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

Just talkin’

Endarkenment

Still manning the watchtower though I’ve little to nothing to add of late.

But I gots ta thinking about some larger aspects of things while driving twixt here and Charleston last week.

I can’t say how many times I have read or referenced analogy of current events to the Fall of the Roman Empire. And I can’t say that the analogy is wrong, but I am starting to think its off. Just as Malthus was wrong in his day, and for much the same reason: ignoring technology and species resilience.

IMO if we are going to see an Great Endarkenment, we are already well into it. In my observations, literacy is the biggest sign of that. Not that most can’t read, but that they are showing loss of comprehension and serious lack of attention span. If it takes more than 140 characters to express an idea, you are likely to lose 95% of a potential audience. I can’t count how many times I have heard, “in twenty words or less, what’s your point?” or some generalization of such.

With loss of comprehension and attention span, the next victim is critical thinking. We already see lack of Critical thinking skills by the simple fact of so few questioning the Heglian Dialects being shoveled around this year. Even when the numbers are obviously being skewed to perpetuate a fallacy, it seems that no one wants to ‘rock the boat’ and so remain compliant and obedient.

Our forefathers must be so proud of what 200+ years have produced.

What I am seeing that does fit the Fall analogy is the population replacement that took place near the very end of the Roman empire. By the time it was a worthless shell, the population of Rome itself had almost no Roman bloodlknes left. They had outmigrated long before.

We are aeeing that happening now as people leave the outskirta of certain cities to warmer friendlier areas. Its not a diaspora, yet! Come November, I would not be surprised to see caravans leaving said cities, loaded with all manner of desperate and haunted people looking for anywhere NOT at war.

Because we are, ARE, at war. Most people are still in denial of that fact because the body count is still below 100 corpses. When that figure starts to approach 4 and 5 digits,,,,

We are at war for ideals, just like we were back in 1860-65. One side still holds values that may seem cliche and labeled as racist or whatever, but they still hold value to those people (note, I am one of them) and the other side see those same values as the ruin of humanity or some such crap. Where a person stands amongst those two sides is a simple matter of degrees, but its not hard to find the divide these days. Hell, its in your face almost 24/7 now.

I touch upon one course of future in my recent book. When I was writing it, I had no idea just how far or how rapidly we could descend to this stage. I would like to think a “Divorce ” amongst the states could be done amicably, but I am a realistic in my pessimism. A break up is inevitable. And it will be heated and bloody. If it becomes a permanent breakup with this continent housing several nations like Central Europe, or one side dominating the other and a new nation/potentially old nation taking the forefront; who flippin knows but the fickle fates and God.

But Grear Endarkenment; not so much. There may be a slow down in innovation (already there on most fronts) and there may be decades where many formerly first world countries are vying for third world status, but it won’t be the centuries of the Dark Ages. Our technology is to advanced and education to ubiquitous to allow much more than a couple decades of slowdown. The only way this world would see such dark ages again is if the madmen started launching multi-megaton nukes with great abandon, shattering any semblance of our global structure and reducing world population back to 15th century levels(or less). Recall I said our tech and species resilience are the two factors keeping the Endarkenment at bay.

I know; such a lovely topic for a Friday post. Apologies to all.

Anywhoos, some memes to fit some of the above points.


Better than expected.

Took Serena to the lake today for a test run on the new set up. Checks for performance changes and leaks in order. A new skirt to test as well.

Performance comes in MUCH better, she holds 4knots with bare inputs and an easy 5.5 with steady power pulls. Able to edge easier, with my weight forward she doesn’t want to slice off unpredictably, and setting blade as a keel rudder works like a charm. It took a couple tries to figure the correct placement of the paddle blade to make this work, but watching my bow wake, you can see the boat drift left by a wider wake on the right, and it doesn’t ‘turn’, just drifts aside. (easier to see that when you are on a glassy lake: one reason I chose to go in the early morning before the wind started chopping up the surface)

Having built up some confidence in the Arc, (gotta come up with a new name there) I tried a couple other techniques I hadn’t tried before. Edged turns, braced leans (super fun ) etc. Sweeps seem to work better too. Likely due to being more centered in the boat.

Started getting hot so found a convenient stump sticking out of the water and used it to practice some hip flicks and to check for leaks in my handiwork. Woot!!!!! Dry all around. Considering my Snapdragon skirt leaks during capsize and this new skirt did not, I consider the price well within reason. So now I have 5 skirts for 3 boats. (Well, technically 4, but the Feathercraft K1 is still out of service for repairs.) Of those skirts, the 3 I spent high dollars on are the worst for leaking. The Seals skirt may as well not be on, it leaks so bad nor will it hold up under a capsize: it implodes every-time. The two snapdragons are great when it comes to keeping splashes out but leak at the lip when submerged. Its not so bad as to be a worry of sinking, but is irritating. The MountainSurf and Appalachian Extreme are bulletproof above or below, AND able to be pulled with one hand unlike the SDs, which wanna wrestle going on and coming off.

Anywhoooz, I had fun and added to my growing knowledge of boat building, hydrodynamics, and self-limitations (that last is a bar that keeps getting moved up.) I refuse to let the world direct my aimless path of self-improvement, so to all the haters in the world burning police stations and trying to make “A better world”: Y’all need to get off the pot and start looking inside yourselves to see where YOU can improve. The world does just fine without your damned socialist inputs.

The Tuttle Twins - a child's foundation of freedom


Lane Change for a day.

It’s domestic duty Sunday.  That means laundry, groceries, what not.  It also means that I am working on the book as we speak. (Kinda, its break time for a few.  can only look at the edit screens for so long before I want to throw the computer through the wall.)

All of this brings up a peeve of mine though.  I am sure that some of us older types that have been around since the Commodore 64 days can all feel for this.   UPDATES!   I hates ’em!   Remember when your computer was top of the line with 128Meg Hard Drive?   Yeah, me either.   Not anymore.  This laptop I have been using has a Solid state Terabyte drive in it, and the operating system covers almost a quarter of that.   My very first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000.  It didn’t have an operating system, it was a programmable chip with video interface to learn Basic on.  it had a WHOLE WHOPPING Kilobyte of memory!  ROFLMAO.   These days, you can’t write a message to your buddy without hitting that kilobyte limit.

Back to that peeve for a minute.   Most of the updates we see these days, aren’t really ‘updates’, they are security patches.   So many of our programs/apps allow access into some pretty private areas in our little electronic universes, that the app writers have to constantly keep up on security patches to keep one step ahead of the thieves that would do us harm.   MY PEEV is this.   Blockchain would eliminate almost all of the security issues, but the Government and several corporate types resist that tech and discourage its use.  They tell the masses that blockchain will make crime easier or some such shit.

No, sorry, the real reason is this: Blockchain removes their ability to collect your information at whim and use it to prosecute whatever schemes they have this week.  (and the shit is now rolling on a weekly change basis.  Gotta keep the masses reeling with the blows or they may wake up to the fact that the powers that ‘wanna’ be are out of control.)  You may recall a court trying to order someone to give up their password protection on their encrypted files?  That wasn’t a blockchain thing, but the encryption is similar.  They have to ask YOU for permission and that eats at their withered blackened souls to no end.  They will posture and threaten with incarceration, but in the end, it comes down to YOU giving them permission and, Oh! Hell! To! The! NO! is their position on that!

Blockchain is a bottom up security model,  YOU control who has access to your information, not the guy on the other end.   That irritates people like Bill Gates, who has a stranglehold on almost all of your information (especially now with Win-DOH!!s 10)    And blockchain is the foundation for crypto-currency that may be the saving grace of our planet, if we can keep our shit together long enough.

Long enough for ‘What’, Dio?

Long enough for the majority of people to wake up to the fact that GOVERNMENT is the real problem, and that PEOPLE are the answer.  It’s a bit more complicated than that, but I seriously believe that if we could reduce our GOVERNMENT to a local condition where people KNOW PERSONALLY who is trying to do what, then we would eliminate so much of the bullshit we have now.   The disconnect we see in people like PElousy, Sloe-Joe Biden, and others would go away because they would be our neighbors and if they started slipping the leash,,,

The parallel between our program complexities and how fat our Governments have grown are obvious to me.  It’s all, and I do mean ALL about control.   The government has to grow to keep burying its shit so the masses don’t catch whiff of it.  (and its not enough anymore) and the programs have to grow to keep the patches on top of patches functional.   It’s like a hemorrhaging wound.  You don’t take off the first bandage when its soaked, you have to add another on top of it and keep applying pressure.  But if the wound is arterial, you’re gonna need a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

And with the way things are bleeding out right now, I don’t think a tourniquet will suffice.  It may be time for that third level of triage: Make the patient comfortable while they die.


Reality break wknd

Took Sirena and the Carolina to lake Saturday. Had made plans to make a weekend of it with a friend, but, well, plans change. Friend hadn’t cleared things with wifey, or sumpin, dunno, but he was able to spend about 3 hours on the water in Ol’red. (The carolina14.5) fish weren’t interested in anything he tossed out and by 12:30, he was calling it quits.

About that time, another friend texted me and said he, his wife and son were near the ramp fishing: ‘swing by if’n ya can.’ Dude out with me was cool with that and wanted to head home. Me, being frustrated with friends attitude decided ‘sprint time!’. 1.6 miles, calm water and no power boats. Easy peasy! Sorry bud! Try to keep up,,,

Well, he held his own, seeing how Ol’red plows water, where Sirena cuts it like a knife. He did have a euro paddle and a stubborn attitude to not quit. Even so, by the time we made the ramp, both of us were a bit winded. Didn’t have the GPS with me, so guestimating speed at 5mph(based on distance and apx time by text message time stamps.) Not too shabby for this 51yo outta shape dude.

Sunday, after I finished my wknd chores of keeping my self and stead operational, decided my first boat was in need of some h2o time too. Duh!kee hasn’t seen water since last September when she squealed and had her hull ruptured. Repair made, but never tested. It was 84, rivers up about a foot and flowing fast, but Duh!k likes fast water. Water temp was near 60, chilly but ‘knock you to your knees’ cold.

Hard to see in that pic, but the water there is far more turbulent then normal. At surface, river seems to be flowing about 3, just below surface shes rocking at 5. Since I’m now accustomed to how stable Sirena is, I chose to NOT push my limits on the rapids. Duh!kee is similar to riding a freshly broken 1 y.o. horse: she’s just waiting for your attention to stray and is ready to throw you something crazy.

So, find somewhere near the eddies, practice rollling. Get a feel for my first girl again.

Know what that is? In some circles, busted paddle would be correct. In this case, blown roll would be more accurate.

Was not trying full rolls, just dip on one side, get duh!k over completely, then hip flick and lever back up. The current had drifted me into shallower water and the end of the paddle struck rock. Pressure went from whole blade to blade tip instantly and SNAP! I’m back in the water.

That smaller paddle on the deck is called a storm paddle and it was what helped me get back. With how swift the water was, it was time to call it quits without a full paddle. (The storm paddles work well enough, but its not a stroke I’m strong in. Not strong enough to get upstream in fast water anyways.)

Repair was a total success, no leaks; and Duh!k is back in the fleet again. She will continue to be my roller for learning that skill in detail, and for short days where I just want to get wet. Sirena will be my multiple day expedition boat as she can hold quite a bit of gear (and rides SO much better with a load). The Carolina is the loaner boat, also capable as a gear hauler.

Good weekend all around, mussed up plans and all. I feel a little more in-line with facing society again, and just in time for the workweek.


Aftermath (speculative short story)

“Stumbled my way on the darkest afternoon,

doo, doo-dee-doo

Got a beer in my hand and I’m draggin’ a stogie too

bud-budda-bud-bud.

The back of my brain is tickin’ like a clock,

boo-da-dee-doo-doo

I simmer down gently but boil on ‘what the fuck?: “1

Never said I was the greatest singer, but in this sun, scratchin’ out the lines of beans I’m planting; singing makes it go by so much faster. Gotta make our own music now, and it is just me out in this field today.

Who knows what year it is, I lost track a few seasons back. After things went to shit in the 2020 joke of an absentee election cycle, put in place by the countries new ‘Coronaphobia’, people like me retreated to the hills and never looked back. Even my democrat friends knew something was wrong when Biden took the election with 480 electoral college votes. They had written in for Bernie. Not sure what the hell they were thinking but even Bernie was looking like a better bet than Smokin’ Joe Biden. Smokin’ ’cause thats what bearings do when they run without lube for so long under so much pressure.

Then they inaugurated the senile ol groper. Two days later he had an aneurysm in the Oval Office. Interim President Obama, Michelle, not Barry, then nominated Hillary for Vice.

By April, it was chaos. Barry killed Michelle in a ‘pique of passion’ and HRC became the new President of the United States. Every swinging dick on asphalt in the world KNEW that Barry hadn’t killed O. Who had was never answered, and Barry burned in the chair before appeals could be ran, despite his being a former president himself. The Clinton death list had gained a couple new members. And some I know say that Bidens death was on that list as well.

But don’t none of it matter. America was sold off piece meal to the Chinese, the Russians, South African conglomerates: whoever could pay the geld.

“Rule of Law”? Ayah! That’s just a fairy tale these days. Hell, If I get caught growing these beans, they’ll shoot me on sight, plow me under for the fertilizer and harvest them come August for themselves. Of course they would have some political prisoner or two working the rows until, then plow them under for the next batch next year. Not the beans, the prisoners. That’s what America turned into when Queen Clinton enthroned herself. Heck, some don’t believe she is even alive anymore. That they use Computer Graphics to piece together news feeds of her talking, and that its actually Soros doing the driving up there. That he is still alive is amazing too. I guess with all that money, he can afford some radical age stopping treatments, like total blood replacement from young children or some-such,,,

It’s easier out here in what was once the Daniel Boone National Forest. It’s hard to get to where my group is, and with the old fire tower, we have a chance of seeing incoming further out. Used to be that we were scared of the drones looking for us, but a few older Ranger types coming here told us that they can’t keep the drones airborne now. No good pilots, no Techs to keep them working and they don’t trust the pilots they can get to not use the drone as weapon against them. At first I was afraid of the Rangers coming here. Thought that they were looking for us. One of them told me that this section of the woods was once used as a training area for Army Rangers and they all know the area well. If we see them now, they are definitely on our side, and by God, the amount of shit they know,,,

And they bring some really nice toys with them.

I don’t figure I will live to see all of this wrapped up, Ghost said people started fighting in the cities shortly after ‘Her Majesty’ took over, suspended congress and SCOTUS, eviscerated what was left of the Constitution and had every State Governor not on board with her, arrested for pedophilia or drug running or money laundering. The fighting didn’t last long. Just like in Medieval times, siege was a waiting game, shut off essentials like water and food, the people on the inside fold or fail in pretty quick order. Ghost told me some of what he saw before he packed his shit and left. Hollywood couldn’t write the level of horror he had seen.

That was at least a year ago. He still has spells where he just sits and looks at nothing, seeing the back of his head is what he says.

Maybe this batch of beans will keep us going for another 10 months or so. We have enough, but I sure do miss a bigmac these days. Beef just doesn’t happen much and venison is so damned lean. Funny, how all those things we were told were so bad for us, are now essential to good health and avoiding things Beri-Beri. That affliction hadn’t been seen in the US since before the great depression. Its hovers around us now.

“well, Old Mr. Heffer
I’m really pleased to meet you
I didn’t mean to scare your blue-eyed child
but Billy wouldn’t talk to me
and Susie wouldn’t look at me
it made me so doggone crazy
I had to chase them for a mile
all wanted was change for a buck “

Now for the stinky part. Gerry brought me up a load of old carp and I’m giving each plant it’s own fish. Two quarts of honey for 50 dead fish. We’ll have Mead by this time next month, and soon a whole ton of beans. Just a bunch of crazy Deplorables running around drunk and farting in the woods, scaring off all “her Majesties” hired help from third world countries..

Well I’m back and I’m feelin’ good tonight
yea I’m back and I’m feelin’ right
so get back ’cause I’m feelin’ right
Jesus! “

1Four Non-Blondes, Ol’ Mr Heffer.


Back to the Math

I guess I need to expand on my post from yesterday to illustrate better what my point was.

I want to put up, right from the start that I am not saying this bug is a nothing burger. I am saying that the reactions we are seeing are irresponsible and dangerous to an already unstable situation in the world. Said reactions are being fueled by fear mongering and potentially an ulterior motive yet to be resolved from present evidence. (I have suspicions, but don’t want to wander into tin-foil hat territory just yet.)

So, back to the math for a few.

Taking into account that this bug has been ‘rampaging’ since November, I will use the beginning of that month for my start date. Since inception, we are looking at 162 days. Knowing that some countries are no longer tracking this bug or reporting it to WHO, I am going to double the number to appease those that are in full ZOMG! status. Using the average daily death rate of the world for this, and the modified death rate of the bug, there is a 1198/180000 ratio daily. Listed as CoVid19/DDRof world, Rounding things off, this is 1/150. (recall, this is using the doubled rate. Actual numbers are just one in three hundred.)  (This doesn’t account for the death by bug vs entire population of world that I addressed yesterday.  I think that was where the breakdown in communication was.)

Wheres that 3.5% dying thing that some Media outlets were screaming about? Is it that we just haven’t hit the peak yet? Is it that we have ‘flattened the curve’ as designed? Think about it. One hundred fiftieth is a five hundred times better than three percent. No model covers what is being shown, not the flattening of the curve thing, not the projected growth models. None of them show this. WHY????

Because this is not the bug they thought it was. Whatever was released in China has or is evolving into a more benign version of itself. This happens in all virus’ because to be terminal in all stages means no more hosts! Its Darwinism at its finest.

There are some on the nets that say I am being unreasonable by saying that this thing is not as bad as proposed. That my viewpoint is ‘extreme’. I say they are being unreasonable as they aren’t looking at the bigger picture and taking into account the only point that is a non-variable. WE ALL DIE. Yeah, it sucks, it can be sad, and it is never convenient. But at some point we all visit that point. Its called LIFE!!!! You are born, you live, you die: end of story. The numbers we are seeing, DO NOT ADD UP TO JUSTIFY THE REACTIONS DISPLAYED!!!! In my opinion, the reactions are the EXTREME here. For all intents and purposes, this an openly aggressive power grab, robbing us of further liberties and freedoms. They will never relinquish what they have taken away, and only grudgingly allow us some back, until the next round of ‘whatever’ comes down the pike. And the majority of the people HAPPILY rolled over for it, and the rest either consented with minimal fuss, or some, such as myself, are trying to wake up the rest to what is really going on. As an individual, I can’t fight this with any weapons other than the one I am using. Words!

I have an advantage/handicap; depending on your outlook, by being sequestered in a quite rural area with a scattered population bearing no comparison to those metropolitan areas that are being hammered by this bug (hammered if you account for Media Bias, individual reporting underscores this as falsified information) I am also something of a hermit, there is a very small slice of society that I deal with on a regular basis. With that in mind, I have a bias against the mass insanity (as I see it) that is afflicting the nation. I also have the bias of an upbringing where when a child was diagnosed with chicken pox, all the mothers in the neighborhood would have a party to get all the kids together to get them all ‘infected’ so they could all get the shit out of the way and move on with life. This being an example of HERD IMMUNITY that we should be embracing right now, not this “hide under a rock and hope it goes away” attitude. There are those that would be far more susceptible to this bug, and they should sequester themselves for their own protection, but to have the entire society turn turtle is STUPID! The numbers just do not add up to that scenario. The effects of this will be far reaching, farther than the bug itself, and will, WILL have negative effects on those this bug would not have bothered in the least otherwise. Just the passing of the CARES act, which effectively doubled the national debt overnight with the stroke of a pen, has created long lasting effects that will continue into the next two generations not even born yet 1.

All to take care of a virus blown out of proportion by a fear mongering media system.

I am not asking for people to commit suicide by getting this bug and spreading it around. I am asking that people use the gray matter between their ears and THINK before jumping on the bandwagon of public opinion when that public opinion is the raft headed over the falls.

On a lighter note:

“OMG! How are we supposed to plan for this?”  The same way you plan for anything. There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet.  What was the other lesson in that other movie?  DON’T PANIC.

1this statement made assuming that our currency doesn’t implode in the meantime. Not an assumption I think is solid. I sincerely believe that some group is TRYING to implode the system for reasons yet seen.

 

 


Where the anarchists’ play

Just a little thought in my head that needed brought forward by a running conversation amongst peers in one of the dreaded social media apps.

Further aggression against the Bill of Rights. It may not need said among those I am conversing with, but for clarity, I will say it here. Our Bill of Rights is in peril. Has been for years, since at least the Thirties of the last Century, when the Second Amendment started getting assaulted with infringements, in direct violation of the Amendment itself (Shall not be infringed!!!!) SO, I am going to cover my stance on things as I see them, hopefully clarifying some things for others, and maybe, just maybe sending a memo to the remainder of the country that there are those of us with a like mind, and you really don’t want to piss us off. (Don’t Tread On Me, isn’t a threat, its merely a warning, just like the rattlesnake in the picture gives a warning first, before striking. FYI, a rattlesnake will rattle only after it can’t move away anymore. The people of this country that only want to make their way in life, can’t move away anymore, and this is our rattling that warning.)

There are only three rights1 and three rules that need to be addressed here, everything else is details.

Right #1: The right of Individual pursuit of Life, Freedom, and Prosperity2. Everyone of us gained that right by simply being born. How we address those three items is entirely up to us as individuals with certain precepts that guide us. Some of those are cultural, some religious, and some are inherent in the governments we happen to be burdened with, but there is always a choice: the difference between the truly free and the oppressed is how much are they willing to bear, or shrug off, and what sacrifices are they willing to make to be free. Freedom (liberty3) is NEVER Free. You must fight for it, either at the ballot box, on the soap box, or with the bullet box, but you will fight for it. Knowing a former Soviet Escapee, one that happened to get out from under that nightmare before it fell apart for the better, she sees what is going on in this country and warns others as best she can what is coming. She is fighting for freedom in her life yet again. The first time she sacrificed her entire family (they actually sacrificed themselves so she could escape, ) now she has only herself to give for the freedom, and is willing to give it for others to be free. Freedom is accepting responsibility; being accountable for your choices, decisions, and actions. In our current society, there are few that understand just how uplifting and burdensome freedom can be. We bury our responsibilities by accepting assurances we will be taken care of, at the promise of others. By accepting that promise, we surrender another slice of our freedom.

Right #2: The right to self-defense. This is not the second amendment cry. I don’t give a rats ass about whether a gun or rock or club is legal or not when it comes to self defense. The powers that wanna be can outlaw everything under the sun, and if I have the need to defend my life, I will use whatever is at hand to do so. Be it rock, limb of a tree, butchers knife from my kitchen counter, or that AR that just happens to still exist even though there aren’t any numbers on it and no paper-trail describing its existence. The right to self-defense is inherent just by drawing breath, and to deny that fact is to deny living. There is no creature under God’s Eye that isn’t interested in maintaining its existence. Even the damned virus’ that are running rampant across the world are interested in living, breeding, a continued existence past the here and now. Even a cornered rat will stand its ground and fight back. Not because it can win, but because it has to at least try! And sometimes that attempt is enough to make the aggressor back off and the rat gets to live another day. They can outlaw all the guns, but they can never get all the guns out of circulation. They can tax or outlaw the ammunition, but they will never be able to get rid of whats out here, nor stop people from making their own. Even if they did somehow manage to do both, and there were no more guns in the world (a self defeating attempt because you will need guns to enforce the decree), someone, somewhere, will find a way to eliminate another person’s life, if that is what their intentions are from the start. You can’t stop that, no matter how many laws you enact. Proof positive of concept: its already illegal to kill another person by any means, yet it still happens. Taking the tools away doesn’t stop the deed, it only makes the aggressor more creative in the deed. That’s all a gun is, a tool; its the person and their intent that make the tool deadly. In other words: I am the weapon!

Right #3: The right to self-segregate. This is one that has been getting skipped over way too often in our Civil Rights Era. It’s not a racist thing, in any way shape or form, its a personal choice, and one that I see others ‘guilty of’ more often than not4. You don’t see wolf packs integrating with wildcat prides, and you never hear about some zoologist crying about how racist the wolves are. I choose who I want to integrate with, on terms of my choosing, just as those I do or do not integrate with do the same in reverse. If I choose to mingle with people of color, or different cultural backgrounds, I do so on terms I decide upon, that are mutually (verbally or physically by actions) agreed upon by the people I am mingling with. If I choose to retreat to some mountain hide-away where all of my neighbors are the same color or breed, or cultural whatever, that then is self-segregation and there is nothing at all wrong with that. Even now, in a world where being a white male is the ultimate form of racial segregation and negative bias, the right to self-segregate is inherent even in the same breath of those screaming for racial equality. And yet those same screamers can’t see the dichotomy of their words. You see predominantly White neighborhoods, predominantly Black neighborhoods, Asian neighborhoods, etc. There may be the ‘odd’ duck in any of the above, and they may or may not be an asset to the community, but for the most part, the community is a homogeneous unit. This isn’t racial bigotry, it just how people do things. I believe strongly that it is a genetic impulse as well. (side note into another discussion, but won’t delve into deeply here: We may be “civilized” but we are only one or two generations away from that beast in the cave. Some individuals may be closer still.)

And that leads way into the rules that IN MY OPINION, should guide everyone, and is much shorter than the Ten Commandments,

Rule 1: Don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff. Simple as pie, harder to live by when others don’t want to follow suit.

Rule 2: If it hurts none, Do as you will.. This is much harder and is NOT the ‘if it feels good, do it” attitude of the late Sixties hippie commune era. The concept of hurting none, applies to yourself as well. A corollary of this is “Live and let live.”

Rule 3: No matter how inconvenient, speak the truth. Obviously, there are times where this one may violate the second one, and at those times, omission is the côte du jure; just shut your trap. And there are many a time where keeping your jaws wired shut is the only option to keeping the peace and liberty we so wish for in life.

Some may say that those three rules will be violated if I exercise my second right of self defense. No. My right to self-defense is inherent to maintaining my right to life and liberty, and if some other decides to break the rule of leaving me in peace, then what actions I take to maintain, are justified so long as they are not unreasonable. If someone were to try and shout me down in a crowded room, obviously I do not have the right to kill them(even if doing so would unburden the rest of the species of a cancer. My opinion aside, that would be unjustified and unreasonable). But I DO have the right to try and shout them down as well: “In Kind” is a term that was used often in courts of old, when justice tended to be swifter and much more intimidating to violators.

Now, with my right to self-defense, if someone were to attack me, whether it be for theft, rapine, or whatnot: any physical attack on my person, or family, or property; I would be justified in use of deadly force to protect the above. My personal opinion of this is that if someone is making the decision to hurt me, either by damaging/killing my person, or my people, or stealing my property, they have chosen to take the risk of dying to do so. There have been too many silly word games played in recent years in the courts systems that twist that simple premise into a labyrinth of illogical and emotional trauma for the damaged parties. (and this falls under a piece of advice as given my family at one point in history, by a member of the Law Enforcement Community; If you have to, kill them, don’t wound them, or maim them. KILL THEM. Dead men can’t counter-argue. This is also supported by the Gun-cultures meme of “I’d rather be judged by twelve, than carried by six.”)

A slight digression here. Heinlein is often quoted as saying “An armed society is a polite society,” I think a civilized or polite society has to have a certain amount of Barbarism held in check, ready to be unleashed as may be required, to maintain that civil decorum. If law breakers knew that they would be held liable with their very lives, not just a short term in jail, a slap on the wrist and maybe some new restrictions (that they will ignore the same way they ignored the original set of restrictions), they would be more apt to keep an even keel with the rest of society. The ones that did ‘go over the rainbow’ would be dealt with, and there it would end. In short order, crime would become much less a problem in our world. That is not to say it would go away completely, human nature being what it is, there will always be someone that wants more, and tries to figure a way to gain it without earning it. People are inherently lazy: they will try to find the easiest route first, and some will have little issue with doing so at some others loss.

I have seen others vision of a more perfect world5, where people are the catalyst to growth and Government is stymied by sacrifice, not encouraged by allowed force. Where the individual is the building block, and to achieve a status in government means proving yourself in as many fronts as possible, achieving success, then sacrificing it all for the privilege of serving the community. That privilege supported by the sacrifices made, basic taxation in the form of Fees assessed in disputes of business departures, and resident fees (voluntarily made by residents, but enforced by needing the services of said citizens that make the sacrifices for leadership.) No one is “entitled” to anything, especially not someone else’s profits. An individual has to make their way, and the whole society is self-regulating. If someone is producing a faulty product, public response would drive that person out of the business. If someone were to be hurt by that product, baring self-inflicted wounding through mis-use, The producer would be liable for damages, to be determined by a Citizens Court where the defendant could counter sue to determine operator negligence, etc. Actual cases of damage through theft, vandalism, assault, rape, etc, would be handled at the societal level, either through arrest by others in the area (not law enforcement, as that should be a responsibility of all able bodied persons in a truly free society) or action by the intended victim at that time. In the case of assault or rape, if the criminal were killed, the victim would only need to show reasonable cause. (again, held by the citizens court if need be: usually in the case of a family filing wrongful death charges)

The problem with that more perfect world becoming reality is in our current mental state as a society. No one wants the responsibilities that such a society would force on the individual, even though it would be far easier and safer to live in such a world. So few are willing to accept that their personal choices have led them to where they are in life, and would rather blame everyone around them for their misery. “If they would just promote me,,,” “I didn’t choose to be born this way,,,]”, “If I had a better education,,,”, etc. It’s always easier to shift the blame, then to turn and look in the mirror and try see that person behind the mask we all wear. So many have been wearing the same mask for so much of their life, they aren’t even aware that they are hiding their reality from themselves. The responsibilities those three little ‘rights’ and three little ‘rules’ would force on people are too heavy a burden for a vast majority of people in this world. The choices they would have to make are too ‘hard’, and the road to that ‘easy’ life of true freedom and personal potential would require ‘too much work’. That state of mind leads society into Entropy, a steady decline of rewarding incompetence, and eventual failure dragging across decades.

Sadly, it appears we are at that cusp.

Without going into details that most everyone would know from our recent history, current trends in the world show we are on the cusp of something much much bigger than just a Pandemic. Observing how society is reacting to the events of the day, I think that understanding is much deeper than just a simple fear of a disease, and a temporary shutdown of society as a whole. I think the current actions of our present Government are a cover for something much more serious in the background, and while signs of that larger event are obvious, I feel that that what we are seeing has been coming for a long while yet, and is still being held back by the simple tactic of slapping another bandage on the bleeding wound. Time will tell how all of this pans out, and it will be up to the historians in the future to piece it together and make sense of it all. Unfortunately, no one will learn from our mistakes, the same way we haven’t learned from the mistakes of our ancestors, and all of this will be repeated again, in some fashion similar to this and other events.

1Freedom of speech is one of the most misinterpreted and misunderstood rights in our current world. Every one has an opinion, and everyone has a right to state it, but no one has a right to be free of being offended by the words of another. In the words of a friend, “I don’t have to agree with, or even like, what you say, but I will defend your right to say it with my life.” There are many now in the world that do not want to reciprocate that sentiment.

2This differentiates from the Declaration of Independence in something more inline with what Jefferson had originally written but was voted down on. His words were for Life Liberty and Property, which the Abolitionists argued encouraged slavery, and the Federalists felt undermined the Government as a whole. The compromise settled for ‘happiness’. Happiness is a personal perception, Property is a tangible. I am writing ‘Prosperity’ as it fits in the middle of the two, being able to be measured in scale with society.

3Freedom and Liberty are not interchangeable terms in my opinion. Doing so illuminates a certain amount of ignorance on the part of the speaker. Liberty is an agreed upon state by a group, and can be rescinded by said group at the expense of an individual, without the individuals consent. Freedom is self-enforced and carries weights and responsibilities that are not necessarily carried by the society as a whole. The differences are quite profound for two terms thrown around with such abandon.

4I find the whole ‘discussion’ of racism to be unstable. I see people stating ‘facts’ that are really just statistics, ignoring scientific facts as hyperbole, and twisting the entire discussion with circular logic from a previously determined goal, never seeing the contradictions, nor mental contortions they have to go through to achieve ‘the dream’. I have found it much easier the last few years when such a conversation comes into my world to just say “I’m Racist.” and stop the whole thing cold. I am not Racist though. I base my decisions on whom I congregate in Meritocracy. If you can , do: if you can’t, learn or go away. It’s that simple for me. Race is never a factor.

5Micheal Z Williamson. Freehold Series of Science Fiction/libertarian novels. He explores such a world through protagonist/antagonism using the Freehold as protagonist, and “UN” as antagonist; each novel covers aspects to the premise, and analyzes through ‘war gaming’, potential conflict of existing thoughts with those that would be needed to bring that world into reality.


Still ain’t buyin’ it.

I keep looking around, watching the world charts of what this bug is doing (if accurate, could go either way on that note) and watching what Government is doing here locally nationally etc. Still ain’t buying it. Something isn’t ringing true. Numbers aren’t adding up, reactions are grossly out of caliber for the end result to be justified.

Its not the disease thats scaring me, its the inintended consequences of government spasms in the name of “public safety”. Financially the economies are tanking. At current trend, and with the Fed poised to start buying up everything to keep the velocity of money up, we are looking at the next Weimar republic scene, only this time it will cover multiple continents. When the economies explode in hyperinflation, JIT delivery systems go tits up (if not sooner if the gov locks down every major city and restricts travel liberties) JIT goes tits up, and people are next in line, after they shred the remnants of whats on the shelves of every mom n pop store and walmart.

And all for what, some smoke n mirrors show of force? Like another blogger has stated. Let them have this much leeway for this disease, what’s to stop them for the next one, or the one after that, or putting the entire country into lockdown because of “whatever” being construed BY THEM as a public safety concern.

Coldfury excerpts CS Lewis in this post and I must agree with the premise. None of us, NONE escape death. We are born dying, surrounded by so many different death options from day one. This ‘new bug’ is just another in a long list of many, that MAY take you over to the next plane of existence. Suck it up because the odds are actually in your favor that it WON’T!!!! And lets face it; while dying scares purt much everybody, we all have to face it eventually. Yeah it sucks, isn’t pretty, usually painful, but it just IS. If its you, it truly sucks, if its someone close to you, it still sucks and should be counted as a trial run for when its your turn. And if its not someone you know, or are close to, breath a sigh of relief and get back to keeping on: you dodged the bullet this time, but there are more where that one came from and eventually,,,

But, for whatever reason, which completely escapes me unless my suspicions are correct, our fearless Leaders that wanna Be, think they are protecting us.

The only ‘upside’ that I see right now? People are all becoming preppers. Recent trip to grocery showed a serious dent in stock of flour, beans, dry noodles, and other long term storage stuff that can make pretty much anything. The entire aisle of vegetable oils was bare, gone. Like I said to boss, if you have vegetable oil, flour and some salt and pepper, you can cook rat and make it taste like chicken. (Side note, there was toilet paper still on the shelf, just not much, LOL)

I’ve said it to several people in meatspace, in texts, even across VoIP; what I am seeing is, IMO, a cover for collapsing the economy so that defaults on obligations can take place without instigating retribution from creditors. It doesnt matter “who” created and released the bug, all the big players are responding in kind with similar actions and all of them are using it to scare the shit out of their own people.

And if I’m wrong? So what. If I’m right, so what. I’m just one little fish in a great big sea of fish. The bubbles I’m making, float away just like everybody elses.

It all comes down to being sick n tired of all the hype n negativity being amplified over the good in life. If you only live with venom and sewage, you see nothing else. Get out and try to see something good for once. Do it before they make it so you need permission or a badge, or whatever option the currently evolving police state we reside in comes up with. Cowering away in fear is pointless and pathetic.


Maybe I’m dense

But I just figured out the fear factor I have been observing.People are scared to death, of dying.(I’m being a touch sarcastic, bear with me,,,)

Now, to me, this makes very little sense. We are born with a death sentence. No one gets out of this life, alive. Period! End of discussion! I’ve been aware of my own mortality since early in 92. I saw death, face on, and knew, KNEW, I was given a gift in living through it. Every day since has been such a gift and I have lived as such. I enjoy waking in the morning and thinking about how I can do more living. As an example; I saw a t-shirt that summed it up very well. It said ” I don’t kayak to add years to my life, I kayak to add life to my years.”

Thats how I approach everyday. Its also in part why I have never achieved rousing success, wealth, or notoriety; I tend to bounce from one endeavor to the next.Its also why some people think I’m full of crap when they first meet me: they can’t believe I have done all the things I have. After all, everyone of us has the same number of hours in a day, I just choose to not spend mine in front of a programmer. When they see the backstage passes, the hand built kayaks, the hand built steam engine, the autographed pictures, the bookshelf full of so many different areas of study, the certifications and awards,,,,all in an off-grid home I designed and built,,,

But the fear of death just isn’t in me. I know I will die, eventually, and even have some idea of when, thanks to a genetic trait inherited from my mothers side. Barring outside forces, I have around 15 years left on the clock. Maybe more, maybe less, depending on my choices in taking care of this vehicle I inhabit. That doesn’t scare me. Hell, in many ways, I embrace it, and plan accordingly. Even if those outside forces end ‘me’ before that time, I’m ok with that too: I’ve had a hella good time, even when it sucked! I have no regrets about my life. I dont see death as the “end of the road”, I see it as the end of this part of life and the beginnings of a new one; a transitioning like the ‘death’ of a caterpiller is the birth of a butterfly.

But so many others freak out when the idea of dying flits across their mind. Is it because they have never really lived? Or that they haven’t led good lives and fear “meeting their maker” and his/her/its judgements? Or that they just have too much more to do yet? (I guess that one could be part of the first reason) Maybe they have children that are dependent upon them?(that one I have a better understanding for, but there are things that can be done and the here and now to alleviate that.) Maybe they just have not found their purpose in life? (This one IMO is why some fall to religous extremes so easily)

Maybe this scare will help some of those in fear wake up to it and ‘fix’ the problem. I can’t see anything wrong with more people getting out of the house and living life. Maybe the entertainment industry and advertisers would, but not me.Grizzykat agrees.


Ruminations, perturbations, and observations

Scanning through the webs today, just to make sure I have a finger on the pulse of the rest of the world, I ran across some things, things that make you go ‘hmmm?’ and other things that stopped me cold in my thoughts.   Enough things that I thought I should get them out to share with others.

This whole Corona/beer/batshit virus thing is off the chain.  Never have I seen our government going so far for something so little and the actions I have been witnessing vicariously through blogs and the occasional glimpse on the MSM’s seemingly doesn’t match the reality around me. In the words of Bugs Bunny, Something stinks!  Assessing the situation, knowing that this is still early in the usual growth curve of viral anything, maybe I am jumping the shark here, and maybe those running things know things we don’t.   Time will tell.   But, as was mentioned in comments over at Irish’s place, has anyone reading these blogs met or know personally, any one person that has contracted this virus?  We hear reports of “some un-named person” coming down with it locally, but,,,   Hey, news is what news is, right?  (and like I said to my sister, the Media is geared for fear mongering, not news)  We also know that  Major American News Networks are not going to tell a truth if it smears our government.

And that brings be around to the ruminations of Vaping again.   Y’all know that I have been fighting the smoking thing for years now.  Since last year, I was doing very well by switching to a vapor pen type nicotine source.  I know that its not ‘quitting’ if you are just transferring the addiction to another source, but by God, the difference in my breathing was fast, and I had dropped the coffin nails completely.  THEN,,,  Suddenly there was outcry against Vaping and how it was killing people (less than a thousand last I heard) and even schills in DC were talking about how Vaping was a pandemic that needed stopped.  (notice a parallel conversation here???)    Finding the pods for my Vapor-pen has become an increasingly difficult task, and I have started picking up the cancer sticks again.   And I find my breath is getting shortened, yet again.   (Yes, I know.  I really just need to quit, but honestly, the body count if I tried to go cold turkey would be staggering!)   and then I read this article, about Disease investigators trying to track down Patient Zero of the CovID19 virus   It’s only mentioned in passing about the potential connection of Beer bug and Vaping  and possible misdiagnosis, but that along with some of the other stuff, and all of which checks as fact,,,,

I don’t believe in Coincidences,,,    The Government shuts down a BioResearch lab ran by the Army, Some people get sick and its blamed on the newest Fad in smoking, and then some athletes from that same area attend an event in Wuhan China.   Four weeks later, people are dropping like flies, and the world shits itself and begins shutting down living.    There are other articles with similar content, but that one covers most of it. Please, read the whole thing.

Hollyweird can’t make shit up like this.   Every aspect can be tied together and all of it stinks of a government trying to cover its ass by shifting the blame and slinging poo at the watching crowd.   Keep watching, but I bet that this thing fizzles out by August and it will be on to the next disaster of epic proportions.

Then you have the fight between Commie Bernie and Dementia Biden,,,

God, if that’s the best the opposition can come up with,,,    I can’t even,,,  No words,,,,   It’s just disgusting.

 

Tying all of that above together gave me another thought to ponder.  People are shitting themselves over a what may just be a hyped up bug, clearing store shelves like Armageddon is right around the corner, and we have a presidential election coming up that has the absolute dregs of  high society for Candidates running.   Have the American people really devolved into such SHEEP, that someone blowing their nose causes them to lose their collective fucking mind??????

Now for the thing that stopped me cold.

Taken from The Woodpile Report.

Prayers for Remus.   Stay dark as long as you need Brother, we can wait.   Take care of yourself, don’t follow to closely behind her.

 

 

I’ll leave it at that for now.   Question everything,


Gonna do it!

I shared in another post that I’m contemplating another Kayak. Well, I made my decision today.

Took Duh!k out for a spin on the lake after attempting to repair the leaks she acquired on that last scrape run down the river.

Nope, leaking worse. Not enough to sink me, or not enough to sink me fast, but definitely leaking more than I am comfortable with. The scrape marks aren’t the issue. Its the seams at bow AND stern. I buggered the welting up good, scraping along the Cumberland river two weeks ago and the leaks are graduating from drip to dribble.

So, while Duh!k can still float, for awhile, before needing bailed out, she isnt going to be trustworthy of a longer run. My fault of course, so she hasn’t been ‘trashed’, and there may be some strange thing I come up with to seal these leaks from the inside. (Can’t just reach back in those cubbies, they are 6′ from the cockpit)

Besides, she was the learning boat, and she has taught me well, and still has that potential for more, like the rolling thing! What little water she is taking on is minor compared to what I will deal with when rolling.

So! The other boat is on the drawing board, and the plans are being laid. First order of business is to go ahead and get all the little geegaws and stuff together before hand, unlike with Duhk, where I ended up waiting for stuff to ship, and one one occasion ‘over-engineered’ out of antsy-ness.

I’ve already discussed the details I am looking for in previous posts, so no need to go there.

As for why the sudden ‘git-r-dun’ shift. It spurred from a conversation. Someone mentioned failure/success and talked about how they’ve never been successful: and I thought to myself ‘only because you’ve never Failed! And only because they never TRIED!” (And there are those that say ‘I could never do that’ and I have to clamp down on my tongue to keep from saying ‘You’re right!’. Most people would take it as arrogance but its more agreeing with them, because they have already talked themselves out of “Do-ing”.) So, while Duh!k was a success for a first time boat where I had no real experiance to support me, she has failed. The failure is due to my inexperience, both in the build and use, so I take that failure, learn from it and make this one that much better. More elbow grease, more research, more materials, combinations thereof, but this one WILL be better.

I won’t bore you all to death with continual updates, but I will post the occasional pic as things go along. Thats in the near future: gonna order all those geegaws and bric-a-brac before the saw blade touches one gunwale. Those geegaws are extra sinew, skin and dope kit, more pigment, and another sprayskirt for a larger cockpit opening. I’m considering ordering the coaming and skirt together from Brian as the coaming takes way more clear wood than I have available currently. It requires a piece over 8′ long and I do have sections that length, but not clear. Pin knots sneak out on you when steaming them. I have had three attempts and had each attempt split out on me ; so far. Thats fine as the wood can still be used for ribs or lammed up for deck beams; it wont go to waste.

Addendum: I started writing this just after returning from the lake. Next Yak is still on, but I managed to fix the leak in Duh!kee. I mixed up a batch of 5 minute epoxy and injected it (killing a good 50cc syringe) into the skin of the area where the dribble was at. I then clamped off the area with a handclamp and a section of polyethylene cutting board, tipped Duh!k tail high and poured 5 gallons of water into her. The water was to force the epoxy back out any offending holes. I waited 20 minutes, removed the clamp and had to pry off the plate. Sanded the exposed epoxy smooth, but no leaks! Then did it again on the stern.

She should be good to go now.

But I’m still going to follow through and make another one. Just improved from all the silly mistakes I made on Duh!k.


Just thinking

The more I get the Duh!k on water, the more comfortable I become and the more we ‘fit’. That odd rib beside the point, things are getting better. I did a little edging today and while she seemed sluggish, I did find that if I leaned enough to get the gunwales in water, she would turn. And thats not quite roll zone. I have to have the gunwale and some of the deck and cockpit submerged before she hits the “lets duck daddy in the water” mood. Granted, thats flatwater only. You start tossing the surface around and things can get squirrelly fast. That was one aspect I wanted to learn today by going to the bigger lake. Power boats make wakes and thats the one thing I don’t get at the small lake I usually head to. Even with a 6″ swell abeam, she stays stable, though she feels goosey. I’d venture she could ride much bigger with no issues. Driving into the swells, I found that timing my dip and stroke to the bottoms worked great: reach the top and set up for the next stroke, hit bottom and pppuuullllll,,, repeat on next swell. She would hit that next swell, slice right into it and raise her nose like a breaching whale and I would set the next stroke up. Waves abeam were ok, so long as I was moving forward: goosey, but not hateful. Getting caught standing made her wallow like a pig and really taxed me on supporting strokes. I only let that happen the once. I wasn’t out long enough for a try with a following wave; maybe after I get the leak fixed and hull retrimmed… All in all though, I am not sure I need to make another kayak. The Duh!k is filling my ‘needs’ quite well, and the Carolina fills the gaps. The only real downside to the Carolina is weight: no load, she comes in at 63 pounds. Thats a beast when you’ve been paddling for several hours and you need to climb a hill to get to the take out. And those climbs are frequent enough around here.

If I do build another, and it is still quite possible, it will be as proposed already; wider in beam, slightly longer and flatter mid-hull. But I am thinking that I want to experiment on bulkheads and hatches in a Skin on Frame design. I have seen Tahe Marine Greenlands with hatches and am pretty certain they are SOF. Having separate chambers for gear would be nice, but the addition of a pair of float chambers in the event of a capsize is an even bigger incentive.


Change is never permanent

He knows that changes are not permanent, but change is. Tom Sawyer by Rush.

The only true prediction is that shits gonna change. How is where things get murky.

The book I was reading (The Rational Optimist) was published in 2010. The author kept bringing up climatechangeglobalwarmingnexticeage hoopla throughout it, but towards the end showed how it didn’t really make a dent in his perspective. What struck me was how quickly thoughts have shifted from one paradigm to another in such a short span of time.

Yeah, I’m a global warming/climate change denier, and proud of it. But thats not the point here, its about how shifty ‘collective thought ‘ is. More so since the advent of the internet. Even more so since the near ubiquitous use of smartphones.

This is also in no small part due to news sources, the above items are only vehicles. It shows me that programming is even easier once you put the source closer to the person. The flip side of the programming is that having the source closer to the person also allows for them to have counter-programming available.

But not always.

One example I’ve personally seen is in a friend of mine. No net, no TV, no smartphone (oh yes, this is a real person, I’m not making this up.) Whose only news source is NPR. You can probably imagine how specific his opinions on world events are since he does not recieve any counter-viewpoints through ‘reliable sources’: my points don’t count because he knows me. Its funny how that works; he accepts as word of god, the opinions from people he has never, will never meet, over someone he sees everyday and works with and knows.

“Why would they lie?” He’ll ask. “People would call ’em out if they were lying”. To which point I say “people do call ’em iu, but you don’t hear that because you don’t see/hear/read those sources.” Its not 100%, but more information access should help a person form better opinions.

Not.

Most people don’t want to think for themselves and the newsie types and their controllers are well aware of that fact.

Another item I have heard frequently is how there is a growing concern that a majority of people have zero savings and live paycheck to paycheck. They talk about it but never offer any solutions. What burns me about is ‘the problem’, as they put it isn’t a problem, but a symptom. I was there where they are talking just a couple of months ago. Zero savings, one check away from catastrophe. The problem, as I see it, is education or lack thereof. I didn’t understand how fluid money is and the reason for that was I had been taught wrong. Those questions I had made me learn. Maybe too late in life to leverage them properly, but I am seeing improvements now. I have money set aside, and its not hurting my day to day.

That just goes to show, that even with a plethora of information available, its not the information, but questions that matter. If you arent asking the right questions, the answers don’t mean anything.

So how do you know what questions to ask? That’s the real trick. My answer is ‘just keep questioning everything!’. Don’t settle until your answers answer themselves. No one can ‘know it all’, that prospect is just way too big, but a body can know enough, if what they know answers the questions of their days. I despise specialization, but it does have its merits in many cases. The main reason I despise it is in scope: a specialist has a narrow scope on the world and there are times when a broader scope will provide solutions unable to be seen by said specialist. Points of Merit: a Doctor specializing in Cancer Research. Points of Failure: a Poitical Scientist specializing in Socialism. One of those benefits humanity, the other is a parasite.


Seating (more yak-stuff)

Pulled out the horses so I could work on Duh!k at a reasonable level. Pulled all the old foam out of the seat area and cleaned things up. Found one of the ribs had taken a convex curve on the width at the bend and that was what was riding on those nerves, bones and blood vessels. It was definitely the problem all along as it was that cheek that was aching. A strip of 80 grit and some elbow grease and I smoothed that lip out and rounded all the corners just a bit more. Not too worried about structural issues as there is another rib 2″ forward of that one. Touch up the area I just worked on with some tung oil and spent some time looking at things, thinking.

I gathered up some materials, 550 cord, another sheet of 1/4″ foam, contact cement and I was ready. I laced that cord between the ribs and snugged the lacing tight then locked it with a double hitch on the end to hold it all in place, then moved the boat to the floor for a test fit. Much better even without the foam pad. Back to the horses, cement and foam layed over the lacing and a bag of sand to hold it in place while things cure. Without taking her out and doing a long run like I did this past weekend, I can’t know if this ‘fixed’ the issue or not, but things definitely felt better. I may find my balance point is higher too and that will effect handling. Maybe she’ll turn now. Maybe she’ll roll like a spindle on a lathe. Can’t know till she’s afloat with my knock-brained self in it.

I will use this for the next Yak before it gets skinned as its much easier to access the area then.

I also flipped her over to really get a look at those wear marks and was even more impressed by this skin. There are three places where the outer urethane was rubbed off right to the nylon! She never leaked! Not one drop! The water I had in her when I got out was from my shoes when getting in her. Not enough to reach the end of the bilge pump and barely enough to get with the sponge. What was in there flowed out when I hefted her up to portage up the bank for pick-up. (Note: the bottom finish was done in three layers. The first to saturate the cloth, the second to fill any odd spots and the final to smooth it all over.)

I’m going to go ahead and order the touch up kit anyways, but it is not essential, more cosmetic; and peace of mind as where its worn won’t take as much to wear through. $15+s/h is cheap peace of mind in my opinion.

Now I’m anxious for another day on the river. We had a little rain today, and are expecting more this week, so it could be the water level will be up some. That makes for a more enjoyable run for certain. Even if I don’t get things touched up, I’ll get out and see how my modifications worked out.


Happy socialists day

And another year agone. Interestingly enough, this year has seemingly crept by for me. Maybe its due to all of the wonderful things I have been stuffing into my cranium; from building kayaks, learning how to use them, figuring out money matters, and how to use that, among a multitude of other stuff. My reading list has been completely off the chain this year. I had to add another bookshelf to my wall, and thats only for the deadtree editions. My kindle app is about to burst at the seams from all of the ones I picked up in electron form.

My writing has not only picked up, but improved, if only in my opinion, but definitely picked up. Far too many nights where I am pushing my eyelids up with fingers and seeing that it is almost dawn, yet again, and I still have to work the regular “one good Day Job” (thank you so Very much Gin Blossoms for such awesome ‘songs to work to’ to keep me motivated when my batteries are about depleted.)

I have some bad news though. I have to cease posting chapters from the upcoming book due to licensing agreements with Amazon. Yeah, its my intellectual property, but to publish, I have to agree with their policies. Sorry, thats just the way it is. That last post was the last up until I go live with the whole thing. Luckily, I don’t have to take any of it down as it has changed ‘just enough’ to fall outside the agreement. What hasn’t changed is small enough to be ignored.

So, its Socialist Day, no work arranged, and I have a date with a Duh!k. C’y’all tomorrow.

PS: I have been cigarette free for 11 days now. Yay me!


Random misfires from Dio

Nope, not relating to mechanical things or boomsticks, just one of my random word-spill posts about everything and nothing.

I really jumped into the rabbithole with those questions I posted a few months back. With that in mind, I gotta say it: our educational system is WOEFULLY inadequate. Here’s a simple example; did you know that Sir Isaac Newton was the progenitor of the original Gold Standard? Yup, the guy that created Physics, defined several natural laws, etc was also a Treasurer of England and helped usher in an economic evolution by tying a commodity to a fiat currency. I had no idea until recently.(wasn’t the first I’m pretty certain, but was the first documented Name of such.)

So where does that lead to, Rothbard? Mises? Keynes(if you can decipher his dribble from his drool.)? How about Rush!?!?! (The band, not the talker.) The song ‘Lessons’ is one of my favorites. Or “The Trees“; a perfect analogy to the lunacy of government interventions in race issues. “The trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe, and saw.” is the closing line in that one. What a way to use analogy to state that all government policy is backed by a loaded gun. (Billy Beck said “at the bottom of every government stack of papers is a loaded gun.”   Sadly he stopped posting years back, and now I can no longer find his site.)

Book writing is work, but something I don’t find as exhausting as other things I have done. In fact, I have to set an alarm on my phone to get me out of the chair and doing some stretching to keep from getting all stiff and achy. To keep the muse from blowing away like dust on the winds, I have to have the alarm ease in to full volume. If I didn’t, as I found out a week or two ago, I’d keep going until I was not worth a damn the next day. Sorry, not giving away any hints of what I’m writing currently. Maybe later when its near finished and I need it screened by an unbiased source, but not yet.

The How to book is going back to the printer for its second round of proofs. I could probably make this easier on myself by using Kindles creator, only,,,

Kindle doesn’t have a Linux version of it and I really have zero desire to go back to a win’doh’z unit. Not the first time and won’t be the last, that I have had to ‘make do’ due to my ‘puters OS. I’ve never had luck with the emulator ‘wine’, it always crashes my system.

Ok, now i have to spill it all out. My current rabbit-hole has my teaching urges itching like a mess of chiggers. I’ve even found myself scoping out apartments near my daughter so that I could be closer to teach the granbehbies, or at least try to teach them something. I know my bloodline: we are all stubborn, thick headed mules when it comes to learning. We do learn, eventually; usually after the 2×4 has broken over our skulls, but we do learn. And we NEVER forget the lessons. But the stuff I want to show them is stuff that will never be shown to them if their education is similar to what mine was. (More than likely its worse now. In some instances, I know it is worse.)

My moving back up there is an idle thought, and not likely to happen; I’m rather anchored in here with a house, shop tools, fat dog, and preggers cat.  But slaking my thirst to teach is becoming a distraction in other areas.

And its not helping that about half of my bookshelves are buried under educational texts that I have purchased so that I have tools for teaching the grandkids. If I have never stated it, my dream in high-school was to become a teacher. Its been a rather convoluted journey so far, but I never let that dream go. With that said, I wouldn’t want to be a white male teacher these days: to many ways a disgruntled student could ruin your career, especially with it being so easy to do things with cell phones. (Locally, a male teacher was recently sent to jail for receiving a ‘sext’ message from such a disgruntled student.) As I am white, and quite certainly male, I’ll pass on getting set-up for annihilation like that.

Maybe if I were to say I self-identify as an owl. 😜 Naw! I’d still have to deal with the libtard delusional mentalities running the incarceration education hellholes. Pass.

NEXT!

When does one stop worrying about collapse and start embracing it? How about when you realize that we our well into year 10 of it? Yup. That was my conclusion after I posted up that chart the other day. FYI, a rumor flew across my emails a day or two ago about Trump “possibly” re-establishing a gold standard. No idea if its real or not but a little digging and I am seeing reactions that indicate its either possible, or the rumor is wider spread and people are reacting accordingly. If it is real, get gold now. Not certificates, but the hold in your hand heavy stuff. (Quick check this AM and gold was sliding up again. $45/gram and rising.) The reactions from the Keynesian side will be worth documenting if this is real. If you can’t get gold, go for silver as it will likely scale up as well. And if you can’t get silver get the other three precious metals; lead copper and brass, because you never know. Note: a gram of gold is slightly smaller than a US dime: easier to store, carry, and use if need arises. One dealer I know of sells a ‘credit card’ perforated in 10- 1gram squares. If you can find them, you’ll likely pay a premium for them as they aren’t common. Said dealer has a 10% markup on the ask level for his ‘cards’.  I mentioned in the post talking about “life after google” that blockchain is likely the wave of the future in finance, and this doesn’t change that opinion, it would only delay it, maybe.   It may even accelerate it as I think going back on a gold standard at this juncture, especially if the rumor is accurate about fixing it to a $10000/oz mark (no typo there, 4 zeros!).   I can only see turbulent times for all; savers investors, and business.  Banks are going to be fighting this tooth and nail because it would kill fractional reserve banking; at least at the level they are used to playing.  Note, the last two times that something of this ilk was proposed, the President was either killed or shot at.    JFK proposed a silver certificate and died.  Reagan started discussing it and was shot shortly thereafter and the whole matter disappeared. I am not saying there is a correlation  but it sure is pretty coincidental.

Again, I have zero information of the reality of this,,,

Money may not be the root of all evil, but large quantities do attract a shitload of evil.

 

NEXT!

Stoopid is as stupid does, Right?   I can’t figure don’t want to figure out how the stoopid has become so prominent in our world, and there are days where I feel I am an extra in the Idiocracy movie.   Its scary.  May be that the area I live in is just a little thicker in dumb than other places, but I hear from others that they witness the same.   Good lord, we need something drastic to happen if that’s the case.   Yah, seems a little ironic coming from a guy that wanted to grow up and be a teacher, huh?  That isn’t the cause of that itch though; I know one person can’t make that drastic of a change without an exponential amount of violence first.  I’ll pass on that too.   I read something recently over at Irish’s place that fits. “If I lived everyday as if it were my last, the body count would be staggering.”  Yup, I can say that would be fitting.

ayup!  when the intelligence vampires are about,,,,