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Apathy, denial, acceptance,,,

I’m noticing more frequently posts along these lines. Go read it please. I had to read it twice to really come to grips with the dichotomy the author seems to be warring with.

And I do not agree with him.

In the post, he states that a break up is not possible, more specifically that any breakup would be fraught with peril and disharmony. That the US is not capable of a peaceful dissolution. I have to agree that initially it would be quite rough. As people grow accustomed to a lack of central command from a 10sqmile cesspit, things will settle down. Especially as the troubled will seek out likeminded enclaves as sanctuary from principled conservatives. (Assuming they survive that long)

That map he shows, has been published elsewhere and I have read several opinions on it, good, bad and indifferent, even one stating that Appalachia is going to have trouble due to lack of coastal access. My reply to all of those points is ‘look to Europe’. It is possible to have a peaceful neighbor as a nation state (Canada and Mexico come to mind as well) and it is possible to have a landlocked nation state that is quite successful (Switzerland anyone?)

The real question to me is “When”.

The only people I see getting off the porch are useful idiot’s that are payed and bussed in by one of Soros’ many cutouts. Granted, this may be in part to a Liberal ran media blackout of sorts. (I noted such back 2008 when the Cincinnati Enquirer had a 50 word write up buried in the society section, about the Tea party event on Fountain square that had over 5000 attendees. ) The only ‘stepping up’ I now see isnt ‘stepping up’ but ‘trying to raise awareness’. Seriously? As if a logical discourse is going to persuade a third generation welfare leech, or ‘convince’ that third year associate degree in basket weaving that they are deluded. Both types come preloaded with snappy slogans that are designed to shut down any discourse from word one.

Apathy has set in. Denial is rampant but decreasing, and I am seeing more and more acceptance of an eventual breakup. My two cents on that run along these lines. The longer it takes to happen, the more likely it will be relatively peaceful. Look at the potential dismantling of Kaliforniastan in the works. Its been coming since the 20’s of the last century. I find it amusing that the LA basin is completely split out by El Norte and El Sur. That parallels the notions I saw there back un the 90s. Will it happen? Anyones guess is as good as the next. Will it be peaceful? Probably, though there may be gang/cartel issues that would need dealt with, especially with the LA basin area. But I can see the yellow gangs heading north, the brown gangs heading south, and the black gangs heading east (chi-town, ‘lanta, D-troit, cetera.)or even stayin put: again, anyones guess. Then again, that ‘civil division’ could turn into a gangland turfwar with long standing repercussions.

With the dismantling of these ‘United states” back into “united States”, the longer term would allow the current evolution of Federal disillusionment to progress to such a point, that people have a chance to realize just how little they actually provide vs how much they take, and how much they impede, well, pretty much every aspect of our current world. Once the federal aspect is defunct, then people can start working at getting away from the megacorps that feed off of us, and at the trough of swill the feds provide.

Ha! Like that would happen. But one can dream. Heinlein likely had it right in his novel “Friday”. Where the government’s were fronts and the corporations really ran the show. Where Shipstone Corp and a myriad of sub corps handled politics by ignoring it, because they owned literally everything. “How do you nuke IBM? Where is it HQ really located, and what if there are backups of such? ” was one of the questions asked in that novel. Try it a more modern way. How would you ‘nuke ‘ Google? What doesn’t Google have its mitts in? How do you attack an entity that has ears in millions of households? In our very hands?(Alexa is it? Think it aint listening? Think your phone doesnt ‘read’ your texts? Mine does as I found out recently when I started getting ads for air valves n such after a technical conversation with a friend. Freaked me out pretty good too. Remember, Android is from Google, and I garan-damn-tee you privacy aint as high a priority to Google as it is to you. And to use their gear, you ‘sign’ a EULA, that only lawyers read, so you have agreed to allow them to collect anything that passes through your phone. Apple does the same thing on a smaller scale, but the end result is the same. Thats how they are able to offer such high tech at such shit prices, they sell info collected to offset the costs. What they sell is not in your control, other than not using those devices for that stuff you dont want the world knowing about. )(you can also confuzz the system by playing shenanigans with those devices: bogus conversation, oddball searches for impossible widgets, etc, just be careful.) We live in an information drivin society, even if half (or more)of that information is trivial snippits on fakebook/twitsrus about bowel movements and restaurant visits.

We havent quite hit the level of surveillance that the UK has, I havent seen an equivalent of Tommy Robinson here yet. Oh, but I can see it coming. I have accepted the fact that we are two different societies bound on one continent and a similar language, even though our dictionaries don’t agree. That language barrier exists even within a family group. (Another personal revelation that I wont go into here. I am certain you have encountered similar in your own group.) When this situation appears in history, it’s inevitable that a clash will happen. The tipping point is most often economic in nature, occasionally some other force like heavy immigration, or rarely (in the last 200 years or so that is) religious. And yet, we have an economuc collapse just waiting in the wings,,immigration that is clandestine, and obscured by many sources, and some of that immigration is of ‘religious exiles/refugees.

One could envision a perfect storm on the horizon with those ingredients. I dont think the last two will be the tip, but the first one, like a raging blackswan that snowballs. The last two points will only make the recipe that much spicier.

And yet again, I am likely so fuckin wrong as to be ridiculous.

I kinda hope so, actually. I want to be wrong about the bad stuff I can see coming. I’m 50sumpin and have zero desire to go into the breach again. Thats not to say I wont but damned if I wont try as much as possible to keep that from happening to begin with. I’ve worked on my weight, and am back to 185# like I was when I left the Marines. I’m doing the calisthenics again, walking a shit ton more, (knees say ” running? Aw hell NO!) And trying to get my wind back. I know years of abuse make that harder, but the lungs are quite resilient and can recover quite a bit more than say, oh cartilage in knees, so I work on what I can. (Paleo works! Don’t let the naysayers get to you, it does work!) I have my toys in place for the friskier days to come, but continue working on the contingency that things will only get worse before they catalyze into societal breakup. I stockpile books, mostly tech, but edu and fiction as well, and tools, always tools. Old tools from granpappys days prefered. I love the new stuff, but try getting a pair of brushes for a Dewalt drill nowdays, goodluck with that. My biggest sticking point is chemistry. Basic components tend to have a shelflife and a short one at that. Trying to find reliable manufacture methods (cottage industry level) can get frustrating. And believe me, about half of what you find on youtuber is gonna get someone blown through the roof of the bathroom. The filmer just got lucky IMO. (Note: recently made a couple batches of lye soap. Good starting point for home chemistry education, and useful as well. Side note: ticks n chiggers n mosquitos HATE lye soap! Wipe down with a soapy washcloth but dont wipe it off, no buggies, woohooo!)

And I am allowing my thoughts to wander.

Breakup, of these united states, back on the map of my post. I am watching things, as I stated above, and trying to fathom how/when things go TU. I really do not see it until after, potentially years after, the next primary. I’m thinking 2024 or 2025 is when things are going to start fragmenting and go well past the point of no return. (IMO we are already past that point, it is just gaining speed, and hasn’t hit terminal yet.) That prediction is subject to change of course, depending on what directions we go at each turning point. That in mind, I’ll be nearly 60. I am not going to be as hale as I was when I started this blogging thing, nor will I be as tolerant. I can only imagine what that will bring about.

Winter is coming.

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Hotel bill vs ongoing stoopid war?

Gotta read this to understand the title

Read it? Good.

Here’s my measly two cents. Pay the damned hotel bill! Use the military budget for such, cuz what we’ll save by not having to maintain a show of force will more than compensate. Even if chubbs Jong Un has an entourage rivaling what Oblammy-o-boy hauled around, the bill will still be a microscopic percentage of what we have spent since the ceasefire back in the 50s.

I can understand the trepedation of footing the bill seeing how its a peace summit,but damn, it is so much additional leverage for our sideof the talks, it shouldn’t need discussed into rags. Pay it,get big boy to stop playing with bad toys and move on.


Back to the RC stuff for a minute

still playing with toys just so you know, and wanted to fill in some info from previous posts.

Heres a pic from 60’AGL. This is a screenshot from a video, so the prop is ‘visible’.

Note the date, this is from over a year ago, and the ship has changed a tad since then. She was a flat topped .9meter Cessna styled highwing trainer, now, she is a bipe with some extras to increase lift (and allow slower flights without stalling.)

(You can embiggen the pic and see where I added vortex generators on the upper wing. She nearly floats in the air with all the additions.)

The camera system in use then was a wifi type 720p camera. Good stuff, but severely lacking in range: 330′ was max,and that was away from everything else. Get near a wifi source and that range halved or worse. Boosting the signal was out because wifi operates on 2.4ghz, which is the same freq the transmitter for the controls works on. Transmitting video from the ship sometimes overrode the signal from the ground, and, well, you get the picture. There was also roughly 100ms latency for the FPV side of things, and when your ship is cruising along around 30nm/h, your view was from quite ways back from reality. Never caused a crash itself, but the potential is definitely there. (My down in flames were mostly signal loss and the ever present pilot error. Flying third person from the ground has some challenges to say the least.)

Now, I do have a simple FPVset up, not wifi, but running 5.8ghz. Due to regs, I am only pushing 25mw, which,so far is about 1000′ range. The latency is microscopic at about 5-10ms. Its still there, but able to be adapted to pretty readily.(simple calculations put traveled area vs projected view at only a few feet. Easy to correct for.) It is weak enough that I need to maintain LOS (line of sight) or I get break up and even drop outs. It recovers quickly, but that can get nervewracking in a tree covered area. It also does not have a record feature, so my flights are unrecorded,hence the old image for ya all. There are higher powered units available, but a HAM licence is needed. (I’m working on that too.)

I have not setup for headtracking as yet, that is a whole nother animal, and quite a bit more cash involved. There are some digital options there,but they isolate sections of viewed area and only track within that scene, not true 180° rotation. With a camera using 120°lenses, I’d only need a 60°sweep for full pan with a real system. This is easily doable with most servos, but that is another channel for the radio,tilt would another, and power for both camera/transmitter, so you can see things start getting a little crowded under the hood. I will likely hold off on all of that until I have a larger plane, more lift for more battery, and gear. (Note, there are some seriously kick ass systems out, that have GPS nav, programming for Auto pilot, return to home/base if signal loss, full featured instruments like airspeed, groundspeed, artificial horizon, altitude, vertical speed indicators, g meters, power/fuel levels, temps for motor, battery, processor, and all overlaid in the goggles/station screen. Wild and cool,and really not as pricey as one would think.) (The gentle lady I built could handle a small system, but being rudder/elevator only, I’ll pass. I haven’t even trial flown her yet due to technical issues I haven’t addressed yet. (Fried receiver if you must know.) )

Yeah, I’m thinking at least 2 meter span with a rear-facing and folding prop, big enough for soaring once at altitude, and still able to carry an extra 8 ounces of gear for the fpv. Batteries are the biggest part of all the equations.

One little tidbit: if you are prone to motion sickness, do not even think about trying FPV flying. It will have you heaving your guts within the first 30 seconds of flight. The takeoff in RC tends to be a lot more reactive than even a small light aircraft, simply due to scale. That translates to seemingly violent maneuvers in view, even if they are moderately sedate in action. Once fully airborn, things settle down and that is also in scale, as distance opens up. Trust me, if you get even a little ill feeling riding a rollercoaster, avoid FPV. I shared a video from my wifi camera with a friend and he was getting ill watching it. It doesnt phase me at all, and I even have a sim I ‘fly’ in first person using the goggles and it doesn’t bother me no matter how squirrelly I get things. Guess many many first person shooter games as a kid helps.

Now, why am I posting this. I want to think of it as an extra prep. Yeah, its fun, but more importantly, its a way of expanding ones information system on their surroundings. If you can fly a pattern over a 1/2 mile radius at 1000′ and see whats going on, you have more information than trying to ‘listen’ in the same area. Even a 2 meter wingspan at 500′ agl, looks a whole lot like a turkey vulture when viewed from the ground. Keep the color scheme of a TV, and no one would know for certain except the pilot and ground crew. (Side note, a guy in California has ‘copied’ turkey vultures, seagulls, and pelican, to make some really cool RC sailplanes. The TV one looks damned real even from 20′.) Now, while I can’t say we will need such, it cant hurt to have it around. For a rancher, it could make finding the herd easy-peasy. From a small unit standpoint, an eye in the sky with information flowing from a central point would be a force multiplier. I realize that jamming these things is likely fairly easy, but it would need to be known about first. Keep it high, and small, and secrecy is much easier. (Small being figurative. 2m wings aint small in person, but distance makes ’em so.)

Just sayin’.

(Heres the funny for ya. When I first started writing my story about Gamer and Tick-tock, I was clueless about the tech now out there. There are guys (youtube Flighttest) that have remote cabins built into pod styled trailers with full controls and widescreen monitors. The weakest link they deal with is in the planes power system as the trailer has far more power available than some dinky Lipo battery. They can even set up a tracking antenna system to narrow the power they need. Yeah, I learned enough about what I didn’t know when I started writing that, that I would have had to scrap 90% of it and start over. . .

Why bother when my ‘fiction’ is now someone’s reality (minus missile systems and autocannons of course.) )


Memorial Day

Tomorrow is the state sanctioned day of remembrance for those that have preceeded us into the great Vast. I have a few to remember, not just immediate family, but brothers in arms. Some left this existence in combat, some after the fact, some in combat with thier own bodies. All are remembered, and my thoughts are there for them, wherever they may now reside.

One day isn’t enough, and the state doesn’t have say in that matter. These were influential people to me, good or bad, and they are remembered continuously throughout my life.

So heres to a handful out front.

A.J. and Mary.

John

Patrick

Hank

Dempsey

Edna and James

Bertha and Pascal

Never forgotten, may you all rest in peace.


Contemplation

Skills: ya gotta have ’em, if’n you want to be self-sufficient. Most preppers I know, have ’em. Not all of them mind you (skills or prepper) heck, there just isn’t anyway for one person to know all there is; the more I learn, the more I realize how much more there us TO learn. I will admit to one weakness: electronics. I have some electrical skills, like wiring houses, wiring in cars, diagnostics of systems, as well as power systems, like generators etc. I was trained on power generation by some engineer from GE back in the late part of the 90s, and he had likely forgotten far more than he readily knew. When it comes down to the solid state stuff, I’m not clueless, but likely dangerous because of a certain lack of understanding. Knowing that, I tend to leave it for others and try to make sure there is some other in my circle that does know it. I can rig up a receiver system for RC aircraft, even fine tune that side of things, but recreating such, never gonna happen cuz I am trying to flesh out knowledge across the board, and that is one area where dedication is a necessity. That is basicly the idea behind “no man is an island” concept.

I am a jack of all trades, master of none. I will be the first to tell you I don’t know something, and likely the first to try and find a workaround as a solution. Jerry rigging/redneck engineering is my forté, and as my boss has commented on occasion, I do not like thinking inside the box (his comment was “outside the box!?!?!, shit J, your in orbit around it!”.

Where my contemplation comes in is about working. I lie my ass off when applying for work, if you consider leaving skillsets unmentioned a lie. Why? Because I have talked myself out of a job by explaining things I know how to do, have done, do, or even goals for some of my projects. I actually talked myself out of a machinists position by describing one of the jobs I had done on a private scale. The owner of that business didn’t know that you could do such with a standard lathe, so I guess felt intimidated; he even said as much, though did not say that was the reason he wouldnt hire me.

My age is a factor too. Between experience and age, many places around here will hire a young n dumb over age and knowledge, due to pay. Most of ’em dont want to pay a lot, and most places I see offering positions barely compete with McD’s in scale. And thats for skilled labor positions. The grunt labor jobs are worse. I have taken one or two of those slots, just to have a regular income for budgeting reasons. It sucked, and the dumb I was working with was just astounding. It seems like those with a brain either lay low ( I did) or just find other means,(I’m doing that as well)

I have also found that extra schooling immediately raises a flag on you. Sometimes good, but often bad. And that just flummoxed me, the first time I encountered that in the negative. I blame the libtard colleges for this, and have seen where any degree that wasnt 100%STEM based was immediatley rejected.(and having seen the curriculums for some of those degrees, understand completely. ) Even then some engineering degrees are questioned hard. (Mining engineers around here have a whole shitload to prove before acceptance. I think there was a school or two “giving them away” and have met one who was so flipping lost about such basic concepts, like hydraulics,,,,) (side note: I downloaded an engineering test app, just for giggles. I have taken 4 of the 10 tests and my average has been 87%. I havent delved into the electrical engineering ones for reasons mentioned above. Point of fact, I didn’t go to school for engineering, and yet, I can achieve a passing grade for the tests I have taken ? And those tests would qualify me for a mechanical engineering cert? Hmmmm. Makes one wonder: is it the testee, or the test? Have the standards been lowered like they seem to have done in so many other areas? )

I don’t know. It seems every year we grow further and further from the highly technical world I recall, into a more idiocratic world where failure and stupidity are rewarded, and the cogs that make the world turn, suffer.

Has anyone else seen such?


As time goes by

I am more and more convinced that ALL politicians are worse than criminals: At least a thief or mugger has the wherewithal to do the deed in person. Politicians on the other hand designate others to do the strong-in-the-arm actions, and then turn around and tell us ‘its for our own good’. (Or any other number of logical fallacies that spew from their mouths like pustulant drainage from a stint.)

In this area, you know, without doubt, whom the politicians are, simply by observing residence. Most all of them are pulling in 40-50k/yr (or better) in an area where the average income is a thousand less than the federal poverty level. How is this justifiable? The servants of the people in far better shape financially than the people they serve? Seems this fact alone would raise more than an eyebrow, and yet there is nothing.

It almost seems as if people EXPECT to be slaves to the systems, that they get to vote for the plantation master every few years and are happy with that.

I do not get it.

Larkin Rose wrote several books over the years and the one that hit home for me was “The Most Dangerous Superstition ” it starts with the punchline and breaks everything down from there. My only negative comment about it is, it gets repetitive after awhile. The premise is the simplest thing: who OWNS you? Some people never realize that under our current system, you are owned by the state. Not sure about that? Stop paying taxes and see how long before the slavers come looking to collect. Don’t pay your property tax and see how long before they come and forcibly evict you, and sell it off for their profit. And all of that ignores the whole financial side of things and the banking/government cartel.

Hell, I used to say that the only thing truly in ones control was their own death, but after hearing some recent stories, I wonder about even that. If you end up in a hospital in a terminal state, you may not be given a choice, depending on several factors, like age, income abilities, etc. Look what happened to that little boy in the UK recently. The rules that he died under, are written into Ocare: those are the death panels that the dems so vociferously denied existing, but the rules state otherwise.

Anyways, it all comes back to that question; who owns you. The more dependent you, are the bigger that answer gets.

If, and I am seeing this more often, one has a hard time judging right and wrong, the more dependent they are and therefore a cog in the machine that barely resembles our founders ideas. Oh, it has a decent veneer, but the actual mechanisms have long since been destroyed and replaced. We went from a republic to a full blown democracy in 1913, quickly followed by a socialist democracy in the 30s. The veneer is very thin and cracking, and when it finally falls away, this country will look quite similar to Soviet Russia in the 60s. Heck, we are only 24 hours away from empty shelves in the stores now. (Take a real close look at how shallow most vendors stock the shelves now. When I was in HS, working PT as a stocker, we had to keep shelves loaded and rotated. Now, they just face product one, maybe two deep. In addition, the smaller packaging/similar pricing thing I have noted elsewhere. 12 oz where it used to be 16oz but at the same price of the old package. But I digress.)

Have you wondered at the huge uptick of EBT usage since 2008? I know more than a few people that have ‘jumped on board’ with that, its everywhere here with a huge percentage of the population on it. Makes me sick honestly, knowing how my grandparents were: self sufficient etc. They may have been poor, but they ate, and they had a roof, and they had a shit ton of pride. Stories I could pass on but not the point of this post. Ok, here is my take on the EBT thing. One, its ran by a private company, CITI I believe, but is definitely one of the big credit corps. So there is some kickback going on there. Second; how best to control a body than by remote access to all of their expenses, especially food spending. The fact that there are items that CAN’T be purchased by EBT should give warning about what potentially could become ‘rationing’. Third: it sways people to further laziness; why grow a garden when you can just pick up whatever at the store on someone elses dime? Granted, some of ’em are smarter than that and do use it to buy the seeds and starters for gardening; I see them as the monkey starvers and I have to applaud some. Most however will go to Save-a-lot on the first of the month and load up with several cart loads of the basest crap/junk/preservative laden shit you can imagine. Boxes and boxes of frozen soy foodlike byproducts that have near zero nutitional value, but oodles and oodles of carbs and starches. (And most of these people look like they are or near Diabetic.)

I’m telling you, the further we get along down this track, the more I wish it would just! Fuckin! BREAK!

I am tired of watching those with no stake, claiming rights to tell ME how I should live. I hurt no one living where/how I do, why should they have say in my living standards? I am not the one living on revenues stripped away from hard working people at the threat of violence for noncompliance. And with that last thought in mind, how can I “respect” those that claim such a position. They are lower than a two bit mugger jumping people out of an alley IMO.

Piss on it, rant over.

(Addendum: 8 hours later, came back, reread, n realized,,, this is only the umpteenth time I have written this post. Oh, not verbatim,,but the general position is the same. Part reason why I am not blogging as much. Ive said it and said and , yeah SSDD. Meh!)


Anyone else having this issue?

Bill Bupperts’ site Zerogov seems to be blocked on my phone. If I am using the mobile data side of things, “server not found” keeps popping up. I haven’t experianced it with any other sites.

Now, the curiouser side of things, if I am using wifi, I have to clear history and then the site loads just fine.

And curiouser n curiouser, google play used to have his app. Had it on my old phone, now, nada. It doesn’t even show it in my library of apps, almost like some weird version of twilight zone about two parallel worlds, with only subtle differences. (But if I power up my old phone, hey, there it is, and if I have access to wifi, it even pulls up his latest posts.,,,,,)

Just wondering if others have seen or heard similar.