Those Were The Days!!! — Open Thread!

This is an old Russian song …. you can tell if you listen.  The most popular version is sung by Mary Hopkins.  Paul McCartney produced the song.  English wasn’t the only version.

 

This takes me back in many ways, and to many times.  I don’t do taverns much, anymore.  But, on occasion, I’ll wander into some of my old haunts.  Invariably, there’ll be a familiar face, and a warm smile from an cohort, or another. 

 

I’ve got some things to do, but, will be back soon! 

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81 Responses to Those Were The Days!!! — Open Thread!

  1. Me says:

    Sounds like how Hollywood was created. Fantasy is fantasy, and it’s entertaining, but reality is a different story.

    • omanuel says:

      After Climategate emails surfaced in late Nov 2009, we simply awakened to reality 25 years later than George Orwell thought we would in “Nineteen Eighty-Four”

      • Me says:

        I didn’t like 1984 and it’s the same with clockwork orange, yes I watched it and there are others like it. I did and was taught about animal farm in High School. The problem there was I never cared for school at the time but I did what I had to do to get a passing grade. That is the only positive thing I can say about that as they portrayed the pigs as capitalist, and fairly so, but looking at things now they are the Green pigs. I didn’t even get Demolition Man until a few years after, and I thought that sucked too. It was so stupid in the way the law worked, I was thinking what the hell were these people thinking, but after seeing what is going on now, now I see Demolition Man as how stupid the Libertards are. And that think they are liberals. That’s one of the reasons I don’t care for sports any more, people hate reality TV, well they think some bullshit show is reality TV, here is a news flash, the NEWS and Sports was reality TV, 😆 That is reality.

        • Me says:

          …..And they think they are liberals…..

        • Me says:

          And that’s the same for Libertarians too, you are so righteous and full of being an ass, that you have to stick your noses in everyone else’s business. What the hell is that about? I thought you wanted to be left alone, that was something I agreed with. But No you fuckers want to control shit too and tell people what to do too. How is that Libertarian? I consider my self still, a conservative. We need a bit of socialism and depend on capitalism and free enterprise. That is what we are weather you like it or not. And for the welfare bunch, you better hope the capitalist/free enterprise system doesn’t fail. That is the only thing the government did to help people in hard times. But like that and people on pensions that paid their dues and worked all their life with the system we were delt and earned in just. Well then we were just suckers I guess. But no matter what happens we worked for and some never got what they worked for, but the politicians get every cent of their pension. And what does that say?

        • Me says:

          And some of you out ther want to lump pensioners in with free loaders. That’s fine. you better hope you that the system your paying into doesn’t fail.

        • Me says:

          And as for gold, when shit hits the fan, try buying a peice of bread with gold, see how that works. Buddy you are going to have to work for your keep, Bottom line, and guess what there will be a very long line if it comes to that.

        • Me says:

          Then you will see what your gold is worth. so go ahead and spend, you are better off buying land. but then try to protect it. But at least you have the moral high ground with a deed.

        • Me says:

          And then you wonder why people in the Nature Conservancy and organizations like that are asking you for your money to buy lands.

      • omanuel says:

        I was in Moscow in 1980 to present a paper [1] on the origin of the solar system at the Vernadsky Geochemistry Institut and recall well hearing the beautiful Russian version of this song, “Those were the days!”

        The oppression that was in the old USSR has engulfed the rest of the globe today, and I better understand the Russian soul revealed in the song.

        1. O. K. Manuel, “Heterogeneity of isotopic and elemental compositions in meteorites: Evidence of local synthesis of the elements “, Geokhimiya (12) 1776-1801 (1981) [In Russian].

  2. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    One week before the mid-term elections where its quite likely the Republicans will win control of the Senate, this has occurred:

    Something happening here? An update

    We have yet to hear from the White House press office in response to our request for a comment on our reader’s report that a major network problem has hit the computers used by staff in the Executive Office of the President. Our source, however, updated us with the latest on the issue overnight. He believes it is expected that news of the problem (whatever it is) will soon break publicly, if not today. Describing the problem as a “major data loss,” he believes that repair is expected to take weeks.

    From what he understands, this is a serious problem. He asserts: “We are potentially talking OMB, USTR, ONDCP, OPM, and the White House itself(!). Top-line executive deliberations. Gone. Stolen? No idea.”

    Amazing number of un-backed up hard drives have been crashing lately. Must be ebola.

    • Me says:

      That’s why everything in correspondence needs to be on a hard copy and people needs to CYA with their hard copy, or they will be the sacrificial lambs in biblical terms. And it sucks to be you is you didn’t do your due diligence.

      • Me says:

        They knew what was coming, climate gate was their warning, and is there any wonder why 18 years of an hiatus? Yeah there is because we are all watching them now.

        • Me says:

          And they know it. But they continue…. soon everybody will see it, that’s why they despise democracy

        • Bruce of Newcastle says:

          Me – think these particular hard drive crashes are related to something completely different. Especially the ones in the IRS and the White House.

        • Me says:

          yep, until they can use it against you, then they can pull the hair off of knats ass if it landed on your hard drive.

  3. omanuel says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder of the time when we had faith in our government.

  4. copernicus34 says:

    I miss Apple 🙂

  5. Me says:

    Yeah, very quiet, not that I expected as much. Truth hurts doesn’t it. and that is the Bull shit of every day life. And out leaders doesn’t make any better, nore does all those trying to look for every tax loop that is rich beyond belief. In the end it will suck to be us, and no religeon will save you, if life is what you cherish. If it is the afterlife you are worried about, then gold shouldn’t be your worry, and every thing I said above shouldn’t eighter. By that you shouldn’t be worried about anything because you know where your going.

    • Me says:

      And any Libertard that want to use Me rant here can go suck it, that is what they understand. I do not want to be associated with them or endorse them and their cause in anyway like the blood suckers that they are.

  6. Me says:

    There you go James and Sis, that is my point of view, I got nothing against religeon or your beliefs, I feel you have everyones best intentions at heart and I ask no apologies for me or beg any forgiveness. That is in all fairness freedom, until the gov steps in. then we know how free we are.

  7. DirkH says:

    Me says:
    October 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    “And that’s the same for Libertarians too, you are so righteous and full of being an ass, that you have to stick your noses in everyone else’s business. What the hell is that about? I thought you wanted to be left alone, that was something I agreed with. But No you fuckers want to control shit too and tell people what to do too. How is that Libertarian? I consider my self still, a conservative. We need a bit of socialism and depend on capitalism and free enterprise. ”

    I think you are confusing communist agitators who pretend to be libertarians with real libertarians here.

    It’s a pity that you don’t quote the people you mean.

    Matthew 7:20 applies – Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

  8. DirkH says:

    As for Gold and the SHTF situation: You don’t need the Gold to buy a loaf of bread.

    You need the Gold to pay for the car and the fuel with which you drive your family to safety – and that means, to the area controlled by the strongman you trust. (Replace strongman with warlord, democratically elected government, dictator, NATO commander, renegade, pirate, king, commune, invaders, as you see fit. Because their will be weapons stashes, and there will be people who get their hands on them. Not homemade bombs but Military grade explosives etc.)

    • One must use bread to buy gold. Perhaps the real question is, how much bread will it cost you to buy a loaf of gold.

      RTF

    • Me says:

      What is the common theme there?

      • Me says:

        YOU NEED GOLD! Why? You need water, you need food, you need shelter. Work is how you acheive it, tech allows that work to be easier. Resources allows for that tech and creates a system of trade that makes work easier that creates more of our basic needs.

        • Me says:

          Again tell Me why gold is so usefull?

        • Bruce of Newcastle says:

          I lost interest in gold after I managed to physically lift about 50 kg of gold doré one day. I was working in a gold mine in the refinery, where we would melt down the extracted gold into bars for the helicopter to take away for sale. The doré was only about 65% gold, with the rest being silver and copper, which were also slightly extracted by the cyanidation process.

          Nice story I tell (its true). I was working there in a historic town called Mt Morgan. We were commissioning a tailings retreatment plant, since with advances in technology it was worthwhile to re-extract the tailings dam from the 50 years of historical workings. The tails dam had 1 g/L Au in it, of which about 0.6 was available. I was a vacation student…I arrived just as they were starting to produce gold bars for sale and the process in the Gold Room wasn’t quite sorted out yet. We poured the gold into cast iron moulds. One day we couldn’t get the gold ingot out of the mould, it had stuck. So I got a sledgehammer and broke the brittle cast iron off of the gold bar. That mostly worked, although the bar ended up with several giant warts of remaining cast iron stuck on it. So me and my workmate we get into the Hilux and off we go down the hill to the workshop (security was not quite as tight as it could’ve been). I get the gold bar onto a grinding wheel and I grind the remaining chunks of cast iron off it. Carefully…

          I mentioned Mt Morgan was historic. Well as I was grinding away on our gold bar a tourist bus arrives just behind us. The tourists get out of the bus and see this intriguing scene of two filthy metallurgists grinding a gold bar on a grinding wheel in the workshop (which was ancient and rusted). Cool! So me and my workmate get ourselves photographed by absolutely everyone on the bus with me holding this iron encrusted gold bar out in front of me.

          I got most of the cast iron off and it went off with the next helicopter. No one complained, and my boss offered me a job…which I knocked back as I’d already gotten a scholarship for a PhD. True story. 🙂

        • Bruce of Newcastle says:

          Slight mistake – the tails had 1 g/t not 1 g/L. I’m a hydrometallurgist by profession, so “g/L” is ingrained into my DNA and comes out when I least expect.

        • Me says:

          Well there and everywhere else it created work, just because of it’s rareity and the value put onto it. It is still valueible today,so don’t get me wrong on that, but when SHTF, and RWOL happens. They will go after gold first, they think it’s valuible, then they will get hungry as the food supply dissappears. then they will realise what that shiny metal is worth and how heavy it is and have to hide it like has been done so many times through history. Only to have someone today to discover their loot and get rich off of their plunderings.

        • Bruce of Newcastle says:

          I agree with you Me, you can’t eat gold. Also I’m surprised you are still awake since I live in a timezone ‘way behind yours.

          Not sure what my fave metal is. I have some pure cadmium from an electrowinning experiment. And some silver crystals from a project where my colleague blew up a grad student (they accidently reinvented silver nitride). No. Its got to be the selenium I sampled from a guy’s selenium refinery he built out of odd tanks and pumps in the Sydney suburb of Marrackville using Russian technology. Yes I have a vial of pure selenium. Although the chunk of zinc ore I picked up at the bottom of a mine in western Tasmania is pretty good too, since I was waste deep in sludge at the time. It was cold, wet and miserable, but the heavy machinery was wonderful since it was all steampunk. They had to cut it into small bits to get it down the mine shaft – then in an underground workshop they put it back together with welders. All the heavy mobile equipment had seams like Frankenstein’s monster. I visited a mine stope, there was a guy in a cubby in back with a remote controller – looking exactly like one for a whizzy battery powered toy car. Only his toy car was the size of an Abrams tank – it was a front end loader used for getting the ore out of the stope, since actually manning the machinery was too dangerous. It was cool, like a giant mechanical remote controlled cockroach.

        • DirkH says:

          Me says:
          “They will go after gold first, they think it’s valuible, then they will get hungry as the food supply dissappears.”

          Ok, Gold unimportant, Food important, I get it.

          ” then they will realise what that shiny metal is worth”

          Well, we agree, it’s worth nothing, the bread is valuable.

          ” and how heavy it is”

          30 grams of Gold = 1200 Dollars, that’s what? 1000 kg of bread? What’s heavy again?

          “and have to hide it like has been done so many times through history.”

          Let’s compare hiding a tin can full of Gold to hiding 1000 kg of bread…

          ” Only to have someone today to discover their loot and get rich off of their plunderings.”

          See above: we agreed that Gold is not valuable, bread is.

          Somehow you are trying to disprove what everyone in human history has discovered, that Gold is a splendid store of value. Give it up Me, you’re fighting windmills.

        • DirkH says:

          “Let’s compare hiding a tin can full of Gold to hiding 1000 kg of bread…”

          Oh, sorry, a tin can full of Gold would already be one kilogramm, or 30 ounces, so we would have to compare it to hiding 30 tons of bread. My bad.

        • Jim Masterson says:

          If you store bread as flour, then it has an indefinite shelf-life–as long as it is stored properly. Then you can make bread at your leisure.

          Jim

        • DirkH says:

          Jim Masterson says:
          October 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm
          “If you store bread as flour, then it has an indefinite shelf-life–as long as it is stored properly. Then you can make bread at your leisure.”

          As long as you have energy. It doesn’t bake itself. Where we enter the full prepper catalogue of things to have…

  9. DirkH says:

    It’s over. It’s done. We have no ideas left. Because Republicans.
    Chip in now so that the Golfing Half-Black can continue to live a life of luxury.
    http://twitchy.com/2014/10/25/vox-claims-to-identify-saddest-political-fundraising-email-ever/
    says the DCCC.

  10. DirkH says:

    Me says:
    October 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm
    “I didn’t like 1984 and it’s the same with clockwork orange, yes I watched it and there are others like it. I did and was taught about animal farm in High School. The problem there was I never cared for school at the time but I did what I had to do to get a passing grade. That is the only positive thing I can say about that as they portrayed the pigs as capitalist, and fairly so, but looking at things now they are the Green pigs.”

    Ahem, Me, maybe your teachers portrayed the Pigs in Animal Farm as capitalists, which just tells me that your teachers were the same communist idiots as my teachers were. The pigs in Animal Farm are the bolshevists. You can check for yourself by watching the animated film, you can probably find it on Youtube.

    Orwell himself was a socialist, and 1984 and Animal Farm both talk about socialism/fascism, which is the same.

    • DirkH says:

      And while I’m at it, don’t confuse “capitalism” with the central bank system. Capitalism is a word that Marx invented for what ordinary people do all the time – trade freely, making their own decisions.

      Marx did not particularly like that as he himself was entirely incapable of coping with money and too lazy to ever find a job for himself.

    • Me says:

      Captialism works if there is competition and chioces that one can make and decide for themselves, and if there is wealth in it, there are jobs to spread around that welth, it works. Or we wouldn’t be where we are today. Now that being said there those that will capitalise on people because they can gain and power, prestigue and money. So then even the communist and facist are using capitalist system to forward their own gains while denounceing it. It’s called monoply for a reason.

      • cdquarles says:

        As long as people are free, there is always competition and choice in the market. You can make your own, do without, or buy from someone else. Those are your choices. People conflate ‘competitors’ with competition. Every choice you make has consequences and prunes possibilities and thus each choice (even to do nothing) competes with every other choice. To trade or not to trade, that’s the question.

  11. DirkH says:

    Richard Dawkins’ video lectures get blocked by ISP. Dawkins outraged about censorship; didn’t read the blocking message, which says, we’re blocking videos here to save bandwith. On the rail.
    http://twitchy.com/2014/10/25/the-train-delusion-richard-dawkins-apologizes-to-rail-service-after-deleting-censorship-inquiry/

    I mean this guy feels the need to watch himself while traveling on the train, and after getting a blocked video, doesn’t even check whether any other video works before exploding? That’s pretty unhinged.

  12. DirkH says:

    Fun fact: The entire moon landing program from start to finish cost as much as half a month of Ben Bernanke’s QE3 of 85bn/month (in today’s Dollars).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_V#Cost
    The Saturn V was cancelled because of the cost. LOL.

    • Lars P. says:

      That is a really really sad thing. When you think how much could have been achieved, in science and in industry and overall with continued space exploration …

  13. DirkH says:

    Not all Muslims are radicals; but at least 680 million are; as they have admitted themselves in polls.

  14. Lars P. says:

    More insanity from EU – 15 years plan to reduce CO2 production by 40%:
    http://motls.blogspot.com/2014/10/eu-40-co2-reduction-by-2030-is-plan-to.html

    • DirkH says:

      Hey everyone go there just for the video of Natalia Poklonskaya playing piano!

      (And of course IF the Eurocrats actually tried to enforce their crazy plan it would mean the breakup and the end of the EU. What will happen is everyone will ignore the plan like the Schengen treaty and the Maastricht treaty are today ignored everywhere in the EU. Which doesn’t mean that the EU will exist in 15 years.)

      • suyts says:

        The EU exists by ignoring treaties. Treaties mean nothing to the EU, unless it works for them at that time.

        The only way the EU breaks up is if Germany withdraws. But, Germany has put itself in an almost untenable situation. They can’t withdraw, but, they have to withdraw, else they’ll be sucked down with the rest of statists.

        • If France were to withdraw, then so would Britain. The departure of France and Britain (but esp. France) would trigger the departures of Benelux, Spain, & Portugal. And that would likely trigger the withdrawals of Italy, Malta, Greece, Slovenia, and Cyprus. Then the following Slavic countries would be faced with a decision of which side they’re going with:

          Bulgaria
          Romania
          Hungary
          Slovakia

          Not saying it’s likely, but eventually the EU will start trying to tighten the screws on treaty obligations. And that’s going to up the pressure on France.

          RTF

        • DirkH says:

          “But, Germany has put itself in an almost untenable situation.”

          Wouldn’t be the first time we shed a currency. German rulers would say, hey everyone who holds EUros, well screw ya, haven’t you paid attention.

        • Lars P. says:

          Richard T. Fowler says:
          October 26, 2014 at 6:11 am
          Then the following Slavic countries would be faced with a decision of which side they’re going with:
          Bulgaria
          Romania
          Hungary
          Slovakia

          I don’t want to be pedantic Richard, but the romanians belong to the latin group of languages together with the french, spanish, italian and portuguese languages:

          whereas hugary to the finno-ugric group, a smaller european languages group that includes hungarians, finns and estonians and some siberian groups:

          Only the bulgarians and slovaks are slavic.

        • Hmm, the Romanian linguistic background I was aware of, but regardless, I suppose I always thought of both of those two countries as being generally descended from the same people as their neighbors. However, I readily concede not being well read on that aspect of history. I don’t automatically equate national ancestry with language in my mind.

          RTF

        • Lars P. says:

          ” I don’t automatically equate national ancestry with language in my mind.”
          Very true, these may be very different.
          It is fascinating to try to understand how and where do people come from, I am now not only talking of the Europeans, but of humans generally, like the 2% Neanderthal in us :

          http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/oldest-known-human-genome-sequence-interbreeding-0192837

          “I always thought of both of those two countries as being generally descended from the same people as their neighbors”

          Coming back to the example above, I would think that it is getting much more complex 🙂
          Speaking of Hungarians they are said to have come from the regions in Siberia around the 9th century, but settled on the region where the Huns and the Avars settled before to name just a few, whilst the Bulgarians are a mix of Thracs, Romans, Slavs and Bulgars – which gave the name, but not the language and so on.

          Europe is a wild mix and I would say this a the beauty of it.

        • DirkH says:

          Lars P. says:
          October 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm
          “It is fascinating to try to understand how and where do people come from, I am now not only talking of the Europeans, but of humans generally, like the 2% Neanderthal in us :”

          Isn’t that kind of a BS statement? We share 40 % of genes with a Banana, 97 % or so with a chimpansee, and only 2% with a Neanderthal?

          So what do the scientists and journalists really want to say here? I have frankly no idea.

        • Lars P. says:

          “We share 40 % of genes with a Banana, 97 % or so with a chimpansee, and only 2% with a Neanderthal? ”
          Good point Dirk. Would it be 2% of the 3% difference from the chimpansee which makes it 99% same?

        • DirkH says:

          I just can’t tell.

        • Lars P. says:

          “The EU exists by ignoring treaties.”
          Correct. There is also a post at WUWT now on the theme:
          http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/27/a-brilliant-illusionist-trick-the-shining-new-eu-climate-policy/

  15. DirkH says:

    Hillary:
    ““Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs,” Clinton said.”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-25/hillary-business-does-not-create-jobs-washington-does
    Now what could possibly go wrong with that one? 🙂

  16. omanuel says:

    The greatest threat to the survival of mankind is an unreported decision in 1945 to forbid public knowledge of “THE FORCE” that generates all food, fuel and energy in the solar system:

    http://junkscience.com/2014/10/26/follow-the-military-money/comment-page-1/#comment-289458

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