2 Year Old Siemens Turbines Falling Apart: Wind Farm Investors, Get Out While You Can

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:

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These days, the spontaneous combustion of wind turbines is an occurrence so common that STT is thinking about opening a sub-branch that deals exclusively with their terrifying pyrotechnic-melt-downs.

Giant fan conflagrations are 10 times more common than the wind industry and its parasites will ever admit (see our post here).

And these unscheduled fireworks shows have the potential of literally setting the world on fire. Overheating bearings and brakes turn a couple of hundred litres of hydraulic oil, plastics etc into an exploding, toxic fireball.

As such, these things make the perfect incendiaries: putting the lives of rural residents at risk – not only because bushfires are a mortal threat, but because the presence of paddocks full of these 160m whirling monsters rules out the use of aerial water bombing to douse the flames, and bring raging infernos under control (see our post here).

The latest flaming-fan-tale comes…

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New NASA video showing a 3D map of Greenlands Ice Sheet proves once again that climate change is natural

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

Watch this great short video showing a 3D map of Greenlands ice sheet, demonstrating 3 distinct warming patterns in just the past 100,000 years, alone.

And for a bit of extra enjoyment, watch Andrew Klavan rip apart the Global Warming hysterics.

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▶ A special kind of hate – YouTube

▶ A special kind of hate – YouTube.

▶ Carly Fiorina Mocks Hillary’s State Dept Record: ‘Flying is an Activity, Not an Accomplishment’ – YouTube

▶ Carly Fiorina Mocks Hillary's State Dept Record: 'Flying is an Activity, Not an Accomplishment' – YouTube.

▶ Utah Bill Would Turn Off Water to NSA Data Center in Bluffdale – YouTube

▶ Utah Bill Would Turn Off Water to NSA Data Center in Bluffdale – YouTube.

UK prime minister wants backdoors into messaging apps or he’ll ban them | Ars Technica

Is it me or does this sound dictatorial?


UK prime minister wants backdoors into messaging apps or he’ll ban them | Ars Technica

David Cameron, the British Prime minister, is one-upping his Western allies when it comes to anti-encryption propaganda. Ahead of national elections in May, Cameron said that if re-elected, he would seek to ban encrypted online messaging apps unless the UK government is given backdoors.

“Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read?” Cameron said Monday while campaigning, in reference to apps such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, and other encrypted services. “My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not.'”

MORE  –  –  – UK prime minister wants backdoors into messaging apps or he’ll ban them | Ars Technica.

Cops Have Used a Secret Radar That “Sees” Through Walls for Two Years

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A new device that can “see” through walls using radio waves started stirring up privacy concerns in a federal appeals court just last month. And it’s about damn time; according to a recent report from USA Today, over 50 law enforcement agencies have secretly been using the new radars for the past two years.

The Range-R motion detector, which is being employed by the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service among other outlets, allows police to essentially see through a home’s walls before a raid and from up to 50 feet away. So if anyone inside is moving or even so much as breathing, law enforcement will know about it before busting in.

By holding the sensor against the outside of your home, cops can transmit radar pulses through the wall, allowing them to reflect off any object they may come into contact with. As the scanner analyzes these returned signals, it then detects whether any were bouncing off a moving object in particular, classifying it as either a “mover” (more active) or a “breather” (less active).

And apparently, they’re doing all this without ever obtaining a warrant.

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HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

EFF researchers have independently confirmed that healthcare.gov is sending personal health information to at least 14 third party domains, even if the user has enabled Do Not Track. The information is sent via the referrer header, which contains the URL of the page requesting a third party resource. The referrer header is an essential part of the HTTP protocol, and is sent for every request that is made on the web. The referrer header lets the requested resource know what URL the request came from. This would for example let a website know who else was linking to their pages. In this case however the referrer URL contains personal health information.

In some cases the information is also sent embedded in the request string itself, like so:

https://4037109.fls.doubleclick.net/activityi;src=…type=20142003;cat=201420;ord=7917385912018;~oref=https://www.healthcare.gov/seeplans/85601/results/county=04019&age=40&smoker=1&parent=&pregnant=1&mec=&zip=85601&state=AZ&income=35000& &step=4?

In the above example, a URL at doubleclick.net is requested by your browser. Appended to the end of this URL is your age, smoking status, preganacy status, parental status, zip code, state and annual income. This URL is requested by your browser after you fill out the required information on healthcare.gov and click the button to view health insurance plans that you are eligible for.

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‘Every show sold out!': Look at these lines to see ‘American Sniper’ [pics]

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Twitchy reported on how Clint Eastwood’s biopic about famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle showed all signs of being huge. ‘God bless our military': ‘American Sniper’ set to shatter box office records.

Fans around the country confirmed this with pictures of the throngs of people waiting in line to see “American Sniper” this weekend. Holy cow.

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Wind Energy’s Bluster Peters Out

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

Marita Noon — Heartland Institute — January 12, 2015

Touted as “America’s first offshore wind project,” Cape Wind became one of America’s most high-profile and most controversial wind-energy projects. Fourteen years in the making, estimated at $2.6 billion for 130 turbines, covering 25 square miles in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts, the Cape Wind project has yet to install one turbine—let alone produce any electricity. Now, it may be “dead in the water.”

On January 6, the two power companies, National Grid and Northeast Utilities, that had agreed to purchase most of the electricity Cape Wind was to generate, terminated their contracts with the developers due to missed milestones. Under the terms of the contracts, Cape Wind had to secure financing and give notices to proceed to its suppliers to start work by December 31, 2014. Neither happened and both companies filed to cancel power purchase agreements. “The…

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James Woods calls out CNN’s ‘completely unbiased’ correspondent who called terrorists ‘activists’

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Actor James Woods, who might or might not know he’s been nominated along with Rob Lowe to run for Barbara Boxer’s seat in the Senate, wasn’t pleased to hear that a CNN correspondent on Friday referred to the Islamist terrorists who killed 12 staff members of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo as “activists.”

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Did flame-fanner Chris Hayes air a video showing ‘extensive damage’ from the #NAACPBombing? [pics, video]; Update: Busted!

Originally posted on Twitchy:

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes has been covering the story of a small explosive device that detonated outside a building housing a barbershop and the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP and aired a segment last night with an image that caught our eye:

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We had no idea the damage to the building was this extensive. Note the gumball machine — not exactly what you’d expect in the offices of the NAACP.

We’ve run a Google-image search for the pic above and didn’t get any hits. Is this damage from the original explosion? Is this damage done by the police or fire department in response to the incident? It’s not clear from what little we saw on MSNBC.

We ask these questions because we don’t know how you get the damage we see above from this:

firecracker or bomb

And where was MSNBC’s photo taken in relation to the barbershop and the NAACP office?

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Tweeters…

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▶ Fox’s Gutfeld to U.S. Media: You Are Not Charlie, You’re Cowards – YouTube

▶ Fox’s Gutfeld to U.S. Media: You Are Not Charlie, You’re Cowards – YouTube.

Michelle Malkin | » Shocker: White House still unsure of motive behind Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris

One of the terrorists involved in the killing of 12 people at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris has turned himself in, and two suspects are said to be still at large.

According to the BBC, “witnesses said they heard the gunmen shouting ‘We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad’ and ‘God is Great’ in Arabic (‘Allahu Akbar’).” Given those reports, and the fact that the magazine’s office has been previously attacked over its Islam-based jokes, the Obama White House… still isn’t sure of the motive for the attack:

Earlier today, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. would be working with its French counterparts to determine exactly who was behind the shooting, and what the motivation was.

Earnest would not use the word “terrorism” to describe the attack, but when asked by CNN about Hollande’s use of that term, Earnest replied, “Based on what we know right now it does seem like that’s what we’re confronting here.”

Come again?

MORE  –  –  – Michelle Malkin | » Shocker: White House still unsure of motive behind Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

Activist critical of police undergoes use of force scenarios

Via Activist critical of police undergoes use of force scenarios – FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

The NSA Dumped Its Spying Violations While You Were Waiting on Santa

The NSA Dumped Its Spying Violations While You Were Waiting on Santa

The U.S. government has released proof that it repeatedly spied on American citizens without being allowed to… and you probably missed it. The National Security Administration finally dumped a heap of redacted documents revealing the surveillance violations made over the last decade. Hooray for transparency! Of course, it released them midday on Christmas Eve, when basically no one would be paying attention to the internet or in the mood to think about unchecked government snooping for at least the next 30 hours.

But, here it is, a collection of all the violations reported to the president’s Intelligence Oversight Board between 2001 and 2013, which the NSA declassified and made public after an ACLU lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act forced its hand.

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Obama on the 2 NYPD Police Officers

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What’s ailing the black community? Author Brad Thor nails it

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Many liberals, including a number of prominent African Americans, believe that police pose a threat to the black community. Best-selling author Brad Thor, however, argues that liberalism itself is the problem:

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Dinesh D’Souza on Cuba …

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▶ The Worst of MSNBC in 2014 | SUPERcuts! #142 – YouTube

▶ The Worst of MSNBC in 2014 | SUPERcuts! #142 – YouTube.

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