Friday, December 9, 2016

Obama Supports Military Coup, Suspension Of 1st And 2nd Amendments

O.K. that might be just a bit overboard, but in a speech to the military, the quotes include these gems:

Characterizing the military’s mission as a fight against “violent extremism,” Obama insisted that soldiers need to rise up against Trump if they feel he is pushing policies that are ill considered.
"Ill considered", not constitutionally forbidden.

The presidential short-timer also placed blame on the Constitution’s First Amendment, hinting that he thinks free speech is too freely indulged to prevent “impressionable minds” from being warped by “extremism” on the Internet.

Examples might include film makers in L.A. making videos that incite spontanious protests by 50-70 Muslims with machine guns and mortars, and documentaries that disparage potential successors to  a sitting philosopher-king.

All this is from Breitbart coverage of a presidential address at McDill AFB and Breitbart has been labeled a purveyor of fake news by people who have been assuring us that the economy is moving forward at top speed for the last 8 years.

How Dumb Do They Think We Are?

Maybe we better not go too deeply into that, after all look who we elect. But now for people too dumb to come in out of the rain, and umbrella that tells you that it's raining. Invented in England where people carry umbrellas as a matter of course, you wouldn't think that a warning would be necessary. Still I suppose you could check the bluetooth enabled device to see if the day was predicted to be one of the rare ones on which it wasn't supposed to rain so you could go about your business outdoors with a superior look on your face at being one of the few who isn't carrying an unneeded umbrella on a clear day.

Of course the predictions are based on the National Weather Service data and we know that's never wrong don't we?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fake News

We may be looking at a distinct reduction in the amount of  fake news we're being fed, specifically in the area of government supplied economic statistics. From Q and O.net:
Speaking of “fake news” the usual suspects have been spreading it for decades according to a new economic analysis recently published:
“Conventional wisdom — as reported in many major newspapers and media — tells us the U.S. economy is ‘recovering.’ Well-meaning economists, academics and government officials use the term ‘recovery’ when discussing the economy, implying that growth is getting stronger. The study finds there is no recovery. Since 2007, U.S. GDP per capita growth has been 1,” according to Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton.
“As this report makes clear,” added Council President Deborah Wince-Smith, “productivity growth is in a serious multi-decade-long slump that is dangerously close to stalling completely.”
If the media wants to regain its credibility it needs to begin reporting the hard facts of what Americans are really facing economically instead of collaborating with government to continue to spread what I consider to be falsehoods. Start reporting the facts.  Start doing the hard work of journalism.  Quit being a publishing tool for government propaganda.  Then, maybe, people will again invest some faith in what you have to say.
Regular readers will know that I've been complaining about this for the last 8 years, just look for the title "Cooking the Books" in this blog. Unemployment, GDP, 8 consecutive Summers of Recovery and more and we have more people out of work and not looking for work than ever. But wait! There's a new scapegoat in town and he doesn't own the media so for the immediate future we can now expect reasonably accurate economic numbers from the government and the media won't be hiding them. Growth less than 3% will be front page news and called substandard. 95M people dropped out of the work force will finally get noticed. 62% labor force participation rate will now be a crime against humanity and suggesting that the previous administration had anything to do with this will be racist.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Déjà vu all over again. Found this at Bijou Renaissance Man

and in the comments, this link here to a famous set of newspaper headlines documenting Napoleon's return to power from exile by some journalists who may or may not have liked him but who obviously knew which side of the baguette the beurre* was on.

* butter.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Science Marches Onward

Some caution may be called for here. The Japanese have reportedly discovered how the Tardigrade achieves its radiation immunity, namely by encasing its DNA in a protein sheath. Swell. If they can do it, so can we, presumably using gene-splicing techniques to add the sheath to our DNA. Just think, real estate developers will be swarming in to the now abandoned land near the Chernobyl to sell to a rather exclusive group of clients, and nuclear war will no longer threaten the existence of humanity. Just the fraction that can't afford the upgrade, who probably wouldn't be missed anyway.

My question is this: If someone is upgraded to radiation immunity, and then develops cancer of some sort, are the cancerous cells also radiation immune?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vote Fraud? Easy To Find

All you have to do is look for it. Sometimes a basic grasp of statistics helps.

I don't know anyone who voted the presidential slot, then quits and turns in the ballot. I do know one or two who voted everything else and left the prez slot blank for which I can't blame them much.

Update: In Michigan the number of votes counted exceeds the number actually cast.
He blamed the discrepancies on the city’s decade-old voting machines, saying 87 optical scanners broke on Election Day. Many jammed when voters fed ballots into scanners, which can result in erroneous vote counts if ballots are inserted multiple times. Poll workers are supposed to adjust counters to reflect a single vote but in many cases failed to do so, causing the discrepancies, Baxter said.
In case of discrepancies, the original count stands. We are assured that the numbers will eventually match. You bet they will.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Safe Zone Update - Unclear On The Concept

Boulder County* has decided to declare all of its county buildings to be Safe Zones. To what purpose I'm not sure, but if you didn't get raped last night, come into any county building and see if you don't get a similar experience in broad daylight without even having to remove any clothing.

The experience may affect your future clothing budget, so there's that.

*Home of the Peoples Republic Of Boulder.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Coming Soon To Harbor Freight - Drones

And not just any toy-store drones either.
The CH-5 Rainbow is in the same league as the US made Reaper according to the vendor. More details here but you know these things will show up at Harbor Freight sooner or later.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Automotive

To bowdlerize a bit it's been said that "If it's got wheels or (primary sex characteristics) it'll be trouble." Also that second marriage, or second car is the triumph of hope over experience.

My car had been fitted with a "clear bra" some years ago and had been parked outdoors for quite a while. Now it's equipped with a yellow bra, and while that might be a fetching color on a lady, it's a bit tatty on the Camaro.

Getting it off turns out to be moderately difficult depending on how long its been on and what's underneath it. A heat gun from Harbor Freight will start the process but the material becomes bore brittle with age so the video of the coating being removed from a brand new high end Porsche isn't realistic.

Since heat is involved, you're probably best served to wait until spring or summer when you have a good head start on the heating process simply by parking out in the sunshine. Add heat and the glue softens.

One other caution. Those sporty stripes and logos the company put on the car when it was new? They're glued on too, using the same adhesive, with the same melting point as the bra.

The good news is that the finish under the bra seems to be like new.

The Future Of Transportation - Traffic Jams

Not the naturally occurring type either, but deliberately caused ones. The lefty thought process that goes; 1. Cars cause pollution, 2. Roads cause cars*, 3. Fewer roads means fewer cars = less pollution.

Never mind that a shortage of roads causes traffic jams that result in more pollution, the latest iteration of this is that when traffic comes to a complete halt, people will migrate to public transportation. That won't move either but if misery loves company, you'll be happier trapped in a traffic jam with 50-60 others.

In NYC the mayor there is deliberately fouling traffic in an attempt to force more people onto the already overloaded subways and buses. A picture of Manhattan from a high office will show that 80% of the jammed up cars below are bright yellow so the plan winds up fouling the public transport as well. This is also expected to encourage bicycles and walking, to which I say, I've seen pictures of NYC in winter and doing either through a foot or two of snow doesn't seem all that attractive.

Eventually I suppose the denizens of the most afflicted places will acquaint themselves with the older tradition of dealing with politicians who can't or won't serve their constituents, involving a bucket of tar, a couple of chickens, and a bit of assembly work. That or business people will eventually figure out that in the age of the internet, there is little reason for a lot of businesses to be located in any specific location. The exception to this is actual manufacturing which required supply chains of actual materials in and out. The NYSE by contrast could be physically located in central Kansas and the move would be transparent to its customer base.

* When a congested roadway is widened, for some reason it quickly becomes congested again and needs further widening. It never fails.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

How To Succeed In Education

First off don't major in education. Major in something useful like deconstructionism of gay female African pottery, then get a job as the administrator of multiculturalism at the local middle school. Think I'm kidding? Check this:
The first hint is that staffing is going up faster than the student population. The second clue is that administrators are getting hired faster than teachers.

One other takeaway is that Colorado student population seems to be growing at least twice the rate of the other states in this article. People are fleeing the socialist hell holes like CA, IL, and NJ and coming here, where they vote in more socialists. Better border controls are obviously called for.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Science Marches Onward

Like it or not. Now you can experiment with DNA, then jump start yourself electrically.

What could go wrong?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Political Pranks 2 - Recounts

It has occurred to several people that the Stein-Clinton-Soros recounts are quite unlikely to alter the election results. Hill would have to flip all three states to do this and the margins, while small, amount to a lot of votes.

Thing to notice here is that Jill Steins fund-me site seemed to be getting a donation of $650,000 every day at the same time. Also her lawyer on this effort is closely connected to George Soros. Big surprise here. So given that the effort is unlikely to change anything, why do it?

Credibility. If the three states are tied up in court with a slow moving recall, they may be unable to have their electors vote with the Electoral college on the designated date. This will leave the total 223-260 or thereabouts meaning that neither candidate will have enough votes to be declared the winner so the vote goes to the legislature which is currently controlled by Republicans. The House will elect Trump, and the Senate will elect Pence and so what?

The point would be to reduce the legitimacy of Trumps win for talking point purposes. Selected, not elected all over again although that argument carried little enough weight back in 2001 that I can't imagine it carrying as much this time outside of the NYT building. Just a Soros supplied red herring.

Delaying tactics are a specialty of lawyers with weak or non-existant cases so expect  endless delays over procedures to be followed should the recount requests be granted, and remember it's all 3 or nothing here. If only one state turns down the request, it all disappears in a cloud of unicorn farts.

UPDATE: Apparently that is the strategy, although missing the application deadline in Pennsylvania negates the effort.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bad News From Ohio State

For certain definitions of bad news within the media.

1. No one was killed. Except for the perp, and he doesn't count.
2. The perp wasn't white.
3. The perp wasn't conservative. Being a Somali refugee, it's a pretty good bet he didn't vote for Trump.
4. The perp wasn't a Tea Partier.
and worst of all
5. No gun was used. Except by the cop who shot the perp.

Didn't slow down the knee-jerk calls for gun control though. Beware fake news.

GOP Prepares To Sell Us Out

So the election is over and your party now holds the coveted legislative/executive trifecta. Congratulations! But wait, some in the legislature are still butt hurt that their horse isn't in the executive stable. What will they do? What WILL they do?

Why, switch sides of course. Notwithstanding the Dems avowed intent to abolish the filibuster to put President Clintons judges on the supreme court, several highly placed Republicans are prepared to leave it in place to prevent Trump from getting his appointments seated. This could presumably be extended to any of Trumps policies requiring legislation. This is the sort of get along, go along behavior that culminated in Trumps election in the first place.

I suppose we're now officially a 3-party country; The Socialists on the left, calling themselves Democrats, The Capitalists on the right, calling themselves Republicans, and a center-left party supporting taxes and regulation masquerading as Republicans straddling the center.

To quote a famous Italian: "Nothing is more difficult than to establish a new order of things."