Friday, September 27, 2019

Climate Panic

Not just a recent development....

It's been around for at least the last 90 years:




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And yet, we are still here and so far the arctic is not yet ice free.

Seems that climate panic was around 3 generations ago.

Of course, current climate data quoted today only starts at 1979....everyone ignores the intervening colder years (Global Coldering?) between 1939-40 and 1979 because it destroys their case and doesn't make their claim that the earth is warming at an alarming rate....it ignores the colder period....when sea ice and glaciers mostly recovered.
Back in 1939, no one cared, and they didn't have Soros and his Minions paying for the media propaganda and just plain lying to the public....





Thursday, September 26, 2019

Just once,

I'd like to see a witness for a Congressional Committee say:

"Are you gonna ask a question or just sit there and pontificate for your allowed time, Senator?"

I'd pay good money to see that.


I need suggestions:

I occasionally fly though states where concealed carry is illegal...I try not to have to stop in those states....But if I have to stop for fuel or other reasons, I have to do so... Not wanting to do anything illegal, I have been advised to have a "secure storage" container in the plane where I can lock the (unloaded) firearm while I am on the ground in order to be legal if I have to land.

I could uses something like this:
https://smile.amazon.com/Decaller-Frosted-Combination-Security-SQH002M/dp/B07F7S2K57/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=gun%2Bsecurity%2Bcase%2Bwith%2Bcable&qid=1569369075&sr=8-3&th=1&psc=1

But it isn't much security...Actually, it is pretty cheaply made as well. Honestly, I'm not entirely certain that the cheap lock will open every time (I've had issues with similar lock mechanisms that failed to open)...and it isn't gonna be hard to pry open the case if someone wanted to (this is less difficult to open than a locked briefcase)........

Has anyone got a suggestion for a case that WOULD be secure in order that I don't something illegal  if circumstances should make me land in a non firearms friendly state?  I don't mind spending more money if I get what I need. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Is there anyone, anywhere

Who doesn't think that Greta Thunberg isn't being used by, coached by, and paid by someone?

That she isn't being used by the Climate change people to push a message?
That he handlers aren't making sure she is in the front of the Media message?

That she isn't a professional?



I would ask where the money supporting her comes from, who is arranging all of her "appearances"...who is making sure she is so properly clothed and well coiffed?
Who made sure the book she "authored" was purchased and published?
Who is making sure she gets to all these high profile meetings and has a place to stay? (and who is paying for all of it?)

Anyone that thinks that she is just a 16 year old kid is a fool. 

No good story

Ever begins with "Me and Jack were having a salad after work, and then....."


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Math:

Studies show that 5 out of 4 women have trouble with math and statistics.....

It'll fall apart faster than you might think:

So, on Friday, I was digging some dirt out of an embankment with the backhoe for a Saturday landscaping project at the range. Not a big deal, just time to scratch out some fill for the project. I planned on it taking about 3 hours to get the work done in advance of the actual project to take place on Saturday.

2 hours into the work, I blew a hydraulic hose... Now, this is not a big deal, as it uses common fittings and is easily replaced. It took about an hour to have one made and for me to put it on. Easy-Peasy.

Easy in TODAY'S society, that is.
It caused me to think:

What happens to our machinery when such an event occurs if things aren't like today's world? What if we are living in a place where there has been a "Carrington Event"-like Solar Storm? Where there is no electricity, or no Internet, or other modern devices to look up and/or otherwise find the parts that we so easily get to fix our machinery? Bearings, hoses, belts, seals, filters: all are relatively simple things, but they are essential for the operation of our equipment. That tractor that tills the fields? A $30 belt is essential. Without it, that tractor is a large hunk of useless iron. Without the bearings for our machinery, they will cease to be useful. A simple oil seal failure will render the engine or transmission or axle unusable in very few minutes. Without those fittings for the hydraulic hose, or the hose itself, or the swaging machinery that is used to assemble that hose, your machinery is useless as soon as the hydraulic fluid is pumped onto the ground, and your machine grinds to a halt.

Where are you gonna get the wheel (or hub) bearing that fails on the axle of your pickup truck? Or the oil seal? Or the coolant hose? Yes, you MIGHT be able to scavenge one from another unit. But how will you know what other unit to scavenge from for a still usable bearing that will fit? Or an oil seal (If you don't totally destroy the seal upon disassembly in the first place)? What other pickup trucks use the same length of belt as yours? Often parts don't interchange even between the same model/brand from a different year. How about some of those critical sensors for your car or truck (or tractor). Even if you found a parts store that had a stock of parts (say axle bearings) which one fits your truck? Most are just part numbers on the box, unless you have a way to look them up....and these days, there are seldom parts books, only a database available only through the internet.

Yes, you can stock filters, and fluids, even some belts and hoses. How many do you stock? Which ones? You can't stock a whole other tractor or truck (at least, very few of us can). Without that supply line, it won't take more than a year for most equipment to shut down, even if you have a supply of fuel and lubricants.

You can't make a modern hydraulic hose, or brake hose with a normal workshop. Nor can you make a bearing with fire and an anvil. Coolant hoses are pretty high tech, really. Oil seals too. Tires can be patched, perhaps, and they are more or less standard sizes with that info written on the side, so they, at least will be swappable until the supply runs out.

Think about it. Without today's modern manufacturing, and without the modern information systems (much less the supply lines), most "soft" items on our equipment will be irreplaceable....and without those items, even the small ones, our machinery grinds to a halt quickly.

"For want of a nail......"

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Climate protest hypocrites

So all those folks who protested on Friday...

All claiming their goal and their protest was to push for 100% renewable energy by 2040 or whatever (the date varied a bit)...

How have you changed YOUR lifestyle, folks? Did you WALK to the protest site? Do you live within walking distance of your workplace?

Do YOU use any Fossil fuel energy? I bet you do.
Are you living a totally renewable lifestyle right now? (I bet not, you wouldn't like it, really)

I haven't seen any of those folks looking like thy are not using the wonders of society that our high energy usage society brings. They all looked well fed, healthy, well clothed (in well made clothing  that didn't look homespun to me, so they had likely been made on machines, in factories (and likely shipped from somewhere else) all using energy from fossil fuels.

I'm all for those who want to live a low carbon/renewable energy life. But these protesters really don't. They want the rest of us to do so, but I don't see them leading the way. They are enjoying the benefits that our current fossil fuel powered society provides while protesting the methods and the means with which those benefits are provided.

Show me the way, folks. Live the Word....

Until then shut up.




Friday, September 20, 2019

"Defensive in Nature"

Yeah, fuck.

Pentagon will deploy US forces to the Middle East after Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities

And exactly who is paying for this?

Saudi?

'Cause if we are gonna expect NATO nations to pay their fair share, then we sure as hell should be getting a deposit for the cost of this deployment from the House of Saud.

There isn't one thing the US needs that is in the Gulf.

We don't need their oil. The rest of the world, maybe, but not the US.

Their religion government is antithetical to ours, they have squeezed the blood and treasure of our nation for nearly my entire lifetime, and there is certainly nothing there that is worth even one US service member's blood, much less life.




Thursday, September 19, 2019

lil bizzy here

But I should get to post sometime soon.

More later.  Mebbe tomorrow. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Not that the media told you that....

But then again, they have failed to tell the truth about a lot of things, haven't they?



From HERE


The sad part is that a whole bunch of folks never bother to investigate and therefore believe what the media tells them.

Note: I cannot confirm the above. Nor can I find data to refute it. Could be that it is "Fake but Accurate"
If you can do either, please inform me and I will correct this post if necessary.

Monday, September 16, 2019

I wonder why?

There seems to be a campaign among the media to ramp up the "Glowbal Warming Climate Change" panic (again). The statistics they quote are, at best misleading, the stories they push are very close to lies, and the graphics they publish are dramatic, but, again, misleading at best.

This comes close to lies, and is, to anyone who bothers to investigate, is propaganda.

What is the end game here?


Promises to violate that oath

I mean, how many of the DNC candidates have you heard promise to violate one or more parts of the Constitution:

Squelch free speech that they don't like.

Ban firearms.

Confiscate property.

Violate due process.

In a just world, these folks would be automatically barred from higher office simply due to their statements, 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Big storms this morning

Lots and lots of rain.

And, invariably, some folks trash a car by driving into water that is too deep, and have to be rescued...some drown.

This happens every time we get flooding rain.

How can people be so stupid? 

Truth

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,”


Seems the Democrat candidates can't help but tell the truth. Not that we didn't already know that they ultimately wish for confiscation.






Thursday, September 12, 2019

The wrong side:

So a friend had some credit at a flight school that she wasn't gonna use....and the flight school wasn't gonna refund it, either......So I thought that I'd use some of it and pay them the amount I used.

I got a rental 172 and a safety pilot and flew from the right seat, rather than the left.

Wow, what a perspective change. And WOW, what a difference using the right hand to fly and the left hand to throttle.

Turns and climbs were ok, Approaches were less than smooth, but ok.

Landings....yeah, not so much. The fine control needed for a good landing is lacking. It'll get better with practice though.

Plus my shoulder and arm were tired.

But, I did land, even with a quartering headwind of 6 knots gusting 22. Not as smoothly as I normally do, but well enough.
And, best of all, the plane can be used again.

More  of this next week.

Changing sides on a plane is harder than changing sides on a car when driving in the UK.



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Remember:

I do.

And I will never forget.

Nor will I forgive.



I remember every day.

But especially THIS day. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Yay! We are number 15

Seems that Indiana has 14.1 guns per 1000 residents.

Not the most heavily armed state, but (surprisingly) higher than Texas.

Of course, we are undergunned when one compares the number of firearms per resident in Chicago's West and South sides..... Where guns are highly regulated....

Link found via Wirecutter

Where does YOUR state stand?


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Pretty much a lie

The whole "Marked the thing up with a sharpie" meme by the Media is pretty much a lie.

Yes, someone drew on a map with a sharpie.

But it was to demonstrate that, at the time of the prediction on the map, that just off the end of the predicted path was....Alabama.

But since the Media says that the "Orange man Bad"---"Orange man stupid", and since most Democrats and Liberals (But I repeat myself) WANT to believe that, they buy the story without bothering to actually read or investigate the details.

Even those few Liberals that I respect...Ferisntance some bloggers on my sidebar have jumped into this.....and they show that their bias is enough to lead them astray. Pretty much bad judgement caused by TDS, I think.

But how can we trust folks who publish lies? 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Preparing

So every year, we have a hurricane come close to, or make landfall, somewhere in the United States.

And every year, when a hurricane approaches, we see the stores run out of bottled water, batteries, plywood, propane and low/no prep food. And, invariably, we see people bitch about the fact that there "aint nothin' left".

Yet how hard is it to have a few pieces of plywood for your windows stashed in the back of your garage or in a shed?
How hard is it to stash a weeks worth of cans of food under your bed or the back of the closet?
How hard is it to stock a few cases of bottled water at the start of the hurricane season?

I mean, panic now, beat the rush....prepare early so you have what you will need, that which will be in short supply if and when. It isn't like cans of food or plywood or bottled water spoil that easily. You can use it for many years.

Why do these folks always wait until the last minute? 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Happy birthday MC



If you want to say Happy Birthday to her, I'll see to it that she reads the comments.

That is all.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Must have been the cooler weather

so the total was nine and 33.

Nine dead and 33 wounded.

I was low.

Old NFO came close


Monday, September 2, 2019

Are you ready?

I mean, on this date 160 years ago, a MAJOR solar storm hit the planet earth.

Known as the "Carrington Event" this storm caused havoc in the atmosphere and even affected and damaged the (relatively crude) telegraph systems of the day.

Think of what this would do today....

You'd have no internet, no telephone, no TV....(probably no national power to provide it anyway).

No distributed electrical power means:
No refrigeration....your food will spoil quickly, and your freezer will thaw after a few days.
No (or very little) food distribution...Fuel will run out quickly for those that don't have any stored. No communication to order it even if it could be delivered.
No banking (part of that "No communication bit) to pay for it even if you could order it and had fuel to transport it....
No AC for those in the Southern states.....No heat for those in the Northern states.
If it is harvest time, no fuel for tractors to harvest the grains or fruits or vegetables, much less get it to people that are starving.

And it will take years to fix the infrastructure to make parts to fix the systems that are damaged.

Now, it hasn't happened again in 160 years. Doesn't mean it won't happen tomorrow. Doesn't mean it will happen again in your lifetime.

But if it does, can you survive for longer than a month? It happened once. It CAN happen again.



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Conversation:

"So someone turns you in using the Red Flag laws and the cops come to get your guns."

"Ok"

"Do you turn them in?"

"Of course...not worth getting killed over the guns they have on a list".

SO they take...what? 25 guns?"

"About that"

"How many do you still have?"

"About 30"

And that is just ONE of my friends. 

NASCAR: Alienating fans as fast as they can

Read:

There is being out of touch with your fan base, then there is totally not realizing what will alienate your market.

NASCAR seems to be doing their best to drive fans away.

And it isn't like they are filling the seats at the Speedways, or that their viewership is growing....

At the end of this cycle, they won't have any fans and no one will be watching their races.

One wonders how stupid the folks who make these decisions really are.