Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Japanese Beetles - 2

Took the buoy mentioned below out to the local pond and tossed it in. The anchor line is about 6 feet and to judge by the movement of the buoy the lake is only 3-4 feet deep 20 feet out.
The wind was pretty strong, about 7-10 mph blowing straight in at me so the trap was immediately surrounded by a cloud of bugs. Unfortunately all the usual wildlife was hanging out of the far shore so the beetles slowly blew to the near shore. After an hour or so a lone duck came by to see if I'd feed it. I tossed it a couple of beetles and it quickly found the washed up ones. An hour later the duck and all the bugs were gone. Looks promising so far.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Revising History

There's a joke that describes a Russian citizen being asked by a reporter if he was worried or confused by the future. He answers "No, the future is fixed and secure. It's the past that keeps changing." Here's the definitive example
Today we do this sort of thing in the U.S. by removing any mention of things the left wants forgotten. These links from Drudge today:

Kentucky Mayor: Confederate Monuments Will Be Moved...
Protesters Aim at Tennessee Capitol Bust...
Gainesville takes down...
Vandalized in Atlanta...
Baltimore statues to be destroyed...
Monument toppled at old NC courthouse...
WIRE: Charlottesville Just The Beginning...


The new improved history will show that the Republicans supported slavery and the Democrats abolished it in 1964 when LBJ signed the emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Those who do not study history will be doomed to repeat it. Those who do will be sent to the camps.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

QOTD - NYT

In a motion to dismiss Sara Palin's suit for libel, the New York Times argues:
For example, the Complaint alleges that the allegedly false statement of fact that are the subject of the Complaint were contradicted by information already set forth in prior news stories published by the Times. However, these prior stories arguably would only evidence actual malice if the person(s) who wrote the editorial were aware of them.
Which claims that it's unreasonable to expect that the editors at the Times actually read their own paper. Not entirely implausible as the first rule in propaganda is to never begin believing your own propaganda.

This might fly a bit higher if the claim were worded differently. For example: We claim that since everyone knows that the Times is a premier source of fake news, the Complainant should have recognized that the statements concerning her were deliberately false and thus were not to be taken seriously.

See? Now that I could almost believe. It would also help if the paper being sued was the Onion instead of the New York Times.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Well Laid Ambush At Google?

There is more background on the Damore kerfuffle at Google. Seems he may have already filed a complaint with the NLRB over the toxic situation there.
By firing James Damore, who apparently had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, Google may have created significant legal jeopardy for itself.
If he had already filed the complaint when he posted his missive, then it sounds like he's a very canny fellow who set up an ambush, then baited the company into charging in to it. It sounds like he had a pretty good case to start with but now it's just a matter of the size of the settlement, the trial being simply a formality.


There should be some kind of award, say the Mastodon, for getting your adversary to voluntarily jump into a deep pit filled with sharp sticks.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Law Prof Demands Role Play Regulation

A busybody law prof at George Washington U is demanding that the Federal government step in and begin regulating the use of silicone sex dolls.
Saying there’s evidence rape sexbots may significantly increase the chance of rape to real women, the law should “no longer stand by and blindly ignore a major potential problem by doing nothing,” he said in an email to The College Fix.
Sexbots, especially those which can be programmed to act as if they are being raped, and those which act and appear to be young children, are already here and in use, Banzhaf said.
“The obvious first step would be to have hearings and do studies to determine just how serious the threat is, whether there are any real benefits to having sexbots programmed to simulate being raped, and then what if any new laws, regulations, etc. might be appropriate,” he said.
So in the first paragraph he says there's evidence, but in the third, he seemingly refutes this and demands hearings and studies, presumably to gin up the desired evidence, a clarion call for junk science if ever I heard one.

Be interesting to see which lawmakers step up to get positions on the committees investigating the use of sex bots.

Noting that geneticists have discovered some 3 or 4 genes that make dogs friendly, I suspect that a similar number of genes will be discovered that compel people to obsessively try to micromanage other peoples affairs. I nominate Prof Banzhaf as a carrier of these genes. The disorder can be named for any famous person determined to be so afflicted. Ralph Nader or Dianne Feinstein come to mind although the possibility of getting the affliction named Banzhafs Syndrome might be enough to persuade the professor to join the study.

More EPA Fraud

It seems the EPA has been promulgating rules based on less than wonderful data. I'm shocked! Shocked! to hear that a trusted government agency would use dubious data to help justify its existence. And mushroom-like growth.

Toxicologist Albert Donnay says he’s found evidence a 1989 study commissioned by EPA on the health effects of carbon monoxide, which, if true, could call into question 25 years of regulations and billions of dollars on catalytic converters for automobiles.
OTOH I've been pointing out for years that the requirement for catalytic converters was based on the American auto industry's inability to meet the EPAs standards when the Japanese did it  without the use of a converter. The Japs simply designed a cleaner engine, while GM ran to congress and demanded that everyone be required to put a converter on their cars and pay GM a nice royalty for the privilege.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Food - Breakfast

I like an omlette for breakfast now and again, usually made with meat of some sort, hash browns, and cheese. One of these will keep me going until 2 PM easily. It also leaves me kind of logy if I don't have a non-stop project going.

Here's the solution: In a frying pan toss 1 strip of thick cut bacon or equivalent weight of other meat.
Add 3-4 tablespoons of this instead of any potatoes:
Note that they don't call it veggie mix or anything like that. It's "Bold Fiesta Protein".  The ingredient list is on the bag, just below the word Protein. In the lower right corner it notes that it must be cooked before using, so do that beforehand and store it in a container. Click the pic to make it readable.
Cook until the meat's done, add an egg, pre scrambled with Cholula sauce, and top with cheese. Serves one old guy.

Keeps me going until 2 pm and I never feel logy. Supposedly this stuff is better for you than potatoes but that can be adjusted with your meat selection. Delicious!

No one paid me for this endorsement. It's just too good not to share.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Japanese Beetles

These little pests are rapidly becoming a big deal around here, appearing in large numbers in some places and not at all in others. Along with this there is a thriving cottage industry in ways to get rid of them without resorting to nuclear weapons, which only help until the next generation of grubs emerges.

Larkspur greens puree'd into a "tea" kills the bugs. Can be made just like classic sun tea or in a blender but it is not recommended using the blender for foods after.

As a friend of mine commented, avoiding alkaloid poisoning is pretty high on my list. I think I'd try the pepper and garlic spray first. Or maybe the mint, pepper, and onion spray. Recipes for home made beetle toxins can be found here. I bet some of those home made toxins make the dead bugs mighty tasty. Feel free to try them and let me know.

Traps are popular but have the traditional drawback all traps for pests have in that they must first attract the pests. One fellow noted that placing a five gallon bucket under a bag trap resulted in about as many bugs in the bucket as in the bag, suggesting that the bugs aim, when falling into the bag, isn't very good. Anyway it still leaves the problem of what to do with large numbers of possibly not dead yet beetles. I flush mine down the toilet but be advised to do this when the bag trap in no more than 1/4 full. Dumping half a bag of beetles in the toilet looks like a Rhinoceros just had a bad case of diarrhea in your commode.

I'm trying to enlist the local parks and recreation dept in the battle by attaching the pheromone part of the beetle trap to a small buoy to be anchored out in the many small park ponds around here. The theory is that the large numbers of beetles the trap attracts will hit the trap and fall into the pond where the pond critters will find them tasty. Here's a model of such a buoy: It only requires a 1 L bottle with about 3/4 of a pound of ballast to hold it upright. Not shown is a hook on the bottom for the anchor string to keep the thing from blowing around.
 
Here's the finished prototype floating in a bucket. If you look closely you can see a couple of beetles already floating in the water.


Yes, it draws them in in great quantity. I'm estimating that this rig was getting about 1 bug/minute in my back yard.
 The arrangement on the right replaces the bag with a small do-it-yourself bucket containing about 1/2" of soapy water. A couple drops of dish soap as a wetting agent kills the varmints pretty quickly and it's easier to dump than the bag.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Say What You Want About Hillary...

...but she never fired anyone from her team.

Goes the tweet. Follow up tweets suggest that this nice feature contributed to her defeat. My observation is that the Clintons don't fire people. They have them Whacked.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Near-Clinton Experiences

Unlike near death experiences, the  near-Clinton ones are usually fatal with causes ranging from accidental to suicide-by-5-rounds-in-the-back.

In this case its Imran Awan, one of 3 Paki brothers who worked as IT managers for the DNC until they were implicated in a bank fraud caper and multiple government computers were found in Imran's apartment with smashed hard drives. The FBI has taken an interest in this and it seems that DWS was paying Imran $1270K/yr all the way up to his arrest as he was attempting to leave the country. As a side note, no one whose computer was associated with the Awan brothers wants to talk to the press amid speculation that classified data was transferred to a server in Pakistan and personal information on the congressional persons computer was being used to blackmail them. Imran was initially denied bail as he was considered a flight risk (ya think?), but this was waived provided he wears an ankle bracelet.

So the poll of the week is this:
What will happen to Imran in the next month or so?

1. He stays in town like a good boy until he's called to appear in court.

2. His bracelet is found in his apartment and his Tweets seem to originate in Pakistan.

3. His bracelet is found on his ankle when his body is found, a suicide from multiple gunshot wounds.

4. As above, but a victim of a botched robbery.

5. His bracelet ceases transmitting and neither he nor it are ever heard from again.

UPDATE: Option 6 may well be that Imran disappears and reappears in Pakistan. Seems the US attorney heading up the investigation into the affair is Steve Wasserman, Debbie's brother.

Extreme Anti-Smoking Policy

Jefferson County, just west of me, has gone all out to discourage smoking.
Things Jefferson County has:

✔️ A smoking area outside the courthouse

✔️ Rattlesnakes!

      A sense of humor https://t.co/zCLLgZC4Mu

You can smoke, just don't expect to live as long as your non-smoking colleagues.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hills New Book Title

She's calling it "What Happened" although there have been many suggestions, each better than the last, as to better titles.

Here's one that didn't get used: "Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice." A bit lengthy so it got shortened, thus this version is still available.

One of the short title suggestions was "Schlonged" so maybe we can start the rumor that lengthy title #2 above was the original working title, Much shorter title #3 was what it was shortened to, and title #1 was what the committee agreed upon once Her Inevitableness' drugs had kicked in.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Future Of Humanity - Rocket Fuel

What rocket fuel has the highest specific impulse? That is what fuel delivers the most bang for the buck? When I was in aerospace, the most popular mix was liquid Hydrogen and liquid oxygen. Since the question was asked, a couple experiments were done and slightly better performance was shown using liquid Fluorine and liquid Ozone.

People who know anything at all about those two chemicals are probably sidling away from the screen at just the thought of this stuff in tanks in any significant quantity. Nasty stuff.

Now we may have something better: Jargon and buzzwords. The right mix of these and I'm assured we're making relativistic speeds to the next solar system. I actually do follow the gist of this, and yes, it shows promise but when producing noticeable thrust requires more power than the entire world currently produces, your enthusiasm flags.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You Can Lead A Pol To Congress...

...but you can't vote him a spine. Sen McConnell says he's 2 votes shy of passing Obamacare repeal. Pres Trump is suggesting the obvious path, to repeal Obamacare in its entirety and then allow the congress to create a committee to come up with a replacement. The snickering should start as soon as the word "committee" was spoken. Meanwhile, back at the ranch:


Friday, July 14, 2017

Polls - What Was The Question?

Trending right now is Trumps approval rating which is somewhere between 40 and 50%. Now how was the question asked?
So Trump is a brash, obnoxious New Yorker. So what? Most of us knew that when we voted for him. How's he doing other than that? Pretty well it looks like. Chart found here. RTWT.

UPDATE:
Now go here and take a look at how CNN and WaPo do it.