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Ways to Save Earth: Pulling CO2 From the Air to Make Gasoline

I hear a lot of dismay out there about the environment, but I believe there is still hope for the planet Earth, that we might even reverse the ongoing Holocene extinction if we humans stop squabbling and really get our act together. As one great example, it is said to be possible to undo the greenhouse effect we have created by extracting CO2 from the air in order to reverse climate change. The technology already exists, in fact, it just needs to be scaled up.

From its pilot plant in Squamish, British Columbia, Carbon Engineering has successfully developed and demonstrated its technologies and has been removing CO2 from the atmosphere since 2015 and converting it into fuels since 2017.

Carbon Engineering

This technology is not fringe, but is supported by Bill Gates, Canadian Natural Resources Limited founder Murray Edwards, Occidental Petroleum and Chevron, among others.

Presently, Carbon Engineering’s Direct Air Capture system can remove a ton of CO2 from the air for about $100. Individual systems would be set to capture about a million tons of CO2 per year, requiring some tens of thousands of systems to keep up with global emissions and reduce atmospheric CO2 to normal levels by 2040.

There are just under 70,000 gas stations in the United States alone, so that isn’t very many to save the planet. …

Read more: Forbes

The above is from an article by James Conca. I suspect he is missing something important with regard to his previous promotion on Forbes about it being okay to dump all the radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific ocean, but that’s another topic for another post.

True Strange News

The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike.

We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still?

I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans.

I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously.

Long ago, I found and interviewed a man when researching “reptilian aliens” (they are just metaphorical, in my view) who advocated over email “storming Area 51”. I disagreed with his plan because the real Area 51 is on a US military base, it is still run by the CIA as far as I know and I also thought he might be an agent of a foreign government. You never know. I’m not into anything subversive, I follow laws and believe in peaceful change.

One thing I read about Area 51 that was reinforced by real voices of government employees in the news, was that people working within agencies don’t always agree with policies they are supposed to follow. It is the duty of workers to follow the direction set by leadership, but there were differences of opinion within, just as within the FBI, and also between agencies. I’m no insider, this is just what I gleaned over the years.

I like the idea of humans getting organized as a species, but not under fascism. I don’t like Nazis or any other violent war-promoting control freaks. The idea of people writing about Reptilian Aliens, as I have understood it, is that there are factions of “cold blooded” ideological Nazis in the US government. Some were imported from Germany after the war in Operation Paperclip and these scientists grew in power in the Shadow Government. They are opposed by other groups that take seriously their oath to uphold the Constitution and to protect citizen’s rights to complain.

Until the mainstream news started talking about the Shadow Government after the attacks of 9/11/2001, I didn’t think there really was such a thing. After learning there is, I still placed my faith in the good side of the inner US government, writing articles on such as 10 Proven Conspiracies and Why I Still Trust the Government. (The upshot was that “the Government” is not a single thing, it is different groups with different goals and ideals, many competing.) Conspiracy is a real thing; we have laws against it in the USA and people, including members of Congress, have gone to prison for it. Not every conspiracy theory is true, but some are, investigators have to look at the facts, the real facts, when available.

I keep repeating that I support peaceful change because it is true and because, on the spooky side, I fear that vocal people who complain peacefully, may one day be attacked, framed as radicals or turned into criminals in political theater by Nazi factions in the Shadow Government using dirty tricks, digital and otherwise. Let’s hope not.

I pray the good and honest people and groups win this epic battle.

Being interested in the culture of oddities, I have driven to Nevada and stayed at the Little Ale’Inn near Area 51 a few times. I enjoy the ET alien thing, the interesting people you can meet, and the science fiction fun aspect of it. I liked the movie Independence Day and enjoyed driving on the ET highway. I also personally like the idea of a US Space Force, although people laugh at it and some strongly oppose it.

How can we fix corruption and undue influence of big business in government if not by “storming Area 51?”

I like capitalism and competition generally, but support an idea by the Yang campaign to reasonably rein in the influence of super wealthy individuals and lobby groups:

Democracy Dollars. The easiest way to minimize the influence of super-rich individuals and SuperPACs in our politics is to drown that money out with contributions by normal Americans. Under my Democracy Dollars plan, every American would receive $100 per election cycle to donate to candidates of their choosing.

Via AndrewYang

I don’t endorse him as a presidential candidate, but I like this idea.

Representative Democracy, allowing the majority of the people (instead of a cabal) to pick the best leaders works well only if we have well informed voters. To make Democracy Dollars work, we first need truth in advertising and truth in news reporting.

Simultaneous with Democracy Dollars, we need laws that provide stiff fines for lies, and even stiffer fines for lies about lies–in other words, an American realist movement.

Candidate Joe Biden made a slip I heard yesterday while he was campaigning. He said, we need to support “truth not facts”. I do not support non-factual “truths” as facts are the basis of truth.

I support accurate and fearless fact checking as the basis for an effective peaceful democracy. We must protect the rights of reporters to investigate and report the truth.

I support local police, the FBI and the CIA and the NSA which I believe to be composed mostly of individuals of strong moral character who sometimes have to fight within their organizations for what is right, for what is truly American, for our rightful way of life.

Please save a copy of this on your computer, in the cloud, etc. and republish the bejeebies out of it if it ever gets “disappeared” by anyone who tries to put other words or ideas into my mouth! 😉

Peace, love and music,

Xeno of True Strange News

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Xeno is a songwriter who has written over 100 songs, a reporter and blogger for 30+ years and nephew of a member of the band Steppenwolf. He was engaged to the personal chef of a California billionaire and has traveled to all 48 lower US states interviewing people for an eventual book on happiness. He opposes violence and promotes peaceful positive change.

$5 Billion Fine for Facebook’s Privacy Violations, Wall $$?

Strange News Alert: Facebook is about to be hit with the largest fine ever imposed by the FTC against a tech company, 5 billion dollars, but the strange thing is, this is being called just a “slap on the wrist” for the super wealthy world social media giant.

The FTC began probing Facebook in March 2018 following reports that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users. …

Republican Congressman David Cicilline called the settlement “a slap on the wrist.”

“This fine is a fraction of Facebook’s annual revenue,” he said in a statement on Friday. “It won’t make them think twice about their responsibility to protect user data.” …

[The FTC was was concerned that ] Facebook had violated the terms of a 2011 agreement, which required Facebook to give users very clear notifications when their data was being shared with third parties.


Business Insider agreed that this amount will not change Facebook’s money making anti-privacy practices.

  • Facebook has $45 billion in cash and securities on hand and generates $5 billion in cash each quarter, even after investments in property and equipment, so it can more than afford the fine.

  • … The fine isn’t likely to change Facebook’s behavior; instead, the company is likely to see it as just a simple cost of doing business.

  • On Twitter, many are asking who gets the money?

    From what we can tell, it likely won’t be Facebook users who get paid. A previous investigation “Where Do Those Huge Federal Fines Go?” By NBCBayArea said fines usually go straight to the U.S. Treasury for general use.”

    In light of this, we wonder at an interesting coincidence: 5 billion dollars is around the projected cost of a southern border wall.

    President Trump has said that he will veto any bill that doesn’t give him the $5 billion he has demanded for his border wall


    The US-Mexico border is 1,954 miles (3,145km) long and crosses vast deserts and mountains in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. About 654 miles of that have some sort of manmade barrier, such as fencing or a wall.


    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against the wall in 2016 and the Whitehouse response was to criticize his lack of understanding of the situation.

    “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls,” Zuckerberg told a packed conference room of developers and media. “Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges.”

    The day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized those who, like Donald Trump, have called for building walls, the Trump campaign fired back… [calling him] an insulated billionaire who doesn’t understand the danger posed by illegal immigration.


    Will the current president use Mark Zuckerberg’s really big privacy violations fine for a personal slap on top of the financial ding? There is no reason to suspect any such thing at this time, but I personally think that might be on some minds at this time.

    National Priorities lists important things we could do with $5b, such as Provide Medicaid for 1.4 million people, More than double federal spending on energy efficiency and renewable energy or Increase federal aid to public K-12 schools by 30%.

    Stay tuned to find out.

    July 2019: Weird So Far

    A bunch of big strange stuff happened recently around the world and it’s only the 3rd of July.

    On the 1st of July, up near the top of the world, 14 sailors died in a fire on a top secret Russian “nuclear powered” submarine in the Barents Sea.

    On July 1, a fire onboard a secretive Russian nuclear submarine killed 14 sailors before it was extinguished. 

    Via PopMech

    On July 2nd was a huge NATO anti-submarine exercise according to the Moscow Times.

    On Tuesday, NATO kicks off its annual anti-submarine exercise Dynamic Mongoose in the Norwegian Sea west of Andøya, northern Norway.

    Via MoscowTimes

    There was a fireball over Florida in the early morning July 3rd which was reported to be Chinese rocket debris.

    July 3 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force said a fireball that lit up the night sky over Florida was debris from a Chinese rocket.

    Via UPI

    Also on the 3rd, sink holes opened in Florida and swallowed some trucks.

    Authorities in Florida said multiple trucks were swallowed up by a pair of sinkholes that opened up under a business early Wednesday.

    Via UPI

    Also today, July 3rd, a gazillion photos on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp disappeared for 7 hours due to a technical error. Many were replaced by text showing what AI had guessed the photos were of.

    I watched coverage on Agenda Free TV of this massive social media outage on Periscope, which was still working.

    Also today, some (reports say two) Army tanks arrived in Washington DC.

    The tanks are part of planned 4th of July celebrations.

    Another oddity for today, July 3rd, was a man claiming he was “God” being arrested and returned to Puerto Rico on a Delta Airlines flight.

    Delta Air Lines flight attendants restrained a passenger on a flight from Puerto Rico to New York after he shouted “I am God!” and claimed he would save the world, forcing the plane to return to the airport in San Juan, Puerto Rican police and the airline said on Wednesday. … Puerto Rican police then took custody of a man identified as Carlos Ramirez, 30, and the case was taken over by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, police said in a statement.

    Via Reuters

    The suspect “was aggressive and shouted ‘I am God! San Juan is going to disappear tomorrow. I came to save the world and I am going to end terrorism,’ and he also tried to enter the main cabin,” the statement said.

    Via BrisbaneTimes

    As of last month US – Russian relations were at a historic low as an advanced 426 foot long Russian war ship arrived in Cuba near the end of June. Still there?

    Russian guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov enters Havana’s bay, Cuba, on June 24, 2019.

    Via PBS

    That’s the latest strange news summary. Have an enjoyable, safe and sane 4th of July, 2019.

    Breaking: Riot Police Clear Protestors from HK Legislature

    Update: 1:25 AM Hong Kong time. Police, followed by many journalists documenting the event, appear to have successfully cleared the now trashed Hong Kong Legislative Council building which protesters had smashed into and occupied earlier.

    Large ongoing protests have continued for months and this is just the latest development as many people of prosperous Hong Kong attempt to promote democracy and autonomy from mainland China.

    Previous: The situation is tense in Hong Kong as hundreds, possibly thousands of police in full riot gear are now clearing protesters who earlier in the day smashed into the legislative assembly building and occupied it. Police fired teargas initially, about an hour ago. At this writing it is now 1 AM in the heart of Hong Kong at 10 AM California time.

    The protesters are now leaving as the police tell them this is their last chance to get out.

    In very large numbers, people of Hong Kong have repeatedly taken to the streets to protest a bill that would turn some citizen over to the politically controlled legal system of mainland China.

    On 16 June, according to claims by the organizers of the protest,[17] a historic record of nearly two million people turned out in demonstration against the extradition bill as well as the police brutality, a day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced a pause in the passage of the extradition bill.

    The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), a platform for 50 pro-democracy groups, launched its first major protest on 31 March

    Read more Wikipedia

    Can I Keep Sharing News Excerpts Legally?

    It is unclear if the Internet will ever ban the sharing of excerpts from news articles and stories. It might, even with “transformative” commentary added. As this site is non-profit and educational and links back to original sources, it may continue for some time. Still, I could see things swinging in the more prohibitive direction, so I try to keep an eye on legislation like the EU’s Article 17. As long as I’m not making money, I’m not a target, but there was a case where the AP sued a company called Meltwater over reselling its content.

    A federal judge ordered an Internet news clipping service to stop reselling stories from The Associated Press, saying the ability of news organizations to perform an “essential function of democracy” was jeopardized when a company is allowed to “free ride” on the costly work of others.

    Media observers say the ruling against Meltwater U.S. Holdings Inc. and its Meltwater News Service, if upheld on appeal, could provide strong protection for the news industry as it struggles to survive in an Internet age.

    U.S. District Judge Denise Cote rejected Meltwater’s claims that its use of Web stories drawn from a scan of 162,000 news websites from more than 190 countries was a fair use of copyright-protected material.

    “Through its use of AP content and refusal to pay a licensing fee, Meltwater has obtained an unfair commercial advantage in the marketplace and directly harmed the creator of expressive content protected by the Copyright Act,” Cote said.

    … The judge noted that commercial Internet news clipping services like Meltwater perform an important function for their customers, but that “does not outweigh the strong public interest in the enforcement of the copyright laws or justify allowing Meltwater to free ride on the costly news gathering and coverage work performed by other organizations. Moreover, permitting Meltwater to avoid paying licensing fees gives it an unwarranted advantage over its competitors who do pay licensing fees.”

    Meltwater is a 12-year-old electronic news clipping service that helps its clients monitor how they are covered in the press. In its lawsuit, the AP alleged that Meltwater News had been pilfering current and past material from the AP and other news providers without paying licensing fees.

    George Freeman, a media law expert in private practice at Jenner & Bloch, called the ruling “one of the most solid and comprehensive that we’ve had in this very important field.”

    Richard Stim, a San Francisco attorney and author of “Getting Permission: How to License & Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off,” said the ruling is special because most lawsuits against news aggregators get settled out of court.

    Read more HuffPost

    The result of this was a merger mutually beneficial to both Meltwater and the AP according to Wikipedia which has background and other information on this case.


    Although Meltwater had vowed to appeal, both the Associated Press and Meltwater dismissed all claims and counterclaims in July 2013. After the litigation, the Associated Press and Meltwater partnered to develop new products that’s aim would be to benefit both companies…

    It takes time and energy to sift through many hundreds of uninteresting and factually dubious stories every day to find the best true strange stuff. I think this site provides a useful free service in that regard and I’ll keep it up if possible.

    Tell a friend about it if you enjoy this site. I don’t have time to promote it and I have no advertising budget, so I just let people find it organically.

    I’ve been posting at least one new thing per day for a few months now and currently traffic seems to be at around 200 viewers per day at this site, plus more on the twitter and other places that broadcast my posts. My guess is that most of these viewers in WordPress stats are bots, web search engine crawlers, and so on, but the few real people who press the Like button in WordPress and leave comments do make it fun and worth doing.

    Thank you for stopping by.


    St. Patrick’s day: Leprechauns Once Wore Red, Not Green

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, 2019. This holiday, which many celebrate by wearing green, pinching those who don’t, drinking at parties and attending parades or other ceremonies, comes to us from the day, March 17th (461 AD) we believe a man named Patrick, a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland, passed away in Downpatrick.

    He apparantly used only the one name, Patricius (father of citizens), but had other names based on what he did and how he was known; He was also called Magonus (famous), Succetus (god of war), Cothirthiacus (serving 4 houses of Druids).

    St. Patrick is credited with converting the pagan Irish to Christianity. His efforts against the druids eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland, but Ireland never had any snakes because it was too cold for these animals.

    Ireland is not the only place in the world without snakes – there are no native species of snakes to be found in Iceland, Greenland, Hawaii, New Zealand, parts of Canada, northern Russia, or, not surprisingly, Antarctica . . . – Irish Central

    What do Shamrocks, three leaf clovers, have to do with Saint Patrick? According some, this symbol of Ireland since the 18th century comes from St Patrick’s use of the shamrock to convert the Irish to Christianity, with the three leaves of the plant being used to explain the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    What of Leprechauns? How do they relate to St Patrick? Good question… both are strongly Irish and that may just be the only connection necessary.

    Irish mythology is full of good and evil spirits and characters. But, there is an in-between area of beings that are neither all good, nor all bad; sort of like us humans. They are balanced between the two, sometimes being kind and generous, and sometimes being petty and mean.

    One such being is the Leprechaun.

    It is interesting to know that Leprechauns once wore red instead of green. They also had different names in different places.

    The Northern Leprechaun or Logheryman wore a “military red coat and white breeches, with a broad-brimmed, high, pointed hat, on which he would sometimes stand upside down”.  – Wikipedia

    Leprechauns Once Wore Red, Not Green

    In different country districts the Leprechawn has different names. In the northern counties he is the Logheryman; in Tipperary, he is the Lurigadawne; in Kerry, the Luricawne; in Monaghan, the Cluricawne. The dress also varies. The Logheryman wears the uniform of some British infantry regiments, a red coat and white breeches, but instead of a cap, he wears a broad-brimmed, high, pointed hat. – AlbanyKid

    Leprechauns average about three feet in height according to Irish folklore  … Prior to the 20th century, leprechauns were depicted wearing red, not green.

    More: HuffPost

    The legend of the Irish little people may come from real settlers of short stature to Ireland in it’s history:

    The Tuatha de Danann, the people of the Goddess Danu, were one of the great ancient tribes of Ireland. The important manuscript ‘The Annals of the Four Masters’, records that they ruled Ireland from 1897 B.C. to 1700 B.C. They became the ‘little people’ of Ireland and gave rise to the leprechaun legend. – Link

    Tuatha Dé Danann in Irish mythology, the members of an ancient race said to have inhabited Ireland before the historical Irish. Formerly believed to have been a real people, they are credited with the possession of magical powers and great wisdom. – Encyclopedia

    Who were the Druids and how and why did Patrick drive them out?

    There are, as far as I can tell in 2019, two major camps with very different views of the Druids. One sympathetic site I found says the Druids were Bards and teachers who valued health, community service, working with high standards, truth and that they felt all life is sacred. They were against wars. They were singers whose stories kept knowledge of history alive.

    Instead of hearing the teachings and advice of the Druids, the people began to hear the teachings of Rome. Because the Druids were the only ones who were taught to remember the history, with the Druids dead and their influence broken, the history was forgot …. for the killing of thousands of innocent people, Patrick was made a Saint by his church.

    Via witchesofthecraft

    Another site says much the opposite, that the Druids were a ruthless wretched bunch who practiced cannibalism and human sacrifices on a mass scale.

    Recent evidence that Druids committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice perhaps on a massive scale add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, archaeologists say.

    via – NatGeo

    Today, Christians assert that St. Patrick only banished a sacrificial Druid religion, an expulsion symbolically represented by the banishment of snakes. Pagans, on the other hand, claim that St. Patrick forced Christian conversion with the threat of violence, and actually killed many Druid priests who refused to convert.

    Via Sojo

    Common between these views is that there was a war and Christians won over the Druid religion in Ireland. Today, we still celebrate the leader of the Christian effort who was made a Saint. Well, not exactly, but he made the list of saints anyway:

    Patrick has never been formally canonised by a Pope; nevertheless, various Christian churches declare that he is a Saint in Heaven (he is in the List of Saints).

    See Unrealfacts

    Enjoy the day with some nice safe peaceful fun.

    Political Doppelgängers

    Have you ever been told by a friend that they saw someone who wasn’t you, but looked “just like” you? They say most people have a doppleganger or two and politicians are no exception. Here are a few worth seeing:

    Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show.

    This guy on the right was spotted in a store. No one knows who he is.

    Since Barack Obama’s improbable rise to the presidency, 36-year-old Anas’s life has taken a similarly unlikely turn. The prominent ears that made him self-conscious as a child, he says, have become his fortune; a photographer by trade, Anas has found a new career as the leading presidential doppelganger. Now he travels the world, lending his likeness to various charities and causes; he recently spoke at a Greenpeace rally in Thailand urging global leaders (including his own double) to do more to address climate change. 

    Via Guardian

    President Bush (l.) with Steve Bridges, a comedian and President Bush impersonator, during 2006’s White House Correspondents’ Association’s 92nd annual awards dinner. 

    Via NYDaily

    A street trader with an uncanny resemblance to Kim Jong-un has found himself inundated with customers ever since snaps of him appeared in a local paper highlighting his resemblance with the North Korean leader.

    Manchu Tuan, from China, said he had never particularly noticed until one of his customers had asked if he could take a snap with him because of the resemblance. 

    Via DailyMail

    … a Kurdish military commander and look exactly like Stalin, as Hossein Yazdanpanah does. Yazdanpanah has gone viral on the Russian internet for his eerie resemblance … to the Soviet dictator. 

    Via NYMag

    Would you take a job as a double for a current world leader if you resembled one? Great pay, little work, free limousine rides … think about it before you decide.

    Sound Alternatives to Dog Anxiety Meds for Fireworks

    New Years celebrations approach and fireworks terrify some dogs. I was there when a good dog, a years long pet of friends, died from firework fright of a heart attack one sad night.

    In recent news, the US has approved Pexion ( which contains imepitoin an anti-convulsant once used to treat epilepsy in humans), a prescription medicine for dog anxiety some will use to calm their pets.

    Due to some potential nasty side effects such as vomiting, agression and loss of control, I thought I’d offer a kinder and possibly simpler alternative, get or make a Boom-proof dog house.

    You could drug your dog for days to protect it from its fear of deep loud noises:

    Dog owners have a new option to help their pet deal with loud noises

    Dr. Colleen Carney is no stranger to dealing with anxious dogs at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic in Lancaster County. Some of that anxiety leads to dogs acting out when they hear loud noises. Whether it be from fireworks or thunderstorms, some dogs hide, bark, howl and tear up the house.

    A drug, Pexion, has recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help dogs scared of loud noises.

    “It’s nice to know we’ve got a new option out there in order to treat anxiety for these reasons, something that’s hopefully safe and well tested,” said Veterinarian Colleen Carney at Neffsville Veterinary Clinic.

    Pexion is given to dogs twice daily starting two days before an expected noise event and continued through the event.

    The FDA says side effects include difficulty standing and walking, increased appetite and vomiting.

    Pet owners should know a few dogs in the study were aggressive after taking the drug, growling at a young child and didn’t have self-control toward other dogs.

    Dr. Carney says successfully managing anxiety takes time and effort.

    Aside from medication things like a snug fitting jacket can help calm your dog during fireworks and storms.

    “We can get them through it. We can potentially get them off of medications and all of those things so the training aspect and the behavior modifications that we can offer are really important on top of just having medication,” said Carney.

    The drug will be available by prescription only because a veterinarian is needed to figure out if it’s the best treatment for your dog.

    via MSN

    Anxiety is a natural and useful animal response to many stressful situations. It helps us focus on what really matters in life, but too much is toxic.

    What feels right? What makes more basic sense, to fight against an animal’s biological nature with a drug or to allow the animal to go to a quiet safe place (and to leave) at will?

    To muffle thunder, earthquakes, fireworks, etc., you may not need to buy an $800 fireworks damping dog house, (Great Britain only keeps howling sounds from getting out too) but the idea is still solid. Heavy things like bricks and metal best stop low loud sounds.

    Cheap Hobo Solution: Get any Structurally sound dog house or even a sturdy box. Cover all but the entrance with heavy moving blankets or other safe and proven sound dampening materials. Hang some heavy blankets in front of (but not covering) the entrance or door to your sound-dampened hideout.

    Tell your neighborhood what you are doing, then have test drills with booms from a car stereo with subwoofers. Start quietly and increase slightly, watching your dog’s reaction both inside and outside of the dog house. With some encouragement and adjustments your pet will easily learn to go into the sound house to avoid the booms.

    Note: Do not try this test in Rockford, Il, however, where boomcars are impounded on local law.

    This month the city of Rockford, Illinois will begin allowing residents to call the police and have any vehicle seized on the mere accusation that the car used a loud stereo system. Under an ordinance adopted August 20, police can impound any vehicle if police believe it is likely that it played loud music. Cars taken will be held until fines of $150 to $750 are paid — in addition to a $75 towing fee, a $15 to $20 per day storage fee and a $60 per hour charge if the police officer has to wait more than an hour for the tow truck.

    “No person shall operate… any device used to… reproduce any recorded sound if the device is located… in any motor vehicle on the public way and the sound can be heard from 75 feet or more from the device,” Ordinance 2007-158-0 states in defining the new crime.

    There is no requirement that a police officer responding to a complaint objectively measure sound levels with electronic equipment or even personally witness an alleged offense. Instead, the ordinance states that “hearsay evidence shall be admissible” and that property will be seized upon the assertion of probable cause.

    If a motorist believes his car has been unlawfully towed on a Friday after 5pm, he may challenge the taking by “depositing a written request for a hearing in the silver drop box located behind city hall,” according to the ordinance. The city must then respond by the following Wednesday. If the registered owner was not driving at the time the car was taken, he will be mailed a letter within ten days. After this time he is given less than fifteen days to request a hearing. The city may then wait another 45 days to schedule a hearing while storage fees accumulate up to $1100.

    A hearing officer designated by Rockford will decide under a preponderance of evidence standard whether it is likely the motorist is guilty, in which case the hearing officer’s employers will collect the fine and fee revenue from the motorist. If the vehicle’s owner does not receive the mailed notice or cannot pay the fees within 30 days, the city will confiscate the vehicle permanently.

    Via Newspaper

    Ill-a-noise is the right state to have this silent ordinance. Will Ordinance 2007-158-0 spread to other cities and states? Some feel strongly that it should, due to health and safety risks.

    a new European study, found that exposure to excessive traffic noise is linked to a higher risk of heart disease.

    Defined as noise louder than conversation level — around 60 decibels (dB) — noise pollution mainly affects those living near busy roads, under flight paths, or those who are exposed to industrial machinery.

    See this Published Article for details.

    For dogs–animals that bark to instill fear and to warn other animals–the booms of fireworks are very loud, random and they represent a giant unknown present threat from a presumably HUGE animal. Giving them a calm quiet place to escape is a great alternative to sedatives or anti-anxiety medications.


    Tonight in the North Bay area there are huge booms … of fireworks. It is saturday, December 8, 2018. I knew nothing about any fireworks tonight when I wrote this. Chineese New Year is in February! No big games, what the heck? Why the unexpected fireworks? I did a search an found out, but it took a bit to find.

    The Sausalito on the Waterfront Association hosts their annual Lighted Boat Parade along the waterfront. Watch over 50 festive, lighted and decorated boats cruise along the Sausalito Waterfront, followed by spectacular winter fireworks and dance party.

    2018 Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks
    Saturday, December 8, 2018 | Parade starts at 6 pm
    Sausalito Waterfront
    FREE to watch the parade and fireworks. Other activities including reserved seating and the after party require paid tickets.

    Please note, this event will take place on December 8 and not on December 9 as was previously listed.

    via Link

    Odd coincidence, me writing this article earlier today. Just one more in a series of seemingly impossible weird coincidences that follow me around. Are our thoughts guided by some awareness of the future?

    Anyway, this Earth is a great simulation, highly enjoyable at times, very realistic, with Universe-level attention to detail. It is a work of art’s work of art.