Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sneaks up on me a lot

Daylight Savings time ends tonight.

I've made this mistake before.  It almost got me again.

Thaz okay.  I am usually drunk by this hour anyway.  /not

Friday, November 3, 2017

Why John McCain- type politics is a failure

Just look at this poll:  It shows McCain as very popular amongst Democrats.  But that didn't win him the White House, now did it?

You would have to wonder why these GOP types suck up to Democrats, when they do not support the suck ups when the time comes.  You also have to wonder why GOP primary challengers cannot remove unpopular suck ups like McCain.  Maybe McCain's fakery is so good that it fools the GOP voters every time.

Let's face it, when you choose something, you choose the real thing over a fake.  McCain is a fake Democrat.  He is also a fake conservative, but that doesn't always matter in the GOP.  But the GOP voters  will vote for the real fake!

Obligatory, 11.3.17

Today was a very full day, as I was busy.

I put in some work to make some bucks, which are badly needed.  Not that many bucks, but I take what I can get.

There are some stories here.  Maybe not stories, but some short blurbs.  For instance, I picked up what I took to be either a trans-sexual, or a transvestite.  Of course, I didn't ask which.  That would be rude, I would think.

Now, the thing to remember was this guy ( or gal, if that is what you believe ), was fairly decent in his/her manner.  Nevertheless, it was a bit odd to me, but I kept my mouth shut, and did my job.

There was some gal ( a real one ) who was from Australia.  I cannot distinguish a Brit's accent from an Aussie one.

Somebody else gave me a tip for bringing donuts.

All in a day's work.  Or part of a day's work, as my capacity for work is diminished.

Once I got back to the hacienda, I did a bit more work on me hidey hole.  I want to work out all of the kinks in due time.  There are a few to attend to.

Now, after clearing all that:  What about the news today?  Don't know, but there may have been a demonstration at the Texas Capitol Bldg today.  I didn't read their signs, so I don't know what it was about.  Maybe the Antifa crowd.  There weren't many of them, if that was the case.

Other news?  Haven't checked yet.  If there's anything, I will comment upon it in later posts.

That is all for now.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The coffin concept

Originally posted 10.29.17, updated,


Definitely done, but finishing touches are mostly for optimization.  In testing phase.  Today was forecasted to have a high temp of 94.  Good day to test the a/c.  As of now, 3 pm, the a/c is cycling on/off about like yesterday.  The temperature is about 80 in the other side of the room.  This side should be the same as yesterday.  Means slightly cooler.  But not noticeably cooler than the "living room", which is walled off from this room.

Still don't know what to make of it.


Mostly done.  It is functional, but not entirely complete.  It needs finishing touches.  These I can do at my leisure.

Testing it now.  It is a warm day, and I am running the a/c.  Probably runs about  1/2 the time at setting number 4, which keeps it at about 77 degrees.  It was about 84 before I turned it on.

Not sure what to make of this.  Don't know whether to be disappointed or not.  I thought it would do a bit better than this, frankly.


Finally began work on this.  It is maybe half done.  Need to put in sliding doors, and a few other finishing touches.

As usual, my carpentry leaves much to be desired.  But it should be functional.

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Don't want to put this into the off-the-grid series.  It is just a post where I think up something that I may or may not do.

Last night was a cold one.  I don't recall seeing a freeze in October before.  At least, not while I lived in Houston.  This isn't Houston, but it is in roughly the same neck of the woods.  It's a bit early for this kind of weather.

It made me think once again of how to economize on the use of electricity.  That means cutting down on the volume of space that must be climate controlled.  Climate control uses up the most energy.  If that can be limited, then the amount of energy expended can be limited as well.

The coffin concept is to reduce the size of the sleeping area to the size of a "coffin".  In my case, it may be an area that is roughly about half the size of this bedroom in the travel trailer.  If I cut this thing in half, I should be able to cut down on the energy use by a similar amount.

Easy to say, maybe not so easy to do.  I would like to just nail a few boards together and claim success.  But this may not be so easy because I also want to use passive solar.  The arrangement inside the bedroom uses up some space for this function, and I now have to work around this space.

It is also not so easy to get into and out of bed in this thing as it is.  Making it a tighter space is going to make it tougher still.

To make a long story short, or a short story shorter, I didn't get anything done today.  I did some sketches and that's about it.  Maybe I won't do anything at all.

Hurdy Gurdy Man ( 1968 )

Originally posted on 3.22.14, updated


The year was when America had hit its peak, in my opinion.  I once did a study on gdp in gold per capita.  It peaked about this time, and hasn't returned to that level since.

Not only can Russia obliterate America, but maybe even North Korea, and soon Iran.  It isn't getting better, unless you are an American hater.

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That's the year the US went into retreat mode.  Hmm.  Maybe it ought to be regroup mode instead.  The left wing secularist movement was on the rise and is now in its ascendancy.  Perhaps it will begin to recede.  Better hope so.

Russia has crossed the Rubicon in Ukraine.  Build the Reaganesque missile shield now so that they cannot make any more threats like this one again.

Monday, October 30, 2017

NFL, all up in smoke



I hear that Jesse Jackson wants to get involved.  That strikes me as a kind of shakedown attempt.

This is what happens when you look soft.  McNair needs to take a hard line, as do a lot of people, especially the fans.

Hands off McNair!

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I used to love pro football.  Then the Oilers left for Tennessee, and I learned to live without it.  Yes, there is life after football.

Then Bob McNair of the Texans brought back the NFL to Houston after a five year absence.  One thing I noticed about McNair's organization---they don't hire thugs just so that they can win.

Lately, Bob McNair made a comment that has the league atwitter.   He basically said something that made it sound like these protesting players are thugs.  It may have been what you would call a  Freudian slip.  Anyway, he is out there apologizing, and the grievance mongers are having a fit.

Actually, McNair should never apologize for saying what he really thinks.  If he really thinks there's a criminal element in the league, why not say so?  It was said once upon a time.  Back in the seventies, somebody said it.  It was not taken very well, and I don't remember how that all went, but nothing like that has happened since.  Until now, that is..

Just my opinion here:  I think any players who boycott the flag, or disrespect the flag, do not deserve any respect.  They may or may not be criminals, but they sure are disloyal.  They are disloyal to a system that has done very, very well by them.  In short, they have absolutely nothing to complain about.  They make more money than 99.9 percent of the people in this country.  They look like spoiled brats having a tantrum because things don't go the way they want them to go.

The league is not where to go for a protest against whatever the players are protesting.  The fans don't pay to see them protest.  It doesn't belong on the field.  It doesn't belong at all.

McNair should not have apologized.  But he did because it is all a big business now.  Too much money at stake.  But there comes a time when money should take a secondary consideration.  Nobody seems to want to bite the bullet and do what is right.  The league should be quite strict about this protest business.  It should not be tolerated.  If any player does it, he should be banned from the league for life.  No place for this kind of stuff.  If they have to bite the bullet, then bite the bullet.  It may be the only way to save the league from these less than savory types.

It is the same kind of problem that we have at the national level.  Those at the top won't do the right thing.  The nation is suffering for it.  Nothing will change until the leadership changes and this new leadership insists that things be done the right way.  Whatever it takes to set things right.  It may even take bloodshed, but if that is what it takes, then so be it.

Manafort Indictment: Mueller’s Desperate Attempt To Stay Relevant – Lunch Alert!

Manafort Indictment: Mueller’s Desperate Attempt To Stay Relevant – Lunch Alert!


Morris says that it is an attempt to stay relevant when the indictment is irrelevant to any alleged collusion.

Maybe they can finally shut it down.  "They" meaning Congress.  Trump also, but he doesn't appear to want to do it.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Russian collusion story falling apart

Are we there yet?


Again, everybody knows that it is a fake.  What will be done about it?  Probably nothing.  Ah, but some GOP dudes will be indicted, and maybe even jailed.  The GOP will do nothing, which their custom.

Solar ammonia: Its time has come?

An idea sprang up in my mind recently, that is to make ammonia with solar power.  However, as I began to research what has already been done, it turned out not to be a new idea.  Nevertheless, I think it may turn out to be a good idea that just needs somebody to take it by the horns and implement it.

My idea would not be to make ammonia with electrolysis of water.  That seems inefficient, as you have to make electricity, and the electrolysis of water is very energy intensive.  I could be wrong though.  My idea is to use concentrated sunlight in order to cause thermal decomposition of water.  With the hydrogen thus obtained, I would then use it to make ammonia.  Where I could go wrong is that the temperature required for this is 2000 degrees Celsius.   Concentrated solar can definitely reach that temperature, but would it be more efficient than electrolysis?

This is all mere speculation, though.  There's no way I would attempt this myself.

Ammonia is quite versatile, as it can be used in agriculture and energy.  As an energy source, it can be burned in an ICE engine, or a Stirling engine, or it can be used with a fuel cell.  The infrastructure to move hydrogen can be done with ammonia, and this infrastructure already exists.  Thus, solar ammonia could be used for supplying hydrogen for hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Could so-called "climate scientists" be prosecuted for fraud?

Originally posted 4.17.17, updated


Plants can colonize deserts when the carbon dioxide levels are higher.  That is because the plants need  less water when there is more carbon dioxide available.  Carbon dioxide is good for plant life.  So stop demonizing it, said this scientist.

Not to mention that carbon dioxide would never cause the effects that are claimed, but I repeat myself.

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That is right.  The idea that this is fraud, did occur to me just now.  And as a fraud, should be prosecutable.  Furthermore, the only way to get rid of this fraud is to prosecute it whenever it rears its ugly head.

That it is a fraud, there can be no doubt.  You would have to read this blog to know why this is so.  That is, unless you actually did your own thinking, and managed to come to that conclusion on your own.  There are so many intellectual holes in AGW theory, that any knowledgeable person should know that it is false.  Therefore, anybody who participates and benefits from it should know better.  If these people know better, as I think they do, then they are participating in a fraud, and should be prosecuted for it.

But there is a problem.  Just as there is a problem in prosecuting Hillary.  You have a cultural climate, so to speak, that would make prosecution almost impossible.  For even though so-called "climate science" isn't a science, it is believed by a lot of people.  These people would serve on juries, and these juries would most likely not be easily convinced.  Once something gets believed, it is hard to get people to disbelieve it.

It is like prosecuting O.J. Simpson for murder.  Even though the evidence was overwhelming, a less than intelligent group of people were convinced otherwise.  This is what the con artists, who push this kind of fraud, are counting on.  It would take an especially talented prosecutor to get a conviction, if one could be obtained at all.

Maybe you could call this phenomenon the O.J. Simpson phenomenon.  It is this phenomenon that gave us the Clinton perjury in the Paula Jones case, the O.J. Simpson acquittal, and the Hillary Clinton non-prosecution.  It is also is responsible for the non-scandal scandal involving the so-called Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.  These people have had so much success fooling people that they believe that get people to believe anything.

They believe they can sell ice to Eskimos.  What can stop them?  Perhaps a high profile case like this one.