Sunday, October 23, 2016

Why the defeatism?

It seems like so many are already conceding defeat, but is this really justified?  Why should anybody believe that Hillary is inevitable?  Some reasons not to be so negative:

  1. Polls are cited as very unfavorable to Trump.  But polls are based upon assumptions that may not be correct.  If there has been any shift in the voting patterns in the electorate, the polls are not designed to catch that.  For instance, the infamous red-blue pattern is assumed in many models used for polling.  Trump is not a dyed in the wool typical GOP type.  Some Democrat voters may cross over and vote for him.  The red blue pattern may not hold this time.
  2. People may not want disclose their true intentions.  The answers to the pollsters may not reflect the true sentiment of the voters.
  3. A large undecided segment.  This could bode ill for Hillary as Dick Morris points out. Undecideds tend to vote for the challenger.
  4. The true state of the race may be obscured by dishonest reporting.  If anyone believes the media is honest, there's this bridge in Brooklyn that you can buy real cheap.
  5. Reading between the lines indicates this race is a lot closer than is being reported.  Why should voting irregularities matter in a landslide?

Don't let the media decide you.  Get out there and vote.

The siphon

This is how and why a siphon works.

If you want to move water from one place to another, this can help.  Still need a pump to make it run continuously.


This gizmo might work.


Looking for some plumbing parts.  It looks like it needs an adapter or two in order to make the things fit together.  Once I locate these, which I think I have, I can order them.  I am trying to keep this experiment from costing me an arm and a leg.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Passive solar experiment, part three

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This post will go into the Power and electricity sub-series of the off-the-grid main series of posts.  These posts can be accessed from a table of contents and watched individually or in series from beginning to end.

As noted in another location on this blog, I brought back from Houston some passive solar equipment that I've been holding for over a year.  I unpacked it recently to discover that I had ordered TWO devices.

Now the trick is to get something useful constructed here at my new dwelling.  It so happens that I did some work on some unrelated project and, while doing so, I discovered an interesting fact that I  could put to use.  Thus, most of the elements are coming together for a humdinger of an experiment.

Not only that, I managed to conceive a realistic plan to make my coffin, too.  If you recall, the "coffin" is a small area devoted to sleeping ( like Dracula ), and by sleeping in it, I may keep my energy expenditure to a bare minimum.  ( Not sleeping in the nude, if you were curious. )

What else needs to be done?  I need a place to put the passive solar device.  I need a tank that will contain heated water.  I need the pumps and the lines from the tank to the device.  Finally, I need a pump and some lines to run from the tank to a radiator that will heat the coffin.  Sounds like a lot of hardware, doesn't it?

Still in the planning stage.

What to do next?

As I stated before, on many occasions, I want to keep blogging.  So, I have a number of posts, which I have titled as "obligatory".  Obligatory in the sense that to keep an audience, you need to put content up on a regular basis.

This post is not to be so titled.  Because what to do with one's time is something you have to decide every day.  It is a principle.  The principle here is time management.  I try to think in terms of principles.

So, off I go to write another post.  I fire up the Blogger interface and look at my stats  Whoa!  Lots of pageviews.    Where did these come from?

But I won't spend time trying to answer that question.  First principle is time management.  I have things to do.  All I can say is that I have an audience for the moment.  Let's say the most time efficient thing to do here is to remind people that I have blogged regularly for six years now.  I have info on the left sidebar that may interest new readers.

Why I started the blog is that I sensed that something was wrong and I went off on a mental quest to research what that was, and to come here and write about it.  I have come to the conclusion that our leadership has failed us and we need a new direction in Washington DC.

We have a chance to do that in less than a month.  Will we make that change?  I don't know, but I sure hope so.

Trump is the most viable alternative.  The real choice is between Hillary or Trump.  Hillary represents where we have been.  I don't think we should do the same things as before.  We need to make a change.  For my reasons, check out this blog.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Deficit was really $1.4 trillion last year, not the reported half a trillion

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Incidentally, something else is really rotten in Denmark:

You see, according to the media and Hillary Clinton the most-important thing to talk about is whether someone made lewd comments 10 years in the past.  We cannot, of course, have the first question in the debate be about a 12 year old******victim that was sewed up after being violated, and yet Hillary Clinton, in defending the rapist, filed a motion in court alleging that she liked older menhad filed false allegations of sexual assault in the past and was taken to fantasies.  I've read that motion (it's available at the above link) and it was filed without presenting any objective evidence for those assertions in Hillary's bid to argue for a psych evaluation of the victim -- despite knowing that the original report of the******came about as a result of a call from the hospital where the victim was sewn up after being physically injured from being violated (to an extent sufficient to preclude her from ever being able to have children!) and the presence of forensic evidence linking her client to the offense (which she managed to argue had been compromised.)---The Question That DID NOT Get Asked

Evidently, the real purpose of discussing the "pussy grabbing" was to divert attention from the real issues.  Didn't I say that already?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dick Morris getting close to jumping the shark, too

Seems like everybody out there is losing their credibility with yours truly.

Morris says that Trump was wrong not to guarantee that he will accept the outcome if he loses.

The powers-that-be have been trying to take this away from Trump for the entire cycle.  Why would he accept an outcome that is dishonest and corrupt?  Why should anybody accept such an outcome?

Evidently, an important point keeps going right over the heads of way too many people.  We have a broken system.  It needs to be fixed.   How can you elect somebody as corrupt as Hillary and expect to have a functional country anymore?  What does it take to get people to understand this?  She does not belong in the White House.  Period.

What is wrong with telling the truth?  Is telling the truth now illegal in this country?


A thought came to me recently.  The reason that "Papa" Bush endorsed Clinton is that he is afraid that he and/or his progeny may face criminal charges from acts they committed while in office.  Did Bush break the law?  There are those who say he did indeed break the law.  This lack of accountability in the so-called leadership class is nothing new.  Even "Shrub" was claimed to have broken the law.  Why no prosecutions?  Because they protect each other.  If Hillary is prosecuted, she can no longer protect their accomplices.

So, why should Dicky boy think that Trump's refusal to accept a fraudulent outcome is some kind of mistake?

Video of observation stand

I want to hack this and make it into a windpower stand.  I do not like the ideas presented in the usual way of installing a wind turbine.  This seems cheaper and easier to construct.  I can attach a wind turbine on the top of this tripod, in place of where the chair is.  I can remove the rails, as they may get in the way.  Or perhaps they can stay!

Here's the video I made on my last trip into Houston.


May need two of these.  One as the base, the other used as an access point.  This is what I have in mind.  Attach this device to the top where the chair is, and lean the pole down to the other side in order to access the turbine when needed.

Stephen Hawking says artificial intelligence could be humanity's greatest disaster

Could spell the end for human civilization.


Microsoft says that their artificial intelligence can now recognize human speech on par with humans.  It seems to me that the only thing holding back human level intelligent machines is the hardware.  With quantum computers, the breakthrough may be within sight.

It is scary stuff to me.  What are we doing?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I used to pay a lot of attention to articles like this...

9 horrible body language habits

The point of the article is that it isn't what you say, but how you say it.  In other words, if you say it the wrong way, even though it may be 100 percent correct, it will be disregarded or deemed untrustworthy.

You could be the biggest liar on Earth, but if you say it the right way, you will be believed.  Hillary, anyone?

On the other hand, you could be the most reliable and trustworthy person around, but if you say it the wrong way, people won't believe you.

Anybody studying this will learn the appropriate lessons, but I cannot say that it is the right ones.

People are irrational.


There is this person out there, whose name shall not be mentioned, who says this election is "Kayfabe".  What is that, this Kayfabe?  Briefly stated, it means fake.  Basically, the argument goes that Trump just pretends to run against Hillary, and his payoff will be an enhanced brand name.  Trump gets richer as a result.  Hillary gets the presidency.  Hillary was to be president all along.  Fake.  A conspiratorial fake, at that.

If you are convinced by this argument, then what?

As I wrote before, you vote for Trump anyway.   If he is in a conspiracy to make Hillary president, then to defeat that, you deny her the office.  If he doesn't want the office, you deny Trump his brand name enhancement, provided that he never intended to do anything he claims that he wants to do--- which is to "Make America Great Again".

Trump would have to deal with the problems, even if he doesn't want to.  Get it?  He can't back out if he is elected.  I thought that one through.  He pisses off everybody, he is defenseless against what is going to be coming his way.  He won't have Hillary to give him cover until it all blows over because she isn't in the Oval Office.  The only one to give Trump cover would be Trump himself.

In other words, he will have to produce in order to keep his enemies at bay.  If he screws up, they will go after him.  He may even face jail time.  He doesn't have the GOP apparatchiks there to help him.  They don't like him anyway.  The Democrats don't like him, either.  In fact, Trump would be in trouble from all sides.  He will have to work with both sides and try to bring them together if for no other reason than self-preservation.  He will have to produce.

So, Kayfabe doesn't convince me to change my plans.  That is, I am not convinced that it is true, and even if it were true, it still doesn't make any difference to me.

Hillary shouldn't be president.  Period.