Jul 30 2013

Open Post – Comments welcome

Published by at 12:06 pm under All General Discussions

AJStrata has been swamped with work and family issues, some good some bad, all involving giving up his free time. Feel free to start a new thread of discussion on any topic of the day and relevant to the nature of his blog.


23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Open Post – Comments welcome”

  1. Layman says:

    Let’s get back to the hoax of man made Global Warming (AGW). The following link will take you to a great piece on WUWT. It takes on the myth that 97% of scientists argree there is AGW. Enjoy!


  2. WWS says:

    I was happily cruising along the internet, and all of sudden this thread jumped out of the bushes and sucker-punched me in the face! Not content to just knock me down, then it jumped on top of me and started pounding my head on the sidewalk! Should I post? I had to pull the trigger, I tell ya, I had to!

  3. Redteam says:

    Yep, WWS, it just happens that way sometime..

  4. Mordecai Subaru says:

    An Idea to help out thye Keystone Pipeline.
    Obama is never going to give permission. And he doesn’t need to.
    Because Federal approval is only needed if the pipe crosses the border with Canada, and it doesn’t need to.
    There are numerous freight rail lines that already do that.
    I think the pipeline was specified at 800,000 barrels per day
    and I think the same amount could be moved by 6 100 car tanker
    trains from Canada to North Dakota.
    From there it can be put into a holding tank, and into a pipe,
    and sent to the Gulf Coast and Obama needn’t be asked for

  5. WWS says:

    That is what is currently happening, Mordecai, in the absence of any other options. Btw, I live about 30 miles from the southern leg of the Keystone line, and that’s just about done – I drove past it just the other day. (and it’s not really any different than any of the 50,000 pipelines that are already in the ground. (seriously – there are 1.8 million miles of installed pipelines already in the ground in this country!)

    But did you notice that little unpleasantness up in Quebec a couple weeks ago? 47 people dead, an entire town destroyed because one guy forgot to set his parking brakes? (supposedly) THAT is a direct consequence of choosing to ship oil by rail car, rather than by pipeline, because pipelines, measured in terms of fatalities and environmental damage are safer than rail transport by a factor of 1,000. Seriously! That single rail accident killed more people than every pipeline accident in the US over the last 30 years put together. And look at the huge amount of oil spilled and burned, and an entire town environmentally destroyed!!!

    And the sad part is, everyone has known that pipelines are far safer and cleaner than rail for at least 80 years now. That’s why we put on a huge push to replace rail transport by cross country pipeline beginning in the 1930’s.

    Here is what drives everyone with engineering know-how crazy – we, in the name of environmental “goodness”, are CHOOSING to use the most UNSAFE and DIRTIEST method of transportation for our energy resources possible!!! And everyone in the industry knows it, and no one in the public sphere even bothers to mention it!

    This is how the 3rd world operates, and every day America slides more and more into that kind of non-stop insanity.

  6. oneal lane says:

    I am beginning to loathe Chris Christe. How much you wanna bet he is the joker that the GOP is going to foist upon Republican voters. ditto- Dole McCain Romney

  7. Federale says:

    I guess the big loss on the Zimmerman Front has laid him out cold. A complete and embarrassing fail can do that. Promised a conviction and got exhoneration.

  8. WWS says:

    Hehe – Looks like Colin Powell just got caught playing with Black Man’s Kryptonite! (see “Undercover Brother” if you don’t get the reference – or just go to the Urban Dictionary)

  9. A_Nonny_Mouse says:

    Glad to know the site is still here… a couple days ago I could not bring up ” strata-sphere.com ” for love nor money. Kept getting some kind of “Database Error”.

    = = = = =

    Regarding the ?explosion and fire? in Quebec… I had THOUGHT I understood that crude oil was not explosive. Kind of like kerosene. Once you light it, it stays lit, but no “boom” factor.

    That’s caused mucho confusion on my part, and I haven’t seen it addressed in the news articles. (Well, of course, that’s not surprising; “the news” doesn’t explain much-at-all anymore, it just exists to tell true believers what side of an issue to take up arms for….)

  10. WWS says:

    you’re correct, Annonymouse, crude doesn’t explode – if that much crude *had* exploded, it would literally have had as much energy as an atom bomb, and there would not have been a single structure left above ground for a mile in any direction.

    I believe that most of the initial destruction was caused simply by the kinetic energy of a runaway train headed downhill with no brakes, and then the entire thing derailing in the middle of a small town with all the cars tearing through the buildings at full speed. And then, as all the cars were ripped open, and all those thousands of barrels spilled out, something ignited the crude (there’s an endless number of ignition sources in a wreck like that). The crude would have started burning slowly, but once it got going it would have been impossible to put out even if there were adequate firefighting resources, which there weren’t.

    So rather than an explosion, how it probably went down is a wreck which horribly injured a lot of people and made the town impossible to get into or out of, and then a 12 hour fire that killed everyone who was injured and stuck inside it. The more you think about it the more horrible you realize it must have been.

  11. Redteam says:

    oneal lane, as I passed through Baton Rouge today, I saw an exit for O’neal Lane. Is that a coincidence, or does it involve you?

  12. WWS says:

    In the same general area, Redteam, I used to know a man named Charles Lake who lived in Lake Charles. Really!

  13. Redteam says:

    Oneal, I feel as you do, that the Repubs are gonna put an undesirable up in ’16. Either that, or an ineligible, such as Rubio. The people that are pulling the strings on Repubs are just front men for the Dims.

  14. oneal lane says:


    I lived in Baton Rouge many years and always liked the sound of it. Reminded me of and author’s name. I just picked it up for a moniker. There is another exit east of BTR “Frost Livingston” that lends itself.


    I lived in Lake Charles for a a period also. I’m now up here above I-20 but south of the AK line, not far from Shreveport Bossier. These damn yankees!

  15. Redteam says:

    WWS, I still live ‘near’ Lake Charles and go to Baton Rouge frequently, LSU fan. Oneal, I suspected there was a tie, it’s not a real common name, but sure sounded familiar.

  16. WWS says:

    LOL! How did we all end up posting on this little blog? I have one sis-in-law in Harrihan (New Orleans) and another in a nice little house with a pier on Cross Lake, just north of Shreveport. And I’m just down I-20 over in Tyler. I moved here from Arizona, originally, but my wife was born and raised in Shreveport, which accounts for all of my Loozyanna relatives!

    Well it’s a nice corner of the country to live in.

  17. ivehadit says:

    On another subject besides all our Louisiana connections 🙂
    What are WE getting ready to do that creates the need for us to close our embassies? …and who let out all those alQ prisoners in two different locations??

    There is MAJOR you know what going on and we are just mushrooms…being kept in the dark and fed, well you know.

    Who can we trust?

  18. WWS says:

    I trust Obama completely – and Eric Holder, too. I trust them to break the law every chance they get. I trust them to crap on the Constitution every chance they get. I trust them to do every last thing they possibly can to destroy everything this country ever was, because they hate this country and most of the people in it, everyone except their own little clique of cronies and hangers on. That’s what I trust.

  19. A_Nonny_Mouse says:

    Back to the Quebec “runaway train and explosion”…

    I went back and checked several news articles, which ALL referred to a “massive explosion”.

    Just a couple of days ago, per


    we hear that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada “raised doubts about the nature of the petroleum cargo on the runaway train, which was listed as hauling 50,000 barrels of crude oil when it derailed and smashed into the center of the small lakeside town near the Maine border, exploding in a blast that killed 47 people.”
    Other statements from the article include, “It was shipped as a class 3, packing group 3, flammable liquid, and some of the fire characteristics didn’t appear to be similar to that,” as well as “It would seem that the crude oil reacted in an abnormal way.”

    Sooooo… maybe the “crude oil” wasn’t crude? Maybe somebody was dodging the (presumably) higher tax rates charged on shipments of more highly-processed petroleum products? There’s more to this story, yet (just like here in the good ol’ USA), the Canadian press is sitting around buffing its collective fingernails and waiting for REAL news to happen.

  20. WWS says:

    That’s fasinating, annony mouse. You’re right, if there was an explosion they had some tankers of some gasoline-like products in the mix. (I was actually at the scene once of a diesel tank hooked to a semi that got cut in half by a train. Driver survived, and it took a good 30 minutes before the thousands of gallons of diesel really started to burn) I hadn’t even seen that – nobody in the MSM seems interested in following up on the story. I wonder if it has to do with the left’s idolization of 18th and 19th century technology – windmills and trains, GOOD! everything else, bad, bad, bad. Being against trains to them means being for pipelines, and pipelines are EVIL because they are slashes in the face of Precious Mother Gaia.

    But the real lesson from this accident is that it’s insane to be shipping this much product by train when it is far cheaper and far SAFER to be shipping it all by pipeline. No one seems to want to hear that “inconvenient truth”, and anyone who points it out must be a bad, bad person.