with Shi’ite Iran was not limited to the jihadists under duress in Syria but was rather a new trend in the Islamist movement. The most glaring example of the theological corruption of the Islamist-jihadist creed was “former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who was proven to be an apostate, even for those who had a semblance of comprehension. Or was it an indication of a new kind of jihad?” The emirs emphasize that Morsi’s rapprochement with Iran and other apostate states, as well as his refusal to launch a jihad against Israel, while he was ostensibly the Egyptian leader on behalf of the Muslim Brothers, was a conscientious betrayal of the Islamist creed. Morsi and his allies made “a political call, without mentioning the question of arms. They replaced many sharia terms with new concepts, which carry different interpretations.”
It was, the emirs believed, because of this deviation from the right and righteous path that the Islamists lost power in Egypt.
The nine emirs regretted that they did not rise to meet the challenge earlier; that is, before the Muslim nation suffered so much. In conclusion, they wrote, “we ask Allah for forgiveness for being late to reveal the truth and fix what we corrupted, disobeyed, and did not accept. Thus, we wrote this message to the Muslim nation and to ask forgiveness from our Lord. We showed that DI’ISH was right. It raised the banner without hesitation, weakness, or account to anyone but Allah. We count them as such and, as long as they persevere, they have [our support and allegiance] for its Emir of the Faithful Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurashi and our obedience in fortune and adversity and in hardship and prosperity, without challenging his command. But if it alters or deviates, it will only get from us what others had gotten before.”
Although the theological campaign surrounding the “Khorasan Pledge” glosses over the specific issue of Sunni-jihadist cooperation with Shi’ite Iran, it is very explicit about the viciousness of the ensuing fratricidal fighting. DI’ISH holds the establishment jihadist trend responsible for starting the destruction of Bilad al-Sham, Iraq and northern al-Jazira on the altar of relations with Iran. Abu Ali al-Anbari, a DI’ISH senior commander from Iraq now fighting in Syria was very explicit about the intensity of the fight against Al Qaida-affiliate forces. “Either we eliminate them or they will eliminate us,” he repeatedly told a commanders’ gathering.
Both the DI’ISH commanders and senior emirs joining the “Khorasan Pledge” were cognizant that the schism which erupted in al-Jazira would spread and might ultimately split the entire jihadist trend on the basis of takfiri orthodoxy.
The takfiri schism emanating from Bilad al-Sham and Iraq is already exacerbating and intensifying the myriad of conflicts plaguing the rest of the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia is a major victim of the escalating takfiri schism and the crisis is aggravated by the deterioration of King ‘Abdallah bin ‘Abd al-’Aziz al Sa’ud’s health and unresolved succession process.
In principle, the takfiri DI’ISH should have been the guardian and protégé of Riyadh because of its uncompromising anti-Shi’a and anti-Iran posture. However, DI’ISH also undermines the preeminence of the tribal power structure in al-Jazira and thus harms the Shamari nation: the bulwark of support for the Nagdi (Nejdi) tribes of central Saudi Arabia who are the main supporters of the ‘Abdallah faction of the House of Al-Sa’ud and provide loyal recruits for the Saudi National Guard.
In the western part of Bilad al-Sham, the long-established coalition of minorities (‘Alawites, Druze, Maronites, etc.) which dominates security and the economic élite (urban Sunni Arabs, Armenians, etc.) continues to consolidate its hold over the viable areas of pre-war Syria and Lebanon. While strategic fighting is drawing to an end, a lot of mopping-up is yet to be completed and jihadist terrorism should be expected to continue for a long time. Only then could the massive task of rebuilding the country begin.
However, the triumph of President Bashar Assad’s Damascus is now irreversible, irrespective of the extent of growing Turkish and Qatari intervention and even possible U.S.-led Western military intervention.
The inner-Sunni vicious fighting over takfiri orthodoxy versus cooperation with Quds Forces effectively self-neutralizes the Sunni jihadist forces in the greater Aleppo area: the war’s last main front. Meanwhile, the Sunni Arab grassroots’ rush into Assad’s fold, seeking protection against the carnage wrought by the DI’ISH-al-Qaida fratricidal fighting. Presently, the alliance between Damascus and Tehran on sustaining the Shi’ite Crescent — the onland access to the Mediterranean — contains the Hizbullah’s provocation of Israel, restrains the Shi’ites political ascent in Lebanon, and provides military sustenance against Sunni onslaught.
In the north, the de facto unified Kurdish entity is now projecting power into both Turkey (through the revival of PKK insurgency) and north-central ex-Iraq. In late-April 2014, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani signed a secret document affirming that “confederation will resolve our [all-Kurdish] issues”. The document outlined a program legalizing and organizing the gradual integration of other Kurdish entities into an Erbil-led political entity. Erbil thus provides the framework for other Kurdish zones — starting with Turkey’s — to secede and join Erbil.
Along the Euphrates Valley from Aleppo to Baghdad, the DI’ISH emirate increases pressure on Baghdad.
To withstand the onslaught, Shi’ite-Arab Mesopotamia is increasingly beholden to the leadership from Najaf and Qarbala which facilitates the growing flow of recruits and funds to sustain Baghdad’s war effort. However, Baghdad is incapable of ignoring the dominance of both Tehran and Qom (the enduring legacy of the Sistani-Ha’eri agreement of August 2004 over the control of Najaf’s Great Mosques which was orchestrated by the Sadrists and enthusiastically embraced by the U.S. to the detriment of the future of the greater Middle East).
Shi’ite Baghdad is desperately trying to stem the tide and contain DI’ISH and the Sunni-Arab awakening in Al-Jazira but has so far failed. The increasingly sectarian character of the battle for Baghdad and the vitriolic Shi’ite propaganda accompanying it send the Sunni populace into the fold of DI’ISH and away from the Al Qaida affiliates.
Further south, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are increasingly vulnerable to the Shi’ite ascent in the eastern Arabian Peninsula as reflected in the growing instability in Bahrain. Both Tehran and its regional protégés operating under the umbrella of the Islamic State of Eastern Arabia are emboldened by the U.S. abandonment of Riyadh and all other Gulf States.
They are convinced they can escalate their insurrection from Kuwait to Yemen’s Houthis with confidence that there will be no U.S.-led retribution. In eastern Arabia, Riyadh is increasingly beholden to the Saudi Ikhwan (a different local militant movement that has nothing to do with the Egyptian Ikhwan and is akin to the Russian Cossacks on the fault lines of the North Caucasus) to fight and contain the local Shi’ite insurrection.
However, the Saudi Ikhwan is a takfiri creed whose worldview is very similar to that of the DI’ISH. It is therefore only a question of time before their leaders will gravitate toward the “Khorasan Pledge” despite the DI’ISH’s clash with the Shamari and Nagdi tribes.
The overall stability and unity of Saudi Arabia will then be challenged.
Meanwhile, Doha keeps double-dealing in its quest for regional preeminence.
Qatar is tacitly acting on behalf of Iran throughout the region for strategic and financial gains. On the one hand, Qatar is Turkey’s closest ally in the campaign to sponsor and unleash the Al Qaida-affiliated forces in Syria and Iraq in order to contain both Shi’ite Iran and the takfiri Sunnis and instead further the north-south Sunni Wedge which seems likely to ultimately undermine the House of al-Sa’ud. Then, Doha seems convinced, it would be able to share hegemony with Tehran over the rest of the GCC and the Arab world as a whole.
Iran appears convinced that the aggregate outcome of the triumph of Assad’s Damascus and the fratricidal carnage of the DI’ISH-Al Qaida fighting would prevent Turkey from ever consolidating a north-south Sunni Wedge which could challenge the preeminence of Iran’s east-west Shi’ite Crescent. Hence, while Qatar’s renewed audacious ascent has been instrumental for the furthering and sponsorship of a wide myriad of Al Qaida-affiliated jihadist forces all over the Greater Middle East which undermine all pro-Western forces and governments, at the end Qatar seems likely to remain beholden to Iranian backing against Saudi Arabia and the GCC.
And then there are sub-plots and struggles in Egypt, between the Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA), in both southern and northern Jordan, which could be affected by the takfiri surge and the Iranian exploitation thereof.
Spring and early Summer will not be boring.
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Keep in mind that the Clintons are enthralled to the Sunni Doha UEA and the Obamanation to the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile the Oligarchs are attempting to carve up Eastern Europe. Putin is making his grab for eastern Ukraine. The Chief Oligarch is secretly helping the Muslims to keep the west occupied. Prophecy is that they will kill him, and that it will be to their great detriment in their fight with the west.   pg

May you live in interesting times… an old Chinese curse.  pg

Anomaly ???

Strange Anomaly discovered.

masked for metal skin  The second layer of metal paint is drying on the masked finished disk and I have a puzzle.  While sanding the first layer I looked down at the supporting legs and noticed that the one below me was displaced, strange, I know that they were centered.

So I examined the others.

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#2 leg door way

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This is the #2 leg, in the door way.

Note the leg is centered on the 4inch square on the plank. Ignore the scrap shim just under the leg. It was added to level the disk

#1 leg  xxx

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This is the #1 leg to the rear left in the top picture. The leg is displaced 1 inch clockwise from the center of the 4inch square . I even tried to move the disk by pushing and tugging it.  this thing is heavy and sits solid.

#3 leg  xxx

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This is #3 leg front left in picture. Also displaced 1inch clockwise from center of pad.

We have had severer thunder storms over the last week. One was less then 1 second away.

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I’ve been trying to ignore this for the past 2 days.  Then decided that I should publish this note.  Just for the record,  as I am sure that all three legs were centered on their pads.  Now I will recenter them.   pg

Ex-NASA science expert blasts global warming theory

Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop:

'And another thing...'

‘And another thing…’

Breitbart London reports:

‘A former NASA scientist has described global warming as “nonsense”, dismissing the theory of man-made climate change as “an unsubstantiated hypothesis” and saying that it is “absolutely stupid” to blame the recent UK floods on human activity.’

Oh dear, Dame Slingo of the MetO won’t like that.

And there’s more…

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Condenser Disk

Condenser disk

Condenser disk primed for paint

Condenser disk primed for paint

The golden disk is no more. The rough surface of polyester and aluminum foil has been sanded and coated.

The disk is now smooth and primed.  The 4 legs supporting the frame have been removed and replaced with 3 supports under the the disk rim. The old  legs were distorting the disk, over the legs, as the frame was too lightly made for the weight of completed disk. The new supports are under the strongest part of the disk rim and spread the weight. after several months without the legs and the application of heat the distortion went away and I was able to finish the surface.

PG with his Chief Engineer!  er pest, Samurai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After 20 pounds of Bondo and 2 gallons of primer have been applied and sanded down the dish is as smooth and true as I can get it. Next apply the surface layer. At present I lean toward metal paint, heavy laid and sanded smooth.  I tried a Stainless Steel spray paint on the disk cap.  That appears to work, it is tough and it conducts.  As it is Nickel-Chrome it should help with the Hall effect needed to manage the EMF fields,  not sure about leakage from the grains exposed edges. At least application design control should be easier. Just mask and shoot.  pg

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