Monday, June 26, 2017

Lie harder. Yeah, that is the ticket.

Originally posted on 6.24.17, updated on 6.26.17 :

Five things everyone is ignoring about the Russian-DNC "hack".

Mainly that it wasn't one.  Was it a cover story for a murder?  Oh, yeah.  We can't ask that question.

original post follows:...

According to an article in the Hill webpage, Democrats say that Obama should have communicated better about the extent of the "hack".

In the first place, it should be remembered that the so-called Russian hack of the DNC emails allegation was already attempted.  What probably didn't make the news, was this "FBI" investigation was just a rehash of a paid "investigation" done by the DNC.  The FBI never had access to the alleged DNC hacked servers.  A question arises:  maybe the servers weren't even hacked, and that is why the DNC refused to turn them over to the FBI.  In other words, it was a lie.

What should be asked is why Comey's FIB (FBI) put the news out there to confirm that there was a hack even though the FIB didn't do any of their own investigating?  This story was hearsay.  It wouldn't hold up in court, but it is good campaign material.  Why is the FIB engaging in politics?

Other questions arise, as well.  But we can't ask those.  Oh, no.  We can't do that.  We must continually beat this dead horse for as long as we can.  /sarc

Terrestrial Energy begins siting study for commercial molten salt reactor


This is David LeBlanc's enterprise.  This blog has been following his work for five years or more.

Progress seems slow, doesn't it?

Actually, the earlier posts went over the reasons why.  Our government is stupid.

SpaceX reflies booster for second time this year

An old phrase that I use to hear a lot applies here:  "they've got it down to a science".  It so happens that there is no intention to refly these particular boosters after the first recovery.  Instead, these boosters are for learning how to do it.  Eventually, they intend to make a new model which will be recovered and re-flown numerous times.

There was another article which seems to suggest that Elon Musk is well on his way to becoming the world's richest man.  For whatever you think of the guy, he seems to have very grand ideas.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Obligatory, 6.25.17

Been busy around the place today.  After nearly ten months, I still haven't completed the move from Houston.  Although I have had all of my stuff out of Houston since December, some of it was in various places around here where I am now.  Slowly, I am consolidating it all in my trailer, and once that is done, the move will be complete.

After that, I can sort things out!  Stuff is still pretty mixed up and disorganized.

Besides all of that, I am still working on the goal of not using any a/c. It does appear at this point that, in order to reach that goal, I will have to put a cover over the top of this trailer.  On hot days, you can just forget about it.

As of now, I haven't scanned the news.  So, I am in a good mood.  Ay, I must be a glutton for punishment.  After finishing this short communication, I will begin getting caught up on the news.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Need shade from the sun to cut down on a/c use

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This post will go into the Construction 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.

The last time, I was working on the "coffin concept", which is to save on power and electricity through the use of only small areas to climate control.  Now that I have one, I have managed to do a few things that will give me an idea of what I need to do on this to make it work better.

At present, it is not working well.  The swamp cooler is not cooling that well.  The misting system is not helping either.  Even watering down the trailer doesn't help that much.  With everything I could think of being done, I still have to use the a/c for several hours a day.

The next idea is to freeze water with that big freezer I bought a couple years ago.  It will go into the passive heater system.  It will work the same way as the passive solar, because the water is in a closed system.  This system will not divert the water into an outside system, but will keep the water circulating through the heater core and back to the Coleman cooler.  The freezer will keep the water near freezing, and a box fan will circulate the air through the heater core.

My thinking is that to freeze 40 lbs of water won't use that much electricity.  It won't supply as much cooling power either, but it is only 64 square feet.  This matches well with my freezer experiment in 2014.    Only 290 watts per hour for that much area, if everything works out.  That would give about three or four hours of cooling.  Forty pounds would figure about at less than two hours actually.  I don't know how realistic this is yet.  Still experimenting.

Keeping in mind that the whole room doesn't need to be cooled down, just me in my little area.  If it starts at eight pm, by ten pm, it should be cooling down anyway.

Another thing to remember is that there is no shade in this location.  I can make more shade, so I have got that going for me.

originally posted, 6.23.17, updated 6.24.17 :

Boy, was the need for shade confirmed yesterday.  It was supposed to have reached 105 degrees Farenheit.  I fought  a losing battle against it.  Finally had to give up and turn on the a/c when it was 102 inside.  Nothing seemed to help until I called for the cavalry.  Lesson learned.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Georgia election today

Regardless of the outcome, I consider it a defeat for the GOP.  Yeah, even if Ossof loses.  I would only change my mind if the defeat of Ossof is really big.  But indications are that he may win, or if he doesn't, it will be close.  It shouldn't be.

Now for the meat of the issue.  If the GOP candidate wins, there will be celebration in the ranks.  But why?  Only because the GOP didn't lose?  What I am getting at is that the GOP is deficient somehow.  They are dropping the ball, and I think they are dropping it big time.

There has been a lot of talk about this on the talk shows.  What's with the GOP anyway?  Well, let me advance an idea.  The idea is that the GOP is institutionally nonassertive.  Yeah, that is the word--- nonassertive.  They remind me a lot of the type of person you sometimes see that gets pushed around pretty easily.  You might ask them why they don't stick up for themselves, but the answer is that they really don't know.  You don't know about what you don't know about.  If you don't know how to act assertively, then why should anybody expect you to?  A nonassertive person lives a nonassertive life.  People have their way with them.  They are habitual pushovers.  On the institutional level, the GOP for some reason, has never learned the value of assertiveness.  They are like the individual pushover.  The Dems have their way with them as a matter of course.

The solution is assertiveness training for the individual.  But for a national political party?  How do you manage that?  You may not be able to, but it may have to come from the grassroots.  If the grassroots gets more assertive, they may signal to the party that they better get a backbone and quick.

This may be hard to do.  You really have to get sensitive to it, and respond quickly.  For example, I see a lot of GOP types starting to rationalize away failure.  They say that Congress is really getting a lot done.  Or like Rush says, that Trump is winning.  Trump winning?  You coulda fooled me!  He doesn't look like he's winning.  The Dems don't look like they are about to slink into a hole.  They are fighting pretty hard, and they seem to be getting their way a lot of the time.  This doesn't look like the GOP is winning.  If Ossof wins, it will only embolden them.  Even if he loses, they won't give up.  Especially if it is close.

You have to keenly sensitive ears in order to pick up the rationalization for the continued failures.  Once you begin spotting them, perhaps you can challenge them in the premises.  Certainly, you may hear that it doesn't really matter if Georgia election is lost.  That is rationalization.  What would matter if there is a big win on either side.  If it is close, it is really a loss for the GOP.  It is a GOP seat.  There is no way to rationalize that loss.  A big win should be the goal.  Not just winning, but creaming them.  Don't let 'em kid you that it doesn't matter.  If the GOP creamed them, the Dems would have to admit to themselves that they are doing something wrong.  That would be a big plus even if it made them more competitive.  Who needs the Dems pushing around the GOP anyway, unless you are Dems?

An unrepentant bully is not good for anybody.  The GOP needs to get a backbone for the good of us all.

22:15  :

Handel wins by five.  If that margin holds up, that is.  It has been called, and it will probably be a victory.  Not impressive, but not an embarrassment either.

I still say they should try to win big.

6.22.17, 20:30 :

Liberals claim that so-called right-wingers are just as guilty of violence as the left.  Ann Coulter says no, that's not so.  She is right, of course.

My point is not necessarily to advocate violence, but preparation for when it might happen.  Don't just let them intimidate you.  If they succeed in doing so, they win.

Also, that so called conservatives act guilty and scared, and thus will be perceived as being so, even if they are not.

World's largest plane gets ready for its debut:

World's largest plane gets ready for its debut
Seattle-based Stratolaunch Systems invited reporters to get their first look at 'Stratolaunch' (pictured), which once completed, which has a wingspan of 385 feet (117 m) and six engine

Read the full story:
20 June 2016

Nearly five years in the making, and this bird may actually fly.  It won't be fully reusable, though.

If SpaceX had stayed in, it might have been quite interesting.  Right now though, it is merely a curiosity.

original post, 6.20.16, updated 6.22.17 :  

Can Stratolaunch compete with SpaceX ?  There seem to be some advantages to launching from the air.  But no rocket exists yet that can take advantage of these.

Perhaps it can be mated with an air breather / rocket combo like Skylon?

By golly, we need a special prosecutor for this

Wasserman-Shultz contradicts Jeh Johnson's testimony on DNC hack ( non-hack).  Then you've got Trey Gowdy saying that DNC didn't want anybody to know what was on that server that was hacked ( but not hacked ).    Yeah, but Wasserman-Shultz's brother blocked the investigation into Seth Rich's case, so her word is unimpeachable!

It's all a Russian plot, of course.  I don't know why anybody can't see that.  /sarc

There are other tidbits here that would make a reasonable person suspicious.  But we cannot talk about them because that would upset Seth Rich's parents.  Yeah, right.

Obama is said to have salted away records that would show spying on Trump.  ( don't have the source story, basing this on recollection )

Oh, yeah.  There was a story how that murder (that we cannot investigate because it would make Seth Rich's parents unhappy) was a hit job.  Oh, the pain of it all.  The pain, the pain, the pain.

Dick Morris thinks that the Dems can be destroyed.  Ah, yes.  There was this little post by yours truly that decried the giddiness over narrow victories.  It must have been something I ate.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Obligatory, 6.21.17

Lite posting, as I am working on the interior of the trailer again.  This is the part of the day that gets hot around here, so working on anything becomes something of a problem.

Progress is rather slow, I would like to do more, but I get slowed down a bit.  However, rather than get bitchy about it, I am very, very glad that I am not in a wheelchair or worse.  I thank God for this blessing, and all blessings that may come our way.

Right now, I am making lunch.  It is spaghetti, and I had better pay attention to it.  Maybe I will update later.

Obligatory, 6.20.17

This could be an off-the-grid post, but it won't be.  Today I decided to work inside this trailer because it is getting too cluttered in here.

Some shelving could be built here in the near future.  That will give me a place to put things.  There just isn't enough shelving in here.

Also, I need to get the water out of the passive water experiment "tank", which is a big water cooler.  The trouble is that the way I have it set up, it is very hard to service.  So, I disconnected all the plumbing and wiring, and consequently, I decided to move it somewhere else.  This means that a lot of other stuff will have to be moved too.  I could spend most of the day on this, so that is why I wrote this post.

Posting will be lite in the interim.

Update (s), 6.20.17, 11 am :

This is very tiring.  My capacity for work is rather limited.  Plus it is very crowded in there.  I have to contort myself a lot, and I really hate that.  Nevertheless, I am making slow progress.

All of this, including shelving, will take more than a day.  I will rest between work periods, and do a little blogging so that I can maximize my time.

13:45  :

This is the hot part of the day.  If you didn't get it done earlier, fuggedaboutit.   The a/c is still running too much.  My experiments for cutting back on that have not been successful.

The bedroom is too hot.  I may need to do something about that, doggone it.

22:00 :

It is not easy to get into and out of the bed as it now configured.  Not to mention that it is more comfortable in the living room.

6.21.17, 14:00 :

Made some slight improvements, and now it is easier to get into and out of bed.  It could be better, but I have to come up with an idea that works.