Saturday, August 17, 2019

Little Red Motorcycle

Topped off the tank today to discover that I seemed to be getting about 32 mpg. This is about half of what I was expecting but I'm optimistic that this will improve as I start using the bike to actually go places rather than just going around the block in the lower gears to check how things are working.
Didn't come out half bad I think.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Smackdown of the Week

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

When Technology Fails - Facial Recognition

Some facial recognition software was recently tested in California which identified a bunch of legislators there as criminals. The criminals legislators objected to this for some reason and now insist that the software not be included on police body cams.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Gun Laws - How Well Do They Work

Mr T 2's twitter feed is reporting that Colorado's violent crime rate took a big jump after we got universal background checks, magazine capacity limits and other feel-good laws in 2013:
Source is Colo Bureau of Investigation according to him. Looks like violent crime was in decline until the legislators stepped in to save us.

Others have noticed.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Will It Run - 10.1 Details

One of my friends mentioned that I had left out the steps between step 8 and step 10. Not so, step 9 was back in early July featuring me bitching about the stock carbs being really bunged up. Step 1 involved me throwing up the hands and fabricating an intake manifold to accept a single side draft carb of the same size as the originals.

Found a Mikuni knock-off that came with 2 spare jets and a rubber adapter to attach it to whatever engine you want. This thing also came with a page of instructions written in Chinese with translations that sometimes resembled English.
Click to enlarge. From what was readable, the jetting that came with the carb was the richest and was intended to work on a 125cc 2-stroke. Swapping to the smaller jets and dropping the needle one notch has the 535 running like a normal motor and the plugs show no soot deposits any more.

The carb has a raised lip that attaches firmly to the rubber adapter provided, which BTW has a spacer feature in the middle that reduces the port from 32mm to 28mm. The adapter was replaced with a piece of radiator hose with an Oring spacer that has no restrictions at all. The manifold has no engagement features so the hose needed to be as long as I could make it and some punch dimples added to the manifold spigot for traction. This works.
The engine is a 90 degree twin. There's a fellow selling a cast Aluminum manifold with gentle curves and a real Mikuni carb for about $600 which I'm sure works a treat. This one cost $28 for the carb plus some sweat. The perfect is the enemy of the good enough as they say.

The ChiCom carb was intended to work from a gravity feed fuel tank, so reducing the fuel pump pressure seemed prudent. The above Delrin block has a hole thru it on the bottom from fuel pump on the right to the carb on the left. The passage in the middle is drilled about halfway through and is connected back to the fuel tank. Down from the top is a small hole through to the lower passage with a check ball and spring. Excess fuel is passed up to the return line and the pressure is adjusted with the set screw at the top, barely visible. This reduces the delivered fuel pressure to 2 psi which the carb can handle. Crude, but effective.

Meantime I had a pair of carbs from a newer 535 fall into my lap from an unlikely source. They seem to be all there and not bunged up. The only thing holding me back is that the aft carb has coagulated gas holding the float needle in to the seat with the tenacity of Super Glue. At some point the  needle will loosen up and I'll finish the cleaning and try them out. Who knows, they may work. 6 years, a model change and 3-6 revisions so they must be better, no?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Will It Run - 10 - Final?

Looks like it. Minor mods to the carb mount and some tweaking of the jets and the thing seems to be running well. Slightly sticky throttle leading to fast idle, but that's most likely a lack of lube on the cable. Drove it up to the bank just now and the rear spark plug looks like it's never been in an engine. Nice.

Spent today fitting a small faring to it. PITA to get on or off, and yes I should have painted it first, but I wasn't sure it would actually fit so I've got a blue faring on a burgandy bike. I'll fix that later. Looks like I put about 90 miles on it just getting it to run.

 Fuel pressure regulator and ChiCom carb. That line from the bottom leading up is an overflow. Any other place I point it would drool gas onto a hot engine.


It had 7382 when I started. Lotta trips around the block.

Bring Back The Asylums?

Mass murders seem to have all too often, the common feature of a killer with multiple screws loose or missing. After a while one begins to wonder if there are more of these running around loose, and why now? Clayton Cramer is working on a study (maybe another book?) on this topic and is collecting data on all the mass killings he can find records of back to the 1600s So far the results look like this:
This graph doesn't go all the way back, but it's what he has the data for now. The two spikes are interesting to say the least. Have we been seeing more than out fair share of mass killings lately? Seems we have. When did this get started? seems in the 80s. What happened in the 80s? Global Warming? Ronald Reagan? Oh yes, how about deinstitutionalization? If you clear out and close down the state mental hospitals, where do the former inmates go? Why out on the streets. Most of the latest batch of killers are too young to have had anything to do with this turn of events, but they might well have been involuntarily incarcerated had the old programs not been cancelled.

Now think about the First steps program whose purpose is to empty out the state prisons. Well intentioned, but I'm suspecting this will end about as well as its predecessor. As a by-product I suppose we can expect the sudden uptick in violent crime to lead to further calls for gun control.

Never let a crisis go to waste, even if you have to create it yourself, eh?

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Scott Adams Loses It

Todays periscope is exceptional in that Mr. Adams, normally a wise voice of reason, starts out well by pointing out that if someone proposes a solution/cause/whatever regarding gun violence that hits only one thing, they are either lying or stupid. On this I agree, and think that the third possibility is both. Are mass shootings caused by violent video games? Probably not, but they make a convenient scapegoat. Are they caused by availability of guns? Well, it's difficult to perform a mass shooting without one, but absent a gun there are lots of other alternatives, several of which are arguably more effective. This makes a fairly convincing line of argument as far as it goes.

So next, at the 24 minute mark. he goes off into this fantasy about how guns affect the personality and mental state of the owners. Has anyone, he asks, ever acquired their first AR pattern rifle, and not posed with it before a mirror to see how "cool" it makes him or her look, and imagined how many people he could kill with it? He also suggests that the styling of such guns encourages that kind of thinking.

My guess is that that number must be statistically as close to zero as not to matter. Some people, maybe a lot of them, buy clothing or cars on that basis. Being a consummate nerd, I pretty much didn't, although the style factor did come in a time or two. Lately with cars, although I plead midlife crisis on those. I have never, however, ever bought a gun based on its "cool" factor.

Any one who poses in front of a mirror to see how cool they might look while killing a large number of people was already planning to kill a large number of people before he acquired the gun.

He also suggests that if the guns looked less menacing, no self-respecting wannabe mass shooter would use one while committing his crime. All this would do is encourage the sale of a can of black spray paint to go with your new Evil Clown Rifle. It would also bollix the concept of painting toy guns in bright colors to more easily distinguish them from real ones. Some criminals are already painting the barrel thingies of whatever function red in order to lull the victim/police into not shooting them until they get close enough to give the thug an easier shot.

Anyway who would think to stop this guy as he entered a Wal-Mart:

Monday, August 5, 2019

Five Questions, Seven Answers


Five Easy Questions and Seven Easy Answers

Over at dcdirtylaundry.com Mike Adams asks “Five Simple Questions regarding the El Paso shooter. Here are some answers:



Five huge questions are screaming out for real answers:
 Well, actually seven, but so what?
#1) If there’s only one shooter, why did so many eyewitnesses report multiple shooters at the scene?
Back in Viet Nam, when five VC observed an American helicopter shot down, all five reported it and the news dutifully reported five helicopters as having been shot down.
#2) Why did the local police arrest and hold three suspects in custody, as was widely reported by the media before the story was changed to a “lone shooter?”
Cops arrest everybody even remotely suspicious, and sort them out later. This is only prudent practice.
#3) Why does the so-called “manifesto” appear to be written by someone far older than 21 years of age? (Answer: The manifesto is a hoax. It was not written by the individual who was arrested as the shooter.)
Cut and Paste is your friend if you can't write deathless prose. Just find something you agree with and put it up.
#4) How does one man kill 20 people and wound another 30 people with a single magazine that only holds 30 rounds? The surveillance photo shows no chest rig, no battle belt and no spare magazines.
Firing into a tight group with an AK rifle, you would expect multiple hits an many of your shots. As we note in IDPA: Shoot-throughs count.
#5) If the shooter is on a suicide mission, why does he bother to wear both eye protection and ear protection? Answer: Because he knows he will survive his “mission” and be taken into custody after surrendering to police. It wasn’t a suicide mission at all. Eighteen months from now, the world will have forgotten the name of the shooter, and the media will never report anything about him again. (He will likely be relocated under the witness protection program, living under a new identity after having completed his “mission” for the deep state.)
Maybe he just wants to maximize his body count and he knows he'll have trouble doing this if he's hearing or vision impaired. He may be crazy, but he's not necessarily stupid.
BONUS QUESTION: If you hate illegals and want to protect America, why would you mass murder Americans shopping in an American store? Wouldn’t you theoretically want to target illegal aliens if that’s who you want to destroy? Nearly all the people who were shot were Americans. It makes no sense to hate illegals and then turn around and mass murder Americans.
Speculating here but if you want to promote gun control, like the fellow in New Zealand, you attack the people who vote for candidates who support it, increasing their motivation to elect gun-grabbers.
ONE MORE QUESTION: Why was the shooter’s online profile changed from “Democrat” to Republican / Trump supporter / QAnon follower? Clearly the deep state is modifying his online profile to match their own conspiracy theories and official narratives about QAnon followers being “domestic terrorists.” This is Orwellian-level psyop stuff being run on the entire nation…
Knee-jerk reaction by the left. They need this sort of thing to be done by a gap-toothed redneck in a Trump hat in the worst way so every time a “progressive” does this they try to cover it up.