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New Dog, old tricks.  

A different spin this post.  I haven’t finished my shop yet,,so my tools are still residing in storage. Even so, my thoughts turn (pun intended) to them frequently.  Of my tools, my gases, welder and the Chinee 3-1 are accessible.  The problem with the chinee lathe/ mill is lack of change gears/QCgearbox and some serious lacking of capacity/adjustment.  

I am thinking forward to when that shop is up, and I still need tooling.  While I am down, I see now reason that I can’t make some of that tooling.  In this instance, mandrel/arbors for turning gears and pulleys.  These mandrels are so subtle in their appearance, I have seen them used for parts of machines or even large pins.  They are most often,6 1/2″ long, of which 6″ is the working length.  That last 1/2″ is for mounting the dog because these are used between centers.  Why they are misplaced is the difference between the “big and little ends”. Say that the mandrel is set up to turn items for a 3/4″ shaft.  The big end will measure .751″ amd the little .749″.   Over 6″ that difference seemingly disappears.  
Well here is the old trick time.  Seeing how I can’t use the bend right now, taper turning is quite limited.  The tailstock doesn’t  adjust on the Chinee (it travels the bed, but is fixed on center with no adjustment built in..in fact, the castings are bolted on then machined to each machine by said machine for accuracy.)  So I could use the compound rest but thats like swatting mosquitoes with a baseball bat.  It worked for a heavier taper way back when (one of my first projects was turning a Morse taper #2 shank/live center.)  This is .002″/6″ !  Thats .000333,,,”/in!  That is reading in seconds of degrees!  The rest measures in degrees and minutes (as in 30 minutes/division) nothing as fine as that measurement.
Well shit.  How do I this one?  

Paper time.  

Actually paper is the answer.  A piece of standard notebook paper measures between 2 and 3 thousandths.  Good enough.  A strip about 1/4″ wide placed into the backside of the MT socket before I put the live center in effectively moves the tailstock center forward the needed amount so that I can turn this taper.  Being a roller bearing live center, and the fact that thrust is towards middle on both centers, I am not worried about the MT slipping.

Apparently, not an original idea but I read about it in an old 1897 manual for boring machines to “squeeze a little more” out of a machine; not for a lathe.  Can’t see why it won’t work myself. 

And now its time to hand feed that cross slide.  (Come on shop, I want my power feed back!!!!!)

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Old dog, new tricks?

I’m old school in many ways, even as I try to stay up with technology.   Way backawhen, when I certainly didn’t know better, or even really cared for that matter, I took a mechanical drawing course in school, mostly for the easy credit.   Ah, that was just before AutoCAD was introduced upon the world.

I kinda wish I stuck with it now.

Yeah, I am trying to learn auto cad.

Its not as intuitive as I was expecting.   I am much faster and more accurate with a Tsquare, triangles compass and scale rule.   And thats fine for my personal work, but there may be a day, sooner rather than later, where I need to send something out of house and most places are going to look at my hand drawings and ask, “Where are the DWG files, our CNC doesn’t know how to read ‘this’…” as they hold up my draft betweed fingertips as if they were holding a soiled diaper or something.

I know, there are learning curves ahead of me.  I have pretty much taught myself most of what I know, with the occasional mentor, instructor, hobknob, whatnot.   I know when I am in over my head and how to look for flotation devices, but to be honest, I get the impression, the programs I am working with, so far, were written by programmers discussing what the architect/designers needed, with a lawyer as translator.   There is definitely a disconnect between the drafting I understand, and what the programs do.

back at it.   I just stopped in to say that.


Ruminations about techy stuff

Off work today, snowing of all things, and said snow also cuts signal to nil, so no internet as well.  Well, that got me ta thinkin’bout things, reflecting ya might say, about current standards, past standards, conditions then and now, and how it all ties together.  This might get a little longwinded, so bear with me,  there is a point.  

Back in High School, way back in the misty depths of time for me, I was a lot more sociable then I am these days.   Information was available, but communications were of a much slower sort and also a more ‘human’ nature.  If you wanted to talk to someone, you called them up or wrote a note, or even just went to where they lived and visited them.  Information had to be looked up (remember having to go through the card catalog to find a book, note the dewey numbers and whatnot when citing passages for reference?  Yeah, all of that.  No providing a link in the pdf you were tapping out on screen.  Lots of pencil work and the chance or two of a paper cut.) and while there is still research today, the prospect of lugging several tomes to a desk and spreading them all out on a table to dig for items of interest are gone, Now we just pull up multiple ‘screens’ or ‘windows’ and cut and past passages as needed into our ‘document’ and provide a link for further reading.   

Now don’t get me wrong here, I love the internet, webs, and all of the great information we have available to us now.  Heck, just being able to pull up a recording of an event and watch it ‘live’ repeatedly to catch every nuance of it is a pretty awesome tool.   I have even discussed this with my sis, about how if the things we take for granted now, were available to us back then, where would be now.   Yeah, that whole ‘what if,,,’ conversation.  I know that I would have become a much more dangerous person(a good thing, not bad.  Dangerous children will keep the world interesting.).   I would have found the interests I have now much sooner and would be further along the learning curve on all of it, and, well, you can likely imagine a similar situation in your own world.   

But, there is another side to the nets that troubles me.   Its one that I lay in the laps of the social medias.   Its too easy to have a gazzilion ‘friends’ on the plentitude of SM’s .  Its quite easy to “unfriend” someone that you realize is a nitwit, or just said something you thought was inappropriate, crass, or just plain stupid.   And all of this takes place in a world that doesn’t actually exist.  

Then that world ‘goes away’ because the nets are down, for whatever reason, and those people realize they are quite alone in the world.  All of those ‘friends’ aren’t there, no other way of contacting them because, well, why bother with a phone when we can Skype online,,,    (I ain’t whining, I LIKE being alone.  Just making observations of what others may experience, and take badly.)    I have to wonder about those that have dedicated such a majority of thier life to a digital world that they don’t have a ‘meatspace’ world at all.   (and they are out there, trust me.  There is a reason places are offering online grocery shopping with free home delivery, and its not just because some urban soccermom with a career is trying to save time.)  I wonder if maybe the ‘Matrix’ wasn’t a reality for these people so much as a casual observation creatively documented by the Wachowskis.

There is another downside to all of the tech we have.   Loss of brain activity.  

Ah Bullshit Dio, we have MORE thinking going on than we did!

Do we?   I have to ask because of something I noted just the other day.   Do you remember your wife/husband/kids phone number/  Your own?   WITHOUT LOOKING IT UP IN YOUR CELL?

When I was in school I had about 100, maybe more, phone numbers completely memorized and didn’t think twice about it.  I didn’t have them written down or stored in a device.  I KNEW THEM.   

I had formulas memorized for math, stuff that I find I have to look up now because its EASIER to just query the net.  

I have also observed that there are people that won’t learn anything because they can just ‘youtube it’ and get what they need, if they need to know how to do something.   Granted, I do a lot of youtube searches as well, but mostly for music and new artist links.   And there are good resources there, but there are even more bad resources as well.  I find that if I were to look up a ‘how to’ vid, a majority of them would get a person hurt, or bore them to death.   And there are a plethora of people that really really need to learn how to do public speaking BEFORE they make a video.   All that hemming and hawing and Ummming, are enough to drive a guy like me to insane levels of “SPIT IT OUT, YOU FRICKIN IDIOT!!!!” 

 Sorry bout that.   I was trained to be able to speak publicly, and those that don’t drive me nuts.  I have had to speak to a crowd of 60,000+ and didn’t umm once, and it was adlibbed as well.   It isn’t hard to do, but you had better be able to talk or you will find that people will ignore you. and being ignored by a  crowd that size is a horrible feeling.  But I digress.   

I was discussing the lack of brain activity,    Maybe I should readdress it as DIFFERENT brain activity.   and that begs the question of ‘Is it better or worse activity?’  

I don’t have an answer, but I feel that its worse.   As proof of concept, I direct your thoughts to the activity of a dementia patient, whose memory retention is shot.   They are functional, but they are so easily confused by the simplist notion.   Are we as a society heading down that road, because we aren’t using the memory faculty of our brains enough?  Or are we evolving into something different.   Was ‘Idiocracy’ a prophecy of things to come?  (Please, if you have never seen it, do so,   It was meant as a comedy, but became something else altogether.)

More questions, and maybe some Psych student could use the idea as a thesis paper.   I am just observing from experience what was and what I am seeing now with the growth of tech.   Recall, Until the mid 90’s, we didn’t have this stuff.  My first cell phone could only hold 25 numbers or so  (maybe 50, its been a few years.)  and it couldn’t do onemillionth of what my current phone can do.   It was just a daggum phone without a cord.  (and there are days where I miss that simplicity.)  I don’t remember how many phone numbers it held because I didn’t rely on that aspect of it.  It was just my phone, only a phone, and not a multi- level world interaction device, research tool, and picture storage device.   It couldn’t calculate any more than a standard 15 key calculator could, or with anymore accuracy.  It had one game on it: Snake, and it was a standard B/W LCD display.  A nokia something or other.   Kids now would laugh at it, but dang it was a good phone with a hell of a battery life.   I only charged it once a week unless I was on it a lot then maybe every two days or so.  Not NIGHTLY.

Ah, now I am dating myself.   LOL    

The scary part of that is how just short a time ago that was.   I had that Nokia in ’98.   By 2001, I was using one with nationwide PTT and standard phone service.  (I miss the push to talk thing too. )  Then in 2005, I had a Razer, with limited net access and full color display.   That was when things like Fakebook took off.   That was just 13 years ago, and the nets and cellular networks have evolved repeatedly, and don’t look like they are ready to stop anytime soon.   

I have to wonder what a person back in the late 1800-early 1900’s thought of all the changes that were going on then.  Airplanes, mass production, horseless buggies, electric lights, INDOORPLUMBING,   

Yeah, There is a new revolution going on, and its a whirlwind of change, some good some bad, but change.   

The only thing that never changes is change, its always around doing something.  Who would have ever thought to see quadcopter drones back in the 80’s?  Or the fact that they are only notionally in control of the person using one.  The flight controller on board is doing the flying with only directional inputs by the user.   Think I’m kidding?   That thing has 3 to 6(or more) sensors in it to determine what it is doing and make corrections to keep it under control.   There is no way a person with a pair of joysticks could handle that amount of feedback needed to keep the thing stable.  And some of the newer RC planes are similar.   Things like NFP (natural flight progression) systems or SAFE    These systems will maintain level flight, or even establish a loiter pattern until the controller re-establishes control.   There is also RTH feature in some of them (RTH meaning Return to Home.)_ and then you have the Ardupilot program.  You can establish way points, altitudes, and flight paths on a computer using google maps or other mapping systems, Then load that into the plane/copter, twist its tail and sit back and wait for it to come to home.   You don’t even have to land it, it does that too.  All you have to do is program it, and watch the video as it flies.  (FYI, I love the ardupilot program.   I think its far better than anything the MIC has came up with and its completely open source.  Add in a set of FPV goggles,  Use the Ardupilot as a backup in case of signal loss and Go Flying!!!   Whoohooo!   Many many potential applications for such tools/toys,)

Well.  There is one thing that all of this tech has done that would likely never have happened, or at least been delayed by decades.   That is the awakening I am observing.   People are becoming more in tune with the fact that Government is a restricting factor,  I mentioned that the MIC hadn’t come up with Ardupilot.  That is just one thing that they ‘missed’.  3D printing, also started as open source, and its taking off in some rather unusual ways: 3D welders, 3D concrete fabricators, just to name a couple.  Most all of this stuff was born in someones garage, even though a lot of it has now moved to places like MIT VAT, or Texas Tech.  (Funny, the computers that kicked all of this off were born in a garage as well, Thank you Jobs and Gates.  ) When the Government steps in and starts to ‘regulate’, innovations drop off. (What is an Elephant?   A mouse built to government standards.) Sometimes though, it goes underground. The makers movement is one such that will go underground if the Government gets overzealous ( its nearly there now.).  But people are seeing that Government is more of a burden than is neccesary.  I see more places hiring ‘contractors’ for short term runs, and using the gaps in regulation to hide the transactions.   I see locals doing far more for where they live than the Government infrastructure that was put in place to handle those things.   I forget where it took place but back in the early part of the 20teens, there was a local community that got together to rebuild a bridge that was needed.  They did it under budget, under-time, and with locally procurred assets and donations.   No one that didn’t want to, ‘helped’ by way of second hand theft (taxes) or was coerced into something they didn’t want “because we said so”.

I won’t lie, The glacial progress of that awakening frustrates the living shit out of me, but I do see it growing.   The Tech helps, but in the end, it always comes down to the human nature as to how it grows.  Humans are, by nature, as lazy as they can get away with. (for the most part, there are always exceptions.)   (could that be new axiom?   Like “you get the government you deserve” axiom?   Prolly not, its not like I am an original thinker or anything.  I am sure someone else has already said it.)  I think that is the one thing our current government understands quite well. If you pay people to be lazy, they will likely support you 100%; so long as you keep the checks flowing.   ( a similar situation is in Saudi Arabia.  One faction is in charge and supports the other faction to keep the peace.  If that support fails, SA falls into a really bloody civil war the next day.  Keep that in mind when someone says that Islam is a religion of peace and uses the Saudis as an example.   Bribery and blackmail are only different sides of the same coin.)

Alright, I am rambling now, but I had fun tapping this one out.  Think about what modern tech has changed in your life.  Is it a good change, or are there aspects you don’t like.   I personally am going to work on that memory thing I mentioned cuz I don’t like being dependent on a tool for something I should have in my head.


 Latest hulabaloo thoughts 

Whatever happened to rational thought?  I seem to have missed a memo or twenty about leaving my thinking on the pillow in the morning, or so it seems.  Granted, the majority of those screaming, hopping on one foot and pointing fingers in this latest iteration of the anti-gun blood dance miss one serious point.

A gun is a tool.

I!

AM!

THE!

WEAPON!

I can pull a trigger, or pop a detonator, or swing a sword/club/pipe/ax/rock, and take out a life/lives but there is only ONE constant in the equation:

Me.  Whether or not I slip the leash is up to me.  Ain’t pulled that ‘trigger’, 

yet.

The lack of critical thinking I see on a regular basis makes me want to just step back, say nothing, and just watch it all come apart.  The Darwinian aspects of what would follow would be worthy of several thesis’ for graduates working on their masters degree. Except, most of them would likely be on the recieving end of Darwins theories.  (At least all of the ones not in STEM programs.)

Well, go ahead guys, pass whatever horseshitte ya want, my tools will stay with me.  If ya find someway of getting those, I have others, can make more and have been trained, quite well mind you, to use all available resources to maximum potential.  My best resource,  one none of these blood dancers seem to have, is the one between my ears.  Only one way you’ll be taking that,,,


Honestly, I thought I was finished

Ok, honestly, I thought the last post was up. As is, Here is another one of my meanders through the halls of my mind.

History and history.   One is written, and the other is just passed along.  The Epics, were oral 'history' and the books are History.  I seriously think the capital is misplaced there, but then, I am just a dumb welder/mechanic/tinkerer/slackjawwed redneck with a slopping forehead, or so some seem to think.  
Fact: Governments collapse but people carry on.   The people are the ones that carry history forward, not the governments.   Granted History is written by the winners, but so is history, in a way.  History (the lower case form) is written by survivors, so in some ways, it is also written by the winners.  Upper case History is written by acadamia in most instances, usually at the grace, goodwill and financing of the winners on hand.
Which is the more honest version?   Note, I didn't say accurate, I said honest.   Accuracy is irrelevant in  history, where-as in History, its in question by the morals and motives of the writers.
I may come back to this here, but I want to continue another thread from there: Governments collapse but people carry on.  This is without question if anyone pays any attention to all the great governments in history.  Whether they be Monarchies, Oligarchies, Democracies, or even Theocracies, the people under them continued on.   Even with all the genocides of the last century, the people carried on.  Many many people died, and there were near extinction level points with some of the races, but people carried on.   And with those that carried on, many of the stories of those people kept on as well.   The governments that killed those millions are no longer in most cases, but the people are still there!!!  Yes, genocide stinks (pun intended) and it sucks to be on the losing end of any life/death situation, but lets face it, Morrison was right; no one gets out alive.  If you die in a genocide, or if you die of natural causes in your bed surrounded by your loved ones, the fact is, you are dead, and there isn't any way to get around that.   It is the door to the next world, cycle, existence, heaven, hell, nirvana, whatever you believe is next.  (and I pity those truly atheist types that believe there is nothing on the otherside.   Recall, I wrote my belief in one of my Christmas stories a couple years back.  If you believe in nothing, then nothing is what you get, and that is just sad and pathetic.)  Maybe the point of this is, suggest-ably, get used to your own mortality, 'cause it is inevitable.  If you are really truly torn about it, DO SOMETHING to have your name carry on after you.   All you need do is something that benefits the rest of humankind for generations and your name will carry on for decades, centuries, even millennium.  If you don't know what to do then, well, keep at it, but the fact is, there is an end to your mortal coils, and you can not escape that.  I caught that as the key element behind the Lestat vampire chronicles:  How to avoid mortality.   After that, I lost all interest in the novels because I  had came to terms with my mortality in the sands of Kuwait.  I understand that there is a point, usually later than when mine did, that people start to feel the waves of mortality, and for most, it scares the living piss out of them.   Mostly because they look back and feel that their lives were so damned empty of anything other than chasing the dreams of society.   What they don't see is the legacy they helped to carry on of the people of their race.  They passed that along to their descendents, and even if they taught them nothing of relevance, someone further down the line will grow curious and look back in history to see where they came from.  (our family has been doing so for several years now, and the skeletons under our family tree are quite interesting to say the least.  Seems we have a record of patriotism, followed by a lot of outlaws of those societies we were patriotic to.)  So what if all you did was the 9-5 for 40 years, retired to your backyard and raised 4 kids in the process.   That is 4 copies of you that will carry on, carrying your genetic code forward in time and the doings of all your ancestors will travel with them.   They may not remember you, perse, but you are still a part of the future just my being involved in that small fashion.   Maybe one of those genetic copies will do something, like Einstein, or Tesla, or Alexander the Great, and in that way, you carry on as well.
If it really galls you to think you have done so little, then get off your ass and do something.   Even if it means becoming the Mayor of a small Texas town to clean up the stupidity you see.   (H/T to my Friend and mentor, Soffitrat.   Rest in peace my friend.)  The changes you seek will make your name carry forward, even if only in local or even just family history.    I would rather a small footnote in a family history for being an outlaw, skipping county lines and changing my last name because of bootlegging, than the notes that are being formed on persons such as the Hildibeast.   Maybe she is proud of her legacy(and I don't believe that or she and hers would not have the record of buying off people, burying information(and informants) or wiping computers.), but I would prefer the method of Stalin with his enemies, if I were her.  Strike my name from all the journals as well as any mention of my doings.   Bury the shame of my ill deeds.
But I digress.
Lower case history: Never taught in schools, but everyone has some story from somewhere about someone, that did something crazy, outstanding, ludicrous, profitable, downright stupid, or even simply  perfect and smart, but it will never ever be written about in a History book because its implications were never those of the ones that fund those History Books.   But those stories still persist, just like the people that live under those that fund those history books, and continue to persist long after those groups are no more.
Ok, ok,   Dead horse, bullwhip, I get it.  Get to the point.   
None of our current affairs, or should I say headlines of the day, mean jack shit to anything that is going to still be around tomorrow, or next year, or even the next century.  Jack. Shit!     Maybe the technology will, just as Edison and Tesla's tech carried on and are still with us today.  Or Henry Ford, or any of the myriad of other names that carry on the legacy they left behind.   But the Football players taking a knee?   Not one person in 30 years will be able to tell you WHOM took a knee, and maybe not even be able to tell you WHY they did so, and there is a real credible chance that they won't even remember the event AT ALL.   Maybe the family members will, but thats likely it.   People such as the Clintonistas will be remembered, but likely along the same lines as Henry VIII or Mussolini, cracked, tyrannical and mostly harmless, and not really well liked except by a handful that thought they could be carried forward on the wave of 'success' (useful idiots in other words)(then again, they will be remembered, so might that be the sole intent of their actions?   A debate best left for drunken nights in the dead of winter, preferably after the personal weapons are put away and are under lock and key.)
Myself, I don't have any idea (nor desire) how to leave my name in history, short of some really bizarro fluke of time, but I have a plan on leaving some of my knowledge behind for mine to carry forward.   I have spent a few years gathering 'lost' technology knowledge from the late industrial period, stuff that any 7th grade boy from 1910 would know in his sleep, and I have attempted to master them myself.(as I have documented some of here and in my older sites)   I fully intend on passing as much of that along to my grand-kids as I can, even if only in written form (Yes, I still have a handwritten journal, with footnotes and personal insights into things I may not be able to remember in another 20 years.) as well as a library that I guard more than the tools I have.  Heck, I hauled that library all around the country with me, and added to it as I found stuff in small backwater stores.  That library continues to grow on steady basis as I can afford or even find stuff.   These things will likely be of benefit to my line, far more than my making a name for myself as some hooligan in office.  I may not be able to give them an inheritance of millions, but from what I have seen in the Histories, the second generation usually wound up in far worse condition than the founder, due to that inheritance.  (betcha can't name very many of the Robber Barons descendents, can ya?)  So my name will go down in obscurity for most, infamy for a very small handful, and for the most-part, it will fade as slowly as the etchings on my headstone erode.  
And I am quite ok with that.    


My last scatter brained post.

A History Lesson by Supposition.

When I ‘woke up’ one morning 9 years ago, I never thought that I would take everything I had ever been taught, and toss it out the window. If it had anything to do with our countries history, you can take it and stuff it, it will make a better looking turkey come Thanksgiving day, than that bird you likely will purchase.

Step back a sec; explain my position. Look back to the Constitutional Convention of the late 1700’s and look at the records of who was where and when, and what steps were taken when certain persons returned to the debates. If you read one thing in the next few weeks, look at “The Hologram of Liberty” by Kenneth W. Royce. He lays out what went down there and lists references that one can verify those points. Read it with an open mind because it will not conform to what you were taught, and certain persons that were involved don’t look like the great people we were taught to believe they were. And that is only one point that will get you to thinking.

Another point to think about. President Jackson, aka Stonewall Jackson, wrapped up one of the first National Banks in this country and got us out of debt from the War of 1812. This all took place before “the Civil War” (which was a war but was not at all Civil. Down south, its more appropriately called the War of Northern Aggression.) But all of that changed right around 1860 with Lincoln and that (s)election cycle. There was a lot of civil strife taking place at that time, and it was coalesced around Slavery, but it wasn’t the heart of the issue. The heart of the issue was money. (isn’t it always? Whether in a marriage, or some other fashion, money can always be a problem.) The Northern part of the country was taking advantage of the southern part of the country through import/export taxes and the southern side was trying to find a way around it.

Fact 1: England had abolished slavery a few years prior and did so in a very civil fashion without fighting a war: the Government bought all the slaves and freed them. In terms of cost, not just monetarily, but in physical lives, this was the cheapest route, obviously.

Fact 2: This option was presented to Lincoln, who rejected it outright, before the festivities of blood and mayhem commenced. Why did he reject a civil option for a violent one? I have an answer, but I will leave it open for now to come back to later.

Fact 3: The Emancipation Proclamation did NOT free all the slaves. Don’t believe me? Go read it yourself. It only freed the slaves of the opposing States: it was a military maneuver designed to start infighting on the opposite side; a common tactic in those days when slavery was still commonplace. (and don’t think for a minute that it is a dead institution, its only been driven underground, and still takes place with a regular fashion, especially in the ME and in Islamic countries. Guess thats one of those icky points the media doesn’t like to touch.)

Personal opinion time (but a common one down south): Lincoln was not some saintly martyr, as was painted to us in school when we were wee little’uns. He was a rabid Statist that wanted to consolidate power for a longterm goal. And he was only one cog in the machine and that machine was built by Bankers. Jackson had thwarted their goals prior, and they had to make up ground, and war does an excellent job of driving indebtedness. The south has never fully recovered from that point, 150 plus years later. The power of banks is in debt, as long as they are the receivers of that debt.

Fast forward about 50 years. December 1913. Most of Congress is home for the Holidays. A handful are still in DC and they, THEY, pass a bill into law, to create “The Federal Reserve”. This is a Non-Governmental institution headed by non-publicly elected persons within the banking industry, that has no Governmental oversight, and controls the Money supply to the Government. It has never been audited by the Government, it loans money to the Government at interests rates determined by itself, and has the power to call in that debt at anytime without Government approval (of course, because that wouldn’t be sound business to allow your customers to control your business practices, now would it?) It wasn’t a majority of Congress that did this; only a handful of them, yet they passed the bill near unanimously and the President at the time nearly burned the ink off his pen to sign it into law, BEFORE the majority of congress had returned to DC after the holidays.

Four years later, we were involved in one (the first of) seriously bloody war that had been manipulated into existence by a series of stupid choices spread across the board. I look back at the events that lead up to “the Great war” (stupid phrase, I know) and not one of them should have started anything more than a local fracas. But, History shows otherwise.

That war created the situation to build the events that lead us into the Second World War, again through stupid choices spread around, that by themselves shouldn’t have amounted to anything. The key event that lead up to that point was financial in nature and could have been alleviated early on, except that there were many sore asses left over from the first war.

I hold my opinion of events during that war. I don’t have enough information on certain things to finalize that opinion. I know that Hitler rose to power from the financial destruction of the Wiemar Republic. I know that he and his political circle did horrendous things; I should say “ I was taught that he,,,” as I don’t know for FACT that those things happened, but I haven’t read anything to contradict that teaching either, therefore, until further learning, I have to use that as my foundation.

What I do know is that the war itself was manipulated into existence by financial manipulations. The rise of aggression in Japan was manipulated by financial means, and that can be researched fairly easily. The German Wehrmacht was financed by investment bankers in the US, and certain parts of that machine were sourced from American vendors that had whole control over what was being sold. The fact that there were engines used in planes by the Germans that absolutely had to have a certain additive in their fuel: an additive in sole control of an American Company, shows something that needs to be considered when looking at the larger picture.

Add into the fact that America was the SOLE Survivor of that war. I say that meaning that America was the only country that came out in far better shape than at the start of the war and was the only country that hadn’t had its soil touched during the war (other than Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese never went after the Civilian points, only the military base and warships. Thats another point to discuss amongst friends. At what point did it become acceptable that Civilian areas become target-able during wartime? But I digress.)

That war made this country into something.

And that something is NOT what is (was) being taught to the kids. (I say ‘was’ because with the new “common core” they don’t teach history, AT ALL.) Since that war we have been involved in war after war after war. Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans, many many skirmishes in the ME, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, now Niger. And all for what? Peace and Liberty for all? Seriously? I miss the logic from the first word of that saying; “Peace”. Its like living in some Orwellian dialect: “war is peace” “Ignorance is knowledge” ‘we have always been at war with PanAsia’ The saying ‘Military/Industrial complex’ is more than just a phrase, its quite real. It goes hand in hand with that misbegotten “Federal Reserve”.

I have to expand a personal view here to clarify some things. Yes, I am former military; Marines to be exact. I do have a personal dislike (understated) of Islam/muslim/Muhammadan teachings, but that is not coloring my world view. Something is very wrong in the world and I feel it all starts with the two mechanisms in the prior paragraph. I think the Muslim world would have been fine if we (the US) hadn’t started mucking around trying to “bring peace and posterity to them” at the point of a gun, all for the sake of controlling crude oil and the Petrodollar. The fact that the US military (the strong arm of the Government) has military bases spread around the world doesn’t show the world our strength, but does show intent on empire. Our actions in the ME and other third world areas, support that intent, and only the American people themselves are unaware of it. Its quite obvious to every other little country in the world, and for many of those peoples, Americans are spoiled children: is it really all that surprising, that in most other countries, we are not liked?

Now, current events. We have been involved in a long term war, that eats up lives and equipment, going on 15 years now. In the last 16 years, a new generation has grown up under the most Orwellian government that has grown by leaps and bounds during the same time period. These kids have never known anything else. They have been taught that this is the “New Normal”, and for many of them, history is as fictional as the games they play. Heck, some of them seemingly think the games are more real than the life going on around them. They are bombarded with leftist propaganda nearly 24/7, whether it be gender twisting, or ‘leave your protection to us’, and the current educational curriculum have zero critical thinking involved.

And many of these kids will be voting or already are voting if they were born in 1999. These are the kids that are the tax base for the next generation of retirees. Some of them get it, many are manipulated into thinking they should get the ‘freebies’ first. Most all of them are angry, even if they really don’t understand WHY they are angry. And they have reason, at least in my opinion, to be angry.

But will they fight for freedom, or communism? As current events show, most are stepping up to the communism plate. Why not? If you haven’t been taught to think clearly, see other options, the communist planks “sound” good (critical thinking would expose the contradictions in the planks, but,,). They haven’t been taught history in any meaningful way, so have no basis of what works and what doesn’t. They aren’t taught about anything that would actually make them anything more than another useful revenue source, just like a head of cattle. They are lead by people that tell them Capitalism is a bad thing, that profits are a bad thing, and yet those people that lead them are wealthy, have no concerns over where their next meal is coming from, and enjoy their positions of untouchability while feeding the frenzy of hate that we are seeing becoming a near everyday event.

Or so it seems.

Many of those hate groups (contrary to what the Media call them) are located in blue States, in blue cities, and aren’t any concern to people such as myself in ‘fly-over country’. The kids here, even if the schools aren’t capable of teaching critical thinking, know when what they are being served is shit or icecream. These kids may not have the best education, but they aren’t stupid. They know that meat doesn’t come out of a styrofoam and cellophane package. They know that vegetables take work to make grow. They know how to handle a knife, even if just to clean under their fingernails, and they aren’t afraid of guns or other instruments of lifetaking. Some of them, many of them are capable of handling a chainsaw, splitting maul, kindling axe, without anymore danger to life and limb than the instruments themselves are capable of. In other words, they are competent to do things without supervision. Most of the boys and quite a few of the girls, hunt on a regular basis. Many of them are capable of the kill, field dressing, and hauling out the harvest, WITHOUT adult supervision. (I am talking the millennials here, but there are some pre-teens that are equally capable though the parents tend to be nearby, just in case.) Most all of these kids has spent several months worth of time sitting on a riverbank, fishing.

These kids are more likely the next generation that WILL accomplish something, but what I am seeing is they have no desire to pursue that something. Most of them could give a wooden nickle if the Government kept going. Their attitude stems from the fact that most times they have had to see the government in action, someone they know and love has gone away for awhile, sometimes permanently. They know the basics of life. The two rules that everyone should know after kindergarten: Don’t hurt people and Don’t take their stuff. And yet, the government shows them often that it doesn’t know those two rules. They have been given nothing to aspire to. They see through the gilt covering of most of the current ‘heroes’, they see the veneer as what it is: a pretty surface to hide the garbage underneath. They have more sense of right and wrong than those ‘heroes’ show, and they don’t want to go down that path. Better to get a decent job, stay in practice for hunting season to arrive, and keep the fires burning amongst the families. To someone from the coastal enclaves like NY or LA, that existence would seem completely pointless and boring as hell. But what those coasties don’t see is the depth of the existence, the family ties that extend generations in all directions. They have never heard the welcoming you get everywhere around here when you go to visit someone: “Ya ate yet?” Those places are dog eat dog, this place is Dog sleeping in front of the Fire. Here, the comfort of family is more important than anything. Family is security from bad times. And bad times are often enough, why aggravate them with ‘guv-ment’.

I apologize, I turned a corner there and lost my train of thought, but I am leaving it in because it is the truth. This area will change in time, but change comes very very slowly. People don’t like to give up things around here, not without good reason, and certain things are as ingrained in their living as their DNA is.

Back to the topic. History is coming full circle for this country. I would like to point out another book to read for y’all. “The Fate of Empires” by John Glubb. You can get a free copy online in PDF format. As his research over the many empires shows, this country is in its collapse stage. In fact, we are very near the last stage of collapse and it is accelerating. The USA may go on for a few more Decades, maybe even a century or two, but we will NEVER regain our footing that we had right after WWII. Look at the UK, they still exist, but they certainly aren’t the powerhouse they were around 1776 or 1812.

One of the key points in that collapse is dissolution of commonality. Not that we all have something in common, but that we all see our country in the same light. We don’t. There are more factions with a different perspective of what this country means to them, hate or love it, and even within similar groups, you are not likely to find two people with a similar definition. Once that is lost, its just a matter of time.

Another key point is financial. I keep seeing that the Dow Jones and other market tickers are continuing that up-sweep. This makes me very nervous. The faster the growth, the steeper the fall. We are past due for another ‘crash’, and when this one comes, it make take the bottom out with it. With all the welfare and workfare people in this country, I worry how that crash may play out on the societal stage. The financial aspect that Glubb talks about is loss of confidence in currency. I already see that happening in a small scale in these parts. People are more willing to barter amongst themselves than attempt to sell for cash. Granted, it still takes cash or some semblance of to make transactions with box stores and such, but if its between locals only, barter seems to work better. 

All of those points are visible now.  Things will only get worse from here. 

Well, that all being said, I have to wrap it up with a silly idea. My opinion of the human race is that we are INSANE. We keep doing the same silly ass shit, building empires to have them fail, and then pull it all back together and do it again, expecting that this time it will work. Thats nuts, by classic definition. I have to think that the people at SETI are barking up the wrong tree. I think that any ET already has us scoped and is waiting for us to cure ourselves or is ready to wipe us out if we manage to come up with a viable way of traveling amongst the stars before that cure. I think we are in isolation from the rest of the universe until we can get our shit straight.

But thats just my opinion.

Y’all take care, and if ya wanna talk, that email does work.  

Later.


Coming soon

Went n did it.  Bought a new bow (only it ain’t ‘new’, though new to me.)

2012 Bear Encounter.  Its very similar to the Wild from this years line by Bear, and, of course, the price was right.   I spent quite a lot of yesterday afternoon ‘movin in and getting familiar with her.  This thing is bloody fast too!  I missed on one of my shots and buried the arrow into hard wet clay. The only part showing was the fletching.  I went and grabbed the Darton and repeated the shot and only acheived half that, so KE is definitely higher, even though I have not checked with a chronograph yet. As I jokingly said to myself as I struggled to pull that arrow out of the clay, “this thing’d pierce a bear, end to end!”
I have another uber post on the laptop I am working up.  Not certain yet, but it may end up being my very last post as well.  I’aint gonna lie, this blogging thing has become tiresome. Not the blogging  perse, but more the lack of difference it makes.  I dislike the feeling of being in an echo chamber.

This ‘last’ post is going to put it all out there, history, the politics as I interpret it, financial and societal implications of this that and the other, and a mild assessment of things extraterrestrial. (Intrigued yet?  LOL) 

I may still put up some project now n again, but I doubt it.  I get too distracted for pics most times and as I have found, most people won’t believe ya if you don’t have visual proof.  Either way this goes, last post or no, I will leave the site up.  

More later.