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Lol @ going bankrupt over suing NBC over being linked to organized crime. Keepin it real, real dumb.
HAHA. I like the new updated GMB13.. with a bit of a mean streak.

you were more diplomatic on the OG I think
Quote:The following story struck a chord with me, since I also recently experienced an unfortunate boating accident, in which all my precious metals were lost.


you ok?

hope you're ok bro.
^ LOL. A bit of an inside joke among precious metal holders, i.e., our gold/silver, etc. was lost so the government can not confiscate it.
oh. I thought maybe you were living in one of those boat homes or something lol
(10-23-2013 11:18 PM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]HAHA. I like the new updated GMB13.. with a bit of a mean streak.

you were more diplomatic on the OG I think

Working stupid hours at work is having an effect on me I think.
Jesus... here we go again...


The Chinese government on Tuesday released a "white paper" defending its policies in Tibet, and accusing the Dalai Lama and his supporters of "conducting separatist activities" to "sabotage the development and stability of Tibet".
A facebook comment:

Jennifer Luna Pedersen This Tuesday three other Tibet activists and myself unfurled a banner at the UN headquarters in Geneva, it read: CHINA FAILS HUMAN RIGHTS IN TIBET. It was done it solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet, who risk their lives to protest the occupation of their country. While China claims to have liberated Tibet, 122 Tibetans have set fire to themselves since 2009. Just this last month there has been two documented episodes of Chinese government shootings against unarmed protestors. China continues to ignore calls by UN members states to allow Human Rights monitors or international press into the region.
Shootings this month; http://www.tibet.ca/en/newsroom/news_releases/338
To learn more and become active check out Students for a Free Tibet
Bah spontaneous combustion imo
Gold . . . bitchez!!!


"It’s a 21st-century alchemist’s dream: turning Earth’s superabundance of carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — into fuel or useful industrial chemicals. Researchers from Brown have shown that finely tuned gold nanoparticles can do the job. The key is maximizing the particles’ long edges, which are the active sites for the reaction.

The idea of recycling CO2 — a greenhouse gas the planet current has in excess — is enticing, but there are obstacles. CO2 is an extremely stable molecule that must be reduced to an active form like CO to make it useful. CO is used to make synthetic natural gas, methanol, and other alternative fuels.

Converting CO2 to CO isn’t easy. Prior research has shown that catalysts made of gold foil are active for this conversion, but they don’t do the job efficiently. The gold tends to react both with the CO2 and with the water in which the CO2 is dissolved, creating hydrogen byproduct rather than the desired CO.

The Brown experimental group, led by Sun and Wenlei Zhu, a graduate student in Sun’s group, wanted to see if shrinking the gold down to nanoparticles might make it more selective for CO2. They found that the nanoparticles were indeed more selective, but that the exact size of those particles was important. Eight nanometer particles had the best selectivity, achieving a 90-percent rate of conversion from CO2 to CO. Other sizes the team tested — four, six, and 10 nanometers — didn’t perform nearly as well.

“At first, that result was confusing,” said Andrew Peterson, professor of engineering and also a senior author on the paper. “As we made the particles smaller we got more activity, but when we went smaller than eight nanometers, we got less activity.”

“When you take a sphere and you reduce it to smaller and smaller sizes, you tend to get many more irregular features — flat surfaces, edges and corners,” Peterson said. “What we were able to figure out is that the most active sites for converting CO2 to CO are the edge sites, while the corner sites predominantly give the by-product, which is hydrogen. So as you shrink these particles down, you’ll hit a point where you start to optimize the activity because you have a high number of these edge sites but still a low number of these corner sites. But if you go too small, the edges start to shrink and you’re left with just corners.”

Now that they understand exactly what part of the catalyst is active, the researchers are working to further optimize the particles. “There’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Peterson said. “We’re working on new particles that maximize these active sites.”

The researchers believe these findings could be an important new avenue for recycling CO2 on a commercial scale.

“Because we’re using nanoparticles, we’re using a lot less gold than in a bulk metal catalyst,” Sun said. “That lowers the cost for making such a catalyst and gives the potential to scale up.”

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^ 2 chinese scientists.
How cool would that be?

Rumplestilsken eat your heart out!
RP glad US / Saudi relationship reportedly cooling, says Israel and Saudi Arabia should fight their own wars.

Quote:A Welcome US/Saudi Reset
by Ron Paul

Last week it was reported that Saudi Arabia decided to make a "major shift" away from its 80 years of close cooperation with the United States. The Saudi leadership is angry that the Obama administration did not attack Syria last month, and that it has not delivered heavy weapons to the Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow the Assad government. Saudi Arabia is heavily invested in the overthrow of the Assad government in Syria, sending money and weapons to the rebels.

However, it was the recent diplomatic opening between the United States and Iran that most infuriated the Saudis. Saudi Arabia is strongly opposed to the Iranian government and has vigorously lobbied the US Congress to maintain sanctions and other pressure on Iran. Like Israel, the Saudis are fearful of any US diplomacy with Iran.

This additional strain in US/Saudi relations came at the 40 year anniversary of the Arab oil embargo of the US over its support of Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur war. At the time, the embargo caused quite a bit of trouble for Americans, including gas shortages and long lines at the filling stations. A repeat of this move, however, would not have the same effect on the US economy. Though it would not be desired, these are not the 1970s and oil is now a more fungible commodity no longer solely in Arab hands.

Why does Saudi Arabia insist that the United States fight its battles? The Saudis are strongly opposed to the governments in Syria and Iran so they expect the US to attack. It is their neighborhood, why don't they fight their own wars? Israel shares the same position in the region as Saudi Arabia: it has been fighting to overthrow Assad in Syria for years, and Israeli leadership constantly pushes the US toward war on Iran. They are both working on the same side of these issues but why do they keep trying to draw us in?

We have unwritten agreements to defend Saudi Arabia and Israel, which keeps us heavily involved militarily in the Middle East. But when the US becomes so involved, we are the real losers—especially the American taxpayers, who are forced to finance this global military empire. Plus, our security guarantee to Saudi Arabia and Israel creates a kind of moral hazard: there is little incentive for these two countries to push for more peaceful solutions in the region because the US military underwrites their reckless behavior. It is an unhealthy relationship that should come to an end.

If Saudi Arabia and Israel are so determined to extend their influence in the region and share such similar goals, why don't they work together to stabilize the region without calling on the US for back-up? It might be healthy for them to cooperate and leave us out of it.

One of Osama bin Laden's stated goals was to bankrupt the US by drawing it into endless battles in the Middle East and south Asia. Unfortunately, even from beyond the grave he continues to successfully implement his policy. But should we really be helping him do so? If Saudi Arabia wants to pull back from its deep and unhealthy relationship with the United States we should welcome such a move. Then we might return to peace and commerce rather than sink under entangling alliances.

i like a lot of his stances.

i love his consistency.

but I think libertarian economics could be greatly exploited by the controllers
I never thought I would say this, but I'm proud of Obama for listening to the people and not bombing Syria.

I hope he makes distancing the US from Israel, and keeping America's nose out of middle east politics the focus of his second term. If he can do that, he might not be remembered as one of the worst Presidents in US history.
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