Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dick Morris says there's a civil war between Obama holdovers and the Trump Administration

No shit Sherlock.

What can Trump do about this?  I would think somebody hanging from a lamppost might be a good start.

Impeachment talk is fake news

Why run such nonsense?  A president doesn't get impeached just because the opposition doesn't like him. At no time in my lifetime have I seen such lunacy.

There's no there there.  If Hillary lost the election, it was because she was a flawed candidate.  Russia hasn't got a doggone thing to do with it.

Rain water harvesting No No

This video was obtained off the Sierra Blanca community page.  The community page was obtained from the blog that I have been following for over a year.  Lots of good info and more importantly, a way to connect to the people in the region.

Still hanging on by a thread with my off-the-grid project.  Doctor says I may be able to work again, so as long as I can do basic stuff, the show is still on.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

McCain and the Free Press

John McCain is doing his usual shtick.  It seems that you never hear about him unless he's playing up to the liberal media.

Seems like there were several articles in my reading which referred to McCain's criticism of Trump, who denounced the media as an enemy.

At this point, it is not a worry with regard to Trump.  The claim of this criticism is that Trump aims to be a dictator. 

There's plenty of ways to stop an aspiring dictator.  One way is to enforce the law.  The Congress is not without power in this matter, according to the Supreme Law of the Land.  According to the Constitution, Congress has the power of impeachment and removal from office of a wayward president.

However, any such talk regarding Trump is laughable at this point.  Besides, if you won't remove a president who was guilty of perjury, as Clinton was, then what good is McCain's criticism?  If we get a dictator, it will be because of a negligent Congress.  Trump's criticism of the media is no crime.  It is also no impediment to their freedom.  They have the freedom to write and speak as they wish, but they don't have the right to be unopposed.  All the president is doing is challenging them.  What's wrong with that?

Gorsuch, nominee for Surpreme Court Justice

Surprisingly even handed write-up of the nominee from the Washington Post.

Based upon what I read, I would be concerned that he wouldn't overturn the flawed homosexual marriage decision.

We didn't get the kind of justice that would do that.  Unfortunately, that decision looks pretty safe.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

The goals seems to be to return power to the states.  The swamp creatures don't like it.

Trump’s BIG Move On ObamaCare – Lunch Alert!

Trump’s BIG Move On ObamaCare – Lunch Alert!

summary:  Trump signs executive order that no longer will individual mandate be enforced, and that the insurance companies do not have to cover unneeded stuff.

Obligatory, 2.17.17

Some news on the Dallas front:  It looks like I am going to be going there next week (cross my fingers).  Still waiting on approval from the insurance people.  If everything looks okay, and starts moving like we think, it could start next week, or lets say "soon".

Yeah, and it couldn't have come at a better time.  This stuff is getting worse, make no doubt about that.  I have several pain medications, and if I were to commit the indiscretion of not taking them, as I did today, I will definitely feel it.

I'd say the day was lost, but the news sorta saved it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Personal Post

This post will be a bit different from the usual fare on this blog.  It is primarily about myself.  It can also be about the bigger picture, as there are factors that are much bigger than myself.  It may seem like a bit of complaining, but I hope to keep that to a minimum.  Having said the preliminaries, let me begin.

I never approved of Obamacare.  Yet, I find myself in a position in which it may be necessary in order to save my very life.  So, what do I say now that this has been visited upon me?  I say the same as before, but at the same time, I will not be ungrateful.  If it turns out that Obamacare saves my life, then I will say so.  But at the same time, I do not endorse this way of doing things like this.

I did not protest Obamacare, other than with words.  I did not do a tax strike, as Barnhardt did.  I followed the law, even though I did not approve of it.  I sought repeal of it, and still do.  That may sound crazy, since it may save my life, but I should be consistent with what I believe.  And I believe that it isn't the government's place to do things such as this.  Only in cases in which it cannot be avoided, and it would be a last resort.  Such is not the case here.  If the government is to be involved, then it should be kept at a minimum.

But that is all water under the bridge, so to speak.  The law is the law, and we all have to live with it.  It may well be that Obamacare saves my life, but that may not happen either.  There are those who may claim that it will, but the reality is that I haven't received any treatment yet.  Yes, I did get some care at the hospital recently, but those were in response to symptoms, not the disease itself.  The disease is killing me.  Unless treatment is obtained soon, I may not be long for this world.

As for the proposed treatment, it seems like state of the art, to me.  However, state of the art probably costs more money.  If the insurance company refuses to pony up the bill, I could be up the infamous creek without a paddle.  What do I say in the event that I don't get that treatment?  Well, the alternative is a 30 hour operation.  Thirty hours on the operating table doesn't sound like a sure bet to me.  Not only that, but the aftermath will be difficult.  Quality of life will definitely be lower.  I will need a lot of time to recover and rehab.  To me, the choice of proton therapy was a no brainer.  But the insurance company may not agree.  In that case, I may decide for no treatment at all.  If that happens, then I won't last long.

I won't bitch too loudly about refusal to fund my treatment of proton therapy.  That is because I had an alternative, which I would have refused.  However, I will protest anybody saying that Obamacare was a better than nothing.  To me, it is worse than nothing.  It gives false hope.  I hate false things, and have said that over and over on this blog.  This blog is about truth.  Obamacare in such a scenario would only be a chance to make a claim that ain't so.  If you want to claim that it will really help those in need, then by golly, it ought to do that.  If it is just about the money, then they aren't any better than what we had.  In fact, it is worse.  It is worse because it doesn't do what is claimed, and expands the scope of government without just cause.

Here's hoping that I get the proton therapy, and I get to live for awhile longer.  If that is not to be, then I have lived a long time already.  I am happy that I had that much.

That is all.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Passive solar test

This one won't go into the subseries of posts.  Reason being that the test was a failure.  What would be the point?

The failure came when I realized that this thing isn't getting all that hot.  It had the full sun on it for hours, but it just didn't get very hot.  I had the water running through it for hours as well, but at the end of the day, the water just wasn't very warm at all.

The question is whether or not to try again.  The system was out in the wind.  Perhaps the wind took away what effect the sun had, and diminished the output of the system.  The system will have to be shielded against the wind.  That means an enclosed area that has access to the sun's light.

That would require a rework of the idea.  I could route the heated water into a place where it could be kept insulated against the weather.  ( It wasn't today.)  Perhaps inside the trailer would be the best thing.  There would have to be a pump that could be strong enough to get the water through the system.  That would require a strong pump, as the onboard pump to the trailer took a long time to get the water through the system.  There was a lot of hose for it to go through, you see.

Well, now I have something to think about.


A fact to keep in mind is that the water going in was actually quite cold.  It wasn't freezing, but it was probably in the low fifties.  I should measure the temperature of the water somehow, but I don't have a thermometer that would be appropriate. 

In order to proper evaluate performance, I may need to run another experiment.  This time, with a thermometer.