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Monday, May 15, 2017

Darkstream: ignore the title

I'm almost impressed with the complete disconnect between the title of tonight's Darkstream and the actual content. On the plus side, there is some dirty economics talk, for those of you who like that sort of thing.

And the term that escaped me was Giffen good, for the record.

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Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 May 15, 2017 8:23 PM  

If I'm not all that broken up over the prospect of Fat Boy nuking the US, it's because I live on the opposite side of the country, and he's going to be aiming for SoCal.

A Nork nuke hitting Sacramento? I say: where's the downside?

Anonymous LurkingPuppy May 15, 2017 8:34 PM  

White Knight Leo #0368 wrote:… I live on the opposite side of the country, and he's going to be aiming for SoCal.
A Nork nuke hitting Sacramento? I say: where's the downside?

FYI, Sacramento is in North California. (San Francisco is in North California, and Sacramento is north and inland from there.)

And it would suck a bit if someone nuked the University of California libraries.

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 May 15, 2017 8:43 PM  

Thereby revealing my utter ignorance of where things are in Cali. The point stands.

Blogger tz May 15, 2017 9:04 PM  

Kim may EMPhasize his threats. Have you caged Faraday yet?
Others think they are just EMPty threats.

Blogger SirHamster May 15, 2017 9:17 PM  

White Knight Leo #0368 wrote:Thereby revealing my utter ignorance of where things are in Cali. The point stands.

If he's going to target SoCal and hit NorCal, maybe he'll err the other way and hit Mexico.

Blogger Billy Ray May 15, 2017 9:48 PM  

I would rather he hit San Fran/Berkeley than Tijuana. Killing off the lib tech know it all assholes in the bay area would go a long way to reversing trends in this country and eliminating the problems we have with Mexico.

solve the problem, libs, not the symptom, illegals.

Blogger DonReynolds May 15, 2017 9:57 PM  

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Blogger DonReynolds May 15, 2017 9:58 PM  

A Giffen Good is simple to explain and provide examples.
A Giffen Good is something you would buy LESS of as your income increased.
The traditional example for a Giffen Good is bread, the staple of the worker diet.
If they earned more money by working today, they may buy an onion, or tomato, or a beer.....and less bread.
A Giffen Good is considered a "strongly inferior good" in economic theory, which has nothing to do with quality. A staple of the diet may not have a quality issue, but it is something you would eat less of, if you could afford to eat other things INSTEAD.
There is quite a bit more to the economic theory, but that is the simple version.

Blogger NO GOOGLES May 15, 2017 10:09 PM  

@4
DPRK definitely does not have weapons with enough yield to generate sizable EMP, even at high altitude. To generate a strong enough EMP to knock out communications over a wide area, you need around a minimum of 1 MT yield, and that's significantly more powerful than the most powerful fission-only devices ever made (IIRC the most powerful fission only device was around ~480kt, and it was a complex 4 mass core).

Basically you'd need a multiple stage thermonuclear device, not just a single stage fission bomb. Also, high altitude EMP detonations can be a serious problem, but they are not as destructive as most people think they are - they don't permanently destroy much in the way of electronics, and most things they effect can just be restarted (like cars/trucks). They could do some damage to the grid by destroying some valuable and expensive transformers though. In war, the main use of an EMP is to cause a comms blackout over a wide area that lasts several hours at least.

Blogger DonReynolds May 15, 2017 10:10 PM  

@1 White Knight Leo
What makes ballistic missiles so interesting is they can achieve ORBIT and return to the surface in a controlled re-entry. Some of them have MIRV capability, meaning they can carry multiple weapons on the same rocket, with independent targeting. That means a single rocket (and nobody is limited to a single rocket) could hit several targets anywhere in North America.

This is not new technology, it is several decades old technology. I am not suggesting that Fat Stuff can manage any of these things himself, but the Chinese and the Russians have this technology in retired surplus and could provide the personnel to make it work correctly.

Anonymous User May 15, 2017 10:19 PM  

Nuking San Francisco and Los Angeles would be doing California a favor.

Blogger DonReynolds May 15, 2017 10:24 PM  

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Blogger DonReynolds May 15, 2017 10:26 PM  

North Korea does not need to hit targets anywhere in North America to make a big splash. That would be the Chinese and/or Russian countermove to any US nukes on North Korea. I do not see that happening at all.

If forced recovery of South Korea is the goal, it would make no sense to hit Seoul with a rocket, particularly since North Korea has thousands of artillery that can hit Seoul from the border zone.

The nearby target-rich environment is Japan. A North Korean rocket (or rockets) can create the most excitement (and distraction for the USA) by hitting any number of targets in Japan.

Blogger Jack Ward May 15, 2017 10:27 PM  

This is OT. Sorry, but I started A. Merrit's Dwellers in the Mirage having noticed it on VD's current reading list. Took only a few pages before heading to Amazon to see what else was there. I found, on amazon, 8 novels plus 8 short stories by Merrit for only .99. Amazing. The man was writing in and before the 1930's. Just had to share the news; if you want some major good reading.

Blogger VFM6974 May 15, 2017 11:49 PM  

What VD mentioned about demand not stacking is quite damning of economic theory, couple it with "Misbehaving" by Richard Thaler (Chicago Economics professor) and another social sciences field of study can be discredited. I wonder what happens when you mix into it macro-intervention factors, such as central banking and capitalist dynasties.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey May 16, 2017 12:20 AM  

@DonReynolds

"If forced recovery of South Korea is the goal, it would make no sense to hit Seoul with a rocket, particularly since North Korea has thousands of artillery that can hit Seoul from the border zone"

10s of thousands, actually. I've seen estimates that they could achieve an initial rate of something like 500,000 rounds an hour. Even without a big bang, that's a whole lot of little bangs.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( don't trifle with me, son. i'm a professional, certified 4th degree black belt in the ancient Hebrew martial art of Kibitz Maga ) May 16, 2017 1:18 AM  

http://2m2l2d2d.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-derp-state-strikes-at-king.html

Anonymous Looking Glass May 16, 2017 3:33 AM  

@13 DonReynolds

NK loses any war it starts. Everyone knows that. But they have the ability to making *starting* a war with them not worth the cost. If anyone remembers "2nd Strike Capabilities", it's a similar calculation. Or just call it the Porcupine Defense.

The problem is Kim the Youngest doesn't seem content to play the game the same way, but the target of the Nukes has always been China. NK's economic system doesn't work, at all, so they have operate as an international gangster. There's limits to what is allowed and forcing Japan to go nuclear is a bridge too far for everyone in the region.

Blogger Resident Moron™ May 16, 2017 6:19 AM  

Top kek, bob kek.

Nice article

Blogger RC May 16, 2017 11:35 AM  

Missed this one and showing replay unavailable. Do I need an account to access them or are they genuinely not recorded?

Blogger Flair1239 May 16, 2017 9:53 PM  

Watching baseball now and scanning the crowd. I accept the statistics on minorities and crime, and believe it be a result of low group
IQ. I believe that Islam is an existential threat.

But I look at this predominantly white crowd, and frankly I am not impressed. A lot of obese, obnoxious, and loud idiots. These people would not know the enlightenment from a light bulb.

I believe the problem is our own people. The Clintons, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi... These are are our people. The European elite that is destroying Europe... they are ours.

We don't need to worry about the various Brown people. Our own people
Are the ones who are destroying us, and probably 80% of the rest of us are passively letting them do it.

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