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North American Divides
Welcome to WSRL.ORG. Authored from rugged and scenic Western Colorado, servers for this site are now located in sunny and warm Marina Del Rey, California. What is a "Western Slope"? The United States sits between two oceans namely the Atlantic ocean to the east and the Pacific ocean to the west. Running north to south down through the nation (red trace) is the "Continental Divide". A large portion of the Continental Divide is defined by major mountain ranges. Precipitation falling east of the Continental Divide (Eastern Slope) ultimately flows into the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. Precipitation falling to the west (Western Slope), ends up flowing into the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of California. This website was physically created from a location in Western Colorado not far from the "U": in the map USA. The main data server for this site is currently located in Marina Del Rey, California near Los Angeles. The surrounding area in Colorado is largely rural farm land mixed in with large operations devoted to the extraction of fossil energy. Up the road are major coal mines dedicated to mining coal for steam power plants. Just over the hill are reported deposits of natural gas exceeding 10 trillion cubic feet in volume. In spite of this energy wealth, most inhabitants here typically live a life of limited simple means. In all directions are areas of exceptional world-class scenery. The area is also known for it's many wildlife virtues. I feel privileged to live here.
They Are Still Not Listening -
A few years ago I created a page based on my past military training and other work experiences. I called the page "Fools Paradise". It's about "ElectroMagnetic Pulse", (EMP) and the devastating effects such an event can/will have on the world. EMP is categorized into three types known as E1, E2 and E3. E1 is generally considered man made while E3 pulses are usually thought of as sun caused. As amazing as this sounds, pundits list potential U.S. deaths in the 280 million range for an E1 style attack on the U.S. How easy and likely would it be to pull off such and attack? I strongly advise you to watch this July 2013 YouTube video testimony by recognized experts in the field.
Site Focus -
The world is changing rapidly. Energy, climate change, politics, finance and health care are but a few of the many areas either in crisis mode or undergoing significant and rapid change. This site attempts to be a knowledge aggregator for the many issues facing this nation. Others have recently said that the future indeed looks grim. The author of this sites believes that knowledge and wisdom together with the technology means to acquire both will go a long way towards blunting any impacts from the modern world craziness.
Site Software -
This is a simple site by design. Totally lacking from this site is the use of Java or scripting in any form including JavaScript. Both are well known contributors to the infection of Windows® based PC's by malicious code. This is a perfect example of why not to use Windows® or Java® if at all possible. The same is NOT true of the hundreds of links referenced on this site. All coding and graphic manipulation on this site has been performed by hand using the Linux operating system with related software applications. The site likewise is hosted on a data server in Marina Del Rey, California running the Linux Apache server software application. To view the many problems associated with the Windows® operating system and scripting exploits in general, go to my Windows® page. Information technology is critical to the efficient daily performance of all type of tasks. The time has long since passed for web page coding and common file types to be standardized on a world wide basis. This site fully subscribes to the concept of "Open Source". It should also be noted that all of the software required to create and operate this site is available to anyone at no cost. Server hosting in the U.S. costs as little as $7.00 per month.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Access -
This website is hosted on a shared data server located in Marina Del Rey, California. A standard feature is this arrangement is the ability to use a shared SSL certificate to access this site. The URL address changes slightly to this address. Some browsers may complain that only a portion of the site is operating in secure mode. That is because certain graphic and URL links e.g. W3C & Chilling Effects come from servers that operate in non-SSL mode. The data links to the right on each page connect to sites that may or may not use SSL access.
Internet Browsers - HTML5 & Video WebM -
A new HTML5 video standard, WebM, has been introduced to the industry that does away with the current, expensive to use, proprietary video software products. The new WebM software is entirely free and entirely open. I highly suggest you update the software on your computers as detailed in this link. By now, many people are doing their banking and bill paying on-line. No one should be using Internet Explorer® or Windows® for these functions. The reason for this is plainly referenced in the above section. Both the Firefox browser and the Opera browser strive to meet world web page coding standards. Be advised that such standards are in a nearly constant state of change and upgrade. To test the compatibility of your browser against the latest world standards, go to the HTML5 test site. This is a fairly tough test and is not a requirement to view pages on this site. It does show what will be needed in the not too distant future..
Major Ethanol Scam Alert -
In the area where I live, the availability of ethanol free gasoline is becoming near non-existent. For those of you without all stainless steel fuel systems or think ethanol is the greatest thing since sliced bread, you might want to read this article in the well known Business News Magazine. Or, you can have your own PDF copy to share. You can also Google the terms +ethanol +gasoline +problems to get in excess of 600,000 hits on the topic. From personal experience, I can verify the article is accurate. Tomorrow, (1,1,2012) one subsidy will die but another will continue. My Ethanol Scam page is located here. Be sure to check out the links on the right side of the page.
Over Population? -
I find it interesting that the topic of over population, like peak oil or climate change, has a good percentage of the population on each side of the issue. A search of Google on this topic will yield a fairly large number of sites both stating that over population is real and a myth. In my view, population can only increase if technology and resources and keep pace in reasonably supporting any increase. I also feel the more large populations depend on high technology for their existence, the more dangerous things become.As with the BP disaster, high technology sometimes fails. Technology failures in the future could easily cost the lives of many millions as a result in my view..
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