...and then to bed.
We have three more episodes of Person of Interest and are both highly bummed at reaching the end. Sure, there are a lot of other series out there but this one was really good - got us sucked in.
...and then to bed.
We have three more episodes of Person of Interest and are both highly bummed at reaching the end. Sure, there are a lot of other series out there but this one was really good - got us sucked in.
It was noted that after both Obama inaugurations, the Parks Department had to deal with hundreds of tons of trash left behind by the revelers. From the Washington Post Jamuary 22nd, 2009:
The Trash Was Historic, Too
The day after America's biggest yard party was all about the cleanup.
Washington trash trucks hauled away at least 130 tons of garbage after the inauguration of President Obama, with more to go. National Park Service workers picked up almost 100 tons on the Mall and near the White House.
"More than any Fourth of July, more than any event we've seen," Park Service spokesman William Line said.
Fast forward to today's women's protest - from The American Mirror:
VIDEO: Trump supporter cleans up trash left behind at Women’s March
It turns out the real environmentalists are supporters of Donald Trump.
Trump backers helped to clean up trash from the National Mall after piles of it were left behind by feminists, multi-millionaire celebrities and girly men opposed to the new president.
Here, a man wearing a white “Make America Great Again” hat could be seen picking up discarded signs and other garbage left behind by the agitators.
Meanwhile, protesters left hundreds, if not thousands, of anti-Trump signs outside his hotel.
Lots of pictures and a video - here is just one:
What I would love to see but have not yet been able to find online is the state of the Capital Mall after Trump's inauguration. I attended his rally in Lynden last year and people were very conscientious about using the trash cans. The only litter was left over from the 200 or so protesters who drove up from Seattle for the event. They left a lot of signs and coffee cups, water bottles, meal wrappers, etc...
The fact that the Trump Trash is not in the news means that it was a non-issue. The revelers respected the event and left the Mall in great condition.
Was working in the RadioRoom© for the last couple hours - organizing and triaging stuff. I have an electronics workbench set up in the DaveCave© that I want to move in here but the room is small so I need to be careful about what I keep and how stuff is stored and organized. People who know me will know that this is not a strong suit so it will be good training - got to start sometime.
Heating up some left-over beef stew and making some more of the par-baked bread. Time for a glass of wine. Or, among the liberals I know, whine.
When you have 500,000 people gathered there will always be some outliers but still, they should not be those people behind the microphones. From The London Daily Mail:
Ashley Judd and Madonna go low at women's march: Singer says she wants to BLOW UP the White House in F-word-filled speech as actress says 'Hitler' Trump has 'wet dreams' about Ivanka
Tempers ran high as more than half a million marchers took to Washington D.C. on Saturday to oppose Donald Trump's new presidency - with both Madonna and Ashley Judd spewing lewd rants against the new President.
The Hollywood actress and the pop star departed from the general spirit of inclusivity and calls for mutual respect with personal attacks not only on Trump but also his family, including daughter Ivanka.
They say well-behaved women rarely make history, and Judd clearly took that quote to heart as she recited a poem written by a 19-year-old from Tennessee.
More at the site including the relevant lines from this "poem" - this is beneath dignity. It is one thing to criticize and slander someone holding public office. Their spouses are also fair game. We have never had a time when the media has declared open season on the children. Even during the G.W. Bush's daughters 'wild years', comments were far and few between and those events (DUI arrests, etc.) happened several years before his election.
Dr. Susan Berry has an observation at Breitbart:
Anti-Trump Marchers ‘Mostly White’ Women Who Need ‘Therapy’ After Clinton Loss
The tens of thousands of women marching in the anti-Trump Women’s March on Washington demonstration in Washington, D.C., Saturday are “mostly white” and experiencing “therapy” for their anxiety over Hillary Clinton’s election loss to Donald Trump in November, the Washington Post reports.
According to the Post:
Marchers — mostly women and mostly white — said they came to take the most public possible stand against Trump, a candidate and now president whom they said routinely insults women and the issues they care about. But the gathering also provided therapy for many, the balm of immersing themselves in a like-minded sea of citizens who had shared their anxiety and disappointment after Democrat Hillary Clinton’s historic bid for the presidency ended in defeat.
Nice to see the left accepting their defeat with such humility and grace. Also nice to see them offering constructive criticism - ideas on how to Make America Even Greater Together.
See what is happening in the real world... Back in an hour or two.
From The Washington Times:
President Trump returns bust of Churchill to Oval Office
Winston Churchill is back in the Oval Office.
On his first day in office, President Trump brought back a bust of the legendary British prime minister to the West Wing, after President Obama had removed it. Mr. Obama replaced it with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr.
Reporters who were summoned to the Oval Office Friday night to witness Mr. Trump signing an executive order noticed the Churchill bust had been returned to the Oval Office.
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson had speculated that Mr. Obama removed Churchill’s bust in part because he is “part-Kenyan,” and was motivated by anti-colonial feelings. Mr. Obama refuted that, saying he had moved the bust to a place of prominence in his private office in the White House residence.
Not to demean Dr. King's legacy at all but I believe that Winston Churchill had the greater effect on world good than Dr. King. Churchill was one of the dozen people who turned World War Two around and won it for the allies. His memory deserves to be cherished. Besides, Dr. King has a very large (and Chinese made) monument on the Mall.
From an email:
Leftoid protestors used to have a veneer of coolness (way back), until the internet thunderdome exposed them all as androgynous fatty crybaby loser fugs. They’re like a mass catfish operation on normie society; you think you’re reading about scary revolutionaries and then a phone camera catches them blubbering in the middle of the street as cheetos tumble out of their chin folds and you’re not sure if they pee sitting or standing.
Would not be so funny if it did not hit so hard and with such accuracy.
This is cute:
Now this is just screaming bonkers - from the Vancouver Sun:
Opinion: Trump's name on tower damages children's health
We are writing to our fellow citizens to address an urgent public-health matter in Vancouver. In a matter of days, the Trump Tower will open.
With the public display of the Trump name, we will be seen as condoning the ridicule of the disabled, and condoning sexism, xenophobia and bigotry.
In spite of a significant effort on the part of our mayor, Gregor Robertson, to have the name Trump removed, it hasn’t been possible.
We are now turning to the public to recognize that the presence of the name under current conditions is a matter of public health that will affect the youngest and most vulnerable in our community. We believe the name represents a socially contagious condition that endangers the health and well-being of our children and youth. At this point this is a matter of public health, not politics.
As physicians we work everyday to address children’s trauma and improve mental health in ways that fosters a healthy social and physical environment regardless of race, gender or developmental ability. This directly conflicts with the prominently displayed Trump name, which serves to promote a prominent and influential role model who openly mocks and humiliates individuals with disabilities, boasts of repeatedly subjecting women to sexual groping of breasts and genitals, refers to immigrant groups as “rapists and murderers” and characterizes religious minorities as “terrorists.”
Is it just me or am I seeing a really strong case of projection. The two authors are claiming that licensing Trump's name for the tower will be enough to cause problems with the health and well-being of our children and youth. How about that the two authors are a little bit unhinged themselves and are indulging in a nice bout of the vapors over Trump's election and inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. Talk about someone whose elevator does not go to the top floor. And they go on:
We believe that the Trump name displayed on such a prominent building in central Vancouver communicates an acceptance of racism, hatred, sexism, climate-change denial and acceptance of use of nuclear weapons, all of which are critical determinants of the health and future of children and youth. Leaving the Trump name in prominent public view will give open permission and encouragement for others in our community to act similarly and foster similar anti-social beliefs. We have every reason to believe that this powerful symbol will foster hatred inimical to the values of Canada and of Vancouver. We fear that the Trump building will become a symbol of hatred and detract from our efforts to ensure healthy development for all our children.
What a load of codswallop. Utter bilge. I am planning a trip to Ikea in the next couple of weeks to buy a table for my new photo and video computer - might be fun to have lunch at the tower. See what good business management looks like close up. Laugh at any snowflakes.
I love it!
It would be fun to buy a couple just to stash in the closet for ten years or so. Bring them out on Halloween - remember how close we came to disaster? Ooooooooo - now that is scary!!!
Obama's Department of Energy just banned a bunch of light bulbs yesterday evening.Fropm the Washington Examiner:
With midnight regulation, Obama Energy Department just outlawed your three-way bulb
In the last full day of the Obama administration, the Department of Energy just issued a final rule that will outlaw even more light bulbs.
The 2007 light bulb ban in effect outlawed most incandescent light bulbs by imposing efficiency standards on ordinary light bulbs. Congress exempted a few types of light bulbs, including bug lights, three-way bulbs, "rough service lamps," and some decorative bulbs, such as globe-shaped bulbs.
A bit more:
Three-way bulbs, which have two different filaments and thus three different brightnesses, are currently exempted. DOE just ruled that they now need to be covered. The Department's reasoning: "DOE expects these sales will likely increase since these lamps could be used as replacements for other regulated lamp types." In other words: People might start buying these bulbs because they want regular light bulbs rather than expensive LEDs or crappy fluorescents.
DOE also spiked the exemption for globe-shaped bulbs. Many manufacturers make, and many retailers sell, globe-shaped bulbs that met the standards, but consumers were left with the option to buy globe-shaped bulbs of the old type. That couldn't stand.
This rule doesn't go into effect for three years, but it could lead pretty quickly to domestic bulb makers ceasing production.
A few bulb types are still exempt, including bug lights and oven lights.
Christ on a corn dog - I will buy the kinds of light bulb that I want to buy. There are some places where an LED bulb is best. There are also places where a halogen or regular incandescent bulb is best. I want to be able to pick and choose. I do not need some nanny-statist trying to tell me what is best for me.
There is a reason this shows up frequently at the farm. Cheap, lots of leftovers and tasty. Make soup from the carcass.
Watched two more episodes of Season Five of Person of Interest - only a few more to go. Really well-written show and very accurate when it portrays computer hacking and software development.
Surf for a bit and then to bed...
Stopped at Costco and picked up a roti chicken - doing that with a pot of rice and some stir-fried bok choy. A staple but one we do not get tired of. A can of cranberry sauce and some salsa and we have a good dinner.
Feeling a bit tired - probably not too much posting tonight unless something extraordinary happens on the intarwebs.
I went to the yard sale looking for two items and found both of them in great shape.
First was a Triplett 630-A multimeter. These date back to the 1950's and were the go-to standard for benchtop multimeters. I sold mine when I moved from Boston to Seattle and always regretted it. They require an odd 30 volt battery but there are workarounds using three 9-volt radio batteries (27 volts is close enough).
Second was a Heathkit HD-1250 solid-state dip meter. You use plug-in coils to provide a wide range of frequencies from 1 million cycles per second or Megahertz all the way up to 250 MHz. 90% of the amateur radio frequencies lay within this range. The frequency is generated by a simple oscillator and when the unit is brought near to something that is resonant on the same frequency, power is transferred. I can rock the tuning dial back and forth, notice where the peak power transfer is and that is the resonant frequency of the object I am testing. I already have something that does this automatically for antennas but it only works for fully completed antenna systems and not for individual components. If I need to make a coil for a given frequency, I can calculate what I need, wind about 10% more turns and then gradually use wire clippers to nibble the coil down to my desired frequency. Not something I will be using every day but when you do need it, it is invaluable.
All in all, a great score. Ran into a bunch of friends at the event - probably about 20 people picking over a very large pile of
junk collectibles. The museum is an amazing resource for Bellingham and an incredible collection of electricity, radio and television history.
Heading in to town for the amateur radio yard sale. Should be fun. More in a couple of hours.
Curious - from the BEEB:
Galileo satellites experiencing multiple clock failures
The onboard atomic clocks that drive the satellite-navigation signals on Europe's Galileo network have been failing at an alarming rate.
Across the 18 satellites now in orbit, nine clocks have stopped operating.
Three are traditional rubidium devices; six are the more precise hydrogen maser instruments that were designed to give Galileo superior performance to the American GPS network.
Galileo was declared up and running in December.
However, it is still short of the number of satellites considered to represent a fully functioning constellation, and a decision must now be made about whether to suspend the launch of further spacecraft while the issue is investigated.
I bet some engineers are changing their underwear frequently. Reliability is something that is essential for satellite construction. These clocks should have been tested to within an inch of their lives. To have more than one or two of them fail is unreal.
Donald Trump was sworn in a America's 45th president.
Should be an interesting eight years.
I really like that in his speech, Trump referred to himself three times while he referred to We The People 45 times. In Obama's farewell speech, he referred to himself 90 times. Big difference.
Heading into town tomorrow - our local radio and electricity museum is having a private sale of duplicate / surplus items for the local amateur radio club. Not looking to load up but there are a couple items that have nostalgic value and if they are for sale, they will be following me home tomorrow. Forecast is for Partly Cloudy so should be a nice day.
Surfing for a bit and then upstairs to bed in an hour or so.
Everybody's favorite sociopath - as a teenager, he helped the Nazi's round up his Jewish friends - he claimed to be a Christian. (transcript and 14 minute YouTube interview of Soros admitting this). From Zero Hedge:
"He Is Going To Fail": Georges Soros Slams "Would Be Dictator" Trump
Billionaire investor George Soros spoke to Bloomberg TV in Davos, and said the euphoria among stock investors since the victory of President-elect Donald Trump will end as uncertainty takes over.
In an interview that may have been even gloomier than his last address to Davos in January 2016, when he said he was short the market, predicted a Chinese hard landing, and said the Fed's hike was a mistake, on Thursday Soros unleashed the hate, saying America has elected a "would-be dictator" as president, the European Union is disintegrating, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May won’t last long as her nation prepares to secede from the EU, and China is poised to become an even more repressive society.
Talking his book, Soros said that 'Uncertainty is at a peak, and actually uncertainty is the enemy of long-term investment," said the chairman of Soros Fund Management. "I don’t think the markets are going to do very well. Right now they’re still celebrating. But when reality comes, it will prevail."
A possible reason for the sour grapes:
As a reminder, the WSJ reported last week that Soros lost nearly $1 billion as a result of the stock-market rally spurred by Trump’s surprise win in November. Soros became more pessimistic immediately after Trump’s election. But stocks rallied on expectations that Trump’s policies will boost corporate earnings and the overall economy.
Soros lives in a bubble - all the elites do. Our voting for We The People blindsided them. They consider themselves so be highly educated and very intelligent (there is a difference and yes, they are #1 and no they are not #2) and their cognitive dissonance is driving them batty.
We are seeing a classic case of projection from Soros - it is he who thinks that he would make a good dictator. He considers himself to be one of the wisest people in the room and therefore knows what needs to be done to 'nudge' us in the right direction. We do not do nudging very well.
Congress Mulls Bill to Strip All Funds from Sanctuary Cities
A bill proposed by a U.S. representative from Pennsylvania will cut off all federal funding to state, county and local jurisdictions with sanctuary policies.
“Not one cent,” Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA) told Breitbart Texas in an interview on Thursday morning. “These mayors, sheriffs, and state leaders are thumbing their noses at federal immigration law. The only way to stop them is to hit them in their pocketbooks.”
He said the leaders of these sanctuary jurisdictions are not just choosing to violate federal law, “they’re bragging about it in press conferences.”
Mayors across the country have been lining up in droves to declare themselves sanctuary cities, Breitbart Texas reported in November 2016. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Chicago always will be a sanctuary city,” NPR reported. “To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety … you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago.” His comments come in the face of the city’s massive crime and murder rates. By the end of the year, Chicago would approach 800 murders by the end of 2016.
Perfect - want to Virtue Signal - fine but do it on your own dime. Want to suckle on the Federal Teat, obey the Federal Laws of the land.
Time to make a big bowl of popcorn and settle in to watch the fun. From Breitbart:
Democrat Civil War: ‘Anybody Who Gives Money to [David Brock] Is Pissing Down a Rat Hole.’
Some Democrats are fighting against Clinton ally David Brock’s plan to launch his own donor network to fund his efforts to rebuild the left.
Brock’s donor network is seen by some on the left as a challenge to the efforts of Democracy Alliance, an organization launched by billionaire George Soros and other major donors to fund progressive policy initiatives and political causes, Politico reported.
“Anybody who gives money to him is pissing down a rathole,” said John Morgan, a big Clinton donor who is pondering a run for governor in the state of Florida, of Brock’s fundraising efforts.
Brock explained that his donor network is more political than Democracy Alliance, saying that Democracy Alliance has been less of a political organization focused on winning elections and more of an organization focusing on liberal donors’ pet projects.
Heh - complete disarray. Their cognitive dissonance is on full parade as they try to figure out what happened. Each faction is infighting with each other so there is no net work being done to repair or rebuild.
Sundance Braces for Snow and Chilly Weather on Opening Weekend
Below-freezing temperatures arrive with opening night film 'An Inconvenient Sequel' and could mar the planned Women's March on Main.
Park City is bracing for a slew of snow at Sundance Film Festival.
The festival locale sank to below-freezing temperatures ahead of Thursday's opening-night film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Al Gore's climate-change follow-up to 2006's An Inconvenient Truth.
US Highway 101 near Lake Crescent - from the WA State DOT:
Came down yesterday - this is on the Olympic Peninsula. Very familiar with the area - I love Lake Crescent. Beautiful place.
From The Siberian Times:
Icebreakers make historic Arctic voyage, then get stuck in frozen sea on return journey
Bulk carriers Sinegorsk and Johann Mahmastal made a successful midwinter cargo crossing from Arkhangelsk to Russia's northernmost port of Pevek, Chukotka, escorted by icebreakers Kapitan Dranitsyn and Admiral Makarov.
It was the first such crossing since Soviet times, and the ships delivered supplies for the supplies for the world's first floating heat and power plant to be assembled in Chukotka after a journey lasting from 14 December to 7 January.
The ease of the sailing is seen as a sign that climate warming in the Arctic can open up shopping lanes even in midwinter. But the climate remains unpredictable as the four vessels have discovered on their return route.
They are currently trapped by sudden thick ice around Chukotka's northernmost cape Shelagsky, some 24 nautical miles from Pevek, in some of Russia's most exposed waters.
As for this quote: climate warming in the Arctic can open up shopping lanes even in midwinter - they did not do their homework. From the Vancouver Maritime Museum:
THE ST. ROCH - A TRUE CANADIAN ADVENTURE
Built in British Columbia, named after a parish in Quebec, captained by a Norwegian immigrant, crewed by farm boys from across the country, and helped by the Inuit, the St. Roch was the first vessel to sail the Northwest Passage from west to east (1940-1942), the first to complete the passage in one season (1944), and the first to circumnavigate North America.
Emphasis mine - the ice comes and goes. It is more dependent on wind and currents than absolute temperature. Another example? How about the USS Skate:
USS Skate (SSN-578) Becomes the First Submarine to Surface at the North Pole
USS Skate (SSN-578) hung below the Arctic ice like a matchstick suspended an inch from the ceiling of a large room. A knot of sailors in the control room stared intently at an instrument inscribing patterns of parallel lines on a rolling paper tape. The pattern looked like an upside down mountain range.
“Heavy ice, ten feet,” said one of the sailors.
Suddenly the lines converged into a single narrow bar. “Clear water!” the sailor called out.
On the surface:
Calvert ordered the ballast tanks blown. The roar of high pressure air seemed earsplitting after the tense silence of the last few minutes. Upon surfacing, Calvert ordered the hatch opened, then climbed up to the bridge. The sky was slightly overcast and the damp air felt like an unseasonably warm February day in New England, with the temperature hovering near freezing. The submarine’s black hull stood out in stark relief against the deep blue of the calm lake in which the ship now floated. Beyond the lake, stretching to the horizon in every direction, was the stark white of the permanent polar ice pack. The officer who had climbed to the bridge with Calvert called the skipper’s attention to the port side of the ship. There a full grown polar bear was climbing slowly out of the water and up onto the ice.
The date was 11 August 1958 and the Skate had just become the first submarine to surface at the North Pole.
Sobering news from England's The Register:
Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price
Around 33 per cent of the technology companies to enter the market in the last ten years are currently valued at a price lower than their IPO mark.
This according to researchers with analytics house Geckoboard, who studied 100 software, hardware, and social networking companies that have undertaken IPOs since 2006. Of those 100 companies, 67 are trading above their IPO valuation and 33 are below.
Among the 33 are Twitter (down 49 per cent), Zynga (down 66 per cent), and Groupon (down 84 per cent). Meanwhile, some the biggest jumps were seen by Facebook (up 249 per cent), VMware (up 95 per cent), and LinkedIn (up 199 per cent).
In general, the Geckoboard report suggests software companies were the safest bet to maintain their value. Gaming, meanwhile, had the lowest number of companies now above their IPO price.
Glad I got in and then got out of tech stocks when I did. I could have ridden MSFT for another year but I tend to be very conservative when it comes to investing. Made enough to be happy.
Spreading deicer and working in the Radio Room
This is just unreal - CNN's management has zero clue how this will look to most of the people in America. From the New York Post:
Daughter of close Obama adviser will cover DOJ for CNN
CNN has tapped the daughter of President Obama’s closest adviser to cover the Department of Justice, The Post has learned.
Laura Jarrett quietly joined the network in September as a reporter in the network’s Washington bureau.
She came to CNN with no experience in journalism.
Laura's mom Valerie Jarrett was not just an adviser, she was Obama's consigliere - she was the force behind the Presidency. Obama is basically a very weak person. Jarrett was his spine. For CNN to bring her daughter on board really shows their bias. Time for them to sink and go bankrupt.
Tip of the hat to Irons in the Fire for the link.
A big liberal meltdown:
Precip was over 0.6" inches last night. Snow is almost gone from the pasture - we will see what the driveway looks like when I go out for coffee in a few minutes.
Two losses in the music world:
Poured over my copies of Keyboard when they hit the newsstand. They were the go-to place for reading about new music/performers/equipment/software.
Here is a 31 minute documentary about William - fun music and a true pioneer:
Beef stew came out great. Baked a loaf of par-baked bread and a bottle of wine. Yum. I do the beef stew using V-8 juice as the base - makes for a nice flavor. Watched two episodes of Person of Interest. Season four so we have one short season more to watch - excellent writing and whomever they have doing their geek-fu is doing it correctly - the stuff they show on the screen is 80% accurate with 20% to cover some artistic license.
It is not wise to attract public scrutiny if you are already in the public eye. You might not like what gets uncovered. From Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit:
Uh Oh! Rep. John Lewis Didn’t Pay Taxes On His Nearly $1 Million D.C. Townhouse
Trump-hating Democrat, John Lewis didn’t pay property taxes on his nearly $1 million D.C. townhouse according to the sleuthing done by Got News:
Public records show he avoided paying property taxes on his DC townhouse at 219 3rd Street SE on Capitol Hill:
That house at 219 3rd Street SE was worth more than $810,000 in 2012 according to Nexis assessment records. It’s a nice fancy townhouse right next to Congress:
Jim has links to the 2010 Notice of Pendancy - no word as to the resolution of the case. Lewic certainly has enough money to pay his bills. Why isn't he?
Our local river is quite rapid today - this is not only the half-inch of rain but it is also the warm weather melting out the low-lying snowpack.
Over a fifteen-fold increase in just two days.
The Democrats are pointing fingers - time to punch back twice as hard - a two-fer. Just links, read the articles:
He is playing fast and loose with taxpayer money. From Politico:
Obama administration cuts second $500M check to Green Climate Fund
The State Department announced Tuesday it is sending a second, $500 million payment to the Green Climate Fund.
The payment is the second from the U.S. to support the fund, which is intended to provide climate adaptation money to developing nations, and serves as the financial mechanism of the Paris climate agreement. The fund is supposed to reach $100 billion by 2020, with both public and private funding from around the world.
Of which less than five percent will reach the intended customers and the other 95% will pay for "studies" and otherwise line the pockets of corrupt kleptocrats.
Time to call the United Nations out for what it is, defund them and turn their Manhattan riverfront property into a nice hotel or condos or something. Do something useful with it. I bet that Zimbabwean President for life Robert Mugabe has some space on his grounds for an office building - here is where he lives:
Good meeting - it was with someone who serves as an intermediary between the public utiities and other grant-giving organizations and small business like my grocery store.
Back home again - beef stew for dinner.
The water is still intermittent - ice is breaking up in the pipes and it will flow just fine for a few minutes, throttle back to a trickle and then resume full flow. Had a little under a half-inch of rainfall last night - a lot of the snow is off the ground but the ice in the driveway is still treacherous.
Heading out for coffee and a meeting at 2:00PM