Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

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Last thought for weekend.

I don’t think I am right. I question my premise daily.

Where I do think I am right is that far to many people DO NOT question ENOUGH.

If more people would stand fast and demand answers, things might not be so fucked right now.

Wake the f@#k UP!!!

Masks dont work. Especially these cheesy fabric flaps that seem to be a common sight now.

Heres the test: go find your flatulant uncle or aunt Sadie who wears way too much perfume. Get within ten feet of them and take a good hard draw through the nose.

Smell anything other than your own halitosis?

Yes?

Your mask did NOTHING to protect you. Masks are PPE: personal protective equipment. If they dont protect you they arent protecting anyone. And dont even try to drop that pissing your pants analogy on me. It was BS from the git-go, even if humorous.

Heres the point again from a more intellectual stance. The Covid19 virus is tiny, very tiny, so tiny it can only be seen with an electron microscope. Flatulance contains hydrocarbon chains that are small, but LONG. If those can get through your mask, that virus beat them through with less effort.

What a mask does do is traps moisture close to your face, moisture that holds molds fungus and other nasties that DO MAKE YOU SICK. Proof positive to me was seeing the allergy aisle at chinamart wiped right the f#$k out yesterday. No benadryl, nothing, a few of the odd balls that most people have found do jackshit for them, but the usuals are all gone. (I went for Dramamine which is near that section)

All of this started because a medical bureaucrat who hasnt “practiced ” medicine in 35+years and has a history of blowing shit out of proportion opened the doors for every third rate tinpot wanna be dictator to play.

What I find especially interesting is how a Republican prez can have his executive orders shot down by a lefty Judge and the judges decree sticks. But when a lefty Governor has his exective orders shot down by a Right leaning FEDERAL judge, and the judges decree is completely fucking ignored DESPITE PUBLIC OUTCRY.

Civil disobedience people. Do it!!!

If a place refuses you service because you refuse to don the flap of submission, so what, go somewhere else. Don’t make a fuss, just leave. When enough people take thier money elsewhere, they’ll “get it”, and relax from stupid OR they will eventually shut the doors.

When I went to that place where I saw the total lack of allergy remedies, they asked me to put on my mask. My response “Nope!” And walked right on in. No kerfluffle, no arguing, no refusal of service. And 90% of those inside weren’t complying either. Even saw one guy with the mask hooked over his ears, but the flap was on the back of his head: now thats a sweet visual FYAYSS if I ever saw one. This morning on my way out, stopped at a local truckstop for my usual caffeine fix. Girly behind counter asked me to put on mask. I like her so I was nicer this time; asked “if I don’t are you going to refuse service?” She shook her head ‘no’ and I could see the smile in her eyes.

Its just,,,

It’s just a mask.
It’s just six feet.
It’s just two weeks.
It’s just non-essential businesses.
It’s just non-essential workers.
It’s just a bar.
It’s just a restaurant.
It’s just to keep from overwhelming the hospitals.
It’s just until the cases go down.
It’s just to flatten the curve.
It’s just a few inmates.
It’s just to keep others from being scared.
It’s just for a few more weeks.
It’s just church. You could still pray.
It’s just prayer.
It’s just until we get a vaccine.
It’s just a bracelet.
It’s just an app.
It’s just for tracing.
It’s just to let people know you’re safe to be around.
It’s just to let others know who you’ve been in contact with.
It’s just a few more months.
It’s just some more inmates.
It’s just a video.
It’s just a post.
It’s just an email account.
It’s just for protecting other from hate speech.
It’s just for protecting others from hurt feelings.
It’s just a large gathering but for protests.
It’s just a few violent protests.
It’s just a little micro chip.
It’s just a blood test.
It’s just a test.
It’s just a scan.
It’s just for medical information.
It’s just to store a vaccination certificate.
It’s just like a credit card.
It’s just a few places that don’t take cash.
It’s just so you can travel.
It’s just so you can get your driver’s license.
It’s just so you can vote.
It’s just mail-in voting.
It’s just a few more years.
It’s just a statue.
It’s just a monument.
It’s just a building.
It’s just a song.
It’s just a lyric.
It’s just an anthem.
It’s just a few words.
It’s just a piece of paper.
It’s just a book.
It’s just a movie.
It’s just a TV show.
It’s just a cartoon character.
It’s just a piece of cloth.
It’s just a flag.
It’s just a dog at a protest.
It’s just a clump of cells.
It’s just a fetus.
It’s just a religion.
It’s just a holiday.
It’s just your guns.
It’s just the police.
It’s just the military
It’s just your freedoms….gone forever.
2% of the impassioned can rule over the 98% apathetic.
It’s not like we don’t see it coming.
Please America, collectively as a nation of God fearing law abiding citizens of the United States… we MUST FIGHT BACK.
WE MUST.
BEFORE ITS ALL GONE and we won’t have the ability to get it back.
Feel free to Copy and Paste on your timeline.

And no nothing has changed. I will never live in a bubble.

I WILL NOT KNEEL!

I WILL NOT COMPLY!

Governor Beshear, your days in power are numbered: we hear you, but thats as far as our respect goes.

Feast or famine.

Thats the story of my job.

Some weeks, I can’t keep head above water, other weeks, I’m on the bank with my toes barely damp.

This week is the latter, dry as a bone in Death Valley in July.

And Interestingly ’nuff, it could be excellent timing. A gentleman in a FB group is an ACA whitewater rescue instructor, and is vacationing this week at Cumberland Lake and offering impromptu classes on rolling.

Went out there today, but couldn’t locate him. Now I have to try other methods of contact. Apparently when he vacations, the phone gets ppwered down. (And a damned good idea if you want peace,,,)

So it may be serendipitous, and it may be further frustration,, lol

Dry as a bone in Death Valley,,,,

(Twiddles thumbs staring off at the horizon,,,)

Well, what brought that on?

In response about my last post.

TL, whom I have the greatest respect for posted this. Please, go read.

I agree with him on every point but one. When he talks about the representation limits set in 1929, I feel, That he is missing one serious point. The representation is almost spot on, and exactly what was intended!!!!

Whats my logic? Look at how a serious red state can be dominated by blue politics because of population concentration. I’m using Virginia as my example right now, but it can be applied to NY state/NYFC and many others. If representation were proportionate to population (30,000:1 was the basis before 1929) then the concentration of metropolises would dominate ALL politics and those of us on the outskirts would be or would have been “boxcar”ed a long time ago.

The issue is not just a representation issue. Its an ethics of population issue. That will not be cured with government reform, it has to start at a much baser level: at the level of the smallest minority, the individual.

Good luck with that given our academic/media outlet structure.

Fuggit!

Three months. Its gonna fall out however it falls out no matter what this little fish has to say about it.

What ta wear

Its a saying among skin on frame kayaks, you don’t sit in a kayak, you wear it.

Have a event coming up this weekend and I have a conundrum: what to wear.

It may be, I have one or two too many kayaks,,,

The Perception (red boat on bottom) is heavy so she’s out for this event. ‘Sides, she’s my loner ‘yak for others that want to try out the sport.

The Feathercraft is still in restore operations so she is out (that pic was taken before I took her frame apart. She is the yellow and black one.)

Serena vs Duh!kee.

Serena is my beauty queen and a rock solid yak for all kinds of water. She is the one I prefer to brag over, though both of my builds have bragging rights in themselves.

Duh!kee is my educational boat in many ways. She is the one I want to learn to roll in, mostly because she tries to kill me at least once a month. She also has scar tissue showing, both on bow and hull. You could say she’s “been around”.

Oof! I hate desicions like this. (Normally I would take both, but I will be acting in part to shuttle other kayaks to the put in and need the space on my racks)

To top off, there is an instructor available this week for a rolling class in the same area so I may force the boss to accept my taking days off for that as well.

I think I’ll be wearing a Duh!k. 😋

Rhymes, no reason(ing)

Bosnian/Serbian conflict/break-up of Yugoslavia

Political and ethnic divisions? Check!

Crumbling economic stability? Check!

Regional autonomy exposing tyrannical natures? Check!

Central (Federal ) power corrupt and off the rails?(debatable points by ideological stance, maybe, but,,,) Check!

IMO Our tipping point happened 4 years ago, when one half off the national party didn’t like the results and chose subterfuge and sabotage to limit the other halfs effectiveness.

Since then, the slope of the road we are on has been getting steeper and our forward speed increases.

I personally believe that the end of the line is on November 3rd, and by late November 4th maybe as late as early November 5th, we leave the road and enter freefall. Freefall is quickly replaced by terminal velocity.

Tips: “bugging out”=refugee. Until you are at your location, you are a refugee, period!

Know your area!!!! If you don’t someone near DOES. FOF? Friend or Foe? Better have that cleared up and written in stone before you have NEED to know.

Skills. Little late in the game to start boning up here, but better late than never. Get busy!

Hell, if you’ve been on my site the last few years, you have had instruction, and if you are here, you are likely at other similar places elsewhere. I’m just preachin’ to the choir (only,,, the baritones already slipped out the back,,,)

Wisdom from Uncle Ted.

Prolly more than a few that dislike this man, but I have always found his stance to be quite close to mine, and a comfort in times like now; to know that my thoughts aren’t alone in the qreat wide world. (For clarity, there has been time when I disagrees with him as well. That’s how life works!)

Ted Nugent knocks it out of the park:

“Why do I have to stay home just because 𝘆𝗼𝘂 are scared? How about 𝘆𝗼𝘂 stay home….𝘆𝗼𝘂 stay in 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 house indefinitely, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 wear a mask, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 socially distance yourself from me, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 avoid restaurants, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 avoid baseball games, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 stay off the roads, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 avoid malls and beaches and parks, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 believe the made up death numbers, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 believe the media hype, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 get your toxic vaccine while avoiding vitamin C, sunshine and the things God gave us to actually heal,
I’m done playing 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 dumb game. We are not “all in this together.” I’m not wearing 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 dumb tin foil hat anymore. I’m no longer going to be a prisoner of your fear. I’m no longer staying in my house or catering to 𝘆𝗼𝘂 because 𝘆𝗼𝘂 are scared. I’m not wearing a mask and I’m not staying 6 feet away from you anymore because I’m not afraid of you. You are not my enemy and if I get sick, it’s not because of 𝘆𝗼𝘂, it’s because of me and my system, which not only have I been addressing for quite some time, but I also know how to treat if I get sick.
This virus (or whatever it is) is already circulating. Millions of people have already encountered it, as it’s been circulating around the world probably since last September. You WILL have to confront this thing, if you haven’t already. There is no way around it, unless you lock yourself up in your house and it somehow doesn’t manage to hop on some mail or some groceries that you ordered online.
𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 fear is not an excuse to destroy America. 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 fear is not my fear and your fear does not have the right to interfere with my life, my job, my income or my future as a free American citizen. So if you’re scared, you can just put your tin foil hat on, or even wrap foil all around your whole body – or around your whole house if you wish – but please keep your fear contained to your little corner of the world and don’t contaminate me or my family or my Country.” 🇺🇸

(Emphasis mine. )

My view: there IS a bug.

It is NOT what certain governmental agencies are claiming.

It HAS been conflated through nefarious means in an attempt to ‘cover thier asses’.

And we are now seeing who follows the advice I give up top.

Question EVERYTHING, especially if it is “from the government” and even more if its ” here to help you”.

Small victories

Are the best some days.

Working on the frame of the feathercraft. At least a decade spent asssembled and her frame is purt’much glued solid. Bit the bullet and cut 4 of the 5 spreader bars that extend her frame out to fill the skin. They weren’t coming out any other way. The 5th one wasn’t an issue; it telescoped into itself just fine.

With the 4 out, I was better able to see what needed done. Talked online with the designer and got his advice. Sent a message to Boeing asking their engineers advice. The lubricant that was original is a Boeing product so I went to the source.

Both said the same thing. Soak the joint in the Bo-tech T-9 and pray.

Well, I don’t have any and at $15/oz and prayer, figured I would use some red-neck know-how and fervent prayer instead. Soaked the first joint in 3n1 sewing machine oil with a papertowel wrapped around joint to hold the oil. Made the two bar vises I showed in a different post. After two days and a nodding effort at prayer, slapped the tube in a pipe vise, and applied a pipe wrench to the other tube vise,,,

SQUeeee-eek! Free at last!!!!

I have tubing to splice the part back together and will TIG that point. Need to replace a few pop-rivets and brackets. All there, just need repaired. To keep with the red-neck side of things, I’m using a 20guage shotgun brush to ‘hone’ out all the old gunk: it fits perfectly and I don’t own a 20guage.

That’s the small victory! Now I have to repeat the process about 21 more times to restore the boat to its original folder status and be able to use her again.

She’s a fine boat and well worth the effort of restoration. I’ve even made plans to get the missing parts (and I think I already mentioned that previously .)