Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016


High Cost of Living.

One of my Uber riders said she lived in San Francisco for awhile.  She told me that it cost $4k a month to live in a small 1 bedroom apartment in that city.


What good is it to make more money, but have to turn around and pay out more for things like rent?  For that kind of money, you could buy a nice house in Houston.

I mean, a comparable house in San Fran, or nearabouts, would probably be well in excess of a million.  Look at the kind of money it would take to service that.   Why would you want to make the extra money only to have to give it all back?  Not to mention that the government would tax you at a higher rate as well.

I'm finding some of that on my thoughts about moving out of Houston.  Sure, I make more here, but I have to spend more.  Not only that, I will be taxed more on the spending.  It's like a treadmill.  The more you make, the more you spend.

Just looking for another way, that's all.

How does a white man vote Democrat?

Just reading through Modo, the Dodo, and she says something that she thinks is really cool, but ain't.

When a few old rich white men are the only ones who succeed, that’s not just unfair, it’s untenable.

You know, it isn't that I think that "old white men" are the only  who succeed, but if they are, that's not why they succeed.

It's so wrong, it says so much about Democrats.  If you are a rich, old, white man, you are scum, I suppose.

How can any white man ( barring the homosexuals ) ever even consider voting Democrat?  It's like spitting in your own face.

Rise and shine, 2.7.16

Been awhile since I did a post by that title.  Reason being is that I feel pretty good for a change.  Been fighting a respiratory ailment for the last couple weeks, and it is now clearing up.  I tell ya, been fighting something or other for the past three months.  Hopefully, this is the last of this crap.  At any rate, at the moment, I feel damned good.

Well, I've been busy, in spite of these ailments, getting my plans together for the move.  If anything, these past three months have convinced me that if I really want to do it now, I could.  But, I'm inclined to wait it out.  Why?  So much stuff has happened over the last 20 months that I don't think I should risk another 18 months or so in a new place without my SS checks.  I think I could risk about six months, but 18 is too big of a stretch.  That's the thinking of the moment.  I don't have to decide for a few weeks.

If I signed a new lease on this place, it will be for a year, most likely.  That puts me in Houston until the end of March, 2017.  By that time, I will definitely be ready, unless something unforeseen happens.  Well, that kind of thing has a way of happening.

We all take our chances in one way or another.  Just to be a bit philosophical about it, you know.

So, what to do with myself today?  Pretty much the same thing we always do, Pinky.  Try to take over the world.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

An idea with problems, but it just might be worth thinking about.

Today was the kind of day where I was thinking and thinking hard.

It is about a final plan to make the move.  I've been back and forth on it, it seems.  I talked to somebody about renting out a space in El Paso, but the conversation was not favorable to my proposition.  Naturally, I would expect some hesitation, and also with this next idea.

The thought was if a storage location is 24 hour, how do they know when you are there, and what you are doing there if they are gone?  See what I mean?  If they knew you were sleeping in one of their storage locations, they'd probably object.  But then, maybe they aren't that interested in finding out what you're doing as long as you are quiet about it.

I don't want to sneak around, but maybe that is the only way right now.  And maybe the only way to go forward.

Naturally, you cannot expect the comforts of home.  It would be a Spartan existence, to say the least.  Some may say "crazy".  They may be right.

Basically, I would live out of the vehicles.  They would be parked in one big, covered spot.  There looks to be enough room to put a few other things as well, but I plan on removing them piece by piece over time.

No electricity, no water.  It probably has some lighting.  I figure I can handle no water.  But no heating without electricity.  No a/c without electricity either.  That would be the biggest problem.

Something to puzzle over for awhile longer.  It may not be a practical idea.  But it seems to have most of what I need.  Sufficient space, 24 hour access.  The rest may be dicey, though.

Blown In Insulation, Spray Foam Insulation - Bob Vila

Blown In Insulation, Spray Foam Insulation - Bob Vila: There are different methods for spraying different kinds of blown insulation into the walls, attics, and floors of your home.


I'd have to find somebody who'd be willing to insulate something unconventional, to say the least.

Also, this isn't necessarily cheap.  Nothing is, it seems.


Here's a how-to video ( Bob Vila ), that shows the installation of blown-in cellulose insulation:

I'd only consider this for the RV conversion, but not the van I'm driving now.


One more video demonstrating how to do this.


Note:  I'd think that this woman would not be happy with that still pic.

Anyway, this procedure may not be too good for vehicle conversions.   Better for the shack.  Maybe.

Heck, this one can now go into the construction subseries of the off-the-grid main series of posts.

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Rubio Immigration Record - Eagle Forum

Rubio Immigration Record - Eagle Forum: To win in the 2010 Tea Party Wave, Rubio ran as the anti-amnesty candidate despite an aggressive pro-amnesty record.


Here it is, in bold relief, Rubio's betrayal of his promises.  Not only once, but again, and again, and again.

This is why I wouldn't vote for Rubio even if he ran against Sanders.  At least Sanders is honest about who he is.  You know what you are getting.  Rubio v. Hillary?  Hillary and Rubio are opposite sides of the same coin.  Personality wise, they are identical twins.  Both will say ANYTHING to win.

Rubio should be considered toxic to the GOP.  The only reason he isn't, is because they don't know what the hell he is.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Obama Quips That New Low Unemployment Number Is 'Inconvenient' For Republican Candidates

Then let the Fed raise rates.


That might hurt this mighty economy.


Actually, the line that the economy is still weak is not really going to work politically.  I think it is really weak, but it may not play out well in the election.

There were jobs created in the report.  However, the economy isn't really growing very much.  Not to mention that it is largely built on leverage that will fall like a house of cards once the support is removed.

The economy is fragile.  It is also galling that Obama is taking credit for oil prices when he fought against Keystone and fracking.  The thing that is really working has little to do with him.

I was wrong. Rubio isn't an asshole.

He's what comes out of one!

Not only this, but also ICBMs

Here's an article saying that ballistic missiles can be shot down by "howitzers".

Sure, why couldn't they?  All you need is where to intercept, and by golly, you can do it.  Today's computers can calculate the trajectory and launch an intercept that will knock down a shell.

So, why can't they do this as a terminal defense for an incoming ICBM?

There's no reason they couldn't.  Most people don't get this because they don't know how nuclear bombs work.  You won't make it explode if you destroy the warhead.  Nope, you KEEP it from exploding.  It gets its power by being confined in a small area.  If you "blow it up", you prevent it from becoming as dangerous.

I'm convinced the idea could work and make ICBMs obsolete.

Powerful lasers may be even better.  The incoming warheads are at their most vulnerable as they approach their final target.  Melt the warhead and it breaks apart.  A ground based laser can be fired at the warhead and kept on it until it begins to break up.  When it is time to explode, it becomes a dud.

The Hunter Gas Gun can definitely hit it with an awful amount of force that cannot be defended against.

It is taken for granted that an ICBM attack cannot be defended against.  But that's wrong.