The day we don't need Arab oil, we can down size our military even more. Almost all the defense factory workers are basically on welfare. Their companies and factories have not produced anything efficiently to compete in real free market.
Aug 14 1945 was the V-J day. US Navy had just finished battling other nations that had navies that were comparable, and sometimes even bigger than US Navy. Now the highly shrunken US Navy dwarfs all other navies of all other countries by an order of magnitude, I am sure tonnage of the next five navies would not match US Navy's today.
All we need to do was to keep the oil price below 60$ a barrel for the next three years. All the terrorist sponsors including Saudi Arabia will go bankrupt. Russia will further disintegrate. Crimea will be to rejoin Ukraine. We can cut the navy down by another factor of two then.
Rivers caught fires then. . The value of real estate with clean river front property dwarfs by orders of magnitude any industrial production that came of those fatories run by dimwitted idiots who could not make anything without crapping all over the country.
You can see what happens without OSHA in India where the workers are still making asbestos sheets or in china where they are melting used electronic plastic or in Bangladesh where the break down ships with bare hands and a welding torch. The value provide by these agencies are subtle, hidden and never fully appreciated or articulated. But those crappy executives who think they can't make this quarters number because they have to provide masks for workers shoveling coal ash, they aggressively paint the picture that all the woes of America are due to these agencies.
Added property value due to clean waterfront is never accounted for. Increased real estate value on properties adjacent to tax funded highways is never recognized when people blindly "government never creates value". All the agricultural output from deserts watered by the big dams built by the government is never recognized. Government by its mere existence creates value. Our founding fathers realized it and gave the Government the power to tax anything without providing any justification whatsoever. If the government decides to tax bandwidth of internet connections or financial transactions, it can, it is constitutional. You might question the wisdom of it, or the political expediency, but it would be constitutional.
Remember the day you make the government weaker than the strongest person, that person will drown it in the bath tub and that person will rule you as a tyrant. Courts have ruled corporations are persons, endowed with religious beliefs and all the rights of citizens. Be afraid, my friend, be very afraid. Not of the government, but the corporation that is going to rule you as a tyrant.
Saudi Arabia planned for this low oil price for two years, accumulated enough reserves and has indicated that it could survive for two years at 60$. Other Arab nations are not prepared. Russia certainly is not prepared and it can not survive for two years if the oil stays below 60 for two years.
Why can't they introduce two level log-ins for customers? First level log-in should be read-only, without any ability to modify anything. If you really want do a transaction, create a second level password. E*Trade used to have the system of "trade passcode" to be entered for doing actual trade, and the regular log in will only let you browse positions, balances, and set up alerts/watch lists. They took it away!
It figures, if they are that careless with their own servers, they don't give a rats tail about the customers security concerns.
The finding suggests that unconventional research that falls outside the established lines of thought may be more prone to rejection from top journals
That is the way it should be. It is not a bug, it is a feature. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence. The signal to noise ratio is very poor when it comes to unconventional research and findings. For every deserving paper made to jump through the hoops, there are 100 papers sent to the dust heap of history very deservedly.
Think about it, Einstein was a patent office clerk. Srinivasan Ramanujam was a clerk on Madras Port Trust. Eddington destroyed the Chandrashekar on the first international presentation Chandrashekar made [*]. That paper the defined what later came to be called "Chandrashekar Limit" for black holes got Nobel Prize. But on the conference in 1935. It took 15 years before that paper was noticed and gained prominence. Science found them and made heroes out of them. If the unconventional research has any merit, it will jump through the hoops, become the accepted research and it will be highly cited too.
[*] Apparently Chandrashekar had referred to a paper by Eddington's arch rival, without being aware of the rivalry between them. That irritated Eddington enough to have a grudge against Chandrashekar. Not realizing these undercurrents, Chandrashekar, young and quite naive, freely shared all his research work with Eddington for weeks prior to the conference. All the while Eddington was gathering information silently to destroy Chandrashekar's presentation publicly in the upcoming conference. Eddington at that time has Himalayan reputation as an astrophysicist. He had confirmed the predictions of Einstein's theory of relativity by direct observation during a solar eclipse. In retrospect, today, Eddington is seen more as a competent astronomer, like Tycho Brahe. But when it comes to astrophysics the prize goes to Chandrashekar (and Kepler, not Brahe). Proving, if you have the merit, science will find it.
By the way whats wrong with John Galt? Supposedly brilliant chap, and just because one stupid railroad executive refused to build a railroad track to his pet project he just gives up? For all that brilliance could he not build a railroad? John Galt was an idiot, so are the people who mistake that fiction to be their guiding philosophy.
We thought someone got a Nobel prize for staring into a stein of beer. Turns out that was not true. So first Nobel prize for drinking beer and calling it research is till up. She can go for it.
Local politicians in India have this predilection to rename everything. Costs very little financially and works as a kind of vote bank politics. Madras to Chennai, Bangalore to Bengalooru, Bombay to Mumbai, Calcutta to Kolkatta, Orissa to Odisha what the hell? There was guy named A Brito who was well known for his Letters to the Editor, Indian Express, Bangalore. When the local mayor renamed yet another road (which had been named for a British officer) after some local politician he wrote: "... To celebrate his grand achievement of renaming $road, I hereby propose we rename the Queen Victoria statue in the $park Mayor Butte Gowda statue. The resemblance is, after all, so striking that
Where is the big-arse power switch?
It is a bloody blast furnace. They could hold anywhere between 20 and 120 tons of liquid molten iron. They are designed to hold that much of liquid metal continuously for five to 10 years. They keep adding raw materials, keep pouring batches and batches of it out. But it always 50% to 100% full of liquid metal. Once in 10 years, they drain, and essentially dismantle the lining of the furnace, and relay the refractory bricks. A three to six month process typically. I don't know the details, I am sure they have a safety pit lined with refractory bricks to drain the furnace in an emergency, like earthquakes, floods or factory fire. It is possible that process was triggered in this instance.