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


A letter to President Putin

Mr Putin, I am just a lone blogger voice in this world, reaching out to you in fear of a possible future. I read more than just the propoganda spilled on these shores as ‘news’, and I see your actions as one reserved, but determined.  These are the traits of a warrior, something the war mongers here misinterpret as weakness. I see actions in your country showing concern for your people, the true heart of a country, not the real estate.  I also see no such actions on our shores and see it as a sign that the very people that make up this country, are considered as either expendable or cannon fodder, but I repeat myself. In fact, as evidenced by the arrogance and corrupt news of a certain candidate, we deplorables are unwanted by those on high.

Mr Putin, I don’t think I am out of line by saying that a majority here share that sentiment; we don’t want them either.

You and many of those in charge of nations about the globe are watching the outcome of this year. We here, at least many of us, are as well.  We know that the future of our country is at stake, and there are some here that do not care so long as they make a profit on it. There is more to this than shows within the bounds of our shores, but most choose not to see it and refuse to have such illuminated for them.  We have reached the nexus where the barbarians are not at the gate, they are in the walls and manning the watchtowers.   This country is doomed.

It has taken a while for that realization to sink in thoroughly but I can not see any other conclusion.  The reason I am reaching out is for the sake of the humanity that still exists here, and not the sake of the union formed in the 1860’s. I don’t know how this election will fall out even though I have my suspicions, but as I have stated on my blog elsewhere, the outcome will determine which version of war we will see: not if not there will be a war.

I pray for the sake of the whole world that it is not the global kind.  

Not only would I not wish war on the world,  as one such seems disposed to, I would rather our internal issues be resolved peacefully. Alas, the divisions are much too deep now.  As such, I know and already see signs of what is to come.  I would ask only that yourself and the peers of yours refrain from intervening while we work out our issues.  Such was the case in the Lincoln years, I can only hope for the same now. Even Great Britain sat out of our War of Northern Agression and that country still had interest in us then. 

I do not speak or read Russian but I have watched some of your speeches, so long as the captions were correct, you speak as a nationalist, and your actions do as well.   No matter the language, the emotion comes through, and that is one thing I do not hear in the words of our ‘duly elected’.  They are completely separate from those they ‘rule’. Our lives mean nothing to them. And as we mean nothing to them, they further alienate us, fomenting the very things we dread.  While I have reservations about the least bad choice, I have no delusions about the other choice; she is the epitome of all the ills this country face; Unwarranted arrogance, deluded reality, no sense of proportion, physically ill, and power hungry to the point of destruction (everyone else’s prefered.)

Maybe when all of this is said and done, whatever remains of this country can get over its empirialist addiction and start as a friend of other nations again.  Maybe our children can finally be taught truth and what it means to really be American. I have to have some hope seeing as all the other hopes have been shattered like glass. Yet, I am also a realist; I am quite aware that I will likely not see the end of the troubles. I came to grips with my mortality many years ago, no worries.

In the event of the other choice being stolen made, I realize that any decisions you must make, will be with your people in mind first. That’s your job, why your people chose you.  I ask only that you keep this thought; that the people that actually make up the entirety of this country, are not the ones attempting to pick a fight with you.  Keep us in your prayers.  And know this; we would and likely will fight the very same people that are the ones picking that fight. I believe we would fight now if we didn’t feel so solitary in our lives.(and I believe this is by design and fed by propaganda )  As is, when we have nothing left to lose, we will fight and we will do so as true Americans.  We may lose, most will die, but we will fight. (Proof is how well we fight amongst ourselves when we have no common enemy)

May this letter be for naught, and God Bless you sir.


It’s only failure if you quit trying

Edison was quoted in an interview as saying “I didn’t have 20000 failures, I found 20000 ways to not make a lightbulb.”.

That is perseverance.  Funny that I am not actually a fan of Edison, more so for Tesla than Edison. I have my reasons for such, and not just to the fact that Tesla was shammed in so many ways. (If you look, Marconi is still credited with the invention of the radio, but a SCOTUS decision changed that as Tesla’s documents at the patent office are older than Marconi’s )

Maybe I was born too late or something, and am a romantic in more ways than I can count, but I think the height of American history was reached during those times.  We still do great things, but our society is becoming more dependent upon the work of other societies.  We design, they build, then improve and sell us that improvement.  It’s been happening on a growing scale for decades.  Of course, I could go on and on about how our education system is at fault (it is ) but let’s go to the source itself :Government.  

H/T to SiGB for the image. link is to his article

Note, of all 10 items, only three are not related to Government in direct or indirect form. Illness and loss of a loved one are two of those three. Identity theft is the third.

I could argue that government has some reach into at least two of those areas, but why bother when seven out of ten make my point for me.  Government is a problem and people fear it, and those that establish themselves in it, more than they fear illness or death.

If that doesn’t say something, maybe this will.  Out of 356,000,000 (apx) people in this country, are Donald and Hitlery the absolute best we can come up with? SERIOUSLY? If that doesn’t show just how much of a sham our (S)election cycle is, well,,,


Perseverance ~success

My question with that in mind is this, 

At what point do you quit the game ‘they’ designed and modified, to persevere and do what is needed to succeed?   

Fact is this, no matter how Nov 8th goes down, the establishment wins, we lose.  We will still be saddled with onerous taxation at threat of life and limb, we will still have the largest percentage of citizenry imprisoned and the majority of which are ‘victimless’ crimes.  I could go on and on, but you get the point.  Even if Trump wins, there is no way one man can change the shape of the bureaucracy that really runs the show on this continent.  Oh, he may make some changes, even for the better, but it will be the same old same old,  and some of the stuff will just go idle until the next statist tool takes the helm again.

Then you have all the civil strife that is festering like a boil under the surface.

I get it, I really do.  What I see makes me want to throw my hands up, turn my back and walk away. That’s quitting/failure.  I don’t like quitting.  It’s a feature/fault at times but it is how I am.  I can only hope that enough people wake up this round and then, maybe, real change can start taking place.  Get this leviathan we call FEDGOV in check, downsized, and back to what works while allowing people to be people. (Not children led by false promises )kill the whole tax scam and make people self responsible again.  

Again, I ain’t holding my breath, but I truly wish this time is going to be different. I have serious doubts that it will even make a difference.  My biggest fear is an HRC win,,doubling down on what the last 8 years have been with even wilder escalations of overseas trepidations resulting in the next world war.  There is also the potential for further disarmament of the populace, but that doesn’t bother me as much (due to the fact that it is a windmill for them). (That’s another post, but one I will wait until Nov 6th to post.  We may need it then)

Alright, enough of my fey mood, it’s the weather I guess, grey outside making me grey inside.  Gonna shut off the nets for a day and just be me.  Talk later.

R&D, or how failure is a learning tool

Have had the VAWT test rig in the air since last Sunday. Quite disappointed honestly.  Oh, it whirls on a whisper of air, but it’s speed never reaches anything approaching usable. This may be due to the blade width (not wide enough) angle of blade (incorrect/excessive stall angle) or any number or combination of factors, like not enough blades for this design or ,,,

Well, it’s fun as heck to watch though, mesmerizing even.  But, I am not one trifles so it will come apart while I figure something else out.  I am toying with the idea of the blades ‘slipping ‘ on a pivot so that the angle of attack shifts around as pressure is applied to the blade. More pressure on the ‘up’side and the blade shifts showing a smaller profile to the wind. I had thought about this for this unit prior, but my desire to keep things as simple as possible withheld me. I am still hesitant to try it because of my lack of dedicated workspace and the fact that the slip joints ,while mechanically simple, are complicated to reproduce accurately without my shop being functional. (Excuses excuses Dio, shuddup n get ta work.  LOL . I haven’t quit on it yet, just setting it aside for now )

So, sliding this pot toward the back of the stove to simmer a while longer. Serendipity may bring it back out front again soon, or not; will see. I have more information to work with now and that will start to spin up newer thoughts.  My muses never truly rest, they just get to romping in the back rooms of my mind, mixing things up, finding new angles, and then slipping it out to the front for me to see.  Most of its trash, but occasionally, ,,

Talk at y’all more later.  

Red Queen addendum 

Another aspect of ZMANS proposal was local and state governments.  Most of them March on lockstep to federal demands.  Secession may be possible, but not widespread enough for effect.  I do believe that if Texas were to jump the barrier, a large enough percentage of others would follow suit. 

On another note, I awoke from dreaming about 3 this morning from the most dreadful REM analysis.  I recall from the dream news broadcasts in mid November after Trump took the election.   The broadcasts were about NY city and one other, though not DC, had been nuked.  Guess where Trump was?  

I will leave the further ramifications of such an event as an exercise for you.  

Further, in said dream, the broadcasters  were swearing that said attack was solely the work of Russia, with no forensic fact checking.  They were pounding the drums of war hard in the dream.  My feelings (just before coming fully awake) were “Reichstag, Pearl Harbor, etc”.  

Just wanted to share that, just in case we see such.  Keep your wits and be prepared to de-escalate others before we go chasing hare’s down holes.

Ruminations of the Red Queen

here is one view, RTWT including comments

But that is just one view.  

Here’s mine. It starts with a leftist turn then 180’s and heads off a cliff, thelma n louise like.

DIVERSITY: yeh, that mantra the left have been chanting over the last 50 years or so. Here’s a little myth buster for ya.  Diversity can work, yes it can: there is one condition that absolutely MUST be met for that to happen though.  There must be a universal adoption of the societal criteria, with complete abandonment of former such.  IE:if you want to be German, you must lose all vestiges of your former nation.  Learn the language, learn the culture,  and leave your former world as memory. 

We don’t see that much anymore.  And not at all with the new waves of immigrants.  Nor do we see it with natives born to enclaves of near tribal level mentality. And said natives are not taught the meanings and necessary applications of being a citizen.  I firmly believe that a certain Martin Luther King would be horrified by our current “racial” trends.

No, short of near total assimilation, there can not be the mythical ‘diversity’ that the lefties harp about. (And IMO, the lefty leaders don’t want nor desire any such designs. They need the antagonism to further their goals, either through strife or fear.) What we have goes far beyond polarization.   Polarized, ZMANS premise would be sound, the same as it was back in 1850, when we were polarized, North vs South. This time it goes beyond just coasties vs flyover country ,this time we are are so split up its going to be inner city vs burb, town vs farm n ranch, heck, in some areas, it’s going to be ghetto vs ghetto, depending on racial and ethnic lines. 
(That was the 180, now we start to accelerate for the cliff)

I stated my belief about which turns this country will make dependent upon which candidate makes it on November 8th.  I will restate in simplistic terms again for those that haven’t read that post. Trump =Civil war, HRC=WWIII with a likely nuclear aspect between the Eagle, Bear and Dragon.

One, ugly as hell, bloody and not likely to see a country survive intact.  The other: ugly as hell, bloody and likely to see a country completely annihilated or surrendered to the last dude standing. I have been reading several strategic articles from around the globe and the message is that, while yes, Russia is weaker militarily overall, she is in much better hands than the emasculated command structure we have been left with after 8 years of Oblammyboy.  Point 2 is that while yes the above is true, what is not being told to the general public via MSM in the US, is that the US had been trying like hell to provoke that bear, and Putin and his generals are doing everything they can to keep the mess from escalating. What is being reported here is spun right around to show that the bear is the one doing to poking.  One only need look at our fucked up secretary of state foreign policies over the last 8 years (longer actually but totally out of control the last 8) and you can extrapolate which media is being more honest.

 Another point of evidence is in Russia’s recent exercise in evacuating major cities into bomb shelters.  I haven’t read what the outcome of that was, but you sure as hell don’t see OUR government showing signs of concern for its people. (Well, it’s ‘citizens’, I am quite certain the ‘people’ at the top have rooms under some mountain.)(a side point here: C.O.G.  Continuity of Government.    I am sure you have heard the phrase.   Never in all the times I have heard mention or reference, was there a mention of the people of the country, only the leaders.  Wonder why that is, I do?)

None of this is intended to sway anyone’s vote.  I don’t think it really matters at this point because I think the election has already been stolen, the Dems just can’t show that card until midnight of the 8th.  They have to maintain the illusion of choice or they know that they will be fighting a war within hours of the announcement.  (Recall; it was Stalin who said “it matters not who votes, only who counts the votes.  Recent state anouncements by Homeland security over “fears of a hacked election” are just the opening salvo for a complete screwing over of the voters.)  Yup, gotta keep up the fiction to keep all the deplorables quiescent. What I find the most disturbing of all this, is how so much leakage that is and has taken place over the completely fraudulent aspects of the media and various party lines, and still, we do nothing but play THEIR GAME by their rules. As if holding our breath while waiting permission to be free.  I don’t get it.  I can’t say what is holding people back but if I could hazard a guess, I would say it’s fear.  Not fear of the turmoil but fear of being responsible.  I do know the only thing holding me back is more of a moral contraction: I don’t believe in suicide, and me going ballistic would end up as a suicide run.  Lord knows, when I read about certain persons getting away with literal murder, grift  and graft, and not even a slap on the wrist but rewarded with a presidential nomination, well,,,   steamed is a polite way of describing my state at that point. Another point is that I am not getting any younger and this body has seen better days gone by.  What I would be best at providing in times of strife are far more support oriented.  Materials, R&R if need be, médico stuff (working on more than field trauma thanks to links on WRSA lately). I am no leader, nor do I desire such. I just don’t want the future I am seeing barreling down on us.  Even so, I have made many preps to not just get through such times (God willing), but have made as many preps as I can afford to affect the rebuilding that is going to need done.  My library is focused on that as well as tools and such.  

I know my limitations, and they are gaining on me.

26 days from now, we will know the end result of all the buffoonery, mudslinging, perjuring,and payoffs.  What happens afterwards, well, Goodluck to you all.  We’re gonna need it. We are in free fall now, see ya at the bottom.

But ahm not ded yet!

Just kicking this out.  Nada much ta say, but still upright n kickin.   Here’s a reach out to Spud, hoping you weathered Matthew w/o issue.

Should have an analysis of things later, mehbe mañana. 


Back at the R&D for a short time.  Spent a few hours in Google Sketch up playing around with a thought or two.  Then I took advantage of a piece of equipment we have at work.  I didn’t utilize it to its full extent, but damned if that thing doesn’t impress the hell out of me.  It’s a rather large water jet table of which my little project didn’t even cover 10% of its size.  This thing is monstrous for cutting down large sheets of steel.

Anywhoos, here is a pic if what we cut out.

Brought it home and checked it on balance and it’s dead flat.  Spun it up just for giggles and it spun there for quite a while with no wobble other than the typical gyro yaw precession. I used a leaf blower to spin it up faster and it impressed me further.   ROFL, I am such a big kid when it comes to stuff like this. 

So, yeah, it’s a hub for five blades, only this one is for a VAWT not a HAWT.   I am cutting the blades from a section of sewer pipe I have left from putting in my septic system and am fabricating some struts to attach them into place. The genset is my old genny, now modified with a new stator and neodymium magnet. (Essentially a Delco stator with a permanent magnet instead coils ) .

I haven’t finished every thing yet, still cutting and balancing blades, but when completed, I plan on testing it for awhile before going whole hog and installing it. I still have the old tower base and tower sections I can use for testing and since it is a vertical unit, turbulence is less of an issue for it. (Granted, it’s still an issue,,,)  I also plan on making a testing station to mount into the bed of the truck to take to the MTR strip job so I can get some serious clean winds on a mountain top.

A few points I am considering

  • Blade count
  • Blade width 
  • Blade length
  • Diameter of finished unit.

Going by some of what I have learned with the HAWT units, all of these are factors; looking at the design in 3d I see that 5 blades gets the most surface area into the wind with the least amount of resistance. At least visually it seems so. Two blades will be fully catching the wind, two will be tacking while the fifth will be oposing it. So, for now, 5 seems to be the best for a small unit, but plans may change when exposed to real world conditions.    Blade width is at 4″ right now because that is 1/3rd the circumference of the pipe I have.  I am thinking that will give as close to a wing shape as I can hope for without heating and bending plastic. I am looking at getting some 12ga aluminium sheet and bending it for a permanent install, but for now, plastic will suffice for testing.  Admittedly, 6″ would catch more wind, and that is what the original design called for, bur 4″ is what I have.(I hate to waste money). Even so, there is just as much surface area on this 4″ blade as the is on the wind grabbers on my current rig in the air.  I should see some activity even if it’s not sufficient for my needs. 

But that is why we have R&D, right?

I will post more as this progresses.