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WEEKLY MIND FOOD 08/30/12 Print E-mail
Written by Joe Katzman   
Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Weekly Mind Food aims to show you what TTPers without a regular column, but with deep expertise in key fields, are paying attention to. We call ourselves TTP's Team B. Note the "Weekly Mind Food" category in the left side-bar now, which will have all our issues. They're Free Access, as are all the linked articles, so feel free to read them at your leisure - and to mail the article's URL to your friends!

With the convention on, I thought I'd take a minute to remind TTPers that a couple of friends could use a hand, and provide links to help you help them. Rep. Allen West in Florida has appeared here before. He's in a new district thanks to redistricting, and the big-money left has targeted him. If you want to keep his voice in national politics, he needs you.

Then there's Jack's long-time friend and adventuring companion Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46). Beyond his association with Jack and principled record, Dana has also done a lot of work pushing to open space to commercial companies, which we're now seeing in SpaceX et. al. He didn't talk about it at the Seascape Rendezvous, but it's a big deal to our collective future. Won't you thank him?

Paul (internet tech, privacy, economics). Citizen K (hydrocarbon industry), and "devry" (online security, economics, Personal Plan B) are aboard. We also congratulate TTPers edd7, hardcharger for freelance link suggestions that met the test.

To simplify your scans, I've divided the links into sections: Economos (global economy), Techne Logos (tech), Polis (domestic politics), Stratiootika (geopolitics & military), plus 1 Good News This Week item to brighten your week and/or make you better. Enjoy!


jkatzman: I thought Chris Christie missed an opportunity this week. His speech was completely focused on talking to the delegates and the party, more than to the nation. The way he started on such a personal note, and his interesting point re: love vs. respect, could have led down a different path. A similar speech that focused on the personal, "as-lived" consequences to people of each failed policy, and kept coming back to his Love vs. Respect theme, could have been aimed at the nation, and become a campaign centerpiece.

Instead, I give you Ann Romney:

Techne Logos

  • Lightweight Portable Security (Distrowatch). prosenberg: Free security for suckers, written by the same guys who gather up all your Internet traffic without warrants. (JK: Though, mind you, it's approved for use by Pentagon personnel)

  • Gallium Nitride (Raytheon). jkatzman: A better material for computing semiconductors, transmitters, and receivers. It's being built for military uses, but could begin showing up in your electronics a few years from now.


citizenK2: Hurricane Issac is nothing new to us on the Gulf Coast, and didn't even ht Category 3, but I thought I'd might make a few aware of what happens when a tropical storm enters the Gulf of Mexico.

  1. As of noon Monday, 24% of offshore oil production has already been shut in. Add 8% of natural gas production to that. As storms ramp up, more shutdowns come.

  2. Expect 2.5 million barrels per day of refining capacity to shutdown at present track of this storm. If the models shift just a little more to the west, add another 2 million barrels per day shut down. This is slow methodical process of complex refineries and process units being shut down one by one, and later brought up the same way. It's during the shutdown & start up phase of refining/petrochem where reactions are more likely to go awry. Modern refining is full of chemical reactions - not just boiling oil.

  3. Expect oil/gas production platforms to be toppled during significant storms. Don't worry about oil slicks, worry about loss of production or a long time. Older platforms with low production will not be replaced, due economic factor of replacement costs.



Over The Hump: Good News This Week

hardcharger: Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, played expertly by... The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. It works really well, and will make you smile.


Smiles are good, and we can't pass by this week without remembering Neil Armstrong. See American Thinker's "Neil Armstrong: 'There Was Work to Do'". Its title indirectly references Armstrong's excellent take on why the mission succeeded for the Johnson Space Center Oral History Project. They. Built. That.

For The Constitution!

Joe Katzman


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